Often the concept of ‘going home’ seems so inviting.
Not that used to being here, we have come once again from the vastness of the cosmos with our celestial knowledge roaming wildly inside the alchemy of our hearts, looking for fellow travelers. We will find. We will know.
Some say that reincarnation is a complicated affair. Some say they ‘don’t have to come here no more’.
Not considering the pull of the heart.
Not considering the love for it all.
Not considering ‘Celestial Consciousness’.
Desire driven we are.
Not Ego desire – it is the desire of our spirits to evolve.
We might not understand that it is one thing and one thing only that drives us, thrives us, fills us in the space between lives where we are in the flesh. Every life is a drop in a cool morning drizzle, and without the drops there would be nothing to caress the soil dark as summer into a display of abundance.
When we look from the spirit world at people in harms way, we don’t stay.
When our spiritual family (soulmates) leaves the celestial realms out of that desire, we don’t stay behind.
We see it from a divine perspective that seems like a forgotten knowledge, washed away by the constructs of a planet in deep dark pain telling us that we are not eternal, that we are not the souls we are looking for, making us petty, making us dispensable. They look at us, like some look at the dharma of the people here living ‘quiet lives.’ How dare they, even on the account of spiritual superiority.
Seems like good people are getting stirred and shaken at the present, once again the calm inside goes haywire and loss of direction kicks in. When the calm inside gets stirred up, it doesn’t mean the heart based toning is gone, it ‘just’ changes frequency. We once more have to dive into our attachments and detachments.
The treasures of this world are not by default bathed in light – they often rest in the darkest of places. Sometimes high impact events on an emotional scale will shed light in the darkest corners of the inner realms of consciousness and empowerment will kick in, transcending the darkest of moments into shining light.
There’s beauty to be found in the obvious and there’s beauty to be found in abandoned worn out factory halls where doves come to rest for the night.
“It’s hard to stick to the heart in the matrix”, some say.
There’s an overlooked quality of the heart and mind I would like to point to: “Staying Power”.
Since no fancy mundane flight schedule will ever take you away from yourself; we are both the passenger and the vehicle of transportation. Some are into heavy drug use to avoid that fact. Some slits their wrists in order to get away from themselves. We live, we die and death not ends it.
A shift of location can bring about a shift in perception and a single notch of perception often does the trick.
Sometimes an external location – but most often an internal location, where we seem to have rested too long without the feeling of making any progress. Seasons for rest – seasons for growth. The eternal swing of the eternal pendulum in the eternal Dao.
It’s like looking at a piece of art and thinking, it’s not that interesting, something is missing. A custodian sees that, takes your hand and says: Try this angle and the piece of art reveals itself in all of its beauty.
So obviously hidden and such a tiny move in order for perception to change. Shifting lonely for beauty and love into action for beauty and love.
Often left-brain subscribing folks love this argument so much that they would pin it to the wall of their finest victories, showing off how sharp their minds really are.
Throw them a near-death experience and they would write it off as chemical reactions before the brain shuts down.
Throw them a kiss, and they debunk into neurological processes.
Spirituality doesn’t take you away from reality, as some critics of free thinking spirituality would claim, it gets us in touch with Reality V2.
I like both sides of the tale, since a kiss will carpet bomb the nervous systems with all the cool drugs we can produce inside, and the other side, the spiritual side, just adds to that – and a kiss can send you eons back in time, and make you write inspiring poems about the anatomy of love.
It seems so silly not to embed both sides of the story, for whatever story we are telling or experiencing. Luckily the war between science and spirituality, the more subjective way of experiencing life, seems to have gone into a ceasefire, as goes for personal belief patterns. I wish it would do the same when the talk targets alternative treatments, mostly homeopathy. But again, some alternative treatments are way out there and so are the treatments that pure science has to offer.
Before we even enter those thoughts or beliefs, either in Science or in Spirituality, it might help to define: Objective Reality and Subjective Reality.
Science would say that 1 kilo of Sugar is one kilo of sugar.
I know that, but sometimes it feels heavy and sometimes it feels light. Depends. So the idea of 1 kilo is impacted by something else: Could be the mood, could be laziness, could be that I don’t dig sugar. But it still is 1 kilo.
Somehow this is a ‘back to normal winter’ in this particular bay along the Mediterranean Sea, which has its own micro climate of subtropical due to the surrounding mountains which form a horseshoe protection from the winds coming from continental Spain.
The sun has done absolutely nothing but shine since Novembers rains – which hit hard in some places along the coast, but spared this part.
