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rays1This is a message for all who genuinely feel a higher calling and a deeper sense of purpose is needed at this time in their lives.  From a soul-level perspective, we are all here to express our gifts and abilities in a unique manner that is exactly tailored to our skill-set and deepest longings.  We are here to be of service during these tremendous times of change, and in order to be effective, we must fully realize the magnitude of the transition we are currently going through.  To successfully navigate this transition, we must cultivate and re-establish our connection to our Inner Being — our Source — for this is where Knowledge lies within us.

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What is called for us at this time is a willingness and a desire to be of greater service, to fully step into our roles here, whatever they may be.  This desire comes from the depths of our being, and many of us are feeling this calling now. This is a process that requires greater integrity, self-awareness and compassion. For many of our relationships, outer circumstances, and life experiences may drastically change as this process unfolds.   Ultimately, being really honest with ourselves is required, especially concerning our associates, activities, priorities, and goals.  It is important to understand that opportunities to actualize our higher calling are not available forever — we must be ready, willing, and able to answer the call when the time comes.

The following message is titled The Rays of Initiation and was brought forth through Marshall Vian Summers.  In 1982, he began receiving a series of profound revelations in the deserts of the American Southwest.  For more than 25 years, these revelations have continued, growing ever wider in scope, meaning, and their implications.  These messages are known as a New Message from God, and I believe they are extremely important at this time.  What I admire most about these messages is their directness and piercing honesty, going beyond all rosy and romanticized notions of enlightenment and ‘fast-track’ spiritual advancement.

Please consider checking out more of these Messages or the Steps to Knowledge if you feel compelled to.  Thank you for letting me share!

With Love,

Eliot

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The Rays of Initiation

As revealed to God’s Messenger
Marshall Vian Summers
on July 23, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado

 

The Power and the Presence watches over you

And all people in the world

Waiting for those

Who are ready

Waiting for those

Who are ready to awaken

From their deep sleep

Of desire and disappointment

Watching over the world

Waiting for those minds

That seek freedom.

Not just an outer freedom

But an inner freedom

Waiting for the moment

Of readiness

In the individual.

 

People think

That the Angelic Presence is always there

To abide with them

But this is not accurate.

Indeed

The Presence is waiting

For those who are ready

To respond

To a greater calling

And a greater purpose

In life.

It is those individuals

That will garner the attention

Of the Angelic Assembly.

 

People pray

For many things

But the Angelic Assembly is waiting

For the real calling

From the individual—

A calling usually born of despair

And frustration

Or disappointment in the world

Seeking for something

More real

More authentic

More permanent and

More essential

To their true nature

And purpose

For being in this world

At this time.

 

Great Rays are shined upon those

Who can respond and

Who are ready to receive

Something marvelous

And significant.

 

Great Rays of light and power

Are directed at those

Who are beginning to receive

The preparation

For their greater purpose

And calling in life.

 

You cannot call upon this yourself

Consciously.

It must be born of something

Within you

That is very deep

And very primary

To your life and purpose here.

 

You cannot in your mind

Pray for the Great Rays

To shine upon you

To initiate you

For your mind cannot call upon this.

It must come

From a deeper place

Within you,

But your mind can prepare you

By recognizing

The greater need of your life

And the fact that

You are not living the life you are meant to live

And that you are circumscribed

By many things

Of little value

And future possibilities.

 

You prepare by recognizing the truth

About your life

In a moment of great clarity and sobriety.

You take stock of where you are.

You recognize

That you are lost in the world

Following the prescriptions of your culture

And of those people

Who influence you so strongly.

 

Here you pray not merely for relief from suffering.

You pray for the truth

To be revealed to you—

Not just the truth of your circumstances

But the truth of your life.

You pray for your life

Your real life

To be given to you.

 

This is the calling

That comes from deep within you

Not merely something that the mind wants

For the moment

Not for relief from suffering only

Not just to have a nicer life

Or a prettier set of circumstances

Or to fulfill your ambitions and desires.

 

This comes from the deeper place within you

From Knowledge within you.

This is what speaks to the Angelic Assembly.

This is the result of a deeper experience of yourself

A deeper reckoning within yourself

A deeper honesty.

 

If you are truly ready to respond

Ready to evaluate and change

The circumstances of your life

If necessary

Then the Great Rays will shine upon you

As if a beacon or a spotlight

Has been directed at you very specifically

Not to the people around you

Not even to the person sitting next to you

Not to your husband or your wife or your children

But to you.

