Monday, November 13, 2017

Purification: An Alchemical Process

By Gloria Excelsias

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.


Thursday, November 9, 2017


Generosity is an act of moral beauty, one that has intrinsic rewards like the high we get from helping others and the caring connections we build. Even when we give in secret and do not know the rewards, we can be sure that we are chipping away at our own greed and selfishness, which cause us sorrow, and that kindnesses we share will continue to ripple outwards into the world. One generous deed gives birth to another and another in a chain that may be generations long.
On these pages we have gathered spiritual practices, articles, books, films, quotes, and more to help you strengthen your practice of generosity. You can access them through the "Latest Content" link and the icons on this page. We have also put together a sampler of this topic, "The Spiritual Practice of Generosity: A Collection of Inspirational Thoughts."
You will see as you read that generosity is for everyone. It doesn't take money to smile, share your wisdom, or listen nonjudgmentally. And when we are generous, we feel rich no matter how wealthy or poor we are, because we have loosened the chains that keep us from recognizing we belong to the whole world.
Warren Buffett, one of the world's richest men, announced in June 2006 that he is giving 85% of his fortune to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help the foundation pursue its longstanding goal of curing the globe's most fatal diseases and improving American education. This is a $31 billion gift, certainly one of the largest acts of generosity in world history.
Two thoughts came to mind when we heard this news. First, we recalled something Bill Gates, chairman of the Microsoft Corporation, said three years ago. It came near the end of an interview with by Bill Moyers on the PBS series Now. Moyers and Gates were discussing his philanthrophic activities, and Gates recounted a litany of reasons why some people think addressing global health problems is a good idea. Some use economic arguments. If we cure something like malaria in an African country, say, then that country's Gross National Product will be higher (and presumably they will buy more things). Some use security arguments; "If we don't cure these diseases, the instability in these countries will be bad." Others use the neighborhood arguments; "Somebody could get on a plane from one of these places and you might get sick."
None of these arguments, Gates said matter-of-factly, is the right one. "The right argument is this mother's child is sick. And that child's life is no less valuable than the life of anyone else. And the world has plenty of resources to go solve these problems."
We have never forgotten that statement. On the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation website, they restate it as the "two simple values that lie at the core of the foundation's work": (1) "All lives — no matter where they are being led — have equal value." (2) "To whom much has been given, much is expected."
The second thought that came to mind when we heard of Warren Buffett's gift is that generosity is for everyone. If this is how we honor and express human value, than any act of kindness counts in the bigger picture. We can all be kind. We can all be generous. This is one of the key teachings of all the world's religions. "You can share even if you have a little," according to a Lungundan (East African) proverb.
So we decided to look into our databases of quotes collected from our reading and see what teachers of our times and earlier ones have said about the spiritual practice of generosity. We encourage you to take them to heart, as we have, and to share them with others.
  • Wendy Lustbader, a mental health counselor, writes in Counting on Kindness: "The words 'genius' and 'generous' come from the Latin root 'genere' meaning 'to beget.' To have a genius for life is to possess the ability to generate warmth and well-being in others. Largess literally enlarges our lives."
  • In Simple TruthsKent Nerburn states: "Giving is a miracle that can transform the heaviest of hearts. Two people, who moments before lived in separate worlds of private concerns, suddenly meet each other over a simple act of sharing. The world expands, a moment of goodness is created, and something new comes into being where before there was nothing. . . . But true giving is not an economic exchange; it is a generative act. It does not subtract from what we have; it multiples the effect we can have in the world."
  • Buddhist teacher Sharon Salzberg writes in Lovingkindness: "The Buddha said that no true spiritual life is possible without a generous heart. . . . Generosity allies itself with an inner feeling of abundance — the feeling that we have enough to share."
  • Jose Hobday in Simple Living explains how generosity is viewed in the Native American community: "We used to say you could tell if a person was an authentic native whether or not she had a red heart. A red heart had to do with whether the heart had blood from being massaged by good works, especially sharing."
  • Catholic and Celtic scholar John O'Donohue observes in Eternal Echoes: "A generous heart is never lonesome. A generous heart has luck. The lonesomeness of contemporary life is partly due to the failure of generosity. Increasingly we complete with each other for the goods, for image, and status."
  • In The Knowing Heart, Sufi sheikh Kabir Helminski states: "The Prophet Muhammad said, 'the best of my people will enter paradise not because of their achievements, but because of the Mercy of God and their being satisfied with little for themselves and their extreme generosity toward others.' "
  • Matthew Fox in Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh writes: "Generosity is about giving without a guaranteed return — it is about the 'giveaway.' I believe that the true moral path of the twenty-first century will be very different from the path of the modern era because it will be marked by generosity."
  • Anglican Archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutuwrites in God Has a Dream: "Like humility, generosity comes from seeing that everything we have and everything we accomplish comes from God's grace and God's love for us. In the African understanding of ubuntu, our humility and generosity also come from realizing that we could not be alive, nor could we accomplish anything, without the support, love, and generosity of all the people who have helped us to become the people we are today. Certainly it is from experiencing this generosity of God and the generosity of those in our life that we learn gratitude and to be generous to others."
