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Is Science Killing Religion?

Science, Religion, and Spirituality

Science has shown us that we live in a universe with an estimated 100 billion galaxies. In each galaxy there are possibly 100 billion suns. Many of those suns have planets revolving around them that are capable of sustaining life. With this knowledge, it is very hard to picture God in a human form sitting above one little planet, condemning those that are bad. But this then these leaves many people wondering, what is God? An interesting thing is that for people who strongly judge others, God is clearly and simply a judge of all. For those who love others, God is simply love. For those who desire wisdom, God is all knowing. The point I am trying to make is that our understanding of God is a reflection of our own consciousness. As our consciousness expands and is clarified, our understanding of God is clarified.

Science can certainly help us expand and clarify our consciousness. As this happens, science will eradicate false beliefs, and maybe even some false religions, but it can’t fully eradicate God. God is life itself. This gives great hope even during this difficult time of global spiritual purification, when so many don’t know what to believe. Science searches for truths from the outside in. Spirituality searches for truths from the inside out. When these two approaches cooperate and corroborate their findings, truth is revealed. Both ways are needed. One without the other can easily veer off track. When something is true it is true on all levels, and all levels of understanding.

Religion is spirituality that has veered off track into dogmas and rituals. Religion confuses the outer process of finding truth with the truth itself. An example is Christianity saying; simply believe in Christ, and he will give you eternal salvation. Even though scriptural quotations like: “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I Myself will raise him up on the last day,” are used in defence of this idea, they are not fully understood. This quote says “beholds the Son”, which means to achieve Christ consciousness in meditation, which transcends time. In that consciousness one is not only omni-present in all space, but also in all time. Merely believing that Christ exists, and perhaps taking communion is not enough, to achieve this level of consciousness. Yet it is a first step, and I don’t want to turn anyone away from this first baby step in the right direction. Well, I must admit this article is aimed at those who have already taken their first baby steps, and are looking for deeper levels of truth.

Science is slowly taking the place of religion, as the outer method of searching for truth. It is doing this because religion for most people has not revealed the truth. At the end of this article we will examine whether science taking the place of religion is a good long term idea.

At the moment, it is good that science has proved many things that religion once held as true to be false. An example is that the Catholic Church for many years believed that the sun revolved around the earth. As the long term false beliefs of religion are exposed, one shouldn’t be lured into believing that God himself doesn’t exist, or that Christ didn’t know what he was doing. This is a time of global spiritual purification. We shouldn’t try to stop this purification process. Continually refining our definition and understanding of God as we grow is a good thing. Purification is not always an easy process, but in the end it is good.

It has been said that in the future, rather than going to a church and letting a minister save our souls, the churches will become like laboratories. The minister will say; please now go into the temple (laboratory) and practice a certain spiritual technique in a certain manner, and see if it yields the same spiritual results that it has for many others. These results will not be dependent on belief, or the particular minster who explains them, but on provable, repeatable demonstrable facts. This will be good, as long as the technique is not confused with the goal, as has happened in religion.

So, science is certainly expanding our consciousness, but can it give us an infinite knowledge, or can it give us ever new joy?

Science may make very smart robots, but they will never be self-aware. They will never have an ego or sense of “I.” And they will never manifest consciousness. Consciousness is one thing that cannot actually be defined, yet we all know that we are conscious. As we become more spiritual, our sense of “I” ness first expands to include more and more people, and eventually we realize our oneness with all of life. This consciousness ultimately expands to embrace eternity, and a life of ever-new joy. This process is the spiritual path.

We need to use science to help us clarify our understanding of life. In the past we looked to religion, to take us to eternal joy, but it seems to have failed us because we mistook the technique for the goal. Let us once again not confuse science’s place in the grand scheme of things. It can help, but never give ultimate truth for it can only probe the effect, the outer, or that which is caused. To know ultimate truth and joy we must in a spiritual manner look deeply into the cause of life itself. We must look deeply within our own selves. Perhaps in future articles I will explain techniques to do this. Or perhaps you may learn these techniques in mankind’s future laboratory temples. However it happens, may you find eternal happiness soon.

