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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Row, Row, Row Your Boat … A Spiritual Perspective

Row, Row Row Your Boat
Gently Down the Stream
Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily
Life Is But a Dream.

Rowboat-SpiritualPracticeThis delightful 19th century nursery rhyme most likely originated out of American minstrelsy. The earliest known printing of the song was in 1852, with lyrics similar to lyrics used today, but with a different tune. It was reprinted two years later using the same lyrics, but with yet another tune. The modern tune was first recorded with the lyrics in 1881, in The Franklin Square Song Collection with Eliphalet Oram Lyte credited as the composer or adapter.

We decided to wrap a blog around it because it fits perfectly with one of our central spiritual messages:

We are eternal spiritual beings having a human experience!

We believe you’ll see how well it fits when you see our metaphysical interpretation of its timeless message.

Here are the lyrics of the song with their metaphysical interpretations:

OarsRow, Row Row: Fully align, consciously entrain; subordinate

Your Boat: Your human self, your egocentric nature

Gently: Willingly, freely, readily, unquestionably

Down the Stream: in sync with your Divine Nature, in the flow of Divine Order

LifeIsButADreamMerrily, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily: trusting, intuiting, knowing, faithing it

Life: that each of your many dimensions of being

Is But a Dream: is a state of consciousness on your journey toward Self- Realization.

The song’s full metaphysical interpretation looks like this:

Consciously align your human nature, willingly and readily, with your Divine Nature, trusting that each of your many dimensions of being is an evolving state of consciousness on your journey toward Self- Realization.

Our skin school experiences prune our overall conscious awareness of who we really are if our embodiments are the result of a restless and sense-addicted egocentric orientation. Essentially, if we are too worldly, we choose small-mindedness over open-minded universal awareness. We manufacture separation instead of oneness. And that’s what gets us into each skin school experience.

As we become more awakened and illumined we remember that we are spiritual beings who have chosen a human experience and work toward re-aligning our human personalities with our Divine Nature. As we become more aware of our True Nature in any given skin school experience, dormant soul forces begin to become enlivened, revitalized, and increasingly expressed. These soul forces are super-conscious spiritual energies that prompt us to actualize our full spiritual potential.

Rowboat-Metaphysical-InterpSo, shall we row our boats and go gently, happily and faithfully toward enlightenment – and help others do the same … as together we “row down the spiritual stream” in practical “boats!”

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Are You Experiencing a God-of-the-Gaps?

God-of-the-Gaps-visualHave you ever succumbed to what Isaac Newton referred to as the God-of-the-Gaps argument? It raises its wacky head when an unexplained phenomenon occurs that can’t be understood, so you say “God made it happen” or “We’re not meant to know” or “It’s part of God’s plan” or “If God wanted us to know, He’d tell us.” This God-of-the-Gaps argument epitomizes a deeply-rooted blind obedience to ‘unquestioned answers.’ As we move toward being more spiritual than religious, this argument becomes less comforting and increasingly frustrating.

Here’s our take on ‘gap management’ when it comes to understanding how we can use new, credible information to enhance what we already know about something, especially when it comes to integrating science and spirituality. And we’re going to use a quote from the 14th Dalai Lama to express our sentiments:

“If scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims.” (excerpt from The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality, by the 14th Dalai Lama)

As Unity ministers who have widened our Self-realization bandwidth – and as two ordinary people who consider ourselves to be more spiritual than religious, we have come to believe that as you continue to unfold your spiritual nature, you realize there is no external, anthropomorphic ‘god out there’ separate from you that acts upon you; that guides you only if you’re dutiful; that heals you sometimes, but not someone else, or heals someone else other times, but not you; that rewards believers, but punishes sinners; that sacrificed His Son to purge the world of sin, but then allows humankind to sin anyway.

YouAreGodExpressingThis is the established mainstream religious view. But in the principle of interconnectedness which physicists, neuroscientists, and metaphysicians have set forth, you are not simply a creation of God, molded and shaped and set on the path of life ‘down here’ in skin school. You are the Force or Presence of the Eternal Presence we call God particularized as you.

