What I’ve learned on my spiritual quest.

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.”

– Pema Chodron

 

I started on the path of my spiritual quest in my mid-twenties, right after I got out of the military. Having been raised in a half Catholic, half athiest family, I was able to make up my own mind on spiritual matters. We didn’t go to church in my immediate family so there was never any pressure to lead a religious life, or for that matter, a non-religious life. That notwithstanding, I did go to a Catholic school, fourth, seventh, and eighth grades, where my cousin Amby and I were notorious for getting into mischief. We had Nuns for teachers, straight from Ireland. I loved their accents, but had no love for their tempers. Amby and I made several trips to the Mother Superior’s office. She never saw the humor in our hijinks that my cousin and I saw.

I respected the Catholic religion, and still do, just as I respect all religions, but I have different ideas about spirituality, Mother Superior notwithstanding.

Here’s what I’ve come to believe after thirty-five years of spiritual quest. I know everyone will not agree with everything I believe , and I respect that, I think that’s the way God wants it, free will. So, after much research, reading, musing, and life experience, this is what I believe, what makes sense to me:

  1.    I believe that God isn’t some “man” sitting on a throne somewhere in the sky. If God was humanlike, God would be female anyway.
  2. I believe God is the animating force that permeates the universe. This is our lifeforce. It’s what holds everything together. It’s in you and me, and that rock over there, it’s what powers the sun, and makes the flowers grow. It’s what holds the planets in space and makes the blood flow in our viens. God is, simply put, everything, and we’re working our way back to her/him/it.
  3. I believe in reincarnation. I think we keep returning, learning each time until we get it right. I don’t believe we have just one shot at getting it right, and if we blow it we are tortured for eternity.
  4. Once we get it right, we don’t go to some paradise in the shy, but carry on, out into the universe on a great adventure, to a higher plane, to do more good work, until we rise once again on our quest to get back to God.
  5. We’re not here to amass as much wealth or material goods as we can, but to grow as spirits by giving of ourselves, by doing good deeds, by raising our vibrations thereby raising the planets vibration.
  6. I believe that we are in the universe, but likewise, the universe is in us. UNI-VERSE. Uni being one. The universe is a hologram. All is one, and one is all.
  7. I believe that we as Humans are much more powerful than we believe. we are made to be very creative beings. We can create the life of our dreams, but we have been conditioned since infancy to believe that we have no power, that we are at the mercy of fate. Nothing could be further from the truth in my opinion. We believe so strongly in our impotency because that is what has been drilled into us from an early age, that has been our reality.

If we could just forget our conditioning and think for ourselves, we would have the power to change our world, to make this planet a paradise of love and joy. All we must do is believe enough, use our imaginations. Visualize the life you want. Put emotion into it, really believe, no doubting allowed, and it will come to pass.

Let’s all try to create a more peaceful, beautiful planet, end suffering, and bring more joy and love to mother earth. we can do it if we believe.

May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe, and Comfortable.

 

Kelly Curtis

 

 

More Teachings from the Profound Wisdom Traditions #2

“Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now.”

-The Youngbloods

 

“Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment.”

-Morihei Ueshiba

 

“What you are exposed to and what you are taught, from a very early age through your entire life, largely defines and determines perception, and that conditioning ordinarily excludes all but a tiny reflection of the true reality and the true nature of your inherent power. The reality of the masses is a consensual, communal reality. It is a pinhole through which they perceive only an infinitesimal portion of the real.”

-Master Amrita, an adept of the Himalayan Mystic Wisdom Tradition

 

May God bless and protect you and…

 

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe, and Comfortable

 

Kelly Curtis

Teachings from the Profound Wisdom Traditions.

“Keep always in mind that you are not defined by the things that come easily to you, but rather by those things that challenge you.”    -From the writings of M G Hawking

 

M G Hawking, traveler, adventurer, and writer spent many months in a secluded Himalayan village studying with Masters of the Profound Wisdom Traditions. He returned with valuable information indeed.

