Key themes from the Communications books illustrated by examples from 40+ years of mediumship.
Part Thirteen: Keep it simple; take it within.
For the neophyte spiritual seeker hoping to acquire sound higher-consciousness knowledge with the intent of understanding themselves better and the part they play in the scheme of things as a spiritual being; wishing to advance and improve their lives, the lives of others and bring some much-needed peace and Light into this world, the esoteric landscape can prove to be something of a minefield, can’t it?
There’s much in the way of puzzling terminology out there – so many differing practices for the individual to discover and consider along their journey towards spiritual understanding and enlightenment… some seemingly at odds with each other; some using confusing elitist terminology, and others claiming to provide exactly what the seeker is looking for.
As the ‘instrument’ (the discarnate soul group spokesman Joseph’s term for me when placing me a trance state as a means of bringing through his series of addresses collected as the Joseph Communications books) I’m afraid I can make no such claim.
I wouldn’t dare.
Having worked with and on behalf of ‘higher authority’ for forty+ years now, and having done so by pushing the little ego/personality ‘me’ out of the way as much as I possibly can on each occasion to allow as pure a flow of information to come through as possible, I occasionally find myself troubled at what is sometimes put forward as spiritual ‘truth’ by various sources, and have at times witnessed the innocent and unwary being pulled off course, or, worse, disillusioned into abandoning their spiritual quest completely as a result of encountering complexities the mind has initially found alluring but which, ultimately, are revealed to be hollow and empty.
But how on earth do you decide, when presented with the hundreds of choices you can make, whether a particular practice, system, teacher or group is the correct one for you? After all, as a newcomer to spiritual values, one simply has to trust others at some point in order for their knowledge and methods to be passed on to you.
Worry not. Fortunately there are two simple, golden rules to follow when approaching the information expressed through the diverse individuals, groups and literature available to the spiritual seeker.
The first is this: If it’s complex, it isn’t coming from the right place.
Consider this…why would God (substitute ‘the Divine’, ‘Creation’, ‘Source’ or whatever terminology you feel comfortable with to describe the loving force that links us together and flows through everything) hide His/Her/Its plan for humankind and creation in complexity? Why would the Divine teacher, wishing you, a facet of Him/Her/itself to evolve, to become more spiritually capable and confident and knowledgeable, offer you enlightenment in couched terms, presenting you with cryptic clues that then lead to concepts you cannot understand?
Here’s what Joseph has to say on the subject of evaluating his – or any other – communications purporting to have originated in higher realms:
‘Always go within; always test what you are being given and, if it comes up short, if it is too complex, if it does not contribute to a change in global experience for the better – throw it out!’
Which leads rather neatly to the second golden rule: Take it within to see if it feels right for you. Or, as Joseph advises:
‘Do not look outside of yourself for protection in communicating with God and with the spirit realms. Look inside – you are connected to God and God will tell you what is right and what is wrong and will protect you always if you go along that route.’
And just how do you do this? By bypassing that tunnel-visioned fight-or-flight calculator in the head we call the physical mind. Are you aware that you have, in fact, two minds… the second, more powerful one residing within your heart? This is the mind that connects you to the Divine. This is the mind which, if calmly and regularly approached in silence; if listened to and acted upon, will always steer you correctly.
Try this simple heart-mind visualisation… Sit quietly, eyes closed. Relax and imagine you are standing inside a representation of your head-mind, which looks like a circular room crammed with active TV screens and radios – a room full of cacophonous noise. In the centre of the room is a spiral staircase leading down and away from the chaos and noise. You descend this into in a second circular chamber… peaceful, welcoming, full of warm, loving Light – and containing a comfortable armchair. Here you sit in peace and total security, and, in the silence, away from the clamour and demands of the head-mind, you ask your questions of yourself and the Divine, then wait in silent anticipation for answers to come.
And, with practice, come they will. Either as a ‘YES’ or a ‘NO’ – as a voice or a feeling from your chest area that permeates your being – or as a definite sense of what to do next as you ask if the spiritual information/teacher/group under your consideration is correct for you or could mislead you. At the end of this meditation, in your imagination climb the staircase into your head-mind, with its now-silent screens and radios, and, asking the Divine to close your ‘chakras’ – your body’s spiritual energy ‘gateways’ which may have opened during this visualisation – return slowly to your normal every day consciousness.
The above is an abbreviated summary of the much more comprehensive and detailed meditation video from my free Step-by-Step Course in Higher Consciousness Living. I guide you through every step of the process at:
You’ll also find the complete Module from the course, examining and explaining the heart-mind connection in greater detail and focussing on progressive heart-mind exercises, right here:
– Don’t be afraid to ask the Divinity-within daily for protection and guidance, and to be your constant companion, instructor and compass in all your spiritual seeking. Activate and refine your heart-mind connection, take notice of your intuition, and you will know in every circumstance exactly what is right for you, and which steps to take next as your spiritual journey unfolds.
Within you lies a permanent connection to the Divine.
Trust and nurture it and, with practice, you will know without doubt who and what you can trust outside of yourself not only in matters pertaining to your personal spiritual development, but in all of life’s challenges and situations.