Auras can describe a person better than outspoken words, and affect the surroundings too. They are greatly influenced by external vibrations and negative energies. So purifying our auras with a good cleansing is essential for our well-being.
Here are 6 simple tips on aura cleansing that will enable an emotionally, mentally, and spiritually stable environment around you.
1. Comb The Aura
Combing the surrounding aura will help cleanse it. Given here is just one of the many ways to comb your aura:
- Wash and dry your hands thoroughly.
- Using your fingers as a comb, comb through the space surrounding your body, starting at your head and continuing downward to the toes.
- Afterward, clean your hands with running water allowing all picked-up energies to be washed away.
2. Take A Shower
Any effects on the aura attach themselves to the physical body. This is a brilliant technique of visualizing the expulsion of bad energies through a shower:
- Stand under an outdoor waterfall or indoor shower.
- Allow the water to flow generously over every inch of your body: head, face, arms, torso, legs, and feet.
- As you watch the water disappear down the drain or disperse away from your feet, breathe freely and imagine your bad aura moving away from your mind along with the water.
3. Wind And Play
Running/playing freely helps both our mind and body loosen up and de-stress. This helps remove any negativities stuck to us.
- Free your mind, and shake out any grungies that are clinging to your auric field by running freely and playfully in the wind.
- Go ahead, stretch your arms outward and give your body a spin on the grassy lawn or meadow.
4. Whisk The Aura With Feathers
Moving a feather through our surrounding aura disturbs the negative energies and dispels them.
- Using a single feather or feather whisk make sweeping motions through the space surrounding your body.
- Begin at your feet and work upward, like a bird flying from the ground to the top of a tree.
- Ask a friend to assist by sweeping your backside or any areas around your physical being that you cannot reach easily.
5. Smudge The Aura
Healthy, organic aromas can help clear up your mind and expel negative energies from the surrounding environment.
- Smudge the area surrounding your body with smoke from sage, lavender, sweetgrass, or other smudging herbs.
- You can also gently breathe in some of the smudged air (not recommended for asthmatic individuals).
6. Take A Saltwater Soak
While toxic energies tend to easily stick to our skin, the same skin is also an easy gateway to remove the toxicities.
- Treat your auric field and physical body by soaking in a steaming tub of water with epsom salt or a sea salt bath treatment.
- Choose from a variety of unscented or scented bath salt products.
- Eucalyptus is wonderful for cleansing the sinuses or discharging fluish ickies.
- A lavender sea salt bath cleanses and calms body and spirit.
- Unscented is the best for scent-sensitives.
[An interesting article. However, I take issue with calling it the “World’s Oldest Religion”. The Assyrian, Babylonian and Egyptian religions date back thousands of years BC. – TMR]
We’re willing to bet that even if you’ve heard of Zoroastrianism, you can’t name any Zoroastrian beliefs. The philosophy of the Zoroastrian religion predates Christianity by a few centuries, and even though it’s always good to be early, in the case of religion and philosophy, older beliefs tend to get buried as time moves on and stronger religions take hold. The history of Zoroastrianism is steeped in the duality of eastern philosophy and the roots of modern western belief, and despite its texts sometimes having the feel of a Dungeons and Dragons handbook, the teachings of Zoroastrianism encompass some interesting and positive beliefs.
So what do Zoroastrians believe? And what is Zoroastrianism? In this collection of information about one of the world’s oldest religions, we’ll examine their concept of death, the way their priests work, and how the religion has changed over the last few centuries. If you’ve never heard of Zoroastrianism and you’d like to know what they get up to, or if you just want to brush up on your sixth-century theology, keep reading and try to keep an open mind.
They Believe in the Dualism of Good and Evil
Most modern religions are based on the concept of good vs. evil, but Zoroastrians believe that one can’t exist without the other, both cosmically and morally.
Zoroastrians believe that the universe is locked in an ongoing battle between good (Ahura Mazda) and evil (Angra Mainyu). Ahura Mazda is the force of creation, and Angra Mainyu is the force of destruction that seeks to thwart Ahura Mazda’s creation. From this dynamic comes all that is good and bad in life.
Individual humans, too, exist as a mixture of good and evil. Humans have free will in Zoroastrianism, and they can choose either good (asha) or evil (druj). Divisions like happy or sad, pure or impure, come from the choices humans make to either support good or evil. Humans are expected to do their part in the battle between good and evil, also represented as the battle between order and chaos.
But They Also Believe in Just One God
Despite believing in a cosmic duality, Zoroasters only believe in one god named Ahura Mazda (which means “Wise Lord”), and like most gods, he is omnipresent and all-knowing. (Or, more properly, they are omnipresent, since Ahura Mazda has both male and female attributes.)
