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Is material life the enemy of spirituality?

Are you being tempted by the Devil if you choose wealth as a goal?

Shall we all abandon all wealth and monetary goals to simply focus on meditation, healing  and inner-work?

Should all spiritual work be charitable in nature?

Will the practice of spirituality interfere with your worldly success or career path?

Can you really have wealth while being spiritual?

Is it safe for you to switch over to a spiritual career now, or should you keep doing your regular job which pays your bills so far?

Is it bad to desire wealth, happiness, beauty and love when there is so much poverty, unhappiness and misery in the world?

These are some of the questions that you may have asked at some point of time. It’s almost like a part of you is in the material realm while a part of you aspires to rise above and perhaps even does at times. With one foot on earth and one in the sea, there is a need to find some balance…. some way to integrate…. to attain peace within yourself.

So let me focus on those of you who have been riddled with these issues and questions so far and help you choose what is right for you.

Like the characters called Agents in The Matrix (movie) there are things that might have blocked you from total spiritual awareness. These are not really enemies but those gatekeepers who are there to test you and your faith in yourself. Once you are ready you can not only dodge their bullets, you will find that you do not even ‘need to’. These agents are your own inner blocks of ignorance or fears and none will remain if you are self aware.

Ignorance is a block to spirituality. If you are aware of spiritual truth you will realise that all that is material is indeed connected to and in-fact created by the spiritual. It is a bondage to the illusion of materialism and not material life itself that is your blockage. You falsely believed that material world is unchangeable and you have no power over it. This was your blockage. You believed falsely that you were a victim. You believed falsely that because circumstances and situations in your childhood or past lives were limited or limiting to you. You had lacks, poverty, helplessness and slavery so far and believed them to be your blocks, your limitations – they were not. Your circumstances and situations can no longer be blamed for your bitterness, anger or sorrow. You are and always were in-charge of your destiny, with absolute and total control over any situation or circumstance. You just did not KNOW that till now.

With the awareness that you are the creator of your material life, you can create a beautiful life. Surround yourself with those material things that link you back with the spiritual. Instead of showing off brands that fulfil your ego or status needs you will have loving and empowering objects full of magick and power in your homes and offices. You will go for high energy, good vibration foods, clothing, décor, jewellery – not just for taste or thrill or showing off or looking good, but because of the way they reconnect you to the inner truth and help you stay aware and joyful. Fresh, organic and healthy foods, comfortable, ethical and magickal clothing, magickal crystals, meaningful décor or art, feng shui and magickal arefacts, sacred amulets and talismans can all remind you that material and spiritual life are now being integrated in your quest for oneness.

The Devil is nothing but ignorance of inner spirit. When you are without meditation, without inner silence, it is easy to believe that the outer physical world is all there is. When you look within, you discover that the God or Goddess or Universe is truly inside you and everyone ‘else’ is actually part of the inner self or Spirit which is truly one being manifest as all of us – both things and people around. The Devil is the temptation to stay in the illusion of physical reality.

If Wealth be you only goal ever in life then yes you are in the clutches of the Devil and have no idea what you are truly here for on earth. In you quest for wealth you may go after things that harm your soul, reduce your inner power and make you more and more vulnerable to unhappiness. Drugs, smoking, alcohol, sadism, self destructive behaviours, unethical ways of earning or living, unhealthy sexuality, abusive relationships, harmful behaviours, terrorism, religious fundamentalism, oppression and suppression of those who mean no harm are some of the extreme manifestations of ignorance or Devil.

There is no need to be angry or upset when you see someone earning well or being wealthy. Stop thinking that people who ask for a nice sum of money in return of products or services are fleecing others. Every time you pay someone for some product or service do it with joy and thank the person who is giving you that product or service for helping you and serving the divine self. Do not complain, crib or bargain as this reduces the value of what you are trying to have. You will be always be blessed with multiple times greater wealth than the amount that you are parting with because material life is a creation of the spirit and there is infinite wealth that can be yours at any point of time. Do not feel limited and give with all your heart to those who are giving you something of value in return. Do not say that you cannot afford something you want or do not have the money for it. When you imagine you have more than enough to give you will indeed draw to yourself more than enough provided you do feel deserving of that which you are trying to have.

True wealth is inner wealth and with this outer wealth can be created easily with the power of positive karma (inner and outer work). However for those who are born with a good amount of material wealth but lack spiritual awareness, outer wealth depletes too and they are reduced to beggars eventually. It is a positive and abundant state of consciousness therefore that one must acquire instead of going after outer wealth alone.

