In a time where we encounter so many natural disasters, we could ask ourselves how animals are capable of prior sensing of such disasters. When we observe animals and understand their special sense we can make good use for our own protection.
The following article is written by Christopher Vasey, and compiled by Edeltraud Grace.
After every major natural disaster some testimonies relate how animals escaped a certain death by taking shelter before the forces of nature are unleashed. How is such a thing possible? Are they warned or do they perceive something that escapes us? Some people speak of a sixth sense, but what is it exactly?
In Martinique, in 1902, several days before the eruption of Mount Pelée, all animals, from birds to reptiles, fled the surroundings of the volcano. The people stayed. There was only one survivor out of the 40,000 inhabitants: a prisoner protected by the thick walls of his jail. In Fréjus, France, in 1959, all the cats deserted their homes before the dam built upstream burst and flooded the lower part of town, killing over 400 people. And in 1999, in the Vosges, before the violent hurricane Lothar hit, with violent winds that felled numerous trees, all the deer had left the thick of the forests to regroup in the open clearings.
On December 26, 2004 the Yala National Park in Sri Lanka was devastated by a tsunami that penetrated up to three kilometres inland and covered an area of 300 hectares. Surging waves destroyed buildings and transformed vehicles into deadly missiles. Although more than 200 elephants and numerous other animals lived in the park, not a single one succumbed to the tidal wave. “No elephant died, not the least hare or rabbit. I think animals can sense disasters coming. They have a sixth sense. They know that something is about to happen”, declared one of the park officials. From a helicopter a journalist sighted the herd of elephants on dry land. The authorities in Sri Lanka confirmed the fact that no dead wild animal was found among the tens of thousands of human remains recovered.
At all times and everywhere in the world such events are related and never fail to fill man with wonder, prompting him to ponder the mysterious faculty that animals possess to have a premonition of such dangers.
The scientific approach
To scientists there is nothing mysterious or inexplicable about animals knowing in advance that a natural disaster is going to take place. Contrary to humans who live in a secure environment, animals live in an environment fraught with a thousand hidden dangers. They are constantly on the alert for predators, to defend their territory and their young, to escape the inclement weather, to find food and so on.
In order to survive the multiple dangers confronting them, animals have developed heightened faculties of perception. In some the sense of hearing is especially refined. The sounds that they are able to pick up are greatly increased towards the high or low end of the frequency spectrum, thus allowing them to hear their enemy “from afar.”
Bats and insects, for example, discern ultra-sounds that are inaudible to humans. Rocks subjected to strong pressures, as it is the case with an impending earthquake, emit sounds of high frequency. That is certainly why shortly before the earthquake that triggered the tsunami of December 2004 thousands of bats were witnessed in Sri Lanka flying away from their deep cave habitats in broad daylight, whereas these animals normally come out only at night. Elephants, on the other hand, detect infra-sounds. Those of the Yala Park mentioned earlier as having escaped the tsunami probably discerned low frequency sounds emitted by the shifting continental plates, thus allowing them to get to the shelter.
Other animals, snakes for example, are very sensitive to variations in the earth’s magnetic fields, which alter strongly in the hours preceding earthquakes. It would explain why snakes leave their holes before the first tremors to avoid, as has often been observed, being crushed. Chickens, geese and pigeons are also observed to become extremely agitated before earthquakes. According to some researchers, such panic is due to the ability of these birds to perceive emission of radioactive gases, like radon, which occurs when deep subterranean rock layers, with trapped gases, crack and shift shortly before the earth quakes.
The acute perception of the animals is certainly a part of the explanation of why they foresee danger, but it does not explain all. Two reasons prompt us to think that there must be something else than the sixth sense we speak so much about. Firstly animals react before the event takes place, and secondly they react intelligently in relation to the danger. Let us examine these two elements.
Humans and animals usually perceive visual and auditory signals as they are emitted. The event and its perception always happen simultaneously. But in the cases we have been considering, the animals perceived something before the earthquake, storm, or volcanic eruption has occurred.
An earthquake is preceded by a lot of small tremors imperceptible to humans but which animals can detect. But according to specialists, these small tremors happen all the time. They testify to the continual activity of the earth’s crust and rarely signal an earthquake of any significance. Why then do dogs, which like elephants and bats are very sensitive to tremors, howl only before the big earthquakes?
It is also true that storms are preceded by modifications in atmospheric pressure and air humidity ... that could allow some animals to become aware of their arrival. But, here too, such changes take place at all times without necessarily heralding a devastating storm. Why do animals react only when a real storm is approaching?
If it is understandable that an animal endowed with a very developed sense can discern what is not perceptible to others, it does not explain why it can receive a signal before an event takes place. What is this sense that is capable of perceiving what has not yet taken place? This perception can in fact take place well in advance.
In 1738, in Messina, Italy, dogs howled minutes before an earthquake destroyed the town, killing over 50,000 people. In 1910 in Landsberg, Germany, bees abandoned their hives to fly off in the air only minutes before an earthquake. But it was a full half hour before the earthquake that destroyed 20,000 houses in Greece, in 1953, that the stork population in the region suddenly took flight and circled overhead in an unusual manner, squawking aloud. The people were thus alerted and only 27 died.
On March 5, 1977 in Rumania it was one hour before the earth quaked that chickens and cows, by their agitation and attempts to flee their coops and stalls, warned their owners of the approaching danger. In 1969, in Yientsin, China, officials warned the population about an imminent earthquake, two hours in advance, after noticing the agitated behaviour of tigers, pandas, and stags in the zoo.
A day before an earthquake destroyed Orléansville, Algeria, in 1954, a lot of domestic pets had left the town. In Alaska, in 1964, polar bears did likewise, shortening their hibernation by two weeks to escape the earthquake that measured 9.2 on the Richter scale. Animals are also able to perceive coming dangers that are not directly connected with the forces of nature.
In the United States in the 1960s, a dog-owner was playing cards with friends in a coffee house. Unusually, his dog continually pestered him, whining, agitated and restless. Irritated, he opened the door and let it out. Minutes later the dog got back inside through the window and restarted its merry-go-round. Now exasperated, the owner took the dog outside. He hardly stepped through the threshold when the roof of the building collapsed, burying the occupants. Likewise in Oviedo, Spain, in 1961, a cart-drawing horse blocked traffic by obstinately refusing to enter a tunnel its master wanted to use. Threats or whips could not make it budge. Meanwhile a huge traffic jam had started to build up behind. Suddenly a thunderous roar drowned the din of the horns and shouts: the tunnel roof had collapsed in a dreadful thud! Another peculiar fact: According to witnesses, an hour before the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, hundreds of dogs had gathered to bark at impending death.
Faced with a dangerous situation, to which they are oblivious in part, human beings sometimes exhibit a senseless behaviour. We expect animals to behave the same way, since in spite of a heightened sensitivity to the approach of danger they cannot know its exact nature until it happens.
This senseless behaviour appears, for example, in eels that beach voluntarily before a tsunami, fishes that jump on the river bank to escape an earthquake, or rats that hide inside buildings that will collapse and bury them during an earthquake.
Contrary to such panic-induced behaviour, some animals depart from usual behaviour and react in a way perfectly suited to the danger.
Normally, on sensing danger, a frog would instinctively jump into its pond and hide in the depths. A researcher reported frogs abandoning their habitat stream and moving as far away as possible in order to escape an imminent rise in the water level. When frightened, cats usually hide under a piece of furniture or in isolated corners of their owners’ homes. But in Fréjus, the cats meowed and scratched frantically on doors and windows, escaping through every available opening, just before the dam ruptured upstream, betraying once again an uncanny prior knowledge.
We rightly marvel at the story of the elephants in Yala Park, Sri Lanka, that sought refuge before the tsunami. According to scientists, it is their sensitivity to low frequencies that allowed them to detect the earthquake hundreds of kilometres away in North Indonesia, and which later caused the destructive wave. It is one thing for the elephants to detect the earthquake, but how did they know they needed to move to higher ground in order to escape the tsunami that would follow from the earthquake? Many will say: “It’s the sixth sense that animals possess”. What is the sixth sense of animals?
Because the heightened senses of animals cannot fully explain their ability to discern an impending natural disaster, some people invoke a sixth sense attribute. The sixth sense, if it exists at all, should have the property to detect a natural phenomena, its time of arrival, the consequences on the environment and appropriate reaction to deal with it, and all this well in advance. That would indeed be expecting a lot from a simple sense. There must therefore be something else. But what?
In the Grail Message an altogether different explanation from what we usually hear is given. It is not a question of an anticipated perception but the reception of an early warning given by personified forces of nature or what are called elemental beings.
“The elemental beings know exactly when and where sudden changes in Nature are about to take place, such as landslides, rocks being dislodged from mountains, trees falling, the caving-in of land undermined by water, the bursting of a dam, sudden water eruptions, volcanic and fire eruptions, tidal waves and floods, earthquakes, and everything else coming within the same category, because they themselves are occupied with the preparation and bringing about of such changes, which men call disasters and catastrophes.
“If such a happening is imminent it may well be that an animal or a person approaching the spot is warned by these elementals. They block the way and try, through vehement motions, shouting or sudden impressions upon their feelings, to induce them to return. The animal is startled, its hair “bristles”, and it energetically refuses to continue, quite contrary to its usual behaviour, so that often as an exception even the best-trained animal disobeys its master. This is the reason for the striking behaviour of the animal in such cases. Man, however, does not see these elemental beings and very often runs into the danger, thereby perishing or suffering great harm.” (Volume III, Lecture 5).
The truthfulness of such possible interventions is confirmed in the Bible. An entity prevents Balaam’s donkey from taking his master to the neighbouring tribe. That entity, described as an angel in the account, is not visible to Balaam but the donkey clearly sees it and refuses to move forward. (Numbers 22, 28-34).
The detection of variations in magnetic fields, of ultra or infra sounds, and so on, suggested by scientists is only one of the ways through which animals can become aware of impending natural disasters. Warnings given by elemental beings are another.
The concept of the human aura, or radiation and also the existence of the astral body is thousands of years old, and clairvoyants of all times have been able to see it. (The following blog should just give some insights into it and is not meant as a fully comprehensive explanation. I hope you can use it as an inspiration to search for further answers)
The discovery of the atom , this smallest building stone of the material Creation, makes it easier for us to understand the new, magnificent radiation picture of the cosmos, because every atomic nucleus emits rays. Hence all unions of atoms, be they things of the earth, the human body or the suns, stars and planets, must also have the most manifold of radiations. Scientific research comes ever nearer to the knowledge of the radiations working in the cosmos. Thus the invisible radiation-belt surrounding the earth has been discovered, as it has also been found that our solar world forms a huge electromagnetic force-field that is subject to the Law of Gravity.
As in the largest so in the smallest and the concept we are dealing with here is about the human radiation that is also expressed in the language, when for instance someone says: "His whole being radiates peace and serenity." Everyone can sense/feel the aura of another person, although we are unable to see it with our physical eyes.
The human radiation is communicated to objects which man carries about with him, and to his writings, as well as to photographs, something which is in fact well-known and made use in various fields.
For instance we use photographs during distance healing sessions.
In illness the radiation changes. Mediumistic people are able to recognise in the radiation-wreath that hidden seat of disease which has given rise to the physically visible disease in the first place.
The core of a human being is surrounded by several coverings. His final covering is the physical body. We can picture the various coverings as skins placed one inside another, as in an onion.
In earthman the radiations of the finer coverings, together with the radiations of the physical body, form a combination which results in a colourful wreath of radiations, called by some aura and by others od, the "fluid" that surrounds man. With this radiation wreath he determines the strength of the waves for the vibrations which he absorbs out of the cosmic radiation-system.
The combination of radiations must always be harmonious, so that the inward spirit in man can develop fully in the World of Matter. Healing Magnetism restores the harmonious and orderly connection between the different coverings of a human being. Blockages are removed and energy added where needed.
In the following, two articles might shed even more light to the subject. For this we turn first to the already well known and mostly accepted area of the Meridian system. An ancient knowledge exists about the Meridians connecting the physical with the astral body and which is used in acupuncture as well as Meridian tapping methods like EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), an end meridian stimulating technique that is self applied by many individuals and professionals worldwide.
The Astral Body and the meridians of acupuncture
How does the human spirit in the beyond acquire a body of the earth? By incarnating midway through pregnancy into the developing body of a child.
