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The Seven Factors of Enlightenment – Oldest Buddhist Teachings

The Seven Factors of Enlightenment – Oldest Buddhist Teachings

These Seven factors of Enlightenment are mental attitudes or values that are from the oldest Buddhist teachings to prepare any individual to a desirable state of being mindfully aware of any situation, issue or person at any given moment.

So, let’s briefly…. look!

MINDFULNESS
The awareness and the ability to be fully present; an awareness of the reality of things; it is considered an antidote to delusion to be in a clear and relaxed awareness of what is going on around you, and to focus on any topic, person or issue. A state of no distractions.

INVESTIGATION
Investigation requires that we investigate that Dharma (Universal Truth) for ourselves. We seek our own self-reflection and consideration of reality. As the Buddha said:

“Believe nothing no matter what you read it or who said it, unless it agrees with your common season and observation.”

Buddha is suggesting here that we are not to practice the Dharma simply because he said so, rather, to understand and experience it for ourselves. Buddha wanted us to utilize our minds to the fullest capacity…. not be empty minded!

DILIGENCE (ENERGY)
Diligence means to keep on persevere and not to give up. We live in a world where there are many distractions – such as various technologies for example, or even a lack of understanding or communication. This applies to both a global and personal level of an individual. However, with great persistence, patience and perseverance anything is possible!

CONTENTMENT (JOY)
Joy and gratefulness accompanies useful thinking. It can help you see, believe and help you try something new. You aren’t practicing mindfulness, because you must; you are practicing mindfulness to transform your life; to enhance the quality of your life, to bring more contentment and joy into your life. In turn, this brings more joy, and brings an attitude of gratitude.

TRANQUILITY
Tranquility refers to our willingness to find inner peace. By inner peace, I mean to find relaxation. This represents the ability to manage one’s stress or anxiety. For example, when you take a deep breath of air in, when you are feeling upset, angry, nervous or sad…. you are engaging in tranquility. It is knowing when you need to find or need relaxation that is very important.

CONCENTRATION
Concentration is the ability to focus. When we strength our focus on our ability to concentrate, it gives us real insight into our lives. But, it is something that we must develop and strength over time. Improving our concentration helps us in many ways as focusing us on something we’re studying, new projects at work, improving our listening or verbal skills, etc. Concentration is like a lamp, the stronger it is, the more of the mind we can see.

EQANUIMITY
Equanimity is one of the deepest factors of all, and one of the hardest. It represents facing the difficulties of life, our challenges, our problems, without becoming attached to them. I know, this is a strange concept, yet, most profound! Equanimity is the ability of not allowing or the ability to let your challenges, obstacles or problems become bigger than you. In other words;  when something bad happens, we become stressed or angry about it, we often make a situation worse than it is. If we face a problem with equanimity, then we don’t let a problem become bigger than ourselves.

As human beings, we have a tendency in our lives to make things larger than they are. Equanimity is out ability to resist that. It is all about taking a different perspective of seeing things – our problems and challenges in a different light. With these Seven factors towards Enlightenment, we can learn more about ourselves, and what is truly important in our lives.

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Card of the Day: GRACE & ANTOINETTE

Card of the Day: GRACE & ANTOINETTE

(Courtesy of the Messages from your Angels by Doreen Virtue)

“To help heal this situation, see the other person’s point of view with compassion”.

In life, sometimes we don’t see things the same, and misunderstandings and/or assumptions can be made about other people – family, friends, work associates – even acquaintances. So why does this occur? This is because we are in fact, human beings. We are learning about someone new, everyday – even an individual that we have known for many years.

We all have a moral and value compass of what is the right and wrong thing to do in life. Every single being on this planet – even animals, have such a powerful compass to tell of what motives, opportunities or judgements they and we, shall decide.

We also have an ego. An ego is basically an individual’s sense of self-esteem and self-importance. We all want to be both seen and heard. We all want to be loved and understood. However, we; as human beings may also take each other for granted in some way, shape or form. For example, we may take one another’s personal spiritual energy, both consciously, and/or subconsciously; we may just take someone for granted financially, romantically, mentally, and emotionally.

Nevertheless, not all human beings are like this, but it is something of our behavior and the role of our society; that is and shall need to change. While each individual needs to be accountable for his or her actions, we also need to realize that with great compassion and nonjudgement of other people’s choices in their life, that we truly come from a place of love.

Love and compassion can hold the key to create change of a new beginning for those who seek healing for those who seek to be healers, and those who wish to be healed by the Divine.

Grace & Antoinette

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Summer & Winter Solstices’

Summer & Winter Solstices’

Stonehenge

Facts about the SUMMER SOLISTICE:

• The earth’s axis of rotation is tilted approximately 23.5 degrees. That means that different parts of earth receive different amount of sunlight through the year, resulting in seasons and solstices.
• While the summer solstice is the longest day of the year, it’s not the hottest. Like an oven, it takes time for it to heat up – just like the Northern Hemisphere summer! While the earth may absorb a lot of light that day, it takes weeks to release that heat — meaning the hottest day of the year occurs later in the summer, in July or August.
• Stonehenge was likely used to mark solstices. While much about the Stonehenge, the famed stone monument located in the United Kingdom, remains a mystery, some scientists believe it was used to mark solstices when it was built about 5,000 years ago.
• The Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere is December 21st or December 22nd.

Midwinter

Facts about the WINTER SOLSTICE:

• The Winter Solstice is noted for countries living in South of the Equator, or in the Southern Hemisphere.
• The winter solstice is the day with the fewest hours of sunlight in the whole year.
• There is a theory that Stonehenge was built in the Winter Solstice (which in the Northern Hemisphere, North of the Equator) but there is still much mystery about Stonehenge.
• The word solstice comes from Latin sol “sun” and sistere which means to “to stand still.”
• The Winter Solstice for the Northern Hemisphere is December 21st.

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Crystal for the Week: AZURITE – EXPANDED AWARENESS

Crystal for the Week: AZURITE – EXPANDED AWARENESS

(Courtesy of The Healing Oracle Crystal Cards by Rachelle Charman 

For the week commencing: Monday, June 18, 2018

Crystal Colour: Vibrant Ranges of Blues
Related Chakras associated with this Crystal: Third Eye or Brow Chakra

What is Expanded Awareness or even Consciousness awareness? This means to be awareness of something far greater than ourselves. We need to release the illusion of all knowing to perhaps there is more curiosity of what we don’t know. Even as lightworkers, realists, scientists, teachers, spiritualists, psychics, healers, mediums and every single human being – we aren’t meant to know everything. This is obvious fact of life.

However, what we can know about life, is seeing things from a higher perspective of light and love. Azurite the crystal of both healing, wisdom and opening our third eye, brings our balance into seeing what needs to be seen, from our personal point of view, as well as the perspective of other people or other external factors involved. There isn’t no right or wrong answers either. It is just known and accepting what information you are been shown, by your intuition. It is important to trust it.

Recently, I have personally expanded my awareness about one big taboo topic: death. Many people are fearful about death and dying, and I just had a though: If you had the choice – would you prefer to a life filled with best quality of life, or the best quantity of life? Of course, this question is very difficult to answer, as no one can determine the extent of one’s life….as this is greatly determined by the Divine – and by the individual’s soul.

I don’t mean to upset anyone by this question, but merely to get you thinking: we need to let go of misconceptions around taboo topics. We need to realize that we can, and we should, question the world in which we live in. How can we make things fair in our communities – local, state, national and global? We don’t need to listen to streams of authority either. We all each have a responsibility to expand our awareness of truth and honesty with all of humanity.

There is more than meets the eye when you see a picture or hear a sound. Granted, everyone may interpret this differently, but it is time for a cause of action, and a cause of change.

For each person, their own expanded awareness will be different and unique, but we all need to be open and accepting with these experiences. When you are open to change, you can create change. Transformation is possible with nonjudgement and acceptance of self and of others.

Expanded Awareness allows all of us, to openly talk about change. Humanity deserves to be curious and mindful of everything and there’s nothing wrong in questioning it.

Trust and have hope.

Namaste xxx

So, in brief:

• Connects to and enhances your intuition; creating trust to follow your own guidance
• Expands awareness and allows you to see things from a different perspective, allowing transformation and healing to occur
• Dissolves old belief systems, concepts and misconceptions
• Opens you to vision and insight into your life and of others

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Card of the Day: PLANT MEDICINE – TRUTH

Card of the Day: PLANT MEDICINE – TRUTH

(Courtesy of the Shamanic Medicine Oracle Cards by Barbara Meiklejohn-Free & Flavia Kate Peters) 

Awaken as I take you deep
My truth reveals you’ve been asleep
You’ll see the world with bright new eyes
Assist those who still live in lies.

What is truth? Truth is both seeking our inner and outer being of ourselves. This also means to authentically live our truth. So, have you been living, speaking and being with and one with your own personal truth? In many Shamanic healing practices worldwide, plant medicine is used to gain and heighten clarity, journey work, and induce visions. Plant medicine has been used for thousands of years. There’s archaeological evidence to suggest that plant medicine, particularly herbs, goes back 60,000 years ago!

However, plant medicine is more than just portions and synthetic pills. These healing and natural remedies were and are still given from the Gods, from Divinity, to discover who you truly are. You are given the choice to accept or reject these remedies and healing properties. Why? Because we are given the choice to seek our own personal journey. And to make our decision to whether we are truly ready to accept our own pathway – whatever pathway that may be, with open arms.

The truth that we are seeking can only been shown to us, is when an individual is ready, and he or she, knows that they are ready. To distinguish between the dream state and the clear state, you are called to decide, a choice, and to live your truth. If you feel brave, courageous and strong – and you do decide to take the plant medicine – know that you can’t go back……for the truth stays with you….to guide you, and awaken you to the Great Spirit, for you then know you will then see our world in a new light. You will be shown to make change. You will be encouraged to seek the bigger picture.