In essence, Zoroastrians believe that even though the world has a dual nature now – caught between good and evil – eventually good will win out once and for all, and the world will be one unified paradise. This combination between dualism and monotheism is considered to be unique to the Zoroastrian religion.
Aside from Ahura Mazda, Zoroasters also believe in the existence of six Amesha Spentas, or Holy Immortals, who are akin to what Christians call archangels. Each Amesha Spenta stands for a different positive attribute: good mind and good purpose, truth and righteousness, holy devotion, power and just rule, health, and long life.
Everyone Has Their Own Personal Guardian Spirit
Before humans are born, Zoroastrians believe, every individual soul (urvan) is paired with its own guardian spirit (fravashi). At birth, your soul goes off into the world, but your guardian spirit continues to act as a protector, somewhat like the notion of a guardian angel.
On the fourth day after death, your soul is reunited again with its guardian spirit. Your soul communicates all of its accumulated life experiences to the guardian spirit from the time you spent in the world, and this information is used in the ongoing battle of good vs. evil.
Death Is the Embodiment of Evil
According to the Zoroastian belief system, once the final breath has left the body, it becomes impure. Keeping with the theme of duality, while life (and everything in it) is thought to be the work of God, death is considered to be the embodiment of evil.
After death, bodies are washed in unconsecrated bull urine and laid out for viewing. Afterwards the bodies are traditionally placed in Towers of Silence to be picked clean by buzzards – although in America, bodies tend to be cremated or buried instead.
Homosexuality Is Akin to Demon Worship
In the Avesta, the most sacred scripture of Zoroastrianism, a passage reads, “The man that lies with mankind as man lies with womankind, or as woman lies with mankind, is a man that is a Daeva [demon]; this man is a worshipper of the Daevas, a male paramour of the Daevas.”
Aside from that verse, there’s also a myth about an evil spirit who takes part in self-sodomy, causing an “explosion of evil power” that creates a bunch of lesser demons.
Some scholars of religion argue that Zoroastrians are so opposed to male homosexuality because the religion does not accept converts. The only way to be a Zoroastrian is to have a Zoroastrian mother and father – hence, to keep the religion alive, they have to pressure adherents into having children.
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One Famous Zoroastrian Was a Killer Queen
That’s right, Queen’s very own Freddie Mercury was born into a practicing Zoroastrian family. Even though it’s debatable whether Mercury kept up with his faith throughout his life, his funeral service was orchestrated by a Zoroastrian priest and his body was cremated shortly afterwards.
Your Spirit Has a Nervous Breakdown Before Going to Heaven
According to Zoroastrian belief, after the spirit leaves the body, it hangs around for a few days and freaks out because of the stress of the crushing separation anxiety that comes from death. Then, led by the angel Daena, the spirit is brought to the Bridge of Judgment (the Chinavat or Chinawad Bridge), where its good and bad deeds are reviewed. If things work out, the spirit ascends to Heaven; if not, it’s sent to Hell.
Zoroastrians Avoid Eating Cows (And Things That Look Like Cows)
Some of the original teachings of Zoroastrianism are all about what foods you can and can’t put into your body. The fundamentals of their philosophy involve the tender care of the earth, animals, pets and livestock, and there’s a specific list of which animals you should treat like your neighbor.
Not only does the religion shy away from animal sacrifices, but it notes that you should shy away from eating cows and cow-like animals (from yak to reindeer). There is some debate other whether or not the ancient Zoroastrians were vegetarians, but many today choose to practice vegetarianism.
Gautama Buddha is known all around the world as a great spiritual guide. His discipline, focus and endeavor has been remarkable, and the fruits of his life have coalesced into one of the most peaceful religions of our time. The spiritual basis of Buddhism has helped hundreds of thousands of people to gain a different perspective and live a more meaningful life. His words of wisdom are still important today, especially in a world that prizes violence and anger over love and understanding. These words have withstood the test of time to remain relevant for each and every single one of us. Below are some of the most profound quotes from Buddha that can help change your life:
1. Share Happiness
Sharing our own happiness can be wonderful for us as well as the other person. If we are blessed with something, we sometimes feel afraid that it will be taken from us, and so we try to hold on to it as strongly as we can. Some of us feel that other people don’t deserve our blessing because they haven’t worked for it. These thoughts keep us from making the world a better and brighter place for everyone. Happiness, when given, strives to spread out and help everyone that it comes across without taking anything away from you.
2. Let Go Of Anger
Anger is one of the most destructive emotions that we can ever feel. It damages our peace of mind, and is also powerful enough to damage our body. We don’t gain anything by being angry, even though we think that it might help us feel better when we show it. The things we do in anger can have a terrible impact on us as well as the people around us. We may say things that cut our bonds, do things that hurt those we love the most and push everyone away till we end up alone. We only punish ourselves through anger, and no one else.
