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...]

A World of Hurt that Can Be Changed

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Millions of hurtful interactions are taking place this very second. Arguments, yelling matches, punches, pushes, angry looks, hurtful tones, spiteful words, shouting, put downs, insults, and the endless stream of abusive posts amongst people on the internet. Hurting plays a huge part in our lives. When we did something wrong, our parents punished us. If we drive recklessly, we can get into an accident. If we hold our breath, we suffocate. It’s undeniable that we live in a universe of natural laws and of cause and effect. If it wasn’t like this, then how would we learn? But so often, hurting gets into places … [Read more...]

Om Tat Sat — A Mantra from the Bhagavad Gita

Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva–gods of Hindu mythology–within an OM. This illustration is from a Mahabharata manuscript from 1795.

This week's featured ancient spiritual exercise is a mantra, which we've used to celebrate the summer solstice. However, it can be used as a spiritual practice at any time. The mantra is said to mean that God is above and God is below, and God is everywhere. The aboveness is Tat, the hereness (below) is Sat, and the everywhereness is Om. Mantras are a great and important way to elevate our inner state, and to heighten our spiritual perceptions and yearnings. Original article from AncientSacredKnowledge.com The ancient Hindu text the Bhagavad Gita gives the mantra Om Tat Sat as an exercise. The text … [Read more...]

Tapping into Your Integral Nature — A Taoist Exercise for Experiencing With Greater Consciousness

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The ancient exercise featured for this week comes from the Chinese sage Lao Tzu, and is one about tackling the driving force of the mind, coming out of daydreams (the sleep of perception), and quieting emotions, to allow consciousness within - along with all its perceptions, such as intuition, love, insight and intelligence - to emerge. Original article from AncientSacredKnowledge.com The ancient Taoist text the Hua Hu Ching explains how to tap into one’s integral nature in order to experience consciousness: “
If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will rail into place. This is true because … [Read more...]

Daily Prayers to the Earthly Mother and Heavenly Father from the Essene Gospel of Peace

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This week's featured practice is one of prayer, which is a personal communication with the divine. Below are two prayers from the Essene Gospel of Peace that are especially for communicating with higher spiritual parts of one's own Being. You can read more about them and how they have been symbolized throughout many sacred teachings and cultures here, and also specifically about the female aspect here, commonly known as the spiritual Mother or Mother goddess. Original article from AncientSacredKnowledge.com In the Essene Gospel of Peace, a manuscript attributed to the ancient Essene community, the … [Read more...]

Total View episode: The All-Seeing Eye – Modern Use of a Hijacked Symbol

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What does the US one dollar bill, Sydney’s new year’s eve fireworks, the Tom and Jerry cartoon, and Lady Gaga all have in common?  They all use the symbol of the all-seeing eye. In this episode Jenny Haase chats again with David Percival from The Conscious Reporter. They discuss his latest article which covers the use of the all-seeing eye over the last 200 plus years, where over this time, the once pristine and positive symbol of the all-seeing eye has gained increasingly malevolent use and implications. … [Read more...]

Exploring Awareness through Detachment — Three Quotes from the Bhagavad Gita

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We return to the sacred literature of India this week, and the wise words of Krishna; this time on keeping a detachment from both the hard and happy events of life to maintain an inner peace through all of them. That inner peace comes from consciousness, which is different to the usual emotional responses to events that are either painful or pleasurable. Original article from AncientSacredKnowledge.com The ancient Hindu text the Bhagavad Gita contains several passages describing how to be detached from various inner states, pleasure and pain, and the senses so as to observe them and transcend them and … [Read more...]

The Symbolic Burning of the Knights Templar at the 2014 Grammy Awards

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The performance of the song “Dark Horse” by pop singer Katy Perry at the 2014 Grammy Awards left many in the audience disturbed; it looked like a satanic style ritual, replete with demons, witches, and a giant crystal ball. Yet it was much more than that—it contained a deep occult message, which I’ll break down below. At its crux was the celebration of the burning of the Knights Templar—a famous spiritual order who were said to have an inner Gnostic circle, and who were persecuted out of existence in 1314 by burning at the stake. So why on earth would this event be relived in such a satanic style setting, in a … [Read more...]

Temperance and Self-Control — An Ancient Greek Practice

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This week's featured ancient practice comes from Greece - particularly from the ancient esoteric school of the Pythagoreans. It requires a lot of inner self-discipline and this article by Belsebuub called Don't let yourself be dragged into the pit of others emotions and thoughts is one about putting it into practice. Original article from AncientSacredKnowledge.com Iamblichus, a Greek neoplatonian philosopher and biographer, recorded the following on the practice of temperance and self-control of the Pythagoreans: “With respect to their mind also, they managed to remain uniformly mildly joyful, and not … [Read more...]

