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LESSON ONE.

THE REAL WORLD IS BEYOND OUR THOUGHTS AND IDEAS, WE SEE IT THROUGH THE NET OF OUR DESIRES, DIVIDED INTO PLEASURE AND PAIN, RIGHT AND WRONG, INNER AND OUTER.

To see the universe as it is, you must step beyond the net. It is not hard to do, for the net is full of holes.                           Sri Nisargadatta.

To demonstrate this net we use an elastic band ‘spider web’, a big one that 15 people can hold onto comfortably. I explain that if we could ‘see’ we would realise that we are all connected to each other, and to the world around us, by luminous fibres. I ask the group to place the web at their navel, then Jim twangs the elastic so that they can clearly feel the vibration in their bodies. Have you ever had the experience when you have seen someone fall, but not been able to get to them in time? Where do you feel a sensation within yourself? In the stomach. This is because of the fibres that connect us. To learn more about this concept I recommend ‘The teachings of Don Juan’ – Carlos Castaneda.

The concept was put to me by spirit that we are all held in this invisible web by our EMOTIONS; the more emotionally involved we become with each other, the tighter we are bound within the web. This first set of lessons teaches you how to bring the emotional body into balance with the physical body, thus breaking the strands that have bound us, one by one. I love Sri Nisargadatta’s words, they made me realise that we DO focus on the web/net, and not on the spaces in between – there are more spaces than there are lines!

Our web was made by one of our people – Brett, and then another person, Gail, was inspired to write the following piece after visually seeing this normally invisible web:-

 

THE WEB

 

On trembling feet I walk a sticky thread.
My balance sometimes falters  
As each vibration tugs at my composure,  
But every time I find my stance anew  
Another confining string is snapped,  
And the web which holds me in my unique place of learning  
Becomes a little weaker –  
Whilst I become stronger.  
The lessons of this life are like a tightrope walk –  
Hesitate, and fear may make me stumble –  
Wrapping myself in ropes of others’ making.  
Take one step at a time  
With eyes and heart fixed on this moment only,  
And I may journey the web of life  
Watching the sticky strands fall one by one,  
Until one day my wings are free of constraint.  
I kick off my sticky shoes to fly free once more.

 

It seems strange to start off lessons about Spiritual self-development with a lesson about some of the miracles of the human body, but it is essential for us to grasp the wonders of the tool that we have been provided with to enable us to experience Earth and being human. Most of  us take it all entirely for granted until our vehicle goes wrong! Our bodies need care and attention, just the same as our cars, in order for us to get maximum mileage out of them!

There is a saying in the Bible, ‘Physician heal thyself’ – when we really start to study the functions of the body we are given valuable clues as to our Spiritual side. Nature follows up with even more, so do start to become more AWARE.

 

‘A PROPER ENGINE FOR THE SOUL

Marc McCutcheon (Feb ’93 Readers Digest)

Picture a steaming hot dog smothered with mustard and relish. Can you see it? Smell it? Taste it? You can. Yet the hot dog doesn’t exist. Your brain has just fired off hundreds of electro-chemical impulses that opened a vast store of memories; hot dogs eaten at the football, hot dogs sizzling over grills. With the capacity to store billions of bits of information your memory has formed a composite of hot dogs you’ve seen sniffed or tasted in the past.

The extraordinary scope of our memory is just one of the many wonders of the human body that we often take for granted. Here are others:

 

THE HUNGRY BRAIN.

More than 100,000 chemical reactions occur in the brain every second, requiring huge amounts of energy. In fact, the brain can burn as many kilojoules in intense concentration as the muscles do during exercise. That’s why thinking can be as exhausting as a physical work out.

Because it has no nerve endings, the brain can be burned, frozen or cut without the slightest sensation. In fact, neuro-surgeons often operate without anaesthesia: (Headache pain arises outside the brain).

By electrically stimulating the temporal lobe, a surgeon can probe a patients’ memories, bringing vivid recollections back to life. Touching specific parts of the brain can make other body parts respond – a probe in the parietal lobe, for instance, may start the hand tingling.

