This post is inspired by a request from Kali, who writes that her partner (father of her two young sons) didn’t physically survive a car crash a couple months ago. She adds that she can’t accept he’s gone, her pain is unbearable, she’s desperately trying to develop herself spiritually so she can connect with the love of her life, and she’d appreciate any guidance The Council can offer.
Do You Believe You are Spirit in a Physical Body?
On November 11, 2013 we did a session with The Council to see if we could get the guidance Kali requested. The Council began this session with the following comments:
“Well first we want to say he [Kali's partner] hasn’t gone anywhere, he is just out of his physical body.
“You are stating you are desperate and trying to develop spiritually, so first we ask you to meditate on this question: Do you believe you are a spirit here, operating in this physical body? Because that is who you truly are.
“And spirit – which is light and energy – never dies; we transition. We choose to create physical bodies to come into this environment and when we are done, we leave the physical body. But there is no dying; there is no end to spirit. Is that understood?”
—The Council Continue reading
This post is inspired by a question from a reader named Jose, who has read in some of our blog posts (links at the end of this post) that humans are spiritual beings in a physical body, and that spirit sometimes chooses to have human experiences that we (as humans) find undesirable. Jose wants to know how it’s possible for humans to have free will to choose our human desires, if who we are as spirit is choosing human experiences that feel unwanted from our human point of view.
Lots of people have become interested in the spiritual teaching that you are the creator of what you experience, which has been around a while and has become more popular through the teachings of Abraham and other spiritual teachers. Jose’s question suggests he’s aware of lots of things in his human experience he doesn’t want, and after reading in our posts that who you are as spirit sometimes creates human experiences that feel unwanted from your human point of view, he came to the troubling conclusion that spirit is preventing him from having more of the human experiences he desires.
Topics Covered in this Post
Even if you don’t believe spirit is keeping you from manifesting more of what you desire in your life, and you’re not particularly interested in the subject of free will, if you’re interested in ideas to help you feel an increased level of well-being in your human experience, we’re finding the information and guidance from The Council in response to Jose’s question has been a big step for us in that direction. Topics covered in our sessions on Jose’s question and in this post include:
- The relationship between who you are as a spiritual being and who you are as a human being.
- Why the spiritual part of you might desire to have human experiences in a physical reality.
- Why the spiritual part of you might desire to have human experiences that feel undesirable to you as a human being.
- The validity of your human free will to choose your human desires, even if who you are as spirit is choosing to have different human experiences.
- Why you may be having difficulty manifesting your human desires in your physical experience.
Nothing Going On That Spirit Hasn’t Planned For
The Council began our first session on Jose’s questions by emphasizing there isn’t any separation between spirit and human.
“The spirit works through the body it [spirit] has created.
“So there is nothing that is going on that the body wants, that the spirit hasn’t planned for.
“Is that understood? It is all one – the mind, the body, and the spirit – it is all one.”
This post describes a session with The Council in response to the comment and questions below from Beth on the subject of abortion. The session is full of thought-provoking ideas on lots of different subjects of interest to many people in addition to Beth. Particularly interesting to us is light that The Council sheds on how our spirit’s intentions often manifest in surprising and unexpected ways in our human experience.
Ordinarily we like to offer a sort of running commentary in these posts if we feel it can add some clarity to something The Council says during a session, but it seemed to make this post too long and wordy. It also seemed to place more emphasis on understanding what The Council is saying rather than on appreciating the feeling of the energy offered by The Council and spirit in response to Beth’s questions. More and more we are learning from The Council that what’s important about spiritual understanding is that it’s a focus of attention that allows you to feel in your physical experience more of the love you are as a spiritual being.
As you read through the post, see if you can feel the energy of this session resonating with your spirit. If a clear understanding doesn’t come right away, be patient with yourself and let your connection to who you are as a spiritual being shed light on the material presented here. Give yourself some time. You are always welcome to use the Comment section following the post to ask a question about this material and we’ll do our best to reply.
Beth’s Comment and Questions
“I have a question about abortions as it relates to the Soul and the Soul’s agreement…the Soul of the child, specifically.
“You see I have unfortunately had to make the decision (twice) in my life to terminate what I perceived as ‘untimely’ pregnancies.
“I have a lot of guilt around these decisions, not because of any religious reasons, but more because I am not sure what I did was the right decision for my life’s path.
“Also, I often feel sad wondering how those two Souls (or maybe it was the same Soul) feel/felt that I chose to terminate their little lives.
