Amidst the torments of a new century fraught with traumatic upheavals and the ongoing uncertainty about our planet's future health and balance, there lies a great hope for a totally renewed global spiritual understanding and deep realization of man's true nature as a vessel for a spark of Divinity. This renewal holds the promise of a Golden Age of peace, loving compassion and universal brother/sisterhood. What is now marking a turning point in humanity's journey from the fast-fading era of war and random violence into a new time of global peace and sanity is the exponentially accelerating awakening that is taking place, mostly unseen from the glare of most media's fascination for the most extreme human behaviors, but still very much in progress as more and more souls in embodiment manage to rekindle the remembrance of their true Self and of the reason for their presence at this point in the time Continuum. We can but celebrate and cherish the fact that humanity's collective consciousness is at long last reflecting the increasingly potent streams of higher consciousness that have been activated thanks to all the individual awakenings that have taken place so far.
Now, as we approach the famed 2012 dimensional threshold, a mere flicker of eternity away, we are bound to experience a cascading crescendo of ever more intense initiatory preparations as more and more souls make the inner shift from the illusion of separation to Oneness Consciousness, the prime condition for what can be called the Resurrection of mass divine consciousness on this beloved sphere of Life, this collection of all individual life sentience into an intricately connected whole that breathes, feels and manifests Universal Intelligence as it expresses Itself through Nature's multifaceted forms of perfection. We can barely fathom at this point the scope and awe-tingling level of soul communion that will be experienced when this magical mass threshold will be crossed in a few years' time. Yet we can sense how profound and truly revolutionary, from a historical perspective, this shift into a higher dimension of consciousness and vibration will be. We merely have to think about how we instinctively react, deep within, every time we can witness the birth of a new being, whether human or animal, to have an idea of the kind of impression the collective awakening to our true divine nature will create in us. Even the blossoming of a flower and the simple act of smelling the subtle fragrance some flowers emits can trigger this sense of muted admiration and complete reverence for the mysterious Power of Life that can so masterfully produce a new human body from the merging of 2 human cells in the bosom of a female body, and which will manifest Itself when most of us will be ripe for this resurrection into our new global Self, as One with all Life on Earth and throughout the multiverse.
The glory of these sublime moments to come can already be felt if one projects his/her Self a couple years ahead to partake to the planetary celebration of Light and Love that will forever enliven the memories of this magical time of victory of Divine Spirit over matter and soul oblivion that have so much dominated us throughout the past several millennia. For countless generations to come, our victorious emergence from the slumber of a deliberately chosen amnesia into the resurrected sense of Divine Self will be remembered as one of the highest points of Joy and Bliss this world has ever known. Through joining together as loving expressions of Who We Are, while in meditation, all together or individually, over the next four weeks, we will contribute in catalyzing this process which is now well underway and thus help cement in humanity's collective awareness, and on behalf of all our awakening kin souls, the incontrovertible fact that Love prevails, Light grows and Oneness is, for the Highest Good of all as One.
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"Resurrection = Ascension = Living/feeling/experiencing oneself as a light body = Awakening = Triggering of codes and information of galactic importance = Realization of highest form of truth of Being = Spiritual fireworks = Interconnectedness with All = BEING ONENESS, LIGHT and LOVE."
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"The FACT is that Jesus was never put on a cross, so there was no crucifixion or resurrection. That rather blows the whole foundation of Christian dogma, doesnt it? For how, then, could it be that he gave his life to save sinners? Sinners means the whole lot of you, according to those who came up with the idea that everyone is born into sin. Oh dear me! The only sin, if you will, is interfering with the growth of a soul, your own or anyone elses, and the result is DEvolution with as many more chances as needed NOT to do that. 26. Then theres Mary Magdalene how wretchedly the Bible portrays her! She was Jesus wife and ultimate soulmate, and after the Sanhedrin flogged her husband and warned him to get out of their territorythey didnt want to make him a martyr as that would give impetus to his teachingsthey went to the East where Jesus had spent the lost years learning from the masters how to perform miracles and where he knew his family was safe. He and Mary had a large happy family there, and years later they all traveled to the West and settled in what now is France. Eventually Jesus returned to the East and along the way continued teaching My REAL Wordthe Bible includes some of that, but everything in the early records that didnt support the self-serving ones cause got left outand he lived to a ripe old age. Although in their later years he and his adored Mary were apart in body, they were so highly attuned spiritually that they were together then, as now and evermore, in spirit and celestial visitations."
"YOUR MEDITATION GROUPS ARE ESSENTIAL FOR THE TRANSFORMATION OF EARTH AND ALL THEREIN! ALSO, THE MANNER IN WHICH WE MEDITATE, i.e. HOLDING A VISION OF A HEALED EARTH; FOCUSING ON EARTH AS PARADISE; FOR IT TRULY DOES EXIST NOW IN THAT REALM OF SPIRIT IN WHICH ALL THINGS ARE HEALED AND PERFECT. Lord knows it is not always easy to get away from the mind sets that we have been handed as children and have accepted as adults and most difficult to pull our minds off from the scenes of destruction and madness here BUT I feel it is necessary during our meditations to concentrate on the HEALED planet. IT CAN HAPPEN! I say "CAN" because free will is still part of the human set up. If each of us works toward our own perfection, and "tuning/toning" up our TRUE SELF-hood the "magic" (TRUTH actually) of SPIRIT'S LOVE and all ITS implications can manifest. Muddy water and clear water cannot exist in the same space. It is Good Friday (Christian holy day) AND the 13th (Qabalah Key 13 Death, Overcome evil with good) So this is a day for transformation; the releasing of the false ego and a time for renewal; letting the old negative ways "die" to be recycled in Spirit's realm. In that context it is truly a Good Friday! But "Easter Sunday" is my favorite; the concept of the Resurrection! I love the thoughts and feelings of personal renewal and flight into the truth and release from the old suppressing, muddy, thought forms. What a space of JOY."
i) Global Meditation Day: Sunday at 16:00 Universal Time (GMT) or at noon local time. Suggested duration: 30 minutes. Please dedicate the last few minutes of your Sunday meditation to the healing of the Earth as a whole. See the Earth as healthy and vibrant with life, and experience the healing of all relations as we awaken globally to the sacredness of all Life and to our underlying unity with All That Is.
ii) Golden Moment of At-Onement: Daily, at the top of any hour, or whenever it better suits you.
These times below correspond (for most countries) to 16:00 Universal Time/GMT:
Honolulu 6:00 AM -- Anchorage * 8:00 AM -- Los Angeles * 9:00 AM -- Mexico City, San Salvador & Denver * 10:00 AM -- Houston * & Chicago * 11:00 AM -- Santo Domingo, La Paz, Caracas, New York *, Toronto *. Montreal *, Asuncion & Santiago 12:00 PM -- Halifax *, Rio de Janeiro & Montevideo 1:00 PM -- Reykjavik & Casablanca 4 PM -- Lagos, Algiers, London *, Dublin * & Lisbon * 4:00 PM -- Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Geneva *, Rome *, Berlin *, Paris * & Madrid * 6:00 PM -- Ankara *, Athens *, Helsinki * & Istanbul * & Nairobi 7:00 PM -- Baghdad *, Moscow * 8:00 PM -- Tehran * 8:30 PM -- Islamabad 9:00 PM -- Calcutta & New Delhi 9:30 PM -- Dhaka 10:00 PM -- Rangoon 10:30 PM -- Hanoi, Bangkok & Jakarta 11:00 PM -- Perth, Hong Kong, Beijing & Kuala Lumpur +12:00 AM -- Seoul & Tokyo +1:00 AM -- Brisbane, Canberra & Melbourne +2:00 AM -- Wellington +4:00 AM
3. MORE INFORMATION RELATED TO THIS MEDITATION FOCUS
The following is provided as a complement to further the process of inspirational understanding of what, in truth, cannot be grasped from a purely intellectual perspective, for the True Key to unlock the vault of your spiritual knowledge lies within you... and nowhere else.
1. Pathways to Unity
2. Shamanism and the Technology of Sacred Stones
This document is designed to trigger an inner awareness of our ability to co-manifest in a Spirit of Unity with Life what is being suggested through our inner intuitive connections with this wondrous and benevolent Force. Here are some steps suggested to help in this "unveiling" process...
Releasing our hidden emotions of fear and trusting that we can really do whatever our soul prompts us to do, whenever it is needed to achieve what the guidance is asking from us.
