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The Key to Spiritual Growth through Physical Mastery

In my experience, it is quite common for people walking a spiritual path to overlook the involvement of their physical body while on that path. So I decided it would be of value to write an article about the connection between your physical body and your spiritual body.

First, understand you cannot have a healthy spiritual body and an unhealthy physical body. Many people treat the spirit-body connection like an upside down pyramid. The most important part is keeping the spirit clean and it will trickle down to good physical health. After all, metaphysics tells us that everything is influenced by an unseen field of energy. In some ways this is true but it can also be very impractical use of your time and energy.

Additionally, the spirit body connection works more like an electrical circuit. Both the spirit and body input energy that then feeds into the other. If there is a break in the circuit, it doesn’t matter how much energy is being fed into either side, the energy still escapes. 

So what does this look like?

A person who is too heavily focused on their spiritual body will appear spacy and have difficulty committing to “real world” tasks. They will struggle with time management, reliability and accomplishing their goals. They may not be physically disabled or overweight, in fact, they may appear perfectly healthy. However, their physical body is actually suffering from a deficiency. They may be lacking exercise, interaction with nature, and most commonly proper nutritional intake. 

A person who focuses on their physical body but not their spiritual body will appear animalistic. Their goals and efforts will be focused on obtaining material things like sex, money, food or power. They may be inconsiderate of others or lack moral and ethical principles. If they have any religious or spiritual beliefs, they likely will not practice what they preach. If they preach at all, it will be for status. Their energy is concentrated in the lower chakras and is unable to move upward due to constrictions, usually between the solar plexus and heart chakra. This results in what we call the Lower Energy Triangle.

A person who balances their spiritual and physical bodies will be able to properly navigate both worlds. They will be dependable, follow through on their commitments and have proper orientation towards what this world expects. They will have adequate levels of energy to accomplish their goals. They may possess some level of clair- abilities (clairvoyance; claircognizance; clairsentience; etc.). Their actions will be guided by moral and ethical principles. Above all, their aura will be even and balanced throughout their body.

Next, you must know your physical body is the barometer for your spirit body. Just as a real barometer is used to indicate weather patterns, your body indicates your spiritual well being. If you are physically ill, there is also a problem in your spirit body, although, you will notice the symptoms in your physical body much sooner. This is because our emotions, physical strength and flexibility, as well as our sleeping and eating habits are all indicators of our spiritual health. If any one of these is out of order, it means an issue in our spiritual body has already manifested, whether it be an over/undercharged chakra, a break in your aura, or blocked meridian line.

Our physical bodies are like cars for our souls. They tell us milage (age), fuel tank capacity (physical energy levels), MPH (energy output), radio stations (thought patterns) and many more bits of information that help us to operate the car. When the check engine light comes on, the car doesn’t just come to a halt and fall apart. It warns us what will happen if we don’t address something wrong with the vehicle. 

The irony is many people fix their cars when the check engine light comes on, but when their body signals something is wrong, they ignore it and continue to do what created the problem. What results is a visit from The Pain Teacher, as taught by Paul Chek. Eventually, you will physically injure yourself or catch a serious illness (mental, emotional or physical) resulting in time away from whatever you felt was more important than your health. Just like a car with a flat tire, you have to fix it before you go anywhere.

Another important thing to recognize is your body is the physical container of spiritual energy. If your physical body is unwell or even suboptimal, it reduces the total amount of energy you can hold. It’s the difference between a coffee mug and a pitcher. Once it is full, the water will just spill over the top. A lot of times this comes to us in the form of headaches, muscle aches and other minor symptoms that are simply unpleasant and painful. Most people respond to them by taking aspirin and trying to continue doing what they were doing. In some cases, they don’t even recognize that the activity is causing the pain. 

In pioneering the practice of Modern Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga, Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui discovered that everyone who had a migraine was suffering from an overcharged Ajna or Third Eye Chakra. The light wavelength for charging this chakra ranges from blue to indigo. Now how often have you heard of people getting migraines from using a computer for too long? They are unknowingly overcharging their chakra through prolonged exposure to these wavelengths. 

On the other side of the coin, a lack of activity will result in a smaller container for energy causing the same physical pain. If you are a chronic smoker or never exercise, your heart will become weaker. Spiritually, your heart chakra will become smaller. You may become overly sensitive and physically you will suffer an inability to operate in the 3rd dimension. Even more concerning, if you attempt to charge your weakened heart chakra without the physical health to hold more energy, you could give yourself a heart attack. This is one of the reasons why monks and yogis focus on maintaining physical health. It quite literally becomes dangerous to grow the spiritual body while neglecting the physical one. 

