David Cole C.S.N.U

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People mistake the word spirituality for something that is integral with the religion of Spiritualism, but it is something much bigger and all encompassing than that. Think of it as a light of goodness that is within all of us with a dimmer switch that we can turn on and make as bright as we wish or will allow.
God gives us the ability to turn it on while our material selves may try hard to make sure that it doesn't get touched.
However, whether in this life or one of many following, it will be moved from its 'off' setting at some point, to allow that light to shine for our own good as well as that of those around us.
I have experienced much spirituality in my travels both here and abroad, and I never cease to be amazed where it appears, shining brightly from sometimes gloomy and often sad surroundings. Spirituality appears regularly in places even where talk of such things is frowned upon and strict orthodox religious doctrines prevail. See my Spiritual Experiences page.

Life can often be very hard for all of us, growing up thinking we know who and what we are, our likes and dislikes, thinking that we need this or must have that. And some of us can't abide some things, or even someone, and we think that we are the most important things in this world. In truth we are not.
I believe that many of us have lost our Spirituality and our pathway and I don't think that merely by going to a religious place of worship makes a great deal of difference.

Why are we here? If you believe in a God or Spiritual power, and if you believe you are part of that, then you must believe that when our time comes for us to return to the Spirit world, life's experiences are an integral part of our nurturing and learning for the spirit world. We have to grow and gain inner strength through the ups the downs of life, the highs and the lows and the good and bad. For that is how we grow and can go forward on our own Spiritual journey.
God gave us two things: life itself and free will. It is up to us what we do with it and how we go about it. Using free will allows us to go down any pathway we choose, positive or negative. If you take the latter direction then you will eventually find life hard, even if at first it may seem easier.

The natural laws apply and this echoes the laws of cause and effect. One cannot be cruel and vindictive towards others and expect love and understanding in return.
It must be understood that the compensatory or retributive effects of this law operate here and now: they do not wait until we begin to live in the Spirit world. It is your Personal responsibility to put wrongful thoughts and deeds where they belong, with you and you alone." As you sow, so shall you reap", as it says in the Bible.
I believe that regardless of our faith, colour or culture, we all come from the same universal life source. So we are in effect one large family, brothers and sisters from the same spiritual power.
Sharing our joys as well as our burdens, and understanding the needs of other individuals to help them is part of our service to all mankind. Learning to give and also learning to receive, gives us a true balance for life.

SEEKING SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE

Whenever you work with people on opening yourself to the spiritual part of your life, know that you are the authority. What someone else tells you to do is something you may wish to try out, but if it does not feel comfortable to you, then you can simply drop it and let it go, move on and follow your own path. If you feel that someone is exercising power over you, trying to intimidate you or take advantage of you, simply move on. And above all, if you feel afraid, if someone is instilling fear and doubt into your life, then definitely move on quickly.

Spiritual practices and words from spiritual people should make you feel peaceful, calm and loving. This is the goal. You should feel connected. In learning a new technique you may be initially a bit frustrated, but that can be alleviated simply by letting go of your specific expectations, and perhaps of their expectations, and being who you are.

Always reserve the right to simply be who you are. After all, your primary purpose in all of this is to be exactly that. To relax and accept and love yourself, as you are in this moment and to open yourself up to all of the wonder which is you.

To explore your talents, to love your life. To embrace all of the wonders that life has brought to you. The purpose of all of this is to move you to a place in which you will be more peaceful, more loving, more full of the wonder which is you. And so any direction you move which takes you further from yourself is the wrong direction, no matter what anyone else tells you.

Remember, that fear yells and the angels whisper. Learn to be quiet enough inside, setting aside the regrets and angers of the past and the longings and fears toward the future, and just hear what you and your angels have to say. Do this and the action you need to take will become more positive and clearer.

FRIENDSHIP - REASON, SEASON, OR FOR A LIFETIME

For all my friends who have been there for me in my times of need...

  • Reason
  • When someone comes into your life it is for a REASON. It is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They come to assist you through your difficult times, to help and provide you with guidance and support, to aid you Physically, Emotionally or Spiritually. They may seem as if they have been sent by God, and they have! They are there for the reason you need them to be there for. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part, or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.

    Sometimes they will die.
    Sometimes they may walk away.
    Sometimes they act up, and force you to take a stand.
    But what ever happens we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire has been fulfilled, their work is done.

    ... The prayer you sent up has been answered and it is time to move on ...

  • Season
  • Some people may come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. THEY bring you an experience of peace, or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done before. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But only for a Season

  • Lifetime
  • Some people may come for a LIFETIME, relationships teach you lifetime lessons, things you must build upon in order for you to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person unconditionally, and put what you have learned to good use in all the other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind, but friendship is clairvoyant.

... Thank you for being a part of my life, whether it be for a REASON, a SEASON, or a LIFETIME ...

MONEY MONEY MONEY

It's a big man's world...
Money is what makes the world go round, or so they say. Without it you can't do anything, without it you can't be anyone of importance - or can you? If we lost all our money overnight some people would not be able to live their lives, as we saw in the 1930's Wall Street crash when the rich thought their world had come to an end. Some say they took the easy way out by taking their own lives! By doing so they were putting money before their own life, families, friends, and the very people that depended on them. Maybe if they had stayed around they could have learnt the lessons of life from those who had been used to living in poverty. The world could have been a different place from what we see now.
If that happened overnight the poor people in this world would become rich - rich in such a way because they would know how to live and survive far better than most of us. Their world would not have changed. Life for them would be the same as the day before. In monetary terms everyone would now be equal - but in reality the 'poor' man would now be the richer and the 'rich' man would learn the lessons of life and survival from the so-called poor.
We have a world of "those who have" and "those who have not" with the rest of us just living in between the two worlds, ever chasing those dreams that maybe one day our luck will change, always looking backwards and being frightened of what we might lose and of becoming poorer. We have become reliant on money so much so that we feel without it there is no point to life and we can't survive. Look at the price we pay with health, happiness, spirituality - are we really learning anything at all by the pathway we choose to walk?
Yet we can't do without money because the world system is set up in such a way for us to have the need to chase those dreams. We have become a throw away society, because the system is set up for us to spend our money on new things. Families have fallen out over it, Friends fight about it, and Countries go to war for it, in the name of the petrol dollar [(money) (oil)].
The third world countries are being forgotten about by the richer countries who push these poorer countries ever deeper into debt. Those richer countries take the resources from the third world countries. The Western world could stop poverty over night, if only we stop spending money on weapons of destruction.
The world's rainforests are still being destroyed in the pursuit of money and the 'rich' get richer as fast as ever, and the 'poor' get poorer.
The result is fewer animal and plant species, soil erosion and unreliable water supplies. There is no doubt that large scale de-forestation alters the climate which then affects us all - intensifying droughts in the dry season, followed by flash floods across the world, giving very high temperatures and floods in the rainy season, killing more and more people. Deforestation plays its part, but other industrial activities do too, like burning natural fuels.
All in the name of money, the highly complex ecosystem and mankind are all suffering, in becoming civilized, we are killing the Earth, the very place we live. Man-made plus natural causes = havoc.
There are so many things we can do without money. All we need to do is to think differently about the way we lead our own life, not to put so much importance on how much money we have in the bank, how big the car that we drive is, do we need two houses to live in.

Personal Responsibility.

Just try and run our own lives to see how happy we can be without so much. Look at our family and friends who might have more money than us, are they really happy? I mean really happy; or do they chase the dreams of a lifetime, never getting there, just dreaming about what they could do if they just had a bit more.

What they have they must keep for themselves, could they help others with their wealth? The more they have, the more they need. The more they have the more they worry about who is trying to take it away from them and the more they keep a closer eye on it all. They employ people to look after it for them, never really trusting them, maybe even feeling that they only have friends because they are after the money they have. Maybe they don't mix with their own family members for the same reasons.

How lonely are you? Do you want what they have? We all have some kind of a dream.

Just think what you can do without money ... Love you family and friends more; Be with them as much as you can; Dream together, not about money but about how you can get back your freedom and live your life in a more peaceful way, getting back your health and happiness.

Be at peace with your inner self; Find out what you are here for; Find the true pathway that is right for you and live in harmony.

There is a misquote that says: "MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL" - this quote is used in everyday life. But, the real quote should be: "THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL"
MONEY MONEY MONEY ... It's a small man's world

WHEN IS A LIE NOT A LIE?

