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 is 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. In fact, what makes this planet unique in creation is that at the moment this is the only planet where there is emotion. Being detached to avoid negativity, is not the same as caring enough to do something about a situation, and at the same time being detached enough to be truly helpful. 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. You don’t have to think you 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. Besides, 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 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 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. For example, one way for those 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.

(This is an updated version)

Spiritual Beauty More Important than Physical Beauty

Beauty is something that we see and recognise. What got me thinking about this was I had a really strong thought that I wanted to express beauty, and create beauty. I could feel the spirit of beauty and I wanted to express it in the everyday world. I could sense it like a spark inside me. I wanted to create something that held the spirit of beauty which could be experienced by others. I noticed that when I did even a simple task well, it had a lovely energy, and innumerable times, I have seen other people create or do something with beautiful energy, which to me always feels healing.

I got to thinking about other people. Immediately I could think of people who could be considered physically beautiful. Well that means there are other people who are not physically beautiful, though the distinction is in the eye of the beholder.

My train of thought moved on. Having my third eye open a bit means I don’t just get to see the physical appearance of a person, I can view the chakras and aura of a person. The chakras and aura can look beautiful, with a healthy glow, a cleanness and with the centres functioning smoothly in harmony with each other. The aura can be sleek and glow. The light emanating can be gorgeous to look at.

What is considered as physical beauty has no link to the beauty that can be seen in a fantastic energy system. Someone who is physically beautiful according to society’s version of beauty can have a really rough and grubby looking energetic system. There are people who wouldn’t fit into a fashion magazine’s approach to beauty yet their chakras and auras look amazing.

Physical beauty doesn’t have anything to do with spiritual beauty.

The looks and the body a person has is down to karma. So in one lifetime a person can be regarded as beautiful according to the fashion of the times they live in. With their karma, they get to go through a particular set of experiences on their timeline and their looks play a part in that. In other lifetimes, they have other bodies and other looks that may not be considered as beautiful by those around them.

The same goes for a person’s chakras and aura for the most part. Chakras act like a recorder of experience from lifetime to lifetime. What happens in a person’s life affects their chakras and aura. So what a person experiences affects their chakra and aura. If a woman has a lot of sexual interest from men, the men project energy into the woman’s sexual centre and other lower centres (I mention this as there have been articles and reports today in the British media about what female students experience when they go for a night out with friends).

If someone works in a dreary job that affects their centres in a different way to the effect on someone in a job they love. If they are treated well as a child as opposed to being badly treated, again the effect on the chakras and aura is different. If a person doesn’t exercise when it feels like they should, then the energy in the chakras, small as well as large, darken with slow frequency energy.

If a person lives in a city, particularly a city with an old, negative past, they will end up with a polluted energy system, contrasted with lifetimes where they live in the countryside.

How someone’s chakras and aura looks is influenced by what they experience in life and what they do, which is determined by the karma in that life. So the appearance of a person’s chakras and aura is determined by karma. (There is such a thing as opportunistic karma where a choice can be made between a path to a positive outcome, or a path to a negative outcome.)

However, if over lifetimes a person has done spiritual practices such as meditation this is going to show like a glow in a person’s energy system no matter what their karma is for a lifetime. Also, a life of service is spirituality in action, and has the same effect. On top of that, their karma might have led them to learn how to clear their energy, in which case their energy system is going to look and feel good. There are also some people who have trained lifetime after lifetime for a specific important role, and their energetic system is going to look powerful and lit up even in a dark and dangerous environment.

So what is beauty?

If you take a look at someone’s soul in creation right now… OK there can be a spark of beauty, but it’s not necessarily that amazing because of the limitations of being in creation. Backtracking to before they left the Divine Journeys to come into creation, there is a flaming quality of beauty in the soul.

In creation, through whichever spiritual practices link with a person’s karma, lifetime after lifetime, that spiritual beauty can grow. Going forward through a soul’s timeline, for just about all souls to the end of their timeline in creation when they become God-realised, the soul’s beauty is truly magnificent. And that is for all of us.

We all have that spark of spiritual beauty within us, even through our seemingly dark and negative karmic lives. It is just it’s more noticeable in our lighter lives. Plus spiritual beauty has nothing to do with a person’s physical beauty.

We can all express spiritual beauty in what we do and through our intent.

 

If you enjoyed this article or found it useful you might want to take a look at “Your Spiritual Awakening And the New Dawn for Humanity” by Jonathan Barber, and also “Meditation: Opening Doorways On A New Reality”, on Kindle and Amazon

Meditation time for single parents, and for others who are a little bit busy

It is easy to meditate if you have the time, and your life and lifestyle is conducive to meditating. But what if it is not? What happens if life is hectic, filled with responsibilities? (I’m not counting partying or socializing as these don’t have to be done.)

A long meditation session is helpful in relaxing, it helps you find your centre, it helps with dealing with problems and with gaining some inspirations, and it can help with receiving some divine input and energy. It helps you know that you are a spiritual being.

Sometimes you have to be busy with responsibilities you have to deal with, and from which you cannot easily or rightly walk away. If you want to retain a sense of your spiritual self, and walk your talk as a spiritual being, a different approach is required compared to having big meditations. Someone who is caring for a dependent person may only have a little time to themselves, if at all, and they may get very tired. Single parents (or those whose partners are away or leaving), particularly if there are several children, especially young ones (I hold my hand up here), can be really tired out towards the end of the day. Meditation turns into more of a nap, or a falling to sleep.

Experiencing this kind of situation, I found that I was getting quite grumpy, not being able to meditate. I thought that this wasn’t on and I had to do something about it.

