Posted by: Ruth | October 31, 2011

What is New Age?

What is New Age, anyway? by Jack Clarke

It’s people taking conscious responsibility for their own lives, not blaming others for their problems.

It’s people who deliberately decide to learn and grow.

It’s people that don’t have to be right, except for themselves.

It’s people seeing problems as lessons, perhaps in a long series of lives and lessons.

It’s people who believe we are what we think we are, and can change ourselves by changing our thinking.

It’s people that feel they can change the world by changing themselves not by trying to change others.

It’s people who search for strength from the universe by going inside themselves.

It’s people that recognize love doesn’t have to have conditions attached.

It’s people loving and knowing themselves in order to better know and love others.

It’s people who see others as not bettre nor less but rather different themselves, yet part of the same whole.

It’s people that choose their own path rather than follow dogma.

It’s people honoring your right to your own path, not theirs.

It’s people who realize that now is all we have, since yesterday is just a thought and so is tomorrow.

It’s people interested in owning themselves rather than things.

It’s people who see joy in life, rather than pain, having experienced enough pain already.

It’s people curious about extrasensory perception and all it implies.

It’s people in all walks of life, from business persons to flower essence healers, psychologists to UFO investigators.

New Age is not a new religion with a hierarchy of priests and rituals, seeking converts, though some new agers choose some ritual.

New Age is not often gloom-and-doomers, though many are concerned about ecology, the economy and other forces that affect our world.

New Age is not a movement based on guilt, anger, fear, or hurt; it is a journey toward the love that is God.

New Age is not allegiance to one master; it is learning from many masters in the quest for the oneness of God.

New Age could not become a cult because of what is said above.

New Age is not just humans doing, it is humans being.

Posted by: Ruth | September 28, 2011

Motivational Quote of the Day September 28, 2011

“You can have everything in life that you want if you will just help enough other people
get what they want.”

— Zig Ziglar: Author and motivational speaker

Posted by: Ruth | September 25, 2011

Recovery – Experience the Tears

Recovery – Experience the Tears

by Judy Tatelbaum

published in Meditation Magazine, Fall 1990

 “What is extraordinary about us is that we each have the capacity to rise like the phoenix out of our ashes, to create ourselves newly, to begin again. We can transform ourselves and our lives, regardless of what we have endured before now. Maybe the true purpose of suffering is that out of lur pain we will rise, expand, grow and achieve.” – From “You Don’t Have to Suffer”

 Living in a death and grief-denying culture, it is sometimes hard to accept loss and death as natural parts of life. The truth is that in every full life one will experience loss, disappointment, hurt and failure. Grief is a natural response to be managed. We do have a choice as to how much and how long we suffer.

 It is natural to feel sad and angry, regretful and bereft. Not only over losses, but over many of life’s changes; changes in lifestyle, employment, home, health and heart. We need to accept that these mixed and intense feelings are healthy and that we can recover. Initially we may be shocked or overwhelmed. Still, we can move through our experience a step at a time, allowing and expressing our feelings, accepting what has occured, and eventually healing and becoming richer for having lived through powerful experiences.

 In countering the stoicism in the world, my motto is: Never miss an opportunity to cry. crying is the best way we have to release our distress. Having done so we must be as willing to be engaged in living even though life may have pain, imperfection and be missing something or someone that matters very much.

 Perhaps few of us were ever told that we need to go ahead and experience the pain in our hurts, and then to let it go. Yet this is the secret of recovery from the most painful of life’s offerings. Each of us is capable of learning this although we may doubt it. We humans have an awesome capacity for recovery.

 The ideal training for us as children would be the first time we hurt ourselves, or failed, or someone yelled at us, or we experienced a loss, that our parents sat down with us and say, “Sometimes life hurts. What you need to do is cry, get angry, feel your pain. Feeling and expressing feelings is healthy. Then let them go. Forgive and forget and go back out and play.” With simply this, how much better prepared we’d be the next time hurt or disappointment came around. How much more flexible we’d be in our dealings with pain. We wouldn’t be as shocked and resistant to experiences.

 Children have amazing resilience but we sometimes fear having them tested. They can be taught to feel their own feelings, to distinguish between sadness, disappointment, rage and regret. By giving them an opportunity to learn about what they experience, they can recover and go on to adulthood far better prepared.

 I could accept the deaths of animals and ailing grandparents but nothing prepared me for my vitally young brother’s death in a car accident at the age of twenty. I was seventeen. In those days there was more denial of death and grieving than today. I didn’t have the opportunity to allow and accept the varied feelings this loss provoked in me. It took fourteen years to finally be complete, and only after I admitted I was angry at him for dying. Fourteen years of grieving is not healthy. My work today is to help free people to feel all of it – the anger, the abandonment, sorrow, loneliness, disappointment, regret and guilt – and to recover.

 One common misconception in our culture is that of equating how much we loved someone with how we can grieve over their departure. We sometimes use our grief as a statement of love even though love never really dies and need not be replaced with grief. A more powerful testimonial is to heat, recover and live a full, satisfying life. If we need to we may create memorials out of work and service that make a difference in the world. Most of us would not want our loved ones to cease living because of our own death.

 Personal beliefs have everything to do with recovery. Often we say negative things like “I’ll never get over this” and “Life will never never be the same.” These statements may become self-fulfilling prophecies. If we can say, “I can recover” and “I will make it through this,” we can fulfill that as well. Our words have tremendous impact. Where we may not know just how to overcome pain, our commitment to do so will teach us how. Positive affirmations can help. They may sound far from the truth, yet affirmations are often the first step in mastering the necessary courage.

 Another aspect to consider is the view we have of our personal experience. When painful events occur we may wonder, “Why has this happened to me?” This can be a trick question leading us into self-judgment, self-doubt, invalidation and despair, adding to our pain. I’ve found the only satisfying answer to “Why?” is “Because.” Philosophically, it helps me to think of each of us as being on our own path with our own set of tests, lessons and experiences from which to grow and develop. We can not, then, compare our paths. However, we could realistically choose to view upsetting events as challenges and opportunities rather than predicaments and punishments.

 The steps toward recovery are: Allow the experience. Express the feelings. Do not stiffly try to brave or deny the experience. Having fully allowed one’s feelings and thoughts, make positive statements from a posiiton of inner calmness – “I can recover.” Then be willing to go on with your life, willing to create a wonderful future, even though we have suffered.

 Lastly we will probably need, in order to accomplish the above, to forgive ourselves and others. From my years of doing grief work with people, it is clear that we become stuck or immobilized by our unwillingness to forgive what we or someone did or didn’t do. Often we find hardest to forgive the fact that we didn’t express our love. Our willingness to forgive, to find ways of expressing our lvoe to everyone who occupies our life, and to allow for the ever evident imperfections in others as well as in ourselves heals us.

 Spiritual beliefs are a strong part of recovery. I’ve come to think of my departed loved ones as long-distance relationships. After my brother died I had many dreams in which he came to me saying he lived where there were no phones or addresses. Years later in a meditation workshop I sensed the continuum of life after death. This belief has helped me confront and accept many losses since.

 My knowingness about souls living on after death has come to me particularly in meditation. Quieting and freeing myself to be peaceful, I invariably get a sense that there is more than solid appearances. I also often use the time before sleep to search for answers that may not be available to me in everyday life. Before I meditate I often write questions regarding my life or about someone who has passed on, such as mother, father or friends. Sometimes I ask for help and guidance. If and when I receive the communications I request, I write them down so as to my experience concrete.

 It may be difficult to become quiet and meditate when very upset or stressed. Guided meditation tapes are particularly useful then. Also useful is listening to classical music, which for some may be easier to accept than words.

 Most important is knowing that we can face and recover from anything. Out of tragedies and ordeals we can heal and even transform ourselves.

Posted by: Ruth | September 24, 2011

last page 17 magazine article – late 1979

last page – 17 magazine article from late 1979

Dick Sutphen
Date: 10-08-10

New Age festivals offer speakers, workshops and booths selling all things metaphysical. The Kirlian photography booth has always interested me, especially in regard to energy being exchanged between a healer and a patient.

The photographic process is named after two Soviet scientists who first demonstrated the phenomena in 1939. The way the process works is simple. A healer builds up energy which will be transferred to the individual in need of healing. But before the transfer takes place, the healer lays his hand upon photographic film and an electrical discharge is sent through the back of the photographic plate. When the film is developed, a halo or aura can be seen surrounding his hand. The more energy the healer has built up, the greater the halo.

The healer then lays his hands upon his patient and releases his healing energy. When a second Kirlian photograph is taken, it shows a greatly diminished aura around the healer’s hand, thus graphically illustrating that an energy exchange has taken place.

I realize this is old news to most of you reading this, but I needed to explain before sharing something more interesting (at least to me). I was looking for some writing on plenary hypnotic states, when I took Charles Panati’s book “Supersenses” down from the top shelf of one of my bookcases.

Panati tells about Dr. Thelma Moss observing the Kirlian process in Russia in 1970. Upon her return to America, Moss and her co-worker built their own device. “Professor Moss has photographed fingertips of two people with their hands almost touching and found two distinct results. ‘In some cases,’ she says, ‘the energy fields attract each other, and in other cases they push each other away — just like a magnet.’ Moss is willing to speculate on this observation. ‘My guess is this is why some people like each other instinctively when shaking hands. You can call it good vibes and bad vibes.’”

I can’t help but wonder if such energy fields between two people can change over time or be affected by other inside/outside factors. Two people embracing a romantic new relationship could probably find their attraction to each other illustrated on film. But what about five or ten years later, if the relationship were to become troubled? I wonder if the energy could be photographed pushing each other away? And if so, would there be any hope of restoring freshness to the union? Does the energy shift affect the relationship, or does the state of the relationship reflect the energy?

The answer is not as simple as it might at first appear, because there are so many internal and external factors that could affect vibrational energy.

Vibration can calm you down or drive you crazy. It is the primordial essence of creation by which we create and re-invent our lives. Even our thoughts generate vibrational effects. Positive thoughts can inspire you and motivate you to be more than you are, while negative thoughts can depress you and generate dis-ease.

Dr. Andrija Puhriach is a highly respected researcher of ELF waves. These are extra-low frequency waves which can be beamed right through the earth to communicate with submarines. Many years ago, in an attempt to warn US officials about the Russian use of ELF waves, the doctor set up an experiment. His test subjects were wired to measure brain waves on an EEG machine. Then they were sealed in a tightly insulated metal room that no normal signal could get through. But ELF waves went right through the metal walls. Those inside the room had no way of knowing if a signal was or was not being sent.

Doctor Puhriach then began to beam various frequencies and watch the test subject’s reactions on an oscilloscope. He found that 30 percent of the test subject’s brains were taken over by the ELF signal in from six to ten seconds. This takeover was followed immediately by characteristic behavioral changes at precise frequencies. Very low frequencies generated an emotional upset and often disrupted body functions. High ELF waves elevated feelings as though the subjects were master meditators. Even higher waves could induce depressed agitation.

Ain’t life interesting?