The Spiritual Path to Relieving Anger

Let spirituality guide you when trying to relieve your anger.

Let spirituality guide you when trying to relieve your anger.

Many encourage the release of anger and rage from our lifestyles. The reality, however, is that anger is something that has its purpose. It induces balance and justice, proving to be essential to the operation of society on earth.

Most of those who are spiritual go about exerting their anger in a passive-aggressive way.

To walk the spiritual path it is essential to deal with anger as efficiently as possible. In the spiritual world, anger is a tool of balance and karma. Anger can be released temporarily in a variety of ways, such as screaming into a pillow or throwing a soft object across the room.

Like anything, it is important to first identify that you have a problem with anger. Women have a particularly hard time with this (partially because anger is not considered to be ladylike).

In the spiritual realm, the proper way to release rage is by calling upon karma and balance against the source of the anger. Someone has to pay for this anger – either the source of the anger or the one receiving it.

If someone betrays you, without achieving spiritual balance you are losing twice. Without relieving this negative energy by turning it back on the perpetrator, you are keeping the energy within yourself.

You are benefiting yourself and the perpetrator, as you are immediately returning this negative karma instead of letting it boil and multiple into exponentially worse karma. Calling it on the perpetrator now allows them to immediately see the consequences of their doings. This can positively change the relationship you two have.

By opening the perpetrator’s eyes in a spiritual way, it allows him to see his impact on others and hopefully will change his future actions.

Spirituality Around the World: Jamaica

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Jamaica has a long and unique spiritual history.

The history of Jamaican spirituality explained by Bernard Jankee.

The kumina was a musical and religious form originating with the Congo people. The dance features lots of hip movement, the use of flat-footed sliding of the feet and breaks. Drums and singing are included in the ceremony. These breaks in the dancing are the result of the musical instruments, which give clues as to how to move your body. These sessions are not intended for entertainment.

Soon, the revival bands began forming in Jamaica. These groups came from different parts of the world – even as far out as Germany. Ettu, another spiritual group, came to Jamaica with indentured servants.

In the 1930s, Rastafarianism began. Rastafarian draws heavily on other religious practices and has become more and more modern.

Symbols

Water is almost a universal symbol across all types of spirituality in Jamaica. Christian churches use wine and white rum is used in kumina, ettu and revival ceremonies.

These symbols are starting to become intertwined – a result of globalization. Rastafarians have begun dancing kumina.

Spiritual possession is something that occurs across both the kumina and ettu ceremonies. During these ceremonies, people will feel as though a spirit enters them and takes control of their body.

Blood sacrifices are part of some rituals, with goats and other animals being slaughtered. These animals were then skinned and eaten.

Christmas Disturbances Law

Jankee told an anecdote about the 1841 Christmas Disturbances Law. The law banned the playing of musical instruments during the season and resulted in some children getting arrested. Riots followed the arrests, led by the mothers of the children involved.

Using Spirituality to Avoid Holiday Stress

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There are ways to de-stress your holiday season.

The holiday season is a time of joy, love, and togetherness.  For many though, it can be a time of stress and anxiety.  Preparing your home for visitors, cooking for what seems like an army, and making sure the kids are having the kind of magical holiday season you remember from your childhood is a lot easier said than done.  Spirituality and Practice has a timely list of thirteen ways to take the stress out of your holidays.  For the full list check out the full blog posts, but here are a few of the highlights:

Stay Healthy

Many people channel their holiday stresses into unhealthy habits by indulging in all the vices this time of year has to offer.  You can still enjoy yourself, but try to avoid common holiday pitfalls like overeating, excessive drinking, and slacking off on your exercise routine.  This will help you keep your stress levels low and ought to help you get a head start on some of those New Year’s resolutions that are soon to follow.

Concentrate on Relaxing

This may sound like a contradiction, but it isn’t.  Take some time for yourself and let go of your worries.  This may come in the form of a few minutes of meditation, yoga, or whatever activity you find most relaxing.  Whatever it is you choose to do, make sure you are in a resting position and that you are taking slow and deliberate breaths.  Spirituality and Practice recommends turning on some soothing, low-anxiety music as a complement.

Toss Your Hoard

This piece of advice is the most unique and possibly most helpful one on the whole list.  The holidays can be a time of massive clutter in your home or apartment, especially if you are hosting guests.  Family luggage, discarded wrapping paper, more food than you know what to do with – general clutter can lead to increased stress.  Take the time each day to ask yourself “Do I still need this?”  If the answer is no, throw it away and it will feel like you’ve thrown a bit of your stress away with it.

If you commit to following these tips, you’re sure to have a peaceful holiday season.  You’ll be able to lose your stress in favor of what really matters: spending quality time with friends and family.

Winter Solstice: A Time of Reflection

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The Winter Solstice has long held astrological significance and continues to influence our holiday traditions today.

Technically, The Winter Solstice is the time when the noon sun is at its lowest possible point above the horizon.  It generally falls on the 21st or the 22nd of December and is notable for bringing the shortest period of sunlight during a calendar year.  But what does the Winter Solstice mean?  For thousands of years it has meant much more than a long night and a short day.

Long before Christmas was celebrated, this time of year had special astrological significance.  There is something about this time during December that encourages human beings to celebrate with friends, enjoy a period of rest and relaxation before the coming New Year, and to turn to inward reflection.

The Romans spent the Winter Solstice celebrating the festival of Bromalia which was known as a time to search for portends of the year to come.  Some historians believe that early Christian converts adopted features of the Roman festivals of Saturnalia and Natalis Invicti which were also celebrations of the Winter Solstice.

