Accepting The ‘Son’ of God (or Daughter) #SonofGod #Christ #Awakening #Enlightenment #Salvation #Liberation

The Universe has recently been seeking to enlighten me, frontor re-enlighten me, as the case may be, about our true nature.  From multiple sources, including early morning reminders that life is just a dream as I have awakened (from dreams to awakened dreaming!), to emails from another spiritual writer, to an audio seminar by spiritual teacher Brent Phillips, as well as in readings in A Course In Miracles, the Universe has been speaking to me about our true nature, along with miracle mindedness, and the illusory dream of life.

Then, this morning, I read an article about Bernie Sanders grilling Russell Vought, nominee for Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, about whether or not non-Christians are condemned.  Personally, I believe Bernie’s actual point was to raise the question as to whether Vought could separate church and state in order to serve as a civil servant justly upholding the law, but the way Bernie questioned Vought was itself questionable.  This political debate is, however, not the issue here.

The issue is a quote from the Bible which Vought had used in an article defending Wheaton College’s firing of a professor who stated that Muslims and Christians worship the same God.  Clearly, what I am about to write is not likely to make sense to people who believe that Christians and Muslims worship a different God, which view can only occur due to lower chakra understandings of the Bible*.

Truly enlightened understanding of ultimate truth only flourishes from the heart chakra up through the crown chakra.

The quote Vought used in the article was John 3:18, “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” (New International Version)  At issue here is, what does it mean to believe in the name of God’s one and only Son?

A Course In Miracles teaches that we are all the Son of God, and as I translate it, we are all the Son and Daughter of our Divine Mother/Father, and that one Offspring of God is salvific.  Christ is teaching us in A Course In Miracles, and I believe he also taught us in the original New Testament texts, that we are all Sons and Daughters of God, by virtue of attaining a certain consciousness, which I, along with Paramahansa Yogananda, would call Christ-Consciousness.  One could also refer to this elevated, or enlightened consciousness as the Buddha Mind, or enlightened consciousness.

Vought wisely responded to Bernie Sanders that all people are created in the image of God and therefore worthy of respect. That is a Christian view based on a text in Genesis, in the Torah, or Old Testament.

As souls living a human life, we are created in the Divine image, which in Genesis is also stated in the plural: “our image.”  Thus is God’s nature communal, or multiple, as in both feminine and masculine; at any rate God’s image is not stated here as singular, though it honors the Oneness of God within that “our image” concept.  Therefore, billions and billions of people can be created by God in “our image,” meaning, God’s image. I would suggest that it requires an infinite number of us in order fully to image God as humanity, and God exists infinitely beyond this human image.

Looking at ourselves as souls created in God’s image is a starting point for understanding our purpose on earth, but not a sufficient explanation of our “salvation” from the darkness, death, and decay of life on earth. We come to earth as souls separating ourselves out from the Divine Consciousness through a lowering of our vibration, i.e., “The Fall.”

We then develop an ego self as we become aware of our apparent (though not real) separateness from the Divine Self and from one another.  This separateness gives rise to pain as well as pleasure, as we experience the duality of this illusion of life in the universe, or this Maya, as it is called in Eastern thought.

We begin to awaken when we realize that we are spiritual in nature, and that this physical manifestation of the world is not the most real aspect of reality; that indeed, Spirit and manifestations of Spirit are more real and permanent than the physical world.

We become enlightened by stages as we energize our chakra system with both feminine and masculine energies as well as with love*.

As we become aware that we are one with God and one with one another, we become more and more enlightened as we then choose to live a life in service to others, and as we choose to align with Divine Will rather than our ego’s will, which appears as separate from Divine Will.  As we let go of attachment to the material world, we further attain higher degrees of enlightenment.  As we learn to perceive each and every situation as filled with Divine potential, despite the appearances or feelings we may be perceiving, then we can develop Miracle Mindedness and become One with the flow of pure potential in the Universe.

As we live for the larger purposes of the Divine Self rather than for our lower self’s purposes, we energize ourselves more and more as Divine Presence in this world.