This begins then

A process of deeper reckoning and evaluation

A process in many stages of initiation

A process that begins a great turning point for your life.

 

For in truth

You do not know who you are

Or why you are here

Or what you are sent to accomplish

Or whom you are here to meet

What you are here to avoid

What you are here to accomplish

What are the great hazards of your life

Beyond your understanding

What are the great possibilities for your life

Beyond your understanding.

 

You have a relationship with the Angelic Assembly

That watches over this world

And everyone in it.

This is intrinsic to who you are

And why you are here

What you are sent to accomplish

Whom you must meet

Where you must go.

It is a greater journey of your life

Waiting to be discovered and undertaken.

 

Your beliefs

Your ideology

Your religious views

Your spiritual aspirations

Well, more often than not

They merely stand in the way

Of this deeper recognition

Which is not something of this world.

Or anything in this world

But represents your life beyond the world—

Where you have come from

And where you will return to

And the relationships

That are primary to your existence

And to your participation in the world at this time.

 

The Great Rays are powerful.

They reach deep within you

Bypassing your intellect

And all of your beliefs

And ideas

And expectations

And grievances

And so forth

As if they are shining upon a part of you

That you have barely experienced in life

And are barely acquainted with—

Something ancient

Something you might have experienced momentarily here and there

Something unchanging

The changeless part of yourself.

 

This is communication without words.

It is the power of initiation

Generated from the Angelic Host and Assembly

Directed now at an individual

Who has reached the point of readiness

Not only internally

But readiness

where something on the outside

Must be done

For should they miss this point

In their development

And in their life

They could miss their calling entirely.

 

Here timing is critical

For you only have so much time to delay.

You only have so much time

To be lost in the world

Before your opportunity is bypassed

And it is too late for you to respond.

You do not know when this is

But the Angelic Presence knows

Knowledge within you knows.

 

As you approach this critical time in your life

You will feel ever more anxious

About your outer circumstances

Ever more drawn

To something more mysterious

More questioning about your values

And involvements with others

More uncomfortable and dissatisfied with your circumstances

Even if they are pleasurable

Even if they are seemingly beneficial.

 

You become more restless.

You may try to fulfill this restlessness

With more possessions

More activities

More recreation

Even more spirituality

But you are reaching a time of readiness.

It is happening at a deeper level

Byond the realm and the reach of the intellect.

The Presence is watching you

Carefully now

To see how you will respond.

Will you deny your experience?

Will you resist your experience?

Will you try to lose yourself again in romance

Or some other kind of pursuit in the world

Even some kind of edifying pursuit

Like some great social cause

Or political campaign?

Yet this is about something very different.

 

At this time

It is so important

To be responsive to yourself

To practice inner listening

To listen for something deeper

Without coming to conclusions

To orient yourself in this way

For if the Great Rays are directed at you

It will so upset your life

And change you.

It is like being struck by lightning.

 

This experience can be profoundly internal

But it can also be generated

By the arrival of certain people

Who are here

To call you out of your past

And to be a part of your preparation

For a future greater life.

 

In either case

It will begin a process

Of profound change and self-evaluation

So strong now

That you cannot simply deny it

Or think it is something else

For it will seem to overtake you

And you have to yield to it.

 

The Angelic Presence watches you

To see if you can do this

If you can receive initiation

And go through the long

And inexplicable process

That this will require.

You cannot control this process.

You can only keep yourself focused upon it

And that will require

All the self-discipline

And compassion towards yourself

that you can muster.

 

People can fail

At this juncture

With great consequence.

It has to do

With the presence

Of certain other people

In your life

Who will play a significant role

In your greater work and purpose here.

It may be time

For you to meet them.

They may be calling for you.

The time of your rendezvous is approaching

And you must be able to respond.

 

You do not have these opportunities

At all times.

Do not tell yourself

That initiation can happen

At any time

Whenever you feel so inclined

For this is really not true at all.

You have certain opportunities in life

Given the proximity

Of those people

Who will be essential for your success

And given your own development

And degree of self-honesty.

 

For you to be called in this way

You must be prepared

To accept this experience

And undergo the process of preparation

Which is very deep and internal.

You must be able

To respond to those

Who come into your life

Who initiate you

And be a part

Of this great turning point.

 

This is beyond

Your personal plans

And evaluation

Of your life

Entirely.

You may think

Or feel

That you are meant

For something greater

And perhaps

This feeling has been with you

For a very long time

But we are speaking

Of something

Of a far greater potency

And magnitude.

