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Soft Autumn Light.

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               Bathed in the warmth of life’s renewing golden sunlight people laze, stroll… just sit

               At peace, lost beyond care.

               They gaze as one, awed by natures beauty laid bare before them

               While Autumn’s soft edged rays illuminate life’s simple joys

                Thawing stony hearts, allowing spirits to soar once more.

What a wonderful time of year it is. Autumn in the Northern Rivers Region is perfect!  Still warm enough to swim yet cool enough walk for hours along the beach without boiling. The sea is amazing, one day calm, the next crashing destructively onto the sand and carrying it away to be returned at a time seemingly of its choosing. I never stop marvelling at it. So immense and unfathomable.

 Awesome! Just like it’s creator.

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Enjoy the journey!

Learning From Others-Buddhist Tanka Highlights Reiki Principle.

A WISE, UNWORRIED BABY KING PARROT ENJOYS THE CLEAR BLUE SKY IN MY BACKYARD!

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SKY

The spacious sky

Spans serene and clear

So blue above

Oh, that our souls could grow

And become so open.

Written by Emperor Mutsuhito.

This is an example of  the stylised waka (also called tanka) poetry which Dr. Usui taught to his Reiki students.

Dr. Usui incorporated other aspects of his many years of Buddhist and martial arts training into his Reiki teaching, including meditation, self-cleansing, as well as some Shinto and ki-kou energy practises.

Meditating on poems of great beauty helps our soul to grow and is something open to all no matter what their personal belief system.

So profound.  So simple.

There are 125 of these waka in a book called “Spirit of Reiki”, by Walter Lubeck, Frank Arjava Petter and William Lee Rand.

These poems can help us to embed the Reiki Principles:-

Just for today

     Do not get angry

Do not worry

          Show appreciation

                     Work hard (on yourself)

         Be kind to others.

Working on these will benefit not only ourselves but will also make this world  a far more compassionate and gentle place.

Each day as we journey we can make an enormous difference to this world by simply becoming more self aware.

What a wonderful, empowering thought! Blessings on your journey.

Meditation-Clearing the Clutter

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Sometimes life seems overwhelming, something we have done a million times easily suddenly seems too hard. Stress engulfs us and our focus narrows so all we can focus on are the negatives. At such times many people pray for guidance, which if it works for you is great, I meditate. PRAYING is TALKING to God or the higher connection you have and at such stress filled times can be more a case of talking AT that higher power.  On the other hand MEDITATION is LISTENING.

If my mind is racing I will focus on an object, it can be a tree, a flower, a picture, crystal or in my case, if possible, a candle. I then just sit, any thoughts that come into my mind I label “thinking” and go back to giving my full attention to what I am focusing on. This simple technique takes a little practise but is really effective once mastered. It stops all the noise ,gets rid of the clutter and allows space for a wider perspective to come in. My candle always brings me peace and a soft loving connection to those in spirit who support me.

I hope you have a way of dealing with such hectic times, if not find something connected to your heart and try this one. You can use it anywhere, at work,on a bus or train, but obviously not while driving, all you need is that picture of your special something in your head and your set to go. I hope you are having a stress free time at present and won’t need to use this for a very long time. Blessings to you.

This is a picture of the ” Mouse House” candle, given to us by our dear friend Dorothy. Just looking at it, even without lighting the candle, I go instantly to a  loving place of peace.

Psychic Safety=Never Leave The Circle.

