Project X Newsletter Expanded, issue #48November 10, 2000
1. Opening Words - Alexander Aldarow
Opening Words (view on a separate page)
My dearest friends!
Tonight I'll attempt to be as brief as possible, as people who have better way with words than yours truly are anxious to share their wisdom through the articles. I have only two messages to deliver, and the first one is foremost important, at least for myself. Our regular circle of Project X members have decided that the time has come to move the entire Project to a higher level. I felt an urge for a purpose, a desire for a direction. As of now, nonetheless, the whole idea is merely undergoing the mental birth labour, but I will appreciate any kind of input or advise that anyone who reads these lines can have.
The second message is the results of the poll we had on Project X Website.
Q: Your dreams are:
6% - random fantasies
The Healing Mind And Heart: Part Two (view on a separate page) (more articles about guidance)
"Your Inner Mirror"
You are familiar with the term "self image". We generally apply the
term toward one's thoughts and concepts regarding themselves.
Here are some methods to better utilize this creative process for healing and self-betterment.
CREATIVE VISUALIZATION TECHNIQUES
1.) Theater In The Mind.
It is always best to find a time and place where you have a reasonable
chance to remain undisturbed while you work in your mental workshop. As
much as possible, it is also very helpful to have a consistent time of
day to work, so that your conscious - subconscious dialogue can begin to
habitually and automatically go in to gear. If you have a favorite or most
comfortable chair, you may want to designate it as your "theater seat".
Enlightened and Spiritual (view on a separate page) (more articles about guidance)
I have a question... What do the words Enlightened and Spiritual mean? I don't know... but I have some opinions... what they mean. Would be interesting to hear other persons thinking on this :) To me the words mean... to be able to feel/sense other spirits. Both a person's spirit and spirits without physical bodies.
Some people are talking about spiritual war... and I wonder... how will they know who to fight? Who is "Good" and who is "Evil"? Do "Evil" spirits have signs on them... saying?: "Hi, watch me... I am an "Evil" one!" I don't think so :) Do all "Evil" spirits show themselves by how they look on the outside? Are all "Evil" spirits ugly with black clothes and perhaps horns and tails? Do they make an appointment with you for hurting or killing you? Do they say: "Can you stand still for a bit? I am going to kill you?" I don't think so :) I believe many look and act exactly as people in flesh here on earth... Would an "Evil" person be so daft that he/she would not hide his/her intentions?
If I for instance... had plans I didn't want anyone to know about... rob a bank... steal... hurt or kill... I would certainly NOT tell anyone about my plans! I wouldn't have to be ugly, wearing special ugly outfits, acting or talking in a way that revealed my bad intentions to others. In the way I speak I would pretend to be good!!!
And I believe it is the same behavior among people in flesh and "Evil" spirits.
But that would be awful and perhaps scary... How would we know who is "Good" and who is "Evil"? To me the answer is: to feel/sense the spirit whether he/she is "Good" or "Evil". And the same goes for people in flesh.
That is what the words ENLIGHTENED AND SPIRITUAL means to me :) I am looking forward to hearing other peoples view on the words.
Your Life As A Mystery School (view on a separate page) (more articles about guidance)
Mystery schools once existed throughout the Ancient World - Greece, Egypt, India, China, South America. These spiritual centres provided a place where students could receive a mystical education by progressing through a series of spiritual trials and initiations. The goal was to provide seekers with the highest levels of spiritual realization - to understand the deep truths of existence, the cosmos and human life. Initiates of the Mysteries were credited with wisdom, as well as great magical and occult powers.
The main method of teaching the Mysteries was through myths - stories with deep mystical and psychological symbolism; for example, the Greek and Roman Myths. In reality, these stories possessed two different levels. On the mundane level, the myths could be seen as simple entertaining tales with light moral undertones. For most people, this is how they would be received. These were the Outer Mysteries.
However, for those with eyes to see and ears to hear, there existed the Inner Mysteries.
Students of the Outer Mysteries would be carefully observed. Some would show signs of recognition - a clear ability to see beyond the superficial level of the stories to the more profound meaning. These few would then be selected for further initiation into the Inner Mysteries. They would serve under the tutorship of the Master (Hierophant) of the Mystery School and be taken to ever deeper levels of spiritual unfoldment.
