Simple As Spiritual

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Are you in a cult?, a questioned ask of someone who practices spirituality. I have said before, cults are feared, spirituality is something not to be feared. It is calmness, serenity, an inner peace and the greatest love for life. I hope the quotes and graphics below give some small insight to those who question the beliefs of someone who claims to be spiritual. It is not that difficult to understand, but for some, that first step of letting go of life’s dramatics can be really hard to do. Drama is addictive.. addiction poisons your mind body and soul.

10 Spiritual Tonics

1. Stop worrying. Worrying kills life.
2. Begin each day with a prayer.
3. Control apetite. Over indulgence clogs body and mind.
4. Accept your limitations.
5. Don’t evny. It wastes time and energy.
6. Have faith in people. Cynicism sours the disposition.
7. Find a hobby. It will relax your nerves.
8. Read a book a week to stimulate imagination and broaden your views.
9. Spend time alone for the peace of solitude and silence.
10. Try to want what you have, instead of spending your strength trying to get what you want.

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The Relation Between Long Hair & Extrasensory Perception
(by FactualEnlightenment)

We are conditioned to think that hair styling is important and how it makes a cool fashion statement. But in olden times it was a different story. An interesting find revealed that long hair in men was actually related to consciousness or the sixth sense. Does that sound alarming? Lets delve a bit more into this topic.

During the Vietnam war, special forces in the war department had sent undercover experts to look for talented recruits among Native Americans, who were blessed with special supernatural and tracking abilities.

A couple of American Indians were selected and what happened after that is surprising. Once they were recruited, their natural skills and ability to access their sixth sense just disappeared. On conducting a test to find out what went wrong, the older native American recruits said that after undergoing military haircut they could no longer sense the enemy, they lost their intuition power and couldn’t access subtle extrasensory information.

So more native Indians were recruited and this time they were allowed to keep their hair long and on comparing performance of men with military haircut and ones with long hair, they found out that long-haired men were far better and skillful. The results stated that the Native trackers should be allowed to keep their hair long. A special thanks to Indian in the Machine for the truth on Native Indians and long hair.

While reading about this I also realised that Sikhism requires men to keep their hair long and is considered a symbol of spirituality. One of the five physical symbols of faith for Sikhs is, “The Kesh (or hair) reminds a Khalsa to behave like the Guru’s. It is a mark of dedication and group consciousness, showing a Khalsa’s acceptance of God’s will.”

Long hair has long been a common element of many spiritual prophets such as Jesus, Moses, Buddha, Shiva, or the story of Samson and Delilah from the Bible, when Samson lost his strength with the loss of his hair.

Hair is an extension of the nervous system and it emits energy from the brain into the outer environment. Its an information highway reaching the brain, so when hair is cut, receiving and sending transmissions to and from the environment is hampered.
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Leave a Unique Imprint on the Souls of those you meet. Make Deeper Spiritual Connections and Journey to Landscapes of Inspiration and Imagination. Walk to the Edge of the World and Touch the Heart of the Elders. Life is an Adventure of Holiness and Happiness. Sacred are they who Smile when they Love. ~ Micheal Teal / The Ancient One

What’s A Sweat Lodge?

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The center I worked at had a sweat lodge ceremony as part of the healing and recovery program. I know it worked wonders for all those who chose to enter and participate.
I thought I would post what I found with regards to what a sweatlodge is and also a couple quotes I found regarding, sweat and spirit.


“To sweat is to pray, to make an offering of your innermost self. Sweat is holy water, prayer beads, pearls of liquid that release your past. Sweat is an ancient and universal form of self healing, whether done in the gym, the sauna, or the sweat lodge. I do it on the dance floor. The more you dance, the more you sweat. The more you sweat, the more you pray. The more you pray, the closer you come to ecstasy.” ~Gabrielle Roth

“When a man is faced with a life or death situation, his spirit detaches from him and remains on the battlefield,” said Staff Sgt. James L. Eagleman, former 1st Marine Division tanker and current resident at Wounded Warrior Battalion West, Camp Pendleton.

