Year: 2020

Meditation New Year 2020

Imagine that centuries ago, a shepherd in the mountains was idly tracing a small furrow in the ground with his staff. It was just a small furrow, but then came the rain, snow, frost, wind and sun, and little by little, this furrow grew deeper and wider until it turned into the bed of a torrent. What can we learn from this image? That the same phenomenon occurs with human beings. Every thought, every feeling is like a furrow drawn in our own inner earth, and all the psychic and spiritual forces circulating in space serve to make this furrow deeper and wider.As today marks the beginning of a new year, strive to consciously draw a furrow in your soul. Concentrate on a divine thought, make a divine wish, and live today in such a way that it becomes imprinted in you. Heavenly powers will be alerted and will come to support you in your efforts. Each day they will be there to tell you, ‘Remember, on the first day of the year you made …

Daily Meditation Christmas Eve

“Daily life is difficult, the source of much tension; in families, at work and in society, people have to hold so much of their energy in check just to be able to bear all the demands on them and to cope! And every now and then, these energies need to be released. Initiates understood this well. That is why, as far back as you can go, they instituted popular festivals at certain times of the year corresponding to specific configurations in astronomy. Even Christian festivals, for the most part, are simply relics of ancient pagan festivals in a different form and with a different meaning. As the festivals draw nearer, festivities are organised: people collect together food, and they prepare decorations and special clothes or even fancy dress. But the initiates had another purpose as well for these festivals. They wanted to encourage people to explore the energies in the subtler realms so as to regenerate and vivify their heart and soul. In this atmosphere of joyous and beneficial exchanges, beings of light come to …

The mystical meaning of Christmas

Why do we celebrate Christmas at the beginning of Winter? The reply can be found in the book of nature. All life begins as a seed, a seed buried in the darkness of the earth or deep within a woman’s womb. Winter is the season when, in the seeds planted in the earth, the long work of germination takes place; and this work ends in springtime, when a multitude of new existences burst into life. An identical work takes place in the psyche of each human being: in the dark earth, representing his lower nature, the seed of the divine Self, the Christ, must begin to germinate. This is the event which Christians celebrate on Christmas night…yes, exactly then, during the night, at midnight, the moment of greatest darkness. Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov    Sons and Daughters of God We celebrate the birth of the master Jesus at Christmas, but just as important as the commemoration of this historical event, is the opportunity  we all have to prepare for the birth of the Christ child within …

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Etheric double imprints help form our habits

In our physical body, each of our organs’ cells has a memory-bearing etheric double. All of our cells, especially those making up the grey matter and white matter of our brain and solar plexus, record our actions, desires, feelings and thoughts. These recordings are kinds of negatives or imprints, and once etched, they tend to repeat themselves- this is how habits come to be. So if you want to replace old habits with new and better ones, you must change these imprints by striving to act according to the new orientation you wish to acquire. This requires constant vigilance, but tell yourself that vigilance is the secret to success. So make sure that every gesture, every word, every thought, every feeling becomes an opportunity to etch the prints of a new life within you. These new negatives put you in contact with the regions of light in the universe. And because these regions dwell within you too, they will give you the purest currents and the most precious particles to create within you the body …

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‘Praise be to God’- enter into the light of divine glory

Praise be to God… To understand what these words mean, it would be better for people to be less obsessed by human glories. So many naive and ignorant people think that God is like one of the many tyrannical and vain monarchs who expect people to worship their wealth, their qualities and their achievements and who are only satisfied if they appear greater than all those around them. God has no need for us to sing his praises, for nothing we might say of him could add anything to him. The entire universe and all the angelic hierarchies already sing his praise. Rather it is we who need to glorify him, so that we may enter into His light. And to glorify God, it is not enough to repeat endlessly that he is great, powerful and wise. It is through our efforts to purify our thoughts, our desires and our actions that we glorify God. in doing so we will enter into the light of divine glory and, wherever a ray of this light falls, …

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How to regenerate your cells

Disciples of Initiatic Science, through their thoughts, feelings and ideals, seek to bring about transformation to even the very heart of their own cells. They know that the billions of cells making up their physical body are home to small souls and that each one of them was given a specific activity. For a cell is not a simple particle of matter occupying any old place in the body. Each cell behaves like a worker who knows the work they must carry out in the part of the body where they are situated, and the smooth functioning of the whole depends on the work they do. It is hard to explain the connection linking human beings to all the souls in their body. But this connection does exist and it becomes very strong when a person realizes that, through the life they lead and by working with thought, they can link with their cells and regenerate them. In seeking to master, purify and enrich their own psychic life, not only do they influence the physical …

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Love is a state of consciousness

The higher form of love is a state of consciousness in which all beings must learn to live one day. This state of consciousness cannot be described, nor can it be explained to someone who is not ready to live it; all that can be done is to try to lead them there gradually. This state of consciousness allows a person to feel inwardly connected with the universe; they are then like an instrument vibrating in unison with all that exists, they feel a profound sense of peace and, above all, tremendous goodwill towards all beings. They do not know where this positive disposition comes from; they simply feel that it has permeated their entire being, driving them to express themselves with love and understanding. They see nature and humans in a new light and they are happy. Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov Daily Meditations, 13th September, 2020 https://www.youtube.com/embed/vtRnrPXXWTc

Why is fire so beautiful?

