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Bible Verses about life: Dealing with Problems and Guilt

English: "Guilt". Oil on board.

“Guilt”. Oil on board. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By jeramie

If you want to live a better life it is best that you start reading some bible verses about life. This will surely provide you with the encouragement and the motivation you need in order to carry on with life. God sees everything that is happening in us and definitely he will never abandon us. He will always lift our spirits up when we are about the fall down. We simply have to acknowledge God in our life and to accept him. Start by being familiar with His words through the bible. God is a loving God and many times He had proven that He will never leave us. It’s a big assurance already so we really have nothing to fear while living our life here on earth.

Everyone experiences problems, challenges and troubles. This could be in different aspects of life like family, finances, work, career, business and so on. No one is exempted when it comes to experiencing troubles and hardships in life. Even though who serve God in religious groups also have their fair share of troubles in life. The difference is most of these religious figures and servants of God trusts God more than we do. Always remember that the bitterness of life is intended not to destroy us but to hone us and make us a better person.

The best thing that you can do is to find joy in the trials you face. Always think that God simply wants you to learn something. This is something that could make you a better person and a better believer of God.

One of the reasons why a lot of people feel down, stressful and depress is because of guilt. This guilt feeling is one of the main reasons why we could not anymore do what God wants us to do. This feeling often happens when we sin. After committing sin we feel that we are not anymore worthy on the love of God that is why we turn away from him. This should not be the case. God came on Earth for the sinners. Whenever you sin do not let guilt and despair bring you down. Accept your fault and continue living and learning the ways of life with God in your heart and mind.

All of us need a dose of bible verses about life. This is because it someone reminds us that life is a gift from God. This is why we have to protect and cherish it. Also one of the best ways to be thankful to God about the give of life is to live our life better being able to help others especially those who are in need.

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How Life Spawned My Interest In Mind Body Spirit Medicine

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By Roger Gietzen

When I refer to Mind Body Spirit medicine, I mean that a healthy intellect and body come about spontaneously, when one maintains balance in their life by holding a state of metaphysical well being. Lately, I have found myself experiencing this state of well being more often and for longer time periods. To achieve this, I have had to press my bounds holistically (physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually). I have had to make many inner and outer changes. How I made those changes, are not the issue of this post, but counselling can be found at my Mind Body Spirit Clinic and by studying the instructions published in the ebook Spiritual Treasures – Final Edition.

The Psyche: I first developed a pursuit in the intellect, growing up with my sister . She has Down’s Syndrome, as well as Autism. Her verbal communication accomplishments were and are very narrowed, needing our whole family unit to learn to adapt. This challenge was intense. She had significant needs, just like everyone else, but was not capable to meet those needs herself, or tell us what they were. As a family unit, we first thought the main problem to figure out was ‘how to change her, so that she could serve in modern society’. Later we realised that the more valuable challenge was ‘how to change ourselves so that we can discern her needs intuitively’. Looking back at this, I can joke now. Looking back, I can also see that my incapacity to verbally intercommunicate with my sister, excavated a strong wonder in me about how the human intellect worked. What was she thinking? Why did she behave so erratically? What were her living experiences like? No one was able to answer such inquiries to my satisfaction. Those hanging unanswered questions about the psyche, lit a hunt in me that lead me to have a special interest in biopsychology in college, psychological science in medical training and now to Mind Body Spirit medicine as a doc.

The Body : My unsatiable desire to learn about the body was undoubtedly prompted by my father’s line of work. He was a medical doctor. As a young child, I can remember my mother retrieving me children’s books that showed what was inside the body and how it worked. With affectionate rememberings, I can recollect my father taking me to work on Sundays after church. I could see how happy it made him to help his patients find wellness. His love of his business spoke for itself. He oftentimes worked 10-12 hour weekdays, and was available for his patients nearly 24/7. When I asked him what I should be when I grew up, I was surprised to discover him say, a teacher or a clergyman. Ultimately his footsteps talked louder then his words and invigorated me to conquer every obstruction that stood up between me and a calling as a medical doctor.

The Spirit : As a youngster, my first large tastes of metaphysical well being came from absorbing time in nature. I was blessed enough to grow up in a village that presented me freedom to investigate, even at a immature age. My dwelling was a short distance from fields, pools and forests. I would drop hrs, often alone, researching these natural environments. I loved finding toads frog, chipmunks, mice, serpents, bugs and birdies. I loved the fresh air and the many smells of nature. I loved experiencing the sunlight on my skin. I loved coming home with a tired body, but a quenched soul at the end of the day. Those childhood experiences were a blessing. I was adorned with the wiseness of how it feels to have a still intellect, a unwound body and a beaming soul. As I got older and took on the growing obligations of my age, I always knew to return to nature to be refreshed.

When I completed my medical preparation, I made the error of taking on more duties then I could handle. I fell for the normally maintained belief, that the more secular material I had (social rank, money, property, belongings, holidays, etc) the happier I would be. Back then, I could not see that the more I had, the more I was responsible. And with the more worldly things I was responsible, the less freedom I had. It was not until I had achieved all my major secular ends, that I understood my fault. I was neck deep in debt. My relationships with others had taken a back seat and naturally those relationships ached. They were dysfunctional and in a state of desperation. I was amply traped in my self-created messiness. Although, as with any error, once I saw how I was responsible this messiness, it set about an intense flame in me. I was ripe for change and felt an vivid and unexpected metaphysical experience on Christmas Eve. Now that I have securely selected to dedicate my living to Metaphysical ends, first and foremost, that flame is burning down all that stands between me and a constant state of metaphysical well being. That flame is facilitating change. At times it can be difficult to describe the state of well being that is showing up, but when it beams vivid, it speaks for itself. It is discernible in the intense peace it produces within me. It is also observable in how it profoundly touches those who are open for it. That metaphysical well being has safely guided me from being a medical based MD, to a physician of Mind Body Spirit medicine .

