SHINING LOTUS™ METAPHYSICAL BOOKSTORE NEWSLETTER

The Original Metaphysical Bookstore, since 1972Shining Lotus logo

SEPTEMBER 2018

2553 South Colorado Blvd, Unit 104
Denver Colorado 80222

303-758-9113

__________________________________

in this issue

RAISE OUR VIBRATION  ………………………  by Bob Romero

THE MASK   …………………….   by Mario C. Veo

THE DUAL PHYSICAL BODY  ……………………. by Bruce Johnson

PLANETS & POSSIBILITIES: A LOOK AT THE ASTROLOGY OF SEPTEMBER   …………………….  by Sally Shotwell

IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU  …………………….  by Mario C. Veo

SHINING LOTUS™ EVENTS AND CLASSES IN AUGUST

______________________

Radleigh Valentine
Live And In Person

Sunday, September 23 at 2:00 pm
Call 303-758-9113 to register because seating is limited.

Radleigh will be discussing and then signing your copy
of his new book, “How to Be Your Own Genie”

______________________

______________________

RAISE OUR VIBRATION

by Bob Romero

Many spiritual authors and teachers talk about raising your vibration and your radiance in the eyes of Spirit. I’ve heard both teachers and readers say that God does not judge you; he just looks at your radiance. What we call “sins”, actually lower our vibration and energy, thus making us less visible to God. However, we are not the same person that we were when we committed those sins, if we then make the effort to improve our lives. My pastor said that for Lent, maybe Catholics should give up guilt. That way we can truly enjoy the joy of Easter. After all, we are all children of Spirit, who wants us to have happy joyful lives. Enjoying music, art, and nature, and expressing gratitude for all that we have, will lift us higher.

Jesus said that the two greatest commandments are to love God above all else, and to love your neighbor as yourself. The key word is “love” and it is the key to the path of higher consciousness. You don’t love your neighbor because you will get good karmic points; you do it because you sincerely see the goodness in that person.

Serving others will not only increase your radiance in the eyes of Spirit, but it will teach you to experience the love that Jesus and other ascended masters have for us. So doing acts of kindness, helping those in need, and accepting those with different opinions, will raise our vibration to a much a higher level.

Another way to raise your vibration is to start vibrating. The way to do that is through sound vibrations. Spiritual instructors will give their students mantras to chant while meditating. There are also many mantras that you can chant, that invoke Spirit for certain intentions. When I took a class on higher consciousness, one of the topics was on chanting “Om” which is pronounced “Aum”. It is often said at the beginning, and at the end of Yoga classes. My wife told me that she knew that I was chanting “Om”, because the condo was vibrating. A student in the class said that her boyfriend had to leave her house when she was chanting, because the staircase in her house was really vibrating. You can feel the vibration in your voice, and know that Spirit is there in the vibration. When you stop and sit in silence for a few minutes afterwards, you can also hear a real high frequency. This is not to be confused tinnitus, which is ringing in the ears. It is barely audible, but you can definitely hear it. I read that some consider this to be the frequency of God. I feel that there is no better way to honor God than by chanting his name. It is probably one of the most powerful things that you can do.

Not only will chanting relieve stress, and help your blood pressure go down, but you will also notice that your overall health will begin to improve. Your will also notice that things will start going your way. Abundance and manifestation become easier. Your psychic intuition becomes clearer and life becomes more joyful. Eventually you will be able to communicate with your higher guides and angels. All of this happens because your radiance is now a lot more visible to God.

Bob Romero has been a diligent student of esoteric spiritual subjects and metaphysics for many years, with a life-long quest for answers. He has submitted new and original articles that focus on life lessons and experiences he wishes to share with our readers and the world.

Back to top

______________________

______________________

THE MASK

by Mario C. Veo

Long, long ago, in a land forgotten by time, there was a great empire, one ruled not by the heart, not by kindness and gentle generosity… no, they ruled through the mind, by logical deductions and clear rules and policies… after all, “it is the only way to ensure fairness for all”.
And to ensure that this ‘Justice’ was meted out fairly, they appointed a series of adjudicators who controlled various aspects of society… and, to demonstrate their impartial outlook, they all wore Masks… , their Masks a sign of power, and how easily the crowds all part to give them their space . Their rules were clear, and as long as you followed them, you were considered to be a ‘good citizen’, and was rewarded by your peers … after all, you knew exactly what your place was, and wouldn’t dare do otherwise.

