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A Shamanic and Spiritual Perspective on Confusion and Truth

By Dylan CharlesWaking Times

Talking with friends, family, and people whenever I can recently, I’ve noticed a common sentiment. In fact, it’s so common, that nearly everyone I speak to first mentions it in some way when you start up a conversation about the crazy state of the world.

People are confused. They don’t know what to believe, and they don’t know who they can trust. They don’t know what’s real, what’s fake, or what’s really fake, or what’s a deep fake. The stuff they think is true is being debunked by people they thought they could trust, and people they thought they could trust are obviously not telling the truth.

We’re lost in the greatest Truth Gap of all time, and the result is widespread confusion.

In a conversation about the nature of the Cosmos, the Buddha was once asked about the paradox of trying to understand the eternal:

“How is it, Master Gotama, when Master Gotama is asked if the monk reappears… does not reappear… both does and does not reappear… neither does nor does not reappear, he says, ‘…doesn’t apply’ in each case. At this point, Master Gotama, I am befuddled; at this point, confused.” ~Aggi Vacchagotta Sutta

In his reply, the Buddha explains the consequence of confusion:

“…a thicket of views, a wilderness of views, a contortion of views, a writhing of views, a fetter of views. It is accompanied by suffering, distress, despair, and fever, and it does not lead to disenchantment, dispassion, cessation’ to calm, direct knowledge, full Awakening, Unbinding.” ~ Aggi Vacchagotta Sutta

We’re in that thicket of views right now, and given that our society has organized itself around media and information, it’s rather startling to acknowledge just how much confusion we’re swimming in. The noise is louder than ever now, plus, we’re in a state of war, and the truth is the first casualty of war. It’s been a spiritual war for a very long time, which then began to materialize as a culture war, then an information war, and is now fully manifesting as a civil war. Things aren’t looking good.

With everything going on today, whether it’s masked, or the election, or civil unrest, we have players on all sides contributing to the confusion and asking you to buy their branded story of events. But, to buy it means to believe in it, to allow their perception to shape your perception of the world. Belief is the arch-enemy of truth.

As human beings we are endowed with the faculties to determine truth, however, doing so requires synergy with the body, and we’re all totally stuck in our heads these days, locked down, and trying to process the world with only the mind.

I found a relevant passage in an article that talks about Gandhi’s view of confusion.

“I love what Gandhi had to share about confusion. He said that there is no such thing as confusion. Gandhi believed confusion was not feeling which emotion we were feeling in the moment…

Breathe deeply and feel what is authentic for you about the situation. Perhaps your confusion comes from getting too much data from others?

The reason we “allow” ourselves to be influenced by others which can create a gulf between our mind and body, mind and reality, mind and our very heart comes from old imprinted fears, in the form of subtle messages we received long ago.

We all receive these programs. Some are spoken, while others are merely implied. For example, you might have been told, “That doesn’t hurt,” when you were crying over a skinned knee, or, “You’re not hot,” when you took off your sweater on a warm day. These seemingly innocuous messages come from parents, teachers, or perhaps the school nurse—people whose authority you do not question before a certain developmental stage. Outer authority soon overrides inner authority and you become conditioned to doubt what your body knows or what we think of as ‘confusion.’” ~Steve Sisgold

Confusion is the result of being out of touch with feeling, and without the integration of the body and its senses, we tend to defer to outer authority figures. Which is what we see happening all around us.

Understanding is a sensual process, however, not just a mental process, and it gets clouded when we are not fully present to what we are feeling physically and emotionally, and when we are unaware of how such feelings affect perception.

Bwiti Shaman Moughenda Mikala talks about the difference between perceiving and understanding, and how the eyes and ears contribute to our picture of reality.

“The six senses… Who is using all of their six senses? You are human, why are you not using all of your six senses? That’s why you’re in trouble.

They only work for us in the present. That’s it. Not the past, not the future, just the present.

Your eyes. What do your eyes represent? They represent perception… whatever you see around you.

All of our senses are really big and each of them has a role to play.

You ears. What do your ears represent? It represents your understanding. Because there is a difference between listening and understanding. Listening and understanding are totally different.

The human has eyes and a brain. We have a third eye, all of us we are born with it. People spend years trying to learn how to open up their third eye. There’s no eyes in the brain, so how do we get messed up in the mind, then? There’s two big eyes that mess you up everyday. Two.

With your eyes and your ears, your eyes will always represent your perceptions, and your ears your understanding. But whatever it is that the eyes will see does not bring you back to the previous guy here (points at head/brain). Whatever your ears will let in, your understanding will bring it here (points to head/brain), which makes your reality. And that’s what makes the fear go knock on the door.

Now, it can change your life overnight by just starting to change your perception, the way you perceive things, the way you perceive even the world today.” ~Moughenda Mikala

This happens all the time. For example, when crash investigators look at footage of a crash from many different angles, they perceive the crash in different ways. In order to understand what really happened, though, they need to speak to the drivers, passengers, and witnesses. Did someone fall asleep, or have a medical condition? Was the driver drunk?

Today, the problem is exacerbated because our perception of the world is so distorted by media. Television, YouTube, articles, etc, and most of this information flows to us through our eyes. Even the video content we consume is only a one-way form of communication. We listen to this content, which is a different process than understanding it.

The digital formats do not help to facilitate deep, visceral understanding, and consuming media mostly happens when the body is in a sedative state, and the mind in a hypnotic state. We perceive much but understand little. With the body disengaged, the mind seeks support from belief.

The key message here is that we’re all being asked, or told, to believe in narratives about what’s happening in the world, without having a deep understanding of anything.

Truth is not a feeling, although, confusion and alignment are. So, are you feeling confused these days, or are you feeling aligned? What is your truth?

About the Author

Dylan Charles is the editor of Waking Times and host of Battered Souls: A Podcast About Transformation, both dedicated to ideas of personal transformation, societal awakening, and planetary renewal. His personal journey is deeply inspired by shamanic plant medicines and the arts of Kung Fu, Qi Gong, and Yoga. After seven years of living in Costa Rica, he now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where he practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and enjoys spending time with family. He has written hundreds of articles, reaching and inspiring millions of people around the world.

This article (A Shamanic and Spiritual Perspective on Confusion and Truth) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Dylan Charles and WakingTimes.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.




Spirituality & Conspiracy. What’s Going On?

Source: Rebel Wisdom

Since the start of the pandemic there has been an exponential growth in all-encompassing conspiracy narratives, with the viral success of the ‘Plandemic’ documentary trailer being the most popular example.

In particular we have seen traditional right wing conspiracy narratives combine with traditional left wing alternative, spiritual communities. What is this new phenomenon, and what is causing it?

In this film in Rebel Wisdom’s Sensemaking series, David Fuller helps us understand the nexus between spirituality and conspiracy thinking.




Guided Meditation Merging With Your Higher Self

Video Source: Brian Scott

Listen to this awesome meditation in order to merge with your higher self. The meditation begins at 5:20.

For a better understanding of the higher self from the Law of One (The Ra Material), read this description by Ra:

70.8 Questioner: What I am trying to understand here is more about the Higher Self and its relationship with the mind/body/spirit complex. Does the Higher Self have a sixth-density mind/body/spirit complex that is a separate unit from the mind/body/spirit complex that is, in this case, displaced to negative time/space?

Ra: I am Ra. This is correct. The Higher Self is the entity of mid-sixth-density which, turning back, offers this service to itself.

Questioner: I think I have an erroneous concept of the mind/body/spirit complex that, for instance, I represent here in this density and my Higher Self. This probably comes from my concept of space and time. I am going to try to unscramble this. The way I see it right now is that I am existing in two different locations, here and in mid-sixth-density, simultaneously. Is this correct?

Ra: I am Ra. You are existing at all levels simultaneously. It is specifically correct that your Higher Self is you in mid-sixth-density and, in your way of measuring what you know of as time, your Higher Self is your self in your future.

Questioner: Am I correct in assuming that all of the mind/body/spirit complexes that exist below levels of mid-sixth-density have a Higher Self at the level of mid-sixth-density? Is this correct?

Ra: I am Ra. This is correct.

Questioner: Would an analogy for this situation be that an individual’s Higher Self is manipulating, to some extent shall I say, the mind/body/spirit complex that is its analog to move it through the lower densities for the purposes of gaining experience and finally transferring that experience or amalgamating it in mid-sixth-density with the Higher Self?

Ra: I am Ra. This is incorrect. The Higher Self does not manipulate its past selves. It protects when possible and guides when asked, but the force of free will is paramount. The seeming contradictions of determinism and free will melt when it is accepted that there is such a thing as true simultaneity. The Higher Self is the end result of all the development experienced by the mind/body/spirit complex to that point.

70.12 Questioner: Then what we are looking at is a long path of experience through the densities up to mid-sixth-density which is a function totally of free will and results in the awareness of the Higher Self in mid-sixth-density, but since time is illusory and there is a, shall I say, unification of time and space or eradication of what we think of as time, then, all of this experience that results in the Higher Self, the cause of evolution through the densities, is existing while the evolution takes place. It is all simultaneous. Is this correct?

Ra: I am Ra. We refrain from speaking of correctness due to our understanding of the immense difficulty of absorbing the concepts of metaphysical existence. In time/space, which is precisely as much of your self as is space/time, all times are simultaneous just as, in your geography, your cities and villages are all functioning, bustling, and alive with entities going about their business at once. So it is in time/space with the self.




Activating the Spirit Light Body in Daily Life

By Open | Openhand

There’s nothing quite like living and being in the Spirit Light Body. It’s a higher dimensional vehicle of expression that comes active through dedicated spiritual practice. As we shift into 5D consciousness, it becomes our chariot of Ascension into the Fifth Dimension. But there’s no need to wait. There are profound benefits to opening it and expressing it from it in daily life right now. What are the essential keys we need to pay attention to?

What is the Spirit Light Body?

When fully activated we are multidimensional beings. The 7 main chakras are consciousness exchange points that channel soul consciousness into a different bodily vehicle in a different dimensional frequency of experience. The highest that is generally possible in human form is the Spirit Light Body, connecting through the crown chakra.

It’s a feeling of expansive lightness and interconnective joy, that is way beyond the trials and tribulations of lower 3D living. However, it is not some kind of bubble state that is static and removed from reality. Rather it is a freely flowing stream of synchronicity that speaks into the lower dimensions through signs and symbology. You feel like you’re in an interconnected universal orchestra.

The Spirit Light Body will become our Chariot of Ascension into the New Paradigm of the Fifth Density, although it’s definitely not something to wait for. The key is to work to begin to live it right now, especially in these challenging times of transition, where the density of the old 3D construct becomes progressively distracting and debilitating. It’s time for humanity to shift into a higher dimensional frequency and reclaim our birthright as sovereign cosmic beings, interconnected with the Universe.

Spirit Light Body Activation

The Spirit Light Body must be activated through dedicated spiritual practice that involves progressive transcendence through the lower densities of the physical, emotional, mental, and karmic. However, this is not somehow to be divorced from daily life. Quite the opposite. The inner experience is interrelated with the outer and so as you activate the various dimensional vehicles of expression, they will reflect like cinema projectors into the outer movie of your life – they actually create the story in the outer hologram.

Pranic breathing exercises are perhaps the prime way in which the Spirit Light Body can be activated. The breath is a carrier of consciousness through the various layers of the bodymind. Thus you progressively transcend and expand consciousness into the higher vehicles.

At Openhand we’ve developed the process “illuminate” for activating the Spirit Light Body. Check out our upcoming World Tour…Ascension Activations 2020

As you begin to open up into your higher dimensional vehicles through daily spiritual practice, it then pays to have at least 50% of your attention continually turned inwards. What we’re looking for are all the trigger points where you contract into attachment in the outer world. What outcome did you think you needed? What could you not accept? Work to know yourself as The One in these experiences and let go of the need for it to be a particular way. Thus the soul integrates and forges coherency. It naturally and progressively ascends up into the higher bodily vehicles culminating in the Spirit Light Body.
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Spirit Light Body and the Merkaba

Ultimately the Spirit Light Body becomes your Chariot of Ascension – as you ascend, you continue on in life in this higher vehicle embodied within the New 5D Paradigm. However, prior to that final completion, we get to live in a ‘hybrid’ state where you’re interrelating the higher dimensional consciousness with the lower here in the physical. This is achieved by forming what has been known in ancient spiritual scripture as the “Merkaba” or “Merkabah”.

The best way to understand this is as two interrelating diamonds of energy. One diamond descends as the Spirit Light Body. This then interweaves around the area of the Heart Chakra in the 4th density with another diamond that rises up from the base chakra that contains activated kundalini.

Just to be clear, the Merkaba is not the soul, it is an encasement for the soul, formed of Separation Consciousness. The Merkaba enables you to live both in the physical 3D world and the interrelating higher dimensional consciousness from the New 5D Paradigm that is cuurently interweaving here.

When you ultimately ascend and move on, the lower diamond of the Merkabah falls away and the higher one continues in the New Paradigm. It then begins to repeat the evolutionary process by working to interrelate with another higher dimensional vehicle from the higher realm of the 9th/10th/11th densities. The Ascension process repeats itself but in the higher plane.

Spirit Light Body and the Merkaba Against AI

https://www.openhandweb.org/sites/default/files/images/Earths-5D-Paradigm.jpgThe truly exciting thing that’s happened through the challenges of society and the Old Paradigm in 2020, is that the New Paradigm has come active through the reconstitution and augmentation of what’s known as the 5D Crystalline Grid. This is the weave of the new paradigm which will form the construct upon which the new reality is founded. And by bringing the form of the Merkaba into Being, you can dance in that divine weave right now.

I do believe that’s what this latest crop circle from Avebury in the UK is showing us. You can see the Merkaba from the top-down, interrelated with the 5D crystalline Grid…

5D Crystalline Grid – Divine Super Intelligence, And 5 Ways To Be In It

So you’re beginning to live in the new wave of the 5D right now. We do have to be attentive and mindful of the machinations of Artificial Intelligence (AI) though. It’s become abundantly clear of late that it is being applied by the ET intervention to entrap people in the synthetic agenda. By the deceptive application of Smart technology and EMF, it’s creating an encompassing cloud of consciousness that is drawing people into a limiting and doppy downgraded existence. It’s becoming increasingly obvious this is what the pandemic and the follow-up measures have been designed to achieve. But we can break this intervention down by unraveling it with our evolving consciousness, particularly as we come into the Merkaba. It’s what I discussed recently in the Livestream below. It’s utterly essential we all take note at this pivotal point in the Shift.

2020 Parting of the Waves

As I wrote about at the beginning of 2020, the numerology speaks clearly of a parting of the waves happening in society. Fortunately, I do believe enough is waking up that the system cannot take over fully. But plenty is seemingly willingly taking the route into the synthetic agenda. This will all resolve itself out at the culmination of the 5D Earth Shift – the synthetic agenda will be peeled from the earth and we ascend into the Fifth Density. This Openhand article explains the process… The Shift Process from 3D to 5D Earth

The key to following that path of Ascension is to work to activate the Spirit Light Body right now in daily life through committed spiritual practice and progressive transcendence. It’s an enthralling and magical journey leading to the complete liberation of the soul. I wish you joy and fulfillment in that journey. Heart

Here is the recent Openhand LiveStream covering these essential topics of our time…

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Openhand Ascension Activations 2020

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The Unfair Treatment of Religious Minorities Today

There has been a lot going on in today’s world about the unfair treatment of religious minorities. One such example is discrimination in the U.S., especially against Muslims. Catholics, Jews, and Mormons have also suffered a lot of discrimination in history. According to recent research, about 56% of Muslims living U.S. face these types of discrimination in today’s world. They have always been treated with suspicion and singled out by airport security while being called out by offensive names.

Unfair treatment at the workplace

The employees should be given the right to exercise their religious beliefs even when at work. The companies should make it possible to match the employee’s requirements and beliefs, which may differ from the requirements of your workplace. Some common examples could be allowing Muslim employees to wear a beard even if your company has a clean shave policy. The Jewish employees should be given holidays on Friday night to make them attend religious ceremonies. The study shows that employees are less favorably treated due to their religion. The same has been faced by many Sikhs willing to wear turban due to employees ‘no headwear’ policy in the companies.

Many are even harassed, mocked, or feel afraid, which creates a significant impact on their productivity and confidence. To avoid such things, it must be started right from the recruitment process by welcoming the application from people of all faiths. Companies should also come up with plans for religious festivals and fasting periods or provide a room for prayer to meet their needs.

Harassment by governments

There have also been government restrictions by regulating such laws and policies to restrict religious freedom. The part of the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East-North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa also face government favoritism of religious groups. They limit the activities and enhance government harassment of minority religious groups. Two other types of social hostilities, harassment by individuals and social groups and religious violence by organized groups (including neo-Nazi groups such as the Nordic Resistance Movement and Islamist groups like Boko Haram), have risen more modestly. The social hostilities have risen inter-religious tension and violence, the best example of which is communal clashes between Hindus and Muslims in India. The highest level of restrictions can be seen in Europe. The government has put restrictions on Muslim women’s clothing and Sub-Saharan Africa, where people have been forced conversions through kidnappings.

Flaws in law

Every country has flaws in the doctrines of legal issues similar to the family Cases of Egypt, where spouses with the same religion get the opportunity of religious group canonical from the courts. However, when one spouse is Muslim, and the other has different religious courts defer to Islamic family law. In sub-Saharan Africa, the constitutional passes declaring Islam the state religion where privilege was granted to the Catholic Church that was not available to other groups. The agreement allowed forCatholic educational institutions, charitable activities, and pastoral work in military, hospitals, and penal institutions, as well as Catholic teaching in public schools.” It also provided tax exemptions for Catholic properties and places of worship. Similarly, in the Maldives, it is a criminal offense to promote a religion other than Islam, followed by punishment up to five years in jail. The government of Laos mandates to seek permission for holding religious services, build houses of worship, and establish new congregations.

