Spiritual Enrichment: Question Unquestioned Answers

Unquestioned-Answers-dtYour spiritual growth is not so much limited by unanswered questions as it is by unquestioned answers. You may want to read that statement again because it is the key to your spiritual growth. Your openness, curiosity and common sense will help you find the answers to unanswered questions. In our opinion, if you do not question unquestioned answers, you will stay stuck in the dogma and convention of a limited perspective, and find it difficult to grow spiritually.

Here’s a little proof about how easily we can get stuck in unquestioned answers! We have compiled a list of 14 myths (unquestioned answers) that people have believed for years – and perhaps still believe! You may believe in some of them yourself. We have also provided scientific rebuttals of all 14 of them, exposing them as myths.

Read all fourteen myths, and check the ones you once believed — or still believe! Then review the research that debunks them.

  1. cold-coldweather-ca16159794If you go outside in cold weather with wet hair, you will catch a cold. Colds are caused by hundreds of different viruses. These nasty germs are spread by direct contact with other infected people through a kiss, a sneeze, a handshake, etc. Being exposed to cold weather does not cause colds, though it may seem that way because colds are more likely to occur in cold weather. Because people tend to stay indoors more in cold weather, they create an atmosphere for germs to spread.
  2. Footprint-ca21384857We’re carbon-based beings and leave carbon footprints. The truth is we are more oxygen-based beings than we are carbon-based. Although it is guesstimated that 60 percent of our weight comes from water, 90 percent of the mass of water is oxygenated. So, oxygen accounts for most of our wet mass! For example, a person weighing 160 lbs. consists of about 96 lbs. of oxygen and his/her carbon content would account for only 35 lbs. of it. Isn’t that cool!
  3. EarthThe Earth is just 6,000 years old. Some Biblicists argue that Biblical chronology fixes the date of the creation of the Earth at a little over six thousand years old. Present-day creationists stubbornly believe in this version of the Earth’s timetable, in spite of overwhelming scientific evidence that the earth is well over 4.543 billion years old.
  4. FlatEarth-ca15125293The flat Earth myth. Actually, from at least the 14th century, belief in a flat Earth among the educated was almost nonexistent. The earliest of the flat-Earth promoters was Lactantius (AD 245-325), a professional rhetorician who converted to Christianity in mid-life. He rejected all of the Greek philosophies, and in doing so rejected a spherical Earth. His views were considered heresy by the Church. Pythagoras in the 6th century B.C.E. was one of the originators of the spherical earth idea. Aristotle in the 4th century B.C.E. provided the physical evidence.
  5. Shoes-Grass-ca20376961We separated ourselves from the earth when we invented shoes and decided to live in houses. Biologists and neurobiologists remind us that nitrogen atoms in our muscles once helped turn the sky blue, phosphorus in our bones helped turn the waves of an ancient ocean green, calcium in our teeth was mined from rocks by mushrooms, and iron in our blood once destroyed a star. We are composed of hydrogen atoms and subatomic particles like quarks, leptons, and gluons that were present at the Big Bang. Subatomic parts of us are 13.8 billion years old. We are made of Earth stuff and stardust.
  6. brainWe only use 10% of our brain capacity. Debunking this myth is a real ‘no brainer.’ Now that we know much more about neuroscience than we did 100 years ago, we can say for sure that we use much more than 10% of the brain. In fact, high-tech methods of studying the brain have not identified any inactive areas.
  7. concussion-ca15831462You need to stay awake if you’ve had a concussion. Concussions are relatively common, and while they always merit medical attention, they are rarely severe or life-threatening. Warnings to stay awake after a concussion most likely grew out of a misunderstanding about a particular type of head injury, one that involves brain bleeding where a ‘lucid period’ is followed by a coma or worse. However, this is very uncommon and doesn’t apply to people with mild concussions. If you’ve been evaluated by a doctor, and the doctor has diagnosed your having a mild concussion, you don’t need to worry about being woken up every hour.
  8. TV-TooClose-ca20017612Reading in the dark or sitting too close to the TV ruins your eyesight. Dim light, or staring into the multicolored tube at close range, can undoubtedly make your eyes work so hard they hurt. But there is no evidence that these practices cause long-term damage.
  9. Glass of waterYou should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. In general, we are not all walking around in a dehydrated state, since our bodies are very good at regulating our fluid levels. The eight-glasses-a-day myth likely started in 1945 when the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council said adults should take in about 2.5 liters of water a day (equivalent to about eight glasses). While most media outlets reported just that, the council actually went on to explain that most of the 2.5 liters comes from food. Technically, the recommendation should read: Drink, or eat, about eight glasses of fluid a day.
  10. Kangaroo-CoffeeDrinking coffee will help you to sober up. The following comment will probably be a sobering one for most people. Coffee has no effect on reversing the effects of intoxication. Coffee contains caffeine that stimulates the nervous system. This may cause an intoxicated person to become more alert, but they will be no less inebriated. The only thing you can do is wait. As far as we know there is no way to increase the rate at which your body eliminates alcohol.
  11. Thermometer-ca20478596It is best to starve a fever and feed a cold. It will not help to lower your fever if you do not eat. Actually, severely limiting your food intake while you are sick, whether it is with a fever or a cold, hinders the healing process. However, don’t force yourself to eat if you don’t feel well enough to eat as much as normal. It is more important to hydrate yourself by drinking a lot of liquids, because fevers promote the loss of fluids.
  12. razor-ca22041678Shaving causes your hair to grow back thicker and darker. Shaving is a surface procedure. Below the surface is where the appearance and texture of your hair is decided. Therefore, shaving cannot make your hair grow back thicker, darker, or coarser. Your hair may appear thicker and coarser because of the appearance of stubble, but rest assured, shaving does not cause your hair to grow back thicker and darker.
  13. CrackKnuckles-ca15312376Cracking your knuckles too often will cause arthritis. All knuckle-cracking enthusiasts can continue their ‘knuckle cracking habit’ without fear of causing arthritis. There is no medical evidence supporting this long-held belief. Arthritis is caused by normal wear and tear on the joints throughout life. This natural breakdown of cartilage tissue can be exacerbated by infections or injuries to the joints. You should be careful because knuckle cracking can injure your joints.
  14. frog-ca20536710If you handle frogs or toads, you’ll get warts. Guess what? You can keep kissing frogs without fear. Holding frogs or toads will not give you warts. Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), and are spread through human contact. So, even though their bumpy exterior may make you think otherwise, toads and frogs have nothing to do with warts.

