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Mystical Spiritual Registry and Active Imagination

Have you ever had a mystical experience, something out of the ordinary, something you can’t explain and different from “normal” reality? An increasing number of people have had these experiences. With more acceptance there are now an increasing number of reports.  Today I’d like to introduce you to a website that specializes in recording people’s mystical experiences. It might be something you want to read or even add your own experience. The website, http://bodysoulandspirit.net  also contains an active blog and other explanations of what people might experience. The tagline is: “A place to learn about and share essential experiences of the body, soul and spirit”. What I’d like to explain now is called Active Imagination by Carl Jung. It is a space between our conscious world and the dream world. This is different from other experiences we might have, perhaps more similar to the Aboriginal “dream time”. It’s a marriage of the inner and outer worlds.

Active Imagination is not hypnosis, contemplation, or meditation. Hypnosis asks us to turn off our alert mind to enter into the world of unconsciousness. Contemplation seeks to sharpen the mind’s reasoning ability. Meditation asks us to move away from the dream world and our everyday mind through focusing on a single word, our breathing, or our movement.

Elements of all of these practices are touched upon when practicing Active Imagination. But, Active Imagination relies upon an alert mind, the non-rational, and a high level of inner creative fludity. This is the only sort of environment that the inner marriage of everyday consciousness and the dream world can exist.

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How can we enter this state and what are the advantages of doing so? First, it relaxes your mind, gives you a break. Another bonus is that you might figure out a difficult problem or put together something you need. Please don’t try it when you are driving! There are enough distracted drivers out there already! There are 7 other resources listed if you wish to read further about Active Imagination, including Jung’s own experiences written in his famous book, Memories, Dreams and Reflections. So check out this website, read some of the accounts and add one of your own if you feel so moved.

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Fox Hunt on the Sunshine Coast of Canada

Think fox hunts are a thing of the past? Well there are intrepid groups that keep the tradition alive. Here’s one of them living on the coastal area north of Vancouver, Canada. As you’ll see in the video, they no longer hunt foxes (there aren’t enough and who wants to kill the poor creatures?). However, the dogs get a reward at the end and the people eat royally. If you enjoyed this video (certainly not my typical post), please leave a comment below. I’d like to suggest a book that includes much more than hunting stories, The FoxFire Book. It’s a tried and true primer for anyone who wants to live in a remote place. Yes, there are still places like that, especially in Canada.

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Edgar Cayce the Sleeping Prophet

Most people have at least heard of Edgar Cayce who started his well-known prophesies through hypnosis. He was actually not aware of any of the information he spoke during his trance states. The information ranged from medical remedies to economic and other future  predictions. Recently there has been a video made of 7 of his prophesies people think are still to come. Here it is.

 

Notice that the sources are recorded so that you can read in more detail if you want. There are an unbelievable number of books about and by Edgar Cayce. Amazon.com lists 3,164! for the purposes of this website, I recommend this book: The Edgar Cayce Remedies by William A. McGarey. You can access it by clicking on the title or the icon below this article.

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Spiritual Practices from Archangel Michael

This is a book review of a new book by Les Feast, Messages from Heaven: Is Anyone Listening? Les is a spiritual teacher and healer and he runs weekly meditation and development groups. The review is written in PR Web from Dudley Park, Australia. It tells of the story of Les’ experiences with Archangel Michael when he was in India and the subsequent communications with him. Here’s a little bit about this new spiritual book: Messages from Heaven and the spiritual practices from Archangel Michael.

Spiritual Practices from Archangel Michael

Yet, things go from bad to worse when Feast breaks his foot and is mired at the ashram with Sri Sathya Sai Baba for seven days. However, says Feast, on that seventh day, something miraculous happened.

“At about four in the morning,” says Feast, “I am awakened by this huge light shining in my room and as I gaze at it, I hear the words, ‘I am Michael and I have come in answer of your prayer, do you want my help?’ There was no hesitation in thinking. I immediately, say, ‘yes, please.’”

Feast lists this first communication with Archangel Michael as the first of many. This first encounter also marked Feast’s commitment to serve as a medium and healer.

Feast has taught and worked with some of Australia’s leading mediums and healers. In Messages from Heaven, he recounts the lessons and words of the Archangel Michael and shows readers how to operate from their inner source of power.

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Why do we Need Spiritual Guides?

I’d like to introduce you to another website that will be useful for everyone but especially for people just learning about spiritual healing. It contains useful information, practice ideas, inspirational readings and different tools and methods for healing. It does not profess to be a replacement for modern medicine but an addition to what doctors suggest. It seems that the owners and organizers of this site are all family members – two sisters and their English mother. Today I will curate their article on spiritual guides, but please check out the inspirational quotes, true stories and poetry in this spiritual healing encyclopedia for the basics of the spiritual path.

Why do we Need Spiritual Guides?   

I could say that we need spiritual guides because we really don’t do a good job of progression on the path by ourselves. (And you could take progression to mean personal development, balancing karma, fulfilling the plan God has for us, etc…) We are all susceptible to human weaknesses and the choice between doing what is ‘easy’ and what is ‘right’ is a dilemma we find ourselves in frequently. So, obviously we could use help in getting back on track when we stray.

I could also say that it’s actually only pride and arrogance that would cause us to think we’re capable of running the show by ourselves.

You only need to look around at the saddening state of affairs in the world to know that we aren’t handling it very well. With huge sections of the population shunning God, it isn’t really surprising that we’re having so much trouble. Obviously there is much work to be done in asking for help from heaven, not just for our own lives but on behalf of all the other people in situations that so desperately need divine assistance, who are, for whatever reason, not asking. Fortunately the tide is turning with more people finding ways to make spirituality a part of their lives.

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The article goes on to explain what spiritual guides can do and how to request divine help. The website is well planned and informative but I wish it would not focus so much on just Christian philosophy. There are spiritual guides for every religion, and perhaps the ones closest to their spirit guides are the natives of every land, the original peoples. Why do we need spiritual guides? In this chaotic, changing world we need all the help we can get! If you would like to know more about spiritual guides, I recommend this book: The Masters and Their Retreats by Mark and Elizabeth Claire Prophet. It is also recommended by the owners of this great website.

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Spiritual Healing Amidst Middle East Conflict

Frank Romano has written a press release in the Ashland Daily Tidings for his new book, Love and Terror in the Middle East. His motivation for organizing interfaith events with members of various religions was his former experience in Morocco with extremist groups. He has some very timely stories about his successful efforts to gather Palestinians with Israelis despite checkpoints and fear of violence from both sides. Indeed what is needed is lots more spiritual healing amidst Middle East conflict. Here is part of what he has to say.

Spiritual Healing Amidst Middle East Conflict

That experience in Morocco has been the inspiration to organize interfaith events with members of various religions, including liberal, orthodox and extremist Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Israel and Palestine. Never losing sight of my spiritual path, I continue to nurture the dream of finding a peaceful solution to religious conflicts, notably in the Middle East.

Four years ago while in the Holy Land, I noticed that the Palestinians invited from the West Bank were not able to participate due to checkpoints and walls separating the West Bank from Israel.

I delegated myself as the emissary and traveled to the West Bank to inform people of our interfaith initiatives between nonviolent groups taking place on both sides of the walls. In spite of warnings from Israeli friends that I would meet hostile, dangerous people in the West Bank, I’ve met peace-hungry people on both sides and I’m still alive and well. No durable peace is going to happen without taking necessary risks.

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Frank’s Morocco experience he mentions here involved an inspirational meditation that occurred to him while he was being held captive by a religious extremist group near Morocco in 1978. Frank is a lawyer practicing in France and the U.S. He went to school for a few years in Ashland, Oregon. If you wish to know more about his book, Love and Terror in the Middle East, click here. This amazing account of spiritual healing amidst Middle East conflict will keep you reading. You won’t be able to put it down.

