The Conspiracies Unwinding Virtue And Compassion

The Conspiracies & Theories That Are Unwinding Virtue And Compassion

Every individual in every demographic across the globe has their own life experiences, struggles, and accomplishments. While this thing we call “life” is universal, what life looks like to every one of us is drastically different. Embracing that each person has their own identity, struggles, and points of view is key to harmony and love in our Universe, and yet that is often what is standing in the way of our happiness.

Often, what we think comes first, and other people’s emotions and opinions come second. Unfortunately, this means that genuinely connecting with others and expanding our minds becomes nearly impossible. If we want a world of virtue and compassion, we must be a source of that virtue and compassion, not the bullshit “woke” that everyone claims that they are.

Opposing our loving efforts is what many are now calling an “infodemic.” Aside from the pandemic sweeping the globe, we also have a rapid-fire inundation of “information” and “data” from millions of sources, all competing for our attention and seeking to persuade us of their “truth.” This infodemic is fueling conspiracy theories that turn us against each other. We must address these theories, pinpoint their sources and motivations, and work to dismantle them.

Anti-Chinese Theories

Americans are very familiar with anti-China rhetoric. Past Presidents have warned against China’s motivations and dealings behind closed doors. Behind these anti-China feelings is the lack of experience and understanding of China throughout history and how their experiences and belief systems have shaped their culture. With every observation about another culture or government, we must first preface our discussion to acknowledge that someone else is not wrong just because they don’t think, look, and act the same as we do.

Nothing on our planet can be exactly perfect, especially not when human beings construct it. We are not perfect and therefore cannot expect to create an ideal political structure–we can only do our best to set a guide that we think will ascertain justice while functioning within the global economy. China is an extremely old civilization and has evolved to function within modern society in its own unique way, while America is one of the youngest nations and has not been tested by many of the other historical events that other countries have weathered.schedule-intuitive-reading-with-paul-now

Anti-China sentiments in the past have ranged from racist beliefs about the Chinese individuals to conspiracy theories about their government. The main source of these conspiracy theories is the wide disconnect between America’s democratic political structure and China’s communist political structure, combined with a history of anti-Communist sentiment stemming from WWII. Americans, who tend to be extraordinarily nationalistic and tie their political leanings to morality, see China and its communist structure as a threat to their way of life. Any spreading of Communist China’s ideas into American land leaves many Americans uneasy, motivating anti-Chinese conspiracy theories.

While these conspiracy theories aren’t new, they’re certainly renewed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. From the beginning, theories have been rising and evolving surrounding China’s involvement in the virus’s origins. These conspiracies have infected the hearts of the minds of others to the point that Chinese individuals outside of China have been attacked verbally and physically in public. At the same time, China is not an innocent victim–the government has been known to spin conspiracies of its own in order to deflect blame for past faults and stop rhetoric against their practices.

These misinformation wars only hurt us as humans. Instead of meeting on common ground and tackling problems rationally as a united race, we’ve been kicking issues down the road and playing the blame game. To find harmony with each other, we must show compassion and work together to move forward.

Anti-Vax Movements

Similar to anti-China theories and sentiments, anti-vax conspiracies aren’t new. For as long as we have had vaccination technology, people have been skeptical of the science’s effects and motivations. Notably, the 1800s saw anti-smallpox vaccination movements in both Europe and the U.S. When we developed vaccinations for diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus, and started distributing the MMR vaccine, we had anti-vaccination movements for those, too. Vaccination conspiracies ran so deep that they resulted in anti-vaccination leagues.

At first, vaccination conspiracies needed to spread literally by word of mouth and print publications. Now the internet, full of social media platforms and opinion-based websites, makes it so much easier to spread hysteria and misinformation with very few standards for reliable sourcing. Not helping the matter is the decreasing levels of trust in news networks, publications, and leaders in both the medical community and politics. When the public trusts no one, conspiracy theories abound.

The COVID-19 pandemic showed just how much the lack of trust in leaders and the rapid spread of misinformation could spur conspiracies and get in the way of listening to recommended safety measures. Theories rose about how the companies producing the vaccines were only motivated by money, hospitals were faking COVID statistics, and vaccines were actually a mechanism to plant trackers in everyone. Making it worse were those who continually disparaged people who were genuinely scared of getting vaccinated–the lack of compassion and understanding on both sides only fueled these conspiracies. It made people dig in their heels even more.schedule-intuitive-reading-with-paul-now

The results of these conspiracy theories, fueled by uncompassionate pro-vaccination people, the rapid spread of misinformation, and distrust in leadership, is the loss of virtue and sense of responsibility for others. People, too worried about the consequences of masking and vaccinating for themselves, lose sight of how their refusal to mask and vaccinate during COVID affects others. As a result, those who have chronic and terminal illnesses, can’t be vaccinated, or are otherwise extremely vulnerable to severe consequences of catching the virus, are left to fend for themselves and cower in fear.

Not many are willing to do it, as it seems humans have an intrinsic tendency to take sides and fully disown those who do not align with them, but some people have attempted to build bridges. Many health professionals have attempted to offer an olive branch to anti-vaccination advocates, offering their professional advice compassionately. Some academics and thought leaders have attempted to trace the history of the anti-vax movement and conspiracy theories in general to pinpoint the reason why so many people fall into the traps of misinformation.

By fully understanding the feelings and motivations of both sides of the argument, we can work together as a human race to find solutions and make the world safe for everyone.

Antisemitic Conspiracies

Of course, old recurring conspiracy theories and sentiments do not stop at anti-Chinese and anti-vaccination movements. Antisemitism has existed for as long as the Jewish faith has, and that’s an extremely long time. The Bible and the Talmud accounts for many of the original social and political efforts to enslave and slander the Jewish people, including the Egyptians, Romans, and Persians. Modern history shows a very similar story, marked by the Holocaust and hatred in the Middle East.

In current day America, we are not free of antisemitism, either. To this day, anti-Jewish sentiments and theories abound. While the Jewish population only makes up a small amount of the American population, they generally are a very successful demographic. Many people note that they dominate very financially lucrative industries, and this causes both jealousy and skepticism in other sections of the population. Some people claim that Jews are part of an elite group that runs the world and that they plot to wipe out white Christian society.

Even if you’ve never heard of any other conspiracy theories about the Jews, you’ve likely heard of the Rothschild family. This family, which is the most wealthy family in the world, happens to be Jewish. They also happen to be at the center of the most deep-rooted and perpetuated conspiracy theories revolving around the “one-world order.”

It’s true: people do make decisions based on money. They do make bad decisions, in fact, and often act with selfish motivations. Conspiracy theories, however, often are based in the fact that a single demographic or group of people has the power to hold total control over the entire world to the extent that everyone is in on the scheme except those who are “woke.” Much to conspiracy theorists’ dismay, this is barely possible. When we can never agree with even our close family and friends, how can we believe that everyone on the planet could conspire and uphold such a mighty plan without ever slipping up or saying something that could give away their plans?schedule-intuitive-reading-with-paul-now

Proof? History shows us that even extremely mighty and conniving forces who have sought to take over the world were incapacitated by everyone else who knew their bad motivations and stepped up to stop it. Most famously, the Nazis’ terrible motivations and plans were eventually revealed as stopped by global forces.

In other words, if there was a reason to have suspicions about the motivations of Jews, it wouldn’t be something we’d need to speak about in hushed tones or wonder about without hard evidence.

Climate Change Denial

The jury is still out on what motivations some have for denying climate science, but vocal groups have been spinning rhetoric for years to undermine the efforts of scientists and those making sustainable changes to their daily life. Over years, scientists have been polling at over 99% agreement that the climate is changing and humans play a major role in that change. The Intergovernmental Panel Of Climate Change (IPCC) has been tracking and reporting that the number one cause of climate change since 1750 is increased CO2 production due to deforestation and the advancements that came from the industrial revolution.

While climate scientists are continually compiling data on the changes in the earth’s climate and the root causes, many people claim that the entire concept is a hoax. Particularly among conservative media, groups have claimed that climate scientists are part of a conspiracy to fake data and corrupt the peer-review process. They believe that the reports have been doctored to prove climate change despite evidence that it is the earth’s natural process or not a concern at all.

Most likely, climate change deniers truly believe that climate change is a hoax and feel they have seen persuasive evidence of the conspiracy. This denial is combined with an overall distrust in government and scientific leaders who are increasingly losing their standing with much of the public. Many groups are convinced that governmental powers and experts are swayed by money and selfish gains, so perpetuating a climate change hoax could be in their favor. This is even truer for people who want to keep power in the hands of local small governments rather than handing all control over to centralized, big governments since many political leaders have taken action to impose sweeping limitations on the use of certain unsustainable products or practices.schedule-intuitive-reading-with-paul-now

Further, many sustainable companies have popped up to offer “green” products and services in the face of climate change. Of course, when profit is involved in the pursuance of an otherwise good cause, motivations and intentions are called into question. Many believe that green companies are a scam, taking advantage of the climate crisis to profit from people’s fear and desire to improve their lifestyles. Not helping this matter is the fact that many large companies have muddied the waters for what it means to be sustainable and meet true standards for helping the environment, causing several PR scandals and perpetuating false advertising.

Again, it’s important not to enter the conversation as judgemental and arrogant. Most people do not make claims or believe in conspiracies just to cause frustration or perpetuate bad practices. Climate change deniers have good intentions, such as protecting their families from what they perceive is an unnecessary fear, trying to keep their businesses afloat in the face of limiting policies, and genuine distrust of leadership.

