What is an aura?
By Michael Smith
depiction of such an aura in religious art usually connotes a person of
particular power or holiness. According to the literature of movements (such as
theosophy, anthroposophy, archeosophy, etc.) each colour of the aura has a precise
meaning, indicating a precise emotional state.
description of the aura and its colours was provided by Charles Leadbeater, a
theosophist of the 19th century. The works of Leadbeater were later developed
by Palamidessi and others. Sceptics such
as Robert Todd Carroll doubt the evidence presented for the perception of
auras, contending that auras may be seen for explainable reasons such as
migraines or synaesthesia.
people see auras as the result of a migraine, epilepsy, a visual system
disorder, or a brain disorder. Eye fatigue can also produce an aura, sometimes
to referred to as ‘eye burn’. W.E.
Butler has connected auras with clairvoyance and etheric, mental, and emotional
classifies aura into two main types: etheric and spiritual. Robert Bruce classifies auras into three
types: etheric, main, and spiritual. Various books have been written that derive
various personality traits based upon the specific colours of the different
layers of the aura. Auras are thought to be related to the etheric subtle body
and to serve as a visual measure of the state of the health of the physical
not thought to be actual light but a translation of other unknown sensory
readings that is added to our visual processing. According to Bruce they are not seen in
complete darkness and cannot be seen unless some portion of the person or
object emitting the aura can also be seen.
of paranormal activity deny claims of the existence of auras, labelling them
pseudoscience. One test, which was
televised, involved an ‘aura’ reader standing on one side of a room with an
opaque partition separating her from a number of slots which might
contain either actual people or mannequins.
reader failed to identify which partitions had which behind them, claiming that
all were concealing people. According to
Bruce’s criteria for the visibility of the aura, this test would have
But are auras real?
By Martin Eisen
antiquity, spiritual adepts have claimed an aura, or a field of subtle,
luminous radiation surrounds a person or object (like the halo of religious
art) that some mystics are capable of observing.
theory, three external Wei Qi fields supposedly surround the body. The
first external energy field extends about one or two inches outside the
body. It is related to the Lower Dan Tian and serves as a holographic
energy template for the body. The second field extends a foot or more
outside the body. It is related to the Middle Dan Tian and the emotional
energy body. The third field extends a few feet to several hundred yards
depending on the person’s spiritual evolution. It is related to the upper
Dan Tian and the spiritual energy body. The dominant colour of the aura
surrounding the Qigong practitioner depends on which of the Dan Tians is
dominant. The most powerful healers are considered to be those in which
the Upper Dan Tian is dominant and the colour will be white. Scientific
research has attempted to find devices that will form pictures of the aura.
1970’s, Dr. Thelma Moss did extensive research in Kirlian photography when she
led the UCLA parapsychology laboratory. One experiment designed to show
the presence of energy fields generated by living entities involved taking
Kirlian contact photographs of a picked leaf at set periods. Its gradual
withering corresponded to a decline in the strength of the aura. However it may simply be that the leaf loses
moisture and becomes less electrically conductive, causing a gradual weakening
of the electric field at the drier edges of the leaf.
late 1980’s, Harry Oldfield developed a scanner which he thought would provide
a real time, moving image of the energy field. His system became known as
Polycontrast Interference Photography (PIP). He speculated that ambient (surrounding) light
would be interfered with by the energy field both when the incident ray
travelled towards the object and when the reflected ray bounced off the object.
To see the
body’s energy field with PIP, ideally the person is in a room with full
spectrum lighting at a controlled output, standing against a white backdrop.
The picture is taken with a digital video camera. A lead from the camera
acts connects it to a computer. The
sophisticated program analyses the different light intensities being reflected
from the person or object being scanned. The computer screen then
displays the end project seen. Harry
Oldfield believes that his PIP can see the energy field from and around the
body in much the same way as people with gifts of vision can. His belief
is based on the fact that some clairvoyants and mystics with their gifts helped
him develop some of the filters in PIP which simulate what they see, including
medical Qigong doctors base their diagnosis and treatment on the aura's
appearance and colours. Aura colours and patterns constantly change
depending on the patient's physical, mental, emotional, energetic, and physical
test for the ability to see auras, the ‘Doorway Test’, has been devised.
