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This is a meditation via The Spiritual Mystery School that I'm honored to share with you this month. Enjoy the skies, celebrate the heart, love the Self. - Kohelet
Holding The Light Meditation
Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and relax. At this time of greatest light, we meditate on light as a symbol of spiritual energy.
Breathe now gently and deeply and with each breath become aware of the light that surrounds you and the light that is within you -- the light that is the energy of Our Great Mother. The light can be any color. It is often imagined as white -- like bright sunlight. But it can be any color, any intensity, that is best for you. Blue, green, yellow, purple, rose; we know that light can also be black. The light may stay the same color for you during this meditation or it may change from color to color, or become a blend of many colors. See the light now in your minds eye. This light is all around us, we are bathed in its brightness, energy, and warmth. (Pause) Focus on the light until you sense that you and the light are one. This will be your signal that you can now bring the light inside you. (Pause) When you bring the light inside you, one way is to let it stream in through your crown chakra at the top of your head. (If it has already entered another way, that is okay.) The light -- this healing energy -- flows through you now, from your crown, down to your third eye (between your eyebrows) to your throat, your shoulders and your arms, and your hands, to your heart, your stomach, shining brightly at your solar plexus just above your navel, to your sex organs, shining too at your tailbone. The healing light travels down through your legs, your knees, your ankles and your feet. Feel the warmth of this healing energy now as it travels all through your body. (Pause) Now sense the one part of your body where the light can shine the brightest and imagine the light there. See it shine. (Pause) Now send the light out from that part of your body where it shines the brightest. Send it out a few inches from your body. (Pause) Now extend your light out from your body just a little more, then a little more, until your light extends a few feet from your body. Now, if you like, extend your light to reach your sisters. Our lights meet and we are connected by this great light, connected by our renewed knowledge of Our Great Mother. Take a few minutes now to sense this energy and this connectedness. (Pause) Now take from this light the energy that you need, and know that there is plenty for all. For the Source of this light is endless and ever abundant. Take a moment to experience Her abundance, and know that as you partake of Her light and Her love, so do you give your light and your love. And as you give energy, so do you receive it. And thus does the circle of life continue. (Pause) And as we come back now to this time and place, let us give thanks for the return of Our Great Mother, and for our return unto Her. Sun King O tell me why, O tell me why, Tell me why must the eclipse come To darken the sky. O tell me why, O tell me why, Tell me why must the moon come to darken the sky. This is the wake of Lugh the Sun King He lost his life on the Solstice day; This is the wake of Lugh the Sun King He steps into the dark and guides the way.
I'm jazzed about April 2012 because I'm witnessing a power coming from combining desire and water. It's quite special.
April's a month of transition and transpiration. Literally. You've been with me in these past posts as I've shared ideas about water and this month stays in that flow. This time, however I 'm talking not so much about what water is but how it can be used to further Prayer. Yes! This month's topic is: Prayer.
Let's say that prayer is (utilizing the four wolds/stages of kabbalistic substance evolution) that which springs from the heart as feeling/desire, concept/idea, hope, and yes, substance! What fun!
For example, A feeling/desire occurs in one's heart. That feeling flows through one's system and takes form as a concept. At that point it is concrete enough to garner anticipation, or hope/seeing of a real possibility of taking place.
Then, with work and continued attention, it becomes tangible/substantial. Someone thinks of flying-feels it deep from within; conceives of a possibility via materials that resemble bird's wings; learns enough about the desire and the materials to actually hope/seeing the result enough to convey the concept to others via blueprints/designs. Having brought others into the desire, the idea of flying eventually becomes a reality.
Water is a sealer. Water is to thought like sealing wax is to an intimate, personal handwritten letter. One intrusts to water the blessing that the heart's desire will flow to its intended substantial evolutionary destination.
And that is Prayer.
Think of something, hold it dear, see it everywhere you go, write about it-draw it out. Drink a glass of clear, pure water. Then go to work and allow that desire to reach its substantial destination. That's Prayer. That's Water.
