So Why Do I Shave My Legs? Spirituality in Razor Form

The Farm in Cornwall circa 1972

When we had a holiday we always went to Cornwall in the South West of the UK. My dad hated the drive, in fact he made us leave London at 3 am to avoid the traffic.

Cornwall is one of the wildest and visually romantic areas of England, we don’t have the mountains of Scotland and Wales but we do have the windswept, moors leading down to a wild (for us) and stormy sea.

On the second night we were at the cottage I went into the bathroom and saw my dad’s shaving razor sitting on the sink. I have no idea why but I picked it up and shaved the hair off my shins and from under my arms.

I know that a lot of women do this, but my only two female role models – mum and nan – had never shaved a whisker in their lives, in fact it came as a complete shock to them that I felt the need to do something so totally crazy. All I can tell you is that it felt wrong to me to have that body hair. It just didn’t feel like me.

Obviously I took very little notice of this at the time, the only memory that impacts is my mum buying me some cheap razors to stop me blunting dad’s razor blades. Why is it that women’s hair blunts razor blades faster than the male beard? One of life’s unknown imponderables I guess.

From that day onwards to this day 43 years later I still shave my shins and armpits, and it feels completely right to me to do so.

The other day the memory popped into my mind and as I was pondering links started forming to the philosophy I embrace – that we have all been here before and are spirit having a human existence.

Although it may sound like a very small thing, hardly worthy of an article, it struck me how important it was that something culturally foreign to me felt so completely natural and right. So what prompted the sudden decision?

I could only come up with one explanation. That I had, at another time, lived in a culture where shaving body hair was normal practice.

I don’t know what you make of this, but in the search for spirituality and spiritual connections it’s good to look at the person you are and ask how much of you comes from the people and influences around you? Are you entirely a product of your past and your gene pool, or is there an aspect of you that, like me, has emerged fully formed apparently all by itself?

It makes for interesting musing in the search for the meaning of life and existence, even if it is generated by the hair on your legs.

Or is that spirituality from the armpit?

Forget Spirituality and Get Humanitized!

I’ve often wondered with such a broad assortment of spiritual information and concepts of enlightenment available; why is it that so many people continue to struggle with life’s basic challenges? Despite the fact that spirituality is “in,” it seems that more and more people are finding that the spiritual road has many potholes and creates more questions than answers. We’ve attended all the seminars, and we’ve read all the books. We seem to know all the answers. Despite these facts our most significant objective, “PEACE” consistently eludes us. Why?

Perhaps we need to place our spiritual practices on hold. Perhaps our concern should not be focused on spiritual development, seeking enlightenment, or becoming “God-realized.” Maybe instead of trying to expand our consciousness, we need to learn to expand our hearts. Conceivably we need to be fully developed humans before we focus on our spiritual nature. It is in ignoring or skipping over our humanity that our souls find unrest. We can’t skip a step. It doesn’t work! It will backfire on us– and it has.

Now, how will we know when we’ve transformed into fully-developed human beings? The answer will not be found in our physical appearance, but instead in how we behave. There will be five signs indicating we’ve reached that plateau.

1. The day we stop harming and killing each other! As long as even one person on the Earth hurts or slaughters another; collectively, we will never attain our true humanity, and total PEACE will escape us. Actually, a fully-developed human being would never harm nor kill another. The value you place on life will be of such high magnitude that you’d rather give your own life than let another lose theirs. That is the greatest act of love any human can perform.

2. Our minds will be altruistically transformed, and we’ll enjoy an unselfish concern and devotion to the welfare of others.

3. We will possess and project unconditional love for ourselves, our family, our neighbor, and every living thing on this planet.

4. We will possess and project unconditional compassion for ourselves, our family, our neighbor, and every living thing on this planet.

5. We will possess and project unconditional kindness to ourselves, our family, our neighbor, and every living thing on this planet.

Are these not the same behaviors demonstrated by the great masters who walked the Earth before us? However, these are not spiritual practices. These are the actions that allow us to define ourselves as human and separate us from the animal kingdom. Today, we see some animals exhibiting higher moral behavior than some so-called humans. Therefore, our greatness lies not in our spirituality, but instead with the right use of our humanity. Similarly, our greatness lies in not being strong, but instead with the proper use of our strength.

