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Growing Over Lifetimes

Having accidentally encountered past lives and reincarnation,
Dr Brian Weiss took time to accept what came to pass. He went on to research many such mystical and religious ideas, turning him into a doctor who has got enlightened. An interview with the author of bestselling books such as Many Lives, Many Masters, excerpted from Voices of Truth (Full Circle)

Treating patients by guiding them through recollections of their previous lives is just about the last thing Dr Brian Weiss thought he would be doing.A prominent South Florida psychiatrist, before the age of 35 he was the first Chief of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and a professor at the University of Miami’s medical school. He was publishing papers and becoming a nationally recognised expert on psychopharmacology and considered himself the kind of guy who rarely gave much thought to anything mystical, philosophical or spiritual.

One patient changed all that. Weiss calls her Catherine in his first best-selling book, Many Lives, Many Masters (1988), eight years after he began treating the young woman.

He had been using routine psychotherapy to treat her and after 18 months with little improvement,Weiss finally put it very simply to her one day while she was under hypnosis: “Go back to the time from which your symptoms arise.” She did.

Back to the year 1863 BC when she was a 25-year-old named Aronda. Since treating Catherine, he has researched reincarnation, Eastern religions, mysticism, quantum physics, intuition and everything in between. He exudes an air of wise counsel, but does not come across as some kind of guru.

Much to his surprise, Weiss’s work has been taken seriously by many in the medical community.

Shortly after his first book was published, the former president of the Dade County Psychological Association said: “Those of us who do hypnosis are not all that shocked by Dr Weiss’s book. Many have had patients who have gone back to something-I’m not prepared to say it was a previous
life. I think we are very interested and very afraid to talk about it…”

Weiss says his work on past life therapy has helped not only his patients and readers, it has also helped him. It has led him to explore a great body of knowledge, and to look inward as well. The following has been excerpted from Nina Diamond’s Voices of Truth-Conversations with Scientists, Thinkers and Healers.

Are we just vessels that hold the soul?

Dr Brian Weiss: Yes, exactly. We are vessels, and we contain this eternal and immortal, much more knowledgeable part of ourselves. Now, probably as you get more mystical you find out that these souls, as well as the bodies, are connected to everyone else’s, because really everything is of the same substance.

Why do people find reincarnation a difficult concept to accept?
People fear the unfamiliar. If only they would keep an open mind. Not just scientists, but everybody. Just observe it, watch it. Meditation can teach people to do that. If they can let go of their fears.
Philosophers and mystics once incorporated reincarnation into their explanations of life, and Plato wrote about soulmates.
Yes, Plato wrote about reincarnation. So, the Greeks believed in this too. And so did ancient civilizations.

Reincarnation is in all religions. Where did this knowledge come from?
It comes from so far back that we don’t even know where it comes from. We only lost it recently. I think we lost it for political reasons.

In Judaism, belief in reincarnation or gilgul is not just ancient, but existed until early in the 1800s, and it was only with the migration out of Eastern Europe to the West, and the Age of Enlightenment and science, and the need to be accepted, that the belief went underground.

But not in the Chassidic (Ultra-Orthodox) populations. They still believe in reincarnation. In Christianity it went underground much earlier, in the 6th century at the Second Council of Constantinople where reincarnation was officially declared a heresy.

Christianity was becoming a state religion, and the Romans felt that without the whip of Judgement Day people wouldn’t behave, they wouldn’t follow.

They would think: “Well, I’ll do it next time around.” And so reincarnation was consciously made a heresy. But this was at the Council, centuries after Jesus.

How is the time period between lifetimes determined?
People who die violently, or children who die, often come back faster. And people who live longer lives, and die more peacefully, there can be a much longer time between lives, a hundred years or more.

How many past lives do people generally have?
That varies, but the numbers that come up most (in my work) is about 100. Not the thousands and thousands that the Buddhists talk about.

Is there a finite number of souls?
To me it doesn’t matter because ultimately we’re all connected.

Are new souls being created?
I’m not sure, but my inclination is to say no. We’re probably all ageless and have been (around from the beginning).

Are families more spiritually connected from life to life than strangers are?
Yes, and I do think that people come in groups for the working out of debts and responsibilities, the concept of karma. These are the people that we’re learning and growing with. I even put
love at first sight, or hostility at first sight into that category, a recognition of souls.

I know the old saying: blood is thicker than water. Well, I mention in Through Time into Healing that spirit seems thicker than blood.So people can be male in one lifetime and female in another, and vice versa?
Yes, there seems to be frequent switching. You may have a preference, but you’ve tried out the other to see what it’s like. This is also true of races and religions.

How do you explain souls that occupy bodies that are biologically damaged?
If this is all to learn-and this is what my patients keep telling me-to grow, to become more and more Godlike, then whatever experience you have is a learning experience. Sometimes, though, it’s a teaching experience as well, so you may come back into this for others, maybe as an act of charity.

How do pre-determination and free will co-exist?
Someone told me this once: Life is like being on a bus. It has a certain pre-determined route. But the person you sit next to, how you act, what you say, that’s all the free will part.

Why don’t we automatically, consciously remember our past lives?
For one, more and more people are remembering. Through therapeutic techniques such as hypnosis, but also through dreams, spontaneously, through meditation, déjà vu. When they’re in a place they
have never been before and they know their way around.

This may be an evolutionary shift. I don’t know why we don’t all remember. The Greeks had a myth that when you were born again you drank from the River of Lethe, so you would forget your previous lives.

So you think some of us are born with certain values and ideals?
Yes, that’s the whole purpose. That it gets ingrained at a deeper level. At the level of the heart and the soul-where the real learning takes place so that you’re not dependent just on what your parents teach you.

If one’s parents were bigots, and the child is able to overcome that, this is a degree of independence that transcends what we’re taught.

This is your soul saying: “You know it’s not right to be a bigot, despite what your parents, what the church or temple is telling you. You know better. Follow your heart.” And when you’re doing that, you’ve really learnt it. This is the soul memory.

When we’re ‘out there’, will we be with all the people we knew here?
I think so, and even with those who are still here. The vision is better coming from the other direction. They’re aware of more because they are not limited by a body and the brain. But we are.

What’s the state of reincarnation research today?
There are physicians doing this. Raymond Moody, the psychiatrist who coined the phrase Near Death Experience, is now writing about his research with past life therapy. Then there’s the Association of Past Life Reaserch and Therapy (APRT). They publish a journal. It’s a mixed group, so it’s hard to characterize them as representative of the scientific community.

How can reincarnation be validated? Do you look for supporting information?
It’s difficult to prove reincarnation scientifically because of what we consider scientific. As a psychiatrist I’m interested in my patients’ clinical improvement, in their welfare, so I look at two levels: of therapy and helping people, and then the other level, that of validating, or proving. Both are vital.

But I function more these days at the therapeutic level. There’s no question in my mind, or in the minds of all of these physicians and psychotherapists who are writing to me, that this has a therapeutic effect. It’s quick, it’s vivid, it’s relatively inexpensive, and people get better.

Physicists are now researching how one subatomic particle/wave in one location senses instantaneously what’s happening to another one. Is it similar to psychic phenomena?

Yes, and physicists have proof that these particles exist, that they travel at the speed of light, and time is relative, and can stop. It’s just that we have difficulty in letting go (of our old concepts).

If I told you that you’re really, physically, a mass of electrons, protons and neutrons and energy, and wave/particle phenomena, you would say, “but I’m solid”, and I would say, “yes, but that’s not really true, because at a deeper level you’re energy”.

Scientists talk about things being connected at a sub-atomic level-what we would consider ESP-between these subatomic particles. Since we and everything in the universe are made up of these, does this explain how people can have ‘paranormal’ abilities?

Yes, that summarises the millennia of mystical knowledge, and solves the problems of the universe! It’s true. We need to develop the skills. How to do this, how to be aware. Mystics have always been saying that there is no time, it just appears that way to us.

And when you start talking about other states, there is no space, there is no time. It’s all happening now. This is our conception of God and of nature beyond the three-dimensional. That’s the fascinating correlation that physics is starting to prove.In mystical Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, this is all part of the esoteric tradition: There is not time, no space, we’re all connected.


Do you believe that physicists will find that science, mysticism, spirituality, religion and parapsychology are connected through quantum physics?
Physicists are the mystics of the 21st century. They’ve begun to study consciousness, time moving backwards, all of these phenomena that were called occult or esoteric. I believe they’ll be found to have their roots in nature, in science.

As we begin to use more of our brains through meditation and other ways, we’re going to find that these things do have their basis in science, in nature. To discover the truth you have to throw out your old assumptions and old knowledge.

