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One concept that seems to pervade most spiritual traditions and religions is that of the ascended masters. If you’ve been around the metaphysical community for a little while, you’ve probably heard people talking about the ascended masters and avatars. This can be a confusing concept to people who are new to the spiritual language and meditation. I wanted to introduce you to this concept so you could see the potential benefit of working with these energies. There is no limit on how many ascended masters there are since they exist not in the physical but in another dimension. They also had an incarnation on the planet at some point. Essentially these humans went through a series of initiations on the earth plane and are now 6th dimensional beings which experience at oneness with everything. The 5th dimension is the area of shamans and the next initiation brings them to union with the I AM presence. The teachings on the ascended masters refers to them as ‘Mahatmas’ meaning masters of the ancient wisdom. They come from different time periods and religious traditions.
There are, according to the teachings of the Ascended Masters which comes from the Theosophy society, 12 dimensions total. The spiritualists such as Alice Bailey, Manly P. Hall and Helena Blavatsky from the 1870’s used the concept of Ascended Masters. The term was coined in 1924 by a man named Baird T. Spalding who wrote of the teachings of the masters of the far east. Since then, many more books have delved into this topic. The teachings usually help people to master actions that develop the consciousness of connectedness using words and the teachings of eastern mystics. People that study the Ascended Masters learn to identify with the I am presence within instead of an understanding of something that exists outside of you.
Essentially, an Ascended Master has followed the divine plan they needed to fulfill in a lifetime and become a source of divine love. They have mastered the physical plane and through Ascension have united with source. Many people are able to connect to these energies in meditation and that is actually how many of the books about them have been written. This way of writing is called channelling. If you practice meditation, there’s no guarantee you will connect with them but the more you practice, the higher the likelihood is. Sometimes our ego wants to tell us that our spirit guide is some enlightened being so we feel special but it’s possible that those masters will work with you anonymously so the lessons can come through without building ego. While in meditation my higher self sometimes shows up looking like Jesus, I don’t attach to what it looks like as I know the personification is just something that will keep my attention at that time. We all have a higher self which is the link to our soul and the other dimensions of non-physical spiritual guides.
Ok wait hold up, we can get caught up in names and dimensions and lose sight of how it can apply to our life right now. Well get excited because these teachings have been a part of mystery schools and spiritual traditions that have literally changed the course of people’s lives. It has given new meaning to existence to understand this bigger picture and the initiations or challenges we undergo and must pass in order to obtain higher states of awareness and eventually break the cycle of life and death...woah that’s kind of a big deal right? This means we could reorganize our goals to be in alignment with ‘pure love’ and thus accept life’s challenges as learning lessons that we must uphold this divine loving presence.
Still confused? Maybe we are having a difficult time dealing with a roommate who is maybe messy and lazy, hey we’ve all been there right? Well what if we showed them pure love, cleaned the house, helped them build up their confidence, get a clean haircut and a spiffy job? Then we pass that test and we don’t have to repeat it. They say until we learn the lesson of the challenge and are able to embrace it for the blessing, it will repeat in waking life and in our dreams. So my question to you is what are the initiations you are in? What is being taught to you about being pure love and a source of divine love in those moments? How does your life align with breaking the karmic cycle of life and death? Are you helping the world and working on yourself?
Let’s be honest, most of us really do want to have an impact and have no friggin clue how. That’s what a metaphysical center is for. It’s a place to go to get training, advice and even guidance from ascended masters who sometimes come through in a reading. Beyond that, you can learn to connect with these energies from people who intentionally do this on a daily basis. We have been hearing a lot on social media how millennials want to have an impact but lack the patience to do so. Let’s use the spiritual masters and shamans on this earth to help us break the patterns that are hurting us so we can step into alignment with our destiny. Whether that means being kinder to the people we live and work with or finding a transitional job that we feel purposeful in while we get more training, we are all waking up now to hear the calling to our life purpose. The tools of astrology can be helpful in this pursuit as well. But don’t sit at home in your room trying to figure it out alone, consider a natal chart reading, attend group meditations which are stronger than meditating alone, talk to trusted spiritual advisors and allow them to help you find your path.
