Finding Your Own Spiritual Aura

Your aura, or energy field, reflects your state of consciousness from moment to moment, because it is always dynamically shifting in wonderfully subtle ways. Your aura is also an expression of all your experiences throughout your lifetimes. The qualities of your aura are formed from these countless experiences, and these patterns give your energy its distinctive character. But how can you find your own spiritual aura amidst the innumerable layers that have accumulated within your own energy field?

You may be concerned that your past-life experiences, many of them being rather less than positive, could obscure your spiritual nature. Fortunately, your deepest spiritual essence remains undamaged throughout all your experiences. In fact, you are learning from your experiences, and so your continual process of spiritual learning through your lifetimes actually builds new radiance into your aura.

It is a good thing that your aura is changing in each moment, and this can give you hope, because your aura is not frozen. Your dynamic living aura can change — it can heal and brighten, to reveal its true radiant light. And because your aura is reflecting your state of consciousness in each moment, that means that each moment is an opportunity for you to utilize your consciousness in more effective ways. You could even say that you are learning how to be conscious about your consciousness.

Where is your spiritual essence located? Is it hidden underneath the other experiences? In a way, it is hiding in plain sight. The stresses and challenges are layers of surface experiences, and they draw your attention at first, so that it seems that your spiritual aura is obscured.

However, your thoughts, emotions, and experiences are not your essence. But, your thoughts and emotions do form layers in your aura, and they can affect your awareness, just as sunglasses affect how much light you can see. How can you transcend these limitations to discover your spiritual essence?

You have the power of consciousness — you can choose where you place your attention. Simple though that may sound, it reveals why you have the power to sense underneath the surface patterns, so that you can find the deeper spiritual essence within.

Here is a little awareness experience that will get you started in making the distinction between surface characteristics, and deeper essence.

Guided meditation to distinguish between the material world and the subtle energy of things:

1. Notice an object in the room around you.

2. Notice its surface features — color, shape, size, and texture.

3. Imagine that you are looking into the tiny molecules of that object — just pretend that you are doing this.

4. Let your gaze sense the molecules, and just relax and breathe as you do this.

5. Gaze first at the molecules, then at the surface of the object.

6. Repeat number 5, going back and forth between gazing at the molecules, and then gazing at the surface of the object. Each repetition helps you sense reality in a deeper way — it is both material and non-material.

7. To complete the meditation, sense your body as a safe and stable vehicle for your consciousness, focus your attention in the present moment, and choose to continue your day with centered awareness.

This simple exercise frees you from the narrow understanding about the material world that ordinarily limits your consciousness.

You can apply this way of sensing to your own aura, and it will free you from seeing yourself superficially. In this material world, there is a tendency to reference everything, and even yourself, as a material being. This is one reason why the goal of knowing your spiritual aura can seem distant — until you know how to shift your consciousness.

When you release from defining yourself as a collection of physical characteristics, you empower yourself to experience the cosmic energy being that you truly are. There are more benefits to this than merely having an interesting spiritual experience. This is because your aura is gradually healed every time you utilize your consciousness effectively.

The idea that you can build the light of your spiritual aura by learning to sense in a multidimensional way can motivate you to seek daily opportunities to work with your consciousness. Here is another awareness experience that will help you know your spiritual essence.

Guided visualization for experiencing your spiritual essence:

1. Notice your body, and notice your breathing.

2. Imagine the space within your body — don’t try to analyze it — just notice it.

3. Gently sweep your attention through the space within your body.

4. Notice your breathing as you do this.

5. If you notice tensions, gently sweep through them, but do not react to them.

6. Become aware of the overall presence within you — the consistent quality that seems to exist as subtle energy throughout your body.

7. Gently sweep your attention through this subtle quality of energy that exists within you.

8. Notice your breathing as you sweep your subtle energy with your attention.

9. Complete this experience by looking around the room — notice your physical body, and realize that you are a focused, physical being, grounded in a safe, stable reality.

You have made a subtle, but important shift in your awareness. Recognize that you now have the ability, when you choose, to shift your attention to include your subtle energy essence. This frees you from defining yourself from only the material perspective. Now you can explore your essential nature. Why is this subtle way of sensing so spiritually important?

Compare how your essence seems to be a mirror of the universe itself:

Spirit, or consciousness is vast and infinite.

Your soul is vast and infinite.

The universe contains its wisdom within each part of itself.

You, being made of universal energy, contain your cosmic soul consciousness within every part of you.

The universe contains all creative possibilities.

You, from your essence, can discover all creative possibilities.

The universe contains the divine spark within every particle of itself.

You, in your essence, contain that same divine spark in every particle of yourself.

Before we go any further with this discovery, realize that there are some people who will warn you that to compare yourself with the universe is not appropriately humble, or is somehow un-spiritual. They make these statements because they haven’t yet recognized their own essential spiritual nature. They call themselves spiritual, but they actually define themselves as primarily material — and limited.

Realize that your deeper spiritual experiences do not boost your ego — it is a humble recognition to know that you have the same spiritual spark within you as that of a tree or a rock. Of course, your soul is much more advanced in certain ways than a tree, but that is simply because your soul has evolved in its individual consciousness over many lifetimes. However, the basic spiritual essence between you and the tree is the same essence.

You can be assured that knowing your essential spiritual nature does not elevate you above anyone else, nor does it diminish anyone. To recognize that you are made of divine substance is to also know that everyone else is made of that same divine substance. This brings up another issue that some people will warn you about.

When you cultivate an awareness of your spiritual aura, and come to know its divine nature, there are those well-meaning people who will express a concern about you. They worry that you probably have the illusion that you are God.

They may have this strange fear about cosmic awareness because they see themselves as separate from the divine. Here is the important distinction that lets you know that you are having valid spiritual experiences, but you are not egotistically assuming that you are God:

1. The divine, supreme, creative force that created the universe created you.

2. The divine creative force created you out of its own divine substance.

3. Therefore, you are made of divine substance, but you are not the creator of the universe — you are not God.

This should be simple to understand. After all, you are not your parents. They helped create your body, and you have some of their characteristics, but you do not confuse your own identity with theirs.

When you discover your essential divine nature within, you can do so with the knowledge that you are tracing your essence back to its divine source. This is a wonderful discovery that is spiritually liberating, and everyone has the freedom to make this empowering discovery for themselves — but only if they choose to.

What can you do to cultivate your spiritual aura daily? Several times a day, when you have a moment, do a quick check-in with your spiritual essence. It only takes a brief shift of awareness to notice your breathing, sweep your attention through the space in your body, and notice your subtle energy essence. This gradually builds your deeper recognition that you are not only a material being.

Why does making a shift in your consciousness shift your aura? Your aura is always reflecting your consciousness. If you see yourself as only material, that constricts your aura, and lowers your consciousness. But does that mean that you should avoid seeing yourself as material?

You do have a material aspect of yourself — your body. And you are living on this material planet — or are you? Yes, you are living within this planetary influence, but this planet is only one small point of awareness amidst this entire universe. And knowing this helps you use your consciousness to recognize your spiritual nature more easily.

Though you are living on this planet, you can see the deeper truth with your imagination. Your imagination is able to sense that which is beyond your ordinary material senses. With your imagination, you can sense the subtle reality that you are a spiritual being of divine energy, and you are living within the infinite divine universe itself.

You can recognize this without denying that you are in a body. You can recognize your divine essence without denying this planet. You are just broadening your perspective to include the vast multidimensional reality.

Guided meditation to broaden your spiritual perspective of reality:

1. Notice your physical body.

2. Breathe, and gently sweep your awareness through your body.

3. Relax, and notice the room around you.

4. Breathe, and gently sweep your attention through the space of the room around you.

5. Sense beyond the walls of the room — use your imagination — and sense how there is no limit to the space that extends beyond the room.

6. Let your gaze gently sweep that space that extends to infinity.

7. Notice that you are breathing comfortably in your physical body, but your consciousness extends to recognize the universe.

8. Notice that you are in the same room as before, but now you realize that it is a small point amidst the greater infinite universe.

9. To complete this exploration, notice your breathing in your body. Sense that your body is stable and focused, and calmly continue with your day.

Each time you explore this broader perspective, you build your awareness of the deeper reality that you actually live within. You appreciate that you really do live in an infinite divine universe, of which the earth is a relatively small, but important part.

You can bring this broader perspective into each moment of your life, so that you recognize that your spiritually mystical experiences are natural and ordinary, rather than rare or strange occurrences.

Your deeper recognition of reality goes beyond theory. It is a deeply personal experience, and it helps you transcend ideas and books. Such books can be useful catalysts that inspire you, but only if you use the books as springboards for your own spiritual discoveries. At a certain point, you need to practice using your consciousness. Reading spiritual books gives you a collection of thoughts, but spiritual awareness is much more than that.

This is why you need to recognize, as you grow spiritually, that the books are only partially correct in what they say — they can’t really express deeper truths in mere words. This is because your spiritual truth is only really validated through your own experiences with your consciousness. You may express your spiritual truth somewhat differently than the books, and that is why the books are not entirely true. This is not to judge them, but just to recognize that your own spiritual experience is the real teaching.

Don’t wait until you’ve read yet more books — start exploring your consciousness today. These personally meaningful explorations are the ones that touch your heart, mind, and soul.

So do study, and do listen, but not in the uncritical way that many naive students do. Don’t be impressed with any teaching merely because it sounds impressive, complex, or lofty. Let yourself have your own spiritual experience, and discover what you can learn from your experiences when you tune into the universe directly.

Imagine that the divine consciousness of the universe itself is inviting you to study it. In so doing, you are studying about your own essential nature, and learning for your own self just why spiritual awareness is so meaningful. Whether anyone else understands why you are doing this is irrelevant. You are exploring your spiritual aura because it is the mirror that reveals the deeper nature of reality, the face of God, the secrets of the cosmos, and the meaning of life. And any other fascinating reasons that are meaningful to you.

May each breath bring you into the cosmic realization that you are a uniquely living and breathing expression of the divine. Look about you, and let yourself see that universal spark shimmering within everyone, and within everything.

Many Blessings,

Joel Bruce Wallach

Founder, Cosmic Living — spiritual instruction tele-classes and home-study mp3’s

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3 Ways To Improve Your Karma

What does it mean when people say that they have bad karma? Actually, karma refers to the patterns that you’ve created over your many lifetimes. So the karmic patterns aren’t punishment at all. The universe isn’t trying to make you feel bad. No, these patterns are simply the result of your accumulated thoughts and actions.

This should give you hope, because this means that karma is just an ancient way of saying the popular expression, What goes around, comes around. That’s good news, because this means that you created patterns, both good and bad, in the past. You are experiencing the results of those thoughts and actions now. And the good news is that you aren’t condemned to repeat these past patterns.

Here’s where it gets interesting: Though you have good and bad karmic patterns, they are not permanently frozen — they are always in a process of changing. That is because the good thoughts and actions have their own transformational energy to them. So as you generate positive thoughts and actions, the positive energy gradually heals, or transmutes the deeper negative karmic patterns.

So this means that one of the secrets to improving your karma is to generate good thoughts and actions. However, it’s not enough to just know about goodness as a concept. Nor is it enough to automatically follow so-called good behavior patterns in a robotic way.

Genuine good karmic patterns come from how you approach your life, and each person has their own customized lesson plan. With that in mind, now you can explore three ways to improve your karma.

1. Observe other people, and notice when they are expressing good patterns, and notice when people are behaving badly — don’t judge it; just notice it.

Why does observing other people help your karma? When you recognize bad behavior, that is because you have already learned that particular karmic lesson. You were stuck in that inappropriate behavior many lifetimes ago, and your soul gradually came to recognize the wrongness of that behavior. It could also be that you recognize the behavior from your own younger experiences in this current lifetime. Now, you easily recognize the wrongness of the behavior when you observe it in others.

Every time you see recognize the pattern in others, it reinforces the lesson that you learned when you were doing that very same thing. This explains why you don’t want to judge or condemn others, even when you observe the inappropriateness of their behavior. Judging them, when they are in the middle of their karmic lessons, is no different from judging yourself.

If you are not judging others, and if you do perceive that another person is behaving inappropriately, what attitude can you reasonably have about that person? Bless them, and imagine that they are learning their lessons as quickly and easily as possible. It just takes a moment to bless another person — and blessing creates good karma, too.

2. Look at the lessons you’ve learned in this present lifetime, and discover ways each day to follow the wisdom path that those lessons lead you to. 

Maybe you used to eat junk food, and now you don’t. At least, you generally don’t, but here’s the wonderful karmic opportunity. You gradually recognized that your body felt better when you ate healthier food. When you were younger, you didn’t notice how food affected you. Now you do — you learned the lesson. This provides you with an opportunity for generating good karmic patterns, because you are potentially strengthening the divine temple of your body with your intelligent daily choices.

