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hollow bones ->

When we become hollow bones
there is no limit to what the Higher Powers
can do in and through us in spiritual things.

~Frank Fools Crow (Lakota)

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Authentic Spirituality ->


The function of authentic spirituality
is not to provide security and solace,
but to encourage the seeker to venture out
on the lonely and difficult path of self-knowledge.
So do not be intimidated.
Have confidence in your own spiritual potentiality,
your ability to find your own unique way

~John Snelling

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New Age Narcissists, Money & Manifesting


There seems to be a breed of new age/'spiritual' people that embrace a way of being that seems to ignore the need for self-reliance and the ability to hold a 'Big Picture' view of relating to humanity when it comes to money/finances

Why this is up for me is...
my roommate and I invited someone into our home (who seemed to have fallen on hard times) that could 'parrot' spiritual concepts (but it turned out the actual living of them was not a daily activity). Anyway, there was an exchange arranged for the rent and actual payment required for utilities. End result...,
after six weeks - no money and minimal exchange. Apparently we were her personal agent of the Divine to meet her want/need (in this case)
Our request for her to fulfill her commitment was met with accusations, insults and anger. We share space no longer.

I don't believe the Divine requires me to be the provider for someone's wants/needs based on their whim or a desire to be rescued from their own doings. The process of someone just simply 'taking' is called stealing - not manifesting.

I'm ok with being a tool of the Divine (it's what I try to do... and will continue to do, regardless of some 'negative' experiences). How it has worked for me in the past is usually someone is put in my path plus the 'desire to help' at the very same time. When someone tries to tell me that the Divine whats me to do something (anything), red flags go up. The Divine tends to give me a 'heads up' first.
Historically speaking, it usually doesn't usually work out so well for folks when there is a middleman between the Divine and the seeker.

I believe the healthy approach to 'conscious selfishness' really is one of self-preservation, self-growth and... in doing so, being open to how one can one provide for others in the midst of that very pursuit - interdependancy.
I believe its unhealthy to have the mindset of I gotta 'get mine'...
(irregardless of consequence for one's self and others)
It's pretty hard to 'be of service' with this attitude, and, fully experience what the Divine can do in your life.


~kenji


*Definition of Narcissism: the personality trait of egotism, vanity, conceit, or simple selfishness. Applied to a social group, it is sometimes used to denote elitism or an indifference to the plight of others.
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**Reference - Hotchkiss' seven deadly sins of narcissism

1. Shamelessness - Shame is the feeling that lurks beneath all unhealthy narcissism, and the inability to process shame in healthy ways.
2. Magical thinking - Narcissists see themselves as perfect using distortion and illusion known as magical thinking. They also use projection to dump shame onto others.
3. Arrogance - A narcissist who is feeling deflated may re-inflate by diminishing, debasing, or degrading somebody else.
4. Envy - A narcissist may secure a sense of superiority in the face of another person's ability by using contempt to minimize the other person.
5. Entitlement - Narcissists hold unreasonable expectations of particularly favorable treatment and automatic compliance because they consider themselves special. Any failure to comply will be considered an attack on their superiority and the perpetrator is considered to be an "awkward" or "difficult" person. Defiance of their will is a narcissistic injury that can trigger narcissistic rage.
6. Exploitation - can take many forms but always involves the exploitation of others without regard for their feelings or interests. Often the other is in a subservient position where resistance would be difficult or even impossible. Sometimes the subservience is not so much real as assumed.
7. Bad Boundaries - narcissists do not recognize that they have boundaries and that others are separate and are not extensions of themselves. Others either exist to meet their needs or may as well not exist at all. Those who provide narcissistic supply to the narcissist will be treated as if they are part of the narcissist and be expected to live up to those expectations. In the mind of a narcissist, there is no boundary between self and other.

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THE CHAKRAS – short & sweet

Chakra Seven – Sahasrara :

Thought, Universal identity, oriented to self-knowledge.This is the crown chakra that relates to consciousness as pure awareness. It is our connection to the greater world beyond, to a timeless, spaceless place of all-knowing. When developed, this chakra brings us knowledge, wisdom, understanding, spiritual connection, and bliss.

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Chakra Six – Ajna :

Light, Archetypal identity, oriented to self-reflection. This chakra is known as the brow chakra or third eye center. It is related to the act of seeing, both physically and intuitively. As such it opens our psychic faculties and our understanding of archetypal levels. When healthy it allows us to see clearly, in effect, letting us “see the big picture.”

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Chakra Five: Vissuddha:

Sound, Creative identity, oriented to self-expression. This is the chakra located in the throat and is thus related to communication and creativity. Here we experience the world symbolically through vibration, such as the vibration of sound representing language.

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Chakra Four – Anahata:

Air, Social identity, oriented to self-acceptance. This chakra is called the heart chakra and is the middle chakra in a system of seven. It is related to love and is the integrator of opposites in the psyche: mind and body, masculine and feminine, persona and shadow, ego and unity. A healthy fourth chakra allows us to love deeply, feel compassion, have a deep sense of peace and centeredness.

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Chakra Three: – Manipura :

Fire, Ego identity, oriented to self-definition. This chakra is known as the power chakra, located in the solar plexus. It rules our personal power, will, and autonomy, as well as our metabolism. When healthy, this chakra brings us energy, effectiveness, spontaneity, and non-dominating power.

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Chakra Two – Svadhisthana:

Water, Emotional identity, oriented to self-gratification. The second chakra, located in the abdomen, lower back, and sexual organs, is related to the element water, and to emotions and sexuality. It connects us to others through feeling, desire, sensation, and movement. Ideally this chakra brings us fluidity and grace, depth of feeling, sexual fulfillment, and the ability to accept change.
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Chakra One – Muladhara:

Earth, Physical identity, oriented to self-preservation. Located at the base of the spine, this chakra forms our foundation. It represents the element earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts, and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane. Ideally this chakra brings us health, prosperity, security, and dynamic presence.

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The universe conspires

The universe conspires

The universe conspires
Another day passes, and then again.

Another day passes, and then again,
A comment here and there,
Signs of a new road ready to be taken
Been down new roads before but I’m comfy(?)

Another day passes, and then again
New roads can be’, interesting. Hmmm’
Dusty desires once aslumber are now awake.
Oh yeah, I remember that.

Another day passes, and then again,
No! Close your eyes, jump and do it!
Complacent fool, You have before
New roads ARE exciting, you simply forgot

Another day passes, and then again
A week! I am four again filled with wide-eyed wonder.
Tactile and spiritual. Alive and dancing with destiny.
Another day passes, it is new.

~kenji

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