The Spirit Helper, an old Cheyenne Indian Prayer, a Guest Post from Tom Mills

It’s good to remember every now and then that we are never alone:

“When you are alone, or troubled, or need a helping hand

Close your eyes and think of me and speak my name out loud

And I will come.

Look for me in the sky of a summer day,

Listen for the sound of my footsteps on the path,

Lift the rock and I am there.”

Will You Accept This Mission? “Yes, I Will,” she said.

My online buddy, Michael Brine, sent me an email several days back with a video interview of Inelia Benz, by Bill Ryan of Project Avalon. It’s movie length, 105 minutes, but, wow, it’s way, way more interesting than any movie I’ve ever seen. The camera stays on her the whole time and he’s in the background asking questions and commenting. I can’t call it riveting, but neither could I not continue to watch.She explains that she is not one of us humans who’ve incarnated time and again, making slow progress on the evolutionary scale toward enlightenment. She was at-one with the Source, asked to become an individual and accept a mission (she says there are millions like her) to go to Earth, take on a human body and, simply by her presence, raise the consciousness of people and the planet. She doesn’t judge anyone, her assignments or the process. She simply goes and does what she is told to do, which is to focus a hundred percent on the assignment. The loving energy of the Source does the work, through her nearness and focus.

Most interesting to me was what she said about free will. She and the others like her have been sent to Earth to mitigate the dark energy of those manipulating what happens on Earth solely for financial gain. We humans can’t make real free will choices because of the pressing-down power of the dark forces. (Free will was the deal, so to speak.) As she/they are used to raise our consciousness and Mother Earth’s energy, we are given a window of opportunity to freely choose whether to stay in this dark timeline or move to a parallel timeline where there is no war, no dark forces, no manipulating—only light and Love and life. She adds, though, that Love will eventually encompass all on Earth—it is our destiny. The more of us who tune into our ‘helpers’ to reject fear and negative thinking, the less traumatic the impending shift in consciousness.

I know this sounds like the plot of a good movie, or that she is crazy. But just watch. Grab a friend and some popcorn and watch. Maybe it is riveting after all. I promise, you will feel the power of Love and you will not forget what you have seen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=feZqzZUV19w

Signs of Our Times

I posted the video, The Quickening, yesterday (below this entry) after having watched only the first third of it and did not write an introduction. I should have and this is it.

The film is about the coming shift in consciousness; its producers (Awakening As One) align themselves with Carl Calleman’s view that the Mayan calendar end-date is October 28, 2011—not Dec. 21, 2012. The video can be summed up as a one-and-one-quarter-hour wakeup call that explores the history of the world through the steps of the Mayan pyramid/time capsule, which can be viewed as a record of humankind’s preordained invitation to spiritual evolution.

The main point of the video is that death and destruction, the end of the material world as we know it, long predicted by native cultures, is looming because a large percentage of us humans are stuck in materiality and will not move out of the false world of materiality into the oneness of spiritual unity until faced with our own death—perhaps not until we witness us destroying ourselves and the world in a nuclear WWIII. Therefore, the coming destruction of the material reality is the will of Spirit/God/Creator, a final invitation to join with Light and Love, to live a life not just about ourselves, but of service to Spirit and to others.

The Quickening depicts two ways of experiencing the next months: living with fear, in negativity and hate; or rising from the flames with a strong faith born of a spirit-based perspective, with hearts full of love and gratitude that Truth will, at last, be known. Those who choose unity, the producers report, will experience the destruction of this false reality with grace and ease. Others will live more like rabid animals, searching for food, for example, killing and stealing from whoever is in their way. The filmmakers recommend leaving large cities for the forests and mountains but remind us, also, that we are each exactly where we are supposed to be and if we cannot leave a city, we can connect with Mother Earth by thinking of water, a tree, or the earth under our feet.

To me, the most important point of the film is one that still echoes from the messages of Jesus Christ: Judge not lest ye be judged. The film suggests that the United Nations could call for (after severe destruction by natural disasters and terrorists, nuclear war and the appearance of fake or real alien beings) a one-world government, with a false leader who, for the price of obedience and subservience, will provide for our material needs. Some will accept these terms and others will rise against the one-world system, but it will be those who remain centered in spirituality, in oneness with the Divine Plan/Christ Consciousness, who light the way to healing by forgiveness of everything, offering love and acceptance to all who will accept it. During this period, we may each be asked to face the results of our own imbalances and errors—to see the seeds of darkness within ourselves, not just in others. This experience of humility will lead to oneness if we are willing to let go of our current warring mentality.

