At the lovely open house for the new wellness center #JTBWellness, I had some conversations with a couple other staff who all agreed how it can be difficult to talk about and explain what energy work is.  And because typing doesn’t make it any easier…I’m not going to try to do that.  One needs to experience it to truly get a sense of it.  However I will say that I think it can be difficult to explain because there is no one way of working with energy and no one way for a healing to manifest.   

For example...

During the open house I was offering free 10 minute mini sessions in which I worked on client's hands.  I was a bit nervous about this though because there was a lot of people around, a lot of different activities happening, and therefore lots of different energy.  It all worked out just fine because I was able to share a separate room with one other healer.  

One client in particular had just received a wonderful angel card reading which was helpful and healing in it's own sense.  As I worked on her hands, their was a huge emotional release.  The waterworks started and she really opened up. After the session, we continued talking in the main space where everybody was and the healing continued as she opened and released even more.  Now while I do have amazing skills #shamelessselfpromotion, I realized while talking with her that the entire space was allowing this immense release and healing to occur.  It's not common for someone to be in an entirely new place filled with all strangers and be that comfortable, and open, and vulnerable.

So I just wanted to say KUDOS to the staff and everyone else helping out during the event.  Whether energy workers or not, you all helped to create an environment of wellness that allowed for deep levels of healing to occur.  

 
 
This isn't necessarily a 'Moment of Spirit' post, but it's been on my mind lately and ego aside, I think there is a sacredness to the underlying concept that fits within a larger spiritual context. 

So with that being said, let's talk about Mars.  

We're going!  There is a legitimate movement for a permanent settlement on the red planet.  You can learn all about it here...
http://www.mars-one.com/  Overall I think this is cool.  I have no issue with space exploration, but what does this really entail?  

Basically, the people and robots going to Mars need to set up a place habitable for human life..and there is a detailed timeline and plan for this to happen. In general they'll need to set up things like shelters, greenhouses for food, and sustainable energy supplies.  

Wonderful.  Fast-forward many years and now we have this fairly "normal" community on Mars.  They've got everything they need to survive comfortably. You know what they don't have though?  Banks.  These beginning communities aren't exchanging money to create their world.  Sure there are BILLIONS of earth dollars being spent to make it all happen...but the actual people on Mars aren't buying and selling things. They aren't even bartering!  The solar energy captured will be used according to the needs of the community.  The food grown in the greenhouses will be used to feed the members of the community.  Can you see someone who's working in the greenhouse withholding the food they've grown unless the the person setting up the solar panels pays them $9.99?  Of course not!  They are all working together to sustain their community.  

Why do the martians get to live a life free of financial slavery?  The same principles could easily...more easily be applied here on Earth.  Sure, the amount of people in Earth's communities are a bit more substantial, but the technology to make it happen is available.  I just don't understand the hypocrisy of it all. The martians are being giving the gift to create a self-sustaining world...why wouldn't we do that here?!?!   We are literally creating a society similar to our ancestors; those ancestors who lived according to the resources of the world around them and tended to the needs of their community or tribe accordingly. This is exactly what The Venus Project and the idea of a Resource-Based Economy is all about.  Why is this only acceptable on Mars?  
Why aren't we creating these same type of communities here on earth?  There are plenty of "ghost neighborhoods" (Detroit) that could be resurrected using the same concepts being applied to Mars!

I don't really have anything else to say about this.  It's just one of those things that my mind has been stuck on.  I suppose if there is any sort of energy concept to take from this is that of paying attention to ones thoughts and realizing how it shapes your reality.  In spiritual communities I feel like there is always talk about recognizing your negative thoughts and focusing on the positive.  This is good advice, but not all thoughts should be broken down into the duality paradigm of good and bad.  With this Mars concept being on my mind, looking back over the past month...the last 4 posts on my FB page were nature related.  I re-watched the movie Interstellar.  I had the strong urge to just get out and go hiking last weekend.  A lot of my world and actions have been shaped because of this Mars concept occupying my thoughts.  

