Specialty Coffee Mugs – Where to Find Them

The name specialty coffee mugs needs to be defined first. Specialty coffee mugs can be ceramic, metal or plastic and most are made in eight ounce, eleven ounce and eighteen ounce sizes. They may come with just one design that displays a company name or logo, a college, an organization or a specific group. Ceramic mugs made by a potter can be special order not only with your unique design, but with your own unique shape.

Ceramic specialty mugs can be one-of-a-kind or a set. Mugs from a potter’s wheel that have been glazed and fired can be simple in design to a detailed hand-carved design. These mugs are usually signed, numbered and dated by the potter on the bottom of the mug.

Pre-made white mugs can become specialty mugs by adding all kinds of personal designs that have some meaning to the one ordering it. One can have them personalized by adding pictures, sayings, one’s own artwork or drawings that has meaning to buyer of the mug or someone who will be getting as a gift. This type of specialty mugs may be ordered for people in specific professions, such as teachers, bus drivers or chiropractors other who are involved in another specific activity such as a volleyball coach, a leader of a boys or girls club or any other specific activity. And, they can also denote graduation year, birthdays, marriages, bar mitzvahs, Eagle Scout awards and more such as seasonal greetings such as Christmas, Easter or designs for some other reason on them.

Specialty mugs can be found in a number of places. Antique, novelty and second-hand stores offer mugs of every kind. Garage sales offered at homes and those that are put on by churches, community groups and organizations will often have specialty mugs. Don’t forget county fairs, seasonal shows and shows for boats or motor homes. Even ads in newspapers will offer sets of mugs they have gathered in the past and want to sell. Specialty mugs that will fit in your car cup holder can be found at auto supplies, car, truck and motorcycle repair shops.

Internet sites may offer discontinued mugs from a company or companies, old company anniversary mugs or designs that are no longer available. This can also be true for a school name or a college that has changed its standing to a university or its logo. In fact, no matter what specialty mug one may be interested in, they can be found under the following categories online: Coffee mug, Personalized mugs, Travel mugs, Mugs with your Printing, Stainless steel mugs, Mugs with Logos, Pre-printed mugs, Pottery mugs and Ceramic Mugs. They can range in price from less than $20 to close to $200. One can be ordered for a single cup or for sets that have 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 or more. If you want a particular size, be sure and check it out before you buy.

5 Things Every New Collector Needs to Know

Art collecting can be called an art onto itself, and I should say there is no right way to buy art! Art is a personal thing and you should always buy what you fall in love with or what excites you. Yes, there are many styles, names, trends and some art goes up faster than others. Art can be very trendy and people may be talking about this artist more than that one. But somewhere between fine wine and investments is where you can find fine art.

Art As An Investment

The basics of art as an investment is that you purchase a piece of art that you’re passionate about and in time the artist, gallery, or art house start selling that artist’s artwork for more than what you paid for it. Voila! you now have equity in your piece of art, keeping in mind there are many factors to how fast the equity grows and demand for that particular artist. A friend of mine sometimes uses her collection as currency, trading artworks for other things she needs. She has used this method to buy cars, pay bills and dinner. The real value in art is finding other people that are as passionate about that artist as you are. Because of this, if you own the right pieces of art it can be leveraged by sharing it with the world. Corporations, museums and traveling exhibitions lease these kinds of artworks all the time which provide income for the owners. But If you want a guarantee on your art buying… then I suggest you buy art for love, you’ll always get your value out of it.

Do Your Research

Spend some time learning about the artwork and the artist because trends and popularity can both be misleading. Whenever possible, buy art in person and even better meet with the artist. Ask them about the series if it is in one, ask what is the size of it and if they plan on continuing the series. At some point, you may plan to buy another artwork and it would be good to know if there will be more in that style. If you have the pleasure of talking to the artist, try to find out if they do art fulltime, where they will be showing next and what projects are coming up next. A lot of artists do studio sales, that help control their inventory, sale one-off pieces, and earn them additional income. Knowing when these artists are having their studio sales can normally save you a lot of cash, plus you get to hang-out in the studio. Research can be a collector’s best friend.

Collect with a Focus

This is a hard one for new collectors because they have not set any parameters yet. You do not need to limit yourself to just one type of work. Focus on a style or two or three styles, this will really help you build a great collection. This type of collecting helps to make it easier for identifying the kinds of works you want to purchase.

Proper Title Transfer

Any reputable art dealer or gallery should provide you with things like the provenance, condition, artist information with signature, history and edition numbers.

Documentation Is King

As a collector, you need to have all the documentation for your collection. Because anyone that needs to evaluate your collection must have a very thorough understanding of all the pieces. From your very first artwork you purchase, start a list of all the works, descriptions, invoices of sale prices, the purchase dates, and subsequent appraisal prices. It’s a good practice and will save you so many headaches in the future.

