Home Articles Channels Daily Retreat Inspiration Classroom Boutique Community Singles Resources Contact

SoulfulLiving.com :: Personal Growth, Spiritual Growth, Self Help and Self Improvement

Your #1 Online Resource for Personal and Spiritual Growth Since 2000.
Mandala and Chakra Pendants
New Age Gifts and Products, Buddhist and Tibetan Jewelry, Meditation and Yoga Supplies
Mandala Art Prints



Our Sponsors:

The Mandala Collection :: Buddhist and Conscious Living Gifts
Inspirational Gifts

Energy Muse Jewelry
Energy Muse Jewelry

Body of Grace
Eco-Friendly Gifts

Yoga Download
Yoga Download

The Mandala Collection
Give a Gift with Soul

Chrissie Blaze

Workout for the Soul
July 2002

Click Here to See
Chrissie's Current Column

by Chrissie Blaze

We are very pleased to welcome Chrissie Blaze to SoulfulLiving.com as our newest monthly columnist!  Each month, Chrissie will share one of her Eight Steps to Inner Fitness from her book,
"Workout for the Soul."

The Eternal Quest

Last month we began our journey towards inner fitness. We remembered that we are not physical beings trapped in the limitations of body, however fit and healthy that body may be. Instead we are spiritual beings learning and gaining experience in this flesh and blood temple of the soul. In the ensuing months, we will continue with our inner journey to spiritual fitness: the eternal quest and holy grail of all deep-thinking people throughout the ages. Today let us take the first step towards contacting our inner sacred space – the temple of our soul.

Many of us have an innate desire to keep our lives as they are, but once we start to glimpse the wonder and beauty that is within us, we will not hesitate to delve deeper. We will be like the man dying of thirst in the desert who sees an oasis before him. He would not just stop and stare; he would be filled with hope and joy at the glimpse of this sparkling water, just as our souls will delight when they glimpse the sparkling waters of truth and wonder that reside within us all – the Spark of God.

These first steps involve character-building that is essential on any spiritual path. They are steps of faith, hope, bravery love and perseverance – the keys to success in every spiritual endeavor.

Many people attempt to live at a superficial level, skating across the surface. Unfortunately, the wake-up call usually comes through painful experience. The universe doesn’t care about our career status or our make of car. We are conditioned to think that to be responsible we must have all these things, which continues to stifle our soul. Where is our real responsibility? It is to break free of the limitations of convention by thinking our own thoughts, by trusting our intuition, applying discrimination and awakening our full potential.

In this journey of courage, the first step is to analyze and challenge even our own beliefs and prejudices. If we do so, then at every step of the journey we will find ourselves opening up to forces beyond our comprehension. Again, it takes courage to go deeper, beyond where we have gone before, into the uncharted territories of our soul.

First we must take this leap of faith; most of us are resistant to change, even when we know intuitively that the time has come for us to do so. We feel we can no longer hold onto the past, but are afraid to go forward into an unknown future. That is why so many people desperately try to stay where they are, afraid to change and not sure how to do so anyway. However, once we have taken the leap of faith, we will find that although we may not yet be able to fly, we can experience equally magical things.

There are so many distractions in life, so many things to pull us off our paths. Even if you already practice meditation – and indeed any of the spiritual practices in the upcoming parts of this series - you may still find it difficult to commit to your inner fitness, even though it takes only a few minutes of your time. However, the more you persist, the more you will build your soul qualities of will and strength, which will help you to continue. Perseverance and practice really are the keys, just as in learning and acquiring any new skill. The rewards with this particular skill – soul awakening – are far greater, and they will last forever. Every day you can build a stronger bridge to the jewels that reside within.

This series towards inner fitness is designed to be read and, far more importantly, practiced. All I ask of you is a few minutes of your time. During this time you won’t just become a better writer, carpenter or cook, you will become a better person. If you regularly practice the exercises outlined - taught to me by a truly enlightened yoga master, Dr. George King - you will not only change your own life for the better, but you will also help to make a better world. May you, through regular and diligent spiritual practices, be firmly on the road to lasting joy and spiritual enlightenment.