You wrote in Many Lives… that the most important lesson you learned with past life therapy is that there is no death. How has this changed your life, and how can this change everybody’s life?
When you stop fearing death you start to live more. What I value now that I perhaps didn’t value as much before are love, relationships, family-not just in the genetic sense, but in the larger sense. And what I value less now are material things. You can’t take it with you. That’s a cliché, but it’s true.

How do our past life experiences and relationships affect our present life?
They affect us in every way. Many of your most meaningful relationships are not new. That’s how you connect. Past lives also affect us in symptoms, both emotional and physical. Certain fears and anxieties carry over. Physical symptoms, where one may have been wounded or hurt in a previous
life frequently come up. It affects us psychologically, emotionally, even in obesity.

Have you had patients who, while reliving a past life under hypnosis, had detailed/technical knowledge about something they know nothing about in this life?
Yes, that happens a lot. One of Dr Jarmon’s cases is one of the best. A woman was seeing him for hypnotherapy for weight loss. He didn’t believe in past lives. This was his first case (of past lives), and it happened spontaneously.

A Jewish woman in her 30s, she started to develop a new symptom while she was visiting him. Her periods had stopped and she developed lower abdominal tenderness, and she was becoming more anxious.

He was alarmed and thought she might have an ectopic pregnancy (in a fallopian tube), which can be dangerous because it can burst. So he referred her to a gynaecologist. She tested negative.

But she continued to see Dr Jarmon, and they were working on her anxiety, and he said: “Go back to the time from which your symptoms first arose.” His patient went back to the Middle Ages. She was five months pregnant with an ectopic pregnancy. In that life she was Catholic, and she was with a priest who wouldn’t allow abortion or surgery, and so she died.

And just before she died she repeated the Catholic act of contrition to the priest, word for word. Dr Jarmon is Catholic and recognized it. It’s what Catholics say to atone for their sins. The Jewish woman had never heard of contrition. This happens all the time, but again, it’s hard to prove because you can say they probably read this in school, picked up a book or learned this while they were overseas.

If we can go back to past lives, can we go forward to future ones?
There are people who are doing this work, such as Chet Snow, the president of the APRT Society. I haven’t found it, and probably the reason is I’m not looking for it.

Many look at God as a force outside the universe that regulates everything.
Instead of within. I say: “Why limit God?” Perhaps God can listen to all of our prayers, all at the same time and pay infinite attention to it, because God isn’t a human being.

So, you’re saying that if there are an infinite number of possibilities, then nothing is impossible, and therefore, God can be everywhere.
Yes, and we can all be part of God, and yet be separate, in our own
perspective. But we are all connected.

So, if we’re all connected to everything, then by definition aren’t we connected to God, too, since God, or a higher being, created all of this?
Yes. Now you’re approaching my very simplistic way of viewing everything. That God-love-is an energy that is in everything. Intelligence, wisdom, love, compassion and more-that’s all we’re made of.

Tell us about your past lives.
The first time I remembered was during an acupressure massage for an old neck injury that was flaring up. At that point, Many Lives… had been written, but wasn’t published yet.

And I wasn’t telling a soul. I was afraid for my reputation and career. So I mentioned nothing to the therapist. I would go into this very relaxed, almost meditative state, and during the third or fourth one-hour session I saw this image.

It was me, taller, thin, wearing a multi-coloured robe, standing in a large geometric shaped building. I knew I was a priest of some sort, very powerful, with the ear of the royal family. I had some psychic abilities in that life, too.

And I was misusing it to gain more power, sex, greed, things like that. It was a very good life! Very easy, but wasted. The word ziggurat kept ringing in my head. I had no conscious memory of ever coming across that word.It doesn’t prove that I didn’t, in college or something, but I didn’t remember it. I didn’t say anything to the therapist, went home and looked up ziggurat. It’s a word for architectural structures, temples of the Babylonian era, like the hanging gardens of Babylon.

I had another experience years later. I had this dream of being imprisoned in a European dungeon, my arm chained to the wall. I was being tortured for teaching about my religious beliefs, which included reincarnation. And I died there.

I became aware, as I died, of a message: “When you had the chance to teach it, you did not.” I knew that was referring back to that episode with the ziggurat. “When you didn’t have the chance, you did.” And I knew that meant that I should have taught about love. I didn’t have to teach about reincarnation and get killed for it. I went too far. The implication was: “Now you can have both. You have the chance, and you can teach about it.” It’s as if those two were the important past lives.

Who are The Masters?
This is what Catherine described as the source of the information coming to her. She would hear them, and then tell me. But she had no memory of it when she woke up. When she was in-between remembering past lives she would go into this state. She said this was coming from the master spirits, The Masters. And out came knowledge that was very unlike her. Even the phonetics, grammar and style were different.

And she wasn’t an actress, a multiple personality or schizophrenic. I’ve had other patients tell me things-it’s coming from a more pure source that’s not contaminated by our brains. I’ve had much contact with The Masters, but they’re not identifying themselves by that name anymore.

What do you think of other alternative physical and mental therapies?
I do feel that there may be validity to many of these approaches and we need to study these. That’s why I was heartened to see that the National Institutes of Health created a division that deals with alternative and holistic approaches. The government is funding and supporting this.
There’s a tremendous amount to gain, both in healing and direct physical and mental health.


Extracted with permission from Voices of Truth, by Nina L. Diamond, Full Circle.
Excerpted from Life Positive, December 2002

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How to Love Unconditionally

Source: iloveulove

From “Friendship with God

How can I love

unconditionally and unlimitedly?

 

The first step in being fully loving is that you must fully love your Self. And this you cannot do so long as you believe that you were born in sin, and are basically evil.

If you believe that humans are by nature non-trustworthy and evil, you will create a society that supports that view, then enact laws, approve rules, adopt regulations, and impose restraints that are justified by it.

If you believe that humans are by nature trustworthy and good, you will create an entirely different kind of society, in which laws, rules, regulations, and restraints are rarely required. The first society will be freedom limiting, the second, freedom giving.

God is fully loving because God is fully free. To be fully free is to be fully joyful, because full freedom creates the space for every joyful experience. Freedom is the basic nature of God. It is also the basic nature of the human soul. The degree to which you are not fully free is the degree to which you are not fully joyful and that is the degree to which you are not fully loving.

To be totally loving means to be fully free.

We should allow everyone to be able to do anything they want.

That is how God loves. God allows everyone to do anything they want.

It is normal in your society to punish. It is abnormal in your society to simply allow a consequence to assert itself to reveal itself.

Punishments are your announcement that you are too impatient to await a natural outcome. Punishments are someone else’s decision that one has done wrong.

Consequences are one’s own experience that something does not work. That is, it did not produce an intended result.

In other words, we do not learn quickly from punishments, because we see them as something that someone else is doing to us. We learn more readily from consequences, because we see them as something that we are doing to ourselves.

The biggest punishment that you have devised is the withholding of your love. You have shown your offspring that if they behave in a certain way, you will withhold your love. It is by the granting and the withholding of your love that you have sought to regulate and modify, to control and to create, your children’s behaviors.

This is something that God would never do.

True love never withdraws itself. And that is what loving fully means.

I am love. One does not have to practice what one is, one simply is it.

I am the love that knows no condition, nor limitation of any kind.

I am totally loving, and to be totally loving means to be willing to give every mature sentient being total freedom to be, do, and have that which they wish.

Even if you know it will be bad for them?

It is not for you to decide that for them.

Not even for our children?

If they are mature sentient beings, no. If they are grown children, no. And if they are not yet mature, the fastest way to lead them to their own maturity is to allow them the freedom to make as many choices as possible as early as practical.

This is what love does. Love lets go. That which you call need, and which you often confuse with love, does the opposite. Need holds on. This is the way you can tell the difference between love and need. Love lets go, need holds on.

So to be totally loving, I let go?

Among other things, yes. Let go of expectation, let go of requirements and rules and regulations that you would impose on your loved ones. For they are not loved if they are restricted. Not totally.

Nor are you; you do not love yourself totally when you restrict yourself, when you grant yourself less than total freedom, in any matter.

Yet remember that choices are not restrictions. So do not call the choices you have made restrictions. And lovingly provide for your offspring, and all your loved ones, all the information that you feel you may have, to help them make good choices – “good” being defined here as those choices most likely to produce a particular desired result, as well as what you know to be their largest desired result: a happy life.

Share what you know about that. Offer what you have come to understand. Yet do not seek to impose your ideas, your rules, your choices upon another and do not withhold your love should another make choices you would not make. Indeed, if you believe their choices to have been poor ones, that is precisely the time to show your love.

That is compassion, and there is no higher expression.

What else does it mean to be totally loving?

It means to be fully present, in every single moment. To be fully aware. To be fully open, honest, transparent. It means to be fully willing, to express the love that is in your heart full out. To be fully loving means to be fully naked, without hidden agenda or hidden motive, without hidden anything.