The increasing terrorism

There also exists an organized group in the Middle East and North Africa who practice violence. This has given rise to terrorist-related groups and the recent example of attacks in Egypt in 2017, when shooters carrying the ISIS flag attacked a Sufi mosque in northern Sinai, leaving 311 dead. And on Palm Sunday, suicide bombings at two Coptic churches in the country – which ISIS claimed responsibility for – left 45 people dead. Some of the popular groups include ISIS and other groups in Syria, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen, al-Shabaab in Somalia, the Taliban in Afghanistan, and Hamas in the Palestinian territories. The Islamist militant group Boko Haram became increasingly active in the country, “committing abuses such as mass killings, kidnappings, sexual assault, forced conversion, and forced conscription,” according to the U.S.

Conclusion

Such discriminations also include publishing articles or cartoons that are derogatory toward a certain group, property damage, detentions or abductions, displacement, physical assault, and deaths of members of religious groups caused by private individuals or social groups.




Empathic Expectations and How to Let Them Go

How To Know If You Are An Empath. em·path noun — a person with the ...This week I wanted to write about a topic near and dear to my heart; empathy. It goes without saying that feelings of empathy are what connect the hearts of humanity and are the ties that bind us all throughout the cosmos and across all of time and space. It is what allows us to literally step into the shoes of another and experience their perspective, their view, and even sometimes their thoughts, energy, and feelings as intensely and as vividly as they do themselves.

Most of us are born with an innate sense of empathy and if we see someone or something in pain, we get a tingle in our gut that makes us want to reach out and console or help them. We feel deep down that connection I mentioned earlier, even if we cannot on the surface of our consciousness fully understand why or where these feelings are coming from.

In today’s society, sadly many of us are unaware of the magnificent details of this connection and most are certainly not taught about it in school or from our parents. But some of us, those we call Emotional or Intuitive Empaths, are born with such capabilities that they without effort absorb and pick up on the energies, thoughts, and feelings of those around them and therefore are forced to explore this extra-sensory avenue of our physical capabilities. I, to my blessing and also to my demise, am one of these people.

I haven’t shared this truth about myself with many people as I was growing up as even at the age of 3 I knew I was different and felt like an outcast. I knew things adults around me didn’t and frankly, I found out the hard way that most adults do not appreciate being corrected, especially by a child. I got kicked out of Sunday school for asking too many questions about God that couldn’t be answered and often was asked to leave classrooms for the same reason.

I just couldn’t turn off this endless sense of curiosity and wonderment in my brain about the world around me, and with the constant bombardment of emotions, feelings, thoughts, and energy that was not merely of my own creation, but of those around me, I was always stimulated, energetically triggered, pushed and pulled emotionally and for a kid not knowing what the hell is happening, it can be quite confusing.

Universities even studied my abilities as a child, but for me personally, it was up to me to find out the answers about who I was, what these gifts were, why they were endowed to me, and what purpose they served for me on my path in life. For many years I hated them and just wanted them to go away. I hid them from my friends and just played the role of the friend who always gave good advice and was a good listener. The friend who always knew what you were feeling. I guess I got pretty good at wearing my masks because I became so embedded in my own disguise that in my 20‘s I had no idea who I was and tried to find myself in drugs, alcohol, meaningless sex and unhealthy relationships that only left me feeling used and abused…and rightly so. Being An Empath... — Ashley Boyd

Today, at age 41 I have no regrets and many goals and dreams ahead of me, but I was recently reminded of just how fragile the heart truly is and just how much more growing I have to do. I had thought I knew the scope of my gifts, but I finally know now that I am here to use them for the greater good, not to hide them away in shame. And I feel I’m finally ready to do that. You see when you live for others for your entire life, even the idea of self-love feels foreign to you. It is something that comes riddled with guilt and shame because you are just not used to putting yourself first.

However, I know in my heart of hearts that I must come out of this dark night of the soul rising high with the sun and with pride and remembrance of who I chose to not only be but BECOME in this lifetime. If that can inspire just one person to also have the courage to live their truth and not be afraid of who they are, I will have used my gifts in the way they were intended.

For the majority of my life, I’ve built walls to protect myself and to take care of others. But I realize now and I share this insight with not only other Empaths out there but anyone who feels like they always put themselves out there, just to have their heartbroken over and over again; that we must first LIVE for ourselves so we can LEARN to LOVE for ourselves. Then and only then will we stop breaking our own hearts, and be able to authentically show up in the space that the Universe has carved out just for us. For we are all sparks of divine light, but we must be willing to turn our focus inward because this light resides within our own hearts and can only be seen once we fully embrace our own soul, our own spirit for the perfect imperfection; the sliver of magnificence that it is.

 

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Monks & Magic: Buddhism and the Supernatural in Thailand

Gwendolyn Toynton | New Dawn Magazine

In August 2008 Bun Rany, the wife of the Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, led Buddhist monks and soldiers to the site of the historic Hindu temple Preah Vihear to call upon their ancestors to protect the temple. The site of this temple is located on disputed land, perched atop a cliff on Cambodian soil but with the most accessible entrance to the site located on the Thai side of the border.

This 11th century temple is located on the border between the two countries, but the borderline itself has never been clearly demarcated because the area is littered with landmines left over from decades of war. Ownership of the temple was originally awarded to Cambodia, but dispute between the two countries flared up when Preah Vihear was granted United Nations World Heritage status.

Desperate to resolve the issue, both sides deployed military forces – but when they were unable to reach a solution to the conflict, Cambodia and Thailand resorted to supernatural means. Fearing that the magical abilities of Cambodia‘s Buddhist monks would weaken Thailand, residents throughout the province of Si Sa Ket wore yellow to help protect Thailand from Cambodian magic.

Though Buddhism is not often thought of as a religion that practices magic, in such communities as those found in Thailand and Cambodia, there can be no doubt that Buddhism shares common ground with belief systems that are primarily associated with the use of magic.

Both countries have a long history of engagement in spiritualist and animistic magical practices. When Buddhism first arrived in these areas it came into contact with pre-existent traditions that believed in spirits, both benevolent and malevolent, and a developed system of magic which was to be feared or revered, depending on whether or not it was used for good or ill.

For Buddhism to flourish under such conditions in Thailand, it was necessary to develop a complex system of interaction between Buddhism and what has been called the Spirit religions. Debate still exists as to whether or not the two systems have become completely integrated or not, although the interaction of the two systems is sometimes referred to as an example of syncretism. On the subject of interaction between Buddhism and the Spirit religions in Thailand, the academician B.J. Terwiel says the following:

When I interviewed villagers in Central Thailand on the relationship between Buddhist and non-Buddhist aspects of their religion, a variety of reactions were observed. The more sophisticated informants generally stated that the Lord Buddha had never forbidden rituals of ancient origin. Other persons hesitatingly made up their minds with regard to the orthodoxy of the ritual, but on subsequent occasions contradicted their own judgment. Many were at a loss to classify rituals or beliefs under rubrics such as ‘Buddhist’ and ‘non-Buddhist’.1

It would appear from this statement that the boundary between the use of magic by the indigenous tradition of Thailand and the practice of Buddhism is not apparent to many of the inhabitants of Thailand themselves. This is most likely due to the fact that the people of rural Thailand are raised in a society where the two systems are found closely entwined together.

The religious traditions of Thailand have always included the belief in spirits and the ability to manipulate them by means of magic. For example in Thailand preservation of the spirit of life (khwan) is considered to be of the utmost importance, as is ensuring that malevolent spirits (phii) do not enter the body. Control of these spirits is greatly emphasised in rural Thai culture, as the service of these spirits can be employed to improve the qualities of day to day existence.

Magic and the Sangha

In the lives of ordinary Thai people, more value is placed upon the improvement of their current existence than on transcending the cycle of rebirth, as is advocated by Buddhism. The relationship between the members of the Sangha (community of Buddhist monks) and the practitioners of magic in Thailand combine in a variety of ways, as one system (the Spirit religions) deals with the aspects of gain in this world (laukika), whilst the other (Buddhism) advocates the importance of salvation and ideas of transcendence (lokottara).

This relationship is complicated even further by the fact that in Thailand almost every adult male will become a member of the Sangha at some stage in his life, for in rural areas the taking of vows is considered to be an essential element in preparation for adult life. Given the wide range of magic and animistic beliefs which operate within rural Thailand, these men will carry a variety of beliefs and practices with them into the Sangha, not all compatible with the ethics of Buddhism.