  • In Contact with God, Anthony de Mello states: "Those who expect God to be generous with them must be generous with their fellows. 'Give,' says Jesus, 'and gifts will be given you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured out into your lap; for whatever measure you deal out to others will be dealt out to you in return. (Luke 6:38) If you are tight-fisted and calculating with the poor, the needy, with those who ask you for help and service, how can you expect God to be generous with you?"
  • In Beyond Belief, her examination of the Gospel of Thomas, Elaine Pagels describes the long tradition of generosity in Christianity: "Tertullian, a Christian spokesman of the second century, writes that, unlike members of other clubs and societies that collected dues and fees to pay for feasts, members of the Christian 'family' contributed money voluntarily to a common fund to support orphans abandoned in the streets and garbage dumps. Christian groups brought food, medicine, and companionship to prisoners forced to work in mines, banished to prison islands, or held in jail. Christians even bought coffins and dug graves to bury the poor and criminals, whose corpses would otherwise lie unburied beyond the city gates. . . such generosity, which ordinarily could be expected only from one's own family, attracted crowds of newcomers to Christian groups, despite the risks."
  • Christian author Tony Campolo in Spiritual Perspectives on America's Role as a Superpower points out how far many of us are from being generous. He notes: "Americans do not realize that the wealth we have gained since the middle of the twentieth century has slowly made us into a very selfish people. We know that after World War II we helped rebuild Europe under the Marshall Plan, and we still think that the same kind of generosity marks our present-day foreign policy. That is not the case. Of the twenty-two industrial nations of the world, the United States is dead last on per-capita giving to the poor peoples of the world. By way of comparison, let me point out that on a per-capita-basis, for every dollar that America gives to the world, the people of Norway give seventy."
  • Margaret Guenther in At Home in the World states: "Jesus' standard of generosity is not the world's standard. 'Just give a cup of cold water in my name,' he instructs. So little and so simple as to be scarcely noticed! Like the widow's mite it is nevertheless a high standard. It demands that we live in awareness of the thirst all around us."
  • Editor Rebecca Laird in The Heart of Henri Nouwen quotes from this Catholic contemplative's book Sabbatical Journey: "I think that generosity has many levels. We have to think generously, speak generously, and act generously. Thinking well of others and speaking well of others is the basis for generous giving. It means that we relate to others as part of our 'gen' or 'kin' and treat them as family. Generosity cannot come from guilt or pity. It has to come from hearts that are fearless and free and are willing to share abundantly all that is given to us."
  • Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield, quoted in The Faces of Buddhism in America, says: "To cultivate generosity directly is another fundamental part of living a spiritual life. Like the training precepts and like our inner meditations, generosity can actually be practiced. With practice, its spirit forms our actions, and our hearts will grow stronger and lighter. It can lead to new levels of letting go and great happiness."
  • Buddhist Christina Feldman in Heart of Wisdom, Mind of Calm observes: "Generosity lies at the heart of spiritual practice. Extending generosity to ourselves and others gladdens our heart, is a direct way of healing division, and brings joy."
  • In Love Dharma, Geri Larkin states: "The Buddha taught, over and over, that generosity is the first door we walk through if we are serious about our spiritual work. Without generosity enlightenment is flat-out impossible. We're too self-centered. Unless our relationships are bathed in generosity they don't have a chance. At the other extreme, generosity can buttress a faltering relationship, giving other paramitas time to work their magic. It fuels the little extras, the surprise moments that keep us fresh and interesting."
  • In Hooked! edited by Stephanie Kaza, Buddhist writer Joseph Goldstein looks at the relationship between generosity and consumerism. "The practice of generosity can serve as a corrective to addictive consumerism. Generosity enacts the quality of nongreed; it is a willingness to share, to let go. It may be giving of time, energy, resources, love, and even in rare cases, one's own life for the benefit and welfare of others. Generosity weakens the tendency of attachment and grasping and is intimately connected with the feeling of lovingkindness. People who experience the power and joy of generosity will also experience its effect on consuming. The cultivation of generosity offers a very strong antidote to the wanting mind and would be a powerful corrective if taken up in a widespread way across our culture."
  • Ringu Tulku, a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, in Path to Buddhahood states: "According to the Buddha, if we are rich in this life, it is because we've been generous in previous lives. If we want to be rich in the future, we must learn to give now."
  • Catherine Ingram, a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society, writes in Passionate Presence: "The Buddha spoke about three kinds of giving: beggarly giving, friendly giving and kingly giving. Beggarly giving is when we give the least of what we have. We give what we don't really need, what we would never miss, what we might have otherwise thrown away. Friendly giving is when we give what we use and like — not our very best — but what we can afford and might appreciate having as a gift ourselves. Kingly giving is of a different order altogether. It is when we give the very best of what we have, when we give more than we keep for ourselves, when we give more than we can afford, when we give with no expectation of reciprocity. In awakened awareness we give because the joy of generosity far exceeds the paltry satisfaction of hoarding or displaying wealth. We give because this very life is a gift itself and wants to be completely used up, wants to spread perfume around everyone it meets."
  • Donald Altman in Living Kindness writes about Jewish concepts of generosity: "In Judaism, the concept of giving is essential through what is known as tzedakah, or charity. Actually, the roots of the word stand for justice, righteousness, or fairness. It was in the twelfth century that the Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides compiled his 'eight levels of charity' as a kind of guide to enlightened living. The levels, starting from the lowest to highest, are as follows:
l. Giving unwillingly.
2. Giving willingly but giving less than you could.
3. Giving only after being asked.
4. Giving without being asked.
5. Giving to a recipient you do not know, but who knows you.
6. Giving to a recipient you know, but who does not know you.
7. Giving when both parties are anonymous to each other.
8. Giving that enables self-reliance."