Joseph Wright

Can we really be damned to hell forever?

Can a ritual save me? Can a priest save me?

In the last article I said that it was not my highest concern whether people attend church or not.   Let me elaborate on that a little. If someone finds attending church inspiring, then by all means he should attend. If he doesn’t find it inspiring, then he shouldn’t attend. But in that case he should do something else to advance spiritually.

Now, what if one doesn’t attend church? Will he be damned to hell forever? The answer is no. There are many reasons for this:

  1. A finite cause cannot have an infinite effect. Imagine someone committing a sin, dying, and then going to hell. One million years later, no, let’s say one billion years later (which is really nothing compared to eternity) a person asks him, “so what did you do to land down here?”

“Well, I can’t really remember” would certainly come the reply.

  1. “In my Father’s house are many mansions.” Yes, there are realms beyond this physical one, and yes, some of them are pleasant, and some are not so pleasant. But no one is doomed to stay anywhere forever. Even staying in the most heavenly place you could imagine, would ultimately become boring, and then eventually a hell, if you had to stay there forever. The highest heaven is a state of consciousness. It is not dependent upon external circumstances. This is why it doesn’t matter whether one attends church or not.


  1. A loving God, and a God who takes responsibility for the entire creation doesn’t put people in circumstances where he knows that they are going to make mistakes, and them blame them for their mistakes. He especially wouldn’t blame them forever, without a chance for redemption.


So, what if you don’t go to church? What if you don’t do anything to try to progress spiritually in this life? Maybe God won’t put you in hell for eternity, but will he punish you? Or, does he even care about you? We punish ourselves. At some point in our human evolution we realize it is our own selves that have created the lives we live, whether they are good lives, or bad lives. Yes God cares about us. But he is letting us learn our lessons. Ultimately we come to realize that what we are really seeking in life is joy. If God is joy itself, then really we are all seeking God. Some are simply more conscious of this fact than others. The fun part of all of this is that each individual will find his own unique way in some regards. In other regards there are certain things that everyone experiences, and this also is why spiritual institutions can be helpful.

Can a ritual save you? No, not one hundred percent. But they can be helpful. A ritual can help one feel spiritually uplifted. A ritual can help one open his heart to God’s grace. In fact this is the real ritual that has to be done. A symbolic outer form of this can be greatly helpful. But the outer form can never replace the inner process. And of the two, the inner process is much more important.

Can a priest save you? Having the help of a spiritually advanced person on the spiritual path, is very very helpful. But just because someone is a priest doesn’t mean he is advanced spiritually in God’s eyes. And ultimately even with the help of someone who is very advanced spiritually, (whether he is a priest or not) each individual has to do the work of spiritual transformation himself. There are certain things that no one else can do for you, not even Christ himself. Can a priest save you? No, not one hundred percent, you will have to do at least some of the spiritual work yourself. But the real question here is; “save you from what?” Eternal hell? As pointed out earlier, eternal hell as a place can’t exist, for life is always changing. But an almost eternal consciousness of suffering, can exist if we live improperly, and if that is the consciousness we chose to embrace. The choice is ours. Yes, institutions, rituals, and spiritual people can help us if we wish to take the help. But no one can ultimately be responsible for our consciousness except our own selves.


I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life

Was Christ a man, or was Christ God?

I have been told that many are leaving Christian churches because church is not satisfying them spiritually. Whether people leave the church or stay in it is really up to them. It is not my highest concern. But it is my fervent hope that people don’t turn away from Christ due to misunderstandings that have crept into His teachings over time.

In India, there are scriptures that are many thousands of years old. Because they are so old the original meanings sometimes become lost. Language changes, analogies that once made sense in a certain time no longer work, and society’s (as a whole) understanding changes. To try to explain today’s concept of an app to people 1000 years ago would be virtually useless.

Have we become more advanced than Christ’s teachings? Are Christ’s teachings as true today as they were 2000 years ago? The answers are; yes they are as true today as they were 2000 years ago, and no we have not become more advanced that His teachings. Truth never changes. Its outward expressions change as human beings evolve and are able to understand things in different and higher ways. To address this change of outer expression in India, there are modern interpretations of the ancient scriptures. I think it is time for this to happen with the Christian bible. I leave that job as a whole, to the Saints, but let’s look together now at a few critical theological understandings that may be driving people away from the churches.

