Difference Between the Soul and Spirit

The interchange of terms “Soul” and “Spirit” has caused much confusion and misuse in today’s society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From a mystical point of view, the essential characteristic of soul vibrations is that it cannot be altered, changed nor destroyed. The soul is not subject to the constant changes in the material world.  For this, the soul cannot evolve into anything more or less than what it already is. To better understand this concept, let’s personify a battery as an example for the sake of the energy that it provides in mechanical action. The soul is like the ingredients that make up the “battery” and allow for life to exist. The spirit is the negative and positive magnetic forces that allow for the mechanical reaction to take shape and form. It is the Vital Life Force from which we are connected to God, and one might say “a part of God”. The soul permeates every single cell within our body equally without bias. The soul is neither good nor bad. Does “air” choose to enter my lungs versus your lungs? No. Air just flows. I am not referring to the physical handicaps that prevent air to flow improperly into, for example, cancerous lungs. The soul cannot evolve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is the consciousness that evolves by means of human experiences. ‘Sin’ is a result of our state of consciousness. The damage that we place on our earth is a result of our collective state of consciousness which can be considered as collective sin. ‘Consciousness’ just as in ‘thought’ is subjected to the material plane, and not at the frequency of the soul. The spirit operates in the material world. We cannot see ‘spirit’, but we can see its effects. Spirit is bound to the laws of matter.  And the vibrations of matter can be altered due to the constant modification of transformation within their internal structure and vibratory influences via the environment.  Change is the fundamental Universal law governing matter. For example, a plant’s vibration and growth is constantly being affected by its inner and outer environment. As complex as we are as dual creatures with a soul and material body, we are also subjected to these Universal laws.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our psychic centers have a direct link to our Vital Life Force. Some say those centers are the chakras – the invisible nervous-like system interpreting messages from our outer energy field. This psychic body acts as a messenger between the physical and soul bodies. Throughout the many ages, various religious institutions depicted this philosophy of duality via the icon of the trinity: the soul, psychic and physical body forming a triangle. Most disagree as to where the soul exists in the body. Christians believe its in the blood as in the blood of Christ and Holy Grail. Some theologians state that the soul exists in the head such as in the symbols of the halo around saint’s heads. Others claim that the soul exists in the heart as in some illustrations depicted by a sun in place of the heart. Some philosophical schools claim that the soul exists in the pituitary or thymus glands; whereas, others place the soul in the solar plexus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So if the soul can never be altered, one may ask then what is the purpose of the existence of the soul? I tend to subscribe to the philosophy of some of the great minds of all time such as Frances Bacon (Shakespeare), Einstein, Giordano Bruno, Copernican, amongst many others. The Cosmic reason for the existence of the soul is so that each person can reach perfection by the means of the spiritual essence animating him or her. The soul uses the physical body and all of its faculties to evolve in its interactions with the physical world. The collective soul of humanity uses the physical world in order to evolve toward its own ideal of perfection. Spiritual transformation of an individual (dual being) and over humanity takes place over a period of centuries or millennia such as boulders, diamonds, rocks, etc. The minerals making up the physical transformed objects do not change however, case in point, the mineral carbon.

From the most ancient times, it was known that the gradual evolution of our psychological behavior was based off the the cyclic renewal and regeneration. In general, the whole of our physical body entirely renews and regenerates itself every 7 years meaning that the cells you had in your body 7 years ago no longer exist in your body today.

Visit Tony Crisp’s website to read about each 7 year phase of man’s life.

http://dreamhawk.com/body-and-mind/every-seven-years-you-change/

Almost every religion uses the mystical importance of the number 7. Christians have their 7 days of Creation, 7 seals, 7 Churches, amongst many others. Hinduism and Buddhism have their 7 rays of the sn of Buddha, 7 states of Nirvana, 7 heavens, amongst many others. Judaism revere the 7 years of construction of the Temple of Solomon, the 7 branches of the Sacred Menorah, amongst many others. And Islam have their 7 seas, 7 words of profession of Moslem faith, and so forth.

In my spiritual studies today, I was reminded to reflect on 7 ways to achieve consciousness as to elevate my spiritual self.

1) Be aware of my body so that I can quench its appetites.