In accordance with this, religious opinions are not questioned during ordination. As a direct result, villagers can be found entering the Sangha for a variety of reasons, as is reflected in the following Thai rhyme:

Ordination to fulfil a promise to the Gods,

Ordination to escape poverty,

Ordination to flee from a wife,

Ordination to save money,

Ordination to eat better food than at home,

Ordination to join one’s friends in the monastery.2

Thai belief does not only consist of beneficial Gods and spirits. It also abounds with belief in ferocious spirits of pure malevolence, from who the villagers seek magical protection. Amongst these classes of malevolent spirits are such beings as the preed (a giant, looming shape with a small head that emits a sharp, piercing sound, as a reflection of its past sins), the phii krasy (a type of parasite which inhabits human bodies, feeds on excrement, and is shaped like a human head with entrails protruding from beneath), and the phii baan (the ghosts of ancestors that hover around their previous home and watch their descendants with malignant jealousy).

Whilst it is possible for these spirits to be exorcised, Buddhism chooses to deal with their interfering presence in another way; the correct approach for a Buddhist to cause these spirits to cease meddling in the affairs of their human victims is to preach to them, thus converting the spirits involved to a more benign nature. There are certain canonical texts which serve this purpose of protection, which can also be recited at specific times in order to avert misfortune. These texts are known as the phraa parit. The source of the magical power of these texts has not yet been clearly identified, but Y. Ishii, author ofSangha, State & Society: Thai Buddhism in History, claims that whilst some possessed a magical content from the beginning, as modifications of Hindu rites, others such as the Mangalasutta originally had no magical connotations.3

Indeed, for most people, including some who chant them, the parit are incomprehensible, being inPāli. Rather, I believe, the magic of the parit stems from three factors: the social recognition that parit should be chanted for certain purposes (e.g. blessing); the existence of an established formula for their chanting; and the sanctity attributed to the chanter.4

The use of parit is a means by which to ensure protection; it provides good luck and disperses misfortune whether caused by the presence of spirits or not. As is seen in the above passage the presence of magic being used by the Sangha is not overtly explicit in the parit texts, rather it is interpreted to be so by the lay audience. They do not understand the words the monks recite, but because of the respected state of the Sangha in Thailand, the lay community assumes that it must be not only beneficial, but also powerful.

Amulets

Another type of magic practiced by the Thai Sangha is the manufacture of amulets. These amulets are employed for a variety of reasons, including protection from diseases, black magic and accidents. Of these amulets the ones portraying the Buddha are the most popular, although some also are made in the likeness of famous monks and King Chulalongkorn (also known as Rama V, one of Thailand‘s most revered kings).

The sanctity of the subjects portrayed upon the amulets is a reflection of the beneficial powers they are thought to contain. The Buddha images vary in size, from anywhere between two and eight centimetres, and can be manufactured from wood, metal, ivory or resin, although frequently they are made from a selected combination of these elements, pressed into a mould and baked.5 To create a pressed or printed image (phraaphim), a monk needs not only a mould, recipe and the proper ingredients; he also requires an advanced knowledge of spells and sacred script.6

The inherent sanctity of the amulet is not always thought to be sufficient; hence its power needs to be enhanced by means of the correct recitation of spells and sacred scripts. The most simple of these sacralisation rites is known as plugseeg.7At the culmination of plugseeg the monk will either blow upon the Buddha image or draw over the amulet with the index finger of his right hand.8

During the manufacture of amulets the Sangha is also invited to perform a consecration rite known asphutthaphisek.9The use of magic within the phuttaphisek is illustrated by the fact that it is desirable for at least one of the monks participating in the phutthaphiseek to be either advanced in meditative technique or in the Brahmanic rites known as saiyasat.10

These rites are intimately entwined with another type of Thai ritual, namely the ceremony held to consecrate Buddha images which infuse the representation with the auspicious wisdom and power associated with Prince Siddhārtha’s victory over the demon Māra and the obtainment of enlightenment by Siddhārtha. During this ritual monks chant in Pāli or preach in Northern Thai several texts including theBuddha Abhiseka (Consecrating the Buddha [Image]).11 This text focuses on the powers of the mind attained by the Buddha that are associated with his enlightenment. Both the consecration of images and amulets draws their impetus from this core idea.

One specific example of a text dealing with the extraordinary supernatural powers of the Buddha that occupies a position of prominence in Thailand is Bimbās Lament. (Bimbā is the Buddha’s wife, who he left to pursue the life of an ascetic.) 

By his magical power he created a crystal path in the sky from the eastern boundary of the city of Kapilavastu to its western perimeter. Then, ascending into the air, the Tathāgata, surrounded by many previous Buddha’s, walked on the sky-bridge he had miraculously created… he also preformed other miracles, such as appearing to walk above the heads of the Śākyans.12

Tattooing is another magical practice that is widespread throughout Thailand. At some stage in their adult life many Thai males will receive a tattoo of some description or another. This is of significance because in the culture of rural Thailand tattoos are representative of magical power. The magical power of these tattoos stems in part from the tattooist, for whilst both layman and monk may be a tattooist, there is vast difference in the scope of their work and the designs used.

The types which may be employed by the monk are restricted. As a monk, he is limited to tattooing the upper parts of the body, for not only would it be seen as sexual misconduct on the part of the monk to tattoo the lower areas, the upper parts of the body represent the higher, more spiritual aspects of humanity, whereas the lower regions represent mankind’s more base, animalistic attributes. The tattoos done by the monk are also limited in application. The monk may bestow tattoos that are of a beneficial or protective nature. Other tattoos, such as those which bestow things such as sexual virility, can only be performed by members of the lay community.

Another Thai rite involving magical skills of the members of the Sangha is the Wong Dai Sai (Encircling with Holy Thread).13 This is a type of consecration rite designed to protect a place from evil. It is believed that the consecrated place will be protected by the power of the Three Gems and the phraa parit.14During this rite cotton is affixed to an image of the Buddha, stretched clockwise (as is the way of beneficial magic; anticlockwise is considered to be used for evil purposes) around the place to be consecrated, and finally wound back to its point of origin, at the Buddha image.15 If the thread should snap at any stage, it is considered to be an ill omen.

The main doctrinal link between Buddhism and the Spirit religions is found in the incidences where magic is employed by the Sangha as a transfer of merit. The theory of the transference of merit is based upon the concept that when a member of the lay community performs a virtuous deed, such as making a donation or feeding a monk, the Gods witness the act and empathise with the process. The Sangha themselves are referred to as being a ‘field for merit’ (na bun), as is found in the Sanghnussati-bhavana.

Well practiced is the Exalted One’s Order of Disciples, practiced in integrity, practiced in intellectual methods, in right lines of action – to wit the four pairs, the eight groups of persons – this is the Exalted One’s Order of Disciples, worthy of offerings, oblations, gifts, salutations, the world’s peerless field for merit.16

Monk’s Superior Magical Status

The greater the purity of the monk, the more magical power/merit he is said to generate. The sanctity of the monk himself is the source of belief in the efficacy of his magical power. The magical power that is generated by the monk is also classed as being superior to that of the layman, but by its very nature it is also more limited in its application. A monk is also deemed to be superior to a spirit, and thus a monk should never be seen to supplicate himself before a spirit. When a member of the Sangha addresses a spirit, he never raises his hands in supplication, in contrast to the layman who will raise his hands when requesting a favour from a spirit.

The superior magical status of the monk stems from his purity; the monk must not do anything to compromise his superior position. Part of the magical power which results from the monks’ purity is derived from celibacy. A monk should never touch a female (human or animal), and is forbidden to even receive an object that is directly given to him by a woman.17 In order to receive an object given by a woman, the monk must first take a piece of cloth and place it upon the floor, upon which the woman will then place the gift in whilst the monk holds the edges of the cloth.18 The cloth is used as a medium by which to transfer merit since there can be no direct contact between a monk and a woman. The merit flows from the fingers of the monk holding the cloth, to the woman who has donated the cloth. The medium of cloth must be used so as not to deprive the female donor of the merit she would otherwise not receive. One of the reasons for which a monk may not have contact with women is not only due to the temptation of sexual misconduct, but also because women are believed to be associated with a type of magical power said to be diametrically opposed to that of the monk.19 This is due to the fact that menstruation is associated with dangerous magical power, and is classed as being capable of destroying some of the beneficial power of the Sangha.20

Another aspect of magic in Thailand which needs to be considered is the import of magical systems via India. The branch of Buddhism found in Thailand is an older form known as Theravāda, and its links to Hinduism are much stronger than those of the later Buddhist schools. For example, in the book A Summary of the Seven Books of the Abhidhamma (Abhidhamma Chet Khamphi Ruam) there are elements of cosmology, cosmogony, buddhology, ethics, epistemology and language that are integrated into a yantric/mantric system.21 This system is very much similar to that found in Indian magic, and it is reasonable to assume that many of the formulas found within are directly based on the use of Hindu mantras. These are broken down into component syllables for recitation by the Buddhist practitioner. The mantra Namo Buddhāya (Homage to the Buddha), is correlated with the five vowels, symbolising the five elements (dhatū) – water, earth, fire, air and atmosphere.

