In the late 70s, I was interested in past lives and experimented with past life regression. My yoga teacher was also learning hypnosis and I gladly volunteered as a practice subject in trade for yoga classes. The memories recalled during those sessions allowed me to make progress by leaps and bounds physically and mentally. I felt liberated by the memories of what I experienced in between those other lives. After awhile I began offering past life regression sessions to my clients and lead a few workshops on the general subject. Midway through a two-day workshop, just as everyone was resting peacefully on the floor awaiting further instruction via the hypnotic induction script I had memorized, AMAG whispered in my ear: "What you are doing is not as it is. There is no linear time, except as you experience it as a convenience on Earth, therefore there is no such thing as 'your most recent past life." They went on to say, "In addition to what you're calling 'past' lives, there are also 'future' lives that can be accessed. While lived experiences are entertaining to recall, where you are and what you do in between is more useful to remember."
Those words stopped me in my tracks. Unwilling to present something that wasn't true, I brought everyone back to the present moment in time and told them there would be a change in the schedule. I relayed what AMAG had said to me, which disturbed some people. They had paid to be helped to remember their most recent past life and that's what they wanted to do. They weren't interested in trying out anything else. I refunded a day's tuition to those who wished to leave early. After they left, I was grateful to those who remained for the second day of the workshop. They were as curious as I was and began asking questions about what AMAG had said about time. Then we proceeded to investigate, via hypnosis, our many recollections of other lives, other death scenes, other bodies, other worlds. It was amazing!
AMAG will be leading the way for us to remember useful information while in trance at the Wisdom Journey in Albuquerque. A friend gave me two books that have refreshed my interest in other lives. You may wish to read them, too. Journey of Souls and Destiny of Souls by Dr. Michael Newton.
I'd like to think that I practice what I preach most of the time, so I'm careful to preach only what I'm willing to practice. Last week I was given the gift of noticing what happens when I don't practice what I am learning from AMAG about how to use the Dimensions of Consciousness. For several weeks, every attempt to find a suitable location for the next Wisdom Journey either ran into a complicated snag or a complete dead-end. Frustrating to the max! As usual, lots of friends pitched in with helpful suggestions for possible spiritual retreat or conference centers in the general area in which I was looking; however, either their schedules didn't match dates I had in mind or the price was too high for comfort. I like to keep costs to a minimum whenever possible so that tuition and travel are within most everyone's budget. Finally, in desperation, it occurred to me that I must have been using the "wrong" dimension to find what I was seeking. As soon as I occupied the "right" one, everything opened up and necessary details began happening in perfect sequence with everyone in complete accord. Amazing! Yes? Well, actually, not amazing ... AMAG says this is how everything works when I don't get in my own way by trying to impose intellectual skills on the natural magic of Life. If you're interested in attending the next Wisdom Journey, contact me right away. Space is limited and it's half full already!
AMAG says that we always have authority over the thoughts that we're entertaining in our heads. Like invited guests, thoughts are allowed to move in and get comfortable. However, like uninvited guests, we sometimes want certain thoughts to leave. In order to clear out the uninvited or unwanted, unhelpful thoughts, it's necessary to declare whose house (mind and body) it is. Declare ownership! Remember your sovereignty and demand that only the most helpful, positive, loving, and kind thoughts remain.
We have the power to choose how we wish to respond to whatever is going on around us at any time. We may not have personally created the current state of affairs in our community, but we can choose, and are choosing all the time, how we wish to respond to those affairs. Do we whine and complain about corruption in local government? Or do we take the time to discover who is the most honest, trustworthy candidate for any given position. Do we give up in disgust, washing our hands of what is happening in the world, telling ourselves that we have no power to change anything? Or do we declare sovereignty in our own lives.
Can we choose something different? Yes. The decision to choose something different results in exactly that: something different. Have you noticed what happens in your life when you change your viewpoint, change jobs, or change your personal relationships at work or at home? A whole array of alternatives appear as soon as you are willing to take responsibility for deciding to choose something other than whatever you have been choosing. Once you have declared your sovereignty, gather up the courage to take action on the new choices. Move along the new paths that open to you. What happens when you declare autonomy, independence, and self-determination? Freedom. Freedom from negativity and especially from others' opinions. Remember that you can always choose. AMAG suggests the following steps in reply to those who ask how to maintain integrity: "Decide to choose. Choose from among the many alternatives that appear. Act on at least one of the alternatives and follow through until you're satisfied with the results."
Recently, a client/friend wrote that he had been seeing a psychiatrist for many years who told him that he had "escaped from the dark side" and that "this lifetime is like penance to work off bad karma from past lifetimes." He shared that this was a very disempowering thought and he would prefer to believe that he is creating his own scenarios based on what he believes that he is now. If you believed in a certain kind of cause/effect/karma, you would say such a thing to someone who was struggling in the darkness of depression or confusion. If you believed that it's necessary to "pay for one's mistakes," you might develop a theory about penance.
However, AMAG seems to agree with several philosophers regarding darkness. Thanks to the contrast between dark and light, we are able to see what was invisible to us before. We seem to require darkness of one kind or another before or in order to see the light. Click here for an investigation into several quotations about the value of darkness and light. These philosophers agree that important truths are often revealed only during times of tribulation.