What takes us one step further in Enlightenment, or Awakening, is becoming aware that we do not even exist as separate selves.  We are the Daughter or Son of God that God created us to be.  We are each individual manifestations of the Divine Presence, when we allow ourselves to be who we truly are, rather than our ego selves.

When we accept and choose this Divine manifestation of God-in-Us, we accept and choose the Son of God, or the Daughter of God, for we allow God to birth God’s Self in us.  This is salvific, for when we allow ourselves to empty ourselves so that God can always be manifest in us, then we no longer exist in separation, but rather in a continual state of Oneness, and in this state, we have been set free from the world of form, or duality, or Maya.

This liberation is our ultimate salvation, and it is experienced as heaven, or Nirvana, or Samadhi, here on earth and beyond.  It is Bliss.

 

What came crystal clear to me this morning is that “believing in the name of God’s only Son” refers to letting go of any sense of ourselves as separate beings and emptying ourselves, believing that God is birthing God’s energy/consciousness/Sonship/Daughterhood into ourselves so that God becomes manifest as us upon this earth.

Jesus also said that those who lose their lives for his sake (the sake of Christ-consciousness) will gain their lives.  In other words, if we let go of our life as separate beings who do what we want, and instead empty ourselves and let go of living life as we want, then we gain Life in God.

What better life could there be to gain than Life in God?

Who are we really?  Once we accept the Presence of God in ourselves fully, we become fully Daughters and Sons of God, forever, because that is who we already are; we just need to remember ourselves as that!

May we all accept our Buddha-nature, or Christ-Consciousness, or the Presence of the Divine in our emptiness.  May we all, like the most God-Realized soul I have had the privilege to meet, Dada J.P. Vaswani, realize that we are nothing and that God is All.

Love and Light,

Carol “Anandi”

*For an explanation of how lower chakras effect our views of the Bible, please see my new book:  Truth and Illusion: The Politics of Spirituality and How One Person’s Lie Is Another One’s Truth

 

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What Is Needed?

Saturday was the seventh anniversary of what I call my

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“Enlightenment Vision,” in which I was so incredibly blessed to meet and be blessed by numerous Ascended Masters.  I am so grateful for the remembrance of blessing and enlightened consciousness.  Lately, I have experienced a drop in consciousness and a lower vibration, as I have struggled with substitute teaching in some settings in which some of the children’s behavior has been, well, I can only call it outrageous and very unfit for creating an educational atmosphere.  This has brought up so much concern in me, and so much uncertainty about how to deal with the really disruptive behavior, that I lowered my vibration and consciousness.

This weekend, it was helpful to me to remember the blessed vision (there is a blog entry here describing it), and I tuned in to learn what I need to do differently.  First, I was reminded that I need to accept what others are doing as part of Life giving us all what is needed, and as part of what all the souls present together have agreed to experience.  Although my heart breaks to see such unmanageable behavior, which may have horrible consequences for children in the long run, as well as being so disruptive of the educational process in the moment, I have to acknowledge that, on a soul level, whatever is, is what is needed.

So, I have to practice more non-attachment in order to remain in the peace, despite the days like Friday, which started with the teacher in the room next door warning me that I might need to send two boys to her class (which I did), and which ended with me following another teacher’s advice just to stand in the door way for the rest of class (almost an hour) to prevent one boy from running out of the room.

Obviously, I could no longer teach the class while standing in the doorway.  Fortunately, a third teacher sent an older boy (maybe fifth grade), to help, and this older child helped perfectly, not only following my directions and requests, but also not allowing the boy in question to get away with some disruptive choices, and putting on a video for the class to watch.  What a waste of young minds, class time, and tax payers’ money.  All because we don’t teach parenting and we don’t teach holistically and we are not allowed to touch students, as in, we cannot just hold and hug a child to get them to stop acting out.  (That “passive restraint” in the form of a hug is a technique I was taught 35 years ago while working with autistic children.)

There is so much to that situation that I needed to process: from how do I pay attention to the students who deserve attention, (I did my best), to how do I help those who needed help (I did my best), to how to understand why the boys came back with behavior not at all improved after seeing the counselor, to how am I to make sense of that spiritually, to how did I need to improve myself and my behavior in that setting.  (By the way, this is a partially lower income school, and to me, it appears to have much less funding than other elementary schools in wealthier districts.  To me, it seems that they deserve twice as much funding in order to lower class size and to increase supplies and implement special programs.)

On the spiritual path, what is needed is always for us to work on ourselves, until we have attained that final Oneness with the Divine.

And so it is that on Saturday, I meditated, I contemplated, and I asked for guidance and insight to understand all of this.  What came to me on Saturday were six primary teachings.  First, as written above, to accept what is, and to trust that all the souls involved have asked for this experience so that we can grow spiritually.  Next, what came to me was that, when I don’t know what to do, I need to ask Source, “What is needed?”  Usually, I receive specific guidance and answers to questions like this, and I did in the case of working with such students.

The third realization that came to me Saturday was that God is always what is needed.  We may need to manifest God in a particular way, but God is the one who is always needed.  If you have not read many of my blog entries, please know that, to me, God is love, God is peace, God is bliss, God is wisdom, God is truth, God is strength, and God is harmony.  But God is often experienced as all of those things without words, simply as the energy of love, peace, and bliss; for instance, God is the experience of harmony.  God is always needed, the question is simply:  how do we incarnate God through ourselves as the wisdom or the love, the patience, the harmony that is needed?

The fourth realization that came to me was that, although there is so much that I long to help heal and transform in the world, the universe is just an illusion of space-time created so that we can remember our ultimate nature as part of the Divine Self.  So that, yes, my ultimate purpose and quest is still and always union with God.  It became clear to me that this experience of union with God, or Self-Realization is exactly the cure to the woes of the world.

Fifth, I experienced the masculine and feminine kundalini energies rising within me as creating love and fulfillment without the need of any other human being.  If you have not yet felt the snake-like rising of the kundalini energies through the two nadis, I invite you to learn to meditate in ways that will facilitate you doing so.  This is one of many reasons I teach Raja Yoga meditation: to facilitate the kundalini rising.  Through this experience, I received a feeling of completeness and a satisfying love that I had never quite felt before.  Honoring the divine masculine and the divine feminine within ourselves is essential for our own fulfillment.

I realized, sixth, that with this inner completion of love through the rising and meeting of the male and female kundalini energies, we no longer “need” a human partner (regardless of outer gender, human partners usually help each of us balance our inner masculine and feminine energies, no matter our orientation), because we embody a fullness of both within ourselves.

Well, what a beautiful sense of completion that suggests, and as the one teaching affirms:  what is needed is always God.  As I received in an earlier teaching, the path to the “all is well” is what is needed in the present moment.   God is the Divine Being in which All Is Well.  In the Divine Being, we are complete.  To God be the honor, always.

Love and Light,

Carol “Anandi”

My new book is out:  Truth and Illusion: The Politics of Spirituality and How One Person’s Lie Is Another One’s Truth

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Palm Sunday Sermon: Whose Triumph Is It, Anyway? #palmsunday #holyweek #jesuschrist #God #peace #grace #sermon

For a change, I got to preach today, and I am so grateful.  I love preaching!!!  And I re-discovered my Jesus, and why he is Christ to me, as the message came to me.  I had no idea that there were really so many political implications to how Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, until I read these scholars’ remarks in the context of our political situation in our nation and our world today.  May Christ inspire you as he inspires me, to speak for peace and non-violence even in the face of evil.

Whose Triumph Is It, Anyway?

Rev. Carol E. Richardson

Hyattstown Christian Church

April 9, 2017

 

Have you ever ridden a donkey or a burro before?  How did that go?  When I was 17 years-old, my family traveled to Greece for vacation, and part of the time, we stayed on a small, not very tourist-y island.  One Sunday morning, my father and brother and I rode on Mediterranean burros, and I’m guessing what Jesus rode was more like these really small burros, rather than a larger donkey.   To ride these burros, we had to sit sideways, and kick our feet, both on the same side.  It looked really funny; not very glorious, not very dignified.  The one distinctive characteristic of donkeys and burros as far as I can tell is stubbornness, especially when being ridden, and especially when being requested to move forward in a particular direction that they apparently just don’t want to go in.

I don’t know how Jesus did it.  I don’t know how Jesus rode a donkey, and a colt, or with a colt – somehow, I find that part a little confusing, that he rode “them” as the text says, riding them into Jerusalem.  Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem, though humble, was bold, brash, and braying.  Approaching Jerusalem from the east, Jesus rode a donkey down from the Mount of Olives, surrounded by a crowd of mostly peasants.  It was not the rich and powerful, nor the might of the military that greeted and escorted Christ into the powerful city, but a group of peasants who wielded cloaks and branches rather than weapons.  Jesus humbly rode into Jerusalem to serve those who also humbly bowed before the prophet, that is, those who truly bowed before God.

Just like the authentic prophets in Israel before him, Jesus entered as God’s messenger from outside the halls of official earthly power.

By contrast, on the other side of Jerusalem, approaching from the West and riding on a war horse, was the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, leading a column of imperial cavalry and soldiers. [1]  According to one source, Pilate was riding from Caesarea Maritima, which sounds as though it was a pretty upscale coastal city, complete with a Roman aqueduct and an amphitheater.  The reason Pilate entered Jerusalem at this time was to keep the Passover crowds under control.

So then, one leader entered Jerusalem for liberation and spiritual sacrifice for the uplifting of all the people, and the other leader entered to maintain his and Roman power for the continued domination and subjugation of the Jewish people.

Biblical scholars John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg describe Pontius Pilate’s procession as proclaiming “the power of empire” while “Jesus’ procession proclaimed the power of the kingdom of God,” thereby setting up “the central conflict of the week that led to Jesus’ crucifixion.”[2]

Is this contrast setting us up to understand the nature of Christ’s triumph?

Whose triumph would you have bet on if you had been aware of both processions at that time?  Are we not accustomed to expecting big military powers to be the ones who triumph?

What could the people following and praising Jesus understand of the kind of triumph he would bring?  Didn’t they also want to be liberated from the Romans?  Many of them did.

If Jesus’ followers could move forward 2000 years and if they were on the ground in Syria right now, would a non-violent prophet still look like the answer, or would a military leader seem to be the savior of the day?

What is it that saves us in times of evil?  What is it that saves us from the Roman-like dominations of our day?

Writing in 2010, Biblical scholar John Rollefson suggests that Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan’s part historical and part imaginary visions of the two processions into Jerusalem sets the tone for when the church sings “All Glory, Laud, and Honor,” so that it becomes less like “My country, Tis of thee” or “God Bless America,” and more like one of the church’s songs of “protest and resistance” such as “We Shall Overcome” or “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”[3]

I believe what the Biblical scholars are all saying, in effect, is that Jesus Christ did not enter Jerusalem in order to make Israel great again.  Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem to show forth the greatness of God through his life and death and resurrection.  It was the exquisitely beautiful greatness of God Christ empowered to triumph through Christ’s grace, so that everyone would be saved.

It was the whole world that Christ came to save!  We need to remember that, the next time we see someone’s face on the news, no matter how different they may be from us, and no matter how far away they may live.

Matthew himself, in our gospel reading for today, compares Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to the entry of the peaceful king in Zechariah 9:9-10 which says the king will “cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war-horse from Jerusalem.’

What kings and governments do we know that actually shut down the war machines and enter peacefully to rule a nation? What peoples do we know who look for a leader who does not guarantee their safety through military might?

In Isaiah 50, we have a foreshadowing of Christ’s pacifism and non-violent resistance.  “I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.”  How many of us would maintain non-violent resistance in that situation?  We know that Martin Luther King, Jr. could not have modeled non-violent resistance if Christ had not already done so.  I have to wonder if even Gandhi could have been the pacifist he was if Christ had not first been so.

The final political allusion in this gospel of Jesus’ triumphal entry is to the Passover Haggadah, celebrated later in the week, as a remembrance of when God saved the Israelites from slavery.  The custom in the Haggadah is to affirm that God saved not only our ancestors, but also us from slavery.