“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Is the man Jesus Christ the only way to find God? What about people in some remote country who never have heard of Jesus Christ? Would God literally create people and never even give them a chance to find salvation? Of course he wouldn’t! What kind of loving God would do that?

Jesus sometimes referred to himself as the son of man, and sometimes as the son of God. Translators must be forgiven if this was sometimes confused. But now is the time for us to eradicate this confusion. Let’s understand the crux of why sometimes Christ referred to himself in these two different ways. As the son of man Christ inhabited a physical body. It had all of the same needs as any other physical human body: rest, food, sunlight, oxygen, etc. As the son of God he was the consciousness that animated that physical body. This consciousness is all powerful. It is immortal, it cannot be killed. It is the ruler of universes, and in fact its power is even grander than that. Now was the son of man the way, the truth, and the life? No. It was merely an outer vehicle. That is like confusing a Ford automobile with the person who drives it. So, is the son of God, the way, the truth, and the life? Yes, yes, and yes. 1000 times yes! This is the Christ consciousness. This consciousness is omnipresent. It is center everywhere, circumference nowhere. This consciousness dwells in you, but it is probably hidden right now. Though concentration and devotion you can find this hidden light within yourself. But doing this is not the topic of this article, so I can’t go into how to do this any deeper right now.

Christ consciousness in India is often called Krishna consciousness. Perhaps if we spell this, Christna consciousness, you may get the idea that it didn’t only dwell in the man known as Christ. It is this consciousness, that every human being must manifest, in order to “come unto the Father.” This is why it is spoken of as being the only way. There is no other way to find God, except for the individual to realize his own omnipresence. Whether you worship the outer son of man is your own

personal choice, your spiritual salvation doesn’t depend on it. Your spiritual salvation depends on how deeply you are able to commune with the inner Christ.

This is a big step as a global society for us to make. So many wars, and religious persecutions have been committed over this one theological point. I think it is time for us to understand Christ’s teachings more deeply, and properly. I think it is time for us to understand the oneness of the true Christ, the Christ consciousness.

In the next few articles we will look at more of these points. As we all walk in quest of truth together, we will take a look at more of these misunderstandings, so that we may know the truth. For the truth shall set us free.

Life in an Ashram

Once a visitor to an ashram asked the monks there, “So what do you do here in the mornings?”

From the Head Monk a deeply dignified answer came back, “Chant meditate, pray.”

The visitor then asked, “And in the afternoons?”

“Chant, meditate, pray.”

With a little less enthusiasm, in a timid voice the visitor asked, “And in the evenings?”

“Chant, meditate, pray,” was the same stoic reply.

“Well don’t you ever do anything different?”

“Oh! Of course we know how to relax and have fun!” exclaimed the Head Monk. “On Sundays we pray, chant and then we meditate!”

Many people think that chanting, meditating, and praying is all that is done in an ashram. But really life in an ashram blends together all components of life in a spiritual way. In fact sometimes more spiritual growth comes through the challenges of daily life, than through technical spiritual practices like meditation. This is the great benefit of living in an ashram. All of the normal daily activities like eating, shopping, sleeping, exercise, and recreation can be spiritualized. For example exercise can be done to keep the bodily temple healthy for meditation, rather than for egoic self-display. Eating can be done in a healthy manner, amongst good companions, and even in silence while mentally practicing japa.

