Know Thyself for Psychic (Soul) Development

Found this today when cleaning my computer files

Computer Clean Up Mystery Files Discovered 

Mystery Files - Unpublished?

Today, in cleaning up some computer files, I came across the following.  I’ve no idea if these submitted to this blog already or if the writing eventually became parts of a past newsletter.

Since I don’t know where they belong or why I wrote them and because I believe there are no accidents, since I’ve discovered these t in my files, I thought I may as well post then!  It’s an interesting synchronicity that I found them cleaning my files just now, because actually (no accidents) they are similar to a newsletter that I wrote earlier today.  That newsletter is scheduled to go out next week, Feb. 3rd, 2011.

Why waste them? I’ll blog post them here since the information isn’t doing anyone any good sitting unpublished in my computer files.  So without further adieu, here are some offerings.  I will entitle the first one Know Thyself for Psychic (Soul) Development the one below that already has a title.

I hope someone out there in cyber world will find these in the right timing and will find that considering the information helpful on their path.

Once we lose the fear of delving into the emotional body, and once we connect into them and ask ourselves deeper questions about them, we have an opportunity to open to wisdom insight from that space.  It has been my observation that many ignore or suppress or neglect the emotional body, bypassing it altogether.  Intuitively, my sense is that there are many incarnate now who have come into incarnation this-time-around for the purposes of connecting with and developing the emotional body because it has been neglected or undeveloped over many lifetimes.  Part of this may be due to patriarchal conditioning over the eons, which has promoted the idea of separation of spirit and flesh.  It is also easy to see how the lack of connection to the emotional body has been supported by soldier and war mentality planet.  So it is not only church institutions but military institutions as well who have promoted or supported a shutdown of the emotional body. Ideas that emotion is evil or bad, for these reasons, have resulted in soul confusion.  Not only that, but these conditionings and concepts have kept us from connecting with higher insights and wisdom.  Why?

When we bypass the emotional body via suppression and repression (to me) it seems like we are missing a valuable opportunity to evolve, delaying evolutionary human intellectual and spiritual growth.  It is through the wisdom gained by connecting to the emotional body that we have a beautiful opportunity to understand ourselves on deeper levels and to also develop compassion for others.  How?  Through allowing deeper emotional energy to manifest within us—by letting ourselves “go there”—we can uncover where the emotion stems from and search for deeper spiritual understandings.  This leads to enlightenment more than suppressing and repressing the emotional nature within us does.

First, we have to release this idea that if we have resentments, disappointments, sorrow, anger or any other emotional energy that we are failing in our spiritual development.  These very emotional energies deemed unholy or non-spiritual can and do help us, once we strive to be responsible for them and understand them, develop self-compassion, forgiveness and love.  But most of all they open the door to understanding of human nature, life and most of all, the nature of mind.

If we by bypass developing and balancing the emotional body in favor of the spiritual body, it is like trying to walk up a stair case made of feathers instead of a solidly build set of stone steps.  Trying to ascend on feathers isn’t going to get us as far up in the stairway we create toward enlightenment (love and light) as are a solid step of stone faceted through grounded insight and wisdom achieved through developing the emotional body.

The understanding of the emotional nature comes from deeper internal questions that would never even become apparent had we bypassed our emotional nature completely as so many seem to do.  These deeper internal questions lead us to seek the insights and wisdoms that come from the natural self-inquiries regarding the nature of the mind and the nature of reality.  Solid stuff!

In that endeavor we are lead to understand

  • the dual nature of reality
  • past-life emotional patterning that we intend to release
  • the nature of the mind

… and then we begin, with great self-compassion, to understand why we have certain life experiences and how to cope with them without taking each and every circumstance and event so darn seriously.  This, in the end, helps us to feel much more joyful, happy and liberated. That can happen if we bypass the very important development of the emotional body.

I have been writing about this for years and always try to find the right words to express just how important (I believe) it is to allow one’s self to “feel” and open-up to emotions, and then to questions them, trace them and understand them.

“Know thyself” as the Oracle of Delphi said—what greater mission can there be?  For in doing so the self-love and compassion and deeper understandings (wisdom insight) come that not only benefit the individual life, but the lives of everyone here on Earth.   The potential is that we eliminate assuming the role of victim or victimizer (sadism and masochism) which is so prevalent in wars on this plane(t) as well as in our own little lives.   Altruism of thought that aspires to the highest enlightenment can be generated on the basis of compassion.  And it all starts with taking responsibility for emotions and healing the emotional body via understanding emotional patterns and receiving wisdom insight through meditation and via search for answers in spiritual teachings—especially those teachings of the East.

But if we are fearful of grappling with our own emotional nature, if we avoid trying to understand it and don’t allow it to elevate us, the consequence is that we operate only through logic and the thinking that results from emotional distortions that are a result of emotional suppression/repression.  (Whatever is repressed or suppressed becomes distorted.)

A natural way to begin connecting again with the emotional body is to simply monitor moods and emotional reactions to people, places, and things.  If (you think that) someone, some thing, some circumstance upsets you, take a deeper look at that, embrace that, look at that—don’t become the victim to it or victimize others because of it.  Own it; the feeling is yours.  Ask (Higher) Self where this feeling of upset comes from instead of being a victim to it or blaming the other.  Trace it back, take it into your meditation with you, and allow the wisdom insight to come forth.  Ask yourself what is real about this situation and what could be illusion and delusion.  Sit with it.  Allow it to open up.  Let the deeper feelings come up.  Is this going to feel good?  Probably not, but remember suppressing the emotion and blaming (being victim) is what many of us came here to avoid—in the end it bites us there eventually anyway.  Don’t just toss love and light at it and bypass the whole opportunity—the love and light will enter naturally with the understanding that arises which causes the release.

Many have avoided developing the emotional body for too long.  It is through the solid material that develops through this process that we can take that stairway toward enlightenment.  Avoidance creates a feather bed which will not support our journey here.

In considering this, perhaps think of the lotus.   The lotus flower has its roots in mud below water, grows up inside water, and has leaves and flower just above water surface. If it grows further up, the stem will not be able to hold weight and gets cut. It can’t survive inside water either. Still, the flower or leaves never gets wet or spoiled by the surrounding water.

The pond having the lotus flower is like worldly matters and the emotional body, and we are like lotus. Lotus teaches us the art of living the life using emotions (water) to help us grow and develop. It conveys a message of detachment once we have the firsthand wisdom insight of the duality of the world and true nature of reality.  Yet, at the same time we can’t escape from here just like lotus can’t grow further above water.  We can’t escape from the emotions; they are like the water that surrounds the lotus.  We need the emotions in order to grow just as the lotus needs the water (and the mud too).

There is a time for everything under the Sun; astrologically speaking, for each of us, periodically, the stars and planets align in such a way that the emotional body becomes triggered.  We have a choice at those times to either once again repress, suppress, by-pass, become the victim or victimizer like in the past, or to “feel” and question and evolve; thereby building a solid stairway to enlightenment rather than a feather bed of blame-game into which we fall back again and again.

Meditation and contemplation is what gets you to that wisdom insight and creates that solid stairway to heaven; it also enhances your compassion, sensitivity and intuition.  This, too, is part of the psychic path to enlightenment.

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Using Emotional States in Psychic Development

A man went to see a psychiatrist because every night he was visited by a twelve-food dragon with three heads.  He told the psychiatrist that he was a nervous wreck—he could not sleep, was on the verge of total collapse, and had even thought of suicide.  The psychiatrist said, “I think I can help you, but I have to warn you that it will not be cheap or quick to find a cure.  It will probably take around two years and cost you three thousand dollars.”  The man was completely stunned and replied, “Oh, forget it!  I’ll just go home and try to make friends with it!”

Using Opposing Emotional States in Meditation

In the recent past, I’ve written about the importance of keeping a balanced emotional state of mind to enhance the ability to be in-tuned with your intuition and psychic nature.  Additionally, studying and contemplating the very nature of “mind” and “reality” is an important part of this path.

