Unheard Whispers

March 26th, 2015

headBy Jill Mattson

Plants respond to music, growing better while listening to classical music, but how does sound change the physicality of the plant?

In the book, The Secret Life of Plants, researchers hooked plants to machines resembling lie detectors, which revealed their response to threatening behavior. Wow! Plants possess an awareness of their wellbeing and surroundings. Even more startling, the plants showed a response to their owner’s well-being, even if the owners were across the country. This seems like quantum entanglement (when two energies link on the quantum level, and effect another, even at long distances). Maybe the plants’ have emotions and care about their owners?

If this idea is not delightful enough, researchers display plants “singing.” The plant’s tiny vibrations are too soft for us to hear, but may account for why we feel uplifted in a botanical garden or calm down in nature. Unconsciously these “plant songs” lull us into harmony and a sense of wellbeing.

People have hooked electrodes to plants’ leaves and roots, and then connected them to musical instruments, producing fairy-like music: a new genre? A Mexican, named Aerial Guzik, hooked cacti to lutes and used their tiny these energetic impulses to create strangely beautiful music. Another experiment at Dananhur in Italy showed plants connected to electronic instruments, producing exquisite music. You can listen to this concert at the You Tube video in the footnotes.

Ancient stories of Atlantis suggest that highly psychic people telepathically “tuned” into the vibrations of the plants, asking the plants what they needed for optimal growth. According to legends in Central America, this “inside information” improved crop growth. The stories suggest that plants possess intelligence and consciousness.

The Kairos Institute of Sound Healing in New Mexico tested if sound vibrations enhanced crop growth. They played tuning forks and hand chimes over seedlings. The forks were tuned to the frequency made by Mars and Venus moving in their orbits and other frequencies found in space (raised octaves into hearing range). Their findings showed that sound vibrations improved seed germination, quantity and quality of produce, longevity of production, pollination, and plant size. The author has created heavenly music full of star tones, offering this technique to humans!

Dan Carlson, of Sonic Bloom, noticed that plants’ use of nutrients spikes at dawn. Plants do not benefit nearly as much when fed at other times. He wondered how the plant knew when dawn was. He experimented with bird chirps, local to the natural habitat of the plant, because the birds’ choruses sing loudly at dawn. Carlson discovered that when he played local bird chirps at any time of the day, the plant acted as if it was dawn and utilized more nutrients. At least one way that the plants told time was with sound. Carlson sells plant food packaged with recording of bird chirps and boasts of 100 percent increase in plant growth. Once again a link appears between sound and the plants’ well-being.

Joel Sternheimer, a French physicist, calculated the vibrations of the amino acids in plants. After he calculated the tones of each, and then he organized the amino acids in the same way that they were in the plant’s protein. When he played the “plant’s song” back to the plant, the plants growth nearly doubled with resistance to drought and disease.

What do we learn from all this? Plants are far greater beings than we expected? They are also exquisite musicians? Perhaps the biggest lesson in that sounds, below our hearing range, have a significant impact on the energies of living things: body, mind and emotions. At very least, in a romantic picture, we are bathed unconsciously in plant songs and lullabies of the stars.

Sound and music enhance the health of plants. Yet, we stubbornly believe that we are not influenced by sound in the same way. What would make us exempt? The science of bioacoustics, developed by Sharry Edwards, has shown that we can use targeted sounds to enable the body to heal itself.

We can use the energy of sound in music in targeted positive manners. The author has devoted her life to bringing forth healing vibratory patterns in musical CDs, including star sounds and vibrational patterns found in healing nature. In the future mankind will use sound to be more in control of their body, mind and emotions, harnessing sound for benefits.

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Jill Mattson is a prolific Artist, Musician and Author. Jill is a four – time author, and widely recognized expert and composer in the field of Sound Healing! She has produced seven CD’s that combine intricate Sound Healing techniques with her original Award winning musical compositions (Deep Wave Beauty CD – Best New Age CD – Silver Award). The CD’s consist of intriguing, magical tracks using ancient & modern techniques – with sound energy & special healing frequencies to achieve profound benefits. Available on her sites are free mp3’s of her Sound Healing compositions, including Solfeggio Tones, Star Energy, Flower Frequencies, Fibonnaci and nature tones. Gallery and music at www.jillswingsoflight.com, www.musicforbeauty.com, jillimattson@yahoo.com.

