“A soul mate is someone to whom we feel profoundly connected, as though the communication and communing that take place between us were not the product of intentional efforts, but rather a divine grace. This kind of relationship is so important to the soul that many have said there is nothing more precious in life.”—Thomas Moore
“If you have your attention on the fullness in every moment you will discover the dance of the divine in every leaf, in every petal and in every blade of grass. You will discover it in every breath of every living being, as beyond memory and judgement lies the ocean of universal consciousness.”—Deepak Chopra
Each time the losses and deceptions of life teach us about impermanence, they bring us closer to the truth. When you fall from a great height, there is only one possible place to land: on the ground—the ground of truth. And if you have the understanding that comes from spiritual practice, then falling is in no way a disaster, but the discovery of an inner refuge.
“Love is a weapon of Light, and it has the power to eradicate all forms of darkness. That is the key. When we offer love even to our enemies, we destroy their darkness and hatred… What’s more, we cast out the darkness inside ourselves. What’s left are two souls who now recognize the spark of divinity they both share.”—Yehuda Berg
Many of us have resorted to prayer or meditation as a way to solve serious problems in our lives. Fewer of us however have actually adopted such a technique on a regular and ongoing basis, when things were not going particularly poorly or when things are going well. Utilizing such techniques can bring about great fortune and joy in our lives.
For example one powerful technique is something closely related to prayer. We call it “Calling.” Our experience is that if one were to take any situation and call the higher spiritual power into that situation life responds sooner or later in a very positive way. For example, you can use calling on a daily basis in your work:
The owner of a chain of audio-video stores in Canada took up the technique of calling. Whenever he went to one of his stores he called the higher presence into that location. Within a year of utilizing this technique, profits increase six fold!
Techniques -When there is a problem in your life call to the spiritual source for solution. List the specifics in your mind, and offer the problem to it. Don’t have any expectations of a specific result. Have faith in the outcome, whatever it is. (For more info related to this topic, click here.)
-If there is a great problem in your life, recount your problems as above, and then call for a full day. This takes a great effort, but you may see a great change in your situation in the days and weeks that follow.
“Don’t believe because someone said it to you, don’t believe because it is a generally held belief. Don’t believe because it is written in books. Don’t believe because it is of divine origin - because someone else believes it. Believe only what you see, what you test and judge to be true.”—Linda
Spiritual consciousness has been felt from time immemorial as a force or current that uplift our spirits. In addition, that force can also be utilized to improve our daily lives.
Normally we create positive outcomes in our lives by having the right skills and knowledge, the proper level of organization, the right attitudes, and taking the necessary effort, amongst other. If we optimize our capacities, we are sure to meet with success and happiness in any activity or circumstance. Yet to move to a level of perfection in any situation or circumstance, we need one thing more; the cooperation of life.
In life we don’t normally have any real control over external circumstance surrounding the event or circumstance we engage in, such as the occurrence of a sudden fire drill in the middle of a meeting we are conducting, or a key person arriving late to the meeting because of a traffic incident. We don’t have the ability to effect or prevent such things. Likewise, if we don’t know the answer to a problem that we are suddenly confronted with, we don’t know where to turn. The only thing we really seem to have control of is our own current capacities.
Then how can we truly become the master of any action, project, circumstance, or situation we partake in? How do we overcome any barrier that appears beyond our control?
Our research indicates that you can gain this control by developing the simple discipline of remembering or deferring to the spiritual consciousness before the activity or event commences. By making this smallest of efforts you will experience that somehow life responds in a positive way. For example, an engineer deferring to the spirit before beginning his work can have breakthrough discoveries or insights that he or she could never have been able to have based only on one’s own knowledge, skills, and efforts. An instructor who opens to the force before his class commences watches as everything during the day seems to dovetail perfectly into place, and anticipated problems just vanish.
Deferring to the higher consciousness, the spirit, the Divine, if you will, opens us up to unlimited, even infinite possibilities, transcending the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and other capacities we bring to the situation. Opening to this higher force before commencing an act has the power to evoke positive responses from life. Actions are completed much better than expected, people respond more positively, events move more quickly, and life “cooperates.” This power solves problems, resolves conflicts, dissolves dead habits and unwanted traits, opens up new opportunities, generates freshness and enjoyment in everything we do, widens the personality, deepens our awareness, and reveals one’s true inner self. To experience this effect just once in one’s life is to set one onto a new course in life.
Our experiences suggest this method of deference to a higher force before commencing an activity is a scientific, provable fact, witnessed thousands of times by our researchers, with unprecedented positive results. If you try it and see the results once, it could change your life forever.
Techniques Before you commencing any important activity open yourself to a higher power for a moment. Then take the action. See if the action ends in positive results, atmosphere. (This is our most recommended strategy!) (For more info on the topic The Great Secret: Opening to the Force, click here.)
“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the Hand of Divinity itself, and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.”—Alexander Hamilton
In our daily life, we experience alternating periods of pleasure and pain. The world appears to be full of suffering and pain. But if we look behind the surface actions, we discover that all life is moved by the Divine’s Joy of self-discovery. This same process of self-discovery occurs in ourselves. As we come out of our ignorance through our experience of the spirit, we come into the light of knowledge, which helps us uncover the spiritual Joy and delight in existence and in our own lives.