House of Intuition is a group of down to earth spiritual teachers, seekers, priests, magicians, healers and shamans who can take away lots of the cobwebs you may feel about how to connect to your soul and work through life’s challenges peacefully. We are here for you!
Finally, we want to mention some of the ascended masters you will hear about so you are familiar with them too. They can have been men or women on earth. There is a very long list and depending on the culture, they will focus on different ones familiar to their history. In the West we often hear of Jesus Christ, Melchizedek, Mother Mary, Buddha, Gabriel, Hathor, Quan Kin, Kali, Metatron, Elijah, Yogananda, Milarepa, John The Baptist, Elohim, Anubis, Apollo, Babaji. For a more extensive list, you can visit this site. Also we carry a great book by Doreen Virtue in our stores called Archangels and Ascended Masters which will help you get to know them.
With Love, HOI.
As we become older, we understand how to do the things we need to survive, however there is a much more subtle area we must learn to navigate which I call the last frontier. This is the mind. To be honest, we are up against some long standing cultural behavioral patterns that do not give us the ability to direct the mind, hence House of Intuition is a place to help you do just that. Often when you get a reading, you are guided to a new perspective that ‘lifts the weight’ off of you and helps you see things in a new way. When we practice directing the mind and are aware of how it dictates our actions, reactions and experiences, we realize that cultivating a positive and neutral mind is quite possible the most important and empowering part of our journey of life. We can’t even help others when our own mind is bombarding us with negativity. Here are some ways you can use your mind to your benefit.
Commit - First you will need to commit to thinking positive and training yourself to direct the mind. This means that you must start to actively notice and direct your thinking. Without the commitment to change your thinking, it will not last. It has to be like a marriage where you vow to make this work even when things get tough. This means you will work on not thinking negatively about yourself and others and you will choose positive words when you speak. The commitment ultimately is to retrain your brain and this can be with the tools of meditation, books on tape, regular books and classes. Think about how much weight people put on their relationships, it’s a major focal point in their psyche and a big goal in their lives. Make it a major priority to learn how to think better. In the most practical sense, you will be using the power of words to retrain the synapse firing in your brain to create new habitual thought patterns and break the ones you are used to. These are subtle and need to be investigated in quiet journaling and meditation because we often are so used to thinking in victim mentality, anxiety mode or worst case scenario that we are completely unaware of it, not to mention many people around us are also practicing this unconscious thinking.
Persist - You will have moments of relapse where you react or someone gets under your skin. You will lose your cool or feel anxious. While you’re working on retraining your brain to think positive, you don’t need to beat yourself up when you fall back into an old pattern. Let it go and keep building that momentum of intentional communication to yourself about yourself and to others. Don’t read one book or take one class and check off the ‘retrain brain to think positive box’ this is a daily and lifelong learning process, again it’s the last frontier and it’s not in our external reality but within the deepest recesses of our mind as well as in the environment which influences us. Don’t ever feel like you’re done working on yourself or you will fall right back into your old patterns.
Contain - Learn how to control your reactions. Take a breath and let yourself calm down before responding too quickly. Allow yourself to not be attacked by your own anger which is a double edged sword. Contain your words about and to others and most importantly contain your thoughts. Don’t let your thoughts about others be negative and don’t let your mind just parade down any random road. This means protect your thoughts from negative conversations and media. If you’re watching horror films a lot, you are directly programming your subconscious with those thoughts. Imagine a container around your body that only positive energy is allowed in and no doubt or fear can penetrate.
Respond - The way we choose to respond is our ‘responsibility’ or our ability to respond. If you interlock with someone who is complaining or gossiping, you will feel the energy shift. If you turn conversations positive, look for the silver lining and have an intention to share love and uplift people, your responses will build happiness instead of detract from it. That means don’t look to defend yourself but have an intention to listen and understand. Think about the other person when you are communicating and respond in a tone that will make them feel safe and supported.
