This book introduces you to spirituality through indepth descriptions of many spiritual topics, terms, and subjects such as, Free Will, intuitive development, Divine Purpose, Archangels, Spirit Guides, etc.
It's written for teens reflecting the life stage of a teen, college student or young adults in their 20's , but is also accessible to adults of all ages.
It also teaches teens and young adults how to value themselves, handle negative people and situations, how to change their inner self-talk to positive and loving thoughts and impressions. It contains information about eating healthy, natural healing, and transforming the negative and destructive to the positive and loving...no matter what area of life one is dealing with.
Soaring! A Teen's Guide to Spirit and Spirituality
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An Excerpt from Soaring
Chapter 1 – God and You: We Are All One
What is God? Who is God? Is God a She? Is God a He? Is God in me? These questions you may have asked yourself at some point in your life since you were very little; since you received religious instructions. The simple answer is, You Are God and God is You. Okay, what does that mean? Well, from every piece of spiritual literature, teachings and trainings I’ve received, the simple fact is that we are all one. I’m sure you have heard this, but you still ask, “but what does that mean?” This means we are individual beings of God. We have our human personality, human ego, but our human self is connected to our true self which is our God-Self. Our God-Self is connected to the God Source of which every being in the universe is connected. Our soul, when it’s released from our bodies at death, merges back into the God Source. Telepathically, intuitively, and spiritually we are always connected to God. We are never not connected to God. For the purposes of clarity and to differentiate from our God Selves, I’m using the term “God Source” to indicate what we understand to be as God. Each of us, though, is an individual being of the God Source clothed in a human body attached to our God-Self. Later in this chapter, I will be teaching you a new term for God-Self which is quite beautiful.
Most of us as children and adults through attending religious services at our family’s place of worship are taught in a way that makes God feel he is above us, but not actually part of us. Like he is a benevolent grandfather in a white robe and white beard always looking after us from Heaven. While it’s beautiful to know and feel his loving light and radiation showering us when we tune in, that’s always felt so far away to me. If you are Christian, you are taught that Jesus was God’s son. He lived and died for us, but after his Ascension which we celebrate every Easter, he too, feels apart and far away from us living in Heaven. If you are Jewish, Muslim or other Christian faiths, you may pray to saints, prophets, or angels. Again, these beautiful Beings are “in Heaven” with God; always seeming to be so far away from us. Do you feel like you are left alone or isolated with this kind of understanding? Religion teaches only one way to feel somewhat closer to God, Jesus, the saints or prophets and that is by prayer and attending services in a place of worship. I’m pleased to tell you it’s so much more than that – that the Spiritual Heavenly realm is much closer, and we can connect in ways you never thought were possible. It’s so much closer and more wonderful than you realize. If your parents have already taught you a more expansive way to view God and your spirituality, then my hat’s off to them. This book will resonate with them as well, even though it’s written with you, dear readers, in mind.
As I mentioned in my introduction, I will be straying from what is traditionally taught in churches, temples, religious books and teachings. But if you are reading this book, then I think you are already highly sensitive enough to understand spirituality at this level. You are already asking the big questions about your existence, your place in the universe, and sense that there is much more than you have ever imagined. This means you are ready for what is written in this book.
In keeping with the theme of this chapter, I would like to introduce you to new terminology that will explain how you are connected to God. Connected to every human being on this planet is our own, individual, Beloved ‘Mighty I AM Presence.’® The ‘I AM Presence’ is your God-Self and from here on I will use both terms, God-Self or ‘I AM Presence,’ or ‘Presence’ for short. Your Beloved ‘Mighty I AM Presence’ is your true self, your soul. To be close to God is through connecting daily with your God-Self; your ‘I AM Presence.’ Your ‘Presence’ knows everything you need to get along in this lifetime. [This unique expression,‘Mighty I AM Presence,’ was created by the Ascended Master Saint Germain for His Students. In It He embedded the Great Creative Word, ‘I AM.’ It is used in this book ‘The Magic Presence’® by permission of the Saint Germain Foundation.®] If you cultivate a relationship with this part of you, it will guide, teach, love and protect you in powerful ways. It is already doing this for you, but once you begin to connect with this true part of yourself, it will provide for you in ways you didn’t think was possible from the vantage point of your human ego and personality.
Let me explain further. As I mentioned, every human being is connected to their soul, their God-Self. You are connected to this part of you through a silver cord which doesn’t disconnect until your death when your soul, your being-ness merges back to God. During your lifetime, depending on the quality of your heart, and level of your humanity, your ‘Presence’ can be anywhere from twelve feet above you to much higher—as much as fifty feet or more. The goal here is to bring your ‘Presence’ in as close to your physical body as possible until you can merge with your ‘Presence.’ This is what they call the Ascension. To do that our physical, mental and emotional bodies must be pure and cleared of all negativity and past negative deeds and thoughts. By beginning the work of connecting with your ‘I AM Presence,’ you will begin to bridge that distance. All answers about your reason for being here, your divine path, your divine purpose, your service to humanity, who or if you will marry, have children, where you will live, is controlled and guided by your Beloved ‘Mighty I AM Presence.’ This part of you is already guiding you in many different ways. If you are an intuitive or a highly sensitive person, you may be aware of taking advantage of this guidance by following your instincts, following your intuition. That is excellent. If you are reading this book, you have been guided to do so as well. Of that I am certain.
