January 6, 2015 Obara Meji 65Comment

 

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Good day everyone, I hope and pray that you are all well. Ty has again written another of her much needed educational post for us to feed our mind and spirit with, and this one is on the topic of sleep. This topic is important to me because from ever since I can remember, I have always often times been disturbed while asleep. She has outlined many things that most of us may not have known. As usual Ty is a walking library, I am always happy when she send in a post, thank you Ty! Yw, we waiting on you tuh sir!

When I was growing up in Jamaica, I always had some disturbances while I slept and it was not until I grew up and  began to speak to other people of my experiences that I realized that many people had the same experience as myself, yet there was still something very different about my own.

At times I would be sleeping and I want to wake up and find that I cannot wake up, I am aware of my surroundings and I can hear what is happening around me, but I cannot wake up, I am sure many of you have experienced this. The feeling is horrible, it makes one feel as if one is going to die or suffocate, (I use the word one rather than me or I because what I wrote just now was negative and I did not want it directed to me), and often times I would struggle to wake up or if someone is there with me and they touch me, I would wake up right away.

For years I was afraid to sleep by myself. After I met one of my Mentors Mr. Mitchel (Iba Mr. Mitchel), he made a concoction for me and told me how to use it and it worked. Whenever I used it, I slept and there was no problem. There was a time, I became tired of making it and I tried to sleep on my own without its help, it started again. I spoke to many knowledgeable people none gave me an explanation. I remember once while it was happening to me and while I prayed in my mind for relief,I heard a voice tell me to relax, just relax it said,and your spirit will enter your body and all will be well.

When I woke up,I thought about what the voice said “relax and your spirit will enter into your body and all will be well”. Did that mean that my brain wakes up before my spirit can join the body  and make me physically whole again? Is it that my spirit traveled and my brain within my warm body is active, just waiting for the spirit to enter? I tried to figure it out.

I began to realize that anywhere I slept and there was ghost there or spirit passing through, I would struggle to wake up. This I noticed when once I was sleeping at a guest on one of my visits to Jamaica. The guest house was  ran by a Jamaican Indian woman. As I slept, I saw a beautiful Indian woman in white sitting on the couch across from my bed, I was asleep but I saw her and this was not a dream. She greeted me and I saw myself greet her as well. She had the red dot Indian women use in the center of her forehead, except hers was jewelry and it went straight into her forehead. She told me that she was a doctor and that her family was from New Deli, and  that she was a doctor of Internal Medicine, which the owner of the guest house son is now studying to become.

We had a good chat and she left. In the morning I told the owner and she was quite surprised because she said the woman was indeed her grand mother and that she was a doctor, and that her son was in fact studying to become a doctor of internal medicine, she confirmed all that the woman told me. I was to sleep there for two more weeks,but I never had that problem again while I slept there. Before the woman spoke to me I remembered that I struggled to wake up, before remembering tha tI should relax, I relaxed and the woman materialized before me and we spoke.

It was from there that I began to realize that anywhere spirits were and I was there they wanted to communicate with me. I am a medium you see, and if I did as the voice told me and just relax, they would have their say and leave, but there are ones who come to fight and war at times, so all are not benevolent.

Read this, and see one of my experience here with de duppy dem ooo!

I will speak more on this in the comments, nuff more fi tell, but Cami obeah mi fi mi top de long introduction dem oooo

Sleep by Ty

 

Sleep is a VERY poorly understood phenomena. There are many debates and theories as to what exactly consists of sleep. Most of the studies we have on sleep consists of using EEG and other techniques to measure brain wave activities.

 

As a spiritual concept, I think of sleep as the time in which we download information from the universe, from different time and space, into our beings. We then can use this information to form our thoughts, build ideas, and formulate our future. We also use sleep to communicate with other realms easier because our energetic frequencies are altered and allow for us to do so much easily.

 

What stirred my research on sleep was that recently, I was not feeling well with a horrible stomach ache. I fell asleep from exhaustion and pain. While sleeping, I dreamed of seeing my paternal grandfather, who I have only met 2 times in my life and who died when I was very young. In my dream, we were sitting down reasoning and chatting. He was telling me how proud he is of me and how much he loved me. I pointed to my stomach and he hugged me. I immediately awakened from my sleep and my stomach pain was gone. So my thought was that not only did I get rest during my sleep, but I also communicated with another realm, and received words of wisdom, emotional healing and of course physical healing.

What exactly is sleep? Is it more than just closing our eyes? These were the question that plagued me. I looked up all sorts of information on sleep. Why is it that some people can sleep a long time daily while others only sleep for a few hours? I wanted some deeper insight into sleep, apart from the cliched 8 hours of sleep needed daily for optimal health. I wanted to explore the quality versus quantity of sleep concept because this resonates with my core more.

