My last post addressed the Commandments God gave Moses, per the Essene scriptures. In the original set of Commandments, God tells Moses (to tell the people) that they are to honor the Angels of the Earthly Mother in the mornings and the Angels of the Heavenly Father in the evenings.
The text gives Jesus’s explanation to the people about the communions (pages 30 - 31 in The Gospel of the Essenes, which cover I will copy here so you know which book I am referring to. At the present time (March, 2018), I see Amazon has many used copies available for purchase. This is not always the case!)
"And all the men gathered around Jesus, and their faces shone with desire to hear the words which would come from his lips. And he lifted his face to the rising sun, and the radiance of its rays filled his eyes as he spoke…”
“…. And the Communions are fourteen in number,
As the angels of the Heavenly Father
And the Angels of the Earthly Mother
And just as the roots of the tree
Sink into the earth and are nourished,
And the branches of the tree
Raise their arms to heaven,
So is man like the trunk of the tree,
With his roots deep
In the breast of his Earthly Mother,
And his soul ascending
To the bright stars of his Heavenly Father.
And the roots of the tree
Are the Angels of the Earthly Mother,
And the branches of the tree
Are the angels of the Heavenly Father,
And this is the sacred Tree of Life
Which stands in the Sea of Eternity.”
You may wonder what this means. To me, it simply means that man is both a physical being, with a solid body similar to the solidity of the earth. As the earth nourishes a tree, the energies that the seven Angels of the Earthly Mother hold help to sustain man. These are the Angels of Sun, Water, Air, Earth, Life and Joy.
Yet man is a creature who is also capable of establishing a connection with the Spiritual realm. To assist him (yes, and her – women need not be exempt from this) with this process are the Angels of the Heavenly Father: Power, Love, Wisdom, Eternal Life, Work and Peace.
In my post titled “Desecration of the Earth,” I quoted from the Essene Gospels about a time that comes when Man forgets to honor the Earth. He ravages and pollutes the lands, earth and waters and succumbs to greed by taking whatever he wants -- leaving only a desert in place of a living planet.
Then it says, “All these things will [Man] do out of ignorance of the Law.” (Yes, the capital “L” is in the text and not my substitution). So you may wonder, “What is that Law?”
From The Gospel of the Essenes by Edmond Szekely’s (the version that includes books 2 and 3), on pages 25-28 is this account of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments from God. Moses goes up to the top of Mt. Sinai, after hearing God’s order: “Come unto me, for I would give thee the Law for thy people, which shall be a covenant for the Children of Light.”
And these are the Commandments God gives Moses:
“I am the Law, thy God, which hath brought thee out from the depths of bondage of darkness.
Thou shalt have no other Laws before me.
Though shalt not make unto thee any image of the Law in heaven above or in the earth beneath. I am the invisible Law, without beginning and without end.
Thou shalt not make unto thee false laws, for I am the Law, and the whole Law of all laws. If thou forsake me, thou shalt be visited by disasters for generation upon generation.
If thou keepest my commandments, thou shalt enter the Infinite Garden where stands the Tree of Life in the midst of the Eternal Sea.
…..(Here I’m leaving out a couple sentences that could be seen as redundant)
Honor thy Earthly Mother, that they days may be long upon the land, and honor thy Heavenly Father, that eternal life be thine in the heavens, for the earth and the heavens are given unto thee by the Law, which is thy God.
Thou shalt greet thy Earthly Mother on the morning of the Sabbath…. (and then goes on to enumerate which of the Earthly Mother’s angels are to be honored on each of the following mornings of the week…)
Thou shalt worship the Heavenly Father on the evening of the Sabbath… (and then lists the Heavenly Father’s angels to commune with on each evening of the week)
The seventh day is the Sabbath: thou shalt remember to keep it holy. The Sabbath is the day of the Light of the Law, thy God. In it thou shalt not do any work, but search the Light, the Kingdom of thy God, and all things shall be given unto thee.
…… (Another redundant sentence...)
Thou shalt not take the life from any living thing. Life comes only from God, who giveth it and taketh it away.
Thou shalt not debase Love. It is the sacred gift of thy Heavenly Father.
Thou shalt not trade thy Soul, the priceless gift of the loving God, for the riches of the world, which are as seeds sown on stony ground, having no root in themselves, and so enduring but for a little while.
