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I thought some of you might be interested in reading the Epilogue to my new book We Meet in Dreams/ A New Interpretation of Dreams.

EPILOGUE

In this little volume I have discussed many sorts of special dreams that are not ordinary dreams: dream meetings with beings in other realms; nightmares vs. dream visits to the lower realms; dream visits from those we love who are now in other realms; dream meetings where we help other people on earth; dream visits to other places on earth; prophetic dreams, dreams of the future; symbolic dreams; shared dreams; dreams where we travel among the stars.

I have urged you to stop visiting the lower realms, and given suggestions how to stop these dream visits; I have suggested that you honor and savor your dream meetings and visits to the higher realms and any messages you have received in those realms.  I have given suggestions on how to analyze these dream visits and meetings in other realms.

But perhaps the greatest message I have for you is that no matter what realm we visit or inhabit, the substratum of all realms is Divine Light and Divine Consciousness – and that our very Essence is the Light and Love and Divinity of the Soul.  And that Life, our lives and the universe we find ourselves in, are all parts of a Holy and Divine Mystery, a Mystery more orderly and more intricate than we could ever imagine.

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I thought some of you might be interested in reading the Epilogue to my new book We Meet in Dreams/ A New Interpretation of Dreams.

EPILOGUE

In this little volume I have discussed many sorts of special dreams that are not ordinary dreams: dream meetings with beings in other realms; nightmares vs. dream visits to the lower realms; dream visits from those we love who are now in other realms; dream meetings where we help other people on earth; dream visits to other places on earth; prophetic dreams, dreams of the future; symbolic dreams; shared dreams; dreams where we travel among the stars.

I have urged you to stop visiting the lower realms, and given suggestions how to stop these dream visits; I have suggested that you honor and savor your dream meetings and visits to the higher realms and any messages you have received in those realms.  I have given suggestions on how to analyze these dream visits and meetings in other realms.

But perhaps the greatest message I have for you is that no matter what realm we visit or inhabit, the substratum of all realms is Divine Light and Divine Consciousness – and that our very Essence is the Light and Love and Divinity of the Soul.  And that Life, our lives and the universe we find ourselves in, are all parts of a Holy and Divine Mystery, a Mystery more orderly and more intricate than we could ever imagine.

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The Golden Arrow
The Golden Arrow


From Laurie: I wrote this poem as a Healing exercise or meditation - just substitute your problem for the first two lines of the poem.


Injured,
Barely able to move or think.


I spend my days and nights
Walking through summer fields,
The yellows and blues
And dabs of other colors
Everywhere, everywhere,
Filling me,
Making me whole,
Bringing me to the
Beautiful, Radiant Soul.

The Soul’s Light everywhere,
Everywhere
In the fields and skies
In every blade of straw
Or flower or herb
In every scent.

I am filled,
Complete.



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The Golden Arrow


From Laurie: I wrote this poem as a Healing exercise or meditation - just substitute your problem for the first two lines of the poem.


Injured,
Barely able to move or think.


I spend my days and nights
Walking through summer fields,
The yellows and blues
And dabs of other colors
Everywhere, everywhere,
Filling me,
Making me whole,
Bringing me to the
Beautiful, Radiant Soul.

The Soul’s Light everywhere,
Everywhere
In the fields and skies
In every blade of straw
Or flower or herb
In every scent.

I am filled,
Complete.



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An Interview on Creativity and Mystical States: A Mystic’s Journal April 22, 2012

One of my beautiful meditators, Kristin is writing a paper for an honors seminar at Ithaca College, over the course of a semester.  She asked if she could interview me on the topic of creativity and mystical states, and I agreed.  I thought this interview  might of  interest to some of you, so I have added it as  A Mystic’s Journal entry.

Kristin:  Those who we consider to be highly creative individuals (mystics, painters, musicians, etc.) experience the Soul in a very profound way.
Questions:
How do you think of the Soul?  Is the Soul connected to creativity?


Laurie:   The Soul is our true Being, our true Self - and it is in some mysterious way connected to God.  God (or the Divine Mind, or Divine Consciousness) and the Soul are the Source of all our perceptions and thoughts. We would not be able to perceive our universe and world without the ego - but without the soul there still would be no perception, no thoughts, because there would be nothing to light up the personal ego.  So yes, the soul is connected to creativity - the soul is connected to our every perception, our every thought.


The creative genius perhaps is closer to the soul's Light consciously, for at least those periods of genius. You could also say that the genius is at times thrown into a higher state of consciousness in those moments of genius.  However even in those high moments of genius, the ego is not fully transcended - there are still forms for the genius, whether they be visual or aural or mental thoughts.  In the highest Mystical Experiences there are no forms, only the Divine Light.


Kristin:  Do you consider your clairvoyance to be a mystical experience?


Laurie:   Not necessarily. There are many levels of clairvoyance which I discuss in 'Realms of Light'; there I also speak of the dangers of the lower psychic experiences, how they can confuse and unbalance us.  However, even my usual, every day clairvoyance can evoke a Mystical Experience.  Clairvoyance means clear-seeing.   True clairvoyance, i.e. Clairvoyance brought to its highest - means seeing the Divine Light everywhere, i.e. seeing through this physical, mundane reality to True Reality.  The substratum of this physical universe is the Divine Light, and the advanced clairvoyant can see this Light through the so-called material physical forms we find on Earth. By "forms" here I mean "material, physical things", physical bodies, the lamp, the fireplace etc.


