Are people allowed to pray for others in the UK? 1

30th Mar 2009



Hello lovely people

As you are reading this, I can hear three different answers to my question.  Some people are thinking yes, why not?  Others are thinking rather not, I do not want to get involved in praying for people.  And a third group is saying: why is the question relevant?

Let me answer the last question first:  why is the question relevant?

There have been two recent incidents in the UK where people prayed for others and got into serious enough trouble to potentially lose their jobs.

In one incident, a five-year-old child apparently talked to another child about heaven and God.  The child probably simply repeated what she had heard at home, but she repeated the information to another child that received a different view of religion at home.  The other child got upset about hearing a different version, and the teacher told off the five-year-old for discussing God at school.

Of course the girl was upset enough to tell her mother, a receptionist at school, about the incident.  The mother then emailed a group of Christian friends and asked for their prayers on this incident.  A few days later the receptionist was told that she was being investigated for professional misconduct because of the private email to friends.

We all know that there are two sides to every incident, and that the press like to blow up the more controversial side.  The intention here is not to provide a factual record of the incident, but simply to highlight the incident as a whole.

Another incident that happened at more or less the same time related to a nurse that offered to say a prayer for an elderly patient.  The patient declined the prayer and the nurse did not insist.  The patient then complained to the care providers and now the nurse is being investigated.

The issues that I want to highlight are the different understanding about what prayer is, and the lack of tolerance on all sides.

Let us first look at the different understanding.  Is prayer a series of words that are uttered in a particular tone of voice while standing on your knees with your hands pressed together?  In my view, no.  As far as I am concerned, prayer is every thought that ever enters our heads, every word that ever comes from our mouths and every action that we ever take.

If you say that swearing at a driver that cuts into your lane is not prayer, I am afraid it is – maybe not a very nice one, but it is.  And those thoughts you preferred not to express last time you got really angry were also a form of prayer.

The church taught us that prayer must have a particular format and that there is a time and a place for formal prayers.  The church also told us to use particular language when we pray (language that I often think even confuses God because of its obsequies, superfluous repetitive wording).  As with everything else religious, the church dictated and people followed without thinking.

To be continued.

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Love and Light
Elsabe


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Meditation Website

24th Mar 2009



Hello lovely people

There seems to be a gremlin with the link to the meditation website, which is http://www.newspirituallife.com/detail.html.  The link also appears on the right hand side of the blog.

Love and Light

Elsabe


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Is Meditation for Dummies or for Wise People? 2

24th Mar 2009



Hello lovely people

The same happens during meditation.  This is because meditation is an inner journey.  I still remain in charge of the route, and I can return to “reality” any time I want to.

I initially found that guided meditations work much easier for me.  Meditation requires a still mind, but at the same time meditation stills the mind.  Getting the balance right is not so simple when your life is in turmoil or when finding a quiet place to meditate in a busy household is a challenge.

Saying to yourself that you must clear your mind of all thoughts so that a meditation can be successful is like saying to yourself that now is not a good time to think of a yellow elephant.  Guess what picture just popped into your mind?  Yes – the same happens when you focus on having no thoughts in your mind.  Suddenly all the thoughts tumble into your mind.

This is where guided meditations made a huge difference to me.  Rather than focusing on clearing my mind, I was able to focus on the guided meditation.  As a result I experienced the benefits of meditation much sooner.

Before I got to understand that I create my own reality and my own future, I experienced fear, anxiety and even depression.  These also disappeared with meditation.

Probably the biggest surprise for me was to discover that while in a meditative state I have access to images, thoughts and information that made a massive positive difference to my life.  Initially I thought that these images, thoughts and bits of information are just my imagination, and I was surprised at how active my imagination was.

But then I discovered that what I received during meditation somehow had a either a direct or a subtle link to what I experienced when I was not meditating.  I tried to ask questions while I was “awake”, and found that I received very interesting answers while I was meditating.

Eventually I realised that meditation is probably a form of prayer – but meditation is about listening rather than about talking.

I am still working on this, but I think that prayer is a way of asking, whereas meditation is a way of getting answers.  This definition works for me, because I get many answers during meditation – and it works even better when I first ask the questions and then do my meditation.

Not all the answers come during meditation.  I have discovered that there are more coincidences and more synchronicity in my “waking” life, and often things just happen around me that make me feel “yes – there is another answer”.

The fears, anxieties and depressive feelings have disappeared, and instead I am much more at peace with myself, especially during uncertain times.  And I believe that I have found a way of listening to God. It is quite comforting to know that my communication with God is no longer one-sided.

I have decided to use my experiences and provide guided meditations to other people who may want to try meditation but are not sure how to do it.  I still benefit even from recording the guided meditations.  Every time I do a meditation, I feel more in control of my life and my thoughts.