From his writings:

“An examination of your present experience of life will tell you much about the state of your inner mind, of your beliefs, intentions, and expectations. Your thoughts and inner images, carefully studied, will let you see where you are going. They point clearly to the nature of the physical events you will experience in what you call the future. What exists physically exists first in thoughts, images, and feelings.”

 

May God bless and protect you and…

 

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe, and Comfortable

 

Kelly Curtis

 

Why our thoughts matter. Part two

“The spiritual life does not remove us from the world, but leads us deeper into it.”

-Henri J M Nouwen

 

In part one of “Why our thoughts matter” I covered how our thoughts can affect our physical bodies. In this part I’ll cover the science of this subject.

If some of this information is a  bit hard to swallow, just remember that it’s all proven by science. We evolved to deal with life at the macroscopic level, not at the quantum level. As scientists delve into quantum science, they are becoming more aware of how quantum physics and spirituality go hand in hand. Consciousness is all there is. Consciousness vibrating at different frequencies cause potentialities to become thoughts, emotions, matter; everything. Matter is consciousness vibrating at such a slow rate that it becomes condensed. Dense energy = solid matter.

Max Planck, Nobel Prize winner, originator of Quantum Mechanics, and close associate of Albert Einstein explains it well:

“As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clearheaded science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of the existence of consciousness. The mind is the matrix of all matter. I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness.”

Now let’s look at the science.

Double slit experiment

Without going into how the experiment is carried out, it demonstrates that light and matter display characteristics of both waves and particles, and shows the probabilistic nature of quantum mechanical phenomena. Probabilistic nature. Remember how infinite potential becomes the actualities of reality? The probability factor of the uncertainty principle, and energetic waves of potential becoming reality? This is how our thoughts become reality.  Our thoughts matter.

Morphic Fields

Now let’s look at Morphic Fields. Morphic fields bring about non-local effects in consciousness and learning. Say what?

Some of you may have heard of the Hundredth Monkey Effect, the phenomenon in which a new idea can spread unexplainably from one group to all related groups, regardless of distance, once enough of the first group picks up that idea. For example; monkeys on one island learning the use of a new tool, that then spreads to the same type of monkey on a nearby island. This is made possible by morphic fields. Rupert Sheldrake, researcher in the field of parapsychology, who proposed the concept of morphic resonance explains these fields:

“Natural systems, or morphic units, at all levels of complexity –  atoms, molecules, crystals, cell tissues, organs, organisms, and societies of organisms – are animated, organized, and coordinated by morphic fields, which contain an inherent memory. Natural systems inherit this collective memory from all previous things of their kind by a process called morphic resonance, with the result that patterns of development  and behavior become increasingly habitual through repetition. There is a continuous spectrum of morphic fields, including morphogenetic fields, behavioral fields, mental fields, and social and cultural fields.”

These morphic fields act like energy templates to establish forms. For example, When Rojer Bannister broke the four minute mile barrier, this created a new morphic field. Before this, the four + minute mile was the limit. Many runners were suddenly able to run sub four-minute mile races after the new morphic field was created.

Science is still making more surprising discoveries in quantum physics. I think we’d be blown away if we knew now what they’ll know in ten years. Remember: Thoughts matter. Be careful.

May God bless and protect you and…

 

May you always be

Healthy, Happy,

Safe and Comfortable

 

Kelly Curtis

 

 

Why our thoughts matter. Part One

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

-Albert Einstein

 

Thoughts matter. This is why we must be very careful with them, they can create or destroy.  We can create a beautiful life with the right thought patterns, but we can create disease within the body with the wrong patterns. The health of our bodies has more to do with our thinking than with our DNA. Yes, our minds are powerful – think placebo effect, where we actually feel better after taking a placebo, basically false medicine – because we think  we should feel better.

Tibetan Buddhists practicing Tummo can cause their bodies to sweat while meditating at temperatures below freezing, this is caused by chemical reactions between neurons.