Kristin: How do mystical states affect one's creativity?


Laurie:  The high Mystical states and Experiences affect everything in our lives - even how we wash the dishes, how we brush our teeth.  In those true Mystical experiences we experience higher states of Consciousness.  The ego, our personal selves, are transcended during those high Mystical Experiences and we are flooded with Divine Light.  Our physical minds and bodies are transformed.  Nothing is the same afterward.

Kristin:  How do you define a high mystical experience (a mystical state)?  What is your experience with mystical states of being?


Laurie:  I speak about some of my mystical experiences and mystical states in A Mystic's Journal  (all those Journal entries are on my FigaroBooks website, under 'Community') - as well as in my printed books.  Mystical states are not easily defined or described, for the simple reason that we humans do not have words for the Mystical.  One of my more memorable Mystical Experiences, fairly early on, was seeing the forms of this "physical" world floating on the indescribably Radiant, Luminescent and almost Blinding Divine Light.  In that experience I was given a Glimpse of the Divine substratum of our physical universe.  However, using a different definition of "mystical experience", we could say the supernatural fragrances we have been experiencing in meditation class and at other times - are also mystical experience.  In other words: mystical experience can also be defined as events or happenings that transcend the physical laws of our physical universe.
To define a high mystical state is not such an easy question, men and women of all religions and philosophies have been trying to do so for millennia, starting with the Rishis of old.  Briefly: in my personal experience, in true Mystical Experience we are thrown into a Higher Consciousness.  In the highest Experiences we know the Divine, Radiant Light of the soul through direct perception. It is then, and only then, that we know who we truly ARE.  Some say we can also contact God in these experiences, others say we can only contact the Soul.  Others say we achieve the Divine Higher Consciousness, the fourth state of consciousness which the Hindus term turia.  It does not matter which it is, or what we humans call it, the Experience is so far beyond anything we can even imagine in our usual waking state consciousness ...


Kristin:  For my purposes, creativity is thought of as the expression of the Soul. Essentially, the Soul is not a "thing" or an "object". Instead I will insist that the Soul is an activity--the activity of coming into being, a creating. We do not have a Soul, but rather our experience of existing means we are a Soul.  So, our existence is inherently creative because we are the Soul.

Laurie:   I do agree that "our existence is inherently creative because we are the Soul" - well said. And I also agree that we do not "have" a soul, rather we ARE the soul.  And that life, our lives on Earth, is the activity of coming into being, a creating by the soul.  Beautifully thought out and expressed ...  Yet, we do also have a vehicle for this incarnation on Earth - and decisions must be made, effort must be made to most perfectly live what we have been given.


Kristin:  This is a more general question about the focus of my paper–  Do you think I should include my musings about the Soul?  I originally wanted to include the idea of the Soul as a creative activity because I believe in the presence of the Divine in everything and I long to find a way to frame creativity as Divine for my readers.

Laurie:   I would definitely include your musings on the soul. In my opinion, it is the Essence of your work and of the paper.


Kristin: What do you think of the idea of the Soul as analogous to free will?

Laurie:    They are not the same.  However: will is a power given to the soul, a power embedded in the soul.  Free will however, by its very definition belongs to the ego.  We, our individuated smaller ego selves, make the decisions, every moment of every day - what we think, how we act and so on.  This does not mean that on some occasions the soul cannot come and make a decision for us - or whisper truths to us, just as the soul can give us mystical and creative experience beyond and above the ego.  But the whole meaning and intent of free will is that the individual makes the decisions, and hopefully tames and purifies the ego into Obedience and Holiness.  Our main job, in the arena of free will - is to the best of our abilities align the personal, individual self with the soul's wishes and abilities.

Kristin:  This idea reveals the agency of all humans--we, as humans on Earth, participate in the construction of reality.  Our construction and experience of reality is a creative activity.  So, maybe these ideas (mysticism and creativity) are tied, but only loosely?

Laurie:  Yes, our thoughts and actions do create a reality, as well as action and reaction from the world around us, and this is the result of free will.  However, free will - on its own - as I said earlier, belongs to the ego.  The philosopher would say that there is a Divine Plan which the soul obeys and which manifests in our lives - but this is still separate from free will.  We can, from free will, try to disobey or even work against the Divine Plan, consciously or unconsciously.  (For most people it would be unconsciously.)   And this topic could be its own book ...











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One of my beautiful meditators, Kristin is writing a paper for an honors seminar at Ithaca College, over the course of a semester.  She asked if she could interview me on the topic of creativity and mystical states, and I agreed.  I thought this interview  might of  interest to some of you, so I have added it as  A Mystic’s Journal entry.

Kristin:  Those who we consider to be highly creative individuals (mystics, painters, musicians, etc.) experience the Soul in a very profound way.
Questions:
How do you think of the Soul?  Is the Soul connected to creativity?


