Today I have the great pleasure of being the host on Day 13 of the Virtual Blog Tour of author Charlene M. Proctor whose book The Oneness Gospel: Birthing the Christ Consciousness and Divine Human in You launches on Amazon on Tuesday April 24, 2012.
Charlene M. Proctor, Ph.D. is an ordained Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking and a “Deeksha” facilitator trained by the oneness guides from Fiji and India. She is the bestselling author of Let Your Goddess Grow! 7 Spiritual Lessons on Female Power and Positive Thinking and The Women’s Book of Empowerment: 323 Affirmations That Change Everyday Problems Into Moments of Potential. Her Midwestern sensibility and spiritual approach to self-empowerment has helped thousands awaken to their Divine magnificence within.
Author Charlene M. Proctor, Ph.D. has written a new book that brings us back to the Essence of true spirituality. The book, entitled The Oneness Gospel: Birthing the Christ Consciousness and Divine Human in You, is a rich mix of science, spirituality and mysticism that transcends the boundaries of religion, and uplifts the reader to that place of Oneness. An ordained Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking and a Deeksha facilitator trained by the oneness guides from Fiji and India, Charlene’s mission in life is to help awaken to their Divine magnificence within all humanity.
Yesterday, Charlene visited Edee Conrad at http://edeeconrad.com/virtual-interview-with-charlene-proctor, where they talked about “The dark night of the soul,” ancient mind and increasing awareness.
Today, I’d like to share with you a recent interview I had with Charlene when I got to ask her some questions on her story, divine human and emerging the authentic you. I hope you enjoy it.
Me: Tell me a little bit about your back story and your motivation for writing this book?
Charlene M. Proctor: With any family there is always some suffering. I experienced that with my son. Carrying burdens of magnitude, such as illness or the disease of addiction, and watching a loved one spiral into a personal hell is not easy. In our home, there was emotional suffering for all involved, and as a mother, I took that on as our own. That is how my back injury arrived. The back is all about support. Emotional trauma takes a physical toll on a human being and consequently, we carry that in our energy layers, our koshas, and it perpetuates disease. I looked for any tools to help me release emotional charges, and I was intrigued with a process that could do it.
I became interested with the idea of deeksha as a means to release emotional trauma from the energy layers in the body. I received this blessing and energy from Sai Maa and Amma Amritanandamayi many years ago. These were my first introductions to deeksha and darshan from holy masters. I experienced what it felt like to release suffering and open my heart and to feel being loved unconditionally.
Studying the works of Yogananda and going back to the New Testament made me realize that truth is universal. God’s grace arrives in uncountable forms and is always available to everyone. It’s free. In the Oneness community, grace is seen as a means of healing.
In the past, deeksha was given only by masters, but now human consciousness is rising to point that we are all able to “tune in” and project this grace with a healing intention to others. I like this idea and pursued it for several years.
During my research, I discovered the Oneness teachings as given in India. They originated in Sri Amma and Sri Bhagavan, two people who consider themselves one unified, avataric consciousness. They are God-realized and were initiating the collective force of unified consciousness in the form of something called the Oneness Blessing. It’s actually deeksha, but the difference between them and all who have gone before is that they are teaching everyone how to give it. They are interested in creating individual change through this neurobiological event, which they say happens through grace. Once you invite that energy into you, it’s there to stay. I thought this was a wonderful idea. It helped inspire the material and lessons in The Oneness Gospel.
After I discovered the teachings in Fiji and India, I noticed their congruence with the teachings of Jesus. They are simple, interfaith, and universal. Given the polarized society we live in today, these unity-oriented lessons on personal transformation are very exciting.
I enjoyed traveling to Fiji and India and meeting Bhagavan and all the Dasas who were teaching the material. The experiences I had with the blessing were extraordinary. The spiritual training I received with people from all parts of the planet was exceptional. It helped me personally awaken to a new and enriched way of living.
Me: I love your term the ‘Divine Human’. What is this? How do I become one?
Charlene M. Proctor: The Divine Human is one who knows their True Self. The Divine Self, or the antaryamin (Divine Indweller) is the higher self, or the god or realized self. It is the knowledge that we are unlimited because we can never be outside of All That Is. When we open up to this, we expand our potential on many levels: in work, in our relationships, in our ability to love and be joyful.
We can never understand or experience God through someone else’s eyes, nor experience the same self-development path of another individual. All humans will be on their own individual path to this knowledge, in this lifetime or in other lifetimes. All truth is developed through individual insight. However, the following principles will help guide your path, and help you to be more authentic and at ease with life during your process. These principles speak to universal truth and the essence of what it means to lead a spiritual life:
1. First understand yourself and your relationship to the Divine.
2. Know that the journey begins where you are, not where you want to be. Consider life as it is and accept it. See reality clearly. Put your spiritual development at the top of your list.
