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Good Bye

b6e5bf12936bedc211d8b80a6ec2c179[1]First of all, I want to thank all of you who have been reading this blog regularly for the past three years. And, a thank you to all others who stop by from time to time. I’ve really enjoyed writing the posts and hope you have had fun reading them.

I have decided to take a break from writing for a while. My interests right now are taking me in a different direction.

Take care. And, remember – You are love!

Namaste.

What We Really Want

5433179052_793d1f05d4_b[1]“Why do they always teach us that it’s easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It’s the hardest thing in the world – to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want.” – Ayn Rand

I agree with Ayn Rand. The first thing we have to do is to get in touch with our heart and know what we really want. From the time of childhood on we are programmed by our well intentioned parents and then our tribe, religion, and society. It is important to have good moral values. A base from which we create our lives. Don’t kill people. Love one another. Be Love. Be honest. Take time to feel gratitude each day. Feel compassion for others. Help each other. Love Mother Earth. Add your own list – what are the values that form the foundation of your life?

These basic values we learn from our parents, our tribe, our religion and society – or, hopefully, that’s what they are teaching. Think of those things as the foundation upon which you create your life. However, from the foundation on up – it’s all you. What do you want to create? Not what your parents want you to create. Not what’s the most popular thing to create. Not what brings you the most money. This isn’t about pleasing others – this is about pleasing you. And, it surely takes “the greatest kind of courage.”

Sit quietly maybe outside close to the Earth – tune into your own heart – if you could do or have anything in the whole, wide world – what do you truly want – right now – this minute? Do that.

Namaste.

America’s Got Talent

 Operation_Upshot-Knothole_-_Badger_001[1]Here in the US, we are inundated right now with politics as the candidates line up and take their shows on the road. It’s easy for all of us to get caught up in the energy of the various campaigns. Our own prejudices, buried fears and angers, frustrations, opinions – all come up from the depths to be discussed and released. It’s a cleansing of sorts.

It can also be a time when we check in with ourselves. What do I value? What’s important to me? Where do I stand? Do I stand? Which person do I think will best deal with my issues if elected?

I don’t consider myself a political activist. I do cast my informed vote in each election. The current Republican race has taken the serious matter of choosing the next President of the United States of America and turned it into a reality TV show. I suppose some find it entertaining – I find it scary as hell. I ask that each of you really think about this election. This isn’t about who wins America’s Got Talent. Or the Academy Award for best actor. This is important.

Please vote. And, please cast an informed vote after you have given it some serious thought. Consider this:

“Only the President can direct the use of nuclear weapons, including the Single Integrated Operational Plan (SIOP). While the President does have unilateral authority as commander-in-chief to order that nuclear weapons be used for any reason at any time, the actual procedures and technical systems in place for authorizing the execution of a launch order requires a secondary confirmation under a two-man rule, as the President’s order is subject to secondary confirmation by the Secretary of Defense. If the Secretary of Defense does not concur, then the President may in his sole discretion fire the Secretary.” – Wikipedia

“Because of the extreme secrecy that surrounds the war plan and its extraordinary complexity, the only people who really know what the SIOP is are the war planners themselves. In the past, when this tiny group has said it needs this bomb or that, or so many B-2 bombers, it has been difficult for anyone to question them. Even presidents — who have final say over the use of nuclear weapons and keep the nuclear ‘football’ containing SIOP launch codes and attack options with them at all times — have only a superficial understanding of the consequences of an attack, according to a former head of STRATCOM, General George Butler.

“And so the surreal business of planning for the apocalypse — which involves the projected deaths of tens or hundreds of millions of people and the prospect of turning vast areas into radioactive wastelands — continues to be conducted beyond the reach of public scrutiny, and is resistant to civilian efforts to gain oversight.” – NRDC site 

Think about it. Who do you want to carry the “football”? If our world is destroyed, nothing else much matters.

Namaste.

solar-eclipse-448px[1]On March 8, 2016 we will have a Solar Eclipse in the sign of Pisces. There was a time when all of us would have understood the significance of eclipses and the nuances associated with each sign. I offer the following excerpt from Pisces Solar Eclipse by Stephanie Austin in the February/March, 2016 edition of The Mountain Astrologer as a glimpse into the mystery of this world we inhabit.

