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Our Memorial Day Service

     Memorial weekend was set aside for those who had fallen in combat. This time is set aside to give respect to our fallen soldiers, our fallen police officers, and our fallen protectors. It is they are who are prominent during this moment. Memorial weekend is not the beginning of the summer. It is a time for remembering those who have fallen in battle. A time to remember those who have followed their hearts to defend others.

 

     Many pray and desire a time of peace, but we will always need soldiers. We will always need a military. A military should not be one of aggression, or oppression. The purpose of a military should be protection; should be defense.

 

     I would like to read from the Koran. This comes from Sura II; section 24, verse 190-93. Fight in the cause of God, those who fight you; but do not transgress limits. For, God loves not transgressors. And slay them wherever you catch them. And turn them out from where they have turned you out. For tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they fight you there. But if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith. But if they cease, God is often forgiving and most merciful. And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression and there prevails justice and faith in God. But if they cease, let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression.

 

     To fight in the cause of God, those who fight you is not saying to fight in the name of God, or to fight because of God. To fight in the cause of God is only to fight those who fight you. In other words, defend yourself. Do not seek, violence, but defend yourself against violence. God does not love transgressors, or those who act beyond just cause for action. Defend yourself, and nothing more.

 

     If we interpret to slay as to stop, then stop them wherever they are found. If they fight you, then stop them. This suggests a defensive posture. While it says to slay them, we must look to the beginning, do not transgress limits. The act of slaying may go beyond what is necessary. Often, it is sufficient to reveal them, because when they are revealed, there is nothing left.

 

     Tumult is confusion, rioting, and disorder. Oppression is unjust behavior, actions without warrant. Tumultuous activity and unjust acts fall under the purview of leadership. There are many writings, including the Bible, where it speaks of God's distaste of such activities. There are many writings of the righteous, who are often those who have become a law unto themselves. They do so because often what is just is not what the law dictates.

 

     And if they cease fighting, cease their riotous actions, cease their unjustified acts, leave them alone. Let there be no hostilities against any of them. Your actions should only be towards those who practice oppression, unjust acts, and those who seek to suppress faith. This is very clear. The accompanying reference states that war is only permissible in self-defense and under well-defined limits. Its only purpose is to restore peace and freedom of worship.

 

     It is the restoration of peace, freedom, and worship that we remember of our fallen protectors for. Memorial is about remembering. It is for us to remember those who have fallen during combat because they chose to defend peace, to defend freedom, and to defend the ability of worship. It is they we honor on Memorial Day. It is they who we remember, because there will always be those who seek to practice unjust acts against others. There will always be those who seek to disrupt peace. We must remember that when we look to nature, we see within nature’s great expanse the role of politics, which is to determine leadership. It does not tell us if that leadership is beneficial or detrimental. They are simply leaders, and as leaders they are empowered by those who follow. Sometimes those who follow fall. It is those who have fallen that we honor.


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Empathy

     What comes to mind when you hear the word empathy? Does sharing and understanding come to mind? How about creating space within to accept another? If any of these came to mind, you may want to get yourself checked. You are thinking like a psychology researcher. These are some general understandings or descriptions of what empathy is.[1]

 

     Empathy deals with emotions. In order to experience empathy towards another, we have to be engaged with them on an emotional level.[2] When we experience empathy, it is not we that are exerting any influence. The person we empathize with is influencing us.[3] From an energetic position, we are participating through female energy. We are receptive to another. We are allowing them to fill us. The person we empathize with exerts male energy. They are initiating contact with us and we are open to receiving it. When we become emotionally aware of another, we are in a receptive mode. We are also communicating with them. Communication is an exchange of information. If there is no exchange, then we are being oppressed. At the same time, if we are unable to separate our emotions from theirs, we have surrendered ourselves. Empathy is the ability to experience the emotions of another through our emotional and cognitive faculties.[4] When successfully done, we know which emotions are ours and which are not.

 

     Empathy can be thought of as a non-verbal language.[5] The communication typically occurs just below the threshold of what we call consciousness. This level of information transfer transpires through mirror neurons in our brain. A couple of things to consider. There are more neural pathways connecting the emotional part of the brain to the cognitive areas than any other parts.[6] The highest concentration of mirror neurons lay in the Broca center, or the areas tied to communication.[7] These neurons activate matching patterns in the brain.[8] In a sense, they mimic the information received. This is how couples who have been together for a number of years are able to know what the other is thinking and can anticipate their spouse’s reactions better. Again, this communication occurs beneath the conscious threshold. Those who are more aware are able to move beyond a sense of knowing to a sense of understanding.

