10 Keys to Raise Spiritually Strong Children

In our life most of us have experienced one or two mysterious encounters, when visitors come to us from the unknown. These special guests are in fact our own children. We love them, and we are happy that they are here, but most of us do not accept them the way we should. They do not receive from us the deep respect and awe that wanderers who come from the depths of the Universe duly deserve. Instead, we look upon our children as if they were our own property, and we try to condition them to become adults we will be able to be proud of. Are we really good hosts for these visitors, is this really the way we should receive our guests?

Here are 10 keys to raise spiritually strong children:

Key 1.
Do not consider them as our property; instead, look upon them as beloved guests, who only need our assistance and not our control;

Key 2.

Give them a sufficient amount of freedom so that they can earn experience from the world themselves;

Key 3.

Allow them to experience more and more things by and for themselves;

Key 4.

Do not teach them things we do not have direct personal experience and we received readily from our teachers;

Key 5.

Teach them not to take anything for granted just because it was proclaimed by a person regarded as authority by the society around them;

Key 6.

Allow them to be doubtful of anything and everything until they gather personal experience about it;

Key 7.

Help them to remain free so that they will be open to any new experience available to them;

Key 8.

Share with them our own spiritual experience;

Key 9.

Create for them an environment in which they have a lot of opportunities to laugh and live a joyful, cheerful life and enjoy life as much as possible;

Key 10.

Offer them our own example, and show them how is it possible to live a conscious and alert life.

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WHY A SPIRITUAL CONNECTION WITH EARTH IS CRITICAL AT THIS TIME

Intellectually, it is easy to understand the many reasons to change the way that we live upon our earth. Erratic and unpredictable weather, depleted soils, unsafe drinking water, deforestation and vanishing wildlife are all obvious signs that the society we have created is unsustainable.

But even with this glaring evidence in front of us, many people are still unwilling to change or even feel that there is no problem to fix. Or worst of all, they feel that they are unable to make a difference in such a big, dysfunctional society.

For many, they still cling to outdated ideals and beliefs like an old security blanket, hoping if they just stay hiding beneath it, the problems will disappear. That, or they are too uncomfortable with letting go of aspects of their lives that they feel are necessary to their happiness. It all seems so much easier to carry on with business as usual.

But why are the warning signs still not getting through? Our food security, the air we breathe, water we drink, life as we know it, are literally all at stake here. Shouldn’t this be enough to shake up humanity?

Perhaps the real problem is the disconnect that much of humanity has from the earth. The earth is still seen as a “thing” rather than our home and our mother that longs to take care of us.

When we are disconnected we cannot hear the cries from the earth, or feel the urgency of these times, or accept the simple lessons and love that nature has to share with us.

When we approach nature from an open, spiritual perspective, we soon realize that our life upon this earth becomes an exchange and interaction with our surroundings. There are absolutely no moments when nature will not be engaging with you once you open yourself to it.

Once we reconnect, our illusion of separation dissolves and we become aware of the oneness that flows through all of life.

Ancient cultures lived and breathed this way of life, and there are communities around the world who still do. Fortunately, any one of us in the modern world can quite simply live a life that is spiritually connected to our earth. No matter if you are in the middle of a busy city or living your life out in the country, nature still surrounds you. It is not as easily accessible for the city dweller of course, and at times may seem challenging, but you are still breathing air and feeling sunshine, there are plants, trees, pets and birds, and therefore, nature is with you.

We are all her children, after all, and this connection is still alive inside all of us, waiting to be awakened.

There is no time to waste in reclaiming our Divine connection with our earth mother. In fact, it is our souls’ desire and part of our purpose for being here at this crucial time.

Perhaps the most beautiful discovery you will have when you reconnect with nature is the realization that nature has been waiting patiently for your return home. Nature has been waiting for this connection, this healing, since the moment you were born. This explains why babies and small children are always happy when taken outside. They are immediately calmed because nature is familiar.

As you reconnect, no matter how many years you have been in absence, you will find that you will not be scolded, reprimanded, or punished. Nature welcomes us with open arms and unconditional love, truly accepting and appreciating us for who we are.

