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May 5, 2012 Edition
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SPECIAL AWARENESS ZONE

It's In Our Hands

INTRODUCTION TO AWARENESS
Mind ... Intuition ... Meditation

What is the connection between Mind, Intuition and Meditation?

Meditation is the relaxation of the mind and body letting certain parts of the mind outline intercommunications between soul, mind and body and acheive the desired affect or result.

So, to better comprehend the methods of meditation, you need to first understand how the mind generally works. The mind is the tie between humans and the place they dwell. It is the learning center from which man gathers information, therefore learning to see, feel, think, and in all areas of life which confine the simple exchange of ideas between the self and the world. Since, it's more than just the physical realm and well connected into the spiritual world.

Most likely, one of the most basic forms (and easiest to understand) is to use the example intuition: You know or you think of a certain person just before they call on the phone, Or feel a sense of anticipation and just know someone is going to be knocking on your door soon, or a sudden feeling of urgency comes over you that someone close to needs help and you somehow call just in time. This is called intuition and it is the psychic ability we all have. On some unexplainable level it is the mind of one communicating with the mind of another.

It gets a little strange at this paradox. So this is where we try to make it more understandable and delve into some of the meanings of the complex mind. We should start by looking at the mind as three levels of "being" ... the Conscious Mind, the Subconscious Mind, and the Superconscious Mind.

It is when these three levels get together that wonderful possiblities open up and anything can be accomplished. Philosophers eons ago knew of the mind and that there were no limits of the mind's potential. We, however, are just learning this and are just starting to dip into this phenomenonally large universal knowledge and assistance. Together, with each issue of SOUL SOOTHERS, we reach that understanding and awareness!
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WISDOM
"To acquire knowledge, we must study ...
To acquire wisdom, we must observe."
the Center of Light & Serenity

Angels Onlinee
Author Unknown

There's a land where I go when I need to share
That's not on a map, yet exists everywhere.
A land of names without faces, a curious place
A modern creation that's called cyberspace.

There's all sorts of people with cute little names
Like Pookie, and Sandman and Rosebud and Flames.
Some are just snobs and some are real fun.
And some of them just want to find someone.

But both good and bad, they all play a role.
Still each one unique, but part of the whole.
We talk and laugh and wonder why.
We flirt and hug and sometimes cry.

We can't be heard and can't be seen.
Yet, there it is, right on our screen.
But all in all, the most curious part
Is the power it has to open our heart.

To share with a stranger those things we've concealed
Which to our closest of friends, we'd never reveal.
Our deepest regrets and most troubling fears
The scars in our life which bring us to tears.

What gives them the power to reach into me
and show me the truths that I never see.
How do they manage to open my eyes
And make me confess the deceit and the lies.

I don't understand this magical spell.
But know that without it my life would be hell.
This must have been planned by the Creator above.
Cause there's no place on Earth where you'll find as much love.

When I need direction, I know I can find
those angels from heaven just waiting online.
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THE THREE "Rs"
Respect for self ...
Respect for others ...
Responsibility for all your actions.
the Center of Light & Serenity
1992 Re-Visited

~ by Michael Bonamassa, Sr.

We started the Center of Light & Serenity in 1992, and if you would return to our web site topic "About Us", you will see where we first mentioned about the year 2012 ... a very long time, if you will, from the year we find ourselves in now. I bring this up because what we said at that time is as true today as it ever was. I thought you would find it as interesting as I did to see what we said back then and where we are today. Here's what we said:

We are all sleepwalking through this experience we call life. Our only purpose here is to become aware of this state of illusion in which we live our daily lives. It is only in this state of awareness that our life takes on it's true dimension. To become "awakened" in life is to shed all of our preconceived ideas of what our experiences mean and allow them to take on a new meaning based on who we really are ... instead of what we've all been programmed to be. "How do we do this?" you ask. We do this through spiritual growth ... by getting on the path to awareness!

Let me explain what is meant by this. There is a 26,000 years cycle of human evolution and our sojourn on the plane of duality draws to a close at the end of the year 2012 ... a journey that will elevate us from the darkness of materialism back into Light.

Around us is a planetary society that is collapsing to make room for the new. Every segment of our existing world will be transformed. Nothing will be the same because we will no longer reside on the plane of duality we know as the 3rd dimension ... that is, if we so choose.

As part of our soul contract upon incarnating on this physical plane of the Universe, we all chose to advance spiritually by living on a dimension in which we must learn to overcome darkness and return back to light. Why? Living on the plane of duality offered us the opportunity to evolve spiritually more rapidly than we could have if we had chosen to remain on the higher plane of Love and Light ... the Realm of the Absolute. For that reason, many of us chose to incarnate on the physical plane guided by the Law of Duality.

