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Life Experiences – Choice – Karma – Unconditional Love – Part 3

Life Experiences - Choice - Karma - Unconditional Love - Part 3

Life Experiences – Choice – Karma – Unconditional Love – Part 3

“I am he, and he is me, and we are all together”.

Is this what the great masters and teachers such as Jesus, Buddha, and Muhammad have been implying for centuries? If so, I was beginning to understand it. The spirits fondly expressed to me that when we have real attachments to things, such as to a particular writer, poet, artist, or sculptor, and are drawn to his or her work, it is  probably because we were actually the creator of that piece of work.

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If we read  something from history that profoundly teaches us, we may have been part of the  actual event. Even if we are extremely attached or moved to help someone, perhaps to support a child in a Third World country, then we are probably that  child in a different lifetime expression. Do unto others as you would do unto  yourself; the other might actually be you! Now there’s a thought.

I am  still processing this information and probably will be for several years to  come. It is amazing. The spirits have since taught me to journey to my other  lifetimes and to remember the wisdom I gained from each lifetime expression. I have also learned to journey to souls I would like to learn more about. The possibilities available through journeying are unlimited. Journeys to other  lifetimes can be extremely informative, but also lots of fun. I highly recommend  them for anyone practicing their journey skills.

We need to  understand that lifetimes are both experiences of the soul and an exchange of energy. We also need to remember that everything is energy. Lifetimes are energy, and thoughts, words, and actions are energy. Everything is energy and  everything affects and is affected by everything else. Energy used in a  directive way is power. The universe is in a constant state of motion  striving to keep energy in balance. Even if we are not consciously aware of our  energy and how it affects the whole universe, the universe is aware of it. We  are all very powerful beings.

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The actions of every person on the planet  affect the lives of us all; one never does anything that is isolated from  others. We are all interconnected in a divine sphere relating, interrelating,  and exchanging energy in a holographic and profound way.

These  interrelationships are extremely complex, colouring every experience we  have. I understand that this is a difficult concept because it is so  vast, so I will describe it metaphorically: A butterfly hatches out of its cocoon 2,000 years ago. It sits in the sun in a far away country to dry its  wings. It then begins to flap its wings, moving the air around its body. That  movement of air alters the surrounding nature and the influences expand ever  outward. That continuing effect of change creates our weather patterns today!

This metaphor is, in truth, an  expression of the scientific principle of complexity. Quantum theory recognizes  the complex association of  interdependence as fundamental to reality. All of existence self-orders into a  purposeful, yet unpredictable pattern.  Science, however, “discovered” this reality long after it was known to mystics. In the study of spirituality, the manipulation of  energy is fundamental. Directing energy in a powerful way through intention can  be used for both good and evil. People can be harmed or healed through words  that carry powerful intentions.

Jan  Engels Smith –    About the Author:

Jan Engels-Smith promotes self-healing, empowerment, better communities, a  healthy world and conducts workshops in shamanism & journeying. Her book,  Becoming Yourself is at http://www.LightSong.net .  Jan’s a Licensed Counsellor. She’s done over 2,000 soul retrievals. She is the  founder of LightSong School of Shamanic Studies, a Chemical Dependency  Specialist, and Marriage Therapist. She is a water-pourer for sweat lodge, a  minister, a Reiki Master.

Mankind ~ Humanity

168301 140853775979288 100001640004896 259706 951027 nIf you are Agnostic… then think of a love so great for mankind
If you are an Atheist… let your seed of logic spread to humanity
If you are a Buddhist… then leave a deep track for me to follow
If you are a Christian… then pray yourself and for me
If you are a Muslim… then ask Mohammad to shine on humanity
If you are a Spiritualist… be the light so others can see
If you are an Angel… bring time …since it is freedom for mankind
If you are the Collective Consciousness… then rain knowledge for us all
If you are Darkness… let your Redemption fall freely among humanity
What ever you are…Just be the best at it…
It is in this state of “being” that you become whole…
That you become useful, purposeful, who you were meant to be…
These are times of chaos, turmoil and confusion…You are part of the solution…not the problem…You raise the standard…You live by a greater moral code…Thank you for being a shining example of our shared experience…For standing up for hope and growth…For progress and possibility…For our fragile humanity…

Spiritual Health & Finding Peace

How do you Master Peace? Isn't it what we are all looking for in our lives? If you could truly have inner peace no matter what the circumstances around you what would your life look like?

Spiritual Health & Finding Peace

How do you Master Peace? Isn’t it what we are all looking for in our lives? If you could truly have inner peace no matter what the circumstances around you what would your life look like?

Let’s start off with the question, ‘what is peace?’ We all seem to be searching for it, we all want it – but what is it? Peace is a state of being and a journey. Peace starts with you and with me. It’s not something that happens “out there” in the world. It is a force that lives inside of you. It’s inside all of us.

