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Mary Mageau Bio & E-books
About Mary Mageau Mary Mageau is an Australian spiritual teacher and author. She was first introduced to the practice of meditation at the Benedictine Priory of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. This simple tradition of silent, contemplative prayer (called Divine Listening by St Benedict) was recovered by the Benedictine Order in the teachings of the first Christian monks, - the Desert Fathers. In 1987 Mary experienced a renewed spiritual awakening that led her into the study of meditation as it was taught in the Buddhist and Indian traditions. In her desire to share this empowering practice she has given talks and presented courses in meditation and spiritual awakening throughout southeast Queensland. Her classes are offered through the Queensland University of the Third Age and the Pine Rivers Community Education Program. Mary’s courses all focus on merging these two great meditation traditions - the contemplative paths of the West, with the classical meditation practices of the East. Mary also regularly contributes articles to spiritual and metaphysical web sites and journals. Several Australian new age magazines: Insights, Spheres, Web of Light, Being Now and New Zealand’s Rainbow News have all featured her writings. Her two books are published by Boolarong Press: Insights – For an Awakening Humanity (2004) and A Little Book of Living Spiritually (2005). Grevillea Records has recorded and produced her CD entitled, Journey Into Meditation. Now in its third pressing the CD is designed to support individual and group meditation practice. Mary also publishes a bi-monthly email newsletter entitled, Insights - spiritual news and views - one that she makes freely available, on request, to an online community. Enquiries: PO Box 179, Samford Village Queensland, Australia 4520 (07) 3289 – 1181 firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Mary Mageau
Preparing For Ascension is a wonderful collection of Mary's extensive writings on Ascension and spirituality.
“Here I discuss Ascension in general and the preparations that are needed to ready one’s mental, emotional and spiritual bodies.”
Preparing the Body for Ascension has a specific focus on the body and the things we can do to take care of our bodies and have them well prepared for the work in preparation for Ascension.
“This new E-book, ‘Preparing the Body for Ascension,’ focuses on the proper care of the physical body, regardless of one’s age, to qualify it for the Ascension event.”
Journey Into Meditation is a brief, yet focussed and powerful entrée into the world of meditation. Mary has distilled great wisdom into this excellent guide.
“This short study course has been based on fourteen years of my experience as a meditation teacher and writer. The contents of the book feature articles, brief lessons, explanations and exercises – all designed to help you take the first steps into your meditation experience.”
Our Chakra System - A Portal to Interdimensional Consciousness
Mary describes the chakra system in detail and introduces the reader to the power of these energy centres.
Mary has been actively walking the spiritual path for many years and has written articles for many on-line and off-line magazines and newsletters, including her own. She has extensive knowledge and she has shared a lot of valuable information in this excellent e-book, which she is generously making available free of charge.
From Richard Presser’s site:
Light Body Activation
By Mary Mageau
Our Destiny - Humanity is experiencing a great awakening as we currently enter this time of transformation. Many of us are searching for deeper meaning in our lives as we change jobs, end old relationships, begin new ones, relocate to new places and dream bold, creative new dreams. All around us we witness to the fact that ordinary people are now asking questions, demanding answers and requesting greater accountability from our governments, churches and large institutions that hold power over us. And what is the driving force behind these world wide events? This scenario for change that is occurring everywhere is being driven by the waves of light that are continually bombarding our solar system and the earth plane. And in the near future all who choose to fully participate in the new raising of consciousness will be transmuted into higher dimensional bodies of light.
Our entire Milky Way galaxy makes one complete revolution around its central sun and this great cycle, known as the solar precession, takes approximately 26,000 years to complete. We also know that early Egyptian astronomers were able to forecast past and future solar precession dates from records they left in the pyramid of Giza. Within this great precession cycle is a 2,000 year period when our solar system passes through a band of extremely high energy. This band has been referred to as the Photon Belt. It is a period of intense light that we have now entered and which will bring all life forms within it into a new and higher vibration. This photon light energy has the capacity to lift all of life into a higher frequency dimension. It carries the seeds for the potential enlightenment of all beings as the atomic structures within the very cells of our bodies, are tuning themselves to match the rising frequencies. We are shifting from a third dimensional carbon based body (that is from one that matches the vibratory rate and direction of atomic spin characterized by the electrons that make up carbon) to a fifth or higher dimensional crystalline body (that is to one that matches the atomic spin and frequency of crystal). So too the bodies of animals, plant life and all upon and within the earth are making this transition with us, as is our entire galaxy.