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Spiritual Growth Teacher and Healer Living in Chile

Rosalie B. Kahn, author of My Healing Heart

Just in time for Valentine’s Day is the book by Rosalie B. Kahn, My Healing Heart. It is quite an adventure story of this member of the US Foreign Service as she moves around the world from Austria to Turkey, then to Pakistan, Columbia and finally Chile having adventures in her quest for love and truth. Now she is a spiritual growth teacher and healer living in Chile. She has as adopted Pakistani son and a Chilean husband, Guillermo Lopez.

Kahn lived and is living the life that many people only dream of. She never stopped searching for spiritual awareness, and did not settle for anything less than a love-filled life. With great warmth and charm, Kahn lets you travel the world with her as she seeks, learns, teaches, heals, and, always, grows.

Rosalie B. Kahn, author of “My Healing Heart,” is a writer and healer whose passion is helping others create a life filled with love. Her skills in healing the heart come from firsthand experience and extensive studies – honed over decades as she lived all over the world.

The end result—Rosalie’s healing and empowerment—is a source of inspiration for anyone who has faced insurmountable challenges. The story appeals to people everywhere who want to feel whole and loved. The tools she incorporates into the book—working with dreams, meditation, and forgiveness—give people a process to create their own healed heart.

If you would like to read this fascinating book or better yet give it to your favorite Valentine about this spiritual growth teacher and healer living in Chile, click here. Have you had any life adventures that you could share with the readers that made you stronger and wiser? Please leave a comment below following this article.

 

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Spiritual Self Healing in 21 Days

When I was learning Reiki years ago I was told that the first level of mastery was for self healing because the practitioner needs to learn to be healthy first before he or she can heal other people. In this book review, Ruth Styles, writing in the Ecologist examines the book, The Power of Self-Healing: Unlock Your Natural Healing Potential in 21 Days by Dr Fabrizio Mancini. Ms. Styles is a bit of a self-doubter when it comes to new-age remedies, but in this review and interview with Dr. Fabrizio, she was won over and found it might be possible to have spiritual self healing in 21 days.

Despite being of a green persuasion on numerous topics, from conservation to consumption, I’ve always had trouble believing in holistic remedies. Getting in touch with your spiritual side? Sounds like New Age cobblers to me. How about a tofu detox? Erm, I’ll pass thanks. So when Dr Fabrizio Mancini’s latest tome, The Power of Self-Healing: Unlock Your Natural Healing Potential in 21 Days landed on my desk, to say I was skeptical is a bit of an understatement. After all isn’t ‘self-healing’ just a euphemism for ‘grin and bear it’ or as we Brits prefer to call it, a stiff upper lip? But no; according to Mancini, what self-healing is really all about is leading a healthier life that takes into account your emotional and spiritual needs. So far, so sensible, but isn’t it a bit obvious that a better life will result in better health? Once again, Dr Mancini begged to differ and after a quick Google, it turned out that actually, he has a point.

Take obesity for example. Obesity not only leads to chronic illnesses such as diabetes, it also is a direct contributor to heart disease and costs the NHS somewhere in the region of £4 billion per year; a figure expected to rise to £6.3 billion by 2015. What’s more, shocking Department of Health statistics reveal that a staggering 61 per cent of UK adults are overweight along with 28 per cent of children. This is clearly not healthy and sensible eating advice of the sort served up by Dr Mancini would go a long way to ameliorating these figures. That a healthier lifestyle, if adopted by the majority, would cost the taxpayer less, hasn’t gone unnoticed by Dr Mancini either. ‘In the United States, almost one third of our budget is dedicated to healthcare expenses,’ he said in an interview with the Ecologist. ‘When we look at the statistics, over 80 per cent of the expense is coming from individuals and the choices that they’re making for their lifestyle.’ In other words, smoking, obesity, stress and so on are all direct contributors to over-stretched health budgets.

She goes on to tackle the pharmaceuticals we all take so regularly as well as the additives in our food. It would seem that a healthier life style is a sensible suggestion, hardly new knowledge, but Dr. Mancini has done a convincing job of suggesting the alternatives, a good read during these winter months when many of us are trying to make up for the holiday over-eating of December. Perhaps it is possible to experience spiritual self healing in 21 days.