You potentially create good karma each day, and even in each moment, in the small choices you make. You have this opportunity each day, at each meal, with each bite, because you are either choosing food that helps you feel more conscious, or you are choosing food that lowers your consciousness.

It’s a simple choice, and many karmic choices are. That is the elegant simplicity of karma — each time you make a healthy choice, you create good karma. But not because the universe is rewarding you — it is because you are building a healthy positive pattern. So if you’ve learned the lesson that healthy food feels better, then you use that opportunity each day to make healthier choices.

Or, maybe you used to enjoy making fun of others, or gossiping about them. You came to realize that this activity lowered your vibration. It didn’t feel good any more. But the tendency may still be there, and so your karmic opportunity each day is to find healthier ways to communicate. Each time you make the healthier choice, your good karma grows, and your negative karma lightens and releases.

You might be wondering how people can learn at all, since they seem to be so affected by ignorance, confusion, and illusions. Actually, you learn through experience, and when those experiences don’t feel good, you do some deep soul-searching. That is the secret of karmic improvement, because soul-searching leads you to your deeper soul wisdom. Alignment with your soul is the key to improving your karmic situation.

When you gradually realized that your negative actions were hurting you, you gradually learned to explore different choices in thought and action. Your soul helped you to consider these possibilities. That is why some people are referred to as older souls. It is not that they are automatically wise, but that they have more experiences that they have learned from. The older souls have cultivated a deeper soul alignment that they can draw upon, but the younger souls still tend to get stuck in their automatic reactive thoughts and behaviors.

But before you start judging those reactive younger souls, remember that your judgmental response to them is curiously automatic and reactive. You are learning how to notice things, without getting stuck in a dramatic response. And that leads you to the third way to improve your karma:

3. Release your condemnation and judgment about yourself and others, so that you can calmly explore the best options, and take your karmic lessons to the next higher level.

For example, suppose you experienced that when you rudely condemned and gossiped about people, it created bad energy for you, and only spread bad vibrations around. You noticed this, it didn’t feel pleasant, and so you vowed to minimize that kind of behavior. But what about your own self-talk — the voice in your own head that condemns and gossips about you?

This is an example of taking your karmic lessons to the next level. You learned what happened when you judged others harshly. Now you’re learning what happens when you judge yourself in that same rude way. So you always take the old lessons, and discover each day how you can refine them, and take them to that next level. In this example, you notice the judgmental inner voice, you thank it for sharing, and you re-write its judgmental words so that they are more empowering and useful.

Each day, you have the chance to look at your behavior, and to look at people around you, and there are amazing karmic opportunities in how you respond to what you see. You can notice when you find yourself going into an automatic reaction pattern — you can even shift it in mid-conversation.

Who do you think is most apt to judge others who are gossiping? That’s right — the person who is still working on that karmic lesson. How do you know if you’re still working on the lesson? Well, if you’re quick to condemn others who do it, then it’s still your lesson. Otherwise, you’d be more accepting of other people learning their own lessons. You would recognize that everyone is your mirror — showing you your past and present issues and patterns.

But how can you recognize that another person is acting inappropriately, while not condemning them? Don’t you have to dislike or condemn what is wrong? There is a higher way that takes daily practice, and it is the key to moving forward spiritually:

Learn to calmly observe, while clearly recognizing the lesson, and yet without emotionally judging.

This is a powerful way to discover your higher truth, and to generate good karma. It bypasses denial, it bypasses condemnation, and it leads to your being able to recognize positive choices. When you center yourself, you are able to act on wisdom, because you align with your deeper soul wisdom.

The behavior that you see in other people is a mirror for you, because you see your own patterns, past and present, in their behavior. When you have an abrupt emotional reaction, that suggests that you are still judging your own patterns. Your reactive attitude suggests that you have not forgiven yourself for your own patterns.

If you are unforgiving to yourself, then you create a division within yourself,  because the condemned part of the self can become angry, shameful, and resentful. This can lead to bad behavior. However, when you acknowledge your patterns, with love and non-judgment, then you can calmly shift your behaviors in a healthy direction.

Whether you see bad patterns in yourself, or in another, that is a karmic opportunity. Noticing the problem, and recognizing healthier alternative behaviors, is an important step. Stepping out of the judgmental attitude is another important step in creating good karma. The non-judgmental path lets you calmly consider the options for yourself, and lets other people live their lessons at their own pace.

Notice that whether you see another person gossiping, for example, or whether you find yourself starting to gossip, the lesson is there. In fact, the instant you find yourself moving down the negative pathway that looks familiar, and you sense that it is wrong, that is the perfect time to create some good karma. It is the crossroads of your karmic path.

This is the decisive moment when your soul is sharing its wisdom with you. You are able to sense how something in your behavior doesn’t feel right. Anything that you do to switch to a healthier path, in that moment, is a powerful inner victory.

Each positive choice means that you are reinforcing your soul connection, learning from your past mistakes, and doing something to improve your karma. Patterns take time to change, and so your goal is to make as many small healthy karmic choices each day as you can. Every shift in your consciousness builds healthy karma, and melts old karmic negativity away.

In the world of karma, there is no total success, and no total failure. Karma is a dynamic system, and your karma is shifting in subtle ways every day. There is no such thing as being totally good, or totally bad. That is the beauty of karmic patterns, because the patterns are always dynamically shifting in accord with your moment to moment thoughts and actions.

This means that whatever your situation may be, it can change. You are not permanently condemned. It also means that even when you create good patterns, the effect is good, of course, but it is not permanently good. It’s sobering to realize that even if you have generated tremendously good karma, that can change each day if you start generating negative karma. You have a choice in each moment.

Your thoughts and actions, in each moment, are building your karma, for better or worse. Your soul wants to help you. Tune into your inner wisdom. Slow your mental chatter, feel your breathing, and get a sense of your deeper truth. If you aren’t certain of the healthy alternatives for a situation, ask your soul to guide you to those positive choices. Let the wiser choices come to your attention.

Life brings you the opportunity to learn, through the circumstances that emerge for you each day. You have the three ways to improve your karma, and you can use them each day to build your positive energy in alignment with the highest good. To sum up, the three ways are:

1. Learn by observing other people — and also bless them.

2. Learn from your own lessons — do have high standards — and bless yourself, too.

3. Release judgment, so that you can take your lessons to the next level of excellence.

Where do you start? Begin with bringing your attention to each moment. Gently shift any moment, in a subtle way, into a more positive direction. Create small victories, and you will find that you can generate a positive karmic path for yourself.

For now, notice your breathing, and discover how you can be more gently present in this moment. Be calmly aware of your chattering inner self-talk, without judging it. When you discover the quiet voice of inner truth — deeper and more subtle than the chattering voice, you’re beginning to hear the deep teaching presence of your soul. May each day bring you into ever deeper alignment with the stable love and wisdom that your cosmic soul eternally shares with you.

Many Blessings,

Joel Bruce Wallach

Founder, Cosmic Living – spiritual instruction via tele-classes and home-study mp3’s

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Is There Really Such Thing As Inner Peace?

What does inner peace mean to you? This is an important question, because you’re more likely to find inner peace when you know what you’re looking for. When you create a definition that is real, practical, and usable in ordinary situations, you will have access to real peace — practical inner peace.

Let’s be real about inner peace. It doesn’t mean that you’re away from everything, meditating blissfully on a mountaintop. You want a definition that you can take with you into your daily reality. But doesn’t peace have to be total peace?

Ah ha — you want inner peace, and inner peace takes place within you. That means that you don’t need to have the all-encompassing one hundred percent peace that you fantasized about. You need something more subtle than that, and more real than that, too.

But how can you have peace in this material world, anyway?

Your reality has challenges, and those challenges aren’t going to go away. But you can face them, and that gives you a clue. When you face your challenges, at first, you may actually feel some moments of tension, fear, sadness, or any natural emotional response. But here is the key to understanding this at a new level of awareness…

You have the choice to be aware of your emotional response. There is an amazing power in simply noticing your response. You can notice this emotional response, but you don’t have to get stuck in your response. And you don’t have to fight your response, either.

So if you aren’t enmeshed in your emotional response, and if you aren’t vigorously fighting it, then where does the inner peace come from?

Peace isn’t the all-encompassing bliss-out state that many imagine. Real inner peace is alive and dynamic. Peace, as you are coming to understand it, co-exists with this world. Peacefulness is your ability to be present in any situation, while being present with your response to the situation. For example:

If you are focusing on your work, and there is a sound of a lawnmower outside, how is that going to affect your inner awareness? Is the sound distracting? Actually, it is somewhat distracting. But is the sound literally preventing you from working? Ah ha, the sound is a challenge, but it is not preventing you from working. But what is keeping you from your inner peace in this scenario?

The major element affecting your inner condition is not the sound of the lawnmower. Yes, the sound is admittedly somewhat bothersome, but it is not totally distracting. But if the sound is not the main issue, then what is the matter?

The irritant is your own response to the lawnmower sound. Your emotional response that troubles you is your own inner voice. Your inner voice is saying something about the bothersome lawnmower. And what’s more, your inner voice is insisting that until the sound is gone, you can’t work. Let’s look at this, because the moment you recognize your inner self talk, that is the moment that you get closer to inner peace.

Your inner voice is speaking automatically. It is always commenting on your reality. Some of your self talk is helpful, but much of it is merely reactive responses from your ego, and these emotional or dramatic responses are particularly unhelpful. To understand how to respond to your inner self talk requires understanding something about the art of being centered.

The centered person is able to notice their self talk. They do not deny their inner talk, but they do not give in to it. There is a special power in your being able to listen to your self talk. It is this: When you listen — without getting wrapped up in the words — the inner voice feels satisfied that it has shared its concerns. You have listened to its dire warnings about reality, and it is happy with that.

Now you recognize the purpose of the inner ego voice. It is trying to help you, but in its own somewhat childlike, dramatic way. And what would happen if you denied the existence of this inner dramatic voice? That is called denial, and it creates another problem, because to successfully avoid your inner voice, you have to suppress your aliveness. Suppressing your consciousness actually takes a lot of energy, and that is devitalizing — and it is distinctly not peaceful.

This is a fascinating paradox — if you want inner peace, it requires being present to your inner self talk, but not taking it seriously. And if you thought that inner peace was something that you would attain if you could entirely block your inner voice, think again. People try to block their inner self talk with drugs or alcohol. It doesn’t work, and it has side effects.

So you can have true inner peace, but now you have redefined it. You recognize that inner peace isn’t some blissful state of ignorance about the world. Inner peace is your capacity to experience something, to notice your response, and to keep on breathing and doing whatever you’re doing.

The first time you try this, your inner voice may remind you that you still feel tense, and so this approach isn’t working. Nice try, inner ego voice, but not clever enough. The shift to peace within comes from your being willing to explore this process gradually — you don’t get instant total results. Rather, you cultivate the ability to explore subtle levels of inner peace from moment to moment.

That is because the little shifts in consciousness come from your noticing subtle things that you didn’t notice before. For example:

1. You are now noticing your automatic inner voice response to a situation. You hadn’t been aware of it before.

2. You are now noticing that you don’t have to automatically repress your negative self talk. You can listen, thank it, and continue with your life.

3. You are noticing that you have natural bodily processes, such as your breathing. You are discovering that even if a situation seems to make your breathing tense at first, you can become aware of this response. And when you notice it, and gently become aware of your breathing, the breathing becomes smoother.

4. You are noticing that people, events, sounds, sights, and various influences do not actually prevent you from moving forward. You can choose to move gradually forward in your life, in spite of any influence.

5. You are noticing that when you follow these practices, you begin to sense a subtle glow of aliveness within you. That is the dynamic inner peace that you are discovering.

6. You are noticing that inner peace is not an all-or-nothing situation. Rather, peace is an ever shifting landscape, where you are exploring being present amidst situations, and you are discovering the many subtle aspects of peace within all those situations.

So you have made some new discoveries about inner peace, and you realize that peace is not as magical or mysterious as you may have thought. The recognition that peace is dynamic, existing in many forms, may be a revelation to you. This frees you to experience peace as it really is, rather than as a rare experience.

Isn’t that what you want? Something real that you can use in the world, every day? Not something that you have to wait for, or something lofty and unattainable, but something that is already within you. The tools are yours — your awareness, and your willingness to use your awareness to notice your breathing, notice your inner self talk, and your willingness to move forward towards your goals in each moment.

It almost sounds too easy. Here is another paradox — yes, this practice is easy, but it does require a bit of attention. If you’re willing to notice a few things, and play with these ideas, you can experience inner peace as it really is. But you might have to give up some lofty fantasies about an all-encompassing peace that exists in some mystic dimension. But in place of the idealized notions about peace, you will have attained the real thing — dynamic peace, in all its subtle levels of experience.