A subject with a large aura is behind a wall so that he cannot be seen by the
aura reader. He approaches the doorway and stands so that his shoulders
are at the edge of the doorway and his body is not visible. The reader
attempts to detect the subject’s presence by his aura, which will protrude into
the doorway. Some people, who claimed to
see auras, were only correct in detecting peoples’ presence only a small number
of times, as if they were guessing.
sceptics believe that there is no aura. Rather, the mystic suffers from
synaethesia, especially if the ability is inborn. Synaesthesia is a
condition found in 1 in 2000 people in which stimulation of one sense produces
a response in one or more of the other senses. For example, people with synaesthesia may
experience colours with tastes or smells with sounds. It is
thought to originate in the brain. Some scientists believe it might be
caused by a cross-wiring in the brain, for example, between centres involved in
emotional processing and smell perception. Synaesthesia is known to run
Psychic Aura Readings
By Carolyn Nyman
human being has an energy field that surrounds their body. This is referred to as the aura. In its purest form, the human aura is believed
to be radiating spiritual energy that is unique to every individual. One way to look at the human aura is to
imagine it as a blanket of light that radiates from all of us. Those who can sense auras claim that they can
see luminous impressions of colour that surround the human body. These colours are associated to one's
emotions, present psychological issues, karmic concerns, and most importantly,
one’s spiritual energy.
readers can tell a lot about a person by the aura colours that emanate from
their body. These colours can often
determine specific spiritual or psychological imbalances that need to be
addressed, processed or acknowledged to achieve harmony. In many cases, psychic aura readings
really deal with psychological or emotional issues with the goal being to find
inner balance through the dissipation of inner conflict and turmoil.
important to note that when an aura reader does work on someone else that
whomever they are working on has first allowed them to do so. Otherwise their attempts can be seen as
a psychic intrusion which can sometimes cause conflict. It is important that appropriate boundaries
are set. This creates an environment of
safety for both the aura reader and the person being read.
needs to be said for those who work on your aura if you are the one receiving
the reading. It is important that you
always feel really comfortable with the person you are working with. This is because your aura is connected both to
your energy levels and your emotional state. You need to be careful that you don’t allow
your aura’s field to be penetrated or drained by an individual that you either
do not feel comfortable working with or who does not have the skills to
adequately work with you on an energetic level.
Learn how to see your own aura
aura is a three-dimensional energy field that surrounds the bodies of all
living-beings and things. It extends in
all directions, normally in an elliptical shape around the body. The healthier you are, the further the aura
will extend out from the body.
an era when many people were able to see auras. In paintings of Spiritual leaders like Christ
and the Buddha, we often see golden haloes around their heads. These haloes are nothing but their auras. The
artists and painters of that age were able to see the auras and hence
reproduced them in their artwork.
aura has got nothing ‘paranormal’ about it. It is very normal and one of easiest things to
learn. With some time, practice and
perseverance, anyone can see auras to some degree.
Why do we
need to see auras? Learning to see the
aura can reveal a lot about a person. The colours and intensity of the aura can
tell us what the other person is thinking. Since the aura cannot be faked, the person’s
true nature and intentions become clear as a mirror.
has said that the aura is our spiritual signature. How true! A person with a radiant, clean aura is
spiritually advanced and a person with a dark, murky aura is someone with
unclear intentions. So if we know how to
see and understand the aura, we know whom to befriend and whom to steer away
by reading the aura it is possible to diagnose diseases even before
symptoms become evident. If all doctors
were trained to see the aura, it would be a boon to mankind.
read the Aura
Preparation : Find a place where you can practice undisturbed. Relax your mind by doing some deep-breathing
exercises. Make sure the light in your room is neither too bright nor is it
totally dark. A soft dim light is ideal.
It is also important to have an
open-minded attitude. The belief that
you can see the aura will give you success faster.
1 - See the aura around your hands: The background colour, against
which you will practice viewing the aura, should be preferably black, white or
of your hands out in front of you and gently spread your fingers. Your palm can either be towards you or away
from you. Take a few deep breaths and
relax. Now, here is the trick ... look
at your hand but keep your focus on the background. That is, you do not focus on your hand but you
look beyond, and gaze at the background.
gaze and don’t try too hard. Don’t look
at your hand. Look at the
background beyond your hand. Try
not to blink. In a few moments, you will
see a fuzzy haze around the fingers of your hand. It will be a kind of a glow surrounding your
hands. The colour is generally white,
silver or grey. Congratulations! You have just seen your aura!
will disappear if you focus on your hands, and re-appear if you focus
on the background. You will soon
learn to hold your attention so that you can see the aura for a longer time.
