New Updated UREI 110 Classes Begin This Sunday

New Year, New Syllabi. Please note on the UPDATED syllabus (see below) that there is a homework reading assignment scheduled prior to class on 2/5/17.

(42 Hours) Twenty-one 2-hour weekly seminars
Cost of class is free, however students will need to purchase associated class materials unless a need be greater. Students are encouraged to make a donation to any local community organisation such as Black Lives Matter, Citizen Action NY, the Albany Social Justice Center, Albany Free School, Grafton Peace Pagoda; or Densho, a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving, educating, and sharing the story of World War II-era incarceration of Japanese Americans in order to deepen understandings of American history and inspire action for equity.

Meeting Times: Su 11:00AM- 2:30PM,
Meeting Location: Downtown SUNY Albany Campus, Husted Hall.
135 Western Ave. Albany, NY 12206
Meeting Room: HS110 (Rudolf Room)

Returning students may retake and/or audit the class for $19.

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Introduction to Shoden: Usui Reiki First Teachings UREI 110

COURSE DESCRIPTION
$ZERO (42 Hours) TWENTY-ONE 2.0 hrs. Seminars

This class is offered as an ecourse and locally with an interactive online component. Level 1 focuses on physical self-healing as you learn how to take healing into your own hands. This course expands approximately six months, which will give each student hands-on practice and facilitate a better understanding of Usui Reiki philosophy and cultural context. It is here where students are introduced to Smrti mindfulness, and bhavana meditation. Students will be required to complete 10 hours of unpaid reiki therapy and 5 hours of community service at a local place of worship, garden, park, hospital, homeless shelter, nursing home, or non-profit. In order to receive certification, students will keep a journal documenting a Usui 21-day detox for purification and energetic clarity; and 19-day challenge, and a Final Random Acts of Kindness Project over the period of this 21 week course.

Before going any further, view this:
UPDATED 7/2/17: UREI 110 shoden-usui-reiki-syllabus UPDATED

 

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New Moon Blessings of the Last Stage of Endurance: The Wild Bride and Bridegroom

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facebook button (111x111)Please, join in where ever you are. Awake or asleep. Read this and reflect, or meditate. Thursday, October 23rd 2014 at 9pm EST.

Four months ago, we began a journey towards wholeness by diving deep into our psyches. Through calm reflection and/or meditation, we have explored the foolish “devil’s bargains” that we have made in our past, and what we have given up or what has been taken away from us. We have discovered and continue to discover the things and people which no longer serve us and have learned to healthily cut and break free from them. We have begun to learn to wander with instinct and eat that which feeds our minds, bodies, and souls. We have felt the longing loneliness and pain of the soul and have learned to seek out sanctuary. We have delved into the thick realm of the Wild, and now, we wed ourselves to it, to our own wild and free spirit.

At a fundamental level we all crave our true nature of unity and balance.

We know that if we look deep into ourselves that we will find this feeling inside of us, just as much as it is in our physical environment. We can take the various aspects of our personality and become whole. We can take off our many masks and finally shine our authenticity into the world. We can look up at the stars and know this in our bones. We can feel it in the grass under our feet, the wind in our hair, and the warm sun on our faces.  We can see it in the eyes of our kindred, the others who run with the wolves. Our brothers and sisters of the wild.

We have suffered much, but our suffering has not been in vain. We have learned a great deal about who we are as human beings, as mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters. We have learned to heal, and we have learned how to howl at the moon.

And we continue to learn incredible things about our selves, as we take these last steps on this 7-Part Healing Meditation practice based on Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ work in her soul-opening book Women Who Run With the Wolves, and the story of the Handless Maiden.

So, welcome again friends to this 7-Part Series of Deep Psyche Digging & Surgery.

Now begins Part-7, the Seventh Stage of Endurance –
The Wild Bride and Bridegroom.

If you havn’t already done so, or would like to refresh your memory, please read the full short story HERE: http://completehealthcircle.com/2014/07/21/new-moon-blessings-of-the-first-stage-of-endurance/

And if this is your first time with us, please take the time to look over the previous Stages:

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IN THE STORY

While the Handless Maiden becomes no longer handless, her love, her archetypal King goes on his own initiation rite of passage for seven years.

He makes a vow of purification without eating or drinking for seven long years. Somehow something sustains him, a force much larger than himself. He, like the maiden, must learn the struggles and suffering of loss in life and undergo a primal metamorphosis in which he is given seven untold lessons.

Through him, we reach under our urges and appetites to some deeper meaning that stands behind and down. His initiation has to do with learning a kind of deepening with regard to understanding our personal appetites, sexual and otherwise. Through him, we learn the value and balance of cycles that sustain human hope and happiness. Through him as a metaphor for all of our masculine animus energy, we seek to find the fully imitated feminine energies that are within us, and we hold fast, not allowing anything to get in our way. We initiate into our masculine wild self, and do the real work in preparing for showing and acting the true soul-Self of the newly initiated woman in day-to-day life.

And so the animus in us wanders about in nature towards the forest.

Once his search and journey end with venturing into the deep woods where the maiden and his child are, he is taken in by the white spirit guardian of the inn, and a veil is placed over his face. Here he undergoes a deeper initiation, again like the maiden, so that they may both be on the same wavelength, and see with the same awareness and level of consciousness. When he awakens, he sees two beautiful Beings gazing down at him. They are his wife and child. They declare themselves, and he believes them with utter joy but does not understand how the maiden has hands. After explaining that with her many travails and care that they have grown back, and the inn-spirit retrieves her silver hands from the trunk. Now that they have found each other again, and apologies are exchanged, a great spiritual feast is had and the two have a second wedding.

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Here, at the end, the woman has created and acquired deep spiritual archetypal powers:
the kingly animus, the childSelf, the old Wild Mother, and the initiated maiden. She has been washed and purified many times. Her ego’s desire for the safe life is no longer lead dog. Now these powers lead her pscyhe.

And so has the king because when one force of the psyche changes, the others must shift as well.

At this stage, we are no longer the frail wandering soul. Now we have been initiated, now we know our ways in all matters. Now we are wizened with the stories and counsel ways of the Wild Mother. Now, we have hands.

This seven year period in the story represents the empathic reorganization shifts our way of being in the world. We have reoriented the animus in this manner and initiated it into our “female” personal work. Our inner energies have been given time to find harmony. Our “male” and “female” energy have danced their dance inside of our psyches and the energy is now becoming whole and united. Suffering through the same seven-years-long initiation is the common ground between feminine and masculine. It gives us a strong idea that instead of antagonism between these two forces, there can be profound love, especially if it is rooted int eh seeking of one’s own self.

It is important here to understand that both the maiden and king are caused to walk psychic lands where such processes take place, but they can only be learned in the wildish nature, only next to the skin of Wild Woman. It is usual so one so initiated should find their underworld love of the wild nature surfacing in the topside-world life. Psychically she has the fragrance of wood fire about her. It is usual and normal that she begin to act here what she has learned there.

This is one of the most amazing things about this long journey: we do continue to do all the regular topside life living: loving lovers; birthing babies; chasing children; chasing art; chasing words; carrying food, paints, skeins; fighting for this and the other; burying the dead; doing all the workaday tasks as well as this deep, faraway journey.

