The Science and Practice of Humility
by Jason Gregory
The Way of the Warrior and Path of the Sage
The structure of consciousness is broken down into three planes that build the fabric of reality–physical, mental, and spiritual. Consciousness is not only the foundation of the universe, but it is the whole universe. In discovering this we come to the question of which plane is the truth? If all is consciousness, could one level be more truthful than the others? We could say that those who dwell within the physical and mental planes or body-mind state are under the spell of the deluded mind and do not know their true selves nor their place within the universe. While those on the spiritual plane know who they really are, know their relationship to the universe, and can see reality as it truly is through the evolution of perception. Although one state knows the truth of evolution and the other is still a slave to the ego, the fact is they are both the truth–all levels are needed to make up what we call existence. Without the contrast of the mundane, we could not see harmony. To perceive harmony you need the intrinsic parts that make up the formation of what you see.
The fundamental truth does not lay in the levels of consciousness but in awareness itself. The individual who truly sees the world has had an overwhelming transformation. So when we mention truth we are not referring to one level as better than another but to an understanding of the correct way to see the totality of existence through consciousness. And the holy sage’s perception is a mirror reflection of how the universe is; this is called the “evolution of perception.” The way in which the universe moves in its flow and patterned harmony is within our consciousness as well. We either know this or we don’t. The way we see the world holds us to what “is” and “isn’t.”
Two Primary States of Awareness
A human has two primary states of awareness or modes of Being–those who are drawn into the daily dramas of life and those who have the elevated perspective of seeing a fractal harmony within all life. These two states of awareness run parallel with the conscious state of the false ego and the true self. The ego perceives the fine detail of reality. Like a microscope, the ego focuses on very tiny matters of life but then mistakenly builds its psychology around these insignificant situations. On the other hand, the true-self is a state of consciousness so pure that it constantly sees that life is pattern. In this state one can visualize the unfolding universe. This state of awareness is a mind of no deliberation, a mind that does not attach itself to any circumstance or thought–past, present, or future. The true self is one who dwells within the spiritual plane and knows the soul vibrations, hence the evolution of perception. The state of consciousness we are referring to here is associated with the teachers of eternity, while the state of consciousness of the ego caught in the details is referred to as the masses or the profane.
In all levels of life we find the teacher and student relationship–parent and child, teacher and student, or the most mysterious of all, the master and disciple. Both primary states of awareness are reflected in this immutable relationship between master and disciple. Disciples are still deluded by the mind, whereas masters know the totality of their own Being. In the great work of eternity these two modes of Being are known as the warrior and the sage. Evidence of these two modes are found throughout ancient scriptures and mystical stories, most notably in the Vedantic treatises of the Bhagavad Gita and Ribhu Gita (or Song of Ribhu). In both classics the warriors are suffering from their own minds and blights within this world. As they begin to question their minds, out of nowhere the guidance of the sage appears. The whole process in both scriptures is to take the warrior’s mode of perception out of the details of life into the vision of the divine. The Bhagavad Gita demonstrates this as Krishna, the sage, is attempting to move the warrior Arjuna’s awareness out of the daily mundane struggles of life into the vision of Brahman so that he might see the infinite in all things. Texts 31, 32, and 33 of the Bhagavad Gita state:
When a sensible man ceases to see different identities due to different material bodies and he sees how beings are expanded everywhere, he attains to the Brahman conception.
Those with the vision of eternity can see that the imperishable soul is transcendental, eternal, and beyond the modes of nature. Despite contact with the material body, O Arjuna, the soul neither does anything nor is entangled.
The sky, due to its subtle nature, does not mix with anything, although it is all-pervading. Similarly, the soul situated in Brahman vision does not mix with the body, though situated in that body.
Through the awareness of a warrior and a sage either chaos or order descends upon Earth, but again it’s a matter of perception. Throughout time one of the biggest problems to plague this planet has been the fostering of the warrior’s consciousness and the continual suppression of the sage’s consciousness. There is no one to blame for this other than ourselves. Our obstinate refusal to look within ourselves to find the true problems in our world has allowed us to further justify our own habitual ways that are slowly killing the human species. For us to ward off this fate we really need to grasp where our awareness is rooted. To do this we need to explore the characteristics of a warrior and a sage.
Jason Gregory is a teacher and international speaker specializing in the fields of Eastern and Western philosophy, comparative religion, metaphysics, and ancient cultures. For several years he studied with masters in Buddhism, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Hinduism, and Taoism, traveling to some of the most remote places in the world. The filmmaker of the documentary The Sacred Sound of Creation, he divides his time between Asia and Australia.
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by Henry Seltzer
November: An Important Transitional Month
The astrology of November features a recovering Mercury, along with Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Although improving nicely, Mercury is still shaky from its recent retrograde that ended on the last full weekend of October, the final of 2014. These happen three times a year, usually in the same element. Mercury’s next retrograde will be on January 21st in Aquarius, and all three 2015 occurrences will be in Air signs. On into the current month, Mercury leaves Libra behind for the second time this fall on Saturday, November 8th, returning to the sign of Scorpio where it started its retrograde motion in early October, and thereby escapes its “retrograde shadow.” Then the last vestiges of this particular retrograde period will be over. For the remainder of the month we will perhaps still be integrating the lessons learned during this introspective and revealing period of time.
This month as well, Uranus and Pluto are drawing closer to the next hit of their storied square, perfecting in mid-December. They are separated by a mere 2 ¼ degrees as the month begins, still less by its close. The Scorpio New Moon eclipse from late October, when the New Moon and Jupiter made quintile aspects to Pluto while retrograde Mercury opposed Uranus, triggered these two powerhouse planets that are thus featured in this monthly cycle as they draw near to their recurring square, a major theme lately. The final denouement has yet to take place, with the next year representing perhaps the most intense example of their transformative and revolutionary interaction, manifesting on both a collective and a personal level, as this decade of the turbulent teens continues to unfold.
Neptune is equally triggered during this rather intense month, which is actually a transitional time leading to the ending of the year. In addition to its prominence in the Scorpio New Moon configuration, being trined by Sun, Moon and Venus, with a close parallel from Venus to Neptune, there is also the factor of its speed. Neptune stations to direct motion on Saturday, November 15th, standing dead still in the sky. Moving quite slowly now, Neptune is therefore greatly emphasized, changing its position by a matter of only a few minutes of Zodiacal longitude from November 1st through to the 30th. All month we will be enjoying an extra dose of his otherworldly and spacey energy. Idealism bordering on illusion, perhaps confusion, will be the rule rather than the exception.
Expansive Jupiter, traveling through Leo and having a similar spiritual meaning to Neptune, although more engaged in the here-and-now, is also highlighted in November’s astrology, being powerfully configured in the recent Scorpio New Moon eclipse. When Jupiter moves into the 22nd degree of the sign of Leo, during the mid-month Last Quarter Moon, with the Moon in close conjunction, Jupiter makes an almost perfect trine with the new planet, Eris, in the 23rd degree of Aries. This recently discovered planetary archetype seems to be involved with a warrior-like stand for deep purpose. This mid-month period is therefore a powerful time, when you might expect to encounter further facets of your own internal fortitude. We all need this expansive and visionary energy, along with an increased awareness of the deeper process within us, in order that we attune more completely to our soul intention.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is the start of an exciting climax to an intense year, Aries, as you enter into yet another new and dramatic phase. You have been very busy these past few months creating a better alignment between your vision, your actions, and your deeper purpose as you are coming to understand it, a work in progress that is far from complete. This month takes you into new territory. You are finding out what your dreams are really made of, more concretely than you would have formerly thought possible. These messengers from your unconscious can come to your active aid as you scale the walls of your ambition once again, this time in a more integrated fashion. You are learning to be yourself in a way that permits others in, without losing your own sense of unique destiny.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is an interesting month for you, Taurus, especially with regard to of the key relationships in your life and your desire for better connection. You are coming at life from the inside out. You might feel within yourself a tendency now to leave yourself behind for the sake of others, although this is an illusion. You are being asked by cosmic powers to go beyond previous limitations in whatever way you can. This refers to ideas or beliefs that could be holding you back from a fuller experience of life that is all around you, awaiting your readiness to participate. What you are after is in essence deeply lodged within you. Your gains could be enormous in terms of partnership trust and recognition, plus your own understanding of yourself at profound levels.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an exciting month for you, Gemini, as you head into the ending of a climactic year. You are strong on service to others right now, and for finding your sense of higher duty to some important part of yourself of which you are perhaps becoming more aware. Workplace concerns and health issues play into this. You are striving to discover the essence of what you truly believe and have the determination to bring forward. As the retrograde of your ruler, Mercury, begins to disperse over this first week of November, it leaves you with a residue of fantastic vision that you might be able, with effort, to bring closer to fruition over the next two months. Partnership in your life plays a key role right now, allowing you to open further to your innermost self.
CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is another amazing month for you, Cancer, as you head into the transitional closing weeks of the old year and come to a totally new phase with your life and work. You are full of playful enthusiasm right now and more confident of your choices, which have a serious edge beneath the jollity. Your work in the world has been successful lately although it can also seem an empty category without a distinct component of your deeper purpose, and you are feeling this quite strongly. As you navigate the aftermath of the recent Mercury retrograde you are coming to some startling conclusions, the springboard for meaningful action. You are dwelling in some of the deeper places within your psyche, and starting to accept these as normal parts of who you are and what you do, to your great advantage.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a rather strange month for you, Leo, in the aftermath of a powerful October cycle. This is in fact a time of exploration of new possibilities, both in terms of outer world commitment and also for a different set of priorities corresponding to hidden facets of your personality. You are finding joy and a great deal of enthusiasm in pushing your persona, as you move quite naturally further into self-confident personal interaction. It is also likely that issues could arise on the home front, or that situations could trigger you in unexpected ways. The good news is that once you adopt a subtler and more accepting mindset, all this can lead you to a much better understanding of dark places within you, paradoxically granting you broader scope in outer world affairs as well as inner.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is an interesting and informative month for you, Virgo, even though in order to see further into your situation you might have to acknowledge a deeper mindset than your ordinary everyday one. Riding on the coattails of your philosophical explorations lately, your worldview is subtly altering to accommodate a wider perspective that includes greater recognition of your inner world. With your ruler, Mercury, just beginning to straighten out, still residing in your resources sector, you have likely been experiencing fluctuations in your finances or at the very least taking an unusually deep interest in these matters, attempting to come to a new understanding of your agendas and desires. You have made significant progress during the past month, and this current cycle could include sudden breakthrough, enabling you to put the icing on the cake.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is an important monthly cycle for you, Libra, that can perhaps best be thought of as one of transition, following upon a somewhat difficult and life-changing Mercury retrograde period last month that had you reviewing your foundations. This is leading you toward a new set of realizations concerning your deeper process and your partnership dynamic as you head into the ending of the year. The tenor of this penultimate month is one of consolidation of your process over this entire year and yet also expansion of your personal worldview and your ideas for your next phase. You are taking relationship with significant others as an important component of your idealistic future plans, while also acknowledging the power of own viewpoint.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is potentially a huge monthly cycle for you, Scorpio, beginning as it does with a solar eclipse in the very first degree of your sign. This follows a thoughtful and even introspective month of October, when Mercury began its period of retrograde motion there as well. This is also a time of highlighted Jupiter, residing in your sector of outer world activity and prominence, indicating that even as you pause to look more closely into your activities, you are enthused about your work and status in the world. With your ruler, Mars, recently entered into your third solar sector of communications, there is plenty of juice for you right now in the way of sharing your ideas with others around you. As you do you recognize the contribution of your inner world.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a strange month Sagittarius, in many ways a transitional one as you head into the ending of a climactic year. Deep inside, your angel guides are calling you to an unusual summit. As you become more aware than ever of what is going on for you beneath the surface layers of your personality, your values and your understanding of who you are and what you can yet produce are a moving target. This has been true for some time, and right now they seem to be seeking a new level of depth and also commitment from you. This is confusing and yet invigorating. You are questing to discover the qualities of self-expression that match your most profound inner purpose. Once you find this, than everything that you touch, even of the most ordinary nature, turns to gold.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is a powerful time for you, Capricorn. This month represents a definite shift and movement into the final stages of the year, as well as your birthday time, and the springboard for the opening weeks of 2015. This is a year that promises to be even more exciting in many ways than the current one that is coming to its close. You are sealing the deal on changes that you have been somewhat aware of and yet also unsure about, even as you take faltering steps toward them. This is almost in spite of the way that your egoic self sees things. One faction within you is glad and another is afraid regarding the idea of leaving behind some part of yourself that has grown so very familiar. This evolution is however fully in accord with the unspoken desires of your deeper being, whose call is becoming more insistent as time goes on.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) An interesting and perhaps somewhat confounding month awaits you, Aquarius. There has been a time of soul-searching, especially where profession is involved. You might still be reviewing where your life is heading or the way that outer world performance interacts with your most fundamental beliefs. Having been through the wringer, you are feeling a sense of release. Your communication is inspired and sporadically magical as you continue to wrestle with issues of allowing your deep inner perspective a more prominent place at the table of your conscious awareness. As you race ahead with outer world commitments you are feeling the connection with inner realities in a way that is more accessible than ever. That these subtle factors are vital to your continued well being is something that you are now more fully prepared to admit.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a fabulous time of revitalization, Pisces, heading into the ending of the year. This is for you an interesting season of more and greater conscious transformation. You are coming into yourself in a novel way, as though your world were being born anew all around you. It could be that various voices speaking their truth can come to be viewed as constituting an important wisdom that you are finally ready to hear. This is also with reference to the battles you have gracefully fought for the past several months regarding how to plug yourself in with social setting that you find yourself in the midst of. A new understanding is being forged within you, independent of what has come before, freed from the constraints of early conditioned response or consensus thinking.
Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at www.astrograph.com.
The Pleiadian House of Initiation
by Mary T. Beben
Excerpt from Chapter Eleven
Ten years passed between the day I met Grandmother Spider in the hallway on the third floor of the Pleiadian mansion (when I thought I was about to discover more of the marvelous fourth level but instead was catapulted into the deepest dive of my life) and the time I began to recover and re-enter my life. At that point I felt as though I could go on and live a productive life again, but it seemed to me as if I had been permanently broken in some unrecoverable way. I felt my age more than ever before–I was seventy-four and did not believe there was much of life left to me. Still, I could smile again and enjoy family and friends. And then . . .
. . . I died.
In January of 2012 I contracted a sudden and very pernicious pneumonia in both lungs. I was hospitalized for seven full days in a state of weakness and illness that frightened my family and worried the doctors. I was not as aware of the seriousness of my state as they were, although I knew I was very sick. During the first hours after being placed into bed in the hospital room I went through the death experience that I will attempt to describe. I must truthfully say that none of the attending staff were aware I had actually passed over the line. It must have been very brief in linear time, but what I experienced was rather long and terrifying.
I did not see any lights or tunnels or friendly beings, as is so often the report of those who have had NDEs. Instead I was taken to hell while still alive. This part of the journey was real beyond tolerance and unendurable. Other than the illness I felt no physical pain, but I was immersed in scenes of unbearable cruelty of one human being or more to other humans. I was unable to turn away or shut my eyes, even though I’m sure my physical eyes were closed in the hospital bed. No matter how I prayed and pleaded not to have to see, I was exposed to up-close scenes of the most bestial horrors. Over and over again I retched as the brutality could not be endured. What made the events so terrible was the fact that I knew beyond question that these were not imaginary scenes from a movie or from some distant memories but were actual happenings on Earth right then–happening in the moment right before my eyes. I cannot prove this statement, of course, but there was no doubt or thought of any kind except that I was witnessing a reality, not a dream.
After what seemed a full day and a half, this mercifully ended. I was then taken by what felt like two winged beings to a place that at first I did not recognize. Although I had never read a real description of this place, I soon understood that it was the River Styx and I was about to have my life entirely extinguished. The winged beings were holding me by my head and feet and were lowering me toward the repulsive swamp. I could see immediately that there was no coming back from this place of decay. It was a sluggish, yellow mud, not a river as I would have pictured from mythology books. It was just liquid enough to gurgle slightly as it barely moved, and the stench of sulfur was overwhelming. It looked like nothing so much as putrefied matter that would be toxic even to breathe. I was inches away from it and about to be dropped in.
Some observing function in me was still operating and this part was totally mystified by the situation and by my own behavior. For I was not struggling or fighting it in any way. The observer was thinking: “This is not how God would have me die, surely!” It made no sense that I would die and lose everything I had worked for in my whole life. I could see that there was no resurrection of any kind possible after this. Yet the other part of me just yielded to the choice and said, “Oh well, if this is how it is . . .” right before I was totally blotted out.
As I began to recover from the pneumonia and eventually left the hospital, I distinctly remembered this extremely real episode but did not understand what it was. It took weeks and then more weeks as I began to understand the momentous thing that had happened. I did not tell the doctors about it because I was very puzzled about it myself. Little by little, the facts sorted themselves out as I realized it was another spiritual experience of transformation. This seems to have been, for me, the definitive experience of leaving behind all broken-ness, all past history, all sense of a former life, and beginning life in the Eternal Now. I have come back from death itself to bring my message of what one knows after passing over. And that leads us right back into the marvelous mansion.
Since my dip into the River Styx, a new life has taken over my entire being. It has been sixteen months since then, and shortly after this experience I was finally admitted farther into the fourth level of the mansion in the Pleiades. There is where I discovered trunks overflowing with the fabric of creation. I have received almost constant guidance about the way we shall build the Earth together, using our own chaos to weave the future. It only needs sorting and dedicated weaving to create anew from what the Earth has provided.
I have learned that fear is absolutely useless and that everything can be worked out from this higher level.
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The Pleiadian House of Initiation by Mary T. Beben © 2014 Bear & Company. Printed with permission from the publisher Inner Traditions International. www.InnerTraditions.com
Grail Alchemy: Initiation in the Celtic Mystery Tradition
by Mara Freeman
Excerpt: Connecting with the Higher Self
It will take most of us countless lifetimes to attain the union of Soul and Spirit, an achievement we usually associate with a few exceptional men and women like Theresa of Avila, Meister Eckhart, Ramana Maharshi, or the Buddha: those whom we call mystics or enlightened ones who have achieved a state of direct union with God or the Absolute. Yet we do in fact have access to a high spiritual source through a Higher Self (sometimes called the Divine Self) which resides within each of us and with whom we can make a connection. In some esoteric circles the Higher Self is called the Holy Guardian Angel, and regarded as one of the angelic kingdom who resides outside of ourselves and who walks by our side as a guide and mentor from birth to death. Yet, as Dion Fortune writes, it is not a separate entity at all:
The Higher Self is a single, unified whole, which builds up around the Divine Spark, which is the nucleus of each human manifestation.
This spiritual influence emanates from the highest Source, the Great Spirit, Radiant Mystery or Absolute, yet is ‘stepped down’ in frequency so that the human nervous system can handle the energy. For readers familiar with the Qabalistic Tree of Life, this is the equivalent of raising one’s consciousness to the level of the sphere of Tifaret where the spiritual force can flow down from Keter and be grounded at Malkut on the Middle Pillar.
Once you have been able to sense a connection with your Higher Self you will find it is always present to be of help and guidance when called upon, especially if you are in crisis. You may experience it as male, female, neither, or both. It is a wise and loving mentor and guide, ever present to help each of us grow and evolve to our highest capacity in the current lifetime. The Higher Self is not as interested in what you are doing as much as who you are becoming, how much you are willing to open to the Light of Spirit and let it shine through all that you do and are while you are here on Earth.
It is the personal tutor of your soul, whose role is to gently instruct, encourage and awaken you to the qualities of compassion, wisdom, tolerance, generosity, patience, humor, detachment, and inner peace. The Higher Self is the one that heightens our consciousness at those times when the world seems shot through with an otherworldly beauty and joy; or we feel inspired and ennobled, and can see beyond all doubt the perfect unfolding of the tapestry of our lives, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of the Weaver at work on the Loom of the Universe. Above all, the Higher Self is always there, waiting patiently for us to open to the pure, unconditional love and healing it has to offer us on our earthly journey.
When we quieten the Ego enough so that the soul opens to allow the Light of Spirit, to shine in via the Higher Self – we fill our inner Grail with divine energies. The processes described in this chapter will give you a way to open the necessary channels and begin to make contact with the divine being within you. After that, your progress is entirely dependent on how willing you are to make a commitment to your spiritual growth, which requires a great deal of one-pointed intention and disciplined practice. Even more important is the willingness to surrender our little self to the Greater – a concept that the Ego is guaranteed to resist with every fiber of its being!
