Tuesday, January 29, 2008

More About Cults - How To Decide

There has been a lot of chatter about cults lately due to the Tom Cruise issue the media has been following. Here is a good article at Time Magazine to read about that particular group.

Sadly I had my own dealings with a man I met and really liked very much, but who was involved in a cult, which is really just an organization that uses mind control, that people fall into believing because it makes them feel as though they have a purpose; the purpose to purify and prepare people for the "next civilization."

This group/cult he is/was involved in, as with any other cult, and there are so many out there, teaches that all people who decide to leave are spiritually disturbed, misguided, potentially dangerous, and outsiders. Take your pick of words from that list...some are more heavy handed than others about this.

Inevitably what happens is that these organizations take advantage of those who are poorly read on many subjects such as in their own religions, spirituality or just simply the history and background of religions. Making it far too easy to selectively omit teachings that would negate their claims.

They will push their own literature and stear you away from numerous "outside" sources. The problem with this is that people have a right to make an informed decision by hearing all sides. And don't be fooled that only stupid people fall prey to these groups. This man is a very intelligent person who is highly regarded in the corporate world, and yet he was seriously contemplating giving up his apartment, his independent life, all his belongings and moving into this commune. (This commune is not free incidentally! Quite the contrary)

The cult this particular man is/was involved with manipulated the social psychological study done years ago that showed how women become more attractive to men who were already with an attractive female. It showed that being able to get a date with an attractive female made men more desireable to other women. This study is used to justify the idea of group sexual functions, and a commune built around the idea of sexual open experimentation and swapping. And at the core, that is what a cult does: take a truth and wrap a lie around it, to get you to follow them.

What man wouldn't have his curiousity piqued just a little at the thought that in participating in a society where it is encouraged to have numerous sexual partners, it will bring them even more women who want to be with them? Very smart marketing if you ask me.

And that is truly what these groups are about...not religious faith, dogma and spirituality but rather devoted following through slick marketing tactics, to acquire your money and loyalty.

I couldn't say it better than Barbara Ann Brennan in her book Hands of Light on page 73 so I will just give it to you as she states:

"The mutual letting go into deep communication through giving and receiving in sexual intercourse is one of the main ways humanity has of deeply letting go of the ego "seperateness" and experiencing unity. When done with love and respect for the uniqueness of your mate, it is a holy experience culminating from the deep primordial evolutionary urges of mating on the physcial level and the deep spiritual yearnings of unity with the Divine."

This particular cult of course does not teach that part of the lesson. They only use the study and another truism in spirituality as a justification to support the group sexual activities and swapping that a "person's sexuality is connected to his life force and if that part of the body is blocked it will lower the person's physical and sexual vitality" (Barbara Ann Brennan, Hands of Light, p 73)

There is NO balance in what they teach. They tip the scale in their favor. They have no choice but to leave out critical information. They are master manipulators.

Some people use the counter argument that all religions are cults. I think that is just another manipulation. Agreed, there is a fine line, but it is time to use critical thinking to know what is ok and what is not ok to participate in.

** Just to be clear, this group does not use Ms. Brennans book and words, but the ideas I put forth within their own literature. Barbara Anne Brennan nor I am associated with this cult or any other cult.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Auras and Bioenergy Fields

This was taken January 26, 2008. I was happily surprised by it. It may be hard to see but the very top is blue-white. I have white around the throat chakra and the rest is violet.

Auras change. Six months ago mine was like this:

Our bioenergy fields or aura have many layers and are affected by our moods, thoughts and often by the interactions of others around us.

If you know anything about aura colors you will understand how to interpret my photos. They are similar although not the same as chakra colors.

I will write in more detail in the next post about the bioenergy fields and auras. If you'd like to read on your own about this subject please pick up Hands of Light, by Barbara Ann Brennan.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Cholesterol Drug Zetia Doesn't Cut Heart Attack Risk: Study

"...the pace at which artery-clogging plaques formed within vessels almost doubled in patients taking Zetia (ezetimibe) along with another cholesterol-lowering drug, Zocor (simvastatin), compared to those taking Zocor alone, the study found."

So yet again another "study" to show how a medication doesn't work.

"This wraps it up," said Dr. Steven E. Nissen, chairman of cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic. "That's all there is. There just isn't any evidence that adding ezetimibe to simvastatin produces any advantage."

And yet hundreds of thousands of people in the United States alone, were prescribed this medication. So please tell me just what the doctors read that allowed them to comfortably prescribe this medication to their patients?

It has been 27 months since I became a Reiki Practitioner and I have met many different-minded people regarding the subject of Reiki and energy medicine. Some people are extremely open, while others have literally charged me with the responsibility of evidence-based proof that Reiki works. This is something I just cannot give anyone. First and foremost I do not feel it is my job to give you proof. I do feel it is my job to lead by example. I also feel it is my job to get you to think about your choices. If you are one of those who needs proof, perhaps this latest medical study on Zetia will show you just how much garbage is pushed by your very doctor(s) and just how willing you are to go along without ever asking THEM for proof. There is a feeling of blind trust for our MD's.

I think skepticism to some degree is good. Now go and apply that same skepticism about Reiki and energy medicine to your very doctors you see and willingly take medications from.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Beware of Cults That Mask Themselves as Something Spiritual

There are groups out there that will use the idea of spirituality to mask the true intent of the group because Reiki, yoga, wholistic nutrition are very popular and fashionable these days. There is a group that recently came to NYC from San Francisco that does just this. They are in my opinion and in many other people's opinions a CULT.

Many people feel cut off from the world or even close relationships and these types of groups prey on those isolated feelings offering intimacy workshops. And while in and of itself an intimacy workshop is not a bad thing, group nakedness and practicing of the techniques, encouraging couples to swap partners and the encouragement of those coming for these classes to partner up with people they have never met before to learn how to pleasure each other, in a group setting no less and selling it as learning the way to free the first chakra of blocked energy is a violation of the very basic principles of spirituality.

This particular group that I learned of uses the term "outsiders" and has an us vs. them mentality. They have a commune where they encourage you to join so that you can have relationship partners to practice the sexual techniques with freely.

This information probably isn't so openly shared at first. Remember this is about mind control. Using sex to lure people into cults is nothing new. This goes on all the time. Husbands and wifes are often separated and the women are told that it is their duty to have sex with the leader and that it will free their energy up. The twist to this cult that I write about today is that it is more female centric. The tactics are the same and the violation is the same. They are selling you happiness on credit...to use one of their own terms. They openly teach "Overcoming the objection of no" to men and they teach them that women love when a man is with another woman and encourage multiple partners.

The ultimate goal is to make money while controling your mind.

While I will not write the name of this group, and I ask for your forgiveness and understanding for why I will not, I have a campy youtube video that shows you how this is pulled off. YES, it is exaggerated to make a point. And I certainly hope that it does.

Please beware on your spiritual journey. Trust your inner gut. And most of all, know that you are a perfect being just as you are and you do not need the fixing of any group to improve yourself.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Freedom From Unhappiness -The Power Of Now - Eckart Tolle

Most people blog about or relating to what is happening in their lives. I am no different. Last night I was presented with an issue of what would bring resentful feelings to someone in my life. As spiritual being and teacher and student I believe that there are no accidents, that the lessons we need are presented at the time we need them in the way we need them, whether they are comfortable for us or not. I have been blessed for all my lessons as hard as many have been.

I am currently reading Eckart Tolle's The Power of Now and I highly suggest it to all my blog readers. Each of you will undoubtedly find yourself reading the exact words and message relevant to your life just as I found myself doing today. I could not help but hear the messsage, "read the book" as I started my day. So with my cup of coffee in-hand I picked up the book, curled up on my glider and rocked/lulled myself and read.

Two things jumped out at me. Perhaps if you are reading this then these are lessons you can relate to at this moment in your life.

On page 68 of his book he writes, " See if you can give as much attention to the doing as the result you want to achieve through it."

And starting on page 77 he writes the following:
Do you resent doing what you are doing? It may be your job, or you may have agreed to do something and are doing it, but part of you resents and resists it. Are you carrying unspoken resentment toward a person close to you? Do you realize that the energy you thus emanate is so harmful in its effects that you are in fact contaminating yourself as well as those around you? Have a good look inside. Is there even the slightest trace of resentment, unwillingness? If there is, observe it on both the mental and emotional levels. What thoughts is your mind creating around this situation? Then look at the emotion, which is the body's reaction to those thoughts. Feel the emotion. Does it feel pleasant or unpleasant? Is it an energy that you would actually choose to have inside you? Do you have a choice? Maybe you are being taken advantage of, maybe the activity you are engaged in is tedius, maybe someone close to you is dishonest, irritating, or uncouscious, but all this is irrelevant. Whether your thoughts and emotions about this situation are justified or not makes no difference. The fact is that you are resisting what is. You are making the present moment into an enemy. You are creating unhappiness, conflict between the inner and the outer... DROP THE NEGATIVITY THAT YOUR MIND HAS CREATED AROUND THE SITUATION THAT SERVES NO PURSOSE WHATSOEVER EXCEPT TO STRENGTHEN A FALSE SENSE OF SELF...You are responsible for your inner space; nobody else is...As within, so without."

The Power of Now ISBN-IO: I-57731-480-8, ISBN-13: 978-I-5773I-480-6 can be found at most bookstores for $14 U.S.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Does Reiki Jive With My Religious Beliefs?

There is a misnomer for some that Reiki is not allowed or goes against one's religious beliefs. Today I received the following Parshat explaination (torah portion) in my email box.

Reiki is spiritual. There is no way to practice Reiki without accepting this truth. Spirituality is about faith, not religion. This religious Parshat gives a lesson about faith. Ah...just another beautiful paradox.


In Parshat Lech Lecha, among the blessings that Avraham was to receive for leaving all that he had was the blessing that he himself should be a blessing (12:2). How does one become a blessing? Furthermore, Rashi comments that G-d promised Avraham that although he would be identified with Yitzchak and Yakov, any such blessings would end with Avraham's name at its conclusion. If the sages are correct that Yitzchak and Yakov reached higher levels than Avraham, what made him so special that any blessing would end with him?

Rav Moshe Feinstein explains that Avraham merited greater distinction because he was the first to establish faith in Hashem (G-d). Although those after him reached greater heights, Avraham's accomplishments were more significant, much like the concept of compounding interest,where early gains have more opportunities to grow. Maybe this can explain how Avraham himself became the blessing: Taking initiative and starting something you believe is important is a blessing on its own,because it lays the framework for others to build on it. G-d promised Avraham, and in turn promised us, that, if we become leaders and initiators, our initial efforts will never be forgotten and we willalways be remembered as a blessing!