Do we live more than once on earth? Does reincarnation exist? Something we do occupy ourselves with also in our Practitioner Training for Healing Magnetism as the knowledge about Reincarnation can help us find answers to many unsolved questions.
In this Blog post we share the story of Jenny Cockell from England, which is one of the most fascinating examples of past life memories, which have actually been confirmed.
Do we live more than once on earth? Does reincarnation exist? The story of Jenny Cockell from England is one of the most fascinating examples of past life memories, which have actually been confirmed. Speaking to “Thanatos.tv” she tells us how she was able to find her children from a previous life, in which she had died as a young mother, and how she was able to exchange mutual memories with them. She also relates memories of other lives – and why her "search for trails of the past” has now come to an end.
With Healing Magnetism we open and optimize additional healing possibilities, even where conventional medicine or other natural healing methods have so far been unsuccessful.
When we conduct Healing Magnetism or when we receive Healing Magnetism we accept that we are more than our physical body. This also means that when our physical body dies, the Soul/Spirit lives on.
Every physical body at some point will die. But how can we achieve a good death? In the following video we can find out what Peter Fenwick has discovered in his Near Death Research.
Peter Fenwick (born 25 May 1935) is a neuropsychiatrist and neurophysiologist who is known for his pioneering studies of end-of-life phenomena. In this interview he talks about near-death-experiences (NDE), death-bed-visitors and how we can achieve a good death. NDE research is at the cutting edge of consciousness research and offers a convincing model for the understanding of what happens when we die. Peter Fenwick describes the different transitional phases of the dying process and highlights the importance of letting go at the end of ones life. He offers fascinating insights into common phenomena at the end of life, such as premonitions, seeing a light, death-bed-visions and coincidences. In his opinion everybody should know about death and the dying process, because it is a normal part of living.
All of our students coming from many different corners of this planet are well aware of how we can help an individual, or ourselves, with the strengthening of the important heart-mind connection using Healing Magnetism and the knowledge of the up-building of creation. Our students are aware of the importance of our ability to connect to our heart/intuition and our brain/s. In the frame of the Internationally accredited Healing with Hands Training we mention also the value of other methods which can help us in that. One question I have received a couple of times from students is what Qigong and Tai Chi is. Let's in the following explain this to us by an expert. How can these ancient methods help us clear the heart-mind connection. (Please note that Virtuosity does not take responsibility for the following content and might not agree with everything said in the article.)
We are grateful to gain further understanding with the following beautiful writing by Dr. Roger Jahnke, OMD. The article first appeared here)
At the Nine Clouds Mountain Qigong Sanatorium near the Six Harmonies Pagoda in Hangzhou, Zhu Hui, a medical doctor and master teacher of Qigong from Tian Tai Mountain, told this Three Treasures story one morning during a tea break. Master Zhu had been practicing Chinese medicine for nearly 50 years, and his teaching was always a rich mix of medical, Daoist and Buddhist influences.
The road to unity A young monk felt he was prepared to deepen his cultivation practice and his master gave the assignment to cultivate inner quiet and discover the secret of the source of life and its application to the preservation of health and vitality. He gave the suggestion to focus on the Earth Elixir Field (Di Dan Tian). After some months of practice, the young monk reported to the master that he felt sure that the most practical answer regarding the secret was nourishment, rest and the conservation of Qi and inner resources. The master encouraged the young monk, “You have found the secret to preserve the Jing and sustain the body, but you have not found the source of life.” The master teacher asked the young monk if he was still interested in pursuing the deeper secret. The monk nodded and the elder gave him the suggestion to focus on the Heart-Mind Elixir Field (Xin Dan Tian).
This time it was considerably longer before the monk visited the elder. When he returned, now older, he responded that the secret of the source of life and its preservation were associated with accepting what naturally arises and bringing love and compassion into the world. The master agreed and encouraged the monk to continue his good work of compassionate service. The monk said to the master, “I know that I have penetrated to the secret of highly refined interactions of the Qi and the opening of the Heart-Mind. It has inspired me to be of service to my fellow humans. It is clear that this sustains life, my own and others. But I have not determined the secret of the source of life.” The master suggested, “Focus on the Celestial Elixir Field (Ling Dan Tian), the entry place of Heaven in the living human being.”
Some years passed. When the younger monk returned he was older. The elder monk said, “Tell me in one word”. The younger monk said, “Unity”. They both smiled quietly, knowing their was nothing more to say. They parted, both knowing that even though they would not meet again, they were always together at the Source. The power of Qi When people turn to Qi cultivation, like the young monk, the focus is usually on health and the preservation of the body. When people discover the magnitude of the power of the Qi (after all it is the energy that runs the entire universe), body health and longevity frequently become secondary benefits of attaining peace of mind and heart.
In the tradition of Qigong, it is believed that once you taste or experience one of the treasures that you are destined to pursue the cultivation of that treasure. As you begin to deeply understand and experience your Body Essence (Jing), your Heart-Mind (Xin) or your Spirit (Shen), you will likely be inspired to cultivate them because the promise is so great. When we cultivate Body Essence it leads to vitality and physical healing. When we purposefully access the Heart-Mind and cultivate the treasure of Heart-Mind Elixir it nourishes peace of mind and emotional healing. It is a rare person who does not become attracted to having peace of mind once they have begun to experience it. What if you were already whole?
The Spirit does not require healing; Shen is inherently and supremely well. Shen resides with in the Heart-Mind longing to be revealed, expressed, and radiated. When the Heart-Mind is cleared of its typical restraints including fear, judgement and all sorts of trauma, Shen expresses as radiance. The cultivation of the treasure of Spirit can trigger the release of miracles.
The Heart-Mind is the secret gate through which thoughts, feelings, emotions and attitudes are cleansed and purified. The sincere deepening of Qi cultivation practice requires that intention and will become major focus areas in practice and in life. In ancient traditions, retiring to a cave in the mountains or going to the desert, to disassociate from the material world were primary ways to pass through this secret gate. That is why it is often called the “Mysterious Pass”. It was also called the “dark feminine” in many translations because the Heart-Mind gate operates more on surrender communication and collaboration than on conquest or control. The legendary Bodhidarmha, who many revere for having brought Buddhism to China and who was legendary founder of the Shaolin Temple, faced the wall of a cave in deep meditation for nine years. The intensity of his Heart-Mind purification burned his image into the cave wall.
Clearing the Heart-Mind
In modern times, however, most people find it difficult to clear the Heart-Mind, even with years of meditation practice. The intensity of the busy and confused world constantly challenges and activates the nervous system, the heart and the mind. If distraction, busy-ness, constant list making or worry and judgment (of self and others) challenge your Qi cultivation, consider integrating holistic mind/body medicine and group support or counseling along with Qigong and Tai Chi, as complementary tools for helping to clear the Heart-Mind.
In other words the fire of intent that is required to change Heart-Mind integrity (behavior) is so dynamic that it radiates a profound heat. This suggests that changing the habits of the personality (Heart-Mind) will require rigor and discipline – Heart-Mind fire.
Purifying the Heart-Mind Qi
Intentful mind leads the Qi. You can combine Qigong practice with meditation, purposeful declaration, and visualization into powerful imagery and focus that can be used in either stillness or movement. In the relaxed state, mind (intent) with directed visualization or inner affirmation combined with the body movement and purposeful breath practice purify the Heart-Mind Qi.
When you make the choice to “let go” of a grudge or forgive someone who has been unfair, you are removing a factor that may have been depleting or stagnating your Qi — inner resources. The grudge or withheld forgiveness is not hurting the begrudged or the unforgiven one. Instead, the damage is done to the one who holds the grudge or withholds forgiveness. Holding these kinds of feelings constrains the Heart-Mind, exhausts the Qi and overshadows the incredible but buried splendor of the radiant Shen spirit. A chant to purify Qi
Declarations and blessings in chants or prayers may be integrated into Qigong practice to sustain the benefits throughout the day – starting upon waking and including the moments before and even continuing into sleep. Zhu Hui, was from the Tain Tai mountain – a melting pot of Daoist and Buddhist influences. He often said it is the mind (Heart-Mind) focus that makes what appears to be a simple exercise into a powerful Qigong practice. He often used the following chant in conjunction with his teaching of one of his favorite Buddhist forms, Lotus Flower Qigong.
Extra Qi is pulled out into nature, Disturbed Qi is pulled down into the earth. In this my heart is purified. Who seeks Dao, Will achieve Dao.
We could as easily say, more contemporarily: Spent emotional and physical energy is naturally pulled out into nature, Disturbed and distressed emotional energy is pulled down into the earth. In this my heart and mind are purified. Who seeks awareness of Oneness and Unity, Will achieve Oneness and Unity.
This declaration, and any declarations like it, stated with sincerity and intent helps the practitioner to sustain the focus on purifying the Qi in the practice. Everything from physical sickness to mental/emotional disharmony is being dispelled – Qi channels and pathways are cleared with the power of intent. “Who seeks Dao, achieves Dao” is a promise of Qigong, Tai Chi and all forms of Qi cultivation. It acknowledges that cultivation in a purposeful state will connect the practitioner with his or her true state of radiant wellbeing and eternal spiritual life.
Learn to make medicine with your own body: Join Dr. Roger Jahnke for Entering the Qigong and Tai Chi Way at the Art of Living Retreat Center from April 28th-May 3rd, 2019. Ready to share the healing power of Qigong with others? Dr. Jahnke also teaches the Healer Within Qigong Certification at the Art of Living Retreat Center from April 26th-28th, 2019.
Dr. Roger Jahnke, OMD, has dedicated his life to sharing the powerful holistic healing traditions of China. Author of The Healer Within and Director of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC), Dr. Jahnke has been a practitioner of these techniques for over four decades and is renowned for the clarity, compassion, humor and depth of his teaching style. Along with colleagues at the IIQTC Dr. Jahnke has contributed to the research evidence base supporting the practice of Qigong and Tai Chi and has trained over two thousand teachers around the world. This post includes excerpts from The Healing Promise of Qi by Roger Jahnke, and is reposted with permission from the author.
