How We Manifested Our Ranch…

by Frederic Wiedemann, Ph.D We started three years ago with a vision and no money. Now we have our dream a ranch, spiritual retreat and community in the heart of the Rockies! We have named it the Diamond Joy Retreat. And we used Abraham and other manifestation principles to handle every twist and turn of the drama. What an adventure it was (and continues to be). We share this with you in hopes that it will inspire you. The Course In Miracles says that “there is no problem in wanting, but only in wanting too little.” If we can do it, you can do it. We decided two years ago that we wanted to shift our consciousness to a “much bigger game” than we had ever known. That entailed a physical move from Southern California, giving up our successful professional careers in counseling, and LEAPING off the precipice. Late […] Read More

Why Metaphysics?

What is metaphysics, and why should we bother studying it? What benefits does it have for humanity? What is its purpose? How will its teachings help advance society? How will it assist our civilization and culture to progress? How will our lives be re-created individually and collectively with the application of metaphysical principles? Questions abound concerning metaphysics, for people intuitively feel that it may have something precious to offer in terms of facilitating personal growth and self-empowerment. Among those spiritually inclined, it has become a “prime directive” to understanding their lives in terms of metaphysical principles and concepts such as multi-dimensional realities, the Higher Self, love, karma, reincarnation, etheric energies, psychicism, oneness with all, cosmic beings, the ascension, etc., and some of the causes of this higher thinking and awareness is the thinning of the cosmic veil between dimensions; the increased contact with invisible forces; the influence of intense […] Read More

1998: MODERN SHAMANISM

A CONTEMPORARY VIEW Extracting the heart of Shamanism from the traditional views we have from Native Americans, the Polynesians, and other primal peoples, we have the essence of the Truth. We learn that we are all connected, all one, and all-powerful spirit beings having a physical experience. We were all part of a single entity that split into individual components (each of us created in the image of God), and we are in fact connected to all life and all things. It is essential to know that we have the power to create our own lives in the way we wish or believe, and that is the key to understanding. Traditional Shamanic belief is that we are all equal and fundamentally entitled to an equal share in the abundance and prosperity available in life on the earth. The simple fact is that we have been conned into believing otherwise […] Read More

CHIEF DAN EVEHEMA’S MESSAGE TO MANKIND

I am very glad to have this time to send a message to you. We are celebrating a time in our history which is both filled with joy and sadness. I am very glad that our Hindu brothers have given us this opportunity to share these feelings with you because we know many of you are having the same troubles. We Hopi believe that the human race has passed through three different worlds and life ways since the beginning. At the end of each prior world, human life has been purified or punished by the Great Spirit “Massauu” due mainly to corruption, greed, and turning away from the Great Spirit’s teachings. The last great destruction was the flood which destroyed all but a few faithful ones who asked and received a permission from the Great Spirit to live with Him in this new land. The Great Spirit said, “It […] Read More

More on L.U.C.I.D.

It is unpopular today, to present a message of “gloom & doom”. People seem to be caught up in a state of denial. They fear the awful truth and avoid it and cast it from their minds. Would it not be better to know the truth, to discover the truth and prepare for it? Patrick Henry said it well…….”It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren, til she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the […] Read More

Future Map of North America – Gordon Michael Scallion’s

Futurist Gordon Michael Scallion’s visions of what North America will look like in the future. Related articles Study: U.S. West Coast Warming Mostly Natural 7 Ways GMOs are Destroying Humanity and the Planet Inside the ‘Secret’ Ingredients That Give Marijuana Its Incredible Aromas and Flavors The Susitna River Dam – A bad idea rises in Alaska Something Is Killing Life All Over The Pacific Ocean – Could It Be Fukushima? New Harvard Study Proves Why The Bees Are All Disappearing Our Forests Aren’t Fuel

Are Dreams But Idle Visions?

Dreams are interludes which fancy makes,” Dryden tells us—perhaps to show that even a poet will make occasionally his muse subservient to socialistic prejudice. The instance of prevision in dream given above [in a letter addressed to The Theosophist] is one of a series of what may be regarded as exceptional cases in dream-life, the generality of dreams being, indeed, but “interludes which fancy makes.” It is the policy of materialistic, matter-of-fact science to superbly ignore such exceptions, on the ground, perchance, that the exception confirms the rule – or, we rather think, to avoid the embarrassing task of explaining such exceptions. Indeed, if one single instance stubbornly refuses classification, with “strange coincidences” – so much in favour with sceptics – then prophetic, or verified, dreams would demand an entire remodelling of physiology; as in regard to phrenology, the recognition and acceptance by science of prophetic dreams (hence the recognition of […] Read More