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/mysticism-articles/how-life-spawned-my-interest-in-mind-body-spirit-medicine-6915810.html

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Roger Gietzen is a medical doctor who was raised by a loving family, in a small town, graced with freedom at a young age to learn useful work and explore nature. Later in life, after an intense and unexpected spiritual experience, Roger immediately saw the shortcomings of modern medicine. He now strives to fill in the gaps of modern medicine, with insights gleaned from his spiritual path of God Union in his mind body spirit clinic.

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The journey had begun

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During the Khareef (Monsoon) the mountains around Salalah and Al-Ghaydah are rainsoaked and shrouded in fog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Meena Suresh

A few years back, I was walking with my little niece along Salalah’s beautiful, lush green countryside during its monsoon season. The landscape was breathtakingly fascinating. At one moment, I was lost in the scenic beauty of the place and time stood still. All of a sudden, my niece tugged at my dress and gave words to my thoughts…’Who could have painted such a beautiful landscape..? If God, then how must God be ? Can I see him one day ?’

From a distance a musical band had just started a performance as we could hear the sweet music which seemed to fill my very being. ‘Wow..Now I realize that music is food for our soul..’ quipped my niece. ‘Aunty..in which part of our body is our soul ..?’..she was quiet after that…the lilting music had put her in a state of wonder.

For a few days after this visit, I could just close my eyes and visualize the sight and hear the music.. which really transported me to a state of bliss.

I thought of the questions posed by my niece. She had a lot more coming up on different occasions. From highly philosophical ones such as ‘Where do feelings come from ?’, ‘Why does a person die?’, ‘Does he not exist anymore after he dies..?’ to  questioning simple facts such as ‘Why is the mango yellow and the grape green in colour ?, ‘Why does a dog only bark ..can’t it make other sounds or talk?.’

None of these, I could answer. I also realized that a child (my niece in this case) instinctively moves on to the next question, either  not expecting any answer from the adult or coming from a space of wonder than really asking a question.

However, this set me thinking. As children, we do ask and wonder about the various fascinating gifts this world has on display for us, but as we grow older we just take everything for granted and are caught up with our small and selfish ambitions and desires…  I felt I should look for at least some answers to the innumerable mysteries of this world.

Thus began my spiritual quest…..!!!

These days, the first source of information that comes to one’s mind, when researching a topic is the internet. I started browsing the internet for the works of scientists exploring the mysteries of the universe, philosophers works on the essence of things and spiritual truths expounded by saints.

As I started growing in wisdom, I realized that listening to music and praying to God, gives one a sense of expansion. To me, this meant that I was essentially something beyond just my physical body….possibly the ‘soul’ which transcended the boundaries of death. This understanding takes away the fear of death also.

I also realized that charity and selfless service to society, as propounded by all religions, gives one a further sense of expansion and awareness. These actions have to be performed regularly, to experience their beneficial effects. As one grows in these, one slowly starts realizing a oneness with the rest of creation… taking away the fear of physical limitations.

With the regular practice of selfless service, prayer, listening to soulful music and also singing from the heart, one’s intellect is sharpened and the consciousness expands. The mind becomes calm, free from worries, cravings, anger and associated stress.

Such a peaceful and calm mind, carries in itself the answers to all the mysteries of the universe….One who is able to be in this state at all times is a perfect being ….I feel this is the beautiful truth of life..of existence.

For me, the journey had begun…..

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/mysticism-articles/the-journey-had-begun-6913487.html

About the Author

Meena Suresh, an information technology professional and a management consultant, is a free lance author. Her range of interests vary from technology, management practices to life, history  and spirituality.


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The future of religions

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Future of Religion from Outside by Botgirl Questi via Flickr

Author: Helena Aramendia

Humans have felt the need for religion since the earliest of times. Religions are cultural traditions related to spirituality; behind them, human organizations claim a divine origin, in order to ensure little or no challenge to the status quo from their followers. I would like to reflect here about the role that religions had played in our history. However, more importantly, the position that I can foresee for them in the not too distant future.

What are religions and why do we need them?

Since humans became a sentient species, they have felt the need to connect to their source. They have felt, even if it was only intuitively, that there was something else, beyond their physical world. Their spiritual world was personal, intimate and a direct contact to what they could perceive as a bigger reality or God, even if they channeled it through elements like rocks or the sun, as in animists religions. A feeling of vulnerability made them look to it for protection and also made them accept the authority of the ones that seemed to be more able to understand or even communicate with that elusive realm of non-physical realities. Some kind of religious leader was as common in prehistoric human groups as was a hunting leader or a war leader. However, for a leader to differentiate himself from the group, he needed to:

a) have more knowledge, more experience, more ability in his performing tasks, or

b) exert a greater control over the rest of the pack.

And so gradually, the leaders made customs, which then became habits, evolving into rituals and then finally religious laws or cults.

As societies grew more complex, so did the role of the religious leader. Over centuries, traditions accumulate, as well as rituals and rules. History passed orally from generations to generations everywhere, grew rich in details and explanations about our origins, our relationship with the Sacred and the external ways or rituals that we use in order to live and feel that relationship. Once we have: an explanation about where we came from, a specific god or gods, a set of expectations for us in respect to the deities, and specific ways of worshipping, we have a religion. The different traditions are just cultural manifestations. From animist to polytheists to monotheists, religions have evolved.

