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Suppression of the Soul
We nowadays enjoy a never before available technical progress. The life and work, so it seems, was never ever as easy as it is now. The human being is more and more relieved of heavy physical work and unpleasant jobs. That should be actually an ideal frame to become more happier! But the opposite is the case. More and more people suffer, especially in industrial countries, under depression and emotional crisis. So from illnesses, which are opposed to the longed for life joy and present a state of the soul which can be described as the opposite of happiness. Especially in our modern world, which is driven by lust fulfilment, satisfaction and fun, do we find the most depressions. Just in that part of the world in which most people are well off, can we find the most anxieties and worries.
It almost looks like as if a person has to struggle all the time to provide for the basics of life’s necessities; such a person is immune against the illnesses of the industrial countries. In poorer countries we hear seldom of depressions.
The picture should not be drawn here in black and white. It is not about to demonize technical progress or to misuse the serious illness of depression as a reason. That would be wrong and not wanted. More do I want to point out that material comfort does not necessarily make people happier.
20 % of Australians suffer from depression. More than 2500 Australians commit suicide each year. Depression is a serious illness and the treatment is even made harder as society sees people with depression as weak or the illness is not taken seriously by others. The sufferers hide their dis-ease as they fear to be stamped as a weakling or a loser. Here there is a change of thinking necessary in society which through understanding can open up an atmosphere of wakefulness, empathy and helpfulness. The help of medical practitioners and therapists is indispensable.
Whoever is reading this blog and suffers under depression, please search help under www.beyondblue.org.au or Lifeline (24 hours) on 13 11 14
(As a professional counsellor, life coach and energy therapist I will in my Blogs introduce and describe approaches which healthy people can use for themselves but also people with depression or other emotional illnesses might find helpful as an additional approach. Should you suffer under depression or any other psychological illness, please consult your medical or psychological advisor before trying anything that I suggest in this blog.)
The short joy of owning a Ferrari
Perhaps you know someone or you yourself are a person who believes that you came here into this world without even choosing to do so and now that you are here you believe that the world holds your happiness in form of the material experiences or products you can acquire and enjoy. Perhaps your focus is on financial security and material wealth. Although it is true that material wealth can lead to greater contentment research shows that material goods are only capable of offering us a sense of short term bliss.
Research shows that income is three to six times higher in the USA, Japan, Switzerland and Germany since the Second World War, but the sense of happiness of the people living in these countries stayed the same since this time. People in Latin America are much poorer but significantly happier. An increased income only leads to partial happiness. We most often do not remember the times when we had it worse but only the times when we had it good. We are quickly used to an improved situation and soon find it normal to have a higher material life standard.
The Swiss economist Bruno Frey from the University of Zurich got known through his contribution to the “economy of happiness”.
He said in an interview: “We know that materialists, who are focused on money, are less happy then idealists, who do not focus so much on their income. When the wealth grows a materialist is still not content, it is never enough!” Further he explains. “
Who purchased a Ferrari feels like in paradise—but unfortunately only at the first moment. After two weeks we find the Ferrari pretty normal. The feeling of happiness wears off. With a new friend or girlfriend this is different. The friendship can be experienced again and again as invigorating and enriching. (….) The stupid thing is only that we foresee it wrongly and overvalue the material… and let’s face it, how it is if we have a new car is much easier to imagine then how it will be if we meet a new person.”
The hope to get much happier when we win the lottery for example is really questionable. This hope also bears the danger that we oversee present opportunities for happiness due to the hoped for future happiness.
“Who only dreams about happiness should not wonder when he oversleeps it, “says the movie and theatre actor Ernst Deutsch.
Naturally are people more content if the wealth increases, but this has boundaries. The material wealth should not be overvalued in regards to the effect it has on our personal happiness. Inner balance and a soulful vigour have another medium in which they flourish in, than material unconcern.
Often does discontent lead to ambitions which promise more happiness. So do people undergo surgery in order to look younger and more beautiful and they believe and hope that they will through more beauty achieve more happiness. Here some people get misled through the ghost light “Everything is possible”. There are limitations which are for each person different. We can do a lot, and every single person has capabilities, possibilities and talents, but we often start at the wrong place and suffer shipwreck and find us again further away from happiness. Casting shows for pop stars or models on TV, which are often very awkward and embarrassing, show at the moment the last station to which these ghost lights lead to.
With discipline to more joy in life
We can actually do lots of physical things to increase our wellbeing and even initiate feelings of happiness. Brain research for example shows that movement in fresh air, enough sunlight or the right nourishment can release chemicals in the brain which we call happiness hormones.
So can we say in short that through a healthy way of living we can contribute to our own happiness?
For this we should not establish fixed rules in the sense of “Do this and leave that, then you will be happy!” How repulsive can it appear, if a person dogmatically postulates some nutritional supplement as an universal remedy or if one follows some sport like an addiction.
Nevertheless can we find that for many conditions which offer us a piece of joy, we can ourselves do something physically to achieve it. Enough movement and time in fresh air, a weight that makes us feel well, or some little “happiness”- like a glass of red wine at the evening, a stroll through the rain, a sunrise early in the morning, work in the garden etc. – can contribute to our own wellbeing, without us having to maintain a dogmatic program. Every person should make sure that he reserves time for things, which give him balance and support for his sense of happiness. But like here it is for everything. : One is not for all.
Reflect what gives you joy in life. Jot it down.
So simple as it sounds, is it not always in reality. The one person is prevented by an obstinate overweight to achieve his happiness, the other cannot get over his snugness to get over himself to go into the fresh air. Such hindrances are many. It shows that before many changes that could be achieved and which would lead to a happier and better life, we first have to overcome ourselves. So we have to do something which is uncomfortable and we have to pay the prize of short term discomfort during the time of overcoming ourselves. This is also something which we do not like and does not appeal to our perception of happiness: “What now I am asked to eat less? But I like to eat!” How many would like to let go of overeating or smoking, if it would not be so difficult to do so? But the necessary change does cost to overcome our own desires, we have to put in personal effort, a decision, and to be prepared to accept a short term discomfort in order to come one step forward in our life.
Could we say that prior to happiness we have to endure a time of renunciation, a time of overcoming and also have an insight about what we want to change and where we are having a problem at the moment? At least this would be a step towards the direction not to search reasons for our own unhappiness in the mistakes of other people anymore. Carl Zuckmayer said something similar: “Half of our life is luck, and the other half is discipline- and discipline is decisive as without discipline could we do nothing with our luck.”
The right priorities
The demands of society, job, or family are triggers for many to feel unhappy. One cannot meet all the demands, one does not know how to manage all the tasks and one asks himself how one can feel happy at all under such circumstances. One would really like to do what one likes to do. All the time these demands from others, so many obligations! Where is the escape?
Also here can we recognize that before a next step to more joy in life there has to be first an effort an overcoming of ourselves. To make order in life, to arrange and organize it, to act and not only to re-act….asks effort and this has for many people nothing in common with their idea of joy. They think that personal effort is just the opposite of joy.
Nevertheless nothing can bypass the need for order in our life, and the setting of the right priorities. Otherwise one will always run behind something, instead of improving something for himself. This is not only so in the professional area but also in regards to every other area of life. These “own” order will over time also have to change again, in order to be able to adapt to changing circumstances.
It is for sure a first good investment in our own life order to think about it in a calm hour, to become clear about what is important for you, how much time you want to use for it and in which sequence one want to devote himself to the task. We also need time available to check our own priorities again and again and possibly change them or to have time to think about our purpose in life and to be able to address challenges of one’s life.
In the book, “The seven habits of highly effective people” by Stephen R. Covey, we can find some help for this. Covey arranges in his time management matrix different activities into
Important- Urgent, Important-Not Urgent, Urgent-not important, not Urgent-Unimportant.
Important and urgent:
Time bound deadlines
Treatment of illness
Friend or family member needs help
Important but not urgent
To think about ones purpose in life spirituality
To develop plans and ideas
Formulate life goals
Recuperation and prevention
Reflection about the past and to learn from one’s mistake
Not important, but urgent
Some appointments in associations
Some phone calls
Some urgent affairs
Not important and not urgent
Some phone calls
If we look at the little overview one can recognize for himself quite well how often or how seldom one decides to put important things first. Perhaps are some things not enough fostered which would be important. Things which would be important for life’s happiness and well-being are not fostered as they seem not urgent enough to do them. We have to remember that we have in our personal life capacity only a certain amount of time and energy to our disposal. We do not have endless time or energy. If we focus first on the important and urgent things and get them done, then on the important and not urgent things and get them done, we usually still have some time left to do unimportant things. If we first do the unimportant things it can happen that we are not left with enough time and energy for the important things.
Get back to the little overview and become clear about, what is important for you, how much time you want to use for it and in which sequence you want to devote yourself to the tasks. Jot down your thoughts.
Some things do not make fun but give joy.
It is very important to give room to activities which are not urgent but important. In there lies a key to happiness. As who for example formulates purpose oriented life goals, has a great chance to also become happy.
Who then celebrates the first successes of his self-discipline, will experience happy and fulfilling moments. But moments of happiness can’t be detained, but want to be pursued again and again. Movement is a part of life, and we have to walk towards such moments, we have to do something in order to be able to experience them. “Happiness is cheaply acquired with tiredness and muscle ache” said Tolstoi. We have to become aware to not interchange fun with joy. If you go on a roller-coaster on a fair this might be fun, but it is no joy. If you write a book or work on a project it gives joy, but it might not always be fun. This means that even creative people might not always feel like doing something that belongs to their work. But if they have a talent to sit through feelings of reluctance, they will be rewarded with deep feelings of joy that impatient people never will be able to experience. Persistence is always an attribute of happier natures. To have a purposeful goal, to apply yourself to it and to exert yourself, to practice renunciation….this path leads to moments of happiness and to joyful experiences, which never would come towards us if we would not contribute something to it. Who has happiness as his only goal, gets into the danger that many disruptive factors affect his wellbeing. Who but takes Purpose as his goal, acquires the advantage and the opportunity to get happy, just as an additional fact.
Meaningful striving transmits energies, meaningless striving deprives someone of energy!
To find a meaningful life following questions could be helpful:
Am I clear about what meaning my life has?
What benefit do my fellow men have from what I do or not do?
What contribution do I perform with my life and work towards the public good?
What values carry and drive my striving?
Perhaps one will not succeed at once to answer such questions in regard to our direction and life goals in a satisfactory way. One might have to occupy oneself perhaps constantly and intensely with these themes. This means again effort and work! Work in regard to our self-discipline, the will for change and persistence. But in the first instance work, which serves our own happiness in life.
Rather be optimistic
Self-discipline and the will to change coupled with persistence---that is what characterizes an optimist. Optimists face a situation with the attitude: “I do not like that, so I will change it!” Pessimists in the opposite say: “I cannot do anything about it anyway!”
Latest research show that optimists differ mainly from pessimists in that they are active, and in that they work for what they want. They act in their environment and try to improve their life situations towards the better.
But this working, being active and to put effort in and the orientation towards new, better things is not a privilege from the optimists alone. Everyone can- if perhaps also with some effort, learn, adopt and acquire a more optimistic attitude in order to look more confident into the future. A basic help is thereby to have a clear image about one’s goal, as who does not know where he wants to go, might be possibly be okay of how his life is and this can lead him to remain inactive. (Further help and explanations about effective goal setting, and how we can help ourselves to become more optimistic, you will find in the coming chapters)
The right goals and their pursuit are decisive facts for an optimistic attitude and therefore also for the psychic wellbeing, whereas it is also important to know the “Why” one follows a goal and not alone “Which “goal one does pursue.
Suzanne C. Segerstorm, professor of Psychology, did intensive studies in regards to the connection between optimism and wellbeing and describes it in her book “ Optimisten leben anders”(Optimists live differently) which goals in regards to personal happiness are especially valuable. “In general are we the happiest, when we pursue goals, which help us to grow as human beings, to have meaningful relationships and contribute something worthwhile to society; we are less happy, when we pursue goals, which help us to be more attractive, richer, or popular or famous.”
Abd- Ru- Shin, the author of the book “In The Light of Truth- Grail Message”, speaks even from a duty of man, to choose the right goals: “It is man’s duty on earth to set him the highest attainable goal, and to strive for this goal with all the powers at his disposal. But as a human being! This excludes from the beginning that, like an animal, he should merely trouble himself about food and drink, as unfortunately, many men do; or let him be goaded by the intellect into striving only for worldly greatness or fame without keeping in view as the main purpose the general welfare and advancement of mankind. “
The own order in our life, own goals and priorities will also have an effect on the relationships to other people. Hereby is clearly to see how joy and happiness of each person is dependent on his relationships to his fellow men. Are you taken seriously by others? Do people like to see you? Are you respected and perhaps even loved and needed? And from what does this depend on? – In the end again from how much we invest into these relationships and into the public good! Can I expect to have joyful experiences, when I don’t do anything prior to it? Am I prepared, to have understanding for the mistakes and weaknesses of my fellow men, to listen to him and help him? Am I for the people whose appraisal I value, there, when they need me? The relationship account should be balanced through give and take, otherwise there is the danger very near and that one cannot experience a joyful togetherness.
Here again we see that before we can reap we first have to exert ourselves, overcome ourselves-- sow. If one shies away from the work, one cannot reap.
The idea of sowing and reaping is illustrated with the following poem:
Sow with a generous hand; Pause not for toil or pain;
Weary not through the heat of summer, Weary not through the cold spring rain;
But wait till the autumn comes For the sheaves of golden grain.
Scatter the seed, and fear not, A table will be spread;
What matter if you are too weary To eat your hard-earned bread: Sow, while the earth is broken, For the hungry must be fed.
Sow;--while the seeds are lying In the warm earth's bosom deep, And your warm tears fall upon it-- They will stir in their quiet sleep; And the green blades rise the quicker, Perchance, for the tears you weep.
Then sow;--for the hours are fleeting, And the seed must fall to-day; And care not what hands shall reap it, Or if you shall have passed away Before the waving corn-fields Shall gladden the sunny day.
Sow; and look onward, upward, Where the starry light appears-- Where, in spite of the coward's doubting, Or your own heart's trembling fears, You shall reap in joy the harvest You have sown to-day in tears.
Adelaide Anne Procter's poem: Sowing And Reaping
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…….