2) Be aware of my emotions so that I can control my reactions.

3) Be aware of my intelligence so that I can reason.

4) Be aware of my will so that I can take that reasoning and put it to use.

5) Be aware of my intuition so that I can ‘hear’ my inner self and God.

6) Be aware of my spirituality so that eliminate any attachments to the material world.

7) Be aware of my life so that I can direct my Consciousness towards Spiritual Evolution.

Lost 16lbs due to BeePollen

It was April 2010 when I noticed a dramatic weight loss in my sister and all her close friends. That was when she made me aware of a natural nutritional supplement called BeePollen. Because my sister was never into nutrition nor into a holistic approach to living, I never paid attention.

Meanwhile, months went on and I noticed that my weight gain kept increasing ever since 2 years ago when a cyst was discovered in my ovary. Cysts in ovaries are known to interfere with hormone levels thus affecting the thyroid or metabolism. The weight gain went from 145 lbs to a whopping 167 lbs by August 2010. I had always been skinny. And to now feel completely inflamed and uncomfortable within my skin caused me great discomfort. I use to be a gym rat but due to my increasing work schedule, my workouts dwindled. However, the lack of exercise and consistent regular proportioned nutritious meals did not call for this incredible rapid weight gain. Due to lack of insurance at the current moment, I felt like something else besides surgery had to give! I upped the ante on supplements since last year, yet still no avail.

In July 2010, my hubby, Ricky, decided to do research on the BeePollen supplement that my sister mentioned. Check out his research paper on Dr. Ricky William’s Blog. He made me aware of how beneficial this particular supplement actually is. I immediately ordered a bottle of BeePollen from the same place my sister ordered: http://zixiutangbeepollen.com and began taking my supplements August 16, 2010. At first I didn’t notice a weight change. However, my appetite decreased immediately. Soon the constant bloating sensation dissipated. It was only until about a month later when I noticed rapid weight loss.

Today I weighed myself. 153 lbs. And I have not worked out one bit. I do not recommend anyone to stop working out. I merely mention it here to emphasize that exercise has not been a contributing factor to this weight loss. Also my menstruation has regulated increasingly. Due to the cyst, my cycle had been every 23 days. For the past couple of months while on BeePollen, it has been regulating increasingly. Just this past month it went to a 28 day cycle. Also ever since the occurrence of the cyst, I would practically hemorrhage for 2 days during my menstruation with incredible clotting. This past month for the first time since before the cyst, my menstruation was bearable. I did not have to restrict myself to the indoors nor take Advil to suppress the heavy flow. My sex drive has also increased. A total feeling of wellness that I welcome!

Now I know the cause of my health problems have not seceded. And I know I must take care of it by getting an operation, which I am working on, in regards to health insurance. But in the meantime and even afterwards, this BeePollen supplement has provided my body with the needed nutrition to counteract the side affects of the cyst. And did I mention that due to the incredible amounts of energy given by this BeePollen, I have accomplished more in the past 2 months than I did all year-long!

If you are reading this article, I implore you to spread the word to your friends and physicians.

True Health vs Artificial Health

Everyday, I am amazed about what I learn on the body, the medical industry, the FDA, technology and old holistic ways of our ancestors that have existed for thousands and thousands of years. It almost seems as if we have been in the dark ages since the Library of Alexandria was destroyed by Napoleon. My assessment exists regardless of our superior technology. It’s as if humans are not spiritually ready to handle the technology that is available to us.

I would like to share some paragraphs from medical doctor, Alexis Carrel’s (1873-1944), “Man, the Unknown”.

“There are, as we know, two kinds of health, natural and artificial. Scientific medicine has given to man artificial health, and protection against most infectious diseases. It is a marvelous gift. But man is not content with health that is only lack of malady and depends on special diets, chemicals, endocrine products, vitamins, periodical medical examinations, and the expensive attention of hospitals, doctors, and nurses. He wants natural health, which comes from resistance to infectious and degenerative diseases, from equilibrium of the nervous system. He must be constructed so as to live without thinking about his health. Medicine will achieve its greatest triumph when it discovers the means of rendering the body and the mind naturally immune to diseases, fatigue, and fear. In remaking modern human beings we must endeavor to give them the freedom and the happiness engendered by the perfect soundness or organic and mental activities.

