WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT: ALCHEMY & THE GREAT WORK

“I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more”
Revelation 21:1

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I think it’s probably time I took a step back and actually explained what it is that I’m trying to express here with this blog. For those looking through, it may seem like a hodgepodge of written sermons, spiritual exercises and rants about the state of the world. While I have worked to have some continuity in certain places like the spiritual exercises, as well as some of the recurring points that I make throughout my posts, I think clearer definitions are in order.

This blog is essentially about two things that I have referred to over and over again- Alchemy and the Great Work. That being said, I’m sure many have some predisposed idea of what alchemy is, whether it’s entirely accurate or not is another thing. As far as the Great Work, that might be a bit more foreign to some.

When most people hear the words alchemy and alchemist, they picture a funny, wizard-looking guy in funny clothes and a cape in a tower somewhere, surrounded by a medieval chemistry set, trying to turn lead into gold. The term, ‘turning lead into gold’ is actually coded language- meaning it was a term used to cover up what the alchemist was actually attempting to do. If the alchemist was to state their true intentions at that period in history, it would have at best gotten them burned at the stake.

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What that term actually referred to was the process of taking the physical body and matter, which is dense and heavy like lead, and transmuting and transforming it until it was light and malleable (and somewhat shiny) like gold. On the other side of the world, the Taoist alchemists of China had perfected the practice of literally transforming the physical body and creating an immortal body of Light that they could move at will.

The process of alchemy is a process of purification. The alchemist is one who either works on him or herself, or aids another in their own process of purification. In the latter case, the alchemist merely assists the individual- it is the individual themselves that is doing the true work of purification. Purification is the key word here.

The alchemist seeks to purify the mind and body, bringing them into resonance with the spirit, soul and Higher Self, hence bringing the individual into harmony and balance with the greater Laws of Nature and Creation. This ongoing process allows the alchemist the privilege (and duty) of working with others and partaking in the Great Work, which is essentially the process of individual alchemy done on the larger scale of the collective humanity and the Earth herself.

That’s it in a nutshell. That’s the point of what I’m looking to discuss and teach here. So now I’m going to further ‘set definitions’ here for clarity’s sake by going through the above paragraph piece by piece.

“The alchemist seeks to purify the mind”

Here we are talking about both the conscious “thinking” mind and the sub-conscious or unconscious “receiving” mind. For the thinking mind we seek to purify obsessive or destructive thought patterns; attachment to the things we use to identify ourselves (possessions, career, social status, political affiliation, etc.); and beliefs and systems of belief about ourselves, others and how the world works. We seek to become aware of what we are taking into ourselves through media, print, etc. We seek to stay away from that which does not serve truth and carries a delusional, destructive or degrading method. The alchemist understands that suffering comes from the acceptance of that which is not true and the refusal to accept that which is true.

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For the sub-conscious “receiving” mind, we seek to purify habits and compulsions by getting to the root of our psyche. We let go of past events and trauma that hold us in a place of unconscious repetition. We let go of the belief systems and false dreams and ideals that have been deeply imbedded into our psyche by friends, family, peers, the mass mind, and the mass media. Finally, we recognize and accept those darkest elements of ourselves, releasing that which serves no productive purpose and fully integrating into us that which does.

Moving on, “the alchemist seeks to purify…the body”

The physical body is the vehicle that enables us to have this spiritual experience and grow and evolve here on Earth. It is vitally important and is where “the rubber meets the road”. If the physical body is bogged down by heavy toxins and disease, then our ability to maintain connection with our finer spiritual aspects becomes incredibly difficult and nearly impossible. The Vedic cultures of India and the Taoist cultures of China have long known the correlation of diet to spiritual health. I am not going to preach a particular diet here, as I realize that everyone has different needs as everyone’s body is at different stages and levels of health and development.

What I will do here is give suggestions as to what I know has been beneficial for me (see ‘Rethinking Flu Shot Season Part 2’). These are things like eating clean food and drinking clean water; avoiding synthetic drugs and other chemicals; being aware of the energetic quality of the food you consume (how it was raised, etc.)- be mindful that you are what you eat, literally. Eat, live and move in a way that is aligned with and mindful of nature and the natural processes of the body; there has been so much focus on improving upon or outright conquering nature in the way of modern food and medicine.   That being said, use of ancient elixirs, i.e. natrual supplements, plant medicines and minerals can helpful for this process as well, as many ancient alchemists realized. The basic premise here is that man is meant to act in harmony with nature and is at his greatest potential when he does.

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Aside from maintaining the purity of what we take into our body, it is also critical that we have a healthy relationship to our sexuality and other vital life forces, and avoid misdirected use of these things. The Taoists and the Yogis have a great much to say as far as exercises working with preserving and enhancing the vital energies of the body. We also seek to reconnect with our primal nature; to deepen and maintain our relationship with our Mother Earth and the Life forces that come from her. Doing this we strengthen our roots to her and our lineage through Her and the blood of our ancestors who walked this ancient path before us.

Moving further through our statement, the alchemist seeks to bring mind and body into “resonance with the spirit, the soul and the Higher Self.”

Through the process of purifying the mind and body, we are able to better match the electro-magnetic quality of the spirit body- the electric structure that forms the living blueprint of the physical body that is attached to it. This vibration matching also enables us to better receive the messages from the soul and the Higher Self that lives within it- our true nature. This process can be likened to fixing a broken radio so it can receive more stations with greater clarity.

Doing this, the alchemist brings “him or herself into greater harmony and balance with the greater Laws of Nature and Creation.”

By doing the work of purification and bringing ourselves to a state of harmony and understanding of the higher workings of our being, we are better able to know and understand the deeper Laws and workings of the world around us.

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These Laws range from the universal forces of Light, Life and Love as well as Truth; to the Hermetic Principles like Mentalism (the universe is akin to a mind in its function), Polarity and Cause and Effect; to Natural Law Principles like Free Will, Individual Sovereignty and Liberty; to the movements of the stars and planets and the processes of the Earth, the vital forces behind these movements and how these things affect us and the world around us.

I refer to these things collectively as the Natural Laws of Creation- those things that are inherent in the universe and give order to existence. These are Laws that are forever in effect in some form or fashion regardless of our awareness of them. Successful alchemy ultimately rests with our understanding of and ability to consciously work with these Laws and Principles.

When we are in a purified state: a unified state: we are better able to utilize these Laws effectively. This can be done through things like visualization, prayer, magick, and the accompanying right action (action done according to these moral Laws). The alchemist is also a magician. This understanding allows us to break free of circumstance and shape the reality we live in to meet our needs.

We now move toward the conclusion of our statement: “This ongoing process allows the alchemist the privilege (and duty) of working with others and partaking in the Great Work…”

The work of purifying the mind and body and bringing ourselves into frequency with our spiritual nature is ongoing until we transition through what is commonly known as “death”. It should be noted as an aside that understanding the mysteries of this transition as well as facing and resolving our fear of it is part of the purification process as well.

When we come to understand and effectively utilize the Law and the Truth of the Spiritual Nature of reality, we then have a duty given by the universe to share this wondrous gift with others: our brothers and sisters in humanity. Through purifying ourselves, we are more open to feeling compassion and love towards others and may feel the call to help in some way. Of course, this is where Free Will comes in, as we have the right to choose not to serve others, just as others have the right not to accept our help or our words. However, helping others is helping ourselves and aiding in the spiritual growth of others aids in our own spiritual growth.

The alchemist seeks to be a sovereign being- one who is in a state of self-mastery; one who is in complete control of his thoughts, emotions and actions. The alchemist sees this reality in himself and seeks to spread the message to others that they too are capable of this.

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We conclude that the Great Work is “essentially the process of individual alchemy done in the larger scale of the collective humanity and the Earth herself.”

We work on the collective level of the consciousness of humanity in a similar fashion as to how we work on ourselves- we recognize and bring Light to the disharmonious elements of collective human society: those dark and unpleasant aspects many would prefer to pretend are not real. Then, through understanding and use of the Natural Laws of Creation we are able to purify these elements, little by little; bit by bit. This can only be done when we look honestly and truthfully, not only at our present, but at our collective past.

Humanity collectively partakes in the Great Work when it builds societies and systems (energy, economics, medicine, etc.) that are aligned and in harmony with the Laws of Nature and Creation. When mankind conducts itself and its affairs in a manner that reflects the spiritual nature of the world, which is the true nature of the world.

The Great Work is using all the tools we have at our disposal in a way that is respectful and in harmony with Life and the Free Will right of others. We use our talents and our passions for the manifestation of Truth, Light and Love into the world. The Great Work is bringing the Light of the world of Spirit into the heavy, dense world of matter. If we are acting consciously out of Love and with respect and reverence for Life and the Free Will of others, we are taking part in the Great Work.

However, if we are acting for the misguided satisfactions, pleasures and convictions of our own ego; while we may be gaining lifetime lessons and experience for ourselves and humanity, we ARE NOT partaking in the Great Work, regardless of how “right” we may think we are.

The Great Work is ultimately about the evolution of humanity and the evolution of the Earth. As we move into ways of being, doing and existing that have never been, we must remain awake and conscious- ever vigilant. Indeed the Great Work is the work of “nailing Spirit to the Cross of Matter”- saturating every inch of matter with the pure Love and Light of our every thought, word and deed. The world becomes infused with spirit, little by little; bit by bit; in an entirely new way.

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This process is one that requires Action as well as Courage- Courage to express and hold fast to the Spirit of Truth and Courage to express and hold fast to the Principles of Light, Life and Love in a world that fears these things.

The Great Work is humanity’s role in the creation of what was referred to in the Bible as “the New Heaven and the New Earth”. We are not meant to be spectators as the Earth evolves, we are meant to be active participants- co-creators in the process of evolution. I am not speaking allegorically here. The Earth is changing, and will continue to do so. We are going to change along with Her, but we are meant to be co-pilots here and work with her in this change from dense matter to a finer, more etheric level of existence. I repeat: work with Her, not try to impose our will on Her.

So that is what I am talking about here: this is the message I am seeking to spread to others to the best of my ability- the possibilities of individual and collective alchemy and the reality that completion of the Great Work requires the attention of ALL OF US. This is my “unique” expression through the Great and Nameless One (God). I am simply taking my knowledge and understanding of this process as I have come to know it and understand it and share it with others. This is my service to Truth, Humanity and the Earth: for the Liberation of All Beings through the Light of Christ. Until next time, Namaste and God Bless.

RETHINKING FLU SHOT SEASON (PART 2)

“Man’s place is most exalted when he obeys Mother Nature’s laws.”
– Weston A. Price, DDS, the ‘Isaac Newton’ of nutrition

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While the level of “safety” regarding injecting known toxic chemical preservatives and heavy metals into the body seems to be debatable depending upon whom you ask, the fact that this is done, is not. Those looking to walk the path of spiritual purification should realize that the physical body is the vessel of our spiritual experience and polluting it with toxins, heavy metals, etc. obfuscates and clouds our ability to maintain conscious connection to the less dense energy of the Higher Self. This is due to interference with critical neural and chemical processes of the body that are needed intact in order to fully connect with the electrical-spirit body matrix and the Self.

As I’m sure you could probably guess, I do not vaccinate myself (I don’t have children). However, I do actively maintain my immune system through a program involving natural supplementation and other simple means. So as promised, here is a list of the supplements that I take and recommend for those who are looking to protect their immune system during this time of the year:

1. BOVINE COLOSTRUM

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A product of the mammary glands during late pregnancy, colostrum is the first food any newborn mammal consumes. Colostrum contains antibodies to protect the newborn from disease and is what initially develops the infant’s immune system. A 2007 Italian study showed that supplementation of bovine (cow) colostrum proved to be 3 times more effective than the flu vaccine. The product I use is developed by Sovereign Laboratories. While it can be a bit pricey ($99 for 16 oz.) its known health benefits are numerous and I highly recommend it. This supports your immune system at the gut level. After all, it was Hippocrates, the “father of medicine” who stated, “All disease begins in the gut.”  Below are three PDF documents illustrating what I am talking about:

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2. YOUNGEVITY BEYOND TANGY TANGERINE VITAMIN & MINERAL SUPPLEMENT

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A personal favorite of mine, the high-potency nutraceutical supplements of this company performed extremely well in a Clemson University study which showed them to kill cancer cells while leaving the healthy cells intact. With an ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) score of 8000- which means that has extremely potent antioxidant capabilities, the supplement is packed with energy boosting nutrients, antioxidant support, prebiotic and probiotic blend, over 500mg of natural amino acids, 115 fruits and vegetables and includes vitamins, minerals, plant minerals, phytonutrients and all-natural flavors. Tangy Tangerine does not include any artificial sweeteners, emulsifiers or preservative. With 1250mg of vitamin C, which equates to 2080% of the FDA recommendation, this will boost your immune system. The fact that it is a liquid supplement makes it more readily absorbed by the body. However, I suggest you sip on this as opposed to chugging it, or you will consume more than you can absorb at once.  Below is a PDF document of describing the Clemson study I mentioned:

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3. GARDEN OF LIFE VITAMIN D SPRAY

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The Sun is a healer and giver of life, which is why sunshine is so important to our immune system. It is through our own version of photosynthesis that the hormone commonly known as vitamin D is formed with the aid of cholesterol in the body. Most people living in urban environments and working indoors a deficient of this essential hormone. Long known to aid in immunity, vitamin D is crucial during cold/flu season. For this I use a spray, again I avoid pills as they are more difficult to absorb. I take six sprays, which equates to 6000 I.U.s daily.  Below is a PDF document concerning the use of vitamin d for immune health:

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4. COLLOIDAL/NANO SILVER

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Since ancient times liquid colloidal silver has been known as an antimicrobial; all throughout the ancient world these properties were known and esteemed. Hippocrates promoted its use to heal non-healing ulcerations. The immune benefits of silver are legendary. The product I use is Silver Biotics Nano/Colloidal blend. I know the concept of drinking silver may seem a bit weird to some, but it basically tastes like water. This supplement is for daily use. However, there are more potent pharmaceutical-grade brands out there for use when symptoms occur. One of these is the “Silver Bullet” colloidal silver put out by Infowars Life in conjunction with Global Healing Center.  Below is a PDF document on use colloidal silver to combat viral pathogens:

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5. NASCENT IODINE

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Harmful microbes cannot survive in iodine. While I take this supplement to protect my thyroid from radiation in the air, soil and water that has become increasingly prevalent in my part of the country, this iodine supplement derived from Tibetan pink rock salt has general immune supporting effects as well. This supplement exhibits some detoxification effects when you begin taking it. It also aids in support and decalcification of the pineal gland in the brain, which is critical in the connection to the spiritual centers of the body.  Below are some PDF documents regarding this wonderful and essential element:

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6. MUSHROOM IMMUNE POWDER

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Another ancient healing remedy, I put this blend of organic Shitake, Maitake, Oyster, and Reishi mushrooms in my coffee in the morning. The mushrooms in this blend are among the most researched and known to provide immune support.  Below is a PDF document illustrating their healing benefits:

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7. PRO-EM 1 RAW PROBIOTIC

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This daily probiotic cleanse works for detoxification in the digestive system, helping to supply bio-available nutrients to the body while supporting the growth of other beneficial microbes in the digestive system. Again this is one focused on the health of the gut that reflects on the rest of the body. I had been having ear issues for months, then I took this and experience a day or so of detox effects, then my ear issues were gone. Probiotics in general are a good thing to take regardless as maintaining healthy gut flora is key for overall health and wellness. However the bacterial environment needs vary from person to person, so you will need to find out what is right for you.  Again, PDF documentation on the health benefits of probiotics can be found here:

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8. HERBAL TEAS

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I’m pretty sure every knows about this one. A little lemon in some green tea; Echinacea and elderberry teas; I typically use medicinal teas with organic ingredients that are aimed at respiratory tract health during cold/flu season. These teas typically contain peppermint, ginger, cinnamon, mullein leaf, thyme leaf, licorice toot, and eucalyptus leaf. There are also various respiratory support blends that you can take as dropper elixirs. I typically look for those that use glycerin as opposed to alcohol, as alcohol is an endocrine disruptor.

Zinc is another big one, as it is a mineral known to be instrumental in maintaining proper immune function. In addition to supplementation, there are additional elements involved with boosting and maintaining immunity:

FOOD

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This one’s a real no-brainer- Don’t eat crap and you won’t feel like crap. This means cutting out processed foods that have ingredients you can’t pronounce; not eating foods with refined sugars, high-fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners; refraining from eating fast food (duh); not eating meat every day of the week, and when you do, making sure it is grass-fed, humanely raised and not pumped full of antibiotics and other chemicals; doing your best to buy non-GMO and organically grown fruits and veggies that aren’t doused in pesticides; and if you can, buy local and know where your food is coming from, or better yet, learn to grow and raise your own.

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If you live in a city and you drink water straight unfiltered out of the tap, stop. The list of harmful chemicals that ends up in tap water is numerous, and all of them will compromise your immune system in some way. I suggest getting a good water filtration system that filters out fluoride, glyphosate (pesticide), chlorine and other chemicals in addition to bacteria and sediment. If you can’t afford that (like me), then drink distilled water with a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar with “the mother” in it. Bragg’s makes an excellent product that I use daily. I realize that may sound strange to some, but the health benefits of this product are numerous, and the distillation process, while it gets rid of most of the garbage, it also strips out everything else as well.

In addition to drinking clean water, stay away from things like soda, energy drinks, and sugary fruit juices. While fermented beverages can be beneficial, drinking alcohol into excess is always a bad idea and will compromise your immune system. Alcohol (as well as excess caffeine) depletes the body of zinc. I don’t know how many times in the past I ended up sick (not just hung over) after a night of hard drinking. Rule of thumb, if you’re starting to feel a buzz, you should probably stop. I know, Captain Buzz-kill over here…

EXERCISE

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I know it’s everyone’s favorite part of staying healthy. The fact is that many American’s lead very sedentary lifestyles, leaving their bodies in a weakened state. However, you don’t need to do Crossfit or work out like you’re training for a decathlon to boost your immune system. Myself, I do kung fu and train for that a couple times a week, but really just 20 minutes of aerobic movement a day works well. I’m a big fan of practices like Chi Kung and Tai Chi, which are a low-impact cross between martial arts, meditation and yoga, but far less intense. People from 8 to 108 can do these exercises, and both are long renowned for their health and longevity benefits.

SLEEP

Another “no-brainer”- try to get at least 8 hours of sleep. While everyone is different as far as what their body needs, 8 hours is a good rule of thumb. Again, I have had many instances in the past where I only got a few hours of sleep and ended up sick. For those night-owls, it can be difficult to go to bed early, but human physiology isn’t really meant to be going on and about after midnight. This is a relatively new phenomenon since the advent of the electric lightbulb. That damn Edison…

DRUGS

Drugs are bad, m’kay. Seriously though, synthetic drugs (as opposed to plants and herbs in their natural state or with minimal alteration), either pharmaceuticals or street drugs, are not really good for you. They alter and subvert the natural chemical processes of the body. These natural processes are needed to be functioning in an optimal way if you want to be healthy. I don’t know of any healthy people who are on a multitude of drugs, and I don’t know of any people who got healthy by taking a multitude of drugs.

STRESS

Humans are one of the only animals that cannot make their own vitamin c within their bodies. They are also the only animal that holds onto stress long after the initial stressful event is over. One good method is doing the full body shiver/shake; start from the head and shake and vibrate your body all the way down to the toes- shake it all out. Another good method is- surprise- meditation. For that see my 365-day challenge posting. For the basics, just go for the deep-breathing technique coupled with the thought clearing. When in doubt, just breathe: long, slow, and deep from the belly.

