A Spiritual Warrior’s Guide to Life

Occasionally a person’s spiritual guides will interfere and precipitate a crisis in their life. They do this to create a shift in focus, and a change in direction, to get that person onto a new and more spiritual timeline. This means there are issues or problems for the person to deal with. Dealing with them brings about learning and development, including development of skills that can then be used to help others. Lifestyle and interests also change and become more spiritually orientated.

But after that, then what?

Before writing this I had been thinking about how I used to avoid reading newspapers during my own early involvement in what I considered spiritual matters. I did this because I thought I was not buying into negativity.

I had caught a song on the radio with the lyrics “I am a rock, I am an island, an island feels no pain”. It was a song about avoiding life in an attempt to avoid pain. I thought this was silly as no one is an island and no one is a rock. We are all connected. We are all part of humanity, of groups and society, often part of a family. It is other people we buy things from, that help us travel around, make goods, help us when we are not well or to improve well-being. What happens in one part of the world, and in one part of humanity can and does affect us. Even if someone lived off-grid, they still breathe the air and drink water that can be affected by the activities of others, and they are still subject to the laws of the land they live in.

The avoiding part or the ignoring part took me back to when I felt strongly I needed healing, different therapies, and self-help. I was very self-centred, focusing on dealing with my own issues, getting the help I felt I needed, and living a lifestyle I thought would help me be healthier and happier. I didn’t feel I had anything to give (apart from money for therapists and workshops), I was needy.

Dealing with my “problems” (really just areas for growth), I found I had more understanding than before, and I had learned skills and developed abilities which I could use for the benefit of others. This is probably common to a lot of healers and therapists.

There came a time when I stopped feeling there was a hole inside me that needed filling, and instead I felt like giving. I stopped feeling so delicate and sensitive. Instead I felt stronger and more robust. Whereas I had used spirituality to escape from life, I felt now I could live, using spiritual ideas to involve myself with life.

I knew that one approach to spirituality was to avoid life for fear of being contaminated by negativity, or, and I’m not sure by what process, adding to the negativity. I recognized that this approach was fear based. I think it’s far better to look at the problems and issues of humanity from a position of love and compassion.

A spiritual idea I had learnt was that the time for practicing spirituality in the cave or ashram was gone. As well as being inside us all, God is everywhere, in the world around us and in everyone. God is Life, God is Love. So to learn about God, to learn about Love, and to develop spiritually, living in and being involved in the world is the way to do it.

In the changes going on in the world as spiritual energy brings about that change, there are plenty of opportunities for loving, spiritual people to be practically loving and express their spiritual natures in practical ways.

With the Buddha it was the suffering of others that propelled his spirituality. Jesus taught about loving people. He gave us the parable of the good Samaritan. Other spiritual teachers have taught about loving others, often by doing work to alleviate people’s suffering and to help them have the basics they need for life. Going further, they help people live productive and fulfilled lives. For such spiritual beings, part of being spiritual means being involved in life, and being loving to others.

Within spirituality, it’s OK to care about issues and people. It’s OK to feel strongly about things. Being detached to deliberately avoid negativity, is not the same as being loving enough to care. To care enough to do something about a situation. There is a different kind of detachment where you can be cool-headed and emotionally detached enough to be truly helpful in difficult situations, rather than be caught up in the emotions. Though there might be a need to feel the emotions later. It is OK to get your hands dirty.

Thinking of helping other people, it may be the case that a spiritually inclined person, particularly if they are sensitive to energy, is concerned they might put themselves in a situation where they experience negative energy. It is sensible to think ahead like this, and it is possible to prepare and build up to such a scenario. A key point to bear in mind is that life is a spiritual training. We experience all kinds of energies, negative and positive, and learn by being in them about energy. We also learn how to deal with energy, and about ourselves. We learn by doing, and put on spiritual muscle by dealing with energy. Spirituality is to do with growth, and growth comes by experiencing new situations.

Some people are sensitive and some people aren’t. For the more thick-skinned amongst us, getting into situations where the energy is tough is straightforward. I have seen some people who are really energetically tough with big hearts doing amazing work with difficult and needy people. Their own training in life is often tough so they are prepared for the work they do; making a difference in people’s lives. (Plus they shift a lot of karma, gain a lot of spiritual points and work their heart centres. People don’t have to think they are spiritual to do real spiritual work.)

How to prepare for potential negative energy if you are sensitive?

A basic point is keep smiling and positive on the inside. A real smile on the inside, perhaps matched by one on your face, will help your heart centre open, and get your centres or chakras firing. It will help keep your thoughts positive which raises your vibration. As energy follows thought, a smile and matching thoughts keep negativity at bay and help your centres process any negative energy should it come into your aura.

Secondly, button-up or close up your centres, and seal your aura. There are meditations available to help you do this. A lovely one is to use one with a Native American flavour of wrapping yourself up in a protective animal spirit energy of something like an Arctic owl, or bison. Make sure to have your roots firmly down into the earth as this helps you process energy, also if you are rooted in and grounded, you make better decisions.

Thirdly, try to gain a sense of when you have absorbed more than enough negative energy, as it is time to clean up. At least the negative energy is being picked up doing something worthwhile.

If someone picks up negative energy they might find they feel emotionally low, or their thoughts are less positive. When I have overdone it, I might find the energy accumulates in my head (being positive:”Thank you God for the headache.”). Or I might have a stomach ache as I have been too involved to pay attention. My “gunk” level is too high and is way over my ankles. Fortunately, there are ways to shift the energy, emotions and thoughts, though. Some ways are practical and some are energy based. What suits depends on the individual.

In a physical way, washing hands (and feet) has a great effect. Showering, and having a bath with salt works. Physical activity will shift slow frequency negative energy out of the body. Walking in Nature, walking somewhere windy, and swimming in the sea or swimming pool works to shift energy as will yoga and sports. Generally, being healthy and fit means looking after your own energy, which makes you more effective in helping others.

There are meditations available to clear energies from the body, centres and aura. The energy can be shifted from the physical, astral, and the mental levels. With more and more practice, the meditations work quicker and quicker.

For an energetically sensitive person then, there is help available. What is also useful is to do a meditation in the morning to fill up with energy for the day, and receive energy for all the people you might meet. So it really is possible to have what is considered a spiritual outlook on life, and be involved in it in a practically loving way.

When someone is loving towards another person, and carries out an act of practical love, they balance negative karma, and gain positive karma. This can be a motivation to be involved with doing something for others. The most beautiful love though, is love freely given, free of desire for gain or recognition.

There is so much to be done, looking after and expanding the potential of people of all ages in our communities, helping them to find a voice,  to look after their basic needs, then empowered  them to be creative and economically independent. There are more hard core issues to be involved in, such as helping people who have been trafficked, who are recovering from drug addiction and countering the drug trade in communities, helping people exploited by some businesses, and helping people in other parts of the world supressed by dictatorial governments. There are a host of issues to do with people.

Then there is the environment. There is much to be done to clean it up. There is a need to protect it from some businesses, business people, criminal organizations and some politicians who value their profits and wealth above all else, and who care very little about the environment or people, though they might pretend to do so. One way for lightworkers with money to help, is to buy land to protect it. That really helps. It may be that some lightworkers’ skills lie in politics where it is really needed, in lobbying, business or finance, or also science and technology. There are lots of ways which give lightworkers their own unique powerful and practical way of expressing their spirituality through action, and of being the spiritual warrior. There is much to be done to gain and create the kind of world we want, based on love and spirituality.

 

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Intuitive Triangles for Decisions

A fairly quick way of assessing a situation or checking out choices is to use this intuitive method. It’s ideal for something new where you might not have prior experience, or when someone else is trying to get you to do something.

If you want to, you can then go into a more thorough exploration, which for choices, goals and big decisions is important, and think things through.

This method is visual, and with practice, can be done in a few seconds, or the blink of an eye. If you have the time, you can also feel inside yourself, to check the feelings you may have to do with what you are considering. Good, beneficial choices and decisions will have happier feelings associated with them than choices or decisions that are second best or downright detrimental.

The method is based on triangles. The triangles usually point upwards, and tend to be equilateral triangles with all sides equal and all angles equal. That’s usually, if the energy is particularly bad, then the triangle points downwards.

The triangle will have a colour or colours. How lovely they look reflects the energy. The brighter and more beautiful they are, the better the energy and the decision or choice. The greyer, or darker, and meaner looking then the choice or decision is best avoided.

Everyone has an imagination, and using what we call imagination is a way of using the third eye chakra or centre, and the other chakras or centres which can feed into what we experience through what we imagine. When we imagine, we think we make something up. When we make something up, we are using our brain and energetically, our chakras or centres. Done with an honest and open intent, what we are effectively doing is using the input from chakras/centres to view something through the third eye. With practice, you get to find that you are using your third eye, rather than just making it up. Right now, everyone’s third eyes are opening up, and that means everyone. This gives everyone a new way of interacting with the world and sensing the world, not just physically through, physical eyes, but also energetically. Which means we can get to experience more of the astral world around us, which can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what is there, and if you know how to deal with it. Most people are unconscious of the fact that their third eye is opening, and some might want to block it out (usual techniques used to try to do this is drink and drugs, which tends to muck up the chakras and aura big-time, and in fact make people more open to the astral).

Back to the triangle, all you have to do is think of a choice or a decision to make, and for each, close your eyes and in a very quick meditation of a few seconds, view the triangle. Check it is pointing up or down. If down; avoid. If up, then check the colour or colours, and peruse them for a moment or two. Check your feelings linked to the choice, whether or not they feel OK, brilliant, or negative.

Usually, if nothing looks that great, then there is another option to find, perhaps by looking outside of the box. This part takes more considering.

This triangle method can also be done with eyes open with practice, like overlaying a visual image over what you see, like wearing a pair of google glasses. I’ve seen people use this to decide on routes when cycling and driving.

If there’s a case of where to go out with friends or someone new, there can be more aspects to explore. (I did once help a girl check the chakras, especially the heart centre, aura and general energy of a guy who had asked her out. Her decision at the end was a no.)

The triangle can also have words at each corner that describe the energy of the choice or decision, and it can be really useful to use your third eye to “imagine” the words at each corner, to give you more information. The third eye also works with taste and smell, so you can imagine the taste and the smell of the triangle, and even imagine a sound. This approach basically gives you a way of accessing information that is not available just by using the physical senses and the physical brain.

If you want to get really fancy, you can put smaller triangles on the corners of the larger, main triangle, to give a bit more information.

The more you do this approach, the easier it gets, and you get to work your third eye and other centres too, building them up.

I use the triangle method  for getting a quick energetic overview of what I see and read in the news, or of a person or organisation (interesting to try with politicians and political parties, and the occasional celebrity). Ocassionally, I get to challenge my assumptions about people, events and situations, that I assume are positive, but in fact aren’t, and ones that I presume are negative, but I get to see they are not. My education, background and culture that has influenced my thinking and beliefs is just that, merely education, background and culture. If I had been born in a different place and time, had a different education and different upbringing, I would think differently.

From a spiritual point of view, there are new ideas and concepts coming in that are original and brand new. They have nothing to do with anyone’s background or past, or past or current cultural ideas. You can’t relate to them using your past. But you can relate to them using your intuition and spirituality, as you are a spiritual being.

As spiritual beings, as souls being in matter, we have chakras/centres that we can use in our everyday life. We can live more and more consciously as spiritual beings, working with the energy and spirit of things.

Interested in intuition and clairvoyance? Here’s some links to articles and meditations

We all have a third eye and a heart centre and other chakras, so we have what is required for intuition and clairvoyance. What else is very useful is some understanding, and some practice using intuition and using clairvoyance. Plus very importantly, being able to clear your energy and block incoming energy you don’t want to connect with, which are skills that can be learnt.

Here’s some links to articles and meditations you might find useful:

In case you pick up energy you wished you hadn’t here’s a useful technique to remove it.

Buttoning up and protecting your chakras and aura

The heart of being clairvoyant or psychic

Developing the third eye

Using intuition to look at a country

Psychometrising: intuitively analysing energy

Using intuition to check out a possible relationship

Want to check out a spiritual teacher, healer or therapist? This article deals with spiritual masters but the same technique can be used on other people.

There is more to people than a body, chakras and aura. So you can use your intuition or clairvoyance in all kinds of ways.

Using your intuition with a pendulum can sort out truth from fake.

Useful basic information about timelines, so you can assess your timeline, timelines of other people and organisations, places, ideas etc. Click here.

Social media is a mix of good stuff and total junk. It is either freeing or part of the Age of Ignorance. Here’s a way to intuitively spot the good stuff. Click here.

I can’t come in today, I’m feeling too good.