So what's on your mind and how is it affecting your world?  
 
 
Sometimes simply slowing down and taking the time to just perceive your environment can be wonderful medicine.  
I woke up one morning sort of in a funk.  Eh...maybe not a funk...that might be too strong of a phrase.  I wasn't sad, tired, or upset...but I was something and that something was enough for me to take notice and acknowledge it.  

Whatever it was, I didn't like it.  I didn't want that to be how my day started. Now from here I didn't necessarily consciously do something specific.  If anything I guess I just kind of mentally made a resolve and released it out into the universe...that whatever this feeling was, it was not welcome.  I suppoe since I didn't know what the feeling was or why I was feeling it, how could I do anything to help it?  

As the morning progressed I seemed to be running into delays.  Nothing major; I just ended up leaving my place later then I wanted to, having the gas gauge remind me I had to get gas, etc.  Because of all of these things, I consciously thought, "Ok, I'm gonna relax and slow down. It's not like I'm really late for anything."  

While I'm pumping gas, I looked up at one lone tree across the street.  Its leaves were in the process of changing color.  What really struck me though was as to how...dull the tree looked.  It wasn't this full, bright, vibrant autumn yellow, but rather a pale-yellow, faded-green, orange-ish collage.  I thought to myself how pretty it was even though in a more traditional sense it may not be the most picture worthy scene.  

As I'm driving on the highway, I couldn't help but notice the glory that is Autumn in New England. The trees were all sorts of beautiful shades of Fall. 
:::Thinking about it now, that whole scene could be viewed as a macrocosm of the tree I saw earlier...but that would lead to a whole different discussion:::

Anyways, from that point on, the rest of my day was great.  That moment of simply witnessing my surroundings and perhaps experiencing something larger then myself really seemed to take away whatever that feeling I had from the morning.  
The medicine was there, I just had to slow down enough to see it.  
 
 
As I am driving to see a client for a healing session, I begin to get myself "in the zone".  I'm relaxing, breathing and listening to some mellow music. I'm just trying to quiet my ego and open my consciousness, my spirit, to connect with my client to provide them with a meaningful session.  

Up in the distance something moves and catches my eye.  As I approach I see a large, lone, dark feather laying on a snow covered front yard.  "Hmm, that's interesting" I think to myself as I continue my drive.  A few more yards up on the side of the road I pass a dead turkey, the feathers obvious place of origin.     

Now because of many years of studying at A Place of Light and because of the mindful state I'm in, I begin to wonder what is the meaning behind this turkey. I ask myself, "is it a message for me?" Perhaps there is a message or medicine to be used for the healing session.  Or, maybe it is a message for my client?  
The only impression I receive is that it really isn't for or about me.  Whatever this turkey represents relates to my client.  So I acknowledge this and figure I'll mention it to my client or it'll somehow present itself during the session.  

The session goes great and afterwards as we finish talking about the experience, I decide to mention the turkey.  I ask her, "If I say the word turkey, does that mean anything to you?  What would a turkey represent for you?"  She responds by saying that she slaughters turkeys for a living. She works at a turkey processing plant!  

I couldn't help but laugh in astonishment and then proceeded to tell her the story.  

In regards to this Moment of Spirit, the only really "words of wisdom" I can think to end on is one that I've written about before, and that is to be aware of what you are paying attention to.  This is really just another personal story; another simple "coincidence" that hopefully helps you to pay attention to the moments of spirit in your own life.  
 
 
A common idea among "new age spiritualists" (for those concerned with labels, see my post titled New Age Spirituality) is the idea that everything has a spiritual meaning and a lesson to teach.

The other day I got into a car accident. Nothing major, no one was hurt, and most importantly it was not my fault. The gist of the accident is that I had a blinking yellow light, the other guy had a blinking red light.  Getting into an accident like this is more of a hassle then anything else.  I have to deal with insurance, take my car in for repair, but in general I didn't let this event get to me. I'm pretty good at not over-reacting to things. 

So the man didn't speak English and called who I believe to be his daughter. She comes walking down the road.  As we begin to talk, she starts trying to place the blame on me.  Without getting into the specifics of everything she said,  I get upset with her.  I hold back a lot from expressing my shocked-anger at her partly because I tend to internalize and what to process everything before reacting, but also because regardless of what she said saying, I still had the right of way.  

A cop comes, insurance is exchanged and we go our separate ways but my interaction with this woman really bothered me and I was still holding onto it. So what's the lesson in all this?  I can understand this woman looking out for her father, but knowing and accepting that wasn't enough for me to let the event go.  

Other aspects of "new age spirituality" are the ideas of positive thinking, forgiveness and just being and expressing love.  While there are huge benefits to this type of mentality, I think it has the potential to lead towards a type of ignorance. Believe me, my mind went to the ideas of forgiveness and of just sending love to the whole situation, but that wasn't getting rid of the energy I was holding onto...and having worked with energy for a while, I know it's not a good thing to just carry around and ignore.  

It wasn't until the next day that I realized what the cause of my dis-ease was surrounding the whole event...it was my expectations of the woman.  As I saw her walking down the street I felt relieved because here comes someone who will understand the situation, understand traffic laws, shrug at the horrible snow mounds that make it tough to see around corners, be happy everyone is okay and move on.  Nope, that's not what I got. Instead I got a woman who was both defensive and aggressive.  Looking back at the situation I shouldn't have assumed anything.  The only reason I got so upset was because I had expected her to react a certain way.  

This is a lesson that I will try to carry with me in the future. How many times do we become sad, or disappointed, or angry because something doesn't happen the way we expected it to?  How much of that emotion then carries on with us throughout the rest of the experience, or the rest of the day, or even the rest of our lives?  How much dis-ease do we created for ourselves because of assumptions or expectations we place on events or people that are totally outside of ourselves?  What an illogical and silly thing to do! 

I was able to gain a deeper and true understanding of where the negative energy was coming...not just from this woman but from my expectations of her.  Because of this, I can now utilize the hippie concepts of peace and love and express gratitude towards the woman for being the vessel that presented this lesson to me.  If I hadn't learned this lesson now, it's possible something more drastic and bold would happen in the future in an attempt to teach me the same lesson...so thank you aggressive lady. :-)
 
 
I was talking to a friend of mine I haven't seen in a while and she told me some unfortunate news, she's getting a divorce.  Apparently her and her husband are not on the same page in regards to having kids.  She wants them; he doesn't see it happening.  This is very sad and very stressful and I'm sure there is a lot of negative feelings and energy being created from all this; not necessarily anger but maybe sadness and disappointment.  We talk for a bit more and she goes on to tell me not only is she getting a divorce but she needs surgery. She found out she has an ovarian cyst and has to get that entire ovary removed!  

These are two major events going on in her life right now and I don't mean to belittle her situation in any way, but I can't help but be completely fascinated by the correlation happening.  The core stress in her life stems from the topic of children.  This is what is ultimately ending her relationship.  The theme of this energy is reproduction.  So where and how does this negative emotion and energy manifest itself...her ovary!  Is the cyst a vessel being created to house all this excess energy?  

During the days surrounding this conversation with my friend I had been reading and watching different things that address illness. One thing I came across was how stress seems to be a huge factor, and the science behind it seems to be pretty conclusive.  Certain biochemical changes take place when you become stressed.  Short term stress can be okay but chronic stress is no good.  Here's just one of many articles that address this topic if you are interested... http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3341916/

What is stress though?  Stress is just a reaction, a response.  It's intangible and it's different for everybody.  In essence, it's energy.  The energy of something, whether physical or mental is presented to us.  We then react to this energy. If we become stressed by this energy then our physical body reacts accordingly through various biochemical responses.  

I think it's essential to recognize and address what's causing your stress.  If you remove the stress you remove the stress response.  I also think it's important to recognize how the stress is manifesting itself. Physically? Emotionally? Psychologically?  To truly heal, one needs to understand how the energy is playing out.  Fortunately for my friend, the timing of her physical ailment and stressful life event are happening at the same time so the correlation is evident. 

What if things weren't so clear though?  What if it takes a while for that stressful energy to manifest in a recognizable way?  Does the negativity surrounding the stress still remain even if the person, place, thing, or event which caused the stress goes away?  Would you be able to make the correlation between the root cause of this energy and how it has manifested?  Are you able to release or remove that energy so that it doesn't continue to negatively manifest itself?  
 
 
 
The three "Moments of Spirit" I'm going to share all happened within a week of each other.   

Moment 1:

I was speaking to a new client over the phone.  She was telling me all sorts of things but a particularly strong and emotional topic was how her parents past away, how she was close with her father, and how she would see signs from him.  
So after a nice long talk I settled down for the evening to catch up on one of my shows.  Two of the story lines that unfolded early on in the show were someone losing a father figure and also this person finding out they were going to become a father themselves.  So what did I do?  I paused the show, texted my client explaining the story line to them and ultimately said, Your father says Hi.  

There was no message in that for me.  I didn't need to call my father.  A big chunk of my evening was about my client and her father; that energy simply carried through into what I happened to watch on TV.   

Moment 2: 

I received a lovely and unexpected gift in the mail from a friend.  It was a coffee mug with the image of an energetic body showing the chakras.  Later that night I checked my email and had received a request from someone looking for a healing.  What was interesting though was this person wanted to find out what chakras they needed to be focusing on.  Now I’ve gotten requests for many different types of alternative healings before but this was the first that specifically addressed chakras.  

Again, I don't necessarily see a message in this for me.  I really just see this as an example of the entanglement of energy.  

Now at this point I really wanted to get these two Moments into a blog.  I wrote them down so I wouldn't forget them but I just couldn't figure out a way to make a cohesive entry from them.  What was I trying to say?  When I thought about the experiences, what came to me was this idea that they involved me but they weren't really about me...(if that makes sense).  It's not like I really had an intuitive experience.  Basically I was just noticing a pattern in the flow of energy.  Good for me, but so what?  That is hardly something to write about.  

After thinking about it more, I started to piece together this theme about the importance of recognizing when messages you are receiving are actually for someone else and not yourself. While this may be true, I still wasn't able to put a blog together around this idea.  Something was missing.  

So that was where my state of mind was at...where my energy was at...events not being about me, the thought about recognizing messages for someone else, and still needing this other piece to create the blog.

What happens next is Moment 3:

About a week before the previous Moments happen, I see I have a missed call from my friend.  He didn't leave a message so I knew it was nothing important. I text him and he says he had just wanted to catch up and that we'll talk sometime soon.

I see him a few days after the night of Moment 2.  He told me he was having trouble sleeping and was also having a recurring dream.  The dream involved someone showing him a picture, but he wasn't able to clearly make out who the picture was.  He told this dream to a friend who for some reason suggested he ask his mother about it.  Well, he did talk to his mom about it, and long story short, it turns out the dream and the message was for her!

Eureka!!  The missing piece!!  A Moment of Spirit that exemplifies the idea of recognizing when messages are for someone else...and had nothing to do with me.  Great!  Lesson learned.

Take heed all who read this post, messages from spirit may not always be for you!  

While that is a great lesson, it's not what this blog post is all about though!  

By not being a part of my friends Moment of Spirit but still needing to hear the story got me thinking about this idea of the Collective Consciousness; this idea that 'everything is one, everything is connected'. From a fairly involved paper I found online, the definition for Collective Consciousness they were using was "A mode of awareness, in which we directly experience, through an intuitive felt-sense, our union with the interconnected wholeness of life, and recognize ourselves in others. Our identity extends beyond our individual boundary and embraces the collective, through a free and conscious act of identification, rather than through definition by convention or external authority." What Can Science Tell Us About Collective Consciousness? by Robert Kenny, MBA 

Part of me wonders if this is just a different label for what some call Spirit or Energy. When I'm writing about these "Moments of Spirit", is that not the same as tapping into this "Collective Consciousness"?  