 

     For a more involved level of communication to occur, participants must be emotionally engaged. For this to occur we must participate in the role of life. This means social activity, conversation, and the courage to reveal ourselves. For communication to occur, we must not only be willing to converse, we must be willing to comprehend. Verbal communication requires us to listen. Communication through emotions requires us to be open and at ease. In this arena, deception is difficult. Verbally, we promote falsehoods convincingly because we infuse what we say through expressions of our emotions and behavior. Our behavior is a distraction from the emotional content. Think of it as going through the motions. Act properly, and no one will be the wiser. This is not the case when communicating through emotions. They tend to be honest because it is difficult to mask dishonesty. Difficult, but not impossible.

 

     Bonds between people tend to be emotional. Trust is an intellectual expression of a feeling or emotion. We tend to define feelings as nuances of emotion. Intellectually, we try to categorize them, but they are as individual as the person experiencing them. Thus, anger, joy, and love are generalizations. There is no way to separate one from the other. Through empathy, the language of emotion is experienced. Emotions are experience, and because of this, deception is difficult.

 

     As we become familiar with our emotions through experience, we are able to empathize with others better. As we empathize with others, bonds develop.[9] These bonds are the communication lines. Through them, we attract and repulse those who are similar and dissimilar to ourselves.[10] This is where developing awareness becomes an important asset. Awareness allows us to discern our emotions from others. For those with an above average number of mirror neurons, they may become exhausted, experience guilt, or even feel responsible for what they are experiencing, even when experiencing another’s emotional barrage.[11] One way of developing empathy or even learning how to shape it is through developing emotional intelligence.

 

     Emotional intelligence is the ability to discern one’s emotional response from another’s, understand what is being expressed, and to respond in a fashion that is appropriate.[12]  Through this development, we may be able to discern and respond to the needs of others without endangering our wellbeing. Consider these potential aspects of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills.[13] Awareness of self and others coupled with discipline and desire allow us to become better human beings. When we consider the idea of spirituality being the experience and examination of life, the development of our empathic faculties is not only beneficial, but natural.

 

     If mindfulness is the development of awareness and to become receptive to events,[14] then group meditation through the practice of empathy may not only form intimate bonds between those involved but open a new path towards divine meaning. Not only do we become powerful unto ourselves but raise the potential to influence beings in our vicinity. We suspect there are cautions to be aware of. While power is neutral, to the undisciplined mind, it could be disastrous.

 

 

References

Acebes-Sanchez, J., Diez-Vega, I. S.-G., & Rodriguez-Romo, G. (2019). Physical activity and emotional intelligence among undergraduate students: A correlational study. BMC Public Health, 19(9), 1241.

Bath, H. (2006). Wiring pathways to replace aggression. Reclaiming Children and Youth, 14(4), 249.

De Waal, F. (2009). The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society. New York: Three Rivers.

Keysers, C., & Fadiga, L. (2008). Mirror neuron system: New frontiers. Social Neuroscience, 3(3/4), 193-98.

Palmer, J. S. (2019). Emotional intelligence and homophobia. (1158, Ed.) Wake Forest Law Review, 54(4), 1135.

Park, H., Kim, E. K., Moon, K. J., & Kim, M. J. (2020). The mediating effect of spirituality between nurses' empathy and elderly care performance in the long term care hospitals. Journal of Korean Academy of Community Health Nursing, 31(1), 34-42.

Perez-Fuentes, M., Linares, G. J., Jurado, M. M., Marquez, S. M., & Martinez, M. A. (2020). The mediating roles of cognitive an affective empathy in the relationship of mindfulness with engagement in nursing. BMC public health, 20(1), 16.

Rothschild, B. (2004). The physiology of empathy. CPJ: Counselling & Psychotherapy Journal, 15(9), 11-15.

Ruysshaert, N. (2009). (Self) Hypnosis in the prevention of burnout and compassion fatigue for caregivers: Theory and induction. Contemporary Hyponsis, 26(3), 159-172.

von Knorring, J., Semb, O., Fahlstsrom, M., & Lehti, A. (2019). "It is through body language and looks, but it is also a feeling" - a qualitative study on medical interns' experience of empathy. BMC medical education, 19(1), 333.

