WATCH THE REPLAY: It is time that the world consciousness shifts towards oneness – for oneness transcends every form of division – be it on the basis of race, religion, belief, gender or ideology. World Oneness Day (on 7-March-2021 at 7:30 am EST) is not an ordinary meditation gathering. It is the noblest of causes and an extraordinary phenomenon: a massive resonance that will impact the Earth. This is the first time ever (something like this has happened). On that day, there will be over 10 million people from across the world all of whom will move into a magnificent state of oneness and all 10 million people will give Deeksha for pushing the world towards oneness. The HeartMath organization will measure the electromagnetic changes to our magnificent Mother Earth during and after the Deeksha giving.
Why Bad Things Happen To Good People
This is a fact of life that is unavoidable.
Life has no favorites. Being born into the human experience is challenging.
Whether you are the Dalai Lama. Gandhi. Oprah. Mandela.
There’s a myth that if you do the right things, you pray, meditate, are a good person, follow all the rules, are spiritual and loving, this will exempt you from the challenges of life.
This is simply not the case.
We are souls having a human experience in order to learn and remember who we really are.
Life is a school for the evolution of your soul. The way you learn is through experiences. You often learn the most through the difficult ones.
Every experience and relationship is here to serve the evolution of your soul’s growth. Although it may not always seem that way at first.
Quite frankly when you are in the midst of a break up, financial crisis, betrayal, illness or your life falling apart, it’s difficult to see how it all makes sense.
Just because you don’t understand what’s going on in the moment doesn’t mean that there isn’t a bigger perfection at work.
So when you are in the midst of a difficult situation, rather than asking yourself, “Why is this happening to me?”, which keeps you locked into being powerless and a victim.
Get curious and ask, “What is my soul seeking to learn through this experience?”
And really listen.
If you remain open you will FEEL the answer.
When you truly understand that your soul is here to evolve, then you go beyond seeing things as good or bad.
Every experience is a huge growth opportunity.
So don’t pray for life to get easier, pray to expand your inner strength.
Sometimes the bigger your soul’s assignment on this planet, the more you will have to go through in order to accelerate your soul learnings.
When you are on the spiritual path and pray to be more spiritual, sometimes your difficult times are actually the Universe’s response to your soul’s request.
It’s nothing bad or that you did something wrong. It’s through these experiences that you are forced to grow and realize more of who you really are and put your spirituality into action.
If you are in the midst of a crisis, congratulations….. It simply means that you have outgrown the current level of your life and something more is seeking to be expressed through you.
When you are in it, know that you have what it takes to deal with it. And not only is it happening for a reason, it’s happening because your soul is ready to handle it.
Embrace the opportunity to grow and become more of who you really are.
Trust that you are ready.
Kute Blackson is an utterly unique visionary in the world of human potential. Unlike those who promise to simply help people “get” what they want, Kute’s life work instead reveals to people what they have to give, by liberating who they are most truly and deeply. The focus: Freedom. Acclaimed worldwide for his life changing, one of a kind, transformational experiences, he is considered one of the leading voices in the fields of transformation and spirituality.
Manifest One Intention and Awaken Love in Your Consciousness with the Limitless Field Meditation
Join Krishnaji as he enters into the Limitless Field Meditation to support you in manifesting one Intention and awakening love in your consciousness. The video begins with a Q&A session with Krishnaji followed by the Limitless Field Meditation:
1. For the fulfillment of one heartfelt intention @ 1:15:30 into the video
2. To receive an awakening of love in your consciousness @ 1:26:00 into the video
Leading people into the Limitless Field of consciousness is the sacred gift Sri Preethaji and Sri Krishnaji have had or a long time now. They move into greatest states of non-duality at will and from that state generate a field which becomes a medium for seekers to experience transcendental and enlightened states of consciousness. This field impacts people across space.
In the Limitless field meditation Preethaji and Krishnaji wordlessly connects with you and transfers blessings to fulfill your heart-felt intentions and to lead you towards a greater future. No matter where you are as they hold you in their consciousness, the field generated by them leads you into beautiful, transcendental and enlightened state in consciousness.
As you connect to them in your consciousness, they break open the limiting barriers of your consciousness and open you up to powerful states and precious blessings. Since your state is in continuous communication with the universe your life itself moves towards a greater order. A positive flow begins to unfold in your life leading to a influx of positive events.
Every month seekers from across the world come together online to receive blessings from Sri Preethaji and Sri Krishnaji to move into higher states of consciousness and to receive the choicest blessings they need for the hour.
The Limitless Field meditation happens every month on the 3rd Sunday.
432 Hz | Complete Body & Mind Restoration | Frequency Meditation Music For Self Love & Awakening
Listening to 432Hz music resonates inside our body, releases emotional blockages, and expands our consciousness. 432Hz allows us to tune into the wisdom of the Universe, Divine Intelligence, and our Soul. It creates Unity instead of separation. It expands our hearts and makes us more compassionate and loving. One thing is for sure. A person who resonates with love has inner peace – and this is the starting point for a world where we live in Unity, Peace, and Harmony with each-other and Mother Earth.