Opening our hearts to the infinite power of the Universe lying within us like a butterfly in its cocoon, ready to take up its flight to the marvelous "skies of accomplishment".
Discovering, if it's not done yet, that there is no separation between us and all the other people and the whole Universe: ALL IS ONE.
Training ourselves to act from this level of awareness, trusting that through us anything can become manifested and that in each one of us, there is a fragment of the whole puzzle of the global Manifestation Plan.
As you will see hereafter, the first thing to do is to let go of the hidden fears preventing us from being fully able to manifest our inner divine wisdom and to consciously attune our mind in total harmony with the forces of Life acting through us and guiding our deeds and words for the perfect manifestation of our "mission" in this present time.
This level of oneness and resonance with the inner guiding wisdom that each of us can embody on this planet is literally the doorway to the brightest future we could imagine. This feeling of being One with all Life and with the very Spirit animating the entire Universe has to pervade our inner awareness to such a level of "saturation" that nothing else, no doubt, no fear can be left over. This doesn't mean that we will lose what makes each of us so unique in the whole Universe and that the "fragrance" of our personality will be lost. It means that we will align ourselves so totally, so willingly and so joyfully with Life that the flower of our beingness, of our inner Light, will blossom and shine like a star amidst other stars, all different but all the same, rejoicing blissfully in the glory of Oneness with All That IS.
So here are now the steps suggested to unveil the "inner instantaneous knowledge" coming through the still small voice within...
Transforming Fear into Trust
As it was already mentioned, we need to release our hidden emotions of fear to be a clear channel and therefore become able to manifest what our inner guidance will prompt us to do for the perfect unfolding of our personal mission in this lifetime.
Fear is one of the most devastating hindrances to the evolution of Humanity. It is fear that prevents us from listening to the direct guidance we continuously receive within ourselves as to what has to be done in every moment of our lives. When we let fear interfere with the normal process of attunement with this inner guiding force that keeps wisely suggesting to us the best path of action or the best attitude in any situation, then we can only be totally confused as to what we should think, say and do.
That is not to say that fear does not have a role to play in our life as a built-in warning system, inherited through millions of years of evolution, and designed to draw our attention to potentially life-threatening situations. However, today it is just not appropriate anymore to let fear overwhelm us, control our behavior and dictate our decisions. It needs to be balanced with the most powerful force of the Universe. And this Force... is Love. For only Love can neutralize fear, open our hearts to the inner guidance and give us the courage to act accordingly. So to overcome fear, we just have to let the Light of Love guide us. Learning to attune to this powerful and beneficial force is as simple as learning to breathe. It comes to us naturally as we begin to open ourselves to the marvelous magic of Life.
The moment we really take the decision, deep within us, to open ourselves to new possibilities and accept as the necessary steps of apprenticeship the experiences appearing on our path of life, then Love can just grow and grow within us until it radiates like a sun through all our being. It is usually a slow process that gradually brings us from the illusion of separation and loneliness, from which fear can but arise, to the awareness of complete and eternal Unity with all that exists.
In this process, all the hidden fears resulting from forgotten childhood experiences gradually disappear and give way to a new sense of confidence and trust in the benevolence of the Universe. All sorts of techniques exist today to bring hidden fears to the surface of our awareness to be consciously re-experienced, assessed, understood and released. If the need arises to use such techniques to uncover and heal old "scars", it is certainly recommended to seek and use the techniques which we feel are right for us. However, for most people, it is usually possible to attain a high level of trust in the inner guidance and find the strength to act upon it. Through all sorts of experiences, Life is constantly bringing us the right amount of "pressure" to change and evolve and the right mixture of "support" and "encouragement" to keep us going towards the best direction for our inner growth. So we feel that one of the best ways to accelerate this process is to learn to let go of our resistance to change by gradually developing our faith in the Force of Life wisely guiding us.
So all we need is to discover this inner guiding wisdom and grow a strong link of trust and confidence in its ability to see from a "higher perspective" which path of action is the best for us. This means opening ourselves to the idea that there is a part of us which is inherently perfect and that we can tap at any time into its wise vision and instantaneous knowledge to solve any problem or bring out the best from any opportunity. Once we have accepted this possibility, we can begin to have more confidence as we gradually experience more of its infinite potential for perfect guidance and appropriate suggestions.