  • Rami Shapiro in Hasidic Tales observes: "Acts of generosity are essential to the spiritual life, reflecting as they do an awareness of the interconnectedness of all beings. Judaism sets a minimum standard for giving: ten percent of your earnings. But the Hasid, the compassionate disciple of God, goes beyond the letter of the law."
  • Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in Celebrating Life notes: "Happiness is not made by what we own. It is what we share."
  • Dean Brackley in The Call to Discernment in Troubled Times writes: "The great challenges of our time — poverty, the environment, war — should inspire humility, but also creativity and bold action. They cry out for large-minded generosity — that is, the magnanimity that springs from wholesome self-esteem. Without humility, we elbow others aside. But without magnanimity, we bury our talent in a napkin."
  • In Celebrating Silence, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of The Art of Living Foundation, says: "Poor people fight for food. Rich people share their food. Richer are those who share power. Richer still are those who share fame. Richest of all are those who share themselves. A person's wealth is measured by his ability to share and not by what he hoards."
  • Joseph Bruchac in Our Stories Remember states: "The potlatch ceremonies found among many of the Native peoples of the Pacific Northwest have been referred to as "fighting with wealth" by anthropologists who describe them as ceremonies in which a prominent figure tries to outdo a rival by either giving away or destroying vast amounts of personal possessions. . . . It could be said that while the accumulation of personal wealth is a desirable social norm in mainstream American culture, just the opposite is true in American Indian cultures. . . . At its best, a potlatch was a way to redistribute material wealth rather than leaving it in the hands of a few."
  • Buddhist teacher Norman Fischer writes in Taking Our Places: "The practice of generosity is a good way to counteract whatever tendency to stealing we might have. To practice generosity is to make a conscious effort to give away whatever we can — money, time, food, feeling — as a way of realizing that generosity is perfectly safe and it's even a relief to give things away."
  • In Running the Spiritual Path, Roger Joslin recommends a simple practice for when you are exercising: "Running with alms involves carrying a few dollars with you on the run with the intention of giving it away. Holding money in your pocket, expecting to offer it to another, serves as a reminder to give of yourself."
  • Franz Metcalf in Just Add Buddha states: "When someone asks you for a favor, just say 'yes' without hesitating and without thinking. Don't make any room for equivocation or evaluation. Say yes and think later. . . . It's a wonderful practice to do every now and then. With repetition, you'll break down the tension between giving and paying that taints ordinary giving. You'll slowly approach the freedom of pure giving."

Friday, October 27, 2017

Soul Powers

We are all on a so-called Spiritual path. The Spiritual path is the path out of matter towards Spirit. This path out of matter towards Spirit we commonly call EVOLUTION. Therefore, by definition, to evolve means to become less matter and more Spirit.

So, we are all progressing on the ladder of evolution, we are all moving towards Spirit, and in order for us to climb the next rung on the evolutionary ladder ahead of us, so to speak, we are called to do something very beautiful as we advance into the 21st century: we are called to externalize and manifest the Soul.

In other words: Our current evolutionary goal as a human family is to advance into a Soul-conscious species. Our current evolutionary goal is to step out of the fourth kingdom, the human kingdom, and advance into the fifth kingdom, the Soul-aware kingdom.

We are birthing a new kingdom

Each kingdom goes through an evolutionary process - and, in essence, the evolutionary goal of each kingdom is to enter the kingdom above it.

As such, the current evolutionary goal of the human family is to step out of the human kingdom, the fourth kingdom, and advance into the fifth kingdom. Makes sense, right?