One of the simplest ways to learn more about an artwork or an artist is to ask questions, have fun and happy collecting.

Creating Money, Prosperity, and Abundance Now (Part 1)

I have given many prosperity lectures over the years and, in light of the current massive restructuring of all world and financial systems, I feel that now is the time for all of us to review our beliefs and refocus on manifesting prosperity and abundance in our lives . I do "walk my talk" and so I would love to share my experiences and knowledge with you. On the following pages, I will present you with some valuable tools that you can begin to use right away, to create money, prosperity and abundance in your life – with almost instantaneous results.

I started on this spiritual / metaphysical path as a child, studying and absorbing all I could. My American family, although not billionaires, did live in a beautiful mansion owned by a very wealthy and world-famous person in Japan. As a result, we were completely surrounded by an aura of affluence and security. On the property, and in the mansion itself, were several Buddhist temples, and that is where I started my daily (and secret) meditations at the age of five. By the time I was ten – a very magical year for me (and for many children, I've learned) – I had begun to give readings on the school playground and for adults. By then, I had already publicly demonstrated my artwork in Colorado.

Beginning in that tenth year, I also began to find money easily, usually on the ground. As I walked to school, I would frequently find dollar bills, sometimes five-dollar and ten-dollar bills, and once even a twenty-dollar bill sticking out of the snow. It was never that important to me, and I would always give the money to my mother, who recently had become a single parent. I would also hand over the loose change that I found in the schoolyard almost every day. When I look back on all of this, I realize that I was attracting money effortlessly, mainly because I didn't have any limiting beliefs about it. Also at this age, I was already starting to do my life's work and I believe that the Universe always supports us in every way when we are doing our life's work.

As I was growing up, attracting money and good things was never a problem for me. I didn't even think about it. When I needed something, I was always able to get it. About 15 years ago, I started a metaphysical business (that was part of my life's work). I attended college to study computer science and, simultaneously, the School of Metaphysics to learn new concepts that I could teach. I have used the knowledge I acquired in all of these endeavors to enhance my life's work. While I taught workshops on various subjects, including prosperity and abundance, I held down what I refer to as "3-D" ("third dimensional") jobs. Not until I was finally laid off in the spring of 2001 did I feel truly free. On that day, I celebrated, for it was a very joyful occasion for me. I had already learned that, when we lose our job, it always means that that job was not for our higher good. Always.

When a job no longer "fits", when it's a chore to go to work and it's no longer enjoyable, it's either time to examine our job and see what changes we need to create to make it enjoyable, or it's time to leave that job . We'll get those whispers and nudges from our inner selves, telling us what we need to do. We'll have dreams about it. We'll begin to feel valu uncomfortable at our job.

In my situation, I knew it was time to go several months before the layoff and, as I pondered the best way to leave the position, I decided to bring joy and a sense of play into my workplace. So many of my co-workers were feeling extremely low by the increasing rumors that swirled about of job layoffs, declines in the stock market and the depressed economy. I initiated new ways to make work fun – potlucks, anything I could think of that would help change the energy of the working environment. This worked very well for me and, when layoff day arrived, I was joyfully ready.

I've learned that every situation in our lives teaches us how to love and that we can't leave something until we love it (or else we'll be tied to it). If you are in a job right now that isn't serving you anymore, find ways to bring love to your work. This alone may change the energy surrounding the job and you may find yourself enjoying it. Otherwise, you can focus on what you would really love to do (your life's work), while working at and bringing love to your current job.

My Book Recommendations

There are three books (among many wonderful books and sources) that I highly recommend to all who are serious about creating money, prosperity and abundance now. One is called, "Creating Money: Keys To Abundance" by Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer. The book is important, channeled information provided by two high-level guides named Orin and DaBen, with whom I've worked in the past (along with my spiritual guides), on various subjects. Both are available to all, at any time. This book is full of easy techniques and exercises that will help you see immediate results in your levels of prosperity. Positive affirmations are printed throughout the book to assist you.

Another exceptional book is called "Merlin's Message" by Marelin the Magician. It's about reawakening and remembering who you are.

"Within these pages, for those who have the 'eyes to see' and the 'ears to hear', Merlin reveals the secrets to awakening the wizard within you. He guides you into remembering and reclaiming your natural state of magic, that of the master magician you truly are ".

This book is highly recommended by many people and you'll find that all the book reviews on "Merlin's Message" give it the highest rating. This is the kind of book you won't put back on the shelf when you are done. You'll refer to it, time and time again, as the magic unfolds in your life.