Four of the five more important religions (I mean important only attending at the number of adepts) are quite recent, relatively speaking. Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism.

The oldest one of those, Judaism, the first monotheist religion, is “just” 3300 years old (since Moses time). A great majority of people in the world have a single religion, because of cultural (through family or societal ties) or physical proximity to the origin of that religion. Even the relatively small amount of people that choose their beliefs once they are discerning adults, are many times influenced by their situation (for instance, marriage) or environment.

Religions are God inspired but human designed and managed organizations. They are useful for millions of people that find in them a way to God, or a way of making sense of some difficult moments in life. They are the easiest way to channel our spiritual needs, because they are like a pre-packed meal: ready to go. We simply need to follow the suggestions of our leader be it priest, rabbi, guru, lama, or medicine man, and he will guide us and take care of our souls.

As our lives have become more complicated, it is easier to delegate into their hands the responsibility for our spiritual life. It is a basic human need to reach towards our origin and is a longing of our spirit to have some kind of contact with the source. It is nourishing, soothing and a source of happiness. It gives our lives a deeper meaning. Moreover, institutionalized religion are so ingrained in society, that they can also give us a sense of approval and acceptance in society, as we comply with the expected liturgy.

Religions have negative aspects too.

Religions can also create separation and duality, by definition belonging to one group often implies not accepting the others as truthful (even if we respect them). If I am Christian I cannot be Muslim, if I am Jew I cannot be Hindu. This is duality. During many point in our history religions have been magnifying and demonizing differences and encouraging rejection of other belief systems, in order to achieve supremacy, even when that tone can’t be found in the original texts. Along history, this has reached the point where more people have died and been tortured in the name of religious considerations than for any other reason.

Due to the human nature of institutionalized religions, they have been linked to power, money or sexual deviations uncountable numbers of times during history, to the point that on many occasions the original spiritual meaning has been lost. Intolerance and longing for supremacy have put religious institutions in a position where they play more a political and social role than a spiritual one.

Nowadays, many people focus upon the external aspects of religions, its rites, forms and precepts. As a consequence, the main function of religion, ones spiritual nourishment or growth, is often unmet. In different credos there are millions of very religious people that are not necessarily spiritual people. They are like the zealots of Jesus´s times, revolving around their own little world, condemning in their minds (and their social lives) everyone that does not abide by their specific worldview or doctrines.

Are religions keeping us apart? How useful to spiritual development is it to have a belief system that claims to be the exclusive religious truth holder, the real one, the one that leads to salvation while all the other pour souls will be lost. Whilst individuation is good in order to survive when we re growing up, it is not so useful once we reach a certain point of growth. As humanity, we are growing up now, and our only chance for survival is in a mature society.

Our next evolutionary step.

As humanity, we are now in a very particular moment in our evolution. Life as we know it is no longer sustainable following our current path. Patterns that worked for us before, are not working now. We need to reconsider and review all aspects of our life, under a different light. It is not about individual survival and competition any more. It is about thriving and growing as a single whole sharing one planet, in order to not only survive, but to reach our potential. Our path forward has to be through synergy instead of competition. It’s time for us to look to our more clear and perfect model: the human body and its relationship with a single cell. If we have a tumor in any part of the body, all the body is affected, as all is a single unit. Only with a perfectly healthy body can all the cells thrive and perform at their best, and vice versa. Our governing mechanism is the spirit, we need to realize that we are all one unit, and whatever happens to one of us, affects the rest.

In spirit, we are all one. We share a divine origin, regardless of the tradition, name and form that we give to it in our conscious minds,. This is common to us all. Our spirit longs for communion with its source, and everybody, left to their own devices will seek out and find a personal path to fulfill that need for communion.

More and more people are becoming conscious of this reality. They feel less need for institutionalized religions, as they meditate more, and increase personal practices that fulfill their spiritual needs, like helping others, for example. They also realize that other religions are like other languages or other foods: something to know, to share, to respect, to learn from, but not something that should become a source of separation for us nor a method to define the value of the other person in relation to ourselves.

What then does the future hold for religions? It is clear that religions will not disappear by suppression (one only needs to consider the reemergence of religion following the fall of communism in Russia), rather they will eventually become redundant. Like the need for living in a cave, or the need to look after the fire in a group, as a species we will outgrow them, in favor of a true spiritual growth based on our further developed understanding. When we come to realize our divine origin, and we rediscover the way to connect directly with the Creator (regardless of the label), we will be able to find in that connection all that our soul longs for.

We are growing up as species, and soon we will have evolved beyond the daily routine centered upon providing for our basic needs and feeding ourselves. We will grow mature and independent, able to assume Love as our nature and source of power.

It is true that looking at our current situation, reading any newspaper, seeing how the world looks now, it does not seem to be very probable that we are nearing a break through. Never the less, we might also reflect that it is also darkest before dawn and like remodeling a house, it gets worse until it gets better. A good purge is necessary and lots of darkness will surface, before the new reality can manifest itself. In the meantime, keeping centered in our purpose and our true self and focusing upon our individual spiritual growth will help to anchor the new earth.

About the Author:

Healer, Bs, Brennan Healing practitioner, Ordained Interfaith minister, writer, passionate about spirituality, human evolution and metaphysics.

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The Science Of Meditation

TRANSCENDENT MEDITATION: This term for describing a type of meditation, became very popular in the 1960’s onwards and rightly attributed to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the Transcendental Meditation Movement. Unfortunately, whenever new knowledge is presented to the public…or in this case, very old revived knowledge, it comes through the interpretation of the Media. As a result, the Media then re-manufacture and relay that information to the Public in their understanding…and in this case, misunderstanding.

