By Judy Hall
“If a butterfly flapping its wings in the Amazon causes a hurricane in the Caribbean then surely a group of writers flapping their arms in the New Forest could shift the jetstream. Let’s do it, ” I said. Six Village Writers enthusiastically flapped their elbows while four others looked on in quizzical amusement.
We had been discussing the abnormally cold and wet early ‘summer’ we were experiencing which, apparently, was due to the jet stream being ‘stuck in the wrong place’. I made my suggestion somewhat flippantly. But, two days later the sun came out: the jet stream had shifted.
When I recounted this to a friend she said witheringly: ‘Surely you don’t think you had anything to do with that do you?’ Well, actually, yes, we just might have. I’ve seen such things happen too often for it to be mere coincidence. I believe the intention gets taken up by the universe and reflected back to manifest in the world. That’s the power of magical thinking.
Psychologists are scathing about magical thinking – which in their lexicon is defined as believing you have influenced what happens in the world around you when actually it’s just a completely random coincidence. But magical thinking is the basis of the Law of Attraction and the Power of Now. Manifesting is the result of thoughts and feelings projected out to the world. And the more conscious the intention, the more directed the thought, the more positive the result. As the Buddha said:
As irrigators lead water where they want, as archers make their arrows straight, as carpenters carve wood, the wise shape their minds.
– The Buddha
True creation starts in the heart rather than the head. Manifesting is not something you do, it is what you are: an outward expression of your inner being. It makes visible your background thoughts and feelings and expresses your core self. We all manifest every second of every day. With each thought, emotion and belief that passes through us, we create our reality whether we intend to or not. When Socrates said that the unexamined life was not worth living he stated a profound truth. If we do not examine our inner life, those thoughts, feelings, mental filters and beliefs, how can we possibly recognise their influence our outer life? I’m also aware that ‘asking the universe’ gives away your own power to create. It puts the power to direct your life firmly in the hands of another – whether that other is named God, the universe, or whatever. Take back that power – I use Malachite to support this process – and you become a conscious co-creator of your world.
Your thoughts and wishes are instructions that are picked up, magnified and returned to you: dispassionately but accurately and in abundance. Some people seem to believe that it is the universe’s task to give them what they want, to respond to petitions for ‘more money’, ‘more love’, ‘a better life’. They look to something ‘out there’ to create on their behalf because they have a feeling of impotent lack. Those who make demands of the universe in this way are living their lives backwards. They think that if they have more of what they so desperately desire, they will be happier. But what they manifest is more of the same: lack. Joy and a sense of empowerment radiating out would attract to them an abundant life. Magical thinking creates a self-fulfilling prophecy, a benevolent gifting circle.
If there are contradictions within you, if the part that is unconscious is putting out one message while your conscious mind is putting out another, or if two unconscious parts are in conflict, confusion and negative manifestation results. This is not only true of thoughts and feelings. Perhaps the deepest question of all is can we successfully manifest something that goes against our soulplan? Soulplans are something that interest me greatly. As a karmic astrologer I have examined thousands of soulplans over the last forty years or so and I explored them in depth for The Book of Why. We not only have a plan for the current life, laid down before we reincarnated and mapped in the birthchart, but we may well be running out-dated soulplans from other lives too. These can trip us up if they cancel out our current plan. I use astrology and a variety of crystals to understand these plans but you can find yours by holding your favourite crystal, contemplating your life so far and asking for guidance (see the soulplan meditation). Or, you can follow the longer meditation in Judy Hall’s Life Changing Crystals, and then apply magical thinking to create the life you were born to live.
Hold your favourite crystal, gaze at it and ask your soul to show you the purpose of your present incarnation, the soul mission you are on and how you may best carry this out. Close your eyes and breathe gently while you wait for an answer. Note any thoughts or feelings that pop into your mind. Ask your soul if this purpose is still relevant or have things moved on so quickly that you need to make a new plan?