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This is by no means a comprehensive list. And of course consult your healthcare professional before starting any new health and supplementation program. I am not a doctor, I am just saying what I know works for myself. Everyone’s body and nutritional needs are a little different and you will need to find out what works best for you. So that being said, I hope that you were able to find this information helpful to you and your family in some way. So until next time, take care and God bless.

RETHINKING FLU SHOT SEASON

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“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.”
Marcia Angell, M.D., F.A.C.P.- First female editor-in-chief of NEJM and one of Time Magazine’s 25 most influential Americans of 1997

Health and wellness is a very passionate subject for me, which is why I am going to be temporarily shifting gears from what I had originally intended on covering. The physical body is the vessel where the spiritual alchemy that this blog ultimately focuses on takes place. If we are in a state of physical toxicity and disease, we will more than likely not be so concerned with achieving connection with the Higher Self- we will be concerned with surviving. For this reason (and many others) you should probably not get a flu shot, and you definitely should not give it to your children.

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I know, you may be saying to yourself; “What? Is he on that whole Jenny McCarthy vaccine conspiracy bandwagon? It’s people like that who are getting the rest of us sick.

Quick question for those who wholeheartedly buy into that marketing campaign (and make no mistake, vaccinations are a billion-dollar BUSINESS): If you truly believe the flu shot is so effective, then why would it matter if others weren’t vaccinated as long as you were? Doesn’t the flu shot protect you from those disease carriers?

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While I could go on for quite an extended amount of time about the “cult of vaccination” and the petrochemical/pharmaceutical/agri-science companies behind it and how their representatives go back and forth between these select corporations, government regulatory bodies (CDC, FDA, USDA), and academia, I will save that for another time. For now, let’s just look at some news headlines:

Flu vaccine protects against wrong strain, US health officials warn- London Guardian

Why scientists GUESSED wrong on this year’s flu vaccine- Washington Post

Mutated flu strain makes flu shot less effective- News 10

CDC Warning: flu viruses mutate and evade current vaccine- NBC News

From reading these headlines you would think that this mutation of flu viruses was some sort of new and scary phenomenon. However this is not remotely true. James F. Bach, M.D. stated in his co-authored book, Prescription for Natural Cures:

“The influenza viruses mutate constantly, changing their structure just enough so that it is more difficult to build up immunity to them.”

In fact there are over 300 documented strains of the influenza virus. Dr. Edward Group, founder of the Global Healing Center in Austin, Texas remarked that it was impossible to develop a truly effective flu shot because the virus replicates so often. He is not alone in this claim. The Cochrane Collaboration, an independent medical research group consisting of some of the world’s top health professionals found that with so many strains of the virus, the likelihood of a vaccine produced nearly a year before it is released to the public matching the current virus strain is virtually zero.

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This group found looking at 50 studies involving more than 70,000 people, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, that under “ideal conditions”– the highly unlikely possibility that the vaccine matched the virus perfectly- 33 people needed to be vaccinated to avoid one flu attack. Under “average conditions” with only partial matching of the virus- 100 people would need to be vaccinated to avoid one case of influenza. The conclusion was that at best, the flu shots may be effective against only 10 percent of all circulating influenza viruses.

Of course it should be re-stated that this was an independent study. An independent review of 247 vaccine studies found that all those paid for by the vaccine manufacturer worked, while almost none with independent funding did so. I should probably mention that the CDC has had numerous, well-documented conflicts of interest when it comes to vaccine manufacturers and should not under any measure be considered an independent organization.

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One more word about mutations- the vaccine manufacturers are now creating what are known as trivalent and quadrivalent strains in the shots. That is to say they are mixing multiple strains of the flu together. This could create an atmosphere for potential mutations, especially if a live virus was “accidentally” used. Folks may remember the former head of the EU who came out a while back, stating that Baxter Drugs, a U.S. based company, did just that- sending over vaccinations containing live H1N1 viruses. Other vaccines tainted with live avian flu viruses in the Czech Republic as well as Bayer’s tainted vaccines containing HIV have also been documented.

This segways nicely into the second reason why you should not get a flu shot- what is in the shot itself. Most flu vaccinations contain a list of ingredients that have been shown can cause sterility in males as well as causing reproductive complications in females. There are also scientifically proven endocrine disruptors as well as antibiotics, which could be aiding in the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

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A major ingredient in the flu shot is thimerosal- a mercury compound patented by the pharmaceutical giant, Eli-Lily and Co. While it was removed from the MMR vaccine in the U.S. after a rash of bad publicity linking it to autism in children, it is still very much in the majority of flu vaccines. It should be noted that flu vaccines are being promoted for children as young as 6 months, as the CDC openly states that more children are getting vaccinated for the flu than ever before.

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For those who do not know, mercury is a toxic metal. The level of mercury in a flu shot is 3.5 times above the EPA’s guidelines for what is the maximum level of mercury exposure deemed safe. In a 6 year old, this turns into 12.2 times the safe level. In a 6 month old infant it is 16.2ing e times the safe limit. And as pregnant mothers are now being encouraged to get a flu shot, this gives their fetus in utero 250 times what is safe.

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The linking of childhood autism to vaccines in general and thimerosol in specific has been a hot topic for a while. This has been re-ignited when it came out this summer that a CDC scientist in the immunization branch, William Thompson admitted to being told by the organization to “cook numbers” in a study done into the vaccine-autism link. This story went largely unreported in the mainstream media, but that is not surprising given the amount of pharmaceutical ads on sees on TV. Meanwhile the degenerative neurological disorder, Guillain–Barré syndrome is an admitted possible side-effect of vaccination by the manufacturers and the CDC.

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Mercury bio-accumulates in humans, meaning it is absorbed and remains in the system until it is flushed out in some form of detoxification program. Think about the amount of this chemical that is accumulating in your system if you get a flu-shot once a year for 20 years. Coupled with aluminum, another preservative in most flu shots, this can be very dangerous. Aluminum acts as an adjuvant to the mercury- accelerating its neuro-toxic process in the body by an order of incredible magnitude, literally frying neurons in the brain. This quite possibly could be one reason why diseases like Alzheimer’s are on the rise.

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The National Toxicology Program admit in their own documents:

“Thimerosal was found to cross the blood-brain and placenta barriers.”

The “…hazards of thimerosal include neurotoxicity and nephrotoxicity.” (This means brain and kidney toxicity.)

