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Spiritual Evolution: Moving Towards Growth & Away From Fear

nat·u·ral se·lec·tion:ˈ[naCH(ə)rəl səˈlekSHən], noun

BIOLOGY

  1. the process whereby organisms better adapted to their environment tends to survive and produce more offspring. The theory of its action was first fully expounded by Charles Darwin and is now believed to be the main process that brings about evolution.

Image result for evolutionWhen you hear the term “evolution”, one can’t help but think of Charles Darwin. The famous ‘naturalist, geologist, and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution’, according to Wikipedia.

While evolution is the most commonly accepted theory of how all species on the planet originated since Genesis, I’m less focused on the scientific labels within that linear progression of our species and more concerned with the intricate unfolding our own unique Souls.

Now, that may sound like I have more of a religious approach to my “beliefs”, however, I simply believe that science is blind if it loses sight of how important the unknown is. And what I mean by that is all theories, hypotheses, and even eventually proven equations once came from this dreaded “unknown”. And this is the same place that “inner” knowledge comes from.

When science and spirituality can be friends and even work together, they both become better they were on their own. This reminds me of the very first article I’ve ever written for CLN, (The Entangled Universe: The Missing Link Between Science and Spirituality – A.H. Almaas [VIDEO]) where I explain that even as a young child it never made any sense to me why both science and religion need to be at odd and furthermore put up a wall between them that neither refuses to talk about.

Sharing the keys…

But when the wall comes down it quickly becomes apparent that each holds keys to what the other has been seeking this whole time, and if they work together, applying scientific principles to spiritual concepts, what we end up with is what I like to call the perfect storm of wisdom.

This also applies to Darwin’s theory of evolution in that while it claims through biology, genetics, etc. that we all come from a common origin, it fails to recognize that we are more than biological entities. And even science itself has since proven that we are electromagnetic beings that are not only affected by the structures and cycles of nature itself but interconnected on a level most cannot even feel that allow humans to communicate in ways they may or may not even be aware of.

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Plainly put, energy speaks. We can all think of a time we felt goosebumps just walking into a creepy place, or knew right away someone was bad news, or perhaps even felt in our gut when a dear friend got hurt even though you were miles apart at the time.

Science and psychology are only beginning to tap the surface of what spirituality has been digging deep in for eons. And when we can shift our perspective of making our place in the outer world our reflection of success, we begin to realize that we actually have the power to change the outside world; simply by what we perceive it to be.

You see, no one can ever know us. And we can never truly know another. All we can know is the preconceived beliefs about ourselves we wish to share and even when it comes to how people accept, deny, judge or love us, we can still perceive all of those things as completely different intentions.

So what can we learn from this?

For one, that science offers much more than hard, empirical, cold, unfeeling work. And that spirituality is not all “positivity” with its head always in the clouds. Quantum Mechanics (one of my favorite things in the world!) actually works to bridge the two in my opinion and has taught me the most valuable lesson perhaps of my entire waking life…Wednesday Wisdom: Ernest Holmes On Spiritual Evolution - Bodhi

That while the evolutionary theory of Darwinism can show us where we are in the crowd, the evolution that matters most actually occurs within each of us, on a personal level, as our own lives progress. As we look back over the years, we can see past physical aging and so-called maturity as markers of physical evolution, but it’s what we do with this that determines how deep your inner evolution takes you.

Because when we can turn within ourselves without comparison or basing our next course of action off the opinions of others, we begin to realize that it is our own opinions, the one on the loudspeaker of our inner world that is ultimately creating how our lives unfold, and how we perceive that unfolding.

We can sit and wait for the rain of knowledge to fall upon us, or we can be brave enough to be our own source of growth. The first leaves you a bud in waiting to bloom, the latter allows you to bloom from your own spiritual saturation…

The evolution of the species tells the story of us all on one level, while spiritual evolution tells the story of you on every level. And to me, that’s the evolution that matters most. 🙂

 

Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/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

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Bisexuality and Spiritual Enlightenment

Some believe that sexuality is assigned at birth. Some believe that one’s straightness or gayness is a result of uncontrollable environmental and biological factors. That may be true, but what about one’s bisexuality? What about all the desires and experiences that fall outside of the borderlines of straight and gay?

According to the National Health Statistics Report conducted by the CDC on 9,175 adults in 2016, Among those aged 18–44, 92.3% of women and 95.1% of men said they were “heterosexual or straight”; 1.3% of women and 1.9% of men said they were “homosexual, gay, or lesbian”; 5.5% of women and 2.0% of men said they were bisexual; and 0.9% of women and 1.0% of men said “don’t know” or “refused.”

Despite the above statistics, the idea that bisexuality can be associated with spiritual enlightenment is constructed on the idea that we live in a straight vs. gay world culturally. American consciousness has adapted to “straight couples,” and “gay couples,” but we never hear “bisexual couples.”

American society is binary in most factions. Black or white. Republican or Democrat. Rich or poor. The voices of the middle—the intersections of identity and culture—are drowned out by louder, wealthy voices. If TV and Film are any indication of bisexual visibility, “television still has work to do when it comes to telling bi stories with nuance and depth beyond shallow stereotypes or problematic tropes,” according to GLAAD Director of Entertainment Research, Megan Townsend.

Recently the hashtag #bisexualmenexist took over Twitter, causing many men to step forward to proclaim their existence. If you do a reverse Google keyword search on the term: bisexual people, hundreds of millions of people appear to be searching “how to meet bisexual people.” Other top keyword results are “how many people are bisexual,” and, “why do people hate bisexual people.”

We can qualify a bisexual’s existence, but we can’t quantify them, similar to the air we breathe. The Human Rights Campaign sites bi-erasure and bi-phobia as leading causes of suicide among bi-oriented people. The Bisexual Resource Center estimates that 40% of self-identifying bisexuals have contemplated suicide. Those that do speak up are exiled or invalidated or somehow create dread and fear, and many cannot handle the environment. In 2016, CNN reported that bisexuality was on the rise and that “it was not an easy orientation to adopt.”

But what if bisexuality was a conclusion for someone who was incarnated to experience the world in a heightened state of awareness and tasked to cope? What if the act of accepting one’s bisexuality were spiritually colored?

