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Some years ago, I learned from jazz maestro Alvin Batiste that the history of music is a study in rising frequencies. Visibly excited, he bent over to play on his piano the deep, rumbling chords of early music and progressed into modern treble tones to demonstrate the world's awakening to higher frequencies of sound.

I knew intuitively that we are awakening to higher frequencies of Light in just the same way, and perhaps you too know that we come here to experience this Light in body, mind and soul.

We can't help but evolve when we open our inner senses to what is below and above us. In the subatomic realm of matter we see that electrons interact with each other by exchanging photons of light that unify the uni-verse in literally "one vibration." Everyday life shows us that sunlight blossoms the plants and trees that give life to everything on this planet, all evolving in perceptible patterns of healing, growth and transformation.

Above our realm of visible light are dimensions investigated by consciousness pioneer Robert A. Monroe, a Virginia businessman whose life changed in 1958 when his spirit suddenly sprang out of his sleeping body. Over the next 30 years, Monroe scientifically explored these realms of light, one of which is a place of indescribable beauty, joy and peace.

In this place, soft clouds of exquisite colors drift one at a time through the soul and uplift it with beautiful music that repeats in cycles, with harmonies rising in pitch like a choir of angels. The spirit, now at home, leaps in joy as other spirits move through it, each soul a unique part of the One, all resting in bliss until it's time to reincarnate or move on to other dimensions of light.

Seen and unseen, it's all about Light, isn't it? Light is infinite, eternal and, according to physicist Peter Russell, as close as we come to God.

Here is what my still, small voice whispered long ago and science has proved to be true: Photons of light carry the love that unites us with each other and All That Is. Consciously connecting with the superluminal love in this Light makes us more as-Light, raising our awareness into the higher frequencies of oneness. These frequencies unite the inner self, rewire neural circuits, heal the body-mind, and transform us into the gods that we can be.

What an amazing time to be alive, as the science of spirituality confirms what mystics have said all along! Paramahansa Yogananda, the great Hindu swami and author, lovingly described this Light: "As soon as you lift up your consciousness to the state of divine awareness, you see the oceanic current of God's light flowing behind all matter. You see everything in terms of Spirit."

If awareness is the first step to enlightenment, what are the second and third? Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano, Buddhist actor, author and playwright, plots the path. "Enlightenment--that magnificent escape from anguish and ignorance--never happens by accident. It results from the brave and sometimes lonely battle of one person against his own weaknesses."

The Essene Jesus speaks from a higher perspective. In the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, an ancient text found in Nag Hammadi, Egypt, in 1945, he says to go within to the Living Light of which we were made in the beginning. Commune with this light in the repose of meditation, kindle it by coming to know self, and bring this Light outward to heal and transform the world.

All we need do is release fear and allow this Light to visibly flow from higher realms into the lower. Higher Light drifting down in colored clouds will evolve us into ever-higher frequencies and the universal peace and brotherhood of the coming Age of Aquarius, whose energies already meet us with open arms.

No matter what appearances say, we are rapidly progressing into higher chords of light and sound. If you look closely, you will see the luminescent presence of peace coming to Earth. Listen for the singing of angels as Earth rises into heaven and heaven comes down to Earth.

Find in yourself the truth of this and it will be so.

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The higher energies of light in Earth's rising frequencies require us to re-calibrate the body-mind and to do it now. This means finding delicate points of balance to ground ourselves in these new energies.

For example, it's important to purify the body by eating less meat and more green, high-vibration foods. Ramped-up energies are easier to handle if the body-mind is pure and immersed in the higher light of the still, small voice within. Spirit will help tame the lower self so that instinct, intuition and intellect co-creatively usher us into a New Earth.

Since even destructive choices and directions are part of our learning, everything is a path of light. Nevertheless, we can learn less painfully by cultivating frequencies that match those of Planet Earth.

These 12 paths are only a few of infinite possibilities, but they are known to work. See which of these paths you are presently walking and which suit you best. Each and all are able to restore the mind, heal the body and evolve the spirit into the higher awareness that offers itself to us now.