Nature can see our Divine light, and she teaches us to see the Divine light in all other life as well.

We recognize that everything on this earth has a consciousness, and that every plant, animal, rock, mineral, snowflake, drop of water, absolutely all of it, has a role and a purpose. We begin to understand and honor the role that we all play as we are all helping one another throughout our ascension and the ascension of our earth.

We are all in this together, having chose to be here on the earth through this process, and the earth has chose to help us as well. Every loving act that we share helps others as well as ourselves to become lighter, brighter, ascended versions of ourselves, just as every lower vibration act, such as greed, jealousy, or unthoughtful actions, drops us as well.

Nature is here for us, we must simply open our hearts.

Speak to the trees, tell that bird how much you appreciate their song, let your pets know how much you love them and that you are grateful for their love. Nature is telepathic, so you don’t have to speak out loud. You can state these things in your mind as you step out to your car or are walking down the street, or even think of them as you are falling asleep, as gratitude is a great way to relax the mind and body. You will find that you wake up peaceful or that your dreams were visited by a messenger from nature with a wisdom for you, or perhaps just a display of gratitude.

As I said, nature is ready and willing to engage when we are. We have been shut off for so many years that I have found that many times when I attempt communication with an animal for the first time, they seem caught off guard by my openness. They have come to believe that we are not listening.

Walk barefoot as much as you can, feel the earth, step gently, notice the sensation of the wind upon your face, the sun on your skin, the smell in the air after a rain. Engage all of your senses and experience nature the way that nature intended.

Many times I have had insects land upon my skin, and I have watched them as they scooted up and down my arms. I could feel the strong sensation that it was their wonder and curiousity of me which inspired them to land on my skin in the first place.

Notice plants reaching out to you as well, as they long to feel your touch upon their leaves.

Ask nature to teach you, and to heal you. Be open to the many different ways that nature will communicate with you. Be observant of all life that crosses your path. Look into plant and animal symbolism. Allow yourself to wander and see what you are drawn to. Try daydreaming of your favorite places. What is the landscape like? Is there water, mountains, forest, desert, caves, fields, or pastures? What kind of animal and plant life is there? What is the weather like? Determine what part of nature speaks to your soul. Ask her what you need to know.

Be persistent. Be sincere. Be patient. You are developing a friendship, and just as you would go about making friends with another human being, there are the same courtesies to respect in regards to building a friendship with nature as well. Yes, nature wants to communicate, but try not to be too pushy or demanding. And do not be picky about how your interactions will happen. I was stung by a bumblebee this past spring as a reminder to “wake up!” and follow my own heart. I have undergone a lot of growth this past year, and I didn’t always care for the message or the way I received it, but I am truly grateful and trusting of it as it has always been in my best interest.

Nature is a constant reflection of the life that is around her, therefore she is constantly communicating with us. She is constantly sharing her wisdoms with those who will listen. Sometimes her reflection shows something we don’t particularly like, but it always comes with sound advice and an opportunity to grow.

No life is better than another. We are not entitled nor superior.

To nature, there is no death. She is in a state of constant ebbing and flowing like the tides. She is constantly transforming and is happy to give of herself. This is why it is of utmost importance to give thanks to the earth for her nourishment and support that she provides. A silent thank you before we take a bite of our supper, appreciation for the trees that provided our homes, or taking a moment to stop and admire the sky, no matter the weather, all of these simple acts of gratitude expand our consciousness and the consciousness of our earth.

Always remember, absolutely no act of kindness ever goes unnoticed by nature. It is only humans who often fail to notice the subtleties of life. Nature will always long to help you in return.

As our connection with the earth strengthens, we will find it impossible to not live our lives in alignment with this connection. We will find ourselves yearning to be outside more and enjoy nature peacefully, without the noise of man. We will stop and pick up that piece of trash, we will be advocates for recycling and reducing waste, and mindfully purchase what we need from responsible and compassionate farmers and companies.

We also become fulfilled with simpler activities and will notice that our need for many “things” will vanish from our lives as we begin to realize just how unnecessary many of them really are.