And you say that it is possible for human beings, for regular people like me, to achieve such love? This is something of which we are all capable?

It is more than that of which you are capable. It is that which you are. This is the nature of Who You Are. The most difficult thing that you do is to deny that. And you are doing this difficult thing every day. It is why your life feels so difficult. Yet when you do the easy thing, when you decide to come from, to be, Who You Really Are – which is pure love, unlimited and unconditioned-then your life becomes easy again. All the turmoil disappears, all the struggle goes away.

This peace may be achieved in any given moment. The way to it may be found by asking a simple question:

What would love do now?

This is a marvelous question, because you will always know the answer. It is like magic. It is cleansing, like a soap. It takes the worry out of being close. It washes away all doubt, all fear. It bathes the mind with the wisdom of the soul.

What a good way of putting that.

It is true. When you ask this question, you will know instantly what to do. In any circumstance, under any condition, you will know. You will be given the answer. You are the answer, and asking the question brings forth that part of you.

Do not second-guess this answer when it instantly comes to you. When you second-guess is when you fool yourself – and can make a fool of yourself. Go into the heart of love, and come from that place in all your choices and decisions, and you will find peace.

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The Little Soul & The Sun

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Simply the best and most transforming children book ever written.Perfect gift for your kids! I love it very much!

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“The Little Soul and the Sun”
by Neale Donald Walsch
Illustrated by Frank Riccio

Excerpt:

Once upon no time there was a Little Soul who said to God, “I know who I am!”

And God said, “That’s wonderful! Who are you?”

And the Little Soul shouted, “I’m the Light!”

God smiled a big smile, “That’s right!” God exclaimed. “You are the Light.”

The Little Soul was so happy, for it had figured out what all the souls in the Kingdom were there to figure out. “Wow,” said the Little Soul, “this is really cool!”

But soon, knowing who it was was not enough. The Little Soul felt stirrings inside, and now wanted to be who it was. And so the Little Soul went back to God (which is not a bad idea for all souls who want to be Who They Really Are) and said, “Hi, God! Now that I know Who I Am, is it okay for me to be it?”

And God said, “You mean you want to be Who You Already Are?

“Well,” replied the Little Soul, “it’s one thing to know Who I Am, and another thing altogether to actually be it. I want to feel what it’s like to be the Light!”

“But you already are the Light,” God repeated, smiling again.

“Yes, but I want to see what that feels like!” cried the Little Soul.

“Well,” said God with a chuckle, “I suppose I should have known. You always were the adventuresome one.” Then God’s expression changed. “There’s only one thing…”

“What?” asked the Little Soul.

“Well, there is nothing else but the Light. You see, I created nothing but what you are; and so, there is no easy way for you to experience yourself as Who You Are, since there is nothing that you are not.”

“Huh?” said the Little Soul, who was not a little confused.

“Think of it this way,” said God. “You are like a candle in the Sun. Oh, you’re there all right. Along with a million, ka-gillion other candles who make up the Sun. And the sun would not be the Sun without you. Nay, it would be a sun without one of its candles…and that would not be the Sun at all; for it would not shine as brightly. Yet, how to know yourself as the Light when you are amidst the Light–that is the question.”

“Well,” the Little Soul perked up, “you’re God. Think of something!”

Once more God smiled. “I already have,” God said. “Since you cannot see yourself as the Light when you are in the Light, we’ll surround you with darkness.”

“What’s darkness?” the Little Soul asked.

God replied, “It is that which you are not.”

“Will I be afraid of the dark?” cried the Little Soul.

“Only if you choose to be,” God answered. “There is nothing, really, to be afraid of, unless you decide that there is. You see, we are making it all up. We are pretending.”

“Oh,” said the Little Soul, and felt better already.

Then God explained that, in order to experience anything at all, the exact opposite of it will appear.

“It is a great gift,” God said, “because without it, you could not know what anything is like. You could not know Warm without Cold, Up without Down, Fast without Slow. You could not know Left without Right, Here without There, Now without Then.”

“And so,” God concluded, “when you are surrounded with darkness, do not shake your fist and raise your voice and curse the darkness. Rather be a Light unto the darkness, and don’t be mad about it. Then you will know Who You Really Are, and all others will know, too. Let your Light shine so that everyone will know how special you are!”

“You mean it’s okay to let others see how special I am?” asked the Little Soul.

“Of course!” God chuckled. “It’s very okay! But remember, ‘special’ does not mean ‘better.’ Everybody is special, each in their own way! Yet many others have forgotten that. They will see that it is okay for them to be special only when you see that it is okay for you to be special.”

“Wow,” said the Little Soul, dancing and skipping and laughing and jumping with joy. “I can be as special as I want to be!”

“Yes, and you can start right now,” said God, who was dancing and skipping and laughing right along with the Little Soul.

“What part of special do you want to be?”

“What part of special?” the Little Soul repeated. “I don’t understand.”

“Well,” God explained, “being the Light is being special, and being special has a lot of parts to it. It is special to be kind. It is special to be gentle. It is special to be creative. It is special to be patient. Can you think of any other ways it is special to be?”

The Little Soul sat quietly for a moment. “I can think of lots of ways to be special!” the Little Soul then exclaimed. “It is special to be helpful. It is special to be sharing. It is special to be friendly. It is special to be considerate of others!”

“Yes!” God agreed, “and you can be all of those things, or any part of special you wish to be, at any moment. That’s what it means to be the Light.”

“I know what I want to be, I know what I want to be!” the Little Soul announced with great excitement. “I want to be the part of special called ‘forgiving’. Isn’t it special to be forgiving?”

“Oh, yes,” God assured the Little Soul. “That is very special.”

“Okay,” said the Little Soul. “That’s what I want to be. I want to be forgiving. I want to experience myself as that.”

“Good,” said God, “but there’s one thing you should know.”

The Little Soul was becoming a bit impatient now. It always seemed as though there were some complication.

“What is it?” the Little Soul sighed.

“There is no one to forgive.”

“No one?” The Little Soul could hardly believe what had been said.

“No one!” God repeated. “Everything I have made is perfect. There is not a single soul in all creation less perfect than you. Look around you.”

It was then that the Little Soul realized a large crowd had gathered. Souls had come from far and wide ~ from all over the Kingdom ~ for the word had gone forth that the Little Soul was having this extraordinary conversation with God, and everyone wanted to hear what they were saying. Looking at the countless other souls gathered there, the Little Soul had to agree. None appeared less wonderful, less magnificent, or less perfect than the Little Soul itself. Such was the wonder of the souls gathered around, and so bright was their Light, that the Little Soul could scarcely gaze upon them.

“Who, then, to forgive?” asked God.

“Boy, this is going to be no fun at all!” grumbled the Little Soul. “I wanted to experience myself as One Who Forgives. I wanted to know what that part of special felt like.”

And the Little Soul learned what it must feel like to be sad. But just then a Friendly Soul stepped forward from the crowd.

“Not to worry, Little Soul,” the Friendly Soul said, “I will help you.”

“You will?” the Little Soul brightened. “But what can you do?”

“Why, I can give you someone to forgive!”

“You can?”

“Certainly!” chirped the Friendly Soul. “I can come into your next lifetime and do something for you to forgive.”

“But why? Why would you do that?” the Little Soul asked. “You, who are a Being of such utter perfection! You, who vibrate with such a speed that it creates a Light so bright that I can hardly gaze upon you! What could cause you to want to slow down your vibration to such a speed that your bright Light would become dark and dense? What could cause you ~ who are so light that you dance upon the stars and move through the Kingdom with the speed of your thought–to come into my life and make yourself so heavy that you could do this bad thing?”

“Simple,” the Friendly Soul said. “I would do it because I love you.”

The Little Soul seemed surprised at the answer.

“Don’t be so amazed,” said the Friendly Soul, “you have done the same thing for me. Don’t you remember? Oh, we have danced together, you and I, many times. Through the eons and across all the ages have we danced. Across all time and in many places have we played together. You just don’t remember.”

“We have both been All Of It. We have been the Up and the Down of it, the Left and the Right of it. We have been the Here and the There of it, the Now and the Then of it. We have been the male and the female, the good and the bad; we have both been the victim and the villain of it.”

“Thus have we come together, you and I, many times before; each bringing to the other the exact and perfect opportunity to Express and to Experience Who We Really Are. And so,” the Friendly Soul explained further, “I will come into your next lifetime and be the ‘bad one’ this time. I will do something really terrible, and then you can experience yourself as the One Who Forgives.”

“But what will you do?” the Little Soul asked, just a little nervously, “that will be so terrible?”

“Oh,” replied the Friendly Soul with a twinkle, “we’ll think of something.”