At this time, we are often torn in two directions, for there comes over us an urge to just wade into the forest as though it is a river and to swim in teh green, to climb to the top of a crag and sit face into the wind. It is a time when an inner clock strikes an hour that forces us to have a sudden need of a sky to call our own, a tree to throw our arms around, a rock to press our cheek against. Yet we MUST live our topside life as well.

It is to our extreme credit that even though we want to, we don’t go driving off into the sunset. Or, at least not permanently. Because we need our outer life to exert the right amount of pressure in order to complete this journey. It is way better to stay in the world during this time rather than leaving it entirely, because the tension is better and tension makes a precious and deeply turned life that can be made no other way.

So now, we see the animus inside of us go through its own transformation, and readying itself to be an equal partner to the maiden and childSelf. At last they have finished their work (for now), at last they are reunited and there is return to the old mother, the wise mother, the mother who can bear it all, who helps with her wit and wisdom… and they are all united and have love of one another.

Beloveds, the endurance of our souls has been tested and met. And we go through this cycle every seven years, the first time very faintly, and usually, one time at least, very hard, and there after in a rather memorial or renewing sort of manner. Here at last, let us rest now and look over this lush panorama of initiation and its tasks. Once we have been through the cycle, we can choose any or all tasks to renew our lives again at any time we wish for any reason. Here are some to pick from:

  1. to leave the old parents of the psyche, descend to the psychic land unknown, while depending on the goodwill of whomever we meet along the way
  2. to bind the wounds inflicted by the poor bargain we made somewhere in our lives
  3. to wander psychically hungry and trust nature to feed us
  4. to find the Wild Mother and her succor
  5. to make contact with the sheltering animus of the underworld
  6. to converse with the psychopomp (the magician)
  7. to behold the ancient orchards (energy forms) of the feminine
  8. to incubate and give birth to the spiritual childSelf
  9. to bear being misunderstood, to be severed again and again from love
  10. to be made sooty, muddy, dirty
  11. to stay in the realm of the woodspeople for seven years till the child is the age of reason
  12. to wait
  13. to regenerate the inner sight, inner knowing, inner healing of the hands
  14. to continue onward even though one has lost all, save the spiritual child
  15. to re-trace and grasp our childhood, girl/boyhood, and woman/manhood
  16. to re-form our animus as a wild and native man; to love him; and he, her
  17. to consummate the wild marriage in the presence of the old Wild Mother and the new childSelf

“The Handless Maiden” is a real-life story about us as real women and men. It is not about one part of our lives, but about our entire lifetime. It teaches in essence that for us the work is to wander into the forest over and over again. Our psyches and souls are specifically suited to this so that we can traverse the psychic underland, stopping here and here and here, listening to the voice of the old Wild Mother, being fed by the fruits of spirit, and being reunited with everything and everyone beloved to us.

Yes, the time with Wild Woman is hard at first.

To repair injured instinct, banish naivete, and over time to learn the deepest aspects of pscyhe and soul, to hold on to what we have learned, to not turn away, to speak out for what we stand for… all this takes a boundless and mystical endurance.

When we come up out of the underworld after one of our undertakings there, we may appear unchanged outwardly, but inwardly we have reclaimed a vast wildness. On the surface we are still friendly, but beneath the skin, we are most definitely no longer tame.

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MEDITATION

So now, let’s consider our centering thought,  “I embrace my true nature.

Consider listening to the following music during the meditation:

Now, let’s prepare to meditate.  Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Become aware of your breath and breathe slowly and deeply.  With each breath, allow yourself to become more relaxed.  You may wish to use a mantra with this meditation like Om Satyam,” I express my pure awareness into the world.” 

Repeat it silently to yourself.  Om Satyam 

With each repetition, feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little bit more of this nurturing and innate ability that is within you. With each repetition, imagine yourself walking along the path towards your soul’s home.

Connect with it. Allow the stars to pull it out from your depths, and OWN it! Feel the warmth return to your hands. Feel the warmth return to your heart. Feel your entire being warm with the power and strength that is inside of you.

Visualize yourself in an enchanted forest. Your inner child is with you as a guardian and so is the white spirit innskeeper. Walk around, feel the leaves crunch under your toes. Dig them in and feel the cool earth beneath the soles of your feet. Take a deep breath and smell the forest: the leaves, the earth, the cool crisp air. Watch your breath rise up in front of your face dancing in front of you in a beautiful piece of artwork.

Then, along your path you start to notice a figure walking briskly towards you, but you are not afraid. The figure begins to run faster and calls out your name with his or her arms stretched out, this is your animus.

Run towards your animus with an open heart and stretch out your own arms in tandem and embrace. When you feel the warmth of the hug, feel your skin, the hairs all over your body stand on end. You can feel energy from the forest rising all around you. Your energy fields fuse together in a ball of divine universal life force energy. Your inner child and innkeeper spirit join you, and then even the spirit of the forest rises and mixes until you are all one surging ball of light.

Bask in this fluid energy, relish what feelings and emotions you are experiencing. You are light, you have no form but this one, and with your awareness look out and see that you have become a shining sun… a a single star in the milky-way. You are floating in the expanse of space and are loved and filled with joy and peace and harmony. You are one with the Universe. You are whole. You are the purest expression of the Wild.

In this space you may wish to ask your guides and the cosmos some questions. Be patient. Listen for you answers. They may come in the form of visions, words, or feelings.

When you feel you have received what you need, know you can always come back to this space, and ask what you can do to show your gratitude for your answers.

When you are ready come back down to the realm of the forest and walk hand-in-hand with your animus and your inner child, and notice the innkeeper spirit floating around and dancing happily at your return.

Open your eyes and write down any impressions in your journal. Know that wherever you go from here you carry them always in your heart and psyche.

SOME QUESTIONS FOR YOUR JOURNAL:

  • What sensations did you experience?
  • What do you remember?
  • Did you get glimpses of a past life?
  • What were the answers to your questions you have been asking?
  • Was there a renewed connection to your path?
  • A reclaimed strength inside of you you have long lost?
  • A passion you have long ago walked away from?
  • What have you learned thus far?
  • What are you feeling right this moment in your depths?
  • Want to howl at the stars with me?

Be sure to journal your impressions in your journal, and pay especial attention to your dreams the night of the meditation.

Feel free to comment below your experience.

NAMASTE BELOVEDS and thank-you for journeying with us on this deeply personal inner quest!

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Full Moon Blessings of the Sixth Stage of Endurance: The Realm of the Wild Woman

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Please, join in where ever you are. Awake or asleep. Read this and reflect, and meditate. Wednesday, October 8th 2014 at 9pm EST.

Four months ago, we began a journey towards wholeness by diving deep into our psyches. Through calm reflection and/or meditation, we have explored the foolish “devil’s bargains” that we have made in our past, and what we have given up or what has been taken away from us. We have discovered and continue to discover the things and people which no longer serve us and have learned to healthily cut and break free from them. We have begun to learn to wander with instinct and eat that which feeds our minds, bodies, and souls. We have felt the longing loneliness and pain of the soul and have learned to seek out sanctuary. And now, we delve into  the thick of the Wild.

At a fundamental level we all crave to take back which has been stolen from us and to reclaim our own wild sovereignty.