Contribute to World Oneness: 21 Days of Maha Tapas Starting on 13-Feb Leading to World Oneness Day on 7-March
It is time that the world consciousness shifts towards oneness – for oneness transcends every form of division – be it on the basis of race, religion, belief, gender or ideology. World Oneness Day (on 7-March-2021) is not an ordinary meditation gathering. It is the noblest of causes and an extraordinary phenomenon: a massive resonance that will impact the Earth. This is the first time ever (something like this has happened). On that day, there will be over 10 million people from across the world all of whom will move into a magnificent state of oneness and all 10 million people will give Deeksha for pushing the world towards oneness. The HeartMath organization will measure the electromagnetic changes to our magnificent Mother Earth during and after the Deeksha giving.
To create this tidal wave of oneness and to generate Deeksha power that will flow through millions, Sri Preethaji and Sri Krishnaji will be moving into Maha Tapas for 21 days – ALONG WITH YOU! On the 13th February, Sri Preethaji and Sri Krishnaji will be initiating those who who are not yet initiated into becoming Deeksha givers for giving Deeksha for oneness. You will then give Deeksha to the world! It will be a part of your Tapas (spiritual practice).
First, watch this brief introduction to what you will experience in the the 2nd video below (Initiation into Tapas for World Oneness):
REPLAY: Initiation into Tapas for World Oneness – Starting on 13-Feb
Be prepared for a wonderful and super empowering experience. The video below was recorded on 13-Feb from the Ekam Oneness Temple, located in Varadaiahpalem, Andhra Pradesh, India.
SORRY: THE VIDEO HAS BEEN REMOVED. IT WAS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR 48 HOURS
Here’s more information about Maha Tapas and on becoming a Deeksha giver in preparation for World Oneness Day on 7-March:
Unlock These 4 Secrets of Your Mind to Promote Better Health
University of College London’s Professor Mark Spigelman declared the world doesn’t have new diseases but only variations of the old. He also believes that bones hold vital answers to many human conditions. Archaeology findings such as the 8000 years’ bones excavated from Jericho show tuberculosis existed even in that age. As the new generation grapples with these findings, many admit that the mind continues to be a powerhouse of healing from ancient times. The prehistoric people didn’t have the technology, understanding, or innovations present today, but they still conquered deadly diseases and challenges. How do you heal your body using the power of your mind?
1.Have a More Positive Attitude to Your Treatment Plans
If you take any medication expecting it to heal, it will do so. Your belief significantly influences the outcome. People who go for drugs or therapies that have been proven to work have a better chance of getting a fulfilling result. If you have a headache and believe that a sugar pill will heal you, it will undoubtedly do so. When you have a positive mindset, the mind sends the same signals to the ailing parts, promoting healing. Have a positive attitude when going through any treatment plan, whether cancer, a cold, or an injury.
2.Have a Gratitude Journal
Happiness and peace greatly influence health. When you are grateful or thankful for what you have and have peace, you sleep better, are motivated to work harder, have more confidence, and take better care of your health. Before you go to sleep, look at your gratitude journal or jot down the things you are grateful for that day. This drives away stress and fills you with positivity, promoting a better night’s sleep. You wake up more energetic, well-rested, and ready to face the day. Even when you’ve had setbacks, identify one or two things you are grateful about and think about them.
3.Be More Optimistic
Expect good things to come your way. Studies have shown that being optimistic or hopeful boosts your immunity promoting better health. Also, positive-minded people may be more mindful of their health; therefore, they lead a healthy lifestyle. Optimism builds positive energy. There is less room for anxiety, stress, and depressing thoughts, which may cause ill health.
4.Lead a Purposeful Life
People who have a reason to wake up every day tend to live longer. It can be a job, family, or charity organization that brings meaning to your life. The satisfying feeling that you are indispensable or making a difference in this world gives you peace and purpose. You don’t have to earn a lot of money, but as long as you live a purposeful life, your mind adjusts and strengthens your body to help you achieve the goals.
Additionally, have a meditation routine. It detoxifies your body from stress and slows down the aging process. Laugh a lot to maintain a healthier heart and make sure to eat healthy foods. Your mind is a powerful tool which when trained, can help your body perform at peak levels.
Limitless Field Meditation With Sri Preethaji & Sri Krishnaji to Receive Blessings for One Heartfelt Intention
Sri Preethaji and Sri Krishnaji lead people into the Limitless Field of consciousness to receive blessings for one heart-felt intention. (The Limitless Field Meditation starts at 56:40.) You also receive a blessing for you to experience profound inner stillness.
Leading people into the Limitless Field of consciousness is the sacred gift Sri Preethaji and Sri Krishnaji have had or a long time now. They move into greatest states of non-duality at will and from that state generate a field which becomes a medium for seekers to experience transcendental and enlightened states of consciousness.
In this state of stillness, you are in direct communion with the divine. Intuitions and revelations for solving the crucial challenges of your life will arrive in the state of divine communion.