Not only that, as we become more sensitive to the voice of nature, we also become sensitive to the voice of our own bodies. We will notice changes in the foods that we crave and may find ourselves making healthy lifestyle changes as we become more aware of the needs of our bodies. This is us waking up to our own natures and we will find ourselves healing and shifting into greater vitality.

As our connection deepens, our presence becomes gentler, and we will not only find nature gravitating towards us, but other people will as well. Be prepared to hear comments such as, “how are you so calm?” or “you seem so happy.”

If you are a parent, you will discover that reconnecting with nature will awaken your inner child, and that you will develop a deeper bond with your own children. You will find yourself feeling like a child again, and your children will respond. They will see you in a way that they never had before, and will know that you see them for who they really are as well.

It is when we are surrounded in the unconditional love of our earth mother that our own innocence and Divine light, and the Divine presence of the Universe, can flow through us unobstructed and uninhibited. Our true wild natures are revealed to us and set free in this space of unconditional love.

So please, step around the bugs on the ground, enjoy the songs of the birds, appreciate the purpose of all creatures, including the rats, the snakes, and the mosquitoes. Show unabashed and shameless gratitude for the food that you eat and the air that you breathe. Chew slowly, breathe deeply. Thank the water as you wash your hands, or have a bath, or when refreshing yourself as you sip. Become comfortable in your connection with your earth mother, and you will unknowingly be showing the way for others to do the same.

And this is when we truly understand the reasons for needing to change the way we live upon this earth. We actually live and become the solution every moment of our lives because we are in constant connection with the earth as she becomes integrated into our being.

We are the loving caretakers of our beautiful earth. It is our souls’ longing and purpose to do so.

Let’s allow her to be the magical place that she really is. When we do this, we will discover how magical our lives can really be as well.

And remember, it all happens one step, one moment, one day at a time. This is a connection that we are making for the long haul, so don’t beat yourself up if you don’t feel it all happening right away or if you ever feel that you aren’t doing a good enough job or being a good steward of the earth. Nature knows your heart. We are all getting there, and as long as we remain open for improvement, the changes will happen and our earth will be in good hands.

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Spiritual Fasting – A Secret Source of Power

Spiritual Fasting can help you to renew your body and your mind and to deepen your awareness of the spirit within you.

On a physical level, as your body gets rid of toxins and has the opportunity to renew and recharge itself, many even seemingly incurable health problems will simply dissolve.

Dr. Oda Birchinger who supervised over 70,000 fasts, pointed out that fasting can heal and help rheumatism in the joints and muscles, circulatory problems, skin diseases, allergies, respiratory problems, eye problems, to name just a few.

Dr. Tanner who fasted for 53 days when he was 77 years old discovered among other things that his thin, grey hair was replaced with new black hair, the same color he had as a young man.

On a mental level

Fasting will help you to get rid of worries, fears and anxieties. It will also help you to get rid of all sorts of addictions.

On a spiritual level

Not only will your awareness of the spirit within you deepen, but as different energy centers open and balance, different powers will begin to emerge spontaneously from within you.

There is no other way for certain powers to emerge from within you, except through fasting, because fasting removes both physical and mental obstacles, allowing the spiritual energy to express freely through you.

As a side-effect of fasting, you will discover that your abundance will increase also.

In short, fasting is the fastest way of bringing miracles into your life.

The Difference Between Dieting and Spiritual Fasting

The difference between dieting and spiritual fasting is that while you are engaged in spiritual fasting, and are abstaining from food, you are focusing your thoughts on that which is eternal within you.

By directing your attention to that which is eternal within you, through meditation, chanting, heartfelt prayer or by repeating spiritual affirmations throughout the day, you will discover that you can go for a long time without food and still not feel hungry, because you will be absorbing the energy directly through breathing and through the energy center on top of your head.

 

When you focus your attention on that which is eternal within you, you may experience a sensation of electricity running through your body, because you will literally plug yourself into an ocean of boundless living energy and power.