Formaldehyde, a chemical used to preserve dead things is also another ingredient in most flu shots. This “pickling” chemical is highly toxic to the nervous system and is known to cause blindness, brain damage and seizures. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services admits that formaldehyde causes myeloid leukemia, and rare cancers including sinonasal and nasopharyngeal cancer. You can see this for yourself on the National Toxicology Program website.

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Monosodium Glutamate, or “MSG”, a known “excito-toxin”, is in some of these shots as well. Excitotoxins cause brain neurons to be overexcited to the point of death. MSG is better known as a food additive, known to cause migraine headaches and endocrine system damage.

The following are PDF documents of a flu vaccine insert, a comprehensive list put out by the CDC of various vaccines and their ingredients, and a study done by a prominent neuroscientist concerning aluminum toxicity.

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Another ingredient specifically in the Fluvax flu vaccine is madin-darby canine kidney cell proteins. Folks reading this may or may not be aware of the monkey cells that were used in the polio vaccines starting in the 50s and 60s. It was declassified several decades later by the CDC that these cells contained what is known as the SV40 virus, which is a known cause of specific types of cancer.

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There are many ethical questions that arise with the injection of animal RNA and DNA into humans, as well as ethical questions of how these cells are being acquired. Viruses are known to “break into” RNA and DNA of humans and animals and cause mutations at the genetic level. This is cause for concern with those concerned about maintaining “purity” in the physical body. Alchemically speaking, there is a lot to be said about the implications of injecting heavy metals and animal DNA and RNA into the human genome, but I will save this for another time, for now, “just the facts”

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The simple fact is that while the concept of gaining immunity to a pathogen through exposure when healthy is a natural thing, however injecting a pathogen, dead or alive is not. Up to 80% of a person’s immune system is located in their digestive system, while the rest is in the mucous membranes of the respiratory system. There are multiple filters that anything needs to go through here before they reach the interior of one’s system. Viruses, bacteria, toxic chemicals all go through this process. If we did not have this protective barrier, we would not last one day on this planet. However, when you inject something directly into the bloodstream, it completely bypasses your actual immune system.

Dr. Edward Group stated:

“(Immunization) technology was never meant to be injected into the body. Your immune system doesn’t work that way. The way your immune system works is you breathe (the pathogen) in (or digest it) and then the way that your receptors react with your white blood cells and your neutrophils- they react with an antigen to develop an antibody… When you shoot anything inside you via needle; nothing like that ever happens in nature, so your immune system freaks out. It causes an immune response and it’s harder for your body to develop an antibody. You have a lot of side-effects and the flu vaccine can lower your immune response causing susceptibility to bacterial infections, pneumonia, etc…”

The history of vaccines is an interesting one, and the vaccine industry’s claim to have greatly reduced or eradicated certain diseases is a dubious one that has a hard time standing in the face of serious investigation. I will be delving into this aspect a bit more extensively in the future as well, but for now let’s just say that the advancements of things like running water, waste management, proper hygiene and nutrition have far more to do with disease prevention than injecting a “dead” virus incased in toxic sludge into your bloodstream.

When humanity attempts to “improve” upon nature through bypassing Her Laws, he experiences the illusion of short-term gains in exchange for the reality of long-term suffering. I realize this is a loaded statement that could inspire a book and hours of debate, but until then, I’ll quote naturopath Dr. Judith Boice:

“In jettisoning the wisdom of classical medicine, the conventional medical system has lost invaluable resources. Gone is the knowledge of supporting the body and working with the healing power innate in the human body. Largely gone is a true understanding of investing in health as a means of prevention. Unfortunately, the big guns of conventional medicine have provided people with a false sense of security. Many people assume that they can continue to eat lifeless food, avoid exercise, smoke, and drink to excess, then be ‘saved’ from illness later in life by the wonders of modern medicine… Such ‘miracles’ exact as many payments as they offer rewards, and the borrowing margin is the health and vitality of our bodies.”

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I have done my best to provide a good deal of documentation for this posting, and I encourage folks to do their own research as well. In the end, people will make up their own mind as to what to believe and not to believe. All I’m suggesting is taking a second look and being open to the fact that what you believe to be true might be wrong. I will be adding a list of natural alternatives to vaccination that I use myself in part 2 of this posting. In the meantime, take care and stay healthy.

UNIVERSAL STEP ONE

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
– E.H. Chapin

STEP 1: We admitted we felt powerless over circumstances, habits, compulsions, beliefs and/or ways of thinking and acting that seemed beyond our control- that our lives somehow lacked the freedom, happiness, meaning and love we desired.

Many people who have near-death experiences talk about seeing their life play before their eyes or of being given a “life review”. Here the events of their life are replayed and they are able to see the sum total of their actions. Not only do they see their life, they feel it as well. Some even speak of feeling how their actions caused others to feel.

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Toltec Warrior Shamanism mimics this life replay for the recapitulation ceremony, where the initiate re-visits the events of their life, typically in some sort of mock-casket. The warrior focuses on how each life event feels, seeking to evoke subconscious or unconscious body memory; understanding that we experience memory in every cell of our bodies, not just our brain. The warrior remembers and works through each event of his or her life, breathing in each event, then breathing out after it is fully revisited to release it. After the recapitulation is finished, the warrior emerges renewed and freed from the chains of the past.

The first step, as well as the other eleven for that matter work in a similar fashion. Many painful events and realizations are brought up through step work. Having the courage to face these painful “shadows” is what ultimately allows us to be free of their influence over us and our lives.

Many people do not fully realize the impact that events of the past have had and continue to have on their lives. When unrecognized and unresolved events of the past and the beliefs we created as a result of them can affect every aspect of our lives: our relationship, our work, our finances, our eating habits and how we perceive the world and ourselves.

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Take the example of the child who was overweight when they were growing up. In school the child was bullied in a variety of cruel fashions. His parents were divorced. His mother was a single working mom and the child was alone most of the time. His father was distant and would make fun of the child’s appearance when he was around him. The mass media and mass-mind culture told him that men should be athletic with muscles and six-pack abs. This instilled a deep sense of self-loathing and a lack of self-love in the child.

As the child grew into an adult, they began going to the gym obsessively. They were going to “show” all those people who made fun of them. They became very lean and fit. Fitness became their life and they became a personal trainer. Eventually this person had children of their own and he was going to make damn sure that his children were never fat, so they didn’t have to go through what he did. As a parent this man was an obsessive tyrant, passing on the psychological damage they received when their intention was exactly the opposite. This is how the cycle of emotional trauma is perpetuated.