And then there is the book called, "Ten Thousand Whispers: A Guide to Conscious Creation" by Lynda Madden Dahl. This book also contains step-by-step instructions on how to consciously create exactly what you want in all areas of your life. Lynda Dahl became a millionaire; she became wealthy and free, using conscious creation and shares everything she did in this wonderful, practical book.

There is a wealth of information out there on this topic and I'll include some more book suggestions at the end of this article.

What Does Money and Prosperity Mean to You?

In my prosperity workshops, I noticed that some people would become a little angry when their beliefs about money were challenged – especially those who are on this spiritual path. This subject can raise many interesting issues. Some strongly believe that, instead of being spiritual, a desire for money is greedy. Others believe money is evil. Many times, these beliefs originate early in life, from our parents (and they learned them from their parents), or from others who influenced us. We hold these beliefs throughout our lives, coloring our experiences regarding money and prosperity. In order to create prosperity in our lives, we must replace ALL limiting beliefs. There's no way around it. It means taking responsibility for our lives. It means being willing to change.

You may have heard beliefs and sayings yourself such as, "Money is dirty"; "A penny saved is a penny earned"; "Artists have to struggle to make money"; "You have to work hard to make money"; "I don't deserve money", and so on. Our beliefs really do create our experiences and that's why I would like you to carefully examine your own beliefs about money and prosperity.
I've learned that it is our birthright to have abundance, prosperity and money. We are supposed to have it. I've learned we are in the process of remembering who we truly are. We really are powerful shamans, masters, avatars, wizards, magicians and creators. All of us. We just forgot.

Money is a means of exchange. Money is energy. "Creating Money," states that prosperity is based on the amount of good you contribute to the world. It says that success is creating something when you need it, it's loving and respecting yourself and others, it's growing and learning from all of your experiences and success is measured by the quality and happiness of your life. Being rich is having the money to do your life's work. And again, money is energy. Now is the time to understand exactly how energy works and how to use it in your life.

As we are dipping in and out of the fourth dimension, things are manifesting faster than ever before. It's more important now than ever to make sure energy is always flowing in every area of ​​your life, in order to create your ideal life. How is your energy flowing?

Your Magic Wand

You are the source of your abundance. Have you heard that one before? I believe it's really true and I've experienced it in my life. Abundance doesn't come from your job or your retirement plans or your stocks, as many of you have been taught. Abundance doesn't come from your friends or partner or anyone or anything outside of yourself. Abundance has come from you all along. If it makes you feel better to say that the Universe or God or All-That-Is is the source of your abundance, please do so. It's all the same, anyway.

You really can create anything you want. I've learned that our thoughts are real, tangible things. Every day, we constantly manifest with our thoughts. When we think a thought, it takes on a form and becomes just like a magnet. It travels out there and, like a magnet, it attracts something that matches that thought.

In "Merlin's Message", Merlin says that our thoughts and feelings are exactly like a magic wand and each of us holds a magic wand. Your magic wand is very powerful and very real – pay attention to where you are pointing it! When you point your wand at something (or direct your thoughts and feelings toward it), that something, eventually, will appear before your eyes like magic – whether you wanted it or not. Where are you pointing your magic wand?

The Law of Attraction

The Universal Law of Attraction is a very simple but powerful law that allows us to create our reality. It states that what goes out must come back. When we are directing a thought toward something with our intention – let's say it's about not having enough money – we will attract things that support that thought. We will attract more lack. That's where we are pointing our magic wands. You attract what you are paying attention to.

The trick is to point our magic wands only at what we want, to see it manifest in our lives. That's all there is to it! Most of us are used to focusing on what we don't want, out of habit. We have thoughts like, "I don't have enough money to buy that" or "I can't afford to buy that". When those words and thoughts are released, they will only attract and create lack. That's the Law of Attraction. In "Creating Money", Orin and DaBen say, "If you recognize a negative thought, simply place a positive thought alongside it. If, for instance, you catch yourself saying 'I don't have enough money,' simply say 'I have an abundance of money '… "" Rather than saying,' I can't afford to buy this, 'say,' I choose not to buy this at this time '".

They also state, "Positive thoughts are far more powerful than negative ones. One positive thought can cancel out hundreds of negative ones." That's really handy to know. Again, our thoughts and words are very powerful, important and magnetic. It is to our benefit to think and talk about our abundance rather than our financial problems. That means focusing on and talking about all of the wonderful things that are happening in our lives and are about to happen. It means speaking as if you are prosperous and abundant now. This, in turn, will increase your prosperity and abundance.

Acting As If

Acting as if you are prosperous and abundant is another key to increase it. For instance, if you find yourself really not having the money right now to buy that new car you've had your eye on, why not act as if you did have the money and check out the new cars? Gather all the material you can on the exact type of car you want. Test-drive it and really get the feel of it being yours. You will soon attract circumstances, people and money to you until that car (or something better) really is yours. "Acting as if" is another way to keep your magic wand pointed at what you want.

