Lately I was often asked how my work differs from the work of other mediums, psychics, intuitives, etc. Sometimes all that is simply not all that. (This was first an ordinary blog post, yet it grew to a lengthy article of about 3500 words. So, please bear with me.)
As some of these are sometimes very much esteemed, well known and popular, instead of an explanation (that I already kind of gave here) I can offer my simple and totally non-romantic view.
For example, imagine a person of average height (about 186 cm in the USA, let's call him John for this example) looking ahead in a plain field. Depending on where he is standing, John can maybe see 10 km far (not sure about this, the number is just for the example).
Now imagine some very tall person (for example, Shaq with 216 cm height) standing near and I bet he would see much further, maybe 15 km ahead. Then the tallest man living (as of October 2015 when this article was edited), Sultan with his 251 cm standing near can see even further than Shaq, maybe 20 km away.
So, like in this example, when most people can see like John, some can see like Shaq and very few can see as far as Sultan - discussions can sometimes be fruitless.
That, of course, can bring a lot of trouble in everyday life, but even more so when topics like spirituality or meditation are discussed. Again for example, imagine these three fine gentlemen (John, Shaq and Sultan) discuss what's at 8 km distance: they all can see it and discuss about what they see. So far, so good - but still different opinions can emerge.
Then, imagine these three gentlemen discussing what's at 12 km distance: discussion is not as fruitful as John can not see that far, and whatever he says is theoretical or coming from other sources. Even worse, this fact doesn't bother him at all as all too often he claims that there's nothing that far away - just because he can not see it.
It gets worse: imagine three esteemed gentlemen from this example lively discussing about something that is 18 km away. That means only Sultan can see that far and the other two can not. But again, more often than not - these two can claim that there's simply nothing at that distance just because they can not see it. Or they could dare and tell Sultan what is there because they heard or read or have been told that there is something (whatever that might be, not important for the example).
Sure enough, to finish this story: there might be something at 25 km or 50 km or 100 km distance and none of these gentleman could not discuss the topic as none of them can see that far. I leave to you, how do you often feel like: John, Shaq, Sultan - or something else? Me too, probably.
In my last 25 years I had my fair share of experience with various border, alternative, esoteric, spiritual, etc. tools, methods and techniques.
Although in no way I am claiming to be even remotely an expert (you can read more about it in my free report), my exploration of energy fields (and stuff) was showing that there is more. Sure, for a long time I believed and hoped yet now I know it.
There are many good articles and even some fine books written on this theme yet I offer my view. I will first mention many of the known expressions, terms, names and symbols; then I will briefly explain key points as I see them.
I have no pretensions to offer another truly, undoubtedly, perfectly explained and one-and-only correct no-BS exploration of spirituality: if you are interested to know what is there (and beyond there) feel free to skip to the end of this text. There I will write on how I see it and what seems to be beyond all that (to me, of course).
People - at one point or the other in their life - ask themselves some larger-than-life questions like: who am I, why am I here, what's the purpose of my life, etc. It seems that it's some instinct wired in our minds.
So, often spirituality means something different to everyone. For some people, it's all about participating in some organized religion: going to church, synagogue, a mosque, etc. Some even change religious denomination once when the original one does not fulfil their needs. To others, spirituality is quite personal so they try to get in touch with their spiritual side through the prayer, yoga, meditation, quiet reflection, or even just long walks.
Some definitions explain religion as an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems and world views that align humanity to an order of existence, yet sometimes the word religion is used interchangeably with faith or set of duties. According to some researchers, aside from private belief, the concept of religion is something eminently social.
To satisfy that need, religions usually have different narratives, symbols and sacred histories that aim to explain the meaning of life, the origin of life or the Universe. That's usually all fine and well yet often from their beliefs about the cosmos and human nature, people may derive morality, ethics, religious laws or a preferred lifestyle. And that's surely whole another story.