Thou shalt not be a false witness of the Law, to use it against thy brother: only God knoweth the beginning and the ending of all things…
Thou shalt not covet they neighbor’s possessions. The Law giveth unto thee much greater gifts, even the earth and the heavens, if thou keep the Commandments of the Lord thy God.”
These were what God told Moses to take to the people. And we know what happened when Moses went down from the Mount and found his people indulging their various fears and appetites while he was away communing with God.
When Moses sees them, this rendition says,
“…. and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tablets out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.
And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, ‘Ye have sinned a great sin, ye have denied thy Creator. I will go up unto the Lord and plead atonement for thy sin.’ ”
Which Moses does, telling God, “Lord, thou hast seen the desecration of thy Holy Law. For thy children lost faith, and worshipped in the darkness, and made for themselves a golden calf. Lord, forgive them, for they are blind to the light.”
Leaving out an interesting paragraph for the sake of some brevity, I’ll pick up the text with this:
“And the Lord spoke, saying, “Only the Children of Light can keep the Commandments of the Law. Hear me, for I say thus: the tablets which thou didst break, these shall nevermore be written in the words of men. As thou didst return them to the earth and fire, so shall they live, invisible, in the hearts of those who are able to follow their Law. To thy people of little faith, who did sin against the Creator, even whilst thou stood on holy ground before thy God, I will give another Law. It shall be a stern law, yea, it shall bind them, for they know not yet the Kingdom of Light.”
And Moses returns to the people with the new laws God had given him – the ten commandments as we know them today.
The account of the receiving of the Commandments in the Essene Gospels ends with,
“And there was a day of mourning and atonement for the great sin against the Creator, which did not end. And the broken tablets of the invisible Law lived hidden in the breast of Moses, until it came to pass that the Children of Light appeared in the desert, and the angels walked the earth.”
The original Commandments here are what I believe the Essene text means when it says man ruins the Earth out of ignorance of the Law. In destroying the land and all life that comes from it, he is “taking the life from living things” and he is definitely not honoring the Earthly Mother. He is more interested in “the riches of the world…. which endure but for a little while…”
I am very intrigued with the statements in the Essene Gospels (in more than one place) that mankind is one with the Earth. If you don’t happen to agree with it, that is totally your prerogative – and I expect the most pervasive belief.
However, consider this: Could it be that the more things we find from a variety of sources (yes, including native peoples’ beliefs) lend credence to that statement? When that happens in my spiritual readings (or, as you’ll see below, even reading that I don’t think is “spiritual”), I get excited. If I find a saying from the Old Testament that matches a passage from Hinduism that says much the same thing as the Essene Gospels and also happens to be found in Jesus’s or Confucius’s teachings, I tend to think there’s something to it.
So here are a couple other things I found that also hold that humans are “one with the Earth”:
Surprisingly, from the novel Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See – an often gut-wrenching tale of friendship between two women in China in the 1800s (how many of us have any idea of what life was like for people, and women especially, in that culture and time? Wow!): “We spoke delicately about the essential elements that must be in place for a baby to take hold and whether or not our husbands obeyed these rituals. Everyone knows that the human body is a miniature version of the universe – the eyes and ears are the sun and moon, breath is air, blood is rain. Conversely, those elements play important roles in the development of a baby….” (page 141).
And there is this from Chief Seattle of the Dwamish tribe:
“This we know, all things are connected,
Like the blood which unites one family.
All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the sons of the earth.
Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”
As I close this posting, I encourage us all to be more mindful of the Earth. She cannot nourish us if she is clogged, polluted or neglected. We depend on good soil (and clean water) to grow the plants both we and the animals need to eat. And we eat the animals who ingest the plants (or whatever other things man gives them to eat.)
Consider picking up that piece of litter or tossed-away soda or beer can when you’re outside. Pull the weeds in your garden (and yes, I usually apologize to them as I do this) that may be impeding the nutrition your trees or flowers need. Send a blessing to the land as you walk by and affirm that it/she be healthy and nutritious for all that grows in it/her. That way we also bless life for ourselves.
