Spirit Offerings

I have been giving spirit offerings daily for about two years now and it has quite quickly become one of my main spiritual practices. I tend to do one main offering everyday and maybe one or two ‘energy offerings’ while at work or out and about. The whole experience is fun and highly enjoyable for me and has benefitted me in a variety of ways.

 

There are many ways to give offerings. I tend to give them a glass or hot tea, candles, nuts or a small picture. You can even give an offering of a song that you sing or even a storytelling session- there are many appropriate and enriching things to give them.

These simple acts of generosity are fruitful ways to improve your spiritual life. Spirit offerings are a great way to open up to the universe and have a truly interactive experience with it. Not only is it fun to find and give offerings but the boons that come from acts of generosity to the spirits will far exceed your expectations.

I also give offerings to the many bodhisattva’s that exist within the Buddhist tradition, invoking them through mantra or through some other form of invocation and then giving them an appropriate offering.

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I came across a good quote about spirit offerings in, ‘The Sorcerers Secrets’ by Jason Miller.

“By making offerings to the ruling powers, local spirits, and even to the land and sky you are building a relationship, just like a relationship between two people. The older and more firm your relationship with the universe, the more apt it is to help you out when you need it. By serving the local spirits of your area you will gain allies that will not only respond when summoned, but act on your behalf of their own accord… On the other side of the coin, not all spirits are friendly. Some are naturally wrathful. Others act in retribution for actions that we take that have consequences in spiritual dimensions… offerings are [also] a pacifying practice that protects by offering an olive branch to hostile spirits and elemental forces.”

There are many traditions and rites that give a focus on giving offerings to disembodied beings (take your pick). Many of the original shamanic magical practices of early man simply involve giving the right offerings to the right powers for the benefit of the community or individual. Interacting with spirits is something that is deeply embedded in the history and culture of the distant past of humanity. These types of practices still exist in the world. Shamanic practices are still very much a part of communities within Mongolia for example. A shaman has a very specific role, travelling to and from the spirit world to talk to spirits for the sake of their community,  serving as a bridge between the spirits and their community.

In the western world spirit practices seem to be more formalised. There are hundreds of grimoires dedicated on to how to invoke, bind and interact with spirits. Ceremonial magic is a thriving (seemingly under the radar) practice and many societies and groups have been created in the west in order for modern magicians to work with spirits and interact with reality. Grimories like the Goetia have a whole list of spirits with diagrams, symbols, ritual instruments and so on to call up demons for various purposes.

I think that one of the greatest ways to interact with spirits are through simple practices. You could leave some jam and bread under a tree, you could leave some incense and a candle on a shrine, you could pour a libation on the ground and dedicate it to the spirits of the surrounding area…

The universe is there to help you. It is your divine right to interact with reality and allow the microcosm and macrocosm to enrich each other.

 

Blessings.

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Experimental Writing 3

Their art from this strange mind? This strange mind? On the surface level but I into this phenomenon.

Into this phenomenon. It became apparent creative people? Apparent creative people?

Their waking consciousness. This and being awake. And being awake. In that vague for every problem, and the cause both a personal and a shared mind becomes closer and closer to supply of all that is necessary, of all life.

Of all life. When we are the traditions of mysticism, this collective subconsciously…

This collective subconsciously… Is this true?  Does the supported order members know that you are disconnecting yourself, diving into the realm of what comes into my mind, a mind that can be be touched upon and manipulated mightily.

You will find the solution attributed to all of HIS ideas as summed up as the collective mind.  A place where every single one can be understood as the unconscious.

The astral world, (which is a popular series) is bursting out of every human being. Your subconscious mind (for example, the psychology and mysticism). Psychology and mysticism is what traditions state. Humans can tap into stories for him while he slept.

While he slept. Is this state and why is paper by their beds every night from the depths?

From the depths. I felt the astral world and to bring him back and he would ask his subconscious mind which is waiting for development and every night.

‘Time’: definition: “When I’m half awake”.

He said that this abstract place, thoughts unfamiliar and friends were around him while he slept. Be aware for what this mental event brings. However, what my mind gets flooded with information brings the idea that all beings have their every effect. Into their awareness for every effect. This inner power state?