I woke up early to a glorious June morning. The London weather was warm, and the sun was shining. Coming to full awareness, I realised I felt good, really good, in fact better than usual. I felt unusual, strange, really happy and excited. There was no apparent reason. The reason was not obvious to everyday thinking. But then, there is more to life than everyday thinking, and I felt it was time to embrace new possibilities.

I felt so good that I didn’t want to waste this feeling doing the usual, I wanted to see what this day would bring. That meant breaking out of the usual routine of going to work so that something unpredictable could happen.

I phoned work, “I can’t come in today. I’m feeling too good. I should be in tomorrow.” An unusual thing to say, and I figured afterwards, they had heard that I wasn’t feeling good instead.

Breakfast, and then ready to go out. “What shall I do?”, I thought to myself. “I’ll just go with an open mind and with what feels right”. So out of the house and a walk down to Brixton tube station. That felt right.

A few minutes into the walk, I came across a rather cool looking guy, over six foot, black with some dreadlocks down to above his shoulders, with what looked like some strands of gold in them. We just struck up a conversation out of nowhere about all kinds of things and got on well. I suggested we hang out for a while. He was happy about the idea, and agreed on going to Kew Gardens, several miles away, by bus as neither of us had time limits. It was a pleasant way to travel through South West London on the upstairs deck of a bus rather than go by Tube.

Recollections are hazy, what I do recall is that he was a DJ and split his time three ways. He spent time in London, New York and Ibiza (Spain). I think we connected because of the way he lived with spiritual energy being part of his life. He hadn’t followed a path or read books or had a spiritual teacher. He was a creature of energy.

On the way to Kew he told me how he was sensitive to people’s energy, and the time he was in a restaurant, and someone had walked by him who had liver disease, and that he nearly keeled over with the pain he could feel in that person’s body. (Nowadays I would have taught him how to button up his aura and chakras and build some layers so he could turn his sensitivity on and off as required).

He mentioned how he lived his life by trusting and manifesting what he needed. He said one of his favourite manifestation methods was to write a message and put it in a bottle, then cast it out into the ocean.

Kew Gardens is a beautiful place. On one side is the curve of the River Thames. The river has deposited fertile sediment that makes up the soil over a long time. It’s a botanical gardens and there are plants from all over the world. It is a wonderful place to walk around. Plus it has some spiritual significance that I didn’t know about at the time (more information can be found by researching online the terms Meher Baba and Kew Gardens should you be interested).

We talked for ages. One thing this guy said was that only sleeping four hours a night was a good thing to do, good for your energy.

After our long walk, as Kew Gardens has many paths, we caught a bus back to Brixton, changing at Clapham Junction.

That night, having had an exceptional day, I slept and automatically woke up after four hours. I was definiltely surprised. I felt good. The same thing happened for the next few nights, and I would get out of the house and into the nearby Brockwell Park to do T’ai Chi with no one around, feeling the connection with the ground.

My sleep pattern went back to its usual after that, but it made me think about how powerful that guy was energetically.

It was about six months later that I saw him again. I had learnt some things about spirituality and also therapy since our earlier meeting. He seemed in some emotional pain, the roots of it being in his earlier life. I suggested a breathing technique that was useful for moving emotions. He came to my place a few days later and I guided him through the breathing process. With everyone else I had so far done this with the process had felt gentle. This guy had so much energy in his system, and so much spiritual energy, that everytime he breathed it was like being on a boat on an ocean swell.

After that session I didn’t see him again. What had struck me from the first meeting was his heart of gold, the kindness of his energy, his natural spirituality and his sensitivity.

Sending out happy thoughts!

Feeling God in Everything

What a night!

Every cell of my body seem to vibrate and to be full of life-energy. The nerves on my hands and fingers feel super-sensitive. My eyes are open staring at everything in amazement.

It was October 15th 1987. Several months previously I was a crashed party-animal in crisis. Now I was into spirituality and whatever helped me move on into what looked more and more like a wonderful world. I had been reading and working with a book called A Course In Miracles which contained a lesson for every day of the year. Today’s lesson was number 29, “God is in everything I see”. This made sense to me as God is everywhere. So I would look at a chair, and say to myself, “God is in this chair”. I would look at the floor and say “God is in this floor”, and so on. It all seemed quite easy and a bit of fun.

Being autumn in the Northern Hemisphere twilight started quite early. I was really getting into the lesson noticing God in everything around me, and in all the things that I could see out of the bedroom window which overlooked a park in South London with it’s grassy space and large, old trees. “God is in that tree”, “God is in the grass”, “God is in the window”.

Then the sensitivity in my nerves built up, and my body felt as if it was filled with a vibrating electricity, and I mentally went into a different mental blissed-out space. It was as if I could sense the atoms of whatever I looked at vibrating away and being filled with God, and I could connect with it.

As the evening progressed and became darker outside, the energy outside built in strength, the winds picked up speed and howled, the trees started to bend and sway impossibly. All the while the intensity of energy built and built in my body. My mind didn’t hold a single negative thought. All I could connect with was the God in everything vibrating away. In fact, there were no thoughts going through my head, all I was doing was feeling an inner peace and connecting and observing, with all senses ablaze.

Saying “God is in …” kept on transporting me deeper into this strange state of sheer wonder. Outside the wind screamed and battered the building, and the trees kept on bending one way then another.

Time went on for hours. The storm went on through the night, and my body and mind were just vibrating, with the occasional phrase of “God is in this…”.

In the midst of the storm I was so relaxed and at peace I slept.

The next morning I felt normal-ish, while remembering how I had felt last night. Internally I was happy. I went to work.

Outside was a surprise. Big trees down, signs blown down. Later estimates reported that about 15,000,000 trees in the South East of England had been blown down, in what came to be known as the Great Storm.

For more on the crisis beforehand take a look at crisis and meditation in London and beyond

Time for a new prosperity

The world has changed a lot over the past several decades, and particularly in the last twenty or so. Right now there is a lot of change happening. There is more to come, as spiritual energy, Love and Light, pour into the Earth and humanity to bring about change. For humanity it is a lot about getting rid of the old, based on old energy, and creating the new, based on new energy. Today, we are in the midst of this change (some people might prefer the word turmoil).

There are people who are invested in the old, and who are trying to hang on to it. For instance, those people who have made a lot of money from oil and the industries based on oil will do anything to make sure it keeps going. This is just one example from many possible ones.

Several decades ago, spiritual prosperity thinking would have been OK with making money running an industry in steel, coal, oil, chemicals and so on, which polluted the planet, and involved dangerous working situations for people, or exploitative ones. The people making the money would have been held up as shining examples of how to be prosperous. That was the old prosperity, the old way. Some people still want to live this way.

There are businesses based on exploitation of people and the environment. There are businesses that are to do with sex that exploit women, and also children. There are businesses based on drug addiction. There is the harvesting of personal details and data on the internet. These businesses are based on greed and control and often violence.

There are other possible examples, such as cryptocurrency mining which uses up the earth’s resources.

These are all ways this world currently goes on. Ways that are not exactly based on Love and Light. They can touch people we know personally. They certainly touch our communities and societies. Is making money through these means being prosperous?

Turmoil and change is making humanity (well some of them) learn from the state of the world and the consequences of past actions. These caring people think there has to be something better than the old ways.

And there is.

On a spiritual level, the insights and new creative concepts have already been flowing in. There are many people at the leading edge bringing in new technologies, developing sustainable ways of doing things, and having ideas about how to live more intelligently. It’s a time of creativity and experimentation.

As is often the case in spiritual matters, spiritual energy comes in to create situations in life for individuals and groups of individuals that they then go through. Life itself is the teacher, and people come to realise what is important and what isn’t, and use their ingenuity to find solutions to problems. With the spiritual input, life changes, and people change because of it. (Who did you think was in charge of Life, the Universe and Everything?)

For those people who want to do things in a new way, they can access new insights and ideas that are already flowing in. People can just be open to them, or they can go a spiritual route and deliberately work with the Divine (the Father aspect or the Mother aspect; both work), and embrace the new spiritual ideas of Prosperity coming in. It’s like tapping into a wave that is flowing in from our new, improved future, which is very different to the old one that we are leaving behind. The book “A Spiritual Approach to Prosperity” is all about this.

In the past, the old spiritual approach to prosperity was heavily focused on money and wealth and having lots of it.

The new spiritual approach to prosperity does include money as it is still useful as a means of exchange of energy. But in life, we have learnt that having clean air and clean water massively adds to quality of life. So does nutritious food, which given pollution, turbulent weather, increasing population and the quality of food produced by factory farming, is becoming an issue. We have learnt that being able to spend time with other people is important, simply being able to be held and hugged is important. Having privacy is becoming important as the tech companies collect and sell data about us, without respect for people. Having an environment where we can access some greenery or Nature is important for people. Having employment, as setting up and running businesses is not for everyone, without exploitation but rather with respect is important.

The very nature of how money is used will need to change. Currently, people go into banking and finance because they want to make lots of money. The financial system is set up to run so that money comes from the customers, and the money flows to those who work in it so they can become rich off these customers. There is plenty of scope for innovative thinkers here.

A spiritual approach to prosperity has always relied on some understanding of how focused thought works with spiritual energy. The roles of visualisation and intuition still applies, as does timely right action. What is different now and in earlier times when prosperity books were written is that there are much more people around who have an awareness of spirituality and the world, and who visualize and meditate. What else is very different is the phenomenal spiritual energy flowing in from the Divine for people to access and work with to be prosperous, and bring in the new.

Jonathan Barber

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Why are things the way they are?

We live in times of unprecedented change, upheaval and uncertainty. Often people wonder why, and why if there is a God does He allow this to happen? Particularly this is the case if there is suffering, death or hardship involved. Why bother to be spiritual if God is like that? For instance, there are enough people who practice some form of spirituality in places like California, Australia and Florida who could try to use the idea that their thoughts create their reality. Yet they still experience fires or floods and lose their homes. So what is going on?

Some spiritual knowledge and understanding helps.

There is some knowledge that either isn’t known or isn’t understood in the West, or even in the East for that matter.

Generalising, a lot of New Age ideas came about in America and then spread around the globe. But modern America didn’t have all the knowledge. The initial immigrants to America came from Britain and Europe. Their spiritual or religious background was Christianity, and modern America was based predominantly on Christianity (though the Founding Fathers as they were called also had spiritual knowledge from their Freemason tradition, but as this was secret, it wasn’t expressed openly). The Native American traditions and knowledge were not taken up by the Europeans.

In Christianity there is no concept of reincarnation. There is no concept of karma. There was nothing about meditation. There was the notion, based on the Bible, about using thoughts through prayer, focus, and affirmation. Out of this spiritual foundation came ideas for the New Age, with some ideas thrown in from people in the hippy culture who had travelled to India and surrounding countries.

The New Age culture had the idea of thoughts determining reality, and a lot of new ideas blossomed about healing, therapies, psychology and relationships that many people have found useful. But important concepts were missing.

There is the concept of a soul, derived initially from the Christian background. But there is more to the soul than what is stated in Christian teachings.

Briefly put, the soul is literally a piece of God. The soul initially experienced itself to be totally connected to God, existing in a place that is Divine Love and Light, that can be called The Beyond or Reality.

A simple description of what happens then is that the soul drops down, and falls asleep as it drops (usually). And it drops into Creation (or the Illusion). It drops to the very bottom of Creation, then starts to have its first lifetime in mineral form, with zero consciousness. In its next lifetime as a different kind of mineral it has an ever-so-small increase in its consciousness. With every next lifetime there is a tiny increase in consciousness, and also later on, awareness. The soul builds up a great experience of Life. It also gets to learn what it is not, as it leaves behind the old form. But it doesn’t know what it is.

When you really look into reincarnation and past lives, you discover that we all have had a huge number of past lives as humans. Going further back there are the many lifetimes in mineral form, plant form and animal form before the human lives.

When the soul reaches the human lives, in some of those lives, the personality the soul has incarnated as, asks questions such as, “Who am I?”, and, “What is the purpose of life?”. There is still some waking up to do, and when it does, the soul and the personality perhaps, get to wake up properly and know themselves, really know themselves as God, as a living experience. (Easy words to write, but to really know it is something else.)

What makes each lifetime different to the one before?

Karma.

Just by being, even doing nothing, all souls build up karma as they experience each lifetime.

There is positive karma which is built up by being positive, and which we experience in a happy way. Negative karma which can feel uncomfortable or extremely painful is built up by negative thoughts, feelings and actions.

In the lives we have, as well as creating karma, we balance it, use it up, neutralise it. Before each incarnation, on the inner planes we have a discussion with our Higher Selves and perhaps guides and arrange what karma to go through for that life to balance things up. Often as we arrange to incarnate at the same time as other people it literally is that “all the world’s a stage”, and we play roles. In one life someone can be an enemy, in the next a friend, in another they can be brother or sister or mother and so on. In one life we can be very rich and to balance karma in others we can be poor. Its all a balancing act.

