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Section 7 - Frequently asked spiritual questions

The questions

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1. About God

2. About the guides

3. About spirituality, healing and genes

  1. What is spirituality?
  2. What are some of the spiritual gifts?
  3. What is 5th dimensional state of being?
  4. What are the spiritual laws?
  5. What is “free will” and how does it affect us?
  6. Is there any such thing as miraculous healing?
  7. How could God allow someone who was miraculously healed to become sick again with the same disease?
  8. Is there hope that I won't develop any of the diseases that my parents had?
  9. Why do we get sick / suffer injuries / have accidents?
  10. Why are there side effects from medications?
  11. Why do we believe that evil spirits are causing our pain / disease / life problems?
  12. Why does God allow so-called evil people to come to power?
  13. Is there a magic pill?
  14. What are the chakras and what role do they play in our healing?
  15. Do physical ailments come from not hearing our thoughts, or from having negative emotions?

4. About souls

5. About life, death, reincarnation and karma

6. About religion and sin

7. About the devil, hell and negative energies

8. About the end times

9. About human behaviour

  1. What is our spiritual diet?
  2. What is the "cold shoulder"?
  3. Why do people withhold their approval?
  4. Why do people play practical jokes?
  5. Why are people superstitious?
  6. Why do people steal credit for work that others have done?
  7. Why do people judge, criticise and condemn work that others have done?
  8. Why do people lie?
  9. What if nothing is wrong, but I still feel awful?
  10. What is legacy guilt?
  11. What is legacy resentment?
  12. Why do we give gifts?
  13. About the passage of time
  14. More about forgiveness
  15. Why do we think that everyone else is the enemy?
  16. What is the spiritual component of revolution?
  17. Why have politics become so nasty?
  18. What can we do to fight terrorism?
  19. Does the moon affect our emotions?
  20. Why is it so difficult to make positive changes in our lives?
  21. What is a know-it-all?
  22. What is legacy contamination?
  23. What planet are you from?

The answers

1. About God
1.1 Does God really exist? Does he have a plan for me? How can I find out what it is?
Yes. God really exists. Yes, God has a plan for you. Find out what it is by meditating in the new way. Any question directed toward our Creator will bring a response that is in accordance with the spiritual Law of free will. Get centred and ask your question as simply as possible; then listen for the answer. If the answer does not come immediately, there may be other information required to enable clarity. In that case, start to build a pattern of regular mediation with the Universal Intelligence, work through inner conflicts and learn belief systems that are based in Universal Truth.

1.2 If God IS, why is there pain and suffering in the world? Why is there war? Why is there sickness?
The gift of free will enables us to choose how to think, how to behave, and even what to believe. These spiritual choices determine our physical reality and, in fact, the condition of life on the planet. We are not judged for our choices or punished, but the Universal Intelligence allows the logical consequences of them to happen. That is, if we judge, criticise, condemn, control, blame, hate, seek revenge and so on, it is we who must deal with the physical results (accidents and/or injury and/or illness and/or war) of these negative spiritual choices. Our physical body rests upon the foundation created by our thoughts, attitudes, emotions, beliefs and desires; our planet and its life forms are experiencing the results of countless thousands of years of them. The world is becoming a better place as we begin to grasp this idea, and as we do the work required to bring profound change into our lives.

War, genocide, crimes against humanity and acts of terrorism continue to occur, just as they have throughout history. Like every human behaviour, they are caused by negative thoughts, attitudes, emotions, belief systems and desires. Of course we must be ready, willing and able to stand up to bullies and aggressors; pacifism is not enough to stop those on a path of wanton destruction. We must be willing to defend our way of life, yet we cannot sink to barbarism when meting out justice to the offenders. Doing so only perpetuates the cycle of karmic debt. It is far better to employ restorative justice.

1.3 Is God angry or disappointed with humanity?
No. God is neither angry nor disappointed with humanity. Disappointment implies that judgment, criticism, condemnation have taken place, and since the Universal Intelligence is unconditional love, disappointment is not possible. We are living in accordance with the Universal spiritual law of free will, experiencing all that there is to be experienced, and we will ultimately learn our way back to Source. That is the way, the truth and the life.

1.4 Isn't it time that God gave us some new rules of conduct?
Yes, and here they are:
  • Do not judge, criticise and condemn - either your fellow humans, or self, or the Universal Intelligence
  • Do not control your fellow humans
  • Do not rescue your fellow humans from despots and dictators
  • Forgive others as you would like to be forgiven
  • Strive for excellence rather than perfection
  • Seek guidance from the Universal Intelligence, for it is always available

1.5 Are thoughts powerful?
For your consideration: Nothing exists in physical without first having existed in thought
If the above statement is true, then this universe was thought of before it came into existence: someone or something considered all the necessary components and processes for it to grow and thrive before releasing it. That may sound like a thinking God created everything, but personally, I cannot see another way for this universe to have come into existence. Not a God with a great long beard sitting on a throne, dictating to all the little cherubs and angels what needs to be done by whom, and where, and when. But a Creator, the Source, all-powerful, all-knowing, and, most importantly, unconditionally loving - to the point that it endowed many of its creations with free will. On Planet Earth, each life form and process is bounded by certain limitations, with those in human form having the fewest.

24-7, the Universal Intelligence hears the thoughts of nearly eight billion souls on planet earth, to say nothing of the countless trillions of other souls in the universe. In order to understand how this is possible, we need to have an understanding of just what our Creator is. Creator, Source, Universal Intelligence, Singularity, God, Allah, Yahweh, Heavenly Father or Mother, Great Spirit - no matter what we call it, our Creator is the Source of everything that is. It is energy - deeply intelligent - responsive - creative - unconditionally loving - energy. It brought this particular universe into being. If we tap into Source, we feel an upwelling of emotion that can literally bring tears to our eyes. It is in that moment of connection that we know that everything is ok, there is nothing we need to do or change in order to be accepted - we are loved unconditionally.

How can it possibly hear all of us, all the time?
We are accompanied throughout our existence, including each of our soul’s physical incarnations, by at least one spiritual guide. Like us, these divine representatives were created at the instant of the big bang. They are often referred to as our inner voice, or our guardian angel. At our current stage of spiritual evolution, it is a challenge to set aside our busy thoughts long enough to have a meaningful conversation with our guide, and it requires even more effort and clarity of thought on our part to connect with Source. Therefore, our guides serve as the bridge between us and the Universal Intelligence. They hear our thoughts, our questions, our worries - everything in our life’s experience, and they provide us with information, instruction and guidance from Source. We may credit ourselves with the information, but that does not change the fact that it comes from the Universal Intelligence.

Fewer thoughts
The more we reduce and refine our thoughts, the easier it becomes to communicate with our guide, and with the Universal Intelligence. As more and more of us do this work, we will edge closer to the next step in human evolution: that of becoming ready, willing and able to include input from the Universal Intelligence in all of our daily affairs. Free will allows humans to choose to ignore this wisdom and ignoring it has gotten us into considerable trouble, but what better way to learn?

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2. About the guides

2.1 What is my inner voice, and how can I hear it?
Our so-called inner voice is the wisdom of the Universal Intelligence, given to us by our guide. By learning to meditate in a new way, you can begin communicating consciously with your guide.

2.2 What is my guide's name? How many guides are working with me?
When in a centred state, ask your guide his or her name. (Although the guides are not male or female, they do tend to respond to us in ways that seem either feminine or masculine.) If you hear more than one name, there is more than one guide with you. In that case, ask for the name of your personal companion/teaching guide. At least one guide accompanies us on our life's voyage (in and out of human form) and other guides travel with us for as long as necessary. In truth, the number of guides working with us does not make us any better or worse than any other human.

2.3 Why don't our guides keep us from coming to harm?
Sometimes they do, and sometimes they do not ~ it all depends on what is required for our soul's life experience. The guides abide by the guidance of the Universal Intelligence and its spiritual laws. Only they know what lessons are required for us. Although some experiences harm the physical body, the soul gains wisdom from the experience, even if not until the soul is "at home". Unfortunately, it is often through the more painful and difficult experiences that we learn the more difficult spiritual lessons.

Whether or not we come to harm also depends upon whether we pay attention to our thoughts. Very often we are warned to do or not do something (in our thoughts of course, for the guides communicate with us telepathically), or to go or not go somewhere. It is our choice whether to heed the warning. We may never know how many people met with harm who chose to ignore their guide’s suggestion, but we are hearing of more and more people who do pay attention, who live to tell the tale.

2.4 Is mental telepathy between people possible?
No. Telepathic communication is a reality, but only between a soul in physical form and the Universal Intelligence via our guide. Of course, our guides can play along with our belief systems and desires and let us think we are reading someone's mind: we may sometimes guess what someone is thinking, or we may have a premonition that a loved one is having some sort of extraordinary experience; but it is our guide letting us know - not our loved one. At this point in human evolution, we hardly even hear our own thoughts, never mind someone else's. So long as we judge, criticise and condemn and try to control one another, mental telepathy will not be possible.

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3. About spirituality, healing and genes
3.1 What is spirituality?
Spirituality is knowing that we are children of the Universal Intelligence, and therefore loved unconditionally. It is knowing, deep within, that we are much more than our physical bodies; we are spiritual beings dressed in human form, learning our way back to Source. Spirituality is knowing that this holds true for each and every human being, not just the fortunate few. Being a spiritual person does not mean having to forsake family, friends, sex, wealth, luxury, food or drink, or even work or play. We need not deprive ourselves of the joys of life, and we certainly need not inflict pain on ourselves to prove our devotion to God. After all, the Universal Intelligence hears our every thought, so there is nothing to prove.

3.2 What are some of the spiritual gifts?
These are not so much gifts as they are skills or abilities learned in previous lifetimes that the Universal Intelligence may activate in the current existence. Any spiritual ability that we have while in human form is there because the Universal Intelligence has enabled it. We become better able to use them to help others after we have worked through our unresolved issues and inner conflicts. Here are some of the spiritual gifts, along with some newer information about them:
  • The ability to heal others is a myth. Healing is given at the discretion of the Universal Intelligence - sometimes working through another human, sometimes not. See miraculous healing
  • Medical intuition is the ability to hear our guide tell us what is happening physically with another individual. Of course, the clearer our thoughts and the fewer our inaccurate belief systems, the more readily we may hear Universal Truth
  • The ability to see auras is the ability to see the energy emanating from another individual. Of course, the only way to really know what the various colours mean is to ask our guide in meditation. Remember to ask for whom the message has been given. See What are the chakras?
  • Psychic abilities are becoming more well-known and widely accepted as being a possibility. Foreseeing future events, finding missing people (both victims and criminals), channelling, communicating with the dead, seeing entities who are not in physical form, interpreting dreams; these are all thought to be the result of psychic intuition. The Universal Intelligence says that they are the result of the guides giving information to the psychic individuals, and producing, sometimes spectacular, special effects to go along with the information.

    The psychic is simply an individual who is willing to tune in and listen to what the Universe has to say, and then share the information. However, and here is what can damage the credibility of psychics, the information is filtered through the thoughts, attitudes, emotions, desires and belief systems of the psychic individual, so the message may or may not come through intact. This is one of the reasons that the information in the Bible may not completely contain or reflect Universal Truth and wisdom and may have been influenced by the prevailing social norms of those olden days.

