Mindfulness

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In our daily lives we exhort our family, friends and colleagues to be mindful of particular things in order not to be ruinous or be disadvantaged in some way.  For example one may caution earnestly by saying: “Please be mindful of the small print in the contract.”  However, mindfulness is broader than that; the term also encapsulates several aspects of being.

There are slight variances of definitions of mindfulness; in this written piece I will use one of the simplistic versions.  Mindfulness is a mental state that is achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations[1].

Mindfulness is used as a therapeutic technique in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) in treating various disorders.  MBCT is said to have the potential to improve one’s well-being, mindfulness, emotional regulation, positive mood and spiritual[2] experience, while reducing stress anxiety and other problems.

However, from a proactive and not reactive approach to well-being, one can learn and practice mindfulness as per the definition in the second paragraph.  Mindfulness meditation is a specific technique that one can use to help develop the capacity for mindfulness[3].  Research shows that the physical health benefits of mindfulness include: an improved immune system, lower blood pressure, and better sleep.

The Mindfulness Meditation Institute informs us that you can also improve your self-esteem through mindfulness meditation[4].  One can practice and be proficient at mindfulness meditation from the comfort of his/her home, and the benefits are worthwhile.

[1]  https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=mindfullness&oq=mindfullness&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.7683j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

https://staroversky.com/blog/applying-mindfulness-based-cognitive-therapy-to-treatment-of-depression

https://www.psychiatry.org/news-room/apa-blogs/apa-blog/2016/06/mindfulness-practices-may-help-treat-many-mental-health-conditions

http://www.mindfulnessmeditationinstitute.org/

Spiritual Intelligence

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Spiritual intelligence is a type of intelligence rooted in higher consciousness, being sensitive on a spiritual level and being discerning.  Spiritual intelligence entails knowing your life purpose, working towards fulfilling it, and working to increase your spiritual intelligence quotient (IQ).

Increasing your spiritual IQ involves expansion of your spiritual awareness, discernment, choices and actions.  Awareness entails being aware of the physical and metaphysical.  Discerning as in having wisdom speaking with wisdom and choosing wisely. Your actions should also be guided by and be able to take spiritual laws into consideration.

By having, using and improving one’s spiritual intelligence, he/she can be said to have a compass that can be used to helpfully navigate their way in existence.  Existence transcends the limitations attributed to a particular time, and goes beyond what is commonly known to us empirically.  Having real knowledge of what exists that is not necessarily physical.

Spiritual intelligence can be sought and further improved by those who are interested in doing so.  One the modes through which we can seek and further improve our spiritual intelligence is meditation.  Meditation aids one in increasing awareness and transcending one’s physical body by journeying to other realms or dimensions.

Some of the resultant feelings soon after meditation are feeling relaxed, refreshed and focused; some might say fired up.  The recurring challenge about spiritual intelligence is to improve it further, which is similar to being much more evolved spiritually.  Those who are highly spiritually evolved also have the challenge of how to reconcile with others who are much less spiritually evolved, in a supportive and loving way.

With spiritual intelligence, one can more ably follow their heart and do what they love doing, do it well, thrive and get a sense of fulfilment of their life purpose.

Emotional and physical dysfunctions

This is an illustration of how some of the emotional and physical dysfunctions in the seven energy centres can present. The dysfunctions can be treated through healing.

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Reference: 

[1]  Simpson, L. (1999) The Book of Chakra Healing London: Gaia Books Limited

Mysteries of God

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God has numerous mysteries which we experience in our daily lives.  When I reflect on the mysteries, I may never fully understand them.  However, I understand and appreciate the divine wisdom in them, and I will now share with you some of my experiences.

One evening in the winter season of 2002, I was in a church in Richmond London as part of my training in healing, we were a class of approximately fifteen including the tutor.  Suddenly, everyone was quiet for a short while, I saw a large figure without wings enter into the high windows of the church, and after a few seconds it spread out a set of wings and flew out of the church.

The mystery was that the size of the being was many times bigger than the space in the window.  Additionally, the being changed forms, having and not having wings, expanding massively and contracting.  Furthermore, only three of us in the group saw this phenomenon.  I tried to tell my class mates, but I could not speak, I was speechless until the being flew out of the church.  This was my first direct encounter of angelic presence.

Somebody once told me: “If you heal, why do you also fall sick like other people?”  This person was very right; my response was that it is a manifestation of God’s mysteries.  I went on to give a similitude that of a doctor, who treats patients but is also susceptible to common colds and flu!

I watched a television programme of faith healing where some individuals walked to the stage where the pastor was healing people.  My guest did not seem convinced; he said if that was true, each and every person in the gathering should have been healed.  I retorted that it was a mystery of God.

In Philosophy of Religion we learn about the problem of evil and the inconsistent triad[1].  The three in the inconsistent triad are:  if he (God) is omnipotent, he could have created a world free from evil and suffering; and if he is all loving he would want to end all evil and suffering; since God is omniscient, he knows how to stop evil and suffering yet they still exist.

My humble understanding and inference is that those are mysteries of God’s divine wisdom, which is beyond human mastery.  Even me, a graduate in two different disciplines practising as a healer is another manifestation of God’s mysteries.

 

Reference

[1]   Jordan, A. Locker, N. & Tate, E. (2004)  The Philosophy of Religion for A Level Cheltenham: Nelson Thornes Ltd.

Learning the Language of Plants

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Several years ago, during one of my travels to Africa doing research about herbs and herbal medicine, one of my teachers and mentors said to me: “do you understand the language of plants?  We shall spend this afternoon communicating with plants and getting some herbs”.  My initial reaction was one of shock, wondering how this could be possible.

It was the first time that I had come across the concept of the language of plants. I then said that I looked forward to that.  We went on a trek into the wilderness, where I could not spot another human being or a dwelling of any sort in the area, just plants; my lesson started.

The lead person in the group said me “look at this tree, it is not a common tree, its leaves have got good medicinal properties”.  He explained in detail what the menial properties were and what they treat.  He then gave me instructions, before plucking or cutting any part of a tree or plant, always request the tree that you can have some of its leaves/part for medicinal purposes, do not just cut or pluck, trees have a type of consciousness.

When you harvest, do not forget to thank the plant that you harvested from.  He then went on to say that the herbs work better when they are harvested this way.  The addition to my learning curve was that there are ethics in harvesting herbs, and that his knowledge had been learnt by these individuals spiritually, not through formal institutional education.  During my formal learning I also learnt a similar thing but from a different source: being ethical with regard to sourcing of herbs.

Several years later, through research text, I came across the concept of The Doctrine of Signatures.  The Doctrine of Signatures[1] means that a plant that looks like a disease, organ or person can heal.  For example, Equisetum arvensis (Horsetail) looks like horse hair, so it is good for hair.  A further example is that snake medicine looks snake-like, the long flower Raceme looks like the spine of a snake.

A sweet potato looks like a pancreas, sweet potatoes[2]help to balance blood sugar.  The cells of our bodies look like onions; onions are good for removing toxic waste from the body.

A walnut looks like a human brain, walnuts a helpful in brain function[3]; Kidney beans look like human kidneys, they heal and help kidney function.

References:

[1]  http://www.naturasophia.com/Signatures.html

[2]  http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/laura-knowles/doctrine-of-signatures-ve_b_1622844.html

[3]   http://www.jcrows.com/signatures.html

Honouring the Two Gifts: Intuition and Ration

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Albert Einstein said that: “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift”.

When you honour the sacred gift and faithful servant, the resultant life experience can be blissful, rich and fulfilling.  The life choices you make can be arrived at intuitively, and within that, ration is a very useful analytical tool.   Furthermore, there will be a cessation of the life of regrets you might have lead in the past.

When you reflect on what I have written in this paragraph, you may arrive at the inference that honouring the two gifts can be a reliable mechanism for avoiding a good number of adverse states of being.  States like, situational: stress, pain, and environments that do not facilitate or foster your growth and well-being.  The situations mentioned here can impede the achievement of one’s goals due to his/her prolonged preoccupation with remedial measures or rectification of the disadvantage he/she incurred.

Very often, the pre-cursors to extricating ourselves from unwelcome and uncomfortable situations and environments lies in making use of the intuitive mind and the rational mind, which complement each other and should not mutually exclusive.

I watched a professor giving a public speech at a foreign conference.  The professor upbraided a particular category of officials who were thought to be contextually honest, and the professor seemed to suggest remedial steps that needed to be taken.

I could not judge the officials in question neither did I know their circumstances.  However, from my perspective as a healer and one who is into spirituality, this left me thinking that in whatever circumstances we find ourselves in, the use of intuition is very helpful and a sacred gift indeed.

 May any failures incurred be a source of inspiration to do better; despair should not be an option.

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Time in Nature for body, mind and spirit revitalization

Intuition can transform your state of being, if you trust and follow the positive intuitive message, and I attest to this as very true.  I was doing some research at home and the intuitive message was “stop, go and spend some time in nature”.  I got my bike and off I went to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, where I met some very cheerful people.   I then went to Richmond Park; again I met very cheerful people.  I got back recharged, with new ideas about what I was doing, flowing with better clarity and focus.  The trip evoked memories of one of my former tutors, who used to visit the park, and taught about trees, energy and grounding.

Scientifically, there are several reasons cited as to why it is beneficial to spend time in nature.  Preliminary [1]studies suggested that spending time in nature, particularly in forests, may stimulate the production of anti-cancer proteins.  Additionally, sharper thinking and creativity are benefits that can be derived from spending time in nature.

Exposure[2] to nature makes you feel better emotionally, contributes to your physical wellbeing, reduces blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.  There are various reasons why some people may not be able to regularly spend time in nature; however, if one can he/she should, because the benefits are worthwhile.

People these days spend 25% less time enjoying nature than people did about 20 years ago[3].  Spending all day indoors creates a void in benefiting from the restorative power of nature.  Nature exhilarates our bodies minds and spirits.

The most visible manifestation of spirit is nature[4], where we interact with life’s primal energies: earth, water, fire, and air.  Education research[5] informs us that people who hold spiritual beliefs have better mental health, and this is recognised by mental health care practitioners.  Therefore from a spiritual perspective, I believe that spending time in nature is revitalizing, it is also pertinence to spirituality.

References:

[1]  http://uk.businessinsider.com/scientific-benefits-of-nature-outdoors-2016-4?r=US&IR=T

[2]  http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/enhance-your-wellbeing/environment/nature-and-us/how-does-nature-impact-our-wellbeing

[3]   https://michaelhyatt.com/nature-going-outdoors.html

[4]   http://ahha.org/selfhelp-articles/spiritual-health/

[5]   http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/treatmentswellbeing/spirituality.aspx