Spiritual Gifts, Gifts of the Spirit, Siddhis, powers

Top 5 Spiritual Gifts

What are the Top 5 Spiritual Gifts?

Spiritual gifts, also called charism, charisms, or charismata in Greek are considered non-physical characteristics and abilities given by God, Spirit, or the Source energy of the universe. Most spiritual gifts are written about in Christianity, but there are other religions which also write about these Divine rewards.

The Top 5 to be the best (I believe) include:

  1. Peace (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual
  2. Intuition (unlimited access to Divine knowledge)
  3. Bliss (transcendence of all thought and emotion)
  4. Self-Realization (partial enlightenment)
  5. God-Realization (full enlightenment)

These top 5 are very similar to Buddhism’s and Hinduism’s (yoga’s) versions. I have experienced that the attainment of intuition leads to easier gain of other spiritual gifts because of the pure and unbridled access to one’s pure connection to the Divine through the soul. Let’s start by looking at the top 5 religions and their take on spiritual gifts.

Judaism

Judaism is an obvious first because 5 books of the old testament – Judges, Exodus, I Chronicle, I Samuel, and Isaiah – are about Jewish history. Isaiah himself who was a Jew, proclaimed the “7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit,” (as used in Catholicism). [Isaiah 11:1-2]

These are:

  • Wisdom, Understanding
  • Counsel, Fortitude (strength)
  • Knowledge, Fear of the Lord
  • Piety

[However, a 7th gift “piety,” isn’t included in the original verses from Isaiah, but I suspect is associated with the obedience the other 6 gifts. This is because piety represents “holiness” or devout religious observances.]

Hinduism

Also, Hinduism and yogic practice, talk about siddhis or paranormal powers earned through practicing meditation and the 8 limbs of yoga. There are 44 of them in total described by Patanjali and they are completely explained in my third ebook, in Chapter 17: A Siddhi Summary: Your Guide to Scientific Self-Realization: Part III: The Summit

Buddhism

Buddhism also speaks about spiritual gifts. The Buddha teaches us to renounce attachment to material possessions. Quoting the Buddha we see,

“Ye are my offspring, born from my mouth [are] spiritually born, created by the Law [are] spiritual heirs, [none are] material heirs.”

“There are these two kinds of gifts, O monks, namely material and spiritual distribution, and of these two, O monks, the higher is latter.”

Further on we see that one who follows the Law (Dhamma/Dharma), has faith in the law, and has faith in The Buddha (Christ in Buddhism, the foremost):

“… for those with faith in the foremost, the result with be foremost”

This “result” is the blessing of spiritual gifts or powers allowing the individual to perform acts of the Divine.

Which… results in:

  • Merit that accrues because of faith: life, beauty, fame, reputation, happiness, and strength
  • Peace of Detachment
  • Bliss
  • Wisdom

Also, by fighting against the 8 pairs of mental impurities:

  1. Greed and Hate
  2. Anger and Grudge
  3. Scorn and Spite
  4. Envy and Stinginess
  5. Deceit and Fraud
  6. Obstinacy and Impetuosity
  7. Conceit and Arrogance
  8. Pride and Helplessness

AND succeeding past these mental obstacles, by the middle way (the noble eightfold path), one will achieve the spiritual gifts of:

  • Vision (ambition)
  • Knowledge (intelligence)
  • Peace (stillness)
  • Direct Knowledge (willful intuition)
  • Awakening (partial kundalini activation)
  • Nirvana (full kundalini activation, enlightenment, self-realization, and eventually God-realization)

Christianity

In modern times, when someone says, “spiritual gifts,” the Christian Bible is often thought of and quoted from.

In Catholicism, there are 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit.

  • Wisdom (sapientia)
  • Understanding (intellectus)
  • Counsel (consilium)
  • Fortitude (fortitudo)
  • Knowledge (scientia)
  • Piety (pietas)
  • Fear of the Lord (timor Domini)

In the Christian Bible, 25 are named!

