The Enlightenment Trap

The Enlightenment Trap

Personal Development, Spirituality
By Steve Clayton Have you ever found yourself correcting someone when they are talking about enlightenment or, more specifically, their own journey towards enlightenment? Do the words you speak come across as being in quotation marks, or do you use quotation marks every time you write something? Do you find yourself wondering if you just came across as sanctimonious or condescending when you were certain you were just trying to help? I have found myself guilty of all of the above because, yes, I am only human. I am not perfect nor do I put expectations on myself to be perfect. (Who needs that kind of pressure whether inflicted upon one’s self externally or internally?) But I do strive to do ‘better’. The above examples are good clues that, despite…
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The Ego Strikes Back

The Ego Strikes Back

Ascension, Personal Development, Spirituality
By Kim Hutchinson The theme this past month, both at work and in my private life, has been ego issues. In addition to an unexpected and decidedly unpleasant encounter with my shadow side, I've been drawn into an assortment of ego dramas with clients, friends and family. The ego, it would seem, is out of control. Or is it? Why has Ego been rearing its ugly little head a lot lately? The ego is in a fight for its life. It knows its demise is drawing near. As we continue our ongoing ascension from polarity to unity consciousness, the ego’s influence and control over us diminishes. The angels tell me that the ascension process is speeding up and is, in fact, ahead of schedule. That means there is more resistance…
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The Rapture and the Ego

The Rapture and the Ego

Angels, Ascension, Spirituality
By Kim Hutchinson With all the recent hype around Judgement Day and the Rapture, I got to thinking about the origins of the concept of Hell. I’m not going to address here the puzzling question of how an all-loving, all-knowing, omnipresent God could allow someone to burn for eternity in the fiery bowels of a netherworld called Hell, nor am I going to judge those who feel this to be true. Instead, I’m going to send them love, and then I’m going to look at the origins of the concept of Hell, for in most belief systems lies at least a grain of truth. Ascension is Hell to the Ego What if the concept of Hell came from something  spiritual and beautiful that was distorted by ego in the bipolar…
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All for One and One for All

All for One and One for All

Angels, Personal Development, Spirituality
By Steve Clayton “For one throb of the artery while on that old grey stone I sat. I knew that one is animate, mankind inanimate fantasy.” So wrote Yeats many decades ago. As a young man in university I took to those few lines like Donald Trump to the board room. I believed in the power of me. I even rewrote Einstein’s E=MC2 as follows, Existence Equals My Concepts Squared which I took even farther by pointed out the obvious for those who may have missed it; ‘my’, meaning me, equals 1 and 1 squared equals 1 so Existence Equals My Concepts. I was the only person or thing I could truly know for certain in this world; so I believed in an incredible naiveté which could have been construed as…
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The Stone Cutter

The Stone Cutter

Personal Development, Spirituality
By Steve Clayton In the last couple of newsletters I have talked about how we derive a lot of our self -knowledge from how others see us. We can also learn a lot about ourselves by our reactions to the world around us. (i.e. How news stories affect us; social gatherings intimate or large; and public sporting events, or plain chitchat with neighbours or workmates.) We can learn a great deal if we are willing to look closely at ourselves. That is the trick. A close self-examination is not always a comfortable exercise, especially if we are totally honest with ourselves. As I have always loved to read, tell, or listen to a story, I have found that people’s reactions to the story are just as interesting (if not more…
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Believe in Yourself

Believe in Yourself

Angels, Ascension, Personal Development, Spirituality
By Steve Clayton Well, here we are another month closer to springtime and all the promise this change of season brings. I find it amazing how quickly time is flying by, and I am reminded of a snippet of a conversation I had with my father when he was in his late eighties. I had remarked how much faster time seemed to be passing once I had reached my forties. Dad told me to wait until I was in my eighties and see how fast time passed then. Years went by as if months. I said days must go by like minutes, he nodded, and I exclaimed, "How do you get anything done?" He smiled knowingly and replied "Very easily. You can accomplish a lot when a minute seems as long…
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A Personal Valentine

A Personal Valentine

Personal Development, Spirituality
By Steve Clayton Here we are in the middle of February and, although winter has yet to relinquish its hold upon us, it is comforting to know spring is roughly five weeks away. Before I launch into my diatribe I would like to take a moment to say thanks to everyone who has signed up for our newsletter and for all the positive responses we are receiving via e-mail or in person. For those persons I have not responded to, I apologize and will do better in the future. Kim gave me a deck of Toltec Wisdom cards based on the book The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. This is an incredible read and I highly recommend it to anyone who is on a spiritual journey or who is interested…
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No Courage in Being Negative

No Courage in Being Negative

Personal Development
By Steve Clayton Not too long ago I had my first experience of leaving my body and ego behind and connecting with the universe. In the midst of the beauty, freedom and unadulterated love of the experience, words were of no importance to me. I even felt it so crudely stated, ‘words suck’. For someone who likes to write and read this was quite a shock. Yet there it was. To say I felt a tremendous freedom or a great joy or even pure love really does not do the experience justice. Perhaps the closest I can come to describing the experience is to say I understood the phrase, “the peace that passeth all understanding”. That may sound contradictory but that is what I experienced. As I have tried to explain…
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The Fox

The Fox

Healing, Personal Development
By Steve Clayton My second blog has been much slower in developing than I had originally expected. I could cite the usual reasons: busy work schedule, house maintenance, and my Chios studies. All seem valid enough at first glance until I found myself literally sweating over my laptop trying to compose a second blog. I realized, with both dismay and annoyance, my ego was interfering once again. Part of becoming a Chios Healer is overcoming the ego. I had thought I had taken some major steps in that direction; I knew I still had far to go but I was confident I was heading in the right direction. Not so, apparently. I wanted my second blog to be simple and elegant, yet profound enough to be life changing for those…
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