Now, what is the fifth kingdom in nature? Most of humanity have never heard about it? How come?

Great question!

Most people have never heard about it because it has not yet manifested on Earth.

Nevertheless, we, as a human family, even though we may not realize it yet, we are currently in the process of externalizing and birthing this new higher kingdom on Earth. And this new higher kingdom shall be the fifth kingdom in nature.

The fifth kingdom is a higher species (or evolution) of man: man + Soul  = the Soul-conscious man!

And we externalize this new higher kingdom by each one of us manifesting the Soul on Earth.

So, the task ahead of us is to fully externalize and manifest - make visible - the Soul on Earth. And we externalize our Soul - we make our Soul visible - among other things,  by exhibiting the QUALITIES OF THE SOUL in our three personality vehicles: mental body, emotional body, physical body.

We literally cannot manifest the Soul without exhibiting the qualities of the Soul in our thinking, feeling and acting life. And why?

Because matter, by definition, is the vehicle for the manifestation of the Soul. In other words, the reason why we have bodies even though we are not our bodies is because without a body (=matter aspect) the Soul (=consciousness aspect) cannot manifest itself.

fade-leftfade-rightVirtues are EVOLUTIONARY energies

So, the name of the game is to MANIFEST the Soul in our three personality vehicles: mental, emotional and physical body - thinking, feeling and acting life. To do that we need to expand our consciousness to include the reality of the Soul AND we need to saturate and penetrate our vehicles with the qualities of the Soul.

Now, these so-called Soul qualities are higher Soul energies that have the power to propel us forward on the arc of evolution. In colloquial language we call these evolutionary energies virtues. Virtues are not just empty names on a piece of paper. A virtue, by definition, is a Soul energy and a SOUL POWER that enables us to manifest our Soul here on Earth, in our daily life. A virtue, by definition, is an EVOLUTIONARY ENERGY. Therefore: Virtues help us to evolve.

But WHY, you may ask, why should you strive to manifest the powers of the Soul? How can they help me in a practical way in my daily life? Here are seven compelling reasons why you should seriously consider to begin working systematically on the unfoldment and development of these Soul powers, or virtues, as they are commonly called.

WHY DEVELOP VIRTUES7 reasons why to systematically develop virtues

1: Enter 5th Kingdom
2: Live as Soul
3: Meet Needs
4: Eradicate Karma
5: Experience Beautiful Transition
6: Give Healing
7: Give Self-Confidence
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. 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).

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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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.


The truth about desire

By Gloria Excelsias

We all have dreams and desires that stir our heart. Did you ever ask yourself why you have the dreams, aspirations and desires that you have? Where they come from? What their purpose is?
In Latin, desire means „of the Father.“ In other words, your desires are literally of Spirit/Source! Your lofty desires are your Creator’s desires. Your desire for abundance, fulfilling relationships, happiness, joy and a meaningful career and service work is literally the force of the Divine within you seeking to express itself in a greater, fuller way.
This is why it is essential that you honor your high, lofty desires and that you give them a chance to express themselves by listening to them, honoring them, and taking action steps to allow them to fruition in your life.
It is a law in nature that the desire to be, to have or to do anything implies the very ability to be, to have or to do that thing. Why? Because the force of the desire that stirs your heart is simply a Divine force that seeks expression in ever greater and more expansive ways. When we do not honor our high, lofty desires and try to repress them, we sooner or later manifest sickness and disease. Djwhal Khul defined all disease as inhibited Soul life.
When we listen to our high, lofty desires and get busy making them come true, we are simply allowing our Soul to step into its fulness. However, when we deny our higher desires and try to suppress them, we are literally hindering our Soul from expressing and expanding. Inhibiting our Soul’s life leads to unhappiness and depression. Enabling our Soul’s life leads to happiness and fulfillment. It ultimately leads to freedom!
Always remember: Your life is God’s life. Your desire for a higher, more expansive life is God’s desire to live and experience a higher, more expansive life through you!
At the end of the day, all of our high, lofty desires and dreams are communications from our Soul. We have an evolutionary goal, and that goal is nothing less than becoming Soul-aware in the here and now – in time and space. One way to reach this goal is to listen to our innermost, highest desires. They help us to evolve to the next level in our evolutionary journey.
What do you truly desire Spiritually speaking? Do you desire a high emotional state of perpetual joy and happiness? Mental mastery? Physical vitality? Fulfilling relationships? Freedom from the wheel of rebirth? If so, here are some ideas to get started:


Monday, October 9, 2017

Why and how to develop higher bodies and higher senses

Our current evolutionary goal is to step out of our humanity and into our Divinity. Now, in order to reach this lofty goal, part of what we have to do is build higher bodies and develop higher senses.