You will notice that both our explanation and the Dalai Lama’s quote champion the marriage between science and spirituality. We’re guessing that the Dalai Lama shares our sentiments that reconciling the church’s science phobia is probably still light years away, since organized religions apparently prefer their dogmatized rigidity over empirical science.

Therefore, the ‘gap management’ tactics mentioned above that are employed by mainstream religious proponents to ‘defend the faith’ at all costs end up costing those who defend religious rigidity a more enlightened view of their own innate divinity. While the God-of-the-Gap argument protects their religious mindset, it marginalizes their spiritual growth.

How to Handle a ‘God-of-the-Gaps’ Moment

Whenever you find yourself involved in ‘gap management’ — whether it’s concerning God and science, life and immortality, health and illness, or religion and spirituality — listen to your heartfelt spiritual insights (angels) which call to you from the Eternal Resident Presence within you, your Divine Nature.

It is that timeless connection that will elevate your awareness and ‘up your consciousness’ so that you become consciously one with God-IN-the Gaps! You will realize that there are no gaps between you and the Eternal Resident Presence within you, only a consciousness of gaps. There are no gaps between science and the nature of God, only a consciousness of gaps.

Your ‘YOU’ is the Eternal Presence, Ein Sof, the All, the Infinite Isness, the One, the Universal Self, Divine Mind, the Authentic Self, the Supreme Self, the SuperSelfTM , Divine Consciousness, the Godhead, Brahma, Allah, El, Ishvara, Vishnu, Krishna, Atman. If there’s any gap, it’s your egocentric nature!

Science, spirituality, religion, philosophy, theology, and psychology are all pursuing the Ultimate Reality. If there’s any gap, it’s the parochialism associated with each of those disciplines.

JumpOverGap-dreamstime_xs_50543673The ‘gap’ between you and your God Nature is purely theoretical. The ‘gap’ doesn’t exist! The perceived ‘gap’ is not even caused by a ‘part of the Whole’(you) trying to understand the Whole (God, the Eternal Presence). Why? Because you are the Whole individualized as you. Humankind is the Whole individualized as the many.

All any of us has to do is surrender to our true Nature. When we do, there’ll be no more consciousness of gaps. No need for gap management. No interest in pursuing the myth of gaps. No thought of retailing gaps that aren’t there. And certainly no inclination of proselytizing gaps and defending gaps that become stumbling blocks for ourselves and others. No separation between our human self and our Higher Self … as we walk the spiritual path on practical feet.

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Is Your Smartphone Part of Your Spiritual Practice?

Smartphone-SpiritualPracticeIf you’re like us, you use your smartphone a lot — and there is a ton of research warning us of all the dangers associated with overuse of this technology! We know, technology gets a bad rap these days—and it’s true there is lots out there to distract us, waste our time, and create confusion in our consciousness. But did you realize your smartphone could be part of your spiritual practice?

Smartphoning as a spiritual practice is “apps-olutely” one of the best ways to connect with almost anything you want to inspire your spiritual growth. (Excuse the pun — we couldn’t help ourselves!)

Here’s How This Spiritual Practice Works:

There are: meditation apps, candle apps, singing bowl apps, yoga apps, soulcare apps, self-healing apps, soul journeys app, self-awareness apps, spiritual growth apps, spiritual disciplines apps, spiritual living apps, spiritual pathways apps, spiritual quotes apps, spiritual places apps, spiritual awakening apps, mindfulness apps, meditation timers and alarm clock apps, nature photo apps, Buddhist meditation apps, Buddhist mantra apps, world peace apps, prayer apps, plus hundreds, maybe thousands more to choose from.

smartphone-spirprac-dtYou can email and/or text spiritual content to anyone, and receive emails and texts from anyone—anywhere in the world! Sending a riveting spiritual quote to a friend in need can turn his/her life around. Receiving a spiritually rich text can turn your day around, too!

Whether you plan on a spiritual pause for a couple of minutes or a longer reflective time of smartphone soul food, we know your “app-reciation” for the convenience of this spiritual practice will, no doubt, make it one of the basic tools in your spiritual toolkit. You can have spiritual experiences on the go or settle back on a cushion in your dedicated spiritual practice area and enjoy a spiritual moment … as you walk the spiritual path on practical feet.

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This Spiritual Practice comes from our ebook, Life-Changing Spiritual Practices,
Volume 1. Check it out here:
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Taking a Spiritual Vacation to “New Zeal Land”

NewZealand-MataiFalls-dtWe love to travel — and one of the places on our “Wish List” is Australia, including a side trip to New Zealand, of course! While we dream of that vacation, we want to travel in this blog to a different “New Zeal Land” — one you can visit anytime you wish, and a place where you can access Divine Wisdom as your souvenir!

We thought we’d zealously pursue ‘new zeal land’ — which means we’re going to be Zen about our treatment of where zeal goes after it finds a home. So, we’ll go slow to go fast. We’ll start with our definition of zeal as it relates to your spiritual growth.

Zeal is enthusiastic spiritual and/or religious excitement on steroids! It’s unbridled eagerness, unquenchable thirst, and tireless impatience in expressing our delight in learning new spiritual teachings and principles. We want the world to know what we’ve just learned and we have difficulty controlling our excitement.

The word translated as ‘zeal’ in Hebrew is kana and in the ancient Greek translation of the Torah, kana is often translated as zelao, from which the English word ‘zeal is derived. There are over 40 verses about zeal in the Bible.

It’s also important for you to know that zeal has its polarities, its positive and negative aspects, its yin/yang properties. So, we’ll mention them briefly as a preamble to the rest of our blogcast.

Zeal, at its highest human pitch when it comes to spiritual matters, can take the form of over-the-top enthusiasm. It can be over-bearing and obnoxious. A bit immature at times. On the other hand, it can take the form of a disciplined and charismatic energy, one that is controlled and mature when it is tempered by wisdom.

Whether it remains impetuous or ripens into a more mature form of zealous devotion is up to us. James E. Faust, author of Finding Light in a Dark World, talks about the nature of zeal’s properties: “Let’s not become so intense in our zeal to do good that we go beyond common sense and good manners, thereby promoting contention, invoke cynicism, or ridicule with flippancy.”

Zeal and Flying Saucers? Elijah and Elisha’s Story

We’ll explain what we mean when we say wisdom is the ‘new zeal land’ by taking you back to a story in the Old Testament, the Hebrew Testament, as it is called today. There is an account in 2 Kings that speaks of the binary nature of zeal. (We’re mostly New Testament metaphysicians, so we had to blow the dust off the Hebrew Testament half of our NIV Bible to reference 2 Kings, Chapter 2: verses 1 and 11).

Chariot-Fire-ElijahHere’s the gist of what this passage tells us: The prophet Elijah and his disciple Elisha were on their way from one village, Gilgal, to another, Bethel. As they were walking along, suddenly a fiery chariot and horses of fire appeared and separated the two men. In an instant, Elijah was taken to heaven in a whirlwind.”

If you read between the literal lines of this story you realize that Elisha couldn’t fill out a missing persons report until 48 hours, so the local police never found Elijah, although his face appeared on goat milk cartons. (We’re messing with you!)

That’s how the literal account reads (except for the missing persons reference). Did this event really happen? Perhaps. Perhaps not! The interesting thing about this account is that ancient texts are filled with similar stories. Sumerian, Egyptian, Greek, Babylonian, Assyrian, and dozens of other writings — even dozens of 20th century accounts — suggest that humans have been taken up in flying machines.

These air ships have been described as fiery missiles; comets from the sun; fiery chariots pulled by horse-like creatures; and more recently, space ships. Cosmologists say there is evidence that ‘sons of deities came down from the sun.’ They even speculate there were perhaps ancient astronauts who visited Earth hundreds of thousands of years ago.

Whatever your beliefs are concerning ancient — and even modern day — visitors from ‘out there,’ there are enough compelling stories to spark your imagination and interest. And that’s okay. We may very well have been — and continue to be — visited by extraterrestrials. For example, if you’re curious you may want to examine historical records dating as far back as 214 BCE and 74 BCE.