Research done by Dr. Joe Dispenza shows that every time we learn something new hundreds of thousands of our neurons change, and that affects our physical bodies. Dr. Dispenza is known for his theory of the connection between matter and mind. His research revealed how consciousness creates synaptic connections using strong concentration, so, with each emotional experience, sensation, or vision, you create a new connection between two of more than 100,000 million brain cells. If you use these sensations, visions, or emotions regularly, you reinforce and strengthen these connections. Dr. Dispenza says that the brain cannot distinguish between a physical sensation and an emotional experience, so, if we are always thinking negative thoughts, our brains can be deceived and bring dis-ease to the body.

Science has proven that positive thoughts increase energy, while negative thoughts drain energy. The mind and body are connected, research shows that 75% to 98% of physical, mental, and behavioral illness comes from our thought patterns.

In physics, there is a theory that states that all matter vibrates and also has a wave component.  If all matter vibrates, including ourselves, this shows that everything is connected. This would mean that our thoughts are connected, and that means – drum roll please – collective consciousness!

We know that matter contains a lot of energy, so it takes a lot of sustained thought to turn energy into physical form.  Think of the book “Think and Grow Rich” where you should “Keep at it” and “Keep going after your goals”. Thoughts do create reality, if we can bring enough concentration and belief or faith.

The Universe is infinite potential, but how does infinite potential become the actualities of reality, seeming to come into existence out of nothing? This is the Probability Factor of Uncertainty Principle, which we will look at more closely in part two of this blog, but basically, everything that exists is the result of energetic waves of potential becoming reality, the infinite source becoming these expressions of reality within itself, energetic expressions manifesting as different frequencies of vibration.

Huh? Pretty deep, I know. Let’s call on Albert Einstein to help out: “Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.”

This is a lot to take in. I’ll go more into the science of it all in part two of this blog. For now just remember: “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.”     -J M Barrie   Peter and Wendy

 

May God bless and protect you and…

 

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

 

Kelly Curtis

 

 

Don’t Just…

Don’t just learn, experience.

Don’t just read, absorb.

Don’t just change, transform.

Don’t just relate, advocate.

Don’t just promise, prove.

Don’t just criticize, encourage.

Don’t just think, ponder.

Don’t just take, give.

Don’t just see, feel.

Don’t just dream, do.

Don’t just hear, listen.

Don’t just talk, act.

Don’t just tell, show.

Don’t just exist, live.

-Roy T Bennett

Why are we here?

“My whole belief system is that our paths are drawn for us. I believe in reincarnation. I believe we’re here to learn and grow. We choose how we come into this life based on what it is we have to learn. Some people have harder lessons than others.”

-Gillian Anderson

 

Why are we here? It’s probably our most important question, and the most difficult to answer. If you believe in God then you might wonder why God put us here, instead of Heaven to begin with?

I believe, like the quote above states, that we’re here to learn and grow. To strive to be better people each day. To treat all beings on this planet with love and respect, be they Plant, Insect, Animal, or Human. I think that, at the end of your life, if you haven’t learned to treat all beings with love, dignity, and respect, then you’ve wasted your life, you haven’t grown, no matter how much wealth or material items you’ve accumulated.

Okay, that’s all well and good, but why are some of the lessons so hard? Well, we can be pretty hard headed as a species, so the old adage explains it very well: Tell me and I forget; show me and I remember; involve me and I understand.

So, the religious believe we’re tested with these hard lessons to build strength and our relationship with God before we go home. But what if you’re an atheist? Then the above explanation just doesn’t fly. I mean, if you’re truly a good person, you’re going to do good regardless of whether it will bring you closer to God. If you’re not altogether altruistic, but not a bad person, just middle of the road, then you don’t have to bend over backwards to do good. It won’t matter after you’re gone right? So then what would be the meaning of life to a non-believer?

Take heart, there are still good reasons to carry on. For example, here is what actor Jim Carrey believes: “Energy is what I believe all of us are. We’re just conscious awareness dancing for itself for no other reason but to stay amused.”

Not a bad reason to exist, I guess. Then again, some may agree more with author Oliver Markus’s take on the question: “What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? Philosophers have pondered that question for centuries. I’m afraid the answer is disappointingly simple: Mating. That’s it.”