While doing a reading for a client who said she was herself ” a trained phychic” I was horrified to hear her say that she “felt so hot she had to get up, leave the circle and go outside to cool down.” I have struggled with whether I should write this post because in a sense I am breaking my very strict privacy code, however I feel it is is alright to share this small amount with you, as I will in no way identify her or where she was at the time.   I just felt it urgent to let as many people know as I am able, what until now I thought everyone knew, that YOU NEVER LEAVE THE PROTECTION OR BREAK THE CIRCLE FOR ANY REASON. This is a rule that was taught and strictly enforced at every development circle I was ever in and with good reason. Back in the 80’s I was sitting in a group of eight people, who further developing their psychic ability, when I felt an ice cold chill envelop me. The teacher, an extremely strong medium with many years of weekly platform work at a large inner city Spiritualist Church behind her, told me quietly but forcefully to sit still and that no matter what I saw or heard not to break the circle. I would be safe so long as I stayed in the circle. Only one other member, other than the teacher of the group, was aware of the spirit coming in. Why this was so I really don’t know but for me what followed was extremely difficult to experience. The spirit was extremely angry with the other member of the circle who was aware of him, she  was also a well known and respected medium who had been running a Spiritualist Church for over ten years. The teacher ordered the spirit to leave, explaining he could achieve nothing in this way. Although she had carried out exocisms in the past and was amazingly strong it took her considerable time and skill to evict him.I had been sitting in circles for years but was badly shaken by the experience, which I must say is far from the normal. My teacher had been experienced enough to be able to know instantly of my awareness of this troubled spirit and advise me how to act before I could place myself in danger. She had known where every student was on their journey, who was and wasn’t aware of him, she had instantly assessed the situation while at the same time dealing with the incredible energy he brought with him. At the end of the circle the teacher went around each member andas is the custom asked what they had experienced. She didn’t sk myself or the lady who the spirit had come to contact and who was still visibly shaken but she told all the other students that a troubled soul had visited our circle and restated the golden rule “ONCE YOU HAVE BEGUN SITTING AND THE CIRCLE OF PROTECTION IS IN PLACE NO ONE LEAVES UNTIL THE TEACHER GIVES PERMISSION”. In the 50’s and 60’s churches would lock the door once services began and late comers were not allowed in . If readings were being given everyone had to wait until the end or ask for special permission to leave early so the reader could replace the protective barrier, unfortunately over the years some of these safety measures seem to have been lost in some places. It is a real worry. To teach you must have these skills and more. You must know your students and if they are beginners reinforce the rules at the start of every circle. The lady I was reading for said she had been sitting for years and this build up of heat was an ongoing problem for her. Given this, I can only assume that, her action of getting up and leaving took the teacher by surprise, even so it doesn’t answer the question of why the teacher hadn’t dealt with the grounding and other issues. As I only have this ladies report it isn’t possible to say what really caused this major breakdown in the circles protection but I know that a basic but vital rule was broken and it placed everyone in danger. I repeat…THE CIRCLE OF LIGHT MUST NEVER BE BROKEN UNTIL EVERY MEMBER IS FULLY BACK! If you know anyone developing PLEASE PASS THIS ON.

If you are beginning this journey please check out your teacher well, always put your own protection in place before opening up and study the old ways of doing things, they were done for good reasons and have stood the test of time. Finally and this is a hard one, because it is an exciting journey, take one careful, well supported step at a time, don’t try to rush your development it will happen at the rate best suited to your personal needs. Bless You, Stay Safe!

MEETING YOUR GUARDIAN ANGEL.

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All throughout your earthly life you will be guided, supported and protected by your own very special guide, your “Guardian Angel”. Connecting with this angel is a beautiful and enriching experience, one that allows you greater insight and focus on the divine purpose of your life. To be able to make this connection to your guardian angel your soul or spirit energy needs to be attuned to the infinite light and love available to each and every being.

I originally learnt this meditation many years ago from the Reverend Carrie Ann St Clair, a wonderful teacher, international psychic, medium and friend, who has since passed on to the world of spirit. Over the years it has probably changed slightly but its essence remains unchanged. It is wonderful how the love, wisdom and teachings that we share with others lives on continuing to be a positive force in this earthly world long after we have left it. To enable you to take this journey effortlessly, without having the need to think about what happens next you may need to read the visualization below a few times or you may prefer to simply tape it so you can just play it back.

PROTECTION,

Protection is extremely important when ever we are attempting to contact spirit. Even when connecting to a spirit as beautiful as your Guardian Angel, it is vital to put in place psychic protection (a barrier) to keep you safe. Our physical body, as you probably already know, is made up of energy, as is everything and the frequency at which our energy vibrates is much lower than that of Spirit. This means our energy is denser or heavier. If you look at the analogy to the lotus, as the Buddhists do, we are at the lowest level sunk down in the mud and as we grow spiritually we come up through the water into the air and light where we blossom, unfolding to become  the pure, fully actualised  being that we were always  meant to be. Spirits are on a higher, less dense level. As they continue on their journey they also change energetically, their energy becomes increasingly finer, less dense and vibrates at increasingly higher frequencies.  This places us closest in energy to Spirits that are still in the lower energy levels of life beyond this earthly plane. Spirits who are still in the process of working through their own issues. It is important to avoid contact with them for their benefit as well as our own and that is why this meditation begins by putting protection in place.

There are various effective methods of protection that have been taught over the years. It is important to find one that genuinely works for you and your belief system. For some this may involve chanting, lighting incense or performing a set of specific rituals. Whichever practice you decide to use make sure you are well acquainted with it and that it is a well accepted, respected and a tried and proven one.

As a Christian I protect myself by calling on the Archangel Michael to protect me and keep me safe. I ask that he allow only Spirit coming in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ and from the light through to me. I then visualize white light encircling and filling the space I am in. I place myself in a bubble of bright white light and surround this with a fine gold mesh. Next I visualise a series of golden crosses. I place the first of these above the top of my head protecting my crown chakra. The second one I visualise below me, under my feet if I am sitting on a chair or below my base chakra (bottom of spine) if I am sitting on the floor.  I then visualise another gold cross in front of me and then I visualise a gold cross on either side of me and finally a last gold cross behind me.

Having done this I focus on my heart chakra, meditating on it until I am filled with love which I then send out to all sentient (feeling) beings. Finally I ground myself by visualising a deep root like that of a mighty tree growing, from the base of my spine if sitting on the ground or from my feet if sitting on a chair, down into the centre of the earth. Only then does my journey begin.

The Meditative Journey Towards Meeting Our Guardian Angel Begins.

Immersed in a feeling of divine love, released of all earthly tensions, we begin to transcend all physical boundaries and find ourselves bathed in warm, pure, golden light. We feel ourselves being ever so gently drawn upwards into this light. Emerging before us we see a smooth pathway and we step onto it, following it as it gently winds its way towards the top of a small hill. On either side of the path a profusion of flowers in all the colours and hues of the rainbow, gently wave in the soft, warm breeze.

We feel totally, blissfully at peace and on reaching the top of the hill we stop to drink in the beauty of the scene before us. The air is full of birdsong and we can hear the sound of a small babbling stream that is flowing through the valley below us. We wander on down towards the stream, feeling the soft, warm grass beneath our feet and the gentle breeze caressing our face. A short distance away we see a large smooth rock just near the edge of the steam. We go over and sit quietly down, drinking in the beauty that surrounds us.

The rock is warm and as we sit gazing at the amazing colours dancing in the light around us we notice that as the light sparkles and bounces off the water of the stream a fine mist is forming. Coming through this mist we see an angelic being gradually taking form and moving slowly towards us. It crosses effortlessly over the stream and stands before us for a moment before joining us on our rock. We feel strong rays of love and total acceptance enfold us as we commune silently, blessed to be here with  our very own guardian angel. Side by side, in the soft, warm, golden light, we are as one lost in this precious moment, suspended beyond time and place. We become more even more still, more peaceful, as deep in our heart a clear flame arises, grows and illumines our whole consciousness with a qualities of Gods divine peace, strength, courage, heavenly wisdom, joy and love.

After a time, feeling our guardian angel slowly rising, we become aware that this special moment is drawing to an end and that soon we will have to leave this special place. Our guardian angel makes us aware that they have a special gift for us. As we receive it we thank them before slowly rising and turning to head back along the path that led us here. Our feet seem to float above the path as we journey back through the beautiful flowers and birdsong. The light seems even brighter than before and as we travel on we quicken our pace, anxious to return and explore the gift we were so lovingly given by our guardian angel, aware of its potential to give us greater insight into our life’s purpose and the unique role we are playing out during this earthly aspect of our journey.

We feel ourselves being drawn down to sit once more in the safe, protected space which is just as it was when we left. We feel totally refreshed as we look around us and rest peacefully for a time before once more thanking our angel and beginning to slowly bring back our focus and attention to the physical space around us. We remember we have the precious gift and look forward to exploring it and its meaning more deeply in the days ahead. We rise slowly and drink a large glass of water before returning to other tasks.

May this meditation aide you on your journey as it did me. May you and your journey be blessed.

Passing On – A Journey, Not A Dead End.

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Having seen spirit as a child I always knew that you didn’t stop “being” when you died. It wasn’t the end of you, you continued to exist but beyond the vibrational limits our earthly eyes were able to perceive. Unfortunately this knowlege was of little comfort to me  when I began to experience the death of those I loved. By the time I left High School I had “lost” my mother,my father, a much loved uncle and a few very close friends. In my head and also my heart I knew they had gone on to a better place. I had already seen many people die. Death wasn’t hidden away in those days, it was seen as part of everyday life. Birth, marriage, death and everything else in life took place in the community or rather the extended family of the neighbourhood in which you lived. Everything was shared, the good times and the bad and everyone was supported.  M,ost people died at home where they were then laid out by the neighbours, usually in the front room, and  everyone came to see them off. Although I had no fear of death  I still longed for their physical presence, to see them again and feel their embrace, so when I came across this poem simply called “Passing On”, it gave me great comfort. I would love to know who wrote it but no author was given. Please if anyone knows the author I would love to hear from you. There are many beautiful poems on death and dying that seek to give comfort to those left behind and quite a few have built on this idea of death being a journey. It is an idea I lovingly accept, although I do feel that for most of us it isn’t a journey to a destination where we stay “forever more”, instead it is a journey to a different energy plain where we continue to grow, learn and “rest up” before we come back to earth to demonstrate that we have matured spiritually.

There is so much fear and confusion around death and the process of dying, I witness it often as I visit the palliative care unit where I am a volunteer. It is so sad that at such a special time old half truths worry and plague so many. It is always a priviledge to share in this special time, I have learnt so much while listening as people share their life stories, experiences and wisdom and it is always especially  beautiful to witness the passing over of those who have faith that their journey is beginning not ending.

PASSING ON.

WHEN WE LOSE THE ONE WE LOVE

IT LEAVES AN EMPTY SPACE WITHIN OUR HEARTS AND LIFE SEEMS VAIN,

FOR NO ONE CAN TAKE THEIR PLACE

AND OH, WE LONG TO CATCH A GLIMPSE OF THAT DEAR FACE NOW GONE

AND HEAR AGAIN THAT LOVING VOICE, NOW RAISED IN HEAVENS SONG.

BUT IF WE COULD PULL BACK THE VEIL AND SEE BEYOND OUR SHORE

THEN WE WOULD SEE THEM YET AGAIN BUT JUST THROUGH YONDER DOOR

AND AS WE GRIEVE, THEY’D RAISE A HAND TO WIPE AWAY OUR TEARS,

FOR NOW THEY SEE AND UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS NO NEED FOR FEARS

FOR DEATH IS BUT PASSING ON THROUGH YET ANOTHER DOOR

WHERE THEY ARE WELCOMED HOME AGAIN,

TO DWELL FOREVERMORE.

If you think this may bring comfort to someone you know please pass it on, even if it doesn’t help it may open up a conversation that will allow them to share their feeling. Sharing with someone who we know cares is always a great help on any journey through grief. Praying that any of you who are on this journey, at this point in time, will find yourself surrounded by peace and love.

 God bless you.

Chakras In Healing and Spiritual Development.

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The word “chakra” comes from the Sanskrit, meaning “wheel” or “disk”. The origins of the traditional sevenfold chakra system are buried deep within the roots of Hindu culture.The earliest mention of the term “chakra” is said to come from the Vedas, the four holy books of the Hindus but many believe that the term pre-dates this and goes back to the ancient practices of the mystics and yogis who orally passed down practices that balanced the physical, mental,emotional and spiritual layers of energy in order to bring about well being and balance.

Chakras can be best understood if we liken them to valves that open and close to enable us to access aand balance the “electrical current” or “the Universal Life Force” we need to keep functioning. Chakra healing is based on the belief that in order for total well-being to take place we must act as an integrated whole with all the layers or levels of energy that make up the whole being in balance. Blockages that occur in this flow of life giving energy create imbalance and dysfunction and need to be removed because a blockage or dysfunction in one part of the system has an impact on all the other parts.These dysfunctions can happen whenever the energy flowing through the chakras is either excessive or deficient.

The chakra system is traditionally based on their being seven major points of connection between the physical body and the “vibrational” or “energy” body. The chakras line up along the spinal cord and coincide approximately with the positions of the glands in the endocrine system.They are seen as spinning wheels of energy, each of a different colour. The colour associated with them relates to the vibrational level of the colour.

