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Seraphis
March 28, 2020, 04:26:01 PM by Seraphis
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During a casual conversation about religion, spirituality, and upbringing, a few strange and interesting concepts came up which seemed a bit more obvious once considering them in the bigger picture. I will attempt to break them down and elaborate on them section by section, to help give a slightly better understanding on why some people may find that one religion "fits" better than others, but perhaps not perfectly in it's entirety.

These are some musings which may prove of some value to others.

Conscious Sentience and the Physical Vessel

First, we could determine that the consciousness of sentience may not be specifically limited by the physical vessel it inhabits, but perhaps more constrained by the incapacity to express itself based on what vessel it inhabits (this life). If I had been born a cat with a smaller brain, different senses and instincts, a more limited availability of information and experience, I would perhaps not ever be able to grow as much as a human. As an animal, I may experience more colors, sounds, sensations, etc. - having said this, does the spirit persist after death? In my experiences, it seems yes - at the very least, to a degree which we as humans can detect in some manner (dreams, extra-sensory perception, etc.).

Can we communicate with the dead? Sometimes (perhaps they don't wish to communicate, or have moved on). Do the dead move on? I am certain they do; the only question is when and to where and when (reincarnation into a different life form? rebirth into the same species? loss of self and dispersion into oneness with the essence of the omniverse?) Continuity in some form or another seems very apparent, but what guides the specific process remains somewhat unclear.


Reflection and Reincarnation

In some concepts of spirituality, reincarnation does consider that we may come back in different life forms, to learn different lessons. It is sometimes combined with the philosophy of Karma. If you are a horrible and cruel person, do you pick up a "negative score" or tally, to weigh your direction when this life ends? Similarly, if you atone for your wrongs, and find forgiveness and self-acceptance, are you able to progress in your spiritual evolution / enlightenment? What if you are through and through a good-hearted and helpful saint? Is this version of Earth one of many different dimensions and realities which we may be incarnated into, or is there more? (alien worlds, alien bodies, alternate existences in non-physical forms - ghost dimensions, etc.)

These open-ended questions are more for emphasis to consider the line of thinking behind this discussion. For arguments' sake, we presume all is possible.


Karma and "Unlocked Access" (Achieving a higher state of existence)

When considering the goals and rewards / punishments throughout life / lives, and tying it into Karma and reincarnation / incarnation and spiritual evolution (enlightenment), it makes me think of a game of some sort, with achievements required to reach a stage, or limit your options / upgrades to higher states of being. Exploration of self is multi-faceted; our mental capability, our spiritual capacity, our emotional composition... as we develop ourselves, through experiences and thereby gaining understanding and reflection, we are able to grow and unlock greater opportunities. The same to be said of whether we are stuck regressing and facing "spiritual setbacks" since life cannot be guaranteed to accommodate reincarnation into a suitably adequate situation to garner the experiences we need in absolute consecutive iterations. We may not be guaranteed regression or progress based on the outcome of the most recent life lived.


Animals vs Humans (Do you think? Are you therefore?)

As noted initially, with a far different experience and perspective of existence through the eyes of an animal, we consider that our memories of our previous / past life (lives) have been suppressed and we only retain the memories, understanding, and experiences in the current existence / incarnation. Would it not be so strange for some animals that have shocked and surprised, by the strange things done, yet few humans witnessed or understood? I'm not one to argue the significant of primates using sign language, or sheep standing in lines or patterns in open fields, or cats and dogs inexplicably expressing themselves in seemingly human ways (have you seen animals smile? have you seen animals "cry" or mourn? have you seen animals find a solution to a problem? they have the capacity for potential development, as do we). As limited as the context of life as an animal may seem or be, it may remain one of the paths we travel down intermittently in our spiritual journeys.


Tree of Life, Planes of Existence, Access / Evolution (Criminals vs Saints)

"Heaven" or "Hell" could be two of many planes of existence, based on your vibrational / resonating frequencies or spiritual development (remember that point tally at the end of your current life?). Access to them again, determined by what you allowed yourself to become. Perhaps only as a temporary intermission, as opposed to an eternal imprisonment, they are "holding points", until we are able to reincarnate. The tree of life may relate more to this than otherwise implied, with the context of Karma less subtle and more identifiable in specific areas of personal development per life by the interpretation of the nodes. (The choices we make, and what we choose to be, by doing).

Locking and unlocking those dimensions / realms / realities by how we innately hone ourselves and "who we are at a basic fundamental level" was a lasting impression that sat with me.


