We are very pleased to welcome Chrissie Blaze to
SoulfulLiving.com as our newest monthly columnist!
Each month, Chrissie will share one of her Eight Steps
to Inner Fitness from her book, "Workout for the Soul."
Step 2 - Refreshing the Soul
Last month, in "Preparing Your Temple", we
talked about the value of preparing oneself and one’s
home environment in readiness for spiritual practices.
We shall now focus on developing appreciation as a way
to improve our quality of life, and enhance our Workout
for the Soul.
We all want to feel better, and have different things
that make us feel so. We may believe that if we had a
million dollars we would feel better. We may think if we
were married we would feel better, if we had new
clothes, or a new home. The secret is to obtain the same
mental state without the external things.
We may know people who appear to have everything, but
live mean and miserable lives. Others seem to have very
little and yet are filled with abundance and joy. This,
of course, is proof that our attitude is not created by
what we have, but by what we are. Our mental state does
not own us; we have the power to change it if we wish,
but to change a mental state, we first desire to do so.
Once we desire a more positive mental state, we can then
seek ways to create this.
One way is through developing positive attitudes such
as gratitude, appreciation and thankfulness. Recent
studies performed at the Institute of Heart Math with 28
vials of DNA proved that these attitudes have a
beneficial effect on DNA, lengthening and relaxing the
strands. Conversely, when we are anxious and fearful our
DNA tightens and many of the DNA codes actually shut
down! Showing appreciation and gratitude is not only
good for others it is also good for us.
I call these wonderful qualities "refreshments
for the soul." By being appreciative and
thankful we are helping ourselves to overcome the barren
feeling that we do not have enough in our lives. By
being appreciative we are acknowledging that we are
fortunate recipients of life and its abundance, not
victims of that mysterious thing called
"circumstance." These qualities can be
cultivated within us through inward reflection. They
come as a result of wisdom, of experience, of realizing
the precious gift of life, and the reality of our higher
selves. Once we learn to look deeper within ourselves,
we will see abundance, tolerance and love – aspects of
the Divine within – instead of scarcity and judgment.
Many of the so-called "primitive" cultures
would not dream of going through a day without giving
thanks to the Earth for her abundant fruits, to the Sun
for the warmth and life it brings, as well as for the
food they eat and the stars that cloak the skies at
night. In our modern civilization, it is strange that
few people even think of offering thanks to Mother
Earth, who nevertheless supplies us with everything we
need to live, love and gain experience.
Native Americans and other indigenous peoples realize
that the Earth is a very evolved sentient life form,
indeed a Goddess. She has protected and nurtured us for
thousands of years; she has endured our hatred of each
other, our disregard of the delicate balance of her
nature, our explosions, dumping of radioactive waste –
the list is awful and endless. She continues to protect
us from the perils of outer space and provides us with a
home suited to our needs. It is very strange that few of
us give thanks for this, but instead take it for
We bask in the warm life-giving rays of the sun and
yet do not give it a second thought. It is a strange
quirk of human nature that when there is a total solar
eclipse, people will travel thousands of miles to see
this miracle of nature. They will watch it in hushed
reverence and be awed when the birds suddenly stop
singing and a hush descends to herald in this majestic
event. At these times of loss, we become suddenly aware
of the power of the Sun and its life-giving rays.
However, on every other day we take this great gift for
granted and are even considered odd if we give thanks
for this source of life in our solar system. It is a
strange quirk of mankind that we appreciate things when
we lose them!
Many children are aware of the reality of the Devic
Kingdom – the realm of the spirits of nature. As
children, they have not yet lost their natural psychic
abilities. Through their openness to life, they are
still able to see beyond the limitation of their five
senses. They see and play with the fairies and elves and
regard this as the real world. These nature spirits, as
well as the mighty devas of the mountains, the oceans,
and the winds, form part of the unseen but essential
Devic Realm. This great aspect of life controls the
weather and tends to the cycles of nature.
The mighty Devic Kingdom works in strict accordance
with the laws of cause and effect, and can only use the
energy that is given to it by mankind. Earthquakes,
floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters are not
created by the storm devas who manipulate them, but
through the wrong thought and action of mankind. If we,
as a whole, were to send out streams of love, as is our
birthright, then the devas could create perfect
If you do not believe in the existence of the Devic
Kingdom, then try the following practice. Go out into
the woods alone. Take off your shoes if you like, and
feel connected to the earth. Be very open and rid
yourself of prejudices and dogma, by allowing love to
flow through you. Think of the beauty of nature and when
you feel attuned to this beauty, say some prayers of
thankfulness with love and every ounce of your effort
and feeling. Then stand or sit very silently and just
see what you feel. Everyone I know who has tried this
feels coming back to them the tangible love and
blessings of the devas.
If you do not see and are not aware of the nature
spirits, it does not mean that they do not exist in
realms beyond our limited five senses. Unfortunately,
our educational systems train us to develop and listen
to our limited conscious minds, which deny the existence
of anything beyond their reach. If you reach out in an
open-minded fashion to this wonderful kingdom of angelic
beings who work ceaselessly on our behalf, I believe you
will find your proof.
Chrissie's Introductory Article, "Workout for the Soul."
the Introduction, "The Eternal Quest."
Step 1 - "Preparing Your Temple."
© Copyright Chrissie Blaze.
Excerpted from "Workout for the Soul: 8 Steps to
Inner Fitness," published by AsLan
Publishing, Inc., November 2001.
|The Devic Kingdom - by Dr. George
"The main function of the Devic Kingdom is the
manipulation of all forces, which are necessary to and
have bearing upon the balance of nature. The great tides
of mental and psychic energies, which are constantly
being conditioned by their passage through the minds of
the human race, are also manipulated by the devas. It is
not the work of the devas to change, either for better
or worse, the energies radiated by man. They are only
concerned with the direction of such energy fields
within the all-pervasive Law of action and reaction.
When a stream of mento-psychic energy, which has been
grossly distorted by man’s wrong thought pattern, is
radiated on to the subtle planes, the devas are bound,
by Law, to manipulate this discolored energy, which
causes an unpleasant reaction throughout all nature.
Famine, droughts, floods, cyclones and earthquakes are
all direct reactions produced through devic manipulation
of distorted mento-psychic energies emanating from man.
On the other hand, perfect weather, abundance, freedom
from storms and violent earthquakes are the reactions
produced when man continually radiates pure Spiritual
energies on to the devic planes.
All serious students should keep these important
facts always before them throughout their daily lives,
as well as during their future metaphysical
© 2002 The Aetherius Society. Excerpted
from The Nine Freedoms by Dr. George King,
published by The Aetherius Press, Los Angeles. All
rights reserved. No publication in whole or part can be
done without written permission from The Aetherius
Society.For further information, contact The Aetherius
or telephone (323) 465 9652. For a brief biography of
Dr. George King visit www.chrissieblaze.com.
Chrissie Blaze, a teacher, author, astrologer,
media personality and senior Aetherius Church minister
was a close student of Dr. George King (Yoga Master and
founder of The Aetherius Society) for 25 years. Chrissie
Blaze has written books including Workout for the
Soul: Eight Steps to Inner Fitness, AsLan
Publishing, Inc., November, 2001, Mercury Retrograde:
Your Survival Guide to Astrology’s Most Precarious
Times of the Year, Warner Books, Inc., April, 2002,
and The Baby’s Astrologer: Your Guide to Good
Parenting Is In the Stars, Warner Books, Inc., 2003
publication. For further information and details of
classes and workshops in the Los Angeles area, please
Tel: (213) 598 9552 (voicemail) or (323) 465 9652.
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