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As a high school teacher in the Bronx for 14 years I got to meet and deeply know a lot of teens. Having those relationships taught me a lot about what makes adolescents tick. I saw that the way adults view teens impacts the way teens see themselves, and ultimately the lives they think they are capable of leading. I also witnessed how school settings can be fertile ground for greater understanding and connection, or misunderstanding and miscommunication between teachers and young adults.
One of the high schools I worked at was a traditional school, with honors classes, Advanced Placement courses, Senior trips and proms. The other was a transfer school, where students go as a last chance for a high school degree (their prior schools failing to meet these students’ needs in one way or another). In this school students call teachers by their first name, they work closely with community based organizations, and it’s where I was lucky enough to introduce mindfulness.
Both schools were Title 1 schools, which meant the majority of the students were receiving free or reduced lunch. Both had committed, caring (and overworked) administrators, staff and teachers.
Since leaving the classroom I’ve gotten the opportunity to work with teens in more affluent communities (one of the schools a mere 10 miles north of the transfer school) where kids are getting the best education and resources their parents and communities can generously give. I wasn’t surprised to also see committed, caring, and overworked administrators, staff, and teachers but I was surprised to see how much these teens were also struggling.
Even though these adolescents’ educational contexts are very different, a couple of things are true for all of them. The adolescent years are challenging, confusing, and filled with changes to the body, their brain, and relationships. Adolescence is a tumultuous time of our lives!
Let’s also not forget about technology and the impact it’s having on our children. Most of us can probably remember what it was like to be bored when we were young and not have a screen readily available. Our parents would tell us to figure it out, go outside, go play. Or they would assign us a chore to make sure we didn’t stay bored. These moments of boredom often led to free play, which is critical in child development. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics free play helps children develop their imagination, curiosity, and healthy relationships with the children around them and their parents.
Whether we think the advent of technology is good or bad, it is here to stay and it is rewiring our children’s minds. Many have a harder time focusing their attention and developing relationships outside of their digital persona.
The developing brains of adolescents
When I taught mindfulness to my teens in the Bronx, I often introduced the book Brainstorm by Dr. Daniel Siegel. Even though it was a challenging text for them to get through, they were engaged with the book because it was giving them insight into the way adults looked at them. It helped them understand what was changing in their brains and effecting the way they were feeling and acting. I will summarize some of the things I shared with my students here, but if this is a topic, you think would be helpful to you or your students will find interesting, make sure to add Brainstorm to your reading list.
Myths of adolescence
The way we see adolescents becomes the way they see themselves. These misunderstandings can lead to confusion and conflict for teens and adults. Which of these myths are you familiar with? 1. Raging hormones cause teenagers to “go mad” or “lose their minds.” According to Siegel hormones do increase, but these levels then stay consistent throughout much of adulthood. Its not the hormones that are causing behavior changes. What adolescents experience is primarily the result of natural and needed changes in their developing brains. 2. Teens are immature and need to grow up. The risk-taking tendencies, impulsiveness, and high emotional sensitivity of teens is not a sign of immaturity but rather an outcome of exactly what they are supposed to be doing during this developmental stage—testing boundaries, creating their own view of the world, and preparing for life beyond the family home and school community. 3. Growing up requires moving from dependence on adults to total independence from them. The healthy move to adulthood is toward interdependence, not complete do-it-yourself isolation. Giving care and receiving help from others is the model we should be supporting.
Pause, take a couple of breaths, and reflect on your own middle or high school experience. I’m sure you can understand why adolescents struggle during this time of their lives especially if the adults around them fundamentally misunderstand them. Remembering our own experience can help us be more understanding and compassionate in the interactions we have with teens.
Qualities of the adolescent mind
Dr. Siegel goes on to name the attributes of the adolescent mind as well as the benefits and challenges associated with these changes. His book also guides reader through activities that ask adolescents to reflect and bring awareness to their internal landscape, and which support healthy communication.
Novelty Seeking Increased drive for rewards and increased inner motivation to seek new experiences and feel life more fully
Upside: Being open to change and exploring new ways of doing things that lead to a sense of adventure
Downside: Sensation seeking and taking risks without considering consequences can lead to dangerous behavior
Social Engagement Enhanced peer connectedness and new friendships are explored
Upside: The drive for social connection leads to creation of supportive relationships that can support and enrich teens their whole life
Downside: Adolescents might isolate themselves from other adults and only surround themselves with other teens, which can lead to increased risky behavior
Increased Emotional Intensity Emotional sensitivity increases, allowing teens to feel life experiences more intensely
Upside: Emotional intensity can fill teens with energy and a sense of vitality for being alive
Downside: Emotional intensity can fill teens with energy and a sense of vitality for being alive. Emotions can rule the day, leading to moodiness and, sometimes unhelpful, reactivity
Creative Exploration Expanded sense of being leads to conceptual thinking that question status quo and approaches problems with out-of-the-box solutions
Upside: Sense of wonder, creativity, and curiosity can be nurtured; new solutions and strategies for a fuller life are explored
Downside: New explorations can lead to crisis of identity, susceptibility to peer pressure, and lack of direction or purpose
Taking these findings into account highlights why mindfulness interventions are critical at this age. There is promising, if nascent evidence, that mindfulness can support adolescent well-being by supporting development of their prefrontal cortex (where empathy, thinking of consequences, and other executive function skills live), by enhancing their ability to focus, and helping them name and regulate their emotions. In addition, studies of adults participating in mindfulness interventions like Mindfulness Based Stressed Reduction “suggest that participation in MBSR is associated with changes in gray matter concentration in brain regions involved in learning and memory processes, emotion regulation, self-referential processing, and perspective taking.” These research studies, coupled with my experience teaching adolescent, makes it easy to argue for introducing mindfulness interventions to adolescents.
Introducing mindfulness to teens can be especially rewarding and challenging. Working with adolescents can bring to the surface the unresolved feelings and painful experiences we faced as adolescent. To be effective with this age group, we must reflect and turn to our own practice. We also have to make sure that when we offer mindfulness to adolescents it is relevant and engaging otherwise we won’t be able to truly support them.
Working with teens
Some of these apply to all age groups, but they hold special importance when working with adolescents. Adolescence spans from the ages of 12 to 24. This is one of the most confusing times of our lives, even when things are going well.
Remember what your adolescence was like, and have compassion!
Students’ feelings should be validated always, but especially keep this in mind now, because many adults are dismissive of the strong emotions of teens.
Practices, conversations, and activities should be relevant to the students’ lives.
Learning should be student centered when possible, and students should be given opportunities to share and interact with one another.
Students tend to be sensitive about the way they are perceived by others, but they might not fully understand how they perceive themselves.
Support healthy identity formation by creating a culture of acceptance of individual difference and respect for personal boundaries.
Avoid stereotypical language, and recognize your own assumptions and biases.
Join Argos Gonzalez, Mayuri Gonzalez, and Jennifer Cohen Harper at the Art of Living Retreat Center from April 12-19, 2019, to learn how you can give kids the tools they need to embrace joy and build resilience. Little Flower Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher Training is open to all who work with children on a personal or professional basis.
Argos Gonzalez is a teacher, lecturer, and mindfulness and yoga instructor. He has 14 years of experience teaching high school in the Bronx and teaches pre-service and in-service teachers at Hunter College School of Education in NY. Argos is certified through both Mindful Schools and Little Flower Yoga (LFY), and currently serves as the director of professional development for The School Yoga Project, a program of LFY and Lead Teacher for Mindful School’s Mindful Teacher yearlong certification program.
In this Blog post Dr. Harrison Graves, MD a volunteer at the Art of Living Retreat Center in beautiful North Carolina, explains us why “selfless service” is a way of life and how you can do it too.
“The best seva is helping someone understand this eternal nature of life.” Seva is often defined as “selfless service,” service with no expectation of reward. It is that — and much more. In today’s blog I’ll share with you why I volunteer, or do seva, and suggest ways you can too. True seva is a way of life — an inner attitude of giving.
Ram Dass explains seva beautifully: “Helping out is not some special skill. It is not the domain of rare individuals. It is not confined to a single part of our lives. We simply heed the call of that natural impulse within and follow it where it leads us.” (Ram Dass was a co-founder of the Seva Foundation. Seva is best known for their work restoring eyesight to over 3 million blind people suffering from cataract blindness in places like Tibet, Nepal, Cambodia, Bangladesh, and throughout sub-Saharan Africa.)
How Seva Can Help You, the Giver Sri Sri Ravi Shankar shares how seva also benefits the giver:
To increase our joy we must share joy with others. Giving is essential for spiritual growth. A willingness to share what we have and to help others is called seva. Seva connects us to others and makes them a part of us. The barriers dissolve that separate our happiness from their happiness. Lingering moods of unhappiness or depression dissipate when our focus is on helping someone else.
Seva can become complementary medicine for those who suffer with anxiety and depression. Both ailments can vanish when we focus on selfless service.
How to Serve There are endless ways of doing seva. All it takes is creativity and imagination. Make seva your way of life. If you are helping to mentor a son or daughter, that is family seva. If you adopt a pet from the shelter, that is pet seva. Anytime you willingly donate your time and love to help others, you are doing seva. And there are many such projects that Art of Living members have voluntarily taken up as a way to give back through seva. Whether it’s providing service to prison inmates or supporting schools for under-served students in the developing world or projects in your own neighborhood, there are so many ways to serve.
Service, whatever form it takes, is the flow of love from one human being to another. This desire to share is our basic nature. Sincere giving — without any expectation of return — breaks the boundaries of conditional love and expands our ability to love every human being unconditionally. Perhaps the best seva is helping someone understand this eternal nature of life.
My Experience With Seva at the Art of Living Retreat Center Soon after beginning my seva at the Art of Living Retreat Center, I realized how much I was receiving: the opportunity to be at America’s top rated and most scenic Ayurvedic Spa, in a setting of Blue Ridge Mountain beauty. Then there is the daily Yoga, meditation, satsang and kirtan. Also, each month I am privileged to meet kindred yogi and yogini spirits from around the world, each of whom seems to have an amazing talent to share: writers, artists, musicians and Yoga/meditation teachers.
