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Zildjian Finger Cymbals for Clearing the Astral Air … by Alice B. Clagett

Dear Ones,

Zildjian Finger Cymbals (the thick ones) are good for clearing the astral air …

Link: Zildjian Finger Cymbals (thick), on www.amazon.com … search the term: Zildjian Thick Finger Cymbals

They’re also good for clearing personal space… like meditation space or bedroom. They’re portable, small and lightweight, and inexpensive. Can be used for travel to clear space, or in nature to attract nice nature spirits.

One way to use them is to strike the thin side of one cymbal against the flat side of another cymbal, either once or a number of times, then wait till a few minutes after you cease to hear the reverberation or ‘flutter’ of the sound in the air, after the sound itself ends.

That last reminds me of a time long ago … I was 16 years of age, and I went to visit some friends of the family … a man and wife living in an upscale sector of Washington DC. On a coffee table was a thin book of Zen. I had never heard of Zen before. As I was thumbing through it, the wife kindly offered it to me as a gift.

Being 16 and full of high hopes and expectations, I looked through the koens in the book, with a yen to crack one. I settled on this koen:

What is the sound of one hand clapping?

Baffled, I thought about it night and day. The more confused I got, the more determined I felt. Finally one evening, in a state of utmost mental frustration, I walked out into the night air, and looked up into the night sky. There I found my answer …

What is the sound of one hand clapping?
It is the New Moon in the arms of the Old.

Many years later, when I got my set of Zildjian finger cymbals, I found yet another answer:

What is the sound of one hand clapping?
It is the Sound when there is no Sound, after the last Sound has ended.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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Yuna’s Dance … referral by Alice B. Clagett

Dear Ones,

Yuna’s Dance to free the Souls of the dead …

Link: “Yuna’s Dance – Eternity (Memories of light and waves),” by angrydoll01, published on 22 October 2006, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmrcnAzTZQw ..

Here is another version:

Link: “Final Fantasy 10 Yuna Dance,” by Alex Lee, published on 8 June 2008, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PWC6vUext0 ..

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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The Metaphor ‘to Dress Down’ and Unconscious ‘Acting Out’ … by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 11 April 2018

Dear Ones,

Here are some thoughts on the metaphor ‘to dress down’ in the context of rites of initiation and rites of manhood, as opposed to the context of hunting and preparing game, and how this might influence rare, rogue acts of murder and cannibalism. There’s a Summary after the video …

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SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

I have one of those subconscious metaphors, or unconscious metaphors, that I’ve been talking about … to talk to you about, right now.

It’s called ‘dressing down’ … and it’s used in the military, in boot camp, and, I suppose, in other contexts in the military, for officers to discipline their subordinates by ‘dressing them down’. And I think that probably involves … I’ve seen it in the movies … It’s something like yelling at them, calling them names, and demanding that they do exactly what they’re supposed to do … what they’re told to do.

I think that’s called ‘dressing them down’. In the subconscious mind, it may be confused with ‘dressing down’ meat … like when you catch a deer, you kill a deer, and you want to have it for your family. So ‘dressing down meat’ … I’ve seen camps in Colorado, where the hunters go … hunters’ gathering places. And then they go out on expeditions, to hunt game during the hunting season. There are several types of hunting seasons in the fall.

So they have these hunting camps, and when they catch the game, they bring them back and ‘dress them down’ there. And then the people can take down fresh meat, after it has already been ‘dressed down’ … ‘Dressed down’ means taking the offal  (the intestines and so forth) out. And you prepare the game … You would probably skin it, and prepare the meat for freezing or later cooking. Like that.

And so basically, we have this one metaphor which means two different things:

One, it means just verbally yell at people, and make sure that they toe the line and obey orders instantly; which is very important in the field of battle, in wartime.

And the other has to do with killing game and preparing meat and then eating meat afterwards … that visual image that the unconscious mind takes in … or the subconscious mind … one of them.

And so the difficulty is that sometimes … in what I would call rogue circumstances … not as a general rule, but in rogue circumstances in the military … it’s possible that, in these rites of manhood or of induction into groups … these ‘rites of initiation’ that take place in the boot camp, and in other organizations, such as street gangs and college fraternities, and so forth … during initiation into the group, it can take the form of cannibalism and like that.

And so, what we want to do is to bring this metaphor out … to the conscious light of the Higher Mind … so that people are not mislead into performing acts such as cannibalism, which are not approved by society, and carry great tolls, as far as social opprobrium is concerned. And also affect the Soul in terms of Soul wounding, and cause greater samskaras in the first chakra, which is a very important chakra for staying alive.

So I suggest, in using that term ‘dressing down’, ‘to dress them down’, and like that, to be very careful not to visualize killing and quartering game. That’s what I think. It’s very important. And the result will be that there will most likely be very few, or no, rogue instances of murder and cannibalism, either in the military or in street gangs, in college fraternities, and so on.

In Cults that Kill, (1) that’s a totally separate thing. Those are rogue cults led by supreme antisocials (antisocial personalities) such as Charles Manson, (2) and Daniel Perez, (3) and so forth. And for those, I don’t really have a fix right now, since there’s so much malware and malspeak involved.

The Soul of the leader of a Cult that Kills is so malwared up, that it will take time to straighten out that issue with regard to purifying the DNA, and so forth.

I’ll talk to you all later.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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FOOTNOTES

(1) Link: “Community Health: Cults that Kill,” by Alice B. Clagett, https://wp.me/p2Rkym-4pb ..

(2) Link: “Charles Manson,” in Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Manson ..

(3) Link: “Leader of Kansas commune that collected millions in life insurance payouts from dead members is found guilty of drowning female member in swimming pool,” by Cory Charlton for MailOnline, published 18 February 2015, updated 19 February 2015, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2958780/Jurors-weigh-case-Kansas-commune-leader-2nd-day.html ..

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On Torture, and Being Tortured … by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 2 February 2018

  • A Dream about Torturing Someone Who Appears to Be Different
  • Articles on Torture
  • Links Between Street Gangs and the Military
  • On Hardwiring of Personal Peril and National Peril in the Combat Veteran
  • Hazing as a Rite of Passage in Groups of Young Men
  • Groups of Young Men and the Issue of PTSD
  • Hypotheses
    • Fight or Flight Response Flip Flop
    • Tortured or Torture Response Flip Flop
  • Therapeutic Solutions

Dear Ones,

A Dream about Torturing Someone Who Appears to Be Different

I woke up with another Dream tonight; this time, I saw what seemed to be a good looking Puerto Rican man, dressed in black, in a dark place … my feeling was, in the woods somewhere. He said to me:

I don’t understand. They hired me as a driver. They said it was important that I speak Latin, but no one here speaks Latin. What should I do?

My Higher Mind said something rational to him on the clair plane, such as:

Do what you think necessary, considering the situation.

But my gut brain had another message for him … Danger! Danger! … and apparently his gut brain got that message right away.

Gosh, what a dream! There were so many people glommed to that dream, wanting to sit in and observe what might have been about to develop into a ‘torture the one who is different’ dream. Gosh.

Articles on Torture

So just now I did some reading on torture …

Link: “Torture Is a Form of Trauma; Trauma Causes PTSD,” by Mark Dombeck, Ph.D., 1 October 2006, updated 1 September 2016, In MentalHealth.net, https://www.mentalhelp.net/articles/torture-is-a-form-of-trauma-trauma-causes-ptsd/ ..

Link: “This is How It Feels to Torture,” by Lydia DePillis, 11 December 2014, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/storyline/wp/2014/12/11/this-is-how-it-feels-to-torture/?utm_term=.dd99b5d131f3 ..

Links Between Street Gangs and the Military

Apparently there’s a link between street gangs and the military:

Link: “The FBI Announces Gangs Have Infiltrated Every Branch Of The Military,” by Robert Johnson, 22 October 2011, http://www.businessinsider.com/fbi-gang-assessment-us-military-2011-10 ..

Link: “Are Gang Members Using Military Training?” by James Klatell, CBS, 29 July 2007,  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/are-gang-members-using-military-training/ ..

Apparently there are common ‘touchpoints’, or energy threads, in street gangs and the military, to do with rites of passage for young men.

If street gangs and the military have similar Soul wounding regarding torture or being tortured, for instance, and these dreams of torture flow through the consciousness of both groups, then as healers and lightworkers we will be unable to ‘clean up’ gangland murders and mafia activities by appealing to the military, or to others who have experienced similar rites of passage. That is because, in the realms of the Dark, their Soul woundings thrill to the same Dark song, at least in this regard.

Rather, as lightworkers, we must align with God, and seek, with neutral mind, to bring clear awareness to the process the Divine has undertaken in clearing through the Incoming Light.

On Hardwiring of Personal Peril and National Peril in the Combat Veteran

In the same way, since the military are trained to protect their country, there is a strong energy thread of protection in the military. In a situation where a military person feels threatened … as when the Incoming Light hits his body cells, causing a panic attack … the first response would be to strike back, to defend oneself. This might take the form of ‘digging in’ … even, maybe, retiring to a light-less basement or the bottom floors of a parking lot … or maybe in attacking people who talk about the changing Light, or suppressing their work, on the theory it affects national security. The short circuit being that they themselves feel insecure, and so therefore the nation may be at peril.

I see this as a result of  recruit training, and also PTSD during combat, as the act of defending the country very clearly imperils the wartime military man as well. Thus, hardwired in, is the understanding that their peril, and that of the country, go hand in hand.

Thus the inaccurate conclusion may be reached that their actions, in defending themselves from perceived peril, are justified in defense of their country. Whereas, in fact, their actions are a ‘defense mechanism’ welling up from their subconscious minds, onto which the light of conscious awareness needs must be shone.

Hazing as a Rite of Passage in Groups of Young Men

I’ve  read that group initiation techniques for gang members and for boot camps may involve ‘hazing’, and that this may be a ‘rite of passage’, I note this in young male groups in three contexts: military, street gangs, and college fraternities …

Link: “Your Marine Corps: Investigations Find Hazing at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego,” by Jeff Schogol, 3 May 2017, https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-marine-corps/2017/05/03/investigations-find-hazing-at-marine-corps-recruit-depot-san-diego/ ..

Link: “Into the Abyss: A Personal Journey into the World of Street Gangs,” by Mike Carlie, Ph.D., continually updated, https://people.missouristate.edu/michaelcarlie/what_i_learned_about/gangs/join_a_gang.htm .. I found this factual article to be very informative.

Link: “Hazing: Why Young Men Do It,” by Benjamin Redford, Live Science Contributor, 14 May 2008, https://www.livescience.com/2528-hazing-young-men.html ..

Apparently, this hazing is a rite of passage for young men. A test of manhood. These tests of manhood can leave scars, both in those tested, and in those that test. And also in out-group members who are the object of manhood tests …

Groups of Young Men and the Issue of PTSD

Apparently, urban violence, putatively sometimes gang-related, causes PTSD in victims of violence …

Link: “Guns: The PTSD Crisis That’s Being Ignored: Americans Wounded in Their Own Neighborhoods: Americans in violent neighborhoods are developing PTSD at rates similar to combat veterans. Why aren’t hospitals screening them? It costs money, by Lois Beckett, 3 February 2014, https://www.propublica.org/article/the-ptsd-crisis-thats-being-ignored-americans-wounded-in-their-own-neighbor ..

In addition, membership in street gangs apparently can cause PTSD …

Link: “Gang Membership: Links to Violence Exposure, Paranoia, PTSD, Anxiety, and Forced Control of Behavior in Prison,” by J. WOod and S. Dennard, Psychiatry. 2017 Spring;80(1):30-41. doi: 10.1080/00332747.2016.1199185 … https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28409716 ..

From my reading, there is anecdotal evidence of PTSD for military recruits, especially those who are asked to leave the military; and also to do with combat experience.
From this, I gather there are issues of PTSD for groups of young men who experience being hazed, or who haze, and for out-group members whom they may haze.

Hypotheses

Fight or Flight Response Flip Flop. In earlier blogs, I mentioned that the Fight or Flight response can flip flop back and forth … One moment a person is in panic mode, and the next they may turn, on the astral plane, to attack mode. I’ve clair heard this happen time after time on the astral plane.

Tortured or Torture Response Flip Flop. Could it also be that physical experiences of being tortured, or of torturing, might flip back and forth as well? On the physical plane, could a person who has been hazed in a rite of passage flip to ‘I will torture’ mode? Could it be that groups of young men who have been initiated through hazing might expand torture activities to include people outside the gang? Say, with planned intervals of rape or torture, as a way to reinforce camaraderie?

Therapeutic Solutions

The issue, as I see it, is that acts of torture are not condoned by society. Thus, repeated acts of rape or torture may result in social sanctions, possibly even brutal social sanctions such as capital punishment.

Thus I propose that those involved in planned intervals of rape or torture seek expert help in determining the trigger points, so that they themselves can put a damper on ‘acting out’. Acting out puts a damper on Soul healing, because every instance of acting out … such as torturing a person perceived to be ‘different’ from oneself  … compounds the original Soul wounding. Thus I suggest the various forms of therapy for PTSD that are available today …

Link: “Preventing Gang Violence by Offering a Community,” by Allen Fennewald, 21 December 2016, http://youthtoday.org/2016/12/preventing-gang-violence-by-offering-a-community/ ..

Link: “Post-traumatic Stress Disorder,” from the NIH: National Institute of Mental Health, https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml ..

Headway made through therapy clears the way for the process of Soul healing through the Incoming Light can be expedited.

I also feel it might be good for each group of young men to consider what would be the optimum test of manhood within the context of that group, taking into consideration the issues of PTSD and the future need for adjustment to mainstream life as they mature and have families of their own.

Well, that’s all I have for now on this very difficult topic.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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Sacred Spaces and the Music of Chris Zabriskie . Compiled by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 16 January 2015; revised

Dear Ones,

Here are photos of sacred spaces in a natural setting, accompanied by the peaceful instrumental music “Prelude No. 20” from the album “Preludes” by Chris Zabriskie, CC BY 4.0 … https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/  ..

This is a video without words; the photos that are in the video are in the Summary.

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Image: Sacred Spaces in the Mountains of California, No. 1, by Alice B. Clagett, 15 January 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: Sacred Spaces in the Mountains of California, No. 1, by Alice B. Clagett, 15 January 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: Sacred Spaces in the Mountains of California, No. 2, by Alice B. Clagett, 15 January 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: Sacred Spaces in the Mountains of California, No. 2, by Alice B. Clagett, 15 January 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: Sacred Spaces in the Mountains of California, No. 3, by Alice B. Clagett, 15 January 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: Sacred Spaces in the Mountains of California, No. 4, by Alice B. Clagett, 15 January 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: Sacred Spaces in the Mountains of California, No. 4, by Alice B. Clagett, 15 January 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: Sacred Spaces in the Mountains of California, No. 5, by Alice B. Clagett, 15 January 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: Sacred Spaces in the Mountains of California, No. 5, by Alice B. Clagett, 15 January 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: Sacred Spaces in the Mountains of California, No. 6, by Alice B. Clagett, 15 January 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: Sacred Spaces in the Mountains of California, No. 6, by Alice B. Clagett, 15 January 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

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I Am of the Stars
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Three Walking Meditations . gifted by Spirit, through Alice B. Clagett *

Published on 12 December 2017

Dear Ones,

Here are three walking meditations gifted by Spirit, through Alice B. Clagett …

“Walking Meditation #1: HEART,” by Alice B. Clagett, https://wp.me/p2Rkym-2PO ..

“Walking Meditation #2. ENERGY,” by Alice B. Clagett, https://wp.me/p2Rkym-2PU ..

“Walking Meditation #3: THIRD EYE-POINT,” by Alice B. Clagett, https://wp.me/p2Rkym-2PM ..

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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Walking Meditation #3: THIRD-EYE POINT . by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 1 March 2015

  • GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
  • DIRECTIONS FOR THE LEADER
  • DIRECTIONS FOR PEOPLE WHO WILL WALK
  • DIRECTIONS FOR THOSE WHO WILL REMAIN SEATED
  • DIRECTIONS FOR THE SHORT MEDITATION AFTER THE WALK
  • ON DOING THIS WALKING MEDITATION ALONE
  • FOR MORE INFORMATION

Dear Ones,

This is the the third of three walking meditations gifted by Spirit. This meditation has to do with placing awareness on the third-eye point, which is where the eyebrows meet, or just above that.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

  • Those who want to can participate in this meditation while walking.
  • Or if you prefer, you can remain seated and and meditate while sitting down.
  • When the walk is finished, we’ll all sit down and meditate for a few minutes. Then we’ll talk about our experience.

We need a volunteer … who has never done this before … to be the leader!

DIRECTIONS FOR THE LEADER

  • Let your awareness include everyone in the line, for the whole duration of the walk.
  • Keep your stride short enough so that all the people in the line … even those with a short stride … can easily keep up with you.
  • Continue walking for a length of time short enough that everyone can accomplish it with ease.

DIRECTIONS FOR PEOPLE WHO WILL WALK

  • Assemble in a line, with about a yard between you and the next person in the line. If you can touch them with your arm extended, then you’re too close to them.
  • Begin walking when the person in front of you begins walking; do your best to match their stride.
  • As you walk, place your awareness on your third-eye point, at the level of your eyebrows, or just above that.

DIRECTIONS FOR THOSE WHO WILL REMAIN SEATED

  • Sit in a chair. Spine is straight, feet are flat on the floor, eyes open or closed, hands …  palms up or palms  down, resting on the thighs.
  • Place your awareness on your third-eye point, at the level of your eyebrows, or just above that.

DIRECTIONS FOR THE SHORT MEDITATION AFTER THE WALK

  • Sit in a chair. Spine is straight, feet are flat on the floor, eyes open or closed, hands …  palms up or palms  down, resting on the thighs.
  • Feel your deep heart, next to your spine. Once you are feeling your deep heart, if possible, also feel your heels touching the floor.
  • Continue for a few minutes, then relax.

ON DOING THIS WALKING MEDITATION ALONE

You can do this walking meditation alone; you need not walk with other people.

  • If possible, walk outdoors in nature, or on a quiet residential street.
  • Or, it’s fine to walk in a small space in your own home.
  • Remember to place your awareness on your third-eye point.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

Link: “Three Walking Meditations,” gifted by Spirit, through Alice B. Clagett, https://wp.me/p2Rkym-81W ..

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