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With spring coming so late this year, I hurried outside on the first warm, sunny day and happily trailed from plant to plant, pruning this one, admiring that one, until I stood gazing at a huge azalea bush in my back yard.

Remembering the beauty of its pink, rose-petal flowers, I began to rake away dead leaves caught in its branches and fell effortlessly into the rhythms of spring. Everything worked with me: the gentle wind in the trees, the busy bees buzzing around me, the afternoon sun crossing the cornfield to splash golden light on the blue Pennsylvania hills.

This surrender to happiness evoked the words of Edgar Cayce, whose psychic gifts derived in great part from his connection with nature. Said Cayce, "It is the privilege of every soul to find joy in communing with God in nature, for each creation is a complete unit of expression of the Creative Power."

So it is that butterflies promise change, night calls us to rest, rain washes the world, and the cyclical seasons depict the immortality of all things. We see that everything in life is just as it should be. By knowing nature, we know balance, order, harmony and love, the chief attributes of God. We are part of this spirit of transformation and it is part of us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, the 19th century Transcendentalists, wrote about the life lessons to be found in the Earth. Thoreau built and lived for two years in a wood cabin above Walden Pond, where he produced his most insightful works.

"I went to the woods," he explained, "because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

Emerson wrote in his essay, "On Nature and the Natural Man," that "Life wears to me a visionary face" to be read and understood. "In the presence of nature," said this Unitarian minister, "a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows. Nature says—he is my creature, and maugre all his impertinent griefs, he shall be glad with me."

Indeed, nothing connects us to joy moreso than nature: her colorful sunsets spread out across the sky, sunlight dancing on peacock blue waters, wind billowing in meadows, seashells tumbling on waves, moonlight shining in a loved one's eyes. In nature, wrote Emerson, "I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or parcel of God."

The full spectrum of life is in nature, so here we find everything: the symbols containing the answers to our questions, the peace enabling us to hear the answers, the state of mind that helps us go back into the world renewed, restored, and able to heal and transfigure our lives.

Because of my azalea bush, I became a co-creator with spring and enjoyed every petal blossoming in my yard, every bird nest, the changing patterns of light, my own surrender to happiness. Nature, finding in me a willing servant, calls me outside to work and wander. I am happy and content in this.

Edgar Cayce said that whatever the mind dwells on, it becomes. So am I the gardener of my life, plucking away what hinders my psyche, each new stage of growth a change in consciousness. I know that I contain the seeds of my own blossoming, and what I am at any given moment is what I will become, until I change it.

What do you dwell on, Cayce might ask, and what do you want to become?

If you go into nature with these questions, the answers will emerge from deep within you. In the resonant frequencies of the Earth, the deeper, subconscious mind of the soul emerges into conscious awareness. In its higher perspectives we know what to plant, where to prune, when to harvest, how to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Only in nature, meditation, and creative expression do we join the symphony of light vibrating in and around us. Filled with joy, we become a light to ourselves and the world.

Every time we shine this Light, we call forth the blossoming of earth and heaven.

Back To The Top

Winnie the Pooh, holding an umbrella and drifting upward to a hole in a tree, sings softly, "I'm just a little brown Pooh Bear/Hovering under the honey tree/I'm just a little brown Pooh Bear/Pay no attention to little me." He is singing, of course, to the swarm of angry bees rising with him to protect their hive.

Any other Pooh Bear might be frightened, but not Winnie. He knows a secret unknown to other animals in the forest. Floating back down with a flowing honeypot in hand, he sings the moral of the story: "Mind over matter/Will make a Pooh Bear fatter."

How does Winnie drift on air and outwit the honey bees? It's all about mind over matter, isn't it? But these days, motivational speakers and spiritual leaders aren't the only ones talking about levitation, bilocation, transfiguration, manifestation, and other spiritations once thought to be folklore, fantasy and legend.

Quantum scientists are now explaining how all of these things can happen: a subatomic packet of light can shapeshift between a particle and a wave depending on the belief and expectation of the beholder, and what's more, can occupy two places at the same time. Entangled atoms follow each other's path of trajectory, as if they were conscious of each other. Which they are.

Everything, especially telepathy, is all about mind over matter, says physicist Dean Radin, author of Entangled Minds. But then again, it's not just that. It's far more. It's spirit over mind and matter, which are all one and the same.

Spiritual Healing

People in Alcoholics Anonymous know that if they can "talk the talk," they will soon be able to "walk the walk," simply by believing that a Higher Power, however they conceive of it, will free them of the addiction. And it does. Napoleon Hill, author of the all-time best-seller, Think and Grow Rich, taught millions of people to amass wealth in the same way: through the power of expectation, intention and belief, e.g., the exertion of spirit over mind over matter.

