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Excerpted from Reaching to Heaven by James Van Praagh. Copyright 1999 by James Van Praagh. Excerpted by permission of Penguin Putnam, Inc.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.

"The energy is shapeless and commonplace. It is bound by nothing and encompasses everything."

James Van PraaghReaching to Heaven, Part 4


As you close your eyes, I want you to become aware of your senses. Be cognizant of everything going on around you. You may hear the noise of traffic, or neighbors talking, or the sound of someone's television that is too loud. Try not to let such distractions bother you. You don't have to judge them. Just let them be what they are. Now, I want you to focus your mind by concentrating and bringing your awareness into your body. Feel your back against the chair, and become aware of your arms, legs, and torso as well. Concentrate on each part of your body. Notice how your feet feel on the floor or in your shoes. Be aware of how your clothes feel on your body. Is something too tight? Just observe it; don't try to fix it. Just let it be.

Now take a deep breath and slowly let it out. I want you to become aware of the breath. As you breathe in, realize that you are taking in oxygen. Oxygen is required for our physical bodies to sustain life on this planet. Oxygen molecules surround us all the time wherever we are. As you take them into your lungs, imagine the oxygen molecules invigorating every part of your body. As you exhale, see the old, stagnant air leaving your body. Its work is done and is no longer needed. The next time you take in oxygen, see it as energy. You may imagine this energy as stardust or snowflakes or any image that assists you in bringing the idea of this energy alive. As you see your image of energy, begin to focus on it. Eventually, experience this energy running inside and out of your body.

As you continue to visualize this energy, imagine that it permeates every form of life in regions throughout the world, perhaps from a mother holding her baby in Africa, or a priest saying his rosary in the Vatican. As you continue to imagine this energy, see it flow through a thoroughbred horse at the finish line of a race to a million ants building an underground colony beneath your house. The energy is shapeless and commonplace. It is bound by nothing and encompasses everything. It has no allegiance to a particular religion, nationality, belief system, intellect, or economic class. It is one with all. Think about that. You are a part of this energy and one with all no matter how different you think you are. You can't see the oxygen, the energy of life, yet it is here and there at the very same time.

As you continue to read, keep this newborn awareness of sharing one source within your consciousness. By doing this simple exercise you have begun to focus your mind on the concept of being one with all. This energy is a vital part of your life and your spiritual connection to everything and everyone.

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