    Given that all souls come from the same place, our creator, we all have an inherent sixth sense and it is possible to develop it. Doing so requires practice and dedication to become a clear channel, else we run the risk of providing less than accurate information. Start by learning to meditate in the way that the Universe teaches, then work on resolving inner child issues by completing the Spiritual Questionnaire. Doing this work sets us firmly on the path of profound soul development and enables us to truly serve God, and thereby humanity
  • Astral projection - seeming to leave one's physical body. This can occur when one is in a meditative state and therefore more open to allowing one's imagination to roam freely. It can also happen during a near-death experience to show the individual that life truly goes on after death of the physical body (a driving force in the human struggle to recall our divine nature). In either case, the importance of asking our guide questions about the experience cannot be overstated
  • Bi-location or 'phasing' - seeming to be in two different places and times at the same moment. This can occur if an individual has attained a level of spiritual enlightenment that enables consciousness to separate from ego in order to gain information (see What is 5th dimensional state of being). The individual is physically present in one place and time and energetically present in another
  • The gift of tongues is indeed a gift and has been widely misunderstood for centuries. It has been taught that when this gift is bestowed upon an individual, the chosen one will speak words that sound like no language on earth. Further, that a human interpreter is required to explain what God has said. In truth, when this gift is enabled, the words of the speaker will be automatically interpreted by the guide of each listener and transmitted telepathically to each listener in his or her preferred language

3.3 What is 5th dimensional state of being?
This is a label for a level of spiritual self-awareness in which one feels peace, joy, bliss and unconditional love, as well as freedom from the physical concerns of time and space (see bi-location). At humanity’s current stage of development, the state is possible to achieve only for fleeting moments of time. We are not yet competent to maintain it and still go about the daily activities of life. See Section 11

3.4 What are the spiritual laws?
This information may seem to be at odds with much of what is out there, but it is simple and straightforward. It is free of the fear-based ideas that are currently widely accepted, and it presents the concept of the profound equality of all souls. There is no such thing as sin. There is no judgment, no criticism, no condemnation - all are free and able to experience whatever their soul needs in order to find its way back to Source. It is important to note that each and every individual soul was created, whole and complete, at the instant of the big bang.
  • All souls entering physical form have been granted free will.
  • There is one soul for one physical body per lifetime, beginning at approximately at birth and ending approximately at death of the physical body.
  • Whatever lessons are required for the soul’s ultimate spiritual advancement will be presented. We will be tested, relentlessly.
  • All souls entering into physical form are accompanied by, and entitled to communication with, a personal companion/teaching guide for the duration of their existence.
  • The guides abide by the wisdom and guidance of the Universal Intelligence and by the spiritual laws.

3.5 What is free will and how does it affect us?
Free will is the most important of the spiritual laws affecting humankind. Many people are familiar with the idea that humans have free will to make their own choices - in fact, Planet Earth is often called the free will planet. But free will goes far beyond simply being able to choose which action to take and when. It is the ability to choose what to think, what to desire, what to feel and how to react; even more importantly, it is the ability to believe whatever we want to believe. God, the Universal Intelligence, the Creator, whatever you choose to call the source of all that is, helps us maintain and even strengthen our belief systems even if they are not based in Universal Truth. Whatever our belief, the Universe will allow us to experience, in physical, the outcomes of such a belief. That is free will in action, and that is partly why it is so important to be aware of our core belief systems: they are the foundation upon which our physical body rests, and upon which our life experiences depend.

Free will is also our opportunity to choose between doing what we want and doing that which the Universal Intelligence requires of us. There is only one way to find what God requires of us, and that is to ask God, through our own personal teacher/companion guide. Only they have the Universal Truth of what God requires of us as individuals. If we do not ask what is required of us, the information will not be given (because it would interfere with our belief(s). If we rely upon another person to tell us what God wants us to do, or upon information that is presented in a book (any book) or on television, or on the internet, we will not find God’s Truth of what is required for us as individuals - we will find only what another human thinks we should do. Thus the importance of regular communication with our own guide.

The flip side of the free will coin is unconditional love. We are all children of God and we are each loved unconditionally at all times; therefore, we are never judged, criticised or condemned by God or his representatives. However, God does not excuse us from responsibility. He allows there to be consequences for our choices and our thoughts, attitudes and emotions. The consequences may not always be pleasant - they may even be painful - but the individual is entitled to communication, guidance, teaching and unconditional love throughout the entire life experience, whether or not we think it is deserved. However, just because we have free will does not mean that we are in charge: our lessons will be presented according to God’s timing and in whatever way He sees as best for our spiritual growth and he will test us relentlessly to make sure that the lessons are learned.

If this does not make sense, think of a toddler who is learning to walk. If the parent prevents the child from falling, how will the child learn to get up? So it is with the Universal Intelligence. We are allowed to make choices, to err, to fall, or to excel, to soar. Yes, we may be hurt - others may even be hurt by our choices - but ultimately, all will benefit.

3.6 Is there any such thing as miraculous healing?
Yes. There are three key components: (1) the Universal Intelligence initiates the healing process in accordance with our desire to heal, (2) our faith - via the placebo effect - enables healing to occur (may or may not be instantaneous) and (3) the source of the offer of healing must be credible, or at least plausible, to us. A limiting factor is the spiritual law of free will, as healing will not occur if we prefer to remain unwell - yet another reason to become aware of our thoughts. See ability to heal others

3.7 How could God allow someone who was miraculously healed to become sick again with the same disease?
It all comes down to free will. Since we are free to think whatever we wish (the Universal Intelligence will not interfere with our thoughts), and since illness starts in the thoughts, it is logical that repetitive negative thoughts will have a negative impact on our health. Wile a physical disease may be healed, the thought patterns that contributed to its creation may not change, thereby enabling the disease to recur.

3.8 Is there hope that I won't develop either of the diseases that took my parents' lives?
Yes. While the current understanding of inherited risk factors says that we are born with an arbitrary blend of the genes of each of our parents and of their parents before them and so on - and that it cannot be changed without medical intervention, the newer understanding is that the blend is not arbitrary and it is not static. The Universal Intelligence creates the blend to reflect the spiritual makeup of the family unit as well as to meet the spiritual learning needs of the soul who is about to incarnate, so that the blend adapts to reflect the spiritual condition of the soul as it progresses through life - in other words, our genes are dynamic.So even if we are born with the genetic predisposition that goes along with, for example, Alzheimer’s disease, as long as we do not have the thought patterns that go along with it, the disorder will not develop - another good reason to become aware of - and reduce and refine - our negative thoughts, attitudes and emotions.

3.9 Why do we get sick / suffer injuries / have accidents?
Disease is not a punishment sent from God (see unconditional love). Our ancestors had no way to explain why we get sick other than to blame the devil, or curses, or sometimes even God. Modern medicine has provided us with treatments and cures for many conditions and disorders, but we still have no explanation for the cause of illness and injury. We know "what" happens, but not "why". I believe that it is the mind-body-spirit connection that contributes to illnesses of all sorts, including chronic disease, communicable diseases, inherited and congenital conditions, anniversary illnesses, and even injuries, whether accidental or intentional.

The Mind-Body-Spirit connection
For every human illness, injury or accident, there is a spiritual component that comes from within self. The "Spirit" and "Mind" components of a condition result from our thoughts, attitudes, emotions, belief systems and desires (TAEBSD). It is these that make us who we are - they create our physical reality - they either raise or lower our personal vibrational frequency.

You may be wondering how our TAEBSD could possibly affect our physical bodies. After all, our thoughts are invisible and nobody hears them, right? While it is true that no other humans hear our thoughts (unless we actually say them out loud) our body pays attention to them, and our body reacts to them. How? Science reveals that each vertebra of our spinal column connects with the various areas of the body. Not only does the nervous system coordinate and control all of the body’s organs and structures; it also transmits our thoughts throughout the body.

Each and every time we have a certain type of thought, like love or hate, joy or anger, or a particular desire or belief, the message is transmitted via the spinal cortex to the spinal column and outward from there to the vertebra responsible for the particular area of the body that is affected by the particular TAEBSD. Sometimes the result of having a particular thought is almost immediate (as with accidents and injuries); other times the outcome may not happen for days (as with certain illnesses); and some habitual thought patterns can take years to manifest in physical (as with chronic diseases). Eventually though, our TAEBSD will catch up with us.

Physically, the first cervical vertebra (C1) is linked to “Blood supply to the head, pituitary gland, scalp bones of the face, brain, inner & middle ear, sympathetic nervous system” (per Gray's Anatomy). The spiritual component of problems with C1 is “Incongruous belief systems”; in other words, belief systems that disagree with one another; for example, believing that one's caregiver was a saint, yet knowing that she or he really was not. The effect of a constant flow of energy of a belief system that one knows to be false creates weakness in the vertebra, ultimately creating a number of physical ailments ranging from an inability to pay attention to the matter at hand, to a chronic failure to experience feeling peace or calm, to chronic ear problems, to constant headaches, to hormonal imbalances and more.

Many people get sick or have an accident at the same time of year, every year. Is it just a coincidence, or is there something more meaningful at work? Incredible as it may seem, our unresolved issues can trigger physical symptoms and/or cause additional traumatic experiences around the anniversary date of experiences that have not yet been dealt with and released.

How can this be?
We do not pay attention to most of our thoughts, but trust me; we think about our unresolved issues much of the time. We just keep on replaying them, looking for some solution as to why they happened. We know when they happened; we remember where we were, what we were doing, others who were present or absent, anyone who helped or harmed, sounds, tastes and smells. It should come as no surprise then, that as the anniversary date approaches, we begin to feel more stressed than usual, without really knowing why. This additional stress creates an extra load on our immune system, and it is only a matter of time until we contract a virus or have a painful accident that we would normally be able to overcome or avoid. This goes on year after year, and before long we start to dread “that time of year”.

Bad news/Good news
Bad news: Unfortunately, until the inner conflict is resolved, we are doomed to repeat what has become a seemingly unconscious habitual pattern. Good news: Fortunately, we can change - we can resolve these issues once and for all through practicing meditation and by doing the spiritual exercises in Section 9.

3.10 Why are there side effects from medications?
Each and every individual soul received a specific vibrational frequency (VF) when the Universal Intelligence created us. The VF is modified according to the spiritual outcome of each lifetime lived. The spiritual outcome is the net gain or loss that is made each time we either learn or do not learn the lessons presented in a particular lifetime. (Needless to say, there is someone monitoring us, for we simply do not have the vast intelligence required to administer such a program.) Our VF also fluctuates in accordance with our daily thoughts, attitudes, emotions, beliefs and desires. It is this daily fluctuation that impacts our health. So…why do we suffer side effects from the very treatments and medications that are supposed to heal us?

We get sick or suffer an accident as a result of our thoughts, attitudes, emotions, belief systems and desires (TAEBSD). We receive a medical diagnosis for what is ailing us, along with a prescription to help us heal. The prescription may be for medications or for steps to take to aid in the healing process. We start taking the medicine and following the recommended actions, and then, just when we should be starting to feel better, the side effects start. Maybe it is hives or a rash, maybe it is muscle aches and pains…could be just about anything that happens after the treatment/medication is introduced. We immediately assume that the medication or the new actions are to blame.

