I stand right where She planted me;
She made me I’ve a right to be.
Let the Rainbow of Life flow through me,
Let the Rainbow of Life flow through me.

As innocent as love’s first kiss,
I blossom forth expecting bliss.
Let the Rainbow of Life flow through me,
Let the Rainbow of Life flow through me.

Nourished in the bounty She bestows,
I am amply supplied in Her meadows.
Let the Rainbow of Life flow through me,
Let the Rainbow of Life flow through me.

Serene as a lake on a quiet day,
I accept my breath and then send it away.
Let the Rainbow of Life flow through me,
Let the Rainbow of Life flow through me.

The consciousness is all around;
I hear it and join in the sound.
Let the Rainbow of Life flow through me,
Let the Rainbow of Life flow through me.

I see with perfect clarity,
And radiate my own beauty.
Let the Rainbow of Life flow through me,
Let the Rainbow of Life flow through me.

Where Spirit leads me I will go;
When Ocean answers I will flow.
Let the Rainbow of Life flow through me,
Let the Rainbow of Life flow through me.
Jersema Jones

Okay, let’s say I have mastered contentment in any situation. The next quality I need is freedom, or power, which are closely related. (If you are powerless, you have no freedom and vice versa.)

Find Rest

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30, quoting Jesus Christ.

Freedom (which implies the ability to rest) really amounts to having the wisdom to know what or whom to be in bondage to. On our own, without any restraints at all, we would wind up becoming addicted to something, our freedom gone, we would be slaves to a disgusting habit. It is much better to be subservient to the One Whom God sent to earth many times for our guidance.

Under Baha’u’llah’s mystical tutelage, I learned to stop putting myself down. Then I picked up a copy of, The Art of Dreaming, by Carlos Castaneda, from the local public library. I read the book twice, taking notes the second time, then went back and read everything else that Castaneda had written. I joined a Tensigrity (a kind of movement similar to Tai Chi introduced by Castaneda) group, and read several books by other writers associated with Castaneda. Not sure when it started, but my Castaneda phase was over at the beginning of the year 2000. By then I had learned how to get my personal energy back when it had been stolen.

Regaining lost or stolen personal energy is done in meditation. There is both dumping and draining that goes on when dealing with unpleasant people. Being drained is referred to in Castaneda’s writings as “energy loss,” getting dumped on is referred to as “picking up foreign energy.”

Castaneda’s teacher, Yaqui Mexican Native Don Juan, instructed Carlos to make a list of everyone he had ever met, configure the list in reverse order of date, then, starting with the top of the list (his most recent acquaintance), go into meditation in a seated position, and relive every transaction with that person, beginning with the most recent, then work backward in time with that person before going on to the next person on the list. The goal is to eventually cover every encounter with every person in his life, in meditation, ending with his parents. The meditation involves slowly turning the head from side to side while breathing into the memory of a transaction with someone. With each exhale, consciously expel foreign energy. With each inhale, consciously pull back lost energy.

I began practicing this technique daily with the people and events of the day, and with the memories that came up naturally. I found that, with this technique, I could return energy that I had mistakenly appropriated from someone else. I found also, that I could get my own energy back with the technique, even if it had been lost decades ago. When possessions are stolen, the technique will work, understanding that you may not get back the exact thing that was stolen, but something equivalent, and it may seem to come from another source.

The Breath

At the Vipassana retreat I went to a few months ago, we spent almost the first half of our meditating time focusing exclusively on our breath. Inhale exhale What is the sensation at the upper lip? On and on Eventually, we got to the place where we were instructed to slowly scan our bodies with our awareness, looking for sensations, similar to what is generally known as Mindfulness Meditation. At the retreat, we were instructed not to use any mantras (mentally repeating a word or phrase while meditating) or visualizations, but now I am free to use them again.

Energy

Power is related to energy. Energy is one of the things necessary in order to have power. A machine or vehicle for the utilization of energy to the purpose desired is another thing that is necessary. Our spirit bodies are such a machine. Of course we have to use them correctly and they may occasionally require maintenance.

Energy flows up along the spine, on the inhale, then flows out and down like a fountain, on the exhale, forming an energetic cocoon around us. As it ascends and descends, it illuminates seven spiritual lamps. I visualize the energy going up through my spine and down around me, energizing each of 7 interfaces between body soul and spirit that exist along the spine. These interfaces are called Chakras, and they are numbered 1 through 7 starting at the base of the spine with number one, and number seven being at the crown of the head.
The Fourth Chakra is on the spine between the shoulder blades and oversees the heart, lungs and arms. The breath is an important part of meditation. The strength at the 4th chakra is power, freedom, liberty, ease of rest and relaxation. The weaknesses are addiction, being exploited by others or being the one exploiting another. Meditation is the key to living a life free of either kind of exploitation.

