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Thought Moves Energy, Attracts Friends, and Influences Aging

Thought is more powerful than most people realize. The mind has the ability to stir energy, cause us to attract or repel others, and inspire us to move toward or away from drama. We can even use thought to slow the aging process.

One of the most fundamental scientific laws is energy is neither created nor destroyed, it merely changes form. Energy moves, that is part of universal law. Our thoughts and beliefs affect the movement of energy. If we think negative thoughts, energy in the body is stirred and we begin to experience negative emotions. If we are near others they will feel this energy whether they become consciously aware of it or not. That is why we can walk into a room immediately after an argument and feel the negative energy in that room. If we remain unaware of this effect, the downward spiraling energy can pull the energy in our body down with it.

Why People Are Drawn to Drama

We feel a desire to leave the room when people are arguing because it protects us from getting wrapped up in the negative energy patterns. When our energy does not match it, we feel tension. That tension produces the desire to leave. In contrast, if our energy does match the downward spiraling energy of those who are arguing, we most likely would feel no tension and therefore, have no desire to leave. We may actually derive pleasure from watching others argue in this way because it matches our own energy level. This is why people are drawn to drama and gossip. In order to change the pattern, we must change our environment by choosing to be around people who have upward flowing energy.

It all starts with the self. The way to get the energy to flow upward in the self is to continue to direct the attention to life giving thoughts. Thoughts of love, connection, growth, and development, are all life giving thoughts, creating upward spiraling energy in the body. Thoughts of hate, separation, decay, and destruction are all life taking thoughts, creating downward spiraling energy. It doesn’t take much to determine which feels better.

How We Choose Our Friends

Once we create the habit of thinking only life giving thoughts, and the energy consistently moves upward in the body, we begin desiring to be around only those who think similarly, because they match our energy and it feels better to be around them. This is how we choose our friends. We are drawn to people who think like us because our energy blends harmoniously with theirs, irrespective of whether that energy flows upward or downward. This is where the idea of collective consciousness comes in. If we allow our energy to flow in the same direction as a particular group of individuals, we take on the energy of that group, and along with it, the beliefs and actions that sustain it.

However, if we do not resonate with the energy of the group, we feel a tension that leads to the desire to separate from them. If the group does not allow its members to leave freely, then conflict is the result, and the individual suffers. The group however thrives, because it is maintained by downward flowing energy. It must be, for only downward flowing energy would lead a group of individuals to feel the desire to suppress the wishes of others. If large groups of people wish to leave, the conflict can quickly escalate into war.

How We Age Prematurely

When a person is under a great deal of stress for a long period of time, their body looks like it has aged at a much faster rate than those who remain at peace. And more than look like it, physically, it has aged more. People who are under stress for a long duration of time suffer from many physical ailments, such as less resistance to disease, ulcers, headaches, heart disease, and higher rates of cancer. The list is endless. Downward spiraling thoughts lead to physical degeneration.

On the other hand, those who do not suffer from stress are much healthier physically. Not only do they have a higher resistance to disease, their bodies actually look healthier. Their skin has better color and is more smooth and supple. They have better muscle tone and walk more upright. Everything about them appears to be healthier. Their chronological age might be the same as those who are more sickly, but their biological age is no where near the same.

Movement of Energy Affects Aging

This is where belief comes in. We, as part of the collective human consciousness, believe so profoundly that the human body can only survive about a hundred years that it comes to pass. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. According to the ancient literature, people used to live seven hundred years and more. It may be that the collective consciousness of humanity was much different in those times. Indeed, it was much different in many philosophical and religious beliefs so it must have been with regards to ideas of aging as well. Perhaps they really did live that long because they knew they could. Further, perhaps they only lived that long because there was no desire to live longer.

Importantly, it’s about both thought and belief. If thoughts go in the direction that we have lived a full life and there is nothing more to experience, then our energy will move in that direction, and the desire to continue going on experiencing life will wane. Soon, the body will respond in kind and cease to support the energy that had sustained it up to that point.

It Can Be Observed in Life

This effect can be observed in those who retire from a long career and have no idea what to do with the rest of their lives. They have no desire to continue experiencing life because they believe there is nothing else for them to do. Before long, the body picks up on these cues and begins to break down and soon the person dies. The same phenomenon has been witnessed in those who lose a loved one. They have no desire to live without the individual and the body quickly expires.

I witnessed this happen with my grandparents. My grandfather died of cancer and my grandmother died not long after. She seemed so healthy before he died. But her husband was her life and when he was gone, so was her desire to go on experiencing it. 

I don’t know if this means we could go on living forever if we only desired it to be so, and we always directed our attention to life giving thoughts. But it does mean we can live happier, healthier, longer lives by doing so. And that’s certainly enough for me!

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Notice Perceptions to Eliminate Judgment

I remember reading something about how people become kindred spirits when they feel empowered by you. Once, a friend described feeling that way from talking to me. She suggested it was because she felt as though I did not judge her. And I never did judge her. I decided I would tap into the reason and make it part of my daily experience. Not that I viewed myself as a judgmental person. I did not. However, it is easy to find ourselves questioning choices people make in very subtle ways, such as what they are wearing, or the things that they say or do. However, I don’t recall there being even a trace of judgement with my friend.

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4 Keys to Attract What You Want

We are co-creators of our reality. In the following paragraphs, I have provided examples of how to use 4 Key actions to attract a life we want. Believing in possibilities, focusing attention on what we want, choosing our words wisely, and visualizing what we want are important aspects of co-creating.

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How Our Bodies Mirror the Earth and Why It Matters

When I ask myself what is God, the answer is different than before. The fact is God is everything! I have heard this before but what does it really mean? It means everything. This is the reason we cannot grasp it. It is almost humorous and tragic all at the same time.

It seems to be all about how we perceive reality. If we look at it from the perspective of a pyramid with God at the top, we miss the truth of the message being delivered by all the great religions and spiritual teachers throughout human existence. Life is not hierarchical. God is not at the top of everything. God IS everything! God is the total, not merely the leader or director of it all. God is it all!

Visualize the Universe as a Sphere

Perhaps a good way to visualize where we fit into the Universe, if there is one, is to use a sphere. Imagine yourself looking at a giant sphere composed of three-dimensional puzzle pieces. Actually see your physical body looking at that sphere. See the enormous ball with an infinite number of pieces with varying shapes and sizes. Now, instead of seeing yourself looking at it, see yourself as a part of it. Imagine you are one of the numerous components within this giant sphere. You and every other piece in that sphere are essential. No piece is any less important than any other. Consequently, there is no mistake in your creation. You are essential to the wholeness of Nature.

Now imagine the Universe, or God, is the sphere. Even this doesn’t really work because you are then seeing God as separate from something and It is not. But just for this thought experiment, let’s say that you can actually “see” everything. So God IS this metaphorical sphere and all the components of the universe are all the physical “stuff” that makes up the “body” of God. The stars, planets, asteroids, rocks, oceans, trees, plants, insects, animals and people are all parts of the Living God. None are more or less important than any other. This is what Jesus meant when he said that you are the body. God experiences the play of form through our physical bodies, as well as through the physical body of every other form in existence.

If one were to view oneself as an integral part of this massive sphere of universal form, then one would experience peace and harmony through unity. However, if one sees oneself as being above or below any other part of the sphere, there is disharmony. How could there not be?

The Universe Is Not Hierarchical

God is harmony! This is why when one experiences a traumatic life event, one has the opportunity to transcend the ego and become liberated. One’s belief system, the structure of the mind so-to-speak, collapses and what is left is the Christ Consciousness experiencing the play of form. Then life becomes harmonious and joyful.

The erroneous thinking that the universe is like a pyramid with God at the top, followed by humans, and then by everything else, has created many problems. Many believe that God (a separate entity) gave man (also separate) dominion over the world. This line of thinking that humans must control everything has led to massive destruction of the planet. It’s helpful to remember how the Native Americans used to live in harmony with the land, giving thanks to Nature for providing them with all they needed.

Humanity is raping the land by cutting down all of the old-growth forests, which take hundreds or even thousands of years to become established. The waters are being polluted and the oceans are being over-harvested. Those who don’t see this are blind to reality. They are blind because they perceive themselves at the top of the pyramid rather than as an integral part of the sphere. It is possible we will destroy the planet to a point of no return. But I don’t think that will happen. Most likely the earth would simply rid itself of us and then rebuild without humans in the way. I don’t think that will happen either. Instead, I believe humanity will shift to a higher consciousness and live in harmony with Mother Nature once again. 

The Earth’s Immune System

When I used to teach High School Biology, it always seemed to me that microorganisms were part of the earth’s immune system to protect it from over population. After all, when a population of any given species becomes too large for a particular area what happens? First famine sets in as the food supply runs low. Then, the organisms begin to starve, lowering their resistance to disease. Next, a virus sweeps through the group, killing a large enough percentage that the remaining organisms now have enough available food to survive.

That species can now live harmoniously with the environment once again, until the next time the population becomes too large to be supported by the available resources and the cycle is repeated. In addition, the surviving organisms are the ones that were most resistant to that particular virus. Therefore, the genes passed on to the offspring provide an immune system similar to the parents, and the population as a whole becomes stronger. If the same virus were to return, the surviving population would be more resistant to it, and it would take some other microorganism to reduce the population to a sustainable level. This natural process helps to ensure balance is maintained throughout the ecosystems of the planet.

Our Bodies Mirror the Planet

Now compare this analogy to the human body. The human body is really a walking planet, made up of trillions of cells and containing innumerable microorganisms. As long as these microorganisms remain in balance, the body stays healthy. However, if too much of any given microorganism becomes present, such as bacteria or viruses, the body suffers. To protect against this, like the earth, the body has a first line of defense. This first line of defense is referred to as passive immunity and includes the skin, cilia in the nose, mucous membranes, etc. This passive immunity helps to maintain the balance of microorganisms within the body, much like how viruses help to maintain the balance of populations on earth.

When an invading microorganism penetrates the first line of defense, the body’s second line of defense is called into action. The second line of defense is provided by the body in the form of white blood cells, which have the task of destroying the microorganism and returning the body to equilibrium. If the body’s immune system cannot maintain a healthy balance, it dies. Therefore, the infected individual cannot cause harm to others and again, the population as a whole benefits.

If They Are “Natural” Are They “Disasters?”

The first line of defense for the Mother Earth is the atmosphere, which prevents space debris from causing too much damage to the planet by burning it up before it gets there. Perhaps the second line of defense for the planet comes in the form of natural disasters. At least they are disasters to us. To the earth they are blessings. Floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, etc., are all considered natural disasters because they sweep through a large area, wiping out entire populations of living organisms. But to the earth these “natural disasters” are beneficial because once these populations are removed, that part of the earth is free to heal itself, much like removing the bacteria from an infected wound allows it to heal. After all, when an infestation overtakes a forest, killing a large percentage of trees and leaving much dry foliage, a forest fire is likely to occur, destroying the organisms that led to the infestation and allowing the trees to return.

To me, this is similar to the killer T cells of the active immune system. These particular white blood cells travel to the site of infection and wipe out large areas of cells, both infected and uninfected. Then the individual feels symptoms of the disease and for a while, suffers. But the body is then allowed the opportunity to heal itself and balance is restored.

We can also compare the human body systems to the earth’s ecosystems, each with its own specific function to help maintain balance. For example, the circulatory system is a network of canals branching off into smaller and smaller passages that deliver nutrients to the rest of the body. Similarly, the earth’s water system delivers much-needed nutrients around the planet. In addition, the respiratory system delivers oxygen to the entire body, while the earth’s forests deliver oxygen to the entire planet. These comparisons go on and on. It is much like what the great masters have said about how the small mirrors the whole. All we must do is make the connection that all of life operates in the same way and we can see the incredible Oneness of it all.  Amazing!

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Our Purpose is to Experience Life

If we were to ask the Universe, “What purpose would you have me serve?” the answer would be simple. The Universe would say, “Pay attention to life so I can experience it through you.” In the absence of the ego and judgment, that’s exactly what would happen. Universal Consciousness, or Christ Consciousness, is allowed to experience life through our senses when we come from the place of the authentic self. This is why many spiritual teachers explain that we are not the doer. Once the psychological self is recognized and released, there is no self doing anything. There is only present moment awareness acting out of the place of awakened consciousness. Life then experiences Itself through you. Continue reading

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The One Dream of Life

“If we trace the source of both our physical self and our spiritual self, we can see that there is only One.”

The following excerpt is from my first book, The Lost Season. It is a story of a former football coach learning to develop a new life, a life after coaching. I decided to publish this section in it’s entirety as it portrays a different view of the biblical creation story, and provides a perspective that has a chance to help us in the here and now. I hope you enjoy it.

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Get on the “Right” Frequency

“It is by surrendering to life that we become in tune with it.”

In the book Mutant Message Down Under, Marlo Morgan tells of a tribal leader describing the salutary effects of desert flies as they crawl all over the Aborigines, including in their nose and ears. The tribal leader shared how the flies clean out the wax and sand that accumulates, helping them to hear, which is vital when it comes to survival in the wilderness. In addition, they clean out the nasal passage, which helps them to breath. This is especially important in the desert given that one must breath out of one’s nostrils when it becomes extremely hot. The flies help to make this possible.

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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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Traveling at Life’s Speed

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In this book series I have described a path to total self-awareness. For me, it all started with reading inspirational literature, contemplative walking, introspective reflecting and journaling. In the first book of the series, Peace: The Art of Mindfulness to Eliminate Stress, I wrote about mindfulness and how we can program the mind to change our default progressively from constant mind chatter, to less inner dialog, to mindful chatter, to mostly silent with intentionally directed internal dialog.

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