The Signs of Enlightenment by James Swartz

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The signs of enlightenment by James Swartz

James Swartz is a Vedanta teacher and writer, greatly influenced by Swami Chinmayananda, Swami Abhedananda and Swami Dayananda Saraswati.

https://evolutionarymystic.wordpress.com/the-signs-of-enlightenment/

Dear Ram,

In your last e-mail you made the statement “So that ‘you’ which is unaffected by experience is called the ‘Self’ and the knowledge ‘I Am the Self’ is enlightenment. What would be the signs of that?

Ram: Here is a verse from the Bhagavad Gita, so I am just going to tell you what it is. First Arjuna asks Krishna the question, ‘What are the signs of an enlightened soul?’ and Krishna says, ‘When a man completely casts off, O Partha, all the desires of the mind …’ [Ch.2, v.55]

Joseph: Does that mean, for example, if I were sitting in a restaurant and a beautiful woman comes in and I start fancying her?

Ram: It has nothing to do with whether or not you fancy her. It has everything to do with why you fancy her. If you fancy her and are thinking that making love with her will increase your fundamental happiness you are deluded. If you fancy her as the Self, if you see the light in her and recognize it as the light in you and everything, then that would be the response of an enlightened person. But that does not mean that you will try to get her in bed. If you are just conditioned, like Pavlov’s dog, to start fancying a woman that your vasanas attract you to, then you are just an animal. It’s OK to be an animal, but it isn’t Self realization.

Joseph: But there is nothing actually stopping me from doing it? As long as I am not caught up with the idea that it will make me feel good or feel bad?

Ram: People usually want things because they think things will make them happier. If you feel that love is modifying you, then you are not the Self. That person would be Joseph, the Ego. It is very easy to fool yourself on the issue of desires. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna is not saying not to have desires in the mind. In fact in one verse he says, “I am the desire that is not opposed to dharma.” An enlightened person can have desires, it is quite natural, but an enlightened person…someone who sees his or herself as limitless awareness…has a non-attached relationship to the desires that appear in the mind. It is all about one’s relationship to the desires.

So how does a jnani, view desires? In The Course of Miracles, it says, ‘From what you want God won’t save you.’ What does that mean? It means that the karma from indulging your desires may not be as wonderful as you think. In fact experience teaches that sometimes we get what we want and sometimes we don’t, so, on one hand, we can’t even count on getting what we want….which can lead to frustration and depression. It also teaches that sometimes we aren’t happy when we get what we want and at other times we are happy when we get what we don’t want. So, on the other hand, tying happiness to the satisfaction of your desires is foolish.
In the Gita it also says when a person, ‘… is satisfied in the Self by the Self, then is he said to be one of steady Wisdom.’ [Ch.2, v.55]

This is a statement that applies to an enlightened person: when one is satisfied in the Self alone. The desires of the mind are optional and can be ignored without causing agitation. When you know that ‘you’ are the source of your satisfaction and don’t look for satisfaction outside yourself through fame, security, pleasure, wealth and duty, etc. then you are wise.

Joseph: I think one of my difficulties when you tell me these things, is when did it start? When was it that I started to say certain things? In some way, I could say I was always like this. As long as I can remember that was true.

Ram: Yes, that is the Self. It was always true for the Self. It did not become true at some point for the Self. Maybe for Joseph it became true at a certain point. But for the Self it is always true. It says in the Upanishads, “It is not for the sake of the wife that the husband loves the wife but for the sake of the Self.” Now that could mean the ego but it does not mean the ego – it means the Self. Because everything is done for the sake of the Self and everything is the Self, including all activity. When you love somebody, it isn’t your girlfriend you love although you perhaps think it is; it is the Self in your girlfriend that you love. When you get involved as a person love goes out the door.

Joseph: So what do you make of my personal situation? How does my situation fit in with this whole Self-thing we are discussing?

Ram: You see, Joseph, you are not a person. You have no personal situation. What is personal about you…your hair, your nose, your mind? Nothing here is personal. ‘Personal’ is a concept that comes about when you don’t know your real nature. How does any of what you consider yours become yours? Your body is just five elements, not different from any other body. The physiological systems are just universal forces working in the impersonal body.

Where is it written that any of it belongs to a guy named Joseph? Are any of the thoughts in your mind unique? They are not. As we speak there are millions of people thinking the same thoughts we are. What about your feelings? When you feel lust, is it a special Joseph lust? It isn’t. When you enter the state of deep sleep are you entering your own personal state of sleep. No. A king sleeping on silk sheets and a drunk sleeping in the gutter are enjoying the same state. There is nothing personal here.

The Bhagavad Gita says, ‘He whose mind is not shaken by adversity, and who in prosperity does not hanker after pleasures, who is free from attachment, fear and anger, is called a sage-of-steady-Wisdom.’ [Ch.2, v.56]

If you hanker after pleasures, that may be Joseph, but it is not the Self. If you are upset when things don’t go your way, that’s Joseph and not the Self.

Enlightenment confers the power of viveka, the ability to discriminate between the Self and the non-Self – to know which is which. So all you need to do is know what Joseph is and know what the Self is. When you get that sorted you can decide whether you want to be Joseph or the Self. It is up to you. When you think of yourself as Joseph, a person in this world, working to get certain things and get rid of certain other things, then you are said to be an aviveki, someone who lacks discrimination, a samsari.

Joseph: I can clearly say that I am unattached to those sorts of things. Today in satsang I was telling a story about how I met this person and someone called out, ‘that’s not satsang’. Everyone was shocked by the interruption. I didn’t react at all. I stopped talking and waited to see what was going to happen and then other people started to talk and a whole thing happened. I sat quietly through it and it felt really good. I noticed that there was one man in the room who was simply present in the Self, sitting there and everyone else was being hooked into the big drama that was happening. I felt myself totally with him.

Ram: The first fellow was right. It wasn’t satsang. It was Joseph talking about Joseph. But it is also true that as the Self you are not going to be any less than what you are if people either like of dislike you. It isn’t a statement about you at all. It’s just their own projections that are causing them to behave in the way they do. Your happiness and peace of mind doesn’t depend upon their opinion, or their feelings about you and whether they love you or not. It’s the ego that cares.

Joseph: I feel pretty clear about this one. That is definitely not the case.

Ram: Let’s get back to the Gita. This is something that only you know in your heart unless you’re in denial. You may be able to delude yourself but you can’t conceal it from others. Anyway, the verse says ‘The Self free of attachment, neither rejoices nor hates.’ The one who rejoices is the ego; the one who hates is the ego.

Joseph: ‘Joseph’ is attached to a friend staying here longer, but at the same time I really don’t care. Does that make me unattached?

Ram: No, it doesn’t. Joseph cannot be unattached. It is simply not possible. Being limited, Joseph is by definition always attached to something. Spirituality is not about a person, like Joseph, achieving a state of non-attachment. This is a very common misconception. Behind this idea you have a lot of people trying to detach from bad habits, other people, negative thought patterns, etc. But it is a futile endeavour. You cannot gain what you already have by karma, by doing something, in this case detaching. You can only see if you are Joseph or the Self. When you see that you are the Self you get perfect non-attachment, a non-attachment that does not have to be cultivated. But then, Joseph, after living through so many experiences, can suddenly realize that nothing here is going to make him permanently happy and he can just let go. So in that sense a kind of relative detachment can come.

This is probably enough for now. I hope it clears things up.
Ram

Archangel Gabriel via Marlene Swetlishoff – The Quality of Wisdom – 10-23-15

Angel of Light - gabriel - marleneArchangel Gabriel  via  Marlene Swetlishoff   –   The Quality of Wisdom   –   10-23-15

http://goldenageofgaia.com/2015/10/23/archangel-gabriel-via-marlene-swetlishoff-the-quality-of-wisdom/

Beloved Ones,

I want to have discourse on the quality of love known as wisdom.

In its essence, wisdom is the truth of the divine. It rises from within one’s inner guidance clearly, purely and simply as a knowing that something is absolutely true for them.

One’s inner guidance is always speaking to them and one exercises the quality of wisdom when they attune and listen to its quiet voice. In this way, they are guided to navigate the river of their live with divine intelligence.

Following one’s inner wisdom fills an individual with a sense of love for self and others. Wisdom is an undeniable knowing that a course of action is the wise choice to take and that one will be given all the guidance they need to do exactly the right thing.

When they trust their higher wisdom and inner guidance doing what feels good, they feel at peace within their heart knowing they are always led in the right direction. When they allow this inner wisdom to be heard, their life unfolds in mysterious and wonderful ways. It is a surrendering of personal wants and desires to the universal flow of life, the loving intelligence that is greater than anything one’s mind could conceive.

A mind that is united with inner wisdom becomes more proficient at fulfilling one’s deepest and most authentic desires. When one commits to discovering self with a sense of awe, curiosity and passion, they connect to a deep happiness that is unshakable by chaos, criticism, or current circumstance. Inner wisdom is the ability to access the language of the heart, the language of love and the language of feelings. It is a heartwarming sensory experience.

In order to hear one’s inner voice of higher wisdom, one needs to be mentally relaxed, physically and consciously aware and emotionally open to receive the guidance that comes forth. When one employs this inner wisdom to investigate their feelings, they become clear about what is currently happening in their life.

With this higher level of conscious awareness, they have the freedom to choose, knowing their feelings are providing important information about any given situation that is before them. When they allow their life to flow along with their inner wisdom, they feel happy in their heart. When they try to force things to go in a certain direction, it does not feel good to them, they lose their rhythm.

As they allow their life to unfold, each step they take gives them feedback with the answers that they need to set them back on track. They come to realize their body is their secret messenger that gives them clues which their inner wisdom is providing. It is important for each individual to become aware of how that occurs. They must be willing to act on it, to trust that it is taking them to the next step on their journey and is the right one for them.

As an individual is willing to meet everything that is arising in their experience by exploring it, their true direction in any given situation will become clear. Bringing compassion for self into this exploration is essential. As one surrenders to stepping into the unknown, they are allowing the flow of guidance of their higher wisdom. When they turn deep within and ask their inner guidance to help make the right choices, they are never led astray.

The more one listens, the easier it becomes to discern the correct answer when needed. One realizes that being an astute listener of their loving higher wisdom makes for a blessed life. When they follow their truth, they are allowing themselves to let their inner wisdom guide them rather than listening to their own personal desires. Their life is far more peaceful, centred, loving and gentle when they develop their inner listening skills. When they make a choice and do their best, every life situation offers the learning and growth that they need.

As each person aligns to and listens to their loving higher wisdom, their minds and hearts are filled with creative expression, new ideas and promptings that come from a place of fullness, a place of love and fulfillment. They know innately that they are aligned with a consciousness that speaks only truth and is characterized by feelings of trust and love, humbleness and gratitude, compassion and mercy, peace and harmony, and tolerance and forgiveness.

The more one identifies and aligns with their higher wisdom and consciousness, the greater their spiritual power becomes and things start to manifest in their lives through amazing synchronicities. The answers they receive make sense to them on more than one level because truth reveals itself on all levels. They come to realize that the power inside them is the same power that creates worlds and that part of their life purpose is to learn how to utilize this power to create the peaceful world they want. This has a wonderful positive effect on their life!

May your connection to your inner wisdom prompt you always to listen to your heart.  It is the creativeness of the universe speaking through you. It is a valuable guidance from deep within.

I AM Archangel Gabriel

Accessing the Wisdom of Our Chakras

Mayan messages – Day 152: Love Thy Self – Theresa Crabtree – 10-18-15

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Mayan messages  –   Day 152: Love Thy Self  –   Theresa Crabtree  –   10-18-15

https://mayanmessages.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/day-152-love-thy-self/

LOVE THY SELF   If you are ready to begin the process of experiencing unconditional love for yourself and all others, we have some pointers we would like to share with you.

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1. Tell yourself often you are perfect and pure.

2. Stop any thoughts you have that condemn yourself. Choose instead to visualize how you will change your future behaviors and rectify past behaviors.

3. Step out of your box and dare to eat, speak, dress, walk, play, rest, dance and sing in manners that are fitting of the truth you wish to proclaim.

4. Be kind to yourself and all others.

5. Smile at everyone and everything. It is hard to hold onto negative thoughts when you have a smiling face and heart.

6. When you find yourself making a judgment about anything, change your thought immediately.

7. Be mindful of every action you take, that it comes from a sense of love and not obligation.

8. Choose carefully how you spend your time. Even watching a violent movie will take you into that space, creating the possibility of that scenario re-occurring on the Earth plane.

9. Talk with others with opposing views until you have the ability to accept their opinion. You need not believe what they say, but learn to allow them to believe what they choose without feeling a need to sway them to your side.

10. Look at various cultures and religious institutions and adopt those customs that are meaningful to you. that not two of you on Earth share exactly the same belief codes. We encourage you to take time to ponder these words and integrate those that feel right to you. Practice them until they are second nature and you will be well on your Path to loving unconditionally.   Selamet! Eb 9

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To read this Message in its entirety, scroll to Day 152 at: https://mayanmessages.wordpress.com/days-144-156/   Please include this web address when posting and sharing with others.   Many blessings, Theresa Crabtree

15 Wise Quotes from Osho – by Wrs Annac – 10-8-15

Osho. Credit: the-open-mind.com

By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

Osho is one of many revolutionary spiritual figures who encourages people to free themselves from the prison they’ve created in their minds, which is easier to escape than they think.

He’s reminded people that the greatest fulfillment comes with the joy of simply being, and instead of constantly falling prey to the mind, we should stop, become still and silent, and observe it. We’ll grow closer with true peace if we do this often, and meditation could eventually become a huge part of our life. We might wonder how we lived without it, and we’ll never know what the present moment has for us if we don’t slow down and explore it.

Our existence is enough, and we don’t have to prove our worthiness to the world with big, impressive achievements. We need only to relax into the silence and stillness of the inner self to understand our true worth, and then, we can use that understanding to get the most out of life and help others awaken to the presence of their higher consciousness.

I’d recommend checking out more from Osho if you like the quotes listed here. While the greatest teacher lives within, it helps to receive guidance from other wise sources so we can relax into the personal changes that align us with a more present and enlightened state of being.

15 wise quotes from Osho:

1. “Be — don’t try to become”

2. “If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.”

3. “Experience life in all possible ways — good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter. Experience all the dualities. Don’t be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become.”

4. “Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.”

5. “To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”

6. “Listen to your being. It is continuously giving you hints; it is a still, small voice. It does not shout at you, that is true. And if you are a little silent you will start feeling your way. Be the person you are. Never try to be another, and you will become mature. Maturity is accepting the responsibility of being oneself, whatsoever the cost. Risking all to be oneself, that’s what maturity is all about.”

7. “Be realistic: Plan for a miracle”

8. “Life begins where fear ends.”

9. “Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it.”

10. “One thing: you have to walk, and create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path. It is not so cheap, to reach to the ultimate realization of truth. You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you. It is just like the sky: the birds fly, but they don’t leave any footprints. You cannot follow them; there are no footprints left behind.”

11. “I’m simply saying that there is a way to be sane. I’m saying that you can get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you. Just by being a simple witness of your thought processes. It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you. Just witnessing, not interfering not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness.

“The moment you say ‘this is good, this is bad,’ you have already jumped onto the thought process. It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind. Once the gap is there, you are in for a great surprise, that you are not the mind, that you are the witness, a watcher. And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion. Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing.

“You are, but the mind is utterly empty. That’s the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment that you become for the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being.”

12. “Each person comes into this world with a specific destiny–he has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally–you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The whole intends to do something through you.”

13. “You feel good, you feel bad, and these feelings are bubbling from your own unconsciousness, from your own past. Nobody is responsible except you. Nobody can make you angry, and nobody can make you happy.”

14. “Intelligence is dangerous. Intelligence means you will start thinking on your own; you will start looking around on your own. You will not believe in the scriptures; you will believe only in your own experience.”

15. “I love this world because it is imperfect. It is imperfect, and that’s why it is growing; if it was perfect it would have been dead. Growth is possible only if there is imperfection. I would like you to remember again and again, I am imperfect, the whole universe is imperfect, and to love this imperfection, to rejoice in this imperfection is my whole message.”

All quotes from Goodreads.comhttp://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/2856822.Osho

Found at:  http://wesannac.com/2015/10/08/15-wise-quotes-from-osho/

Higher Perspective – 30 Incredible Pieces Of Wisdom From Nikola Tesla – 9-22-15

From Higher Perspective, September 18, 2015

Found at:  http://cultureofawareness.com/2015/09/22/30-incredible-pieces-of-wisdom-from-nikola-tesla/

Nikola Tesla is often called the man who invented the 20th century, and there are lots of good reasons for that. And yet he’s still not nearly as famous as some of his contemporaries, like Marie Curie and Albert Einstein.

Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, engineer, physicist, and futurist who is most well known for his design of the modern alternating current electric supply system.

He emigrated to the United States in 1884 to work with Thomas Edison in New York City, but with financial backers, he was able to set out on his own.

