Symptoms of a Spiritual Awakening (also called Spiritual Emergence)

AuraSince 2012 many people have been experiencing difficult health symptoms. Depression is one that appears to be common. For those who practice some form of spiritual exercise, the symptoms could be the result of energy called kundalini. However, this is true even for those who do not practice, or even think about spirituality. In her book, Journey Through Transformation; A guide to mystical awakening, kundalini, emotional clearing and spiritual emergence, Kaia Nightingale explains that, of the 110 participants in her survey who felt they had a spiritual experience, 43% of them were not engaged in any spiritual practice, and 15% had no belief at all in spirit prior to their experience. The causes that triggered the experience were varied from such things as meditation, stress, and illness. The type of experience also varied among the participants and included everything from revelations to UFO sightings, all of which are described in the book.

Any spiritual experience can be either joyful or frightening, especially when it is not understood. The energy within each person opens doors to parts of the psyche that have been hidden from consciousness, and when they are suddenly released, disturbing consequences follow. If there is some deep-seated emotional content such as fear, anger, grief, or anxiety, it may be raised to a conscious level resulting in stressful emotional turmoil. Even those who have an understanding of the way in which these openings occur can be unprepared for the actual experience. While the experience itself will generally be of short duration, trying to make sense of it may keep the mind engaged in fear and stress.

Some of the symptoms of a spiritual awakening described in this book include: sensitivity to crowds, colors, foods, and noises; pain, eyestrain, headaches; involuntary movements; skin sensations; heat in various places in the body or throughout the body; time distortions. Remedies are provided for internal clearing and grounding.

Unfortunately, as pointed out by Kaia Nightingale from her own experience, many gurus have no knowledge of how to deal with difficult spiritual awakenings. The medical profession is of little, if any, help since there is no physical cause for the symptoms and people are often referred to a therapist or psychologist.

This is an excellent book but it is not intended to replace the need for prudent care with the help of a physician. Symptoms always should be ruled out as having a physical cause before suspecting them to be spiritually related.

Many additional resources for information about the difficulties of a spiritual awakening are also provided in this book. It can be purchased online at amazon in print or electronic format.

A few online sites are included here for immediate reference:

Spiritual Emergence Service – http://spiritualemergence.net/

Spiritual Emergency Resource Center – http://www.spiritualcompetency.com/se/resources/senciis.html

Advanced Yoga Practiceshttp://www.aypsite.org/ayurveda.html

Kundalini Awakening – http://www.spiritualcompetency.com/blackboard/lessons/types/kundalinitype.htm

Spiritual Competency Resource Center – http://www.spiritualcompetency.com/blackboard/lessons/lesson5.html

FACEBOOK PAGES:
Spiritual Emergence Counseling
Spiritual Emergence Service Society

 

Did You Know?

Fragment of a Hellenistic relief ~ from the Walters Art Museum.

Fragment of a Hellenistic relief (1st century BC – 1st century AD) depicting the Twelve Olympian gods; from left to right, Hestia, Hermes, Aphrodite, Ares, Demeter, Hephaestus, Hera, Poseidon, Athena, Zeus, Artemis, Apollo ~ from the Walters Art Museum.

Many gods were worshiped in ancient times because it was believed that the highest god was unknowable and unreachable. This god was beyond comprehension, beyond the minds of humans, unable to be reached by consciousness. Therefore many lower gods were sought to intercede between humans and this ultimate god. Each lower god had a particular skill or purpose such as a god for rain, crops, fertility, good fortune etc. This has carried over into our times with the idea that saints can intercede for us. For example, St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals, and St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.

For the early Christians, “the Father” God was that highest, unknowable and unreachable God. Therefore there was much meaning for them in the message of John 14:6 where Jesus is quoted as saying that, “I am the *way*, the truth, and the *life*. No one comes to the Father, except through me.” For them it meant that there was now a direct connection between them and the highest God.