Your Imagination

Another extremely powerful tool you have is your imagination. Your imagination allows you to fantasize, daydream, visualize and play out your dreams. Orin and DaBen say,

"Your imagination is greater in its scope than you might think. It is the closest link to your soul. It is not bound by your past programs, beliefs, and fears. Imagination was given to you so you could transcend your physical world. It gives you the ability to step outside of your personal limits and unleash your greatest potential. Your imagination can travel into any dimension or world … "

As an artist, I've never stopped using my imagination since my childhood and I know how powerful it really is. What I do is sit back and use all of my senses in my imagination, making the scene as real as possible. I really "see" myself in my mind's eye doing or having what I want and I "hear" people talking and the sun really is shining and warming my skin. I play it out in my mind until I can almost touch it – it's so real.

Speaking of play, learn to play just like children do, just like you did when you were a child. Children are always using their imaginations, conjuring up imaginary people and scenarios, playing make-believe. This is actually a very powerful process, a very important part of creating. We can accomplish much with play.

"Creating Money" states, "if you can't believe it is possible, then you aren't going to have it." It's that simple. And if you aren't as visual in your visions and fantasies, I've learned that using your feelings is also effective. You won't attract anything until you can see it in your mind's eye or sense it. You must believe it is possible first, then see or feel it happening. Using your imagination in this way, visualizing, daydreaming with all of your senses in it, creates exactly what you want. You've been doing this all along, anyway -now you can do it on purpose!

Speeding Things Up

If you want to speed up the manifestation of what you desire, increase your emotions about it. Emotions energize thoughts. I've learned that strong emotion plus intention and desire will bring almost instantaneous results.

For an example, think of something you really, really wanted in the past that you did get. Remember how you felt about getting it? That excitement and expectation of having it, using it, and enjoying it all drew it to you pretty quickly, did it? And you probably didn't even notice the process.

Lynda Dahl of "Ten Thousand Whispers" writes, "Intensity is the core that draws the EE units (electromagnetic energy units) into an eventual mass, and the stronger the intensity or emotion, the sooner the mass enters this reality. It matters not whether the intensity is formed around a fearful event or a happy one, a consciously chosen event or one we entertain through unconscious focus, the result is the same. "

So, using your strong emotions will also bring what you don't want more quickly to you if your magic wand is pointing at something negative, such as lack or fear. This is the Universal Law of Attraction. What you want to do is to energize your thoughts with feelings of joy, excitement and expectation and be prepared to see your desire appear before you very quickly.

Another powerful way to speed things up is to focus on the essence or meaning of what you want. For example, if you desire a large sum of money, think about what the essence of that money stands for. What does having that amount of money really mean to you? What is its purpose? Is it freedom, security, happiness? Once you pinpoint the essence and have a clear picture of it, focus on developing that quality or essence now. This will draw what you desire to you in ways you did not even think of, and much faster.

Doing Your Life's Work

Now is the time for you to be doing your life's work, if you are not doing so already. If you don't know what your life's work is, look at your skills and talents. I believe that all of us were born with many talents and have, or will, acquire more during our lives. They will lead us toward our life's work, what we really came here to do. Little children usually provide strong clues of these talents and gifts and, many times, they will express what they came to this planet to do. Having been a numerologist for over thirty years, I've assisted many to discover their true purpose in order to get their lives started.

Your soul is always nudging you in the right direction. If you are currently in a job (or without a job), thinking that you must save enough money, first, before you can do your life's work, I would ask you to reconsider that. As I mentioned, I believe when we start doing our life's work first, the Universe will always support us. Before we know it, we are meeting the right people, we are in the right place at the right time, and we are attracting whatever money we may need to accomplish our goals. Even if it's a little step toward what you really love to do while you are working at your current job, you will always be supported and many doors will begin to open.

Astral Projection "Leave Your Anchor Behind" A Guide to Understanding the Art of Astral Projection

Understanding the Partnership between your Body and your Spirit

Astral Projection is truly not something that is explained in a nutshell. Nor is it something that is learned overnight. In fact when I first experienced Astral Projection or OBE’s (Out of Body Experience), I had no idea what was happening. It was the most exotic feeling I had ever experienced and the most confusing. I recently decided that I would share what I know with anyone who finds themselves the least bit interested. I thought, for sometime, that I would keep it to myself, but what changed my mind is there are others out there that I, indeed, have learned a lot from… by their books, posts, videos, websites, etc. Had they decided to keep it to themselves, well, I would not understand all that I do today. Once you have experienced Astral Projection, or the Spiritual Realm, you will never look at life the same again… I do mean that in a comforting way. I am not afraid of being ridiculed for what I believe or express and the reason for this is one simple thing, I know what I know and one thing I do know is that knowledge is power. Those that ridicule are more afraid of what they do not understand and only prevent Themselves from knowledge and understanding, not me. If your anything like the rest of us, you are never satisfied with what you know. In the Bible, God clearly states, “Seek and you shall find”. Pretty cut and dry. You don’t really need an explanation for that. Periodically, I will use verses from the Bible, other Ancient Text and randomly throw in elementary scenarios to spice it up a bit and help to explain things a bit easier. I am a bit on the stubborn side, so I sometimes require things to be spelled out for me and what I have found is that many things in life are spelled out for us, yet we have a tendency to make things more difficult than what they truly are.

Note: You will notice in this in this next section, that I seem to bounce around and touch on different aspects. I eventually will go deeper into each one of these aspect and in more detail. But for now it is important to note that this is more to get you used to what all is involved, before I actually get down to the practice of Astral Projection… They go hand and hand.

Understanding the tight bond or relationship between the soul and the body is just that…

Understanding that they are not made up as one. In fact they are not even made the same at all. They are, indeed, two completely different structures all together. It’s kind of like saying that you are your car or the movie you put into your DVD player, is your DVD player. Starting with the body, the body is comprised of organic material and fueled by energy. The Spirit on the other hand, is a separate, we’ll say, entity made up of what is really not quite understood, but is often looked at as an energy. You could say it might be a pure energy, yet that would lead us to believe that if it is an energy, then it would not have need for energy. When, truly, that statement would be false.

The Spirit uses energy, such as the body does, yet not in the same way. The body manipulates energy to survive, or in other terms, exist. The Spirit manipulates energy as an action or a projection of movement and power. I know that starting off like this can send a person, including myself, into a spiral of confusion. So for the sake of staying on track, I only wanted to mention this as an ice breaker and to stimulate your own thought. There are many things to understand that can take a life time of study, research, experimenting, etc. in order to even come close to comprehending the unique, yet puzzling, artwork that we call the universe. So in short, let’s start off by saying, you can’t run in concrete shoes, but you can at least cover a distance with baby steps.

One way to truly put things into a perspective, that is easy to start with, is by understanding that you are not your body, you are your spirit…

Your body is your vessel, or vehicle that you use while in the 3 dimensional world. It doesn’t stop there. For now we are going to skip over the question, “Why are we in a vessel to begin with?”, or we will end up more lost than we anticipated for this first section. Now that we have cleared that up, let’s start with separating the two in a little more detail based on each one’s function, mission and language. Language is extremely vital, we know this, yet it is also a bit more complex than just speaking, signing or writing words in order to communicate with someone.

Everything has it’s own form of language, or communication if you will. Organic matter has a whole language of it’s own, that it uses to fulfill it’s one major duty… create and sustain life. It doesn’t have to speak it, nor does it have to write it, as we would when communicating with another person. Once again, when we communicate, YOU as a Spirit, uses the body as a tool to translate information to another Spirit, which in turn, that Spirit uses the body, as a tool, to comprehend the information conveyed to it. Back to the body… The Spirit, also referred to as the mind, does not understand the language of the body. Although, the Spirit and the body do communicate, this is done through a common language. This language is not complex, more of a communication that a dog would use to communicate with a human. You grow used to what the dog is trying to get across through repetition and response. Same goes both ways. A dog has learned to nudge a ball or bring the ball to it’s master to get across that he is wanting to play. I’m sure you get the picture.

That being said, when it comes to astral projection, people get most frustrated when they just can’t do it. This is not that they are incapable of doing it, it’s just that they don’t quite make heads or tails of what they are supposed to be doing. On top of that, they haven’t grasped the unique understanding of this Spirit, Body relationship. Let me back up a moment… When you lay down to go to sleep, your body will monitor your signals and responses in order to determine when it is safe to shut down. In most normal cases of an average bed time routine, your Spirit will go to sleep before the body does. For apparent reasons, to protect itself. I believe the reasons are a bit more elaborate than that… but let’s stick with this for right now.

The body does not always know what the mind is doing, and the mind doesn’t always know what the body is doing. Example of this is you don’t know how or when your body decides to digest food, make the heart beat or heal wounds. You might say, “yes I do, I can feel it”, exactly my point… You can only feel what it is doing, not how it is doing it. The mind does not speak the language that the body speaks to it’s connecting parts… Yet, your spirit is no dummy, it can pick up bits and pieces of the conversation based on common signals, or better yet, a common language.