  1. Administration (1 Cor. 12:28)
  2. Apostle (Eph. 4:11; 1 Cor. 12:28)
  3. Celibacy (1 Cor. 7:7,8)
  4. Discernment (1 Cor. 12:10)
  5. Evangelism (Eph. 4:11)
  6. Exhortation (Rom. 12:8)
  7. Faith (1 Cor. 12:8-10)
  8. Giving (Rom. 12:8)
  9. Healings (1 Cor. 12:9,28,30)
  10. Helps (1 Cor. 12:28)
  11. Hospitality (1 Pet. 4:9,10)
  12. Knowledge (1 Cor. 12:8)
  13. Leadership (Rom. 12:8)
  14. Martyrdom (1 Cor. 13:3)
  15. Mercy (Rom. 12:8)
  16. Miracles (1 Cor. 12:10,28)
  17. Missionary (Eph. 3:6-8)
  18. Pastor (Eph. 4:11)
  19. Prophecy (Rom. 12:6; 1 Cor. 12:10; Eph. 4:11)
  20. Service (Rom. 12:7)
  21. Teaching (Rom. 12:7; 1 Cor. 12:28; Eph. 4:11)
  22. Tongues (1 Cor. 12:10; 14:27-28)
  23. Interpretations of Tongues (1 Cor. 12:10; 14:27, 28)
  24. Voluntary Poverty (1 Cor. 13:3)
  25. Wisdom (1 Cor. 12:8)

Honestly, many of the gifts of the Christian bible described can be commonly mastered, but only a few of them are rare gifts only achieved alone without the Divine bestowing it. These include:

  • Celibacy – very few people on this planet are born without the base desire for sex. It can be suppressed, but never truly lost. A great yogic master named Sri Yukteswar, when asked by a disciple, “when does the sexual desire disappear,” Sri Yukteswar responds with, “When your dead.” This just goes to show that celibacy, when divinely given, requires no forced or practiced suppression.
  • Healings – this refers to the ability to heal thoroughly and completely without the use of a substance or device
  • Martyrdom – anyone can sacrifice themselves for a cause, but only a truly enlightened master or saint can sacrifice themselves and live!
  • Miracles – this the general ability to create acts of God through healings, martyrdom, prophecy, and speaking/interpretation of tongues.
  • Prophecy – to predict the past, present, or future with incredible accuracy and precision requires a gift at birth or during an awakening experience.
  • Tongues – speaking in tongues, I think, is somewhat confusing because it is often betrayed as pentacostal people speaking gibberish. In reality, these gifts are seen at a very young age by children who can speak multiple languages at will and with no prior training or background.
  • Interpretation of Tongues – this is just the interpretation of tongues, which goes along with the above spiritual gift.  If you can speak the language, then you should be able to understand it. 😉

Islam

It is curious that Islam, being one of the 5 major world religions, AND being Abrahamic in origin, does NOT believe that any spiritual gifts can bestowed to human beings. Actually, the only miracle ever performed was by the Prophet Muhammad, when he brought forth the Islamic bible, the Quran. It is said in the Quran:

“Signs are only with Allah.” ~ Sura 6:109-110

The Muslims do believe that Jesus Christ may have been involved in healings and miracles, but ultimately Allah (God) was the real source of the power. This, I believe to be true, but I also believe that human beings, once unified in God (Allah, Yahweh, Jehovah, Source, whatever you call it) become God-realized and do achieve true power to enact God’s will. Some in Islam also believe that many miracles in the Old Testament are suspect along with anything performed by the Apostles or other followers of Jesus during the time of the New Testament. This is lamentable because there are MANY examples of saints from Hinduism (recent practitioners of yoga in the last 50 years), Christianity, and fakirs (religious ascetic) in Islam who have been recorded to perform miracles of all kinds. There is even a published book about a catholic woman from the 1950s named, Therese Neumann, who manifested the stigmata, developed the wounds of Christ, bleeding from multiple places on her body for days and years on end, only eating one Catholic wafer every Thursday! It is documented in the book with colored pictures and signed statements from other bishops and cardinals attempting to prove that her existence was falsified. I’m just sayin’… 🙂

Sources:

Buddhism: M 3/1:12-16, Dhammadayada Sutta
Catholicism (7 Gifts): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_gifts_of_the_Holy_Spirit
Islamhttp://apologetica.us/2007/04/11/comparing-islam-and-christianity-5-miracles-and-spiritual-gifts/ – this source is biased and slanted towards Christianity and does represent this author’s personal views, however it brings up some interesting points.