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THE SACRED NATIVE AMERICAN SWEAT LODGE CEREMONY

The “Inipi Wakan,” in Lakota “Sioux,” is one of the oldest rituals in North America

1. THE NATIVE AMERICAN SWEAT LODGE CEREMONY IS:
– A purification and balance of body, mind, spirit and emotions
– A prayer circle
– A healing circle
– A transformation of the Old Self into the New Self

2. WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE CEREMONY?
The Sweat Lodge is a round, domed structure about 10 feet in diameter and made with flexible
willow branches. It is covered with blankets and canvas. In the center is a shallow pit for lava
stones. These are heated in a fire and brought into the lodge by the helper or fire keeper.
When you enter the Lodge, you will sit in a circle around the rock pit. The leader of the ceremony
pours water on the heated stones, making steam. Cedar, sage, tobacco and sweet grass are burned
to help focus and balance the senses. When the flap door is closed it is completely dark inside. The
interior heats up, prayers are made and sacred songs are sung. The ceremony consists of four
“rounds,” each lasting approximately 20 minutes. The door is opened for about 10 minutes
between rounds.
A very sacred pipe (“Chanupa Wakan Cha” in Lakota Sioux), or tobacco rolled in a corn husk is
sometimes smoked. The smoke is believed to penetrate the realms of creation, moving from the
dense to the more subtle, thus carrying the prayers to the Creator. Tobacco and herbs are used in
the smoking mixture and are non-hallucinogenic. Indian Tobacco (Kinnikinnik) is a mixture of
Damiana, Coltsfoot, Uva Ursi, Lobelia, Osha root, and Red Willow bark.
Immediately after the Sweat Lodge you will share in a simple “feast” in the Sweat Lodge area. This
is a social time and the concluding element of the ceremony.
3. WHAT DO I WEAR IN THE SWEAT LODGE?
Modesty and comfort best describe the attire for the Sweat Lodge. It is respectful for men to wear
loose, long bathing suits. Women wearing bathing suits should wrap a towel around the waist and
a loose-fitting T-shirt. Traditionally, women wear long skirts and loose-fitting tops.
Shoes are not worn in the Sweat Lodge, but may be worn outside the lodge between “rounds.” It
helps if your shoes can be easily removed. Also, it is recommended that you take a large towel into
the lodge.
NOTE:
• Everything said in the sweat lodge is kept confidential.
• To prevent a chill, even in hot weather, it is wise to bring a jacket or other warm clothing for
after the ceremony.
• If the ceremony is held in the evening, it is advisable to bring a flashlight.

4. HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THE CEREMONY AND WHAT IS RESPECTFUL BEHAVIOR WHILE IN THE
CEREMONY, AND NEAR THE SWEAT LODGE?
• The Sweat Lodge leader asks that no one consume alcohol 24 hours prior to the ceremony. He
also asks that no photographs be taken of the Sweat Lodge prior to or during the ceremony.
• Women on their “moon” (menstrual cycle) do not participate. In the Native American tradition,
when women are on their moon cycle, they are undergoing their own powerful personal
purification ceremony. Traditionally Native Americans do not mix ceremonies together because
they believe each neutralizes the other.
• For health reasons, pregnant women should not attend.
• Anyone with heart problems, high blood pressure, or other serious health problems should
consult a doctor before attending the Sweat Lodge ceremony. This is very important.
• It’s a good idea not to eat for a few hours before the ceremony.
• Be sure to drink plenty of water during the day of the ceremony.
• Beginning in the morning, it’s helpful to consider that the ceremony has begun. You will get the
best out of the ceremony if you prepare by being mindful and contemplative.
• Please, no cell phones or beepers near the ceremonial grounds.
• Individuals do not take water into the Sweat Lodge. Sometimes the leader will provide water
between rounds.
• Do not wear jewelry or glasses into the lodge. They can cause burns. For most, contacts are OK.
• The Sweat Lodge area is sacred and you will want to treat it with reverence. This means soft
voices and earnest intent. Please do not shine your flashlights on the Lodge or throw anything
into the fire.
• Please refrain from touching any feather, pipe, drum, fan or other ceremonial objects that are
not yours.
• Don’t walk between the fire and the Sweat Lodge unless the leader or his helper ask you to do so.
This is the energy path that flows from the fire to the lodge.
• When you enter the Lodge, kneel down and say “all my relations,” or, in Lakota Sioux, “Mitakuye
Oyasin,” (pronounced mah-tah-kee-o-ah-sin). This means, “we are all related.” It is a prayer of
oneness and harmony with all forms of life with whom we share kinship in the Circle of Life.
• Once you enter the Lodge, the leader will direct you re which way to crawl around the fire pit.
Traditionally, you go clockwise, however the leader may direct you otherwise.
• If you feel too hot, put your head low to the ground and cover your head and shoulders with your
towel.
• If you initially feel claustrophobic, consider that this is an opportunity to overcome discomfort.
• Try your best to relax into the intense heat. If you feel you must exit, wait for the ending of a
song, prayer, or other appropriate time, then ask to go. The leader will encourage you to stay in
an effort to help you overcome your discomfort. He will, however, let you out. If you exit the
lodge you can ask to reenter, but only when the door is open between the rounds. If you exit the
Lodge, know that you remain part of the ceremony, so try to stay near the Lodge and continue
your prayers. You can also join the others for food at the end.
We will share in a simple potluck meal immediately following the ceremony. This is traditionally called
a "feast," and is considered part of the ceremony.
You may like to bring a supportive "heart offering" of one or more of the sacred herbs to the sweat
lodge leader, Suggestions are: tobacco ("Top" or "Bugler" brands purchased in a small package at
drugstores), or sweet grass, sage or cedar (purchased at health food stores). Such offerings are
traditionally made at some point prior to the ceremony.
In addition, people traditionally make offerings of support by bringing items that are used in the
ceremony, its preparation, or caring for the ceremonial grounds. Examples are: wood, water, food,
and other items that you feel (and learn) will be useful. In contemporary times, money has become a
form of exchange and offering – especially for those not able, for one reason or another, to
bring material items such as those listed above. Money offerings allow maximum flexibility regarding
items most needed for the ceremony. The main thing is that any offering you bring be voluntary and
from your heart. Your offerings are not a requirement for participation. Whatever your offering
might be (other than the sacred herbs as explained above), please give them after the ceremony -
traditionally during the feast or give-a-way. This applies especially to money offerings.
There is no offering that is too small. It is all about your intent and respect.
Sweat lodges are run differently by different lodge leaders. Wherever you go, you follow the
instructions of the sweat lodge leader. He or she may, at any time, change things that you may have
become used to in the past. Changes are based on "being in the present moment