To further our discussion of what life is like in a modern ashram, let’s first define the word ashram. A quick internet search yields: a hermitage, monastic community, or other place of religious retreat. With this definition in mind, we can see that three different types of people come to ashrams. These three different types will be discussed later, but all come because an ashram provides a protective barrier from the unspiritual world. The ways of the world and the ways of a spiritual man are diametrically opposed. The worldly man says, “The more things I have, the happier I will be.” The spiritual man says, “The more simple my outer life is and the less physical items I have to take care of, the more time I’ll have to focus on an inner life.” The worldly man says “The more pleasure I find in using the five senses, the happier I’ll be.” The spiritual man says, “The more I can withdraw my energy from the five senses, the deeper I will be able to meditate, and realize happiness lies within my own self.” From these two brief examples we can see why it is beneficial for a spiritual aspirant to have the protective environment of an ashram. This is especially true for the beginner, because environment is stronger than willpower. If one lives in the company of people whose values are lower than his own, he will have a difficult time raising himself to higher ways of living.

The beautiful thing about an ashram is that it is open to anyone who seeks to elevate himself spiritually. An ashram usually will have 1) married couples who want to live in a spiritual environment. 2) Guests who want a short temporary retreat. 3) People who want to completely dedicate their lives to God in the form of monasticism. The interesting thing about living in an environment with all three categories is that one sees that the most spiritual people are those who are inwardly the most dedicated. The outer category doesn’t matter, except to the extent that it helps one remember the direction he is taking in life.

An ashram takes people from wherever they are spiritually and helps them take their next step. Spirituality then becomes about direction rather than being goal oriented. Because the spiritual path is a long term project this approach makes the journey much more enjoyable. And this approach means you can take your next step towards greater inner freedom right now! So, whether you decide to meditate, chant, or pray, why not start right now? Honestly, the kingdom of heaven is within. From the highest understanding, the true ashram is a place of inner peace, a place of consciousness that you can access within yourself at any given time. Whether you make a visit to a distant physical ashram or not, please strive to spend more time living in your inner ashram of peace.

Who was Paramhansa Yogananda?

Many people have read the book Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda. In this book Paramhansa Yogananda describes meeting many wonderful and fabulous saints in India, Europe and America. But he doesn’t really talk much about himself. So, in this book you don’t really get to know the author. And yet, many people feel that they want to know deeply who Paramhansa Yogananda was. To this day, there is something about him. Something indefinable, something special.

I’ve dedicated my life to answering this question in its entirety. I have tried to read everything that he has written. I have tried to listen to every recording available of his lectures. I have tried to read everything that his disciples have written. This has been all very beneficial, but it doesn’t really answer the question. Perhaps we have to follow the old Greek proverb “know thyself” if we want to really know who Paramhansa Yogananda was. Perhaps the best way to get to know him is in meditation. We have to realize his consciousness, the level of awareness that he lived from. He had achieved the pinnacle of human existence, there were no more metaphoric mountains left for him to climb. His only “job” was to help others remember their own potential, as, do I dare say… Gods?

Asking the question “who was Parmahansa Yogananda” is like asking; “what is a real living superhero like?” And from my experience in the matter, it is not like the movies. These great souls are humble in every way. When they do something great, they don’t try to make others notice. These souls fit the line from Autobiography of a Yogi perfectly: “With what velvet glove of every humility has He not covered the iron hand of omnipotence.” Someone of Parmahansa Yogananda’s spiritual stature is not only great in humility, he is great in every way: the kindest person you could ever imagine, and yet the strongest warrior and leader when principles are at stake. He is someone whose knowledge transcends way beyond the average human being’s knowledge. Just imagine being able to ask someone who would know the correct answer to any question you could ever ask.

Paramhansa Yogananda is someone whose work and legacy will spread for many years after he is gone. Why is Christ so well-known even 2000 years later? Because he was martyred? There have been many other martyrs in history. Because he performed miracles? There are saints in both the East and West who have performed miracles, but are not well known. I believe Christ is still so well-known because people to this day want to emulate his life. I believe that perfect love transcends time, and that people can feel Christ’s love and compassion even to this day. I believe that Paramhansa Yogananda is another soul of this calibre. A rare rare soul, whose life makes an impact that is unforgettable.

I never met Paramhansa Yogananda, since he passed away in 1952. However, I did have the good fortune of living with his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda for nine and a half years. It is through Swami Kriyananda that I can begin to imagine who Paramhansa Yogananda was. Swami Kriyananda embodied all of the qualities above that I have attributed to Parmahansa Yogananda. And Swami Kriyananda himself would say that all of his goodness came from Paramhansa Yogananda.