Abraham Hicks: This Is the Whole Point of Meditation
While the SARS-CoV-2 infection itself has been shown to be far less lethal than initially suspected, government responses to it have led to an epidemic of fear and stress, which can have serious health consequences
When you think a negative thought when you feel fear, your cortisol level starts to rise and chronically high cortisol produces all kinds of ill effects in your body
Our brains are hard-wired and evolutionarily adapted to pay attention to potential threats. As a result, most of us need to train our brain to notice the positive and to feel gratitude
EcoMeditation, developed by Dawson Church, Ph.D., incorporates several proven techniques shown to induce rapid changes in your brain to increase positivity and well-being
EcoMeditation includes tapping, neurofeedback techniques, mindfulness, HeartMath’s quick coherence technique and various breathing techniques. When you do these together, they reinforce each other
Dawson Church,1 Ph.D., is a leader in the energy psychology movement, one of the most common forms being the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), which I have promoted for years. Church investigated and built on the EFT techniques developed by Gary Craig2 in the 1990s (which in turn was a derivative of the founder of energy tapping, Roger Callahan’s, work3).
This information is particularly timely in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While the infection itself has been shown to be far less lethal than initially suspected, government responses to it have undoubtedly led to an epidemic of fear and stress, which can have serious health consequences. As explained by Church:
“The stress we feel in our minds and bodies can often do far more harm than pathogens. I’ve done several randomized controlled trials of cortisol.
When you think a negative thought, when you feel stress, when you have a fearful belief, your cortisol level rises within three minutes. Chronically high cortisol produces all kinds of ill effects in your body, including depressed immune function and increased inflammation. The fear will get you even if the virus doesn’t.”
The Importance of Positive Thinking
As noted by Church, our brains are hard-wired and evolutionarily adapted to pay attention to potential threats. Failing to notice a threat can get you killed, whereas there’s no evolutionary reward for failing to notice the good stuff. As a result, most of us need to train our brain to notice the positive, and to feel gratitude.
“We’re subject to a constant barrage of bad news, so it takes meditation, it takes tapping, it takes time in nature,” Church says. “You really have to be deliberate in your efforts to redirect your attention and not have meditation it hijacked by all the bad stuff out there.
What I do in response is to read positive blogs, news and media. That doesn’t mean I never read any bad news, I stay informed, but I make sure I read positive things. I’m reading Marcus Aurelius right now … I meditate for an hour every day. And I anchor myself in what I call in my book ‘Mind to Matter,’ Nonlocal mind.
Tune into nonlocal mind, look out the window and see the roses and the bees and the sunset, and then it’s a lot easier to stay centered when confronted by difficult local events. I also focus on compassion.”
The Benefits of EcoMeditation
In 2008, Church attended a conference where he presented with Roland McCraty,4 head researcher in how the heart and mind interconnect from HeartMath Institute, and Joe Dispenza,5 whose fields include mind-body medicine and brain/heart coherence.
Curious about what would happen if he combined the best evidence-based methods, he came up with what eventually became known as “EcoMeditation” — a conglomerate of techniques proven to rapidly increase positivity and well-being. They include:
Neurofeedback (heart rate variability control)
HeartMath’s quick coherence technique
According to Church, when you do them together, they reinforce each other. “The whole is more than the sum of its parts,” he says. EcoMeditation has now been empirically tested and refined, showing that it can lower baseline cortisol levels by one-third in as little as a week. And, when stress chemicals like cortisol and adrenaline decline, the neurochemicals of repair and rejuvenation such as DHEA, serotonin, and dopamine increase.
In one trial, Church looked at the effects of EcoMeditation on immunoglobulins, antibodies that bind to and neutralize coronaviruses. In just two days, participants who did EcoMeditation had a 27% rise in these antibodies in their mucous membranes.
“You produce a huge shift in your immunity by lowering stress,” Church says. “Meditate, tap, use your favorite methods to lower your stress level. This automatically upregulates your immune system.”
Emotions Are Contagious
The year 2020 has been challenging for most people. The drumbeat of negative news can overwhelm even the most resilient among us. In Chapter 2 of “Mind to Matter,” Church talks about a phenomenon called “emotional contagion.” In a nutshell, researchers have shown that emotions have an impact similar to that of infectious disease. They’re contagious and affect those around us.
He cites one study in which they found that the next-door neighbor of a happy person is 35% more likely to be happy as well, and the neighbor twice removed is 15% more likely to be happy. That person’s neighbor, in turn, who is 3 degrees removed from the happy person is 6% more likely to be happy. The same contagion rule applies when the emotions are negative.
“We’re in the middle of this mass contagion of fear,” Dawson says, “and it is depressing our immune systems, rendering us less resilient, affecting us psychospiritually, making us less able to cope. That’s when we need a bigger dose of positivity, joy and gratitude. We need to do that deliberately. That means meditation, it means consuming positive media. It means not exposing yourself to needless negative emotions.”
The Chemical Effects of Meditation
One of the reasons Dawson recommends meditation is because of the distinct biochemical effects it produces. He explains:
“Mystics describe this experience of oneness with the universe. When they meditate, they lose any sense of as isolated beings. If you look at MRIs of Tibetan monks, you find that the part of the brain that constructs the sense of self — the mid-prefrontal cortex — downregulates. They lose themselves.