There is definitely something at work here, but I believe that the explanation is far more complex than merely the physical aspect. Of course we are all different, but what makes us really different is our TAEBSD; further, I believe that these actually create our personal physical reality. The Universal Intelligence explains it thusly: Side effects come about as a result of our TAEBSD regarding the following:
  • That which has been prescribed or given as treatment
  • The person who gave us the prescription or treatment
  • Our desire to stay sick or to get better
  • Our beliefs about our ability to heal
  • Our beliefs about whether we are worthy of being helped
  • Our desire or lack thereof to be cooperative with authority figures (like healthcare providers)

Since our TAEBSD are extremely complex and intertwined, the above are just a few of the possibilities that can affect the results of treatments/medications. However, once we have recognized the spiritual components of the cause of our side effect(s), we can start healing from within by really resolving the issue. Then treatments and medications can start to do their job. Just think how our healing could improve by doing this sort of work.

3.11 Why do we believe that evil spirits are causing our pain / disease / life problems?
This is a holdover from time immemorial, from the days of our ancestors having no other way to explain why bad things happen to good people. Many still hold this belief system - they go to great lengths to find someone to expel the demon(s) and will pay huge amounts of money to have it done. The scientific method ushered in the study of modern medicine, which has provided humanity with treatments and cures for many conditions and disorders, but still no explanation beyond their physical cause, of just why they happen. While it is far easier to blame evil spirits than to accept responsibility for our life circumstances, I am here to tell you that recognizing - and changing - our negative thoughts, attitudes and emotions improves / heals / cures our physical ailments beyond belief, especially when this self-work is done in conjunction with medicine.

3.12 Why does God allow so-called evil people to come to power?
Adolph Hitler serves as an example of one whom many regard as evil, who rose to a high position of power. As he reported to G. Ward Price after World War I, Hitler was a soldier in the trenches. He claimed to have heard a voice telling him firmly to "Get up and go over there", so he did. A few moments later, a shell burst over the trench he had just left. Had he remained, he would have been killed along with all the soldiers who remained therein. So, had the Universe not intervened, World War II might have been avoided.

This raises the question of why God could allow someone like Hitler to come to power. While we may not be able to fully understand all the reasons, we must at least allow for the possibility that the Universe knew that Hitler's eventual choices would provide for the creation and/or resolution of karmic situations for millions of souls. Such people are instruments of change. Their words and deeds fulfill a vital service in the evolution of humanity, by showing us, graphically, that our thoughts really do matter. How long will we delay accepting the truth that it is we ourselves who must change - not just one individual or group - we ourselves, all of us. If we change, then society changes.

It is important to note that there is no such thing as an evil person. There are negative thoughts, attitudes, emotions, beliefs, desires and behaviours, but the soul inside the person is not evil. We are all capable of great kindness or great cruelty, depending on our life experiences and the choices we make. The Universe knows each of us intimately, at soul level, and knows what is needed both for the individual as well as humanity as a whole, to advance spiritually.

Humanity is on the brink of another vast learning opportunity, and there will be choices to be made. Will we choose to side with kindness, generosity, compassion? Will we choose to side with intolerance, fear, greed, hatred? It is up to us. We can either be an instrument of love, or of hate. We can use the upcoming challenges to learn and improve ourselves, or use them as an excuse to behave poorly. But choose we must, for as Elie Wiesel said: "We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Click here for more quotes about neutrality. See Why don't our guides keep us from coming to harm?

3.13 Is there a magic pill that would enable us to heal all diseases and stop, or at least slow, the aging process?
While it is possible to clear the negative thoughts, attitudes and emotions at the root of disease, it is nearly impossible to be free of the negative thoughts that happen every day, that affect the aging process. Just try being stuck in traffic if we are hungry or thirsty or need to go to the washroom and then pay attention to our thoughts if somebody cuts in front of us. If we drive to work every day, just imagine the vast number of times this can happen. Listen to what we think if we do not get what we want. Listen to our thoughts if something happens that negatively affects how others see us. Try watching television without judging how someone looks.

The negative thoughts seem to occur without any effort on our part, yet they do occur. At this point in time, I have no proof that it is possible to be in human form and be permanently and completely free of negative thoughts, attitudes and emotions, but does that mean we should stop trying to improve ourselves? Of course not, but we can avoid much illness by honouring our need for rest, rejuvenation and joy.
  • Feeling tired? Ask for assistance. Allowing others to help gives them a chance to make a meaningful contribution. (Of course this could mean having to share everyone’s praise of our efforts, but isn’t it worth it?)
  • Feeling over-stressed? Allow self the dignity of taking some time to pause and reflect. (Of course this could mean not getting everything done, but what’s more important … being healthy … or having everything “perfect”?)
  • Too busy to feel joy? Set aside some time to honour yourself by doing something that is just for you. (Of course this could mean having to let others fend for themselves for a short time.)

Doing these things strengthens us so that we can better be of service to others. Running ourselves down or driving ourselves crazy may make us unable to help anyone at all. Remember that when on an airplane, passengers are advised to secure our own oxygen mask before assisting others. So it is with life: make sure that we ourselves are happy and healthy; then we may assist others without feeling overburdened.

3.14 What are the chakras and what role do they play in our healing?
The chakras are energetic expressions of our current spiritual / emotional / physical state, emitted at our personal vibrational frequency. They play no role in our healing.

Chakras and the aura
The emissions from each chakra register as colour and create what is known as our aura. The emissions swirl and blend, similar to smoke, to create our aura’s colour. The emissions result from, and vary in accordance with, our thoughts, attitudes and emotions. (Some people have the ability to see auras.) The chakras of other intelligent life forms (plants, other animals and even the planet itself) vary in type, number, purpose and capability, and are also visible to some people some of the time. Read more about the chakras

Figure 23: The chakras
Figure 23: The chakras

3.15 Do physical ailments come from not hearing our thoughts, or from having negative emotions?
Both. Our negative thoughts create our negative emotions, and together they lower our vibrational frequency. They can get us stuck in a feedback loop, whereby the worse we think, the worse we feel. Injuries and illness can occur when we do nothing to change our negative thought patterns.
Sounds like: "I wish I had their (money or luck or fame or family or whatever)" and just wallowing in it instead of taking positive action. Much illness and injury can be avoided by recognizing what such thoughts actually mean, and then working to change them.
Actual meaning: The statement above reveals that we think God does not love us as much as someone else, or that God is punishing us for some unknown reason, or that we are such a horrible person that we do not deserve anything nice. These thoughts are judgment, criticism, and condemnation - not only of self, but of our Creator. They also express jealousy and show that we are thinking like a victim.
Change the pattern: Meditate to recognize and come to peace knowing that we all have unique gifts, talents and challenges. We are all here to experience certain life lessons. The kinder we are to ourselves, the more likely we will be able to live up to our soul's potential.

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4. About souls
4.1 What is a soul?
A soul is an element of Source that, through its travels, develops personality and ego. In order to return to Source, we must learn to set these aside. See Section 11.

A soul intertwines with the life form in which it resides for each incarnation. Access to our soul’s experience, knowledge and wisdom is usually unavailable to us, and that is one of the many reasons we need to rely upon our guide.

There are numberless trillions of souls in the universe. We were all created at the same instant, at what is commonly called The Big Bang. Many have come into physical form, while others have not yet done so. Groups of souls inhabit each galaxy in the universe to experience the lessons provided by that particular galaxy. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, has a fellowship of leaders who, by virtue of their vast travels and experiences, embody unconditional love and possess profound wisdom. They exist in both the spiritual and physical realms, and oversee the development of the souls engaged in the cycle of reincarnation here. These leaders guide us and ensure that we experience whatever our soul needs for its ultimate benefit.

4.2 What is an old soul?
This is what people call someone who always seems to do the right thing, who seems to be a source of strength in difficult times or who seems to be very wise. Some people say it about themselves (see ego), while others try to escape responsibilities by calling themselves young. We are all old souls! Some souls may have come into human form more times than others, but we are all the same age. Since our soul memories are kept from us when in human form, we are all capable of anything (positive or negative), given the right circumstances.

4.3 What is my soul name and what is my soul's purpose?
We were all created at the instant of the Big Bang. At that moment, we were each given a name, our soul name. Knowing that we have a soul name can give us a sense of belonging to something larger than ourselves. Our Creator identifies each of us as individual parts of the whole.

The guides know our soul name; however they use it only in extraordinary circumstances. In fact, on a day-to-day basis, they rarely address us by name at all - their communications sound like our own thoughts. Rest assured though, if they need to get our attention, they can call our name (our current earth name) so loudly (in our thoughts) that it sounds as if someone actually called us.

How to find your soul name and soul purpose
When in a centred state, ask your guide to address you by your soul name. Listen closely. If you do not hear it, ask your guide to spell it for you - one letter at a time, if need be. Please note that soul names are not from any earth language; they are in the Universal language of Truth. Finding your soul's purpose may not be quite so simple. If you have a strong fear or a strong belief, the Universal Intelligence will not interfere with it (because of free will). Your guide may well be obliged to tell you exactly what you want or expect or fear to hear. Take a list of carefully formed questions into meditation and work with your guide to find Universal Truth.

4.4 What am I here to learn?
There are many lessons to be learned during the course of one's life. Besides learning to love unconditionally, we are here to have experiences, and to "go home" with no regrets (see forgiveness). And before you say, "Oh, I already do love unconditionally," be sure that you know the Universal meaning of unconditional love.

4.5 Why are we here?
It is an age-old question: Why are we here? The Universal Intelligence explains it thusly: In our native spirit form, we travel the physical universe observing the many wonders therein. As spirit, we are able to move in and out of physical matter at will to experience the laws governing all matter, for example the laws of gravity, of motion, of cause and effect and so on. That is, until we enter into physical form on Planet Earth. Here things are a little different. Here there are additional laws with which to contend. One is that there is only one way in - physical birth - and only one way out - physical death (see Section 11). While there are other planets in the physical universe with various life forms into which souls may enter, they are a topic for another time.

4.6 Will I ever find my soul mate?
Many people spend a lot of time bemoaning the fact that they have yet to meet their soul mate. They live in a state of frustration, and worry that they cannot or will not be happy until they do. Although it may not seem like it, the good news is that there is no such thing. The Universal Intelligence created us as individual souls, whole and complete. As humans we may feel incomplete, but that is a reflection of unresolved inner conflicts. When we feel very connected to certain other souls, it is because there are specific lessons to be learned or taught (see karma). We may also feel connected if we, albeit unconsciously, recognize the person as being a member of our soul family. There are countless such families, each of which has a purpose to fulfill in a particular field of interest; for example, education, healing, artistic expression, revolution, etc. These families formed when souls with that particular interest, and similar vibrational frequency, gathered to help one another express their field of interest in physical reality. It is members of our soul family who greet us upon our return home from an incarnation. Each family is overseen by numerous entities known as guides.

4.7 What belief systems do I have that prevent me from moving forward in life?
This question is best asked while in a centred state. The answer is likely complicated and may take several meditation sessions to fully comprehend. By all means, take pencil and paper with you into meditation. Learn about interpreting the meditation and dream symbols. Learn about core belief systems.