1. The Path of the Body. Use all of your senses--sight, sound, feeling, taste and smell--to fully apprehend the beauty of the physical world and your own body. The sensory mechanisms in the human nervous system, when serene, are perfectly attuned to the Earth's frequencies, so her powers of healing and growth are also yours. If your soul permits the healing of your body, any illness, heartbreak, confusion or circumstance can by natural law, desire and intention be healed.

Illness and injury, according to the late psychic diagnostician Edgar Cayce, are the result of vibrational discord caused by destructive thoughts, emotions, attitudes and beliefs. Restore your frequencies to optimal levels by spending time in nature or imagining a natural environment in your mind. Clear your thoughts, envision an outdoor setting, wait patiently, and spiritual intuition will show you how to heal yourself and resolve any question, issue or challenge.

Speed up the oscillation of your atoms into higher frequencies and you will resurrect the body into spirit, Cayce said. This is the key to all healing.

Several self-healing techniques are described below. Whether you walk outdoors or enjoy a landscape in your mind, sensory experience of nature is your conduit to Spirit and will re-calibrate your body-mind to the new energies of Light in Earth.

2. The Path of the Mind. This is the path of the disciplined seeker able to descend into alert awareness of the still, small voice and bring its insights back into the conscious mind. While intellectual study, creative endeavor and meditative exercise like t'ai chi, qi gong, running and walking can and do stimulate creative insights, consistent and dependable access to the deeper, integrated awakened mind is best gained through the regular practice of meditation.

Meditation disciplines the busy, thinking mind, awakens the mind to self, others and God, and evolves consciousness like nothing else can. Visit The Sanctuary page of www.EagleLife.com to learn how to meditate. When possible, meditate with others to build inner awareness and expand your frequencies of consciousness.

Notice how your body feels after meditation. Other people will notice differences, too, as you gain clarity of mind and refine your life.

3. The Path of the Spirit. In addition to spiritual study done alone, it's helpful to join a study group, church, mosque or temple to spend time with other seekers of light. You won't find perfection in yourself or them, but you will sense the presence of light. If you live or work with chaotic, destructive people, compare these two groups and their effect on you. The more time you spend with coherent, light-seeking people, the more light you will absorb and want to absorb.

Above all, seek the light in yourself, the Light of which you are made. Let nothing get in the way of your communion with this Light, as it is your best and highest guide. It will show you the way to all you seek and need. Purifying and perfecting self to intensify this light is why you are. When it is brilliant and strong, you will be a light to all seekers of light and able to illuminate others.

4. The Path of the Family. Behaviors conditioned in infants and children generalize from the family to life outside of it. For example, a love-hate dynamic in one's family of origin (if not reconditioned) patterns love-hate relationships with other people and the world.

Everyone has destructive patterns of behavior, such as aggressively engaging in conflict or running away from it. When we turn our attention inward to observe our modes of behavior, the busy mind quiets itself and allows the core self's observer to see with the eyes of the soul.

We may be surprised at what we find out about self, but because we are looking through higher eyes, discovery is completely or relatively painless. We learn how to love without expectations and conditions. When we love openly and freely, we become more tolerant and accepting of ourselves and others. We are able to walk in their shoes and understand their experience of life. Peace reigns, forgiveness arises, conflicts resolve and loving kindness reverberates into the world. Everyone joins our beloved family.

5. The Path of Love. Getting along better with others engenders the energy of self-love that transports us into spiritual light. Recognizing ourselves as pure, perfect light and love discernibly increases self-trust, self-confidence and the freedom to be who we really are.

If pain or anger has closed your heart to yourself or others, take a few moments right now to re-open your heart. Find a comfortable place to sit down, allow your eyes to gently close, and begin to follow the quiet movement of your breath in and out of your body. Take slow, steady breaths until your body relaxes and your thoughts begin to disappear.

