Monday, May 15, 2017

The Three Questions

by Sarah Rudell Beach

Over 130 years ago, Leo Tolstoy published a short story that began with these words:
It once occurred to a certain king, that if he always knew the right time to begin everything; if he knew who were the right people to listen to, and whom to avoid; and, above all, if he always knew what was the most important thing to do, he would never fail in anything he might undertake.
I think that king is my spirit animal. If I just knew 1) when to do the things, 2) who to do the things with and for, and 3) which things to do, I’d have life all figured out.

Would YOU like to know these things, too? Then let me tell you the rest of the story…

Tolstoy’s king, being a wise, left-brain type, devised a clever solution: he announced he would give a great reward to the person who could answer his questions. The most educated men throughout his kingdom quickly arrived to share their wisdom.

The problem was, even though these were clearly the wisest men in the land, they all had different answers! On the first question —when to do the things– some said he should plan everything in advance, some said he must pay attention to everything all the time in order to know when to act, some said he should let his council decide all questions of timing, and others said only magicians can know the perfect timing of things!

And then there were all sorts of ideas about who the important people were — priests, council members, warriors, doctors — and LOTS of suggestions of the most important things to do — worship, research, train in warfare…

The king was frustrated — wasn’t there anyone in all the land who knew all the things?!?
So the king did what we all would do in such a situation — he took off on a journey into the woods to find a wise hermit who could answer his questions.
When he came upon the hermit, a frail man working with some difficulty in his garden, he immediately announced,
I have come to you, wise hermit, to ask you to answer three questions: How can I learn to do the right thing at the right time? Who are the people I most need, and to whom should I, therefore, pay more attention than to the rest? And, what affairs are the most important, and need my first attention?”
This being a cute fable, the hermit simply ignored him and continued his work. As the king noticed the hermit looked quite tired, he offered to take his spade and take over the digging. The hermit happily handed him his tools and rested for a while.

The king, after some time, repeated his questions, and, of course, the hermit said nothing.
And then, because this is a quirky old story, allofasudden the hermit and the king were startled by a man running out of the woods, clutching his bleeding belly and then collapsing in front of them! The king and the hermit immediately tended to the man’s significant injuries, and spent the rest of the night cleaning his wounds, changing his bandages, and offering sips of water.

In the morning, the man thanked the king profusely (and informed him, of course, that he had actually been in the woods to try to kill the king yesterday, to seek revenge, but instead had been attacked by the king’s bodyguard. He expressed his deep gratitude to the king for saving his life, though his intent the day before had been to kill him!)

The king, thankful to have made peace with his enemy, decided to head home, but sought out the hermit one last time to answer his questions.

To his surprise, the hermit told him, “You have already been answered!”
The king was shocked — the hermit had not answered him at all!

The hermit proceeded to tell him that when the king found him, the most important thing to do was to help him — for the hermit was weary, not to mention that if the king hadn’t stayed, his enemy would have caught him, and likely killed him. And when the man eventually burst forth from the woods injured, he became the most important person, and the most important thing to do was to help him — for then he never would have reconciled with his enemy.

The hermit told him,
Remember then: there is only one time that is important– Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power. The most necessary man is he with whom you are, for no man knows whether he will ever have dealings with any one else: and the most important affair is, to do him good, because for that purpose alone was man sent into this life!”
So, dear reader, we have our answers:
  1. When is the most important time to do the things? NOW.
  2. Who are the most important people? The ones we’re with NOW.
  3. Which things are the most important? The things we’re doing NOW, to help the ones we’re with NOW.
And a whole bunch of artists and dancers agree, so the hermit clearly knew what he was talking about:

All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.Martha Graham
 
In magic – and in life – there is only the present moment, the now. … We human beings have enormous difficulty in focusing on the present; we are always thinking about what we did, about how we could have done it better…. Or else we think about the future, about what we are going to do tomorrow, what precautions we should take, what dangers await us around the next corner, how to avoid what we do not want and how to get what we have always dreamed of.Paolo Coelho.
 


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Home Is Where the Heart Is

A turtle carries its home on its back, as humans we carry our home in our heart.
The word "home" has a wide variety of connotations. To some, home is merely a place where basic needs are addressed. To others, home is the foundation from which they draw their strength and tranquility. Still, others view home as a place inexorably linked to family. Yet all these definitions of home imply somewhere we can be ourselves and are totally accepted. There, we feel safe enough to let down our guard, peaceful enough to really relax, and loved enough to want to return day after day. However, these qualities need not be linked to a single space or any space at all. Home is where the heart is and can be the locale you live in, a community you once lived in, or the country where you plan to live someday. Or home can be a feeling you carry inside yourself, wherever you are.