 

This New Moon is potentized by several factors, offering us a special opportunity to connect more deeply with our higher self. This is the first of four eclipses this year, and the first of three Super Moons in a row. Eclipses occur when the Sun, Moon and Earth align more closely, focalizing a greater concentration of cosmic energies. As the customary flow of solar radiation is blocked, the electromagnetic fields of the Earth and all its inhabitants are reconfigured and rebooted. Although this total solar eclipse will be visible only in Indonesia and the western Pacific, its energetic effects are global and further intensified by the Moon being at perigee (the closest approach in its monthly orbit around the Earth), which enlarges its impact on tides, tectonic plates, and psyches.

All solar eclipses mark major endings and beginnings. . . . Eclipses occur in 19-year cycles; on March 8, 1997, there was a solar eclipse at [this same degree]. What was happening in your life then? What needs to change now?   Consider also what was important six months ago on September 12, 2015, when there was a solar eclipse . . . closely opposite this one.

. . . . Healing involves recovering parts of ourselves that were formerly denied and suppressed. Pisces teaches us that enlightenment is not about being good, but about becoming whole. At the end of the spiritual journey, we come full circle. After experiencing both sides of every polarity, every role, every possible variation on a theme, we discover that we are the star, writer, and director of our dramas. We realize there is no failure, no blame, only infinite learning opportunities. Understanding becomes acceptance, acceptance leads to forgiveness, and forgiveness grows into unconditional love, the alpha and omega of the universe.

The final goal lies beyond our ego and mind, where we paradoxically become nobody and everything. We remember that we are light that everything is light, that “It’s all God in drag” (Ram Dass).

 

Something to ponder at the time of this Pisces Solar Eclipse. Consider stepping into your imagination and the mystery of life.

Namaste.

imagesCAMSPQR1“We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.” – Rumi

In olden times we humans lived in a magical world filled with gods and goddesses, nature spirits, shamans, healers, alchemists, astrologers and others steeped in knowledge of the unseen. We lived in tune with nature and the seasons, mother earth, father sky, sister moon and brother wind. Our myths reflected the human story – our daily lives – and were rich in wisdom to help us on our way. We walked in sacred groves, sat by ritual fires while the stars – the gods – watched over us. We were a part of the cosmos – at one with all our surroundings and each other. We knew death was a part of life. Our myths carried us beyond death and helped us on our way.

These days we find our powerful myths in films. Avatar, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Frozen and similar films take us to magical, fantasy worlds. Many of these movies are targeted to a younger audience and yet adults are fascinated with them. Maybe our sense of wonder is restored? Maybe an emptiness inside is filled?

Our souls thrive when we spend time in our imagination. Go inside, live on Pandora for a while, walk with Rey and Kylo Ren or ask Harry to teach you how to be a wizard. Or, go outside and look up at the sky on a clear nite – the Milky Way – our galaxy – is an awesome site. You may find yourself agreeing with Rumi: “We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.”

Namaste.

Supernormal

51jTUbPpTYL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_[1]Supernormal

by

Dean Radin, PhD

Summary

For decades Dean Radin has been engaged in research on the frontiers of consciousness. In this latest book he explores whether yoga and meditation unleash our inherent supernormal mental powers, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition.

Buddha, Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, Milarepa and many other prominent people over time are associated with special illumination, wisdom or grace.  Were they just nice guys?

“. . . or did they understand something genuinely deep about the human condition, and our capacities, that is not yet within the purview of science?”

About two thousand years ago Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras were written. They teach if you sit quietly, pay attention to your mind and practice this diligently, then you will gain peace, transcendence and supernormal powers. These are regarded as ordinary capacities we all possess – we’re just too distracted by our minds most of the time to be able to access them in any reliable way.

The sutras describe telepathy (mind to mind communication); clairvoyance (gaining information about distant or hidden objects beyond the reach of ordinary senses); precognition (clairvoyance through time); and psychokinesis (direct influence of matter by mind, also known as PK). They also describe invisibility, levitation, invulnerability and superstrength. The dangers of these abilities are also highlighted because “. . . this can reinforce one’s sense of separate self, leading to ego, pride, and arrogance, and this becomes an impediment toward further spiritual unfoldment.” These powers are a byproduct of a serious meditation practice, not the goal. They are not to be put on display or highlighted.