“I fully believe that those Souls made some type of agreement with me, but I’m wondering if you could shed light on what those agreements may have been.
“Did those little Souls know that they would play this role?
“Is it the same Soul trying to come back in?
“Would I be able to find out more about them, and who they might have become had I chosen differently?
“If we come back in similar Soul groups, could this Soul have been one that I also lost in a previous life (I believe I was pregnant when drowned)?
“I realize that these are many questions, not one, but I am grateful for your input.”
You Can Not Stop Life
Reading Beth’s comment and questions to The Council at the beginning of the session, they were quick to comment at the end of her first sentence.
“We really want to laugh here… the word abortion… what does it mean?
“Abort… Stop… Stop life?
“You can not stop life.
“It is all in choosing, and agreements, and experiences.
“And so we just wanted to add that in there.
“Beth did not stop a life… did not cut a life short… everything went as planned.”
As you converse with one another,
remember we are all spirits.
Do you choose words
that are uplifting and loving?
As you do this
there is expansion for all involved,
the speaker and the listener.
This post describes part of a session with The Council inspired by a question from Jose about how the past, present, and future all happen at the same time. Topics addressed include:
- Jose’s question: Why does The Council sometimes refer to ‘past’ lives when they say at other times the past, the present, and the future are all happening at the same time?
- Future lives
- The connection all human beings have to the creative genius of any human being who has ever lived, and your ability to access this creativity.
- The importance of your ability to choose
- The importance of the present moment
This post is third in a series describing a session with The Council on Saturday, March 30, 2013 to answer questions from Jose, Michelle, and D. This post focuses on the first of Jose’s four questions and it’s about guidance from The Council in a recent post and the issue of free will:
“In the case of what was shared in Maria’s Plan for a Spiritual Leap, it appears that the spiritual agreement made prior to the incarnation is more powerful than Maria or her friend’s “godly” power to manifest a new reality of survival and togetherness in this lifetime, as if there is no free will in this incarnation.” —Jose
This post is the second in a series of posts describing a session with The Council on March 30, 2013 to answer questions from Jose, Michelle, and Deborah. Our first post in this series, Every Question is Important, described The Council’s point of view that every question a human being has for spirit is an important question because every human being is part of spirit and every question is worthy of spirit’s attention.
In this current post we describe the portion of the session that focuses on The Council’s answer to this fourth of Jose’s four questions:
“If we come to this incarnation to have fun and ‘remember’ who we really are, why do most people, if not all, fail at this attempt?
“If we are that powerful as spirits, why don’t we leave ourselves iron clad clues of who we are so we can retake our power during this incarnation, instead of being collective sheep following false idols while being subjected to the powerful few?”
We’ve wondered about variations of this question from time to time and it’s easy to imagine others interested in spirituality have had similar questions. The Council’s initial response to Jose’s question was:
“Because it is almost like a scavenger hunt. If you came in knowing everything you wanted to do and who you were, it would be quite boring.
“And so when you jump in, the experiences that you create for yourself are there to remind you who you are [and] to show you [that] you have the power of choice, you have the power of creation, [and] you have the power to bring love into every situation.”
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This is the first of several posts describing a 1-hour session with The Council on Saturday, March 30, 2013 to answer recent questions from Jose, Michelle, and D.
Jose’s Question #4
We began the session with Michelle’s question about whether to move to Barnstaple, Devon or Glastonbury (both in England), and when I (Bob) was about to ask The Council D’s question about what she describes as a broken soul contract, The Council interrupted:
“There is a number 4 that we keep seeing; what is that, Bob?”
(This formatting throughout the post represents The Council’s comments during our session. Text [in brackets] in these quotations has been added to improve readability and clarity when this seems useful.)
I explained that we have four very interesting questions from Jose and that we answered his first 3 questions based on our understanding of The Council’s teachings because they seemed related to guidance we’ve written about in other posts. It was our intention to ask The Council about Jose’s fourth question in this session and when they asked about a number 4, I assumed they were referring to the Jose’s fourth question. I asked if they’d like me to read Jose’s fourth question to them and they said, ”Yes.”
Jose’s Question #4: “If we come to this incarnation to have fun and remember who we really are, why do most people, if not all, fail at this attempt?”
Did you know
that you came from
an incredible place of love?
And did you know that
when you leave this physical reality
you will return to this incredible place of love?
It’s wonderful if you do,
but (and here it comes)
do you remember
it was your greatest desire
to bring the love with you
and make life on Earth
an incredible place of love?
Cynthia, Bob, & The Council
Maria explains her best friend is on his deathbed and she’s experiencing a lot of emotional pain about this. She is asking The Council if it is also with her permission that her friend is exiting her life, because she’s having difficulty understanding why she would agree to ‘loose’ him at this time and in this way.
There is Agreement
“No one comes into your life unless you invite them. Their departing your life is something that they plan along with you, so there is agreement for both of you that when it is time, when you feel you have concluded what you needed to do together, one or both [of you] exit [the physical body].
“And so, although you find this very painful, it has been discussed and planned while you were still in the spirit world.”
Many of you wonder:
What does it feel like
when you finally leave your body?
We ask you to close your eyes
and imagine yourself wearing a heavy snow suit.
Pay attention to what this feels like.
Now imagine stepping out of this snow suit,
finding yourself standing in the most beautiful light.
Feel this light all around you.
As you stand in this light
imagine yourself filling up
with the most incredible feelings
of Joy and love.
As you experience this,
from within this light
come many of your loved ones
that have passed before you.
They are here
to welcome you home.
This is what it feels like
to finally leave your body.
This post is inspired by a question from Jan about an important friendship with a former student named Will who became like a son to her when his mother passed away. Jan describes feeling a spiritual connection with Will and believes that as spirits before they were born into this lifetime they planned to be in each other’s human lives.
But as Will developed from a child with autism into a young adult he proceeded to withdraw from friends, family, and finally Jan, to the point where she hasn’t heard from him in over a year and hasn’t seen him in three years. After reading one of our blog posts describing The Council’s advice to a reader experiencing a similar separation from her biological twin brother of 70+ years, Jan asked The Council for their view of her friendship with Will.
Everyone that comes into your life
was invited by you;
from the ones you love,
to the ones you think you hate.
They are all invited by you,
for it is all part of your creation.
No one enters without your permission.
An unlimited supply of love
is being delivered to you
in every moment
of every day.
It is a gift from your higher self
to your physical self.
You only need to relax
and let it in.
You are constantly given the opportunity to expand.
When you extend yourself
to help or comfort another,
It is why you came.
to extend the vibration of love
from spirit to physical.
When someone is in pain
and you can help them find relief,
When someone has tears
And you help them find joy,
When someone is depressed
and you help them find hope,
When someone is lost
and you help them find their way,
It is in extending your hands and hearts
that you grow.
There is no question
that whatever you offer
will always be returned.
Within each person
there is a spirit
that exists in the vibration of love.
This spirit is you.
This post is inspired by several thought-provoking questions from Joe, who has a strained relationship with his two sons during a difficult divorce from their mother. Joe is familiar with The Council’s teaching that we come into this life with the intention of bringing with us the vibration of love, and that we sometimes pre-plan with other souls before we incarnate, to experience challenging human relationships so we can experience finding the love within ourselves that transforms these situations.
With this in mind Joe asks The Council how he can better understand the spiritual aspects of his role and his children’s role in their strained relationship. On Sunday, May 27, 2012 we did a session with The Council to answer Joe’s questions, and their answers are presented in this post. The highlight of this session for us is The Council’s insight that the people in our lives we find most aggravating are often acting in a way we asked them to as a spiritual being before we incarnated into this lifetime—for the purpose of inspiring us to bring more love into our physical reality.
Recorded Audio Content
Recently we invested in recording equipment that allows us to make recordings of our sessions with The Council that have a sound quality we feel comfortable making available in our blog posts. Where you see this image in the post, it’s an audio player that will play a recorded segment of our session. Typically the segment is related to the textual content that follows the player.
The text of the post is an abridged and edited version of our session with The Council. It is meant to provide a good sense of what we consider the most relevant aspects of the session. The recorded content is also abridged, but it’s a somewhat less edited version of the session. The recordings include some session content that’s been edited out of the written post to help it be more easily readable and understandable. It’s our hope that the audio segments help you connect more easily with the feeling of what The Council is talking about.
To play an audio segment, left-click on the triangle on the right side of the audio player. The clip name is displayed in the player and when the recording begins, the time left in the recording is also displayed. To stop the audio player, left-click on the icon that looks like this: . The volume can be adjusted by left-clicking on this icon: ; click on the right side to increase volume and the left side to lower volume.
The complete text of Joe’s comment and questions that inspired this post are not included in the post. You can read them by clicking here. The following audio clip is a recording of Bob reading Joe’s questions to the Council during our session.
Recently The Council suggested to Cynthia that we write a post to help people who are feeling frustrated in their attempts to use the teachings of the law of attraction and deliberate creation to manifest what they desire in their lives. As two people who have experienced these frustrations, we liked The Council’s idea and during a session on Saturday, May 5, 2012 we asked for their suggestions for this post.
The Nitty Gritty
In this section we’ve gathered quotes from throughout the session that represent for us the essence of The Council’s guidance for manifesting what you desire. In the sections that follow we present these quotes in the context of the entire discussion to give you a better idea how these ideas developed during the session.
“We see that many [who] are incarnated in your physical world have many questions about manifestation.”
“We see that many are trying to create specific things – whether it is relationships…whether it is material abundance…whether it is health – [and] that there is trouble in creating it.”
“Many do not know what it means when they hear the phrase, ‘Line up with what it is you are trying to create.’ And many are out there teaching to match the vibration of what you are trying to create. Many do not know how to do this because if you’re trying to create something you’ve never had or never lived, there is a doubt – what it would feel like…what it would be like to have this thing or situation.
“So how do you create with your thoughts when you do not have the experience of having whatever it is that you are calling forth? And we believe what many are missing…the secret is: You do not have to line up with that particular thought. You do not have to imagine, even though it is wonderful to imagine what it is that you want [and] that you already have it.”
“So if you cannot line up with the vibration of what it is that you want because you have no idea what it would look like in your imagination or what it would feel like, the answer to this…and this is the answer to manifesting…raise your vibration with happy thoughts. That is the answer.
“When you raise your vibration, everything that you have desired…whether you know how to create it or not…will come to you.”
“It is so simple that many will have a hard time believing this, but we can tell you it’s what you might call the shortcut or the easier way to manifesting. It doesn’t have to be so difficult as seeing that you have it, feeling that you have it, [and] what would it be like? Some cannot do this.
“And so, just be happy about anything. Stay in the feeling of happiness and spirit will bring in everything that it wants.”
(The formatting above throughout this post represents The Council’s comments during our session. Text [in brackets] in these quotations has been added to improve readability and clarity when this seems useful.)
The Rest of the Story
If you agree with The Council that their advice seems overly simplistic and difficult to believe, I [Bob] had the same feelings during the session (as the following details of our discussion indicate) and for at least the next 10 days. But after listening to the recording of the session every day, meditating on it, and giving The Council’s advice a try, I’m beginning to see evidence there’s something to what they’re saying and we’re both looking forward to seeing what manifests as we practice reaching for happier thoughts and feelings.
Most of our discussion with The Council during this session is presented in the following sections. Headings have been added in the intention of making this material easier to follow.
This post is the second part of our response to two thought-provoking questions on reincarnation and past lives (one from Bari and one from Rachael) and an inspired second question (from Bari), about the impact our thoughts and feelings can have on other people’s experience.
In our most recent post, Reincarnation, Part 1: All Past Lives are Present Lives, we write about The Council’s response to Bari’s question on past life experiences and on the impact they have on our current lifetime. Here’s one of the more interesting things The Council had to say about the subject while answering Bari’s question:
“All of your lives are present lives. They are all going on at the same time. And you may wonder: how is this possible?
–The Council (similarly formatted text below indicates quotations from The Council)
A large portion of the Part 1 post is devoted to additional comments from The Council on this point. The information on reincarnation in Part 1 can also help with understanding the material that follows in this post.
Why Are We Here?
Rachael wants to know why we, as souls, repeatedly return to Earth, and specifically why she is here…again. She wants to know, “What is the purpose of being here?” And she wonders if learning lessons has anything to do with this purpose. The Council began answering Rachel’s questions with the following comments.
For Love and Expansion
“First of all, you would never be here if it was not your choice. So even though perhaps at the present moment you feel you don’t want to be here, we have to really tell you: yes you do. Otherwise this would not be going on. So it was your choice to come here.
We have been asked,
How do you love and forgive
Someone who has passed on,
Who who was a hurtful person,
With whom you experienced
Much pain and suffering?
When they return to spirit
They are not the person you remember.
They are light and love.
And when you can send them love and forgiveness,
You are loving and forgiving yourself as well,
And you both expand.
Forgiveness is part of your divine plan.
It’s not only about forgiving others,
But also forgiving yourself.
All the parts of you
That you don’t like about yourself,
And you try to hide,
Are only the parts of yourself
You have created
So you could learn about forgiveness
And experience self-love.