The karma, positive or negative, that we experience can come from many lifetimes ago.

To make the picture more complicated or richer depending on your point of view, there is also karma linked to any family and group you are in. There is also karma to do with your village, town or city, and area. Each country has its own karma that affects everyone living in it. Each larger region has its own karma. There is planetary karma, which the whole planet experiences, and also solar system wide karma. There is galactic karma, too (ever seen pictures of two galaxies colliding?), and Universe level karma.

Life is a process where karma gets balanced. In these times, there is a huge amount of Love and Light pouring into the planet Earth and creation. This is to move things on to a more loving and light filled time. But before this can happen, the old karma is being stirred up, and brought to the surface for rapid balancing.

Hence the upheaval and uncertainty. But if you sharpen your intuition and focus on being in your heart, you can navigate these times.

© Jonathan Barber 2021

If you are interested in karma, here are some links to other articles on the blog:

How experiences are influenced by karma and the Law of Opposites.

About karma, gender and sexuality

About karma and mental illness

About karma and spiritual path

About karma and relationships

If you would like more on reincarnation, here are some links:

If reincarnation was true, how would you live your life

Notes for a soul coming into creation

In-depth, detailed information about reincarnation and the soul and so much more can be found in the book God Speaks by Meher Baba.

A Spiritual Approach to Prosperity

We have the ability to be prosperous by applying spiritual understanding and techniques to improve our lives.

This book helps you to understand the spiritual basis of prosperity. It shows you how to use the abilities that are already in you to work with the energy of prosperity, to create results in your life. These techniques used to be called secrets but they are available for us to use with some learning and practise.

Because new spiritual energies are flowing into the planet, humanity is developing and the meaning of prosperity is changing. This new book works with the up-to-date energies that are flowing in. Think of prosperity ideas flowing in from the Divine in the future. This is what this book works with. Rather looking backwards into the past, this book is open to the future, and the new spiritual energies coming in. We can create a new world that is prosperous in new ways.

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The Truth Shall Set You Free (as long as it actually is the truth)

There is a lot of Light and Love pouring into this planet and the rest creation. This brings about huge change, as you might have noticed, with the aim of bringing about a more loving, peaceful and happier Life for all, after a bit of shaking things up. Humanity has a huge role in all this as they are on the receiving end of some of this love and light. It is humans, individually and collectively, who can feel emotions, think thoughts, construct ideas which become beliefs, and do something and take action. This can affect life for the individual, for their locality, for their nation, and for the world. Humans affect the course of the Future.

People can have thoughts, feelings and beliefs that they hold to be true, and act from these. These may be big acts, or it may be their beliefs affect every decision, and the ways they live their life, down to the details such as what they feel towards others, where they shop, what foods they eat, and their politics and so on.

People can also be on the receiving end of other people’s ideas which influence their own ideas. What other people tell or show them can be information and truthful, or it can be misinformation.

Spiritually in the world, there have been two different forces (just like in Star Wars!) attempting to hold sway over humanity and so affect the course of humanity to fit in with their beliefs. They have been exerting their influence ever since humanity has been around.

There is the Dark Lodge, who like to have control over people and who use and who support tyranny, oppression, misinformation, violence and criminality. They like to keep people oppressed and subservient so they can live luxuriously off these other people. (The name of the lodge refers to how the colour of the spirit looks like on the inner planes and how it looks to the third eye. If you looked at their heart centres, these would be dark.)

Then there is the White Lodge, they are bound by their own ethics in how they behave, and they like people to be free, to be happy, to be fulfilled, to be healthy, and to be developing spiritually. (White energy around them, and heart centres with white light in them.)

Both Lodges have beings on the inner planes who can be thought of as Dark guides and Light guides, and they have people on this planet who can be thought of as their agents, getting things to happen. If this was a game of chess, which is a good analogy, then the inner plane beings and the agents can be thought of as the main pieces. Then there are ordinary people who lean to either the Dark Lodge, and who are influenced by them and do their Dark bidding, or who lean to the White Lodge and do their more love-and-light inspired bidding. These ordinary people are like the pawns in chess.

The Dark Lodge will attempt to influence people to do things that are not good for them, and / or are not good for other people or the planet.

The White Lodge will attempt to influence people to do something that is good for themselves, for others, and the planet. They try to inspire and appeal to people’s best nature. Basically, they will try to support people to move forward along their spiritual journey, while the Dark Lodge will find ways that get people to be blocked from moving forward on their spiritual journey.

The dark Lodge wrote the play book on how to negatively influence people: brainwashing, torture, extortion, exploitation, making dependent, abuse, bullying, lying, using temptation, appealing to people’s laziness, indifference, hatred, prejudice, pride, self-righteousness, desire for rage, desire to hurt, insecurities, their likeing for glamour, their lust, their greediness, their fear, sometimes their need to belong and be accepted, their need to escape life (eg getting out of it, getting high or drunk or both), and their need to feel special or different.

Spiritually, people have a soul, a piece of God quite literally, within them. This prompts and helps them move along their spiritual journey. When people do the right thing there is a feeling of rightness, of certainty and love. The Dark Lodge try to block that, or distort and twist it at least. A bit like muddying the water, making things less clear.

The Dark Lodge can take an idea and twist it a bit by putting something in to appeal to humanity’s worst Nature. Take for example the idea that respecting a group of people is a good idea. At this point there is love and light in the idea. But how about then pointing out that people who don’t respect are bad, evil or “less than” and should be blocked, punished or hurt, or at an extreme level, killed? The Dark Lodge type people can take a good idea, hijack it, and turn it into something that achieves their own ends. The people who came up with the original idea feel like what it has morphed into is not what they wanted at all.

So, imagine there is a post on social media saying it is a good thing to respect a certain group of people. That’s positive. Then someone, with dark Lodge affiliation, comes along and makes a post saying this group of people should be respected, that they are victims of another group of people who are not worth anything and should be attacked. The good idea has been hijacked and dark twists introduced that can inflame people’s prejudices and emotions, and so people who see the post act from these twists, rather than from love. As people are fed posts with these twists, many of these people will be taken in by them (not everybody though, some people have a good sense of what feels right to them).

Social media has on it positive posts, but it also is deliberately flooded with negative posts, and positive ideas that have been hijacked and polluted, as well as some downright negative posts.

We live in a time of truth and untruth, of information, deliberate misinformation and ignorance. The untruths and misinformation are basically the product of the Dark Lodge and its pawns. It can seem difficult to know what is true and what is fake, what is positive and what is twisted or negative. If you have a third eye that is really fired up and a good intuition, it is easy. If you haven’t, there is another age old way. A pendulum.

Used by people for a very long time to answer questions with two answers, usually yes or no. There are links to training and books about using a pendulum below.

You can look at a social media post, and use a pendulum near it and ask, “Is this post positive?”, “Is this post loving?”, or “Is this post good for me?” If the answer is “yes” the pendulum will swing in one direction. If the answer is “no” it will swing in a different direction. That is a simple way to ascertain the truth.

Sometimes though, answers might not be so clear cut, as an idea might be generally good, but it has been polluted with one or more dark twists to pull the energy off the right track. It has become a mix of truth and untruth, where it can be hard to get to what’s really important.

Here you could use a scale, like a thermometer, going on one side from zero to five where five is very truthful, and on the other side, zero to negative five, where this is totally untrue. If there is a post and you use the pendulum on it, you can ask, “Is this post above zero in the amount of truthfullness?”. Then you can home in on just how true it is. For instance, ask “Is this post above three in its level of truthfulness?” You can keep going and ask if the post is above four and so on. If the original answer was that it was below zero, you can ask if the post is below negative one, or two etc.

In this way, it is possible to NOT be taken in by social media posts. The same approach can be applied to people’s opinions. In this day and age, people give their opinion frequently, and other people are influenced by them. Opinions are only opinions and they are not facts. If there is a situation, a person will perceive it through their own beliefs, prejudices and knowledge or lack of knowledge about the situation. Using a pendulum works great on people’s opinions so you know who to listen to.

Who do you trust? One time, I saw a demonstration on TV which had people demonstrating outside a meeting of defence ministers from various countries. The people were demonstrating against war and against military involvement. I thought it was good they were demonstrating as less, and then no war would be great. I checked the heart centre of one of the protesters. I was shocked to see it was very dark! This was more complicated that I had previously thought. Their intention was not actually light filled or loving, and there was another agenda going on. Also, they had a lot of hatred in them, which was a surprise. I had to take a look at the bigger picture, literally a more global picture, and look at the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle. This is a complicated world, not simple, and the right action that needs to be taken isn’t usually the simplistic one. It’s more like a game of chess. That demonstrator would have given a certain opinion on the situation, and a pendulum would have been useful to figure out the truth in it. I have now developed the habit of checking out a person’s heart centre for the amount of light or dark when I see them on TV or in real life. If it is dark, I know not to believe them, no matter how much they smile, or how much they try to deceive with charm. I trust the ones with light looking heart centres, even if they occasionally mess up (that’s a thing about being human).

The idea of using a pendulum and a scale, positive one side and negative on the other side, could also be used to check how truthful a book is, or how truthful a TV programme is, or a TV interview (now which one could that be?), or a documentary, or an advertisment, or how truthful the pronouncement from a government spokeperson is, or from a spokesperson from the local government or from a company, or from a spiritual teacher (checking these can be a bit surprising).

A scale and a pendulum could also be used to assess how much love and light there is in an idea, belief, business, website, app, person, organisation, product, therapy, spiritual teacher and so on, as this gets behind any facade to the core of the situation. The truth can set you free, if you want it to.

Something that is deeply untruthful and deceitful, and completely lacking in love and light are deep fakes. These do the work of the Dark Lodge to lie to people and con them. They are produced by people aligned to the Dark Lodge. But these Dark Lodge types are limited rather than clever. Real people that you can see and hear when you are physically around them have a soul, they have chakras, an aura with an astral body and a mental body. These aspects of a person can’t be copied by any AI, by any quantum computer. All they can produce is a hollow fake. So, with a pendulum and looking at a picture or video of a person, you ask, “Is this a real person?” Job done. If your third eye is up and running, you can look at an image to look form the chakras and so on. Whereas the ears, eyes and mind can be fooled, a pendulum and intuition will know the truth.

So live life, get your pendulum, and swing into action!

Links to help you:

For pendulums from British Dowsers (also do dowsing courses) https://britishdowsers.org/product-category/pendulums/

Book on using a pendulum from British Dowsers https://britishdowsers.org/product/elements-of-pendulum-dowsing/

Pendulums from the American Society of Dowsers (also have books and a lot of info) https://dowsers.org/product-category/dowsing-tools/

This are just two sources of pendulums and information. There may be a society / organisation in your own country. There are other websites with courses and videos on how to use a pendulum to help you get the swing of it.

Imagine God has a restaurant

Yum?

It is easier than people think to use their intuition. Imagination is the key. You just have to imagine you can smell something, taste something, feel something, hear something and see something. Over time you get to trust yourself and your ability to use your intuition. Your abilities can just grow,

Being able to sense something intuitively is called psychometrising. You can get quite analytical with it, and use it in all kinds of situations. There is an article about psychometrising on the blog.

Also, if you want to develop your intuition, take a look at the online meditation programs (there’s a link at the top of the page). The meditations in the book “Meditation: Opening Doorways on a New Reality” will also be helpful.

For FAQs about meditation, click here.

If you would like to know about online meditation and courses that are available, click here.

A New Year: More Opportunity for Spirituality

This is a good time to start something new.

Things might look and feel chaotic but it is only the old ways breaking down. As they go, the general energy is improving, and there are new timelines appearing for people to move onto, if they are willing to change. So life can get better. New kinds of meditation to get in touch with the insights, positive vibes, inspirations, intuition and clues to be in the right places at the right times, are available.

2021 can be a good year.

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If you would like to know about online meditation and courses that are available, click here.

A New Start. Letting go of an old relationship

Moving on into a new phase of life means you can feel alive and be open to life’s new opportunities. To really open that door fully to a new life it helps to clear out and release the old. When it comes to relationships there is a time to clear out the debris for a fresh start. This meditation helps to deal with the internal issues.

Read this through first, then try it.

Close your eyes, and take several relaxing breathes.

Now imagine standing in a garden looking at a house, which represents your relationships with people. There is one roomfor each relationship. You are going to focus on the room that corresponds to the relationship you want to release and have closure on.

As you stand in the garden, notice the sky and the weather, which can reflect the energy of the relationship you are to deal with.

Imagine walking inside the house, and walking to the door of the room which represents the relationship you wish to release.