Another part of the brain that downregulates is the part of the parietal lobe, the temporal parietal junction that handles ‘proprioception’, the location of our body in space. When they’re in this deep mystical experience, their sense of self has turned off and their brains’ ability to locate their bodies and space is turned off.
At the same time, oxytocin, the love hormone, floods their cells. They experience this ecstatic bliss as anandamide, serotonin and dopamine flood their brains and they’ve lost the sense of who they are and where they are, and they’re literally feeling one with the universe.
Do that each morning using EcoMeditation and you’re one with what I call nonlocal mind. You have that experience of mystical unity. Then, after meditation, you come back into your body, come back to your local mind, your mid prefrontal cortex turns back on, you’re a local self again, your parietal lobe comes back. You know where you are in time and space.
You then bring all the resilience of that contact with nonlocal mind into local reality and you’re then far more effective … Over time, these parts of the brain start to shift into this function as the neurological wiring changes, and then it becomes a trait.”
To show you how effective meditation can be in daily life, Dawson cites a 10-year-long study of high performing people by the McKinsey Consulting Group. It found that those who are able to enter this flow state are five times as productive as ordinary people.
Another study by DARPA described in his book “Bliss Brain” found people who meditate improved their ability to solve complex problems by 490%. “That’s why meditation is a powerful antidote to dealing with all the chaos of the world around us,” Dawson says. These and many other studies can be found on www.eftuniverse.com/research-studies/eft-research.
As mentioned, EcoMeditation incorporates several different techniques, including EFT tapping, breath control, and meditation. To download a free EcoMeditation audio track that guides you through each of the steps, see EcoMeditation.com. Step 1 involves tapping a series of acupuncture meridian endpoints. Dawson explains their relevance:
“Over 100 clinical trials have shown that [tapping] regulates the body. It downregulates your stress. It improves your mood, it decreases anxiety and depression very, very quickly … The research shows that symptoms of trauma, hypervigilance, intrusive negative thoughts, depression — all of these things are regulated by tapping.”
When you’re doing EFT, you first focus on a target problem by formulating a statement. The target problem might be ‘I’m afraid of catching the virus.’ It might be, ‘I’m afraid of dying.’ It might be ‘I’ve lost my job, I don’t know how I will cope.’ However, in EcoMeditation, you tap the points without defining a specific target problem.
“We know that general tapping produces an effect,” Dawson says. It basically regulates your energy system in a general way and helps you enter a space of calm. Next, you add in heart coherent breathing, muscular relaxation, neurofeedback techniques, and meditation on compassion.
“There are several things that move the needle in terms of neuroplasticity in the brain quicker than others,” Dawson says the one that changes the brain the quickest is compassion … a response to the suffering of the world and just a sense of acceptance of people just as they are.
We get people to this compassionate state and then they start to feel really centered, really resilient, really happy. Focus on a person who makes you feel unconditionally loved. That might be a Saint. It might be a historical figure. It might be a childhood hero … Focus on that person and then … expand that compassion to every atom in the universe.
That’s the very general conceptual framework we use to keep people out of trauma. We’ve had to really refine this thing over the years because a lot of people traumatized and it’s very easy to trigger traumatic memories.
If you go into that altered state without adequate preparation, it can be produce what’s called retraumatization. The instructions for EcoMeditation have been very carefully calibrated to avoid the possibility of retraumatization, which of course is the opposite of resilience, which we’re trying to produce.”
Emotional intensity is also important for optimal results, and the emotion of gratitude typically generates this. As such, compassion and gratitude go hand in hand and work very well together. Lastly, you need to recenter in your body. So, at the end of the meditation, open your eyes and take in your surroundings. You feel the weight of your body in the chair or on the cushion as you re-anchor yourself in the here and now.
“We don’t want people to bliss out and then not be able to bring it back down to the immediate issues of their lives,” Dawson explains. “We want to have them experience that mystical state, and then come back and be effective in their daily lives.”
Sheltering in Love
When California issued its first round of lockdown orders, Dawson and his wife agreed to use that time of increased togetherness to be extra nice to each other — to literally shelter in love. He explains:
“We realized we would be together a lot more than usual. We said we’re going to use this as a crucible to really be nice to each other. We weren’t not nice to each other before, but we knew we’d have tension.
We used this as a way to shelter in love, get to know each other better … I began to learn things about her. I began to be fascinated by her. We used the crisis to strengthen our relationship. Families are systems. When you change one element of a system, you change the whole system.
That’s why, in a marriage, in a family, not everyone has to change. People think that ‘Oh, my husband has to change. My wife has to change. My kid has to change. My parent has to change.’ Actually … your chances of getting them to change are approximately zero. The only person you have leverage over is yourself …
We know, through that new science of emotional contagion, that your emotions are contagious. So, make that choice to work on yourself, to find your negative emotion, to release it, to be this agent of positive emotional contagion all around you and soon you’ll find it spreads far beyond you.