Inner power state? Can writers and artists channel?  I have been trying to observe in small snippets for which I am grateful. He was then grateful. I still felt the same expression… Though invisible, its forces are the retreat, letting me work through coming to him at a period. He thought that any human has ever been, that all matter is built upon.

Is built upon. That as you lose consciousness, your are closer to your unconscious mind it so significant for so many infinite wisdoms, infinite power, and infinite I.

Expect there to be an inner mind. It gave him complete books through the imagination.

Through the imagination. As certain mystics had exists. Mystic had exists. This plane of existence, the author used to in his book the power of mind in their ‘collective unconsciousness’.

Their ‘collective unconsciousness’. In the mid place, in the building of the  sleep foundation (because it is from this and is named as being). Few more of these experiences are veiled from us but permeates the whole of the universe Whenever his bank account was low, out of the eye of the future.

The future individual mind to evolve before I drift off to sleep, to gift him with a good ‘what was going on?’

Was going on. It was illuminating have come to me. Come to me. Many put together and published. Likewise, after this hurricane I felt warmer, different, strange and necessary.

Aham Prema

 

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On the 4th February 2016 I woke up with a need to say the ‘Aham Prema’ mantra. Over the past few weeks I had realised that my mind had gone a bit off kilter and I needed to get to that place of equilibrium again. I needed to realign with my true values.

I began chanting Aham Prema on the bus to work, throughout the day, before I went to bed and while I was falling asleep. Over the following days I became increasingly devoted to reciting the mantra and spent a long time going over the mantra in my head while I was doing my daily activities.

Here is an extract from Thomas Ashley- Farrand in his book, ‘Shakti Mantras’:

“With this simple mantra, you affirm your own essential nature as one of Divine Love. The vibration of this mantra begins the process of transforming your entire body, being, nature, and spirit into an emanation, your own particular emanation, of Divine Love. “

The meaning of Aham Prema is simple. It means ‘I Am Divine Love’. If recited with devotion over a long period of time, it will completely change you and make you a living embodiment of love. When you invoke this quality in yourself, love will begin to permeate more strongly in every aspect of your life, every situation, every interaction.

It is a life transforming mantra.

It promotes self- love  and when this happens it gives the opportunity for you to love the universe more and for the universe to show you that love back to you. If you give out love, love will be given to you. This mantra can change your whole experience. Love is transcendental and selfless and it is what we truly are. Once love spreads throughout our being, it will change our behaviours into pure expressions of love. These expressions will have an effect on the rest of the universe, the butterfly effect will take it’s course, and you will contribute to the collective uplifting of all beings.

I am looking forward to see the changes in the universe.

Blessings

 

 

The Inner Mind and the Revelations of Muhammad

 

These are personal thoughts of mine…

‘The prophet said, “The tuest poetic verse ever said by a poet is: Indeed! Everything except Allah, is perishable.’

I have been thinking about prophets lately. Are prophets chosen or do they merely get their revelations from the Supreme Source because their minds ‘happen’ to be receptive enough to receive theses visions and insights? Is it part of a divine plan or a divine accident?

The mind of Muhammad was a volcano. The collective magma of the yearning of the Arab people burst forth from his mind. Arabia was looking for a revelation from the Supreme Source, just as the Jews and the Christians had received. This yearning built up in the collective unconsciousness of the Arab people and needed an outlet. Something had to burst forth from the deeper mind. This energy needed to have a mind in which to burst from in order to enter the world. It needed the mind of someone who was receptive.

Maybe anyone could have been the Prophet of Arabia. It is well documented that those that work on their mind enough are able to gain great insights and even develop supernormal powers. Muhammad gained his revelations because he had purified his mind to such a great extent through spiritual practices and ethical living that his mind became an antenna for the divine will of God. It is clearly documented that Muhammad went on retreats to Mt Hira to perform spiritual practices by himself about the time that the Angel Gabriel first visited him. It is also told that he had a reputation for being upstanding, honest and fair in his everyday activities, in his business and family life also. His activities had opened him up to be able to receive the visions and become a prophet. And from these visions he changed, becoming a humble merchant, a persecuted leader, and finally the most powerful man in Arabia.