The idea of building higher bodies and developing higher finer senses may sound like wild fantasy on first hearing, however, evolution being a fact in nature, does it not make sense that as we expand our consciousness and reach up into higher frequencies, as per the law of magnetic attraction and resonance, higher matter becomes accessible to us and out of that higher finer matter we then build higher finer bodies serving as suitable mediums of contact on these higher, finer planes?

The physical body enables us to interact in this physical world; the emotional body enables us to interact in the emotional world and the mental body enables us to interact in the mental world. As we advance on the Spiritual path and manage to pierce into higher dimensions of reality, we’ll need higher finer bodies to move around and interact in these higher dimensions.

I know this may sound rather weird and strange (to some) but maybe this analogy here helps in our understanding:

We built carriages, bikes and cars to move around on Earth. However, to move around on water, we had to build boats and ships. Why? Because carriages and cars don’t drive well on water 🙂 As we advanced Spiritually, we began to move around in the air. Boats don’t work well for traveling through the air, so we built planes. Now, we are ready to explore space, but planes are not suitable for space traveling. For that very reason, we are now building space ships.

In the same way: We need different vehicles to move around in the various dimensions. We need a physical body to move around in this physical dimension here, an emotional body for the emotional plane, a mental body for the mental plane, an intuitional body for the intuitional plane, and so forth.

The Spiritual path is the path out of matter towards Spirit. To advance on the Spiritual path, by definition, means to become less matter and more Spirit. This is why, in order to advance on the Spiritual path, we need to keep spiritualizing the bodies we have (in this way sublimating them) and get busy building new, higher bodies made of new higher material.

Evolution into ever higher, finer dimensions is a fact in nature; and higher light body building enables us to commune and communicate in these higher dimensions.

ACTION STEP: Get serious about refining the bodies you have and start building new higher bodies. How?

Step 1: Refine your physical/etheric body by refining your diet and getting lots of sunshine and fresh air. Refine your emotional nature by forcing yourself (by enforcing your will) to perpetually vibrate love, joy, enthusiasm and gratitude no matter how challenging the situation may appear. Refine your mental body by diligently and persistently thinking high, lofty thoughts. Don’t allow any vagrant thoughts or discouraging, negative thoughts to live in your mind. You would not allow a vagrant to enter and dwell in your home, would you? Force them out! These simple exercises, if earnestly applied, will literally sublimate the bodies you have. To sublimate the bodies we have means to build into our bodies higher finer atoms while at the same time shaking out lower gross atoms.

Step 2: We build higher light bodies by expanding our consciousness into unexplored territory. Never allow yourself to stand still. Always be striving for the higher life!! To strive for the higher life means to advance into the higher life. If we never strive for the higher life, we will never get there. So, always be striving! Think the loftiest thoughts you can possibly entertain. Strive to think in abstract terms. Think about the Divine, look for the Divine in every face, in every flower, in every animal. Think about your Soul and identify with the I AM. Strive to become Soul-aware in the here and now.


Friday, September 22, 2017

The Message of Pain


Both emotional and physical pain are messages that we need to stop and pay attention.

When we feel pain, our first impulse is often to eradicate it with medication. This is an understandable response, but sometimes in our hurry to get rid of pain, we forget that it is the body's way of letting us know that it needs our attention. A headache can inform us that we're hungry or stressed just as a sore throat might be telling us that we need to rest our voice. If we override these messages instead of respond to them, we risk worsening our condition. In addition, we create a feeling of disconnectedness between our minds and our bodies. 

Physical pain is not the only kind of pain that lets us know our attention is needed. Emotional pain provides us with valuable information about the state of our psyche, letting us know that we have been affected by something and that we would do well to focus our awareness inward. Just as we tend to a cut on our arm by cleaning and bandaging it, we treat a broken heart by surrounding ourselves with love and support. In both cases, if we listen to our pain we will know what to do to heal ourselves. It's natural to want to resist pain, but once we understand that it is here to give us valuable information, we can relax a bit more, and take a moment to listen before we reach for medication. Sometimes this is enough to noticeably reduce the pain, because its message has been heard. Perhaps we seek to medicate pain because we fear that if we don't, it will never go away. It can be empowering to realize that, at least some of the time, it is just a matter of listening and responding. 

The next time you feel pain, either physical or emotional, you might want to try listening to your own intuition about how to relieve your pain. Maybe taking a few deep breaths will put an end to that headache. Perhaps writing in your journal about hurt feelings will ease your heart. Ultimately, the message of pain is all about healing.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Words Have Weight


The more conscious we become, the more we deepen our relationship to the words we choose to use.
Words carry energy and this gives language its power and its potential to heal or hurt. Most of us can remember a time that someone sent a word our way, and it stuck with us. It may have been the first time we received a truly accurate compliment, or the time a friend or sibling called us a name, but either way it stuck. This experience reminds us that what we say has weight and power and that being conscious means being aware of how we use words.

