Here is a subject that may be considered way out there to many, but I feel can be one of the most important unknowns for people to get a better grasp of.
Sacrifice is the act of willingly giving up something in order to effect a change for the positive. Some people would picture an alter high up, possibly on a pyramid where human life is extinguished for the greater good of a village, city or civilization,
this has happened in the distant past for many different reasons like for promise of good crops or good weather or lack of natural disasters and the such,
the effects of sacrifice are varied greatly depending on the situation and conditions. Power from a sacrifice varies greatly depending on a lot of factors.
I would like to start with the perfect example of a sacrifice that has affected the greatest good on the planet that I am sure most would agree with, and that is the death of Jesus Christ on the cross,
this is a man that voluntarily gave his life so that everyone could be forgiven their sins. Jesus could have made a confession to not being the son of God and his life may have been spared, he could have denied what he had done to save his own life, but he chose to stick to his guns and help everyone else at his expense.
What made this such a powerful event is that this man was perfect, he was without sin what so ever, in his whole existence he never succumbs to the evil of any sort, he actually had everything to live for but exchanged it all for us to have a chance to be one with his father.
This example would be hard to beat in any circumstance, there is a power in purity, which is why virgins were a prime example of sacrifice subjects, but that is not enough, the subject has to be freely willing to do this or else it would just be considered murder,
also, the reason for the sacrifice would have to be good, it couldn't be for a personal gain or to greatly change the cosmic balance, ideally it would have to be mostly a selfless act, so if the subject was sick and about to die anyway, the power of the act would be diminished.
To suffer or to relinquish a right or liberty does not always have to result in death to affect a good thing to happen especially if it is selfless, Gandhi is a good example of this type of act where a voluntary act of starvation would help free a nation, he was not coerced in doing this, it was completely of his own God-given free will.
I myself have made sacrifices for a good result that would help many people including myself, I was careful not to make it something that would upset a cosmic balance, but it was a ritual that was not exactly fun, and at times was painful, it drew upon the power of the people of our great nation that freely gave their lives in order for us to enjoy the liberties that we have today,
I cannot go into detail as to what it is specifically, and I will explain later why, but it did not directly profit anyone, only their well being.
This now brings me to prayer, prayer is also a great force that has many levels of effectiveness depending on the subject and circumstances. Prayer is somewhat like a sacrifice in the way that it is used,
the most effective types of prayer would have to be totally selfless acts, meaning that praying for someone you know would not be as effective as praying for someone you do not know or even greater if you pray for someone you dislike,
like most people, we pray for our loved ones, and when I say that it is not as effective as praying for someone you dislike, I do not mean to deter anyone from praying for anyone they wish, as all prayer helps,
also prayer is most effective if no one knows that you are praying, also that is not to say that telling someone that you will pray for them is bad, especially if that act would bring comfort to them, but telling other people that you have prayed for so and so will diminish the act as it has just become less selfless,
this is also not to say that praying together in church is bad, but sometimes intention is confused by people thinking that if people see me praying, they will think I am a good person, this would be leaning towards being a selfish act that may end up hurting more than helping.
The most important aspect of prayer is the true intention. Jesus has stated that it is best to go into your closets to pray, let no one know what you do as your heavenly father will always know your deeds and intent.
Also if you intend to include some sort of sacrifice on your behalf such as fasting, take care of yourself and not allow others to recognize what you are doing or have done. These acts should be kept as anonymous and secret as possible,
the exception to this is what Gandhi did, where the action was needed to be known by as many as possible to be most effective. Also letting someone know of the benefits that you gain from fasting is not bad either as it may help them in the future.
Just as acts of compassion like donations to charities, it is not always as easy to stay anonymous in these cases, especially if you are donating large amounts of money, The extremely rich such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffet have vowed to donate at least 50% of their money in their lives or upon their death,
this is a great thing just for the fact that it is a huge amount of money, a majority of people that make donations to whatever, do it also for tax purposes, which I personally would feel that it detracts from the intent of goodness, this is not to say that giving money to any deserving charity is bad, even if you are getting a financial credit for doing so, but there is much to be said about staying anonymous when making donations, especially if you wish to keep this action totally selfless,
as for helping your soul, the 8 richest people in the world have as much money as worlds poorest 50% of people, so when they give away 50% of their 10's of billions of dollars, it isn't a horrific sacrifice as you might imagine,
but none the less it is a good thing that they do, but for us normal people, giving up 50% of our wealth would leave us ruined, so it is a much more powerful deed for us when we make an anonymous donation.