Open the door and take a look inside. Does the room feel fresh or musty, or is there another smell. Are there curtains, and are they drawn or closed. Is the room tidy or a wreck. The room holds in it items that represent the good and bad of the relationship; the ruined expectations, the promises kept and the promises broken, the good acts the unkind acts, the loving words and the hateful words, the happiness, the sadness, the times of loyalty, the betrayals, the broken dreams, the hurts, loss and grief, the angers, the lies, the misunderstandings, the things you wonder why they happened, the remnants of love, the good memories, the bad memories. Look at the items in the room and feel what they represent.

They are all going to go. You are going to clear the room entirely, take the items into the garden and create a huge fire to burn and release them.

See your self taking items out, and placing them to make a pile for a fire. Take out the hurts, the pain, the lies, the angers, the betrayals, the lack of love and the hate. Go back to the room and take out more items. Take down the curtains, bring them out to burn. Brush the floor, and take the sweepings and place them on the fire.

Clean out everything, and place it on the fire.

Go to the now empty and clean room. Close the door, and lock it. This is not an ordinary house, but one that represents your thoughts and feelings about relationships. This mean that the room can begin to shrink, and even disappear if need be.

Imagine walking back out to the garden, and notice the sky. In your hand is a lighter or match, which lights up. Place the flame to the pile of items and set them on fire. The flames grow and spread around the items. The flames burn them all, thoroughly, and the old energy goes up in smoke.

The flames leave only ash, which can over time be absorbed by the ground and reused by the garden. The old is gone.

Walk out of the garden, let the image fade.

Take several relaxing breaths, then open your eyes.

Should you feel you need to repeat this meditation, then you can.

There will be a room in the house which represents your relationship with yourself. You could go and place fresh flowers in that room and if you feel like it, redecorate and refurbish the room. You can be as imaginative as you like. Your subconscious mind can respond to that. (You can also improve other rooms representing other relationships as you wish.)

For FAQs about meditation, click here.

If you would like to know about online meditation and courses that are available, click here.

FAQs about meditation and online meditation

What if I’m new to meditation?

Meditation is fairly straightforward and in an online meditation you will be given verbal prompts as to what to do. You will soon pick it up.

What does meditation involve?

This depends on the kind of meditation. All meditations have a beginning and an end sequence, and these can be similar for each meditation.

For the beginning, you make yourself comfortable, and close your eyes. You can then focus on your breathing. Just notice your breathing, and observe it for several breaths. This relaxes you, calms your focus, and reduces mind chatter. You can then become aware of the energy of the meditation, relax, and just observe that.

What happens then depends on the kind of meditation. If it is a meditation held in silence and stillness, you allow yourself to notice the peace and calm. Or if there is an energy flowing while you are being silent and still, you relax, and just notice or feel the energy that is flowing in the meditation.

If the meditation is a guided visualization, you relax, listen and go with the flow of any images, feelings and sensations you might notice. It is like being taken on a journey, where you can relax and enjoy.

Towards the end of a meditation, you once again become aware of your breathing, and stay with that for a few breaths at least. You then become aware of your body, and perhaps notice your fingers and your feet and toes. Then when you are ready, you open your eyes.

What clothes should I wear?

The general idea is that you are comfortable. People will often wear loose clothing. Sometimes people like to wear some clothes that for them means they are going to meditate. It’s rather like having a protocol to follow that tells the mind, “Right, this is a special time, it’s time to step away from distractions, the outside world and busy thoughts and feelings, and meditate.” The clothes set the tone for some people.

How should I sit?

Some people like to sit in a traditional yoga lotus position which goes with Indian based meditation techniques. They would also hold thumb and (say, middle) fingers together to allow the flow of prana through the body. It is worth bearing in mind there are other meditation traditions where this won’t be considered a necessity. Some people like to have their hands, palms up, in their laps.

Some people like to kneel, partly sitting on a cushion, and other people are happy to sit in a chair. I find that sitting in a chair works for me as when the energy comes in during meditation, it accesses various chakras in a way where the lotus position and hand positions aren’t the important factors, whereas just being comfortable and open to the energy are important.

Should I eat or refrain from eating before meditation?

It is personal choice. However, in some kinds of meditation, there can be a lot of energy flowing through, and the body responds by using up resources. Generally it is helpful to make sure blood sugar levels are high enough, and having enough minerals in the diet is also helpful. It is better to feel stable and grounded rather than weak and faint, so a decent diet helps as does food after a meditation if it seems to be necessary. The type of diet depends on what helps your body feel nourished.

How long should I meditate?

As a beginner, 20 minutes or so is a good start for a week or so. Then 40 minutes, then an hour. It depends on the kind of meditation.

Working with energy though, it is possible to notice a start, when the energy starts coming in, a period where the energy of the meditation keeps flowing, and then the energy recedes. In this situation, the amount of time for the meditation then depends on when the energy stops, rather than being a set time.

In everyday life, a maximum of an hour a day is OK, as life is for living and loving and learning, and meditation can be used to support this, rather than be a way of avoiding life (with the caveat that sometimes meditation might be required as an escape and a healing respite for a while).

What benefits are there to meditation?

Once you have a feel of how much meditation to do a day feels right to you, meditation can be beneficial. There has been a fair bit of research done on the beneficial effects of meditation. It has been found to reduce stress and anxiety, and physically to lower blood pressure. People seem to become calmer and more relaxed, and happier. Being more relaxed supports creativity and focus, and so improves effectiveness.

I have found that meditations with a focus on self-esteem improve self-esteem. Also with meditation it is possible to improve body image. People can feel better about themselves with the help of meditation, though this can be achieved in other ways, too, (e.g. doing something you can do well at such as sports, singing, a hobby, learning a new skill, public speaking, finding a job you enjoy, and therapy if required).

As I work with chakras and the aura, I have found that meditations that focus on these help to clean up a person’s energy (so they feel better), and I have found it is possible to improve intuition (we all can do it, just needs a bit of preparation and practice).

Meditation can open up someone to the layers of their spirituality, and there is a lot to explore about spirituality through meditation.

Can children meditate?

Yes, though perhaps for shorter times than for adults.

When is the best time of day to meditate?

Any time that suits you or that you can fit into your life if it isn’t possible to prioritise a time. It helps to do meditation when you are not too tired as you might just fall asleep otherwise. Some people like early morning, some people like to meditate at noon, at lunchtime. It is what suits you and when meditations are available if you are doing them online.

There are meditations and articles about meditation and spirituality available on my blog through this link.

How I Got Into Meditation by Jonathan Barber

The author, Jonathan Barber, chilling out.

I started on the path to meditation in the middle of the 1980’s. The first step came about because I was a science teacher in inner-London interested in ways of learning. I came across a book that took a powerful learning technique from Eastern Europe and added in Western style ideas, including creative visualization.

I tried out some of the creative visualisations, liked them and incorporated guided visualization into my science classes. The students loved them, saying they helped them deal with stress. The guided imagery helped too, with learning. In the 1980’s and early 1990’s you didn’t need a certificate or a diploma from some organisation in order to use guided visualization or meditation, and the organisations didn’t exist then anyway.

For myself, I found the techniques really useful for working with the subconscious mind for creativity, and for accessing good ideas.

For the next step, a healer suggested that I should do some Om-ing. I did this, and found that my ability to meditate was deepened. From then on I meditated by sitting in my attempt at a lotus position with eyes closed. First of all I focused on my breathing, become silent, before going into the flow of the meditation.

The meditation work changed me. It opened up my intuition. Along with doing T’ai Chi it helped me become aware of spiritual energy, and it opened up my healing ability.

I started doing healing work, and using breathing techniques and visualization with drug users who wanted to overcome the addictions.

I also accidentally started giving Tarot card readings but without the training. After a while, as I was giving the reading faster than I was looking at the cards, I stopped using them which was somewhat freeing. I put the development of intuition down to the meditation.

Working with people and the energies they brought along which they would release, meant it was necessary to learn and use guided visualizations to clear my aura, polish up my chakras, learn how to protect my aura and chakras, and see off any negative energies, and stay grounded. I would then teach these techniques to others when required.

I found that working with the heart centre helped all the other centres and I worked with the third eye centre, too. This led onto giving Develop Your Intuition workshops, since if I could do it, so could others. Teaching people to use their intuition was a great way to help people find their purpose if they needed to, make better decisions, assess situations, people and their own timeline ahead.

Moving out of London, I kept on meditating and learning more about spirituality, energy, and the possibilities of meditation. I would teach meditation techniques as and when required. I found that the right guided meditation, along with the requisite energy would flow in as I worked with people at that time on a one-to-one basis.

Now in the present moment, wave after wave of new energy is flowing in, which can be expressed through new guided visualization techniques in the moment, brand new; fresh.

I found that spirituality is not static or stagnant. Like a flowing river it is always changing, and each wave of spiritual energy coming in is different just as each wave coming in to the shore is different, and always original. Spirituality is always changing, always fresh. Truth is many layered (think of an onion as a basic analogy). People as spiritual beings are many-layered and always developing spiritually. Newer and newer energies are coming in, and guided visualization and meditations are a way of working with these energies, as the same energies impact on the world around us, bringing change.

I find that using meditation, it is possible to have healing, the right energy and an intuitive sense of the steps to take in life, and an understanding of the order within apparent chaos. Makes life more like surfing a wave rather than falling in it!

For FAQs about meditation, click here.

If you would like to know about online meditation and courses that are available, click here.

Like Meditation? Here Are Links to Meditations and Articles On This Site

There are many different meditations for different purposes. Try out some of the meditations on this site. Some recorded meditations can be found in the side bar by clicking on them. The three colour meditations are explained in the article “The colours in the last three meditations – what they mean. Enjoy.

A Basic meditation technique: https://spiritualgrowthadventure.com/2017/09/19/a-recording-of-a-basic-meditation-technique-its-in-the-side-bar-enjoy/

Gold Light Meditation

White light Meditation

Blue Light Meditation

The colours in the last three meditations – what they mean

Getting grounded recored meditation: https://spiritualgrowthadventure.com/2016/04/25/getting-grounded-meditation/

A healing meditation filled with light:https://wordpress.com/post/spiritualgrowthadventure.com/739

We pick up negativity in our daily lives. Here’s how to shift it: https://spiritualgrowthadventure.com/2015/12/15/cleaning-up-your-energy-2/

An important meditation for protecting chakras and aura, can be done in the morning and at night: https://spiritualgrowthadventure.com/2017/10/17/closing-doorways-and-buttoning-up-meditation/

A Healing Energy Detox to Deep Clean Your Organs and Bones: https://wordpress.com/post/spiritualgrowthadventure.com/166

Find out how the heart centre is an amazing chakra to meditate on, and how it is connected to soul: https://spiritualgrowthadventure.com/2016/06/16/an-essential-meditation-on-the-heart/

Want to make some big changes? Experience Unconditional Love to handle maximum change: https://wordpress.com/post/spiritualgrowthadventure.com/159

Meditation to love and accept your body: https://wordpress.com/post/spiritualgrowthadventure.com/150

How to work with your Higher Self to improve how you feel and improve self-esteem: https://wordpress.com/post/spiritualgrowthadventure.com/143

New Dawn, new day meditation: https://wordpress.com/post/spiritualgrowthadventure.com/109

Gain that Inner Sparkle: Meditation for Clearing and Healing Centres or Chakras: https://wordpress.com/post/spiritualgrowthadventure.com/91

There is silence and then there is Silence! Silence is more than golden:https://spiritualgrowthadventure.com/2015/09/08/silence-is-more-than-golden/

Cocktails Meditation. Try not to get too drunk on Light: https://wordpress.com/post/spiritualgrowthadventure.com/79

Starlight meditation. (Lovely): https://wordpress.com/post/spiritualgrowthadventure.com/58

A Promise, A Rose, A Meditation. The symbol of the rose can carry a lot of energy: https://spiritualgrowthadventure.com/2015/04/28/a-promise-a-rose-a-meditation/

You can work with your Higher Self to improve your self-esteem amongst other things: https://spiritualgrowthadventure.com/2016/05/10/higher-self-self-esteem/

Give the third eye an update. Purple light meditation and changing the third eye chakra: https://spiritualgrowthadventure.com/2015/04/13/purple-light-meditation-and-changing-the-third-eye-chakra/

Here’s a nice healing meditation: https://spiritualgrowthadventure.com/2017/12/21/a-healing-meditation-filled-with-light/

If you let your awareness go through your heart centre, where do you go to?: https://spiritualgrowthadventure.com/2019/04/22/your-heart-centre-is-like-a-doorway-to-go-through/

You want to learn to meditate, where do you start?

Why We Need Balance in Meditation

What is it deep inside people that makes them meditate?

Ten Tips for Fulfilling Meditation

Meditation enhances your life

This is where meditation gets really useful

How I got to start meditating: Crisis and meditation in London

“Meditation: Opening Doorways On A New Reality”. Book now out.