Even a seemingly simple belief system like, "I will not be complete until I find my soul mate" can prevent one from ever feeling wholly complete or comfortable, so just imagine what a belief system like, "I caused something terrible to happen", could do to keep one stuck. For example, one might constantly experience poor service, shoddy repairs, cancelled or missed appointments, accidents, injuries, equipment failures, etc. This could well be the result of believing that one is guilty of something. We learn that guilt requires punishment, and so that is exactly what we experience. The Universal Intelligence cooperates with our thoughts and beliefs, even if we are not consciously aware of them.

4.8 How can I get past the guilt for causing a motor vehicle accident that took someone's life?
"In the hours before the accident, my thoughts kept telling me to linger over breakfast (I didn't because I was in a hurry to be finished), then to have a nice hot bath instead of a shower (I didn't because I just didn't feel like waiting for the tub to fill), then to do a little window shopping before my appointment (I didn't because I just didn't feel like wasting any time) - well, you get the picture. I just got right into my vehicle and headed out, ignoring my inner voice. As I was making a turn, a cyclist slammed into my vehicle and died. If I had not been there, it would not have happened. My fear is that God will see me as a murderer and condemn me to hell."

Instead of an answer to this very difficult question, here are some questions:
  • Are you sure that your inner voice wasn't just letting you know that something out of the ordinary was going to happen - giving you a warning, so to speak?
  • Are you sure that you weren't being used as an instrument to help the cyclist along his or her soul's journey?
  • Do you know what you are to learn from this experience?
  • Do you know what was required for the cyclist's life experience
  • Do you know what was required for the cyclist's family's experience?
  • Do you think that God didn't know what was going to happen?
  • Do you think that God didn't know the likelihood of your responding to your inner voice?
  • Are you sure that the cyclist did not intend to commit suicide? (How can we ever be sure of what another person is thinking? Just because the cyclist's family members may say that the person loved life and would never abandon them willingly, does not mean that they knew what was in her or his thoughts.)
  • Are you sure that the so-called victim in this accident didn't receive similar warnings from her or his inner voice? Do you think that God didn't know the likelihood of her or him responding to it?
Given all these unknowns, holding onto guilt can almost seem like an ego trip. Yes, you played a role in the experience, but so did the cyclist and so did God. If this experience has helped you to be more aware of the importance of paying attention to your inner voice, then God's purpose for you has been furthered. Perhaps the most important thing to do to get past the guilt is to forgive - not only yourself, but the cyclist and God. See Is it a sin to take someone's life?

4.9 What are the Akashic Records? Who has access to them?
The Akashic Records contain all that has occurred in this version of the Universe since the Big Bang, along with all that has been thought, felt, spoken, and/or done by all components of the Universal Intelligence, including souls. See memory to learn how the records are created.

Only the guides can access the records. It is they who provide us with information from the records when we are seeking to move forward spiritually. The information is not recorded in an Earth language, so the guides interpret and convey the information to us. Since the guides have no ego, they will allow us to think we are doing it ourselves even though we are not (see free will), so it is important to be in a centred state and to ask specific questions designed to find Universal Truth.

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5. About life, death, reincarnation and karma
5.1 Why do souls enter human form?
We are sent in to ‘experience’ and to learn.

5.2 Is there any such thing as a near death experience?
Yes. This has been happening for as long as humans have existed. The experience is provided to show us that (1) the soul continues to live even if the physical body does not and (2) even in such a profound experience, our spiritual guides adhere to the spiritual Law of Free Will. If we believe in Hell, they will present visions of Hell. If we believe that our deceased loved ones are waiting for us on the other side, that is who will appear to us. If, instead, we simply have an open mind and trust that we are loved, we will be presented with Truth in an atmosphere of all-encompassing unconditional love. These experiences created the need for spiritual expression, which led to the development of religion.

5.3 What happens when we die?
We return to our natural state by shedding our physical body and become, once again, energy. We achieve "at-one-ment" with the Universal Intelligence. We have been taught that God judges us when we go Home and either rewards us by allowing us to spend eternity in heaven, or punishes us with eternal damnation. Nothing could be further from the Truth for God never judges us. When we go Home, we are permitted to observe our life (with the help of our companion/teacher guide) to see the Truth, the Universal Truth, of whether or not we learned the lessons that were presented for us. If we learned the lessons, we will be sent back again for the next level of study, or to serve as spiritual teachers. If we did not learn the lessons, we will of course be sent in to try, try again. This is not punishment - it is simply learning. It is the way of growth. It is the way of unconditional love.

5.4 What is reincarnation?
Reincarnation is the process of a soul entering into physical form approximately at birth, remaining until the physical body dies and then leaving it approximately at the time of death, processing the experience while in spirit form, and then repeating the process innumerable times. Inherent in this belief is the idea that the Universal Intelligence created all souls - humans create the physical being only.

All souls desiring to make the plunge into physical existence are prepared beforehand by learning about certain spiritual laws to which they as physical beings will be subject.

Many believe that the soul is born into human form time and time again in an attempt to attain perfection, and that by reaching perfection the soul will earn the right to no longer incarnate; however, the Universal Intelligence says that there is no such right since there is no such thing as perfection. The newer information says that having once entered into human form, the soul becomes subject to experiencing a vast array of life lessons over many, many lifetimes. This is one of the reasons for Planet Earth being likened to a school.

It is not the soul who chooses whether, when and where to reincarnate, but Source. When the appropriate learning conditions for the soul arise, the soul is sent in. This may be five minutes, five years or five centuries past the soul's previous incarnation, so we cannot assume that our deceased loved one(s) will remain "at home" waiting for us to die and join them for all eternity. All matters concerning birth (and rebirth) into human form are decided by our Creator and our guides. See Section 11.

5.5 If reincarnation is real, why can't I remember any of my past lives?
When we come into an earthly existence, the Universal Intelligence places a veil upon our soul memory. This is done for our protection and to ensure that we have a clean slate for each lifetime. Think what it would be like if one had committed serious crimes in a previous lifetime and were able to recall that existence: just imagine the trauma that could be felt. On the other hand, imagine one who had attained great wealth in a past life coming into an existence filled with poverty and deprivation. This could also create trauma for the soul, albeit in a different manner.

There may be exceptions, but for the most part we are prevented from accessing memories of our past lives. Many condemn themselves for being unable to remember a past life, but this is simply not within human control. However, if we have a true desire to learn about self, the veil can be lifted for a time. Past life regression (and progression) through hypnosis is one method, but one runs the risk of being influenced by the hypnotist. Meditation as taught by the Universal Intelligence can be more reliable but it is always imperative to be clear of desires and belief systems, for our guides will cooperate with them in accordance with the spiritual law of free will.

One of the benefits of 'knowing' a past life identity is that we become enabled to see our struggles and how we resolved, or failed to resolve, them.

5.6 What is karma?
Karma is a dynamic system of checks and balances, created by the Archangel Halaliel to assist souls in their efforts toward returning to Source. Our actions show that our thoughts, attitudes, emotions, beliefs and desires are either in or out of alignment with unconditional love. Karma (quantum entanglement) is the sum total of life lessons needed to produce alignment. Karma is not punishment or retribution. Human experience is considered by our Creator to be learning - not good, not bad - just learning.

Instant karma
This is an often immediate outcome of doing a good deed for the wrong reasons. For example, saying we do not mind helping someone with a task, but griping about it (and them!) in our thoughts the whole time. Then we wonder why we suffered an injury, or had a nasty disagreement. This is the Universe's way of letting us know that our thoughts are out of alignment with unconditional love.

We tend to use our beliefs to justify committing unkind or even criminal acts. For example, when we hold onto resentment and seek revenge against someone, we somehow feel justified in doing so. When we understand completely why we need revenge and call it by its real name, we begin to let go of it - we begin to change the pattern and start to forgive both others and ourselves.

Accept responsibility
Many believe that past life experiences cause our problems in this life, sometimes even including health or relationship issues. To blame our current situation on some past life limits our potential and makes victims of us (Oh, I cannot change that pattern - it is from a previous lifetime.). The newer teaching says that change is always possible. Accepting that we are given all of the tools and every bit of information necessary for our growth in our current lifetime enables us to make great spiritual strides forward, when we choose.

Genetic disorders and birth issues
When an individual comes into an existence physically or mentally challenged, it is not the result of bad karma: souls enter human form to reflect the spiritual condition of the family, in conjunction with the individual's learning requirements. Even if in a lifetime we committed mass murder, the Universal Intelligence takes all our lifetimes and all that we have not yet learned into consideration when sending us into an incarnation. We could be sent in to become a physician to minister to those in need, just as easily as we could be sent in to become one who is in need. Only the Universal Intelligence knows what is truly required for our spiritual advancement.

Changing the karmic cycle
Strive toward forgiveness, patience, tolerance. Seek understanding. Forsake greed, resentment, self-righteousness. Build self-esteem. Doing so helps us all.

Who is owed the karmic debt in this scenario?
Scenario: For no apparent reason, someone harms (or helps) our loved one. Since karmic situations arise only between the individuals directly involved, neither case involves us. Our loved one’s karma is theirs to meet, for better or for worse.

How can we tell if someone has paid a karmic debt owed to us?
Scenario: For no apparent reason, someone does something really kind and generous for us, and there is no way for us to show them our appreciation. Rather than feeling an obsessive debt of gratitude, the newer understanding says that we may go in peace, trusting that all is well. A karmic debt has been repaid.

How can we tell if we have paid a karmic debt?
Scenario: Someone harms us either physically, emotionally, or even economically. We have repeatedly reviewed the experience and forgiven the offender for their actions, yet feel that we should somehow have been able to protect ourselves. There is no way to prevent such offenses, but spiritual enlightenment can help us to recognize them. Know that in this situation a karmic debt has been repaid. Go in peace and trust that all is well; the situation has been resolved.

How can we tell if we have incurred a karmic debt?
Scenario: If we habitually treat others without regard for them or their feelings or needs, and without feeling remorse, karma is accruing against us. Resolving the issues causing us to behave in such ways will help to prevent further accrual, at least from this particular pattern.

5.7 Why do some people I meet seem so familiar to me?
This is a recognition, at soul level, of someone with whom we have been associated in a past life. Sometimes even the person's words and mannerisms can seem familiar. Like déjà vu, the feeling is given to show us that we are in the right place at the right time, and that everything is okay. Can also indicate that there are lessons to be learned or taught.

5.8 What is a walk-in?
There is no such thing. It is only a rumour that a highly developed soul can walk into another body, to take over when the original owner/inhabitant gives up on life. The owner may give up, but until the Universal Intelligence says that it is time for the soul to come home, that individual is here to stay: “One soul, one body per lifetime, beginning at birth and ending at death”. (And besides - when we are at home we are all highly developed souls. It is only when we are in physical form that we forget our true nature).

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6. About religion and sin
6.1 Why do religious cults exist?
For every religious cult, there is an individual who has come along and said, “I will show you the way, the one way”, and a corresponding group of people only too ready to jump on board. Few of us dare to trust our own inner voice, so we happily surrender our power, our free will, to that person in the belief that their inner voice is somehow stronger / better / wiser / more reliable than ours. We tell ourselves that they have a connection with the Creator that we are lacking, and any direction that comes through her or him must be divine will. This eagerness to follow is, I believe, a fine spiritual quality, but it is misdirected. It would be far better to follow our own inner voice - our spiritual guide - than another human. After all, how can any human being possibly know what is best for another individual? How can handing over our power lead to anything but our ultimate victimization?