However, in order to focus on the plane of duality, we had to live under a veil of forgetfulness to our all-knowingness and conscious memories of the dimensions of Light. It is this veil of forgetfulness that also causes us to believe that we are separate from each other ... it's called the Ego. What this also means is, symbolically, we chose to leave that which we refer to as Heaven to experience the world of duality. Since then, Earth has been our classroom, so to speak. Before leaving the plane of duality, we need to understand how our history has unfolded. We must examine our lives to determine how well we have learned our 3rd dimensional lessons. This year, 2012, marks exam time to determine whether or not we are ready for graduation.

Know that we grade our own test paper ... no one judges us. There is no punishment, except the knowing that we failed ourselves ... if, in fact, we did. Exam time is between us and our Soul. The prerequisite to ascending to that of the 5th dimension and higher planes is that no negativity can accompany us there where the Law of Duality along with the time and space continuum does not apply.

It is during this year that we will experience the trauma of learning that life on 3rd dimension has not been what it seemed. We have lived in a matrix of falsities and accepted them as the way life is. We did so because we have descended so deeply into materialism that we presently use only 5% of our DNA and call the rest of our DNA strand junk DNA. We habitually use only 10% of our brain power. This means that humanity possesses a very constricted concept of who we really are. As a result, much information has been withheld from us for thousands of years in order to render us compliant to the control and power of a few. Humanity has therefore been enslaved in a variety of very subtle ways, most of which we are totally unaware.

For this reason, exam time during 2012 will consist largely of how we respond to the massive unveiling of lies that presently is, and will in the coming months and years, take place. Once more, we stand at the gates of Heaven. Do we qualify to re-enter those gates and return to higher dimensions where we live in only Light and Love? In order to do so, we must forgive and release all that is not of Love. Until we awaken to the realization of the complete content of the matrix of false beliefs in which we have lived on the plane of duality, we cannot know how difficult forgiving all persons may be. This will be our graduate examination. Are we ready to forgive and release the past ... even though such falsities may have caused us great pain ... so that we can rise to the reality of Truth? If so, please read on to the steps that we need to follow to change the attitudes which are necessary to change these false beliefs.

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LOVE
"Birds cannot fly without opening their wings,
and neither can we love without opening our hearts"
the Center of Light & Serenity

ON THE PATH
with the Center of Light & Serenity
Steps To Achieve Change

Step 1. WILLINGNESS:

A smoker does not quit smoking until he reaches that point where he is willing to put down that next cigarette and do whatever it takes to stop him from picking up another. An alcoholic does not quit drinking until he is willing to put down that drink and do whatever is necessary so that he will not want to pick up another. In order to start the process of spiritual growth, you must first be willing to go through whatever is necessary to change that which is moving you away from unconditional love and move you in the opposite direction. In short, the first step is a "willingness" to do whatever it takes to grow spiritually ... to change that attitude that is leading you in the direction away form unconditional love. If your pain still isn't that great, don't wait for it to get worse ... and it will ... before you take positive action.

You notice that every time you are in a certain kind of situation, and respond in your normal way, the outcome is consistent but not to your liking. You experience some kind of dissatisfaction with how a particular type of thing continually seems to work out. You don't like it and want to change it, but you are afraid of changing anything in your attitudes because the result is unknown and therefore scary. After a continuation of unpleasant experiences in this same area, you eventually get to the point where you will do anything to change this pattern of events that causes you so much pain and unhappiness. In order to be able to make your first attitude change, it is usually necessary to get to the point where you are willing to go through whatever it takes to change this thing. If you are not yet at that point, you will not have what it takes to complete the change. This is the first step in making changes.

Step 2. WATCHFULNESS:

This step is about being "watchful" (mindful) of your thoughts. It's about taking action to identify what attitude you need to change. You do this by looking at the cause-and-effect pattern of the thoughts that come up time and again that you dislike so much, and you ask yourself why this pattern happens. You will get at least some possible answers. You will probably find only partial answers at first, so then you simply need to keep asking why until you get to a place where there are no more why's to ask. It is at this point that you will have what you might consider the most likely answer. In other words, this is the point when you will discover what you have to do in terms of changing your mental attitude. This process of "watchfulness" and searching for the answer "why" takes effort and can be emotionally draining and painful in itself, and this is the reason that you have to want the change very badly. Going back to what I said in step 1, if you don't want the change badly enough, you simply won't make it through this part of the process. This is the second and most difficult step in making changes.

Step 3. VISUALIZATION:

After getting through steps 1 and 2, it's time for you to decide if you will now put out the effort to change to the new attitude. It's important that you understand that you should try at least long enough to see the difference in the results it produces. It follows then, that you must plant this new mental attitude firmly in your mind by focusing on it as deeply as possible and with as much emotion so that you can actually feel the freedom and peace that it has to offer you. Take the time to practice visualizing going through situations which would have normally provoked your response of your old attitude and see yourself in your mind's eye experiencing the different many pleasant effects that will result ... visualizing a feeling of total peace and contentment instead of pain and disgust.

It is through this visualization that you will see and clearly feel the different results that your new attitude will bring and thus, it will manifest, providing that concrete evidence that you need to fully commit yourself to further change. Perform these visualization exercises daily; especially when the ego comes in to try to convince you to revert back to the old attitude, because this indeed will happen and in many cases, as the ego begins to feel loss of control, such thoughts will become more and more subtle and insidious ... anything to regain its control. Do this until the new attitude is firmly in place as the normal response mechanism.

Step 4. EFFORT:

The fourth and final step in the process is "effort." Effort is required all through this process. Your efforts first of all to become willing to change ... your efforts to be "watchful" of your thought pattern ... your efforts to manifest the greatest rewards through the tool of visualization ... and finally, your overall effort to use the new attitude at every opportunity. It is when you do this that you will notice and feel the difference in the results pattern from the old attitude to the new. Remember, it's your efforts here that produce the greatest feedback and rewards that we discussed earlier. After a few weeks of applying your new found attitude, it will become like a habit and will kick in automatically ... no longer requiring any conscious effort by you.

It's important to understand that the true value of anything is in the effort that goes into getting it. The things that come easy are usually of little value. It's what we put into it that determines the quality of the results ... and remember, the happiest people are not those who always get their way, but rather those who make the most of what they've been handed.

Happy Journey!
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CONSCIOUSNESS
"The healing fire that has griped us as individuals is also at
work everywhere on the planet, human beings are being compelled
by a force much greater than ourselves to heal ourselves, our
cultures, our environment ... in short, to become a conscious species."
-- Carolyn Myss

SPIRITUAL INSIGHT
(a channeled vignette)

The Universal Laws & All That Is

There are two very simple questions which, once you get their answers, can change your life dramatically for the better. Why? Because these two questions relate to absolutely everything that you experience and create in your life.

Everything in this universe is guided by these universal laws that never err ... ever. To be in the flow ... to live in harmony and be in balance with these laws ... leads you to being abundant in all things. Such harmony results in effortless well-being and prosperity, simply because you would be riding the currents that build and maintain all creation. The two questions are:

1. What are Universal laws?

2. Why are there Universal laws?

Once you have the answer, you will begin to see how dramatically your life can be empowered by your new insight, so let's look at the answer to these questions.

To begin to understand it all, you must consider why the universe exists in the first place. The reason behind the creation of creation can be summarized as follows ... In the absence of that which is not, That Which Is is not. In other words, and if you can assume for a moment that there was a "beginning," the Creator, the Original Source, All That Is, or whatever you refer to as God, was all that there was ... there was nothing else. Now that presented a problem.

This Infinite Being knew itself to be all powerful and infinite, but without something to compare itself against, so to speak, there was no way of experiencing that infinity and power. It lived in a 'realm of the absolute', where the act of comparison, and therefore experience, is impossible, for you need something to experience against for experience to occur. In other words, one needs to understand "what isn't" before one can understand "what is." So God possessed "Knowing," but needed "Experience" to complete "Being." It's like when you were children and your parents taught you and would point and say about a hot surface ... "Now don't you touch that because it is "hot" and you will get burned (hurt)." Now you were given the knowledge that this surface was "hot" and could cause you "harm", but you really didn't understand what that meant until you "touched" the surface ... and experienced it.

Thus, the solution was therefore for God to individuate Itself (because this Infinite Being is genderless) into seemingly separate life-forms so that each of these life forms could experience itself in relation to the others. Hence, the "Law of Relativity" and experience was born out of that desire of the Supreme Being to Know Itself. When we say ‘God is everywhere’, this statement has more literal meaning than you imagine. Literally, everything is an extension of that Original Force ... an expression of an aspect of It All. It creates by extending Itself, ensuring that all creation is in the image and likeness of Itself. And this is where the universal laws come in.

Now you see that the primary purpose of creation was for Life to experience Itself ... for You to experience Yourself. If you watch the cycle of creation closely, you will notice that it follows this birth-life-death cycle ... from the unified non-physical, to the individuated non-physical, to the individuated physical, to the individuated non-physical, to the unified non-physical. Through this process, a Being comes to know Itself by materializing knowingness (thought), then experiencing that thought and its effect, then testing, choosing and converting that knowing from experience into being. For example, as in the above example, if you have never experienced happiness and I told you that being happy feels great, you would know in your mind what I mean, conceptually, but you wouldn’t really complete that knowledge without first experiencing happiness and becoming (being) happy.

