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Spirituality: The Path is the Practice

By Gogo Thule Ngane, Wake Up World

Many hours of my day are filled with immense reflections, observation, mental notes and analysis, and just a whole bunch of thoughts! I blame it on my Aquarian imagination and air sign tendencies. So much of what I observe draws me in deeply.

One thing that has always intrigued me is how people express their love and appreciation for God, the divine, or their spiritual deities in the form of constant spiritual practices centered around devotion and appreciation, or bhakti.

Ceremonies, rituals, and all kinds of spiritual events occur around the world where hundreds of candles are beautifully lit, thousands of flower petals nicely adorned on altars, incenses burn strong and sweetly, prayers and empowering words are said, and fruit or carefully prepared foods and dishes are not eaten but offered as a sign of a follower’s gratitude — all an energetic exchange that says, ‘thank you, i love you’. Continue reading Spirituality: The Path is the Practice

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Service is the Path for This Age

By Steve Beckow, Golden Age of Gaia

All of us Starseeds and other lightworkers, loveholders, and lightholders came from a higher-dimensional reality and agreed to don these dry suits and lumber around in them for a reason.

We came to serve the Divine Mother’s Plan for Gaia’s Ascension.  We’re the civil service in the Mother’s Administration, if you like. We serve her program.

You be the Attorney General and I’ll be the Press Secretary. Continue reading Service is the Path for This Age

2017 – A Return to the Path, A Return to the Sacred

By Dylan Charles, Waking Times

With the dawn of a new year, as we move beyond the winter solstice and the days again begin to grow, reflection on life and events past offers an opportunity for course correction and for re-plotting our purpose on this priceless journey of life.

We are all bound together on this beautiful planet; the good and the wicked, the peaceful and the violent, the rulers and the ruled, the rich and those who toil for their existence. We are one and the same, all of us actors in the ever-intensifying human story taking place in the Matrix. All of us reacting and responding to the illusions of Maya, all of us carried forward by the force and persistence of perceived reality. Continue reading 2017 – A Return to the Path, A Return to the Sacred

The Path of Intuitive Communication

Written by Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness

What I like about The Voice Within is that it doesn’t have to have a specific label or identity. If you look around the new age/channeling community, you’ll see message after message that comes from angels, archangels, extraterrestrials and plenty of other sources, and the number of sources and channelers increases by the day.

I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with this; it just isn’t for me. There are a few channeled sources I enthusiastically follow, but for the most part, I’ve turned my focus on other aspects of our spiritual evolution that I feel are equally worth our attention. Continue reading The Path of Intuitive Communication

Brandon West – Diligent Practice: The Path to Knowledge

Bruce LeeWritten by Brandon West, Contributor for Waking Times, August 9, 2014

Throughout our lives if we take the time to master each new idea that comes powerfully in our lives, each new habit or way of thinking or art or endeavor that we are inspired towards, then, with diligent practice, we will grow magnificently. All that is required is a new perspective of life, and of learning.

Lao Tzu elucidated this concept clearly in the 41st Verse of the Tao Te Ching:

When the best seeker hears of the Tao
he strives with great effort to know it.
When an average seeker hears of the Tao
he thinks of it now and again.
When the poorest seeker hears of the Tao
he laughs out loud.
(Jonathan Star translation)

A great scholar hears of the Tao
and begins diligent practice.
A middling scholar hears of the Tao
and retains some and loses some.
An inferior scholar hears of the Tao
and roars with ridicule.
(Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life)

Continue reading Brandon West – Diligent Practice: The Path to Knowledge

More on Devotion as a Path to Enlightenment – Part 2/2

Written by Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness

Concluded from Part 1

Psalm 91:14-16 displays that Source will be with anyone who expresses love and devotion.

“Because he hath set his love upon me, I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

“He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

“With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.” (1)

I think by ‘long life’ this passage intends to say that love and devotion free us from the karmic cycle, but it could also mean that love naturally makes our physical lives longer. If our love and devotion are turned up so high that we recognize the sacred nature of the physical body, we’ll definitely make a lot of important health choices that’ll ultimately help us live longer. Continue reading More on Devotion as a Path to Enlightenment – Part 2/2

More on Devotion as a Path to Enlightenment – Part 1/2

Written by Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness

Previously, we learned about the qualities of Bhakti Yoga, which is known as the path of devotion, and I’d like to continue discussing devotion here. Personally, I think it’s a very helpful and important divine quality that helps us find Source in a deeper way, and the more committed we are to the spiritual path, the further we’ll naturally go.

Were it not for devotion, the people in our past (and present) who worked hard to awaken and motivate others might not have cared enough to do their work. The various spiritual teachers we’ll here from here were wholly devoted to the spiritual path, and we have a wealth of helpful information to sift through as a result.

If all of humanity were devoted to say, cleaning up and restoring the planet, I think we’d have our Nova Earth in a few short decades. If we were all devoted to finding a higher state of consciousness, the collective vibration would probably be raised to sufficient heights for contact with the Company of Heaven in a few short weeks. Continue reading More on Devotion as a Path to Enlightenment – Part 1/2

Enlighten Yourself: Bhakti Yoga – The Path of Faithful Devotion – Part 2/2

Written by Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness

Concluded from Part 1

According to Richard Rolle, to even come close to enlightenment, we have to feel, undeniably, the flame of love in our hearts.

“No one in this vale of tears is going to attain perfection in the contemplative life overnight. For, first of all, a man’s heart must be set really on fire by the torch of eternal love, so that he feels it burn with love, and he knows his conscience melt with exceptional sweetness.

“Little wonder when a man is first made a true contemplative, and tastes the sweetness and feels the warmth, that he almost dies through excess of love!” (1)

Our minds and hearts have to be exceptionally attuned to spirit before we can act on the greater connections we have the potential to make, and once they are, our drive to find enlightenment and help the rest of creation do the same will be stronger than ever. Continue reading Enlighten Yourself: Bhakti Yoga – The Path of Faithful Devotion – Part 2/2

Enlighten Yourself: Bhakti Yoga – The Path of Faithful Devotion – Part 1/2

Written by Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness

Faith and devotion might seem like purely religious concepts that are irrelevant to the spiritual movement we’re creating and empowering, but in the eyes of some seekers, they’re very important qualities that assist one with knowing themselves as the creator in a deeper and more intimate way.

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being faithfully devoted to Source, and it’s one of many things that helps us feel closer with our creator than we would have if we didn’t offer our full love and devotion.

To have faith in the creator is to have faith in oneself, and we praise ourselves as the creators of our reality when we praise Source. The point of finding enlightenment is to know ourselves in a deeper way while subsequently reaching a higher, more unlimited state of consciousness, and it’ll be easy if we’re devoted to the task.

Here, I’d like to examine one of many unique spiritual paths. This path, known as Bhakti Yoga, leans on faithful, devoted praise as a means to find enlightenment, and my primary reason for discussing it is because I think faith can be and is an important part of reaching a higher state of consciousness. Continue reading Enlighten Yourself: Bhakti Yoga – The Path of Faithful Devotion – Part 1/2

Steve Beckow: Following the Path of Our Nature

MissionWritten by Steve Beckow, The Golden Age of Gaia, July 22, 2014

Krishna, in the Bhagavad-Gita, says something that should be of interest to us and is certainly of interest to me. He said:

All mankind
Is born for perfection
And each shall attain it
Will he but follow
His nature’s duty. (1) Continue reading Steve Beckow: Following the Path of Our Nature