We Live in an Ocean of Boundless, Living Energy and Power

We live in an ocean of boundless, living energy and power – in an ocean of boundless life-force. Energy flows where attention goes, so as you direct your attention to it you open yourself up and allow this boundless living energy and power to flow through you.

You should listen to your body when you fast and you should prepare your mind and body for the fast. If you regularly engage in some kind of spiritual practice, you will find it much more enjoyable and effortless to fast.

How to Perform Spiritual Fasting

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If you have never fasted before, you may begin fasting just for 24 hours. If you want to go on longer fasts, you may prepare your body by eating light food for a while. You may then try fasting for 5 or 10 days on liquids – fruit or vegetable juices, even clear broth, or you may try fasting on water alone and see how long you can do that while feeling reasonably comfortable. Slowly you can work your way up to 40 day fasts or even longer.

If you keep on fasting frequently, you will develop a habit of fasting and you will also discover that you can fast longer and longer with greater and greater comfort and enjoyment.

When you complete your fast and return to eating food, do so gradually. Begin with soups, raw or steamed vegetables or fruits and light salads. Let your body adjust to digesting food again.

Not only will you fast longer and longer with greater and greater comfort, but you may enjoy it more and more as you experience the spiritual high and all kinds of benefits that will emerge spontaneously from fasting.

You can fast for a particular purpose, for healing, abundance, supernatural abilities, for any other specific blessing, or simply because you enjoy the depth of spiritual awareness you experience while you are fasting.

One side effect of that deepened spiritual awareness is that you will open yourself to information that was not available to you before. You will begin to clearly hear the voice of the Spirit within you.

As you remove the obstacles that are clouding your awareness of the Spirit within you, your Inner Light will begin to shine brighter and brighter and you will begin to notice more and more Light radiating through your eyes.

You will begin to experience greater and greater sense of profound inner peace and whatever you may want to manifest in your life will begin to manifest faster and faster simply because you have removed the obstacles from within you.

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10 Commonly used Spiritual Symbols and their Meanings…

Symbols are one of the amazing things that can leave a strong psychological impression in our minds just from their appearance. Just by studying the intricacy and deeper meaning each one holds and gazing at these symbols we feel connected, alive and intrigued. But what do these symbols mean?

The list of symbols with spiritual significance is endless, but here are 10 commonly used spiritual symbols and their meanings:

1.) The Hamsa

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Hamsa is the Arabic word for “five” and represents the five digits of the hand. The Hamsa is universal sign of protection, and is often combined with the Evil Eye to ward anyone who wants to harm you. According to the history of this symbol, if anyone looks at you with evil intentions while you are carrying this symbol, they will be unable to cause you harm.

2.) The Tree Of Life

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The tree of life has been represented by a number of cultures and religions across the world. Also known as the World Tree, the tree of life is associated with birth, life, death and rebirth the circle of life.In Christianity, the tree is known to be in the garden of Eden where Adam and Eve picked the forbidden fruit from.
Generally, the tree of life is seen as a having a connection between the four earth elements (earth, wind, air and fire), and is a representation of the infinite connection of all things in creation.

3.) The Ankh

 

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The Ankh is a well-known symbol of life associated with the Egyptians. It is said that our ancestors would use the Ankh during sexual practice in order to regenerate the sexual energy at time of orgasm. Generally, the Ankh symbol has been associated with eternal life and regeneration. Today, it is often carried by people as a sign of life and spiritual wisdom.

4.) Eye Of Horus

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The Wadjet (or Ujat, meaning “Whole One”) is a powerful symbol of protection in ancient Egypt also known as the “Eye of Horus” and the “all seeing eye”. The Wedjat “was intended to protect the pharaoh here and in the afterlife and to ward off evil. Ancient Egyptian and Middle-Eastern sailors would frequently paint the symbol on the bow of their vessel to ensure safe sea travel.

5.) The Lotus Flower

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A very important spiritual symbol in Buddhism along with several other religions, the lotus is generally seen as a sign of enlightenment. The lotus flower has grown out of the dark, muddy water of materialism to open it’s petals to the sunshine of enlightenment. This symbol represents the journey out of darkness and into transformation. It is also a sign of the importance of detachment, as water droplets slide easily off the pedals.

