Save Room For Dessert — A Metaphysical Perspective

spiritual dessertsWe are going to encourage you to not only save room for dessert, but to always eat dessert first! If you’re in favor of eating dessert first, raise your hand. Eating dessert first is the thing to do! But here’s the deal: the dessert we’re talking about can’t be found in restaurants, or grocery stores, or in refrigerators.

The dessert we’re blogging about is priceless. It is a necessary ‘serving’ to add to your spiritual practice. It’s calorie-free and gluten-free. It’s the kind of ‘soul food’ that will give you the traction you need to live the life you want.

In his book, Man’s Eternal Quest, Paramahansa Yogananda says: “Humankind is engaged in an eternal quest for that ‘something else’ (we) hope will bring (us) happiness, complete and unending. For those individual souls who have sought and found (their) God (essence), the search is over: (Their) God (essence) is that Something Else.”

Matthew 6:33 in the NRSV of the Bible says: Strive first for the kingdom of God and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you. Matthew 6:33 in the Metaphysical Gospel of Matthew says: “When we live at the speed of our Christ Consciousness, we will not want for anything.”

Living at the speed of our Christ Consciousness is dessert! Striving first for the kingdom of God (Christ Consciousness) is dessert!
Finding that ‘Something Else’ is dessert!

The words quest, strive, and live have similar meanings when they are metaphysically interpreted. The common thread which runs through each of them is this: They all strongly suggest that our intent is to purposefully ‘appropriate’ or ‘take possession of something desirable.’

So, what is it that we want to take possession of before we seek anything else? Dessert, of course! Our Spiritual Dessert!

How to Eat Your Spiritual Dessert First:

Strive for the kingdom of God (Christ Consciousness) first. Take conscious possession of the kingdom of God within you, and all of these things will be given to you.

Align your consciousness with your Christ Consciousness before you do anything else, and ‘all these things will be given to you.’ What things? What things do we get when we put our God essence (dessert) first?

We get things like:

  • SpirtualDessertWordCloud divine ideas,
  • inner guidance,
  • intuitive insights,
  • spectacular hunches,
  • spiritual inspiration,
  • deeper knowledge,
  • extraordinary wisdom,
  • inner strength,
  • answered prayer,
  • emotional centeredness,
  • lasting happiness,
  • incredible joy,
  • inner peace,
  • confirmation of our worthiness,
  • clarity of purpose, and
  • laser-like discernment.

Do any of those ‘benefits of dessert’ sound like putting dessert first? We can tell you from personal experience that you’ll grow into a consciousness which lifts your soul vibration to a higher octave. You’ll come to that place Thoreau calls ‘a higher order of living.’

So, don’t hesitate to seek dessert first. Let your oneness with your God essence be your ‘sweet tooth.’ Add plenty of ‘dessert’ to your spiritual resume.

  • Save room everyday for meditation and prayer.
  • Spend time repeating positive affirmations for your health, wealth and wellness.
  • Align your human self with your Divine Nature.

Without dessert (putting your God essence first), you may find yourself in an uncomfortable, soul-depleting desert (the refusal to accept your Divine Nature). Personally, we prefer dessert over desert. We believe you will too! Why?

  • Eating dessert first will bring you more happiness, love, and joy than you’ve ever known before.
  • Eating dessert first will bring you the ability to manifest and share incredible prosperity.
  • Eating dessert first will bring you the wherewithal to create the life you want.
  • Eating dessert first will bring you the chance to discover your true purpose so you can do what is yours to do.
  • Eating dessert first will bring you the opportunity to show others how to put their God essence first so they, too, will want to save room for dessert.

And so now, we’re going to save room for one last comment so we can put the topping on this blogcast:

bon appétit!

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Spiritual Practice of Bum Rushing

SpiritualPractice-BumRushIn boxing terms, a ‘bum rush’ means trying as fast as you can to hustle the opponent out of the ring, and thus, out of the fight. But we want to share a different perspective: Bum Rushing as a spiritual practice means eliminating bad habits, poor choices, and/or negative language as fast as you can from your life. 

The essence of this spiritual practice is that eliminating anything that interferes and/or blocks your spiritual growth is based on the power of choice. So, ‘bum rushing’ invites you to simply – or not so simply – decide to stop repeating poor choices and actions that compromise your spiritual growth. It encourages you to see positivity as a virtue and negativity as ballast.

How Do We Use Bum Rushing as a Spiritual Practice?

Choice Of Pushing Buttons 3d Character Shows IndecisionAs a spiritual practice ‘bum rushing’ is based on our immediate and spontaneous awareness of choosing a spiritual thought, word, and action over worldly thoughts, words, or actions. It is a self-monitoring practice that assures our conscious awareness of pruning negative thoughts, habits and behaviors out of our lives. It is the conscious tracking of thoughts and actions that are out of integrity with our professed spiritual beliefs.

It gives us an opportunity to quickly re-cause our experience and save us from the consequences of our errant thoughts, words and actions. It helps us strengthen our alignment with our Divine Nature through conscious improvement, modification and self-correction.

Bum Rushing as a spiritual practice has momentum. It has centrifugal force. It means lightening our load quickly by eliminating negative baggage in a hurry! As a matter of fact, bum rushing helps us reduce fixed costs which are the karmic debts we pay for our errant thoughts, words, choices, and actions. Fixed costs like error-prone intentions, choices, and actions contribute to divinity denying karma (adharma) and future suffering.

A common karmic theme is the principle of causality. One of the earliest associations of karma to causality is found in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad of Hinduism:

Now as (we are) like this or like that,
according as (we) act and according as (we) behave, so will (we) be;
a (person) of good acts will become good, a (person) of bad acts, bad;
(we) become pure by pure deeds, bad by bad deeds;

And here they say that a person consists of desires,
and as is (h/her) desire, so is (h/her) will;
and as is (h/her) will, so is (h/her) deed;
and whatever deed (h/she) does, that (h/she) will reap.

(4.5.5-6)

Using Spiritual Firewalls

SpiritualPractice-FirewallOne of our favorite ‘bum rushing techniques is called spiritual firewalls. In the IT world, firewalls limit the data that can pass through them and protect a networked server from damage by unauthorized users. Spiritual firewalls are denials (statements that deny the power of outer appearances).

In higher thought language, forging firewalls through the use of powerful denials will help you ward off the negative effects of false assumptions and impressions caused by mindlessly believing what you see and hear.

Here are several examples of denials (firewalls) that you can use to bum rush the negative effects of unhealthy thoughts, words and actions:

  • I now transcend all beliefs, patterns, and forms of illness and disease.
  • I fast from all doubt, fear, and lack.
  • I deny the power of outer appearances to limit or block my good.
  • I erase all negativity from my life.
  • I veto all notions of my own insignificance.
  • I purge all thoughts of lack and insufficiency from my consciousness.

The next step is to follow-up denials (firewalls) like these with powerful affirmations that attest your belief — and resolve — to accomplish what you want. Don’t allow anything that limits your greater good to form outposts in your consciousness. Bum rush it out of your life as fast as you can!

Although psychologists tell us it takes 21 days to change a pattern of behavior, the truth is all it takes is resolve and a willingness to honor your willpower instead of your “won’t power.”

That’s the basis of this spiritual practice. It reminds you that your personal, professional, and spiritual transformation are just a choice away. You can re-cause your experience by bum rushing the negativity out of your life.

© 2014 Bil and Cher Holton, YourSpiritualPractice.com

 

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A Spiritual Practice: Vocal Acupuncture

QuoteBubblesThe words we use not only penetrate deeply into our psyches but they become embedded in our cellular architecture as well. Our entire bodily constitution is affected by the thoughts we have and the words we use. Our thoughts and words – whether they are positively framed or negatively charged – are self-fulfilling triggers!

Vocal acupuncture, as a spiritual practice, invites you to use positive affirmations, affirmative prayer, mantras, optimistic phrases, and positive self-talk as often as you can. It means building these positivity statements into your spoken words and vocabulary.

SpiritualPractice-VocalAcupunctureThe more well-known form of acupuncture is an alternative medicine technique based on traditional Chinese medicine. It involves the penetration by single use thin needles along the skin of the body, or the application of heat, pressure, or laser light to correct imbalances in the flow of qi through channels in our bodies called meridians.

Vocal acupuncture is the name we use to describe the power of spoken affirmations. We believe it to be an apt metaphor of the therapeutic power of affirmations as healing treatments and catalysts for manifesting our greater good. As positive statements they help boost our mood and immune system.

SpiritualPractices-ResearchPsychologist Barbara Fredrickson, in her very enlightening research and subsequent book, Positivity, assures us that people who experience more positivity and then voice it become “more optimistic, more resilient, more open, more accepting, and more purpose-driven.” She goes on to say that “positivity opens your mind and allows you to appreciate what is in such a way that you want to talk about it which reinforces your positive outlook.”

In his bestselling book, Buddha’s Brain, Rick Hanson says, “Every time you say a positive affirmation, every time you engage in positive self-talk, every time you sift positive feelings and views into painful, limiting states of mind – you build new neural structures. Over time, the accumulating impact of this positive material will, synapse by synapse, change your brain in positive, life-affirming ways.

Neuroscientists are telling us that certain positive words – like ‘peace’ – ‘compassion’ – ‘joy’ – ‘kindness’ and ‘love’ – have the power to alter the expression of genes throughout the brain and body, turning them on and off in ways that lower physical and emotional stress

According to positive psychologists Rowe, Hirsch, and Anderson, in the 2007 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, another practical consequence of thinking and speaking positively is the mind-broadening powers of our enhanced creativity. A positive mindset changes the way you think and act in a wider range of circumstances. When you ‘see’ things in a positive light, more positive ideas come to mind, and more life-affirming actions become possible .

As you can see, this spiritual practice offers you mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. It is one of our favorite practices and we believe it will be one of your favorites too! Vocal acupuncture, in all of its spoken forms and expressions, is a centering practice, one that increases your chances of walking the spiritual path on practical, positive feet.

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Spiritual Oneness: Now You See It, Now You Don’t

no separationWe’re going to mess with your mind a bit in this blog article. Our topic is based on the unfortunate impression many people have that we are separated from Spirit, that we are here and God and our good are out there somewhere.

Our message in this blog article is that the separation we feel from the presence of God is based on our limited of awareness of what mystics and metaphysicians call Ultimate Reality and quantum physicists call the Multiverse.

A Few Definitions

The multiverse is the term physicists use to describe parallel universes. Actually, the term multiverse was coined in 1895 by American psychologist William James.

Princeton physicist and colleague of Albert Einstein, David Bohm, believed that there are two interconnected planes of creation – the visible and the invisible – that create a unified field.

He referred to the visible universe (rocks, forests, oceans, people, peppermint waffers) as the explicate order and the invisible universe (subatomic particles, photons, neutrinos, dark matter) as the implicate order.

Quantum physicists believe the implicate order represents the universe we can’t see, although legitimate clairvoyants and psychics tell us otherwise.

Wisdom traditions refer to these visible and invisible realities by using the ancient dictum, “As above, so below.” From the 5,000 year old Indian Vedas and ancient Buddhist Theravada and the Dead Sea Scrolls to American Shamanic traditions and New Thought meta-physical traditions, a universal theme suggests that the seen world is merely a reflection of, a shadow of an Ultimate, omnipresent reality.

Cosmologist Max Tegmark believes there are seven cosmic dimensions, and physicist Hugh Everitt’s ‘many worlds theory’ says there are endless universes existing simultaneously.

Quantum physicists speculate that all we need is a time machine to travel from the visible to the invisible. We metaphysicians believe other world travel is a matter of consciousness.

You could be reading this blog one moment and then vanish into another universe the next moment. ‘Now we see you, now we don’t.’

The Relationship Between the Visible and the Invisible

In his book In Search of the Multiverse John Gribbon uses the pages of a book to explain the relationship between the visible and invisible. He says:

The universes that make up the Multiverse are like the pages in an infinitely thick book, with each page representing a universe which is tantalizingly close to the universe next to it.”

We share this Multiverse idea with you because we believe each and every one of us draws from the Multiverse everyday. Every time we create something from nothing we draw from the Multiverse. Actually there’s no such thing as ‘nothing’ but that’s another article.

Other names for this Multiverse of universes are Divine Substance and Universal Supply. We have access to these universes. They are just a thought away.

Two Metaphysical Interpretations from The Christ As Jesus

We believe Jesus was referring to the Multiverse when he said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions.” Metaphysically interpreted Jesus was saying: “In the sacred unity of the Multiverse (My Father’s house) there are many states of consciousness (many mansions).”

Road to EmmausAnd Jesus did more than talk about it. He walked from one ‘page,’ one dimension, one universe into another several times during his ministry. One of those times is recorded in Luke 24. Jesus meets two of his followers, Cleopas and his son, on the road to Emmaus several days after his resurrection.