We can all live with a lie and at sometime in our lives we have all lied. There are little white lies, big lies, compulsive lying, or simply bending the truth, whatever you call them, they are lies.
Show me someone who says that they don't lie and I will show you a liar.
If you believe in, aspire to or just agree with the sixth principal of the S.N.U. which says, 'Compensation and retribution hereafter for all the good and evil deeds done on earth', even the thought of telling lies is just as bad as saying them.
'Personal Responsibility', the fifth S.N.U. principle is the one that places responsibility for wrongful thoughts and deeds where it belongs - with the individual.
It is the acceptance of responsibility for every aspect of our lives and the use to which we place our lives depends entirely upon ourselves. It is not possible for any other person, or outside influence, to interfere with our spiritual development, unless we are willing to allow this. No one can put right the wrongdoing except the offender. As we are given freedom of choice (freewill) so also are we given the opportunity to recognise what is right from what is wrong. We are totally, as well as personally, responsible.
What happens when someone tells the first lie, first they have to believe in it so much that they think it does matter to the person they have lied to, not caring about the hurt and pain, the physical or mental scars they leave behind with the person or even to themselves.
But as we all know to cover up a lie you have to tell another lie, and maybe even more lies to cover up the first two and so on. Before long you have said so many lies that you can't stop - a pack of lies- not knowing or even understanding the truth from a lie, kidding yourself believing you are telling that truth. You have to have a good memory to remember all the lies that you have told, being careful not to trip yourself up.
By being careful and covering up thinking you are clever, in realty you are becoming deceitful, untruthful, unworthy, deceptive, lower in life, false, and possibly a trouble maker, or even dangerous. All of these things are negative energies.
By lying, your outlook in life becomes blinkered and can pull you down so much; making you feel ill, even bringing unhappiness in to your everyday life. Because you lie you think everyone is the same as you and you begin to mistrust them.
In some countries people have to lie just to stay alive or they could end up being killed for what they believe in, having a different point of view, maybe not agreeing with their Government, or the religion. They may need to lie to get work to earn money to put food on the table and support their family.
It is so easy for one person to judge another, unless you yourself are in their circumstance. The truth is "people that live in glasshouses should never throw stones."
Can and do Spirit lie? Some Mediums would have you believe they do. From my experience the answer is'No, Spirit do not lie'. Remember it is the interruption of the Medium's mind of what Spirit is giving to them. It is possible for the Medium to get it wrong or to misunderstand what they are receiving. No Medium should make any kind of a statement without being completely satisfied what they are giving to the recipient is true to the best of their own understanding. From my own experience I have learnt it is so often the Mediums own thoughts, feelings or even there own experiences that intervene. So, care has to be taken not to give an untruth. I am not saying that any Medium would deliberately lie.
It can be very serious or even dangerous to let people think we have all the answers with the communicator in spirit. The Medium should say so if they don't know. There is no shame to say that at all, because we work in truth and we all learn as we go along our own spiritual pathway.
Many people are so desperate to make contact with a loved one in spirit and they will believe anything just to hear from their passed loved one that they are there for them.
Our minds are a very powerful tool. Therefore, a Medium can bring in his or her own thoughts or simply not understanding the full picture of what it is that is being given to them by spirit as so called evidence. Then the Medium can give this to the recipient, which may not be true - Are Spirit lying? We say that we should work in love and truth - which truth? Maybe the Medium didn't want to be wrong - 'Personal responsibility'.
Spirit never lies. If you think they do, then you are saying God is wrong and possibly lying too.
There is no time in the Spirit world and because Spirit communication does not always happen fast enough or in a way that we would like or we do not really understand the pathway we all walk or even ourselves, we can often look for someone or something else to blame for our own misinterpretation. Never looking within, that we might just be the problem or even unintentionally lying.
Even the most truthful person may some time in their life have to lie, leaving them feeling bad in what they have just done. So many people lose their trust and faith in the world of Spirit and in God.
We have free will and can stop or start or even change the way things should be, so therefore we should go with the flow leaving it up to God, as God's will.
God's will is our will with the unconditional love that he gives to us each and every day, so why would God lie, he doesn't need to. It's within us all as we are a part of God and therefore we should not lie to others or ourselves.