Mar 01

There’s Nothing “Out There”; The Great Shift and Spiritual Confusion on the Web

By Joe Danna | life of belief , self denial , spiritual confusion

While cruising the “new thought” sites on the web, I found a repetitive phenomenon. There are people, most rather young, who are exasperating themselves while waiting for a “great shift” to occur in the world to lift them into a higher realm. It hasn’t happened and they’ve grown weary, depressed, and lost the will to carry on. These people are looking “out there” for something to happen, but nothing happens and disappointment grows to futility. My response to one young girl who stopped eating was as follows:

I’m not a professional. But if you’re depressed then maybe it wouldn’t hurt to get some counseling. Also, allow for this time to happen. Listen to it. Flow with it. It’s there to tell you something. But you may need to have someone listen with you. In the meantime, if you don’t feel like eating at least have some kind of meal replacement.

I’m curious to know what you’ve been internalizing in regard to spiritual things. I keep finding some kind of panicky exodus in people like you on these sites–folks in a mad rush to jump onto the “transformation/ascension bus”.  There are so many paths, methods, and religions, which say they lead to higher awareness that I think many folks have been misled into spiritual confusion. Don’t think about leaving the planet anymore. You owe it to yourself to take the responsibility of examining what you’ve allowed into your psyche. There are many who understand basic spiritual psychology waiting to assist you.

Do you believe in things you don’t truly understand? Maybe you need to slow down and bring it all to light. Time doesn’t run out. Time is directly synchronized to your awakening. When people hear about spiritual gifts and try to force a way to get “there” and then end up disappointed, it is best taken as a lesson in the classroom of life. We live in an instant gratification society. But the shift you speak of happens at the level of one’s consciousness and requires an integrative period for higher knowledge; a period of equalization unique to each person’s focus on this transforming thought energy.

People who’ve stopped taking care of themselves while waiting for this ascension are missing a major chunk in the process. The work happens “in here” not “out there”.  We need to acknowledge and love ourselves for one thing, and I’m not talking about selfish conceit. We need to come away from self denial and love the essence of life coursing through our veins. NOW! Wherever we are in our evolution. Not at some point in the future when we are “there”.

You say you feel lifeless over this. It sounds like you’ve given your power away and distanced from yourself. Accept it as but a lesson. I’ve got news that you may not have heard. You are very strong because you are created from Omnipotence. Now TURN AROUND and take back your power. Accept yourself with all of your perceived flaws, blues and all. The old metaphysical acronym KISS goes a long way. Look it up. You are loved and people really do care about you.

Yes, I know letting go of hand-me-down beliefs can be disorienting (for a time), but we have to remember beliefs have no life of their own. It is we who are the life of belief.

Feb 24

Spiritual Paths with heart: The simplicity of the Hermetic Laws of The Kybalion of The Three Initiates and A Course in Miracles or ACIM, the ego, existence, illusion, and how both paths complement each other.

By Joe Danna | A Course in Miracles , ACIM , course of miracles , hermetic philosophy , spiritual paths , The Kybalion