Furthermore, in the following passage from the Seven Books of Abhidahamma, we also find a formula which contains correlations with the Hindu Tantric Yoga techniques, dividing the body into a solar right and lunar left, and creating what appears to be Buddhist chakra centres. This integration of the occult, Tantra and Buddhism is by no means unique for it is prolific in Tibetan Buddhist texts and practices.

Na = the Buddha Kakusandha at the right eye

Mo = the Buddha Konagāmana at the left eye

Bhud = the Buddha Kassapa at the back

Dhā = the Buddha Gotama at the naval

Ya = the Buddha Ariya Metteyya at the forehead22

Transmission of Occult Techniques

One possible explanation of how this similarity between Thai Buddhist and Hindu occult techniques occurred can be found by examining the magical history of a third South East Asian country – namely Myanmar (Burma).

In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Burmese kings imported large numbers of Sanskrit texts from India on topics such as medicine, alchemy, incantation and astrology.23 In Burma, these Buddhist wizards are practitioners of what is called the weikza-lam (path of occult knowledge). This tradition still exists today in Burma, and the largest of the groups practicing this occult path is based in the city of Pegy, and is called the Manosetopad Gaing. Like their Thai counterparts, this organisation bases an interest in the occult on the powers attained by the Buddha on the path to enlightenment. They also believe that the relics of the Buddha (Burmese dat-daw) (Pāli dhātu) are possessed of a kind of majestic power that he infused in them through the force of his samādhi.24 The similarity between this branch of Burmese magic with that of the Thai people is amply illustrated in the following extract from a magical treatise by the Manosetopad Gaing:

A person wishing to practice the path must first suffuse his mind with thoughts of the Three Jewels, and cultivate loving kindness toward the various grades of nats… the nats referred to here include powerful nature spirits dwelling in trees, the earth, and mountains, minor deities who preside over the use of magical incantations and diagrams, and medicine spirits whose domain includes the well-known herbs and minerals of alchemical lore.25

From this passage it is clear that the Manosetopad Gaing not only use Buddhist motifs, they are also drawing upon a much older tradition of Spirit religions and animistic world views. These Buddhist wizards, however, are also drawing upon Hindu texts on supernatural lore; and if such texts entered the Burmese magico-religious system then it is entirely possible that influences from India may help to explain what appears to be a yantric/mantric tradition within the Thai Seven Books of Abhidahamma.

With their magical prowess and the protection of the Sangha, why do the Thai people fear the magic of the Cambodians? Cambodia is also a country with a long history of occult practices. For instance, in theKhmer book The Tale of Ancient History there is a legend of Prince Chey Ahca who led a ghost army against the Siamese – Siam being an earlier name for Thailand. More recently, we also find record of Po Kambo, who in 1866 protested against French colonial rule and was alleged to know a magical formula that deflected bullets. Even as recently as the 1970s and 1990s, Khmer soldiers utilised magical tattoos, in a similar manner to that of their Thai enemies, and used mantras written in Pāli and Sanskrit, the holy languages of Buddhism and Hinduism, to protect them in battle.

All of the magic employed by the Sangha in Thailand is based on one important concept: the sanctity and purity of the Sangha themselves. The forms of magic the Sangha use is limited in scope by this fact, for they can use only what is generally referred to as ‘white’ magic: that which benefits another and causes no harm. Use of magic to harm another or for personal gain would result in expulsion from the Sangha. Similarly, a monk may not use magic that serves to improve the virility of a layman or create love charms, as this could severely impair the powers of the monk which stem from his sexual abstention. A monk may not request the spirit world for aid, for this would compromise the superior status of the monk who is deemed to be beyond the mundane affairs of this world.

Whilst the power of the Sangha is more limited in application than that of laymen, it is also deemed as stronger for it stems from other worldly sources, as opposed to the spirits who remain bound to this world. As such, villagers come to the monk knowing that when they treat the monk with a proper attitude of respect, the cosmic forces shall share their merit and transfer it to demonstrate approval. The transfer of merit thus benefits not only the Sangha, but the laity as well – even providing protection in times of conflict.

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Footnotes:

1. B.J. Terwiel, Monks and Magic: An Analysis of Religious Ceremonies in Central Thailand (Curzon Press, 1975), 3.
2. Ibid., 20.
3. Y. Ishii, Sangha, State & Society: Thai Buddhism in History (University of Hawaii Press, 1986), 21.
4. Ibid., 21.
5. B.J. Terwiel, Monks and Magic: An Analysis of Religious Ceremonies in Central Thailand, 74.
6. Ibid., 75.
7. Ibid., 77.
8. Ibid., 78
9. Y. Ishii, Sangha, State & Society: Thai Buddhism in History, 23.
10. Ibid., 25.
11. D. K. Swearer, Consecrating the Buddha, in ed. D. S. Lopez, Jr., Buddhism in Practice (Princeton University Press, 1995), 50.
12. D. K. Swearer, Bimba’s Lament, in ed. D. S. Lopez, Jr., Buddhism in Practice (Princeton University Press, 1995), 543.
13. Y. Ishii, Sangha, State and Society: Thai Buddhism in History, 22.
14. Ibid., 22.
15. Ibid., 22.
16. Ibid., 14.
17. B.J. Terwiel, Monks and Magic: An Analysis of Religious Ceremonies in Central Thailand, 114.
18. Ibid., 114.
19. Ibid., 115.
20. Ibid., 115.
21. D. K. Swearer, A Summary of the Seven Books of Abhidamma, in ed. D. S. Lopez, Jr., Buddhism in Practice (Princeton University Press, 1995), 336-7.
22. Ibid., 340.
23. P. Pranke, On Becoming a Buddhist Wizard, in ed. D. S. Lopez, Jr., Buddhism in Practice (Princeton University Press, 1995), 343.
24. Ibid., 345.
25. Ibid., 351.

GWENDOLYN TOYNTON is the editor and founder of Primordial Traditionswww.primordialtraditions.com. Her articles have been published in many magazines and she is also published in the New Zealand Collection of Poetry & Prose 2002.

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How Does Religion Affect Happiness Around the World?

By Jill Suttie | Greater Good Magazine 

Can religious faith make you happier?

It’s a question that has plagued happiness scientists. While it makes sense that religion could bring meaning to people’s lives, the meaning is not necessarily the same as happiness—even if it provides us with other benefits.

In addition, being religious often means attending religious services and being part of a social network, which tends to make people happier. So, it’s hard to tease out the impact of faith from other factors, like community, on happiness. Finally, while some large-scale studies have found a correlation between religiosity and happiness, others have had mixed results, suggesting that the story may be complex or involve factors tangential to religious belief.

Indeed, a new study suggests that it may depend on the society in which you live.

The researchers surveyed 40,534 randomly selected respondents from 43 nations about their happiness and their religious faith. The researchers also measured their sense of personal freedom, because autonomy has also been tied to happiness, and it can come into direct conflict with religious authority.

To measure religiosity, participants were asked if they followed the rules of their religion strictly, rarely, or somewhere in between. To measure autonomy, the survey asked if respondents felt free to live life as they wanted to, whether problems got in the way of doing what they wanted to do, or somewhere in between.

When researchers analyzed how these factors interacted within individuals in different countries, they found that people who felt they have more autonomy tended to be less religious, and people who were more religious tended to value personal freedom less, no matter where they lived.

But the relationship between religion and happiness and between autonomy and happiness varied depending on where people lived and the conditions within their country. In more economically developed, democratic countries where personal freedom was highly valued, religiousness was much less tied to happiness than personal autonomy, while in less economically developed nations that are religiously conservative and value collectivism, the reverse was true.

“The association between religion and happiness is not random,” says the study’s lead author, Michael Minkov. “It depends on how rich and individualist or poor and collectivist a country is.”

His findings seem to contradict what many people believe—that religious differences drive cultural variations between countries. Instead, he says, it appears that different economic conditions create and maintain religious faiths, and religion is more valuable to people when they’re living in countries with low economic development and less democracy—places where power abuse, gender inequality, and other life stressors are often higher, he adds.

“People apparently need religion to deal psychologically with the challenges of life that they encounter on a daily basis,” he says. “It gives them hope, meaning, and a sense of purpose.”

While this pattern was nearly universal, the United States was a bit of an outlier. Though the U.S. is one of the oldest modern democracies, religion still makes people happier there—similar to the way it does in poorer countries. This result puzzles Minkov.

“I do not have a good explanation for this phenomenon,” he says. “If I had to hypothesize, I would say that—unlike the other rich and democratic countries—the U.S. has a lot of social inequality and a socioeconomic system that leaves many people behind, with many members of minority groups feeling underprivileged and discriminated against.” These stressful conditions might boost religiousness.

His findings shed new light on the connection between religiosity and happiness. Perhaps, says Minkov, religion is less useful for our well-being when we live in a country where people have freedom, economic security, trust in their government, and a social safety net.

“The greater life satisfaction of people in rich democratic societies may be another factor that depresses religiousness there: People just do not need to be religious in a traditional sense,” he says. “They do not get anything out of it as they have enough life satisfaction without religion.”