Yes, there really is inner peace. You already have the capacity for it, and you may well have created that kind of subtle peace many times before, perhaps without realizing it. You are invited to enjoy a peaceful day today — true dynamic peace as you now understand it — the peace that doesn’t resist the sound of the lawnmower, and that doesn’t resist your self talk about it either.

And besides, you can always close the window, notice your breathing, smile at the silliness of the situation, and continue with your work. May you enjoy the delights of your enriched perceptions in each moment, with every breath you take.

Many Blessings,

Joel Bruce Wallach

Founder, Cosmic Living, spiritual instruction, training-mp3-sets/

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How Do You Contact Your Soul?

There is a reason why you yearn to contact your soul. To understand why, you need to explore what happened when you were born.

When you incarnated in this lifetime at birth, your soul stepped into your body. At least, that’s how it generally happens — the soul unites with the body at birth, as best as it can. Although your soul was nearby as your baby body grew in the womb, birth was the defining moment when your soul embodied, and you became a human being. At that moment, your soul, whatever it may have expected or imagined about this lifetime, started to experience your life from the real world point of view — life in a physical body, in this material plane.

It was likely a real shock.

Something happened to your soul connection from the disruption that often happens at birth. It affects you on many levels. And of course, there are many events on the earth plane that affect your ability to be with your soul. Whatever the causes may be, there is some temporary interference.

Fortunately, you can learn meditations that reunite your awareness with your soul. 

Your soul is your deeper divine essence. And just what is that true you? What does it consist of? Understanding this will help you to contact your soul, because you know what you are aiming for.

It is surprising that so many people, especially in a religious context, worry about the state of their souls, without knowing how to contact their soul directly. And many people might have an idea that their soul is important, but they have only the vague notion that their soul is a generalized cloud of energy floating somewhere. Your soul is much more than that.

If your soul is the eternal part of you, this suggests that your soul is a vibration. OK, but everything in the universe is a vibration, so what type of vibration is a soul? Well, it’s not something that you can pin down as looking a certain way. And it’s not something that has a name. That’s because your soul is vaster than all that. It has a vibration that you can sense and experience, but at any given time you’re only tapping into a fraction of what your soul really is.

This is a key understanding — that you can only access part of your soul at any time. This gives you a sense of what it means to be vast, or even infinite. Though you can’t entirely know your soul with your rational mind, you can sense it with your heart, with your intuition, and with your sensitivity. And so you can experience your soul, communicate with it, learn from it, and even experience enlightening inspirations from your soul.

Here’s a way to appreciate your soul as it really is — recognize that it transcends the limits of the material plane. And yet, your soul exists in this world, too.

Quite simply, if you can pin something down, and name it, then it likely exists in a particular dimension. If you can measure something, then is has limits — it has a size, and a color, and a name. Your multidimensional cosmic soul is not limited in this way.

When you start to tap into your inner self, and you go deeper and deeper, you find your soul as an unlimited presence. You might have some fascinating experiences where you experience your soul as textures, colors, sounds, lights, and various sensations. These will all be real experiences, but they are not the complete understanding of your soul.

Your real soul can be experienced through your multi-sensory knowing. But the knowing requires that you open to a deeper way of sensing. This is important, because if your logical, measuring mind tries to examine your soul with a mental microscope, you will miss the depth and meaning of the whole experience. That is because your soul, in its vastness, can only be comprehended when you tune in with the right attitude — a deeper state of awareness.

You don’t have to go anywhere to contact your soul. Your soul can be sensed here and now. That is because your soul, though infinite, also exists as a coherent field of energy — the soul body. And your soul body is located where your physical body is located. Of course, your soul body is a higher, non-physical vibration — but your soul body is here, where you are.

Now that you’re getting more comfortable with the idea that your soul is here, you realize that even though your soul extends beyond this material dimension, that doesn’t mean that you’re going to disappear or float away when you look for your soul. There is a wonderful dynamic interaction between the local soul body within you, and the universal soul aspect that is everywhere. In fact, they both give each other meaning. Here’s how:

Your soul body within you gives your universal soul an avenue to express itself, and test its ideas. And what does the inner soul body get from the infinite soul? The soul body receives the inspiring possibilities that the infinite soul lovingly shares.

The infinite part of your soul seems to be vast and universal for a good reason — at the deepest level, your soul is an individual expression of the universe itself — a spark of God, as some metaphysicians have expressed it.

Now how can your soul somehow express the universe itself, and also have its own unique soul signature? It’s easiest to understand it by thinking of water. Not that your soul is water, but you can play with the metaphor. There is a lake of fresh water, and you take a little bit of water from that lake, and you put it into an ice-cube tray. And now you have a specific ice-cube, and you can examine it. But only an hour ago, that ice-cube was generalized water from the lake. And now it’s in a specific form.

Suppose that you did something to that ice-cube that gave it a different flavor? Now it has become its own distinct identity. Instead of being just a regular ice-cube of water, it is jasmine tea. So it is getting its own unique identity. And so now it’s getting easier for you to distinguish this former bit of lake as a distinct flavor.

And yet, this jasmine tea is still water, essentially. But it has taken on a new identity. So you no longer call it lake water. You honor its new character, by identifying it by a more distinct name of jasmine tea.

Your soul is more amazing than a cup of tea, of course, and it has something that a cup of tea will never have, which is a soul signature. When your soul was created, timeless ages ago, it was given a personal soul signature, as unique in the world of souls as a thumbprint is in the world of hands. And this soul signature signifies that your soul, though made of universal substance, is distinctly you. Not you the personality, but you the soul. And that’s what you’re going to tap into now — the signature of you.

For something as expansive as the soul, you have to approach it from a deeper state of awareness. Otherwise, your rational mind steps in, and starts to measure the experience from an ordinary state of mind. That creates a little problem.

Would you walk into a library, loudly calling out for everyone to remember to be quiet? Of course, you wouldn’t do that, because that would be contradictory. And would you try to wash a garment with muddy hands? That is silly as well. These ridiculous examples give you a hint of what happens when your rational mind tries to help you find your soul.

Maybe you’ve been trying to access your soul with your logical mind, and it’s no wonder that you couldn’t easily find it.

When you first explore your soul, you need to play some little games with your awareness so that your rational mind doesn’t step into your soul’s library with its muddy boots on. Never mind the mixed metaphors — they’re just preparing you to explore a topic that transcends ordinary explanations. So maybe some multidimensional metaphors are just the thing for preparing yourself. And if the logical mind is just a bit confused by this discussion, all well and good — you can ask your logical mind to observe, but to keep its clever observations and opinions to itself.

Soul Contact Meditation

In this little exercise, you are going to experience what you are — the soul, and what you are not — the ego…

1. Bring your attention to your body. Notice your breathing, and track your awareness over the course of several breaths.

2. Begin to notice the space within your body — just imagine it. Notice that space, without trying to label it. Be with it.

3. Start to sense into that space. Sense it as a vibration, rather than as a muscle, nerve, or bone.

4. Relax into that reverie — you are sensing the vibration within the space of your body, without labeling it as physical.

5. As you are sensing the vibration within, you are still noticing your breathing.

6. You imagine that the space within you, where you sense the vibrations, is comfortably expanding. Pretend that you’re easily expanding that inner space. Let the space open up.

7. As the space opens up, you notice the center of that space. And as the space continues to expand, you keep gently noticing the center of that space. This keeps you grounded in the present moment.

8. You let your attention flow to that center space within you, and you let the energy of that space flow back to your awareness. You are now in silent communication with your deeper essence — the subtle realm of your soul.

9. As the communion between your awareness and your expansive inner essence continues, you maintain gentle awareness of your breathing. This keeps you grounded in your body, even as you are touching your deeper essence.

10. Ask your soul to share a blessing or healing with you. Let the experience be what it is. It may be subtle, but allow yourself to notice it — even if it seems that you’re just imagining it. And, keep gently breathing.

11. Let yourself look around the room to reorient yourself. And then, look again within the inner space within you. Gently let your attention shift back and forth — from the room — to the inner space. This helps you realize how natural soul contact can be.

12. Conclude your exploration by bringing your attention to your body, to the room, and to the details in the room. Look about, tap your body lightly with your fingertips, and start to move about.

Welcome back to this world. But, of course, you didn’t go anywhere — at least, not in the usual sense of travel. You didn’t go to a place, but you expanded your sense of what was possible. You went to a deeper state of consciousness. Your spectrum of self-knowing is now broader, and you’ve touched the vast nature that is your essence — your soul.

As you continue to explore your soul, you discover that your soul is here, now. You realize that your soul is not mysterious. And yet, your soul is so deep and multidimensional that you could explore it forever. And in a way, you shall, because your infinite path of spiritual evolution is just that — an ever-meaningful, eternal journey of cosmic discovery.

You may choose to imagine your soul as a friend, as a parent, as a coach, or simply as one who loves you more than you can imagine. Your soul is all these — and more. In fact, the personality and the physical body that you have identified as you are actually windows that your multidimensional soul shines its cosmic light through.

When people speak of higher potential, they are referring to your willingness to be inspired by your soul. They are hinting that you are capable of expressing the infinite soul gifts that you incarnated here to share. You now have the tools to contact your soul, and this connection brings you into harmony with a wellspring of amazing possibilities. Let each breath unite you with that deeper soul contact, so that the light of your soul becomes the light that shines forth from every particle of your being.

Many Blessings,

Joel Bruce Wallach

Founder, Cosmic Living – spiritual instruction – tele-classes and home-study mp3’s

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Why is heaven above you, and how do you get there?

When you think of heaven, you probably look upwards. You may have assumed, as many do, that heaven must be up beyond the skies. But is this tendency merely a habit that you have learned from society, or could it be ancient historical conditioning, or is it something else entirely? This is neither habit nor history, because your upward glance results from the amazing link between your physical eyes and your spiritual anatomy — your chakras.

Your upper energy centers, or chakras, are your resonators for deeper cosmic realization. And when you access the deeper spiritual awareness of your higher energy centers — especially your crown chakra atop your head — you really do tend to look upwards. This is why people in a state of prayer and contemplation often find themselves looking upwards — towards heaven, as they would generally describe it.

When you look upwards, with sincere spiritual intention, you truly open an energy doorway that grants you a more profound cosmic perspective of reality. And you may be inclined to interpret your mystic visions as a window into heaven, as if heaven were literally above you. This perception often happens because when you sense the universe through the refined perception of your upper chakras, you are sensing the deeper divine essence of everything. And you are sensing the world as an interconnected energy field. And it is only natural to assume, when you first experience this, that you’re accessing a different world entirely — the world of heaven.

Every day, you are generally sensing the material world that you are familiar with. When you open your consciousness to a deeper spiritual reality, you may not realize that you have shifted your chakra viewpoint, and that you are now sensing the universe through a higher frequency window — your crown chakra. And so you may have no conceptual framework to explain what you’re seeing, other than the familiar material plane concepts that you are already familiar with.

Is this starting to explain why heaven seems to be floating in the sky above you?

Your reference point is generally the material plane, and so you can only interpret your upper chakra perceptions in the usual words and concepts of the material plane. They didn’t teach you about your crown chakra and cosmic perception in school, did they?

In other words, you have come to believe that heaven isn’t here in this material dimension. So your mind does its best to understand the spiritual vibrations that you access in prayer and contemplation — and concludes that you are accessing the realm of heaven. Or, the metaphysical equivalent to heaven, the celestial higher dimensions, or the realm of light — a place far, far, away. And you imagine, from your familiar material plane reference point, that this wonderful vibration that you are sensing in your contemplation must be somewhere a great distance away from this material world.

That is why you may have interpreted your spiritual experiences, perceived through your upper chakras, as coming from a distinct heavenly place that is beyond the skies. As you know, in the material world, everything is divided by location. You are here where you are standing, and your pet cat is sitting by the door, and your sister is in the next room. That’s the reality of the material plane — everything has its own location.

Heaven has no particular location. 

If heaven were a place, then it would be in one location. If all the people, in all the galaxies of the universe, all had to go to one particular place when they pass on, that place would be infinitely large. But if heaven isn’t a particular location, then it must be a state of consciousness, or a specific range of vibrations. That explains how people in infinite numbers can be there, because a vibration doesn’t require a location. A vibration easily exists throughout the entire universe, unlimited by location.

Heaven is a deeper state of consciousness, in which you are in resonance with your soul wisdom, your heart wisdom, and your deeper intuition. You feel more connected with the cosmic united web of all consciousness in the universe. But what about the people who have had near-death experiences, and who reported that they went to heaven, and that there were beautiful buildings and gardens there? They seem to be referencing an actual place.

When you pass from this world, and you are experiencing the heavenly dimensions, you are accessing it in a way that you can comprehend. And that means that if you are symbolically enlivened by Beauty, then you may experience heaven as beautiful flowers or sparkling meadows. And when you sense the shining divinity within souls on the heavenly dimension, you are sensing the divine light of their auras. But if you are unfamiliar with auras, you might interpret every bright aura as coming from celestial angels, or whatever symbolic interpretation you require.