6.) The Yin Yang

 

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This signs represents the harmonization of duality. It signifies the unity between masculine and feminine energies. The yin yang is a spiritual reminder that balance between the light and the darkness provides the most holistic approach to living a meaningful life. The universe abides by the law of balance.

7.) The Pentacle

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Often misunderstood and sometimes labelled as “satanic”, the pentagram symbolizes the qualities of man.
The top point represents spirit, while the other points represent the four elements. Wiccans heavily use this symbol in sacred ceremonies to remind themselves of the nature of humankind.

8.) The Caduceus

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Mistakenly used as a symbol by healthcare organizations, the Caduceus is the traditional symbol of Hermes and features two snakes winding around an often winged staff.

The Caduceus provides the basis for the astrological symbol, representing the planet Mercury.  The Caduceus symbol is also a representation of your own primal life force energy. The twin snakes, represent the Kundalini energy rising from the base of your spine, one being feminine and one masculine; intertwining with the other, allowing the successful person to possess the wings of new life.

9.) Dharma Wheel

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The Wheel of Dharma, or the “Wheel of Law”, is the Buddhist symbol for teachings of the path of Nirvana.
Each spoke represents a step in Buddha’s Eightfold Path.
Interestingly, it’s older than Buddhism itself, dating back to 2500 B.C.

10.) The Flower of Life

 

One of the main symbols of sacred geometry, the Flower of Life is seen to contain all of the patterns of creation within it. Consisting of 7 or more overlapping symbols, the flower of life dates back to almost every ancient culture and is considered to be one of the sacred formations that creation arose out of.

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Things You Lose As A Result Of A Spiritual Awakening

Spirituality is the foundations for good health. When you spiritually connect to that which is important to you magical and amazing things start to happen.

But while a lot of people seem to be getting into spirituality for personal gain and development, it is actually what you lose as a result of spiritual connection that has the most impact.

I have to say that you will never completely lose the things I speak about in this article, and while they are quite negative, they are also natural feelings that come up from time to time.

We all have the same capacity to feel what any other person feels and act in ways any other person acts, what will make a difference in your life is the level of attention you project onto these areas.

A spiritual awakening is by no means the end; it in fact asks more questions than it answers. But when you reach that more enlightened state here are 6 things you will start to see a lot less of!

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Hatred

You usually hate in others what you see a part of in yourself or what you want to see more of in yourself. A spiritual awakening helps you to hold up the mirror and see yourself stripped down to the bare bones.

There will always be people in the world who have characteristics which are unpleasant to you, but the people who are expressing these traits are doing so at their current level of mind and it is up to you if you want to allow that person to dominate your consciousness.

Spiritual connection helps you to show compassion for those who do you wrong and give you the ability to at least start the process of tolerance and forgiveness!

Jealousy

An awakened mind allows you to show admiration for those who do well and strive to follow in their footsteps. It also helps to remove any malicious or jealousy and appreciate the accomplishments of others.

When another person attains that which you desire, it is quite easy to feel envious, even if there are no bad intentions. Being spiritually awakened will help you to realise that we are all part of the same organism and another persons success is your success and when you see the accomplishments of others they can help motivate you to reach the same heights!

Anxiety

Anxiety manifests as a result of living a life that you are not connected to. Your hobbies, your friends, your job and how you spend your time can contribute to that heavy feeling of anxiety.

Spirituality helps you connect to your true purpose and that which matters to you. When you spend your life living on your terms, fully connected to things that have importance to you, anxiety is a lot less prevalent.

Spirituality also helps you to relax, which is the complete opposite of anxiety.

Anger

Anger is usually a very unconscious type of behaviour. For example losing your temper, this is not a well thought out process.

Spirituality however is a very conscious process that teaches you to be present and in the moment. It also helps you to confront and deal with your problems, leaving you with less unresolved issues to be angry about.

Insecurity

It is hard to feel insecure, when you are deeply connected to your values and you know what you stand for.