We often hear how all spiritual paths lead to the same place. I question the statement. If one is on a path of destruction then how does that lead him to the same place as The Kybalion of The Three Initiates and its complementary A Course in Miracles ACIM? I find it’s always a question of consciousness or unconsciousness of core identity; higher consciousness opening to spiritual paths with heart.  A path of destruction has no heart and can only be based in a blind ego. But what is ego? Some interpretations of A Course in Miracles ACIM says the ego doesn’t exist. Yet if we have no ego then how do we perceive? The ego is nothing but our beliefs projected onto the screen of life. That is what creates our perception, our view of reality. But are all beliefs bad? Is the ego always a bad thing? And where does The Hermetic Philosophy of The Kybalion of The Three Initiates complement A Course in Miracles ACIM? The Hermetic Philosophy of The Kybalion says to use the higher laws over the lower laws. But what is our position in regard to these higher laws and lower laws? The laws of the universe are constant, so even though we may act from blind ego (lower laws) we can use the higher laws taught by The Kybalion over the lower laws. But if we use higher law over lower law then doesn’t that validate the existence of the ego, which uses lower law in its blindness? Thus the paradoxical interpretations between the two philosophies. But spiritually there is no real duality. At our level of evolution our perception is polar. This is where the philosophy of The Kybalion of The Three Initiates comes in.  Although many A Course in Miracles students come away with the notion that the world and everything in it is illusion, The Kybalion of The Three Initiates seems to say to use the illusions or how else can we infuse the vibration of  higher thought into the vibration of lower thought? So does this mean illusions are real? That would be a contradiction in the English language. What it means to me is that our manifestations, although not absolute realities, are made from the energy we put into them as co-creators in the neutrality of the universe. This makes them appear real to us in our, generally speaking, limited perception.  Whether or not it’s a perceptual fluke doesn’t change that fact. In this Oneness, this unified field, we believe our realities to be solid and set. Could it be that the A Course in Miracles ACIM meaning of denial is not the same as the usual English use of the word? I think that’s the case because denial usually means to stifle something and I don’t believe that to be the A Course in Miracles ACIM philosophy, which is open to interpretation just like the bible and other philosophies. A Course in Miracles ACIM is cyclic and can be misunderstood by some to say many different things when it is designed to say only one thing.   I believe the  A Course in Miracles ACIM‘s use of the word denial means to set something aside in a clearer perspective, in this case the manifestations that we’ve “frozen” in their own autonomy, which of course can never be since it is we who feed them life energy. They don’t exist as absolutes, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t the value we’ve assigned to them in exact ratio to our level of consciousness as individuals and as a collective. The Kybalion of The Three Initiates complements A Course in Miracles ACIM by expanding perspective. A Course in Miracles ACIM can be a life changing study. It brings viewpoints of the singularity of truth from many angles.  But The Kybalion of The Three Initiates imparts the seven Hermetic Laws which also, of course, stems from the singularity of all life, the Substantial Reality underlying everything, which is the unsaid basis of A Course in Miracles and the crux of all the great religions of the world.  Many of us were raised and conditioned by religion and have a  tendency to unconsciously try to make a religion out of new thought. But A Course in Miracles ACIM and The Kybalion of The Three Initiates are not religions. They are living perspectives which can open us to higher understanding of our place in a greater purpose.  So in these types of studies it’s a good idea to question words like “illusion” and “existence”.  Our world is real to us here on the frequency of the physical dimension. I am not an illusion. You are not an illusion. The only illusion is to miss the point that what we see is but a very small piece of endlessness. What many term illusions are actually circumstances we have made and reinforced through all too often blindly wielding universal omnipotence.  But since we have made these vibrational circumstances, and everything is vibration,  the Principle of Vibration is that we must tend to them in order to effect them; not by ignoring them as “illusion” but by interfacing ignorance with knowledge  and having gratitude for the experience while we wake up to the fact that life is simply about being.

Dec 20

Mothers with MS, Distant Healing, Meditation, and Prayer

By Joe Danna | Distant healing , mothers , prayer

My mother had multiple sclerosis, MS, and the prayer concerning her distant healing was surely answered. Unbeknownst to mom, I sat on the edge of my bed and went into an unusually audient, visual, and emotionally charged meditation, which led me to recall many experiences with her back to early childhood. During that loving prayer meditation, which included smiles, laughter, and a tear or two—I felt a receptive presence sit next to me on the bed. After petitioning this entity to touch my mother with healing—I closed the prayer and went off to work. I forgot the prayer—not recalling it even when mother told me the following about what she experienced on that day:

While sitting in her recliner watching television, my mother was increasingly annoyed by a strange, oscillating hum in her ears. Upon standing, she became alarmed when she broke into a sweat and felt pins and needles running up and down her body. My Mother told me she feared she was having a stroke. Attempting to trace the origin of the sound, she removed her glasses thinking they were interfering with the volume control of her hearing aid. That being no help, she removed the hearing aid. Relieved when all the annoyances stopped—her voice rang with surprise when she told me her hearing was as clear as a bell. My Mother said she could read the small print on the television screen without her glasses—shouting, “I’ve never been able to do that!” Her voice boomed when she told me she planned to pick up a rowing machine and begin an exercise regimen to ward off the effects of multiple sclerosis. Her buoyancy lifted me, yet I failed to connect the dots all of this happened on the same day, at the same time I prayed for her healing while sitting on my bed.

It was the day after the prayer meditation I spoke to her. Then I went to work again as usual. When I walked into the empty building on my schedule that night—the memory of the prayer and my mother’s phone call hit me like a ton of bricks. In the abruptness of the moment, three entities stood before me. I associated them with the one sitting next to me on the bed during my prayer for my mother. They reminded me how I lacked any expectation of mother’s healing to the degree of total forgetfulness. But at the same time, these entities told me that my emotion, visualization, and the letting go of it was what sent it hurtling to my mother. Were they there to admonish me—to tell me that prayer and meditating were not just a feel good game and to pay attention? They acknowledged I had prayed right, but that in the end I didn’t notice the results. Spiritual entities don’t use words with me,  but convey rapidly through pure thought and feeling, which I dilute in a struggle with words.