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Best Spiritual Writers of 2011

Author Caren Goldman’s book, “Restoring Life’s Missing pieces: The Spiritual Power of Remembering and Reuniting with People, Places, Things and Self” (Skylight Paths Publishing), has been chosen one of the best spiritual writers of 2011 among 300 spiritual books reviewed by Mary Ann and Frederic Brussat for their website, www.spiritualityandpractice.com and also for mass media publications. They write about Goldman:

Since we only review books that we want to recommend, this selection actually represents the best of the best . Through diverse approaches, drawing upon the wisdom and practices of the world’s religions, these titles explore the quest for meaning and purpose, wholeness and healing, commitment and community, contemplation and social activism. …Caren Goldman makes a good case for doing the inner work necessary to transform our lives through the spiritual practices of remembering and re-connecting with all that is meaningful in our lives and experiences

About Caren Goldman:

Goldman, one of only a few practicing Jews who writes about Jesus of Nazareth during his life and journey as a Jewish man, is also a spiritual retreat leader and conflict resolution consultant to churches, synagogues and non-profits. She lives in the historic Lincolnville neighborhood of St. Augustine and is married to the Rev. Ted Voorhees, vicar of St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church.

In our quest for world peace and diversity within unity, such authors as Caren Goldman, one of the best spiritual writers of 2011, make an important printed contribution to that end. It is hoped that we will hear from her again in the future with more valuable selections for us to ponder. Thanks to Mary Ann and Frederic Brussat for bringing her to our attention.

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Changes in 2012: Mayan Calendar – Fact or Hoax?


Most everyone now has at least heard of the mystical/spiritual transformation that is scheduled for December 21, 2012. It’s the end of the Mayan Calendar, which is said to be 5125 years old. If we are to believe the recent movie, “2012”, it will be the end of the world, and most of us will die a sudden death. Other prophets and astrologers promise a new, better world, a raising of collective consciousness.

Who came up with this exact date of 12/21/12? What is the background of this upcoming phenomenon? According to the Mayan Long Count Calendar, the end of the “third world” corresponded to August 3114 B.C. The “fourth world” will end on December 21, 2012, the “fifth world” with a new calendar  and the “sixth world” starting.

The present-day Maya has less concern for this date as the Long Count Calendar was used only by the classic Maya. Mayan-speaking archeologist Jose Huchim Herrera has commented about this matter, “If I went to some Mayan-speaking communities and asked people what is going to happen in 2012, they wouldn’t have any idea. That the world is going to end? They wouldn’t believe you. They have real concerns these days, like rain.” (Mark Stevenson, 1990).

However, we are experiencing higher than usual catastrophes on our planet – unusually severe floods, hurricanes, droughts, etc. These events add to the theory that there is “a big one” coming next year when the earth’s axis or polar region will be in alignment with the centre of the universe. Some people such as psychics and astrologers speculate that the gravitational pull might cause a geomagnetic reversal, commonly called a shifting of the poles. Perhaps, they say, this will be the time of increased solar storms or solar maximum.

While it is doubtful the poles will shift, there is good evidence that an increase of solar activity could cause satellites and cellular phones to malfunction or stop functioning. Think about our modern world without them – hospitals and the military, international businesses as well as government communication would be effected. Computers and the internet might be gone too. Cell phones today provide numerous functions besides phone calls. How would you prepare for this possibility? Would it be a time of personal growth for you or alarming inconvenience?

Want to know more? I recommend these two sites: www.calleman.com  and www.maya-portal.net  Carl Johan Calleman is in touch with both the past and present members of the Mayan community and gives a good general explanation of the Calendar. The Mayan Portal site includes a “Resource” section that is actually a network of worldwide sites.

 

About the author:  Vicki Starfire, world renown psychic and published author, has been predicting the future since 1975 using the media of palmistry. After she was hit by lightning and recovered, she has had the help of spirit guides calling themselves her “clan”.  There is more information regarding 2012 and the Mayan Calendar on her website: www.mysticfair.com . You can also purchase recently published books on this site to give you a more in-depth account.

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