The process of evolution can require you to undergo transformations that uproot you. Moving from place to place can seem to literally divide you from the foundations you have come to depend on. Since your home is so intimately tied to the memories that define you, you may feel that you are losing a vital part of yourself when you leave behind your previous house, city, state, or country. And as it may take some time before you fashion new memories, you may feel homeless even after settling into your new abode. To carry your home with you, you need only become your own foundation. Doing so is merely a matter of staying grounded and centered, and recognizing that the pleasures you enjoyed in one place will still touch your heart in another if you allow them.

Your home can be any space or state of being that fulfills you, provided you are at peace with yourself and your surroundings. A person can feel like home to you, as can seasons and activities. If you feel disconnected from what you once thought of as home, your detachment may be a signal that you are ready to move one. Simply put, you will know you have found your home when both your physical environment and energetic surroundings are in harmony with the individual you are within.

Daily Om - Madisyn Taylor

 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Enlightenment At Home


by Madisyn Taylor

Spiritual growth can take place anywhere if you are open and ready to learn and receive.

Many spiritual seekers feel called to far-flung places across the globe in the interest of pursuing the path of their enlightenment. This may indeed be the right course of action for certain people, but it is by no means necessary to attaining an enlightened consciousness. Enlightenment can take root anywhere on earth, as long as the seeker is an open and ready vessel for higher consciousness. All we need is a powerful intention, and a willingness to do the work necessary to moving forward on our path.

In terms of spiritual practice, at this moment, there are more tools available to more people than at any other time in history. We have access to so much wisdom through the vehicles of books, magazines, the Internet, television, and film. In addition, the time-honored practice of meditation is free, and sitting quietly everyday, listening to the universe, is a great way to start the journey within. There is further inspiration in the fact that the greatest teachers we have are our own life experiences, and they come to us every day with new lessons and new opportunities to learn. If we look at the people around us, we may realize that we have a spiritual community already intact, and if we don't, we can find one, if not in our own neighborhood, then on-line.

Meanwhile, if we feel called to travel in search of teachers and experiences, then by all means, we should. But if we can't go to India, or Burma, or Indonesia, or if we don't have the desire, this is not an obstacle in terms of our spiritual development. In fact, we may simply be aware that our time and energy is best spent in our own homes, with our meditation practice and all the complications and joys of our own lives. We can confidently stay in one place, knowing that everything that we need to attain enlightenment is always available right where we are.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Why and how to develop self-discipline

By Gloria Excelsias

Self-discipline is one of the most important qualities to develop on the Spiritual path. It is certainly no coincidence that the words disciple and discipline sound so similar. They originate from the same root. Discipulus, in Latin, means student – and discere means to learn.

It is only when the student begins to learn to discipline his and her forces, that true Spiritual growth and self-mastery may be attained. So long as we don’t learn to control the invisible forces within us, we cannot hope to steer and direct our visible life.

Until we decide to develop self-discipline, we are basically thrown hither and yon by the inner currents of desire and by the outer currents of temptation. In other words, we are the victim of desire and confusion and not the captain of our ship.

Self-discipline enables us to direct our forces and thus take control of our life.
With this understanding in mind, how may we develop self-discipline?

We develop self-discipline first by deciding that from this moment forward we’ll control our desires, passions and appetites which have hitherto controlled us and that from this moment forward we’ll resist the temptation to give into selfish gratification.  Step number one is to make a decision to change our life and take control of our forces. What might be helpful is to make this decision in front of our Creator in the form of a Spiritual contract of sorts. Doing this will make it easier to follow through.

Step number two is to take the opportunity, when the lower passion or appetite arises, to not just restrain it but purify it. Remember, we live in a world of energies and forces. Lower passions, desires and appetites are real, tangible forces. Just trying to restrain them will not get rid of them. The only way to get rid of them is to transform them. Energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it can only be transformed. We transform a lower passion by purifying it into a higher aspiration. As we transform these lower forces, one by one, they will soon lose their hold over us as well as their attractive power. In other words, as we begin to purify our life through self-discipline, we will begin feeling repelled by the impure life and start feeling attracted to the pure life. As the lower life is phased out of our constitution through self-discipline, as per the law of attraction, we will no longer feel attracted to it.

It is through the purification of our lower nature that we step into our nigher nature. The lower animal forces are not lost in the process of purification, they are simply transmuted into higher spiritual energy. However, this transmutation of lower force into higher energy does not happen by chance. It happens by choice. It is accomplished through self-imposed discipline.

Here is what happens: Each time we give into a lower passion and desire, we give our power away to the lower desire and in this way strengthen the force of desire while at the same time weakening ourselves in proportion. However, each time we restrain a lower desire and transmute it into a higher form of energy, we strengthen our will power and grow in Spiritual power.

As we begin to transform our lower desires into higher energies, we develop will-power, self-confidence, self-love and self-respect. We also begin to conserve our energies rather than dissipate them. In other words, we begin to apply the law of energy conservation. Nature does not dissipate her energies and neither should we if we are serious about stepping into Spiritual maturity.
Without self-discipline we steadily keep drifting lower and lower (one low passion magnetically leads to another lower passion) whereas through the execution of self-discipline we may lift ourselves out of the lower life into the glories of the high life.

We won’t just wake up one magical morning being fully awakened and alive without having initiated the necessary self-discipline to prune away all that is not divine and cultivate all that is. As we sacrifice the lower life, we gain so much in return! Give it a try

ACTION STEP: Practically speaking, let’s say you want to become the master of your tongue. Each time you are about to say something unfriendly, unsupportive, unhelpful, mean etc., restrain yourself and make yourself say something nice, uplifting and supportive instead. Words are forces! That’s why they can hurt – or uplift, for that matter. Every time we restrain our tongue and/or turn a negative conversation into a positive one, we are literally transmuting lower force into higher energy. We are practicing alchemy Spend the next seven days actively practicing alchemy.

Link: http://iamuniversity.org/why-and-how-to-develop-self-discipline/


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Purification: An Alchemical Process


It is not possible to advance on the Spiritual path without going through a process of purification. The word purification comes from the Latin and means „to make pure.“ („purus“ = pure; + root of „facere“ = to make) It literally means „free from extraneous matter.“

Being an extension of Source, we are – like Source – a trinity: Spirit – consciousness – matter; in intuitive philosophy this trinity is also known as: Monad (Spirit or life aspect) – Soul (consciousness aspect) – Personality (matter aspect).

Our mental, emotional and physical/etheric bodies constitute the so-called personality vehicles. Our bodies are made of various degrees of matter (physical/etheric matter, astral matter, mental matter). The quality of the matter constituting our physical/etheric, emotional and mental bodies is dependent on the thoughts we think, the feelings and emotions we experience, the words we speak, and the actions we take.

Now, I would like to take a moment and talk about the need of purification, focusing specifically on our matter aspect, our bodies. At the end, I will explain why purification is a necessary discipline which we cannot evade if we are to take the next step in our evolution and advance into a Soul-conscious species.

Let’s begin with our mental body.

Since in our current stage of evolution we are mostly unconscious and passive and pay little to no attention to our thinking, we naturally allow the people around us, the situations we find ourselves in, the programs playing on TV, global events, etc. to condition our mental body. Said another way: The newspapers we read, the shows and movies we watch on TV, the conservations we have at work and with our family, the people we hang around with, all play upon and condition the matter of our mental body. Since we, as a human family, are still mostly identified with separation, most of these vibrations are separative in nature. They separate us from Source and from one another.

However, the Spiritual path is the path of gradually replacing the illusion of separation with the reality of oneness. Therefore, to accomplish this, we need to purify our mental vehicle of all separative elements. If we do not systematically purify our mental nature of these separative elements, we will not be able to grow and advance. On the contrary: we’ll stay stuck exactly where we are and keep going in circles. You need to understand that we will not just wake up one magical morning having a fully purified and enlightened mental body. If our mental nature is going to transform into one of love and light and beauty, we will have to take the initiative to do so.

Now, how do we purify our mental nature? One of the most essential ways – and that‘s just one way – to purify our thinking is to begin observing our thinking. As you observe your thinking, the moment you catch yourself having a thought of fear, hatred, separation, anger, etc., immediately stop it and replace it with a thought of love, joy, gratitude and freedom. Energy cannot be destroyed but it can be transformed. When we replace a thought of fear with a thought of love, in that very moment of changing the direction of a thought current, we transform the energy of that thought current and thus literally transform the quality, wiring and substance of our mental body. Changing fear-based thoughts into love-based thoughts is literally an alchemical process. As we keep raising the substance of our mental body by purifying it on an ongoing basis (by continually replacing fear-based thoughts with love-based thoughts), we can use our mental body for an increasingly higher, divine purpose. (To think high thoughts, we need a mental body made of high vibrational mental substance; with a low order mental body we cannot think high thoughts!)