But the reclaiming always takes time and many hours, days, months, and years sometimes to gain it back. This is why creating sacred sanctuary is so essential in the spiritual and personal growth paths. The concept of sacred retreat originated from this premise. We need time not only to heal, but to also grow. Outside the grasp of those who would see us harm. Outside the forces of darkness that would see us fail. Outside of those things in our lives that we have perpetuated in previous toxic circumstances and environments. 

Now that we have been tested and have seen straight through the attempts of others to see us backpedal to the very beginning, we are allowed to rest for real now. To seek refuge in a place untouched by the false-ego. 

We have gone to the woods. We have begun and been shown the way. We have taken the path into the woods of the soul where we are safe, secure, and will be finally free from worry. And a funny thing happens when we no longer have to worry. We grow… 

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WE HAVE COME THIS FAR.

Now, we strive to experience something a bit more, something a bit more deep and personal. A new layer to our psyches and consciousness.

We have learned and continue to learn incredible things about our selves, as we take the steps on this 7-Part Healing Meditation practice based on Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ work in her soul-opening book Women Who Run With the Wolves, and the story of the Handless Maiden.

So, welcome again friends to this 7-Part Series of Deep Psyche Digging & Surgery.

Now begins Part-6, the Sixth Stage of Endurance –
The Realm of the Wild Woman. The World of Empowerment & Regrowth.

If you havn’t already done so, or would like to refresh your memory, please read the full short story HERE: http://completehealthcircle.com/2014/07/21/new-moon-blessings-of-the-first-stage-of-endurance/

And if this is your first time with us, please take the time to look over the previous Stages:

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IN THE STORY

After the Handless Maiden comes to the largest, wildest forest she has ever seen, there are no disceranble paths, and picks her way over and through and around. Near dark, she is visited once more by the white spirit that led her to the king’s orchard. The spirit leads her through the woods to the sanctuary she most needs, a poor inn run by kind (and one supposes) wildly magical woodspeople. They know who the Queen Maiden and babe are, look after them, and allow her and her child to live there (again one supposes rent free) for seven years.

Throughout this seven year span, a wondrous thing happens. Slowly, the maiden’s hands grow back and return themselves to her. 

The wilderness in a way has acted like fertilizer for her power, psyche, healing, and de facto, her hands. 

Now, sure, in these seven years the maiden has been separated and estranged from her husband. Abandonment issues abound. She is raising a small child by herself, granted with the help of woodland spirits and fae folk for moral support. But she is also experiencing tremendous “enrichment and restoration and peace.”

There is an “infinitely merciful nature of the deep psyche during these periods of journey. There is always the next helper and the next.” Once we find our true soul homeland, our fiery and flowering heart can regain its roots. 

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Now, the story does not tell us what happens specifically to the maiden, what specific mystical lessons she learns that brings about this regrowth and restful revivification. However, we know from various traditions that “our lifetimes are divided into phases of seven years each. Every sever-year period stands for a certain set of experiences and learnings. These phases can be understood concretely as terms of adult development, but they may more so be understood as spiritual stages of development that do not necessarily correspond to our chronological age, although they sometimes do.”

Since the beginning of time, our lives have been divided into phases, one rite of passage after the next, each having to do with the changing powers of our bodies. By sequentializing we are able to anticipate and prepare ourselves for “what comes next.” What comes next is the province of the instinctual Wild Woman. 

She always knows.

Yet, across time, as the old wild initiation rites fell away, the instruction of the younger men and women by the elders about these inherent stages has been hidden away.

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“Unrest, restlessness, yearning, changing, and growing brings the old patterns or phases of deep life back to light. Though we can put specific titles to these stages, they are all cycles of completion, aging, dying, and new life.” The seven years in the woods teaches the maiden the detail and dramas connected to these phases. The following are cycles of seven years each, stretching across an entire lifetime. Each has its rites and its tasks, but it is up to us to fill them in. The ages and stages of life provide both tasks to accomplish and attitudes in which to root ourselves.” 

“These phases are not meant to be tied inexorably to chronological age, for some at eighty are still in developmental young maidenhood, and some at age forty are in the psychic world of the mist beings, and some twenty year olds are as battle scarred as long-lived crones. Each age represents a change in attitude, a change in tasking, and a change in values.”

Where do you fall? It isn’t about where you SHOULD be. It is all about where YOU ARE NOW.

0-7 : age of the body and dreaming/socialization, yet retaining imagination
7-14 : age of separating yet weaving together reason and the imaginal
14-21 : age of new body/ young maidenhood or young manhood/ unfurling yet protecting sensuality
21-28 : age of new world/ new life/ exploring the worlds
28-35 : age of the mother or father/ learning to mother or father others and self
35-42 : age of the seeker/ learning to mother self/ seeking the self
42-49 : age of early crone or wiseman/ finding the far encampment/ giving courage to others
49-56 : age of the underworld/ learning the words and rites
56-63 : age of choice/ choosing one’s world and the work yet to be done
63-70 : age of becoming watchwoman or watchman/ recasting all one has learned
70-77: age of reyouthanization/ more cronedom or wisemandom
77-84 : age of the mist beings/ finding more big in the small
84-91 : age of weaving with the scarlet thread/ understanding the weaving of life
91-98 : age of the ethereal/ less to saying, more to being
98-105 : age of pneuma, the breath
105+ : age of timelessness

“As we transit through these cycles from bodily knowing to becoming more internally sensing, our layers of defense, protection, and density become more and more sheet until our very soul begins to shine through. We can sense and see the movement of the soul within the body-psyche in an astonishing way as we grow older and older.”

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And as we grow older and older we learn and we learn. 

We begin to make use of all of our senses, practical and otherwise. 

We awaken, we remember, and we evolve as we make our way along the path towards enlightenment. With each life phase we pass through. As more and more time goes on we develop and all seven of our senses of our “inward holy body” are worked and opened: animation, feeling, speech, taste, sight, hearing, and smelling. “Fire animates, earth gives a sense of feeling, water gives speech, air gives taste, mist gives sight, flowers give hearing, and the south wind gives smelling.” 

As these wild senses come to us, our hands, our power, is returned to us. 

At first, like the maiden with the hands of a baby, our understanding of all that has happened is imitative. Then we develop, as she does, a concrete but not absolute understanding of all things. Then finally, with a woman’s or man’s hands we have a practiced and deeper grasp of the nonconcrete, the metaphoric, and the sacred path we have been on.”

“As we practice the deep instinctive knowing about all manner of things we are learning over a lifetime, our hands return to us, the hands of our woman/manhood. It is amusing sometimes to watch ourselves as we first enter a psychic stage by imitating the behavior we would like to master. Later as we go along, we grow into our own spiritual phase, into our own rightful shape.”

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This is a period when we are charged to rise up to La Destina, the deep sense of our own destiny as a miraculous one.

With our eyes straight, palms outward, with the hearing of the instinctual self intact, we go into life in this new and powerful manner. 

The regeneration of our grasp on our life and work sometimes causes momentary hiatus in the work, for we may not be totally confident of our newfound strengths. We may have to try them out for a time to realize how great their reach is. 

We often have to re-form our ideas of once without power (hands), always without power. After all our losses and sufferings we find that if we will reach we will be rewarded by grasping the child that is most precious to us. This is where we feel that at long last we have a grasp on our life again, and palms to see with and to fashion life with once more. All through we have been helped by intrapsychic forces, and we have matured greatly. 

