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MONTHLY SPIRITUAL TOPIC : Judgment  & Forgiveness JUNE 2022
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1. Forgiveness_and_acceptance_a_revelation_in_YOURSELF_English.pdf

2.Forgiveness_QRGJune_2022.pdf

3. Monthly Spiritual Topic June 2022.pdf

4.MST Deep Dive - June 2022.pdf
 

Judgment (judgement) and forgiveness are topics that provide us with the opportunity for deep healing, personal growth and self-discovery—Are you ready for it?

Dictionary.com defines judgment as, “the ability to judge, make a decision, or form an opinion objectively, authoritatively, and wisely, especially in matters affecting action; good sense; discretion: a man of sound judgment;” and judgmental is defined as, “tending to make quick and excessively critical judgments, especially moral ones.”

One side of judgment is positive and uses informed decision making, however, being judgmental is the more critical side. When one acts judgmentally, he/she is forming opinions that may not be based on truth.

We view the world through our own unique lens, which includes our personal experiences and beliefs. When we judge others, we are applying our experiences and beliefs to another person’s unique circumstances.

We all make judgments each and every day. Some of these align with the positive and help us make good decisions. For example, who to choose as a friend or a partner. However, when we judge other people, we are forming an opinion without knowing the other person’s story. Even when we think we know someone, we have no way of fully understanding that individual’s experiences and motivations because we haven’t walked in their shoes.

Judging others is a product of a number of things including our ego, which tends to divide and label, and has a desire to feel superior. Our minds can be quick to judge, however, we can train ourselves to practice non-judgment.

When we remember that we don’t know another person’s story (their experiences, beliefs and feelings,) we can create a space of neutrality. Practicing non-judgment is observing a situation from a neutral perspective instead of labeling someone as good or bad. When we practice non-judgment and observe everything with neutrality, there is no perceived wrongdoing, and therefore, no need to forgive.

When two people disagree, it’s because both think they are right based on their own perspectives. When one is attached to their “rightness,” they justify their own behavior and emotions, including resentments, grudges, the desire for retaliation, etc. Here, we are not looking at whether one individual was actually right and the other actually wrong, we are looking from a personal perspective.

When you hold a grievance, resentment or anger against another, it creates a heaviness inside you. Over time, this negativity grows, intensifies and lowers your energy vibration. Holding onto this sense of wrong-doing harms you more than the other person. As Buddha said, “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

The Bible says, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”–Luke 6:37

Forgiveness is not saying that you agree with the other person’s words or behaviours. However, it is a practice that enables us to remove attention from the other person and what they did or what we believe they should have done, and focus on ourselves instead. With forgiveness we focus on our response to a particular comment, event or situation. While we cannot control others, we are in complete control of our responses to their actions. Where possible, especially when a situation is ongoing, we need to be able to feel we can express ourselves, explaining that we do forgive, but we would like the behaviour to change.

When we recognize that we are all different, each with our own unique ideas, beliefs, and life experiences, it is easier to understand—and maybe even appreciate—our differences. It’s also good to remember that none of us are perfect and throughout our lives, we’ve all done something we later wished we hadn’t at one time or another. As the old saying goes, “Every saint has a past. And every sinner has a future.” This quote has been attributed to St. Franics of Assisi, St. Augustine and Oscar Wilde. Regardless of who said it or who said it first, it’s wisdom worth keeping in mind.  

Forgiveness is more about you than the other person. While the process benefits both, it allows the forgiver to move forward by moving out of the past and into the present moment. Forgiveness is a spiritual process that allows you to let go of inner negativity which enables you to grow in a positive direction.

Forgiveness is about letting go of something you have energetically taken on, often unconsciously. If someone directs negative energy toward you, such as you are ahead in the queue, and you have just taken the last loaf of bread, you can choose to not take it on. If you don’t feel hurt, offended or wounded by this energy, you are protecting your own energy field (aura/light body.)  However, if you unconsciously take on this energy, once you recognize it, you can use forgiveness to let it go. Forgiveness can help us break negative energetic patterns. We will further develop this concept in a future topic related to accountability and self-protection against negative energy.

You can also consider if there’s another solution, for example, cutting the loaf in half. You can use this as an example of anticipating a situation before it happens and looking for creative solutions to avoid ill will, negativity, or anger directed toward you. Keep in mind this would be a situation that is not just service-to-self, this could be something you need for your family, friends, baby, etc.

Forgiveness can take many forms, and only you can determine which way is best for you. You can meet face-to-face and offer your forgiveness, write a letter or email (a good choice for a toxic friend or family member,) or you can visualize forgiving another. In the instance where there is no possibility of meeting the person again, visualize in your mind what occurred, but change the ending to one of forgiveness. Several forgiveness practices are provided in the Quick Reference Guide, including the ancient practice of Ho’oponopono.

A relevant and timely question is how one can forgive the ‘unforgiveable,’ such as heinous acts and crimes against children? While this is a challenging topic, it is worth contemplating, especially as more and more truths come to light.  

In a lifetime, it is very difficult to forgive a person for an evil act...however there are many people who have reincarnated and seek to learn the lessons and change for the good. We cannot hold against a person / human being who in previous lifetimes committed evil acts.

How can one grow and evolve if one never experiences darkness and negative energy? The dark energy helps us grow and make decisions. When we see something we think is negative, we make a judgment that we do not want that particular thing or we do not want to engage in that particular activity, or an evil person will choose to join in.

Darkness is needed as a part of the broader plan as a catalyst for the light. Feeling love and forgiveness for the dark side and for those beings who have chosen to be a part of the dark side can be challenging. However, it’s the dark side that allows us to feel a deep-seated need to reject what we don’t like and don’t want in order to move forward. It helps us more clearly define a pathway of light.
We can forgive, thank and send genuine love to those who chose the dark side, however where an evil act has been perpetrated, such forgiveness is extremely difficult. On the physical level, we must address the dark actions to stop them from continuing. We do this by saying no to anything that negatively impacts humanity, for example, no to fear and no to service-to-self. We claim our sovereignty, act from a heart-centered place of love and operate in service-to-all. We walk the walk awakened by consciously choosing our actions. By continually checking in with our Higher Self and ensuring our intentions are positive / good, we stand the best chance of living a life free of evil.

This overview is focused on forgiving someone else for their misdemeanors toward you or humanity. However, it is equally as important (if not more important) to forgive yourself for the things that held you back, made you feel shame, guilt or any other undesired feeling. Please see the Deep Dive for more information on self-forgiveness.  

Forgiveness brings us inner peace; it sets us free. It allows us to drop the narrative of perceived wrongdoing and victimhood along with the negative emotions associated with what occurred. Nelson Mandela said, “When a deep injury is done to us, we never heal until we forgive.”

Forgiveness allows us to release our burdens, move forward with a light heart and open space for that which is new and nurturing.

Discussion Questions
1.    What methods/tools do you use to avoid judging other people?
2.    How can you observe a situation from a neutral perspective?
3.    Do you believe that forgiveness benefits you more than the other person? Why or why not?
4.    How does forgiveness bring inner peace? Do you believe that inner peace extends outward, and if so, how does that work?

 

MONTHLY SPIRITUAL TOPIC : Spirituality MAY 2022

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  1. Monthly Spiritual Topic - May 2022 - live
  2. My Spiritual Journey Worksheet - May 2022 - Final
  3. MST Deep Dive - May 2022 - Final

Every being on Earth is spiritual, whether they know it or not! Spirituality is a part of our energy and our essence, entwined and expressed through every thought, emotion and action. In short, spirituality is a part of who we are.

Even so, providing a clear-cut definition of spirituality is no easy task. Wikipedia, the internet-based encyclopedia, acknowledges, “there is no single widely agreed-upon definition of spirituality.” What it means to be spiritual differs from one individual to another, because we are all different.

You may be wondering why spirituality matters and why droves of people are focused on becoming more spiritual. We are living in a time when people are waking up to what’s going on in the world around them and wanting to seek and find the truth. People are becoming aware that there is more to life than what we have been led to believe.

We all have the potential to have a deep yearning to discover our true essence and to find greater meaning and purpose in our lives. Spirituality is a personal journey of getting to know oneself and cultivating a deeper connection to God/Source.

The search for finding the meaning of one’s life can lead one to research and follow many different narratives and beliefs. Be mindful that everyone has their own perspective on what it means to be spiritual.

Spiritual seekers are on a quest to become closer to the Divine and to uncover a deeper meaning to life, to the world around us, and to that which is inside us, focusing on age-old questions such as, “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” and “How can I serve?”

Contemplating these questions doesn’t mean one is in service to others. A service to self person could have the same first two questions, but their third question will likely be, “What can I gain?” in lieu of “How can I serve?”

One can be deeply religious and at the same time deeply spiritual. There are as many paths to connecting with Source/God/Universe as there are souls in the multiverse. Everyone has their own personal path and their own connection, whether they realize it or not. Some people choose to explore their spirituality within the boundaries of a particular religion. There is no right or wrong way to approach spirituality, and therefore, we should not judge people who choose to explore their spirituality in a manner that is different than our own.

Some people feel they are more, or less, spiritual than other people. Those who feel they are spiritually disadvantaged may not yet have recognized that a lot of spirituality is about life processes and how one manages them, faces and learns from them, or runs away from them. Even our personal issues are a part of our spirituality because they reflect what areas we need to focus on and offer us the greater opportunity for growth.

When exploring spirituality, including listening to your favorite personalities discuss spiritual topics and answer spiritually based questions, it can seem very attractive and supportive, and something for one to hold on to. Spirituality can be a lonely path on one’s own, and no one is an island. People flocked to Jesus and other spiritual gurus like Buddha, who attracted followers through their enigmatic magnetism. There’s nothing wrong with finding a teacher (or teachers) you trust. However, use your discernment and be mindful of what resonates as truth and what doesn’t. Try to avoid rebelling against aspects that don’t resonate with you. Remember, what you resist persists! If it doesn’t resonate, simply let it go.

One aspect of spirituality is having the confidence to be truly authentic and stand in your own sovereignty and divine power, which is naturally beautiful. It’s about each individual’s unique journey—inner reflection, discerning, and ‘innerstanding’ in great depth who and what you are, why you are here, and what you can do to help others. We all have our own part to play. Recognize that you don’t have to conform to the ideals of others. Instead, find and nurture the beauty and depth of your own soul.

 

Spirituality is an inner knowing that we are more than just our physical bodies. We are connected to others, the world and the universe through some unseen matter. While spirituality is a personal journey, we meet up with and make connections with others who are going through similar experiences. This is called resonating with someone or being on the same wavelength.

We’ve all had these energetic interactions—like meeting someone new and feeling as if you know him/her or immediately feeling drawn to or the need to distance yourself from someone. These examples help us recognize the frequency surrounding and connecting us.

Human beings have electromagnetic energy fields surrounding them, called auras. Human auras are the energetic manifestation of one’s mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health, and have specific colors associated them. There are many interconnected layers of one’s aura, including physical, emotional, mental and etheric. Auras can expand or contract and its colors will change based on one’s thoughts, emotions, actions and overall wellbeing.

 

There are techniques one can use to develop the ability to see auras, however, to most they are invisible, unless viewed by special photography. An interesting fact—one of the earliest aura photographs was taken by Nikola Tesla in the late 1800’s!

 

Because the energy we attract and the energy we put out into the world flows through our auras, it’s important to keep our energetic fields clean and healthy. Praying, meditating and spending time in nature are a few of the many methods one can use to keep their auras clean, and these same techniques can be used to further develop one’s spirituality.

To further develop our spirituality (to uncover our true essence and develop a direct connection with Source,) we need to find ways to unplug or even take a brief pause from the ‘reality’ presented to us through television, media, government, schools, family, friends and much of society. There are many ways to take a pause, and what works best for one may not work for another.

Meditation is just one of the many tools that can help us take a pause from societal ‘reality.’ People meditate or use other methods to take this pause to shift from an outer to an inner focus in recognition that one isn’t his or her thoughts (or the thoughts delivered to us through TV, social media, and other outlets,) but the field of awareness behind thought. The purpose of meditation is to move beyond thought in order to connect with the pure unbounded consciousness that is our true essence.

Some people avoid meditation, concerned that it goes against their religious beliefs. Edgar Cayce, a well-known American clairvoyant and devout Christian, addressed this when he stated, “Prayer is talking to God; meditation is listening to God.”

Meditation resonates with some people, while others prefer to take this pause using different approaches. The same things that help you relax, bring you joy, and raise your vibration, are things that can help you further develop your spirituality and connect with your Divine Self. While these differ for each of us, for illustration purposes, some examples include: sitting under a tree, walking, taking a sea salt bath and playing ball with one’s dog.

Over time, some people experience an organic blending of their key spiritual practices (such as prayer, meditation, connecting with angels and guides, spending time in nature, etc.) When one is fully present in the moment doing what gives them the greatest joy, one can experience the same inner stillness, connection to Source and to one’s Divine Self that can be attained through meditation.

As spiritual beings, we are on a journey to uncover our true essence and find greater meaning and purpose in life, a quest that entails a deep inner focus. 13th-century Persian poet Rumi summarized this perfectly, “Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”

Discussion Questions

  1. How long have you been aware that you are on a spiritual journey (note that we didn’t ask how long have you been on a spiritual journey!) What does spirituality mean to you?
  2. What woke you up to a deeper awareness of life or to the idea that there may be more to life than you initially thought?
  3. Have you had an aura photograph taken, and if so, what insights did you gain from it?
  4. Do you meditate and do have any unique meditation practices or insights to share?
  5. What methods other than meditation do you use to practice present-moment awareness?
  6. How do you think (or feel) you can become a more spiritual being?

Download the Spirituality workshop documents here:
 

  1. Monthly Spiritual Topic - May 2022 - live
  2. My Spiritual Journey Worksheet - May 2022 - Final
  3. MST Deep Dive - May 2022 - Final


 

MONTHLY SPIRITUAL TOPIC : Intuition and Discernment APRIL 2022
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  1. Monthly Spiritual Topic - April 2022 -Final.docx
  2. MST Deep Dive - April 2022 - Final.docx
  3. QRG-BRAIN Decision Making & Spiritual Traps - April 2022- Final.docx

Intuition and Discernment Overview

Discernment is a word that is tossed around frequently these days. “Use your discernment,” people advise. But what is discernment and why is it so important?

Ancient spiritual traditions designate discernment as an advanced spiritual quality. In Sanskrit, spiritual discernment is believed to be the “crowning wisdom” on one’s spiritual path. According to Indian sage Patanjali, spiritual discernment helps one achieve a “luminous state,” also known as spiritual illumination or wholeness.

The word discernment comes from the Greek word diakrisis which embodies several ideas; to see, consider, examine, understand, hear, judge closely. In short, discernment is the ability to determine what is true and not true, and real versus not real.

Discernment is individual. What feels right or is true for one person is not necessarily an absolute truth for another. Some situations are easy and straightforward to discern while others are tricky. When taking into consideration other’s thoughts and opinions, it can be hard to determine absolute truths. Also, when deception is involved, it can be very difficult to discern the truth.

Attention, intention and inspiration are all important when developing discernment. One needs to pay close attention to one’s own and other’s intentions, and discernment involves divine inspiration connected with one’s intuitive heart, mind, and gut centers.

Discernment requires a deep desire to seek and learn the truth, even if it means letting go of long-held beliefs and prior programming. Discernment entails looking within, connecting with your heart center and opening to the truth, even when it’s not what you want it to be. We are all like different facets of a diamond. We bring our own experiences and points of view to a situation, which may affect and cloud our judgment. Cultivating discernment takes time, desire, and practice to avoid the many traps such as ego, spiritual bypassing, and judgment.

As you contemplate discernment, consider what it is you wish to discern, and what is most important to you. For example, do you wish to find the truth about a particular event in history, discern the best food for you to eat today, or uncover whether JFK Jr, Lady Diana, and Michael Jackson are dead or alive? For the last example, if they appeared and spoke to us, how would we know it was really them and not an actor wearing a mask?

It may not be a good use of one’s time to attempt to discern everything, which is why it’s a good practice to consider where it’s most important to use discernment. Ask yourself whether it’s more important to discern things outside of yourself or what’s true inside yourself.

How does one develop their discernment? The simple answer is that one must develop their intuition in order to develop their discernment.

We all use intuition every day to help us decide what choices to make, where to go, what clothes to wear, etc. Intuition is an important factor in making informed decision. There is a very helpful tool BRAIN (acronym) which incorporates intuition to help one make informed decisions about daily life choices. Please see the QRG (Quick Reference Guide) for more information on BRAIN.

Many people think intuition is that gut-feeling or the little voice in one’s head. Many ancient wisdoms believe that intuition is composed of three centers. The Celtic and Taoist traditions consider three key centers in the body—one resides in the abdomen, one in the heart, and one in the head. Our Higher (Divine) Self encompasses all three centers.

The Indian culture recognizes chakras, which can be viewed as lower (root, sacral, solar plexus,) middle (heart and throat) and upper chakras (third eye and crown.) Chinese traditions identify Dantians, which also represent three centers in the body—the upper dantian, Shen, is tied to the third eye, the middle dantian, Qi, is located in the center of the chest, and the lower dantian, Jing, can be found below the navel. 

Regardless of which tradition you prefer, we can connect with our Divine Self through any of these three centers. Gut intuition aligns with our physical body. Heart intuition aligns with our emotional body, and our head intuition is aligned with the mental body. Gut intuition is different from how you feel from your heart center, which is different from how you feel and think with your head. To develop your intuition to the best degree, you need to have all three centers—gut, head, and heart—in alignment and communicating with each other.

You can conduct exercises to see if you can differentiate between your three intuitive centers. Ask yourself:

  • How do you feel about ‘X’ physically?
  • How do you feel about ‘X’ when connected with your heart?
  • What do you think about ‘X’?

Can you differentiate between these three aspects? Can you feel the connection? Are your three centers aligned?

Some people use divination tools to aid in developing and/or most effectively working with their intuition. Examples of divination tools include: Runes, angel or oracle cards, dowsing rods, pendulums, crystal balls, and tarot cards. These tools are not for everyone; however, some find them helpful as a way to more easily connect with their Divine Self to obtain intuitive guidance.

While spiritual traditions have long recognized that the gut, heart, and mind are all intelligent centers in the body, science is beginning to accept this as well. A study published in SAGE Journal classifies all three (the gut, the heart and the head) as functional brains and goes on to indicate there are complex neural networks in all three. This awareness has important implications from a wellness perspective. 

Good bacteria are connected to our intelligence, heart centeredness and intuition. We hear a lot about good “gut health,” but studies have shown this doesn’t just apply to the gut. Good bacteria concentrates in areas where nerves are very intense, such as one’s gut, heart and head.

If you kill off good bacteria, it dramatically impacts your overall health. Please note this is not medical advice and everyone is encouraged to do their own research on the connection between good bacteria and these energy centers and how good bacteria helps with intelligence and intuition.

These three intuition centers (or functional brains) are separate yet connected. When connecting with your Divine Self through whatever spiritual process you use (meditation, prayer, being in nature, etc.) it’s important to make sure you are fully grounded. Otherwise, you will connect in “spirit” only. Some people believe connecting with our spiritual nature is moving upward. In reality, it’s going deep within and all around us.

Subconscious conversations occur inside us, with ongoing communications between our gut, heart and head. Intuition is not just a mental challenge (going upward) or just a gut check or just going into one’s heart. Intuition is strongest when there is a clear communication between the gut, heart, and mind (our physical, emotional and mental bodies.) The spiritual body connects with and encompasses all other bodies. When there is a clear connection between all four bodies, you create a stronger alignment with your Divine Self, and thus it is easier to tap into your intuition and discernment.

Discussion Questions

  1. Ancient spiritual traditions consider discernment to be an advanced spiritual quality. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
  2. What techniques do you use for improving your discernment?
  3. What techniques do you use for improving your intuition?
  4. What are some spiritual traps related to discernment and how can you avoid these?
  5. How can you discern between your three intuition centers—gut, heart and head? How do you reconcile differences you may experience between them?
  6. What are your thoughts on good bacteria impacting the three intuition centers? Do you have any tips to share with the group on how to use good bacteria for one’s overall wellness?

 

Download the Intuition and Discernment worjshop documents here:

  1. Monthly Spiritual Topic - April 2022 -Final.docx
  2. MST Deep Dive - April 2022 - Final.docx
  3. QRG-BRAIN Decision Making & Spiritual Traps - April 2022- Final.docx


MONTHLY SPIRITUAL TOPIC : Honouring Emotions and Vibrations MARCH 2022

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Honouring Emotions and Vibrations here:

 

1 MONTHLY SPIRITUAL TOPIC : Honouring Emotions and Vibrations MARCH 2022 Emotional Clock-guide-compressed.pdf

 

2 Emotions Worksheet - March 2022-Final.docx

 

3 Monthly Spiritual Topic - March 2022-Final.docx

 

4 MST Deep Dive - March 2022-Final.docx

 

Monthly Spiritual Topic: Honoring Emotions and Vibrations March 2022

Honoring Emotions and Vibrations Overview

From a spiritual perspective, many believe that humans are made up of spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical bodies, all combined. This month, we will focus primarily on our emotional body, deepening the topic of vibration to explore how to keep one’s vibration high while simultaneously honoring one’s emotions.

Part of the human experience is to balance our spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical bodies, which can be easier said than done. Our physical and mental bodies may contend with illness, and our physical, mental and emotional bodies can encounter low frequencies such as negativity and fear. At times, life on Earth in a physical body can be a challenge for our spiritual souls, which may feel dimmed or disconnected from Source.  

Each of our four bodies are interconnected. The emotional body includes our feelings, which promotes our thoughts which create our reality. When we have a healthy emotional body, we exude emotions of high vibrations—peace, joy, gratitude, love, etc. When our emotional body is fatigued and/or guided by ego, we emit low vibrations such as fear, anxiety, guilt, anger, etc.  

Our thoughts (mental) are expressions of our feelings (emotional.) When we think about someone we love or something we love to do, we feel good inside. When we think about something unpleasant, we don’t feel good. Ongoing pressures and challenging environments can wear one down and create long-term stress.

The universe responds to our choices—to our thoughts and feelings—and we attract more of what we focus on. We are responsible for our thoughts and feelings. When we take self-control and empower ourselves to choose positive emotions (or a more positive emotion and then another and another,) we raise our vibration. When we are in a high vibrational state and experiencing joy, it is impossible to at the same time experience depression, anger, fear, or any other negative emotion.

Because we are emotional and physical beings, it is unrealistic to remain in an artificially high vibrational state all the time. While we want to keep our thoughts positive, we do not want to ignore or suppress feelings that rise to the surface. In today’s world, most of us at least occasionally experience feelings of irritation, impatience, hopelessness and other less than desirable emotions. Also, we want to recognize that it’s not always external factors that affects our moods and emotions, but internal factors as well. It can be harder to solve undesired feelings when they arise internally. When these feelings arise, it is important to recognize and honor them, and allow them to flow through you without letting them build up and take on a new gloomier form such as despair or depression. Please see the March Worksheet for strategies on how to help achieve this.  

We also want to avoid becoming so concerned about maintaining high vibrations that we avoid people who are struggling with difficult situations. One can be strong enough in their compassion and desire to help that they can support others without being brought down by negative energies. The key is observing low-frequency situations and offering compassion without taking on the lower vibrations.

A good strategy for managing negative emotions is identifying and acknowledging one’s emotions and accepting where one is. When one recognizes and honors their feelings in a non-judgmental way (even if it isn’t where one wants to be,) one can start to make conscious choices to move in the direction of their desired state.

CC’s US Central Regional Coordinators, Poppy and Geoff Spencer, created and trademarked an Emotional Clock© to assist with this concept. One can use this clock to assist with identifying where one is and determining where one wants to be. One must have the courage and willingness to address these emotions—especially the less desirable feelings on the right side of the clock.

To illustrate, if you recognize you’re at “1:00—Confusion,” you have identified where you are while you’re in an open, curious, and non-judgmental space. This is the time to take positive action—conduct research, have an open and honest conversation, and/or look within and do some soul-searching. If you wait until you move to “2—Anxiety” or “3—Despair,” or anywhere within what Poppy and Geoff refer to as the “Bermuda Triangle” of “4—6,” it is a greater challenge to remain in a neutral, heart-centered space.

Remember that your thoughts, actions, and choices reflect your emotional state. Self-exploration can help one identify triggers and understand what people, situations, activities, and stimuli make you feel good and those that make you feel bad.

When people know themselves better, they recognize what elicits certain emotions and actions, and have an understanding of what makes them happy, calm, contented, and joyful. Recognizing what brings you peace and joy allows you to spend more time doing things that create your desired state.

We are all different and what brings one person joy may not be the same for another. Explore deep within to gain an understanding of what brings you joy, and spend more time on these things. Take time every day to engage in an activity that brings you joy, and thus, raises your vibration—whether it’s taking a walk in nature, sewing, reading, listening to music—or whatever it is that makes you happy.

Living in high vibration is about conscious choice and intention and it requires spiritual strength. When one connects with their personal spiritual strength, this strength flows to their emotional, mental and physical bodies as well.

Expressing a genuine desire for every being to live their best life and reach their highest potential will naturally lead you to higher vibrations. To get there is a personal process. When you understand yourself more deeply, you can direct your thoughts and energy toward people, experiences and activities that bring you joy and naturally raise your vibration. When you are in a high vibrational state, you lift the collective energy of our planet and humanity.

Emotional Clock©: All rights reserved, Poppy and Geoff Spencer. Poppy and Geoff have granted permission to use the Emotional Clock with your Connecting Consciousness teams. Any other use or reproduction is strictly prohibited.

Discussion Questions

  1. In last month’s topic about vibration, we suggested an experiment of smiling and saying hello to everyone you pass by throughout the day. Did anyone conduct this experiment, and if so, can you please share how you felt afterward—in mind, body, and spirit?
  2. What insights can you gain from the Emotional Clock© (created by our own Poppy and Geoff Spencer?)
  3. How can you move from the lower emotions as outlined on the Emotional Clock© to higher emotions (and thus a higher vibrational state?) Can you share ways or mechanisms you use to cope with difficult emotions, such as sustained stress and hopelessness?
  4. How can you do deeper self-exploration of yourself in order to better understand your triggers and to know yourself better?
  5. What does ‘spiritual strength’ mean to you and how can we tap into it to give us strength in our emotional, mental and physical bodies?
     

    Download the Honouring Emotions and Vibrations here:
     

    1 MONTHLY SPIRITUAL TOPIC : Honouring Emotions and Vibrations MARCH 2022 Emotional Clock-guide-compressed.pdf

     

    2 Emotions Worksheet - March 2022-Final.docx

     

    3 Monthly Spiritual Topic - March 2022-Final.docx

     

    4 MST Deep Dive - March 2022-Final.docx



MONTHLY SPIRITUAL TOPIC : Raising Your Vibration FEBRUARY 2022

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Raise Vibration Worksheet here


Grandfather Tells (The Wolves Within)

An old Grandfather said to his grandson, who came to him with anger at a friend who had done him an injustice, "Let me tell you a story.

I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do.

But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy. It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many times."

He continued, "It is as if there are two wolves inside me.

One is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him, and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way.

But the other wolf, ah! He is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger, for his anger will change nothing.

Sometimes, it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit."

The boy looked intently into his grandfather’s eyes and asked, "Which one wins, Grandfather?"

The Grandfather smiled and quietly said, "The one I feed."

Vibration – What Is It and Why Raise It?

These days it seems as though everyone is talking about raising their vibration. You may be wondering—what is vibration and why do I need to raise it? Everything in the universe, including humans, consists of energy vibrating at different frequencies. The level of energy frequency you put out is what you attract in return and your energy (or vibration) contributes to the collective.

As we move into a new era, the vibrations we radiate from our thoughts, words, feelings, and actions are of the utmost importance. Many physicists now believe that our universe is simply a hologram of consciousness, created by our collective energy vibration. Think about the significance of the impact you have or could have on the whole, whether it is a positive or negative influence. 

Life is a series of vibrations created by one’s thoughts, words, feelings, and actions. As we have the same thoughts over and over and patterns emerge, we attract more of the same. Consciously changing our thoughts and corresponding emotions, changes the trajectory of our lives and of the collective.

Our thoughts are so powerful that they can affect our physical reality. Experiments conducted by Dr. Masaru Emoto proved that positive and negative thoughts can alter the properties of water. This brief video shows water crystal results from Dr. Emoto’s experiments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9iM2NUPuR0.

Gregg Braden (best-selling author, scientist, and renowned pioneer in the emerging paradigm based in science, social policy and human potential) indicates when we feel positive feelings such as appreciation, gratitude, forgiveness, care, and compassion, they are mirrored in the collective and everyone benefits from the experience of the relatively few. Studies, such as the Maharishi Effect, have found that as little as 1% of a population can effect a positive change.

Raising your vibration involves awareness and choice. Here is an experiment for you to try. Next time you go out, smile and say hello to everyone you pass by, see in the grocery store and at the bus station. Do you feel different afterward—in mind, body, and/or spirit? What response do you get?

When you are in a low-vibrational state, you feel disconnected from your Higher/Divine Self and from Source/God/Creator/Universe. (Please know that you are never truly disconnected from Source.) When you choose to live in high vibration, you feel more connected (and often truly KNOW you are connected) with your Divine Self, and create a life of fulfillment, peace, love, joy and wellbeing for yourself and for humanity.

Our thoughts, words, and feelings as well as physical actions are powerful! Cymatics Amazing Resonance Experiment!  https://youtu.be/wvJAgrUBF4w

Through conscious focus and intent, we can raise our vibration and manifest positive change in our own lives and in the collective, thus contributing toward a positive leap in humanity’s evolution.

Discussion Questions

  1. What do you do to raise your vibration?
  2. How can you keep your vibration high when living in a challenging environment?
  3. Have you used conscious thought to manifest your desires, and if so, can you please share your experience?
  4. Considering that the human body consists of approximately 60% water, what are the implications of Dr. Emoto’s experiments? How can we use his findings for the betterment of ourselves and those around us?
  5. The Maharishi Effect establishes the principle that individual consciousness affects collective consciousness. What are your thoughts on how this effect is influencing our world today?

Looking to dive deeper into this topic? Some more information click here  



Family Constellations and Remote Viewing Basics Training Course

Also I am also going to be starting a 17-month Q Consciousness Lab Family Systems Constellations and Remote Viewing basics training on 22 Feb 2022 for those who might be interested! There will be a monthly contribution for this training! And it will be one full day a month plus other additional homework! Dates and times will vary! People who aren’t In The training track can still participate in the Constellations! 

I will focus on spaces 17 people! There will be a few trade spaces! This will be one arm of my contribution for next 17 months! Let me know if you are interested! Join the Awakening the Great ‘I’ Remote Viewing and Family Constellations Telegram group https://t.me/+4NndO0fN4mgxN2M0

Red Pilled Carers for the Elderly
Amanda Gifford is starting a telegram group Red Pilled Carers for the Elderly is a group for those who are looking for conscious and experienced unjabbed carers for the elderly. If you have experience in caring and do not choose to follow Jab mandates, please join this group for alternative care. Join the Telegram group https://t.me/+PscXDos5_ak0ZTlk

 


MONTHLY SPIRITUAL TOPIC : Empathy & Compassion JANUARY 2022
Viv - Africa Continent Coordinator is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting

DATE: Wednesday 19th January 2022

TOPIC: General discussion and January Monthly Spiritual course topic as outlined by Becky Parkes and course director Chris - “Empathy and Compassion”

Overview

Many people within CC would describe themselves as sensitive or ‘empaths.’

Empathy and compassion are often misunderstood emotions. Some people view these emotions as negative and a drain on their energy while others view empathy and compassion as a gift. This month we will deep dive into empathy and compassion and the impact they can have on ourselves, others, and the collective.

Dictionary.com defines empathy as: “the psychological identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another,” and compassion as, “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.” Compassion can be thought of as empathy with an added component of action.

How can you offer empathy and compassion while also maintaining personal boundaries to avoid being sapped by another person’s energy? Can we create the intention of getting in tune with another person, without losing oneself in the process?

Cultivating an awareness that the feeling you empathize with is not your own allows you to be compassionate without taking on someone’s lower frequency. You can offer compassionate action—deliver food; offer a kind word, smile, or prayer; or direct light and healing energy to someone in pain—while remaining in a heart-centered space. Aligning with your heart allows you to relate to what another is going through and to offer help without taking it on as your own.

Because we are all connected, expressing empathy and compassion helps raise the vibration of ourselves, others, and the collective. Some interesting listening https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVvuxXUqjpY

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are various ways you can express empathy and compassion?
  2. How can you protect yourself from taking on other’s emotions and energy when practicing empathy and compassion?
  3. Can we create the intention of getting in tune with another person, without losing oneself in the process?
  4. How do you think judgment—or non-judgment—relates to feelings of empathy and compassion?
  5. What are barriers to expressing empathy and compassion, and how can you overcome these?

Tips for Practicing Empathy:

  • Listen to people without interrupting.
  • Be aware of other’s body language and nonverbal communication cues.
  • Be open to other’s points of view.
  • Create a safe space when conversing with others—be caring, curious, and non-judgmental.
  • Visualize yourself in another person's shoes.

Tips for Cultivating Compassion:

  • Start with yourself—fully accept, embrace, forgive, value, and love yourself!
  • Practice kindness in every moment.
  • Give up judgments, and remember that everyone is doing the best that they can.
  • Be fully present with others and move beyond the ego.
  • Tune into the interconnectedness of all forms of life.

DATE: Wednesday 19th January 2022
TIME: 7:30pm SAST
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  • 15th DECEMBER 2021 : MONTHLY ZOOM MEETING AFRICA details in CC Member Newsletters and on Mighty Networks CC – download the work sheet here

Monthly Spiritual Topic: Thriving Through the Holidays December 2021

The holiday season can be a time of joy, celebration, and light. It can also be a time of stress, especially when differences and divisions abound amongst family members, friends, neighbors and colleagues. Given this, how can we not just survive, but thrive through the holidays? Building on last month’s topic, the secret is remaining in a heart-centered space.

When truths are shared and 3D paradigms crumble more visibly, people who are unaware will go through a myriad of emotions that may include depression, sorrow, grief, disbelief, and/or anger. Instead of becoming triggered, defensive, and responding with an “I-told-you-so,” if we remain in a heart-centered space, we will be positioned to help.

How to help depends on the level of awareness and emotional state of the individual you wish to assist. At times, people need information, data, and a deep conversation about the truth. Other people may only be ready for a seed of truth, that will sow fully when their soul is ready, and yet others may simply need kindness and compassion.

Establishing personal boundaries is important. Consider what you may be willing to overlook and at what point you need to gently stand in your truth in a heart-centered way. Being mindful of your boundaries and respecting the boundaries of others will allow you to stay true to yourself while avoiding defensive behaviors.

