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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
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
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
"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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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.
to learn more about this ancient order of mystics and their
continued presence in the modern world.
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.
here for The Essene Communions
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 www.permanentpeace.org)
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
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 www.eaglelife.com).
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
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 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
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.
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 www.firethegrid.org
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
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
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
translated by Coleman Barks
The Still, Small Voice
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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