THE NOSE KNOWS.

Nasal mucus is the first line of defence against the millions of bacteria that constantly try to invade the body. Those that survive the strong chemicals found in mucus are expelled, or swallowed and finished off by stomach acid.

Pollen grains face a different defence system. In their reaction with nasal mucus, they form chemicals that cause a prickly sensation, triggering a sneeze that can eject particles at speeds exceeding 150 km/h. The blood vessels in the nasal passages alternate in size every few hours, so that one nasal passage is always open wider than the other. ( that statement has great significance, for it is the way that we breathe in the earth’s negative polarity field into our body to provide us with energy. It is then acted upon by the chakra system, causing the energy to weave its way up the spine .The energy is affected by the magnetism of the body, and the action is an alternating current – more on that later )

THE EYES HAVE IT.

In 1977 an eight year old boy in South Africa was found to have a flower seed sprouting in his left eye, possibly a marigold or a daisy. (It was removed surgically, and the boy’s eye healed). Apparently the eyes provide all the conditions necessary for the germination of seeds: warmth, oxygen, protection from sunlight, and moisture.

Your tears are wonders in themselves. With every blink the eyes are bathed with a bacteria-fighting fluid secreted by the lacrimal glands.

The tears caused by irritants differ from tears of sadness, which contain 24 per cent more proteins. Both contain prolactin, the same hormone that stimulates milk production. This may explain why women cry more often than men.

( I suggest that may be because the poor males, when they are ‘knee high to a grasshopper’, are taught that it is not ‘manly’ to cry.

Another point about tears is that tears of joy are different yet again – they do not contain any salt! Next time you find yourself laughing and crying at the same time, taste them – no salt. People frequently experience tears when they sit and meditate, and are surprised, for they  feel no sadness. I remind them to have a taste. I think this happens because their Spirit side is joyful that they are turning back to the Light at last ).

THE SKIN GAME. ( this one fascinated me )

One square centimetre of human skin contains approximately three millions cells, 95 sweat glands, 14 oil glands, 10 hairs, 90 centimetres of blood vessels, 2900 sensory cells, and more than three million microscopic animals. Almost all human skin is infested with mites – even the face. Impossible to wash off, they are probably beneficial, cleansing our follicles and glands. You can see them with a strong magnifying glass. ( and strange looking creatures they are! Now that statement really made me think: to those mites, tiny as they are, our skin is their world -we are so vast that they do not even know of our existence! Now, what if WE are on something that is so vast that we cannot recognise ‘the body’???? – That we think is OUR world????????????? Hmmmmmmmmmmm )

Blood vessels in the skin will shrink instantly if the skin is cut or if pressure is applied. To observe the reaction, run the edge of a ruler over your forearm. The white line that appears is caused by a sudden loss of blood volume. (in the case of a cut, this will help limit bleeding.) A few seconds after you remove the ruler, the vessels will once again fill with blood and the line will turn red.

The body constantly sheds dead skin cells and replaces them with new ones. Of the dust floating around in the average house 75% is made up of dead skin cells. ( so we are constantly cleaning OURSELVES up! )  The body cools itself through the evaporation of sweat – about two litres on an average summer day. On humid days, though, sweat may fail to evaporate. As a result, human survival time in moist air is greatly reduced. When the air is completely dry, humans can survive a temperature of 90 degrees for an hour or so. In moist air, 45-50 degrees is the most we can tolerate, and then only briefly.

HARD TO STOMACH.

Stomach acid is one of the most powerful corrosives, it can even dissolve razor blades. In fact, to avoid digesting itself, the stomach must produce a new lining every three days.

The human body is an incredibly efficient machine. To ride a bicycle for an hour at 15 km/h, the body requires only about 350 kilojoules from food – the energy equivalent of just three teaspoons of petrol.

SOUND EFFECTS.

Humans can hear frequencies as high as 20,000 hertz (higher than a piccolo) and as low as 20 hertz (lower than a bass fiddle). Curiously – the sound of blood flow in the vessels of our head and neck is within hearing range, yet we don’t hear it. Doctors are not sure why.

When we speak, the sound of our voices is conducted to our own ears primarily by our bones which slightly alter timbre. That’s why many people don’t recognise tape recordings of their voice – only ‘air conducted’ sound is recorded.

Depending on it’s origin, sound usually reaches one ear a fraction of a second sooner than the other ear. By calculating this difference, the brain can pinpoint a sound source within two or three degrees.

Scientist have found that the left ear is better at recognising melodies than the right. For trained musicians, however, the right ear is superior. No-one knows exactly why this is so.

The body is many things – a temple, a warehouse, pharmacy, electric company, library, sewage treatment plant – a system, as the essayist Joseph Addison said, put together in “so wonderful a manner as to make it a proper engine for the soul.”

  THIS IS YOUR BODY,

  BUT  IT  IS  NOT YOU!!

It is at this point that we sit in meditation. I use a very simple method – which is described in our ‘Meditation’ section, but also, each week, I read to the class a meditation from U.S. Anderson’s book; ‘Three Magic Words’. There are 12 different meditations, addressing your spiritual side – each one perfect for the lesson that has just been completed. I recommend the book too, it is very different from his other books, and he has said that he felt that he didn’t write that book – that he just ‘pushed the pen’. I suggest that you read this onto a cassette for yourself, to absorb while you are in meditation:

 

FIRST MEDITATION ( U.S.Anderson)

 

I know that I am pure spirit, that I always have been, and that I always will be. There is inside me a place of confidence and quietness and security where all things are known and understood. This is the Universal Mind; God, of which I am a part and which responds to me as I ask of it. This universal mind knows the answer to all of my problems, and even now the answers are speeding their way to me. I needn’t struggle for them; I needn’t worry or strive for them. When the time comes, the answers will be there. I give my problems to the great mind of God; I let go of them, confident that the correct answers will return to me when they are needed. Through the great law of attraction, everything in life that I need for my work and fulfilment will come to me. It is not necessary that I strain about this, only believe. For in the strength of my belief, my faith will make it so. I see the hand of divine intelligence all about me, in the flower, the tree, the brook, the meadow. I know that the intelligence that created all these things is in me, and around me, and that I can call upon it for my slightest need. I know that my body is a manifestation of pure spirit and that spirit is perfect; therefore my body is perfect also. I enjoy life, for each day brings a constant demonstration of the power and wonder of the universe, and myself. I am confident. I am serene. I am sure. No matter what obstacle or undesirable circumstance crosses my path, I refuse to accept it, for it is nothing but illusion. There can be no obstacle or undesirable circumstance to the mind of God, which is in me, and around me, and serves me now.

 

Before you start Lesson 2 next week, there is homework for you to do:- 

one morning, look yourself in the eyes in the bathroom mirror and say,      “I love you”…..

some people find this extremely difficult to do, and that is usually because of the way they feel about themselves. It is ESSENTIAL to exercise this love and acceptance of the self; if YOU don’t love yourself, how can you expect anyone else to love you!! We have been brought up to think that it is egotistical to love yourself, but this is different: it is not YOU loving YOURSELF – it is you acknowledging your Spiritual Self – which in turn teaches you the unconditional love and acceptance  of your human side. You only need to break that barrier ONCE, in order to set things in motion . So, no matter how silly you feel, DO IT – after all, there is only you and the mirror to witness it.

The other piece of homework that we get people working on straight away is using the White Light in your daily life – not just at meditation times. There were not many books which mentioned the White Light when I first started off in this, Dawn Hill was the one who introduced me to it in her books. I asked my guides if it was beneficial, and the answer was that it was VITAL! But it was an elderly lady in our group that brought me round to the way of thinking that it could be used on all worrying situations in my life. She came to the weekly meeting very upset one night, she used the Light on EVERYTHING, but this particular day she had taken her grandchildren to the shops, they were fighting all the way there, and as she ushered them out of the car she was so stressed with it all, that she forgot to put her car in the Light. When they came back to it, it had been broken into – she was convinced that it took place because of her neglect of the Light projection. THAT MADE ME THINK…perhaps there was something to this? So I started putting it around the house when I went to work, putting it around my car when I parked it, putting my children and husband in it so that I would not worry when they came home late – and it gave me a  feeling of strength somehow.