Goals and Purpose in Life; How you live, What you are, What you embrace, How you face challenges

"Reality is what you make of it" is more of a literal statement than a philosophical reasoning. The interpretation is not that it is what you perceive (unless you had no understanding of expression of your will / self), but more a direct instruction that your reality is whatever you are choosing to make it, by being and doing.

Some of the challenges and achievements in the long-term development of self may include finding your passion, your desires, your gifts and skills, your calling/s, and finding what makes you truly happy content, without regrets. Wisdom comes with it's own burdens, but understanding alleviates them. In the scripted yet wise words of Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean: "The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem." Making a conscious decision to accept the challenge/s and face them to the best of our abilities, despite not knowing the answer, is perhaps one of the keys to obtaining the solution. Try, try, and try again. "If all else fails" simply means we do not currently have the solution - it doesn't mean there isn't one.

As we acquire tools to deal with problems, so too do we become more capable of dealing with more complex ones. A rock can break a stick, a hammer can break a rock, a chisel with a sledgehammer can split a boulder. No obstacle is ever truly insurmountable. Have patience, be kind to yourself, accept that failure is part of learning; mistakes are how we progress.

Life is unscripted; improvise. Ad lib.

This may be the simplest and purest essence of the spirit. The essence of simply "being".
Seraphis
October 22, 2019, 03:41:15 AM by Seraphis
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Reflecting on one's own spiritual progress and development can appear such an achievement when looking back on the past and how far we have come.
The difficulties faced and challenges overcome, seem to be such grand achievements to have surpassed and to a degree, they are indeed noteworthy accomplishments.
However, the challenge remains in continuity. There is always room for progress, always room for growth, always room for development - an "endless evolution".

Where It Differs

If we were to contemplate the potential situation of spiritual development by country and culture, that "the same individual" exposed to different circumstances and upbringing would make different yet similar choices, the largest differences would be the "flavor" or variation of spirituality experienced and expressed.

Allow me to elaborate.

The vast differences in religious and spiritual paths lay almost exclusively seated in the cultural backgrounds and heritage of those who carry it forward; the methodologies and principles, the practices and prophecies, the ideas and taboos - those who "retain" the otherwise stagnating history of the past, carrying it forward, unchanging. There is no "perfect religion", nor is any religion fulfilled or complete - all things are fallible.

This brings us to the next point...

Conscious and Subconscious Choices and Decisions

With meditation and contemplation of the principles we practice, the values we uphold, the beliefs which guide us, and the example we set, there is always room for growth, even if it is not laid out before us in a book, a web forum, or in passing conversation.

The best things in life are free.

So, too, are the opportunities to commune with our higher selves, our subconscious, and our guides; by any other names, the "mysteries unseen". Verbalize in a place of privacy your reinforcement of desire to achieve a goal of personal development of some kind. "As if by magic" the wheels of progress can be sparked to life, turning at a great rate, merely by the choice and decision to advance yourself.

What's The Catch?

This is where words fail me... like so many examples before of "prerequisites" to be met before advancing, a requirement of spiritual advancement appears to be reaching milestones in our own personal development. The below illustration sufficiently explains the concept of development and paths by which we may achieve this:

Imagine you have to follow a single continuous sequence (this life); in doing so, you can go back, or reach some other points, but some you will surpass and not need to go back to


And you have probably wondered already, but can I not make my own route / path? Indeed, you most certainly can! And therein you find the essence of this lesson.

For myself, the contemplation of Reiki... a healing energy system on an otherwise "unobtainable" frequency, which without being directed to, I would not have understood. But in identifying and attaching description / name / words to it, I can repeatedly refer to, direct my understanding to, and utilize it (with attunement / exposure). (Show someone a thing, give it a name, and they will know what that thing "is") There are many other advanced energy systems or frequencies that exist and can be attuned / exposed to, which hitherto I believe, are poorly understood and perhaps worse explained - and presumably far less explored. As we explore these "impossibilities", and broaden our perspectives, we see far more and find how little we still know, despite our progress on the continuous path of enlightenment. The journey truly is more important than the destination.

Meditate, contemplate, reflect, and decide what you want to develop more. There is always more. Always.
Seraphis
March 19, 2019, 05:43:42 AM by Seraphis
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Are you special? Are you gifted? Are you actually normal?

To delve into the ideas along the arduous path of being "magical" and having "abilities", even if you're not entirely sure what they would be "labeled as", the important versatile aspects of our own perception of ourselves (the psyche) should be explored, and ultimately, accepted.