Remember that you can contribute significantly by going within. When we remain heart-centered and share our love and light with everyone—regardless of our differenceswe raise our vibration. Our raised vibrations contribute to the whole, support our collective evolution, and allow us to be the change we want to see in the world.

Discussion Questions

  1. When family members or friends label you as a conspiracy theorist or quote “truths” from the main stream media, how can you respond in a compassionate manner?
  2. As truths are shared, how will you answer the question, “How did you know?” A couple of conversation starters…
    1. Listening to my intuition/aligning with my heart
    2. Doing my own research
  3. How can you determine what kind of help (if any) you will offer?
  4. How will you stay heart-centered and grounded in difficult situations?
  5. How can you stay true to yourself while at the same time maintaining healthy boundaries?
  6. What are your thoughts on the power of going within and sharing your love and light with everyone?

 

PAST EVENT 2021

Q & A with Michael Tellinger and Connecting Consciousness Africa members click here

Michael Tellinger: Origins of Money - UBUNTU -Contributionism”https://michaeltellinger.com/origins-of-money-ubuntu-contributionism/

Michael Tellinger - History Of Money, Is Bitcoin a Trap? & Is History Wrong On Human Origins?https://youtu.be/6g1hj1Xzgjo

Michael Tellinger Channel https://t.me/ubuntuplanet (Telegram)

BOOKS: UBUNTU “Contributionism” - A Blueprint For Human Prosperity: Exposing the global banking fraud by Michael Tellinger www.amazon.com

BIG THINGS ARE HAPPENING FOR ONE SMALL TOWN WITH MICHAEL TELLINGER & CHARLIE WARD https://www.bitchute.com/video/mowqpjGKZ8GU/

CC Members spent June 2021 Solstice with Michael Tellinger - Adam's Calendar Pilgrimage - South Africa www.simonparkes.org/post/cc-africa-winter-solstice-2021

Monthly weekend tours of the Stone Circle Ruins, Vanished Civilizations, and Adam's Calendar. Next month end tour will be the last weekend in November 2021. Join Michael Tellinger if you can. Email Melissa to book michaeltellingertours@gmail.com - see our website - www.stonecircletours.co.za/ for more info.

  • ZOOM AFRICA: NEW: Monthly Spiritual Topic: Heart-Centred Living

Wednesday 17th November 8pm South Africa Standard Time SAST

What is Heart-Centred Living?

I am very excited to announce our new Spiritual Training for Coordinators and members! I have been working with Chris Clifford, both of us have experience and qualifications in education, and we are using our combined experience to create this course which we would like to do so with your collaboration and help. We plan to roll out a new topic each month, and the topics will integrate previous topics so to develop skills and understandings. We aim also to introduce new skills for coordinators while you are working with the members. “ Becky Parkes

 

From a young age, we are taught to respond to the world using our minds and not our hearts. While our mind is a beautiful gift, it is through our spiritual heart that we find truth, wisdom, and connection with our Divine Self. In every moment we have a choice — to live from the head or live from the heart — to live unconsciously on autopilot or to live from conscious awareness.

 

Imagine if all of humanity shifted from making logical mind-based choices to using their intuition and making heart-based choices. In a heartbeat, the world would change for the better. We would transcend fear-based programming and our mind’s limited conditioning. Divine love is expressing itself through us whenever we allow it. When we live from our heart centre, we tap into this unwavering, unconditional, unbounded love and we share our love and light with others.

 

Discussion Questions:

  • What is your experience of living from your heart centre—is it easy, hard, or a work in progress —and why do you think that is?
  • What strategies do you use to return to the heart when you become aware that you are responding on autopilot or from a reactionary mode?
  • What does it mean to use your heart when listening to and communicating with others? How does this differ from other communication styles?
  • What experiences have you had when you’ve made choices or acted using your intuition instead of logic, and what was the result?
     

Join Zoom Meeting Wednesday 17th November 8pm South Africa Standard Time SAST
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2021 PREVIOUS & PAST EVENTS

UPDATED SCHEDULE:
17th October 2021 Next Online Consciousness Lab CC Africa Symposium with Amanda  “Q” Day Amanda Gifford is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom Symposium.

Topic: Q = Quantum Zoom Cafe with Amanda Gifford
Time: Oct 17, 2021 11:00 AM - 22:00 Johannesburg

ONE LINK FOR THE WHOLE DAY
Meeting ID: 829 2787 3969
Passcode: 393622

Schedule is subject to change. Please follow the Schedule here: https://t.me/joinchat/QUfekqc4uStmNDM0

11am - 11:45am: Amanda to Open the day.

CC member Cate Erlank to talk about talent exchange and talents trade and other research on QFS. Cate is based in Western Cape.You can access Cates services including Reiki, Massage and Tarot at telegram channel:
https://t.me/witsand_wellness

MICHEAL IS NOT CONFIRMED: I might NOT be able to get him now. I will get him at a later stage. If he is not on, this section will be a gap for tea & coffee break.
12 - 1pm: Micheal Tellinger on One Small Town ( it might be pre-recorded for us as Michaels time is tight and Micheal schedule is very busy)
https://michaeltellinger.com/one-small-town-interest-speeding-up/ Micheal is based in Mpumalanga

1- 3:30pm: Amanda Gifford On Yoga of Time Travel, Alice in Quantum Land, Learning to play 5D Chess and Time travel through Constellations & Remote Viewing. Q, Quantum Physics, Quantum Self and Quantum http://www.amandagifford.co.za/ebook/jump-the-yoga-of-time-travel-written-by-amanda-gifford/
 - Amanda Gifford is CC Gauteng Regional Coordinator

4 - 5:30pm: Claire Janisch on Biomimicry, Sacred Water, Spin and more https://www.biomimicrysa.co.za/ - Claire is based in KZN https://www.biomimicrysa.co.za/presentations

5:30 - 6:30pm Members Open Chat

Dinner Break: OPEN SPACE for Discussion over Dinner.