Be proactive. Do the things it’ll take to shift your mood. When we shift psychology, we shift biology. People don’t realize how dependent their biology is on their psychology. For example, in study of a weekend EcoMeditation, anxiety went down by 26%. Depression went down by 32%. PTSD symptoms went down by 18%. Pain went down 43%. All of these are psychological shifts people are making as they tap and meditate.
Average resting cortisol went down significantly by 29%. The resting heart rate went down by 5% and their immunoglobulins went up by 27%. These are your leverage points and you can decide proactively to meditate to tap and to release all that negative emotion you have.
Fill your mind with positive thoughts. I’m not saying don’t read anything negative. You can’t avoid it. You need to be well informed. But be informed and see it through the lens of that positive being. Tune into nonlocal mind every day. That’s something you can choose to do.
EcoMeditation is about 15 to 20 minutes long. It doesn’t take long and you’re making a powerful declaration that you are choosing to be that agent of positive emotional contagion. You then enter your day after that morning meditation as a resourceful person, a resilient person.
Are there still problems — financial problems, medical problems, family problems? Sure. There might be all those problems. But now you are a resilient person who is facing those problems and bringing five times the problem-solving ability into that situation.”
For me, personally, the COVID-19 pandemic has probably been one of the best things that have ever happened to me. I have never been healthier, I think, in my life as a result of this forced discipline to stay at home and pursue a healthy lifestyle, many of which are detailed in Dawson’s book. It’s a great toolbox.
“Pick the ones that fit your lifestyle and love yourself enough to do that,” Dawson says. “Make a practice of doing them. Be that proactive person and then you’ll find your whole lifestyle to change.
One of the problems that meditators have [is that] we really have to calibrate ourselves when we meet other people because they’re not here, they’re not full of love, joy and laughter. They’re full of anguish, stress and doubt. [So] you listen to people, you hear their grief and pain and sorrow and loss.
Then, by the end of your time with them, they’ve been affected by your positive emotional contagion and we then can change the emotional tone of our whole world. One of the cool things about those studies is that positive emotions travel out to affect those around you. So, do negative ones, but negative ones only affect people 2 degrees of separation out.
Positive ones affect people 3 degrees of separation out. We’re actually more effective as agents of emotional contagion if we’re positive than negative. So, go out there and meet people where they are. Listen to them if they’re suffering, but then bring the power of joy and beauty and all those benefits of nonlocal mind into your local world and be that powerful change agent …
Do things to love your mind and body, and then be that vibrant person who helps those around you shift. A suffering world needs us now more than ever.”
Mindfulness Meditation May Decrease Impact of Migraine
Migraine is a neurological disease that can be severely debilitating and is the second leading cause of disability worldwide. Unfortunately, many patients with migraine discontinue medications due to ineffectiveness or side effects. Many patients still use opioids despite recommendations against them for headache treatment. However, in a recent clinical trial from Wake Forest Baptist Health, researchers showed that mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) may provide benefit to people with migraines.
“Mindfulness-based stress reduction is a mind-body treatment that teaches moment-by-moment awareness through mindfulness meditation and yoga,” said Rebecca Erwin Wells, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of neurology at Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist Health. “Mindfulness can also teach new ways to respond to stress, a commonly reported migraine trigger.”
According to an article published by JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers studied whether MBSR improved migraine outcomes, pain perception, and measures of emotional well-being compared to headache education.
In the study, 89 adults with a history of migraine were randomly assigned to either the MBSR group or headache education group with training or instruction delivered in eight weekly two-hour sessions.
The MBSR group followed a standardized curriculum of mindfulness meditation and yoga. Participants also received electronic audio files for home practice and were encouraged to practice at home 30 minutes a day. The headache education group received instruction on headaches, pathophysiology, triggers, stress, and treatment approaches.
Participants in both the MBSR and headache education groups reported fewer days with migraines. However, only MBSR also lessened disability and improved quality of life, depression scores, and other measures reflecting emotional well-being, with effects seen out to 36 weeks. Further, experimentally induced pain intensity and unpleasantness decreased in the MBSR group compared to the headache education group, suggesting a shift in pain appraisal.
“At a time when opioids are still being used for migraine, finding safe non-drug options with long-term benefit has significant implications,” said Wells, who is also the founder and director of the Comprehensive Headache Program at Wake Forest Baptist. “Mindfulness may treat the total burden of migraine and could potentially decrease the impact of this debilitating condition. A larger, more definitive study is needed to confirm these findings.”
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is a nationally prominent academic medical center in Winston-Salem, with an integrated health care network that incorporates hospitals, clinics, physician practices, diagnostic centers, and other primary and specialty care facilities serving the residents of 24 counties in northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia.
“A wise person is full of questions. A dull person is full of answers.” –Paulo Coelho
“Solitude is not an absence of energy or action, as some belief, but is rather a boon of wild provisions transmitted to us from the soul. Purposeful solitude is both palliative and preventative. It is used to prevent fatigue and weariness.” –Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Consider the double meaning of the word entrance, signifying an opening as well as a state of awe. What is it about a door opening that so piques our curiosity? Is it the child inside us yearning for novelty and entertainment? Is it equal-parts fear and fascination? It’s almost as though we need to be moved. And in order to move, we must “open the door” into the mysterium tremendum et fascinans (the awe-inspiring, mesmerizing mystery). With closed doors there is no view, there’s no movement, but for the same old static motions of old. With an entrance, however, there is a chance for reanimation. There is a new “way” to go, a new Tao to juggle. There is –hallelujah– something altogether new to be enchanted by.