Also important are dates in August and September. During the period August 18-September 5, 2011, the filmmakers say a terrorist attack that could collapse the economy could happen, causing another depression and perhaps lead to WWIII.  The Hopi Indians have a prophecy that four celestial bodies will become visible in the ‘end times.’ Two Brothers (who had a hand in Creation), one the guardian of the north pole and the other the guardian of the south pole, will appear in the sky to return the earth to her natural rotation, counter-clockwise. The Blue Star Kachina will arrive and last, the Red Star Kachina, the Purifier. The makers of The Quickening state that the comet Elenin is the Blue Star Kachina and that when we can see the Blue Star, we will know that change is upon us. They also refer to the comets Honda and Levi.

Significantly, when Elenin was in some kind of alignment with earth on Feb. 23, 2010, there was a major earthquake in Chile; on Sept. 4, 2010, there was a large earthquake in New Zealand; and on Mar. 11, 2011, the catastrophic earthquake and resulting tsunami occurred in Japan. Elenin will be aligned with earth again on Sept. 26th and Oct. 16-17thth of this year. During this period we could see an orchestrated alien invasion, three days of darkness (which will come to an end–remain faithful) and more huge earthquakes. The filmmakers also report that on Nov. 3, 2011, earth will pass through the tail of Elenin. (Here is a link to NASA about Elenin, which states that the comet will have no effect on earthlings and there is no other celestial body, i.e. the Red Star Kachina, following it that threatens earth. Here is a link re: Elenin from Space.com.)

I’m posting this introduction to the video because the greed and self-possession of the powerful, which threatens to destroy our world and way of life (that is yet lacking for so many) could lead to our total annihilation. These men are out of control; we Americans, and others, have bought into their plans and Mother Nature and the Great Spirit are, at the very least, shaking us out of our stupor. Some people believe a peaceful, spiritual shift in consciousness is coming. I don’t know, of course, what will happen, but it is our obligation at this moment in time to discuss and consider the possibilities.

Love Your Enemies, Quoted from Paramahansa Yogananda

I am reading Paramahansa Yogananda’s book, The Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of the Christ Within You, as we humans read all holy books—slowly and while in a contemplative mood. In this two-book set he shares, in depth, his Eastern wisdom as it relates to the verses of the New Testament.

I am quoting several paragraphs below from his discourse on John 1:29-34, in which he writes about the most important of all subjects: the power of love over evil–and Jesus’ role in God’s great plan:

P.Y. writes that Jesus, “was not the arrogant power of a tyrannical crusader out to destroy evil by force. Rather he came…to offer himself as a sacrifice to exemplify the supreme power of love. If God used his omnipotence to punish man, it would be impossible for a mere mortal to exercise independent judgment and thus learn and grow by his mistakes. The karmic law works whereby man punishes himself proportionate to his misdeeds, while at the same time God uses love to encourage discriminative right behavior and to awaken in the human spirit the higher soul qualities of God’s image within the true Self.

“Jesus exemplified God’s love in a rare expression of spiritual magnanimity: the willing oblation of his own life. By sacrificing himself for the spiritual welfare of others, a savior who is empowered by God to do so can expiate the sins of others. Jesus, a world savior, took on himself not only the karmic debt of his disciples but also the sin of the masses by allowing himself to be crucified.”

Jesus offered himself as, “an exemplar of the consummate power of love over evil, wisdom over ignorance, forgiveness over vengefulness, light over darkness.

“Jesus’ sacrifice was, primarily, to exemplify for all time the power of spiritual force over ignorance and brute force. He showed that the power of love could conquer the Roman Empire, with which all its might could not suppress his philosophy. His reign has outlasted
that of all warrior conquerors, based on the divine edict: “Love your enemies.”

Love your enemies. This, whether they know it or not, is the calling of the world’s young people (but old souls) who have entered this world now, as a college grad said on the news a few nights ago “to stop the hate.” Thanks be to God, Creator, Love, Universe, Great Mystery.

Oh, Those Spiritual Mysteries

The sacred symbol, AUM, courtesy of http://www.bbc.co.uk

Do you ever wonder about spiritual mysteries? I’ve grappled with the idea of our world and our very lives being a delusion. What does that really mean? (I have lots of questions.)

I’m reading, ‘THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST, THE RESURRECTION OF THE CHRIST WITHIN YOU,’  by Paramanhansa Yogananda, and have realized early on that most, if not all, of my spiritual questions will be answered within the pages of this beautifully bound two-volume set. Paramanhansa Yogananda was sent to America by his guru to illustrate that the spiritual experiences and wisdom of the masters of the East is the same spirituality and wisdom of the true Jesus Christ. As P.Y. writes, he quotes from the King James Bible and the Hindu Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, showing how the sacred teachings are the same.