The festival of Saturnalia reflected many of the ideas we associate with the holiday season even today.  Saturnalia was celebrated to exalt Saturn, the head of the Roman pantheon of gods.  However, it was also a time when long standing arguments and entrenched grudges were thrown by the wayside.  Public offices such as courts and schools were often on hiatus.  Slaves and masters symbolically reversed roles, with masters waiting on their slaves during the festival.  Even wars were suspended.  If this sounds a lot like the holiday season we know today, it’s because many of our traditions are drawn from these and other ancient festivals.  The promotion of peace and unity, focus on caring for the poor, and closure of government and businesses in favor of rest are all interpretations of customs that have been passed down for generations.

Incorporating ancient traditions made it easier for the Roman people to understand and accept the new religion of Christianity.  Regardless of how much these Roman festivals influenced Christmas traditions, the idea that the Winter Solstice is an important time spiritually is thousands of years old.

If you are searching for answers as the Winter Solstice approaches, it may be the right time for you to schedule a psychic reading to help you chart a path for a happy and healthy 2014!

The Immeasurable Energy of Chi

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The idea of Chi has been around in Eastern thought for thousands of years.

A fascinating example of a type of unmeasurable energy is Chi.    Believed to be life force or the energy flow that exists between everyone and everything, Chi has been a respected idea that has existed in the eastern world for ages.

The biggest argument made against the existence of Chi is that it is nearly unmeasurable in a scientific or physical sense, and since Chi is a very personal experience it is almost unexplainable to people who have not felt it for themselves. However, it is a phenomenon that is experienced by thousands. Experienced martial artists often speak of chi and manipulating this energy to tactfully maneuver, strike and block their way through a fight, with a hopefully worthy opponent. When sparring in certain styles it is possible to feel ones chi against your own like learning a new side to a personality. Chi is believed to be cultivated from a person’s chakras which are energy fields that exist in our bodies. Running along the spine and in the palms, chakras have been felt by millions, and have been known about and studied for thousands of years.

Anyone can learn to feel and become aware of these areas and exercise them much like a muscle. Chi also travels through our bodies meridians, which are a system of pressure points that run throughout our whole body. People have long been self healing, practicing acupressure and acupuncture through the stimulation of meridians. Exercising these points properly promotes circulation and can heal certain ailments and injuries. The phenomenon of Chi is a mysterious one and imaginably an exciting journey of discoveries for anyone to venture towards.

To learn more about Chi, check out this Energy Arts article with more details about the eastern concept of Chi.

A General Idea of Spirituality

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Can spiritual experiences be explained as a manifestation of our collective energy?

The idea of a higher power is easier to wrap your head around when thinking of it as the energy that exists in everything and everyone of us.  A recent Freethought Nation article discusses the possibility that spirituality can be explained as energy.

This notion doesn’t seem so far fetched especially when you compare the characteristics of our concept of a spiritual being and energy.

  • A force that cannot be seen, only felt
  • Cannot be created or destroyed
  • Always was and always will be

Energy is convertible and transferable. It can be harnessed and utilized through solar, hydro, wind, combustion and electrical means.  One can also call upon energy through meditation or prayer. Many ask for strength, focus and the answers to conquer situations that they are facing, and many receive it.

You may have noticed being more energized than normal for unknown reasons. Maybe it was food that you ate or being out in fresh air and sunlight. People have noted feeling a substantial and almost palpable energy when visiting very old buildings, temples or cathedrals. It has been suggested that these feelings may be the result of a strong history of this universal energy being present.

Perhaps spiritual figures such as Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed etc. are simply conduits that this loving, life-giving energy can flow through more easily.  Certain people seem to be born with a higher universal understanding or enlightenment than others.  Some even possess unexplained gifts such as a heightened sense of intuition, clairvoyance, telepathy, and the ability to heal through touch.

Can it be a coincidence that stories of these pinnacle spiritual figures possessing one or more of these abilities have been passed down for thousands of years?

You may know certain people with one of these abilities or have even experienced one within yourself.  We are all more spiritual beings than we realize. It’s time to open up our eyes.  With the awareness and ability to utilize this consciousness collectively, what can we achieve?

The sky is the limit.

Hollywood Psychic Spills the Best Good Energy Locations in LA

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Aiden Chase says the Beverly Hills Hotel has some of the best energy in the city.

Many people believe that certain places in the world emit positive or negative energies that can affect your experience being there.  One of these people is acclaimed Hollywood psychic, Aiden Chase.  In a recent interview, Chase told Hollywood Reporter his top 5 locations in Tinseltown for harnessing good energy.  Here are a few of the highlights:

Chase’s number one location is the Beverly Hills Hotel.  He says celebration, happiness, and success all meet at a crossroads beneath the Beverly Hills Hotel.  He cites years and years of big Hollywood deals taking place at the Beverly Hills Hotel as one of the major pieces of proof that it is truly a special place.

If you want to harness some of the positive energy left behind by California’s Native Americans, Chase recommends you check out Point Dume on Westward Beach Rd.  As the location of ancient Chumash Indian rituals and ceremonies, Chase believes point Dume holds special power that can be passed on to visitors.  For those less inclined to the supernatural, there is also a beautiful view of the ocean and a chance to see some top name stars.

Holmby Park is Chase’s recommendation for a great place to think.  Situated just around the corner from the Playboy Mansion, the park provides a respite from the bustle of the city.  If you need an extra infusion of energy, pop into Clementines and grab some delicious fare for a picnic in the park.

Aiden Chase is also a huge proponent of Yoga and there is only one place he recommends in all of Los Angeles – Nine Treasures Yoga.  He swears by Tej, his instructor for the last decade.  Besides the great instruction and Tej’s 40 years of experience, you also might rub elbows with the likes of Demi Moore or Russell Brand.

These sound like some pretty wonderful places so if you ever find yourself in Los Angeles and need a spot to clear your head, consult Chase’s list.  Let me know how it goes!

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