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PART 2 - What You MUST KNOW About Common Alternative Spiritual Practices Today


So what is a better balance and how can I practice to experience this within?

The ultimate balance of Yin and Yang can be seen in the Yin/Yang symbol. It is through this symbol that optimum balance is expressed.

The circle represents wholeness and in reality this circle is a sphere that is spinning - it is not static at all as these two forces are constantly in flow.

The black colour represents the Yin force and the white colour the Yang force. Within this symbol of Yin/Yang you can clearly see how these forces are both opposing yet complimentary in nature.

Within Yang you see a small sphere of Yin and within Yin you see a small sphere of Yang. What this represents is this - a minimum amount Yin is needed to maintain the structural integrity of Yang, while a minimum amount of Yang is needed to maintain the structural integrity of Yin.

So as you can see that Yang in and of itself is not a negative thing. But out of balance Yang quickly influences Spirituality [and life in general] to focus on adding, fabricating, pushing and forcing energy around the body or from external sources. It is commonly believed that working with energy in this way brings powerful and fast results, but nothing could be further from the truth!

It is completely possible to bring about Ascension, Spiritual power, insight etc through working with a more water based approach.

This means that rather than adding, one is dissolving - where one imagines and fabricates, the other path meets and moves through what already exists in reality - meaning what exists already within and without of the mind, body and Spirit.

It is through being with reality 'AS IT IS' that we can safely dissolve all resistances, blocks and illusions!

It is through the continual process of releasing, dissolving and unbinding that our True Self can be experienced... free from adding, changing, altering - which in the end only creates more to release and unbind!

The Original and Awakened Self, your most transparent being, is cultivated through meeting everything that is currently already there within and without us with deep and unconditional acceptance. It is this path that ultimately paves the way to learning how to balance the two internal forces of Yin and Yang within us and avoid the path of brute fiery force - that sadly often ends in psychosis or harsh uncontrolled 'Kunalini' syndrome for so many at this time.

For it is only when we can become unconditional in accepting "What is" that love for "What is" can exist.

So what is the effect of your Spiritual practice?

Is it causing you to add more fuel to the fire [more density], or is it helping you dissolve, release and move through tension and density within?

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The Power of Prayer


Do you pray on a daily basis, giving thanks for the food you eat? Do you pray before you drive in your car, asking for protection against personal injury or that the car runs smoothly? Are your prayers filled with gratitude and joy? Or do you only pray when you are sick in the hospital, having lost your job or are threatened with dire news? Is the act of praying intensely personal to you and done in private? Do you consider it a sui generis experience? Is prayer magnified tenfold, much more powerful when rendered by like-minded people in a community, a province, a state, a continent or the entire world? Have you ever experienced the miraculous effect of prayers done on a global scale? Are you aware of people who have?

Do you remember the Apollo 13 space voyage that ended in near disaster? If so, can you recall exactly where you were the moment it touched down after its re-entry? It depends on how old you are as you read this. Here is a short synopsis.

NASA launched the Apollo 13 spacecraft on April 11, 1970. It never landed on the moon because an oxygen tank exploded two days into the trip, affecting the crews' oxygen supply. The crew had to transfer into the Lunar Module (LM) to stay alive. Unfortunately, the LM was never designed to house more than 2 astronauts, and was designed to land on the moon. The astronauts encountered a build-up of carbon dioxide in the Lunar Module. Personnel on the ground were given the task of making an air purifier using only what was available in the spacecraft. They solved the problem "by taping a plastic bag around one end of a CM lithium hydroxide cartridge and attaching a hose from the portable life-support system, allowing air from the cabin to be circulated through it. After verifying that this jury rig would function, they prepared detailed instructions for building it from materials available in the spacecraft and read them out to the crew. For the rest of the mission the improvised system kept the CO2 content of the atmosphere well below hazardous levels." ¹

Can you imagine the amount of stress the entire team was under? Failure was not an option. They were working against the clock. Do you think any or all of them were praying? It's very likely! The entire world was watching! In fact, prayers were said around the world for the safe return of these astronauts! Do you believe that prayer on a global level affected the outcome?

In an article by Rick Hamlin entitled Do You Need to Believe in God to Pray?, he writes that his friend affirms that, "When many people are holding on to the same good thought you have to trust that the universe responds."²

What a lovely opinion!

What do you think he means by the universe? The simple answer is that you get to decide what the universe means to you. Just like you get to determine whether praying empowers you or not. Do you need to believe in God to pray? Only you can answer this question!