Every car comes with an owners manual. But that doesn’t make you a mechanic…

Over the years of research on Astral Projection, [among other things but I am going to stick with Astral Projection for the sake of this point, even though it does apply to many other things], I have noticed that, no matter what where you come from or how you were taught to worship, everyone comes with an owners manual. We will take the Bible for instance. I am more familiar with the Bible, mainly because that was the owners manual that was being given out at the factory where I came from. That being said, the Bible is very cut and dry and extremely literal, aside from certain parables used to get a point across. It will guide you to know the difference between right and wrong and teach you how to exist among a world with many issues. In a nut shell, it basically tells you what to do when the check engine light is on, where to put the fuel, and how to check the oil. That by no means makes you a mechanic.

There are rules of the road that may come along with it to perform basic procedures to protect you and others around you. So now you find yourself wanting to know more, a bit more intrigued with becoming a better care taker of this vehicle and you decide to continue with further studies. You go to driving school, learn how to maneuver your vehicle with certain techniques that you did not know before. You have decided that is not even enough, you need more… You want more. So you take some courses on mechanics or even small engines to get you started. You start hanging around with other mechanics and pick up a few things as you go. You put these practices to use, through trial and error… Although it is not easy at first, with time you become quite well at it and start to find that you have even taught yourself techniques that work well for you… Now your focus has been shifted to become more aware of what driving is all about and not just what this vehicle is all about.

Thank you for sticking with me on this. I do have a tenancy to dumb things down a bit… mainly because it helps myself to absorb things easier. I have more Aha moments that way. So we have established that the body is very similar to a car and the Bible is similar to an owners manual… so what now, how does Astral Projection fit into this equation? Aha moment #1… You want more knowledge? Research. Study. Apply. The knowledge is out there, it has been out there for thousands of years. The Bible alone, if you read past the simple verses that they make you memorize in Sunday school, you will find that it is full of stories that talk about Astral Projection, on top of many other subjects that we, as a society, have created to be taboo. Well, I can tell you that what used to be common and is not common anymore, is all due to the fact that… well, many reasons; burned by religion, lack of motivation, lack of teaching, faded principles… The list goes on. One thing about all of us is that we are all born with one thing… Freedom of choice, with that each one of us can decide to say, “I want to learn more”. So, understanding the unknown is a simple practice of turning the unknown into the known by study. Outside of the Bible, their are texts… scrolls… that delve further into stories that are only touched on in the Bible. Ancient Sumarian text that goes even further into the unknown.

In the Bible, Paul mentions, as he tells of what he saw, one key element that often times gets overlooked in a Sunday school lesson… He says, “I don’t know if I was in the body or out of the body”. Well for a close minded person, that statement could, #1 get overlooked, #2 get twisted around to translate into some far fetched idea, #3 or just easily manipulated to become what ever that reader wanted to get out of it. The logistics of such a term does not need to be broke down, it goes right back to the principles of understanding and that is not to be mistaken for just a translation that means something completely different because that was 2000 years ago. Wrong, through my studies of translations of the Bible, I learned that the Bible has not changed it’s terminology, it has only changed its jargon. The points still stay the same, but the words used in different translations were precisely chosen to depict exactly as it was originally written… Just in words (not terms) that were used at the time of translation.

So going back to what Paul wrote, the original did not say, “I didn’t know if I was in my mind or out of my mind” that would lead us to believe that he might have been crazy, or not crazy. The translators of the Bible, and other Text, have to chose there words wisely when dealing with Ancient text. They know ahead of time how important this is. So we have to give them a bit more credit.

I know that I can wander, keep in mind there is a lot of stuff in my head that is trying to come out all at once. If you find that I am just confusing you or babbling, I will eventually come back around and touch on certain subjects in more detail later on. If you just can’t stand it and want to know, ask and I will better describe or try to make sense of a subject on a different page, especially for you.

Getting back to the partnership of the body and the Spirit…

The body has one primary instinct and that is survival. It needs you, the Spirit, in order to pull that off. In return, the body will do it’s best to repair itself and it will put trust in you that you know what’s best for it. The body will argue certain decisions you try to make or even go as far as to reject something you have done to it. For instance, you decide that drinking to much alcohol is a fine thing to do or that stuffing yourself at the all-you-can-eat buffet will do you justice or as extreme as you think huffing a bit of gold spray paint might be great… You can expect your body to disagree and say this was stupid and you find yourself curled up in the fetal position near the porcelain throne. Let’s go further with this one and ask ourselves, “why do we decide that doing these things are a good idea?” Assuming that you already know the harmful effects of alcohol, drugs and over-eating, for the most part the Spirit is not content with being so confined.