But this is not possible directly, unless through special forces a model, the so-called "astral body", is first shaped of a finer material substance, only after which does the gross material body then form.
Only through the astral body can the soul work on the physical body, but it still also needs the radiation of the blood as the last bridge to full activity on earth.
If gross matter is classified as coarse, medium and fine types, the astral body belongs to the medium.
Some things point to the existence of the astral body. Acupuncture, for example. It is a method in use for thousands of years to diagnose and treat diseases through insertion of fine needles in certain parts of the body.
The key points in acupuncture lie along the so-called meridians, a definite number of which run vertically through the body. This makes it possible to treat pains and diseases from points that lie further away. For instance, heart and circulation disorders can be treated from a point on the left little finger. It is essential that the points lie on meridians which are related to the parts of the body or organs concerned.
The networks of meridians could be imagined as running through the astral body like energy paths, analogous to nerve paths in the physical body. The fixed meridians naturally have a connection with the nerves.
They must be of finer consistency than the physical body, because they are absent in the tissues of the corpse. At physical death, not only the physical body but also the astral body disintegrates with the meridians.
Thus there is no anatomical proof that the meridians exist; we can only imagine that they were at one time detected by persons who could see "deeper", who had mediumistic gifts.
But yet another indication of the existence of the astral body can be given. This body fills out, as it were, the physical body entirely; it corresponds to it in shape, because the earthly body was actually formed on the astral model.
If a limb is severed from the earthly body, the astral body is not affected, and the meridians continue to run through the astral part of the missing member. This indicates that the astral body is less dependent on the physical body than vice versa.
In this connection, the "phantom pains" which are felt where a limb has been amputated have their origin in the astral part. They can be relieved by acupuncture from a distant point in the body.
As the astral body is forming, good and evil radiations, karmaically caused by the human spirit through the exercise of its free will, are connected to it with the help of the stars. Thus the basic disposition or the astral blueprint, which is decisive for the futureearthly existence of the newly- born person, is formed. It corresponds exactly to the state of his soul at the time of his coming to earth, with all the existing threads of fate. This is expressed, among other things, in the person's name, the lines of the palm, the shape of the head, the handwriting, and not least in the birth horoscope as "radiation picture" , in so far as the stars concerned are known. Often threads of fate which cause a physical defect, or the tendency to it, are woven into the astral body. Man cannot escape his fate. In some previous earth-life he put it into the world, or gave it the forms which must then develop automatically through the working of the Laws of Creation, and which he brings with him to earth at birth, just as he takes them over with him again at death, be they old or newly added forms. Hence there can be no question of fatalism in the sense of blind belief in a pre-ordained fate imposed by some power or other. the newly--born has ample opportunity later as an adult to change for good or evil the disposition which he brought along at birth, because the free will remains with him as a property of his spiritual nature. This enables him, through a really good volition, to sever himself from all evil fate (karma). (Herbert Vollmann, A Gate Opens)
Let's look at the subject now also with some of the newest scientific research. Max Planck told us that:
There is no matter in itself!
All matter is created and exists only by a force that sets all particles of an atom into motion and holds them together in the tiniest solar system of the world atom. ..............the rest are powerfields, which are in constant oszillation (vibration) with each other.
If we think for example on the pure matter of that of the Cologne Cathedral, it only fills a thimble. Our body.............only covers the surface of the thimble.
Everything beyond that are structured force fields that stand in constant oscillation.
In light of that, it seems very natural that we promisingly turn towards the underlying and causal principles in medicine, namely the force fields and energetic reciprocal effects. This is also the area of my own work with Therapeutic Magnetism and goes hand in hand with the many levels we are touching upon in this blog. I hope it's not getting too confusing now, but..........
It is already established:
There is no matter as such. The essential material of the Universe is non-material.
Cosmic energy exists in everything and everyone, and is a force that pervades our entire existence.
Matter is a product of this energy.
The magnetic field surrounding or encasing every substance is in interaction with this cosmic energy and absorbs it.
In every cell between 30,000 and 100,000 reactions per second take place.
According to a Dr. Fritz Albert Popp (Biophysicist) a direct chemical reaction with one substance with another cannot happen without field communication.
A magnetic field is necessary to enable a communication and therefore a reaction between cells.
The communication and information transfer between cells happens in the magnetic field through light photons. (Light photons permeate the vegetative nervous system and are then transformed in the body into bio-photons. Biophotons (from the Greek βίος meaning "life" and φῶς meaning "light") are photons of light in the ultraviolet and low visible light range which are produced by a biological system.
When this regulation is disturbed, it does first lead to a malfunction and later to an organ dysfunction! In our Biomagnetic Healing training we also say that:
Magnetic Alignment = Bio photon retention = Energy conservation
No magnetic alignment = Bio photon emission = Loss of energy
Healing Magnetism primarily deals with the ordering of the magnetic fields. It harmonises the energy field of the person. Blockages, which disrupt the natural flow of energy- for example in the acupuncture meridians and also in the aura or in the inner body – can be eliminated. The renewed circulation of energy manifests immediately in a harmonious radiation of the person. So the knowledge about aura, radiation, astral body is vital for us as it is part of being human and we are not only our visible physical body but we carry within us also finer bodies that as a whole makes up our radiation, that in turn is decisive which kind of radiations we do absorb out of the cosmic energy. In turn this leads to effects on our health as how you just read happens the information transfer between cells in our energy field and therefore the order and harmony in our energy field is important for our well-being and is also decisive in our development as a human being..
Most modern people show disturbances in their energy field, foremost between the connection between astral body and the anchor and connecting point between astral and physical body in the solar plexus and from there the connecting bridges first to the back brain and then to the frontal brain. The reason for that is that many of us lost access to that what makes us human (spirit that shows its existence via the intuitive perception that are transmitted via the bridge function of solar plexus - small brain and then frontal brain) and many of us show the tendency to over-cultivate the intellect and to only believe in material things. A lot of people even laugh or scoff if someone mentions that they are more than their physical body. That's the sad picture we are facing nowadays.
Let's look a bit further first with a video about the importance of the solar plexus as a gateway to the spirit, literally the connecting place where the finer body connects to the material body and then we continue with an article that describes the formation and function of the astral body.
Formation and function of the astral body
The soul is connected with the astral body and works through this upon the heavy physical body. Likewise the physical body with the radiation necessary for this can really bind the soul to itself only through the astral body acting as a mediator. The radiations issuing from heavy gross matter, through which the animistic pulsates, must first penetrate the medium gross matter of the astral body, for otherwise they cannot connect with the radiations of the soul, the outermost cloak of which is by then already of finest gross matter.
Let us at present distinguish only between three basic species of gross matter, although there are still various intermediate and side species in addition. For the time being we will only consider the fine, the medium heavy and the heaviest gross material substance. In this sense the physical body also belongs to the heaviest earthly species, and the astral body to the transitional species of medium heavy gross matter, i.e., to that species which lies next to the heaviest.
When an incarnation is to take place this astral body is formed so that it appears as if both occur simultaneously. In reality, however, the fashioning of the astral body precedes the process in heavy gross matter; it must precede it, otherwise the physical body could not be completed and the soul would be unable to do anything with it.
(...) The astral body is connected with the physical body, but is not dependent upon it, as has been assumed in the past.
(...) It is true that after the soul has severed itself from the physical body the astral body decays along with the physical body. But this must not be taken as a proof that it is therefore dependent upon it. This does not even give a justifiable foundation for such an assumption!
In reality the process is different: When it severs itself the soul, being the mobile part, draws the astral body away from the physical body. Figuratively speaking: The soul upon stepping out of and leaving the physical body pulls the astral body out with it. That is how it appears! In reality the soul only pulls it off the physical body, because a fusion has never taken place but only a telescoping, as it is with field glasses which go in and out.
In so doing the soul does not draw this astral body along very far, because the latter is not only anchored with the soul but also with the physical body; and moreover, the soul from which the essential movements issues also wants to sever itself from the astral body and consequently strives away from it too.
Thus after the earthly departure of the soul the astral body always remains near the physical body. The further the soul then moves away the weaker the astral body becomes; and the every increasing severance of the soul finally brings about the decay and decomposition of the astral body, which in turn immediately brings in its train the decay of the physical body, in the same way as it also influenced its formation. This is the normal process in accordance with the Laws of Creation. Naturally special acts of intervention also bring about special conditions and disarrangements, but without being able to eliminate the lawfulness.
Extract from the Grail Message, Volume 3, Lecture 26
The understanding and knowledge about the existence of our finer bodies, the meridian system, astral body and how it connects to our inward spiritual self, that incarnated into a physical body for the purpose of development through experiencing on earth, is vital for us. We have to aspire to free the connecting bridges in our own system between brain - solar plexus- astral body- soul and spirit again. Only a proper connection between all levels of a human being helps us to develop our truly human qualities and this can only happen through our own personal spiritual awakening. This will also have a positive effect on physical health.
Nowadays we find in many circles an over-focus on only material things that lacks the necessary balance. When we re-focus on our inert human qualities there might come a time when human virtues like faithfulness, truthfulness, grace, modesty, diligence, heroism, courage, skill, fulfilment of duty, wisdom, humility or compassion and so on come into the limelight and into importance. Nowadays there seems to be not much place for that. For example we would instead of being informed about some new make up style, clothes or look of some tv star or celebrity be informed about someone who exhibited inner human virtues that had an up building affect on their surrounding. That would be a totally different situation than what we face today, also children and teenagers would find some worthwhile role models again if they would see that these virtues are what are gaining respect and fame.
Virtues belong to the abilities of our spirit which are the "talents" entrusted to us and which it is "to make the most of it", that is to say, it is to make use of our abilities to that they will bring blessing. (interest). But no one is equipped with ready made virtues, but us ourselves must see that they are awaken and blossom. For this again we need the corresponding radiations from the Universe, which help us to do so. Just as with a noble stringed instrument it is left to the player which notes to strike, so the spirit of man is able in each case to call forth special vibrations which, borne by true longing, move out into the Universe. There they make contact with a similar vibration, which works in strengthening and stimulating, invigorating and happy-making way, and gradually, according to the prototype of the heavenly virtue, allows the same human prototype to arise on earth. How beautiful could our earth be if each of us would strive to develop our spiritual entrusted talents (virtues) again.
Additional insights that complement this Blog post. What is the difference between the voice of our spirit and the intellect? How does spirit reveal itself in matter?
Intuition and Intellect
To understand how the spirit uses the brain to reveal itself in matter, it is essential to be conscious of the fact that because of their difference in kind, the spirit and the brain also possess different faculties.
The capabilities of a tool are indeed always dependent on its particular characteristics; that is why we must distinguish what emanates from the spirit, which is non-material in nature: the intuition, from what emanates from the material brain: the intellect. The intuition is an immediate experiencing of things, one that is not the fruit of reasoning. The intuitive faculties enable us immediately to feel inwardly what is actually happening or in process, the solution to a problem or how to act for the best in a given situation. This feeling bursts forth spontaneously from the depths of our being, for intuitive knowledge is not a foreign element in us, not something on which we must work in order to obtain something. It is an integral part of our capacity as spirit-beings.
The knowledge of the intellect, on the other hand, is not spontaneous but produced. It is not an integral part of us, but is stored up in us. It necessitates learning the fundamentals, thus their classification and memorisation and, for these to be made readily accessible, reflection, analysis and deduction on the part of the brain. Self-observation can easily show up the difference that exists between these two faculties. Sometimes, we intuitively feel the answer to a question, or the solution to a problem. The answer or solution impresses itself on us as an obvious fact, even though we cannot explain how it came to us or why we consider it to be right. On the other hand, the solution to a problem costs us mental exertion when obtained from reflection and analysis. It is only after having dissected the situation, examined each part of the problem in detail and reflected on each of its aspects that, by deduction, it becomes possible for us to find a solution. This solution, being the fruit of reasoning, can then be explained logically and precisely.
