About Messages

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Messages from the fifth dimension is most definitely not a Web log as that term is generally used. A Web log is an online personal journal, used for the wide variety of things that personal journals are used for, though, because they are posted to the Internet, they are made available to pretty much everyone. Web logs are often interesting and informative, but ultimately are of limited interest and application, as they are from one person's perspective and deal with one person's personal issues, feelings, and daily activities.

Instead, with a light touch, in Messages I explore topics that may seem ordinary and everyday yet, upon examination, yield deeper truths about spirituality, human nature, and the nature of reality itself. I do this so gently and subtly that when you come to the end of each essay, you may find you have examined some ideas or looked at things in ways you perhaps didn't expect to.

Messages is an adjunct to my main Web site, The Lighthouse Online, which contains a number of essays, channeled materials, book reviews, and other materials of interest to people on a spiritual path.

Properly applied, what you read here can make a positive difference in your life.

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Dealing With Psychic Attacks

Lately, I've gotten a number of emails asking for help in dealing with spiritual and psychic attacks. I could write an entire book ont he subject, but some excellent books have already been written. Still, I have created a brief summary of what psychic attacks are about and how to deal with them; the article can be found here, at my main Lighthouse Online Web site.

Friday, June 23, 2006

One Man Not To Vote For

It is always nice when political candidates do something so heinous, cruel, and inhuman that they make it easy to scratch them from your mental list of potential candidates. Here is an article about US Senator Bill Frist that makes it clear that no sane, thinking human being would ever, EVER want such a man in the White House.

To summarize, while he was in medical school, he would go to the animal shelters, adopt cats, treat them as pets in his home for a while, then take them into the lab to perform fatal experiments on them. He justifies his acts by saying that they were in the name of medicine and science. He glosses over it by referring to all of this as something he did in the past, as though the decisions we make in the past don't form who we are now. Even worse, according to this article, Frist recently said something "about the power he felt when holding the last beats of a dog's heart in his hand."

The article says that, "To his credit, the future senator wrote that it was a "heinous and dishonest thing to do."" However, what he is referring to is the adopting of the cats as pets (animal shelters won't knowingly allow someone to "adopt" an animal if it is for "scientific research"), NOT to what he did to the cats in the laboratory.

When I look at my cats—their trust, their intelligence, their patience, their love—I can't imagine how any human being could take such a creature and deliberately subject them to pain, suffering, and death. And isn't this one of the warning signs of a psychopathic personality, that he tortures small animals for pleasure? Hiding behind science doesn't work when he has already made RECENT statements such as that about the power he felt when holding a dog's dying heart in his hands.

Monday, May 15, 2006

How Do You Know Whether You Can Channel?

I am often asked how one can learn to channel or, even more basically, how does one know whether one can channel.

The simplest answer is, just try it, and see if anything comes to you. I believe that channeling is actually just another form of communication, a form that we all must learn eventually. You might as well start practicing now.

But before you start, ask for spiritual contacts and guidance. When you do so, specify that you only want contact with the very highest, most worthy and loving spirits possible (because there are evil spirits out there, and I am sure you don’t want contact with them!). If there is a human being you trust that you can ask for advice and guidance, then that is also wise to do, though, as always, I caution you to be your own authority, and to listen to what is in your heart. No matter who someone is, if what he or she says doesn't feel right or sound right to you, then trust your own instincts and intuition and do what you feel is right instead.

Then, to try your hand at channeling, it is probably easiest to start by asking for guidance on or answers to some specific questions or issues you have. Set aside some time when you are rested and won’t be disturbed. Make yourself comfortable and relaxed (though, contrary to popular fiction, a darkened room and incense are not required), have some paper and a pencil handy (or some kind of sound recording equipment), and ask your first question. I don’t recommend using a computer to record your questions and answers because, in my own experience, the process of typing interferes to a small extent with the ability to listen to the information coming through.

After you ask your question, listen internally for any kind of answer or response. It might come as words, images, tastes, sounds, or just a “knowing” or sudden presence of information that wasn’t there before. Whatever the answer, spend a bit of time with the answer, exploring it, thinking about it, and perhaps asking further questions of it, to see if more information comes through, then record the answer either by taking notes on paper or recording it by voice. If you are very brave and feel lead to do so, you can speak your question aloud, then speak the answer as or right after you receive it.