 

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Stream of Consciousness

It is in the wee hours of the morning. What can one do?

These are the questions I ask my Self often.  I suspect these are questions asked by those who try to follow the will of the universe without fail. This, at least for me, is to be in the perfect flow of the stream.

The flow of the stream never wavers. Its perfect rate is always ticking like a universal grandfather clock, chiming the minutes, until the next hour arrives – showing the next destined path to arrive.  The simple moments we have in life are like the minutes and the hours are the special events that occur seeming to traverse time and space, providing real substance to our momentary existence.

I don’t mean to be morbid. Really. In fact, our existence is eternal.

  • Some believe we die and that’s it.
  • Some believe we die, that’s it, but then we will be raised to a “paradise earth” where the eternal savior will send us into endless love or damnation.
  • Some believe we die, that’s it, and then our soul goes on to either endless love or damnation determined by God or the eternal savior
  • Some believe that we die, then we go on. We are given a new view of reality. Our “momentary” existence in the physical body, really becomes a perfect union in spiritual universal body. We become the stream of consciousness that we had been trying to follow while encased in physical disease, emotional trauma, mental disaster, and spiritual ignorance. Of course sometimes the encasement allows one to develop physical balance, emotional stability, mental strength, and spiritual enlightenment.

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You are reading this post in the here and now. All of your bodies are perceiving this post. It is a part of the stream. If your vibration was in perfect sync with the stream, then you would endless be in its perfection to the point where you and the stream would become one flesh. When you go beyond the stream and realize that you have created that stream all along, then real transcendence will occur, allowing you to realize that all your past joys and sorrows were really manifested by you and you alone – you as participant and You as Creator.

This seems to be the goal of my own life. Is to be the stream and not the stream. To understand that the stream is here to serve and here to teach us lessons about our own vibratory existence. Sometimes we go riding off into the woods away from the stream and get lost in the thicket. Getting scraped up and bloodied by thorns, we believe that the Universe (God) is out to get us and that everything always goes “wrong” for us. But in reality, we were the ones who strayed to far from the perfect flow of the stream.

There is another stream that exists and is described in Esther and Jerry Hicks’ book, “The Law of Attraction.”  The flow described in this blog post is the same stream. (So that there is no confusion.)  However, it was re-membered that the stream is the part to know, BUT… to go beyond the stream is possible.  It can only be understood as rising about the stream.  Yes, that is what I said, “about” the stream. You would thing that “above” the stream might be a better descriptor, but in reality there is no physical direction that can describe accurately and directionally where one might be physically in relation to the stream. In fact, it is more a feeling. The feeling is this:


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  • a vast ocean
  • as far as blue as the eye can see
  • a very slight movement to its waters
  • at the horizon
  • a pinkish hued sunrise breaks over endless water
  • the air is clear
  • no sound excepting the tinkling of water rubbing against water
  • you feel light, lifted, weightless, airy
  • the heart, throat, third eye, and crown chakra are hollowed allowing a vibration of lightness and peace to pass through into nothing
  • You act and you don’t act
  • There are tasks and no tasks
  • What is done, is already done, and nothing really ever changes
  • And then at very deepest and highest point of this, the realization dawns that you, are changeless

Before (in blog posts before) I described bliss as being transcendent and it is just that. However, transcendence is also this feeling that is received from being “about” the stream.