In the end, he dies alone in room 3327 of the New Yorker Hotel. He died of a coronary thrombosis and his work covered up for decades. Recently, there has been an awakening in interest in his life. These are some of his quotes that we think will help challenge your ideas about science and the world at large.

1. Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine. – A Visit to Nikola Tesla, by Dragislav L. Petkoviæ in Politika (April 1927)

2. The last 29 days of the month are the toughest! – My Inventions, in Electrical Experimenter magazine (1919)

3. Fights between individuals, as well as governments and nations, invariably result from misunderstandings in the broadest interpretation of this term. Misunderstandings are always caused by the inability of appreciating one another’s point of view. – The Transmission of Electrical Energy Without Wires as a Means for Furthering Peace, in Electrical World and Engineer (January 7, 1905)

4. Peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightenment. – My Inventions, in Electrical Experimenter magazine (1919)

5. The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter — for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way. He lives and labors and hopes. – The Problem of Increasing Human Energy (The Century Magazine, June, 1900)

6. Throughout space there is energy. Is this energy static or kinetic! If static our hopes are in vain; if kinetic — and this we know it is, for certain — then it is a mere question of time when men will succeed in attaching their machinery to the very wheelwork of nature. – Experiments With Alternate Currents Of High Potential And High Frequency (February 1892)

7. Every living being is an engine geared to the wheelwork of the universe. Though seemingly affected only by its immediate surrounding, the sphere of external influence extends to infinite distance. – (Did the War Cause the Italian Earthquake) New York American, February 7, 1915

8. This planet, with all its appalling immensity, is to electric currents virtually no more than a small metal ball.  The Transmission of Electrical Energy Without Wires (Electrical World & Engineer, March 5, 1904)

9. Though free to think and act, we are held together, like the stars in the firmament, with ties inseparable. These ties cannot be seen, but we can feel them. – The Problem of Increasing Human Energy in Century Illustrated Magazine (June 1900)

10. In the twenty-first century, the robot will take the place which slave labor occupied in ancient civilization. – A Machine to End War, Liberty, February, 1937

11. The spread of civilization may be likened to a fire; first, a feeble spark, next a flickering flame, then a mighty blaze, ever increasing in speed and power. – What Science May Achieve This Year, Denver Rocky Mountain News, January 16th, 1910

12. Our senses enable us to perceive only a minute portion of the outside world. – The Transmission of Electrical Energy Without Wires as a Means for Furthering Peace in Electrical World and Engineer (January 7, 1905)

13. Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. – The Problem of Increasing Human Energy, in Century Illustrated Magazine (June 1900)

14. I don’t care that they stole my idea… I care that they don’t have any of their own.

15. Money does not represent such a value as men have placed upon it. All my money has been invested into experiments with which I have made new discoveries enabling mankind to have a little easier life.  A Visit to Nikola Tesla, by Dragislav L. Petkoviæ in Politika (April 1927)

16. Of all the frictional resistances, the one that most retards human movement is ignorance, what Buddha called ‘the greatest evil in the world’. – The Problem of Increasing Human Energy, in Century Illustrated Magazine (June 1900)

17. Instinct is something which transcends knowledge. We have, undoubtedly, certain finer fibers that enable us to perceive truths when logical deduction, or any other willful effort of the brain, is futile. – My Inventions, in Electrical Experimenter magazine (1919)

18. It is paradoxical, yet true, to say, that the more we know, the more ignorant we become in the absolute sense, for it is only through enlightenment that we become conscious of our limitations. Precisely one of the most gratifying results of intellectual evolution is the continuous opening up of new and greater prospects. – The Wonder World To Be Created By Electricity, Manufacturer’s Record, September 9, 1915

19. The individual is ephemeral, races and nations come and pass away, but man remains. Therein lies the profound difference between the individual and the whole. – The Problem of Increasing Human Energy, in Century Illustrated Magazine (June 1900)

20. Invention is the most important product of man’s creative brain. The ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of human nature to human needs. – My Inventions, in Electrical Experimenter magazine (1919)

21. The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention. – My Inventions, in Electrical Experimenter magazine (1919)

22. Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born. – American Genesis: A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm, 1870-1970 by Thomas P. Hughes (2004)

23. Life is and will ever remain an equation incapable of solution, but it contains certain known factors. – A Machine to End War, Liberty, February, 1937

24. The desire that guides me in all I do is the desire to harness the forces of nature to the service of mankind. – Radio Power Will Revolutionize the World (Modern Mechanix & Inventions, July, 1934)

25. The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane. – Radio Power Will Revolutionize the World in Modern Mechanics and Inventions (July 1934)

26. The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.

27. I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success… such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything. – In Cleveland Moffitt, “A Talk With Tesla”, Atlanta Constitution (7 Jun 1896)

28. Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. – Radio Power Will Revolutionize the World in Modern Mechanics and Inventions (July 1934)

29. Three possible solutions of the great problem of increasing human energy are answered by the three words: food, peace, work. – The Problem of Increasing Human Energy, in Century Illustrated Magazine (June 1900)

30. If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would have the key to the universe.Unknown

REPOST – Matt Valentine – 12 Pieces Of Buddhist Wisdom That Will Transform Your Life – 3-6-15

https://i2.wp.com/themindunleashed.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/buddhistt.jpgBy Matt Valentine, buddhaimonia.com. Thanks to The Mind Unleashed.

1. Live with compassion

Compassion is one of the most revered qualities in Buddhism and great compassion is a sign of a highly realized human being.

Compassion doesn’t just help the world at large, and it isn’t just about the fact that it’s the right thing to do. Compassion, and seeking to understand those around you, can transform your life for a number of reasons.

First, self-compassion is altogether critical towards finding peace within yourself. By learning to forgive yourself and accepting that you’re human you can heal deep wounds bring yourself back from difficult challenges.

Next, we can often be tortured because of the fact that we don’t completely understand why people do certain things.

Compassion is understanding the basic goodness in all people and then seeking to discover that basic goodness in specific people. Because of this, it helps you from going through the often mental torture we experience because we don’t understand the actions of others.

But even more than that, expressing compassion is the very act of connecting wholeheartedly with others, and simply connecting in this way can be a great source of joy for us.

The reasons for practicing compassion are numerous and powerful. Seek to live in a way that you treat everyone you meet as you would yourself. Once you begin trying to do this, it will seem altogether impossible. But keep at it, and you’ll realize the full power of living with compassion.

2. Connect with others and nurture those connections

In Buddhism, a community of practitioners is called a “sangha”. A sangha is a community of monks, nuns, laymen, and laywomen who practice together in peace towards the united “goal” of realizing greater awakening, not only for themselves but for all beings.

The sangha is a principle which much of the world can greatly benefit from. People come together in groups all the time, but it’s usually for the purpose of creating monetary riches or obtaining substantial power and rarely towards the united goal o1f attaining peace, happiness, and realizing greater wisdom.

The principle of the sangha can be expressed in your own life in many ways. The sangha is ultimately just one way of looking at life, through the lens of the individual “expressions” of the totality.

By living in a way that you’re fully aware of the power of connecting with others, whether it’s one person or a group of 100, and seeking to nurture those relationships in the appropriate way, you can transform your life in ways that will pay dividends for years to come.

3. Wake up

One of the most powerful points on this list, the power of simply living in a way that you’re fully awake to every moment of your life pretty much couldn’t be exaggerated even if I tried.

Mindfulness, greater awareness, paying attention, whatever you want to call it- it changes every facet of your life and in every way. It’s as simple as that.

Strive to live fully awake to each moment of your daily life and overcome your greatest personal struggles, find a great sense of peace and joy, and realize the greatest lessons life can teach you as a result of living fully awake to the present moment.1

4. Live deeply

To live deeply, in a way that you become keenly aware of the precious nature of life, is to begin down the path of true peace and happiness.

Why? Because to live in this way is to gradually become aware of the true nature of the world. This will happen essentially in “sections” of the whole, such as realizing your interconnectedness (you begin to see how everything is connected to everything else) and impermanence (you begin to see how everything is ever-changing, constantly dying only to be reborn in another form).

These realizations are the bread and butter of Buddhism and all spiritual practice. These “sections of the whole” are fragments of the ultimate realization, ways for us to understand that which can’t be fully understood in the traditional sense.

By living in a way that you seek to realize these various “qualities of the ultimate” you find greater and greater peace in realizing the natural way of things. This cultivates in us the ability to savor every moment of life, to find peace in even the most mundane activities, as well as the ability to transform your typically “negative” experiences into something altogether nourishing and healing.

5. Change yourself, change the world

Buddhists understand that you can hardly help another before you help yourself. But this isn’t referring to you gaining power or riches before you can help others, or living in a way that you ignore others.

This is mostly referring to the fact that because we’re all interconnected, by you helping yourself you create an exponentially positive effect on the rest of the world.

If you want to make an impact on the world, don’t falsely convince yourself that it’s “you or them”. You don’t need to drag yourself through the mud to help those around you. If you do this, you’ll greatly hamper your ability to create a positive impact.

At the deepest level of understanding, by making it about you you’re also making it about them because you know there’s no separating “you” and “them”.

Take care of yourself and seek to be more than just a help, but an example of how to live for others to follow and you’llcreate waves of exponential possibility that inspires others to do the same.

6. Embrace death

Death is an often taboo topic in Western society. We do everything we can to not only avoid the subject, but pretend that it doesn’t even exist.

The reality is, this is really unfortunate and in no way helps us lead better lives. Becoming keenly aware of your ownimpermanence and deeply understanding the nature of death with regards to our interconnectedness are both things which can help us find great peace.

In Buddhism, students in many sects at one point or another “meditate on the corpse” as it were (a practice which is said to have originated at least as far back as the Buddha’s lifetime).

This is literally what it sounds like. They meditate on the image of a corpse slowing decomposing and imagine that process through to its end, eventually resulting in a deep and profound realization on the true nature of death.

That might sound a little intense to you, but the truth is, if you live you’re entire life acting as if you’re never going to die or ignoring your own impermanence then you won’t ever be able to find true peace within yourself.

You don’t necessarily have to meditate on the image of a corpse, but simply opening up to yourself about death so that you’re no longer shielding it from your mind (which you’re likely doing unconsciously, as that’s how most of us were brought up in the West) can begin to be a great source of peace and help you appreciate the many joys in your everyday life.

A true appreciation for life can never be fully realized until you come face-to-face with your own impermanence. But once you do this, the world opens up in a new and profound way.

7. Your food is (very) special

Buddhist meditative practice, particularly mindfulness and contemplation, helps you realize the precious nature of the food in front of you. Indeed, with how integral a part food plays in our lives, to transform our relationship with food is to transform a key aspect of our entire lives, both now and in the future.

By contemplating on the food in front of us, for example, we can come to realize the vast system of interconnectedness that is our life, and how our food coming to be on our dinner plate as it is depended on numerous elements coming to be.

This helps us to deepen our relationship with food, cultivate a deep sense of gratitude before each meal, and learn to respect the delicate but ever-pressing balance that is life.

8. Understand the nature of giving

Giving is more than the act of giving Christmas and Birthday gifts, it’s also about those gifts which we give each and every day which we don’t typically see as gifts at all.

Buddhists hold a very deep understanding of the nature of giving, particularly in that life is a constant play between the act of giving and receiving. This doesn’t just help us find peace in understanding the way of the world around us, but helps us realize the amazing gifts we all have within us that we can give others in every moment, such as our love, compassion, and presence.

9. Work to disarm the ego

The easiest way to sum up all “spiritual” practice is this: spirituality is the act of coming in touch with the ultimate reality or the ground of being, and as a result spiritual practice is the act of overcoming those obstacles which keep us from realizing that.

The primary obstacle in our way? The ego.

To put it short and sweet, the reason the ego is the major obstacle in spiritual practice, or simply the practice of finding true peace and happiness (whatever you choose to call it, it’s all the same), is because it’s very function is to pull you away from the ground of your being by convincing you that you’re this separate self.

The process of unraveling the ego can take time, as it’s something which has been with us, intertwined with us, for years. But it’s infinitely rewarding and altogether necessary if we want to realize our best life.

10. Remove the 3 poisons

Life is filled with vices, things which attempt to bind us to unwholesome ways of living and therefore do the very opposite of cultivate peace, joy, and greater realization in our lives. Among these, the 3 poisons are some of the most powerful. The 3 poisons are:

  1. Greed
  2. Hatred
  3. Delusion

Together, these 3 poisons are responsible for the majority of the pain and suffering we experience as a collective species. It’s perfectly normal to be affected by each of these poisons throughout your life, so don’t knock yourself for falling for them.

Instead, simply accept that they’re something you’re experiencing and begin working to remove them from your life. This can take time, but it’s a key aspect on the path towards realizing true peace and happiness.

11. Right livelihood

We should all strive to work and make our living in a way that’s more “conscious” or aware. This generally means not selling harmful items such as guns, drugs, and services that harm other people, but it goes deeper than that.

There’s ultimately two aspects to this: making a living by doing something which doesn’t inhibit your own ability to realize peace and making a living doing something which doesn’t inhibit others ability to realize peace.

Facing this can lead to some interesting situations for some people, and as Thich Nhat Hanh has mentioned this is a collective effort as opposed to a solely personal one (the butcher isn’t a butcher only because he decided to be, but because there is a demand from people for meat to be neatly packaged and made available for them to be purchased from supermarkets), but you should strive to do your best.

Following the teaching on right livelihood can help you realize the harmful effect that your own work is having on you and therefore coming up with a solution can result in a largely positive shift in your life as a whole. Only you can decide if a change needs to happen though.

Whatever the case, seek to make a living doing something that promotes the peace and happiness of yourself and those around you as much as possible.

12. Realize non-attachment

This is a difficult point to put into so few words, but a profound one I felt would be greatly beneficial to mention nonetheless.

To realize non-attachment in a Buddhist sense doesn’t mean to abandon your friends and family and live alone for the rest of your life, never truly living again just so that you don’t become attached to these desires.

Non-attachment refers to living in a way that you exist in the natural flow of life and generally living a typical modern life, building a family, working, etc., while simultaneously not being attached to any of these things. It simply means to live in a way that you’ve become aware of and accepted the impermanence of all things in this life and live in a way that you’re ever-aware of this fact.

It’s perfectly normal for a Zen student in Japan, once having completed his training, to actually de-robe and go “back into the world” so to speak. This is because, once they’ve reached this level of realization, they see the beauty in all things and are compelled to live fully absorbed in all the beauty and wonders of this life. From this point on, they can truly “live life to the fullest”, while not clinging to any of these things.

Keep in mind, this doesn’t mean that you stop feeling emotions. On the contrary, these emotions are welcomed and expected, and fully experienced with mindfulness in the moment of their impact. But this is simply the natural course of things.

Once these emotions subside though, and when we have no mental formations or obstructions to block our path, a natural healing process takes place that heals the wound and allows us to continue on living in peace and joy instead of dragging us down into darkness.

Source: “12 Pieces of Buddhist Wisdom That Will Transform Your Life,” from buddhaimonia.com, by Matt Valentine

http://cultureofawareness.com/2015/03/06/matt-valentine-12-pieces-of-buddhist-wisdom-that-will-transform-your-life/

Samual Immanuel – The Halls of Amenti – Accessing Ancient Wisdom from the Ascended Masters – 3-9-14

The Halls of Amenti ( Accessing Ancient Wisdom from the Ascended Masters )

The Halls of Amenti   –   Accessing Ancient Wisdom from the Ascended Masters   –   3-9-14

The Halls of Amenti are now open again to Seekers and those on the path of Ascension! This mighty Storehouse residing under the Great Sphinx is home to Ascended Masters from the beginning of time.

It was forged by alchemical Masters under the careful guidance of Thoth to act as a living “museum” -a timeless resting place for those Blessed Beings who survived the fall of Lemuria and watched the birth of our modern civilization.

Scientists will deny its existence but Thoth and Sheshat assure me this is indeed a place in 3rd dimensional reality. It was forged by man –not simply an interdimensional portal– and uses multi-dimensional principles to keep it well protected. With it’s Opening, we now have access again to the wisdom within! Fortunately, it is not accessible to anyone here on planet Earth (3rd Dimensional reality) by digging under the Sphinx …it’s only accessible energetically by doing the necessary work toward Ascension.

The Halls is a library of forgotten knowledge, containing not only the Earth’s “lost” history, but also the ascension blueprint from those who have gone before us -the identical Path we will take upon our own ascension.

Until most recently, access to the Halls was reserved only for high initiates of the Mystery Schools, and even these devoted students, while invited in, were not given an “All Access Pass.” In October of 2010, the Hathors (a 5th dimensional group of Beings) worked with Tom Kenyon to open the Great Halls of Amenti. This was no ordinary undertaking and required the right vibration, purity, and intention in order to achieve this great feat. For the past thousands of years, only initiates of the mystery schools were granted access; however, since the Opening, ALL people are now invited to learn from the Masters. The Opening of the Great Halls of Amenti is monumental and simply one more piece needed in helping us achieve Ascension.

Accessing The Halls Of Amenti

 

ACCESSING THE HALLS OF AMENTI

The Masters will call you to them. Rest assured if you have been called, you will be granted access. It is not necessary beforehand to know which Ancient One you will be working with.

I am grateful to be allowed access to the Halls mostly through my own Akashic Records, and then have been lead through a doorway and called to my teacher. The feeling is more a “pulling” like a magnet rather than me actively seeking.

This is a place of Mastery –for those of us doing our own soul work– we may come here to learn how to better assist humanity.

Tom Kenyon offers a mediation on his website helping you prepare for access.

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Close your eyes and call in your Highest Self, your true form. Ask Thoth to be granted access to the Halls of Amenti.

You will see before you the Great Sphinx and look for a doorway between his paws.

This doorway opens into a long tunnel leading you deep into the earth. The tunnel ends at a mighty door flanked by pillars.

State your name and your desire to be granted access.

A bright light will appear from your inside your chest, located in the High Heart. This beam of light will scan over the doorway. The gatekeepers can “read” your soul, your purity, your truth and will grant access to those who can learn from the Ancient Ones.

Find your way to the Master calling you. You may feel yourself being guided, or pulled, to a specific location or chamber within the Great Hall.

Sit in front of the Master and await His/Her presence.

An energetic exchange will occur letting you know S/He is before you.

Pay attention to the energy (where you feel in your body, how you feel in your body).

Notice what your Master looks like… ask for a name and possibly an etymology which can help you identify Him/Her.

Ask any questions which may be on your mind. They are present to help us in any way we ask but I’ve found their “services” are best used in a sacred context fulfilling your Soul Mission. For example, I would not go to the Ancient Ones asking about insignificant issues, such as a relationship, a job, or money. I would ask Them how I can clear myself of fear, anxiety, destructive behaviors, etc. Take to Them questions on how you can further your soul evolution: YOUR Ascension.

When you feel complete, then thank Them and ask for any parting words of wisdom.

Know in your Being you have access anytime to this Master and His/Her love for you is undeniable!

When you return from your meditation, you may want to take notes on your experience to better assimilate the new information. I’ve found the tools and guidance They provide are beneficial not just for myself but can be shared with others I encounter on The Path.

Energetic transmissions are normal and a vibrational imprint is left on you once you have completed your time there. Akin to the “high” and glow felt after a particularly good massage, you need to extensively ground yourself before re-entering ordinary reality.

Spend time within The Halls of Amenti and ask how you can better be YOU in this world. I’ve found a weekly visit (minimally) is exponential in my spiritual growth!

We now have access to the greatest resource in the history of the Earth! Not to use –or even appreciate– its messages, gifts of Love, and guidance for personal growth is silly, and ONLY makes your ascension process longer and more challenging than it needs to be.

Enjoy the journey, an

Teachings of the Venusians – Omnec Onec Interview – Host Ted Mahr

Anja Schäfer

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This radio interview with the author and spiritual teacher Omnec Onec took place on November 14, 2014.
Host Ted Mahr is giving his live radio show “Out of this World Radio” every Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. PST. “The goal of this program is to raise human consciousness.” (Ted Mahr).
Link: http://www.outofthisworldradio1150.com

Some of the covered subjects in this interview:

– Personal background of Venusian Omnec Onec: She was born on the astral plane of Venus and brought to Earth as a child in a spaceship
– There is no physical life on Venus now, but long time ago, Venus used to be earthlike.
– Basic teachings of the Venusians: God, the Creator, created everything that exists out of love in neverending cycles so that It would never cease to exist. Love is flowing continously, and the more you give, the stronger it gets.
– The forefathers of the four basic races on Earth.
– Genetic manipulation on mankind long time ago. Now, the lost abilities are being restored. (“The Transformation Process of the Earth.”)
– How to deal with the changes and how to positively participate.
– About attacks and protection.
– There is nothing to fear. Your soul is eternal, only the physical body is temporary.
– On the astral level of Venus, they manifest everything that they need with their thoughts. There are no diseases and no hate.
– Valiant Thor, a Venusian from the interior of Venus.
– The controlling powers are losing their control during the Transformation Process.
– Introducing Robert Scott Lemriel, author of “The Seres Agenda”

Bernhard Guenther – Intuition and the Wisdom of the Body – 6-25-15

Bernhard-Guenther-300x300Bernhard Guenther

http://goldenageofgaia.com/2015/06/25/bernhard-guenther-intuition-and-the-wisdom-of-the-body/

How do we learn to trust ourselves? How do we learn to connect with our intuition and inner knowing? How do we separate projections or wishful thinking from genuine intuition and inner knowing? How do we connect to our own unique purpose?

The key lies in reconnecting to the energetic and cellular matrices of the body. We are already disconnected from nature and Her cycles, and have been for thousands of years.

In this day and age, technology and computerization have disconnected us even more from our own bodies as well. Many people are now merely “walking brains”. They’re successful in matrix terms, but – having lost body sensitivity, inner guidance and connection to “spirit” – they’ve become mere cogs in a giant machine, without even realizing it.

Observe our current collective living conditions: most of us live in crowded cities, bombarded with EMF pollution and affected by the vibration/frequencies which others emit in close proximity to us (in far more ways and patterns than we could ever imagine).

For empaths and very sensitive people, these environments can be extremely overwhelming, as such individuals feel what others feel – especially subtle levels of pain and suffering which non-empaths are not even aware of, due to such emotions being hidden behind a social buffer, built up over years of armoring tactics; because being sensitive and vulnerable is seen as “weak” within our society, driven as it is by a cultural addiction to material success and governed by a ‘dog-eat-dog’ attitude.

Spending Time in Nature

Under such circumstances, it can become confusing to identify what it is that we are truly feeling at any given time – is this reaction coming from me or the other person? That’s been my struggle for nearly my entire life. It was not until I moved into nature, surrounded by trees and wildlife – a place where I don’t even have cell phone reception – that I was able to become (literally and energetically) more grounded.

I now see more and more people drawn to living in nature/more natural areas. That’s an instinctual reaction for people who are sensitive to the energetic cosmic changes taking place in the here and now. However, not everyone is in a position to just move back to nature, especially in cases of family and job situations. But it is still possible to spend more time in nature: going on hikes, camping, canoe trips, or merely getting away from the overwhelming city frequencies for an afternoon.

However, most importantly, it is about getting into our bodies, and by that I don’t just mean exercising (i.e., going to the gym, lifting weights, running, cycling, or going to a yoga class to get a tight butt).

It’s all well and good to stay “fit”; however, in order to access the body’s wisdom; to plug into our intuition/inner knowing; and to become more sensitive to nature’s signs and messages (which are always trying to speak to us), it requires a commitment to engage in more conscious movement exercises, where the focus is “inside”.

Such activities allow us to become deeply aware of the more subtle bodily sensations we possess, and to re-establish a connection with the energy body which lies beyond our physical body.

Qi Gong, yoga, bodywork and dance are great practices to get into the body in a more conscious way. Having practiced yoga for 17 years and Qi Gong for 10 years, I can hardly put into words how effective these disciplines are – the key is to do them on a consistent basis.

It is, of course, important to learn the basics from a teacher and go to classes; however, at some point (as you learn more about your own unique body-mind make-up and listen to the clues your body is giving you) you can step into your own space and create your own practice at home.

“There is a wisdom in the body, a wisdom in feeling, that when accessed and allowed to operate in conjunction with our cognitive capacities, leads to a deeper, wiser, more integrated life. So we need to get back to the body, which involves much more than just dropping it off at yoga classes or fitness facilities or medical offices. We can get our body more flexible, more fit, and more powerful, and we can load it up with the finest supplements and organic fare, and still be out of touch with it.

“Getting back to the body means doing whatever is needed to cut through our disembodied experience, which in part means a journey into and through the very pain that first drove us to dissociate from our body. In permitting a fuller, saner embodiment of our essential nature, we make possible a deeper life for ourselves, a life in which we cannot help but breathe integrity into our stride, and develop a deep intimacy with all that we are.” – Robert Augustus Masters

Yoga and Qi Gong

There are many different forms of yoga and Qi Gong, and as a result it can be easy to get lost in the traditions and dogma of these practices. There is no need to mystify them, nor do I even see these practices as “spiritual”. After all these years, I still don’t know the Sanskrit names of most yoga poses, or the traditional names for the many Qi Gong sequences.

At this point in my journey, I let my body be the guide and just feel my way into it. I also feel it’s not necessary to do a 90 minute class all of the time. Even doing 20 minutes every day is more effective than going to a class once or twice a week. But it takes practice, commitment and patience.

Once you are more connected to your body, you will know what kinds of practices, poses or movements are best for you. Usually, they are the ones you resist doing the most. It’s also not about being flexible, nor does being flexible mean that you are a great yogi. If that were the case, any Cirque Du Soleil acrobat would be an “enlightened” being. Rather, it’s about finding your own edge and limitations, and working with these challenges without judgment or comparing yourself to others.

It’s also not necessary to perform (or know) hundreds of different poses/movements. As Bruce Lee said, in reference to the martial arts: “I’m not afraid of the one who knows 1,000 different moves, but of the one who has practiced one move a thousand times”. My Qi Gong practice has remained the same (more or less) for the past 10 years.

The more I repeat it, the deeper I’m able to go into meditative states – to the point where I sense my energy body more keenly than my physical body. It has become so integrated into my life that I don’t even have to discipline myself to do it every morning. It has become a part of my life, like eating breakfast. It sustains me, and I feel it is needed for my well-being – it’s as simple as that.

Massage and Bodywork

Bodywork (modalities such as Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Esalen Massage, Rolfing, Thai Yoga, Sensory Repatterning, Polarity Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, etc.) is another very effective way to access the wisdom of our bodies. It is not just luxurious pampering, but a healing art that serves as preventive medicine. It has deep healing effects, helping us to get in communion with our bodies through the mirror of another’s educated touch.

We all need nurturing support from time to time, and there are occasions where a qualified bodyworker can help us in more ways than we can help ourselves – not only in relation to physical muscle tension, but also with regards to releasing stuck emotional blockages – including traumas most of us are not even aware of, because we have embedded them deep into our physical vessels via muscle armoring and tension patterning.

Looking at the entirety of existence, everything is made manifest through the ‘latticework’ of universal energy. Our muscles, tissue, organs and bones are carriers of energy and memory, all of which are interrelated and connected to one another. The body is a holistic organism, where nothing is isolated – everything affects us, both physically and energetically, on some level.

Any experience we have ever had – even things that happened to us in the past but were forgotten about or we weren’t even aware of – is still held in the body, be it grief, a broken relationship, emotional pain, everyday stress, childhood wounds, injuries and accidents, trauma, etc.. The body stores the experience and does not “forget” about it until the pattern is released through holistic treatment.

Stress, the most common symptom of modern life, affects the body tremendously, resulting in muscle cramping, bad posture and build up of tension “armor-ing”. Chronic tight muscles are a sign that they are constantly contracting – in other words, they are always working and never relaxed and at ease.

This state of hyper-activity alone constantly drains energy from the life force (sometimes referred to as “Qi” or “Chi”) to “keep one going”. It’s like driving a car with the hand brake on; energy can’t freely-flow, and the various areas of the body (muscles, organs, tissue, bones) aren’t getting enough “chi” or “prana” (life-force) to repair and regenerate themselves, resulting in entropy (breakdown/aging).

This can lead to negative emotions, tiredness, depression, mental sluggishness, irritation, illness, injuries and overall dis-ease. If the body keeps the stress inside itself instead of releasing it whilst simultaneously getting overloaded with more toxins (unhelpful life habits, poor diet, lack of exercise), the life force is simply not sufficient to keep the body in a healthy condition. The immune system then weakens, which can lead to sickness, injury, chronic pain or even seriously-life-threatening conditions like cancer.

Integrative bodywork heals from a holistic vantage point, and has the potential to be a transformative tool for anyone; it positively harmonizes the body, mind and spirit so as to help with the release of stagnant energy whilst revitalizing an individual’s whole being. Good bodywork practice is both preventive medicine and highly therapeutic, as it has the potential to go to “the root” and heal from a full-spectrum perspective, addressing the cause and not just the symptom. It’s about caring for your body and health, so that disease, injury or illness can’t manifest themselves in your ‘temple’.

In these times of global and cosmic change, healing ourselves is especially essential. Integrative bodywork helps to heal both the body/mind separation and the wounds we have accumulated over years (and lifetimes). Besides these deeper effects, receiving regular bodywork helps to maintain a healthy body, mind and spirit ‘framework’, which will manifest in one’s life in positive ways on a daily basis. Individual sovereignty and global emancipation require a planetary population of healthy human beings.

Music and Dance

Another great way to get into your body, release stuck emotions, and get a good workout at the same time is expressive dance. Not necessarily any form of traditional dance or structured style, but simply free form – just letting your body move to the music and rhythm, and letting go of expectations. There is no wrong or right way to dance – there is only your unique expression.

Rhythm and music has deeper effects on our physiology than we could possibly comprehend (drumming is a great scientifically-proven healing practice as well).It can speak directly to our inner child, and address deeper emotions held in the body that are occasionally being triggered, depending on the style of music, frequencies and rhythm.

Personally, dancing helps me to purge deep-rooted anger and frustration (as well as melancholy and sadness) but it can also allow me to just express joy like a child or get in touch with my sensuality, and release emotions I could not possibly express through words.

5 Rhythms dance practice, founded by Gabrielle Roth, is an amazing free form dance healing art, exploring five basic rhythms: flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical, and stillness. It draws from indigenous and world traditions using tenets of shamanistic, ecstatic, mystical and eastern philosophy. It also draws from Gestalt therapy, and transpersonal psychology.

Fundamental to the practice is the idea that everything is energy, and moves in waves, patterns and rhythms. Roth describes the practice as a soul journey, and says that by moving the body, releasing the heart, and freeing the mind, one can connect to the essence of the soul, the source of inspiration in which an individual has unlimited possibility and potential.

We can also just dance at home alone, putting on our favorite music (or any style that reflects how we feel – any energy we want to express or release) and literally move through our process. I like to dance when taking breaks from reading/writing as well; it’s healthy to get off the chair and re-inhabit the body.

Sometimes, after having done Qi Gong and meditation, I just put on some music and start to dance, getting even more deeply into what came up for me in the other practices; in the grip of sonic patterns, I fully embrace the sensations, and commit to how I feel… whatever else comes up, I let it all out, expressing it through my body (and sometimes voice) as I move to the sound and rhythm. I literally sweat it all out, and feel amazing afterwards – calm and grounded.

Yoga, Qi Gong, meditating/hiking in nature, bodywork, and dance have helped me over the years to get in touch with my body, emotions and essentially my intuition and inner knowing – the “treasures” of our physical vessel-that-we-are. There have been many times where I’ve received deeper insights and revelations during these practices, helping me to clear out the “interior junk” and thus to connect to my higher self, anchoring a more expanded frequency of love and compassion for myself and others.

We can also employ our head (via the vehicle of meditation) to reconnect to the “second brain” of our belly, the feminine seat of our conscious awareness, located in our pelvic floor; the place through which we embody and ‘absorb’ the sensory treasures of the world around us – Philip Shepherd describes a very basic (but highly effective) bridging practice in this interview:

These are simple ways and tools that can help us to access our intuition, get out of our heads and into our bodies, and open pathways for higher frequencies to anchor within our holographic mainframes, while at the same time initiate healing on a deeper, embodied level. There are many other movement therapies and practices which enable people to access the body-mind “bridge”. Choose what works and resonates with you on a personal level – what I share here is simply what works for me.

The more we develop body sensitivity (and listen to the clues our body is constantly giving us), the greater the degree to which we can also process negative emotions in a more efficient manner whilst simultaneously anchoring a higher frequency/vibration.

Most people have a hard time with working through crisis because they have built up a deep-seated emotional armor, and have become desensitized, disassociated or unconsciously repressed (with regards to what needs to be released). Modern life and technology – with people glued to their smart phones and computers – keeps them disconnected from their bodies, their intuition and their inner guidance system. So we need to make conscious efforts to disconnect from the outside world at times, and go inside to re-establish the connection with stillness.

“Intuition and The Wisdom of The Body” by Bernhard Guenther, Jun3 6, 2015 at http://wakeup-world.com/2015/06/06/intuition-and-the-wisdom-of-the-body/

Original link: Intuition and The Wisdom of The Body

JIM SELF – Webinar – BELIEF – You only know what You Know and Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

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Owen K Waters – Be Your Own Authority – 5-19-15

Owen WatersIn the 1960s, parents and teachers complained that the younger generation had less respect for authority than they did when they were that age. In the 1980s, parents and teachers complained that the younger generation had less respect for authority than they did when they were that age.

In the 2000s, well, you get the picture. Every generation has progressed more in the same direction because The Shift is dissolving the old habit of submission to authority.

Traditionally, organizations were run on hierarchies of authority. In order to work within a hierarchy, you were expected to surrender your willingness to think for yourself and, instead, obey orders without question. Human creativity was suppressed while such a structure encouraged people to be closed-minded when exposed to any new information or ideas.