It is actually a good sign if the information feels like it is coming from a source that is not you. It is also a very good sign if the information source feels warm, loving, and vast.

Don’t spend too much time on one question, though. Keep asking. Stop when you are tired. Try it again when you are rested.

Initially, you may not get any answers, or they may be short or unclear. Don’t worry about it. In this case, practice is a very good thing. Just keep practicing. You will get better at it.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

How Do You Know It is Real?

I am often asked by others how they can learn to channel. One of the questions often asked in conjunction is, how do you know that something you receive is the truth?

The simplest answer is that you know it when it is true—when real information comes through, it has a feeling of truth to it. But it isn’t that simple. In order to be able to know it, there are a number of personal qualities that need to be in place.

  1. You have to have a habit of truthfulness in all areas of your life—no lying to yourself or others, for example. This is because you have to be able to discern the truth when it comes through, and to whatever degree you are dishonest (especially to yourself), to that degree you will not be able to tell the difference between true information coming through and the illusions or wishful thinking or ego-based other ideas you are introducing. Something to watch for is anything that is self-agrandizing, especially if it is coupled with putting someone else down. (Such as, "My entity says he is better than anyone else's," or "My entity says that I am the best channeler in the world.")
  2. You also have to have an open mind while yet retaining a high level of objectivity. An open mind, so that information coming through that seems weird or unusual or even impossible isn’t automatically censored by you. A high level of objectivity, so that you can ask yourself whether what seems to be coming through is instead a misunderstanding or even something you are making up or read somewhere else that isn’t, in fact, coming from a valid spiritual source. Coupled with that, the habit of honesty mentioned in step one will allow you to discard whatever doesn’t seem true or right or real.
  3. You have to be fairly humble and willing to acknowledge that you can make mistakes in receiving the information, and that you sometimes even just do not receive any information at all. I sometimes don’t get information, and I tell my clients when I don’t. Otherwise, it would be a disservice to all if I were to pretend that I “got” something when I didn’t. It would be a disservice to my clients because I would be lying, and that is wrong. It would also be a disservice because it promotes the impression that psychics always get information. And it would be a disservice to me because it is my belief that every time someone misuses or abuses their talents, especially if through dishonesty, they are further cutting themselves off from the real source of information, and are instead substituting fantasy. Eventually, there is no connection at all, and instead they are making it all up.
  4. For the clearest information, it is important to have a flexible mind as well, with the ability to see, appreciate, and value many different viewpoints at once. If you think there is only one right way to do things, then this is going to be a difficult step for you.
  5. It also helps a lot to have a basically loving and optimistic outlook on life, as that will help attract the higher spirits.

If you feel you have these traits, then you are mostly there!

Next, it is important to ask for spiritual contacts and guidance, and to specify when you ask that you only want contact with the very highest, most worthy and loving spirits possible (because there are evil spirits out there, and I am sure you don’t want contact with them!). If there is a human being you trust that you can ask for advice and guidance, then that is also wise to do, though, as always, I caution you to be your own authority, and to listen to what is in your heart. No matter who someone is, if what he or she says doesn't feel right or sound right to you, then trust your own instincts and intuition and do what you feel is right instead.

I know this is a really short piece, but it encapsulates a lot of thinking I’ve done on this topic.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Terence, This is Stupid Stuff

"Terence, This is Stupid Stuff," by A. E. Housman, a long-dead British poet, is one of my daughter's favorite poems. We were reciting it together over breakfast—not that I remember all that much of it—and I decided it might be amusing and serious enough to interest my readers.

For those of you who shy away from poetry, or find it hard to follow: The first stanza is being said to Terence, the poet, by his friends, complaining that they think his poetry is stupid and useless and depressing.

"Come," they say, "make poems that are lively."

The rest of the poem is Terence's reply, explaining why he thinks poetry—his style of poetry, at any rate—is worth the writing and the hearing.

"If you want lively stuff, drink," he says. "While you are drunk, all will be well with the world. But it won't last, and when you are sober again, the world will be as it always has been. If you want to understand the world better, turn to poetry. It might even enable you to survive longer." Thus, the gist of his message, which ends on a thoughtful note. But a plain summary like this cannot convey the humor of this poem. Read! Laugh! Enjoy!

(Also note that "victuals," which means food, is pronounced "vittles," rhyming with skittles.)

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