Our light bodies are also being activated as these new energies recalibrate our dormant DNA strands that contain the blueprint of ourselves as divine and fully conscious beings. Currently most of humanity has only two functioning strands of DNA, intertwined into a double helix. This portion of our DNA structure contains information pertaining to our biology - such as our individual features and the genetic information passed on through our family lines, eg: a paternal grandfather' s tendency toward arthritis, or a mother's genes for musical talent. These two strands also hold the genetic codes for our physical evolution. But there is another part of our DNA structure that has to do with the spiritual component of the human being, one that science has not presently considered. If one is persuaded that the human being consists of a soul imbedded within a biological body, then it should logically follow that the genetic links within each individual would also contain spiritual information.And if this is so what has become of it?
The Manipulation of Our DNA
Many of these spiritual elements were deliberately turned off in our ancient history because there was a struggle to control this aspect of a human being. Very dark energy extraterrestrial forces, who were also genetic engineers, desired to keep the development of humankind firmly under their control. They achieved this through the use of genetic manipulation to produce fear and domination. This event occurred in Atlantis, over 200,000 years ago, when the human DNA molecule was breached. When these dark forces unravelled and reprogrammed our DNA, they were able to shut down and isolate many of its strands and human DNA was reduced to only a double helix. The disconnection of our original DNA manipulation resulted in a 'veil' being placed between our five physical senses and our spiritual awareness. However there was a promise given from the higher realms. At some time in our future we would be allowed to develop again according to the divine blueprint of the original plan.
In the meantime humanity had to undergo a long and painful period of spiritual development. Those guiding our spiritual heritage have sent representatives to assist us to elevate our thoughts and desires, so as to grow spiritually and regain our lost abilities. These advanced souls include the prophets, Jesus Christ, Muhammed, the Buddha and many others.
The fully conscious human being has twelve strands of functional DNA. Beyond our double helix are ten additional dormant soul strands. When these are finally activated we will experience a total expansion of our consciousness and fully access our light bodies. Originally there were over 2,000 particles in our DNA that allowed these higher spiritual abilities to function. All strands are not positioned within the physical part of our biology either, as many reside on the plane inhabited by our higher mind. Our individual souls are so much greater than what we can perceive with our five physical senses, because these more lofty abilities are not all found within our physical bodies. Instead they are accessed on a higher spiritual plane or vibration and not in the denser physical levels of gasses and solids.
The recoding of our DNA is happening automatically as we all begin to transition the photon belt. Presently our solar sun steps down these powerful energies as they emanate from the centre of the universe. And like the workings of a giant clock, the planets have found the positions that allow these higher and finer energies to reach us. On the surface of our Earth many energy vortexes and star gates are being opened by awakened humans who gather during important events: eclipses, equinoxes, solstices etc. to anchor and ground the incoming energies. The source of this mighty and uplifting energy that is pouring downwards to us comes from "All That Is," the Great Creator.
Activating Our Light Bodies
Already some individuals have moved beyond their double helix by working upward toward the full twelve strands that mark their next level of achievement. Many of them are assisting others to recode and activate their added DNA strands. Individuals can also begin to help themselves to turn on the inactive aspects of their DNA in order to experience a higher state of consciousness. Adopting greater compassion and unconditional love in our daily lives begins the reclaiming of the light codes needed for our advancement. These codes cover a wide range of spiritual abilities that cluster around peace, unity, cooperation, integrity, truthfulness and cultivating a sense of beauty. Others influence our abilities toward achieving telepathy, stronger intuition, physic gifts and an immortal physical body.
