Breathing For Asthma With Prana Yoga Techniques

Natural Remedies

Yogic Breathing To Reduce Asthma Attacks

‘You know some very complicated things can go on within your body as a result of apparently simple exercises.’

This profound thought comes from the pen of Dr M. Doreal, who wrote an insightful book about healing with yoga techniques called ‘Sahaj Yoga’, published by Brotherhood of the White Temple, Inc., Sedalia, Colorado, 80135.

It is true that Yoga Breathing techniques can have some amazing effects on long-standing conditions of ill-health , such as asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease and depression.

Yogic breathing practices have been practiced by yogis for literally thousands of years.  These yogi adepts have long understood the healing value of yoga and yoga pranic breathing.  It is believed in yoga that a longer life can be earned through proper, deeper breathing.  People who habitually breathe quickly. and with shallow breaths. tend to live shorter lives than people who have developed the yoga style of slow, deep breathing.

Nowadays orthodox medical people are just beginning to accept these yoga practices into the mainstream of medical practice, but usually without the acknowledgement to yoga which it deserves.

Yogic breathing practices have been adapted and adopted by many orthodox practitioners and institutions of health.  Proper breathing is recognized by orthodox asthma foundations as being one very good healing tool for the prevention of an attack of asthma. But these breathing exercises come from the ancient yoga traditions.

Many people have been healed of asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease and depression after bringing yoga and its wonderful breathing practices into their daily lives.

Yoga Breathing Exercises Which Help Asthma and High Blood Pressure:

First Exercise: Abdominal Breathing:  This is a technique which develops the capacity to breathe into the lower part of the stomach.  Asthma sufferers tend to have shallow breathing, and breathe into the top part of the chest.  People who suffer anxiety usually breath in a similar way.  With daily practice, a person can train themselves into breathing with full, deep breaths, using the whole of the lung capacity instead of just the top part of the lungs.

Abdominal Breathing can be done anywhere, at any time.  But the most effective way to practice it is lying down, whilst doing Yoga Nidra relaxation, if you have the time.

In all yoga breathing exercises, except for one practice which I will tell you about after this, the breathing is always done through the nose.

Abdominal Breathing Exercise is most important for asthma sufferers:  Lying down comfortably, feet a little apart, and hands off the sides of the body. Watch the tummy rising and falling as you breathe.  Inhale slowly and deeply through the nose, watching the tummy rising up.  Try to count a slow ‘four’.  Hold for one or two counts if you can, and then slowly exhale, again through the nose, watching the tummy falling back down towards the spine again.

Relax into the rhythm, and repeat many times.  Try to remember as you breathe in, to visualize the pranic energy coming to the front part of the body.  As you breathe out, visualize the energy or prana going to the back, to the spine.

Another neat healing trick is to use the ‘whispering breath’, called the Ujjayi breath in yoga.

With this, you breathe in and out through the nose as usual, but you make a ‘ha’ sound in the throat as you breathe out. Mouth remains closed.  This practice has an especially soothing effect on the nervous system, on the mind, and on the lungs.

Second Exercise:  Alternate Nostril Breathing

Nadi Shodan Pranayama Preparation:

The best way to begin this exercise is to practice five breaths in and out through one nostril, and then five breaths in and out through the other nostril.

Place the right hand forefinger and middle finger between the eyebrows.  Use the thumb to block off the right side nostril.  Breathe in and out through the left side for five breaths, and then change sides:  Use the fourth finger to block off the left nostril, breathe out through the right nostril, and continue for five more breaths.  Then do five more rounds on the other side.  Repeat.

Stop the practice if you feel dizzy or strange.  Do just a few breaths to start with if you feel uncomfortable.

After some time, when you have become familiar with the technique, you can practice the regular Nadi Shodhan technique, which is done one breath each side, and continue the practice for a longer time.

Third Exercise: The Cooling Breath

Sheetali Pranayama: 

This is the only breathing exercise in yoga where you breath in through the mouth. It is very, very cooling and soothing to the mind and nervous system.  It is also a very good stimulant to the digestion, as it encourages the production of saliva.

The Sheetali Pranayama is one exercise which, although very simple to do, can achieve astounding results.

Sit comfortably.  Now curl the tongue into a tube. Slowly breathe in through the curled tongue.  Hold the breath for a few counts if you can, and then breathe out through the nose.  Repeat.