Seva at the retreat center might include helping in the kitchen, working in the organic garden or assisting at reception. During Art of Living courses, voluntary opportunities to participate in seva activities are often part of the daily routine, such as cooking, cleaning, gardening or childcare.
Service is the expression of love. Serve in whatever possible manner you can. Ask yourself, “How can I be useful to people around me, and to the whole world?” Then your heart starts blossoming and a completely new level begins. Otherwise we’re always thinking, “What about me, what about me?” It’s nothing! Ask, “How can I be useful, how can I give to the world?
Seva is our own inner joy pouring forth into action.
I had following experience and that was in reality just one from many, but it taught me that I can trust my sixth sense.
I was at that time of that experience 25 years old. I lived and worked on a High Plateau in the Austrian Alps which was located in magnificent landscapes surrounded by high mountains and forests. It was a foggy November day and in Austria this means autumn time. I had half a day off in the afternoon and decided on that day as like so many other days to go for a long walk alone into the forest, something I profoundly enjoyed to do in my free time. The settlement I lived in had several guesthouses, cafes and restaurants, gardens, farmland with cows and horses. I knew everyone in this settlement in which about 130 people lived. As I worked in the hospitality part, I knew the guests that stayed here over their holidays and at that time in the year we did not have many of them as the weather was not the nicest.
So I set out for my walk, which let me through a part of the very beautiful settlement and then behind the houses I would enter the forest which leads towards a path that goes through the dense forest for about 40 minutes and then open up to a street higher up on the mountain on which I could walk back to the settlement. The path in the forest was quite narrow and should ever something come up on that path from which I had to run from, there was literally no escape. But such thoughts did not even enter my mind at that time, I fearlessly entered the forest and took in the fresh mountain air. All of a sudden I felt a strange sensation around me. Also a bird started to sing a short song and an inner perception formed itself inside of me and appeared as the sentence “This is a messenger of death” in my head.
At the same moment while this popped up in my head I had the sensation that something was stopping me from walking on. To make more sense to what I am about to say, I must explain that on that day I already in the morning at work, felt very dreamy as if I was a bit in a trance state, something that was a bit unusual for me. I did not make anything about it, as I knew in the afternoon I had my time off and could indulge in that dreamy state and daydream along. Why not. But here I was in the forest and all of a sudden “saw” with my inner eyes shadowy beings standing themselves in my way. I have only walked into the forest for a couple of minutes and was still able to see some of the houses from the settlement I lived in.
A sense of “do not walk into the forest today” came up in me and also from these shadowy beings that stood in my way it was as if they wanted me to turn back.
The impressions made me think about turning back, but then my intellect took over, It started to criticize myself for having hallucinations and what a weirdo I am, again. I shook these impressions off and continued with my walk. But it took just a few minutes when I had the same sensation, only this time even stronger. It was to me as if figures where placing themselves in my way and urging me to turn around. Perhaps similar to the picture above, as if they were standing, waving their arms and urging me to turn back. But my head told me that as I am so dreamy today I am just fantasying and that all of that is in my own head and I again pushed these impressions away as a product of my own imagination.
So I walked on and came to a significant point on my path where it would make a sharp left turn and lead downwards into an area of the path that was quite narrow for a while and then leading slowly upwards the mountain for about 20 more minutes. I turned around this sharp corner, when all of a sudden I could see little gnomes in front of me on the forest floor. And no I have never seen anything like that before, only once when we got lost in the mountain and I was fearing for my life while climbing up a hill with dangerous, moving stones, then I also had the impression of such a being present. Here I was surprised that they appeared and their colour was similar of the surrounding earth and they frantically seemed to want to warn me from something. I had the inner perception of them screaming at me and telling me to hide behind a thick bush which they pointed me to.
I was so shocked about that experience that my first impulse was to move towards that bush on the left, but then my intellect, my head voice started to convince me otherwise, “this cannot be true, you are silly, you are fantasizing all of that, there are no gnomes”. So I stopped moving towards the bush and just stood still for a few seconds, when I all of a sudden had a severe pain in my Solar Plexus region, as if someone was pushing a large and heavy rock into my inside.
I turned around and looked back to the curve of the path I was just coming from a couple of minutes ago……… when I saw a “huge monster” coming towards me with my inner eyes. Bloodthirsty and cruel looking. “Hide, hide, hide” screamed the little gnomes. But again my head said, this cannot be real. And in that second when I was thinking that………………………..a tall muscular man came around that corner. Dressed in a beige and elegant suite in the middle of the forest, completely unsuitably dressed for an autumn walk in a mountain forest and his face was so pale it looked like a grayish white. I saw his ice cold eyes and all of a sudden I knew in my heart without any fraction of a doubt that this man wanted to harm even kill me. I felt his ice cold energy into every part of my body. This impression came in a split second and I knew from the depth of my heart that this was so. Being completely used to meeting all kinds of people in the forest the impressions I have received in that split second were completely different to anything I have ever experienced before and all in me knew that I was in serious danger.
He stood about 20 meter from me, he looked at me, I looked at him, when he all of a sudden turned to the nearby forest floor and seemed to search for something, I supposed a stick and it sounded like it as his movements made a lot of noise on the forest floor. All of that happened in the frame of seconds. I realised at that moment that all the time these helping beings worked on my intuition and worked on my finer bodies to help me recognise the upcoming danger. I also had a strong sensation of a crossroad I was on in that moment. Either life or death today. Either opening up for this invisible help, or being murdered today. Either eventually trusting my inner voice or dying as I only believe in my intellect.
In the background I heard this man frantically searching on the forest floor under the autumn leaves, while I started to pray now consciously for help. I said something like that: You helped me all along and tried to warn me, please help me now so I can escape this danger. And I seemed to hear or perceive internally the following guidance: “E……. now you can prove your trust. Walk TOWARDS THAT MAN, we surround you with light, start walking now and pass him and don’t look into his eyes. I repeat don’t look into this man’s eyes. Walk now. When you have passed him, run for your life. “
I pushed at that moment consciously everything away that my head wanted to direct me to, as to now walk towards that man, with these cruel looking eyes, and this long stick in his hand and now he had also already moved towards me and was nearer to me but standing there as if waiting for something, was the last thing my head wanted to do. I trusted in the help that was apparently around me all the time and the help from Above and I walked calmly towards this man. I had the sensation as if a Wall of Light was building around me from these helpers of the finer world.
This man was so surprised that I walked towards him instead of running away from him,that he stood there, not moving. I kept my face calm and completely peaceful, only focusing and connecting to the help I felt and that light that surrounded me and although being aware of my incredibly fear as well, I did not allow that fear to come into my being as I knew it would destroy that wall of light, but to hold onto that help that I felt and I passed him by, and how I was advised I did not look into his eyes. When I passed him I physically felt that the Wall of Light was so strong around me that nothing could enter it and I feel that sensation when I think on it, still in all details today. When I passed this man for some reason all was dead silence around us and that man did not move an inch. I passed him and then I started to run. I did run for 15 minutes without looking back until I reached the settlement. I knew would I had try to run away from him into the other direction, I would not had a chance to find any help as the path was only leading deeper into the forest. When I returned to the settlement, I entered into the place where I lived and also worked and one of my co-workers saw me in the foyer of the house, looking at me and asking, “What on earth happened to you?” as I was shaking so much, I felt completely traumatized, I started to cry and they brought a nurse to look after me. I told her what happened. I was allowed to have a day off and my superiors who were very friendly and helpful people talked to me about that incident. Police were informed and I gave a description, which in turn then resulted in a warning to everyone that for the time being no one should go for walks in the forest alone especially not women.
For myself this experience had such a profound effect on me, that I always started to have symptoms of a panic attack for years while passing that place in the forest where this man searched for the stick and where I passed him, when I was walking with my husband or friends in the forest, as from that day on I would not go for walks in the forest alone for a long time. Heart racing, tension, my solar plexus started to feel very upset etc. Until I assimilated that experience and understood, that when I would had listened to these fine warnings right from the start, I would not had come into such a situation at all. Then I returned to my walks again but this time with an open intuition.
I know that many people have similar experiences in their life, when they out of the blue feel energetic reality whereas there is no physical prove or indication of any danger on the physical level. It sensitized me a lot in regards to these finer energy levels that we are continuously connected with, and although I am aware that this was now a long and somewhat unusual example and although I am aware that there is no need to “see” gnomes or similar I hope someone can find it useful.
Spirituality is not just about religion. It is about the connection you feel to the world as a whole. Human beings were not meant to feel alone. We are social creatures that have, throughout our history, felt ourselves as a part of nature – one that has its own spirit, and is not simply a vessel of nerves and muscles. It’s not uncommon to find yourself drifting away from that feeling of soul and spirit. Spiritual healing retreats are designed to bring you back. Each retreat is its own unique experience designed to rejuvenate the soul and restore your sense of spirituality.
What’s Involved in Spiritual Healing Retreats?
Every retreat has its own unique character and personality. What you are looking for with any spiritual retreat is a variety of features that are unique to you. For example:
Time with Nature
Those living in the city life often miss out on one of the most important keys for boosting the soul – time outside, surrounded by nature, and away from the cities. Nature is something you can feel, and something that the mind needs to feel at peace.
From yoga to classes, there are many different activities that bring out someone’s spirit, provided that you are led by those that are able to offer the guidance and inspiration that you need for spiritual growth.
Getting more in touch with your inner spirit involves taking time for yourself. Activities for quiet and relaxation are all great ways to feel restored.
It’s difficult to nourish your soul if you aren’t nourishing your body. Several spiritual healing retreats integrate meals that detoxify the body and refresh your mind. This allows you to feel less bogged down mentally, and experience more spiritually.
Finally, stress is the enemy of spirituality. Your spiritual healing retreat needs to give you the opportunity to simply relax and enjoy your time away from your concerns and challenges.
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When you feel more in touch with your spiritual side, it is something that reverberates through other areas of your life as well, including how you feel at work, the motivation you have to manage your home life, and so much more. For more information about our spiritual healing retreats in North Carolina, please feel free and view our calendar or call us to find out about our upcoming retreats.