Laurie:   The Soul is our true Being, our true Self - and it is in some mysterious way connected to God.  God (or the Divine Mind, or Divine Consciousness) and the Soul are the Source of all our perceptions and thoughts. We would not be able to perceive our universe and world without the ego - but without the soul there still would be no perception, no thoughts, because there would be nothing to light up the personal ego.  So yes, the soul is connected to creativity - the soul is connected to our every perception, our every thought.


The creative genius perhaps is closer to the soul's Light consciously, for at least those periods of genius. You could also say that the genius is at times thrown into a higher state of consciousness in those moments of genius.  However even in those high moments of genius, the ego is not fully transcended - there are still forms for the genius, whether they be visual or aural or mental thoughts.  In the highest Mystical Experiences there are no forms, only the Divine Light.


Kristin:  Do you consider your clairvoyance to be a mystical experience?


Laurie:   Not necessarily. There are many levels of clairvoyance which I discuss in 'Realms of Light'; there I also speak of the dangers of the lower psychic experiences, how they can confuse and unbalance us.  However, even my usual, every day clairvoyance can evoke a Mystical Experience.  Clairvoyance means clear-seeing.   True clairvoyance, i.e. Clairvoyance brought to its highest - means seeing the Divine Light everywhere, i.e. seeing through this physical, mundane reality to True Reality.  The substratum of this physical universe is the Divine Light, and the advanced clairvoyant can see this Light through the so-called material physical forms we find on Earth. By "forms" here I mean "material, physical things", physical bodies, the lamp, the fireplace etc.


Kristin: How do mystical states affect one's creativity?


Laurie:  The high Mystical states and Experiences affect everything in our lives - even how we wash the dishes, how we brush our teeth.  In those true Mystical experiences we experience higher states of Consciousness.  The ego, our personal selves, are transcended during those high Mystical Experiences and we are flooded with Divine Light.  Our physical minds and bodies are transformed.  Nothing is the same afterward.

Kristin:  How do you define a high mystical experience (a mystical state)?  What is your experience with mystical states of being?


Laurie:  I speak about some of my mystical experiences and mystical states in A Mystic's Journal  (all those Journal entries are on my FigaroBooks website, under 'Community') - as well as in my printed books.  Mystical states are not easily defined or described, for the simple reason that we humans do not have words for the Mystical.  One of my more memorable Mystical Experiences, fairly early on, was seeing the forms of this "physical" world floating on the indescribably Radiant, Luminescent and almost Blinding Divine Light.  In that experience I was given a Glimpse of the Divine substratum of our physical universe.  However, using a different definition of "mystical experience", we could say the supernatural fragrances we have been experiencing in meditation class and at other times - are also mystical experience.  In other words: mystical experience can also be defined as events or happenings that transcend the physical laws of our physical universe.
To define a high mystical state is not such an easy question, men and women of all religions and philosophies have been trying to do so for millennia, starting with the Rishis of old.  Briefly: in my personal experience, in true Mystical Experience we are thrown into a Higher Consciousness.  In the highest Experiences we know the Divine, Radiant Light of the soul through direct perception. It is then, and only then, that we know who we truly ARE.  Some say we can also contact God in these experiences, others say we can only contact the Soul.  Others say we achieve the Divine Higher Consciousness, the fourth state of consciousness which the Hindus term turia.  It does not matter which it is, or what we humans call it, the Experience is so far beyond anything we can even imagine in our usual waking state consciousness ...


Kristin:  For my purposes, creativity is thought of as the expression of the Soul. Essentially, the Soul is not a "thing" or an "object". Instead I will insist that the Soul is an activity--the activity of coming into being, a creating. We do not have a Soul, but rather our experience of existing means we are a Soul.  So, our existence is inherently creative because we are the Soul.

Laurie:   I do agree that "our existence is inherently creative because we are the Soul" - well said. And I also agree that we do not "have" a soul, rather we ARE the soul.  And that life, our lives on Earth, is the activity of coming into being, a creating by the soul.  Beautifully thought out and expressed ...  Yet, we do also have a vehicle for this incarnation on Earth - and decisions must be made, effort must be made to most perfectly live what we have been given.


Kristin:  This is a more general question about the focus of my paper–  Do you think I should include my musings about the Soul?  I originally wanted to include the idea of the Soul as a creative activity because I believe in the presence of the Divine in everything and I long to find a way to frame creativity as Divine for my readers.

Laurie:   I would definitely include your musings on the soul. In my opinion, it is the Essence of your work and of the paper.


Kristin: What do you think of the idea of the Soul as analogous to free will?

Laurie:    They are not the same.  However: will is a power given to the soul, a power embedded in the soul.  Free will however, by its very definition belongs to the ego.  We, our individuated smaller ego selves, make the decisions, every moment of every day - what we think, how we act and so on.  This does not mean that on some occasions the soul cannot come and make a decision for us - or whisper truths to us, just as the soul can give us mystical and creative experience beyond and above the ego.  But the whole meaning and intent of free will is that the individual makes the decisions, and hopefully tames and purifies the ego into Obedience and Holiness.  Our main job, in the arena of free will - is to the best of our abilities align the personal, individual self with the soul's wishes and abilities.

Kristin:  This idea reveals the agency of all humans--we, as humans on Earth, participate in the construction of reality.  Our construction and experience of reality is a creative activity.  So, maybe these ideas (mysticism and creativity) are tied, but only loosely?

