We Are Spiritual Beings Having A Human Experience
~Teilhard de Chardin
The other day I had a wonderful online discussion about a variety spiritual experiences. I thought it was interesting and wanted to share some of what was discussed here. Please, feel free to comment and share your thoughts and experiences and we can keep the discussion going.
We are all spiritual beings living inside a physical human body – how that spirit is expressed is unique to each person, we all have “special talents” – but life, culture, family circumstances, etc. all seem to teach us to close our senses and awareness and most of us “sleep walk” through life never fully expressing the spirit within. After many lifetimes I think individually we begin to get the hang of “living” and those who have “mastered” it a bit can teach others and help them remember who they truly are. These teachers come in many forms, from every culture and country around the world. Actually each person can teach us something and true teachers are always students of life as well – but that is getting off the track a bit. All religions and spiritual paths are ways that humans try to “explain” the unexplainable, to answer the unanswerable questions – each has a grain of truth to it – but no words, books, or path (or religion) has all the answers. I believe each person has to discover their own truth and their way of expressing their spirit in the phsycial world. Books, teachers, mentors, etc. help us find the words to express what we “feel and sense” and to put into perspective experiences that are hard to explain – as my teacher says “words have power” they are seeds and will grow (in depth of understanding, wisdom, awakening, etc.) – each “teacher” we meet along the way provides us with an opportunity for growth and deeper wisdom.
All “magic,” “healing” and other alternative spiritual paths I feel have a grain of truth about how the universe works and eventually I think science will catch up and be able to “prove” a lot of what we call superstitution now. They all have different ways of expressing that truth and some get more bogged down in “ritual” than others, and of course there are always humans who either through ignorance or malice use what little knowledge and special talent they have to exploit others – therefore fakes and con artists are all too plentiful. For me the essence of our spirit is “energy” (frequencies) and everything in the universe vibrates with this energy (it goes by many names, but I usually refer to it using the term qi (or chi). If we are still and quiet it can be sensed with our senses and sometimes seen with our eyes (usually referrered to as the “aura”).
Drugs are not a safe way to experience the non-physical realm. Drugs bring down the barriers we have in our minds and can open one’s senses to the “spirit” realm of energy and frequencies and thus our perspective can be changed dramatically in how we see, hear, etc. what is going on around us. Because it is done in such a harsh, rapid way without a teacher (guide or master) all too often a person can be harmed by such experiences – plus drugs do horrible things to the physical body. Too often people are so in awe of the experience of what happens when they do drugs they become addicted to it and want to repeat it over and over – either to avoid the phsycial world because life is too painful for them or because they become lost in the fascination of the “out of body” like experiences of being open to the energy – but it is not a safe way to pursue spiritual experiences (sure there are cultures where under certain circumstances mind alternating substances are used – but it is also done with the presence of a shaman or other type of spiritual teacher and is only done on special occasions – without the proper preparation and guidance for most people any type of drug experience can be potentially dangerous)
There are safe ways to open up to spirit and energy realms, meditation for example, qi gong also has a “spiritual” element to it, and many others practices bring mind-body-spirit in balance and open the connection so that we can become more and more aware of the energy realm of spirit. In this realm we can see the web of life and how all things are interconnected, and feel the unlimited source of a all life, Love.
By what ever means one comes to experience the “spirit” realm – dreams, visions, seeing auras, hearing things, seeing ghosts, etc. etc. etc. – it can be very unsettling and confusing if there is no one around to help a person process and understand what it is going on – and too often the person is “labeled crazy or weird” and some even lose the ability to function in the phsycial world because they become lost in wandering the “spriit” (energy) realm within their mind. There are many many many people who once they begin to experience the spirit manfesting and their special talent awakening become “lost” in the experience – placing to much emphasis on the experience and simply seeking to have more and more and more of these experiences rather than using the experiences they do have to bring the benefits into the phsycial realm and improve the quality of their of life here and now (which is the purpose of life in my opinion – for each person to bring forth their unique spirit in physical form and live the life they have been given to their full potential).
Each person has their own unique experiences and special talents that can be developed. I find practiing qi gong, keeping a journal, paying attention to my dreams and writing them down, meditation (daily when possible) all help me to stay in touch with the spirit within and “hear” or “sense” the wisdom within.
A wise woman remembers and gently reminds others – We are all divine beings, we are interconnected, we have the unlimited capacity to give love and receive love, and we are all wise in our own way yet still have much to learn from each other.
Namaste, Lady Rose
Photo: added text to a cropped photo of a tshirt I bought from a vendor at Womon Gathering June 2008