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Note: As is the way of the Media to generate news and capture the attention of the public, all sorts of weird make-it-up as you go along stories began to circulate about the Maharishi’s activity…including being labeled a sexual deviant and dirty old man. In that climate of commercial media mischief making & misinformation, credibility becomes lost and so does the original information. This Article, is an attempt to restore that original information and set the ‘got it wrong’ media interpretation straight in the process…maybe. Because as previously stated, the mind will only understand what it wants to understand. That may well sound a dismissive statement…nevertheless, it can be at the heart of instant denial in the complex mind. `

The phrase ‘a type of meditation’ in the opening paragraph, is the key to unraveling why the writer has chosen to temporarily call Transcendent Meditation, Correct Meditation. Because there are as many types of meditation practices, as there are those teaching meditation practices in society. But, there is only one type of meditation, that automatically transcends the thought process in its simple practice. The word Correct, is to indicate that fact.

Note: Yes, all meditation practices have their value in a physical sense, but unless they transcend the thought process, the product of Absolute Consciousness will not be cultivated in the human physiology effortlessly. The word effortlessly, indicates that other than setting the process in motion with a specific thought, nothing else is required of the mind. Therefore practices of contemplation, thought control, mind control, senses control…or any other control, mood making, physical posturing, thinking positively, thinking about nothing etc, are not part of this specific meditation practice. They may have their purpose and function, but not in the twice daily short practice of Transcendent Meditation and its simple technique.

The ancient knowledge & practice of Transcendent Meditation, arose out of the need for those highly active in society and its functions, to be able to evolve their spiritual evolution without having to reject the world and become a recluse. That type of secluded life, is meant for those who are born with more abstract & spiritual consciousness in their physiology than most. Monks & Nuns come into this category on the ladder of human evolution. When they are active in the world, they naturally live selfless lives devoted to the needs of others, that reflects that high point of evolution they have reached.

Note: But, if we are not born with that quality of consciousness, then following that quiet way of life & devotion will impede the evolution of that individual. As well as causing the individual to behave strangely and at odds with others in society and adopt an unreal impractical attitude to life. Because life is incredibly dynamic & creative, we only have to observe Nature in all its ceaseless activity to arrive at that conclusion. Yet, underwriting that ceaseless physical & spiritual activity, is the abstract silent inactivity that we have called Absolute Consciousness…the source of Creation and everything in it.

In can be said, at this point in the spiritual evolution of our species, most are born with more physical consciousness than spiritual or abstract consciousness. In that obvious fact, most are born to be dynamic, creative & highly active in the world. In that born equation, we are a product of the physical primordial creativity of Nature and all its dynamic physical & spiritual laws processing our dual physical & spiritual evolution. Unless we are born with a different equation of consciousness than that, we must not obstruct the physical path of primordial Nature structuring our personal evolution. If we do, our personal evolution becomes obstructed unnaturally, therefore we become at odds with Nature and unnatural in the process.

Being dynamic, creative and active, should lead to a full life and natural happiness in that normal equation of physical consciousness. Yet for many, this does not eventuate…and, there are many reasons for this that can take a lifetime to sort out and for most, never become sorted out. Because once we become at logger heads with primordial Nature, things just go from bad to worse with our evolution through life…and, we become very unhappy & miserable because of it. Even if we try hard not to be and use every distraction in the material product factory to alleviate the problem.

Note: Because the big problem and many other life acquired mind problems, cannot be solved physically…and definitely not by thinking about it. We have to come out of the physical process of thinking and transcend the thought process, to acquire the abstract tool that will eventually solve the problems…without us being involved in its process. That tool, is called Abstract Absolute Consciousness and that, is what is cultivated into the human physiology out of the Correct process of Transcendent Meditation. That fact alone, sets it apart from all other meditation practices that have come out of that timeless original one, but lost the original source in the process.

Q: Where does Religion come into the equation of meditation?

A: It does not. Only if we want it to be included.

Explanation: Religion is a human created ideology. It has been created by human beings, just like all the other ideologies that have been created & lived down through the history of civilizations. Creating an ideology to live out of, is a natural function of our unique human creativity & intelligence. It is prompted from the need (instinct) to survive socially and create order out of chaos in the highly social function of our species. By agreeing in society, to follow a human created idea of a shared understanding and then, putting it into practice by living it, following it, teaching our children about and often, mistakenly worshiping it…and those at the head of it. The very fact that ideology is human created, means it is naturally & potentially dissolvable…just like human beings in fact. Along with everything else that is composed of physical matter & energy in Creation. Yet, physical matter & energy is only a third of the story of Creation. We are dealing with the other two invisible thirds of this Universe in the Science Of Meditation.

The point to be made: So if all human created ideology is dissolvable & potentially changeable, it does not make sense to worship it and become lost in it, infatuated with it, obsessed with it and deluded by it. Yet we do…and what is worse, we are willing to exploit others, to brainwash others and even kill others, to further our specific ideology and reinforce its reality in the world. How crazy is that to many others, that do not agree to following its ideology and created reality. Mainly, because they are already living another human created ideology and its reality that they are happy with.

Q: How to solve the above never ending human created problem?

A: Find an ideology that is not dissolvable, that is neutral to all other human created dissolvable ideologies…yet supports them all. Then, all agree to practice that universal ideology and respect its necessary primal function to create order out of chaos in human society. With the necessary survival proviso, that any other individual ideology we are living, does no harm to society, to other ideologies and above all, this shared planet & Nature.