People with open minds, on the other hand, can think for themselves and therefore become their own authorities. Being open to new ideas, they can awaken to creative, new solutions to challenges in their work and in their lives.

Once the human mind is free to think for itself, these new ideas and solutions can be gained from the three main stages of focused conscious awareness. These are:

1) Concentration. This is used to make a study and rational analysis of all available material.

2) Reflection. This is the process of digesting information, sleeping on it, and thinking it over on more than one occasion. It opens up the problem to more levels of consciousness than just the daily, waking consciousness. Each time the situation is examined, a more insightful overview is obtained, leading to deeper and longer-lasting solutions.

3) Meditation. In this state of alert awareness, the full power of your intuitive insight can be accessed. In this state, your intuition senses the whole reality of the situation and delivers information which would be unobtainable by any other means. The deeper the meditative state, the clearer it becomes as to what the best solution can be.

Like all skills, meditation requires regular practice in order to become truly effective. A sudden crisis in life can upset a beginner’s attempts to find a deep level of awareness. An experienced meditator, however, will have gained the experience to be able to bypass the emotional turbulence and still reach the desired, deep levels of insight in order to find the most elegant solution.

It is very simple to become an experienced meditator. Make meditation your number one priority, each and every day. The Ultimate Meditation technique is one of many techniques you can use, and it is a very powerful one. It can be found in all its spiritually-empowering detail at:

http://spiritualdynamics.net/articles/meditation/

As we pass through The Shift into the New Reality, we are learning to apply self-empowerment to all facets of life. Self-education and reflection mean that you can rely upon your own perceptions about what is best for you.

Traditionally, the medical establishment has been the authority on what is best for your health. That is currently being replaced by self-education in nutrition and “alternative,” or natural, health care.

Religious authorities are becoming ignored in favor of spiritual self-education. Political authorities have been in a crisis of mistrust for so many years that it will take a complete revival of standards and ethics to salvage the value of political representation.

When it comes to matters of authority, remember: It is better to be your own authority than to follow the crowd, wherever that crowd is being led.

Within you is all the insight you ever need to reach wise decisions about every challenge that you ever face. No one on the planet knows more than you about your needs, your situation and your potential to find joy in all of the aspects of your life.

Basically, it all comes down to these four words:

Be your own authority.

“Be Your Own Authority” by Owen K. Waters, May 17, 2015 at http://www.SpiritualDynamics.net

http://goldenageofgaia.com/2015/05/19/owen-k-waters-be-your-own-authority/

Wes Annac – The Silent, Peaceful Sage – 4-28-15

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By Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness

I define a “sage” as someone who uses their awareness, which they find in stillness and contemplation, to subtly and quietly create positive change. The sage embodies material transcendence and expresses him or herself through love and peace, and everything flows to this quiet, still embodiment of divine perfection.

The sage who’s successfully opened their mind and allowed their heart-centered wisdom to pour through gains a greater understanding of the nature of reality, and in my opinion, we don’t have to accomplish anything to become a sage.

All we have to do is sit in silence and recognize our simplistic divinity, and we don’t have to be loved by the masses to change the world. All we have to do is transform our consciousness, and everything else will flow from the heart space, allowing us to help the world wake up.

Our creativity will flow when we open the mind and allow our innate higher consciousness to express itself through the heart, and the peace and stillness that are required will reintroduce us to humility and simplicity – qualities the rest of the world seems to lack.

All it takes to be a sage is the recognition that we’re already perfect the way we are, because we contain a divine spark within.

This spark can be used for creativity, meditation, or anything else that lights our inner fire, and as we open up and connect with our higher consciousness, we find all of the creative and spiritual inspiration we’ll ever need.

Most people fail to understand that we don’t need to prove ourselves – we need to discover ourselves.

This is one of the most difficult truths to come to terms with on the spiritual path. While some of us might want to prove ourselves on the world stage, the best way to transform ourselves and our world is to find our sacred center and allow the transformative, paradigm shattering energy to flow from there.

Lao-Tzu. Credit: Thetaoofrecovery.com

Lao-Tzu poses some essential questions for those who like to consider themselves sages.

“Can you govern your animal soul, hold to the One and never depart from it?

“Can you throttle your breath, down to the softness of breath in a child?

“Can you purify your mystic vision and wash it until it is spotless?

“Can you love all your people, rule over the land without being known?

“Can you be like a female, and passively open and shut heaven’s gates?

“Can you keep clear in your mind the four quarters of earth and not interfere?” (1)

The “wise man” keeps his peace no matter what, he tells us.

“The Wise Man, though he travel all day,

“Will not be separated from his goods.

“So even if the scene is glorious to view,

“He keeps his place, at peace, above all.” (2)

He also introduces a concept that’s crucial to the enlightenment path, which he calls “accomplishment apart from work”.

“In all the world but few can know

“Accomplishment apart from work,

“Instruction when no words are used.” (3)

For the most part, the world is too busy rushing around every day to find inner peace, bliss or contentment, but the conscious sage sees the rat race for what it is: a continuous, frantic attempt to stay disconnected from our essence.

The problem with accessing this greater awareness is that, again, it requires a great deal of peace, silence and stillness, which most people are too distant from to understand or embody.

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The silence and stillness connect us with the Self, but to access them, we have to be willing to lay down our constant goals and ambitions so we can clear the way for this connection to be established.

Most people don’t know they possess an infinite wellspring of spirituality and creativity within, and we’re all familiar with the stereotypical artist who’s always frustrated because his or her creativity doesn’t seem to flow.

If only they could quiet their minds and allow their higher consciousness to through, which not only requires peace, silence and stillness, but love, they’d never go without their creative flow again.

As we’re learning, open-minded love is the driving force behind flowing creativity, and even if the mind’s open and we’re peaceful within, our flow will still be blocked if we haven’t entered the heart space.

Adyashanti has told us that “if emptiness cannot dance, it is not true emptiness”, and I think this means that an open mind is incomplete if we don’t open it to the heart. Without love, we don’t have much of anything to inspire us or help us feel passionate, so beyond staying open and empty, we have to remember to stay rooted in love.

In my experience, one of the best ways to keep our inner love intact is to consistently express it through our creative work. Writing is a great way for me to express how I feel along this journey, and there are plenty of other passions we can pursue.

Anyone will tell you that the spiritual path requires commitment, but a lot of spiritual seekers don’t realize exactly what they’ve committed to. They’ve committed to inner peace, joy, bliss and stillness, and beyond our work, these are the most important components of the enlightenment journey that require commitment.

We’ll have other commitments if we fashion our daily work around our awareness, and it’s essential to remember to take time to explore our consciousness throughout the day.

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Otherwise, we’ll feel depleted of the very awareness we’re here to raise, and along with working hard and routinely accessing our inner silence and stillness, we’re meant to have fun with this crazy journey we call life.

With this in mind, let’s step outside of our mind-driven confines and gain new rich and fulfilling experiences, but let’s also remember to explore ourselves every day. It’s important for our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual sustainment, and the rest of the world will benefit when we can remain in this wholly connected space.

http://cultureofawareness.com/2015/04/28/the-silent-peaceful-sage/

Michelle Walling, CHLC – The Three Levels of Learning Discernment – in5d.com – 3-27-15

The Three Levels Of Learning Discernment in5d

by Michelle Walling, CHLC
Staff writer, In5D.com

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Our consciousness is experiencing this lifetime in a holographic matrix, and we are existing on many levels and many places at the same time. Really, the only thing real here is our Source energy consciousness. However, in order to move out of this reality into one that is more pleasing, we have had to become a sleuth in order to find the highest path. Discernment is the tool that we use to accomplish the highest and best outcome in any particular moment.

I had a really sweet lady on Facebook ask me, “How do you know what you know”? I have been asked this many times, so I thought it would be helpful to share the most important things that I do in order to discern. I told her that I have practiced running things through my inner guidance, and in response she asked me how to do this. She said that she has relied on her critical thinking skills to discern. Although practiced discernment can involve balancing the left/ logical side of the brain with the right/ creative side, real discernment involves being grounded in your center by using your heart, balanced brain, and your solar plexus chakra or gut instinct.

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Beginning discernment- questioning everything

When I first began my awakening about five years ago, it started with the subject of ghosts. I was drawn to watch a show called “Ghost Hunters” on television, where evidence of disembodied spirits was presented and then left to the property owner to discern the validity or meaning. I had always questioned religion, heaven, and hell, and from this show I realized that people never really die. This sparked a million questions and I began to read all I could about this. I followed clues and my gut instincts which led to many different subjects of study, including near death experiences and psychic mediumship. I began to question everything and to immerse myself in as much learning as I could.

Along the way I was faced with some really tough discernment lessons. I joined a group that had convinced me that I was going to magically “rejuvenate” my body which would prepare me for ascension in to the fifth dimension in 2012. I always questioned that something was not right about this, especially the fact that I would be leaving some of my friends and family “behind” and that I was special. It was a long agonizing wait until the day of ascension came…. and went. I got lost for a while in disappointment and began to review things that had given me clues that I had previously ignored, showing that something was not right. That was my first big lesson and I learned a lot about discernment from it.

Along the way I was faced with some really tough discernment lessons. I joined a group that had convinced me that I was going to magically “rejuvenate” my body which would prepare me for ascension in to the fifth dimension in 2012. I always questioned that something was not right about this, especially the fact that I would be leaving some of my friends and family “behind” and that I was special. It was a long agonizing wait until the day of ascension came…. and went. I got lost for a while in disappointment and began to review things that had given me clues that I had previously ignored, showing that something was not right. That was my first big lesson and I learned a lot about discernment from it.  in5d

From early on, the people in this group had taught about discernment. They said that everyone needed to “go within” to find all of the answers, and to not take everything that people offer outside of yourselves. The irony of it all is that if I had learned how to do this, I would have realized that we were all being misled! Another thing I learned is that the timelines and possibilities shift every moment in the now, and our consciousness also time travels into the past in order to change the future. I realized that it may have really been a possibility that we were supposed to transform into our light bodies by 2012, but something changed in our collective timeline.

These people, whom I still care about, had been clinging to a particular timeline that did not occur. Somehow I knew we were headed for a different timeline but I never spoke my truth about it until now. It is also interesting to note that for me, I am neutral as to whether that timeline was a missed opportunity or if I am better off not on that timeline. For all I know, they could have all joined that timeline and left a remnant of themselves here to keep my illusion going. What I do know is that I am exactly where I am supposed to be right now, and I realized that I was practicing the best discernment available to me in a limited capacity at the time.

I was still very much “in my head” in the beginning of my awakening. It does take some realizations and lessons to learn what that means and how to understand the mental mind. The mental mind is the main thing that is interfered with because it exists in the astral realm and is tied into the physical brain. It is used to keep us programmed and naïve. Getting out of the mental mind doesn’t mean turning off your mind as much as learning what is being placed there by others and taking full control of what thoughts you allow yourself to experience.

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Gradual discernment

While trying to learn how to practice discernment, it helps to have someone you can run things by. Yes, sometimes outside opinion does help in order to figure out how to reach your own inner truth. You may read or write something and then you seek the approval of others in order to get a consensus of opinions. Then you can think back to what different parts felt like to you. For example, complete bullshit may have left you with a depressed feeling or maybe a little queasy, and something that really rings true to you will excite you and make you want to learn more.

In gradual discernment, the main focus is moving out of the mental mind where you are using logical thinking. This has been the program most of us have been running our whole lives. This reality we exist in is not logical, and in fact everything is backwards and upside down. It is like a hall of mirrors in a fun house. Getting down into your heart and your sacral chakra, or gut, is the key. It is important to pay attention to your body’s clues, for each cell in the body has consciousness and is able to communicate with your spirit and higher mind.  ellner in5d

In gradual discernment, the main focus is moving out of the mental mind where you are using logical thinking. This has been the program most of us have been running our whole lives. This reality we exist in is not logical, and in fact everything is backwards and upside down. It is like a hall of mirrors in a fun house. Getting down into your heart and your sacral chakra, or gut, is the key. It is important to pay attention to your body’s clues, for each cell in the body has consciousness and is able to communicate with your spirit and higher mind.

For example, when I am speaking my truth or when I hear someone else speaking their truth, I get chills up and down the inside of my body on the left side. My cells are vibrating at a higher level and I feel the difference. Everyone will have their own barometer and it does take a little work to practice feeling and comparing things.

The body can lead you anywhere. It will tell you what it prefers to eat over what it does not like by how it reacts to certain foods. It will tell you where stuck energy is through pain or disease. It is a wonderful barometer of truth and is not able to lie. Learning to listen to your body and even having a conversation with your body is possible if you are aware that you can do it.

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Advanced discernment

Eventually, I came to the conclusion that in order to know the real truth, I needed to fully embody my “higher self” into my physical body. Because the higher self is of a higher vibration, it has a hard time existing in something that is full of negativity or denseness. The higher self is comprised of your higher mind, your guidance, and your other ‘selves” that have achieved a broader understanding outside of the matrix. Really, these are all one at a higher level, but this is how we can understand at this level of illusory separation.

My body certainly needed a lot of clearing work to do before I even got the idea of inviting my higher consciousness to join me as much as possible in this denseness. I had to clean house in order to make room for this energy. It has been a gradual road but I can definitely tell that communicating with this part of me and inviting it in to join me has made a huge difference in my ability to discern. I feel like healing and integrating the wholeness that is our higher self is one of the most important things we can do right now.

Also see: Going Within – The Door To Higher Consciousness

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Centering and grounding

When your higher self is invited into your reality, you can use your higher mind, high heart, sacral chakra, and whole body to work together to begin to access the truth. This is called centering. In this matrix of duality and polarity, the truth is twisted in order to keep you confused. This confusion keeps you from being centered and calm. Centering allows you to see what parts are over-layed onto the truth so that you can dissolve the deception.

Another important element needed to integrate the wholeness of you is grounding. Grounding to the core sentient consciousness and energy of the planet is vitally important for many reasons. For one, Mother Earth is resonating at a frequency that will help to clear out the “gunk” we have accumulated not only in this lifetime but in all of our lifetimes. She is doing this service for us in order to heal the past and to raise our consciousness. Another reason is that some people’s higher self can have a hard time staying in the body. It could come and go if you do not provide a stabilized place for it to exist. Grounding will take care of that.

Another great benefit of grounding is that when you connect to the planet, you are fully connected to Source. Who has all of the answers? Source, our creator, the “all that is” does, and we are a fractal of that.

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Finding your truth

When you begin to speak your truth, it is imperative that you share the parts that you have personally experienced. Parroting another’s lessons is only as beneficial to another as the energy you give it. If you really feel like someone has laid out their truths and this is interesting enough to share, then of course it may benefit someone else. However, the highest level of help you can give another is by sharing your own story. Your truth can be derived from this lifetime combined with all of the experiences of other lifetimes as well, which can be accessed within.

We are a part of Source and you would think it would be easy to get all of the answers, right? We have to get around an illusory veil that is experienced in this particular version of this human body in order to access this information. Dissolving the veil by going within and connecting with your own truth is the best way I know to be able to discern.

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Elements of the truth can change

We exist multi-dimensionally and are having many different experiences at the same time on the other side of this veil. Because we are always learning, expanding, and healing, there are various levels of understanding that must be experienced in order to grow. We have to trust our guidance and know that we may have needed a certain experience in order to heal a past life or to finalize some thread of our existence. Your truth, one day, may have been an intended lesson in order to know what others might be going through. Or, perhaps you needed to fall for some deception in order to know what it felt like to question it in your gut? Just like a baby learns how to walk, we sometimes must fall down in order to get right back up and move forward.

Timeline and possibility jumping, healing stuck energies, and every decision we make in the now determines our future experience. The more we embody our true self and bring in our higher consciousness, the more we will be able to transform our existence in this now moment. Almost everything I have learned throughout my life has been a lie, including the New Age studies I had in my earlier level of awakening, what I was taught in school, and most everything I have watched on television.

An important part of discernment is to be able to trust that where you have been and what you have fallen for was not a waste of time. Judgment of the path behind you will not allow you to turn around and sprint forward.

I have determined a set of hard core truths for myself, which include:

  1. The high frequency of love is changing the world, galaxy, universe and beyond
  2. I am more powerful than any of the beings that are fighting to steal my Source energy
  3. I am existing in a holographic illusion that someone else created
  4. I am co-creating this reality within this illusion but have been trapped in cycles of time by those who tricked me into accepting their reality.

I have smaller sets of sub-truths that help me to stay sane in an insane world. There are very few truths I can align with in the esoteric, spiritual, and metaphysical communities, because all of us are learning that we have been mind controlled and greatly deceived for a very long time. Getting out of the mind and within our Source energy is the exit to this matrix existence we find ourselves in, and is one of the biggest challenges we face. It becomes easier as you practice and the veil dissolves faster and faster the more you give it your attention.