Then the Friendly Soul seemed to turn serious, and said in a quiet voice, “You are right about one thing, you know.”

“What is that?” the Little Soul wanted to know.

“I will have to slow down my vibration and become very heavy to do this not-so-nice thing. I will have to pretend to be something very unlike myself. And so, I have but one favor to ask of you in return.”

“Oh, anything, anything!” cried the Little Soul, and began to dance and sing, “I get to be forgiving, I get to be forgiving!”

Then the Little Soul saw that the Friendly Soul was remaining very quiet.

“What is it?” the Little Soul asked. “What can I do for you? You are such an angel to be willing to do this for me!”

“Of course this Friendly Soul is an angel!” God interrupted. “Everyone is! Always remember: I have sent you nothing but angels.”

And so the Little Soul wanted more than ever to grant the Friendly Soul’s request. “What can I do for you?” the Little Soul asked again.

“In the moment that I strike you and smite you,” the Friendly Soul replied, “in the moment that I do the worst to you that you could possible imagine ~ in that very moment…”

“Yes?” the Little Soul interrupted, “yes…?”

“Remember Who I Really Am.”

“Oh, I will!” cried the Little Soul, “I promise! I will always remember you as I see you right here, right now!”

“Good,” said the Friendly Soul, “because, you see, I will have been pretending so hard, I will have forgotten myself. And if you do not remember me as I really am, I may not be able to remember for a very long time. And if I forget Who I Am, you may even forget Who You Are, and we will both be lost. Then we will need another soul to come along and remind us both of Who We Are.”

“No, we won’t!” the Little Soul promised again. “I will remember you! And I will thank you for bringing me this gift ~ the chance to experience myself as Who I Am.”

And so, the agreement was made. And the Little Soul went forth into a new lifetime, excited to be the Light, which was very special, and excited to be that part of special called Forgiveness.

And the Little Soul waited anxiously to be able to experience itself as Forgiveness, and to thank whatever other soul made it possible. And at all the moments in that new lifetime, whenever a new soul appeared on the scene, whether that new soul brought joy or sadness–and especially if it brought sadness–the Little Soul thought of what God had said.

“Always remember,” God had smiled, “I have sent you nothing but angels.”

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Ascension, What is

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Believers of ascension propose that humans are composed of a physical body and a soul, both of which are composed of energy. As physics has revealed to us, everything is composed of energy. Even if we cannot physically “see” something (radio waves, X rays, etc.), that energy exists at various frequencies and with the proper medium we can experience at least the effect of these energies.In the theory of ascension, it is assumed that humans are composed of seven energetic bodies – physical, etheric, astral, causal, mental, celestial, and Christ bodies. The physical body is at the lowest frequency, and each of the successive bodies exists at higher frequencies. Each of these energetic bodies is essential to maintaining the harmony between the physical body and the soul.

The bodies are related to the seven main chakras, which correspond with specific endocrine glands.Ascension is described as consciously increasing the vibratory rate of the physical and other bodies to the Christ level. Stories describe the physical body losing its definition, diffusing, then finally resembling a star imploding or exploding.Believers in ascension make a distinction between an enlightened individual and an ascended master. When an individual becomes enlightened – that is, consciously lives on the Christ/Buddha level of awareness – they need experience no further lifetimes to realize their oneness with the universe. The enlightened person can then use their innate awareness to learn more about the universe, or choose to become a master and help others achieve this state. Not every enlightened person becomes a master. Once enlightened, a person can opt for further reincarnations.People who have raised their bodies through ascension are fully in command of the physical realm, capable of decelerating their vibratory rate to appear any way they desire, including moving about freely on Earth. Thus, ascension is seen as an alternative to death.

The topic of ascension and ascended masters is one that probably will continue to spark controversy and disbelief, and can be a difficult subject to comprehend even for those who have spent years studying esoteric doctrines.Having been playfully described as something like getting “beamed up”, as in the television series Star Trek, the idea of ascension has not reached widespread acceptance. Some relegate the subject matter to the realm of New Age myth and fantasy, while others maintain the process of ascension is as natural as human evolution.The idea that all humans could conceivably do what Christ supposedly did is seen by many religious persons as presumptuous, if not blasphemous. This is ironic in view of Christ’s teaching in John 14:12: “The things that I do shall ye do also, and greater things than these shall ye do.”

In the 21st century, the notion of ascension seems to attract individuals more interested in eastern religions, spirituality, metaphysics, or those simply looking for a deeper meaning to their existing beliefs and experiences.

One difficulty in discussing the idea of an ascended master is that there is no universally-accepted, definitive, scientific text which describes what the conditions are to become such a person, or how to verify the conditions.Even in the 21st century, most public sources, even books directly dealing with the topic, tend to describe various ascended masters, their activities, meetings with such people, etc., without giving us the requisite understanding of how we ourselves could undergo the process of ascension firsthand. With only anecdotal reports and no actual “how-to” manual, we are then left struggling with how to either retrofit this concept into our existing beliefs, how to shift our beliefs entirely, or simply reject the system altogether. Texts that actually give a deeper understanding of ascension, including practical exercises, meditations, diet, etc., are usually dismissed by mainstream audiences.

In the 20th century, more books finally surfaced about the topic, but prior to that, the practical knowledge seems to have been held in strict secrecy within mystery schools due to the pressures and intolerance of orthodox religious authorities. Even for spiritual adepts or initiates, the concept of ascension has not been widely accepted or understood because of the radical nature of transformation that has been ascribed to it.

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[Much more accounts of miracles, philosophies and interesting narratives can be found within the book. I find the book enjoyable as easy reading. This excerpt is made out of the 456 pages of the book]

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Spiritual Education in the Himalayas

The sacred Himalayas

…Not having human company or communication brought me great peace and serenity. I realized that nature is very peaceful. She disturbs only those who disturb themselves, but she teaches wisdom to those who admire and appreciate her beauty. This is especially true in the Himalayas. …

…As the breeze blew its stem, it shook and then bent toward me, saying, “Do you think I am lonely being all alone? All alone means all in one.

…That was the last day I ever picked a flower. I felt that I had been depriving Mother Nature by snatching her child from her lap. I never picked a flower again. Beauty is to be admired and not to be used, possessed, or destroyed. Aesthetic sense develops when one starts appreciating the beauty of nature. …

…A bottle of Ganges water is kept in every home and practically all of the villagers give it to a dying person to drink. When bottled, bacteria do not survive in it, although they do in the water from other rivers. Long ago, sailors learned that drinking water from the Ganges carried by ships travelling from Calcutta to London did not stagnate, but water from the Thames carried by ships travelling from London to India had to be replaced by fresh water along the way. The unique chemical components and minerals of this water have been analyzed by many scientists from all over the world. Dr. Jagdish Chandra Bose, a prominent Indian scientist, analyzed the Ganges water and concluded: “There seems to be no other river water like this anywhere in the world. Its mineral qualities have powers to cure many diseases.” …

…The swan is said to have the power of separating and drinking only the milk out of a mixture of milk and water. Similarly, this world is a mixture of two things: the good and the bad. The wise person selects and takes the good and leaves the bad. …

My Gurudeva and Parents

…A genuine teacher never condemns his student, no matter how bad the student may be. Instead, the teacher gently helps and corrects. However much a child misbehaves, a truly loving mother will continue to tenderly care for him. As a mother raises her child with love, gentleness, and guidance, so a master raises his student.

…My master gave me everything, and he has never expected anything in return, nor had I anything to give. My love for him is immense, for he has done everything for me – educated me, trained me – and so far I have not been able to do anything for him. A master need nothing. True spiritual leaders are like that: they take nothing and they give everything. …

My Master and the Prince Swami

…Many times the people of India wondered who this great was, but my master preferred to remain unknown, and says that the aspirant who genuinely wishes to follow the path of enlightenment should avoid crowds, publicity and creating large followings. Name and fame are the greatest barriers and downfalls for a spiritual man.

The Master Teaches

Crossing a Flooded River

… It is said in the scriptures that with the help of sankalpa shakti (the power of determination) nothing is impossible. Behind all the great works done by the great leaders of the world stands this shakti. With this power behind him, such a leader says, “I will do it; I have to do it; I have the means to do it.” When this power of determination is not interrupted, one inevitably attains the desired goal.

Maya, The Cosmic Veil

…Many people confuse attachments with love. But in attachment you become selfish, interested in your own pleasure, and you misuse love. You become possessive and try to gain the objects of your desires. Attachment creates bondage, while love bestows freedom. When yogis speak of non-attachment they are not teaching indifference, but are teaching how to genuinely and selflessly love others. Non-attachment, properly understood, means love. Non-attachment or love can be practices by those who live in the world as well as those who are renunciates.