Spirituality helps you connect with your identity and remove the layers which may have been left by following the wrong dreams, society, loved ones or any other influence you may have been in contact with.

It helps you to know yourself and when you truly know who you are, you are far less likely to go against you true nature, just so you can please other people!

Fear Of Failure

This goes hand in hand with insecurity, because once you remove those layers of insecurity and actually know what you want from life you can relentlessly move towards your goals.

Your goals are supposed to be scary. If they are not then you might want to consider some bigger ones! And failing on the way to achieving what you want out of life is also normal.

But being spiritually connected helps you to not be afraid of being a failure, while accepting you will fail along the way.

It is easy to search for external answers in life, as it seems that the answers are just out there waiting to be found. The reality is that losing things or finding what already exists within you is the key to living a healthy, happy and balanced life!

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The Material and Spiritual Worlds

A focus on the material world is described in many spiritual circles as a distraction from enlightenment, but in my opinion it’s only as much of a distraction as we let it be.

If you’re open to spirit and you’ve found some way to expand your consciousness on a regular basis, then the material world will only distract you to the extent that you let it.

The material world is neutral. It can help or inhibit evolution depending on what we focus on while we’re here, and when I’m in nature, I’m never distracted from spirit even though I’m technically focused on the external world.

It’s because I’m also focused on my internal world.

I don’t feel disconnected from my soul when I’m doing something non-‘spiritual’ like spending time with family, because my sense of spirituality remains intact.

We’ll only forget about the spiritual side of life if we forget to let it in, and we can be open to it in any moment no matter what we’re doing.

Enjoy the World but Keep Spirit in Mind

Living in the space between thought is key to being part of the world without letting it take away who you are, and I recommend keeping the spiritual side of life in mind with everything you do and everyone you encounter.

This especially applies to when life tests your centeredness, and part of our job is to learn to handle the stress, tenseness and anger that bring us out of our center and away from what we seek.

As I mentioned, spiritual teachers throughout history discourage focusing on matter over spirit. However, they agree that Source can be found in matter because all creation, including matter, comes from this space.

It’s more fruitful to seek Source in things that require you to look within – meditation, art, music, other forms of creativity, the natural unfoldment of the higher consciousness found within – but why not enjoy the material world while you walk this path?

There’s no need to get lost in this impermanent material world, but there’s no need to avoid or ignore it either.

“Peace in a World of Pain”

The Buddha explains the ‘way of purity’, which is to look within for life, love and spirit. The material world will eventually cease to exist, but the consciousness experiencing it is eternal.

“He who knows and sees [that all created things perish] is at peace though in a world of pain; this is the way of purity.” (1)

In a quote you may recognize from Jesus in Matthew 6:20, we’re encouraged to ‘lay our treasures in heaven’ rather than the material world.

“Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.” (2)

Reliance on the Internal World

By ‘lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven’, this verse refers to shifting from reliance on the external to the internal world. Reliance isn’t an inherently negative thing, but it’s given negative connotations due to addictions and other severe problems related to it.

The only problem with reliance lies in where we direct it. If we direct it toward the world, we may end up with addictions that require a long road to recover from.

If we direct it within, we’ll discover so much vibrant inner territory that we’ll realize we need nothing else. In the sense of survival we obviously need food, water, shelter, etc., but in the mental, emotional and spiritual sense we’ll need nothing at all.

Relying on spirit rather than matter frees us from the pervasive and incessant idea that we need something outside ourselves to be happy, and in most cases it requires a dramatic change in perspective.

It’s not easy to stop relying on the external world, but the more open we are, the easier it becomes.

Is Matter ‘Dead and Unconscious’?

Ramakrishna describes matter as ‘dead and unconscious’ and discourages seeking Source in the world:

“Matter is dead and unconscious, therefore God must not be sought in matter. We must seek him in consciousness, that is, inside our own self.” (3)

However, in this next quote he describes how matter and spirit are united:

“The attributes of matter are superimposed on Spirit, andthe attributes of Spirit are superimposed on matter. Therefore when the body is ill a man says, ‘I am ill.’” (4)

I could maybe agree that consciousness is absent in inanimate objects or certain lifeforms, but in my opinion the spark of life is present everywhere – including the building blocks that form our reality.