One day soon, a small group of very powerful humans will break through the illusion barrier for all of humanity. We are all connected and we are all helping each other whenever we work on ourselves. Our truth has been hijacked and we are demanding that it be returned. Until then, our body, Mother Earth, and our higher consciousness can help us to discern if we spend the time to connect. Being centered and grounded allows a sense of calm peace in a world that has gone completely insane.

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About the author:
Michelle Walling is a Certified Holistic Life Coach, webmaster, writer, and and Radio Host on In5d radio’s The Cosmic Awakening Show. As a truth seeker, she is committed to share her experiences with the world. Michelle has joined forces with Gregg Prescott as an admin for the In5d Facebook page, as an assistant for In5d Events, and as a contributing author for http://www.in5d.com. Michelle also supports Gregg’s endeavors in many other areas including alternative and holistic healthcare. Their next project is a walk in clinic under the name AHH- Alternative Holistic Healthcare to be launched in the Sarasota, Florida area, and then subsidiaries will be opened around the world based upon that model. All of Michelle Walling’s articles and radio appearances can be found on her database CosmicStarseeds.com. Holistic Counseling sessions can be booked through her website MichelleWalling.com. The truth about the holographic nature of the matrix and how we are going to dissolve it can be explored on her website Howtoexitthematrix.com. Michelle’s personal Facebook page can be found here.

http://in5d.com/the-three-levels-of-learning-discernment/

Matt Valentine – 12 Pieces Of Buddhist Wisdom That Will Transform Your Life – 3-6-15

https://i2.wp.com/themindunleashed.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/buddhistt.jpgBy Matt Valentine, buddhaimonia.com. Thanks to The Mind Unleashed.

1. Live with compassion

Compassion is one of the most revered qualities in Buddhism and great compassion is a sign of a highly realized human being.

Compassion doesn’t just help the world at large, and it isn’t just about the fact that it’s the right thing to do. Compassion, and seeking to understand those around you, can transform your life for a number of reasons.

First, self-compassion is altogether critical towards finding peace within yourself. By learning to forgive yourself and accepting that you’re human you can heal deep wounds bring yourself back from difficult challenges.

Next, we can often be tortured because of the fact that we don’t completely understand why people do certain things.

Compassion is understanding the basic goodness in all people and then seeking to discover that basic goodness in specific people. Because of this, it helps you from going through the often mental torture we experience because we don’t understand the actions of others.

But even more than that, expressing compassion is the very act of connecting wholeheartedly with others, and simply connecting in this way can be a great source of joy for us.

The reasons for practicing compassion are numerous and powerful. Seek to live in a way that you treat everyone you meet as you would yourself. Once you begin trying to do this, it will seem altogether impossible. But keep at it, and you’ll realize the full power of living with compassion.

2. Connect with others and nurture those connections

In Buddhism, a community of practitioners is called a “sangha”. A sangha is a community of monks, nuns, laymen, and laywomen who practice together in peace towards the united “goal” of realizing greater awakening, not only for themselves but for all beings.

The sangha is a principle which much of the world can greatly benefit from. People come together in groups all the time, but it’s usually for the purpose of creating monetary riches or obtaining substantial power and rarely towards the united goal o1f attaining peace, happiness, and realizing greater wisdom.

The principle of the sangha can be expressed in your own life in many ways. The sangha is ultimately just one way of looking at life, through the lens of the individual “expressions” of the totality.

By living in a way that you’re fully aware of the power of connecting with others, whether it’s one person or a group of 100, and seeking to nurture those relationships in the appropriate way, you can transform your life in ways that will pay dividends for years to come.

3. Wake up

One of the most powerful points on this list, the power of simply living in a way that you’re fully awake to every moment of your life pretty much couldn’t be exaggerated even if I tried.

Mindfulness, greater awareness, paying attention, whatever you want to call it- it changes every facet of your life and in every way. It’s as simple as that.

Strive to live fully awake to each moment of your daily life and overcome your greatest personal struggles, find a great sense of peace and joy, and realize the greatest lessons life can teach you as a result of living fully awake to the present moment.1

4. Live deeply

To live deeply, in a way that you become keenly aware of the precious nature of life, is to begin down the path of true peace and happiness.

Why? Because to live in this way is to gradually become aware of the true nature of the world. This will happen essentially in “sections” of the whole, such as realizing your interconnectedness (you begin to see how everything is connected to everything else) and impermanence (you begin to see how everything is ever-changing, constantly dying only to be reborn in another form).

These realizations are the bread and butter of Buddhism and all spiritual practice. These “sections of the whole” are fragments of the ultimate realization, ways for us to understand that which can’t be fully understood in the traditional sense.

By living in a way that you seek to realize these various “qualities of the ultimate” you find greater and greater peace in realizing the natural way of things. This cultivates in us the ability to savor every moment of life, to find peace in even the most mundane activities, as well as the ability to transform your typically “negative” experiences into something altogether nourishing and healing.

5. Change yourself, change the world

Buddhists understand that you can hardly help another before you help yourself. But this isn’t referring to you gaining power or riches before you can help others, or living in a way that you ignore others.

This is mostly referring to the fact that because we’re all interconnected, by you helping yourself you create an exponentially positive effect on the rest of the world.

If you want to make an impact on the world, don’t falsely convince yourself that it’s “you or them”. You don’t need to drag yourself through the mud to help those around you. If you do this, you’ll greatly hamper your ability to create a positive impact.

At the deepest level of understanding, by making it about you you’re also making it about them because you know there’s no separating “you” and “them”.

Take care of yourself and seek to be more than just a help, but an example of how to live for others to follow and you’llcreate waves of exponential possibility that inspires others to do the same.

6. Embrace death

Death is an often taboo topic in Western society. We do everything we can to not only avoid the subject, but pretend that it doesn’t even exist.

The reality is, this is really unfortunate and in no way helps us lead better lives. Becoming keenly aware of your ownimpermanence and deeply understanding the nature of death with regards to our interconnectedness are both things which can help us find great peace.

In Buddhism, students in many sects at one point or another “meditate on the corpse” as it were (a practice which is said to have originated at least as far back as the Buddha’s lifetime).

This is literally what it sounds like. They meditate on the image of a corpse slowing decomposing and imagine that process through to its end, eventually resulting in a deep and profound realization on the true nature of death.

That might sound a little intense to you, but the truth is, if you live you’re entire life acting as if you’re never going to die or ignoring your own impermanence then you won’t ever be able to find true peace within yourself.

You don’t necessarily have to meditate on the image of a corpse, but simply opening up to yourself about death so that you’re no longer shielding it from your mind (which you’re likely doing unconsciously, as that’s how most of us were brought up in the West) can begin to be a great source of peace and help you appreciate the many joys in your everyday life.

A true appreciation for life can never be fully realized until you come face-to-face with your own impermanence. But once you do this, the world opens up in a new and profound way.

7. Your food is (very) special

Buddhist meditative practice, particularly mindfulness and contemplation, helps you realize the precious nature of the food in front of you. Indeed, with how integral a part food plays in our lives, to transform our relationship with food is to transform a key aspect of our entire lives, both now and in the future.

By contemplating on the food in front of us, for example, we can come to realize the vast system of interconnectedness that is our life, and how our food coming to be on our dinner plate as it is depended on numerous elements coming to be.

This helps us to deepen our relationship with food, cultivate a deep sense of gratitude before each meal, and learn to respect the delicate but ever-pressing balance that is life.

8. Understand the nature of giving

Giving is more than the act of giving Christmas and Birthday gifts, it’s also about those gifts which we give each and every day which we don’t typically see as gifts at all.

Buddhists hold a very deep understanding of the nature of giving, particularly in that life is a constant play between the act of giving and receiving. This doesn’t just help us find peace in understanding the way of the world around us, but helps us realize the amazing gifts we all have within us that we can give others in every moment, such as our love, compassion, and presence.

9. Work to disarm the ego

The easiest way to sum up all “spiritual” practice is this: spirituality is the act of coming in touch with the ultimate reality or the ground of being, and as a result spiritual practice is the act of overcoming those obstacles which keep us from realizing that.

The primary obstacle in our way? The ego.

To put it short and sweet, the reason the ego is the major obstacle in spiritual practice, or simply the practice of finding true peace and happiness (whatever you choose to call it, it’s all the same), is because it’s very function is to pull you away from the ground of your being by convincing you that you’re this separate self.

The process of unraveling the ego can take time, as it’s something which has been with us, intertwined with us, for years. But it’s infinitely rewarding and altogether necessary if we want to realize our best life.

10. Remove the 3 poisons

Life is filled with vices, things which attempt to bind us to unwholesome ways of living and therefore do the very opposite of cultivate peace, joy, and greater realization in our lives. Among these, the 3 poisons are some of the most powerful. The 3 poisons are:

  1. Greed
  2. Hatred
  3. Delusion

Together, these 3 poisons are responsible for the majority of the pain and suffering we experience as a collective species. It’s perfectly normal to be affected by each of these poisons throughout your life, so don’t knock yourself for falling for them.

Instead, simply accept that they’re something you’re experiencing and begin working to remove them from your life. This can take time, but it’s a key aspect on the path towards realizing true peace and happiness.

11. Right livelihood

We should all strive to work and make our living in a way that’s more “conscious” or aware. This generally means not selling harmful items such as guns, drugs, and services that harm other people, but it goes deeper than that.

There’s ultimately two aspects to this: making a living by doing something which doesn’t inhibit your own ability to realize peace and making a living doing something which doesn’t inhibit others ability to realize peace.

Facing this can lead to some interesting situations for some people, and as Thich Nhat Hanh has mentioned this is a collective effort as opposed to a solely personal one (the butcher isn’t a butcher only because he decided to be, but because there is a demand from people for meat to be neatly packaged and made available for them to be purchased from supermarkets), but you should strive to do your best.

Following the teaching on right livelihood can help you realize the harmful effect that your own work is having on you and therefore coming up with a solution can result in a largely positive shift in your life as a whole. Only you can decide if a change needs to happen though.

Whatever the case, seek to make a living doing something that promotes the peace and happiness of yourself and those around you as much as possible.

12. Realize non-attachment

This is a difficult point to put into so few words, but a profound one I felt would be greatly beneficial to mention nonetheless.

To realize non-attachment in a Buddhist sense doesn’t mean to abandon your friends and family and live alone for the rest of your life, never truly living again just so that you don’t become attached to these desires.

Non-attachment refers to living in a way that you exist in the natural flow of life and generally living a typical modern life, building a family, working, etc., while simultaneously not being attached to any of these things. It simply means to live in a way that you’ve become aware of and accepted the impermanence of all things in this life and live in a way that you’re ever-aware of this fact.

It’s perfectly normal for a Zen student in Japan, once having completed his training, to actually de-robe and go “back into the world” so to speak. This is because, once they’ve reached this level of realization, they see the beauty in all things and are compelled to live fully absorbed in all the beauty and wonders of this life. From this point on, they can truly “live life to the fullest”, while not clinging to any of these things.

Keep in mind, this doesn’t mean that you stop feeling emotions. On the contrary, these emotions are welcomed and expected, and fully experienced with mindfulness in the moment of their impact. But this is simply the natural course of things.

Once these emotions subside though, and when we have no mental formations or obstructions to block our path, a natural healing process takes place that heals the wound and allows us to continue on living in peace and joy instead of dragging us down into darkness.

Source: “12 Pieces of Buddhist Wisdom That Will Transform Your Life,” from buddhaimonia.com, by Matt Valentine

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Caroline Diana Bobart – How Intuitive Are You? – 3-6-15

How Intuitive Are YouBy Caroline Diana Bobart, Guest Writer for Wake Up World, March 5, 2015

I recently had a conversation with a young woman, a nurse by profession, who contacted me after reading one of my articles on Wake Up World. She wanted to learn more about how my work could help her release her deep pain from childhood in order that she could step more fully into her own sacred purpose – helping others heal.

Throughout the course of our conversation I asked her, “On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest, how intuitive do you feel you are?” She replied, “Zero really. I don’t really feel I am intuitive at all”.

It was so incredibly interesting to see this exchange play out, not least because almost all of my articles speak to the fact that we are intuitive by nature and explore the far-reaching, lifestyle-improving benefits of developing self-awareness and intuitive skills. But there was something in that article that clearly struck a chord with her, and resonated so deeply that she instinctively reached out to connect with me right away.

So… There she was, following her intuition, but she couldn’t actually see it herself! This highlighted for me a curious notion I observe a lot in my work – that many people have a difficult time putting their finger on exactly what their intuition is.

What does your intuition sound like? Do you tend to ‘hear’ it rather than ‘feel’ it, or ‘see’ it?

Do you put trust in your intuition? Or do you sense your inner knowing to be like Pandora’s box? Have you been resisting opening it because, somehow, you just know that your life will be forever changed once you do?

While the ways in which our intuition speaks to us can be quite individual and unique, what is common to all of us is that it is an innate life-ward trait that has underpinned our survival as a species throughout the history of mankind. In the early hunter-gatherer days we relied on our intuitive skills to find food, shelter, a mate, and to keep our loved ones safe. As civilisations have evolved over thousands of years however, our emphasis has moved on from mere physical survival. For many of us, as part of modern society, our most fundamental human needs are largely taken care of, thereby freeing us up to consider and fulfill our ‘higher’ mental, emotional and spiritual needs.

The Vibration of Love

In 1954 Albert Einstein said:

A human being is part of the whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.

Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive.

He alluded to the fact that the universe is made up of energy and that we exist as individualisations of the universal pool of consciousness. Obviously, some of that consciousness is what we might consider reflections of ‘darker’ vibrations or thought forms which can be destructive and fear-based. According to the Einstein school of thought however, the vibration of love is actually our true nature. That is, it is the vibration of love – love and appreciation for the gift of life, others and ourselves that heals and enables each of us to thrive – individually and as a species as a whole.

And to take that thought one step farther, intuition is a reflection of universal wisdom born of the pool of purposeful connectedness that filters its way into reality through us and into our individual lives.

For this reason I like to think of love, intuition and conscious action as the three points on a triad that puts us into a sacred flow with the ever-evolving universal dance. As they work together, they set us on the path towards being able to find, express and enjoy our sacred purpose and thereby lead more fulfilling, meaningful lives.

Together, love, intuition and conscious action form the elusive key that unlocks a core-level understanding within us — that ‘sacred purpose’ is much more about the journey of self-realisation we are each on than it is about arriving at one absolute destination or place.

And so if you have been struggling to hear, know and be in relationship with your intuition, it is vital that you are aware that what you are really facing is the prospect of stepping into a much bigger, more capable, dynamic, wise version of yourself than you probably ever even realised existed. It means becoming aware that as an individualised spark of universal consciousness you are multi-dimensional. As in the case of the woman who felt she had no intuition, whom I mentioned at the start of this article, it means realising that you are connected to levels of awareness beyond what your rational, linear mind can perceive. On these levels, you are knowingly connected with everyone else and all things.

With this growing awareness comes an increasing need to be truthful to yourself and to those around you, in order that you can give yourself over to your instinct and consciously step into life’s creative flow.

Truthfulness to speak up in the face of that which feels misaligned with your true nature and real self requires bravery. It requires self-trust. It requires deep courage to hear and follow your inner compass and to follow a path filled with adventure but without guarantees that life will turn out in the precise ways you envision. It requires faith that there is actually a much bigger, more full love-filled, purposeful life possible for you than you feel connected to right now. And it requires acceptance that you are the only one who can allow this experience of life to come into being as you gather all of these, your only real assets in anticipation of the pilgrimage ahead.

Consistent Connection

The very best way that you can nurture this deep connection and communication with your intuition is through the consistent practice of activities that feel like an extension of your soul. For example, this might be through art, yoga, dance, meditation, surfing, running, exercise being out in nature or working with animals. These are just a few amongst a myriad of possibilities that may help to fulfil the soul. These modalities, no matter how different they might seem on the external, serve as important keys that unlock for each of us the inner knowing resident within our depths and throughout the various layers of our awareness of ourselves.

It is through repetition or consistent practice that we are able to repeatedly experience ourselves and BE in the creative flow in every area of our lives, whether at work or play. It is through the clarity, inner alignment and peace gained from these activities that we find ourselves embarking on a path that inevitably moves us towards our sacred purpose.

Combined with a good dose of courage and self-trust, we begin to relax our fears of the unknown and in so doing we are able to experience our intuition more boldly stepping forward, revealing and making itself known.

Previous articles by Caroline:

About the author:

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Caroline Diana Bobart is an Intuitive Life Coach and Intuitive Skills Teacher. She is also the creator and facilitator of Everyday Alchemy: Intuition at Work and Play, a system of intuitive self-healing programs, thoughtfully designed to help you heal the areas in which you feel disconnected, unseen or in pain, in order that you can reveal your essential energetic, intuitive and creative nature, and effect positive, meaningful life change.