On the other hand, it’s important to consider what ignoring climate change warnings will do for the global population and future generations. Countries throughout the world are feeling the real threat of climate change imminently, such as in Venice, where the city is increasingly underwater, and our Great Barrier Reef, which increased water temperatures have bleached. As temperatures continue to rise and make the climate less habitable, many countries’ cash crops will die off and no longer grow, such as coffee and maize, leading to economic disasters.

All of this is to say that denying climate change is not just a matter of protecting ourselves now. Continuing to ignore the reality of climate change fundamentally fuels a lack of care and responsibility for others. The lack of compassion for how the effects of climate change will affect our own lineage and the generations that live around the world is a serious issue for how we live together as a race on this planet.

Government-Mandated School Shootings

Of all the tragedies that frequently occur in America, one of the most terrifying and depressing is school shootings. Parents looking for an education and chance to grow for their children send their kids as young as 4 and 5 off to public schools and educational programs. Now, every goodbye kiss before school seems like it’s laced with impending doom. Every day,  eight children are killed by gun violence, and guns are the leading cause of death among those under 18.schedule-intuitive-reading-with-paul-now

As a country, we should be absolutely stunned by these facts, and yet large groups of people deny that laws should limit gun ownership and usage. Further, groups of people are claiming those school shootings aren’t just coincidences—the government mandates them to push for radical gun control and incite further divide among party lines. Many of these conspiracies even link George Soros, a commonly targeted man for antisemitic theories.

These conspiracies involve “crisis actors,” which many claim are also at the heart of the media’s coverage of other politically-fueled controversies such as events involving the Black Lives Matter movement. These crisis actors, according to theories, are paid to play a part in the events themselves and as interviewees on news networks. Their goal? To push agendas of gun control advocates and force strict laws on gun ownership.

People who believe in the conspiracy theories, as much as they might genuinely believe them, forget what perpetuating these theories can do to the real victims and those around them. Hate mail and threats of all kinds from more malicious people stream in to harass and abuse those who are already suffering so tragically from these events. The concerns of kids and families about being safe at school are dashed and ignored. Ultimately, it becomes even more difficult to introduce measures that will keep schools safe and save lives.

REMEMBER!

It is okay to ask questions and have concerns about other peoples’ motivations. After all, the world isn’t made up of only beautiful and pure things. It is great to be cautious, but it is even greater to remember that your speech and actions have consequences. Remember to always be compassionate to those around you and stay aware of how your speech might incite violence or harm, even if you don’t intend it to.

You are a beautiful Living Being filled with light and love, born from stardust. You are unlimited potential in every direction. With a focus on discipline, virtue, and your own goodness, you can become as expanded and liberated as you desire.

Pray for others and the Universe prays for us.

LOTS OF BLESSINGS TO YOU!

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There is no “Other.” There is only you experiencing yourself.

The Dawn of Mankind: Theories & Possibilities

The Dawn of Mankind: Theories & Possibilities

Recently, scientists have figured out the methods and technology needed to hypothetically create a baby universe. At first, this discovery is extremely fascinating, but then the reality sets in–what does that mean for the dawn of mankind and our universe?

If you have ever wondered how we all came into existence, this scientific advancement should strike your interest. If we, as a very young race, have figured out what would be needed to create an entirely new universe, what stops other advanced civilizations, species, and divine beings from doing the same?

The universe is more ancient than we could even conceptualize, but Earth has only been around for a few short billions of years. Believe what you’d like about the dawn of mankind, but the best way to get to a conclusion is to explore the theories yourself!

The Dawn of Mankind Starting with a Big Bang

Until this very moment, the most popular theory about the creation of the universe among scientists is the Big Bang. Without having been there to experience it ourselves, though, we might never know for sure. The first observation that spurred this theory was the realization that other galaxies were steadily moving further away from ours. They’re racing away as if they are escaping the center of an explosion.schedule-intuitive-reading-with-paul-now

The theory goes that around 13-15 billion years ago, all energy and matter existed within one compact point. At some point, that compacted area exploded, sending all that matter and energy away in all directions at almost the speed of light. It is believed that all elements in our universe at present exist and move as a result of this explosion. Necessarily then, humankind only exists due to the Big Bang and a series of fortunate events. The perfect combinations of matter, elements, and energy created the materials and environments necessary, leading to our existence.

Many then ask the question, “Is the Earth the center of the universe if all the other galaxies, planets, and stars are moving away from us?” At first glance, it might seem that this supports many religious theories that the Earth received extra special attention from God. In truth, it is merely an illusion that the Earth is standing still.

Just as how a cookie or cake expands in the oven, the energy and matter in the universe expand. There is no one point–chocolate chip or nut in the baked good–that stays still while the other moves away. Instead, all things are expanding and moving at the same time.

The Big Bang, while unproven, is not a farfetched theory. There are tons of explosions happening throughout the universe, and we have observed many ourselves using our technology. We also have advanced scientific principles and laws that have arisen and explained many occurrences we know have happened, making this theory even more plausible.

Unfortunately, there are a few companion theories about what the Big Bang means for the end of the universe. Some say that eventually, like a rubber band, the universe will reach a pivotal point at which it begins to collapse back in on itself by the force of gravity, otherwise known as the Big Crunch. Others have noticed that the universe seems to be accelerating its outward trajectory as if pulled by an anti-gravity force.

The Dawn of Mankind as Apelike Ancestors

As part of the Big Bang theory, the dawn of mankind and evolution is commonly believed to have started with apes. Scientists mark the first significant stepping stone towards the present version of our species at the point when we began walking on two legs, also known as bipedalism. It wasn’t until very recently that our species began forming more complex brains that allowed us to use language and tools. Further, many philosophers use the point at which we began creating art as a significant turning point in our species’ existence.

Apes still exist, yes, but scientists explain that the human species evolved as a branch from a common ape-like ancestor and evolved alongside several other versions of evolved ape species. Today, humans are primates and closely related to apes in genetic makeup. The oldest known evidence of humans and their evolution primarily involve Africa, where most of humankind’s evolutionary journey occurred.schedule-intuitive-reading-with-paul-now

There are many competing theories about the number of different human species, how they ceased to exist, and what their roles were throughout time. There are theories that our human species, homo sapiens, was dominant and exterminated the other versions of our species in one way or the other. Many people also do not accept these theories, whether they don’t believe in evolution or agree that the evidence found so far proves any one solution.

Our Alien Creators

If we could hypothetically create a new universe, what stops us from believing that another civilization created ours? According to Scientific American, our universe has zero net energy and flat geometry, which makes it incredibly easy to use quantum tunneling to recreate it.

Of course, “easy” should be taken relatively. We don’t yet have the advanced technological devices to create a universe ourselves, and we still have yet to connect the theories of gravity and quantum mechanics. Still, our increasing knowledge in the areas makes the eventual ability very likely.

Our current inability to create a universe still makes our existence unproductive in the minds of this theorized creator civilization. It’s most likely that we have been designed as a stepping stone to produce more advanced societies, and we won’t be able to fulfill this purpose until we achieve universe-creating abilities. In the meantime, our race goes through an evolutionary journey, driven by Darwinian selection, until we have the advanced technology and knowledge required.

The idea that aliens have created our universe with the intention for it to evolve into another advanced civilization is the theory most thought-out by leading scientists, but the possibilities are endless. We can only rely on science so much when the potential for boundless knowledge means that so many of our theories are incorrect or not built out enough. The truth is, science is limited to understanding what we can physically test ourselves within our dimensions and universe. There’s no way to test the laws of other universes and dimensions that we have not yet accessed, and there’s no way to prove and explore immaterial occurrences and beings.

Several decades ago, the Nobel-Prize Winner, named Enrico Fermi, casually remarked that if there were aliens, we would have experienced them on Earth already. These comments sent scientists and philosophers in a tail-spin: Why haven’t we heard from aliens yet if they really do exist?

Thinks came to some conclusions. Either aliens don’t exist, they only exist as beings less intelligent than ourselves, or that they have come to Earth and we just haven’t noticed!schedule-intuitive-reading-with-paul-now

The last possibility is more likely than you think. For example, there is a theory that many human beings walking among us are actually Starseeds, or reincarnated aliens from other planets and universes that have come to help humankind advance and achieve their true purpose. Only when these beings reach self-enlightenment will they remember their past lives and purpose on Earth. Who knows, maybe you’re a Starseed!

God as Creator

The most recent results from a Gallup poll, which occurred in 2019, revealed the most popular theories for the dawn of mankind and evolution in relation to God as Creator. Three possible answers were offered to survey takers: (1) Humans evolved with God guiding the journey over millions of years, (2) Humans were created by God in their present form around 100,000 years ago, and (3) Humans evolved without God’s intervention over millions of years.

The same question has been asked since 1982 and has yielded 14 years of solid results. Even in 2019, as sentiments toward agnosticism and atheism grow, the prevailing beliefs surrounding humankind’s creation and journey on Earth involve God in the process.

The most consistent response? In every one of the poll’s results except one, 40% or more of those surveyed answered that they believed humans have evolved with the guidance of God. Close behind, consistently polling at over one-third of those surveyed, is the belief that God created humans in their present form. Answers of “no opinion” or the idea that humans evolved with no divine intervention consistently poll at meager numbers. It was not until 2019 that at least 22% responded with the third option.

