Friday, October 29, 2010

Don't Get Scared!...It's Just the Paranormal...(Pt. Two)

It's amazing what a wide variety of topics the term 'paranormal' covers!
The topic of 'ghosts' is usually at the top of the list, but the paranormal covers a plethora of subjects. Poltergeists, shadow people, vampires, werewolves, zombies are included. Cryptoid figures from the animal kingdom such as Mothman, Abominable snowman, Bigfoot, chupacabras, and 'monsters' of all sorts are also a part of this varying group. A more endearing faction of the paranormal encompasses unicorns, elves, faeries, dragons, leprechauns, etc..even though we tend to connect them more with fantasy. Subjects such as shape shifters and time travelers are more difficult to classify. Do all of these beings / entities really exist? Why not? As long as we remind ourselves that we create our own reality...and that what we manifest coincides with what we BELIEVE... we can sit back and enjoy it all. It's all mind expanding. Sometimes more like mind blowing! Surprised
If we are honest ...we have to admit there are times we enjoy a good scare! Fear, when seen as entertainment can be fun... as long as we remember to stay grounded. The paranormal can take us out of the mundane and into new and exciting worlds. Some people seem to use their imaginations so little that it does them good to wonder what may be lurking in the closet or under the bed!
Blending into regions of the paranormal is what we may call fantasy, with its stories of mythical creatures and age-old tales or legends... Do the labels legend or mythological make it less real or true? All of organized religion is based on mythology. The similarities between many ancient mythologies derived from the far reaches of the earth, bear amazing similarities to each another and to modern day religion. Most myths have their own versions of a 'holy family', a trinity of sorts, saviors and bad guys, good and evil, and 'lessons' to be learned. As has been said ... there are elements of truth in all things.
We tend to not treat very kindly those things we do not understand. This applies especially to what we call the paranormal. "It's OK to have fun with it, just don't take it seriously!" is what the doubting Thomas or skeptics say. On the other hand, why take religion seriously? Nerd "Until you prove to me that your rituals, prayers, and scriptures are scientifically provable, why should I believe you?" ...Oh, but that's different... Is it? Really?
On the flip side, Quantum Physics has been showing for quite some time, actual 'scientific proof' that it is our Inner Power, the consciousness of which we are all made-- is what is doing the creating, and subsequent manifesting. This is why prayer works for the religiosity's, why magick works for pagans and why BELIEF (or directed consciousness), is the bottom line...the root...of it ALL. We are talking Truly believing... not the mechanical reciting of rituals, dogma, spells, or incantations.
Someone once said that true Yogi's are the show-offs of the metaphysical world. They can walk on burning coals, they can levitate, and they can put their hands through solid objects without any seeming effort. It is also said of them, they have gone beyond 'belief' to that Inner KNOWING which transcends physical matter. This is the stuff 'miracles' are made of... not dispensed by a god who is showing special favor to certain people.
I have several friends who are SO open to the the so called 'spirit world' they can see into -- or hear entities from other dimensions with little or no effort. What we call the spirit world is not made up of globs of nebulous, shapeless non-substances. The existence of other dimensions is just as genuine and 'real' as ours...Or I could say "just as illusional."
We are all part of layered and intertwining dimensions of varying vibrations and frequencies of which we, with our 3D eyes, are not usually capable of seeing...However, upon occasion, we DO let down our 'programmed guard' and see what we 'shouldn't !'
The Beatles song "Come Together" ...'come together right now over me'... is SO apropos. So many things are 'coming together' and happening SO FAST...that many of us are wondering...what will happen next! NOTHING is the same anymore. There is no taking refuge in the old familiar safety least not once you become aware of "who you really are" as the P's and other teachers tell us. Peace can only be found within. It cannot be sought after or un to-- anywhere 'out there.' Not anymore.
Some people consider the "2012" prophesy as 'paranormal' nonsense. I personally think it will involve drastic change because of the intense and complicated focus and attention it is getting...It's ALREADY creating more 'creative chaos!'
Attention and focus are the tools of creation which lead to manifestation. As Seth would say: "Which You, Which World" do you want to be a part of? To realize we have 'a choice' is the beginning of a freedom so immense that it can be a bit scary and formidable!...but also tremendously exciting and enthralling.