According to the literal account, they didn’t recognize him and told him about their spiritual leader, Jesus of Nazareth. They told him about Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

They invited Jesus to dine with them and, in verse 31, it says, “When he gave them bread their eyes were opened and they recognized him. Then he disappeared from their sight.”

Now you see him, now you don’t.

They went to Jerusalem and found the disciples and told them about their experience with the risen Christ. In the middle of their conversation with the disciples Jesus reappears and stands in the midst of them.

In verse 37 it says, “They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.” First they didn’t see him, then they did!

But the literal account goes on to say Jesus asks for something to eat to prove he was real. So, one of them called out and ordered him a fish sandwich, fries, and chocolate shake. (That’s our version. The account says broiled fish).

There’s more to the story, of course, but we only have space to share Jesus’ disappearing and reappearing.

We refer again to John Gribbon’s quote where he uses a book analogy to explain the Multiverse:

The universes that make up the multiverse are like the pages in an infinitely thick book, with each page representing a universe which is tantalizingly close to the universe next to it.”

Jesus, it seems, walked from one page into another, from one dimension into another, from one universe into another. At his level of consciousness he wasn’t limited by space or time or physical form.

Luke’s Gospel says “their minds were opened.” That means they saw that the physical and non-physical, visible and invisible, Jew and Gentile were simply expressions of the One Reality.

They saw the veil of separation between the real and unreal vanish. They realized that the visible and invisible are two expressions of the same Source. They saw oneness. They saw a multiverse of unity.

All of us are on the road to Emmaus. Metaphysically, Emmaus means wholeness and reclamation. When we reach that level of wholeness, that level of heightened spiritual awareness, we will reclaim our divine inheritance:

  • We will say to poverty – Now you see it, now you don’t.
  • We will say to war – Now you see it, now you don’t.
  • We will say to hunger – Now you see it, now you don’t.
  • We will say to cancer, and heart disease, and MS, and alcoholism – “Now you see it, now you don’t.”
  • We will say to anger, greed, and selfishness – “Now you see it, now you don’t.”
  • We will say to child abuse, and spouse abuse, and cruelty to animals, and Mother Earth – “Now you see it, now you don’t.”
  • We will say to religious intolerance and divisive dogma – “Now you see it, now you don’t.”

When we attain that level of enlightenment we will truly be able to master the art of living, by walking the spiritual path on practical feet.

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The Field, the First Fast Food Service, and Your Spiritual Growth

parkWhen we build cities, we pour concrete and steel over natural landscapes. We level hills and superimpose a grid of streets, avenues, housing developments, interstate highways, shopping centers, businesses – and churches upon the land. But we manage to leave an occasional pocket of real estate where we don’t “pour the city.” We call those ‘pockets’ parks and gardens.

In the same way, the ego tries to urbanize our ordinary consciousness. It levels our ‘mountains of higher consciousness,’ tries to dam up the flow of Spirit, and does its best to pour an egocentric grid of materiality upon our inner landscape.

This blog is about improving our inner landscape so we can live joyfully, confidently, faithfully, and prosperously at the speed of our Christ Consciousness.

If you’re not where you want to be in life, if you’re not manifesting what you think you should manifest, you may want to increase your visits to these pockets of greenery — what we like to call our Spiritual Headquarters or the ‘Field of Unlimited Potential.’

The Field (Metaphysical Interpretation of John 14:2)

Field of Infinite PotentialWhat we’re about to share next can be a blog all by itself. But it’s only part of today’s blog and will have to serve as a footnote.

For conversation’s sake, imagine expanding your arms above your head and spreading them into as wide a circle as you can. Imagine this represents the ‘Field of Unlimited Potential.’ The Field is limitless, without boundaries, and eternal. It is the Universal Presence, or the Infinite Isness, or Absolute Good, or Christ Consciousness, or one of the 72,000 names humankind has attributed to God!

Within that Field are levels of awareness of what that Field is. You can stay at a very small level of awareness (imagine a tiny circle within your huge circle), or a slightly larger level of awareness (a larger imaginary circle), or larger … or larger … and on and on.

But be wise enough to know that there are many levels of awareness other than your own. Some less expansive, and others more expansive. Some more enlightened and others less enlightened.

For example, in the basic literal interpretation of John 14:2 it says, In my Father’s house are many mansions.