The same goes for the knowledge that we can have of someone’s character and real worth. When the intuition is active, the few moments of even a brief meeting are sufficient to give us a perfect assessment of the nature of the person we are dealing with. Against this first, quick and often inexplicable impression, one must contrast the pondering of the intellect. The latter, after many detours, arrives at often uncertain conclusions, later usually disproved. The accuracy of the first impression is thus confirmed, the first impression which the popular adage describes as “always right”. At first sight, the intuitive faculty and the intellectual faculty would appear to be irreconcilable, because their characteristics are the opposite of each other. In reality, though, they are complementary, and it is only thanks to their combined actions that they permit the human being incarnated on earth to achieve the greatest and most beautiful things it is capable of. Indeed, thanks to his intuitive faculty the human being is apt to take decisions conforming to the high spiritual values which he has within him, that is, just, principled, constructive decisions. He thus gives a correct orientation to his goals and projects.
However, owing to its non-material nature the spirit is not in a position to find out how to carry out its projects in matter. What is material is indeed of a different species from it and, consequently, of a species which it does not understand, on which it has no grasp. The material species is, on the other hand, compatible with the brain and its product - the intellect. The latter is therefore not only able, but is also the more competent, to understand and to act on what is material. Thanks to its faculty of analysis and reflection, as well as all the elements that it has assembled from observation, the intellect can find the best way to proceed in order to execute the decisions and projects of the spirit in the dense matter of the earthly plane.
The sequence of events is thus as follows: the spirit, with the help of its intuitive faculty, takes a decision. This decision is transmitted to the cerebellum (back-brain), then to the cerebrum (frontal brain). The latter works on it, in order to “realise” or make it manifest materially; which happens through the movement of one or other parts of the body. Having said this, and before looking in more detail at the differences between intuition and intellect, let us see with the help of the knowledge provided in the Grail Message, the surprising path that the intuition takes in being transmitted from the spirit to the brain. In a chapter dealing with the intuition (Volume 2, Lecture 70), we read: “The activity of the human spirit awakens intuitive perception within the solar plexus, thereby simultaneously making an impression upon the cerebellum. It is the effect of the spirit, that is, a wave of power issuing from the spirit. Man naturally perceives this wave in that spot where the spirit within the soul is connected with the body – in the centre of the so-called solar plexus, which passes on the wave to the cerebellum where it creates an impression.”
The solar plexus
The gateway for the intuition, the point where the spirit is linked with the body, is thus the solar plexus! This is an unusual item of information which, despite its unusualness, does not contradict current knowledge of the solar plexus and the nervous system.
A plexus is where a set of nerves join to form a sort of little power station and where they communicate between themselves, whereas normally each nerve is separate from the others and works in isolation. The solar plexus is situated at the pit of the stomach. In it join the nerves which connect the liver, the pancreas, the kidneys, the stomach and the intestines. It belongs to the autonomic nervous system, of which we have not yet spoken, and which has the task of regulating the organic life: respiration, circulation, digestion and so on. The autonomic nervous system is distinct from the central nervous system which has the task of transporting the sensory influx and the motor signals.
The strongly receptive nature of the solar plexus is visible anatomically. In contrast to the cerebrum, the grey matter of the plexuses is located at the centre and the white matter on the outside. The white matter comprises nerve fibres, that is, extensions of cells, whose task is the reception and transmission of an influx. The grey substance is made up of the cellular bodies themselves, whose task is not reception or transmission, but elaboration. Thus, the solar plexus is, above all, anatomically speaking, an organ of reception.
Does a line of communication exist between it and the cerebellum? Yes. The solar plexus is placed between the sympathetic and the parasympathetic branches of the autonomic nervous system. These two branches form one of the twelve pairs of cranial nerves which, in order to descend into the abdomen, cross the peduncles of … the cerebellum. The wave of power which the solar plexus receives from the spirit can therefore be transmitted to the cerebellum, as described in the preceding passage, since a direct path exists between the two. Apart from the anatomical reasons cited above, the experience of each one of us also shows that it is completely plausible for the solar plexus to be the gateway from the spirit. Actually the strong impressions that the spirit transmits — joy, alarm, love — and, which being formed, we feel in our body, we do not feel at the mental level, in the cerebrum, but right inside the pit of the stomach, at the solar plexus. Numerous common expressions testify to this feeling: when someone is scared, it is said that he has fear in the belly or that he has a knotted stomach; if he lacks courage: that he has no stomach for it. Still in relation to courage, to fortify themselves, to gather strength to face up to an ordeal, some people take a strong drink to give themselves “fire in the belly”. The belly is mentioned – sometimes the heart: “having a shock” for example – but not the head or brain (cerebrum). Yet these organs – heart and stomach – are not actually concerned. It only happens that that they are situated in the proximity of the solar plexus. It is also significant that, of all the body’s plexuses, the emotions are always connected with the solar plexus, but never with another.
The intuitive perception we have of the task of the plexus as entrance door of the ego into the body, reveals itself also in an unconscious gesture which everybody makes when questioned. In order to check whether it is really us, we cry out “who, me?” with the hand spontaneously directed towards… the pit of the stomach, that is to say, our solar plexus, and not towards our head, our brain.
After this little digression on the solar plexus, let us return to the process the spirit uses to make impressions upon the brains: “In accordance with the specific nature of the various impressions received, the cerebellum, like a photographic plate, forms a picture of the process as willed by the spirit or as created with the strong power of the spirit through its volition. A picture without words! The frontal brain takes over this picture and seeks to describe it in words, thereby generating thoughts which then find expression in language … Thus the spoken word is the resultant effect of pictures transmitted through the frontal brain! The latter can also direct the course of the effect towards the organs of locomotion instead of the organs of speech, whereby words are replaced by writing or action.” (Volume 2, Lecture 70)
The spirit’s intuitive will is of a spiritual nature. By means of the solar plexus, it is transmitted as an energy-wave to the cerebellum, which forms a picture from it. This picture is then picked up and condensed by the frontal brain into terrestrially usable notions: thoughts and words. Here again, an unusual piece of knowledge is given to us, namely that before we think or speak, the intuitive will of the spirit manifests in picture-form. And what is more, a picture without words. Are there any known facts that would confirm such an affirmation? Yes, there are. Dreams are among these.
When we dream, we are not aware of our earthly surroundings, because the frontal brain is resting. What we thus experience does not take place through the frontal brain and day consciousness, but is experienced or perceived by the spirit. Now how do dreams come about? Above all: in the form of pictures. The visual nature of dreams must be strongly emphasised, because, of our five senses, it is that of vision that predominates in dreams.
We dream above all in pictures. Does this mean that sounds and words are excluded from dreams? Although certain dreams are associated with words, there is a category of dreams called R.E.M., in which no word is uttered. The R.E.M. phases of sleep are special periods, only a few minutes long, which are repeated 5 or 6 times a night. The designation of R.E.M. (Rapid Eye Movement) originates from the fact that during these periods the eyes carry out very rapid movements beneath the closed eyelids. R.E.M. dreams are characterised by great intensity and clarity, and the absence of words. Certain people have been able to experience this of themselves. In their dream, they carried out a long conversation with someone, all of a sudden realising that no one has spoken. The conversation had taken place silently, through a direct exchange, without words! Albert Einstein, whose theories upset all the prevailing notions of the universe, felt that thought processes were above all based on the ability to see in pictures. The theory of relativity, in which he demonstrates how measurements are affected by gravity and movement, dawned on him at the age of 16, as he sought to visualise what effects one could experience if one rode a light beam advancing through the universe. Seeing in pictures was more important to him than the intellectual knowledge which uses words.
Moreover, impoverished intellectual activity does not appear to be incompatible with a rich inner life, as suggested by the admittedly extreme cases of the mentally retarded. A significant case in point is that of the sculptor Alonzo Clemons, an African-American with an IQ of no more than 40, the residue of a head injury suffered as a toddler, (the average IQ being 100, that of the moron 50 - 85 the imbecile 30 - 50). He can only count up to 10 with difficulty, and his vocabulary comprises only a few words. He cannot express himself correctly in sentences, but communicates in a telegraphic style. Yet, this sculptor can model clay statues — especially animals — with complete accuracy. The muscles, tendons, manes, and so on are rendered with great precision and full of life. For that, he only needs to look briefly at the model. His work then takes off without the latter, entirely by means of pictures which he has recorded within himself and which he then reproduces with so much accuracy.
Another case of imbeciles displaying a surprising capacity to function with pictures, despite their almost total intellectual incapacity, is that of the English twins, Charles and George. They became famous during the 1960s for their ability to juggle with the dates and days of the calendar. This gift appeared to have been developed in their youth through the study of a perpetual calendar. Although unable to multiply 3 by 6 – they could not even comprehend the difference between multiplication and division – yet they could say what day of the week corresponded to any date from up to 40,000 years ago to 40,000 years into the future. They were equally capable of stating the date of Easter for each year of the same period of 80,000 years!
Their manifest arithmetic incapacity excluded any possibility of obtaining the dates by calculation like certain prodigies at mental calculation. On the contrary, with the twins Charles and George, it was noted that when they looked for a date, their eyes moved or stared in a peculiar way into space, as though they were unrolling and looking at an internal directory. This ability to see manifested equally in another way. When one day a box of matches spilled and its contents were scattered on the floor, simultaneously both twins immediately cried out “111”. When counted, the spilled matches were indeed 111 in total. When asked how they could count the matches so quickly, they replied that they had not counted them, but that they had seen 111 matches!
The ability to work in pictures, hence by seeing rather than by the reflecting that the intellect does, is thus an ability of which we know little, but which is completely real and effective. The two preceding examples hint at the reality. That we can think without words is moreover not something which is that strange to us. Try to visualise what happens when a word is “at the tip of your tongue". We seek to express something. We know exactly what it is. Inside us the picture is clear, but it is impossible to verbalise it. Does not that prove that thoughts and words are two distinct things? And that to pass from one to the other a process of transformation or densification is necessary? Indeed if thought and word were identical, we would never need to look for a word, for it would be there at the same time as the thought. For a long time, the belief was held that thought was inseparable from language and that “what could not be said, and said well, did not exist” (Paul Valery).
The example of aphasiacs shows, however, that this is not the case. If these persons lose their ability to express themselves or to understand the spoken language, they do not at the same time lose their thinking faculty. Numerous aphasiac mathematicians, chemists or physicists continue to work and to solve problems which arise in their professional activity.
That thought does not necessarily imply words and speech is also demonstrated by the existence of numerous visual languages created almost everywhere in the world to enable the deaf and dumb to communicate. These languages obviously use no words, but only visual signs. The latter are accomplished with the help of the hands and the arms, as well as by body movements and facial expressions. All these languages have their own ‘grammar’ and allow for, quite as well as the spoken language, expression with flexibility, finesse and precision about everyday events just as much as about the most abstract questions. The deaf and dumb are thus able to have an internal life and to think, without using words. This possibility exists, moreover, before the learning of one gestural language or the other. The cognitive life of a deaf and dumb infant is not non-existent. It does not lead a vegetative life, but acts, reacts and takes an interest in its environment like all children. There is thus something within us that transcends the means of expression and communication that we use in matter (words, signs…). This finer faculty, which has its origin in our spirit, is the intuition. It follows that, contrary to customary belief, thinking or reasoning do not depend on our having established words, grammar and logical rules, but it is the opposite that takes place. Words and grammar comply with the innate way of working of the spirit. Human spirits all have the same place of origin: the spiritual plane. The way of working of these spirits is thus similar. It follows that the world’s different tongues – 5,000 languages and over 20,000 dialects – are no arbitrary creations, each different from and having no connection with the others, but they possess the same basic structure. The linguistic researches of Chomsky, Bickerton, and so on, confirm this fact. They show that despite their apparent diversity, all languages are based on a common grammar. This grammar is found everywhere the human being creates a language. It is identical with the spoken language as well as the sign language of the deaf and dumb. One finds it also in the Creole languages: new languages created spontaneously by people of varied origins who are compelled to live together. For example, the African slaves of different cultures transported to sugar cane plantations. Despite the large number of Creole languages – there are more than 350 in the world – all present an almost identical grammar, as if they all had a common thread.
Thus the innate need of the spirit to express what he has inside him is fulfilled at any cost by inventing a language. But varied as the resulting languages are, they are only condensations of something which precedes and transcends them: the language of the spirit. The passage from the intuitive experience to pictures, then to words, thoughts and intellectual reasoning, materialises in the dividing up of the brain centres responsible for these transformations. Indeed, in the rear part of the brain, directly beside the cerebellum, is the occipital lobe, the centre of vision. A little more to the front (Broca zone in the upward frontal lobe) is located the centre of the spoken language. Still further to the front, the frontal cortex is the centre of abstract reasoning and elaboration of action-plans. Thus, first pictures, then intellectual reasoning, then words, (arguments)!
