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I’m Now a Priest in the Order of Melchizedek

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Ordination Ceremony

Hi folks,

On Sunday June 7th, I became ordained in the Order of Melchizedek from the Sanctuary of the Beloved by Rev. Dan Chesbro.   This is a healing order based on unconditional love.

History of Melchizedek.  From www. sanactuayofthebeloved.com

Out of the many incarnations that “The Christ” assumed in order to serve the human condition, one is Melchizedek, a totally balanced being as a Priest and as a King— and spiritually androgynous. Being more “spirit” than “physical”, he/she appeared on the Earth without a birth experience, wrote The Book of Job and the teachings on the principle of “The Law of One”. Upon completing his physical work, through true spontaneous combustion, he left the earth plane. Melchizedek is beloved by many faiths, as a great teacher and prophet. The “School of the Prophets” and the Essene Order are a result of his earthwork.

When I was ordained I felt a lovely energy descend into my body,  and I was filled with a great sense of peace.

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Changing Our Relationships With Our Thoughts: Mantra Yoga + Health interview

Here is the unabridged full interview.  A partial interview was included in issue 9 of Mantra Yoga Health magazine.

Laying in a hospital bed with 15 prescriptions each day ruling his life,
Sam Shelley finally said, “Enough!” His life had been a long series of illnesses, each one more crippling than the last. At age 6, a hit and Mantra  Yoga Healthrun accident with a van nearly killed him. Since then, the hospitalizations for depression and the anxiety began, eventually morphing into bi-polar disorder, suicidal tendencies and finally multiple sclerosis. During one particularly tough hospital stay, Sam experienced a profound shift — an awakening — that forever changed his life. Eighteen months after that shift, Sam slowly awakened and is today symptom-free (and drug-free).

Here’s how he did it:

Mantra Yoga + Health: Sam, your story is amazing. How did you first realize that meditation would help?

Sam Shelley: I didn’t know it would, but I began to read and was curious how meditation and mindfulness might work for me. I started to get very quiet and over time, I began to see that the thoughts I was having weren’t “me” — they were separate entities. I continued to meditate and separate myself from the thoughts — just note them as they floated by — and one day, I had an awareness. A clarity that spoke the words “perfect spirit” to me, and I then realized that my spirit — who I was — was pure. It was my thoughts that were not — and they were separate from me. I could choose to believe that “perfect spirit” was truth and the thoughts began to have less and less power.

Slowly, the ill health that had been plaguing me for so long began to dissipate. I worked with my doctors to reduce the drugs I was on, based on the reduction in symptoms, and following my perfect spirit, became stronger each day. I now see this as a true awakening and I feel strongly that I’m not that special — this ability is available to each of us, if we choose to see our thoughts as separate and re-write the things we tell ourselves each day.

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Chasing Your Thoughts Does Not Result In Happiness

Manage ThoughtsOur thoughts become the dangling carrot that we’re always chasing for happiness. We have to catch the carrot to be happy and content.

On the rare occasion we reach the carrot, and then we find that the carrot isn’t satisfying. Then a new, juicer carrot appears, and we begin to chase this one down. Then we do reach this carrot and we find the same result of the previous carrot. We are stuck in a loop, and we become obsessed with our thoughts and life isn’t satisfying.

I stopped chasing carrots by doing less. Doing less for me was finding my meditation and mindfulness practice. My initial practice was five minutes. For five minutes a day I did less chasing of thoughts, and this little activity started to quiet the mind.

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Advice for Those Diagnosed With Any Ailment

diagnosedI have been diagnosed with bipolar, multiple sclerosis (MS), migraines, psoriasis, and psoriatic arthritis. Suffering was a way of life.

When I was diagnosed with MS I was terrified, I knew nothing about it. I was in the hospital with a lot of symptoms (unable to walk, vision issues, half of the body was numb) but no diagnosis for a few weeks. The doctors at the hospital weren’t too helpful with providing information. Although I was suffering a lot of mental anguish with this diagnosis — nothing they could say would have reassured me at the time. Later, I was transferred to a rehab center.

At the rehab center they gave me some outdated information — I didn’t know at this time. This information was way too much for me to handle and caused my bipolar brain to become unstable. The item that struck me the most was the mention of a wheelchair for 80 percent of those diagnosed after ten years. I was 37 at the time and I had a lot of fear about being in a wheelchair by the time I was 50.

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Can I Count You as Sane?

saneI can count all the sane people that I know on one hand.  Most are unaware of their insanity.

The insanity originates from the non-stop mental chatter of the mind.  The mind tells you how to behave — the mind wants you working out for endless hours at the gym; the mind wants you to find a new spouse; the mind wants you to punch your neighbor in the face; the mind wants you to voice hate against another race; the mind wants to jerk you around, like a leashed dog pulling you down the street after he catches a glimpse of a cat.  This uncontrollable dog rules his master.

The insane are possessed by thoughts. Thoughts create opinions, and judgments — good, bad, right, wrong, happy, sad, love, hate. Thoughts are the root of suffering. Suffering occurs when the mind demands a specific outcome, and the outcome is not met.

Reality is neutral. Thoughts transform nothing into something.

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