So then, the final Biblical allusion to political power in this text is to God’s ability to overcome the pharaohs of every age, and to set people, including all of us today, free from oppressive governments.  God has the power to overcome all oppression and to set all of us free.

What kind of triumph is this text talking about then, and whose triumph is it, anyway?

Is it political?  After the crucifixion, it certainly did not seem so.  Some people wanted political triumph.  What did Christ want?

It seems that Jesus Christ did not want to make himself the victor.  It seems that Christ did not want political power to wield over other people so that he could get his way, or wealth, or fame, or military might to “destroy the enemy.”

It seems that Jesus did not want to get his way at all.  Jesus showed up humbly, unarmed, surrounded by the lower classes, the politically powerless people of his day.  Some people would call them “worthless.”  I was talking with one of my clients about some of the proposed budget cuts and how thousands of people could go hungry, lose health coverage, and die as a result of potential budget cuts.  The client’s response was that the people were worthless.  By implication, their deaths did not matter.

One of my unspoken thoughts about the client’s opinion was that, obviously, he was not raised a Christian.  Can we listen to Christ and witness Christ and believe that anyone is worthless?

Perhaps the first of Christ’s triumphs on Palm Sunday is that he proclaimed the worth and dignity of all human beings by humbly accepting their praise.  After all, we don’t really care about anyone’s praise unless we see them as worthy enough to value their opinion.  Christ did not care about the worldly status of the crowd – he valued them, and because God values them, that was Christ’s first triumph, valuing those whom God would save.

If we find ourselves seeing anyone as less valuable than anyone else in anyway, we have already failed to share in Christ’s triumph.  It seemingly did not matter to Jesus whether the people who believed in him were homeless or homely or well-off and well-dressed.  He did not care.  His love for others was universal.  That was Christ’s triumph.

Jesus Christ came to Jerusalem for everyone who would receive him, and Christ seeks entry into the temples of our hearts and the fortresses of our minds today, that he might find a triumphal entry in us.

Again, how was his entry into Jerusalem triumphal?  Was it because the people believed in him?  Or was it because Jesus believed in them?

The triumph of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem was the triumph of humility, of compassion, of love, of equality, of justice, and the triumph of grace.  Ultimately, the message of Palm Sunday, when we see it through the lens of Easter, is that love wins.  Grace frees. Compassion unbinds the oppressed.  Humility allows God to triumph over all human evils.

Let me emphasize that again.  It is our humility before God, just like Christ’s humility on the donkey, that allows God to triumph no matter what is happening in life.

When we allow humility to lead us to grace, to compassion, to sharing the fruits of the Spirit, to proclaiming the hope of resurrection in the midst of suffering, then we proclaim God’s triumph in and through the humility and obedience of Christ.

Only by submitting to God’s will and God’s ways of being can we allow God to triumph in our lives just as God triumphed through Christ.  If we submit to God’s rule in and through us, isn’t that the same as allowing the kingdom of God to triumph over the “kingdoms” of the world?

You know, so many spiritual teachers in what some call the “new thought movement,” or the world of popular spirituality outside the walls of the church, so many spiritual teachers present seminars and workshops on attaining success.  After reading about so many of these, I finally realized that, like Christ, it is not my own success that I need to seek in seeing clients and writing books, but rather, it is God’s success that I need to seek in me and through me, or there is no triumph.

In fact, the triumphs of God come not so much in the glorious light of day as in the midnight hours when one more person needs us to hold their hand and to tend to them, whether an aging parent or a sick child.  The triumphs of God come when we feel too tired to go on but we go on anyway.

The triumphs of God show up when we don’t feel like loving someone but we love them, anyway.  The triumphs of Christ in us happen when we remember his forgiveness for us, and his grace despite our inadequacies, and we choose to understand and forgive the imperfections of others.

The triumphs of God in Christ and in and through us occur when we let go of having to have things go our way, and we focus instead on whether or not everyone else is okay and receiving what they truly need in life.

The triumph of God occurred on a donkey, on a cross, and in a tomb.  The triumphs of God in our lives can occur on a bus, or in a classroom, or an office cubicle, or a metro, or a bathroom, or a kitchen, or a farm.