With love and blessings,

Libby xoxo

 

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A prayer for Archangel Azrael….

A prayer for Archangel Azrael….

Archangel Azrael helps anyone who is experiencing any form of grief or loss, but especially those who have experienced a loss of a loved one. He also assists those who are professional counsellors – particularly those who are grief counsellors. Azrael also helps everyone and their Divine soul cross over safely to Heaven.

Archangel Azrael can be called upon at any time, if you need support or help with any life transition or life changes.

Blessings

Libby.

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Card of the Day: BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF

Card of the Day: BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF

(Courtesy of the Archangel Michael Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue)

Archangel Michael is helping you to honor yourself emotionally, physically and mentally. We all need time to ourselves to rest. Sometimes we push ourselves so much, we become exhausted, frustrated and annoyed with ourselves and other people.

Trust and believe in yourself – you are doing the best you can right now. Your circumstances will get better – tomorrow is another day!!

When you see things from a different perspective, you can change your life….for the better!

Believe and you shall receive!

AA Michael

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Card of the Day: STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF

Card of the Day: STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF
(Courtesy of Archangel Gabriel Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue)

“Don’t compromise or water down your ideas. Listen to, trust, and follow your inner voice.”

It’s time to believe in yourself and be in your integrity. A perfect time to follow your own inner guidance, no matter what if you’re feel you’re not ready or if you have fears about following your own guidance or you feel someone or something may be holding you back.

In truth, you need to trust whatever Divine guidance you receive. Even if it may seem strange guidance or you’re not sure if or how this guidance will help you, just believe it will.

You’re in a true, sincere and authentic partnership of Divine proportions. Just trust that any creative and original ideas come to you, they are truly Heaven sent!

Don’t worry so much of what other people may be doing with their own Divine Guidance. The main focus should be on YOU. While you can be a great supporter and helper with others, it’s important to also care for yourself.

We each have our own unique path in life and in spirituality. But when we come together for peace and joy, that’s when more Divine things occur!

Trust and stay to true to you!

Namaste xo

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Crystal for the Week: MORGANITE – RELATIONSHIP HEALING

Crystal for the Week: MORGANITE – RELATIONSHIP HEALING

(Courtesy of The Healing Oracle Crystal Cards by Rachelle Charman)

For the week commencing: Monday, May 21, 2018

Crystal Colour: Opague and translucent pink
Related Chakras associated with this Crystal: Heart

This powerful and precious crystal, which is the grandmother stone of the Rose Quartz, focusing on relationship healing. There are many levels – including the most important relationship close to us, which is ourselves.

Relationships, whether it be platonic, family relations, or romantic focus on having love, compassion and kindness for other people. Therefore, we need to realise that we are all Universally connected to the Divine love.

We each have the capacity to heal from past relationships – especially those that we may have hurt or been hurt or even self-sabotage within our heart chakras. The heart chakra has the influence to love as well as be loved in return. Our heart chakras can and will be healed with the help of Morganite.

While using Morganite, we can release and let go of old stale energy of our past; and therefore, have courage, strength and determination to go there and find love.

No matter what form of love you’re seeking…..love is eternal and powerful. While it may cause one to do crazy things, love is all we truly need to see, to believe that we all deserve love, and this includes Universal Love, being one with Divine Intervention.

So in brief:

• Connects to the love of the Divine
• Enhances love of all aspects of self
• Releases self-sabotage relationship patterns, to allow loving unconditionally
• Heals old relationship wounds, as the heart opens.
• Creates a sacred space to heal from disconnection between two souls in a Divine relationship

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Card of the Day: SERVICE

Card of the Day: SERVICE

(Courtesy of the Soul’s Journey Lesson Cards by James Van Praagh) 

“I feel good when I can help others” 

As we are all searching towards finding a purpose in our lives, and in turn we are also evolving further through our own individual soul DNA or blueprint; we are yearning towards making the world a better place. Therefore a soul yearns for service.

Service involves both giving and receiving – this harmonious balance is an act of both kindness and compassion. Our unique souls are raised through this vibration as a way to not only help other people, other animals or wildlife or our worldly environment but to learn something itself.

Service isn’t about getting something you want, but rather helping someone else who is going through a difficult, struggling or challenging phrase in their life. When we are at service with someone, we are humble, we are more at peace, we are in our integrity and we are focused in helping another soul’s quality of life.

Service doesn’t need to solely focused on material or financial gain, yet it’s best to use your best discernment when it does come to this pathway. Understandably we all need to make a living in the world, but be open and willing to give rather than receive.

However, focus on the heart chakra. This chakra is based on compassion, kindness and love. It’s time to let go our of our ego, our own personal commitments and just for one simple act of kindness and humility, can make all the difference in helping someone else.

Service towards others will influence and inspire others to ‘pay it forward’ in someway, shape or form. No matter how big or small this gesture is, it has a profound impact giver’s soul, and the receiver’s soul.

Remain humble, acts of kindness and compassionate are always rewarded in some way.

With love and blessings,

Libby xo

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