 

If the Great Rays are directed at you

If it is a time of great change

If your time has come

The time for which you have prepared unknowingly

If that time has come

You must be ready to receive

And you must be prepared

To go through

A period of great confusion

And uncertainty.

 

In the world today

God’s New Messenger is here

Bringing a New Message from God

To the world.

If you are to meet him

And for this meeting

To be truly efficacious

You must be prepared in this way

Or you will think

He is just another person

Making great claims.

You will evaluate him

On a personal level

The way you evaluate people

At this present time.

You will not see.

You will not know.

You will not realize

That this is the greatest encounter

You will probably have

In your entire life.

If you miss it

It is missed.

 

God wills for you

To awaken

To your greater purpose

And to receive

The great blessing

From the Angelic Assembly

The Great Rays

But that does not mean

That you will make this rendezvous.

That does not mean

That you can hear

And see

And know

In the critical moment

Where recognition must occur.

That does not mean

Your success is assured.

That does not mean

That you are ready

Willing

And able.

 

If you have a destiny

With the Messenger

You must be preparing for that

Setting aside

That which cannot go forward

Embracing that

Which is crucial

To your success

Building your sense of integrity

Self-honesty

Evaluating your life

To see

What is truly genuine

And has destiny

And what does not

Facing loss

Giving things up

If necessary

Stepping away

From people

When necessary

Stepping away

From your former investments

In people

Places

And things

If necessary.

 

When this life is over

And you return

To your Spiritual Family

They will only have

One question

For you

And that is

Whether you made

Your sacred rendezvous

In life

And gave your gifts

To the world

And in that moment

You will know

With absolute clarity

Whether you did

Or did not.

There is no punishment here

But the weight of failure

Is great.

It means

You will have to try again

And go through

The whole process

All over again.

That should be incentive enough

To encourage most people

To proceed.

 

When you pray to God

Do not pray for little things

Little advantages

Dispensations.

Pray that Knowledge

Will become strong

Within you.

Pray that you will have

The forbearance

And the self-discipline

To hold back

Your fearful

And reactive tendencies.

Pray that those

With whom

You are meant to become engaged

Can find you in the world.

Pray that you will be ready for them

When they arrive

That you will realize

You are making an engagement

Now

Of greater importance

Without trying to

Fully understand

 

What it means

Or what it will require.

 

People who are called

Are called out

Of their former circumstances

And prepared

For a different kind of life.

Everyone has a greater purpose

For being in the world

At this time

But not many people are ready

To receive their calling.

They are not ready

To receive the Great Rays.

 

The future of the world

Depends upon

Enough people

Receiving their calling

And making their contribution

To a world facing

Great and perilous change

A world facing

A Greater Community of life in the universe

A world facing

Economic decline

Environmental destruction

A changing climate

A world at risk

Of collapsing from within

And facing intervention from without.

This is the world

You have come to serve.

It is no accident

You are here

At this time.

 

The Blessing is with you

But you are not with the Blessing.

The calling is waiting for you

But you are busy doing other things

Preoccupied at every moment.

The Angelic Assembly

Watches over you

But your eyes are cast down

To the ground.

You pray for peace

And happiness

And beneficial circumstances

Without realizing

That you are really here

For something else.

You pray to the heavens

That your state of Separation will be satisfactory

And fulfilling

Which can never be the case.

 

The Angelic Assembly is waiting for you

To realize that

Without your greater purpose

And calling

Your life

Is but a troubled dream.

You cannot find fulfillment here

No matter what you do

For you are here

For a greater purpose

And the need of your soul

Is to have this purpose

Realized

And expressed

In the world.

 

If you were not a Greater Being

With a greater origin

And a greater destiny

This would not be the case.

You would just be

An intelligent creature

Living on the surface

Of the world

Trying to be safe

And secure

Trying to be happy

With what you have

And always wanting more.

 

But you are a Greater Being

With a greater origin

And a greater destiny

And the calling is waiting for you

To come to that point of recognition

And readiness.

That sends a signal

To the Angelic Presence

That you are truly ready

And that the process

Must begin.

 

If you cannot generate

This recognition

Within yourself

Then it will be generated

For you

Because your life has reached

The critical point

Where the calling

Must occur

If it is to ever occur in this life.

And that can be extremely disruptive

And the chance of failure will be greater here.

For there is no assurance

You will understand

The meaning of

What is happening.

There is no assurance

That you will follow

What you must follow

And step away

From what you must

Step away from.