The instant we choose to follow someone other than our guide, we set up the conditions under which dictators thrive. We open ourselves to being told what to do, how to do it and when to do it - and, of course, we have to pay them to provide us with this ‘direction’. What great incentive to change ourselves! Of course we still need to abide by the laws of our society, but communicating with the Universal Intelligence to find the Truth about the questions we have, will enable us to find what’s right for us, what’s best for our soul’s development. Because of the spiritual law of free will though, the Universe is obliged to tell us what we expect to hear. Therefore, we need instruction in order to be able to tell the difference between our human truth and the Universal Truth. Since we are not yet taught how to do this as young children, we must learn the skills later in life. This website contains the information needed to do just that. See meditation and How can I be sure I'm receiving Universal Truth?

6.2 Is it true that I need a church leader to intervene on my behalf with God?
No. If you can hear your thoughts, you can hear your guide, who is one of God's divine representatives. Learn to meditate the new way.

6.3 Is there a difference between crime and sin?
Yes. Crime is the breaking of human laws, and sin is the breaking of so-called divine laws. The human laws defining criminal behaviour and the legal consequences for breaking those laws are evolving over time. For example, where the punishment for stealing a loaf of bread used to require public shaming and torture of some sort, it has softened considerably in many parts of the world as humanity evolves.

Likewise, we now understand more about the spiritual reasons for our behaviours, that is, actions we take against ourselves or others occur as a result of our negative thoughts, attitudes, emotions, belief systems and desires. While these may have been considered sinful in the past, the newer understanding of spiritual laws reveals that such actions are not cause for us to be judged, criticised or condemned. The Universal Intelligence views all human experience as learning, so logically there can be no such thing as sin in our Creator’s eyes.

We are God’s children, and God bestows the gift of free will upon us as we enter human form. We have been taught that humans are born into sin because of Eve's and Adam's choice to do what they wanted instead of what God had asked; however, just like Adam and Eve, free will gives us the opportunity to choose to follow God's guidance, or to ignore it. There is no sin in either choice. Every time we make a choice, we are using this gift from God. Every choice we make comes down to this: we choose to do as we wish, or we choose to do as God asks. So-called punishment for our, shall we say, less than positive choices comes as a logical outcome of our feelings of guilt or shame, with which our Creator is spiritually bound to cooperate by providing logical consequences.

6.4 Is it a sin to take someone's life?
No. While murder is a criminal act, calling it a sin is another matter. Many believe that abortion, birth control, murder, suicide and euthanasia are sins, crimes against God. Why? Because the Bible says so. When the Bible was written, it seemed very important for humans to be fruitful and multiply, which also ties in with the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality. Interestingly, the Bible says it is ok to murder, so long as it is one of God's "enemies"; but since we are all God's children, logically, how can any of us be his enemy?

The Universal Intelligence is in charge of which soul goes into which existence and when, and our Creator knows when (and why) an individual will come back from an incarnation - however short or long that lifetime may be. The Universe knows when a woman becomes pregnant the likelihood of her carrying that pregnancy through to completion. Why would our Creator allow a pregnancy to begin, knowing it would end in abortion, if he were merely going to condemn the woman to burn in hell, and the unborn child to be prevented from entering any future incarnations?

If birth control and euthanasia go against God's will, then who can say that prolonging life is in agreement with God's will? Death is every bit as much a part of life as living - only God knows how long he wants a person to live. If one believes that God wants medicine to prolong or protect life, would not it follow that He might also want medicine to help take away life? Likewise, if one believes that God wants no human intervention in preventing pregnancy, would it not follow that He would want no human intervention in prolonging or protecting life? The point is that the individual will never know what God really wants for us unless and until we ask him for his Truth, wait around long enough to hear his answer and then do as he has asked.

6.5 Is homosexuality a sin?
No. We have been taught that it is, but since God created each and every one of us, and since it is the Universal Intelligence who decides which soul is sent into which existence to learn which lessons, how can any existence be sinful? Is it labeled sin because people believe that our sexual preference is a matter of choice? Is it because homosexuality goes against the belief that God expects us to procreate? Is it because the Bible condemns homosexuality? The Bible condones slavery - does that mean that we should keep slaves?

People will use almost any rationale to hate those who are different. In the case of homosexuals, it is said that 'they' use and abuse young children. It is not homosexuals who do, but pedophiles. Even pedophiles are never judged, criticised or condemned by God, for God knows all of the circumstances that helped to create that experience for the individual. Pedophilia has nothing to do with sex, and everything to do with power and control. As for the victims of pedophiles, the Universal Intelligence knows why each individual has been given these experiences. They are opportunities for soul development, as are all of life’s lessons. There are no accidents. We simply do not have the whole picture when we judge any situation. Victims and perpetrators alike require all the assistance that can be given by society, for all are wounded children.

It is also said that gay people convert straight people into homosexuality, but since we all have free will, nobody else really makes us do anything. Often we do things out of our desire to gain someone's approval, but it is not that person who makes us do it; rather, it is our own choice, our own decision to act in a certain way.

Many say that the Bible condemns homosexuality. The Bible may, but given that the Universal Intelligence is bound by certain spiritual laws, whatever beliefs the writers of the Bible held would have been reflected in the words that were given them. Had the writers of the Bible believed that Man were meant to be homosexual, you can be certain that everyone would be trying desperately to be homosexual, and those who were straight would be persecuted and condemned. The Universal Intelligence says that there is nothing wrong in having a loving relationship with another consenting adult - no matter what the race, the creed, the colour, the religion, the gender, the sexual preference or any other criteria humans use to distinguish one from another. We are all children of God, and loved unconditionally.

6.6 How can I know which foods to eat and which ones to avoid?
There are many mixed messages out there about what to eat and what not to eat, which supplements to take and which ones to avoid, what to drink and what not to drink - and the list changes all the time! The Universal Intelligence teaches that our spiritual diet is at least as important as the physical food we eat. No physical food that we eat can be a sin or a crime against God. The many restrictions that are placed upon humanity are placed upon us not by God, but by humans and their desire to control others. To enjoy good physical health, eat a spiritual diet that is low in negative thoughts, attitudes and emotions and rich in positive ones. And here is something for vegetarians to consider: Plants are intelligent life forms, so ripping a vegetable out of the ground is every bit as cruel as killing an animal - their cries are just at a higher (inaudible to us) frequency. Unfortunately, there is no escape from the fact that life must consume life in order to live. Watch this video called, "Smarty plants - uncovering the secret world of plant behaviour".

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7. About the devil, hell and negative energies
7.1 Is there any such thing as the devil?
No. The only negativity in the Universe is in the negative thoughts, attitudes and emotions of souls in physical form. The idea of the devil came as a result of our need to explain the reason for bad things happening. Bad things do happen, all the time; however, this is not because of an evil entity or force. Natural disasters occur as a result of the laws of physics; unkind acts occur as a result of the negative thoughts, attitudes and emotions of our fellow humans. Getting in nature’s way could be avoided, were we to seek guidance before choosing where to build or live. Avoiding getting in the way of someone’s ill will is a little more complex. The important thing to remember though is that ill will is the result of quantifiable negative thoughts, attitudes and emotions - it is not the result of the devil. The moment we cast blame instead of accepting responsibility for our thoughts and actions, is the moment we become powerless victims.

7.2 Is it possible to accidentally receive the mark of the beast, namely the number 666 and be sent to Hell for it?
No. The so-called 'mark of the beast' is a symbolic representation of willingly agreeing with, supporting or following, the beast. What is the beast? The beast represents the darkest, negative aspects of human behaviour. There are many leaders, in both the public and private sectors, who are selfish, self-aggrandizing, greedy, power-hungry, murderous, authoritarian - and worse. There are also plenty of regular people, just like you and me, with those same behaviours. Since we all have negative thoughts, attitudes and emotions, we could all be considered to have received the mark. Any soul in human form has the potential to behave in negative ways (see free will). It is important to know that there is no such place as Hell because nothing we could do to cause God to condemn any soul to spend eternity away from Him. We are his children. We are loved unconditionally

7.3 Is there such a place as hell?
No. There is no need for such a place because there is nothing a soul can do to cause our Creator to banish us; after all, the worse the crime, the greater the need to receive unconditional love. Rather than punishment, souls continue their journey of learning by attending spiritual classes before and after each incarnation in physical form. We may wish for those who have harmed us to suffer eternally (revenge), but that is simply out of step with the concept of unconditional love.

7.4 Can negative energies and entities harm us?
No. Negative entities, ghosts, hobgoblins and other such figures exist only in the negative thoughts, attitudes and emotions of human beings. We may be frightened at the thought of them, but since they do not have physical form, they have no power over us - only our fear has power. The same holds true for witchcraft, black magic, voodoo-ism, and curses (or blessings for that matter). Additionally, vampires and/or re-animated dead people do not, in fact cannot, exist - dead is dead. When a physical entity dies, the soul who inhabited it leaves to continue on its journey, to its next incarnation. It does not / cannot re-enter because dead tissue cannot be re-animated, at least not yet

7.5 Have you been visited by a 'spirit' and felt frightened by the experience?
These entities are the spiritual guides. They are messengers of the Universal Intelligence. We each have at least one guide with us at all times, 24/7. Sometimes they make their presence known, and these are opportunities for us to raise our consciousness and gain access to profound understanding.

Next time it happens, instead of just being afraid and telling the entity to go away or doing some ritual to make it go away, try asking some questions: "How can I help you?" "What is your name?" "Why have you made your presence known to me?" "Do you have a message for me?" If the answer is yes, ask for the message. After asking, pay attention to your thoughts, for it is there that the answer will appear.

7.6 Can someone steal my energy? Can someone give me their energy?
No and no. The human body is a closed environment. Besides our own thoughts, attitudes, emotions, belief systems and desires, only the Universal Intelligence and our guide can affect our energy. This may be hard to believe, but what this really means is that we are safe and protected.

Thoughts we have and emotions we feel in someone else’s presence are not caused by them. We can be afraid of others, or be angry with them, or like them - but all of these thoughts and feelings come from within ourselves. Fear and anger can be incredibly draining, and blaming the mere presence of someone else for making us feel bad or weak, makes us into a victim. Likewise, believing that the mere presence of someone can make us feel good can make it seem as if we believe that we cannot feel good on our own, without them near.

Giving this much power to another can only lead to negative life experiences, yet we do it all the time! Whenever we blame someone for our having a bad day, we’re holding onto negative thoughts, attitudes or emotions for them. If we praise someone because we are having a great day, we have given away our ability to feel good within ourselves.

No matter what’s happening around us, we need to take responsibility for ourselves and recognize that we are in charge of our thoughts, attitudes and emotions.

Since the human body is a closed environment and only the Universal Intelligence can affect our energy, it follows that if we receive an energy treatment from someone, it is not their energy being used. They are simply the middle man between the Universal Intelligence and us. The Universe is complying with their desire to be of service, and with our desire to receive assistance. If the healer believes that a certain level of energy is required, that is what the Universe will send - whether or not it is the correct amount and whether or not it is beneficial (see free will).

