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Sacred fire: The Kundalini fire that lies as the coiled serpent in the base-of-the-spine chakra and rises through spiritual purity and self-mastery to the crown chakra, quickening the spiritual centers on the way; also referred to as the light of the Divine Mother, God, light, life, energy, the I AM THAT I AM. “Our God is a consuming fire.”(Hebrews 12:29). **

Self-realization: In yoga, self-realization is knowledge of one's true self. This true self is also referred to as the atma to avoid ambiguity. The term "self-realization" is a translation of the Sanskrit expression atma jnana (knowledge of the self or atma). The reason the term "realization" is used instead of "knowledge" is that jnana refers to knowledge based on experience, not mere intellectual knowledge.

While the goal of self-realization is the same in all yoga paths, the means used to achieve that goal differ. For example, in hatha yoga, self-realization is said to be achieved when the serpent force or kundalini rises through the shushumna nadi to the sahasrara chakra. The following terms are related to self-realization or atma jnana: moksha (liberation from the cycle of birth and death); samādhi (Supreme or Divine Bliss). *

Shaman: Practitioner of Shamanism, interacts with the spirit world, is often known to the peoples as a ‘medicine man’. ***

Shamanism: Traditional belief system common to Native American, Toltec cultures and Huna belief systems, among others, which works with the spirit world, energetic healing and metaphysical beliefs. ***

Refers to the traditional healing and religious practices of Northern Asia (Siberia) and Mongolia. By extension, the concept of shamanism has been extended in common language to a range of traditional beliefs and practices that involve the ability to diagnose, cure, and sometimes cause human suffering by traversing the axis mundi and forming a special relationship with, or gaining control over, spirits. Shamans have been credited with the ability to control the weather, divination, the interpretation of dreams, astral projection, and traveling to upper and lower worlds. Shamanistic traditions have existed throughout the world since prehistoric times. *

Solstice: Astronomical event when the earth’s axis tilts the furthest towards or away from the sun. Associated with the Pagen festival of Yule. Winter Solstice: The shortest day of the year. Summer Solstice: The longest day of the year. ***

Soul: The soul, according to many religious and philosophical traditions, is the ethereal substance – spirit (Hebrew:rooah or nefesh) – particular to a unique living being. Such traditions often consider the soul both immortal and innately aware of its immortal nature, as well as the true basis for sentience in each living being.

The concept of the soul has strong links with notions of an afterlife, as to what happens to the soul after death. Many see the soul as immaterial, while others consider it possibly material. *

Projected from the I AM Presence into physical evolution, the soul is the living potential of God. The soul is not immortal but can attain immortality through fusion with the Holy Christ Self and the I AM Presence in the ritual of the ascension. **

Spirit: The English word spirit comes from the Latin spiritus, meaning breath. In religion and spirituality, the respiration of the human being has for obvious reasons been strongly linked with the very occurrence of life. A similar significance has been attributed to human blood. Spirit has thus evolved to denote that which separates a living body from a corpse, but can be used metaphorically (she performed the piece with spirit or she put up a spirited defense) where it is a synonym for such words as 'vivacity'. *

The masculine polarity of the Godhead; the coordinate of Matter; God as Father, who of necessity includes within the polarity of himself God as Mother and hence is known as the Father-Mother God. The plane of the I AM Presence, of perfection; the dwelling place of the ascended masters in the kingdom of God. **

Symbol: An object or image that represents something else. Example: An owl is often a universal symbol representing wisdom. ***

Synchronicity: Theory formulated by Carl Jung. Two similar or identical events or ideas happening at the same time, in different places with no apparent causal relationship. M

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Subtle body: is one of a series of psycho-spiritual constituents of living beings, according to various esoteric, occult, and mystical teachings. According to such beliefs each subtle body corresponds to a subtle plane of existence, in a hierarchy or great chain of being that culminates in the physical form.

According to Bhagavad Gita, one of the most sacred texts of Hinduism, the subtle body is composed of mind, intelligence and ego, which controls the gross physical body. It is also known in other different spiritual traditions: "the most sacred body" (wujud al-aqdas) and "true and genuine body" (jism asli haqiqi) in Sufism, "the diamond body" in Taoism and Vajrayana, "the light body" or "rainbow body" in Tibetan Buddhism, "the body of bliss" in Kriya Yoga, and "the immortal body" (soma athanaton) in Hermeticism. The various attributes of the subtle body are frequently described in terms of often obscure symbolism: Tantra features references to the sun and moon as well as various Indian rivers and deities, while Taoist alchemy speaks of cauldrons and cinnabar fields. (Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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*  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_spirituality_terms

**  http://www.summitlighthouse.org/ascended-master-glossary/

***  http://www.mysticalpedia.com/index.php

****  http://dictionaryofspiritualterms.com/public/home.aspx


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