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Category: Love and Compassion (page 2 of 3)

The True Meaning of “Wrath of God” and Karma

Whenever the topic of forgiveness comes up, people often turn to the Bible. But how they read the passage is largely dependent upon how their minds have already been conditioned. If we were to read the verses with the authentic self, rather than the psychological self programmed by society, we would be taking a spiritual perspective rather than a worldly one, and all we would find is love. But when we read from the psychological perspective, we turn attention away from forgiveness and toward justice.

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Deeper Teachings From “The Lord’s Prayer”

The Lord’s Prayer is often interpreted literally. But I believe it is speaking to consciousness. When it states, “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name” it is directing our consciousness to center on the One (the Uniting Force of the Universe and everything within It) and ready It for the prayer. This is similar to meditation when we make the sound, “Ahhh…” What we are doing when making this sound is preparing the mind for communion with the Source Energy. It is considered the “sound of God” and when we center attention on this sound, not only are we hearing the sound of God (The Absolute, The One, Source Energy), we are feeling the vibrations of Source Energy, helping bring us into the present moment.

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Learning to Follow Intuition Rather than Mind Chatter

Following Intuition can be a tricky thing, as it is much more subtle than listening to the ramblings of the mind. However, we all experience profound moments that change the course of our life forever. For me, it occurred while in college.

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Using Thoughts to Get What You Want

One day when I was a teacher, I had a surprise opportunity to practice what I had learned about directing thoughts. As soon as I walked in the door I noticed a red light flashing on my phone, indicating there was a message. At that time in my life I no longer coached basketball, so messages on my phone became almost nonexistent.

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How to Avoid Conflict and Resolve Issues

Once, when I was a teacher, I experienced valuable life lesson on how to avoid conflict, as I had a student test my resolve. The student, I’ll call “Laura,” had been tardy to class often and I had been following my standard protocol. However, on this day Laura took it to a new level. Never before had a student continued to be tardy after I had followed all the steps created to deter their late arrival, including a verbal warning, followed by a written warning, detention, and finally, office referral. Laura had already reached the referral stage and was still continuing to show up late, including on this particular day.

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The Sea of Infinity

The following story is taken from my book, The New Season: Journey Toward Enlightenment. I have presented it here in order to demonstrate the symbolism of some of the most profound ancient teachings to be found. More importantly, I hope to provide examples of how to incorporate this wisdom into one’s daily life. I hope you enjoy it:

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Meditation, the Golden Rule & the Power of One

All “things” are connected through space, and are only divided by the perceived barriers in the physical realm. So, by meditating on the space we can go to a place where we feel part of something much bigger than the self.

It is helpful to remember that religious ideology is meant to show us how to transcend the ego and come from a place of pure awareness, which is the center of the Universe, and in each of us and every conscious being. Letting go of the ego – giving up the self – is the way to travel at the speed of life and follow the Universal flow. It is coming from a place of open acceptance and receiving, rather than a place of going and getting and achieving. Indeed, what is there to achieve outside the eyes of humanity?

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Be In This World Not Of It

What does it mean to “be in this world not of this world?” Might it have something to do with consciousness and the direction of attention? In order to understand how to utilize this teaching in our daily life, lets explore the science behind human energy. The human energy system is more important than it’s given credit for. We can see evidence of its value in science, religion and philosophical teachings.

Einstein’s Particle Theory of Light

Every time a particle of light (a photon) hits an electron it knocks it out of the orbit of its atom. This is why violet light (made of high energy photons) causes the electron to bounce off with high speed. Red light, because it is a lower frequency, works in the opposite way. It seems important to note here that high frequency light has a short wavelength and vice versa. In addition, the higher the frequency the higher the energy and vice versa.

High frequency light waves contain larger packets of energy (quanta) than lower frequency light waves. Further, this difference is quantifiable and is in proportion to Plank’s constant (*h=6.63 x 1027 erg-sec). Gary Zukav explained the phenomenon thusly:

“When a black body is put over low heat, the first color it glows is red because the energy packets (quanta) of red light are the smallest energy packets in the visible light spectrum. As the heat is increased, more energy is available to shake loose bigger energy packets. The bigger energy packets make the higher frequency colors, such as blue and violet.”

According to Zukav, “subatomic particles are not ‘made of’ energy, they are energy.” He went on to write that they are “interactions of energy with energy.” This idea seems to be a good lead into the chakra system, and how it fits in quantum physics and what it means to us as human beings. 