What about our emotional body? The quality of our emotional nature is dependent on the feelings and emotions we express – past, present, and future. Fear-based emotions are separative in nature. Cutting off oneness, they literally destroy the wiring of our emotional nature and create short-circuits in our nature. As as result, we cannot change our emotional responses but are caught in so-called emotional automatic reactions. Someone attacks us, and we automatically attack back (before we even have time to „think“ about what we are doing). To heal these cleavages, we need to flood our emotional nature with love and joy and gratitude, etc. Fear separates, love mends. This way we literally heal the wiring and raise the substance of our emotional nature. So: Observe your emotional automatic reactions. As you catch yourself reacting on automatic pilot, stop yourself in the middle (to the best of your ability) and make a conscious effort to consciously respond in a new, loving way. In this way you install a new program. Part of our evolutionary goal is to master and control our bodies so we can use them in service of the Soul and Spirit. When we have an emotional body that does its „own thing,“ the Soul cannot use it in service. When you purify your emotional nature by flooding your feeling nature with love and joy and gratitude, and by striving to respond to what happens in your life in new enlightened ways, you literally purify and thereby raise the very frequency of the cells constituting your feeling instrument.

Lastly, we also need to purify the matter out of which our physical body is made. Now, how do we accomplish that? Through fasting, deep breathing (I am not talking about pranayama!), sports, sweating in the sauna, etc. Fasting, deep breathing, sports and sweating are excellent disciplines to release coarse matter from our physical matter and build new, finer, higher matter into our densest vehicle. In other words: these are excellent exercises to purify and raise the frequency of the cells constituting our physical body.

Now, this being said, as we all know: we are NOT our bodes. So why bother to purify our vehicles if we are NOT our bodies? Excellent question! As I have said in the beginning, we are a trinity: Spirit, Soul, matter. These three aspects work together in unison. The Soul is Spirit’s vehicle of expression, and the matter aspect (involving ALL our bodies) is the Soul’s vehicle of expression.

In other words: The Soul cannot manifest itself without matter (without bodies) because matter is the very vehicle for the manifestation of the Soul.


Our current evolutionary goal is to advance into a Soul-conscious species. Our current evolutionary goal is to MANIFEST the Soul, and for the Soul to manifest itself it needs suitable instruments. A suitable mental, emotional and physical instrument is free of lower-vibratory coarse matter and full of high-level-vibratory fine matter. The Soul literally cannot manifest itself in a heavy, lower-vibratory physical body, emotional vehicle and mental house.

Purification is a necessary discipline on the Spiritual path because it is the discipline that enables us to replace coarse matter with fine matter (in all our vehicles). Purification is a discipline that enables us to alchemically transform our vehicles so as to provide our Soul with suitable instruments to express and manifest itself on Earth. And why should we strive to manifest express and manifest the Soul on Earth?

Great question! Because, again, it is current evolutionary goal to advance into a Soul-conscious species – and we reach this goal by each one of us manifesting our Soul on Earth – in our thinking, feeling and acting nature.

Source: http://iamuniversity.org/purification-an-alchemical-process


Monday, April 3, 2017

A Thought to Carry with You

Great wisdom often lies hidden in deceptively simple language. Scottish author George MacDonald's At the Back of the North Wind contains this little gem among many:

"The lightning and thunder,
They go and they come;
But the stars and the stillness
Are always at home."


Lightning and thunder come and go in the literal sense of weather changes, of course, and they are also familiar metaphors. In our personal lives, things may move along "as usual" for a while, but sooner or later a storm bursts in: a family argument, an accident, a ravaging illness, the death of someone we love. Beyond our own horizons, we are saddened to hear about upheavals in the lives of our sisters and brothers around the world: wars, famine, political oppression, refugee crises, and more. Tempestuous forces may sometimes clear the way for us to break free of limitations, gain courage, and come more fully alive. But there's no doubt that they are emblems of impermanence and can lead to terrible loss.

Dramatic storms tend to stand out in our memories. It's rarer for us to recall the stars and the stillness that outlast the wild whims of weather. This week, be on the lookout for a steady, sure vantage point from which you can sense the stars firmly situated in their celestial home. Rooting yourself in stillness fosters serenity, calm, and clarity like that of a clear night sky -- qualities that last even when storms are raging.  

Blessings,
Your Spirituality & Practice Team
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Patricia Campbell Carlson
Darren Polito 


Monday, March 6, 2017

7 Reasons why to develop the powers of the Soul




The Science of Virtues is the science of developing the powers of the Soul. Virtues are Soul powers that enable us to manifest the Soul in our thinking, feeling and acting life. 

But WHY should we strive to manifest the powers of the Soul? How can they help us in a practical way in our daily life?