In an effort to understand the mind using emotion, here’s an exercise that you may find helpful to consider and then apply.  So, what I’m writing about this week is just another ‘type’ of meditation to add to the others that I’ve written about.  I’ve written about various ‘objects’ to focus on in meditation, especially when the mind becomes too loose.  Just as an addendum to last week, what I find helpful when my mind is too loose is to focus on a rosary upon which I count or keep track of a certain number of prayers/mantras… while this settles a part of the mind, it engages another part creating a fairly good balance.  After I complete a rosary of various recitations in particular order, I can then shift to a different level of mind since it has reached a relaxed but taunt and alert state.  I wanted to add that last week but forgot.

Now on to this week’s topic of using opposing emotional states in meditation.  Here, in this exercise, you analyze opposing emotions.

This is a radical idea since usually we think of meditation in terms of getting rid of emotions.  The idea that strong emotions can be used in meditation may sound confusing to people who use meditation simply as a method to settle the mind or as a tactic to be transported to a transcendental realm.  Yet, utilizing conflicting emotions in order to understand the mind is a very interesting and helpful practice not only for understanding the mind but emotions as well.  Utilizing conflicting emotions rather than employing methods to dispose of them is a valuable practice.

Our thoughts and emotions are closely linked.  They are very hard to separate in the normal course of life.  Just thinking about someone or something will invariably arouse emotions.  When life events elicit a strong emotional reaction in us during daily life, many times we are not aware and therefore our ability to deal effectively with them is absent or disempowered.

One way to create that awareness is to create an environment during meditation where we can visualize situations that have the potential to evoke strong emotions.  In this way, we have control and also the luxury of dealing with these strong emotions without falling under their influence or reacting in an habitual or patterned way.

So here’s the method.  First bring your mind into tranquility as best you can.  Then when settled into a calm meditative state, think of somebody you love, somebody who the mere thought of evokes joy and love.  Hold this image in your mind.  Expand this feeling and intensify it.  Stay in this space for a while.

Then after some time goes by, begin to think about the complete opposite—someone you dislike or have some aversion toward.  If there is no one that fits this description currently, go back into your past to find a time when someone elicited anger or other strong negative emotion within you.  Try to intensify this feeling to the same degree as the love and joy you experienced earlier.  Don’t worry; you are in control in this environment.  This is only an exercise to help you understand the nature of mind. Spend a little time with this feeling.

Now, look at the mind itself that is responsible for producing these two radically different mental states, the mind that is stirred up by two opposing emotional responses.  When you have managed to do this, ask yourself:  What is the difference between the mind that is loving and the mind that has the capacity to feel its opposite? Really reflect on that question deeply. Then ask: Is there any difference at all between these two mental states from the point of view of the mind itself? Again, spend some time with this question.  Sit with those questions a while and receive insight.

The last line is an important one.  Read that sentence again:  Is there any difference at all between these two mental states from the point of view of the mind itself?

Now, look back to the tranquil mind that you began your meditation with and then look at the emotions that were experienced after the tranquil state.  Observe and reflect.

Consider that we have two radically different mental states.  One was brimming with love and tenderness and the other with a more noxious feeling.  Consider that in reality it is the same mind that has been the author and architect.

Usually, we don’t think about or consider how our mind alters reality.  Instead, we think about how so-called reality affects us.  We are accustomed to think that the object of beauty or the object of hatred is responsible for eliciting whatever emotions we experience.

Yet, we have just seen it to be the other way around through this exercise.  Reflect upon this and it will be easy to recognize how many times our assumptions are not true.

We are talking about the same mind that responds to things in one particular way in a certain instance and in completely different way in another instance.  It is the mind that creates the reality, not the instance, event or person – the outer world object is not the reality.  The mind is.
The point is to try to develop a friendlier attitude toward ourselves and life and even toward negative emotions as they arise and to understand the mind itself and the nature of reality as well—just as the story about the man, the psychiatrist and the twelve-foot dragon with three heads!