Wishing you many desires,
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Goal selection is an arduous task. Unless you are forthright, of stalwart spirit, and already fully dedicated to your cause, no matter what, having a goal is an invitation to The Dissuasion Party.. The good part is that once the Party starts you are assured your goal is real and worth your commitment.
Narrow Roads are recognized as routes which lead to desired final destinations with room to put one foot in front of the other. That's it. That's life. Or rather, that's your selected, chosen life for that particular goal.
As Spring in the Northern Hemisphere begins to peek around its last hurrah set of stormy times, and in the Southern Hemisphere, Summer begins to wane, gather up your inner strengths and know, really know, that success comes with help from many, but the prize belongs to the steward of the intention.
An intention is a heartfelt desire that springs from the soul. It is a focusing of a desire to recognize being real.
A Narrow Road is what you oftentimes must walk in order to bring that intention to life. The cool thing is, is that when you're on the Road, your landscape is vast, free, and open. It is only when you do things not in favor to your goal/intention that the cliffs become unscalable, the crevices and ravines too deep to imagine, and the view itself invites debilitating vertigo.
Breathe deeply, create a supportive attitude and posture, time yourself well, be gentle, kind, and focused, and enjoy the immense rewards of the joy of walking a narrow road. It is not for everyone. You are special.
The passages in our lives that we recognize offer us present insights and invite us to attend in relation to our circumstances. However, the passages in our lives which are more elusive tend to cause us reasons to review and offer us opportunities to gain knowledge in retrospect to our circumstances. The concept for this month, February, is Timing.
Timing embraces relationship. One may be in the right or wrong place at the right or wrong time. One may be just in time, on time, or perhaps behind the times as well as ahead of one's time. The point is, through meditation (however you wish to define the practice), mindful living, and consideration and awareness of others in relation to self and world/Universe, time can become more and more a friend and companion for you and your associates - whether they are family members, friends, co-workers, or strangers. Living involves timing.
I offer this meditation. First breathe, for breathing is an excellent definition of timing. Then understand your heart. Do this by saying, "Every beat of my heart puts me in time with the pulse of the Universe". Lastly, begin to look people in their eyes more and more when interacting with them. Adjust your time to theirs; be in time with their place and all the while, know that time is a tool to carry one through passages. Being in relation is a way to be in time. Thus does the orchestra make beautiful music.
May this month be one of harmony and joyful timing for each of you. May your breathing which connects you to the outer world and your heartbeats which connect you to your inner worlds bring you to sacred space and pleasant passages.
Attitude is amazing. I find that it surrounds and accompanies me everywhere I go. I will talk this year about healing and meditation. I will tell you of an upcoming meditation workshop. I will, above all, discuss Attitude.
I associate with many dancers. Watching them practice perfecting their corporal attitudes (posture, alignment, balance, etc.) is a wonderful way for me to see psychological attitudes mirrored in life as choice, temperment, breath, and health. I love how these dancers embrace music-they capture rhythms wherever they find them - because their bodies have attitudes ready at the go. They recognize and seize upon opportunities to challenge their training and set standards for their attitudes which result in competence, confidence, and healthy companionship.
Have Attitude this month.
Align the posture of your soul with the balance of your body. Find rhythm in the world and in your heart. Listen to and hear music in the voices of your loved ones and those you consider strangers. Welcome the adjustment. Like evey new, hopeful goal, step lightly at first. Go gently in and amongst those who know more, whose feet are stronger, whose attitudes are more pliable, and whose health, whether mental or physical, has embraced sovereign attitude - that which through the trials and tribulations of life, claims its own True North, its own anchored connection in the strength of its own mythic truth.