The final question remains: If one wants to know more deeply who Paramhansa Yogananda was, how should he go about it? Well, yes, study his writings and life, but the highest way is to attune yourself to his consciousness inwardly. Then you will feel that the essence of who he was, is the essence of who you are, which is an eternally shining light that is all pervading, ever conscious, ever new joy. I pray that by whatever means, you find this truth within yourself.

Cuando el Universo conspira.

A veces las estrellas se alinean y todo el universo conspira para que nos encontremos con almas afines y compañeras para la vida, así es cómo vamos formando nuestro clan.

Siempre pienso en cómo conocí a Antonieta, que más allá de ser una gran amiga es una hermana cósmica. Entré a trabajar a una revista de sociales (de esos males necesarios en la sociedad). Yo, aquella joven con aires de bohemia intelectual terminé en esa oficina en la que las otras chicas apenas me dirigían la palabra. Estaba en territorio ajeno.

Estaba confundida entre otras cosas por qué mi “jefa” se hacía llamar Bela, me llegaban mails de una María Isabel y la gente me hablaba de una tal Maribel, me costaron varios días para darme cuenta de que eran la misma persona y la única que se alegraba de verme en la oficina. Con el tiempo y tantos nombres no me sorprendió saber que tenía otro alter ego: Antonieta.

Una noche necesitaba ride y Bela se ofreció a llevarme. Cuando subí al coche vi una caja con libros de Saint Germain, de la Llama Violeta y otros muchos objetos más que yo conocía de toda la vida y que me hacían “rara” ante los ojos de los demás. ¿Quién es esta chica? Me pregunté ¿Cómo es que sabe de la llama violeta y qué otros secretos guarda?. Decidí averiguarlo de manera sutil, estaba acostumbrada a toparme con una pared si trataba de hablar de estos temas “esotéricos”. Sin darme cuenta estábamos contándonos vidas pasadas y yo ya estaba segura de que había encontrado a una amiga del alma.

No es sorprendente que renunciara a los 21 días de trabajar allí, el próposito del universo se había cumplido, habíamos hecho contacto cósmico.

Quiero escribir sobre Bela o Antonieta por que creo que es un gran ejemplo de magia femenina, magia que comparte todos los días de diferentes maneras: con cuentos, fotos, su proyecto de ropa vintage, Mi Armario, siendo madre y próximamente sus cursos sobre cómo despertar tu energía y poder femenino.

Escribo sobre Antonieta por qué estamos en un momento en el que es crucial que las mujeres nos unamos como un gran clan, que nos respetemos y compartamos nuestro conocimiento de igual a igual, que nos apoyemos y tejamos redes femeninas, por que al final, la mano que mueve la cuna es la mano que mueve al mundo.

Descubre el mundo de Antonieta dando click a la imagen!

Meditation for Beginners

Many beginners on the spiritual path are confused about what meditation really is. Let’s first talk a little bit about what it is, and then we can talk a little bit about how to do it.

Paramhansa Yogananda defined meditation as the ability to focus on God or one of his aspects. Obviously God has many aspects, but 8 easily mentionable ones are: light, sound, power, wisdom, love, joy, peace and calmness. The ability to focus on any one of these aspects constitutes meditation. Any one of these aspects are our essential true nature. Meditation is the path back to who we truly are.

There is one word mentioned which is the crux of meditation. That one word is focus. Focus is the ability to concentrate on any one thing. Many spiritual traditions teach to concentrate on the breath, because the breath is intimately linked to life, our energy, and our mind. In fact when our breath is calm, our mind and emotions are calm. When we are experiencing anger, our breath will be as agitated as our emotions. This one simple fact is India’s great contribution to the treasury of world knowledge.

Meditation puts the power to be in charge of one’s thoughts, emotions, and energy back into the practitioner’s hands. Most human beings go through life being tossed around helplessly by circumstances and situations, never realizing that if they wanted, they could learn a technique that would give them the ability to consciously act in an agreeable manner to all of life’s situations.