Laurie:  Yes, our thoughts and actions do create a reality, as well as action and reaction from the world around us, and this is the result of free will.  However, free will - on its own - as I said earlier, belongs to the ego.  The philosopher would say that there is a Divine Plan which the soul obeys and which manifests in our lives - but this is still separate from free will.  We can, from free will, try to disobey or even work against the Divine Plan, consciously or unconsciously.  (For most people it would be unconsciously.)   And this topic could be its own book ...











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Healing Meditations and Exercises: A Mystic’s Journal Healing Meditations and Exercises:

Most of us need healing of one sort or another.  We are all plagued by our own negative thoughts, by illness and injury, at least from time to time.

Whether you formally meditate or not, there are simple healing meditations and healing exercises you can easily do - that can have remarkable results.

As a volunteer for the Distant Healing Network, I often suggest easy exercises or simple healing meditations that can bring a full and lasting healing.  Most often we have to repeat the meditations and the healing is gradual - but not always.  Sometimes it is immediate.

Simple Affirmations and Visualizations

Our thoughts, our ideas and opinions about ourselves and the world around us - will manifest.  Therefore, one of the main problems we face - especially if we have had a long term illness or injury - is getting trapped in the thought that we are sick or injured.  This thought that we are injured or ill can keep us sick or injured, or can cause new illness and injury.  

Sometimes these negative thoughts about ourselves are not even conscious in us - basically we have just over time grown accustomed to being sick or injured.  To antidote these negative thoughts, conscious or not, we say affirmations, i.e. we put positive thoughts in their place.  If you have practiced this technique in the past, you might find that you need only to say your affirmation a few times to restore balance and health.  In the beginning, however, you might have to say them many times each day, and over a long period of time.

It is important to keep your affirmation short and simple, uncomplicated.  If the problem is emotional, choose an affirmation of the opposite positive emotion.  For instance, if you suffer from depression, your affirmation could be, “Joy, joy, joy”.  If you are prone to anger or fear or  nervousness, you could say, “Peace, peace, peace”.  Or, “Calm, calm, calm.”   Or, “I am the soul”.  Or, “I am (a being of) Radiant Light”.  You will know if you have chosen the correct phrase to say - because you will find the calm or peace or joy you have been seeking.

If the problem is a physical one, the antidote is similar: “I am completely healthy and happy”, or, “I am completely healed” -  and then image it.  See yourself filled and surrounded with the Divine Light, fully healed, healthy and happy.  Try to also feel it, what it felt like to be fully healthy and happy, and/or uninjured.

I just did this exercise for a minute or two earlier today - and instead of being flat on my back with the flu, I am now at the computer happily writing this Journal entry.

What we humans call “miracles” - often are just a simple change in our thinking.


Simple Prayers

Always ask for a complete and lasting healing, and in that request inwardly add “If it is Thy Will”.  And always say “Thank you”, whether you are fully healed yet - or not.  Miracles rarely happen if you wait until after a miracle happens to say, “Thank you”.

Keep your prayers simple, they do not have to be elaborate.  You don’t have to list everything that ails you.  Just ask for a complete and lasting healing, and then say, “Thank you.”

It is often a good idea to offer something in return, some good deed or prayers - but this is not really necessary.  When we put our full trust in God, our prayers are always answered - in ways that are best for our own soul and the souls of others.

When I need help or healing - I call on Everyone I can think of.  You can call on the Holy angels, God, saints, Our Lady, Her Divine Son - on any Divine Being.  If you are calling on the saints for help, you do not need to know their names or which saint to call on.  Simply ask for the saint that can heal you, whoever he or she might be - and they will come.  The same for the angels.  Just leave it all up to God, trust that whoever you need will be sent to you.  We humans tend to complicate even the simplest of things, and we think we must do everything ourselves - when in truth Divine forces are behind both our most insignificant and our greatest achievements.

And this might sound odd - but sometimes the greatest healings come to us when we are praying for others.  

The main secret to Divine Healing is in deepening our relationship with God.  Our Lady, in Medjugorje, has said that we should all choose our own spiritual Path and then do our very best on it.  That we should make God the very center of our lives.  

If we do this, then when we turn to God and the other Divine Beings for help, the channel between us is already open and pure.  Otherwise, when we need help, we must spend precious time and energy first opening heavy, thick doors that separate us from God and His glorious throne.  Sometimes we are unable to open the doors - sometimes they have been closed for so long, they cannot open except with great difficulty.  If we are used to turning to God for even the smallest details of our lives, then it is simple to find Him when we are in pain or in distress.

There was a man who wrote Our Lady a letter each night.  After some years he decided to stop, thinking it a senseless thing.  One of the visionaries in Medjugorje, after an apparition of Our Lady, announced that Our Blessed Mother had a message for someone there.  The message was that the man should not stop writing Her letters each night, Our Lady looked forward to them.

We should all be writing God letters, every moment of every day.


Ramana’s Exercise

The Indian Sage Ramana Maharshi said that our first and last mistake is thinking we are the physical body.  In terms of healing of the body, when we remember that we are not the physical body we have taken the first big step towards healing.  The soul is not sick or injured, only the physical body is.  When we remember that we are the Radiant soul, we are standing in our true Selves.  And the Radiance of the soul, the Divine Light that is the soul - can heal the physical body.  In true healing, the physical body is infused with the Light of the soul.