Here in the West yoga is associated with Hatha yoga (postures). Yoga as exercise or postures is relatively new and is a combination of traditional yoga postures, Swedish gymnastics and British Army calisthenics. It cannot be traced to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. We also accept meditation and breathing techniques to relieve stress.

Meditation is a fascinating subject, especially as set forth in the sutras. Mind “enjoys a status separate from the material world,” argues the Dali Lama. While the benefits of meditative yoga are accepted here in the West, meditation as a means of consciousness transformation, especially the ancient relationship between meditation and superpowers, is still considered a taboo topic with most scientists. I am a meditator and I experience “the gap” for maybe 10 seconds, sometimes, certainly not at will. Meditators, monks and others who have seriously followed in this tradition can stay in the gap at will as long as they choose – they transcend consciousness.

“Beliefs determine what we can see.” Scientists – and many of us – are taught supernormal capacities are impossible, so mysticism and miracles are rarely taken seriously. And yet when surveyed, the majority of us believe in them and/or have a story or two to tell about our own experiences.

Mainstream science has not accepted any of these abilities as real and ignores any serious scientific research in this field of study. Most of us don’t realize there is a large body of scientific evidence that at least some of these powers described in the sutras are real. Not all have been extensively studied. These studies are the real thing even though largely ignored by the main stream scientific community. Obtaining funding for studying consciousness is very difficult due to its controversial nature.

A large portion of this book takes us deep into each study, explains how the studies were designed, and how the results were calculated. A very convincing scientific case is put forth – the evidence is clear – these abilities do exist and have been proven to exist. These studies span many years, were performed by different scientists in various countries. Most of us have heard of the U.S. government’s remote viewing program. Many other fascinating studies are described.

“As science and society begin to appreciate that some of the siddhis [powers] are real, and that other aspects of yogic lore also provide legitimate road maps of reality, we can anticipate that some scientists and scholars, especially those who have bet their careers on past theories, will become increasingly marginalized and resentful. But the teeth grinding will eventually settle down as younger investigators, who were not so entrenched in passé prejudices, reach their prime.

“From what I’ve seen in recent years, this transition has already begun. When it reaches fruition, humanity may finally find itself at childhood’s end.”

 

This was a fascinating book. The depth and breadth of the scientific studies was surprising. Hard to believe we still marginalize this work and hold on to our very out dated ideas.

Namaste.

Next Class

kartandtinki1_midnight-wallpaper_04[1]“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life.” – Marianne Williamson

We are nearing or at the ending of the Age of Pisces. The last 2000 years has been influenced by Piscean energy. At its best, Pisces symbolizes the quest to be a fully awakened human being, aware of our divine origin, oneness and the sacredness of all creation – our reunion with the Divine, Source, Creator, or whatever word you like.

The shadow side of the Piscean Age has fostered the illusion of separation – the belief we are sinners, cast out of the garden and powerless to redeem ourselves. This has resulted in a collective feeling of unworthiness and isolation which engenders suffering, sacrifice, victimization and martyrdom and their opposite materialism and domination. A bleak picture.

Astrology teaches Virgo is the sign opposite Pisces. They can balance each other. Virgo reminds us our bodies are also holy. Every cell in our body is conscious and inseparable from our emotions, mind and spirit. In this way we are reminded spirit is also in this world.

The shadow side of Virgo treats the body like a slave, overriding its needs and limits until illness or injury forces us to pay attention. Virgo’s dark side judges rather than discerns and falls into servitude rather than service, staying overly busy to avoid feelings of inadequacy and isolation.

Where in your life is it time to let go of long-held illusions about yourself, your spirituality and your life? A New Age happens one human being at a time – we are each called to learn the lessons the Ages bring. And to move on – next class – the Age of Aquarius.

Namaste.

 

Note:  Parts of this post taken from Virgo Full Moon – February 22 by Stephanie Austin published in The Mountain Astrologer, February/March 2016 issue.