The teachings were hard. The initiation ceremonies were dramatic and frightening - seemingly life and death situations where the student was exposed to his deepest fears and temptations. Perhaps the mythological stories would be enacted in the depths of a dark cave to the sound of loud gongs and frightening flashes of light. Frankly, nobody really knows. Initiates were sworn to strictest secrecy, even unto death, and these matters were never written down.
Thanks largely to the efforts of organized mainstream religion throughout history and the world, the Mystery Schools have mostly vanished on the physical plane. However, they still exist on the spiritual level. More excitingly, they can come alive right now for YOU in a personal way - through a profound study of your own unfolding life.
Prior to your birth, imagine that the spiritual part of you - known as the Higher Self - made some decisions. It determined precisely the lessons and experiences you needed to undergo in order to learn, grow and perfect yourself in all ways. It then chose exactly the right parents, and the right time and place for you to be born. Ever since your birth, it has been orchestrating ALL the events and people in your life to perfectly present you with all the challenges and lessons you most need in order to develop yourself. From this perspective, nothing happens in your life by chance. Everything has meaning. There are NO accidents.
What is the goal of all this? What is the purpose of your life from this perspective? It is no less than to become a Spiritual Master over as many lifetimes as it takes!
THIS is the perspective of your life as a Mystery Story. The Master Teacher of the Mysteries is your Higher Self. Through the trials of ordinary life, - through perceiving the mythic dimensions of it - you are presented with the lessons you most need to learn in order to perfect yourself in all ways.
It is a theory which cannot be definitively proven. However, as the great mystical teacher, Paul Solomon, once said, life works far better and makes more sense if we assume it is true, even if it is not!
The Mystery School perspective is very similar to the way in which we regard dreams. Modern Psychology postulates that every person, object and situation in our dreams has deep symbolic meaning. They are created by a part of our mind that understands and thinks only in symbols. The challenge is for our waking consciousness to then make sense of all these meaningful symbols.
This is EXACTLY the same situation that is presented with our waking lives from the Mystery School perspective. In a sense, as long as we participate in life unawares, we are still asleep. As soon as we realize and actively participate in the Mystery School lessons of our lives, the sleeper awakens to progressively greater levels of awareness.
If your life is a Mystery School, everything that happens to you is by design. There are NO accidents. Every person who enters your life, every situation whether joyous or tragic, every challenge you face, is there for a specific reason. From this viewpoint, you have to stop blaming your parents all the time for the way you turned out. After all, you chose them!
Like King Arthur, Perseus, or Odysseus, you are the hero of your own personal Mystery Mythology. The events and characters in your life are the colorful fabrics of which your story is woven.
People and circumstances that you perceive to be enemies and trials are in fact your greatest teachers. In the Mysteries, the initiators could appear to the student as demons or monsters - evil forces that had to be overcome before any further progress was even possible. These were in truth archetypal forces within the pupil's own psyche that needed to be wrestled with and brought under control before any further progress could be made.
Yet, once the lesson had been learned and the demon overcome, it revealed its true form - as an angel of light. As the Dalai Lama once said, we need to be grateful to people who mean us harm, for it is only through conflict that we can grow. From a Buddhist perspective, there is even more need for gratitude to enemies: they are actively harming themselves, incurring massive negative karma, specifically to benefit you! And they don't even know it!
How does this apply practically? Well, have you noticed that certain scenarios - work difficulties, relationship problems or whatever - keep cropping up again and again for you? The reason is that if you refuse to learn a lesson, it will simply repeat again later until you do. Please don't think that you can go on to the advanced lessons until you have mastered the simple ones.
It will not happen.
Wherever you go in all the world to escape a lesson, you take yourself with you! Thus, you can be sure that your Higher Self will simply orchestrate events to present the exact same lesson/challenge until you finally get the message.
Moreover, remember this. The Higher Self regards your body as perfectly expendable! After all, if you refuse to learn the lesson in this life, it can simply provide you with a new one and the same lesson can start over where it left off!
In summary, viewing your life as a Mystery School is immensely beneficial. It provides you with a powerful spiritual perspective. It makes sense and meaning out of all that happens to you, enormously increases your chances for growth, and helps you work towards a firm purpose that transcends yourself. The goal of becoming a Spiritual Master.
Copyright 2000, Asoka Selvarajah. All Rights Reserved.