Blessings in a Curse

… A selfish man always think and talks about himself. His selfishness makes him self-centered and miserable. The shortest cut to self-enlightenment is to cut through the ego; surrender before the Highest One. Satsanga – company of the sages – and constant awareness of the center within help one in going beyond the mire of delusion. The ego is also purified by cultivating selflessness. …

…those who try to be constantly aware of their unity with others can remain happy and fearless, enjoying every moment of life. Those who are selfless, humble, and loving are the true benefactors of humanity. …

The Path of Direct Experience

Direct experience is the Highest of All Ways of Gaining knowledge. All other means are only fragments.

Direct experience alone is the Means

All knowing is in vain if it is not direct. Indirect knowledge is of course informative, but not fulfilling. All wise people throughout history have gone through great pains in order to know truth directly. They were not satisfied by the mere opinions of others. They were not frightened off from this quest by the defenders of orthodoxy and dogma, who prosecuted and sometimes even executed them because their conclusions were different. …

Direct experience alone has access to the real source of real knowledge.

Real Knowledge Removes Suffering

… A little or partial knowledge is always dangerous, like partial truths. A partial truth is not truth at all

A Mantra for Happiness

…At last he said, “No matter where you live, live cheerfully. This is the mantra. Be cheerful at all times, even if you are behind bars. Anywhere you live, even if you have to go to a hellish place, create heaven there. Remember my boy, cheerfulness is of your own making. It only requires human effort. You have to create cheerfulness for yourself. Remember this mantra of mine.”

A Mantra for Bees

… He replied, “Do as I say. Talk to the bees. Your lips should be so close you can whisper to them.” I asked, “How do they know Hindi?” He answered, “They know the language of the heart, so they know all the languages – just talk to them.” …

I Receive a Beating

Among all the methods for training and therapies, the highest of all is that of self-training in which one remains conscious of one’s mind, actions and speech.

A Firethrower Swami

… Later I realized that all such siddhis are but mere signs on the path. These powers have nothing to do with spirituality. I later found out, after experiencing and examining, that these psychic powers have little value. To the contrary, they can create serious obstacles on the path. Sometimes psychic powers develop: you start telling the fortunes of others, you start knowing things. These are all distractions. Do not allow them to obstruct your path. Too many people, including swamis, have wasted time and energy on such distractions. Anyone who wants to develop siddhis can do so and can demonstrate certain supernatural feats; but enlightenment is an entirely different matter.

An Astounding Mystic

Selflessness is one of the prominent signs of a spiritual man …

… It is true that some amount of money is one of the necessary means of making oneself comfortable in the world. But it is also true that having more than necessary can be a source of misery. Hoarding money is a sin, for we are depriving others and creating disparity in society

My Mother Teacher

… I had many questions I wanted to ask her, but she told me to remain silent. I followed her instruction and received answers to my questions without either of us speaking. This silence was more communicative than any other type of teaching. The most advanced teachers impart their knowledge in silence.

Learning Humility

My Swollen Ego

… I protested, “If I keep on looking at the sky and continue walking, I will stumble and fall down.” He said, “Bow your head and then you will be able to walk without stumbling. For going through this hazardous journey of life, you should learn to be humble. Ego and pride are two stumbling blocks on this journey. If you are not humble, you cannot learn. Your growth will be stunted.” …

I Thought I Was Perfect

… “For a wise man, there is nothing to be called bad. Any adversity of life provides a step for his growth, provided he knows how to utilize it.” …

… We all know what to do and what not to do, but it is very difficult to learn how to be. Real knowledge is found not in knowing but rather in being.

Practice Makes Perfect

… Knowing is useless without practice. Knowing is mere information. Practice gives direct experience, which alone is valid knowledge.

The Sage from the Valleys of Flowers

… So far the opinions that you have are actually the opinion of others. Those who live on the opinion of others do not ever have the ability to decide and express their own opinions. Boys, this informative knowledge is not considered by us to be real knowledge. …

Conquering Fear

FEAR is the GREATEST OF ALL FOES. IT IS A DEVIL residing within. Fearlessness is the first rung on the ladder of freedom.

The Devil

…”A rope in darkness can be mistaken for a snake. A mirage in the distance can be mistaken for water. Lack of light is the main cause of such a vision. Does the evil exist? If there is only one existence, which is omnipresent and omniscient, then where is the place for the existence of the devil? Those who are religiously sick believe in the existence of the devil by forgetting the existence of God. A negative mind is the greatest devil that resides within the human being. Transformation of the negativity leads toward positive or angelic visions. It is the mind which creates hell and heaven. Fear of the devil is a phobia which needs to be eradicated from the human mind.” …

My Fear of Snakes

… The unconscious fear welled up nevertheless. My mind said, “It is a death that you are holding in your hand.” I believed my master, but my fear was stronger than my belief.

He said, “Why do you not love the snake?”

“Love?” I cried, “How can you love something when you are under the influence of fear?” This is a familiar situation in the world: if you are afraid of a person, you cannot love him.

… My master said, “Look, it is such a beautiful creature. It roams all over, but look how clean and neat it is. You do not remain clean; you have to take a bath every day. A snake is the cleanest creature in the world.”

I said, “It is clean, but it is also dangerous.”

He told me, “Man is more unclean and poisonous than a snake. He can kill and injure others. Each day he projects poison in the form of anger and other negative emotions on those with whom he lives. A snake never does that. A snake bites only in defense.”

He went on: “When you are fast asleep, does your finger prick your own eyes? Do your teeth bite your tongue? There is an understanding that all your limbs belong to one body. The day we have a like understanding that all creatures are one, we will not fear any creature.” …

… Animals are instinctively very sensitive and are receptive to both hatred and love. If one has no intention to harm animals, they become passive and friendly. Even wild animals would like to associate with human beings. In the valley of the Himalayas I observed this tendency in animals over several years. …

… A human being, with all his selfishness, attachments, and hatred, loses touch with his essential nature and thus frightens the animals, who then attack in self-defense. If a person learns to behave gently with animals, they will not attack him. I often remember the way Valmiki, St.Francis, and Buddha loved animals, and I try to follow their example. …

… All of our dreams(read: thought forms) materialize sooner or later. Thus it is really fear that invites danger, though we usually think that danger brings on the fear. Fear is the greatest sickness that arises from our imagination. I have seen that all fears and confusion need only to encounter some practical experience and then they can easily be overcome.

The Path of Renunciation

My Whole Being Is an Eye

… Closing the eyes unconsciously, without having any content in the mind, is sleep. Closing the eyes consciously is a part of meditation. A yogi closes his eyes and withdraws his senses from the sense perceptions. He remains free from the pair of opposites of pain and pleasure. Closing the eyes is for him the opening of the inner eye. Ordinary people see the objects of the world with the help of two small eyes – but do you know that my whole being has become an eye?

My Experience with a Dancing Girl

… When awakening comes we can completely transform our personalities, throwing off the past. Some of the greatest sages of the world had been very bad – like Saul who later became St.Paul. Suddenly the day of awakening came for Saul on the way to Damascus, and his personality was transformed. Valmiki, the author of the Ramayana, one of the ancient epics of India had a similar experience. Don’t condemn yourself. No matter how bad or how small you think you have been, you have a chance to transform your whole personality. A true seeker can always realize the reality and attain freedom from all bondage and miseries. In just one second you can enlighten yourself.

Transformation of a Murderer

…The sadhu, who had nothing in his possession, shared the food with us. We all said grace before taking our meal. The grace is: “This is all Brahman, being offered by Brahman, and taken by Brahman.” Such affirmations are very helpful in maintaining God-consciousness. …

Taste the World and Then Renounce

… My master replied, “Then why do you desire worldly things- why do you need the world? Being a renunciate and living in the cave and yet thinking of the world means you have a latent desire to fulfill. It is a headache that cannot be cured by any other means than self-discipline. Self-discipline leads to self-training, and self-training leads to direct experience. Through direct experience you expand your awareness. Expansion is the purpose of life.” …

Jewels or Fire?

My master never insisted that I renounce the world and become a swami. He wanted me to experience and decide things for myself. He always said, “Whatever you want to learn from me, learn – but grow independently. Whenever you need my help, I am here.” If I asked him a question he would say, “Are you tired? Cant you find the answer for yourself? Why should you come to me again and again with questions? I will teach you the method of resolving questions, but I will not simply give you answers.” …

Should I Get Married?