Often do we find ourselves in competitiveness with others. One wants to be better, more beautiful, richer than others and the more he compares himself the more he discovers ever more people, who are assumed to be even better, even more beautiful and even more rich than oneself. The comparison with other people carries the seed of discontent and of unhappiness already in it. Thereby we will very seldom compare inner values —from which one could learn— but it is about superficialities, which most of the times awake even more greediness in us.
“Comparison is the end of all happiness and the beginning of discontent”, said the Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855).
We have to be careful when faced with an illusionary world, how some Medias show to us. Besides all the beauties and riches which are put into scene, some feel like a poor, ugly blighter. But wrongly- as he just has different qualities, which perhaps flower in secrecy. The idea expressed by the present days media illusory world, that every person can reach everything, if he so wants, is simply wrong, there are insurmountable differences in regards to us humans- in how we look, in the talents, in the leanings and in their capabilities-, which can’t be pushed to the side or changed. It only can make us unhappy, if we do not adapt to these realities and always look at other people, whom we find more beautiful or more talented.
Every person has in his character something that belongs to the whole and is absolutely necessary for the whole. Every person has gifts which are needed in his environment.
In order to be happy one has to first accept him the way one is. This also includes our life circumstances like health, job and place in society and so on. Based on this, one can build up on their own capabilities disregarding ‘mainstream’ ideas, fashion and what the spirit of the time suggests. Only on the base of the selfhood can one stand secure and achieve clarity and security. Otherwise will the personality stay in a romping place of foreign influences, standards and moods. “The peak of happiness is, when every person is ready to be who he is”, said Erasmus of Rotterdam (ca. 14651536)
Thinking is a matter of luck!
As important it is to reflect about one’s own capabilities and possibilities, it is also important for our own wellbeing to be watchful and to set healthy boundaries in regards to other humans. What effect do I have on other people? What triggers my behaviour, speaking and thinking in other people? What annoys me about other people and why does it disturb me? Is this or that person holding a mirror in front of me perhaps? Does one or the other behaviour perhaps disturb me so much as I have the same mistake?
Besides watchfulness it is also important to distance one-self from the moods and opinions of others. Here we find the colleagues who rant daily about the boss, the salary or the work circumstances, or there are the club members who have to beef something about everyone and everything, or the neighbour who complaints about everything and no one can make it right for him. One can ask oneself calmly following questions: “Does it do me good if I swim in the moods of others? Do I have to do it to myself to open myself for such a destructive atmosphere? Is this my own opinion? Are these also my own judgments the other person expresses? Or should I set boundaries in this or that situation, in order to stay detached from uninvited thoughts and ideas?
Also from ourselves do we do not have to accept every nonsense. We do not have to follow every mood or fluctuation which arises in us. We do not need to enmesh ourselves forcefully into pondering- but we can some time and over time more and more times- decide internally to focus our thoughts on something different, on something uplifting or something worthwhile which we can develop with the help of our thoughts. Pondering-a lot about yourself - keeps many people in a burdensome heaviness of the mind. One ponders about the past, missed opportunities, about mistakes or other things and nourishes thoughts which literally can beset a person’s mind. Unhealthy pondering is the enemy of joy.
Naturally is it important to think about mistakes in order to learn from them. But one does not have to fall into unhealthy pondering. The right way is to fresh and freely and with confidence look forward and to have the serious intention that what has led to the mistake, to change for the better. And even if you fall again, get up again and have a joyful decision to move on and try again!
Even if you are not in such a good mood, or if something really suppresses you, one can decide: Today do I want to make something of the day, I will try to be cheerful and calm; and I will give something to others, be it a smile or some uplifting encouragement; or a friendly glance. With such intention will we focus our thinking away from us to someone else- and this already helps to overcome the unpleasant emotional state. And if it does not work so well, then you still can stick to it: Tomorrow is a different day, I will try it again, I do not give up, not today, not tomorrow and on no other day!
Who falls occasionally on his path to personal happiness, should be like a child who learns to walk: Just get up again!
“Happiness is dependent on the nature of your thoughts!” knew already the roman emperor Marc Aurel (121-180). With the nature of our thinking we do create the prerequisite of our life happiness. Or shortly expressed: Thinking is a matter of happiness!
With friend and enemy to happiness
Not that what happens to us is decisive, but in the first instance how we cope with it, how we re-act. So can someone again and again make us crazy and we react again and again in the same way- emotional, with rage and anger-, and every time our own joy disappears, we are left without it. But could we not also react differently? Could we not leave our own path which we have since so long made wide and deep, just for a moment? Sure- it does cost effort and energy, to change our thinking and to act differently. But we always have to invest into relationships. Not only in regards to the relationships with friends, but also with people we do not like so much.
We think about payback and revenge, if someone used us; we want the just punishment, if someone treated us unjustly we tend to feel hate, if someone hurt us- we cannot find peace in our thoughts, no joy and no happiness. These things burden our mind and make our heart heavy and leave no room for liberation.
But where could we find this liberation?
“Father forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespasses against us!”
In forgetting, in forgiving lies indeed liberation, but in forgiving lies also the most difficult investment in the human togetherness we can have. Connected with this step lies the big decision to overcome ourselves. It starts with the intention: I will try, even if it is incredible difficult! Perhaps it is helpful to put ourselves into the position of the other person as if we ourselves would need the forgiveness for our own wrong doing in order to be freed from a heavy guilt.
To pardon and forgive is a great challenge which asks a lot. Perhaps is the help in a prayer for power and aid needed in order to be able to follow such a path and to forgive another. Who always bears enmity so always bears something, carries a heavy load on his shoulders. The path to forgiveness is the path to liberation and to freedom from rage and pain and hate which push heavy on our mind, but now we can free this place again and give room to calmness and joy.
The association with our friends also demands great alertness and attentiveness. Often do we treat the people who like us, even love us, in a way as if they are supposed to forgive us everything. We are busy to take from the relationship account from this or that friend- and are not aware enough to deposit something from our side.
This imbalance is often the reason, why true friendships develop so seldom and are so difficult to build up and maintain. Prior to taking should always lie the giving: Trust, help, care. Also and especially then, if it is hard for us, if it does not fit into our own time plan or hinders us from our own amenities, but it is worth to invest into that. To have true friends is one of the greatest assets of happiness which we can have in our life. People who are there for us, when we need them, who also love us if they know our mistakes, who tell us what we should change, who support us, if we are going through a tough time in our lives or feel unwell. Who goes through heavy, burdening life situations and has only one true friend who he knows beside him, on whose advice and help, comfort and consolation he can count on, will be better prepared to cope with difficult circumstances and overcome them, then someone who has no one he can trust.
Think on the relationships you have in your life. How can you foster them more?
The dimensions of happiness
Happiness is not only a concept from our daily life, but also a central theme in philosophy and in religion. To this also belongs that we not only react to the circumstances in our life, but to change these circumstances through our own actions. In that it is not about to search happiness in material riches or earthly power but it is about the constant happiness through insight, recognition and wisdom, this means to grasp God’s Will and to follow it.
Plato described 400 AC three dimensions of happiness:
1. The relationship to the Divine, 2. The happiness of being human 3. The happiness through social interactions. Two of these dimensions focus away from the person towards something else; one towards the Creator, to GOD, the other towards the fellow men. Only one of Plato’s described happiness dimension focuses on the personal self. And also Aristoteles said: “The ideal human feels joy, when he can be of service to another person.”
If we ask ourselves or other people what happiness means, the answer will be mostly connected to certain circumstances. Wealth, health, popularity, influence and so on-and with the wish to have all this. Only when people think further will they state functioning relationships, friendships, a happy marriage, a good relationship to colleagues and other things. And only last comes the spiritual path, the finding of a life purpose or even a personal focus on GOD as a fact for happiness.
Let’s first have a deeper view on the facets of happiness which have to do with our personal self: Wealth, health, popularity…..And? Should this be all? How about the deeper sight into oneself, personal emotional wellbeing, trust in oneself, inner security, freedom of thought, inner balance, confidence, self-esteem? Are this not also building blocks in the fundament of our own peace of mind? And is in the missing of these things not also the key why so many people are depressed and unhappy?
If a person’s ambitions only focus on the visible material world, it is no wonder, that they experience a deep inner emptiness and darkness, which gives emotional pain.
We are not prepared with such a one sided material focus to cope with fateful experiences, which all of a sudden shake our weak and fragile soul protection. Often little changes in our used to and cherished way of life are enough to throw us from our life path. We are not capable to build up the necessary opposite pressure in difficult life situations. This is the more difficult the thinner our social network is. If we have not invested enough into the relationships with other people, then we will miss the support and help in crisis situations, what makes it then so much more difficult to gain something of worth out of these situations. Science speaks from the possibility of the “posttraumatic growth”, so to become stronger through going through the crisis, which can be supported by the care and friendship of others. A problem shared is a problem halved.
Also do we often believe that happiness and joy is a matter of luck and comes to us arbitrarily. We are living in waiting or in a state of expectation and with that in a tragic misunderstanding. As we have to move towards happiness and joy, we have to shout into the forest, so that something joyful can shout back. If we wish happiness and joy we have to do something for it! Even modern science acknowledges our contribution to our own happiness.
Ongoing happiness can only be found through fulfilling a purpose in life. The philosopher Wilhelm Schmid says it like that: “Happiness is not the most important thing in life, but the question about the meaning of life is the most important thing in life!”
The present happiness research approaches the search for meaning only vaguely. Meaning can only be found in the soul and in the spiritual areas, in the interpersonal connections- or also in own life or goal choices.
One thing is clear for many authors and that is that we can do something to achieve happiness and to grasp the meaning of our life.
Happiness is lawfully anchored.
The fact that we can do something for our happiness means: We have to move, if we want to change something, or do something for our happiness, if we want to reach more life quality and more joy in life.
Let’s take as an example a conscious focusing at the beginning of the day: Today I will do something good with the day; I will give others a smile, I will finish a certain work etc. With such conscious decisions and – most importantly- with the consequent implementation of the intention, do we set something new into motion. A new chain reaction, as every decision opens possibilities for new advances in the new direction. We will not succeed in every new plan at once, but if we constantly try, then will we be also able to succeed in difficult things. So can new decisions string together and support an up building development.
With every decision- be it in profession, in the family or in any other life circumstance- do we start an action, an activity and a reaction, which arouse a retroaction. A simple example: If we treat other people who meet us friendly and courteous will also the mood be friendly towards us. If we sow friendliness we will reap friendliness. And the more consequent we are in that, the more intense will we be surrounded by friendliness. This applies to all areas of our life, as it is about a law of nature, the law of reciprocal action. How you shout into the forest this is how it shouts back. (and modern quantum physics supports this idea scientifically.)
With every movement, every action there comes a re-action. Therefore without movement we will not achieve a reward. But with diligence we truly can reap happiness. This lawfulness applies always even if we do not know or realize it, if we let ourselves go, if we are unfriendly or lazy we will always get the reactions in accordance with the same. Same creates same. And with this we touched another law, and this is the attraction of the homogenous species. Who is friendly and open towards others is welcomed to be around and people like to talk to him, he appears attractive. The crabber in the opposite appears repulsive.
Many will know this situation. The diligent, friendly and accessible colleague at the workplace will be gladly integrated into work groups, he supports and encourages the working atmosphere and works goal-oriented with like-minded.
Especially the feedback from our fellow men, family members and work colleagues shows, how much -and with that our wellbeing- we have under control. Friendliness and helpfulness will also be shown to us, if we have lived them ourselves. But we should not expect of others that they share our path; there will be always people, which are not yet clear about the laws of happiness and who are for example unrestrained and selfish. Also are we asked to be lenient towards others, - also something which we can cultivate and develop.
When we give friendliness and trust and reap it from others, this will be without doubt delight us and make us feel jovial. We will feel light in our heart, we feel elated, we feel joy of life and are happy. These illuminative and relieving emotional states are in opposite to gloominess, which makes our heart heavy and depresses our mood.
Unburdened or oppressed- with these concepts we touch another law, namely the law of gravity, which also not only works in the physical world but can also be felt in the psychic-spiritual very clearly.
The law of reciprocal action, the attraction of homogenous species and the law of gravity determine our internal well-being. You could say in reality that the joy of life is anchored in lawfulness. From us people emanate constantly movements: We constantly want something, we constantly think on something, say a lot, do a lot- or also fail to so something….and we are surprised if life bestows us with happiness or adversity. Decisive would be, to recognize the connection between all our deeds and the homogenous retroaction, to anticipate the lawfulness which governs life and is woven into everything. As in that lies the key to lasting happiness and joy in life.
It is simply about us working on a fundamental tone in our life, which is fed by confidence and trust- out of the knowledge which we can gain from the understanding and observance of the laws of life and with using them we can work on happiness and joy step by step, whereas lack of knowledge leads further away from happiness.
Not understanding (lack of knowledge) about the lawfulness in life leads to: Resignation, helplessness and ignorance.
Understanding (knowledge) of the lawfulness in life leads to: Awareness, trust, security.
Especially uplifting it is to recognize the meaning of life- in the little connections but also in the big things and the big whole. And it is frustrating, to not be able to understand the meaning. This happened to us already at school, when we for example tried to learn a language and did not get the meaning.
Thus we have to learn the language that life uses in order to talk to us, or differently expressed, to recognize the laws of the Creation and with that to recognize the builder of Creation, God.
In the book “In the Light of Truth- Grail Message” from Abd-Ru-Shin we read: “You earthmen are in this Creation to find supreme happiness! In the Living Language which God speaks to you! And to understand this Language, to learn it, and to sense inwardly the Will of God in it, that is your goal during your journey through Creation. In Creation itself, to which you belong, lies the explanation of the purpose of your existence, and at the same time also the recognition of your goal! In no other way can you find either. This demands of you that you live Creation. But you are only able to live or experience it when you really know it. “
With the described lawfulness should we count every instant? We can’t avoid them, stop them or adjust them to our desires. For this reason we should recognize their mode of action and use them in order to reap joy of life, happiness and blessing.
The fairy-tale idea of happiness, the belief that there is something that makes us all of a sudden and forever happy can lead to disappointment! A happy life does not develop through a dramatic incident, but it comes step by step, through our own activity, from one event to the next, through experiences and conscious decisions. Everyone is the master of his fate! We are happy, when we draw significance and joy from our experiences, when we spend time together with people we love, learn something new or if we for example work on a certain project, so if we do something meaningful. The more days are affected by such experiences as well as if we experience progress in the search for meaning and advancement in our psychic-spiritual perfection, the happier we are.