Wealth can be created through any positive work, inner as well as outer. It need not be only through the practice of spirituality as a full time career.

You are on the right path if you choose your goal to be your true life purpose – seeing your life purpose as something that gives you inner joy and helps you help the divine self in its expression. Wealth will be just one tool to help you grow and multiply your efforts to create something good on earth. This does not mean that all of us should only choose to be spiritual healers for career. You may be an accountant who chooses to help earth by helping people work with clear financial plans and honesty, thereby doing a lot of good to earth. You may choose to be an air hostess who helps travellers feel safe and well looked after and therefore does a lot of good on earth. You may be a millionaire businessman giving employment and bringing to consumers products and services that make life easier and happier for the world and definitely you too are doing a lot of good on earth. Being in a meditative state helps you perform any of your tasks better and more purposefully. You can be completely present in your job or business on a day to day basis as you serve your inner god or goddess through your outer work as well as inner work.

We are always serving the divine as all of us are parts of the great divine self. Anything we do to help each other is a divine work. The moment you gain awareness about how your being here is part of the universe’s good and divine self you will then earn and create wealth without guilt. Wealth can therefore be your goal but not the ultimate goal, only a way in which you can live better and work better for the benefit of our world.

If you are serving other beings of nature (not just humankind) you will still be rewarded with true wealth and happiness in return for nature always gives us magickal powers, support, love and joy as rewards for taking care of its children. By working for clean environment, green trees and healthy animals, we are creating a healthy world and a happy world to enjoy. There is no point in having a lot of bank balance and real estate if there is no fresh air to breathe in, if you cannot take a walk in a beautiful forest or garden from time to time, if you cannot hear the chirping of birds, the rustling leaves, the murmuring waters, play with cats, marvel at beasts and befriend a familiar.

Spiritual work need not always be charitable. Some spiritual workers might not feel comfortable asking for charity and might want to be fair and clear in their dealings of all giving and receiving plus prefer to pay their full taxes as well.  

There is no need to be afraid while making a switch from your mundane jobs to a spiritual healing career in case you are truly ready to perform this task on earth. If there is any fear of whether you will be able to sustain yourself or pay your bills, your fears are truly baseless. You need to check whether you are truly ready yet for it is necessary to be self realised and at least healed at a basic level before you try to teach or heal others.

You can have wealth while being spiritual. It’s just that usually spiritual people do not feel the need to accumulate or hoard wealth. They are simply not very insecure and truly less needy. The universe is our bank, the universe always has infinite resources and the universe is within. When we need something and only if we need it, we surely manifest it. We feel little or no need to show off wealth or to acquire more than required material possessions as we are happy to have what feels right. We do not need to have a huge bank balance to save for a rainy day as we are always safe and secure from within and we simply will not manifest a ‘rainy day’ unless it is raining happiness, love and abundance.

We feel glad to see others happy, well to do, honest, loving, fulfilled, beautiful and healthy as we realise that all are parts and aspects of our own inner divine self. If there are any signs of poverty, misery or sorrow in the world, it is just a sign that we need to create more awareness and spread spiritual truth around for this is the only way to liberate and help the world.

Read wealth affirmations regularly and incorporate them in your spells and prayers.

You can download your free wealth guide from www.tarotindia.com/codeofethics to get some sample affirmations to begin with.

Blessed Be

(*)

Rev. Swati Prakash

www.globalwicca.com

 Get a consultation at Magick 02265250328 or book online on http://www.tarotindia.com 

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A lot of us go through a lot of things in life…a spectrum of several experiences is a single person. A spectrum of several lifetimes of experiences is a soul. And we have so many forms both human and beyond human that we are taking constantly and experiencing since time immemorial. We are all here to experience each and every possibility of life.

Have you ever noticed how many different people we all are….from serial killer to saint…all kinds of people exist. You alone have been so different when you were born, when you grew up, from yesterday to right now, to how you will be and behave in future, that’s how diverse you alone are. And all the people you know or don’t yet know are different and unique on their own. And this is only the variety we see in the human realm…there are so many creatures, animals, birds, plant life, microbial among the incarnate beings. Beyond the incarnate we are so many spirit beings…various forms of energy…some with form and some without…every person, animal, rock, plant, object, place, every thought, emotion, idea has an existence of its own and is living its own life, not just on our planet but in the infinite number of planets, galaxies in this amazing universe. Can you imagine now…just how infinite our universe is? And have you ever thought of where this universe really is…where did it begin…where will it end if ever…?