What is a bisexual? According to Merriam Webster, bisexual means of, relating to, or characterized by sexual or romantic attraction to both men and women.

Many bi people will tell you; a same-sex itch emerges at some point during development; they think they are gay, the opposite-sex itch does not disappear. If puberty is awakening, a bisexual appears to go through two involuntary adolescences—two sexual awareness events. I think of it as light at the end of a tunnel suddenly being illuminated. As one approaches the source of the light to explore, they discover the glow is dichotomous—two suns at the end of a tunnel. In its purest sense, let’s call these glows divine masculine and divine feminine energies. While beautiful to contemplate, the onset of bisexuality can be a frightening experience on a middle school playground where the lines are very clear. Boys talk about girls. Gay boys talk to girls about boys. Then there is the bisexual—bewildered.

Just think – A prepubescent virginal bi teen struggles to understand and thereby manage female and male “light” from sheer sensory overload, lack of vocabulary, and lack of appropriately coded stories on TV. Crushes are rampant and debilitating as a teen may struggle to establish lines between friendships, bonds, and hormones. The internal dialogue of being bi is tormenting without delving into physical sex.

Because of the social attitudes that exist toward bisexuals in straight and gay circles, and because of the invisible nature of bisexual experiences, for one to realize and accept their bisexuality may be a call to walk on a path, barefoot riddled with needles. Not only is mastery required to avoid mental anguish and perhaps abuse, but also spiritual resilience—to have faith that the pain endured is meaningful.

Below are stereotypes that a bisexual man or woman may face should they proclaim their existence.

  • He’s two stops to gay/not gay enough (toward bi men)
  • He has diseases (toward bi men existing in secret)
  • She’s a fake lesbian/she can’t relate to lesbian issues (toward bi women)
  • She’s a psycho (toward bi women)
  • They are in denial/unserious partners (toward both)
  • They can’t be trusted and will cheat and cannot commit (toward both)
  • They are “greedy” (toward both)
  • They are promiscuous/oversexed/suitable for threesomes (toward both)
  • They are different/alien (toward both)

Motivational Speaker Wayne Dyer states, “If I could define enlightenment, I would say it is ‘the quiet acceptance of what is.'” We may never know someone else’s heart or the story they tell themselves. All that truly matters is our conviction to our inner world and the story we tell ourselves despite the noise. Not all people are misguided in their judgments and assumptions, but each person is responsible for their own evolution.

All humans, bisexuals particularly, must understand if we want grace, we will need to show it over and over again. Grace to those who set out to crucify us. Grace to those who unintentionally cause us pain. Grace to those who may be allies and aware of our mindset, but will never bear responsibility for our lives. We must teach our heart and hold our heart accountable for its role in our unwavering, permanent safety and bask in the light that has bestowed upon us. The journey starts through internal reflection, honoring thy inner child, and practicing authenticity, and forgiveness.

About the Author

Ross Victory is a singer/songwriter, travel enthusiast and author of Views from the Cockpit: The Journey of a Son + Panorama: The Missing Chapter




Using The 7 Hermetic Principles as Tools of Manifestation

“He who grasps the truth of the Mental Nature of the Universe is well advanced on The Path to Mastery.” – Hermes Trismegistus

(1) I THE PRINCIPLE OF MENTALISM.
(2) II THE PRINCIPLE OF CORRESPONDENCE
(3) III THE PRINCIPLE OF VIBRATION.
(4) IV THE PRINCIPLE OF POLARITY.
(5) V THE PRINCIPLE OF RHYTHM.
(6) VI THE PRINCIPLE OF CAUSE AND EFFECT.
(7) VII THE PRINCIPLE OF GENDER.

Since my own personal discovery of them, the Hermetic Principles have fascinated me in how delicately they describe the fundamental wonders of reality. From a very young age, it became blatantly obvious that we live in a dualistic world and somehow the Principles rectified the suffering that often caused me.

And with that being said…for what religion does for many, ancient esoteric and spiritual knowledge does for me. Hermeticism has brought me closure to so many anxieties, answers to so many questions and questions to so many ingrained beliefs.

I highly encourage anyone walking the spiritual path to take 5 minutes and watch the brief video below that explains all 7 Hermetic Principles. It may help to clear the way, light the way and provide some well-needed reading material under those star-filled nights you find yourself out in the middle of nowhere, all alone in the vast Universe with nothing but you and your thoughts…

Video Source: You Create Your Reality

 

Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/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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Who Was Saint Augustine?

The Conversion of St. Augustine by Fra Angelico

If you love to learn about saints, chances are you’ve heard of Saint Augustine. However, you may not know very much about the man. Saint Augustine of Hippo is known as being one of the most significant Christian thinkers who created a very special theological system.  However, there was much more to the man and this article will help you to understand even more about him.

Manichaeism, Neoplatonism, and Christianity

Saint Augustine was a Roman African who write books that helped to influence the western church, and ultimately, all of western Christianity. Originally drawn to Manichaeism which was a major religion in Iran, Saint Augustine also veered towards Neoplatonism before converting to Christianity in the year 386. Once he had converted to Christianity, Augustine began to develop a unique approach to both theology and philosophy.

The Grace of God

Saint Augustine believed that the grace of God was ultimately indispensable to humanity and its freedoms. After he realized his beliefs, Augustine helped to formulate the notion of original sin. He also made a few contributions to just war theory. This is a theory that suggests war is justifiable from a moral perspective.

Augustine was recognized as a saint not just in the Catholic church but the Anglican communion, and the Eastern Orthodox church.

Did you Know?

Did you know that Saint Augustine is the patron saint of theologians, printers, and brewers?  He is also called upon when someone has sore eyes as it’s thought he could help to heal them.

The Works of Saint Augustine

The Works of Saint Augustine contain many different titles, as much as 100. Some of the works apologetic, which means the defended Saint Augustine’s faith. Augustine also wrote exegetical texts which commented on letters, sermons, and some of the books in the bible.

Saint Augustine is primarily known for his autobiographical work which consists of 13 books. Each of these books were written in Latin sometime between the years 397 and 400. These books are known as “Confessions”. Other famous works include De civitate Dei, which consists of almost two dozen books, aiming to restore the confidence of his fellow Christians.