Artificial health does not suffice for human happiness. Medical examinations, medical care, are troublesome and often ineffectual. Drugs and hospitals are expensive. Men and women are constantly in need of small repairs, although they appear to be in good health. They are not well and strong enough to play their part of human beings fully. The growing dissatisfaction of the public with the medical profession is, in some measure, due to the existence of this evil. Medicine cannot give to man the kind of health he needs without taking into consideration his true nature. We have learned that organs, humors, and mind are one, that they are the result of hereditary tendencies, of the conditions of development, of the chemical, physical, physiological, and mental factors of the environment. That health depends on a definite chemical and structural constitution of each part and on certain properties of the whole. We must help this whole to perform its functions efficiently rather than intervene ourselves in the work of each organ. Some individuals are immune to infections and degenerative diseases, and to the decay of senescence. We have to learn their secret. It is the knowledge of the inner mechanisms responsible for such endurance that we must acquire. The possession of natural health would enormously increase the happiness of man

We have so far followed the easiest road. We now have to switch to rough ground and enter uncharted countries. The hope of humanity lies in the prevention of degenerative and mental diseases, not in the mere care of symptoms. The progress of medicine will not come from the construction of larger and better hospitals, of larger and better factories for pharmaceutical products. It depends entirely on imagination, on observation of the sick, on meditation and experimentation in the silence of the laboratory. And, finally, on the unveiling, beyond the proscenium of chemical structures, of the organismal and mental mysteries.”

Changing for the better

When we decide that we want to live a better life spiritually, physically and mentally, we must act at a pace in which our individual being allows. The biggest mistake is to change one’s behavior based on someone else’s measures or accomplishments. We all have different temperaments. If we do not, we will incur unnecessary  stresses to the mind, body and spirit. Also the most effective way to make changes in one’s state is by making gradual changes to one’s entire state. For example, if one does not make efforts to change his behavior of negative thoughts and actions towards other people while simultaneously wanting to go on a diet, the outcome of a healthier body may not be effective. How so? A person must work gradually and cohesively on his mind, body and spirit. The mind, body and spirit work together to create a healthy balance within the individual.

As Francis Bacon (1561-1626) stated in his Essay “Of Regimen of Health”:

“For strength of nature in youth passeth over many excesses, which are owing a man till his age. Discern of the coming on of years, and think not to do the same things still; for age will not be defied. Beware of sudden change in any great points of diet, and if necessity enforce it, fit the rest to it. For it is a secret both in nature and state, that it is safer to change many things than one. Examine thy customs of diet, sleep, excercise, apparel, and the like; and try, in any thing thou shalt judge hurtful, to discontinue it by little and little; but so, as if thou dost find any inconvenience by the change, thou come back to it again: for it is hard to distinguish that which is generally held good and wholesome, from that which is good particularly, and fit for thine own body. To be free-minded and cheerfully disposed at hours of meat and of sleep and of excercise, is one of the best precepts of long lasting.”

Meditation

Transforming Meditations

Meditation is a method for acquainting our mind with virtue. The more familiar our mind is with virtue, the calmer and more peaceful it becomes. When our mind is peaceful we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness. If we train our mind to become peaceful we shall be happy all the time, even in the most adverse conditions, but if our mind is not peaceful, then even if we have the most pleasant external conditions we shall not be happy. Therefore it is important to train our mind through meditation.

Breathing Meditations

Generally, the purpose of breathing meditation is to calm the mind and develop inner peace. We can use breathing meditations alone or as a preliminary practice to reduce our distractions.

A Simple Breathing Meditation

The first stage of meditation is to stop distractions and make our mind clearer and more lucid. This can be accomplished by practising a simple breathing meditation. We choose a quiet place to meditate and sit in a comfortable position. We can sit in any position that is comfortable. If we wish, we can sit in a chair. The most important thing is to keep our back straight to prevent our mind from becoming sluggish or sleepy.

The first stage of meditation is to stop distractions and make our mind clearer and more lucid.

We sit with our eyes partially closed and turn our attention to our breathing. We breathe naturally, preferably through the nostrils, without attempting to control our breath, and we try to become aware of the sensation of the breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils. This sensation is our object of meditation. We should try to concentrate on it to the exclusion of everything else.

At first, our mind will be very busy, and we might even feel that the meditation is making our mind busier; but in reality we are just becoming more aware of how busy our mind actually is. There will be a great temptation to follow the different thoughts as they arise, but we should resist this and remain focused single-pointedly on the sensation of the breath. If we discover that our mind has wandered and is following our thoughts, we should immediately return it to the breath. We should repeat this as many times as necessary until the mind settles on the breath.

Benefits of Meditation

If we practise patiently in this way, gradually our distracting thoughts will subside and we will experience a sense of inner peace and relaxation. Our mind will feel lucid and spacious and we will feel refreshed. When the sea is rough, sediment is churned up and the water becomes murky, but when the wind dies down the mud gradually settles and the water becomes clear. In a similar way, when the otherwise incessant flow of our distracting thoughts is calmed through concentrating on the breath, our mind becomes unusually lucid and clear. We should stay with this state of mental calm for a while.

Even though breathing meditation is only a preliminary stage of meditation, it can be quite powerful. We can see from this practice that it is possible to experience inner peace and contentment just by controlling the mind, without having to depend at all upon external conditions.

So much of the stress and tension we normally experience comes from our mind

When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within. This feeling of contentment and well-being helps us to cope with the busyness and difficulties of daily life. So much of the stress and tension we normally experience comes from our mind, and many of the problems we experience, including ill health, are caused or aggravated by this stress. Just by doing breathing meditation for ten or fifteen minutes each day, we will be able to reduce this stress. We will experience a calm, spacious feeling in the mind, and many of our usual problems will fall away. Difficult situations will become easier to deal with, we will naturally feel warm and well disposed towards other people, and our relationships with others will gradually improve.

Keep in mind that meditation will allow us to hear God’s words better. For example, if you are Christian, the meditation exercises will allow you to understand and apply the gospels in your life.

Recommended daily food intake servings

Many of us don’t know what should we should be eating to maintain a healthy life. I have learned the hard way. All throughout my 20s, I have had different health problems manifest. My regular medical interist could not help me recover. By the time I was 28 years old, someone recommended that I see a Keneselogist. (Dr. Bland , 200 West 54th St, NY, NY 10019 –  212-246-2330) He introduced me to a new way of life. By that point, I had no choice but to change my life around due to the multiple digestion problems I had. I recommend everyone eat organic foods for reasons I will address in upcoming articles. Please stay tuned.

In the meantime, here are some quick tips on everyday recommended servings.

Everyday you should have:
1. 5 portions of fresh fruits and veggies
• 1-2 servings of green, leafy veggies like spinach, swiss chard, lettuce, parsley, escarole, watercress, kale, collards, other greens
• 1-2 serving of general veggies such as broccoli, green beans, leeks, cabbage, cauliflower
• 1-2 servings of rot veggies such as carrots, turnips, squash, radishes, parsnips.
( Each meal should have at least 1 green veggie and 1 yellow or orange veggie)
• a few portions (up to 5) of sea veggies in weekly diet
• 2-3 servings per day of cooked or raw fruits.

2 3-4 servings a day of brown rice, oats, barley, millet, buckwheat, rye, corn, whole wheat, popcorn or bulgar, potatoes, yams.
(Avoid the squashy air-filled “cushiony” brown bread that says Whole-wheat. )

3. 1-2 daily servings of dry pulses such as lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, seeds, nuts
• 1-5 servings a week of animal-protein foods, including eggs.
• 2 four-ounce portions per day of fish, poultry, lean meat or veggie equivalent.
• 1 portion a week of red meat (no more) – 4 ounce max
• Avoid luncheon meats like luncheon meats, hot dogs, processed sausages.
• 1-3 servings per week of fish: fatty- oily fish like mackerel, herring, salmon, fresh tuna

4. Good bacteria such as yogurt, acidophilus, miso or fermented soy products.

5. Dairy is hard to digest in adults, intake as “fun” foods.
• Don’t eat more than a few servings per day of organic raw or pasteurized milk.
• 1.2 ounce of free kale or spring beans give same amount of calcium as a cup of milk.
• Ability to absorb calcium depends on amount of phosphorus in your diet.