When we think of consciousness as *life* force and the medium through which we gain perception of our world, we can also understand that our world view has continued to expand over time because consciousness is expanding. When our view of God the Father is seen as the unconscious part of ourselves (the Kingdom of God within us), where infinite possibility exists but is not yet created, then we can get an idea of the *Way* in which Jesus, through a perfectly harmonized human consciousness of Love, brought consciousness into the unconscious Source that was previously inaccessible. In this way, Jesus made God accessible to humans so that each of us, through a consciousness of perfect Love, could become one with the infinite Father God. This is the meaning of enlightenment, realization, and the Biblical passage:

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you such a long time, and do you not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father. How do you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I tell you, I speak not from myself; but the Father who lives in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Most certainly I tell you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and he will do greater works than these, because I am going to my Father.” (John 14:8-12)

Time Is an Illusion

Crazy-Wall-ClockTIME AS ONE TIME (taken from SPIRIT AND TRUTH by Samuel Mann)
As a way of gaining some understanding of the unity of time, we refer to the explanation by theoretical physicist, Michio Kaku. On the internet’s YouTube he talks about Time and explains the idea that all of time, as we know it, exists at once. According to Dr. Kaku, there are many different frequencies of time existing together, and the time of which we are aware is only one of those frequencies. We experience just one particular time because our consciousness is “tuned in” to the vibratory force of three dimensions. It is much like tuning into one particular television frequency to watch a single program while there are many other programs broadcasting simultaneously. This “tuning” is called sympathy by Dale Pond who explains that sympathy is extremely important to us because without it we could not hear sounds or see objects. We act as “receivers” of vibrating waves coming from the environment and, because of our sympathy with them, we are able to translate these vibrations into comprehensible objects and sounds.

Dr. Kaku’s explanation directly relates to Cayce’s statement, given many years before Kaku’s, when he said that “all time is one time,” and also that, in our material plane, time is dependent upon the “rate of the vibratory force” as it is set into motion. Cayce was in agreement with Kaku when he told one individual that “all that is has been, and all that is to be has been already.” And to another person Cayce said, “You are already in eternity, your soul has been there since the beginning.”

Meher Baba explained that, since there is no time in eternity, everything that has happened, is happening, or will happen, has already happened. This is because there is no past or future in eternity, only the everlasting present where everything came to conclusion with the initial urge of the Creator to begin creative activity.

Even Eckhart Tolle agrees as he asks:

Have you ever experienced, done, thought, or felt anything outside the Now? Do you think you ever will? Is it possible for anything to happen or be outside the Now? The answer is obvious, is it not? Nothing ever happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future – it will happen in the Now.

AFTERWORD:
Have you ever seen a child’s book that lets them make up a story by offering different choices? Such a book is Journey Under the Sea by R.A. Montgomery. The book description is:

This book is different from other books. You and YOU ALONE are in charge of what happens in this story. There are dangers, choices, adventures, and consequences. YOU must use all of your numerous talents and much of your enormous intelligence. The wrong decision could end in disaster – even death. But, don’t despair. At any time, YOU can go back and make another choice, alter the path of your story, and change its result. Now enter the mysterious and beautiful world of Atlantis… YOU may be famous, you might decide never to return to the earth world above, or you may not get a chance to make that decision. Whatever happens, good luck!

This is much the same idea as our concept of time. We have many decisions to make and the ones that we choose are the ones we experience. All of the other possibilities are there, but we just don’t get to experience them. Mind boggling isn’t it?

For more information like this, read SPIRIT AND TRUTH by Samuel Mann

The Significance of the Man Called Jesus

JesusIn order to appreciate the significance of Jesus it is necessary to understand that everything is composed of energy, and energy works in cycles. A cycle continues from its beginning to a point of completion. A life cycle in our natural world is one in which energy promotes growth from a beginning with potential, to an end that brings that potential to a total transformation – as the life cycle of a seed to a tree, or of an infant to an adult. The same idea applies in the dimension of Spirit.

The energy that powers natural life and growth has a spiritual basis and its nature is indefinable. This energy, as the Source of all things, is most commonly called “God” and has no attributes, features, qualities, parts, characteristics or form because It existed before any of these came into existence. God is also beyond mind and is encountered as darkness or emptiness, an abyss, or nothingness when experienced by those who become enlightened or realized. So, if we think back to what it was like prior to creation we see that there is only “nothing” or “no-thing” – only the Source of creation exists that we refer to as “God.” In this Source there is no awareness because there is nothing of which to be aware. However, as quantum physicists have discovered, and as those who have realized it have declared, this “No-thing” contains every conceivable possibility as unexpressed potential. Jesus referred to this Source as “the Father” because it is a concept that people could relate to and understand. Most people, even today, have difficulty comprehending the idea of God as being a reservoir of everything and yet a “No-thing” as compared to “things.”