First and foremost am I convinced that the path to happiness only is accessible through the knowledge of the laws in Creation. Therefore I want to end this post with a quotation from the book “In the Light of Truth”, which just supports this aspect and from which I have drawn the conditions for my personal happiness in life and whose accuracy I experience every day anew. “Happiness is much easier to achieve than many think! But it is first necessary for mankind to know the laws which rest in Creation. If they live accordingly then they must become happy.”
Jot down your thoughts about this blog. What was important for you? Will you integrate something into your life?
Source (Adapted from Martin Schott's article. "Lebensfreude". With permission Translated and adapted by Edeltraud Grace)
We wish all our BMH friends a merry and blessed Christmas time! May you find time to connect to the true meaning of Christmas! (Pic: Peter Lubinov)
"I am the light of the world; he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." (John 8, 12)
The following is an article by Claude Thibeaudeau, formatted for this Blog post by Edeltraud Grace
The true mission of the Son of God
The coming of Jesus happened at a time when, in spite of the spiritual guides such as Lao-Tse, Zoroaster, Buddha, and the succession of prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah or Ezekiel....humanity was going astray. We had forgotten the magnitude of what had been given to us with love and solicitude over the course of millennia.
Birth of Jesus
There are many precepts that have distorted the knowledge of the Divine Laws handed down by Moses. The customs and habits in Palestine became degraded to the point of decadence. Help from the Divine was therefore necessary if men were to be able to pull themselves together. The rescue mission granted to humanity remains an act of Love that few human beings have recognised even to this day.
Jesus was born, thanks to the sincere prayer of intercession by human beings who sought help from God. The primary condition in order for the prayer of these human beings to be granted was for them to possess the knowledge of God. That is why Jesus was born among the Hebrew people who possessed this knowledge. Several people who became clairvoyant and clairaudient during this great event were able to see the "Star of Bethlehem" and hear the proclamations of the angels who bore witness to the extraordinary help being sent to mankind. The birth of Jesus took place in accordance with the Laws of Creation, in the purity of the love between two human beings. It was of necessity preceded by procreation, because arbitrariness cannot exist in the Laws of God. And if parthenogenesis( a form of asexual reproduction) was possible biologically with a woman, it could only result in the birth of girls!
The virginal conception of Jesus is mentioned by Luke and Matthew. the latter uses the prophecy of Isaiah (7,10-16)to support his argument, even though Isaiah foretold Imanuel and not Jesus. The announcement made to Mary by the Archangel Gabriel: "You shall call his name Jesus" (Luke 1, 26-38) is on the other hand very clear.
On this subject, Abd-ru-shin (1) gives a clear explanation in his lecture "The Immaculate Conception and the Birth of the Son of God" (Volume 2): "Every conception arising out of pure love and a heartfelt looking upwards to the Creator, in which the sensual instinct is only an adjunct and not the basis, is an immaculate conception in the physical sense. In reality this occurs so seldom that there was every justification for laying special stress upon it..." Further on, he also states: "Thus in this prophecy "the first child" is meant, and therefore a distinction has been made between virgin and mother..."
On this point, Mark recounts a scene that takes place in Nazareth where Jesus lived. The inhabitants called out thus: "Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary..."(6,3).
The strict rule was to name the son with the name of his father, except when the father is unknown: this was a devious way of reminding him that Joseph was not his natural father! The treacherous allusions made by the Pharisees against his person have the same undercurrents in Matthew (11,19) and Luke (7,34): "Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners." This insult had a precise target, it was aimed at men born of an illegitimate or adulterous union.
His real mission
When Jesus began His blessed work, His words made their hearts tremble, now that the memories of the sacred night had almost disappeared. His urging to spiritual awakening ran up against superficiality and incomprehension. This went as far as a hostile rejection that would impede the spread of His teaching until the end.
The interpretations of "redemption of the sins of the world" given by the Church is a distortion compared to the words of John the Baptist in the Gospel of John: "The next day John saw Jesus coming to him and said: "Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1, 29-30). The reference here is to the sin and not to sins. John specifies that anyone who follows the teaching of Christ Jesus frees himself from the sin: "I am the light of the world; he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."(John 8. 12). Further on Jesus says to them: "You are of this world, I am not of this world. I said therefore to you, that you shall die in your sins; for if you believe not that I am he, you shall die in your sins." (John 8, 23-24)
This warning is not given in vain! The simplistic formulation of the Christian Church, which says that out of love Jesus died on the cross in order to redeem the sins of the world, is in total contradiction to the words of Jesus.
Jesus addresses his audience and asks them to become awake in spirit, and to change their ways and habits
His message is contained in the parables addressed to the multitudes. He teaches those who come to Him, encouraging them to awaken spiritually and to change their thinking and behaviour. We cannot therefore dismiss the whole teaching as claiming a Love such as would redeem all sins through the crucifixion. Such a Love would be unjust and mean weakness!
Jesus is, on the contrary, unwavering in His word, and therefore in the word of the Father. His determination is uncompromising; in the Gospel of Matthew His words are incisive and unyielding: "Whoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth; I came not to send peace, but a sword..." (10,32-35) and Matthew also recounts this fact: "Behold, your mother and your brethren stand without, desiring to speak with you." But he answered and said to him that told him "Who is my mother? And who are my brethren?" And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said: "Behold my mother and my brethren? For whoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother."(12, 47-50)
These words help to inspire each one individually to an unshakeable conviction in the spiritual value of our daily, family or work life, because His speech liberates the spirit.
To limit and restrict the activity of Jesus to miracles is very simplistic. Nevertheless human beings were shaken out of their apathy by these miracles, which led them to the Word of the Master. It should be noted that the miracles could be achieved through a process of accelerated healing only if the spiritual conviction of the sick and afflicted person was genuine. First they had come to know intimately the force of His teaching, in view of the fact that after these healings Jesus said to them "Your faith has saved you; go in peace!" These words transformed them completely.
Why a divine envoy was necessary
The coming of a divine envoy was the ultimate help because men were no longer capable of recognising the Truth. In his book, Ernest Schmitt (2) gives us the historical setting of the activities of Jesus: "The reasoning, limited intellect had so complicated the very simple commandments that the deluge of paltry regulations had buried the original, essential truths. After His baptism by John the Baptist, His mission as the Son of God becomes clear to Jesus. The power flowing through him shakes up the ancient tradition and liberates the spirits from the prohibitions and the minor rules added to the Mosaic Law. It shows His complete independence of the opinions and trends of the time by doing away with the prescribed food diet. However, by declaring it to be unimportant and now superseded, an aspect to which others attached a great deal of importance, He openly puts himself in opposition not only to the scribes, the Pharisees and Sadducees, but also the Essenes. He will be hounded and monitored throughout His ministry. The hostility maintained towards Him will be such that He will be unanimously condemned to death by the Great Santhedrin."
Moreover, He did not come to overthrow the Law! And He says it clearly: :"Think not that I come to destroy the law, or the prophets, I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say to you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5, 17-20)
What will later become the foundation of Christian morality is to be found in Leviticus (19-18) and Deuteronomy. (6-5).
Jesus, who knew the "Holy Scriptures" very well, will go over these commandments again following a question from a Pharisee rabbi: "Master, which is in the Law, the greatest commandment?" Jesus said to him: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
(Matthew 22, 34-40)
He also specifies other precepts of the Mosaic Law including those related to crime, adultery (a lustful gaze directed to a woman is already adultery), divorce, perjury... And He admonishes not to hate one's enemies but to love them "that you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven; for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love them which love you, what reward have you? Do not even the publicans do the same? "(Matthew 5, 45-46)
From the beginning of His work, starting with the Sermon on the Mount, He traces for the large crowd following Him the way that leads to the Father. "And seeing the multitudes, Jesus went up the mountain; and when He was set, His disciples came to Him, And e opened His mouth, and taught them, saying:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven!
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth!
Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted!
Blessed are they that do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled!
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy!
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God!
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness'sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven."(Matthew 5, 1-10)
The Beatitudes eloquently express divine justice which rewards the just after their death. The Kingdom of Heaven is opened for them; this is the Beyond, which is called Paradise.
The Lord's Prayer
Jesus teaches His disciples about prayer and specifies the conduct necessary for a prayer to be genuine "And when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites are; for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say to you, they have their reward....
"But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not therefore like to them; for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask him." Then he says to them: "After this manner therefore pray: Our Father who art in Heaven..."(Matthew 6,5-15)
In his lecture "Prayer", Abd-ru-shin sums up what it means and the depths of its contents: "The Lord's Prayer alone provides everything for the seeker if he penetrates into it deeply and grasps it aright. He would need nothing more than the Lord's Prayer! It shows him the whole gospel in concentrated form. It is the key to the Luminous Heights for him who knows how to experience it rightly. It can be both a staff and a torch for the advance and ascent of everyone! What it contains is absolutely immeasurable.
"The real purpose of the Lord's Prayer is evident in the wealth of its contents. In the Lord's Prayer Jesus gave humanity the key to the Kingdom of God! It is the very essence of His Message."(Volume 2)
The discourse on the end-time
Jesus presents himself as the heavenly bread and the living water of eternal life: "I am the bread of life. He that comes to me shall never hunger, and he that believes in me shall never thirst."(John 6, 35). His word is his message, those who listen to it and follow it free themselves from their passions and their weaknesses! But the hostility was growing. Henchmen of the rabbis spied on every action and gesture of Jesus and their animosity grew ever stronger toward Him. He knows that His end is near. Deeply saddened by this constant suspicion, He warns: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together.. For I say to you, you shall not see me henceforth, till you shall say: Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord!" (Matthew 23, 37-39)
He knows that His message has not been received in the right way. In His discourse on the end-time on the Mount of Olives, He describes the disasters which will manifest during the period of the Judgement:"You shall see the abomination of desolation" (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21) And the Book of Revelation is entirely devoted to these warnings.
The last Supper
Jesus devotes His last days to teaching His disciples and says to them: "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. And from henceforth you know him, and have seen him."(John 14,6-7). He will never deny in front of His judges and will cause Him to be sentenced to crucifixion.
Max Gallo (3) cites on this subject: "The attitude of this man who does not defend himself , of this vanquished one who does not bow is unbearable." Are you the Christ, the son of the Blessed?" asks Caiaphas...."I am, said Jesus, and you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven."
During His arrest, Jesus will order Peter: "Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which the Father has given me."(John 18,11)
As for Frederic Lenoir (4), he gives this explanation: "The cup of Jesus that is, death on the cross, could not be interpreted as necessary for the Son to suffer in order to appease the Father, as one has been able to understand it within the framework of a theology of pain and sacrifice. Such a picture contradicts the whole teaching of Christ and his revelation of a God of love....Jesus died on the cross for having borne witness to the end to the truth which he brought. This is no doubt the reason why his word still rings out as true and seems to be alive, two thousand years after his death."
During the meal of the Passover which He took with His disciples, He seals His message with these words full of meaning: "And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said: Take this, and divide it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and broke it, and gave to them, saying: This is my body, which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying: This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you." (Luke 22, 17-20)
These words will nevertheless remain misunderstood by many, although forever engraved in the heart of every true Christian. The true meaning of the words said by Jesus on the eve of His grievous walk to Golgotha:"This is my body, this is my blood' is given by Abd-ru-shin: 'Jesus was the Word of God become flesh! Thus he who absorbed His Word aright also received Jesus himself.
"And if a man lets this Word of God that is offered to him come to life within himself so that it becomes an integral part of himself, of his thoughts and his actions, he thereby lets the spirit of Christ come to life within himself, for the Son of God was the incarnate living Word of God!" (Volume 2)
Jesus also prepared the disciples to pass on His word to all nations by promising to send them the power of the Holy Spirit. They will receive it on the day of Jesus' ascension, initially in His radiant ethereal body, (not physical), toward His divine home. It is the day of Pentecost, when the heavens open above them and they receive the flame, which will accompany them in their work of spreading the Word of Christ among all people
Author contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Abd-riu-shin: In the Light of Truth - The Grail Message
2. Ernest Schmitt: Sacrifice or Murder, Grail Publications
3. Max Gallo: Jesus, the Man who was God, X) Publications
4. Frederic Lenoir: Socrates, Jesus
Buddha, three masters of Life, Fayard Publications
"I look at something..."- an easy, everyday procedure. One believes. On closer examination, human perception, human perception is revealed as the interplay of many processes, only a part of which we can observe and explain scientifically.
Human perception takes place in two steps. The first step includes all that can be measured objectively nerve excitation by a receptor organ such as the eye, transmission of information across intermediate steps to cerebral cortex. Here the visual information is processed mosaic-like in different zones, classified by form, colour and movement, and arranged in edges, numbers, words, objects and faces. In addition, the brain stores what is seen in categories, differentiating between animate and lifeless, animal or plant, bird or insect, duck or chicken if for example we saw a bird.
The second step comprises sensory impression and the actual perception. Both are subjective, and cannot be measured. What impression the perception releases must be ascertained by the person. Why that is so is discussed in the second part of this contribution. Let us first deal with what can be objectively measured.
Conscious and automatic senses
Human sensory perception encompasses the five known senses - sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell, which to us are processes that can be objectively measured and cause consciousness. Our perception, though, takes in other, less known senses, which we only become aware of when absent.
Let us look at the misfortune that befell the butchers's mate Ian Waterman, when he was 19 ears old and cut his finger! For him this small accident was at first nothing unusual, and he also did not look after it when the wound became inflamed. Finally he got a headache, had to lie down and soon felt as if he was floating in the bed. He did not feel his body, could not get up and in the long run would have been wheelchair-bound the rest of his life if he had not learned with great tenacity to plan his movements with the eyes. He needed one month before he could again straighten up in bed, three months before he could walk. Each morning he is totally depressed, because each day is more arduous than a marathon race.
What happened? Ian Waterman had lost his sense of propioception by a nerve inflammation, the feeling of exertion of muscles and tendons, which we need to walk and to move. An important sense, whose meaning we are usually not at all conscious of in everyday life. Other automatic senses are the sense of balance, the sense of strength, which becomes conscious when we lift weights, the sense of pain and heat.
Now let us go into specific features of our five senses and ask ourselves with which sense the thought faculty could have been originally linked.
Did it begin with smell?
It is reported of Friedrich Schiller, the poet, that he kept old apples in his desk drawer, whose smell inspired him to write. In fact, we know today that just the sense of smell is connected especially closely with our world of thought and feeling.