The more conscious we become, the more we deepen our relationship to the words we use so that we speak from a place of actually feeling what we are saying. We begin to recognize that words are not abstract, disconnected entities used only to convey meaning; they are powerful transmitters of feeling. For the next few days, you might want to practice noticing how the words you say and hear affect your body and your emotional state. Notice how the different communication styles of the people in your life make you feel. Also, watch closely to see how your own words come out and what affect they have on the people around you.

You may notice that when we speak quickly, without thinking, or rush to get our ideas across, our words don't carry the same power as when we speak slowly and confidently, allowing those receiving our words time and space to take them in. When we carefully listen to others before we speak, our words have more integrity, and when we take time to center ourselves before speaking, we truly begin to harness the power of speech. Then our words can be intelligent messengers of healing and light, transmitting deep and positive feelings to those who receive them.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Sound Healing


When the vibrations of our physical and spiritual bodies are out of harmony it can cause disease.

Everything in the universe is in a constant state of vibration, including our bodies. Sound is vibration that can be translated by the delicate structures of our inner ear, but it moves more than just those tiny receptors. It is part of the spectrum of energy vibrations that affect us on the mental, physical, and spiritual levels. Long ago shamans recognized the power of sound when they first used chants and drumming to heal people. In ancient Egypt, Greece, and India, the use of sound and music for healing was a highly developed sacred science. Sonic vibration has been one way of experiencing the energy of the universe for much of humanity's history. 

When the vibrations of our physical and spiritual bodies are out of harmony it can cause disease. Sound healing gently massages the molecules back into the right places, clearing blockages and restoring harmony. Ancient healing systems such as Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurveda associate specific musical notes with subtle-energy systems of the body, such as in yoga where particular notes of music correspond to each of the seven chakras. In Tibet, priests have long used bells and bowls over and around the body to tune and clear the energy centers. Chimes and tuning forks are other tools that have been used to heal not only the body but the energy in a room as well. 

Knowing that sound has the power to heal, we should also try to remember that sounds from modern life can have a negative affect. Choosing silence over discord may help us maintain a state of equilibrium. As we seek soothing and harmonizing sounds to surround us, we may be doing more than creating a balm for the noise of the world. We may actually be performing an act of self-healing that connects us with one of the most basic vibrations of the universe.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


By Madisyn Taylor

A simple shift in attitude can help us recognize the hidden potential for fulfillment in every event.
There is no secret recipe for happiness and contentment. The individuals who move through life joyously have not necessarily been blessed with lives of abundance, love, success, and prosperity. Such people have, however, been blessed with the ability to take the circumstances they've been handed and make them into something great. Our individual realities are colored by perception--delight and despair come from within rather than without. Situations we regard as fortuitous please us while situations we judge inauspicious cause us no end of grief. Yet if we can look at all we have accomplished without dwelling on our perceived misfortune and make each new circumstance our own, the world as a whole becomes a brighter place. A simple shift in attitude can help us recognize and unearth the hidden potential for personal and outer world fulfillment in every event, every relationship, every duty, and every setback.

The universe is often an unpredictable and chaotic place, and the human tendency is to focus on the negative and assume the positive will care for itself. But life can be no more or no less than what you make of it. If you are working in a job you dislike, you can concentrate on the positive aspects of the position and approach your work with gusto. What can you do with this job that can turn it around so you do love it. When faced with the prospect of undertaking a task you fear, you can view it as an opportunity to discover what you are truly capable of doing. Similarly, unexpected events, when viewed as surprises, can add flavor to your existence. By choosing to love life no matter what crosses your path, you can create an atmosphere of jubilance that is wonderfully infectious. A change in perspective is all it takes to change your world, but you must be willing to adopt an optimistic, hopeful mind-set.

To make a conscious decision to be happy is not enough. You must learn to observe life's complexities through the eyes of a child seeing everything for the first time. You must furthermore divest yourself of preconceived notions of what is good and what is bad so that you can appreciate the rich insights concealed in each stage of your life's journey. And you must strive to discover the dual joys of wanting what you have. As you gradually shift your perspective, your existence will be imbued with happiness and contentment that will remain with you forever.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Art of Peace Begins with You

The Art of Peace was written by Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido (合気道) a modern Japanese martial art developed by Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and spiritual beliefs. Aikido is often translated as “the way of unifying (with) life energy” or as “the way of harmonious spirit.”

    “The Art of Peace begins with you. Work on yourself and your appointed task in the Art of Peace.

    You are here for no other purpose than to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all that you encounter.

    Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow.

    One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train.

    All things, material and spiritual, originate from one Source and are related as if they were one family. The past, present, and future are all contained in the life force.

    The Universe emerged and developed from one Source, and we evolved through the optimal process of unification and harmonization.

    As soon as you concern yourself with the “good” and “bad” of your fellows, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter. Testing, competing with, and criticizing others weakens and defeats you.