 

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[1] (Park, Kim, Moon, & Kim, 2020)

[2] (De Waal, 2009)

[3] (von Knorring, Semb, Fahlstsrom, & Lehti, 2019)

[4] (Perez-Fuentes, Linares, Jurado, Marquez, & Martinez, 2020)

[5] (Ruysshaert, 2009)

[6] (Bath, 2006)

[7] (Keysers & Fadiga, 2008)

[8] (Rothschild, 2004)

[9]  (Park, Kim, Moon, & Kim, 2020)

[10] (De Waal, 2009)

[11] (Perez-Fuentes, Linares, Jurado, Marquez, & Martinez, 2020)

[12] (Acebes-Sanchez, Diez-Vega, & Rodriguez-Romo, 2019)

[13] (Palmer, 2019)

[14] (Perez-Fuentes, Linares, Jurado, Marquez, & Martinez, 2020)

To Love is to Act

     In the Gnostic Gospel of Philip, the author writes, faith receives, love gives. No one will be able to receive without faith. No one will be able to give without love. Because of this, in order that we may indeed receive, we believe; but it is so that we may love and give, since if one does not give in love, he has no profit from what he has given.

 

     While faith and love are of equal importance, our focus is upon love. Love gives. Giving is action, not inaction. When asked what love is, the responders made statements such as respect and trust. In today’s vernacular, trust and respect are earned. Does this imply that love too is earned?

 

     We are going to propose love be nurture. While it isn’t the grand spectacle many would have it be, nurture is the best term to describe love. To nurture is to act. Action is a verb, it is movement. Anything that describes movement, regardless of how subtle the act is a verb by our standards. When we say the words ‘I love you,’ we are pledging to nurture the one whom we direct this to. This does not mean we stand afar and observe. This means we act in a fashion that moves the other forward. We act in a fashion that assists in the growth of the other. This does not mean we withdraw under the pretense of tough love. This means if we must withdraw, we should provide the opportunity to demonstrate by example. Too many are of the opinion their children should do as they say, and not as they do. This is not love. This is confusion. This is deception. This is self-serving. There is a way to determine if our actions are truly borne of love.

 

     In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna informs Arjuna that, ‘You have a right to your actions, but never to your actions’ fruit. Act for the action’s sake. And do not be attached to inaction.’  When we act in love, or in a nurturing fashion, the action calls us, and we answer. However, once we begin the bargaining process, love is no longer involved, and it becomes a transaction.


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Being or Becoming

     Aristotle wrote, “The male represents the specific form; the female represents matter, being passive insofar as she is female, whereas male is active.” This polarity is traced to the early mystery schools and can be found in the Hermetic Principles. Today, the concepts appear to be misconstrued. Male represents the mold or form, whereas female is that which conforms or is shaped by the mold, or male. All based on the concept of male being active and female being submissive.

 

     In Pythagorean terms, one is opposed to the other. The other is that which receives. Upon reception, activity occurs. This is often presented in terms connected to dominance and submission. This implies undue abuse from the stronger upon the weaker. This is a common misconception. While overt violence occurs at the beginning of the process, as one discovers when casting extremely cold water upon an extremely hot object, the violence occurs due to the necessity to achieve equilibrium. The violence is observed as the two struggling to dominate the other, unaware of their need to achieve harmony. The violence is an extreme activity. In reality, it is more of a dance of forces harmonizing.

 

     When considering the human element or behavior as representations of male and female energies, the analogy may be as follows. Male energy has always been presented as dominating. This is not true. Many resist the need for change and the need for adaptation. Resistance is an application of male energy. Resistance to change is the dominating cause of struggle. Therefore, struggle, or even suffering occurs through the misapplication of male energy. The continual references to ego are an indication of a dominating force.

 

     Following this line of investigation, much of what we now consider traditional religious practice is a misapplication of male energy. Spiritualists can either maintain this rigidity or stance to preserve the past, or apply the Natural Law of Acceptance, which would be considered the female solution.

 

     Nature and her principles are applications of receptivity, or more precisely, the activity of two forces intermingling while reaching equilibrium or harmony. We only speak of the impotent states of activity and reception. Between these lie the Mystery so often referred to in many ancient esoteric texts. This is often referred to as the Bridal Chamber.

 

     With regard to suffering, in most instances, mental and emotional suffering typically occur through some form of resistance. Resistance occurs through a reluctance to let go. Resistance to change is the inability to release something that no longer serves a purpose. When we become reluctant, we then feel the need to justify our continued grip or position. This requires an investment of energy. While we have already invested energy into whatever we are reluctant to release, our continued investment increases exponentially. We pile active or dominating energy atop passive energy hoping to overwhelm our opposition. It’s not the activity, idea, or event that’s the dominating force. It is us.

 

     When male energy is properly applied, change is initiated. Nature always follows the path of least resistance. The path is open to the ensuing activity. The mystery is the comingling of the energies as they create the result.

