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Chrissie Blaze

Workout for the Soul
August 2002

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by Chrissie Blaze

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 1 - Preparing Your Temple

Last month we talked about the eternal spiritual quest of the awakened person. This month we will discuss how you can prepare for this inner journey by creating your own "temple" or sacred space.

Find a suitable area of your home that you can reserve exclusively for your spiritual practices, so that in time it becomes imbued with the high vibrations of your meditations, inspirations, prayers and healing work. The more you bring this space alive with spiritual work and uplifting thoughts, the easier it will be for you to connect with your higher self.

We do have a higher self and many of us are aware of this; some are guided by it completely. Our higher self urges us to live in accordance with the great laws of the universe, in the knowledge that only then can true freedom dawn. The majority of us, however, are still battling with our lower selves and the iron grip of our egos. The more you visit your sacred space to contact this true part of your nature, the more the grip of the conscious mind will be lessened. Through your efforts, you will light a spiritual flame in your sacred space that will nourish you and will spread outwards towards the nourishment of the whole world.

Because this area of your home and of your life will become your sanctuary and your spiritual retreat, and the place where you can find great joy, peace and love, it is important that you select it carefully. Choose a space that just feels good to you and where you can, if possible, face east, while performing your daily ritual. The sun – which is constantly radiating the life-giving pranas or universal life forces that are the basis of manifestation in our solar system - rises in the East. The East is always associated with mystical power and spiritual practices, so that facing in this direction will help to enhance your spiritual workout.

Once you have found an area that feels right to you, the next step is to build an altar or sacred space to focus and enhance your spiritual practices. On your altar you can place photographs and objects that are sacred and significant to you, that uplift and inspire you. This altar does not have to be grand, or even bigger than a few precious objects on a shelf, but the important thing is that you love it. In time, your altar and surrounding area will become like your inner sanctuary that is yours alone, which you will want to visit as often as you can. In time, you will find that just looking at your altar will bring you peace and strength.

Keep your altar area very simple and gradually build it over time. You may begin with just a picture of your own spiritual teacher, one of the Indian saints or sages for example, or a beautiful photograph of Mother Earth. The artifacts on my altar include pieces of rock from holy mountains, grains of sand from a sacred beach and blessed water. I also have a candle and incense that I light.

The objects on my altar all have mystical or symbolic meaning to me. Yours will be very personal to you and therefore should be selected by you very carefully. Do not rush in collecting your objects together. It may take you years to complete your altar but you will find that it will grow and unfold as you do. The secret is to hold the thought of your sacred space in your mind whenever you have a moment of quiet. Visualize it being filled with light and power; feel a link with this in your mind’s eye and feel the light and power from your altar flowing back to you. If you do this practice you will find that over time wonderful artifacts will be given to you, or you will somehow track them down.

The desire to develop spiritually has great power, allowing you to start to develop a mystical flow that will bring to you those things that you need for your enlightenment. These objects will be the correct ones for you because of the link you have established with your altar and because of the light and power you have visualized there. This occurs because of the law that what you think and visualize eventually comes into manifestation. Given this law, you must always employ discrimination in your choices, and only use objects that are uplifting and inspirational.

It is good to have each of the five elements represented during your practices i.e. earth (in the form of a piece of rock or some sand), fire (in the form of a candle or incense), a bowl of water, air and ether. Ether is the so-called "empty" space between matter and the primary force from which the other elements flow. Using all five elements brings balance and power to the ritual you are about to perform. Ether is the primary force from which the other elements flow. Through the elements flow the universal life forces.

If you have a table or proper altar area, you may wish to cover it with a beautiful piece of cloth. Select vibrant, rich colors that you enjoy and that are mystical and uplifting in quality. Violet, for example, has an extremely high vibration, so that shades of violet, purple and magenta are excellent choices.

You can use a green light over or shining onto your altar, which again is extremely beneficial. The color green is the most harmonious and balancing color and can be shone on anyone safely. Obviously light has different frequencies and some colors may not be appropriate for one’s spiritual practices. I would not use, for example, the higher frequency colors such as red. It is safer to use green, which is beneficial to everyone and can greatly assist in your spiritual practices and in lifting the atmosphere in your "temple."

Make sure that you arrange the items on your altar lovingly, carefully and intuitively. The whole effect should be harmonious, balanced and beautiful. My own altar is extremely powerful and I am always aware of its power even before doing any practices. It has a mystical life of its own! Start building your altar until you feel the power build; this will be beneficial to you and those who live with you. It will also offer some protection to your home and family.

Once you have created the atmosphere you desire, then you should leave the room for a few minutes to allow the vibrations to settle. Then, when you are ready to begin your spiritual practices, return to the room and attune yourself to the wonderful atmosphere you have created.

Read Chrissie's Introductory Article, "Workout for the Soul."

Read the Introduction, "The Eternal Quest."

© Copyright Chrissie Blaze.  Excerpted from "Workout for the Soul: 8 Steps to Inner Fitness," published by AsLan Publishing, Inc., November 2001.

Mercury Retrograde by Chrissie Blaze

Cooperation – Foundation for the Future

Dr. George King (1919-1997) was my Spiritual Master from 1972 until his passing in 1997. He was an enlightened Western Master of Yoga and Founder/President of The Aetherius Society, who had gained the highest states of consciousness. This monthly series, Workout for the Soul is based on his profound spiritual teachings. Each month I will present you with a glimpse into the wisdom and personality of this amazing man and Master.

"The future of the Earth is now in your hands, for tomorrow's foundation is being built by every thought and action of today.  Take your hands from the pockets of isolation and join them together in cooperation and soon such a line will be formed as to span the whole world.  A line of brothers, who together will influence today's action and thus mold tomorrow's outcome.  Who have not only convictions but the courage of those convictions.  Who are fired by such spiritual sincerity transcending all else, that they can change the outlook of the world and can succeed where science and politics are now hopelessly failing.  This is the power that will guarantee that the young children of today will grow, learn and live in peace. 

© 2002 Thte Aetherius Society. Excerpted from The Flying Saucers, 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 Society, www.aetherius.org or telephone (323) 465 9652. For a brief biography of Dr. George King visit www.chrissieblaze.com.

Chrissie Blaze
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 visit www.chrissieblaze.com. Tel: (213) 598 9552 (voicemail) or (323) 465 9652.




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