We are truly “within ourSelf” now.

So we are almost to the end of walking the vast land of this long story. There is but one more stretch of crescendo and completion yet ahead. 

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MEDITATION

So now, let’s consider our centering thought,  “In the wild I am free.

Consider listening to the following music during the meditation:

Now, let’s prepare to meditate.  Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Become aware of your breath and breathe slowly and deeply.  With each breath, allow yourself to become more relaxed.  You may wish to use a mantra with this meditation like “Wild is my heart” 

Repeat it silently to yourself.  “Wild. Is. My. Heart.” 

With each repetition, feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little bit more of this nurturing and innate ability that is within you. With each repetition, imagine yourself walking along the path towards your soul’s home.

Connect with it. Allow the moon to pull it out from your depths, and OWN it! Feel the warmth return to your hands. Feel the warmth return to your heart. Feel your entire being warm with the power and strength that is inside of you.

Whether you are male or female, walk into the woods of your inner psyche with no hands carrying a newborn child wrapped to your chest. Allow a white spirit to show you the way to a sanctuary deep in the forest. This place is where you will be safe and protected for the duration of the meditation.

Allow yourself to meet the woodsfolk innkeeper who has been waiting for you for a very long time. You recognize her as a very old friend, beyond time and nationality. Her eyes are kind and her smile is warm. She welcomes you in with open arms.

Imagine yourself spending time here, learning things that you need to know. Allow the forest to teach you. Allow the innskeeper to teach you. For She is Wild Woman. Speak with Her. Ask any questions you feel you need to ask for personal growth and spiritual development. Find out what phase, what stage of life you are on. With each new lesson, imagine time passing. Imagine with each new lesson or insight that your childSelf is growing. And as he or she is growing in age, with each new bit of wisdom you are told you notice your hands growing just a little bit more.

Allow yourself time here. You have an whole hour.

Pace yourself. Really descend into the teachings of the Wild Woman.

Listen. Learn. Use all seven of your senses. Do as She asks, and set the intention that there will be at least seven lessons to learn. At least seven blocks that you will need to break through.

As you unlock the first lesson, imagine your small little fingers to grow with the colour RED.

As you unlock the second lesson, imagine your fingers growing a little bit more with the colour ORANGE.

As you unlock the third lesson, imagine your fingers growing a little bit more with the colour YELLOW.

As you unlock the fourth lesson, imagine your fingers growing a little bit more with the colour GREEN.

As you unlock the fifth lesson, imagine your fingers growing a little bit more with the colour TURQUOISE.

As you unlock the sixth lesson, imagine your fingers growing a little bit more with the colour INDIGO BLUE.

And finally, as you unlock the seventh lesson, imagine your fingers growing to full size with the colour VIOLET.

Once your hands have returned to normal, you experience a new found strength and power and love in them. Continue to meditate for as long as you can or want.

Thank Wild Woman for her gifts, and take everything you have learned back into regular reality and time.

Open your eyes. Look down at your hands. What do they look like? Feel them. Rub them together.

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  • What do your hands feel like?
  • Do they feel different somehow?
  • What sensations did you experience?
  • What do you remember?
  • Did you get glimpses of a past life?
  • An answer to a question you have been asking?
  • A renewed connection to your path?
  • A reclaimed strength inside of you you have long lost?
  • A passion you have long ago walked away from?
  • What have you learned thus far?
  • What life phase(s) are you at?
  • Are you older or younger than your years?
  • Are you an old soul?
  • What are you feeling right this moment in your depths?
  • Want to howl at the moon with me?

Be sure to journal your impressions in your journal, and pay especial attention to your dreams the night of the meditation.

Feel free to comment below your experience.

NAMASTE BELOVEDS

Join us, where ever you are. Awake or asleep. Read this and reflect. Wednesday, October 8th 2014 at 9pm EST.

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New Moon Blessings of the Fifth Stage of Endurance: The Harrowing of the Soul

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Please, join in where ever you are. Awake or asleep. Read this and reflect, and meditate. Wednesday, September 24th 2014 at 8pm EST.

Three months ago, we began a journey towards wholeness by diving deep into our psyches. Through calm reflection and/or meditation, we have explored the foolish “devil’s bargains” that we have made in our past, and what we have given up or what has been taken away from us. We have discovered and continue to discover the things and people which no longer serve us and have learned to healthily cut and break free from them. We have begun to learn to wander with instinct and eat that which feeds our minds, bodies, and souls, and now we delve into what the Sufies call “The Longing, in the wilderness of loneliness” or the pain of the soul.

(I shared and wrote a brief article yesterday on the subject of The Longing: http://completehealthcircle.com/2014/09/17/the-longing/)

At a fundamental level we all crave Mystical Union along our path as the Beloved.

In the light of our awakening, we begin to sense both the Universe and ourselves as “Beloved.” Love for this remote, glorious, and supreme level of Being draws on this arduous journey. Love is the energy that fuels the mystical journey, and without love the seeker cannot sustain the demands and hardships of the journey. Which is why in the previous meditation we focused so much on Self-Love and finding it Within. Sometimes however, our journey towards Wholeness and Unity, or towards this higher level of consciousness, we feel it is at times unattainable. That it is too far from and away from our immediate grasp. In this mindset we deeply feel “the Longing.” And of course we should. It is only human. We crave instant gratification, but we all know that the mystical path is a life-long journey; one in which we must foster incredible patience with ourselves and guides.

Abu Nasr al-Sarraj, a tenth-century Sufi author, whose The topic of Scintillating Lights (Kitab al-luma’) is one of the earliest compilations of Sufi lore, cites the following dicta: “Longing is the state of the worshipper for whom, due to his yearning to meet his beloved, existence has become loathsome. One of the Sufis was asked: what is longing? He said: the agitation of the heart when it remembers its beloved. Another Sufi said: Longing is a fire that God ignites within the hearts of His friends in order that it burn up in them all thought, all desire, all obstruction and all neediness.”

Many have been named “martyrs of love,” a title that highlights the uncompromising nature of their longing. To describe the intensity of such longing, al-Hallaj tells the story of the moth who, in its desire to experience the essence of fire at first hand, throws itself into it until completely consumed: “The moth hovers round the lamp. The light of the lamp is the knowledge of truth, its warmth is the truth of truth, arriving at it is the truth of all truths. The moth is not contented with the light and warmth of the lamp. It throws its whole being into it. Its fellow-kind moths wait for the moth to return, for they want it to convey to them the knowledge it had gained from first sight; but the moth has become a no-thing, it has dispersed in all directions, it now exists formless, bodiless, nameless, featureless—in what sense, then, or in what mode can it return to its fellow kind?” (Husain 1994)

As alluded to in the Parable of the Moth, the ultimate goal of the Sufi lover’s journey is annihilation in God/Creation/The Source. This mystical state seldom signifies physical death but rather the death of the ego—the lower-self (nafs)— and the merging of the heart, which has become devoid of all desires and wants, with the divine Beloved. Longing, therefore, is one of the mystical states on the Sufi path that herald the unio mystica, the mystical union with God.

“An aspect of longing is the surfacing to memory of a primordial event experienced, according to the Sufi tradition, by the human soul in the proximity of God before it came into being in the physical world” when we were still mere atoms. In this covenant a relationship based on two principles was established between Source and humankind: The universal  the witnessing of God’s innate nearness to the human soul. It is this state of primordial nearness that the awakened hearts of men and women desire to relive and for which, vis-a-vis their isolated and desolate existence in this world, they long.

This Sufi myth echoes the notion, prevalent in many ancient systems—as in Platonism, Gnosticism, and Neoplatonism—of the soul’s exile from its heavenly abode and its descent into this lower world. Consequently, it echoes also the desire of a few awakened souls to take the upward journey back and to ascend, via states and stages (like we are doing here with these meditations), to the primordial home in the vicinity of God/Goddess/Source/The Universe/Unity/Wholeness.

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WE HAVE COME THIS FAR.

Now, we strive to experience something a bit more, something a bit more deep and personal. A new layer to our psyches and consciousness.

We have learned and continue to learn incredible things about our selves, as we take the steps on this 7-Part Healing Meditation practice based on Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ work in her soul-opening book Women Who Run With the Wolves, and the story of the Handless Maiden.

So, welcome again friends to this 7-Part Series of Deep Psyche Digging & Surgery.

Now begins Part-5, the Fifth Stage of Endurance –
The Harrowing of the Soul. (The Longing Pain of the Soul.)

If you havn’t already done so, or would like to refresh your memory, please read the full short story HERE: http://completehealthcircle.com/2014/07/21/new-moon-blessings-of-the-first-stage-of-endurance/

And if this is your first time with us, please take the time to look over the previous Stages:

IN THE STORY

After the Handless Maiden and King marry, the King goes off to war in a faraway kingdom, asking his mother to care for his young queen and requests that a message be sent to him if she should have a child. And so the story goes that she does indeed, and a joyful message is sent for the king. However, deep psyche struggles will soon begin.

The messenger falls asleep at a river, and the Devil steps out and changes the message to say “The queen has given birth to a child who is half-dog.” The king is horrified, yet sends a reply stating to love the queen and care for her in this horrible time. The messenger again falls asleep at the river, and the Devil changes the message to say “Kill the queen and her child.” The king’s old mother who is charged with her safety sends a message to confirm and back and forth the messages continue, getting worse and worse, until the wise and compassionate mother helps the young queen and her child escape.

“Like Bluebeard, Jason of the golden fleece fame, the hidalgo in “La Llorona,” and other fairytale mythological husbands/lovers, the king marries and is then called away.

Why are these mytho-husbands always trotting off so soon after the wedding night?

The reason is different in each tale, but the essential psychic fact remains:

the kingly energy of the psyche falls back and recedes (for now) so that the next step in the process can occur, as well as the testing of our newly found psychic stance. In the story, the king has not completely abandoned her, for his mother watches over her in his absence.

THE NEXT STEP is the formation of the our relationship to the old Wild Mother and to birthing. The testing is of the love bonds between maiden and king, and the maiden and the old mother. One has to do with love between opposites, the other has to do with love of the deep female Self.

The departure of the king is a universal leitmotif in fairy tales. When we feel, not a withdrawal of support but a lessening of the nearness of the support, we can be sure that a testing period is about to begin, when we will be required to nourish ourselves on soul memory alone until the loved one returns. Then our night dreams, particularly the most striking, penetrating ones, are the only love we shall have for a time.”

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PREPARE YOURSELF FOR DREAMS

“Dreams are experiences of the wild feminine nature.”  (Regardless of whether you are male or female. This energy is termed “feminine” by our modern society and limited view/understanding of duality.)

Begin a dream-journal if you have not already begun one.The more you journal even if you only remember feelings, the more you will remember details and the more and more insights into them you will glean.

“Emotionally, and often physically profound, they are feeling states that are like a food cache. We can draw from them when spiritual sustenance is spare. As the king trots off on some adventure, his psychic contribution to the descent is held in place by love and memory. The maiden understands that the kingly principle of the underworld is committed to her and will not forsake her, as he promised before they married. Often at this time a person is “full of her/himSelf.” We are pregnant, meaning filled with a nascent idea about what our life can become if we will only pursue our work. It is a magical and frustrating time, as we shall see, for this is a cycle of descents, so there is another around the bend.”

“It is because of the burst of new life that our life may seem again to stumble too near the edge, and jump right into the abyss again. But this time, the love of the inner masculine and the old Wild Self will sustain us as never before.”

“The union of the energy between the king and queen of the underworld produces a child. A child made in the underworld is a magic child who has all the potential associated with the underworld, such as acute hearing and innate sensing, but here it is in its anlage, or “that which shall become,” stage. It is at this time that we on the journey have startling ideas, some might call them grandiose, that are the result of having new and youthful eyes and expectations. This may be as finding new interests and new friends. For it can mean an entire tragicomedic epiphany of divorce, reconstitution, and a customized happily-ever-after.”

The spirit-baby sets sedentary men and women off climbing the Alps at age forty-five.

(Think “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”)

The spirit-baby causes us to throw over our life of floor wax fixation and sign up for university instead. It is the spirit-babe that causes us who are diddling around doing the safe thing to take to the open road bent under their tinker’s pack.

To give birth is the psychic equivalent of becoming oneself, one self, meaning an undivided psyche.

Before this birth of new life in the underworld, are likely to think all parts and personalities within us are rather like a hodgepodge of vagrants who wander in and out of our life. In the underworld birth, we learn that anything that brushes by us is a part of us. Sometimes this differentiation of all the aspects of psyche is hard to do, especially with the tendencies and urges we find repulsive.

The challenge of loving unappealing aspects of ourselves is as much of an endeavor as any hero/heroine has ever tried.

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Beloveds, sometimes we are afraid that to “identify more than one self within the psyche might mean that we are psychotic. While it is true that people with a psychotic disorder also experience many selves, identifying with or against them quite vividly, a person with no psychotic disorder holds all the inner selves in an orderly and rational manner. They are put to good use; the person grows and thrives. For the majority of men and women, mothering, and raising the internal selves is a creative work, a way of knowledge, not a reason for becoming unnerved.”

So, we as the handless maiden the young queen of the underworld, are waiting to have a child, a new little wild self. The body of pregnancy does what it wants to do. The new life latches on, divides, and swells. A person at this stage of the psychic process may enter another encantiodromia, the psychic state in which all that was once held valuable is now not so valuable anymore, and further, may be replaced by new and extreme cravings for odd and unusual sights, experiences, endeavors.

For instance, for some people, to be married was once the end-all and be-all. But in an encantiodromia, they want to be cut loose: marriage is bad, marriage is blah, marriage is unecstatic scheisse, shit.

Exchange the word marriage for the words, lover, job, body, art, life, and choices and you see the exact mind-set of this time.

AND THEN THERE ARE THE CRAVINGS. OH, LA!

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You may crave to be near water, or be belly down, face in the earth, smelling that wild smell. You might have to drive into the wind. You may have to plant something, weed something, pull things out of the ground or put them into the ground. You may have to knead and bake, rapt in dough up to your elbows.

You may have to trek into the hills, leaping from rock to rock trying out your voice against the mountain. You may need hours of starry nights where the stars are like face powder spilt on a black marble floor. You may feel you will die if you don’t dance naked in a thunderstorm, sit in perfect silence, return home ink-stained, paint-stained, tear-stained, moon-stained.