Do most of us normally live in a state of Collective Unconsciousness?  This energy has always been a part of us, a part of everything.  It's always around us and has been affecting us whether we recognize it or not, whether we are conscious of it our not.  I think this energy is what the "collective" term is referring to.    

I like to think that we as a species are evolving or perhaps awaking to this state of Collective Consciousness; being aware of this energy we create and react to. On a physical level, the idea of everyone being one and interconnected has been manifesting itself for a while now.  These manifestations include everything from planes, trains, and automobiles, to phones, to the internet. These are physical things that allow us to be more connected to one another.  

What other ways does this manifest though? How much of our lives does this Collective Consciousness really come into effect?  I think the week I had involving those 3 Moments are great examples of how this energy is constantly interacting in our lives.  My friend had no idea that by telling me his story, that would lead me to think about this Collective Consciousness idea...which is the main purpose of this blog entry.  It was truly the missing piece!

If we are evolving to this Collective Consciousness state, a state that ultimately exists because of the interactions between other people and things, how much of our existence then is simply reflections and reactions from the energy of others?  

Did simply seeing my friends missed call get me into the energy vibration he was dealing with of not recognizing when messages are for someone esle?  Is that why I became aware of the first two seemingly benign Moments I had which ultimately led to this blog post?  

How much of my existence is really about me and how much is about the Collective.  Is there truly a separation?  Is it all just a matter of what you are paying attention to?  Maybe if my attention was somewhere else in the Collective, the experiences of the week wouldn't have meant anything to me. I wouldn't have been carried along with the energy my friend was putting out and the two experiences I had might have still happened, they just wouldn't have been significant to me...they wouldn't have been Moments.  Something else might have caught my attention and I would have traveled along with that stream.  

Is this what being Conscious of the Collective is all about; being aware of the subtle flow of energy from interaction to interaction?  Does Collective Consciousness = Energy Consciousness?  If so then being conscious of, being aware of this energy is the first step...just like being aware and admitting you have an addiction is the first step.  Perhaps being able to interact with this energy in a meaningful and positive way is the next step...
 
 
I received a text from a buddy of mine the other day asking me "What's new?" This isn't someone I've really talked to much about my spiritual life, but figured if I'm going to be pursuing it more I might as well put it out there.  So I responded, "Oh not too much, Just continuing to pursue the more spiritual side of life. If you know anyone looking for stuff like energy healings, like reiki, send them my way."  He responds, "Sounds hippish, I'll ask around."  
We then proceeded to make plans to hang out soon.  :::Good, at least I didn't scare a friend away:::

His response though, "sounds hippish" -which I think he meant hippyish- got me thinking...again...about the labels used for this type of "stuff" and what they imply.  I personally like the word hippie!  

From Wikipedia...
     "Hippies sought to free themselves from societal restrictions, choose their own way, and find new meaning in life."          
     "Personality traits and values that hippies tend to be associated with are 'altruism and mysticism, honesty, joy, and nonviolence.'[92]"


About a month ago, during the reception at my sisters non-denominational wedding, the rabbi who performed the service (an old family friend) came up to talk to me.  My father had told her I was into New Age Spirituality and she wanted to hear all about it.  We really didn't get to talk much because of the setting we were in, but when she said those words I immediately got somewhat defensive.  I realized afterwards, the reason why was because those words came from my father and I could just hear him saying them with a sort of dismissive tone as if it was a frivolous thing. Whether that's actually how he said it or not, from my experience with him, that's how my own filters imagined him saying it.  And I say this not to demean my father in anyway.  He just doesn't know much about any of this spiritual stuff, nor does he really care too.  Because of this, his perception of this spiritual stuff is what it is...more of an unknown then a negative thing I think.  

I feel the term "new age" is thrown around a lot as a catch all phrase and people have different perceptions of and reactions to it.  Many people have a very skeptical view and see it all as nonsense.  Because of this perception, I think it actually deters people from even contemplating it...even though their beliefs would actually fit fairly well into the new age "label".  

So, after doing some quick research, I discovered that I'm very comfortable with the term New Age.  I even like the first paragraph Wikipedia says about it!  I view it as a term for those who explore different beliefs and practices and takes from them what they resonates with.  As long as the term doesn't have to be just associated with the 70's and can evolve with the passing of time, then I think it's a pretty great term!

One article I read had a list of beliefs held by most, but not all New Age followers. Even saying "followers" is strange because it's not like it's one group following one set of beliefs...but anyways, I thought the list was pretty interesting...

Monism: All that exists is derived from a single source of divine energy.

Pantheism: All that exists is God; God is all that exists. This leads naturally to the concept of the divinity of the individual, that we are all Gods. They do not seek God as revealed in a sacred text or as exists in a remote heaven; they seek God within the self and throughout the entire universe.

Panentheism: God is all that exists. God is at once the entire universe, and transcends the universe as well.

Reincarnation: After death, we are reborn and live another life as a human. This cycle repeats itself many times. This belief is similar to the concept of transmigration of the soul in Hinduism.

Karma: The good and bad deeds that we do adds and subtracts from our accumulated record, our karma. At the end of our life, we are rewarded or punished according to our karma by being reincarnated into either a painful or good new life. This belief is linked to that of reincarnation and is also derived from Hinduism

An Aura is believed to be an energy field radiated by the body. Invisible to most people, it can be detected by some as a shimmering, multi-colored field surrounding the body. Those skilled in detecting and interpreting auras can diagnose an individual's state of mind, and their spiritual and physical health.

Personal Transformation A profoundly intense mystical experience will lead to the acceptance and use of New Age beliefs and practices. Guided imagery, hypnosis, meditation, and (sometimes) the use of hallucinogenic drugs are useful to bring about and enhance this transformation. Believers hope to develop new potentials within themselves: the ability to heal oneself and others, psychic powers, a new understanding of the workings of the universe, etc. Later, when sufficient numbers of people have achieved these powers, a major spiritual, physical, psychological and cultural planet-wide transformation is expected.

Ecological Responsibility: A belief in the importance of uniting to preserve the health of the earth, which is often looked upon as Gaia, (Mother Earth) a living entity.

Universal Religion: Since all is God, then only one reality exists, and all religions are simply different paths to that ultimate reality. The universal religion can be visualized as a mountain, with many sadhanas (spiritual paths) to the summit. Some are hard; others easy. There is no one correct path. All paths eventually reach the top. They anticipate that a new universal religion which contains elements of all current faiths will evolve and become generally accepted worldwide.

New World Order As the Age of Aquarius unfolds, a New Age will develop. This will be a utopia in which there is world government, and end to wars, disease, hunger, pollution, and poverty. Gender, racial, religious and other forms of discrimination will cease. People's allegiance to their tribe or nation will be replaced by a concern for the entire world and its people.

So what's the point of all this?  I'm not really sure.  I guess I'm operating on the principle that a lack of knowledge leads to ignorance.  By defining what New Age is, people can at least be looking at and talking about the same thing, not one person's perception of it vs. another.  

Like with anything, it really comes down to people's perception and knowledge.  If I say the words "catholic priest", there could be a variety of reactions.  On one side of the scale the reactions can be loving and positive, on the other side...not so much.  There are going to be people who define themselves as New Age Spiritualists who are operating on a very superficial level, however, there are others that might be doing some real soul searching and gotten into some real deep stuff!  

Ultimately, I suppose I'm putting this out there because I'm attempting to define my own beliefs.  I have my own perception of and more importantly my own experiences with what many would categorize as new age and I don't like that it has such a negative and flaky connotation.   
 
 
I was sent this article, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/09/magazine/the-unbelievable-skepticism-of-the-amazing-randi.html?_r=0 It's about James Randi and his million dollar challenge to prove psychic phenomenon. 
After reading just the first couple of paragraphs, I started getting fired up.  The following post is my commentary as I read through it.  The bold quotes are from the article, followed by my thoughts.  I'd suggest reading the article first then the rest of the blog so you will have a sense of what the quotes are referring to.  

"A succession of nine blindfolded subjects would come onstage and place their hands in a cardboard box."                   
          -Who's to say these subjects are aware enough to be conscious of the energy?  Anyone who has actually tried to learn about and experience this energy knows that while it can be extremely powerful, it can also be extremely subtle.  It can take a lot of work to become familiar with it.  Additionally, this energy type stuff doesn't necessarily fall into the "Newtonian Physics" realm, so creating this type of standardize test is a flawed method to begin with.  Expecting it to behave in one way and designing a test around those expectations is a setup for failure.  

"If the subjects could successfully detect Wang’s energy on eight out of nine occasions, the trial would confirm Wang’s psychic power."
          -Yeah, because 8 out of 9 is the statistically significant number!  I'm not a statistician but wouldn't 4.5 (so let's round up to 5) be the probability of just guessing correctly?  Shouldn't getting 6 correct be significant then?
          -This reminds me of a book I read from Rupert Sheldrake called Science Set Free.  I think he actually mentions Randi in it, but one thing he does bring up is the unbalanced standards things like paranormal research are expected to live up to.  The bar seems to be set much higher for paranormal research then in other scientific fields of study.  It's a really great book! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD2qScZlvYE

“I think he’ll get four or five,” Randi told me. “That’s my bet.”
          -uhh...yep.  That's a pretty safe bet.        

"it attracted more than 1,000 skeptics"
          -Put a black comedian on stage in a theater full of white supremacists...you think the comedian has a chance?  I can't even imagine the unwelcoming energy in that room; everyone hoping and expecting you to fail. And again, that brings me back to the first quote, is it a failure of the sender of the energy or the receiver of the energy.  

“It literally changed my life,” he told me, and explained that he now hopes to help teach skepticism in Indian schools."
          -Are they teaching skepticism or something more?  This reminds me of an article I read from the website http://www.skepticalaboutskeptics.org/ I haven't explored the website at all, just read the one article, but what it basically said is that there is a difference between skeptics and non-believers.  Nothing you do will change the non-believers mind while the skeptic is still open. 
          -It's like this...Now that the pope has given the thumbs up to evolution, basically saying how it and god can co-exist; it's not like all the bible fundamentalists are all of a sudden going to stop believing the world is only 6000 years old.  

"But no matter how many times he assured his audiences that such stunts were a result of subterfuge and legerdemain, he found there were always believers."
          -There are extremes on both ends.  That's pretty much all I have to say about that.  Let's accept it and move on.  

“I am a little bit obsessed with having the right time,” he said. “I’ve always been very, very, big on knowing what time it is. That’s one of my connections with reality.”
          -That's kind of like he's saying there is another reality, he just doesn't want to acknowledge it.  What's up with the reality he's trying to stay away from so desperately?  Seems like he's spending a lot of energy on doing that.  How exhausting.  I wonder what that does to someone energetically?

"That fixation on science and the rational life — and a corresponding desire to crusade for the truth — has a long history among magicians"
          -There has got to be a balance in all things right?  It's good to have people out there who will call out frauds. I think "rational" is the term that could be up for debate though.  

“I have always been an atheist,” he told me. “I think that religion is a very damaging philosophy — because it’s such a retreat from reality.”
          -It seems like he has a very rigid definition of reality.  Someone who is colorblind lives in a different reality. To them, the sky may not be blue, or at least what YOU know blue to be.  
          -Also, I think religion is separate from the idea of energy.  Lumping the two together is narrow-minded.  

In regards to his friend talking about the afterlife...“Oh, no, I have no fear of my demise whatsoever. I really feel that sincerely.”
          -Where's the proof that there isn't an afterlife?  I understand he doesn't believe in anything like mediums or probably even accounts of near-death experiences, but not believing in that stuff isn't proof that there isn't an afterlife.  Does that make sense?  If anything, there's only proof of an afterlife regardless of whether you believe the findings or not. 
          -I understand that it's pretty much impossible to prove there isn't an afterlife. How would you you design a test for something like that? Because of this though, how can someone be 100% certain there isn't an afterlife? You can be skeptical about it because of the lack of proof; that makes sense.  To be certain of such a thing though without proof is actually somewhat delusional.  (Sorry for all the underlined words. I needed to emphasis them for myself to make sure I was writing everything correctly!) 

