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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: HYDRATION

Card of the Day: HYDRATION

(Courtesy of the Archangel Raphael Healing Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue) 

“Dear Archangel Raphael, thank you for motiving and guiding me to drink more water so that my health, energy, and appetite stay at optimal levels throughout each day.” 

As human beings for our overall health and wellness, we are encouraged to stay hydrated and to drink water. Dehydration is the complete opposite of hydration which can cause a range of imbalances and lowers your energy levels. Depending on an individual’s age and personal health, it is ALWAYS advised to consult with your medical physician, and/or other specialists.

Hydration can also be applied to taking a much needed perspective towards your own understanding of selfcare. Have you been taking care of yourself as much as you possibly can? Have you been getting more or less sleep? Have you been eating a healthy, balanced diet? And have you considered to take some time out just for yourself?

Spiritual hydration or spiritual vacation is a term I have created as a way to help lightworkers (and granted we are ALL LIGHTWORKERS!) to take a much needed break from our work. It doesn’t mean that we don’t love our work anymore, nor do we hate it; but this time allows us time to ENERGIZE. 

Many people don’t realize that spiritual work is a lot of hard work. It is very draining – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We all need to energize ourselves in order to continue with the work that we love and that we want to do. It is indeed a service to help others, and again for a lot of spiritual people –  PAID SERVICES. 

As much as we would love to help the world, we would also love to earn a living to support ourselves. It is like any other job, it has it’s ups and downs.  It is like any other job, it has it’s ups and downs. However, I can’t speak for every single, spiritual being or lightworker, or one who has their own self-employed business, but for me, and my Divine purpose, (which is also happens to this wonderful job that I humbly appreciated!) is to enlighten…..to enlighten and enhance the quality of life of all individuals of this planet – to bring more love and light into being.

We all need time to rest and recuperated. Spiritual hydration is just as important as taking a glass of water anytime you need to, when you feel slightly lightheaded, or when you feel tired. How is this any different?

So take this time to hydrate your heart, your soul, and your mind. You are a courageous being with a lot of love and light to shine upon this world.

Additional Meanings of this card: Avoid dehydration substances such as salt, alcohol, caffeine, and dried fruit. Replace soda with water to keep your body hydrated. Switch to higher-quality drinking water. Drink water throughout the day. Exercise (or use a sauna to detoxify through perspiration.

Namaste xo

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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: CALL TO PRAYER

Card of the Day: CALL TO PRAYER

(Courtesy of the Archangel Raphael Healing Oracle Cards By Doreen Virtue) 

“Dear God and Archangel Raphael, thank you for healing and answering my prayer of (ADD THE DETAILS OF YOUR PRAYER.)” 

No matter what religious or cultural pathway or affiliation one feels drawn to, either from birth or later in one’s life, prayer is used in many ways to bring comfort, bring solicitude, brings closes and brings foundation between a special relationship between you and a Divine Intervention. Granted, there are many names for Higher or Divine Intervention, such as God, Adonai, Allah, Creator or the Divine, but each is one’s personal experience between him or her. However you name this powerful and unique energy, is completely up to you.

So why is prayer still essential in our everyday existence? It is a form of strong communication between us and Unique Spirit or Life-Force that connects us all. We are interconnected in everything, because we each need to learn to coexist with one another. Prayer is a mysterious and a powerful way to communicate our fears, our worries, our thoughts in situations where we feel we have no control over. However, it isn’t up to us, as human beings to answer them. This is again, up to the Higher Intervention, one of Life-Energy, and Universal Law.

Why some prayers are mysteriously and miraculously answered and others are not? This is a question that unfortunately, as human beings we will never understand. This isn’t something we won’t know and I sense this isn’t something we aren’t meant to know either. Higher Intervention or Divinity is the energy that makes those decisions and judgements.

Prayer is also about letting go and surrender. We need to learn as human beings that sometimes all we need to do, is to have faith of the highest and greatest good, and then surrender to God, to the Higher Divinity of Life, to make the judgment here. It isn’t about feeling better – rather it is about being better.

In life we all have the opportunity to be the best version of ourselves – but it will take work and effort. It is a process and a journey. Not a quick, short-term solution.

With love and healing blessings,

Libby x

 

 

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Sage Smudging Prayer for today….May we be blessed

Sage Smudging Prayer for today….May we be blessed

I light this Sage for energies of protection, purification, courage and empowerment; In this time, space and energy – in the here and now.