God had to ensure that this cycle completes itself automatically and serves each purpose, without ever making a mistake. In other words, the laws were built to (1) glue the system together through all those transitions and (2) ensure that the knowing-experiencing-being system of evolution, growth and learning works perfectly with predictable results so that all Its Children of all forms may get to grow and Know Themselves as extensions of the Original without fail ... no matter how long it took ... and to do so within a system or another law if you will ... the Law of Free Will.

To put it in another way, a Universal Law is a bond that connects all experience so as to achieve total knowing. Let's now look at some of these laws and see specifically how they apply.

Before we start, it is important to know that these laws do not punish you for breaking them ... they cannot be broken ... suffering simply comes up when you try to ride against them. It is amazing how much time and effort can be saved by flowing along with them. You literally collapse time when you are in the flow.

Law of Gratitude - You have heard it many times that an attitude of gratitude has the power to get you realizing your dreams at record speed. Why? Because gratitude completes the cycle of knowing. Remember, you cannot know what is, without knowing what it is not. What you like and what you hate are two ends of the same thing. For example, if you like being with your spouses and hate being separated from them, realize that you are working within the same essence, which is your spouse. It is because of the moments of absence that you appreciate and recognize the moments of presence. When you are grateful for both what you like and what you don’t like, you complete the knowingness and you are released from having to experience what you don’t like.

This cannot be explained logically, but some very significant shifts occur in our mind and soul (and you can feel this releasing shift) whenever you are genuinely grateful for ALL things, even the ones you don’t like. Gratitude will speed you through your growth and success more than any amount of hard work ever can. Gratitude completes the lesson, and as a statement of completion rings that tone of success, pulling to you the end result desired. Another way to put it is that you cannot leave a situation permanently, unless you appreciate the gifts it brings to you, and all situations bring a gift, no matter how terrible the situation may appear to be. This law ensures that you will always complete your knowing and embrace All That Is before moving on.

Law of Attraction - This law states that you attract whatever you focus your attention on. The point of this law is to establish the creative power of thought. Whatever you put in your conscious or subconscious mind, you attract into your experience. This law is very much tied to the Law of Cause and Effect... what you sow is what you shall reap. It is the law that establishes you as a being made in the image and likeness of the Creator, with a mind that possesses the same creative properties ... the Law of Creativity. Before you learn that you indeed have this power, your mind will wonder and raise many thoughts, some of which conflict and attack you. At this level, things such as doubt and preferences exist, for you do not think you are responsible and powerful enough to be the creator of your reality. As you become watchful of your thoughts and begin to see the link between your thoughts and your experiences, you become a deliberate thinker, and you no longer think negative, doubt, or even have preferences. Finally, you create purely by the extension of your thought without doubt or conflict. This law ensures that one way or another, you will get to that point.

The Law of Cause and Effect is the Law of Life. It simply shows you that you are an active part of All That Is ... that your will has effect. As you grow spiritually, you then begin to connect your thoughts, words and actions with your reality. This leads to responsibility and increased power and care. This law ensures that through this process you come to eventually know yourself as a sovereign creator. It is a gentle law that lets you build your own evidence, for whatever you believe, you will experience and see as truth, until the day you step aside and notice this link. It is at this point that you become a deliberate creator.

Law of Love - Love is the building block of all things. Love is energy. Love is not just some mushy feeling. It is energy ... just like your thoughts ... the actual building material of all things. It is an actual substance. In fact, it is the only substance that exists and therefore very powerful ... taking on the appearance of many forms. Love is also acceptance. It is acknowledging that All Things Are One. This is acceptance. The law of love ensures that you see this truth. You cannot leave an experience permanently, unless you exit with love and acceptance. That is why people tend to keep repeating the same types of experiences until the day they stop hating and fighting it, and instead embrace it with love and see what the situation holds for them, and heal it with love. This could be a money, health, relationship or any other issue. It doesn’t matter. You cannot leave a situation permanently until you exit it with love. You can't permanently get rid of what you hate ... you can only leave it or transform it through love. This law ensures that you recognize the truth of unity and drop the illusions of separation.

Do you now clearly see how these laws work and how your life can be so much more effortless and prosperous simply by flowing with the Universal Laws? Why resist what you can't break? ... just flow with it! Resistance creates time ... acceptance creates miracles. The Law of Resistance ... what you resist, persists.
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A Special Blessing to You and Yours ...
Until next week ...
These things, we warmly wish for you-

May you have a sunbeam to warm you,
Have a moonbeam to charm you,
And a sheltering angel so nothing can harm you..

Love and Light,
Mike & Sandy
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