What is one obvious thing we humans have in common? We come in many colors and all shapes and sizes, but we arrive on Earth in bodies, many of us ready to tackle life, hoping we will wake up and remember who we are and why we came here. Our sparks of life are given us by the Force that created the universe and, at some point, our sparks will be called home. Our loved ones will be left to deal with our passing and, most likely, questions about their own mortality; and whether or not we who’ve crossed over really will be waiting for them when they make the transition.
What is it like, nearing the end of this physical life? My mom will be 83 this year and she recently told me she won’t be here next year at this time. She was one of seven children and five are gone—just her and her younger sister now. I don’t think she is afraid to die at this point. In fact, having to work yet to survive is wearing her down. Maybe her situation is what had to happen for her to accept that we have no choice in the matter: We come and we go and some of us suffer the tearing pain of leaving life, our children and other loved ones. Life marches on (frustratingly!) without us. I hope I get to peek in on my children once in a while and I wonder if any of our ancestors check on us. Can they see everything? And, are we all wise on the other side? Or, can we still hold onto our grudges? Do we bless or curse our relations from the other side?
I suppose the biggest question is, ‘What happens to us when our bodies go to sleep for the last time?’ Should we fear that we simply end then? Or do our sparks, our souls, carry on in the invisible world? Are we beings of translucent light, appearing as we did when at the end of life–or when we were, say, thirty? (If I have a say in the matter, I’m voting for thirty. “Tsk, tsk. Vanity, thy name is woman!”)
What does happen to us when we die? There is enough in life and literature that I believe we carry on, perhaps experiencing a life review, with some quiet time for reflection on how we did this time around. I recently read somewhere that we must face everything we did, both the joy and the pain we caused, and if we lived darkly, we grow from feeling the effects of the darkness we created. That makes sense to me and I hope it’s true, even though we must then, in the next life, become the victims instead of the perpetrators. It makes sense that we reap what we have sown, but will running on the great (hamster-like) wheel of time ever end? I believe it will—when we become aware of our oneness with All That Is. No need to be hamsters then!
I woke up at 3:18 a.m. and felt an urge to share what I’ve been reading: The Writer’s Complete Fantasy Reference, by Writer’s Digest Books. It is a collection of information about fantasy cultures and races; dress, arms and armor; commerce and trade; the anatomy of a castle and practicing magic. (I’m writing fantasies and, of course, all good fantasies must include magic.) The chapter on magic, by Allan Maurer and Renee Wright, is quite interesting.
In the same way that I was surprised that greed means simply the desire for more than what we need, the definition of magic caught me by surprise. “Religion is an appeal to the gods. Magic is the attempt to force their aid.” This got me to thinking, “Is prayer magic?” Of late, I’ve been asking for what I believe I/we need because of a series of financial surprises that caught me off guard. My computer works now only when it wants to. (It overheats and shuts down randomly, teases me with electrical crackling and beeping, and won’t open jpegs.) My eldest called me recently and said, “I’ve just deposited some money into your account. You need a new computer.” That was a very nice financial surprise. It’s on its way. Yahoo!
Back to magic: Magic is neutral; the application of it makes it white or black magic. It is used for three reasons: to produce, to protect or to destroy.
The laws of magic are:
1) The human will is a galvanic current, a material force;
2) When accessing the ethereal world, one has access to the Akashic Records (the recording of our thoughts and actions from all our lifetimes)
3) The soul is a mirror of the universe, in that everything in the universe is in the soul
4) A trained imagination can direct the will.
There are two worlds, our mundane, physical world and the supernatural word that can be accessed by the use of magic. Dark magicians call on demons and the like to do harm. White magicians call on divine aid to heal and bless.
The use of magic requires arduous preparations such as fasting, meditating, enduring pain, intense sweating and inhaling smoke. Magicians speak, using spells, incantations, invocations, etc; and they take action, practicing rites, procedures, gestures, and using magical tools.
Two principles are used: If one thing resembles another, they are connected. There are secret connections between numbers and letters; and between Heaven and the elements of the earth: soil, air, fire and water. Strong things are called on to impart strength, fast things for speed. Stabbing a knife into the footprint of a person or animal can hobble them. (Jeez!) Similar colors, sounds, meanings, and physical resemblances are used for spell-casting or ritual practices. The second belief is that if two things have ever had contact, they retain a connection that can be used, no matter how long ago or far apart they may be.
Family or traditional magic is passed on and is the religion of hearth and home that preserves various domestic rites that include the worship of Mother Earth, use of kitchen implements as tools of magic, practice of agricultural magic to “work” the weather and simple divination to see future husbands and children.
In Earth magic, the air, earth, oceans and all living matter are a single biosphere. Practitioners work to “awaken Gaia’s planetary mind.” They study dowsing, ley lines, the use of stone circles and sacred sites. Rituals intend to correct energy imbalances caused by bad planning. The imbalances are believed to create a “black stream” of energy associated with illness, accidents and poltergeist activity. Thank you, Earth magicians.
Gothic witchcraft is the dark kind, which can include reversing the practices of the Church, such as saying the Lord’s Prayer backwards or desecrating the Eucharist or a crucifix. Wright and Maurer say that the gothic practices include orgies, child sacrifice, cannibalism, and at times, pornography. Gospels are reversed in the Church of Satan, such as, “Blessed are the strong, for they shall possess the Earth.” Or, “If a man smite you on one cheek, smash him on the other.” (Double jeez!)
Gypsy magic includes fortune telling, divination using a crystal ball, palmistry, reading tea leaves, and the use of tarot cards. Apples are often used in the rituals.
The Wiccan creed is: “An it harm no one, do what you will.” If a spell to do harm is cast, it will return to the sender with three times the power. Practitioners use goddess-given creativity to create their own spells and rituals, often as poetry or song, dancing or chanting. Sacred spaces are created by the use of the four elements, circles and calling for protection from guardians like Mighty Ones or Lord or Lady of the Watchtower.
There is more to the chapter, but my fingers are complaining. Though some of these types of magic may not be common in our time, I’m sure some are. We can see the darkness of gothic magic in the world as we write and read. These were the old ways of magic when humankind struggled with desiring access to the power of the invisible world, and went at it from different directions.
Once Christ’s blood was dripped into the soil of Mother Earth (our mother) the old ways were no longer necessary to become one with God. God has given Himself, Love, to us. Though fundamental Christians would adamantly disagree with me, God, Christ, will always be Love to me.
But, as far as fantasy writing goes, the Writer’s Digest book has lots of great information.
Last night I watched a show on PBS called Australia’s First Four Billion Years. I wasn’t going to watch it, but the introduction said that evidence of the beginnings of life on Earth still existed in Australia and I was curious. They reported that the earth was made from a fiery explosion, chunks of stars that came together through magnetic attraction. Back then, stuff from space collided regularly with the earth and it was an unsafe place for life.
The first life was bacteria born in shallow areas of the ocean; those very same microbes can be found in mushroom-shaped mounds in Australia today. After two long Ice Ages that froze the entire Earth for millions of years, something else was in the ocean: plant life and flat creatures vacuuming along the ocean floors in search of food. More creatures followed—I didn’t understand whether the trilobites evolved—and competition for food was born. Fossilized evidence of early sea creatures can still be found in very old rocks in Australia.
I sat here wondering: Some life forms have survived for billions of years and we humans get about 80 on average? I always want to make sense of everything and this doesn’t make sense. The Bible refers to some people who lived for a thousand years and that’s amazing now, but we have to ask, ‘Why did we devolve to living less than a hundred years?’ Is it all the warring? We couldn’t stop pillaging and killing, so our DNA rewrote itself for shorter lifetimes? Does that make sense?
And where does God/Love come into this picture? If Edgar Cayce is right, we are angels who fell to Earth, creating unique bodies from thought-forms, bodies that lusted after each other, making the strange creatures we think of as myth. That is when God, Cayce says, created man, Adam, and woman, Lilith, from the earth, with bodies programmed for enlightenment: remembering where we came from, that we fell, and realizing God wants us home, as in at-one-ment.
But Adam insisted Lilith be subservient to him; she refused and left him to roam the world her way. Scary stories about her are still told in some parts of the world where people fear that Lilith comes after their newborns as payback because we are descendants of Eve—not her. Because Lilith, created equal to Adam, would not submit, God created Eve from one of Adam’s ribs so that she would submit and, well, we all know how that story progresses. I have to ask, Are women in general, at our core, so rebellious that we choose to throw off the balance between us and Higher Love? I cannot believe this is true–at least that it’s just females. We humans all like to stir up trouble in that area.
So, where do we humans go from here? There is a great movement in place toward peace and caring for one another, as we begin another 26,000 year cycle of time. How about we become one world, with seven billion friends? I’ll bet our life spans get much longer then.
By Barbara Richardson
Barbara Richardson lives in eastern PA but her roots, personal and ancestral, are in New England. She grew up in a nonreligious family so the spiritual journey is her own, with influences from a variety of sources. She is an avid reader.
Some years ago I came across a gem of a book, The Parables of Peanuts by Robert L. Short, who presents the Peanuts gang as actors with a quasi-biblical script. In one memorable scene, Schroeder is holding a placard proclaiming, “Christ is the answer,” to which Snoopy responds with his own sign that reads, “What is the question?” Indeed!
In my opinion, Snoopy, that indomitable WWI Flying Ace riding his “Sopwith Camel” in dogged pursuit of the elusive Red Baron, had it exactly right. It is a human frailty to grasp our Linus security blankets for dear life, rather than fearlessly entering the difficult questions that life and faith present. We want answers, seek their comfort, and therein avoid whatever would challenge the “truth” as we understand it.
Faith, by definition, is a leap into the unknown and unknowable. Like iridescent hummingbirds, we hover over the Abyss of Unknowing. We can debate about God until the proverbial cows come home but ultimately there exists no reassuring proof. Although we can experience the Holy in a myriad of ways, the Ultimate Question remains unanswered. So faith, as I see and experience it, lies in the questions, not in answers that can be verified and quantified scientifically.
The quest is what propels us toward new insights, motivations, and scientific discoveries; rigidly held belief systems keep us in a comfortable rocking chair, moving but going nowhere. The English mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead stated it this way: “The worship of God is not a rule of safety; it is an adventure of the spirit, a flight after the unattainable. The death of religion comes with the repression of the high hope of adventure.”
This mystery we call God resists definition. We can desire the structure of a particular belief system and enjoy membership in a community of believers but our personal faith journey must preclude any dogma that Midas-like transmutes faith into certainty. (Remember what happened to Midas?) Mystery keeps us going. We wonder what is around the next bend in the road, beyond the horizon, and over the rainbow—and we go there, propelled by this spiritual quest that comes from we know-not-what, but name, Mystery. I think it’s pretty awesome that, when asked, “Who is God?” we can, for once, be rendered speechless.
And remember, the silences hold the secrets . . . this is the song of the soul.”
~Neale Donald Walsch
Full article available at and courtesy of: http://www.seri-worldwide.org
What is reality? Merely conditioning based on beliefs – or something more?
The real reality is within. What you see is an illusion, and only reflects what your brain is capable of showing you via its own mechanisms. Technically and physiologically speaking, you’re unable to see the truth that you live in an illusion that can equally imprison or free you. Are we real? Are we even capable of seeing what is real?
“A human being is a part of a whole – called by us ‘universe’ – a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
“We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us.”― Rabindranath Tagore
Is change so scary?
Since we have created the technological means essentially to run a society for human beings that requires minimum human work input, what is the agenda of those who want to keep people blinded? This is a time when we are gaining the ability to listen to our higher selves, gain clarity about our lives through turning inwards. All the answers can be found within. This is no secret.