"Later, when the opiates and the anaesthetic wore off, Randi looked at the notes he had written.  They were indecipherable."
          -I wonder what the notes actually looked like?  Where they just indecipherable to him since he has his own, very strong filter of reality? 
          -Regardless, have you ever tried to write when in a spiritual state?  It's really tough for me!  The thoughts are coming so quick it does make the writing hard to read, but it also is hard to really portray the the sort of revelation/epiphany moment that happens, especially when reading it back.  There's something to the saying about "being in the moment"...and I don't mean constantly checking your watch to see what time it is like Randi!

 
 
The company I used to work for moved from the city of Worcester to Marlborough.  Myself and a few others moved our stuff to the new building on the first of three "waves".  I needed to get lunch and since not many people were around I decide to go by myself.  Now I'm not sure how best to describe this, but at this point my mind is very fixated on the idea that I'm not going to know anyone.  I don't mean co-workers specifically, I just mean familiar faces.  Whatever place I go to eat is going to have different cashiers then I'm used to seeing.  So for whatever reason, I'm very conscious of this idea.
I get my lunch to go.  As I'm walking back to my car I think I hear my name. I hear it loud enough that I actually stop and look around thinking I'm going to see someone I know walking up to me or sitting at one of the outside tables I just walked by. 
A few seconds go by...nothing.  Alright, I must have just hear someone saying something similar to my name. That's a legitimate possibility!

I get back to my car and before I start driving I get a text message from an old friend/co-worker..."What are you doing in Marlborough?"  Now after seeing this message I think he is at the Worcester location.  He's works in sales and would occasionally stop by.  I figured he asked to see me and was told I was in Marlborough.  So I text him back..."The company is moving out here, are you in Worcester?"  He responds..."I'm at the Five Guys Restaurant in Marlborough.  I think I just saw you walk by."  I text back..."Oh, did you call my name?  I thought I heard it."  He replies..."No, I didn't make it outside.  You were gone to quick." 

Did I hear him thinking my name as he saw me? 
After writing these events down, I realize that besides this being a simple, everyday example of a "Moment of Spirit", of telepathy; it's actually an example of being in the moment.  I realize I was open and fully immersed in the seemingly mundane act of going to lunch. It was all new to me.  Driving a new road, going to a new strip mall, getting food from a new restaurant (at least a new location).  I was in the moment and taking it all in.  I wasn't thinking about what I had to do when I got back to work for example, I was just being.  
By being mindful of the experience as a whole, not only the specific task I was doing but of my entire environment I allowed myself to connect with my friends energy, his thoughts, even though I wasn't consciously aware he was there. 

So what are we missing in our day to day lives when we are lost in our heads, thinking about the past or the future? There is nothing innately wrong with the act of thinking, or the act of recalling the past, or the act of planning for the future; but is there a point when those acts become a detriment to the act of living in the present?
 

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    (Disclaimer: In general, I foresee these posts to be mostly spiritual in nature.)

    We are all unique.  How we interact and experience all the different kinds of energy we come in contact with makes up our reality.  Our reality, our truth is uniquely ours.  

    All the books and websites that say what this stone means, or that color represents for example; I appreciate them.  I acknowledge that everything has its own energy, its own vibration.  Things of the same nature will understandably resonate in a similar fashion. 
    However, it's how one interacts with that particular energy at that particular moment that makes it unique.

    I'm attempting to use this blog for two things.  One is simply personal, as an outlet to record and explore my own "moments of spirit." 

    The other is to hopefully show how these moments happen all the time.  This connection with Spirit doesn't have to be "other-worldly" or whatever label you want to use to describe it. You just have to be present enough to truly connect.

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