8pm - 9:30pm: Rob Mercury on Remote Viewing, Q Force, X Force and More https://www.youtube.com/c/RemoteViewingbyRobMercury Rob Mercury is Western Cape

Contribution: R450 or $30 to PayPal or make a contribution to email: amanda@geniuslab.co.za  or pay it forward or buy me a coffee at https://ko-fi.com/amandagifford

 

2021 PREVIOUS & PAST EVENTS

 

 

ONLINE EVENTS - HOSTED BY CC SOUTH AFRICA

Topic: Amanda Gifford's Zoom Cafe Spring Equinox 

Time: Sep 22, 2021 08:00AM until late, Johannesburg (ZOOM) (Come in anytime)

Contribution: Sliding Scale of Affordability up to R450 or trade (450 talents) per person. For example: This event could be seen as 12 hours of input of talents to a group and 24 hours of production time. 36 hours of talents trade to a group more or less.


STARTS AT 8:00am:

Amanda Gifford
to open on community themes. Trade/ Talents/ Money/ Transitional Money Systems/ NESARA/ Our Consciousness/ DNA / Doing your work on yourself, and more. Basic Welcoming and introducing themes and direction for the day. Intro to the day including 7 levels of personal alchemy, science and consciousness of the SOUL Sacred Marriage of Creating Futures Dragon, Kundalini, Reptilian Brain, Seat of the Subconscious Mind, - Deep Delta and Beyond. 

Special guests: Roi (AKA Roar) who is new CC Ombudsman and 

Bruce from Swaziland (New CC Country Coordinator) to say hello.


9am - 10:30am:

Donovan Hean
: (New KZN Regional Coordinator): Sacred ceremony with a talk about Reconnecting you with Fire Love, Passion and Purpose. Living Authentically! A spring eQuinox Ritual.


11am - 12:15pm:

Adam Suzman
: Homeopath, Author of Buddha Brats: A modern Tale of Enlightenment and Dzogchen Practitioner living in Cape Town on Immortality & Beyond, Finding Your Super Powers. DNA Tattooing, Journey with the remedies and frequency and consciousness. His book Buddha Brats opens with the lines “ An Apocalypse doesn’t organise itself! ” - For those who went to the Adams Calendar  event- I gave you a free bottle of Adams Remedies.

 

12:30pm - 1:30pm:
Gill Ford (Dietician/Functional Medicine - Houghton Johannesburg)
 on Don’t Frighten the Humans: Is Nano Tech telepathic and More - A Warrior in Health, Biohacking, Functional Medicine, Autism and Vaccination Damage: Making remedies locally available - Plus Q & A.


1:30pm - 2:30pm:

CC Members Storytelling Online
PICNIC: Open Space Heart to Heart Discussions & Sharings/ Storytelling by Africa Zoom Attendees on the topics - Space to talk from all over Africa and the World.

 

3pm - 6pm:  
Amanda Gifford: Constellating GOLDEN Galactic Africa
: Awakening Your Super Powers - (Being present with innovation - Presence'ing the Future) Constellating ‘Futures’ Creating Future Memories. Learning How to manifest! 

 

Constellation 1: Africa’s CC Projects - WE ARE AFRICAS FUTURE : Remote Influencing the knowing field about building the future of Africa 

Constellation 2: Africa Going Galactic: The Moon, New technology, Medical Pods Constellation: Med Pods, The Moon, Jupiter meetings, Elizabeth Klarer & her adopted daughters new book ( WE MIGHT HAVE A SPECIAL GUEST) and possibly an interview. Ami is helping to set up.

Constellations 3: Telepathy, Teleportation, Jump Gates Portals  with your Applied Consciousness and More


DINNER BREAK: 2 hours. 


Our EQUINOX VIP SPEAKER:

8pm - 9:30pm: Sacha Stone is BACK!

The Jesus Strand, The Gold, true Alchemy, Africa, Mary Magdelene God Gene, Epigenetics, Sacred Geometry and much more. Mary Magdalene, The Lost Gospels, St Germaine, Spiritual White Boy… and more.

Join Zoom ROOM ALL DAY Meeting SAME LINK

 

NB: Please note that these videos will be recorded, uploaded to youtube, and shared with other CC members as a trade for those who contribute and as a Symposium Online database of information as we build and expand our Library of Consciousness Awakening Talks & Symposiums. The personal process-oriented videos will be made private but educational Zooms will be made available into a CC Consciousness Centre library of learning. I want to show case the genius alchemy of Africa. 

This meeting will be recorded and may not be shared on public video channels. If you do not wish to be seen or heard, please mute your microphone and switch off your video camera

Discussion at this meeting does not necessarily reflect the views of Connecting Consciousness

Topics discussed in this meeting are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition”

PS: A WORD ON TRADE: As we are exploring transitional money systems, QFS, etc and how to be aware of energy exchange and part trade etc Maybe we could create a experimental trade based transitional money system for CC via trade of talents which is what we are already doing. It's just an idea. If you can’t afford it, trade or pay it forward. If you attend, then please find a way to give back to the person you are receiving from or to the community or someone to pay it forward to. If you already do that, that is cool. Just attend and fill up your tank. If you need help with how to do that then ask. I will brainstorm with the group in the next 17th October 2021 event. It would be fun to learn about trade. There is a website that the learning clan uses for talent exchange where there is no money but people pay in talents. It's a fun idea for us to try. To read more about it, go here. https://learningclan.net/trading/ I will have a look at it more carefully and chat to Viv and the other new team members about it and we will maybe present something in October online CC Consciousness Lab event. This is a bit of information about it. Have a look at it and see what you think. Please do your research. 

 

Much love and light

Amanda – South Africa Gauteng Region CC Coordinator

email: southafrica.gauteng@connectingconsciousness.org

LINK HERE FOR AMANDAS CC CONSCIOUSNESS RESEARCH CENTRE ONLINE: https://t.me/joinchat/QUfekqc4uStmNDM0

LINK HERE FOR AMANDAS CC GAUTENG MEET UPS: https://t.me/joinchat/ViXvj8_VcaFiOTJk