Year: 2019

Church bells ringing

A meditation and poem for the ending of the year

Do not wait for the kingdom of God as you would a political or social organisation that comes to impose itself on earth. The kingdom of God is first and foremost a state of consciousness, a way of living and working. That is why it cannot be realised on the physical plane until it is first realised in our thoughts. Once realised in our thoughts it will descend into the heart, into our feelings, and it is then that it can finally be expressed in our actions. For such is the order of manifestation in matter: thought – feeling – action. One day the kingdom of God will manifest tangibly on earth, but first it must enter the thoughts and feelings of human beings. And we can see that the process has already begun. Thousands of men and women in the world nourish within themselves the ideal and love of the kingdom of God; there are many more than you may think. And in some of them, in their conduct and their way of life, …

New Year’s Eve Meditation

“Tomorrow a new year begins, and you can begin to make ready for it consciously by focusing on a goal: a quality you want to develop, a bad habit you want to lose, a project you want to carry out for the glory of God. With this thought, this wish, it is as if you are laying the first stone, and then all the luminous nature spirits will contribute their help, so that you can realize your divine plan. These should be your thoughts on this last day of the year. Unfortunately, you won’t meet many people concerned with such things. Most are getting ready to indulge in all kinds of excess. Can you be surprised, then, if the year goes badly for them? So you at least, who are disciples of the divine school, do your best to see in the new year with the light as your focus.” … “If you want the new year to be truly new for you, think of it as a living, wealthy being that can bring you …

train tracks diverging

You shape your future every day, every hour

When you decide to start a project, be aware that you shape your future every day, every hour, and even every second. When you have a good thought, or a good feeling, this sets you instantly on the path of light. But if a few minutes later a person or an incident triggers a selfish, unjust thought, or a feeling of anger, or a desire for revenge, your orientation changes, and you veer towards darkness. And even if on the physical plane, no change can be seen immediately – as these thoughts and feelings do not have time to materialise – something has changed in the higher regions, in the direction you are taking. When  a certain lever is pulled, the train changes tracks. Well, that is what people do every day, sometimes a hundred or a thousand times a day: once in the right direction, once in the wrong direction – they change tracks. Since everything is recorded, each of these changes is recorded too. If they do not produce anything permanent on the …

Martin Luther King

Jesus, MLK, and non-violent, non-passive resistance

In the passage below, from ‘The True Meaning of Christ’s Teaching’ Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov argues that Jesus’ teaching on turning the other cheek should not be interpreted as an instruction to remain submissive and passive in the face of injustice and mistreatment but to demonstrate moral and spiritual superiority to your enemies. This is exactly the method which Martin Luther King used to fight back against racial injustice in the states. Just as Gandhi had done previously in South Africa and India and Nelson Mandela used in his struggle to end Apartheid.

Meditation, contemplation, concentration

“Meditation is an activity of the mind- an attempt to deepen your understanding of spiritual truths. Contemplation, on the other hand, is an activity of the heart or soul- you dwell on an image, a quality or a virtue in order to rejoice in its light and beauty and be in communion with it. And on a higher level still, there is the magical activity of identification by which the will and the spirit identify with the creator in order to create. Some days you will feel inclined to work with the mind: to think and search and ponder, this is meditation. On other days, when you are in a state of hamony, peace and bliss, you may feel drawn to contemplation. And then there are other days when your will manifests itself more strongly and you feel the need to do something, to create, to set in motion invisible forces. You have all certainly experienced these three states even though you may not have recognised them or been able to define them. But you need …

Climate change demonstrators

To obtain results, it’s numbers that count.

I found this Daily Meditation today about seeking ‘first the kingdom of God’ I think the master’s thought is also relevant to the political situation in many places today. It encourages the efforts of all those people out there who are demonstrating for positive action on climate change such as children and teenagers all over the world. It also speaks to those such as myself who are demanding a democratic say on political decisions that affect their future. Every single participant counts- we should never leave the work and effort to others! (SJJ) ‘How have revolutions taken place in the past? Did all the participants have to be politicians, lawyers, philosophers, scientists or generals? No, but all were present and united -scientists, uneducated people, the competent and incompetent, the weak and strong -and together they emerged victorious! Every day we see this type of event reported in the media but do we understand? You might wonder what there is to understand. Well, there are many things and, in particular, we need to realise that to …

happy children raising arms

Podcast: The Universal Dimension

I have just published a new podcast channel offering audio readings from Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov’s books. The channel is called Sloucham- a word from the master’s native Bulgarain which means, ‘I am listening’. The first episode has readings of 5 long extracts from his book- A Philosophy of Universality. Three disciples also discuss some of the master’s ideas- in particular, how we human beings need to transcend our lower, animal nature and develop a more fraternal, less self-centred consciousness. That is essential if humanity as a whole is ever going to solve all its problems. I hope you enjoy listening to it and please share freely with your friends! You can find the full transcript of the readings below the player. Reading 1 When we glance about us at the world, human society and the family, we see that everything is organized with a view to satisfying human nature, meaning, in reality, our animal nature and all our most primitive instincts. All the rules and norms of society, all our criteria, even the education we …

The Earth and Moon from space . Extremely detailed image including elements furnished by NASA.

