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...]

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...]