The latter code will allow us, in future, to inhabit a body of light that will look youthful and beautiful and will not deteriorate or die. The light body can be regenerated so that injuries and scars are changed through the consciousness that controls and inhabits these bodies. When we can conceive of living in a body halfway between the physical realm and light, where it does not decay but instead becomes a shimmering mass - that is the blueprint for the immortal physical body that will come into being. This light body is the reconciliation between the soul and the dense physical body, between the physical and the spiritual. It is the fully energetic, perfect container for our evolving souls as it allows for the total use of all our spiritual skills and abilities. This light body is our true destiny.
Tools for Light Body Activation
The portal between the physical body and the realms of energy and light is the body's endocrine or hormonal system. Through this portal, transmissions from our light bodies are mediated into physical chemical messages. These then enter the blood stream as hormones, which regulate the life force energy distribution and functioning of our physical bodies. Light energy from higher dimensions first enters the body at the pineal gland. This small gland located in the brain is the crucial portal for the reception of higher vibrations of light. It is shaped somewhat like a pineapple and has a lens covering its front. Our pituitary gland, or master gland, then directs the light energy to the various ductless glands of the endocrine system throughout the body.
A good way to balance the physical body and to activate the light body is to work with the breath and the energy of the thymus gland or 'high heart.' Within the heart charka, energy emissions are experienced in their essence as unconditional love. Because the heart charka also acts as the master chakra for the lungs, the act of breathing also serves to activate the thymus. When you breathe deeply, as in meditation, the heart energy flows smoothly to produce that sense of calm and relaxation. And when you breathe while focusing on the heart charka, you will flood your system with the light energy of unconditional love. The thymus is a ductless gland associated with the functioning of the heart chakra and also has much to do with telepathy. It is available to anyone that knows what it is and how to open it. It is located in the middle of the chest above the heart. To open your thymus, look at your chest area just above the heart and take several gentle, focused breaths directed at that space. You will notice that you are breathing differently than you were a few moments before.
To activate the thymus gland first remove your wrist watch, jewellery, and glasses. Hold the back straight, your head looking straight ahead and your feet flat on the floor. Place your hands on your knees, open with the palms facing down on your knees. Close your eyes. Visualize your throat centre as a high blue and spinning rapidly. Then picture your heart centre as high green spinning less quickly than your throat chakra. As they both spin a little faster see them expanding. Continue until they are large enough to touch one another. When they touch the spin ceases. When this happens raise the palms of your hands upward to cover these two centres of your body. It doesn't matter which hand is which just so one is over the throat centre and one over the heart centre. Slide your hands together then flatten them together, parallel to the thymus centre. Keep them tightly together and say aloud, 'Separate. Spin' Then it is done.
Finish the activation by tapping firmly on that area of the chest. It does not have to be hard, but tap until it becomes tender. Then let it rest and tap the area once again. You have opened a portal here at the thymus that will allow you to receive certain information. This portal also lets all higher entities know that you are working for the light. It is your beacon that people and other entities can identify you by. It is your 'signature' as this gland in your body is the one that marks you as an individual.Once it has been opened it identifies your auric field in the same manner as it marks your body,
There are also many different breathing practices in the yoga tradition and these are collectively referred to as pranayama. Prana is the vital life force that animates each living cell in our bodies. The yoga tradition states that when prana flows unimpeded, the body radiates health and the mind remains sound. Conversely when prana is blocked, the result can lead to sickness, disease and depression. Pranayama will aid one in returning balance to the body, clarity to the mind and will help to relieve stress.
Nadi Sudi - Alternate Nostril Breathing
Take in a deep gentle breath, close your right nostril with your thumb or index finger, pause briefly then exhale slowly through the left nostril. Inhale through the left nostril, close it with your finger, pause for a moment, open your right nostril and then exhale through the right nostril. Inhale right, switch then exhale left. The pattern is to exhale, inhale then switch nostrils. Nadi Sudi calms the nervous system, balances the creative and logical aspects of the mind and is a short and simple breathing technique to use for stress relief.
Now you can understand why it is so important to assist your body in this transition as it re-wires and activates your spiritual endocrine system. It will achieve balance all the more quickly if you co-operate and allow the process by first slowing down and then consciously work toward this balance. To feel balanced, healthy and harmonious on both the inner and outer levels should be the aim, as you move into the full use of your wonderful New Earth crystalline light body. Your light body will produce, by sympathetic vibration or resonance, a crystalline state in the human body through its water matrix. Your body is 70 to 80 percent water and this water will begin to vibrate in crystalline forms. Once this happens, the physical body will receive and transmit more and more light. *You will indeed become radiant and more luminous.