7.7 What are the "Sons of Darkness"?
This is a biblical reference to some humans. It infers that some of us (Sons of Light - the good ones) come from God, while the rest of us (Sons of Darkness - the bad ones) come from Evil. The newer understanding is that this is a reference to human behaviors, and not to our actual nature. In Truth, we are all children of the Universal Intelligence; within each of us is the capacity for great good (light) and great evil (darkness). Because of free will, we can, each of us, choose to behave well or poorly, given the circumstances of the moment.

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8. About the end times
8.1 Will Jesus come alone to save humanity?
Maybe. Matters of birth and rebirth into human form are in God's hands. If the Universal Intelligence sends the souls who were Mary, Jesus and the disciples back into human form during this time in history, either as males or females, they will each live life and learn lessons. When the time is right for each of them, they will be presented with a choice. The choice will be theirs to make, for God does not force anyone with free will to do anything (see control). They may choose to do what God asks of them or they may not, but the choice will be theirs. "Jesus" may choose not to serve, or he or she may end up having to work alone, since any or all of the others may also choose not to serve.

It is fairly well-known that 2,000 years ago, Jesus surrendered his free will to God. In all likelihood, although no mention is made of it in today's Bible, some or all of the disciples made the same commitment. If they did, and if they were given a similar choice in this time period, it would may strike a chord within them that would inspire them to choose to serve once again. See Section 11.

8.2 Are we living in the end times?
End Times (or End of Days) refers to biblical prophesies of a time of God’s judgment and ensuing punishment of humanity; a time of wars, famine, pestilence, terrorism; a time of utter despair; a time in which ‘the devil’ is free to torment humanity. Many believe that we are living in those times; however, let us try and get a basic understanding of just what this means before running for the hills in panic.

Punishment from God?
First of all, God, the Universal Intelligence, is energy - unconditionally loving, vastly intelligent, creative, responsive energy. This energy registers in us as unconditional love. We are extensions of it. As unconditional love, the Universal Intelligence does not, in fact cannot, judge, criticise or condemn us. It is impossible to do so. There will be no punishment from God.

Punishment from the devil?
If God is not going to punish us, will it be the devil who unleashes the horrific things predicted? No, because there is no such thing as the devil. What there are though, are human negative thoughts, attitudes, emotions, beliefs and desires. No one and nothing except ourselves makes us do the things we do - we have free will, and nothing is stronger than that. We cannot continue to blame others for our choices. The sooner we accept this and take responsibility for our choicesm the sooner we will mature as a species. There will be no punishment from the devil.

So what is it all about, when is it going to start and what is really going to happen? It is already happening - and we are doing it to ourselves. Wars, rumours of wars, terrorism, pestilence, flood, drought, famine, disease …these are all the logical outcomes of centuries of free will in action, of greed on an unimaginable scale, and of a callous disregard for anyone or anything other than self. These events are signposts to alert us to the change that is coming. In fact, the change has begun.

Ah, sweet revenge
The Universal Intelligence responds to our thoughts. Since one of humanity’s chief desires has been, and continues to be, to gain revenge against those who have harmed us or our loved ones, God provides us with prophecies telling us that that is exactly what will happen - our enemies will be punished and vanquished. Prophecies of doom for the so-called bad people are nothing more than the Universal Intelligence telling us what we want to hear. Our desire for vengeance keeps us trapped in the cycle of karmic debt, and we will not become free of the desire for revenge until we forgive - REALLY forgive.

The trouble is, we have all hurt someone at some time - so theoretically, someone we have hurt could think that we are bad and therefore need to be punished. No, the punishment will not come from God, or from the devil. It will come, as it always has, from humans.

Tumultuous change for humanity?
Besides describing physical events, some prophecies mention that the next step in human evolution will occur during the end times. Many have proposed the idea that technology will change us by giving us greater mental and physical capacity and abilities; others suggest that a saviour will come and magically transform us. I believe though that the next step in human evolution is the refinement of our negative thoughts, attitudes and emotions. Additionally, we must change old, outdated belief systems and behaviours. Needless to say, this will not be a fast or easy process. It is next to impossible to convince anyone that they need to change. Such a realization needs to come from within ourselves, and this is one of the reasons that this time of transformation will be a gradual process, rather than a single event. If change were to be thrust upon us, we would resist, and that would inhibit the process.

It is not that we are not doing anything wrong; we are doing exactly that which God wishes - we are evolving. God has given each of us free will - within the bounds of certain recently-revealed spiritual laws - to live, learn and grow. In the meantime, we tend to get lost in the playground that is planet earth, forgetting our true nature and our true purpose. Human needs overtake our best intentions, and we can end up harming and destroying much. We will continue to do so until we start letting go of ancient (and not-so-ancient) hurts. The only way out of the vicious cycle is to forgive.

8.3 Why are there so many disasters lately?
Disasters of all sorts have taken thousands of lives for thousands of years, yet we continue to be surprised. Are there more disasters occurring now though? Well, there are more people alive now than ever in this current life cycle on earth, so yes. However, the real tragedy continues to be that people fail to heed warnings. We may never know how many premature deaths might be prevented were people paying attention to their inner voice telling them to run away, or stay home from work, or take a different route to the store, or whatever. We may never know how many lives and how much developed property might be spared if we asked for (and followed) Universal guidance about the best place to buy or build.

So why do we not we just pay attention to our inner voice? Our lives would be so much easier! We learn to distrust it though, or we assume it’s just our own thoughts, or we decide on a course of action without seeking guidance. These are all choices, and each is made with our very own free will. It is ironic, because by not using it, we run the risk of becoming victims of circumstances seemingly beyond our control. Victims appear to have mysteriously lost their free will, yet it is free will that gets us into situations that we couldn’t have foreseen or for which we were warned but chose to ignore.

8.4 Why is there so much terrorism and violence in the world nowadays?
Terrorism and violence have existed - in one form or another - as long as humans have existed, and will continue to exist so long as we choose to strike out physically instead of communicating with one another. One has only to look at the many billions of dollars being spent by countries around the world on protection against invasion of any sort, to see that we humans have a tremendous fear of being attacked without warning. That fear manifests in all sorts of ways besides terrorism though: illness, accidents and injuries are but a few.

So long as we hold onto grudges against those who have harmed either us or our loved ones, so long as we feel the need for revenge, so long as we feel the need to control others, terrorism and violence will continue to exist. These horrors are not caused by the devil - they are caused by our own negative thoughts, attitudes and emotions. That means that we have the power, indeed the responsibility, to change the world.

Using our words
Why is violence as a form of expression acceptable anyway? Whatever happened to using our words to express our displeasure with someone or something? Have we become lazy? Or ignorant? Or terrified? Or hopeless that we will be heard? Do we feel justified in treating others as less than human? (Shades of political regimes built on the low self-esteem of its leaders.)

How can we expect young children to express themselves verbally rather than violently, if we fail to model that behaviour in front of them (the height of hypocrisy)? Yet society begins with children.

Praying or meditating for world peace is pointless, so long as violence is a viable option. For peace to become a reality, we must use our words instead of striking out in violence. Society will eventually change, but not until violence has been outlawed. So how do we change? Click here to get started. Check out What is legacy resentment?

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9. About human behaviour
Human behaviour is complex. It happens as a result of our thoughts, attitudes, emotions, belief systems and desires, so it follows that if we reduce and refine the negative ones, our behaviour will improve.

9.1 What is our spiritual diet?
Our thoughts, attitudes, emotions, behaviours, belief systems and desires form our spiritual diet. They are what we feed ourselves throughout our life's journey. Paying attention to our thoughts enables us to find the hidden meanings wrapped inside our everyday experiences, which in turn enables us to identify those needing refinement.

Who, me? Negative?
It is easy to just deny that we ever have negative thoughts, attitudes or emotions and be done with it - we blame someone or something other than ourselves for our predicaments and continue on as we always have. It is not so much that we intend to have negative thoughts though; they just seem to happen, almost like a reflex. These habitual thought patterns easily slip by unnoticed. Constant repetition of such negative messages can only harm us, yet we say them to ourselves (and others) day in and day out. It's not that we are "bad" for having negative thoughts, attitudes and emotions; rather, it is up to us to recognize and change them.

We all think, all the time
Our thoughts, attitudes and emotions (either positive or negative) are the great equalizer, for we all have them - no matter who we are, or where we live, or what we do for a living. Many people become frustrated when they make repeated attempts to change their physical appearance or surroundings so that they will feel better, and then find that it did not work. To truly change our lives requires changing our thoughts, attitudes and emotions. In other words, we need to improve our spiritual diet. We need to search for Universal Truth and full understanding about our thoughts, attitudes and emotions, and about our part in our experiences.

How may one start such a process? Visit the home page of this website and start at the very beginning, working through each section. The reward - clarity of thought - will make it worth the effort, because then we may gain a sense of our soul’s purpose in being alive on Planet Earth at this particular point in human history - and then the real work begins.

9.2 What is the "cold shoulder"?
It is the withholding of communication as a punishment for a wrong-doing (see isolation, rejection). It occurs as a result of our judgment (you did something I did not like), criticism (it was a mistake) and condemnation (your punishment is that I will not talk to you for an unspecified length of time). It is a passive/aggressive form of bullying. It is a punishment for their having gone against our will, and the hope is to manipulate the wrongdoer into begging forgiveness and never again daring to take control. Unfortunately it serves only to continue a negative pattern.
Change the pattern:
If we are doing it, STOP! Only communication can resolve differences, and only communication can lead to growth and understanding. Refusing to speak freezes a relationship and can create ill will.
If it is being done to us, STOP allowing it! Responding in the same old way gives them what they want, which is for us to be under their control, unquestioning. Do the self-esteem exercise

9.3 Why do people withhold their approval?
It doesn't matter how good a job we do - some people will never let us know that they like or approve of our efforts. There is always a comment to let us know we failed to do well enough. While they may like to think that they are helping us to become better, the behaviour can actually undermine any desire we might have to improve, since we know that they will really never be happy no matter what we do. For these people, nothing they experience ever meets - nor can ever meet - their expectations or desires
Spiritual effects: Living in a nearly constant state of unhappiness, disappointment and frustration, always wondering why no one ever does anything right - except for them of course. For those on the receiving end of this behaviour, there can be very low self-esteem and chronic under-performance, along with a constant feeling of inferiority.
Change the pattern:
If we are doing it, STOP! We are hurting others, but more importantly, we are hurting ourselves. Meditate to learn the real reason for our perfectionism
If it is being done to us, STOP allowing it! What can we stop? We can change our need to receive the approval of others. Far better to do our best, without expectation of thanks or recognition from others. Meditate to learn the real reason for needing the approval of others. Do the self-esteem exercise

9.4 Why do people play practical jokes?
People with low self-esteem often appreciate seeing others placed at a disadvantage. Somehow they feel better about themselves, thinking that they alone know what is happening. This is a form of passive-aggressive bullying with only one desired outcome: to make someone feel inferior. Funny? Not really.
Change the pattern:
If we are doing it, our self-esteem may need some positive boosting. Do the self-esteem exercise
If we are on the receiving end, we may have a victim mentality. Meditate to discover its root cause, for only then can it be changed

9.5 Why are people superstitious?
We perform superstitious rituals to influence the gods to either give us that which we want or to protect us from that which we do not want. We also fear certain things in the belief that they may cause something bad to happen, even though we may know within ourselves that it is silly to do so. The Universal Intelligence neither punishes nor rewards us - it simply allows there to be consequences for our thoughts and desires. Feeling a need to be punished can actually create accidents, injuries, or losses.
Spiritual effects: For some, the chosen actions can become obsessive/compulsive behaviours, ultimately producing an inability to make it through the day without performing these rituals
Change the pattern: Meditate to identify and resolve the root cause(s) of needing to be punished

9.6 Why do people steal credit for work that others have done?
This behaviour results from having very low or unstable self-esteem, such that the thought of someone else receiving appreciation or recognition for any reason is terrifying and/or sickening and/or infuriating. Can result from one's caregivers in early childhood behaving this way, or from caregivers withholding their approval
Spiritual effects: The lack of self-worth is such that that we hardly even know that we are doing it - yet we HATE it if someone steals our credit (a sure sign that there is a problem!)
Physical effects: The craving for positive attention is a form of addiction that compels people to do whatever they can to gain it - even if it means that those who have earned it will go without acknowledgement
Change the pattern: Until we recognize that there is a problem, there is not much that can be done to change it. However, this inner child issue can be identified and resolved through practicing meditation in the new way. Do the self-esteem exercise.