The chakra system, as well as being a system used for healing, is also recognised as  a system for spiritual evolution or enlightenment. When using it for this purpose,the subtle energies of the various chakras are explored through meditation and yoga to help with personal and spiritual development.

In the Indian tradition, the centres are referred to as lotuses,the belief being that like the flower we are rooted in the mud and depths but ultimately we blossom under the light of the sun. The chakras when explored in this way are aligned to our differing levels of intuitive perception. The Base Chakra is aligned with the material level. The Sacral Chakra is aligned with the emotional level. The Solar Plexus is aligned with the emotional level. The Heart Chakra as you would expect is aligned with love, loving awareness and balance. The Throat Chakra governs communication and  in my experience  it is the centre psychics wishing to develop their channelling abilities focus on. The Third Eye Chakra is the level of the higher mind and is associated with psychic vision. The Crown Chakra is the level of alignment with spirituality and alignment to The Source, God, Divinity by the name you use.

When dealing with the chakras in relation to healing there are still more levels of meanings to be explored.

The 1st chakra commonly known as the Root Chakra (Muladhara in Hindi) sits at the base of the spine and is said to connect metaphysically to the Adrenals. These two small triangular glands sit atop of the kidneys and secrete a variety of hormones that regulate among other things the body’s metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates and the ones that control the balance of salt in our body fluids. These functions see it also associated with the bones and skeletal structure of our physical body. These glands also produce adrenalin, the hormone essential for our “fight or flight” response. This is why this chakra has beeen so closely associated with our link to physical surviva land safety. The Root Chakra is associated with the colour red and our sense of smell.

The 2nd chakra commonly known as the Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana in Hindi) sits about two finger widths below our navel. It connects energetically to the male and female reproductive organs ie the testes and ovaries. The Sacral Chakra govens our relationship with our own sexuality and issues concerning our emotional balance. It is also associated with the health of the bladder, prostrate and womb. It is seen as the colour orange and is linked to our sense of taste.

The 3rd chakra commonly known as the Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura in Hindi) sits between the navel and the base of the sternum. It connects energetically to the pancreas and looks after the well-being of the digestive system and also our muscles. The colour associated with this chakra is yellow and the associated sense is sight. Interestingly we often use the term “gut instinct”  when describing feeling giving greater insight.

The 4th chakra commonly known as the Heart Chakra (Anahata in Hindi) is located in the centre of the chest. It is metaphysically connected to the Thymus gland and is associated with the heart, chest,lungs and the bodies circulatory system. It also has associations with the sense of touch.

The 5th chakra commonly known as the Throat Chakra (Vishuddha in Hindi) is located centrally at the base of the neck. It is metaphysically connected to the Thyroid and Parathyroid and deals with the mouth, throat and ears. It has associations with the colour blue and with the vibrations for sound and hearing and the development of claireaudience.

The 6th chakra commonly known as the Third Eye Chakra ( Ajna in Hindi) sits just above  and between the eyebrows. It is metaphysically connected to the Pituitary gland and governs only not  the eyes but also gives a window of vision beyond ordinary sight, it enhances clairvoyance, enabling mediums the ability to see the past, present and future. It is associated with the colour of indigo.

The 7th chakra commonly known as the Crown Chakra ( Sahasrara in Hindi) sits at the top of the head. It is metaphysically connected to the Pineal gland and governs the upper skull, cerebal cortex and skin .By  expanding your Crown Chakra you are able to tap into the deepest sources of spiritual wisdom.  It is associated with the colour violet.

There is so much more fascinating information available on Chakras both on the web and in printed literature, if you found this site which is so new, you must be on a wonderful journey. Enjoy! I will dedicate further posts to this subject as I feel it is such an important topic for anyone interested in spiritual development and healing.  I  believe that if we all share our fragments of knowledge they will add to and enrich our  greater wisdom. I hope you are sharing too and look forward to reading more posts from others on a similar journey.

The Healing-Curing Dichotomy.