By staying anonymous, it ensures our selflessness and also keeps these charities from selling our names to other charities or even hounding us again and again for even more money,
that is one thing that bothers me and that is when someone makes a donation in my name, I end up being hounded for money from charities I have never heard of,
by making an anonymous donation by money order or certified check, you will ensure some privacy and what's more valuable, by not declaring it on your taxes, it becomes a selfless act which has a more karmic value,
this may be a greater problem if you wish to donate more than $5000 as these amounts tend to be tracked by the government but there are also ways to get around this also, I am sure there are a lot of people that would like to have this problem.
Returning to sacrifice, the ultimate sacrifice that can be made is giving your life to save another, a firefighter that enters a burning building to save others is a noble profession and is usually one that is destined for a person that may have an excess of karmic baggage from their previous lives,
people are normally drawn to professions that they are adept at doing or from ones that their soul will advance from, professions that require unusual amounts of sacrifice or ones that help people are not necessarily ones that should be searched for especially if you don't have a calling for it.
There is truly an innate power in any sort of sacrifice that is not readily seen, I am a firm believer in the Michael Teachings, but I have also noticed that this group of entities either are not aware of these benefits or decide not to touch on this subject at all for it's worth,
it seems our human bodies are just expendable tools which are mostly a means to an end, I believe there is much more than this, I believe it is a great privilege to have our bodies, we may feel and have to go through much pain at times to advance in our quest for enlightenment not exactly by our choice,
but that should not deter from the fact that is we decide to forfeit some of our civil liberties and or put ourselves in uncomfortable or painful situations for the good of others known and or unknown to us by exercising our God-given rights of free will,
those actions of selfless sacrifice should carry some significant weight when combined with the strength of will, some power from the upper planes can be tapped to help the cause of unconditional love to be displayed in the name of God.
There is also the sacrifice of your material beliefs and Desires, the sacrifice of your material things also known as charity is a benefit to you and your soul and to God, getting rid of all of that junk will free you and your soul,
charity of your time is of great value especially if you have karmic debt that needs to be resolved.
There is also the sacrifice of your desires, this is a purely spiritual thing that will give you some spiritual power to advance in your incarnation, stopping eating meat, eating only 2 meals a day and fasting are some basic sacrifices that are made by many,
also, there is the sacrifice of sensual wants and replacing them with spiritual endeavors, such as cutting out television and games to an extent and all of the addictive pleasures that are from false personality such as smoking, drinking, and overeating, celibacy is another sacrifice that brings power to enlightenment.
I personally believe that when I want to fast for any amount of time, I do not just limit my fast to just food, I also include some of my quickly disappearing desires, just for an exercise in the elimination of material desires, I discontinued my subscription to Netflix, in order to decrease my audio/visual desirous options,
I now have been limiting myself to things that are more spiritually enlightening, I have been watching some old episodes of Kung Fu the series as it does give some
tidbits from the wisdom of Lao Tze, but even this is withheld during my fast, mostly I write about enlightenment and read about spiritual subjects to pass my time,
meditation is usually the climax to this activity, hoping to gain a little more knowledge about myself and all there is.
What is and Isn't to be taught here
All that will be taught here will mostly be common sense observations to how life should be lived to it's fullest potential, I may use quotes from certain scriptures and statements from wise intelligent people,
but I will not be approaching any occult beliefs or use any hermetic teachings to confound your minds, it is true that I will approach some hard to grasp beliefs that do need to be pondered as they do affect our lives to some extent,
deities and all-encompassing concepts will be hit upon as they are such a part of the world's beliefs that it would be very difficult to avoid.
There are many sites about positive thinking, and the new age phenomena have crept into today's thoughts and actions so much as it would also be hard to not mention certain aspects of all of these.
I will not teach all that I believe, but I may lead you to explore what may be interesting to you.