Nothing Special

Within the ambit of "normal society" and what is typically deemed rational, logical, scientific, and justifiable, there are still the abnormal, the gifted, the odd ones out - whether you think it applies to you or not, critical thought (free thinking and ability to question what you are taught / told, without blindly accepting it) tends to automatically classify you outside the regular "conformity" of most societies and conventional norms of behavior. The wonderful part of this is that anyone can be "different" and open their minds to new experiences, new thinking, new understanding. The strangest thing about being "strange" is that it is actually normal; it takes time, effort and awareness to get there, but once you are there, it is as attainable as nearly any other skillset (in your own way; with strengths and weaknesses alike), simply taking time to get there. It isn't a race; you will "get there" when you are ready. (and sometimes, not even realize how far you have come until even later)

I Don't Belong: I Build

From any point in your life, when you have reached your "breaking point", you might consider that the point of acceptance where you have decided to abandon the objective of conforming to society; whether it's your family, friends, work colleagues, or society as a whole. In a predominantly singular religion society, or one where expression of religion / spirituality is frowned upon, it can be challenging to explore, let alone practice new beliefs or paths. The good news is that you can build your own beliefs in your own way; whether trying to find a way others have chosen, or adapt from one you have opted to adhere to, perhaps until you are comfortable "just being yourself", or have found yourself content and committed in your new path. There is no single "right path" - a religion or spiritual system is a way of living, a way of believing, a way of growing. Choose what you feel fits you best, and never be afraid of change. Not because of pressure from others, not from repercussions, not from even the god/s themselves. You are a free willed living sentient being, with the capacity to create - the ability to build.

Breaking Point

For some, but not all, there are various points in their lives which act as the catalyst; the trigger, which was the last straw - the deciding factor in their decision to explore other paths, religions, spirituality, and magic / ESP. For examples sake, I'll highlight my own challenges in summary. I was raised Protestant Christian, and had several behavioral disorders - this made it challenging for myself and others around me. I also had a lot of empathy (clairempathic) and was a vivid dreamer (with plenty of nightmares and horrifying experiences with a ghost or two in my early years). Despite everything, I clung to Christianity and was as devout as possible until I turned 15/16. My life was miserable, things were falling apart, I wanted to die. No matter how much sense I tried to make of my empathy (clairempathy) and "weirdness", my connection and sensitivity to subtle "magic" energies, and conforming.. hoping.. praying.. it just got worse. I reached breaking point. I reached the point of "suicide or switching". I switched. I threw away Christianity and said "If all I get is suffering, then I'll go anywhere but here" and did a 180 turn straight to the opposite ideology; Satanism. And that was where I began reading, scary as it was. It opened the way to learning more, reading more, understanding more. It led me eventually to Wicca and Witchcraft, which was where I found my roots, my foundation, my stability. I was finally at peace internally, and my mental and spiritual state flourished.

Accountability to Yourself

With some of the changes in mindset, some find it difficult to hold themselves aligned to "discipline" or their "morals" and ethical values. The beauty is that you don't need religion or spirituality to be a good person, to follow good morals, or to cherish and uphold ethical values. If there is no "God" or "deity" in your belief system or life, you can still hold yourself accountable to... yourself! (Others' opinions may be fallible, but if you're being honest with yourself, YOU know what is right and wrong). I made a vow to never take my own life, despite the depression and perils I had been through, and I have stuck to that, and always will - life is short enough, precious enough, that once it is gone, "this life" is gone. Cherish the rarest of opportunities; to be alive, to be aware, to "be".

Forgiveness and Self-Admonishment

Accepting accountability for your own actions and responsibility, means not blaming others for your failures. Accepting responsibility means being able to fix things, to change things. Putting blame on others, gives them the power to change things, and takes that away from yourself. When owning up to mistakes, remember first and foremost: "To err is human, to forgive divine." Mistakes are how we learn. Without mistakes, there would be no learning. A perfect world would be imperfect. To expect perfection is unrealistic. We accept that we have made a mistake, we apologize, we work to learn from it and prevent it from recurring. If someone else wrongs us, they get what they deserve; have they shown remorse? Have they attempted to atone or apologize? Have they said nothing? I can accept that people may have a bad day, or have extreme differences of opinion, or even just be a general grouch / bully. I choose to disregard their lesser indiscretions and insults. It gives them power to "take in" what they say or do... but if it calls for it, I will defend myself, I will retaliate, and I will stand up for myself - because I protect what is precious to me; and I value my self. (Forgiveness isn't automatic, and not everyone deserves it - you can also choose to not forgive, but not hold resentment or a grudge. Acknowledge the other person's fault, and accept that it happened. Move on. Being stuck burdened by hate or grudges or resentment only hinders you.)