An example of a guided meditation, as well as guidelines on how to practise meditation, is available on my new website.

I wish you a lovely journey, and trust that you will benefit from meditation as much as I do.

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Is Meditation for Dummies or for Wise People? 1

20th Mar 2009



Hello lovely people

There was a time when meditation or no meditation was a serious question for me.  I come from a Protestant background where in my view (which is admittedly biased) prayer was a practice of reciting important-sounding words.  I struggled for years with the concept of prayer.  It did not make sense to me that in church other people should pray on my behalf, but then I thought that was just me being the rebel again, and I kept quiet about it.

Outside of church I read books about prayer, and the prayers of other people.  Still, there was this feeling inside of me that it is not quite right.  Eventually I gave up on figuring out what prayer is about and just got on with life.

Of course I had conversations with God in my head, but none of the books that I read described these conversations as prayer.  The conversations were also quite one-sided, because I told God what he/she needed to know about my life.  Listening to God did not even cross my mind, because at the time I thought “If I cannot see God, then I also cannot hear God”.  I intuitively knew that there must be something or someone out there, but the thought that this someone or something was able to actually speak to me was too far-fetched for me to accept.

You will agree with me that having a one-sided conversation is quite lonely, especially when you want reassurance in times of need and encouragement in challenging times.  All the time I felt a need to confirm that there is someone on the “other side” that was hearing me.

I kept searching and was introduced to meditation.  I tried it initially because it was not recommended in my culture – the church was there to take care of my religious needs and that should have been enough.  However, sometimes the way to get me to do something is to put obstacles in my way – especially if the obstacles are based on fear and misconceptions that I can expose.

I found meditation to be quite an interesting experience.  It definitely helped me to relax.  I always felt calmer and more secure after meditating.

I was surprised when I discovered that meditation does not mean losing your consciousness.  I had this perception that when you meditate you actually leave your body, only to discover that during meditation I am still fully in charge of the process.   I could compare it to driving a familiar route every day.  I know exactly where to slow down, where to turn, how long it will take me to get to my destination, and I simply drive.

If you show me detail pictures of buildings or other landmarks along the route, I might not be able to recognise them, even if I have travelled the same route every day for a year.  The reason for this would be that I in fact go into a meditative state while driving when the route becomes familiar, and my mind gets occupied with other things like planning my day or having a conversation with a passenger.

To be continued.

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Can crystals really convey information and heal people?

16th Mar 2009



Hello lovely people

Those of you that are familiar with the pet rock craze of the 1970’s will probably need glasses to read this article.

At the time an advertising executive named Gary Dahl bought ordinary gray stones at a builders’ supply store and marketed them as real pets, complete with a manual on how to teach the pet rock to do some tricks – apparently “sit” was quite easy, “roll over” required some assistance from the trainer, and potty-training was quite a challenge.

Is it coincidence that later in the 1970’s, magnificent crystal skulls were tested by the computer company Hewlett Packard?  The researchers already knew that unlike other materials, rock crystal has an amazing ability to hold electrical energy, potentially a form of information, under control and send out electrical impulses or vibrating waves of information.

It was estimated that it took about 150 years to sculpt each one of these crystal skulls using no tools, and only human hair and grains of sand of different sizes. According to the scientists, these skulls could be dated as far back as the beginning of time, whenever that was.

I have long been fascinated by the crystal skulls that are often found in new age shops.  Years ago I read about the practice of the Knights Templar and early medieval communities that related to head worship.  In earlier times human heads had three significant meanings.  First some heads were worshipped as part of honouring the dead – legend has it that this was what the Knights Templar did.  Then there were those heads that were displayed as a warning to those that considered breaking the rules (their heads would also roll).  Lastly heads were displayed as trophies by warriors.

I thought that the crystal skulls were related to this practice of head worship, but apparently that is not the case at all.

People that have been in the presence of these crystal skulls have had fascinating experiences, including powerful healing and discovering the ability to speak and understand ancient languages.  All of the known crystal skulls seem to be powerhouses of information that can be accessed by specific people – not nutcases, but ordinary people with professional reputations as psychics, or ordinary people that discover their extraordinary abilities when they come into contact with the crystal skulls.

And if you think this is all mumbo jumbo, ask yourself how it is possible for you to read this article on your computer screen.  Your computer contains a tiny crystal that stores and transmits information – without it, we would never have had contact and you would never have read this.

The scientists at Hewlett Packard tested rock crystal and an entire industry has been built on the attributes of the crystals.