The Conversion of Hippo

Saint Augustine is thought to have worked very hard to convert the people of Hippo to Christianity. While he no longer lived in the monastery he lead a monastic life. When he had left the regula for the monastery it was the start of him being made the patron saint of regular clergy.

Sainthood

Saint Augustine was canonized in 1298 by Pope Boniface VIII. His canonization took place many years after his death in august 430. It is said that Saint Augustine, before his death, spent many days praying and repenting. He also requested that the Psalms of David were hung on his wall so he could read them. After his death, the siege of Hippo that had been taking place began to end. The vandals left the city for a short while, only to return and burn everything apart form Saint Augustine’s library and cathedral.




Energy Epidemic: Empath Tips For Traversing the Current Chaos

Image result for empath epidemicThis 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.

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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.

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, then 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.

“Live Not in Fear, But Rather Face the Fear and Live… – Me.

 

tamaraTamara Rant is a Co-Editor/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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Hidden Teachings Of The Bible That Explain Manifestation, Consciousness & Oneness

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These hidden Bible teachings are words that Jesus spoke and Didymus Judas Thomas wrote down in what is known as The Gospel of Thomas. Within these teachings from Jesus, it explains manifestation, consciousness and oneness. The words themselves are not the secret of these hidden teachings; the secret lies in their interpretation. Gregg Braden offers powerful information as he discusses what was eliminated from the Bible in 325 AD and how you can use the teachings in the discarded text to manifest what you want.

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Satguru Mata Sudiksha Ji – A Spiritual Leader for Today

The Sant Nirankari Mission is a spiritual movement, established without divisions of caste, color, and creed, whose purpose is to reveal God, also known as Nirankar, to all human beings without regard to their religious faith, sect, or community.

Today, we wanted to share the story of the current leader of the movement, Satguru Mata Sudiksha Hardev, and her remarkable personal journey that led her to succeed Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj as the Spiritual Head of the Sant Nirankari Mission.

Sudhiksha Ji was born on March 13, 1985 into the family of Baba Hardev Singh Ji and Pujiya Mata Savinder Ji at Saint Nirankari Colony, Delhi.  She is a graduate with Honours in Psychology.

She started receiving spiritual nurturing as a toddler and received lots of love from Holy Parents, Grandmother Nirankari Rajmata Ji, maternal grandparents Rev. Daddy Gurmukh Singh Ji and Mata Madan Kaur Ji who cared for her from the time of her birth.

Sudhiksha Ji studied Psychology and has performed humanitarian acts entirely unexpected for someone of her young age. She contributed to the activities of Sant Nirankari Mission in the form of Sewadal Member and attended to saints visiting Satguru Babaji. She was notably active in Children’s Congregations, English Medium Congregations and regular mass drives in Tree Plantation and Cleanliness

Sudhiksha Ji possessed a great sensitivity for the less fortunate from her earliest years; she never liked to see another hungry while she eats. She cared for the welfare of strangers, and contributed to the activities of Saint Nirankari Mission.

She is considered by others to be the epitome of love, mercy, and compassion.

Like most young children, Sudiksha had dreams and aspirations, but there was something triggering an entirely different thought process in her active mind. She uniquely combined the honesty of a child, the energy of a teenager, the maturity of an adult and a great deal of curiosity.

Her curiosity and inquisitive nature pushed her to constantly seek answers to the questions she had about the world around her.

As she saw death and suffering, she wondered why GOD should allow this. She went to Baba Hardev Singh Ji and asked, “Babaji, why are there suffering and tears in this world?”

The reply she got from Babaji changed her mind and set her on her life’s mission. “God is inviting you to take the challenge and contribute to the effort to minimize this suffering. Do not look at death and destruction, but look at what can be done by you to bring consolation”.  It is not about worrying about the suffering, it is about ‘being together in the suffering’ – it is not about removing the tears, it is about sharing the tears.

Sudhiksha Ji stopped complaining and instead embraced the belief that “Thy Will Be Done”.

In May 2016, her father was killed in a tragic car accident.  She was in deep grief, buthad the fortitude to overcome the challenging circumstances, accepting the divine verdict with complete faith and humility. She maintained composure, also comforting and proving a source of solace to others.

After the death of Baba Hardev Singh Ji, Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji Maharaj took over as the head of Sant Nirankari Mission. Sudiksha Ji was entrusted with the enormous duty to handle the 220 foreign branches of the mission, spread over around 70 countries across the globe.

As head of the Sant Nirankari Mission, she has led the organization with grace and wisdom and helped to organize spiritual events in Houston, Texas, establishing a Guinness World Record on that particular occasion.

Despite her many personal and professional responsibilities, Satguru Mata Sudiksha Ji Maharaj is still passionate about developing the spirituality for children.

About her philosophy, Satguru Mata Sudiksha Ji says, “there is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.”

In her 2019 New Year message, the Satguru expressed her hope and prayer that “every follower, every devotee, every saint, to become a lighthouse, who is not just a lighthouse in the sense of just giving directions to everybody, but before that having that light in itself …”

It is clear the young, inspirational leader is embracing the future of the Sant Nirankari Mission with the hope and promise of a peaceful and harmonious world.




Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji – Her Life and Legacy

The Sant Nirankari Mission is a global spiritual movement with followers all over the world.  A central belief of the Mission is that the realization of God is the real objective of human life and this can be achieved only through the benevolence of the living true master: the Satguru.

It is particularly timely to reflect on the life and times of Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji, who possessed uncommon wisdom and compassion, and successfully led the Sant Nirankari Mission during a particularly challenging time.

Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji was born on January 12, 1957, into the family of Shri Manmohan Singh Ji and Mata Amrit Kaur Ji. Sometime afterwards, the family moved to Yamuna Nagar. Savinder was adopted and brought up by Shri Gurmukh Singh Ji and Madan Mata Ji belonging to Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh.

Savinder Ji was educated in Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh. In 1966 she attended the Convent of Jesus and Mary, best known as CJM Waverley, a boarding school in Mussoorie. The school was founded in 1845 and is the oldest girls-only boarding school in India. She passed the Indian School Certificate Examination in 1973.

At school, Savinder proved to be a brilliant student and won the respect and praise of her nuns and teachers as a result of her polite and thoughtful behavior.