The truth is that every person, animal, plant, microbe, spirit…place, thing, emotion, thought, idea, desire…just everything there is in this universe is just this one being, this one energy…taking so many forms, being so many beings…experiencing it-self. And this one being, this Uni-verse is within me…within you and within all that exists. In-fact we are all various aspects of our one-self experiencing itself…each other..each thing through this life and beyond. We are the dreamer who forgets he is dreaming and then one day wakes up in his own dream and realizes s(he) is creating a very interesting dream which is life itself. Your deepest, innermost self knows this already. Your outer mind may or may not be conscious of this always,  but this is the real and most beautiful truth about who we are. We are each other…various aspects of our true self experiencing each other in every possible way.

How does that make you feel about yourself now? How does that make you feel about your partner…your friend…your sibling…your colleague…your ex…your enemy…politics…your religion..your neighbor…your servant…the dog on the street…How do you now feel about the pages of all the books you have not yet read…all the books you have…the music on your ipod. How does it make you feel about the water your drink or the food you are eating. How about the thought you are thinking…How do you feel about your thought now? Envy, hatred, ego, greed, lust, fear, compassion, joy, bliss…what do you feel in this very moment as you read this line?

And do you realize that because of everything that has ever happened (and not in-spite of it)..all the broken hearts and angry words, all the smiles and laughter..all the sorrows and bewilderment…all that I and you have ever, felt, experienced or have not felt or experienced, for each other, everything, everyone, for the known parts of our-self, for the unknown parts of our-self…we are who we are right now. In this very moment we are all perfect, all one, all love!

Behind the facade or play of life, our true self is hidden (and sometimes revealed). Our true self is love itself. We are here to love every aspect of our-self. And this love transforms our awareness into our greater consciousness, taking us closer to our infinite nature. Yes we are love and everything is love. All hate is also love. All hurt is also love. All anger, all betrayal, all rights and wrong, all lies and deception, or successes and failures…there is only love behind it all. Our love is our only reality. We are right now together, the uni-verse, one song, one truth..in perfect peace and perfect unity, in perfect love and perfect trust, that is who we are and will always be.

Blessed Be
(*)
Rev. Swati Prakash

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Humans consider themselves to be more intelligent, more evolved than other creatures of earth. I have come across certain spiritualists who believe that their being human is such a gift because ‘they are so much more spiritually evolved’. Many believers in reincarnation actually state that human life is the highest possible level of reincarnation on earth and it is through this that we attain the so called higher state of ‘liberation’.

It is true that humans are biologically more evolved, being the most dense, physically and mentally more complex species on earth.

Biological evolution and spiritual evolution however are two different things.

Biological evolution can be termed as spiritual ‘involution’. All matter has evolved from its original spirit form. Spirit, energy, chi, prana, shakti is life and it is the essence and original state of everything that exists (both the living and so called ‘non living’). Energy has ‘condensed’ to become what we see as matter. This is a scientific fact and a peek into quantum physics will help us understand this.

Becoming more and more complex from our original, simple, ‘unity’ state of existence – this is the process of involution.

As nature becomes more and more complex, spiritual vibrations become denser and denser, more and more complex forms of life evolve as spirit gets ‘involved’ in the play of existence. We become physically more complicated, mentally more complicated, hence highly ‘intelligent’ humans.

Animals (read other animals as humans are a part of the animal world scientifically speaking), are less biologically evolved and less mentally complicated. They are closer to the spiritual self.

Plants are even closer to the spiritual self. Minerals, crystals, rocks are close too as they have fewer complexities.

Earth (solid matter), Water, Fire, Air, are all closer to Spirit in that order.

Spiritual evolution refers to the process of us (complex human forms) becoming more and more attuned to our original essence of spirit, this means to simplify ourselves, be more natural, more scientifc, which means more spiritual.This is also ‘Shedding our Huge Human Ego’. Humans need to meditate to get rid of mental chatter and to be in touch with their simple self. Other beings of nature need this much lesser than humans do.

In the quest for achieving spiritual liberation humans have created religion. Religion is another name for shared spiritual belief system…. and there are so many variations of these belief systems… each eager to prove its superiority and establish its dominance. All these religions are untimately based on stories, books, myths and mythologies. Science and common sense urge us to understand that these myths, stories, books and mythlogies contain just lessons for us to learn, rather than facts. There is truth within them, even though they may not be exactly factual.