· Breathe properly, breathe deeply and breathe to feed your body.
· Drink more and more water, day after day.
· Meditate as much and as often as you can. In these coming times the only way you will be able to maintain your centre and stay out of chaos, is to meditate.
*Get yourself to the point where even in a crowded, chaotic room you will be the calm waters felt in that room. The only way you can become a tool for the Creator to use, is to be in your centre, to be calm and at peace. Only then can you attract to yourselves those that need you and those that you need. Chaos never attracts. It only repels. Understand this and discipline yourself to achieve this.
*Then all will happen as divinely ordained.
Preparing for Ascension Pt 1
By Mary Mageau
1 January 2010
Without a doubt we are living in turbulent times. People no longer believe that our major institutions: banks, churches, governments and multi national industries always have our best interests at heart. Many of these are crumbling from within as secrecy, self service, corruption and greed comes into public awareness. Signs abound all around us of major changes within our planetary societies. Society is slowly discovering that making money and amassing material possessions doesn’t offer any form of deep satisfaction. People sense that the elected leaders of our governments do not always reflect our genuine concerns. For far too long the churches have divided us from one another while our patriarchal religions have failed to acknowledge the special talents and gifts of women and minorities. Nearly everyone is re-evaluating their careers, relationships and life styles and making major changes in these areas. Time seems to accelerate ever faster, as our planet exhibits erratic weather patterns, extreme temperature changes, major volcanic activity, fires and global warming. What is causing this chaos that compels us to re-assess our lives and to strike out in new directions as never before?
We are in the throes of an immense shift as Planet Earth and all life forms upon her, (plants, animals and humans) are making their Ascension - the transition into a higher density or dimension, together with its accompanying state of expanded consciousness. Embrace these changes and go with the flow, as a wonderful world awaits those of us who choose to make this journey. In our near future we will usher in a golden age of peace. Together we will create a world of greater abundance for all in a more loving, less competitive and less materialistic society. Once again we will resume our caretaker stewardship of Planet Earth. This glorious new age will occur for our planet and for all of her inhabitants who have consciously chosen to participate and who have prepared themselves for the shift.
We are all responding to the Divine Plan orchestrated by the Creator of All That Is, for the earth and all upon her to change from a third dimensional life environment into a fifth dimensional one. But in order to evolve, all current life forms must change physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We must readjust our thought processes, letting go of old limiting belief systems while embracing a new reality which requires us to take back our personal power, (a fearless state, which assumes full responsibility for the results of each of our thoughts, words and actions). All our present jobs, relationships, possessions, etc. must be relinquished if these do not support a new non-competitive and lovingly co-operative mode of being. In addition we must release deeply held and painful old emotional issues and baggage if we wish to support a higher state of consciousness.
This journey into the higher dimensions is known as the Ascension, (the rapture, or by whatever name you choose to call it). While the process affects our spiritual, emotional and mental states, our bodies are also readjusting to higher vibrations that accompany the expansion of our consciousness. During our sleep times we are slowly changing from a carbon-based body with two strands of DNA into a crystalline- organic structure accessing many more strands. And not only are we humans making this biological change, all other life forms (plants, animals and the Earth herself) are changing as is our entire Milky Way Galaxy.
The pressures exerted on the earth by human activity and the Photon Belt have caused weather anomalies: climate change, global warming, polar melting and a reduction in earth’s magnetic field intensity. Planet Earth is reacting and the changes to her ‘heart-beat, or the Schumann Resonance Cavity Level, are being carefully studied by government bodies, universities and scientific organizations, particularly in the United States where NASA is involved. Mal McClure, editor of the magazine Being Now, explains this further. “There is a multi-layered complex of charged particles encircling the Earth known as the ionosphere, which reflects low frequency radio signals. The conductivity of the ionosphere is constantly changing in response to the effects of the sun and its various outputs of flares, sunspots, and waves of many frequencies. At these low frequencies, the Earth itself has greater conductivity, and thus a situation exists where there are two concentric spherical conductive surfaces, the earth and the ionosphere, forming a closed volume or cavity known as the Schumann Resonance Cavity. A significant part of this research delves into the ‘heart-beat’ of Earth which is known to have been vibrating at a constant 7.83 Hertz (cycles per second) for many thousands of years. However, this has been rising since 1980 and, although it regularly varies in frequency, is now hovering around 12 - 13 Hz. This fact contributes markedly to the perception of a 24 hour day being somewhere nearer 16 hours.”