As it has been described, the process concerns the information that the spirit has communicated to the cerebrum. It is, however, obvious that it is the opposite route that is taken when the cerebrum has received some information on the earthly situation and sends it to the spirit. The words and thoughts produced by the frontal brain are conducted to the cerebellum, which transforms them into pictures (images). The latter would then be communicated to the spirit by an energy wave originating in the cerebellum and transmitted to the spirit by way of the solar plexus.
The transformation of words and thoughts into pictures is a process that we experience every day, but which we are generally not aware of. For example, each time we read, the words are transformed internally into pictures. When we read a novel, the words quickly become blurred, giving way to an inner film, that is, to a succession of pictures which spring up before the inner eye along with the reading of the text. The pictures of the intuition are easier to receive during the night, as happens during R.E.M. dreams. The quite natural reason for this is that, during sleep, contrary to what happens during the day, the field of our consciousness is not occupied by pictures of the external reality that the eyes transmit to us. For this reason, during the daytime the intuitions reach us in a more accessible form, that is, slightly condensed. It is no longer a question of pictures, but a feeling or words, words that we “hear” internally. This small inner voice that speaks to us is what is commonly called “the voice of our conscience”. (Conscience literally means knowledge from within.)
The descriptive term “voice of conscience” expresses the fact that what conscience we have of what is good or bad, beautiful or ugly, just or unjust, resides in our spirit. Our brain (cerebrum) is indeed incapable of grasping these notions. They correspond to higher values which are alien to it.
To appreciate this, just imagine what would happen if one had to enter into a computer the notion of justice, or of beauty. How does one proceed? Must one enter all the human laws, conventions and rules? Even allowing for it to have assimilated them, it would never be in a position to render justice. It would further be necessary to inform it of all the special situations and mitigating circumstances, or those not to be taken into account, in order to rule on a case equitably. As all parents experience daily with their children, being equitable is something that can be accomplished by very dissimilar actions and decisions in identical situations. Without knowing all the worldly laws, each human spirit is nevertheless capable of sensing what is just or unjust. Laborious studies are unnecessary; it is something innate which one bears within oneself, in the spirit. Like the notion of justice, the notion of beauty cannot be input to a computer. Even if the latter were instructed on the laws of proportion and the harmony of colours, on the golden section, and so on, it would be incapable – supposing it could see – of saying whether something is beautiful or ugly, without having taken lessons to learn it and without knowing the most basic laws of beauty taught in the art schools. In speaking about feeling, we have reached another form in which the intuition materialises in order to become perception in the brain. In addition to pictures, dreams or the voice of the conscience, the intuition can also be felt purely as a strong impression which makes us absolutely convinced about one thing or the other. It manifests in us for very simple things as well as for very important matters. When we leave for work in the morning, for example, a strong prompting can rise in us to take an umbrella, even though no sign of imminent rain is evident: it is sunny, the sky is blue and the weather forecast is good. Generally, in the absence of validating signs, the intellect rejects the intuition received, for it sees no good reason for taking an umbrella on a dry day. When, to everyone’s surprise, it suddenly starts to rain, the umbrella is not available, to the great discomfort of whoever has to struggle unprotected against the downpour! Here some might wonder if the reverse can happen, too, and then reason triumphs. No. Only a decision reached from imagination, which still arises from activity of the intellect, can bring such about.
More serious events, even tragic ones, are also subject to warnings by the intuition. From time to time, we read accounts of this in the media. People who have miraculously escaped a plane crash, or a train collision, relate how as they were about to board the train or aeroplane they perceived very strongly an intuition urging them not to, and without any material reason to justify such a refusal.
The spirit, thanks to its more extensive potentiality, can not only protect us from dangers, but equally can permit us to be more creative than is possible with only our intellect. The latter can only link one item of information to another in trying to discover something new or different, which is not at all the case for the spirit. Scientists consider creativity and the flash of genius to be the result of intense working by the brain (cerebrum). Its numerous centres set to work simultaneously, exchanging data, stimulating each other, collaborating in the production of something they would never have been able to achieve in isolation. Based on this understanding of the process, a technique of spontaneous production of innovative ideas was developed in the fifties, called brain-storming. This technique consists of bringing several people together, submitting some problem or the other to them, and inviting them to put into words all the ideas that occur to them, no matter how hare-brained they may seem. Neither criticisms nor comments are permitted during the session, so as to avoid any inhibition of spontaneity. The goal is to promote stimulation between the brains of the different participants, so as to reproduce on a larger scale what takes place in the individual brain which creates. The number of ideas produced through this technique is indeed very impressive. In some cases, up to 100 ideas in three-quarters of an hour. However, evaluations have revealed that the ideas obtained in this way are in the end not as good as, in any case a lot less than, the ideas obtained from isolated individuals. The need to be isolated is mentioned by numerous artists as one of the conditions needed for the expression of their creativity. The reason for this is that, to have the inspiration, it is necessary to reduce external stimulations, so that the spirit will not be disturbed by them through the brain, and can then concentrate entirely on what it longs for. Such a state is obviously a lot easier to attain in solitude. The spirit is thus entirely receptive to the intuitions which can come to him and which, in this case are called inspiration.
Concerning inspirations received by artists, Max Bruch (1838-1920), the German composer, explained during an interview: “They are marvellous revelations. I have often thought about them, but even now, and only for the first time, do I learn the details of the hidden internal processes of the soul of famous composers during the performance of their works. When a composer creates a work of lasting value, he finds himself confronting this eternal force, the source of all life, from which he draws. Yet I have observed that it is advisable to obey certain rules, two of the most important being solitude and concentration. Brahms was right when he declared that he must be absolutely alone and that nobody should disturb him. It is in silence that the composer must await instruction from a power higher than his reasoning. When he is able to find connection with this power, he becomes a projector which transforms the infinite and the invisible into the world of the visible, or else, for a composer, into the world of the audible… It is from this same power that Bach, Mozart and Beethoven drew, and all composers are dependent on it if they want to create something of value. He who consciously opens himself to this inner power will be inspired; however, he must be adequately equipped technically in order to be able to put the ideas suggested onto paper in a convincing way.” (Extract from Arthur M. Abell: “Talks with Great Composers”, Replica Books.) The end of the quotation strongly emphasises the necessity of the collaboration between the faculties of the spirit and the brain. The latter is indispensable in order to permit the material fulfilment of the intuition. Indeed the most beautiful melodies, or the most beautiful pictures, received by the spirit of artists could never take form on earth if there were not a composer or a painter capable of transposing them into matter!
Inspiration and intuition are, however, not a peculiarity of the artist. Scientists too benefit from it. The stories – probably more mythical than real – of Archimedes who, while taking a bath, discovers why bodies float on water, or of Newton, inspired by a falling apple to discover the law of gravity, are well known. The accuracy of the intuition which Poincaré, the brilliant mathematician, had, made such strong impression on him that he did not check the result until much later. When he tried to explain what had happened to him he affirmed that, for him, the solution had not been the result of a scientific judgment, but that he had “sensed” the evidence of the solution as “an aesthetic judgment, founded on the intrinsic sense of beauty”; aesthetic judgment or sense of beauty which, as we have seen, are attributes of the spirit.
The intuition can appear like something always instantaneous; it is nevertheless also in a position to extend in time. This is the case, for example, when an artist is inspired. In this connection the story is told that one of the great poets of the 20th Century, the German Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), wrote in 18 days not only his Elegies but also his 55 Sonnets to Orpheus. These works are considered to be his finest poems. Altogether they comprise over 1,200 verses of an exceptional technique, and of which the greatest part was written in one go, without a single correction.
Against this quick and “easy” possibility of the spirit to produce great and beautiful works, one must weigh the often laborious work the intellect has to carry out to reach a result. The way Thomas Edison (1847-1931) discovered which metal was suitable for the manufacture of the filament of electric bulbs is an example of this. He tested hundreds of materials, one after the other, proceeding by trial and error and elimination, until he discovered the right one!
Recent studies provide remarkable results and can give guidelines about the important factors that ensure a long-term, fulfilling partnership.
"In entering a marriage one should ask oneself the question: Do you think you will have good conversations with this woman until old age?" A marriage advise Friedrich Nietzsche gave to men in identifying a suitable partner. Thomas Aquinas formulated: "Love is the ability to perceive what is similar in what is dissimilar." "Everyone gets the partner he deserves - whether he likes it or not" is the title of a book by Herman Mayer, a Munich researcher into partnership and destiny. How different may - or should - two lovers be in order to make a long lasting, fulfilled partnership possible? Do birds of a feather generally flock together here, or do opposites attract?
Similarity is, in principle, clearly an important element in a partnership. It can be noted that couples after decades of being together often more or less strongly resemble each other the way they look. Robert Zajonc of the University of Michigan carried out a study to find out why this is the case. He evaluated photographs of many couples taken over the years. He was able to establish that two partners appearances after a remarkable period of 25 years together showed that they both demonstrably looked more alike. There was a further interesting correlation: those couples indicating that they live in a particularly happy relationship, had grown to look even more similar.
Similarity in what? According to the renowned New York social psychologist Art Aron, the reason why two people choose each other "often lacks a clear logic". In his "theory of self-expansion" he names one major driving force: Man is continually striving to increase the control over his life. " This is why in principle he feels particularly attracted by opposites, as they promise a maximum degree of self-expansion", Aron explains. On the other hand, the chances of establishing a partnership at all are greatest with a person similar to oneself. The key to answering the question as to whether similar or dissimilar natures are beneficial for a long-lasting, fulfilled relationship lies in my view, in a detailed analysis of the idea of the similarity. On what level, for example, should similarity be judged? With regard to character? Moral concepts? Interests? In a 2006 study at the University of Munich in which 440 participants were asked about the most important criteria of a successful partnership, 86.5 per cent of the men and 93.0 per cent of the women indicated 'shared values/attitudes', and 63.9 per cent of the men and 65.9 per cent of the women 'mutual interests/hobbies'. Quite tellingly, the wish for things in common was considerably less important in the responses for short-term sexual relationships. A subsequent survey of couples in the same study shows that mutual values actually constitute a highly relevant factor: With loyalty, tolerance, trust, honesty and respect, more than two-thirds of the respondents said that their moral concepts were in line with those of the partner.
What raises the risk of separation? The results of the study are interesting regarding circumstances that can significantly alter the risk of separation in partnerships and thereby endanger or favour a fulfilling, long-term partnership. The risk of separation rises with big differences in education between the partners. It decreases, however, with a household structure based on work sharing, matching values and fulfilled expectations. Unreasonably high, and therefore unfulfilled expectations are a problem in many relationships today. This can be related to a development that increasingly grants sexual love the status of a substitute religion and not infrequently defines happiness in life, as well as contentment, solely on how close one's relationship is to an imaginary ideal state of affairs. Today love is expected to provide what in former times was sought in religion: fulfilment, upliftment, vibrant intimacy. Therefore social scientist speak of love as the 'secular religion' of the age.
Personality and life experience. A study conducted at the University of Iowa, published in the February 2005 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, underscored the importance of matching personalities of the partners. 291 newlyweds were tested on attitudes and aspects of relationship qualities. Eva Klohnen and colleagues concluded that 'similarities in personality and life experience are actually the most important prerequisite for the success of a romantic relationship, and what exercises attraction initially seldom proves a guarantee of a happy relationship. (....) ' For years similarities in personalities played the crucial role: It was assumed that the behaviour on matters of conscience and the attitude towards the environment, family and children need to match. Similar ideas on what is considered worthwhile is the foundation for a long, harmonious relationship and the prerequisite that love does not break up due to different approaches to problem solving in the daily life or to long-term planning, as the research team found in a study.'
Similarity determines the choice of the partner Various studies show how the similarity between romantic partners even manifests on a physical level and visible matches influence the choice of partner from the outset. In an experiment the British psychologist David Parrett at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, took portrait photographs of experimental subjects and with special computer software changed male faces to female and vice versa. Afterwards he presented the test subjects with a series of pictures of the other sex and let their attractiveness be assessed. Among these faces there was also one with their own likeliness, which, however, due to the digital manipulation looked more male or female. Many of the viewers found the opposite-sex counterpart of their own image exceptionally attractive. While they also did not recognise themselves, they felt an appeal nonetheless.