There is no setting too great or too humble for God to triumph; all it takes is a willing heart.  When we decide that we don’t have to triumph, but we long more than anything else for God’s will to triumph in the world, then Christ has indeed triumphantly entered our own hearts.  Nothing else really matters, for whose triumph is it, anyway?  Amen.

Love and Light,

Carol “Anandi”

[1] I am indebted, for this description of the two entrances, to scholar John Rollefson, writing in Feasting on the Word, (Louisville:  Westminster John Knox Press), 2010, Year A, Volume 2, p. 153.

[2] From The Last Week:  What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’ Final Days in Jerusalem, as quoted by Rollefson in Feasting on the Word, p. 153.

[3] Ibid., p. 155.

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Cultivating Inner Wisdom & Finding Truth #truth #wisdom

The following is a copyrighted excerpt from my upcoming book:

Truth and Illusion:

The Politics of Spirituality

and How One Person’s Lie Is Another One’s Truth

In our quest for truth, we need to cultivate inner wisdom, for how can we find truth without inner wisdom?  And when we find truth, won’t it be wise?  All human beings contribute a perspective on truth, and each of our lives embodies and conveys truths.  In order to hear the truths that all of humanity can contribute to the greater truths of life, we need to cultivate inner wisdom.  In order to develop our inner wisdom, we need to:

  • Become self-aware
  • Accept ourselves
  • Heal our own inner emotional wounds
  • Stop the guilt syndrome by no longer shaming and blaming ourselves and others
  • Listen to our own deep thoughts, values, fears, and feelings with empathy and compassion
  • Listen to the thoughts, values, fears, and feelings of others with empathy and compassion
  • Create a safe space for ourselves emotionally
  • Create a safe space for others emotionally by making no assumptions, no judgments, and no projections
  • Overcome the split between “self” and “other” by understanding that we are all part of the universe, therefore we all contribute to a universal truth which encompasses all of us
  • Develop non-attachment and practice acceptance
  • Honor ourselves and every human being as an equally valuable person on this earth, simply because we breathe, think, feel, and exist. In honoring ourselves and others just for existing, we honor Life, of which we are all part.

If we can do all these things, we will be on our way to cultivating inner wisdom.  One sign that we have found inner wisdom is that we will tend to feel a greater sense of peace and contentment in life.  Feeling peaceful and contented conveys an inner wisdom that is open to discovering greater and greater truths, and indeed, has already found them!

Love and Light,

Carol “Anandi”

Highest Harmony Healing & Coaching, including distance healing and coaching, around the world

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The Voice of God? Or Our Own Conscience? #hearingGod #conscience #voiceofGod

The following is a copyrighted excerpt from my upcoming book, Truth and Illusion: The Politics of Spirituality and How One Person’s Lie Is Another One’s Truth…..

The throat chakra is the seat of clairaudience, or being able to hear higher guidance.  This is an audio version of intuition instead of the feeling-based intuitions that each chakra has been sensing up to this point.  The throat chakra’s intuitive ability arises through language and the ability to hear our own inner guidance.  Clairaudience evolves all the way from our basic ability to hear the voice of our own conscience,[1] to psychic abilities, to the ability to hear divine guidance through higher beings (angels, for example) all the way to being able to hear “the voice of God.

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The intuitive ability of the throat chakra advances as we advance spiritually.  One can, instead, become schizophrenic either through drug use or through an experience of emotional trauma, either of which can energetically blow open the chakras, as mentioned before.[2]  In the case of the throat chakra, blowing it open leaves one vulnerable to hearing the voices of disembodied spirits, and unless one has very pure intentions, one may draw unsavory spirits to oneself, and hear “crazy” voices.[3]  The murderer known as “Son of Sam,” who believed that he heard a demon in his neighbor’s dog tell him to kill people, would most likely be one example of this.

The reason that we so often do not trust people who say that they heard God speak to them is that so very few of us are emotionally, mentally, and spiritually evolved enough to do so!  In other words, few of us are so evolved that our throat chakras are completely energized with both masculine and feminine energies, and also purely and potently energized with love rather than fear.  To arrive at this point where we have achieved the true spiritual maturity to hear the voice of God is rare indeed. Until that point, we hear the voice of our own conscience, which reflects only the very best of our own chakra development, or perhaps one level beyond where we find ourselves currently.