Ask yourself these two questions: How many of these debunked myths surprised you? Are you going to accept the evidence to the contrary or are you going to continue believing in the myth?

Now read the following growing-edge spiritual statements:

  1. Heaven and hell are not places you go to when you die. They are states of consciousness you experience while you’re living.
  2. There is no anthropomorphic God in the sky who rewards believers and punishes ‘sinners.’
  3. You are the Eternal Presence (Pure Beingness, God, the Infinite Isness, Divine Mind, etc.) expressing in human form as you.

Question.AnswerIf you haven’t thought about these issues from this perspective, spend some quality time in research and introspection. All of these statements are our responses to religious “unquestioned answers” and are contrary to mainstream dogmatic views. Are these three statements myths or are they myth busters?

The value of adding ‘Questioning Unquestioned Answers’ as a spiritual practice is to get you thinking in terms of making questioning unquestioned answers a habit. Find other examples of conventional ‘wisdom’ and/or religious biases and challenge those biases, beliefs, and myths. Are ‘facts’ really facts or only opinions or assumptions? How valid are the things you’ve been taught and believe when it comes to higher thought teachings?

The key principle of this spiritual practice is this: Make it a spiritual practice to question any and all unquestioned answers … as you walk the spiritual path on practical feet!


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Make Your Travel a Spiritual Practice — World Travel Doesn’t Have to be Whirled Travel

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It’s the travel time of year, when we plan vacations to experience new  and exciting adventures. Expansive travel can unlock vast natural wonders that inspire awe, as well as open up a sense of connection to history, with jaunts into haunts that place you in vistas that are thrilling, yet foreign to you. However, world travel can quickly become “whirled travel” if you get caught up in the logistics, tourism, and flight delays that go along with it.

World travel offers you the kind of adventures that invite you into new landscapes which lure you away from your comfort zone and guarantee a transformational experience. But you’ve got to realize that travel as a knee deep, wide eyed, excursion into unfamiliar settings can also be an extraordinarily fulfilling spiritual practice.

It has been our experience that travel always adds to your spiritual resume. It takes you out of your routines and comfort zones. It demands traveling at the pace of your spiritual unfoldment. When you travel as a spiritual practice, the walls separating ‘you’ and ‘them,’ and ‘self’ and ‘other’ begin to crumble. Or perhaps they just dissipate because they were illusions in the first place. The thought will occur to you: How far do I really have to travel to discover the real me?