The word “develop” comes from the French developper (opposite of enveloper), that is, removing the envelopes or de-enveloping. It means to unfold, to burst through the covering, to let the inner essence manifest through the coverings, to let the inner essence shape the outer coverings.
Every single (normal- you could also say well-developed) parent wishes their child to be happy, fulfilled, safe and successful. Every parent wishes for their children to develop properly. But what does that actually truly mean when we think on proper development of a human being? Every parent will have here a completely different perception. Is there a guideline where all parents could orient themselves to?
What if in general our concept about proper development is not leading to the natural outcome the way it is meant to be? What if we do not encourage development but in the opposite suppressing proper development, without even realizing that?
Any person who still has a spark of true humanity, of deep intuitive perceptions, of genuine inner warmth, who still knows about his spiritual core, his true human essence will know at least in one corner of his consciousness, very clearly, that true support in a child's development must be the correct and harmonious promotion of a child's or young person's spiritual path. In the first place, parents and educators must be willing to place the education of the spiritual in the foreground of the care again, as it had always been right. However, "spiritual" education does not mean that which is commonly referred to today, namely the occupation with the scientific fields of knowledge. In contrast to the earthly bound "intellect," the word "spirit" denotes the eternal in man, which continues to exist even after earthly death; it is the "spark" that animates the earthly body, the real "I" of man. It is that core, that spark that is meant to unfold, meant to develop.
To awaken this spirit, to lead the young people to the increased liveliness and the realization of the actual path - that's the point. Without any restriction through dogmatic attachments, the youth should be able to recognize with a clear view the significant meaning of the laws of creation, and thus to learn to divine the Creator himself. How we can observe clearly humanity is on the way to finally lose this goal. It failed in completing the tasks which the Creator gave because the existing predominantly material-intellectual attitude inevitably leads downwards, not upwards. The intellect was given to us as an instrument to better manage our existence of this earth. But the intellect must not be lord as it is today but must remain the helping servant of the spirit. Achieving the necessary maturity of the Spirit for ascension remains the real task that we as human beings have to fulfill. Let's have a peak into a garden and how what we observe there can also be applied to us human spirits.
In the Gardens of Life The processes of sowing, growth, development and maturation is followed by ripening and harvesting, or by over-ripening and decay, almost characterize nature. They are evident in plants and animals as well as in man. While in man the sowing, growth and development, followed by ageing and decay are obvious in the physical sense, there is growth and development in the mental, emotional, psychic and spiritual levels, and there can also be decay. These processes follow universal principles and essentially manifest in all growth and development from the physical to the spiritual.
The plant kingdom The plant seed consists of an inner embryo (germ) surrounded by stored food and an outer coat. The first stage in the growth and development of the seed is germination. This is the resumption of the growth of the embryo after a dormant period. Properly stored, seeds can last many years, or even longer. The following facts are known about germination: (Source Lessons From The Garden Bible Answer Stand)
Germination does not take place unless the seed has been transported to a favorable environment by one of the agents of dispersal (usually wind, animal or man).
External and internal factors are necessary. The external factors include the right soil, water, oxygen, temperature and light (i.e., elements of earth, water, air, and fire).
According to science, plant hormones are the most significant internal factor. A hormone is an internal secretion which, upon reaching some part of a plant or animal, exercises a specific physiological action. The word “hormone” is derived from the Greek “hormaein,” meaning “to stir up,” i.e., “to excite,” “to stimulate.” Thus, in germination, hormones bring about a stirring up in the dormant seed. This stirring up from within, working hand in hand with the external factors, is what brings about germination.
In germination, the embryo bursts through the protective seed coat and takes root in the soil to grow to the adult plant.
As above so below!
The same principles uniformly govern all existence. Thus, the same processes only manifest in different forms on different planes by the nature of each plane. This gives a new understanding to the Parable of Jesus which likened human beings to seeds sown into the world by the Son of Man, who, as we learn from “In the Light of Truth- the Grail Message” by Abd-ru-shin, is the Holy Spirit, the creative arm of the Trinity, the “Spirit of God” which “moved upon the face of the waters” (Genesis). It shows that the reference to human beings as seeds sown in a field (that is, sown in the world) is factual and not just allegorical when considered from the spiritual dimension. The Grail Message reveals that the spiritual core of human beings on earth originates from the lowest plane of Spiritual Creation, also called Paradise, which is of a different consistency to the World of Matter lying far below it. It exists there in a dormant state, just like earthly seed grains held in storage. To “germinate,” it must be “expelled” from Paradise or “sown” in the world. Like the plant seed, which needs to be transported to a favourable environment, the Grail Message reveals that the unconscious spirit germs are guided by, among other agents, a spiritual current from the Spiritual Realm downwards to the material planes where their development may begin.
Furthermore, just as the plant seed embryo (or germ) is surrounded by a coat, the Grail Message explains that the spirit-germ on leaving Paradise at the start of its journey downwards receives coverings from female beings. (Ancient people still knew of their existence and called them fairies. This gave rise later on to stories of fairies giving presents at the cradle).
The female beings that bestow the coverings on the spirit-germ belong to Animistic Creation, which lies below Spiritual Creation. Some of the female beings also accompany the unconscious ‘spirit-germs’ to the lower-lying plane of ethereal matter.
The spirit germ (enveloped like the plant seed) continues downwards in the ethereal plane, from sub-plane to sub-plane, until it strikes a density which no longer permits it to wander further in an unconscious state. According to the Grail Message “Thus they (spirit-germs) suddenly lie softly embedded in a layer which halts their progress. Only an awakening volition, even if but weak yet nevertheless already conscious can bring up the strength which will enable them to wander through and recognize their surroundings and travel further.”
So a conscious awakening volition, which can be likened to the “stirring up” in the plant (brought about by hormones), must also come to life in the spirit-germ before it can develop further towards self-consciousness.
Also analogous to the stimulation of germination of the plant seed by external factors such as the right soil conditions, water, oxygen, temperature and light, the Grail Message explains that for the spirit-germ at the beginning of its development in the ethereal world the radiations of the prevailing ethereal conditions have an awakening and strengthening influence through the cloaks it has already received. The outer cloak becomes fashioned into a flower bud, and in the course of further development, the bursting open of the bud awakens the spirit-germ, whereby the inner cloak simultaneously takes on a human form. Thus, just as the embryo bursts through the protective seed cloak during germination, under the influence of internal and external factors, sometime in the course of the development the spirit-germ the flower bud in which it is developing bursts open. This bursting open and the transformation that follows it is the result of inner and outer factors working together, just as is the case with the germination of plants.
Development The word “develop” comes from the French developper (opposite of enveloper), that is, removing the envelopes or de-enveloping. It means to unfold, to burst through the covering, to let the inner essence manifest through the coverings, to let the inner essence shape the outer coverings.
Development for us as human spirits should be seen as letting what we carry within ourselves blossom forth; letting our talents, our gifts, become deeds which enrich our own lives and those of others as well. The Grail Message exhorts us to “become spiritual”, thus, to let the spirit within us become active, whatever our condition, position or walk of life. Here clearly also our place in the life of our children inclusive special needs children is clarified. As it is with our very own development also our children’s development is the way for their spirit to come to full maturity and return as a self-conscious human spirit to the Spiritual Realm, to Paradise, which it left long ago as an unconscious spirit-germ, thus completing its cycle of development.
Death and ascent There comes a time when we lay aside the earthly cloak in the process, we call death. It can be likened to a de-enveloping. In continuing to mature we may reach a point that we no longer need to return to earth, because we have learned all from the “school of life,” which the earth is for human spirits, as well a “made good” any transgression. Like a student who upon successful completion of his education embarks on a career, we “graduate” to higher planes. Then if our journey, driven by the longing for the light which has been awakened in us, is ever upwards, we will shed one after the other of the cloaks we acquired on the various planes on the way down to the earth the first time. Our spiritual core begins “to break through ever more radiantly, and finally to cause the last remnants of the ethereal body to fall away as if consumed by flames. Then the human spirit, having attained a complete and conscious personality because of its perfect spiritual nature, can cross the border into the Realm of Spiritual Substantiality. Only then does it enter the Eternal Kingdom of God, the everlasting Paradise!” The Grail Message further explains that the first cloak the spirit-germ received, the one that took on human form, when the spirit-germ awoke in a flower but is also the last to be laid aside. “It remains behind on this plane to sever itself again, to disintegrate, to become submerged in the same species from which it first arouses (…) However, the cloak of a mature spirit brings along new powers refreshing and strengthening the same species, because it has been strongly penetrated by the glowing of the self-conscious spirit….”
This process is reflected in the vegetable garden, where decaying vegetable matter is composted and added back to the soil. Every gardener knows that the compost has a powerful effect on the next plant generation which can surpass the use of chemical fertilizers alone, even if only in how the plants taste. This suggests that the specific nature of the composted matter and also of its radiations have a furthering effect on the new crop which would lack this radiation. Thus, the discarded “envelopes” continue to do their “assigned” work.
Harvest of human spirits Also we human spirits experience harvest time. Following our urge to become self-conscious, we were led plane downwards by plane, receiving a cloak or envelope from each plane until we were ready for incarnation on earth. The densest cloak of all, the gross-material earthly body also places the greatest “friction” on the developing spirit and forces it to exert itself to the limit in order to prevail. The exertion furthers its development. After a number of incarnations on earth, if we keep to the right path, our spirit becomes sufficiently mature to leave the earth permanently and ascend, leaving the cloaks behind on each plane, until we reach Paradise, our eternal home. (This is the normal course of development. The Grail Message goes in detail into what happens when a developing spirit goes astray in its development, including the road of redemption.) Thus, our return to Paradise will be when we ourselves are HARVESTED as fully mature human spirits from out of the gardens of the world of matter into which we were sown as spirit-germs for our development. Now after this overview about our general path of development, how can we support the development of our children and also the children who show a disturbed earthly development? Especially in the second case, something that we need to keep in mind, when treating Special Needs Children, is the understanding and support in the blood radiation and the radiation connection between the different cloaks, especially the ethereal to astral body and physical body BioMagnetic field connection. Here we can achieve a lot when we support our child to be able to UN-FOLD the inner spiritual volition. Special Needs children, for example, children with Autism show that it is hard for them to let the inner essence manifest through the coverings, to let the inner essence shape the outer coverings. Unlike children who go through “normal” developmental stages, Special Needs Children do find it harder to let what they carry in them, blossoming forward and outward. The problem is mainly situated in the cloak (physical body) and the magnetic connection between the other cloaks. The spirit finds it hard to use the body. It is obvious to the utter pain of their parents difficult for them, much more than for “normal” kids to let their talents, their gifts, become deeds which enrich their own lives and those of others as well. A major concern for parents is that Special Needs Children become independent eventually. Every parent wishes to lead their child to independence. But many parents when they discover developmental problems in their children feel burdened and wonder why they experience such a difficult situation. Also, children feel the other way round when they are not content with their parents. Why did I end up with such parents? This will be a subject for a different Blog post.