And so this great empire grew and flourished, became very rich, and started spreading its rule to all adjacent lands… Those poor saps didn’t know what hit them – how do you fight against the cold execution of the mind, how do you plead your case to those who don’t know their hearts, how do you implore to be left alone to follow your own individuality…

And so they lost… everything… and because they were conquered, they had little or no Rights.  Yes, of course they had to work, so they could earn the right to live, and eat, and work some more…but never as equals, never in luxury, never as themselves

No, they were not ‘slaves’ … no, they were simply ‘inadequate’, and so must be taught to know their place, to follow the rules of their better, to simply accept their subordinate role… as befits them… after all, they were not Mind-born.

To make this whole process absolutely clear it was decided that all Mind-born would now wear Masks… just a simple, expedient way to differentiate between those that have ‘earned the right to rule’… versus those that obviously were born to follow and serve…

Thus they thought to make themselves strong, and invincible… and they might even have succeeded, except for a small, little, apparently inconsequential factor… Masks cannot hide your true self… and by creating such an obvious separation between its people, they facilitated those born of the Heart to recognize each other more easily…

Now it has begun… the change is here, for in unity there is power, and ego and corruption is its own downfall… Do not think that simply because one is born of the Heart that that person is weak, or even less than you… Don’t you know that the Heart is mighty in its defense of that which is whole and decent and precious to Life itself…

It begins very subtly – letting greed stuff itself to bursting, letting power corrupt the very vessel it inhabits, letting the ego create its own downfall, and those that have much turn their avarice to others who lust after their wealth… and while all this is going on, the Heart will shelter those who know better, and guide them to wait for the Light to emerge, for it will reveal all that is Dark in the minds of men…

It has already started, the revelation of the Light is here… stand clear in your Heart, and in the Brotherhood you claim as your truth… and hold Darkness accountable, no matter how it hides itself…

This is the tale of a great empire that existed long, long ago, and the downfall caused by those who hid behind their Masks, for even as they prized their Mind, they forgot the Light of their Heart.

Mario C. Veo was born in Italy and grew up in Africa, and has been on multiple spiritual pilgrimages to India and other sacred places.  From an early age his love for Spirituality and Metaphysics led him to study with great Teachers and Masters from around the  world. He is a dedicated Spiritual Practitioner and Counselor, a Healer and Shaman Initiate, a senior T’ai Chi / Chi Gong instructor, a Feng Shui Master… Mario is in private practice in Denver, and teaches and guides Spiritual Seekers on the path of Self-Empowerment and Transformation.
You can reach him at 303.525.7223 /
email PathtoSpirit@gmail.com /
websitewww.YourPathtoSpirit.com

Mario is available for personal guidance and consultations on Tuesdays and monthly on the last Sunday at the Shining Lotus™ Bookstore in Denver.

Back to top

______________________

______________________

THE DUAL PHYSICAL BODY

by Bruce Johnson

Encore Publication: This article was first published in the October 2013 issue of our newsletter. We thank Bruce Johnson for allowing us to share his writings and insights into the ancient mysteries and the occult.

Esoteric Science teaches that physical matter exists in seven grades or levels of density. The coarseness or fineness of the matter corresponds to its rate of vibration. Our physical bodies contain all seven grades of physical matter. The visible portion of the human body we call the dense physical body. It is composed of the three densest or lowest levels of physical matter, solid, liquid and gaseous.

The invisible portion of the body is called the etheric body or etheric double. This etheric body is made of physical matter from the four finest or highest grades of etheric substance.  These four grades of super-subtle physical matter are very much finer than the most rarefied gas, but are still physical in nature. The etheric body interpenetrates, and is the template for, the dense physical body. The etheric body is not a vehicle of consciousness, but the energy body which translates prana or vitality for use by the dense physical body. It receives solar prana from the sun, specializes this life force to the particular needs of the dense physical body, and distributes this specialized prana life force throughout the etheric body, and then to the dense physical body.