What do these results tell us? The theories surrounding God’s intervention in the creation and guidance of the universe are compelling and well-received. Around 70% of those surveyed feel the presence of God in their lives, one way or the other, or at least are willing to admit that it’s very likely divine intervention is real. Further, a majority of the population receives scientific knowledge and advancements withl the acknowledgment that they do not disprove the possibility of a divine presence.

There are many theories surrounding God’s role in the creation and evolution of the universe. Many of these theories are widely held by Christians and Jews, such as the story of Creation and Adam and Eve in the Bible. At the very least, the story is a metaphor for how God set up our world and race to many religious people. Some believe that the planet and humans have not evolved but exist precisely how God created them. Others believe that God created us and the universe with the ability to evolve, only intervening to guide the process subtly.

Other religions have their own stories of the dawn of mankind as Creation. In Hinduism, the three gods of creation, destruction, and preservation continually cycle the existence of the material world. Islam shares the story of Creation with Judaism and Christianity but recounts it much more generally. They believe all humankind comes from Adam, and many believe the story supports the Big Bang theory.schedule-intuitive-reading-with-paul-now

God as Creator is a well-received theory because God means so many things. This theory does not only include the Christian, Islamic, or Jewish gods, but God as a divine being throughout all different religions. Religion itself goes back further than humankind can remember. The feeling that something bigger than ourselves is out there, and that our race has a divine purpose and potential, is an innate gut feeling built into our existence.

Dawn of Mankind or Consciousness-Birthed Reality?

Scientists and philosophers have been battling with the concept of consciousness for hundreds of years. From René Descartes to Thomas Nagel, different theories about consciousness and how it affects our existence have arisen, evolved, and collapsed. Does our brain create consciousness? Does consciousness create us? Is consciousness real at all?

There are so many questions to ponder, yet doing so can lead us to feel small and disillusioned. It can even send some into panic as they consider that nothing around them is real at all! How do we tackle these theories? Let’s go over them, starting with dualism and materialism.

René Descartes argued that human existence is split into two parts – the body and the mind. In this strain of thought, our physical bodies exist and function in the physical world. In the immaterial world, our consciousness and souls exist. In direct opposition, materialism argues that our brains are part of our physical bodies and create the illusion of more immaterial things, such as our souls and consciousness, using neural activities.

How do these theories relate to humankind’s origin and existence? Many who believe there is an immaterial aspect to our existence hold the theory that at least part of our human experience lives in the conscious. For example, our feelings, souls, and other divine aspects have no basis in our physical bodies. Further, some believe that nothing physical actually exists at all–it is the consciousness that creates our human experience, built with illusions of a physical world.

Even further: is it possible that only one consciousness exists, meaning that there are not billions of people, but just one being in existence that lives in its own creation?

Taking a step back, we can assess the different levels of consciousness. How can we explain the states of mind that people are in when they experience a coma, dreams, and otherworldly visions? Can all these levels of consciousness be explained away by the science we already have, or is there still so much more to learn about how our brains and consciousness work?schedule-intuitive-reading-with-paul-now

Scientists continue to struggle to encapsulate the concept of consciousness. While some thinkers argue that there is no need to create new scientific laws and terms for consciousness, given that it is a physical phenomenon, it’s hard to deny that we still know almost nothing about it. Even if consciousness can be bound in scientific laws, those laws are still unknown. Some circles are now exploring the idea that consciousness might have something to do with quantum mechanics, but we have yet to understand these theories fully.

We still don’t know much about how the mind perceives the world and creates our experience, and until we know for sure, there’s no way to discount the theory that our reality is born out of an immaterial consciousness.

Diving Deeper into The Dawn of Mankind

No matter which theories you’re more inclined to believe or consider, it doesn’t negate the fact that our universe and humankind have a story that unites us. As a result, our search for the truth of that story is critical and beautiful. Seeking the truth of that story is also essential to your own self-discovery, and including that intention in your daily practices of meditation and prayer can help you delve deeper into your self-awareness!

Need proof? Check out my personality cards, which detail the many different personalities that we all have and use throughout our life journey to cope and thrive. The fact that all of us have encountered these personalities, whether with others or with ourselves, is proof that there’s a common thread that runs through all of us as a species!

REMEMBER!

When it comes to theories about the origins of the universe and humankind, there’s no way to prove the truth, at least for now. By diving within yourself, you can find truth and light! You are far more powerful than you realize. As living beings, we are responsible for ourselves and ourselves alone, so do the best with the existence you have, no matter where it came from.

Pray for others and the Universe prays for you.

YOU ARE LOVE!

You are a beautiful Living Being filled with light and love, born from stardust. You are unlimited potential in every direction. With a focus on discipline, virtue, and your own goodness, you can become as expanded and liberated as you desire.

BLESSINGS TO YOU!

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There is no “Other.” There is only you experiencing yourself.

The Healing Effects Of MDMA & MUSHROOMS

The Healing Effects Of MDMA & MUSHROOMS For PTSD And Other Trauma Conditions

I bet you never thought that drugs made illegal by the United States federal government would suddenly be at the center of a rising interest in the treatment of mental health conditions. Yet, it’s true: the chemicals present in many Schedule I controlled substances are at the forefront of new research about treating the symptoms of PTSD, depression, and other mental health challenges.

In particular, drugs like MDMA and magic mushrooms are helping people with serious illnesses work through their problems and find relief under the close watch of their psychologists. If you suffer from PTSD or another trauma condition, you might want to look closely at the new studies emerging regarding these new substance treatments.

Psilocybin is Turning the World of Psychology Upside Down

Psilocybin is the trending word in today’s psychology studies surrounding illicit substances. This chemical is the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms,” which is a psychoactive substance that causes hallucinations. In controlled doses, however, researchers are finding that the drug can create positive effects on those with mental illnesses or stuck in negative thought patterns affecting their daily life.

Academics once attempted experiments with drugs such as this to study the effects on the brain, but frequent errors and missteps in the processes caused many studies to shut down and the government to tighten up controls. Recently, many U.S. cities have been decriminalizing these drugs in order to open up opportunities for more research and allow those suffering from mental health conditions to find relief. As more studies have shown amazing results, the government has been approving more research requests. In 2016, only two studies occurred regarding the use of illicit drugs, but by 2020, there were 17 trials including LSD, MDMA, and psilocybin as the majority victor.schedule-intuitive-reading-with-paul-now

For example, one trial included a car accident victim with a history of traumatic experiences and a worsening mental health condition. Struck with PTSD, the patient began visits at Imperial College London with his psychologist and neuroscientist. During his visits, the scientists sought to break the negative thought patterns in the patient’s mind by dosing him with psilocybin while laying down and listening to music. The patient began experiencing benign hallucinations, allowing his mind to work through his emotions so he could break through the walls of his PTSD.

As more and more studies pop up surrounding psilocybin, States are beginning to decriminalize and allow it for the use of research and psychological treatment. Results have been astonishingly promising for those who have tried just about every other treatment on the market and have not found any relief for their major depressive disorder, PTSD, addictions, and even eating disorders. For example, in November 2020, one of the studies showed that over 70% of the participating patients taking psilocybin felt more than 50% reduction in their major depressive disorder symptoms over the course of only 4 weeks. Further, 50% of those patients entered total remission. When researchers followed up after the study with those participants, the results promised lasting benefits.

Does Ecstasy Harm or Help Mental Health?

Aside from magic mushrooms or psilocybin, MDMA is at the forefront of mental health research as well. MDMA, also known as molly or ecstasy, names which typically illicit judgment from those who shun street drugs. In fact, the U.S. government has also shunned MDMA as a Schedule I drug, which means that it has no benefits with a high rate of addiction or abuse. Many psychiatrists and researchers are now saying that that categorization is false.

It’s still very controversial whether MDMA can help or hurt. As a rule of thumb, doctors only prescribe medications whose benefits outweigh the risks. MDMA has a history of worsening mental health for heavy users, but many researchers are saying that that is not necessarily MDMA’s fault. One argument is that ecstasy is typically mixed with other drugs when taken illegally. Another argument is that heavy use of any substance is harmful, but in controlled amounts, users can experience benefits safely.

To fully understand, you need to know exactly what MDMA does to a user’s body. Ecstasy is both a stimulant and a hallucinogen, so its effects come in two parts. It raises or alters the levels of three chemicals in your brain: serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. The first two, serotonin and dopamine, are well known for affecting your mood and behavior. The last one, norepinephrine, affects the rate of your pulse and your blood pressure. If you take large amounts of MDMA, the effects will eventually wear off and lead to a drop in serotonin and dopamine, which can be linked to depression.

Psychiatrists argue that taking MDMA in a safe environment with controlled doses under the supervision of doctors and psychologists will allow those who suffer from trauma and mental health conditions to find relief much faster and more efficiently than with other treatments.schedule-intuitive-reading-with-paul-now

Current trials are studying the effects of MDMA dosing on patients with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. For those with PTSD, trials are still ongoing yet are showing promising preliminary results when dosing is paired with psychotherapy methods. A 2015 study promoted MDMA as a more effective option for the treatment of depression due to its immediate effects in comparison to currency available medications that take a long time to start working. Despite promising results, prescribing MDMA as a prescription drug as a treatment for mental health conditions is still illegal.

What Else Can MDMA and Mushrooms Do?

The science slowly being revealed behind how effective MDMA and psilocybin are as mental health treatments are groundbreaking. Beyond mental health, what other benefits are there to legalizing the use of these substances? Closest to my heart is their long history of helping people open up their minds and hearts to knowledge and experiences beyond their daily life.

Hallucinogenic substances across the world have elevated the human spirit and mind for centuries. Some populations still use these drugs today to carry out their religious and spiritual ceremonies and rituals. For example, the indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica used psilocybin for healing and divine inspiration, even as far back as prehistoric times! Art from so long ago depicted these mushrooms and the effects that they had on the people.schedule-intuitive-reading-with-paul-now

Further, academics have been studying the use of Peyote by Native Americans for a long time as well. A famous psychiatrist from Harvard, John H. Halpbern, has been visiting tribes in America to attend their religious ceremonies. The U.S. government has allowed the use of Peyote only in the context of the Native American Church, and Halpbern as well as journalists have documented just how integral these hallucinogenic drugs are to the Native Americans’ spirituality.

In Africa, the iboga plant is a hallucinogenic substance used for religious experiences as well. The Babongo people pulverize it and use it to receive otherworldly knowledge. The effects are known to cause a blending of the senses, visions, and euphoria. In South Asia, Kava is a popular substance consumed for religious ceremonies to strengthen kinship in the community and open up channels of communication with divine powers.

While Kava, Iboga, and Peyote aren’t necessarily MDMA or mushrooms, their basic function and effects are the same: they tap into the mind and help it to break down its barriers and normal structured function so that the user can experience new things beyond this realm. If you’re looking for a way to elevate your spiritual practices, these are certainly an answer!

You might also enjoy my Free Resources pages, as they offer many prayers and rituals that can heal, illuminate, and change your life.

BLESSINGS TO YOU! STAY GRATEFUL!

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The Ho’Oponopono: Ancient Rite of Forgiveness

The Ho’Oponopono: The Ancient Rite of Forgiveness

Do you ever get the unshakable feeling of being unwanted or unwelcome around specific people or in a certain environment? Do you ever avoid attending certain events or being around a select group of people because there is “bad blood?” Whether you are at the center of these negative feelings or removed by a degree or two, the effects of grudges and unforgiveness are strong, widespread, and life-changing.

In an unsavory situation such as this, everyone involved can own up to some responsibility. You might have been the one who made the first mistake and then was shunned. You might be the one shunning. Either way, both parties are perpetuating the issue by not taking responsibility for their actions. With both parties unwilling to confront the issue, grudges and negative feelings can last a lifetime and lead to many missed opportunities and ruined experiences.

If you are ready to take control of your side of the situation, it’s time to learn from the masters of forgiveness. Whether or not the other side is ready or willing to move on, you can begin practicing Ho’Oponopono, the ancient Hawaiin rite of forgiveness.

What is Ho’Oponopono?

In Hawaii, “Ho’Oponopono” means “to make things right” or to “move things back into balance.” Unlike other understandings of “making things right,” this ancient ritual is focused on the self and introspection. Many people might think that confrontation with the other party and working things out verbally is the only way to reach forgiveness, but the Hawaiians believe that self-love is at the center of life’s balance in this ritual.schedule-intuitive-reading-with-paul-now

Without any intervention or knowledge of the other party, you can practice Ho’Oponopono by yourself. This ritual cleanses the body of all those negative feelings left over by unfortunate events and helps you to rid yourself of your guilt. This ritual is especially powerful for those who need to forgive themselves, even if the only wrong they committed was to themselves.

How Do I Do the Ho’Oponopono Ritual?

Forgiveness can seem extremely complicated, but the beauty of the Ho’Oponopono ritual is that it’s simple. The ritual is a manta made of four phrases that you can repeat to yourself as much as you need, as often as you need to. Find comfort in a still position, and close your eyes. If you think you need more confrontation with yourself, I like to look at myself in the mirror! Do what you’re comfortable with and go at your own pace.

The next step is to really visualize who you need forgiveness from. If you have wronged someone a long time ago, it’s time to confront them in your mind. You might never be able to face them again, but this ritual will allow you to ask for that forgiveness, and on some level, that person will feel the effects of this powerful ritual, too. If you need forgiveness from yourself, this ritual is an extremely powerful way to begin that healing process and jumpstart your journey towards wholeness and gentle self-love.

When you’re ready, repeat this mantra:

“I love you. I’m sorry. Please Forgive me. Thank you.”

This mantra might come in different forms for different people. If you are struggling to forgive yourself because you don’t have any self-love, it’s important to begin this ritual with “I love you.” Make sure you say it over and over until you start to feel its effects. Make sure you really mean each phrase as you say it.schedule-intuitive-reading-with-paul-now

For others, saying “I’m sorry” might be the biggest struggle. Having a hard time admitting guilt is common, so focusing on “I’m sorry” first could be most important. It is only by breaking down the first wall that we can continue to the next.

Repeating this mantra will help you dive deeper into the meaning of the mantra and slowly cleanse yourself of the guilt and pain. Now, you can begin to heal.

Benefits of the Ho’Oponopono Ritual

Beyond getting past an awkward or unfortunate mistake in the past is just one reason why you should practice the ancient rite of forgiveness. There are so many benefits to performing frequent forgiveness rituals that even fairly content and healthy people should still consider trying Ho’Oponopono!

Self-Love

At the center of this ancient Hawaiin rite of forgiveness is self-love. Learning to love yourself is the first step of many aspects of your life’s journey. Without self-love, every effort and action you take is rooted in hurt and a misunderstanding of yourself. You won’t ever get to know your needs or embrace your true self. How can you ever reach your goals and enjoy life without first discovering and loving yourself?

Sitting quietly in reflection or staring yourself in the face while repeating these mantras can help you delve into yourself and begin breaking down walls. Extend yourself an embrace and accept every edge and corner. By being more loving to yourself, you can also more fully give of yourself to others.

Letting Go of the Past

Many of us live in our past. We think too much about where we’ve been, what we’ve done, and who we’ve met along the way. Because of this, we are creatures of habit and tend to sulk in the darker corners of our minds. We struggle to break the chains of past faults and broken relationships.schedule-intuitive-reading-with-paul-now

Forgiveness requires us to let go of the past, and ultimately, the past doesn’t exist! The past is made up of our memories, many of them faulty and distorted due to our emotions and perceptions. The sooner we accept that the past doesn’t exist and cannot come back to do us any more harm, the sooner we can move on from our guilt and negative experiences.

Improve Mindfulness

Mantras and meditation of any kind are wonderful ways to improve our mindfulness. Not only does Ho’Oponopono help us to forgive ourselves and move on from the past, but it helps us to better root ourselves in the present. Making a point to set an alarm or stop to reflect each day pulls us from our busy routines and forces us to live in the present. The Ho’Oponopono ritual forces us to reflect on ourselves and be with ourselves in the now.

While we’re practicing this ancient ritual, we’re also given the opportunity to check in with ourselves. How do we feel when we tell ourselves “I love you” or “I’m sorry?” Are we uncomfortable, squirmy, unable to make eye contact without ourselves?

How about asking ourselves for forgiveness? Do we feel ready for forgiveness?

Ask all these questions throughout your forgiveness journey so that you can track your progress and understand where you’re at in your development.

Looking for More Guidance?

The Ho’Oponopono is by far one of my favorite rituals to practice. I do it sometimes a hundred times a day, making sure to always show myself love and forgiveness. I encourage you to practice this mantra, even if only for a moment in the day. I’ve also created a video on Ho’Oponopono to help you get started!

If you love these types of rituals, I have so many more to offer you to try. You can visit my free resources page to find more mantras, prayers, and practices for all types of healing. Check out this great list as well of Divine Masters for more spiritual inspiration.

REMEMBER!

You are a beautiful Living Being filled with light and love, born from stardust. You are unlimited potential in every direction. With a focus on discipline, virtue, and your own goodness, you can become as expanded and liberated as you desire.

Pray for others and the Universe prays for us.

LOTS OF BLESSINGS TO YOU!

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The Many Benefits of Qi Gong

The Many Benefits of Qi Gong

Are you feeling blocked up emotionally, spiritually, or physically? Have you been looking for a new practice that can double as an exercise routine and a spiritual ritual? There are so many fantastic practices that combine working the body with working the mind and spirit, but none so much as rewarding and satisfying as Qi Gong.

If you have heard of Tai Chi, then you’ll already be well on your way to learning Qi Gong, also known as Chi Kung. Similar to other practices that focus on energy within the body, Qi Gong helps improve your energy flow to heal, revive, and maintain the positive energy within yourself and even support physical health.

What is Qi Gong (Chi Kung)?

Qi Gong or Chi Kung is a centuries-old Chinese practice for physical and spiritual health. It combines the preciseness of technique and the monotony of repetition to help rejuvenate you and improve your energy flow. The method relies heavily on deep, controlled breathing and the twisting and stretching your body’s energy channels. Because of its proven success in improving physical health, especially when recovering from injuries, the practice has been an accepted addition to health-related methods by medical authorities in China.schedule-intuitive-reading-with-paul-now

The practice dates to 2696–2598 BCE and the Yellow Emperor. You can also find it in the Huangdi Neijing book of internal medicine, which has been the fundamental source for two millennia for Chinese medicine. The practice focuses on Qi, also known as Chi, the energy that flows through the body through gates and channels.

If you observe someone practicing Qi Gong, you’ll notice that some repetitious movements are gentle and slow while others are vigorous and demanding. The practice uses both small, almost imperceptible movements with large movements to align, stretch, and improve different Qi gates and channels throughout the body. Ultimately, the goal is to relax as much as possible so that Qi can flow freely.

The 12 Meridians in Tradition Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qi flows through the 12 meridians of the body. These meridians are the basis for many healing practices, including acupuncture, meridian massages, and Tai Chi. Understanding the different meridians and their governance of Qi and the body is extremely important to your practice of Qi Gong.

The 12 meridians are connected to major organs in the body and work with the centerline meridians, also known as the conception vessel and the governing vessel. The principal meridians are:

    1. Lung meridian – through which we consume energy
    2. Large Intestine meridian – where we process waste
    3. Stomach meridian –  where we pull nutrients from things we consume
    4. Heart meridian – sends our blood throughout the body
    5. Small Intestine meridian – through which we pull water and nutrients
    6. Bladder meridian – through which we expel toxins
    7. Kidney meridian – where we regulate our male reproductive system, blood, and marrow
    8. Pericardium meridian – through which we regulate emotions, energy, and protection of the heart
    9. Triple Warmer meridian – through which we balance our wellness and metabolism
    10. Gall Bladder meridian – where we store toxins
    11. Liver meridian – through which we maintain our flexibility, circulate our Qi, and regulate the reproductive systems of females

Traditional Chinese Medicine uses the knowledge of these 12 meridians to direct the focus of acupuncturists, massage professionals, and Tai Chi practitioners. Massage and acupuncture practices, for instance, follow the mapped-out lines of Qi channels and gateways to apply pressure for certain conditions and complaints. On the other hand, Tai Chi practitioners use the knowledge of these channels to focus the breath and choose certain movements in achieving their goals.

Active vs. Passive Qi Gong

You can choose to follow active or passive Qi Gong or combine both to achieve your goals for the practice. Active Qi Gong is also known as dong gong, which focuses on enhancing Yang energy through active movements and breathing. Passive Qi Gong focuses on Yin energy by practicing stillness of both the body and mind, flexing the mind to alter energy flows instead of physical movements.schedule-intuitive-reading-with-paul-now

In other words, active Qi Gong looks a lot more like the traditional Tai Chi practices most people have witnessed, while passive Qi Gong looks like meditation.

Benefits of Qi Gong

At the elementary level, Qi Gong is a meditation, breathing, and exercise practice that can help the body and mind relax and heal. At a deeper level, improving the flow of Qi throughout the body revives your spirit and helps you take control of your life.

To properly benefit from practicing Qi Gong, one must learn about Qi, how it flows through the body, and precisely which different channels and gates regulate parts of the body and spirit. By understanding exactly how to use Qi Gong, you can target specific issues you might be dealing with and quickly help your body and mind to heal.

Supporting Mental Health

Both active and passive Qi Gong practices are great for supporting your mental health because the fundamental goal is to relax and focus on your breath. Meditation of any kind helps you to improve your awareness and presence in the moment, which is an effective method for checking in with how you feel physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. You can also help your mind to stop obsessing over the past or future, which are prevalent sources of stress, anxiety, and depression.

Both Eastern and Western medicine leaders promote stillness, deep breathing, and meditation as therapeutic practices that improve one’s ability to relax and shake off negative thoughts and emotions. Being still with yourself and improving your breath can reduce excessive adrenal responses in the body and stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system.

Lower Risk and Improve Symptoms of Chronic Disease

Because both active and passive Qi Gong methods are gentle practices, whether they include exercise or not, it is a great practice for supporting health even for those at risk of or suffering from chronic conditions.schedule-intuitive-reading-with-paul-now

Qi Gong does not interfere with other medical treatments, so it is entirely safe to practice as long as the practitioner does not push their body beyond their limits. These gentle and repetitious movements help to stimulate blood flow, stretch your muscles and ligaments, and lower stress. These benefits are proven to help lower your risk of suffering from many common chronic diseases.

For example, studies have shown that Qi Gong has improved symptoms common to heart disease and diabetes and lowered the risk of stroke.

Improving Muscle Strength and Precision

Qi Gong depends on your ability to repeat exact movements over a period of time, so performing them exactly over and over will help define your muscles. These practices, as a result, also improve your awareness of your physical presence within space. With enhanced muscle strength and stretches that increase your flexibility, you will get much better at putting your body into precise forms and staying very still, improving your balance.

Medical studies have shown improvements in how Qi Gong practitioners walk and balance, regardless of age. Older adults that practiced weekly for 12 weeks showed promising results, and young adults increased their stability scores by over 16% in another study over eight weeks.

Reach Spiritual Enlightenment

Aside from the health benefits, both physical and mental, of Qi Gong, there are so many other spiritual benefits. Those who dive into the meditation portion of Qi Gong during their practice can pursue enlightenment and improve their life of ritual and prayer. Overall, spiritual Qi Gong focuses on enhancing self-awareness and finding harmony and balance within oneself.

Through the regular and rigorous practice of active and passive Qi Gong methods, practitioners can take complete control of their body, mind, and spiritual energy. Mantras, prayers, and mudras are combined with mindful awareness and active management of energy flow within the body.

Achieving this ultimate awareness of energy flows allows expert practitioners to pinpoint imbalances and actively tend to them. Whether these imbalances are caused by physical injury, mental instability, emotional suffering, or even those passed down by previous generations, Qi Gong practitioners can actively target this imbalance and treat it using Qi Gong methods.

If you are interested in spiritual improvement using Qi Gong, I have many free resources including prayers, rituals, mantras, and more that you can incorporate into your practice. Once you begin, you’ll soon realize how freeing and empowering it is to slow down, breathe, and take control of your body, mind, and spirit.

YOU ARE LOVE!

You are a beautiful Living Being filled with light and love, born from stardust. You are unlimited potential in every direction. With a focus on discipline, virtue, and your own goodness, you can become as expanded and liberated as you desire.

BLESSINGS TO YOU!

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The Wide Gap Between A Karmic and Dharmic Life

The Wide Gap Between A Karmic and Dharmic Life

Philosophies on life are innumerable. So many different cultures, belief systems, religions, and other institutional or social factors cause each person to have a unique view and journey in life. While everyone is different, there are efforts to apply labels or categories that make general mindsets or stages of life identifiable and easier to discuss. Two popular labels like this are “karmic” and “dharmic,” Sanskrit terms for concepts held in Indian regions.

I would never force anyone to choose a label for themselves to identify their beliefs. Still, if you’re looking for an opportunity to discuss your mindset and life journey, labels can be the easier way to bridge that gap. These categories can also help you assess what you want out of life and whether your current relationships are healthy. Let’s discover what karmic and dharmic mean and how these mindsets can help guide your life.

What Does Karmic Mean?

Many more people in the West have heard of “karma” rather than “dharma.” You might have heard people warn others not to do something because it’s “bad karma” or that karma will come back later. Because it is much more popularized, understanding the karmic system has a lower barrier to entry for beginners.

“Karma” literally means “action” in Hindu. Karmic refers to your day-to-day actions throughout your life. It relies on a moral system of good and bad actions, and each person builds up their karma with each thing they do. Actions as small as holding the door open for someone else or picking up something dropped by another can contribute to your karma.

Because karma focuses on the individual units of each action you take every minute of your life, it’s easy to focus on the small things without seeing them in the context of your entire life. However, building up as much positive karma as possible is the goal of your next life to be much improved from your current one. If you have too much bad karma, Hindus believe that they will end up a rung lower on the ladder of life in their next life. schedule-intuitive-reading-with-paul-now

As with all religious concepts, there are other interpretations of karma. A popular way of seeing karma is to see it as a guarantee that anything you do in life will be returned in kind. It is a way of seeing that the Universe is always in perfect balance. Every sacrifice will be repaid in a favor, and every overstep or wrongdoing will be balanced by a loss in this life or the next.

What Does Dharmic Mean?

Not many people have heard of the word “dharma,” as there aren’t many popular sayings in the West that use the term. It might seem foreign at first, but dharma is actually a concept that is familiar once you grasp a true understanding of it.

“Dharma” is a much more expansive term than “karma.” Dharmic refers to your life’s duty or goal, which is different for everyone and is generally determined by your social class and life situation.

While dharma is certainly a motivation for the structure of Indian culture and society, it is not much different from concepts originated in other religions and belief systems. Many faiths, including Christianity, believe that physical life on Earth is not the beginning or the end of a soul’s journey, but just a point at which humans are tested and given the opportunity to do good or bad things. What Christians do here on Earth directly affects where they believe they’ll end up after death, and they feel their life’s mission is to fulfill their highest purpose, which is very similar to the concepts of karma and dharma in India.

Strictly focusing on dharma alone, though, has its downfalls. For many in India who seek to live a dharmic life, it’s difficult to determine whether strictly staying within the tradition and your social class is enough to fulfill dharma. Some believe actions taken to stretch beyond the confines of one’s community are necessary to discovering one’s true life purpose. As you can see, the dharmic system is much more focused on one’s life overall rather than day-to-day actions like karma.

How Do Karma and Dharma Relate to Each Other?

While karma and dharma seem to be on opposite ends of the spectrum, both are integral to Hinduism. In simple terms, karma relates to your daily actions to achieve your dharma, which is your overall life’s mission. Not all actions you take relating to karma have to relate to your dharma directly. Still, the intention is to make sure you build up as much positive karma as possible so that you can break free of the reincarnation cycle and/or achieve enlightenment.

The tricky part? Dharma and karma are so intertwined that your karma directly relates to your dharma. What is good karma for one person might be bad for another, and there’s no set way to discover what your dharma is. For example, if your dharma is to fight for your nation in a war, and you choose to become a soldier, then you’ll have good karma. If you decide to become a soldier, but your dharma was actually to become a teacher, that otherwise noble act would actually be considered bad karma.

As you can imagine, this immense uncertainty is stressful to many believers of the karmic and dharmic systems. Karma and dharma, however, don’t just stop at being concepts that dictate the way you live your life. “Karmic” and “dharmic” are also terms that relate to the lifestyle choices you make and the way you conduct relationships with others.

What Does It Mean to Live a Karmic Life?

As we explained previously, the karmic system focuses on the minute details of our everyday life–every action we take scores a point in the karmic system, whether it’s a negative or positive point. Living a karmic life follows this idea: everything is very focused on doing something with the expectation that you get something in return. Actions are contractual and you have expectations for what you will receive. schedule-intuitive-reading-with-paul-now

In other words, a karmic life is very utilitarian. You do well at your job to get better pay. You’re polite to your neighbors so that they’ll watch out for you in the case of an emergency or difficult situation. You drive your car responsibly so that you won’t have to pay for tickets or get points on your license.

Simply, the karmic system doesn’t concern itself with your desires. It’s not about you being a great person no matter what you choose to do because what you want from your life doesn’t matter as much as fulfilling your life’s purpose. Achieving positive karma points is the end goal, so you don’t necessarily do things because they are good to do.

Some people might argue that intention doesn’t matter. Utilitarians see all things as tools, a means to an end. So the intention behind their use doesn’t matter as much as achieving a positive result. For many people, living a karmic life is natural and organic and switching to a dharmic mindset is outlandish and difficult.

What Do Dharmic Lives Look Like?

While karmic lives base themselves on contracts and expectations, dharmic lives treat life with the view of the bigger picture. Everything is done with an overall view of life and the Universe in mind, making one less attached to the minute details and everyday actions than those who focus on a karmic life.

In other words, actions are not done for the immediate result they will achieve. Those with dharmic lives do not do a nice thing for a neighbor in order to turn around and immediately ask for a favor. They do not smile at others in order to be treated better, and they don’t help others fix their problems because they want to get something out of it.

Dharmic lives are based on love, truth, and virtue. Actions are done because they are the right actions to be done, because they are based in truth and love. Dharmic lives build themselves around virtue no matter what that means, and they do not expect anything in return. Overall, those who live a dharmic life are idealists–they have their eyes set on the bigger picture and fulfilling their life’s purpose, not necessarily their everyday utilitarian needs and desires.

A more down-to-Earth example is to consider how Indian society is structured. Indians are people too, of course, which means they all have unique personalities, desires, and dreams. For many, though, the day-to-day whims and dreams don’t matter when it comes to living their lives as they are told. Indians who set out to live dharmic lives see their life’s purpose as the most important achievement, regardless of what they would want otherwise, and work very hard to fulfill that mission. For traditionalists, that means staying within their social class, fulfilling all the duties and expectations of a person within that class, and not deviating from what their parents have set up for them in regards to social circles and romantic relationships. In other words, to live a dharmic life is to live the most noble life within the station that the gods have given you.

What Is the Difference Between a Karmic and Dharmic Relationship?

By now, it is obvious these concepts of karmic and darmic can be applied to relationships. Thinking of karmic as utilitarian and dharmic as idealist helps to understand how these different lifestyles function within their families, social circles, and romantic relationships.

For example, karmic relationships consist of people who use each other contractually. One would say, “I’ll love you if you love me back.” One gives of themselves only if the other is also giving, and one will remove themselves if they are not receiving what they want in return. Because of this contractural relationship of expectations, people can be reduced to tools, used only for what they can offer. Relationships might be reduced to sexual relations, money, or other useful and pleasurable things.schedule-intuitive-reading-with-paul-now

While entering these relationships might feel consensual, it is often our strong unconscious pull towards the other person–not necessarily a decisive, intentional decision to enter a healthy and good relationship for our life’s purpose.

On the other hand, dharmic relationships are made of two people who don’t need each other. There is no reason to be together except for mutual love, respect, and desire to experience life by each other’s side. The relationship isn’t based on contracts, ultimatums, or expectations. These relationships enjoy the benefits of consensual experiences such as sexual relations, the sharing of money, and other exciting things, but these exchanges aren’t needed or expected. Overall, the goal is for both partners to reach their life’s highest purpose together.

Dharmic relationships are rare because both people need to have a higher level of emotional and spiritual maturity and a better understanding of their true selves. The relationship is not for the emotional healing of each person anymore. They’ve moved beyond that and are now looking for enlightenment.

Are Karmic Relationships Doomed to End Badly?

As wide as the gap is between a karmic and dharmic life or relationship, not all is lost. It is very possible to turn a karmic relationship into a dharmic one. For many people, early relationships are karmic because their souls and emotional maturity are still young. Too early on life’s journey, these people often have not yet discovered what they truly need to live a fulfilling life and are still living within a contractual mindset.

As life goes on, it is more likely for people to begin seeking dharmic relationships, where the partnership is based on life’s goal rather than expectations for each other. That being said, a karmic relationship from earlier in life’s journey can certainly turn into a dharmic relationship. People can grow and change together, and if the bond is strong enough, they can evolve into two people living dharmic lives side by side.

At the same time, it’s important to be self-aware and completely mindful of the situation. If you feel that you are progressing on life’s journey while your partner isn’t yet interested in emotionally and spiritually maturing, it might not be in either of your best interests to stay together.

Mixing a karmic life and a dharmic life can certainly cause problems and turmoil in a relationship. Suppose one person feels that they rightly deserve something in return for their actions, while the other does not believe they owe the other person anything. In that case, the relationship will likely turn toxic, and both partners will feel misunderstood and unloved.

At the same time, if one person is working on themselves, growing, and evolving, but the other person seems stuck in place, it can be frustrating for both. One partner might feel like the person they once love is no longer the person they are with. The other person might feel like their partner can no longer understand them or fulfill their spiritual and emotional needs.schedule-intuitive-reading-with-paul-now

Overall, the most important things in relationships are communication and honesty, no matter what stage of life. If both people stay open about their spiritual and emotional needs, then they will always be on the same page. They can continually check in with each other to see where the other is at in their life’s journey and quickly address any concerns instead of letting them fester.

Best case scenario, two people living karmic lives can help each other transcend into dharmic lives!

How Can I Learn to Live a Dharmic Life?

If you’re currently living with a karmic mindset, it will be a difficult journey towards a dharmic life, but not impossible. The first step is for you to turn inward and assess where you are at in your journey. Then, you can implement routines and practices that will help you grow towards your purpose.

I always highly recommend a daily practice of meditation. But stopping your day to take care of yourself, build your skills in mindfulness and focus, and spend some time in prayer, you can do wonders for your emotional and spiritual health. At first, you’ll notice it’s difficult to stay still and quiet, but over time, you’ll become an expert.

Then, you can begin adding mantras, rituals, and other spiritual practices to your day that will deepen your spiritual life and help you evolve. I have many free resources on my website that can get you started, and you can check out my services such as personalized coaching to help you improve your dharmic mindset in all areas of your life!

REMEMBER!

You are a beautiful Living Being filled with light and love, born from stardust. You are unlimited potential in every direction. With a focus on discipline, virtue, and your own goodness, you can become as expanded and liberated as you desire.

Pray for others and the Universe prays for us.

LOTS OF BLESSINGS TO YOU!

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There is no “Other.” There is only you experiencing yourself.

How To Love and Support Hospitality Workers While Traveling

 

Traveling: How To Love, Support, And Nurture The Amazing Workers Around You

Without a doubt, tourism is what makes many of the world’s economies go ‘round. The income that many countries make on travelers alone is astronomical compared to other industries, which means travelers also have a significant impact in many different aspects. Allowing tourists to enter and explore your country means your economy will get a boost, but what will happen to your most precious heritage sites, infrastructure, and environment? How will your culture and society be affected when tourists bring new attitudes, beliefs, and ideas into the mix?

If you love to travel, it should be your top priority to leave your destinations and the hospitality workers who take care of them in better shape than when you arrived, both physically and emotionally. Only by taking care of the countries that you love so much will you be able to return in the future!

Be Generous to Essential and Hospitality Workers

The recent health crisis called COVID-19 brought to the forefront just how much we depend on our essential workers. Mail delivery personnel, garbage truck drivers, grocery store workers, healthcare professionals, and more all braved the unprecedented world of masking, testing, and social distancing. In contrast, others were able to isolate themselves in their homes. Without these brave workers, the world would have come to an absolute standstill, and many would never have survived.

Going forward, it’s important to keep that reality in mind. When you’re traveling, essential workers are keeping the world operating. Being in a new place and away from the familiar does not give anyone the right to treat essential workers in that place poorly. In fact, you should be extra loving! They’re welcoming foreign strangers into their community and serving you as if you were a local.

Make sure you stay respectful and treat essential workers like your kind neighbors. Strike up a conversation, ask them about their day, make their job as easy as you can, and tip if it’s appropriate!