You can experience Caroline’s work directly by joining the Everyday Alchemy Personal Empowerment Community, a platform created to give you greater self-understanding and alignment with your inner knowing, highest vision for yourself and deepest soul-level needs. In this confidential and sacred space you are invited via online teleconference each month not only to show up as your most authentic self, but to participate in powerful combinations of transformative group discussion, journaling exercises, guided meditations, intuitive coaching and energy-based self-healing techniques.

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One Who Serves and Ashira – Ignorance Is No Longer Bliss – 2-24-15

One Who Serves channeled by James McConnell and Ashira channeled by Dr. Susan Sammarco

(Note: these messages were given during our weekly Prepare For Change group in Glendale, AZ on February 22, 2015)

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One Who Serves:

Greetings.  Good to be here with you again in this way and we so enjoy when you play our song (referring to group “Ohm”. For as you probably are aware, we do this quite often, this “Ohm-ing” sound and many other things that we do that you are not quite ready for in this particular incarnation that you are in. But you all here in this group have all done this before in many aspects. You have found yourselves in monasteries and in caves and all of these things previously and found yourselves doing these practices. And they are somewhat foreign to you in this particular lifetime, not all of you but some of you here, have a difficult time with, say meditation and to quiet the mind. The mind is so chattering all the time, is it not? It is difficult to quiet it down and even to get to that point – we know there is one who has spoken here about the sleep issue and it is difficult to find the movement into the restfulness of the sleep because the mind is always working unless you quiet it down.  And it is important to do that so we would suggest to one who has difficulty with this, you may have already done this, but attempt to meditate during that time and we can assure you that as you are meditating it will assist you in the quieting of the mind and you will find yourself drifting off. And there will be times when you will be not quite sure if you have actually fallen asleep or not but you will feel more rested if you would do this.

Now for a message here to those rest of you here and those who would be reading and resonating to these words, it is always important that it is those who resonate to these words because this is not for everyone. These messages are not for everyone at this point because there are so many still that are slumbering along and have, in many respects, seemingly no cares in the world. But those of you that are in the awakening process, you know that as you become more and more aware of all of the things that are happening in the world it is difficult, in some respects, to find the blissfulness state. But there is a saying, you used to have a saying, that ignorance is bliss; but we will tell you now that “ignorance no longer bliss”.  Because if you are asleep and continue in that sleeping state then many things would be happening around you that you would not like the end result.

So it is important for more and more and more to awaken to who they are and what they are here for and the real reason for all of this. And those of you who are who are in this awakening process, it is up to you to do all you can as well. Whenever you get the opportunity don’t jump in, don’t go knocking on doors or this type of thing. But wherever there is the opportunity allow for the process to develop, if a question is asked then answer it in the respect that it is asked and not more. Do not give too much because they would not necessarily be ready for it. But when they are ready they will ask more questions and more, and continue to go in that process. And you will find that more and more and more will awaken across the entire planet as this is being done, as the Light is being spread in this respect. And also in the respect of mass meditations and this type of thing is very important.  And it is, from our point of view, from our vantage point and from those who are above us in terms of in the ships and these things they are seeing the Light spreading rapidly.

Now we know that it is perhaps not quite as rapid as you would like it to be, but it is what it is and it is important to know that you are having an effect. Each of you here in this room, and those again who are reading these words, are having an effect on the masses so that the truth is coming out more and more and being revealed more and more. And the more the truth is being revealed the more will awaken from their slumber. And the more that awaken from their slumber, they will awaken others and on and on and on. And this is how the Light continues to spread and the Love is shared. That would be our message. Would there be any questions for One Who Serves and Ashira who is also standing by here we believe?

Question: Yes I want to ask you, Ashira, some information about what kind of being are we trying to bring and what type of prep work do we need to do to get ready?

 

(Ashira): And you are talking about the one, the child that is coming to you? (Yes). This is an agreement that is made prior to your lives even, so there is no more preparation to “attract” the correct soul other than being open to know that this is indeed the time for you to call that soul forth. And for the two of you to move into the opportunity for the soul to make its way through you and with you for the new dispensation, let us say. The two of you have set up and established a practice of business and spiritual types of agreements with this soul and so, with this birth, you will be able to experience all those things that you have established prior to the arrival of the soul upon the earth.

And you have been brought together yourselves, have you not, with the intention whether or not it was constant at the time, at the top of your mind, with the intention of bringing forth this little one. And you can be proud for the future for this one will be teaching others at a very young age and will also be greeted by others so you may think you only have one chance at this, you will have many more chances to share your love and your philosophy and your Light with these little ones does that help? (Yes). Bless you.

(One Who Serves): Would there be other questions here?

Question: I have a question I’ve heard that there are many corrections being made on Earth that need to be made and that some of that will be negative in terms of what’s happening here on Earth. And then we’ve also heard your message of joy and jubilation and having our awakening and our eyes open. So can you elaborate on this a little bit in terms of going to happen in the next year or so?

 

(One Who Serves ) We can assist in this in some ways yes. Understand that as the times continue on here, as you are moving in the direction of your ascension process, there is a letting go process that occurs within this. And this is causing some consternation in many aspects in many different ways physiologically, mentally, emotionally. And people are having these expressions of the change that is going on within their bodies, within their emotional bodies and within their etheric and astral as well. And these things will continue on as this process continues to move ahead. But understand that as these things are happening, there are also changes that are going on within the Earth herself and within the aspects of the frequencies that are also moving in a higher direction here, in terms of higher vibration. So there will be those, as you become more and more aware of what is happening then the truth is coming out more and more, and more is being revealed.

 

And as it is being revealed to you, you are aghast, you might say, at some of the horrors and things that before were covered up and you did not know of these things – they had not been revealed. So as more and more is revealed, you become more and more aware of “other than Love and Light” and all of this. And so it is difficult in this aspect. Now the earlier ideas and concerns of the catastrophes and calamities and all of this is not the case anymore. It will not happen except to those that are expecting that to happen and, in many respects, wish it to happen. Be careful of what you wish for, you see? They will have that aspect as they are asking for it, it will come to them. So know though that as you yourselves, those of the Light, are moving in that direction and into higher vibrations, there cannot be those types of catastrophes so nothing to worry about. Because it is all about moving into these higher frequencies where there is no worry, where there is no fear, where there is no concerns of lack and limitation. Where there is only Love and Light and togetherness and oneness and compassion and all of this, you see? Does this answer your question? (Yes, thank you).

 

(One Who Serves): Any other questions here?

 

Question: So does it help if we send love and light to some of these darker organizations like the Roman Catholic Church or I know we did for Montauk. Is it really good for us to get together and meditate and bring light to these places that maybe the changes won’t be as severe here on Earth?

 

(One Who Serves ) Yes but also understand we have been working with you to do these things. We do not want you to become, what is your saying, “bogged down” by this so that you are focusing only on attacking the negative and the dark forces and this type of thing. It is important to do that at certain points as we have been expressing with you but it is also more important to continue to spread the Light and the Love wherever you can and do it in this way, you see? (Yes) And not directly attacking those organizations. (Thank you). Would there be further questions here?

 

Not this time, okay, then we are going to close down our part of this and we are going to say that you have been told what is coming the next week. The following week after that, we are preparing another guest speaker, you might say, and the James even does not know who that will be yet at this point. But this is coming there are certain things that are going to be developing that will call for this one to speak to you.

 

Shanti. Peace be with you. Be the One.

(Ashira)

And I have something to share with you at the end for the group here. A few weeks ago I shared about physical discomforts and physical activities that might be going on with those in this group and those who read these words and listen. And yes they hit you full flow, haven’t they? (Yes, yes) And that was the reason for the pre-education, let us say, of that. And there is more of this to go on that will continue to take place in your physical bodies for they are changing at those higher levels. Your emotional bodies, your spiritual bodies, all of these are being affected as you come online to these additional chakras, as well as for the refinement of your bodies to be able to fill more and more with those fifth dimensional energies and frequencies.

And yes, this one too has had her share of rebalancing and healing and energy shifts. And all of you are on that leading edge that you discussed earlier. On one hand, it is good for you who are able to share with others and share what’s happening and understand it more deeply. And while it feels like what you call sickness it is indeed not but glorious transformations from who you were, to who you are, and who you are becoming. And while this is frustrating because no one in this room, or those who read these words, have any interest at all in prolonging this misery physically, however, this is part of the path. It is part of the path and part of the reason that those of you in this room, and those of you who are ahead of others in this experience, that you are experiencing these opportunities at this time. And we strive to stay positive about this because the information can be interpreted to some as horrible, something painful.

And yet you look around the room here and you see the sunshine on your faces and you listen to one another as you share. Be diligent, be vigilant. Let only those things that enter your mind continue to support you as you move forward on your path. And yes, there are some in this room that can manage to read the situations and go forward, without having it take them or hold them. Others of you are not capable of doing that and so the best choices that you can make for yourselves is to allow only what you can change moment to moment every day. And this is a time of awakening, a time to close one door and opened this other one more fully. And while the educational process seems to be transformational it can also seem confusing and frustrating. We acknowledge that with you. And this is the reason that we have all been called together today to, again, have conversations about these physical, mental, emotional activities actions upon your body – and spiritual ones.

As you have called forth and calmed down the changes and welcomed them from all aspects of who you are individually, you will indeed find that they manifest in your life a little differently for each one of you. For each one of you has different gifts, each one of you has different understandings. And so it is only readily, perfectly yours to experience it at this time. And while you may, at days and times, feel that this is an overload on your system, calm back, settle back, move back into a place that you are comfortable. Pull in, knowing that the next energy round will take you again to that newest place. And you will stay there until it is time for you to be relaxed and to be able to manifest and exist in that new higher dimension. This is a wondrous time for changes in love.

It is a wondrous time to leave through, and leave behind, those concepts of disease, concepts of anger, concepts of anything that takes you away from that who you truly are, Which is a wondrous Divine Being expecting and accepting that which you are experiencing right now in right here. Remember to call yourself into the present moment. Remember to leave behind those symptoms or symptomology that you experienced, even the day before. Remember that these are wondrous times and the more quickly that you allow yourself to fully step into those shoes of the new “are” that you are. That’s a lot of “ares” I know, expecting to move into that newness of who you truly are, you will see all of these symptoms fade away and you will be able to accept the newness of your new body, your new aura, your new energy fields, your newness in all ways and that means turning away from those things which pull you back; and turning towards those things that pull you forward.

And we know that we talk so often of “be in the now” and holding the present moment, but even that is too, too little for this time. That which is yours is that promise of the future that now you have one foot into solidly and you are stepping fully and completely in over the next matter of a couple of weeks to month. It’s all part of the process, it’s all part of who you are and what you’re experiencing and it is part of the wonderful magic that is present on this Earth now. Stay focused my friends. Stay focused on the good. Stay focused on the possibilities. Stay focused on that whom you are at this moment in time, in this room and this place, one filled with Love, expectation, opportunity and even more than anything else, magick. I’m going to let you go this week our love and our blessings.  Namaste.

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Channeled by James McConnell and Dr. Susan Sammarco

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Sharing Wisdom Creates Healing Within – Channeled Message from Martin Luther King Jr. – Channeler Yamteleus – 2-22-15

 

Martin Luther King Jr

 Martin Luther King Jr.

This is the transcription of the LIVE call within the Clarion Temple of Oneness with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 19th, 2015.

Good evening,

It is I, Yamteleus. I am very excited about tonight and having Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., also known as Master Altebetahn.

I am not quite sure as which aspect he will be coming through, perhaps a little bit of both. I believe his Essence is representative of what each of you is experiencing: Courage, Faith, understanding in your own Pathways. I am eager to hear what he has to say to bring forth the energies within this amazing Temple. These are elements that each of us as souls truly need to embody within ourselves. Especially those of us who have passed over and have no idea what is happening to us when we leave the Body.

Many of us follow the doctrines of religion. Many of those doctrines do not teach us how to walk into the Light or the Tunnel of Light with that Light Body. It is very exciting to have his essence here, not only to share with each of you his words and beautiful communication, but to help the Souls here to understand so much more about themselves. I believe his work truly aligned with what he believed as his Truth. He allowed that Truth to be brought forth to many others.

Let us get started with the energies and bring forth this beautiful Essence for tonight.

Thank you for being with us.

I AM Yamteleus at your service.

Greetings, My Beloved Comrades,

It is I, Martin Luther King Jr., also known as Altebetahn within my Higher Self. I bring you both aspects. It is a pleasure and an honor to be here at this time. My sharing within the Temple has been very limited. I know that my reputation stands for itself, yet that is not what I want to speak about this evening.

Our Divine Mother and Father God shared with you about acquiring your wisdom. When you are in this physical body as I recall, you always look into the higher points of understanding what your wisdom is.

Wisdom is only acquired through the experience of challenges and achievements. It is not felt until after those challenges occur, and you can see the achievements that were acquired within that movement.

Any normal human being walking down the street just wants to find wisdom. What they do not realize is that each moment they experience changes, the resulting energy afterwards, the summation of what that experience represented, is truly their Wisdom.

We can acquire wisdom through physical experience. We can acquire it through the emotional, the mental, and we can acquire it through Spiritual Enlightenment. We can acquire it through our higher aspects. They are waiting to be included within the physical existence. Wisdom can be acquired from different lifetimes, when those timelines represented challenges and achievements. Each of us as souls have many different levels of wisdom within our existence.

Today is an important day. Not only because I am here, but the fact that I am being honored within the world. That is not truly my Wisdom.

My wisdom represents what I have acquired in that lifetime to make the necessary changes I desired. Of course, my life stopped short. If I was a soul filled with grief and regret, then I could have stayed in that level of consciousness, because of what I did not achieve. Instead, I looked to what I had acquired, how I had assisted others to understand, and how I had made changes upon the Earth. I do not regret any of it. The only regret I have had was that I could not continue. Yet that was not to be at that time.

I share this wisdom with you for you to reflect within yourself upon your own wisdom through the ages and what you have acquired.

Many times our Mental Mind, our thought processes take us into a place we should not go. It takes us into the space of not understanding ourselves. Looking at a situation and saying to the self,

“I should have done this, I should have done that, why did I do things that way? Why was I not smart enough? Why did I not see things differently? Why was I not more intuitive? What happened to my gut instinct at that moment?”

This is true for any of us especially in times of trauma and challenges of dysfunction. What you are learning within yourself is to change those experiences of trauma, of what you have remembered, whether it is this timeline or another timeline, or another aspect that needs to be looked at.

Every moment you bring forth the acknowledgments of what you have experienced, that is your Wisdom.

That is how you share it in the succeeding days. This is why we have teachers that have gone through experiences through the years and then come back to mentor others. They share with you a portion of their wisdom. It won’t be exactly their experience, but understanding that the true worth of a teacher is one that can impart their own knowledge of the past to share their wisdom with others.

Today I share with you a part of my wisdom.

I was compassionate, I was loving. I was also very aggressive. I was stubborn. I stepped into areas that put me in harm’s way. I truly was not a balanced Self. Yet my role was to show the existence of what Light represented within Darkness for a race that truly needed to embrace that essence within themselves.

What part of your journey do you feel compassionate about?

What part of your journey puts you in the darkest places?

It does not necessarily have to be that you were putting yourself in harm’s way. We call that the Warriorship Archetype. I truly was a Warrior. Yet, I did not leave leading others astray by shooting. It had to be done in a peaceful way. That peaceful way put us in harm’s way which affected many, many people. I acknowledge those souls deeply.

If I take the Wisdom I learned through that experience, and I impart to you what you may need to you in your own life situation, it is the power of your knowledge and your highest essence of the God Source that you are to be combined within you, as the physical Being you are.

This is the most powerful tool we can share with others. I see what is happening around the world presently. I know where they are coming from. I see what is happening within each of you and others who sit in silence. That is the most powerful tool we can impart onto this Earth at this time.

When I meet each of you personally, I will thank you deeply. You have taken my Wisdom along with others, Mahatma Gandhi, Lord Buddha, Master Babaji, all the great Masters that sit in SILENCE and expand that ENERGY outside of themselves. The airwaves and the light forms go out to Source and then coming back into the Planet, into each of you, around you and to others; it is the most powerful ammunition you could bring forth onto this Earth. I am so very grateful to see this occurring. My way was needed at that time. Your way is needed at this time.

It is my pleasure to be able to commune with you to bring my Heart Essence onto each of you. I know we have the same goal in mind. Peace on Earth. It is not about riots. It is not about demonstrations. It is about each of you being that Christ within your body, to be the Buddha, to be all the Masters you work with.

I, as Altebetahn, am that Master. As Martin Luther, I was not. Today I join forces with each of you in a completely different manner than I have ever done before. I extend to you my Knowledge of Peace. I know what it feels like to see and to achieve Peace in areas where there was turmoil.

As we work together to bring forth these Essences as One, we are a Force to be reckoned with. Nothing can interfere with the global vortex we create. It is my pleasure to be the Center of that Vortex in these moments. I extend onto you my Compassion, my Love, my dearest existence of Hearts within Hearts, understanding one another, and know that Peace will occur upon this Earth. Yet each of us needs to be strong. Within that Strength, as you are bringing forth these Elements within yourself, remove the Aspects that represent Warriorship, Aggression, and wanting to fight back.