9.7 Why do people judge, criticise and condemn work that others have done?
If they like the product, they will steal credit for it. If the work threatens their position in some way though, they will pretend to like something about it to make their critical opinion seem more valid - then their true motive shines through. What they really want is for others to believe that they are the expert. This compels them to find fault, but all they really accomplish is to show their own lack of understanding and/or abilities. Some people fall for this ruse, and that is one of the reasons that using criticism continues to be so popular
Spiritual effects: The lack of self-worth makes us desperate for others’ approval
Physical effects: Craving others’ approval is a form of addiction that compels people to do whatever they can to gain it
Change the pattern: Until we recognize that there is a problem, there is not much that can be done to change it. However, this inner child issue can be identified and resolved through practicing meditation in the new way. Do the self-esteem exercise.

9.8 Why do people lie?
There are as many reasons for lying as there are people. Here are just a few though:

What are the long-term effects of chronic lying?
Lying can be addictive, since it can give one a false sense of power and control. We can become unable to function without lying. It can become pathological, such that we feel compelled to weave a web of lies around a tiny kernel of truth in any conversation. This keeps everyone wondering and guessing, so that one ALWAYS remains in control and at top-of-mind.

When taken to the utter extreme, lying can become Pseudo Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy. This condition can appear in pathological liars who make up lies about their loved ones, sometimes claiming that one of them has been hospitalized or has even died. Why? To play on people's gullibility and sympathy, in the hopes of being excused from their obligations and responsibilities, because after all, they have to attend a FUNERAL!

9.9 What if nothing is wrong, but I still feel awful?
Feeling tired or just generally unwell for no apparent reason is a signal from the Universal Intelligence (via our guide) to let us know that we have an unresolved issue(s). We usually know what the issue is, and we usually know what we need to do about it; the problem is that we are unable or unwilling to do what is needed, and so we continue to avoid it. This is the time to seek information from our guide about other possible options than the one we are resisting. Practice meditation in the new way.

9.10 What is legacy guilt?
This is the pattern of a family or group of people holding onto guilt over actions taken (or not taken) by their ancestors, which has been handed down through the generations. Like low self-esteem, legacy guilt can make us believe that we have no right to expect to be treated well or fairly or as equals. It is imbued in our offspring just as surely as genetic traits like hair or eye colour. The pattern can create a co-dependent relationship between the offenders’ offspring and those of their victims’, such that neither side is seemingly able or willing to let go of their position. The hurt, the offence, becomes their identity - for both sides.

We need look no further than Canada’s horrific treatment of Indigenous peoples over hundreds of years, to see this playing out in current times. The government is seemingly unable to get rid of its burden of guilt; the Indigenous peoples are seemingly unable to stop needing to be appeased.

It can become a perverse point of honour to hold onto legacy guilt, and an addiction to holding onto feeling victimized. Each succeeding generation sentences its descendants to a burden that is not theirs to carry. Each new generation’s family or group members may experience group karma as a result.

Programming an innocent child to feel guilt and shame for an ancestor’s actions can also create feelings of frustration, anger and resentment for her or him; after all, this child did not commit the act. These feelings can, if unchecked, cause us to behave like a powerless victim, or at the other extreme, as an aggressive bully.

Releasing the destructive pattern of legacy guilt can be challenging, but it is not impossible. It requires finding forgiveness for all concerned, and it requires something even more - bravery. Bravery, because being the only person in our family to disagree with the way things are done risks our being cast out and abandoned (see status quo bias). Do the apologizing and forgiveness exercises in Section 9.

9.11 What is legacy resentment?
World peace? Not likely, so long as people are unwilling to release legacy resentment. This is resentment over issues that began with long-dead family members in the distant past that has been handed down through the generations. It becomes a perverse point of honour to hold onto it; it taints each succeeding generation and sentences the descendants to a burden that is not theirs to carry.

The province in which I live has set aside one day each year to honour one of the key people responsible for bringing about its inception more than 100 years ago, Louis Riel. Of course at that time, there were those who fought against the principles for which this an stood - equality and justice for all. They felt that the indigenous and mixed race inhabitants should be subjugated, banished, or killed, and their lands taken for future sale to the newly arriving immigrants.

Honoring this man was a contentious and controversial decision, but it was taken, and the first annual Louis Riel Day was held in 2008.

Recently someone made a public comment about the holiday: Since her great, great grandfather was married to a woman whose father fought against the so-called rebels, this person and her family do not celebrate the holiday as a matter of "honour". In other words, not only was this not her personal grievance; it was not her father’s, nor her grandfather’s or great grandfather’s, nor even her great, great grandfather’s. It may not even have been her great, great grandfather’s wife’s personal grievance, yet this entire family is holding onto this grudge. Their reasons for doing so are unknown to me, but I can tell you that this is one of the reasons for the deep, wide rift between the peoples of this province. Those on each side of the rift continue to resent those on the other and all feel fully justified in doing so.

Releasing this destructive pattern can be challenging, but it is not impossible. It requires finding forgiveness for all concerned, and it requires something even more - bravery. Bravery, because being the only person in our family to disagree with the way things are done risks our being cast out and abandoned (see status quo bias).
Change the pattern: Do the apologizing and forgiveness exercises in Section 9.

9.12 Why do we give gifts?
Gift giving can be a wonderful expression of affection and appreciation; it stops being wonderful when it starts creating undue stress and financial burden, or when it is used to alleviate guilt. It is important to understand our motives for giving gifts, and especially, for wanting to give lavish gifts.

Why do we do it?
Besides the obvious reasons for giving gifts, guilt is a powerful motivator, and feeling guilty is the main reason for giving lavish gifts. We usually know if we have treated someone unfairly or unkindly, and it is our victims to whom we feel most obligated. We run the risk then of using gift-giving as a way of buying permission to continue behaving poorly. If we have to give a gift to show that we are really sorry, or that we really do care, then we need to understand why we are relying upon material items rather than on our own words or deeds.

A better way
Far better to show in everyday experiences how we feel about our loved ones. Treat them with positive attention and feedback, trust, respect, patience, tolerance; teach them to live with joy; let them know they are loved unconditionally.

Rather than giving gifts, gather donations (of money, food, toys, toiletries, etc.) from friends, family and co-workers and then deliver them to a local charity of choice.

9.13 About the passage of time
Why does time seem to speed up as we get older? For the most part, the speed of time is constant when we are in human form on planet earth. So why is it that when we are young, one minute can seem like an hour, yet when we are older, an hour can seem like a minute, or even a second?

To try to shed some light on this common experience, let us compare drivers of automobiles to humans walking their life path. Like drivers in normal road conditions with many points of reference guiding them as to their rate of speed, young children have many visible points of reference to provide them with a sense of the passage of time. Children tend to notice everything because it is all new; we are learning Everything. Almost every moment is full of new information and every experience new and exciting, so there are many points of reference.

Drivers in whiteout conditions often speed up - unwittingly - because there are no visible points of reference; there is nothing to be seen except white, to tell us how fast we are moving. We speed up in an effort to find points of reference. As we age, we become more like drivers in whiteout conditions. Because exciting or new experiences occur less often, there are gradually fewer and fewer points of reference: we increasingly lose sense of the present moment and every moment almost seems to blend into one long moment - like whiteout conditions on the road. Unceasing repetition of the same old experiences lulls us into an almost hypnotized state of being.

We can get so caught up in the search for new points of reference that we unconsciously ‘speed up’, thereby losing our innate ability to live in the moment. Inevitably, our search for points of reference takes us into the realm of worry.

Spiritual aspect of time
The spiritual aspect of time is the duration of a soul's journey away from, and back to, Source.

To us, time is experience/perception-based and can seem to be elastic, depending on our location and activity. If you've ever watched and waited for a kettle to boil, you'll know this well.

To the Universal Intelligence, time is both elastic and non-elastic. It is both eternal, and yet a brief flash of existence.

While we measure time based on duration of events and the intervals between them, the Universal Intelligence sees time more as the duration of its creations and the intervals between creation of new universes.

One more thing... while scientists agree that nothing travels faster than the speed of light, there is actually one exception: thought. Thought travels instantaneously. Our guides hear all of our thoughts, even if we ourselves don't hear them.

9.14 More about forgiveness
What is forgiveness?
Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves so that we can leave the past in the past, and so that our spiritual and emotional wounds can heal. It is a behavioural pattern that becomes stronger with practice. We can choose whether to forgive or resent those who have hurt us. Even if no one ever taught us how to forgive, it is not too late to build it into our lives. Forgiveness has nothing to do with the offender, and everything to do with us. We can forgive others without their knowing that they hurt us, just as easily as we can resent them without their knowledge.

Forgiveness seeks understanding about why our painful life experiences happened. We can forgive without that information, but knowing why something happened or why someone hurt us, can make it a lot easier. Assuming that we already understand (saying for example “I just know they did what they did to hurt me”) makes us hold onto grief, guilt, hatred, resentment, shame, or even the desire for revenge. We can begin to end this grief and pain by journaling our feelings of anger or disappointment. This validates our emotions and helps us release both the offender and the experience.

It may seem like a small thing, but forgiveness is actually the crucial first step in healing chronic disease. So how does that work? Can a lack of forgiveness really create chronic disease?

Holding onto old hurts means that we have put them into a mental vault for safe-keeping. Every now and then we open the vault to review them, or every now and then a current experience triggers memories of them. Our pain is refreshed, and it is almost like picking a scab too early. The pain makes us re-justify our reasons for keeping any unhealthy habits that we developed to cope with the hurt. These habits can be spiritual, like holding onto negative emotions, or they can be physical, like having addictions, living in co-dependent relationships or acting in self-destructive ways (see obsessive compulsive behaviours).

This never-ending cycle of reliving old pain takes a physical toll on our system, because our thoughts are transmitted throughout our entire body. After all, we are spiritual as well as physical beings. As we think, so do we feel.