Seeing with the Eyes of the Soul
Wellesley Tudor Pole once wrote:
One great truth has become my constant companion. I sum it up thus: “Empty yourself if you would be filled.” The Waters of Life can never flow through me until I have surrendered my whole self.
Each of us is already connected with the soul within – after all, the soul is who we really are! The challenge is to consciously know this at more than the intellectual level: to be living our lives as much as we can from the perspective of the soul. There are as many different ways of doing this as there are spiritual paths, east and west, and such methods usually come under the heading of ‘meditation.’
There are of course many different varieties of meditation, and one of the simplest and most effective methods is a Yogic practice called Inner Silence. It is a way of learning to see with the ‘eyes of the soul.’ Practicing the Inner Silence meditation allows the mind to process and release material that has been buried in your subconscious for a long time. Your psyche becomes less encumbered and cluttered with unwanted patterns of thinking, negative programming, and old psychological issues.
This is what Tudor Pole means by ‘emptying yourself’ so that you can become a clear, still channel able to receive spiritual influence from a higher plane of being. It is a subtle form of meditation – simple, but not easy – but is an essential first step towards disengaging from the constant clamor of the egoic mind in order to identify with the serene and unperturbed field of the soul, and come to know that this is truly who you are.Grail Alchemy: Initiation in the Celtic Mystery Tradition by Mara Freeman © 2014 Destiny Books. Reprinted with permission from the publisher Inner Traditions International. www.InnerTraditions.com
Parenting With Authenticity
By Dr. Marta Adelsman
I grew up with parents who played roles. My father wore the commander-in-chief mask, using orders and threats to try to control my sister and me. My mother played the consoler. Rarely did they reveal the real person behind the roles.
You probably saw your parents play roles, too, and those roles became the model for what a parent “ought” to be. Later, if you had children, you slipped easily into the mold of that “ought.”
As perceptive little people, your children know when you play a role. They see right through your inauthenticity. Since they don’t know how to talk about their perceptions and their feelings, they let you know you’re being inauthentic by misbehaving. You, their teachers or your friends may label them as “sassy,” “trouble-makers,” or “disobedient.” They push your buttons and, just when you want them to behave and make you look good, they embarrass you in front of your friends. Can you tell I’ve been there?
A wise parent will learn from the feedback provided by their children’s misbehavior. When you can see their acting out as a mirror for your own lack of authenticity, you have taken a big step toward becoming more authentic.
How do you drop the roles you play with your children? You relate from your humanness. You let them know your real feelings, thoughts, doubts, joys and insecurities. You become an authentic teacher, modeling for your children how to tell the truth.
One day my oldest son, Aaron (then 12), became irate that I had allowed his youngest brother, Paul, to get away with something. “Mom!” he protested, shaking with anger and red in the face. “If that were me, I would have gotten into deep trouble!”
I recalled how, before I transformed my parenting, I had sometimes treated him harshly. I responded authentically: “You’re right,” I confessed. “You’re our firstborn, which means we’ve never done this parenting thing before, and we’re learning on you. I know I don’t always get it right. I’m sorry you got caught in my lack of experience, and I’m really sorry I treated you harshly before I knew better.”
I saw Aaron’s anger drain out of him. My confession of imperfection made me more human in his eyes, and he could identify. Other authentic confessions might sound like: “I feel terrible when I yell at you.” “I don’t know the answer to your question.” “Sometimes the choices you make scare me.”
“If I talk like that, my child will never respect me!” you say. On the contrary, if you express your emotions and tell on your insecurities, you give your child permission to do the same and he will respect you more. Be willing to look deeply at yourself to become authentic with you. As you shine that authenticity onto your children, you will reap huge benefits of mutual respect.
Dr. Marta practices in the Verde Valley of Arizona as a Life Coach in Communication & Spiritual Consciousness. She earned a doctorate in Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and received her Life Coach training from The Institute for Global Listening and Communication. She is the author of Why Wallow When You Can Soar? firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 928-451-9482.
The Greatest Kan and Li Formulas
By Mantak Chia
All methods end in quietness. This marvelous magic cannot be fathomed. But when the practice is started, one must press on from the obvious to the profound, from the coarse to the fine . . .and the end of the practice must be “one.”
Below find a list of the methods passed down from Master Yi Eng. While it has been important to keep the integrity of these meditations in terms of their order, components, and goals, there is a degree of flexibility for the adept. This applies more so to the experienced practitioner practicing solo. Here one cannot only vary the order but can either skip formulas or only partially complete one before moving on to another. The continual theme of this text is to initially learn the formulas as originally taught but then to be flexible with them and allow one’s meditation to be fluid and spontaneous. All the formulas start with the gross or a fragment and take us to the fine and the whole. Each method will ultimately blend in with the others according to your unique personality and history.
Connecting to the Two Poles Stars
Coupling in the Heart
Alignment of the Three Triangles
Connection with the Cranium and Parts of the Brain
Connecting with the Stems and Branches
Pulsate Heart with Aorta (Sun) and Vena Cava (Moon)
Moment of Emptiness
Macrocosmic Constellation Meditation
Gathering the Lesser Medicine
Birth of the Spiritual Infant
Turning the Wheel
Connecting to the Two Poles Stars
(Activating the Cranial and Sacral Pumps)
This technique helps to open the crown by vibrating the bones at the sutures with micropressure and to project the pearl/soul/spirit. It has been found that when one holds the breath, the skull vibrates, thus loosening the bones, making it possible to open the crown for the egress of the spirit. Basically, the procedure assists in activating the Cranial and Sacral Pumps.
This principle is similar to Greater Kan and Li, when we connect beyond self by spiraling through the crown and the feet (perineum) and setting up vertical and earthly flight. However this time we extend beyond the earth and the imagined solar system to connect to the Pole Stars, both the North Star, Polaris, above the Crown for those in the Northern Hemisphere and Polaris Australis for Southern Hemisphere practitioners.
Connecting to the Pole Star above the Crown
1. Form another pearl and settle it in the perineum.
2. Move the pearl in the Microcosmic Orbit and let it gather momentum.
3. Slow it down and let it rest in the crown.
4. Activate the cranial pump (look up, clench the teeth and jaw, sink chin and sternum, clench the fists, tighten the buttocks, and pull up the sexual organ).
5. Exhale and shoot the pearl through the crown, extending the pearl many body lengths above you.
6. Swallow saliva upward as you feel the earth force come up to you.
7. Exhale and completely relax any muscles you have tensed. You must be able to totally release all body tension so that the chi can flow easily through the pumps and throughout the body. Work toward activating these pumps through structural alignment and mental focus only.
8. Draw the yang energy from the Pole Star into the Crystal Room and other tan tiens. Merge this experience with that of the third eye.
