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    These are some of the different stages of meditation:

    Sitting still. It might be difficult to control the mind, but, we can at least perfect the art of sitting still. Some people can even struggle with this, if they live very hectic and agitated lives. However, for meditation we need to be able to keep the body perfectly still and relaxed for a good length of time. Sitting still is a precursor to meditation.

    Relaxation. The next stage is to relax the body and remind ourselves that we are going to focus on our meditation and nothing else. We want to let go of any tension and stress. We can do a few breathing exercises to let go of any stress we may have.

    Observation of Thoughts. The next stage is to observe our thoughts as they come and go. We can’t expect to stop them straight away, but, we want to gradually detach ourselves from them. By observing our thoughts we realise thoughts are external to us, so it is easier to let go of them. We realise many thoughts come into the mind, but, we have the power to accept or reject them.

    Dharana. This is concentration. When we concentrate we focus on only one object at a time. It may be a candle, flower or sacred picture. But, in pure dharana all our awareness and energy is focused on this object. Stray thoughts cannot enter our mind, but, they get blocked out by the power of our concentration.

    Dhyana. This is the state of meditation where our mind is still. Thoughts do not come to bother us. We have entered into a pure meditative consciousness and we are able to hold ourselves in this fixed state of mind. In this state we well feel a sense of peace, oneness and expansion.

    Samadhi. In samadhi we are completely absorbed in our meditation. We have become so absorbed we will lose sense of self and the external world. Our consciousness will be flooded with infinite peace, light and delight. It is an experience that cannot be described in words. The poet Rumi said, it is impossible to share this ecstatic consciousness the poet can only share as much as a bee can carry a few drops of honey from a full jar.

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  • “”Spiritual Manifestation is the theory that through regular meditation and positive, constructive thought, you can make your dreams and desires become reality. Spiritual manifestation revolves around the New Age concept of the Law of Attraction. This idea has recently been popularized in American media by such things as the book “The Secret” and the sitcom “My Name Is Earl”. Simplified down to a single statement, the Law of Attraction states that think and act in a positive way, good thing will happen to you, but if your think and act negatively, bad things will happen to you.

    This concept has been around a long, long time, from the ancient Hindu concept of “karma” to its many modern forms such as “Positive Thinking”, “Mental Science”, “Pragmatic Christianity”, “Religious and/or Divine Science”, and “Practical Metaphysics”.

    There is a significant difference between these practices, however, and spiritual manifestation. While many of these practices aim for vague, random “positive things” to happen to you (as karma often does to comic effect in “My Name Is Earl”), it is aims for much more targeted, specific results to make your dreams and desires come true.

    Spiritual manifestation holds that if you really want something and truly believe it’s possible, it will happen. On the other hand, if you dwell on what you don’t want to happen, giving it lots of thought and attention, that will probably happen, too.

    HOW DOES SPIRITUAL MANIFESTATION WORK?

    Spiritual manifestation operates on three levels: the spiritual, the psychological, and the physical. Each level requires its own explanation.

    On the spiritual level, it is believed that thoughts have an energy of their own, which attracts whatever the person is thinking of. This energy itself is neither positive nor negative-it simply is. In order to harness this energy to your benefit, one must practice for things:

    1. Know what you want.
    2. Ask the universe for it.
    3. Feel and behave as if the object of your desire is on its way.
    4. Be open to receiving it.

    On the psychological level, spiritual manifestation is considered a form of the “self-fulfilling prophecy”. If one is convinced their dreams and desires are unattainable, they will only make a half-hearted attempt, be overly receptive to any obstacles as a signs of impending failure, and eventually become discouraged and give up.

    On the other hand, if one is convinced their dreams and desires are attainable, even inevitable, they will react differently. They will throw themselves into the task, working hard to achieve their dream. They will view obstacles only as temporary setbacks, a Stumbling Block rather than a Road Block, and view any sign of success as prove that their dreams are slowly becoming reality.

    Finally, on a physical level, advocates of spiritual manifestation point to a potential scientific explanation for how this works. Scientifically, human thought is just a biochemical process of neurons being transferred between different synapses in the brain. However, this transfer of neurons creates an electrical current-tiny, sure, but measurable.

    This electrical current also generates a tiny magnetic field. Keep in mind the brain has tens of thousands of synapses firing at any one time.

    Proponents of spiritual manifestation argue that these electrical and magnetic waves carry content, not just meaningless static, although we do not yet have to tool to measure and confirm this theory. Advocates of spiritual manifestation argue that through mental training and meditation, people can control their thoughts, and thus the bio-chemical and bio-magnetic energy emitted by their brain waves. Although this has not yet been proven, it is an interesting scientific theory.””

    By: Amanda Isbitt

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  • Is 2012 the End of the World?

    By Larry Chistopher

    As many people are now aware, the Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012. This is a somewhat disputed fact, especially when it comes to deciding what this means. According to one interpretation, 2012 corresponds to other prophecies, such as Revelations  in the Bible, and perhaps to Hindu beliefs that predict the “end of the world.”

    Another, less fearsome way to look at it is that December, 2012 is simply the end of a particular cycle of time. Some have associated this time with the Age of Aquarius, whose exact beginning even astrologers cannot seem to agree on. Jose Arguellos first popularized the whole 2012 idea with books he began writing in the 1980s, such as The Maya Factor. More recently, other writers have come forth with their own theories about what is going to happen in 2012.

    Is we remember that the universe has gone on for countless billions of years, it seems unlikely that everything is going to end in 2012, or at any other time. Another thing to keep in mind is that time itself is not something real, but a concept invented by humans. This includes all of our calendars, clocks and other time-keeping devices. In the literal sense, reality just is. It does not have a beginning or ending.

    One definition of time is that it’s a way to keep track of changes.  As philosophers from various schools have pointed out, the only real constant in the world is change.

    It would be hard to argue that many things in our world could use some changing. So if 2012 is going to be a time of extreme change, this could be good or bad, or perhaps a little of both. People are understandably anxious about issues such as climate change, nuclear and biological weapons, and various other environmental and economic challenges. However, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where all of human life or civilization is wiped out. The only way this might happen is if, as some predict, a drastic event such as a pole shift or giant asteroid hitting the planet. I suggest being fatalistic about such possibilities. possibilities. You may or may not find this comforting, but you are more likely to be hit by a car or truck on the highway than by an asteroid!

    Another question that comes up when we start thinking about prophecies and cycles of time is the idea of predestination. Is everything set in stone, to the degree that ancient people, whether Mayans, Hindus or the original Biblical scribes, could predict exactly when something was going to happen thousands of years in advance? There is a saying among some astrologers, “the starts don’t compel, they incline.” This means that certain factors may push us in a particular direction, but that exact outcomes are not predetermined.

    What is going to happen in 2012? No one knows for sure. But, in all likelihood, it’s mostly going to be up to us, both individually and collectively.

    By Larry Christopher

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