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Many people use the words “healing” and “curing” interchangeably, yet they don’t necessarily mean the same thing. This leads to a great deal of confusion and unfortunately has also lead to people dismissing the powers of healing practices. Perhaps I can best clarify the differences between the two by giving an example. A few years ago a very dear friend developed gangrene in his foot. He was sent to a specialist who admitted him to hospital for treatment. When the treatment didn’t work the doctor said the only “cure” was to amputate the foot. My friend was horrified and said no way was this happening. The pain he was in was excruciating but he was prepared to endure it and even to die rather than lose his ability to walk. Taking off his foot would have “cured” or eradicated the disease but left him on a mental, emotional and perhaps also a spiritual level greatly damaged. I say maybe on a spiritual level because this man had a beautiful, loving and trusting relationship with God, he never blamed him for any of the many difficulties of his life but I’m sure we can all call to mind people who through adversity have become bitter and unforgiving of others and even of thenselves. The doctor knowing my friend to be a determined old farmer who said little and meant what he said performed another operation which restored better circulation to the foot and resulted in my friend eventually losing two toes instead of his foot and allowing him to return to farming his land. It took longer, cost him a great deal of extra pain and kept him in hospital longer but he was a whole person needing treatment, not just a diseased physical body and fortunately today more doctors are realising the importance of dealing with the whole patient. Unfortunately sometimes there is no other solution than amputation if a physical life is to be saved so it is really important to realise that when this takes place “healing” is needed on more levels than just the physical.

While “curing” a patient means to completely eradicate the illness or disease, “healing” can occur on many different levels and may or may not result in the person “living” in a physical sense. A very wise older gentleman who was conducting an Order of St Luke healing service once said “We all know that death is the final healing”, my mind at the time totally rebelled, it was not what I wanted and I couldn’t accept this as healing. If you were “healed you didn’t die or so I thought. He was right I was wrong, the person I was praying for “was healed”  but on a spiritual level which allowed them to pass peacefully into the spirit world.

I have come, over time, to realise that “healing” can manifest on any one or more of the various energy levels that make up the “whole person”.

A person can be healed on the physical level: This may mean the disease or illness is completely eradicated (or cured) totally. It may also mean simply that a person is physically well and symptom free for a period of time, perhaps years, before the disease returns in some form or it may mean that the symptoms, such as pain, are alleviated either for good (as in the case of another friend who passed with breast cancer) or for a time. So we can see that even on a purely physical level healing can take many forms.

A person can be healed on the emotional level: This could allow them to become calm, emotionally stronger,more positive in their outlook and unafraid. It can lead to them accepting the illness and moving on to enjoying the quality of life they have (however limited) and making the best of it. I’m sure we can all bring to mind people we have met or heard of who despite physical disabilities, mental or emotional problems or illness have reached out and helped others while rising above their own particular circumstances.One who comes instantly to mind for me is Christopher Reeves who before becoming a quadriplegic played the film role of Superman and after his accident showed amazing strength and determination to help others.

A person can be healed on the mental level: This could enable them to think differently about their illness or disease. Sometimes this can provide an understanding of the caustive issues such as stress, lifestyle etc and help lead to changes that facilitate healing on other levels.

A person can be healed on the spiritual level: This for me is the most important level of all. I work as volunteer in the palliative care ward of a local hospital and so often see people struggle on this level. Healing on this level can enable them and all of us as we approach our inevitable death to develop a more loving and forgiving relationship with others in our lives or even with ourselves. This can so often lead to a peaceful transition into death that can be as beautiful to watch as I’m sure it is to experience.

While healing can take place on each of these levels separately it is important to remember that all the levels interconnect and that what happens on one level affects the others. Those who have seen auras will be aware that the energy of each level merges into that of the next and there is no seperation between them.

There are many other more detailed writings on these different levels. One book I would highly recommend is “HANDS OF LIGHT, A Guide to Healing Through the Human Eneregy Field.” By Barbara Ann Brennan.(pub. by Bantam Books) . This book is a must read for anyone exploring or studying healing.  It has been aound for many years. I first came across it in the 1980s and its information and teachings are timeless and invaluable.  In finishing I would ask just one thing of you before you continue on your journey Please remember “healing” and “curing” are not always the same, so don’t place expectations on the outcomes, just trust that a higher power who created us knows best what we really need and is guiding the healing process in our earthly life.

May you find what you truely seek.