A Wise Woman Once Said

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." -- Helen Keller

With meditation, mental and emotional growth, spiritual development, and open thought, we find new perspectives and ideas about the world, others, and ourselves. We change what we can, within reason, and accept what we cannot change. If it is harmful or hurtful, and cannot be resolved, remove yourself from the situation. The situation may be a problem, but without any recourse of the problem through conventional or magical means, there is no value in giving thought, stress, or more attention to it. We must always strive to know ourselves; strengths, weaknesses, what we love and what we hate, and accept that "this is who I am", no matter what anyone else thinks or says. You are a complete person; good, bad, and everything inbetween.

Tell Me I'm Beautiful

The value we place on others' opinions of us, our actions, our choices, our existence, should never exceed the value we place in ourselves and the confidence we have in our autonomy / independence to act in our own right. I've spoken to psychiatrists, psychologists, friends, family and strangers... talking about your feelings, your concerns, your ideas, are good ways to verbalize and visualize your perspective on the world. Even writing them down or recording your voice and listening to yourself (do a Q&A with yourself about things that bother you) and see what you can change / uncover. You'd be amazed what you can learn from yourself. Some people prefer to talk to the mirror, the walls, imaginary friends, to "hear their thoughts aloud" and once spoken, reflect on it. One of my acquaintances had discussions with servitors (intellectual gentlemen) and garnered "mental impressions" of what the responses were (not literally hearing voices or replies). The validation and justification you may seek or desire, comes most strongly from loving and accepting yourself, and doing what you can to better become what you admire and aspire to.  (It is not selfish; it is kind and caring to support yourself) True beauty is self-acceptance and self-love.

Use What Works for You

A fork isn't great for cutting food, so why would you try use something not fit for purpose? Psychology deals a lot with exploring the cause of internal discord, discomfort, and discontent, then seeking different "formulas" or strategies as a remedy. Assess, orient, decide on course, start course, observe results, adjust if / as needed. Self-care helps to an extent, but major psychological disturbances can sometimes be better handled by professionals, but remember - even they are human. Even they are not perfect. Never put anyone above you, nor empower them so much, that they control your life. Ultimately, the counsel and advice of others (professional or otherwise) is optional for you to accept or adapt. Use what works for you. (You needn't "discard the rest"; acknowledge it, and let it fall by the wayside. No need to burden yourself with over-thinking on anything that is not useful or helpful).

I Accept Myself and My Weirdness

Make peace with what you find is a part of you. Depression and anxiety are things which can be remedied in some cases with therapy, medication, and some lifestyle adjustments. There is no shame in seeking help, health, and improvement. I didn't know I had anxiety until someone mentioned it, despite having a suspicion of it - loss of enjoyment in things, loss of motivation, lack of interest in things. I went on medication (SSRI's) with some guidance from my doctor and the world is colorful again, fun again, full of things I enjoy again, and the stress is largely gone. Serotonin deficiency isn't something I could "see" but it did affect me, and after that small adjustment, my life is really going well again. I don't feel stigma or scrutiny, even if others might react excessively (often out of ignorance or lack of understanding), because I know that I have done something that has helped me and improve my life. Weird as I may be, I still accept all of me.

Whether clairempathy, clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, claircognizance, clairgustance, clairessence - or anything not defined by conventional ESP or psychic terminology - the gifts we possess, develop, or explore, are not burdens or curses. They are parts of us, which anyone has the potential to develop, and should be accepted as normal, because we are such strange and wonderful beings - Unlimited potential, inhabiting physical forms... psychic.
Seraphis
March 16, 2019, 03:04:26 PM by Seraphis
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If you hadn't heard of it before, you'll likely be interested to learn a little more about Brainwave Entrainment.

For a good long time, it's been relatively common knowledge that the Earth's "resonance" in the low end is 7.83 Hz (wikipedia).

Listening to the frequency can gradually "tune" the brainwave frequencies to slightly altered states and affect your waking conscious perception (your thought patterns, your mindset, your mood, etc.). There exist several software programs such as Noramaa's Brainwave Generator (no longer under project development, if I recall correctly) and plenty of samples exist on YouTube and the internet at large. (different frequencies, different outcomes!)

From meditation, to emotional calm, to raising energy, improving focus / learning, healing, and even "improving psychic capabilities".

With this, some people tend to find they are with time, able to hear different "sounds" (high pitched / low pitched / etc.), or even note differences in "pressures" which they couldn't before. A similar principle exists in "harmonizing" yourself with other energies (attuning yourself to them) or meditating with / on them.