Here are seven compelling reasons why it is wise to consider beginning to work on the unfoldment and development of these Soul powers, or virtues, as they are called in colloquial language, in a systematic way:

VIRTUES ARE A REQUIREMENT TO EVOLVE INTO THE FIFTH KINGDOM IN NATURE

The Spiritual path is the path towards Spirit. This is the reason why we call it the Spiritual Path and why, in order for us to reach this goal, we have to spiritualize our consciousness and material nature. Spirit and matter are the two opposite poles of polarity. Matter is rarefied Spirit and Spirit is rarefied matter. The closer to Spirit we advance, the higher and finer the frequency. We cannot enter the higher dimensions with a low vibration. Therefore, we have to sublimate our lower nature and raise our vibration. Virtues, being evolutionary energies, enable us to do that. Without unfolding and developing virtues, we literally cannot take the next step in our evolution and evolve into the fifth kingdom in nature. When we are not evolving (moving towards Spirit), we are naturally involving (moving towards matter).

VIRTUES ERADICATE OUR SO-CALLED “BAD KARMA”

All of life is governed by laws. One such law is the law of karma. Karma is the law of cause and effect. Whatever we sow, we shall reap. Whatever we radiate, we attract. As such, the law of karma is a learning device. It confronts us with our own radiation and thereby helps us to correct separative tendencies etc. which otherwise we may be blind to. Now, when we deliberately and systematically transmute the involutionary forces in our aura – and that‘s really what so-called bad karma is: an involutionary force in our aura – by changing the involutionary force into an evolutionary energy, we resolve the issue before we meet it. We transmute our karma before we meet it. In other words: when we decide to develop virtues, we literally spare ourselves many accidents, health lessons and problems because virtues eradicate involutionary forces in our nature which – sooner or later – would otherwise magnetically attract situations into our life which are not fun and joyful.

VIRTUES ENABLE US TO MEET THE NEEDS OF DAILY LIFE

Undeveloped virtues are unrealized potentials, and these unrealized potentials will be lacking in us and will make it more difficult for us to meet certain needs and master certain situations in the course of our lives. However, once we systematically develop virtues, they are no longer just potentials, they turn into powers that we can actively use. So, it is not just a noble thing to develop virtues; developing virtues enables us – in a very practical way – to meet the needs of our daily life; virtues enables us to master life.

VIRTUES GUARANTEE A BEAUTIFUL DEATH EXPERIENCE

Virtues, being Soul energies, put us in touch with the higher dimensions. As we deliberately strive to get in touch with these higher subtler dimensions while in incarnation, it will naturally be very easy for us to access these higher dimensions when it is time for us to go. Why? Because we are already rightly attuned. When our aura is full of evolutionary energies (virtues), then these evolutionary energies will magnetically pull us up into the higher dimensions. So by the law of attraction, vices (being involutionary forces) magnetically pull us down into the lower planes whereas virtues (being evolutionary energies) magnetically lift us up and out of the lower planes into the finer dimensions of reality. In other words: Dying will become easy because we are already aspiring upwards on the evolutionary ladder while in incarnation and will naturally continue to do so when we let go of the limitations of the dense body.

VIRTUES, HAVING HEALING PROPERTIES, ARE MEDICINE

According to Djwhal Khul, all disease is the result of inhibited Soul life. Virtues are Soul energies. When we set out to systematically develop virtues and actualize them in our thinking, feeling and acting life, we allow the Soul to express itself without inhibition – and when the Soul can manifest itself without inhibition, health is the natural result. Vices inhibit the Soul life, virtues enable it. Therefore, vices make us sick and virtues make us healthy. As the energies of the Soul flow into our personality vehicles, they break up crystallizations and cause wholeness (healing). They pour down from our higher Soul nature into our etheric plane; then they pass via the Chakras (force centers in our etheric vehicle) to the ductless glands and are thereby released into our blood. In this way, virtues create the necessary elements and chemicals in our bloodstream and physical body. So, virtues are not just empty names on a piece of paper. A virtue, by definition, is literally a chemical substance. Virtues literally change the very chemistry in our body.

VIRTUES ENABLE US TO LIVE AS A SOUL

It is our current evolutionary goal to learn to live as a Soul. As we develop the qualities of the Soul, with each virtue we learn to express through our personality vehicles (physical, emotional and mental bodies), the Soul gains more and more control over the personality, and thus eventually we learn to live as a Soul and literally give birth to the Soul. The personality, which is the reflection of the Soul, becomes the Soul in manifestation. And that’s the goal: manifestation of the Soul in our thinking, feeling and acting life – and virtues enable us to realize this goal.

VIRTUES GIVE US SELF-CONFIDENCE

The more virtues we build into our nature, the more we will be able to meet the needs of daily life and thus master our life. So with each virtue that we build into our character and actualize in our daily life, our self-confidence grows. Virtues give us self-confidence because virtues make us stronger, more capable and more useful.