Savinder Ji attended the Daulat Ram College in Delhi. Not long after, she married Baba Hardev Singh Ji during a simple wedding ceremony, on November 14, 1975, on the eve of the 28th Annual Nirankari Sant Samagam in Delhi.

Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji became a part of the holy family of Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji and Nirankari Rajmata Kulwant Kaur Ji as a devoted daughter-in-law. The young, newly married couple followed the family on a month-long world salvation tour in December 1975, where they visited the United Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium, and Austria.

Baba Hardev Singh Ji became the Spiritual Head of the Sant Nirankari Mission in 1980, and Savinder Ji started to be addressed by the Nirankari world as Pujya Mata Savinder Ji. She was very loyal to Baba Hardev Singh.

She helped organize a special event to commemmorate the death of Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji and recognize hundreds of other devotees who laid down their lives while crusading for truth, love, tolerance, and unity.

For her graciousness, Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji was honored as an Ambassador for Peace by the Universal Peace Federation, North America and the Inter-religious and International Federation for World Peace.

Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji helped inspire millions. She had a uniquely pleasant way to attract them towards the Sant Nirankari Mission and encourage participation in various activities to help others find their purpose and meaning.

Her Holiness Mata Savinder Hardev Ji had the advantage of understanding the Sant Nirankari Mission and she promsied on the very first day of her ascension to spiritual leadership to take the Mission to the heights after the death of Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj. She asked followers to strengthen their mutual love and cooperation and help her in this holy work, reminding people that “he taught us what an ideal human should be like. His aim was to bring humaneness back and its values back into this world and he achieved all that by living the ideal life because mere words can never have such far-reaching effects. It is in the action and noble intentions that fulfill a vision like this.”

Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji considered these losses as a divine destiny and exhorted devotees to keep marching with the same enthusiasm and steadfastness to help take the light of spiritual knowledge to every corner of the world and remove the darkness of ignorance.

Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji died at 5.15 pm on August 5, 2018.  Her legacy and lifetime commitment to the values of the Sant Nirankari Mission will not soon be forgotten.




Satguru Baba Hardev Singh – A Guru For Our Time

The Sant Nirankari Mission has touched the lives and souls of millions, with its global effort to unite mankind for the greater good of humanity. The belief in responsible living in society, and equality within community life, became a central philosophy guiding the remarkable life of Satguru Baba Hardev Singh.

Baba Hardev Singh is the grandson of the then Satguru Baba Avtar Singh Ji and Jagatmata Budhwanti Ji. He was born on February 23, 1954, in Delhi into the family of Baba Gorbachev Singh Ji and Rajmata Kulwart Kam Ji. As the scion of a distinguished family, he was blessed spiritually and possessed an uncanny focus on small details, that would one day herald his ascent to spiritual leadership.

Baba Hardev Singh Ji received his basic educational training at home, and quickly achieved proficiency in Hindi, English and Mathematics. He attended a Rosary state-funded school in Delhi, where his teachers observed his incredible patience and attentiveness.

He was sent to a life experience school, Yadrendra state public school, in 1963 and finished the secondary school assessment in 1969.  He also had a passion for mountaineering.

Baba Hardev Singh Ji came back to Delhi after his training at Partala, furthering his higher education at a university in Delhi.

After the assassination of his father and spiritual master Baba Gubachan Singh Ji, murdered on April 24, 1980, by fundamentalist Sikhs, Baba Hardev Singh Ji had to deal with the loss of both his father and his spiritual leader.

Renouncing vengeance, and calling instead for resilience, persistence, and harmony, Baba Hardev Singh Ji was shortly afterward anointed as the new Satguru of the Sant Nirankari Mission. His steadfastness and stoic resolve in the face of the recent tragedy helped avert further violence and inspired a great many others.

Baba Ji preached the self-realization and actualization of all humankind.

“Real beauty lies in the mind, not in physical cleansing. Until the mind is embellished with divine virtues, there can be no cleansing. Human beings may well look impressive in their outward worship, but God knows the true state of their minds,” he once said, emphasizing God-knowledge and the acknowledgment of truth to be the essential need of each person.

During his leadership of the Sant Nirankari Mission, the Mission grew considerably, establishing a presence all over the world, and he traveled widely, sharing inspirational stories and devotionals to adherents from one corner of the globe to the other.

He also campaigned actively for environmental consciousness, encouraging the planting of trees and enhanced cleanliness.

The first-ever blood donation drive for the Sant Nirankari Mission was organized during the time of Baba Ji’s leadership, on the event of the yearly Nirankari Sant Samagam in November 1986.

In 2016, Baba Hardev Singh died in a car crash in Montreal, Canada. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Minister Rajnath Singh, and BJP President Amit Shah shared their deepest and sincerest condolences.

His loss was felt by his millions of followers all around the world, comforted by his immortal words: “Love cures people, the ones who receive love, and the ones who give it, too.”




How to Dispose of Preconceived Notions and Give Birth to Your Potential

Image result for wave of potential quoteWhile most consider the world of Quantum Physics to be confusing, backward, and even rebellious when it comes to mainstream mathematics, it remains to be an inviting albeit exclusive club that more and more of us mystics, wonderers, wanderers, and deep-thinkers bravely choose to traverse.

To me, Quantum Physics has always and continues to act as the bridge between two favorite worlds of mine…those of Science and Spirituality. And while I was terrified taking the first step, once I did I knew there was no going back.

Quantum Physics lights up the field of creation in ways we cannot even begin to imagine. The more we learn about the likes of entanglement and bilocation, the clearer it becomes that we each have more power over our lives than we ever knew to be possible. The power alone in the act of human observation (and ultimately our perception of said observation) is literally life allowing us to dance with the Universe.

This is not some space-case, woo-woo talk, but rather a critical component in ensuring that we as human beings know who we really are, what we are capable of and what the f*ck we are even doing here in the first place.

I know many religious people who scoff at the world of science and vice versa. Yet for me, I’ve always seen them both as two different sides of the same coin. Each having the final piece of the puzzle that the other has sought after for so long. Rather than competing with or against one another, my understanding has always been that each falls short without the other. Call it the natural order or balance of things, Yin to Yang, black to white, but nothing in the human language can quite grasp the importance of the role that Quantum Physics plays in being an equal and integral part of both the scientific and spiritual worlds.