Chelas And Lay Chelas

As the word Chela has, among others, been introduced by Theosophy into the nomenclature of Western metaphysics, and the circulation of our magazine is constantly widening, it will be as well if some more definite explanation than heretofore is given with respect to the meaning of this term and the rules of Chelaship, for the benefit of our European if not Eastern members. A “Chela” then, is one who has offered himself or herself as a pupil to learn practically the “hidden mysteries of Nature and the psychical powers latent in man.” The spiritual teacher to whom he proposes his candidature is called in India a Guru; and the real Guru is always an Adept in the Occult Science. A man of profound knowledge, exoteric and esoteric, especially the latter; and one who has brought his carnal nature under subjection of the WILL; who has developed in himself both […] Read More

Dialogues Between The Two Editors

On Astral Bodies, Or Doppelgangers     M.C. Great confusion exists in the minds of people about the various kinds of apparitions, wraiths, ghosts or spirits. Ought we not to explain once for all the meaning of these terms? You say there are various kinds of “doubles” – what are they?     H.P.B. Our occult philosophy teaches us that there are three kinds of “doubles,” to use the word in its widest sense. (I) Man has his “double” or shadow, properly so called, around which the physical body of the fœtus – the future man – is built. The imagination of the mother, or an accident which affects the child, will affect also the astral body. The astral and the physical both exist before the mind is developed into action, and before the Atma awakes. This occurs when the child is seven years old, and with it comes the responsibility attaching to […] Read More

Genius

    Genius! thou gift of Heaven, thou light divine!     Amid what dangers art thou doom’d to shine.     Oft will the body’s weakness check thy force,     Oft damp thy vigour, and impede thy course;     And trembling nerves compel thee to restrain     Thy nobler efforts to contend with pain     Or want, sad guest! . . .         – CRABBE     Among many problems hitherto unsolved in the Mystery of Mind, stands prominent the question of Genius. Whence, and what is genius, its raison d’être, the causes of its excessive rarity? Is it indeed “a gift of Heaven”? And if so, why such gifts to one, and dullness of intellect, or even idiocy, the doom of another? To regard the appearance of men and women of genius as a mere accident, a prize of blind chance, or, as dependent on physical causes alone, is only thinkable […] Read More

Dialogue On The Mysteries Of The After Life

On The Constitution Of The Inner Man M.     Of course it is most difficult, and, as you say, “puzzling” to understand correctly and distinguish between the various aspects, called by us the “principles” of the real EGO. It is the more so as there exists a notable difference in the numbering of those principles by various Eastern schools, though at the bottom there is the same identical substratum of teaching in all of them. X.     Are you thinking of the Vedantins. They divide our seven “principles” into five only, I believe? M.     They do; but though I would not presume to dispute the point with a learned Vedantin, I may yet state as my private opinion that they have an obvious reason for it. With them it is only that compound spiritual aggregate which consists of various mental aspects that is called Man at all, the physical body being […] Read More

Seeming “Discrepancies”

TO THE EDITOR OF THE “THEOSOPHIST“     I have lately been engaged in devoting a few evenings’ study to your admirable article, “FRAGMENTS OF OCCULT TRUTH,” which deserves far more attention than a mere casual reading. It is therein stated that the translated Ego cannot span the abyss separating its state from ours, or that it cannot descend into our atmosphere and reach us; that it attracts but cannot be attracted, or, in short, that no departed SPIRIT can visit us.     In Vol. I., page 67, of “Isis,” I find it said that many of the spirits, subjectively controlling mediums, are human disembodied spirits, that their being benevolent or wicked in quality largely depends upon the medium’s private morality, that “they cannot materialise, but only project their ætherial reflections on the atmospheric waves.” On page 69: “Not every one can attract human spirits, who likes. One of the most powerful […] Read More

1881: The Bright Spot Of Light

Madame, – In the last issue of your valuable journal, a member of the New York Theosophical Society seeks to be enlightened as to the cause of a bright spot of light which he has often seen. I also am equally curious to have an explanation. I attribute it to the highest concentration of the soul. As soon as I place myself in that prescribed attitude, suddenly a bright spot appears before me which fills my heart with delight, this being regarded as a special sign by the Indian devotee that he is in the right path, leading to ultimate success in the Yoga practice, that he is blessed by the special grace of the Almighty. One evening, sitting on the ground cross-legged, in that state of concentration when the soul soars into high regions, I was blessed with a shower of flowers – a most brilliant sight, which […] Read More