The science is sketchy at best and most are merely theories with not much evidence to back it up. From the evidence based facts, this is what I could muster up and find.

Right before we fall asleep our brains cycle through what I call a shut down phase where you have first, short and fast beta waves followed by slower more relaxed alpha waves. If awaken during this time, you will feel as if you did not sleep and can often have hallucinations. Once out of this, we then enter sleep.There are 5 stages of sleep which we cycle through and each cycle last on average 90 to 100 minutes. When we sleep, we cycle through these stages constantly.

 

STAGES OF SLEEP

Stage 1: lightest part of your sleep, I call it the “just falling asleep” portion. This where you drift in and out of sleep easily and can easily be awakened. Here your brain makes mainly theta waves. If you awaken in this stage, you feel as if you did not sleep. This stage usually lasts about 5 to 10 minutes.

Stage 2: here eye movements stop and your brain waves slow down significantly with occasional spikes. Here the brain waves are mostly spindles. Your heart rate slows and this stage can last up to 20 minutes.

Stage 3: the brain waves slow down even more and often have a delta wave pattern with a few spikes

Please note that some professional associations lump stages 3 and 4 together and call it deep sleep. This is where you can have nightmares, bedwetting, and sleep walking.

Stage 4: here the brain waves are exclusively delta waves, this is considered your deep sleep and is the hardest to be awakened from. Here there is no eye activity. The main difference between this and stage 3, is that there is more delta waves.

Stage 5: this is the REM or rapid eye movement stage. It is where breathing becomes more rapid and irregular, eye movements are jerky and muscles are paralyzed. This is where you have your vivid dreams. Your heart rate increases, your blood pressure rises, males can have erections, and your body temperature usually drops. Most people experience 3 to 5 intervals of REM nightly. It is thought that if awakened during REM, you remember your dreams.

 

Lets get back to the quality over quantity theory. Ever wonder why a newborn looks so peaceful and angelic when sleeping? Well, infants spend more than 50 % of their time In REM, while adults spend less than 20% in REM. The older we get, the less time we spend in REM. Also of note, sleep does not progress through these stages in sequence. So you can go from stage 2 to REM then back to stage 2. Also each time we re-enter a REM cycle it gets longer. The best way to think of this, is that you are having a dream and then your dreams shifts to another location, set of people and scenario. This often dictates that you entered another REM cycle.

 

So sleep is not where your brain shuts down, the converse is true. It is when your brain is the most active. It is a time when the body repairs, rebuilds, and your immune system is boosted. The amount of time needed depends on the amount of repair and rebuilding is needed. This is why when you are sick with a cold, you should sleep more, so as to give your body a chance to repair and let your immune system do its work. Your body also has what is called a “sleep account”. That is when you sleep, you add to this account and when you are sleep deprived, you accrue a negative balance. If the total tally is a negative one, the body will NOT allow for a long term debt pay off, it will take it when it sees fit and so you will be sleepy in the daytime and fall asleep.

 

I will not delve into all the different factors that can affect sleep or sleep disorders but instead want us to focus on the factors that we can change and control. We can control our efforts to go to bed. This will be good not only for our physical health but also spiritual health. By sleeping more, we will have stronger immune systems, well repaired bodies, highly functioning brains, and better daytime acquity. Start by going to bed 15 minutes earlier daily to make our sleep account be more positive. It will also be a challenge for me but with my new slate, I will make 2015 be a great year for my brain and body.

 

Please feel free to share your sleep problems, your dreams, weird awakenings, spiritual encounters, etc…we all can learn form each other.

 

Ibi tí à ńlọ là ńwò, a kìí wo ibi táa ti ṣubú. /
One ought to focus on where one is going, not where one had fallen……Yoruba Proverb!

[Look beyond past failures.]

All religion are valid as long as it teaches peace and love…. Obara Meji!

There no disappointments in life, only lessons learned!….Obara Meji

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Cami
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Cami

I’m have seasonal insomnia. I’ve been held down, shaken awake, carry midget minions out of my dream stage, cuss bad words, sit straight up and go back to sleep.

The sit up is when I am anticipating something stressful and can’t wait to get it over with.

toy7318
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Hi Cami

Cami
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Cami

Muah Toy7318! lolol…Happy 2015 me Spiritual sister.

MTH
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I read over the Obeah Garden and thanks Yazzy for all that wonderful things you said.