On the other hand, if we think we are merely the physical body, we can become imprisoned in it - along with its ailments and injuries.  Our own thoughts will imprison us.

Ramana’s exercise is to inwardly ask: “Who is sick (or injured)?”  We reply: “I am.”  Then we ask: “Who am I?”  The answer is: “I am the soul” or “I am Radiant Light”.  You can do this exercise either with your eyes closed or open, although generally it is easier with your eyes shut. Eventually, the question,  “Who is sick (or injured)?” might be enough, there will be no need to say the rest of the exercise, the soul will present itself to you even after the initial question, “Who is sick?”.

This practice can work for any illness, injury - or negative emotion.  If you are angry, ask: “Who is angry?”  If sad, “Who is sad?”  The answer is always the same: “I am Radiant Light” or “I am the soul”.  


Simple Healing Meditations

These meditation exercises are also safe, very powerful, and can have amazing results:

1.  One of the simplest mini-meditations we can do is to simply ask that the Divine, Healing, Radiant Light be sent to every cell of our body.  Close your eyes and image it.  You can do this exercise for a few seconds several times each day, or for up to twenty minutes or more once or twice each day.  Sometimes once is enough, i.e. you are healed after doing this exercise the very first time.

We can also do this for others, by inwardly imaging them and turning them to the Radiant Divine Light.  Even if we do this for only a few seconds, several times a day, it will bring healing - often a complete healing for that person.

All these exercises will work better if you sincerely call on God or Divine Beings to help you.  One of my ‘students’ recently did this particular exercise for her very severe and painful physical problems.  She also called on every Divine Being she could think of to help her as she did the exercise - and was miraculously healed within a few minutes.  I cannot stress this enough: we are all Healers.  It is only a matter of the depth of our Love and Compassion for all sentient beings and the depth and breadth of our Trust in God.

2.  Two more healing meditations:


Exercise I
Sit in a chair with your back straight and gently clasp your hands, with your feet on the floor. (If you cannot sit up, lie down on your back, with your arms at your sides.)    Try to clear your mind of thoughts. Ask for guidance, enlightenment and Healing. You can call on God or a specific religious figure if you wish. Ask that you be filled and surrounded by the Divine, Healing Love that is the Divine, that is God.
Image the Divine Healing Light entering from the top of your head, filling every atom of your body and then also surrounding you. Bask in it.  Inwardly say some short phrase such as "I am the soul" or "I am radiant Light", repeatedly, as you image the Light fill and surround you.


Try to do this for 10 to 20 minutes. If you are lying down, imagine the Light surrounding and filling you from above your prone body.


Exercise II
You can also do the above imagining yourself totally healthy, cured and doing things that you love to do. In this exercise see yourself happy and radiant, made of Light.
This exercise could be shorter, 3-5 minutes. And you can do it more than once a day, and/or combine it with meditation exercise I .

I suggest that you try all the exercises above and then decide which is best for you. You also might find that some healing exercises or meditations work best for certain ailments or injuries.  I have seen miracles happen with all of them, they are all very powerful -  none of them seem less effective than any other. However, each of us must find what works best in each situation, where our hearts are. With a bit of experimentation you should find the best one for you. May Angels always Light your Path!  


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Mon, 11 Jun 2012 20:52:22 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/fig2aro http://community.beliefnet.com/fig2aro Healing Meditations and Exercises:

Most of us need healing of one sort or another.  We are all plagued by our own negative thoughts, by illness and injury, at least from time to time.

Whether you formally meditate or not, there are simple healing meditations and healing exercises you can easily do - that can have remarkable results.

As a volunteer for the Distant Healing Network, I often suggest easy exercises or simple healing meditations that can bring a full and lasting healing.  Most often we have to repeat the meditations and the healing is gradual - but not always.  Sometimes it is immediate.

Simple Affirmations and Visualizations

Our thoughts, our ideas and opinions about ourselves and the world around us - will manifest.  Therefore, one of the main problems we face - especially if we have had a long term illness or injury - is getting trapped in the thought that we are sick or injured.  This thought that we are injured or ill can keep us sick or injured, or can cause new illness and injury.  

Sometimes these negative thoughts about ourselves are not even conscious in us - basically we have just over time grown accustomed to being sick or injured.  To antidote these negative thoughts, conscious or not, we say affirmations, i.e. we put positive thoughts in their place.  If you have practiced this technique in the past, you might find that you need only to say your affirmation a few times to restore balance and health.  In the beginning, however, you might have to say them many times each day, and over a long period of time.

It is important to keep your affirmation short and simple, uncomplicated.  If the problem is emotional, choose an affirmation of the opposite positive emotion.  For instance, if you suffer from depression, your affirmation could be, “Joy, joy, joy”.  If you are prone to anger or fear or  nervousness, you could say, “Peace, peace, peace”.  Or, “Calm, calm, calm.”   Or, “I am the soul”.  Or, “I am (a being of) Radiant Light”.  You will know if you have chosen the correct phrase to say - because you will find the calm or peace or joy you have been seeking.