It was several months later that it was put to me to use it towards difficult situations; we used to do a healing circle once a month in which we all sat in meditation, then at a word from the leader we would all say a name of someone who was sick, then mentally put them in our circle and project healing to them. One night, however, Jan asked us to put someone in the circle that we were having PROBLEMS with, and having done that, then put them in the Light, and KEEP doing it until the problem was solved – even if that took several weeks. My mind instantly went to our new neighbours who seemed to be most unhappy with our noisy water pump (which we changed), our noisy dog, our noisy music, the amount of cars that went up our drive (which in those days was just normal family ‘traffic’)  It went on and on, and there was no pleasing the lady, who was on our front doorstep at least once a week. It was all very upsetting - especially as the previous neighbours had lived harmoniously next to us for at least ten years with no problems!

So I put this lady, and the situation, into the Light, and kept it up for a while until I suddenly realised that it was now several weeks since we had had a visit from her! Then a few months later we discovered that we had new neighbours! The story was that these new people had fallen in love with the house at first sight, walked up to the front door, and gave the old neighbours an offer too good to refuse – and they walked out of our lives!

I used it even more enthusiastically now, but often wondered if it would work so effectively if I did not have the faith in it. I got my answer a few months later. Our son – who did not believe in any of this ‘voodoo stuff’, as he called it, was having problems at work with a new boss. This man was quite a different kettle of fish from the previous boss who had been a kind, considerate man who treated his staff well. The new one disregarded all the safety measures, swore at the staff, discontinued their Friday night get-togethers, and never praised anyone on their work. Needless to say, the moral in the place had reached an all time low.

The first we heard of it was when our son came home in a furious mood, threatening to ‘deck’ the boss, and leave! Andrew had been out of work for a whole year previous to getting this job, so I asked him not to be so hasty – “Why don’t you try this White Light of ours?” I expected a protest, but he listened while I told him how I had used it on the lady next door. The advice was “Every time he comes near you, just imagine that you are projecting this Light all over him. You don’t need to SEE it, just THINK it. Instead of reacting towards him in a negative way, just put him in the Light instead. Try it, you have nothing to lose.” I left it at that, our son is not one to be pushed (especially in this ‘weird stuff’.)

It was a Monday night when we had that discussion. The following Saturday morning he had to work overtime. When he came home I asked if the boss had been there – “Yes.” – “Did you put him in the Light?” – “Yes.” (Good!). The following Monday he came home from work and announced that the boss had actually praised him on his work that day! – “See, it’s WORKING.” The next night I heard Andrew on the phone to a mate talking about the boss. When he put the phone down I asked if he was still having trouble – “Not any more. I decided to have it out with him when I went to work today, so I asked to see him outside and put it to him that I was not very happy there, and it was because of HIM.” The boss had noticed! He let Andrew have his say then answered, “Well, it may look to all of you that I don’t do much round here, but my work starts when you lot go home. I didn’t ask for this job, I was PUT in it, and unfortunately, the big boys are leaning on me, and it goes right down the ladder – and the ones at the bottom cop it.” Andrew’s reply was, “Well, if you are having trouble with the bosses, why don’t you have a meeting and we will discuss it and work round it.” – “No, if anyone has any complaints about me, let them be man enough to come and tell me like you did.” From that point on Andrew had no further trouble with the man.

The following Monday, two weeks after this ‘non-believer’ had started using the Light, he came home from work and announced, “I think your White Light is TOO bloody good – he’s left!.” Oh no! However, we later heard that he had his old job back, and we feel he probably took Andrew’s example and went and had a word with his bosses. Plus, even later, we heard that this man’s wife was dying of cancer. THERE IS ALWAYS A REASON. And it needn’t necessarily be because of YOU!

Having used it for years now, with great success, we have come to the realisation that when you use this Light it is for the highest good of BOTH parties, and not just for YOUR gain – and that’s NICE.