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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

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

 
The answers

1. About God

Does God really exist? Does he have a plan for me? How can I find out what it is?
Yes. God really exists. However, what we choose to call the Universal Intelligence is up to us. God, Source, Creator, Mother, Father, Universal Intelligence, The Universe, They, It, Her or Him - Any question directed toward the source of all things will bring a response that is in accordance with the spiritual law of free will. Yes, God has a plan for you. Find out what it is by meditating in the new way. Ask your question as simply as possible and then listen for the answer. If the answer doesn't come immediately, there may be other information required to enable clarity. In that case, start to build a pattern of regular mediation (communication) with the Universal Intelligence and work through inner child issues

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 for them, but the Universal Intelligence allows the logical consequences of them to happen. That is, if we judge, criticize, 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, belief systems 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. Click here to learn more

Is God angry or disappointed with humanity?
No. God is neither angry nor disappointed with humanity. Disappointment implies that judgment, criticism and 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.

Isn't it time that God gave us some new rules of conduct?
Yes, and here they are:

  • Do not judge, criticize 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
  • Seek guidance from the Universal Intelligence, for it is always available
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2. About the guides

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.

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. 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 God feels it is necessary. In truth, the number of guides working with us does not make us any better or worse than any other human, nor does it mean that God has higher expectations of us than of others.

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 each soul. 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're paying 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 though. 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.

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 Creator can cooperate with our belief systems and desires and let us think we're reading someone's mind; plus, we may sometimes guess what someone’s thinking. At this point in human evolution though, we hardly even hear our own thoughts, never mind someone else's. So long as we judge, criticize and condemn and try to control one another, mental telepathy will not be possible. 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.
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3. About spirituality, healing and genes
What is spirituality?
Spirituality is knowing that we are children of God, and therefore loved unconditionally. It is knowing, deep within, that we are much more than our physical bodies - that we are spiritual beings dressed in human form. 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's really nothing to prove

What are some of the spiritual gifts?
These are not so much gifts as they are skills or abilities that God, the Universal Intelligence, may or may not activate. Any spiritual ability that we have while in human form is there because the Universal Intelligence has enabled it. 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 also miraculous healing
  • Medical intuition is the ability to hear our guide tell us what is happening physically with another individual. Of course, the clearer one's thoughts and the fewer one's inaccurate belief systems, the more readily one 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 your guide in meditation. Remember to ask for whom the message has been given
  • 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’s 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
  • 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. In either case, the importance of asking our guide questions about the experience cannot be overstated
  • Bi-location - seeming to be in two different places at the same moment. This has been observed on rare occasions when the observer believed that the individual being observed had extraordinary powers and was so dedicated to serving humanity that she/he was able to be in more than one place at a time
  • 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
What is 5th dimensional state of being?
This is a label for an elevated state of consciousness in which one feels peace, joy, bliss and unconditional love. The state is possible to reach in a couple of ways: first of all, by practicing to reduce and refine our thoughts, attitudes, emotions, belief systems and desires. This process enables us to feel, for varying lengths of time, a sense of freedom from everyday concerns. These concerns trick us into thinking that this earthly existence is the only reality that counts. Secondly, a profoundly traumatic or disturbing experience can awaken us to this realization.

Maintaining the realization is the challenge though, and five minutes behind the wheel or at the office or in a grocery store will quickly zap any sense of peace one may have. Feeling hungry, or itchy, or too hot or too cold - all of these bring us back to the moment and back to "I need" or "I want". If we’re in human form, our physical needs overtake our ability to maintain the connection to Source which those in non-physical form enjoy. This is what we’re here to learn … Entering into physical form distracts us from recalling our true nature. It’s all too easy to get lost in the playground that is Planet Earth.

What are the spiritual laws?
While this information is at odds with much of what is out there, it is simple and straightforward. It’s free of the fear-based ideas that mainstream religions typically provide, and 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 have been granted free will.
  • There is one soul for one physical body per lifetime, beginning at birth and ending at death of the physical body.
  • Whatever lessons are required for our soul’s ultimate spiritual development will be presented.
  • 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 do not enter into physical form, ever.
  • The guides abide by the guidance of the Universal Intelligence and by the spiritual laws.
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 whether based in Universal Truth or not. 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, criticized 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.

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. Read about free will and the impacts it can have on our lives. See also ability to heal others

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. So while a physical disease may be healed, the thought patterns that contributed to its creation may not necessarily change and the disease may recur

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, as long as we don't have the thought patterns that go along with it, the disorder will not develop - another good reason to become aware of - and refine - our negative thoughts, attitudes and emotions.

