SHINING LOTUS™ METAPHYSICAL BOOKSTORE NEWSLETTER
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in this issue
CONNECTING TO THE OTHER SIDE – GALLERY READINGS with Sarina Baptista
PLANETS AND POSSIBILITIES: A LOOK AT THE ASTROLOGY OF SEPTEMBER by Sally Shotwell
HIGHER BRAIN LIVING® with Lucy Wirth
AUTHOR VISIT & BOOK SIGNING: SE DOYLE, author of Kiva & the Stone Nation
THE SUN GOD AS A UNIVERSAL SYMBOL by Bruce Johnson
ALL CHANGE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE ANEW by Mario C. Veo
LET’S GET STONED! with Meghan Taft
A TREASURE GREATER THAN YOUR COMPREHENSION by Drusant
CONNECTING TO THE OTHER SIDE
GALLERY READINGS WITH SARINA BAPTISTA
Monday, September 29, 2014. 7 – 9 pm. $20.
Join internationally renowned speaker, author, spiritual teacher and psychic medium, Sarina Baptista for an evening of connecting with your loved ones on the other side! Sarina’s unique style of mediumship brings messages of healing and love from your loved ones. They want us to know they are okay, they are happy, out of pain and can see so much more now than when they were here. Hope you can join Sarina for this incredible evening!
Sarina’s books, A Bridge to Healing: J.T.’s Story and A Bridge to Healing: J.T.’s Story Companion Workbook will be available for purchase at this event! Sarina will also be signing books after the event.
Advanced purchase of tickets is recommended – Seating is limited!!
Go to www.sarinabaptista.com and click on the Events tab to purchase tickets.
Please note: This is a gallery style reading, which means your loved ones decide who receives readings. Not everyone in attendance will receive a reading.
Internationally renowned Speaker, Spiritual Teacher, Author and Psychic Medium, Sarina Baptista was a featured speaker for the “Life, Death and Beyond” International Conference in Crete, Greece, and is the resident psychic for Northern Colorado’s Clear Channel. She brings message of hope from your loved ones on the other side, leading you to a guided life!
PLANETS AND POSSIBILITIES: A LOOK AT THE ASTROLOGY OF SEPTEMBER
by Sally Shotwell
September presents us with the opportunity to hone our reasoning skills with the Sun (our consciousness) passing through two signs known to offer mental clarity and acuity. We start the month off in Virgo which honors precision and industry and then, on the 22nd, slide into Libra noted for its intellectual refinement. These placements emphasize the important role discernment plays in our being able to arrive at appropriate decisions affecting our lives. Mercury, the plant associated with communication, enters the picture September 2 in Libra (relationships) so our interpersonal interactions should loom prominently in our lives. On the 6th, Venus, the planet of love, sails into Virgo which will push us to carefully scrutinize everything within our pervue. Let’s remember to be gentle with ourselves and others and not fall into the trap of self-criticism.
What do we beat ourselves up about?
Is there an action we should implement to relieve ourselves of this burden?
Fortunately, the September 8 Full Harvest Moon (culmination) in sensitive Pisces gives us a promising message to keep in mind as we address our daily routines. “An Easter Parade; the capacity inherent in all great sociocultural images to unite the members of a community in a display of excellence” encourages us to ponder whether the shared experiences in which we’re engaged are fulfilling. Do they encourage our self-expression? Amenable exchanges of energy can motivate us and open us up to channels of inspiration.
The Sun in Libra, September 22, is known as the Autumnal Equinox and ushers in a change of season and the beginning of a new cycle. Just one day later, on the 23rd, appropriately enough, the New Moon (beginnings) in Libra explains the means by which we may approach the transition. “The transmutation of the fruits of past experiences into the seed-realizations of forever creative spirit…” reminds us that history provides us with a mirror in order for us to productively reflect on the past. We then can parlay the insights gained to visualize our ultimate potential to evolve. There are resources available to us to pursue wisdom of the past and present which resonates with us. Guidance on our journey makes our efforts to move beyond our current limitations towards greater self-awareness feasible.
Our search is also facilitated by our life experiences which often appear to be bizarre and totally confusing. Being aware of astrological influences can help clarify the vibrations we’re picking up but can’t pin down. They don’t cause our actions but create an ambiance on which we’re functioning.
This brings us to Pluto, the God of the Underworld, turning Direct (moving forward) September 23 in Capricorn (discipline) partnering with the New Moon. Libra and Capricorn are Cardinal (aggressive) signs and planets located in them will get the attention of revolutionary Uranus in Cardinal, fiery Aries. It is through the vagaries to which we’ve frequently been exposed that we’ve become more flexible and sanguine about adjusting to change. This increase in the flow of our energy is known as GROWTH!
What should I look into to further my well-being?
Mercury (thought) dips into intense Scorpio September 27 and brings with it watery sensations – remember them? Venus (love) shows up in her Libra home September 29 which should act as a soothing balm to alleviate any discomfort we may be experiencing. Hurray!!!
Sally Shotwell is a life-long student of esoteric spirituality with a super-natural curiosity and an undying thirst for knowledge. Her focus on studies in Astrology have spanned decades, and have included studying with Mario C. Veo, John Joseph, Mark Husson and C. A. Brooks.
HIGHER BRAIN LIVING®
with Lucy Wirth
Saturday, September 13, 2014. 2 – 3 pm. FREE PRESENTATION.
Come learn more about the higher brain and it’s capacity to change your life. Higher Brain Living® is a revolutionary technique that creates a surge of energy into the Prefrontal Cortex, or higher brain, where your potential lives. This surge of energy creates an expansion of breath that releases stress from the body allowing you to feel more relaxed, have more clarity and increased energy.
There is physiology evidence that the prefrontal cortex brainwaves change and can parallel those of the Tibetan Monks who meditate for four hours each day and have done so for 20 plus years. The program provides clients with a life-map that is guaranteed to create transformational change, and lends to less stress, greater focus, joy and passion.
Lucy Wirth is an Advanced Higher Brain Living® Facilitator and the owner of the University Hills Awaken Center. With a Master’s Degree in Health and Wellness, she has a passion for people’s health and well-being. Lucy has personally experienced the benefits of Higher Brain Living, and she enjoys helping others realize their fullest potential and find more joy in their lives. For more information, visit www.higherbrainlivinguhills.com.
AUTHOR VISIT & BOOK SIGNING
SE DOYLE, author of Kiva & the Stone Nation
Sunday, September 21, 2014. 2 – 3 pm. FREE PRESENTATION.
Bring your kids!! Please join SE Doyle as she presents Kiva & The Stone Nation, which tells the story of a young girl who struggles with her destiny as the granddaughter of a shape-shifting shaman. She encounters living stones, greedy corporations, mis-guided friends and classmates on her way to finding her way in a wonderous new world. A fantasy novel for children, 9 – 12. A book signing will follow her talk. Call 303-758-9113 to register.
SE Doyle was inspired to write the middle grade novel Kiva & the Stone Nation after stumbling upon an incredible stone formation on her ranch in the mountains of southern Colorado a few years back. Since she was a small child she has considered writing one of her great passions She is an avid adventurer and has worked in Kazakhstan, traveled to numerous foreign countries and has swam with the wild dolphins in Bimini 4 times. Her next adventure is to swim with the humpback whales, April 2015. When not traveling she splits her time between Colorado in the summer and Florida in the winter where she also works as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
THE SUN GOD AS A UNIVERSAL SYMBOL
by Bruce Johnson
The term sun god has a dual meaning in the Ancient Wisdom. The first meaning describes a Solar Logos as the creator and sustaining life of a solar system. The second and more well- known definition indicates a divine incarnation of that Solar Logos in physical form, and is a keynote of numerous religions, ancient and modern.
There have been many sun gods throughout the ages. These sun gods all share surprisingly parallel life experiences. They are born at midnight of December 24th, the symbolic birthday of our sun. They are born as the sign Virgo is rising on the eastern horizon, and so are allegorically born of a virgin. Forces of evil always attempt to destroy the child sun god who survives and grows into manhood despite the efforts of despots to kill him. Sun gods are invariably crucified literally or symbolically at the spring equinox on a cross or a tree. Death of the mortal self by crucifixion is always followed by a spiritual rebirth of the divine Self. Like the physical sun, sun gods traditionally ascend into full stature spiritually at the summer solstice when the sun is at its zenith.
Virgin birth through a divine mother is a consistent theme in the life of all sun gods, and represents a deep allegorical truth. Virgin mothers of sun gods include Devaki, who was the mother of the Indian avatar Krishna. In ancient Babylon we find Istar depicted as the undefiled mother of the savior Tammaz. The chaste virgin Mayadevi gave birth to the sublime and enlightened Buddha. Egyptian theology had its own immaculate mother symbol in Isis, who brought forth Horus, the divine hawk-headed god. The Christian religion portrays Mary as the virgin mother of the world savior and sacred son of God, Jesus.
The symbolism and existence of the sun god was universal in all parts of the world in ancient times. Examples of Greek sun gods include Apollo, Hercules, and Bacchus. Persian civilizations taught of the divine solar incarnations known as Mithras and Zarathustra. Quetzalcoatl, symbolized as a winged serpent, was revered as a sun god by the Mayans of South America. Even Atlantis, where sun worship was common, had its examples of sun gods.
The book- The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors by Kersey Graves looks at examples of sun gods throughout history.
Bruce Johnson has over 30 years of study in the fields of Ancient Wisdom and occultism. He has taught classes on a wide range of topics, from Atlantis to mediums to Zoroaster. He is also a spiritualist minister, with a background in spiritual astrology. He lives in Colorado with his wife and their cat.
ALL CHANGE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE ANEW
by Mario C. Veo
Look around you… what do you see??… conflict, wars, floods, famine? Heck, if you were a fan you’d think it really was ‘the end of days’ (well, you’d not be too far off)! What we have at the moment is “a Season of Change”, where we (all of us) are given an opportunity to ‘clean up and shape up’. No, this is not simply some platitude that we so easily sprout off, without much compulsion behind it… no, indeed, this IS the Time for Change.
The Seasons are changing… the Equinox approaches… the heat of Summer gives up its place to the Bounty of the Harvest… cooler weather allows us to calm our Emotional Body…BUT only if we so choose! It is too easy to find ‘fault’ with others… to excuse our own trespasses (after all, we are Right)… to blame others through our own Righteousness… do you really think this will exempt you from the Karmas you’re creating?
IF you are truly on a Spiritual Path then remember this: Whatever you put out comes back to you tenfold!
This IS the Law of Creation… be it your Thoughts, Words, Actions, it always comes back to you!!
So, you can embrace this opportunity to create a better tomorrow by staying calm and centered in your Spiritual Light… or, you can allow the Lower, Reactive Emotions to push you along, in increasing negativity… the Choice is yours. Do not bother to imitate others – act for yourself… do not bother to placate others – stay firm in your Light… do not bother to comply with others’ propaganda – think your yourself!
Be kind, gentle, soft… and consciously move away from agitation, criticism, gossip, and conflict… why?? Because Life is Energy, and Energy has Qualities which either support of destroy… and such IS your Choice. Do you want to be Happy, or indulge in the Drama… wallow in Chaos?
I am dedicating this month to Changes – how to embrace them and succeed… to better understanding Karma, and how to clean up our own Negative Aspects – Why? Because buried under this ugly emotional mess which the World is currently experiencing, lie many wonderful, radiant people, who simply have to awaken to their own Inner Beauty… are you one of them!?!
Tuesday, September 2, 2014. 7 – 8:30 pm. $20.
WHY RESOLUTIONS FAIL…AND WHAT YOU CAN DO TO SUCCEED
Tuesday, September 9, 2014. 7 – 8:30 pm. $20.
BEYOND RESOLUTIONS…THE MOST IMPORTANT KEY TO PERSONAL HAPPINESS
Tuesday, September 16, 2014. 7 – 8:30 pm. $20.
BEYOND CUTTING CORDS…THE KARMA OF RELEASE, & THE RIGHT OF CREATION
Tuesday, September 23, 2014. 7 – 8:30 pm. $20.
CUTTING CORDS…WITH YOURSELF!
Tuesday, September 30, 2014. 7 – 8:30 pm. $20.
ENOUGH ALREADY…IT’S TIME TO FACE THE TRUTH – DENIAL SIMPLY POSTPONES THE INEVITABLE
Mario C. Veo is a teacher of Spiritual Science and a Healing Arts Practitioner. He teaches classes and individuals on Personal Transformation and the Expansion of Consciousness. Mario is available for personal guidance and consultations on Tuesday afternoons at the Shining Lotus Bookstore.
LET’S GET STONED!
or “THE ART OF BEING DISTRACTED BY SHINY THINGS”
by Meghan Taft
Second Wednesday of every month. 7 – 8:30 pm. $5.
Alright everyone, it’s time again, I have chosen the next 3 stones from my magic box of rocks! This month we are going to go over Agate, Jasper and Chalcedony. All three are so varied, and variegated, that there are many specimens to choose from. Please feel free to bring any variety of these three stones, as we will be going over the basic energy of these stones. Agate is mainly translucent although there have been some opaque varieties. Jasper is mainly opaque, although there are veins of translucent stones that may form in some pieces of jasper. Chalcedony is also mainly a translucent stone with some opaque spots in it, so these three stones have some interesting qualities in common, and one big thing in common. These are some interesting stones and we will have fun discussing them at the meetup on Wednesday, so come on out to Shining Lotus, and Let’s Get Stoned!
LET’S GET STONED…or ‘The Art of Being Distracted by Shiny Things’, is a guide for working with gemstones to help you balance your life. Doing so helps you heal yourself, manifest positive changes, and develop your psychic abilities. There are many gemstones to work with, and many different things they can do for you! We will go over the basic of the basics about gemstiones and how you can woek with them. Also, if you have any stones that you can’t identify, bring them with you and I can help you to learn how to identify your stones! We are going to have a lot of fun and I look forward to seeing you there, so come on and Let’s Get Stoned!
Meghan Taft has been studying geology and working with gemstones for 14 years. She works with gemstones by setting up grids in houses and businesses and does gemstone readings.
Please contact Meghan Taft at 303-789-0646 and ask for ext 47 to sign up for the group, admission is $5, we will go over a different set of stones each month and you will be emailed the updated info for each group.
A TREASURE GREATER THAN YOUR COMPREHENSION
YOUR OWN BODY
Intelligence operates on a different frequency than your biological body. You, the being, you the awareness of being aware, are not your body. You, the being, are distinct and separate from the body. You are differentiated from this physical realm. You are more like the grounds keeper of a large estate. You do the thinking and the planning. You walk around the estate and tell yourself what needs to be worked on and what is growing nicely.
Those of you who still believe you are the body, bear with me. Some of you are still not quite sure if you are the body or not. “When the body hurts then ‘I’ hurt too, so therefore it must be me that is hurting,” is a convincing argument. That can be a bit confusing at first.
You inhabit a body, or at least that is the objective. A little later on you may come to recognize that you’ve had trouble cramming all of your being into that tiny, little container. When you drive your car and you hit a pot hole in the street, you almost feel the pain of the car. This isn’t a very good analogy, but let’s start there.
You park the car and go into the grocery store. You come back to the car and notice that a tire is low or that the car needs washing. You may be critical of the car or your eyes may smile because you really enjoy your vehicle. You may enjoy the color, the feel of it when you drive, or how the seats almost hug and support you while you are driving.
Some people are depressed in their car and others may feel regal. Whichever the case, you are the driver and it is the vehicle for your transportation. You use your vehicle to explore your physical environment. Your body vehicle can take you to places of learning that are only found in this physical environment. It is an extraordinary opportunity for gaining greater awareness and greater understanding than can be found anywhere else. It’s a matter of how willing and able you are to maintain your vehicle, your biological body.
We use our body to see and touch this physical reality. It can then become confusing to distinguish the touching with the interpretation of the touch. You are the interpreter. A movie projector projects the image on the screen but you sit behind the projector and evaluate what you see. You are not the projector; you write the script. The projector is a thing; you are the thought—those are two entirely different substances. The thought can pass through the brain and the brain can tell the body to move, but science has yet to find “you” inside the brain.
It is no different than when a voice comes from a radio. If a person can hold onto that idea, that they originate the voice but they are not the mouth or the radio, then we can ask, “Where am I that creates the voice? Where am I located? If I am not the voice but I’m the originator of the voice, then what am I looking at when I look in the mirror? It sure looks and smells like me.”