The Energy Centers of the Body

In the chakra energy system of the body, which is where the emotions are generated, the root chakra is said to be red, which is the lowest frequency (400-484 THz) and has the longest wavelength (620-750 nm) in the visible light spectrum. This is why fear for our life produces the most destructive emotions. They are emanating from the root chakra, which is where our basic sense of survival comes from. The same could be said about the other “lower” chakras, the sacral (orange) and the solar plexus (yellow). The sacral chakra is largely responsible for our sense of well-being and the solar plexus for our sense of control. When either of these beliefs are threatened, the corresponding chakra produces destructive emotions, such as anger, jealousy, shame, and the like.

In contrast, the crown chakra is said to be of the color violet with the highest frequency (668-789 THz) and shortest wavelength (380-450 nm). The crown chakra is related to our sense of connectedness with the universe, and therefore, when we are centering awareness on this chakra there is no felt fear, simply because we know we are part of the eternal source energy and only the physical body is subject to destruction. Similarly, the remaining “upper” chakras, the ajna, throat chakras operate at a higher frequency and therefore, produce the higher frequency “positive” emotions (such as joy, excitement, and happiness).

Destructive Emotions and Energy

It could be said, then, that the destructive emotions are those which lead us closer to matter (of this world) and the so-called “positive” emotions lead us closer to source energy, or the higher vibrational energy of the chakras located furthest from the earth (i.e., heart chakra and above). This also points to theological ideology of “heaven above” and “hell below.” What is it above and below? The heart center.

In this case, the “middle way,” prescribed by the Buddha, is keeping awareness centered on the heart chakra. If we lean too far above, we place too much emphasis on spirit (source energy), which causes a disconnect between us and our environment (including friends and family), but if we lean too far below, we place too much emphasis on the body world (matter), and we become disconnected with source energy.

This seems to be what Christ meant when he said not to “store our treasures in heaven.” If we place too much emphasis on the spirit world (the world of energy) we will miss the messages we are to learn from being “in this world.” However, if we place too much emphasis on matter (of this world) then we will forget that we are beings of light (the intelligent energy that shapes the matter), and be relegated to suffering through the erroneous identification with duality. In turn, we would be lost in a sea of confusion because we would be “of this world” rather than in it!

Energy and Healing

Gaining a better understanding of the chakra system can aid in the healing process. We can visualize the color associated with the chakra in relation to the part of the body in need of healing (balancing), and in turn, harmony can be restored. For example, if our illness is in association with experiencing chronic stress over finances, then picturing the color red and placing awareness on the root chakra (at the base of the spine), will put our mind in the proper frequency to balance that particular chakra.

What this amounts to is keeping the mind in the present moment experience, feeling the energy flow in the body, and letting it go. In turn, the energetic system will remain balanced and the energy will flow freely, optimizing health. Indeed, illness is caused by blocked energy, which is why some have referred to disease as “dis-ease.” When the energy is blocked in the body we experience disharmony, and if this dis-ease continues for a prolonged period of time it will manifest into a disease. Balancing our energy system is an important step toward stress relief. Therefore, to optimize health, stay in the present moment and be here now!

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The Power Of A Hug

“I once heard that we need to hug someone, or someones, several times a day for optimum health. Now I REALLY believe it. I never used to be much of a hugger. When I was growing up ‘real men’ didn’t hug, they shook hands. Times are changing. More men seem comfortable hugging, and for that I am glad.”

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The Self-fulfilling Nature of Judgement

“Even when walking in the company of two other men, I am bound to be able to learn from them. The good points of the one I copy; the bad points of the other I correct in myself.”

Confucius

Based on this quote by Confucius, I decided that when I observed what appeared to be a weakness in others I would look to find it in myself. Once I started this practice, it never seemed to take long before I found it. For example, one night I felt uncomfortable around my former girlfriend’s family because of fear of being judged.

Later, upon reflecting on the evening, I could see that in no way did they act judgmentally toward my daughter or me. Indeed, it was clear to me that I was the one doing the judging, if in no other way than judging them as those who would judge.

Judgement in action

Once, as I was biking home from campus, I heard a car alarm going off. Normally I become a little annoyed at such a disturbance, but this time I simply observed it. As I approached the car I noticed three men, who appeared to be in their twenty’s, and were obviously quite annoyed by this particular event.

I heard one of them say, in a rather agitated voice, “All you have to do is put the key in the ignition and turn!”

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