Why do we get sick / suffer injuries / have accidents?
For every human illness, injury or accident, I believe that there is a spiritual component that comes from within self. The spiritual component of the condition is the result of 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 thoughts could possibly affect our physical bodies. After all, our thoughts are invisible and nobody hears them, right? While it’s 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 has linked each vertebra of our spinal column to the various areas of the body. As Gray’s Anatomy, 29th Ed, page 4, states, “The nervous system controls and coordinates all organs and structures of the human body.” The nervous system also transmits the brain’s messages throughout the body.

Each and every time we have a certain TAEBSD, 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 thought, attitude, emotion, belief system or desire. 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.

Here’s an example: 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(s) is or was a saint, yet knowing that she or he really wasn't. 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 many more.

As science begins to catch up with this concept, humanity will benefit in many ways. Unfortunately though, it is likely to take a long time. After all, no one likes to hear that their belief system is not based in Truth, and no one likes to hear that they themselves have any negative thoughts, attitudes or emotions. In the meantime, we will continue to evolve and eventually, I believe, come to the realization that our thoughts, attitudes, emotions, belief systems and desires are the true creators of conditions on Planet Earth. Then the real work begins!

Why are there side effects from medications?
Here is the best explanation I have ever heard of the why and how of the creation of souls:
What, you ask, was the beginning of it all? And it is this... Existence that multiplied itself for sheer delight of being and plunged into numberless trillions of forms so that it might find itself innumerably -Sri Aurobindo
If you can allow for this possibility, then what follows here might make a little more sense.

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 TAEBSD. 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?

Scenario: We get sick or suffer an accident (of course, as a result of our thoughts, attitudes, emotions, belief systems and desires). We receive a medical diagnosis for what’s 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’s hives or a rash, maybe it’s muscle aches and pains…could be just about anything that happens sometime 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’re all different, but what makes us really different is our thoughts, attitudes, emotions, belief systems and desires (TAEBSD); further, I believe that the TAEBSD actually create our personal physical reality. Here’s how the Universal Intelligence explains it ~ 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 can, or should, be helped
  • Our desire or lack thereof to be cooperative with those in a position of authority (like healthcare providers)
Since our TAEBSD are extremely complex and intertwined, the above are just a few of the many possibilities that can affect the results of treatments/medications. However, once we’ve recognized the spiritual components of the cause of our side effect(s), we can start healing from within by really resolving the issue. Then the treatments/medications can start to do their job. Just think how our health could improve by doing this sort of work!

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 one’s 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.

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 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.

This raises the question of how or 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.

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's 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?
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4. About souls
What is a soul?
A soul is an element of the Universal Intelligence. All souls were created at the same instant, at what is commonly called The Big Bang. There are trillions upon trillions of souls in the universe. Many have come into physical form, while many more have not. The soul is intertwined with the body in which it resides for the current lifetime. Access to its vast experience, knowledge and wisdom is usually unavailable to us, and that is one of the reasons we need to rely upon our companion/teacher guide.

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're all old souls! Some souls may have come into human form more times than others, but we're 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.

What is my soul name and what is my soul's purpose?
When in a centred state, ask your guide to address you by your soul name. Listen closely. If you can't hear it, ask your guide to spell it for you - one letter at a time, if need be. Finding your soul's purpose may not be 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.

Will I ever find my soul mate?
Many people spend a lot of time bemoaning the fact that they still haven’t met 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 child issues. 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 for another reason: we may recognize her or him as being a member of our soul family. Although we were created as individuals, we also belong to at least one 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 vibrational frequency, gathered to help one another express - in physical - their interest.

It is members of our soul family who greet us upon our return home from an incarnation. Each of these families is overseen by numerous entities, often called guides, angels and/or archangels. At least one guide is assigned to accompany each soul during all of its incarnations into physical form. The archangels assist us on an as-needed basis.

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 true meaning of unconditional love.

Why are we here?
It’s 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 ~ no matter which form we take. (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.)

Once we have entered into human form, the attraction to do so again and again becomes more and more difficult to resist. Since the Universal Intelligence supports us in our every desire, new, seemingly irresistible opportunities are presented for us. We “fall” into them, because they seem to have a stronger attraction than remaining in spirit form. Of course they are presented for our benefit though, because ultimately, they will help us to learn our way back to Source.

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. Click here to learn about interpreting the meditation and dream symbols. Click here to learn about core belief systems.

Even a seemingly simple belief system like, "I won't 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. Since guilt assumes responsibility, we're taught that there must be some form of punishment. The Universal Intelligence cooperates with our unspoken or even unrecognized request. Even if we're unaware of our negative, unhealthy belief systems, we can learn about them by becoming self-aware.