A Religion of One’s Own

A-Religion-of-Ones-Own[1]A Religion of One’s Own

by

Thomas Moore

Summary of Introduction

Whether we actively follow one of the many organized religions or not, we all somewhere inside from time to time try to make sense of our life – or, simply life. Often we feel we are still very young inside and yet watch our bodies age and know that death will claim us one day. Where did we come from, where are we going? Why are we here? The questions humans have been asking since the beginning of time.

“Should I try to live without it [religion]? Should I resist change and keep my religion traditional? Or should I rethink what religion is all about?” Religion here in the West is changing, some would say disappearing. Should it be reimagined? Reimaging religion is the gist of this book.

We have a soul. Our soul needs religion in some form. “. . . religion is our creative and concrete response to the mysteries that permeate our lives. . . . Soul is the invisible, mysterious, and softly radiant element that infuses your being and makes you human.”

In a personal religion “you sense the sacred in things – a faint and mysterious pulse. Both in the world and in yourself you catch sight of the numinous, a hint of something more than human.” Everything is sacred. We build our religion from our own hearts and experiences – custom made for us by us. We don’t want to convert anybody and don’t want followers.

We become creators, rather than followers. In order to create we may read the thoughts of many who have gone before us. Not necessarily religious books. Many authors have walked the same path as us. Human beings in search of the portals to wonder and transcendence. The point is not to find something, rather to break through our usual materialistic worldview.

“Spirituality isn’t something added on to physical life but is the natural world spinning out its fate. . . . the physical world has beautiful and powerful potential.” We become attuned to our physical world and feel a sacred oneness with the earth, sky, all of nature and each other.

God is a mysterious reality that we discover for ourselves in our deepest meditations and reflections. Theologians and mystics attempt to describe God in the purest terms possible. Not as an object of devotion or idol which limits the infinite. “You look until you see nothing, and that is God.”

Your own personal religion is ever changing and renewing itself as you change – as you find the sacred in ordinary life.

 

The above is a summary of the introduction. The book goes into great detail about how to implement these overall concepts into your life – how to honor and listen to your soul and spirit. How to “look until you see nothing”.

Namaste.

Who Prays for Satan

0023cc-distant-planet-illustration-credit-nasa-esa-dlafreniere[1]“But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?” – Mark Twain

We all have people in our lives we love and people we don’t like or who have harmed us in some way. There are parts of ourselves we love and parts we don’t like and attempt to deny. It’s easy to “pray for” those we love. Most of us don’t even think about praying for parts of ourselves.

I like this quote. Mark Twain was a very wise man. Consider praying for the parts of yourself that are afraid, denied, not given a voice – compassion heals. And, I like the concept of praying for Satan – however you define “praying” and however you define “Satan” in your own life. Who are the people in your life you think are bad or evil? Rather than wishing them ill, consider having compassion for them. Love – the greatest gift of all.

Namaste.

Staring at the Water

nasa-space-screensaver-mac-3[1]“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” – Tagore

What sea do you want to cross? A new relationship – more love in your life – a more rewarding job – a healthier financial situation – optimum health – letting your creativity soar.   What do you truly want that you don’t now have in your life? How long have you been in the place of “standing and staring at the water”?

We want a lot of things. Our capacity to want seems to be limitless. It can be a cycle. I want something I don’t have. I’m convinced I can’t have it – I stare at the water. Now I get to be a victim – ‘ole poor me! From my victim place it seems I have nothing. My attention stays on what I don’t have. Gratitude is a great strategy to break this cycle. Once I can shift to counting my many, many blessings my wants slip back into proportion. They are a part of my life, not leading me along like an obedient dog.

The big things you want. Love. Great health. A spiritual life. The things you – the authentic you truly wants – those things. Just jump. Castaneda advised Dan Juan to jump off the cliff. Some times in our lives we just have to jump off the cliff – there’s no other way. It takes tremendous courage. You are usually facing the death of a part of you. Something has to die so that something else can be born.  It can feel terrifying.

No fear is a fantasy. Knowing fear is life. Knowing fear and finding your courage to do what you in your heart of hearts know is right for you. That’s living.   That’s crossing the sea.

Namaste.

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