2 - See the aura around your body: With practice it will be very easy to look
at the aura around your hands. Once you
are good at it, you can try to look at the aura of your body. For this experiment, stand in front of a
mirror. It is advisable that you are not
wearing any clothes. Just like the
previous experiment, have a dark or white background behind you.
the mirror and don’t focus on your body. Focus on the background. As you stare past your body, you will very
quickly notice a fuzzy silver or grey outline surrounding your body. This is similar to the aura you saw around
your hands. The aura will appear and
disappear. You have to train your eyes
not to revert to the normal focus. The
trick is to stay de-focused. With
practice you will see it quite prominently and it will stay for a longer time.
3: See the aura around other peoples’ bodies: When you are good at seeing your
own aura, you can train yourself to look at other people’s aura. The process is similar to looking at your own
aura, but this time, you will be not be requiring any mirrors. The person will stand in front of a background
and you look beyond the person, and focus on the background. De-focus your eyes so that you can see his
advanced student: The layers of the aura: If you venture to get deeper into the
subject of aura-reading, you will find more interesting facts about the aura.
see that the aura is made up of several layers. The first layer, called the physical
aura, starts from just above the surface of the skin and tells you about the
physical well-being of the person. The
second layer, called the mental aura tells you about the mental state of the
person. The third, called the spiritual
aura gives you information about the spiritual advancement of the subject. All the three layers overlap each other. Together,
they might extend up to four or five feet from the human body.
colours of the aura: When you advance sufficiently, you will start to see and
distinguish the various colours in the aura. The location of the colour, the
intensity and the shade can tell a great deal about the subject. But it takes
sufficient practice to understand and interpret the colours. Each colour can
tell you something about the subject.
common colours that can be seen are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet,
black, pink, white, silver.
When we were infants, we all could see auras. Most children up to three or four years of age
see auras naturally. If a child doesn’t
like the colour of the aura of a person, they start crying! If they like it, they smile and readily go
into the arms of the person. As we grew,
the materialistic world enslaved us. We
forgot to use our innate abilities to see the aura.
If we want
to re-learn to see the aura, we need to give ourselves some time. We should not expect to become experts
overnight. But have heart! Learning to see the aura is not a mystery. If you have the desire, and really want to see
it, follow the experiments outlined above. And you will see your aura within a few
Developing aura wisdom
By Elizabeth Rose
Once you have practiced
enough to see your own aura, you may be able to read it. The following is a little more information to
assist you in understanding what seeing these fields of light can mean.
You have more than one aura:
People are surrounded by more than one layer of energy. I find that the two energy fields closest to
the body are the most easily viewed by the human eye. The energy fields that are furthest away tend
to be fainter in intensity and colour. That
being said, if you happen to be in a lucid or meditative state, all the aura
colours and layers will intensify and become noticeably more visible, so
much that they will almost jump out at you. When that happens, I can think of no more
beautiful colours than the aura colours. For me, it is like seeing a glimpse of heaven
because you are viewing people’s spirits.
Aura layer 1
Your ‘etheric’ aura is the energy field that is closest to your body. It radiates out about an eighth or a quarter
of an inch. When your body is back-lit
by subdued lighting, the etheric aura appears as a fine highlight or line
around your entire body. It is directly
against your skin.
Aura layer 2
Your ‘main’ aura radiates much further out. It appears like a large oval mist that
surrounds your entire body. Depending
upon your energy level, it expands and contracts, and changes in size. Again, it is best viewed in subdued
The two auras that are closest to your body indicate the personality that you
were born with. Throughout your
lifetime, these aura colours tend to remain relatively consistent. However, as you evolve in consciousness, (i.e.
achieve a higher level of vibration through more heightened spiritual
awareness), your aura colour will change. A purple aura indicates your connection to all
that is spiritual or divine.
Developing your aura through meditation
Time and time again, I keep being reminded of the importance of meditation. When you learn to control your mind through
the discipline of meditation or other practices, something amazing begins to
happen to your aura. The aura clouds
around your body will start to become increasingly dense and defined in shape
and structure. With time and practice,
they will eventually solidify into a solid shape.