As much as we love to travel, domestically and internationally, for spiritual purposes as well as vacations, we are also fans of Carl Jung’s fantabulous observation: People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls. They will practice yoga… observe a strict regimen of diet, learn theosophy by heart, or mechanically repeat mystic texts… all because they cannot get on with themselves and have not the slightest faith that anything useful could ever come out of their own souls.”

WorldInHandsHis wisdom serves as a reminder that although travel can be a transformational experience, you don’t have to travel thousands of miles to ‘find’ your innate divinity. It’s just a thought, insight, affirmation, meditation, prayer, or mantra away. Still, there’s something about physical travel to distant places and environments that compels us to experience the unfamiliar so we can get in better touch with the familiar! And that ‘something’ is the deeper, more transcendent part of us that knows that the world, and the entire universe, for that matter, are simply parts of us that we haven’t fully explored.

Getting in touch with other geographies reminds us of our own geography. As John Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams remind us in their splendid book, The View From the Center of the Universe:

Field-InfinitePotentialEach of us is an atomic pastiche: the iron atoms in our blood carrying oxygen at this moment to our cells came largely from exploding white dwarf stars, while the oxygen itself came mainly from exploding supernovas that ended the lives of massive stars, and most of the carbon in the carbon dioxide we exhale on every breath came from planetary nebulas, the death clouds of middle-sized stars a little bigger than our sun. We are made of material created and ejected into the Galaxy by the violence of earlier stars. Human beings are made of the rarest material in the universe: stardust. Except for hydrogen, which makes up about a tenth of our weight, the rest of our body is stardust. Our bodies literally has the entire history of the universe, witnessed and enacted by our atoms.

Your physical travel is an extension of the changes in your inner landscape. It is a journey that is an interior renovation, because you will come back a more updated version of your former self.

world-keyHere’s How This Spiritual Practice Works: Turn travel, even if it’s on a short leash (domestic travel), into a spiritual practice. Remind yourself you are taking sooooo much more than just your bags; you are leaving behind sooooo much more than just a home address; you are trading the ‘old’ you for the ‘new’ you; and you have the opportunity to journey sooooo much further than just the miles to your destination, because the real trip is an inner trek. It is an expansion in consciousness.

Here are several spiritual vacations you can take as you travel within:

  • Find time to meditate everyday.
  • Bless each meal with a prayer.
  • Mentally connect with the essence of your experiences, appreciate the underlying satisfaction each one brings.
  • Enjoy sunsets and starry nights.
  • Read spiritual literature.
  • Each night celebrate at least three things you are grateful for that you experienced that day.
  • Purchase a spiritual memento.
  • Mentally greet everyone you see with a silent “Namaste.”
  • Add visits to spiritual places as sacred grounds during your trip.
  • Build in time for mini spiritual retreats – include silent retreats.
  • Practice random acts of kindness.
  • Chant.
  • Recite mantras.
  • Make belly laughs a habit.
  • Commune with nature.
  • Take care of the environment.
  • Make respect, compassion, and non-judgmentalness your decisions.
  • Dine on spiritual hors d’ oeurves.
  • Sing spiritual and inspirational songs you know out loud.
  • Add a couple of other spiritual practices to the ones we’ve mentioned.
  • Work all things together for good.
  • Enjoy your trip … as you walk the spiritual path on practical feet!


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Hollywood & Metaphysics: How to Interpret Any Movie From a Metaphysical or Spiritual Perspective

clapboard-Film-CanEveryone loves a good movie! The problem is, everyone has a different opinion of which movies should be termed “good!” But one thing we’ve learned is this: Regardless of the movie, there is always a deeper message to be found. We love to look at movies from a deeper, more spiritual level, interpreting them metaphysically to see what we can discover about ourselves and our soul growth.

From a highly spiritual perspective, a metaphysical interpretation of ANYTHING means seeing people, places, things, and events that happen ‘out there’ as human and spiritual qualities, talents, and abilities, beliefs, habits, etc. within us. So any movie can be interpreted as symbolizing what is going on inside of us. The people, animals, events, set, costumes, locations, etc. can be seen as qualities and traits within us.

Here’s the process:

SpiritualAdventure-ClapboardStep One:     Watch the movie! Just enjoy the film and have fun.

Step Two:   Write a 1-3 sentence synopsis of what you feel the overall theme of the movie was, from a literal point of view.

Step Three: Create a list of the key things that stood out for you:

  • Characters
  • Locations
  • Scenes
  • Set/costume/design elements

Step Four:   Look back over your list of key things, and ask yourself the following question for each item on your list:

What might this person, place, or thing represent within me?

Step Five:    Review your responses, and then create a 1-3 sentence synopsis of the movie from a metaphysical perspective.

For an example of how we have metaphysically interpreted some popular movies, check out these past blogs:

Transcendence

Noah

We affirm that you will never view a movie in the same way again! No matter what the movie is, you can always discover a deeper, spiritually-enriching meaning — as you walk the spiritual path on practical feet.


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The Anti-Christ Is Closer Than Objects in Your Rearview Mirror

rearviewMirror-dt10095642You’ve probably heard about ‘the’ Anti-Christ. He is purported to be a powerful demonic figure who is pure concentrated evil from head to foot. As boogie man Satan, he challenged the goodness of Jesus Christ when Jesus began His ministry, and he will seek to over-throw Jesus Christ in the end of times.

DarthVader-dreamstime_xs_26405449To use a modern day analogy, ‘the’ Anti-Christ makes Darth Vader look like a bully ‘wannabe’ instead of the powerful movie character he is portrayed to be. Similar to the mythical boogie man who is used by adults or older children to frighten younger children so they’ll behave, ‘The’ Anti-Christ is believed to be the highly intelligent, primordial, demonic, anthropomorphic beast that is the epitome of ‘the lawless one’ and is the ‘son of perdition.’ He is the resident evil of the dark side of creation. Organized religion, it seems, is using the mythical Anti-Christ to frighten ‘sinful’ adults into good behavior.

Mainstream Christian Beliefs About the Anti-Christ

The concept of ‘the’ Anti-Christ is primarily a mainstream Christian teaching both in the Bible and in many ecclesiastical writings and eschatological systems.* The words ‘antichrist’ and ‘antichrists’ occur five times in 1 John and 2 John in the New Testament. And in the Book of Revelation, the Beast (False Prophet) is believed to be the Anti-Christ, although the Anti-Christ is not mentioned specifically.

According to Christian tradition ‘the’ ecclesiastical Anti-Christ is the False Messiah. Millions of Christians still express a fervent belief in the imminence of a literal Anti-Christ. Christians have been so maniacally and methodically programmed through the centuries to believe in ‘the’ Anti-Christ that the ‘boogie man son of perdition’ has become lodged in their collective DNA.

Fortunately, the anti-Christ theme has morphed – well, sorta kinda. Mainstream Christians also hold that anyone who opposes the divinity of Jesus Christ is an anti-Christ. John and Jane Doe anti-Christ’s are people who deny that Jesus is the Christ, that He is the true Messiah, or that He is fully God.

This expanded lunacy has dispersed the anti-Christ personality into the multitudes, labeling certain barbaric and diabolical people as anti-Christs. This is sorta kinda a step in the right direction. It at least identifies human beings who have lost their way by exhibiting anti-Christ behavior.

Other Faith Traditions’ Beliefs About the Anti-Christ

For example, in Jewish eschatology, Armilus is the anti-Messiah and in Islamic eschatology, Masih ad-Dajjal is the anti-Messiah. In Mormonism, Lucifer is the Anti-Christ. Many Protestant reformers, including Martin Luther, John Calvin, Thomas Cranmer, John Knox, and William Tyndale, claimed that the Roman Papacy was the Antichrist.

The following people have been labeled as sinister incarnations of ‘the’ Anti-Christ because of their extreme wickedness and inhumanity: Antiochus Epiphanes, Belial, Caligula, Nero Caesar, Peter the Great of Russia, a host of Catholic Popes, Charlrmagne, Napoleon Bonaparte, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Benito Musolini, Francisco Franco, Muammar Gaddafi, Ayatollah Khomeini, and Francisco Nguema, to name a few.

AntiChrist-dtAs you can see, the over-all presumption through centuries of human paranoia is that ‘the’ fabled Anti-Christ is a powerful demonic adversary whose sole purpose is to dethrone Christ and all that is good. And when he makes Christ cry uncle, he’ll make our existence a living hell! In the meantime, he’ll produce anti-Christs just to make our lives miserable. And these various and sundry anti-Christs are people (mortals) who exhibit the supposed characteristics of ‘the’ Anti-Christ which makes them bad to the bone, too.