Discerning Ego Consciousness ~ Saturn Uranus Opposition

The Tower ~ Uranus

  

 Discerning Ego Consciousness on the Psychic Path

 

Current Aspect: Saturn-Uranus Opposition  exact on 4/26/10, affecting us for the weeks ahead

For clarity purposes:  This aspect is affecting us all no matter what your birth data… these two transiting planets are aspecting each other in everyone’s chart.  And they have been, meaning we’ve dealt with this opposition in late 2008 (Saturn was opposing Uranus on Nov. 4, Presidential Election Day).  Think back, what else were you dealing with around that time?  We also dealt with this opposition twice in 2009–on Feb. 5th and Sept. 15th.  So here we are again; same energy playing out a familiar theme.  We will face this energy once more this year–in July, on the 26th. That will give you a few hints.  Inner world changes of consciousness play out, many times, in outer world events and circumstances when necessary.  That is, if we don’t deal with the changes internally, the outer world demonstrates the needed change.  What follows are a few additional thoughts about this energy; specifically,  how it could play out in certain areas.  

Sometimes the gates to the underworld or what we could call the subconscious open and a radical change in our thinking and/or our outer world experience occurs.   (All of our outer world experiences are due to our ‘inner world order’.)   When our subconscious breaks through, a collapse occurs so that we can suddenly realize how wrong our previous ideas about our reality have been. Shadows become released.  We might even say to ourselves something like, “How could I have ever thought that?”  Suddenly we know better!
 
With the current opposition of Saturn to Uranus, we’re positioned in consciousness for these kinds of potential breakthroughs.  But, if we cannot let go of our old reality long enough to let them come through or if we cannot relax our grip on illusion, often times something shattering happens to help us see through that illusion.
 
EGO
 
The breaking down of false or outdated images that we’ve had of ourselves does happen periodically. Self images or illusionary reality structures that we’ve held for a long time suddenly become outdated and obsolete.  They need to be destroyed so that progress and soul growth can occur and so that our mind can be opened. The current Saturn/Uranus opposition (exact on 4/26/10) is just such a time.  
 
The ego draws boundaries within which it can feel secure.  And feeling secure often involves a certain amount of self-denial.   Of course, anything that we deny in ourselves, we project outwardly onto others.  These are both good qualities and the opposite–but either way, life periodically forces us to let go of a falsely created reality and take back those projections.  In other words, over inflation or under inflation gets adjusted, like the tires on your car.  At least the potential is there for that to happen and if we resist, the tire could blow.  Hopefully that doesn’t happen in a way that’s embarrassing–ego’s blow, tire’s blow and that’s the way life is.  I’m sure you’ve noticed… pardon the tongue and cheek there.
 
Anyway, I’m talking about mental images or pictures that we can make in consciousness and label our reality which are… well, they’re unreal.  Sometimes we love the illusory pictures that we make of our reality so much more than reality itself.  This is called illusion.  
 
Sticking with the subject of “foregone conclusions” that we make about reality, it is known that our thoughts create these realities.  I heard Byron Katie once say that the brain’s job is to collect data to back up what we declare our truth is.  In other words, we create a reality out of thought, then back it up by gathering memories, wishes, fears and anything else that resembles the illusion that we’re trying to protect.   Then we point to it and say, “See?  There’s the proof that this reality is valid.” These realities can be positive or negative in nature ranging from ideas like “I’m the best” to “I’m a failure”. 
 
These ideas actually keep us away from the truth.  Our egoic intellect is not all that interested in perceiving objective reality (that which we could camera or video check).  Instead, we’d rather cling to what serves the ego or gives us a perceived advantage over life.  And always it is Saturnian–meaning old, comfortable and very familiar.  Uranus comes along to shatter that ego-consciousness.
 
Many times we know that we are deceiving ourselves about our life. We can feel it; we know something is wrong or that life needs changing, but we persuade ourselves (using thought) that everything is either wonderful or horrible.   Wonderful or horrible becomes routine, a habit.   Change brings with it feelings of insecurity and who wants to feel insecure?   We shore up our ivory tower and stay comfortably inside our illusion. Whether it’s good or bad fiction doesn’t matter.  We stay there to keep from looking at the shadows.  We’d rather project those outward and stay safe in our illusion.
 