If the problem is a physical one, the antidote is similar: “I am completely healthy and happy”, or, “I am completely healed” -  and then image it.  See yourself filled and surrounded with the Divine Light, fully healed, healthy and happy.  Try to also feel it, what it felt like to be fully healthy and happy, and/or uninjured.

I just did this exercise for a minute or two earlier today - and instead of being flat on my back with the flu, I am now at the computer happily writing this Journal entry.

What we humans call “miracles” - often are just a simple change in our thinking.


Simple Prayers

Always ask for a complete and lasting healing, and in that request inwardly add “If it is Thy Will”.  And always say “Thank you”, whether you are fully healed yet - or not.  Miracles rarely happen if you wait until after a miracle happens to say, “Thank you”.

Keep your prayers simple, they do not have to be elaborate.  You don’t have to list everything that ails you.  Just ask for a complete and lasting healing, and then say, “Thank you.”

It is often a good idea to offer something in return, some good deed or prayers - but this is not really necessary.  When we put our full trust in God, our prayers are always answered - in ways that are best for our own soul and the souls of others.

When I need help or healing - I call on Everyone I can think of.  You can call on the Holy angels, God, saints, Our Lady, Her Divine Son - on any Divine Being.  If you are calling on the saints for help, you do not need to know their names or which saint to call on.  Simply ask for the saint that can heal you, whoever he or she might be - and they will come.  The same for the angels.  Just leave it all up to God, trust that whoever you need will be sent to you.  We humans tend to complicate even the simplest of things, and we think we must do everything ourselves - when in truth Divine forces are behind both our most insignificant and our greatest achievements.

And this might sound odd - but sometimes the greatest healings come to us when we are praying for others.  

The main secret to Divine Healing is in deepening our relationship with God.  Our Lady, in Medjugorje, has said that we should all choose our own spiritual Path and then do our very best on it.  That we should make God the very center of our lives.  

If we do this, then when we turn to God and the other Divine Beings for help, the channel between us is already open and pure.  Otherwise, when we need help, we must spend precious time and energy first opening heavy, thick doors that separate us from God and His glorious throne.  Sometimes we are unable to open the doors - sometimes they have been closed for so long, they cannot open except with great difficulty.  If we are used to turning to God for even the smallest details of our lives, then it is simple to find Him when we are in pain or in distress.

There was a man who wrote Our Lady a letter each night.  After some years he decided to stop, thinking it a senseless thing.  One of the visionaries in Medjugorje, after an apparition of Our Lady, announced that Our Blessed Mother had a message for someone there.  The message was that the man should not stop writing Her letters each night, Our Lady looked forward to them.

We should all be writing God letters, every moment of every day.


Ramana’s Exercise

The Indian Sage Ramana Maharshi said that our first and last mistake is thinking we are the physical body.  In terms of healing of the body, when we remember that we are not the physical body we have taken the first big step towards healing.  The soul is not sick or injured, only the physical body is.  When we remember that we are the Radiant soul, we are standing in our true Selves.  And the Radiance of the soul, the Divine Light that is the soul - can heal the physical body.  In true healing, the physical body is infused with the Light of the soul.

On the other hand, if we think we are merely the physical body, we can become imprisoned in it - along with its ailments and injuries.  Our own thoughts will imprison us.

Ramana’s exercise is to inwardly ask: “Who is sick (or injured)?”  We reply: “I am.”  Then we ask: “Who am I?”  The answer is: “I am the soul” or “I am Radiant Light”.  You can do this exercise either with your eyes closed or open, although generally it is easier with your eyes shut. Eventually, the question,  “Who is sick (or injured)?” might be enough, there will be no need to say the rest of the exercise, the soul will present itself to you even after the initial question, “Who is sick?”.

This practice can work for any illness, injury - or negative emotion.  If you are angry, ask: “Who is angry?”  If sad, “Who is sad?”  The answer is always the same: “I am Radiant Light” or “I am the soul”.  


Simple Healing Meditations

These meditation exercises are also safe, very powerful, and can have amazing results:

1.  One of the simplest mini-meditations we can do is to simply ask that the Divine, Healing, Radiant Light be sent to every cell of our body.  Close your eyes and image it.  You can do this exercise for a few seconds several times each day, or for up to twenty minutes or more once or twice each day.  Sometimes once is enough, i.e. you are healed after doing this exercise the very first time.

We can also do this for others, by inwardly imaging them and turning them to the Radiant Divine Light.  Even if we do this for only a few seconds, several times a day, it will bring healing - often a complete healing for that person.

All these exercises will work better if you sincerely call on God or Divine Beings to help you.  One of my ‘students’ recently did this particular exercise for her very severe and painful physical problems.  She also called on every Divine Being she could think of to help her as she did the exercise - and was miraculously healed within a few minutes.  I cannot stress this enough: we are all Healers.  It is only a matter of the depth of our Love and Compassion for all sentient beings and the depth and breadth of our Trust in God.

2.  Two more healing meditations:


Exercise I
Sit in a chair with your back straight and gently clasp your hands, with your feet on the floor. (If you cannot sit up, lie down on your back, with your arms at your sides.)    Try to clear your mind of thoughts. Ask for guidance, enlightenment and Healing. You can call on God or a specific religious figure if you wish. Ask that you be filled and surrounded by the Divine, Healing Love that is the Divine, that is God.
Image the Divine Healing Light entering from the top of your head, filling every atom of your body and then also surrounding you. Bask in it.  Inwardly say some short phrase such as "I am the soul" or "I am radiant Light", repeatedly, as you image the Light fill and surround you.