The sense of smell developed early in evolution. Fish have very good sense of smell. An eel can smell a tiny droplet of phenylalcohol on a dilution 50 million cubic kilometres of water - that corresponds approximately to the volume of Lake Constance. At this dilution the eel would have only one or two molecules in its nasal cavity. Minnows - small, lively school of fish - flee or dive to the bottom if they smell pike. Their well-developed sense of smell warns them of the predator and makes them react. Young salmon sniff their native river if, coming from the sea, they again find the arm of the river where they were spawned.
In the cerebrum, the olfactory brain is the first predominant in evolution. Only with reptiles is a small bit of neocortex formed, that is, the part of the brain which corresponds to the cerebral cortex.
In lower mammals the olfactory brain and neocortex are equally big, while man possesses only a small olfactory brain. Also the surface of the olfactory lining - that i, the nose area which reacts to smells- is much smaller in humans than for instance in the dog. The dog gets to know most of its surroundings via the nose and is known to communicate its presence unabashed to all animals which likewise obtain knowledge of their surroundings via the nose.
But important as the sense of smell is for perception, no one yet knows how smelling exactly functions. The nervous activity patterns in the nose are very complex, but also very specific, as can be seen in the illustration below. They already differ if one sent in comparison to another contains just one extra carbon group.
Smelling is strongly linked with our emotions. The animals determines prey, friend and enemy by smell. Man, too, chooses, unconsciously in part, by scent whom he likes around him. If we "cannot smell somebody", then the dislike is usually very deep
Because of the great importance of smell it is quite possible that emotional judgement - thinking: "Is this good for me or not? " - started with smelling. In the human brain the olfactory cortex lies very near the limbic system these brain areas process emotions. Smelling likewise has close connections with taste and over this pathway a further relationship with our wellbeing.
No smell, no taste
Smelling uses two ways to discover odours: externally originating smells are detected in the course of inhaling, scents from foods with exhaling!
Brief components of meals, thus the aromas, radiate much wider in the brain relative to other senses than smells from the environment, for the simple reason that look and taste are added. As soon as a desire for certain foods predominates, an area in the cerebrum, called island (insula),is involved in recognition. It informs about the feeling in the stomach.
In the tongue are taste buds, mainly in front and at the rear edges (see above illustration). These contain the receptors for all five primary taste sensations: salty, sour, sweet, bitter and umani. Umami is the Japanese term for "delicious flavour". It is aligned to broth and is produced by protein components glutamate and asparate. No individual areas in the tongue are responsible for a certain taste, but all are always for the whole taste.
Each taste bud contains several cells. The receptors for various taste substances exist on different cells. There are sweet, sour, bitter cells that carry receptors only for this taste. In mice experiments receptors for bitter substances were put on sweet cells. The result was that the mice took to the substance were put on sweet cells. The result was that the mice took the bitter substance, because sweet cells, if they are active, produced always the perception of sweet, independent of which receptors they carry.
Receptors for sweet taste do not operate in cats. It is therefore probably futile to want to seek to lure kittens with sweet or tigers with honey, because they do not know what is sweet. But they are completely crazy about unami taste.
The five different taste variants result in a distinctive taste variants result in a distinctive composition together with brief aromas of meals.
Synesthesia two simultaneous sensory perceptions.
Taste has a special relationship with language, more precisely, words. This manifests not only in the fact that tongue is used for articulation. The relation is made especially clear with synestheses, who taste the sense of words. Synesthesia is the ability to have another sensory perception jointly with reading or hearing, thus for example seeing coloured letters. Some synesthetes taste a word before they can utter it. The sense of taste is awakened by thinking about a word, not necessarily by its sound or spelling. The taste is produces by the name. For example, the word "mince" can evoke minced meat taste just as the rhyming word "prince".
Synesthetes differ in the way the simultaneous perception looks, for example letter and colour. There are those who see, as it is for the normal person, green letters on the screen, thus outside by itself; others however, see the colour to the letters before their mind's eye, thus within.
From sensory impression to perception
How does the transition of information processing in the brain to the sensory impression take place? What do we know about it?
In seeing this screen, the eye, as we know, is picturing the screen. But who is looking at the page? The brain or= you yourself?
In the brain visual information is broken down into many details and is stored like a mosaic. There are, as we mentioned, cerebral areas for oolour, movement, faces and objects, for animal names, tools and people. How does a picture arise again? No one knows. No higher region is also known where all the threads gather. No homunculus, ego, has been located in the brain. Why do we not see only details? This border of the objectively measurable with the subjectively experienced cannot be crossed, since to receive a sensory impression, from which perception follows, we must be conscious of the picture.
There is occasional talk of the inner eye or mind's eye and from the term sensory impression it can be inferred that something must be there which can be impressed. Is it the spirit that is affected by sensory impression?
What is spirit?
What in us perceives?
By spirit, almost everyone understands something different today. Those who agree with Aristotle think of reason. Some see spirit as an adversary of the soul, as equivalent to intellect. It was seen in the past as a higher stage of being in the sense of conscious thinking. The philosopher Hegel made a distinction in subjective and objective designates capacity of abstraction, force of thinking, likewise perception and intuition. Objective mind covers more general human abilities such as art, science and language. Nowadays we are inclined rather to regard spirit as intellectual brilliance - in contrast to academic perspective of a mental soul in essential relation with the body.
While to one philosopher the brain mutates to the subjective mind, and the objective mind is an artificial product of culture, ideas and artistic creativity, another likens the spirit to computer technology, whereby spirit represents neither hardware nor software, but a kind of firmware hardwired in the brain by evolution. In contrast, to others, the spirit cannot be derived from the physical, that there is consequently a dualism of spirit and body, and that spirit represents the human person.
Which of the many contradictory views on the nature of spirit is right?
The concepts "absent-minded" and "present-minded" let us conclude that spirit must have something to do with consciousness. With absentmindedness the one concerned is not with it, his perception is occupied with something else. Present=minded is a behaviour in which the one concerned is not only with it, but is especially enthusiastic and acts fast. It is as if the spirit, the conscious and animated entity in us, is particularly active.
Abd-ru-shin writes in "In the Light of Truth" that spirit actually represents a non-physical condition, which exists in Creation in different gradations. One concerns the human spirit. The spirit, therefore, animates the physical body and also represents the personality of man.
From this view, it is the spirit impressed by the process across the sensory organs and the brain, which perceives the happening consciously, and from it draws conclusions and decides, acts - provided our intellect permits the natural interaction between spirit and the physical world. Because the intellect can ignore the impulses of the spirit, our innermost core of being. This happens if a person has got into the habit of letting only earthly things count. That is also the reason why some can look upon the intellects as adversity of he soul (the spirit).
Spirit expresses itself in the volition and in intuition, which can be perceived as feeling in the stomach, longing in the heart, as enthusiasm, and which seizes the whole body, or - in the unpleasant sense - as weight on the shoulders, pressure in the tummy or as choking in the throat.
Spiritual experience therefore has very much to do with the daily condition -whether one is in a cheerful and happy mood or is beside his body, feeling uncomfortable.
For transmission of sensory perception regarding intuition,the above-mentioned limbic system is responsible. With its assistance there is recognition in a flash whether the person opposite is trustworthy or not. The limbic system becomes active and sends information down to the belly. There an evaluation is carried out, the limbic system ceases in activity, while the intellect in form of the frontal brain becomes active.
As long as the brain is busy processing external perceptions that are of conscious interest to us, it cannot at the same time take up intentions and perceptions from inside, thus from the spirit. To process impulses from within, leisure and silence are a good condition.
The importance of the contact across the limbic system with the spirit is shown by findings in people who have a damaged limbic system. They are generally very cold and act in many situations utterly thoughtlessly. In poker they play, for example, without consideration of risk. Although they may have a rational grasp of the danger, the thread of losing their entire possession does not deter them from acting in this way. Sound people get anxious and terminate the game- owing to their connection with the spirit, which - in form of the voice of conscience - intimates the right thing to do.
The spirit is not immaterial in the sense of a void, as is sometimes assumed, but is of a condition which differs fundamentally from the material substance of the body. Nonetheless a reciprocal effect between spirit and body is possible. We know how strongly we can affect our body with our volition and what can be achieved with will-power.
Perception of sense and spirit
What is the usefulness of perception? Naturally we need physical sense organs to live. To perceive the outside world impulses emanate from inside, from the spirit. With spiritual perception we can evaluate situations and verify the truth of a statement.
The biblical parable of the wise and foolish virgins is meant in this sense. The wise virgins, who have oil in their lamps, keep their spiritual perception alive and are therefore in the position to recognise the bridegroom if he shows up suddenly or, transferred to the present, if they hear his word. They are thus able to perceive the truth spiritually. The foolish virgins do not nourish their spirit, have no oil in their lamps, because they trust solely their intellect and suppress their spiritual impulses. If they meet the word of the bridegroom, they cannot grasp its truth. They go, figuratively, past the bridegroom without recognition.
We should strengthen our intuitive capacity and grant more room to spiritual perception. This inner perception expresses itself among other things in spontaneous "unconscious" decisions.
Spirit, the living core in us (yellow), perceives. It is cloaked by bodies of the soul (red) and of the physical world (blue). The physical brain belongs to the physical plane, but the intellect can ignore impulses of the spirit .
The fact that an unconscious recognition really is possible shows in the example of a woman who, due to a brain injury, can no longer identify faces, not even her own. If she looks at pictures of known and unknown people she makes no recognition. However, simultaneous measurement of skin conductivity showed that she probably emotionally recognises her friends. It shows how strongly our conscious perception ability is affected by certain brain functions and that there is another level of perception and recognition.
Even when it comes to complex questions we can unconsciously without thinking purposefully about something and rationally balancing the pros and cons- make the right decisions "from the gut". In a study participants had to find the qualitatively best car based on favourable and unfavourable signs. Deciding "unconsciously", 59 percent of the participants chose the right car, while with a rational decision only 23 percent were right.
In daily life intuition is extremely useful. If we developed an idea how a multifaceted relationship is to be interpreted, our intuition is announced. To spiritual activity likewise belongs artistic work, which is fed from the perception of the fine-material environment and intuition, as well as stirrings of conscience.
Since we should bear responsibility for our decision and these should agree with the Laws of Creation, if they are to be crowned with success, the conscience is a great help for the human being. It cautions if a decision does not correspond with the Laws of Creation, or affirmative, enchanting, if we decide rightly. Therefore it is important to recognise and act according to the general laws of life.
Compiled by Edeltraud Grace
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The term gender identity is according to Merriam Webster :a person's internal sense of being male, female, some combination of male and female, or neither male nor female
Some people are not sure if they are male or female and to deal with that can be very confusing for them, and when they are children or teenagers it can be also very confusing for their parents.
What is the best way forward? How can I support my child/teenager in such circumstances is something that parents ask themselves.
The following is here offered for further considerations and also takes into account the spiritual dimension.
Gender Identity and Sex-Assignment Surgery. Article written by Professor E.O. Anosike and compiled by Edeltraud Grace
All human beings on earth are born either male or female. The two genders manifest distinct genetic and physical characteristics. Differences are even more evident in their personal characteristics. Men, being physically stronger and coarser, are seen as the providers, women, being gentler and more intuitive, are the nurturers. The era of feminism, aimed at breaking the stereotype and providing equal opportunities for women, which has largely been achieved in the meantime, is giving way to an era in which the question is posed whether the right body is always acquired at birth, since there area individuals who inwardly identify with the opposite gender.
The science of embryology shows that humans begin life looking much the same. The genes later steer the development of a human embryo into male or female. After about the eight week of gestation, female XX and male XY sex chromosomes set the development of ovaries and testes respectively. The testes secrete male hormone, testosterone, while the ovaries secrete the female hormone, oestrogen. The brain develops receptors which are said to be "wired" differently in men and women to enable the function of the hormones.
The hormones stimulate the development of secondary sexual characteristics such as breasts or body hair that distinguish male from female.
It is estimated that between 750,000 and three million Americans consider themselves transgender, meaning that the gender at birth is at variance with their self-perception. Many people are convinced that they were born with the wrong bodies. The sense of self clashes with the disposition of the body and the nature of activity of interest to the affected individual. The phenomenon is described as "gender identity disorder" by some professionals.
For some individuals, the "gender identity disorder" had reached a crisis point that they are willing to undergo surgical correction. In sex reassignment surgery a person's appearance and sexual identity area changed to the opposite sex. I was motivated to write this article after watching some "very bloody" procedures on television. The male-to-female operation involved surgical construction of a vagina while the female-to-male variety involved procedures that included mastectomy (removal of the female breasts) and the construction of a penis and testes.
The first reported procedure was male to female performed on Lili Elbe in Germany in 1930. he underwent five operations and died after the fifth that involved ovarian transplant. It is estimated that between 1,000 and 2,000 individuals undergo sex-reassignment surgery each year.
A lot of controversy surrounds the issue of sex reassignment due to a wide belief that it is ineffective, unnatural and possibly immoral. Many people identify trans-sexuals with the sex at birth, more so since the genetic makeup is unchanged by surgery. The biology, too, remains largely functionally unchanged.
In 1979, Paul McHugh, a renowned psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, USA, argued that to perform physical gender reassignment was "to cooperate with mental illness rather than try to cure it". This view was widely criticised as extreme, since gender reassignment was generally believed to make transsexual individuals feel at peace with their bodies.
A feature in Newsweek magazine "Re-thinking Gender", highlighted five trans-women and two trans-men. One was a 56 year old Baptist Minister born male, John, who became Julie after surgery. Curiously, the picture of Julie was with his wife, Joanne, in support of former man now a fellow "woman".
What is it that makes us male or female? All that is designated as "living" expresses a duality: positive and negative unite in complementary interaction for completeness. So, it is that the human spirit is able to express its activities in either an active, magnetically positive or passive, magnetically negative nature.
Once a spirit germ has decided out of its emergent volition on a positive or negative nature of activity, it remains bound to it permanently. The work, "In the Light of Truth", the Grail Message, by Abd-ru-Shin has this to say on this matter:
"Here it is the nature of the spirit-germ's activity which is decisive, that is, in becoming conscious, strives mainly to develop the abilities resting with it, whether in a positive, compelling and energetic manner, or in a negative, quietly preserving way, wherever its principal desires urge it.
And in this activity of the spirit-germ, even if it consists at the start of no more than strong desires which increases to an urge, the form shapes itself.