If you were no longer in a physical body, your soul would exist on the vibration that you were best suited to. Your habitual states of mind define where your soul lives when you are no longer living in a body. This is why various ancient teachings refer to levels of heaven, and levels of hell. It is not that the universe needs to punish or reward anyone, because the law of resonance, popularly known as the law of karma, brings you to the vibration level that you naturally resonate with.

You may have heard the idea that heaven is in your mind. This is a valid concept, but it doesn’t go far enough in explaining that heaven is accessed through the law of resonance. Very simply, your state of awareness is in alignment with energies similar to itself. For example, if you habitually spend some time every day contemplating the divine essence of life, you build a pattern where you can access that vibration more easily. Those who never access their divine nature would have more difficulty accessing that reality when they finally release from their body.

So you aren’t being punished at all, either in this life or in the hereafter. You create habits of heart and mind, and these patterns attract similar patterns. When your personal patterns are out of balance with the higher states of consciousness, you lose that divine resonance. Not because of punishment, however, but simply through a temporary lack of resonance with your preferred state of awareness.

Many people, especially in a religious context, are concerned with getting to heaven. They evidently don’t realize that heaven is a vibration that they could access now. So let’s look at their wish to someday get to heaven, but interpret it with a higher understanding of heaven as a vibration.

Start with the understanding that heaven is a deeper state of consciousness. Heaven reveals your divine nature, and heaven opens you to the divine nature of the entire universe. And let’s further assume that you do have the means to access heaven — not as a place, but as a living, divine energy field.

Here is the method for accessing heavenly realms now — 

– Feel into the truth of these universal principles, so that you can really sense the living reality within your body, mind, and soul.

– Breathe, stay in your body, and open your imagination:

1. Your body and soul are a spectrum of vibrations — low to high frequencies — and you can learn to choose where your attention is focused in your vibration spectrum.

— This means that you are a conscious energy being — feel into that reality now.

2. Your vibrations include the core divine creative essence that actually created your soul.

— This means that you can access the spark of the Creator within you — imagine it and sense it now.

3. Your vibrations include the soul spark that was created by the divine, which is your own unique soul signature.

— This means that your soul essence lives within you — breathe into your essence now.

4. You can choose which chakras, or energy centers, you are sensing through.

— This means that you can scan the entire frequency spectrum of reality, from the material plane, all the way to cosmic consciousness — your crown is the window, but you are going to stay centered in your body while you look through your crown.

5. Everything within you is connected, so you can use the higher cosmic vibrations within you to help the aspects of yourself that have become stuck or limited.

— This means that you can create harmony and healing between your earthly and cosmic aspects, because they are all interconnected parts of you, united as one being, called you — let the lighter parts of you enlighten the shadowed parts.

6. Any quality that you associate with heaven is also accessible to you. Your spectrum of vibrations includes these heavenly qualities.

— This means that the love, wisdom, insights, and divine assistance, are all universal principles that live within you, and also live within the cosmic web of interconnected consciousness that you are part of — feel the higher qualities resonating within you.

7. When you resonate with those heavenly energies, you are touching heaven, here and now. You don’t have to go anywhere else to do this.

— This means that the heaven that seems to be above you is, in fact, all around you as a cosmic energy, and it is within you, as a cosmic energy, and you can learn to resonate with it, and breathe it into your body — imagine that you can reach out and touch heaven, within you and all around you.

These lofty words may be easy to say, but how easy is it to actually do these practices? When you re-read through the above list of divine principles, realize that you are being invited to explore qualities, rather than things. As you recall, heaven is a quality, or vibration. It is real, and not simply made up. Heaven is a living field of divine energy. But, it is not a place, and it is not a thing.

If you are going to explore the resonance of heavenly vibrations, you need to sense the difference between a quality and a thing.

An example of a quality is the feeling that you get when you experience the aroma of incense, as distinct from the physical incense itself. What actually happens within you when you experience the aroma? It is much more than just a sensation in your nose. Beautiful incense actually opens subtle dimensional doorways in your soul. This subtle experience gives you a sense of what a vibratory quality is.

Or, you could explore the love that you feel within your heart when you hug a loved one. The feeling you get in your heart is distinct from the physical hug itself. The feeling is different from words of love, because it transcends words. The vibration of love, as a living vibration in your heart, gives you a sense of what the resonance of love is.

Now that you have a deeper sense of how to access qualities, rather than things, explore the list above again, and let yourself start to taste the delights of heaven, as subtle resonances within you. They are here for you, here and now. People may say that heaven is in your mind, but heaven is bigger than your mind. Heaven is everywhere. It is within you, within everyone, and existing throughout the universe.

When you consider that heaven is everywhere, you realize that waiting to die to experience heaven is a rather limited way to go through life. And you begin to wonder, though, if there might be a deeper symbolic meaning to the various beliefs that people have about getting to heaven. For example:

Spiritual teachings generally suggest that being a good person helps you get to heaven. There is something to this idea, but it is often presented in a rather limited way.

For example, people are taught that if they attend a religious service, they are being a good person. What is the deeper symbolic meaning to this teaching?

When you resonate with the divine vibration within you, you are accessing the heavenly reality. When you notice what puts you in alignment with the divine, and what separates you from it, you are discovering how to attend the true religious service — alignment with the divine vibration. So whether or not you attend an official religious service, you always have a choice to align with the deeper divine reality — the sacred space that exists in each moment, when you choose to access it.

Essentially, the deeper teaching is that you are learning how to access heaven now, and that you don’t have to wait to experience heaven.

And you realize that the teachings about hell must also relate to your life now. Spiritual teachings advise people to avoid going to hell by avoiding bad behavior. Ah, but what is bad behavior, exactly?

Briefly, bad behavior puts you in an unbalanced state where you can’t access the heavenly vibrations. These negative states would include the usual overtly negative, anti-social behaviors. But negative states also include those various times during the day when you get stuck in bursts of anger, limited and tense thoughts and emotions, ungrounded fears, and confused behaviors that take you out of alignment with your body and soul.

So hell, if it exists, is simply this — hell is when your unbalanced states of consciousness keep you separate from the heavenly states.

However you describe it, hell is not bad or sinful, but it is certainly a less enjoyable state, because you are out of alignment with the divine universal truth. So when you don’t feel that you are in heaven, you are probably accessing hellish states of consciousness to some extent. Without making yourself bad or wrong, you can start to notice this. That will free you to gently move your attention towards the heavenly states.

Breathe, center yourself, and explore your choices. Switching from one state to another takes patience, and if you judge yourself for being in a less than perfect state, then you will prolong the unpleasantness. The good news is that heaven is here. It is accessible to you. And you aren’t being kept from it. Heaven is something for you to explore, whenever you’re ready. And this moment is as good as any, so remember the resonance of a smile, and breathe that smile into your being right now.

Many Blessings,

Joel Bruce Wallach

Founder, Cosmic Living – spiritual instruction – tele-classes and home-study mp3’s

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Are some people truly evil? Part 2

In part 1 of this article, you learned how everyone is evolving spiritually over the course of many lifetimes, and how the younger soul is still learning the basics of free will, though sometimes in a crude way. 

There is another question that comes up around the topic of badly behaving people. It is the almost universal recognition that many people have had when they looked into the eyes of a person categorized as truly evil. There is a strange quality that the person isn’t there.

Either there is a curiously vacant quality, as if the original tenant of the house isn’t home, or you might have the frightening feeling that you are detecting someone else — a strange tenant — living in the house, and looking out of the person’s eyes.

This question about who is at home in the case of so-called evil people is worth examining, because the answer explains much about the behavior and motivations of souls who are learning some very difficult lessons. There are several reasons why badly behaving people may seem to be not at home, or may have a strange presence around them.

Take the example of the person who does evil things, and whose gaze seems perpetually angry or fearful. This person has experienced trauma, and so they are in a fragmented or shocked state that has become part of their daily way of being. You are seeing in their eyes only certain frightened or angry aspects of that person, as if they have become limited to only that narrow aspect of themselves. They have become disconnected from the full range of their soul.

Sometimes you will see the vacant or blank look in people who have committed atrocities, and they seem to be vacated from their personal home, so to speak. This is the way that some souls protect themselves from trauma — by staying partially disengaged from their body, as if their consciousness is dispersed and permanently unfocused. In the case of a soul who does evil things, that dissociated state becomes a way for one part of the soul to do something that the other parts are unaware of.

What exactly are you seeing when you look into the eyes of a disturbed person, and someone else seems to be looking out at you? This is the strange gaze that you see, and the heightened, unreal, or chaotic feeling that you sense when you are in the presence of a person who is influenced, or as it is called, possessed, by another lost soul. How and why does possession happen?

A traumatized soul is too fragmented to maintain their soul vibration integrity. This can open them to entity possession, where their soul is under the influence of another troubled spirit, or lost soul.

There is an important connection between trauma fragmentation, as recognized by psychologists — and entity possession, as recognized by metaphysicians. Trauma fragmentation and entity possession are generally regarded as two different things, but they are often connected. Understanding these problems can free you from seeing challenged souls as intrinsically evil.

To be clear about this, not all traumatized people are possessed. But, you could say that when someone is possessed, it is likely that they were traumatized first, and that left them psychically open to external control.

Another thing to be clear about is that traumatized souls are generally good people who just need understanding assistance to release the layers of trauma, and to weave their parts together. There are trauma specialists who can help with this. The percentage of possessed people who do bad things is comparatively small. But now you have a better sense of why beings who are capable of evil actions seem to be not entirely themselves.

Yet another category of possessed souls involves those who are what the psychologists call the psychopathic personality. They are the ones who, on the surface, appear as high functioning people in society. However, they are the power-crazed beings who can can coldly destroy people, businesses, and even nations, because they seem to enjoy harming and shaming others, and wielding power over them. They are capable of mesmerizing gullible people, and can appear to be powerful, capable leaders — at least until you observe and sense their energy more closely.

Unless you sense the fragmentation in their aura, or the possessing entities mingled in with their soul, they may be able to mask their negativity from you, because they are experts at creating a smooth exterior image. This group, supposedly no more than about four percent of the population, are sometimes described, after their evil acts are discovered, as evil beings. They are not intrinsically evil souls, however, though they are deeply lost, and disconnected from the divine source.

Though such beings are capable of hiding their unbalanced soul patterns from the general public, who innocently see their surface persona, they cannot hide from your deeper sensing if you scan their energy field at the soul level. When you start scanning soul energy, sensing beneath the surface of reality, you find that you are less readily fooled by the projected image — the illusory appearance.

Still, the question comes up as to whether these destructive beings are truly evil. No, they are stuck in some very negative patterns — what some metaphysicians would call heavy karmic patterns. They are following a difficult path of soul growth — trying to maintain a separation between their willful personality and their higher self. You could say that they are still learning the baby soul lessons about how to use free will with love and wisdom.

Now what about the fragmented soul? Why is the fragmented soul seemingly unable to help itself? Is it not true that the divine soul is within the core of all people?

People become open to possession when they are not integrated between their body and soul. There is a sacred unity that ideally exists between body and soul, where they are united together in harmonious partnership. Trauma, war, drugs, alcohol, psychologically overwhelming experiences, and even the distorting effects of modern media can disrupt this harmony, and leave people open to negative influences.

In most cases, these challenging influences are not evil as such, but are simply mildly bothersome influences that keep the person from fulfilling their highest potential. However, when there is a mixture of very challenged soul patterns, combined with traumatic experiences, combined with entity possession, then that combination can add up to a person who does evil.

Sooner or later, the soul will recognize what they have done, and will deeply regret what has happened. The soul will take steps to transcend the pattern, and to shift into a higher quality of functioning in the world. They will recognize that although they have done a truly evil thing, they themselves are not truly evil, and they will slowly be ready to forgive themselves. However, this path to recognizing the patterns, and choosing to change them, can take lifetimes in some cases.

And so the fragmented soul has temporarily forgotten its true divine nature. This is the mirror that you can learn from, because to some extent, everyone is recovering their soul fragments that they have given away. All souls are learning to be complete. Regrettably, this idea is too confronting for some people, and that is why it is easier for them to simplistically categorize the world as consisting of truly good people, versus truly bad people.

When you realize what is happening on a deeper spiritual level, your understanding makes the world seem less mysterious. You can see things in the context of soul evolution, and this lets you learn about yourself from the mirror that these challenging events present you with. Knowing that souls are going through their spiritual lessons helps you rise above blame and judgment.

When you see the slow progress of humanity, you are seeing a mirror for your own long process of spiritual evolution. The troubled souls have a long way to go, but then, we all do, too.