Connecting to the Pole Star beneath the Earth
1. Shoot the pearl down the legs, many body lengths into the ground and then beyond the earth to the Pole Star beneath. Connect with its more yin nature.
2. Create a pakua around the pearl.
3. Extend the thrusting routes and belt routes to the bodies in and beneath the earth.
4. Gather in the middle of the toes and the tan tiens and gather to the mid-eyebrow. One may then merge the third eye with the earth plane experience.
Goals for connecting to the Pole Stars: The first goal for this practice is to extend consciousness beyond self. This is in keeping with our broad concept of the “Wu Wei experience” whereby to perceive “nothing” one must first embrace “entirety.”
The second goal is to assist in alignment of the body whereby all the forces are in unison and working together. This can be seen from a perspective of the earth force in alignment with the heavenly force and the body’s internal energies. An alternative framework is that the resident spirits within the body are in harmony. The spirit that exists above the crown (Highest Soul) along with the Dragon spirit can work to reach the Pole Star above. The Earth Soul beneath the feet along with the Tiger spirit extends consciousness to the opposite Pole Star. The spirits in the head, heart, abdomen, and behind the knees all serve to align the body with these vertical forces.
The third goal is to receive pure energies from the Pole Star. As early as the Han era they believed the Pole Star encompassed the “unitive” experience. Ge Hong says, “The One resides at the North Pole . . .Dragons and Tigers are lined up on guard.” In the Universal Healing Tao the Pole Star not only is the “gateway” to an experience of the “one” but also emits a violet healing light that has a remarkable healing effect and a specific resonance with the bones of the body. The Pole Star beneath is usually felt as more yin.
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Greatest Kan and Li by Mantak Chia and Andrew Jan. © 2014 Destiny Books. Printed with permission from the publisher Inner Traditions International. www.InnerTraditions.com
Author bios: Mantak Chia, world-famous Inner Alchemy and Chi Kung master, founded the Universal Healing Tao System in 1979. He has taught and certified tens of thousands of students and instructors from all over the world and is the author of more than 50 books, including The Taoist Soul Body and Chi Self-Massage. Andrew Jan is a senior instructor for the Universal Healing Tao and former Australian National Tai Chi Champion. The coauthor with Master Chia of Tai Chi Fa Jin, Tai Chi Wu Style, and The Practice of Greater Kan and Li, he lives near Perth, Australia.
5 Ways to Give off a Positive Vibe at Home, Work and Play
By Sherry Blair
Have you ever been around someone that gives off a negative vibe? Oftentimes being around someone who is negative can make us feel negative as well. Our demeanor, attitude and mood affect not only us, but others around us. Those who give off a positive vibe often times are happier, more connected with others, and have a brighter outlook on life. A general rule of thumb for being happy in life is to surround yourself with positive people. Positive people make you feel more positive! Sherry Blair, CEO of ISIS Innovative Specialists Inspirational Services, shares her thoughts on bringing positivity to your life.
“Surrounding yourself with negative people is only going to make you negative. I truly believe that happy people are friends with other happy people! Think about what would happen if you got a promotion; it wouldn’t be fun to share your success with a negative friend. They would end up taking away your happy! Positive people will always cheer for your successes,” says Sherry Blair.
If you feel like you can sometimes give off a negative vibe, it’s time to turn that frown upside down! Here are five ways to give off a positive vibe at home, work and play:
If you aren’t smiling right now, start. Too often people are not smiling. The more you smile, the happier you will feel. Why? Because! Everyone wants to be around the girl or guy who is always smiling and happy; it’s infectious. Starting today, smile at the cashier that rings you out, smile when meeting someone new, and smile just because!
Smiling and laughing go hand and hand. The more you laugh, even if forced, the happier you will feel. If you laugh enough, eventually it stops feeling forced and starts being genuine. If you find something even remotely funny, laugh. You’ll find that laughing feels good!
3) Choose Positivity
If you have a clear intention to increase your positivity, then tweaking just a few minor communications each day can have a major impact with your friends, co-workers and family members.
4) Celebrate others
Have you ever had a friend that loves to tell you about all the great things going on in her life, but never wants to listen to all the things in yours? These kinds of friends are not positive ones to be around! Since you don’t like when someone does that to you, don’t do it to others! When a friend shares an accomplishment, celebrate it! Your friends will start to notice that you are always so positive about the ups and downs in their lives and will appreciate you for it.
5) Say more positive words
What we say plays a big role in how we are perceived. If you are always saying “no” or, “that doesn’t work”, you aren’t going to come off as being a warm, positive person. Work on saying more positive words in your day-to-day life. Phrases like “thank you”, “I love you”, and “I agree” are all positive ways to communicate.
Note to the media: Sherry Blair is a popular media expert and can speak on any topics related to positive living and mental health. To schedule an interview with Sherry Blair, contact Tasha Mayberry, Director Public Relations at email@example.com or call 207.317.6099.
About Sherry Blair Sherry Blair is the CEO of ISIS Innovative Specialists Inspirational Services, where she inspires and motivates others by applying and encouraging Positive Psychology. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Board Certified Professional Counselor and Diplomate Professional Coach, Sherry teaches at University of California’s Graduate School of Social Work and is the author of several books. The positivity coach teaches others to speak from their hearts in synergy with their minds to achieve results and resolve conflict. Visit Sherry online at www.isisnj.us.
by Henry Seltzer
An Amazing and Somewhat Confusing Month of August
The astrology of August features Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, and presents us with yet another thoughtful and thought-provoking month. The optimistic expansionism of Jupiter – along with Uranus and the epiphanies it brings – are greatly emphasized. While Mercury no longer has even a hint of retrograde, the mental planet does aspect Neptune and also Saturn at the time of the New Moon from the final weekend of July. Everything, even our thought process, is moving more slowly than we would like, and is tinged with a confusion of multiple reflections. We will be looking within and finding, if not the answers to the puzzle of our very existence, at least further and more enlightened questions. We might also expect to remain somewhat stymied as we attempt to move forward with new vision in the midst of an interesting and somewhat paradoxical monthly cycle.
The July 26th New Moon that began the current August lunation was conjunct Jupiter, so that we begin the month with a wave of positivity that can be so progressive as to become overdone. When we throw caution to the wind we could get ahead of ourselves, so that the equally prominent nay-saying side of existence represented by Saturn, also emphasized at the time of the New Moon, might come as a welcome cautionary factor, a counter-balance to this natural and bubbly sense of optimism entirely running away with us.
The Full Moon of Sunday, August 10th, is powerful in its own way, making a T-square to Saturn and aspecting Uranus and transformative Pluto. We are getting a touch of the revolutionary energy for change that has been with us all year, as we head into the remainder of 2014. There is yet another exact hit of Uranus in square to Pluto in the offing by year’s end. This implies further dramatic changes still to come. Saturn, antithetical to Jupiter, and as well to Uranus and Neptune, wants us to slow down and take everything in. Just as farmers know that to best irrigate a field you must let the water move over the soil quite slowly, so also Saturn insists that to find the truest understanding of any situation, you must allow that truth to gradually sink in.