The network of nadis in the etheric body which distributes the pranic vitality, is the underlying pattern for the bodies nervous system, as the main chakras on the surface of the etheric body, are the root of the physical endocrine glands. The aura of the etheric body normally projects a few inches beyond the skin. A vital person has lines of force within the health aura that project 90 degrees from any portion of the body. When a person is depleted or sick, these energy lines droop and sag with the lack of life force vitality. Brilliant sunshine generates vast amounts of pranic life force. Less solar vitality is generated during cloudy weather, and even less at night. Several days of cloudy weather show a marked decrease of prana in the atmosphere. Prana is more abundant and available in summer months than winter ones, peaking at the summer solstice.  The sun radiates other energies in addition to solar prana. Some of these energies are harmful to humans. The goal and challenge is to draw in the beneficial energies of the sun while blocking out the destructive ones

Man Visible and Invisible by C.W. Leadbeater contains some good information about prana and the etheric double.
Nature’s Finer Forces by Rama Prasad is a classic work on prana.

Bruce Johnson has over 30 years of study in the fields of Ancient Wisdom and occultism. He has taught classes on a wide range of topics, from Atlantis to mediums to Zoroaster. He is also a spiritualist minister, with a background in spiritual astrology. He lives in Colorado with his wife and their cat.

Back to top

______________________

PLANETS AND POSSIBILITIES
A look at the astrology of September

by Sally Shotwell

The new month brings us relief from the limitations we’ve experienced due to the logjam of retrograde planets which has been going on for ages. We’re also past the direct impact of the eclipses which were simultaneously bombarding us with changes in our world view. This is good news and we have Mercury (our thought processes) zipping along in Leo, encouraging us to be creative, while Mars (our vitality) in ambitious Capricorn, is now directing our energies to take care of unfinished business. The Sun (our consciousness) in earthy, practical Virgo offers us his formidable ability to discriminate between what is of value for us to retain and pursue and what we can safely release from what we’ve been accumulating. With this clarity of focus we prepare to welcome the Autumnal Equinox and the new season’s benefits.  What particular area of our life seems confused and in need of reorganization?
 
September 3 mental Mercury is stimulated by charming Venus in airy, relationship-oriented Libra, facilitating our interactions with individuals we care about. Let’s take advantage of this harmonious vibe since he moves into precise Virgo September 5, where he is at home, and his motivations revolve around detached analysis and service to others. Teacher Saturn, in serious Capricorn, moves forward the 6th and they hold hands in fellowship before the Messenger of the Gods gets really active the 7th, rendezvousing with both brilliant Uranus, in earthy, stable Taurus ,and Saturn. This is a combination which comes up with workable, breakthrough ideas. However, the Sun is opposite misty Neptune in watery, idealistic Pisces and we may be subject to fuzzy thinking. With all this earth energy it won’t last!
 
September 8 lovely Venus, who is heading into intense, watery Scorpio tomorrow, finds herself clashing with her sometime paramour aggressive Mars, himself entering detached, airy Aquarius the 10th. This suggests a lot of emotionality which we don’t want to participate in, especially because of the September 9 New Moon in Virgo (new beginnings) which is highly influenced by watery Neptune. The Sabian Symbol states;  “A Ouija Board:  The ability to contact deeper recesses of the unconscious psyche and sensitiveness to psychic intimations and omens.During tumultuous times we have so many unanswered questions which are unnerving and lead us to seek INNER GUIDANCE. The purity of Virgo’s motivation and clarity should help us discern and evaluate who or what does the guiding. During the last century the Ouija Board, which was promoted as a game, actually was used to contact entities from the”other side” and played on people’s lack of awareness about what this meant.  Let’s do research before we allow ourselves to become vulnerable!
 
September 11 the Sun first connects with expansive Jupiter in profound, watery Scorpio and moves on to commune with intense Pluto in Capricorn. He’s shining his light on deep, meaningful territory which is usually concealed from our consciousness because of its intensity. The 12th Jupiter and Pluto continue our assessment of our inner resources and profitable endeavors while Venus, Goddess of Beauty, Love and Money, is demanding the attention of Uranus (which promises the unexpected) as well as that of staid Saturn. Here we may find emotional and material support develop so let’s remain open to what Mercury holds in store as he fraternizes with Neptune the 13th. This can be imaginative and we can also benefit from important, profound information Pluto shares with him on the 15th.   
 
September 18 things get tense when assertive Mars in  freedom-loving Aquarius argues with  unpredictable Uranus in intrenched Taurus. This is a time to withdraw from fraught situations and we want to save our energy for the fortuitous meeting of Mercury and the Sun on the 20th which connects our hearts and minds and clears our vision. The 21st, we see Mercury enter harmony-oriented, airy Libra and he’s in tune with the Sun who himself enters Libra the 22nd. The Autumnal Equinox marks the time when the bounty of Spring is ready for harvest and celebrations are held throughout the Northern Hemisphere. It also ushers in the time when the days grow shorter and we gradually turn more inward and reflective. 
 
In the meantime, brainy Mercury is connecting with Saturn and Mars the 23rd, helping us prepare our thoughts in preparation for the Full Moon (culmination) in fiery, independent Aries, opposite airy,
relationship-driven Libra Sun. The issue perennially is the “me vs. us” tug-of-war which we know can have a positive outcome if our self knowledge allows for authentic communication and tolerance. The Symbol states: “The cameo profile of a man, suggesting the shape of his country: The sustaining power of the Whole, as the individual identifies himself with Its life… his essential identity with the section of the universe in which he operates… It is the answer to the tragic sense of alienation so today.” With this new season, how do we hope to embrace our PARTICIPATION IN A GREATER LIFE ?
 
September 25 the Sun and Saturn are challenging each other’s authority so it’s best to pursue our course with care until the 27th when the Sun and Mars join forces in airy Libra and Aquarius. They invigorate each other and stimulate actions, instilling in us the confidence we need in order to shine. The 29th Pluto slowly turns direct and his commitment to precipitate our evolution becomes more pronounced. The fact that we’ve weathered so many challenges indicates that we deserve to have confidence in our capability to be flexible and grow!
 
Blessings!
Sally Shotwell is a life-long student of esoteric spirituality whose focus on studies in Astrology have spanned decades. She has entertained and informed our readers with her articles for a few years now.

Back to top

______________________

______________________

IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU…

by Mario C. Veo

I’ve been fascinated by people – different cultures, deep belief systems, amazing sacrifices and even greater successes… It is true that some people really do have a strong and invincible spirit – so much so that, no matter their challenges, they will always overcome them….

Which led me to think: are they ‘special’ in some form or other… are they ‘blessed’ with gifts and abilities that are superior… do they have some ‘hidden secret to success’… or are they just lucky …? or – I shudder to even consider this – does God like them better than the rest of us… ?

The answer is a resounding NO !  They are just like you and me, no more and no less… just your everyday ‘Human’.

So, why do they succeed when so many others don’t ?  Why are they able to overcome even the most challenging situations … and why are they so darn happy !?!

And, after many years of seeking, the answer finally revealed itself – they simply turn within… look at their own Life first , stop getting carried away by all the stupidity and chaos that is far too common in society, AND take care of their own happiness first… .

So – the answer is truly that simple…but has some interesting insights …

We waste far too much time wallowing in gossip, shocked at the stupidity – and brutality – of others; are too often tempted by the lurid details of the latest atrocity, or by the display of ‘righteous indignation’ offered by those with hidden agendas…

Yes, I do realize that it makes for amusing commentaries by late-night talk shows… and yes, it can be quite funny… BUT… is this what you are choosing to give meaning to your Life… all this lower consciousness / manipulation / absurd propaganda / exploitation of your emotional stability… is this what you want your Life to be about …?

Don’t you realize that all this Darkness will rot your brains, and make you a simple puppets in the hands of unscrupulous abusers… and they will tell you – while smiling falsely – that it is all for your own good…

 The Spiritual Law is very clear – Whatever you put out comes back to you … Your success – or failure – depends purely on your investment of energy… So now you know – you can squander your Life by focusing on all that is shocking and negative … or you can claim – without a doubt – your right to choose what brings value to your Life…

Don’t you know that the more you receive, the more you have to share with those you love… You can choose to share gossip, negativity and corruption… or love, kindness and beauty

Mario C. Veo was born in Italy and grew up in Africa, and has been on multiple spiritual pilgrimages to India and other sacred places.  From an early age his love for Spirituality and Metaphysics led him to study with great Teachers and Masters from around the  world. He is a dedicated Spiritual Practitioner and Counselor, a Healer and Shaman Initiate, a senior T’ai Chi / Chi Gong instructor, a Feng Shui Master… Mario is in private practice in Denver, and teaches and guides Spiritual Seekers on the path of Self-Empowerment and Transformation.
You can reach him at 303.525.7223 /
email PathtoSpirit@gmail.com /
websitewww.YourPathtoSpirit.com

Mario is available for personal guidance and consultations on Tuesdays and monthly on the last Sunday at the Shining Lotus™ Bookstore in Denver.