I can’t agree that matter contains no consciousness, but I can agree that finding Source within is more fruitful than seeking it in the world.

Worship Within and Without

Despite that he didn’t think Source could be sought in matter, Ramakrishna encouraged worshiping the world as Source’s creation.

“There are two schools of thought: the Vedanta and the Purana. According to the Vedantic this world is a ‘framework of illusion’, that is to say, it is all illusory, like a dream. But according to the Purana, the books of devotion, God Himself has become the twenty-four cosmic principles.

“Worship God both within and without.” (5)

He also expresses in this passage that Source lives in everything:

“The most advanced devotees say that He Himself has become all this — the twenty-four cosmic principles, the universe, and all living beings.” (6)

The Lifetron

Paramahansa Yoganada describes what he calls the lifetron:

“The lifetron (like electron) [is] the finest ultimate unit of intelligence and energy. It is finer than electrons, of which all matter and consciousness are composed. Each microcosmic lifetron contains in miniature the essence of all the macrocosmic creation.” (7)

Understanding the concept of lifetrons might help you connect with the life force energy, which for me is another way to refer to higher consciousness.

Higher consciousness gives life on a level most people have yet to experience; perhaps we take in lifetrons during meditation and other activities meant to induce it.

Conclusion

These quotes shed light on the permanence of the inner spiritual world and the importance of finding fulfillment here rather than in an outer world that, while fascinating and worth exploring, will disappoint you if you rely solely on it.

It helps to remember that spirit, lifetrons, the life force, higher consciousness, etc. are already with us at all times. We don’t need to seek them; only to bring our awareness back to them.

We can do it by slowing down the mind, connecting with the space between thought and opening our heart to the bliss that’s rightfully ours.

The world will never provide the quality or quantity of bliss found within, so let’s return to our inner space and share the spiritual wealth with a world in need of higher consciousness and the reminder that despite the chaos all around, everything is okay.

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Pioneering Scientists Who Were Spiritual

To excel in science and academia and become a person of significance in those areas requires thorough knowledge of the subject you’re studying. Indeed, being knowledgeable, analytical, and clever are some of the major criteria required to be considered intelligent in our highly detail-oriented and rigorous educational system.

But taking a closer look at what actually drives the success of our most revered minds tells a surprisingly different story.

Here is a list of five of the greatest scientific achievers of our time, who have contributed the most to humanity. While they may fit the above criteria for intelligence, they were also intensely spiritual people.

1. ALBERT EINSTEIN

Considered by Western society to be one of the smartest men who ever lived, Einstein was a physicist who spent his entire career trying to understand the laws of the universe, eventually making major scientific breakthroughs which have shaped our world ever since. But what our history and science textbooks don’t tell us is that he owes his scientific achievements to things decidedly unscientific.

“The finest emotion of which we are capable is the mystic emotion. Herein lies the germ of all art and all true science. Anyone to whom this feeling is alien, who is no longer capable of wonderment and lives in a state of fear is a dead man. To know that what is impenetrable for us really exists and manifests itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, whose gross forms alone are intelligible to our poor faculties – this knowledge, this feeling . . . that is the core of the true religious sentiment. In this sense, and in this sense alone, I rank myself among profoundly religious men.”

– Albert Einstein, letter to Hoffman and Dukas, 1946

2. ISSAC NEWTON

Issac Newton was the first to discover the laws of motion and the existence of gravity, and developed the worldview that the universe runs like a giant and mechanistic machine. Based on these achievements, it would be easy to assume him a solely rational man, yet of the 10 million words he wrote (almost all of his notes have been found and edited), nearly half are religious. Newton believed he was among the select few chosen by God to relay information about the Bible, and he was obsessed with the divinity of life, as he thought it marked the only way to find out how the universe works. A further 1 million words contain metaphysical writings about the search for immortality and enlightenment through the Philosopher’s Stone. (1)