Neptune, being so strongly configured in these August configurations as well, speaks to us this month in subtle ways, directly from inner realms that are only perhaps discoverable through our earnest inquiry. Neptune is symbolic of otherworldly dimensions intuitively sensed; a reality that is orthogonal to the everyday one of getting and spending, and which yet gives this world its very substance. In addition to an exciting month of new possibilities, this is therefore yet a relatively subtle month as well, full of nuance, and for the potential for greater understanding of our own inner depths.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is a strange month for you, Aries, full of false starts and paradoxical events. As you attempt to discover what steps you now must take toward the next stage of your evolutionary growth, you are filled with enthusiasm for the new idea that supercedes everything that has come before it. Yet, a conservative impulse also has you in its spell, such that you are holding onto the past, and using prior experience to shape current understanding. You are forging full steam ahead with intimacy while yet searching beneath the surface of partnership connection for the inner meaning. As you rediscover important aspects of your own creativity, you are finding that the more you pursue individual expression, the more you value the contribution of others, enabling you to round out and amplify your own perspective.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is an interesting and educational month for you, Taurus, with much of the information arriving from strictly your own inner channels. Home and family concerns predominate. You are bringing a great deal of focus and enthusiasm to this important area of your life, and exploring relationship in this context. The lost art of conversation is not dead, especially for you right now, as you take advantage of the circle of your peers to connect with what is going on deep inside you, and to explore more fully its ultimate meaning. As you struggle to better understand of what is truly going on for you, both within and outside of your psyche, you are simultaneously reformulating a worldview that makes sense to you for the long haul, and finding how to include the active point of view of others without giving up on your own.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is yet another educational and informative month for you, Gemini, although with a different flavor than in the hectic recent past. You are changing still, although the pace of your metamorphosis has lessoned. An enthusiasm for written and spoken word pervades your efforts to see your ongoing transformation through to its fruition. It might seem scary, these intimations of further and more drastic changes, although the alternative is by far the worst, since you have nothing, really, to lose except for the chains that bind you to the past. You are feeling some serious heat from important inner agendas that push you toward their fullest expression. Your imagination soars over the course of this monthly cycle, far beyond perhaps where you feel that can yet concretely go, although when you look around you find that you are getting there.
CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is another intensely involving month for you Cancer, as you gather your resources for your next big adventure. You feel unbounded enthusiasm for putting yourself forward with your personal approach and your own set of values. Relationship is on your mind, and you feel a powerful inclination there although held back from totally drastic action. You are stepping out into new career affinities, an area that has been on something of a roller-coaster ride for you lately. Your self-expression is blossoming in a thoughtful way that allows you to make haste slowly. The ongoing transformation of your partnering energy is far from complete, and yet the view from your current plateau might serve to let you know how far you are already come along your chosen track, which you are refining in the current monthly timeframe.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) You are on a wild trip this month, Leo, in this your birthday time of the year. You are riding a somewhat confusing mixture of unbridled optimism and sudden caution that could either alternate or tug you in different directions simultaneously. These added checks and balances could seem frustrating at times but are also just what the doctor ordered to offset the pure optimism of your current exuberance. At the same time you are making further and more thoughtful relationship-oriented forays into the unseen depths of your inner world. Outer world achievement is another huge factor for you now and is definitely tied in some important fashion to your hidden goals of interior exploration and increased self-knowledge. Unexpected enlightenment lurks around every corner when you allow yourself to attune to the messages that the cosmos is sending your way.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is another amazing month for you, Virgo. The spiritual dimension of your partnership dynamic is coming to the fore in new ways, over the course of a rather intense monthly cycle that is very much involved with inner matters. Your dreams could provide a richer conduit to Spirit, working itself out through your life, than do daily events. Relationship continues to have its mysterious and potentially painful aspects to resolve, and is full of important lessons. You are still in the process of adjusting to new standards of self-expression, as well as digesting recent shifts in consciousness that have taken place within you. As you bring a more active presence to partnership issues, and to the way that you communicate with others around you, your life moves forward in its own unique way and on its own timing.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is another powerful month, Libra, and an excellent time to be dwelling upon your vision for the future. What you wish for now is very likely to come true, as long as you are in good alignment with your highest purpose. You possess an extraordinary amount of optimism, and you do well to temper feelings of unbridled positivity with an extra-strong dose of caution. When you do not take the downside more fully into account, along with your purely idealized view, circumstances are likely to arise to remind you. You are beginning to better incorporate an active partnership dynamic into your own ongoing changes, allowing for greater movement. Providing that you can stay committed to a more integrated future for yourself, with your feet firmly on the path, you have access to this more soulful form of success.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is another amazing month for you Scorpio, one in which you will come closer to understanding – and enacting – your true purpose. Career and professional life is a huge focus. You are energized and fortunate there; doors that you knock on will very likely open for you, and this is especially so if you are knocking on the right doors. This latter factor depends on how well you have absorbed the lessons of recent months. It has been a rather difficult and yet rewarding time. You have gained a better handle on who you are, and how you might engineer your pathway forward to take advantage this awareness. Plenty of ideas have been floating around you, leading to questions of practical considerations. You benefit from taking a fresh look at all your choices, both already made and those not yet considered.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is an epoch-making month for you, Sagittarius, in that you are launching yourself out upon another distinct stage of your life’s journey. This might involve physical travel or explorations of the armchair variety, although in either case you are discovering new worlds of intense emotional and imaginative presence. You are coming to a better philosophical understanding of where your own perspective intersects with that of the world around you, and of how you might further probe this vital interface, that speaks to issues of solitary mental spaces versus collective comprehension. You are seriously investigating interior realms that hold many of the clues to your very existence. You are more invested than ever in seeing how inner and outer realities match up or diverge and the one supports and enhances your experience of the other.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is another amazing month for you Capricorn, one in which you are ratcheting up to the next notch in your progress. You are continuing to explore the very depths of your being, and utilizing the information gained to move to a new take on forward-going plans that while remaining your unique vision, also takes into account other points of view. You are coming around to the position that, by including the perspective of others, you are enhancing rather than reducing your own. You are caught somewhere between the concrete arrangements you are used to, and the unexpected beautiful illusion that lures you onward toward a more integrated future vision. Neither end of this conundrum needs to be discarded, as long as you can accept the difficult route of compromise while learning to live with paradox.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a good month for progress, Aquarius. You are shifting into high gear with career initiatives while simultaneously exploring new and varied nuances of partnership interaction. Firing in tandem with your own set of priorities and plans, significant persons in your life can help you to achieve a rich amalgam, both with and without their input. Your dedication is extreme, and your steps are careful and well calculated, while at the same time the eventual outcome remains somewhat uncertain. Good communication is definitely one major key to accomplishment, plus acceptance of what the universe and helpful others have to offer. It is a tricky and fascinating exercise, as well as an act of courage, to allow yourself to rest in the assurance that all is well, and that the cosmos is there for you, no matter what.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is another intense and interesting month for you, Pisces. While simultaneously engaged in breaking through previous high water marks of achievement, you are continuing to find new ways to comprehend the happenings swirling around you in these chaotic times. It seems that the ultimate meaning of what is currently transpiring in your life, taken as inner as well as outer perspective, is as important as the actual events themselves. As day-to-day activities and matters of your work environment shift, perhaps dramatically, it is possible to fit these phenomena into a framework of big-picture understanding that allows you to see further ahead to the next stage of your spiritual evolution. Amidst the ups and downs of financial stability, this might be the way to arrive at a degree of comfort and assurance that you are indeed on the right track.Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at www.astrograph.com.