“You have all watched a wood fire blazing in a hearth, but have you ever wondered exactly what happens to make all those dead, dark, twisted logs and branches so bright and beautiful? Isn’t it miraculous to see something that was so black being transformed into something so luminous? But you can do the same: whether you are at home in front of your own fireplace, or here, gathered round the Michaelmas fire at the Bonfin, you can use your imagination to burn your own dead branches- that is, all the instinctive tendencies of your animal nature. All that useless dead wood- into the fire with it! Fire is capable of converting everything into heat and light, and it is you who stand to gain; otherwise, what use would all those dead branches be to you? They can give you neither warmth not light because you lack the power to transform them. Give them to the fire, and it will give them back to you in the form of light and heat.” Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov”  A …

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Love for God encompasses everything

It has been said ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ Yes, because this love for God encompasses everything: health, beauty, light, intelligence, power and freedom. If we love God with all our being, if we place God first, if we make daily efforts – three, four, ten times a day – to slip out of ourselves and melt into this immensity from which we derive life, happiness, strength and every blessing, we will understand that no creature deserves our love more than God. Yes, because no one – not our parents, spouse, children or friends – can give us something so essential, no one. They can give a few objects and smiles, but these in no way compare to the life and blessings that come from the divine Source. Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov Daily Meditations, 5th September, 2020

Harmony and health – communicating with our cells

Photo: Human skin cells under microscope “The cells of our body are small intelligent souls. There is a whole population inside us, a population with which we can communicate and which it is our task to educate. Are you aware of it? No, or very rarely. This is why your cells do not obey you. You would like to improve the state of your liver, your stomach, your heart, your brain and so on, but you can’t – the cells of all those organs do not obey you. You don’t have any authority over them; they have a will of their own. Initiatic Science, which has studied the psychic anatomy of human beings and the rules governing its workings, teaches us that we can give commands to make the cells of our organs obey us. But we have first to accept the idea that they are intelligent, conscious beings and learn to communicate with them through our thoughts by sending them rays of light and love.” Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov   Harmony and health Photo credit: Neuron …

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The mystery of love-who are you, who am I?

Love- there is nothing that human beings need more, but there is also nothing that causes them so much doubt and confusion. One day, a young man came to visit me: he told me he was engaged to be married, he loved his fiancee and he was sure that she loved him back, but in spite of that he still asked himself certain questions. He had difficulty putting what he felt into words but in the end he said, ‘When I gaze into my fiancee’s eyes, I don’t really know who I’m looking at, and I don’t know who it is in me that’s looking at her either.’ I was astonished by the subtlety of this remark, for it is true, the identity of beings is a great mystery. What are the entities that live inside us and what are those that inhabit our friends, our family and all those around us? We do not know. For in reality, each person is a dwelling place inhabited successively by spirits of differing natures, and so it …

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Deep breathing from the diaphragm- its spiritual benefits

You must realise that, in order to undertake spiritual work of any kind you must be sure that you eat and breathe harmoniously. The two processes are governed by the same laws. Just as it is bad to swallow your food without chewing it, it is bad, also, to breathe so rapidly that the air does not have time to expand your lungs and fill them right down to the bottom. You must draw deep, slow breaths and even, from time to time, hold the air in your lungs for a few seconds before breathing out again. Why? In order to ‘chew’ it. Yes, your lungs are capable of ‘chewing’ air, just as your mouth chews food. The air we breathe is like a mouthful of food, a mouthful of extraordinary forces and energies. If you let it out again too quickly, the lungs don’t have time to ‘cook’, ‘digest’ and assimilate it so that the whole body can benefit from what it contains. This is why so many people are tense and irritable: they …

Rhythmic breathing- the universal ebb and flow

‘Everything breathes- trees, oceans, even stones… The earth is alive and it breathes; the stars too. Yes, they breathe in and out and the influence of their respiration is felt even here on earth…. Respiration can reveal great mysteries to you, but only when you accompany it with some mental work. As you breathe out, think that you are expanding to the very limits of the universe and then, as you breathe in again, you contract and withdraw into yourself, into your Self, that imperceptible point at the centre of an infinite circle. Again  you expand and again you contract… In this way you will discover the movement of the ebb and flow which is th key to all the rhythms of the universe. When you become conscious of this movement within your own being, you enter into the harmony of the cosmos and establish a relationship of exchange between yourself and the universe for, as you breathe in, you inhale elements from space and , as you breathe out, you send out into space …

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Creative Prayer- long extract from The Powers of Thought

People have a great many misconceptions about prayer. They imagine that what counts are the words they use. No, very often your words fall short of the mark, they never manage to get up to heaven. Your mouth may murmur words, but you are not really praying if nothing vibrates within you. To be sure, the words you say are very important for the realisation of your prayer, but only if your desire and your thought are already powerful on the spiritual plane; if this is the case, then the words are like a signature which allows the forces on high to be set in motion. Suppose that you want to awaken a feeling of love for God in yourself: as feelings are a purely psychic reality, you do not need to use words; you can achieve this simply through the strength of your desire. But if you want to obtain something on the physical, material plane, then the spoken word is necessary. But, in spite of this, it is the intensity of your thoughts …

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A beam of sunlight- what is it in reality?