It matters not if you believe in God to be spiritual. If you are more science-based there is still no denying the incredible cosmic wonders afforded to us by the Universe and all of the force of creation it shows up as within Nature. There is an order in everything from the growth pattern of a sunflower to the spiral of a tropical storm. And within this order, no matter how focused you are on the facts, graphs, equations and research papers that act as the foundation of the scientific theory, there is again no denying the soul-touching beauty of all this math!

So, what does this all have to do with preconceived notions and especially with giving birth to our potential? Well, I’m glad you asked…

Preconceived notions can be likened to computer software where our subconscious minds are the hard drive and everyone and everything else, all the stuff “out there” has installed this software…presumably with little to no notice on our part. I believe the human soul or “consciousness” is energy personified and thus cannot be destroyed. Therefore, we continue to “upload” into new hard drives with each incarnation. Image result for wave of potential quote

I also believe that these incarnations build on one another, call it an upgrade if you will, with each one stacking upon the last…knowledge, trauma, memories of the cells and of the soul, and lessons learned, loved and lost. With each upgrade, we all have the option to read the fine print and decide if we would like the “standard” install or the “custom” version. Customized installations allow us a view of the bigger picture of what is going onto our “machines” and thus warrant responsibility on our part to ensure we unchecked the box that asked if we also wanted to make Bing our default browser or not.

All nerdy puns aside, this is perhaps the most accurate way I can personally think of comparing the birth and rebirth of the human soul. And once we look from a different perspective, we might realize just how many of our preconceived notions of the world are not even our own. We did not experience anything directly to force a side one way or the other but rather had a repetitive installation of outdated software from our parents, teachers, clergy, news, and ultimately the entire world around us.

Some of us don’t realize this until much later in life and some never realize it at all…and it’s all OK regardless. Meeting this realization was a life-changing moment for me as it made me understand (rather innately reconnect with) that parts of me were not “me” at all, but rather ideas, opinions, and expectations of others.

In the world of Quantum Physics, ALL is potential awaiting a conscious choice to bring it forth. All energy travels in waves, and those waves do not cease until there is either a connection to or overlay of another wave. Depending on the vibration of each wave, what results is either interference or resonance. It is not until a wave is collapsed that it becomes a particle which thus appears as matter in our physical world. The same goes for any and all decisions we face in our lives. Read that again…

When we realize that ALL potential resides within our world and merely awaits a decision to be observed and chosen, we give ourselves back the power to reconnect with what shows up in your life. When we reclaim our stake as a vital piece of the cosmic puzzle, we also reclaim our birthright as a conscious creator being. 

And no matter if you consider yourself religious, scientific or a little of both such as myself, creativity is something we can all appreciate in one another. For when we create, we design from the heart and leave our mark. The world around us and all potential for greatness within it, collapse through our willingness to give birth to our own lives.

 

tamaraTamara Rant is a Co-Editor/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

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Mental Alchemy: Using the Hermetic Laws of Polarity & Rhythm to Transform Your Life

Everything is dual; Everything has poles; Everything has its pair of opposites; Like and unlike are the same; Opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; Extremes meet; All truths, are but half-truths; All paradoxes may be reconciled. The Law of Polarity

Everything flows, out and in; Everything has its tides; All things rise and fall; The pendulum swing manifests in everything; The measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; Rhythm compensates. – The Law of Rhythm

The Hermetic Principles of Polarity & Rhythm have always been my two most favorite in that they are the greatest reminders that separation is an illusion…that when extremes agree to meet in the middle, harmony is achieved. Here I share how these two laws can be applied to your own life to bring congruence and balance.

The Law of Polarity

The Law of Polarity shows us that even though we can imagine two extreme opposites such as a freezing Eskimo in the Arctic and a sweating camel in the Mohave desert, they are the SAME. Yes, you read that right! If you moved the coldest cold and the hottest hot in the direction towards one another, they would eventually meet at a neutral degree, and yet we can never quite determine the exact moment when cold ends and hot begins or vice versa.

This shows they are of the same origin, just a different degree of the same expression. They are, as the Kybalion itself states, “…identical in nature, but different in degree”.

This also applies to light and dark, good and evil, love and hate…

And when you can fully grasp this principle it allows you to looks at all areas of your life in a complete new way! It brings opposites; the things we might judge, the people we might label into focus. Because when you can stop taking sides in your own life; when you can stop feeling like you alway HAVE to stand for something, be for this, or be against that, you can think of The Law of Polarity and remember that there ARE no sides; just a center point that has moved out in different directions!!!

The Law of Rhythm

The Law of Rhythm shows us that there is a natural order to things, and that eventually all things come back around like how a pendulum swings. This is one law that if you do not learn how to master it, it WILL master you. What this means is, when we allow ourselves to get so caught up in life, it will manifest in our bodies as stress, sickness, disease. And in our lives as chaos, negativity, disorder, unhappiness, etc.

To master this law, you must be able to look at the ebb and flow of life from a netural place and also be able to polarize (where the Law of Polarization comes into play) yourself at a place you want to rest where you will not be affected by this inevitable to and fro of life.

This is not to say to stop caring about things or no longer giving a shit about your life; not at all. This is saying to care SO much, that you are willing to cease allowing yourself getting lost in the emotional drama of action and reaction (yet another Hermetic Law) and instead empowering yourself with the gift of observance so you can make sound decisions and act at the right time on the right feelings, which is the first step to Self-Mastery.

When one begins to walk the path of Self- Mastery, one takes a journey that never really ends. Even when you try and convince yourself that you give up at times. Once you make the choice, the path is laid and you walk it, whether the Universe has to drag you, or pull you kicking and screaming. So, it is best to get to know the workings of this divine celestial system and your place in it, so as to give yourself the best chance to direct the way your life actually goes!

I think most of us would say we would like to have a say and control over how things go in our lives. Well, who is to say we can’t, but ourselves? We are truly our worst critics in life and when we change that inner voice from one that is always nagging and putting us down and using these Laws against us, to one that is encouraging, pushing us to higher places and wanting us to use or gifts and talents to help others and raise awareness in the global consciousness…we become some of the most powerful beings in the entire Universe. But we’ve simply never been taught this.