By Joanne Brocas
Angels are celestial beings that radiate divine light and work on behalf of their creator God for the greater good of mankind. Angelic beings also assist in managing and maintaining order within the universe, and this involves the intervention of different ranks of angels who are attributed divine knowledge and wisdom, divine power, and who have specific divine roles and tasks given to them by God. It is because of the differing knowledge and power awarded to the angels that we have what is known as the angelic or celestial hierarchy. It is said that there are nine choirs of angels, which are also divided into three distinct orders or spheres. The angels closest to God will have more divine knowledge, wisdom, and power bestowed on them than the orders directly ranked below them, thus the hierarchy is formed. Each distinct order and each individual choir have specific tasks and divine roles and all choirs carry out the will of God.
How to Communicate with Angels
As angels are spiritual beings you interact with them in subtle intuitive ways, which are non-physical. Everyone is intuitive and the more self-aware you become, then the stronger your natural intuition becomes. It is much easier than you may think to sense, hear, and see the angels around you. However, if you are waiting for physical evidence of the angels around you as proof of their existence, then you may be waiting a very long time and you will miss out on the loving guidance of the angelic realm because you will naturally block all other avenues of communication. The angels are able to and are happy to bring you certain signs as “tangible evidence” that they are around you; such as a white feather, a butterfly or a reference to angels by others etc. but they “will not” appear in physical form, or speak to you in a direct physical sounding voice just to satisfy your desire for proof of their existence. To be able to spiritually sense, see, and hear the angels through your intuitive nature you simply need to relax your body and energy field and ignite your faith and belief that your guardian angel is by your side.
So how do you know if you are sensing, hearing, and seeing angels if they are typically unseen? Sensing the angels is very subtle but it will evoke a calm feeling within your nervous system, you can also have the sensation of feeling safe and secure, and you may have a physical sensation of body warmth when the angels are near. You can also feel overly joyous or instantly uplifted when you sense the angels around you. Simply ask your guardian angel to surround you with their loving energy so that you can “feel/sense them.” The touch of angelic energy on your own vibration is very uplifting and healing. Seeing the angels will also be very subtle and will work through your intuitive mind and imagination. You may have a mental picture and quick glimpse within your mind of what your guardian angel looks like, or you may even see your guardian angel within your dream state. You can also use the art of meditation to intuitively see what your guardian angel looks like. You may see sparkles of light, different colors of light, or a human looking angel with white wings. Let your imagination roam free and your creative mind will activate your desire to see what the angels look like as they will impress their image within your imagination.
Hearing the angels will again be very subtle and so much so that you can often feel like you are making it all up. The angels will work through your mental energy by filtering angelic guidance through your own thought process. The thoughts will always be positive, uplifting, healing, and inspiring when they are angelic in nature. Angels love to whisper their helpful guidance to us in the hope that we will listen. We have free will to pay attention and choose our own paths, but when you ask for help from a higher power, then the angels will work in co-creation with you and God, and you will be aligned with a power that is far greater than yourself alone. Faith and belief in a higher power are the key ingredients to help you activate powerful spiritual assistance within your life. God’s holy angels can and will help you in all your ways, and all you need to do is to remember to Ask!
Double Crystallization and Entrainment Fields in Spiritual Guides, Teachers and Communities by Maureen Addington
Double Crystallization and Entrainment Fields
in Spiritual Guides, Teachers and Communities
By Maureen Addington
Isn’t it curious how particular people, groups, places or experiences draw us while others don’t. Often for reasons that are indiscernible. According to the world of physics everything whether inert or animate, large or small, fast or slow vibrationally, has an energetic field surrounding it. And as a result of various factors, which many a dedicated physicist will tell you about, all things and their accompanying fields are naturally attracted and repelled at different times and in different ways.
One classical physics definitions of entrainment is: ‘The process whereby two interacting oscillating systems assume the same period.’ A few simpler definitions include ‘To be brought aboard’ or ‘To pull or draw along after itself.’
Specific to spiritual guides and teachers the term entrainment sometimes refers to the theory that if you spend time in the physical presence of an individual who has achieved a certain level of clarity or enlightenment, it may in some ways raise your own vibrational field. As spiritual paths go this is a fairly popular one as opposed to say the dawning of a hair shirt for example.
The actual science versus psychology and suggestibility of the phenomenon of entrainment is secondary, for the purposes here, to the simple fact that it exists as a major dimension of human experience.
In the east the term for an individual who has achieved a certain degree of enlightenment and at the same time continues to be ruled by ego and personality is ‘Double Crystallization.’ A partial list of egoic and personality traits includes duplicity, greed, vanity, self centeredness, exploitation, sexual misconduct, materialism, disproportional tendency for self preservation, addictive behavior, bullying and gossip.
Entrainment fields are often brought about through a large capacity for focused attention. This phenomenon can occur in any type of person for example: politicians, sports figures, actors, musicians, etc. In the spiritual realms the focused attention usually centers around various physical, religious, yogic, psychological or meditative practices, substance experimentation and or depriving the body of sleep or food for extended periods of time.
How does the crystallization actually work? Attention controls matter in a molecular state. In essence the high level of focused attention acts like a kind of crucible that cooks and crystalizes the person’s being into a semi-permanent state. If the person, for whatever reason, has this capacity for focus and yet has not attracted sufficiently high influences and guidance to render their ego and personality passive they end up as a double crystalized being. Which means they become a semi permanent, super charged version of both their hard won spiritual gifts and capacities along with the old patterns, habits and addictions of their still intact ego and personality. In some cases what this creates is a spiritual sociopath.
Humans are often indiscriminately drawn to prominent entrainment fields in others. Adolf Hitler had a large entrainment field. He attracted thousands of ordinary people and influenced them into doing things that would never have otherwise occurred to them under more supportive and loving circumstances.
On the level of physical existence, from the standpoint of the body, a large entrainment field represents power, authority, sexual charisma and in some cases actual physical survival, in both the animal and the human kingdoms. In spiritual and religious settings people are often led to believe consciously or unconsciously that the health and survival of their soul is dependent upon a particular teacher, dogma or practice. This is also a distorted byproduct of entrainment. Ultimately this makes it easy to understand from both sides why so often leaders are seduced by the power and the ‘high’ of double crystallization and followers subjugate themselves and engage in beliefs, behaviors and activities that they would not have normally.