 

In a universe of intelligent life

Of countless races of beings

The Great Rays

Are being cast upon those

Who can respond

And who must respond.

It is a Great Plan

For a universe

So far beyond

What you can even imagine.

You cannot conceive of it.

It will make you realize

That your former ideas

Were either hopelessly false

Or greatly inadequate

To address

The real situation in your life.

That is why

You must have humility

And receive correction

Without abusing yourself.

You must allow your life

To be reshaped by Knowledge

Without trying

To reshape it yourself.

It is such a different

Way of being.

It is such a different relationship

With yourself

And others.

It is the beginning

Of a greater life

For you.

 

May God shine upon you

And call you

Out of your troubled dreams

Out of the shadows

Of the past

Out of the misery

Of the present.

 

Pray for this

But in the meantime

Prepare yourself

By being truly honest

About your situation

Your engagements

Your involvements

And your commitments.

 

You cannot be passive

Regarding this great calling.

You must build the foundation.

You must make the effort.

You must have the courage.

You must take the risks

For this will make you strong

And powerful

In the world

And show you

Where the strength

Of your integrity

And courage

Resides.

 

This day

Hear these words

For they come

From the Source of all life.

Prepare for the Messenger in the world

For it is very likely

That you have a destiny

With him.

Understand

You are living

At a Time of Revelation

And that has a great deal to do

With what has happened

In your life

And your deeper inclinations

For the future.

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The Secret To Feeling Loved In a Relationship – It Might Surprise You

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  • The Facts:

    The secret to feeling loved is to explore what is blocking the love you already hold within yourself. It's about getting to your authentic self and recognizing it. No one can fulfill any of us, we must find it within.

  • Reflect On:

    How often do you feel your authentic self? How often do you connect with the love and peace within yourself? What are the main things you say or do to yourself that is blocking you from seeing you are love?

Everyone wants to feel loved don’t they? The feeling of having someone else sustain you and your feelings because they love you, tell you all the time and show it to you in every way imaginable? Well here’s the secret to live that fantasy life: Love Yourself!

Or better yet, work to see the love that you truly are. When you connect with the love within you, you won’t need any of the above as you realize you are already whole. Instead, the above will just show up naturally as part of a relationship and will be a joy to play with.

That’s right, feeling loved is not about what others can provide you, that’s only temporary feelings that will always need reassurance. It’s about what you are able to realize about yourself. We can always jump from person to person who gives us attention, makes us feel special and loved all the time, but this isn’t sustainable. If we always look outside of ourselves to have something fulfilled then we will always be searching.

It’s Within!

The truth is, like most things in life that we strive for, the answers are usually within. If we take a look at the reason we look for love in the first place we begin to notice things within ourselves that tell us we are not already love or loved. We might think we are not good enough, not attractive enough, don’t have a big enough sense of adventure or aren’t funny enough. It doesn’t matter what story we make up about ourselves, it’s these stories that make us look outside of ourselves for love.

Think of it this way. Imagine there is a box and it represents you. At the bottom of that box is an infinite amount of love. Now take a whole bunch of dirty clothes that you don’t want or need anymore and put it in that box under the assumption that these clothes represent you and you need to hold on to them. Think for a moment about what that looks like and how it feels.

Now realize something. Beneath all of the old, dirty and smelly clothes that you don’t need anymore and that you think represents you, there is love. So how do you get to it? You remove all of that which is hiding or covering up the love. The stories of things you believe represent you or are you but are not because you are, at the core, love.

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The Ego’s Idea of Love

“But in the movies it’s never like this! What about the fairy tales?” Who defines what love should look like between two people? How many times have you heard a mother say “I worry because I love.” Worrying means you love someone? Interesting definitions we have don’t we? The truth is we have through our own minds, ego’s and through external influences, created an idea of what is, what it looks like and how things should be in a loving relationship. But the reality is, most of this is all to appease the mind and ego and is rarely sustainable.

True love is felt within both people, as complete and whole people on their own. They come together and share lives, experiences, periods of time together and exchange that feeling of love with one another. It doesn’t matter whether someone is constantly doing something to show you or making sacrifices all the time, love IS. It’s unconditional and by this definition it means without condition. We don’t need A + B to = love. It’s simple love = love.

Does this mean we can’t do nice things for others and exchange cute experiences with those we care for because suddenly this is showing our love in the wrong way? Absolutely not. It means now when you do these things they are simply out of the inspiration to do it and it isn’t going to fulfill lack that both people in the relationship are experiencing.