As we expand our awareness metaphysically, ‘house’ means Consciousness or the Field. ‘Father’ means Sacred Unity. ‘Many mansions’ comes from the Aramaic root word awanu, which means a space within something – a way station – or temporary resting place.

So, we can interpret John 14:2 as meaning: in the limitless, eternalness of Unitive Consciousness, there are many states of awareness or dimensions of being.

You can stay in a restricted level of awareness (remember the tiny circle within the field) with a literal interpretation of John 14:2, or go to that much larger level of awareness (the larger circle) with a metaphysical interpretation. It’s up to you. We recommend opening yourself up to the possibilities!

The Fast Food Service (Metaphysical Interpretation of John 6:1-13)

Feeding of the 5000Here’s another example: One of the greatest prosperity stories in the New Testament is the story where the Christ as Jesus fed 5,000 people on a grassy hillside. Metaphysically, it is a treatise on expanding your awareness.

So let’s take a look at what can be referred to as the first fast food service in the New Testament. The story appears in all four Gospels,* but we’ll use John’s account, since it has elements that the other Gospels fail to mention (Warning: We’re going to Bil-ize the literal interpretation of John’s account and paraphrase it somewhat):

John 6:1 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 2 A large crowd followed Him, because he was using non-traditional, holistic healing methods to heal the sick.

4 Now the Passover was near. 5 When He looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward Him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we going to get enough bagels for these people to eat?” 7 Philip answered, “Six months wages (200 denarii) would not buy enough bagels or cream cheese for these people.”

8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “There is a boy here who has five gluten-free bagels he bought at Paneras and two fish. But they’re not enough to feed so many people?” 10 Jesus said, “Ask the people to sit.”

So all 5,000 sat. (Actually the number of people was closer to 20,000 since women and children were not counted. We’re just saying …) 11 Then Jesus took the sliced bagels, and when He had given thanks, He distributed them to those who were seated. He also made sure everyone had enough fish and spring water.

12 When they were satisfied, He told His disciples, “Gather up the leftovers, so we can take them to a local Rescue Mission.”

13 So they gathered them up, and from the leftovers of five bagels, they filled 12 baskets.

Did Jesus speak to 20,000 people on a Judean hillside? Possibly. His talk was near the time of the Passover, an important Jewish holiday. There would have been many people traveling to Jerusalem.

Did He feed 20,000 people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish? Your guess is as good as ours. Perhaps there were vending machines dotting the hillside! Did the generosity of a little boy cause the generosity of thousands of other people to share what they had in their coolers? Perhaps.

We believe the importance of this story can best be explained metaphysically. And if interpreted at that level of expanded awareness, it uncovers one of the greatest formulas for prosperity you will ever find:

Let’s take a look at some of the metaphysical interpretations of key phrases, terms, and characters in the literal story bymetaphysically bumping up their meanings:

Sea of Galilee = Headquarters, our super-conscious, Unitive Consciousness

Sea of Tiberias = expanded awareness

Crowd = our cattle drive of thoughts that seek spiritual understanding

Jesus = that higher consciousness aspect of us that is in alignment with the Christ within

Disciples = our spiritual capacities and abilities used in service

Passover = the passing over or becoming unattached to materialistic appetites and addictions

Philip = the power of affirmations and refusal to give power to the world of outer appearances

Andrew = strength of mental resolve and an internal locus of control

Simon Peter = faithing it ‘till we make it

Boy = childlike trust and imagination

People seated = discipleship

5 loaves = Universal Substance that underwrites the power of our five senses to accelerate our good to us

2 fishes = divine ideas which lead to limitless abundance when our human self (small ‘s’ self) aligns with our Higher Self (capital ‘S’ Self)

12 baskets = the 12 highest spiritual qualities (powers) within us that are quickened when we operate at an elevated level of awareness. [They also stand for our 12 bodily systems and 12 pair of quickened cranial nerves – but that’s a book study and not a blogcast]

When you toss all of these characters and key concepts into a metaphysical basket, here’s what we get:

When we enter a high state of consciousness with a positive attitude and childlike faith, connect with our Christ Self, affirm what we want to manifest, and trust in our ability to draw from Universal Substance, we will tap into all twelve of our awesome spiritual powers to manifest the health, wealth, and prosperity we so richly deserve as spiritual beings divinely ordering our human experiences.