For high blood pressure, Swami Satyananda recommends that this exercise can be done up to 60 times in one session.  But it is best to build up slowly from five or a little more at a time.  Again, stop the practice if you feel dizzy or light-headed.

Natural Remedies

Culpeper says of Sage that it ’causes the hair to become black’.

Garden sage has many therapeutic uses.

In the garden, its flowers provide medicine and nectar for the bees, as well as a herbal tonic to the neighbouring plants.

It is well-known as an aid to oral hygiene.  It has strong antiseptic qualities and is supposed to whiten tooth enamel.

Sage is still used today in some tooth-pastes.  It is reputedly one effective remedy for bleeding gums,  and improving gum health:  The crushed fresh leaves are massaged several times a day onto the gums and teeth.

The tea is gargled to relieve sore throats, colds and flu,  and ulcers in the mouth.

It can be effective to reduce fevers, and has been used in the past for thyphoid fever. (see ‘Herbal Remedies  and Homeopathy’ published by Geddes and Grosset.)

It is a valuable nerve medicine, and is a useful stomach remedy for improving a weak appetite.

Natural Herbal Hair Dye and Tonic:  Sage can help restore healthy hair and improve the colour.

Strong sage tea encourages hair growth and darkens the hair, if it is used on a regular basis. Many herbalists describe it in their writings:  see John Heinerman’s ‘Encyclopedia of Fruits Vegetables and Herbs’.

Rosemary is another wonderful herb which can help hair growth, but it does not have such a darkening effect on the hair, as sage does.

Recipe For Sage Hair Dye:  Here is a simple, natural hair dye and tonic which you can try.  It is perfectly safe to use, as it does not contain any harmful additives such as you might find in commercial dyes for darkening the hair.

Take two cups of fresh sage leaves and put into a stainless steel saucepan.

Add one cup of dry black tea leaves

Add half a cup of cider vinegar and eight cups of water.

Simmer very gently, with no lid, for one hour on a very low heat.  You should have around half the original quantity of liquid left at the end of an hour.  If you need to add a little more water, make sure you do so well before you finish simmering the brew.  If you add more water at the end of the simmering, then your mixture will not keep so well.

Take off the heat after an hour of simmering.  Set aside to cool.

Once your sage mixture has cooled properly, strain it off.

To the liquid remaining add the same amount of vodka.

Put into a bottle with a screw-top lid and store in a cool place.

Massage around a tablespoonful of the sage infusion into the hair each day.  Use more or less, depending on how much hair you need to cover.

Massage the sage tonic well into the roots of the hair as well, so that it feeds the scalp and hair follicles.  Massaging the scalp with the sage tonic will help the hair to grow again.

The oils in the sage leaves will put a natural shine to the hair.

Once the hair is sufficiently darkened, which may take several weeks, you can reduce the amount of applications each week.  Once or twice a week may be enough to maintain the darker colour.

Sage is really very good for the hair in so many ways.

Alternative Sage Tonic Without Alcohol:  You could make up your sage tea without the alcohol if you wish.  Only, remember that your mixture will not keep for longer than a week, and it must be kept in the fridge.  You could make up a lesser amount, enough to last a week, and then make up a fresh brew of tea for the following week.

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Healing Power and How To Develop It

‘Spiritual Healing is the most wonderful science in the world. No other science has done so much for suffering humanity.”  These words come from Murdo MacDonald-Bayne, who  published a book on Spiritual Healing in 1947.

Murdo MacDonald-Bayne was a healer who achieved much success in the pre-war Europe.  He had an enormous following.

His book  Spiritual and Mental Healing  has been republished in NZ, 2006.   You can purchase it from Mystica Publications,  P.O. Box 13-581 Christchurch, New Zealand.  Email [email protected]

I have quoted Murdo extensively in this post here, because he explains his method, and the phenomenon of healing,  so beautifully.  The main body of the text, though, is my own.

Spiritual Healing is widely accepted in many churches today.  Many traditional and fundamental churches practice what is really ‘Spiritual Healing’, through prayer and the laying on of hands. This is accepted as being OK.  But for many other people who practice healing outside of the church, the practice of Spiritual Healing through prayer and the laying on of hands, is not accepted.  These lay-practitioners of Spiritual Healing are seen by many as being the perpetrators of the devil’s work.  And God forbid if you have psychic ability.  Yet the church, and the Bible, reveres its own ‘prophets’ as being the voice of God.