Try to do this for 10 to 20 minutes. If you are lying down, imagine the Light surrounding and filling you from above your prone body.


Exercise II
You can also do the above imagining yourself totally healthy, cured and doing things that you love to do. In this exercise see yourself happy and radiant, made of Light.
This exercise could be shorter, 3-5 minutes. And you can do it more than once a day, and/or combine it with meditation exercise I .

I suggest that you try all the exercises above and then decide which is best for you. You also might find that some healing exercises or meditations work best for certain ailments or injuries.  I have seen miracles happen with all of them, they are all very powerful -  none of them seem less effective than any other. However, each of us must find what works best in each situation, where our hearts are. With a bit of experimentation you should find the best one for you. May Angels always Light your Path!  


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Mystical Experience and More Fragrances: A Mystic’s Journal Entries December 15 - 31, 2011

Thursday, December 15

JF took me to Stewart Park again today; a bit over fifty degrees, unseasonably warm for Ithaca.  Saw many seagulls huddled on a pile of driftwood twenty or so feet from shore, the hills hazy and blue in the distance...  

Diana wrote.  She still has a few pages to do, end pages, the author page, the Table of Contents - but the covers and spine are done.

Monday, December 19

An e-mail from my friend Patrice:


“This morning, as I was waking up, I was thinking about people and Christmas and I noticed that I had been smelling a fragrance, (not typical for my house or bedroom), for about 5 minutes. It was very similar to the scent I smelled in your kitchen, but lighter and not quite as sweet. I continued to smell it, and I sniffed at everything around me, thinking it might be a lingering laundry scent (but I use unscented soap), or whatever. Nothing had this scent, and I continued to smell the fragrance. Then it gently dissipated after another 5 minutes or so.”

She then went on to say that she had an unexpected phone call right after this newest experience of supernatural fragrances, with very good news.  I immediately wrote back: “It sounds like Our Lady to me.”

Wednesday, December 21

More e-mails and questions from my student in Trinidad.  Today I finally found time to answer him.  In response to his last e-mail I began with: “First: see all your recent struggles and joys in your relationships as ego, and then they will become a part of your spiritual practice.”


In his last e-mail he had asked me:  "So, you never become conscious of mankind as though they are yourself?!"  We had been discussing quotes by Paul Brunton, where Brunton stated that we never lose our individuality.  This concept of Oneness yet individuality can be intellectually difficult to grasp.


I  responded:  “Of course, the mystical is difficult to describe, find words for - and the mystical experiences are - well, mystical.  No, I still knew who I was - although yes I felt "united" with all of humanity in a larger sense; I felt a part of humanity as though we were all one, but still I retained my own identity and sense of Self.
In the Highest Mystical Experiences - there are no other beings. We are standing in two Flames, that of our own soul and that of God.


In the lesser mystical experiences we can experience a sympathetic unity with all other sentient beings.

 
Let me explain further, give a specific example ...


One afternoon I was alone in the Church, kneeling before Christ's statue. I now cannot remember all I was thinking, but I do remember that at one point I was apologizing for all that I had done to offend God. Suddenly I was thrown into a Higher Consciousness, and at that moment I realised that in some way I was also responsible for all the horrid things done throughout history, by all sentient beings - because in some way humanity is one Entity. I cannot explain this, nor how I Knew it, but there it was - and I could indistinctly see all the teeming masses of humanity surrounding me, humanity throughout time as we know it. And I began to cry. And the more I cried, for all of us, for all that we all had done to offend God - the more Love I felt surrounding and filling me ... I was kneeling in a Cloud of Love. And even though I was crying in my deep grief for all humanity, for myself, for all our various errors and offenses - it was no longer grief, even though it was the deepest sadness I had ever felt. The Love surrounding and filling me more or less erased the profound sadness, in fact my memory is more of the Love than the Grief.
And this experience is way above and beyond my usual, every day clairsentience or clairaudience or clairvoyance ...  

Yet even so: throughout this experience, I always knew who I was, who I am.”

Friday, December 30

An e-mail from Diana.  She is still working on the Table of Contents, on the alignments, or spacings.  She reminded me that after she had initially designed the Table of Contents I had then added on a few new stories.  “It threw my spacing off, which was already tight despite the fact that the Table of Contents takes up a whopping six pages.”  She ended with: “Think of it as a very fine surgery.”

M. is out of town for two weeks, and tonight I had dinner with Sam and Martha.  Sam and I decided to begin a new series of articles on Paul Brunton quotes.