Ask your soul to indicate any negative, past-its-sell-by-date soul contract or outdated purpose that may be interfering with your soulplan. If you find one, explain to the part of yourself that is carrying that outdated purpose or contract that it no longer applies, that you have moved on and it is time to dissolve it and let it go so that your current soul purpose can be fulfilled. When you have finished, disconnect from the crystal and thank it for its assistance.
About The Author
High vibration crystals attuned by Judy Hall can be obtained from www.angeladditions.co.uk
Author of the best selling Crystal Prescriptions series, Judy Hall has a B.Ed in Religious Studies and an M.A. in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology. Her latest book is Crystal Prescriptions 4 which provides all you need to know about crystals for the chakras, subtle energy bodies and raising kundalini. Stones attuned by Judy are available from www.angeladditions.co.uk
What if there was a way for the human body to heal itself without the need for medication or surgery? Author Julianne Dowse believes there is a way and describes her methods of doing so in her new book, “A Foodie’s Guide to Juice Fasting” (published by Balboa Press AU).
After watching how poor diet and lifestyle choices affected the people she loved, Dowse was determined to educate herself on making better life choices and to spread the word to others. Inspired by Don and Tyler Tolman and movies such as “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and “Super Juice Me,” she began incorporating regular juice fasting into her diet.
Included in “A Foodie’s Guide to Juice Fasting” are 21 recipes Dowse discovered in her juice fasting. She promises these recipes will appeal to serious “foodies.” She also provides information on the potential health benefits of juicing and why it works.
“As a society, we are getting sicker and fatter and unhealthier every single year,” Dowse says. “The numbers aren’t going down, so whatever we are doing is just not working.”
Dowse hopes her book will give readers the tools necessary to empower them to make healthy decisions. By regularly substituting juice for food, she believes people can take their health, and their life, into their own hands.
“A Foodie’s Guide to Juice Fasting”
By Julianne Dowse
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 100 pages | ISBN 9781452527741
E-Book | 100 pages | ISBN 9781452527758
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Julianne Dowse lost both her parents to cancer before turning to natural healing in order to live a long and healthy life. She challenged herself to have nothing but juice for seven days and found that it rejuvenated her body and rid it of toxins. She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia. Readers can find more information at http://www.juliannedowse.com and http://www.afoodiesguide.com.au.
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Reincarnation, karma and the meaning of near-death experiences are among the subjects detailed in this epic adventure story – a story for anyone who has pondered the questions: “Who am I?” – “Why am I here?” An Upraised Chalice brings the reader on a mystical journey that begins in a small New England town, with memories of another lifetime and leads to a life changing quest that spans the world. The author takes us to places that many can only begin to imagine and details experiences that will leave the reader wanting to know what happens next.
Available in Barnes & Noble and bookstores everywhere via New Leaf Distributing and DeVorss and Co, ‘An Upraised Chalice” addresses the global paradigm shift away from external organized religions towards personal spiritual odysseys. The 5-Star ForeWord Review of ‘An Upraised Chalice’ states “Nothing gets one’s attention like one’s imminent demise – the book chronicles the remarkable travels, adventures and near-death experiences that have marked the authors quest to discover the meaning of life. The practical insights detailed here, born of experience, cut across religious boundaries to convey a vibrant spirituality in plain, accessible language.”
Born from a relentless desire to remember why he came into this world, detailing multiple near-death experiences, this book is the inspiring story of a lifetime’s quest for the sacred, ancient wisdom, alluded to by the mystical traditions of the world’s cultures. The book is predicated upon the concepts of karma and reincarnation and details the authors coming to terms with this inner understanding of a past life that he had as a boy and sought to understand more fully as he grew older. The book introduces the concept and the teachings of a “sacred Brotherhood,” an ancient organization composed of the great illumined saints, masters and sages of east and west, some of which were the principals of the world’s major religions.
The editor of Natural Life News stated in his review, “Periodically a book comes along that is capable of changing people’s minds about Reality. The just-released “An Upraised Chalice” is one such book. It chronicles the world travels and the inner and outer experiences of the author that have marked his life, told in an engaging style, filled with pictures taken along the way, and ringing of the truth of experience.”