Education? What’s that?

This is a bit different to the kind of article I usually write, though the topic made me think.

Recently, children in the UK in lockdown were given a hotch-potch of learning if they had been attending a state school as schools tried to cope with the changed circumstances with schools being closed. The private schools were up and running with online education as all the students’ families could afford laptops and tablets.

So during lockdown in the UK a two tier education system was running depending on household income, as different curriculums were being offered, one of which wasn’t up to scratch, and there was no way students could be adequately prepared for exams.

Then Elon Musk’s Space X successfully transported two astronauts to the International Space Station, which I found awesome to watch. It was a great achievement.

Elon Musk was interviewed on NASA tv, and there was talk about going to Mars and setting up a colony there.

I got to thinking, with NASA wanting to do mining on the Moon and China wanting to get there before them, some kind of colony or colonies would appear on the Moon. Then there was the Martian colony. Colonies at some point mean children.

I got to thinking, if you were on the Moon or on Mars, what would be considered as a good education? How about five, or ten, or twenty years into a colony? What would an education look like on the Moon or on Mars?

Would children have to study who were the American presidents? Or any other pieces of Earth history? Would they be required to learn Earth Geography, or would it be considered a bit pointless? Would there be a revision of Earth history, particularly of recent history and would it be presented as the bad old days so that the colonies could draw a line, make a new start and define a new life for themselves going into their future. In short, would they junk the Earth and just move forward?

If they were on the Moon or Mars I think it would be important to learn about the geography around them and about any physical and chemical processes that go on there. I could see the point in Maths and Science in a culture so heavily dependent on technology for survival and progress, and in biology. Elon Musk has mentioned about being responsible for the survival of Earth animals, and taking them into space. Biology would be required to be taught, and expanded, due to the differing gravities and the local conditions.

Would old Earth culture, old Earth books and music etc. be taught, or would they be ditched and new culture, more suited to the new conditions be developed. Imagine dance in low gravity environments. Would new language evolve in the new places?

It may be instead that a culture develops which embraces what comes out of the Earth, Moon and Mars, and includes culture that comes out of any other places humans start to inhabit.

For pyschological wellbeing, as well as because of the need to survive and thrive, what would people want to learn?

This led me to think about the education systems of the world right now. Would they benefit from a revolution? Do our education systems educate students to survive and thrive as individuals and a a societal collective in the changing conditions and the new challenges on this planet, or do they need an overhaul?

What do our children need to learn?

Sending Love Around the World

If you want to listen to the meditation it is in the sidebar.

I was feeling that there is a lot of hate, anger, intolerance and lack of respect going on. Hardly surprising with people drowning in the energy flowing in which stirs everything up and brings it to the surface.

Rather than get caught up in the emotional swirl, I thought it would be great instead to send out some love and light to the world, and thought maybe other people would like to do that too.

There are positive and loving people in the world, it’s just that usually, they don’t make the headlines. But they are there.

The meditation:

Sending Love around the world

This is a lovely heart-warming meditation to do.

Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.

Take a breath, let it go, and relax

Breath gently

Image a beautiful, fragrant white rose appears in the middle of your chest in your heart centre.

Let yourself place your awareness on it and observe it. It is filled with some healing and powerful light and love.

A similar white rose appears in your third eye, just above and in between your eyebrows.

Again, observe this white rose, which is filled also with healing and powerful light and love.

Now this white rose in your third eye, and the white rose in your heart, both open up, and radiate out bright, rainbow light.

The white roses hold a huge store of this rainbow light, which now shines out around you.

The bright, rainbow light spreads out into the space around you, and just keeps on flowing.

Imagine this rainbow light radiating out of your third eye and heart centre, like bright searchlights, spreading the rainbow light out through any building you are in, and out into the neighbourhood.

Imagine the rainbow light from the roses in your heart centre and third eye flowing out and spreading out hundreds of yards or metres, so all the area around you is covered in a layer of rainbow light.

Now imagine seeing the world from very high up, and see you below, and a wave of rainbow light is flowing from the white roses in your heart centre and third eye.

This rainbow light keeps on flowing out and the layer of rainbow light spreads further and further out from you in the centre of this wave.

Feel the rainbow light in your head and in your chest as it keeps on flowing out from you to the world.

You might be able to feel it flowing through people, through places, through plants, animals and birds, and through the minerals and soil in the ground, and flow through any streams, rivers and lakes and even the sea if you are near the sea.

Imagine the rainbow light keeps on flowing out of the white roses in your heart centre and third eye, and that you can see or sense the rainbow light flowing and flowing.

Imagine a wave of rainbow light spreading over the world, so a good sized area of the world is covered, and you sense the rainbow light flowing out more so that about a quarter of the world is covered.

The rainbow light keeps flowing out from your third eye and heart centre.

See the layer of rainbow light expand to cover more than a quarter of the planet…

…and then half the planet. So half the planet glows with rainbow light.

As rainbow light flows out of the white roses within you, see or sense the layer spreading out more, to cover more of the planet, then more and more, until all of the planet is covered in rainbow light filled with powerful and healing love and light.

This love and light heals and mends and brings about change in the way it needs to.

Notice how your heart centre feels and how your third eye feels, and notice how the rest of you feels. You might notice rainbow light all throughout your body. You might notice it going out through all the cordings you have with the people you know and meet, and see this rainbow light flow into these people and through their cordings to the people they know, and so on.

Notice how the rainbow light feels around and in you.

Now the white roses in your third eye and heart gently close up, though the rainbow light that flowed from you is still around for a while to soak into everything to help healing change.

The white roses gently fade and go back to where they came from.

Notice how you feel.

Notice your body.

Take a few deep and gentle breaths.

And open your eyes.

There are some other lovely meditations if you would like to try them, on this spiritualgrowthadventure.com website.

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You’ve got to have faith. But how do you do that?

There is such a thing as the Law of Faith which you can use in a situation to get a good outcome, even in seemingly impossible situations. The Law of Faith though, needs to be used in the right way.

Which example do you think is right?

A person is faced with a difficult, or a potentially dangerous situation, or a situation that seems confusing with too many unknowns. The person prays or meditates or simply offers up the issue to God, then gets quiet and waits, knowing they will recieve an answer. The advice might come in words, or images or as a feeling. They might get an answer immediately or when their mind is relaxed as the answer cannot be forced (answers often pop in my head when I’m washing the dishes!). The advice might involve doing something in a new way, so a change in thinking and behaviour is required. The person follows through with the advice, having faith it will work out. They have certainty instead of doubt, as they allow the energy to focus in the right way by having faith.

A different person is faced with situation and just goes right ahead doing what they want to do, while saying (at least to themselves), “It’ll be alright, God will sort it out (or protect me or make sure whatever outcome I want happens)”.

In the last example it is more the person’s will being done, rather than asking what God’s will is in the situation, as God’s will might be different.

Which approach is going to work? Which approach will help that person be on the best timeline?

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“Know Thyself” means what?

An ancient axiom of spirituality was “Know Thyself”.

Seems obvious and essential, plus profound and a worthy soundbite which is and was always dramatic enough to make an impression. Also, in the days of carving words into stone, it didn’t take long to carve this phrase.

It is the kind of phrase that can mean whatever you want it to mean, and the limit on it is the questions you know that you can ask, and the issues you know about. Also, there can be a point to knowing yourself. But what “to know” depends on where you are at in your life.

For some people it is enough for them to know what kinds of friends they like, what people they like to follow on social media, the music they like, the fast food they like and don’t like, the political views they like (and don’t like) etc. Life is such for these people that they haven’t had to consider other issues ( a big yet), including more life and death type issues; the kind that force people to re-prioritize their lives.

People who set up businesses, if they write a business plan, often do a SWOT: Lists of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. All useful stuff in a business context, and which can helpfully spill out into everyday life.

There are jobs where making good decisions and taking the right actions can be critical. For instance surgeons often have to consider how they make decisions and why they make the decisions they do. If they make mistakes they have to learn from them. So surgeons have to learn and reflect on how they make decisions, and know this about themselves.

Even in sport, even though the outcomes can be less crucial, sports psychologists will help elite sports people get to know their thinking processes and decision making, so that they make better choices. This is soemthing that can be useful in other aspects of life. It is something that many people would find helpful.

Part of knowing thyself in an elite sports context, and also in high pressure situations is knowing how you cope in an extremely stressful situation, on your own and with others in a team. In some walks of life this can prove invaluable. For instance, if someone works in an emergency department in a hospital, or as a paramedic, or when helping out in a birth, or in sea rescue, and so on. All a bit different to sitting there in meditation and just trying not to think.

“Knowing thyself” can mean exploring your preferences more deeply to get to your values. You can find what really, deeply you think and feel, and particularly feel what is important. Then explore why and get down to the issues and articulate them. Taking the time to do this is powerful. But doing this won’t make you popular because it means that you will know your own mind, and that you won’t necessarily end up following the herd from one emotionally highly charged issue to the next, and the angry self-righteous will dislike you. But if you know what’s important to you, you probably won’t care about them trying to make out that (in their opinion) you are “wrong”, as you will know in your own mind you are right.

Issues and morals are an odd thing though. Even though they seem important right now, in years to come they will all change, and what was important will seem really unneccessary.

For myself, and I know others who use their third eyes, we feel into or look at issues with our third eyes. In this way it is possible to evaluate and energetically analyse an issue, or someone’s beliefs, or their opinions on an issue. In this way it is possible to sense what issue or belief or opinion is worth paying attention to, and what to disregard, and in a healing way, what issue needs some healing energy to deal with any twists or embedded negative energy. This approach is unconventional, and definitely means not following the herd, but doing what seems right from an energy point of view.

Knowing yourself in a spiritual context. That can mean a number of things depending on where you are at, and what feels right to you at whatever point you are on your spiritual journey. It might be what has been written about above is what is required.

It could mean knowing that from a spiritual and energetic point of view that you are a soul that is immortal, which reincarnates time and time again into lifetimes, each time with a new body and new personality, with new karma just right for that lifetime. That is something pretty big to know about.

In this context it helps to know that you as a soul came from God, from the Divine, into creation. So from the Light, to the relative darkness. Now why would you have done that? Why go through all the pain and suffering, all the emotion, and experience love and joy in all its forms? Why?

Well after a great deal of lives, and all that experience and learning you will know why, because God, who is Infinite in anycase, isn’t experienced in books and the Infinite can’t be learnt about intellectually. God is learnt about by living and experiencing what Love isn’t and what Love is. There is much more to this but why spoil the ending to your story when you can find out for yourself? Live, and Love.

In another spiritual context, knowing yourself can mean knowing you are a soul in a physical body, inside an etheric body, inside an emotional/astral body, inside a mental body, and that you are inside your aura, which has an outer coating as a protection. Inside all these bodies there are chakras or energy centres with different qualities and functions, though all of them let in energy, do something to that energy, and radiate or send out energy of different qualities. Many people still think there are seven main chakras, but times have moved on and there is change all around in the world, as there is change in people’s energy systems. So there are more chakras. You might notice these, or might not. Don’t worry if not. As a general rule, it is always good to focus on and meditate on the heart centre, as everything else gets affected by this. It is still good to learn how to clear and protect the centres from third eye down, and the other centres will make themselves apparent as and when. The heart centre is where it is at, spiritually.

In yet another spiritual context, it helps to think of things in terms of spirit, which can be thought of as an energy that pushes, influences and motivates in a particular way. Spirit can also be thought of as a flavour. You are a collection of spirits. So if you want to know yourself, you can think of yourself as a combination of the spirit you incarnated in with, a spirit from your father, a spirit from your mother, a spirit from your family, a spirit from the area you were born in, and a spirit from your country of birth. Then overlaid over these core spirits are the spirits you gather according to how you live, how you were treated when you were a child, what you experienced, from the things you are involved in and interested in, from the people you associate with and who you think are important, from your job if you are working…

Even moods and habitual thoughts can be thought of as spirit. So each lifetime, we are a veritable zoo of spirits, or perhaps an orchestra. Now is that orchestra producing a symphony or a cacophony or something inbetween? You can think of spirituality as knowing what spirits are there in your system, and getting rid of those you don’t want, and collecting up the spirits you do want (divine spirit anyone?) like some living version of a computer game where you can gain rewards and move onto the next level (or drop back to the start as in the spiritual game of snakes and ladders).

Each lifetime, we start over with another hotchpotch of spirits for the experiences we require, but with our intrinsic spirit having grown a bit.

