Wishing everyone a very spiritual solstice

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This coming Monday December 22nd is the solstice - a time of year that is deeply symbolic and connected to the journey to enlightenment. In the northern hemisphere, it is the winter solstice, which celebrates the birth of the spiritual force of the Son within. In the southern hemisphere, it is the summer solstice, which celebrates the ascent to the spiritual Father and return to source. The transit of the sun, and the main stages in its annual cycle, held a special significance for ancient cultures who built their megalithic monuments so they were aligned to the sun at these times. These events have been … [Read more...]

Jonestown Massacre: The 9/11 of the War on Alternative Spirituality

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Original article by Matthew Butler of The Conscious Reporter It was the largest death toll of US civilians by human acts until 9/11 , but was it really “mass suicide” or were people murdered? What’s to be made of the spectre of CIA conspiracies looming over Jonestown? This article examines how the Jonestown narrative was manipulated, and the claims of covert government connections to a massacre that fuelled a war against alternative spirituality. On 18 November 1978 more than 900 members of The People’s Temple tragically lost their lives at their religious commune in the jungles of Guyana, in what was … [Read more...]

On the Spiritual Welfare of Others — An Excerpt from the Bhagavad Gita

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This week's featured ancient spiritual practice is one commonly found in sacred texts, and that is caring for the spiritual welfare of others. Original article from AncientSacredKnowledge.com Below is an excerpt from the Hindu text the Bhagavad Gita, one of the books of the Mahabharata, explaining the significance of helping humanity spiritually as part of spiritual practice: “Those seers of truth, whose doubts have been dispelled, devoid of all sins, engaged in self-realization and who are always concerned for the spiritual welfare of all living beings, achieve liberation in the Ultimate Truth.” ~ … [Read more...]

Om Namah Shivaya — Ancient Mantra from the Yajurveda

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This week's featured exercise is a mantra to the Hindu god Shiva that has a deep spiritual meaning. I highly recommend listening to the renditions of this mantra below, which have been beautifully put together by the team at AncientSacredKnowledge.com. Original article from AncientSacredKnowledge.com Om Namah Shivaya is one of the most beloved and ancient Hindu mantras. It comes from part of a Hindu prayer, the Shri Rudram Chamakam,  which is found in the second oldest of the vedic texts, the Yajurveda. It is a hymn to Shiva, the deity of destruction and transformation, and it is said that chanting this … [Read more...]

AncientSacredKnowledge now accepting submissions to expand

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AncientSacredKnowledge.com is a website that showcases the best of the world's ancient spiritual exercises in a practical and easy-to-understand way. It's where the weekly ancient spiritual practices we post here on the site come from. This project is now taking the next big step and expanding to include new areas of research; in addition to spiritual exercises, it will be featuring ancient sites, texts, and mythology from around the world that reveal the timeless and universal spirituality of the Son/sun. Anyone out there who would like to see this wonderful project grow can now be part of the effort to … [Read more...]

Contemplating the Origin of Thought — An Exercise from The Secret of the Golden Flower

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This week's featured ancient spiritual exercise is one of inner reflection for gaining knowledge of oneself, and can help with becoming more aware of our thoughts as we go through the events of daily life. Original article from AncientSacredKnowledge.com The Taoist text The Secret of the Golden Flower gives a meditation exercise for contemplating the origin of thought, which can give insight into the nature of thoughts, where they come from, and how the mind works. Try it for yourself as described in the text as follows: “Only one must not stay sitting rigidly if worldly thoughts come up, but one … [Read more...]

Using Music for Clearer Dreams — An Ancient Greek Practice

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This week's featured ancient exercise adds another practice of the Pythagorean daily program to try. Last week was a morning practice the Pythagoreans used to help with approaching the activities of the day spiritually, whereas this one is for the nightly activity of dreaming, used to approach dreams spiritually. When music is harmonious and has spiritual qualities, it can help the psyche in different ways. In this practice it is used for getting into a more serene, reflective, and spiritual state before going to sleep, and to increase the chances of having spiritual and prophetic dreams. In the outline of … [Read more...]

Plagiarism as a threat to higher knowledge and spiritual awakening

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There's literally hundreds of instances of people plagiarizing our work and many people using it for their own profit. We’ve seen our work on the ancient meaning of the solstices used by sites to run paid holiday solstice retreats, and Mark’s free course on self-knowledge looking to us like it has been repeated as the structure and veiled content of one of the bestselling “spiritual” books of all time. Many others have taken his work on astral travel to create astral projection eBooks for sale and paid courses. Mark’s hugely popular courses, which he wrote from bed whilst seriously ill and in pain, were so … [Read more...]

The Pythagoreans’ Daily Program

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This week's featured exercise comes from the mystical order of the Pythagoreans that was founded by the sage Pythagoras in the 5th century BC in Italy. The description below from a historian offers a glimpse into the daily routine of this dedicated spiritual school (although many centuries after it first began). The exercise is to start the day in a Pythagorean way by taking a quiet solitary walk in the morning somewhere that you feel has a spiritual quality (and that is practical), like a peaceful spot in your garden or a nearby park, before beginning the day's activities. The Pythagoreans used this time to gain … [Read more...]

Holy Stream of Life — An Essene Meditative Visualization Exercise

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This week's featured ancient spiritual exercise is about connecting with the spiritual through nature. It comes from the Essenes, a mystical community who Jesus was said to have spent time with, and who had many practices of connecting with higher spiritual forces and realities through communing with nature. This particular practice is about perceiving "the Holy Stream of Life," which has said to have been seen and felt by some during near-death experiences. It is a flow of life that has its source in higher dimensions, literally giving the force of life to all things in nature, and connecting them together, … [Read more...]