Saturday, December 31 New Year’s Eve


Another surprisingly warm day for Ithaca at this time of year, over fifty degrees; sunny.  JF took me to do some needed errands; we walked a bit outside, in spite of my injured ankle.  Went to Mass with Laurel, the lit Christmas trees still surrounding the altar, a small field of poinsettias.  Met Chris briefly afterwards.   Then dinner with Kathy, had a simple yet enjoyable meal.  We exhausted all possible topics of conversation and she eventually brought me back home.  An e-mail from Diana : she is still working on the Table of Contents.  As the clock struck midnight I was praying to Our Lady, for Her Intentions, bathed in Radiant Light and Peace ...  Now I am reminded of many years ago, when I was hands-on healing Carolyn’s injured back.  At one point she said: “I wish everyone could feel this Energy.”  And what Carolyn was feeling that evening could be nothing compared to what I was feeling tonight ...  it was as though Our Lady had thrown a soft blanket of deep, Divinely Burning Love and Light over and around me - while at the same time standing within me, in all Her unearthly Radiance ...

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Thursday, December 15

JF took me to Stewart Park again today; a bit over fifty degrees, unseasonably warm for Ithaca.  Saw many seagulls huddled on a pile of driftwood twenty or so feet from shore, the hills hazy and blue in the distance...  

Diana wrote.  She still has a few pages to do, end pages, the author page, the Table of Contents - but the covers and spine are done.

Monday, December 19

An e-mail from my friend Patrice:


“This morning, as I was waking up, I was thinking about people and Christmas and I noticed that I had been smelling a fragrance, (not typical for my house or bedroom), for about 5 minutes. It was very similar to the scent I smelled in your kitchen, but lighter and not quite as sweet. I continued to smell it, and I sniffed at everything around me, thinking it might be a lingering laundry scent (but I use unscented soap), or whatever. Nothing had this scent, and I continued to smell the fragrance. Then it gently dissipated after another 5 minutes or so.”

She then went on to say that she had an unexpected phone call right after this newest experience of supernatural fragrances, with very good news.  I immediately wrote back: “It sounds like Our Lady to me.”

Wednesday, December 21

More e-mails and questions from my student in Trinidad.  Today I finally found time to answer him.  In response to his last e-mail I began with: “First: see all your recent struggles and joys in your relationships as ego, and then they will become a part of your spiritual practice.”


In his last e-mail he had asked me:  "So, you never become conscious of mankind as though they are yourself?!"  We had been discussing quotes by Paul Brunton, where Brunton stated that we never lose our individuality.  This concept of Oneness yet individuality can be intellectually difficult to grasp.


I  responded:  “Of course, the mystical is difficult to describe, find words for - and the mystical experiences are - well, mystical.  No, I still knew who I was - although yes I felt "united" with all of humanity in a larger sense; I felt a part of humanity as though we were all one, but still I retained my own identity and sense of Self.
In the Highest Mystical Experiences - there are no other beings. We are standing in two Flames, that of our own soul and that of God.


In the lesser mystical experiences we can experience a sympathetic unity with all other sentient beings.

 
Let me explain further, give a specific example ...


One afternoon I was alone in the Church, kneeling before Christ's statue. I now cannot remember all I was thinking, but I do remember that at one point I was apologizing for all that I had done to offend God. Suddenly I was thrown into a Higher Consciousness, and at that moment I realised that in some way I was also responsible for all the horrid things done throughout history, by all sentient beings - because in some way humanity is one Entity. I cannot explain this, nor how I Knew it, but there it was - and I could indistinctly see all the teeming masses of humanity surrounding me, humanity throughout time as we know it. And I began to cry. And the more I cried, for all of us, for all that we all had done to offend God - the more Love I felt surrounding and filling me ... I was kneeling in a Cloud of Love. And even though I was crying in my deep grief for all humanity, for myself, for all our various errors and offenses - it was no longer grief, even though it was the deepest sadness I had ever felt. The Love surrounding and filling me more or less erased the profound sadness, in fact my memory is more of the Love than the Grief.
And this experience is way above and beyond my usual, every day clairsentience or clairaudience or clairvoyance ...  

Yet even so: throughout this experience, I always knew who I was, who I am.”

Friday, December 30

An e-mail from Diana.  She is still working on the Table of Contents, on the alignments, or spacings.  She reminded me that after she had initially designed the Table of Contents I had then added on a few new stories.  “It threw my spacing off, which was already tight despite the fact that the Table of Contents takes up a whopping six pages.”  She ended with: “Think of it as a very fine surgery.”

M. is out of town for two weeks, and tonight I had dinner with Sam and Martha.  Sam and I decided to begin a new series of articles on Paul Brunton quotes.

Saturday, December 31 New Year’s Eve


Another surprisingly warm day for Ithaca at this time of year, over fifty degrees; sunny.  JF took me to do some needed errands; we walked a bit outside, in spite of my injured ankle.  Went to Mass with Laurel, the lit Christmas trees still surrounding the altar, a small field of poinsettias.  Met Chris briefly afterwards.   Then dinner with Kathy, had a simple yet enjoyable meal.  We exhausted all possible topics of conversation and she eventually brought me back home.  An e-mail from Diana : she is still working on the Table of Contents.  As the clock struck midnight I was praying to Our Lady, for Her Intentions, bathed in Radiant Light and Peace ...  Now I am reminded of many years ago, when I was hands-on healing Carolyn’s injured back.  At one point she said: “I wish everyone could feel this Energy.”  And what Carolyn was feeling that evening could be nothing compared to what I was feeling tonight ...  it was as though Our Lady had thrown a soft blanket of deep, Divinely Burning Love and Light over and around me - while at the same time standing within me, in all Her unearthly Radiance ...

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