… The decision was left to me, but after listening to my master I decided to break this tie and go back to the path of renunciation. There are two well-known paths: the path of renunciation, and the path of action in the world. My path was the path of renunciation. One should not compare paths and think one superior and the other inferior. I certainly do not condemn the path which involves living and working in the world while having a family. That path furnishes the means of living, but is also time-consuming. In the path of renunciation there is ample time for spiritual practices, but limited means like food, shelter, and clothing. The renunciate must depend on the householder for fulfilling such needs. It is not important which path one follows. What is important is the honesty, sincerity, truthfulness, and faithfulness which one has in either path. …

A Miserable Experiment

… He said, “Without asking for money, you get money. This cottage is at your disposal. Drivers come for you. Many people come and sit with you. Why?” I replied, “You know, when I wanted such things, they never came to me. But the day I determined I didn’t want them, I began getting them.

Remember this, as Swami Vivekananda says: “Fortune is like a flirt – she will run away from you when you want her, but if you are not interested in her, she will come chasing you.”

Two Naked Renunciates

… Renunciation without being aware of the purpose of life creates problems for the renunciates and for the people of the world who look for examples from them. The people of the world think that renunciates are the best examples to be followed. But I have met many householders who are far superior to renunciates. The inner condition is more important than the external way of living.

In the World and Yet Above

Decide that no mater what happens, you will do what you set out to do. If you are determined, possible distractions will still be there – but you will continue on you path and remain undisturbed. Sankalpa (determination is very important. You cannot change your circumstances, the world, or your society to suit you. But if you have strength and determination you can go through this procession of life very successfully.

Experiences on Various Paths

A Renowned Lady Sage

…In his ignorance this student was very adamant that his path was the only one. Our discussion soon led to an argument, and Anandamayi Ma intervened by saying to her follower, “Don’t argue with these two young renunciates. One should try to understand one’s one inner worth and then follow the path best suited to him.

Karma Is the Maker

… Actually it is not necessary to renounce the objects of the world, because a human being does not actually own or possess anything. Therefore it is not necessary to renounce anything – but the sense of possessiveness should be renounced.

… Again the baba spoke: “The law of karma is applicable to all equally. Our past samskaras are deeply rooted in the unconscious. These latent samskaras, or impressions, create various bubbles and express themselves through our speech and actions. It is possible for the aspirant to get freedom from these samskaras. These memories have a stronghold in the bed of our samskaras. Those who can burn these samskaras in the fire of non-attachment are free from the bondage created by them. It is like a burnt rope, which loses its binding power though it still looks like a rope. When the latent impressions, though still in the unconscious, are burned by the fire of knowledge and lose the power of germination, they never grow. They are like roasted coffee beans. You can use them to brew a cup of coffee, but they have no power to grow.

…”Non attachment is like a fire that burns the binding power of past samskaras. The benefits which are derived by the renunciate by renouncing the world are derived by the householder by the practice of non-attachment. The renunciate attains enlightenment outside the world, and the householder in the world.” …

In the Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi

…Hatred is not overcome by hatred, but rather by love. This is an unalterable law. …

…Gandhi believed in the art of living without concern for the fruits of one’s action. He practiced not worrying about success or failure, but paid attention to the work at hand without feeling the slightest anxiety or fatigue…

…In order to enjoy life one should not be selfishly attached to anything. Non-attachment means to have a pure motive and a correct means without any worry or desired result. He who gives up actions falls, but he who gives up the reward rises and is liberated. …

Setting History Straight

…My master said, “You are from the cosmos and a citizen of the world. Why identify with the people of India only? Your concern should be for the whole humanity.” …

…Culture and civilization are two inseparable aspects of the lifestyle of a community, country or nation. A man may be considered cultured if he dresses nicely and then presents himself before others – but this does not necessarily make him a civilized person. Civilization refers to the way a nation thinks and feels; to its development of ideals such as non-killing, compassion, sincerity, and faithfulness. Culture is an external way of life. Culture is a flower, while civilization is like the fragrance of the flower.

…Culture is external, civilization is internal. …

Maharshi Raman

… According to Maharshi Raman, contemplating on the single query, “Who am I?” can lead the aspirant to the state of self-realization. …

By knowing oneself, one knows the self of all.

Meeting with Sri Aurobindo

… The philosophy of tantra consistently maintains that one can advance spiritually by awakening the latent primal force called the kundalini. When this spiritual potential is systematically channeled along higher levels, living becomes effortless, spontaneous, and attuned to the ultimate goal of existence. …

The Wave of Bliss

… The body is seen as a temple and the inner dweller, Atman, as God. A human being is like a miniature universe, and by understanding this, one can understand the whole of the universe and ultimately realize the absolute One. …

… The chakras are wheels of life which form our spiritual body and connect the entire flow of consciousness …

… The heart chakra (anahata) separates the upper hemisphere from the lower hemisphere and is accepted as the center of divine tranquility. …

Beyond the Great Religions

A Christian Sage of the Himalaya

… He said, “As long as you remain conscious, be with God consciously by remembering Him. When your conscious mind starts fading as you fall asleep, surrender yourself. The last thought before you go to bed should be, ‘O Lord, be with me. I am Thine and Thou art mine.’ The whole night the Lord will remain with you. You can always remain together.” …

My Meeting with a Jesuit Sadhu

… This Jesuit swami was a very humble man and talked to me about walking with the Christ. I asked him, “How can you walk with someone who lived two thousand years ago?”

He laughed and said, “What ignorance. Christ is a state of perfection, a state of oneness, and a state of truth. Truth is everlasting reality and is not subject to death. I live with Christ-consciousness. Follow his footprints. ”

I said, “Where are those footprints?” And he again laughed and said, “Anywhere I go toward any direction I move, I find Him guiding me. They are everywhere – but you will have to see with the eye of your faith. Do you have that?” …

Jesus in the Himalayas

… A Kashmiri pandit who was a learned man was my guide on this journey. He started telling me a story about Jesus Christ, claiming that Jesus had lived in Kashmir practicing meditation. The pandit referred to a manuscript written in the Tibetian language that is preserved in a monastery situated at the height of 14,000 feet in the Himalayas. It was later translated by a Russian writer and then into English and published as The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ. In this part of Himalayas many people believe in this story, and you dare not disagree with it. There is a nearby mount which is famous because Jesus lived practicing meditation there. My guide have me three reasons to support this statement: first, the garb which Jesus wore was a traditional Kashmiri garb; second, his hairstyle was also Kashmiri; and third, the miracles that he performed are well-known yogic miracles. The pandit claimed that Jesus Christ left Asia Minor for the unknown period of his life when he was thirteen years of age, and that he lived in the valleys of Kashmir until he was thirty. I did not know whether to believe him, but I certainly didn’t want to dismiss this idea. His love for Jesus Christ was immense. I did not want to argue with him. …

… All this – whatever you see in the world – is unreal because of its constantly changing nature. Reality is hidden beneath all these changes. “

A Vision of Christ

… This sadhu would say, “I love Christianity, but not ‘Churchianity’.” …

… He believed that the kingdom of God is within every human being and that Jesus, after being anointed, became Christ. He held that Christ is universal consciousness and that no one can reach the ultimate reality without reaching Christ-consciousness. This is rarely understood by Christians in general, although the mystics of Christianity understood it well. …

… Truth always existed. The founders and great messengers of the religions of the world were only narrators, but actually the sages, and not the reincarnations of God, are the founders of the noble truths. This itself is proof that great incarnations of God only modified the message given by the sages. The reincarnation of God are the messengers of the sages. They only change the baskets, and the eggs are the same.” …

… Worshipping the leaders and founders of religions is just like creating a dogma and cult without any solid philosophy behind it. There is no hero worship in following the path of the sages, for their teachings are universal and for all times. …

… Love alone has the power to change. …

I Belong to None but God

… This was the fourth hour after his death – but suddenly he got up and said, “Look, I have decided not to die because you are fighting!” The magistrate and all the people looked at him with awe. The sage said, “Get out of my sight, you Hindus, you Christians, and Muslims; you are all foolish people. I belong to God and no one else. ” Then he looked at me and said, “My son, don’t worry. Now I will stay with you and teach you for three days, and on the fourth day I will cast off my body quietly.” …

… The great sages do not identify themselves with any particular religion or creed. They are above all such distinctions. They belong to the whole of humanity.

Divine Protection

An Appointment with Death

… I repeated all the mantras I knew. I even repeated Christian and Buddhist mantras. I had been to many monasteries and had learned mantras from all faiths – but no mantra worked. I remembered many deities: I said, “O bright Being such-and-such, please help me.” But no help was forthcoming. There was only one thing which I had not tested: my courage! When I started testing my courage I suddenly remembered: “I am not going to die, for there is no death for my soul. And death for this body is inevitable but unimportant. I am eternal. Why am I afraid? I have been identifying myself with my body – what a poor fool I have been.” …

Powers of the Mind

Lessons on the Sands

If you look at someone with full attention by focusing your conscious mind, it can immediately influence him. A swami taught me this when I was young. … …

… Thought power is known all over the world. A one-pointed mind can do wonders, …

… I said, “Swamiji, you can change the course of the world.” He said, “I don’t claim to do that; that is not my purpose. I am demonstrating this so that you can understand how a man can influence the mind of another from any part of the world if it is for good reason. Helping others is possible from a distance.

I asked him to give me the secret of this power. He said, “I will give you the secret, but you wont want to practice it. ” I did practice the method for some time and it helped me, but later I discontinued it because it was distracting and time-consuming. …

… The last day of his teaching was enchanting. He said, “Now make a zero first, then put one afterwards: 01. Every zero has value if one is put first, but zero has no value if the one is not put first. All the things in the world are like zeros, and without being conscious of the one Reality they have no value at all. When we remember the one Reality, then life becomes worthwhile. Otherwise it is burdensome.” …

Transmutation of Matter

… Aghor is a path which has been described in the Atharva Veda, but in none of the scriptures have I ever read that flesh should be eaten. I asked him, “Why do you live like this, eating the flesh of dead bodies?”

He replied, “Why do you call it a ‘dead body? It’s no longer human. It’s just matter that is not being used. You are associating it with human beings. No one else will use that body, so I will. I’m a scientist doing experiments, trying to discover the underlying principles of matter and energy. I’m changing one form of matter to another form of matter. My teacher is Mother Nature; she makes many forms, and I am only following her law to change the forms around. …

… His external behavior was very crude, but he told me that he was behaving that way knowingly so that no one would disturb him as he studied and so that he would not become dependent on the villagers for food and other necessities. He was not imbalanced, but to avoid people he behaved as though he were. …

…He had the power to transform matter into different forms, like changing a rock into a sugar cube. One after another the next morning he did many such things. He told me to touch the sand-and the grains of sand turned into almonds and cashews. I had heard of this science before and knew its basic principles, but I had hardly believed such stories. I did not explore this field, but I am fully acquainted with the governing laws of the science.

At noon the aghori insisted that I eat something before leaving. This time he took out a different sweet from the same earthen jar. He was very gentle with me, all the time discussing the tantra scriptures. He said, “This science is dying. Learned people do not want to practice it, so there will be a time when this knowledge will be forgotten.”

I asked, “What is the use of doing all this?” He said, “What do you mean by ‘use’? This is a science, and a scientist of this knowledge should use it for healing purposes, and should tell other scientists that matter can be changed into energy and energy into matter. The law that governs matter and energy is one and the same. Beneath all names and forms there lies one unifying principle, which; is still not known in entirety by modern scientists. Vedanta and the ancient sciences described this underlying principle of life. There is only one life-force, and all the forms and names in this universe are but varieties of that One. It is not difficult to understand the relationship between two forms of matter, because the source is one and the same. When water becomes solid, it is called ice; when it starts evaporating, it is called vapor. Young children do not know that these three are forms of the same matter, and that essentially there is no difference in their composition. The difference is only in the form it takes. The scientists today are like children. They do not realize the unity behind all matter, nor the principles for changing it from one form to another.” …

Healing Power

My First Exposure to the Power of Healing

… Human history has provided many instances of spiritual leaders who suffered for others. Such sages become examples, and many people even today follow in the footsteps of such great people. When individual consciousness expands itself to cosmic consciousness, it becomes easy to feel delight in suffering for the sake of others. For them it is not suffering, though the ordinary people think that they are suffering. When one’s consciousness remains limited to the individual boundaries only, then the individual suffers.

… All such healing powers flow through the human being from the one source of consciousness. The moment the healer becomes conscious of his individuality, that spontaneous flow of healing power stops. Healing is a natural power in man. The healing of others is possible through that willpower which is not interrupted by the lower mind.

My Master Sends Me to Heal Somebody

… I asked, “What shall I do?”

“Just give him a love pat on the cheek. Don’t consider yourself a healer. Think that you are an instrument and go there, for I have promised him and his wife that we will always help them. Go as quickly as you can.” …

One who is free from the conditioning of the mind knows past, present, and future alike. These conditionings are called time, space and causation. The ordinary mind cannot fathom these conditionings, but great men do. It becomes difficult for ordinary men to understand this science, but it does not take extraordinary ability for those who are on the path …

Grace of the Master

Guru Is a Stream and a Channel of Knowledge

… Don’t believe anyone who comes to you and demands, “Worship me.” Even Christ and Buddha did not ask that. Never forget that guru is not the goal. Guru is like a boat for crossing the river. It is very important to have a good boat, and it is very dangerous to have a boat that is leaking. But after you have crossed the river you don’t need to hang on to your boat, and you certainly don’t worship the boat.

Many fanatics think they should worship a guru. A guru should receive your love and respect – that is different from worship. If my guru and the Lord come together, I will go to my guru first and say, “Thank you very much. You have introduced me to the Lord.” I will not go to the Lord and say, “Thank you very much, Lord. You have given me my guru.”

My Master’s Photograph

On three or four other occasions I attempted to get a picture of my master, but he always said, “A picture of the mortal body might obstruct your vision of the light within me. You should not be attached to my mortal body; be aware of our divine link.

Who Can Kill the Eternal

Once in the mountains a landslide started rumbling toward us. I cried, “We are going to die!”

My master said, “Who can kill the eternal?”

I said, “The mountain is coming down and you say, ‘Who can kill the eternal?’ Look at the mountain!”

He shouted, “Stop! Let us cross!”-and the landslide stopped! Then we passed that place and he said, “Now you can fall down,” and the landslide continued. …

… The power of will-force is very little known among modern man. There are three channels of power: one is called kriya shakti another is called ichchha shakti and the third is called jnana shakti. Shakti is that force which manifests itself through these three channels. This power may be either latent or active. With the help of kriya shakti we do our actions; with ichchha shakti we will to act; and with jnana shakti we decide to act. One can cultivate one or another aspect of this force. Some yogis learn to perform their actions skillfully and become successful in the world. Others develop their willpower and then direct their speech and actions in accord with their will. Some sharpen buddhi, the faculty of discrimination, and atttain a state of prajna – a unified state of tranquility. The discipline undertaken differs according to the aspect of shakti which is being developed, though discipline is necessary in each case. Developing ichchha shakti strengthens willpower, and with the help of willpower one can have command over the phenomenal world exactly as one has command over his limbs. It was through this power that my master was able to control the forces of nature.

Half “Here,” Half “There”

… I told him, “It’s been almost one hour now. You have had enough bath!” “Have I?” “Yes!” Finally after a long time I convinced him to come out. Everyday he would take a bath, but his mind would be somewhere else. I would say, “Now you have taken your bath. Come out.”

He lived most of the time “there,” in a constant state of bliss, and very little of the time “here,” conscious of the mundane world.

Shaktipata – Bestowing Bliss

… I did not know if he really mean it, but I thought, “I can at least wait a minute to see.” I sat down in my meditation posture and he came and touched me on the forehead. I remained in that position for nine hours, and did not have a single worldly thought. The experience was indescribable. When I returned to normal consciousness I thought it was still nine o’clock in the morning, for Samadhi annihilates time. I begged, “Sir, please forgive me.”

The first thing that I lost with that touch was fear, and I also found that I was no longer selfish. My life was transformed. After that I started understanding life properly.

Later I questioned my master. I asked, “Was it my effort, or your effort?” He replied, “Grace.”

What does grace mean? People think that by the grace of God alone they will be enlightened. That is not the case. My master said, “A human being should make all possible sincere efforts. When he has become exhausted, and then cries out in despair in the highest state of devotional emotion, he will attain ecstasy. That is the grace of God. Grace is the fruit that you receive from your faithful and sincere efforts.” …

Preparing to Tear the Veil

.. How will you find the right master? There is a saying in the scriptures: “When the disciple is prepared the master appears.” If you are not prepared he will be there, but you wont notice or respond. If you do not know what a diamond is, the diamond may be there, but you ignore it and pass it by, taking it to be just a piece of glass. Further, if you do not know the difference, you may acquire a piece of glass, think it is a diamond, and cherish it your whole life. …

We should not worry about who will guide us. The important question is: Am I prepared to be guided? Jesus had only twelve close disciples. He helped many, but he imparted the secret wisdom only to those few who were prepared. The Sermon on the Mount is comprehended by only a few, not the multitudes. …

… You do need one who can guide and help you. You need an external guru as a means to attain the guru within you. …

You will never meet a bad guru if you are a good student. But the reverse is also true: if you are a bad student, you wont meet a good guru.

… Once when I complained to my master that he was not teaching me, he said, “Come one, I will become your disciple for the time being. You become the teacher. Act exactly as I have.” I told him, “Sir, I do not know what to do.” He said, “Don’t worry, you will know.”

