Divination and Free Will 06/02/2010
Many people wonder what the Tarot, or the I Ching, or astrology tells us about free will. If the cards can predict what we will do, does that mean free will does not really exist?
The question arises from a misunderstanding of free will itself; we think of it as something simple and independent of the past. At any moment, we think, we are free to do whatever we want. But our supposedly free choices are governed by our past actions. If we do not understand ourselves, how can we expect to make a free choice? Only by seeing and accepting the past can we free ourselves from it.
It is not enough just to forsee a likely outcome for us to change or prevent that event. We must understand why it is coming, and we must work on the causes within ourselves for the things we do and the ways we react. Free will certainly exists. We just do not know how to use it. It is like this-the choices we make have certain predetermined consequences, but our choices are not predetermined. Each moment we choose-to do a particular thing or not, to allow ourselves to feel something or not, to watch our thoughts or get involved in them, to act or do nothing at all. If I could sum it up I would reiterate Edgar Cayce's words-
The most important thing we can learn from Tarot readings,Oracle Cards,Dowsing,Runes and other forms of divination is just how little we exercise our freedom.
Healing. Wikipedia defines it as the curing of and restoring to health. It incorporates repair and regeneration. It also refers to the natural process by which the body repairs itself.
There are various techniques and names which are used in different places, for different reasons. We all have the ability to heal. Healers act as conduits, channeling the universal existential energy. Much of a healer’s training involves self discovery and understanding pain; in order to be able to help others heal themselves, transform their pain in to power. Intent and ethics are of supreme importance; a deep reverence for all of life.
The healer creates a sacred space, for healing to happen. It is a journey the client embarks upon, not just a procedure the healer performs. Healing transforms one’s life, increasing well-being, inner peace and a feeling of communion with all life.
If you are affected by any chronic illness or your immune system is weak or are bogged down by emotional and mental stress, exhaustion and fatigue, perhaps it is time to look beyond the concrete, regular medicines and treatments into a healing practice founded on the experience of infinity.
Restructuring the School of Peace 04/28/2010
When I first created the school of peace website I thought that I would have forums on this site through which I would teach the various aspects of peace. At the moment this is looking unworkable, so I am looking at making this school of peace website a hub that connects to other websites where the actual education goes on.
So if all goes well I will have links to external websites etc. I am open to suggestions and comments though - there might be better ways to do this.
Make Space 04/27/2010
There is a concept in the teachings of the kabbalah- "tsimtsum" the idea is that things grow when they are given the space to grow into, so if you want something to grow you don't need to push it or make it - you just need to get out of the way - give it room.
In kabbalah this is usually used to refer to how God created the world, but I find the principle particularly useful in relationships. When you push someone around, and argue with them you never get what you want. If they feel pushed around they push back. But if you leave them room to be themselves - don't criticise or demand or complain - they slowly grow into a more loving, good person, and start to treat you better naturally.
It is a simple principle, but the difficulty is to avoid arguing when you are being argued at, to stay gentle and peaceful when you are under fire - It is good to try to find ways to get away from the things that are unpleasant, and to keep yourself safe. But as much as possible avoid hurting back.
One of the reasons this works so well is because of the natural ties of love between people. If people do not experience some painful feeling that prevents the love from expressing then they naturally grow deeper and deeper into love, and therefore become kinder and more willing to give what you need.
Self Healing 04/25/2010
Self healing is different to healing others. The same techniques often do not work.
When healing others the key is a sense of deep love and care that creates the healing environment. But we cannot give ourselves the same comfort that others give us. This is the reason that we need friends - other people are important in our lives.
In healing yourself it is most effective not to try to do something to yourself, but to be yourself. Dance, be creative, or sit and meditate - but be true to yourself.
The Best Healers are Self Taught 04/25/2010
I have long noticed that some of the best healers are the ones that taught themselves. Why is that? Why is it that one person invents a technique and does miracles with it, and others learn and do the same thing but don't get the same results?
The reason is that effective healing is largely based on a feeling - a kind of trance that the healer goes into that helps create a meditative supportive feeling for the client. Those healers who follow what others have told them generally think too much about their actions and forget to feel, and this pulls them out of the trance. Those who develop it themselves really get into the trance of it. That is how they managed to create it in the first place.
Of course it is possible to achieve this same trance in something that you were taught. You just have to stop thinking about it and start feeling it at some point.
Is Love the Answer? 04/25/2010
It depends what you mean by love. Love can be the profound spiritual realisation that all is one, or it can be a needy smothering feeling that gives neither you nor the one you love space to live your lives. And it can be many things in between.
It should be obvious which creates health, and which creates disease. The deeper more peaceful love is a great benefit to all aspects of life. the shallower greedy love causes problems everywhere you find it.
So how do you create healthy love? The same way you create healthy forms of any feeling - you become aware of it, and let it be. You don't fight it, you feel it, but don't let it rule you.
I am sure many others have expressed this more clearly and explored it in more depth, but the important point is that all things can take good or bad forms. If you look for the positive, beautiful, harmonious form it will bring you health.
People respond to beauty in a very deep way. It creates a sense of peace and happiness that has many repercussions creating also health, an openness to love and an ability to achieve greater heights of achievement etc.