This is a strange and ridiculous state of affairs – that spiritual healing and psychic-prophetic messages should be ok only if it they are performed by an authority of the church.

Many Christian people have a phobia towards the Eastern religions, and will  not accept healing if it is done by a Reiki practitioner, or a Shiatsu healer, or a Spiritualist.   Eastern spiritual practices such as yoga are often frowned upon by christian people, especially the christian fundamentalists.

But –   Healing is healing, no matter what religion you are from, no matter if you have no religion at all. And the beauty of it is that WE ARE ALL CAPABLE OF SPIRITUAL HEALING.

Yoga practice will benefit most people, whether or not they believe in a Divine Power or not, whether they belong to a church, or not.  And the same goes for Spiritual Healing.  Whether you have a faith, or a religion at all makes no difference, as long as the intention is there to heal.

Spiritual Healing is really  ‘mind over matter’.  If the intention is good, then your Spiritual guides or Angels will assist you in your healing practice. If you do not believe in these things, or a Divine Power, then you will be helped anyway, if your intention is good.  Gradually, if you persist in the good, and in healing, you will attain a higher level of understanding about Spiritual things.

That spiritual healing should be regarded as a gift of the Holy Spirit,  ONLY for the use  of people with ‘good’ connections to the church,  is a myth which has been perpetuated by the church for centuries.  Branding people who had psychic ability, or healing ability, as witches or sorcerers, was a convenient way of getting rid of people who were defying the authorities.  These people were often burnt at the stake, or jailed,  for their beliefs or their actions, because they were  conveniently judged to be working with the devil.  Not too different today, when people are jailed for some offense they have not committed, such as Julian Assange, when really the authorities just want to silence them.

This old hostility by the churches towards healers or psychics who operate outside of the church still remains today.  But, really, Divine Power which facilitates ALL healing, belongs to not just the priviledged few, but to all of us.  By developing our mental and spiritual states, increasing our concentration and enhancing our auric body, we can increase our innate healing power so that we can be a more useful tool in the matter of healing.

Murdo MacDonald-Bayne tells us how important it is to Develop Superconscious Concentration for the purpose of healing.

This requires a good deal of effort to increase ones powers of concentration.  It is important to spend regular time  in meditation so that the  sensitivities, and the will power are  developed.  Meditation also develops  the skill of tuning into Higher Power so that energy can be drawn from this source, to be channelled in spiritual healing.

Murdo talks of the need to have  faith in the the source of all healing, and that one should not be ‘trying too hard’ to achieve healing on one’s own. Have  belief in yourself,  then sit quietly waiting with  ‘expectant faithful concentration’, whilst keeping a constant  positive feeling within yourself.  As you sit and meditate, the mind is calmed so that the Holy Spirit, the Divine  Power, can infuse your being.’

When we pray or meditate with the intention to do good, the  Holy Spirit infuses our being with goodness.  The concentration is improved, whilst the  aura and the vital energies are expanded at the same time, giving us more healing power with which to help other people, as well as ourselves.

Murdo says:

“There is conscious conc entration and superconscious concentration. The latter is a concentration performed by the Spiritual Mind Consciousness and is the method used in this type of healing. When you practise it sufficiently you will get the feeling that you are really using another instrument apart from your mortal consciousness.

Murdo describes the feeling of being connected with Divine Power as being at one with the Cosmos, with the feeling of the ego sinking into oblivion.  He says:

‘We are now dealing wth the great White Light which some know as the Cosmic light. The White Light is the Christ Light. ‘I am the Light of the World.’ When in this Cosmic state the Divine White Light pours through you and enters the patient, tending to unite the patient with the Cosmic and conditions disappear. If the patient can retain this state his healing is permanent……’

Murdo Stresses The Importance Of Breathing Exercises, to Increase the Magnetic Force within the Body.  The magnetic force is the energy which helps sick people to become well again.

On page 85, Murdo describes the connection between the  emotional body and the  heart centre,  and how they are actually attached to each other.  The magnetic body, he says, lies between the shoulders, and this ‘carries the load,  and its centre is situated in the solar plexus and has a direct contact throught to the motor and sensory nerves to the cerebellum and higher tissues. The mental body is situated in the forehead and interpenetrates the emotional and the physical bodies. The Spiritual body, which is always perfect in itself and never is ill, is above the head. It is the mortal mind and body that is ill, not the spiritual body.’