Many religions teach a morality that seems outdated in the modern world, Minkov says—by, for example, teaching that sex is allowed only between married, heterosexual couples. Precepts about what you are allowed to eat or drink also clash with individual freedom, he says. He suggests that, as countries develop more economically and their political systems become more democratic, religion may become less important to their citizens—unless religious institutions evolve, too.

“Established religious institutions will have to reinvent themselves or face extinction in the long run,” he says.

On the other hand, the current pandemic and the economic chaos and uncertainty it causes could slow down that process, he adds. If his theory is right, and the pandemic results in more economic instability and feelings of hopelessness, it’s possible that even those living in modern, wealthy democracies may turn more to religious authority for comfort.

Of course, we shouldn’t draw definitive conclusions about religion, autonomy, and happiness on just this one study, says Minkov. He challenges other researchers to continue studying the role of religion and autonomy in happiness because religion affects so many people’s lives and so many relationships between nations—for better and for worse.

“As religiousness is one of the greatest cultural differentiators across modern nations, it deserves a lot of academic attention,” he says.

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Jill Suttie

Jill Suttie, Psy.D., is Greater Good’s book review editor and a frequent contributor to the magazine.




Did God Create Evil? | Eckhart Tolle

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Transforming My Old Shed Into A Spiritual Psychic Reading Haven

We live in an adorable old cottage house. It’s a white weatherboard, full of character, and more often than not, lots of dust!

Like many of these older style homes, it’s not overly big.

Our family consists of my husband, a fast-growing nine-year-old boy & seven-year-old girl, two cats, an enormous black Labrador dog, and me.

Hi, my name is Janelle Bridge, and I am a psychic medium in Melbourne, Australia.

As a practicing psychic, I was in desperate need of an improved work area, a magical room of my own, where I could proudly take clients for their psychic readings & spiritual mediation sessions.

Our house had no spare bedrooms, so inside wasn’t an option; our backyard was quite small, so an extension was out of the question.

My budget wasn’t much, and I was running low on ideas.

I then began eyeing off cute little timber sheds on Pinterest and suddenly had the inspiration to convert our garden shed into a spiritual space of my own.

I excitedly told my husband about my plans. He wasn’t convinced. He said he could make me a custom-built room elsewhere in the yard.

But I knew that he would take months to build me anything. We were wasting this little shed, I wanted to use it, and I was up for the challenge.

So I decided I would go ahead and do it anyway, and so the transformation began!!!

Here is the step by step process I followed to turn our cluttered garden shed, into my new psychic reading room and spiritual haven, all on my own.

Step 1 – Cleaning Out The Crap

I began by pulling everything out of the shed, and it was full to the brim with disorganized chaos.

I gathered a bunch of large tubs and sorted out what we were keeping, what we were giving away, and what was going straight into the bin!  

 

I then set about cleaning all the dust and evicting all the spiders.

Step 2 – Evaluating The Empty Space 

At this point, I could stand back and see what I had to work with. 

I decided to keep the workshop type shelving that had already been custom-built, rather than rip them all out and create something new. I enjoy the challenge of working around things and finding creative ways to make what I have work for me. 

Step 3 – Paint

I decided to paint the cabin style walls. I opted for a dark green color, chosen by my son Sebastian, with black shelving. I was happy with this because I wanted to create a darkish, relaxing vibe for my readings. 

Because the pine walls were such a raw canvas, the paint would seep into the rough wood, and each wall required multiple coats. There were so many nooks and crannies, and I found myself contorted into some super uncomfortable positions as I attempted to reach every bare spot with my brush. 

Step 4 – Laying A New Floor

This was the step I was least confident in completing on my own.

I needed to do something with the floor to make space seem less like a shed and more like a room. 

I’d made a big mess by spilling paint all over the already dirty chipboard floor that desperately needed to be covered.

I chose to go with wooden vinyl planks from the local hardware store. 

They seemed simple enough to use and bond to the floor with their own self-adhesive. 

The hardest part was cutting the planks to size, but I got it all done in a couple of hours. 

In the end, it was pretty straightforward and just like a giant Tetris puzzle with scissors. 

Step 5 – Camouflaging The Ugly Stuff.

I still had some ugly but necessary items that needed to be kept in the room, such as our lawnmower, power tools, tins of paint, etc. So I used some stretchable curtain wire to hang an old piece of black satin across the shelves, to hide the not so inspirational items.

Step 6 – Make It Homely. 

By this stage, my spiritual haven was looking almost complete, and I was feeling pretty good about myself, but the exposed tin roof was a bit of a giveaway to the fact that my new room was once a little garden shed. 

I headed over to the local fabric store and bought some sheer curtains, which I hung along the roofline using more of the stretchable wire to add a softer, more luxurious feel. I then peppered the fabric with some battery operated fairy lights from Kmart, and the roof had gone from looking ugly to a glamorous feature. 

I took the mandala carving off the wall in our bedroom and added it to the room. I had a black chandelier that was gifted to us a few years ago and had just been sitting around unused in storage, so I hung that as a feature.

I tried to utilize items that I already had to make things more sustainable and also to save money. Certain items add sentimental value to my space which makes me feel loved and supported while I work.

For example: 

I have an electric fireplace that my grandparents gave me which adds so much ambiance and of course, warmth to the room!

My best friend was recently married and used both artificial and real Pampas grass as a decoration for his wedding. 

I saved a few of each and have these as sentimental décor in my space. 

Another friend of mine had some beautiful candlesticks at her wedding and gave them to me afterward. 

My favorite piece of décor is a hand-painted artwork of Goddess Kali, painted by a special person in my life. It sits beside a Blue Calcite crystal, and an incense holder, each gifted by two other close friends. 

See what I mean about the good vibes being brought in by those I love?

Step 7 – Add Power

I operated without power for a few weeks, and I simply used a long extension cord from the house. I wanted to see where I needed the power points, the lighting, etc. Then I could make an informed decision and organize a local electrician to run power from our circuit board to the shed properly. Two double power points, plus one light were connected, and the cost was around $400.

All up this transformation project from a lifeless old garden shed to my new psychic medium haven cost me around $1200 in total.

The value I have gotten out of this little room has been unbelievable. Especially since not long after completion, we had a 12 week isolation period! It has given me some form of personal space and sanity, which I love. 

Here is a rough breakdown of the cost:

$400 flooring

$160 paint

$400 electricals

$150 roof fabric and curtain wire. 

Plus miscellaneous inexpensive bits and pieces, like fairy lights, cushions, etc. 

I feel a great sense of pride every time I walk into my room. When my clients arrive for their psychic reading, I love watching their reactions as I swing open the doors to this spiritual oasis, oh and I especially love telling everyone about how I did it all by myself!

Written By – Janelle Bridge

Psychic Medium in Melbourne, Australia

https://www.janellebridge.com.au/




How to Protect Yourself from Negative Spiritual Influences

 By Mia Tomikawa

Do you ever feel down or get irritated for no particular reason? We may not always be able to clearly explain why we feel the way we do because, whether we are aware or not, we are constantly affected by spiritual influences in our daily lives. If those influences are negative, they may jeopardize our relationships with others, negatively impact our work, and possibly lead to serious consequences.

But what exactly are “negative spiritual influences”? They are invisible beings ―spirits, souls, or energies― often called “ghosts” or “evil spirits”. Although these beings used to be human like us, they no longer have physical bodies. 

The movie, “The Real Exorcist,” dramatizes the realities of the invisible spirits that reside among us. A female ghost standing at a crosswalk; a male ghost standing near a railroad crossing; a lost spirit of a high school girl crying in the corner of a school bathroom; a deceased doctor upset because his family ignores him… They are all “stray spirits” who can’t return to the otherworld because they have unsolved issues or obsessions in the physical world. 

We often unintentionally attract these lost spirits. The mind works like an electromagnet and can attract spirits that have the same wavelengths as the ones transmitted by our mind. We are prone to attract negative spirits if we ourselves are transmitting negative wavelengths, i.e., destructive emotions, thoughts, and feelings. Tomoka, the lost spirit of the high school girl in “The Real Exorcist”, is drawn to Lisa, who is distraught by the results of her exam. When Tomoka hears Lisa think, “I’d be better off dead,” she feels empathy towards Lisa and approaches her, while completely unaware that she is already dead. 

Then, there are more vicious spirits who are aware that they are dead. They are so full of vengeful thoughts that they try to cause harm to people living in this world. In “The Real Exorcist”, they are depicted as ghosts of five Japanese Samurai soldiers who try to scare the residents of an apartment built on their graves out of their home.

When you are aware that you are under the attack of evil spirits, you need to let them know the mistake they are making and how wrong their behavior is. It’s important not to give in to these spirits. Instead, take the courage to make them realize their mistake. It is an act of love to teach them how wrong it is to torment and delude people living on Earth.