3. Always Find A Way To Help
One of the guiding principles in every religion is our service to others. When we help someone, we are taking them out of a difficult place in their life. Even a small act can go a long way. We never know what other people are going through and how much they are suffering, just as people never know what we might be battling. If we can all come together to help each other out, the troubles of the world could disappear.
4. Compassion Is Key
When we are among those that need our support, we can do well by providing them with our compassion. We normally feel sympathy for people that are in troubled times but our compassion is more powerful. Sympathy keeps us at a distance from others because we feel like we cannot relate to them. Through compassion, we relate and connect to others, and we are able to lend them a hand without looking down on them.
5. Take Action In Your Life
The ideas of fate and destiny have left a lot of people feeling like they have no control over their life. At this point, no one wants to work actively on their life because they believe that external sources will bring their life together, or take their life apart. To get where we want to be, we must work towards it. We cannot always depend on something or someone else to take control for us.
6. Fear Is Useless
The most detrimental thing we can do for ourselves is letting fear take over us. Fear comes from many things, but in the end, even the worst fear can be unfounded. We never know what can happen unless we try, and even in the worst case, things can work out in ways we might have never known or appreciated. The only thing standing between your success and you is a fear, which in the end, are just thoughts.
7. We Are Not Separate But Together
This message is important at this crucial time in history. We draw imaginary boundaries and distinctions that are extremely superficial, yet we lead our entire lives according to them. Things like the color of our skin, or our place in a geographical context are enough to kill, murder and rape innocent human beings. We must realize that all of us are from the same world, and we all feel the same things as each other. By knowing that we are all connected in every way, we can finally start healing this broken and damaged world.
[Crucified and Resurrected Saviors have been a part of various religions for thousands of years pre-dating Christianity. Manly P. Hall, acclaimed occultist, explains the significance of this tradition – TMR]
“Saviors unnumbered have died for the sins of man and by the hands of man, and through their deaths have interceded in heaven for the souls of their executioners. The martyrdom of the God-Man and the redemption of the world through His blood has been an essential tenet of many great religions. Nearly all these stories can be traced to sun worship, for the glorious orb of day is the Savior who dies annually for every creature within his universe, but year after year rises again victorious from the tomb of winter.
Without doubt the doctrine of the crucifixion is based upon the secret traditions of the Ancient Wisdom; it is a constant reminder that the divine nature of man is perpetually crucified upon the animal organism. Certain of the pagan Mysteries included in the ceremony of initiation the crucifixion of the candidate upon a cross, or the laying of his body upon a cruciform altar.
It has been claimed that Apollonius of Tyana ‘the Antichrist’ was initiated into the Arcanum of Egypt in the Great Pyramid, where he hung upon a cross until unconscious and was then laid in the tomb (the coffer) for three days. While his body was unconscious, his soul was thought to pass into the realms of the immortals ‘the place of death’ After it had vanquished death (by recognizing that life is eternal) it returned again to the body, which then rose from the coffer, after which he was hailed as a brother by the priests, who believed that he had returned from the land of the dead. This concept was, in substance, the teaching of the Mysteries.
The list of the deathless mortals who suffered for man that he might receive the boon of eternal life is an imposing one. Among those connected historically or allegorically with a crucifixion are Prometheus, Adonis, Apollo, Arys, Bacchus, Buddha, Christna, Horus, Indra, Ixion, Mithras, Osiris, Pythagoras, Quetzalcoatl, Semiramis, and Jupiter. According to the fragmentary accounts extant, all these heroes gave their lives to the service of humanity and, with one or two exceptions, died as martyrs for the cause of human progress.
In many mysterious ways the manner of their death has been designedly concealed, but it is possible that most of them were crucified upon a cross or tree. The first friend of man, the immortal Prometheus, was crucified on the pinnacle of Mount Caucasus, and a vulture was placed over his liver to torment him throughout eternity by clawing and rending his flesh with its talons. Prometheus disobeyed the edict of Zeus by bringing fire and immortality to man, so for man he suffered until the coming of Hercules released him from his ages of torment.”
~ Manly P. Hall. 1901-1990.
[An excellent explanation. All comes from the ONE, all resides in the ONE and all returns to the ONE. When you shine white light through a prism it produces the colors of the rainbow. All religions make up the rays of the ONE and each is valid in it’s own right. Bishop Spong’s insights are profound – TMR]
Religions tend to invent ideas and concepts just like every other creative human enterprise, and they have unleashed some remarkably bad ideas onto humanity. Most of these are centered around the notion of telling people what to do and how to live their lives, with the aim of convincing people that conformity to church guidelines will bring some intangible reward in the afterlife.
One example of many is the Christian belief that the one and only way not to eternally burn in Hell is to accept Jesus Christ as the savior, as if no other deity or religious experience is valid to the human experience.
The concept of heaven and hell has been so ingrained into the human psyche that many people cannot see beyond this limiting paradigm to any other possibility. Retired Episcopal bishop John Shelby Spong, however, doesn’t seem to believe in the myth of Hell, and during a nationally televised interview he shared his opinions on why he thinks convincing the flock to believe in the concept of ‘Hell’ is absolutely critical to the Church’s survival.
“I don’t think Hell exists. I happen to believe in life after death, but I don’t think it’s got a thing to do with reward and punishment. Religion is always in the control business, and that’s something people don’t really understand. It’s in a guilt-producing control business. And if you have Heaven as a place where you’re rewarded for your goodness, and Hell is a place where you’re punished for your evil, then you sort of have control of the population. And so they create this fiery place which has quite literally scared the Hell out of a lot of people, throughout Christian history. And it’s part of a control tactic.”
Many people turn to religious teachings for solace and guidance in life in our insane world, but, Bishop Spong seems to think religion helps people be less responsible for their own life and the world we live in, offering a unique perspective from the typical doctrines of Christian belief.
“The church doesn’t like for people to grow up, because you can’t control grown-ups. That’s why we talk about being born again. When you’re born again, you’re still a child. People don’t need to be born again. They need to grow up. They need to accept their responsibility for themselves and the world.”
No one can really confirm where human souls are bound after death, so why do religions create stories of places like Heaven and Hell? The answer is simple: to control people and keep the Church alive.
If even some of the most religious men, such as Bishop John Shelby Spong, are starting to publicly expose the motivations behind these stories, perhaps it is time for the masses to critically evaluate the value of religion over the importance of direct personal spiritual experience.
“Every church I know claims that ‘we are the true church’ – that they have some ultimate authority, ‘We have the infallible Pope,’ ‘We have the Bible.’… The idea that the truth of God can be bound in any human system, by any human creed, by any human book, is almost beyond imagination for me.
God is not a Christian. God is not a Jew or a Muslim or a Hindi or Buddhist. All of those are human systems, which human beings have created to try to help us walk into the mystery of God. I honor my tradition. I walk through my tradition. But I don’t think my tradition defines God. It only points me to God.”
The interview with retired Episcopal bishop John Shelby Spong can be viewed below:
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A Catholic priest is facing up to 40 years behind bars for sexually abusing Michigan high school boys three decades ago — and six of his victims confronted him in the courtroom before he was hauled off to prison.
James Rapp — a 75-year-old former priest who taught at Jackson Lumen Christi High School in south central Michigan in the 1980s — pleaded no contest to criminal sexual conduct for raping and molesting his students.
“His crime and position was a murder on my soul,” victim Andy Russell said in court Friday, according to the Citizen Patriot. “He’s a monster and his path of destruction extends far further than it ever should have.”
Rapp is already serving a 40-year prison sentence for lewd molestation in Oklahoma, where he worked after he left Michigan.
Rapp was ordained in 1959 and worked in Philadelphia, Salt Lake City and Lockport, N.Y., before he was hired by the Michigan high school in 1980. He taught and served as the school’s wrestling coach.
John C. Wood, another victim who was on the school’s wrestling team, said the priest abused him when they had to share a room during a competition trip to Detroit.
“(Rapp) said the Lord’s Prayer on his knees, got in bed with me and had his way,” Wood said.
Wood eventually told the school’s principal, Rev. Joseph Coyle, about what happened on the trip — but the school leader refused to investigate the allegations and told Wood to keep his mouth shut.
“’Some sins are so awful, we cannot talk about them,’” Wood recalled Coyle telling him in Latin. “I was told I would go to hell if I ever talked about what I said in confessional.”
He added: “Well, if I’m going to hell for being here today, I’ll see Coyle there and we can talk about it some more.”
Rapp transferred out of the school days later, Wood said. The church said he had gone onto another parish.
The investigation into Rapp Michigan began in 2013 when victims approached the sheriff’s department.
Rapp, whose February plea dismissed 13 charges of sexual misconduct, will be eligible for parole after 20 years. His maximum prison sentence is 40 years.
“I think it’s evident that the only way to heal, move forward and to protect others from this same thing is to bring it out into the open,” Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaiti said of the victims. “Shed light on it, and expose the truth. And they’ve done that. They are true heroes in a horrible situation.”
With News Wire Services