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Updated bimonthly: Nov/Dec 2013 issue
INSIDE here are more articles featured in the Nov/Dec 2013 Pathfinder, cont.
Uplifted from the Fifth, book excerpt, pg 8
Digesting Your Life: The Dynamics of Emotions pg 9
Help along the Way / Observations of Light, and Tribute to Edward Cleary pg 11
A Visit to the Land of Miracles a Personal Account of Encountering John of God, pg 13
Book excerpt. . .
Uplifted from the Fifth
© 2013 by Debra (FoFeet) Warren, member of 5th Spiritualist Church of St. Louis
Excerpts reprinted with author's permission. Inspired by Aesop's fables and built on personal stories and experiences, this collection of original poetry was written for friends and associates of The Fifth Spiritualist Church of St. Louis, Mo. FoFeet's poetry captures the unspoken essence of each individual, while the "fable" component describes the God wisdom found within each poem. top
Marilyn Josephine (pg 84-86)
I lose myself in God's world
Trees become poles of wisdom
Flower-scented fields of memories
Standing on mounds of knowledge
The dance of water brings contentment
Nature's perfect performance is joy
My offspring are extensions of love
Hopeful for the blessings of the world
I never give up
Giving in to Grace is my Happy Spirit
Vanity is my reward for I know
I am Love
Just as I admire Creation
Creation admires me
For I am Truly
Marilyn Josephine, created.
Debra "FoFeet" Warren "hears poetry with two feet on earth and two feet in spirit bringing truth FoFeet Deep." A poet for15 years, her creativity extends from recording artist, producer, director to internet radio host (FoFeet Deep Radio Show on St.LouisFlo.com. She has traveled the US, Canada, Dominican Republic and Ghana West Africa doing performances. She lives in St. Louis, Mo., and is mother of two (Ricky and LaRisa), grandmother of two (Cortez Jr. & Camryn). Also, Debra attended Deaconess College of Nursing in St.Louis, and is a Reiki Master/Teacher and MPI student for spiritual studies. . .
A member of The Soul Vibe Poetry Collective, singer in Will Downing's Wolfpack, Eugene B Redmond Writers Club supporter, Debra attends The Fifth Spiritualist Church of St. Louis, Mo. To order books, inquire about performances, workshops, book signings and tours, please visit www.fofeet.com. Top
Fable: Marilyn Josephine
When Marilyn Josephine sat in the chair across from me, I asked her to tell me what makes her happy. As she began to speak, I could See she was one with Nature, and I was shown scenes of a fairy princess playing and having a good time with Nature.
Smelling the flowers, talking to the birds and butterflies, they seemed to line up to greet her and share her smile. The scene was animated as the water, grass, and trees started to play a tune just for her delight. There were no worries or disappointments, for this was the perfect place for Ms. Marilyn Johnson.
This is the perfect scenario for serenity during stressful times: a place God gives us in Nature, each to call our own paradise. Nature and its wonders can boggle the mind and remind us how beautiful and simple, yet complex and powerful, it can be.
Hope for the future lies in the heart of hearts that rest in God. We each try to make the issues endured daily disappear or appear less stressful just to relax. Try to imagine your own paradise, gathered in Nature, surrounded by the wonderful working of God. In such a place, we can lift and lighten anyone's spirit and ease the heart.
"This too shall pass" is a phrase I use during troubled times for my own peace of mind, but just to glimpse the joy and contentment of the world playing out in the Spirit of Ms. Marilyn Josephine was a joy to me.
I know that meditation offers the sense of calmness and serenity that lies in Nature, and it helps people both physically and mentally when practiced. It is truly needed in this hectic, stressful time of the world. Find yourself a paradise in God's Nature Paradise here on earth. <> Top
Vaishali returns to Hearthaven in December for her final workshop
presentation. . .
Digesting Your Life: The Dynamics of Emotions top
© by Vaishali
Article excerpt reprinted with author's permission. Edited for brevity, clarity and/or flow. Editor's comments, etc. in square brackets.
After being diagnosed terminal from an illness, and then ten years later from a near fatal injury, there is one thing I truly understand as a result of piecing my health back together and studying the Eastern healing sciences. That is the physical dynamics of emotions how emotions travel through the body, what emotions stress and undermine which organs and how unresolved emotional experiences can literally get trapped inside the body.
Emotions are a form of energy, and like all forms of energy they have a certain vibrational signature frequency. That vibration frequency difference is what separates anger from fear, and sadness and grief from impatience. Our internal organs, also being forms of energy, vibrate at difference frequencies. That is what makes the liver, the liver, and not the lung or the foot. When we have an emotional experience, that frequency moves through the body like waves move through water or sound waves through air.
Our internal organs have the ability to digest those emotional frequencies. Different organs digest different emotions. For example, the lungs and related airway passages are designed to digest the signature frequency of sadness and grief. When that organ has digested that emotion. . . taken the emotion in, then pulled from it what is needed, [it] lets the rest go. . . The natural post-digestive emotional by products of sadness and grief are courage, self-confidence and self-assurance. These emotions are then absorbed internally and ultimately embodied.
The liver and gall bladder digest anger, rage, jealousy, frustration, irritation and the like. Once these heated emotions are digested and the waste released, the results are wisdom, understanding and self-knowledge.
The spleen, stomach and pancreas digest worry, anxiety, and feelings of being unsupported. That is why people get "butterflies" in the stomach when nervous; that emotion is literally being [processed] in that location within the body.
The heart and small intestines take on impatience and feelings of not enough. When the waste from these emotions has been released, the results are patience, joy, and inspiration.
The kidneys, ureters and bladder break down fear and horror and digest those cold, paralyzing energies into expansive and unlimited creativity.
The greater wisdom here is that there really is no "bad" emotion. Each vibrational frequency contains within it the seeds for a healthy, balanced and successful life. The challenge is to take the emotion in without judging it or the process. Let whatever [serves] you whatever makes you a better, stronger, wiser person travel to the deeper levels of the your human experience. Now here comes the trickiest part: Let go of whatever is not life enhancing in that worry emotion; recognize whatever is not adding to your wisdom in that anger for the waste that it is, and permit it to pass through; allow the fear to bring you the ability to create a fear-free existence, and do not hold on to the memory of feeling powerless and overwhelmed from the past. top
When we have an emotional experience, that frequency moves through the body like waves move through water or sound waves through air. |
Each vibrational frequency contains within it the seeds for a healthy, balanced and successful life.
[As we know, being in right relationship [of the process of digesting emotions] is much easier said than done. . . . As difficult as properly digesting highly charged emotions can be, it does explain a lot. Could there be unresolved and unreleased sadness and grief behind that bronchitis that shows up every year? Are you consuming so much worry that you just cannot stomach it anymore, and that is what is really bothering your gut? All provocative and meaningful questions. . .
The next time you visit your acupuncturist, and [you're told that] the liver meridian is weak or stressed, try using that information as a productive opportunity to share what is happening in your emotional life with your doctor. You may find yourself talking about and revealing the exact emotionally irritating energy vampire underlying the condition.
Ayurvedic practitioners and doctors of Oriental Medicine have a vast knowledge of how to manage your physical issues. Most of them are eager to have their clients express a proactive interest in what can done to achieve greater balance and health in the management of the physical body's energy systems. Don't hesitate to ask them how to support the heart in releasing impatience. And when driving to that next appointment remember, as you are stuck on the freeway screaming at the traffic, "You're making me late!" that you are assaulting your heart and small intestines.
. . . I have, by necessity, spent most of my life releasing, digesting and growing beyond dysfunctional emotions. My strength and greatest skill is in understanding the power of what I give my attention to, and how that relationship determines how well I am or am not digesting the rest of my life. Presently, I help people understand and resolve the psycho-spiritual underpinnings of any limitation that life may be throwing their way, be it psychical, emotional, relationship, life purpose, or spiritual. . .
The purpose of life is to grow beyond any limitation, while sharing more love, joy, compassion and wisdom. Of course, while you have a body, you will want to do that while swallowing, stomaching and absorbing the nutrients, while releasing the waste of your physical and emotion life. The good news is your human experience already comes with every form of digestive intelligence you need to get the job done.
Vaishali is the author of "You Are What You Love" and "Wisdom Rising." She is also a national health & wellness speaker and radio host of "You Are What You Love," heard weekly Fridays and Sundays on www.purplev.com [check for times these programs are available for the Central time zone]. Vaishali learned to transform her life from the threat of two terminal disease diagnoses, domestic abuse and financial devastation through Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, and is now completely recovered.
Join Vaishali at Hearthaven, Spiritual Women's Retreat Center, for a two day workshop on Dec. 7 & 8, 2013, 1429 County Rd.# 5710, Willow Springs, MO 65793. Call 417-469-2658, or visit spiritualwomen.org for more details and registration information. Also visit Vashali's site at purplev.com. top
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Observations of Light and "Help along the Way"
Look backward. . . and Forward
© 2013 Janis Yakopovic, Vibrational Healer
Article reprinted with author's permission. Edited for brevity, clarity and/or flow. Editor's comments, etc. in square brackets. top
Here we are again at the end of one year (2013), and the eve of a new one (2014). Who knew as we waited with bated breath for [that pivotal year], 2012, ['way back in 2011], that we would be almost two years past that date now, starting a New Year of Motion on this evolutionary process we all desired. Time has truly gone by quickly, and I want to leave you with some encouragement [to take into] the new year.
It seems the 2013 Year of Transformation has allowd us to literally DUMP our old ways and baggage, but along the way, as we cope with changes we've struggled with, we have lost some of the beautiful Light-filled thoughts and actions that we would normally have chosen, to make others feel better about themselves during their journey.
A little more awareness of our Golden Light will help others to see their light, and ease our burdens with gratitude as we continue to trvel on our journey, [to remember that] some are really struggling with the changes they are encountering and those who are having an easier time have become, I've noticed, a little more judgmental. . . So I hope these words resonate with you so you can spread more of your light in this wonderful New Year.
Some ways to spread the Light
1) Smile not only to others you encounter, but to yourself, too! Drive to and from work or play with a smile on your face for all the good that is coming to you that day, even if you are not aware of it: Imagine how many people will see you and smile back in return! You may lighten their load, and not even know it. [Ed's: This counts as a "random act of Kindness."]
2) Have Compassion Too many of us are getting cranky with the changes in our lives, and are becoming too quick to think judgment rather than compassion. Our first response is to frown and think, "How stupid," rather than "God/Goddess, bless their Souls and fill them with Guilding Light to lessen their burderns." We are ALL guilty of this, but if we could show a little more Awaremenss of our Light we can be a help, and not a hindrance to them.
3) Empathy Let's remember how well off we are compared to others. . . [When difficulties stirke people], whether you believe they deserve what they're going through or not, WE are ALL ONE in the Great Central Sun, and they are still our brothers and sisters in this process. Pray for them, so that they may "see" with the Eyes of their Sacred Heart, and allow all hate to melt away. Their journey is more strenuous than ours; their dross much greater.
4) Gratitude It's such a simple word, yet it is the key to Manifestation [but] many are still not fully aware of this yet. Being Blessed in what you have, and being thankful for it is the way you increase your yield from the Cornucopia of Heaven. No matter how little or small it seems, everything is a gift from God/Goddess. Being grateful for what you have is the Frequency of Love, and ALL manifestation comes from this Frequency. The Divine responds to Love with Love. It is as simple as that.
Happy Holidays to everyone! See you next year!
Ma'at / Seh Love always, Janis top
Tribute to Edward Cleary: In Memoriam
by Janis Yakopovic
Editor's Foreword: This is an abbreviated tribute to Ed Cleary. Jani's tribute to follow. . . . As the Nov/Dec 2013 issue was being readied, I heard of the passing of fellow metaphysician, Ed Cleary. He conducted classes in a variety of esoteric subjects, and taught quite a number of students through Mystic Valley and Pathways.
My heart is filled with sadness as I write these words. Edward Howard Cleary went Home on October 13, 2013. Ed was a part of St. Louis spiritual and metaphysical communities for decades. He was a Master Teacher, Tarot Teacher and Reader, Astrology Teacher and Reader, Healer, REsearcher, and scholar of many esoteric subjects [and healing modalities]. Ed was a true Renaissance Man.
He will be missed by so many people, especially his sister, who he was very close to, Joy Cleary. Because so many people loved Ed and will miss him dearly, there will be two "memory journals" set up [at Mystic Valley and Pathways] metaphysical bookstores to accommodate those who wish to remember him in their thoughts and words.
At Pathways,. . . Ed spent much of his time teaching and giving siritual readings. His readings at Pathways were really the beginning of his public spiritual journey.
Mystic Valley will also have a journal set up for those to come and leave messages and thoughts to share with all the "family" members [especially] those who have gone Home. Bring photos, anecdotes, and memories to write in Ed's Memory book. In about three months, the book will be given to Joy, his sister so that she, too, will know how many hearts and souls Ed touched on his earthly journey. We will miss you, my sweet and good friend more than you could have possibly imagined or known. Today, a community grieves for one of its most beautiful souls that walked this Earth on God's mission in a long time. How incredibly BLESSED we were, all who knew him. . . we who could truly call him a friend.
Fly, Sweet One, Fly ungettered by the shackles and limitations of the Earth Shine as brightly as you can, and help Mother Earth and her children, both Animal and Human and in these days to come. And if your journey of flight takes you anywhere near the homes of the people who love you, know this that ALL of our doors will be open to your Presence.
We will all miss you.
I will miss you.
We all love you.
I love you, Janis. <>
Anyone who wishes to send a condolence card or letter to Ed's sister, Joy, please mail to: Joy Cleary, 6830 Waldemar, St. Louis, Mo. 63139. top
John of God Tour group now forming for January 2014|
Visit to the Land of Miracles
A Personal Account of Encountering John of God
© 2013 by Shirley D. Sheldon, MSW, LCSW top
Article first appeared in the Mar / Apr 2006 issue of Pathfinder. Excerpt reprinted with author's permission, with updated material. Edited for brevity. Editor's comments, etc. are in square brackets.
In August of 2005, I was blessed with the experience of my first trip to Abadiania, Brazil, to see the renowned spiritual medium, "John of God." It was the pilgrimage of a lifetime and brought transformation on a multitude of levels mental, emotional, physical and spiritual.
The blessings and my growth continue as a result of my connection with John of God, the entities (spiritual beings) which he incorporates and the Casa de Dom Inacio, the healing center where he has done his work for many years now. It is my hope that in sharing my story those of you who might benefit from John's ministry of love, will find your way to him as I did.
My journey began in May of 2003 when I attended a workshop at the Soul Esteem Center in St. Louis on the power of the Holy Spirit. It was at the break that I discovered my first book about John of God on one of the product tables entitled, The Miracle Man from Brazil. Little did I know that such a small book would lead to such monumental change! I read the book and knew I would travel to Brazil at some point in my future. I had struggled with severe headaches as well as bouts of anxiety/ depression for years. After reading the book, I felt in my heart that a major spiritual break through was on its way.
One year later I made a phone call to (Brazil) tour guides Bob Dinga and Diana Rose. I had heard of them at the Holy Spirit workshop and knew that they often facilitated groups to the Casa. Bob answered on the first ring and began to speak of his own personal miracles with John of God. In short, after a multitude of surgeries for a rare disease of the retina, he was declared legally blind and told nothing more could be done for him. Fortunately, his partner Diana read him the book, The Miracle Man, which inspired Bob to visit Abadiania. After several visits to the Casa, Bob's eyesight began to improve. Today he reads again and drives wherever he wants to go. He and Diana now devote their lives to taking others to the Casa. They are incredibly loving individuals and I am greatly blessed to know them!
I was fascinated and uplifted by my conversation with Bob and requested a video about John of God. It arrived a few days later. I watched it in utter amazement and strengthened my resolve to see this man in person. I was awakened in the middle of the night with an experience of being surrounded by a group of spiritual beings who were working on me. I knew in an instant that the beings (entities as they are called in Brazil), who work through John were with me. I relayed the story to Bob the next day and was told the entities often begin their work with you when you commit to working with them. In my case, this occurred when I watched the video. I also learned I could send my photo with Bob and Diana on their next visit to Abadiania to be "scanned" by John of God. Based on this process, I would be prescribed herbs specifically blessed for my issues, as well as a dietary protocol to follow while taking them. I was also told a percentage of the photos received an "X" on them, indicating a need to see John of God in person. Sure enough my herbs arrived, as well as a letter encouraging me to come to the Casa as I had received a "you know what" on my photo!
I began taking the herbs and within weeks I started feeling better than I had felt in years. My outlook on life improved, my energy returned, and the headaches would diminish for hours. Over the next several months I began planning for my trip to Brazil with Bob and Diana as my tour guides. As I studied and prepared for my pilgrimage I learned that John of God had been serving others for many decades. His life had not been an easy one, yet despite persecution he continued to offer himself in service to his brothers and sisters. During the course of his ministry, many people had been healed from a variety of maladies such as cancer, AIDS, asthma, paralysis, psychological issues and more. In spite of the great work he does for others, John remains a humble man, totally devoted to serving Spirit. In his own words he states, "I don't cure anyone. Who cures is God."