Solitude as meditation is the preeminent psychological entrance, the perennial crossroads, the existential gap. It can be an exponentially progressive spiral –a place where all roads begin and all roads end, where all doors open and all doors close. In order to arrive there, all one needs is to be awake and alone enough to take in one’s surroundings. Being alone in nature is important. Nature deprivation is overly rampant in the everyday click and hum of modern-day life. Solitude allows us to reconnect with the sacred. We are free to leave behind the hare-brained ferocity of civilization with the tortoise-mind serenity of nature.
Just as we take the world into our bodies, in the form of food, should we not dive deep into the world and let it swallow us, in the form of solitude? In this way, through the two-way mirror of consumption, we become one with the world. We eat the world for sustenance and then we balance the cycle by allowing the world to “eat” us in recompense. This is the epitome of expiation; the pinnacle of cosmic respect.
“One of the least discussed issues of individuation is that as one shines light into the dark of the psyche as strongly as one can, the shadows, where the light is not, grow even darker.” –Clarissa Pinkola Estes
It is during meditation and solitude where we are free to face our shadow, our bête noire: “black beast.” It is here where we are allowed to wrestle with our doubt, with the arbitrariness of self. The black beast is the hungry ghost inside us all. But it is a ghost that must be fed, an unconscious beast that just needs to be thrown a bone. And it is up to us, and only us, to feed it. In the process of “feeding” it, we discover that our fear dissipates. The ghost becomes Casper-like, friendly, and championing us in our cause. It becomes puppy-like and grows up to be our best friend, standing by our side until the end.
However, feeding the beast is no easy task. For is it not when we are alone, away from the billion blinking machines and distanced from the billion hollering mouths of men, that we feel the awesome weight of time upon our shoulders and the mercurial ache of loneliness in our heart?
Indeed, but this is no time for self-pity. This is a time to fill in the blind spot. This is a time to embrace despair, rather than dally with minimalizing it and pigeonholing it into a subordinate emotion. Our despair is paramount and must be allowed its space, lest we fool ourselves into believing in false hope. Ironically, it is in the act of embracing despair that we discover true hope. Not a childish hope or an immature gamble, but rather a rediscovery of innocence in the face of death. It is a mature gambol, allowing for the cosmos to be as it is: impermanent and thereby meaningful and beautiful.
“Man,” said Blaise Pascal, “is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges as the infinity in which he is engulfed.” But when we embrace our own despair, through solitude and meditation, our third eye opens. From this new coign of vantage, we are able to see the nothingness for what it is, just as we are able to feel the infinity in which we are engulfed. We realize that, out there in the “great loneliness,” though we are just a mere grain of sand in an endless desert, we give that desert meaning simply by perceiving it. And suddenly we are not so small.
We are each of us a microcosm within a macrocosm. This is the great lesson of loneliness. We can no more separate the micro from the macro than we can the human from the natural. Both are needed to put the whole holistic. If we live too long without giving recognition to our despair, to our eternal suffering, we risk turning our lives and our reality into a bureaucracy. It is only in suffering our smallness that we can actualize our greatness and finally accept that our mere presence, albeit minuscule and a mere flash in the pan compared to the greater infinity, is a mighty catalyst for the evolution of the cosmos. Solitude and meditation, especially upon suffering and despair, turns the tables on the universe; where instead of trying to possess our life, we are possessed by it. Like Kierkegaard said, “The pupil of possibility receives infinity.”
In our inert world, where spiritual disorientation and groundlessness prevail, we are crippled by the great crisis of modernity: disenchantment. We try in vain to force-feed enchantment to each other, through television, sports, and movies. Our disenchantment, however, is not regarding a lack of entertainment, but rather a lack of self-permeability, a lack of connection with the cosmos. We are so ecologically impoverished that we experience a deep sense of alienation; not only within society but within our own skin. Meditating on “the great loneliness,” is an escape from this disenchantment. It is a kind of reprieve from the spiritually estranged clockwork of society, a place where we can lose ourselves so as to be reoriented and grounded with the cosmos.
In a sense, those who cannot really feel themselves lost can never truly be found. Losing oneself in solitude is a means to the end of finding oneself in meditation. Fools do not strive for self-discovery because they are too self-centered and believe that they have all the answers. The wise do not strive for self-discovery because they already have it. It’s only the people in between –the majority– that are vulnerable and lost, drowning in the daunting eternity of it all. Meditating in solitude brings forth the gift of feeling lost. It is a gift because only with it can we ascend to a state of being “found,” to becoming, once again, enchanted.
Enchantment develops when we are, all-at-once, trumped by, and triumphant over, the greater cosmos. And then lost and re-found and lost again in the continuing cycle of the human leitmotif. It is exactly this sense of inner-lost-and-found –this balance of self-exploration and self-negation– that keeps us adventurous, curious, and open to the many vicissitudes of life. Indeed, it is this that transforms us into autodidacts armed with open-mindedness, spiritual plasticity, and a hunger for the unknown.
Meditation and solitude are “entrances” into this hunger for the unknown. If allowed infinite transgression hunger for the unknown eventually actualizes itself in the concept of fallibilism, where essentially there are no answers because even if there were they could always be questioned, ad infinitum. Ascending to a state of being found in the realization that all things are infinitely unfounded, and all the more joyous and enchanting because of that fact.
Undaunting Acceptance: How to Be Okay With Not Being Okay
If you’re anything like me, you’re often kinder to others than you are to yourself and may have this habit of putting yourself down when you hit a bump in the road on the road towards your current goal.
You may also have trouble asking others for help when you need it, but often assume the role of the giver, listener, healer, and helper for those you love and care about. You may be awesome at giving advice and looking at the issues in the lives of others objectively, but not so great at following that advice or pinpointing clarity when it comes to issues in your own life.
You may love to encourage and uplift those you love and celebrate when they achieve something they’ve set to complete, but you may not even acknowledge your own accomplishments as often as you should…
So, I’ll ask frankly…what’s up with that???
Well, if your anything else like me, then you’re also stubborn as a mule when things don’t go your way. It’s funny because sometimes I swear I can literally hear my inner child kicking and screaming in resentment, throwing herself a fine little pity party! But it is here, within this moment, where we can either go on living as we have been, repeating the same experiences that cause us to get mad at ourselves and our lives and the Universe over and over again, or we can stop, observe and for a moment in time, stop freaking judging ourselves! 🙂 We can stop yelling at the little girl and instead give her a big fat hug.
Because of how we are conditioned from early on in life, we literally tend to be our harshest critics, but personally, I’m a Capricorn and we take that stuff to a whole new level! It’s also always been hardest for me not knowing HOW things were going to work out and in just the last year, that has literally been my signature lesson to learn. More times than I can count I’ve had to trust in the Universe and just KNOW that everything was going to be okay and you know what? Every single time everything DID turn out okay! I’m not saying the struggle disappeared instantaneously, no, but a simple shift in my perception of the experience and the outcome, and the letting go of my need to control every little aspect of it, was in turn, what set me free…the less I focused on the lack, the more value I was able to see in what I had all along…
Sometimes my stubbornness had backed me into a proverbial corner of my own self-sabotaging consequences and it was all for an illusion stemming from a fear of lacking control. See, the stories we tell ourselves can literally make or break us! And if we keep telling ourselves the same old negative story full of fear and lack, eventually we do believe it at a cellular level and that can manifest as sickness or even worse, disease.
In letting go of my need for judgment, I created a space for acceptance that wasn’t there before. And with that came the ability to not feel the fear that exists with not knowing how things will turn out, but still being able to face the day and do the things you need to do with your head up, regardless of the fear you’re feeling. It’s not the repression or denial of fear, but the use of it as a tool for learning and growth. When we can accept was IS, we allow what will be…
What I’ve come to learn is that we all need one another and we all have gifts, talents, and abilities to share with the world. Furthermore, for us to not ask each other for help or to refuse assistance is to deny others their own opportunities for expanding these abilities and denying them a great opportunity for their own soul progressions.
So, while in the midst of the dust storm it’s hard to imagine the beauty of a clear, blue sky…in your heart, you always know it’s there. It’s that level of knowledge you must show up with for yourself and once you begin to do that, you will naturally begin to trust not only in yourself and your decisions but in the Universe as well and while you will never stop hearing from that inner child of yours, at least now she’s more likely to be singing your praises. And you deserve it!
We are all splinters of Divinity, which is perfect. We are not broken, we are “flawed” so our light can get out and shine upon the world. In doing this, the world reflects back to us our illusions of imperfection which we can choose to believe or not. It’s when we forget our Divinity, that we fall victim to our stories and struggles. Let your pain stretch and mold you, but never let it make you hard or bind you. Let it expand your heart, not make it cold. When you accept yourself, you tell the Universe you are willing to let go of your old stories. So, what are you waiting for? As soon as you allow it to be okay, it will all be okay. And you know what? It will always be okay…even when it’s not!
Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer, and a Conservative voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com
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2020 has been a year of terrible suffering and unspeakable tragedy for many. During these pandemic-stricken times, a daily mantra practice can help us find our center, heal our pain within, and transform personal suffering into spiritual awakening.
Below is a list of ten mantras (a sacred phrase or utterance) that I have incorporated into my daily meditations throughout this year. They have each brought me great faith and comfort during these difficult times. If they have worked for me, they might also work for you! Of course, feel free to play around with each of these mantras until you find one (or more) that most inspires you.