    Be grateful even for hardship, setbacks, and bad people. Dealing with such obstacles is an essential part of training in the Art of Peace.

    If your opponent strikes with fire, counter with water, becoming completely fluid and free-flowing. Water, by its nature, never collides with or breaks against anything. On the contrary, it swallows up any attack harmlessly.

    In our techniques we enter completely into, blend totally with, and control firmly an attack. Strength resides where one’s ki (life force) is concentrated and stable; confusion and maliciousness arise when ki stagnates.

    In the Art of Peace we never attack. An attack is proof that one is out of control. Never run away from any kind of challenge, but do not try to suppress or control an opponent unnaturally.

    Techniques employ four qualities that reflect the nature of our world. Depending on the circumstance, you should be: hard as a diamond, flexible as a willow, smooth-flowing like water, or as empty as space.

    The Art of Peace is the principle of nonresistance. The Art of Peace is invincible because it contends with nothing.

    Let attackers come any way they like and then blend with them. Never chase after opponents. Redirect each attack and get firmly behind it. Your spirit is the true shield.

    The Art of Peace is medicine for a sick world. There is evil and disorder in the world because people have forgotten that all things emanate from one Source.

    Return to that Source and leave behind all self-centered thoughts, petty desires, and anger. Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything.

    Instructors can impart only a fraction of the teaching. It is through your own devoted practice that the mysteries of the Art of Peace are brought to life.”


From Fear to Love, War to Peace

The following are excerpts from A Course in Miracles. 
“Peace is inevitable to those who offer peace. Peace is an attribute in you. The mind that wants peace must join with other minds, for that is how peace is obtained. The only way to have peace is to teach peace.”
Everything you see is the result of your thoughts. Every thought you have brings either peace or war; love or fear.
 From insane wishes comes an insane world. From judgment comes a world condemned. And from forgiving thoughts a gentle world comes forth.

Truth does not struggle against ignorance, and love does not attack fear. Love can have no enemy. Perfect love casts out fear. If fear exists, then there is not perfect love.
Would you not go through fear to love? For such the journey seems to be. It is a journey without distance, to a goal that has never changed.
You dwell not here, but in eternity. You travel in dreams, while safe at home. There is no journey, but only an awakening. 
Faith in the eternal is always justified, for the eternal is forever kind, infinite in its patience and wholly loving. It will accept you wholly and give you peace. Yet it can only unite with what is already at peace in you.
The choice to judge rather than to know is the cause of the loss of peace. You have no idea of the tremendous release and deep peace that comes from meeting yourself and your brothers totally without judgment.
Love does not seek for power but for relationships. When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter. As you see him (or her) you will see yourself. When you see your brothers as yourself you will be released.
Fail not in your function of loving in a loveless place made out of darkness and deceit, for thus are darkness and deceit undone. Love cannot be far behind a grateful heart and thankful mind.
When you are afraid of anything, you are acknowledging its power to hurt you. Remember that where your heart is, there is your treasure also.
You believe in what you value. If you are afraid, you are valuing wrongly.
Eventually everyone begins to recognize, however dimly, that there must be a better way. As this recognition becomes more firmly established, it becomes a turning point.
All healing is essentially the release from fear.
It is essential to remember that only the mind can create, and that correction begins at the thought level. Spirit is already perfect and therefore does not require correction.
Questioning illusions is the first step in undoing them. The body does not exist except as a learning device for the mind.
You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think.
The truth is that you are responsible for what you think because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think.
Few appreciate the real power of the mind, and no one remains fully aware of it all the time. However, if you hope to spare yourself from fear there are some things you must realize, and realize fully.
The mind is very powerful, and never loses its creative force. It never sleeps. Every instant it is creating.
Confidence cannot develop fully until mastery has been accomplished. Readiness is only the beginning of confidence.
Nothing and everything cannot coexist. To believe in one is to deny the other. Fear is really nothing and love is everything.
Whenever light enters darkness, the darkness is abolished.
Innocence is not a partial attribute. It is not real until it is total. The partly innocent are apt to be quite foolish at times. It is not until their innocence become a viewpoint with universal application that it becomes wisdom.
Healing only strengthens. Magic always tries to weaken. Healing perceives nothing in the healer that everyone else does not share with him.
Magic always sees something “special” in the healer which he believes he can offer as a gift to someone who does not have it.
If you attack error in another, you will hurt yourself. You cannot know your brother (or sister) when you attack him (or her). Attack is always made upon a stranger.
You are making them a stranger by misperceiving them, and so you cannot know them. It is because you have made them stranger that you are afraid of him. There are no strangers in God’s creation.”


Monday, August 7, 2017

A powerful trio: Study, meditation and practical living

When we read an inspiring book, we magnetically link up with the mind of the author. However, real evolution happens when we meditate on what we read and when we then proceed to render the reading of practical value.