True power always comes from within us, and the Hermetic Laws of Polarity & Rhythm working in tandem when applied to your life can do wonders to help you stay in that zero-point state; that place of calm neutrality where you are able to look at life with a connected knowing that we are all One. And that we are also everything and nothing and my goodness…that sure is something. 🙂

 

Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/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

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2-Min Animated Video Shows How Five of the Biggest Religions Spread Across the World

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By Vandita | We Are Anonymous

Did Christianity develop out of Judaism? When and where did Islam, the second-largest religion, originate?  How did Hinduism, the world’s oldest organized religion, followed by over 950 million people, grow and spread without a founder? Was Buddhism a government-sanctioned religion?

This 2-minute video by Alex Kuzoian shows how five of the biggest religions in the world spread around the globe — through countless conflicts, conquests, missions abroad and simple word of mouth.


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Sacred Plant Medicine: Taking Your Life from Good to Awesome

Certainly people like Francesca Levine, a content 72-year-old, working psychotherapist from Melbourne, Australia with a dog, a house, and grandchildren, aren’t the stereotypical plant medicine, psychedelics user.

By Francesca’s own admission, her life is going great. She’s madly in love with her husband of 50 years, has an incredible family, and absolutely loves her work. Her friends say she looks like she’s 50 and behaves like she’s 30. But Francesa says that her experience with psychedelic plant medicine at a life enhancement center called Rythmia “took her life from being good to being awesome.”

Francesca’s life didn’t start awesome. The child of Russian refugees, her parents fled to Germany in the 1940s, then to Italy, and settled in France while applying to immigrate to either Canada or Australia. Francesca’s parents were poor and ill and couldn’t care for her so they sent her to an orphanage at a very young age where she experienced various traumas, including getting her tonsils removed without anesthesia. Eventually, Francesca was reunited with her parents, they were granted immigration to Australia and Francesca and her family began to flourish in their new country. 

Despite her rough beginnings, Francesca has since spent her entire life being in love with and in awe of with the world and the people in it. She’s committed herself to a life of learning and living to the fullest. Francesca says that one of the things that has made her life so wonderful is saying “Yes!” to what life offers, even if that meant, saying “Yes!” to a friend’s invitation to attend a week at Rythmia, a life-enhancement center in Costa Rica, which uses plant medicine, for a series of psychedelic soul journeys.

In April of 2018, I had the opportunity to interview Francesca Levine to learn a little about her experience with plant medicine and ask her what her main takeaways were by going to Rythmia (Feb 2018). Below is my interview with her.

First of all, what was your experience like with plant medicine?

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Mostly really fascinating. Like most people I didn’t enjoy the nausea but I realized how valuable it was to expel negativity in any way that it needed to come up. So I would do a lot of laughing … (as she says laughing) I do a lot of laughing. There were a few tears.

In what ways did you experience healing through plant medicine and your visit to Rythmia?

For about a year prior, I had pain in my hip—gone. Didn’t ask for that.

Now I can sleep without medication. For 30 years I’ve been relying on sleep help; it has something to do with bening in the orphanage. I Couldn’t sleep because I was worried about what would happen to me. During the last ceremony, I fell asleep in the darkness and woke up in the light. That was a metaphor for me. Since then, I’ve been sleeping beautifully. I’ve got a deeper level of calm now. It’s a trust.

My eyesight: I’d previously had two cataract operations but with disastrous results. I see halos around headlights. The healing didn’t only happen in the plant medicine ceremony but also in the breathing exercises as well as in the colonics (supplementary services and classes at Rythmia). I hardly ever have the halos now. I have been to so many different specialists and nobody can fix it. During the plant medicine visions I had a big eye that kept looking at me. I just stayed with it.

Mitra (one of the plant medicine facilitators), when I went to talk to him, I was worried about my older brother who was on dialysis. Mitra asked if I had a photo of my brother and he said he said he’d take care of it. Well I haven’t told my brother but the last couple of weeks he’s been so much better.

I had a lot of itchiness during the ceremony which was interesting because I had urticaria and the process purged me of that, which is really good. Urticaria is a condition of allergic breakouts in the skin—hives, rashes—hard to tolerate. I’m certain that these itches were the result of what happened to me in my very, very young childhood that I can’t consciously remember.

I had urticaria in a chronic way. It had mostly cleared but it came out in one of the ceremonies in the palms of my hands, they were itching and it felt like they were on fire. And it was fantastic because afterword it didn’t happen again. I didn’t focus on that, it wasn’t an intention going in, just a byproduct.

Why do you think that was a part of your journey?

I think I was just itching to get on with being the powerful being that I am. Something in me had been holding me back.

The fire seems to have been transferred from your skin to her life. Do you feel like you found your power while you were at Rythmia?

Yes, More of it. Since I’ve been back, I’ve literally been on fire. I’ve been on fire with energy, clarity of mind, enthusiasm. I’ve normally been called a dynamo in the past but I’m going up to a level of being dangerous . . . in a good way!

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Why was experiencing plant medicine a catalyst to make you feel so vivacious?

I think that the mother (plant medicine) wants me to do more public work in the field of psychology. I have a private practice. I’m totally, fully booked. What I’m going to do next year is teach other therapists. All my friends are retired but I still work full time because I love what I do. [Previously] I couldn’t find that I could teach full time and run a full caseload, but now I know that I can do it.

I had this notion, “Who do I think I am to be teaching this, there’s nothing new.” That’s all disappeared. I’m ready to rock and roll!

Will be you be teaching about the effects of plant medicine in addition to the principles of psychology?

Yes, absolutely.

How has doing plant medicine changed your work?

I’ve always been cognitively very fast, I’m even faster. I think I’m channeling.

My mind is so incredibly sharp and clear, more than ever before, my heart is so open. That’s potentially a problem in my business, I don’t want to take on other people’s problems, I don’t want to absorb. I can feel for people without taking it on.

I feel more connected than ever to my clients, I do a lot of healing with laughter. We laugh at each other. It’s not just laughing but loving. When people feel genuinely heard and present, just like the people at Rythmia, that in and of itself is very healing. It’s more easy than it ever was.