You will know a highly evolved mind when you see them because that person’s
aura will have a distinct edge surrounding their main aura. The edge will be so clear that it can be
traced with a pencil.
A particular Lama’s aura colour was indigo. Indigo is the colour of the sixth chakra, the
third eye chakra, the colour of awareness, inner vision, and higher intuition. Years ago, we met a man with an indigo aura. In contrast to the Lama, his aura was
undeveloped and misty, like a cloud around his head. However, the cloud was so dense that I could
barely see his face. Clearly, he was
well-practiced in meditation. When
I inquired if he was intuitive, he described how he regularly ‘walked with the
ascended masters’, the ‘enlightened beings’ who long ago passed from this world
into the non-physical realms of spirit. They were always there to provide him with
guidance and were clearly visible to him. We visited this man at his home and were
surprised when he invited us into his garage. When we stepped through the door, instead of a
vehicle, petrol cans, and clutter, we were confronted by a beautiful and
tranquil spiritual retreat, complete with a rock labyrinth in his garden that
provided a winding spiritual path for his daily walking meditations.
A Tibetan Buddhist Lama that I know has such a mind. Around his head and shoulders, his aura
appears as a large indigo coloured oval, reminiscent of the halos that are
portrayed in countless paintings of Jesus, the saints, and apostles. When I first saw it, it was an amazing gift to
perceive an aura in such a highly developed state. It was something I had never seen this before.
Given the Lama’s more developed indigo aura, one can only guess how much more
aware his mind is, compared to the rest of us. With a mind that is so highly developed and
disciplined, what amazing and wondrous things that Lama must know and see. In his teachings, he described having achieved
a constant state of meditation. Through meditation,
he long ago overcame all fear and achieved a permanent state of clarity and
bliss. What a goal!!!
Are you still coming from a place of fear? What are your goals with respect to your
spiritual development? Perhaps they now
include mastering meditation? Mine
a go at finding the colours in your aura.
Brunson offers an interactive test to help you see.
a vital role player in today’s hectic
By Martin Luther
The history of
meditation is documented more than several thousand years ago and was closely
bound up with the religious background.
It was mainly known and practiced in ancient times by different
religious and spiritual classes. In
Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam, Jainism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and
now even in new age, it had and still has high significance. As in old times meditation was practiced as a
part of religious prayer, now in today’s fast life, it has achieved an entirely
new image and meaning. Nowadays
it’s practiced to calm down, eliminate mental stress and attain bodily
relaxation, at times to improve psychosomatic balance, even sometimes to deal
with illness, or to improve overall health and well-being.
There are varied
techniques of meditating each one helping to heal different health and mental
issues. Some which boost and develop
precision, concentration, positivity whereas some are so intense that they are
said to enlighten inner calm to see the true nature of things around us. By involving in a particular practice you may
learn the habits, strengths and weaknesses of your mind. These peaceful exercises offer a way to
cultivate new, more positive and better ways of living.
Although this practice
is often seen in Eastern cultures and religions, still it appears that
meditation is intensely widespread. It’s
popular among different human classes and age groups. Many living schools and
mind-body centres have introduced meditation as an important part of their
courses and programs. Some take it up in
the course for patience and concentration techniques, some for relaxation and
Scientific and medical
researchers are conducting continued studies to see if proper meditation has
neurological effects. Different modern
scientific methods and instruments are brought into use to see how the body responds
while people meditate and as to what changes are seen after meditating on a
routine basis. Further assessments have
ascertained that more research needs to be done to know the genuine definition
of meditation and its medical usefulness.
Avoiding the above
medical statistic, many individuals and groups associated with the act of
meditation. Highly experienced teachers and gurus are easily accessible around
the world for educating about such relaxation healing and well-being programs.
Hence, to add value to
one’s life and to get steady relief, every individual must practice
meditation. As endurance and persistent
focus on the mental health through it can excavate into deep, peaceful and
energized state of mind.
reading is just one of a whole number of ways a professional reader can give
you a reading.
Psychic reading: myth or reality
By Marina Dee
ability to see different things are beyond the understanding of common people. They inherit some super natural ability that
enables them to understand paranormal happenings. Psychic reading is a special attempt to
collect information using super ability or various other things like touch,
sight, sound, taste or any other instinct. People use these abilities to gather
information about the past, present or future of an individual. During the time of grief when anything is not
happening as per ones wishes than psychics help the grief stricken
people with their special powers. With
their instincts, they can foresee future or the influence of spirits or any
other thing which is preventing an individual from getting successful.
There are various
methods that are used for this purpose. Some of the most prominent are listed
this, the psychics read the effects of distant object of
the cosmology. They, with their super
ability, gather information about the effect of different stars, sun and moon
on the fortunes of an individual. They
try to see the things of the present and future that are happening in one’s
Coffee Cup Reading: This
a widely used technique in which a cup of coffee is used to gather information
about past and future of an individual. In
this technique, the various patterns, shapes and symbols that are made up of
coffee on the cup is interpreted in to meaningful information to get
information about what is going on or what will going to happen in one’s life. It is believed that the upper half of the cup
provides information about the future while the lower half gives information
about the past. The signs or symbols
provide information about the bad or the good luck. This technique is very helpful in offering
information about various factors that are influencing the life of an
Candle Wax Reading: It
is another technique that is widely used by the psychics to gather
paranormal information. The colours of
the flames of the burning candles provide information about the good or bad
fortunes of the individual. The symbols and
signs of the wax also provide information about what is affecting the life of
an individual or what are the reasons that one is not getting happiness,
success and wealth in his/her life. In
this, different flames predict different things. Strong flame is the sign of power and
strength. It ensures that you will be
getting success in the venture while the weak flame shows that luck is against
you and you will surely not succeed in any enterprise. The various patterns of wax also give
information about various events that will be going to take place in near
Photo Reading: It
is another technique that is widely used to collect information about the
present and future of an individual. In
this, psychics give effective solution to set things right after
seeing the photographs of loved ones, individuals or family members.
Dream interpretation: In
terms of science, dream is the semi unconscious condition of the brain. But in terms of psychics, dreams are the
effective tool that provides relevant information about what will be going to
take place in the near future. Many
people can’t understand these dreams but with their super ability,
psychics can easily understand these and give relevant information to
those who seek their support.
Various psychic readers
are rendering their services to set things right in the life of grief stricken
people. Some people believe this science
as mere myth. But, we all never deny the
existence of the Almighty without seeing or touching Him. Same is the case with the existence of
spirits and various other things that tremendously affect the life of
individuals. These are beyond the
understanding of common man. So, one
thing is for sure that only few of us possess the intelligence to foresee and
understand things in a better way than others and psychics are using their
super abilities to bring happiness, wealth, success and joy in the life of
How to spot signs from the universe when life gives them to you
Dr Samantha Sutton
you ever known someone who seemed to have all of the solutions to her
problems? To whom all of the right opportunities and “aha” moments just
seemed to appear? These people are not
“lucky” or “blessed”, and they don’t have some special gene that the rest of
that they might just be better at seeing answers when they present themselves …
which means that you can, too.
an average day, there is more information flying around you than you can
possibly pay attention to: conversations, webpages, people walking down the
street, emails, radio announcements, etc.
sets the ‘magical’ people apart is that their minds can filter through all of
this information to find the tidbits that they need, whereas for the rest of
us, answers just get lost in the noise. (It’s
like those TSA dogs in airports can sniff out contraband in people’s luggage,
amid thousands of sights, smells, and sounds.)
is a four-step guide to train your brain to bring you the answers you seek:
what you want.
is exactly how those TSA dogs are trained: the TSA agent first lets the dog
have a nice long sniff of the contraband so it can know what it smells like.
You have to do the same thing with your dreams. Write down what exactly you’re
looking for, whether it’s:
as much detail as you can.
Revisit your vision daily.
is where most people get stuck. They write their vision and then put it in a
drawer somewhere, instead of in their brains. Read your vision each morning, to
prep your brain for what it needs to look for.
Get emotional about what you want.
know you sometimes wish you would e less emotional about issues in your life. But the
truth is that our brains are wired to respond strongly to things that we feel
make sure that you feel the excitement and joy that would come with your vision
coming true. Wouldn’t it feel amazing to have that job? That partner? That house? Let yourself
get excited about it.
nightly on the clues you found.
career group clients at first were frustrated by this step. “The only thing I
got excited about today was leaving work, Samantha! How is that clue supposed to help me?”
trust me folks, your mind will deliver. Let it get warmed up and you’ll start
to see a whole world unfold. You need to ask it to find you the clues, though,
otherwise it won’t deliver.
four-step process is simple, and probably somewhat obvious. The real power lies
in actually doing it!
answers to your deepest questions will start to surface, in the most bizarre
and unpredictable of places: in a conversation you overhear on the subway, in a
poster you see in the hallway. On one hand, it feels a bit like magic. On the
other, it’s simply your mind knowing what to look for.
answers are you looking for in your life?
steps will you take today to start training your brain to notice them?