He became the embodiment of the hopes, dreams and yearnings of all Arabia. No wonder he is is so respected and revered by all Muslims. His preaching and selfless striving and life brought about a profound change of consciousness for an entire people!

The magma burst forth from the mind of Muhammad and spiritualised the whole of Arabia. The lava is still spreading today.

Everything comes from God and God is everywhere and everything but to find him you must look within yourself… to look anywhere else would be only looking at an everchanging manifestation or after effect of an idea that was in the mind of God, not God itself.

To know God you must go beyond the dream and go in search of the sleeper. You must dive into your mind and find it’s source.

Everything is mind because everything is part of the dream in the mind of God and everything is the consciousness of the sleeper.

If you dive beyond your conscious mind, beyond the subconscious and internal programmes and become part of the pure mind of God which is the essence of your own mind. This same essence permeates everything. This was the source from which the magma flowed and erupted from Muhammad’s mind.

Muhammad’s revelations came from the pure mind of God. His mind got in tune with the Divine Mind and he became a Great Prophet. The needs of the Arabian people were satisfied when Muhammad became a vessel for the will of God and the foundations of Islam was secured.

From God we come- From God we are- From God we shall return. The mind of God is our source. God is the untainted mind that is our essence and the essence of evertyhing. It is the essence of all.

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The Idea Consciousness

I have been trying to observe what comes into my mind at the mid-point between going to sleep and being awake. In that vague and abstract place, thoughts unfamiliar and illuminating have come to me. Many creative people keep a pen and paper by their beds every night for when this mental event brings itself into their awareness. However, what is this state and why is it so significant for so many creative people?

I began to investigate into this phenomenon. It became apparent that as you lose consciousness, your mind becomes closer and closer to your subconscious mind. For example, the author Robert Louis Stevenson used to ask his subconscious mind to evolve stories for him while he slept. Whenever his bank account was low, he would ask his subconscious mind to gift him with a good, marketable book. He said that this inner mind gave him complete books in small snippets, which he then put together and published.

Likewise, the recently successfully Japanese comic book creator, Hajime Isayama, who created the vastly popular manga series Attack on Titan, attributed all of his ideas as coming to him at a period every night he called ‘Super Enlightenment Time’: “When I’m half awake, just before I drift off to sleep, my mind gets flooded with information… subconsciously…”.

Is this true? Does the veil between the unconscious and the conscious becomes less dense in this state? Can writers and artists channel their art from this strange mind?

In his book The Power of the Subconscious Mind, Dr Joseph Murphy writes: “Within the subconscious depths lie infinite wisdom, infinite power, and infinite supply of all that is necessary, which is waiting for development and expression… Though invisible, its forces are mighty… you will find the solution for every problem, and the cause for every effect.”

This inner power has also been hinted at in psychology and mysticism. Carl Jung introduced the idea that all beings have both a personal and a shared mind in their ‘collective unconsciousness’. In the traditions of mysticism, this collective unconscious is called ‘the astral plane’ – a place where every single thought that any human has ever had exists.

This plane of existence can be touched upon and manipulated through the imagination. As certain mystic traditions state, humans can tap into the astral world and bring back remnants into their waking consciousness. This permeates the whole of the universe and is named as being ‘the foundation’ because it is from this that all matter is built upon. Every human being is connected to it and shares this one mind. In the Kabbalah, the sephirah of Yesod is attributed to the astral world and is also referred to as ‘the Soul of the World.’ Through astral projection, a mystic may be able to dive into this infinite world of ideas, concepts and experiences and gain great insights and inspirations. To the normal human being, we may touch upon this world through sleep and through the in-between, which is the Idea Consciousness.

The astral world can be understood as the unconscious mind, a mind that can be summed up as the collective mind of all life. When we are nearing sleep, be aware that you are closer to your unconscious mind – that you are disconnecting yourself from your conscious, individual mind and diving into the realm of an infinite world of ideas.