Here I’m quoting from the book about delusion:

“There are two manifestations of the darkness of delusion: one is maya, cosmic delusion, “that which measures the Infinite;” and the other is avidya, which means ignorance or individual illusion…Maya is the mass hypnosis of God by which he makes every human being believe in the same illusory ‘reality’ of creation as perceived by the senses; avidya gives individuality of form, experience and expression (it supports the ego or I-consciousness).

…The light of God shines within the darkness of cosmic delusion, but man, the perceiver, suffers from two blinding maladies: the limitation of his senses, or individual delusive ignorance, and the cosmic delusion, combined.

…In meditation this darkness of sensory dependence goes away and intuition prevails, revealing oneself as light in the magnitude of a whole universe of light.”

Aha! An explanation of why we see or not see what is.:)

Have you ever chanted the sound, AUM? I have and it’s powerful, clearing, even spine-tingling. AUM in the Bhagavad Gita is the Holy Ghost (or Spirit) in the Christian Bible. From the SECOND COMING OF CHRIST:

“The designation in the Hindu scriptures of this “Holy Ghost”as Aum signifies its role in God’s creative plan: A stands for akara, or creative vibration; U for ukara, preservative vibration; and M for makara, the vibratory power of dissolution…So the Aum or Holy Ghost creates all things, preserves them in myriad forms, and ultimately dissolves them in the sea-bosom of God to be again re-created—a continuing process of renewal of life and form in the ongoing cosmic dreaming of God.”

Each letter of the sacred sound, AUM, means something: creation, preservation and dissolution. Isn’t that interesting? I safely downloaded a one minute audio of the sound, AUM from: Meditation Music. (Audio 2 is great). Even one minute of this cosmic sound is healing.

My Dearest Companions of the Stars, A Guest Post by Michael Brine

I was up in the hills today and the following came to me:

“The Stars may try to guide us and the mind try to find answers, but in the end we must get out of our own way, for only the love that flows between our souls can guide us – unhindered by these influences – towards us all in the fulfilment of our combined destinies.”

Michael Brine
25.04.2011

Reflection on Good Friday

My mom, who was raised in the Lutheran church and isn’t Catholic, asked me to attend a Stations of the Cross service at a local Catholic church yesterday, Good Friday. She says I am not as happy as when I regularly attended church, which is true in some ways. I do miss the fellowship and the messages of those priests who work so hard at making Christ’s loving ways and messages pertinent to today. (Obviously, I don’t miss the dark side of the church.)

I did not want to go because recounting Jesus’ beatings, his blood loss, his falls, the nails through his hands and feet, the sword to his ribs and the profound suffering of his mother, is hard if you don’t return on Easter Sunday to celebrate His triumph over death and the misguided ways of the world. But I went because she is my mom and moms tend to know what we need, even if we don’t want it.

I hadn’t been in years, but it seemed to me the message of the day was more direct, more terse than I remembered. The needs of all suffering people, the homeless, the hungry, the addicts, the dominated, the ill, the devastated, the elderly, the poor, were addressed in this way: Those who cause great suffering for others should stop; and that the suffering-Jesus knows who we are and why we suffer and is with us, all of us.

This is hard to admit, but I realized while in the church that my worldview of established religions has become cynical and how easy it is for me to feel that I don’t need a faith, that I know about the stuff of God. ‘She who knows, knows not,’ was the message sent and received. It is been a while since I felt open, contemplative and humble at the same time. Mothers do know best.

Love Lives in All Creatures, Great and Small

Another special animal story came this week (in an email—no groaning—it’s a love story and you’re really going to like it.) Someone reported it came from a French newspaper, but gave no details. So, thank you to whoever captured these moving pictures, a testament to the power of love that lives in all creatures, great and small:

Here a female swallow is injured and the condition is soon fatal. She was hit by a car as she swooped low across the road.

Here a male swallow, her mate, brought her food and attended to her with love and compassion.

He brought her food again but was shocked to find her dead.

He tried to move her … a rarely-seen effort for swallows!

Aware that his sweetheart is dead and will never come back to him again, he cries with adoring love. He stood beside her, saddened of her death.

Millions of people cried after seeing these photos in Europe, America, Australia, and even India. The photographer sold these pictures for a nominal fee to the most famous newspaper in France. All copies of that edition were sold out on the day these pictures were published.

And people think animals don’t have feelings? You have just witnessed love and sorrow felt by one of God’s creatures. The Bible says God knows when a sparrow falls. How much more He cares for us!

Meditation For Christmas Morn

It is a blessing to publish here a Christmas meditation from the enlightened spiritual leader, Paramahansa Yogananda, who was sent from India to America by his guru to share stories about our Loving Creator and the oneness of all spiritual consciousness. 

By Paramahansa Yogananda

The following excerpt is from Metaphysical Meditations by Paramahansa Yogananda. Self-Realization Fellowship, Los Angeles. Reprinted with permission.

Paramahansa Yogananda in 1924, Photo Courtesy of Self Realization Fellowship, Los Angeles

Celebrate the birth of Christ in the cradle of your consciousness during the Christmas season. Let His vast perception in Nature, in space, and in universal love be felt within your heart.

Break the limitations of caste, color, race, religious prejudice, and inharmony, that the cradle of your heart be big enough to hold within you the Christ-love for all creation.

On every Christmas morn of your inner perception, prepare precious packages of divine qualities and deliver them to the beloved souls who gather around the Christmas tree of inner awakening to commemorate His birth in understanding, truth, and bliss.

Celebrating the birth of omniscient, omnipresent Christ Consciousness on the joyous Christmas festivity of your inner awakening, you will find the unbroken happiness of your dreams.

Let the omniscient Christ Consciousness come to earth a second time and be born in you, even as it was manifested in the consciousness of Jesus.

We Are the Answer, a Guest Post from Sharie, Spirit Teacher

Today, tomorrow and Christmas Eve I hope to share Christmas messages full of Love. “Tis the season when the world opens the door once more to the Spirit of Holy Days. Sharie (whose Native Indian name, if she had one, would be Blessing Woman) gave her permission to share this message from her blog, Sending Joy. It will inspire you for weeks to come–I promise. (I’m tuned into these things.) May you be blessed in this holiday season and forever and ever while we’re at it. Amen.

By Sharie, Spirit Teacher
Sending Joy

We are the awe we feel at a glorious sunset or a star filled night.  We are the beauty of a lovely garden, or a snow filled woods. Not the garden or the woods, but the beauty which is a feeling that lives inside us. We are the heart of a lovely song, the picture in the frame, the pinnacle of every fear-filled mountain we’ve ever had to climb. We are the joy in an unguarded moment when something passes over us that surpasses understanding.

We are the deep happiness we feel when we get it, even for an instant, that God is alive and well and no matter how it looks, all is right with the world. We are a holy instant when time stands still and space is limitless and we can see through the fear, the pain, the doubts, the darkness to a place of light and delight, and then, with great relief, feel all our burdens lifted from us. We are weightless.  We are ageless.  We are the kindness in a moment when we connect with someone unexpectedly and feel compassion and empathy. We are a gift to the world and the world is a gift to us. We are a blessing who can bless.  We are a savior who can save.  We are a healed healer. We are the answer to every question. The question to every answer. We are every lesson learned.

Where Does Peace Come From?

When I was young, I believed if enough of us marched for world peace, peace would happen—ha ha, right? Now I know it takes something more than marching or even thinking about peace. Peace is the natural state of our souls and between lives, we know this. We may have something like a vague recollection once reborn on Earth, but it’s very hard to give up our positions and our desires; peace pretty much always takes a back seat.

Peace begins within, the old saying goes. That means peace is so important to us, we’re willing to understand what ‘within’ means. We’re ready to know, where does peace come from? How is it implemented? We’re also willing to hear others’ needs because theirs are as important to us as our own.

In every situation, at least one person must be able to see the path to peace, to rise above finger-pointing and a desire for revenge. That’s a big one. It’s natural on Earth to want control and payback, but it’s not the natural state of our souls. Our souls love, forgive and serve.

So, I dedicate my Christmas peace collage to the beautiful man, the Prince of Peace, who was conceived through a miracle over two-thousand years ago, born to reconcile us with our Creator. How are we doing?

Love and the Holy Days

Life is so fascinating—here we are in these physical bodies running around town like crazy, working, shopping, trying not to drop. Then, there’s the spirit of Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza (and other holidays too, I’m sure) which we hope will transport us to a quiet, inner place of joy, secure in the knowledge that we are far more than frantic minds and bodies on the go.

Years ago, in Sedona, Arizona, friends and I stopped at a shop that took pictures of human auras with a special camera. (I think of auras as the energy that imbues and surrounds living things, which can be perceived as colors by people who are psychically sensitive.) We all thought it would be fun to see what our auras looked like and shared our photos afterward. I can’t remember everyone’s colors anymore but I think my picture was mostly red and green.

My point is, we are energy that, in a healthy person, radiates several feet beyond our bodies. Our energy fields reflect the thoughts we consistently think, our moods, everything really, including our experiences of the sacred. I think we love the holy days because, for a time, they invite us to a place within that is beyond our humdrum lives. They allow us to see there is more to us than meets the eye–that we are spiritual beings who carry on after our bodies die. (I once read that our life force (our souls?) weighs three ounces, which seems so insubstantial, doesn’t it, for living beings?) When we respect others and celebrate holy days together, our energy fields mix and Love catches the winds circling the globe, just like Santa Claus.