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The Greatest Gift we can give to our children is a well-rounded upbringing to see them safely on their own path in life. Such an upbringing forms part of a meaningful legacy – a combination of cultural inheritance and social aspiration. Today, however, many young people pursue mainly material goals. This is much in tune with society in general, where the main aim of education is to prepare a person to actively participate in economic life, adding to the general mania for purely material gain and pleasure. One could even say that material security is more important to this generation than to the generation before them. The goal of economic usefulness does not necessarily include an aspiration to personal fulfillment. Neither does sustained economic growth make for social progress. Society’s materialism threatens to lay waste to another generation. Can we really assume that children by and large live a happy life? How well does educational practice in school systems of today inculcate children with meaningful values that have real relevance to their future lives?
Reflection: How are the circumstances in the school your child attends?Seeing the bigger picture Our birth into the world begins another segment of our existence. However, it is not the absolute beginning. A child does not inherit its parents’ personality. It is an independent human spirit gathering experiences in the course of its conscious development. The newborn baby is, in reality, an old soul, a spiritual personality existing in its own right. All it inherits from the parents is the physical body – an anchorage it needs in order to be active in the physical world. It is not born innocent or without connecting threats of fate. Similar to its parents, the newborn carries weaknesses and strengths that have been previously acquired during its wanderings. Therefore it bears its karma, good and evil. Pure or otherwise, our inner selves are uniquely our own and are not inherited. If several members of one family share a particular talent (such as happened with the gift of music in the Bach family for example), this has more to do with the attraction of homogenous souls than with heredity.
World enough, and time Our existence encompasses several incarnations. Just as we cross over to the ethereal plane, the so-called beyond, at the moment of death, so do we come into this world as independent spirits at birth. Living on earth today means that we have to overcome many faults and wrong tendencies before we can reach higher planes, which are closer to the spiritual sphere where we originate.
What are your own thoughts and perceptions in regard to what was stated in the last two sentences? The newborn baby at once begins to take in cognitive experiences, and his brain, feasting on these, develops at a very rapid rate. Soon he will have made these experiences his own, experiences which will gradually become a part of him and help him to make sense of his own inner life. But what he absorbs from the sensory overload that takes place early on in life depends on his personality at birth. The child, in mind and body, is still attuned to the vibrations of the spirit, and this part remains sheltered and protected early in life.
Is personality, then, fixed at birth or does it develop along with the body and mind? The answer is that like any seed; the spirit has the potential for growth. The spirit embraces a germinating seed that is eager and hungry for growth. The essence of spirit is free – it cannot be pinned down and weighed or measured. The soul exists as a unique entity before procreation and before the formation of the embryo, and although it physically incarnates through birth, its true core – the spirit, is destined to do more than just live a physical life, it is destined to transcend it. With growth, subjective experience intervenes. The very young child has no sense of self and distinguishing between himself and the world is a learning process. By the time he has learned to speak, he could still be saying:’ Johnny likes porridge,’ or ‘Johnny loves his mummy,’ rather than using the first-person pronoun ‘I.’ As the child develops further, he starts to show more self-awareness. Shame and embarrassment are complete strangers to the baby in arms and sometimes remains unaware of such feelings until toddler-hood. During his school years, the child becomes more and more engrossed in his perceptions and memories, and these become set ways of being as life goes on.
Wild province In their early years children are more sensitive to vibrations from the animistic world than the spiritual. Although enlivened by spirit, animistic perceptions dominate their thinking. The immature physical body cannot yet provide enough earthly grounding to empower the spirit core to be more active. Above all, it is essential to know that children can barely absorb spiritual things in their first years. They feel overwhelmingly connected with the animistic during this time. They should experience mainly what is related to nature, i.e., the plants, the animals, the landscape, the wind and weather and so on. Simple and cheerful, the child has to grow into this knowledge. With proper guidance, it will then soon learn to recognize that animistic helpers constructively and sustainable participate, such as the elves, gnomes, mermaids, even if they are not visible to the gross material eye.
Much easier than it seems at first, the children understand the existence of these little servants of God. Many can also perceive these beings. Unfortunately there are also many adults who ridicule that. But we want to be different and help our child. With a strong connection and experiences in nature, the child will naturally also absorb the knowledge about the natural laws. (more about nature beings later)
The adults as such must, therefore, take into account that the first years should not serve with the occupation of important spiritual issues. Children of this age must stay children! It is necessary to keep this in mind.
The spirit does not emerge fully until puberty. During this transitional phase, teenagers often become rebellious and dare to cross boundaries that they previously respected. Parents should teach their children discipline. Discipline – firmly but sensitively applied – is a means which parents should use to equip children with problem-solving skills to attain self-directed goals. It helps to inculcate a sense of order, punctuality, diligence, a readiness to make their efforts in life. Discipline must be consistently applied for children to understand and acquire it. Young people generally suffer from a lack of affection from adults and the absence of community. Too many children spend their time in front of the TV or lose themselves on the Internet. Many adults have vivid memories from their childhood if they worked in gardens and farms and played in the backyard or the fields with animals. Also, theatrical plays, dances and songs, and perhaps the satisfaction of bonding with other children set them up with a beautiful foundation in life. The picture of happy and enthusiastic, playful children is hardly the norm nowadays. Instead, they tend to be more bored with the daily grind. Children are overwhelmed with a vast selection of toys, sitting for hours in front of the TV and on their PC, rushing from class to class or swimming lessons or other extracurricular activities. Their ability to develop their ideas and pursue these joyfully is hindered by this never-ending activity and outside stimulus. Too few adults pay attention to their children. Today, teachers have even less time for them. Moral guidance is more or less neglected in the school system. Children should be able to learn about fairness and justice through sports, in school-life, and within the local community. Education should nurture self-esteem, not lower it, and should motivate children, not bore them. But the capacity to do this depends upon competent, charismatic and empathetic teachers. The primary goal of education for children and young people should be increased self-confidence as well as respect for others.
Reflection: The author made here many points in the last section. When you think about your children or the children you know, how do they grow up?
Peas in a pod It is vital for children to grow up feeling like an active member of their group. A child experiences the virtues of human society, such as tolerance and fair play, only inside the community. A child cannot internalize these values through instruction alone. In dealing with their peers, it is necessary for children to accept that other children have the same rights as them, even if this proves to be a painful lesson. Or that another child may sometimes win the game. Public spirit is something young people can only experience in community life. The earlier children meet other children, play with them, eat and live with each other, the sooner they learn, for example, that not everything is available in abundance, and that there are certain things one must share. Even a one-year-old can understand that another child has the same right to a piece of biscuit as he does. Children can also be cruel to one another. So, groups of children or young people should not be left to themselves. This inevitably ends in chaos. Children should always be under the supervision of adults. Children living in a community get the chance to deal with the dark sides of human experience, for example, unpleasant personal feelings like envy and jealousy. To cope with such painful feelings, they need the wise guidance of adults, whose task it is to show children how to deal with such natural emotions and also to develop coping skills. They should make a child understand when and why a feeling like envy flares up. Namely when a child does not believe in himself and always thinks others have it better. He must, therefore, learn to accept himself for who he is. The best place for him to be able to achieve this is only in a supervised adult community. Only if he is guided in how to care for and appreciate himself, will he be ready to accept and embrace others.
Education, whose Latin origin means “to lead out,” also needs to open the youthful mind to a greater sense of his relationship with the world. It needs to better his understanding of himself beyond academic learning so that he can have a harmonious balance between the rational and intuitive centers of his being rather than an overemphasis on just the intellectual part of himself. It is only via the intuitive centers that the Spirit can develop and bring its volition into the earthly. But usually, this is not taken enough consideration for in upbringing. For example, technology has always touched human life by bringing new hopes, possibilities, and relief but it has also at the same time limited lateral ways of thinking. And about art and music, one wonders how many children would learn to play the violin or flute before they could read and write, if a musician could earn more than a writer. Children sit at the computer and learn that the milk comes from the cow, and may leave school with a suitable qualification but this might be rooted in a superficial education without true value and the presence of wisdom, with little or no creativity, no ability for arts and crafts and no individual expressions.
Reflection: Reflect on your life circumstances. Stop the clocks
This is not a plea for a backward retreat to an imaginary rose and old-fashioned view of development as things have moved on. It is not only practical abilities that should again be favored by the educational model, but people should be prepared for the broader questions that each human being asks himself later on in life. Knowing the most prominent city or longest river, solving differential equations and computing logarithms all pale before the big questions of life: Who am I? What is the purpose of my life? Where do I come from at birth and where do I go when I die? The current educational practice is not up to the task of offering satisfying answers to these questions or preparing the youngster to answer them. So instead, it is the larger school of art and culture that urges us to answer these questions for ourselves in the course of our experiences – Life itself.