Even though hard to grasp subjects will be approached and unbelievable unproven concepts will be presented,
they are mostly for you to ponder, these sites should be valuable to believers and non-believers in anything considered supernatural. Logical opinions about life in general, observations from different points of view and personal opinions will be presented for you to decide it's ultimate worth.
Generally, Mankind is in a sad state, and all of us need to get on the same page of reality in order for there to be peace in the world. I will be presenting my personal belief system and explain how it may work,
all of you reading this have free will, and all of you can believe what you wish, I just hope that your beliefs include letting others have their beliefs also.
My beliefs are basically a bit of all the worlds beliefs, condensed and distilled to a streamlined system that has no great requirements of anyone that are other than mostly common sense, minus the fear and dogma that inflames the emotions of believers in many other religions.
Explanations of how we need to change in order to get along with others on the planet, procedures to allow you to further your exploration of your own mind and body, including explanations of why you feel the way you do and how to remedy certain problems you may have,
it is true that some of these explanations will involve faith in certain beliefs, but the spiritual aspects can be replaced with psychological doctrines that have been developed in the past to make explanations to some more reasonable.
I am a lover of nature and all that is natural on this planet, I recycle, I compost, I grow some of my own food and I feel that I am part of all that is on our planet,
I don't litter and I treat others as I would like to be treated, I feel that I have a moral obligation to all of humanity and for that matter to all of the earth to respect natures balance,
this does not have anything to do with religion or non-religion, It is just a right way of being as far as I perceive it, there are others that are total users of life, there is no regard for nature or our planet,
is it because these sorts of things aren't taught in our schools or is it that our parents that have dropped the ball? when did the awareness become lost?
Having a preoccupation with building a big bankroll, without any concern of whose toes get stepped on or by what means it is attained, seems to be the status quo for some,
taking responsibility for one's actions has been put on the back burner for some, this sort of attitude towards life will keep humanity from evolving to something that our galaxy would be proud of.
Is Life Is Good?
There will be a great deal of you that have come to this site that is well off, life has been good to you organically or of your hard work and efforts, but you have come here because you feel something is lacking in your life,
the success and money just don't seem to be enough, you may be a "young soul" that has been pre-programmed to succeed, and the "material life" agrees with you,
you are well at home with money and or power and building an empire is the thing you are best at.
If you have gone through this site far enough to realize that Cause and Effect or Karma will be a debt that sooner or later will come due,
most likely near the end of your incarnations, but it is not too late to get a jump on those later lives by providing a service to those in need, charitable contributions to worthy causes will help your cosmic spreadsheet towards your future lifetimes.
Coming back to giving, as many of you may be young souls, you may have climbed over a few people to get to the top on a few occasions in your previous lifetimes, this will be the opportune time to start giving back, to start paying for what you may have done previously,
it's one thing to pay for a college education, but it's another to make someone comfortable who will never need to work, you will be robbing them of a character-building experience that will mold them into a better person.
I in no way was a poor person that scraped by day to day just getting by, I was fairly average, but when it came to making much money, it really didn't matter so much to me,
yes, I thought it would be nice to have nice things, but that was just a fantasy to me, I never had any great hardships that some people have, I had the usual normal hardships that everyone will face sooner or later like deaths in the family or events that may set you back at times,
yet I still had some Karma from some previous lives that I had to deal with, being an old soul, this is a normal state of affairs.
I very much appreciated when my Father made me pay rent and pushed my limit to see how self-sufficient I could be, and I actually believe this is a good exercise to give to all children as they grow up.
So life is good for you and you want to make the most of it, just remember how you got where you are.
Yes, it may be true that life is good for you, but should it matter how life is for the rest of humanity? You may see some heart-wrenching thing on TV or the internet and say, oh, that's horrible,
but you, like most people distance yourself from such things, if you are one to be attracted to other peoples distress or misfortune, this should be a habit to lose, your false personality is base and is driven more by primal instincts which we as a civilization has not been necessary for us for thousands of years,
we need a mellow civilization in order to progress, the bloodthirsty attitudes should not go past a friendly team rivalry, competition as a whole tends to perpetuate these sorts of feelings,
it is not at all reasonable to expect humanity to change their competitive ways, but to compete for peaceful things would be a step in the right direction.