Accompanying these changes to our DNA structure is a fact, now well documented by our scientists, which is not being disclosed at this time to the general public. While Earth’s pulse rate is rising, her magnetic field strength is declining. Because our solar system is now passing through the Photon Belt, Earth’s rotation is slowing. When our Earth finally stops its rotation and the Schumann Cavity Resonance level reaches a steady 13 Hz or cycles per second, we will arrive at a zero point magnetic field. The Earth’s rotation on her axis will come to a halt and in 2 to 3 days will begin rotating again in the opposite direction. This will produce a reversal in magnetic fields, together with a consciousness shift that will lift all life forms into a higher dimension. Not everyone however is experiencing these changes concurrently and many people inhabiting Earth are still in the early stages of even sensing these changes. In order to move comfortably through these accelerations we must all lift our consciousness to embrace higher levels of truth, spirituality, thought and action, in order to embody more strands of DNA.
Ascension is a word that signifies one’s evolution into higher states of being and consciousness, during the unique window of opportunity offered at this time. Yet there are also many persons who have freely chosen not to make the ascension journey now. Some wish to experience more learning at a third dimensional level and are not yet ready to evolve. All those who choose to remain at a third dimensional consciousness level will be leaving the earth plane, via the normal death process, before the Earth makes her Ascension. There is no judgement made regarding this choice as the Creator of All That Is, loves, respects and honours the free will of all. Eventually these souls will accept the challenge at some future time and we will lovingly greet them when they arrive.
Ascension is not for the chosen few. It is offered to everyone regardless of colour, class or creed. The only requirements for Ascension are: a strong intention to make your ascension, the manifestation of day to day living in unconditional love, some form of service to humanity and an acknowledgement of our Great Creator, by whatever name or means one wishes to use. Since Ascension is a graduation, this twenty-first century civilization functions as our final exam and a filter. Our present time exists to sort out those people who are ready for Ascension and those who are not. People not ready or able to pass this final exam are those who are too distracted by the money, things, dramas and games of the modern world to listen to the Ascension summons from within. To hear about the Ascension, or pick up a book on spirituality, to begin to pray or practise meditation, indicates that an individual is passing through the filter.
Now is the time for an end to the false and crushing dramas of power and control over others and the constant self-seeking of inflated egos. There is no middle ground, for either one chooses to commit totally to the light and its corresponding action or one continues to cling to money, material comforts, false truths and the selfish abuse of Earth’s precious resources. The world is not ending, as some prophets of doom and gloom would have us believe. Instead a mighty light and a glorious new age is emerging as has never before been seen on Planet Earth. The time grows short, so be about your preparations and live in joy as the great awakening of humanity is fully upon us.
The Twin Flame Reunion
By Mary Mageau
Twin Flames originate from the same essence or soul that was created by Father/Mother God from the great field of unconditional love and being. That one essence divided itself into two equal and opposite halves in order to experience relationship and form. In the beginning the Twin Flames remained totally united and existed as a trinitized _expression of the Divine Source of all that is. But as the third dimensional experience unfolded they separated into a system of duality and became two distinct forms, one carrying the masculine (yang) attributes of the Creator, and the other the feminine (yin), both in the exact equal and opposite frequency intonation. Now through a gracious dispensation granted by the Creator, the Twin Flames from all frequencies are reuniting again in order to restore the Unity of all creations and to collapse duality consciousness.