“Atheism is so senseless & odious to mankind that it never had many professors. Can it be by accident that all birds beasts & men have their right side & left side alike shaped (except in their bowels) & just two eyes & no more on either side the face & just two ears on either side the head & a nose with two holes & no more between the eyes & one mouth under the nose & either two fore leggs or two wings or two arms on the sholders & two leggs on the hipps one on either side & no more? Whence arises this uniformity in all their outward shapes but from the counsel & contrivance of an Author? Whence is it that the eyes of all sorts of living creatures are transparent to the very bottom & the only transparent members in the body, having on the outside an hard transparent skin, & within transparent juyces with a crystalline Lens in the middle & a pupil before the Lens all of them so truly shaped & fitted for vision, that no Artist can mend them? Did blind chance know that there was light & what was its refraction & fit the eys of all creatures after the most curious manner to make use of it? These & such like considerations always have & ever will prevail with man kind to believe that there is a being who made all things & has all things in his power & who is therfore to be feared.” (2)

– Sir Issac Newton, A short Schem of the true Religion

3. NIKOLA TESLA

Thanks to the genius of Tesla we have electricity at our fingertips, and many of the new free energy technologies are derived from Tesla’s ideas as well. He is regarded as one of the greatest minds that ever lived, much ahead of his time, but he also explored mysticism extensively, particularly the Eastern Vedic traditions. In fact, he attributed much of his knowledge of the science of nature and energy to the concepts he learned through this research.

“When we speak of man, we have a conception of humanity as a whole, and before applying scientific methods to, the investigation of his movement we must accept this as a physical fact.   These ties cannot be seen, but we can feel them.  I cut myself in the finger, and it pains me: this finger is a part of me.  I see a friend hurt, and it hurts me, too: my friend and I are one. And now I see stricken down an enemy,  I care least for, and it still grieves me.  Does this not prove that each of us is only part of a whole?  The Buddhist expresses it in one way, the Christian in another, but both say the same: We are all one.”

– Nikola Tesla, The Problem Of Increasing Human Energy

Related CE Article: How Vedic Philosophy Influenced Nikola Tesla’s Idea of Free Energy

4. DAVID BOHM

David Bohm is considered to be one of the most accomplished physicists of the 20thcentury, noted primarily for his advancements in quantum mechanics. Yet few people knew that he eventually became fed up with orthodox theories of physics, turning instead to Eastern philosophies and spending time with wisdom sages like Jiddu Krishnamurti to look for better answers.

“I would say that in my scientific and philosophical work, my main concern has been with understanding the nature of reality in general and of consciousness in particular as a coherent whole, which is never static or complete, but which is in an unending process of movement and unfoldment.”

– David Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order

5. RENÉ DESCARTES

Considered to be the father of modern science and Western philosophy, Descartes’ fascination with the spiritual and the mental (mind-body duality) world led him to create the groundbreaking theories which have since laid the foundation for modern thinking. But what really started it all for Descartes was the series of dreams he had, in which he claimed angels told him that the universe can be understood through numbers.

“That is why, as soon as I was old enough to emerge from the control of my teachers, I entirely abandoned scholarship. Resolving to seek no knowledge except what I could find in myself or read in the great book of the world, I spent the rest of my youth travelling, visiting courts and armies, mixing with people of different temperaments and ranks, gathering various experiences, testing myself in the situations that luck put me into, and always reflecting on whatever came my way so as to profit from it.”

– René Descartes, Discourse on the Method of Rightly onducting one’s Reason and Seeking Truth in the Sciences

WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM THIS

Is it just a coincidence that so many great minds were both scientific and spiritual, or do these connections speak to a deeper truth about humanity? Our educational system is fragmented and compartmentalized. Everything is studied in isolation, despite nothing in life functioning in this way. Ironically, the greatest minds by Western standards were actually the greatest minds by ancient Eastern standards, which treat the whole rather than each part separately.

In our education system and in society as a whole, our culture desperately needs a shift in thinking, to encourage a more interconnected system of ideas, values, and lifestyles, and to foster a growth in creativity and intellectual wholeness.

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