The initial stages of meditation take repeated acts of conscious will to bring the mind back to concentrating on the breath. In the final stages of meditation, one can focus upon any one of the previously mentioned aspects of God. This is true meditation. Many people try to meditate, and soon realize how restless, their bodies and minds are, and then they give up. If during initial attempts at meditation one becomes conscious of the fact that he has gone into his subconscious mind, and failed to consciously watch his breath, and if he again brings his conscious mind back to watching the breath, he has succeeded. In time each of these little successes will add up to being able to sit for long periods of time focused first on the breath, and then as one becomes very still, on one of the previously mentioned 8 aspects of God.

The beginning meditator should strive to keep his body very still, then by watching the breath, he can slowly coax his breath to become still by simply watching it. This is very general advice, and the best way to learn meditation is from a human being who actually practices himself.

We all spend a few minutes a day brushing our teeth, because we know the importance of oral hygiene. It is amazing to think that most people don’t spend a little time each day, purifying their minds and emotions. However, the planet is going through many changes, and many people are beginning to wake up. The day is soon coming when the average person will meditate a little bit every day, and he will begin to take charge of his own destiny. But dear reader, why wait until tomorrow? Why not begin right now? Here is a link that can teach you meditation right now.



The Energy of the Emerald Stone

The emerald without question is a focus of abundance and clear vision. When used with the Amethyst, it is a source of precipitation. It assists you in bringing your ideas into form, in organizing your ideas and bring them down into the physical plain.

It is associated with the fifth ray of healing and wholeness, mathematics, music and science as well as computers. It is a stone of truth. The emerald is certainly the stone of the scientist, the musician, the one who embodies truth and all those in the healing arts.

All those who want healing or who are healers of any kind would do well to have a small piece of emerald in their possession. It does not have to be an expensive piece of jewelry. Just a small piece of emerald crystal will work just as well because it is the molecular structure which is identical.

The emerald also carries the power of sound, the soundless sound and music. In India it was believed to confer the gift of memory and a knowledge of secrets and future events. It is the stone of the City Foursquare because of its property of precipitating in the four quadrants of matter what we contain in the higher levels.


How I Found Ananda, and How it Changed My Life

Ananda is a group of communities, meditation centers and people who have dedicated their lives to finding God through the techniques and principles of Paramhansa Yogananda. It was started by Swami Kriyananda in 1969 in a small community near Nevada City, California. The word Ananda means bliss.

Years before I found Ananda, I graduated from Yale University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. As the four years of college rolled along, I found myself wondering if anybody knew the purpose of life. I obviously met many smart professors, and other peer students who were very brilliant, but no one could answer the question; what is the purpose of life? No one knew if it was possible to be happy all of the time. The few students who proposed that it was possible, were certainly not able to live that theory, and demonstrate it on the hard soil of daily life.

After college I worked as an engineer for about 3 weeks. I just knew there had to be something more to life, than doing good outer works. I decided to go on a quest to figure out what life was truly about. I quit my job and started reading every spiritual book I could get my hands on. If a spiritual lecturer was in town, I went to hear him. Eventually I stumbled on The Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramhansa Yogananda.

This book changed my life. I knew Paramhansa Yogananda knew the truth. Many of the other spiritual books I had read previously, seemed like compilations of other ideas that armchair philosophers had garnered. Paramhansa Yogananda’s book rang with the truth of experience. It also had many experiences that were way beyond anything I could even dream of. But I decided to not doubt the higher truths which I did not yet understand, and follow in his direction in the best capacity that I was able.

I found the Self Realization Fellowship, and started taking their lessons so that I could receive Kriya Yoga. I persevered in studying those lessons for a little over a year and finally received Kriya initiation in a lesson through the mail.

At about the same time I took a visit to Ananda Village in California, and I met Swami Kriyananda who was a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda. This meeting changed my life as much as the book Autobiography of a Yogi. I had finally met a living human being who was everything that I myself aspired to be. I almost immediately moved in to Ananda Village.

A few months after that Swami Kriyananda asked me to move to India, and join a fledging group of monks. I moved to Gurgaon, India on December 4th, 2004. Swami Kriyananda gave me the monastic training that I had been seeking my entire live. I am forever indebted to him.