Similarities of inner values The resemblance in looks or attractiveness actually say nothing about the success of a partnership. Much more important than the exterior are the much cited 'inner values' - even in this like attracts like: same interests and hobbies, similar attitudes, values and outlook, similarities in background, culture, religiosity, education, intelligence, lifestyle and aims in life. I think that here the conformity of interests and hobbies should not be overrated, because just in this area different orientations can lead to an increased measure of versatility and fresh perspectives. It is primarily about deeper commonalities; resemblance is not the same as similarity.
The similarities which may make sparks fly at the beginning of a relationship, are quite different from those that ensure long-lasting happiness and contentment. At first it is perhaps similar temperaments and interests, and later fundamental values right up to religion, which connect. Without decisive matches in character, love has no chance in the long run.
Complementary qualities are crucial When we speak here of 'decisive matches in character', this should not be interpreted as that the partner should preferably have the same character traits. On the contrary, this would entail the risk of a mutual affirmation and encouragement also with regard to weaknesses and extremes. The essentially important balancing moment would be missing and the complement of the qualities (still) lacking in the other.
Yet in the search for a partner we evidently even look for this necessary balance. Although we choose people who have similar characteristics, we only do this as long as such qualities are those we like in ourselves. But if it is a characteristic, we personally perceive as weakness, then we certainly look for the matching counterpart. A rather introverted person, who would like to be more open, looks accordingly for an extroverted partner, who brings him a step nearer to his ideal image. Also Abd-ru-shin points out in his work In the Light of Truth - The Grail Message that 'already at birth every human being brings along certain qualities, the harmonious development of which can only be achieved through those with matching qualities. These matching qualities are not identical, however, but complementary to the others, and in completing each other they obtain their full value. ' In this state of full value all the strings sound in a harmonious chord. If the one partner is complemented to full value by the other partner, then the latter will also receive full value through the former, and in their union, that is, in their living and working together, the harmonious chord will resound. Such is the marriage which has been made in heaven.'
Longing for completion In his work "In the Light of Truth" Abd-ru-shin declares the Attraction of Homogenous Species to be one of the basic Laws of Creation. Following this statement he was asked: "How is it then that extremes make contact whereas like poles repel each other? This can be observed everywhere, even among human beings. Good wives on the whole do not really have special husbands, while good husbands often have remarkably bad wives, and so on. Many such examples could be quoted." Abd-ru-shin replied: "When I speak of the Universal Law of the Attraction-Power of Homogenous Species, it is not a matter of a small part-species like those referred to in the question. If you wish to speak of homogenous species in the Universal Law, you must first be clear about what a species really is! Positive electricity, for instance, as well as a bad wife or a bad husband, is by no means a species of its own, such as takes effect in the Universal Law: Positive and negative parts crowd together, because only with many other parts can they form a species. Moreover, the crowding together of the various part-species is a direct effect of the Law of the Attraction Power of Homogenous Species, which compels the parts belonging to a complete species to find one another and unite." When you deliberate over this answer, the apparent contradiction between "attraction of homogenous species" and "attraction of opposites" is solved. Thus the sexual desire for a union is based on the splitting of the species "human spirit". The male and female attract each other, as each species in Creation strives for completion.
This striving and longing for completion, of which we are generally unaware, may also form the basis of our choice of partner. Therefore we often favour a partner whose personality expresses something that we are lacking and who therefore complements us in a certain way. So, if sometimes it is said that two people "do not really match" , they may still match after all! "Everyone gets the partner he deserves - whether he likes it or not" is the title of a book by Herman Mayer, a Munich researcher into partnership and destiny. He refers to the great power of this hidden striving for completion, while we often judge others merely by their outward behaviour. "For some non-smokers it would be unimaginable to associate with a smoker.(...) But perhaps it is just the smoker, of all people, who has the qualities and abilities that harmonise with our own disposition and would enhance our happiness?" If we judge another person by his weaknesses or faults, there is something we should take into account: the very fact that we reject something may be evidence to suggest that inside us we unconsciously have the same deficiency of which we have not yet freed ourselves -"Thou beholdest the mote that is in they brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye".
An aversion to something can be an indication that we still bear this very flaw unconsciously in ourselves. If we wish to have a different partner with whom we will supposedly be happier, we first have to change ourselves! In the way he behaves, our partner always holds a mirror up to us reflecting our own behaviour, which we may have suppressed. We should have the courage to look into that mirror instead of shying away from it.
When a quiet, introverted man meets a loud, fun-loving woman, the two can still be on the same "wave-length", because they are connected by a sound and healthy desire for attachment and union. In addition, two people can be attracted to each other by the similarity (homogeneity) of a certain aspect of their volition, and a good partnership is ideally characterised by both facets. On the one hand, a congenial inner orientation is required, on the other hand the partners should complement each other so that the personalities of both are strengthened and furthered. This process of development involves work and the effort to refine oneself, and it is unlikely that in everyday life this can be effected without any conflicts. A probable reason why marriages that last a life-time have become so rare is that only a few are prepared to undertake the work. This means, however, that the people concerned miss valuable opportunities for personal development, and consequently the general egoism continues to escalate.
The wish for a free and independent life allows for only short-term relationships - as does the restless search for "the right partner", bound up with unrealistic expectations. Today, a frequent change of partners - caused not least of all by poor role models - has long become socially acceptable, even if ultimately such a way of life brings many disappointments and inflicts deep wounds upon the souls.
It is to be hoped that our disorientated world will undergo a reformation and that many people will recognise the intrinsic value of working on a true partnership and marriage.
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Sources: Corinna Huebener (Or is he the right one after all). Quoted from Abd-ru-shin, "Questions and Answers." Stiftung Gralsbotschaft Stuttgart 1972 Siegwalt Lindenfelser (Do only birds of the same feather flock together? ) Friedrich Nietzche: Human, All Too Human http://www.livescience.com/8384-couples-start.htlm Dvit Perret, In your Face. The New Science of Human Attraction Abd-ru-shin, In the Light of Truth -The Grail Message, Vol1, Lecture: "Marriage".
Every person has the power to think good or evil thoughts and thoughts have a profound influence on our and other peoples well being. I once attended a seminar where my trainer used a simple test to illustrate how thoughts can have a powerful effect on another person’s mind and body, even at a distance.
He asked for a volunteer stand at the front of the room with his back to the audience. He then did a muscle test (Kinesiology is another word for muscle testing), by having him say “Love”. The result was a strong muscle response. Then he asked the volunteer to say “Hate” and again he did a muscle test, which showed now a weak response. (Muscle testing is usually used to access the internal computer and the body will show muscle weakness if something bothers it and muscle strength if something is true or healthy for the person)
After making sure that we were ready for the demonstration, our trainer instructed the volunteer to keep his eyes closed and his mind clear. He then instructed us the audience that when he give the thumbs-up signal behind his back, we should silently send positive thoughts to the volunteer, such as “I love you”, or “You are wonderful”. If he gives the thumbs down signal, we were to think negative thoughts about the volunteer, such as “You annoy me”, or “You are disgusting”. At his thumbs up we did send positive thoughts and he did a muscle test, which resulted in strong muscle response. Then he gave the thumbs down and we did send negative thought energy to the volunteer. The trainer tested the arm again and his arm was weak. The test was done with different volunteers and all had the same results. The recipient of the different thoughts always also reported that they felt “well” when the audience did send positive thoughts, and somehow “unwell” or irritated when the audience did send negative thoughts. The muscle test only highlighted the result, but everybody can feel if there are positive or negative energies.
Think about your own examples. Perhaps you remember a time when you were sick and lots of people did send you their love and well wishes, or on your birthday when lots of people think on you in a positive way. I literally tend to feel elated on my birthdays as the thoughts of my friends and family lift me, even though most of my family and friends live in Europe whereas I am here in Australia.
So thoughts have an effect. If our thoughts have such a powerful effect on others, they also have such a powerful effect on ourselves and we can imagine that if we want a happy, healthy outer life we first have to start with building it within ourselves.
In the book “The Emotion Code” written by Dr. Bradley Nelson, he states: “Medical research experiments have repeatedly shown that there are measurable positive effects on the body when we feel love and appreciation toward someone else. The same beneficial affect occurs in your own body when you are on the receiving end- when love and appreciation are being broadcast toward you. Scientists have discovered that the electromagnetic signals radiating from your heart are actually detectable in the brain waves of another person. “
Just imagine if more and more people would nourish love in them and send it to others and also adapt their action to live in a way to enhance other people’s physical, mental and spiritual happiness. What positive effect must that have on our surrounding and the world as a whole? We can literally start changing ourselves and others in an uplifting way. The awareness about our responsibility we have concerning our thinking became also much clearer through the wonderful contribution of a Japanese scientist, Masaru Emoto, which enhanced our understanding about the energetic world we live in. His book entitled “The Hidden Messages in Water”, details Mr. Emoto’s research into the crystalline structure of water. Mr. Emoto and his colleagues found that water droplets would form widely different crystalline patterns or “snowflakes” after being exposed to different kinds of music and then frozen. Exposure to acid rock music, for example, would result in a much disrupted crystal, while a Mozart symphony would result in a beautifully formed crystal. He also took examples of “healing waters” like the Water in Lourdes (France), which showed a beautiful crystal. Taking their research further showed that by writing different words or phrases onto a piece of paper, and then taping the paper to a vial of water and leaving it overnight, different crystalline structures would result. The phrase “I love you” would invariably result in a symmetrical, well-shaped and beautiful ice crystal, while the phrase “I hate you” would result in a very asymmetrical and disrupted crystal. The most intensely beautiful ice crystals of all were formed when water was exposed overnight to the phrase “Love and Appreciation”. Remember that your body is over 70% water. In the end everything you intend for another person, will have an effect on yourself. Also realize what effect this must have if you are angry for many days or weeks, how this must effect the water (blood) in your own body? Can you see how important it is to maintain thoughts of positivity instead of negativity? Here is an example from Masaru Emotos water crystal photos. Please visit his website to find all images I refer to in this blog. www.masaru-emoto.net/english/water-crystal.html
For all the people who are careful or scoff and laugh about “finer” things they cannot grasp with their physical means, here we have material proof. More and more scientists agree nowadays that everything consists of light, vibration and information. If we realize that our thoughts have such a big effect on our surrounding, on others and ourselves we will strive to think and do only good.
Message from Water In his book “The Messages from Water”, Masaru Emoto describes an interesting school experiment with two glass jars filled with boiled rice: the children of a primary school showered thoughts and words of gratitude on one jar, the other they treated with rejection and the derisory “You fool!” The result: the rice in the jar to which the children said “thank you” had a golden-yellow color, was almost fermented and had a pleasant malt aroma. The rice in the glass to which the children said “You fool!” was black, rotted and had a beastly stench.
Masaru Emoto’s experiments in treating samples of water to music produced similarly remarkable results. Water that was treated to classical music formed the most beautiful crystals. On the other hand, water that was treated to a heavy-metal track and its foul lyrics formed no crystals.
But the most astonishing experiment of all was when Emoto froze and photographed a sample of water from his home town, Shinagawa, Tokyo. No crystal images could be seen on the developed picture. This was obviously poor quality water. Now he asked 500 of his students, who lived all over Japan, to send good thoughts to the same water sample, which he placed on his desk on 2nd February 1997 at 14.00 hours, so that it might be purified. The result was astounding: the next photograph of this water shows a beautiful crystal formation!
FAR-REACHING RESPONSIBILTY Many research results show clearly that thoughts do have an effect, which has not been reckoned with up till now. To explain such an effect, one must assume that thoughts consist of something, thus are not a nothing, since where there is an effect there must also be some cause, otherwise there could be no effect. And so it should now be assumed that the thoughts of human beings are not merely a brain-bound manifestation, but reach beyond the personal circle of the person without being limited to a locality or impeded by distance. The observations, recognitions, investigations and experiments described above speak clearly for the fact that thoughts go out as "works" from us human beings, and as such affect the material world - in an upbuilding or destructive manner, always exactly according to our volition. Many books on the strength and power of thoughts have already been published. Especially informative explanations about this interesting and important subject are offered in the Grail Message "In the Light of Truth". You can not only learn that thoughts have an effect, but also how they develop, how they work, what laws they follow and what this means for the individual human being as for the entire human race. In addition, the book gives helpful hints on how each individual can deal with his thoughts so as to be able to lead a successful and happy life. What is remarkable in this connection is that in the Grail Message the fact of the effect of our thoughts, which found proof only recently through the afore-mentioned investigations, has already been demonstrated more than 80 years ago.
