As a student of metaphysics and magik I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to teach and well as learn from other teachers and my students alike. The following is a Student Guide I hand out in my meditation classes. Included in this guide is a short introduction to meditation methods and it’s benefits. As well as, a step-by-step instruction manual for anyone to follow to learn meditation on their own.
What is Meditation?
Prayer allows you to talk to the Divine and petition for assistance. Meditation allows you to become one with the Divine and discover the divine within your inner being.
Meditation has been practiced around the world in every known religion, from Buddhism to Christianity. Many people have meditated for spiritual communication, personal fulfillment, as a form of worship or just to relax and relieve stress. During this century western societies have begun to recognize the benefits of meditation. The breathing and visualizations employed by traditional medicine help patience fight cancer, physical illnesses, relieve stress and so on. Continue reading →
They are called the messengers of the Divine. Some know them as the window to Universal Law and the sacred symbols of the higher consciousness. Whatever their auspicious synonym, the Tarot has been mentioned in ancient texts for 35,000 years. The Hermetic Kabbalah, tells of 108 stone tablets that lay beneath the ancient pyramids at Giza. 78 of these tablets are called the ‘Exoteric’ Tarot, the remaining 30 are the ‘Esoteric’ Tarot.
Even though there is evidence that the Tarot has existed for thousands of years, the first known decks come from 12th century India. They didn’t arrive in Europe until the time of the Crusades where they were often trophies of war held by European soldiers. It wasn’t long until the modern Europeans began creating their own versions of these religious decks, which were the forerunners to our modern playing cards.
It wasn’t until the 16th Century that the Tarot really began it’s invasion through the traveling Gypsy caravans and their use turned back to a spiritual perspective or as a tool for divination. Continue reading →
Your perspectives are based on your experiences. What you define in your life, or give a label to is based on those understandings and views. You and I could have the same near death spiritual experience and based on our perspectives give aspects of that experience different names because of what we believe to be true in our own lives.
You may call your experience a visit to heaven, I might call it the Celtic Otherworld, someone else may call it Summerland or Valhalla. No label is wrong, because the label is given by the person who had the experience. It was their event, they have a right to call it what they will.
This discussion has come up here in my community because of story reported in our local news. One of our NBC News anchors, Curt Autry, reported on a story about a neurosurgeon who had a near death experience and believes he has proof of heaven.
A few people are upset that the “news” is reporting this story. Some are denouncing the Dr.s claims and insist there is a medical reason for his “vision”. Others, like me, support his vision as it’s not the first time we’ve heard this type of story or near death experience.
Today many people will experience new love, others will rekindle old love, and some will find the strength to walk away from destructive love. It’s a day where people often allow their emotions and heart to get in the way of what they need and allow what they want to take over. But are your emotions the better guide to making the right choices?
The answer might be easier to figure out than you think. We often tell people to “Follow your Heart” when making important decisions. While that might sound like good advice, it’s often the wrong thing to say. Our heart or emotions are often clouded by a variety of psychological elements. Past hurts, nagging voices in our subconscious, fear and trepidation of a potential future of pain and distress all play a role in forming our emotions and emotional responses. Continue reading →