“When you fall from favor with the Gods the first thing
they remove from you is your understanding, making
the worse judgment seem the better,
so you never know in which you error.”
This is the plight of Double Crystallization.
Most spiritual seekers are in the same boat as what is being described here with the distinct advantage of nothing having been made permanent yet. IE, strong and earnest spiritual intent and in many cases gifts, side by side with ego and personality, taking turns at whose in charge.
Double crystallization is very difficult to undo primarily because of the nearly permanent alchemical change and consequent advantages of this state. These individuals are often unphased by ordinary life circumstances. They are ostensibly ‘free’ of the mechanical and moralistic constraints associated with typical states of being combined with tremendous self love irrespective of actions or behaviors; a being capable of justifying any behavior and possessing an easy ability to move on from whatever mayhem is caused without remorse or self reflection.
Unfortunately due to the now super charged ego and personality this person also lacks genuine conscience. This term is not used in the ordinary sense of subjective morality. In this context the definition would be the highest objective ability to see circumstances, consequences and responsibilities from all angles.
The advantage one has over a spiritual leader or individual who has double crystalized is the possibility of clearing the tendencies that cause suffering. Being open and willing to admit, on the deepest level, your own shortcomings combined with the purist and most sincere appeal to whoever or whatever God is to you for the necessary support to reduce egoic manifestations to a permanent state of inconsequence. If you succeed in this instead of a double it is a singular crystallization of the highest form of unconditional love resulting in a fully awakened person free from the laws of ordinary existence and the karmic consequences of desire. A true servant of God.
Signs of double crystallization in a spiritual leader include: compartmentalizing, lying, actively practicing various addictions, using their energy to manipulate others, sexual or monetary exploitation of others, favoritism, controlling how they are seen by others, bullying, gossiping, creating spiritual communities that disallow the natural tendency to care for and be genuinely supportive of each other’s lives and well being, an unwillingness to make amends to others and admit personal tendencies or mistakes. The un-doing of double crystallization sometimes only occurs in death if at all. Basically circumstances must occur in which the being is ‘re-melted’ through great suffering and contrition.
On the flip side what is the spiritual seeker’s experience and responsibility in the above scenario? If I find myself drawn to a teacher who is double crystallized am I willing to admit to myself that this may mean that both aspects of that person’s being are appealing to me the light and the dark? In other words the incongruence of the teacher appeals to my own incongruence. And this is what I know. It is impossible to be closely connected to a spiritual leader of this nature and not share these same discrepancies, particularly the capacity for self-deception.
In the communities that I have participated in, or heard about, in which the leader was double crystallized, almost everyone involved knew about at least some aspects of the leader’s behavior that were dishonest, manipulative, secretive, or harmful and yet in almost every case, until it got to a certain scale, it was dismissed or justified somehow. As though, in those dynamics the basic human traits of honesty, accountability and doing unto others simply did not apply.
Is it really so surprising that any of us would pick teachers and communities that defy various traditional behaviors? Consciously or unconsciously being drawn to short cuts, lying for a higher purpose, justifying behaviors in the name of consciousness, skipping over or avoiding ordinary consequences or trying to get away with something. People in general, and spiritual people in particular, get their asses kicked here either in childhood, adulthood or both. Isn’t it natural to want to pull one over on God for once? Ironically, in many ways the internal consequences that propel people towards life long spiritual pursuits are the same ones that can mislead them.
I recently attended a silent weekend retreat. Even though I wasn’t interested in the teacher or the doctrine it afforded me the opportunity for long, silent periods of meditation in the beautiful natural setting in which it was being held. There were about 150 people attending. One night when I was walking back to my cabin several yards behind me I heard someone fall. I turned to see a young woman struggling to stand back up as four of the silent retreatants walked right past her. No one asked how she was or whether she needed help. They just kept walking and maintaining the prescribed state of silence. I turned around and walked back up the hill to help her. I had to ask her twice if she needed assistance before she said, “I think it’s pretty serious.” I helped her back to her cabin. It turned out she had recently had a total knee replacement. The knee that she had fallen on had two screws pressing out of the skin. The surrounding area was quickly turning multiple shades of black and blue. Shortly after the retreat manager arrived and took over her care.
The next day I saw the young woman, continuing to participate in the retreat, using crutches. I asked her if she was planning to leave, or had help to leave, and seek medical attention. She said even though she suspected that the injury was bone on bone she hoped to tough it out. I recommended that she abandon that idea and get herself back home to some medical attention as soon as possible.
There were so many things about this situation that were reflective to me personally beyond coincidence. It was all right there in front of me, blind devotion, black and white thinking, disregarding ordinary kindness, common sense and the welfare of others, white knuckling through because you think your soul depends on it, wagering more than you have the ability to pay, spiritual naiveté and magical thinking to name a few.
Also, just to be clear, whether one is oriented towards spiritual pursuits or not everyone gives themselves away, indiscriminately, to one thing or another. We all have egos, personalities and a longing for happiness. And in our confusion here we chase after externals thinking our fulfillment exits out there somewhere in a job, a house, physical appearance, health, family, a mate, addictions, power etc.
In this quiet moment, based on my own experience and what others have shared, I have to ask myself, would I ever be drawn to individuals and relationships, including those of any leader, who are not subject to simple honesty, transparency and the admission of ordinary human behaviors and foibles? In a world where two thirds of the planet doesn’t have enough food to eat would I ever wish to be associated with a teacher who has a cadre of students exclusively assigned to what she wears each day? Would I want to commit large amounts of my time and resources to growing an organization in which the teacher leads a double life, fraught with scandal and addictive behaviors, and yet completely insulated due to the blind devotion of his followers? Would I ever wish to be in a community again where men or women quietly leave, without explanation or goodbyes, because they have been devastated by the leader’s behavior towards them whether that be sexual, financial, or some other form of abuse or exploitation. And where the community that surrounds them, even after years of friendship, accepts this unquestioningly. And finally, most importantly, would I ever again want anyone one else to tell me who I am or what I am doing here?
The answer to all of this is no I wouldn’t. And without a shadow of a doubt, just like a vampire slayer, I can now identify this type of incongruence, in myself and others, from a mile away.
Regarding all of this right or wrong can only be answered by the individual and only in association with their own aims. For me at this time, I’m on my own inner journey subject, as always, to all that each of us is heir to here. I’m free of all desire to be connected to any form of spiritual authority or doctrine. I am turning inward now for guidance with the knowing that whatever is needed has been waiting for me there all my life.
Bio: Maureen has spent approximately 30 years in spiritual communities and in roles of promoting various teachers and teachings. She is now officially healed from those pursuits and is redirecting that energy to promoting internal guidance. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon where she does free lance contract work launching projects and organizations that help out in some way or another. firstname.lastname@example.org