 

Crystals An Aide For Your Spiritual Journey

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The beauty of crystals is breathtaking and uplifting, but crystals can do more for your energy than you may realize. Everything in this world (and the next), is made up of energy. Remember back in high school the teacher drawing three boxes on the blackboard? (showing my age here!). The first box had circles, closely touching, no room to move, this represented solid matter- wood, plastic, pencils, bricks etc. It also represented ice, the frozen state of water. The next box drawn had fewer circles drawn in it; the “particles” were able to move around each other. This was the representation of the liquid state. Water flowed because the particles were further apart and could move. The last box had only a few free floating particles and represented gas. Gas could be invisible and the particles having more energy, floated. It was less dense. The gas in the experiment that followed was air.  You then took an ice cube (solid), added heat energy, turned it to water (liquid), added more heat energy and made air (gas). It was all so simple and remains true.

Everything is made up of energy in various states including ourselves. We appear as a solid to the eye but we all know that like plants and other living things we are surrounded by an energy field that spreads beyond our visible self (our aura). The energy in our aura vibrates at a much higher frequency than that of our visible (solid) body. We are unable to see this high frequency energy (just as we are unable to see electricity) but it is there and we can certainly feel its effects.

We find crystals in a solid state where like us they give off energy which cannot be seen by the naked eye but which can be felt in the environment surrounding them. The energy given off constantly is able to interact with our energy and subtly change us.

One of their most beautiful and treasured features is their colour. When we see their colour what we are actually seeing is the wavelengths of light that are reflected rather than absorbed by the object. Clear crystals such as clear quartz take in and reflect out light without changing it. Other crystals, such as peridot, are nearly always the same colour because they have certain light absorbing particles (atoms) that are essential to their structure. Yet other crystals, such as amethyst, can come in a range of different colours and shades because they can have varying quantities of light-absorbing impurities built into their basic structure.

Science proved long ago that colour can and does affect peoples moods. We may smile but when you think how advertising people use it you realize it has many potentials. Pink walls in restaurants to make you eat more, dull olive green on the new cigarette packs to make them less attractive and turn you off smoking etc) At least we know crystals will not have their own agenda and if we are drawn to the certain wavelength of light being given off by a crystal it will be beneficial to us.

Some crystals are noted for their healing qualities. Amethyst is often recommended as it is associated with inner peace. It is believed that as it opens your connection between your spirit and the divine it helps to change negative energy into positive energy. If you are drawn to a particular crystal it may be that your body is sending a subtle message that it needs that energy, just as it is doing when we crave certain foods.  Other crystals have traditionally been linked with other positive qualities and I have listed some of them at the end of this piece to allow you to explore for yourself the benefits, beyond their beauty, that they may hold for you. Some are traditionally associated with spiritual development, but again I stress what you are drawn to is usually what is best to fulfill your specific needs. We are all different!

Enjoy your journey!

The Teachings of Silver Birch.

Buddhist temple at The Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, while photographer Isres Chorphaka was visiting.

Buddhist temple at The Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, while photographer Isres Chorphaka was visiting.

In the forward of “Teachings of Silver Birch” Hannen Swaffer, the medium who channeled Silver Birch wrote in 1938:-

“Silver Birch as we call him is not a Red Indian.

Who he is, we do not know. We assume that he uses the name of the spirit through whose astral body he expresses himself, it being impossible for the high vibration of the spiritual realm to which he belongs to manifest except through some other instrument.

He is the spirit guide of what is known as “Hannen Swaffer’s Home Circle”

Hannen Swaffer goes on to tell how once Silver Birch accidently nearly revealed his true identity but pulled himself up just in time.  So we have no idea as to his true identity. What we do know is that the teachings he gave provide a guide to life that many have found enlightening, thought provoking and beautiful in there simplicity.

At first I had planned to simply put a link here to another site so you could read his teachings there, but when I looked I found the teachings said to be his on some sites had been changed. I assume this happened in trying to condense and update the language, but instead the meaning has been interpreted and sometimes changed. This is what often happens and what I feel has happened with the bible. A simple, beautiful message is lost and becomes something used to promote some other persons or groups beliefs. On one site his teachings had been listed in point form, a list of commandments he supposedly gave to live by.