Note: Because at the moment, many of the dissolvable ideologies we are living, do not support that proviso in any shape or form. Yet, if we put into practice that universal shared ideology of Correct Meditation, it will be found that many of the existing lived ideologies not in sync with that proviso, will gradually & automatically adjust their ideology over time, to accommodate that proviso without enforcing it. That yet to be proved phenomenon, in its Nature driven process & function, can be called the law of ‘universality in the midst of diversity’ unfolding in society. Abbreviated to ‘universality in diversity’ or the Law of UID for simplicity of expression.

Clarification: The above may well sound to good to be true, but unless we put this universal ideology into practice in society…we can never prove it. So how does Science prove its theories, so that they become fact & proven & acceptable in society. They put their theories into practice, collate the results and come up with the facts. If the facts match the theory, they quite rightly say, it has been proven to be true. So in logic, unless we apply this scientific method to test this theory of ‘universality in the midst of diversity’, we are going against the principle creed of Science to explore the unexplored & make it known & proved.

That brings us to understand the official need, to create a new science discipline in the curriculum of Universities, to teach & administer and collate the unfolding knowledge of the Science of Meditation. That includes a much deeper scientific understanding of the quantum function of the Laws of Nature to process life & evolution. If we implement in society, all what has been suggested, then the theory of ‘universality in the midst of diversity’ will be seen to happen in society…and more importantly, proven.

To sum up: It is not necessary for everyone in society, to understand the science of Correct Meditation or the theory of ‘universality in the midst of diversity’. Along with all the endless words necessary to explain its mechanics…only if they want to. Having said that, existing Science must understand them, by virtue of their exacting disciplines and status in society. Because they, are the rightful holders of all scientifically proven knowledge in society. In that great responsibility, it is right that society respects the proven findings of all their disciplines.

Postscript: It may seem presumptuous to many in society, to give meditation the title of a science in this article. Especially when it has not been established as a science by Science. Yet the word science, is not an exclusive title. Because the underlying meaning of the word science, is knowledge. This is new knowledge to the world and as such, is a new science to the world. If asked to justify the truth of this new knowledge to the world, the author can think of no more succinct a sentence, than to re-phrase a line from the American Constitution. Namely, I hold these truths to be self-evident to others out of the universal logic that underwrites their substance.

Kind regards to the reader from the author.

Footnote: If further clarification with unfamiliar words in the Article are required, it will be found on the About page @ www.alfsbootcampblog.com. The different writing styles & content found on this Web Site, is an attempt by the author to reach all ‘walks of life’ with its new information. There is no offence or disrespect to society as a whole intended in this attempt. But, as the Science of Meditation is a universal ideology, it must be presented & explained to every facet of society and its different levels of understanding. WJH.


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Different approaches of authors of spirituality books

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By Gian Kumar

Books on spiritual growth have a pronounced effect on the mind of readers. They tend to change the views and perception of people and thereby make them explore the meaning of several meaning that might have perplexed them in the past. Books on spiritual growth can be really easy to understand if the reader relates to the perception written by the author. However if people do not understand the ideas behind the writing then the spiritual journey becomes a farce. They should be in sync with the thoughts of the people or they might not enjoy the ideas explored by the author.

There are a number of ways an author can explore the subject of philosophy. The manner in which each author writes his experience or the experience of people around him can make you understand the world better. Let us understand the different approaches that an author undertakes for writing spirituality books in order to gain the essence of spirituality:

Biographical

The accounts of the author of spirituality books are given in a non fictional style of writing. Each event of his life and how they have shaped his thinking are portrayed in the paperback. He may relate to different things in life such as nature or his childhood. He may even take the example of his friends or family to make you understand the relevance of philosophy in your life. Each of us go through some type of trauma in their life and to overcome the fear of living one has to understand why death occurs. This biographical account is generally read by those people who want a very general idea about philosophy and existence.

Fictional and mythology

A lot of authors depict the life of Gods and concur to different religious texts in order to illustrate how they can teach us different aspects of life. Books on spiritual growth usually tend to refer to experiences of mythological gods in order to make people believe in the power of almighty. Inner peace however can only be attained when they have procured the sense to believe in the events relegated by the author. These events may or may not be true but they still make one understand the universal truth of life. Fictional accounts can sometimes help the readers get a deeper meaning of life and its complexities.

Fun and factual

Books on spiritual growth need not be dry and humorless. They can be fun and factual at the same time. People who take interest can connect with the author better when the stories make them happy and bring peace to their mind. Factual accounts have a tendency to create a long impact on the mind of readers and if there is a hint of humor then they do not have to observe complication with a heavy heart.

We can understand the mind of the author only if we connect to his ideas spiritually. He may not be able to relegate every subject matter according to your views but when you try to understand his concepts you may be able to feel his experience as if you were the one present at the scenario.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/spirituality-articles/different-approaches-of-authors-of-spirituality-books-6924088.html

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Gian Kumar is a well known writer. He has good experience of writing books. He has written many books on the topic of Spirituality books and Books on spiritual growth.

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The Healing Power of Forgiveness

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Forgiveness Nurtures Love

The embodiment of Jesus’ love for mankind is found in the words he spoke from the cross: “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”

In Luke chapter 7, we are taught a powerful lesson concerning forgiveness. Jesus is invited to dine at the house of a Pharisee named Simon. While he is there, a sinful woman comes to Jesus and washes his feet with her own tears, wipes them with her own hair, kisses them and anoints them with perfume. The Pharisee, being a self-righteous man, observes the woman’s actions and says, if Jesus were a prophet, he would know “what sort of person this woman is who is touching him”. Luke 7:39

In response, Jesus tells Simon a parable about a moneylender whom had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii and the other owed fifty.