In “The Real Exorcist”, the main character, Sayuri, shows us how we should handle these spirits. Sayuri uses her supernatural powers when she discovers that five earth-bound spirits are haunting an apartment with the ill intention to frighten the residents. She binds them into a mirror and reveals who they are, ancient Samurai soldiers. “You were mortified at your defeat in battle. You’re consumed with anger, so you stayed here and are venting your frustration on these people,” Sayuri sternly tells them, “We will not give in to your threats. We all die someday. We may die suddenly while still having regrets, so everyone needs to reflect on their lives and get ready for the next life.” She then guides these spirits by giving them a chance to reflect on their deeds. “Staying in this world and making innocent people suffer is the worst a soul can do. You will be ghosts forever. Your family must be waiting for you in the other world. God, too, is hoping that you will move on.” Sayuri expels these ghosts with the power of enlightenment. 

But what about those of us who don’t have supernatural powers or a high level of enlightenment to repel negative spirits? As Sayuri demonstrates in the movie, there are three simple practices anyone can do to protect themselves from negative spiritual influences: 

  1. Have faith in God

A truly wonderful world begins when we have faith in God and Heaven. Knowing that there is always an existence that watches over us, protects us, and guides us can give comfort and security as we navigate life’s difficulties. If our mind is filled with doubts and disbelief, we are prone to attract spirits who don’t believe in God or the existence of the other world. To protect ourselves from negative spiritual influences, we need to connect ourselves to God, which we can do by studying the teachings of the Truth, meditating, and praying.

  1. Give love to others

When we love someone, we often think about what we can get from that person. But real love is about giving selflessly, with pure intentions and without expecting anything in return. A simple act of love, such as the offer of a smile, can really make a difference. When you give love, you transmit warm, kind, and compassionate wavelengths that will protect you from negative spirits with dark, cold, or malevolent wavelengths.

  1. Have a grateful heart 

As Sayuri explains, “Evil spirits never feel gratitude. All they have are grievances.” So, to distance yourself from these spirits, we need to appreciate what we are given. When we live with a grateful heart, we can discover many blessings in life. We will be able to radiate light from within and will no longer be a victim to negative spiritual influences.

In the movie “The Real Exorcist” you will find lots of helpful and inspiring hints that will help you avoid negative spiritual influences. Find out how you can protect yourself, fight off evil spirits, and help those who are having a spiritual crisis. 

Mia Tomikawa is a producer on HS Productions’ “The Real Exorcist”, an award-winning film about a café waitress who works on the side to help save people’s souls. Leading the box office in Japan for five consecutive weeks, the film has won 46 awards from 7 countries to date. Itis scheduled to open in theaters in North America in summer 2020 and will be available on VOD September 1st. Find out more at https://realexorcistmovie.com/




The 3 Ingredients For Spiritual Awakening

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Aaron Abke presents the three ingredients for spiritual awakening.



In 1917 Rudolf Steiner Foresaw a Vaccine That Would ‘Drive All Inclination Toward Spirituality Out of People’s Souls’

By Dylan Charles | Waking Times

If you’ve felt at all like you’re in a spiritual war right now, you’re not alone.

Many of the world’s greatest scholars, philosophers, and ascetics understood the world to be multi-dimensional and co-inhabited by non-physical beings both good and evil, always at war with us and each other.

It’s not something that can be rightly explained with language or science. One must cultivate such sensitivity that the existence of spiritual beings can be directly experienced.

Rudolf Steiner was an Austrian philosopher, educator, and spiritualist, and over the course of his life, he published numerous books and papers on the science of spirituality. He viewed the human body as a spiritual vessel, open to occupation by other entities.

To be conscious of these forces was to have the power to reject their negative influence. To remain unconscious of them was to be a leaf in their wind, and spiritual cultivation was the key to developing a conscious awareness of them.

“The spirits of darkness are now among us. We have to be on guard so that we may realize what is happening when we encounter them and gain a real idea of where they are to be found. The most dangerous thing you can do in the immediate future will be to give yourself up unconsciously to the influences which are definitely present.” ~ Rudolf Steiner

If people express the natural human inclination toward spiritual growth, they free themselves from fear and anxiety and effectively develop a sort of immunity to the influences of negative entities. If not, our vibration attracts hostile spirits and we fall unconsciously unto their influence.

“There are beings in the spiritual realms for whom anxiety and fear emanating from human beings offer welcome food. When humans have no anxiety and fear, then these creatures starve… If fear and anxiety radiates from people and they break out in panic, then these creatures find welcome nutrition and they become more and more powerful. These beings are hostile towards humanity.

Everything that feeds on negative feelings, on anxiety, fear and superstition, despair or doubt, are in reality hostile forces in supersensible worlds, launching cruel attacks on human beings, while they are being fed. Therefore, it is above all necessary to begin with that the person who enters the spiritual world overcomes fear, feelings of helplessness, despair and anxiety. But these are exactly the feelings that belong to contemporary culture and materialism; because it estranges people from the spiritual world, it is especially suited to evoke hopelessness and fear of the unknown in people, thereby calling up the above mentioned hostile forces against them.” ~Rudolf Steiner

With such profound global fear, anxiety, and panic over the present pandemic, many are exposing their own spiritual sicknesses and acquiescing to any recommended behavior or intervention that might alleviate these emotions. Along with this is the push to vaccinate 7 billion healthy people.

Nearly 100 years ago, in a series of 14 essays published under the title, The Fall of the Spirits of Darkness, Steiner issued a warning to future generations about a possible measure of mass control, quite similar to the visions presented by Orwell and Huxley. Steiner foresaw a future when vaccines could steal our spiritual nature.

First, some background:

“In these fourteen lectures, given at the end of 1917 following four years of war in Europe, Steiner speaks on the complex spiritual forces behind the World War I, humanity’s attempts to build theoretically perfect social orders, and the many divisions and disruptions that would continue on Earth into our own time. Humanity in general was asleep to the fact that fallen spirits, cast from the spiritual worlds, had become intensely active on Earth. This manifested mainly in human thinking and perception of the surrounding world. ” [Source]

The fall into such destructive slumber would be marked by an age of materialism and centralization of power, during which the influences of ‘spirits of darkness’ would inspire humans to devise new technologies and new means of oppression. Steiner comments:

“I have told you that the spirits of darkness are going to inspire their human hosts, in whom they will be dwelling, to find a vaccine that will drive all inclination toward spirituality out of people’s souls when they are still very young, and this will happen in a roundabout way through the living body. Today, bodies are vaccinated against one thing and another; in future, children will be vaccinated with a substance which it will certainly be possible to produce, and this will make them immune, so that they do not develop foolish inclinations connected with spiritual life – ‘foolish’ here, or course, in the eyes of materialists. . . .

“. . . a way will finally be found to vaccinate bodies so that these bodies will not allow the inclination toward spiritual ideas to develop and all their lives people will believe only in the physical world they perceive with the senses. Out of impulses which the medical profession gained from presumption – oh, I beg your pardon, from the consumption [tuberculosis] they themselves suffered – people are now vaccinated against consumption, and in the same way they will be vaccinated against any inclination toward spirituality. This is merely to give you a particularly striking example of many things which will come in the near and more distant future in this field – the aim being to bring confusion into the impulses which want to stream down to earth after the victory of the [Michaelic] spirits of light [in 1879].” ~Rudolf Steiner

Steiner was talking only about vaccines here. His comment does not consider the compounded effects on human spirituality of the many myriad influences we have in our world today, all of which work against spiritual connection on their own right.

Again, if you’ve felt at all like you’re in a spiritual war, you’re not alone.

About the Author

Dylan Charles is the editor of Waking Times and host of Battered Souls: A Podcast About Transformation, both dedicated to ideas of personal transformation, societal awakening, and planetary renewal. His personal journey is deeply inspired by shamanic plant medicines and the arts of Kung Fu, Qi Gong, and Yoga. After seven years of living in Costa Rica, he now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where he practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and enjoys spending time with family. He has written hundreds of articles, reaching and inspiring millions of people around the world.

This article (In 1917 Rudolf Steiner Foresaw a Vaccine that Would ‘Drive All Inclination Toward Spirituality Out of People’s Souls’) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Dylan Charles and WakingTimes.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.




Hold on to Let Go: The Perfect Personal Paradox

Forty-one years ago, I came cruising down the cosmic highway of incarnation in Phoenix, Arizona and was birthed into this world. I imagine before this lifetime, in my ethereal form, I was super stoked to embark on my next adventure, and knowing myself I had most likely stocked my spiritual stockpile with as many consciousness cliff-notes that I could to best prepare me on my journey.

I picture myself in the Great Hall of Records mapping out my next blueprint filled with a good deal of beautiful moments will that take my breath away, mixed in with some heart-wrenching pain I might not be sure I can handle; and some moments of laughter, confusion, solitude, anxiety to top it off. The scope of experience containing all the ingredients that I felt were best suited to help my growth, expand me out, and bring me even closer to love…to Source.