 

     The male and female aspects of energy correspond to the verbs being and becoming respectively. Being is the male active state of initiation. Becoming is the female state of completion. When they intermingle, they coexist within a mystery, evolving into something sublime.


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We are Shadows

     Darkness and light. While we could assume one came before the other, there would be no evidence to substantiate such a claim. Thus, we must invoke Hermetic Philosophy regarding dualism. All things that exist contain their polar opposites.[1] With this said, then darkness nor light existed before the other because each contains the other. Light harbors darkness and darkness defines light. As each gives shape to the other, what might their significance be?

 

     Alice Bailey suggests equality and inequality. In the dark, all are equal.[2] Why should all be equal in darkness? The answer is quite simple, we are unable to see the flaws of others. Close your eyes and describe the person across from you. If no one is there, describe what is immediately in front of you. It’s difficult. The typical person will describe those ideal aspects that resonate with them. Those that do not are left out. This doesn’t mean those aspects are not there, only that the one describing them is blind to them. Darkness does not erase inequality. Darkness merely shrouds inequality. Would this mean that light exposes every weakness?

 

     Potentially, light reveals all. If any believe this, then they are still in the dark. Light reveals only that which is exposed to it and only then if the observer is sensitive to it. For the most part, light reveals what is glaringly obvious. Disfigurement, skin tone, and garb are an extremely short list of what is glaringly obvious when we are revealed by light. For many, that is all that is needed, and often that is too much. Light does not reveal what lays beneath the surface, just as the sun does not reveal what rests in the depths of the oceans. What role does light play with dark?

 

     Darkness is akin to ignorance. Ignorance exists is two forms. The first is uninformed and the second is willfully uninformed. For clarity, we’ll define ignorant as willfully uninformed. All others are unaware. To be unaware is to have never been exposed. This would mean that those who are ignorant, have been exposed to the light and have chosen not to see. If some have chosen not to see, do they remain in the dark? Before answering that, we must consider why a person may choose not to see.

 

     They say knowledge is power. However, all the knowledge in the world is useless unless one understands the knowledge they possess. Through understanding are we able to apply knowledge. If we do not comprehend what we are exposed to, then we remain in the dark. Some will choose to gain an understanding while others will simply ignore. Before we write them off, we should seek to understand why a person would ignore information.

 

     Before a person can ignore something, they must be exposed to it. One of the socially controversial topics at the time of this writing is that of transgenderism. A very simple explanation is a person chose to identify themselves as female while appearing as male. This is a poor explanation for the state claimed, but for many this is enough for them to direct their ire. A proper explanation for such a declaration is that a person’s brain may have genetically developed as that of a female while their body was genetically fashioned as a male.[3] Now that we have been exposed to scientific explanation, why would we choose to ignore what has become obvious?

 

     Much of the beliefs we carry are based on the level of information we possess and the judgements we choose to make.[4] Often the information we choose to accept is unreliable. Nevertheless, we chose to believe what is given because we trust the source. Why do we do this? Some suggest it is through the fundamental attribution error, which is a tendency to attribute another’s actions to their general disposition.[5] The circumstances surrounding the encounter become secondary. In short, appearance is what matters. If a person appears to be an authority, then we tend to agree with them, particularly if what is presented is already close to our beliefs. Thus, we become and remain ignorant by default.

 

     As you can see, we are not all equal in the dark because we dwell in varying shades of darkness. We have knowledge. Thus, we are in the light also, but remain in shadow. Only in the light do we achieve equality. Yet, all are in shadows. It is the quality of those shadows that unite us and separate us. We exist somewhere in between. Not because we chose to, but because our nature is to move through them.

 

 

References

Bailey, A. (1960). The Rays and the Initiations (3 ed.). New York: Lucis Publishing Company.

Bautista, J. S., Escobar, V. H., & Mirand, R. C. (2017). Scientific and religious beliefs about the origin of life and life after death: Validation of a scale. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 5(6), 995-1007.

Initiates, T. (1912). The Kybalion. Chicago: The Yogi Pubilcation Society Masonic Temple.

Langdridge, D., & Butt, T. (2004). Fundamental attribution error: A p;henomenological critque. British Journal of Social Psychology(43), 357-369.

Vangerhorst, B. (2015). Whither lies the self: Intersex and transgender individuals and a proposal for brain-based legal sex. Harvard Law & Policy Review, 9(1), 241-274.

 

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[1] (Initiates, 1912)

[2] (Bailey, 1960)

[3] (Vangerhorst, 2015)

[4] (Bautista, Escobar, & Mirand, 2017)

[5] (Langdridge & Butt, 2004)

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