There is no reason to seek out answers via gurus, doctors, monks, imams, psychologists, priests/ nuns, rabbis, holy men or women, or any other authority figures. A person is already complete, whole, worthy of love, beautiful, powerful, wise…a genius creator. From a spiritual perspective, we already have access to everything we need.
“Crystal clear and radiant with inner warmth and fullness, we know nothing else is needed. We have returned home.” ― Tarthang Tulku, Seeing the Beauty of Being
This is a time of personal power, learning who we truly are – celebrating our true magnificence.
We can empower ourselves to live more fully expressed lives, to bring to fruition the highest vision of who we are. We no longer need to think small, we are giants. This knowledge changes everything. Go with an open heart, go with a full heart, go soundly into the world with love.
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart ” ― Confucius
6 Ways to Get Real:
1. Limit your working availability to work hours only. If you have a work phone and a personal phone, make sure to turn off your work phone when not at work.
2. Limit your time spent following media. Keep your bedroom a media-free zone. News from newspapers, internet news sites, radio and television should be kept to small dosages where necessary. Do not indulge in “bad news.”
3. Ensure you follow a daily practice of mindfulness, meditation or stillness.
4. Make sure to spend some time alone every day.
5. Engender quality relationships with friends, lovers, family. Highlight quality over quantity. Intimacy, focused attention on other people and developing lifelong relationships requires dedication, yet the benefits are vast. Relationships can be our primary wellspring of joy and happiness.
6. Take at least one day off per week. This is a day of sabbath, a sacred day of contemplation. Use this day to clear the week past and plan the week to come. It’s your gift to yourself – so spend the day as you wish. It doesn’t matter so much what you do, as long as the day is yours.
Bio:David G Arenson ND
A Naturopath, Intuitive Healer and Transformational Coach, David writes and educates people internationally at some of the world’s leading retreats and resorts. Born in South Africa, his travels have taken him to Australia, Middle East, Asia since 2002. A lover of wisdom and master healer specializing in holistic wellness, his retreats and wellness programs are focused on transformation. David is committed to inspiring and empowering people to live the lives of their dreams. David’s mission via Shambhala Retreats is to guide people to places of mystery and power to rediscover, balance and ground themselves.
Some people thrive on change but most of us, especially the fixed astrological signs, Leo, Aquarius, Scorpio and Taurus, the last being my sun sign, are not too sure about modifications to what was working just fine, thank you very much. All humans, though, are born, we live and we die. Our children grow up and move on with their lives. We can lose our jobs in America with only an hour’s notice. Friends come and go and sometimes we separate from family members. There are painful losses due to disease, weather catastrophes and war. We can’t do much about the fact that life changes, but we don’t have to like it, right?
Life can be scary and depressing, unless we learn how to live with universal laws like, “When one door closes, another opens.” That precept never fails, but we must believe, know, it is true for it to ‘kick in.’ We’ve all heard, “Everything happens for a reason,” but when we’re mourning, we don’t care. We just want our loved one or our true treasures, like family photos, back. The second half of the ‘there’s a reason’ teaching is, “If you are patient, you will come to understand,” and, after a time, if we let go of the pain clouding our seeing, we do understand. Then there is the one I’ve struggled with: “Be thankful for what you do have, because the emotions of fear, anger and envy only make things worse.” Fear, anger and envy lead us away from gratitude, where the door to new possibilities exists. Can we all agree that universal laws are easy to speak, but tough to put into practice? Let’s try, anyway.
The most important universal law is that the Spirit of our Creator lives within us as our souls and is, therefore, always with us. If we are willing to admit we are seeing our situations through the eyes of upset, and that we do not know everything, we can put ourselves in a better state of mind. From there we can pray to the God we love, or ask our angels to guide us. We can find and attend a church we enjoy, or seek counseling. We can learn about education opportunities. We have to believe that we deserve, and that life offers, goodness.
This type of change is growth-producing but for most of us, it doesn’t come in a flash of insight, though I do know one man whose life changed that way. We live, we make our poor choices and learn, “Oops! That didn’t turn out very well. What can I do differently next time (or the time after that, or the time after that)?” In accepting the law that we create how we live and what happens to us through our emotion-packed thoughts and actions, the past is left in the past. In understanding that we can change how we live if we choose to do so, and that when we forgive ourselves and others, we leave the past in the past where it belongs. We are renewed. We march forward, expecting all the good that life offers, which is simply waiting for us to open that door and walk through it.
I’ve wondered why, if we attend a church service during the day, we see mostly women. This is still true today, when many women also work outside the home. Is it easier for women to have faith that a divine hand is at work in our lives? Perhaps. It surely is easier to connect with the miraculous after two tiny seeds have grown together inside you to become a tiny person who, through another unique process, is specially delivered into our lives and unto the world. Maybe we tap the river of faith because we are generally more intuitive. Maybe the male of our species will become more intuitive as we make the shift in consciousness to a gentler way of expression. Maybe we females will gain more confidence and shift away from victimization and pleading for attention.
Is a shift really happening? We find ourselves at the end of a 26,000 year cycle of time and that seems significant. What have we learned in the last 26,000 years? Somewhere along the way, we lost contact with the Divine Feminine and God became He Who Is All That Is, at least on our planet. How did that happen? Did some marauding, power-hungry man lead tens of thousands of soldiers across great continents, destroying temples dedicated to the Divine Mother? Did this marauder grow impatient with the ideas of compassion and cooperation and destroy the records of periods of peace? Did he pound his chest and say, “If there is a god, he’s male! These women had better come to their senses! All that I can see, wherever I am, is mine!” Evidence of God also as feminine is not abundant–though some does exist, enough to say yes, at some point a feminine God was worshipped on Earth and life was generally peaceful. Perhaps when her reign ended, the period of the Old Testament began.
We humans seem to project qualities of ourselves onto God. Is this why the squabbling Greek and Roman gods came to be? Did we make them up, or did they actually exist because the Great God of Love made them, too? To rule us because we had become animal-like war-makers? Who knows? All we can know for certain is that which we find in the quiet place of Love within. If we learn to tap peace, in the silence of the heart, and we spread our knowing, we will make a wonderful 26,000-year-shift into a higher way of being that means there is enough food, water, space, Love and compassion for all of us humans–because dynamic creativity has been unleashed.
I’ve been reading SECRETS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD by Little and Van Auken. While most of Edgar Cayce’s (the Sleeping Prophet) readings were about healing for those who asked him for help, sometimes in explaining what was going on with them, information came about other subjects such as Creation and the fall from heaven.
While in a trance state, Cayce described the five root races. When spiritual, free-will companions of the Creator grew curious about the rest of creation, they projected themselves into a denser world and became the first root race. The second root race occurred when these fluid beings created humanoid forms, which they occupied.
Over millions of years, these humans lost more of their connection to the Creator and could no longer come and go out of the forms they created. They retained some of their spiritual powers, but used them mostly for selfish reasons. They created ‘things,’ thought-projections in animal/human and plant/human forms, to be their slaves. This period coincides with the origins of Atlantis, about 200,000 B.C. and they were the third root race.
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By Michael Brine
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no person could have dreamed would have come their way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now!”
“When Love and Power unite Almighty Grace endows Mankind.” Schuler
Humanity has moved into a critical period of time. Before us stand two portals. We have a choice. One is to repeat the mind-set of the past several thousand years, and thus keep digging an ever-deepening grave – OR – we can embark on a new and exciting adventure into, as yet, largely unchartered waters. The choice is ours – as a species – as individuals.
The past is laid out before us, in this moment in time, to reflect on all its horrors and tragedies. In our blindness, we have sadly contributed to it, in most cases out of ignorance, blindly following the cultural conditioning in which we have been raised, as were our parents and their parents back, back into the mists of darker times.