On the outside my work may not look any different but on the inside it feels different to me. I’m more relaxed. My insides are fast and sharp. I’m in awe everyday. It’s like I’ve just started. I wake up and can’t wait to get into work. That’s not that unusual but it’s just increased since rythmia. It’s not work, it’s a joy. Just more loving toward my clients. It doesn’t feel like work, but like a incredible privilege.

Would you ever recommend plant medicine to clients?

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Yes, but I couldn’t recommend doing something like plant medicine without having done it myself.

Plant medicine it’s not for everyone. People need courage and a willingness to grow. Plant medicine is not just a trip on drugs people can do in their own way, I think it’s an extra tool that is very essential who want deep healing. We all need deep healing but do that there needs to be courage and a commitment to do that.

I want to say that I’m not desperate. I understand those who are, people whose lives are a wreck who have attempted suicide. They are probably ready candidates for plant medicine. I want to put in a plug for people’s lives who are pretty good but want to be awesome.

To keep growing and learning is what life’s about and I’m not going to stop until the day of my funeral. For people who want to grow, and for some people that means just to survive, The Mother (plant medicine) takes you where you’re at and offers you learning from where you need. I have a few clients who have severe psychosis. I probably wouldn’t recommend them to go.

This medicine helps people not to avoid their pain but to hold them while they are in in.

Have you ever used psychedelics prior to Rythmia?

Francesca LevineI had some LSD over 40 years ago while under medical supervision, while studying psychology at University and funnily enough it was because I was having itches then. My GP said that the itches were recurring and maybe I should look into this LSD experiment. As a student of psychology, I thought, “Of course.” He pointed me to a physician who was doing some trials in some hospitals so I did it. I must have been too strong of mind because there was hardly any impact so he called me back a couple of week later and I did it again and nothing much happened then either. The itches came back. I didn’t trust doctor or the stuff. It was different with plant medicine.

plant medicine did what LSD couldn’t do. The plant medicine took me into an unconscious healing place. I absolutely felt a trust with the people at Rythmia who were administering the plant medicine as well as the plant medicine itself. I loved the presence and genuine support of the staff. They were incredible, like really incredible.

Throughout your life have you been much of a spiritual person?

Yes.

How do you define or express your spirituality?

Brief meditation every day. It varies but my spiritual practice has been very simple. My language is always very simple. I don’t believe in a lot of material avoidance. I don’t pray every day but I do believe in a higher power, I call it spirit. I’m good at connecting my essence to the essence of others that’s the basis of spirituality. The essence is the spirit and everything in between is crap. My husband says that I’m a great bullshit detector, ha ha ha.

So, what’s the spiritual essence of the plant medicine?

It’s trust and faith. You have to add faith and trust without which I’m not sure the process can work. You have to hand over your ego and just say to Mother (plant medicine), “Take me, I’m yours.”

Are you more of a spiritual being after taking plant medicine?

Yes, because I’m connect better essence-to-essence with others, spirit-to-spirit. At Rythmia, I deepened my own condition to spirit. Spiritually, I felt like I’d gotten a bit lost the last few years, dealing with physical issues with myself and my husband.

I’m Very good at finding the silver lining in every cloud. Very mindful of everything around me, I believe because of my time in the orphanage. My time at Rythmia has heightened my sense of spirituality.

If someone were interested in doing plant medicine, how would you suggest they prepare?

Eating organically, cutting out meat and dairy and grains, meditate, talk to others who have been. Approach it with a level of inquisitive and quietness.

What appealed to me about Rythmia was the medical support. I was appropriately cautious.

So, at the end of the day, what was you main takeaway from your experience with plant medicine?

Increased faith in the not knowing and going with that. We can’t know what’s ahead in life and to continue to be ok with that.

What I would have people know is that the increase of love is really wonderful. I thought I had that in abundance but there’s more. They say that it’s endless and I understood that cognitively but to really experience that and just expanding . . . . I just don’t know how else to explain it. It’s similar to having another child. Like when you have your first child and you don’t think you can have more love but you do. I pretty much love everyone. I feel very fortunate. All there is is love. That’s it! Everything else is bullshit. And I’m a good bullshit detector.

 

 

Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness in New York City and when he’s not teaching or conducting retreats, he writes for Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, and his own blog at scottmooreyoga.com. Scott also loves to trail run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son. Check out his yoga retreats to places like Hawaii and Amalfi Coast , his online Yoga Nidra Course and his Yoga Teacher Mentor Program

 




Why Science and Religion Are More Similar Than We Think

science and religion similaritiesBy Dr. Srini Pillay

Religion and science both help us understand the world and make sense of the confusion that surrounds us. However, a bitter rift between the two has led to tremendous polarization and conflict, with proponents of each convinced that their view is the correct one.

Science has long blamed religion for the start of this fight. Tensions can be traced all the way back to the 1600s, when the Catholic Church persecuted scientists — among them Copernicus and Galileo — for their views. And in more modern times, scientists have correctly pointed out that religious differences are often the basis for terrorism and the lack of safety that we currently feel throughout the world.

Anti-science proponents have also had their say. Whether they oppose embryonic stem cells, vaccines, or psychiatric pharmaceuticals, plenty of notable people (including those who run the most powerful nations in the world) claim that science should take a backseat to religion when it comes to moral or ethical decision-making.

But are the differences between science and religion really that cut-and-dried? Does the divide really need to be so vast?

Historians and scientists alike are beginning to ask these exact questions. Alvin Plantinga, professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, says the conflict between science and religion is merely superficial. He feels that digging deeper will reveal there’s actually a “deep concord” between the two. Francis Collins, genetics researcher and the director of the National Institutes of Health, has also been very vocal about how science and religion overlap in his own life.

Notwithstanding the obvious problems with fudged data, scientific bias, killing people for their scientific ideas, and religious fundamentalism that leads to terrorism, it may be helpful to spell out why science and religion may, in fact, have more in common than we think. If we can see these similarities, perhaps it will lead to more conversation, humility, and productive conflict.

Hypothesis and Faith: Are They Really All That Different?

The scientific method begins with a hypothesis, a belief based on data that can be verified or debunked through tests and observation.

