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This awesome 3-part documentary has just been released by the Gnostic Movement.

It explains what Gnosticism is, and delves into the history of Christian Gnosticism. In doing so, it begins to tell the story of how conventional Christianity was let astray and isn’t true to the actual teachings of Jesus.

The Christian Gnostics have emerged in different forms throughout history, walking the hidden path towards spiritual transformation. Starting with the early years of Christianity, this video explores the Gnostic origins of Jesus and his disciples, and the secret aspects of Jesus’ teachings. It tells how the theology of Paul of Tarsus diverged from the Gnostic teachings of Jesus and came to compete with the Church of Jerusalem, which was led by Jesus’ disciples.

With the fall of the Church of Jerusalem, Pauline Christianity became dominant. Those who knew and practiced the secret heart of Jesus’ teachings went underground — hidden from view but continuing their quest for spiritual enlightenment.

Christian Gnostics, such as the Knights Templar and the Cathars of the middle ages, were deemed heretics and faced lethal persecution from the church, which was then at the helm of a powerful empire. Despite their continued persecution, the Gnostics continued to emerge and strive, as individuals made efforts to seek knowledge and enlightenment.

It’s a very interesting little documentary!!

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In this 8 minute video, spiritual teacher Belsebuub talks about the horrible effects negativity has on our lives and on the lives of those around us, and the importance of freeing ourselves from these subconscious states.

No one likes to be negative, and everyone wants to be happy. But simply trying to have a positive frame-of-mind isn’t enough, particularly when we are faced with situations that are unfair, or in difficult situations like an argument with a loved-one, or when someone has done something that hurts us. In these difficult times we can be taken hostage by negativity and become trapped within it, despite our best efforts not to be.

In order to permanently free ourselves from these states and to truly find peace, a serious work needs to be undertaken on our psyche. You can find out more about the techniques to do this here.

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Quote:

“People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It never was between you and them anyway.”

Mother Teresa.

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meditationimageYou hear the term ‘meditation’ thrown around a lot these days. While historically an Eastern tradition, it has become a popular craze sweeping throughout the Western world, and rightly so! There are a multitude of physiological and psychological benefits from meditation, including:

  • A deeper state of relaxation than that achieved during normal rest
  • A reduction in migraines and headaches (or any tension related pain)
  • Reduced anxiety, blood pressure and heart rate
  • Slowing of the aging process
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved perception and memory
  • Stronger immune system
  • Enhanced emotional state

white-buddahMeditation is a state that is experienced when the mind is silenced from all thoughts. Normally we are bombarded with a continual stream of internal chatter, but through quietening our mind, a blissful inner peace and tranquility can be achieved.

There are various techniques used to attain this state, all of which fall under two main categories; concentrative meditation, and mindfulness meditation. Concentrative meditation is where you focus your attention upon a certain thing such as your breathing or heart rate, or perhaps a candle or a mantra. Mindfulness mediation is a relaxed concentration upon the present moment, allowing you to consciously perceive the environment around you, or to become alert to the inner world of thoughts and emotions.

Today I am going to talk about particularly inspiring meditation practice; visualization of a place. This is especially beneficial for people (like myself) who have an extremely high-pressure, busy lifestyle as it allows you to ‘get away from it all’ at no cost, without even leaving your bedroom!

With this type of visualization you are using concentrated imagination to vividly create a scene in your mind’s eye, incorporating all of your senses to really bring the visualization to life.

Now, I want to point out there is a very big difference between concentrated imagination and fantasy, although many people confuse the two. With concentrated imagination, you are directing the concentrated mind to consciously imagine, explore or remember something, which is a very active process. Fantasy on the other hand is a passive process, whereby you let the mind wander on its own accord without conscious direction. Fantasy strengthens the subconscious and does not produce the benefits of meditation, therefore is not recommended.

Concentrated visualization strengthens the consciousness, and as such also strengthens faculties of the consciousness (of which I outlined in my ‘mantras for awakening psychic facilities’ post). This type of visualization can yield unexpected information about the place you are visualizing, for example sometimes you can ‘see’ things in your mind’s eye that are actually there. One time I was doing this practice in my bedroom, using my back-yard as the object of my visualization. During it I saw a ladder leaning against the side of the house, something not normally there. Later when I went outside, the ladder was exactly where I had seen it in my visualization! At first I thought maybe it had been there for a while and I had recorded it in my subconscious, but I asked the person I was living with at the time, and they told me that they had in fact put it there while I was lying down because they wanted to get something off the roof.

THE PRACITCE.

Preparation:

It can greatly assist your visualization to study photographs or footage of the place you are going to visualize. It is even better if you can actually go there – take in all the details you can about your chosen destination. When you are re-creating the scene in your mind’s eye, you want to incorporate as much details as possible – you want to be able to ‘feel’ what it is like to actually be there using all of your 5 senses to make it as vivid as possible.

candles1Your meditation area.

As with all meditation practices, preparation of your immediate environment is important. Make sure your surroundings are neat and tidy – a messy room reflects a messy mind. Keeping your meditation area is in order actually assists you in the practice, believe it or not!

You may also like to light some candles, incense or essential oils to bring a mystical feel to your practice.

Ensure you will be comfortable – use pillows and blankets if necessary. You may choose to either sit up or lie down. Personally, if I lie down I find it more difficult to maintain concentration and I tend to fall to sleep, so I like to sit up with my back supported.

This is YOUR time, so make sure you won’t be interrupted. Lock your door and take your phone off the hook. If you are living with people, let them know you don’t want to be disturbed during this time.

If you have things on your mind, it can help to write them down before the practice so that you don’t have to think about them during it. The time you allocate should be dedicated to nothing other than your mediation.

Below are different variations of this type of meditation:

cottage1.  Visualization of a favorite place.

This can be a really comforting practice. Think of a favorite place, a place that is very special to you, perhaps it is one that makes you feel comfortable and happy, or perhaps it makes you feel inspired. Perhaps it is a place from your childhood – for me I like to imagine my Grandma’s house where I used to stay during my school holidays. Imagine what it is like in the sanctuary of your favorite place.

forrest2. Visualization of a place in nature.

Nature provides a particularly enjoyable setting for a visualization meditation. You could use a lush green forest, or a beautiful sandy beach – anywhere that inspires you! If you are longing for that special holiday, why not go there in your mind’s eye and take some time out just for yourself to relax and unwind. It could be a place that you have been to before, or perhaps it is a place from your imagination.

pyramids13. Visualization of a well-known landmark.

There are many wonderful places we can go to and explore with our mind’s eye, including significant landmarks. Some popular choices include the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, or the Temple of Delphi in Greece, or perhaps Stone Henge in England, even our Solar System! It can be very useful to study pictures of the place/landmark to help you re-create the scene and imagine what it is like to actually be there. Also, some of these places hold a special esoteric significance, and to explore them with your consciousness could yield some surprising information that you weren’t expecting!

Guided Meditation.

beachTo help start you off, I have prepared a guided meditation using the 2nd method; visualization of a place in nature. You are welcome to download this free of charge. Due to the size of the file I had to separate it into 2 parts, so I suggest you import them as a play list into Windows Media Player so you can play them successively without interruption – just right-click on each link and select ‘save link as’:  Part 1 & Part 2.

The setting is a tropical beach, and I will guide you through a relaxation, and then begin to guide your journey. The recording goes for approximately 15 minutes in total, after which you can continue with the visualization on your own.

ENJOY!!!

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Quote:

“Now, since it has been said that you are my twin and true companion, examine yourself, and learn who you are, in what way you exist, and how you will come to be. Since you are called my brother, it is not fitting that you be ignorant of yourself … For he who has not known himself has known nothing, but he who has known himself has at the same time already achieved knowledge about the depth of the all.”

Jesus,

The Nag Hammadi Library

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Dreams

cloudsWhat are dreams?

Dreams are a fascinating phenomenon, don’t you think? Because they are so common and familiar, we don’t really pay them too much attention. But have you ever considered the strangeness of dreams? Don’t you think it’s odd that during sleep you find yourself in a whole other reality playing out some strange scene? Have you ever wondered what dreams are?

When we sleep we really are in a whole other reality. At the moment sleep occurs, our consciousness leaves our physical body and enters the astral plane of the 5th dimension. Only we are usually unaware of this process because of the state of our psyche. Let me explain:

From the moment you wake there is a constant stream of thoughts running though your mind. You get out of bed and into the shower thinking things like what you have planned for the day, what you are going to wear, what you are going to have for breakfast, revisiting conversations you had the day before etc. This constant stream of thoughts continues the entire day, and the vast majority of our waking moments are spent in a perpetual day-dream.

This process of relentless thinking continues when we go to sleep at night, and our day-dreams become our night-dreams. Having left the body there is no three dimensional world to anchor us back to reality, and our thoughts project as images onto the astral plane. We become lost in these subconscious projections and find ourselves in a dream.

But whether we are aware of it or not, we are in a very real place when we dream. We are multi-dimensional beings, with our physical body residing in the physical plane (the 3rd dimension of length, width and height). The physical is subject to time, which is of the 4th dimension. But our psyche resides in higher dimensions, with the 5th dimension being the realm of our thoughts and emotions. It is in this 5th dimension that we find the astral plane, the place we go to when we dream. All these dimensions exist simultaneously, and the various parts of us reside in these various dimensions all at once.

While most dreams are merely subconscious projections, depending on your lucidity you may see some events that are actually taking place in the astral plane. Alternatively they can be a mix of actual events and subconscious projections.

obe-mainimage02_175x210Lucid Dreaming and Astral Travel.

A lucid dream is where you become aware of the fact you are dreaming and gain some control over your dream. However while you gain some ‘lucidity’ and a degree clarity, the subconscious dream images are still apparent. You may even be able to create things from your subconscious at will, for example if you think of an ice-cream and visualize an ice-cream, then an ice-cream will appear. It is not real of course, it is merely a subconscious projection which prevents you from objectively seeing the reality you are in.

Astral travel is a step further than lucid dreaming; it is where you gain full consciousness while in the astral plane. Obviously this is the preferred state to be in because it allows you to objectively perceive reality. A conscious astral travel experience can be as real as any physical experience.

Why don’t we remember dreams?

Every night we dream, whether we remember them or not.

Our state of awareness during the day has a profound affect on both the clarity of our dreams and our ability to remember them. If we are deeply submerged in the subconscious during the day, this will also be the case at night when we sleep. In such times because the subconscious is so strong we tend not to remember those dreams.

Also we may not have trained our memory to remember our dreams and simply may not be in the habit of doing so. However this can be changed!

How to remember dreams:

The first step to successful dream recall is remaining still when you first wake up. This may take some practice, but it is something you can train yourself to do. There is a loose connection between the physical and astral bodies at this moment, making dream recall easier; moving will lock the physical and astral bodies together.

Remain still and recall the most recent dream in as much detail as possible, going back as far as you can remember. You may even be able to recall successive dreams.

If you still can’t remember your dreams, there is a mantra you can say that assists in dream recollection: RAOM GAOM, pronounced: “RRRRRRAAAAAAOOOOOMMMMM…GGGGGAAAAAOOOOOOMMMMM. You repeatedly say this internally (in your mind) while remaining still. As you do so dream images should start to appear. Concentrate on the images and begin to recall the dream. You can repeat this process if you need to.

Like any skill, the more it is practiced the better you become at it.

The importance of Dreams.

Many people brush-off their dreams as nonsense, but even dreams that are largely subconscious projections can be very useful tools because they give us valuable insight to our psyche.

In dreams we find ourselves doing all sorts of things that we wouldn’t normally do in waking life. In the physical realm we are bound by social/cultural norms and restraints, however these do not apply in the astral realm; there our subconscious (egos) can run rampant and act out as it pleases.

For example, during the day we may have a run-in with a colleague at work. Internally we may be really annoyed with the person and think to ourselves ‘I could kill him/her right now’, but of course we wouldn’t act on such a thing. But that night in a dream we find ourselves in an angry scene acting out some horrible atrocity.

The truth is that our dreams are accurate reflections of what we have inside. They offer a window into our subconscious, and even though we may restrain our behavior in daily life, those drives/impulses are still very much alive deep within us. Often we are completely unaware of the nature of our psyche during the day, so our dreams can show us things about ourselves that we would otherwise not see. They can show us things that we urgently need to work upon if we want to develop spiritually.

crystal-ballProphetic Dreams

People from all over the world experience premonitions of the future in their dreams. One of the reasons for this is because the 5th dimension (where dreams take place) is Eternity; it is beyond time as we know it in the physical plane.

Further, there is a causal mechanism that occurs where events happen first in the higher dimensions and gradually permeate down until they manifest in the physical plane. As such we can get information about events that have happened there before they have manifested here.

Not only can we get information about future events from dreams, we can also get information about past events and even past lives. Every event that happens is stored and forms what are called ‘Akashic records’, which we can access in the astral. Investigating past lives is on my ‘to-do’ list of astral investigations. I have been told that going to these akashic records is like being in that scene during that time.

Practicing the mantra ‘A’ for 20-30 minutes before bed can assist in recalling past life events in our dreams.

nightmareNightmares and bad dreams

Bad or unpleasant dreams are very common; fighting with people, being chased, unpleasant circumstances etc. The state of our psyche is the reason for this, and it is a little wonder when we are continually bombarded with images of violence and unpleasant things in movies and on TV. Our society is a reflection of the inner-states of the individuals in it, and such things are considered ‘entertainment’ and enjoyed in our society. It is a sad reflection of who we are inside, and our internal negative states and strong emotions manifest into bad dreams.

True nightmares are a little different than bad dreams, they are more terrifying and horrific with a very distinct feel to them. Nightmares occur in a different place than regular dreams, being the lower or infra- dimensions. Eating a large meal before sleeping can increase the likelihood of nightmares occurring.

It is possible to avoid nightmares and bad dreams all together by working on one’s psyche and eliminating the negative inner states that cause them.

angel1Dream Symbolism and Spiritual Teachings

There are other beings that exist in the higher dimensions. These include one’s own Being (one’s Divine Mother and Divine Father), and beings that have awakened spiritually. The latter are mentioned in different religions and myths, commonly portrayed as ‘Angels’ or ‘Guides’. These spiritual beings can sometimes place scenes or objects in our dreams for the purpose of teaching.

Spiritual teachings are given symbolically. The language of symbols is a universal language, and it’s the language of the higher dimensions. Symbols can say things that can’t be said in words; words are limited in what they can covey, where as a symbol can have a far greater depth in its meaning.

While there are some universal dream symbols, often the symbolism is personal to the dreamer – what may mean something for you in the context of your dream and your experience, may differ to that of someone else. For this reason, relying on books or other people to interpret your dreams can lead to inaccurate interpretations. It is far better to learn how to interpret your own dreams to understand spiritual teachings and tap into hidden knowledge.

Also, it’s important to keep in mind that these types of dreams are very personal. It is best not to share the details within your dreams with others, rather only talk about them at a general level if you have to. Teachings in dreams are given specifically to us, and are meant for us alone. If we share them we give this information away to others who may have not deserve this type of teaching yet.

Sometimes after you share information about your dreams, you may find that you won’t receive any meaningful teachings for a while. This is a kind of “punishment” for revealing the personal teachings given to us. The higher beings test our ability to remain silent, so that they know they can give us more knowledge later. It is called “hermetic silence” which we have to keep when it comes to information from higher worlds.

Intuition is essential for dream interpretation – dreams will often make no sense to the rational mind – their meaning needs to be ‘felt’ rather than intellectually analyzed. When you first wake from a dream, that initial feeling you have about it is likely to be intuitive and thus accurate – once you begin to think about it with the mind you are likely to lose that intuitive meaning. Regularly practicing Mantra ‘O’ will assist in activating intuition.

If you can’t grasp that intuitive meaning initially, meditating on your dream and quietening the mind can assist in understanding its correct meaning.

Meditation on a Dream.

  1. Begin with a thorough relaxation of the body, systematically going through all muscle groups from head to toe and letting go of any tension.
  2. Retrospect over the dream; replay the dream in your mind as if you are watching a movie, recalling as much detail as possible.
  3. Move to an inner observation; Become aware of your inner state and what mood you are in. Begin to observe the various thoughts and emotions that arise within, but don’t become identified with them – just observe them and let them pass in a serene way. Once your mind begins to slow move onto the next step.
  4. Inner investigation; This is similar to the inner observation, however at this step you briefly analyze the thought/emotion before letting it pass. Try to grasp the origin, cause, reason and motive of each thought/emotion, then let it go. It is important not to involve the mind too much while doing this – the purpose is to slow the mind down, not engage it. Just try to grasp the flavor of the thought/emotion and then let it pass. Once the mind has slowed even further into a meditative state, move on.
  5. Finally analyze the dream images you can recall, trying to discover their meaning. If you have sufficiently quietened the mind in the previous steps, you should be able to gain an understanding which is beyond intellectual reasoning.

Some complex dreams may still not make any sense at that moment, but will make sense after a some time has elapsed and more understanding has been developed. As such it is well worth the effort to journal your dreams in as much detail as you can, and revisit them at a later time. I have written down dreams which made no sense to me what-so-ever at the time, but reading over them 2 years later have been able to grasp the significant teachings there because of the understanding I developed over that time.

With experience, we can learn the difference between our subconscious and the information we can get from higher dimensions. By tackling the subconscious in daily life we can gradually reduce it and be able to have clearer, more profound dreams, be more receptive to spiritual teachings, and even have conscious out-of-body experiences.

To explore all this in much more detail, I highly recommend the book “A Course in Astral Travel and Dreams“.

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“Change your thoughts and you change the world”…

This little animation is so cool.

To me the fly is a great metaphor for the thousands of egos that continuously bombard us.

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