The only way we can come together is to be in this powerful Vortex of Light Frequency of Peace within. When we acquire that Peace within, the rest of Humanity shall receive it. I give this unto you in these moments.

In the Light that I AM as Martin Luther King, Jr., along with Altebetahn, I allow myself to fully blend that physical aspect with my highest aspect to represent to all of humanity and to each of you what this means. It represents the deepest compassion anyone can muster up, see, or find. It is the Passion within that, the deepest Sympathy, Serenity and the Light Focus of allowing all Beings to receive this Peace of Light that we are.

Let us now come together within this beautiful Temple of one ball of Peace, Serenity, Love, Divine Beingness, Acceptance, and Enjoyment, bringing all aspects together in the Oneness that we are.

{Divine Light Language Encoding}

We expand our Circle of Light of many colors of God’s Essence within. We now extend it with our breath of the Light upon the Earth. It expands into the essence of Gaia’s heart as it vibrates to all of Humanity. Let us breathe and extend it together as we are moving toward the Peaceful Planet of Light.

{Divine Light Language Encoding}

We feel individuals awakening to feel Peace and Allowance within themselves. We bring that back into the Temple now.

As I stand here within each of you, I feel each of your hearts. I feel your passion for life. I feel your Divinity of Light and wanting to extend that to others. Please do yourself a favor and extend it to yourself. Let it expand within your Heart. Allow it to be all that you are.

That is the most beautiful gift you can give to anyone at this time.

Allow it to expand within you, because you are the Peace. You are the Love. You are the existence of all that we are together. This is the Wisdom I extend unto you.

This is what I have learned from my lesson of this timeline upon the Earth. This is what I have learned from the Essence of working with the beautiful Masters in my soul’s healing. It is my pleasure to be considered a Master at this moment in time.

I AM Master Altebetahn at your Divine Service. Thank you for the Healing that my soul has acquired through this dissertation of Light.

My Blessings and Love to each of you.

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Don Miguel Ruiz – The Four Agreements – in5d.com

The Four Agreements

The Toltec were ‘people of knowledge’ – scientists and artists who created a society to explore and conserve the traditional spiritual knowledge and practices of their ancestors. The Toltec viewed science and spirit as part of the same entity, believing that all energy – material or ethereal – is derived from and governed by the universe.

 

http://in5d.com/the-four-agreements/

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Enlightened Quotes – For The Humanness To Lay Itself Down – Adyashanti – 2-12-15

adyashanti_completeAdyashanti

 

“For the humanness to lay itself down – your mind, your body, your hopes, your dreams, everything – to lay itself down in the same unconditional manner in which awareness is ever present, only then is there the direct experience of unity, that you and the highest truth are really one thing. It expresses itself through your humanity, through openness, through love.

“The divine becomes human and the human becomes divine – not in any ‘high and mighty’ sense, but just in the sense of reality. That’s the way it is. The only price is all of our positions. The only price is that you stop paying a price.” – Adyashanti

(Adyashanti, “The Only Price,” 2004, downloaded from http://www.adyashanti.org, 2004.)

Found at:

http://cultureofawareness.com/2015/02/12/enlightened-quotes-for-the-humanness-to-lay-itself-down/

Steve Beckow – Mastering the Middle Ground – 2-1-15

Enlightenment 44

Steve Beckow

Some of us are lightworkers, preparing for Ascension. Others are lightholders, seeking enlightenment. Of course Ascension is enlightenment, but some lightholders prefer the latter term and not the former.

Lightworkers, lightholders, Himalayan yogis, dervish dancers – all sincere paths lead to the same, one God. One of the reasons Sri Ramakrishna incarnated was to show the truth of that statement.  He tells us:

“I have practiced all religions – Hinduism, Islam, Christianity – and I have also followed the paths of the different Hindu sects. I have found that it is the same God toward whom all are directing their steps, though along different paths….

“Wherever I look, I see men quarrelling in the name of religion – Hindus, Mohammedans, Brahmos, Vaishnavas, and the rest. But they never reflect that He who is called Krishna is also called Siva, and bears the name of the Primal Energy, Jesus, and Allah as well – the same Rama with a thousand names.

“A lake has several ghats. At one, the Hindus take water in pitchers and call it ‘jal’; at another the Mussalmans take water in leather bags and call it ‘pani.’ At a third the Christians call it ‘water,’ Can we imagine that it is not ‘jal,’ but only ‘pani’ or ‘water’? How ridiculous!

“The substance is One under different names, and everyone is seeking the same substance; only climate, temperament, and name create differences. Let each man follow his own path. If he sincerely and ardently wishes to know God, peace be unto him! He will surely realize Him.” (1)

There are also some elements that are common to all paths and, in the interests of helping to create a cross-cultural spirituality, I’d like to look at one of them.

That commonality is that all paths stress the importance of the heart, the center, the middle, the balance point, whether as location or as quality.

As location, the middle or center is the heart. Knowledge of it unfolds. One can go as deeply into the heart as one can possibly imagine – and beyond what one can imagine – or so I’m told.

To say the heart is to say the Self. (Or no-self if you prefer.)  Many of us picture our soul as being shaped like our body. If the soul were shapeless, like a light, would we still consider that our soul? And is that light any different from our heart? Heart, light, and soul are one and the same.

Another way of saying that is to say that the heart is the seat of “I.” The “I” thought, according to Ramana Maharshi, arises in and from the heart.  Once we follow the “I” thought to its source, we find the cessation we’ve been looking for.

As quality, the heart is associated with love. Kathleen might say that the whole matter of spirituality “is blindingly simple. The answer is love.” Love is senior to anything that can be said – with one exception.

That exception is that the end of life, the event that occurs in the last moment of individuality and brings with it the loss of individuality in God, is to know ourselves as God. We can make love our path to that knowledge, but there’s no substitute for the realization that we are God.

As quality, the heart is also the seat of moderation, balance, equanimity, serenity.

The heart, the center, the balance point is distinguishable from the extremities or peripheries of emotion and belief. People who hang out in the peripheries and extremes tend to have busy minds, which mitigates against enlightenment.

People who abide in the heart are equanimous and serene. They have a quiet mind, which as far as I know is the ultimate in spiritual practice. It’s as far as we can go under our own steam.

In the quiet mind, the truth is known. In the still pond, the moon is reflected. In a windless place, the flame does not flicker.  The place of quiet, the place where the mind is still and silent and God is realized, is the heart.

When we talk about being present, staying in the moment, being in the eternal Now – none of this would be possible without abiding in the heart and having a quiet mind.

In the quiet mind, no vrittis or waves of thought arise from us.  They can pass through from outside and not of our own making. But if we observe them without attachment or engagement and speed them on their way, we remain quietly in the heart.

In the moment of knowing, enlightenment, and evolution, God meets God. For that meeting was all of this – everything outside our window, everything inside our heart – created. Our purpose is to know ourselves as God and Mother/Father God’s purpose in creating all of this was and is to encounter Her/Himself in a moment of our enlightenment.

In terms of qualities, what pulls us away from moderation and a quiet mind is our attachment to our many desires. There’s lots to enjoy on this planet – food, drink, music, art, sex.

Until we choose between attachment to these pleasures and knowing God, we remain in an endless cycle of desire, lifetime after lifetime.

I didn’t say “abstinence.” I just said “attachment.” That’s an important distinction.

As one teacher said, the problem in spiritual terms is “I want” or ego and desire. What it wants is the fulfillment of its many desires.

We don’t have to surrender them. But we do have to surrender attachment to them. We walk the middle way, not of total abstinence, but of moderation, non-attachment.

Falling back into the heart, we’d reach a place of balance, I’m told, which is equanimity, which itself leads to serenity. Arriving at a still and silent mind, we’d find the answer to all our questions.

After six unsuccessful years of ascetic practices, Buddha heard a man in a boat say: The string must not be too tight or it will break. It must not be too loose or the vina will not play. That stray remark (and many years of meditation) opened him up to the way of moderation and balance, the Middle Way.

The middle, the center, the heart, the stillpoint. Moderation, balance, equanimity, serenity.  All of this is bound together. All of this is a commonality of all the paths I know of.

As lightworkers, we often don’t think of ourselves as being on a path per se.  We think of ourselves as servants and stewards. Of course that is a path (karma yoga, seva).

Ours is an active path, building Nova Earth. Because it is, I suggest we think of our path in an active way: as mastering the ground we stand on. (2)

As lightworkers, we’re mastering the middle ground, the ground of moderation and balance. We can be met on that ground. We can build on it. We can take a stand for workability on it.

We stand on the middle ground because we know where it leads and we want what it promises: a still mind and enlightenment. And we stand on it because we strongly suspect and trust that it’s the most solid foundation upon which to build the mutual cooperation our global roles require of all of us.

Footnotes

(1) Swami Nikhilananda, trans., The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. New York: Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, 1978; c1942, 35.

(2) I have in the past suggested that the appropriate path for lightworkers who share the activity of writing is emergence. Looking now at a more active phase of lightwork, I suggest that mastering the middle ground is also important.  It isn’t a case of either/or, but both.

http://goldenageofgaia.com/2015/02/01/mastering-middle-ground/

Alex Clark – Overcoming Challenges, Overwhelm Mode – 1-31-15

Alex and Guardian Tree Bess

Written by Alex Clark, The Golden Age of Gaia, January 30, 2015

The other night, I was watching a movie with my husband after shoveling out from the snow storm. We were both exhausted from our physical labor and wanted something light to watch.

We settled on the movie, The Replacements with Gene Hackman as the coach chosen to lead a team of strike-breaking football players, and Keanu Reeves as the Quarterback. I assure you, your need to know about American Football will be limited and I will get to the point quickly, but it’s really amazing how insights can be triggered by the most unlikely things.

The coach asks this band of misfit players what they fear, and after some comedic asides Reeves mentions quicksand. The coach asks him to explain what he means, and what the quarterback explains really struck me as something many are experiencing right now.

Quicksand occurs when everything seems to be going well and then one difficult thing happens, and then another, and pretty soon you are sucked under and paralyzed with the feeling of fear and the belief that you can’t do anything.

His explanation and the knowing nods of his team mates made me think of my own life and how many times I have felt this way.  Most people probably have as well. At this time of intense change, increasing energy and crumbling paradigms, any additional challenge can push us easily into overwhelm mode.

Sometimes we do not even realize we are at that point until we feel the intense stress and tension within our bodies. We then wonder how we unconsciously got into this deep hole, and how the heck are we going to get out of it. We see what appears to be an overwhelming challenge, and we wonder if we are up to the task.

Part of the issue, for me, used to reside in a lack of confidence in my own abilities.  We seem to remember, as big as a skyscraper, the times we have failed; but if we piled up all the times we have succeeded, the pile would reach to the moon and back.

Somewhere along the line, we were led to believe that a mistake or a failure should be weighted more heavily than a success in the balance of our self-worth.  Certainly, this type of confidence handicapping helped keep us in our institutional place.

When confronted with challenges, how little we sometimes feel!  This has everything to do with the instillation, from infancy, of the belief that we are too small to do this or that. Too young to take this or that on.

Our inner child knows we are divine, our soul knows we are capable, but the very ones who were charged with parenting us or guiding our growth were the ones to indoctrinate us into the belief that we were simply not good enough.

Truth be told, they didn’t know any better, as these roles were passed on from generations before to insure societal conformity.  Once recognized, we get to choose if we wish to perpetuate this habitual role, or change it to something new.

The truth for me is that one of my daughters, at the young age of 18, literally changed the way I looked at the progression of challenges in my life. We have always had open discussions about life, and listening to what my kids share has been a skill I developed early on.  As a parent, it is sometimes difficult to truly listen, instead of habitually trying to find the pause space where you can add in your beliefs about how they should live their lives.

As a family, we had experienced a number of struggles during my daughters’ teen years, related to employment and finances. These struggles certainly impacted every member of our family.  There were times when we did feel like we were in quicksand. There were times when we felt sorry that our kids’ carefree lives had been affected.

Most of the time, though, we came together as a team, and we shared openly and honestly with our girls about what was going on for us. Luckily, things began to shift, and step by step we moved up the hill of this enormous challenge.

It was in a conversation with the girls, reflecting back on our family experience, that my oldest daughter thanked us. She said that we taught her how to depend on herself and how she now viewed challenges as something to over come.

She relished a challenge because she knew she was capable; she knew she would surmount it and become stronger in the process.  To her, challenges were not something to shrink from or fear, but something that made her soul shout, “bring it on!”

From that moment on, I have applied her wisdom whenever a challenge comes up for me.  I also shared with her how profoundly her words shifted my outlook.

I believe it’s really important for kids to feel heard, and even more important for them to feel that what they say has worth.  After all, they are our future and they came in with upgraded operating systems, so it stands to reason that they have plenty of new perspectives to share with us all!

Sometimes, I still feel anxious because I have a lot of work to do, or a project must be put aside in order to shovel snow or put a bucket under a roof leak.  I remind myself in those moments that I am capable. I recount all the times that I have been overloaded and how I have always come through.

I remind myself in those moments that I love myself and that I am loved by many beings, both celestial and terrestrial, and that they are all rooting me on. I remind my inner child that everything is going to be alright.  I remind myself that I live in a supportive universe, and at this very moment I have everything I need within myself to address this challenge. I have confidence in my human self and my divine self combined.

As I go through this process, I can feel my body relax and my mind become clear. Then, my heart sings,”Bring it On!”

http://cultureofawareness.com/2015/01/31/alex-clark-overcoming-challenges-and-overwhelm-mode/

Wisdom with Wes – An Active Weekend – 1-31-15

Snapshot_20140731_2We can use the weekend as a time to rest and let ourselves be a little lazy, or we can take it as an opportunity to be even more active and enthusiastic than usual.

It’s easy to give in to the temptation to rest when the weekend comes around, but it might be more worth our time and energy to increase our activity.

Some people want to rest on the weekend because it gives them a break from the oppressive or mundane realities they constantly face during the week, and they enjoy having the freedom to do whatever they want. There’s nothing wrong with this greater freedom, and in fact, it’s something we all deserve to enjoy – not just on the weekend, but all the time.

With greater freedom can come greater responsibility, however, and to get the most out of life (and, specifically, our weekends), we might want to continue to be active, even when resting sounds like a better option.

We’re learning about the benefits of staying active and keeping as positive of an attitude as we can no matter what we face, and staying active during the weekend might increase our vitality throughout the week.

If we break out of our shell and go out of our way to be active on the weekend, it might give us more incentive to reclaim our freedom and stay active throughout the week. Like all things, we have the choice as to how we want to act, and no greater force can make us choose a specific path.

Everything’s up to us, but certain choices will help us feel better in the long run. I think staying active is definitely one of those choices, and we can embrace it if we feel motivated enough. If we do, we might make life more fulfilling than it was when we were comfortable being lazy.

What will you do this weekend?

Stay aware!

Wes Annac 🙂

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Jai Gurudev – By Your Grace

Cathy Ginter

I am pleased to share these beautiful Avatars, teachers and gurus with all of you. from the Heart ~ Cathy Ginter

Original quotations from the writings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, The Mother, Adyashanti, Robert Adams, Mathru Sri Sarada, Sri Siddharameshwar Maharaj, Dalai Lama, Mooji, Gangaji, Sri Aurobindo, Neem Karoli Baba, Byron Katie, don Miguel Ruiz, Osho, Krishna Das, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Sri Anandamayi Ma, Thich Nhat Hanh, Sri Lakshmana Swamy, Neelam, Krishnamurti, Papaji, Paramahansa Yogananda, Amma, Jesus, Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Pema Chodron and Ram Dass
Music: By Your Grace ~ Jai Gurudev by Krishna Das
Jesus – Art by Greg Olsen
All other photographs – Public Domain
Photograph and video editing by Cathy Ginter – January 2012

Wisdom With Wes – Transcend Limitation – 12-29-14

Snapshot_20140731_2I’ll go along with the theme of today’s Oversoul Teachings message and encourage us to transcend our self-created yet illusory limits.

We don’t have to keep ourselves from doing the spiritually inspired things we’ve come to earth to do anymore, but transcending our limits will require some serious effort.

Breaking out of our shell and trying new things can be hard, but we’ll find that it was all worth it when we accomplish things we never expected to.

It seems like you have to work hard to achieve anything notable in this world, and we might have to push ourselves a little if we want to transcend or even expand our limits.

We might have to face challenges and experiences we’d rather hide from, but we’ll know in the end that they enabled us to step into a more refined, authentic version of ourselves. This ‘version’ of ourselves is very spiritually aware, and yet, it’s rooted to the earth in a true display of balance and mastery.

We can embody the archetype of the progressive spiritual seeker, but it might require the willingness to continuously challenge ourselves. We’ll meet a lot of difficulty at first, but in the end, we’ll have accomplished more than we ‘failed’ at.

Will you confront your limitations today?

Stay aware!