That which is positive shapes the male form and that which is negative the female form. Here male and female are already outwardly recognisable through their forms. Each in its forms is the expression of the nature of the activity which it chooses or desires.
Female and male therefore have nothing to do with the usual conception of sex, but merely indicate the nature of their activity in Creation. It is only in the World of Gross Matter, so familiar to man, that these forms evolve the procreative organs which we designate as male and female. Only the physical body, needs these organs for is procreation!
Thus the nature of the activity in Creation shapes the form of the actual body, male or female of which the gross material earthly body is again but a coarsely constructed copy! " Lecture:" Sex"
Sometimes with human beings a man inclines towards the feminine nature of activity while a woman inclines towards the masculine. This can lead to a distortion of the soul. A male spirit lacks the delicate intuitive capacity, which characterises genuine womanhood and through which she is able to transmit finer radiations to refine the coarser and more earthly activity of the man. Likewise a female spirit who inclines towards masculine activity can suppress or render inactive this delicate intuitive capacity, but she still cannot become a "real" man. Such a woman actually robs the man of the indispensable connection with finer radiations from the higher realms of Creation. The situation may then develop finally where a male soul goes on to incarnate in a female body or a female soul in a male body. Again the Grail Message says about such distortion
"The spiritual, animistic and ethereal form of the body changes as soon as the spirit-germ changes its activity. If it changes from a negative to a predominantly positive activity, then the female form must change into a male one, and vice versa, for the predominant nature of the activity shapes the form!
The transformation of the gross material physical shell, however, cannot follow so quickly; as it is only intended to last for a very short time. Here the change manifests itself in reincarnations, of which in most cases there are many!
Hence it happens that a human spirit sometimes wanders through its lives on earth alternately in male and female bodies, depending on its changing inner attitude, brought about by a stubborn and violent distortion! "
In sex reassignment surgery the distortion is concretised. Some affected individuals may not be patient to revert the condition naturally in a reincarnation. Is it then beneficial to undergo sex-reassignment surgery? For example, the distortion may be at its initial stages, and aid may thereby be given that inadvertently only consolidates the distortion.
Experience is what is most beneficial for the development of a human spirit. Here, too, a proper of the inner distortion is advisable. For example, the woman who is actually a male spirit would gain in trying to live as a woman. The Grail Message advises: "Her experience, however, helps her to change; for she must soon notice that a genuine man never feels happy in her proximity. He finds within himself no understanding for her. Much less can harmony arise, because genuine manhood is repulsed by everything false, thus also by the masculine striving of a woman!"
The same, of course. applies to a female soul residing in a male body.
Sex Reassignment Surgery may thus deprive of the experiences to correct the distortion from within.
Prof. E.O. Anosike
Here we occupy ourselves with another medicine of the future, which will help the person not only through the use of drugs and surgical intervention, but starts off in the finer domains. Similar to the Biomagnetic Healing Treatments with Hands, when we first detect blockages and disturbances and then harmonise the direct human energy field, we also find disturbances, blockages and ill effect in the surrounding geomagnetic fields and in becoming aware can change many things to encourage physical health.
Sleep disturbances are among the known symptoms that can be triggered by geographic zones. But the health impairments from water veins or so-called "terrestrial radiation" are more extensive.
Renaissance of an ancient art
The study of the influence of so-called "water veins", "terrestrial radiation" or "geomagnetic zones" is nothing new. To deal with this today is to pursue the renaissance of an ancient art, which, just as a lot of other valuable knowledge and skills, has unfortunately been edged out by mindless materialism. The rediscovery of these connections is also an imperative to ensure that in future, in the construction of settlements, schools and hospitals, the grave errors of recent decades are no longer made. It is hard to believe how many such buildings have risen out of the earth in the most inappropriate locations, in places that are virtually predestined to allow nothing living to blossom. Where, for example, the legionnaires of ancient Rome would not even have pitched their tents for a single night; today there live - or rather vegetate - people who have not the slightest hint or knowledge about their plight.
The electromagnetic fields emanating from underground water are located by dowsing (source: Cowan & Girdlestone, Safe as houses).
Many illnesses are promoted by geopathogenic zones. The scale ranges from headaches to tumour diseases.
Many illnesses are promoted by geopathogenic zones. These range from headaches to tumour conditions that defy successful treatment without a thorough elimination of the aforementioned unfavourably influences Several years of exposure to the influence of a strong geopathic zone practically guarantees illness. The exact timing of the incidence is dependent only on accompanying circumstances, such as the individual's constitution, or the genetic disposition to an organ weakness.
Water line or water courses are here of the most important type of energy line in terms of geopahtogenic zones. Underground water, rather than surface water such as lakes and rivers, tens to be most likely to cause problems because it can change the earth's magnetic field and thereby also will effect the human's magnetic field.
These underground waters can be located by dowsing (source: Cowan and Girdlestone, Save as houses)
As water flows it , it has the ability to dissolve and carry different forms of contamination. It is highly conductive, and as a receiver and transmitter of information via vibrational transfer transer, it can carry a range of imprints, both negative and positive.
"This information can be released and detected in the field of information projected by the movement of water underground.
Underground water lines will pick up radiation of the energy flow of that water line. Usually when the field generated by a dirty water course is cleansed up this clears issues with other forms of geopathic stress that cross that line, such as nodes or crossing points of geomagnetic grids.
Much like geological faults, when drowsing for water courses it is the field created that is located, rather than the water itself. These fields can effect these living above them in a variety of ways, including inexplicable lethargy, insomnia, short-term memory loss, panic attacks, depression, headaches, loss of balance, muscle and joint pain, and light hypersensitivity."(source: http://www.geomancyaustralia.com/what-is-geopathic-stress/
On the following website we find also a great variety of wonderful information in that regard: http://www.helios3.com/geopathic-stress.html
Geopathic stress is a distorted or disrupted electromagnetic field of the Earth (Schumann Resonance / Waves). The Earth resonates with an electromagnetic frequency of approximately 7.83 Hz – Schumann resonances (SR), which falls within the range of (alpha) human brainwaves. Underground streams, sewers, water pipes, electricity, tunnels and underground railways, mineral formations and geological faults distort the natural resonance of the Earth thus creating geopathic stress (GS). Sleeping or spending a lot of time in geopathic stress zones can can ill effects on our health, performance and wellbeing.
In 1952, a German physicist W.O. Schumann identified 7.83Hz as a frequency of the earth’s magnetic field. 7.83Hz frequency falls within the range of natural human alpha brainwaves which is optimum state for well-being and healing.
What causes geopahic stress?
Schumann Resonance (7.83Hz) which is a natural frequency of the earth’s magnetic field can be disrupted or distorted by underground water streams, geological fault lines, underground caverns and certain mineral deposits such as coal, oil and iron. Apart of natural earth’s disruptions, man-made structures such as railways, motorway cuttings, embankments, bridges, quarries, tunnels, mines and underground bankers can cause geopathic stress. Steel pilings, metal fences post and road signs stakes as well as buried gas, electricity and water mains and sewers can disrupt Schumann Resonace and cause geopathic stress. Certain types of building foundations and structures can be another cause of GS. (Source: http://www.helios3.com/geopathic-stress.html)
Geopathogenic zones- what should we do?
The most varied ailments can foremost be attributed to an unfavourable position of the bed. This fact alone shows how important the investigation of geopathic stress zones is. Besides, when we consider that many generations were practically unconcerned with this question, the need to reacquire this knowledge becomes all the more strikingly evident, if we have a real interest in healing.
Experience shows that only in the least of all cases does the necessity not arise to change the location of the bed, in order to escape the influence of a geopatthic zone. Often hundreds of people, on a number of floors one on top of the other, are exposed to such zones. A truly catastrophic state of affairs that one ought to address with the systematic demarcation of such problematic areas. And from the beginning, no building should be approved without the geopathic zones being identified. After all, experienced dowsers are available in many places to carry out investigations.
Today's urban and housing construction is a complete parody. It often appears that we deliberately want to go into the wrong direction.
In suspected cases where there is presently no available possibility for such investigations, any change of the bed position will provide temporary relief. This measure at the very least, reduces the likelihood that the one and same area of the body will continue to be affected.
Whoever has a dog at home, can observe how it behaves in certain places. If the animal becomes restless, this testifies to the fact that the location is not appropriate as a resting place, or a place to sleep. One finds a completely opposite behaviour with cats. They are "radiation seekers" as are, incidentally, snakes and bees. Plants also can point out geopathogenic zones, for example, when they show strikingly poor growth, are unnaturally branched out, or exhibit tumours. Four-leaf clovers also indicate such a zone.
Not every geopathic zone presents the same risk. Some vary their intensity not only during the course of the day, but in this are also dependent on the phases of the moon. The peak radiation has been observed between the hours of 12 midnight and 4 a.m. as well as the period of full moon.
The effect of certain zones can be neutralised by a suitable screening. However, the most reliable method to escape their influence always remains to avoid the zone, for example by changing the position of the bed.
Underground water courses, geological faults, ore and deposits can be measured radiesthetically as disturbing "fields" or "radiation zones".
Pic source http://www.geomancyaustralia.com/what-is-dowsing/ On this picture a waterline was detected that was the reason for the trees unusual growth.
In houses, plumbing (especially when metal pipes are used) or heating pipes (for example central heating pipes (for example central heating embedded in the flooring) can have a disturbing effect. this effect is reinforced by "electric smog", thus by the radiation of electrical appliances (such as televisions or computer screens). If an electrical appliance is set up on a geopahtogenic zone, this can lead to a scattering of the radiations, whereby the entire room is "contaminated", as it were.
Naturally, one also ought to pay particular attention to radiation zones in hospitals. In some cases known to us, the effect of geopathogenic anomalies was so strong that it increased the mortality rate many times over in certain beds. Such experiences are, as a rule, well known to the attending staff, but they are all the same not taken seriously because we have no explanation for them.
Also in certain school classes it might be advisable to change the seating plan regularly every three weeks. Many children who are noticeable by being distracted or tired behave perfectly normally as soon as they are no longer strained by a fault zone.
If one has managed to escape the influence of a geopathogenic zone - perhaps by changing the position of the bed - one should certainly not expect an immediate improvement in health. According to experience, it takes some time before the unfavourable influence wears off.
Modern dwellings - a sad parody
Urban and housing construction was once a true science that embraced extensive knowledge of the terrain, the wind and air currents, as well as the knowledge of the influence of the different sides of the globe, and numerous other conditions. One had a fair idea of the qualities and dangers of particular places.
In contrast, contemporary urban planning and housing construction are like a sad parody. Much valuable knowledge has not only been lost, but sometimes we appear deliberately to go in the wrong direction and do not shrink for example from inhabiting dried-out marshes, radioactive sites and other unfit locations.
The construction of dwellings away from geopatthic fault zones is an important basis for good health. From a more comprehensive standpoint, everything that exerts a disruptive influence with its radiation, and thereby weakens the body, has the effect of a fault zone. Therefore one should not ignore other significant facts, such as the building material.
Considered from the viewpoint of energetics and building biology, reinforced concrete buildings are a disaster. Suitable materials for housing construction would include, for example, wood - the best building material - or brick. While in most cases it is not possible to build a home entirely of wood, it is recommended to use a lot of it at least on the inside, such as for the wall surfacing or the floor. Ceramic tiles are only advisable for functional rooms, such as the bathroom or the toilet. Linoleum flooring, much praised as being easy to maintain, has an unfavourable energetic effect.
Basically, natural materials have a stimulating effect because they emit constructive energy for decades. In contrast, synthetic materials exert a stressful effect; the best that one can expect of them is that they are neutral, thus cause no harm.
The energetic effect of home fittings
However, it is not only the materials, but also the entire fittings of a dwelling that has an effect on us. Unfortunately, many types of facilities exclude every upswing of the spirit. Uniformity and monotony, as well as simple neglect kill inspiration and create an environment that does not foster the inner maturing of human beings.
All that we surround ourselves with reinforces certain currents that act to further or inhibit. When we live surrounded by bare walls or a disordered collection of sundry insignificant items, amid things that are only there because they were once fashionable or someone gave them to us, they only reinforce our own apathy and dullness. If, to the contrary, we surround ourselves with things we consider beautiful and inspiring and with which we have a living relationship, they mediate energy, and we yield to the longing to move forward and in some way to grow as human beings. Hence, an important piece of advice says: do not neglect the arrangement of your home! Strive all the more to make it an oasis, in which every detail pleases you, and to which you always come back with a thrill of anticipation.
In former times people were well informed on the secrets of the quality of a location: Specific buildings were erected at particular
locations, with the "terrestrial radiation" also having been taken into consideration.
This ancient knowledge, in the meantime, has sadly almost been completely lost and needs to be discovered anew in the interest of health.
When talking about furnishing, a hint shall be given on one of the major item of furniture - the mattress, with which we have several hours of direct contact daily. By far the most favourable energetically are horsehair mattresses, because this material radiates the energy of a large animal, and can even neutralise the weaker geopathic zones. In contrast to this, all types of mattresses with metal springs (spring core mattresses) area absolutely unsuitable. Their emissions are like high sharp peaks and attack the entire energy system of the resting person.
Still a little advice on the subject of "sleep": It can be advantageous for the health and well-being to remove all flowers from the bedroom. Flowers certainly have a significant aesthetic function in the living area; many people would feel something important was missing in a home without a flower arrangement. However, in the sleeping area flowers could have a detrimental effect on some people. If one is not sure of being able to tolerate them, then one should remove especially exotic and blooming plants. It is better to relocate these plants to other rooms in which people do not spend so much time.
The magic of old, valuable items.
The above-mentioned examples show how important it is that we develop a greater sensitivity to the energetic effect of the materials that surround us. The question as to whether one feels well always depends on the energetic state of affairs. The magic of old valuable things, for instance, lies not only in the appealing appearance, but frequently above all in the particular radiation. Handmade objects are enriched with the most valuable of all - with human energy, that is then gradually released.
The old masters were not only skilled and innovative. Many of them were able to "pack" much more energy into their products than the average person could. Whoever is sensitive, can perceive the energy emanating in a painting, a piece of jewellery, a musical instrument or also in masterfully crafted antique furniture, as warmth. The reason why we feel so good in a house that is build out of old handmade bricks also lies in the transportation of energy.
So, we have many possibilities of removing disturbing influences from our surroundings, and to further our well-being through high-energy objects. Whoever is able to reacquire a healthy sense or energetic correlations has thereby created a valuable basis for good health.