From this training I clearly understood the principles of life that lead to greater happiness, and ultimately eternal soul freedom. I now understand the purpose of life. I understand the power that comes from living with a group of people who share the same ideals.

Ananda is not only for monastics. It is for anyone, married or single, young or old, who wish to become better human beings. It is not a perfect place, for nothing in this outer world will ever be. But Ananda teaches people how to find perfect happiness within themselves. Living with a group of people who are sincerely dedicated to completing the quest is a wonderful way to live.

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Amethyst Gemstone

If there is one stone that everyone needs it is the amethyst. The amethyst, like other gems, is a receptacle for the light. It stores the energy of the Seventh Ray of freedom and transmutation and attracts the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The stone’s deep violet color stands for true and deep love. Symbolic of such love, the gem was dedicated to Saint Valentine, who is said to have worn a ring of amethyst bearing a figure of cupid.

Author and spiritual leader Elizabeth Clare Prophet says, “One should always have an amethyst on one’s person and an amethyst crystal on one’s desk for resolution, harmony, joy, creativity and freedom. You can visualize the amethyst on your desk as a nexus of a figure-eight through which all deliberations and conversations with others that see you may flow and be transmuted.”

According to the famous sleeping prophet and visionary Edgar Cayce, the amethyst naturally makes the body more sensitive to spiritual influences, higher vibrations, healing forces and is good to wear for meditation. He also recommended it for increasing abilities during exertion and preventing personal anger.

The amethyst is a crystal and a gemstone, and above all it is a stone of transmutation-the alchemy of transcending oneself. The ancients believed that amethyst quelled any kind of passion, appetites, desires of the body and preserved chastity. It was said to insure peace of mind after conflict and temptation have been overcome. In addition to controlling the emotional temperament, the ancients believed that amethyst imparted dignity, love, compassion and hope.

The Amethyst crystal amplifies the spiritual energy and light of the Violet Ray, the Ray of change and transformation! It is therefore a molecular chalice, which is capable of holding large quantities of light. This amazing crystal is the Seventh Ray stone, and its Chohan is Saint Germain. If you wear or carry an amethyst on your body the master alchemist Saint Germain may impart a flame to an amethyst you wear.

Many spiritual masters use specific gemstones. Saint Germain uses the amethyst, the diamond and the aquamarine. In Hebrew, the amethyst was called “ahlamah,” because it was believed to possess the virtue of inducing dreams and visions. Thus, the amethyst was an appropriate stone to wear on the breastplate [of the priest] since one of the functions of the High Priest was to ‘divine’ the will of the I AM THAT I AM.

Its color is regarded as imparting especial dignity and beauty to the priesthood of the Roman Church and is the precious stone dedicated to the Bishops, being the gem on the bishop’s ring in both the Catholic and the Episcopal Church.

The amethyst was used for making rosaries. In medieval times, crusades relied upon it for safety and protection as much as the rosary itself. Traditionally, it has always been regarded as a royal stone whose color dignifies the wearer. Amethyst has long been associated with both kingship and religious ceremony.

In centuries gone by, the amethyst was used for making rosaries. In medieval times, crusades relied upon it for safety and protection as much as the rosary itself. Traditionally, it has always been regarded as a royal stone whose color dignifies the wearer. Amethyst has long been associated with both kingship and religious ceremony. Its color is regarded as imparting especial dignity and beauty to the priesthood of the Roman Church and is the precious stone dedicated to the Bishops, being the gem on the bishop’s ring in both the Catholic and the Episcopal Church.

The lovely Goddess of Mercy Kuan Yin says, “Mercy’s stone, as amethyst jewel, emits fuel for transmutation. Even physical gemstones continually emit coils of light from nuclei centers. These emanations are immediately qualified by the bearer, the wearer of the stone. And thus, amplification of change by amethyst is also conditioned by the will to change within the heart of the individual.”

Pearls of Wisdom Vol. 24 No. 33 August 16, 1981 Beloved Kuan Yin

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