Dr. Asoka Selvarajah is an active writer/researcher on personal development and esoteric spirituality. Asoka's work helps people achieve their full potential, deepen their understanding of mystical truth, and find joy through discovering their soul's purpose. He has traveled extensively, visiting the world's major spiritual centres including India, Israel, Egypt and Peru.
You can subscribe to his FREE ezine, Aspire To Wisdom, at: http://www.aksworld.com/AspireToWisdom.htm
Look Well Before Leaping! (view on a separate page) (more articles about guidance)
Reference: "Brain Wave Diary" (10/24/00)
Science and technology, my, how those words stirred the blood in younger days, every new day bought forth another scientific marvel or technological miracle. "Soon", we were told, science and technology would unburden us from common toil. Sickness would be a distant memory and even death might soon be avoided. "Soon", we would surely languish, (as we should), in blissful state-reaping the rewards of progress, denizens of a new and vastly improved utopia.
How seductive is THAT carrot?
Well, it is fifty years later now and I have taken to wondering about the promises of science and technology. Perhaps my expectations were set far to grandly, or perhaps I have glimpsed the reality of science and technology wrought progress. Don't get me wrong though, thousands of innovations are brilliant, showcasing human perspicacity. A veritable dearth of innovation, discovery and invention swamps our very senses, beguiles imagination and dazzles the most jaded eyes.
So, what's the beef then?
Oh, it's not that my gratification for plastics, PCB's, DDT or atomic reaction and such is in question, certainly each step of progress was a "miracle of the minute" and doubtless lifted humanity one notch in the direction of the impossible dream.
It is just that I now have misgivings, very grave misgivings.
Fifty years ago I could drink the clear babbling brook water, eat the fish we caught and languish in the noonday sun with impunity. (This seems closer to the utopian goal before science and technology)
Today, my children cannot.
The word "progress" smacks of improvement, betterment, enhancement and upgrade. Science and technology promise progress, I have even seen it said, "Science is progress".
Why then, such obvious signs of regression and not progress? Why then glaring evidence of retrograde, diminished ecology, specie extinction measured in so many per week, progress related ailments, byproduct deaths and bio-destruction?
It now seems to me that science is off the mandate, no longer seeking the promised paradise, methinks science is engaged in fixing last years science. Escalating wildly, today's science and corresponding industry are engaged in remedial endeavors, fixing aftermath from previous, aberrational science. Like a sliding automobile, swinging ever more widely as corrective steering is applied. An endless loop of ever multiplying experiments, compounding error as it flies. Spawning more and more salvage industries to nullify old science. How many companies would there be in paradise and for what good purpose?
But wait, is it science and technology or is it I - accepting, believing and buying?
It is all perfectly safe the day of product launch - we pay to have this so. (It says so in the tiny print)! Big print is used to sell.
Why wouldn't I buy?
But wait, who will find water in outer space when our water is ruined? Who will put oxygen back into our debilitated air? Who will perform miraculous operations on fetus in the womb, correcting toxin-induced deformities? Who will develop anti bodies for disease we have yet to unleash? Who will find us a bubble city in wasted lands or space? Who will resurrect extinctions using pickled DNA and surrogate parents of another kind? Who will clone another me, when this one explodes from scientific progress? Who will transplant animals to eradicate other animals that were transported errantly to foreign environments by science? Who will ad infinitum? Who indeed?
Why, science of course for it is progress and can make muck from gold.
In reflection, I would have been happy if science had stopped at sliced bread!
How about you?
My Favorite Place (view on a separate page) (more articles about literature)
Where is my favorite place? It's anywhere
On the biggest streets, where the noise of the cars
My favorite place is in my head.
Through the valley of thought, after the walls of hate.
"How does it looks?" you ask.
A sunny field of winter flowers,
"What do you do there", I hear you wonder.
The most desirable things in the world,
Our world is a small ball filled with a crowd,
It sounds so strange at first, I know that too.
Paranormal Pets (view on a separate page) (more articles about else)
1. My Six Legged Sweetheart
One warm evening in July, '99, I stopped for fuel at a station about
a mile and a half from my home.
2. The Eyes Of "The Devil".
Have you ever had a pet who you felt was sent to you by way of Divine
Closing Words (view on a separate page)
"I can feel it coming in the air tonight, Oh Lord