Forgiveness is putting these biblical words into action: "Do not hate your brother in your heart; rebuke your neighbour frankly so you will not share in his guilt. Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbour as yourself, I am the Lord." (Leviticus 19,17-18)
What does it mean to forgive?
The word forgive comes from the Latin "perdonare'', derived from 'donare', which means to 'hold harmless from, to give everything', to prefix 'per' reinforcing the action.
The phrase 'perdoner la vida - spare (pardon) a life' will evolve to 'pardonare - pardon' and finally 'forgive'. It means not to keep any resentment, putting aside vengeance; it is to forget, absolve, grant reprieve....
"And if for human weakness' tis too great/ To pardon all the burnings of : regret, / Oh, spare thyself at least the scourge of hate; / Tho' thou canst not forgive, thou canst forget."(1)
Why and how should we forgive?
Anger, resentment and hatred are poisons that inhibit the offended person and day after day gnaw away at him. Resentment towards a person, family or community always gives rise to thoughts of vengeance, or even hatred; this state of affairs cannot be resolved without sincere and genuine forgiveness.
It is not easy to forget, and even harder to forgive. Today, many psychotherapists work with patients on this notion of forgiveness to help the individuals manage emotions such as anger, anxiety and depression. Olivier Clerc holds 'forgiveness workshops', allowing 20 to 40 participants; the first thing he teaches though, is not forgiveness but learning to ask for forgiveness: 'Why on earth should I ask for forgiveness when I am the one who has been hurt? It is absurd. But I do not ask forgiveness for what the other person has done to me; it is his responsibility. I ask to be forgiven for what I have done with what he said or did to me.
NOT TO FORGIVE IS TO PREVENT OURSELVES FROM FULLY LIVING IN THE PRESENT, BECAUSE WE ARE CONSTANTLY 'THINKING ON THE PAST'.
I ask for forgiveness for having borne the wound for months and years. I ask to be forgiven for having used the other person as an excuse to keep my heart closed and nourishing hatred over an indefinite period. And in so doing I free myself! I regain self-control and personal responsibility.' (From an interview with Oliver Clerc)
'Have we not always been told that our heart wants to be clean and pure, as does our body, if not more? Have we not been taught that negative emotions, anger, hatred, resentment, rumour, snap judgements, and so on, end up leaving toxic deposits on the walls of our emotional system, thus preventing our heart from loving unconditionally? Nobody can pass through the narrow door of forgiveness while still burdened with anger over past events, or carrying a load of various grievances that will not do.' (2)
The need to forgive may take a trans-personal and collective dimension in cases where ancestral conflicts between ethnic or religious groups have led to wars, terrorism or genocide. In the absence of forgiveness, suffering is perpetuated, and bitterness and hatred are transmitted from one generation to the other, without ever reaching the necessary liberation from this enchainment to evil. This is the karma of peoples. For example, some states have committed genocide, like in Guatemala against the Ixil-Maya Indians.
On the road to forgiveness, we should be able to translate aggression feelings into words, and to achieve this, we will need a sympathetic ear, a confidant or a friend, a trusted person who can demonstrate compassion or a suitable practitioner. Expressing our emotions will help us identify our suffering and alleviate them. The process of forgiveness can then begin: by freeing ourselves from our first faults. The desire to return evil for evil heightens the injury and keeps us continually in the past. It becomes difficult to live in the present, and future prospects diminish and even may disappear.
Not to forgive is to prevent ourselves from fully living in the present, because we are constantly 'thinking of the past'. But it is also to deprive ourselves of spiritual development, because these unceasing thoughts strain the brain to the point of sickness. Eckhart Tolle says: 'Forgiveness is to relinquish your grievance and to let go of grief. It happens naturally once you realise that your grievance serves no purpose except to strengthen a false sense of self. Forgiveness is to offer no resistance to life - to allow life to live through you. The alternatives are pain and suffering, a greatly restricted flow of life energy, and in many cases physical disease.'
Can we forgive the unforgivable?
Such as incest, rape, murder.....'Forgiveness is there to forgive precisely what no excuse would know how to excuse.' says the philosopher Vladimir Jankelevitch. It is 'made for such hopeless and incurable cases.'
The powerful testimony of an American death-row prisoner shows that it is possible to forgive the unforgivable. After having met with the parents of his victim, he said: 'I have never been so scared in my life and when they said they forgave me, I felt the ground opening up under my feet and I burst into tears. I was able to cry for months afterwards. By showing me what it is to be a human being, they have helped me to realise my crime.'
'FORGIVENESS OF THE CULPRIT CAN ONLY COME FROM THE PERSON WHO SUFFERED THE OFFENCE, NOT OTHERWISE."
Let us mention another incident: The picture of the little Vietnamese girl 'Kim' running naked down a village road, screaming in agony and desperation, which was portrayed on the front page of Life Magazine in 1972, had a surprising twist twenty-four years later. At a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a long granite wall on which are inscribed the names of the fifty eight thousand Americans who lost their live in Vietnam, Ms. Kim Phuc spoke out over the crowd to the author of her misfortune.
'If I could talk face to face with the pilot who dropped the bomb, I would tell him we cannot change history but we should try to do good things for the present and for the future to promote peace.'
Nearly five thousand veterans of the Vietnam War gave the young woman a standing ovation.
It took years for the Vietnamese woman to recover from the physical and psychological injuries she sustained during the attack. Offering her thank in the same breath to journalists, nurses, doctors and family members who helped her over the years following the events, she added: 'I learned that in order to be free I had to learn to forgive - the most difficult of all lessons. It didn't happen in a day and it wasn't easy. But I finally got it!'
Who are we condemn?
'Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to cast a stone at her' (John 8,7), said Jesus to the scribes and Pharisees who had brought to him a woman caught in adultery. Are we ourselves also without sin that we do not have to seek the forgiveness of those around us because of our negligence, selfishness, mistakes or other quirks? The media inundate us with information that can often elicit resentment towards a person whom we have never met and whom we blame for not thinking like us or imposing a behaviour or lifestyle which we find offensive. Resentment may then build up inside us and bring us to a state where we think that the whole world, and even occasionally God, is against us! Our thought-forms thus create autonomous entities, real power centres that work invisibly like pollution hanging over nations. Therefore, we too are greatly in need of forgiveness.
Rather than hate our enemies, we must love them, as Jesus has taught us:'But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you...'(Matthew 5,44). 'Pray', is the key which represents the best form of help we can render to those who have offended us; love for our neighbour is also manifested in this action. If we pray sincerely, it spontaneously leads to forgiveness, which frees us from our resentful thoughts.
Trust in God
One who is guilty of causing injury to another person is strongly tied to this wrongful action, and of course with the offended person. However, one must take into the fact that the injured party can reinforce this link and be himself tied to the wrongdoing if he entertains thoughts of hatred and vengeance. This sad state of affairs can persist in the beyond after physical death, and into the next incarnation, where the cycle of this link of thread must come to a closure and unwind, even if we no longer remember the original action. The Cosmic Laws of the Creator that enable us to forget the wrongdoings of our previous life are very wise, because otherwise, in most cases, our present life would be impossible. This is why Jesus advises in the Lord's Prayer He gave to His disciples:'And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us!'In this sentence, Abd-ru-shin tells us, 'lies the knowledge of the incorruptible and just reciprocal action of the spiritual laws ordained by the Will of God. At the same time it expresses the assurance of complete confidence therein. For the plea for forgiveness or redemption from guilt is conditional upon the petitioner having previously forgiven all the wrongs inflicted upon him by his fellow-men.' (4)
If we are offended, we should not therefore feed any resentment, any desire to return evil with evil. Have we not been told: 'To me belong vengeance and recompense. In due time their feet will slip, because their time of calamity is near and the things prepared for them draw near;, thus said the Lord in Deuteronomy 32,35 with reference to Sodom and Gomorrah. In his epistle to the Romans, Paul reiterates this same maxim:'Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written; Vengeance is mine. I will repay, says the Lord.'(12,17-19)
Recognising our faults
Forgiveness is closely linked to repentance, to redemption from our faults, to purification; this is the way Jesus told His disciples: 'So watch yourselves. If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying, I repent, you must forgive them.'(Luke 17, 3-4). One can then understand why Peter came to Jesus and asked: 'Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?' Jesus said to him, 'I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.' (Matthew 18, 21-22). Here the number 7 is symbolic, and Jesus' response is significant: forgiveness is not calculated, it is heartfelt or it is not. It refers to the origin of the word itself: the giving of oneself, unconditional giving.
The strongest utterance on this subject was without doubt that made by Jesus on the cross: 'Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.' It is one of the greatest prayers of intercession ever made: that the Father might give humanity another chance to pick themselves up and make a fresh start. But one thing is required from mankind: that it repents for the inexcusable murder of the Bearer of the Truth. This prayer, though, does not allow us to interpret the death of Jesus on the cross in a wrong manner, namely, that He died to redeem our sins. This idea goes against nature and it could not be more contrary to the Laws of Creation. It is obvious that if it had truly been the case, this prayer would not have been necessary. This is why recognising our propensities and other faults is essential for progress. And it is through humility that we can receive strength for a beneficial change.
Can we receive forgiveness from a third party?
The absolution given by a priest at confession, the presidential pardon which is only a relic of religion in a secular state....are contrary to the very act of forgiving, which can only be offered by the offended party. It is a wrong interpretation of the words of Jesus to His disciples: 'If you forgive anyone's sins, their sins are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.'(John 20,23).
I should therefore like to conclude with an expert of The Grail Message by Abd-ru-shin, which clearly explains how these words should be understood, and the process of forgiveness itself:
'The actions of many religious ministers, however, indicate doubt in their own teaching, because they stand in direct contradiction to it, and by their deeds they openly disavow its basic tenets. For example, the bearing of confession and the imposition of penance, the sale of indulgences whether for money or for prayer, which is supposed to be followed by the immediate forgiveness of sins, and other similar customs, are, if considered calmly, a denial of the Divine Will resting in the Laws of Creation. He who does no more than merely engage in a desultory consideration of these practices will see in them nothing else but an absolute belittlement of the Perfection of God.
'When Jesus the Son of God once said to His disciples: "Whosoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them...", these words were not meant as a general licence to act arbitrarily. That would have been equivalent to upsetting the Divine Will as embodied in the immutable power of reciprocal action, which in its active working carries reward and punishment with incorruptible and Divine, and therefore perfect, Justice. It would have meant a permitted interruption of this law. This Jesus could never have done, neither did He do it, because He had come to "fulfil" the laws, not to overthrow them!
"With these words He meant the lawful operations which rest in the Creative Will, whereby one human being can forgive that injury which he has suffered at the hands of another human being! Being the victim he has the right and also the power to forgive! His sincere forgiveness will turn aside and break the power of the karma which would otherwise surely develop for the other through reciprocal action, and in this actual happening lies at the same time real forgiveness.
'This forgiveness of the culprit can only come from the person who suffered the offence, not otherwise! It is for this reason that there is so much blessing and deliverance in personal forgiveness when it is honestly meant and intuitively felt.
'A person not immediately involved is quite naturally excluded from the threads of reciprocal action and therefore cannot actively and effectively intervene because of this fact. He can only intervene by prayer in such cases, the effect of which, however, depends on the condition of the souls of those immediately concerned. He himself must remain on the outside and therefore cannot bring about forgiveness! This alone rests in God's Will, which reveals Itself in the laws of just reciprocal actions, against which He Himself would never act, because they were perfect from the beginning according to His Will.
'.......Thus no man can forgive another an offence unless he has personally been the sufferer! The law of Reciprocal Action would remain uninfluenced by anything not interwoven in it with the living thread, and this can only come about through being directly involved. Reformation alone is the living road to forgiveness! '
Original text by Claude Thibeaudeau, compiled for this Blog post by Edeltraud Grace
1 Alfred de Musset, Poems- The October night
2 Olivier Clerc. Gift of Forgiveness
3 Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now
4 Abd-ru-shin, In the Light of Truth - The Grail Message. Vol 2, Lecture: I am thy God
5 Experts from the Bible
Biomagnetic Healing is a serious modality that requires serious and committed people, who seek to work from a position of subject matter knowledge, human understanding, solid & thorough practices, the meaning and purpose of human existence and the laws that govern this existence. To do this we will naturally desire to work with clearly defined concepts, definitions and language. Confusion, contradiction & ill-defined terms cannot benefit those people we wish to assist and who will depend on us, nor ourselves.
We live and work in a world today where myriad medical, therapy & healing practices, modalities & approaches are used & applied. Serious practitioners are generally seeking to achieve an enhanced well-being, health, issue resolution and life balance for the people they are working with.
Many of these practitioners and the people who are training or mentoring them seek to work with powerful symbols and emotions, easily identifiable concepts & broadly accepted motivators.
One such concept is the almost all-encompassing concept of “Love”. Who can effectively argue with the value, genuine human identification with and validity of Love??
As with all aspects of what we work with & how we approach & go about effectively engage with people & Biomagnetic Healing, we desire & are crucially required to work with clearly defined concepts, terms & definitions.
The application of Love & the Power of Love in therapies & healing, in its cool & serene true form, applied to the actual benefit of others and not just what pleases and seems agreeable to them, that is not weak nor soft nor alluring for the senses, is a powerful & primordial force inherent in the human entity, in our most inner selves. When we have attuned ourselves to this power, in all seriousness, clarity and focused intent, we can achieve far more than when we seek easy and broader appeal, when we present a softness that borders on weakness as so many in our area of endeavour will be tempted to do.
The concept of “Love” is one of those concepts that, especially in our modern times, has been subject to manifold variations of definition, use, abuse, misuse, overuse and sometimes genuine good use. With some medium effort, you can observe dozens of errant examples on any given day. We can though also observe many instances of genuine Love, acts of Love and people or indeed animals, who demonstrate aspects of Love.
This raises the question of what genuine “Love” is. We can observe how the term is used to describe its various genuine forms of inner connection and affection between people, whether they be family, friends or partners for life, indeed also for Mankind in general and our perceptions for higher values and entities in accordance with our personal convictions.
The term is though now watered down to sell products and services, drive advertising, describe our desire for all manner of food, possessions, entertainment and activities and passions etc.
Thus we should at all times exercise an objective but serious examination of instances where the “Power of Love” is claimed as a driving energy & force for a modality, therapy or healing mode. Though some of these individuals or groups are actually serious in their intent, their own lack of clarity & comprehension as to the nature of “Love” often results in outcomes that do not genuinely benefit those we seek to assist, heal and support. Examples of this are numerous.