We invite you to refuse to buy into any of the Anti-Christ paranoia mentioned above. We’ll even go so far as to say – don’t buy into any of the stories about the mythical Anti-Christ that you’ve heard or read about. They’re all attempts to frighten you and make you think this fictitious, cosmic
demon is ‘under your bed or in your closet.’


We have an entirely different ‘take’ on the boogie man Anti-Christ myth. We’d like to share it with you in this blogcast. It’ll mean outgrowing EVERYTHING you’ve been taught about the ‘son of perdition.’ Don’t worry, we’re not going to force our perspective on you. You don’t even have to read beyond this sentence!

A Metaphysical, Spiritual Perspective of the Anti-Christ

We believe the fictional Anti-Christ is not, and never has been, a cosmic superpower that has the wherewithal to rival the Christ in any era or at the end of time. The anti-Christ should be spelled without the “A” being capitalized because it is not an anthropomorphic, demonic personage at all.

Head-questionMarks-dt_31820845The Truth is anti-Christs are closer than objects in your rearview mirror! Our belief is that anti-Christs are thoughts, intentions, inclinations, beliefs, feelings, assumptions, values, choices and behaviors that deny your innate divinity. They can surface in anyone’s consciousness and only have the power we give them to derail our spiritual growth!

The people who have these demonic thoughts and feelings; and express them by making barbaric, self-aggrandizing choices and taking inhuman actions are repressing their innate divinity. And when they do, they may be labeled anti-Christs. People like this allow the dark side of their human nature to gain supremacy over their thinking, being and doing.

It is up to each of us to cleanse our consciousness if these types of demonic, destructive, error thoughts, feelings and habits surface. All of us — even the most boogie man prone — have the power to chose Christ-centric thinking, being and doing.

mountaintop-celebrationWhen you fill your consciousness with compassionate, kind, loving, altruistic, joyful, spiritually-attuned thoughts, feelings, choices and behaviors, there won’t be any room left for hateful, deceitful, hurtful and malignant thoughts, feelings, choices and behaviors.

We affirm an anti-Christ-free world. How ‘bout you!

* The boogie man myth is a worldwide phenomenon. Parents in every country, it seems, use their own version of a demonic monster to frighten children into compliance. Google ‘bogeyman.’ You’ll be surprised how widespread the ‘boogie man under the bed or in the closet who eats children who misbehave’ myth is used.
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What Does It Mean to be More Spiritual Than Religious?

MoreSpiritualThanReligiousAccording to a recent study conducted by Pew Research, people with no religious affiliation make up the third-largest global group, placing after Christians and Muslims and just before Hindus. Included in this group are individuals who say they are more spiritual than religious. This begs the question: What does it mean to be more spiritual than religious? And this has led to a new term: InterSpiritual – coined in 1999 by Wayne Teasdale in his classic book The Mystic Heart: Discovering a Universal Spirituality in the World’s Religions. (The original spelling was ‘interspiritual’ and then later changed to ‘InterSpiritual.’) We prefer to call this global consciousness shift simply Spirituality.

We have several questions we’d like to toss out, to stimulate your thoughts and generate your feedback related to this issue. But before we throw out the questions, let’s explain three terms that always show up in this type of discussion: Inter-Faith, InterSpiritual and Spirituality. Here’s our perspective.

InterSpirituality is quite different than both an Inter-Faith perspective and traditional mainstream religious perspectives. And we believe Spirituality, without the need for the ‘inter’ prefix or any other kind of prefix, is a direction humankind is moving – and has been moving – since homo erectus stepped out on the planet 1.5 to 2 million years ago.

What Is Inter-Faith?

Interfaith symbolsInter-Faith is a term used by organized religions to promote mutual dialogue, tolerance, understanding, and peace between religious denominations and, by extension, many of the world’s faith traditions. However, the undercurrent is, and continues to be, one of tolerance, since each faith tradition maintains its own identity, and often considers its understanding of humankind’s relationship to God (the Ultimate Reality, Pure Consciousness, the Eternal Presence, Source, the Absolute, etc.) as the one that is truer than any of the other faith traditions.

This parochialism is fed by religious and denominational biases that perpetuate division, distrust, and ‘walled-in’ religious biases that make it difficult for there to be any real sense of unconditional respect and whole-hearted acceptance. Individual creeds and dogmas are valued more than openness and a greater awakening. However, it is a step in the right direction toward the concept of Oneness.

 

What Is InterSpiritual?