Belsebuub’s astral book now available in Chinese

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From the Mystical Life Publications blog A Course in Astral Travel and Dreams ( 一个星体之游及梦课程) by Belsebuub is now available as an eBook in Traditional Chinese, on our website www.Zhikadi.com . We’re really happy to release this eBook after several months of preparation work behind the scenes, to now have it available for the Chinese people all around the world to freely download and share. We hope that the incredible knowledge base that Belsebuub shares and explains in this eBook will provide them with a great resource to explore the wonders of the astral through their own out-of-body explorations. A big … [Read more...]

Learning During Sleep — An Excerpt from the Essene Gospel of Peace

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This week's featured ancient spiritual practice is about using dreams for spiritual learning. Here are some tips that can help to remember any dreams you have. Original article from AncientSacredKnowledge.com The Essene Gospel of Peace is an ancient manuscript attributed to the Essene community. The manuscript is said to have been kept in the secret libraries of the Vatican and a first translation of it was finally made available to the public in 1928. It is divided into four books filled with the customs, practices, and way of life of the Essene brotherhood. The following excerpt is taken from Book … [Read more...]

Total View episode: The All-Seeing Eye – Sacred Origins of a Hijacked Symbol

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In this latest episode of Total View, Jenny Haase interviews David Percival from The Conscious Reporter, on his article The All-Seeing Eye: Sacred Origins of a Hijacked Symbol. Is the all-seeing eye a symbol of divine omniscience or sinister influence? Today it symbolises control and domination by a shadowy elite, but its original use was quite different. This interview traces its use and meaning back to ancient times, when it was a symbol of divine providence, powerfully representing spiritual truth and awakening. … [Read more...]

Silent Pines Retreat and Research Centre Opens Summer Solstice 2015

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Events start at the Silent Pines Retreat summer solstice (June) 2015. It's a retreat and research centre in Ontario, Canada set on 122 acres of pristine wilderness where it's envisioned people will be able to go to research and explore areas such as consciousness, the spiritual wisdom of ancient civilizations, sustainable living, astral projection and out-of-body experiences, making contact with extraterrestrials, the celebration of the solstice and equinox, and more. Work is currently underway to build it using sacred geometry both in the structures and overall layout as was done in ancient sacred sites, … [Read more...]

Mantra Isis — An Ancient Egyptian Exercise

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This week's featured ancient spiritual practice harnesses the power of sound. Mantras have been taught in many sacred texts; they can be used to help train the mind to concentrate, for astral projection, and to stimulate psychic senses. This mantra is described as having the power to drive back a force of darkness. Original article from AncientSacredKnowledge.com A mantra is a meditative chanting exercise that utilizes the power of sound to produce certain psychic effects. The Book of Gates, an ancient Egyptian text dating somewhere from c. 1550 BC to c. 1077 BC, describes the use of the mantra … [Read more...]

A Weekend at a Psychic Workshop

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Continuing with my theme of different psychic and spiritual activities I’ve tried, back in 1988 I went to a two day workshop at the Swansea Psychic Centre in Wales, UK, to explore psychic phenomena. It was mostly attended by old ladies. They had a nice facility with lots of rooms for different talks and activities and it was well presented and organised. Amongst the first of the activities, was one where we had to sit next to a person and describe each others life. The first person (an old lady) and I had nothing to describe about each other - we were blank. The instructor said when you have something in … [Read more...]

Total View episode: Current Media Events and Hints of a Fake Alien Invasion

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In this episode of Total View, host Jenny Haase sits down with Dara Percival, contributor to The Conscious Reporter. They discuss her article Current Media Events and Hints of a Fake Alien Invasion and explore the latest hints in mainstream media that seem to let on a planned impending staged alien invasion of earth, evidence that suggests extraterrestrials are instead peaceful and have an interest in helping humanity, and how people can find out about the existence of ETs and their motives for themselves. … [Read more...]

A new step from the first Mystical Life Publications office, bookshop and studio

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A video from the independent, non-profit publisher of our website and eBooks on what's going to be happening from its first office, bookshop and studio. Original video posted on MysticalLifePublications.org We wanted to take some time to explain the vision and plan for the Mystical Life Publications office and bookshop. It's from here that we'll be bringing you and the world everything we publish on astral projection and out-of-body experiences, ancient knowledge, the best of the world's spiritual practices and information, the issues affecting spirituality today, and the hidden esoteric influences on … [Read more...]

How to Approach Daily Work — Advice from the Bhagavad Gita

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This week's featured exercise is about putting into practice detachment and the waking up of consciousness in the tasks of daily living. Original article from AncientSacredKnowledge.com In the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Hindu text, Krishna provides guidance to the warrior Arjuna on how to approach daily work in a spiritually-minded way. The following passage speaks to concentrating upon what one’s doing and being in self-observation while approaching any work one may do, in order to make the most out of the various tasks to do in daily living. “When work is done as sacred work, unselfishly, with a … [Read more...]