Past life regression techniques
By Yael Manor
Past life regression
techniques include different proficiencies such as hypnotic techniques and
non-hypnotic techniques for recalling the past lives. When individuals approach a PLR (past life
regression) therapist, the therapist may use any of the techniques in which
they have obtained certification.
In certain past life regression techniques, therapists perform hypnotism on the
individuals. It includes the condition
in which individuals slip into altered state of mind and consciousness. In this stage, therapists take a particular
subject, which is bothering individuals in their present lives. There are two techniques in hypnotism
Past life regression technique 1:
In this method, therapists take individuals in hypnotism state as described
above. However, in this method,
therapists may create or set up an atmosphere so that individuals go back in
their past lifetime. In this state,
therapists take any particular subject and root it in the mind of individuals
by giving constant prompting.
Therapists inquire about the subject in such a way that individuals reach
relaxation levels. In this state of
sub-consciousness, therapists try to access the past life memories.
After reaching the desired level of consciousness, the subject is then lapsed
gradually to the in-utero stage wherein individuals recall flashes of their
inter-life conditions, and their past lives memories glitter in the awareness
of subject. As a result, individuals
describe those memories verbally.
Cause-effect or karma:
Second type of past life regression techniques in hypnotism includes
cause-effect method. This method follows
the principle of karma (principle of existing, causes and effects). Some therapists believe that, whatever
individuals do in past lives, their effects are directly seen in present lives.
Thus, if people do something good in
their past life, they do not usually encounter problems in their present life.
Therapists consider the birth time, date, and state of the individuals to
obtain information about their past life. In short, an individual’s past creates a
pertinent effect on the present physical, emotional, spiritual or mental
health. For instance, therapists say if
past vows, promises, decisions or thoughts remain unfulfilled, then they may
create adverse effects on the individual's present life.
In non-hypnotic techniques or bridge techniques, intense emotions, words,
visions, phrases or physical sensations may instantly bridge conflicts of the
present life to the past.
Here, individuals automatically slip into consciousness without having to
undergo the formal transition state.
Thus, past life regression techniques help to identify root of problems and
this helps to clear unwarranted fears and overcome present life difficulties.
Past life regression training:
Past life regression training helps people whose memories haunt them. Past lives exist in the memories of
people. When human soul restores to
life, the traumatic memories recreate keeping individuals from living
peacefully. They return to conscious
awareness due to many factors such as depression, anxiety, obsessions,
panic attacks, anger, physical pain that is beyond explanation, nightmare and
Past life regression training offers individuals to look beyond illusions and
confusions of life. It proves beneficial
in bringing about past life healing that resounds in present life.
Past life regression training helps the emotional experiences or unconscious
mind to become conscious completely. Main objective of past life regression
training is to resolve the unconscious scripts based on survival, which affect
negatively on a person's health, lifestyle and behaviour.
Here, regression therapists explore and transform present life memory of
individuals. The body therapy works with
the body patterns. The therapists
interview clients so they recollect past memories.
Past life regression training covers past life of an individual, which includes
covering memories from recent life too. It
resolves the disputes related to past life, which distort an individual’s emotional,
physical and mental well-being in recent life.
The training program goes deep into finding the root cause disturbing an
individual’s life. Past life regression training heals a person from within and
helps to attain emotional, physical and spiritual relief.
Who were you in your past life?
you ready to find out exactly who/what you have been in a past life? Rachael Addine helps with a quiz.