Finally, being involved in any Life-serving activity offers us a wonderful opportunity to learn this. For there is no better way than actually getting involved in some real experience to test our ability to take up new challenges and to grow through the process of implementing an idea into a solidly grounded manifestation. For those interested in pursuing this matter and deepening their understanding and experience of these concepts, there is at the end of this document a description of some exercises that can be helpful in this process.
Opening our Hearts to the Universe
Once we have begun to let go of our fears, we can gradually become aware of the endless and literally infinite possibilities of discovery and learning awaiting in the innermost secret part of us. Through the umbilical cord of our consciousness linking us with the entire universe and its inexhaustible pool of knowledge, we can have direct access to the most precise and expert source of information and guidance available. Of course, we cannot receive an information for which we are not ready nor can we browse aimlessly into this gigantic "memory bank" of the universe. A "key" is needed and a "password" must be presented to the "door keeper".
This key, one will easily guess, is Love. For the heart must be unlocked to allow a free flow of energy from the universal Force of Life into us, which is the only way to raise our vibratory level and thus bring our consciousness in synchronization with the Universal Consciousness. Then, our "password" will be our humble request for a specific clue to a specific question, a request that should include not only our own concerns but also integrate some of the general concerns of humanity as a whole.
When we have gained access to this universal field of consciousness, we will spontaneously receive a flow of information that is perfectly attuned and adapted to the present need and discover how right our intuition was -- provided we do not let doubt creep back in our mind and prevent us from acting upon the newly received information. There are various types of experiences we can gradually become familiar with once we have started discovering the endless possibilities of our soul connections. Let us describe some of them.
First, there is some highly significant information about ourselves and our role in this lifetime that usually comes at the climax of an intense meditation, when most of our daily preoccupations have fallen far in the background of our attention, thus allowing an almost totally free space of attention within us to explore new frontiers and touch new subjects. On those rare moments, we can experience a fully aware connection with the Universal Consciousness and identify with the deepest reality of our beingness. We can glimpse what is coming next on our path of evolution and have some very powerful visions and communions that will be key catalysts of change and evolution as well as a constant source of inspiration in our everyday life. We might also experience an incredibly fast infusion of new ideas and concepts that are seeded in a flash within our mind and whose complete significance and impact will be only gradually manifested in the following days, months and even years, as we unlock bit by bit the exact and full meaning of the whole vision.
Secondly, we can experience, on a lower level of attunement with the cosmic matrix of information, various insights and inspirations spontaneously coming to our mind in relation to some specific problems we have or some specific situation we face in our life. Those intuitive guidances usually come along with very pleasant bursts of "scintillating" energy along with a feeling of elation in the body which are there to support and confirm the validity and importance of the information given out to our attention. The more the information suggested is important for us on our evolutionary path, the more those accompanying sensations are strong and ecstatic. The more also they are clear and easily understandable whether they are in the form of spoken words in our mind or of vivid, explicit images.
Finally, and most importantly, we can be constantly receiving a flow of information in our day to day and even minute to minute activities and feel through our intuitive sense of rightness or wrongness if what we are thinking, saying or doing is the right thing to think, say or do at this exact moment in time. This is a very precise reference for assessment and self-adjustment that often goes on unnoticed. Being aware of this nearly "instinctive" selection process while we are saying something for instance, can greatly help us to be responsive to all the hidden subliminal information that we continually receive through our five senses as well as through our "sixth" sense, the telepathic, ultra-sensitive one, which can detect the reactions of other people to our words or attitude and immediately adjust for the best the ideas we are trying to communicate.
When someone becomes very sensitive to this inner guiding system and responds quickly to its indications and promptings, it is possible to modify an idea being expressed even while this idea is in the process of being formulated. But of course, this means being totally open to this inner guiding intuition and in total symbiosis with it, and, above all, not being attached to any personal and strongly held idea. If we tend to stick to a specific set of ideas and conceptions, then it will be hard to be flexible enough to allow for the interactive participation of our spiritual connections with the Universe. So there is always a total free will in this process. Everything depends on our willingness to let go of our resistance and open ourselves to the flow of communication with the universal Intelligence of Life at work within and around us.
Once we have become familiar with those various types of experiences that can help us and guide us on our Path towards the Light, we can literally tap at any time the infinite source of universal Knowledge and gradually discover all the powers available to us when we accept to serve the Great Purpose of Life in Its unfolding eternal evolution. We can become channels for the perfect manifestation of this Grand Design which for aeons has guided the countless expressions of the creative potential of Life: billions and billions of Life forms, not only on this tiny planet but, undoubtedly, upon billions and billions of other planets, everywhere in this prodigious Universe.
Barely emerging from the first chapters of evolution on this planet, our collective awareness is now expanding at an unprecedented pace, like a sudden explosion of consciousness, as the scientists unveil the mysteries of the physical world and as the spiritualists push back the limits of our perception of the spiritual worlds. And we are on the verge of an even more rapid and fascinating expansion of awareness as more and more people are opening their hearts to the inner guiding Light of Love and compassion for all that lives, thus discovering their immortal and sacred Link with the whole Universe... and all Life forms.
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"We look back through countless millions of years and see the great will to live struggling out of the intertidal slime, struggling from shape to shape and from power to power, crawling and then walking confidently upon the land, struggling generation after generation to master the air, creeping down into the darkness of the deep; we see it turn upon itself in rage and hunger and reshape itself anew, we watch it draw nearer and more akin to us, expanding, elaborating itself, pursuing its relentless inconceivable purpose, until last it reaches us and its being beats through our brain and arteries...
It is possible to believe that all the past is but the beginning of a beginning, and that all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn. It is possible to believe that all that the human mind has ever accomplished is but the dream before the awakening...
Out of our... lineage, minds will spring, that will reach back to us in our littleness to know us better than we know ourselves. A day will come, one day in the unending succession of days, when beings, beings who are now latent in our thoughts and hidden in our loins, shall stand upon this Earth as one stands upon a footstool, and shall laugh and reach out their hands amidst the stars."
- H.G. Wells "The Discovery of the Future" (1902)
Dissolving the Illusion of Separation
From the moment of our birth till the last breath of Life pulsating in the body of flesh given to us for this short period of evolution in the realm of matter, we live under the shadow of the Supreme Illusion, the most formidable obstacle to our awakening that has ever existed: the Illusion of Separation. Separation from the maternal womb, separation from other people, separation from the things we see around us. Later during our life, we learn to disconnect ourselves from our emotions, to develop a rational mind, to cast a cold and distant glance at the miseries and sufferings of this world. And we may even finally cut ourselves from the most important part of our being, from our soul, and, often pushed by an hostile environment, create a rigid and dogmatic set of mind perpetually striving to protect the selfish interests of this hard core of pre-set ideas and opinions we call "ego".
Then, most of the rest of our life is a struggle to find again a balance between the inner aspiration to Peace and harmony we continually feel and the endless contradictions of a lifestyle and behavior patterns dictated by the intransigent domination of this self-created ego. This ingrained system of protection of our self-identity in the face of a "hostile" world has all sorts of hidden mechanisms that are triggered by the slightest direct finger-pointing to vigorously assert its domination over the entire conduct of our life. Even thinking about such things as "ego domination" is enough to trigger a strong resistance reaction so as to protect its integrity, which, in a sense, is a normal reaction given the nature of the ego, camouflaged as it is inside the very fabric of our awareness.
This built-in system of self-protection is a common occurrence resulting from the present nature of our entire social paradigm which fosters the individualistic values of personal achievement through diplomas, wealth and fame over the spiritual values of Self-development, sharing and humility. In times past, when the human civilization was less developed and complex, the aboriginal societies, living in close harmony with the land and other life forms were much more connected with the Web of Life and thus less entrapped within the Illusion of Separation as we are today. The following excerpt of a declaration made by the Chief Seattle in 1854 is a good example of this awareness of Unity with all Life shared by the American Indians of this time...
"Every part of this Earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sanding shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing and humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people. The sap which courses through the trees carries the memories of the red man. We are part of the Earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters; the deer, the horse, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the juices in the meadows, the body heat on the pony, and man -- all belong to the same Family. (...) Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves. This we know, the Earth, does not belong to man; man belongs to the Earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth. Man did not weave the web of Life: he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself."
As we go on today, collectively devastating the Earth on an unparalleled scale, we are proving by the absurd the validity of this ancient perception of our place and role in the community of Life. We are destroying the fragile balance, established after billions of years of slow progress, between the unrelenting efforts of Life to take hold on this once barren planet and the sheer forces of entropy counteracting permanently to bring things back to their simplest mineral and chemical expressions. We are simply killing ourselves... This is the ultimate result of a civilization dominated by the Illusion of Separation.