Reading is an activity of the lower, concrete mind. Meditation is an activity of the higher, abstract mind. Through meditation we awaken the inner consciousness which enables us to directly perceive the message. Meditation enables us to directly link up with the wisdom of the Higher Self and to download all that wisdom – through the channel we build in meditation by our reaching out – into our brain consciousness.

That’s why the ancient rule says: Read one minute, meditate one hour. Read ten minutes, meditate ten hours.

From the point of evolution, the key to quicken our Spiritual growth is a mix of study, meditation and practical living.

Through study we tune our brain and make it vibrationally ready to hold more knowledge and wisdom in the form of higher voltage of electricity that we access through meditation.

Through meditation we access the higher wisdom of our Higher Self and are enabled to anchor it in our brain awareness.

Through practical living of the insight gained we anchor it in our nervous system and make the teaching real. Theory turns into practice, and at the end of the day that’s the whole goal of study and meditation.

We have an evolutionary goal, the goal being the anchorage of full Soul-consciousness in our brain awareness. Our goal is to make the reality of the eternal Soul real by becoming one with it, identifying with it and living it in our daily life.

How may we anchor the high consciousness of the Soul in our brain so we may finally fully step into our Higher Self and identity?

Step 1: Tune the brain and make it vibrationally ready to hold the high voltage of the Soul. One way to accomplish this is through the study of inspired literature.

Step 2: Link up with the wisdom of the Higher Self through meditating on the inspired literature and the reality of the Soul.

Step 3: Live up to the insights you gain. Anchor the experience in your nervous system and make it real.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Focus on the Good

by Madisyn Taylor

There are many ways to raise your vibration including thinking positive and uplifting thoughts.
Everything in the universe is made of energy. What differentiates one form of energy from another is the speed at which it vibrates. For example, light vibrates at a very high frequency, and something like a rock vibrates at a lower frequency but a frequency nonetheless. Human beings also vibrate at different frequencies. Our thoughts and feelings can determine the frequency at which we vibrate, and our vibration goes out into the world and attracts to us energy moving at a similar frequency. This is one of the ways that we create our own reality, which is why we can cause a positive shift in our lives by raising our vibration.

We all know someone we think of as vibrant. Vibrant literally means "vibrating very rapidly." The people who strike us as vibrant are vibrating at a high frequency, and they can inspire us as we work to raise our vibration. On the other hand, we all know people that are very negative or cynical. These people are vibrating at a lower frequency. They can also be an inspiration because they can show us where we don't want to be vibrating and why. To discover where you are in terms of vibrancy, consider where you fall on a scale between the most pessimistic person you know and the most vibrant. This is not in order to pass judgment, but rather it is important to know where you are as you begin working to raise your frequency so that you can notice and appreciate your progress.

There are many ways to raise your vibration, from working with affirmations to visualizing enlightened entities during meditation. One of the most practical ways to raise your vibration is to consciously choose where you focus your attention. To understand how powerful this is, take five minutes to describe something you love unreservedly--a person, a movie, an experience. When your five minutes are up, you will noticeably feel more positive and even lighter. If you want to keep raising your vibration, you might want to commit to spending five minutes every day focusing on the good in your life. As you do this, you will train yourself to be more awake and alive. Over time, you will experience a permanent shift in your vibrancy.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Serving Your Community

by Madisyn Taylor

To live harmoniously, we need to be supportive and helpful to all people, creatures, and plant life that share this earth with us. While "being of service" is part of being a good citizen of the world, it also feels good to help others. When we do something for others in service, without the expectation of anything in return, we are turning our actions into offerings.

There are many ways to be of service to our community. There are the obvious and much needed volunteer opportunities, such as serving Thanksgiving dinner at a shelter, mentoring our youth, or cleaning up a beach. Then, there is the kind of service that we may not even think of as being acts of service. Learning a new language (perhaps sign language) so that you can talk to more people is a way to reach out to others. Inviting someone who isn't motivated enough to exercise on their own to join you on your daily walk is a way to give of yourself. Sharing flowers or vegetables from your garden, organizing a poetry reading, offering to babysit for a busy parent, or donating pet food to an animal shelter all are simple ways to offer your services to your community.

There are many ways that you can serve the world. Imagine the impact we would have on the environment if we picked up one piece of trash off the street everyday and chose not to drive our car once a week. Even gardening tactics such as throwing wildflower seeds onto a vacant lot can brighten the lives of others – including the lives of birds and insects. Everyday, you can do something to make this world a better place. During meditation, ask for guidance on what you can do to be of service. This can be a wonderful way to start your day. Smiling at a stranger who looks down in the dumps or teaching your neighborhood kids how to whistle will impact someone's day or even their life. Giving of yourself is the best gift that you can give.