To the pagans. Halloween or "Samhain" (pronounced Saw'-win)...was a time of thinning of the veils between the physical and the spiritual world...a time in which the two worlds became enmeshed, enabling contact between the living and the dead. Most of us know, as did the Pagans, there is transitioning and change...but no real death...
I believe this particular Halloween will have a very significant meaning to many who are on a path of Awareness. You can already field the 'wild and wierd' energy! It's beginning to feel 'normal.'
And so the 'para' ...the along-side...becomes the new 'norm.' Then what? Who knows?!... but I would definitely stay 'tuned in.'

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Don't Get Scared! It's Just the Paranormal-!! (Pt. One)

Many people become rather frightened at the mere mention of the word: paranormal. Instead of showing fear, they may laugh, they may joke, or they may be quick to 'put down' the person who expresses a belief in anything they themselves can not...or do not want... to understand.
The Greek meaning of 'para' means "beside, along side, near, irregular, or in addition to." The paranormal includes a wide variety of phenomena, objects, beings, or situations that cannot be explained in a so called logical or rational fashion. I am not including the word 'scientific'... because science itself is expanding and 'catching up' to what many of us have known for ages...most especially in the field of Quantum Physics.
Some people believe in ghosts but think the idea of extraterrestrials is absurd. The opposite is also true. I find this a bit funny.
It's been my observation that people who refuse to believe in anything considered paranormal...are also afraid to venture outside the little boxes that society has contrived. They feel uncomfortable appearing to others as anything except what they think of as 'normal'. They find it difficult to leave the safety zones of what they believe is discerning or intelligent rationale. In plain language...they are afraid of being made fun of ! These are the same people who feel safer believing in mainstream ideas; in what our illustrious leaders say;' what the media reports, and -- in what authority figures tells them is 'true.' When trying to speak with them about any kind of paranormal activity, they usually become defensive and hide behind that good ol' reliable one-liner-clincher: "Prove it to me!!"
The Law of Attraction is always doing its thing--which is the reason these "I Do NOT WANT to Believe" people seldom encounter anything paranormal! in view of their tightly reigned-in, narrow beliefs -- it leaves them with little or no room to welcome some really far-out, cool paranormal experiences! If something paranormal does manage to manifest in some small way in their experience, they usually attempt to analyze it to death, determined to come up with a 'rational explanation'...even if they have to make one up! Rolling Eyes
At times, groups of polar opposites (ex: the ultra religious as opposed to atheists) actually share an emphatic disbelief in what is called "channeling"... During channeling, messages are received from discarnate entities. This is something I find amusing: The Bible was 'channeled'... because the God of all Religions was either missing his Bic or simply preferred his 'secretaries' take dictation who would then claime what they were receiving came straight from their one and only god. Oh, but that's different!! Nah...not really....
When my children were of elementary school age, we lived in an apartment in Littleton. We shared our home with a poltergeist we nicknamed Francis. We mostly enjoyed his harmless although very ornery antics. It was only after I gingerly revealed, to the manager, some of the pranks Francis pulled off, that she confessed to me that her former tenants had the same exact 'problem' in that apartment. Compared to the stunts he pulled on the other family... let's just say Francis must have liked us!
Fortune tellers, astrologists, card readers, runes readers, divining, etc...have been around for multi-thousands of years. There ARE gifted psychics who can see into certain of your probabilities. 'Good' psychics can tell you what is most likely to occur because they can read what is called your energy field. An honest psychic knows you create your own reality. They know you can pick and choose totally different probabilities at any time. On the lighter side, we all know people who are so 'predictable' or 'easy to read' that anyone can prophesy their probable outcomes! We say "I know exactly what he/she is going to happen to him!"... That 'feeling you get' -- is also energy-reading. All things/beings are made up of vibrations. Vibration is energy. Hence, everything has an energy field.
I don't like using phrases like "science has proven" to justify any of my uncommon beliefs. I am finding, happily so, that many more people are becoming both more open-minded and aware of the paranormal, even to the point where they realize we are surrounded by...and immersed in different dimensions, Some people are even accepting the idea of parallel universes!
There are a number of people who can 'hear and see' beings/entities who exist in other dimensions. Some may pick up on 'ghosts of the past' including relatives or friends-and some may be 'strangers.' (although my own version of ghosts is very different from the more popularized versions meant for entertainment) It's not a good idea to 'dabble' in this kind of thing just for fun and games. There are both 'good and bad' entities that are willing to 'make contact.'
What some may explain as 'optical illusions' could be described more accurately as the "quick switching of dimensions." For instance: we have all placed an object in a certain place...turned around...and the object is gone. Eventually it will reappear again when we don't expect it to. It's easy to say "Oh, I just didn't see it." Too often we are too ready to 'explain away' all kinds of paranormal activities...because we don't want other people to think we're crazy!.... Mouth At Side
I believe everyone has what is called psychic abilities ... although certain individuals are more highly 'gifted' or receptive to them than others.
As with all the varied and asundried types of psychics, some are trustworthy, honest, and forthright. This kind of 'true pyschic' has a respectful regard for the highest good in others.
Granted some so called psychics may be charlatans. These types are mind manipulators and are very clever and convincing. Others who claim to be psychic, I believe, are simply self-deluded and have overactive imaginations -- in which their own personality traits come to the forefront and projected onto their clients. They are not seeing others--only themselves. They may not mean any intentional harm..but they are, most definitely, full of themselves. Nerd
Hollywood has given us some fun and scary entertainment... but unfortunately, what is produced for FUN is far too readily accept as "truth" about the Unknown...The impressions given via Hollywood can serve as mind blocks to 'the real thing.' Freddie Kruger and The Exorcist -- neither is what the paranormal is truly about.
Any kind of paranormal activity or phenomena CAN be understood correctly by individuals who are well grounded in their own positive beliefs of safety and self-assurance. I firmly believe that. There is SOOOO much more to life than the little 3D roles that we wake up to and go though from day to day.
In some ways, study of the paranormal can be an intriguing and interesting way to expand one's own consciousness. Unfortunately, religion has done so much damage. and has often completely and totally misrepresented a lot of information that could open up worlds of knowledge leading to a far greater understanding of the depth and breadth of Life Itself.
In the next article, Part 2, I will list more specifics surrounding paranormal activity.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The God of The Phelps...and the Westboro Church

Does the God of the Phelps family from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Ks, actually exist?
Shocked that I said so? It's all OK. Nothing to worry about. Unless you so choose to worry. Cool
I grew up believing in that same kind of a wrathful, horrid, mean, punishing god. Satan, in comparison, actually seemed rather like a fairly decent guy! Perhaps there are some of you reading this who can relate. It's taken me much of this life to overcome what I know I chose to experience in this lifetime. Whether or not I was imbibing some kind of heavenly nectar when I planned for this...I am not sure. Confused
To go from believing in a hateful, vengeful god to a 'god is love' fluffy-pink concept -- is like expecting to overcome a very embedded addiction in a day's time. Miracles DO happen...but overcoming a self-degrading, self-abasing concept of god takes time and effort and INTENT. And most of all -- "Awareness"...which means you are finally thinking ON YOUR OWN as opposed to responding to all the 'stuff' you have soaked up over the years because authority figures said "this is what you SHOULD believe." Your ultimate freedom involves being willing to focus on new and positive beliefs, especially when you have a lifetime filled with fear-reactions and responses saturating your mind and your psyche.
I heard a speaker once say: "As long as you believe you are a child of god... you will remain a child all your life and never grow spiritually."
So many people are so terrified of this biblical-torah-koran god that they are afraid to say or think any kind of thoughts that are outside of the narrow little box their mind has been encapsulated in.
Thinking of 'god' as ANY kind of entity...even the 'loving father with infinite patience' type entity, is to me, so SMALL its completely ludicrous. In light of the indescribable significance of all of LIFE... to try to contain this force into the word 'god' is even more ludicrous. Humans tend to visualize 'god' as superMAN.
It's so easy to revert back to fear and guilt-conditioned thinking. This is basically what ALL the major religions are about. You have to "be" a certain way in order to please or 'serve' this idea of god in order to be 'good.' Otherwise, you will burn in the everlasting fires of hell. The new more politically-religiously-correct version of god is a sort of hollow escape mechanism by which their god is totally nebulous and without any kind of mental substance. Guess that's part of the 'mysterious ways' eh?
What has happened with people like the Phelps family who first gained notoriety while parading their ugly protest signs in front of Matthew Shephard's parents the day of his funeral? (re: Your son will burn in hell...god hates fags, etc etc) They are the people who have become so saturated IN FEAR (even though it appears as self-righteous anger)...that they have literally become insane. I believe these people are representative of a dark side that is worse than senseless murders on the battlefields... ironically in both of these scenarios, each claims are following the will of god.
Human races and their gods and goddesses have come and gone. Through the many Ages some managed to find the Awareness that enabled them to realize that there is no god separate from what they are themselves. Hard to swallow if you believe you were born sinful, dirty, and unclean....and need to be 'saved.' But try telling that to a Christian, or a Jew, or a Muslim! Each "knows" they are right and will kill those who refuse to agree or cooperate.
What anyone claims or BELIEVES to be his 'god' is what he creates...and therefore, all of these 'gods' DO exist... Jesus hit it right on the button when he said It is ALL done unto you according to your beliefs. Granted, there are some 'truths' hidden (sometimes hidden very well!) in all of organized religions' rule books: Bible, Torah, and Koran...but they should NOT be taken literally, word for word.
We all know people who regard their god as a sort of self-appointed trained pit bull 'who will take care of all those sinners' as these religious people hide inside their shriveled little minds and pretend they are 'trusting god' to take care of all those bad people and situations. I guess its a bit like being protected by the Mafia (or the Phelps family Nerd ) if you happen to be a 'member in good standing.'
In some ways...people with UNobvious beliefs are worse. At least the Phelps are not worried about being 'politically correct!' Please do not take that the wrong way. I believe you know exactly what I mean! It is the enemy you canNOT identify that is the principle underlying cause of the bullying, the meanness, the painful suffering...which are often the unseen roots of prejudice and bigotry!
When one adheres to being metaphysical, one has to abandon all blames, all crutches, and stop being a victim. This includes those who claim to be victims and hide behind other people's shortcomings!
In some respects, "Creating Your Own Reality" is that point where what we call 'science and religion' can experience a common ground. Especially so in the field of Quantum Physics. Yes, there is a "higher power" but this higher power is nothing outside of is something we all are a part of. To experience self-illumination or to realize this. When we realize that we are all part of The One...the same 'force'... we intellectually ...and then spiritually...are able to Let Go of those old fear based concepts and religious dogmas... When we feel At One with ALL THAT IS...we will never harm, hurt, or injure anyone else...OR ourselves. Neither will we want to!
The Egyptians were wise enough to perceive that there is NO NAME for what people call 'god.' The minute we call 'it' by any name -- it immediately diminishes. We are spiritual beings playing a human game -- and we are finding our way back to this magnificent Source. When we self-realize our own 'god-hood' we recognize it's all grounded in Unconditional Love. To "serve god" is to honor and serve The Self. The "I AM." Some will understand that... some might perceive the polar opposite of what I said....and call it blasphemy. Well. Too bad.
Unconditional Love is best defined (thank you P's) as ALLOWING... ALLOWING everything... to be at peace ...and know you create your own reality just as others are creating theirs. Most religious teachings are aimed at keeping us from knowing we are ALL a part of All That Is and that we ALL have this tremendous ability to create our own reality.
In many ways... the new technologies are somewhat representative of the Inner Power I am talking about. It can be very difficult and challenging to understand...and easy to misuse... especially if one believes all the 'answers' are OUTSIDE of us -- and that we need to be obedient and subservient to those 'rules.' The only Law that exists, upon which all other Universal Laws are based, is the Law of Attraction. Sorry, Moses.
I guess I may seem 'unfair' to those religionists who are 'trying to be good people' ... but "I say unto you": (sorry couldn't resist.. Angelic)...until you understand the concept of WHY you are 'trying to be good' and WHO you are trying to please and WHY... its will continue to be a slow, rough road to travel. I am not 'blaming' people for being 'into' religion.
My own path was made up of 'trying out different churches/religions' while I was "desperately seeking to please God and find "the" Right Way" ... Finally, I believe my Intent paid off --It opened up my own mind to- and the potential of the Power within myself. I can always see and sense the fear in people who are scared to death of the god they are trying to 'obey' and please. Been there, done that. For so long.
In many ways, this is exactly what the Phelps family is trying to do. Their fear has taken them to the darkest part of the dark side. They are far more afraid of their god than the average "its Sunday better go to church today' type of a person who decides instead to go fishing or hiking or shopping, but 'knows' he isn't 'pleasing his god.' That's the sad part.