Has anyone used Brainwave Entrainment audio clips / soundwave generators for experimental or spiritual purposes? Feel free to add your experiences and feedback!
Seraphis
March 15, 2019, 06:31:23 PM by Seraphis
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The topic might seem taboo, or selfish and ego-fuelling... but it works and has it's merits in many applications.

If you're familiar with energy work (I posted a fairly lengthy overview thread of that a very short time ago), you might also be familiar with.. well, familiars.

Spirit familiars might be actual entities, but if you haven't found one, or it hasn't found you... you could create one! (among other things)

What is a servitor?

Essentially a servant.. an energy creation of your doing which fulfills one or more roles / purposes.

What kind of roles / purposes?

Protection from malicious spirits (ghosts), wealth / luck / opportunity attraction, personal inspiration / insight, proxy healing and spiritual development, and if you wanted, even companionship. (the latter of which won't be covered beyond that, for obvious reasons)

Can we get an example?

One of my best long-time friends had a haunting at the flat they rented about 8 years ago. I was living a town away, and the best I could do was magic at a distance. My "summon" was a large pure white wolf of energy (servitor / energy construct) created for the purpose of protecting the target from any malicious / negative / harmful / baneful spirits or entities. The problem was bizarre, in that, the cutlery drawers of the friend would open in the night and some cutlery move into odd positions... which I thought ludicrous and impossible; I thoroughly disbelieved the entire notion as attention-seeking, until I had slept over at a later stage. (more on that shortly)

The bizarre part was, I didn't say what I was doing, and the friend went to sleep again, and slept soundly without interrupt and no longer the feeling of a malicious presence "standing next to the bed". They asked me (I can't remember when) "is the white wolf yours?" and I said yes, and they apparently sensed / noticed the pale energy outline "patrolling" around the bed slowly, and it apparently didn't seem malicious or scary. Cut back to the ghost, when I slept over the one night, I thought a burglar was breaking in, and the friend's dog yelped in terror in the kitchen when the ghost did who-knows-what. The drawer was open and I heard cutlery rustling, whilst standing not even 3 feet away; nothing and nobody else in the kitchen. I did a very extensive banishing ritual and even verbally confronted the ghost directly; eventually it was cleared up - haven't had any big hauntings like that again, but it was really shocking to the core. (I honestly doubted ghosts / spirits could do things; that it was fabricated or imagined... not so)

Any Ideas to Start?

Create and form an energy box for healing; a little energy "jewellery box" to put somewhere, or "glue" to a wall, that will heal all occupants at "level 10 healing for 2 weeks" or whatever concept you would find suitable. Or one to help increase your spiritual intuition or energy levels. Perhaps a small pet / animal to "scout" an area and try perceive what they perceive; or let them "relay" it to your mind ("telepathically" with the servitor).

How to delete / scrap it?

Terminating is also relatively easy, much as is unbinding / un-summoning the ritual so to speak. Thank the servitor if you wish, picture the dissolving of the form and function, and the dissipation of energy (let is disperse, or re-absorb it, optionally with filtering). Some practitioners may become emotionally attached or come to rely on their servitor/s and opt to rather maintain them long-term and replenish them over time. That is also an option, but important to reinforce core functions and change any "external influence" which may possibly arise. If you make something and it's hard to break / get rid of it, you can always make a spell or ritual to cleanse or banish it - but usually it's hard to make something that can get out of control, so to speak. Just be clear about the instructions and if you want, "lock / restrict" any edits or adjustments to it from external influence. (yes, it is very much like creating a program or robot)

Perceiving Servitors vs. Other Non-Physical Things

The weird thing about them is that they can be perceived almost as "spirits", because they're made of subtle energies. Most often they are imbued with the personal energy of the creator, and thus have an "energy signature" from which you could get an "impression" from, eg. ask yourself "who does it belong to?" or "who made it?" and often your subconscious will bring something to mind - the first thing to pop into your mind. That can sometimes help clarify - yes, using intuition and sixth sense - if something is a servitor, or a spirit / entity.

Closing: Not Everything is Ethereal

As always, remember, magic and energy are still subsequent to the laws of physics, nature, and a sufficient degree of logic (even in the abstract). Anticipate mundane causes behind possible energy perceptions; not everything is magical. Furthermore, servitors can do things, so can we; but don't expect the impossible, don't make them do things you wouldn't want someone else to ask you to do, and be thankful if they do what you want them to. You could very well be giving "life" to your servitor; even if only for a short time - cherish it.

Input, feedback, comments and suggestions are always welcome.
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