TO REIGNITE THE SPARK OF CIVILIZATION
As we can all recognize and appreciate by now, when a genuine researcher makes a new discovery in science that can change the paradigm of society, there is almost always a violent and even savage attack on the researcher. The days of the Inquisition are an example, the days of Tesla and even current times are further evidence of how strongly we humans oppose change. Academia will reject the new discoveries that a scientist may make when it challenges accepted physics. Free energy and new healing devices have been discovered by many people throughout the planet.
When those in academia speak of a soul, they can be threatened with expulsion from their job. It is slowly getting better but many fine careers have been lost at the hands of mainstream single-mindedness. Where is the spirit to explore uncharted territories?
We live in a world that still believes day-to-day life must be drudgery, that life is something to be tolerated and suffered. Some believe life is to be endured until God can call us home. Many light workers hope this is their last lifetime. Just wait until they find out that this is also paradise.
This world can be seen as a prison planet while we are under the cloak of our amnesia—of not knowing who we are, of not knowing where we came from and of not knowing our birth right as a singular being and of our sovereignty. More especially, we lack knowing our capacity as a spiritual entity and what that can encompass and how limited we have allowed ourselves to become.
Like a stubborn mule, many times our body doesn’t want to do what we are asking it to do. When we treat the mule with patience and loving kindness, as we would a child, the mule or the child will be more eager to respond to our requests.
Many humans complain about the body. It doesn’t look right or it doesn’t run like a gazelle gliding through a meadow. We look to our body with the same level of expectation as we have for ourselves, the spiritual being. We want to run ten miles with grace and poise. There is almost a conflict of wills between our own consciousness and that of our body. When the body has the flu or a cold, we are frustrated and resentful for the condition because it is inconvenient timing for all the things we want to do instead of lying in bed.
If we didn’t fight against the body, if we didn’t polarize our feelings about the body and we regarded our body as a child with its childlike wishes, I would bet the body would respond with greater pleasure to serve its master. You are the master, you are the adult and you are the captain of your ship. Your body is the subject, it’s the receiver of your command and it’s the vessel for your expression while in this domain.
Here is another example. A vibrant, young sixteen year old girl has a horse that she adores. She feeds it, brushes it with loving hands, talks to it and hugs it with her heart. She wants to train it to run the obstacle course and in time, they win blue ribbons together. They move and shift as one complete unit. The horse is proud that it has become more than just a horse; the horse and the girl can coordinate their skills together to do more than they could do separately. Together, they are more grand, more alive and more capable. So too, with you and your own body, you can come to respect each other as being separate but equal in value. You can work together for a common cause and together you can accomplish much more. When you treat your body with respect and tender feelings, your body will become more willing to stay healthy, alive and to serve you—its trainer, its coach and its captain.
Try it; get the feel of sitting inside your body as if the body is very young and of a simple intelligence and get the idea that the body is coming to accept you for who you are. It’s almost like getting introduced to a lost sister or brother. See your body as being female in nature, as being receptive, as needing gentle words of encouragement, as needing to look nice. See yourself as male in nature, as the one giving reassurance, as in protecting and providing safety and comforting council. See yourself as a boy and girl making friends on the first day of grade school as you walk home together, hand in hand, wondering if you might marry the other person someday when you grow up. See the body relaxing with your gentle voice. See the body inviting you to slide inside to cohabit together in comfort, without conflict.
If you can get that feeling, that acceptance, it will be a sensation you have never been conscious of before. You felt it before when life was full of wonder, when life was full of magic and mystery. You felt the joy of being alive, of being whole. We’ve all had those moments and we can have them again on a more consistent and intentional basis. We can grow and mature into happiness. The gift of life is to be enjoyed, separately as an individual and together as a global people. It is the promise that was made to you a long, long time ago before you were born.
Drusant is the pen name of a long-time, faithful customer of the Shining Lotus™ Metaphysical Bookstore. An unendingly inquisitive mind that never stops asking ‘why?’ or ‘how?’, he continues to quest for esoteric, spiritual and paranormal answers in the Denver area. We are extremely grateful to him for allowing us to publish his creative writings in our newsletter and on our website. Go to www.shininglotus.com and find the search field, type “drusant” and enjoy some of his other articles.