All it takes to transform reality is desire, intention and spiritual belief, the ancients tell us. While not new, this concept crested in human awareness in the 19th century when Mary Baker Eddy of Christian Science, and Charles and Myrtle Fillmore of Unity founded religions on the promise of self-healing through the power of spirit over mind and matter.

While proved anecdotally countless times, in the past few decades scientists have shown that spiritual healing is not just a religious notion; it's an electrochemical fact. Positive thoughts erase the negative ones and reverse illness and disease, while personal and group prayer, even at a distance, speeds up the healing of people and the growth of seeds.

Universal Mind

Studies on the power of spirit over mind/matter have led to remarkable conclusions. One of the most revolutionary experiments took place in the 1960s when Cleve Baxter, a nationally prominent lie-detector examiner, attached his equipment to his plants. The mere thought of burning a Dracenae's leaf caused the plant to "scream" in fear, as reported by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird in The Secret Life of Plants. Once the plant realized that Baxter was bluffing, it stopped reacting.

Ingo Swann, a famous psychic and artist, witnessed a follow-up experiment on the interconnectivity of consciousness. This time, the threat of cutting a man caused several drops of his blood, collected in a vial several blocks away, to sympathetically jump in terror.

Even more compelling was a radionics experiment wherein the waveforms of pesticides were broadcast over a photograph of a crop field, which treatment proved more effective (and healthier) than the actual use of pesticides.

The conclusion of these and hundreds of other scientific studies is that everything is alive, intelligent, awake, conscious and connected.

The Alchemy of Enlightenment

Science is now catching up with what mystics have said all along, but luckily, Bill W., Hill, Mary Baker Eddy, the Fillmores, and other spiritual adepts did not wait for the jury to come in. They practiced and refined the alchemy of enlightenment, whose process was clearly explained in those days by Edgar Cayce, who said, "Spirit is the life, mind is the builder, the physical is the result."

The quickest way to reach enlightenment, the sleeping prophet taught, is to consciously connect with the Creative Forces and "spiritualize" the body, mind and soul. The spiritual forces break down the destructive atomic vibrations in the body-mind and raise the consciousness of the seeker to the spiritual plane of enlightenment.

Connecting with these invisible forces requires us to open up and surrender to them. This was precisely the art and science of all ancient wisdom traditions, especially the mystical Essenes.

The Holy Angels of the Essenes

In the meditation practices, or holy communions, of the Essenes is a way to spiritualize mind and matter when we can't walk in a meadow, climb a mountain, fish a lake, or build sandcastles by the sea.

The Jewish Essenes in Palestine, who were associated with the Great White Brotherhood of Egypt and gave rise to the enlightened master Jesus, practiced and lived by the mystical arts of astrology, prophecy, spirit contact, angelology, healing with plants and stones, and the laying-on of hands to heal people's bodies and exorcise destructive thoughts and beliefs ("sins" and "demons").

Called Therapeutae, or physicians, in Greece and Egypt, the white-robed Essenes lived on the shores of rivers, lakes, and streams, where they drew their spiritual powers from the living spirit of the Earthly Mother and the cosmic forces of the Heavenly Father. The Essenes communed with these natural forces, called the "holy angels," at dawn, noon and dusk seven days a week. The energies drawn from these angelic forces enabled the Essenes to do the wondrous works for which these Holy Ones were known throughout the ancient world.

Yogic Powers

Ancient historians wrote about the ability of the Essenes to withstand Roman torture and survive for long periods of time without fresh air, light, food or water. They did so by drawing energy from the Living Spirit in nature, with which they mastered their bodies and developed yogic powers.

The Essenes, like Hindu yogis, Tibetan lamas, and people working with biofeedback researchers Elmer and Alyce Green, were able to withdraw blood from wounds to stop bleeding, and to send blood and oxygen to the site of an injury to heal it.

While communing with the Angel of Water, meditations on the water circulating in rivers and streams taught the Essenes to manage their own blood and lymph circulation. When deprived of food, the Essenes drew subtle energies from the milk and fruits in the Angel of Earth.

"I have food of which ye do not know," Jesus said, meaning that we find true sustenance in the energy of matter, which is its spirit. Like Cayce said, the spirit is the essence which gives life to everything else.

Over the past 125 years, several ancient manuscripts—The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Nag Hammadi Library, the Tibetan "Life of St. Issa," and The Essene Gospel of Peace—have revealed how these self-avowed Children of Light drew their yogic powers from God in nature.