Personally I found this sad, so I decided that as the book is no longer in print I will share the teachings of Silver Birch as written by Hannen Swaffer here. There will be no deliberate changes made to the language or message. I will not be able to copy the whole book and I hope that in selecting my extracts I am guided to be true to the original. This will be a huge task and will be done over time. (A long time, I am a two finger typist!) But hopefully you will bear with me. I will also try to find other sites that keep to the spirit of his teachings and put links in. Please don’t think that a site not being linked to mine means it is one I don’t approve of as there are many sites, all of which took great effort and a spiritual passion to create and I will never find the time to search through them all.  Some sites condense his answers to the questions asked of him in the circle and these can be helpful, however to fully get the beauty of his teachings, you really need to try to find the original texts. Just as in the bible the words resonate differently with each reader in order to speak to their particular personality and need..

I am posting Silver Birchs’ teachings because they have so much relevance to our lives, spiritual development and the world today Hopefully people will read them who otherwise may never have come across them and use them to make this world a more loving compassionate world. We do need to remember when reading them that the teachings were given long ago to a different generation, one living in very different times and circumstances to those of today. When we try applying these teachings to our own circumstances we need to do so thoughtfully and with awareness that a teacher/prophet/guide speaking to people today would  tailor his message knowing he was addressing  a culture of vastly different experiences and social beliefs.

In the Editor’s Note at the beginning of the book the editor writes:-

“These teachings from Silver Birch- he insists that he is not the author, but the messenger through whom they are relayed from higher sources- are not put forward as the infallible utterances of a being possessed of all wisdom. It is not the object of spirit intercourse that we should denude ourselves of the critical faculty and accept blindly the words of another, whether in this world or the next. Nor is it the desire to create a new Orthodoxy, for revelation is progressive and is dependent on our capacity to receive it.

The appeal of Silver Birch is to Reason, and if anything he says is not acceptable to the reader’s reason then it should be rejected or at least left as an open question pending further evidence.”

You may now see why I was horrified to see the teachings reduced on one web site to a black and white set of rules to live by.

Silver Birch’s Own Story

Here, Silver Birch tells in his own words of the long struggle he had before he was able to transmit his message:

“When I was asked, many years ago, whether I would return to the world of matter and find on earth a band who would work with me to deliver the message of the spirit, I said I would, as did many others, and my task was given me.

I was told that I would have to search and find an instrument and so attach myself to this instrument that I would be able to express through him the message I was charged to deliver. So I searched our records and found my medium.

I watched from the time he was conceived, and from the moment that the spirit began to express itself- albeit as a little flicker- I brought my influence to bear and started there and then the association which has lasted all these years.

I helped to mould the spirit and the tiny little mind and throughout every phase of that life I watched his every experience, learned how to get a close association and I accustomed myself throughout the days of boyhood to all the mental processes, to all the physical habits. I studied my instrument from every aspect – mind, spirit and physical body.

And then I had to guide his footsteps towards an understanding of these spirit truths. First, I guided him to make a study of the many religions in your world of matter, until his mind revolted and he began to be what your world calls an Atheist. And when that had played its part in the mental unfoldment, (word in text) he was ready for me to begin my task of speaking through his lips.

I guided him to his first meeting. I helped to bring him to his first circle. And there, in the power provided, I made my first contact- so crude, so trivial, but from my point of view so important – and I uttered my first expression in the world of matter through another’s organism.

From that day I learned how to obtain better and better control, until now you see the result. We have achieved so much that I can register the totality of my ideas and eliminate for all purposes what is in the medium’s own personality.

Now I would like to tell you something about my mission. They said to me: “You will have to go into the world of matter and, when you have found your instrument, you will have to bring to him sympathetic souls who will aid you to deliver your message.” I searched and found you all and brought you together.

But the greatest difficulty I had to face was that I had to make a choice whether I would return to provide those proofs that your world must have to satisfy itself – material proofs, I mean, not spiritual ones, for your world does not understand those – or whether I would return as a teacher and teach and teach truth. I chose the harder.

I said that, after all those long years, with all the manifold experiences I had had in the realms of spirit, I would return and try to appeal with love to those whom I would strive to teach. I would appeal to reason. I would appeal to the judgment of mature, evolved and what you call educated minds. I would reveal the message of the spirit in all its simplicity.”

Hoping to write more soon.