In the 74 BCE account, Plutarch reported that a flaming metallic body fell from the sky between two fighting armies, one led by Roman general Lucullus and the other by Mithradates the Great. There’s also the highly publicized alien abduction stories of Betty and Barney Hill in 1964; Jim Weiner, Jack Weiner, Charles Foltz and Charles Rak who claim that they were abducted by aliens during a camping trip near Allagash, Maine in 1976; and hundreds of mysterious UFO sightings all over the world, up to and including this year.

A Metaphysical Perspective on Zeal: 2 Kings 2:1, 11

However, we want to take the Hebrew Testament story in a completely different direction and leave abduction stories and UFO sightings to your imagination and perhaps continuing interest. We’re even going to leave the literal account of the Bible story from 2 Kings to your fancy as well.

What we are going to do is interpret the people, places, things, and events in the 2 Kings account as representing characteristics, personality traits, talents and abilities within you – us and everyone. Why? Because we believe the Bible is a spiritual record of humankind’s evolving spiritual consciousness.

If you’re feeling enthusiastic enough, let’s begin. Here are the main people, places and things in the Biblical account that are all characteristics, abilities, and inclinations within you:

Elijah represents that zealous aspect of us that becomes wildly enthusiastic about spiritual and/or religious growth. It can be an over-the-top exuberance that needs to be tempered. It can become pushy and even obnoxious when we learn a new metaphysical teaching for the first time. The Elijah of us is a testament to our openness to integrating cutting edge science and spiritual knowledge. It also confirms our willingness to explore unanswered questions and test unquestioned answers!

Elisha represents our well-grounded spiritual nature, one defined by consummate wisdom, loving kindness and gentleness, unshakeable poise and composure, superior discernment, and a wealth of advanced spiritual knowledge. This aspect of us epitomizes our highly developed sense of oneness with our I AM Nature. It means we are Self-realized (capital ‘S’ Self, our Divine Self), metaphysically knowledgeable, and have made our life our spiritual practice.

(Note: in literal Biblical accounts, whenever someone is listed before someone else in a text or is claimed to be of a higher status than someone else, it usually means that the one listed first or the one who enjoys higher status represents a trait, quality, or human characteristic that is a prerequisite for the trait, quality, or human characteristic that follows. For example: Elijah [our zeal about new teachings] taught Elisha [our introspection and application of those teachings]; John the Baptizer [intellect becoming illumined] was born before Jesus [our fully actualized Divine Nature]; Mary Magdalene [superior intuition] is listed before any of the other women in the same scripture passage [a wide variety of emotions]; a thought [Adam] came before [Eve] feeling; the crucifixion [crossing our error] came before Jesus’ ascension [full enlightenment]).

The two men walking together symbolize the complementary characteristics and traits in each of us. They are the yin and yang of us, our zealous and poised qualities, our wildly enthusiastic and grounded aspects, our open-mindedness and clear-mindedness, the novice us and the sage us. Together they are the ‘new zeal land.’

The literal account says they were on their way from Gilgah to Bethel:

Gilgah symbolizes the disciplined denial of material attachments and our refusal to give power to outer appearances.

Bethel represents a state of heightened spiritual awareness which signals that we have attained conscious union with the One Reality we call God.

So, our journey toward enlightenment means conscientious and disciplined movement from material attachments (Gilgah) toward conscious union with (Bethel) our Divine Nature (Christ Self, Buddha Self, Krishna Self, etc.). And that involves both our Elijah and Elisha qualities.

The account also mentions chariots, horses, and a whirlwind. These are all ancient symbols used in the mystery schools. The Hebrews borrowed from many cultures to create their own cosmology.

SpiritualEnlightenment-chakrasIn this case, we believe the whirlwind symbolizes the rise of the kundalini energies — the fiery serpentine energies (horses) which move from our Base Chakra and make their way up each of the seven major spiritual centers (chariots, chakras) along our spinal cord, culminating at the Crown Chakra as we awaken to our I Am nature.

What we have in this Biblical account is a snapshot of two dynamic spiritual aspects in each of us. One represents our being able to temper our spiritual zealousness tactfully and prudently so we can walk the spiritual path on practical feet. The other personifies our Wise Self in action because it is completely grounded in Self-realization and fully aligned with our I Am Nature.