The goal of every student of spirit should be to attain perfection. I know that this would seem an impossible task, but it’s not. By simply setting this intention and beginning the work, you will quickly feel positive changes within yourself. For instance, you will have moments of joy just for being. The joy won’t be connected to the new thing you purchased, or the special occasion you experienced, or a good grade or report card, and so on, but you will feel joyous just doing your everyday activities like going to school, doing homework, helping out your parents, going to work, and similar. You will also feel shifts in your perceptions about people. You might feel less defensive in an angry situation. You will begin to feel compassion for cranky, angry or unpleasant people, and not react to their negativity or behavior. You might begin to feel like old hurts and negative emotional memories begin to clear away and heal. As you continue on this path of meditation, purifying, and being a kind, loving, peaceful and compassionate person, you will also begin to connect with what you are supposed to be doing—not only the big picture stuff, like which classes you should take, or what major in college you want to go for, but everyday stuff, like helping your neighbor shovel snow, or bringing in the groceries for your mother, or babysitting your siblings without expecting payment so your mom and dad can have a date night. As your sensitivity begins to open, you will be guided in everything single thing, from the smallest, like giving someone at the supermarket a smile to brighten their day, to what leisure activity you wish to enjoy on Friday night—whatever it is it will always be the right thing you should be doing at that moment.
It’s a process, a long and wonderful journey that just gets better and better and better. You will have bumpy and grumpy days, and days where you feel totally disconnected from your God-Self, but getting back on track is part of the learning. You will find that love heals and transforms everything. I mean everything! You want to fix your relationship with your parents, use love. Apologize first and sincerely. You’d be surprised how quickly the situation will turn around if you approach everything with compassion and the feeling of love.
The key to a harmonious life, loving and supportive relationships, positive outcomes, happy experiences is positive intention. If your words are positive, but the emotions behind them are negative or you just don’t believe the words you are saying, your emotions will determine the outcome no matter how many times you recite positive affirmations. You must do and say everything you want with true feeling. As you learn this, as you clear yourself of past karma and negative patterns, it will become easier and what you positively request in your life will come sooner or faster. It’s important to stay consistent and persistent. You will find that once you are on this path, there’s no going back. You will miss your connection to your Beloved ‘Presence.’ You will miss the little miracles, the sweet joyful moments, and good feelings that began to be part of your everyday life. This is a one-way trip to all you can imagine and dream for yourself.
Your ‘I AM Presence’ is also your source for all abundance, and supply. As you tune in, and begin to work and connect with your God-Self, what you want will manifest in your life. There will be a momentum and things will happen that you didn’t ask for but enjoy because you created an energetic momentum to attract all that’s positive. I’ll give you a brief example. Two days ago, I receive a phone call from my cellphone service provider. When the caller identified hmself on the telephone, I was a little surprised. Usually these calls are to collect on a past due bill. Instead I was pleasantly surprised to find that this service representative wanted to tell me that the company was lowering my bill by $15 because they had a new plan offering the same service I already had, but was now cheaper than I had been paying. I was pleasantly stunned. This is an example of when you live with your God-Self in charge as much as possible; you attract positivity, and abundance in all forms. Allow the universe to provide for you in clever, unusual and convoluted ways. It’s fun to watch how things unfold for you and it shows how interestingly we are all connected.
Before I close this chapter, I’d like to briefly talk about gratitude. Gratitude is one of the most powerful emotions to raise your vibration, increase the amount of divine love and light in your body, mind and feeling to bring you closer to union with God. In everything you do, every person you meet or interact with, every job, chore or activity you do, be grateful. Be grateful to your God-Self. Be grateful to your parents, siblings, extended family, friends, teachers, acquaintances, peers, strangers and even those you perceive as enemies. In every moment of every day, we are both teachers and students of life and life lessons. Enemies, by the way, can be our greatest teachers. What we gain from these types of lessons is determined by our level of understanding of love and forgiveness. Forgiveness being the key to learning and overcoming the lesson no matter how hard they are at the time. Be grateful to be alive each morning and feel the joy of being alive no matter what your home life is. Each day is a new opportunity to do better, to feel and find happiness, contentment, peace, joy and love. Nothing is a foregone conclusion. If you want a better life, be first grateful for what you already have. And if you feel you have nothing and no one, just be simply grateful to be alive and to have another opportunity to achieve or manifest what you want.
In closing this chapter, I’d like to add some personal comments about my use and reference to ‘The Magic Presence’ throughout Part I of this book. It was written in 1935 and is a story—a romantic story in truth—of four teenagers who because of their advance level of spirituality were permitted to work directly with Saint Germain and many other ascended masters in preparation for their ascension at this tender young age. It was and still is quite rare for someone so young to be born at a level that is advanced enough for this special privilege. I chose this book for many, many reasons, including the most obvious one that this book is about four individuals who are around your age. It is included in the recommended books listed at the back, but it seemed important to mention in detail here. I do hope you will feel encouraged to purchase a copy of this extraordinary book to read and learn spiritual lessons that are far wiser and more relevant than many books and sources out there today. Lastly, in addition to the wonderful story and spiritual lessons of ‘The Magic Presence,’ there is also a radiation that comes to you when reading the book that is truly loving peaceful and even healing. You can’t help but feel it as you read through the pages of this amazing and true story.