When I was a little girl, we had what we called “remote control.” In fact, remote control technology has been around since 1898, when Nicola Tesla invented and demonstrated a remote-controlled boat. The technology got a boost in World War II, when the military used it. The first remote-controlled TV was put out in the 1950s, although I never saw anyone use one until I was in high school. (I never saw a color television until I was in high school, either. Midwesterners are just not tech pioneers, sorry.)
In the late 1980s I got interested in spirituality and all things New Age, and I remember having a discussion about a psychic who said that she got information from “vibrations” in the air. One math teacher scoffed, until I asked her whether she had a remote-control for her TV. By that time, everybody did. Then I asked her how her remote worked. She had to stop and think about it. Then I asked her how her TV picked up the local TV programming. She had to stop and think about that one, too. And, of course, by this time most people also had wireless phones – almost like a cell phone, except you had to keep a “base station” plugged into the wall. Still, there were no wires between the base station and the actual phone. How did the sound signal travel from the base station to the wireless handset? “Vibrations in the air” about sums it up.
Today I had a wireless router installed so that I can access the Internet using wifi and I can print wirelessly, as well. I also figured out how to access my wireless network with my phone and print directly from my phone. There were all kinds of “set up” protocols, but once we got everything running, both hardware and software, everything worked very smoothly. I still have to plug my laptop into the wall to recharge the battery, but at least I have a little more freedom to make myself comfortable while using the computer.
These days, more and more people are realizing that you don’t have to have any special “psychic” abilities in order to tune into information that comes from Inner sources. But just like computer wireless networks, there is some hardware and software involved.
The hardware is your physical brain and the little gland right in the center of the brain, called the pineal gland. The software comes in several parts. It includes your belief system, your attitude, your level of control of your body, mind and emotions, your ability to go into a meditative state, and your ability to do lucid dreaming.
Let’s talk hardware, first:
Fortunately, you already have the hardware. Last April, I wrote a blog post about opening the third eye, or pineal gland, which you can access here. There are any number of ways to “decalcify” your pineal gland, which you can google at your leisure. Some web sites suggest listening to tones or chanting spiritually charged words. I like to sing and listen to the charged word HU (pronounced like the word “hue”). You can hear a short, 5-minute version of a HU song here. You can decalcify your pineal gland through diet and exercise, plus meditation and chanting, which are part of the “software” I was talking about.
OK, now let’s talk about the software:
Your beliefs: Frankly, if you don’t believe in the existence of Soul or God or a Higher Power, you don’t really have the basic software needed to connect. Lots of people don’t believe in any of this, so of course they never recognize when they are getting information from the spiritual realms. Since they don’t recognize this source of information, it literally doesn’t exist for them. Because they can’t see it, feel it or sense it, they assume that is proof that there’s nothing there. To me, this is like saying that the planet Pluto doesn’t exist because I can’t see it, or like saying that the sun didn’t come up this morning because it was cloudy all day. As Harry Truman used to say, “That’s a bunch of hooey.” Or, as Shakespeare so eloquently wrote in Hamlet, scene v, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
If you don’t have a radio, you can’t prove that a radio station isn’t broadcasting. All you can prove is that you don’t have the equipment to tune into the broadcast. Similarly, a person who says he/she doesn’t believe in the spiritual realms can’t really prove that they don’t exist. All the person can prove is that he/she hasn’t yet been able to tune into it. Yet. In fact, the radio analogy can be expanded a bit. Not only do you have to have a radio to begin with, but you also have to plug it into a power source (electricity or battery power) and you have to turn it on. Then you have to dial the tuner in order to pick up a specific station, or you’ll just get static. And, of course, you have to fool with the volume. Think about this: All of these actions – from getting a radio in the first place to plugging it in, turning it on, tuning it and turning up the volume – are conscious actions. They’re not something you normally do unconsciously. You have to believe that there is a radio station, that it’s broadcasting, and that you can tune into that broadcast. You have to have a specific intent to listen to the radio broadcast in order to buy a radio and turn it on, etc. Likewise, you have to believe that the world of spirit exists and that it is possible to access information from it if you go about it in a certain way. And you have to have a specific intent to tune in – it doesn’t happen without a little effort on your part.
Your attitude: In order to tune in, you need to realize that your emotional state can keep you from connecting, and that your mind chatter is also going to get in the way. You will have to find a way to cultivate peace, harmony, and emotional balance within yourself. When you can free yourself from strong negative emotions such as anger, fear, worry, guilt, remorse, jealousy, and the like, you are much more apt to be successful in making a connection. When you learn how to quiet the chatter, you will be able to focus more intently on the inner experiences that provide important information. There’s one other aspect of attitude: the attitude of gratitude. It may seem trite to you, but when you are feeling grateful, you are focusing on the idea of abundance. When you focus on abundance, the Universe begins to mirror this thought form back to you. All kinds of possibilities come into focus this way.
Your control over your body, emotions and mind: This part of the “software” follows from your beliefs and your attitude. If you know there’s more to the world than what you can see, touch, hear, smell and taste, and you want to access it, you have the intent. The best way to gain control over your body, emotions and mind is to learn to meditate. I do a form of meditation called “contemplation,” a slightly less passive activity than meditation, because I don’t just sit and wait for the Universe to ring. I pick up the telephone and call.
Meditation and contemplation: Like meditation, contemplation involves the discipline of quieting the body and the mind. The only way you can do this is practice. It’s a hands-on thing. Set aside a time, either in the early morning after waking up or at night before bedtime to do your contemplation, and stick to the same time each day or night. Plan to spend at least 30 minutes on this activity. Start by turning of the TV , the (physical) radio, and and the computer, and turning off the ringer and notifications on your smartphone. Go to a quiet part of the house, away from other people, where you will not be disturbed for any reason. You may wish to start by reading a short passage from your favorite holy book or from a book of devotions. You may also wish to open your heart by thinking of something or someone you love. Then sit comfortably, either on the floor, or in a chair with your back straight. Keep the lighting normal, but not unnecessarily bright. Close your eyes and look on the inner screen of your mind. Focus your attention on the Third Eye, which is located just above and between the eyebrows. You can chant a spiritually charged word, such as OM or HU for a few minutes. Take deep breaths and chant your word on the outbreath. Then take another deep breath and chant again.
You can try connecting with a spiritual guide or ask to visit a spiritual wisdom temple on the Inner Planes. You may ask to read a heavenly version of a book of holy scripture. You may wander into a movie theater to see a “movie” of your life that might perhaps contain a clue to a problem you wish to solve. You may wish to visit a spiritual library, where you can ask for information about something that is troubling you.
Answers don’t always come in your time-frame, but they always appear eventually in God’s time. The key is to keep listening inwardly and paying attention. You can get information from a hunch, something that you overhear, or a dream that you have. Or you may be guided to a physical book or a person in the outer world who can give you some information. Insights might come suddenly during your normal daily routine or while you are journaling your thoughts.
Lucid dreaming: When you set an intention to remember your dreams, you can also ask for information to come in the dream state. It takes time to train yourself to remember dreams, but it’s totally worth it. Write down whatever you can remember each day before you hop out of bed. Keep a notebook and pen or pencil on your night stand so you can write things down before you forget. Some people record their dream information verbally and transcribe it later.
Lucid dreaming is where you get to the point of being aware that you are dreaming… while you are dreaming! You can stop the action in the dream if it is frightening, and you can even re-do the ending. You can ask a spiritual guide to explain the meaning of the dream or give you insight into its meaning after you wake up in the morning.
When you cultivate and take advantage of your spiritual wi-fi connection, you will be surprised at how much more information you have at your disposal, and how much easier it is to deal with the day-to-day problems that come into your life. 🙂