The day of my departure finally arrived. Though I was somewhat nervous about traveling to another country, I knew I had to go through with it. As Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh states in A Cup of Tea: "How much longer will you go on letting your energy sleep? How much longer are you going to stay oblivious to the immensity of yourself? Don't lose time in conflict; lose no time in doubt . . . if you miss an opportunity it may take many lives before another comes your way again." So off I went and I was glad I did. top
. . I connected deeply with Mother Mary and realized it was She who had guided me to this wonderful vortex of the Divine Feminine.
Arriving in Abadiania, Brazil
It is impossible to convey the beauty, the peace, the love, of Abadiania in mere words. Even my photos fall short. For me, it was truly Heaven on Earth. The moment I walked through the Casa gates I felt as if I were in a waking dream. It was if I had been there before. I was in a higher dimensional frequency than I was accustomed to experiencing. Within 24 hours it was as if I had known my travel group for lifetimes and my heart just kept opening!!
The town itself was simple, the people friendly. Life seemed to hum in harmony with the rhythm of the Earth much different than the frenzied pace of our Western world. I would awaken to the sound of roosters crowing and draw my day to a close with spectacular sunsets and star- studded nights. The peace pervaded every cell of my being and all was right with the world. "Ask and ye shall receive" became more real to me than ever before. I began to experience God- as -Love in a profoundly deep and personal way. I realized blessings were only limited by my ability to receive so I got busy expanding my capacity!
During my two weeks in Abadiania I went through a "dark night of the Soul." It felt like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader were permanent residents in my room each night. I didn't sleep much, but I didn't need to in that energetic frequency. I took a clear look at myself, did some major inner housecleaning, and wrote lots of letters to myself and others. I had three spiritual surgeries which cleared a great deal for me. Though I passed before John of God on numerous occasions, most of my healing happened in my room or during meditation times at the Casa. . . So much of the work is mental and emotional. It's about facing yourself (even the hard parts), forgiving yourself and others, making amends and letting go. It's about releasing fears, stepping into who God created you to be and living a life full of joy! Simple, right?
Perhaps my most comforting experiences occurred in the silence. I connected deeply with Mother Mary and realized it was She who had guided me to this wonderful vortex of the Divine Feminine. I also felt supported by St. Ignatius of Loyola and Dr. Augusto, two of the entities who work through John of God. The Casa is named after St. Ignatius, one of John's master guides. He has a gentle and sustaining presence. Dr. Augusto, a loving being of light, is with me constantly. He is closely aligned with the Christ consciousness and will travel into the deepest abyss of our Souls to help us.
In addition to receiving loving blessings from so many spiritual beings, there were other phenomenal experiences as well. These included crystal bed healing sessions, a visit to a sacred waterfall, wonderful organic food and blessed water. The Casa was a unique blend of Spiritism and Catholicism, yet all religious paths were honored there. To me, the religion of the Casa was LOVE.
Too quickly, it was time to go home. Though it was difficult for me to leave a place which had become so dear to my heart, I found solace in knowing Abadiania would always be with me. The Casa entities I encountered continue to offer hope and encouragement. They are available to all who seek them. I have returned to the Casa five more times over the last eight years and plan to visit again in January (2014). I now have a Casa crystal light bed in St. Louis and feel my life's purpose is entertwined with John of God's sacred mission. The crystal bed offers many the opportunity to experience the blessed energies of the Casa, especially for those who may not be able to travel to Brazil.
There have been many changes in my life over the last eight years. . . Numerous miracles have occurred as well. Thank you Joao De Deus (John of God)! and beloved entities for your service to humanity. Thank you for the Light you are in our world!
I close with the words of St. Ignatius of Loyola: "For those who believe, no words are necessary. For those who do not believe, no words are possible."
May God bless you and keep you. <>
Shirley D. Sheldon has worked with the Sacred Energies of the Casa de Dom Inacio since the autumn of 2004. She is available to speak about John of God and his mission to any who are interested. Since July of 2006, Shirley has been an approved Casa tour guide, and will facilitate her next tour in January 2014.
Shirley also works with a John of God crystal light bed and offers healing sessions throughout Mo., including Mystic Valley. In addition, she is the mother of two, an Usui / Karuna® reiki master and a licensed clinical social worker, with over 25 years experience in her field. She has been affiliated with a local hospice for the past seven years. For additional information contact Shirley at Shirl 30@att. net or call 636-225-3881. top
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