The emotional trauma from this person’s childhood caused this person to form a set of beliefs about themselves and others. It should be added that as an adult this person now accepts and perpetuates this belief system willingly, (whether they choose to believe it or not) and attempts to control others according to these beliefs.

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The first step is about taking an honest look at the events of our life and identifying the key events and relationships that impacted our lives and shaped our beliefs about ourselves and others in a negative manner, giving a sense of powerlessness over our own lives. When we identify these things, we get at the root causal factors of whatever problems we have in our lives; the things that seemed a mystery to us.

These events can range from abuse and neglect, to the death of a loved one, to abandonment issues, bullying. Even the very early childhood the procedure of circumcision has been linked to serious and lasting traumatic effects (there is a reason why the U.S. is the ONLY western country to routinely do medical circumcision and people in Europe and elsewhere think we are INSANE for doing it). Everything matters here, so talk to family if possible to get any details you may miss that could help in the process. Remember the body remembers what the conscious mind may not.

A first step typically breaks into 2 major parts- childhood, where the unpleasant and traumatic events happen to us; and adulthood, where we perpetuate the effects of those traumatic and unpleasant events onto ourselves and others. We take a brutally honest look at all of the instances in which we felt powerless in our lives. Powerless over what has happened to us and powerless over our own behavior and circumstances. True honesty is the key here.

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In a nutshell, the first step is typically a written life story that is pretty much all the bad stuff that happened to you growing up and all the bad stuff you did when you were a grown-up yourself. You recall the series of unfortunate events that led to any “wrong-doings” and their consequences. I know that writing a story about all the bad shit that’s happened in your life doesn’t sound like much fun, and it isn’t. But it is transformative. This is the beginning of the dying process that is necessary for the alchemical rebirth.

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Going into this we may very well have some idea what our “issues” are. Use these already recognized previously recognized character defects and look for them as you write your life story. Be as detailed as you need to be in order to get a full perspective on how these ways of thinking and being have negatively impacted your life.

There is no wrong way to write a first step and lengths can vary. Mine was about 40 pages handwritten and took me about 8 or 9 months to finish. Look for the cause and effect patterns in your life, and try to find the root causes for them in your life events. Do not try and sugar-coat anything. You need to be as real and raw as memory allows. Do your best to fully feel these events as you write them, and then again when you read them aloud.

This is where the others in your support group come in, as the first step is typically something that is read aloud to others. Being vulnerable among supportive individuals is amazing for the healing process. It is through having the courage to share the events and actions that bring us the most shame, embarrassment, anger, resentment and sorrow that truly begins the process of healing and rebirth.

If you are unable to find others who are brave enough to walk these steps with you, then I would urge you to seek the support of a trusted counselor or spiritual teacher, or perhaps a very close, non-judgmental friend. I strongly advise that you do not share first (or forth) steps with family members or significant others. This can cause hurt feelings and judgments that could impede your growth and progress through the steps.

That being said if you are reading this and feel that you are ready to embark on this 12-step program, do not try and go this alone. I know there may be some solo spiritual voyagers out there, but this is not that kind of work. This is hard and heavy stuff, and you will need the support of other human beings. I strongly urge you to find someone to partake in this process with you, or better yet a group of someones.

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Fellowship and support is crucial when working the 12 steps. Not only is trying to work the steps solo ineffective, depending on the level of trauma you have experienced in your life, it can be downright dangerous. And if you realize in the process that you do have some form of serious addiction or compulsive behavior, I strongly urge you to seek out an established 12-step group for that particular issue in your area.

I encourage people to accompany this step work with the Light meditation I posted a couple of weeks ago. I also strongly encourage folks to do one of the 3 exercises I laid out in my previous posting before embarking on the first step. Until next time, take care and God bless.

PREPARATION FOR STEP ONE

“Man know thyself; then thou shalt know the Universe and God.”
– Pythagoras.

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Typically when one enters into a 12-step program, they already have a pretty good idea of their primary issue, be it drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, food, etc. But for “non-addicts”, the sign posts aren’t necessarily so clear.  This can result in a life of seeming chaos and confusion, full of feelings of unresolved discontent. For those individuals, and anyone else for that matter, I am going to lay out 3 different exercises. Each exercise can be used on its own or it can be used in tandem with the others. Each exercise is meant to give folks a better perspective and offer some light on their habitual thoughts and actions, as well as the feelings and emotions that accompany those things.

The premise for the first exercise I originally discovered back in 2002 in a book entitled, The Teachings of Don Carlos by Victor Sanchez. This was a book of the “practical applications of the works of Carlos Castaneda”. Many know Castaneda as the author who brought Toltec Warrior Shamanism into modern western consciousness through his series of novels dealing with the sorcerer Don Juan Matus. The following exercise is based upon an exercise in the book that was referred to as an “Inventory of Energy Expenditures”.

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1. Get a pen or pencil and a notebook. In the notebook, divide the pages into four columns. At the heading of column 1 write: What was I thinking? At the heading of column 2, write: What was I feeling? For column 3: What was I doing? For column 4: Is this what I want to do?

2. Set an alarm for every 15-30 minutes. If an alarm doesn’t work, use a signal like walking through a doorway, or anything else that you know will occur at a consistent interval.

3. Each time the signal goes off, stop and observe yourself in that moment, then answer the questions honestly in your notebook. Simply observe your thoughts, feelings and actions objectively. Don’t analyze, don’t judge, don’t justify- just observe as a non-biased witness and record the data. The time should be recorded and the answers should be brief and concise.

4. Before you go to bed, review what you wrote during the day, and then on a separate piece of paper answer the following questions:
• Were my thoughts repetitive or varied?
• What were the most frequently occurring elements in my thoughts?
• Were my feelings and emotions steady and controlled or were they all over the place?
• What were the most frequently occurring feelings and emotions I experienced?
• Were my actions repetitive or varied?
• Which actions were most repetitive?
• Was there a relation between my thoughts, feelings and actions?
• What percentage of my actions had anything to do with what I really wanted to do?

5. Repeat this exercise for one week. Then use the questions from step 4 and apply them for the entire week, reflecting on the sum total of your thoughts, feelings and actions for that week. Look at them and see whether or not they are truly productive for what you want to do in your life and who you want to be. Do you find your thoughts, feelings and actions being unified or are they in conflict with one another?

6. Repeat this process for four weeks, doing a similar review process at the end of the month. By this time you should have a pretty good idea of any sort of negative ways of thinking and doing that may need to be addressed further. It should also show what sorts of emotions are dominating your life, and how your thoughts drive your emotional state.

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I realize this may seem a bit intense for some, but these types of exercises do wonders for us in gaining further understanding and insight into ourselves. The more time you put into understanding yourself, the better results you will be able to obtain; you reap what you sow.

Another good method for getting some insight into our thoughts and emotions that is a little less intensive is an exercise used by some therapists known as “Emptying the Jug”. In this exercise you are first going to write down anything that you are mad about at that moment. Then you are going to write down anything you are sad about in that moment. Then you are going to write down anything you are feeling scared about at that moment. Finally, you are going to write down anything you are feeling glad about. This can be done once or twice a day or more if you so wish and can be done continuously. I would suggest doing it for at least 30 days if you are going to use it to gain any real insight into your thinking and emotional patterns.

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The third method I was going to recommend is stream-of-consciousness writing. This is simply sitting down with a pen and paper and writing whatever comes to your mind. Don’t try to control anything, just let the thoughts and dialogue that is normally chattering in your head empty out onto the page. We are not trying to make something that “makes sense”. I would suggest doing this once or twice per day, writing three full pages of stream-of-consciousness dialogue. The best times to do this would be first thing in the morning and right before bed. Let it all out on the page.

At the end of the week review what you wrote and look for patterns in your thinking, especially those that seem particularly negative and/or repetitive. You may also find yourself “unlocking” past events that you had forgotten about or repressed. Again this is about understanding why we do what we do so the ways of being that seem out of our control no longer are. The 12 steps are about healing our relationship with ourselves and others, so first we need to gain insight as to what parts of ourselves need healing. This will give us what we need to move into the steps. In the next posting we will move into step 1, until then, take care.

INTRODUCTION TO THE UNIVERSAL STEPS

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A seed must germinate in darkness before it can grow in the light. As human beings incarnated in this world, the shadows and dark elements that we accumulate through the trials and tribulations are essential for our spiritual growth and development. However, at some point we need to let these trials and tribulations serve their purpose and move on from them. In order for us to fully realize “the Kingdom of Heaven” within ourselves, we need to go through a process of letting go. This is a process of transformation akin to the caterpillar that transforms into the butterfly- ugly and beautiful at the same time.

One of the greatest processes for transformation I have ever encountered and worked with is the 12-step program used for addiction recovery. Originally developed in the 1930s by a man known as Bill W. the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, 12-step programs have been instrumental in creating positive change in the lives of millions of men and women around the world. The 12-step model has proven itself universally applicable for any type of addiction or compulsion. From foreign substances like various categories of drugs, to compulsive gambling, all the way to addictive/compulsive behavior around food and sex- two of the most primal things the body needs.

Some of you reading this may know people who are or who have been in a 12-step program. Perhaps you may have even been in or currently are in one yourself. I’m sure however, that there are those who may be saying to themselves, “Yeah, that’s a great program for addicts, but I’m not addicted to anything”.  Well, I’m here to present the case that unless you have made it through your life “unscathed” by the trials and tribulations of modern day life; unaffected by past hurts, family and relationship issues, and the pressures and conditioning of modern society; you probably have some letting go to do.

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You may not be addicted to any substance, but you are more than likely at very least addicted to a specific way of thinking and acting in the world that seems beyond your ability to change. Maybe you feel, “that’s just who I am.” If that works for you, that’s fine, but for those who feel that our individual nature is not “fixed”, and that we are in a continual process of becoming; of growing and evolving; then read on.

Addiction and compulsion are nearly identical to one another, and are pretty much interchangeable. An addiction is a compulsive dependence; a seemingly uncontrollable urge to partake in or do something that one may know on some level they should not, but is beyond their personal willpower to stop. A compulsion is a subconscious draw or desire to do something that is beyond the will of the individual to control. This desire and habit is often misread by the person partaking in the compulsion as a “need”. They need to do this or they need to express themselves in this manner, as that is just who they are.

Take a person given the label of obsessive-compulsive disorder. They may feel a need to wash their hands with exactly 7 ½ squirts of Dial brand (no other) soap for exactly 3 minutes. They may then proceed to dry their hands making sure that the water residue is equally distributed across the hand towel then proceed to fold said hand towel precisely in half. They will then be sure that it is hung on a rack that is on the north side of the bathroom- it must hang on the north side.

Reading the above scenario you may be saying to yourself, “This person doesn’t NEED to do any of this.” But in their mind they do. Their mind has become dependent on this. They are “addicted” to this behavior.

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Now some circles debate as to whether or not an addiction is “real” if there is no physical substance involved. However, the proven creation and changing of neural pathways in the brains of folks who are addicted to crack and those who suffer from the “non-addiction” of compulsive pornography use, and their similarities shows how compulsive behavior is imprinted into the physiology. I also assure you that people with behavioral addictions go through withdrawals as well.

The Hermetic Principles that I discussed in my Truth and Law posting states that “ALL is Mind”; which means that Mind of the Creator generates the material universe. Another one of the Hermetic Principles states, “As above, so below”, which means that what holds true in the Mind and Body of the universe, holds true in the mind and body of man. This is a mind before matter view of existence, and is all a fancy way for me to say that our ailments in our bodies and in our lives have their origins in our mind. Thus, it is through healing our mind that our lives can begin healing. There is of course a digestive component to mood as well, but that is a topic for another time.

I stated earlier that most people are at very least “addicted” to the way they think and the way we act. Maybe we act unthinkingly and impulsively towards ourselves and others. Maybe our lives are “drama-filled” and we can’t figure out why. Maybe we feel our own lives are out of control, so we seek to control the lives of others. Maybe we are continually going through endless cycles of depression and dissatisfaction with our lives. Maybe we find ourselves wandering aimlessly, continuously seeking happiness and meaning outside ourselves, only to be disappointed again and again. Maybe we find that we need to “escape” from the grind of our daily lives through any number of distractions provided to us by society and media.

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As the saying goes, “happiness comes from within.” The same can be said for suffering in all of its forms. The origins of our suffering and our discontent comes from within our minds- from both the conscious thoughts and stories that play in our heads nearly every waking second of our lives; as well as the subconscious beliefs and pains of the past that we hold onto. These are the elements that create our emotions (see my post on changing our relationships to our thoughts).

The 12 steps work to shine a light on those places where the “monsters” of our own making live. These are the monsters that cause everything from addiction and severe compulsive behavior to depression and anxiety to general dissatisfaction and disappointment with one’s life. The 12 steps in their basic form are as follows:

1. We admitted that we were powerless over our addictive behavior- that our lives had become unmanageable
2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity
3. Made a decision to turn our will and lives over to the care of God as we understood God
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character
7. Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all
9. Made direct amends to such people whenever possible except when to do so would injure them or others
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for God’s will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts and to practice these principles in our lives.

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Through my own personal journey working the steps, I came to the realization that the principles laid out in the 12 steps were not just beneficial for “addicts”, but could be universally beneficial for people of all backgrounds. With that in mind, I humbly present the universal 12-step program- the 12-step program for the world:

1. We admitted we felt powerless over circumstances, habits, beliefs and/or ways of thinking, acting and reacting that seemed beyond our control- that our lives somehow lacked the freedom, happiness, meaning and love we deeply desired.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than our own ego and willpower could bring us to a place of freedom, happiness and love.
3. Made a decision to surrender our personal will and lives over to the care of the force(s) of Light, Life and Love as we understood them; the force that some call “God” which dwells within and around us.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to “God”, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to surrender our character defects and erroneous beliefs to the Active Force of Creation (Holy Spirit, God, Goddess, etc.) as we understood It.
7. Humbly asked the Active Force of Creation to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had wronged and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with “God” and our Higher Nature as we understood them. Praying for knowledge of this Higher Force’s will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we worked to carry this message to others and practice these principles in our lives.

As you can see, some changes were made from the original 12 steps and I did my best to make it more palatable for those who may not have addictions, per se, as well as changing some wording.  The essential work though, especially with the inventory and the amends process I did not alter at all.  The 12 steps are tried and true “shadow work”, requiring us to reflect upon our lives, recognizing the negative patterns so that we may eventually surrender them, allowing healing to take place in ourselves so we can work for the good of others.

In my next posting I will break down Step 1, and after that I will do a posting on each subsequent step once per month until the end of the year. If you feel called, I invite you to go on this journey into the depths of your being. It will be hard at times, but I assure you that the rewards far outweigh any emotional hardship you may encounter.

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THE 365-DAY CHALLENGE

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It’s New Years, a time typically set aside for reflection and resolution.  Maybe folks have a list of stereotypical New Year’s resolutions along the lines of going on a diet and/or joining a gym.  Maybe you’ll make it happen, or maybe you’ll go the average three weeks and let “life happen“.  Luckily, I’m not going to be talking about anything like that today.  But as I’m sure you can gather from the title, I do have a challenge for those brave enough to accept, and the best part about my challenge is that you don’t even have to leave your chair (as a matter of fact I would suggest you don’t).

A couple of years before I was ordained, my teacher instructed me to do a specific meditation, not for a week, not for a month, but an ENTIRE YEAR- 365 days!   I am challenging all of you out there to do the same.  The following are detailed instructions and pointers on what I found was the most effective way to get the most from it:

1. Sit in a comfortable chair that allows you to have your spine straight. Sit as though you are being suspended from the ceiling by a string attached to the top of your head. Shoulders back and relaxed and your chin tilted slightly downwards. Gently close your eyes.

2. Touch your tongue gently to the roof of your mouth. Breathe in through your nose and out through a barely opened mouth. Inhale by expanding your belly and breathe completely through the lungs. Upon the exhale, breathe out as though you are wringing out a sponge.

3. Focus on your breath. Exhale and release any tension from your body. Let the worries and concerns of the day become a distant memory. As thoughts come up, observe them in a distant fashion and let them pass. Continue focusing on the breath.

4. Bring your attention to your solar plexus- the area just beneath your heart at the base of your sternum. I’ve found it best to think of it like you are literally looking down into this area with your eyes. At this point, visualize a soft, glowing light originating from this point in your solar plexus.

5. Visualize this light expanding from within. I will often see it as growing brighter when I inhale, and expanding further throughout my body as I exhale. See this light infusing into every cell of your being. Continue to expand the light until it forms what is shaped like an egg around your being that expands at a distance of approximately 3-feet from your skin. Feel this light healing you and driving out all imperfections and character defects from your being.

6. Now, visualize this light shining from you to all of the “light-workers”; our brothers and sisters who are also consciously participating in the Great Work of spiritualizing matter and raising the consciousness of humanity for the liberation of ALL beings. These could be people from your spiritual community; friends, family, or people you have never met- really anyone doing spiritual work with good intent. This is how we build fellowship at a distance and strengthen the work. We cannot do this alone.

7. Extend this light and support to those beings who work at a higher level for the good of humanity and the Earth. Some refer to these beings as “the Host” or “Ascended Masters”. These are humans as well as other beings who have either willingly transcended being in a physical, 3-dimensional body (bodhisattvas), or semi-physical or spiritual beings (star beings, angels, etc.) who actively work with humanity and the Earth. If you have a difficult time with discarnate entities, imagine the forces of Light, Life and Love present within all human beings having a multi-dimensional existence of their own, working within the spirit and psyche of the collective humanity for our collective good.

8. After you feel you have a good handle on this, visualize this light going to all members of the races across the globe. This will work to break our concept of separateness and selfish interest. Feel a sense of kinship good will extending to your brothers and sisters in humanity across the globe. Feel the elevation in consciousness that is taking place at that moment. See humanity in its true state of peace and love.

9. For the last phase of the meditation, visualize the entire planet- our Great Mother Earth- surrounded by this great white light. Like you, this light emanates from her core. See this light cleansing and purifying Her; see this light becoming more and more brilliant until there is nothing except Light, Life and Love.

10. As you hold this thought, breathe in naturally, but consciously. Hold the thought in your mind that the creation of the New Heaven and New Earth and the Great Work is taking place AT THAT MOMENT. Now exhale, and upon the exhale, chant the word, “ Aum” and open your eyes.

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Now, do this daily for 365 days and see what happens.  As far as when you should do it, personally I am more of a fan of nighttime for this exercise in a dark, quiet room.  This better allows you to really see the light inside of you without distraction or confusion from an outside light source.  I will say however, this is the most potent spiritual exercise I have ever done.  It will leave you feeling quite energized and it may take time for your body to adjust to being charged up like this.  This can make sleeping difficult at times, especially at first.  That being said, doing it during the day may work better for you.  Whenever it is that works best, do your best to be as consistent as possible.

As far as how long to do the meditation, I’ve found between 10-20mins is optimal.  You can do it in less, but I feel it to be a bit rushed, and I don’t get the “full effect”.  In the end it is really about how long it takes for your mind to quiet down and how well you can keep it focused on the meditation you are doing.  It is a beautiful synthesis of concentrated focus and letting go.

Make no mistake, this is the Light of Christ that lives inside of us that we are working with here.  While it may seem at first as though you are “just imagining it”, this is in fact a very real thing.  You are just learning how to see it, and your imagination is simply the tool for you to learn how to see that which you could not see before.  So give it a shot.  Even if you don’t make it 365 days, I trust that it will benefit you, the Earth and all of humanity regardless.