“Okay Matt, that’s cool and all, but what do I do about it?”

There are several things we can do to improve or balance the physical body, and you’ll be happy to know, doing this will also improve the spiritual body. However, some of these suggestions assume you are already at a moderate level of physical health. If you have an injury, chronic disability or illness, please be mindful of what you can and cannot do and use common sense in assessing which of these is appropriate at this time in your life. Quick disclosure, none of these suggestions should be “new” to you. There is no secret formula to good health. Just good ol’ fashion time and effort. 

I believe one of the best ways to improve the physical body is nutrition. Eating fresh produce instead of junk food is obvious but let’s expand upon that. Raw fruits and vegetables contain more enzymes than cooked. This will help improve your gut health and pull more nutrients out of the food you eat. 

If you are able to, choose organic over conventionally grown products. I know organic foods feel kind of like a fad these days, however, organic foods really do contain a proper balance of vitamins and minerals. Our bodies typically need a certain vitamin or mineral to absorb a different vitamin or mineral. So a deficiency in one area means there is likely a deficiency in another area as well. When humans try to genetically modify an apple to be bigger or sweeter, it throws off the balance of nutrients in the apple. Whole foods are so complex, this can cause a chain reaction leading to a large imbalance of nutrients compared to organic. After all, Mother Nature knows best.

To be honest, this will unlikely cause you any problems. If are need to start eating more fruits and vegetables, go easy on yourself and do something you can commit too. The any nutrients that doesn’t get absorbed will just be passed into the toilet. Just make sure you aren’t consuming anything grown with pesticides or GMOs. However, this is something to be mindful of and will be your next step if you are already eating fresh produce. Also, I know there is a substantial price difference between organic and conventional so make the choices that are best for you.

To continue the talk of nutrients, avoid quick meals whenever you can. This includes fast food, microwave dinners, and even canned food. I know they can be tempting because they are quick and easy. I personally keep some saved for when I am feeling lazy or too tired to cook, but I try to keep it to a minimum. In all honesty, fast food should never be eaten if you can avoid it and luckily grocery stores usually offer ready made meals at a cheap price. They aren’t as quick but they will benefit you immensely. 

The last thing I want to mention on the topic of nutrition is, meat. Typically, it is better to eat lower on the evolutionary chart. Red meat (mammals) should be kept to a minimum. That doesn’t mean don’t eat meat at all. I personally eat red meat and I love lamb, but I am mindful of how often I am eating it. Next would be bird meat. Chicken and turkey are great sources of nutrients. Lastly, there is fish. Be mindful of where your fish come from as they can collect lots of toxins from the water. In general, I find I feel better when I keep meat to a minimum overall, however I know everyone’s biology is different so find what works for you.

The second big thing I think can be addressed is strength and flexibility. It’s no secret that if you exercise then you will be healthier. However, don’t think you need to lift heavy weights or become a contortionist to achieve good health. Just getting outside and playing volleyball or swimming is amazing for your physical and spiritual health. 

Of these two things, I believe flexibility should be the priority. Flexibility and proper range of motion helps reduce injury and opens up the flow of energy in your body. Yoga stretches are actually designed to open up the muscles because yogis know that a tense muscle means constricted energy. Stretching should not be painful, although a little bit of discomfort is normal. Also if you have an injured body part, don’t make it worse by stretching it. This is common for neck and wrist muscles. In these situations, stretching should be very light as forcing the stretch will weaken the tendon. 

When it comes to physical strength, you should be strong enough to move your body easily. A simple self test of pull ups, push ups, and squats should give you a good idea of how functional your body. If these are difficult for you, then it probably means you need to spend some time in the gym. Don’t stress yourself out by thinking you need to lift an Atlas Ball or bench 3x your weight. Simply getting to the point when you can move around easily without risk of injury is a good place to start.

Lastly, I want to talk about breath. Breathing is super important and most people don’t realize they breathe ineffectively. When you breathe, you should be pulling in air from your belly through the expansion of your diaphragm. If you breathe through your chest, your lungs are stopped by your rib cage, resulting in less air. Additionally, the bronchial sacs in your lungs get less exposure to air resulting in less oxygen intake. Simply changing the way you breathe can result in more energy.

If you are interested in more knowledge about how to improve your physical health, I recommend Paul Chek’s book How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy. It is incredibly insightful and comprehensive.

I hope this article provided you with something useful. Make sure to check out other pages in my blog and leave a comment regarding your own experience with spirit-body balance.

May your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!

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The Vibration of Gratitude

This past Thursday, people all over the United States celebrated Thanksgiving, a day to consciously reflect on what we are grateful for. Whether you are American or not, this practice has a valuable esoteric meaning. This is how we tap into the vibration of gratitude.