The Twin Flame combination transcends all definitions of male/female relationships on this planet. Third dimensional love has traditionally focused our attention and emotions on another person and originates on a sexual or personality level, often demanding continual compromise to make the partnership work. Don’t romanticize or idealize the concept of a Twin Flame. There will be no intimate candlelight dinners, boxes of chocolates or bouquets of roses expressed. These things are not its purpose. It exists to reach completion in order to be of service: planetary, cosmic and universal. Absolute service to the Divine Plan becomes the only reality of the Twin Flame. The Twin Flame union becomes a continual unified field automatically accessing higher frequencies and since it acts as a bridge to the higher dimensional frequencies of oneness, it will function as a single consciousness. It will not be dependent on the talents or vocations of one partner or the other. It is the unit that is commissioned for service, not the individual expressions of the unit.
Before one can meet and unite with their Twin Flame however there is much conscious work of releasing, healing and becoming an integrated whole that must first be achieved within one's self. The heart must be made strong and resilient through suffering grief, pain and loss as well as by living through many unified and loving soul mate relationships. This alone will allow one to face the intensity of being with the other half of their soul. The Twin Flame love relationship cannot exist in a codependent or ego-based relationship or from a perceived 'need' that the other person will make you whole and complete. Each half must initially balance their inner male and female energies before they can unite. When one experiences the powerfully resonant magnetic energy field that attracts Twin Flames together, with its flow of total and unconditional love, one's life will never be the same again. After experiencing a fully conscious reunion the Twin Flame’s spiritual connection becomes a trinity or triad involving the Divine All That Is with two persons - both connected by their one soul and connected to God. Thus twin flameship is not human love: it is Divine love, using two human portals totally united in love and service.
Many ask, "How can I find my Twin Flame partner?" It is not required that we look for our Twin Flame or begin searching the faces of everyone passing on the street. Also it is not wise to hold any pre-conceived ideas about how Twin Flames should appear or present themselves. Dating agencies, internet sites and chat rooms will be of no help to you. When each twin has achieved the same level of balance and both resonate to the identical vibration of Christ consciousness, your Twin Flame will automatically appear. This will occur because your union with one another is being orchestrated by the Creator. It will happen because you and your Twin Flame have been sealed together from the moment of your creation, as you both share the same soul. Your union will result when the Divine time is right and you are both ready for the experience.
Interesting synchronicities often pave the way for this reunion. One of the most intriguing I’ve experienced has to do with the numbers 11:11, as I’ve found these numbers to be common in Twin Flame soul unions. I met my Twin Flame in my home on the 21st of August, 2003. In Australia we write the day first, then the month, followed by the year in 6 digits, 21/08/03. The numerology inherent in this day translates as 2+1+8=11 and 8+3=11. Eleven, a master number, is considered to be the number of the spiritual messenger. Two ‘ones’ are united to form pillars to the heavenly gate - the connection between yin and yang, female and male. The message of two into one is the perfect symbol for a Twin Flame. The following beautiful Twin Flame invocation can also be used to draw you both together.
I call to the blessed I AM Presence of our Twin Flames
Toward the sealing of our hearts as one
For the victory of our mission to humanity.
I invoke the light of the Holy Spirit
For the consuming of all negative energies
Limiting the full expression of our Divine identity
And the fulfillment of our Divine plan.
If you and your Twin Flame meet while either of you are already living in a loving relationship or a marriage, it is unwise to disrupt any present connections. These energies must first be dismantled and balanced before the Twin Flames can freely come together. All lessons chosen in one’s current soul contract must be lived out fully with honor and love. You and your Twin Flame will both honor each other’s soul lessons by growing together through the test of unconditional love. However one should always continue to work with a Twin Flame at an energetic level, knowing that as the Earth moves ultimately into a fifth dimensional alignment, all Twin Flames will be reunited again in other dimensions. Meeting your Twin Flame calls on you to grow spiritually, to heal emotionally, mentally and physically and to look beyond the ego, physical limitations and age differences. You will both be driven to become the best and highest manifestation of your soul here on Earth.
