Archive for June, 2015

You are a non-physical being and chose to have this temporary human experience. Only a small part of your consciousness is focused in this physical experience, with the greater part of You always remaining in non-physical.

When your physical body dies the part of You that has been focused here will re-merge with your Higher Self in non-physical.

The physical brain acts as an interface connecting your non-physical Self to the physical body, in much the same way that a radio translates non-physical radio waves into the sound we can perceive with our physical sense of hearing.

Your essential being is Prime Source Energy, which is 100% positive. Your Source never feels negative emotions, and neither do you as long as you are in vibrational alignment and perceiving things from Source’s perspective.

Some people think it’s natural for humans to feel negative emotions such as sadness, frustration, unhappiness, or despair. But you only feel negative emotions when you are out of sync with your Self/Source.

If it’s “common” for humans to regularly experience negative emotions it’s because most humans are out of sync much of the time. Negative emotions are simply indicators from your inner guidance system telling you that you’re out of alignment. The more out of sync you get, the stronger the negative emotions. Conversely, the more in alignment you are, the better you feel.

Can you gain spiritual benefits through suffering or experiencing negative emotions? Yes, but that’s going about it the long and hard way. Suffering is unnecessary, for whatever benefits or lessons you learn through suffering can be gained in other ways.

Happiness is your natural state, and automatically comes with being tapped into Source. The only thing keeping you from it is negative thoughts which produce negative emotions.

Happiness is not dependent on external conditions around you. It is an inner state of being – one which you have control over all the time.

So pay attention to your emotions, and feel your way into alignment. Focus your attention on things you like, things that make you feel good. This is the easiest way to get and stay in alignment.

Control Freaks

Posted: June 27, 2015 in Spiritual/Mystical

One hears a lot about “control freaks” these days. This futile attempt to control others comes from a place of misalignment with your true Self.

Those who are in sync with their Higher Self feel no need to control others. They are in their natural state of happiness, and it is not dependent on what anyone else does or doesn’t do.

But if you’re not connected to your Self, you feel a certain dissatisfaction, a void that nothing else can fill. Everyone knows intuitively that they are supposed to feel good, that it’s their natural state. And when they don’t feel good, they know something is out of whack.

When people get disconnected they often mistakenly believe if they can just control the behavior of others it will make them feel good. But it never works.

First of all, it is impossible to control other people. And even if you managed to do it through force, it would never fill the void within you that’s caused by your own misalignment.

Your problem is not the behavior of others, or even the conditions around you. The real problem is always your own state of disconnection with your true Self – which is the Source of all happiness and joy.

You can watch these people thrashing around, trying to control others in a desperate attempt to make up for their own vibrational misalignment. They’re chasing an illusion, based on a false premise.

The answer, as always, is inside you. Tap into that, and you’ll find the Source of genuine happiness, peace, and joy.

“If you knew your potential to feel good, you would ask no one to be different so that you can feel good. You would free yourself of all of that cumbersome impossibility of needing to control the world, or control your mate, or control your child. You are the only one who creates your reality.” – Abraham-Hicks

The Playful Universe

Posted: June 8, 2015 in Spiritual/Mystical

“It’s not the normal thing for most humans to understand the playfulness of the Universe, because there really is nothing serious going on here. It’s just joyful expansion, you see. And you’re the ones that introduce the seriousness of it to it.” — Abraham-Hicks

Vedic wisdom says all creation arises from Lila – the Sanskrit word meaning cosmic play or the play of creation. All too often, humans (especially Westerners!) have the misunderstanding that life is supposed to be some dreadfully serious thing.

Nothing could be further from the truth, and nothing keeps people from connecting to their true Self more than a lack of playfulness. This serious approach to life is rooted in fear, and arises from a disconnected human perspective.

When you fail to realize that you are loved unconditionally, and that it’s not about what you do or don’t do, you tense up and are in a state of resisting the very alignment that you seek.

And so here’s the deal: just relax, lighten up, and know that it’s never been about trying to live up to some imagined standard, reach some perfect state, or any such thing.

Be light and easy. Laugh. Be playful. Have more fun. Do this and you will feel your alignment. You’ll begin feeling the genuine happiness and joy that you came here to experience.

You’ll also begin to notice the Universe has a great sense of humor. Your awareness will rise, and you’ll begin to see synchronicity everywhere. Things too bizarre to be a mere coincidence will start showing up, and it’ll feel like the Universe is winking at you. You’ll begin to get in on the great cosmic joke.

“All buddhas have laughed when they awaken…They laugh, not at you, they laugh at the whole cosmic joke.” – Osho

Aon

“Death – the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.” – Sir Walter Scott

I recently heard an interview with Bill Guggenheim, the former Wall Street stockbroker who became a pioneer in the field of After-Death Communication (ADC), defined as a spiritual experience where a person is contacted directly and spontaneously by a deceased family member or friend without the use of psychics, mediums, rituals, or devices of any kind.

Guggenheim estimates that some 60 million Americans, 20% of the population of the United States, have had at least one ADC experience, and says that is a conservative estimate. Another researcher puts the figure at double that – 120 million or 40% of the population.

I read many years ago that at least 60% of American parents who lose a child report having some type of ADC, and that the phenomenon was so widespread that psychologists consider it a normal part of the grieving process.

Needless to say, in a society so strongly focused on materialism, many people who experience ADCs would tell few others for fear of ridicule. As a result, most people are unaware of just how widespread the phenomenon is, and may consider such experiences weird and incomprehensible.

I would also point out that numerous other cultures around the world are much more open to this phenomenon than modern American society.

In Thailand, where I lived for 15 years, spirit houses (shrines intended to provide shelter for spirits) are found outside of most houses and businesses, including large shopping malls and skyscrapers. The belief that spirits are all around us is widespread in Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia.

Veneration of the dead, based on the belief that the dead have a continued existence, has been common throughout history in numerous cultures, including those of India, China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, Oceania, Africa, Europe, and in indigenous and shamanic cultures all over the globe. It was prevalent in ancient Egypt and Rome.

Indeed, modern Western societies that tend to reject these type of experiences are in a distinct minority when compared to the rest of the world and all of human history. The phenomenon is probably as old as mankind.

But it’s hardly surprising that many Westerners would find ADCs hard to accept, as any society will reject anything that doesn’t seem to fit into its culturally prescribed worldview.

Guggenheim, an agnostic with no interest in spiritual matters until he experienced a profound awakening in 1974, began his research into ADCs in 1988, eventually interviewing 2,000 people living in all 50 American states and 10 Canadian provinces, and collecting over 3,000 first-hand accounts of people who believe they have been contacted by a loved one who had died.

In the interview, Guggenheim said he followed strict guidelines in his research, and did not include anyone’s encounter that did not fit his definition of an ADC. The contact had to be direct, without the use of any kind of intermediary, and it had to be with a deceased loved one or friend – not with an unknown spirit. The reason for this was that many books had already been written about contact through psychics and mediums, or with unknown spirits, but none had yet been written about ADCs as he defined them.

Guggenheim gives 12 different categories of the types of ADCs he found to be most common in his research. These include sensing a presence, hearing an audible voice, feeling a touch, smelling a scent or fragrance, visual appearances, an intense “dream” that feels like an actual visit, out-of-body encounters, literal phone calls, and various unexplained physical phenomenon such as a stereo or radio suddenly turning on.

When my close friend Aon died in Thailand in August of 2012, family members and friends reported several of these kinds of experiences in the days that followed. Looking at Guggenheim’s list, at least six of the 12 categories of ADCs have been experienced with Aon by various people in the time since he made his transition back to non-physical reality.

Guggenheim also talked about deathbed visions, a commonly reported phenomenon where the dying person begins seeing into other dimensions during the last few days of physical life. These are powerful and comforting experiences where they often see non-physical beings or deceased loved ones beckoning or comforting them. I could tell Aon was having these experiences by watching his eyes, and knew immediately what was happening.

As with any kind of spiritual or mystical experience, the person having the experience reports that it was as real or “more real” than what we call physical reality.

And how can anyone know that these non-physical realities exist and are real? The same way we know anything – by direct experience. These realities can be experienced directly, and have been by many millions of people.

“There is no death. Death is the greatest illusion there is, the greatest myth – a lie.” — Osho