How good do you really think that life is? Are all of the things that you have acquired over the years fulfilling all of your needs? you may be a collector of stuff as a hobby, I myself collected coins when I was young,
it seemed logical to me as it could always be spent if needed, but it never filled any voids in my life, and I guess that could be said of all "things" I now put a premium on knowledge especially if it leads to wisdom,
would you believe that you would have a feeling of satisfaction for doing something totally selfless? If you have never done any charity work or community help for nothing more than a thank you, I suggest that you give it a try at least once to see how it feels,
just a temporary shift towards your spiritual side foregoing some of your material aspirations for a while is a positive "life is good" type of move that everyone needs to develop, then you can re-assess how good that couch potato or clubbing life really is.
Do I have a Soul?
This is a quest that we will have to make on our own, to prove that you have a soul is a purely subjective project that has several ways of being accomplished,
on other pages of some of my sites I have revealed how I personally have come in contact with my soul and was aware of its presence for months at a time, this was mostly due to what I had read and what I have learned over many years,
my path was best suited to me as I have always had a spiritual view of life, but was more of an observer than a participant and my route to self-realization was a rather lengthy trip with many detours,
I will attempt to make this much quicker for all of you especially if you are new to this, eventually, there will be a page with links to literature and information that can help the processes,
45 years of seeking, covering many topics are not necessary, but if you wish to reach any state of self-realization a certain train of thought will be needed to allow your mind to become used to a new or different reality.
Becoming familiar with different philosophies and religions is a basic start and also becoming familiar with your inner self is also necessary, so some studies in metaphysics and meditation are important,
you will need to have the ability to relax completely to be successful in many of these ways, there is a simple starting point to a quick meditation by following Prana Breathing and visualization of relaxation techniques which is just another form of meditation that has an explicit goal to realize your soul,
I am not one to recommend doing any sort of drugs, but marijuana, when smoked in a very small amount, has been successful in bringing people to a relaxed state where you would be able to "let go",
I would only recommend this if you have an extremely hard time relaxing, I will not touch on the other drugs that may be used as they are more extreme and really not necessary,
also the use of marijuana should be very rare and not be made into a regular occurrence as it will eventually give more power to your false personality and will dull your mind, besides being illegal in many states, a one time use will stay in your body for a few weeks and will continue to affect you subtly,
for the most part in my experience, a few ancient scriptures and a few enlightening websites completed the bridge for my transition, reading the Upanishads and visiting the "Michael Teachings" website were the last two things that I did before my realization,
it should be understood that I had read hundreds of things over the decades and I already had a belief system in place where these two items just completed what was necessary for me to know to allow the realization to happen,
It may not be the same for everyone and I am positive it is different for everyone, relaxation can be practiced by many forms of meditation, the ability to concentrate is also a plus where yoga is a lot of help,
the other methods are usually not planned as like a near-death experience or extreme trauma, also as for relaxation, quitting coffee, extreme amounts of food and sugar and drinking of alcohol will help in the process as all of these things are of material nature and have false personality backing them,
If realizing that you have a soul was easy, there would be no more war on our planet and also no hunger, this will be a great effort and may not happen for years is ever, but in contrast there have been people that haven't even been trying and have the realization hit them seemingly out of the blue,
and believe me when I say when it happens to you, you will most definitely know it, there will be an extreme clarity and a feeling of not experiencing any of your senses, but knowing all, it may be for only a few seconds or it can be for months or longer,
but at that moment in time, you will have a new priority in life that you will want to pursue. It has also been wondered about if animals and plants have souls, I do not wish to confuse matters by bringing in new players but a brief comment on this I believed is required,
from my studies, I have found that everything has a soul, from a grain of sand to a tomato plant to your house dog or the bird you hear singing each morning, the greatest difference between them and us is karma,
all mineral, plant and animal life runs on instinct and only follows the laws of cause and effect, they are not sentient and do not have much in the way of intellect, they are not plotting and scheming creatures with agendas,
yet they do have basic fundamental soul fragments that experience life in basic survival and observing compacity, a tree may sense something growing under it and feel it as a threat and drop a branch on it or cover it with leaves purely out of instinctive response,
just as animals will protect territories as a matter of survival, being a rock must be as fundamental as you can get, but you need to start somewhere, all of these are good reasons to respect all forms of life and our planet as a whole.
Maybe there should be a good definition of what a soul really is if you are so interested in if you have one, some people see a soul as something impersonal,
just energy that is unexplainable and others think that it is a fragment of God that is on a journey to discover different things, and still, again there is a reasoning that God is supposed to know all that there is to know,
and what would God need from your fragment's experiences, it kind of reminds me of playing a video game all the way through without saving, at first it would be very difficult because it is new and foreign to you,
but after many tries you start to get the idea of what is required of you to make it through successfully, I have also read descriptions that individualize the soul and set it out on its journey to learn as much as possible wherever is possible throughout eternity,
in a sort of training as a God, something like this would have to take many eons because you would have to experience everything, either way, I see my physical body as a temporary abode that is replaced many times during the journey.
What is Karma?
Karma is a sentient version of cause and effect, it is the balancing out of the universe, it is the chief reason for reincarnation. "As ye sow so shall ye reap" There are many people that just do not believe in Karma because it doesn't always balance itself out in the same life as it is acquired,
a wrong may have been perpetrated in some previous lifetime, and the balance is not always made immediately, even the next dozen lifetimes do not always take care of this imbalance, but it will be taken care of, especially at a time when there will be something to be learned in the process.
Karma is being acquired and paid all of the time, let us say for instance when I was a young adolescent punk of a kid, I decided to steal something from a hard working individual that has led a rather pure uneventful life so far,
I broke his car window and stole his CB radio when I was 16 years old, I had no notion of karma then, I just wanted the radio, this individual I took it from now has the great hassle of getting his window repaired and has to buy another radio,
he or she feels that life has dealt them a raw deal at this point of time, but actually, this was balancing out of a transgression of some previous lifetime unbeknownst to them,
I, on the other hand, have just acquired my brand new karma, I actually assumed this victims karma for myself,
yet it didn't have to go that way as I could have been the victim in that previous lifetime, and it could have just been balancing out.
Balance and imbalance doesn't always have to include 2 people, I could have a pebble fly up and break my windshield, equaling some damage that I may have caused many years earlier,
and Karma is not just limited to material things either, bearing false witness is an imbalance that also must be balanced along with the other of the 10 commandments and seven deadly sins,
any undue stress brought upon another individual such as oppressing their free will eventually demand a rebalancing, in the meantime,
when there are causes of massive oppression of large population's free will, there are effects of violence, war, torture, rape, etc. that continue until the imbalance is corrected.
Speaking of free will, the young adolescent individuals that just can't wait to be out on their own and start living their lives without parental supervision, are easy targets for some cause and effect, not to mention some karma acquisition
there is a good reason that the voting age is 18 and why you should stay at home until then when you are under 18, your puberty driven emotions are running amok,
wanting to quit school because you got your girlfriend pregnant at the age of 16, can inject some instant karma into your life that may take a very long time to get over, if ever,
it can unduly generate deadbeat parents which snowball as their children are now the victims of the run amok glands, these are obvious repercussions of not thinking things out at a young inexperienced age,
this is not to say that these things always have to end badly, as I am sure there is some really responsible high school drop out teenage parents out there.
There are many ways to collect karma and there are many ways to pay off karma, even though there is some karma's that cannot be repaid easily or even in just one lifetime.
It has been said that once you have come to the realization of cause and effect and understand that you are a soul living lifetimes over and over collecting and paying karma, the realization of this is enough to end the cycle, but I am not so sure it is that easy,
for one thing, you would have to have faith which is so strong that the belief could not possibly be denied, and you would have to live in such a way as to not do anything that would cause you to acquire any more karma,
you could not escape the cause and effect just by having the knowledge, and I am not absolutely sure that a karmic debt from a previous life can be forgiven no matter what you believe, but I could be wrong, but just having this knowledge will not give you carte blanche if you decide to go on a rampage.
There are also some hermetic beliefs that not only expand Karma but also limits it, it is believed by some that karma is collected in all forms of existence, I would not consider a rock falling off a cliff into some water and splashing onto something and causing it to prematurely rot, Karma,
it would indeed be considered cause and effect, but karma is a conscience result from a conscious action from a sentient being, an animal killing another animal because it violated its territory is an act of nature and is not the result of premeditation,
it is an effect of instinct from a creature of nature and does not acquire any karma, in these sorts of cases, cause and effect are the norms for these sorts of actions, the animal that was killed will not be able to propagate and its population will decrease due to cause and effect and not due to karma.
Karma, unlike cause and effect, may be delayed a few lifetimes before payment is collected or Karma is equalized, but in the case of cause and effect, this is usually addressed on a continuous basis,
without delays for hundreds if not thousands of years, this is not to say that karma doesn't have immediate actions in some cases.
Karma is the sole product of mankind and it's sentient minded free will, it's conscience creation of acts and situations that create imbalances in societies, not only make karma for single persons,
but also for cultures and populations especially when the results can be addressed not only by karma but also cause and effect can amplify results, just look at what we are doing to our planet in the name of greed and power,
something as powerful as a nuclear weapon would prove to be the perfect example of the perfect storm of karma and cause and effect to make an example of our arrogant ignorance in a way that we couldn't help but notice and learn from.
Unlike animals and plants and minerals, the human race has more laws to abide by other than the natural cause and effect rules that govern our planet and universe in general.
Our souls take up this journey on this planet to learn, we all start as infant souls and by trial and error we ascend the ladder of incarnations by testing as many lifestyles as we can endure, after each incarnation we carry with us a little more knowledge and wisdom to the next incarnation,
until eventually, we come to the realization of why we are actually here, we then truly GET IT and finish paying off our karma, we are finally free of debt and go on to our next learning opportunity.
The acquisition of Karma is not the sole reason that we keep incarnating, there are lessons that need to be learned in order for us to evolve, according to the Michael Teachings, a minimum of 35 lives are required before a soul is able to move on,
so even if you do not acquire any karma at all in any of those 35 lives, there will still be things that are needed to be learned and some of those lessons may have to do with acquiring Karma and paying it off,
and also there is the obvious knowledge of having self-realization, if it is not realized what you truly are, you will most definitely come back until it is realized.
How Can I Attain Enlightenment?
Attaining enlightenment is an ongoing process that can take a lifetime, if you have been led here to read this then you have some spiritual guidance that is leading you towards enlightenment, that is not to say that these sites are the final word in enlightenment,
but they are geared towards helping you on the path towards this goal, sites such as these that do not claim to give the final word in attaining enlightenment are a good start, there are many ways to enlightenment,
meditation and lifestyle changes can be involved or you may go out on a mission to help someone or some people for whatever reason, all of our world's religions have different concepts of what might be enlightening,
the Muslims may give special attention to giving charity, where the Hindus would have you venture within for enlightenment, and Buddhists would claim that how you treat people and how you balance your actions is an enlightening experience,
you may only just follow your commandments and stick to the virtues and steer clear of the sins to reach this goal, all of the religions have the right ideas strewn about in their scriptures, yet they are still not necessary to attain enlightenment,
using your free will and intuition will be your greatest allies in this quest, and do not be surprised if there is some sort of sacrifice on your part to get the enlightenment ball rolling,
the giving up of some material aspect of your life can be the trade-off to begin the process, and it will be an on-going process for the rest of your life.
To be sure, you must not go on a specific mission of enlightenment as this will end up being a huge disappointment, enlightenment is not a material thing that can be obtained and especially all at once,
it is gained by an accumulation of wisdom tempered by truth and living your life by what you have learned, as it does not always happen, patience is key, if you are expecting immediate results,
you may be disappointed, reading about what Buddha did before his enlightenment can be a clue to its difficulty, and you may even go through most of your life before achieving an enlightening event or you may even get "late enlightenment" well after your prime years,
there are many factors to consider, most of all don't be in such a hurry, relax and smell the flowers, live and do what you enjoy doing, learn and explore, follow your passions,
relinquish your holds on the material things that enchant you, Be, instead of wanting, Do, instead of needing, sacrifice the material in exchange for the spiritual,
do not anticipate or expect, just enjoy what happens and learn, patience, humility, and love should be your tools, use them wisely