Scientists are able to measure emotions using brain wave scans and electrodes on the skin. When paired with self report, they are able to order the wavelengths of various emotional states. This provides us with valuable information of how we are interacting with the quantum field. 

Each of our emotions are linked to a vibrational wavelength. When we feel emotions like anger, fear, or lust, we are engaging in lower vibrational states. The highest vibrational emotions we can have are bliss and love. If we have significant trauma, it may be difficult or even impossible to make the leap from fear to bliss.

Sometimes it can be hard to feel intense emotions like love or bliss when our lives aren’t going the way we want them to. Moving up in emotional states is like climbing a staircase; we make incremental changes. Because of that, we can always access the “middle” level of emotions.

Gratitude is the easiest of these to access, and better yet, it is in the “upper middle” level. It sounds very cliché, but we always have something to be grateful for. The issue most people run into is they believe certain things are worthy of more or less gratitude. “I have the car, house and spouse I want, that’s worthy of a 10 on the gratitude scale!” Except, there isn’t a scale.

If you have a car at all, you can be grateful. If you have a place to sleep, you can be grateful. Even if you are not in a relationship, you can be grateful for the freedom you have because you’re single. Sometimes we have to change how we look at what we have in our life to find gratitude.

Okay, well what if you don’t have any of that and you’re reading this article at the public library? Then you won’t have to look far to find gratitude. You can be grateful to be alive. You can be grateful for the relationships you have with others. You can be grateful for your arms and legs. And that’s not to say if you have a car and home you can’t be grateful for these things too!

So what does practicing gratitude do other than literally raise your vibration?

When we live in a state of gratitude we will find more things to be grateful for. Not just from a law of attraction point of view, but we will become grateful for things we never realized we had. Many of us live our lives taking things for granted and we don’t even realize it. We don’t appreciate food until we’ve gone hungry. We don’t appreciate our sight until we lose it. There are many things we overlook because we have spent so much time having it. We think it will always be there.

From the quantum perspective, we will attract more things into our lives which we can be grateful for. Perhaps I am not in a romantic partnership but I am practicing being grateful for the relationships I have. I may find myself dating someone because it is another relationship I will be grateful to have. The same thing can happen with the car, the house, the job and dream vacation. Anything and everything.

By redirecting our focus from what we want to what we have we give the universe (or whatever you choose to believe in) the opportunity to do its best work. No one likes their boss micromanaging their job. Your higher power is the same way. Give it some space to work instead of constantly checking in to see if the project is finished. 

The best part is from here we can more easily access the highest vibrational states. When gratitude becomes a way of life for us the next step naturally becomes moving into love and bliss. These are the highest emotional states and most people have experienced them at some point in their life. If you haven’t, well then you’re in for a treat.

If we are able to maintain high vibrational states for an extended duration or access them frequently throughout the day, then it is like pouring gasoline on our manifestation fire. Whether you will manifest your dreams more quickly or just have the perception of that because you aren’t micromanaging, I can’t really say for sure. What I do know is that you won’t even care because you have moved from a state of wanting to a state of being.

The most peculiar thing I personally have found on my journey is realizing what I already have is enough. I used to think I needed a bunch of material things to be happy but what I really find valuable these days is having passion. Doing things I enjoy like writing this blog and helping people in my community. These are some of the ways I find gratitude in my own life. Even when I get caught in a thought loop and worry about finances, things usually workout better than I expect if I take a step back and focus on being of service to others. For that I am grateful.

I hope this article has given you something to be grateful for in your life. If you would like to schedule a private lesson, then check out my book-a-lesson tab or just keep reading the free content I put out! Make sure you link up with me on social media. To be honest I haven’t been as active on there but it is still the best way to get updates on new content.

I hope you enjoy your holidays and to all my fellows, may your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!

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Law (or theory?) of Attraction

One of the most popular things I have seen appear in recent years within metaphysical communities is what people call The Law of Attraction. There is a good chance you’ve heard of it even if you don’t know what it is. It became mainstream around 2006 with the release of a book called The Secret by Rhonda Byrne although many others have written about it. One of the older documentations of this is How to Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill from 1937. 

So what is the Law of Attraction (LOA)? How does it work? Why should I care?

The principle behind the LOA is the idea that your mind creates your reality to the Nth degree, and I don’t just mean your perceptions of how the world works. In theory, if all an individual’s limiting beliefs about themselves, how the universe worked, what was possible and impossible, etc., were removed, then they could create anything they wanted with the power of thought alone. Sounds crazy I know, but that’s because there is a limiting belief in the way. 