That is disappiontingly simple. Too simple, and I’m sorry, but I don’t buy it. We’re here for a reason. We just may not find out the reason until we leave this life. In any case, we can all strive to be better people and make life better or easier for all beings.

A good guide to live by, whether you’re religious or not, is the Prayer of St. Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

and where there  is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;

to be understood as to understand;

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.

 

Words to live by indeed.

May God bless and protect you and…

 

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe, and Comfortable.

 

Kelly Curtis

My quest so far.

“The spiritual life  does not remove us from the world, but leads us deeper into it.”

-Henri J M Nouwen

 

“We are earth people on a spiritual journey to the stars. Our quest, our earth walk, is to look within, to know who we are, to see that we are connected to all things, that there is no separation, only in the mind.”

-Lakota Seer

 

In my first blog “I start my quest”, posted on June 23rd 2019, I explained how I started my quest in search of spirituality. I reposted it yesterday so new followers can see it.

I’ve posted twenty blogs now, all having to do with spirituality in one way or another. In my blogs I like to join the spiritual with the scientific, showing that it isn’t all just new-age mumbo jumbo, but the truth based on science. I myself don’t need the science to justify what I believe in my mind to be the truth. I know, when I look into some aspect of the esoteric, if it resonates with me or not. If it makes sense  to me, I can let it stand on faith. I include the science of spirituality because I’m fascinated how, the more we learn of the universe through quantum physics, the more everything I believe in a spiritual sense is proven right.

So, my basic goal in my spiritual quest is to become a better person, to do good and do no harm. My ultimate goal is to raise my vibration so that I can become closer to God, or the Infinite, the Universal Intelligence. How do I do this? The aim of all human beings is to perfect ourselves; to become better people. Therefor we must constantly strive to awaken and express the good qualities of the soul that make us alive, that animate us. If we can do this, it will help in our own evolution, while serving humanity. We must utilize understanding, service, compassion and love. We can do this with willpower and perseverance.

The Rosicrucians have a wonderful list of things we can strive to do to contribute to the peace of the planet:

I contribute to peace when I strive to express the best of myself in my contacts with others.

I contribute to peace when I use my intelligence and my abilities to serve the good.

I contribute to peace when I feel compassion towards all those who suffer.

I contribute to peace when I rejoice over the happiness of others and pray for their wellbeing.

I contribute to peace when I listen with tolerance to opinions that differ from mine or even oppose them.

I contribute to peace when I resort to dialog rather than force to settle any conflict.

I contribute to peace when I respect nature and preserve it for generations to come.

I contribute to peace when I do not seek to impose my conception of God upon others.

I contribute to peace when I make peace the foundation of my ideals and philosophy.

I contribute to peace when I look upon all as my brothers and sisters regardless of race, culture or religion.

What a noble undertaking. I try to live by this code, but it’s tough to be perfect in all of those attributes, impossible for the average person like me. But we can all try our best, that’s as much as we can do. It seems that the more  I try to do good and stay positive, the more I find myself in negative situations, especially at work. I look at it as the universe sending me lessons and tests. Sometimes I’m not up to those challenges, but I try, and that’s how I grow.

Let’s try to do good and serve all beings on this planet. It will make you feel good, even if you can only manage to do your best. None of us are perfect, I should know. May God bless and protect you and…

 

May you always be

Healthy, Happy,

Safe and Comfortable

 

Kelly Curtis

I start my quest

Kelly's Quest

June 23 2019

I was raised a Catholic, well, sort of. My fathers side of the family were Catholics. My mothers, atheists. My immediate family really didn’t attend church, my fathers side – the Curtis side – did attend, my Grandmother being heavily involved with the church. The only times I attended was during school at St James Catholic. My mothers side – the McCoy side- believed once you died, that was it. It seems almost a miracle that I would end up in search of spirituality with those family backgrounds, but I did and here’s how it happened.

I always believed in God in one way or another. I never really thought God was some old man in a robe and beard, sitting on a throne suspended on clouds somewhere in space, but I knew God was out there somewhere.. My idea of God has evolved over the years…

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