Before the sunlight folded back into itself, painting the sky pink and orange in a lush abundance of goodbye for today, she said: “Honey lets go out and get some food.” Neither of us cared to cook, so we did.
Going outside, we head about 10 minutes down a narrow road and we meet the river and the sugarcanes swaying in a gentle breeze somehow in harmony with the sound of air going through the palm trees and the birds that whistle, like you would imitate a long whistle sound that resembles something falling and softly hitting the ground. It starts high pitched and it ends in a low pitch.
I got struck again. Overwhelmed by beauty and The Big Calm which morphed into a state of Gratitude.
Longer down the path, we could spot people with fishing rods, as thin silhouettes against the bluest of blue and the optical illusion provided by the sun straight in my eyes made them transparent, coming in and out of physical manifestation. I adore that sight.
We went about the next corner and followed the shoreline.
This town doesn’t have a boardwalk, since it is beach after beach like pearls on a string so there is no sunset rush hour. Just tranquil. A couple of dog walkers and lovers holding hands.
The state of gratitude elevated further. Until a certain point – life seems like a two sided coin.
On one side we have our more or less ‘popular problems’ and those we would rather not have. On this particular day, I had been dealing with people whose shoes one really would not like to be in. The heavy stuff.
The other side of that coin is not the absence of troubles to me anymore. The other side of the coin is Gratitude.
Not gratitude as a spiritual strategy in spite of troubles as a needed band aid to heal our individual suffering with.
Gratitude in its pure state does not have an agenda like: ‘Look at me God-Force and how grateful I am, now: do your cool stuff’.
I’d like to explain one of the great mysteries faced by spiritual seekers. On the surface this mystery sounds simple. The most basic statement of it is this: You don’t have to go anywhere to reach higher consciousness. At some level you are already enlightened. All you have to do is to uncover this level within yourself.
There are countless versions of the same teaching. “Be still and know that I am God” is a religious version. So is “The kingdom of Heaven is within.” Outside religion a version from India is called “the pathless path.” However different, all these teachings imply the same thing: The seeker’s goal is here and now. There is nowhere to go, no journey to take, no distance between the beginning and the end of the seeker’s path.
The reason for the mystery is that this teaching hasn’t worked for thousands of people who genuinely want the experience of higher consciousness. Inevitably, they wind up struggling inside themselves trying to locate this mysterious place where enlightenment—you can also call it God, Nirvana, liberation, or self-realization—supposedly lies. Instead of being here and now, the goal remains elusive, far away, and invisible, even after years of meditation, prayer, reflection, contemplation, and other spiritual practices. It’s all very frustrating.
We can unravel the mystery, however, with a simple fact. There is only one reality. There is no division between reality “in here” (subjective) and reality “out there.” The beauty of this simple fact is that you no longer have to struggle within yourself. You only have to unveil reality. So how has reality been disguised from us all these years?
Whatever feels real to you is always filtered through your personal experience. The filter can have any source, usually a worldview you believe in: religion, myth, science, your own personal story. In every case the mind has created a viewpoint that gives you an interpretation of reality, making everything personal. As we each become accustomed to our personal filters, we buy into personal reality totally. If there is a reality independent of the mind, we cannot know it.
Every experience is mind-made, whether the experience happens “in here’ or “out there.” What we call a person is a conditioned identity. What we call the outside world is a conditioned projection. We participate every day in a process that took centuries to develop as human awareness fashioned reality to suit human needs.
Conditioning serves a purpose: to make experience seem continuous. Objects look stable; the mind is constantly active; time flows along. In reality, however, experiences are fleeting and evanescent. They rise and fall instantaneously and cannot be grasped or held on to. Holding on to your last thought is as impossible as holding on to a dream. Stitching reality together through a series of perceptual snapshots, which is what we all do, is very useful, but reality frozen into a series of snapshots isn’t truly real.
If you look at it directly, every experience happens here and now. Now is immediate and present. Once you notice the present moment, another now has taken its place. So now has no duration on its own. It cannot be measured on the clock. In reality, now is outside clock time; therefore it is timeless: the so-called eternal now. We experience anything outside the here and now as a mental projection. The past is a mental construct, including the history of the universe. Mental models created the Big Bang, giving time a beginning when in reality time has no beginning or end.
Grace often and most suddenly strikes at our lowest point.
It merges from the deepest dark within as ignited by something stronger than we ever thought we were.
That ‘Something’ is our eternal being, forgotten by the meaningless and shallow life inside the framework of a world diluted of true spiritual values, losing its composure trying to replace it with a life in spiritual and mundane confinement.
Often fear and loathing of that world translates into: Fearing and loathing ourselves and we start to spiral down an endless pit, because the possibility of fitting in is no longer an option.