Fortunately, in the late sixties we began to see the emergence of a movement calling for a return to simpler values, more in harmony with the natural rhythms and laws of Life, and eventually leading to the ecological movement of the 80's and 90's. Yet, the old dominant paradigm still exerts a considerable influence and threatens, if not quickly changed, to create a traumatic setback to the evolution of Life on planet Earth. And the key of this change... is in each one of us.
Dissolving this Illusion of Separation is our greatest challenge and our best opportunity to shift from a world of violent competition, war, pollution and despair, to a world of gentle cooperation, peace, harmony and hope. And again, Love is the only force that can change the world... and ourselves. Love within us first, for if we cannot feel Love within us, we cannot feel Love for others. Then Love for all the other human beings, no matter how different they are, for what really matters is not the outside but the inside: the same human body, the same feelings, the same desire to love and be loved. And above all, the same Life animating all our cells... and the cells of all the other Life forms on this planet and everywhere in the universe. This sacred bond of Love is what makes the Illusion of Separation just that... an illusion. Nothing is separated from anything. All is ONE!...
Co-creating a New World
Being attuned to the Reality that we are One with the whole Universe, conscious that, through us, the power of Love can change the world, little by little, one by one, we can therefore start acting from this level of awareness and gradually train ourselves to trust what comes to us as a path of action through the connecting medium of our consciousness, our "still small voice within". This progressive self-training is the key to our successful re-alignment with the Life Purpose being manifested through us, now in a conscious manner. Instead of "swimming" against the lifestreams or of simply being bounced from one obstacle to another, we fully and deeply accept to surrender to the gentle push-pull of Life and open our hearts to the magnificent flow of Love, vitality and inspiration guiding us towards Light. We become co-creators of a New World, a world where no child will suffer and die from hunger and lack of Love, a world where we will pay attention to the real issues, living in harmony with Nature, being at Peace within and with the whole Universe, a world where the real meaning of life will be understood and where we will care for Life.
We all want to live in a better world. We all want to care for Life. We all want to let go of our past and forgive ourselves as well as others to become free, unbound, fully attuned with the Will of Life, serving where we are, as best as we can. We are all the children of Life and as such deserve the best: good food, fresh air and clean water equally shared with all the generations to come. It is within the reach of our arms, of our hearts, to materialize this for all, now. We have the power to manifest all the necessary tools and events to achieve this goal, for the entire Universe is behind our action, supporting each one of us, fully and steadfastly... provided we accept to Serve. The moment we surrender, it is done! The moment we let go of our fears, it is done!
The moment we align our will with the Will of Life... It - is - done.
Entering this new level of awareness is like opening all the doors of our mind cells, raising our eyes to the sky and welcoming the warm and gentle rays of the sun. We are the only makers of our destiny. No one else than we can do what we have to do. And at the same time, what the others can do, we cannot. For each of us has a part of the whole Plan to manifest and care for.
Not a single human can achieve alone what 2 human beings can do when attuned to the same vibration. Two candles are brighter than one. Imagine what a thousand candles can do... a million candles... 6 billion candles! We are all the living prophecy, awakening to our Unity, One with Life, One with the Universe.
The candidate dies to his egoistic self, and his dead body is refashioned into a body of light by the incorporation of the solidified Light of quartz crystals into his own body. This new body of light is the initiates Higher Self, the rainbow bridge that connects the initiate to Higher Worlds and enables the initiate to see, feel, hear and speak in the worlds of Spirit.
This archetypal pathway of shamanic initiation, involving the death of the candidate and a later resurrection into a body of light, is a pre-historical version of the Wisdom Teachings of the East, embodied in the Vedas, the oldest sacred scriptures known in the world, and taught in the Mystery Schools of India for thousands of years as part of the discipline knowna as yoga or Union with the Divine.
Obvious parallels exist between shamanic initiation rituals, and the ancient Hindu yogic system of spiritual advancement, which involves the use of breathing exercises, vegetarian diet, meditation, visualization, prayer, and ceremonial offerings to attain a highly purified state of body, mind and heart, resulting in the arousal of the kundalini energy, which is normally resting quietly at the base of the spine.
In the yogic system, there is almost always a living spiritual Master involved in the training of the aspirant. This Master is known as a Guru. The Guru provides a rigorous program of spiritual development for each disciple, and provides guidance and energetic supports which insure safe passage through the intense process of self-transformation.
Generally the yogic path requires sustained practice over a period of many years and can require diligent work over many lifetimes to achieve the final goal. Over time, the successful yogic disciple experiences an ego-death comparable to that experienced by Gautama Buddha, similar to that which the shamanic initiate experienced in the dawn of prehistory after having his intestines replaced with quartz crystals. The limited and limiting personality of the disciple is no longer the Master of the mind, the heart and spirit.
As a result of the disciples spiritual practices, under the guidance of the Guru, the kundalini, or serpent energy, rises up the central channel in the spine to the crown, resulting in the attainment of Unity Consciousness, also known as Krishna Consciousness, Cosmic Consciousness, nirvana, or liberation. At this point, the disciple becomes a Master, and as a SatGuru, or fully achieved spiritual teacher, can take on his or her own students.
Shri Anandi Ma, pictured here, is considered one of a mere handful of modern SatGurus teaching today.[xii] She teaches kundalini maha yoga at ashrams in California, and India.
The Master of Yoga is thought to be liberated from the Great Wheel of Reincarnation, and can choose to unite with the Absolute Source of creation in Bliss forevermore, to take up residence in Higher Worlds in order to direct the spiritual development of generations of new disciples to come, to reincarnate in a new body, often with memories of past lives more or less intact, and even to appear in the material world clad in a Body of Light, as Jesus Christ did on Easter Sunday.
In the Hindu traditions of yoga, clear quartz crystal and precious gems are normally used to accelerate spiritual development, to ward off malefic astrological influences, and to transmute negative thoughts, emotions and energies. However, most yogis traditionally do not have access to very expensive gemstones, nor are they considered a necessary part of the spiritual path. The most expensive stones are for the Brahmin class, and are tools of the social and economic elite.
Both the ancient shamanic initiation rites and the Wisdom Teachings of the Path of Yoga have many correspondences to the modern metaphysical journey of Ascension which is a part of New Age philosophy.
Like shamanic candidates and disciples of yoga, New Age spiritual aspirants are also self-selected members of the larger community. In the Ascension process, the candidate works to purify the body, mind and heart, and to elevate the vibrational frequency of the various chakras governing the aura or energy body.
In pursuit of the final goal, the New Age aspirant may engage in a variety of practices including but not limited to prayer, meditation, chanting of mantras, fasting, a restricted diet, sexual restraint, dance, drumming and elaborate rituals involving offerings to the Divine.
Crystals and semi-precious stones are used by New Age spiritual aspirants as an integral part of the Ascension path to Higher Worlds to enhance meditation, heal old wounds and accelerate the purification process.
Much of the spiritual work done by New Age practitioners is shaped by the guidance of Ascended Masters who inhabit Higher Worlds, and the aspirant may not receive schooling by a single living spiritual teacher who has attained the final goal and can guide and protect the aspirant at every step on the spiritual path.
This obviously increases the risks involved with this intense process of spiritual self-transformation, and also means that the New Age Ascension process more gentle and slow in the early stages than more traditional shamanic or yogic spiritual disciplines, which require the guidance and supervision of a living teacher.
On the other hand, the New Age Ascension process rests upon an eclectic metaphysics, combining the Wisdom School Teachings of both East and West, and so the aspirant is allowed to work on various occasions with a variety of teachers, from different spiritual schools, religions, and traditions. Thus elements of yoga, Buddhism, mystical Christianity, Native American traditions, and other spiritual practices can be combined over time.
In the end, the New Age aspirant is responsible for his or her own spiritual progress and for the difficult task of integrating the many intense experiences that will undoubtedly be encountered on the path of Spirit. This is believed to increase self-reliance, develop the will forces, and train the aspirant in crucial practices such as discernment which are vital for success on the spiritual path.
Eventually, no matter what pathways he or she chooses to travel, the New Age spiritual aspirant must raise the kundalini energy lying dormant at the base of the spine into the crown chakra. When this life-altering goal has been achieved, the power of the kundalini energy triggers a transformational event in which the aura of the new initiate is transformed into an immortal rainbow colored body of light.