How to read this newsletter:
weeks I put out a newsletter and each newsletter contains three
poignant sections. The first section, opening the newsletter is my
keynote article filled with powerful spiritual insights based on my
lifetime of spiritual study, practice and teaching. The second
section, in the middle of the newsletter, is devoted to our
Accredited Continuing Education Programs, our healing facilities and
what's new and happening in and around New Jersey Massage. The
third section is devoted to health, wellness and environmental
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PLANET EARTH: Specifically Designed for Your Growth
Heisler, M.A., LMT
"He who is not busy being born, is busy dying"
I have been told by teacher after teacher that we
choose to come to earth. That earth existence is a necessary course
of study for our soul's evolution and eventual liberation.
Furthermore, before we incarnate on this earthly plane, we design
a spiritual blueprint, a life template, like a vision statement
for our soul's journey down here. This map holds the momentum for
circumstances of this life to unfold. Essentially, before we
take on existence, we choose the basic premises for this life's
needed lessons. It is based on the karmic history of our soul's
journey. Our families, our goals and major lessons to be experienced,
all predestined. This concept of the "Sacred Contract"
as Caroline Myss so beautifully shares in her work is our souls DNA
pattern for this life. For us, seemingly the dye is cast. Obviously,
as soon as we embody, we forget all of this. It doesn't even matter
if we believe it, it really makes no difference. What's going to
happen is going to happen. How we respond to life's lessons and learn
and grow from them is what really counts.
So... you're kind of on your own recognizance. Whether you realize it
or not, by coming down to Earth, you've enrolled yourself into this Grand
School of Evolution. It's here that every lesson is your
lesson, created specifically pour vous.
As Ram Dass says, "It's the only dance there is."
Now, let's explore the levels of evolution by using the metaphor of
school grade levels and please remember the biblical tenet, "
"There are many mansions in my father's
The Elementary School Level:
The elementary school level of consciousness consists of
people stuck in their first chakra. The first chakra's signature
expression is that of survival and the fulfillment of basic needs.
That means that people functioning in first chakra mentality have a
primary vibratory rate that is worldly, base, very often vulgar, even
animalistic. This survival mode is not that dissimilar to Darwin's
"Survival of the fittest". It's a mere step up the
evolutionary ladder from our canine and mammalian friends. This
population makes up the most violent and self absorbed in our
society. Crack, heroin, murder, deceit, thievery, even genocide, all
have their origins in the fear and insecurity of new souls living at
this primitive or basic level of consciousness. In Abraham Maslow's
Hierarchy of Needs, these folks are on the first rung of the ladder of
evolution, the neediest.
This levels mantra,
"What's in it for me?"
"When we are afraid of ourselves and afraid of the
seeming threat the world presents then we become extremely selfish.
We build our own little nests, cocoons to live securely."
Chogham Trunpa Rinpoche
The Junior High Level:
Junior High level folks are the people that work their daily 9 to 5,
come home, eat dinner and take a bowl of ice cream as they watch
Matlock on television. They possess and quite often nurture their
tribal prejudices and loyalties. They do little self inquiry as to
the purpose of their existence or the many other spiritual
considerations of life. These individuals are the hard working
"schlubs" of our society or more respectfully, referred to
as the "salt of the earth".
This levels mantra,
"There's a sale at Macy's".
The High School Level:
At this level of consciousness, we begin to see
questioning as to the purpose of life. Why am I here, what is all
this craziness about? Like itching powder under our spiritual skin,
humans quest to understand, to evolve. It's in our DNA to grow. It is
common to seek out individuals or long term traditions that appear to
know the purpose of life or have answers. From EST training to Swami
Mama-lama ding dong, high school level folks become born again
anything, as long as their adopted persuasion has a semblance of an
answer to the question. Even when this answer smacks of
inconsistencies or clear hypocrisies, they are kept in the fold by
their tribal elders with the faith card. "You must have faith,
all your questions will be answered in the by and by". The new
programming comes complete with a pledge of allegiance and a
temporary identity card. Fill in your new label, "Hi, I'm Larry,
I am a Zoroastrian". This allows us to hold onto some seemingly
solid reality in a world that is increasing frightening, unstable and
threatening to our security (ego). And it's precisely these labels
that create the separation and division in our world. Whether it's
genuine, intellectual sloth or tunnel blind comfortable, your new
found security only lasts while you are not paying attention or
listening to the folds
of fat developing around your waist. And you know
gaining weight is one of the sure fire ways to tell you are full of
poo about something.
This levels mantra;
"I believe, I believe, I believe, I really do!
The College Level:
At this level, the existential anxiety of "what is
the purpose of life" begins to be all powerful. To sate or
sedate the emptiness and pain, we try to fill ourselves in from the
outside. Temporary as it might be, more money, more possessions, more
women, more men, more diplomas, more food, more sex, more drugs, more
power, more entertainment, all keep our inner hunger quiet and
sometimes numb for a time. Unfortunately more wears thin and
our hunger returns to remind us we are not fulfilling our
To grow in every way you can and to uplift and serve
wherever you may go.
This levels mantra,
"What do you want to do tonight?"
The Masters Level:
The Bible states, "Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and
all else shall be prepared unto thee."
Two thousand years ago, this was a nice colloquial way
of Jesus saying, work on yourself and everything you do will improve.
Whether it is your relationships, your art, your music, your work, or
your play, when you strive to grow by working on yourself, excellence
usually follows. Secondarily, he's saying, "You take one step
towards the Masters; they'll take 10 steps towards you."
Incidentally, your emptiness does not go away when
you become a famous household name or possess all the earth's riches.
Remember what we said, filling yourself in from the outside doesn't
fulfill your hearts longing; it just takes your attention off the spiritual
barrenness of your life, and just temporarily at that. It can be a
spiritual detour. When you do not live up to your higher self, life
can become meaningless, and death often frightening. It often means
you didn't have the perseverance, courage, will power or joie de
vive, to live up to fulfilling your life's mission, your sacred
the prime directive, to grow in every way you can and to uplift
and inspire wherever you may go. By going inside, by working on
ourselves, we begin to connect to our higher self, our destiny. This
interior decorating is a full spectrum job, encompassing your body, mind, emotions and spirit. When you begin to undertake this overhaul, you will
begin to get happy. After a bunch of years at this growth, evolution
and excellence thing, you are no longer just a bro from Jabib; you
are becoming St. Bro from Jabib. Your life will be a continuous
teaching, a spiritual adventure movie. Every experience and every
person will be part of the sets and cast. You're the producer,
director, writer, and main actor. People who have the courage and
will to lead a committed life are truly blessed. Their aging is not
filled with fear, regrets or trepidation of the unknown. As they age,
they fully come into their power and wisdom and so will you.
Take your choice of names;
Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Ramana Maharshi,
St. Theresa, Padre Pio, Ramakrishna, Confuscius, Rabbi Nachman, the
list can be long and from every denomination. As they continued their
intense daily spiritual work (sadhana), they discovered their
internal lightning rod, their connection to the Great Spirit, the
Father, the Tao, their higher self and purpose.
So let's do a quick review on fulfilling your true destiny and
getting your Master's degree, physically, emotionally, mentally and
it's about how and what you eat, the supporting supplements you take
and the exercise that shapes your energetic system (breaking up your
stagnation and hardness). Emotionally, it's learning how not to give
your power away, how not to allow someone else to decide for you how
you feel (victim mentality). Mentally it's training your mind to have
pinpoint focus and then how to empty it and make it still like a
crystal clear lake with no ripples ("Renew yourself by the
renewing of your mind").
And finally, your Spiritual work is about doing street
time, working to improve and uplift the world around you thus
contributing to the world's evolution.
I would be amiss if I failed to mention that all this
takes real consistency, commitment and bulldog determination. A
spiritual life is a daily grind; you grind up your ego and make
yourself invisible, like the Holy Spirit, a force to be reckoned
Like the St. Francis song written by Donavan:
"If you want your dream to be,
build it slow and surely.
Small beginnings greater ends.
Heartfelt work grows purely.
want to live life free,
Take your time go slowly.
Do few things but do them well.
Simple joys are holy.
Day by day, stone by stone,
Build your secret slowly.
Day by day, you'll grow, too,
You'll know heaven's glory."
"The spiritual warrior is one who has the courage
to face their personal inequities and transform themselves in to a
better person. Those that have inherited a difficult path to walk in
life, with terrible life obstacles to overcome, make a powerful
spiritual example for all of us to celebrate! " Larry
These are the individuals that have already graduated to
the next level of consciousness (post doctoral, the next world). They
seem to come down here from time to time and make a cameo appearance.
Probably, more often than not, they go anonymously. They literally
give up the heaven world they earned, through their lifetimes of
courage, diligence and spiritual perseverance to make a return
engagement. Hilda believed that many of her original students would
get free of this world, in this lifetime. She would cajole us,
"One more lifetime kid?" She once asked the
group, "Would you come back another lifetime kids, another
lifetime, to be a light unto the world?"
What could we say? We really were having enough problems
with this life and the thought of a future incarnation...it was just
seemed so foreign to us at that time.
Now that I'm older and have lived in the Casa loca...maybe not.
But remember, there would be no prospectors if there wasn't gold in
them there hills. Just be certain it isn't fools gold.
My brother Richie sings in his great song the Swami Sweepstakes, "The
spirit is here for all to share, it's in your hair, in the air, and
it can't be bought, sold, bargained for wholesale or retail".
"I am here to tell you, you are perfect, worthy
instruments to do great planetary work.
If there is to be a future on this planet,
it will rest in the hands of those who have the courage to make a
stand for truth,
for the children on this planet.
But it's going to take a monumental commitment on your part.
To step up like this, you must be really strong and focused because
you will be attacked on every front.
From this day on, believe you are a district representative and
spokesperson for the Holy Spirit.
The Essenes called themselves the sons and daughters of God.
If you are going to transform yourself and thus transform the world
around you, you better believe that you are about your Father's work.
You too are a son or daughter of the most high. Believe it, act like
it! From this day forth attempt to take the high road with your whole
heart and soul.
If you should fall,
pick yourself up and dust yourself off and carry on again and
It's Time To Step Up!
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