Intend - Practice having an intention. Before you go into work or walk in the door at home, get clear with your intention. This will keep you from being bombarded by whatever energy someone else is caught up in. This will also help you direct your thoughts, words and energy to build positive energy instead of just random words. Speak only what is kind, necessary and true. Let’s take this deeper, what is your intention in your life? Why do you do what you do? How do you contribute positively to the betterment of life on this planet? This is where the true source of happiness is and when you are clear in your mind about your intention, no one can take your happiness from you.
Trust - Don’t live in fear of what could go wrong or you will never be willing to change your life. Trust that your intuition is guiding you and move from the inside out. If you feel you’re supposed to follow a path, it’s coming from somewhere. Staying in a place of trust that things are happening just as they should also helps you accept and surrender to challenges. You will more easily see why things happen instead of experiencing the pain of resistance to those things. Trust that you are supported by the universe and you will let go of the vibration of fear that attracts repetitive negative experiences.
Uplift - Elevate the vibes wherever you go. Be the positive beacon of light and smiles that brings people up. Er on the side of optimism and you will bring the energy up wherever you go. Look at is as your job to bring up the vibes instead of trying to get energy from other people and rely on them for your mental state. This can be as simple as saying, “I’m doing spectacular!” when someone asks you how you are doing. Many people answer on autopilot or say they are tired which only drags down the energy. The more you insert positive words into your communication, the stronger energy you will bring to your environment that comes back to you like a mirror.
Breathe - Because the very core essence of the universe is love, the answers to happiness are not a complex maze but very simple. Just stop, slow down, take some deep breaths and calm your nerves on a regular basis. Focus on the breathe and when you’re drained do breathwork that charges your nerves. The breath is your secret source of power. It will connect your energy with the higher vibrations. Breath is a part of martial arts and ancient movement practices because it brings in energy into your nervous system that can be directed. It also moves other energy out of your field.
When you suddenly realize that if you focus on positive thoughts, you can change your life, you are in the drivers seat. Come by our stores or visit our online shop for tools to keep you positive. My favorites are our essential oils, crystals and of course incense and sage. We love helping people live more positive and empowered lives and that is why we get up in the morning. Our classes on healing and positivity also can help you so feel free to check out www.HOI.TV or our in person classes www.meetup.com/templeofintuition/.
Magic is something we specialize in at House of Intuition. We are excited that one of our most knowledgeable herb magic specialists has finally decided to teach what he knows! If you’ve ever stepped in the doors of our cozy home on the hill in Echo Park you may have been greeted by Ryan, our herb expert. He knows candle dressings, oils and candles as well as most of us know how to make pasta. He’s a natural and he’s been around this information, studying it and actively practicing for years. With a background in Chinese Folklore Herbal Magic he has combined other systems over the years to now have a strong working knowledge of this realm of creation.
Ryan has a way of making you feel safe no matter what you’re experiencing. If you’re going through a job change, he’s got a solution. If you’re healing from a breakup, he has something for that too. Of course, he works with a high code of ethics and doesn’t do any harm to anyone or mess with free will (this is a big cornerstone of our practice at House of Intuition). Ryan is a bundle of positive energy which is infectious and inspiring, not to mention he’s a walking magic encyclopedia. We know he’s a rare breed so we had to highlight his upcoming Practical Magics and Techniques Series starting this Sunday, March 19th at 3:30pm. His class fee is $20 plus $30 cash for supplies.
You can expect to take home items of magic, each depending on the day. There will only be 12 spots in each of these 5 classes which meet consecutive Sundays. The first topic will be fundamentals and practical techniques, followed by protection and purification the week after. In the third week Ryan will cover love followed by money in the fourth. The final week will be miscellaneous. Ryan has created this class because he knows that there is a lot of information out there about magic and he wants to offer a basic understanding of it that doesn’t overwhelm you. He has a straightforward and easy understand approach that even newbies will get.