So he came to me with his eyes closed, carrying a bowl which had a big hole in it, and he said, “Teacher, give me something.” I asked, “How is it possible for me to give you anything? Your bowl has a hole in it.” Then he opened his eyes and said, “You have a hole in your head, and you want something from me.”

Increase your capacity. Purify yourself. Acquire that gentle strength within. God will come and say to you, “I want to enter this living temple that you are.” Prepare yourself for that situation. Remove the impurities – and you will find that he who wants to know reality is himself the source of reality. …

Mastery over Life and Death

Birth and Death Are but Two Commas

… I asked, “How does one feel existing without a body?”

He replied, “How do you feel when you go without a shirt? It’s nothing.” …

Journey to the West

Ways of East and West

To get freedom from all fears is the first message of the Himalayan sages. The second message is to be aware of the reality within. Be spontaneous and let yourself become the instrument to teach pure spirituality without any religion and culture.”

UMS – University of Metaphysical Sciences

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The University of Metaphysical Sciences (UMS), located in Arcata, California, offers courses in a variety of metaphysical topics such as meditation, mythology, reincarnation and alternative healing modalities. The school was created by Christine Breese, who holds a Doctor of Divinity Degree in Metaphysical Sciences and a Ph.D. in Metaphysical Counseling. As a distance learning school, UMS offers Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate degrees in Metaphysics and Metaphysical subjects.

Since 2004, UMS has operated as a school under its parent organization, the Universal Church of Metaphysics, a non- profit 501(c)(3) organization. The University of Metaphysical Sciences grants metaphysics degrees based on the metaphysical nature of the church, which is a specialized area of religion. Since UMS is a religious school and not a secular school, UMS has been accredited by the American Association of Medical Alternatives (AAMA) and American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP).

UMS provides course material in a variety of subjects that has been synthesized from a variety of sources. Many writers have come together to create the curriculum of UMS. Each writer brings their area of expertise to the courses they write. The writers have compiled much of the knowledge based on their own studies and training, hundreds of reference books, and also collectively added vast amounts of real world experience as practicing counselors, teachers, and healers in their communities.

UMS operates as a distance learning facility and courses are completed on an independent basis by the student. While working at their own pace, the student is responsible and required to complete all their coursework in order to be granted a degree. A prescribed series of courses are completed in order to be granted the Bachelors degree. In addition to Masters level courses, a Masters degree is granted after submitting a thesis and having it approved by a committee. Each course is completed by submitting an exam, showing the student has learned the basic ideas provided in the course material. Once a student has completed their Bachelors and Masters coursework, a dissertation must be submitted and approved to receive a D.D. or Ph.D. degree.

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Secret Of Eternal Youth

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Written By: Jayne The ancient secret of never growing old. Plus increase sexual energy, psychic powers. Also possible to increase size of breasts if required (or size of penis).

INTRODUCTION
The secret of never growing old was discovered in an ancient Chinese medical manuscript. After being hidden from public view for many years I am now pleased to release part of this knowledge to this Blog’s readers. You must, of course, promise me that you will use this secret wisely and will not divulge the information to anyone else. This is strictly between you and me – okay?

This information is certainly not for general public consumption as, by it’s sexual nature, may offend some people. If, therefore, you do not wish to read further I will understand, simply move on to a blog about crochet, cuddly animals or cauliflowers.

If you are open minded enough to still be with me then, as well as learning the secret of eternal youth, you will also discover:

• How to enlarge your breasts (if female)
• How to increase sexual energy
• How to strengthen ‘private’ muscles to prevent flabbiness in later years
• How, in time, increase your psychic powers
• How to enlarge the head of your penis (if male)

There are also other benefits possible to both sexes who put into practice the methods that follow. Please do not read on if you think the subjects mentioned may upset you in any way – there will be no further warnings.

THE SECRETS

Welcome to the Inner Sanctum to hear of a secret Chinese excercise that may well alter your life.

Briefly – the ancient Chinese discovered that the body can only function properly if there is a continuous balanced flow of energy. When balanced properly this energy gives perfect health. If there is a deficiency then disease or illness may follow. The manuscript tells of a system of linking energy centres throughout the body, that correspond to seven major glands, and that these regulate the energy flow.

These energy centres can be thought of as small cups, linked to the next one by a tube. As the bottom cup fills, it will overflow and so energy will travel to the next cup and so on. The seven centres support each other. If the lower ones are not full then the highest, which is also a spiritual centre, will not be filled either.

We are going to concentrate on the first centre. This corresponds to the sexual glands – the prostate and testes in the male and the ovaries, uterus and breasts in the female. We are about to stimulate these glands. This action will push energy up through the centres giving many health benefits.

The ancient Chinese text states that if we have strong sexual glands we will never grow old.

The exercise that follows will …
(a) keep your sexual glands strong and
(b) will stimulate your lowest energy centre and so help to fill it with energy i.e. sexual energy.

The exercise is called The Deer. This is based on observations of how deer continuously stimulate their sexual glands by the movement of their tails from side to side. There are two versions of The Deer, one for male and one for female. If possible do them when naked.

The Deer – Female Version.
Sit cross legged, with your back straight. Use a cushion and wall as support if necessary. The heel of one foot must press tightly against the vagina and clitoris. If you are unable to do this use something such as a hard rubber ball to press against the area. This may give you a pleasant feeling due to the stimulation and release of sexual energy.

Rub your hands together vigorously to make them warm. Once warm place your hands on your breasts so that you can feel the warmth permeating your skin. Now rub your breasts in an outward circular motion. Do this at least 36 times working up, with practice, to 306. This action is also said to help prevent lumps and cancer of the breasts.

The breasts can also be massaged in an inward circular motion (i.e. right hand clockwise, left hand anti-clockwise). This, according to the Chinese, will have the effect of enlarging the breasts.

While rubbing it is important to concentrate on feeling the warmth generated in the breasts and genital region. This shows that sexual energy is being created and will build within the body. This is the first part of the exercise.

Now tighten the muscles of the vagina and anus. Hold for as long as you can, relax and then repeat several times. This can sometimes produce a sensation in the genital area that rises up the spinal column to the head. This indicates that sexual energy is moving up through the glandular system. Once the mentioned muscles get stronger, and can be held, this part of the exercise should be done at the same time as part one.

This simple exercise energises the pubic area and helps maintain beauty and youthfulness. It will increase energy in the body and can build your psychic ability. The Chinese claim this will also cure and prevent vaginal & menstrual problems, colitis, haemorrhoids and similar disorders. Note the exercise should not be done during menstruation or if pregnant.

The Deer – Male Version
Again sit cross legged. Rub hands vigorously until warm. Once warm gently cup the testicles with the right hand. Place the palm of the left hand on the pubis area (about one inch below the naval). Rub your left hand firmly in a circular motion 81 times so that warmth can be felt in the area. Then, after warming hands once more, reverse the positions of the hands – again rubbing 81 times, but this time with the right hand. 81 times creates the highest level of ‘Yang’ energy.

When doing the exercise it is important to concentrate on the warmth being generated, almost as a form of meditation.

After completing part one tighten the anal muscles. Hold, then relax and repeat several times As with the female version after practice this may produce a pleasant feeling that will rise up the spinal column to the top of the head.

Once you have gained control over the anal muscles then tighten and hold them while carrying out part one of the exercise.

The male version of The Deer is said to cure and prevent prostate problems and help treat impotence and premature ejaculation. It will also stop you from growing old. Contracting the anal muscles will enlarge the head of the penis which will increase the enjoyment of your sexual activity. Ejaculation should not follow this exercise as the purpose is to store the sexual energy created. Should an erection occur while practising The Deer press down firmly with the thumb, of the hand holding the testicles, on the base of the penis next to the pubis. This will inhibit the flow of blood into the penis and allow the energy to build within the sexual glands.

AND FINALLY
The Deer is a serious, though simple to learn, exercise that can bring genuine health benefits. It is often carried out as part of a regime that also includes exercises called The Turtle and The Crane as well as what the Chinese call Internal Exercises. Unfortunately there isn’t the space here to expand on this more.

The Deer ideally should be practised twice a day – first thing in the morning and just before going to bed. For most of us this isn’t possible but once a day will bring interesting results – providing done regularly. The exercise increases sexual energy which may well lead to a greater sex drive – which is perfectly natural. Taoism advises, however, to always maintain a reserve of energy. This will lead to strong sexual organs which in turn is part of the secret of continuous, never ending youthfulness.

Try The Deer and then, when you feel and see the benefits, go on to discover the other Chinese exercises I have touched upon. I have personally found them to be of great value and combine them with my Yoga most evenings. A friend of mine increased her breast cup size and recovered her sex drive and energy following her son being born – by practising The Deer. Her partner is delighted.

May you never grow old – you have now discovered the first part of the secret.
Jayne