“Know Thyself” in a spiritual context can mean knowing what we think. There is a spiritual saying that goes “energy follows thought”. Some people believe that we create our reality with our thoughts. This is only partially true as anyone who believed this notion and yet still found their house burnt down in fires, or totally destroyed or flooded in storms, or still ended up dying from some illness would have found out to their dismay. That’s it put bluntly. Thoughts have some influence, but usually karma wins out, as does the will of more powerful beings. If thinking is aligned with karma, any positive outcomes are usually attributed by the proud, happy person to their positive thinking. There are times though, when the karma is of the opportunistic type, where it can go positive or negative. Here, a person’s thoughts and their ability to focus and concentrate on putting out that thought can make something out of an opportunity. Also, some people know about spiritual matters such as the Law of Love, the Law of Faith, and what to do, what to think and what to avoid thinking, and how to take physical actions to bring about what they see as the most loving outcome. So what do you think about yourself? What would be the best to think of yourself? What do you think of others (what attitude do you have towards them)? As this affects the energy you radiate. Many thoughts need exploring as they are tucked away in the subconscious, and are very much worth knowing about. What are your thoughts about relationships? About your mother? About your father? About their relationship? (These we use as models in our own relationships.) What do you think about health? What do you think about money? About work? About success? About the future? About God? And so on. Sometimes our old thoughts don’t help us, and happily we can take on board new ones and focus on thinking those instead. Some thoughts we hold can be fairly neutral, emotionally. But when we think, we feel, we generate emotional energy. Some old thoughts and issues can have a lot of emotion bound up with them. Before we can realistically adopt new thoughts, we have to deal with the emotional energy. It is really worth exploring how to use forgiveness in this case. Sometimes with painful issues therapy of some sort is very helpful.

This is by no means a definitive exploration of “Know Thyself”, as there is more, as we all shall find out in due course.

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Spiritual energy flowing in equal CHANGE!

Humanity has to change so change happens to it, as change happens in everything else, too. The Old is done away with and the New, more conscious, more developed, emerges.

When karma is sped up, change for humanity can be a bit bumpy when people are on the wrong timeline. Fine, when people are on the right timeline. (There are plenty of posts on this site about timelines and about using intuition to get on the best timeline for anyone who wants to know.)

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Using Intuition on Social Media, and News

We can use intuition in simple quick ways in everyday life. For most people that can include social media and news on the internet, so that in the words of an old Who song, “we don’t get fooled again”. The simple technique involves using your imagination to imagine a post or news as flowers. Just get a quick image, and go with that. In this way there is no over thinking. if you prefer cars to flowers, use cars, or whatever type of object you like. Sometimes I like to imagine things as sounds played by a band or orchestra. It’s fun, but there is serious intent behind it.

Of course if you want to analyse the data further and really dig into it, that is possible too.

So if you want to develop your third eye and intuition further, you can. You can find out about strengthening your chakra system and aura and get the chakras to work together powerfully. You can learn how to work with thoughtforms and how to psychometrise posts, news, people, situations and things. If you are in business, being able to choose between different opportunities, and different possible timelines for short, medium, and longterm benefits is great.

There are techniques and information that can be acquired from the book, “Meditation: Opening Doorways On A New Reality” (See about the books).

There are articles and meditations on this blog you might be interested in looking at if you want to know more about intuition, third eye and clairvoyance, and more. It’s all basically about using your chakras, astral and mental body in the way they can be used, along with a guide or guides (make sure to have a good quality one as these are available).

For improving your skill at using your intuition. https://spiritualgrowthadventure.com/2018/04/22/a-very-important-skill-psychometrising/

Background info to what it’s all about. https://spiritualgrowthadventure.com/2015/03/18/the-heart-of-being-clairvoyant-or-psychic/

Like going to the spiritual gym for your third eye, 1 2 3, 1 2 3, 1 2 3…. https://spiritualgrowthadventure.com/2015/04/13/purple-light-meditation-and-changing-the-third-eye-chakra/

Very helpful to be able to close up your third eye when you want a rest, and to block out negativity https://spiritualgrowthadventure.com/2017/10/17/closing-doorways-and-buttoning-up-meditation/

Affects all your system and helps to tune your intuition upwards to good quality info (and most useful in avoiding the grot). https://spiritualgrowthadventure.com/2016/06/16/an-essential-meditation-on-the-heart/

Cleaning up your energy before hand helps your system, as does cleaning up any unwanted energies afterwards as this can make a big difference to your day or night https://spiritualgrowthadventure.com/2015/12/15/cleaning-up-your-energy-2/

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Kinds of Karma

Souls incarnate on this Earth, in Creation, and as they go through Life through many lifetimes, they create karma, experience karma and balance karma. There are different kinds of karma. The karma molds the experiences they have and what the soul in physical form does.

Souls in physical bodies create karma all the time. Even just by being, such as when people are breathing, and standing still, as well as by thinking and doing things.

Consider humans, not only can they create, and balance and go through karma individually, they can do this as a family, for instance eating a meal, or going someplace.

People can create and go through karma as a group, for instance a group of fans watching sports match or a music concert, a group of people demonstrating, working for an organisation, and investing in a certain stock.

Then there is regional karma where something is experienced or done by an entire population of a region. One example would be New York and the recent pandemic.

There is national level karma that is created by a nation and experienced by a nation. For instance, one nation goes to war against another nation, a nation experiences having a political leader, or having sanctions applied against them, or they all (or most) have a day off work in a nationwide holiday.

There is global karma where the entire planet creates karma, such as by creating pollution, and experiences karma as a planet, such as experiencing a global pandemic, or rising sea levels.

So there is individual, family, group, regional, national and global karma. There is even solar system karma. For instance, the solar system may experience cosmic rays from a quasar, or there is an increase in solar activity. There is even galactic karma that applies to a whole galaxy. There are some galaxies that are crashing into each other, for example.

For each of the above there is positive karma, which is experienced as something happy and pleasant. There is negative karma which tends to be experienced as something unpleasant or horrible, but when it is gone into in detail, it always turns out to be something that is balancing out another experience, or balancing out negative energy from a previous life or lives.

Then there is opportunistic karma that can go either positively or negatively, depending on choices perceived, positive or negative attitude, and decisions made.

We are not only physical beings, but we have an astral body which relates to emotions, and we have a mental body, which relates to thoughts. So through what we do, feel and think, we have physical level karma, astral level karma and mental level karma. And these are positive, negative and opportunistic.

In our lives, we balance out karma from the past, sometimes from distant past lives, and we usually create karma, which gets carried over to be balanced in some future lifetime. As mentioned in another article, the karma gives us something to experience and learn from at soul level, and so develop in consciousness over many lifetimes.

For more on karma, try these:

About karma and mental health

About karma and gender and sexuality

About karma and relationships

About how karma and the law of Opposites helps you grow

Your past lives, karma and spirituality

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Finding a good spiritual teacher to help you grow

Learning about spirituality is different for everyone, depending on what they as individuals need to experience for their spiritual growth. Who we learn from can make a big difference.

A stage that lasted a few years for me was to go and learn some basic aspects of therapy and spirituality. Being part of a group that was friendly, positive, supportive and loving was great, and it was enjoyable. Plus I found it did me a lot of good as I changed and felt a lot happier about myself and life. After a year or so I became involved in helping to make sure the workshops and events ran smoothly. I enjoyed that to very much.

After a while though, the learning slowed. The spiritual information that was being taught was the same all the time. One month was very much like another. I gradually became restless and my interest dropped off.

The people in the organisation who did the teaching were still happy and enthusiastic about what they were teaching. The spiritual stuff they believed and taught was enough for them, and gave them a view of the world that worked as far as they were concerned. But I wanted more. I had some friends who were becoming less happy about what was being taught because they also wanted more. One friend commented that what we had learnt in the organisation was kindergarten level spirituality, that it was time to leave, and learn more at a higher level.

With smiles the organisation tried to persuade us to stay. When we still said no, they were unfriendly towards us, as we no longer wanted to give importance to what they considered important. In a way it was like rejecting them because we rejected a key part of their identity. It wasn’t meant as that, we just wanted to move on to finding out about more aspects of spirituality. And I was very grateful for what I had learnt and how they had helped me change.

One thing I realised though was the people in the organisation I had left were satisfied with what they did and what they knew, but they had stopped asking questions, stopped learning, and stopped growing. They were happy and successful in their comfort zone, and stayed in it.

Myself and the others found some other sources of information and other teachers and learnt about spirituality, life and ourselves at another level. We found some teachers who like us kept on learning and developing, and this meant we were learning new things all the time, and being given the opportunity to change and grow as people.

I realised that some people who are therapists, workshop leaders, authors or “spiritual leaders” don’t learn and don’t change, and come out with the same old, same old. Which is fine for those people who want to learn a bit, and then stay in that comfortable place.

Then there are therapists, workshop leaders, authors and “spiritual leaders” who do keep learning and growing spiritually. These people are great for spiritual adventurers who want to keep learning and growing, learning something new, and then replacing it with something newer, again and again, as there is always More. We live in a time when wave after wave of spiritual energy comes in to transform humanity, the world and creation. Each wave of energy brings a new level of knowledge to match how humanity keeps changing with that energy. Each wave brings a new level of truth to supercede the old (think of layers of an onion as an analogy if you like). So there is continual change and growth. And this will keep happening.

Keeping with the same old teacher who teaches the same old stuff is like treading water in a becalmed sea. Learning with a teacher who keeps learning is like surfing an ocean wave that changes shape and demands you go with it.

I know what kind of learning I like.

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About Death

Death is a massive topic. We have all died countless times, and there is usually huge fear in people about dying. There is a lot of healing and change to occur so that we even begin to see death as a state to go through onto the next life.

Death happens this way:

The soul usually withdraws its energy and awareness from the lifeform as it is time to move onto the next part of the journey. Sometimes the physical elemental in the physical body fights this, and holds onto the energy. Usually the heart stops and the centres close down and the soul leaves the physical body.

Before death, the third eye centre can be seen to close down in preparation. The start of this closing down can be days before. The timing is based on karma. With karma, there are three kinds. There is positive, negative and opportunistic karma. With the opportunistic karma, events can go either way; negative or positive. So some deaths are opportunistic rather than the other kinds of karma. The third eye will show the probability of death, and can reopen if the opportunistic event has gone positive. Close shaves can be like this. A death can be positive karma, as the person has fulfilled all of their karma for that lifetime, and the soul withdraws its energy so the spirit of the person can have a deserved rest on the inner planes, an esoteric cup of tea, a review of events in that lifetime, and a meet up with old friends. They then can reincarnate into their next lifetime with a new set of karma to work through.

I’ve written this in a matter of fact way. With most deaths, there is a lot of emotion. Spiritually, we can know what is happening, but the emotions are something different. For the person dying, there is often fear, even though they have done this millions of times before. The people around them often don’t want them to go. When the person does die they are badly missed by those still living, those still physically incarnate. There is grief and loss in the minds of those left behind.

When we have a connection with someone, there are energetic cordings between us and the other person, from our centres to theirs. The stronger the relationship, the stronger the cordings. When the other person leaves, the cordings start to drop away. If the other person dies, there are no centres for the cordings to get attached to. This can be traumatic on a personality level. Grief ensues.

The person dying usually sees the light and as that is so amazing in comparison to what they experience in a physical body, off they go. Sometimes the grief and the emotional attachment of those left behind binds the spirit and soul in the space around the earth making them earthbound. This is not a pleasant or ideal situation for the person who has dropped their body as they are trapped and stopped from doing what they need to. These souls need to be rescued and released, so they can move on (this is rescue work). For many people, if they were generally happy, their spirit and soul gets to reside for a while in an energetic space that matches that positive emotional nature, where it is re-experienced and drains away. This space was known about by the Buddhists who thought of it as a positive bardo state. In Christianity it is called heaven. If someone’s general state was fear, or anger, or other negative state, the soul and spirit would go to a space that matched this and helped to draw the emotions out for a while so the soul can go off to the next lifetime with a clean slate. The Buddhists think of this state as a negative bardo state, and in Christianity it would be called hell.

When it comes to people we have a relationship with of some sort in this lifetime, usually we have had at least a few lifetimes with them in some sort of relationship such as friend, enemy, sibling, parent, son / daughter of, wife / husband, extended family member, and so on. We will have known them before. It’s likely we will see them again in future lifetimes, too, as there are karmic links. So death ends that well known link for now, but you get to see them again.

When out of physical body, being physically alive as opposed to being a soul and spirit on the inner planes, is not the big deal we make of it when we are in a physical body. We know there is more to that existence, we have it more in perspective. Physical life is a way of learning and developing through many lifetimes to become what we can be, which is a soul on the Divine Journeys, but knowing much more, and being more, than a soul who has not made the journey down into creation and back into the Divine.

Reincarnation is part of that process. Some distant day in the future we may understand that when someone dies that soul is going on the next part of their journey.