Through prayer, meditation, contemplation, or feelings of devotion one can learn to move beyond our surface awareness and ignorance, and perceive the inner Divine plan, workings, and unfolding. when we understand this in our own lives, there is released in us a deep feeling of spiritual Joy in our delight of existence.
I will take you down my own avenue of remembrance, which winds among the hazards and shadows of my single year as a plebe. I cannot come to this story in full voice. I want to speak for the boys who were violated by this school, the ones who left ashamed and broken and dishonored, who departed from the Institute with wounds and bitter grievances. I want also to speak for the triumphant boys who took everything the system could throw at them, endured every torment and excess, and survived the ordeal of the freshman year with a feeling of transformation and achievement that they never had felt before and would never know again with such clarity and elation.
I will speak from my memory- my memory- a memory that is all refracting light slanting through prisms and dreams, a shifting, troubled riot of electrons charged with pain and wonder. My memory often seems like a city of exiled poets afire with the astonishment of language, each believing in the integrity of his own witness, each with a separate version of culture and history, and the divine essentional fire that is poetry itself.
But i will try to isolate that one lonely singer who gathered the fragments of my plebe year and set the screams to music. For many years, I have refused to listen as his obsessive voice narrated the malignant litany of crimes against my boyhood. We isolate those poets who cause us the greatest pain; we silence them in any way we can. I have never allowed this furious dissident the courtesy of my full attention. His poems are songs for the dead to me. Something dies in me every time I hear his low, courageous voice calling to me from the solitude of his exile. He has always known that someday I would have to listen to his story, that I would have to deal with the truth or falsity of his witness. He has always known that someday I must take full responsibility for his creation and that, in finally listening to him, I would be sounding the darkest fathoms of myself. I will write his stories now as he shouts them to me. I will listen to him and listen to myself. I will get it all down.
Yet the laws of recall are subject to distortion and alienation. Memory is a trick, and I have lied so often to myself about my own role and the role of others that I am not sure I can recognize the truth about those days. But I have come to believe in the unconscious integrity of lies. I want to record even them. Somewhere in the immensity of the lie the truth gleams like the pure, light-glazed bones of an extinct angel. Hidden in the enormous falsity of my story is the truth for all of us who began at the Institute in 1963, and for all who survived to become her sons. I write my own truth, in my own time, in my own way, and take full responsibility for its mistakes and slanders. Even the lies are part of my truth.
I return to the city of memory, to the city of exiled poets. I approach the one whose back is turned to me. He is frail and timorous and angry. His head is shaved and he fears the judgment of regiments. He will always be a victim, always a plebe. I tap him on the shoulder. “Begin,” I command. “It was the beginning of 1963,” he begins, and I know he will not stop until the story has ended. - Pat Conroy
“The first lesson to learn is to resign oneself to the little difficulties in life, not to hit out at everything one comes up against. If one were able to manage this one would not need to cultivate great power; even one’s presence would be healing.”—Hazrat Inayat Khan
Another phenomenon that has been felt by people who have had the spiritual experience is one of having felt some sort of spiritual energy or force, perhaps even a kind of pleasure or bliss. This force of the spiritual plane is experienced as a current, or energy, or something radiating within that has a substance and a power. Some have learned to marshal this power to effect the outcome of events and circumstance. Here are a few ways that the force of spirit functions, and can be utilized to change our lives.
Peace Another way force acts is as Peace. Peace is a state of utter calm and stillness from which all successful outcomes in life must begin.
One of the first steps on the journey is to establish Peace in our physical nature. We must quiet the body and the nerves to seek that which is beyond our surface being. Spiritual peace comes by self-discipline and calling down the higher vibration into the body, whose nature vacillates between dullness an action. This is an essential first step in any spiritual path. Once physical Peace is established we must learn to free ourselves from the influence of our mind whose lower nature is one of analysis and division and establish the abiding mental Peace to augment the physical Peace.
Calling Peace Here’s one technique: Take any situation in which there is turmoil, confusion, or other negative circumstance. Try to find a point within yourself where there is calm and peace. If you are unable to find that point call peace into the situation. When you feel you are at the point of calm and peace resume your activities. Our research indicates that by calling peace you can calm your thoughts, decrease pain, and attract positive circumstances around you. You can even help stop a negative incident around, such as a riot.
Calling peace into yourself is also a way to reduce physical pain. When a pain occurs, quiet your mind, and don’t let it give sanction to the pain (i.e. don’t give in to such thoughts and feelings as “Oh no not again” or “Now I have to go to the doctor”). Then call in Peace into yourself for a few moments. Relax. Then watch the pain ease or even disappear. This is also a great technique for reducing stress.
Techniques -Whenever you are unbalanced, mentally or emotionally, do not try to solve a problem. First become calm, and peaceful. One technique is to call Peace into your being for a few moments.
-Whenever you feel a physical pain, do not react to the sensation with any mental or emotional feelings. Keep calm, and then begin to ignore the pain completely. Don’t mention it to someone else, especially a doctor. (For more info related to this topic, click here.)
-Before going to bed aspire for a restful, calm sleep. Also call Peace into your being before you drift off into asleep. You are more likely to have a restful, calm, refreshing sleep.
Notes: Calling down Peace disperses a quarreling crowd, as well as calms down a nation troubled by war.