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The influence of the blood on our state of being
An unrecognized role of the blood is to form a connecting link between the physical body and the immaterial spirit of man. Consequently, every alteration in the composition of the blood inevitably brings about a modification in this connection and through this, a change in how we experience and perceive reality. This knowledge helps us to better understand ourselves and offers new ways to improve our well-being.
Hypoglycaemia and distress
When our blood sugar level is normal the spirit feels «good in its skin», we are energetic, dynamic and engaging. But whenever the glycaemia drops, the person feels exhausted and unwell. Not only is his energy gone, but also his view of the world is altered. His recent rose coloured world becomes grey or even quite black. A person in this state of hypoglycaemia becomes anxious and is afraid of all kinds of things that are not perceived as frightful by others. Simple questions become serious problems to resolve, if not mountains to climb.
And then, just as suddenly as his outlook became darkened, very rapidly- by balancing his glycaemia – his perception of the world will be just as beautiful and simple as before.
Another well-known situation that alters a person’s state of being by modifying the composition of the blood, is the one prompted by the consumption of alcohol. When someone drinks too much and becomes drunk we say, «he is not in his right mind». But not being in one’s right mind simply means to perceive and to act differently than usual, or in other words; with a different awareness of reality. This awareness is again slowly altered as the level of blood alcohol decreases, therefore when the blood composition returns to normal.
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies in the blood
The nutritional discoveries show us daily how the presence or absence of a vitamin or a mineral alone can influence our outlook on the world.
A study made with volunteers who were fed a balanced diet but that was completely deprived of vitamin B1 showed that at the end of three months, all of the volunteers had become irritable, depressed, and worried that something terrible was going to happen to them. Some of them even felt that life was no longer worth living and contemplated suicide.
The experience ended after six months without informing the volunteers of the outcome in order to avoid the placebo effect with the reintroduction of vitamin B1. Within a few days the volunteers returned to being joyful and clear headed. They were friendly, cooperative and full of initiative.
Magnesium is also a very educational example. A slight magnesium deficiency causes irritability, nervousness, sensitivity to noise, over excitement and anxiousness. A greater deficiency can be even more disturbing, so much so in fact, that the subject is disorientated, incredibly agitated, boisterous, aggressive and subject to hallucinations. This irritable and violent behaviour will quickly disappear as soon as the organism is supplied with the missing magnesium needed to re-establish a normal blood radiation.
The effects of heavy metals and additives
Certain substances that alter our blood composition and our state of being come from air and water pollution. These are heavy metals, such as lead, just to name one among many. Others belong to food additives.
Besides the long term physical symptoms of lead poisoning, it also brings on depression, alters the memory and the ability to concentrate, causes nightmares and provokes hallucinations. A person whose blood contains too much lead is prone to false perceptions, that is to say, he sees and hears things that do not exist. The lead levels, along with the levels of other toxic metals is generally much higher in delinquents. It goes without saying that lead can not be held responsible for the reprehensible acts committed by prisoners. Lead does not turn one into a criminal but, by altering the composition of the blood, it does contribute to clouding our perceptions and judgement.
Around the middle of the last century, a new and unusual behaviour started showing up in some young people. These children are hyperactive. They are unable to sit still, they are continually moving about and touching everything. Their ability to concentrate is very weak and they are easily distracted. They are not able to follow through with anything, often changing their activities without finishing any of them. They are not only a concern for their surroundings but also for themselves because they are incapable of integrating. This unhealthy state of hyperactivity is due to a food additive: phosphate, and would disappear if the phosphate was removed from the child’s diet.
New therapeutic possibilities
The knowledge of this unrecognized connection that the blood plays between the body and spirit opens the door to new therapeutic possibilities and allows a completely different orientation of treatment towards the problems concerning psychic balance. These treatments react on the spirit by means of the blood resulting in the spirit having an unaltered perception of reality.
Disturbances, depression or distress can all be treated by supplying the blood with the elements it needs and by eliminating those that are in excess.
There are many ways to alter the composition of the blood. We can remedy deficiencies through diets that are adapted to the needs of the person being treated, as well as by using food supplements containing the necessary vitamins and minerals needed for recovery. When it is a question of cleansing the blood, we can use toxins draining methods and we can neutralize and eliminate toxic metals with the help of specific trace elements. Of course, these methods do not alter the spirit per say, but help it to transform itself. They render its state in a way that better enables it to control its different states of being towards development in life.
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To possess complete freedom has always been a human being's greatest desire. The fundamental human rights guaranteed by society are not sufficient for acquiring inner freedom. A personal effort is also necessary. What then is freedom and how can we find it?
Is complete freedom possible?
How free are we?
When someone says that he wants to be free, oftentimes he means that he wishes to act as he sees fit, without any restrictions, without being hindered by anything, without being accountable to anyone.
Complete freedom is impossible since a person benefitting from such freedom needs only to be confronted with another and his own freedom is quickly called into question. Consequently, the decisions he has made can come into conflict, frustrate or even be thwarted by the decisions of the second person. Complete freedom, therefore, would only be possible for a person in isolation. This is a well-known fact and is summarised in the popular saying: 'My freedom begins where yours ends.
But to be alone in the world would still not mean freedom. For man finds himself facing an external reality that he did not choose; a reality of nature that he is forced to take into consideration. Immutable laws –the laws of nature or the cosmic laws – that greatly limit his ability to exercise complete freedom govern this reality.
A human being can indeed choose to walk or to run, but not to fly, because this goes beyond the laws of his constitution. He can also decide to sow wheat rather than any other type of seed, but once this wheat is sown he cannot oppose the reality that he is then unable to reap oats! Freedom, therefore, does not just begin where another person's freedom ends, it is also ends where external realities begin.
While the possibility of living in complete freedom remains forever impossible for the human being, this does not mean that he cannot exert a relative freedom; that is to say within the framework of the laws pre-set by the Creator. The laws are indeed the expression of the Will of the Creator; they demonstrate the manner in which He wants Creation to function.
Laws, a restraint to freedom?
The prevailing framework formed by laws is felt by some to be an intolerable limitation. Following the example of those who want to live 'fearing neither God nor man', that is to say without moral (spiritual) principles, or earthly laws, such people would effectively be demanding complete freedom, which is not possible for human beings. Such would like to be able to decide everything by themselves. The question, however, arises: would they be capable of assuming such freedom? This actually implies deciding how the universe should function. The answer to this is obviously 'no' because the wisdom that governs the Laws of Creation, Laws that gear into one another, that harmonise and complement each other in such a perfect manner, guaranteeing everyone and everything his or its space, place, and so on, are high above the capacities that a human being can deploy.
Moreover, the laws are not there to limit but to safeguard the freedom of each and everyone. Due to the large number of human beings on earth, our individual freedom would be greatly restricted by that of others if there did not exist a set of rules for all to observe so that everyone can take advantage of a maximum personal freedom. These rules are contained in the Ten Commandments and were summarised by Christ when He exhorted human beings to love their neighbour as themselves.
In fact, doing unto others as we wish to be done by is the best way of respecting our mutual freedom, and to thereby giving everyone the greatest amplitude of freedom possible.
Human freedom, freedom to decide
The Creator having determined the nature and the functioning of the framework in which a human being can act, man's freedom applies only within this framework and not therefore on the structure itself. Thus it is not a question of being able to create but the freedom to decide within a pre-established framework. This ability to decide freely that is always at man's disposal is what is called the free will. In this world, only man possesses a free will.
Certainly, animals also make decisions. These decisions are, however, not free, but always predetermined. Faced with a particular event, several reactions are possible for them. They can choose what they want, but in so doing cannot choose other than what belongs to their species. For example, in the face of an adversary, a dog can choose to bite or flee, but it cannot decide to head butt its enemy as a goat or a ram would do! Lions are carnivorous. Eating meat is innate to them. They will therefore not be able to decide to adopt another diet and become vegetarian. The human being, however, can choose to do so. He can even decide to malnourish himself or to eat healthy. The repercussions of erroneous decisions will obviously make themselves painfully felt, but it is possible for man to take these decisions none the less.
Human beings sometimes envy animals because they live freely in nature. However, as we saw above, the decisions that animals can make are very limited compared to those that a human being can make. Moreover, with animals the action is always only a reaction to a stimulus produced by its environment or from its body, whereas where a human being is concerned, it can also come from a deeper wish. Thus a human being can develop because he wants to, while the animal is urged towards development. Also the evolution of man is cloaked in forms that he himself fashions, which is not the case with animals.
Where is the seat of our free will?
If the free will is a particularity of man, then where can it be found in him? At first we might assume that it is situated within the brain. However, if we reflect on the brain's functions, we must arrive at the conclusion that the brain is clearly conditioned, thus preventing it from making uninfluenced decisions.
In fact, at birth the brain does not yet contain anything. It is a completely new instrument that will be fed information as life develops. This information is received through the five senses and then stored in the memory and the intellect can work on this information through association.
This information would necessarily be different from one individual to another by virtue of upbringing, nationality, schools attended, chosen professions, newspapers that are read, radio or television broadcasts that are followed, advertisements, friends, a particular political party that is favoured, and so on. These examples clearly show that the brain is incapable of making an uninfluenced decision since all its reasoning is impregnated and conditioned by its desires, concepts and opinions … influenced by the outside world.
However, to make an absolutely free decision, it is necessary that the decision-making centre be capable of choosing without being influenced by external conditioning.
Therefore, if the free will is not seated in the brain, where is it? Given that the body possesses no other organ as sophisticated and noble as the brain, the free will must be sought elsewhere, without, however, seeking only in a materialistic fashion as man of today is used to doing. If, in fact, we exclusively use this materialistic approach, we are forced to look for the free will only in another of the body's organs.
But the constitution of a human being is composed of an immaterial element. This element is the spirit, used in the sense of soul. The spirit, which originates in the spiritual plane, or Paradise, does not have the same constitution as the physical body. It is composed of substance from the spiritual plane, while the physical body is composed of materials from the material plane. The nature of these two planes differs greatly and because of this difference the spirit sojourning on earth must be cloaked in a covering or be equipped with an instrument that allows it to make contact with its surroundings and to react therein. This instrument is the physical body. Consequently, the spirit incarnates into the body, but it is not the body itself. Neither is it the brain.
Due to its origin, the spirit is immune to all the socio-cultural conditioning to which the brain is subjugated. It is indeed struck by the impressions originating from the terrestrial plane, but they are not engraved on the spirit as they are in the brain. In fact, unlike the brain, the spirit is not empty but possesses spiritual abilities conferred on it by the Creator. The external impressions compel these abilities to react and to manifest, which in turn contribute to their development. There is therefore no question of a conditioning, but only development of the inner, personal abilities.
Therefore, it is the spirit that makes uninfluenced decisions, that is to say freely. The spirit is the seat of man's free will.
Inner obstacles to freedom
Freedom is sometimes presented as something unto itself, outside of a human being that man can appropriate. In truth, the possibility of being free exists deep within the human being. It becomes a reality only when man uses the free will of his spirit.
In this light, freedom of belief, of thought, of expression, to assemble and so on as may be contained in a bill of rights are not freedom as such, but laws of society that serve to guarantee each person the possibility of using his free will unhindered. However, these laws only make it possible to use our free will, they do not force us to do so. And if a person does not use it, he is not free, even if he were living in a country that guarantees fundamental human rights. The obstacles to freedom can therefore be internal as well as external. More often than not they are internal.
The main reason for this is that, normally, during his earthly sojourn, the human being should essentially make decisions with his spirit and his brain should execute them. This division of labour can be explained as follows: the earthly plane where the spirit finds itself for the duration of its incarnation is alien to it due to its different nature. It is therefore unable to fully grasp this plane and to react upon it in the same way the brain can due to its nature. Thus, the role of the brain is to assist the spirit and carry out the decisions it makes. In order to accomplish this it must likewise possess the ability to decide so that it can make a choice among the multiple material possibilities that are available to it.
The intellect's decision-making centre has a much narrower field of activity than that of the spirit. It only understands the material world, whereas the spirit has a larger view that extends beyond matter. Nevertheless, for a long time now man has opted to use only his cerebral capabilities, his intellect, above all else instead of primarily using his spiritual faculties that are on a much higher level hierarchically and should take the lead over intellectual abilities. With time, the latter became overdeveloped, much to the detriment of the spiritual faculties and the result is that decisions are taken more often by the intellect today rather than by the spirit.
But the more a human being consults and submits to his intellect, the less he uses the free will inherent in his spirit. And the less he uses his free will, the less freedom he has. The loss of spirituality therefore quite naturally leads to a loss of freedom.
By submitting to the intellect, man again hinders himself in another way. Owing to the restricted vision of reality that the intellect possesses, the decisions that it makes without the spirit's lead are consequently fragmented and because of this are often opposed to the Laws of Creation.
By making decisions that oppose the laws he creates a difficult destiny for himself. Man's destiny is indeed not arbitrary, but there are consequences of past actions: 'whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he reap'. Obstacles, conflicts and problems that he will be forced to live and that will in turn limit his possibilities to act completely freely.
Disrespect for the laws and the obstacles that bar the way to the free use of our will can also arise from a person not positively developing his abilities but instead who cultivates some sort of propensity. Effectively, an inclination for money or likewise envy, hatred, and so on, will always 'incline' the person towards a precise direction. Such a person can then no longer make a free decision because he must constantly struggle against this inclination that is persistently knocking on his door. Instead of having many different choices at his disposal, one powerful and influencing element is always at the forefront. And this influence is an obstacle that blocks the complete and total use of his free will.
The non-observance of the laws therefore leads to the loss of freedom. This is the exact opposite of what is commonly believed. In fact, where the Laws of Creation guarantee the maximum freedom for everyone, their non-observance logically leads to a loss of this freedom.
What is the purpose of the free will?
The human spirit did not create itself; no more than it created the abilities that lie in it. The Creator placed these abilities in his spirit as possibilities, but it is man's duty to bring them to full blossom from this state of possibility to a state of reality. Does the history of humanity, and moreover that of the mineral reign, the vegetable and animal kingdoms not demonstrate a movement from the simple to the complex, from the slightly developed to the more developed, or even from the unconscious to the more conscious? But these capabilities can only be developed when they are used. And for this to happen, the spirit must want something. By wanting to be respectful, patient, helpful … the spirit engages the corresponding faculties that lie within it and forces them to manifest. Thus in the same way that muscles develop through exercise, so do our spiritual capabilities develop and blossom the more they are used.