In the West, there are people who request funerals that are more upbeat and more of a celebration of that person and their life, rather than being a solemn affair. I do wonder how they will be when we really come to terms with reincarnation.

Taken from “If reincarnation is true, how would you live your life?” Spiritualgrowthadventure.com

God’s plan for peace and harmony

As the twentieth century ended and the twenty first century started as the calendar went into 2000, there was a worldwide sense that everything was going to get better and there would be peace and prosperity for all and there would be more harmony. That is what a lot of people thought, and did it happen?

There is a massive difference between what humanity thinks and what happens spirituality. Another way of saying this is that humanity doesn’t understand life in a spiritual way. There is a lot of religion, but that is old bits of information, which tends to be interpreted in the ways that people want to interpret them.

Most human thinking is driven by desire. Desire to be “safe” and comfortable, have enough food (which can be different to nutrition), have money and in some cases huge amounts of money, and have things go on in predictable ways without too many challenges, and often have things happen around them the way they want things to happen. People like to stay in their comfort zone.

Harmony and peace are part of God’s plan for this planet and the rest of Creation. How humanity has carried on up to this point has very little to do with harmony and peace. To get to a proper state of harmony and peace requires change.

Our planet is polluted. To make life convenient we took to using plastics big time. The result being that all manner of creatures are being damaged and killed by plastics, and we are all contaminated by microplastic from our food, from the water we drink and even from the air we breathe in cities. And we still make millions of tons of plastic every year while the politicians do nothing to stop them being made. Still, we must have convenience. Our way of life is all about consuming, and then getting rid of things. Even the environmental activists will have their iPhones and smartphones, and will happily replace them with the latest version and throw away the old model. Because we consume and throw away, the huge number of people all doing this is a problem for the planet.

Even our use of the internet affects the planet. Servers require electricity, and electricity production can result in CO2 emissions. Servers also produce a lot of heat, which ends up in the air and water. The production of cryptocurrency requires a vast amount of electricity. New ideas like this aren’t always great.

God has a plan to bring about peace and harmony. The bad news for humanity is that current way of doing things and living has to change to something better. So it is change or be changed.

An aspect of spirituality that people don’t get is karma, taking into account the big picture. To get an idea about this it helps to know about root races.

Humanity has been around for a very long time, and this is only a brief description of root races of humanity. There has been 5 root races so far, the Adamic, the Hypoborean, the Lemurian, the Atlantean, and the Aryan root races. Each subsequent root race had a more evolved chakra system. The last three still have an influence on what is happening now. There have also been sub-root races, when certain developments needed to happen in humanity. A few examples of these are the Romans, the ancient Chinese, the Native American Indians. Sub-root races come in with a certain spirit to do things in a particular way and have a particular effect on humanity and life.

People have many, many lifetimes, so they are likely to have had Lemurian, Atlantean and lifetimes in the Aryan age. So people have karma from these root races. (Remember with reincarnation, people get to experience a diversity of different genders, different skin colours, different cultures, different levels of wealth, intelligence, physical welbeing, family set-ups, types of personality, mental health, beauty etc. so what you are like now is different to how you have been.)

There is a new root race that is due to come in, the sixth root race, where humanity has a more advanced chakra system than the current set up, and so will feel and think and handle energy in a more advanced way to the current way. There are also going to be some very advanced souls coming in to move things along.

It is the end times for the Aryan root race. And all the karma from the Lemurian, the Atlantean and the Aryan has to go. This means it has to be gone through and balanced. Karma includes individual karma, group karma, national karma, regional karma and planetary karma. Rough news for anyone wanting a comfortable, predictable life. Good news for anyone willing to get into their heart centre, tune into their intuition, and do what seems to be right.

Rather like when you go inside a very old building, and can feel the atmosphere, the residue of the old energy of their activities, the people in the old root races left behind some energy which is like a residue of energy on the land, which needs to be cleaned up. So the energy of the land needs cleaning up and uplifting.

I have mentioned before in the blog about weather systems having devas in them that drive the weather to shift old negative energy. This is a big clean up time for the planet, and humanity may want to find ways to adapt to it.

People who have read the books of Meher Baba will have come across the idea that in the early twentieth century, the general mix of energy was 75% dark and 25% light, and people in those days were used to that. He stated that by 2069 the energy needed to be 25% dark and 75% light. That is a lot of change to bring about in about 160 years, affecting all life, including humanity in all ways. People orientated to the light will like it.

There have been times in the past when humanity has faced challenges and adapted. God has a plan to change a lot of things down here to vastly improve the energy, to bring in the next root race with its higher level of vibration, to bring through a higher level of spirituality (there are always more levels!), along with more peace and harmony.

It is going to be an interesting journey to get there.

© 2020 Jonathan Barber

The Accidental Tarot Reader (Or I didn’t see that coming!)

Life can take us to places we don’t expect or plan for, but which turn out just right.

I had developed a decent ability in healing, and wanted to make my services available in central London. So one day I visited a shop that I knew had rooms above to hire. I began to talk to the manager when a tarot read came down stairs followed close behind by a client. The tarot reader exclaimed to the manager that they couldn’t read for the client, that it just wasn’t working. Without thinking, I said, “I’ll do it!” The client said, “Yes”. The manager gave me an annoyed look, gave me a pack of tarot cards, saying, “I hate people who interfere.” The customer and myself went upstairs to a room with a few other tarot readers in cubicles.

We sat opposite each other at a small table, the client, a woman about forty years old or so, shuffled the cards, gave them to me and I laid them out in a pattern.

I had a deck of tarot cards at home but the pictures were more a complicated collage of images, more Californian than traditional. Old style images didn’t give me too much to go on and strictly, I didn’t know their meanings in a traditional sense. I had practised a little on friends before with my pack, though hadn’t considered doing readings as a job.

I went for it anyway, and told a story based on the feelings and impressions I picked up from the images on the cards. The reading was fun and it was a great success. The customer was happy and I got paid. The Wednesday after the manager phoned me up and asked me if I would be a tarot reader in the shop. The next Wednesday, I was there.

This all started with not having an open third eye, nor was I aiming to open it.  I was given some advice by a healer to chant Om as an exercise to clear all my system as well as my chakras. First 20 minutes a day for a week. Then 40 minutes every day for the next week, and then for an hour.

I was in no rush to open my third eye. I had heard stories of people pushing it too far and ending up seeing much too much energetic phenomena, which for the unprepared mind can be scary. The astral levels can be split into the lower, middle and upper. Experiencing a lot of lower astral level phenomena due to an open third eye and no training in tuning your third eye (rather like tuning into different radio frequencies), is something to be avoided.

With chanting and meditation, I began to just “know” things about people and situations, and see things around them. Friends would ask me to tune in about issues for them.

To give readings in the shop, I experimented with different patterns of cards so that I could tune into specific information in depth, such as relationship issues, or issues to do with business and projects, or the qualities of individuals and organisations.

Working with clients, at first I found I was taking on board any negative energy they brought along. They were getting a healing while I got that energy. I soon learned how to clear negative energy and offer it up for transmuting and releasing. I learnt how to protect my aura better. Working as a tarot reader was a great opportunity for me to get good at handling energy. I also learnt how to clear and close my third eye and give it a rest.

I tried to apply positive thinking rather than be fatalistic. I didn’t give a reading with the mindset of, “it’s fate and this is the result”. I looked for options and the best scenario. To my way of thinking, if I was giving a reading about a client, I regarded them as having an actual timeline, and also some probable timelines that could happen if they put some time and effort, basically energy into them. I also considered they had some parallel timelines that were slightly different.  It was like giving a reading but saying, “and here is the small-print, and this is what can be altered and changed with some application…these are the options”.

A basic spiritual rule is, “energy follows thought”, and putting energy into something creates a small, or a large result.

The readings told people what the current situation was, what were the available options, what seemed to be the best option, then we looked at what steps needed to be taken in what they thought, and what practical steps should be taken, to get onto the optimal timeline.

It’s like looking down a path, considering what it is like, then seeing how it splits into different paths, and choosing the best path and identifying how it needs to be traveled, to create the best possible future.

It was very enjoyable. After a while, I was giving the readings faster than I was turning over the cards to see the pictures. So I gave up using the cards.

After that, I started to run workshops to help people to develop their intuition, and showed them how to look after their energy should they choose to work with other people.

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I’ve got a feeling

A demonstration was often used in an Aikido class I went to. A volunteer was asked to firstly think of times when they were unhappy, low on confidence, upset, or irritated and angry. They then walked past close by the Sensai (instructor) who put his arm out in front of their chest to block their progress, and the volunteer ended up being stopped. The volunteer was then asked to remember happy times, when they felt great and really confident, and when they had achieved a goal. They walked by the Sensai again, who once more put his arm out to try to stop them, but this time, they could keep on walking and brush him off.

Part of the Aikido training was to build up the capacity to stay centred, calm, positive and confident. When this happened the Ki (or chi) energy could keep flowing like a torrent. This was useful in the Aikido class, but it was also useful in daily life, as there are things that happen in life that can knock us off centre, there are things that people can say or do, that can send negative energy our way. Having that ability in the first instance to stay confident and centred is really great. As is the ability to get back quickly to the point of balance having been knocked off our emotional balance.

I remember times when I have felt happy and confident in the past, and from an energy point of view, that has helped my positive energy flow, and then I have surprised myself in what I have achieved, which has made me realise that perhaps at times I have limited myself. I can recall times when I have felt down, and lacking in confidence, and then really, I didn’t do much, and slid into feeling the victim, and being self-pitying, and then going into blame and resentment. All of which are fairly useless things if you want to get on with life and enjoy it, and live the way you really want, as it places the power to be yourself and be happy outside of yourself, which means you can’t change things. When you own it, you can change it.

The aikido, and many other lessons in life have taught me that how we feel is up to us. The power to have positive feelings is not “out there” with someone else, but inside us. With a change of heart, and a change of mind, we can have positive feelings and confidence, and let our positive energy flow. If you like, it helps us connect with our Ki (or Chi), or however else you would like to phrase it.

Simple.

I’m sure there are people who actually believe that. In many situations it is simple to shift your feelings and thoughts. But in other situations something else has to happen. If a child is upset do you tell them that they have everything inside them to change the feeling and thoughts and be happy, and leave it at that? If someone is struggling in water do you shout at them and tell them they have the power to save themselves? If someone is depressed do you say something like they only have to choose happiness or some other facile words? If someone is knocked to the ground in an accident do you say to them they have all they need inside themselves so they can get up?

With upsetting or angry or sad or depressing feelings, or just feeling down, sometimes people need a hand rather than a simplistic answer. Emotions is emotional energy in a person’s aura and chakras. Sometimes there is a lot of it, sometimes the energy is very sticky, sometimes it is attached to a doorway onto a memory that is repeating in a loop as with trauma. Help is required. Comfort, and time needs to be given. With a child, they sometimes need holding and soothing words for the energy to shift and for them to be happy again. A common sense solution from someone with the spiritual capacity to share some love is what is required in this and other situations.

Someone who is down or depressed can greatly have their spirits lifted by someone giving them some support. It could be simple support, like being taken out into Nature, out of the usual environment, or given the chance for physical movement which can help shift the energy.

With past trauma, then continual support might be required, along with healing or therapy to shift the emotional energy, and heal the past trauma and close the door on it.

When feelings are not influenced by past issues, how we feel is affected by what we think. People who think positively, or who deliberately use positive affirmations, will have emotions that match that. Conversely, anyone who thinks negatively will have emotions to match that. So if someone habitually thinks they are a victim, or think that other people (the government, “they”, the media etc) are in control of their lives, or who think something terrible is going to happen, or that the world is an unsafe place, then their emotions will be the output from their thoughts. But people can be in charge of their own minds, and are free to deliberately think the thoughts they want to.

There could be two people in the same room, one with positive thoughts about life, and one with negative thoughts, and as far as they are concerned, life accurately reflects back to them their thoughts, as they focus on what they believe to be true and ignore that which doesn’t match their thoughts, as they simply can’t perceive it. Same planet, but apparently different realities.

Thoughts and feelings do affect health as well as how much life energy people express, and so affect life and what it reflects back to them. Also, on a spiritual level, energy follows thought, which shows up in everyday life.

What do you feel about that?

Asking God or the Universe can make you happier

Spirituality can be very practical and it can encompass all aspects of life. It doesn’t need to be compartmentalized away from everyday life, and many people know this, and work with their spirituality in life all the time.

There is a lot of information and knowledge that people consider is spiritual in nature, though it might not apply to everyday life. For instance, how does knowing that energy is all around us help or influence how we live and what we do? Some people talk about portals, gateways and vortices, and consider information about them as important, or regard themselves as being “awakened” or “enlightened” (and others not). There are a whole bunch of other ideas to be found under the umbrella of spirituality, and people take on board those ideas they want to and reject those they don’t agree with.

