Have you ever wondered who you really are and what you are doing here? Believe it or not, the simple truth is that everything you want to know is already inside you. Renowned psychic and bestselling author James Van Praagh has learned a lot through his amazing ability to communicate with the spiritual realms, and in Looking Beyond he shares with teens what the spirits have taught him, including The real deal about soulmates hint: you have more than one! Why you have the parents you do What the heck spirit guides are and how to use them How dreams can increase your creativity Ways to develop your sixth sense The lessons you were born to learn Looking Beyond gives you the tools you need to uncover the power, strength, and talent to fulfill your unique destiny.
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Have you ever wondered who you really are and what you are doing here? Believe it or not, the simple truth is that everything you want to know is already inside you. Renowned psychic and bestselling author James Van Praagh has learned a lot through his amazing ability to communicate with the spiritual realms, and in Looking Beyond he shares with teens what the spirits have taught him, including The real deal about soulmates hint: you have more than one!
Why you have the parents you do What the heck spirit guides are and how to use them How dreams can increase your creativity Ways to develop your sixth sense The lessons you were born to learn Looking Beyond gives you the tools you need to uncover the power, strength, and talent to fulfill your unique destiny.
If you would like to begin the journey to discover the real you the person you are meant to be just turn to page one and let Van Praagh show you the way. It was like one giant ghost party around me. I used to see people standing in my room just as I was going to sleep. Sometimes, they would pop up when I got into trouble. Actually, it was quite the opposite. My ghosts had kind faces.
They were gentle, not spooky. Mostly, they were family members who had died, like my grandfather or aunt. They just wanted me to know that they were watching over me like guardian angels. To me, these ghosts appeared as solid forms with heads and bodies just like everyone else I knew. The only difference between the living and the dead was the beautiful glowing light that surrounded the ghosts.
And when the ghosts spoke to me, it was a mind-to-mind communication -- no one ever moved their lips. Frankly, I thought my ability to see ghosts was pretty cool. I was quite innocent, though, and thought everyone else could see ghosts, too. I knew in my heart that what my friends were saying about me was not true. It was a pretty simple, yet far-out, idea. Time after time, spirits impress upon me the idea that all of us, dead or alive, are purely spiritual in nature.
We are not human beings, but spirit beings in human bodies. So, in this book, I want to share my thoughts about how life really works, what I have learned from all the spirit beings who have contacted me. If we all knew who we really are, we might have a better understanding of ourselves and others.
How many times have you looked at the stars and wondered what lies beyond them? Could there be other life in far-off galaxies? Could there be alien life forms right here on our planet? Of course there are. But have you ever wondered who you are and what you are doing here on this planet? My take on this whole question goes like this: You and I are students in one giant classroom.
Like those "men in black," you and I are here to uncover the truth underneath these alien bodies we are wearing. The first thing I learned from spirits was to pay attention to feelings.
Our emotions and intuition, those voices inside, have something to tell us. Too often, especially as we get older, we put such feelings aside and rely more on what we see and hear, not to mention the influence of d others on us. Feel Everything You Can It takes a lot of courage and honesty to follow your own feelings about things. Think of feelings as the road map, and your life as the journey.
Feelings can guide you to all the right roads, on-ramps, and off-ramps, as well as the rest stops in between. Everyone feels differently, so no one can tell you what you are really feeling or how to feel it.
Still, identifying your feelings and how they are affecting your behavior may be difficult at first. Sometimes, it just seems easier to go along with the popular consensus. Soul Supplies Courage to question the world as you see it Feelings to know who you are Honesty to stay true to your feelings Imagination to create whatever you want Questions about what you allow into your mind and heart Faith to believe in your feelings and thoughts when no one else does Last, but not least, be ready for some reality checks to help you along the way.
Now, step up to the starting line. The real you journey starts here. Signpost 1: The world is not as it seems. Things seem real, feel real, but in fact every human being is controlled by the program. People are kept docile and compliant, sort of like mindless slaves who cannot think for themselves. Sound familiar? One of the ways he does is by not believing everything he sees.
This leads the others to an all-out tug-of-war against the Matrix in order to free the human species from enslavement and deception. The movie definitely struck a chord in everyone who saw it. Most of us want to break out of the "reality" of our lives and transcend our limitations.
If life is a game like the Matrix, then we all want to know the truth, so we can play it better. We want to be aware of the bullets and bullies so that we can get out of their way. Everybody wants to tap into extraordinary possibilities and perhaps even be "the one. The first step is to start seeing the world differently. Cell Phones, Microphones, and All Those Crazy Electromagnetic Waves The energy waves that make our cell phones, TVs, and microwave ovens work are invisible to the naked eye, even as they move through the universe all the time.
The same type of energy waves that connect us instantaneously today existed back then, too. It took someone to see the world differently in order to discover this energy and put it to use. While we live on earth we occupy physical bodies. Our bodies keep us from crashing into one another. Think of your body as your home, and you are the spirit being living inside it.
Your body is merely ENERGY made of molecules -- atoms, electrons, protons, subatomic particles -- that kind of stuff you tend to forget after the chemistry exam, but the same kind of stuff that makes your cell phone work. In fact, the whole universe is an energy field. This energy moves at various rates of speed. In the physical world of matter, where we reside, these molecules move very, very slowly.
In the higher spiritual dimensions, however, the energy moves very quickly, and physical bodies are not necessary because they could not contain the faster-moving energy. This energy is a powerful force -- it is what you and I are made of and where we come from. That means we are not just material girls We are spirits living in a material world. The real you is actually a beam of light, pure energy, vibrating in different colors.
Some people, like me, can see it. I see colors around people all the time. I see their auras. Most of the time, we think of ourselves as limited human beings because all we see are our bodies. The mistake is that we identify ourselves AS our bodies.
We think our bodies are the whole enchilada. They want to keep on ticking so the real you inside can enjoy life. Still, we do spend a lot of our time and energy worrying about what we look like. By focusing on the body, we spend much too much time judging ourselves and others by outward appearances. The real reason we want to look good is to feel loved and accepted for who we really are. It travels from one person to another. Some people have a lot of anxiety, fear, and hatred; some are light and free and full of fun.
Energy changes depending upon each person, and all that energy affects you. Start paying attention to the people you hang out with. We are all in the game together, and everything and everyone in your life is actually here to teach you something about the real you, so see if you feel good or bad when you are around them. We all have been tricked into believing that we are limited beings -- limited by our own minds and what we think is important on the material level, things like clothes, grades, dating, looks, popularity, and so forth.
Just remember that you are really not what you appear to be. You are an excellent, unlimited light being. That is the power of your spiritual self. The more you realize that you are a spiritual being in human form, the more you become aware of your energy force, and the more you are prepared to deal with life on a human level.
You have the ability to change any condition in your life. What an energizing and empowering realization! When you feel empowered, you actually feel like jumping up and dancing.
You have energy; you feel in control of your life. You become a powerful force. Things that once seemed overwhelming -- getting good grades, talking to your parents, getting a date with someone you think is terrific -- are not so hard. I wish someone had given me a clue as to how life really worked. If I had known I was really a spirit being in human form, I might have had more confidence in myself.
You can do this, no matter what other people may want you to do or be.
James Van Praagh
For various reasons I had drifted away from my core spiritual beliefs and was looking for a guide to help return me to a better, more peaceful, less stressed mental state. As I write this review I have read it twice and will keep reading it again and again until I no longer feel the need. I wholeheartedly agree. He covers all of the basics of how one should live, think, approach negativity, pray, react, and stay tuned to your spiritual inner voice. Yes, some of the references to teen life came across as cheesy, but I applied the points he was making to my present personal life and they proved useful. Certain phrases would leap out to me as being exactly what I needed to learn or remember while something else would seem to have been written especially for him.
He said that from an early age he experienced spiritual phenomena, including once when he was 8 year old; while praying to God , a glowing open hand appeared through his ceiling, an experience which he described as peaceful. It was there that he discovered a direct interest in spiritualism after visiting medium Brian Hurst, who upon meeting Van Praagh called him a medium and stated that the spirit world would assist him in "changing the consciousness of the planet. His book Growing Up in Heaven: The Eternal Connection Between Parent and Child, gives a detailed portrayal of what he claims happens to the souls of children after they die. Oliver said " Group readings improve the odds that at least one person in the audience will identify with a general statement made with conviction. Shows are edited before airing to show only what appear to be hits and removing anything that does not reflect well on the medium.
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