Everyone is on the scale of consciousness, and everyone is evolving. That doesn’t mean that everything you do is necessarily wise, however. This is why observing people as a mirror can help you on your spiritual path. The obviously negative behaviors that you observe are showing you something about yourself. Not literally, of course, but metaphorically.

You can ask yourself, when you see people at war, how are you at war with yourself? Or, you might ask, how are you at odds with people, even if it only takes place at the level of petty conflicts or judgmental thoughts?

It is humbling to realize that you could very well be going through the same lessons that you observe being acted out in the world — but on a much more subtle and refined level. And that is why your recognition that everyone is learning is important. You can let go of the category of intrinsically evil people, and see them for what they really are — souls who are in the midst of some very difficult lessons.

You are letting go of judgment about others, and when you do that you are also letting go of self-judgment. Some people suppose that humanity is truly evil. No, humanity is learning, perhaps more slowly than you would like. Although some some people seem to have forgotten their inner divine spark, that doesn’t mean that the spark is gone. It is always there, awaiting recognition of its eternal light.

The people you name as hopelessly evil are your mirrors. They aren’t hopeless. They are learning. And so are you. Evil behavior is not going to go away any time soon, though, because there are always younger souls who are learning their baby-step lessons. By all means, do what you can to create a positive world — your contribution is important. But do it with an honest recognition that this universe is always evolving, and isn’t as perfect as your ego would like it to be.

At the very least, it may give you hope to know that the people you think of as evil will evolve over time. This evolution process may well take place over a very long span of time. When you recognize this more expanded range of time, you can see everything in the context of time from a universal point of view. And that is comforting, and even healing, because it diffuses and lightens the drama that you may feel about this modern era.

The eternal scale of time gives you a spacious perspective to see yourself in. It helps you recognize that humanity is slowly but surely moving forward. Perhaps not as quickly as you would prefer, but moving towards higher spiritual consciousness, nonetheless.

It is empowering to recognize that everyone is somewhere on the scale of consciousness. Everybody is on the scale, at their current vibration, and everybody is a soul who is learning, and evolving at their own pace.

Learn what you can from people, and let their mirror teach you what you need to know about yourself. When you let go of the evil category, you can recognize that you are observing evil actions, performed by souls who are younger and learning, or lost and fragmented, or possessed — most likely, a combination of these.

No matter how lost the soul seems to be, their divine spark is still there. It may be faint, and the soul may not recover itself significantly for many lifetimes, but understand what is happening. The soul you judge today is expressing a similar situation that you may have forgotten from your own vast spiritual history. It is the spiritual situation that you were in, back when you were still learning about the basics of free will. That was a long time ago, but from a universal perspective, it was just yesterday.

Anyway, you’ve learned a lot over the long path of your many lifetimes, and here you are today. And you may be wondering what you can do with this information that you have now. Just set the information aside for a while, and let yourself digest it over time.

Here is what you can do right now:

– Tune into your breathing.

– Feel the light of your soul in your body.

– Thank your soul for all the hard work over the lifetimes that led to your spiritual discoveries along the way.

– And thank the cosmic consciousness of this divine universe for everything.

And thank all the souls who are showing you the mirrors that help you learn. And while you’re at it, send their souls a blessing. It might not make a huge difference, but who knows? A little blessing could help them just a bit, and that might make the universe a more pleasant place.

Thank you for incarnating as the unique self that you are. Your contribution is making a positive difference in the universe. May you walk in grace each day.

Many Blessings,

Joel Bruce Wallach

Founder, Cosmic Living – spiritual instruction – tele-classes and home-study mp3’s

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Are some people truly evil? Part 1

This should be a simple question to answer, because it seems to be a yes or no question. However, it’s not simple at all, because people aren’t material objects that you can put in a simple category. People are richly multidimensional patterns of energy.

You can have an opinion about people, and an opinion about their behavior. But to say that certain people are all good energy, or that certain people are all bad energy is inaccurate.

Everyone is expressing their unique vibration patterns in each moment. You could measure their vibrations on a frequency scale — a spectrum of consciousness. You might be inclined to define the low range of the spectrum as the evil range, and the high range of the spectrum as the good range. This sounds simple enough, at first.

However, people are not just one vibration — they express a range of energies, and they are not fixed at one point on the consciousness scale. This is the problem with simple categories like good and bad. There is more to the story of humanity than just naming certain people as intrinsically good, and naming other people as intrinsically bad.

But certain things about humanity should be obvious, shouldn’t they? After all, you can certainly recognize the difference between saintly Mother Teresa and brutal Attila the Hun. But just because Attila represents evil to you doesn’t mean that his soul is one hundred percent evil. So admit that you really don’t approve of his behavior, and leave it at that.

Obviously, you can define the actions and behaviors of people as generally good, or generally bad. And you might be inclined to describe people who consistently perform very bad actions as evil people. However, this is not quite accurate, because when you look at the hidden scenario in the soul of so-called evil people, you begin to see them through the spiritual perspective of their many lifetimes. An amazingly deeper story emerges.

To understand what is happening with any behavior, you need to know that everyone has a soul, and that their soul is made of divine substance. Over the countless lifetimes of a soul’s incarnations, the soul makes many bad decisions. It is their way of learning, and it would be too easy to describe a soul, in a particular lifetime where they are doing very bad things, as an evil person. But what is really happening in these situations?

Souls learn by doing. You learned in the same way. You made mistakes, and when your soul looked back at that lifetime, you vowed that you would never make that mistake again. But why would a soul, made of divine substance, need to learn in that crude way?

You would think that if the core of all people is divine, they should have access to their inner soul wisdom. It is obvious that there are degrees of divine alignment — from barely aligned at all at one end of the scale, to expressing strong alignment with divine source at the opposite end of the scale. But why is it so often true that the soul needs to learn crudely, and slowly refine itself? It seems like a rather pathetic situation.

Actually, your soul is on a path of learning that starts from its ancient roots, as a fresh young soul. In its innocent, naïve state, the soul fresh from the divine source is made of divine substance. You would suppose that if the soul is made of divine essence, it would be exceedingly wise. However, it has been given free will, and that explains why the soul has to learn in the laborious way that it does.

Free will is given to each individuated soul so that the soul can multiply the intelligence of the universe. Each soul does this by adding its own unique soul consciousness to the universe. Get a sense of how your soul was given free will so that you could radiate your unique soul vibration — your love, wisdom, creativity, and all that you are — as a gift to the universe, moment by moment. Your presence is a contribution that adds value to the universe.

But how does the process of being created with free will relate to those who are named as evil?

When a soul is a new soul, it is still learning about free will. That is, it doesn’t really appreciate that free will is a sacred gift to be used wisely. And the soul learns spiritually in what you might call baby steps. Just as a baby hasn’t learned to walk with skill, and just as a baby falls down in the process of learning how to walk, so too does a baby soul learn how to work with their free will — in a rather clumsy way.

Of course, if you have read this far, you are a relatively older soul, and so you are more adept than a baby soul in utilizing your free will. Your style is much more smooth. For example, you know that even though you might, as an exercise in free will, drive your car on the sidewalk, you instinctively know not to do that. It’s obvious to you that the consequences would be awful, and so you would never do such a thing. And you can’t imagine anyone behaving in such a thoughtless way.

Ah, but how does a soul that is still learning about free will deal with this same situation? What seems obvious to you is less obvious to a very young soul. They don’t appreciate what the consequences of their action will be. They haven’t developed the refinement of heart and mind to comprehend how their actions will affect people. And so, when you observe their bad behavior, you call them evil people.

No — their actions are quite bad, but they are not intrinsically evil people. They are more properly called confused, naïve, ignorant souls. But what is the value of your knowing this? If evil actions are taking place, does understanding the deeper story of their soul’s development really matter?

Actually, there is a deeper lesson here, beyond the obvious one that you can have compassion for ignorant souls, rather than hatred of those younger souls who are slowly learning their soul lessons. The deeper lesson is that everyone is a mirror for you. And that recognition explains something about this question of whether some people are truly evil.

When you want to name certain people as evil, it is for the sake of convenience. If you can put someone in a convenient category, then you don’t have to attempt any understanding about their motivations, and you don’t have to examine yourself either. It’s simple really, because the bad people are categorized as bad, and that means that you are in the good category. This is very convenient and tidy. You’re good, they’re bad, and that’s that.

Well, if their example is a mirror for you, then what are they mirroring? This is too difficult for many people to think about, and so their response to this question is this: Bad people are doing bad things, and so they are completely different from the good people. If only everything were as simple as that.

Yes, certain people are doing worse things on the scale of consciousness, but here is the revealing recognition — they are on the same scale of consciousness that you are on. We are all on the scale, and we are shifting our position on the scale all the time, according to our thoughts and actions. Perhaps that continually shifting state of things is one reason not to name people as intrinsically good or bad.

When you assume that you are all good, you might become arrogantly unaware of the subtle ways in which you are moving out of balance. Remember that everyone is on the same scale of consciousness — and that includes you.

This means that at times you can move up the scale, towards higher consciousness. However, in a mild bout of ignorance, you might at times move down the scale. And so, when you are too quick to name others as being evil, you might, at the same time, be assuming that you are all good. And that could be the seed for self-deceiving assumptions about your own perfection.

The people doing very bad things are learning their lessons, from the slow level of consciousness that they are at. And they are showing you, by their example, what you have likely done in your own long legacy of past lives, in which you learned your own difficult lessons. But how is their crude example a mirror to the more refined stage of development that you have attained?

You aren’t, after all, driving your car on the sidewalk. But what are you doing that is not as safe as it could be? How do you mistreat yourself, or others, although in a much less crude way than driving on the sidewalk?

You aren’t, after all, leading murderous campaigns against innocent populations, as evil leaders have done, but in what way are you treating yourself and others in a somewhat callous manner? Maybe it is on a very subtle level. But that is the subtle way of learning that your soul is experiencing now. Your lessons are gentler, at least most of the time, because you have moved through most of the cruder lessons in your earlier lifetimes …

… This article continues in part 2. You will learn about the hidden aspects of so-called evil behavior, including important connections between challenged soul patterns, trauma, and entity possession. And you will discover the ways of cultivating your deeper understanding and compassion that can help you in your spiritual development.

Many Blessings,

Joel Bruce Wallach

Founder, Cosmic Living – spiritual instruction – tele-classes and home-study mp3’s

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Is marijuana OK from a spiritual point of view?

No, it’s not the magical doorway to cosmic consciousness that many hope for.

Now it’s possible that you didn’t want to hear that brief and definite answer. However, this negative response is not a vague bias. There are specific adverse effects that marijuana has on your aura and on your soul, and this affects your spiritual development. You won’t generally hear about these insights, because the people speaking about this topic, whether in favor or against, generally lack the subtle energy sensitivity to describe what happens to your energy field when you put marijuana in your body.

Of course, it is possible that you agree with these conclusions about the inadvisability of smoking this substance, but it’s important to clarify exactly why marijuana is a problem, because otherwise, the argument about it can get sidetracked. For example…

One of the superficial reasons often given for avoiding marijuana is the argument that because it is illegal in many locales — at least at the time of this writing — it “must” therefore be a bad substance. However, there are actually other historical reasons for marijuana’s illegality, having mostly to do with the economics of hemp.

As is well known, hemp is an inexpensive replacement for paper, for oil, and for many other products. In other words, legal hemp would be an economic competitor in various industries. It is for that reason that various large industries seek to demonize marijuana, so that public opinion will continue to believe that marijuana and hemp must be kept illegal.

Yet another reason claimed by those who hold negative views about marijuana is that it is not as safe as alcohol. The spiritual problems with alcohol can be detected through subtle energy sensing, and there are unfortunate similarities between alcohol and marijuana, especially in how they both adversely affect the aura and the soul. In spite of the obvious differences in how people drinking and smoking behave, the basic issue remains the same…

Marijuana and alcohol interfere with the connection between the body and the soul, and both substances, in their own way, create a dissociated condition that interferes with spiritual growth and well-being.

There are various arguments that marijuana proponents make to support their choice, and they are all based upon beliefs that seem, at first, to be acceptable. However, the essential problem with marijuana is that it creates a split between the body and the soul. This is something that can be detected with subtle sensing, and so those who have not developed this sensing ability will probably entertain doubt about these assertions. I am not the only energy-sensitive person who detects these issues, and so I am going to describe them as I sense them, and you can reach your own conclusions.

Marijuana proponents say that smokers tend to be peaceful, in contrast to alcohol drinkers. Though this can be observed easily enough, it still doesn’t validate the use of a substance that creates an energetically fragmented condition in the aura. I observe that the fragmented aura condition of marijuana smokers keeps them seemingly peaceful, but at a price. The fuzzy aura condition of smokers keeps them from fully feeling their emotions, and when you understand this, it reveals a different, and somewhat less happy explanation regarding their preferred emotional suppression method.

When people have emotions or thoughts that are troubling, they tend to want to leave their body so that they won’t have to feel their discomforts. People wanting to not feel their feelings have some popular choices: They can drink alcohol, they can eat devitalized junk food, they can space out in front of the television — which is known to induce a quasi-meditative alpha state — or they can smoke marijuana. All of these choices can create a fragmented energy field, in which the clarity of the aura is compromised. But the spiritual problems from marijuana use seem to last longer than the side effects from the other methods.

The alleged peacefulness of smokers is their convenient excuse. They may feel more peaceful than they would if they weren’t smoking, but unfortunately, they are not transcending their pain in any useful way. Their escape from emotional discomfort is temporary. This means that they can’t really address the pain, and that leads to a problem. If you can’t address something, because you don’t feel it anymore, then you have to keep pushing the denied emotions down, so that they are out of your conscious awareness.

This may explain the notion that marijuana is not physically addictive, but is psychologically addictive. After all, if you need to keep smoking in order to not feel what you don’t want to feel, then that may well be a psychological addiction.

The popular expression with marijuana smokers that smoking helps them “take the edge off” is a euphemism that hides the emotional pain they seek to avoid. And to be fair, it is reasonable to acknowledge that emotional pain can be frightening, and that confronting it takes a great deal of courage and determination. However, smoking isn’t going to build courage and determination.

This is because the focus required for determination is associated with a strongly linked soul and personality within a coherent aura — and marijuana interferes with that.

Ideally, the body, the emotions, the mind, and the soul are all united in a coherent energy field — your healthy aura. Uniting these aspects within yourself is key to being aligned with your true self, so that you can do the things that you came to this lifetime to do. Anything that muddies the clarity of your aura is slowing your progress on all levels. It is better to be clear in your perception– even if this involves challenging realizations — so that you can confront your emerging feelings and thoughts, rather than hide in a fragmented, diffused understanding of yourself.

You could imagine your soul as the eternal divine essence of your being. Your soul carries the spark of the creator, and so your soul is your connection to higher spiritual awareness. Ideally, your body, heart, mind, personality, and soul link as one, with the soul being your cosmic cohering energy presence — the divine glue that holds you together.

When your divine soul is integrated with your body, you become more conscious about how you treat your body. When your soul is able to shine into your emotions and mind, you can achieve a unified level of consciousness that lets you confront issues. You can move in a positive direction in your life. Marijuana disrupts this unity, and creates a muddy aura that short-circuits your spiritual empowerment.

Another concern with this substance is that it mimics spiritual experiences, but actually interferes with spiritual realization. To understand how that happens, imagine the spectrum of consciousness as a range of vibrations. At the lowest part of the awareness scale, there is low, unaware consciousness. At the highest level of the awareness scale, there is cosmic consciousness, or divine consciousness.

Now suppose that a person is stuck in a narrow, exclusively earth-bound level of perception. Such a person might find that marijuana helps them feel and see beyond their narrow material range of perceptions. And that seems impressive, at first. It even seems to suggest that marijuana might be a consciousness expanding substance.

The problem, however, is that marijuana can, in a limited way, seem to help those who are stuck in a narrow materialistic perspective. It seems, at first, to give them a more expanded view of the universe. However, this benefit is limited by marijuana’s intrinsically lesser quality of vibration. When a substance keeps you at an intermediate level of consciousness, then try as you might, you will be chemically limited from attaining higher states of spiritual realization.

The so-called consciousness-expanding benefits of marijuana are only somewhat broader than the narrow materialistic worldview of the uptight, tense person. This means that when a person who feels rigid or stuck smokes, they get a temporarily expanded sense of things, and this impresses them. They believe they have a found a solution that frees them from limitation.

Unfortunately, marijuana has only raised their consciousness somewhat. Especially troubling is that the marijuana, though seeming to raise the consciousness a bit, keeps the smoker at a level of awareness that is only somewhat expanded beyond the lower materialistic range. To understand this, imagine that there is a range of consciousness between one and ten. One represents limited, stuck consciousness. Ten represents cosmic consciousness.

A person stuck at level one or two could go to level three or four with the help of marijuana. They might be impressed by this shift. As they would argue, their consciousness has been expanded, they feel more creative, and they have a broader sense of reality.

It seems like a convincing validation, until you realize that the marijuana is keeping them from going above level four. And this is the problem with marijuana that smokers would rather not consider.

In addition, the marijuana inhibits their ability to heal their own problems — their level one and two problems, so to speak. These are the energy blocks that they were trying to escape. However, unaddressed problems stay stuck. Your ability to honestly sense your own energy blocks is a vital element in your self healing.

You are a spiritual being. Your soul is made from the eternal cosmic essence of the creator.

You incarnated to bring your eternal soul into the experience of this lifetime. To receive the light of your soul, you need to create a fit physical vehicle that can be in harmony with your soul. In spite of the claims of marijuana proponents, marijuana cannot provide you with assistance if you want to progress spiritually.

The popular claim that marijuana generates peacefulness is based on a limited definition of what peace is — peace is not merely the absence of strife or violence. This limited definition of peace leads people to pay a spiritual price that isn’t worth the alleged benefits — your soul alignment is worth more than any temporary peace. And when you realize that this so-called peace is just a dissociated condition that ultimately inhibits your well-being, you may be empowered to re-examine this topic with a deeper understanding

If there were no other options for attaining inner peace, or for dealing with your emotions, then the beliefs of marijuana proponents might be convincing, but there are, in fact, many options:

– Learning to feel your feelings is a powerful teaching that builds strength in many levels of your being. It’s not always easy, and often not fun, but when you gently breathe through your feelings you discover that you are stronger than your fears.

– Learning to question your automatic self-talk lets you get out of the mental and emotional loops that can trap you in negativity. Learning to talk to yourself in an empowering way puts you, metaphorically, in the driver’s seat of your life, rather than in the back seat with your subconscious patterns in control of the steering wheel.

– Learning to move and exercise, by whatever means you choose, gives you an option to raise your vibration every day, so that your feelings and thoughts don’t sink down to the lowest levels of your problems.

– Learning to meditate, visualize, concentrate, and create a coherent aura helps you discover your true spiritual identity as a multidimensional being. Spiritual practices empower you to live in alignment with your true divine identity, so that you are less affected by the negative influences from the media, from other people, and from the world in general. You observe the world with a deeper wisdom that expresses your true self.

One spiritual concern with marijuana use is that it causes users to get stuck in an intermediate spiritual dimension known as the astral plane. These intermediate dimensions of consciousness, though not bad in themselves, are the levels of illusion. Ideally, the astral dimension is a state of consciousness in which you can invent and create. However, the astral dimension is only safe for you if you are also aligned with higher levels of divine consciousness, and safely grounded within your own physical body. Without this higher divine alignment, and without your grounded physical presence, the astral plane is merely the plane of illusion and fantasy, taking you further from your true center.

This is important to you if spiritual awareness is your goal. I don’t pretend that this article will change the minds of those who are committed to using marijuana, although I do hope that any user will consider the options to using a spiritually negative substance.

But what if you are undecided about this topic, and spiritual awakening is important to you? Have you let yourself be impressed with the glamorous images presented in the media, in which creative people or celebrities are associated with marijuana use? It is to you that this article is specifically written, because glamorous images are only superficial descriptions of a false reality — that is, they are not real.

False images are reflections of the astral plane — the dimension of illusion. And when millions of people hold false images, the effect can be powerful. Fortunately, even powerful false images can be seen for what they are — fake realities that only interfere with spiritual awareness. When you have real spiritual experiences that integrate you, uniting your body, heart, mind, and soul with your spiritual potential, then you build clarity in your consciousness. You learn to recognize fake realities as superficial images with no spiritual core.

Spiritual realization is something that you develop over time. It is not something you can put on like a coat, or take like a pill, and for this reason, you want to develop your spiritual awareness as a daily practice. In the same way that you can build physical muscles through exercise, you can build spiritual strength through cultivating your awareness. One of the benefits of a regular spiritual practice is that your alignment with your soul wisdom grows. And this lets you see illusions as the deceptions that they really are.

When you don’t have a spiritual means of connecting with your soul, you can be easily influenced by the powerful distorted energy fields of millions of people who are trapped in fake illusions. And marijuana doesn’t help you grow or evolve beyond that, because it gives the illusion of expanded consciousness, while trapping you at a merely intermediate level of consciousness. It claims to take you beyond the average state of human consciousness, and then leaves you at a muddy, intermediate level.

And the energy at that intermediate level, I notice, is sticky. That might sound a bit strange, but the aura quality of marijuana smokers is sticky, fuzzy, and open to entities. That is the opposite of the brightness and clarity associated with those who are in alignment with their divine soul.

But no matter where you are in your spiritual development, whether you are smoking or not, you can always make the choice to move in a healthier direction each day. In the same way that the public is moving towards the realization that healthy food is better than junk food, and in the same way that the public is moving towards the understanding that exercise makes you feel more alive, so too are people becoming aware that anything that interferes with their soul development is to be avoided.

If you’re already moving in the direction of seeking healthy food choices and exploring exercise, then you are able to appreciate how negative substances can interfere with your vibration. When you consider how a seemingly popular substance, marijuana, can lower your spiritual vibration, it invites you to make some new healthy choices. Anything that disrupts your body-soul unity is worth avoiding. It’s time to tune in to your true divine essence, and make some healthy decisions for yourself.

Your essence is made of divine substance. If you want to feel your aliveness, then realize that your emotions, your thoughts, and your body all need to be aligned with your soul — so that you can be truly alive on all levels. And that may mean, at times, that you will feel emotions or thoughts that you don’t enjoy. However, you can learn to breathe through your challenges. You can learn to stabilize and integrate your mind-body-spirit energy. You can learn to bring the divine light of your soul — and the cosmic intelligence of the universe — into your life.

And when you align in this way, you get a sense of what it means to be in tune with the cosmos. You can feel in alignment with the eternal vibration of the creator, humming within you. You are in alignment with the truth of your being, which is a spiritual vibration that is alive in the deepest sense of the word. It is the higher consciousness that is capable of knowing its true infinite nature.

And you want to be aligned with that infinite universal consciousness, because it is who you are — you are one with the source of all reality. Breathe it into your being. It is the true elixir that you can partake of every day. Let every breath unite you with the aliveness that wants to vibrate joyously within your every cell. Welcome to this moment.

Many Blessings,

Joel Bruce Wallach

Founder, Cosmic Living – transformational home-study mp3’s, and private consultations


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How can you transcend being labeled — when you live in a physical body?

You live in a physical body, and that is a fact. People will see you in a particular way, based on your gender, race, height and weight, age, and many other aspects that seem to describe your physical self. It’s easy enough to make proclamations about how people should respect each other, and how they should seek to understand each other. Yet, people often seem to see each other according to stereotypes.

Could there be a way to shift this perceptual process? If there were, you would have to explore the question of what is really happening when people perceive you. And that brings you to an exploration of energy…

What about your aura? It has a broader spectrum of energy than the body, and it radiates thoughts and feelings. So there must be something in your aura that would affect how people perceive you. What if your aura presence was another way to describe your soul radiance?

Your soul has existed for an eternity, and your soul radiates your divine, cosmic essence. These soul energies have a much broader frequency range than your body and personality. Consider your soul presence as an important aspect of how you are perceived. Realize that the vibrations people experience when they are in your presence are a reflection of how your body and soul are interacting together.

Are you ready to access your soul resonance? What would happen if you did? Is it possible that this might affect how people perceive you?

Suppose that you chose to identify more deeply with your soul essence energy? What would happen to your identity as the physical earthly self that you have cultivated for so many years? And how might your becoming soul-identified affect your identity as a tribal member, so to speak, of a family, a group, a race, a religion, a nationality, or a believer of this or that doctrine?

When you discover that you have a deeper soul identity than what you seem to be on the physical plane, you might be inclined to wonder whether you are, in fact, the strictly physical identity that you are familiar with — or whether you are something else entirely. To set your mind at ease, know that there are no contradictions here. You are, indeed, the being that you have known throughout your life.

However, your physical self, with its particular traits, is only a small aspect of the broader spectrum of self that you truly are.

Some people, upon studying about their soul, seek to express idealized lofty beliefs about what spirituality is supposed to be. Sometimes this expresses itself in interesting behavior shifts, such as feeling that it is necessary to change one’s name to something expressing a distinctly spiritual quality. Though there is nothing wrong with changing your name, your given name is perfectly suitable for you as you evolve, and your given body is a perfectly suitable vehicle for you in this lifetime, as well.

So here you are, in the earthly body you have been given, and you are exploring higher consciousness. And as you explore, you are discovering, through your deeper perception, that everything is basically energy. You are accessing your inner levels of self, and communicating with the energies there. You notice that some of these inner energies, as you delve deeper within yourself, seem to be different in many ways from your outer familiar identity.