But what about the attributes of other crystals like amethyst, obsidian and the myriad of other crystals that are used in crystal healing?  It seems that the power of crystal healing was already known to the ancient Egyptians.  I don’t know about research on their healing qualities, but I can tell you that I have had some powerful experiences with various crystals and with healing using crystals.

Some wise person once said that anything new is first ridiculed, then feared, then accepted as par for the course.

If you are interested in crystal skulls and the power of rock crystals, then The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls by Chris Morton and Ceri Louise Thomas is a must read.

Just a word on coincidences – I recently did a survey of spiritual matters and someone asked a question about the year 2012.  At the time I was actually reading a book on the Maya calendar and 2012.  The next book on my reading list happened to be a book on crystal skulls – which features the Maya and their very strong connection to crystal skulls.  I think something is cooking here – I am being led in a specific direction.  I wonder?

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Will the world end on 21st December 2012? 2

11th Mar 2009



Hello lovely people

It appears that the Milky Way has a 25 800 year cycle, and on four previous occasions the galactic centre aligned with the sunrise of a solstice or equinox.  The last time was about 6 450 years ago (or around 3114 BC?) and the next time will be 21st December 2012.

Back to the Maya – or rather to the Aztec, another ancient people.  The Aztec Calendar Stone indicates five different eras or Suns.  The First Sun began in the year 15 213 BC and ended with the last Ice Age.  The Second Sun began in the year 11 205 BC and ended with the demise of Atlantis.  The Third Sun began in the year 8000 BC and ended with the Mesopotamian floods.  The Fourth Sun began in the year 3114 BC (the start of the Maya Long Count Calendar) and is predicted to end on 21st December 2012.

According to the Maya, the Fifth Sun will then start, and the ancient Aztec records say: “there will be a movement of the earth and from this we shall all perish.”

What will happen on 21st December 2012?  Who knows?

I was going to make some flippant remark about the press blowing things out of proportion again and doomsday prophets cashing in on people’s gullibility, but then I read The Mystery of The Crystal Skulls by Chris Morton and Ceri Louise Thomas.

This book describes the journey of the authors while investigating the existence and meaning of crystal skulls.  I am not going to say much more here, except that this book is on my (very short) list of ultimate must-reads for anyone that is interested in spirituality and our roots.  The information in the book is too explosive to repeat here, and I would not do justice to their message by quoting sections from the book.

What I can tell you is that 21st December 2012 is not about earthquakes or about the end of the world.  I can say that most of the book will resonate with my readers because we have always known that there is more to life than the dress sense of some minor celebrity or some irrelevant political shenanigans.

At the risk of sounding like a preacher, I now understand that life is about making choices that are based on Love and nothing else.  No, I am not going to start my own church or anything like that.  I am simply going to continue with my own search for more and more details of the truth.

I know that I am on the right path, and I know that the truth is being exposed to me by means of meditations, visions and dreams.  My role is to receive and communicate this information to those people that are ready to listen.  Everyone knows by now that I do not just swallow what is offered to me.  I am constantly looking for explanations and proof, and that will not change.

There has been talk of changes in the earth’s magnetic field, even as drastic as the north and south poles changing positions.  This last happened about 780,000 years ago.  The predictions indicate that the earth is heading for a change that is as drastic as that.

Is this a signal for us to start stocking up on tinned food and warm clothes?  I think not.  We have had solar and lunar eclipses in the past.  They are always spectacular and make good photographs, but they do not necessarily mean catastrophe.  We had a near miss on 23rd March 1989 when a 300 meter diameter asteroid missed the earth by 700 000 kilometres, passing through the exact position where the earth was only 6 hours before.

And there is another one coming our way:  on 16th March 2880 an asteroid with a diameter of about a kilometre will probably hit the earth.  I will be watching the show from my ring seat in the galaxy.

As far as I am concerned, 21st December 2012 will be the culmination of the changes that we have all been aware of for a long time, and that have been speeding up recently.  If a massive earthquake destroys the earth, a stock of tinned food would not really help much and I will just have to go with the flow.  If nothing as drastic as that happens, I would probably still be working on bringing spiritual enlightenment to this earth, because we are visitors here anyway.

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Will the world end on 21st December 2012? 1

7th Mar 2009



Hello lovely people

Will the world end on 21st  December 2012?  If not, what will happen?

My intuition has always told me that date is the end of time, but not the end of the world.  I did not have much more knowledge, but then read a very informative book called Maya Prophecy.

This book explains that the Maya prophecy is actually not a prophecy as we know it, but rather a calendar.  So what is so particular about this calendar and the date of 21st December 2012?

Let me give some background.  The Maya believed that time binds the various dimensions of the Universe together.  They believed that time can be measured, that time does not stand still, and that time flows away from the past into the future.