Pretend that someone has raised a hand to slap you.
How does your body react to your fear?
What are you thinking?
(There are no wrong answers)

Next, pretend that someone has publicly humiliated or embarrassed you.
How does your body respond to your shame?
What are you thinking?
(There are no wrong answers)

These physical reactions to spiritual thoughts of fear or shame create disease by damaging our physical bodies at cellular level. As the years go by, the damage builds up and, once a certain threshold has been breached (everyone’s threshold is different), diseases develop. Such disease is rooted in a lack of forgiveness, because when we withhold forgiveness, we hold onto negative thoughts, attitudes and emotions and it is these that make us sick.

The good news is that we can short-circuit the disease cycle. Forgiveness takes painful memories out of our mental vault. Our curiosity and desire to learn Truth raise us beyond pain as we search for understanding. We see that it is safe to look, and to feel, and we find that it is ok to let go. Forgiveness enables these memories to move to a different location in the brain from where they can be recalled, and even shared, without re-inflicting anguish.

Forgive the dead?
Sometimes it is necessary to forgive someone who is no longer alive. Just because people have died does not mean that God expects or requires us to automatically forgive them, or that we need not consciously forgive them. We have free will, and we can forgive or resent - the choice is ours.

It is not speaking ill of the dead to acknowledge that they hurt us. In fact, not doing so denies our true feelings and can leave us feeling guilty for holding onto the pain that we experienced. Magically elevating someone to sainthood upon their passing, when we all know that they were anything but saintly, creates additional suffering and anguish for us. Plus, it can give others the false impression that we are kind and forgiving. Without forgiveness though, true joy simply cannot exist.

Forgive ourselves?
Just as important as forgiving others, is the need to forgive ourselves. Since self-hatred is one of the most common spiritual components of disease, addictions and negative life patterns, does it not make sense that if we can find some way to forgive ourselves that we might finally find peace and healing?

We cannot live our lives wishing and hoping that someone is going to forgive us for something we have done or not done - it is up to us to forgive us. It is up to us to be the best that we can be, even though we know that we have probably hurt others, and even if it was unintentional.

An example from my own life
When I first started working with the Universe, the how-to of forgiveness was unknown to me. Oh sure, I had heard of it. I went to Sunday school when I was young and learned that Jesus taught us to forgive, and keep forgiving - seventy times seven times if need be. But what is it? How do you actually do it?

Forgiveness comes down to just letting go
Well, start with the first hurt we can recall. I started by trying to forgive my birth parents for giving me up for adoption. It took a while, but I finally got the hang of it. Next came my adopted sister, the bully in my kindergarten class, the mean neighbour boys; I kept going all the way up through the years of my life. Let me just say I had A LOT of forgiving to do, so I got a lot of practice. The more I did it, the easier it became. Now I know I have fully forgiven someone when I can go over the experience in my mind - see their face, remember the words, everything - and not feel any anger or hatred or desire for revenge. I know that I have forgiven myself when I can look in the mirror without cringing or wincing. I have learned that forgiveness is like a muscle - the more we use it, the stronger it gets. With regular practice, it becomes an unconscious habit.

Of course all this forgiveness creates a dilemma: How do we forgive others, yet protect ourselves from toxic relationships? Does God expect us to stay in relationships with “repeat offenders”? To solve this dilemma, we need to know what forgiveness is not.

What forgiveness is not
Knowing what forgiveness is not, is just as important as knowing what forgiveness is. Forgiveness is not a bargaining chip, for example, saying to someone, "I'll forgive you if you ...” Forgiving others does not mean that we have to allow their abusive or negative behaviour, nor does it mean that we can trust them to change their behaviour. Most importantly, it does not mean that we must stay in toxic relationships. In fact, sometimes it is necessary to completely limit contact with those who have harmed us. Doing so does not mean we have not forgiven them - it means that we are honouring, respecting, and protecting ourselves. It means that we are trusting God to provide for them the lessons that they need to move forward spiritually.

Letting go with love
To fix a relationship requires much work and dedication from both sides, and this is not possible when both parties feel that it is the other who needs to change. In this case, it can be preferable to let the relationship go. The challenge is to do so without holding onto any negativity; this means no guilt, no anger, and no regrets.

It also means not repeatedly returning to the relationship to try, try again. God does not condemn us for being wise enough to know when it is time to stop trying and let go.

Here are some steps to take that, while they may not fix a relationship, can help us to move on and begin living in peace:
Let go of the need to prove the other wrong (self-righteousness)
Let go of the need to be apologized to (humility)
Let go of the need for revenge (forgiveness)
Let go of feeling fully responsible (guilt), yet acknowledge our part in the relationship, and forgive ourselves as well as the other party
Let go of the need to receive permission from anyone to make change in your life

Forgiveness from God?
Since the Universal Intelligence sees all human experience as education, there can be no such thing as sin. Since there is no such thing as sin, there is nothing to forgive. The Universal Intelligence does not ever judge, criticise, or condemn us. Check out the forgiveness exercises in Section 9

9.15 Why do we think that everyone else is the enemy?
There is strength in our differences, yet we cannot seem to accept that it is okay for people to have different beliefs. Do we think that we are weakened by diversity? Do we believe that God will punish any who stray from (sometimes) centuries-old teachings? Do we think that it is up to us, the righteous ones, to attack anyone with a different opinion? All in defence of God’s cruel, vindictive nature, of course.

The Universal Intelligence has no ego to bruise, no axe to grind. There are as many ways to have a relationship with God as there are his children, and certainly no need for everyone’s life choices to be the same. As God’s children, we have been given the gift of free will. We can choose to do as we please, or we can choose to do as God asks. It is not sin and there is no punishment if we choose the former, because that is what the spiritual law of free will mandates us to do: make choices. There may be negative outcomes if we choose to do what we want, but they do not result because God is punishing us - they result because we do not always know what is best for us and sometimes, we make lousy choices.

How long will we continue to judge, criticise and condemn, sometimes to execution, any and all with different beliefs than ours? It is beyond unreasonable to think for a moment that God wants any of his children to kill any of his other children. God will continue to exist, no matter what we do. God will continue to love his children, all of us, unconditionally, no matter what we do. We will all return to him eventually, to share our vast lifetimes of experiences with him. After all, that is our purpose … that is why this particular reality has been created.

9.16 What is the spiritual component of revolution?
Wherever there is revolution there has been oppression: oppression literally breeds it. Revolution erupts because people dislike being told what they may or may not do and then suffering punishment if they happen to disagree with those in power. We all dislike being controlled, and that is the key spiritual component of revolution: feeling that our free will has been stolen, and then taking action, at any cost, to take it back. Humanity runs the constant risk of power-hungry, narcissistic psychopaths taking complete control over their particular sphere of influence. They are clever, they are determined, and they simply will not stop until someone with even more determination and power makes them stop.

As above, so below: As with nations, so with individuals
The pattern starts in families and extends to neighbourhoods, cities, and, finally, to countries. Time and time again, children who are abused, or who are treated as poor, defenceless victims, have grown up to think that the world owes them a living. As adults, these people go out into society where they bully others, commit crimes and become despots and dictators. Millions have died because no one stood up to these people before they arose to a position of real power. We take the path of least resistance in the hope that someone stronger, or braver, than us will stop them. The only way to stop their quest for dictatorial power is to provide children with the tools they need to live as respected, respectful, contributing members of society. This may be pie in the sky today, but one day it will be a reality.

9.17 Why have politics become so nasty?
There are at least two sides to every political issue; each party thinks that it their view is correct and the other either wrong or maybe even evil. Our greed for more power, money and prestige has created an atmosphere in which it has become acceptable to behave like little children who have not yet learned self-control.

Several election campaigns over the past several years have been won by one side employing disturbing tactics though. (This has happened in countries besides Canada.) It goes a little something like this: One party's candidate refuses to allow the other to speak during a debate. She/he does not allow the other to be right. She/he interrupts to prevent any question being asked that might open the door to finding truth. She/he refuses to back down in the face of truth. She/he refuses to apologize for errors, and absolutely will not admit to having outright lied about something. She/he insults, insinuates and generally disparages the opponent at every opportunity. She/he accuses the opponentof lying, not necessarily because they have, but so that the observer’s attention is diverted/deflected away from the matter at hand and also to sow seeds of doubt.

This sort of behaviour changes a debate into gainsaying (yes you did / no I did not). It is designed to shut down any meaningful dialogue by fueling anger and rage, or to make the audience turn away in pure frustration. The practice spreads untruth, discontent and outright fury, and is a disservice to society and the democratic process. It is rude and arrogant, and shamefully manipulative. The sad part is that we are tricked by such behaviour. We cast our vote for, and then flock to, the “winners” in the hope/wish/belief that they are behaving this way in order to serve society and therefore to serve us.

Will we ever learn?
Now, not all campaign candidates employ these tactics, but those who do may well not have the best interests of society at heart. While they can appear to for a time, eventually their true self-serving interests become clear. Society is then left to pick up the pieces and pay their bills. Hopefully we all will learn to identify those who aim to serve self at the expense of others before electing them. We have to be wary and watchful though, because it is very easy to get sucked into their spin.

Check out Lie detector, a TED Talks presentation by Pamela Meyer.

9.18 What can we do to fight terrorism?
We must not give in to hate, even though giving in is easier than seeking to understand terrorists' motives for committing hateful acts. We must not use fear as an excuse to hate those who are different. We must work to change the conditions that allow poverty and prejudice, inequality and injustice to exist in our corner of the world. We must be willing to defend our way of life, yet we cannot sink to barbarism when meting out justice; doing so only perpetuates the cycle of karmic debt. Far better to employ restorative justice.

9.19 Does the moon affect our emotions?
No, not directly. Since our thoughts create our emotions, seeing the moon in a certain phase might trigger certain thoughts, and it is these that can trigger certain emotions.

9.20 Why is it so difficult to make positive changes in our lives?
Much of the turmoil in our lives results from our behaviours, which in turn result from our thoughts, which - although without physical form - can seem to be made from concrete. Profound change requires paying close attention to our thoughts and learning their source. We need to break them down into the smallest bits and bytes possible. This can be achieved by including focused, purposeful meditation in our daily lives.

9.21 What is a know-it-all?
This term describes people who are always right - at least in their opinion. They present themselves as an expert at everything, and cannot admit that they do not already know something. They need to be right and in control, and feel criticised if someone has a better answer, suggestion or solution than theirs, which can trigger obsessive/compulsive behaviours, depression or temper tantrums. See narcissism, perfectionism, stilted speech

9.22 What is legacy contamination?
This pattern is an actual thing. It starts when we fail to rid ourselves of the pain of our traumatic experiences. It then spreads like an oil spill, seeping into every aspect of our lives. The legacy part is that our thought patterns are handed down to our children; and onto their children, and so on. Is it any wonder that so many of us are in anguish?
Change the pattern: Learn how to deal with inner conflicts

9.23 What planet are you from?
Do you feel like you’re from another planet besides Earth? Do you laugh about it, or minimize the importance of that intuition? Given that we souls are billions of years old, doesn't it make sense that we would have entered physical form innumerable times before ever coming to Planet Earth? After all, the universe is approximately 14 billion years old, while earth is a mere 4.5. In all likelihood, we have ALL lived on other planets besides Earth. This might help to explain some of the difficulties we are facing here. Check out tolerance

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