Be Hospitable to Hospitality

Taking care of hospitality facilities that see a constant and quick turnover of new people every day is an extremely difficult job. It’s even more difficult when your job involves cleaning up after other people. One of the biggest complaints from locals about tourists in any location is that they trash the places they visit. Don’t be that person!

Remember that it is someone’s job as a hospitality worker to maintain a clean and polished environment everywhere you visit. Any damage you cause, trash you leave, or unkind words you say will tarnish the places that you later exclaim to friends and family, “That was one of the best places I’ve ever been!” Remember to leave places cleaner and friendlier than you found them so that other tourists can enjoy and the workers who maintain those places can have a great experience.

If you’re looking to make the world a lovelier place by loving and supporting the amazing hospitality workers around you during your visits, try to interact with them even if it takes you off your path. You will never guess the stories they could share or advice about the place they could tell you–as the caretakers, they know the places better than anyone else. Pay special attention to your housekeepers where you’re staying and to those who have been laboring for hours over keeping places clean. Make sure to leave a kind note to thank them for their services and tip them generously.

Respect the Cultures of the Land

As a traveler, you know very well that each place has its own unique attitudes, beliefs, traditions, and history. Some countries have policies to ensure tourists assimilate into that environment rather than disrupt it, while others haven’t installed those policies. As a visitor, policies or not, you should take responsibility for your knowledge of the place and its people so that you are as respectful as possible during your visit, especially to the hospitality workers who must enforce these policies.

For example, in countries with deeply religious histories, you may not be allowed to enter holy sites unless you are appropriately dressed and consent to certain rituals and traditions. Instead of showing up without researching these requirements and making it more difficult for guides and workers, you should spend time preparing for your visit to respect these policies.

In Italy, for instance, certain highly-revered Catholic cathedrals require modest and plain dress for entry. They also might not allow you to enter with backpacks and bags for security reasons. While you’re inside, you might be asked not to take pictures or speak aloud. In these cases, the Italian and church workers take the rules very seriously, and you could be kicked out of the line or out of the cathedral if you disrespect the policies.

Many other places also have strict dress codes, such as North Korea, which bans Western-style clothing. In Saudi Arabia, women must wear headscarves even as tourists. No matter where you plan to visit, research ahead of time so that you do not offend the locals or make the lives of their workers more difficult.

Stay Aware of How Your Presence Affects Locals

For many highly-touristed places, infrastructure and daily life can become disrupted by the number of tourists. Destinations by the ocean, for example, become completely overwhelmed by visitors looking to soak up the sun or take in the seaside views. As a result, local hospitality workers find it difficult to find parking, manage crowds, ensure all visitors are happy, and maintain the cleanliness and operation of the grounds. From your point of view, you’re one individual visiting a new place, but you are one of many.

The best way to ensure you are spreading love and support during your travels is to make sure you don’t add to the negative aspects of overwhelming crowds of tourists. Research in advance about peak seasons and times to avoid adding to the crowds. Plan by buying tickets in advance so you don’t lengthen lines, and try not to let frustration get the best of you by treating the local workers poorly. Further, try not to bulk-buy groceries and supplies at the local markets to the point that you’re emptying the shelves and preventing locals from getting what they need.

If you notice that workers in the place you’re visiting are doing a particularly fantastic job, make sure you acknowledge it to them verbally and consider tipping! They deserve all the love for what they’re dealing with without letting it ruin the quality of their service.

Clean Up After Yourself

Finally, clean up after yourself! You’ve always heard this from your parents, and there are plenty of signs around that remind you, but many people leave behind trash and waste wherever they go. Picking up after your animal, for example, is extremely important for ensuring that hospitality workers like groundskeepers can do their job and visitors can explore without constantly checking where they’re walking. Cleaning off tables and chairs you’ve used will also make sure it’s immediately ready for the next guest and that workers don’t have to work too hard to clean up after you. If you notice something isn’t working, make sure to tell staff immediately rather than leaving it to the next person as well.

REMEMBER!

You are a beautiful Living Being filled with light and love, born from stardust. You are unlimited potential in every direction. With a focus on discipline, virtue, and your own goodness, you can become as expanded and liberated as you desire.

Pray for others and the Universe prays for us.

LOTS OF BLESSINGS TO YOU!


There is no “Other.” There is only you experiencing yourself.

Beyond Covid: A Chance for Spiritual Renewal, New Identities & Rebirth

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Beyond Covid: A Chance for Spiritual Renewal, New Identities & Rebirth

When the earth is sick, sickness spreads in ways that affect people. In this case, we have been treating Mother Earth poorly for so long, She is acting out our own projections, abuse, and anger. Covid-19 is exactly that.

The coronavirus has been around for a long while now. It’s had an indelible impact on our lives and world. This pandemic sent friends and family members to the hospital at record numbers. However, as with every other terrible event or situation, humanity will pick up the pieces and emerge ready for change.

What will most likely not change very much is how we abuse the planet. Sadly, most Republican and right-wing conservatives, and their counterpart governments, might have a wonderful handle on fiscal responsibility and infrastructure management, but they do not understand emotions, love, and how connected we are to all of the elements, planets, bugs, bunnies, each other – and the myriad of etherial realms. C’est la vie!

purchase-the-personality-cards-oracle-tarot-deckIn the meantime, you can love yourself by loving the planet.

You can love others by first loving yourself.

And you can effect changes that improve your life, attitude, perspective, and conditions.

Are you ready for that life-changing transformation?

If the planet has left you isolated or emotionally and spiritually strung out, you can choose to pursue peace and balance.  

Declare this out loud: It’s time for me to have a lovely spiritual renewal. It’s time for me to accept, own, and celebrate my life. I will make changes and invite new light and love into my life!

It’s now time to reflect on yourself, form new habits, and adopt your most core nature as your primary identity. LET’S DO THIS!

COVID: The Affect on Our Spirit

The coronavirus is certainly a physical ailment, but the effects reverberate beyond just the physical body.

For many of us, this was our first experience with a widespread infectious disease – one that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. Amid all this, we’ve all had no firm reassurances from the medical community on the illness or treatments.

Some of us took the vaccine and it harmed our health. Others ignored protocol and were selfish – and chose to avoid the vaccine – becoming harmful petri dishes that put everyone else’s lives in jeopardy. 

While governments and health organizations were rightfully keeping an eye on the numbers of infections, hospitalizations, and casualties, much fewer eyes were on the numbers of mental ailments resulting from the stress, uncertainty, and isolation. 

purchase-the-personality-cards-oracle-tarot-deckStatistics have revealed increased drug use, suicide rate, and other concerning issues surrounding wellness.

Thoughts of suicide and symptoms of anxiety and depression were on the rise, especially among health care workers.

The Kaiser Family Foundation reported global adverse mental health effects such as disturbed sleep, abnormal eating behavior, worsening chronic illnesses, and increased alcohol consumption. With an already worrying mental health crisis sweeping the world, COVID-19 was the last straw for many still struggling to function in their daily lives.

Luckily all of these things are improving! 

Spiritual and emotional ailments are a reality, pandemic or not. COVID-19 created an opportunity for us to open our eyes to the severity of the crisis and the lack of connection within ourselves.

As we all stood still amid lockdowns that kept us frozen in our homes, we were suddenly forced to reassess the states of our minds and spirits without the distractions of our regular routines.

purchase-the-personality-cards-oracle-tarot-deckThe pandemic will always be an event we remember as one of the lowest points for our planet, but we can look forward in a positive light.

Beyond Covid, we have a chance to be reborn. We can reinvent ourselves, explore new identities, and heal our spirits.

An Opportunity for Spiritual Renewal

In every dark and low moment of our lives, we have a choice. We can wallow in the pain and find comfort in unhealthy habits, or we can seek transformational experiences big and small that will help us cope and climb out of the darkness.

These transformational experiences will be different for everyone. 

For many, prayers, routines, and rituals are helpful ways to re-establish our balance and peace. If you love rituals, check out my Free Resources pages. You’ll find ancient ceremonies, lovely prayers, and encouragement that you might find helpful during times of change and transition. You might also consider using my Personality Cards – they’re wonderful for all sorts of rituals. 

Spiritual renewal will come from identifying the negative forces, attitudes, and experiences in our lives and ourselves, then setting goals and courses for change that will help us become reinvigorated, renewed, and reborn. 

purchase-the-personality-cards-oracle-tarot-deckDo you allow energy vampires to affect your emotions and your life choices? Have you fallen into an unhealthy habit with drugs or alcohol? Maybe you lack balanced emotions or healthy priorities and need to reassess your journey.

Or, you might be too attached to someone who violates your boundaries, and it’s time to say goodbye and find yourself again.

No matter your concerns and situation, everyone can work on their spiritual renewal to come out on the other side of covid feeling refreshed, transformed, and ready to live life again.

 


Check out my course: FREE YOURSELF. It can help you completely rebirth your life.

 


Taking on a New Identity

Amid a spiritual renewal, we don’t need to change our appearance or behavior inauthentically. Instead, we need to dig deeper within ourselves to find what lives within us. Times like these can inspire us to make a firm commitment to becoming more in line with our authentic Selves

You may have recently realized that you’ve never been your true self. Maybe you’ve put on a mask or followed certain socially-acceptable behaviors under the guise of a false identity for a fair portion of your life. Realizing this and committing to a new life with an authentic identity can feel challenging but – on the other side of it – it can be wonderfully freeing.

