The Power of the Heart and Its Guidance in Life

Recently I returned from a longer trip in South Asia. I wanted it to be a research into sacred sites of peace and power, and their influence on the consciousness and meditation. My intention was also to learn about myself and to get knowledge and wisdom I previously did not have. Spiritually, I found the trip very good, giving me lots of new understanding, situations to learn from, and breakthroughs into my inner work. However, it is beyond the scope of this article to write about what happened. I will only focus on one aspect of it – the role of the heart in that recent journey.

Many of us heard statements such as, ‘Listen to your heart’, or ‘It is important to connect to your heart’, and the like. For a while I didn’t properly understand these sayings, even though I was aware of intuitive hunches having its source in the heart area. It was only later in life, as I continued pursuing the inner work, and later on doing long travels, that I learned what that really means.

Ancient spiritual traditions have said that the heart is the temple of the Divine within us. It is the place where we feel the energy of love. The latter may not be bound to heart only, but it is the source where we feel it, and later, if sufficiently developed, it radiates outwards. The heart is multi-layered, which means that there are different aspects of it in various dimensions. Physical heart is the material aspect, or counterpart, of the heart center. However, this heart center is also present in higher levels. For example, it also exists as a heart center on the astral body, as well as other higher bodies too. In that case, people know it as the heart chakra. Continue reading

Everything passes

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If we do not make an effort, how can we change? The most important thing is not to identify ourselves with external circumstances. Life is like a movie that in fact has a beginning and an end. Different scenes are constantly passing through the screen of the mind. The most serious error within us is to identify ourselves with these scenes. Why? Simply because they pass. They are just scenes of a great movie and in the end they always pass. ~ Samael Aun Weor

Not long ago I have read a transcript of a talk of Samael Aun Weor in which he, among other things, writes about the passing of things in this world. Even though I already have a certain undertanding of how we shouldn’t react to things when we find ourselves in situations that seems endless, I was still touched by his childhood story:

“Our father forbade us from visiting our earthly mother. Nevertheless we were not so ungrateful as to forget her. I used to always escape from my house with a younger brother who would always follow me. We would go for a short visit, then return back home, but my little brother suffered a lot because when we returned he would be very tired and I would have to carry him on my back. While crying he said, ‘when we get home Dad is going to whip us.’ I would say back, ‘Why do you cry? Remember that everything passes.’ Continue reading

Fanatical worship

“Ananda said to the Buddha: “I think there has never been a teacher as great as you, nor will there ever be one as great in the future.”

The Buddha asked: “Have you known all the awakened ones, the buddhas of the past?”

“No, Honored One.”

“And are you able to know all the buddhas of the future?”

“No, Honored One.”

“Then I suppose you do know this awakened one’s mind completely?”

“No, Honored One, I do not even know your mind completely.”

“Then how can you make such a bold statement? It is better to talk what you know than to speculate foolishly.”

– Majjhima Nikaya

There are many  such examples around the world. People seeing there guru/savior/god  as the most developed person that ever existed.  Usually, such blinding viewpoint can hinder a person to get to a knowledge of reality and truth, because they are locking themselves in a very limiting mindset that is ruled by illusion.

Esoteric retreat centre in Scotland

(EDIT: This retreat centre is now closed. I will post if there will be more events in Scotland organized by the same group). I haven’t been on many spiritual retreats, but each time I attended I always gained a great deal of learning. Mostly this learning is related to knowledge of some of my psychological processes and subconscious states.  In general, spiritual retreats are a great way to meet like minded people, start new friendships, get practical insights on practices such as astral projection, meditation etc., and most importantly to gain knowledge about oneself.

Esoteric retreat centre in Scotland is located in Edinburgh’s country side. I have been there around a year ago and have received many benefits by making that journey to Scotland.  The centre is located in an old castle which is being transformed into truly sacred place. There are several rooms dedicated to practices, with the main one on the ground level. A lounge room has a fireplace, and a very nice view on the garden.

It feels like each of those rooms and passageways are charged with superior type of energy. I remember on the first night when we did an astral practice I felt genuine happiness due to high energy of that room. The main meditation room is particularly uplifting room which I find can be of a great help to achieve mystical and meditational states of consciousness. Inspiring spiritual art and nice incense scents are also a big part of the centre.