Begin by sitting quietly in contemplation. Breathe deeply and allow yourself to go deep within where you can contact the Spark of God within. This aspect, although often cloaked by thick layers in many of us, binds us together in our journey back to our source.

Now think of yourself standing on the shores of a vast universe. Despite recent developments in rockets, computers, and other marvels of science, we are painfully ignorant of the world in which we live. We are even more ignorant of our inner universe, which for some reason many have forgotten about and ignore, despite an ever more urgent need to uncover the truth of our existence. If we take the time to be silent and reflect, if we are really honest, somewhere deep within us we know that something is missing.

Think of how our everyday life has become increasingly competitive, full of anxiety, disease, stress and the pursuit of materialism. Most of us are on a seemingly endless treadmill with little relief in sight. Because of this we often develop an inner emptiness, sense of futility and restlessness. Why? Because by being caught in the traps of material life, we are in effect putting our hands over our eyes – the mirrors of our souls – and are left groping in the dark.

What really is the use of spending all our time and energy on our worldly dreams? Even if we were to become a great singer, we would eventually lose our voice; every great athlete eventually has his or her day. The businessman who amasses a fortune will have to leave it behind him when he dies. Determine to spend some time and energy this month increasing your spiritual wealth, for this never goes to waste. Spiritual wealth, amassed through your good thoughts and actions, will grow and accumulate in your "spiritual bank account." This spiritual bank account pays dividends forever and forever.

Read Chrissie's Introductory Article, "Workout for the Soul."

© Copyright Chrissie Blaze.  Excerpted from "Workout for the Soul: 8 Steps to Inner Fitness," published by AsLan Publishing, Inc., November 2001.

Mercury Retrograde by Chrissie Blaze

The Nature of the Soul

Dr. George King (1919-1997) was my Spiritual Master from 1972 until his passing in 1997. He was an enlightened Western Master of Yoga and Founder/President of The Aetherius Society, who had gained the highest states of consciousness. This monthly series, Workout for the Soul is based on his profound spiritual teachings. Each month I will present you with a glimpse into the wisdom and personality of this amazing man and Master.

"If man were to regard himself in the correct manner he would see that he was an essence of the Divine, and that essence had clothed itself in a workable but nevertheless robot-like machine, driven by mind and electrical impulses in order to gain experience. That this Divine Spark had formulated what, for want of a better word, may be termed the soul. Beneath this, it had also formulated sensory abilities controlled by the superconscious, conscious and subconscious mind levels so that it could not only gain experience, but understand this experience. That this Divine Spark had existed ever since Creation began and that it moved with its mental counterparts through experience cycle after experience cycle – through life after life – gaining further experience and conscious control over matter as this long journey was made."

Excerpted from Visit to the Logos of Earth, published by The Aetherius Press, Los Angeles, 1986.  © 2002 The Aetherius Society. All rights reserved. No publication in whole or part can be done without written permission from The Aetherius Society. For further information, contact The Aetherius Society, www.aetherius.org or telephone (323) 465 9652. For a brief biography of Dr. George King visit www.chrissieblaze.com.

Chrissie Blaze
Chrissie Blaze, a teacher, author, astrologer, media personality and senior Aetherius Church minister was a close student of Dr. George King (Yoga Master and founder of The Aetherius Society) for 25 years. Chrissie Blaze has written books including Workout for the Soul: Eight Steps to Inner Fitness, AsLan Publishing, Inc., November, 2001, Mercury Retrograde: Your Survival Guide to Astrology’s Most Precarious Times of the Year, Warner Books, Inc., April, 2002, and The Baby’s Astrologer: Your Guide to Good Parenting Is In the Stars, Warner Books, Inc., 2003 publication. For further information and details of classes and workshops in the Los Angeles area, please visit www.chrissieblaze.com. Tel: (213) 598 9552 (voicemail) or (323) 465 9652.




Daily Soul Retreat at SoulfulLiving.com
Soul Retreat Goodies!

Support SoulfulLiving.com
Show Us Your Love ♥


Energy Muse Jewelry
Energy Muse Jewelry

Wild Divine Meditation Software featuring Deepak Chopra
Meditation Software

Energy Muse - Sacred Yoga Jewelry

Copyright © 1999-2014 Soulful Living®.

Soulful Website Design by The Creative Soul®.