Spiritual-hopeJoyFaithAs people begin to move to a more spiritual orientation than a purely religious one, they develop an appreciation for the rich variety of religious teachings and experiences that characterize many of the world’s religions. They begin to adopt the best spiritual practices associated with those traditions and build them into their own spiritual practice. They begin to lose the sense of separation, exclusiveness and the view of God as an anthropomorphic deity ‘out there’ somewhere in the sky. They become more InterSpiritual oriented than Inter-Faith immersed.

And, of course, there are those InterSpirituals called mystics who may or may not have been associated with any organized religion at all. These individuals stepped out on an individualized path that kept them adjacent to, if not completely separate from, organized religion.

However, when you say ‘InterSpiritual’ you still get the sense that traditional denominational baggage (which is described as either ‘inter’ and/or ‘intra’) is a feature of the InterSpiritual concept.

What is Spirituality?

On the other hand, Spirituality seems to be a more holistic and seamless way of describing our spiritual awakening. It honors the deep and abiding interconnectedness and unconditional acceptance of everyone’s truth walk. It is a heart-to-head resuscitation route to an enlightened oneness. It subordinates the mind – no matter how illumined – to the wisdom of the heart. It refuses to give energy to dogmatic religious narratives that retail their own particular stories, translations, prophecies, and predictions about who has the ‘correct’ doctrinal interpretation of our relationship to the Field of Infinite Potential (God, the Eternal Presence, the Absolute, etc.), the universe, and even the multiverse.

From a Spiritual Perspective

Spiritually speaking, humankind is experiencing a shared spiritual journey. Each faith tradition, and the denominations it spawns, and every mystic’s solitary journey is a ‘pocket’ of individualized spiritual awareness that is unfolding along a continuum of awakening. From the Spiritual perspective, the conflicts and skepticism imposed between these ‘pockets of awareness’ are unnecessary and debilitating. They slow humankind’s ability to raise its collective consciousness to a higher spiritual octave.

A global appreciation for humankind’s collective awakening will lead to the global oneness necessary to achieve that planetary awakening. We believe an appreciation for quantum physics, the neurosciences, epigenetics, and biology will contribute to that global consciousness connection. The marriage of science and spirituality will help humankind seeeee and feeeeeel and understaaaand and welcooooome the oneness that has always been there.

Field-InfinitePotentialIt is this convergence of inner space and outer space that will create such a compelling cosmology of global interconnectedness that someday all of humankind will understand why Pure Consciousness is the Ground of All Being! We are at the dawn of a higher octave of collective consciousness that continues to be more process than event.

The pull toward greater understanding and the long sought-for enlightenment is greater than the grip of religious dogma. We have moved from homo erectus to homo cosmo! When Traditional Faith and Inter-Faith met Spirituality, the collision caused a ‘big bang’ in human awareness that has inflated humankind’s overall consciousness to inter-galactic proportions. And the inflation has become just as exponential as the expanding universe!

Humankind birthed universal thought and expanded its awareness of its perennial spiritual birthright. And this awesome collective shift upward just might help us create Heaven (Cosmic Consciousness) on Earth (egocentric human consciousness).

Here Are the Questions We Promised (for your own introspection or to share your thoughts in the comments section):

  • Which sounds more like your orientation: Inter-Faith, InterSpiritual, or just plain Spiritual – and why?
  • In what ways might you be a blend of the three? Explain.
  • How far removed are you from a homo erectus level of spiritual awareness, especially as it relates to the concepts of God, heaven and hell, sin and redemption, salvation and damnation, etc.?
  • How close are you to a homo cosmo spiritual awareness as it relates to the homo erectus question plus these additional concepts: astral travel, reincarnation, God as Universal Principle, immortality, levitation, your interconnectedness with other dimensions of being, God expressing Itself as you in human form, etc.?
  • What does being “more spiritual than religious” mean for you, and how do you practice this belief?

If you answered these questions – congratulations! We offer you our heartfelt appreciation. There’s still hope for humankind’s eventual enlightenment with folks like you around … willing to participate in these types of conversations – as together we walk the spiritual path on practical feet!

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What If Energy Healing Really Does Work?

HealingHands-SpiritualityHave you ever wondered if healing energy really works? We’re going to ask you to read this blogcast with an open mind and with the awareness that the scientific and spiritual communities have more to learn about our mind, body and soul connection. From a neuroscience and epigenetic standpoint, our Deeper Self (that’s what they call it) is the transcendent aspect of us that is connected at a cellular level with the observable scientific world ‘out there.’

From a spiritual perspective we are the composite, or Quantum Self, of all of our human and inter-dimensional incarnations and reincarnations. Our quantum selves (our incarnated selves) are akin to the Theosophist’s monad and the Hindu concept of sutratman. They are strung like beads on a quantum thread. We believe our dreams, deja vous, and past life regressions are conscious nonlocal connections with our ‘other’ selves (beads) on the thread of inter-dimensional life (the world out there).

Check Out This Amazing Experiment!

Science-Spirituaity-ResearchQuantum physicists remind us that once we are quantumly connected, we are always connected. As a matter of fact, in a 1993 study reported in the Journal Advances, scientists working with the U. S. Army conducted an experiment to determine whether or not our feelings affect DNA, which has been removed from the body. It was reasoned that once tissue [skin, organs] are removed from a human body, our connection with those removed parts ceases to exist.

The study performed experiments to determine precisely whether an emotion/DNA connection continues following a separation of the individual from a small DNA sample taken, and if so at what distances? The researchers, under psychologist Julie Motz’s direction, collected a swab of tissue [DNA] from the inside of a volunteer’s mouth.*

The DNA sample was isolated and placed in a specially-designed chamber and taken to another room in the same building. Once the experiment began, the ‘donor,’ who was in another room located a good distance away, was shown a series of video images designed to cause a wide range of emotional responses. While the donor was undergoing the ‘treatment’ the DNA in the room down the hall was measured for its reaction.

An extraordinary thing happened. When the donor’s measured responses registered emotional ‘peaks’ or ‘dips,’ the donor’s DNA showed a simultaneous electrical response that either spiked or dipped. The DNA acted as if it were still connected energetically to its donor at a distance.

Energy Healing and Dr. Oz

This energetic bio-connection is currently being studied as it relates to the field of energy healing. And although it’s years after the Army experiment, the head of the research team that conducted the original DNA experiment is convinced that the transference of energy is real. At the invitation of Dr. Mehmet Oz and his patient, non-traditional healer Julie Motz performed energy healing during an operation. Motz has worked in surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, Stanford University Hospital in California, and many other medical centers across the country, and has been profiled on ‘Dateline,’ CNN, The New York Times Magazine, New Age Journal, and many other magazines and journals. The literature reports accounts of other energy healers, as well, in collaborative settings with tradition medical doctors.

All that being said, evidence regarding energy healing’s efficacy is ‘highly speculative’ and ‘methodological shortcomings’ have prevented firm conclusions about its medicinal benefits. For instance, in 2001 a randomized clinical trial randomly assigned 120 patients with chronic pain to either healers or ‘simulated healers,’ but could not demonstrate efficacy for either distance or face-to-face energy healing.

However, there have been reports of spontaneous remission and positive placebo effects as a result of energy healing when it is coupled with well-known cognitive and behavioral techniques. In these cases, patients have experienced a mild reduction in symptoms; however, nothing miraculous or inexplicable occurred. The results seem to be limited to, and determined by, the body’s natural healing abilities.

Here’s the “open-minded, more to learn’ part: What if there is an unbroken energetic connection between us and our DNA (as the research seems to prove) regardless of the space/time distance? If there is, how long does it last? What if the connection between our current physical body and our Quantum Self (Deeper Self) is real and energetically connected? Can that etheric connection produce healing energies? Do energy healers act as step-down transformers to direct the healing energies? Does that connection contribute to the placebo? Does energy healing tap into the cosmic energies of our Deeper Self which are pure, perfect and whole?

New JerusalemTo add another spiritual component to this quantum assessment, in one of the interpretations of The Book of Revelation, Mikhail Aivanhov assures us that “everything we do is recorded and our actions, sentiments, and thoughts all leave permanent traces, not only on our surroundings, but on us.” (pg. 113). We have also published a book on Revelation and have come to the same conclusion as Bulgarian mystic, Aivanhov, and others like Edgar Cayce, James Pryse, Alice Bailey, Rudolf Steiner and Helena Blavatsky, to name a few:

What if we — you, everyone — is the current ‘bead’ in a long string of beads (incarnations) that make up the ‘quantum genealogy’ called us! And what if the quantumness that makes up that lasting genealogy determines whether we miraculously remiss from stage 4 cancer; survive a heart attack; recover – complication-free – from a complicated surgery; or live a healthy, illness-free live in spite of our lifestyle eating habits?