Eternal life-abundant and rich

To live life eternal… This eternal life to which mystics aspire is not a length of time but a state of consciousness. From the moment we come into contact with the divine Source, and for as long as we dwell within it, eternal life begins to circulate within us. For eternal life is an abundant, rich and full quality of life. A very simple image can give you an idea. Let’s take a stick – it is a straight object with a beginning and an end, so something limited. Just like time. But now suppose that this stick is flexible and that it bends until the two ends meet: it becomes a circle, and this circle can give us an idea of eternity, with no beginning and no end, an infinite unit. Each moment of our life that we manage to link to the divine Source enters into the circle and becomes eternal life; on entering the circle, it changes nature, it is no longer a detached part of the Whole. While every point on the …

Chick and flowers

Meditation for Easter

We don’t have to wait until the end of time to leave our tombs and rise again. To resurrect we must simply work on ourselves everyday in order to overcome our weaknesses. This work has an effect on the cells in our body- it purifies, enlightens and vivifies them. Increasingly intense vibrations are gradually communicated to all our cells and prepare our resurrection. If only humans knew the number of tombs they have within them. These tombs are all the cells they must regenerate by learning how to nourish themselves with elements of spiritual life. And so, one by one, the tombs open and numerous little souls, who were seemingly dead, but who in reality were dormant, begin to rise up. Similar phenomena are present everywhere in nature. A seed is a tomb in which life remains buried until the angel of spring knocks on the door to release it. The same is true of the eggshell and the chick. The custom of offering Easter eggs of course exists because the egg symbolises the promise …

Beautiful mountain landscape

Remain on higher ground

The disciples of a spiritul teaching are aware that within them there is something beautiful and great that longs to express itself, and they seek the help of beings of light in the invisible world. Their wish flows from them as a subtle fluid, and the entities that pick this up are always ready to respond to their request. But it is one thing to have a spiritual ideal and quite another to keep it firmly in your soul. When you have succeeded in elevating your inner state it is difficult to stay on the high ground. But you have to cling on, because it is up there that you will find pure air, light and freedom. In our solar system, it is the sun that represents the summit, the spirit. In order to reach their inner summit and remain there, disciples of spiritual science must make daily efforts to hoist themselves up to the sun. Then when they come back to face whatever events may occur, a part of them will remain up above, …

The new life will come thanks to women

The new life will come thanks to women, all women, because they possess the matter in which this new life can manifest. The feminine principle possesses the keys to realization in matter. It is this principle that materializes, whether it be good or evil. It is the role of women to bring children into the world, but children can also be the symbol of any accomplishment on the psychic and spiritual planes. The same laws apply on whatever plane – physical, psychological or spiritual.  Women are formed in such a way that very subtle particles or etheric matter emanate from them, and this matter can be used to embody ideas and projects, or give them a body. As such, all women must be aware of their powers and decide what projects they wish to associate themselves with. The salvation of humanity depends on the direction women will take. Just like the plane of archetypes where there is only one Woman at the top, the divine Mother, all women on Earth can unite to form one …

Why our democracies fail

If humans have no real criteria with which to analyse the motives for their expectations and demands, the political arena will remain a place of confrontation. Just how many times throughout history have there been revolutions and changes in regime! But regardless of the intended reforms, there can be no real progress until there is a change in consciousness and mentality.Only when humans choose to abandon the narrow confines of their selfish appetites will the changes they propose bring real improvements. Until then, we will continue to see the same relentless efforts of a few ambitious and greedy people vying fiercely for the positions that will bring them more power and money. But how many of them truly prepare themselves for the great task that really lies before them? And as for those who elect them, do they not do so in the hope to in turn satisfy their own greed? Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov Daily Meditations I chose an image showing a wax work of Nelson Mandela to accompany this passage. For me, he became …

The whole of nature is alive…

“When initiates open their door in the morning, before doing anything else, they salute nature: the trees, the sky, and the sun, the day itself and the whole of creation. You will wonder why they do that and the answer is – that is how they put themselves in direct contact with the source of life. Yes, for nature responds to their greeting… How often have I gone out into my garden in the morning and greeted the angels of the four elements, the angels of fire, air, water and earth, and even the gnomes, nymphs, sylphs and salamanders. And when you do this you see them dancing and singing for joy. I send greetings to the trees, the rocks, and the wind, too. Try it yourself and you will feel that something inside you slips into place and becomes more harmonious, and that many elements of obscurity or misunderstanding fade from you simply because you have decided to salute living nature and the creatures that dwell within it. You might think, ‘What difference does …

Sunrise

New Year Meditation 2019

Try to realize the importance of the moment you wake up in the morning, because the rest of your day depends on it and the rest of your life depends on this day. If you do not live today correctly, you will spend each tomorrow repairing the consequences of the mistakes you made the previous day. All those who concern themselves with the future while neglecting the present twenty-four hours have left gaps everywhere in their lives, and they come back on earth in order to correct, make amends and suffer. By simply living twenty-four hours well, you will prepare the twenty-four hours to come, and the programme that lies ahead will be easier to carry out: the ground has been cleared, nothing lies in the way, so life becomes easy. So begin by living well the first moments of each day, in order to prepare the hours that follow. Tell yourself, ‘The past is the past, and the future is “yet to come”… but I have today. So, set to work! Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov