Life can bring out the most in you and those one attracts to you!

Even really positive relationships can be quite challenging since one has to invest an awful lot of oneself into them to get the most out of them for both parties involved. . It is the challenging side of life that helps us grow the most spiritually. Challenging relationships that do not work out that well can teach us a lot and help us really appreciate the positive ones we are able to develop later. It is good to have expectations that do not preclude the positive. Unrealistic expectations either too positive or too negative do not serve us well. Having a balanced spiritual view of reality is so important. Our spiritual programming can always be improved on so that we will attract better people into our lives.

It is important to work hard to prepare oneself for the challenges that come with life. Pitfalls do exist that one can be aware of so as to avoid them. Often hard lessons are part of life, we need to learn from them and become deeper spiritually as a result. The people who become the strongest spiritually will have the hardest lessons and learn an awful lot from them. It is positive to be able to handle really big challenges, since this world has so many of them that need to be positively addressed. One can connect with people who have really serious spiritual problems and actually help them to spiritually grow and heal from them. But, one can only help those that are open to being helped. Also one has to be open to being helped oneself spiritually in order to be able to help someone else do so. People with really deep psychological/spiritual problems can be extremely hard to heal. But, that is the challenge that this world we live in presents us with. If we are going to heal the serious underlying spiritual problems that exist in this world we also are going to have to be good at helping people dealing with serious spiritual problems heal, including ourselves. Life is rough and requires a continuous effort to heal from its challenges and become healthier physically and spiritually as a result.

The importance of being grounded in this “insane” world

So many spiritual beliefs(theories)that dominate on this planet tend to tune people out quite a bit spiritually from the very challenging physical reality all that are reading this are a vital part of.  We are incarnated in a physical reality that can really test how well our spiritual beliefs/theories really work.  So many spiritual beliefs/theories tend to sort of slander this physical reality or discredit its value and prefer fantasy type beliefs that envision a better type reality that is easier to handle as an afterlife/existence.  People often have spiritual beliefs or theories that distract or remove their focus away from the important challenges that this world offers us as a means to help us grow further spiritually and give us a serious purpose to help us get the most out of what positive value we can develop and contribute to making this world a better place to exist in.

Delusional spiritual beliefs  can be intoxicating like an addictive drug that puts one into a “feel good” state that has not been earned by doing the hard work in order to make one really healthy spiritually and physically and capable of contributing something of real value to a world full of so many serious problems that are not being properly addressed.  Permissiveness, over indulgence, and the desire for  instant gratification tends to weaken people spiritually and make them less responsible and disciplined and unable to carry a reasonable amount of the burden of transforming this world into a place we can really  be proud to be part of.  So many people desire to escape from this world spiritually rather than directly face their responsibilities to do their part to address the really messed up conditions that exist here that are rooted in the spiritual.

We can not adequately address the serious problems that exist on this planet if we can not handle the emotions and pain connected with them.  The truth is often quite painful, but the pain is worth the price of gaining the spiritual strength that enables one to handle more of the truth and thus enable one to be able to be a lot more constructive at finding and implementing solutions to serious problems existing here on this Earth.  The stronger and more aware one is spiritually the more one can handle the painful/challenging side of life.  Pain can really test how grounded one is spiritually.  The spiritual is powered by emotions, and the people who are the most effective are the ones who can not only handle really intense and difficult emotions, but channel these emotions to make really positive things happen in this world.  When one can really feel the emotions related to a extremely difficult situation or serious problem, one can do a lot spiritually to transform the situation.  Meditating on difficult emotions enables one to not only transform these emotions in a positive way, but impact the source of these emotions in a positive way.  Prayer/meditation can be used to help people in trouble provided one has a good spiritual connection with them and what their challenges are.  But, one can only help people who desire that help and are open to improving on the inadequate spiritual beliefs/theories that contributed to their problems.

One can train oneself to become able to handle really intense spiritual-spiritual states.  Challenging spiritual/emotional states always have an impact on oneself physically due to the stress involved.  Intense physical exercise when combined with intense meditative breathing techniques can condition oneself spiritually and physically to be able to handle extremely difficult(torturous)spiritual states.  People who exercise hard often refer to their exercise sessions as torture.  I have blog posts on the dumbbell swing exercise I do for 6 nonstop minutes that I developed in order to help me handle the most intense and difficult emotional/spiritual states possible without adversely affecting my health!  When one becomes really strong and grounded spiritually it becomes a lot easier to resist harmful temptations and to do what is healthy in ones life when it comes to diet and exercise.  One can develop the ability/intuition to find the diet and nutritional supplements that help you to handle pushing yourself extremely hard physically and spiritually.   One can develop the spiritual theories and mindset that can help one to handle extreme spiritual and physical states and still be able to sense intuitively what one can safely get away with.  One has to be able to become very vigilant(aware) and careful when one is pushing the edge an awful lot spiritually and physically.

Also required in order to handle this challenging physical world we are such a vital part of is the ability to function spiritually in a very low energy state.  In a low energy state the spirit becomes a lot more sensitive and aware spiritually.  In order to have a great deal of spiritual control over oneself, one needs to be able to adjust ones energy to the requirements of the situation you find yourself in.  Also when you push yourself very hard doing things that require a lot of energy one needs to be able to rest and recover which is best done spiritually in a love energy state.  Healing from an illness often requires that one not eat much and lower ones blood sugar quite a bit. In times of crisis one often needs to go from high energy state to low energy state quickly based on the situation.  Sometimes it is best to sort of disappear from the scene and let others take over while you recover and evaluate what you need to do next while in a very aware/sensitive low energy spiritual state .  I use slow intense meditative walking with short quick steps, shoulder movement and rapid breathing to enhance my ability to function in a low energy state spiritually.  I find meditative walking help my stationary type meditation work so much better.  I have blog posts on this site dealing with all forms of meditation.  Here is a link to one of them:   https://astrogoodwin.wordpress.com/2016/10/04/meditative-walking-developing-a-stronger-spiritual-connection-with-the-physical/

I have developed spiritual theories and techniques through a really intense spiritual focus over a lifetime especially over the last 30 years.  I am almost 65 years old, so it has taken me a lot of time to get where I am at now.  My spiritual theories and techniques have helped me develop an astrology system that has a great deal of spiritual understanding represented in its formulation!

Running/cardiovascular exercise, injuries and interpreting pain

Very hard to figure out how much one can safely get away in regard to a body part that is hurt to some degree and letting you know this through pain. General muscle soreness feels different than a very targeted pain in a specific body part. It is important to figure out what the problem might be, before accessing whether one can still exercise. I would monitor what ever pain I was feeling very carefully when warming up or exercising on a less intense level in order to evaluate exactly what I can safely get away with without aggravating the problem. One has to depend on a certain intuitive sense. Often an injury is not that serious and leaves one with enough strength to exercise on a less intense level or in a different way that avoids using the injured part as much.

I once got an impact injury to my knee when running a 1/2 marathon trail race, but finished the race before the knee really started hurting. I had built up a lot of weekly mileage that I did not want to lose, and thought that since my body had finished the race after the impact injury okay, that I should be able to run on that injury somehow. So, I would take quite a while to warm up while my knee was in a lot of pain, but once warmed up the pain would be a lot less so I would run carefully continuing with similar amount of weekly mileage. I would ice down my knee afterwards. It took about a month to heal. I had run with knee injuries before while healing them, but never one that had that much pain involved.

I am now dealing with pain in my lower back, but am managing to control this while continuing my exercise routine, but must constantly stretch my back, since I believe it is muscle tightness that causes the area to become more inflamed. This strategy seems to be working. I feel one can often intuitively sense how much tension an injured/hurt body part can handle, and how to limit ones exercise in order to protect it.

Often, I feel when one overdoes ones exercise the body chemistry will be affected(may become more acidic)and in turn can inflame a vulnerable body part making it more subject to being injured/hurt. I feel one needs to gain the ability to read your body cues so one can adjust ones intensity so as to better avoid harming oneself physically in some way. I find extra breathing often helps and often focusing more on ones upper body movements often helps one protect ones legs. It is such a fine line between pushing ones limits and going beyond ones limits and harming oneself. One just has to focus an awful lot on what is happening with ones body when one exercises. Focusing too much on other things while exercising can lessen ones ability to pick up the subtle signals the body is sending you. The more you focus on what signals the body is sending you the better you become at interpreting them.

I must state that can be very risky to not have certain(non-minor) injuries check out by medical professionals to determine their cause and what treatment would be advisable in order to help fix and properly rehabilitate them..

Helping to Heal others through Spiritual Means

When it comes to being effective at using spiritual means to help in healing others,it is so important to be really good at doing all that it takes to heal oneself and get oneself into a very healthy physical/spiritual state. That is because one can not send spiritual energy to others that one does not yourself have and apply to yourself. Also, it is important to be able to give guidance as to how someone can improve their lifestyle/habits so that they can move in an healthier direction and not be as likely to get sick. It is not easy to advice people on diet, exercise, and spiritual practices that will help them become healthier, because everyone is different and one needs to have broad knowledge in this area in order to offer helpful suggestions to them.

I tend to be limited to giving to the internet at this time when it comes to trying to reach people spiritually with what I have to offer. I have had some good results, but still feel direct interaction with others is preferable and I want to have more of that in the future. But, the internet can provide really good practice and I have found that I can be helpful to people who are struggling with a variety of really strong spiritual/physical challenges even though my connection with them is limited to the internet. I would not assume that someone would not learn a lot through the internet. I feel some people may merit really advanced placement in a spiritual healing course due to their past training whether from the internet or independent study.

Often when someone joins a new religion or spiritual group, it is assumed they do not have have any valuable past spiritual experience to offer. So often tribal energy dominates religious and spiritual organizations. Often people can have a lot of spiritual understanding, but not be familiar with the unique language used by a religious/spiritual organization/group. I admit that I tend not to fit in well with traditional type religious/spiritual organizations and tend to do better with organizations that use simpler language and focus more on being creative and practical in how they seek to gain results

PAIN

PAIN is a important part of life. It is hard to really achieve a lot in life without feeling quite a bit of pain. One often has to put ones heart on the line in order to make things happen in ones life. When one falls in love one is taking a risk by allowing oneself to become open and vulnerable to another person. When one takes on a really big challenge ones heart is also put on the line. When ever one puts ones heart and soul on the line one is risking that one will get hurt. When one pushes ones limits emotionally, one can overdo it and wear oneself down and get sick. When one pushes oneself too hard physically or are not careful enough one can have injuries. It is hard to avoid all the accidents or dangers that are part of life no matter how hard one tries.

One can get better at handling pain, if one has had a lot of practice dealing with pain. One can train oneself spiritually to handle a lot of pain well. Being able to handle emotional pain well through tough meditative training can help one to handle physical pain better. One can also meditate on physical pain directly which not only can make one stronger in handling pain, but can help one to heal oneself, provided one is on a good diet and gets enough rest so as to keep oneself charged up spiritually.

The pain we feel will not be stronger than we are, but it can be a match for our strength. The stronger we are spiritually, the more pain we can handle and the more pain we will be able to feel. Being able to feel pain gives one empathy for all those in the world who are struggling and gives one the strength of spiritual character to have a lot of positive impact in the world. This value of the spiritual strength and empathy that one gains from being capable of feeling pain really strongly can really outweigh the negative side of it provided one has` learned to handle pain really well.

Pain does tend to connect one really strongly to this physical concrete reality. It is really hard to see this world as an illusion when one is feeling a lot of pain, or is aware of all the pain that exists in this world. We are part of the collective spirit of this Earth we exist on. We should be able to connect psychically to the pain that exists here. But, we also need to be able to tune out this pain at times so that we can relax and recharge spiritually and appreciate and enjoy what is positive in this world. It is important to be able to find some sort of balance.

When people are hurting in any part of this world, we should be able to tune into this pain and sense how it is representing a certain unhealthiness within this collective spirit we are part of. A spiritual warrior has to be able to handle pain well and be motivated by this pain to not only work to heal him/herself, but to work to help heal the problems in this world that cause pain to so many of its inhabitants. One can get a lot of joy from helping/comforting those who are really struggling and hurting in this world. The more one see the value of pain in making sure one is aware of a serious problem, the more one can become able to better handle it.

We need people to take certain things seriously, and feeling the pain helps people take things more seriously. We have a lot of serious problems in this world and we need people who have a really serious focus and are aware of the pain these problems cause to help tackle and remedy these problems to some degree.

  • Thomas Goodwin "astrogoodwin"