How Do We Love Ourselves?

There are many ways to learn to love your authentic self, but mainly it comes back to the box analogy I used earlier. The more we can observe the reasons we put ourselves down, think negatively about ourselves or think there is something not loveable about ourselves, the more we can see what is blocking or stopping us from loving our true authentic self.

Write it down if you have to. Take the time to sit quietly on your own and think of the reasons why you don’t love yourself, feel self conscious or think something isn’t perfect about you.

After you write down what you think these things are. Write down how you think each one got there. Did you see it in a movie? Learn it from friends or family? Does society look at things this way?

After you have gone through each one, go back and choose to first accept that you once thought of yourself that way. It’s okay, at some point we have all been through these things and it’s often a normal part of personal development.

Now realize how there is no real truth to the things you have mentioned about yourself as they are just perceptions created based on some false idea of who you think you are and what those things mean in terms of love. The more you realize that you are not your appearance, career, hobbies and so forth, the more you begin to not rely on those things to love yourself.

Try looking at yourself in the mirror, look in your eyes and tell yourself you love yourself multiple times. See how this makes you feel. Is it easy? Awkward? Uncomfortable? Ask yourself why and reflect again on the answers that come up. The trick is the more you become aware of why you think these things about yourself, the more you realize they are stories and you begin to disempower them. From here it just takes continuing to disempower them as they creep back up as when you give them no truth and power, they dissipate because they are not true to begin with. They are just thought forms and ideas.

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Dark Jewels: Mining The Gifts Of 8 Difficult Emotions

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  • The Facts:

    Our difficult emotions are not just unpleasant experiences. They have hidden gifts, including the capacity to transform our lives into more joy and wholeness. They impart wisdom and compassion we can't find living on, or fearfully clinging to, the su

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    Which emotions do you have trouble feeling or accepting in yourself and others? These might be the frontiers you need to embrace and enter to more fully embody your life.

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It is a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.

—Pema Chodron

Unless we look into and skillfully navigate our dark sides, we can’t become our fullest selves. Consequently, we can’t truly love ourselves and the world as much as we are capable. Following Pema Chodron’s reasoning: if we cannot bear our own pain, how can we bear the pain of others? If we are afraid of our own suffering, how can we genuinely stand with another in theirs and thereby be the friend possible?

Below I list eight natural, universal emotions that at first blush we might feel like avoiding. This list is a kind of treasure hunt, revealing what we get to discover when we welcome and allow these at first uncomfortable feelings to be, and eventually change us from our depths on up through our heart and mind. For this growth to happen, we first have to be honest with ourselves—to be aware of what we are feeling and able to name it. Then we can embrace the feelings and go from there.

Notice how each “negative” emotion mentioned below informs us of our care. To welcome and work with our shadow emotions enables us to care more. Caring also requires sensitivity. So, if we have a sensitive heart, we will likely feel all these difficult emotions in good measure. And, when we learn how to intimately, courageously and patiently dance with them, they give us more heart and more inner power. Each emotion is therefore a portal to fulfill our capacity for greater love—love for ourselves, for those we love, and the Earth itself.

Difficult Emotion #1: Guilt

Guilt is usually a signal that we have acted, or might act, inappropriately. Guilt brings us back to our values, morality, and care for one another. Guilt shows us where we have acted poorly and can do better. Guilt keeps us accountable to one another. Guilt (that we have done wrong) need not become shame (that we are wrong or bad). We can harvest the lesson in our guilt (oftentimes along with our remorse), make amends, and forgive ourselves. For example, if I feel guilty that I wasn’t fully honest with you and this cost you, I might make an amend and confess my shortcoming.

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Sitting with guilt allows the sting of wrongdoing to impress a lesson upon us, or to change our hearts for the long term. Guilt need not be self-hatred, self-condemnation, or endless regret. It can be a mature reckoning and opportunity for more integrity. Note, guilt can also be a symptom of depression and OCD, in which case it’s best to notice it and not ruminate on it or try to mine it for wisdom.

Difficult Emotion #2: Anger or Rage

Almost every instance of anger arises because something we treasure has been threatened or taken away. It shows us what we care about and how we feel violated. Anger is the smoke alerting us to the fire of where we have been hurt. Anger shows us where our boundaries are, and welcoming the energy of anger helps us set boundaries. Anger protects what we love and shows us how much we care and value what is rightfully ours, or what is another’s. In the face of abuse, for example, anger or even rage, is an appropriate response. It protects our vulnerability.

Sitting with anger, without acting it out violently (unless appropriate in the moment to set a strong boundary) empowers our functional ego, or sense of self. It’s good, however, to make sure we get the facts straight before we let our anger take over, so we are not acting out on false assumption. With all this said, I find anger one of the less remunerative emotions to perpetuate. I try to get the lesson, hear the message from anger, then try to skillfully express, discharge, or let it go (not suppress or perpetuate it in thought and heart) as soon as possible. In excess, anger ages, wears us down, and burns bridges of support. At the same time, not embracing and discharging anger in healthy ways can sabotage and age us even more quickly.

Difficult Emotion #3: Fear

There is helpful and unhelpful fear. Helpful fear shows us our limits and where our limits for self-protection are, and therefore, what we care about. Fear of heights, or walking at the edge of a cliff, help us be careful so we don’t hurt ourselves. This is helpful fear. We all have limits, and healthy fear tells us when to stop and what to avoid, or to be careful in proceeding. Sitting with helpful fear shows us how to take care of ourselves and others, how to avoid harm. Unhelpful fear should be confronted, skillfully, and in good timing, so it doesn’t prevent us from achieving our goals. Asking that someone special out on a date or taking the steps to follow through on a dream, despite the fear, is confronting unhelpful fear and not letting it hold us back. We can’t help feeling unhelpful fear, and sometimes rather than try not to feel fear, the way to conquer it is simply to “Feel the fear and do it anyway.”

Difficult Emotion #4: Remorse

Remorse is related to guilt. It signals us that we have made a mistake, caused harm, or could have done better. Remorse arises because we care; otherwise we wouldn’t care how our actions affect others. Sitting with remorse allows it to teach us a heartfelt lesson. The remorse we feel because we didn’t take the time to review the pesticide-impact report accurately, or because we didn’t make the call that would have prevented a disaster, can all be good medicine. It’s important to allow remorse and not excessively beat ourselves up about it, which also gives us the opportunity to practice forgiveness. Remorse is tinged with sadness, which arises from caring, which is why it’s a good sign to feel remorse; it means we have a heart, care about life, and have a moral compass.

Difficult Emotion #5: Despair

Despair is tough and humbling. Sometimes we can’t help but despair. Despair has an element of giving up, and this total or partial surrender can bolster our capacity for letting go of unnecessary control. When we do, we can find inner strength we didn’t know we had, as well as outside support in those who come to our aid. Inside despair is the kernel of faith. Despair can be a path to what we might call God or Spirit, which is often our own resiliency and trust that things will somehow work out when we have given up, or feel like we have nothing left.

It’s important to have support and to self-motivate when appropriate so that despair does not unnecessarily turn to depression and self-harm. Falling apart in the arms of despair can be a powerful way to contact our depths and find that invisible inner fortitude. This is best done with people who can stand by us, hold us, and keep our heads above water, if indeed we are afraid of figuratively drowning. When we have support and can weather its storm, despair also reveals what we care about and who unconditionally cares for us.

Difficult Emotion #6: Worry or Anxiety

Worry can be unrealistic or realistic, and shades of both, just like fear. Noticing what we worry about can show us what we care about; otherwise, why would we bother to worry? Some are worrywarts, in which case it’s helpful to try not to worry as much, while preserving the kernel of care in worry. Sometimes it’s appropriate to act in order to reduce worry. If I’m worrying about having left the gate open, getting up and closing it abets my worry. Other times, when our worry is more unrealistic, we don’t need to act as much as we need to bring our minds back into balance. Sitting with realistic worry shows us what we need to do to protect ourselves and others, even if it’s as simple as closing the gate or moving a glass from the edge of the table. Worry brings out the care in our hearts or our fear of harm. Controlling negative and anxious thinking, getting the facts straight, and breathing deeply all help keep worry from becoming exaggerated, unrealistic, and getting the best of us. Worry is our hearts thinking out loud about what we care for.

Difficult Emotion #7: Grief

Grief is the price we pay for the privilege of love. Yet, it’s only a temporary cost, for I consider grief the most soul-making of the emotions. Grief takes us down into ourselves;  it is the polisher of our souls. Grief dissolves our pain, which making it invaluable for living as a sustainable person. For if we don’t clear our hearts of pain, the tendency is to poison the world and others with the hurt we didn’t allow it to dissolve. Within grief is the blossom of rebirth from suffering and loss. The more we grieve, the more we can love; and the more we love, the more we feel the sting of loss. To deny grief is to deny love. While most of us don’t want to feel the drag, dullness, and despair of grief, it is a natural and healthy reaction to loss. Grief is a symbol of our love and when we can welcome it, we give our hearts the opportunity to break and grow as wide as the world. Grief work is an aspect of grief that I describe as  intentionally entering our past pain, especially that from childhood, that has not been resolved. This work frees our lives from the inside out as nothing else can. Grief is merely the other side of feel-good love and is always in fluid communication with it.