So, there I was…ready to go…”Let’s do this!” I can even envision doing some soul stretches in the Astrals, just before I shoot down the rabbit hole of incarnation; destination: Planet Earth. All is well, I’m floating, and it’s warm now. I am aware of new sensations again, the one thing that 3-D can offer that no other place in the Universe can…sensory perception in a material world. I start to focus more and more on these “feelings” and my surroundings…”Wait…what was I doing here again?”

And then BAM! …the proverbial “pop of amnesia” that we all experience at birth which forces us to forget who we truly are. It blinds us to our full magnificence and pulls a veil over our newborn eyes. All clear details of the goals and the plans we had made beforehand fade away and we find ourselves literally helpless; now contained to this tiny fragile container that requires constant care and attention. And our vast expanse of consciousness is now so limited and we literally lose our sense of Self.

Welcome to life as a human BE-ing.

For the next 7 years or so, we will pretty much act as sponges soaking up the world around us. What we are told by our environment and the people around us about ourselves, we will subconsciously record and believe for the rest of our lives. And this fact is the underlying cause for most of our “issues” in life; most of what causes us discomfort or unhappiness with ourselves, others, or our lives in general.

And this is often why it is so hard to identify the root cause of these issues because it stems from beliefs we did not initially agree to abide by. We simply recorded it as factual truth, during a growth phase where our physiology can do nothing but take in information about the world around us. And it is scientifically proven that we really do not have a choice at that young of an age. If we are told we are unworthy at 4 years old, we will subconsciously believe it when we are 50, unless we have previously identified it as not being our own belief and have addressed and corrected the issue. However, unless we work extensively with a therapist, or even have the insight to take that route, we may lack the awareness that this has ever even happened to us, nor understand that it still can have such an impact in our lives so many years later.

How Can Letting Go Make Us Stronger? | Psychology TodayThis simple fact is one of the most empowering things a person can learn about themselves if they are facing continuous struggles in one or more areas of their life and simply cannot seem to find the solution. Why? Because when we have the awareness of an existing belief that doesn’t actually belong to us, we are free to LET IT GO.

Unless we have super-conscious parents, that had super-conscious parents, that had super-conscious parents…then most likely there is a chain of insecurities, beliefs, false-realities (the stories we tell ourselves), perhaps even prejudices that have been passed down from generation to generation. And until the chain is broken, until awareness is raised to a level where there is no more instilling of non-serving beliefs into the next generation (either consciously or subconsciously), then this cycle continues. But the power to question where our beliefs truly come from is within each and every one of us and I find that the more I question my own beliefs, the stronger I become in knowing where the line is actually drawn; between beliefs, I’ve formed from the own depth of my heart and those that stem from old recycled beliefs from others.

This has helped me tremendously in my own personal growth and is something I often recommend to my Reiki clients. If you have taken a serious look at a reoccurring issue and have really sat with it, giving yourself time to think it through to find an applicable solution, and yet still nothing comes, then chances are that it stems from a foreign belief. And either way, once we identify the source, we give ourselves the freedom to no longer suffer from its unrelenting grip.

Certain beliefs might lead us to hold so tightly to things that we push them away. In the energy of a need to control, others can feel repelled, not attracted. There is a great lesson here of the difference between coming from fear .vs coming from love in situations like that when dealing with a significant other, child, friend, or even money or that new job you want. If we come at things with an unforgiving Kung-Fu grip, the Universe responds to your fear of losing it or not getting it, and most likely you will lose it or not get what you want. You must come from a place of love, from appreciation as if you already have what you want and are not separate from it. Then, you emanate the vibration that will call it into your reality with ease and grace.

“When you believe something is hard, the Universe demonstrates the difficulty. When you believe something is easy, the Universe demonstrates the ease.” – Abraham-Hicks

In just the past few months, I’ve had a tremendous amount of insight into my life, my path, and my own light. I’ve let go of SO much and with that have opened doors within myself where Self-Love has literally FLOODED my insides! This has caused a domino effect over the past few weeks where I’ve taken inner leaps and bounds that normally would’ve scared the crap out of me. But I finally jumped and what I landed on was a big fat pile of empowered freedom!

Let’s circle back and see how this how relates to our “proverbial amnesia pop“, upon our incarnation. One must consider that with all that planning our soul bodies do beforehand, it is not all in vain. It remains within us, hidden deep inside and comes out in waves through our creativity, intuition, talents, and insight. But what is the reason we forget at all? Why go through all that trouble of making a game plan if we all must go in blind and “wing it”?

I think the answer to life itself lies in that question. I have always felt in my heart, that we forget ONLY so we can live each day with a chance to remember who we are. Each day truly is another chance to awaken your greatness, to outgrow and shed these illusions; these beliefs attached to you since childhood. But it is only the brave; those willing to stop looking outside of themselves and instead turn inward that will ever catch a glimpse of their full magnificence (that which sparks our cosmic memory)…because that is the only place it resides. At least, that is where we must see it first before we can ever see it in our outer world.

I’ve always understood the concept of “letting go of what no longer serves us”, but when you actually begin to apply it in your own life, magical things begin to happen. It causes a ripple effect in your actions where one is fed from another. You conquer one mountain and the adrenaline rush flows onto the next area of your life. Another part where fear lingers and you know you are again onto something else that needs to be looked at and healed. And when you actually SEE what needs to be let go of, and face that fear of stepping out of your comfort zone, you also see it is just a fear of being left feeling empty inside.

But the perfect paradox is that when you finally do let go, keys turn, doors swing wide open and suddenly the Universe’s “abundance hose” you had all twisted up unwinds itself and begins to flow as it was meant to. You regain a connection to your true Self and all it knows and always knew before “the pop”. You begin to remember who you really are and why you are here. You once again know your magnificence and you are fulfilled.

 

About the Author

Tamara Rant is a writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, a heart-centered Graphic Designer, and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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Dream-time Healing With Holographic Kinetics

Aboriginal Dreamtime: The Rainbow Serpent | WilderUtopia.comWith all the chaos going on in the world lately, I’ve been trying to stay in a high vibration and watch less “news” and more videos on healing, relaxation, and meditation. Being almost 20 weeks pregnant at 41, I realize the importance of staying grounded and in a positive frame of mind, regardless of what is going on in the outside world. I’ve recently been watching videos about Holographic Kinetics, which is the amazing science behind Dreamtime Healing. Dreamtime Healing is an Australian aborigine healing technique based on the understanding of man’s internally-created realities and the clearing of inter-dimensional interference from parallel universes from human bodies. (Source: https://www.holographickinetics.com/ )

Steve Richards is the man behind Holographic Kinetics, and I just can’t seem to get enough of his YouTube videos lately. If any of you are familiar with his work, then you have heard him explain that the world we live in is a hologram fractal and we are a participating part of that world unfolding and expanding like fractals, just as much as our surrounding universe appears to be.

To add to the fact that we are multi-dimensional beings and live in a dualistic reality, he speaks that we actually live in two worlds simultaneously; one internal and one external and they are both interacting with one another at all times, each has the ability to manipulate the other if allowed to do so. Our SPIRIT can be thought of as energy moving from our internal to the external world. It is our higher self, our true voice, our inner guide, our intuition. Our SOUL moves energy from the external world to our internal, bringing the outside noise in from our parents, teachers, TV, friends, etc. who mold and shape our views and beliefs of who we think we should be and what we feel is okay or not okay…if we allow them to.

That is the beauty of being born a free-will entity; there is always a choice and that is what Steve talks about in great detail. To make the best choices in our lives, we must come from a neutral, centered place within…from zero-point. For this is moving energy from our SPIRIT within, out into the world. It’s using creative force and is empowering. When we move on energy that has been corrupted by the external world, we must filter it first, so to speak, to ensure certain beliefs and feelings are actually our own; it’s not that uncommon we make choices for ourselves based solely on the opinions of others, or that we are too scared of what others will think if we make the real choice we want to make.

The awareness and understanding of this facet of reality alone can change the world. We’ve all heard the spiritual mantra, “ Go Within”, and this most certainly would be what the greats of our past were referring to, however, the way Steve is able to explain this relationship between the various parts of your very existence and what makes you, YOU is so easy to follow and down to Earth, that if it were taught to our children in school, I believe that there would be such a decline in the amount of self-conscious, fearful children that feel they cannot be themselves or can’t relate to others. When kids can feel secure and confident in who they are and don’t feel ashamed to express themselves, then there’s less of a need for competition and “cliques” and the meaningless separation they create. Overall, kids would just be nicer to one another! And what do nicer kids have a much greater chance of growing into? Nice adults! 🙂

I highly recommend checking out more information on Holographic Kinetics here as it goes waaaaay down the rabbit hole and is quite the ride for the willing quantum traveler! Be ready to read about the three dimensions of time, healing inter-dimensional traumas, the difference between the Laws of Man and the Lore of the Universe, etc.

 

About the Author

Tamara Rant is a writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer, and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

Tamara posts new original articles to CLN every Saturday.

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