In childhood, we can barely think beyond what is now, almost existing just for the moment. The presence of memory means that we experience time in a linear way instead of living in the moment like we used to do when we were children. (Adapted and parts used from an article by Jide Adefope)
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"Depression, a disease of our time" does not mean, of course, that what we call depression today would not have plagued people in the past. But depression is typical of our time. All shades and clinical pictures from the slight depressive mood, over the maneuvered or covert depression up to the real manic-depressed insanity, can be found in all layers of our society. Such events are particularly disturbing when they get into the bright spotlight of the public, and then when this happens, newspapers with millions of copies bring articles about this disease
Such articles can remind a broad readership of the fact that, right now, this disease can pose a threat to every family, rich or poor, famous or not. But they can also if they bring kind and helpful thoughts and ideas, give some readers a clue that will make him take the right steps.
If we seriously deal with this agonizing suffering here, we would like to bring as little technical details as possible, for us to be able to understand each other
Interestingly enough is that in most articles about depression we find the little footnotes, which is but in my perception the most critical aspect in all mental illness and this is that real healing of mental illness is only possible if the patient has a real ‘religio’, a “religion” that helps him to receive power from Above. He must have a worldview that is supported by a belief from out of conviction; because gaps that cannot be explained logically always give rise to doubts and uncertainty. Perhaps some readers will object that even religious people can become mentally ill or depressed. That's right, but it's precise because faith did not become a knowing conviction yet.
DEPRESSION In the further explanations, I will try to explain all the shades of depression, as well as the various causes, which then often lead to the same, externally visible disease symptoms. But not only symptoms are to be described here - this can be much better done in professional journals, but I would like to give some hints on how a real and lasting cure can be achieved.
Since depression is a multi-faceted happening that affects the whole person and requires a great deal of active participation from the affected person, there cannot be given a simple recipe to heal all depression. If we are always aware that everything in life is a fluid happening, we come nearer to the understanding of the different depressive states. Now according to the Grail Message (lecture "The Secret of the Blood", www.grailmessage.com ) - something else must be said that can be considered as new or at least astonishing for today's conventional medical model: All so-called nervous diseases, from the slight mental upset to the real psychic abnormality, is accompanied by a change in the blood radiation, which in turn comes from a wrong, or diseased blood composition. One has to imagine this change as minimal shifts in the concentration of active ingredients. But such alterations do not arise from nowhere; for the human organism is continuously endeavoring to remain in balance with the environment. A change in the external situation then initiates a (counter) reaction in this interplay in the healthy body in order to restore the balance. The human organism is a living system, operating according to the same laws that cybernetics found. Each function is leveled by a higher-level feedback mechanism in that strength, which is optimal for the survival. We do not notice most of these feedback processes at all. The reciprocal action begins - involuntarily - and the balance is restored. For clarification: Example 1: Overheating of the body - reaction: perspiration. Episode: Evaporative cooling and restoring of the normal body temperature. Example 2: Danger situation - reaction: accelerated heartbeat. Blood is, first of all, led to the vital organs, especially to the brain. Consequence: reduced sensitivity to pain (the dentist does not hurt the tooth); all body functions are set to ward off the danger. Example 3: The situation of security, relaxation - reaction: dilation of the blood vessels, consequence: the pleasure of food intake - the body is adjusted to regeneration and healing.
We want to take a closer look at the reaction chain in the dangerous situation: The response of the organism to dangerous conditions is the same as in ancient times, when life-threatening dangers existed with natural disasters, in famine and during the fight with wild animals. It may seem absurd to superficially compare us with a prehistoric man who, as an ever-vigilant hunter, had to protect himself and the family and provide them with food, the primitive dwelling had to secure them, but only through constant use of all his abilities in the struggle for survival could he exist. But if one looks at the hardships of today's struggle for life, one must not be surprised that the human organism activates the same chain reaction as with natural dangers in ancient time periods, even if the other person has only the telephone handset in his hand instead of the hand ax.
In recent years, the above-mentioned reaction chains have been studied much more closely, and it has been found that transmission substances in the entire nervous system, so both in the brainstem and the nerve pathways are active. These are, as mentioned above, present in a minimal dose - and yet they are able to affect all our adaptation abilities to the environment. It has been discovered that these metabolizing substances are in a biological "flow equilibrium." This means that the excitement triggered by the stimulus activates feedback, which slowly initiates the calming and restores the balance typically again. Nevertheless, the majority of people in our civilization is not anymore in equilibrium. For this imbalance, there has been found three significant existing signs:
1. The "lowering of the stimulus threshold (one is upset by the" fly on the wall "). 2. Persistence: Banal stress stimuli are not worked through in a timely manner, they persist for too long (e.g., anxiety) 3. The resonance rise: anxiety triggers palpitations, which further increases the fear.
Where the knowing observer identifies these three signs, they inform him that this organism is no longer able to neutralize the environmental stimuli in silent and natural equilibrium. If this condition is considered from the point of view of the blood composition, it follows that a shift has also taken place here with the participation of the carrier substances. But how can the blood composition be improved? How can we find the right path for everyone? Conventional medicine has seen a procedure that seems too plausible for a complete cure, which at best can briefly help in a crisis situation to address the above-mentioned vicious cycle "low stimulus threshold - persistence – resonance rise." It is the wide field of so-called psychotropic drugs.
You cannot open a medical journal without being attacked by advertisements for soothing, emotional feel good and sleep enhancing medications. Not only does one have the choice, much more significant is the torment that rises up in a therapist while reading the lighthearted elegantly written papers but at the same time the therapist finds it hard to suppress the uneasy feeling in regards to the means of help that is advertised. It is downright refreshing when you stoop over a book title like "The healing power of mental balance" or similar. Without going into any book, I would like to confirm from practical experience what these authors, and with them, some behavioral researchers, found: the effect of joyful and up building feelings on hormonal regulation, especially that of the pituitary gland.
Upbuilding feelings presuppose the emotional equilibrium, and that is what the patient should strive for himself. This has the significant advantage that no active ingredient is added from outside, which sets blockages at the switching points of the nervous system, which is, unfortunately, the effect of very many "nerve pills."
These blockages usually affect with regular use that the sick patient then has the feeling that he is no longer himself; in fact, the active ingredients stimulate the body's substances - only slightly changed - and also the feedback mechanisms are unlatched, so that the patient no longer reacts by himself personally.
The path to mental equilibrium has to be taken in small steps, one after the other, allowing for the first steps to be taken accompanied with calm, supportive help. As a small example, the following: If you otherwise thought "if the weather changes, I will get again a cold," so you could now think "I have toughened myself up so much in the fresh air. Therefore I will not get a cold." Hundreds of examples could be listed here, and many people would feel as if a mirror was held in front of them. In this regard, we are sitting most likely all in the same boat in regards to a lack of a self-supporting attitude.
Therefore, it is advisable that we change this attitude and, for example, when a task comes up to fulfill, no longer say: “I have to,” “I should.” This is an inner hurdle, the must or should hurdle. Overcoming these “shoulds” or “musts” unnecessarily costs strength. It is better to say just: I will do this or that. Thus, the cliff is elegantly sailed around. After all, every person, everything, every matter has two sides. To find the right side often requires some effort, but it is worthwhile to find it in any case.
We are often forced to live or work together with people whose qualities are difficult or unpleasant for us; even some activities can be uncomfortable for us. But if we imagine how nice and likable the fellow human being may be under other circumstances (maybe we've already observed something like that before), that will make our everyday life more comfortable, but in no case more difficult to bear. For ourselves, however, we have established equilibrium through the constructive mental and emotional orientation we have chosen and in effect on and in the interplay of the subliminal substances of our nervous system, inner balance returned.
Only by constantly striving for it Can it grow, can it blossom. A dialogue between the inner and outer world, Which holds us in the middle. Quite at rest, but not in a standstill, to the contrary. In the intense activity, like a dancer on the rope.
Tensioning, de-tensioning, holding and letting go, A fine working against the inertia of the mass. Being mobile but without senseless haste, Being firm without sinking into stolidness. Wakeful and prudent and yet full of trust, Without anxiety and prejudice and worrying glances. Courageous and certain, not recklessly blind, Otherwise, you fall at the first breath of wind. Delimit yourself without building walls, Thus can you freely look outside And can read on the other’s soul And offer a view of your own being.
Open and devoted without totally melting away, Also not boundless, excessive in one’s own enjoyment, Certain and steadfast without reserved hardness, Respecting the other’s and one’s own values, Letting in and going out in the movable transfer, Not timidly stubborn, not in restless exuberance.
It is a dialogue. An exchange. Sensing of the waves. Being inwardly totally attuned to the question And then finding an answer with one’s own movement, An expression from deepest inner stirring. Thus you do register the weight of the world Because you are now completely in… BALANCE (Beate Kollewe) Interlude end
Let’s return to our considerations. We have arrived at a hub of medical research. Because our thoughts are not material, their content can also not be directly measured by a device, however fine it may be. The effect of the thoughts, however, can be proved by changes in the earthly body, thus made measurable. Perhaps some readers have become impatient and say: "All this has nothing to do with depression, this serious illness of our days." “What has been described so far is only referring to the daily moods." But it is precisely this great field of the daily moods that gives the ground for the great depressions. And if you now accept the world of thoughts as a reality, then for your understanding completely different dimensions will be opened, because this explains one of the most important levels of our life. It is the invisible sphere closest to us. In the lecture of the Grail Message "Thought forms" we find: “Even man’s nearest ethereal surrounding can contribute much to lift up or debase him. This is the strange world of thought-forms, the vital activity of which comprises only a small section of the giant mechanism of the whole Creation. Their threads, however, penetrate both into the Gross Material World, and further up into the Ethereal World, as well as descending into the realm of Darkness. Like a gigantic network of veins or nerve-strands, all are intertwined and interwoven, untearable and inseparable! Mark this well!” Although this may seem strange to some people because he was brought up in the notion that thoughts are "duty-free," the following words may explain to him the actual processes in Creation: “The Living Creative Power which flows through man collects ethereal substance through the volition of a completed thought and molds it into a form which gives expression to the will of this thought. Thus this form is something real, something living, which now, in accordance with the Law of Attraction of Homogeneous Species, attracts what is homogeneous in this world of thought-forms or is attracted by them, depending on the strength it possesses. Just as a thought when it arises is simultaneously perceived intuitively, with greater or lesser intensity, so its ethereal form will bear an equivalent life. This world of thoughts is densely populated. Through the mutual power of attraction complete centers have been formed which, by means of their accumulated energy, exercise a great influence upon human beings. In the first place, those persons will always be influenced who tend towards a similar nature, that is, who bear something similar within themselves.” About this type of force centres, further explanations are given: “Unfortunately, however, it is hate, envy, jealousy, lustfulness, avarice and all other evils which, through their greater numbers of adherents, form the strongest power centres in the world of thought-forms. Far less great are those of purity and love! This is the reason why evil is spreading with such uncanny rapidity…….. Therefore, blessed be the hour when thoughts of pure love will once more take a greater place among mankind, so that similarly strong centres will develop themselves in the world of thought-forms, which can be reinforced from the more luminous spheres and thus not only strengthen those striving towards what is good but also slowly work on darker minds with a gradually purifying effect!” One should let the words above impress deeply on one’s Soul. Even if one cannot see these forms of thoughts, only clairvoyant people are capable of doing that, intuitions in regards to other people we have, find here their explanation. Therefore, the word of the Grail Message "Keep the hearth of your thoughts pure!" is of fundamental importance, it is the essential foundation for a new structure in life. In the consideration and classification of our fellow human beings as well as of our own goals and desires arise thereby different measures. We will begin to feel deeply grateful about people trying to send out helpful thought forms which mutually reinforce each other.
