This is what will be covered in Module 2:
Universal Law and Religion. Which is best – religion or spirituality? Do you leave all religion behind when you follow a spiritual path, or do you take the best from religion? What is the best from religion? What is universal spiritual law and how does that relate to religion? Which religion is relevant to spirituality? Is spiritualism another religion?
Eternal Life and Death. Does eternal life exist? What is death, and how does death relate to eternal life. Is reincarnation real? Why does the church believe in eternal life, but not in reincarnation or spirituality? What does eternal life and earthly life have to do with spirituality? What is a medium and what is a psychic?
Meditation or Prayer? Which fits better with spirituality – prayer or meditation? What is prayer? What is meditation? Can you use both prayer and meditation when you are spiritual? Do you have to use either? Do you have to use both?
How Do I Deal with Religious Friends and Family? Does a spiritual path mean that you are now enlightened and therefore better than your religious friends and family? How do you deal with people who still choose religion? What do you do when you are spiritual, and you get invited to religious activities? What do you say to people about religion as opposed to spirituality?
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We all want to spread joy in the world, right?
And we all are on social media where this is as easy as pressing a button, right? Wrong. So far I know seven people who are not on Facebook. How in the world do they keep up with family gossip and world politics?
Jokes aside, I often see “spiritual” posts on social media that makes it clear the creator or sender is not familiar with spiritual laws, and they don’t think before they spread the words.
Here is an innocent-looking meme I found on a social media group:
“To protect your energy: It’s okay to cancel a commitment. It’s okay to not answer a call. It’s okay to change your mind. It’s okay to want to be alone. It’s okay to take a day off. It’s okay to do nothing. It’s okay to speak up. It’s okay to let go.”
The first three statements don’t protect your energy. On the contrary. They compromise the universal law of “Say what you do and do what you say”, and they create an energy blockage, for which you then need to face the consequences. That is not okay in any shape or form.
When you have made a commitment, then only the direst circumstances must be a reason for not honoring that commitment. I saw a video the other day of a young black American who found getting a job quite a challenge because of unemployment and racism. He finally landed a job in a town twenty miles away and was quite excited about it. It was a typical first job with a furniture removal company which required carrying and lifting all sorts of items with care for hours on end. He did not mind, because it was his job and he had a job.
The night before he got everything ready, and set out his clothes. He needed to run an errand with the car he was going to get to work, and discovered the car had broken down. He called around to find a friend who could give him a lift, with no luck. And there was no public transport.
What did he do? In his mind there was only one thing to do – start walking. That is what he did around midnight – because he had a job and a commitment. At dawn he was stopped by a police officer on patrol, because he was a black man and out of place. He told the officer what had happened and why he was in the area.
The officer took him to a diner and bought him breakfast. Because of bureaucratic restrictions he could not take the young man all the way to work.
The young man hit the road again. Another officer – who had heard about this from the first officer – found the young man a couple of miles further on and was able to drop him off at work – much earlier than he was meant to be there.
Imagine being black in an area where racism is rife, and arriving at your place of work in the back of a police car! However, the story did not stop here.
To avoid any issues, the police officer contacted the owner of the business to explain why his new employee arrived for work in a police car.
The young man put in a full day’s work of hard labor and sweat, because he had a job and he gave his word. He had no idea how he was going to get home, but that did not interfere with his work performance.
The owner went out to meet the young man at the end of his shift. He not only expressed his gratitude to the young man for making such an effort to get to work – he also gave the young man a car that he drove home with that night.
What can I say? When you say what you do and then do what you say, the Universe delivers on the bargain. You might not get a car for free, but reneging on your commitment is not an option – ever.
Yes. It was OK not to answer a call before the age of mobile phones. Nowadays you don’t ignore a call. If you don’t want to answer a call, then switch off your phone and ensure you have voicemail on. Not answering a call while you hang the washing or have a bath is OK, but then you phone back at the first opportunity. Simply choosing to not answer calls is a violation of the universal law. If you really don’t want to take a call from a person, you have the option to block that person on your phone. However, even when you do so, ask yourself why, until you understand what emotions the caller evokes and why you don’t want to deal with the person.
Yes, it’s OK to change your mind, but ensure that you first say what you do, and then do what you say. If you say one thing and then do another thing without warning, the message to the world is simple: You are unreliable. Do it often enough, and the message will come back to you clearly from your interactions with family, friends and work colleagues.
There is another meme which people send round without thinking:
“Religion is for people who are afraid of hell. Spirituality is for people who have been through hell.”
The implication is clearly that spirituality is superior to religion, and people who profess to be spiritual have had superior experiences. That is so far from the truth.
I know religious people who are far more spiritual than they would acknowledge, and they are comfortable in their religious practices. They have a different way of thinking, but that does not make them wrong – just as a spiritual lifestyle doesn’t make anybody right.
The more I read and educate myself, the more I discover that the main religions contain the same truths. No, religion is not for me, because I don’t feel I can embrace everything in any one of the religions I have studied. I can embrace everything I have learnt and experienced about spirituality so far, but I have also discovered through spirituality how much truth there is in the main religious texts.
Religion – any religion – and spirituality are simply different facets of the same diamond. Who are you to say that one facet on a diamond is superior to another?
Here is another one:
“How people treat you is all about them and nothing about you.”
Not true. This implies that you are perfect, and people who don’t treat you as perfect are wrong about you.
How people treat you is about the contract which you have with each of these people. Therefore all interactions are about them as well as about you.
If people treat you with disrespect, ask yourself whether you act and talk in such a way that you earn respect all the time. Or are they with their behavior reflecting back to you what you send into the world, namely that your words and actions don’t reflect respect?
If you believe the meme, you absolve yourself from any introspection, and you give yourself permission to act in ways that may be very hurtful to people.
You also ignore the Golden Rule, namely to do unto others what you want to have done unto yourself.
Before you hit the share button next time, ask yourself whether you fully resonate with everything in the meme, and whether the meme complies with universal spiritual law.
Are you a beginner on your spiritual path?
Are you thirsty for knowledge but you don’t know where to start?
Do you want to know more about who you are, without becoming a medium or a psychic?
Then this course is for you.
More and more people are turning their backs on churches and organised religion because they are disillusioned with all the scandals and double standards that are always in the news.
If going to church is not the solution, then what is?
Staying away from church is also not a solution, because that leaves a void, and you float in the ocean of life, rudderless and with no compass to guide you to your destination.
Have you tried going to the spiritualist church? You may find a home there, or you may find that spiritualism and the spiritualist church are just another form of religion.
This course will guide you through that no-mans-land where you cannot go back to religion, and you don’t know where you are heading, and you need some structure, so that you can find your own path.
The important part is for you to make your own way through life. This is a scary thought, because there are so many views and so many practices to choose from.
This course will give you a solid foundation, so that you can then choose which path is for you to follow.
You will no longer need to remain in this no-mans-land of not knowing and wanting to move forward.
You will learn how spirituality is part of every day, and how we practice it without even being aware of it. You will learn simple skills for making your life better, and for planning your future and seeing those plans materialise.
Will you be able to practice as a medium or a psychic after the course? Probably not. You will be able to distinguish between what are known as “card readers” and “cold readings” on the one hand, and real, honest to goodness psychics who don’t guess or use props or pepper you with questions on the other hand.
You will understand why things happen to you and how you relate to the people you come into contact with.
There are many people in the esoteric world who make the right noises, but how do you identify those who can be followed and those who are followers posing as leaders?
You will be able to separate the spiritual wheat from the chaff, and decide what your future focus will be, based not only on your passion, but also on solid knowledge.
I will be presenting a series of workshops on I Want to Know About Spirituality ... in Boksburg, South Africa, starting on 3rd February 2019. You will have the option of
Each workshop will be about 90 minutes long, and the workshops will take place on a Sunday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 South African time.
The price is £30 (R550 or $40) per person per workshop (both in person, online and for the recordings).
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There will be a follow-up series of seven workshops (Learning the Universal Language) with more complex topics such as universal law, the domino effect, the basics of energy healing, coincidence and synchronicity, numerology, cycles, discernment and reincarnation.
There will also be a final series of workshops (Using the Universal Language) for people who want to learn about psychic skills, energy medicine,tarot, applying quantum physics and exploring their own intuitive gifts.
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Exchanging energy in business? Surely that cannot be right? In business you exchange goods or services for money?
Yes, that is true – you do exchange goods or services for money. But what is money? What are the goods? Where do the services come from?
Everything in this world is energy. And this world is in complete balance. Where it appears that things are not in balance, this is simply because we focus on the one side of the coin, and try to delude ourselves that there is no other side to the coin. Every coin has two sides, whether we like it or not. For every upside, there is a price to pay. For every downside, there is a benefit we need to acknowledge.
This complete balance needs to also be in business transactions.
Spot the imbalance:
None of the above examples refer to a fair exchange of energy, where the giver received as much as they gave in exchange, or where the receiver only received what was due to them. In each instance there was too much energy taken, and not enough energy given.
Take a moment to think how you normally approach such situations.
Yes, there are instances where you know in your gut the item is over-priced, and you will not pay the offered price but rather walk away. There are instances where the owner offers the item at below the initial value, because the owner no longer attaches the initial value to the item – like at end-of-season sales. There are instances where an item or service are offered at a price that is below their true value, because you are willingly being enticed into buying into the illusion so that you can get more at the true value later, and you are OK with it.
Did you know there are not only brain cells in your brain? There are brain cells with an identical function in your heart. When the brain cells in your brain and in your heart are aligned, you feel and know there is a true and fair exchange of energy.
These are the easy examples. Let’s move on to the more intangible ones, which relate to what you value as opposed to what is offered or sold to you.
For example, you value honesty in business and in your personal life. You like to deal with any business which shares these values with you. You then have an unpleasant experience with the business where one of the employees is dishonest and this results in a loss (either a financial loss or a loss of trust) for you. In good faith, you report this to the management of the business, and the response you get is that “you are looking at it in the wrong way”, even though it is as clear as daylight that there was dishonesty and you were at the receiving end. This is clearly an imbalanced exchange of energy.
Another example from the online world is where for example an item is advertised at a price that you perceive as fair. When you try to buy it, the item is “no longer available” but there is a similar item available at a higher price. This is known as click-bait, where the customer is drawn in under false pretenses, and the dealer assumes that the customer needs the item or service badly enough to accept the dishonesty and pay more.
A classic example from the marketing, consulting and entrepreneurial world is where a seller does not have any service to sell yet, but they promote themselves as experts in a field. Only when the unsuspecting customer takes the bait, does the seller create a service that is tailor-made for the customer. This practice of selling rainbows and candy floss to people in need of practical, solid items or information is probably the furthest from the universal law of “say what you do and do what you say”. I have dealt with people who apply this type of selling, and in my experience it always results in what is called a “hard sell” of the type of “come on, you know you want and need it” with a lot of pressure being applied to the buyer, followed by disillusion, a very sour taste in the mouth, and the seller moving on to the next unsuspecting soul, like a parasite that sucks its victim dry before moving on.
What is missing in each one of these transactions is compliance with the universal law of “say what you do, and do what you say”.
If you run your business according to this universal law, you will always find balance in your transactions. Even better, you will always offer balance, and your offers will resonate with the customers you deserve.
If, as a customer, you use your discernment (not judgment) to find businesses who offer a fair exchange of energy, then you will be a satisfied customer. Did you know that satisfied customers tell on average three people about their experiences, but dissatisfied customers spread the news to on average fifteen people?
You are asking about the difference between judgment and discernment – good question.
Judgment is where you decide what is right and what is wrong, based on any cultural or religious beliefs you accepted. Judgment is an uncompromising attitude, where anyone and everyone who differs from you are wrong, and you are right. With judgment there is only one option and that is yours – everything and everyone else are excluded.
Discernment, on the other hand, allows you to use your physical, emotional and spiritual body to detect whether the person or situation resonates with you. As you know already, everything has its own vibration. That includes every object and every person you come into contact with. Where this vibration is on the same level as your physical body, it feels good. Where the vibration is on a higher level than your physical body, chances are that you will have some insight and as a result your physical body will then also vibrate at the higher level.
However, when the vibration you encounter is lower than your physical body, you immediately feel the resistance, because our body vibrations never go lower.
Have you had the experience of feeling an immediate dislike for a person, even a person you don’t know, for no obvious reason? Have you ever walked into a social situation where you felt unwelcome or out of place and just wanted to leave? That was where the people did not resonate with you, and you discerned that.
If you run a business, trust your discernment when you make business deals. If you are a customer and you want to deal with a business, trust your discernment before parting with your money. There will always be another business offering you the same product or service, where the people and the business values resonate with you.
Being discerning does not mean being judgmental. It simply means that you are much more aware of what is good, healthy and acceptable for you, and you respect the choices that other people make, even if those choices are the complete opposite of what you chose.
So yes, doing business is an exchange of energy, and it needs to be a fair exchange. If the exchange is not fair, you will know it, and you will do yourself a favor when you walk away.
If you have experienced the dark night of the soul, then I don’t need to explain – you know exactly what I am talking about.
If you have never experienced it, then you are probably just a little bit too young, but your turn will come.
Do you think I am a pessimist? On the contrary. I am not an optimist either – because both optimists and pessimists are not quite balanced. I have learnt to always see the bright side of a crisis, and to always understand that good luck comes with a price. No, I am not cynical. I am fortunate enough to have discovered that the Universe is in complete balance, even when we don’t think so.
Is the dark night of the soul the opposite of Love? No. It precedes the deepest Love you can imagine – truly unconditional Love.
Can you escape the experience? I am afraid not. Even when you make perfect life choices, at some stage life will throw you a curveball – or two – or ten. The rest of your life is determined by how you manage these curve balls.
If you believe in the romantic view of get a good education, find the perfect partner, get married, have talented children and a satisfying job, retire in good health and leave this world in perfect ecstasy, you are in for a rude awakening. You will get to a point in your life where you will lose what you have held precious – and believe that you have lost everything.
You will experience darkness like never before. You will feel that your trusted friends are stabbing you in the back for no reason. Or you will develop health problems that will make you reconsider your lifestyle. Or you will be made redundant at a stage when you can least afford it. Or you will experience too much stress and lose your sanity.
Enough of that stuff – you get the picture.
And then, just when you think you cannot get any lower – and you are probably right – something happens that makes you not only regain your faith in humanity, but it also puts your experience and your losses in a totally different perspective – and you slowly, slowly start to see what it is all about.
It is not punishment for your past decisions. It is not that God has forsaken you when you needed him most. It is not simply bad luck. It is not people who need to be blamed for turning their back on you for no reason and when you need them most.
If that was the case, every butterfly will remain in their cocoon because the sun is too bright, or because it is too cold outside the cocoon, or because there are no butterflies in sight. But the butterfly can only stay in the cocoon and contemplate its navel for so long. Then instinct forces it to start chewing away at the cocoon until the hole is big enough to escape.
And then – you guessed it – the worm is no longer a worm, but a beautiful butterfly that can reproduce and the cycle starts again.
In the same way, every one of us who have experienced the dark night of the soul can look back with immense gratitude – not only because the horrors are over, but also because the sunrise after the experience is not just a once-off. That sunrise lasts for years, and brings calmness and gratitude every day.
For some people the transition is simply into calmness, a different lifestyle, a different career, or other changes that brings forward your potential.
For other people the transition is the challenge they finally needed so that they can prove others wrong, and so that they can finally use their full potential and fulfil their life purpose.
Either way, when you experience your dark night of the soul, trust me, it will and does get better – in ways that you cannot even imagine.
So how can you make things easier for yourself? I will tell you, and you will say but these are practical things, while I am looking for a solution to an existential crisis. Trust me – I have been there, done that and bought the t-shirt. Of course, each person needs to find their own perfect path, but that requires a lot of inner work.
Let’s start with the outer work – the more visible stuff that gets you through every day.
Make your bed every morning before you do anything else. If that is the only thing you accomplish today, then congratulate yourself for creating some order.
Honour your body. I am not only talking about shaking off excess weight. Ensure you look after your personal hygiene. Find a way of exercising which works for you and which you can afford. Even if you just walk every day or climb stairs, do it. Eat the freshest food you can afford. Focus on what you eat and determine what works for you and what you should stay away from. And yes, you may not have had problems with different food types in the past, but trust me – when you go through your transition, your body changes. Your food tolerances change. Your hormones change. Listen to your body and fine-tune your diet until you have energy. If you don’t do it, nobody else will do it for you.
Take control of your finances. Ensure you know where every penny comes from and where every penny goes. You would be amazed at how that awareness makes you focus. Plug the holes that deplete your financial energy, and focus on visualising the money you want to see flowing in for you.
And of course, there is the self-talk. How do you deal with that? How do you get that inner voice to stop criticising and to help you on your new journey? Meditation is a good start. Yes, yes, I know that takes time. What can you lose? I also know that the moment you close your eyes to meditate, those horrible thoughts that break down your self-esteem jump at the chance to be in the lime-light. Let them. Give them the limelight, even if it means you set your alarm to only spend a maximum of five minutes meditating every day. You will be surprised, if you focus on your breathing with closed eyes for just five minutes a day, how quickly those pesky thoughts take a hike and make space for the insights and creativity that sets you on your way. If you don’t do it, then the critters remain between your ears and try at every opportunity to take over your awake time and your life.
And what do you do with the friends or family or lovers who walked away from them? Take the high road and thank them for their contribution to your wisdom. Of course, you can fall straight into the traps of blame, vindictiveness, anger, judgement and a few others. What would you achieve with that? The people who caused these emotions have moved on and sleep like babies. You can spend your energy on all that go-low stuff, or you can spend the same energy on going high and simply moving on. And if judgement and other stuff is aimed at you, deflect it by simply not responding. You can be a miserable sod who tells everyone who is willing to listen how people have treated you, or you can simply close the door and move towards the Light – especially when there are children involved. What example do you want to set for your children? Do you want them to carry venom, or to face what life brings their way with courage and fortitude? Such a lovely old-fashioned word – fortitude.
If you feel you need the help of professionals to move on, then get the help – but ensure that the professionals look towards the future and guide you into the Light. If the professional feels their job is to let you contemplate your navel for too long, then cut the ties and move on to more exciting things. Nowadays you don’t necessarily need to pay for professional help. See what you can find on Youtube that is helpful and that inspires you. If it does not resonate with you, move on and continue to search. If it does resonate with you, take the bull by the horns and make the changes that you are growing into.
And probably the bravest, most exciting, most fun thing you can do is to be open to new experiences. Reserve your judgment, and first experience. Of course, you will always have new experiences in physical safety and bearing in mind that your body is a temple of your spirit. That will not spoil your fun – it will simply be a matter of loving and honouring yourself, and following your heart.
One thing I can tell you is that the dark night of the soul is just that – a night. In the greater scheme of things, what may feel to you like a lifetime of agony will not last for ever – and then you are a butterfly and the world and everything around you looks so different.
Blessings to you on your journey – and know that you are Loved.
How is it that some people retire at the mandated, government-regulated retirement age, while others seem to grow younger and retirement is not even an option for them?
Does retaining your youthfulness have to do with science, or is there something else - some magic elixir?
Ralph Maliphant tells his story and brings science together with spirit in a fascinating journey of discovery.
Ralph trained as a massage therapist at the Maitri Foundation at age 68 in 2003-2004, and completed an advanced year of training to learn the skills of Dynamic Bodywork.
He started training in the Rosen Method in 2009 and qualified as an intern in 2012, which means he is licensed to work on the public.
At age 83 getting ready to qualify as a full Rosen Method practitioner.
Tune in to The Elsabe Smit Show on Sunday 1st October live at 4 pm GMT using this link: https://www.facebook.com/AskElsabeSmit/videos
Here is a link to the recorded show on Youtube.
Renee Baribeau is a wind whistler, soul coach, Hay House author, inspirational speaker, entrepreneur, and workshop leader, known and respected for her down-to-earth approach. During her life, the wind gods have steered Renee’s course in many directions. A former chef, in 1987 she opened the first farm-to-table restaurant in Central New York, Brown Bagger’s, in Syracuse. In 2005, Renee established the Desert Holistic Network in Palm Desert, California, an online regional resource directory. Renee served as the Resident Shaman at We Care Spa in Desert Hot Springs. Since 2013, Renee has worked for Foundations Recovery Network, a national system of residential treatment facilities. Her current role is Marketing and Community Outreach Coordinator.
As a writer, Renee is a featured contributing blogger for Finer Minds, Elephant Journal. Renee has also contributed chapters to the anthologies Pearls of Wisdom: 30 Inspirational Ideas to Live Your Best Life Now (Hierophant Publishing, 2012) and The Five Principles of Everything (Five Birds Publishing, 2012). She makes her home on the West Coast, and Whidbey Island.
This is how Renee introduces her talk on The Elsabe Smit Show on 27th August 2017 at 4pm GMT on this link: https://www.facebook.com/pg/AskElsabeSmit/videos/
"People are seeking a direct experience of God, which emanating and non-dualistic forces of Nature can provide. Nature Gods can fill the “God Shaped Hole” plaguing society. Ancient cross-cultural Wind Gods/Goddesses offer persistent guidance, to restore faith in humanity.
In my effort to provide navigational tools for the generation lost, 28 cross cultural Winds of Spirit revealed themselves. Each had a distinct sphere of spiritual responsibility for guiding humanity. My phenomenological research spanned 20 years of direct shamanic practice and scholarly research. Faced with planetary extinction, it is essential to embrace new ideas and formats. The Wind Work® is the answer to helping everyday, normal people, find a working partnership with spirit. "
Here is the link to the recorded show on Youtube.
I am curious about measuring spirituality. Everyone seems to talk about spiritual growth and enlightenment nowadays, but there is not much talk about the science required to measure these things.
I see so many people boasting about how spiritual they are, but then they say and do things that are completely the opposite of what they claim to believe or what they sell to others.
How would you measure how spiritual a person is, or whether one person is more spiritual than another?
Or is spirituality just a popular social mask with no basis in reality?
Do you tend to make snap judgments about others and jump to conclusions?
Do you blame people for the experiences you have?
Have you noticed how people display their emotional intelligence and wondered if you do the same?
Then this book is for you.
Elsabe explains how our emotions cloud our judgement and get us into trouble.
"Improve Your Emotional Intelligence: The Spiritual Development of Your Emotions (The Enlightenment Series Volume 2)” is not about blame or guilt, or other time-wasting uses of energy. The book is about explaining how we can manage and use our emotions in our favor. Imagine being in charge of every situation because you are in a space of calmness and in control.
In this enlightening book, internationally renowned psychic, coach and author Elsabe Smit breaks down some key concepts of spiritual development into short, highly accessible articles, and provides ways in which the reader can achieve spiritual growth.
Inspired by a lifetime of facing sometimes seemingly insurmountable challenges, Elsabe examines the subtle nuances that influence our lives, and explores these age-old questions: Why are we born? How can we get closer to enlightenment? Is there life after death?