The fact is that all myths, customs, rites have evolved from nature. In the beginning humans observed nature and its phenomena. Sun, moon, tides, storms, lightning, rain and so on. These were all honoured as deities and as they started responding to the wishes and thoughts of humans they began to understand what magick is really all about. Every aspect of nature began to assume a deity form, animals, birds and even human. We prayed to the gods of rains for rainfall, sun for warmth, and so on.

As religion evolved into more complex forms in line with the biological and mental evolution of man, we went out of step with spirituality and nature. We forgot that all modern myths and mythologies in all modern religions have originally evolved from nature worship.

For example – what we celebrate as Christmas or birth of Jesus Christ in December was originally celebrated as Winter solistice. Around this time each year we witness the longest night and the shortest day of the year, after which days begin to grow longer and longer. This is the peak of winter and the Sun god is at its weakest dying stage, and soon as the solstice ends, Sun is born again and slowly gains power as the wheel of the year turns. This is also called Yule and originally being a nature festival that symbolised the rebirth of sun was celebrated with evergreen trees, holly and mistletoe being symbols of the cycle of death and rebirth, popcorn garlands and decorations were warpped around trees to keep the ‘tree spirits’ warm. Such a beautiul way to celebrate the magick and mystery of nature – and most of us who celebrate Christmas don’t even know that.

Gods and goddesses that are visualised as having human form are actually all originally just aspects of nature. Thunder and lightning (Zeus, Indra), male god (sun, Lugh, Mithra, Aditya, Vishnu, all versions of male ‘God’ deity in modern religions such as Christianity), female goddess (moon, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Artemis, most female deities that are conspicous by their absence in modern patriarchial religions). The lists of gods and goddesses may be endless but they are all forms of nature and should ideally help us be more and more aligned with our natural self.

Air, Fire, Water, Earth, Plants, Animals and all other beings of nature are more in tune with their essence, their spirituality than humans who falsely believe themselves to be superior. They are all far more at ease with themselves, their intuition, their ablity to ‘be’, their basic needs and desires than most humans who have created way too much stress and complication in their lives and are seeking a way to escape this through one of two extremes:

First extreme – the path of asceticism, meditation to the extent of losing their basic ‘grounding’ or practicality, celibacy, to a less extent vegetarianism, Jainism, veganism and fasting to a greater extent denial of food and water, relenquishing pleasure while being misfits in society and deeply unhappy within.

The second extreme – Overindulgence in the life process, drugs, addictions, poly-amourism (multiple partners – no committment), maximising pleasure, numbing themselves to pain while being deeply unhappy within.

A lot of so called spiritualists I have observed acually fall in one of the above two categories. I have actually found them to be broken, sorry people who are in real need of healing but their spiritual egos keep them far from accepting their natural truth.

Thankfully to help us achieve this we have Science.

As we learn to observe nature (which is the essence of science) we try to discover facts and move away from myths. We learn the language of nature and its laws. We learn how all matter is composed of vibrations that are altered through the power of consciousness. Through scientific experimentation we have discovered that there is ‘Magick’ and what we really focus on condenses from spirit to matter, from imagination to reality, E=mc square etc… – a fact that witches and mystics have known all along and ‘new age’ gurus have finally ‘exposed’ as the Secret.

We finally learn that all we really need to be is our simple, humble, natural self. This means our intuitive, spiritual, scientific, magickal self.

Imagine if we all were in tune with this part of us, with our essence.

Imagine a world where we are in perfect harmony and sync with nature, its bounty, its beauty.

A world in which we use our common sense and scientific understanding of the world to discover its facts and our natural intuition to discover their underlying truth, instead of being brainwashed by modern religious leaders into following what they claim to be the ultimate concept of ‘God’.

A world where we realise that we are biologically well evolved as humans but need to spiritually evolve – which means to go back to our natural simple, intuitive, magickal state of being.

A world in which we are truly happy, abundant, enlightened and peaceful because whatever we want and desire is manifesting each moment by the way of natural Magick and it is scientific – and real – and good. We use it only for good and never to harm, because we know that we do not want to harm anyone if we truly wish to achieve peace, joy and happiness – purity of intent – Satva-yuga!

Welcome to the magickal world of Wicca – a nature oriented spiritual system – a scientific, rational religion – a path of Love and Light!

You can read more on this on www.magickalawareness.com and if you’d like to learn more, register for the courses.

Join us for the Yule ritual this 21 Dec 2009 (more on the page Magick on Facebook – link on this blog)

Merry Yule, Happy Winter Solstice and Blessed Be
(*)

Swati Prakash
Head Priestess – Earth Healing Temple

Founder – Global Wicca Tradition

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