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“I am he, and he is me, and we are all together”.
Is this what the great masters and teachers such as Jesus, Buddha, and Muhammad have been implying for centuries? If so, I was beginning to understand it. The spirits fondly expressed to me that when we have real attachments to things, such as to a particular writer, poet, artist, or sculptor, and are drawn to his or her work, it is probably because we were actually the creator of that piece of work. If we read something from history that profoundly teaches us, we may have been part of the actual event. Even if we are extremely attached or moved to help someone, perhaps to support a child in a Third World country, then we are probably that child in a different lifetime expression. Do unto others as you would do unto yourself; the other might actually be you! Now there’s a thought.
I am still processing this information and probably will be for several years to come. It is amazing. The spirits have since taught me to journey to my other lifetimes and to remember the wisdom I gained from each lifetime expression. I have also learned to journey to souls I would like to learn more about. The possibilities available through journeying are unlimited. Journeys to other lifetimes can be extremely informative, but also lots of fun. I highly recommend them for anyone practicing their journey skills.
We need to understand that lifetimes are both experiences of the soul and an exchange of energy. We also need to remember that everything is energy. Lifetimes are energy, and thoughts, words, and actions are energy. Everything is energy and everything affects and is affected by everything else. Energy used in a directive way is power.
The universe is in a constant state of motion striving to keep energy in balance. Even if we are not consciously aware of our energy and how it affects the whole universe, the universe is aware of it. We are all very powerful beings.
The actions of every person on the planet affect the lives of us all; one never does anything that is isolated from others. We are all interconnected in a divine sphere relating, interrelating, and exchanging energy in a holographic and profound way. These interrelationships are extremely complex, coloring every experience we have.
I understand that this is a difficult concept because it is so vast, so I will describe it metaphorically: A butterfly hatches out of its cocoon 2,000 years ago. It sits in the sun in a far away country to dry its wings. It then begins to flap its wings, moving the air around its body. That movement of air alters the surrounding nature and the influences expand ever outward. That continuing effect of change creates our weather patterns today!
This metaphor is, in truth, an expression of the scientific principle of complexity. Quantum theory recognizes the complex association of interdependence as fundamental to reality. All of existence self-orders into a purposeful, yet unpredictable pattern. Science, however, “discovered” this reality long after it was known to mystics. In the study of spirituality, the manipulation of energy is fundamental. Directing energy in a powerful way through intention can be used for both good and evil. People can be harmed or healed through words that carry powerful intentions.
Jan Engels Smith – About the Author:
Jan Engels-Smith promotes self-healing, empowerment, better communities, a healthy world and conducts workshops in shamanism & journeying. Her book, Becoming Yourself is at http://www.LightSong.net . Jan’s a Licensed Counselor. She’s done over 2,000 soul retrievals. She is the founder of LightSong School of Shamanic Studies, a Chemical Dependency Specialist, and Marriage Therapist. She is a water-pourer for sweat lodge, a minister, a Reiki Master.
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If you are Agnostic… then think of a love so great for mankind
If you are an Atheist… let your seed of logic spread to humanity
If you are a Buddhist… then leave a deep track for me to follow
If you are a Christian… then pray yourself and for me
If you are a Muslim… then ask Mohammad to shine on humanity
If you are a Spiritualist… be the light so others can see
If you are an Angel… bring time …since it is freedom for mankind
If you are the Collective Consciousness… then rain knowledge for us all
If you are Darkness… let your Redemption fall freely among humanity
What ever you are…Just be the best at it…
It is in this state of “being” that you become whole…
That you become useful, purposeful, who you were meant to be…
These are times of chaos, turmoil and confusion…You are part of the solution…not the problem…You raise the standard…You live by a greater moral code…Thank you for being a shining example of our shared experience…For standing up for hope and growth…For progress and possibility…For our fragile humanity…
How do you Master Peace? Isn’t it what we are all looking for in our lives? If you could truly have inner peace no matter what the circumstances around you what would your life look like?
Let’s start off with the question, ‘what is peace?’ We all seem to be searching for it, we all want it – but what is it? Peace is a state of being and a journey. Peace starts with you and with me. It’s not something that happens “out there” in the world. It is a force that lives inside of you. It’s inside all of us. Even in those we enjoy disliking. It’s in all of us because we are all the same; we all come from the same place. The differences we chose to experience that we call “Christian“, “Jewish“, “Islam“, “Buddhism“, “Woman”, “Man“, “Child”, “Parent“, “Alone” etc, etc. are simply colourful expressions of who we are. They are just a game we have chosen to experience in this life. They do not define who you are. They just add colour to this current experience.
Peace is a state of being and is present in all of us. Who you are is peace. Who you are is love. Who you are is joy. We sometimes get glimpses of this. We have all at some time in our lives experienced a moment of peace, a moment of pure connection to all that we are. They are there to remind you of who you really are.
How do you get to peace? This is the part of peace that I call the journey. We spend so much of our lives looking for peace outside. At an early age we are taught to do well in things that are outside of ourselves and that rely on other people’s approval. If we do them well we are rewarded by praise and we are reinforced in being able to “feel good” about ourselves. This “feeling good” is what we begin to associate as peace. And we like it. As a matter of fact we quickly become addicted to it because this “feeling good” this “peace” is an echo of who we truly are. We want more of it – it’s only natural.
The challenge then becomes to find it inside instead of trying to find it outside or to expect others to provide it for ourselves. This is the journey of peace. The inner journey that starts with the first step – awareness – our own personal awareness. When we depend on others to provide it for us we have then created a co-dependency.
Different experiences in life can lead you to that awareness. For some it is an illness, for others difficulty in relationships, and for others difficulty in finances or a loss. This is usually when we feel the call for something greater, when we reach out to try to understand the “why” in life and how we can find peace.
Each person will Master Peace in their own way. However, the first step starts with you. You must become aware you do matter. You must begin to take time for yourself. You must put yourself and your relationship with yourself first. Some may think this is being selfish, but it truly isn’t. You can’t give out what you don’t have. Until you take the time to search within and find inner peace – that true essence of who you are – you can not bring it to others and the world.
Written by: Antonia Hagens
Article sourced: naturally savvy
To truly attain stillness is not an easy task but however, if one were to attain the stage of self realization, one must be a master of stillness. Stillness attained by meditation is the most common way. What is then stillness and what is meditation? What is the link between these two?
When a person meditates, he tries to achieve tranquility and when it is achieved, the mind will be at peace. Being peaceful to the surrounding, nothing can disturb him and therefore, calmness is being practised. Calmness is slightly different from total stillness because a mind may be calm but total stillness is not observed. In practising meditation, calmness may be the first stage but the ultimate aim of meditation is to reach the stage of total stillness. One may see much realization when one reaches the stage of stillness. The realization of Truth will bring out the true self that is well-hidden within the physical body.
There are many ways of meditation. The most common way is mainly sit cross-legged and try to meditate by concentrating on one object. It is better if one can attain a stage of objectless awareness. When one can attain the stage of total stillness, then this same stillness can be observed while sitting, standing, walking or merely lying down. For when stillness is attained, serene will be the mind. Thus, at all times his thinking and pureness of mind are always in the stillness form. Stillness does not mean that there is no action. Though inactive in its tranquil state but it is in this state that everything can be realized.
Some people think that meditation is merely sitting down trying to keep minds clear and blank. This is not true because it is one way to realize the Truth and find their true-selves. Understand that real is unreal, and unreal yet real. Emptiness is not truly empty in its way. Though not empty, emptiness must be observed in certain way. When talking about emptiness, it is very difficult to understand.
All things, whether good or evil, begin from the heart. Everything is the creation of one’s own mind. When a person is sitting down, trying to erase all problems and to attain the stage of calmness, the mind will be the first thing that he must learn to control. In meditation, colors are often sighted, but do not think too much about them. When the color stage has passed, some may think that they see Heavenly Beings or images of such. It may be real, yet unreal. If one sees such images, do not think that one has achieved Heavenly stage for this could merely be a test set by one’s own self. Meditation is not to see Heavenly Beings nor is it a practice for spiritual power. The so-called power is not the ultimate aim of meditation.
Many people see meditation as an art of practising power, power of healing and power to control. If “Power” is sighted at all, then he may land himself in trouble that he does not know. For when one is crazy for power and fame, the heart that should be pure could be easily misled. One must understand that goodness comes from the heart and so does evil thought. Be pure and aim only for the right thing. When one can reach a stage of no-self, and yet one’s true self controls, then one may realize things as the Sages do.
To observe the rules of meditation, one must learn the illusion of the mind, for this illusion of mind may bring one’s downfall. Do not allow the surrounding environment to be one’s fear. The noisiest place may prove to be the best practising ground. If one practises in a secluded place, one is not actually practising. Being in a peaceful surrounding, no noise would be there to disturb him and therefore, it is easier to attain calmness. But, if one is in a busy and noisy place, one’s mind may not be calm at all.
Many people search in the wrong manner. They travel thousands of mile to search for a master who can reveal the Truth and they would search and search for a few lines of utterances that may help them. One may travel millions of mile, get thousands of utterances from masters and even if the right points are pointed out, he will still not attain unless he realize the Truth and follow up by his virtuous action and speech.
The Truth is within and near to you a Heavenly Being is already there. All spiritual places are alike. The only difference is the attitude of the people who are in charge of the place and whether is that place able to transmit the Truth? The Truth is wordless and cannot be explained. Truth, though alike, is accepted differently by man. Meditation and stillness is one way to allow us to prepare ourselves to realize the Truth. The ultimate Truth can be realized suddenly just like when a bell is hit and the sound heard. In Tao it is called the realization and opening of the right portal or divine eye.
Author: T.A Chew
T.A Chew realized that people in the past search for the Truth by walking thousands of mile through mountains and rivers before they can find the right master to transmit the Truth. Some went through years of meditation but yet cannot find the Truth. The Truth is within and by affinity, one will find the Truth. Website: http://www.white-sun.com
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