The Inner Teachings

The Essene Communions take place in the evening, morning, and at noon each day of the week for a total of twenty-one prayers. The communions sensitize us to life's energies, which we raise and direct for self-healing and rejuvenation.

The Essene Tree of Life reaches up toward the cosmic powers of the Heavenly Father and downward into the natural forces of the Earthly Mother. It is the responsibility of wo/man, seated in the middle, to bring heaven to earth and earth to heaven.

The evening communions, depicted as the upward-reaching branches, begin with the Jewish Sabbath on Friday night. The seven angels of the Heavenly Father are the Heavenly Father, Eternal Life, Creative Work, Peace, Power, Love and Wisdom.

The noontime contemplations on the Angels of Peace begin on Friday with Peace with the Body, the Kingdom of the Heavenly Father, the Kingdom of the Earthly Mother, Culture, Humanity, Family, and Mind.

The morning communions, depicted as the tree roots, begin on Saturday morning. The Angels of the Earthly Mother include the Earthly Mother, Earth, Life, Joy, Sun, Water and Air.

Peace in the Heart

The Essenes did not need a noontime contemplation on peace in the heart, as all of their communions were centered in the heart, which motivated all that they were and did.

You can experience their simple secrets by walking in a park, forest, mountain setting or the seaside and drawing these natural forces into your body, mind and spirit. Bring them into your spiritual heart to infuse your body's energy system.

If you feel drawn to these esoteric teachings, discovered in 1923 in the Secret Archives of the Vatican and subsequently translated by their lifelong advocate, Edmond Bordeaux Szekely, you can search online for The Essene Gospel of Peace and order these four titles from their Canadian publisher. Visit to learn more about this ancient order of mystics and their continued presence in the modern world.

Nature and Love

Communal life made it easier for the Essenes to live their guiding principle of love, but the hatred, greed and brutality of those days was just as challenging as in modern life.

In the Essene's attempt to live in love, compassion and service, we see how to spiritualize and strengthen our inner being to better cope with the lower nature of modern times, now manifesting as earth changes and geopolitical conflict. Their solution is communion with the holy angels: the elemental forces of the spirit found in our bodies and all things.

Practicing these communions attunes us with the core self, awakens our natural spiritual (psychic) abilities, and develops in us the self-discipline of the enlightened masters. In attuning the body-mind to the Creative Forces we perceive the glistening strands of the quantum web of life, gracefully weaving themselves into and through all things, taking the shape of whatever we make of them.

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Back To The Top

Some months ago, the refrain "Year of the Chakra" repeatedly played in my mind until I made it the theme of an ongoing meditation gathering held monthly in my home. I'd run into the concept of the chakras in the Cayce readings and Hindu philosophy, but assumed there was no objective proof of their existence other than being seen by spiritual masters and medical intuitives.

Since I myself can't see chakras, I withheld judgment as to whether they were real or not. Much to my delight, I discovered that these energy centers, or spinning wheels of light, are the golden keys to conscious evolution.

If your goals are health, freedom, creative insight, and/or spiritual growth, you will find here a great deal to ponder.

The Body's Energy System

Our journey began, predictably enough, with the study of three contemporary authorities on the chakras, at least two of whom are seers: Anodea Judith, Barbara Brennan, and Rosalyn Bruyere. We opened up with the Cayce readings on the body's energy system.

The Cayce work essentially says that the chakras are the body's connecting point between the physical and spiritual realms. Located at the juncture of major endocrine glands, nerve ganglia, and spinal curves, these "power points" correlate to frequencies rising from red to violet. The three lower chakras correspond to physical life, and the three upper chakras correlate to the spiritual; in the middle is the heart, which calibrates the upward and downward flows of energy.

Entering meditation in the spirit of love, said Cayce, raises the creative sexual energies in the Leydig cells (second chakra) and carries these energies up through the heart to the pineal gland (seventh chakra) at the crown of the head, and on to the pituitary gland (sixth chakra) between the eyes in the center of the forehead.

While other intuitives trace the flow of energy from the base of the spine to the crown of the head and back down the same pathway, all agree with Cayce that raising the energy of the Creative Forces in meditation lifts the individual into spiritual, or psychic, awareness and greater physical health.

In healthy people, the chakras are open and spin without impedence; their rate of spin, or vibration, is compromised by negative thoughts, beliefs and emotions which lead to ill health, disease, and ultimately death.

The Root Chakra

With these basic concepts in hand, our chakra group began to work with the first chakra, the root, or foundation, of the body's energy system. Located at the base of the spine, the root chakra which governs the entire physical being: health, home, work and relationships.