The Maya also believed that time is circular and cyclical, and that events are repeated in different cycles.

The Maya used three different calendars.  The first is the Long Count Calendar.  This calendar was used to record past events and predict future events.  It starts again more or less every 5 000 years.

The second calendar is known as the Sacred Calendar or Ritual Almanac.  This calendar consisted of 260 days, and is used mainly for religious purposes and divination.  The Sacred calendar consists of two separate calendars, one comprising 20 days, and the second comprising 13 numbers.  These two calendars ran concurrently, for example where both calendars started on the same day, both day 1 and day 14 of the 20-day calendar would be day 1 of the 13-day calendar.  Day 20 and day 13 coincided every 260 days.

The third calendar is known as the Solar Calendar.  This calendar consists of 360 days, followed by another five-day period.

The start of the Solar Calendar and the Ritual Almanac only coincides every 52 years.  This period is called the Calendar Round.  This is regarded as a highly sacred period of time and is celebrated with various activities that celebrate the dying of the old and the re-birth of the new.

If the Maya Long Count Calendar is correlated with the Gregorian calendar, then it can be calculated that the world started on 13th August 3114 BC.  The Maya Long Count Calendar ends on 21st December 2012.

Is that the day on which the world will end?  I have heard 21st December 2012 being described as “the end of time” – that is the end of the Maya Long Count calendar as translated to the Gregorian calendar.

However, there is another significant event that will happen on that day.

On 21st December 2012, the December solstice sun will cross the Milky Way in precisely the location of the dark-rift in the Milky Way, also known as “the road to the underworld”. The sun will be at the exact centre of the Galaxy.  According to the Maya the center of the Galaxy is the cosmic womb, the place of dead, transformation, regeneration and rebirth. This moment shows the end of the current Maya Long Count Calendar.

To be continued.

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We really DO live a dream 2

5th Mar 2009



Hello lovely people

To the naked eye the result looks like the concentric circles you would get when you throw two stones into a pond.  But shine another light through the holographic film, and you get a three-dimensional image of the object.  This image is so real that you can walk around it, but when you try to touch it, there is nothing, just air.

Now for something that is even more remarkable.  Cut off even the tiniest piece of that holographic film and shine a light on it, and what do you get?  A three-dimensional image of the object – exactly the same as when you would use the entire film.

Apparently the entire Universe consists of such a holographic image.  That would explain things like reflexology, homeopathy and acupuncture – the entire holograph that we call “body” is represented in any other part of the same body.

You say but a body can be touched?  Sure.  My suspicion is that we cannot put our hands through our bodies because at some point we stopped believing that we can do it.  Why do I say this?  The same book reports the case of the Sufi mystic Hazrat Inayat Khan who died in 1927.  (He taught that blind adherence to any book rendered any religion void of spirit, regardless of its external nature.) Legend has it that he at times gave off so much light that people could actually read by it.  Numerous religions depict their saints as people with halos of light above their heads.  Maybe we have just forgotten that we are beings of Light, and we chose to become dense in every sense of the word.

Michael Talbot’s book also describes an experiment where a person was placed in a hypnotic trance and told that he would be unable to see his daughter when he wakes up.  Indeed, when he woke up from the trance, he could not see his daughter who was standing right in front of him.  However, he could read the inscription on a pocket watch that was held behind his “invisible” daughter.  The hypnotic state took away the belief that a person was too solid to see through, and as a result he could see through the person.

But how do we explain the choices that people have?  We often see how people reach a crisis point in their lives, and suddenly they turn their lives around.  This book says that the universe actually consists of a large number of holographic images, and we can choose to jump from one to the next – like being in one scene in a movie and then choosing to be in a different scene in a much happier movie.

Where a particular stimulus (visual, smell or touch) brings back a specific memory, it seems that our brains access the holographic memory outside of ourselves every time.  This would also explain why for example the memory of the first house you ever lived in is not in your consciousness, but when I ask you to recall that house, the memory “floods back” and you can access details of the house.

And how do you know to write your name with your elbow or recognise the face of your parent or child on very old photographs?  Your brain has taken a holographic picture of the information or skill, and stored these details in a memory bank.  It does not matter from which angle you access the information, because your brain recognises the wave and then refines the wave until you can access the detail in any way you want.

On some deep level I have always known that the messages I receive as a medium are true.  I have often questioned them, not because of a lack of faith, but because of curiosity.

Now that curiosity is paying off and I am getting some very interesting answers.  I would never have thought that the answers would lie in holographic images.  Carl Jung said “Who looks outside, dreams.  Who looks inside, awakens.”  This makes more sense to me every day.  Meditation and “looking inside” brings fascinating answers.

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