Difficult Emotion #8: Envy or Jealousy

Envy, as the desire for what someone else has, points to our fulfillment. It brings out our longing and desire and shows us what we want and what we can work for to make our lives better or more enjoyable. Of course, it’s important to make sure that what we are envious of is something we truly want and value, and not just an excuse to hate on someone. Sometimes we feel a heavy dose of envy because we don’t want to work for the success another has. Yet, once we admit our admiration for someone else’s success or freedom, we can use that inspiration to work to acquire what we envy, and admire our own progress and achievements.

Jealousy, which is feeling threatened that what we cherish will be taken away or injured, is often accompanied by anger. In wanting to possess, jealousy shows us what we value, what we want to protect, what we would feel pain in losing. The element of anger, or even worry, in jealousy helps us set boundaries and limits to protect what we want and care about. Marriage, or committing to monogamy, are examples.

The Takeaway

I hope this deeper glimpse into difficult emotions allows you to lean into and appreciate them for their uncommon gifts and not throw out their wisdom with the bathwater of knee-jerk reaction of temporary discomfort. Yes, they can be difficult and bring us down, but when we wisely work with them, and for long enough, they release their nectar, transform us into better and kinder people, and initiate us to our shared humanity. Their benevolent darkness gifts us depth and beauty we can’t otherwise find in the sunny side of life alone.

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Jack Adam Weber, L.Ac., M.A., is Chinese medicine physician, having graduated valedictorian of his class in 2000. He has authored hundreds of articles, thousands of poems, and several books. Weber is an activist for embodied spirituality and writes extensively on the subjects of holistic medicine, emotional depth work, and mind-body integration, all the while challenging his readers to think and act outside the box. His latest creation is the Nourish Practice, a deeply restorative, embodied meditation practice as well as an educational guide for healing the wounds of childhood. His work can be found at jackadamweber.com, on Facebook, or Twitter, where he can also be contacted for medical consultations and life-coaching.

 

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50 Years of Near Death Experience Research Suggests That The “Soul” Is Real

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  • The Facts:

    50 years of research conducted by scientists into Near Death Experiences is summarized below. The research shows that consciousness, or the soul, or something continues to have awareness after "death."

  • Reflect On:

    Evidence of sensitive and touchy topics in science have always been dismissed and ridiculed. Why, no matter how strong the evidence, are discoveries ridiculed or swept under the rug? Are our minds that closed?

Nikola Tesla once said that, “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”

Fast forward to today, and we now have hundreds of notable world-renowned scientists studying “non-material” science. Science the birth of quantum mechanics, the mysteries of consciousness have been at the forefront of scientific study, and we now know today that consciousness plays a crucial part, in several different ways, when it comes to perceiving what we call our physical material world.

Most of our founding fathers of science, especially physics, were all spiritual mystics.  Max Plack, a physicist who originated quantum theory, regarded consciousness as “fundamental,” and matter as “derivative from consciousness.” He said that “we cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.” 

Eugene Wigner, a physicist and mathematician told the world that “it was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to consciousness.”

With all of this being said, there is still a resistance to the new discoveries that non-material science is making, especially when it comes to topics on the umbrella of parapsychology, like telepathy, remote viewing (which was used by the US government for intelligence purposes for 25 years), for example, near death experiences (NDE’s) and much more.

Here is a video of CIA contracted Physicist Russel Targ sharing everything he knows about ESP.

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“Despite the unrivalled empirical success of quantum theory, the very suggestion that it may be literally true as a description of nature is still greeted with cynicism, incomprehension and even anger.” 

– (T. Folger, “Quantum Shmantum”; Discover 22:37-43, 2001)

This is, again, perhaps why so many scientists are coming together to create awareness about this and emphasize some very important points about non-material science.

You can read more, in detail, about that here.

Near Death Experiences (NDE’s) are one area of study under parapsychology and non-material science.  What happens when we die? Does some aspect of us survive death? Some non-material aspect, like consciousness, for example?  Does consciousness originate in the brain, or is it a receiver of it?