 Source: https://iamuniversity.org/


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Four Kinds of Karma

Whatever deed he does, that he will reap…

“How can I help myself overcome difficult times” or “How can I overcome bad karma” is a question we hear often. Understanding our circumstances helps us take the right decisions. Often people say that it’s in their karma to suffer and they don’t know what they can do to overcome it. Understanding the various kinds of karma can help. The Vedas and Upanishads mention four main kinds of karma.
Think of a seed. Fruits will appear only after the seed matures into a grown plant. It takes years. The tree yields hundreds of fruits – sometimes thousands. Each fruit contains at least one seed. This in turn gives birth to more trees and many more fruits. Karma is that seed. It has multiple returns and it takes time to mature.
Karma 1

Prarabdha Karma or Matured Karma

This is karma which has ripened. When we do something, the record of that activity is registered in the universe. So when the fruit matures, it either needs to be plucked or it will drop on the ground automatically. Staying on the tree forever is not possible. This is the karma that has matured over time. Whatever we are going through life presently which is not in our control is Prarabdha Karma. However, it doesn’t mean our future can’t be changed.  Any karma that hasn’t yet matured is the second variety.
Karma 2

Sanchita Karma or Stored Karma

This is the karma which is stored up. All fruits don’t mature on the tree at the same time. It comes and goes in seasons. There are people who seem to have the same kinds of problems in life over and over again. Sometimes they’re up, then they’re down quickly, then they’re up again for a short time and so on. This is because of the stored up karma. If mango trees have been planted, then there will be lots of mangoes every year. But if cactus plants have been planted too, then they will also flourish repeatedly. This is why problems usually come all together. When it rains, it pours! Of course, it means that good times also come in a bunch. The good news is Sanchita Karma can be changed if we go to the root of the seed. We can either nurture the seed or we can destroy it. The main thing is in going to the root.
Karma 3

Agami Karma or Forthcoming Karma

Agami Karma is mandatory. It’s a result of having performed past karma. Based on this karma, if certain actions have been performed, then certain other actions will also have to be performed. For instance, if you see the mango tree, you will automatically be seeing the leaves, fruits and bark of the tree too. You’ll smell the mouth-watering mangoes and probably hear the rustling of the leaves in the wind. You’ll experience the ambient temperature. Eventually you’ll walk away and no longer be seeing the tree. All of these are automatic and implied from the moment you first saw the tree. This Karma is important because all the choices we make today have a direct bearing on our future tomorrow. What we do now determines what happens in the next moment. It’s only by being continuously aware of what we are doing in the present moment that we can take care of Agami or forthcoming karma.
Karma 4

Vartamana Karma or Present Karma

This is the karma that you’re going through right now. Suppose for some reason, you’re sick of mangoes. You can chop the trees off or uproot them. You still have to get rid of the wood, rotting fruits, the decomposing leaves and all that. It’s a huge effort, but it’s a one-time effort. Thereafter, there will be no more mangoes waiting for you every year. You can plant new seeds – maybe tomatoes – and harvest those every few months, clearing up your karmic field regularly.
Managing your stored up karma is the key towards managing your future. By planting positive seeds now, you ensure both your short-term and long-term future. According to Master Choa Kok Sui, the founder of modern Pranic Healing, doing service and tithing regularly cleans up a lot of past negative karma.

“The law of compassion and mercy supersedes the Law of Karma”

Master Choa Kok Sui
Karma should not be confused with Fate. Fate is the notion that man’s life is preplanned for him by some external power, and he has no control over his destiny. Karma on the other hand, can be corrected. Meditating regularly can help in becoming aware of one’s karma and thus strive to change the course of events, with the help of superior powers.

“Here they say that a person consists of desires. And as is his desire, so is his will. As is his will, so is his deed. Whatever deed he does, that he will reap.”

The Vedas
We are good people with beautiful stories and amazing experiences. We are also hiding away a lot of hurt, pain and confusion. We want to be better; it’s just that sometimes we struggle to understand ourselves. Everyone wants to be the best version of themselves. Everyone feels guilty for not being able to live up to their own expectations. It’s okay to hurt. It’s okay to make mistakes. It’s okay to fall down, just so long as we rise again.

By Arkadeb Bhattacharyya

Source: http://pranaworld.net/the-four-kinds-of-karma/





Manifest Your Greatness | 5 Steps towards Success

“The Future Is In Your Hands. You Were Born To Manifest Your Greatness.”