Well, that’s it. That is what I have come here to say. If there are some spelling mistakes or massive grammatical errors, I apologize. My beautiful and angelic wife wasn’t here to proofread my ramblings. 😛

 

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New Year 2017

A New Year in 2017

This is truly a new year for new opportunities.

Whether you agree with the political environment of the United States currently or the global events that happened during 2016, we are in a new year. And that means more opportunities to evolve and get things back on track.

For me, numerologically, 2016 represented a year of materialism and big material challenges.

In 2016, I was in the 2nd year of a new job, making better money that I had ever in my entire life. This is great, but I was also challenged to start up a new business in blogging and book writing. Doing these things together is difficult, but worth it.

During 2016, I was also in my 3rd year of marriage.  Woohoo

The number “3” is a divine number representing the perfected masters and their divine effects on humankind.  This was a great thing, because it reflected that my marriage is still going strong and I think my wife and I love each other more than ever.

The numerological aspect of 2016 is the number “16.” The numbers together represent a time to ask the Divine to help with material worries.

In the new year of 2017, the number “17” shows me that 2016 was materially challenging, but now all my thoughts are in line perfectly with the divine.  AND to top it off, I will be 33 years old in the year of 2017 which is even more divinely providential because 3’s and 7’s are wonderful numbers to have together.  It means that this year will be both both masterful and heavenly provided. I am on the right path, so I should continue forward and continue to be grateful.

Gratitude is essential and something I don’t think about as often, but I noticed that as I was able to accumulate material things like a new phone, a bigger TV, a better disc player, etc.  During this accumulation, I began to become more aware and more gracious of the simple things.  This includes:

  • a hot shower on a cold windy day
  • a warm bed to sleep in every night
  • that my job was only 2-3 blocks away (riding my bike or walking is possible)
  • that we were able to take a vacation without breaking the bank
  • and so on…

These simple things were where gratitude was needed most.

Don’t get me wrong, those other material things are nice too, but too much focus on the material world can subjugate the spiritual fortress that has been built in your daily practice of divine adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication (ACTS). Supplication also being prayer and/or meditation.

What I want for people, is for them to see the value of this year. It is a time for new year resolutions, for new beginnings, and ultimately to move forward on new opportunities.

In this new year, I plan to publish my first print book EVER. That is quite exciting because then I will start to feel like an actual published author.  I don’t feel like the ebooks are enough for me.

I want to be able to hold my own personal creation in my own two hands. I need it to be tangible to show me that I have accomplished, what I perceived to be the impossible.

Well… hopefully in the next few months, I will have the book ready in print.  We will see!

Dr. Derek

 

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Intention and Intuition

The other doctor that I currently work with and I were talking about intention.

If we intend to get a certain type of chiropractic manipulation done, then it will most likely happen in that way.  However, if we adjust at random (without focused intention), then the adjustment will turn out poorly.  This is of course the same with anything.

I made the comment that intention is really just our intuition in action.

I reasoned that our intuition is always present, always working, always attempting to send us signals from our Higher Self.  This Higher Self is the purest connection that is created between the soul and the Divine.

If we can stay tapped in and turned on to the signals that are being broadcasted from the great beyond, then we will be able to turn those intuitive thoughts into divine actions. Those divine actions are what can change a situation for the better or for the best!

All of us are Divine. All we need to do is discover that deep connection within ourselves.

The best way to start is to learn to meditate. Try to sit more and more in complete bodily stillness each and every day.  Keep the consciousness you gain from meditation with you throughout the day and you will grow abundantly stronger in your intuition.  Eventually the Divine will express Itself fully through you, allowing full access to your intuition at will for the benefit of yourself and others.

I like the sound of that. 🙂

~ Dr. Derek

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Sahaja Samadhi – It’s Supposed to Be Easy, Right?

This is truly the final, end all, be all state of consciousness that you will ever be able to achieve ever.

How about that for an ultimatum?

But I thought nirvikalpa was the highest? Isn’t that what all the great masters have said?

Ah yes!  They have!  But all things, old and new, are meant to be built upon.  Think about how humanity used to live in homes made of clay and mortar.  Now you can see giant skyscrapers shining in the night sky.  The same goes with literature, philosophy, and writing. As society discovers new ways of looking at the world, someone else comes along to make it that much better.

For example: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, which was written back around 400 CE, was the first piece of foundational yogic literature on samadhi and highest states of consciousness.  It was elaborated upon further by (in chronological order):

  • Lahiri Mahasaya – 1800’s
  • Sivananda – late 1800 to early/mid 1900’s
  • Yogananda –  early to mid 1900’s
  • K. Taimni – mid to late 1900’s
  • Sri Chinmoy – late 1900’s

I am sure there have been others, but the authors here have been quoted most ubiquitously in writings on yoga.

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I first read about Sahaja samadhi with Swami Sivananda and Ramana Maharshi.  I don’t know if he was the first to write about it, but the Sanskrit word sahajavastha which refers to “natural” or “easy” attainment of samadhi, is used in his writings.

Sri Chinmoy also elaborated upon sahaja samadhi further using the analogy of a building.  You could view Sahaja samadhi as the very top floor or even the entire building itself. At the very top, you have the opportunity to experience all floors and don’t necessarily need to come down to those lower levels.  It is all a matter of choice.

Once attaining this natural state of samadhi, you will have a chance to go higher, if you please. This is because sahaja samadhi is made of two different sections. One section is finite – meaning it can be counted as a definable end, whereas the second portion is infinitely large and goes on forever!

Now that’s a thought… how can our level of consciousness (LOC) continue to increase forever???

Seems kind of impossible, right?

There are many seemingly impossible things in this world – such as the existence of life itself, on this tiny little planet, in perfect orbit, in a solar system that is amongst billions of others in a galaxy that is one in a billion of others, in one known portion of our infinitely unknown universe.

See how it could go on and on?

Try not to fathom it too much, otherwise you may go a little bonkers!

Refocus!

With Sahaja samadhi you will be able to naturally have the stillness and peace of savikalpa, while being “out-of-body” with asamprajñata, and still being able to maintain the fabulous bliss consciousness of nirvikalpa.

AND… you will be able to do it immediately! Right now! In this moment!

Doesn’t that sound worth it?  To be immediately peaceful, happy, joyful, blissful in any moment that you choose?  In nirvikalpa it takes extreme effort to maintain the bliss once you gain it.  In sahaja, you point, click, and boom! You are there. Literally that is all takes. Point your attention to your eyebrows, practice a little kechari mudra, and the infinite flow of bliss comes.

This is, at least, how it is for me.

I am not trying to brag or anything, because that is not why the Divine provides such wonderful blessings. Instead I am here to teach you to rise above the petty squabbling of everyday activities and reach forth into meditation, to pull out the gems of joy consciousness.

This blessing of sahaja samadhi continues through pure spontaneity of bliss as it can be completely immersive in one moment and gone in the next.  In this way, your body becomes in control by the Divine.

The Divine may use you to help others by submersing you in such an ocean of bliss, that a mere look from you could change their spiritual situation forever. Sometimes it is the exact opposite… no bliss may be present, but it is because verbal communication is more necessary for the encounter. This is because it is in fact very difficult, initially, to verbally communicate easily while immersed.

The first time I was immersed in public, I was walking through a Chinese grocery store called SuGuo in the Jiangsu province in downtown Baoying, China. It was very cold outside and our only means of transportation were bicycles. Packed in a heavy coat, long underwear, and thick socks, my wife and I slowly made our way to downtown.

It would stand to reason that to maintain a blissful immersion would be impossible on a bicycle… but alas! I remember riding very slowly because my limbs felt very dysfunctional.  I knew I wasn’t floating on air, but that is how the body felt!