Recently I got my hands on a copy of the hard-to-find Essene Gospel of Peace Book Four: The Teachings of the Elect. OK, yes, now and then there are copies available on Amazon, but spending upwards of $40 for a 35-page books is difficult for me to swallow. I pounced on it when I saw it on a sale-by-donation table of a local metaphysical organization. My deepest thanks to the person who donated it!
Being a lover of our Earth and the beauty and wonder of nature, this passage on page 29 grabbed me:
“I tell you truly, you are one with the Earthly Mother; she is in you, and you in her. Of her were you born, in her do you live, and to her shall you return again. It is the blood of our Earthly Mother which falls from the clouds and flows in the rivers; it is the breath of our Earthly Mother which whispers in the leaves of the forest and blows with a mighty wind from the mountains; sweet and firm is the flesh of our Earthly Mother in the fruits of the trees; strong and unflinching are the bones of our Earthly Mother in the giant rocks and stones which stand as sentinels of the lost times: truly, we are one with our Earthly Mother, and he who clings to the laws of his Mother, to him shall his Mother cling, also.
But there will come a day when the Son of Man will turn his face from his Earthly Mother, and betray her, even denying his Mother and his birthright. Then shall he sell her into slavery, and her flesh shall be ravaged, her blood polluted, and her breath smothered; he will bring the fire of death into all the parts of her kingdom, and his hunger will devour all her gifts and leave in their place only a desert.
All these things will he do out of ignorance of the Law, and as a man dying slowly cannot smell his own stench, so will the Son of Man be blind to the truth: that as he plunders and ravages and destroys his Earthly Mother, so does he plunder and ravage and destroy himself. For he was born of his Earthly Mother, and he is one with her, and all that he does to his Mother, even so does he do to himself.”
What amazes me is that this was written around 2,000 years ago! It seems especially pertinent currently -- in the time of an administration of leadership of the U.S. that is determined to repeal any measures established in the past that help clean our water, land and air and keep designated federal and public lands free from development.
“As he does to his Mother, even so does he do to himself.”
Below is one of my favorite readings from the Essene Gospels, from the section titled The Sevenfold Peace. In the book I have, this is on pages 61-63:
This passage would seem very appropriate for today’s times. What would happen if we released our greed and fear of scarcity to live in peace with one another? And when will we recognize that we are very diverse, yet all people are equal in the heart of God? This reading says that those who have found peace with the brotherhood of man make themselves co-workers with God.
May peace be with you this day.
“Blessed is the Child of Light
Who doth build on earth
The kingdom of heaven,
For he shall dwell in both worlds.
Thou shalt follow the Law of the Brotherhood,
Which saith that none shall have wealth,
And none shall be poor,
And all shall work together
In the garden of the Brotherhood.
Yet each shall follow his own path,
And each shall commune with his own heart.
For in the Infinite Garden
There are many and diverse flowers:
Who shall say that one is best
Because its color is purple,
Or that one is favored
Because its stalk is long and slender?
Though the brothers
Be of different complexion,
Yet do they all toil
In the vineyard of the Earthly Mother,
And they all do lift their voices together
In praise of the Heavenly Father.
And together they break the holy bread,
And in silence share the holy meal
There shall be no peace among peoples
Till there be one garden of the brotherhood
Over the earth.
For how can there be peace
When each man pursueth his own gain
And doth sell his soul into slavery?
Thou, Child of Light,
Do ye gather with thy brothers
And then go ye forth
To teach the ways of the Law
To those who would hear.
He who hath found peace
With the brotherhood of man
Hath made himself
The co-worker of God
Know this peace with thy mind,
Desire this peace with thy heart,
Fulfill this peace with thy body.”
As perhaps you noticed in my earlier posts (pre-2016 U.S. presidential election), I wrote a few entries with excerpts from the Essene Gospels. This is something to which I want to return.
I am drawn to these writings. From the very little I have seen already blogged about them online, a major focus has been the biogenic diet aspect of these Gospels – espousing the use of vegan raw foods. Understandably, this draws quite the interchange between those who have found that following such a diet has benefited them tremendously. And of course, the opposite side of “humans were made to be carnivorous and how could anyone expect such a diet to be appropriate for our physiology?”
I will admit upfront that I have not followed this dietary plan – never have, and don’t suspect I ever will. I did try to be vegetarian a couple times over my life and wasn’t able to do it. I suppose there are those who would say I wasn’t persistent enough and that the cravings for meats would discontinue if given enough time. For me, even cheese and my all-time favorite, peanut butter, did not satiate those cravings. I choose not to eat red meats and try to minimize my use of fowl. However, I do eat fish once or twice a week. And a lot of dark chocolate. So much for my diet.
There are those who debate the authenticity of these manuscripts. This is another area I have no desire to get into. The fact that ancient documents were found in huge urns by the Dead Sea should not be in contention. As to whether Edmond Szekely did or did not obtain access to these Essene Gospels to translate them and publish them is another aside I do not want to focus on.
Some maintain that these gospels are fiction. To respond to that I will say that in the edition I have of the combination of Books Two and Three, there is a section showing segments of these Essene Gospels that are (OK, supposedly) exactly the same as parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Not only that, but I have found word-for-word sentences in these Gospels that match those in the Bible (specifically, from Genesis, Isaiah and John). If this were a work of fiction, for me it is brilliant fiction. I find it incredulous that someone would choose those particular segments to tie into the rest of what he/she was writing!
Sentences or paragraphs from these Essene Gospels matching ones in the Old Testament or other Dead Sea Scrolls makes sense to me – as all these texts would have been written in the same cultural context over the time period of a few hundred years around the time (before and after) of Jesus’s life. For me, that tends to validate the Essene Gospels books as the real deal. Of course, just my humble opinion. :-)
These “disclaimers” now stated, why am I interested in the Essene Gospels if not for the diet and not to debate their authenticity?
You may have noticed my couple of posts about Lazaris’s definitions of the Bridges of Faith and Belief. I read Lazaris: The Sacred Journey - You and Your Higher Self in the late 1980s. As a spiritual seeker at the time, the reference to "God/Goddess/All That Is" impacted me. I liked the idea of not limiting “God” to either a masculine or feminine entity or presence – and the inclusion of the “All That Is.”
I find this concept in the Essene Gospels. Not the “All That Is” so much – but the honoring of the importance of “the Earthly Mother” as well as “the Heavenly Father.” Reading the mindfulness texts for the Earthly Mother in the mornings has made me more appreciative of the sacredness of nature and its representation on the physical level of the corresponding attribute of the Heavenly Father for meditation at nighttime. Together they provide for me not only a balance of nature and Spirit, but as I read them over and over, a deeper respect and awareness of the interconnection between the physical and spiritual realms as well as more understanding of the power we humans have to influence them.
So…. Will you join me in exploring potential meanings of the writings of the Essene Gospels? Or to just enjoy the inspiration of a refreshing take on spirituality? I can’t wait to get started!
If you’ve read through my website, you know that one of the things I love is Mary Morrissey’s Dream Builder Program. It’s a psycho-spiritual approach to how to achieve our dreams while letting go of the “condition-based thinking” so prevalent in our culture. (“Oh, you can’t do that because you’re not tall enough…. Or because you don’t have the money…. Or the education…. Or the right connections… Or, or, or….") Mary outlines many things to do to advance us in the direction of our dreams, including emotional work to clear us of energy that can interfere with our goals. It makes sense, right? -- that if we’re expending a lot of energy in resentments or overwhelm about emotional issues – whether old or current – there is not nearly as much energy available to us to apply towards what we want to achieve in our lives.
Coming from this approach, Mary devotes several CDs to the topic of emotional resolutions. In one of them, she tells a story about the power of prayer that I want to use to illustrate how using prayer, even if it’s towards people we are sure we just can’t stand, can create a shift.
Her story is about a man who had a history of responding with violence to things or people he didn’t like. As a result of this pattern, he ended up serving prison time. As Mary recounts it, the man was in prison at one point and realized, “If I keep doing the same things over and over, I am going to keep getting the same results.” He made a decision to change and, while in prison, embarked on a program of self-help. It was successful in creating a change in him that he wanted to maintain.
On release from prison he found a woman with whom he fell deeply in love and they married. After many years, the marriage began disintegrating. They separated. But even with the separation, his intentions were to do whatever he could to get her back and save the marriage. He persisted in this endeavor despite the wife telling him she was over the marriage and didn’t want to reconcile.
As life unfolded, the man found out that during the time of their separation, and even for while before it, his wife had entered into an affair with his best friend.