* Matt. 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; and John 6:1-15

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Born Again, From a Metaphysical Interpretation

Metaphysics-BornAgainA young couple observed a woman in the grocery store, with a three-year-old girl in her basket. As they passed the cookie section, the child asked for cookies and her mother told her, “No.” The little girl immediately began to whine and fuss, and the mother said quietly, “Now Ellen, we just have half of the aisles left to go through; don’t be upset. It won’t be long.”

They passed the Mother again in the candy aisle, just in time to hear the little girl shout for candy. When she was told she couldn’t have any, she began to cry. The mother very calmly and quietly said, “There, there, Ellen; only two more aisles to go, and then we’ll be checking out.”

The couple again happened to be in the check-out line, right behind the mother and child when the little girl began to clamor for gum and burst into a temper tantrum upon discovering there would be no gum purchased today. The mother patiently said, “Ellen, we’ll be through this check out in five minutes, and then you can go home and have a nice nap.”

The couple tapped the woman on the shoulder to compliment her. “We couldn’t help noticing how patient you were with little Ellen…” The mother smiled and broke in, “Oh, my little girl’s name is Tammy … I’m Ellen.” 

Ellen’s self-talk epitomized her commitment to self-mastery. In the New Testament, the Greek word for self-mastery is enkrateia which means “power over oneself.”

In the third chapter of the Gospel of John, there is an exchange between Jesus and Nicodemus, who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. In the first seven verses, Jesus gives Nicodemus the master key to enkrateia, the power over oneself – so perfectly demonstrated by Ellen in the grocery store.

Here’s the upshot of their conversation between the Christ as Jesus and Nick:

Nicodemus comes to Jesus at night and says: “We know you are a very high spiritual being, otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to do what you do. I’m just curious. How do you do it?”

Jesus answered, “You must be born again.”

“What? How can that be. No one can re-enter his mother’s womb,” Nick responds, showing his lack of esoteric knowledge.

Jesus chides him. “How can you not know this truth? You are one of Israel’s chief religious teachers? Read my lips, Nicodemus, you must be born again.” (We’re paraphrasing a bit here!)

What Jesus and Nick were really talking about was the key to self-mastery. And Jesus wasn’t giving Nick any wiggle room.

Here is a metaphysical interpretation:

The passage says Nicodemus came to Jesus at night: Nicodemus represents that quality within us which is ‘open to higher spiritual truths but is still stuck in traditional religious programming.’ Night, or darkness, means ‘unawareness of our innate divinity.’

The phrase ‘born again’ in Aramaic means ‘to transcend sense attachments’ or ‘move beyond material appetites.’ It means to adopt a consciousness that is not tied to the world of appearances. It means to realize that there is no separation between us and Spirit.

So, Jesus was saying, “If you want to do what I do, if you want to attain self-mastery, you must be willing to stop at one scoop of ice-cream. You must be able to say ‘no’ to that request which will put you under tremendous time pressure. You must erase negativity from your vocabulary and embedded theology from your consciousness.

We must realize there is no separation between us and Spirit. In other words, we must be born again. We must replace the old, frightened, limited, error-prone us with the new, confident, courageous, the sky’s the limit us!

By the way, the sky isn’t the limit anymore – there are footprints on the moon!

The key to self-mastery means giving up the false for the true of us. It means making conscious Christed choices. It means choosing the spiritual over the material. It means walking the spiritual path on practical feet!

 

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How to Master the Art of Living: Spiritual Traveler’s Alerts

3d illustration: Land and a group of suitcases. To take a vacatiIt is that time of year when people are on the move, with vacations and other special traveling opportunities! We love to travel—and we consider ourselves travel savvy—but we’ve also had some very interesting experiences in our journeys!

Years ago, when we were traveling in South America, we decided to take a walk in Rio along a beautiful stretch of beach near our hotel. We love to just go out on our own and wander wherever we visit. Keep in mind, we displayed no jewelry, no camera, no purse … we’d read the guide about that! We were just walking, and after the equivalent of about two blocks both of us felt such a strange feeling of danger around us (which is not a feeling either of us get too often). We looked at each other and decided to return to our hotel … pronto. As we walked into our hotel, the manager looked at us and said, “You two didn’t go out without a guide, did you?” Come to find out, in that particular area, even though it looked beautiful, it was very dangerous, and recommended that tourists never go out without a local guide. Who knew? Somehow, we had missed that warning … but both of us had felt, from deep within, a strong Traveler’s Alert – and we paid attention!