Luke 7:42 “When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?”

Luke 7:43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And Jesus said to him, “You have judged correctly.”

Then Jesus says to Simon, when he entered the Pharisee’s house, Jesus was not given water to wash his feet, nor was he given a kiss, nor was his head anointed with oil by his host. However, this woman who has washed his feet with her tears has loved much, and for this reason her sins, which are many, have been forgiven.

Luke 7:47 “But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”

Forgiveness Sustains Health

Dr. Frederic Luskin of Stanford University’s Center for Research in Disease Prevention has found through recent controlled studies that forgiveness training can be an effective way of reducing anger and distress associated with feeling hurt. According to the Stanford Forgiveness Project, this may have important implications for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases. Research suggests unmanaged anger and hostility can be harmful to, not only a person’s physical health, but also one’s psychological and emotional well-being. In studies involving heart attack patients, research shows that patients whom acted in a more forgiving way were often able to demonstrate less anger and hostility, and thus reduce morbidity and improve overall quality of life.

In his new book “Forgive For Good” (Harper Collins, 2002), Dr. Luskin outlines nine steps to forgiveness. One of the principles central to these nine steps is: “Forgiveness is for you (the forgiver) and not for anyone else.” As Dr. Luskin explains in his book, forgiving someone for a past wrong does not necessarily mean the offending action is being condoned, nor does it necessitate reconciliation with the person who has caused the offence. According to Dr. Luskin, forgiveness is about finding peace for oneself.

Can these two notions — forgiving offenders through God’s example or forgiving for the sake of one’s own health — be reconciled? Perhaps what modern medical research fails to take into account is the healing power of loving one’s fellow human. In offering forgiveness to an offender, we help to mend and strengthen the fabric that pulls all of humanity together. Whether or not spiritual and scientific approaches to forgiveness can be harmonized, one thing is obvious — forgiveness is a powerful act of love that benefits both forgiver and forgiven.


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Living the Serenity Prayer

Photo credit: Abby Lanes via Flickr

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By Dr Kevin Ross Emery

Several months ago, a friend approached me with a question. If I were to get up in front of a large audience and speak about something I thought would make their lives better, what would that subject be? For the last several years of my teaching and speaking career, my first response would have been to say, ‘Empowerment.’ This time however, I looked at my friend and without missing a beat said, ‘The Serenity Prayer.’

When he asked me why I would choose this subject, I told him that I had used the Serenity Prayer for almost 20 years in my spiritual coaching and counseling practice to help my clients.

In this article, I would like to explore the serenity aspect of the prayer. As often times is the case, when I begin to talk or write about something, I like to see what Webster’s Dictionary has to say about it.

One definition I found for the word ‘serenity’ was, ‘A place of calmness and tranquility.’ The question that brought up for me was, ‘Is serenity a place where we go, or a state that we live within?’

Rather than just answering this question on my own, I decided to see what other people had to say. Many of the people I asked said that serenity is associated with acceptance, as in The Serenity Prayer: ‘God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.’ However when asked where they found the calmness and tranquility that defines serenity, some replied that when they did find it, it was when they meditated or chanted; or did yoga or T’ai Chi. For others, it came by listening to certain kinds of music. Some said that playing or singing music could also create that state of serenity. And then there are those that find serenity while cooking, knitting, or even shooting hoops.

Did you notice that all these things required the effort of setting aside a period of time and doing something? It was a place they went to or an activity they participated in. It was clearly not a state of being they experienced in their ordinary day-to-day activities.

Another definition I found for serenity referred to being free from stress or emotion; the absence of mental stress and anxiety. Again, a question arose in my mind. ‘Does that mean that serenity is only achievable when we are empty of emotions and thoughts?’

Even the possibility of eliminating emotions and thoughts made no sense to me.  So I did what I do best and allowed my soul to take me to the place where the answer might lie, at least where it might lie for me. As often happens when I go to my intuitive self for guidance, I flashed onto something from my past that guided me to an answer.

For close to twenty years when people ask me what I do for work, I tell them that I don’t do work, I do joy. I do joy because about 90of the time, I am in joy, and part of that joy comes from what I do that some people may call work. I can tell them this because I realized that joy, in and of itself, is not an emotion, but how fully you live, learn, and move through the emotions that you have at the time that you are experiencing them.

Now why would I bring up joy when I am speaking about serenity? Simple — because to be in joy is all about acceptance; accepting exactly where you are, and doing so fully and without judgment. This is the first thing that one prays for in the Serenity Prayer. Serenity is clearly tied to acceptance. So what then is acceptance? Often, we associate acceptance with giving up on something, turning the other cheek.

However, when I hear that, I think of a statement that Simon Peter (St Peter), one of the beings who sometimes comes through me when I trance channel, made through me: ‘Sometimes you turn the other cheek, and sometimes you stomp down on their foot so they don’t do it again.’

Acceptance is about clearly seeing and being in the reality of any situation; not just thinking about how you would like for it to be, or fear it might be. It also means dealing with the situation from that place of acceptance. We can accept something and still have unhappy emotions or thoughts about it. Frustration, anger or sadness don’t change our acceptance of a situation, they just are, and they make us feel a certain way, which we in turn also accept.

Living in serenity isn’t about having no emotions, no stress, or no thoughts but light and fluffy ones. It is all about acceptance. In the Serenity Prayer, we ask God to grant us the serenity to accept the things that we cannot change. Yet isn’t it the ability to accept that which you cannot change that leads to serenity?

The acceptance of what you are not willing to change, but know that you could change, can also bring serenity. It is possible to realize that we can change something, and at the same time decide that now is not the best time to change it. But sometimes, we tell ourselves that it is okay to leave things as they are, and then proceed to beat ourselves up over the choice.