A Double Life, A Gap

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…..she got a palm reading done the other day.. the seer looked at her palm for a minute then looked at her with squinted eyes. She says nothing. She then bends her finger towards the center of her hand and looks at the side view. You have 3 children, 2 girls and 1 boy.. Then she opened it up to a flat palm again. Looked at it and then looked at her. You poor child, have lived a double life and still do, don’t you? She grinned at the seer, said nothing. She then pointed at one of the lines, I see a gap in your life, a death, like you left this earth, you died but came back. Did you? She grinned at seer, said nothing.
When we live a life running, yet not knowing where we are running to, only know what we are running from, a double life is needed. The one that is expected and the one no one knows about, but you. Your own private hell, that balances out your heaven. She needs the enticement of her dark to open her eyes to her light. There are days, when the darkness is heavy, a week of no light. A self created world she lives and lives alone.
Some come and they go, but no one ever stays. Only because when they lay their hand on her being, she becomes invisible and they cant stay long enough to see her substance, the real her.
She don’t dream, she envisions the good and the bad and in her visions she fights her demons and wins.
Exhausted from the fight, she needs rest, and waits for that one who can fill that gap in her life, this life and who can rise above it all with her, with no questions.
Where are you? She will know when she finds him, when she touches him and they both become one at the crossroads in her death, then with him she will live again…..
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A Man Is Only As Strong As You Allow Him To Be

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If you want to change the world love a man; really love him
Choose the one whose soul calls to yours clearly who sees you; who is brave enough to be afraid
Accept his hand and guide him gently to your hearts blood
Where he can feel your warmth upon him and rest there
And burn his heavy load in your fires
Look into his eyes look deep within and see what lies dormant or awake or shy or expectant there
Look into his eyes and see there his fathers and grandfathers and all the wars and madness their spirits fought in some distant land, some distant time
Look upon their pains and struggles and torments and guilt; without judgment
And let it all go
Feel into his ancestral burden
And know that what he seeks is safe refuge in you
Let him melt in your steady gaze
And know that you need not mirror that rage
Because you have a womb, a sweet, deep gateway to wash and renew old wounds

If you want to change the world love a man, really love him
Sit before him, in the full majesty of your woman in the breath of your vulnerability
In the play of your child innocence in the depths of your death
Flowering invitation, softly yielding, allowing his power as a man
To step forward towards you…and swim in the Earth’s womb, in silent knowing, together
And when he retreats…because he will…flees in fear to his cave…
Gather your grandmothers around you…envelope in their wisdoms
Hear their gentle shusshhhed whispers,
calm your frightened girls’ heart
Urging you to be still…and wait patiently for his return
Sit and sing by his door, a song of remembrance,
that he may be soothed, once more

If you want to change the world, love a man, really love him
Do not coax out his little boy
With guiles and wiles and seduction and trickery
Only to lure him…to a web of destruction
To a place of chaos and hatred
More terrible than any war fought by his brothers
This is not feminine this is revenge
This is the poison of the twisted lines
Of the abuse of the ages, the rape of our world
And this gives no power to woman it reduces her as she cuts off his balls
And it kills us all
And whether his mother held him or could not
Show him the true mother now
Hold him and guide him in your grace and your depth
Smoldering in the center of the Earth’s core
Do not punish him for his wounds that you think don’t meet your needs or criteria
Cry for him sweet rivers
Bleed it all back home

If you want to change the world love a man, really love him
Love him enough to be naked and free
Love him enough to open your body and soul to the cycle of birth and of death
And thank him for the opportunity
As you dance together through the raging winds and silent woods
Be brave enough to be fragile and let him drink in the soft, heady petals of your being
Let him know he can hold you stand up and protect you
Fall back into his arms and trust him to catch you
Even if you’ve been dropped a thousand times before
Teach him how to surrender by surrendering yourself
And merge into the sweet nothing, of this worlds’ heart

If you want to change the world, love a man, really love him
Encourage him, feed him, allow him, hear him, hold him, heal him
And you, in turn, will be nourished and supported and protected
By strong arms and clear thoughts and focused arrows
Because he can, if you let him, be all that you dream

If you want to love a man…love yourself…love your father…Love your brother…your son… your ex-partner…from the first boy you kissed…To the last one you wept over…Give thanks for the gifts…of your unravelling…to this meeting…Of the one who stands before you now….And find in him the seed…to all that’s new and solar…A seed that you can feed…to help direct the planting…To grow a new world, together…..

- Lauren Wilce

Returning To Timeless Innocence Spiritually!

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From May 2013

Originally posted on Snowy:

Spiritually we are timeless!!

So maybe while we are here in our human form, we should embrace each other more often, not only through a hug, but embrace each others uniqueness and be thankful that we have each other to hug, that we have each other to hear voices, to say I love you, I appreciate you, I understand you and I am so thankful to have you in my life…

“It is time to rise above anger, judgement and unhappiness. Celebrate your spirits resurrection! We were innocent from the beginning, we just forgot that we were.” ~Cynthia

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Looking As Young As You Feel

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I have been flattered several times in the past couple weeks, by comments made about how old I am or should I say, how young I look for my age. Two of those people that I know, yet not so personally that they know my age, actually thought I was between 35-39. Then seeing a person I have not seen in about 8 months said I look like I am 25..lol.. I wouldn’t go that young. But it got me thinking of, what am I doing to stay looking young? And I wanted to share my thoughts on that with you,. If they help you , that will make me happy.

1. I quit smoking 3 years ago, after 30 years of smoking. I know smoking was actually sucking the life right out of me. Leaving me feeling tired, looking tired and my skin color was grey, as well as wrinkled.

2. I did not drink a lot of water, I found it made me puffy in the face. But some people can drink more than 2 bottles of water a day and it does not do that to them, for myself 2 bottles of water is plenty.

3. I remove all make-up every night before bed.

4. I use an eye cream around my eyes, every morning and night.

5. Once a month for a week, I use, pure shea butter on my face before bed. If my face is more drier than most days, I will use the shea butter an extra week, at night.

6. Every night , I use a vitamin E face cream, purchased at a dollar store and in the morning use Oil of Olay Facial Lotion w/spf.

7. And last but most importantly, get happy with your life! Do what you need to do. To find some inner peace.

I was never a person who slept a lot, so I can’t say one way or another if that would or could make a difference.

I do not go out and buy the most expensive creams and make-up

I have found since I started do the above, I am able to wear less make-up and go more with the natural look, which is what we all want.. Natural Beauty!

Planning Your Pain.. Be Discipline About Your Life To Survive

I love this women’s sermons. She seems to hit the nail on the head every time I am wondering about something with regards to my own life.
If you’re suffering in any way, being discipline will work wonders. We know what our problems are and now it is time to concentrate on the solutions. Be discipline!