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 hadn't been there, it wouldn't 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 one 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 almost seems 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?

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. New information given to me through focused meditation says that each soul's record is written on the silver thread that connects our soul to the Universal Intelligence and to our physical body throughout our various incarnations. Only the guides and souls not in physical form can access the records, and the guides provide us with information 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're doing it ourselves - but they will play with us, so it is important to be centred and in a meditative state, and asking specific questions.
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5. About life, death, reincarnation and karma
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 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. These experiences happen for all life forms on the planet, but since verbal, two-way inter-species communication is not currently enabled, we have no way to document or verify them.

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.

What is reincarnation?
Reincarnation is the process of a soul entering into human form at birth, remaining until the physical body dies, leaving it 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.

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 compared 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 will be 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.

Why do souls enter human form?
We are sent in to ‘experience’ and to learn.

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.

We need only concentrate on our current lifetime to find and resolve the issues that affect us negatively now, for any issue that our Creator wishes resolved will be presented in our current lifetime.

What is karma?
Karma (quantum entanglement) is not punishment: it is the logical outcome of choices we make and fears/expectations that we have. Since the Universal Intelligence loves us unconditionally (that means no judgment, no criticism, no condemnation), logically there can be no such thing as punishment (bad karma). All human experience is considered by our Creator to be learning - not good, not bad - just learning.

When we do things that are viewed by humans as being bad, we do them because of our belief systems; that is, our negative thoughts, attitudes and emotions allow us to commit unkind or even criminal acts. For example, when we hold onto resentment and seek revenge against someone, we somehow feel justified in doing so and give ourselves permission to commit (sometimes horrific) acts. This is called ‘self-righteousness’, and is viewed by the Universal Intelligence as a negative thought and attitude. When we understand completely and thoroughly 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.

Many believe that past life experiences can cause our problems in this life, sometimes even including health or relationship issues. The Universe teaches that all of our lessons have been presented in the current lifetime, and all can be learned in the current lifetime. To blame our current situation on some past life limits our potential and makes victims of us (Oh, I can’t change that pattern – it’s 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.

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 of 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 dire need, just as easily as we could be sent in to become one who is in dire need. Only the Universal Intelligence knows what is truly required for each individual’s spiritual learning and growth.

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're 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.

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 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're at home we're 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
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 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?

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. Read about the newer form of meditation.

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 negative consequences.

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's ok to murder, so long as it's one of God's "enemies"; but since we're 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 all future potential 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, wouldn't 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, wouldn't it 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.

Is homosexuality a sin?
No. We have been taught that homosexuality is a sin, 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, criticized 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 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.

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 as important than 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’s some additional food for thought: Plants are intelligent creatures, 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) frequency. Unfortunately, there is no escape from this fact - life consumes 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
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 blame, instead of accepting responsibility for our thoughts and actions, is the moment we become powerless victims

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 - no one is above the spiritual laws. 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

Is there such a place as hell?
No. There is absolutely nothing a soul can do that could cause God to send us to a place such as Hell, even if such a place existed. We are children of the Universal Intelligence, and our Creator would never judge, criticize or condemn us, or send us to a place away from him, for there is no place that is away from him. The worse the crime, the deeper the need to receive true, unconditional love. This is not to say that society should allow lawbreakers to go unpunished though, for if laws are not upheld, anarchy will rule. See unconditional love

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

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 you've asked a question, pay attention to your thoughts, for it is there that the answer will appear.

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 them, 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 the mere presence of someone can make us feel good - seems as if we believe that we can’t 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’re 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).
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8. About the end times
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 (see free will), 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 very likely strike a chord within them that would inspire them to choose to serve once again.

Many people await the arrival of someone (Jesus, extraterrestrials, a powerful politician) to save humanity, but maybe they haven't truly thought about how it might feel to have someone come along and tell them what to do. Maybe they are simply hoping that a higher intelligence will come along and tell the government what to do, and then everything will be all right. Then they themselves will not have to do anything differently. It is only when we accept responsibility for our own lives that we begin to change. It is up to us, as individuals, to create change on this planet. When we become clear of the human desire to judge, criticize, condemn and control others, life as we know it on Planet Earth will change. For the time being though, we can only refine our own thoughts, our own attitudes and our own emotions.

Are we living in the end times?
End Times (or End of Days) refers to 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 - and this is it. However, let’s try and get a basic understanding of just what this means before running for the hills in panic.

First of all, God, the Universal Intelligence, our Creator is energy - unconditionally loving, vastly intelligent, responsive energy. This energy loves each and every one of us unconditionally - after all, it created us - we are extensions of it. As unconditional love, the Universal Intelligence does not ever, in fact cannot, judge, criticize or condemn us. It is impossible to do so, or it would not be unconditional love. Therefore there will be no punishment from God.