And so it is.

May we all be blessed by these powerful and positive energies.

Namaste 🙏🏻

Libby

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Quote for Thought: Love and Peace for Humanity

Quote for Thought: Love and Peace for Humanity

“Until he has unconditional and unbiased love for all beings, man will not find peace.”

~ Buddha

Buddha Blessings

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The Healing Power of Metatron’s Cube

The Healing Power of Metatron’s Cube

Archangel Metatron is one of only two angels whom have ascended into Heaven after spending his human life on Earth as Enoch who was the 7th generation after Adam, the son of Jared and the great-great-great grandfather of Noah.

Archangel Metatron is association with Metatron’s Cube also known as the ‘Merkabah’ as described in the Torah in the Book of Enoch. Also known in Kabbalah as the ‘Tree of Life’ this sacred geometry symbol has been used for spiritual purposes to connected to the Divine and gain Universal knowledge; since Metatron is a teacher in esoteric knowledge. (He is also a scribe for God)

You can call Archangel Metatron anytime to cleanse and purify any lower or negative energies that you may be experiencing with the help of the Merkabah!

Blessings <3 <3 <3

Libby

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Light and Darkness

Light and Darkness 

Even when at times of uncertainty or when we all feel at our lowest, our darkest – there is always a shining golden light to help us, supporting us and guiding us to find our way back to our journey – and back to ourselves.

For you were never lost but needing a gentle hand to guide you back along the way along the road of life. This is the Divine, your Angels, your Spiritual guides, Ascended Masters, Spirit Animals and the eternal life force energy that is always connected to all that is of existence in time and space.

For with light and darkness, sun and moon, ying and yang – it speak about balance as well. The Divine wants us to experience life in all forms and yes – this does mean experiencing difficult and challenging times ahead…

But again you NEVER are alone on this beloved journey – as you are carried by the Divine’s love and light always.

You are BLESSED and eternally LOVED 🙏🏻💖

Libby xoxo

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9 Powerful Mantras to EMPOWER YOUR SPIRITUAL SELF

9 Powerful Mantras to EMPOWER YOUR SPIRITUAL SELF

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What is a mantra? For both Buddhism and Hinduism, it is a repeated word or sentence to aid in a deeper form of meditation to help in relaxation and a deeper connection to your Divine self.

You don’t need to be a Buddhist or a Hindu or affiliate with any other religion or other path of spirituality to benefit from these beautiful mantras. They can be used by people of all faiths, and all walks of life.

You can use these mantras for many things for your daily meditations to your yoga, Pilates, or energy healing practices, (such as Prana, Reiki or Qigoing healing), while going for a gentle walk in nature, or even just as you go to sleep as a blessed prayer.

While you may not first understand the meaning behind these beautiful Sanskrit sentences. This is perfectly okay. The most important thing to remember is to embrace and immense yourself within the energy, the feelings, or the emotions that you are experiencing. Pay close attention while listening to these mantras of what you are feeling or experiencing. Just be in the moment of these experiences. Appreciate them. Whatever happens, is a Divine blessing of light and love.

Remember that each human being on Earth is a gift from the Divine, and we are all connected to the Cosmos, every single faith has a pathway towards God, the Divine, the light and love of Everything.

1. Aham Brahmasmi
This is one of the Mahavakyas or Great Sayings of Upanishads which is from Vedas, an Ancient Sanskrit text. Aham Brahmami means “I am the Infinity Reality.”

2. Om Shri Dhanvantre Namaha
Lord Dhanvantri is the Hindu God of Ayurveda. Many Hindus around the world seek his blessings for good health and for other people. Dhanvantri also appears in the ancient Hindu texts called the Puranas. “Om Shri Dhanvantre Namaha”means for good health especially for your physical, emotional and spiritual well being for yourself and others.

3. Hari Om Tat Sat
This mantra will help you spiritually awaken to your higher self and higher consciousness. “Om Tat Sat”is a mantra found in the ancient Hindu text of Bhangvad Gita. It is especially used for both meditation and yoga. This mantra translation means “The supreme Absolute Truth’ or “All that is.” It is a soothing and relaxing mantra.

4. Hum Hi Hum Brahm Hum
This powerful mantra refers to the Divine connection between us and God, the Universe, Spirit or Higher Intervention (or whatever word you feel best comfortable to call God). The translation of this mantra is “We are we, We are God”. We are connected, since we are all a natural gift and spirit of all that is, and all that will be. A mantra for your soul and spirit!

5. Om
A mantra in many faiths such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, this powerful mantra, means “Soul, Life, Reality,Universe, God, Creation’. It is the Prana,, Reiki, Qigong, or life-force energy that is the Divine connection of all things, all creation; within all life. A connection that is powerful to connect us not only to your Creator, but to every single being on Earth. We all breathe it, walk it, eat, and live it. It is a constant reminder of life.

6. Om So Hum
This mantra is to help identify yourself as one within the Universe, or ultimate reality. You are one within the Universe, as the Universe is One within you. This mantra in Sanskrit translates to “I am that”, or “I am”; You are strongly connected to the Divine Source, as it is your birthright, as every single human being on Earth is give this special birthright as well.

You can also say: Om Soham” which means in Sanskrit; “I am the Universe, I am part of it, I am connected to the Infinite Source.”

7. Ong Namo Guro Devo Namo
In Sanskrit, this mantra means “I call upon the Infinite Creator who created me. I call upon the Divine Giver of Wisdom.” This mantra will help to centre yourself, especially if you wish to begin your yoga or meditation practices. It will connect closer to the Divine wisdom that you are seeking on a particular question or area that you may be asking about.

8. Sohman Shivoham
This mantra leads to our higher self during meditations, to seek our truth, our wisdom, and our true nature. It will help you disconnect and disassociate with your ego and to connect with the oneness of Divine Source. We all merged from Oneness, as we are truly are nothing but pure consciousness. The meaning of this beautiful mantra is: “I am that, I am Shiva, I am pure Consciousness”.

Lord Shiva, is one of the Hindu principle deities who is a “destroyer of evil and transformer of life” Lord Shiva is greatly consider a Great Yogi.

9. Kleem Mantra
Kleem is one-syllable sound known as bija mantra. This mantra is associated with Kamadeva, who is the Hindu God of love. In some Hindi traditions, Kamdeva is the incarnation of Lord Krishna. Krishna is the Supreme God in Hinduism in his own right, is a Hindu God of kindness, compassion, tenderness, and love. Kleem is chanting for is power of attraction.

While bija mantras have no specific meaning, they are recited for their spiritual and energetic powers for the overall healing of the physical, emotional and spiritual of an individual. You can also use bija mantras in yoga or meditation practices to set a specific intention or just simply calm your mind.

Please go online to search for this empowering, enlightening and spiritual mantras. I highly recommend to subscribe to Meditative Mind please click here  who have these incredible meditations available via YouTube. You can also try iTunes, or other online resources.

Much love, light and blessings towards your spiritual journey ahead!

Libby xo

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Prayer to Archangel Raphael for Pain Management

Prayer to Archangel Raphael for Pain Management

Hi beautiful souls,

Here is a prayer to ask for beloved Archangel Raphael for any form of pain relief and management. I’ve also added some crystals for pain relief and management as well for those who are interested.

Please keep in mind that prayer is very powerful – no debate about this. Crystal healing therapy does not replace any medical advice or diagnosis. If you are feeling unwell, please seek professional health and medical advice from a medical physician.

“Archangel Raphael, thank you for making me feel good and comfortable within my body. Help me to eliminate any form of pain within my physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.”

The crystals that may help to relieve pain or discomfort are:

Amethyst:
This crystal is associated with the crown and brow (3rd eye chakra). It helps to reduce stress, anxiety, anger and fear. Also helps to prevents headaches, insomnia,

Amethyst Crystal
Amethyst Crystal

and nightmares. A natural tranquilizer, it helps promotes calmness in your physical, mental and emotional health.

 

Clear Quartz
Clear Quartz

Clear Quartz:
Known as the ‘master’ healer’ clear quartz can be used to clear blockages stimulate the immune system, aid concentration, enhance memory, deep meditative states, and brings the body into balance.

Smokey Quartz:
This powerful and anchoring stone reduces anxiety, and negative emotions, balances and restores the body’s energy after a period of illness or depression. The Smokey Quartz can also be used to draw off emotional pain or physical pain, especially in the abdomen,  hips and legs.

Smokey Quartz
Smokey Quartz

Sending lots of love and Angel blessings!

Love Libby xoxo