The Christian Bible tells us that it was through the “Word” that all things were created. (John 1:3) John equates this “Word” with God, and the “Word made flesh” he describes as the man called Jesus. This idea of a “Word” implies an expression of sound, sound being energy. The newly created “light” of Genesis is also an expression of energy, and these similes are used to describe pure consciousness that has no way of being defined. This consciousness might more fittingly be called the “Mind of God” in which creation developed over eons of time. Then it becomes more easily understood as the energy of pure consciousness that is forming ideas and impressions. It is the same consciousness, personified as Adam, that left its spiritual source to enter the dimension of the physical. Once consciousness became attracted to the denser dimension of matter, it became necessary for this energy to find its way back to its Source.

From the point of creation’s beginning as light and/or sound (both being vibratory energies) a cycle was begun and is playing itself out as consciousness within the minds and souls of humans. The cycle that was begun in Adam, was completed in Jesus. While Adam brought consciousness away from the spiritual into the physical world, Jesus brought that consciousness back into the dimension of Spirit. In this way Jesus established the law of grace which is more powerful than the law of karma. The life of Jesus may then be seen as a demonstration of the way in which a cycle of life energy, or consciousness, might be brought back to its Source having become fully transformed.

As Jesus took his last breath, he remarked, “It is finished.” (John 19:30) This indicated a completion of the cycle from a “Nothingness” that had no way of perceiving Itself, to the consciousness in a human so faultless as to perfectly reflect back to the Source all that it was. In this way, Jesus was the first to make the unconscious Source conscious through his own physical mind. Before the lifetime of Jesus, humans were conscious of God, but because of Jesus, the unconscious Source that we call “God” became conscious in a man. This is the meaning of the Christ Consciousness, also referred to as the Universal Consciousness, and it is also the meaning of the atonement or at-one-ment. It is a complete merger of a human’s body consciousness with the unconscious source of our being. This is an intimate joining of the “Mind of God” with the mind of a physical body, a melding of the deeper super-conscious mind with the shallower conscious awareness of a living human’s brain. Man and God become as one.

The destiny and purpose of each and every soul as an offspring of Adam is to return to its Source, or beginning, having become reconciled through the balancing of its energies. This is made possible as each unique individual soul participates in earthly experiences until it becomes a perfect reflection of its Creator in at-one-ment. The role of Jesus was to show us how to do that through love. Jesus is the perfect model for us to follow because he demonstrated, through his life on earth, the way that we should live to balance the energy of our souls in order to accomplish this purpose, the purpose that was established in the beginning.

For a more detailed explanation of the ideas presented here, read my book, SPIRIT AND TRUTH.

See also: The Meaning of Christmas, The Resurrecton of the Body, The Meaning of Easter

The Meaning of Easter

jesus_resurrection smaller Easter Sunday celebrates the rising from the dead of the man called Jesus. Having been crucified on a Friday, his body was laid in a cave-like tomb with a stone rolled across the entrance, as was the custom of the day. It was also the Jewish custom to anoint the body of the deceased, but this had not been possible because it was not allowed on a Saturday, which was the Sabbath or Jewish Holy Day. So the women went to the tomb early on Sunday to anoint the body, but they discovered that the body was not there.

We are told that Jesus consequently appeared to many of his followers, causing some to be afraid because they thought they were seeing a ghost. However, Jesus showed them that his body was just as solid and as real as their own by asking for food and eating it. This is basically the story of the resurrection.

What is different about this story from other stories telling of dead bodies being brought back to life (such as the raising of Lazarus) is that the body of Jesus was not the exact same physical body that had hung on the cross. His physical body had dissolved and his resurrected body was reconstructed from the vibratory light energy of his soul. Essentially, this was a result of Mind over matter in the ultimate sense, and it demonstrates the fact that the energy intake through the five senses builds the quality of the soul which, in turn, determines the quality of the physical body. Since everything is composed of energy (including the soul) the soul is built from the energy of our thoughts, words, actions and experiences that it “feeds” upon. This energy is then used to produce a physical body which will be formed according to the quality of the vibrations of the soul. It also demonstrates the meaning of “as we sow, so shall we reap” as well as being an argument for reincarnation.