Wes Annac

2014, http://cultureofawareness.com

http://cultureofawareness.com/2014/12/29/wisdom-with-wes-transcend-limitation/

Samantha Lozier – You Have the Strength and Wisdom to Thrive Through Hard Times – Tiny Buddha .com

Strong Woman

 

Samantha Lozier, Author

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” ~Abraham Lincoln

Nothing can ever really prepare you for a cancer diagnosis, but it can quickly turn your life into an unplanned story.

Diagnosed at the age of twenty-eight with ocular melanoma, I was treated with surgery and proton beam therapy, and gratefully continued on with my life (though certainly a changed person).

But every year I went for a MRI of my liver/abdomen because if ocular melanoma spreads, it most likely goes to the liver. And every year when I got a clean bill of health, I felt grateful.

I didn’t live my life waiting for the other shoe to drop, though there had been other challenges along the way—being hit by a car and having shoulder surgery, struggling with infertility for years, and finally becoming pregnant only to have a miscarriage.

For each of these challenging situations, I would cry and experience the heartbreak, but then ultimately dust myself off and get back into being an active participant in my own life.

On August 27th 2013, I was diagnosed with Stage IV liver melanoma. After a misdiagnosis at one hospital I had switched care, and essentially spent almost two months in limbo about the state of my health.

Now, being treated at one of the best facilities in the world and going through two rounds of treatment in the past year for an incurable cancer, I have quickly learned a thing or two about life, and how I want to live it.

My hope is that by sharing how I approach a life-changing situation, it may empower you to think about your own health and happiness.

Follow your heart and your gut.

When you face a cancer diagnosis—or any life-altering crisis—it can seem like your internal GPS is off-kilter, or sometimes even broken altogether.

What I’ve learned is to throw that map out the window: forget about where you think you’re “supposed” to go and listen to your heart (and your gut).

You have the answers inside of yourself; you just need to find a quiet place where you can sit with your thoughts and breathe, gently blocking out the commotion of the outside world.

Meditation can greatly help with this. All the direction that you really need is already within you, it’s just a matter of tuning into it and really paying attention. When you listen to your heart, you can never really be lost.

Advocate for yourself.

Listening to your gut comes especially in handy when dealing with a medical diagnosis or some other kind of life quandary. It’s important to gather all of the information, bring somebody with you, and get second and even third opinions.

The first hospital that found lesions on my liver through a MRI dragged out the process of having it biopsied, telling me along the way that if it came back as cancer it would be Stage IV and “very hard to treat.” I was given few treatment options and even less information, which all led to a very scary few weeks.

When the biopsy results finally came back, they were negative, but my gut was telling me that it would be still be smart to find out what these lesions could be. So, despite the fact that both my oncologist and my primary care doctor at the time said that I didn’t need to see a liver specialist, I decided to see one anyway.

It’s because I advocated for myself and listened to my internal GPS that I was able to put together an amazing team and start treatment at a different hospital. My gut told me this was the place to be, and I’m glad that I listened.

It is more than okay to want to be happy and healthy; it is your birthright. Gratitude swells for my doctors, who are amazing, and we need these medical professionals greatly to heal. However, it is still so incredibly important to get multiple opinions, ask questions, and speak up if something doesn’t feel right.

Your health is in your hands, and nobody else’s. You’re not being difficult, you’re being smart.

Make friends with your inner ally.

I’ve also learned to listen to my gut much more when it comes to what is best for me. In the past I felt sucked in by what I thought I “should” be doing. A people-pleaser by nature, it was often very difficult for me to say “no” to things that I didn’t really want to be doing (and truth be told, it still can be).

It took a cancer diagnosis for me to admit that what my life coach calls my “inner ally” had been right all along: it is more than okay to often times say “no,” create boundaries, and take better care of myself by reducing as much stress in my life as possible.

Though there are still plenty of times when I have to do things that I don’t want to do, just like everybody, or I give of myself because I want to (and because there are so many in my life who deserve that), being “selfish” sometimes just feels like putting my health as a priority, and my gut (and heart) is a lot happier for it.

I’ve also learned that, most of the time, people get over your “no” a lot faster than you would suspect, and you wind up feeling grateful that, instead of doing something that you didn’t really want to be doing, you took that time and devoted it to yourself.

Tapping into your “inner ally” can be a powerful way to figure out what will truly make you happy and healthy.

Pay attention to the dark days.

There will be some, especially if you are being told that you’re facing a challenge like cancer.

There are some days when I feel so angry and resentful of those around me who don’t have to worry about the things that those with cancer do: dying at a young age, leaving a spouse, and perhaps never being able to have children.

These are real fears for me, and if I ignored them, I wouldn’t be giving myself permission to grieve for the life that I had before I was diagnosed.

I try to allow myself to cry or feel angry when I need to, which then enables me to be able to move forward with my life with more authenticity.

My positive outlook on life and on the situation is because I listen to what that inner voice is telling me, which is not to ignore the pain. It’s through the processing of this anguish that I can then recharge my batteries and gather the strength to do what needs to be done: continue on with my KBCP (Kick-Butt Cancer Plan).

Tap into whatever is going on for you, and while it can be scary, you may actually feel lighter afterward.

Journal, meditate, cry, get in touch with that anger in a way that feels like afterward, you can then release it and move forward. But don’t go it alone; see a therapist or lean on anybody in your life who you feel truly understands you, and will listen.

Believe in yourself.

When I was about sixteen years old I was diagnosed with a learning disability.

I was attending a private school, and my parents were told by my math teacher at the time that I would never be able to pass her class, and therefore would never graduate from high school. So did I want to try and re-take the class with a different teacher, or did I want to transfer to the public high school and take an easier math class?

I couldn’t stand the thought of somebody telling me that I couldn’t do something. So, when doctors insinuate that people with melanoma may not live past a certain age, I take it with a grain of salt and listen to my own inner strength, which tells me that they don’t really know what I’m capable of.

And that math class? I re-took it, got a B, and not only graduated from high school, but from college and graduate school as well.

Finding quiet times to tap into what direction my gut is guiding me toward has served me well, and what I love the most about my internal GPS is that it’s mine. Wherever I go, whatever happens, nobody can take that away from me.

It is because of these life experiences that I now know that deep down inside of myself I have the strength and the wisdom to thrive. And you do too.

Strong woman on mountain image via Shutterstock

Saint Germain – The Easiest Way to Overcome Disturbance is to Turn Away from a Thing—and Forget it

saint germain - in suit

Saint Germain

Volume 3 – Discourse #22

***INVOCATION***

  1. Thou Infinite, All-Loving Presence!

  2. We feel Thy Peace, Thy Love and Thy Wisdom pervading all—everywhere.

  3. Knowing there is but the One Mighty Presence of which we are a part, we know Thou art omnipresent, pouring Thyself forth, filling every need on demand, lifting the consciousness of mankind unto Thee, and holding it anchored there until the “Light of Eternal Life” fills all Beings with Its Radiance, carrying them forward with that Inner Impulse to eternal, permanent recognition of the “Great I AM.”

  4. I bring you Greetings from the Great Ascended Host and especially from Nada, Cha Ara, Chan, and Diana, Goddess of Fire.

    ***THE DISCOURSE***

  5. As the consciousness of the students is raised into the activity of the higher, or Fire Element, everything in their Beings begins to act with an intensity that many times they do not understand; and as they begin to work more from the Fire Element standpoint, the more necessary it is to keep up the guard.

  6. The training which We are endeavoring to give forth to bless, protect and enlighten the students is to train one’s self to be on guard at all times; and while all should understand and with every effort use the “I AM Presence” to maintain Self-control, yet if something happens unexpectedly, to stand serene in spite of it.

  7. Use the Statement frequently: “‘I AM the Presence’ on guard.”

  8. If something unexpected happens, just say: “We will dismiss this,” and go on in that joyous happiness.

  9. Try not to have any feeling, but to know: “‘I AM the Mighty Presence’ governing everyone’s activity.”

  10. Whenever there is a Center of Light of the Intensity of this focus, there is always the disturbing element that would seek to enter through someone.

  11. If you are working about the house, keep using: “‘I AM’ proof against any sudden disturbance.”

  12. This sets up a certain armor that will keep the atmosphere harmonized.

  13. Use often: “‘I AM the Presence’ which nothing can disturb.”

  14. Always hold yourselves in a joyous, calm attitude, regardless of anything that takes place.

  15. For one you wish to help, say: “Here, pal, through the ‘I AM Presence,’ we give you the strength to control that.”

  16. The very marvelous manner and radiation of your two classes this week was the most remarkable thing I have ever seen in classes of students.

  17. The great Love and Harmony within the hearts of these students, maintained a sufficient length of time, makes almost anything possible.

  18. It is a rare thing.

  19. Here are three classes in which the same Love and Harmony is maintained.

  20. Do you feel the Great Wave of Peace and Joy that came like a breath of a spring morning?

  21. I will explain, so you may see how far-reaching is that wonderful, Loving Care.

  22. The Great Master whom Jesus contacted and who enabled Him to gain the Victory is the same One who was My Teacher, and It was His Radiation which came just now.

  23. He wishes Me to tell you that:

  24. “As you pass along the Pathway of Light, you will find the easiest way to overcome disturbance is to turn away from a thing—and forget it.”

  25. You may have this Master’s Name later.

  26. To wrong activities say: “That is not correct,” and then quickly pass it off.

  27. This avoids a disturbance which builds.

  28. As we reach into the Light, we are one Great Family.

  29. Knowing that there is but the “One Great I AM Presence” everywhere, you, being the individualization of That, there can only be the one Great Family, Children of the One God.

  30. In the very first place, let this be understood: if a worthy individual is critical, say with very definite certainty: “There is no one who wishes to intrude this upon your free will. We do not mind sincere questioning, but we do not tolerate criticism nor argument.”

  31. The Messenger must refuse acceptance to the discordant things by pouring out the Love Element, so the discord may be consumed.

  32. The Messenger must be fortified or else the work is left half undone.

  33. No class or work of the Messenger can be sustained if the Messenger allows argument or discordant feeling to generate.

  34. It is very difficult for the average individual to understand that the quickest way to stop any kind of disturbance is to stop discussing it.

  35. The thing in your own aura is the only thing that needs attention.

  36. The thing recorded in your atmosphere can only come through your feeling.

  37. The spoken word, unless there is a sense of condemnation or anger back of it, will not record inharmony on your Inner atmosphere.

  38. Of the two undesirable conditions, it is far better that one explode and get a thing off his mind than to hold the feeling within of resentment, or of being hurt, for that is what registers on your Inner Atmosphere.

  39. From My standpoint, I see what is registering in your feelings, and therefore on the Inner Atmosphere.

  40. You know how a carbuncle forms. Well!

  41. Let me tell you that in your mental world exactly the same thing takes place as the physical carbuncle expresses on the physical body.

  42. It is most important to do something to keep yourselves from harboring a feeling against persons, places, things or conditions, for these build and record on the Inner Atmosphere.

  43. If the desire comes: “I wish so and so would do this or that,” check it immediately and say: “There is only God in Action there.”

  44. When a feeling is registered in your atmosphere, it is anchored there until you dissolve or consume it.

  45. It is always the feeling that makes the Inner record.

  46. There is no use consuming a thing if you do not break the habit of generating the cause.

  47. One can easily conquer this by saying: “‘I AM’ in command here.”

  48. Do not let your feelings run rampant.

  49. Many times individuals are brought together for the sole purpose of compelling them to correct these subtle activities which most people pay no attention to whatsoever.

  50. This is a matter of stilling the outer in order that the Truth may be received.

  51. This is so vital in the individual’s Self-correction.

  52. As you rise in consciousness, the energy is waiting like an avalanche for expression; and if the energy is not controlled, it will rush in and cause you to do things that you would not have done for the world. Whatever energy is given into your use is to be sent out harmoniously.

  53. That is the Natural Law of your Being.

  54. If one does not understand that he is to govern the energy flowing through him and he contacts a discordant element, the energy flowing through becomes qualified by that discord, and he should immediately either check it or requalify it with Love.

  55. In my experience, if I met a discordant element, I simply said: “Here! I shut my door—you stay out.”

  56. The Universal energy flowing through you is naturally harmonious.

  57. Shut your door and then figure out who’s the matter.

  58. People resist persons, places, conditions and things because they have not mastered themselves.

  59. The students must maintain this Self-governed harmony within themselves long enough to let the momentum be created—which becomes the permanent guard.

  60. If one will maintain harmony within himself, I tell you, he will draw all good things unto him.

  61. The unfailing prompter is that the moment one expresses some kind of discord, he is to realize that he is the one to blame.

  62. There needs to be no written thing to warn anyone.

  63. The moment there is something discordant, it is the prompter warning you to get busy on yourself.

  64. Each individual is his own guard and prompter at all times.

  65. There is only One Power in the world that can correct anything, and that is the “I AM Presence” in each one.

  66. If you refuse to recognize that you are the creators of your own disturbance, how can you ever correct it or be free from it?

  67. There is no person, place, condition or thing that warrants your ever being disturbed, with the everpresent “I AM Presence” beating your hearts each moment and Who is ever All-powerful.

  68. If one will correct himself on these discordant feelings, he will let the “Great I AM Presence” flood his world with all Perfection.

  69. If the individual will not correct himself, how can he ever gain the Eternal Victory?

  70. The “I AM Presence” is the All-power of the Universe to make this correction.

  71. Let the “I AM Presence” flow until It washes everything clean.

  72. When your attention is fixed firmly upon the “I AM Presence,” which you are, it is as though your body were a fine sponge through which this Pure Energy is pouring, cleansing it of all imperfection.

  73. If you will stop the discord, the “Stream of the ‘I AM Presence’ ” automatically cleanses away all impurities.

  74. You thus have an Unlimited Power in your hands to intensify your right commands.

  75. Even from the scientific standpoint, knowing that the cells of the body are renewed in less than a year, if the discord could be shut off for one year, the mind and form would express Eternal Youth and Perfection.

  76. Either from a sense of false pride or something, humanity will not face the Truth that the cause is within themselves.

  77. The habit of always blaming the other fellow for what has happened to you is the thing that blinds you to the Truth and prevents Self-correction.

  78. A wonderful illustration of this is in the beautiful child-form.

  79. Until the child is old enough to begin to register the discord about it, its body is beautiful and expresses Perfection.

  80. This Perfection of form would always be maintained if there did not enter into the consciousness of the child the discord of the outer world.

  81. There are those who would say to me, “What about the child that is born sickly and disturbed?”

  82. In most cases, that is a condition brought over from the preceding embodiment, or in rare cases, where there is intense discord between the parents, this may be intense enough to register upon the child; but if you will notice in cases of that kind, as the child begins to grow and develop, it will show less and less of that disturbance.

  83. That is absolute proof the discord was not of its own creation, but was imposed upon it by the parents, because the soul was strong enough to rise out of it.

  84. In this particular point, one should understand the amazing conditions of suggestion by which individuals are constantly surrounded.

  85. For instance, let us take the environment and association of individuals who have been in the habit of going together.

  86. In that friendly association, each one is susceptible to the suggestion from the other.

  87. If it be discordant, then that association will be broken up sooner or later by one grand row.

  88. However, seventy-five per cent of the individuals moving about in the outer world are not aware that they are taking on suggestion—either from association, environment, or conditions out-pictured before them.

  89. The correct attitude of the student who becomes aware of his “I AM Presence” is immediately to take the firm stand that: “‘I AM’ invincibly protected against any imperfect suggestion.”

  90. Thus one can build about himself an atmosphere which will immediately repel all suggestions that seek to intrude wherein there is a destructive element.

  91. I think it necessary to call your attention to your old copy books which said: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

  92. There is no way to gain Victory and Dominion over limitation except to keep at it until you accomplish it.

  93. If you question your accomplishment, you are postponing your Victory that much longer.

  94. Those students who really begin to understand that in the recognition and use of their “I AM Presence” they have the Universal Power at their command, then they know it is impossible to fail in their application, because the more they use It, the more of Its sustaining Power they have.

  95. Every time you feel a Christ Manifestation, say: “I praise Thee and accept the Light of Thy Presence, the ‘Full I AM Activity.’”

  96. Take this attitude always, and then you shut the door to any undesirable creation from those who have passed on.

  97. Always remember that you are the Master of what shall come into your thought world, and unless you realize that you are the Master, you are susceptible to all kinds of thoughts and feelings.

  98. For others, know: “‘I AM’ the Presence taking……. into ……. accomplishment.”

  99. If you give attention to a condition of disturbance, you are giving power to something else but your “I AM Presence.”

    ***BENEDICTION***

  100. Thou Mighty, Infinite “I AM Presence”!

  101. We rejoice in Thy Ceaseless Outpouring, Thy Enfolding Presence, protecting and governing the Life of these beloved students.

  102. Help them to enter into the Fullness of Thy Presence with no uncertainty, that they may bless mankind wherever they may be or go.

  103. Intensify Thy wondrous Light within the outer activity, that each one may become a great channel to heal, to bless, to prosper, and to enlighten.

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Andrew Bojarski   –   Healer, Channeler