By Ada McKay
ever thought of your life as if it was a voyage on a ship and you are sailing
across the sea to reach your destination. As the popular hymn puts it “We are sailing o’er life’s ocean to a far
and brighter shore.” You embarked on the voyage when you were born into this world
and the day will come when you will disembark because you have reached your
destination in the next world. During
your voyage you will meet many other travellers on the same trip and you will
call at different ports in different countries. Throughout your time on board you will learn
many things and have many different experiences. You will also encounter other ships.
ship you will encounter as you start on your voyage through life is KINSHIP for
we all start life as part of a family group. To have kin, those related to you by blood,
can be a wonderful thing. Sadly these
days, family members become separated and lose touch as everyone follows their
own path in life. This is where the next
ship you encounter on your journey is very important. It is called FRIENDSHIP. Nobody
goes through life without making some friends. This will start in childhood when you have
best friends, chums, schoolmates, with whom you will share interests, secrets
and your innermost thoughts. However as
your sea voyage continues some of your friends will leave the ship at various
stops in the voyage and you will start to make new friendships. Every friendship you make will add to your
experience of life.
ship you will find on your journey is COMPANIONSHIP. This differs a little from friendship as
companionship is more about having the company of one person rather than being
on your own. You may form a special
RELATIONSHIP with one person which may then lead to COURTSHIP and eventually
marriage. For many people companionship
means having a pet dog or cat to keep them company and to take away their
there is one thing we all need on our voyage through life and that is an
occupation and work to earn our living and perhaps support a family. We may find ourselves involved in serving an
APPRENTICESHIP. Perhaps with skilful
hands we may train in CRAFTSMANSHIP or we may attempt SCHOLARSHIP to enter a
profession. In these occupations you may
find yourself one of a team. You may
serve on committees and take a share in running the business or company and, in
such cases you will learn the skills of LEADERSHIP.
ship of life there will be many activities in which you can join outside of
your working life. In these activities
you will find more ships — COMRADESHIP, FELLOWSHIP and by joining in you will
be part of the MEMBERSHIP. SPORTSMANSHIP
may play a large part in your out-of -work activities.
not all the ships you will encounter on your life’s voyage are good ships. Everyone experiences HARDSHIP of one sort or
another in life. You will encounter
sorrow, grief, ill-health and loss of a loved one but it is in overcoming these
hardships that you will become stronger to face the remainder of your journey. As the end of your journey nears look back
over your voyage through life and think of what you have learned from these
different ships you have encountered. Did you participate or did you remain just an
onlooker? Was your life enhanced by
being a member of a club or an organisation? Do you still enjoy friendship, companionship,
fellowship and comradeship with others?
has accompanied you throughout your voyage. The captain of this ship was the one who gave you
life and watched over you throughout your journey. Have you acknowledged through WORSHIP your
very best friend and companion who is waiting to welcome you when you step
ashore at the end of your voyage and enter His Heavenly Kingdom?
By George Rixon
If we look upon this earthly world as a
classroom then we are all pupils learning lessons — the lessons of life. There are so many
different lessons to learn and not all of us are set the same tasks. They are
presented to us in many ways, for example there is the lesson of being alone
and learning how to cope with that loneliness. There are lessons of sadness,
fear, perhaps poverty and hunger. There are also the good lessons to learn such
as happiness, laughter, and love. If we work through these lessons to the best
of our ability then we gain experience for our spiritual progression, and by
learning our lessons, we can help others.
If we have experienced loneliness,
sadness, depression, hunger and fear and won through, then we are more
qualified to help others. We can apply
our understanding and thus help others who are experiencing similar situations.
If we have wealth and power, we have to
learn to use them wisely and well, not selfishly for our own purposes.
We have to learn to replace anger with
love, to erase selfishness and to replace it with giving. If we learn our lessons well, then we can
graduate from this earth, to a more spiritual world that much easier. But those who play truant, refusing to listen
and to learn, thinking only of themselves and brushing all spiritual truths to
one side, will find when they enter the spirit world that they have not
spiritually graduated, and will have to face their lessons all over again. If we open our minds to God and the spirit
teachers, they will help us with our lessons, but they will not do all the work
for us, but guide us in the right direction.
When we enter spirit, God will not
judge us, neither will those in spirit, we have to undertake that task
ourselves. It will be like that of looking into a mirror. We will see how we lived our earthly lives,
and all the good things that we did, and the mistaken ways that we trod. We cannot escape that kind of judgement and
before we can progress any further in a spiritual direction, then all the wrong
things that we did on earth must be put right.
In the spirit world, there are more
lessons to learn, for progression is part of the natural spiritual laws. If you ignored the spiritual lessons that you
had to learn on the earth, then you have missed the opportunity to be able to
express yourself fully as a spiritual person when returning to the world of