Once we got to the supermarket, we took the escalator up, and got our shopping cart. As I slowly began to walk around the store, the bliss intensified. All I remember was feeling so lost in elation that I forgot how to push the cart!  Jessie, my wife, not exactly sure what was going on with me, had the pull the cart with me attached to it!  What a truly blessed experience!

Throughout my time in China I was the most deeply immerse because God had a special purpose in mind.  In those moments, the Creator’s bliss was more easily spread throughout the town of Baoying because I had been such a willing host.  I just let the Lord do whatever He wanted with this body.  The more willing I was, the better the experience, and the more joy and bliss I received as a result.

In sahaja samadhi, your bliss will occur more spontaneously, but in some ways it will be more difficult to maintain. The reason for this is because the causal body, the last “physical” layer enclosing the soul, will have become permanently removed.

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This causal body is present in nirvikalpa samadhi and encloses the soul, keeping its pure, reflected love from escaping as easily. This is why nirvikalpa is so intense and considered the highest version of samadhi itself.

What people don’t usually understand is that when you enter into sahaja samadhi, the intensity of bliss becomes more naturalized. It becomes a natural and spontaneous occurrence.  You will be able to conjure it, through effort, but that joy becomes naturally a part of your every day being.

If you want the intensity and depth of nirvikalpa all the time, then you will have to practice entering into nirvikalpa while in sahaja samadhi as much as possible.

I personally do this by sambhavi mudra, coupled with a full kechari mudra, and finally using the jalandhara bandha.  This is essentially full focus at the third eye, activation of amrita with the tongue, and using the throat lock to the keep the energy from dropping. All these techniques are also great activators, but are also great for maintaining.

I do these techniques EVERY day – literally every morning, all day long, and at night as well.  I just want to be blissful all the time!  I just can’t get enough of it!

The reason for this is because life on planet Earth is hard!  Also the more bliss I can maintain, the better life becomes. This is because your thoughts attract and create everything around you with the Law of Attraction.

Bliss = Good things

Never-ending Bliss = Good things happening all the time whether you want them to or not!

That is the life I want to live.  Immersed in bliss, happiness, joy, and peace.  I think this is what everyone wants.  No one wants to be unhappy.  Some people appear as though they enjoy being grumpy, but I don’t think they know how good it feels to be happy – all the time.

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So… Thanks for getting interested in my blog posts. I have some ebooks available for you to read, if you haven’t gotten started yet.  If you are interested in reading on a tablet or kindle reader, below are a list of those books and where you can buy them.

Your Guide to Scientific Self-Realization

Part I: The Science – https://www.amazon.com/Your-Guide-Scientific-Self-Realization-Science-ebook/dp/B01I0D6MZA

Part II: The Ascension – https://www.amazon.com/Your-Guide-Scientific-Self-Realization-Ascension-ebook/dp/B01LDOKO0M

Part III: The Summit – https://www.amazon.com/Your-Guide-Scientific-Self-Realization-Summit-ebook/dp/B01N06LN1N

In Your Guide to Scientific Self-Realization, I have much more detail about the states of consciousness leading up to self-realization and God-realization. This book is meant explain the many aspects of self-realization, from the viewpoints of all major world religions and philosophical schools of thought.

In no way do I want to advertise one world religion over another.  I believe in the sanctity of the Divine and Its expression in a multitude of forms.  This means that whether you are Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Pagan, or Jewish, you will be able to find some familiarity with this book.

All paths of love are paths to God.  They may not have a prophet or Christ-like character that leads their faith, but that doesn’t mean their brand of religious thought is wrong – it is just different!

The goal of the book is to bridge the gap of religious intolerance by the use of yoga. Yoga is the greatest spiritual practice ever given to humankind.  This is because it can span any religion and give meaning to any belief practice.

Yoga whether practiced physically, mentally, or spiritually will lead to great gains in your life.  It doesn’t have to be in levels of consciousness, but measured in love, peace, and happiness.

Its simple really…

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At the end of 2017, I plan to have a print version of the 3 ebooks above.

Stay tuned and I will have it available for you soon.

~ Dr. Derek

 

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