Master Choa Kok Sui
Greatness is not something ready-made. It comes with diligent practice, awareness and willingness to change. Although we are all destined to be successful and born to manifest our greatness, we need to make effort for it.
Evolution requires time, process and lots of mistakes. Through hardship, though pain and sweat, the soul grows.
However, this process of evolution can be accelerated! And can be eased down, by following the guidance of a spiritual teacher – A person who has been though all the ups and downs of life and now is in a position to help.
Grand Master Choa Kok Sui, is one of such spiritual teachers, who have helped me and many many souls in this quest for evolution and greatness.
The below 5 elements are taken from his teachings.
Manifest Your Greatness No1
Goal
Goal setting is one of the most important steps towards achieving success.
In 1953, Yale University did a study and found out that only 3% of senior graduate students have determined, well-written goals.
20 years later, they did another survey and realized, this 3% have accomplished more.
However many people don’t have a proper goal. Why?
  • They are not sold to have one.
  • They don’t know how to set goals.
  • They have certain amount of fear! Because there is a risk involved when you say “I want to do this!”
  • They have poor self-image. They think they don’t deserve.
Goals help us focus, move forward and have clarity and directions! We can’t reach anywhere if we don’t know where we are going!
“Just as ships are built to sail the seas, planes to fly the heavens, and house for living, so is man created for a purpose.” Zig Ziglar
According to Master Choa Kok Sui, “A person with purpose should have: A financial target. A relationship target. A self-development target. A spiritual target.”
So first thing we need to do in order to manifest our greatness and achieve success in life is to set our goals!
Manifest Your Greatness No2
Commitment
After Goal Setting, now we need to have commitment and will! Will is the power needed to push us forward towards our goals. Things happen because we Will them to happen.
“Creation is done by Will, by influencing the Inner World.” Master Choa Kok Sui
Commitment is divided into physical commitment, emotional commitment and mental commitment.
Mental commitment refers to carefully studying the matter and working out the details – Studying where we are right now, and where we want to be. What recourses we need and risks are involved!
“Constantly study the matter to improve the situation. Start with something small and it will gradually become bigger and bigger and bigger.” Master Choa Kok Sui
Emotional commitment means to have desire to achieve success or in other words to be hungry to reach the target!
One of the things that can help us remain emotionally committed is schedule. Without a schedule we may not remain committed, especially on days that we feel tired or demotivated. “Schedule is a manifestation of Emotional Commitment.” Master Choa Kok Sui
Physical commitment simply means to act! One of the chakras that is needed for physical action is the Basic chakra. A strong basic chakra helps us to stay fit, energized and active.
Furthermore, in order to keep our commitments we need to take care of our physical body! With a weak, sick or depleted body, no one can achieve success. Take enough sleep, eat well, drink water and exercise!
Manifest Your Greatness No3
One-Pointedness
“If a person masters the Virtue of Constancy of Aim and Effort, that person is destined to be successful… Constancy of Aim and Effort is the quality needed for greatness.” Master Choa Kok Sui
To have constancy of aim and effort, we must have One-Pointedness. We must finish what we start!
One-pointedness simply means, eliminating activities that are not contributing to our goal.
Too many activities, exhaust our energy! So whatever activity, that is not necessary or helpful, we need to eliminate.
“Power comes from voluntary inner restriction or one-pointedness in purpose and effort.” Master Choa Kok Sui
Manifest Your Greatness No4
Purification
Thoughts are real and can affect us positively or negatively depending on the nature of the thought.
Negative thoughts and emotions, self-defeating and self-sabotaging thoughts affect our degree of success. Therefore we need to purify our system from all negative thoughts about life, success, money and even ourselves in order to achieve greater success in life.
“External obstacles are nothing compared to internal obstacles. Your greatest limitation comes from within, not from without!” Master Choa Kok Sui
Materialization also needs energy. After removing negative thoughts, emotions and doubts, creating positive energizing thoughts can help us accomplish our goals in shorter time.
This in Pranic Healing school is called Kriyashakti – materialization through the power of thought!
Manifest Your Greatness No5
Entitlement
“The science of Materialization works only if you have something to karmically withdraw. What you want to receive is what you must give.” Master Choa Kok Sui
To achieve success we need to be entitled for it. There are many people who may not seem to be very smart or wilful, yet they are successful. Entitlement in lay-man language is called “good luck.”
There are in fact many ways of generating good karma, Meditation on Twin Hearts, donating money to the needy, spending time to help others and teaching skills to people who are ready and willing to learn.
If you follow the above, and generate good karma, no body can stop you from achieving your goals!

Success is a Manifestation of your Growth and Development. Success shows the degree to which you have mastered the Teaching.”

Master Choa Kok Sui


 

Monday, February 20, 2017

The power of tithing

by Gloria Excelsias

The idea of tithing is very old.  All the major Scriptures speak of it in one way or another.