As you can imagine, this was a HUGE blow to him! His first response was to revert to old behavior: “I’m gonna find him (his friend) and take him out!” Yet he was able to reject that course of action and seek out Mary instead. Even while deeply embroiled in his emotional reaction, there was still a part of him that wanted to deal with it in a different manner.
Mary says that after hearing what had happened, she ended up telling the man, “If you don’t want to risk going back to prison – and that may be actual prison if you act on your immediate reaction to this – or, if not that, you will remain locked in the emotional prison of your rage, betrayal and negative emotions – you have one way out. You have to pray for your best friend.”
Of course he was outraged. “Pray for that SOB? I don’t want to pray for him! I want to cause him serious harm!”
Mary’s response was that yes, he wasn’t going to WANT to pray for his friend – but that he must do that if he was to get through the intense unpleasant emotions wracking his existence at the time. And she told him this: “You can start the prayer any way you want to. Just fit in there, even if it’s at the end, that you wish him well and want him to be happy. Why? Because that is the energy you want for yourself! YOU don’t want to stay bitter and hateful, right? That’s why you came to me seeking a different way. Just remember, you can start the prayer any way you want to – but put in there somewhere that you wish him good things.”
So the man (who must have swallowed very hard to take action on this suggestion), went away from his session with Mary and started to pray for the man who’d betrayed him with his wife. After a couple weeks he returned to Mary – who says she could see a real change in him. The rage and tension that had been visible in him at the first visit were gone. He told her what had transpired:
“I did like you told me. And this was how I’d start my prayer: ‘If a truck doesn’t smash him flat first, may he be well and happy.’ Or, ‘If a train doesn’t run over him and break both his legs, maybe he could be happy and do well.’ And after a couple weeks I began to realize that he really had been my best friend and there were things about him that I really liked – not that he’d been dishonest with me and gone behind my back with my wife – but several other things – so why would I not want him to be happy? And I really did love my wife, so wouldn’t I want her to be happy and to do well in life? My thinking and feelings began to change -- the hatred and rage I was feeling decreased and the sting of the whole thing that was so intense at first had disappeared.”
Well…. What a profound change! And Mary claims it happened in just a few short weeks! AND… he didn’t even have to start out the prayers lovingly for that shift to occur!
So… If the outcome of the 2016 election and the direction the new President is taking the country cause you undesirable emotional turmoil, I’ll encourage you to consider dealing with your feelings from the level above where they exist. Do some prayer -- start it any way you want, but add in the intention for the best for us all at some point. Do some visualization. See all people living with respect, cooperation, understanding and goodwill towards each other. When you breathe, on the exhale send out lovingkindness and benevolence to all. Maybe even try some forgiveness, if there’s a situation in which it would be appropriate.
And always remember: Every little bit counts! Trust that it’s having an effect even if you can’t see it.
Thanks for doing your part.
So perhaps you’ve been reading my blog and you think, “Wow, there’s no way I could possibly pray for, or hold good intentions for, our President (or whomever else might be challenging you)!" This is a very understandable and human emotion. We typically don’t want to do kind things for people we dislike or whom have hurt us. We want to get back at them -- usually in a way that will hurt them at least as much as they’ve hurt us.
I know that reaction; I’ve been there. I imagine all of us probably have at some point or another.
But before you close the blog thinking, “Aha! See? I don’t have to do any of those visualizations or prayer for that idiot. She says my feelings are understandable!” I’ll ask you to pause for a few minutes.
Einstein has been credited with saying that a problem cannot be solved on the same level on which it was created. It is necessary to approach it from a higher level. Am I taking you on a wild goose chase here? Read on….
The problems our country is dealing with are emotional and mental. Our thought patterns (fear, insecurity, anger, greed, lust – we want it all and are resentful of anything that stands in our way) fuel emotions. Intolerance, rage, hatred, fear become our way of life. And of course, we teach those patterns to our children. We hang out with others who think the same way we do -- or who are open to those belief systems. So the numbers of people believing that way and the intensity of the emotions grow.
The levels of human beings are usually seen as three or four. I prefer the four: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. (Sometimes people leave out the mental level, which is important to me as it’s our thoughts that result in our emotions.) If our country’s problems are happening at the emotional and mental levels, there is only one level above those from which it would be helpful to work towards a solution, and that is the spiritual level.