The generation of my grandma often would utter the following lyric as teenagers in the face of the threat of the war, although only with a sense of half-faith according to what was told to me. (The following is my translation from German to English from a poem by Goethe) Cowardly thoughts, Anxious shaking, Effeminate hesitation, Fearful complain, Turns no misery. Does not make you free.
Defy all powers Keeping yourself despite opposition Never to bow, Show yourself in vigor, Call the arms Of the gods to your side.
How beautiful, if one receives the explanation, that there are those poetically described "arms of the gods," the help from higher spheres from the otherworldly spheres, and the understanding that this help genuinely exists. It may not only be surprising to some readers of these lines, but extremely disturbing if I speak here as a matter of fact and without mystical pathos of the many otherworldly activities to which we are also connected to. When I mention such things to my clients, some of them express fear about that.
But we should not be scared that the otherworld is filled with many living beings. We have only unlearned, on the one hand, to receive messages from these spheres and, on the other hand, to influence the world of thought-forms through our own spiritual volition. The consequences of this lost ability adhere to us when we have to discard our physical body - a process called death, which in turn means nothing other than birth into the "otherworld," the finer world. It may seem to some as if these views are inappropriate, even dangerous for depressed people. However, the topic of depression, if it is to be considered from a spiritual point of view, cannot be explained without the involvement of the otherworldly existence. But I'm also entering into an area from which today's conventional medicine research has only gained partial knowledge through the so-called "outsider" disciplines. Moreover, recognition of these findings by most physicians fails because of the impossibility of complete scientific proof, because this must stop at the material (gross) boundary of space and time.
It is here my concern to bring the reader closer to the understanding of the so-called otherworldly sphere and the realization that everything around us is filled with life. They will then also have a different and much more lively relationship with those who have passed on, quite simply because they are shown that they still live, albeit in a different form of existence, with other concepts of space and time. But we must be clear about one thing: the passed over souls take with them also their own manifold entanglements, and the worlds of thought created by them are a manifest reality for them in the "beyond" in which they live. It takes a much more intense effort to get out of such an environment in the beyond than in the gross matter of the earth. If such insights seem disturbing at first, then the more the understanding and the knowledge of the otherworld grows. Also, the feeling of unease will be lost. And at this point, it must be said that at all levels of this creation and in every form of existence for man, help is always there and that it only depends on him to accept it. Let's go back to the souls in the hereafter who have created a dim world through their thoughts and feelings. Again and again, they are drawn - following the attraction of the homogenous species- to the people of this earth who nourish the same thought forms as the otherworldly ones did in their earth time. Now it may come that when a person who is tuned to sad and heavy thoughts, through his dim mood the blood radiation changes significantly and builds a bridge to a soul from the beyond and enables that soul to directly influence the person. This is the actual background reason for the worsening from depression to the real psychoses. The depressive state expression enters thereby into an entirely different phase. It is not to be equated with the initially mentioned, sadly tired state; it is not just a gradual difference. The depressive condition is only the breeding ground on which the true psychosis can arise. I want to list some hallmarks of the real psychosis. 1. Man feels strongly threatened and is unable to exclude/deflect the world of thoughts that depresses him. 2. Almost all speak of a pressure that is exercised on them, and they can physically feel. This pressure is usually located around the large nerve plexuses: Thyroid, solar plexus, head. 3. The facial expression no longer corresponds to the usual personality. The effected person has a "mad" and strange facial expression. (Or even violent) 4. The concentration ability with regular-known activities decreases very much. 5. Man finds no sleep. He is plagued at nights by nightmares and does not want to get up in the morning. 6. The suffering and complaints are expressed by the person with complete hopelessness. Even the affectionate listener is accused of a lack of understanding.
From a scientific point of view, the assertion that real psychosis is caused by influence from departed people would be called a hypothesis. But science, in turn, works with working hypotheses to advance to further insights. In this sense, I would like to try to connect the six above mentioned signs with an assertion. Point 1 (Threat): The patient can almost never give any specific reason for his threat, the severity of the threat is very significant as if the thread comes from another person. But since in the real world no real reason can be found for this threat to the point of a perceived life-threatening threat, the threat is pushed into the realm of delusion. Point 2 (Pressure feeling): The large, involuntary neural networks have always been known as the antennae that absorb and guide on influences that affect us from a finer world instead of the coarse materiality. But as the knowledge about it over the millennia has shrunk more and more, feeling disorders (e.g., psycho-somatic pain) in these body regions are generally explained as disease symptoms, which leads to a complex clinical diagnosis. In fact, permanent irritation of one of these large neural networks can lead to organic disease; here I will mention only gastric ulcer, hyperthyroidism, and essential hypertension. In any case, depressed people in their real depressive episode also have the pressure projected on an organ, which is then usually shown with typical gestures, as if they want to forcefully tear something away from the body - a gesture that is never shown when someone experiences real organ pain. Point 3 (Personality change): The alienation in the facial expression and in the way of speaking is typical in all true psychoses. It often disappears immediately as soon as the episode is over. Point 4 (concentration weakness): This disturbance in the ability to concentrate is only to be regarded as an accompanying phenomenon, but it is perceived by those affected as extremely annoying. It may be traced through a state we all know: If we have a very strong emotion that we do not necessarily want to show outwardly, such as grief or being in love, this feeling creeps into every appropriate and inappropriate gap in our concentration. One has a sensation suddenly as if "standing beside" of oneself. In this way, the concentration of disorder of depression must be understood.
Point 5 (Sleep disorders): In the sleep disturbance of the depressive and their therapeutic difficulty of influencing the affliction lies the strongest indication of otherworldly activity. The otherworldly person needs no sleep. Only the gross material brain needs sleep. So, the poor depressed person lies down to bed dead-tired. He may succeed in falling into a deep dreamless sleep for an hour or two, only to wake up from the phase of dream-sleep as if whipped up, with the most despicable fears which are connected/ projected to the daily problems.
We know from sleep research that REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement) is the dream sleep. To explain: In sleep the connection of the soul with the gross body is loosened, and it can receive pictorial insights into the dream from other levels. Even if these images are not remembered in day consciousness, they cling to the depth of the soul and give it inner security. All real, good ideas have been created here in this REM phase, during sleep. A permanent interruption or disturbance of the REM sleep can lead to the complete collapse of a person, which has been proven by sleep research.
But the relaxation of the soul from the body during sleep is a stage in which not only good otherworldly influences reach the soul of the sleeper particularly easily, but that also applies to disturbing, burdensome influences - if the prerequisites for this are there. It is not for nothing that affected, depressed people, are afraid to go to sleep. Sleep therapy of the right kind and knowledge is therefore essential to stop the destructive effects of depression.
Point 6 (hopelessness): It is a hard experience for anyone who wants to say to a depressed a kind word coming from a loving heart. Like a prayer wheel, he hears words that want to express the meaning of something like this: "Nobody can help me. And you do not understand me either, whoever has not had it himself does not understand it!' The depressive does not understand himself, despite the absolute reality of his suffering. This not-understanding-oneself is a fact that aggravates his pain. Suicide is then often the terminus that appears as the only solution. About the sad topic of suicide one could write a lot more, but even then, one would never do justice to the individual and his suffering, which causes him to react and pushes him to this unnatural reaction. Of course, there are also forms that can arise from a short-circuit action, because a person is overwhelmed by severe suffering. But most of the suicides it is slowly building, the danger is smoldering behind a civilized facade. The gaze behind it often fails to be discovered even for the trained professional.
Now, the explanations of the six characteristics of true psychosis contain many thoughts that may seem new and strange to some readers. It is worthwhile, however, not only for the therapists but also for those affected and their caregivers, to understand this train of thought once, step by step. Then there is the question in the room: What to do to help! The medical aid campaign has two parts:
1. Interruption of otherworldly activities. This succeeds with the well-known psychotropic drugs, the blockades sit here on important transmission lines particularly on the brain stem. Similar effects have the electric shock treatments that are less used today. (The effect of blocking the otherworldly influence could be directly perceived by clairvoyant and medial people.) This part of the medical activity belongs to the big area of the emergency treatment. Every doctor is required to assist in a psychiatric emergency, as he must do so according to the law for the protection of life. 2. Guiding of the patient after the depressive episode subsides. The activity of the physician would have to begin here, an action which demands great but loving severity the personal commitment of the patient to master his questions of life. The most significant difficulty I see is that, according to many patients and therapists, the cessation of a depressive episode after taking psychotropic drugs already mean the cure. In the same way that the patient, for example, demands that his cold is treated, he also demands the disappearance of his mental symptoms as quickly as possible, inconspicuously and without his own personal commitment.