Warning-ca34707844When you travel, there are essentially two major types of Traveler’s Alerts: alerts warning you of danger and alerts informing you of great deals. We tend to view one as bad and one as good—but when you think about it, they are both good. The ones warning us of danger can protect us, guide us around trouble spots, and help us make wiser decisions as we travel … and the ones sharing deals, of course, can help us save money or time. All this is actually positive … and here’s the good news!

We get similar alerts on this journey as Spiritual beings in human form. We experience Spiritual Traveler’s Alerts, some that warn us of potential problems or guide us around danger, and others to help us experience a more abundant, joyful, fulfilling life. ANY feeling that is out of alignment with the Truth of who you are is really a Traveler’s Alert that you need to stop and realign. It’s a warning that you aren’t acting from your Highest, most elevated level of Consciousness, and hence, you are going to run into difficulties.

We also get those messages from our Intuition, or higher Self, or Spirit – helping us take advantage of what the Spiritual Principles and Truths can bring us. Here are a couple of tips to benefit from our Spiritual Traveler’s Alerts!

Be on the lookout for Traveler’s Alerts: Alerts show up in all kinds of formats. Think about when you travel: Alerts can be posted online, provided by signage, offered by a travel guide, or simply passed on in travel brochures. But we have to be on the lookout for them, or they will not help us at all. For example, have you ever been on a cruise? Notice how they offer lots of great shore excursions (for a price, of course!). On the description of the shore excursions, there are typically little icons to illustrate the type of excursion it is – and these are actually traveler’s alerts! It may indicate there is lots of walking, or water events involved, or shopping, or a strenuous or adventure tour. If you fail to see that information, you may end up on an excursion beyond your limits, and even be a danger to yourself and others.

On our Spiritual adventure, it is just as important to be on the lookout for our Spiritual Traveler’s Alerts. Expect to have them! As we find ourselves entering new experiences, or in a place where we need to make a difficult decision, it is so important to spend time in meditate-beachthe Silence, pre-prayering what it is we are about to do, anticipating the Spiritual Travel Alerts we will receive. Learn how to interpret the signals of Spirit speaking through your intuition, giving you guidance or warning you to make a different choice. Everyone’s intuition has its own way of communicating – and it is important to learn how to distinguish your Intuitive Spirit guidance (your heart) from your “ego chatter” (your head). Most importantly, make time in the Silence. As you move from your head (the ego chatter) to your heart (Spirit), you will understand the messages!  

TakeActionOnce you become attuned to and expect your Spiritual Traveler’s Alerts, you need to Pay Attention — Take Action!: Otherwise, they are useless! According to several different sources, American travelers pay little to no attention to travel alerts. Even when warnings are obviously meant to help ease our traveling burden, we tend to resist them. My brother works with the Lower Bank, NJ Volunteer Fire Company, and he shared that he often gets the job of redirecting traffic when there is an accident that blocks the road. He is amazed at how many people get really upset when they’re redirected. Sometimes they completely ignore him, and drive on through – only to end up totally stuck in the midst of a hold-up that could last an hour or more! To think, they could have totally avoided it if they had been willing to pay attention to the “traveler’s alert!”

Does any of this sound familiar? It happens in our life journey as well. When we are tuned in to Spirit, we can hear those “Traveler’s Alerts” – but when we choose to ignore them, we end up in difficult situations that are no fun at all! Just noticing them isn’t enough. We need to respond appropriately!

It is important to emphasize here that following the messages and guidance of our inner Spirit does not guarantee that everything will be easy and fun. Doing the “right thing” does not always feel simple! But when you take the high road, and go forward standing in Truth, you know it is right. Sometimes very difficult – but there is an inner peace that comes when we pay attention and act on our Spiritual Travel Alerts. In difficult situations, we can claim Divine Wisdom and Strength to make the wise choices. When we sense a Spiritual Traveler’s Alert of a great opportunity (something that would truly benefit us spiritually), we can claim Divine Zeal and Order, and say YES to the experience!

We are on an amazing adventure, as Spiritual beings having this human experience. As we become tuned in to the Spiritual Traveler’s Alerts along the way, we are able to experience life more abundantly, more joyfully, more peacefully — more Spiritually … as we walk the spiritual path on practical, well-alerted feet!

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