Signs that one truthfully hears the voice of God would include the mature, loving worldview of each preceding chakra:

  • Root: all of humanity is part of one big family in which everyone is worthy of being loved, protected, and supported in life;
  • Sacral: justice, equality, fairness, and self-reliance balanced with cooperative sharing of both power and resources are all paramount virtues for human life;
  • Solar Plexus: freedom of individual self-expression, personal responsibility, and interdependence are foundational for healthy human relationships;
  • Heart: unconditional love, non-judgment, compassion, and generosity are fundamental qualities of Divine Love.

Any “truth” attributed to the “voice of God” that does not inherently resonate with all these chakra characteristics would not reflect the highest spiritual understandings of the “voice of God.”  Until one develops through the chakra system, the teachings one perceives as coming from God simply resonate with the “truths” that one is ready to hear based on one’s own level of chakra development.

May we all practice more spiritual disciplines so that we will develop our ability to hear higher guidance!

Love and Light,

Carol “Anandi”

[1] The voice of our own conscience depends on our level of chakra development, which determines to a large degree our level of vibration in terms of spiritual or subtle energy.  Our level of vibration determines the morality with which we resonate or fail to resonate, and thus determines what we are “able to hear” as moral guidance. Our own conscience will only tell us what we are able to hear, and that is usually only at our current vibratory level or perhaps one vibratory level higher.  (The chakras represent our vibratory levels as well.)

[2] I fully realize that this is neither a medical nor a psychiatric etiology for psychopathology.  However, energetic sensitivity through and excessive openness of the chakras can lead to hearing other voices, as well as to the negative influence of other energies including excessive psychic control by other people.  Ultimately, I agree with the teaching that I learned through my Progressive Counselling training in England:  all mental illness is a form or spiritual cop-out (giving up), or, I would add, occurs because of a spiritual crisis.  The physiological and chemical expressions follow the energetic patterns of the person’s spiritual state, which can also be created through karma, whether past-life, or otherwise.  When karmic patterns come through past-life carry-overs, modern science generally labels these “genetic predispositions.”  I would suggest that both are true: karma and genetics are intertwined.

[3] For those of us who do not believe in disembodied spirits, I simply invite us to practice multiple spiritual disciplines, especially pure meditation, until we have fully developed all seven chakras, and attained full enlightenment.  At the level of mature throat or brow chakra development, we can begin to encounter higher consciousness more clearly.  Our sense of truth, and therefore of what is real, evolves with our chakra development, including our experiences of higher beings, as well as of souls who have passed on.  I speak from my experiences working with people in ministry as well as working with clients. (Pure meditation refers to two specific techniques in Raja Yoga Meditation.)

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Infinite Love Heals Hearts #Love #Heart

Our ultimate healing is becoming one with unconditional love, heart-handsthat Great Love that is the Source of All, the Infinite Love that is All there really is. Until that time when fully realize our Oneness with Love, we often experience a lack of love or even heartbreak.  We may also struggle to love ourselves, to forgive ourselves, and we may struggle to love and forgive others.

We can heal our heart chakras by affirming a blessing that intuitively came to me for one of my clients at the end of a healing (similar to Reiki).  What I intuitively heard for the client, and I trust it applies for most if not all of us, is:

“I am Infinite Love, and you are created in my image.  The only thing blocking you from becoming one with Infinite Love is not loving yourself infinitely.  I am Infinite Love; you are created in my image, and I love you infinitely.”

While we are all “created in the image of” Infinite Love, most of us probably do not yet love ourselves with an infinite love.  To love ourselves and others with Infinite Love, we need to heal our heart chakras.  To heal our heart chakras, we can follow a simple process:

First, sit quietly and use deep breathing and, if you like, other meditative techniques, to find your own inner calm.  Next, think of Infinite Love, and feel how much you love Infinite Love, for Infinite Love loves you infinitely – this Love loves you unconditionally and with no limits.