The soulless hostility of this world smashing into the soulful gentleness of our inner core.
By that impact a light is born. That light is: Grace.
Woven in a Celestial toning, an inner vibrant voice breaks through, gently whispering into the ear of the shaken Soul:
I Love You
Slowly we rise – amongst the downtrodden we are counted no more.
The New Year is a time when people look to start afresh, improve themselves, and take stock of their lives. Keeping a diary has always been a popular resolution but this year journaling is all the rage.
Seemingly out of nowhere, wellness and lifestyle coaches are promoting journaling to their clients as a form of self-care. The marketplace is cluttered with products for the perpetually busy, fitness fanatics, and gratitude seekers. Diaries aren’t just for keeping track of the events of one’s day anymore, but why do we do it? Why journal? Is it just a record of the things we achieved or does it do something more profound?
As it turns out, journaling is an ancient practice. There are, of course, different kinds of diaries, even thousands of years ago. There were travelogues like that written by early Christian female pilgrim Egeria. There were prison memoirs, like the one the Christian martyr Perpetua kept before her execution in the arena in Carthage in 203 CE. And there were ‘wellness journals,’ like the dream journal / medical tourism diary that the orator Aelius Aristides kept in his Sacred Tales.
Texts like this were highly unusual: it was rare for people to commit their inner journey and personal experiences to paper and in solitude. More regularly the process of reviewing one’s day and taking stock of one’s actions took place via dialogue, through letter writing with a friend, and in mental review. It’s a recognizable practice as early as Plato, who wrote that we should examine ourselves with great attention and that before we can become valuable members of society (as politicians, for example) we must, “before all else…attend to ourselves.”
Do you ever notice the same number or series of numbers popping up again and again throughout the day? When you wake up early in the morning and look at the clock it is 5:15am. Your morning coffee and muffin come to a total of $5.15. You get stuck in traffic behind a car with 515 in the number plate, and when you pick up your book in the evening you find that you are on page 515.
The appearance of these number is probably not a coincidence, but rather Angels or Spirit Guides trying to communicate with you.
Angels and Spirit Guides occupy the spiritual plane and try to guide us through life and help us with our problems. Except for those with an incredibly strong spiritual sense or psychic abilities, it can be very difficult for humans to sense and communicate with the spiritual plane. By bringing our attention to numbers, Angels and Spirit Guides can cut through the filters that we have built around ourselves and send us a message. For this reasons, these repeating number sequences are commonly known as Angel Numbers.
While just seeing these repeating numbers can be reassuring and remind us that we are not alone and that we have support in the spiritual plane, the specific numbers are also meaningful. The universe is created according to a geometric plan, which is why numbers appear throughout nature and mathematics holds as a universal truth. As part of this universal plan all numbers vibrate with a different spiritual resonance and meaning. So the number 515 is used not only to grab our attention, but also share a specific message.
There are many different guides available for the meaning of the different Angel Numbers, but as a brief overview.
The number 1 signifies that you are in alignment with your spiritual purpose and is usually a message that you are on the right path. It may also indicate that you are undergoing a spiritual awakening.
The number 2 is a sign to have faith and trust that whatever is happening in your life, no matter how challenging, is for the best.
The number 3 is often a call to be open and honest with yourself and others and to pay attention to what is really happening around you and what you really want and need.
The number 4 can indicate that divine healing is on the way and that you will be assisted in getting through whatever you are struggling with.
The number 5 often indicates that change is on the horizon and that something new and significant will be entering your life.
The number 6 can suggest that you are stuck in a rut or a certain way of thinking and that it is time to make a change.
The number 7 reflects spiritual mastery, and even miracles, and usually indicates that you are on the right path.
The number 8 usually reflects something in the material world and can suggest that some work or career goal is soon to come to fruition.
The number 9 means that something in your life is coming to a close, and no matter how precious to let it go. It also reflects new beginnings as space opens up in your life.
Angel numbers usually, but not always, appear as three-digit sequences, and very frequently as the same three digits repeated over and over. For example many people see the angel number 222, which is a strong signal that whatever changes are happening in a person’s life should be embraced.
Mixed number sequences, like our number 515, also appear and the numbers should be read in conjunction. For example, the number 5 comes through strongly in 515 and suggests that change is on the horizon, while the central positioned number 1 suggests that this change may relate to some kind of spiritual awakening.
Often we are able to read the Angel Numbers that we see as they are a direct response to some question that has been burning on our minds and that we have been sending out into the universe. If not, there are many specialists and guides that can help in understanding their meaning.