Q&A with Wendy Treynor, Founder of the I CAN HEAL Movement & Author of THE GIFT OF CANCER

March 24th, 2015

WendyTreynor_Photo1. What messages do you hope to convey to your readers of your book, THE GIFT OF CANCER?

 “The Gift of Cancer imparts the message of self-love as a healing force, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially. The book shares my journey of learning to love myself. Through my personal struggle with cancer and social rejection, and through my research as a social psychologist, I have learned to balance my delicate walk along the tightrope of science and spirituality. I hope to share my new paradigm for self-understanding with the world, so that others may heal themselves, also.”

2. What inspired you to turn your story into a book?

“By turning my story into a book, I gave myself a reason to live: Knowing that the healing wisdom borne of my suffering and scientific discoveries would help others, inspired me to write it.”

3. Tell us about your I Can Heal Movement and what you hope to accomplish.

“The mission of the I CAN HEAL® movement is to teach love & self-love: to help us remember who we are and all that is, because we’ve been socialized away from love & loving ourselves, through conditional love, to feel fear, guilt, or shame about ourselves; we come to forget who we are, believe the false to be true, and suffer, so that we no longer feel free or happy.

By teaching love & self-love, the I CAN HEAL® movement seeks to restore integrity at the individual and collective levels by providing us with experiential insight into our true nature, of being loved, love, and loveable (ending fear, guilt, and shame), infusing us with the courage and strength to be who we truly are, and to truly love and care for ourselves, regardless of social opinion.

By staying true to our hearts and loving ourselves, we inspire others to stay to true to their hearts and love themselves, also; in this way, we work towards the unleashing of human potential, and the liberation of the human spirit for all, restoring harmony and balance to the Earth and its peoples, so that all people may experience, and know happiness, love, peace, truth, and freedom.”

4. If you could give one bit advice to a younger version of yourself, what would it be?

“Genuinely love and accept yourself NOW; set yourself free NOW.  Don’t wait for others to do it for you some day in the future, because that day may never come. The future doesn’t exist. Only the present moment does. The mind is creating an illusion of a future. If you still don’t have love, joy, peace, and freedom in the NOW, you’ll never have love, joy, peace, or freedom. It is a delusion of the mind to suffer NOW for peace later, because freedom cannot be bought through servitude; peace cannot be bought through war. End the war inside you NOW … Set yourself free NOW…and you will be happy. J”

5. What advice do you have for those who experience or are afraid of social rejection?

“I advise finding a new reference point for self-understanding apart from the group by making “the non-social” our reference group. A reference group is the group whose standards (of what is “good, right, and true”) we internalize as our own—standards by which we measure others and ourselves.  If we measure up to our reference group standards, we experience self-acceptance, and feel happy, whereas if we don’t, we feel unpleasant emotions, and suffer.

For most of us, our reference group is a social group, but the standards of the social world are always fluctuating and cannot be relied upon as a valid source of truth, because the group is an organism, which has its own motivation to devour our individuality through our conformity, so it can grow at our expense. If we don’t fit in, being a member of a group that is our reference group can be a devastating experience. However, if “the non-social” is our reference group, then we need not suffer, because we know ourselves as we are and our true value.”Cover_TheGiftOfCancer

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For more information, visit www.ICanHeal.com, attend an I CAN HEAL Retreat and join the I CAN HEAL Movement.

WENDY TREYNOR is a published author on depression and emotion in peer-reviewed journals, former UCLA Visiting Scholar, and Director of Healing Consulting in Los Angeles, who has given talks around the globe at UC Berkeley, UCLA, the University of New South Wales in Australia, and Israel’s Technion Institute of Technology. Her insights into the “art of happiness” represent a convergence of science and spirit. A wisdom-keeper with insight into how the peer pressure process works as it relates to why we unknowingly compromise ourselves under social pressure, leading us to betray our hearts and conscience,  Dr. Wendy Treynor holds a PhD in Social Psychology from the #1 ranked program in the U.S. (US News & World Report, 2009: U. Michigan, Ann Arbor).  Having walked away from 3 different jobs because of unethical activity, Dr. Wendy Treynor is a teacher of love & self-love, cancer survivor, and workplace bullying survivor-turned social scientist and thought leader on being true to you and happiness. Her book is available on AMAZON at GiftofCancer.com. As a seasoned speaker and popular presenter, Dr. Treynor is available for speaking engagements on wellness, bullying, diversity, and doing the right thing at corporations, universities, and schools. Learn more or join the I CAN HEAL® Movement at ICanHeal.com.