So in everyday situations I made an effort to smile more. When you smile there is an energy of being harmonious, and of accepting. For the brief time of the smile there is peace, some calm, and some stillness. Love flows. A smile is like a mini meditation.

Going about life at work and at home with the children, I monitored my thoughts and attitudes, particularly if I was feeling, or importantly, choosing to feel stressed. I would do a quick burst of positive feeling, and think a positive thought or two that I felt would be helpful. I would talk less and instead just pay attention to what was happening around me.

I would try to arrive five minutes early to work and use the time for a brief, recorded meditation. I made sure to have a break straight after work if I could to go into a healing meditative state, keeping warm and simply doze, as I warmed up, got the body’s self-healing mechanism going and shed slow frequency chaotic energy. I felt much more refreshed because this.

During the day I would go into meditative energy for a few or for several seconds at a time, closing my eyes if I could, so I could remember my nature for a moment.

If I could settle the children down in time in the evening, with necessary jobs done, I would try to meditate, even if it meant falling asleep. I also energetically cleaned all objects in the house, and around the house so that the energy or the atmosphere was conducive to feeling good and loving whether I meditated or not. It is easier to meditate if the energy is good.

On waking I would put my roots down into the earth, feel the light in my hands, then for a couple of minutes, put my awareness into my heart space in the middle of my chest, and open up to the light there.  I felt the light and the dark, the order and the chaos within me; balanced. I would de-cord, then send light down my timeline for the day, and give it to God.

I found that having a balance of energy in me, I felt organized enough to get young children ready for their day at school, and somehow… somehow arrive at work on time. Magic!

What if You Could Check Out Possible Futures? – The Wonder of Timelines

At the time of writing the UK is going through emotional and political turmoil about staying in or leaving Europe; saying “yes”, or “no” to Europe. The people of the UK are being presented with a choice between two timelines. One where they stay in the European Union, or one where they leave and act in their own right.

There is a huge amount of energy being expressed and spilling out as people give their opinions of what is best for the UK. There are lot of people trying to persuade or shock or frighten others into a particular choice. They say this will happen if the UK stays in Europe, or that will happen if we leave. It is amazing and predictable to see them being so certain as they try to get others to join them in their opinions.

With timelines, there are actual timelines that are happening, that we are on now. There are probable timelines, where given how things have been in the past, and how things are going now, the timelines are likely to happen. Then there are possible timelines, which can occur if there is a sufficient injection of energy following decisions being made, or events happening. Opportunistic karma can kick in and change matters.

With the UK and Europe, there are two basic timelines on offer. Following a democratic procedure where people get to vote and indicate their choice, one of the two timelines will get to be embarked on. That’s the theory anyway. You never can tell with UK politicians and the shenanigans they can try to get up to (key word is “try”).

It is also worth looking at the timelines from Europe’s point of view: what will the timelines be like for Europe? (I’m saying nothing!)

Looking at possible futures means looking at possible timelines. You can look at, and feel into the qualities of the possible timelines. One phrase that comes to mind is “drilling down”. You could drill down into the timelines for a business, for members of a country, for the people who run the European Union, and so on, and look and feel into the timelines. Each country and organisation has a spirit. The strength and qualities of the spirit indicates the strength and quality of the timeline. The UK has a spirit, each country in Europe has a spirit, and the European Union itself has a spirit. It is worth remembering that on this planet and throughout creation negative and dark spirits are getting a hammering with the amount of light and love (which is also quite ruthless) pouring in. So a lot of negativity and nefarious happenings are being exposed and being stopped. This is ongoing. (As a further point, each country and organisation has a chakra system.)

One point that is worth mentioning is that Meher Baba, who proclaimed Himself as the Avatar of the Age, communicated before He dropped his body in 1969 that he had made all the major decisions for creation for the next three thousand years.

When looking at and feeling into possible timelines for right now and in the future, you are using your intuition, which is essentially you using your chakras or centres, particularly your third eye to connect with energy and explore it.

Ability to use your intuition to view timelines is enhanced by several factors.

One is having clear chakras and centres, a clear aura and clear space around you.

Secondly,  having a clean and powered up third eye.

Thirdly, having your heart centre open and fired up.

Good grounding when doing any energy work will help, and have confidence in yourself, and in what you feel and see. Be happy. Doing this helps you to observe and feel timelines with enough emotional detachment and clarity, coming from a point of love.

Just imagining you can sense a timeline helps you to do so.

Ask yourself questions such as how does this timeline feel, rough, smooth, happy, sad, desperate, angry, fragmented, and so on. Is the timeline strong or does it feel like it is falling apart? Does the timeline feel and look light, or does it look dark? Is the timeline filled with love, or something else? Is it straight or curved or does it branch off?

Does the timeline feel rough to start with and then improve, or does it look all great, or all awful?

Let yourself look at timelines for a few minutes to start with; don’t tire yourself out. Several minutes max is fine otherwise you can tire your third eye and end up with a headache.

As after any energy work, clear your centres and your space, close down doorways and get grounded. And have a rest.

There are some great meditations on the blog to enhance your ability to sense timelines. The all time basic is the “Getting Grounded Meditation”. The “Clean Up Your Energy”, “New Dawn, New Day” and “Gain That Inner Sparkle”, meditations are all good for clearing your centres and energy generally. The “Purple Light Meditation”, is very good for developing and healing the third eye centre. For developing the heart centre, “An Essential Meditation on the Heart” is excellent.

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. Both ways don’t necessarily match with what’s best from a spiritual point of view which is a bigger picture.

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