So now the question is – why did Jesus have to die and what does all this mean for us? And the short answer is that we were given access to the Father God through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Let me explain:

First we have to imagine what it was like prior to creation – when the force or power that we call “God” was without form or substance – before time, place or things existed. Then, as scientists claim, there was a “big bang” causing chaos as massive amounts of energy began to move and coalesce into created “things.” From the spiritual standpoint, this “big bang” was the Son of God, His “first born,” the original emanation from which everything else was created. It was the Immaculate Conception through which all things were conceived in the now existing “Mind of God.” It consisted of a new dimension that was separate from, and yet one with, the original Source of formless, substanceless, timeless power that we call God – that which we think of as “the Father.” This was the initial awareness that required something of which to be aware – and so it brought about creation as we understand it today. It was the beginning of the Master Soul, of which we are all a part, having been conceived immaculately within the womb of creation.

The energy emanating through the Mind of God began creation through an infinite number of vibrations that blended into harmonies from waves of sound. Their fluctuations wavered between creation and the unbounded, eternal force that began them. This was the beginning of a cycle, a cycle being an integral part of vibration, vibration having been poetically described as God’s “Word” by John in the Bible. This cycle of creation continued throughout history as this single consciousness became lost in the myriad forms of its own making. As this consciousness became intimately connected to form, individual souls were nurtured and shaped by taking in vibrations of all that they experienced. One of these souls followed the course of the main spiritual cycle that was set in the beginning, and eventually it appeared on earth in the body that was called Jesus. Through his spirit-filled life, Jesus brought the fulfillment of the cyclic spiritual journey that began in the uncreated, formless, substanceless, timeless God in which there was no awareness (because there was nothing of which to be aware) to its end in a created, fully human individual with full awareness, and in whom that uncreated, formless, substanceless, timeless God could finally become aware of all of His creation. That is to say, God became consciously aware for the first time through the medium of a human’s consciousness. In this way, the resurrection of Jesus completed the cycle of Spirit.

The life of Jesus was a reflection of the Father Spirit or Source through which creation began and is sustained. By living a holy life, Jesus showed us the Way we must travel to get back to our roots, our beginning, our Source. Through his example, he showed us that we are all loved as children of God, and through his teaching we learned that our heritage is to become spiritual beings, capable of performing all the miracles of which He had the power, and even more.

In essence, Jesus showed us that we are on earth to cultivate and grow a spirit of love within us to form a vibratory condition for the soul that will enable it to merge with its Source. We are to become fully united again with God, so that God may become aware in us. This was not possible for any human being until Jesus gave his life. This was required of him through a physical body so that he could return its consciousness to the Father and provide a way for each of us to do the same. It required a complete giving up of self, a death that for us is the death of ego as it becomes transformed through integration with Spirit. It is then that our soul’s vibrations will become harmonized with those of Spirit so they may blend and become One – so that we may know ourselves to be ourselves while part of the Whole. It is then that God will become conscious in us and we may say, “I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”

An interesting article appeared in the June 2007 issue of Discover Magazine that describes the evaporation of the body of a devout lama in Eastern Tibet. Such cases have been referred to by Tibetan Buddhists as “rainbow bodies.” The article has 4 parts and also discusses the search for a soul. Read the article here: Soul Search

See also: The Resurrection of the Body

The Significance of Mary, Mother of Jesus

Mary with Jesus

Mary has an ancient history in the collective psychic imagination of mankind. Only her names (Asherah, Astarte, Isis, Diana, Ishtar, Venus, etc.) have changed over the centuries while her archetypal reality remains the same. She is referred to as wisdom present in the moment of creation, as co-redemptrix, as all-powerful, as the counterpart of the masculine force within the masculine and feminine fields of energy that exist in an inseparable unity. As the goddess of the divine feminine energy field within us, she is the feminine dimension of the Self. She is the spiritual vessel in which opposites combine. In her, ego and Self become united. In the same way, Mary and Jesus are counterpart personifications of the essential Self. The virginity of Mary means that incarnation is about the conception and birth of a higher consciousness without the intercession or necessity of any human agency, i.e. ego. Jesus is the personification of this and is, thus, spiritually, the son of a virgin mother. She is what we are meant to become. ~ adapted from *Mary Within, A Jungian Contemplation of Her Titles and Powers* by David Richo

See also: The Immaculate Conception, Continuing Appearances of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and The Fatima Secret

The Meaning of Christmas

HolyFamily The meaning of this advent season – the birth of the child Jesus who became the Christ – cannot be explained except through the experience of each individual within their own life; for knowing about an event is very different from the wisdom presented by that event. You may believe what you hear, but your actions will rarely show that belief unless you have experienced that God so loved the world as to give His Son so we may know there is an advocate with the Father.