THE MESSAGES FROM WATER THE WORK OF MASARU EMOTO
"By showing me this you have complicated my life", was the comment of a man when he was introduced to the work of Masaru Emoto. Generally, people believe that thoughts are "duty-free", that they have no value or power in themselves, and that responsibility only arises from the outwardly expressed word or action. Have you stood in a crowd and felt someone's eyes "boring" into you? You turned round and caught that someone, known or unknown to you, indeed staring at you? Or have you been the one caught staring? What pressure, what influence alerted the person being stared at? You may have been to a place for the first time and had strange feelings about the place, either pleasant or unpleasant. Later, you learn that some event synonymous with your feelings occurred there maybe even a long time ago. Yet it has left its stamp on the place, has conditioned its atmosphere, and you perceive it clearly, especially when you are not expecting it and have no preconception of it. Could what "does not exist" and is therefore "harmless" in itself, exert such a pressure? Apparently yes or so the pictures of the crystals suggest. They reveal that human thoughts and words are real and potent enough directly to influence water and profoundly affect, for good or ill, its quality. It was this logical conclusion suggested by the photographs of the crystals that caused the man quoted above utters his lament. His life had become "complicated" because he could no longer live as before, with the attitude that his thoughts are "duty free" and his words have no intrinsic value, outside the meaning that he gives to them. He was forced by the evidence of the water crystals to accept greater responsibility for the happenings in his life than he was previously inclined to. Dr. Emoto, a Japanese healer and scientist, has developed a technique of capturing on film the response of water to various influences. By taking a photograph of an ice crystal of a selected water sample, using a microscope, Dr. Emoto is able to capture what seems to be intelligent reaction of the water to its experiences. He has shown that water not only reacts characteristically to pollution and other physical influences, but also to subtler influences of words, music and even thoughts. Generally, benevolent influences evoke beautiful crystals that seem accurately to express the nature of the influence. While malign stimuli are unable to form crystals at all and rather result in forms that are as unpleasant in appearance as the stimuli themselves.
METHODOLOGY Dr. Emoto carries out this work under laboratory conditions. He takes a photograph of the crystal formed when a sample of neutral distilled water is frozen. A clear crystal does not usually result, but an indeterminate assembly of the molecules, which have not been clearly organised by any impression. This serves as a base from which to observe and verify subsequent changes to the structure of the water crystals. Then he subjects the water, contained in a small phial, to a specific influence - words, picture, music or prayer. He inscribes the word or words on the phial directly, or on a sticker fixed to the phial. The picture he wraps round the phial, while with music he places the phial between two loudspeakers. The phial is subjected to the particular influence for at least 30 minutes, and then the samples are titrated into Petri dishes and frozen. Subsequently the samples are place under the microscope in a cold room and photographed at high magnification. The resulting pictures are always striking. The surprise they evoke is usually because they are true to our expectations of them in terms of values even though the crystals are not fashioned directly by human hand. That which we generally accept as good, comes out looking beautiful and symmetrical while what we would judge as bad or even evil does not form crystals, but rather chaotic patterns ranging from the merely unpleasant, aesthetically speaking, to the hideous. In between these two extremes are various degrees of flawed beauty reflecting the imperfections of otherwise benevolent influences. In this regard it could be useful to mention that pure natural influences evoke beautiful, wholesome hexagonal crystals, as do the good thoughts and words of human beings. IMPLICATIONS Emoto`s work which is taking the Western world by storm shows that our thoughts, words and actions have a potency of their own, regardless of our real intentions. And this potency affects the water around us in profound ways. It is as though the natural substances around us record everything we think and do, in a way that makes us the prime beneficiaries of the results of our own expressions. One need only consider that human and animal bodies consist mainly of water ( approximately 66 percent) to realise that what we think and say, by virtue of this effect, powerfully influence our well-being and that of the person to whom the words are directed, and even others who may just happen to hear them. By extension, it is not hard to imagine that the other elements in nature may absorb and react to these influences as well, recording them in an as yet undetected fashion. The implications for the quality of life are far-reaching. Man can do more than he does presently to improve the quality of his life. It could be inferred that we are not nearly as restricted as we have hitherto thought by how much money we may have, or how much access we have to various material resources and opportunities. Rather the major restrictions to the quality of life may lie in the direction of what comes out of us, what degree of self-discipline and refinement of thought and expression we are prepared to cultivate in natural consideration for our neighbour. One need only think of children, and the words to which they are often subjected to begin to sense the magnitude of the responsibility that is largely ignored by adults. Very often we scold them with cruel words in the hope of making a beneficial impression on them. How different is the impression when considered from the viewpoint of Emoto`s work, which is nothing contrived, but rather a series of keen observations of natural processes that have been active even before the advent of man in his immense universe. Our hard words can often directly contribute to ill health and the unhappiness of those to whom they are directed, whether child or adult.
RESPONSIBILTY Emoto`s observations have a value in themselves, in that they help people become aware of the power and effect of their everyday activities of thinking and speaking. Beyond this, these observations can also provide clues to understanding the inherent lawfulness of the universe in which we exist. From this, basic life principles can be discerned which will prove to be valuable guides to man, so that his activity may be of a more wholesome and goal-conscious nature than it has been so far, in all walks of life. Already, these perceptions lead to a new understanding of old wisdom. "It is not that which enters a man`s mouth that defiles him, but that which goes out from a mans mouth." How much clearer does this saying of Christ become in the light of these new perceptions. For indeed the effect of thought and speech on the body's moisture will have an incisive influence on the state of the body's health. In particular, the role of the blood is relevant here. It consists of an even higher percentage of water than the rest of the body, and, as the main transport medium, plays the key role in the overall condition of health in the body at any time. Furthermore, when Christ spoke of it being "more blessed to give than to receive" we can infer that by giving, in the form of thoughts, words and deeds born of goodwill and where relevant, heartfelt gratitude, we earn more blessings for ourselves than we get from receiving gifts of whatever kind. For when we "give" in the true sense of the word, our goodwill and gratitude may directly affect ourselves and our own surroundings in an uplifting and beautifying way. The blessing lies in the reciprocity of our thoughts and deeds, which is implied by the crystals. This uplifting and refining effect of our nobler expressions may not manifest in its full strength immediately, though there will be certain immediate benefits, but it is conceivable that with time a significant momentum could accumulate that could work most powerfully and effectively to change and uplift man and his environment. The inverse would also be true, the destructive expressions of man arising out of malevolence of one kind or another would, it seems the crystals tell us, have a cumulative effect of a similar nature. This would lead to correspondingly unpleasant and disruptive conditions that would bring much misery and suffering to men. In the course of time such negative influences could become so mighty and lead to catastrophes of such magnitude that utterly dwarf their apparently insignificant beginnings. Consider what disaster can be unleashed by an avalanche, which however, is made up of innumerable innocuous snowflakes. The words "small causes, great effects" and "what a man sows that shall he reap" seem to be especially relevant here. In the light of the spate of natural disasters of increasing frequency that characterized most decades of the last century and continue unabated in the new century, the thinking man is urged to ask what proportion of the upheavals can be ascribed to "blind chance" and what proportion to the effect of the violent and frequently malign emotions he indulges in the illusion that his thoughts are "free" and are without any effect on material substance.
Masaru Emoto is certainly of this opinion and through the Internet he frequently organizes joint prayer sessions of love and gratitude targeted at polluted waters in various parts of the world, as well as at events requiring the compassion of man for his fellow man in need.
OUTLOOK Many events in the world today are putting pressure on man to change and expand his worldview. The discoveries of Masaru Emoto amongst others can serve to point us in a direction in which we can become aware of the intimate connection between man and the universe; a connection that indicates a far greater responsibility for the weal and woe of our environment and or destiny than we have up to now been prepared to conceive of and accept. Such acceptance of responsibility and the appropriate adjustment to it in goodwill may mark the beginning of a new and more peaceful era of man's existence on this earth.
Dear reader: The following is a short extract from Book 4 of The Manual for more Joy in Life, that I put together a few years ago for my own clients. It is about Protection of the Soul. Protection of our Soul is something that most of us long for. There are actually many ways how we ourselves breach that protection and open up for getting hurt. Here is a short extract of my book that might be perhaps helpful for some. (Please note, some of the things are in depth explained in the Manual for more Joy in Life and only shortly touched here.)
Something I come across almost daily in my practice is the wish for people to feel protected from emotional hurt, and it is also a wish I share with each of my clients. Also I want to feel protected from hurt.
If we as such accept that we are human beings who wish to lead a meaningful life we naturally will want to develop our human qualities and follow the voice of our conscience. Someone who does not have such a desire does not need to read on. I believe that a normal human being will want to bring their talents into life and develop them for the benefit of their surrounding and themselves, we will want to contribute in different ways or we will want to be open for experiences of life to gain more understandings. In order to achieve this successfully we must feel sufficiently secure and protected to do this. Many people give up on their goal due to a lack of protection of their soul.
But what is it exactly that we want to protect? In terms of our inner life, that what we would like to protect is naturally our innermost self. We could also compare this innermost self with a treasure chest. It is filled with gifts, which are to be discovered, used and passed on. The gifts of intuition and the gifts of our spiritual nature and abilities. How I see it is that our innermost self originates in the spiritual planes, which lie much higher than the material world and are of a much finer substance. From there we go out, unconscious, carrying within us the abilities (gifts) which will allow us to become real human beings, if we unfold them. These include the ability to love, to freely decide, to take on responsibility, to use our creativity for the benefit of our surrounding and much more.
Here on earth, we have the possibility to mature through the greater frictions and resistances of various sorts, like a seed grain in the earth. Hence, we are here to develop ourselves, in order to eventually return conscious and matured to the plane of our origin from which we started out. Depending on which sphere we actually live in, this innermost self, our actual “ego” requires a cloak, a protection, a sort of instrument. Here on earth it is our physical body which serves our spirit as bridge between the inner and the outer world and enables it to be active. Upon laying aside our physical body at the earthly death, there only remains our innermost being with its finer cloaks, which is referred to as the “soul”. If we return developed to our origin in the spiritual realm, we also lay aside this finer soul covering and are human spirits in full maturity. Let us turn firstly to the body. If we give it the necessary attention, it forms a healthy soil for our spiritual devel- opment. To the pillars of this healthy soil belongs an individually matched nutrition, which also promotes the blood radiation suitable for the individual person, appropriate and harmonious movement, a free, flowing breath and a conscious “occupancy” of the body, taking into consideration its natural rhythms. I often find that Therapeutic Magnetism treatments support this proper connection between body and soul and help the soul to properly inhabit their body. We can refer to the body as a dwelling for our inner self, which would also like to be inhabited, that is, animated. This process occurs naturally from the inside outwards. The more I am “in me”, “with me”, the more radiated or animated does the body become from the inside. In this way, the body forms a natural protection for the soul. The body surrounds and protects the soul. If we feel protected we feel safe and happy. Lots of people have the wish to feel more protected again. In what way do we harm our natural protection? Our life, indeed the entire Creation is permeated and borne by clear laws. Just as we can recognize it in Nature, so they also permeate the human being, in fact on all the levels mentioned: the physical, emotional and the spiritual. If we entrust ourselves to them, then we are protected in a natural manner. However, we are far too unfamiliar with and unaware of this lawfulness, therefore we often act contrary to it, and, as a consequence, we harm ourselves. The injuries hit us painfully on the physical and even on the emotional level and affect the deepest perceptions of our spirit.
I assume that in the long chain of earth lives, we have all experienced hurt in some manner because for the most varied of reasons we were not accepted in our own way by the people close to us. Each person would have found different ways to react and adapt to the situation, be it through perfectionism, external achievements, struggles, by retreating or by “swimming with the stream”, until he achieving some form of acceptance, but at the cost of his own nature and identity. This behaviour weakens the inner abilities and thus means less protection. Conversely, we protect ourselves more, the more we are true to ourselves and live according to our abilities and deploy them beneficially. Each person is like a flower, and just as poppy, arnica, bluebell, daisy and so on, all shine in their own way and their own beauty, each person should also be true to himself. The beauty and perfection of the whole arises from the variety of characteristics.