Albert Einstein coined a term “spooky action at a distance” when he described entangled particles in quantum physics. What if a similar “spooky action” occurs when it comes to our ability to heal ourselves using the interconnectivity (quantum entanglement) of our ‘other selves’ to produce the placebo effect? All these questions are up for stimulating discussion … as we walk that spiritual path on practical feet!

*Julie Motz, “Everyone an Energy Healer: The Treat V Conference” Santa Fe, NM, Advances: The Journal of Mind-Body Health, vol. 9 (1993).
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Is Spiritual Ghosting the Reason I Can’t Make Truth Principles Work?

FriendlyGhostGhosting! We’re not talking about Casper the Ghost. Nor are we referring to ghost writing someone else’s book. And we’re certainly not blogging about paranormal spirits and poltergeists from parapsychological literature.

The ‘ghosting’ we’re referring to is a spiritual take on the dating practice that uses apps and online technology to end a dating relationship, called “Ghosting”: the sudden act where one dater abruptly ends a relationship by simply disappearing into the ethers — you know, going AWOL! The ghost does not give an explanation of any sort, leaving the person who is ghosted wondering where he or she went wrong.

The rise of apps like Tinder and Grindr is certainly empowering to these ghosts. Hiding behind the ‘screen of online technology’ is an easy way to be evasive, so you don’t have to take a chance of a face-to-face confrontation with the person you’re dumping. You don’t even have to share your reasons for breaking-up, because disappearing is the path of least resistance. Recent YouGov and Huffington Post polls have confirmed that 890 people out of 1,000 people polled consider ‘electronic ghosting’ to be extremely rude and inappropriate.

While the break-up ghosting explained above is disrespectful and even called cowardly by people on the receiving end of the online slight, it generated a spiritual metaphor for us: Spiritual Ghosting.

What is “Spiritual Ghosting?”

SpiritualGhostingOne of the most common issues we deal with in our spiritual coaching practice is the frustration people have when they feel they are practicing all the spiritual principles they’ve been taught, but things are not manifesting as they expected. Their disappointments usually relate to money, relationships, work, health, or other difficult life challenges. They are left feeling betrayed, guilty, frustrated, and questioning everything they were taught to believe. They feel deserted (ghosted) by the God of their understanding.

It is our experience that these wonderfully well-intentioned and devoted truth seekers – whether they think so or not – have not been ghosted (dumped, deserted, forsaken, abandoned, or discarded) by God (the Eternal Presence, Spirit, the All, Universal Consciousness). Are you ready for a shocker? It is God (the Eternal Presence, Spirit, the All, Universal Consciousness) that is always ghosted by us!

We are the ones who drop out unannounced. We are the ones who sever the connection. We are the ones who abandon our faith in the process. We neglect to consistently use proven Truth Principles. Generally, the ‘ghosting tactics’ that follow are the reasons why things may not appear to be working when it comes to manifesting our good:

  • We send out mixed messages when we affirm our good and then doubt whether we’ll actually receive it.
  • Our affirmations may be based on incorrect understanding of Truth Principles.
  • We forget that what we manifest is by right (or as we like to say, “rite”) of consciousness. (Thoughts held in mind produce similar thoughts after their kind).
  • Our actions do not match the desires we are affirming.
  • We sabotage our best-intended efforts because we forget that our prosperity comes through us!
  • We may not be using all the metaphysical/spiritual tools at our disposal.
  • We may not be ready, at the level of heightened consciousness, to manifest what we desire.

Key ideas to remember:

  • We are always manifesting and demonstrating, whether we like the results or not.
  • Our consciousness is the gateway for manifesting the things we want from the Field of Infinite Potential. That means our prosperity comes through us and not to us from some celestial car lot, jewelry store, or shopping center in the sky.
  • Stumbling blocks and obstacles may seem to be in the outer realm; however, they are primarily rooted in our consciousness as negative thoughts, beliefs, values, and feelings.
  • The most magnetizing spiritual tools we have at our disposal include: meditation, affirmative prayer, denials and affirmations, the 12 Powers, joy and laughter, gratitude, generosity, forgiveness, release, visualization, and absolute trust in the manifestation process.

As you can see, you won’t have a ghost of a chance to manifest your good as long as you insist on ghosting the God of your understanding. Manifesting your good will always be an inside-out process.

Stay in alignment with your Divine Nature so you won’t fall out-of-alignment with the prosperity you deserve … as you walk the spiritual path on practical feet.

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