What I mean by this is that the Spirit has natural instincts too. It knows that things are better on the other side, it knows that it can fly, it knows that it can walk through walls, it knows that it can travel through time and space and it knows that it is, by far, more powerful than what the body allows it to be. The Spirit can be a bit selfish, in turn can put the body in compromising situations in order to just get a taste of what it is missing. Not understanding that the Spirit is unique and immortal and the body is not, can lead a person to put their partnership in jeopardy.

I can not tell you why we are united with a body, but I can tell you it isn’t for as long as the Spirit wants to make it out to be. Your Spirit wants it’s freedom and your body just wants to live as long as possible. Hence, that is where we find ourselves, at times, sad because we want to live longer, or depressed because we are ready to leave the crap behind. That would be your Spirit and your body not cooperating together as a team. One thing that is certain is that in the Bible, God states that, we are just visitors passing through. If you are a visitor in someones home there are certain rules you follow to respect that household and certain courtesies that are just simply implied. Same goes here. You are a visitor here and your body was blessed to be occupied and taken care of by you. As you occupy a particular amount of space in your body, you also share a particular space in your body. For instance your brain is one shared feature. The body knows how to lock up certain things in the brain for safe keeping. Kind of like checking your gun at the door. It’s for safety, if you go into your body from day one and utilize all the things that the Spirit knows without understanding what the body is capable of, you will indeed destroy your body quickly. Your body knows this fact and has rules already in place for such a thing. Look at your subconscious mind as the safe where you body has decided to store this potential body threatening knowledge. If you have grown and advanced in knowledge to the point of understanding this partnership, you can access this information without doing harm to your body, thus becoming a true partnership. It is more of a trust thing. If your body does not trust your Spirit to do the right thing, it will do everything in it’s power to prevent you from accessing vital information. Knowledge is the key to creating such a trust. I know that my Spirit can fly, but my body cannot participate with me without wings… This is were most people fail when it comes to Astral Projection… should I say mastering Astral Projection.

Many people have projected yet don’t know they did. If you have ever “had a dream” that you are running on all fours, as fast as a wolf or that you just can’t run at all no matter how hard you try or even that you are falling. Let’s start with the latter, all of us have heard that if you are falling and you hit the ground in your dream then you will really die in real life… BULLCRAP, in fact in most cases the feeling, let me emphasize FEELING, of falling, you are experiencing and only remembering coming back from a projection. You just have no memory of the journey. When you are aware of your projecting, no matter how far you get from your body, when your body starts to wake up it says, time to come back now, and you are pulled back, by what the Bible refers to a “the Silver Chord”. As your body comes flying backward, faster than the speed of light, you will always wake up when you get back to the body, but at the right timing you don’t remember hitting the ground, because your awakening happens at that exact moment. So in short you do hit the ground, or bed.

When I project and I am pulled back to my body, it does feel like I fell and usually my heart feels like it is racing, which in fact it is actually beating slower than it does when I am awake. I say this because your Spirit CAN feel without the body. When I fly through space or the sky, I can feel the wind rushing past me. When I touch something, I can feel it. This goes back to earlier, that everything is energy or uses energy and energy can be felt and manipulated.

Something the body and the Spirit have in common is the ability to feel. They both feel energy and they both feel emotion. You say that you may understand that the Spirit feels emotion, but not the body… If the body did not feel emotion, it would not get sick when you feel depressed. Better example, the body would not care if it lived or died, leaving it with no desire what so ever. That simple.

Stop babbling and get to the point, all I want to know is how to project…

I know that it gets tiresome trying to learn things and having to sift through some of the, what seems like, useless diatribe, but it is for good reason. True, I might not be the best teacher but if through those that have stuck with me, if I, in the long run, have helped even in the least, that can’t be a bad thing. Continuing, I want to touch on the feelings for just a bit, I won’t get real deep into it just yet, because that is a topic that is truly vital and I have a lot to say about it… And that is that the feelings play a larger role because it is all energy. Every feeling you have ever had in your life, from butterflies in your stomach to touching a hot plate to feeling love for someone… All these feelings are manipulation of energies… Yes I said manipulation.

I say that because, what most call mind over matter, I call manipulation of energy. If your child gets hurt you may tell them awe, it’s not to bad or give them a kiss on their booboo and they all of the sudden feel better. Or maybe your in a competition and your are tired and worn out and a voice from the crowd says, “you can do it!”, and all of the sudden you are revitalized and make it to the end with a big burst of… you guessed it… Energy. Energy is everywhere and it can be used in so many ways. The more you feed one particular energy the stronger it gets. I like to refer to energy as a boomerang… What you put our (what energy you put out) always comes back to you stronger and faster. The more energy (good or bad) you put out, determines its distance and intensity. You do one little good deed and shortly after one little bit bigger, in size, good deed comes to pay you a visit. You steal one small thing from a friend, one slightly larger thing will be stolen from you. Everything comes with a bill, sometimes the bill you receive will be more than you want to pay and other times it will come with a credit to your account. The most common phrase would be, “what goes around comes around”. So what does this have anything to do with my being able to project? You might say… That’s easy. Everything you say or do or even think is creating and manipulating energy around you. Say you or a loved one is battling a problem with alcohol addiction. Watch how that person speaks of that addiction and watch how the ones around them speak of the addiction.