If we cannot be in peace about living with something for the moment, then perhaps, we really can’t wait in serenity. Realizing this is the difference between timing and avoidance. If it is truly just timing, then you actually can be at peace with the choice, if you can’t than it is probably avoidance. In other words, one does not find serenity without acceptance, and acceptance brings serenity. One of the great spiritual paradoxes!

Acceptance in all forms is what brings one to live in the place of serenity. Some might even call it radical acceptance, and this is what makes it possible to not only ‘find’ serenity in certain activities, but to live in serenity.

So serenity is not about living without, or in emptiness, but it is about living fully within all that life brings you, fully embracing all of your emotions and each situation as it appears, so that at the end of the day, you can joyfully accept that you are just are as you are, living in each moment.

We began by discussing how some people can find moments of serenity for themselves, but the most important question is:  How can we bridge the gap between moments of serenity to a life of serenity? The answer to this question involves four steps:

  1. Doing the things we know bring us serenity as often as possible.
  2. Daily spiritual practices.
  3. Getting out of fear and staying out of fear.
  4. Living in the now.

It is as simple and easy as that, which is neither simple or easy, but can be accomplished.

Can we really live in serenity? Better yet, can we live in serenity when we are living in a world that is fearful, judgmental and full of unknowns? Absolutely, in fact it is the only way we can live fully in this world.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/spirituality-articles/living-the-serenity-prayer-1127788.html

About the Author

Dr. Kevin Ross Emery is a popular author, psychic, coach, consultant and teacher. Dr. Kevin travels internationally, offering lectures and workshops to empower people from all walks of life. He’s also available for phone (and Skype) consultations. Dr. Kevin’s primary practices are in Portland, Maine and Haverhill, Massachusetts. Visit his website for his radio show and additional articles at http://www.weboflight.com


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Review – Tarot Stripped Bare (DVD)

Tarot Stripped Bare - Reality Films

Tarot Stripped Bare – Reality Films

Title: Tarot Stripped Bare
Genre: Tarot, Occult, Esoteric Knowledge
Production Company: Reality Entertainment

Tarot Stripped Bare is a comprehensive guide for learning about and developing skills in tarot card reading. The DVD is arranged into clear, distinct sections that encourage learning through hands-on experience. Perhaps most refreshing is this DVD’s lack of emphasis on divination—that is, fortune telling.

Taking a practical approach, Tarot Stripped Bare advocates personal reflection on reactions to the cards to find out where we’re at and how to get what we want out of life. Never lapsing into spurious sign reading, Tarot Stripped Bare is not so concerned with the question, what will happen? Instead, it asks, how can I make this happen?, which seems a healthier way to go.

Skeptics may write the tarot cards off as a cheap gimmick and some religious folks may see them as a prime example of Satanic mysticism, but when taken as a mirror to the self, the cards could be a valuable tool along the path of self-knowledge.

The DVD also has a bonus section outlining various spreads and a complete reference guide to each of the cards within the Major and Minor Arcana.

—MC


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Not All Have Halos

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Author: Claudette Cleveland

Most of us want to believe that we have invisible guidance and even intervention to help us get through the many perils of life. As children, we often play with imaginary friends as well as depend on a relative, Mom, Dad, Grandma, and Grandpa, to catch us when we stumble or tell us what to do so that we are safe and secure. As adults we continue to seek that guidance which may account for the popularity of the belief in guardian angels. Occasionally, we even adopt a deceased relative who protected us as a child as our guardian angel.

The movies and television has certainly supported this desire and belief. The popularity of classic old movies like The Bishop’s Wife or It’s a Wonderful Life verifies our desire to believe in super natural assistance or guardian angels. The fact that Touched By An Angel is a popular television show, demonstrates our desire to believe that we all have a guardian angel especially active when life gets turbulent. But do all our guardian angels have wings and halos. The answer to this question came when as a therapist and spiritual counselor, I was working with a twenty-one year old client named, Rebecca.

Rebecca came to me wanting guidance in her relationships, none of which to her were fulfilling. She thought that if she lost a lot of weight she would find her true love. She had decided to go on a radical weight lose program using a now illegal pill. She insisted that if she lost the weight she would not be fat and ugly and her life would be better. I talked to her about loving herself and tried to convince her to use a healthier method for weight reduction.

As we started talking about her physical health, Rebecca told me that she was having chest pains and at times had a difficult time breathing, although her doctors had found no physical cause for these symptoms. She, then in a matter of fact way, announced that she thought she was going to die when she was twenty-three. It upset me that someone so young and bright would have such a fatalistic outlook on life. After helping her to relax through some breathing exercises, the following dialogue took place.

Claudette: Rebecca, you have a long and full life ahead of you. Why do you feel you are going to die at age twenty-three?
Rebecca: I just know. It will probably be in a car accident.
No matter what I said, she would not alter her notion.
Claudette: (In a stronger than normal voice) Rebecca, you are NOT going to die at twenty-three.

Her eyes glazed over and in a high pitched voice with a slight southern accent, which was not her normal voice, she looked at me and said.

Rebecca: Yes she will. She doesn’t deserve to live. She’s fat and ugly.
Claudette: Who is this speaking?
Rebecca: I’m Julie Ann.
Claudette: Julie Ann, tell me about yourself. How old are you? Where are you from?
Julie Ann through Rebecca: I’m twenty-three and I’m from the Tulane University area in New Orleans.

As she talked I started to see an image behind Rebecca take a human form. The more she talked the clearer the image became. She appeared to me as a very attractive, petite blond who was dressed very stylishly.