In your mind's eye, use all of your senses to become aware of your pure, perfect heart. If it needs to be healed, ask what it needs and give this if possible. If not, promise to serve your heart later on. Next, bring white light into your heart until it opens fully. Allow light to flow throughout your body and into whatever caused it to close.

Once your inner light is strong and powerful, send it to loved ones and anywhere else that seems appropriate. Notice how radiating love and light restores your own body, mind and spirit. Create a landmark (a word, image, concept or body sensation) describing how it feels to be open-hearted. Evoke this later on to re-create your present state of mind and re-open your heart.

Check in with your heart often to see what it needs. Always give it what it needs. If you are heart-sick, so is your life and everyone around you.

6. The Path of Sound. Before each meditation, chant OM or HU. Notice the peace and mental clarity generated by these "seed sounds" of All That Is. Your vocal chords are like musical instruments, with your body serving as the resonating cavity. When you sustain a beautiful sound, harmony reverberates through your being and restores your frequencies to optimal levels.

The power of sound was known to all ancient cultures and is now being brought to the West by Hindu and Buddhist meditation teachers. But sound need not be restricted to meditation. Whenever you experience a sense of discord, very quietly and gently chant OM or HU under your breath. Others won't hear you, and you will feel the difference.

7. The Path of Culture. We tend to assume that because someone is a member of a particular culture (ethnic, political or religious) that he or she shares the attitudes and beliefs of others in that culture. This may be so to some extent, but deep inside each of us is unique and different, a composite of thoughts, emotions, attitudes and beliefs arising from our personalities, life experiences, past life experiences, and the maturity of our souls. On top of all these differences, our shifting states of consciousness at times make us different from ourselves!

Paradoxically, we are all alike. We want and need love, food, shelter and success in expressing our unique gifts and talents.

Understanding that we are all the same, yet being open to each person's uniqueness frees us of the dark, heavy burden of expectation, judgment and separation, which disconnects us from ourselves and the Light. When we are open to everyone, we are fully open to spiritual light.

Psychological conditioning can be stubborn and take a lifetime to release. But doing so is well worth the effort, because people who feel accepted are able to shine their light and make creative contributions to society. Peace with ourselves and others enables us to synergistically learn from everyone.

We know intellectually, instinctively and intuitively that the only way out of conflict, violence and war is mutual respect and understanding. This is also the only path to Creative Light.

8. The Path of Prayer. Mystics have always said what scientific research has proved in hundreds of studies done in the past 30 years: Prayer heals and works miracles. When we pray for the highest good of a person, culture or nation, currents of light intensify within us and flow outward to the recipient, along the way healing us as well.

Laboratory studies on seedlings have shown that undirected prayer works best. We don't need to envision a specific kind of healing taking place. We just send light and imagine the person happy, healed and whole. The Light knows what to do and does it.

9. The Path of Reconciliation. Alcoholics Anonymous, the 1930s epiphany of Bill W., has saved millions of people's lives through its use of certain spiritual practices. One of the most important is making amends to people who have been hurt by the words or deeds of the alcoholic. Forgiving self and others and making an active, sustained attempt to reconcile relationships frees of us of the past so we can move forward with a light heart and quick, happy step.

Other people may not want to forgive what you have done, and they might not be nice about it. This doesn't matter, except that you may feel hurt for awhile. If this occurs, it won't kill you. What does kill us is the heavy weight of guilt, shame and blame. Once we ask forgiveness, we can forgive ourselves, let go and let God.

If your attempt at reconciliation is not well-received, go to meditation for healing. Once you are quiet and serene, funnel the energy of your hurt, disappointment or anger into a box and wrap it with paper and ribbon. Envision the altar of God and place your gift on the altar. Ask God to irradiate it with light. Walk away and know that it is done. You are now free of this aspect of the past. Do this as many times as needed. Chances are that once will be enough.

10. The Path of Breath. In the midst of any kind of hurt, fatigue, illness or despair, take five and focus on your steady, even breath. Allow your breath to relax your body and mind.

If you are in physical pain, use your breath to draw air from the Earth into the bottoms of your feet. Breathe this energy up into your spine and out the top of your head into the sky.

After a minute or two, begin to draw Light from the crown of your head down your spine, through the bottoms of your feet into the Earth. This Light will cleanse your body-mind and raise your vibrations into a more harmonious state. Do this for as long as you like. This is a wonderful way to reduce physical pain and restore the mind and spirit.

11. The Path of Peace. Peace must be attained through understanding, said Ralph Waldo Emerson. The best way to understand is to instill peace in self and in its clear perspective observe your own thoughts, words and deeds and correct them as necessary.

Meditation tames the fight-or-flight response that surges adrenaline through the body and ravages it with stress. Gradually, we react slower and with less intensity to internal and external stress.

Once our psycho-physiology grows more peace, we are able to address past conditioning. The Buddhist art of stopping reverses destructive emotional responses. When your inner reptile strikes out, catch it in the act! Apologize to the other person or persons right away, even in the case of mutual fault.

The art of stopping connects the cognitive mammalian mind with the  instinctual reptilian brain. The inner reptile hesitates for the few milliseconds it takes for the cognitive mind to intercede and defuse the defensive reaction. You will live happier and longer once these two layers of brain cells cooperate for the sake of peace.

12. The Path of Light. Because the Light of Love diffracts into the electromagnetic wave spectrum of light, we know that everything in this universe is light. Conceiving of light as life's governing principle provides a guiding star by which to live.

Take a few moments right now to quiet your thinking mind and meditate on the following questions. Does your primary relationship bring to mind a sense of lightness or dark? Is your body filled with light? Your mind? Your spirit?

You can bring to mind any person, relationship or circumstance and ask if it is filled with darkness or light. Your intuitive in-sight reveals what needs light and what does not. Using this spiritual gift naturally awakens and evolves us into beings of Light.

Henry Miller, the beat-generation writer and artist, described our journey out of darkness into light. He said that, "Life has no other discipline to impose if we would but realize it than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate, or despise, serves to defeat us in the end.

"What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such."

May the Light be in you and with you always, as you shine ever brighter in this Season of Light.

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Here is a gift of inspiration from my still, small voice to yours. Perhaps these words of wisdom, given in meditative writings, will bring more Light into your body-mind as they did for me.

When we consistently seek inner guidance to questions both great and small, the Season of Light will be upon us. Light will be able to lift us and our universe into resonance with the Creative Force, even as we keep our feet on the ground.

A Prescription for Self-Love

The shadows in the deepest self disappear in the light of one's perfection. If this is taught and understood, only light is created.

Administer doses of self-love three times a day. Can you see perfection in yourself? If not, you will not be able to see it in All That Is. Reach with your mind into the goodness of your pure, perfect heart and soul. Rest in the flowing currents of love. Remember something good that you have done and embrace this feeling of love. Accept that you have given this gift and love self for having done so.

Gift self in this way again and again, until you can see your perfection. Know that every event and circumstance in life is perfect and so are you. The light of self-love will gradually connect you to your spirit and put an end to fear.

Illuminating the Mind

Like a light flickering in a candle on a linen tabletop, what comes from the depths of self illuminates the waiting table of the mind. Here we find the heart's wishes and dreams and the mind's activity to bring these forth in material reality, each serving the other and both serving the soul.

Go within to receive the thoughts and feelings of the heart, mind, body and soul. Each has its own voice and will readily express itself. When heard and heeded, all will unite in a universe of harmony. What will come is the highest manifestation of Light in thy life and world.

Encouragement

The love flowing through all of life comes to you also and brings security, comfort, protection and new opportunities not known before. What behooves thee but this love which sustains and gives all that is wanted and needed?

What does it give? Greater health, opportunities to serve, the resources needed to fulfill thy given destiny. Always are these available as the vehicle of thy work.

Step into the next stage of thy life with confidence and trust in All That Is. Here is the way. Feel the Spirit arise within thee and let it carry away all pain and fear. Use what is known to thee to dissipate old ways and bring forth the new in all things. Let love show thee the way.