And my point is? Nerd ?? We all create...and/or accept beliefs. We also create what we call 'our God'... So many of our beliefs are so sadly dis-empowering because of all the fear and guilt conditioning attached to them. For all the people who are still so 'afraid of God' (including those who refuse to admit it) ... eventually we are all 'led to the Light that shines INSIDE of us...which is in our soul.'
I truly believe so many people...ARE...being led to this EnLIGHTenment... Intend and focus on believing that you will be led to the right teachings/teachers at the right time ... and you will. A lot of JOY and HARMONY and plenty of GOOD FEELINGS can accompany you on this journey! In fact, that's a good way to know you are on the right path...the one meant just for you.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Let's Teach Our Children Well...and each other...gently, please, By Our Own Example

I had not seen this video, a clip from the Ellen Show of Oct 9, '09, (on which Judy Shephard was a guest) until yesterday. I will never forget it. It was a heart warming presentation of Matthew's life. Additionally, it was also heart-tugging because of what Judy told about the deer that had been nesting in a bush close to Matthew's body. The lady biker who found him, told Judy about the deer that appeared to have been nesting all night near Matthew's body. To me, that deer was an angel meant to be seen by the lady who found Matthew. It brought tender comfort to the family and friends -- knowing this little creature watched over Matt's body during that dreadful night. Strange how such terrible tragedy... and soul felt beauty... can co-exist in the same space. Such is the irony of Life.
This is the clip from the Ellen Show. I hope you will watch it.
Many of us have lost loved ones in tragic ways, and we well understand Matt's story, somehow in some way. Many of us have learned it is our responsibility to stand up and speak out against prejudice of ANY kind. This is, I believe, especially important when it comes to racial issues and sexual orientation.
I believe it would make such a positive impact on mass consciousness if we would only speak up and say something as simple as: "I'm sorry, but I don't appreciate your remarks."
If someone we know or do not know makes a derogatory remark, it can be far too easy to just 'sit there' and not speak up...even when something within us is telling us that we must take a it just a quiet, gentle one. Sometimes the quieter and more simplistic it is, the more effective it is. Yelling and preaching usually brings about: "What you resist, persists."
A friend of mine said once that a very effective remark is: "I'm sorry that you feel that way." It is not necessary to be confrontational and argue...regardless of what their retort might be.
From Crosby, Stills, and Nash's "Teach Your Children Well" the lyrics emphasize the importance of loving and understanding one another. We must choose to do the right thing. I believe that parents can be THE most important influence on their children's potential for tolerance, acceptance, and allowing.
ts so important not just to say "Don't say that...its not 'nice' " without explaining the WHY NOT. Parents and all others authority figures to children need to take the time to explain more as to how prejudicial remarks and actions HURTS not only others -- but also themselves. ANY of you who claim to be metaphysical know exactly what I am talking about. When you willfully hurt another you disconnect yourself from Source... this is not what we want.
Example: the Jones's and the Smiths meet for a BBQ and little Johnny makes a disparaging remark about gays... it needs to be addressed immediately regardless of how 'embarrassed' one gets or how afraid of 'what kind of reaction' someone might have. Addressed not with scolding or put downs... but firmly, with love. Can you imagine the tremendous effect this kind of action would have on mass consciousness if everyone would do this at this level??!!... It could have such a powerfully healing effect!
To those who merely give 'lip service' to tolerance but are filled with hatred, bigotry, and prejudice... __Life will be their teacher.__ If not in THIS life...than in another. Don't feed them your attention.
But it is for us 'who know better' who must take a stronger, and yet gentle, stand and not tolerate callous or derogatory remarks.
We are becoming Legion...we are awakening and growing by leaps and bounds... It is not for us to 'convert' others to our way of thinking. We'll leave that to the Radical Right. ANY teaching not based on unconditional love (which simply means Allowing) will never ultimately succeed.
Let's just do what WE know we need to do. Far too many of us are overly concerned about 'looking cool' or worried about what other people think. This is cowardice. There is a time to speak...and a time to be silent. We KNOW the difference if we listen to our Inner Being.
Consider this: Look who is truly suffering the MOST when it comes to what 'other people think'... Gays, people of color, the handicapped, etc etc. Each one of us, individually, has to do what "I" need to do... that is our responsibility. Eventually, we WILL be able to see the impact that courage and love have on our world. Believe.