Following this path requires that we be truly bold and courageous. To find our true Selves and commit to a life of honesty and freedom is the ultimate journey.

A choice like this might require that you try on a few different hats–so to speak–before you find one in which you’re entirely comfortable. Thankfully, there are so many tools and resources out there to help you on your journey.

purchase-the-personality-cards-oracle-tarot-deckLooking for a great start to your journey? Find a spiritual Guru to guide you. Throughout humanity’s existence, there have been divine masters who walked among us and changed the way we saw life and the Cosmos. Some have been physical embodiments of the divine forces of the universe, such as the Divine Feminine. Others have been reincarnations of Gods and established new philosophies and faiths.

Finding one or a few that speak to your soul can help you to re-establish spiritual balance and set on a new path to your true self!

You can also choose to establish a routine of prayer, meditation, and other rituals that help you center yourself and reflect on your authentic identity. Setting aside a few minutes a day for reflection and prayer will help you grow your spiritual strength over time and achieve a rebirth!

If your health is failing in some way, explore Ayurvedic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Remember that eastern medical ideologies treat the core of diseases and challenges, while western medicine treats the symptoms. Why? Because drug companies are not restricted and their only motivation is profit.

Achieve Rebirth after COVID!

With the guidance of divine masters, spiritual tools such as prayer, and resources like my personality cards, you can set off on the path to a spiritual rebirth! And check out my Free Yourself course – it’s life-changing!

The most important thing you can do is to stay committed to your journey and be true to yourself.

Spiritual renewal and finding your core identity are not easy, and it can take inordinate amounts of time, all depending on your unique situation and spiritual state. Still, for authentic freedom and happiness, the pursuit is a vital one!

purchase-the-personality-cards-oracle-tarot-deckIn all things astrological and spiritual, please realize that these aspects are only suggestions to help ease some stress. You are far more powerful than you realize.

The blueprints that astrology, white magic, and other spiritual forces and practices suggest are not hard and fast rules. It might also be that you have other influences in your life that might greatly enhance your ability to receive what you desire.

It is also probably that your spirit is more powerful and vibrant than any numerological or astrological reading.

To improve your vibration, luck, and happiness, spend time chanting Sanskrit mantras and love-filled sutras. Access and strengthen your chakras through pranic breathing and yoga. To achieve balance and fully allow energy to flow within you, pray for others. When we do this, the Universe prays for us.

REMEMBER! YOU ARE LOVE!

You are a beautiful Living Being filled with light and love, born from stardust. You are unlimited potential in every direction. With a focus on discipline, virtue, and your own goodness, you can become as expanded and liberated as you desire. 

Pray for others and the Universe prays for us. 

LOTS OF BLESSINGS TO YOU!

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There is no “Other.” There is only you experiencing yourself.

How Empaths Can Build A Beautiful Intentional Life

Amma is a living enlightened Being, the ultimate Empath. Learn more at Amma.org

 

How To Build Intentional Lives As Empaths


As a coach, clients and friends will often seek my counsel. While each of their challenges appears to be unique, I believe many of the problems, especially the recurring ones, stem from one simple idea: We have yet to release the past, forgive everything, and construct new, durable personas (temporary self-identities) – ones that can establish and sustain an enjoyable, stable life.

Instead of plunging into forward movement, we tend to repeatedly reaffirm the past and go in circles.

We can change this. We can recreate our lives with the purest, clearest, and most focused intentions. Living an intentional life is not for everyone, but it’s the only path to liberation and peace.

Even amid being pummeled by karmic repercussions that stem from prior lives, if we establish a strong and deeply rooted self-concept, we can withstand any storm.

Let’s Dive In, Empaths!

From the moments of our births, we begin to build temporary self-identities or personas to maneuver through our lives. These personas are most often born from outdated beliefs, confused family dogma, codependent social paradigms, and limiting religious doctrine. Along the way, we weave guilt, shame, and regret into the fabric of our personas to the point of imprisoning ourselves in loops of repeated behaviors, decisions, and addictions.

Because of this, most of us live as if we’re strapped to rollercoasters, whereby we continuously react to external stimuli as if we have no control. In the short term, we enjoy the results of our impulses. In the long term, we find ourselves in complex situations that erode our senses of Self and peace.

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Over time, consequences and complications emerge. We cope, medicate, and try to assemble a quick-fix response to it all. 

We try everything but eventually find that quick fixes do little to address the deeper issues. We look at every aspect of our lives and realize that our marriages, jobs, and environments are not aligned with who we know ourselves to be. 

In a moment, we understand that we are not self-aware, and therefore, we are not free.

This is the moment of decision. 

Do we continue to shrink and hide or do we choose the road less traveled, finally embracing our true Self as beautiful empaths?

If we choose the latter, we begin to wake up!

We soon feel or sense deep-seated emotions and regrets. We might feel anxious or panicked, feeling unable to source remedies. We finally see the weight that we’ve amassed atop our souls. We remember the stories and justifications we used to keep our outdated personas in charge and in motion for so long.

In a pure moment of delight, we decide enough is enough!

Intentional Spiritual Living is a decision and commitment of the mind and heart to live a fully conscious, pre-meditated life according to our deepest values, ethics, and beliefs, without story or excuse. 

We build an intentional life through self-inquiry, ritual, ceremony, and forgiveness. We own and acknowledge every aspect of our choices amid our tumultuous lives. We own it all – from every teensie bit of minutia to every decision we’ve made.

Empaths! We take responsibility for EVERYTHING. 

We blame NO ONE.

Beginning an intentional life often comes with a year or more of crying a few hours every day. It requires complete transparency with our core Self, God, and the eternal consciousness. We can no longer hide. We refuse to hide. We are now on a mission to unearth every truth about ourselves and the nature of the Universe.

We begin to imagine a new persona, one that is built upon virtue, transparency, vulnerability, and truth. We no longer carry regret or shame. We no longer blame. We own it all – every molecule of every instant.

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We process it all, pounding the earth in anger and crying for every lost moment. We cry to God and the Universe to nurture and save us. We do this until we are drained of all projection, attitude, and ego. We realize we know nothing and we are nothing. 

From there, we build our new, more durable, more holy persona – not from the rubble, rather, from the truths we’ve uncovered and become.

We grow our personas into emotionally, psychologically, and financially stable warriors – through whatever means. With meditation, mantra, and Divine grace, we begin to strengthen and stabilize. 

We continually release emotions, attachments, and the past. 

“The past is a canceled check. It no longer exists.” – Amma

After some time, we realize that we’ve become warriors of self-care, self-responsibility, and self-awareness. 

Having built an intentional spiritual persona, we can now build an intentional spiritual life.

How Do We Do This as Empaths?

      • We are careful welcoming people into our lives
      • With a new friend, we are careful when choosing to engage in sex. While sex is certainly wonderful, it can be distracting and harmful. Get to know your friends before jumping into bed with them.
      • We are careful before solidifying a marriage. According to the rishis, it is best to know and live with someone for 3 years prior to committing to a marriage.
      • We carefully research and plan job and home changes
      • We don’t “jump” into anything, instead, we pause, reflect, and consider
      • We refrain from feeding our addictions
      • Less screen time and more prayer time, like letter-writing
      • We pray as often as we can
      • We continuously have faith hope
      • We forgive everything
      • We own everything
      • We do not dwell on our negative feelings
      • We remember that we are never a victim
      • We work to completely dissolve our egos
      • We choose our food carefully (organic, grass-fed, no chemicals, lots of greens and vegetables)
      • When we are able, we strive to find the balance between western medicine and naturopathic medicine, knowing that pure food is our best medicine
      • We realize our thoughts sustain us, so we choose them carefully
      • We learn to place our attention on aspects that truly serve and uplift us because we know what we contemplate is what we become. Mediate on the rose and you become the rose.
      • We realize that our self-esteem can only come from ourselves
      • We decide to be happy because happiness is a choice
      • We say goodbye to people and events that do not serve our liberation and peacefulness
      • We say goodbye to deep attachments, except GOD & THE DIVINE
      • We have boundaries
      • We only speak lovingly about ourselves
      • We stop all projection
      • We maintain a healing attitude
      • We find ways to selflessly love and serve others while also not hurting ourselves
      • We root ourselves in self-inquiry, honesty, and love
      • You might enjoy releasing processes and modalities like The Sedona Method (search it, it’s awesome)
      • When we’re ready, we can seek out living enlightened masters like Amma, Karunamayi Ma, and Mother Meera
        • We can ask to receive a mantra from one of them
        • We can ask Her to be our guru or spiritual master which can expedite our pathway to liberation.
      • If we feel so inclined, we honor the purest and most non-judgmental tenets of our birth religions
      • We enjoy our fellow empath birth masters, including Jesus, Buddha, Mohammad, and others

IN ALL THINGS, PLEASE KNOW …

You are more than you realize. You have resources far beyond your wildest imagination. It’s time to commit to a more eternal game. It’s time to release it all and become your most vibrant, eternal, and empowered Self. SURrender!
As you reach toward liberation, you might want to explore having a coach, guide, or therapist to help you along your path. In the meantime, meditate, pray, and chant with loving attention toward the divine.


 

Other articles you might enjoy:

Helpful Ways To Inspire Rebirth During Challenging Times

Amma: The Loving, Hugging, Humanitarian Saint

Transformation Rituals and Ceremonies


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