But life insists on change and growth.  The reality that our ego has made itself so comfortable within, if it is false, collapses.  Something happens.  And we suddenly find that we can no longer defend our old reality without looking like a complete fraud to ourselves.  Again, that old reality doesn’t even have to be anything that makes us happy; many people create a suffering-type of reality making negative obsessions and clinging to them as much as an inflated illusion of the opposite type. 
 
An intense and surprising experience (Uranus) is often required to get us to see life in a different way and to let go of that patterned structure (Saturn). 
 
Carl Jung says that the more condescending or pompous people are, the more dramatic the Uranian experience will be.  He wrote:  “An inflated consciousness is ‘hypnotized by itself’ and can, therefore, not be argued with.  It inevitably dooms itself to calamities that must strike it dead.” 
 
LIBERATION
 
Bursting through boundaries that are too narrow and breaking out of outdated and encrusted structures of thinking can be liberating. We may have created a reality that is too black and white–so then color emerges, creating insecurity and upheaval.  The picture changes and it’s confusing and uncomfortable to say the least.  But following these breakouts of color there is liberation and inspiration.  Divine justice eventually destroys what is out of balance and illusionary so that we can “get real” enough to take the next step in life.
  

PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT – PERSONAL REFLECTION
 
I’ve learned that to have no rules (Saturn) with regard to my psychic development is the best way for me.  There are a few things that seem to be true not only in my career as a psychic but also in my life generally.  As I observe and correlate consciousness and experience, it has become apparent to me that in any moment in which I’ve decided that I have “the key” or “THE Truth” with a Capital T, something happens to blow my theory completely out of the water.  I’m age 62 now; maybe I have a little wisdom to share here. Here’s a little of it.  While we need ego and structure in life (Saturn), we must work with the flow of life gently so that we do not become too attached to our ideas about reality. 
 
I’ve seen this play out in my own life and also in the lives of others; you probably have too.  It seems that the moment we think we’ve got life figured out, it makes a fool out of us. So what do we do?  If we keep our path (our truth) very wide, meaning our thinking very open, we suffer a lot less.  Constricted paths are always a bit harder to travel.  Narrow thinking always means that we always have to be putting on our ego-armor to defend it, for it will certainly always be challenged.  If we keep our boundaries soft and our path wide, keep our consciousness open by realizing that we don’t ‘know-it-all’, there’s less of a necessity to break down the ego-structured illusionary reality.  Besides, then we have space for more knowledge, insight and inspiration to travel along with us.
 
 
Until next time…  Namaste!

Psychic Development ~ It’ all in the mind

The Grand Canyon, Arizona USA

 

It’s all in the mind!  

You’ve heard that phrase–everything is in the mind.  And all we “see” and experience in the outer world is an outward demonstration of the mind.  About 15 years ago a Ranger at the Grand Canyon [Arizona, USA] said exactly that!  Not everyone understood, but I nearly leaped off of the logs that were made into a bench upon which I was sitting when he spoke the words.  What?!  That’s exactly right, I thought.  He saw that I understood and our eyes locked for what seemed like a very long time and we smiled at one another.  He asked everyone to continue to think about the grand canyon because the reason that its been there for so long for people to enjoy is that everyone holds the image of it in their mind!  

I’ve had moments of awareness, usually while hiking in the mountains, in which I felt certain that everything that I was surrounded by and everything that I was looking at was there because of my own mind.  

Yeah, I know.  It’s a pretty large concept to contemplate and when we are functioning from the little mind, its hard to understand. 

I was just thinking about this today and thought I’d post about it.  I’m working on some writing on the nature of the mind as it relates to intuitive [psychic] development.  

Persons who say they cannot communicate with higher mind or spirit guides also have trouble meditating or omit meditation altogether.  One of the greatest values in meditation is that it gives one the ability to understand the nature of the mind–that’s the first step in psychic development, in my humble opinion anyway. 

Speaking of meditation, it’s time for me to visit my own “grand canyon” of the mind, pun intended.