A beam of sunlight is really a flood of billions of particles, each one containing a fantastic amount of knowledge about the sun and its inhabitants. When you learn to receive these sunbeams and to understand and interpret their meaning, they will bring you not only the sun’s knowledge, but the sun’s love for all creatures, as well as its life and its strength. The majority of humans gain almost nothing from the sun because they are quite happy to look at it while thinking of other things. But its much better to learn about the nature of these rays of light, and be ready to receive them so as to benefit from all their riches. Sunbeams can give you anything and everything but only if there is a door open within you. Omraam MIkhael Aivanhov For more on the benefits of Surya Yoga (Sunrise Meditation) : New vibrations at sunrise Drink light In the first light of dawn

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Breathe in Prana – respiration in the open air

We should ideally do our morning gymnastic and breathing exercises every day in nature so as to benefit from the purest air possible, since it’s from the air that we can harness this precious quintessence the Indian yogis called prana. Prana is life energy that exists everywhere, in the earth, in water, air and fire, but it is mainly carried by the sun’s rays, and is most abundant in the early morning. Each particle of this prana is like a drop of crystalline water, a tiny, suspended sphere of light filled with a spiritual essence. And we can capture some of these drops of light through our breathing. By consciously passing the air through our nostrils, we set our subtle centres in motion and they work to extract the quintessence from the air. Once it has been captured, this quintessence circulates; it is like fire running through the network of nerves on either side of our spine. Just as blood circulates though veins, arteries and capillaries, prana circulates throughout our nervous system. Not only does …

Yogic breathing

Breathing and its workings have been studied closely by yogis in India for many thousands of years and they have understood their importance for our vitality and also for the correct functioning of our mind. And since they researched the subject so thoroughly, they also discovered that all the rhythms in our body are related to cosmic rhythms. So, in order to make contact with certain entities or regions in the spiritual world, we need to find its specific rhythm and use it as we would a key. This is exactly what happens when we seek to tune into a radio programme on a specific frequency. In order to receive the frequency emitted by a particular station, we need to know its specific wavelength. The same goes for breathing: in order to make contact with a specific region in the universe, we must know which rhythm to use Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov Daily Meditations Breathe in Prana Rhythmic breathing- the universal ebb and flow

How to keep loved ones healthy

I know very many of us are deeply concerned about those close to us during the current pandemic and we want to do whatever we can to keep our loved ones healthy and happy. Of course, on the physical plane, I agree with medical authorities regarding hand- washing, social-distancing and self-isolation for those who are or could be affected. As a spiritualist, though, I believe that there are also things that we can do on the psychic, spiritual planes to help protect our own health and that of those we love. Even if there is no vaccine against the virus at present, the placebo effect-aka the power of the human mind and spirit (or faith in the God who lives within each of us), will strengthen the natural defences of those with belief. I recommend reading a special message from microbiologist Dr Bruce Lipton (the author of The Biology of Belief) where he talks about the affects of the placebo and the nocebo affect. The nocebo affect includes negative thinking, fear and other forms of …

Rise above your worries

Daily life never fails to present us all with occasions for being worried, sad or discouraged, does it? But you have to react. Rather than sit there and do nothing except swallow tablets and tire people out with your complaints, forgetting that they too face the same difficulties, try to work with your thoughts and your imagination. See yourself surrounded by light, imagine you are sending out love to the whole world, that you are overcoming every obstacle. Gradually those images you are forming will come alive, will have an effect on your consciousness, will transform you, and at the same time they will attract suitable elements from the universe to become part of you. At first, you will not feel the effect of these exercises for very long and you will have to repeat them frequently. But one day the result will be there for good, you will not be able to doubt it: you will feel a living entity above you, protecting you, teaching you, purifying you, lighting your way and bringing you …

Video:Meditate on light…

People think there is nothing they can do to help or improve humanity as a whole. Well, it might seem like an impossible task- it is certainly gigantic-but if you learn certain methods, you will see that all of a sudden it becomes possible…Try to imagine, for instance, that the whole of humanity is condensed into a single being, standing there by your side, and you hold the hand of this being and give them quantities of light and love. When you do this, some minute particles go out from your soul, and the love you give this one being reflects on every being in the world; they begin to  conceive nobler thoughts and desires in their heart.If hundreds and thousands of people on earth did this exercise, you would see the breath of a new, divine spirit in humanity, and without knowing how or why, they would one day wake up to find themselves completely transformed. Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov   A New Earth This video today can be used as a guided meditation on …