Conflict and Uncertainty

What comes from the heart of thee becomes thy temperament at this time, for too much time is spent in activities other than the depth needed for clarity. Spend more time in the heart and find self in harmony and oneness with All That Is. From this place of connection, it is easier to know and experience love.

See conflict and uncertainty as a way to the innermost being and the riches and rewards in meditation.

Courage

The inner self in each soul is a composite of all that has been and what can be. Without the drive to perfection, self's pursuit of the Spirit does not exist. There is no hunger, no desire for what can be: that place in the heart of God known as home.

The role of courage is to overcome the shrinking of the lower self from the task at hand: reaching beyond self's attainments to what is not known or possessed. For this reason self-love comes first, and self-trust and identification with All That Is. With this triune, one can step forward into new possibilities beyond self's knowledge and attainment.

Muster courage, then, to find the way to greater expansion and growth, so that all may be accomplished as thou wouldst have it be. Find in self the way and follow it. Ask and receive.

Despair

The depths of one's despair always comes to meet the one seeking it. If the love is sought, it is found.

Seek instead to find self's harmony and wholeness, and understand the principle at work. In the deeper self are resources used  to bring the body-mind into its fullest being. When wisdom and peace guide one's life, all aligns to one highest good. When this is not followed, the body, mind and spirit may grow ill. When this is so, follow the higher self's wisdom back into the light, where healing occurs.

Each soul expresses what it knows best and gives all that it has to give. Do this and thy satisfaction will be complete.

The Movement of Perfection

Beloved, find in self the reasons why each and every event takes place in time and space, and in this see that connections from one to another need not be linear, as if caused by one action each, but are part of the Greater Whole and its movement of perfection toward what need and must be.

See how this occurs. A thread of illumination whispers in movement and the great canvas upon which the threads arise moves in return. The same happens in response to the greater movement: each thread moves also, and those to which each thread is tightened and tied. The filament responds one to another as a whole.

Seek the understanding and find it in thee. Life breathes in response to the need for air: not because it is forced to do so, but because it must for the organism to go forward and exist. For its own sake, it breaths, and for the sake of each soul existing with it, it breaths and goes forward. Each for all, and all for one.

Seek not always the good, although the good may be found. Rather, take time to know self's ability to experience a setback and go forward anyway, without blame of self or another. Be at peace with the processes of life and in love with the unfolding mystery. Time will unveil what is not known now and how all fits together in the grand picture.

Seek not to see the specific cause of a specific event, but the grand scheme of life. Receive the healings coming thy way with no regrets, questions or doubts. All is being cared for, protected and served as the Greater Whole breathes itself toward a new and better day. Trust the process, seek the purpose, comprehend the meaning when each becomes apparent.

See self as a lightweight ball floating on a sea of love. It will always move around on the surface, responding to the movement of the sea, washing in and out of life's moments of busyness and calm, yet always afloat and moving where the sea would have it be.

So it is in each instance, another movement on the sea of love, all accounted for, all sufficient, all beautiful and loved. Rest and wash peacefully into each new movement on the wings of love. Seek not to understand the movement of the sea, for only God can know this, only the Sea itself can comprehend how and why it moves as it does.

Become God and know.

"As soon as you lift up your consciousness to the state of divine awareness, you see the oceanic current of God's light flowing behind all matter. You see everything in terms of Spirit."

"The ultimate proof of God's existence will come through your own experience in meditation. Once you have found God in the cathedral of silent meditation in the depths of your soul, you will find God everywhere."

"O God of light, let Thy fingers of illumination play over every key of my life, that all the notes may unite in one song of harmony and love."

--Paramahansa Yogananda, author and Hindu yogi

   
 


The Still, Small Voice

The mission of this newsletter is to bring you the inner peace needed to access the voice of your soul. With this guidance we are lifted into our highest and best, and the Earth becomes a more humane and enlightened place.

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