Feel your own love for this love, a love which you can trust implicitly to love you at all times, even in the midst of difficulties and danger.  Feel this Infinite Love loving you, feel your heart filled with and warmed by this love.  Love the Love, and feel the love, allowing yourself to become aware that you are loving yourself with this love.

When you feel full of this love, become aware that you can now share this love with others, for you have no reason to fear them, and no reason to judge them.  From this place of Infinite Love, we are able to love ourselves, and we are able to love others.

May we all experience the healing of our hearts through opening up to Infinite Love.

Love and Light,

Carol “Anandi”

Highest Harmony Healing & Coaching

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Moving from Transactional to Transformational Relationships #transformation #relationships

February 21, 2017

Transformational Relationships  Logo Affirmation

In the Western world of the 21st Century, we engage primarily in transactional relationships.  Each interaction we have with others is so often tinged with the underlying expectation that we will “get” something out of the interaction, or that we will accomplish something that “gets us ahead” or “accomplishes a goal” or “earns more money” or gets us something.  We tend to transact with one another rather than simply interact with one another.

Whether in business or at the grocery store, and even in romantic, friendly, and family relationships, many of us are hoping to “get” something out of talking with someone.  We have too often lost the art of simply “being” together.  Our relationships arise primarily out of doing, as so much of our society and values arise out of doing, purchasing, or consuming, or being entertained, rather than out of our being.

I challenge each of us to see if we can spend at least ten minutes being with someone, without “wanting” anything from them, not even a smile, an acknowledgement, or a comment, but rather being there with them and for them.  If we can just be with someone without wanting anything from them, then we can unconditionally love and accept them.

Transformational relationships represent a spiritual way of being with one another as we evolve into higher consciousness together.  At root, we simply need to be able to be with each other, appreciating and loving each other, without seeking to receive anything from one another.

In transformational relationships, we are able to be present with one another, empowering one another to be our best selves, unconditionally loving and accepting one another, and seeking to be present for the good of the other person rather than for our own self-interests.  Transformational relationships enable us to heal, to learn, to grow, to experience love, and to become more connected with Source energy and Source consciousness, finding our own true, core Selves and bringing that higher presence and fulfilling that higher purpose in the world.

As I describe transformational relationships, doesn’t it sound as though we need more of these relationships in the world today?  It seems as though we almost need lessons on how to do this. We are taught in schools, in business, and even in friendships that we enter these relationships to acquire something that we don’t have.  All of life becomes transactional when driven by a monetary paradigm.  What part of our lives is not measured with money or with other forms of transactions, such as trades, compromises, or “I’ll scratch your back if you’ll scratch mine.”

One of the joys of a true spiritual path is to set oneself free from transactional relationships and to allow oneself to be of service through transformational relationships.  Life becomes richer, relationships become more deeply meaningful, and our own energy and consciousness rise to greater heights of love, peace, and joy.

I have four tips for moving out of transactional relationships and towards transformational relationships:

  • Trust that all is well, and that all will be well, despite the appearance or feeling of things in any given moment
  • Trust that “all I need I have within me,” for the Source of the Universe is within us, therefore the power of loving creation is always with us, in us, and capable of acting through us
  • Hold the intention of blessing others, rather than seeking to receive anything from others
  • Trust that you will receive what you need in and through each relationship as needed, when needed, if needed

You may have noticed that trust is the real key here.  One of the reasons that we engage in transactional relationships instead of transformational relationships is that we have not been taught, and have not yet learned, to trust that we are One with the Loving Source of all creation.  We are not separate from Love; we are Love.   When we know and trust our own oneness with Love, we trust that as we share love with others, we receive from Love all that we need as well.

When we truly trust that Love is the Source of all that is, and that in this Love, all is well, then we can move from transactional ways of relating to transformational ways of relating.  When we move into transformational relationships, we empower ourselves and others to be who we truly are, and to be all that we can be, and to fulfill our purposes on this earth.

May each and every one of us discover the joys of transformational relationships, and may we start a movement of transformational relationships that spreads around the world!

Love and Light,

Carol “Anandi

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