It’s been the topic of discussion in philosophy and theology for years, and in the 20th century it has become the subject of scientific research. One of the people responsible for starting this initiative was Ian Stevenson, who, as the Chair of University of Virginia’s Department of Psychiatry, in 1967, created a research unit within the department to study if anything of the human personality survives after death.

His research investigated multiple hundreds of children who claimed to recall past lives and there are many examples. These children are able to give remarkable details about their past lives, and in some cases include describing how they died, locating past family members of who they used to be that are still living, and more details that would otherwise be impossible to describe.

You can see some specific examples in an article we’ve previously published, linked below:

6 Extraordinary Cases of Kids Who Remember Their Past Lives 

Here is a video of Dr. Bruce Greyson speaking at a conference that was held by the United Nations. He is considered to be one of the “fathers” of near death studies. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neuro-behavioral Science at UVA. In the video he describes documented cases of individuals who were clinically dead (showing no brain activity), but observing everything that was happening to them on the medical table below at the same time. He describes how there have been many instances of this – where individuals are able to describe things that should have been impossible to describe.

Another significant statement by Dr. Greyson posits that this type of study has been discouraged due to our tendency to view science as completely materialistic. Seeing is believing, so to speak, in the scientific community. It’s unfortunate that just because we cannot explain something through materialistic means, it must be instantly discredited. The simple fact that “consciousness” itself is a non-physical “thing” is troubling for some scientists to comprehend, and as a result of it being non material, they believe it cannot be studied by science.

To access some of the published research in this area, you can refer to this article.

Below is a lecture that was filmed at the UVA by the medical department. It features Jim B. Tucker Bruce Greyson Edward F. Kelly J. Kim Penberthy, from the Division of Perceptual Studies.

Large studies have shown that a significant amount of people who have been clinically dead, experience some type of ‘awareness’ during that time. For example, one patient – a 57-year-old man at the time, despite being pronounced “dead” and completely unconscious, with no detectable biological activity going on, recalled watching the entire process of his resuscitation.

On a side note, Certified Master Hypnotherapist Michael Newton developed a technique to regress his clients back in time to recall memories from their past lives. During this process he stumbled upon a discovery of enormous proportions. He was able to bring the souls back to the place where they go before their next life — a life between lives. Out of 7,000 regressions, a large majority had eerily similar recollections of a place that many of them called “home.”

You can read more about that here.

The proofs for the existence of worlds beyond this one go well past this topic and this article, and this cited research.

A New Groundbreaking Documentary About Post-Materialist Science

It’s interesting because as far back as 1999, statistics professor Jessica Utts at UC Irvine, published a paper showing that parapsychological experiments have produced much stronger results than those showing a daily dose of aspirin helping to prevent heart attacks. Utts also showed that these results are much stronger than the research behind various drugs like antiplatelets, for example.

This new film, called Expanding Reality  can be purchased  here.

“Expanding Reality is about the emerging postmaterialist paradigm and the next great scientific revolution. Why is it important? Because this paradigm has far-reaching implications. For instance, it re-enchants the world and profoundly alters the vision we have of ourselves, giving us back our dignity and power as human beings. The postmaterialist paradigm also fosters positive values such as compassion, respect, care, love, and peace, because it makes us realize that the boundaries between self and others are permeable. In doing so, this paradigm promotes an awareness of the deep interconnection between ourselves and Nature at large. In that sense, the model of reality associated with the postmaterialist paradigm may help humanity to create a sustainable civilization and to blossom.” – Mario Beauregard, PhD, from the University of Arizona

These people have exhausted their own resources in order to make Expanding Reality for the world, show your support by purchasing the movie HERE. You won’t be disappointed.

The Takeaway

The takeaway here is to recognize the evidence existing suggesting the soul, or consciousness, or some type of awareness exists after death. Now, what consciousness encompasses, might be different from the soul, etc, but those are much deeper discussions to be had.

When will science recognize something that’s clearly observable given the witness testimony and similarity of the experiences, and that phenomena that can’t be explained can still be real?

The parameters of modern day science really prevents us from moving forward, which is why we are seeing such a large growth in non-material science, the next step after quantum physics.

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Physicists Examine Consciousness Conclude The Universe Is Spiritual Immaterial & Mental

Distinguished Scientists Gather To Emphasize: Matter Is Not The Only Reality

Beyond Space & Time: Quantum Theory Suggests That Consciousness Moves on After Death

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