You never know, this class may change your life! With love, House of Intuition.
The crystalline energy is subtle yet as our planet is moving into a more evolved consciousness, many of the crystals are 'waking up.' This means that the purpose they serve can now be utilized on our planet to help us evolve. Basically crystals, just like everything else, vibrate and their vibration has been studied and revered throughout the ages. If you follow the history of the crown jewels for instance, there is significant power associated with them. They open you up a stream of consciousness like a portal and they help direct thoughts and emotions to attract certain things. At House of Intuition, we are all about helping you develop your intuition so we put together this list of our favorite intuition assisting crystals. However, each person is unique and different crystals will call to you. If you're working on developing intuition, wearing these crystals or holding them in meditation can help you in that process.
1. Lemurian Quartz - This is different than a regular quartz crystal in that it is not as clear. The unique properties of a lemurian are that they are said to be programmed by a people that existed knowing at some point humanity would be able to receive the information. They were a peaceful civilization like Atlantis. These crystals are coded with healing energy and wisdom. They allow you to reach higher levels of consciousness and there is said to be a grid of them in the earth as well as within other star systems that all communicate. They have 'barcodes' which you can run your finger over. They are considered a master crystal. They were originally found in Brazil.
2. Moonstone - This stone enhances intuition and calms emotions. It is a stabilizer and known to help with healing and evolution. There are different varieties of colors but rainbow moonstone is not a true moonstone. They are magical looking with a milky appearance that seems to glow with a color sheen. The stone is great for helping men get in touch with the emotions and helps women with hormonal balance. The stone helps calm the emotional tides we get from the actual moon. It's good to use on your third eye and you can sleep next to it. This is an especially good stone to use on the full moon because it is said that it's most powerful then. This is also known to help protect you in travel.
3. Moldavite - This crystal is a chakra opener and activator. It is highly transformative and speeds up your energy generating heat. It works with the heart, 6th and crown chakras the most. It activates an expansion of consciousness as well as visionary experiences. If you're trying to induce active dreams, this will usually get you there. It can be too much energy for some people so use it sparingly. Also this stone can help you integrate into the planet if you feel like you don't quite understand or relate to people. The green color links it to the heart, opening more compassion. It is 'extraterrestrial' because it comes from a meteor.
4. Labradorite - This beautiful blue green stone with a rainbow sheen is known to help protect your aura and ground spiritual energies. It aids in communication with our higher self and other realms. It is also known to help break addictions. This stone is said to help with prophecy, past lives reading, clairvoyance and telepathy. It is connected to Atlantis and has been a valued part of cultures for centuries. The flashes you will see when the light catches it hint at it's magic. It helps you see the unseen in our everyday world.
5. Apophylite - This whitish clear light green crystal helps your third eye and crown chakra. Interestingly, it has a high water content meaning it is a conductor of energy. Hailing from places such as Italy, Norway, Germany, Ireland, Africa and Mexico, it's not hard to find but they say the best quality comes from India. Because it conducts energy, it is used in reiki to magnify and direct energy. It is said to link the spiritual world to the physical world and enhance psychic abilities as well as release negative thought patterns. This is commonly used to clear spaces as well.
We recommend working with these stones if you're just starting out and see how different you feel with each. Notice if you're able to go deeper into your meditation and if you're able to communicate with your guides easier. You can learn more about crystals with Naha, one of our senior healers and teachers on HOI.TV which is also now easily accessible on your phone. Crystals are energetic assisting agents that are ready to usher in a new paradigm on this planet of peace and higher consciousness. If they can help us hear what is best for us and let go of negative thinking, just that alone could shift our culture. We love crystal jewelry as gifts for loved ones and it's especially nice to pick one out with properties that you know will be exactly what that person needs. Come into any of our stores and speak with our gatekeepers about the specific properties of our large assortment of crystals. We also offer books on crystals to help you work with them in our library.
Be blessed, HOI.