I thank each and every blogger for comments you have shared, knowledge gained and fun times being in your company. I thank Obara mostly for you to embrace this likkle gal wey not even know herself. Obara being called a friend my you means a lot. I love when you greet me and say MTH mi frien (hint, hint continue)….2014 was a year and a half. I went through a lot and you were there with your tissue to wipe my eyes, with your strap for my back when I needed it (I gave you a lot of talking), but what was foremost was your love and care for me. I am sitting in an apartment, looking out and there are so many possibilities. I know that I have a friend in you and the universe has rewarded me with a stable and loving family here. *cheers to the New Year and all the possibilities*

Cami
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Cami

MTH, New Years find you across the seas? Don’t let the ebb and flow of new land keep you away. Wishing and yours all the best for 2015 and beyond.

MTH
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Teach, I went back to the Obeah Garden and re-read and re-bwalled, re-holla. I have so much thing pouring out of me. I just created a new email and gonna holla at yah now. Teach and fellow bloggers thanks a million, from the bottom of my heart.

MTH
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I used to be able to sleep easily. Of late, my dreams are ONLY about being with an ex (it varies), having a child or pregnant. Last night my dream was of an ex an I making out. It is now making me sad, I sometimes wish that I will not dream as the dreams are taking a piece of me a way.

MTH
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Hello everyone. Teach, my email address does not work. When I came here it was trying to ensure I was the one using it and the sent a confirmation text to my phone.

Teach, remember I told you that I wanted to leave Jamaica for January. I left. I will email you soon. I am enrolled in school, so this first week is crazy. Got a lap top but it seemed to have crashed.

Ty
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Hey everyone…

Mth, good to see you…

MTH
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Hey everyone. Will go read and catch up…Hope everyone has been having a great year thus far…

Cami
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Cami

I’m here and not here…me good still but me game planning so me have to exert energy towards that, so onu don’t write me off.

Meji-Chin! lolol

Yw
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Everybody already know sey I can’t write yuh off, mi sister. Do yuh ting, yuh know sey wi are always wid yuh….just doan drop asleep….and wi not wid yuh when yuh in the potty – that would just be creepy 🙂

Cami
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Cami

DWLN…me go way and come back cause me know me spot you earlier. 🙂

Cami
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Cami

MORNING ALL….Yw me like how you hail me fi de New Year along with the old year!

Ty, wonderful as usual…wicked thing was that when I got the chance to start read last night me start doze off at stages of sleep, lol

I live to sleep…it is the one of the most precious time of my life. If I’m ill sleep takes care of whatever the illness is, and it’s through sleep that I see or come to terms with mental struggles.

Yw
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Large up Obara Meji, Yazsters, Courtney, SQ, Ty, an hevreybady else. Love and light!!

Yazzy
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Yazzy

Happy Wednesday sweetie Obara! Happy Wednesday sweetie Ty! Happy Wednesday all my sweeties!

I’m present. Lemme go catch up! Ty large up pan yuh thought provoking post! Mi always a learn so much from you! Thank you sweetie.

SeaQueen
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SeaQueen

Ty and yazz, my mother is the first person that I heard speak of an indian duppy someone sent for her. It was an indian man if I can remember. I have to ask her about it again.

When I used to sleep on my back I would constantly feeling that suffocating feeling, like somebody was holding me down and I couldn’t move or speak. When I noticed that it would happen when I slept like that I started sleeping on my belly and my side. Then it start happen again, not as frequently but it still happens. This particular night I was watchinbg myself sleep and it was like I was being pulled away from myself and when mi go fi scream it is like a force closed my mouth as if saying “shut up.” I was then pulled through some kind of tunnel of mouths, its like I was traveling inside of many different mouths. Mouths open wide, some with pretty teeth, rotten teeth, crooked teeth, etc. I got to a room and saw my eldest daughter, who looked in good health. She then led the way to a room which I suppose was hers. It looked pretty neat (which is the opposite of what she is) and she had a nice little setup. That is where the dream ended. Prior to that dream, the same night I had another dream that that same daughter was driving a car with myself and her younger sister ona familiar road to our old house. She was going out of control and ended up crashing into a nearby supermarket. I took the wheel and began to drive but I could not get on the right side of the road. The car kept going faster and faster against my will. I eventually crashed, don’t know where my children were and was flying through the sky steering wheel in hand with the car falling apart as I flew through the sky. Eventually the steering wheel was the only thing left and I crash land into a backyard.

That dream tripped me out smh. But like I do I tried to put some kind of positive to it. Not sure if I was right.