Right Vocation

Buddha taught the Eightfold Path: Right Contemplation, Right Mindfulness, Right Concentration, et cetera. At Chakra Four, the strength is power and the weaknesses are being exploited and exploiting others. Right Vocation, part of Buddhas Eightfold Path, is very important to avoid exploiting others. Are we treating suppliers and co-workers fairly, even those in other countries? Is the product something that benefits people (not just corporations)?

Eliminating the Extremes of Wealth and Poverty

Although over 100 years ago, Bahaullah called for the elimination of the extremes of wealth and poverty, it appears that even now, the 1 percent are exploiting the 99 percent. Those who are slow to understand are propagandised to believe it is the other poor who are exploiting them. They think the problem is that other oppressed people are not carrying their weight, when actually the problem is that much of the billionaire class is just looting everyone else and doing nothing for humanity. Those slow to understand are using alcohol, caffeine, nicotine etc. to keep themselves in a self-righteous haze, but they are waking up.

My Vision

We could come together in caring communities, together meeting all of our needs locally, but we are oppressed with war machinery that serves only the interests of a wealthy few. We are making weapons that are being deployed on the poor in other parts of the earth. War is a technique used by a few powerful business tycoons to impoverish and destabilize a region. Then the exploiters can come in and offer jobs paying a pittance, and appear to be improving the lives of those devastated by the war. The real threat comes from those powerful ones who are caught up in addiction to an extreme monetary gain, not the fictional enemy created to justify an invasion.

Our food, fuel, fabric, flowers, building materials and manufactured goods could be grown or produced locally. Instead, food and other goods travel long distances with all stages in the process being exploited by a powerful few.

We could live in dense walkable communities with dwellings, gardens, orchards, stores, schools, libraries, office space, industry, healthcare, meadow and forest close by. We could be living and working in worker-resident owned cooperatives. Elders could help with child care. Instead we have an apartment with no access to garden, or a tract house with scaresly room for a small garden, surrounded by strangers, everyone with a long commute to work, elders and children being kept apart. We work for employers who exploit us, and we rent or buy our dwellings from developers who exploit us. Exploiters want to make a big killing off real estate deals and they do.

We could stay healthy eating fresh, local produce, sustainably grown, without the use of toxic substances, electro and herbal medicine and nontoxic dentistry when necessary. Treatment protocols could be based on evidence of efficacy for the patient. Instead we eat nutritionally deficient and toxic food, grown far away, and are given toxic drugs and invasive surgeries, when sick, that benefit no one but the pharmaceutical-medical-insurance industry. For instance, cancer sufferers who have their sufferings augmented with chemotherapy have less than a 20% survival rate after five years (but the medical establishment makes a lot of money off the misery of cancer patients and their families). Vaccinations and dental restorations are laden with heavy metals and other toxins. Pioneers in electro medicine died under mysterious circumstances. Pioneers in Natural Hygiene and Naturopathy were worn down by frequent jailings and other harassment. Treatment protocols are primarily based on what is profitable for medical institutions.

It will not require a majority of aware people to turn the tide, I don’t believe, just a significant minority, because the majority of people don’t think for themselves anyway.

We who are aware can all meditate and breathe into the entities that should serve us, exhaling the oppression and expectantly inhaling the blessings to come. There will be those who will respond with love. Eventually love will win.

Empowerment by the Manifestation of God

In recognizing the Manifestation of God for today, a believer also acknowledges that His laws and exhortations express truths about the nature of the human being and the purpose of existence; they raise human consciousness, increase understanding, lift the standard of personal conduct, and provide the means for society to progress. His teachings serve, then, to empower humanity; they are the harbinger of human happiness, whose call, far from compelling obedience to an arbitrary and dictatorial regimen of behavior, leads to true freedom. “Were men to observe that which We have sent down unto them from the Heaven of Revelation,” Bahá’u’lláh states, “they would, of a certainty, attain unto perfect liberty. Happy is the man that hath apprehended the Purpose of God in whatever He hath revealed from the Heaven of His Will, that pervadeth all created things.” “Think not that We have revealed unto you a mere code of laws,” He declares further, “Nay, rather, We have unsealed the choice Wine with the fingers of might and power.”

Challenges for Bahá’í Youth in a Western Way of Life, by or on behalf of Universal House of Justice 2013-04-19

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