If God isn’t 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, except as refers to human negative thoughts, attitudes, emotions, belief systems 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. The sooner we accept this and take responsibility for our actions, the better.

So what’s it all about, when is it going to start and what’s really going to happen? It’s already happening - and we’re 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 already begun.

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’s 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.

We’re not doing anything wrong; we’re doing exactly that which God wishes. 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. It is actually we ourselves who are wreaking revenge upon humanity, and we’ll 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 - REALLY forgive.

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 don’t 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’s 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.

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 - and only we - have the power, indeed the responsibility, to change the world.

So how do we change? Click here to get started. Check out my blog article on 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.
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 them 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's 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’s 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're "bad" for having negative thoughts, attitudes and emotions; rather, it's 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'll feel better, and then find that it didn't 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 Section 1 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 that’s when the real work begins.

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 didn't 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
How to change the pattern:
- If we're 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 with the party being punished
- If it's being done to us, STOP! 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 exercises in Section 9 of my website

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 it or approve of our efforts. There is always a comment to let us know we didn't do quite well enough. While they may like to think that they're helping us to become better, the behaviour can actually undermine any desire we might have to improve, since we know that they'll 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 of the pattern: 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
How to change the pattern:
- If we're doing it, STOP! We're hurting others, but more importantly, we're hurting ourselves. Meditate to learn the real reason for our perfectionism
- If it's being done to us, STOP! 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 in order to function

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’s happening. This is a form of passive-aggressive bullying with only one desired outcome: to make someone feel inferior. Funny? Not really.
How to change the pattern:
- If we’re the one playing the practical jokes, our self-esteem may need some positive boosting. Do the self-esteem exercises in Section 9 of my website
- If we’re often the butt of practical jokes, we may have a victim mentality. Meditate to discover the root cause of it, for only then can it be changed

Why are people superstitious?
We like to think we have some measure of control over what happens in our lives, so we’re likely to repeat any action that we believe may have caused something good to happen or prevented something bad from happening, like knocking on wood or crossing our fingers or touching a lucky charm. Even though we may know that they really have no effect whatsoever, we do them anyway, “just in case”
Spiritual effects of the pattern: For some, the chosen actions can become OCD behaviours, ultimately producing an inability to make it through the day without performing these rituals
Physical effects of the pattern: OCD behaviours like excessive hand-washing, hair removal or self-cutting
How to change the pattern: Treat each attempt as if it were the first, doing our best as often as possible and put our efforts into accomplishing the task at hand instead of worrying what might happen if we don’t do the ritual. Meditate to identify and resolve the root cause(s)

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 of the pattern: The lack of self-worth is such that that we hardly even know that we're doing it - yet we HATE it if someone steals our credit (a sure sign that there's a problem!)
Physical effects of the pattern: 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
How to 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 as the Universe teaches the process

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 of the pattern: The lack of self-worth makes us desperate for others’ approval
Physical effects of the pattern: Craving others’ approval is a form of addiction that compels people to do whatever they can to gain it
How to 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 as the Universe teaches the process

What is manipulation?
One of the biggest issues facing humanity is our inability to stop allowing ourselves to be manipulated. We are so easily swayed by promises and gifts from people wanting our permission to do whatever they wish, that we are unwilling or unable to just say “no” to them - we want a piece of whatever pie they’re serving. Our desire (greed) for their gift makes us tell ourselves that deep down inside they are really kind and generous souls, that they really care about us, and that they want us to benefit from their position. Deep inside though, we know that they are simply trying to manipulate us.
Spiritual consequences: Two things can happen if we accept their gift: We can feel gratitude, which compels a perverse loyalty, or we can feel guilt and shame for thinking badly of them, i.e., for seeing the truth. We then somehow end up feeling obliged to compensate them!
How to change the pattern: Just say "no". Make do without whatever it is, or find an honest way to get it besides selling out. We need to accept the truth: They’re trying to buy us

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’re dreading. Visit Section 3 of this website and learn how to effectively communicate with the Universal Intelligence

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. It becomes their identity.

It can become a perverse point of shame to hold onto the guilt. It taints each succeeding generation and sentences the descendants to a burden that is not theirs to carry. Each new generation’s family or group members may experience negative or horrific events (group karma).

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). Visit my Section 9 of this website and do the forgiveness exercises

What is legacy resentment?
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 man 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.

World peace? Not likely, so long as people are unwilling to release legacy resentment. This is resentment over issues that began with distant 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. #StopTheMadness
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