Many religions may have organized behaviours, clergy, a definition of what constitutes adherence or membership, holy places, and scriptures. The practice of a religion may include different rituals, sermons, commemoration or veneration (of a deity, gods, or goddesses), sacrifices, festivals, feasts, trances, initiations, funerary services, matrimonial services, meditation, prayer, music, art, dance, public service, or other aspects of human culture. Religions may also contain mythology.
Humanity as a whole is predominantly religious (as much as there is a difference in understanding that word among different people) with some three out of five people declaring as such (on average, more women than men). To make it all more interesting there are some people that follow multiple religions or multiple religious principles at the same time, regardless of whether or not the religious principles they follow traditionally allow that.
According to some research it seems that even total sceptics can't stifle the sense that there is something greater around/above/behind/near/below the visible world and all that what meets the eye. And even when it is seemingly impossible to find meaning in it, the phenomenon known as cognitive dissonance shows that once we believe in something - we will try to explain away anything that conflicts with it. It's just our human nature, I guess.
Cult is literally the care (Latin: cultus) owed to God or gods and to temples, shrines, or churches and is often embodied in ritual and ceremony. Its present or former presence is made concrete in temples, shrines and churches, and cult images, including cult images and votive deposits at votive sites.
As usually in life, there's more: sometimes modern cults are classified as new religious movements: that sounds more neutral. Either way, it's often a sort of a religious/spiritual group of modern origins, which has a marginal place within its nation's dominant religious culture. According to some estimation, it seems there's now tens of thousands of such organizations world-wide, with most of their members living in Asia and Africa. Also, the vast majority of these have only a few members, some have thousands, and only very few have more than one million members.
On religious cults Wikipedia brings: "Although there is no one criterion or set of criteria for describing a group as a 'new religious movement', use of the term usually requires that the group be both of recent origin and different from existing religions. (...)"
In short, mystery is something not understood or beyond understanding; that resists or defies explanation; of a profound/inexplicable/secretive quality; maybe even a religious truth that one can know only by revelation and cannot fully understand. Obviously, with such a definition, there's a whole lot of more or less strange stuff that can be covered with that word. And surely it is!
It seems that the most common understanding of the scientific look on the history of humanity is that it all started from primitive beginnings and steadily progressed upward in the linear development of culture and science. There's nothing wrong with that idea until you consider selective truth: most of the found/preserved artefacts present in archaeological/geological records fit this accepted linear view of our past.
However, many other unearthed artefacts create obvious contradictions to the conservative picture of antiquity and can not simply be squeezed to fit. They simply can not fit into the established model of prehistory, pointing back instead to the existence of advanced civilizations before any of the known ancient cultures came into being.
Sometimes, scholars do not accept any of these ideas and try to explain ancient enigmas on the ground of religion and ritual. Again, that is all fine and well, but often the spiritual approach to these items views them as a source of religious methodology of spiritual self-perfection and knowledge about God, Life and Death, Evolution, and the meaning of life.
On the other hand, more literal approach treats ancient texts just as another source of information about historical events that are considered to be sort of a history books. Is there any truth about history of the mankind and our planet in ancient writings, or is it all just religious fantasy? Well, you can guess, you can believe or you can know. This one and similar questions occupy the minds of some people. To each his own.
This is very interesting and sometimes elusive topic as about enlightenment on every hundred people there is about two hundred opinions. In short, enlightenment is often explained as the total understanding of a situation. It translates several religious terms and concepts, most notably bodhi, kensho and satori (in Buddhism); moksha (in Hinduism); Kevala Jnana (in Jainism) and ushta (in Zoroastrianism).
In Christianity, the word enlightenment is rarely used in this sense, yet similar meanings can be attributed to illumination, kenosis, metanoia, revelation and conversion. To some people, enlightenment is synonym for mysticism these two can be used as equivalent terms for religious or spiritual insight.
Transcendence seems to be yet another often widely misunderstood concept: to some it's all about how you act and react, on what you decide to do or not to do. In short, for some, transcendence is a conscious ability to choose how you respond to any situation.
It could mean understanding and recognizing that so far most of our reactions come responding to our inner fears, aggression or some other self-protective motives. Some would say it's coming from our own Ego, but that's way out of the scope of this article.
Expectedly, transcendence could allow you to act from the point of no return - acting from the area of doing the right/authentic/correct/adequate thing is only possible here, no matter if it brings more or less trouble/gain/result/pleasure. My two cents.
Alternatively, written as Nibbana, the vast majority of Buddhism schools explain Nirvana as a state of bliss or peace. It is not yet clear if this state may be experienced in life, or it may be reached only after it: various schools have diverse teachings about whether this Nirvana question.
Some think that the word Nirvana means "to extinguish", such as extinguishing the flame of a candle. This "extinguishment" is not understood by Buddhists to mean annihilation, however. Rather, it is thought of as passing into another kind of existence.
In the culture in which the historical Buddha lived and taught, it was understood that fire "burns" and becomes visible when it is attached to fuel, and it stops burning and becomes invisible when it is "released" from fuel. The fire, it was thought, was not annihilated but transformed. More on this Nirvana question.
Briefly generalised opinion might be that meditation is an art of focusing your attention in one area. Such practice comes with a host of health benefits including increased concentration, decreased anxiety, and an overall wellbeing.
For one reason or the other, a lot of people try meditation at some point in their lives, but only a small fraction of them stick to it in the long run. Most often than not, the reason is lying in the inadequate attitude needed to make that practice sustainable and experience worthwhile.
As Wikipedia presents it: "The word meditation carries different meanings in different contexts. Meditation has been practiced since antiquity as a component of numerous religious traditions and beliefs. (...) It may be done sitting, or in an active way - for instance, Buddhist monks involve awareness in their day-to-day activities as a form of mind-training. Prayer beads or other ritual objects are commonly used during meditation in order to keep track of or remind the practitioner about some aspect of the training."
Also known as Hermeticism, it is a religious/philosophical tradition based primarily upon the writings historically attributed to Hermes Trismegistus. Apparently, these writings have greatly influenced the Western esoteric tradition and were considered to be of great importance during both the Renaissance and the Reformation periods.
The tradition claims descent from prisca theologia, a religious doctrine that affirms the existence of a single, true theology that is present in all religions and that was given by God to man in antiquity. Still, a large part of the earned importance of Hermetism arises from its connection with the development of science during the Medieval times when the idea of influencing or controlling nature led many scientists to look for various forms of magic (and its sisters astrology, alchemy, etc.) which, it was thought, could put Nature to the test by means of experiments.
The New Age is in a class by itself. Unlike most formal religions, this is a movement without a holy text, central organization, formal membership, ordained clergy, geographic centre, dogmas, creed, etc. However, often mutually exclusive definitions for some of their terms are used, thus making it an elusive, free-flowing, decentralized, spiritual movement.
Its believers and supporters (estimated some 20% of the general population) are like some informal group/network with loosely similar beliefs and practices, which many add on top of whichever formal religion that they follow (if they do it, that is). In some cases, large book publishers take the place of a central organization; live courses, seminars, conventions, books and informal groups figure as kind of sermons and religious services.
The New Age is a very heterogeneous movement of individuals: according to some recent surveys show that many Americans hold at least some new age beliefs. About 8% believe in astrology; about 9% in tarot readings; about 3% believe that each person is God himself/herself, etc.
Here I quote John Naisbitt: "In turbulent times, in times of great change, people head for the two extremes: fundamentalism and personal, spiritual experience (...). With no membership lists or even a coherent philosophy or dogma, it is difficult to define or measure the unorganized New Age movement. But in every major U.S. and European city, thousands who seek insight and personal growth cluster around a metaphysical bookstore, a spiritual teacher, or an education centre."
This broad term has many meanings, including but not limited to: religion, philosophy and various practices. That being said, in short, yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice/discipline originally from India. Today there is no shortage of very broad ranges of schools, practices and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism and few of the best-known are Hatha yoga, Raja yoga and Tantra yoga.
The ancient origins of Yoga have most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries B.C. in ancient India's ascetic circles. After the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century, different yoga gurus from India introduced it to the West where in the 1980s yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise. However, in various Indian traditions, yoga is much more than physical exercise: it has a meditative and spiritual core.
Although many studies have tried to determine the effectiveness of yoga as a complementary intervention for some medical conditions, so far the results are inconclusive at best. As many times before: time will tell.
Healers and Shamans
Here I am mentioning healing in a sense of mental/energy/spiritual healing that includes many variants such as reiki, vortex healing, shamanic healing and so forth. Unfortunately, as simple as it seems - it is not.
According to their own level of awareness, the majority of the general population can have (or do have) such healing ability. The problem is often plain ignorance: either they have taken on the mainstream belief system which dismisses such abilities as impossible, or they have accepted some of the restrictive beliefs about healing that come from the different religions.
Sometimes a wise old white-bearded man is a stereotype picture of a spiritual teacher, although many women are serving the same purpose to the Universe. Either way, the spiritual teacher should understand that the process of spiritual awakening is often an unpleasant process of cleaning the Ego, various issues, buried pain, etc. And the path a spiritual teacher directs you towards is the one leading you back to you: while he/she might have a plenty of spiritual advice he may also upset you.
Often you will have no idea on why you are feeling that way, but in time you will understand that the teacher is helping you to heal yourself: he/she is not controlling you or making you do stuff out of fear, guilt, or shame. The Ego does this job very well, anyway.
This is a very rare find. Spiritual master usually radiates energy: when the one enters the room, the room shifts. The good news is these people often have a very strong presence that can call out darkness almost immediately and open new ways to embodied expression.
The bad news is that masters (unlike spiritual teachers) often have zero interest and motivation to teach you anything: many will be perfectly at peace being in the now. Some would even say that this type of person is not everybody's cup of tea and should be the one whom you only seek when all else but the spiritual path matters to you.
People have been talking to the dead (those that passed away or crossed over, unseen spirits, etc.) for thousands of years using many different methods. In modern times technology allowed that to be publicly via TV shows, internet, etc. but it seems everybody can do it alone - in accordance with his/her level of consciousness. I can do it, too - but only as much as needed on the way to something more important.
It seems that we perceive the world inside us and around us depending on our present level of consciousness (and that can be measured relatively, by the way). For one - all is about the body, to the other - it's all about the emotions; to third - it's about (mental) images, archetypes and symbols; and then to some - all is about the knowledge.
Usually as long as something has a shape (or any kind of form/image) I know there is something behind without a shape - and then I am looking for it.
The last field I could explain is the Realisator field where you can (mentally) look at, see nothing and know there is everything in perfect order with Universal Consciousness and Universal Energy: it's empty but is not empty, you see nothing but can "see" (or feel or know) that it's full of everything. Certainly it's hard to describe, at least for me.
An average medium or psychic (or intuitive or clairvoyant, etc.) can see people that are crossed over (or passed away, in short: dead people); others can see different layers of non-physical world (thus reports of seeing angels, fairies, etc.); some can see fractions/options from your past/future, etc.
But there is more, and I can see beyond that point reachable to most of them. In my work I see and sometimes interact with these non-physical beings (and also make changes in that world in the allowed authentic extent).
For that I need nothing material: no astrology charts, no tarot cards, no pieces of clothing, no images, no need to see you in person as Skype or phone will do just fine, etc.
That's why work as per SEE, READ, CHANGE protocol - and more often than not includes dealing with the whole hierarchy of the dark side. I can see it and deal with it as much as I have to, but not more than that. It's sometimes not easy, but it's surely a lot of fun.