Your task, as you evolve spiritually, is to integrate your physical earthly self with your infinite soul self. One is not superior to the other, for both express the multifaceted aspects of the true you.

What happens, though, when people perceive you? Why is it that some people seem to be continually perceived in stereotypical ways, and other people are recognized more readily as the individuals that they are?

It seems that some people, within any given group, have learned, or have the skill naturally, to identify with their own soul.

By contrast, there are other people in that same group who do not define themselves by their soul. This means that their self-definition comes from their body,  their genetics, and their community group mind. What effect does this have?

It creates a feedback loop between these limiting self perceptions, and the beliefs that the world has about their group. Those people who are not yet ready, or able to become soul-identified, will always find themselves stuck in these feedback loops, where the unconscious patterns of their group, and the unconscious patterns of other people, circulate like a merry-go-round of unconscious patterns and perceptions.

Of course, people are not generally aware of your soul. Why is it, then, that your being aware of your own soul affects their perception of you?

It must be that people are sensing your fuller spectrum of self, whether they are conscious of it or not. You can assume that people are not generally scanning you at the soul level, at least with their conscious mind. This means that they are sensing you as both a physical being and as a soul, but they are only conscious of their perceptions of your physical self.

But, and this explains a lot, though they are not conscious of seeing your soul and your aura, they are affected by their perceptions of these subtle realms. Though they haven’t generally developed the language to explain it, they are putting their perceptions of your soul into the words and concepts that they know — they describe you as the earthly being that they see you as, with their physical eyes. But that doesn’t yet explain why some people are perceived as unique individuals more than other people are.

The difference is this… It is a matter of the degree to which you have learned to identify with your deeper soul energy, and merge your body energy with it. But why would your merging your physical body with your soul affect how people see you? Remember that people are seeing your soul, but they lack the conceptual means to understand what they are sensing.

When you merge your identity with your soul, and so do consciously and as a regular practice, it becomes harder for people to see you as merely a member of a particular earthly description — such as only seeing you as a particular age, race, religion, or other distinction. But does this mean that people would not see those distinctions at all?

Actually, there will always be a recognition that you are a particular member of this or that group. But, the perception will become less highlighted as they perceive you. It is as if your soul identity becomes stronger in their awareness, and so there is less of your spectrum filled with the old identities of race, religion, nationality, and so on. So it is a matter of proportion — instead of seeing you as 100 percent “this race,” or “this nationality,” they see you as, for example, “50 percent this race, and 50 percent cosmic soul.”

And what is the good of that? Well, it’s rather significant if you shift the proportions, even a bit, so that people perceive you more fully as a soul. To the extent that they do so, they are actually engaging more fully with the essential you. And, they are less likely to place you in the category of whatever stereotype they would otherwise be inclined to place you in.

This opens up the possibility that you can be perceived as the uniquely created being that you actually are. And most wonderfully, it allows you to perceive yourself more accurately, as well. That is, when you, yourself, are able to increase the percentage of your soul identity, you become relatively free of the stereotypes that you may have been influenced by.

To be clear, this doesn’t mean that you would no longer have any racial, national, or religious identities of any kind. You would be more free, however, to consciously choose the traits of those groups that you choose to identify with. And that freedom means that you are less under the control of the group mind

The group mind, at the most general level, is the combined identity of everyone on the planet. Their collective consciousness, for better or worse, is the group mind. Though the highest levels of the planetary group mind reflect love and light, there are many levels that express limitation, fear, and narrow understandings of practically everything.

Every group on the planet, whether of a family, a city, a nation, a race, a religion, a business, or any particular group of any kind, has its own group mind. And like the planetary group mind, there is a range of energies that these group minds express. It is your goal, as an evolving soul, so resonate with the energies that you choose to resonate with. And it is your right, as a conscious being, to disentangle your energies from those vibrations, associated with any group, that are not equal to the vibrations of your divine soul.

Remember that there is a range of energies within all groups. So it is not a matter of becoming entirely dissociated from a group of people. However, if you have perceived any group in a stereotypical way, you might suppose that it is an all or nothing situation — actually, it is a matter of degrees of resonance. When you see everything as a spectrum of vibrations, from which you can choose what you shall resonate with, you can perceive people and groups in a more empowered way.

As you resonate ever more with your soul, you will be perceived less as a stereotype, and more as the unique being that you are. And you will begin to see, more clearly, how those people who seem locked into stereotypes that define their reality are under a spell, so to speak, from the group mind of those groups with which they are associated.

It is not your job to free people from this spell, at least until they are ready to consider the possibility. In fact, many people are at a stage in their soul development where they get much value from fully identifying with the groups that they are associated with. It is not until they become older souls that they yearn to free themselves from these narrow boundaries. So the boundaries have their purpose, for a time in your soul development, and the boundaries become hindrances as you evolve.

The decision to become more identified as the unique soul that you are is not lightly made, and you have been moving in that direction for lifetimes. You would not seek such a step in your evolution were you not ready, and the notion of this shift would be odd or unpleasant to a younger soul. Although becoming more soul-identified is freeing in many ways, and grounding and empowering to the older soul, it is not without difficulties.

As you become more soul identified, you are less under the spell of the various groups with which you had been influenced. Though freeing, it brings up an interesting challenge. If you are not getting your thoughts, attitudes, and lifestyle injected into you by the group mind, then who are you? What are you? What is true for you?

These questions take some time to answer, and in fact the answers are continually evolving. This is because as you become more soul identified, you realize that you actually resonate with the teachings of many groups. You may find yourself in alignment with at least some of the principles of many religions, many nations, and many teachings. This is not random, however.

You are finding the resonances that harmonize with your soul. Though your soul is a unique expression of the divine, it is not so different that it is outside of all the teachings on the planet. More likely, you are actually in harmony with many groups, and with many of their teachings.

There is a tendency that many people have, when they observe your participation in a group or teaching, to assume that you are entirely in harmony with all aspects of that group. And this leads to an interesting situation, because as you individuate to follow your own higher truth, you find yourself resonating with only certain aspects of any particular teaching that you are studying.

People often passively fall into the harmony of a particular group that they resonate with, and they naturally assume that you are also completely in step with them, and with their practices. So it is the task of the older soul to often have to differentiate between what you resonate with, and what you don’t resonate with. And with practice, you learn to do this without making yourself wrong, and without making others wrong.

As your soul evolves, you learn that no matter what you learn, you have to run it through the filter of your own inner truth. There is no other way. The younger soul way of falling in step with the group no longer works, because your soul has become attuned to what resonates as correct for you, and what doesn’t. This means that the older soul has to scrutinize things more often, but it also means that when you find something that has the right vibration, you can really appreciate it.

Where the younger soul feels comfortable with something because outer authority deems it acceptable, the older soul feels comfortable with something because it resonates with deeper divine truth. The feel of that deeper alignment is more satisfactory, because it resonates through your body, heart, mind, and soul. You can even feel it resonating with the universe, itself.

By the way, rebellious attitudes are in a particular category. The rebelliously motivated soul is like a teenager who is exploring being different for its own sake, but is not aligning with deeper soul truth. However, the older soul practicing truth resonance is not being rebellious. Alignment with truth is actually the opposite of rebellion, because rebellion is motivated by opposition to something. Truth alignment is not in polarity to anything — it is its own path, resonating with deeper harmony.

When you recognize that as your soul evolves, you are coming into deeper alignment with a universal reality, it can really help you in those moments where your personality despairs that you are too different, or that people are too different from you. Your deeper essence is the healing resource for your personality.

Gently feel your inner alignment each day, as you invite your personality to breathe in the divine ocean of your inner infinite soul. This helps your personality become more the expression of your soul, rather than an expression of the unconscious patterns learned from the various levels of the group mind.

However, many people, not yet recognizing that they were created with the divine intention of expressing their divinely distinct soul signature, are clinging to group identity. But don’t get stuck in feeling polarized to them — find your true inner resonance, and let yourself notice the subtle positive soul resonances that you have with people at the level of their higher self, whether they recognize it consciously or not.

This is not to say that being of the path of self discovery always feels like harmony. Often, it feels like the opposite, especially when you’re discovering all the unconscious patterns that live in your body and soul memory. So the more you can look at your patterns as they surface without judgment, the easier it will be to feel the friendly resonance between your body and your soul.

Whether people you meet have the conscious understanding of your inner soul alignment, or not, they will somehow sense that you have a light, or a power, or a special radiant something that marks you as you. And as they perceive that quality, they are sensing your individual self, and communicating with you in a deeper way, because they are able to recognize you more as an expression of your true self. They are less likely to see you as just a member of a group, a family, a tribe, or a stereotype…

And that is how you can transcend being labeled, even though you are living in a physical body.

If the idea of merging your body and soul is a new concept, and if you feel that there is something in the idea that seems appropriate for you, you are likely curious about the ways that bring that unity to manifestation. The easiest way to start is to know that your body and soul are located in the same place. When you understand that your body and soul are part of the continuum of You, then you can sense that your body and soul are really best understood as a range of frequencies, or a spectrum of energy.

Body represents the slower vibrations, expressing the earth qualities, and soul represents the quicker or lighter vibrations, expressing universal timeless principles. They are both aspects of you, and neither is better than the other. In fact, in many ways, these two aspects of your self serve each other — one providing stability and grounding, and the other providing expansive infinite perspectives.

Play with sensing into the textures of your body and soul, so that you can become more familiar with their differences and similarities. And let the body and soul interact, as the two aspects of your own self that they truly are. Whether you think of them as the yin and the yang, or the earth and the stars, or the earthly and the divine, they are you, and they are One.

May you know, in each moment, that you were never a stereotype, because you were only using the patterns of group mind to discover the deeper truth that lives within you. And may your ever-evolving and integrated self brighten the world, expressing the truth, as you know it, through the presence of your distinctive presence. May your presence awaken people to their own distinctive truth, so that the earth plane can experience the divine condition called heaven on earth.

Many Blessings,

Joel Bruce Wallach

Founder, Cosmic Living for spiritual empowerment tele-classes and home-study mp3’s

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If your positive intention determines your well-being, then why do you need healthy food?

Have you ever wondered why positive intention doesn’t replace the need for healthy food? There are those who insist that they do not wish to be restricted by health food beliefs and practices. They say that it is only necessary to intend and picture health. Well, there is something to that, because aligning with a positive outcome sets the vibration for where you’re headed, but it brings up an intriguing question…

If everything is only the result of intention, this suggests that there is no difference between organic food compared to non-organic, artificial junk food. Is the only difference between these types of food your beliefs about them?

Like many popular metaphysical ideas, the principle that intention is everything has some validity, and like many metaphysical ideas, it can become overly simplified so as to become unbalanced. What is the origin of this idea that intention is everything?

The concept that everything is Mind is an ancient, worldwide understanding. At first, the idea that everything is mind seems straightforward and obvious. But when you examine this notion, it could mean a number of things… Is everything an expression of Divine Mind, or does it mean that everything is caused by your personal thoughts? And though there is certainly a relationship between your thoughts and your reality, it brings up a question…

Did you, personally, create everything in the universe? Let’s assume here that you did not create everything. That means that someone, or something did. Or if you have something to do with the creation of the universe, you are a co-creator. In other words, you are not entirely responsible for the creation of the universe. Now what is the connection between recognizing this, and making healthy food choices?

If you assume that the universe was created with divine intelligence, and that everything can potentially be an expression of that divine intelligence, then there must be principles that are in alignment with that sacred universe. And that means that there are principles in our lives — choices that we make —  that bring us into alignment with this divine intelligence that permeates the universe. And this is where the healthy food connection comes in…

Natural food is in alignment with the intelligence that created this universe, because the divine mind that conceived the universe, and everything in it, is a living intelligence. It is involved with every aspect of the universe that it created. In other words, positive intention is not merely what you think, but also how you live in each moment. Your lifestyle choices, including your food choices, can put you in deeper alignment with divine mind.

That means that those who claim that they have transcended the need for healthy choices, because they can simply intend good health, are making a rather big claim. They are suggesting that they can override divine mind with their own intentions. And they are suggesting, as well, that they are separate from this divine creation, and separate from divine mind. After all, if you don’t need to be in alignment with this creation, then you are making the grandiose claim that you have transcended being part of this universe.

Mind, it would seem, includes your thoughts, but also includes much more. And this brings up the fascinating notion that if this universe were created by a cosmic mind of vast proportion, there must be some of that universal mind within everything it created. And that would include your body as an element of the universal mind. It would include your emotions, your mind — everything that exists.

How, then, could you ever think yourself into a space beyond universal laws? Remember that thoughts alone cannot put you above and beyond the universe. Thoughts can be a means, though, to discover your deep alignment with the universe.