Leaving me shaken by their directness, and before departing like the wind after about two minutes, these spiritual entities assured me there was life after death, and yes—that they were really there. Not to be disrespectful, but it would be more accurate to say they shoved it in my face. I have no regrets about the experience, but I realized I had begged— please, just touch my mother with healing. On that day, I learned it is unnecessary to beg the universe for anything. I wish I had simply asked in faith for her complete healing, because the actual outcome was a duplication of my request.

Dec 20

Forgiveness as Spiritual Awakening to the Eternal Soul

By Joe Danna | eternal soul , forgiveness , spiritual awakening

I understand forgiveness as an awakening and something other than a nicety because some people say it’s the right thing to do. I have found forgiveness to be a knowing that came as I moved closer to realizing my identity as an eternal soul. There are no inherent shoulds placed on anyone for anything in a neutral universe. Neither can understanding be forced. No one has to forgive, but when I saw what it actually is and does—there simply was no doubt that I would forgive — even if necessarily from a silent distance. I think of forgiveness as the only belief that acts as a bridge with one foot in this world, the other in the next, and the all knowing eternal force of the universal soul rising within you as the thought to build a bridge at all.

Dec 20

Thought, The Law of Vibration, and The Integrative Period of Equalization

By Joe Danna | law of attraction , natural law , The Law of Vibration , The Principle of Polarity

Thought being vibration, there is an integrative period for new thought to equalize with ones overall vibration – or mindset. This is true with all learning and the reason for levels of study, but particularly so when we reach toward higher octaves of understanding. While interfacing with higher octaves, there is a time of vacillation before synchronization occurs. According to Universal Law,  a wavering of pitch leads us through a time of recurring obscurity, but only because we are crossing a larger span of integration than what we are accustomed to. Ride out this depolarization of thought vibration. Equalization will occur somewhere amid the poles of your changing beliefs according to your focus.

Dec 19

A Course in Miracles, One Sin, and One Solution

By Joe Danna | A Course in Miracles , ACIM , course of miracles , guilt , sin concept , the golden rule , truth and illusion

A basic of A Course in Miracles or ACIM, says the one sin is that we fell asleep and forgot who we are. The one solution is to wake up and remember the truth. Learning to adjust our lens on life brings clarity and dissolves erroneous mindsets and the guilt or sin that binds. When I took A Course in Miracles and learned to view life from a point beyond the psychological complexities of a frozen mindset– I learned about sin, the solution, and freedom. It is a sin to call yourself a sinner when you are created from infinite wisdom. Don’t react to lies about your identity because of a belief system someone else laid on you. Take the responsibility to look within and walk through the walls of any mindset that speaks ill of you. The truth is that you are light emanated by a greater light and above the belief systems of the world with their multiplicities of sin, guilt, and shame. A Course in Miracles is a way to learn about what we are as universal beings. There is a solution to the one sin and it is found in the one law you need to understand. The law is called The Golden Rule.

Dec 18

The Universal Natural Law of Attraction, Attitude and Change, ACIM

By Joe Danna | ACIM , law of attraction , natural law , universal law

We hear about universal law, such as the law of attraction, but do people take the subject seriously? I know I do because my life has changed. It’s becoming very evident that attitude determines so much of how my day will go. Natural law concerning universal energy do work as does ACIM. I found that when first consciously acting on these laws  it took a lot of effort to get out of the mess I had made before I learned these laws. But then I gained “momentum” and the things that used to take so much effort are a lot easier. I’m accomplishing more now through an attitude that supports inner transformation. After all, it is the inner that creates the outer.

Dec 18

Paramahansa Yogananda’s Self Realization Fellowship Temple

By Joe Danna | attractor fields , Self Realization Fellowship , yoga

When I lived in Carlsbad, California…I visited the Self Realization Fellowship Temple in Encinitas  for a service one evening. The feeling permeating the temple was incredible. The temple was filled to capacity and the Self Realization Fellowship monk leading the service made a comment that the peace in the room that night was palpable. When the service ended, I felt light as a feather and thought I was about to float as I left the temple.

Dec 18

The New Age

By Joe Danna | new age , Self Realization Fellowship , yoga

Though the ancient mystics were aware of The Sidereal Calendar with its 36,000-year cycle through the twelve ages, it has only been since the mid to late 1960s that talk about a new age began percolating amidst the fringes of society. With the help of The Beatles, those early days of transcendental meditation and consciousness raising started an upswing in the questioning of reality. Of course, there were other influences that brought eastern philosophies to America, such as Paramahansa Yogananda with The Self Realization Fellowship in the early part of the 20th century, but it took decades for interest in these new ways of thinking to take hold in The United States. In recent years, books and other media about the workings of universal law and quantum physics have shed light on the subject.