A NEW SELF IS ON THE WAY. (Along with this New Moon)

Our inner lives, as we have known them, are about to change. While this does not mean we should throw away the decent and especially the supportive aspects of our lives in some kind of demented housecleaning, it does mean that in the descent the topside world and ideals pale, and for a time we shall be restless and unsatisfied, for the satisfaction, the fulfillment, is in the process of being born in the inner reality.

Beloveds, what it is we are hungering for can never be fulfilled by a mate, a job, money, a new this or that. What we hunger for is of the other world, (of the Universe, of the Unity-That-Is), the world that truly sustains our lives. And this childSelf we are awaiting is brought forth by just that means – by waiting. As time passes in our life and our work in the underworld, the child develops and will be born. In most cases, nightdreams will presage the birth; and you may literally dream of a new baby, a new home, a new life.

But with this new life comes indeed more challenges and tests to overcome and more lessons to learn.

In the Greek mythos, in the underworld there is a river called Lethe, and if you drink from it you will forget all things said and done.

This means all of the previous challenges meant and conquered. This means every lesson thus far you have learned from tears and sweat and blood. Would you now forget all the previous experience and wisdom? NO! You should and shall not.

You will not fall asleep to your actual life. In the story though, the runner does fall asleep at the river. The messenger of our psyches represents this connection and communication between our innerSelves. But here we see that he cannot yet hold his own against the destructive/seductive force of the ego, our nafs, of the psyche. The communicating function falls asleep and forgets. And who in the psyche is always on the out and about waiting to take advantage of our tiredness and exasperation? Why, the old tracker of maidens, the hungry Devil.

This is the pattern we see time and time again. We have a history of terrible chores behind us. We have seen Death’s steamy breath. We have braved the clutching forests, the marching trees, the roots that trip, the fog that blinds. We are psychic heroes and heras, with a valise full of medals. And who can blame us now? We want to rest.

We deserve to rest for we have been through a lot. And so we lie down. Next to a lovely stream. The sacred process is not forgotten, just…just…just…well, we would like to take a break, just for a while you know, just going to close out eyes for a minute…

And before you know it, the Devil hops in on all four feet and changes the message meant to convey love and celebration into one of disgust. The Devil represents the psychic aggravation that bedevils us as it sneers, “Have you gone back to your old ways of innocence and naivete now that you are loved? Now that you gave birth? Do you think it is all over, you foolish foolish person?” And because we are near Lethe, we snore on.

This is the error all people make- not once, but many times. We forget to remember the Devil. The message is changed from a triumph to a slur.

Here, the Handless Maiden tale reveals to us how the predator has the ability to twist human perceptions and the vital comprehensions we need to develop moral dignity, visionary scope, and responsive action in our lives and in the world. The Devil here allows life to happen, but attempts to prevent our reconnection with the deep knowledge of the Wild Woman, that instinctual nature that contains an automatic rightness of perception and action.

While it is true that the predator has a taste for prey that is in some way soul-hungry, soul-lonely, or in some other way disempowered, fairy tales show us that the predator is also drawn to consciousness, reform, release, and new freedom. As soon as it becomes aware of such, it is on the spot. The devices used are denigration of the protagonist’s purpose, disparaging language used to describe the prey, blind judgements, proscriptions, and unwarranted punishments. These are the means by which the predator changes the life-giving messages between soul and spirit into death-dealing messages that cut our hearts, cause shame, and eve more importantly inhibit us from taking further and rightful action.

Here we then must and have to USE CUNNING INSIGHT, read between the lines, hold our place, so as not to be swept away by the outrageous but exciting claims of the predator (much like the king’s mother.)

She risks retribution to follow what she knows to be the wisest course. She outsmarts the predator instead of colluding. She doesn’t give in. The Wild Woman knows what is integral, knows what will help a person thrive, knows a predator when she sees one, and knows what to do about it. Even when pressured by the most distorted cultural or psychic messages, even with a predator loose int eh culture or in the personal psyche, we can ALL still hear her original wild instructions, and FOLLOW them.

This is how we learn to dig down to the wild and instinctive nature, when we do the work of deep initiation and development of consciousness.

We take it on in a massive enabling through the development of wild sight, hearing, being, and doing. We learn to look for the predator instead of trying to shoo it away, ignore it, or be nice to it. We learn the tricks, disguises, and the ways the predator thinks. We learn to read between the lines in messages, injunctions, expectations, or customs that have been perverted from the truthful into the manipulative. Then, whether the predator is emanating from within one’s own psychic milieu or from the culture outside of oneself, or even both, we will be shrewd and able to meet it head-on and do what needs to be done.

When we create something beautiful, something else and ugly is also, even if only momentary, jealous, lacking understanding, or showing disdain.

This in Jungian terms this destructive force is called a complex, or an organized set of feelings and ideas in the psyche that is unconscious to the ego and therefore more or less can have its way with us. But the antidote is consciousness of one’s foibles and gifts, so that the complex is unable to act on its own. In Freudian terms, this destructive force is said to emanate from the id, a dark, indefinite, but infinite psychic land where, scattered like wreckage and made blind from lack of light, live all forgotten, repressed, and revulsive ideas, urges, wishes, and actions. Resolution is brought about by remembering base thoughts and urges, bringing them to consciousness, describing, naming, and cataloging them, in order to leach their potency.

This demon complex, uses the voice of the ego to attack our creativity and progress.

It is a psychic ambush meant to loosen our faith not only in ourselves but in the very careful and delicate work we are doing in the unconscious. It takes goodly amounts of faith to continue at this time, but we must, and we do. Our inner kings, queens, king mothers, and all other elements of our psyche are pulling in one single direction: in our direction, and so must we persevere with them. This is the homestretch. It would be so wasteful and even more painful to abandon and give up now.

This is only a test of our inner certainty.

If you feel you have lost your mission, your oomph, if you feel confused, slightly off, then look for the Devil, the ambusher of the soul within your own psyche. If you cannot see, hear, catch it in the act, assume it is at work, and above all stay away- no matter how tired you become, no matter how sleepy, no matter how much you want to shut your eyes to your true work. Because this destructive force in our psyche is hoping we will kill ourselves off and reject this path.

If you are brave enough, and I know you are Beloved, now you know where to go. You know what to do. You continue. You go, to flee from the predators of the pscyhe and your community. You see sanctuary in another area, away from this force. You set out on another initiation, another rite of passage: into the woods. In some cases and rites it was in a cave, under a mountain, but in the underworld, where tree symbolism abounds, it is most often a forest.

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We go and with much blessing. We rise up from the underworld birthing chair where we have given birth to new ideas, a new life view. We are veiled by the king’s mother, and we take our child with us. The old Wild Mother binds the infant to the maiden’s breast so the childSelf can be nourished no matter what happens next. Then, in the tradition of the old Goddess rites, she wraps the maiden in veils as she travels on sacred pilgrimage so we are not diverted from our intention.

This symbol of veiling marks the difference between hiding and disguising. This is about keeping private, keeping to oneself, not giving one’s mysterious nature away. it is about preserving the eros and mysterium of the wild nature. Sometimes we have difficulty keeping our new life energy in the transformative pot long enough for something to accrue to us. We must keep it to ourselves without giving this energy all away to whomever asks, or to whichever stealthy inspiration suddenly happens upon us, telling us it would be good to tip the pot and empty our finest soulfulness out into eh mouths of others or onto the ground.

Putting a veil over something increases its action or feeling. And so we must too. We must increase our action and feeling. This doesn’t mean we should start wearing a veil, but I think you get my meaning.

We are beginning a powerful fermenting of the soul.

After all of the invasiveness of the Devil, we are once again protected. When you reach the veiled state (or you perhaps are already there) you are sensible to know better than to allow others to invade your psychic space. You have now learned boundaries. You have now developed the sense enough to keep your wholeSelf protected from all sorts of things.

We are protected here by some superior wisening, some sumptuous and nourishing solitude that originated in our relationship with the old Wild Mother. We are on the road again, but safeguarded. By wearing the veil, we are designated as one who belongs to Wild Woman. We are hers, and though not unreachable, in some ways we are held away from total immersion in mundane life.

The amusements of the upper world do not dazzle us. We are wandering in order to find the place, the homeland in the unconscious. As fruit trees in blossom are referred to as wearing beautiful veils, we and the maiden are now flowering apple trees on the move, loosing for the forest to which we belong.

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This is a period when we are charged to remember.

To persist in spiritual nourishment even though we are separated from those forces that have sustained us in the past. We cannot stay in the ecstasy of perfect union forever. For most of us, it is not out path to do so. Our work is rather to be weaned at some point from these most exciting forces, yet remain in conscious connection to them and go on to the next task.

It is a fact that we can become fixated on  a particularly lovely aspect of psychic union and stay there forever, sucking at the sacred tit. This does not mean nurture is destructive. Quite the contrary, nurture is absolutely essential to the journey, and in substantial amounts. In fact, if it is not present in adequate amounts, the seeker will lose energy, fall into depression, and fade to a whisper. But if we stay at a favourite place in the psyche, such as only in beauty, only in rapture, individuation slows to a slog. the naked truth is that those sacred forces we find within our own psyches someday must be left, at least temporarily, so that the nest stage of the process can occur.

As in the tale, where the two women tearfully bid each other good-bye, we must say good-bye to precious internal forces that have helped immeasurably. Then, with our new childSelf held to our heart and breast, we step onto the road. The maiden is on her way again, wandering toward a great woods in all great faith that something will come from that great hall of trees, something soul-making.

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MEDITATION

So now, let’s consider our centering thought,  “There is connection and Unity within.”

Now, let’s prepare to meditate.  Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Become aware of your breath and breathe slowly and deeply.  With each breath, allow yourself to become more relaxed.  You may wish to use a mantra with this meditation like “I remember.” 

Repeat it silently to yourself.  “I. Remember.” 

With each repetition, feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little bit more of this nurturing and innate ability that is within you. With each repetition, imagine yourself walking along the path towards your soul’s home.

Connect with it. Allow the stars to pull it out from your depths, and OWN it! Allow your longing to guide you to the Source of All-That-Is.

Continue to meditate for as long as you can or until you feel like you have grasped something.

  • What sensations did you experience?
  • What do you remember?
  • Did you get glimpses of a past life?
  • An answer to a question you have been asking?
  • A renewed connection to your path?
  • What is it your soul is craving for?
  • Are you being tested?
  • What can you do about this test?
  • What have you learned thus far?

Be sure to journal your impressions in your journal, and pay especial attention to your dreams.

Feel free to comment below your experience.

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Join us, where ever you are. Awake or asleep. Read this and reflect. Wednesday, September 24th 2014 at 8pm EST.

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Expanding Your Happiness Day 22: Radiating Wholeness

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“Now may every living thing be full of bliss.” ― Anonymous, The Dhammapada

‘Welcome to the bonus day of our 21-Day Meditation Experience!

Today, we offer a special guided meditation to celebrate the wholeness that is you. This wholeness, the Vedic seers tell us, is the same wholeness as the cosmos. The ultimate realization of truth we can experience is, “I am the universe, the totality of life.”

As we grow into this reality, we offer our wholeness back to the wholeness of life itself. Like a gift of a flower to a garden. Radiating our wholeness is a further validation that bliss is the purpose and existence of our life, all life, all existence.”

Today’s Centering Thought

“My happiness is the happiness of the universe”

Sanskrit Mantra

“Aham Brahmasmi.” I am the wholeness of all creation.

“We’re back for a very special extra meditation.  We reflect on our journey once more and embrace the grandness, the power, grace and joy that emanates from us all.  Welcome to Day 22, Radiating Wholeness.  What I know for ABSOLUTE  sure is that each of us feels happiness in direct proportion to how close we are to the Source of our own truth.  And that truth, I believe, is that we are all one.  The wholeness of life throughout the universe is the wholeness that lives and breathes within each of us.  It’s the same wholeness that lives within the tiniest creature, that’s in every tree, that’s in every living thing.  Being apart of that wholeness, I believe, is the secret of the purest happiness there is. Join Deepak on the purest joy ride of our journey.  Before we meditate, he’s going to guide us through the miraculous connections that show us how we’re truly all one.  Get ready.  This is going to lift you up, and will sustain our sense of happiness, renewal, and fulfillment as we meditate together once more.” ~Oprah

Today’s Notes

Aham means “I am” and Brahmasmi refers to the pure existence, or Brahman. Together this mantra means, the core of my being is the ultimate reality, the root and ground of the universe, the source of all that exists.

“When you begin to know that the wholeness of life is supporting you, everything changes.  When the Vedic sages declared, ‘I am the universe’, they meant something very real.  Life is infinitely more when we realize.  Consider the image you see when you look in the mirror.  If you trust your eyes, your body is contained within definite boundaries. You are packaged within your skin and there is only a limited lifetime to spend here on earth.  But your eyes have deceived you.  Every cell in your body is made of molecules and these molecules are built from atoms and subatomic particles.  If you keep looking for the smallest thing that you’re made of, the finest particles disappear.  What is left?  The infinite expanse of the quantum field from which the entire universe emerges.

In a very real way,  you are the field.  Therefore you can trace your body to the entire universe.  There is an invisible source of the mind as well because when even the tiniest particle springs into existence, it draws upon infinite reserves of energy.  Spiritually,  this infinite potential also includes creativity, intelligence, and every other quality that makes life worth living – love, beauty, truth, compassion.  If these are also packaged inside every particle in creation, you contain the same essence.

I like an image I ran across a few years ago – that each of us is like a millionaire with amnesia.  We go through life feeling poor, having forgotten that in reality, we are very rich.  In other words, by being so convinced that we’re limited in mind and body, we’ve forgotten the true self which knows no boundaries.  It participates in the infinite potential of the universe.  The spiritual path is the path to reality.  We sometimes say higher reality but in truth it’s just reality.  It can be known as effortlessly as you know what it’s like to breathe, move your hand or kiss someone you love.

It’s a wonderful step you’ve taken to find your true self.  The soul rejoices when it wakes up and the choice to awaken it lies with you alone.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought, My happiness is the happiness of the universe.

