Archive for the ‘Belief Systems’ Category

Importance of religious beliefs

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

QUESTION: Masters who’s Amitabha Buddha? and what’s his Western Bliss Pure Land? Why would souls want to go there? Why would souls from there come back to help those that are here and also help them go there? Why is difficult to go to this Pure Land in terms of blessings and karmas? What’s the connection between rebirth or going to this Pure Land, wheel of reincarnation and enlightenment on Earth, Pure Land and universe? How’s it related to ascension and new cycle? How important is it for people to go to this Pure Land? How important are his teachings for the current time? ~Vicky, USA

ANSWER: The Amitabha Buddha was a self-given name for a soul who during his physical life reached his goal of self-enlightenment. He formed a type of Buddhism for others to follow wherein he promised them that if they followed the path he had completed, they would join him in a land of pure bliss. It dates back many centuries, being particularly popular in China and Japan but censured in Tibet and Nepal for many of its practices and promises.

This is an organized religion, as is Catholicism or Evangelical Christianity. When you follow an organization, you accept the promises as being the ultimate reward for strictly adhering to their tenets. This is a perfectly acceptable method of learning what it is you seek in fulfillment but should never replace your freedom of choice to do what resonates with you.

Reincarnation is the process by which a soul chooses to undertake a physical life during which to learn lessons. It allows them to consistently return to try something new or to perfect their understanding of a specific issue. Once in a human body, the soul has to decide what beliefs they are going to follow to reach their destination. They may choose each one individually or enter into a religion that tells them what to do regardless of how they feel about the instructions. Many people need to be influenced by the demands of others so that they might see they don’t agree with the beliefs of these others and need to make up their own minds about things.

These teachings are important for you if you “feel” this is a good direction for you to take. Choices such as those presented for the rewards promised are accessible within the third dimension containing the duality of negative and positive but not available at Home in the unconditionally loving energy of pure positivity.

Seeking the “Pure Land” as envisioned by the Amitabha Buddha is possible only if you follow his practices religiously. Give up your 21st-century knowledge and seek what satisfied those living centuries ago – when people had no formal education and believed/had faith in what was told to them by others without questioning if they had any other choice.

Your question shows you have explored far and wide the way to finding out who you are and what abilities you possess. Continue your search and then follow your feelings.

Letting others create your beliefs for you

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

QUESTION: Masters my youngest son and his younger sister have had a horrible negative event. No one’s sure what happened but it is said his girlfriend said some nasty things about my daughter at her wedding. His girlfriend and I have talked, and she has said he just needs to get over it. That came out in a conversation with my son, and the girlfriend called me a liar and my son believes her. Now he calls me a liar which I absolutely am not. It’s a hopeless situation and I feel she has cost me my son. What is your advice on this? ~Robi, USA

ANSWER: Every person creates their own reality and what they accept as the truth in their world. Your son’s girlfriend is a trouble maker who is jealous of various members of your family. She delights in creating controversy and having control over others. At this time, your son is being manipulated by his girlfriend, who wants to separate him from the rest of the family. This is one of his life lessons: to be able to “feel” what resonates with him and what he wants to believe – a lesson in discernment.

You are not going to be able to get anyone to change their mind concerning their beliefs in this situation unless, or until, they make the decision to do so. For her to admit her nasty remarks to your daughter would be to tell on her own devious plans to put wedges between family members. For your son, he would have to take sides against the woman he thinks is his “one and only love.”

You know the only one here not telling the truth is the girlfriend. While it hurts for your son not to believe what you say, you have to see it from his perspective. Does he back up his lover or does he take the side of his family, who his girlfriend claims does not like her and is trying to break them apart? Give him time, away from the constant struggle, to reason out what is happening.

When one gets so disturbed by the words of another, it is generally because they think there could be a grain of truth in them. Continue with your confidence in what you know and disregard what she is saying.

Send the kids unconditional love that they might come to their senses and accept things as they happened, not as they would have liked them to happen. Don’t carry a grudge or judgment because that takes you into negativity and away from love. Be the spiritually loving person in the equation, carrying the love for all of you until they decide to join you.

Given up on life

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

QUESTION: Masters I’m 48. I had my share of trials and struggles. Enlightenment was the ultimate answer to the tribulations of life. I have already had the experience of the Self and desperately sought to regain it. I even went to India to meet a “satguru” but come back feeling more inadequate and depressed than ever. Now I know there is no shortcut to awakening, no “direct path” to Self-realization. It’s programmed. The worst with this spiritual quest is that I no longer have any interest in life, no motivation, no passion. I have difficulty to be grateful for all the benefits I have, seeing Existence like a deception, a burden. Not surprising that I now suffer from fibromyalgia. How can you expect to help, inspire others in this context? ~Mabel, Canada

ANSWER: Self-realization, enlightenment, awakening, or whatever you wish to call it, is not programmed into a soul who has chosen a human experience. Your soul chose to come into this negative environment to face the problems you have before you and to work through them by understanding what they represent.

Where you are having difficulty is being inflexible with the beliefs you have ingrained in yourself. Your experiences have not met the expectations that you are convinced are the only way to go through this life.

What does enlightenment mean to you? Since you followed a satguru, it must mean whatever this person, with their Eastern philosophical reasoning, defined as the only way to peace. That is an over-simplification that they would like you to believe so that you will be true to their beliefs. There is not a single way to do anything. There are no absolutes in the physical world.

Everyone must work out their direction in life. Following another will only show you how things worked for them – it may not be appropriate for even one other person. Your lessons include self-confidence and self-worth.

Examine those things which bring fear and doubt into your life. Delve into them and find why they have appeared. Understanding and ridding yourself of these is what enlightenment is for you. This is the true self-realization. It is the actual connecting to your soul. Doing for yourself is the only thing you came to Earth to complete. You have no obligation to inspire or help others unless you have succeeded on your own and then may have the time to show them how you did it.