"It is believed by many that humanity is on the brink of a quantum leap in consciousness. Enlightened people are preparing for this in their own ways, realizing that it is time to awaken to our origins and our potential to take responsibility for ourselves and for the Earth. We believe that Twin Flames (Twin Souls) have a special contribution to make; their coming together in numbers at this time has a reason at both the individual and planetary level. When Twin Flames join, they generate a vortex of energy that may be see as a light in the darkness of society's consciousness. In completing each other, the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts: the two create three and the third is a very potent force, a force of light and love at an extremely pure level.This kind of energy, which partakes of the energy of both Twins, is different from that of individuals or groups of people working together. It is the special offering that the Twins give to each other and expend in their service to humanity. The image we see is that of a dark auditorium lit by an increasing number of individual flames. Each flame represents a conscious and harmonious relationship between Twin Souls. Eventually as the Twins multiply there will be so many flames, so much light, and so much energy of that particular sort on the Planet, that this will act as a catalyst and will help to bring about the expected breakthrough in consciousness."
From "Twin Souls: Finding Your True Spiritual Partner," by Dr Maurie Pressman and Patricia Joudry. Used with permission.
Copyright © Mary Mageau
Religion and Spirituality
By Mary MageauWe are living in a time of shifting paradigms. Many of the established religions, including Christian churches of all denominations, are currently witnessing an erosion of their memberships. Fewer people today look to the traditional religions and the churches for answers to their contemporary problems. Is this because the profoundly simple words of our great original teachers have been subsumed into an overbearing and controlling man made culture of fixed rules, regulations, rituals and dogmas? Consider the fact that Jesus Christ was never a Christian, Buddha was not a Buddhist, nor was Mohammed a Muslim. And while the traditional religions continue to lament their decline, the roots and branches of a vibrant new spirituality are forming everywhere. Another pathway is being chosen and experienced by many persons world wide.
This new spirituality is expressing itself in the following ways: caring more actively for the environment, exploring Eastern religions and the practice of meditation, espousing social justice concerns, balancing male and female energies in all aspects of decision making, seeking a more abundant economic system for all and employing peaceful negotiation as a counter-balance to warfare. This new spirituality is growing steadily and powerfully today as our established cultural, political and economic systems all appear to fail us. Because our contemporary experiences of alienation are so overwhelming, a deep desire for a strong personal connection to a sacred presence within us, to our social structures and to nature itself is driving these changes forward.
History reveals that during times of great change people head for the two extremes: either choosing fundamentalism of beliefs or a deeply personal spiritual experience. With no membership lists or even a coherent philosophy or dogma, it is difficult to define or measure the unorganized new spiritual movement. But in every major city, thousands who seek greater insight and personal growth now cluster around metaphysical bookstores and internet websites, a spiritual teacher or an education/meditation centre. A longitudinal study undertaken from 1991 to 1995, shows that practitioners of the new spirituality represent a steady 20% of the population and consistently fall within the third largest religious group.
The new spirituality movement is in a class by itself. Unlike most established religions it has no holy text, central organization, formally constituted clergy, no geographic centre, creed or dogma. It is a free flowing spiritual movement, a network of believers and practitioners who share somewhat similar beliefs and practices. Their book and magazine publishers and a plethora of web sites take the place of a central organization. Seminars, conventions, books, informal study, prayer and meditation groups all replace traditional sermons and religious services. These new practices are often freely grafted onto whatever formal religious faith is still adhered to. In the coming new age we may even witness the fusion of spirituality with science and the unifying of the major religions. This will be achieved by re-focusing on all the simple but profound truths that are commonly held among the great religions, while pruning away all the man made dogmas, cultural beliefs and rules that divide and separate us. Many of the old outmoded teachings are already being discarded. The love-based empowering religious beliefs will be retained while the fear-based controlling concepts will fall by the wayside. In future the religions that survive are those that are willing to expand their philosophy and theology to incorporate the higher Creator truths. And while it may seem that established religions and the new spirituality exist at opposite ends of the spectrum no opposition needs to exist between the two. But before considering this further, let us first define a religionist and then a spiritualist.