We have been told about that event in Bethlehem ages ago when Mary, that channel, had so dedicated herself to the service of God as to become the Mother of Love incarnate. Mary was filled with the Holy Spirit because she had fulfilled all things that God had required of her by perfectly balancing the spiritual, mental and physical. Through her the world was shown that this was possible in the experience of any and all who also would make themselves channels through which the Holy Spirit of God (the Christ Consciousness as Love) might manifest. Know this had no beginning in the 2000 years ago, but it happens again, and again, and again!
There never was a time when there was not a Christ and not a Christ-mass, for to have a beginning, there must be an end. There is the possibility in every human birth of that entrance again of a god-man into the earth. The Christ may be born, not as a physical birth, but into the consciousness of a human being. The Christ Consciousness is a Universal Consciousness of the Father Spirit that is found by the opening of those channels within the physical body through which the energies of the Infinite are attuned, as in deep meditation. Those who draw nearer to the Universal Consciousness of the Christ come closer to the perfect relationship to the Creative Forces, or God the Father. This is what the man Jesus attained when he gave of himself to the World. Since the entrance of Jesus into the world, and his making it possible for man to find his way back to God, there has been and will continue to be, an increase of those who will follow him successfully. He will come again and again in the hearts, the minds, the experiences of those that love his coming. But those who think of him and become fearful because they know what his presence would mean, he passes by.
For God seeks all to be one with Him. And as all things were made by Him, that which is the Creative Influence is in every mineral, vegetable, and every individual activity, and is that same force called “God” – and It seeks expression! Just as when God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. This was not as an activity from the sun, or light as shed from any radial influence, but it was the ability of consciousness coming into growth from the First Cause. The light became the light of men – mind made aware of conscious existence. That light came among us, showing us the way to find that same consciousness within self – for the kingdom is within, and when self is made one with those spiritual forces there may come the at-one-ment with God. For in truth, we live and move and have our being in Him.
What then is the purpose of everyone’s activity in the consciousness of mind, matter, and spirit in the present? That each may know itself to be itself while part of the Whole; not the Whole, but one with the Whole and still retaining its individuality; knowing itself to be itself, yet one with the purposes of the First Cause that called each of us into being, into the awareness, into the consciousness of itself. That is the purpose; that is the cause of being – and that is the purpose of Christmas. ~ Adapted from several Edgar Cayce Readings

The uniqueness of the Christ as Jesus was that God became conscious as an individual. This is why you are in the earth – not to become conscious of God, for you were that before entering the earth – but that God would become conscious as man, that God would become an individual. This is a transformation, an amelioration, the purpose for which Jesus entered the earth – to manifest the atonement (at-one-ment) with the Father. We have the hope that all minds and all souls will strive to be channels of God, that God may be manifested as an individual in each one of us. ~ (taken from the book, The Spirit unto the Churches)

God is love, and he who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. ~ (1John 4:15)

Christmas is about allowing God, as Love, to manifest in us.

HAVE AN ESPECIALLY BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR!

See also: The Significance of the Man Called Jesus
The Significance of Mary, Mother of Jesus
The Meaning of Easter

What Is Spirit?

AtomSpirit is energy.  Science has shown that everything is composed of energy.  In order to have a material effect, energy requires some kind of form, medium, apparatus, or body in which to manifest.  Sound waves need a radio device to be audible, television transmissions need a TV set to produce pictures and sound, electricity needs a light bulb to produce light, Spirit needs a soul in which to provide life, and the life energy, that is a soul, requires a physical form or body to manifest in materiality.  From the simplest of life forms to the most complex human body, all contain a soul, those of the lower forms have group souls, but humans have individual souls.

In the beginning, Spirit required some kind of form for expression.  This Spirit has many names, the most common of which is “God.”  This “Holy Spirit” is the source of creation, creation being the means through which Spirit expresses Itself to be made known.  The highest forms of all creation are humans, each of whom contain a soul that gives life through the Spirit within it.  There is only one Spirit of which we are all a part.

We are all familiar with spirit without actually being aware of it.  In addition to providing the life force within us that we take for granted, there are times when we actually are able to feel spirit.  One example is the enthusiasm called school spirit, team spirit, Christmas spirit, national spirit and such.  It is an energy within that is real and can be felt as part of the body.  Intentions, motivations, and desires are all part of spirit and, depending upon the direction they are given by will, may be classified as good or evil.  These are forces through which real consequences may be created in the material world, and that every human has the ability to direct.  In this way we are co-creators with God – a responsibility few ever consider or understand.