Yw
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Big up SeaQ!! I used to feel held down also and heard that “is duppy holding yuh down”. However, I think it is possible that it is our own consciousness holding our spirit back from exploring. If you think of your spirit as the energy source (or battery power) for your body, then when your body is at rest your spirit is free to roam leaving your body on autopilot, i.e. while in sleep or learned mediation. There are many reasons why the spirit may want to leave the body but in my experience it is always for our best interest. While the spirit does not need to sleep it does need to….recharge, which I believe can be done by meditating – which can simply mean taking time for your self. Sorry if a bit long winded but just so much…
As for the dream – keep in mind that I think that everything is open to interpretation – The mouths could mean that you were going through different planes OR it could mean that you “feel” many people talking about your daughter (some good some bad – the teeth them). When you see your daughter’s room in order that may mean that she will be perfectly fine. The dream you had first with the driving may mean that you are worried about her over something and predisposed to trying to take control (you taking the wheel) but in the end do not worry because the last dream was the one you listed first in your post. Not sure about any of this but it does not seem to be anything bad at all. Love and light Queenie!!

Ty
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Sea queen, it sounds like you astral project a lot…

When you feel like you being held down, your spirit is leaving your body…the more relaxed you are, the easier it will be and the better the travel experience will be…

Start meditating, and practice grounding and this will improve for you…

As me say, I am not very good at dream interpretations so wo will leaving the meaning of that dream to someone else…

Yw
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Big up Yazstar!! Came across this interesting info:
http://www.spiritualresearchfoundation.org/how-to-sleep-better/sleeping-late

Ty
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So last night…I got a cool experience…I was taken to a one on one class with a being…not sure who it was…he went over the time continuum, mandalas, and different spiritual gifts…I woke up feeling smarter, immediately started researching stuff and being so grateful for whoever my teacher was…I look forward to more classes…

toy7318
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Really that is awesome.

Ty
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Obara, please jump in any time and correct me also…I am still young in the spiritual process…

Ty
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Yazzie when you wake up exhausted after a long walk, flying, etc in your dream…it can be because of the energy shift needed to enter that spiritual realm…remember everything is energy…some realms require more energy than others…

Remember Obara’s initiation and teachings…she was taken to such complex and high realms that she could not walk or talk when she awaken…the energy, frequency, and shifts needed for these trip can take a toll on your physical body…

Continue juicing and your physical body will adjust over time…

Yazzy
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Yazzy

Thanks so much Ty!!! Keep them coming!! Yes I’m forging ahead with the juicing to keep my body strengthened for I am confident the best is yet to come!

Ty, I haven’t done any meditating but I’m gonna work on it.

Toy03718
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Toy03718

Hey Yaz,Yw,Ty, Sq I have to come

Yazzy
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Yazzy

Hey my sweeties!! Happy Tuesday. Sorry I’m late for class.

Teach large up! That was a lovely experience with the Indian lady! I find Indian spirit to be very strong as well. You’re the one that I learned that its your spirit trying to re-enter the body. I had inquired about this experience of feeling like one is suffocating and one is

Ty, lovely and informative post as usual babygirl! For me sleep was poorly understood until now! Especially when you broke down the concept of switching in and out of locations in dreams and its correlation to switching in and out of REM sleep. It’s brilliant!

Ty I still can’t get over your amazing visit from your granddad. I think the craziest things occur in our sleep as well as the most aging things… Even the ones we can’t remember. So I agree that the brain is most at work during sleep contrary to what we have been taught.

My question is, why do I wake up soooooo exhausted and beat up most of the times??? and these events occur when I have flashes of me on journeys … Long long walks… Like a roaming spirit or on nights I’m caught up being SUPER WOMAN and running and flying or just fleeing danger of someone or something chasing me!!!!

Yw
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Yazzy: “Why do I wake up soooooo exhausted and beat up most of the times???” I would say that it is like the effects of a surgery. You are healing but your body is still sore. As for fleeing danger that may be a feeling of helplessness or at least that is what I think it was for me. As Ty said, keep up what you are doing and your body will adjust. Remember to watch your breathing. That, to me, is your “tell”.

Ty
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Hey Yazstar….

The Indian spirits can be very strong…u ever hear Jcans seh no mek dem set a baby or coolie duppy pon you?

REM sleep is the goal of everyone…this is when you “travel”… It is still poorly understood and believe it or not some people can access it through meditation…

Iba grandpa, who can and stop my belly pain…I forgot who on here had their eyes operated on and fixed in their dream…Obara had surgery performed on her…so many awesome things happen when we are asleep…

The more awakened we get the more is revealed to us in our sleep…the universe will pour out it secrets to you…there are many ready in the spiritual realm to teach you…

toy7318
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Hey Yaz and Ty no it wasn’t me . Yaz my eyes are horrible I wear glasses. I need an operation.

Yazzy
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Yazzy

Hey Ty sweetie… Ive heard so much about coolie and Indian duppy! Lawd gash! Mi nuh wah experience it babygirl.

I think it was Toy’s eyes that was operated on while she slept. IBA YOUR GRANDDAD TY!

Ty I think some people have such strong spirits naturally… but because of fear they block it. Some that don’t even embrace their spirituality but have such gifts but religion cripples them

Ty
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Yazzy, you so right…fear and religion is a wicked combo…

SeaQueen
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SeaQueen

Good evening family, Obara, ty, toy, and YW! I just got a chance to log on but i am leaving this location to go home so i will be back on to comment in a few. I have read the post because i am very interested in the sleeping process as a whole especially dreaming. As I have had a few dreams that have walked pretty str8 if u guys know what i mean as well as seeing myself asleep and can’t do a darn thing but chant a psalms til mi wake smh. I will tell you guys about an encounter i had about a month ago with one of those. My reaction was different that usual because i usually struggle but this time i didn’t. BRB

Ty
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Hey Seaqueen…mi love when di dream dem come straight….I am not very god at deciphering dreams…many dreams are so coded and are open to many different interpretations…

When you see yourself sleeping, you are astral projecting…

Ty
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Also chanting di psalm dem good if you fraid…or call on the name Obara Meji…that name is very powerful..

toy7318
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I am the… I don’t know what it means. I just always figured maybe it is a spirit protecting from something in my dream, so they wake me up.

Ty
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Sometimes they are because you are not ready for that message,.. Sometimes it is you who stops yourself from receiving the message due to fear…

Yazzy
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Yazzy

Very interesting take Ty!

Yw
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Hey Toy!! In my opinion, you may need to evaluate how you feel throughout the whole experience: while in the dream, when trying to be communicated with (if that is the case), at the point that your bed starts to shake, when you wake up. Look for any fear or unease… For me, I use to feel someone lay down beside me or simply a presence and at first I reacted with anger because I was operating through the conditioned thought structure that said that anything like that was negative. Now, I am more open to such experiences but surprisingly have not had anything like that in a bit…..curious….

toy7318
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We go to different realms when we see. I have a question when people go to sleep and they can see the future is their spirit guide showing them that?

Ty
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Toy, not all the time…sometimes it is your teachers, your ancestor or even your higher self showing you…remember time is a continuum … More than past, present, and future…

Yw
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Big up Obara Meji and my ES fambo. This is a great post because, to me, it deals with the material and spiritual realm. In my opinion, we are all a part of the universal consciousness which means that we can all tap into various “gifts”. That does not mean that these gifts will manifest in the same way….Sorry, back to point, “infants spend more than 50 % of their time In REM” because they are closer to the spiritual realm than adults (because of thought conditioning). When adults sleep, they access their subconscious – or rather, they allow themselves to wander the spiritual planes/realms. Mediation is great because it is training to release our perception of control and allow ourselves to enter a different state of mind (depending on how deeply you can meditate). Ok, that is it for now because I seem to be rambling….

Ty
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Good point Yw…meditation allows you to voluntarily access the spiritual realm and have control…you can determine when you go in and come out…

As opposed to sleep, we enter but often cannot control our coming and going into the spiritual realm…

Yw
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Yuh si why yuh mus’ read people post properly before yuh comment….do better Yw….. You are absolutely right, Ty. You do have control in when you choose to meditate and to come out of meditation. Sorry bout that.

Yw
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Hey Ty, nice to see you (hehehe). At first it is to overcome the ideas of what we think is control. In my opinion, when we first start to meditate we have to learn to let go and….explore what we come across as an experience unshackled by our conditioned minds. When we try to control at first, we are inhibited by our fears and preconceived notions. That may restrict our “growth and development” as a spiritual being. Again in a circular pattern, we have to let go to gain some control…

Ty
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Iba mr. Mitchell…

Hello everyone….

At work so will dip in and out…

toy7318
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Hi Obara and fam. Ty great post. At times I will be sleeping and my bed would shake and when I open my eyes no is there. It hasn’t happened recently, but it use to happen quite often.

Ty
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Toy, I am no expert, Obara can help you more with this….often time as you enter the spiritual realm, your vibrational level changes to facilitate you going into the spiritual realm…we can perceive this as bed shaking….for me I am swayed back and forth…

Courtney
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Morning love muffins

How is everyone. Holiday season is over I am back to normal now missed everyone.

Love and light

Yazzy
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Yazzy

Hey Court boo! Happy 2015

Ty
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Hey Courtney

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