A lot goes into the science behind LOA, so I’ll start with something most people would be familiar with; a psychological phenomena called Self-fulfilling Prophecy. In 1948, psychologist Robert K. Merton developed a theory about how our expectations will influence a situation through our actions. If I am preparing to take a test in a subject I struggle in, it’s likely my inner monologue is saying “I’ve never really done well in this class, I’d be lucky just to get a passing grade.” My belief about how likely I am to pass the test will influence my ability to take the test. I may forget things. I may not sleep well and have low energy. I may be so disheartened I don’t study. Strong believers in LOA may even suggest I would manifest a more difficult test! The first thing I want to highlight here is our belief systems directly influence our actions. 

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” -Henry Ford

Here is the tricky part about belief systems. Pretty much every limiting belief we have stems from our childhood or early adolescence. When we are very young, our brains absorb information with zero filtering of the information and that information becomes the basis of our belief system. If growing up I observed my parents always worrying about money, it is very likely I will worry about money as an adult even if I have a seven figure income. These beliefs branch out to every area of our lives and our thinking. If you had a lot of problems growing up, it may seem like you got screwed over, but don’t go blaming others just yet.

The good news is we can change these belief systems.

The second part of LOA deals with neurology, particularly neuroplasticity. Our brains are composed of billions of neurons which communicate with one another by sending electrical signals. These neural pathways will either grow or shrink depending on how often it is used to send a signal. Oftentimes this process is dictated by our environment, however humans are special in that we can choose our thoughts. LOA highlights our ability to change our neural pathways by consciously choosing what we think about.

It is no small order to choose your thoughts every moment of the day. The cool thing though is that with neuroplasticity, it becomes easier. In the beginning, most of us will struggle. We may even fall back into old patterns of playing the victim or entertaining negative outcomes. It may be down right hard to look for positive things to think about. However, every time we choose the thoughts we want we are telling our brain “I like this, give me more of this”. The neural pathway for positive thinking becomes stronger. What starts as a conscious thought we chose, gradually becomes a working part of our subconscious thinking. 

Now for the seemingly unrelated part of LOA and what many believe is the crux of manifestation, quantum physics! There are a few important theories that work within LOA and I will do my best for belief explanations but check out the hyperlinks if you’re confused. 

The first is quantum entanglement. Entanglement theory suggests that every particle in the universe is linked to one another. If there is an influence on one particle, the same influence will affect the other particle. Also, it isn’t a one to one link, nor is it linear per se. So particle one may affect particle two which then affects particle three which changes the state of particle six, so on and so on. You’re probably wondering what starts off this chain reaction, which leads us to the next theory, the observer effect.

The observer effect states the functioning of a particle will change based on an observer. Many experiments have tested this theory, the most famous being the double-slit experiment, and essentially what they discovered is subatomic particles can switch between acting like a particle and acting like a wavelength based on the observation of consciousness. The ironic part of this is with no conscious observer, then we have no idea what is happening otherwise.

In comes Heisenberg’s Uncertainty principle. This principle is a bunch of complicated mathematical equations that show we can’t predict the velocity and the position of a subatomic particle at the same time. This principle may seem unimportant compared to the other two when talking about LOA but in many ways, it connects them to each other. The particle can move anywhere, anytime, anyway, and the only time they seem to stop is when consciousness is watching them.

In LOA we are using our thoughts to observe the outcomes we want to happen which influences how these particles act. Entanglement is then causing those particles to affect others in a similar way. After prolonged exposure, we reach the conclusion which people commonly refer to as manifestation.

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When you combine these ideas from psychology, neurology and quantum physics, as well as many first hand reports from highly successful people, it becomes pretty clear your thinking is having an impact. Many people feel as if they don’t have much control in their life and things just “happen” to them. One of the philosophies around LOA is recognizing that you create a lot more of the situations you encounter than you think. Arguably ALL of the situations. There is a saying, “If everyone you encounter is an asshole, then maybe you’re the asshole.” 

Whether you want to believe things will appear out of thin air, or you just have to work hard enough to achieve them, it all comes back to your thinking. People who become obsessed with a sport or project and spend all their time working on it are still thinking about it all the time. It would be impossible to play basketball everyday and not think about basketball. Likewise, if you think about basketball nonstop, you’re probably gonna shoot a lot of hoops.

I am very much a pragmatist. Is it realistic for me to sit around watching TV thinking about earning a million dollars while not working? In my mind, no, and that could be a limiting belief I have. For me, I like to do both. I use my thoughts to guide my actions. This way, regardless of what is going on, I got my bases covered. I will end with one of my favorite quotes: 

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

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May your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!