Now, let’s prepare for our meditation.  Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Become aware of your breath and breathe slowly and deeply.  With each breath, allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.  Now gently introduce the mantra, Aham Brahmasmi.  This mantra reveals that yourself is the self o the the universe.  Repeat it silently to yourself.  With each repetition feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  Continue with your mediation for about 10 minutes.  Then, release the mantra.   Continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  When you feel ready, open your eyes.

As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought.
My happiness is the happiness of the universe.

My Thoughts & Experience

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Over the past 21-days, I have gotten some incredible insight. My energy has changed. My ability to focus has improved, and my strength and dedication to meditate everyday was solidified.

In past 21-day challenges with Deepak & Oprah, I always knew I had 5 extra days to spare before the meditations would leave the archive. This time around, I had no extra days. Coming straight back from vacation, I dove in, because I knew deep down that this would be an even more transformative 3-week process.

And I was tested.

The Universe, on several occasions, due to circumstances and lack of time, forced me to prioritize. Doing this -or- meditating. Going out with friends -or-meditating. Due to the nature of my work I either have to meditate first thing in the morning or at night after work (usually around 10pm.) So, between balancing my business and my other job and my relationships with friends, the universe really emphasized me completing this challenge.

As with all personal growth, and transformation, with any field of study; one MUST possess both curiosity and dedication. You HAVE to put the programme first. You HAVE to put your personal development above everything else. There are 24 hours in a day. I think, with this challenge at least, taking 20 minutes isn’t all that hard to do…

This process of dedication is like swimming in the rain. 

At first you get irritated, because the sun is now hidden behind clouds, but then that first raindrop falls, and the next thing you know you are engulfed in a soothing warm rain-shower. Each tiny little drop is part of a whole storm. You are surrounded by water on all sides, and yet you can still breathe. You become part of the lake and the rain-shower. You become one with the sky and nature. You become a part of the whole universe in that moment. You rejoice in this fact, and begin to organize your innocence into fun, joy, and YES, happiness.

Namaste

Expanding Your Happiness Day 21: Radiating Fulfillment

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“Our true nature is bliss. That bliss is like the sun that always shines.”― Debra Moffitt

“Congratulations! What a blessing to have shared this three-week journey with you. As we complete our Meditation Experience, it is appropriate that we arrive at a state of fulfillment, feeling a sense of completion. During our time meditating together we have located the seeds of happiness deep within our spiritual self, we nurtured them in our minds and hearts, and then shared that happiness with the world. This journey fosters outer fulfillment, which in turn creates more inner happiness – so the cycle of joy becomes self-perpetuating, going on and on.

In our meditation today we will honor the expanding circle of happiness that we generate from our silent self, which effortlessly radiates to all the world.”

Today’s Centering Thought

“I walk in the light of my fulfillment.”

Sanskrit Mantra

“Purnamidam.” I feel fulfilled.

“Welcome, Our Dear Friends, our meditating tribe.  Today is Day 21, Radiating Fulfillment.  It’s hard to believe our happy journey is coming to a close.  Over the last three weeks we’ve made some time to connect with our innate sense of wonder and play, love and joy.  We slowed down, at least for these 20 minutes each day, going deeper, transforming that wonder, that play and love into purpose, contentment, kindness, gratitude, passion.  We’ve tapped into the energy that allows us to be in harmony with the energy of source.  Yes, we have.  With each meditation, we have expanded our connection to the wholeness of the universe…the captial “C” of contentment…the source of true happiness…that place which is a constant wellspring of effortless fulfillment and satisfaction.  Take that in, My Friends.  This is what you did for you these past three weeks.  In this journey, we’ve arrived home where we know, to our core, that we have all we need.  It starts within. Now that is the ultimate happiness and Deepak and I are so glad to arrive at this place with you.  Let’s really enjoy this last meditation together and feel blessed for the happiness we shall share in the world and continue to expand for ourselves.” ~Oprah

Today’s Notes

Purna indicates the fullness or entirety of creation. It is a fullness that means Nature is inexhaustible no matter how much it gives or creates. The mantra Purnamidam reveals that this fullness of Nature exists within our essence. We are that same wholeness of Being.

“Radiating fulfillment is the final stage of the expansion of your happiness.  It happens all by itself once you have the self recognition that there is nothing else you need to seek.  You have arrived home after your journey.  Yet the spiritual path unfolds a strange journey because you don’t travel any distance.  You  end up where you started, with yourself.  But the self you knew at the start isn’t the self you know at the end.  Yourself at the end is fulfilled.  It has learned that life requires no struggle, fear or resistance.  You only need to Be.

I like the simplicity of the following saying, ‘To become enlightened, you stop running all the time and begin to walk. Once you’re walking, you slow down and stop.  Once you stop, you see who you really are’.

The whole journey, then, is a process of relaxing and letting go.  There’s nothing to study, memorize, learn or live up to. There is only experience.  To the experience of the true self, even for a moment, switches on that feeling of Aha.  So this is what I’ve been looking for.  Put into words, the separate self has been looking for a home.  Fragments have been looking for wholeness.  Anxiety has been looking for peace.  An emptiness inside has been looking for fulfillment.  All of these are found in the self.  This is the ultimate spiritual secret, repeated for thousands of years in every wisdom tradition.

The journey we’ve been on together doesn’t cover distance and also takes no time.  Every meditation brings you home. Every dive within meets your true self.  The only difference between you and an enlightened master is the expansion of this experience.  The Vedics compare it to a candle sitting in the sun.  The sun’s blinding light makes the candle flame invisible.  Yet, without a doubt, both emit light.  In spiritual terms, it’s the same light and now it shines from you, dispelling the darkness around you.  To know that you walk in the light, that you are the light – this is the greatest fulfillment.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought.  I walk in the light of my fulfillment.

Now, let’s prepare for our meditation.  Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Become aware of your breath and just breathe slowly and deeply.  With each breath, allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.  Gently introduce the manta, Purnamidam.  This mantra affirms that we are full and complete within ourselves.  Repeat it silently to yourself. With each repetition, feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more. Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra. Please continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes. When you feel ready, open your eyes.

As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought, I walk in the light of my fulfillment.  I walk in the light of my fulfillment.

My Thoughts & Experience

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Flexible. Clean. Wet. Soapy. (In shower)
Relieved. Anxious. Ready.
Awake. Open-hearted. Spirited.

Today, I did this second to last day (Oh yes, there is always an extra bonus Day 22!), in the shower. As the water ran down my skin, from crown to toes, I repeated the mantra.

My mind was brought to what Deepak said about having the same light as an enlightened master. Even if I am only just a candle, my light is still there and the same in the sunlight.

I was shown that even though I keep feeling that I am not yet ready, that I am. I have all the tools necessary. Sure there will be more books to read, and more experiences to have; but I need to stop doubting myself. I need to stop comparing myself to the masters and just be a master. Because I may be a candle, and a master may be the sun, but even the sun is one out of many that make up the light of the galaxy, and the lights of all the galaxies make up the light in our Universe. Internally, we too may be a spiritual candle, but our own cells give off light and charge. It goes in both directions.

We have galaxies and starlight within us.

We are fulfilled. At this very moment. What we think we do not yet possess. We already do. What we are is the peace. What we are is the joy. What we are is the serenity. What we are is the happiness. We ARE.

So walk your path of light my friends. Walk it, and make it work!

Namaste~

Photo courtesy of Hartwig HKD