Tithing is a Spiritual concept. The original idea behind it was to acknowledge Source as the source of our supply. The idea is to give a certain percentage (Old English teogoþa = tenth) to Source.

Why, you ask? Great question!

When we make giving to Source a firm part of our life, we not only keep Source in the forefront of our mind, but we also open our inner and outer life to the inflow and outflow of Spirit’s love, life and abundance.

We live in a world of energies and forces. Money is energy. When we begin to give a part of our money in support of a higher purpose, we channel this energy upwards in frequency. The giving, in turn, makes room for the inflow of universal substance into our life.

In other words: When we give a part of our energy in service of a higher purpose, we receive higher energy in return. By continually giving in support of a higher purpose, our needs are guaranteed to be taken care of by the continual inflow of higher substance and energy.

As a consequence, we begin to build up faith and confidence in omnipresent supply and begin to realize that all of life is governed by laws, and that the divine law of giving and receiving ranks higher than man-made laws.

In a sense, by beginning to place (a part of) our trust in omnipresent supply, we make the shift away from the „limitations of visible supply“ to the „infinity of the invisible supply” of Source which is the blueprint of all visible supply in the world. We are building a bridge in our consciousness between earthly supply and spiritual supply.

Our current financial system is not working and never will. Why? Because it is based on the limitations of visible supply. In our greed, we even force limitation to raise the price. The global financial crisis will eventually force us to look for a higher source of supply – for the true source of our supply. In other words, life will lovingly force us to learn to manifest our supply right out of universal substance. By engaging in tithing and in this way beginning to place (a part of) our trust in universal substance, we can get started the process of trusting in a higher source of supply right this moment rather than wait for the situation to turn really serious.

Tithing has many benefits:


    It brings a sense of order and structure into our consciousness around finances. We remember Source in our finances and make Source our partner in financial matters. When we tithe money, we touch the law of giving and receiving in a very definite and real way. If you want more friends in life, show yourself friendly, however, if you want more money in life, give money. And if all you have to give to get the flow started is one dollar or one euro, that’s certainly a start. Give it away with the all love in your heart and you are sending out a real, tangible vibration that will surely come back to you.

    We begin deliberately to start working with and trusting in universal substance. By continually giving, we continually keep the door open for the universe to come in (rather than placing all of our trust in material supply). In other words: We are actively working on our evolution. We take our financial matters and turn them into a project for Spiritual growth.

    We have a chance to practice sharing and letting go. This saves us from becoming stingy and tight, etc.

Now, as we get into the spirit of giving, it is important to keep the following thoughts in mind:

    It is important to give in the Spirit of abundance, love and gratitude and never for the sake of a reward. When we give with the thought of getting anything in return, we are not giving, we are bargaining. Whatever you give, give it with a free and willing spirit, with no obligations attached.

    What matters is the idea back of the giving, not the size of our giving. Our offering may appear small to us, however, it is the Spirit in which the offering is given that determines its value, not the size or the amount.

    Be consistent in your giving. When we make an occasional large tithe here or there, we are not establishing a rhythm. The idea of tithing is to establish a rhythm of giving and receiving. When we tithe once or twice a year, chances are that our channel ends up getting clogged with material thoughts of fear, lack and limitation. Regular tithing to Spirit naturally keeps such material thoughts at bay. When we tithe to Spirit, we place our thoughts on Spirit.

    Remember, money is energy. When we give money, we give energy. When we give the energy of money it is important to give to people who struggle to move forward in life and who make an effort to help themselves (and not to people who are not interested in moving forward in life). The idea is to support causes that further the evolution, empowerment and higher life of mankind. This is what is meant with giving to Source. To give to Source is to give to those channels, to those people in which the Spirit of evolution strives to emerge and express itself.

    Be open to receive. To give is to receive. When we give out a force, it sooner or later comes back to us (like a boomerang). It cannot escape the law. Therefore, a return is guaranteed – however ONLY when the giving is free and comes from the heart. Prepare to receive a response. By being on the lookout for good to come into our life and expecting it, we have no time to doubt and fear. Our positive expectation magnetically attracts the good to come into our life (while our doubts and fears repel it).

Tithing is a scientific way of giving. It is a sure way to create and maintain abundance in life. Why? Because:

    We are working with a universal law: „Give and you shall receive.“
    Universal, timeless, perfect laws rank higher than man-made, time-space-limited, imperfect laws.

ACTION STEP: Think about the deeper Spiritual idea of tithing and consider making it a part of your life. To help you develop a greater awareness of the „cause-effect/give-receive“ relationship, take notes about your experiences as you start working with the law of giving and receiving.

Source: http://iamuniversity.org/the-power-of-tithing/