Even in those we enjoy disliking. It’s in all of us because we are all the same; we all come from the same place. The differences we chose to experience that we call “Christian”, “Jewish”, “Islam”, “Buddhism”, “Woman”, “Man”, “Child”, “Parent”, “Alone” etc, etc. are simply colourful expressions of who we are. They are just a game we have chosen to experience in this life. They do not define who you are. They just add colour to this current experience.

Peace is a state of being and is present in all of us. Who you are is peace. Who you are is  love. Who you are is joy. We sometimes get glimpses of this. We have all at some time in our lives experienced a moment of peace, a moment of pure connection to all that we are. They are there to remind you of who you really are.

How do you get to peace? This is the part of peace that I call the journey. We spend so much of our lives looking for peace outside. At an early age we are taught to do well in things that are outside of ourselves and that rely on other people’s approval. If we do them well we are rewarded by praise and we are reinforced in being able to “feel good” about ourselves.

This “feeling good” is what we begin to associate as peace. And we like it. As a matter of fact we quickly become addicted to it because this “feeling good” this “peace” is an echo of who we truly are. We want more of it – it’s only natural.

The challenge then becomes to find it inside instead of trying to find it outside or to expect others to provide it for ourselves. This is the journey of peace. The inner journey that starts with the first step – awareness – our own personal awareness. When we depend on others to provide it for us we have then created a co-dependency.

Different experiences in life can lead you to that awareness. For some it is an illness, for others difficulty in relationships, and for others difficulty in finances or a loss. This is usually when we feel the call for something greater, when we reach out to try to understand the “why” in life and how we can find peace.

Each person will Master Peace in their own way. However, the first step starts with you. You must become aware you do matter. You must begin to take time for yourself. You must put yourself and your relationship with yourself first. Some may think this is being selfish, but it truly isn’t. You can’t give out what you don’t have. Until you take the time to search within and find inner peace – that true essence of who you are – you can not bring it to others and the world.

Written by: Antonia Hagens
Article sourced: naturally savvy

Meditation for Beginners

Meditation ~ Meditating on a consistent, daily basis shouldn’t be viewed as “taking time away” from your schedule. Rather, it’s an opportunity to honour your life by devoting the time needed to centre yourself every day so you can face the obstacles around you with a vivacious, courageous spirit.

Meditation for Beginners

Meditating on a consistent, daily basis shouldn’t be viewed as “taking time away” from your schedule. Rather, it’s an opportunity to honour your life by devoting the time needed to centre yourself every day so you can face the obstacles around you with a vivacious, courageous spirit. It’s just as important in your life as eating and sleeping. Let’s look at what meditation can accomplish for you, and how you can start meditation today.

*Benefits of Meditating on a Consistent Basis

*Experience peace of mind (reduce mental chatter)

*Increase your ability to focus and concentrate

*Improve efficiency while reducing anxiety

*Measurably decrease stress levels

*Lower your blood pressure naturally

*Reverse the aging process

*Increase your energy level

*Enhance your intuition

Basic Instructions for Meditating

1. Make a decision to schedule your meditation on a regular basis, allowing 20-30 minutes in the morning and afternoon or early evening.

2. Try to sit in the same place as often as possible, even if the morning and afternoon locations are different.

3. Eliminate as many disturbances as possible: shut off phones, give your children an activity to do, put pets in a place they will not disturb you, and let people know when you expect to be finished.

4. Set a timer and muffle it if the alarm is a jarring noise. Sit up straight with your eyes closed, your feet on the floor and your hands unfolded resting palms down on your lap. If you’re more comfortable on the floor, sit cross-legged on a comfortable pillow or zabuton.

5. Gently and calmly focus your attention on your breath.

6. Every time your attention drifts away from your breath to a thought, feeling, sensation in the body, disturbance in your environment or a vision, gently return to focusing on your breath.

7. At some point, you will have no thoughts and the awareness of your own breathing will fade. This is magical! You are wide awake, totally alert, conscious and aware, but not of anything in particular. You have experienced what it is like to simply BE. Remember, we are human beings, not human doings!

What to Expect During Your Practice

You might become restless and bored; this is all the more reason to sit and concentrate.

You might fall asleep, in which case you should search for the reason behind this reaction.

You will arrive at the time where you have no thoughts or awareness of breath, although you won’t realize you are in this place until after you have your first conscious thought.

Once you’ve begun practicing meditation consistently, you’ll be amazed at how your day-to-day life runs more smoothly than before. Taking the time to honor the life and energy inside you will have a profound impact on both your own existence and your surroundings.

Writte by Laura Nash

Laura Nash is a mentor and teacher guiding both individuals and groups within organizations to attain their goals using a surprisingly simple and effective vehicle: peace of mind. Trained and certified by Deepak Chopra, Laura is a well-established teacher, speaker and workshop facilitator. She offers meditation seminars to the general public as well as private mentoring for groups or individuals. Visit her website at http://lauranash.com.

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