A religionist is a person who follows a codified doctrine or dogma in blind faith without questioning it. The religionist also obeys a set of rules or a text (the Bible, Torah, Koran etc.) to guide one’s every move. In the world of a religionist the Creator is viewed as an all powerful male being, singular in itself that rules over human awareness and watches every move to judge the worthiness of each participant. Those who are designated to speak for this power determine that which is right or wrong. The religionists believe that the Creator will do everything for them and if they give their best, their reward will be to ascend into heaven where joy and beauty abound.
A spiritualist is one who realizes that human society is in a constant state of evolutionary change, thus he or she must continue to resolve the possibilities that every new opportunity brings. As each life experience contains a learning lesson, the self-imposed beliefs of others must not be allowed to dissuade the potentiality of one’s evolution. To the spiritualist, the Creator is the Omni Presence of all light in creation and is held within each human and all things that exist. In order to return to the fullness of the Creator’s Light the learning of all lessons must be experienced with every possible encounter met and completed. Each one must develop fully and heal through the awakening of the love essence within.
The religionist believes in the ‘Spirit of One,’ - the acceptance of a fixed belief as the universal ideal for all. But against the walls of established dogma new experiences, awareness and teachings frequently collide and new insights are excluded. While these people may worship, study and strengthen their minds, obedience to the rules and defense of the walls becomes their purpose. Militancy is their virtue and evangelizing for converts their activity. Fear and prejudice against others frequently results. The motto of the religionist may be, ‘Only we have the truth.’ Because of their rigid adherence to a set of fixed and unchanging beliefs their minds will continue to remain tightly closed.
The spiritualist believes in the ‘Oneness of Spirit.’ The new spirituality is the opposite of established religion in that it is holistic rather than dualistic, incarnational rather than transcendental, inclusive rather than patriarchal, environmental rather than anthropocentric and democratic rather than hierarchical. Since each human soul is known to be a particle of the Creator’s Light we must return to a remembering that all was brought to life in love. One believes and knows that separation from the Creator’s essence is only an illusion. We then understand that we have never left the Creator’s Light because we are that very Light ourselves. The spiritualist will not impose a set of beliefs upon another as it is believed that the Creator wishes to experience infinite variations on the theme of spirituality. The motto of the spiritualist may well be, ‘Let all the flowers bloom in their individual truth and beauty.’
And so in our daily lives many of us freely assume our own co-creative powers and honor our own creations by choosing to experience different journeys on the Earth plane. And within the great Creator’s light of which we are all a part and there is only the unity of love, then we might perceive this experience as a matrix in space and time wherein humanity is encouraged to experience and play out every possibility. A new sense of responsible freedom will emerge as we acknowledge the Creator’s respect for the free will decisions of all its creations. And so the choice of the religionist is one journey and the choice of the spiritualist is another. In the Father’s house there are many mansions and the focus and experiences of either journey can be freely chosen for the particular growth possibilities each provides. Neither one journey is better than the other as all paths hold the potential to lead us to the fullness of the Creator’s light and love.
The Buddhist concept of the Middle Path is very consistent with the new spirituality that is emerging today. The following quote by an unknown author sums this up so well. “The middle path is inclusive of the opposites without being controlled by one or the other. It values both - the positive and the negative, the higher and the lower. This new spirituality that is seeking to manifest is a challenge to the consciousness of people who are caught either in the old religious dichotomies, or in reactions to the old style religions. The traditional religious dichotomies describe reality in terms of right and wrong, good and evil, with specific belief systems clearly defining which is which. Those who take the opposite stance of discrediting these views maintain that there are no such objective standards, or at least not in the way they are traditionally defined.
Instead the new spirituality avoids any judging of opposites and finds value in all expressions of life. It understands that whatever exists is part of the whole, and therefore is meaningful in terms of potential learning for us humans. Much of what people see as wrong or evil is a great challenge to our selfishness and ignorance, urging us toward compassion and understanding. It is not a matter of identifying what is wrong and trying to eradicate it, but to discover what the lessons are and learn from them. The so-called negative side of life exists as a means of teaching us what we would not otherwise be challenged to learn. And if we learn what we are challenged to learn, the negative no longer needs to be present for its purpose has been served. Through our learning we are then capable of expanding our consciousness and being of greater service to others. Thus the middle path is the valuing of all things, all people and all experiences as a useful and even necessary part of the wholeness of life.”