Religion also begins with belief, and while detractors may view it as blind faith, it actually does emanate from a database that includes scriptural testimony (from the Bible, Quran, Torah, or Ramayana), inference (“I cannot explain why something exists; therefore, I must attribute this to a higher power”), and direct perception (“I had an experience of God”).

Scientific and religious beliefs begin the same way, but the polarized proponents of each fail to see this. Scientists say that religion is not verifiable or observable, and believers in God claim scientific perceptions are limited.

Both Work Better When Personalized

Science-based interventions typically involve the study of large groups and rely on the principle of averages. For example, medical treatments are deemed effective only after they’ve been tested multiple times across multiple studies and compared with multiple other treatments. In that sense, the findings of science are generalizable — perhaps to a fault. That’s why more and more medical scientists are recognizing that large groups tell us little about an individual, and they’re calling for a more personalized approach.

Studies show that religion may be beneficial for those who suffer from chronic inflammation and mental health disorders, but it is unclear whether these benefits are generalizable. Just as no two scientific test subjects are exactly alike, no two people who attend religious sermons are exactly alike. One person might hear a sermon and feel a sense of inner peace, while another feels motivated to create strife in the world.

This is why both science and religion serve us best when they’re personalized.

Both Revolve Around Love, Passion, and (Sometimes) Power

Religion can help romantic relationships remain solid and families bond. Studies also show that people who practice a religion may be happier and feel greater satisfaction than those who do not. Religion is also linked to feelings of personal empowerment.

Science fuels a passion to improve health and technology. Scientists themselves are impassioned, much like the people who believe in science (just visit this Facebook page to see what I mean). Belief in science has been proven to relieve stress and anxiety and promote feelings of self-control; further, science is considered to be a vehicle to accumulate power in the world. As Carl Sagan wrote, science serves as a “candle in the dark.”

When you think about it, the desires and passions of scientists and religious folks largely come from the same place.

Both Appoint Higher Powers

Religion and science both rely on higher powers to justify their basis. In religion, it’s priests and gods, and in science, it’s journal reviewers and heads of departments or institutions.

I believe that every human being has a need to belong and a need to be independent and free — and these desires occur simultaneously. It is a master-slave dialectic of sorts; neither method could extoll its virtues without the other. The supreme beings in science and religion help us contextualize these desires.

I am a scientist who believes in God. My scientific perspective is sometimes great; at other times, it’s awful. Sometimes, my religious practice is great; at other times, it’s awful. And I have personally seen how both scientific and religious extremism can hurt people.

Yet I wonder whether we could take a more conversational stance on the matter. Rather than justifying our personal belief systems when there are clearly holes in them, perhaps we can discuss them, grow from them, and recognize that we have much more in common than we have differences. And perhaps we could try out different perspectives while keeping a few basic principles in mind.

Life is precious. We have a limited amount of time on earth. No matter what our beliefs are, we should come to question them most if they separate us from others. Without doing so, we become victims of false certainty in a clearly uncertain world.

Dr. Srini Pillay, founder and CEO of NeuroBusiness Group, is a pioneer in brain-based executive coaching who is dedicated to collaborating with experts to help people unleash their full potential. He also serves as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and teaches in the Executive Education Programs at Harvard Business School and Duke Corporate Education.




The Art of Manifesting With Quantum Prayer

“Ask for what you want, then be prepared to get it.” – Maya Angelou

Most of us are at least familiar with prayer, even if we may not practice it regularly. And perhaps the “traditional” version of prayer consists of asking for that which appears missing in your life, and often comes from a place of lack and disconnection from “God” or “Divine Source Consciousness”. With traditional prayer, you are holding a belief that there exists a place within time and space where this Consciousness does not exist. And yet this is impossible as Source is everywhere, at all times (omnipresent).

You cannot hold two opposing beliefs within your mind and heart as it will create a deep, inner conflict. You may be telling yourself that you know there is only Oneness and that everything is connected, and yet continue to make choices from a place of fear, rather than empowered trust.

Many people pray for material things such as a house, car or vacation while others pray for good health and happiness. And there are some people who pray only for themselves and some people who pray for not only themselves but all of humanity. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to pray, and you will know what is right for you, by the way it makes you feel.

If you come from a place of lack (not trusting God, the Universe, etc.), then you will ultimately see the world through fearful eyes and these distorted filters alter our perceptions of the Truth.  You may feel as if you are kind and giving, yet you have built an emotional wall to keep people at a certain distance. And if you are always feeling like life is a struggle and just has to be hard, then no matter how “hard” you pray or how often, your prayers will always seem to go unheard and unanswered.

This isn’t about “punishment” other than that which we impose upon ourselves. The Universe doesn’t judge and is not concerned with “good” or “bad”. It speaks in resonance and will simply bring things to or pull things from depending on the emotional feelings and energy developed around the situation. What you believe about it will ultimately determine what the Universe delivers (or does not deliver) onto your doorstep.

This IS about opening yourself up to receiving Divine guidance while coming from a place of wholeness. You reach out not to fill a gap or hole within yourself, but rather to take a literal dive into the unknown depths of your consciousness. It’s about opening yourself up to allowing greater opportunities to enter your life; which is determined by how much YOU show up! 😉 If you show the Universe you are serious about wanting to live the life of your dreams, by the things you DO, then the Universe will respond by aligning situations that are congruent with expanding your potential and abilities.

Quantum Prayer is simply the act of empowered receiving. While we are intending to connect with the Divine to receive guidance, we do so knowing that we are already complete, already whole and already One with the All. We allow we make welcome, we trust, we surrender to the flow. We do not simply “ask” and then lay in bed wide awake all night stressing out and worrying if it will come, happen, change, etc. That is the opposite of Quantum Prayer.

When we use Quantum Prayer, we know we have a role to play in keeping the creative energy flowing in our lives. We must be willing to show up for ourselves as much as we expect our prayers to be answered. When we show ourselves that we can actually count on ourselves, we form a trust that becomes unbreakable. When you trust yourself, your self-confidence soars and you are more easily able to embody and fully live the truth of who you really are. And this is the key to being the catalyst for the Universe to open up some serious doors for you. As I previously mentioned and I cannot drive this home enough; when you show the Universe you are finally serious about living a kick-ass life, it will deliver to you that which you need to kick ass!

 

tamaraTamara Rant is a Co-Editor/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

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