This is because your body, like your mind and your emotions, are all expressions of divine consciousness. And your body, emotions, and mind are all in harmony, like a musical chord, or like a rainbow of colors — in resonance with themselves, and with the universe as well.

This is why claiming to override body requirements for healthy food with so-called mind power is absurd. It would merely create a non-harmonious condition in which body and mind are in conflict.

But what about those sincere health enthusiasts who are only preoccupied with getting the right nutrients? How is their situation related to issues of harmony between body, emotions, and mind?

Look at what happens when you are preoccupied with having the right nutrients, at the expense of being in touch with your emotions, and aware of your thoughts. Isn’t this curiously similar to those who are heedless in their food choices, and yet preoccupy themselves with holding positive thoughts?

Both these imbalanced attitudes are based on the belief that they have found the one special way of being in control of reality — in one case nutritious food is all you need, and in the other case, positive thoughts are all you need.

People experiencing these two extremes — mind over body, versus body over mind — tend to look at each other as being miles apart, when in fact they are uniquely similar. What is the remedy for this division? You can look at everything as an expression of divine mind, since it was originally created by divine mind. But whoops, this brings up a question worth exploring…

If everything is an expression of divine mind, how does that explain a sugar-coated devitalized piece of junk food? That wasn’t created by divine mind, was it? Well no, junk food wasn’t created by divine mind. And how is such a lower vibration non-food to be understood?

Junk food is out of alignment with the original pattern for food. And so, it is out of alignment with divine mind. When you participate with junk food, you are resonating with something that is out of alignment with the universe. Now there is an interesting argument here, that many positive thinkers will bring up, and it is this. They will suggest that even if junk food is out of alignment, their positive thoughts can bring harmony to the junk food. Could that be true?

Like many metaphysical beliefs, there is some truth to this. You can, in fact, to some degree, raise the vibration of junk food. And if you find yourself in a situation where you are eating food that does not express the highest vibrations that you might prefer, then it is certainly to your advantage to do some energy healing practices on that food. But even better, it is in your highest good if you start with healthy food in the first place.

This is because when food is in closer alignment with the universal order, it is carrying the pattern of divine mind more fully. And so your choice to participate with healthy foods is a form of positive thinking — grounded positive thinking — expressed through your physical body, on this earth plane. And this is why the notion that you could eat whatever you wish, and simply compensate with positive affirmations or prayers, is an unbalanced notion about reality.

But does this mean, as some claim, that your beliefs and choices for a healthy lifestyle are creating unnecessary restrictions for you?

A concern arises in many people’s minds that if they become interested in healthy food, or healthy lifestyles, then they will become limited. Well, if choosing to be in alignment with the universe leads to making some choices, you could, I suppose, call that a limitation.

But where does the idea come from that freedom means having no alignments or principles? Again, it comes from the idea that mind is somehow separate from the universe, as if the lofty mind is floating above reality like a cloud and looking down on the limited world.

When you make healthy choices, you are coming into alignment with the universe. How does that work? You are made of universal substance, and your soul was created by divine mind. So you are an expression of that divine mind, and your healthy choices are a reflection of this recognition.

But you were also created with an entirely unique pattern, called your soul signature. Yet, unique though you are, you are still an expression of this universe, and this intelligently divine universe is made of positive patterns — higher truth, you could call it. Alignment with this higher truth requires you to discover healthy principles of living. And these healthy principles call for you to make distinctions between things — making choices.

When you practice making healthy choices, you are limiting yourself, it is true, but that is not a bad thing in itself. Every time you bring yourself into alignment with your deeper truth, though you are limiting yourself in a way, you are also creating freedom for your self as well. You are liberating your body, mind, and soul to express your divine truth. It is like tuning a musical instrument, or cleansing a window so the light can shine through.

Healthy choices are not a limitation. The idea that freedom, in and of itself, is an entirely good thing, is based on a lofty mental view of reality. The mind, at that higher abstract level, can think of anything. And that is its job. It thinks, it conceives, it creates, it discovers, and it experiments. And this is good. However, the lofty mind is tempered with the common sense that comes from aligning these thoughts with the grounded common-sense of the body, and the eternal wisdom of the soul.

Your mind is a divine creation, but so is your body, and so is your soul. That is why the arrogant viewpoint that positive thinking can over-ride bad lifestyle choices is not in alignment. Your body, your mind, and your soul are working together, because they are actually expressions of the same thing — your Self.

Your true self is a multidimensional creation, and all its parts affect each other. You can no more pretend that junk food affecting the body is OK, than you can pretend that mind-altering drugs affecting the clarity of your perception are somehow acceptable.

If junk food lowers your body vibration, then it is going to affect your thinking. That is because your mind is not an abstract thingy floating around somewhere. Your mind is a coherent field of energy located in the same space of your physical body. Your mental body is on a finer frequency than your physical body, but body and mind are located in the same place, resonating with each other.

Junk food is going to affect the quality and clarity of your emotions, as well. Your emotional body is a higher frequency than your physical body, but it too is located where your physical body is located. So if you eat junk food, while claiming that you are a positive person, you are expressing a contradiction. This is why many holistic practitioners carefully explore the link between your emotional states and your food choices.

Of course, there are those who have been so fragmented for so many years that they claim that they have no trouble functioning on a diet of junk food and recreational drugs. Perhaps they have somehow learned to compensate for these divisions within themselves, but they are working at a disadvantage, and are fooling themselves. They have compartmentalized themselves by disassociating their awareness from their painful emotions, and by disconnecting from the imbalances in their body. They are holding these fragments together with a clever mind that floats above it all, proclaiming itself to be beyond the need for a healthy lifestyle.

How do you respond when you encounter people who insist that they can exclusively create well-being through diet and exercise only? How do you respond when you encounter people who laugh at the idea of being concerned with alignment and well-being? And how do you respond when you encounter positive thinkers who address everything by putting a positive thinking spin on it?

Observe people, and let them educate you. Look at how, at least in certain ways, they have accessed some of the truth. And sense, as well, how they may have created a division or limitation within themselves. This can lead you to make your own inner inquiry — ask yourself how you can come into deeper alignment with your own universal truth, through an honest exploration of your own body, your emotions, your thoughts, and your soul.

Your unique soul essence was created from a universal creator, and that creator is, itself, continually evolving — it is not in a state of final perfection. What does this suggest about you? You, too, must be in a condition of continual evolution, because you are made of that ever-evolving consciousness.

And that is one reason why there is no simple solution of merely repeating positive affirmations or prayers, or merely finding the one perfect combination of nutrients. Continual evolution suggests self-inquiry, at every level of your being, and it invites you to discover your way through life through continual exploration. And this seems like work, and it may well be. But though it takes persistence, it is not a dreary thing.

This is because your daily evolution, as it unfolds to reveal its splendor, is a continual field of opportunities where your higher potential grows and manifests. And to do this, you are seeking the ways that you can be in alignment with the universe. Wouldn’t it be easy if you could find the simple laws of life, and just follow them? Many experts, whether religious teachers or nutritional specialists, claim that they have the simple laws for you to follow, but their suggestions tend to be overly simplistic, and to follow a one-size-fits-all approach.

Why can’t it be that easy? To understand why life is a continual discovery that requires your daily inquiry, and not a convenient set of automatic affirmations or magic nutrients, recall how you are an entirely unique expression of the divine creator. Even though your choice to eat healthfully, for example, can bring you into greater divine alignment, everyone has a different biochemistry, and so there is no one healthy diet that fits everyone.

In metaphysics, there is no one religion, teaching, or method that is suited to everyone. And that is why it is always amusing, and somewhat sad, when idealistically religious folks insist that they have the one perfect spiritual solution. And their health-minded brethren, who religiously insist that everybody should follow their favorite dietary practice, are expressing the same narrow understanding. But if there is no one rule to follow, does that mean that anything goes, or that everything is expressing a valid understanding?

It seems contradictory… First, you notice that everyone has their own unique dietary requirements. But, at the same time, you recognize that there are basic health principles to follow. Well, which is it?

Is everyone free to create their own diet as they choose, or are they limited by higher healthy principles? There is no contradiction, because both of these understandings work together. And that is why the choices that some individuals might prefer to make, such as a sugar-coated doughnut diet, for example, are not likely to be in higher alignment for anyone at all.

A book that teaches the sensible concept that you require a unique diet, based on your distinctive biochemistry, is The Metabolic Typing Diet. This is one of the few agenda-free dietary practices you will encounter. Though it shows you how to discover your own uniquely appropriate diet, you can be certain that the amazing sugar-coated doughnut diet will not be included.

This is true freedom… You realize that your dietary requirements are unique. And you can bring yourself into greater universal alignment through your healthy choices. The delightful freedom to be yourself, while also discovering your unity with the greater cosmos, gives you the wonderful feeling that you are being true to yourself.

You are entirely unique, and yet you are entirely one with the universe. That’s a vital understanding, because everything in the world tends to pull you towards agreeing with something or someone else. And the world does that because that makes things simpler for everyone. But simpler isn’t better. It’s just easier for everyone else because then they won’t have to confront the unique example that you provide.

There is always some dynamic tension between any two different things, be they people, groups, ideas, styles, or anything else. Dynamic tension need not be bad or uncomfortable. It could even create interesting chemistry. So what do you think is going to happen when you discover, through your inquiries within, how to live your truth?

The deepest truth for you — such as your ideal food choices that serve your highest good — are never going to be in perfect alignment with everyone else. And this is not a problem, because your truth is your special contribution to this earth experience. The same is true for your spiritual life — it is an expression of you that contributes to the world. Your soul, your mind, your very presence shares your own particular vibration. You are not supposed to be in full agreement with everyone, because your contribution to the highest good is to be your own unique self.

When you realize that you can never fit into anyone’s perfect diet, perfect lifestyle, and perfect spiritual teaching, because no one can fit into such patterns, then you can be free. But, free to do what? There is higher alignment available for you, and it is not a random thing, because your higher alignment is in resonance with your true self. It is not freedom for freedom’s sake, nor is it a set of restrictive laws. Your truth transcends these extremes…

Your truth follows the highest understandings, and you will find these from many sources. Your ideal diet is actually a combination of various diets — validated by your own experiences in daily life. And just as your dietary understandings may shift and evolve over time, your ideal spiritual practice may evolve over time, and it may be comprised of various teachings.

What about those sincere people who warn you that eclectic, multifaceted spiritual practices aren’t real? The fear about your diversified spiritual practice comes from those who have the overly-simplistic perception that you should be defined by one category — that you must be of This or That specific religion or teaching. There is no such thing — you are not a This or a That category — except in the narrow world of their linear mind. You are you, the eternal, the unique, and the ever-evolving being.

You are not your mind, but through the window of your mind you can create, invent, and examine deeper realities. All these are available when you utilize the powers of your mind.

You are not your emotions, but through the doorway of your emotions you can know yourself on many amazing levels and feel connected with yourself, with people, and with the universe. All these are available when you utilize the powers of your emotions.

You are not your body, but through the vehicle of your body you can experience your emotions, your thoughts, and even your soul and the universe. All these are available when you utilize the powers of your body.

You are not even your soul, though you do, of course, have an eternal soul, and that soul is, even now, shining forth from within your body. Through the presence and consciousness of your soul, you can know what you are…

Well then — what are you?

You are the eternal divine universe — and you are a particular and distinctive expression of that ultimate reality, unlike anyone else. As your understandings evolve, you will uncover, each day, more about your appropriate diet, about your spiritual practice, and about how you can move into deeper alignment with your highest truth, so that you can make a difference for others through your aligned presence.

Although there are no simplistic solutions, when you do discover something that is in alignment with your deeper truth, it will have a simple quality to it. Your truth can feel as if the still small voice within you is whispering the truth to you, and you are quietly smiling and nodding in agreement. It’s not something you can force, and it’s not going to happen when you try to fit into anyone else’s program.

Your truth is a sacred experience between you and the universe. Keep exploring, because it is an ever-evolving understanding, like a river that is never exactly the same from moment to moment. Don’t grab onto it. Let your body, your emotions, your thoughts, and your soul find truth by letting yourself resonate with it, layer by layer.

Feel your way forward — think your way forward — move forward with each breath. Enter into the consciousness of your body, and find your way to yourself — and to the universe. In this moment… let yourself breathe gently into your body, and settle into the living multisensory, multidimensional sensations you discover there.

Sense that where you are, in this moment, is the center of the universe. Feel the dynamic interaction between you, in the truth of this moment, and the universe all around you, as it shares its gifts with you and embraces you. Know that at the same time, your conscious attention creates a sacred space that enhances the universe, radiating forth the truth of your being with your every breath, with your every thought, and with every spinning particle of your sacred being.

Many Blessings,

Joel Bruce Wallach

Founder, Cosmic Living for spiritual empowermenttele-classes and home-study mp3’s

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