The truth is we show up as both of them. The question is, how can we “duet better?”

Enjoy your journey, and spend some time in “New Zeal Land” — as you walk the spiritual path on practical feet!

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Take the Handcuffs Off! A Spiritual Practice to Free You from Lack Consciousness and Negativity

handcuffs-openTaking your handcuffs off is a spiritual practice that frees you from the enshacklement of over-consumption, negativity, and a lack consciousness. It encourages you to relinquish such things as: harsh judgmentalness; fear; doubt; laziness; feeling unworthy; rudeness; lack of diplomacy; cussedness; chronic nay-saying; passivity; pretentiousness; repulsiveness; materiality; malevolence; maliciousness; not putting limits on limits; etc.

Wouldn’t your life be better without these handcuffs? In a very real sense, if you experience any of these negative tones coming from other people toward you, they are literally spamming you! In IT language, spam is unsolicited, undesired, or illegal email messages that are sent to you electronically.

The demeaning negative harshness mentioned above is emotional spam. These types of harshness are ‘sent’ by others to make people feel unworthy and undeserving. We even spam ourselves whenever we express these kinds of negativity.

All of these things handcuff us to the world of outer appearances and the ‘sense sludge’ that comes with it. Freeing ourselves from egocentric defense mechanisms allows us to keep a more positive outlook and view the world from an optimistic perspective. Taking these kinds of handcuffs off liberates us from keeping ourselves incarcerated in stale perspectives and self-defeating habits that can seriously interfere with our spiritual growth.

Detoxing ourselves whenever we find ourselves on the business end of any of these self-inflicted — or other-inflicted — handcuffs can be a truly liberating experience. For example, guilt trips are a clear form of psychological manipulation, control, and coercion. key-handThe poisonous effects of guilt trips can cause long term resentment against ourselves and against the guilt inducer. Trust, respect, and closeness can be destroyed. We have the key to the cuffs! And that key is negating the power of outer appearances and affirming our oneness with our innate Divinity.

The fallout from shame, anger, fear and worry works the same way. Their poisonous fruits are just as corrosive and destructive as the consequences are of a guilt trip. They can rip your self-esteem apart and fracture your self-confidence. Once again, the key is negating the power of outer appearances and affirming our oneness with our innate Divinity.

Here’s the thing: the keynote of this spiritual practice is detoxing these negative emotions by becoming a consummate escape artist. We must remind ourselves that no one can take us on a guilt trip unless we’re willing to go! So, don’t go! Nobody has the power to make us feel fearful or angry without our consent. So, don’t give it! No one can cause us to worry unless we buy into the woefulness of the uncertainty. So, refuse to worry.

Some of the handcuff busters that make this practice a great addition to your spiritual resume are:

  • focus on what you can do instead of what is beyond your control;
  • forgive yourself for putting yourself on a guilt trip, or for needlessly worrying, or for feeling shame;
  • disrupt rudeness with positive affirmations;
  • shrug off self-deprecating thoughts and emotions of all kinds;
  • refuse to allow someone’s cussedness to handcuff the rest of your day;
  • ease any emotional upheaval by going into the ‘Silence’ (meditation) where you know both the solutions are and the peace that passes all misunderstanding resides.

TakeActionThere’s one more thing we’d like to mention when it comes to emotional handcuffs. Taking them off is one thing, but keeping them off is more important. Instead of allowing your emotional wounds to become abrasive and turn into open sores, open your spiritual ‘medicine cabinet’ and use a combination of the following ‘cuff buster’ medicines:

  • meditation,
  • positive I Am statements and affirmations,
  • visualizing healthy solutions,
  • breathing techniques that center you and calm you,
  • affirmative prayer,
  • ‘Dear Me’ talks,
  • practicing random acts of kindness,
  • nature walks,
  • journaling,
  • using the White Light Technique,
  • having a good belly laugh,
  • faithing it ‘till you make it,
  • stepping up your gratitude,
  • any other Self-affirming practices that remind you of your Divine Nature!

So, take off your handcuffs, and keep them off! Your liberation from the world of limitations is what spiritual growth is all about … as you walk the spiritual path on practical feet.

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