More times than not, no one is saying one positive thing about it. You may buck me on this, but just stay with me… As you feed this already large negative problem, with more negative speeches and words and more negative feelings, that problem only becomes more powerful and more aggressive, thus extending its life expectancy and its distance, not to mention its power. Okay, so your with me so far. As hard as it may sound, you must dominate and manipulate that energy to collapse. Notice I did not say go away. The after shock, or bill is yet to come, we will deal with that in a moment. Start telling that addiction or problem… “Well we had a good run, you have been there for me and we had some good times but it’s time to part ways ol’ friend” By sending positive words you are sending positive energy to replace the negative, thus starting the cycle of cleansing the energy. This does not mean that once that person has excepted that the addiction is no longer needed, that the bill will still not come. In fact you will receive the bill, and if you continue with your positiveness, even when the bill comes, it will soon diminish and you will be on your way to earning a credit on your account. Karma is another term for this manipulation of energy.

Many people get discouraged and ask the same questions over and over. And they must keep in mind, with so many tools at their disposal, people can get through just about anything. Patience is a tool, once again an energy that at you build it up, it becomes stronger. Allowing you to get through the billing process of energy. That being said, back to what you hear a lot of: Why do bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people? This is a touchy subject for some, especially ministers. Mainly because they know most people want to hear a reason with a motivating answer leading a person to believe that they are more a martyr than to really face the facts for what it is. Trust me, bad things happen to bad people and good things happen to good people just the same and based on the same principles. Stop noticing what is happening to others and what is not happening to you and start recognizing that you have the same abilities to change what is around you. Work with your own tools. The Spirit has a bad habit of forgetting where it has come from and starts to take the emotion the body… that survival instinct, and gets caught up in entertaining itself the way the body wants to be entertained. Relax.

The Spirit has no need for hoarding, for it does not go without. It does not feel starvation, it does not need money, so don’t get caught up in the material things that the body craves… it won’t last long. Be positive that others have more than you, it only works in your behalf. Search out what is everlasting. We have always heard that we can’t take our stuff with us when we die and we usually leave a conversation with that, so apparently, we already know this. So teach the body to be happy with what it has and your partnership will be a bit more comfortable and more rewarding for your Spirit.

Manipulation of Energy in Astral Projection…

So we have lightly touched on energy, but energy is the most important part of Astral Projection. It not only creates the ability to project, but it also determines what powers you use when projecting. Going back to what I had mentioned earlier about projecting and not knowing and why you can run fast like a wolf or sometimes so slow a crippled turtle could out run you. This is the effects of positive and negative energy.

If your energy is positive it makes for a wonderful journey and experience. If your energy is negative, say for instance you project due to a problem in your life that is consuming you or a trauma, such as really bad news, a death in the family or even a near death experience, chances are you will not enjoy your experience because you will find yourself on the floor crawling and feeling like you are attached to a bungee chord and not on the ceiling feeling free as a bird. Negative energy is just how it sounds… Negative… to subtract or take away. Positive… to add to. Pretty simple huh? Not so much.

If you are a negative person or allow negativity into your energy it will only take away from… not add to. A good practice is to refrain from saying anything negative or find choice words to use (very choice words) in order to describe a negative situation. Practice relaxing, start with relaxing the muscles in your face first… it helps. Then work your way down to your feet. Block out the thoughts in your head, because if you have a bunch of thoughts going through your head, you body will be getting signals to stay prepared for battle. Let your body know that your Spirit is at peace and it will allow your body to calm down and realize that it is safe. If you look at your body as a child you will notice your body will respond to the way you feel. If you are nervous or anxious, your body will not just be nervous and anxious too, it will also be confused. And it will spend its energy trying to be on guard for the worst to happen.

Next I will get further into the common language between the body and the Spirit and how to communicate to the body what you want it to know, in order for you to get it to respond accordingly to your needs. That to me is extremely fascinating and one of the most vital pieces of the puzzle in being able to Astral Project. So I will get more into the practices and preparation techniques so that you will be able to start putting this knowledge to work for yourself. Hopefully, I will find time to get something out in a day or two. In the meanwhile, practice with energy. I am continually updating my blog at: http://missionastralprojection.blogspot.com Feel free to chime in.