Often we but deny ourselves to be unique and truly who we are.
Why are we sometimes playing a role, which does not suit us? Lets look for example at the role of “The fighter”. Naturally there are many other roles people can play. Sometimes we adapt a role with which our inert self is not happy with. Often we believe we achieve something through this, like more protection, more love and recognition or the ability to control. Thinking deeper we will but realize that we become unauthentic with this and experience an inner conflict. Deep down we know that we actually “lie”. We are not living in accordance with the language of our Soul/Spirit that talks to us through our deep intuitive perception. Playing a role leads to inner conflict and a general sense of uneasiness. We literally carry a masque and deny who we truly are and how we truly feel. This again leads to a loss of protection and a loss of energy. People who were deeply hurt and not have dealt with that properly also often tend to put on a role in order to shield ones deep inner feelings and vulnerabilities as they believe that this helps them to not getting hurt again. This can lead to denying and lying to others and in the end as they carry a masque they always live in the struggle to keep up the masque and not get caught in their lie. Some people wear their masque for many years until something happens, perhaps a new shock, some unexpected surprise which turns their world upside down and which results in a deep crack in the masque they carry and invites them to look at their life and perhaps to open up to a new insight of how to deal with their problems in a better and more healthy way. Sometimes to work with a professional can make a huge difference too as another person can sometimes help us see ourselves more clearly when we have played a role for a long time.
Being authentic A person feels protected when he is authentic and genuine. Then such a person has a clear connection to their deep intuitive perception and with that also a connection directly to the source. We have to strive to allow this inner self to live, to unfold. When we have played a role for a long time we can ask ourselves: What does this core self need in order to live and to become sound once again? To find this out we have to learn to listen to this inner self, we have to allow ourselves again to listen to this inner voice to this inner guidance again. Imagine a stream, which always has a connection with the source. Our inner self is always in connection with the Source. But only when our inner self opens itself up can it link up with the luminous realms, with the origin, the primary source. In opening we are empty and only thus can something flow inwards. The sense of this statement can only become accessible to us, if we try it out, every day anew.
Normally we are used to opening ourselves wide and thereby something alien and uncomfortable often reaches us. In opening ourselves upwards, however, we receive help, ideas and new possibilities from which we can then draw from. We open us to new energy, uplifting vibrations and guidance which will strengthen us.
A quotation from Saint-Exupery on the subject makes that quite clear:” The modesty in the heart does not demand that you humble yourself, but that you should open yourself. That is the key to the exchange. Only then can you give and receive. And I cannot differentiate the one from the other; these two words are certainly the same path. Humility is not subjugation beneath people, but beneath God. So, as the stone is not subject to the stones, but to the temple. When you serve, you serve the work.” (from “The Wisdom of the Sands”)
If we open ourselves, we allow something to slowly develop which gives us the greatest possible protection, namely trust, a sense of basic trust and finally trust in God and inner confidence. Let us have a look at the term “confidence” and the words associated with it; one of its aspects is self-confidence; if you have confidence in yourself, thus the courage to act; and actually do something, confidence grows. Apart from that, “making yourself confident” is suggestive of getting to know something, to understand it, to make it your own. By entrusting ourselves to the Creative, Natural and Living Laws, by getting to know and understand them, our confidence grows and, as a consequence, the confidence in God can slowly strike roots and gradually grow upwards, giving us inner protection and support and healing our wounds. The way there demands strong efforts and inner struggle. Personally, what helped me most in the difficulties that I encounter in my own life is the recognition that nothing happens to me arbitrarily, at random or by chance, but that I myself have given cause to the respective occurrence – that suits me. And thereby I could recognize the painful situations as help, though often only in hindsight. The knowledge that anything destructive and bad arises only from the human being, is also quite comforting. The Light does not know Darkness. “In the Light of Truth – The Grail Message” is to be understood in this sense: “With ascent, however, the dangers always lie behind every human spirit and never in front of him – he should be aware of this!” Confidence in God cannot be forced; it can only grow in us when we open ourselves. Our longing, our seeking filled with yearning is the driving power to once again achieve the greatest protection for our soul.
Here I share with you an exercise that might help you in becoming authentic again: Think on an area in your life you want to have more inner clarity about. Now do following: Go into silence! Make yourself free of thoughts. Protect yourself from all influences which surround your mind. Disconnect from all the voices which come from outside and want to suggest to you what or what not to do. Disconnect from all fashionable ideas, what others suggest you have to be or not have to be. Make yourself free from all your own calculating ideas. The wisdom of the ages tell us how easily life can destroy what we have so vividly counted on. Listen instead to these capabilities in you- which urge to unfold, to blossom and mature.
Then ask yourself, what kind of love lives in you, love for what? And consider seriously for what you would give up your most valuable.
Be patient…….There will come this special time when you will sense something deeply true coming up in you......... and often this inner truth will be presented in you in images or deep intuitive perceptions.
What do these images show you? What do these images or intuitive perceptions awake in you? Is it perhaps a sense of pain? ..................Then pull yourself together to soothe and heal it. Perhaps a dream of light and sparkling beauty? .................Then let yourself get inspired!
Do not hesitate if obstacles come into your way. Contentment is not the beginning of the path- you will find it at the end. The beginning is the deep wish to transform your inner pictures or your inspirations into an outward reality. It is your personal purpose which you got in touch with. It is up to you to bring it into deed!
Write down what came up in you!
To be authentic and in that also more protected demands constant effort. There are many other areas that play into that. In Book 4 of the Manual for more Joy in Life I describe and add exercises that address many areas that help us to live a more authentic and protected life. Feel free to download it here for free.
Many people intuitively feel that the colours that we surround ourselves with have an impact on us in many ways. Colour affects our mood, feeling and our activities significantly. Our human eye can recognise seven primary colours: red, yellow, orange, green, blue, indigo and violet. Yet, an infinite number of colours in terms of tones, nuances and shades can be attained by mixing primary colours. (Image on left is from Ruth Kuebler) How important colours are for us we show also with the manifold expressions in our language. For instance, if we speak ill or enthusiastically of something we describe it in the darkest or brightest colours: or some account is coloured because it does not correspond entirely with reality. As soon we admit our conviction, we show our true colour; and if we want to stress a point and present it more vividly we simply give it more colour.
But also in personal life colour is of importance, even in the choice of wall colours or our clothing, according to personal taste. Nature mediates to us the right experiencing of colours. All the colours that are combined in the rainbow are found individually again in manifold ways in the Nature around us, be it the green of the meadows, forests and oceans, the blue of the sky, the golden yellow of the sun or the red of sunset and dawn, the violet of twilight and the colourful sparkling of the stars, not to speak of the many colours of animals, flowers, fruits and stones. Already the famous German poet Johann Wolfgang v Goethe recognised the great value of the colours and their powers, as is clearly evident from his theory of colours that he first published in 1810. Colours do radiate, and have definite wave-lengths. They bring us benefits of many kinds if we use them rightly. The way we see colours is the result of certain wavelengths of light reaching our retina and each colour corresponds to a particular wavelength or range thereof. What we observe is that the colour of an object can change depending on the ambient light, or even its degree of smoothness, or the colour of something else in the vicinity, such that we may sometimes wonder if the colour that we perceive is real or our senses are perhaps mistaken. All primary colours are contained in what we perceive as light, or, better said, the light contains all the colours within it, and each person, place or object manifests colour only according to how it reflects the light that falls upon it. How, then, is colour so powerful? Each colour of the spectrum has its characteristic qualities. -Red, which has the longest wave-length, has a stimulating, rousing effect, it awakens enthusiasm, courage, resolution, energy, aggressiveness and adventurousness. Fire and the pulsating blood are red. -Yellow radiates warmth, gives confidence, optimism, cheerfulness and freedom from care. "Yellow-toned" people have sunny natures. -Green. Nature offers us green in rich abundance. With "Mother Green" we recover from the bustle of everyday life. How calming and strengthening it is when our eyes rest on green meadows, for "colour-vision" also influences the mind. Green symbolises hope, growth, ripening, the not yet complete that still gives hope of fulfilment! -Blue is a cool colour and has a calming effect on a human being. Good results are achieved when abnormally agitated people are put in blue rooms. The cold ice-blue of winter is more indicative of what is contracting, hardening, inward-turning, while the light blue of the sky mediates faithfulness and constancy. -Violet is connected with man's relationship to God. Trustful faith in God, veneration of God and respect for His Laws are a part of it. Violet is the colour of ceremony, of dignity, and finally the expression of highest wisdom and recognition. -Orange gives warmth, cheers, and fills one with the joy of life. Of course there is also a close relationship between colour and temperament.
Colours play an important part in healing therapies. Here diseased parts of the body are irradiated with coloured light. In this connection red has a stimulating effect; it expands the vessels, stimulates the circulation and increases the red blood corpuscles. Yellow warms, animates and strengthens. Green is related to the organs of digestion, including the liver and gall-bladder. "To turn yellow with jealousy and green with envy" indicates diseases of the greenish gall-bladder and the liver (yellow skin colour). Blue allays pain, calms overwrought nerves, helps to contract and tightens the connective tissue. It is also said to have a favourable effect on the lymphatic system.
A completely different method from colour-radiation in cases of physical diseases is the direct action of colour on the blood-radiation. Here coloured stones, which must always be individually composed, are brought into contact for a longer period with the blood-circulation at specific points of the body. The blood-radiation is so altered through the coloured stones that it is able to absorb radiations from the Universe, which gradually provide spirit and body with new up building and refreshing powers.
Even ancient Egyptians in their healing art used the colours of precious stones, with which they treated diseased parts until the balance was restored in the disturbed aura of the person. For this the healers had to be clairvoyant and able to see delicate radiations, or at least to have a very refined intuitive faculty. And still today there are persons so gifted. They are able at once to recognise points of disease, or rather a wrong vibration in the finer astral covering of man. -In India the healing power of precious stones has been used again in more recent times. In the Ayurvedic medicine in India, and in traditional Chinese medicine each organ in the body is associated with a colour. As late as the 19th century, European smallpox victims and their sickrooms were draped with red cloth to draw the disease away from the body. And for many years, doctors have used light in the blue spectrum to treat babies with jaundice. Today, colour therapy is a recognised form of complementary medicine and used in a variety of settings. During Therapeutic Magnetism Treatments we often use the vibration of a certain colour. Also in self-help if you develop more sensitivity you can get a sense which colour frequencies would be beneficial for an organ for example. Sometimes to simply focus on the weakened part of your body and ask, what colour would it need right now to get better, will give you an intuition for the right colour vibration. For example one of my clients who had the tendency to depressive thinking found it very helpful to lay her right hand on her solar plexus and visualise yellow vibration to flow into that area for 5 minutes daily. It lifted her mood significantly while conducting that self-treatment and she reports that she is now in general and on an ongoing basis in a more positive mood throughout the day. To take good care of our own body it is beneficial to sense towards our body in order to decipher which kind of colour vibrations the body needs. That the different chakras resonate in different colours is also widely known. In our Biomagnetic Healing Seminars we teach colour treatment of the chakras in self-help. The self help exercise is called the coloured light bath. Here we absorb the colour's frequency and guide it into the responsible chakra. Colour Red for the Root chakra, Colour Orange for the Navel chakra, Colour Yellow for the Solar Plexus chakra, Colour Green or Pink for the Heart chakra, Colour Light Blue for the Throat chakra, Colour Indigo for the Third Eye chakra, Colour Violet or White for the Crown chakra. Where a large amount of the respective colour frequency is required, the person begins to experience a deep warmth.
But beyond healing you can use the understanding about colour in your everyday life with the choice of colour in clothing or jewellery.
Yellows and reds can increase a persons energy when feeling exhausted and drained, while blues and greens can soothe excessive energy, irritability and hyperactivity. But all other colours like described above can be used in clothing, jewellery and home decoration also in their different tones and mixes.
Sadly today, being "fashionable" often means we find ourselves wearing the same colours, regardless of our mood and personality. Each one of us can begin to be more observant of how we feel when wearing a particular colour, how we feel emotionally, how effectively we function that day, and how our interactions with others turn out or how others react to us. In time, we will each begin to recognise which colours work for and against us. What may help one person may hinder another based on his or her temperament or personality.
We can ask ourselves, how we feel with a certain colour in our surrounding. Which colour is contributing to our wellbeing and which colour has a disturbing effect? One is not for all, so do I thoroughly enjoy lots of pink in my garden, while my sister in law prefers blueish tones.
The same goes for children. By observing your child closely you can learn which colours contribute to his or her calmness and centeredness, which enhance the ability to learn; and which are disruptive to behaviour. In fact the colour of a child's room, bedding or pyjamas can affect the quality of sleep.
A child with a fiery temperament will benefit from cool colours in the blue and green spectrum. My son's study room is painted mainly in blue for example and it fits well to him as an athletic, physically strong and active personality. For children who are emotionally or physically weak or extremely shy or fearful children they may benefit from warmer colours in the yellow-orange-red spectrum. As we become more aware of how our colours affect even the course of each day we will become more judicious in our choice of clothing and begin to express our personal choice in a way that subtly but decisively "colours" and determines our experiences of the day. While this might seem insignificant, the effects can be life-changing. For example, by paying attention to the colours one chooses at certain times, one can effectively counteract tendencies toward depression, anxiety, anger or even fear and discouragement.
Colour is indeed powerful....and integrating colour more consciously in our lives can improve our quality of life physically, emotionally and spiritually. With our own colourful radiation we can make manifold connections with the colour-rays of the Cosmos, and we are thus in a position to weave a many-coloured carpet of fate, with the most beautiful and purest of colours, if we at the same time observe and follow the self-acting Laws of Creation with care.
Another interesting point when we think on colour is the relation between colour and tone, and we must know that beyond earthly realms colour and tone are one. There colours sound and tones have colours, and the higher we go into Luminous Spheres, the more sharply do tone and colour stand out. That might sound weird to many of us as for us earth dwellers colour and tone appear to be separate, because only this way we are able to perceive them through our physical senses. But the memory of the unity of colour and tone in the extra-terrestrial regions still exists in the human language in words like "colour-tone" or when we give a lighter or darker "tone" to a picture. There are however sensitive persons who here on earth are able to experience colour and tone as a whole. For example, when the note C sounds on an instrument they see a ruby-red colour, for according to the order of Creation the seven colours of the rainbow correspond to seven keynotes, and interestingly enough also to the colours of the chakra system. Each colour belongs to a definite tone. These people who can perceive the colour and tone as one experience musical pieces as a glorious play of colours, rather like illuminated dancing water fountains. Therefore if we consider that beyond the gross material world colour and tone cannot be separated from each other, we perceive the whole of Creation as one mighty symphony of colours, in fullest harmony. All colour issue from the Divine Light or what we can call the Divine Primordial Power, and with the Creation words of "Let there be Light" it started to permeate Creation as glorious, sounding colour-radiations, right down to the World of Matter, where they manifest in Nature and give testimony of this wonderful happening. We can with our own colour radiation make manifold connections with the colour-rays of the Cosmos and the more consciously we integrate colour into our lives the more we can improve the quality of our life physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Everything in the Universe radiates. Think on the colours of a rainbow.
Everything radiates. Every star, every single object, all resembles a finely-cut prism passing on every ray it receives in numberless radiant hues.
Also food radiates
Healthy food is good for our body. It helps us to “vibrant” health. Modern photography techniques, such as the colour plate method, are making it possible to see the layers of energy (aura) around objects or people.
Flowers radiate too. Bach Flowers are so called Higher Plants and I explain in a moment more.
Also we radiate. Not only our body which is surrounded by the astral body (aura) but also our soul and spirit have an impact on our radiation, through its VOLITION.
The origin of a human is not in the material world but in the spiritual world. We come here on this earth to develop and learn, to acquire wisdom and to extinguish in us all what is wrong so that we can fulfil the purpose of our existence which lies in the development of our spirit towards perfection. In memory of our place of origin, we carry in us the longing to develop virtues, so higher ideal human qualities. The virtues of our Higher Nature. For example: Chastity, wisdom, compassion, love, peace, joyfulness, purposefulness, constancy, gentleness, the wish to serve, hope, humility, sense of beauty, loyalty, productivity, truthfulness, grace, modesty, diligence, creativity, the wish to protect, purity, strength, courage, daring, adroitness, genuine and pure womanly or gentlemanly nature and so on.
Our earth life is to be compared to a short time in our developmental history, like a school day in comparison to the whole life. Our spirit is eternal. To develop our deep inner spiritual qualities we have to listen to our spirit, which will talk to us through our deep intuitive perception, for example through our conscience.
If we transform these impulses into our daily lives through our personality, we feel happy. Our mental, emotional and physical health is dependent on the harmony between our personality and our soul (spirit). As long as there is harmony between our soul and personality, we experience joy and peace, happiness and health.
But we often miss doing this. If our human potential is unrealized, sooner or later, unhappiness will develop. The virtues that we failed to realize now show themselves in their shadow side as vices such as pride, cruelty, hatred, self-love, ignorance, greed, laziness, lack of knowledge, weakness etc. Blockages occur if the personality is obstructed from the connection to his inner voice, and instead of that follow earthly, egoistic desires or the personality gets distracted and disturbed through the influence and ideas of others. If this happens and a person does not live in accordance with the guidance of his soul a CONFLICT arises. As such there are two main mistakes: First the separation of soul (spirit) with the personality and second cruelty and wrong behaviour towards others. If we disregard the existence of our soul (spirit) and we do not follow its guidance we literally cut our umbilical cord to the source of life and turn away from the cosmic connection or like Dr. Bach said, “away from love”. If we would have enough love to all beings and things, we cannot unjustly hurt anybody, as such love would hinder us to think and do anything what could harm other beings without cause. If the personality could and would act in complete harmony with its Soul, then humans would live in perfect harmony. The universal energy of creation would flow freely and express itself in the life of the personality. If we disregard our inner voice, vices develop instead of virtues. Behind every vice lies a good virtue, but if the person goes away from his roots which connect him to the source of life, he goes away from the all embracing love, the pure power radiating through all creation, and through the distance to it, what a person does becomes estranged and darkened.
So it is about two things:
To follow our inner voice, the guidance of our conscience.
To develop enough love to all beings and things, so that whatever we do, think and say cannot harm others.
What should we do, if we discover mental conflicts or mistakes in us? “Don’t fight it, transform it. “
We should recognize our character weakness and mental errors, and the resulting behaviour pattern.
We should not fight the condition, as fighting it would only make it stronger. (What we focus on gets stronger.) We should acknowledge its existence without judgement. Healing does not lie in a battle against the weakness, and not in the use of willpower and energy to suppress what is wrong, but in a steady development of the opposite virtue, thus automatically washing from our nature all the trace of the offender. To struggle against a fault increases its power, keeps our attention riveted on its presence, and brings us a battle indeed. To forget the failing and consciously to strive to develop the virtue that would make the former impossible-this is true victory.
Then we find the appropriate Bach Flower remedy. Bach Flowers, as mentioned before, radiate, like everything radiates. The Bach Flowers are “plants of a higher order”. Each of them embodies a certain potential of the Soul that is expressed through its particular vibration. Each of these “floral” vibrational patterns corresponds to a matching Soul frequency within the human energy field. The Flower Essences open our channels to the messages of the Higher Self and they act in all layers of the aura. The actions of certain flowers, shrubs and trees that grow in the wild raise our vibrations and open our channels for the reception of the Spiritual Self to flood our natures with the particular virtue we need, and wash out from us the fault that is causing the harm. They are able, like beautiful music or any glorious uplifting thing that gives us inspiration, to raise our very nature and to bring us nearer to our Souls, and by that very act bring us peace and relieve our sufferings. They cure not by attacking the disease, but by flooding our bodies with the beautiful vibrations of a higher nature, in the presence of which disease melts away as snow in the sunshine. There is no true healing unless there is a change in outlook, peace of mind, and inner happiness.
Now reorient yourself toward the greater Unity, spiritual laws, your Inner Guidance and your own Life plan.
Lovingly apply the corresponding positive behaviour patterns to reconnect with your Higher Self and unlock your positive potential.
A young woman’s Higher Self would like to express its potential creativity and self-assurance in her personality, and sends appropriate impulses. The young woman repeatedly has the idea that she would like to open a flower shop. In the ideal case she will use the energy that comes to her from her Higher Self to ponder this. Finally she decides in favour of the idea and after having all the positive and negative experiences that are part of opening a business, she becomes a contented florist. What has happened? The potential of the Higher Self has been expressed successfully in the personality of this woman, and her personality has been enriched. However, the impulses of the Higher Self won’t always be accepted and fulfilled so unreservedly by an individual. The following might also occur: The young woman receives the impulse from her Higher Self and feels good about it. At the same time, though, she experiences a contrary feeling. A picture of her father flashes up in her memory; many years ago he had gone into bankruptcy with a flower business. She thinks,” I won’t be able to do this. Nothing will come of this!” Then she gets a serious case of the flu and finally rejects the idea. Later she tells a girlfriend that she does not feel competent enough to open a flower shop:” Others may be able to do such a thing, but not me. Anyway, flower shops are not what they used to be.” The result is that the energy impulse of her Higher Self is now blocked. The potential cannot be actualized.
What error has the personality made in this case? The young woman does not pay attention to her Inner Guidance, believing that the experience of her father is more relevant. She does not understand that she would not receive the steady impulse from her Higher Self to open a flower shop if it was not part of her Life Plan. The block that she unknowingly is setting up against her Inner Guidance causes the opposite to happen. What started out as creative energy turns into discouragement and the feeling of inability. Not only does this not enrich the personality; it makes it twice the poorer. First, a part of the woman’s potential and Life Plan remain unfulfilled and valuable creative energy is blocked. Second, the ensuing inner conflict regularly uses up additional psychic energy- energy that does not come from the inexhaustible source of the Soul, but rather draws on the resources of the personality, which then deprives other areas of energy they need for further development. If this prospective florist takes the Bach Larch Flower Essence, however-“For those who feel inferior to others”- what would be the effect? Having the same vibration as the energy potential of the Higher Self that wishes to express itself, it is able to make direct contact with this energy potential. It washes out the blockage, which is at a lower disharmonious frequency, flooding it with its own higher, harmonious frequency. The potential of the Higher Self is thus supported, and in turn the correct message gets through to the young woman and completely dissolves the rest of the blockage. In this example the young woman becomes aware of her lack of self-esteem and starts to see things differently. She might tell herself, “What happened to my father does not need to happen to me. Why should not I be capable of opening a store? I will try it and see what happens. If it does not work, at least I will have learned a great deal from it.” Of course, the whole process will never be as straightforward as has been depicted here, and obviously there will be setbacks and obstacles to overcome, but ultimately once the blockage has been resolved, the energy from the Higher Self can be used fully by the personality. At the same time the individual again has creative energy at her disposal that was previously spent on the daily maintenance of the negative avoidance reaction. The personality has become double enriched. Many people nowadays see only the material things and doubt the existence of their soul. This is the greatest disease of our time. Our soul does speak to us through our deep intuitive perception, our conscience.
To finish these explanations I want to point out shortly the law of Attraction, which is now talked about everywhere. What we give out we also will receive back. What we vibrate we also attract again. It could not be otherwise. What we Sow we will Reap. We cannot harvest rice if we have sown cucumber. This law is in the universe not only applicable to the world of matter but is also a spiritual law. What we sow in our thoughts and intuitive perceptions we will also receive back, or attract back and always strengthened or more then we have given out, as vibrations will attract similar and in that what comes back to us is strengthened. Everything has to come back from where it was first started. Also this is a law in the universe, the law of circulation. This is the reason why it is important that we realise that WE are the master of our fate and that we CAN in working on ourselves change our fate for ourselves. Every thought is energy and we will attract things, people and circumstances of similar vibration. Bad thoughts will attract bad experiences. Good thoughts will attract beneficial experiences. Our experiences are our mirror, from which we should learn and if we do not like what we experience we have the possibility to change, so that in the future only happiness can ensue from the radiations of our VOLITION. The Bach Flower Remedies can be helper to our good volition.
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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