A Milestone Post
This post is a milestone for us. It’s our first post to include recorded audio content of one of our sessions with The Council, a group of non-physical spirit guides Cynthia is able to communicate with and channel (the process of letting The Council speak using her voice). For our first audio post we picked one of our favorite sessions with The Council, and we decided to include the complete session so you can get a feel for what these sessions are like.
When your spirit leaves this physical plane
And returns home,
You experience total forgiveness.
You forgive anyone
Who you feel hurt you
In any way.
And you forgive yourself
For anyone you feel you hurt.
There is the understanding
That it was all pre-arranged,
And everyone performed their role beautifully.
There is only love here.
When you are searching
For joyous experiences
In your life,
Love, freedom, peace, and joy,
It is already there.
You brought it with you.
When you decide to let go of fear,
Love rushes in to support you.
It is like opening a window
To to let in fresh air.
When you came into this physical reality,
Was to spread love and light
To everyone you meet.
When you are in the vibration of love,
You and Source are one.
Love is your path
Toward awareness of your divinity.
The vibration of love
Is the vibration of spirit.
The vibration of love
Is what created you,
And it is your purpose
To bring this vibration of love
Into your physical reality.
When you feel tension
It’s because you’re not feeling
The love you have for yourself.
Concentrate on your Heart Chakra
Until you notice a feeling of warmth.
Focusing on this feeling
Will increase the warmth,
Ease the tension,
And allow the feeling of love.
When you decide to let go of fear,
Love rushes in.
Each challenge in your life
Is an opportunity to reach for love;
An opportunity to change your perception
And allow more love into your experience.
There is only one kind of love.
It is limitless and unconditional.
That is what we are made of.
When we give love to others
We give love to ourselves.
When we deny love to others
We deny love to ourselves.
What you give
And what you withhold from others,
You give to or withhold from yourself.
We are all connected.
Nothing you have ever done or will do
Will change the fact
That you are spirit,
You are love,
And you are perfect.
The vibration of love
Is the vibration of spirit.
The vibration of love
Is the creative force.
It is what created you.
Bringing the vibration of love
Into your physical reality
Is the greatest form of expansion.
If you believe
Your journey is supposed to be
About suffering and lack,
It will be,
But it doesn’t have to be.
Your journey is not supposed to be about suffering and lack.
If you believe
Your journey is supposed to be
About sacrifice and hard work,
It will be,
But it doesn’t have to be.
It is not supposed to be about sacrifice and hard work.
If you believe
Your life needs to be difficult
In order for you to grow spiritually,
You will experience this,
But you don’t have to.
Your life is supposed to be about
Joy, and love, and happiness.
You are here to experience
The lightness of being.
You are here to experience
All the abundance
The Universe has to offer.
And you are here to experience
The ease and power of your creations.
Imagine you are like an attractive lamp
That gives a beautiful light
And has a shade that makes the light even more beautiful.
Your heart is like the light bulb,
The rest of your body is like the lampshade
And the love you truly are is the electricity.
The more attention you give
To the vibration of love you truly are,
The more radiant your heart becomes,
And the more radiant you become.
And this beautiful radiance
Has the power to illuminate
Whatever you choose
To give your attention to.
It really does.
Whenever you reach for the feeling of love
You are helping to raise the consciousness of your planet.
See your partners
And everyone else in your life
As divine beings
And you will experience love.
Giving love to yourself
Love attunes your energy system to wellness.
After each life,
As you remove your outer garments
(Your personality and your physical body).
What is left
Is love and light.
Love allows everything.
Love heals everything.
Love creates everything.
Every cell in your body
Is listening to your thoughts.
Has a corresponding vibration.
Healing takes place
At the highest vibration,
Which is love.
Fear is like a gorilla on a leash
Following you around.
Many of you have nicknamed him Anxiety.
Sometimes he will bang on your chest for attention.
And sometimes you may feel like running away.
We suggest you offer it love and attention.
We guarantee the chain will dissolve.
You are not here to ignore it or outrun it,
You are here to transform it.
There isn’t a single person in your life
You do not love.
And there isn’t anyone in your life
That does not love you:
Even your enemies.
Are you surprised?
Spirit does not know how not to love.
Only love is real.
Earth is the university of emotions.
That is why you have chosen to come here.
Your desire was to experience
A variety of emotions
That inspire the expansion
Of the love you truly are.
Love allows everything you desire.
It even allows you to create your challenges or things you consider negative.
Nothing is off limits.
When you chose to reincarnate,
You came with the understanding that your purpose (or job)
Would be to bring the vibration of love into physical reality.
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