How do you feel when you pray? Does the act of praying reinforce the belief that what you are asking for is already yours? Is it necessary to pray with humility, or do you get faster results if you say, "I command that such and such happen"?

Is prayer considered similar to having a conversation with God, a Higher Power or the universe? Does it always have to be amicable? What if you are angry, hurt, feel betrayed and don't know where to direct your wrath? Isn't this a perfect time to pray? Isn't this a perfect opportunity to lay all your cards on the table? Yes, no, maybe? Wouldn't it be great if you realized that prayer is your nonstop support system? You could say anything in prayer and it would be accepted without reservation of censure! How would this change your life? Imagine having an argument with God or the universe? Wow, visualize that!

How would this change the way you pray? These are interesting questions to ponder. The power of prayer is in the meaning you attribute to it. It is the feeling of 'not being alone', of being part of a greater whole and contributing. Prayer supports you in times of need and in moments of triumph. It never lets you down. Simply put, you can count on it!

1. https://www.hq.nasa.gov/pao/History/apollo/apo13hist.html

2. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rick-hamlin/dont-pray-hold-a-good-tho_b_846615.html

Kathleen Boucher, CEO of Great Kids and Me, certified professional lifestyle coach, completing a neuro-coaching course to get clients faster results, registered nurse working for years in Intensive Care nursing dealing with critically ill adult patients. People from all walks of life and all age groups need support in times of trouble and in times of triumph. Prayer may be an option for people even those who question whether there is a God, Higher Power, or a universe. This article is meant to elicit a discussion as to the power of prayer.


Sow and Reap Abundantly


Do you desire to have abundant blessings in your life? God is still in the business of multiplying His people who obey His instructions. To multiply your blessings is not difficult at all for God if you will heed to His word. This post emphasizes sowing and reaping as one major way by which God releases abundance upon His children.

Now He who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed for sowing [that is, your resources] and increase the harvest of your righteousness [which shows itself in active goodness, kindness, and love]. You will be enriched in every way so that you may be generous, and this [generosity, administered] through us is producing thanksgiving to God [from those who benefit] - 2 Corinthians 9:10-11 (AMP).

Many people want to receive and receive, but are not ready to give according to how they want to receive. According to God's principle of abundance, you have to give abundantly to receive abundantly. If you sow sparingly, you will reap sparingly and if you sow bountifully, you will reap bountifully (2 Corinthians 9:6). Also if you scatter your seeds, you will enjoy increase but if you withhold more than you should, it will turn to poverty (Proverbs 11:24). Sow and reap abundantly.

God gives abundance to those who are always ready to give to others. If you are ready to be a channel of blessing at all times, then you are qualified for God's abundant blessing. In 2 Corinthians 9:10-11, God made it clear that He multiplies your seed for sowing. He gives seed to the sower and bread for food, but multiplies only the seed for sowing and not the bread for food. He enriches you in every way so that you will be generous in giving to others. Furthermore, not only will the Lord multiply your seeds, He also will increase the fruit of your righteousness. Therefore, Sowing guarantees both physical and spiritual blessings in a sower's life.

If you say that you don't have to give, you are only limiting yourself. Sow and reap abundantly. We all have something we can give, especially for the advancement of God's kingdom: your money, time and energy. No matter, how small amount of money you think you have, serve God with it and God will increase it, so that you will be able to give again. The scripture says in Luke 6:38, that you should give and it shall be given back to you, and that it shall be measured back to you based on the measure with which you have given.

The widow at Zarephath (1 Kings 17:7-16) gave out of her last meal in obedience to Elijah, God's servant, and she had enough to eat throughout the famine. You can never give more than God would give you. When you give God with your hand, He returns it to you with His own hand (can you imagine how big the Lord's hand is?) Proverbs 19:17 says that when you give to the poor you are lending to God and that He will pay you back. You can be sure that it will be with great interest.

However, you must note that every seed sown that will attract abundance must be done in faith (Romans 14:23), cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7), willingly and according to what you have (2 Corinthians 8:12). Also, you must be wise to sow on fertile grounds (Matthew 13:8), this you can achieve by the leading of the Holy Spirit (John 16:13, Isaiah 30:21).

In conclusion, how much abundance you will reap depends on how much and how often you are ready to sow. The choice is yours today, choose to sow bountifully and you will reap bountifully.

Ngozi Nwoke is a teacher, speaker, counselor and author of "Peace Money Can't Buy" and "The Man Jesus". She has a passion to teach people how to enjoy peace, God's love and christian living for more fulfilling life. Want more fulfilling life? Subscribe for free email updates today. http://stepswithgod.com

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