 

Secret of Water movie premieres this weekend

March 22nd, 2015

The new movie, Secret of Water, premiered this weekend in New York.  It is a documentary that seeks to understand how water may impact us. Below is the trailer and synopsis from the film’s website, http://secretofwaterthemovie.com/.

Water – a living substance, the most common and least understood. It defies the basic laws of physics, yet holds the keys to life. Known to ancients as a transmitter to and from the higher realms, water retains memory and conveys information to DNA. However, water can die if treated poorly. Influences such as sound, thoughts, intention, and prayer, as well as toxins such as chlorine, structure water’s molecular arrangement– affecting all it comes in contact with. Prominent scientists help reveal the secret of water, allowing us to use this amazing element to heal ourselves and our planet.

The movie features Nassim Haramein, Patrick Flanagan, Dr. Masaru Emoto, Konstantin Korotkov, Lynne McTaggart, Larry Dossey, and many others.

The Ugly Duckling

March 17th, 2015

headshot632-2.jpg-nggid015-ngg0dyn-300x300x100-00f0w010c011r110f110r010t010By Helen Woo, Author of SELF-AID – Inspirations to Turn Struggles into Success

I am the ugly duckling. There are three of us – and I am always the odd man out. I am different from my siblings.

I want to be like my sister. Heck, I want to BE my sister. She’s older, she’s prettier, she’s taller, and she’s smarter. She gets all the attention. She’s perfect. My sister can do no wrong.

I like being a girl, so I don’t want to be like my brother – except I know that if I was born a boy, I’d get special treatment all the time.

I am seven years old, maybe eight, and I want approval so badly. I am proud and happy to carry the groceries on our way home from the market. We have no car, so walking is our norm.

I’d willingly help out in the kitchen every chance I could. I craved love and I wanted approval so desperately. Oh, please, please, please “Let me help you – let me make you proud. Please give me a chance.”

When I am nine years old, I am told to stop being outspoken. I need to stop expressing myself. I must keep my emotions to myself, I must keep my thoughts and wishes hidden. I should not express myself. I am a Chinese girl. I should “speak only when spoken to.”

I am now in the sixth grade; I think I am 11 years old. I look into the mirror, I smile into the mirror, and I brush my long, dark hair. I say to my reflection and affirm to myself: “I am NOT ugly. I am pretty… I am a pretty girl.”

I am a teenager now, 14 years old and just about to turn 15. I am told that even if there were funds available, it would be my sister that they would send to college/university. It doesn’t matter if I bring home mostly A’s and a couple of B’s. I still am not worthy. I do not deserve a paid education. Throughout these years, I am told that I will not succeed. I am told that I am unfortunate because my sister got the good looks of the two girls. I am too short and too skinny; my voice is funny because it is too low and raspy. I am no good. I am the bad egg. I can relate to a book from my early childhood. Little did I know that in the end, the “Ugly Duckling” would turn out to be a beautiful swan.

I am 15 now. I have been raised with the belief that I am the black sheep of the family. So why not act like I am? The boys are looking at me now. They think I’m cute. Wow, I am cute! Not only that, but they tell me that I have a “good personality.” Nice. People like me; I am thrilled. There is no longer a need for me to compete
with my sister. There is no need to try so hard and please everyone at home. However, I am still longing for their love… and approval.

I now start my rebellious phase. Trouble, here I come. I am a troubled teen like many, and I am involved with anything and anyone that is off limits to me. My excuse is that nothing I do makes a difference anyway, so why not test the limits. Ultimately, I do feel remorseful for my actions and I repent.

I am 18 now, and I want out. I feel restricted and confined to a place where I cannot be myself. I cannot speak out, and when I do, I am always wrong anyway. Nothing I do gains approval. I want my freedom. I want to express myself!

In a nutshell, growing up in the traditional old school, old culture-style home, I was told that I was too expressive and certainly too talkative. I was reprimanded for laughing too often and too loudly in public. I was told to contain myself and be aware of my body language. I was told to speak with my hands by my sides and to be still. I was told to speak only when spoken to and was discouraged to initiate conversations, as that action would be considered a display of bad manners. These requests were not easy, but I could at least honor them in public when with my family. However, when I was on my own, at school or elsewhere, I laughed, I jumped, I hugged,
I felt passionate, and I felt free. I finally felt as though I loved myself.

Mostly, I wanted to love myself because I kept thinking to myself, who would love me if I didn’t?

My friends, uncles and aunts and grandparents thought I was special. They loved me.

Outside of my immediate family, I realized that other people accepted me. They enjoyed my enthusiasm. They wanted to be with me. Even strangers thought I was a “fun and happy” person to be around. They enjoyed my laughter. I guess I was happy. I was happy because I felt freedom with them because I could be myself.

Though I recognize the bond of family, I also realize that they are not the only people who are important in my life. Whether bound by blood or by friendship, it is human nature to connect deeply to those who want to be with us and see the best in us.

Self-esteem grows immensely when it is nurtured by love and acceptance. I am grateful for the positive influence and guidance in my life. I am able to build my self-esteem through the people who were meant to be part of my journey to self-love.

Today I love and appreciate myself for who I am; for I am a swan.

The Conscientious Neurotic

March 10th, 2015

index Social psychologists generally agree that all of our behavior can be categorized into 5 unique personality traits that they label Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism. Much of the research has shown that people who exhibit high levels of neuroticism (which is our tendency to experience “negative” emotions such as anger, anxiety, sadness, and depression) is correlated with poor health, unhappiness, and other problematic outcomes. However, new research has come out that shows that people who exhibit high levels of Neuroticism, but also show high levels of Conscientiousness (which is our tendency to demonstrate self-discipline and aim for achievement against measures or outside expectations) actually have better health, happiness, and likelihood to achieve their goals.

So, what does this mean? Well, most self-help gurus, spiritual teachers, and psychologists warn against the harmful effects that neurotic tendencies, such as anger, anxiety, or depression can have. Some go as far as to say you should never be angry or never feel depressed or anxious. This type of belief and teaching can actually have the opposite effect because it can lead people to feel even more anxious when they are feeling anxious or to feel depressed about feeling depressed;…when in reality these type of emotions are part of being human and can actually motivate us to make positive changes in our life.

A more helpful belief and practice would be that it is not actually feeling anxious, depressed, or angry that is potentially harmful; but it is our response to our anger, anxiety, or depression that is important. In fact new research actually shows that people who exhibit higher levels of anxiety, depression, or anger (Neuroticism), but respond to those feelings in a Conscientious manner actually have better physical health and higher levels of happiness. This is in part because those ‘negative’ feelings can prompt us to make positive changes in our thinking and behavior.

There are various strategies we can use to put this into practice by making better use of our thoughts, feelings, and behavior. For example, probably one of the quickest and easiest ways we can counteract these ‘negative’ feelings and manage our stress is through exercise, whether that is a 10 minute walk, yoga, or going to the gym. Other ways we can quickly respond to our anxiety include taking more control of our thoughts and being more discipline with our thinking when we our feeling anxious or stressed. Some helpful thoughts that we can use to reduce anxiety and increase our ability to feel better when we are faced with feeling anxiety or stress include:

        “I will rise, rise, rise, and rise”
        “I don’t know how, but this situation will help me learn and grow”
        “I am here to serve”
        “I am dismissing this negative thought because I do not need it to
achieve my goal”

        “I intend to connect to my whole self right now”

Research has shown that these types of cognitive and behavioral interventions can truly reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, make us feel better, and help us calmly take more direct action that increases the chances of us reaching our goals.

The Principle Documentary

March 8th, 2015

A controversial new film addresses addresses one of the most heated debates of all time: Our place in the Cosmos.

What if everything you think you know about our Universe is wrong? Are we significant or just a cosmic accident? Does new evidence reveal the the largest structures in the observable Cosmos to be aligned with Earth or are we, as Carl Sagan asserts, random and insignificant? A new controversial documentary film THE PRINCIPLE reveals astounding new evidence impacting a question that has been debated by scientists and theologians for centuries; who are we, why are we here and do we have unique place in the cosmos? Are we simply one of millions of worlds teeming with life? Are we alone? Is there a divine architect or are we a freak cosmological accident?