Once we began to look at the thoughts and behaviors conditioned by our family of origin and other tribes (academic, professional, political and religious), we realized how easily we are influenced and imprinted by the concepts and behaviors of other people. Most of us had been doing inner work for many years, but now we were getting to the energetic basis of our being: the all-important root of the root, upon which everything else rests.

In listening to and being heard by each other, we connected with our own inner wisdom. Over the months, each person began to receive intuitive insights into his/her destructive first-chakra patterns and took steps to resolve them. Some of the healing came through drumming, dancing, earth walks, chanting, and guided meditations drawing on earth and cosmic energies; these primal energies fired up our chakras and powered our auric fields.

We felt tribal and became a tribe, a group of seekers dancing to channel energy into our own bodies and into the Earth. Some began to feel the subtle energy of the root chakra. All of us, feeling more grounded, present, and centered, began to reoccupy our bodies, homes, work and relationships as never before.

In a very real way, we were and still are being made anew.

Releasing the Past

The process of grounding in the body had already begun for me. After a major car crash late last year, I began twice-weekly treatments of Network Care, wherein the chiropractor works with the energy body to realign the spine to more beneficial patterns. I didn't realize the growing strength in my back until after a two-week vacation in Louisiana, where I took great joy in nature and spent most of my time outdoors.

Connecting with nature made me considerably more intuitive. One morning, I awakened from a dream whose contents led me to "unplug" a systemic circuit of tribal criticism dating back to a pivotal event at age 11. Lying in bed, I fell prey to feelings of shame and self-hatred, then opened my heart to my higher self, which revealed greater truths that set me free.

Releasing these energetic blocks instantly opened to wonderful new opportunities in my life and work. Like others in the group, I could feel the life force intensifying in my body.

Kundalini Rising

By no mere concidence I happened to be reading an extraordinary book, The Kundalini Experience by Lee Sannella, M.D., in which this psychiatrist traces 17 case histories of patients undergoing troublesome kundalini symptoms. Sannella presents a plausible theory of what happens when this serpentine spiritual energy coiled in the first chakra travels upward to the crown of the head, where the soul is thought to reside and where enlightenment occurs.

Sannella believes that a 7.5 hertz sine wave aroused in meditation and nature sets up a resonant vibration in the heart cavity, the largest cavity in the body. This vibration resonates into four cavities in the skull, rising to kilohertz frequencies in the brain's sensory-motor cortex, which triggers the movement of higher energies (or perception of movement) from the left big toe to the crown of the head and back down the front of the body.

This is the path reported by most of Sannella's kundalini patients, all of whom were experiencing altered states of awareness and did not understand what was happening to them.

Complete Understanding

Happily I did. One morning, while lying face down on the chiropractor's table, I thought about Sannella's sine wave and suddenly saw the congruencies: how Network's "wave" of energy moves through the spine to clear and free the body of stress so that, as Cayce put it, the "kundaline" force could rise up the Appian Way, or silver cord, and carry the meditator into spiritual awareness.

In the next instant, I saw a correlation between the rising kundalini and what's called the Maharishi Effect. Just as the meditator's 7.5-hertz sine wave rises to kilohertz frequencies and resonates outward into the person's auric field, so do the meditators' auric fields overlap each other and dramatically amplify in strength (see to produce the resonant field of the Maharishi Effect, a vibrational force field of peace widely known to reduce violence and crime in surrounding areas by up to 25 percent.

With this realization, my mind and body began to vibrate with excitement. I realized that the upward movement of the high-frequency kundalini energies to the brain's pineal and pituitary glands must be what stimulates the extremely high (150-500 hertz) gamma brainwaves that "light up" and interconnect many frequencies and regions of the brain in a peak state of mental coherence called synchrony. The kundalini, vibrating at gamma frequencies in the brain and crown, must be what trips the release of the brain mechanism responsible for the perception of self as separate from others.

As described in Andrew Newberg's book, Why God Won't Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief, when this sense of separation disappears, the meditator merges into unity with All That Is. We experience complete understanding, bliss and spiritual ectasy, as I was doing just then.

Waves of Bliss

While receiving these insights, waves of bliss began to flow through my body in a direct experience of what I'd just realized. Tears of joy poured from my eyes as I recognized that what I had called "healing experiences" in my past were really kundalini-driven moments of cosmic consciousness.

The real beauty of it all is that anyone can attain these peaks moments of cosmic consciousness.

I have observed it while guiding people into deep-state meditation and watching the real-time activities of their minds on my brainwave biofeedback device. In the patterns on the computer monitor, I see the body-mind's evolutionary journey into the light of spiritual ecstasy: bliss and total unity show up as the circle of the evolved mind pattern (see the Biofeedback Meditation page of It is amazing and beautiful to watch human consciousness light up and become more than it was before.

Back to Nature

After my kundalini wave on the chiropractor's table, I was free of back and neck pain for the first time in 30-odd years. In just those few minutes of bliss, my awareness shifted to and centered in what I can only call a "higher nervous system." I had often accessed this higher nervous system during meditation, but lost it upon returning to an aroused waking state.

Now I was living in it and did so for a delightful two months, until injury and probably fear undid what most people would call a "healing."

It was that and much more. While disappointed, I knew that if I'd got there once, I could get there again; once we know, we can't not-know. Like Cayce said, it's just a matter of raising our frequencies of vibration into the perfect health and wholeness of the spirit.

These were very big pieces of the puzzle for me, but by no means all of them.

At some point, perhaps inside my azalea bush, perhaps in the steamy green swamps of Louisiana, the fragrant pines of Walden Pond, the dazzling waves of Virginia Beach, or all of them, I reconnected with the earth's powerful healing energies.

My delight in nature has risen again like sap in a tree, and I am a happier and more coherent force for peace in the world.

Chakra Frontiers

The chakra group is still exploring the frontiers of consciousness, most recently with pendulums. I am usually skeptical of the pendulum, since the ego can influence its direction of swing, but in this case no one's ego had a stake.

In checking the strength or weakness of one woman's energy system, we found the direction of spin reversed in her throat and heart chakras. When she linked her awareness with that of a woman in the room engaged in a global healing meditation, the pendulum instantly reversed its swing to the "open" direction and moved in the strongest, widest circles possible. The woman felt her heart open and intuitively connected with her inner voice.

The pendulum also showed a reverse spin in the third eye and crown chakras of a man in the group. During an especially powerful meditation, he saw for the first time a vivid and meaningful vision. We checked his third eye chakra again, and apparently it had opened during the meditation. Now it was spinning in the right direction, and the energy there and at the crown was extremely strong, as is his anticipation of future visions.

A Dream Within a Dream

I'm accustomed to the wisdom of my still, small voice, which is always spot-on, as the British say. This time was no exception: the Year of the Chakra continues to yield rewards beyond my imagining.

When the inner impulse to study the chakras surfaced, I didn't foresee that what I've written here and a great deal more on the chakras and consciousness would be the basis of a workbook used in a course that I teach at the A.R.E. (Edgar Cayce) Center of New York. Called The Path of the Master, Part III: Climbing the Mountain of Consciousness, this workbook is the final installment in a series I've been working on for more than a year.

I hope the present journey will somehow be a milestone for you, too. But of course it's not about just us.

Universal Journeys

Our personal journeys are always microcosms of universal journeys, and so it is as the present work dovetails into a worldwide effort to heal and restore our planet.

On July 17, 2007, at 11:11 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time, people all over the world will sit for one hour in meditation to channel cosmic energies into the Earth. In this moments we will be able to create a stillpoint for the reception of higher energies that will help reverse the disastrous course of our planet, according to beings of light heard by a skeptical non-believer, Shelley Yates, who drowned in a lake for 15 minutes and lived to tell her story.

During Yates' near-death experience, these higher beings promised to tell her how to save the life of her son. After her own miraculous revival, the beings told her to call a group of friends to the hospital to share their memories of joy and lovingly touch her little boy, who had drowned for 30 minutes and, without any discernible life force, was dying and rotting in his bed. In three days, to the astonished disbelief of the doctors, the higher light of love, hope and joy resurrected the child and brought him back completely healed and whole.

Yates tells her story on video in eight 10-minute segments. Every minute is powerful and persuasive.See it at

Whether you believe her or not, what matters is our simultaneous participation in this 7/17/07 world meditation (see for your local time).

In the Field

Spending just one hour on 7/17/07 as a collective body of energy focused on the power of spirit over matter will amplify positive vibrations across the Earth and open the way for higher, coherent energies to descend and help heal our planet.

How can we do less, especially when the driving force of this meditation is our personal memories of joy and blissful feelings of peace, which will first and foremost benefit us?

Let us act now- and every day- to heal the earth which so dearly loves and sustains us.

Perhaps you, too, have an inner sense about the importance of this meditation—a kind of kundalini rising to recharge and rebalance the energies of Earth.

If you feel moved to participate in this event, I will meet you in the Field, where, as Rumi says, there is only oneness and bliss. May we meet here again and again.

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I will meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
make no sense."

--Rumi, from The Essential Rumi,
translated by Coleman Barks


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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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