An Upraised Chalice: Adventures and Near-Death Encounters in my Search for The Brotherhood of Light and What This Can Mean for You – (ISBN 13: 978-0-9912635-2-3) is now available in print and eBook around the world from Amazon and in the US by Barnes & Noble and bookstores everywhere via New Leaf Distributing and DeVorss and Company. The eBook is available via Amazon and Apple iTunes.
About the Author
Gene O’Neil is a family man, a builder, and a world traveler. He has long been a student and is also a teacher. After a lifetime of extraordinary adventures in studying and experiencing first-hand the teachings of the Great Masters, he wrote it all down so that his children and others might benefit.
Not I, Not other than I: The Life And Teachings Of Russel Williams is not your average book of enlightenment. If you are like most people, you have probably never even heard of Russel Williams; which is unfortunate because he truly is an inspired example of how humankind is supposed to be. Williams is wrapped in a cloak of light and radiates peace so genuinely that you can feel the calming vibrations within the pages of this book. Here is a man who has nothing to gain; who expects nothing in return; and whose only desire is to guide others in their own awakening.
What is unique about Not I, Not Other Than I is that the chapters alternate between Williams’s enlightened spiritual teachings and the story of his life told by his own recollection. With regards to the autobiographical aspect of the text, Williams’s life truly is fascinating. Even as a very young boy, he carried a tremendous weight on his shoulders. He faced the burdens of poverty and war on a daily basis, and yet he still always seemed to demonstrate a higher understanding of life and why we live it. What makes Williams a powerful spiritual leader is his relatability. You get the impression that he wants to meet people exactly where they are on their journey and the unshakable state of peace that he resides in is tangible. He makes enlightenment feel attainable to the average Joe which, of course, it is! We all have the capacity to expand into this level of consciousness and, in fact, according to Williams, it is our destiny as spiritual beings.
One teaching I found to be particularly unique, and intriguing even, was Williams’s notion on meditation. He says, “I do not believe in long meditation practices. Once you make contact and get the process going, a quarter of an hour or even 10 minutes is quite adequate. Do it seven times a day, until you have a continuum going all the time, rather than once a day. If there’s a gap you lose the momentum, but if you keep it up, every couple of hours or so, there is a continuum.” Makes perfect sense to me! The reason why we seek enlightenment in the first place is so that we can establish a deep sense of happiness and even peace in our lives. We cannot reasonably expect to achieve lasting inner peace by meditating for 30 minutes to an hour when the remaining 23 hours of the day are in chaos. We seek, and hope to maintain, that sacred stillness at all times and more frequent connections to Spirit is the answer to that.
There is one last thought that deeply resonated with me and I feel that it truly allows readers to grasp the kind of man and teacher Russel Williams is. Referring back to this idea of ‘peace’, Williams has this to say, “One of the things about the world that has always amazed me is that people believe that peace means to stop fighting. But it doesn’t. Peace is freedom, not a cessation of hostilities. You need more than simply an absence of aggression. You need friendship, which means giving not taking. Receiving perhaps, but not taking.” Let that marinade for a few minutes!
If you are new to the journey of spirituality, this book is a wonderful resource. It touches on every major principle in what are commonly known as the Universal Truths. You will receive a gentle and relatable understanding of what it means to become enlightened and conscious of who you are and why you are here. If you are a spiritual veteran, I still recommend this book, as there is always something to learn, especially when spoken in a new voice. If you absorb nothing else from Not I, Not Other Than I, you will still have appreciation for Russel Williams as the man and for the amazing life he has lived.
Not I, Not other than I: The Life And Teachings Of Russel Williams
4 of 5 Stars
Author: Russel Williams
Editor: Steve Taylor
Paperback: 171 pages
Publisher: O Books (August 28, 2015)
Reviewed by Courtney Lindemann
Having worked as a book publicist for several years, Courtney is now enjoying a freelance career as a professional proofreader and copy-editor. Being able to read, write and spend more time with her little boy on a daily basis is a dream come true. For additional reviews and information please visit http://www.readingonrepeat.com