The Spirit itself, wherein is the Divine Consciousness, never touches the body, and it is like a ray coming into the body, interpenetrating the various densities of the ether, all interpenetrating each other; these are your transformers. To develp the Healing Power you have to build up the magnetic body so as to carry the load that is necessary, – breathing exercises 8-4-8-4

So after the magnetic force is increased, a conscious will  is exerted to direct extra Power through to the hands.  This healing Power is transferred into the patient from the tips of your fingers – whether or not you touch the patient.

Murdo explains  ‘another mighty secret’ – The very same method of healing which Christ used in healing the sick.  This secret is How to raise the vibration to eliminate disease. You know by now that matter is force, it is not solid but in constant motion, vibrating at a certain speed. Now, when a person is sick, his mind and body have a low vibration……..Murdo goes on to say that By increasing the vibration of the patient, the patient’s vital force can be increased so that sickness is expelled from the body.

Murdo says:   Christ fully realised that all is in the Mind of God, and His Intelligence is in, and through, all things. In reality all is Mind, God’s Consciousness or Will being the animating Power. Christ recognised His oneness in Consciousness with the Father of all.

How To Attract The Power Of Good Or God Into Your Life

DSCO 1815The word ‘Good’ is synonymous with the word ‘God’.  And God is Good.

Photo by Merrilyn on Holly’s camera.

The word ‘Good’, or ‘God’ has a power all of its own.  Saying the word ‘good’, and thinking about ‘good’, as well as doing ‘good’,  has a wonderful effect on the brain and the spiritual body.  The more that we say the word ‘Good’, and the more we expect the best in life, and for others, the more  we attract this power of ‘Good’ into our lives.

Counting Your Blessings:  The more we think about the Good that God has done, the more we talk about the GOOD things in life, and the less we talk or dwell on  the negative, the more chance that GOOD has to make our lives more meaningful, more rewarding, and happy.  This means visualizing good for the people we know, and even the people who bother us.  It means visualizing good for all the needy people in the world. This is the meaning of “Love Thy Neighbour”.  The more that we forget our woes and sing cheerful songs,  the more that we smile at others, the more that we accept one another, and wish the best for one another, the more Blessings  will come our way.  The more that we embrace the good, and expect the good, the more that we reject the negative and replace with the positive, the happier we will be, and the better our lives will become.

We should not forget this.  The times in my life where there was  prolonged hardship were the times  when I did forget about the ‘Power of Good’, when I left this concept behind, and turned my back on the Power of Good.  So Good found it hard to find its way back to me for a long time.  Of course, untoward experiences may happen in the life which we have no control over, and these can cause severe depression.  But it is precisely at these down times in our lives  that we need to make MORE effort to attract the power of Good.  “O thou of little faith.  Why didst thou not believe?”  Matthew 14:31.

If we give in to negative influences and cease our striving for Good, then we will be unhappy for a very long time. If we are consciously out to attract Good into our lives, then the losses and upheavals we encounter in life do not have such a serious, or prolonged impact on our lives, because, given the chance,  Good will  weave its beauty and its love  into our lives again.

We all have heard of the saying “One good turn deserves another”.  I think this expresses perfectly the way the ‘Power of Good’ works.  When good deeds are rewarded in kind we are given a definite  affirmative message about the ‘Power of Good’.  But even without those affirming rewards,  on a Spiritual level, when we endeavour to do the right thing – the GOOD thing, we build up our character and our Spiritual strength.  Thus Good is attracted to us.

The thing is to keep working at it, and to keep an unwavering  belief in the ‘Power of Good’, or ‘God’.  Belief is very important:  “As you believeth, so shall it be” – and –  “All things are possible to him that believeth”,  Mark 9.23.  Believe in the Power of Good, and Good will come to you.

Much has been written on the subject of  ‘The Power of Good.’  I really like Catherine Ponder’s book, called ‘The Healing Secret Of The Ages’, in which she has quite a lot to say about ‘The Power of Good’.  This book was first published in America, in 1967, by Parker Publishing Company, West Nyack, New York.  My copy is the UK edition published in 1978 by A. Thomas and Company, Wellingborough,  Northamptonshire.

Positive Affirmations of Good:  Catherine reminds us that ‘good’ is another name for ‘strength’.  If we have had the flu, we often tell people when we recover that we are ‘good’ again.  If a sore arm becomes better, we say that it is ‘good’ now.  Using positive affirmations which include the word ‘good’ will help to impart strength to all aspects of our being: mental, physical, and spiritual.  Catherine suggests declaring each day, and all that it contains, as ‘good’ at the beginning and at the end of the day.  Her words are:

‘As you begin each day, invoke your spiritual, mental and physical strength by declaring:  “I PRONOUNCE THIS DAY AND ALL ITS ACTIVITIES GOOD.”  at the end of the day, garner the blessings from it by declaring:  “IT WAS A GOOD DAY. BEHOLD, IT WAS VERY GOOD.”‘

Catherine stresses how affirmations of strength, synonymous with Good, feeds the subconscious and the mind power of strength, thus releasing strength into the ‘brain centers of each of your 12 mind powers.’

Declaring all that happens in a day as ‘GOOD’, at the end of the day, could be seen as becoming one with  ‘Counting your Blessings’.  Thus the Power of Good is attracted to us.  Thus the Power of Good can be released into your life, strengthening all that you say and do and think, giving you strength to help others, and strengthening all that you are and will become.

How To Draw The Cho Ku Rei

Tibetan Buddhist Healing Symbol:  Cho Ku Rei

The Cho Ku Rei, or Choku Rei,  is a symbol which has enormous healing power.

It can be used for healing on yourself or on others.  It can be used in the immediate situation, to treat people who are present, or it can be used for absent healing.

I use the Cho Ku Rei as part of my own Spiritual Healing Technique.  Choku Rei can be used to enhance the effect of ‘the laying on of hands’ as well as in various types of mental and spiritual healing.

How To Draw The Cho Ku Rei:

The Cho Ku Rei  can be drawn in two ways:  You can begin the initial opening line in towards the centre from the left, or from the right.  If you are performing it on yourself, on the forehead, beginning it on the left and heading towards the centre will increase the healing energy.  Drawn the other way, from the right hand side in helps one to focus on the God energy:  drawn this way can be interpreted as ‘God Is Here’.

So – begin on the left side of your brow, several inches up  above the left eye.  With your index finger, draw the symbol in towards the centre of your brow, directly above the nose.

Now, without lifting your finger, or your pen if you are drawing it on paper, bring the movement down in a sraight line until your finger is between the eye-brow centre.

Now you begin the spiral, the corkscrew movement:  In one regular movement, create a large circle moving up towards the right eyebrow, on upwards, and then bring the circle back over the original line you drew down from the forehead.  Continue the circle around, moving inwards of the circle, so that you end up with a corkscrew.  You draw three circles altogether, each one inside the outer one.

Finish the Cho Ku Rei on your left side, the same side which began with the straight line in from the left.

If you are doing this symbol over another person, you might reverse the symbol so that you still begin on THEIR left side for the healing energy to be empowered.

You will reverse it for the calming and meditative effect.

For Physical Ailments: The Cho Ku Rei symbol can be performed over the site of a physical ailment, or it can be used over the brow, as given above.

See Merrilyn’s post entitled “Cho Ku Rei” for more details on using this symbol.

Free Spiritual Help

Contacting  Your Guides:  This post is intended to help people understand something of how establishing a connection with a Guide or a loved one who has left the earth plane can assist  spiritual healing.

The Story of the Pewter Teapot:

This story really tells of how my Grandmother Edie, who has passed into Spirit,  has helped to bring  peace and communication to our family, through a tea pot which she used to own.

Our guides really do exist:  They mostly come from the Heavenly realms, although there  are  some highly developed souls such as my friend Bernhard Petersen, who can communicate psychically with you via ESP, or extra-sensory perception, even though they still have a physical body.

I am going to give you a marvellous example of an incident which occurred just this week.

My dear Grandmother Edie has been communicating with me for some time now.  Since I began using the pen, just as Bernhard assured me, the messages have become quicker to notate, since a pen works more quickly than a pendulum in spelling out messages.

Grandma Edie has been an enormous help over these past few months, as have my friends Bernhard, my daughter Rosy, friends Jack and Father Pat, and others.

Anyway – Grandma’s presence is often felt at my side.  Occasionally, I get an actual physical prod, I guess  from Gran, or my daughter.  It’s very gentle, of course, but a prod nevertheless.  If  I am about to make a bad decision, or eat heavy food when I should in fact be fasting to prevent some sickness, I get gentle prods from these unseen friends of mine.

My mother very kindly gave me a silver tea pot which was my Gran’s.  This was about five years ago.  I really treasure this tea pot, as I loved my Gran, and I appreciate the fact that my mother allocated this gift to me when there are five girls younger than me who might have liked it. I had been thinking lots about the tea pot last week, and felt that I must thank my mother for giving it to me:  the relationship with my mother and I has been shaky since day one, really.  But she is getting old and frail, and so I have been trying to think of all the very nice things she has done for me, so that I can give her some praise and, hopefully, help to bring peace to our family situation.

So – almost every day recently, I hve been writing  down a message from Gran.  My other friends, especially Bernhard, are very frequent with their messages also, but Gran seems to be always there no matter who is talking.

I have just gone back to the Spiritualist Church in Ponsonby where I played the organ for many years.  I have been living, studying and working in Wellington for several years, and had lost touch with the people from this Auckland Church.  Three weeks ago several messages came which told me I should return to this Church:  They need you, Merrilyn.  There is a place for you there.  You can do your healing work there……..

The next Sunday, I did not go because I went to visit friends up at Red Beach, in Orewa.  The following Sunday, as I took my messages down, two  very clear messages came through from Bernhard and Gran.  ‘Don’t forget to go to the Church tonight‘ was the last one.  So I got myself ready to go.

I took the bus over and arrived early. It was cold and dark waiting outside on Ponsonby Road. I began to wonder whether they had given up using this particular Church. There was  usually someone  there  to open up at about 6 o’clock, but tonight there was nobody there.  It was several years since I had been there: anything could have happened.

Through  pendulum  communication with spirit, I was told  to wait, that there most definitely would be a service.

Sure enough, at 6.45pm, they began to arrive.  They were so happy that I had returned. They certainly did need me, as they hadn’t had an organist for four years.  It was so wonderful to open up that fabulous old pipe organ and fill the Church with its georgous sound.

I was given a message from Gran from the medium. It is always nice to be given a comforting message.  I was told that there was a mother figure there, which had to be Gran,   but the message  did not tell me anything that I didn’t know already:  I felt that the medium had no idea of my understanding  and receptiveness to  the fact that Gran is there for me EVERY DAY, not just at Church.

The following week, which was just last Sunday, I was given another  message by another medium.  Again, I was told things that I knew already – that I must settle down now, and cease my roamings.  Well, that has been taken care of, because I have completed my degree in Wellington, and have now returned to Auckland where my children are all residing.

But at the end of this message came the line which really struck  home:

‘This lady that is with you – a mother figure – wants you to know that SHE REALLY IS THERE……….Something about a pewter tea pot.  She used to own a pewter pot……. Very special……….It is a good one.’

This was definitely my Gran talking here.  I have her magic tea pot, which I call silver, because it is silver plated.  I didn’t know what the base material was: it might have been pewter, but it could be copper, or some other metal, however,  I thought his message was good enough proof that HE was really receiving a message from Gran,  and that even though he did not understand my own receptivity to Gran, he really did have some expertise in the field of mediumship:   So I thanked him courteously, and told him that he had been ‘spot on’ about the tea pot.

So the following day, Monday, having been prompted by the medium reminding me about the tea pot, I thought I’d better send  that text to my sister.  I asked  her to tell my mother how much the silver tea pot meant to me, and to thank her very very much for giving it to me.

How’s this:  I was just about blown over when my sister Alison, a real boxer, replied by text the very  next day, saying:

  • Heya – Just spoke to Ma.  Said that the pot is good one cos pewter underneath and is so pleased you enjoy having it……God Bless You Alison.

The immedieate outcome of all this is that I am almost on my way ‘down the line’ to see my family. I am leaving in the morning.  Goodness knows what else Grandma has in mind.

Free spiritual help:  If you have any similar stories to share, please do comment below.  I will publish any experiences  which are of interest and which might help others understand something of the nature of Spirit. I will attempt to answer questions, or, if I cannot be of help,  at least put the questions up so that someone else can give us the anxwer.