It is in the expansion of the human heart and in loving and serving others that our humanity can be channeled and developed. Consequently, we will never find enlightenment in an ashram. We will never find love in a doctrine. We will not learn compassion in a sweat lodge. We will never find peace or truth in dogma. Human beings find love, enlightenment, compassion, and PEACE only in serving others. It is in our service to others that we lose our love of power and find the power of love. That is the only correct path, and seemingly the road least traveled.

It is our fully developed humanity that will bring us all the PEACE we long for. PEACE for ourselves, PEACE for our families, and PEACE for our neighbor. The PEACE we experience will be so extraordinary; we’ll crave nothing else. Our spirituality will then be a by-product.

Spirituality and Drugs – Do They Mix?

On May 17,2011 Dr. Joseph Mercola’s email newsletter featured an article on Rock Star Stevie Nicks’ use of both illegal and prescription drugs. Even though Stevie Nicks used illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin in her past (and has detoxed from those drugs at centers such as the Betty Ford Clinic), she was quoted saying that her detox from prescription antidepressants and tranquilizers “made Betty Ford look like a cakewalk.”

“My hair turned gray and my skin molted…You can detox off heroin in 12 days. Coke is just a mental detox. But tranquilizers–they are dangerous,” said Stevie Nicks. She claimed the prescription antidepressant Klonopin destroyed eight years of her life.

The following day (May 18th), I received a monthly email newsletter from spiritual advisor and channel Geoffrey Hoppe (who channels Adamus St. Germaine and Tobias). In the “Shaumbra Monthly” was an article titled, “Mind Meds.”

Geoffrey Hoppe writes that although both Adamus St. Germaine and Tobias have not focused on Ascension “Do Not” lists, at the top of their lists is the recommendation that pharmaceutical medications for depression and anxiety be avoided, even though symptoms of depression, anxiety and loss are a normal part of the awakening process.

Geoffrey Hoppe mentioned that the topic of spirituality and drug use came up when his organization announced a new project focusing on spiritual growth. Participants in this global project are required to be free of any use of medications for depression or anxiety in the last 18 months.

I can understand that such drugs interfere with spiritual growth. Even though life may be in crisis and chaos, it’s important to resist the temptation to cope by taking prescription drugs. The depression and sense of loss is normal, and in fact, a challenging situation helps individuals awaken to profound spiritual truth as well as much-needed change.

Adamus St. Germaine, channeled through Geoffrey Hoppe, had this to say about mixing spirituality and drugs: “These medications block and/or distort the light-source to the brain, therefore distorting your reality and your concept of Self…Perhaps one of the greatest dangers is that the medications block out these important reminders from the inner, from the divine. The medications interfere with these normal and important communications.”

By “light-source to the brain” I am certain that Adamus St. Germaine means higher consciousness and guidance from your higher self and from your guides in the other realms.

Adamus is also right on about the effect of mind medications on higher consciousness. Several years ago, I went through a personal and spiritual crisis and antidepressants were recommended to get me out of a depressive slump. I had thought about this and I realized the following.

One, I was clear that my depression was caused by very real and very difficult circumstances (not by an imbalance of chemicals in my brain), and I didn’t see how the medications could help me change my circumstances. Two, I “heard” my higher self say, “If I take medications, they could prevent me from finding the answers to the questions I really want to resolve.” Lastly, I had been mostly free from medications all of my life, and I wasn’t about to begin with them then.

Today I am so glad I had followed my inner guidance as I have accomplished much in terms of personal and spiritual growth–and life is so much more satisfying as a result. Also, I have put together original ideas about why we are here and how to end the suffering on this planet, ideas that enlighten and uplift humanity, from the perspective of someone who has a “foot in both worlds.”

It is important that anyone aspiring to be a pioneer in any field have a firm grasp of reality, otherwise he or she may not have the confidence to keep going forward with their project. They will question themselves too much and be stopped. Furthermore, I am positive that mind medications affect your ability to forge new neural pathways in the brain, make mental connections, recognize patterns, and critically think.

Of course life the last several years was no cakewalk, but I have gotten through it with realistic optimism and gratitude–the kind developed after getting through a difficult journey. Clearly, if your goal is spiritual growth and an ascension in consciousness, it is important to avoid drugs that affect the mind.