Now here is the information about the upcoming meditation workshop!:
WINTER WARMTH MEDITATION WORKSHOP
Saturday, January 28, 2012 4:00-5:30pm $15 pre-registration $20 at the door
Location: Infused Fitness and Dance infused4u.com
5840 Pacific Avenue SE, Suite A; Lacey, WA 98503 (360) 455-9000
Friends, this workshop teaches you a meditation that connects your busy life to the peaceful yet powerful nourishing warmth of our core inner furnaces, oftentimes called our Central Suns. The workshop also incorporates age old processes of guided, creative expression through individual journaling. We end the workshop with healing sounds of toning. Come, take a break and meditate in a workshop setting of safe, protected, and healing space! Materials are included and are yours to take home to continue what you learned in the workshop throughout the coming leap-year month. Bring a friend!
May your attitude be one of courage, confidence, and healthy companionship. May you be kind to your mind, your thoughts, and your breathing. May 2012 grace you with challenges that reveal to you joys of accomplishment, struggles vanquished, and resolutions of peace.
This month's (November) subject is Redemption. But before I get into the qualities of the word and its impact on our souls and lives, I'd like to post a short commercial.
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A strong image that comes to my mind when when I hear this word is Bob Marley's Redemption Song. It is powerful and speaks for itself. What I can say about it is that I am forever indebted to Bob Marley for bringing this song into the world and with one voice, speaking for so many - he was a true Genius.
Then we have the word redeem. Lexicons like to (and properly do) translate the Hebrew as "to forgive" or "to save". I however like the definition of, "to liberate". Redemption, to me, is a free-ing of something. I've been talking a lot about water, usually in the cleansing way. Perhaps redemption is an attribute of water and what exists in the heart - whether it is about forgiveness or second chances, liberation can be furthered by the consumption, showering, or immersion in and of water.
Liberation, redemption and water also are aspects of life; even lives-to-come. Floating in water for nine months is an environmental state of purity, freedom, and liberation in itself. Perhaps water is so important throughout our lives because that state remains with us, constantly calling us back to beginnings, however we can make it happen. To make something of our lives while retaining core states is a balancing talent that makes for valuable living. And for attracting and keeping good friends, too.
These are the people we want to have around us - those who feel the breath of liberation, who have traveled the roads seeking redemption, and who, through self-reflection can see in others opportunities to reach out and care for the release of slavery however and whenever that bondage is recognized.
As Marley says, "Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, None but ourselves can free our minds". We still are open to teachings, to being shown ways, paths of righteousness and paths of destruction in order to define, as the lexicons detail, what exactly these words mean to us individually.
These are changing times, Dear Friends. Old terms release new meanings. The new meanings shed light on once distant horizons, life simply is not quite the same as is was before, or even before that. Life is "closer". Redemption can see one through and water as a tool can assist in that process. Release your body from starvation and dehydration and embrace the courage to free your own mind in the light of new attitudes which face us each day.
Where is the nourishment, the cleansing, and the redemption? It exists in the love of life, the joy of living, and the healing bliss of laughter!
Simple as they seem, such actions and emotions part the veils of confusion and insecurity. They strengthen beyond measure the ability to be at peace with oneself and the world. Such is redemption, such is joy.
May each of you recognize your own true strengths and convictions this month. More importantly may you know why you think or act in such ways. In the spirit joy and giving of your redemptive talents to the world, may you have the courage to stand by your actions, and like water, nourish and cleanse all around you.
This year I wrote a lot about water, laughter, love, and release. These are powerful tools, ones which can strengthen and encourage each and every one of us without much outward change in daily schedules, wardrobes, or shopping lists. I leave you in 2011 with the word selected for the cover of my brochure, "reVolution". The graphic on the brochure shows the "r" in reverse. The first five letters then read "loVer". May we first of all be true lovers to ourselves, in order that we are then able to love others fully. The word, "reVolution" implies movement, more specifically, circular movement, and one might even argue more convincingly, spiral movement. This is important as we leave 2011 and enter 2012. Movement, momentum, revolution, and being lovers are all ways of maintaining and recognizing kindred spirits amongst us.
May peace flow through you like water from a clear mountain stream. May you laugh as the Earth bubbles forth deep wellsprings, may you love like the ocean, and may you release like the tides.