Back to top

______________________

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

THE INTENTION PROJECT with SuEllen Shepard
Sunday, September 9          10:15 – 11:15 am          Love Donation
This is a monthly group that meets on the second Sunday of every month to realize the potential awesome energy of our focused intention. Each month will have a specific topic as well as suggestions from the participants. Human thought and intention has been defined as an inexhaustible and tangible energy with the potential to focus our lives, heal our illnesses, clean up our communities, deal with negative forces, and hopefully improve our planet for everyone. Join us for an hour of discussion and intention and give what you feel is appropriate. Call 303-758-9113 to register.

A SPIRIT CHANNELING with Norma Mitchell
Sunday, September 9          2:00 – 3:00 pm          FREE
The Source (Spirit, or maybe you call her God) talks to us, and we need a channel through which to hear these messages. Norma is just that channel. The valuable information that comes through her is lovingly supportive and profound. Please join us for a small introduction to the beautiful and spiritual messages that come directly from Spirit. Call 303-758-9113 to register.

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN FORGIVENESS NO LONGER WORKS? with Mario C. Veo
Sunday, September 16          10:15 – 11:15 am          $10 Workshop
There is so much emphasis placed on ‘Forgiveness’ that we have lost its original purpose – “Forgiveness is NOT a technique for appeasing or releasing Bindings / Karma… it is a Higher State of Consciousness…”
In our everyday Life we are easily caught by struggles / negativity / sorrow… and often find ourselves on the receiving end … trapped by these harmful Energies – here ‘Forgiveness’ is not the solution ! Let me ask you:- “What IS this Negative Energy… Where does it come from…How do you resolve it ?!”…Come and find out… if you’re ready… Call 303-758-9113 to register.

SIMPLETALES™ COSMIC ASTROLOGY MONTHLY UPDATE with C. A. Brooks
Sunday, September 16          2:00 – 3:00 pm          FREE

If you are thinking about your future, your past, or just your place in the physical present, you owe yourself a visit with C. A. Brooks. C. A. has been a student of astrology for more than 25 years and a professional astrologer for over 2 decades. She has studied Tarot, Feng Shui, Space Clearing and Animal Communication. Join C. A. and friends for a fun and informational look at the astrology of the month ahead, and you may even get a personal Tarot mini-reading. Don’t miss this class. Call 303-758-9113 to register.

AUTUMNAL EQUINOX DRUM CIRCLE with Melissa Force
Thursday, September 20          7:00 – 9:00 pm          $5 drop-in fee
Come drum your Equinox intentions into being with us! No drumming experience necessary, just come with an open heart and bring your positive intentions. Bring a drum if you have one. We will have a few extras for those that need a loaner. Melissa will be guiding us through a small meditation to start. Call 303-758-9113 to register.

RADLEIGH VALENTINE – Author Visit
Sunday, September 23           2:00 – 3:00 pm          FREE
Join us to welcome the author of “How To Be Your Own Genie”, “The Angel Tarot”, “Angel Answers Oracle”, “The Fairy Tarot”, and others. After years of suppressing and denying his true self, Radleigh Valentine had a revelation: “The sparklier I am, the more me that I am, the happier and more magical my life becomes.” Thus started a spiritual journey that led Radleigh to becoming the internationally renowned speaker, best-selling author, and spiritual intuitive that he is today. Now Radleigh distills all he’s learned over the decades through messages from the universe, angels, and his own experiences to show you how to manifest and live a magical life. Join Radleigh on a magical journey to discover and claim the magical life you were born to live! A Book signing will follow. Call 303-758-9113 to register because seating is limited.

INNER GUIDANCE — AWAKENING YOUR WISE SELF with Mario C. Veo.
Sunday, September 30          
10:15 am – 11:15 am          FREE 
Knowledge, wisdom, self-empowerment, success, prosperity, the expansion of Consciousness … all have the same ‘Secret’ – Inner Guidance. There is little point in seeking the advice of some external Being who wishes to ‘aid and support us’… for, no matter how ‘nice’, this reliance prevents us from growing up, holds us back from our own development, our own gifts and powers… which we all have…  So, what do you say…? are you ready for Self-Empowerment…?   Call 303-758-9113 to register.

Back to top

______________________