What I’m interested in right now is how spirituality is linked with everyday life and how it helps people live and be happy and fulfilled. If you go on social media, it is easy to come across people on spiritual groups who are depressed or feeling miserable, or who are angry and some who are aggressive and attacking others.

The way I see it, if following some spiritual ideas make your aura grow and glow and look vibrantly healthy, then they are great ideas. If they help you to approach life in a way that your life works and you are happy and fulfilled then they are great spiritual ideas. We are here in physical reality for a reason, and when we have great spiritual concepts to live by, then we look energetically great, and life works. Life is a great place to test ideas out to see if they actually work. Caveat: if we have some negative karma to go through and so balance out from previous lives, we might not feel good and life might be bumpy, but at least we are going through the process of balancing, which is healthy in the end.

Even in cases of going through the negative karma, useful spiritual concepts can help us get it that it’s not all God’s fault, and we avoid just basically showing we don’t understand about karma. Useful spiritual concepts can instead help us to have inner strength and recognise and bring in the support that is actually available.

This isn’t new stuff, and it isn’t a secret (although if anyone wants me to wrap it up in mystique and say it’s exclusive and charge them a lot for it I can).

Basically there is God, and in fact our souls are all bits of God (which is why after a while, a long while of being through many lifetimes on the spiritual journey, the soul actually really gets it and thinks “I AM God”, but the focus right now is on everyday life).

Gods loves us totally though it might not feel like that because of karma and how rough it feels sometimes as we go through the negative karma, although unpleasant and painful situations can focus us on God. If life was pleasant all the time, the usual result so far has been for souls, for people, to forget about God. Perhaps this might change.

With God loving us, we can ask God for things. We can ask for advice. God knows us better than we know ourselves. God also knows what it is we actually need in order to be happy. God knows what physical things we need, and why. God knows the best ways to be to be as happy and as healthy as we can be. God knows the job or jobs we need to do in order to be happy and “successful” whatever that is going to mean for us. If you run your own business, well, there are people who consider God as their go-to business partner for ideas and solutions. People ask for things in meditation, and notice any responses which may be visual, or something spoken, or an image mixed with a feeling. They don’t force a response, they just open, relax and wait, or let the response pop in as they go through their lives. It helps to have the space and time to be receptive, so being on the smartphone all the time is the opposite of smart.

Some people find it difficult to relate to God, so they put out their request to that nebulous idea of “the Universe”, and let “the Universe” give them feedback. Makes you wonder if “the Universe” is something to do with God, perhaps.

The above is deliberate and conscious asking. Putting the thought out deliberately. But there is something else happening at the same time. There is a lot of thinking going on that isn’t deliberate. There might be habitual patterns of thinking happening as well, all…the…time. There might (will) be thinking going on subconsciously. These thoughts might be at odds to the deliberate thinking and requests going out.

Now energy follows thought. So when you think something strongly, and particularly if you think something habitually and repeatedly, a lot of energy goes out with that thought to God, or if you prefer, to the Universe. God, or the Universe if you like, gives you back what you think. So if you give out mixed messages, then the results coming back are not going to be clear.

Unhelpful habitual and subconscious thinking is like a long train travelling at speed. It keeps on going. As do your thoughts. You can change your thinking by deliberately thinking more helpful thoughts, repeatedly and over a long period of time. It’s a bit like putting the brakes on that long train. It takes a while for it to slow and stop, then go in the direction you want. It’s not impossible, and other people have done it, by being persistent and never giving up.

The other way people have quick results regardless of what they think about the situation or themselves is by believing. They believe that for God, anything is possible (so long as they ask for what God knows is right for them). They have faith. They know that God can deliver. Without necessarily knowing about it, the use or invoke the Law of Faith, which overrides any negative thinking and, it is done. So people who have faith in some kind of Higher Power are likely to have a life where things just happen for them. They ask for something, let go of the situation, and let God get to work, knowing God does it in the right time and right way.

Having this knowledge and this ability to Trust, to have faith, makes life a whole lot more fun, and relaxing. The key to this is just discussing things with God or the Higher Power or the Universe, and then asking, then letting go of the how and the when, and being happy and trusting. Is that so hard?

Now there are other things that make a person’s aura grow and glow. I’ll mention them here but maybe discuss them later. One, no gossiping, which discolours your aura and gives you unpleasant cordings and a bad case of low vibrational aura. Two, thinking positively of people and yourself brightens things up. Three, forgiveness. Four, gratitude; count your blessings. Five, giving, which might be money, gifts, a smile, positive words, or some help. Six, give yourself time to recharge. Seven, do the things that you enjoy and make you feel happy and excited.

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Ten Tips For Fulfilling Meditation

People are drawn to meditation for any number of reasons. If they stay with meditation, what they can build is a wonderful connection with their inner selves. Over time, this deepened connection helps improve their everyday life in subtle and noticeable ways.

Meditation can help to release stress and prevent it. It can lead to relaxation and a sense of peace and well-being. Meditation can enable a person to put life’s challenges and problems into perspective and even sometimes be the source of solutions. Meditation can help us live life with a sense of balance and peace. This in turn can help us be more effective at life, as well as help us experience a rich, inner life. And if we want it, meditation can be the doorway to so much more.

There are many methods and schools of meditation. Fulfilling meditation though is actually fairly straightforward to achieve, bearing in mind the following ten points. By putting into practice some or all of these, high quality meditation experiences are possible.

1) The place. Choose the place where you feel happiest meditating. For some people it is completely appropriate to meditate on the bus, train, or underground train (I used to do this sitting or standing up when I first started as it seemed a great way to pass the time). However, there are those special places, and special times that are very conducive to good quality meditation. Having a special part of a room, or an entire room dedicated to the sole purpose of meditation helps in a number of ways. For one, being in a dedicated place tells your body and mind it is meditation time. Secondly, the meditation energy builds over repeated use and there grows a meditative atmosphere.

Make the space how you want it. Some people like a small table with flowers and a candle, crystal or picture. It all comes down to personal preference. Some people like an uncluttered space, with just a rug to sit on or a chair.

You can get a sense of what place feels the best for you, and it is good to go with that sense. There might be ley lines running through the house or there might be energy spots, which can be either positive or negative. The more beneficial and positive a place feels, the better for meditation. This applies to meditating outdoors, too. Some places will feel great, which is a sign of positive energy, and others wont; trust your feelings on this rather than any one else’s opinion. Going into Nature off the beaten track you can find pristine, clean energy places. Being outdoors such as on a beach at dawn or sunset can be very inspiring.

2) Clear the energy of the space around you. If you are out in Nature in a place that feels good then you won’t need to do this. There are various techniques for clearing the meditation space. First of all, keep the place as clean as you can; vacuum, dust and polish. This shifts quite a bit of the energy that should not be there along with any physical dust or dirt. A simple way to clear a space is to say out loud, “I claim this space for God, may the Father’s Will be done”. There are other techniques that are more detailed that can be used as well.

3) Length of Meditation. Decide how long to meditate for. If you are a beginner, 20 minutes is a good time to go for. After a few weeks you could build up to 40 minutes or 60 minutes or stay on 20 minutes. It is what feels right that counts. Everyone is different so different times apply. Also, it’s quality rather than quantity.

In meditation you may find yourself going into a space where perception of time changes. A lot can happen quickly in meditation as time is experienced differently on the inner planes compared with life in the external world. If you wish, use a timer to tell you when the meditation time is up.

Having a set time is good rather than letting the meditation go on and on. In the West, meditation is supposed to be a time of going inside and into your inner world, and to regenerate to help with living in the 3-dimensional world. Meditation is not well used if it is just an escape from life and uses up too much time. Spirituality is about balance, living an outer life and an inner life in a way that helps life happen beautifully and lovingly.

4) Good preparation. A good meditation usually comes through good preparation. There are a few aspects to this. An essential one is grounding and rooting yourself into the Earth. In meditation your awareness can go up as far as it can go into the light. The light can be powerful and affect you. People who meditate can become ungrounded and out of touch with life around them, which defeats the object of meditation. It is possible to become merely blissed out and miss out on all the other gifts of meditation. With good grounding and by anchoring yourself into the Earth before meditation it is actually possible to go up higher, handle and absorb more energy and light, flow on top of the energy rather like a surfer can ride a wave, and be aware of what is going on.

Good grounding comes with enough sleep, rest, time outdoors, exercise, and eating foods that produce a solid feeling (steak and chips or baked potato is good). Some foods are ones that are thought to go with a lifestyle that in some people’s minds is considered spiritual. It’s just opinion. But really it is always best to expand your options and go with what feels right to your body, or feels intuitively right and be true to yourself, rather than another person’s opinion. Choose for yourself foods that help you feel healthy, vitalised, and with both feet on the floor.

Good grounding can involve “rooting in”, which means imagining growing roots out of your feet and the base of your spine deep into the Earth, through the granite layer, through the magma and iron core and all the way to the centre of the Earth. Have the roots branch out as they go down. Imagine the roots growing from every part of your body including the organs and bones, through your feet and spine. Notice how this feels.

5) Clearing your energy. Next comes clearing your energy so the energy you receive in meditation can have a clear run in your system. Clearing can be done with light flowing from a white/gold star or flat disc directly above you, like the midday sun, and slower frequency light or energy coming up from the Earth. If you have your roots down, imagine the Earth’s slowly vibrating energy that is nourishing, restful and healing, flow up through your feet to the top of your head. Then some of this slow frequency energy splashes out of the top of your head to wash over your skin and the space around you and falls back to the Earth. The rest recedes back through you into the Earth. Let a few more waves of Earth energy rise up and flow back down. The Earth’s energy will take with it any slow frequency energies that don’t need to be in your body.

Next, light from the star or disc pulses down through the top of your head and flows down through all parts of your body, through all your organs, your bones, and into the ground. The light pulses down several times. This combination clears your system.

6) Focus on your heart. In our society and in the busy world we can spend too much time and energy being in our heads. Being in your head tends to block the flow of energy in meditation. A good balance is 50% head and 50% heart, though more heart energy than this is acceptable.

Focusing on the heart is straightforward and involves noticing how your body feels in the centre of your chest where your heart chakra is for a couple of minutes. If your attention drifts, just bring it back to your heart chakra. You could visualise a white or pink flame in it. Other colours may come with practice though these two are good to start with. You may find the flame seems to expand with repetition.

7) Be Still… During meditation you might get the urge to move, itches appear, thoughts may flit into your mind, and emotions may come bubbling up. What you are after is silence and stillness.

Some people beat themselves up because they are experiencing, and getting caught up in, internal interference rather than experiencing total calm. The trick is to give none of the thoughts, feelings or physical sensations any importance.

Calming ourselves can occur through using rhythmic breathing. There is also another way to help us now with this. There are some new, evolved devas who are special types of silence and stillness that are highly conducive to good meditation. The silence feels like absolute soft, silky peace, like being in a comfortable darkened room. The stillness is like absolutely everything still and unmoving. It creates an energetic open space in which everything good can happen. You can ask for, and focus on these energies or qualities of silence and stillness, and immerse yourself in them.

8) For a beautiful meditation use a rose. A way of producing a beautiful meditation is to then imagine a pure white rose which is a very powerful symbol, coming down from the gold/white star or disc, in through the top of your head (your crown chakra) and down into your heart. Place your awareness on this rather special white rose. It will radiate light and energy. What happens next depends on the moment. You may find the white rose stays there, or it grows, or radiates out a variety of colours, or replicates with roses going around your body. At this point you can go onto the next stage which is:

9) Let go. We often try to control what is going on with our heads. In meditation, once it is set up well and feels good, we let go and let the meditation happen. Every meditation is unique; it’s like an inner plane adventure every time. Meditating like this, life will give us messages in words, pictures and objects which we can notice if we are alert to them. Life will give us information which may spontaneously have relevance for us in our meditation. This sounds strange but will make sense after a while spent meditating.

10) Back in your body and protection. When the meditation comes to an end it is important to go through a procedure to come back fully into your body. This can be done by breathing deeply, feeling and stretching all parts of your body, and becoming aware of your roots again.

A lot of people don’t close their centres properly after they have opened up in meditation. It is good practice to close the centres in order to take good care of your energy. There are a number of ways to visualize closing your chakras. One is to see them as having double doors that need closing and locking. Another is to see the doorway to the centre like the front part of a camera that spirals in or out to control how much light gets in. This can be closed up completely. It is useful to know the chakras of the body, and starting at the crown chakra at the top of the head, close that tight and seal it with a protective symbol; the white rose would be a good choice. Then work down each chakra, finishing at the base centre. In this way, the energy and any healing that came about in the meditation gets to stay in your system.

2019 Jonathan Barber

Revised 2020

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