3. Revere the Divine. Live with awareness of your inner God. Place the creator where he belongs: in you.
4. Love God with your heart and soul. Feel the freedom and joy of doing so.
5. Seek truth everywhere, and don’t limit yourself to one faith or wisdom tradition. Read. Question everything. Come up with a version that works for you.
6. Invite God’s love. Ask for grace and know you are never alone.
7. Be authentic. Learn to be at ease with yourself. Authenticity lays the groundwork for self-love.
8. Be a spiritual peacemaker. See yourself as the change you wish to see in the world. Be peaceful and open to forgiveness.
9. Choose to live in the energy of unconditional love and abandon your judging mind. Learn to love the experience of life, free from conditioning and negativity.
10. Adopt spiritual practices that make sense to you and understand their meaning. Pray with passion and clarity. Meditate often.
11. Use auspicious language and don’t allow your thoughts and words to turn into negative stories and illusions.
12. See God everywhere. Mention God often. Talk about God and say “God” with gusto.
Me: I know from my work that breaking free from past conditioning and old programming allows something that is a much more authentic YOU to emerge. I also know this is most people’s biggest struggle! What tips do you have for people really struggling to move past old non-serving patterns?
Charlene M. Proctor: A step toward personal growth is a willingness to release the past and chose the present moment, to a life that is filled with joy and awareness of what is.
Affirmations are positive present day statements that bring awareness of WHAT IS. Remember, all conditioning is negative because it takes away our awareness of what is. We resolve it by being aware, seeing, asking for grace. So, be willing to look at any conditioning that alters your view of reality.
In India, there is a process called Samskara Shuddhi. Shuddhi is a Sanskrit word that translates as ‘cleansing or purification.’ Indeed there are many types of purification. There is physical cleansing that can be achieved through techniques such as nadis shuddhi, alternate nostril breathing. Samskara Shuddhi is the practice of cleansing past impressions, experiences or relationships (samskaras).
You enter a fairly intense process of self-examination during which you are offered the opportunity to see yourself from many facets, including the deep, dark and ugly. You see and clear your emotional issues, your negative conditioning and childhood patterns, and let go of the fixed ideas that have held you in suffering for so long. You then move along into a process of emptying, through which you see “through” the self, and thereby free yourself from the self. From this new state of being, one is prepared for others phases of awakening.
Of course, if you cannot go to India, or attend a process where this type of cleansing can be done, then pray and meditate regularly. Be blessed by others. Adopt affirmative thoughts that are powerful and positive in all areas of your life. Practice forgiveness. Open your heart to someone, no matter the circumstance. The greatest spiritual masters all taught these concepts … they are nothing new, so put them to work!
© Charlene M. Proctor Ph.D. The Oneness Gospel: Birthing the Christ Consciousness and Divine Human in You. All Rights Reserved.
I hope you enjoyed this interview with Charlene M. Proctor and that you’ll check out her book The Oneness Gospel: Birthing the Christ Consciousness and Divine Human in You at http://onenessgospel.com/book-launch/pages/pre-launch.html
When you sign up for a reminder, you’ll receive:
• A FREE pass to attend Charlene’s inspiring “Your Journey to Joy Webinar” taught by Charlene and presented by best-selling author Lynn Serafinn. On this uplifting and informative webinar, Charlene will talk about how we develop our belief in separation and suffering, how those beliefs get stored as trauma in the body, and how to change your inner reality so you can experience JOY in every aspect of your life.
THEN…When you buy The Oneness Gospel on Tuesday April 24th, 2012, you’ll also receive:
• The MP3 download from the “Your Journey to Joy Webinar” AND
• An invitation to “Twelve Principles for Becoming a Divine Human”, a special online discussion with Charlene AND
• A complete library of beautiful, downloadable gifts from authors, speakers, coaches and other enlightened professionals from around the globe.
To request a launch reminder so you’ll remember to pick up
The Oneness Gospel on Tuesday April 24th,
and receive all these beautiful gifts, go to:
Thanks for reading! As usual, please feel free to share your comments and thoughts below. I love reading your feedback.
AND… be sure to follow Charlene tomorrow when the next stop on the Virtual Blog Tour is Andrea Hylen, who will be interviewing Charlene on connecting with Oneness, one mind and grace. To visit that “stop” on the tour, go to http://www.healmyvoice.org/Enwaken-Project.html
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