In contrast, the actual treatment of a mental illness that can lead to healing is all that was discussed at the beginning of this part about depression. This treatment calls for the arousal of the spiritual core in humans, which indeed was not awake enough. Because only in very rare cases such episodes come through physical illnesses or weaknesses developing to full depression. Especially with large blood losses and shifts in the blood emission through massive doses of drugs or hormones, or some other lack in the blood, the mood can tip over into the depressive. But otherwise, it is generally true that only a tired and weak spirit influences the blood radiation so poorly that it can lead to a depressed mood or even to otherworldly influence. All these things do not happen without previous misconduct, even if this only shows itself in spiritual laxity. However, I am convinced that the healers, who work for the well-being of their patients, receive so much help that they could move mountains with it, as it is also prophesied to the ones who have true faith.
But the same trust, the same confidence in the help must be expected from the sick as well. Because it is indeed a very personal coordinated interaction of dosed shielding measures by medication and psychic self-work, supported by small emotional crutches (“My life is not so difficult, every day something happens that I can rejoice in”). But even the sick must also be prepared to name the sorrow by name, which he likes to hide behind excuses and extenuation. Very often these are disappointed hopes that someone has put into a person or a thing - professional or family and friendship. All these failures, especially for their protection, hide behind a masque or a veil, and it is difficult to discern the ill-making potentials; at least not for the victim himself, who believes in the excuses he has invented for a person or a thing at the end.
But somewhere, deep down in the depth of the soul, lies the knowledge of authenticity and deceit, and if this knowledge is there also primarily buried, it still causes tensions.
Health and harmony can never arise in such life situations. Since many people seek to get along with their life lies, one need not be surprised how widespread is the grip of those psychotropic drugs that rank under the heading: Brightener, Relaxer, and Tranquilizer. As an illustration of the effect of these medications considers the following: we see growing weeds in front of our house. To remove the plants means hard effort; you have to bend down, pick it up and throw it away. But then it's gone. The other way is to build a fence in front of the weeds, then it does not bother us anymore, but grows wild behind the wall. In the long run, it becomes more and more difficult to take away the artificial fence because the wilderness has become so big that we cannot control it anymore, which would not have been the case with daily weeding.
That's just a picture. But does not it show a frightening resemblance to all those who cannot live without their daily dose of psychotropic drugs? I'm talking about the very "harmless" medicines that are swallowed by millions of people each day to give them a slightly pinker pair of glasses. Even conventional medicine has recognized that continuous taking of so-called tranquilizers makes people unable to bear their everyday problems without this protection. Many therapists also warn against the removal of the suffering of the affected person, because the patient no longer tries to solve upcoming problems on their own.
So much is certain: The medical help may only remedy the emergency. The most important part is the introduction to self-regulation. The less passive the therapy (medication), the more the patient has the feeling that he is not alienated from his nature. The patient can only think thoughts that have power when his “ego” is not alienated or distorted. Without a full self-awareness, there can be no real happiness.
If I labeled depression like a disease of our time, then I see the reason for it in today's world of thought, which in my conviction has a retroactive effect. The abomination of this world of thought is what we often feel. If, on the other hand, we are lukewarm, or we are indifferent, or we lack the courage to work with our opposing will, it can happen that the surrounding streams carry us along. But when we are aware of our power and when we use it purposefully for a proper and benevolent will, then we can be protected and stand as sure as the proverbial rock in the sea. Let's start immediately with the constructive thoughts, and we will experience on a daily basis that visible and invisible aids pave our way to life so securely that we can walk it step by step, even if sometimes it appears to be arduous and stony.
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In a large, peaceful forest, far from people and their noise, lived the great lady Solitude. Only the forest animals were her companion, and the wind sang his song in the high treetops. At times it was so quiet that even the birds fell silent and listened, and then the GREAT SOLITUDE could speak. She sang, she talked, she laughed and was happy. Then, at times , appeared the great guardian of the woods, to whom the forest had been entrusted, and looked questioningly at her, and she laughed at him. But she kept silent and did not reveal her secret.
People seldom got lost in this forest because there were only narrow, winding paths, often leading through dense berry bushes and low growth, and they led to no destination. About the silent woman who lived in the heart of the forest, they had no idea, because she never left her forest. Once the old guard had warned her: "Do not go out to the people" - he had invoked her urgently - "they do not know you, they do not want to hear from you, and if they meet you they would just laugh about you."
The tall, silent woman was quite satisfied. She had much to do; she was collecting treasure for the time when people would crave them. In her spacious chests, they have well preserved: textiles, pictures, writings, even flutes in a strange form.
At night, when the stars twinkled through the treetops and the moon wove its silver threads, she sat in front of her hut and looked up and thought. It trickles from above, fine threads in all colors, and she caught them and embroidered with into delicate textiles. These were wonderful, precious patterns that reminded of distant worlds, and she loved them and did not know which one was the most beautiful.
One day, when she saw a young man approaching her cabin, she realized that his eyes were full of his dreams and that his heart was bleeding because he could not make his dreams a reality.
She silently instructed him to sit down beside her on the grass-bank, and for a long time, they sat without exchanging a single word, side by side. The man felt as if lots of heaviness fell of his soul; he felt so light and happy. And the GREAT SOLITUDE nodded to herself and thought: "Only when you have thrown off all, and it has become quiet in you, I can give you of my treasures. Before that, your eyes are still blind and heavy."
Soon after, she picked up beautiful embroidered pictures from her treasure chest and spread one by one in front of the young man’s eyes. He uttered a cry: "These are my dreams!" he cried, "but here they live, they move, O miracle after miracle!"
"Look closer," the woman demanded. "Here you have your childhood dream of a world of peace in which all people are brothers. See how you must build solid paths into the land of peace; see how these paths grow and spread, and how one after the other put his foot on it!
The paths that are your faith, your courage, your love for the people - each one a path- build them! “I want to build them now!" Exclaimed the young man, and as if there was a lot of lost time to catch up, he rushed away. The GREAT SOLITUDE, however, put her treasures back in their chests with a smile of joy.
Not long afterward, it happened that an old man found his way to Great SOLITUDE. But his eyes were restless; he looked to the side, then to the ground, now his eyes caught up with the old treetops. But again and again he shook his head; his foot stopped as if he had to think of something he did not find. Then he went a few steps further.
The great SOLITUDE saw how he was seeking and that he was at a loss. That's why she called him, "What are you looking for, old man?" He looked up and looked into the clear eyes of the tall female figure. Then he sighed and said: No one could help me, I was with the wise and the fools, the scholars and the inexperienced, and no one could answer me. No, it's all in vain, all the effort is in vain! There is no answer when we ask people and want to storm the sky. "
"So at least sit-down and rest for a while," offered him Lady SOLITUDE.
Tired, he accepted the offer. Silence was between the two. The old man breathed more freely. Lady SOLITUDE brought a blackboard and started to write signs and held them in front of the old man's eyes.
"If he can read the signs," she said to herself, "he is the right one, and I can show him more." Indifferently, the old man watched her slowly and carefully placing signs beside signs. Suddenly it hit him; he jumped up.
How could I be so blind! In simplicity, it lies, and I sought for the answers on tortuous paths! " Again the silent woman nodded. "Read on," she commanded, and in astonishment, the old man read and deciphered what was written there. And now he picked up the pen himself and added a sign to sign. It was as if his hand was being guided, until he paused, and turning to his companion, "Who are you? Tell me!"
"I am the GREAT SOLITUDE, and this quiet forest is my home: whoever seeks and finds me, may I bestow treasures, my treasure chest is richly filled, tell the people, as here they can find answers to all questions."
- And it was a silent night in the forest of SOLITUDE. So quiet was it that one could think to hear the heart of the world-beating. Opening with all her senses sat the GREAT SOLITUDE in front of her hut. It was like she was looking for someone, someone who was asking for her comfort. Who could it be? Only the starlight and half a moon brightened the path leading to the hut with their pale, white light. There – a small, delicate female figure was visible at the last bend. Slowly, as if hesitating, she felt her way forward with her eyes closed.
"Sister, what are you looking for?" the SOLITUDE called softly.
The young woman jumped, she opened her eyes and looked around. "Where am I?" she whispered, as if sensing the precious silence around her, and she did not dare to disturb it. "You are in the forest of GREAT SOLITUDE ," she answered gently. "Come and rest with me." She reached out and pulled the young woman beside her on the bench in the moonlight. "Come, you are no longer alone, I am with you, sister, you have found the SOLITUDE that will comfort you."
Exhausted, the young woman leaned against her shoulder. "Oh, how well that does!" she whispered again. "No longer alone ----- I was so alone!" She exclaimed painfully. "All of them have left me, the man I loved, my only child! Why, o why did this have to happen? - The house burned - it went up in flames ---" she could not continue. Sobbing it shook her and took her words. "Yes, yes," the SOLITUDE said quietly "Yes, that's how it was, and then it was feeling so empty for you."
"Empty, so horribly empty," the woman muttered. "But now you are with me, and you can stay for a long time" she comforted the lonely woman. Never again shall you be alone and abandoned, I will help you. Rest here in my hut and forget." It can not be measured, the time the young woman needed to heal her wound. Slowly the wound closed itself; for the great SOLITUDE silently poured her silence as a balm into it. And then the day had come when the young woman resolutely said: "Now I want to go back to the people, you helped me, you good lady," then the SOLITUDE smiled her silent smile again.
She said a word of good-bye to her: "Seek others who suffer and lack the way. Go to them, comfort them, show them the way to me, that they will come to the silence where they find themselves again and love them, and you too will be helped! " Each one of us can find the way to GREAT SOLITUDE. We have needed that way all, especially since the world has become so loud and noisy - the silence that dissolves all heaviness, the consolation of never being abandoned again. But everyone has to find their own way to the GREAT SOLITUDE, without companions; because, for everyone, SOLITUDE has another treasure to share.
Edeltraud Jakob Grace: Love all things natural and always have a craft or art project on. Being surrounded with friends and people I love and who love me, animals and nature makes me happy. Since 2004 I see clients in my private practice. In my blogs I want to share things that might be beneficial for others (YOU) and just areas that interest me a lot. Wish you happiness and health! Edel Pictures on this line are all from my animals or garden or photos I took from nearby where we live on beautiful Mornington Peninsula.
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