This is why I’ve been suggesting the meditative and visualization options to help with what American is currently going through. Is it the hardest? Perhaps. Unfortunately, we usually don’t see the results of spiritual practice. But that doesn’t mean there are no effects. In the cases where we don’t experience tangible evidence of our good deeds, continuing to practice them anyway is a matter of faith.
Of course, if you have no faith in a spiritual dimension or that aspect of yourself either as a human or above the human level, this may be out of the question for you. But I will share a story with you that may shift your perception….
Looking for another possibility to ask for help for ourselves, the new president, and our country?
I often say this one for the president, for his advisors and cabinet, for both houses of Congress, and for all the judges in our land, from the Supreme Court down -- including appellate courts, circuit courts, district courts, county courts, city courts, and even drug courts, mental health courts, veterans courts and any other court I can think of at the time I’m praying. That said, I always try to start with myself, so as to keep the playing field level, so to speak. I need the Light, Love and Purpose as much as any others – indeed, if I am praying for others, it is my belief that I should do my best to offer those prayers from as best a place of integrity as I am able.
Here's Alice Bailey's Great Invocation. Those of you who know this prayer will see that I have tweaked it a little. Here’s what I say:
“From the point of Light within the Mind of God,
Let Light stream forth into the minds of man, (and when I recite this I specify whom: into my mind, into the mind of the president, into the minds of his advisers and cabinet, into the minds of those in Congress, both the House and the Senate, and into the minds of all judges),
Let Light descend on Earth.
From the point of Love within the Heart of God,
Let Love stream forth into the hearts of man, (and again, specifying if that feels right for you),
May Christ return to Earth.
From the center where the Will of God is known,
Let purpose guide the wills of man, (and I put in, that we may treat each other with respect, dignity, kindness and cooperation so that we may live together in harmony and for the benefit of all),
The purpose that that the Masters know and serve (which sometimes I leave out, as I’m not sure what purpose the Masters walking the Earth at this time hold intention for.)
From the center which is called the race of man,
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out,
And may Love, Light, Peace, Truth, Wisdom, Compassion and Balance move through this dimension, shifting us to a higher level of Being on Earth and aiding our spiritual evolution.”
(This verse my biggest departure… but very true to my sentiments.)
If the use of "man" bothers you, substitute what you'd like -- humanity, people, men and women.... I believe the intention carries more weight than the actual word.
When you feel ready, you can extend your practice of this technique to a stranger (in my case, the student I shared about a couple posts back was basically a stranger, as all I knew about her was her name). Picture the stranger as sitting across from you who has blackness surrounding his/her heart. Fill yourself with Love, then breathe in the darkness from the stranger to your Light and love-filled heart until you feel that darkness has been transmuted. Repeat as many times as feels appropriate.
From there you can progress on to “someone you hold in judgment” – and for those experiencing this response in relation to the 2016 election, this a great way to pray for the new president.
Remember that Dr. Borysenko adds that we can use Tonglen for areas of the world where there is suffering. So…. For those who are currently holding our country in judgment for the results of the 2016 election, this could be a great method for releasing anger, fear and judgment about what happened. See our national Shadow (the greed, fear, hatred, lust, violence, rage and other aspects you feel are occurring) as the black cloud around America’s heart. Breathe in that blackness to your own heart that is full of love, light and compassion (take those moments to center and fill yourself with loving kindness that radiates outward right after you start this meditation! -- That is the point from which the rest unfolds), and hold the blackness in your Light until the undesirable qualities feel like they’ve been released. Repeat as desired.
My experience has always been that I feel better when I do this. It’s a wonderful non-visible way to feel you are helping – which brings me around to the affirmation that Jacquelyn Small, LMSW, always used in her Eupsychia work:
“Let Reality govern my every thought,
And Truth be the heart of my life.
For so it must be – especially now (yes, that was part of the affirmation before the 2016 election, but could be seen as very pertinent during this post-election fall-out time),
And help me to do my part.”
Susan C. Moyer, MSW
Is a sound healer and transformational coach. She has 25+ years experience in using alternate states of consciousness to access deeper healing on all levels: physical, psychological, mental and spiritual.