The ultimate goal of the efforts we expend throughout our existence is therefore not only our material survival and ultimately the achievement of great things on earth, but it is to develop the innate abilities that reside in the spirit. Moreover the goal of human existence is to fully develop the abilities of the spirit, for it is only when the spiritual abilities are brought to complete maturation that the human spirit can return to its home: Paradise.
Preventing someone from using their free will unhindered, whether this is the State by not guaranteeing the fundamental human rights to its citizens, or by an individual, through the exertion of various types of pressures, is one of the most serious crimes against humanity. This does not only generate earthly suffering, but spiritually it hinders the development of the spirit that is the true essence of a human being.
The use of the free will should therefore be seen less as only a possibility that we can choose to use or not, but rather as something within that man must absolutely apply in his life. Because for the human spirit in Creation, freedom is less of a right than a duty and the more an individual becomes free by observing the Laws of Creation, the more those in his surroundings can become free as well.
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The Laws of mental Health – How we can stay mentally healthy?
We know that the health of our physical body is based on natural laws, but how about our soul and mental health?
When we think on your physical body, we know that it functions in a process which takes place in 3 phases.
1. It receives energy
2. It transforms these energies to make them usable
3. It uses and eliminates these energies
If we go into further detail we will see that the functioning of the body is totally fixed and immovable and therefore governed by laws.
In the first phase, the intake phase, the body receives the energies which are indispensable for its function that is air, beverage and food.
In the second phase, the transformation phase, the energies, which cannot be directly used by the body, are prepared to be made usable. This mainly takes place during the digestive process which breaks the solid foods into smaller and smaller parts, these latter being then brought to the cells. In the third phase, the energies go out of the body in two different flows. First, in energy spent to maintain the body temperature, the functioning of the organs and for the body activities. Secondly, in the form of worn energies (waste products or toxins) which are eliminated by the excretory organs: liver (bile), intestines (stools), kidneys (urine), skin (sweat), lungs (CO2).
For complete health, each phase must have taken place correctly: the right food must have been eaten, correctly digested, totally used and its waste product eliminated.
The three phases are dependent on each other. If too much food is eaten, digestion will be poor. If the foods are poorly digested, a lot of waste products will be produced. This will lead to insufficient elimination of the toxins. These latter then accumulate in the body and make it ill. These facts can be expressed in specific laws: overeating leads to poor digestion; poor digestion leads to the overproduction of toxins which then accumulate; an accumulation of toxins can overwhelm the excretory organs, leading to poor elimination; poor elimination leads to the poisoning of the body and subsequently to illness.
But as varied and different as these laws may be, they are all governed by a general Law: the Law of Cause and Effect. Its activity makes each cause inevitably engender an effect. Therefore, each effect is triggered by a cause, there can be no effect without a cause, or as the popular saying goes: there’s no smoke without fire. But the Law of Cause and Effect also applies to the Soul and Spirit.
The idea that the human being is more than a physical body is indeed not only a religious conception by the way but also one important in natural medicine. Great doctors throughout history, starting with Hippocrates, already believed that man is composed of three elements:
1. His true ego, the immaterial spirit (in the sense of soul)
2. Different cloaks of ethereal matter
3. The physical body
The spirit surrounded by its different ethereal cloaks, incarnates in the physical body for the length of its earth-life. At death it separates from the body and goes on living in the “other world”.
Now, the Laws we have been talking about the physical body are also active on the spirit. To illustrate this even more we will draw a few parallels to show that they act on the spirit in a way similar to how they act on the body.
Our spirit-our true self – comes from the spiritual realm, also called Paradise, which is situated far above all of the material planes. During its migration down towards the earth it traverses planes differing in consistency and receives a corresponding covering or body from each plane, so that it can experience and be active there. One cloak is thus laid over the other, and the last, outermost covering is the earthly body. In this way the concept of “soul” describes the human spirit with its various cloaks of finer material substance excluding the physical body.
The heart as seat of our soul?
We generally envisage the heart as the seat of our emotions and our mind. We speak of ‘sadness breaking our heart’ or our heart ‘overflowing with joy’, wish for something or love someone ‘with all our heart’. This is, however, not about the physical organ that beats in our chest, but to do with our soul, which is the designation for the immaterial cloaks encasing our spiritual core. The soul is connected with the physical body via the solar plexus, which is located close to the heart. Strong emotions are felt at this spot and they can even change our heart rhythm.
Our longings, wishes and anxieties therefore have their origins in our soul and are of a much finer consistency than the thoughts, feelings and instincts our body can produce.
The notion that our inner life takes place at the emotional level of the soul and not on the physical level should actually not be unfamiliar to us. If we are sad because something painful has hit us, we feel heavy. This emotional feeling of heaviness has nothing to do with an increase in body weight, but indicates a change in the fine, ethereal cloaks around our soul. They lose some of their lightness, which we can feel as weighing down on our body. Painful experiences leave behind ‘wounds of the soul’, through which the soul can be impaired in its activity, in a similar way as the body may be affected by a physical wound.
Full-value and denatured ‘soul food”
Just as the foodstuffs, medicines and toxins that we take into our body can leave their traces in the body milieu, the same also applies to our thoughts, feelings and perceptions: these affect the soul body in their respective nature and leave their imprint upon it.
The foodstuffs that are favourable for our physical well-being correspond in the ethereal aspects to noble, constructive and luminous thoughts, practised love of the next person, helpfulness and a respectful attitude towards others, but also a striving for ennoblement and justice. Such thoughts enliven our soul and help it to unfold.
Great principles such as a conscientious sense of duty and of justice can be perverted into a compulsion to control and a hardheartedness. These then resemble denatured foods – which have therefore been partially robbed of their valuable content (refined foods) or contain strange and dangerous ingredients (foods poisoned by additives).
Just as we take stimulants (tobacco, alcohol, coffee) in order to feel invigorated and full of energy, we can use harmful qualities such as vanity, ambition, hatred or envy to stimulate our inner life artificially. Such stimulation may well occur, but it exhausts the energy of the soul without making it productive. And just as a deficiency of vitamins, proteins or mineral substances can lead to various symptoms and signs in the body, a deficiency of noble and up building thoughts deprives our soul of a basis that is indispensable for its unfolding.
If we consume foods containing toxins or which have been poisoned by chemical treatment, we burden our body environment; if we submit to dark, inhibiting or hate-filled thoughts and act accordingly, we are degrading our soul environment!
There is also a parallel to overeating: an excessive consumption of food and beverages will overload and cause blockages in our organism. In exactly the same way, the deluge of information that assails us from the various media (radio, television, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, Internet ….) and which clogs our consciousness with a mass of unprocessed impressions leads to a downright contamination and poisoning the soul.
A fleeting thought that flashes in our mind and disappears again has a far less influence on our soul environment than recurrent thoughts or impulses. The latter will stick to us far more persistently and influence our soul much more strongly because of their repeated reinforcement. But that is not all! A major role is also played by the intensity with which we perceive something. The more deeply an event touches us, the more we are moulded by the emotions, feelings and thoughts the experience triggers. The joy we feel when we have escaped from a great danger, as well as the deep pain that fills us after a traumatic experience, will imprint indelible marks on our psyche.
Everything has small beginnings
As long as our soul is unburdened, our life will proceed in harmony and the joy of living remains intact in spite of the small problems which confront us in our day-to-day life. However, should negative thoughts and perceptions make inroads into our soul, these will cause frictions with our surroundings, which then lead to annoyance, aggressiveness or bitterness. These are the first signs of a deterioration of our soul environment. In the initial stages it is not difficult for the affected person to re-establish his inner balance and harmony with his surroundings. It is enough to straighten out and regain control over his thought processes and to refrain from nurturing any interfering thoughts.
Without this self-examination and resulting corrective action, the soul environment will continue to deteriorate. From a certain point we begin to react irrationally or even violently to the most minor disturbances or problems. This state corresponds to that of an acute illness in the physical. The normal level of tolerance is overstretched and the crises erupting bring to the surface what has been churning away deep down in us for some time. The severity of these crises – which can occur often in our life – helps us to recognise that something has got into a mess.
If we shut our eyes before this fact or do not change our lifestyle accordingly, things will continue to go downhill. Over time it becomes a habit: conflict situations are no longer recognised as such, but instead are accepted as unchangeable conditions. The one concerned becomes resigned to his fate. This ‘soiling of the soul’ becomes the cause of numerous inner and outer conflicts and chronic problems. The person increasingly changes his behaviour and gradually succumbs to various dependencies and vices.
Such degenerative conditions of the body have a parallel on the soul plane: mental derangement or insanity. The view of reality is totally skewed, the personality has changed for the worse, self-respect has withered and the consciousness of good and evil has been lost.
Conditions for mental health
Exactly as there are laws which have to be observed to preserve our physical well-being, there are also laws which govern our psychic health. If we observe them we lay the foundation for the harmony and balance of our soul. This includes everything that helps us to improve ourselves, to refine and ennoble our nature and to encourage respect for ourselves as well as a respectful attitude towards our fellow human beings.
Just as toxins can be eliminated from our body, we can also free our soul from the accumulated burden. In this way disturbances can be avoided, which would otherwise arise as a lawful reciprocal effect. Unlike our physical body, the decontamination on the soul plane cannot be achieved through the mobilisation of the excretory organs. The impulse for purification has to come from within, from the soul itself. It has to be willing to renounce harmful thoughts and perceptions. If these are not further nourished, they lose their power and their influence on people. This, by itself, is not sufficient by a long shot however, for the good does not automatically develop in us simply because the bad is ebbing away. What is destructive must be replaced by constructive activity.
With the body the excretion of toxins is not sufficient for a regeneration of the body environment either. It has to be given nourishment that was previously withheld from it. In the mental arena, this corresponds to the willingness of the person to be open to helpful streams of power and to strive for the development of enhancing characteristics. It is undesirable, however, to continuously dwell on and analyse his shortcomings and mistakes, his faults and deficiencies, as such concentration continually channels reinforcement to these.
If the milieu of the soul has recovered, then it has also regained its power of resistance to attacks from the outside. Just as even the most aggressive microbes cannot survive in a healthy body environment, just as little can harmful influences unfold their effects on a person with an intact soul environment. This is the effect of the Law of Attraction of Homogeneous Species, which causes opposites to repel.
If we neglect consciously to change the environment of our soul by a voluntary effort, then truly shattering events may yet cause us to do so. It is like events on the physical plane, where illnesses can prompt a change in our habitual lifestyle.
Now it must be noted that the decision to change is not yet the change itself. This can only come from appropriate efforts on our part and the desired results will not be instantaneous! We may therefore not expect any immediate results. Anyone who thinks that his good intentions alone will have immediate effect and make his life nice, peaceful and harmonious, is in error. Such hopes do not correspond to reality. Everything that a person has been storing in the depths of his soul is still there within him. He must first detach himself in order to become free. This detachment or excretion process takes some time. As it does on the physical plane, the initial impression is getting worse because the problems that were repressed into the deeper layers of the soul now suddenly come to the surface to be detached in resolutions. Contrary to appearances, things are already going upwards, because a good direction has previously been taken and the soul environment is no longer burdened by new waste material and thereby its renewal process has already commenced.
Our future, our fate- nothing is by chance!
Our thoughts, our decisions and actions thus leave traces on the plane of the soul. These can remain unnoticed for a long time and unfold a tangible effect at a later point in time and influence our behaviour – according to the Law of Attraction of Homogeneous Species – as well as our future.
Our soul attracts what is homogeneous to it. If we want to alter a situation in which we find ourselves, then it does not help in the long term if we merely try to escape from that particular situation. The surest way is to change ourselves, to change our own attitudes and motivations. This is because as soon as our innermost being is changed, it also has no further homogeneity with the given situation anymore; it even rejects it, or in other words, it has no more affinity with it.
Fate therefore has nothing to do with chance. It is created from what emanates from us: our thoughts, desires and actions. The key to our fate lies in our free will, because through this free will we have it in our hands to determine what emanates from us- what we ‘sow’ – and what consequently – according to the Law of Reciprocal Action – returns to us as harvest. Seed and harvest, sowing and reaping, exist not only in the earthly but also in the ethereal plane of the soul, whereby here too the harvest embraces a multiple of the seed.
The Law of Balance likewise has an effect on all the planes. In the psychic realm it is about the balance between giving and taking: the results of our endeavours are always dependent on the magnitude of our efforts. Of two musicians with identical abilities, the one who practices daily will achieve better results than the one who only occasionally does any rehearsing. Similarly, a person who cultivates a respectful and friendly association with his fellow men will have a much more harmonious relationship with his surroundings than someone who makes no effort in this direction.
Neglect of the law of balance in our relationships with others leads to numerous problems. A child whose every wish is granted by its parents without it having to give something in return, can very easily become a spoilt and unhappy child. Being used to getting everything without having to give something in return, it will expect to obtain good marks at school without putting in the necessary effort. Such a person will later on perhaps expect higher wages for his work performance than what is his due, and demand more from society than he is himself able and willing to give.
The Law of Movement stipulates that everything that wants to stay alive and health as well as continue to develop, must remain in constant movement by its own efforts. This applies to the body as to the soul. Our core of being can only develop further if it is in constant movement, thus is active. For our true self, our spirit, this movement is expressed by its dealing with matters that are in accordance with its species, which means concerns that transcend what is earthly and material. This includes the quest for the meaning of life and dealing with the big questions such as: Where do we come from? Why are we here on earth? Where do we go after we die?
Just as our physical abilities and skills can vary in effectiveness and strength, depending on how intensively we make use of them, so it is also with our spiritual abilities. We can also have well developed spiritual abilities at our disposal if they are frequently being exerted – but not if the spirit within us has been asleep and become ‘stunted’, because we have neglected it.
This also explains the fact why the presence of an immaterial ego within us as well as the existence of otherworldly realms are self-evident realities for some people, while others have great difficulty to even take into serious consideration the possibility of the existence of anything beyond the earthly.
It is a consequence of the Law of Reciprocal Action that a person acquires those abilities which he himself has been striving for. Whoever has an animated inner life, and is thus not concerned with only material things, has thereby also developed his spiritual abilities, which will help him to shape his fate in a much more conscious way.
(Author Christopher Vasey, compiled by Edeltraud Grace)
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