Claudette: Julie Ann, do you know you are dead?
Julie Ann through Rebecca: I’m NOT dead. I was only hurt when my boy friend’s car went out of control on the wet streets. My chest was crushed and I couldn’t breath, but I’m not dead. The paramedics revived me. This fat, ugly girl is in my way.

Apparently, when Rebecca’s soul left her body to transcend into the next dimension, she was confused and frightened and as a result her soul lingered in the general vicinity of the accident. At a later time, when Rebecca was in that area, also partying, Julie Ann attached to her energy in an attempt to regain her life.

I had been doing some work and study in this area of soul attachments, so I had some conception of how to proceed. As I asked for divine guidance, I saw two very bright lights surround Julie Ann. I asked these bright lights to help Julie Ann find peace in the Light. At that moment Rebecca’s body started to shake uncontrollably and enormous tears flowed from her eyes. It was obvious to me that Julie Ann was not going to depart from this plane without a fight. At that point I saw a distant bright light, start to come closer. When it was alongside Julie Ann I could see it was an old lady. Julie Ann called her Grandmother. Grandmother talked to her granddaughter and persuaded her to walk into the Light with her. I watched the two of them, escorted by the two bright lights until they faded from my inter dimensional sight. Rebecca almost immediately calmed down and her crying was replaced with a smile. In fact her eyes showed no indication that she had cried at all.

Claudette: How do you feel, Rebecca?
Rebecca: I feel lighter. My chest doesn’t hurt any more.
Claudette: Do you still feel as though you are going to die at twenty-three?
Rebecca: No, I feel much lighter and happier, but I still want to lose weight.

I have discovered that there seems to be numerous reasons for these souls who leave the living to become lost. For example one of my clients had her grandmother attached to her. When I told the grandmother she was dead, she emphatically told me that she was not because if she were dead, St. Peter would have met her at the pearly gates. In this case Grandma’s minister came from the Light to clarify her ‘old time religion’ dogma. Afterwards, she willingly walked with him into the Light.

Another client was free of a chronic neck ache when an attached soul who had been hung in the 1870’s was sent to the Light. Yet, another lady declared by her doctors as having terminal liver cancer was found free of any cancer cells (verified by her doctor who couldn’t explain it) two days after detaching a number of her dead relatives who had died of liver disorders. I could fill a book with similar detachment cases, which resulted in miraculous healing for the living and peace for the dead.

Through my work I have come to understand that until we go into the Light, we keep some of our physical characteristics including any pain felt at the time of death. It appears that if a soul is caught between dimensions it loses sight of the beacon, bright light that so many near death experiences describe. The soul then becomes lost in that in-between dimension. I have seen this beacon and the bright path to it and yes; it does resemble a tunnel.

One of the most debated questions of the ages is where do we go when we die. This unknown is probably the root of all our human fears. Even though I knew I had the ability to see into that other dimension between life and death, I really never understood before the immense influence these ‘lost’ souls could have on the living. Dealing with all of these ‘lost’ souls have caused me to ask the question, why do some souls find the path to the Light and others do not? I have concluded that confusion and fear are the primary causes that they do not.

In probably fifty percent of the clients, who I have helped to detach a ‘lost’ soul, the attached soul is a loved one or family member. For this reason I am always suspicious when a client says a close deceased relative is their guardian angel. In some of these cases the living either through excess love or hate has kept the deceased soul trapped in that in-between dimension with their excessive emotional attachment. This condition could be called a co-dependent relationship on an inter dimensional level. Since in these cases it is the living that is keeping the deceased earth bond, the release must be initiated by the living. For full detachment, the client must be persuaded that unconditional love is letting go.

Believing in preventative procedures, I wanted to know what could we living beings do to assure transition into the Light for our loved ones and ourselves. The conclusions at which I have arrived is that we need to dispel of as many fears as possible, especially the fear of death or more specifically the fear of the unknown of where we go when we die. Another preventative step is to heighten our awareness so as to be able to discriminate between the ‘angels with halos’ and those poor souls who are lost in-between two worlds.

It seems the greatest block to this awareness is the belief that we automatically grow wings and halos when we die. As the teachers in many religious books tell us, we simply leave our houses (our bodies) when we die. The spirit or soul (the essence of who we really are) no matter how evolved moves into another dimension for further learning or soul development. If this concept is accepted while we are living, we will not have the tendency to hang onto our houses or bodies when we die. Our essence will then make the gentle transition into the Light.

Some of the symptoms I have found to be present in most people with an attached entity or ‘an angel without a halo’ is the following:

  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Mood swings or sudden changes in personality
  • Aches and pains for no apparent medical reason
  • Awakening during the night and not feeling alone
  • Having thoughts that do not appear to be their own
  • Hearing voices of which they do not know the source
  • Frequent thoughts of a deceased relative
  • Excessive or adverse behavior such as substance abuse or phobias
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Feeling frightened or upset over the idea of attachment or possession by another entity or soul

Probably everyone, occasionally, encounters some of these symptoms, but if you experience fifty percent or more of them, this would certainly warrant investigating the possibility of an attached entity.

My hope is that one day we will broaden our viewpoints and open our minds in order to allow room for possibilities other than what can only be proved by science or accepted by religion. Only then will we not be afraid to die and therefore; we will not be afraid to live.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/metaphysics-articles/not-all-have-halos-6337618.html

About the Author

Claudette Cleveland is a teacher, counselor, author of fiction and non-fiction books and a professional artist. For more information about Claudette’s articles and books go to her website ClaudetteCleveland.com and http://www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/BeneathandBeyond.html

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