As the centre is located in the countryside there is a lot of natural areas where retreat attendees can go for walks or just sit outside and enjoy the present moment. Lounge room is a great place to relax, to read some spiritual text or to have some nice dialogues. Overall this description does not do it justice because the retreat centre is a place that can only be properly valued when personally experienced. It’s a spiritual sanctuary that can give strength, learning, understanding and mystical experiences to everyone searching for spiritual change.

Retreats are being held there almost every month. They are free of charge – including food and accommodation. Donations are welcome so that many more people can experience the value of such retreats. For more information about this location and next retreat dates visit http://www.esoteric-retreat-centre.com

The Water We Seek

Not long ago I found one of poem by Rumi which I found to be inspiring and insightful.  It’s called The Water We Seek

The eye or the spirit that focuses on the transient
falls on its face wherever it goes.
Someone who focuses on the distance,
without knowledge, may see far,
but just as we do in a dream.

Asleep on the bank of a river, lips parched,
you dream you are running toward water.
In the distance you see the water of your desire
and, caught by your seeing, you run toward it.

In the dream you boast,
“I am the one whose heart can see through the veils.”
Yet every step carries you further away
toward the perilous mirage.

From the moment you dreamed you set out
you created the distance
from that which had been near to you.
Many set out on a journey
that leads them farther away from their goal.

The intuitive claims of the sleeper are a fantasy.
You, too, are sleepy; But for God’s sake,
if you must sleep, sleep on the Way of God,
and maybe some other seeker on the Way
will awaken you from your fantasies and slumber.

No matter how subtle the sleeper’s thought becomes,
his dreams will not guide him Home.
Whether the sleeper’s thought is twofold or threefold,
it is error multiplying error.

While he dreams of running through the wilderness,

the waves are lapping so near.

While he dreams of the pangs of thirst,

the water is nearer than his jugular vein.

Enlightenment in ancient and modern world

Enlightenment today is a very famous concept.  More and more people in the world are becoming interested in that concept and want to find out what enlightenment entails.  When my interest in spirituality started to grow I didn’t really reflect on that word, or had any real interest to “become enlightened”.  It was just another popular word that was used. After a while I began to take that word more seriously, reflecting on it and trying to find out what it really is, if such thing even exists.

That was when I decided that I will start applying spiritual teachings, after I finished a course that was written by mystic teacher Belzebuub. The course was called “Gnostic Wisdom” and it was about what enlightenment is, what one needs to do to achieve it, as well as about life, death, karma and some other things pertaining to existence.  It was then when I got first concrete information on what enlightenment is. I was glad that the explanation about it was coming from someone who claimed that he actually achieved a concrete stage of enlightenment, rather then reading it in a book by someone who just wrote what he/she heard about it.

In that “Gnostic Wisdom” course, Belzebuub explained that enlightenment is a long process and requires a lot of hard work and complete dedication to that purpose. It is not a moment of realization that makes you enlightened, as it is commonly believed. According to him, one reaches enlightenment by practicing the 3 fundamental keys – elimination of negative inner states, alchemy and helping others spiritually.

By practicing those keys, one starts to walk along the spiritual path that is created and set by higher beings. It is a path of tests, hardships and spiritual rewards. It is an ancient path, known in many different cultures and religions. The Path is divided in three main stages known as mountains, and the first degree of enlightenment is attained when first mountain is finished. However the “ultimate” enlightenment, in the full  meaning of the word is reached when the entire Path is completed.

Belzebuub has been walking along that path for years, and has explained it to others who wish to walk along it. So the things I learned in that “Gnostic Wisdom” course serve as a map. A map set by someone who has gone through it.

Having also read other spiritual texts I realized that information about enlightenment is the same in every sacred texts. Buddha, Krishna, Jesus, Moses, Rumi, Kabir, Gurdjieff etc. etc., all those individuals who are known for being spiritually developed, have explained what enlightenment is in the same way.  All of them have said that enlightenment is about achieving permanent peace, love, bliss and reaching to the Highest, to the Ultimate reality – by inner purification and transformation.

So there is a universal meaning of that very popular concept. It is something very specific and concrete, and those who have reached it have told us and are still telling us that it is a potential that human beings can realize.