Destined to become one of the most controversial films of our time, THE PRINCIPLE dares to go where few have gone before. It questions a foundational principle in cosmology: the Copernican Principle. At its basic core, the Copernican Principle states that the Earth is not in any specially favored or central location. The question of our place in the cosmos is the greatest scientific detective story in all of history. The world has been shaped by two great assertions: one places us in the center of it all and the other one relegates us to insignificance.

Directed by Katheryne KTEE Thomas, THE PRINCIPLE is the first documentary to examine this persistent puzzle at the heart of modern science. A remarkable look at the history of cosmology and and various scientific and theological questions, the film leaves viewers with new questions and new answers about our unique place in the universe and features a wide range of perspectives from modern day physicists and theologians including Dr. Michio Kaku, Max Tegmark and George Ellis and Robert A. Sungenis.

“It always seems like we’re in the center of the universe. But we’re really not” says contributor Lawrence Krauss, Director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. “There’s nothing special about humans.” states contributor Michio Kaku, professor of Theoretical Physics at City College of New York. Conversely, Professor of Physics at the University of Adelaide John G. Hartnett says: “This idea that we’re not in any special place in the universe—there’s something wrong with that.” Producer/Write Rick DeLano states: “Our film aims to create an objective dialogue about one of the most hotly debated issues of our time—our place in the Cosmos.”

THE PRINCIPLE brings to light astonishing results from recent large-scale surveys of our universe—surveys that disclose unexpected evidence of a preferred direction in the cosmos, aligned with our supposedly insignificant Earth and leads viewers face-to-face with this most important question: What does this mean for the future of mankind? What are we discovering?

Viewers with open minds will discover in THE PRINCIPLE that even the outskirts of the Universe seem to be pointing toward one location: Earth. And posits that maybe we are not so alone and random as we have been led to believe.

For more information please visit : www.theprinciplemovie.com

Feeling unworthy and aspects from past lives

March 5th, 2015

By Jeanne Jessica

soulsjourneyAs some questions have come up from feedbacks people sent to me on older messages about past lives in my blog, I am going to give some more information here – that it may serve others too. We are going to take 2-3 examples of many different difficulties that one can experience in situations where aspects from past lives are still hidden.

Some well known issues are themes like a lack of self-confidence and the feeling of unworthiness. Our first reaction is then that we go to see a therapist or seek for help in all types of healing modalities. For some part, all this works very well and is helping in a wonderful way. But in rare cases, the old and often painful emotions are coming back some time later again and again. This has been observed with certain fears same as with other emotional issues.

The reason is that most of these therapies and healing modalities focus their work of this one lifetime and do not go into older past lives. Often, they analyze forward and backward the whole childhood and all the relationships between the family members of this lifetime. And then maybe in the next therapy everything is turned upside down, analyzed, diagnosed and categorized again. If at the end, the patient is getting better and feeling better and is healed, all is well.

But the reason why in some rare cases this is not working, is because our Soul has had many other lifetimes before this life. Some Souls have had many many many lifetimes. You can see a young person standing there at the bus station, but in truth its Soul can be “a lot older” than you by the high numbers of incarnations on this planet.

And because the Soul has had other lifetimes with difficult situations too – some of the memories of those pains and fears are still active in this lifetime. And they can influence how a person is feeling. They can be the reason for strange fears and different other things. And if after years of analyzing what happened in the past and in the childhood of this lifetime, the patient is still not better, some answers can be found when opening up to the idea that it could come from experiences in older lifetimes.

You can understand that if in your last 5 incarnations you have been struggling with a deep feeling of unworthiness because of some very difficult experiences in your world there, it can be you brought that theme with you into this lifetime. Or any other type of difficult emotions, fears or consciousness.

Therefore, before allowing any kind of labels, prejudices or other things being put on you by any person – maybe you are just a high sensitive being, an old Soul who had have many lifetimes on this planet. And there is nothing wrong with you. Now this all is another reason why we should never judge or put labels on others: we have no idea about their Souls journey.

Plus, it is part of the process of awakening, the path of Light where we more and more become one with our Soul – we are being guided to heal those old wounded aspects from past lives. And we can heal them in a similar way we do the healing work with the “inner child“. And this will then free us from old fears and other old emotional issues.

We not only brought certain memories from past lives into this lifetime, but we did also carry with us a certain type of consciousness. For some people, depending on the experiences of the past lives, it was a consciousness of a very specific theme and that is what they then attract in this lifetime more easily than others. When you see that some people entertain a strong consciousness about certain themes, chances are they were living within that same state of consciousness already in their last few lives.

Truth is that when we observe the journey of our Soul over many lifetimes, we for sure have not always been a saint who never made any mistakes. Open the books of the history and read. We all have been part of some of the things that are written there, in some roles or other roles. And so, isn’t it just natural that there can be some memories that we have taken with us into this lifetime, because past then it was not possible for us to heal them?

Now, in this lifetime, in this New Energies and this New Consciousness, the potentials and possibilities for healing and release are grander than ever before.

This whole thing with aspects from past lives explains also why 2 young children in the same family sometimes do react in a total opposite way to the same situation: their Souls have had different experiences in their past lives, and that is why their sensitivity is so different.

And so, it makes sense that instead of too much looking for answers outside in the world to explain us why we feel the way we feel – why not start and sit one hour every day and listen to what our Soul is trying to tell us? The answers come from within our own heart and our own Soul. And the importance of taking the time to turn inward and connect with our own Soul is too often underestimated. In my understanding, we cannot fully heal as long as we do not take the time to connect with our Soul.

Divine Blessings to You,

Jeanne Jessica

For personal coachings, my website is: http://www.jeannejess.net/

Four Visions

March 3rd, 2015

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By Nicholas Hagger

Visions: rapture
I was “rapt”: I felt the ‘divine presence’ steal up suddenly from below and fill my soul, slow my breathing, lock my body rigid as a fakir’s. I lay down on my bed and closed my eyes. I surrendered the deepest crevices of my soul and was given more visions: of beautiful golden furniture, of temple columns, of a brown statue head, of the celestial curtain, and then, marvellously, of the diamond in luminous blue light. This was the first time I had seen the colour blue in my secret journeys, and it stood out in my memory afterwards, even though it blended into the Golden Flower and was followed by perhaps half an hour of light flashing up into my inner night like a dawn.

Later I wrote in my Diaries: “Visions again. So many I can’t remember them…. There were gold items of furniture (e.g. table leg) and a lot of old masters and temple columns, one old brown statue head, a celestial curtain, the diamond in blue light, and a yellow flower. A lot of light breaking, like a dawn turning into morning or like the sun coming out.”…

Visions: three more raptures
At twilight I ate peacefully at the dining-table and looked across Chelsea at the lights in dusky windows. I sat rigid for a while, then stood up and left Ann, went through to my bedroom and lay on my bed in the dark. Soon I was breathing slowly and deeply, possessed, in union with the Light. After perhaps a quarter of an hour my breathing became heavy and reached a kind of sighing climax. Feeling thirsty I put out a hand. As my body recovered its sensation I felt satisfied behind my lungs….

I recorded this experience in my Diaries:

“I am aglow with the mystic Fire.” Two days later, on 19 April, I wrote in my Diaries:

I feel like St Paul – after reading passages from St Augustine and St Gregory in Dom Cuthbert Butler’s Western Mysticism. Both speak of the inner Light as the aim of mysticism, as God, as Being which is unchangeable…. I have had it what? Some twenty times since September?… Contemplative and active lives…. ‘Rapture’ is being snatched up.

After that quite abruptly I stopped going out. Instead I sat in my window at my leather-covered antique desk and looked down at the new plane-tree beneath me, behind which, like a heart, was hidden a magnolia. I drank gunpowder tea and pottered among my old papers and possessions, rooting myself and paring them down.

I was again ‘snatched’, this time while finishing a Saturday lunch on 22 April. Looking out over Chelsea, and feeling the peace rising up around me and enfolding me, I put down my spoon, pushed back my chair and sat cross-legged, hands clasped. Soon I was breathing deeply and sinking into a trance that made me rigid, so that I felt no discomfort in what would ordinarily have been an uncomfortable position. As I sank deeper I saw a wonderful pale blue light that blended with a dazzling white light like a diamond shining in the sun. I sighed in ecstasy. Stiffly I walked through to my bedroom and lay on the bed and the Light came and went again, only more faintly this time. I came slowly out of my trance. For the rest of the day I felt very creative, very alive, full of intimations of inner power.

I later wrote in my Diaries:

The second time this week I have been ‘rapt’…. Again I was sitting at my sitting-room table, looking down on the world beneath me, and again I felt an immense well-being come over me. Everything was good, I felt contented – at peace…. There was a glorious light blue light that blended with a dazzling white light of much greater circumference than I’ve ever seen before – almost like a diamond shining in the sun. It was not with me for long, but I went and lay down on my bed and the light came and went, faintly, again, and then I came slowly out of the trance. I had not felt my body at all, for about 45 minutes, and now I finished my pudding: raspberry fool.hrcover2

I had another visitation a few days later, on 28 April…. The presence revealed itself again on the Friday evening. My breathing slowed and my fingers locked so that I again could not hold a spoon without difficulty. I closed my eyes and wandered into my bedroom. The white light came up with blue tints. I felt an ecstasy grow in me. I began to catch my breath and the white light grew brighter and bigger and brighter. Suddenly, there was a round halo before my closed eyes like a hoop of light, exactly the same as the sun-halo I had pinned near my Tibetan mandala. I gave a gasp and fell away. It was then shortly after 10 p.m.

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Nicholas Hagger is a poet, man of letters, cultural historian and philosopher. He has lectured in English Literature at universities in Baghdad, Tripoli (Libya) and Japan (where he was a Professor), and is the author of more than 35 books. These include a substantial literary output of nearly 1,500 poems, over 300 classical odes, two poetic epics, five verse plays and a thousand stories, travelogues and innovatory works in literature, history and philosophy.

My Double Life Volumes 1 & 2 is a writer’s successful search for meaning, purpose and truth, and emergence from a Dark Night of the Soul to illumination and unitive, universal consciousness during the Cold War. It is published by O Books March 2015. Vol 1 ISBN: 978-1-84694-590-8 (Paperback) £25.99 $45.95. Vol 2 ISBN: 978-1-78099-714-8 (Paperback) £34.99 $57.95

Jersey Yogi: The Unintentional Enlightenment of an Uptight Man

February 19th, 2015

cropped-Jim-in-Montreal1By Jim Starr

Did you know that cow shit in India isn’t cow shit? It’s cow *dung*.

At any rate, there’s lots of it. And, we were told, people put it to good use, be it burning it as fuel for heating, or drying it into bricks and building houses with it. We found it particularly useful for stepping in.

With nothing special to do on our breaks, we’d often walk into “downtown” Ganeshpuri to do a bit of shopping, or to just absorb that slice of India outside the ashram gates. And cow dung was everywhere. At first we tried to avoid it, and this resulted in a very strange, zigzag, almost stumbling walking pattern. But even this ingenious technique didn’t work – we still stepped in a lot of shit. We learned to wear rubber shoes – thongs or the like – and to hose them off when we got back to the ashram. We also learned the value of *letting go*. We hated stepping in this stuff but it was truly unavoidable. *Let go*!

*Letting go* seemed to be a key facet of learning how to be happy in India because things were *different* there. People just didn’t seem to play the game of life the way Americans did. It was common to see merchants in the village sitting cross-legged all day in their little stalls, seeming as if they absolutely didn’t care whether they ever made a sale. Service was, by our standards, incompetent and *slow*. The old English adage that “you can’t speed up the orient” seemed 100% true. And when we asked people questions about directions or the like, they would seem quite determined to be *un*helpful. They would maddeningly have trouble understanding the simplest requests, and were very fond of giving no-can-do answers such as
“Oh, you can’t go *there*.”Jersey Yogi - Final Ebook

Their agendas were different than ours, and it behooved us to lighten up in our insistence that things go *our* way. I didn’t *consciously* try to alter my fast-paced priorities, but noticed that a bit of India was rubbing off on me anyway. One day I needed to change some dollars into rupees and went to the tiny little bank which was right next to the ashram. There were no other customers in the bank except one Indian woman who was ahead of me in “line.” I still don’t understand how or why this happened, but it took me *three hours* to change the money! But the weirdest thing was: *I didn’t even mind*! Three “wasted” hours, and I wasn’t even mildly pissed-off. I was imbibing India. I was slowing down…. I was letting go.

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Jim Starr was born in New York City and grew up in New Jersey. A natural competitor who did everything to win, and the sorest loser if he did not, became a successful computer programmer and created a very promising career and life. However, in 1976, a devastating sports injury would have him question his future, seek relief and start a journey that would lead him to become an unusual yogi—Jersey Yogi. Today, Jim is a philosopher, certified Rolfer (a holistic practice similar to deep-tissue massage) and an avid student of the human condition. He’s also an amateur musician and a hospice volunteer—seeking to give, and to be where he can make the most difference. He currently resides in Colorado. Still very much the competitor, he plays handball and has won the Colorado State Championship in his age division numerous times. Jim is the father of three children: Lionel, Amy and Rachel.

Music of the Heart

February 12th, 2015

headBy Jill Mattson

With Valentine’s Day approaching, our attention focuses on love. The feeling of love makes this holiday a special one. Music creates feelings. The question is, “Can music create love?” These two energies are more connected than we imagine. Both energies have waves, which combine in close proximity. Recall how the sound track of a movie makes you feel. Back to our opening theme, love can be enhanced with music.

The question that follows is…”What is the feeling of Love?” The answer is not simple. Love, a many splendored word, has many attributes. For example, love may be kind and yet courageous. Other loving attributes are forgiveness and acceptance. The word love is a cap stone for many virtues. Yet, each attribute of love is a feeling.

Using music to enhance a feeling, like love, may seem like a novel idea, but it was not in antiquity. Ancient man created positive feelings through sound or music, and then listened to them for an incredible number of times. With each listen they ingested a tiny amount of this desired energy via the music. For example, if they wished to make a boy ferocious, he was constantly exposed to furious music. Likewise, a gentle person was cultivated with constant gentle music. Ancient sages prescribed listening to something special – thousands of times until it was a dominant energy within one’s personality.

We gain a habit, or personality trait by repeating feelings over and over again until they surface from our subconscious mind as an automated response. This is most easily accomplished with the aid of music. We can automate repeats of desired feelings by playing a special CD over and over again.

Ancient Man designed music to replicate beautiful attributes of love. This is done today as well. It is even packaged with cathartic release of negative emotions and the building of positive emotions, in music such as The Healing Flower Symphonies. Music builds attributes that compose love, we just have to listen to “loving” music.
If you wish to acknowledge your loved one’s beauty – be it their personality or appearance, then play beautiful music to enhance your message. The author created the Deep Wave Beauty CD, designed with beautiful music to make someone feel beautiful. It also contains frequencies associated with vitamins, collagen and muscle in the face and neck. Think of this music as aural makeup or a spa experience, delivering the feeling of beauty on many levels.

In yet another way to use music to enhance your message of love, recall that your intentions carry on sound waves. You can say “hello,” communicating to someone that you love him or are angry at him. Your feelings carry on your words. Your intentions also are feelings and they mesh with music. This idea has practical applications. Identify a piece of music for your loved one and make it “your song.” When this song is played, it links you. Your intent becomes entwined with the feelings in the music, as both the sounds and emotions combine into one energy.

Music is a source of energy that we can use to enhance our body, mind soul and, yes, to intensify our sharing of love on Valentines Days and always.

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Jill Mattson is a prolific Artist, Musician and Author. Jill is a four – time author and widely recognized expert and composer in the field of Sound Healing! She has produced seven CD’s that combine intricate Sound Healing techniques with her original Award winning musical compositions (Deep Wave Beauty CD – Best New Age CD – Silver Award). The CD’s consist of intriguing, magical tracks using ancient & modern techniques – with sound energy & special healing frequencies to achieve profound benefits. Also available on the sites are additional free mp3’s of her Sound Healing compositions, including Solfeggio Tones, Star Energy, Flower Frequencies, Fibonnaci and nature tones. Gallery and music at www.jillswingsoflight.com, www.musicforbeauty.com, jillimattson@yahoo.com.