“The Power of God is within me. The Grace of God surrounds me.” -Ram Dass-
“The Lord is enshrined in the hearts of all. The Lord is the supreme reality.” –The Upanishads-
“Brahman is all. The Self is Brahman.”-The Upanishads-
“I am the flute by which the breath of Christ flows through.” -Hafiz-
“Om Mani Padme Hum” (Praise to the Jewel in the Lotus of the Heart) -Ancient Buddhist Mantra-
“Hare Kṛishna Hare Kṛishna,
Hare Hare Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma
Hare Hare (O Lord, O Energy of the Lord, please engage me in your service)
-Ancient Hindu Mantra-
7) “Om gam Gana Pataye Namaha”
(I bow to the elephant-faced deity who can remove all obstacles) – Ganesha Mantra-
The animals are my brothers”. -Adapted Native American Prayer-
11) “No God, No Peace
Know God, Know Peace.” -The Bible-
Forrest Rivers is a writer, teacher, and speaker who lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. His personal journey of awakening began at the age of 30 on an awe-inspiring trip to Maui, Hawaii. It was there on that enchanted island where the profound healing power of nature spoke through to his heart and helped him overcome a dark period of alcohol abuse. After returning home from that transformative experience, Forrest became interested in the spiritual traditions of the Far East and began to immerse himself in the teachings of Buddhist, Hindu, and Taoist mystics. Today, Forrest spends a great deal of his time guiding others through lectures and workshops intended to help seekers look within and become the best versions of themselves. His forthcoming book, COVID-19 and Humanity’s Spiritual Awakening is available for pre-order through Conscious Living Media:
The Age of Aquarius: Why Mass Meditation is Mission Critical
By: Christina Sarich
What if you could synchronize your brain waves with others throughout the world to affect change in a way that boggles the mind? It’s not only possible, it’s happening now.
The Age of Aquarius
Aquarian energy is considered “ahead of its time.” More importantly, Aquarians lead change. If ever the world was in need of change, it’s now. With Aquarian energy, the world as a whole will be able to see new solutions to the problems we face since reality is always mutable from a higher energetic perspective.
When exactly does the Age of Aquarius begin? It’s an astrological age that occurs approximately every 2,150 years or so in alignment with the sun’s position in relation to the constellation Aquarius. Due to different interpretations of the equinoxes, we can’t pinpoint the exact time of the “start” of the Aquarian age, but it is usually marked by some common events and feelings:
No more vertical hierarchies and siloed power. The Piscean age is dominated by hierarchy and power. This is coming to a close, to give way for Aquarian thought such that you no longer need to believe in something outside of yourself including your parents, decaying institutions, governments, religions, etc.
You can now find self sovereignty and a direct connection to God and higher energies. All information is available to everyone, and will be less and less fragmented and vertical. Self awareness, and self-transformation will be vital for you to live and thrive in this age.
Transformation. You can’t expect radical change without the growing pains that come with it. When we enter the age of Aquarius, a time when love wins, we have to be willing to let go of infrastructures, both within ourselves in the form of thoughts and beliefs, and outside of us as materialized, older thoughts and beliefs, to make room for something radically different and better.
Symbiotic and coherent love energies. When we are in harmony with others, our hearts emit a certain coherence that affects those around us. Our parasympathetic nervous system “speaks” to others via an electromagnetic field that is much larger in the human heart than that emitting from the human brain. Scientific research has noted that a calm, coherent heart rate variability affects people we know and love even if they are thousands of miles away!
And go figure, meditation increases heart rate variability coherence. Now imagine that coherence multiplied, not only in your own personal human organism, but in millions of people around the planet.
Mass Meditation to Usher in True Change
The power of mass meditation to alter the world, quite literally, isn’t a new concept. It’s been practiced by enlightened beings, saints, and sages for eons.
More recently, Maharishi Mahesh yogi, who helped guide people like the Beatles in the 1960s, has documented the effect of mass meditation. More than 600 studies conducted with more than 125 independent research institutions leave no room to question the validity of mass meditation.
Maharishi’s studies prove that when at least 1% of a community’s population meditates on a specific outcome like love, peace, or harmony, the coherence of the group’s energy field impacts the collective consciousness of others.
Even violent crime including homicide rates can be significantly reduced with mass meditation.
When a 1993 study measured mass meditation’s effects on crime in New York City, a hotbed for murder, race riots, and theft known throughout the world, it was found that crime dropped more than 23%.
True change happens at local, national, and international levels due to increased coherence, facilitated by meditation. This is likely because alpha waves in the human brain “sync” with others around us, creating what is similar to the mycorrhizal network that trees use to communicate with one another in a vast, global forest. Just like the organism of a forest, human beings also have a networked nervous system among each other that helps to facilitate memory, feeling, and thought. No tree stands alone, and neither does a single human being.
Neuroscientists note that Alpha waves tend to reduce depressive symptoms and increase creative thinking. They also create neural oscillations that are conducive to unity and overall coherence of a population. I.e. what’s good for me isn’t truly good unless it’s also good for others. Likely we are influenced subconsciously by this greater peace and encourage others in the same subconscious way to influence their hearts and minds toward peace though subsequent thought and action, and by creating new solutions to existing problems.
Make Change Now: The Golden Age of Aquarius
If you’re ready to sync your alpha waves with millions of others around the world to create massive change this December, please consider joining this mass meditation: