Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Embracing Life's Contractions and Times for Rest

If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you may have heard me say words like "expansion" and "contraction." They're always pared because like breathing, they are the complete cycle. In the Trimurti concept of Hinduism, the three main gods are Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva (Creator, Protector, and Destroyer--There are many traditions of Hinduism, and they each discuss the deities differently). So things are created and expanded out from nothingness, and eventually, they are destroyed and returned to dust. We live within that sphere of reality, and so for every time in your life when you are expanding, growing, and challenging your boundaries, there will come a time for shrinking, letting go of many things, and self-nourishing. From this space, I am writing you today.

The Gift of Being Small
We live in a world lost in the illusion of perpetual growth. From my times in business, start-ups would idealize the hockey-stick growth curve. If you can see the visual in your head, the line of growth starts out small until it sky-rockets perpetually. It's a very juvenile thing to imagine, and even if you have growth of that kind for awhile (assuming you can keep up with it), it will eventually end.

Furthermore, in this constant striving for more and growth and continued consumption, we miss the gift of being small, doing less, and resting. We can really get ourselves in trouble when we try to perpetuate this growth during times of contraction, of shrinking. This is typically when people get sick. I'm half-convinced that humans are very seasonal. While a whole bunch of people going indoors makes it easier to pass diseases, I sometimes think that people get sick in fall and winter because it's a time for many of us to be in a contracted energy--doing less, but we keep pushing on. We push past limits that--at least in this case--are there to let us know that it's time to stop pushing.

Finding Out What You've Left Behind
Because we are in such a hurry to get somewhere and achieve things (at least some of us fall into that category, anyway), we forget what we've left behind. For others, you never try to go anywhere and live in a contracted space. For you, this blog is an encouragement to look at what's holding you in place. Being in a contraction whether naturally or whether you are afraid to grow and challenge your borders gives you a chance to see what needs cleaning inside you. Contractions take us down to the lowest energy level that we naturally hold, and part of healing and cleaning this space out means that for our next contraction, we won't have to go to this low level of energy again. This takes a deft touch because the rigorous energy of expansion has gone, and we don't have a lot of energy really available. Rest is so important as is focused and mindful healing and clearing during the times when we do have energy.

The Constant Contraction: Lost in Your Small Kingdom
But for those of you who aren't in a free-flowing expansion and contraction state, I really challenge you to challenge your borders. The reason you don't have a lot of energy is because you're cut-off from yourself. You're cut-off from the deeper flow of energy in the Universe. Until you make a concerted effort to break through your self-erected barriers, you're going to always be afraid, thinking that the world is unsafe and constantly after you. You'll live under a cloud of drugs, sex, booze, over-eating, or whatever it is you choose to do to make yourself feel better for the short-term, and you will grow increasingly depressed, despondent, and possibly angry if you've got enough energy to stir some up. It's a bad place to be, and it's where most people live now-a-days as our anti-depressant prescription culture tries to numb away the feelings. Which is potentially even worse, although some people genuinely need this kind of medicinal intervention.

If this is where you are, you need to make a new beginning. This blog post isn't really aimed at this. I'm writing for people who have a more natural expansion and contraction happening in their lives. For you, I'd encourage you to check out my Starting Out section to begin to find out what's going wrong.

Dusting Off the Old Issues
Naturally, you're going to find some of your old issues hanging out down here. It's normal. We all scrub through issues multiple times as we grow and have more resources for deeper and deeper cleanings. We keep going until we finally release the issue fully. When we no longer need this issue in any way and on any level, we are free of it. And that's the real gift of a contraction. We can see all of our issues in blinding detail. Consider a contraction to be like coming home after a trip or your day of being out and about. During your trip or your local excursions, you're trying on new things and seeing new places. You're perhaps doing new things and learning new things. You're growing in a brand new way, but eventually, you have to go home. And at home, the dishes still needed to be cleaned; the laundry needs to be done; and the cat has to have its litter box emptied out. You've done this before, and you'll do it again. While this isn't a perfect metaphor, you get my drift about the work that needs to be done "at home."

Awakening and Rapid Expansions and Contractions
For those of you in the initial parts of your spiritual awakening, expansions and contractions can come extremely quickly. It can feel like being on the end of a yo-yo. You have the awakening energy driving behind you, which makes it easier than ever to clear out contractions, but at the same time, getting flung down into the middle of them can be extremely challenging emotionally, physically, energetically, and mentally. Nothing is left out. This is why spiritual awakening can be so exhausting, and just when you think you've cleared a little bit, you're launched back skywards into an amazing expansion, absorbing so much love and beauty and truth. And then you plummet back down into contraction. It really is a marathon of sorts, and you have to do a lot of personal work to keep your breath. Just keep breathing. Inhale. Exhale. Expansion. Contraction. You'll get through.

Sleeping It Off
I'm at a point where I can do a little work on myself and kinda sleep off the rest. I know that this is a temporary state, and I've learned to come to peace with it. There's not much to do, but to rest. If I don't, I'll get sick. I am on a very short leash these days, and it's for my own good. Obviously, I still balance other activities and some work. But my students have already noticed that I am a little less available. This isn't because I don't want to serve and help; this is exactly because I want to serve and help. Until I help myself, I'm not much use to anyone else. If I have a broken leg, it's not time for me to go running with others. There will be other times for that once I've healed.

So, I encourage you to pay attention to what this contraction means. What is it showing you? Why are you so low energy? Don't get caught up in astrological signs and portents and yada yada. Pay attention to you and what's moving through your life. It's so easy to try and blame external situations, and even if you wrap them up with "spiritual speak," it's still the same avoidance technique. If this contraction is showing you something that needs to change in your life, prepare to make that change. If it's simply telling you that your own internal seasons have turned, then let it be winter. Let the fields of your life go fallow for awhile. Spring will come, and with it, a new possibility and cycle of beautiful growth and expansion.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

My Prayers for the Week

One of the things I haven't talked too much about on this blog is prayer. I pray a lot. I pray before eating my food. I pray before going to sleep at night. God is on my speed dial list, and I use that number regularly.

A lot of times, my prayers are in the form of gratitude or in sending love and positive energy to others. I realize that I don't actually know what's right for others, which is why prayer is a such a beautiful practice. The Universe is much smarter than I am about how everything should unfold, so I do my best to let the Universe figure out the details while I offer up my love to those who need it.

A Week for Prayer
This is so much change and shifting going on in the world, and primarily, my heart is called to pay attention to North Africa and the Middle East. Lives have been put on the line, and lives have been lost. I don't know where any of this is leading, but I invite you to share these prayers with me if you feel moved to (and you don't have to if you don't feel that movement in you heart; simply find what you do feel moved to pray for to bring prayer authentically into your practice).

In my family, we have a beautiful saying as part of our prayers. It goes: "Everything will work out better than we can possibly imagine." I think mom made it up, and I've incorporated it into numerous prayers. In essence, it accepts that we can't imagine what the best outcome looks like. Certainly, you've probably seen a lot of strange stuff happen in life that you never thought could happen. I studied history in college for one of my degrees, and I learned about all kinds of strange things that you'd never thought could have happened. So I use this saying in my prayers to honor the deeper divine mystery that I can never really know how things need to unfold.

Sending Peace, Love, and Prosperity to the Middle East and North Africa
Here are my three prayers for the week. Join me if you'd like to.

  1. May everything work out better than we can possibly expect in the transition of governments in Egypt.
    1.  After amazing the world with mostly peaceful protests in Egypt, a transfer of power and of governmental style is process. But the road is still very tremulous. The next big step is for them to hold elections, which appear to be overly complicated and potentially leading to a lot of dissent and unnecessary confusion.  Who knows what the motives are behind all of that? This is the latest that I've read: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/27/egypt-elections-process_n_1114973.html
  2.  May everything work out better than we can possibly expect in the formulation of a new political system in Libya.
    1. I don't think anyone really appreciates how volatile Libya is. I think in the U.S. we have a very blind attitude that somehow democracy can just be spread all over whatever pains you around the world. Nonetheless, a new cabinet has been formed to create an interim government as they set up for elections. That cabinet is already drawing heat for not being representative of one minority group. Here is the latest as of today: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/27/us-libya-amazigh-protests-idUSTRE7AQ0J420111127
  3. May everything work out better than we can possibly expect in Syria.
    1. I have no idea what to even say about Syria. Since March, the Syrian government has murdered over 3500 protestors who have wanted to oust the current leader in that government. The Arab League of Nations has approved sanctions against Syria, which is an unprecedented move for that organization according to CBS News. It may be a situation where things get a lot worse before they get better, but that's why I leave this prayer up to God to resolve. The latest is here: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57331687/arab-league-approves-syria-sanctions/
May your prayers bring love and light to all those around the world in these difficult times of change and rebirth.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Gratitude to Mother Earth

Another poem from Susan as well as picture of hers. Enjoy.

Tall life force,
Allowing me to fall into your embrace
As I lean against your trunk
Feeling my heart beat melt into yours
To see your face,

Your waves crash onto the land
The hum of your voice soothes me.
My body sways with yours.
As I take your hand.
Your support is my life boat,
Your love is my sail,
During the rough seas.
I can never fail
On this journey.

My belly touches your belly.
Compassionately held in your
Of forgiveness and
Of grace.
You feed me with all that I need.
All that I am.
You planted this seed
So that I may bloom
into knowing who I am to become.
I already am
Divine feminine, Divine flower.
Rooted into your fertile soil.
My cord connected once again.

Help me to break free from the walls
Of this seed.
Pushing through the dirt,
Gasping for air,
To know the feeling of sunlight on my stem.
I must tear,
Through the walls that resist me
From staring into your rays.
You never left me,
You never will,
For all of my days.

I forgot
Where you were.
Yet you were in front of me,
All the while.
My Guides, sent by you
To show me what was
For me.
Oh how I did not foresee
The beauty I now know within.
Reminded again, and again.

Susan started to cultivate a deeper relationship with the Creator four years ago when she was introduced to the works of Eckhart Tolle's, "The Power of Now" by Jim Tolles. Her life has been transformed in countless ways since then.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

After the Awakening: The Spiritual Path Goes On

I've been waiting for awhile to start talking about the after the awakening part of the spiritual path. In truth, I've been waiting for my own transition to settle enough that I don't feel like I'm completely channeling the information without any grounded experience myself. And maybe I still am.

It's important to re-distinguish what I'm talking about. The awakening is the singular point of a shift where we understand what's real. It's like we irrevocably link into the higher source and our higher selves, and after that, we have to do the work to align that higher level with the human level. Depending on your path, a huge energy rush--like a surge of water busting through a dam--comes pouring into our beings. For some of us, it's debilitating because we're being changed deeply on every single level--intellectual, emotional, and physical. It can feel overwhelming and like it's a too much for us to hold. But we're only getting what we can handle, and we can handle this shift. And as that initial surge abates, we move into the natural flow that we've always been in, but had been blocking. In this natural flow, the spiritual path goes on.

But I Still Feel So Human
I was at a talk by an author who wrote Enlightenment Ain't What It's Cracked Up to Be: A Journey of Discovery, Snow, and Jazz in the Soul. He did a wonderful job of pointing out how profound this shift can be and how disappointing the reality of enlightenment is to our egoic ideas of what enlightenment should be. Awakening doesn't make us infallible, charismatic, or any more "perfect." We are still incredibly human, and our very humanness feels like it's enhanced tenfold. I wrote in a recent blog that awakening feels kind of like being pushed face down into your best and worst parts. That in and of itself makes the initial transition overwhelming. We live in such an insipid and lifeless world that both our great light and our great darkness are too much for us. We have been living on the weak tea and barley diet, and suddenly the full flavor palate of life is in our mouths. What to do?

And then we do something. Some of us embrace this change fully. Some resist it deeply, and the initial surge eventually dies down either way. How this goes for you will be distinctly your own experience. I can't generalize that, but I can say that the initial intensity will pass. Going back to the water metaphor in the first paragraph. After that first great wave of water, the ensuing waves become softer and more gradual. Some times they are bigger, and some times they are smaller. But they are unlikely to be like the first (of course it depends on your path), and as you go, you come into the deeper acceptance of these ebbs and flows. They are part of the natural waters of the universe.

What to Do Now?
For those of you who have embraced this flow and filled yourself with this life force blasting you, I doubt you'll have this question as the first great swell subsides. You will probably know, and in embracing this transition, you'll have been actively manifesting what you want. Because you understand that this awakening has been taking you towards what you are truly here to do and what you truly want to be. It can take you towards nothing else. That's the nature of it.

For others of you past those great initial shifts (they can come in multiple intense waves--as I said, it's different for all of us), if you didn't really embrace it, you may feel slightly abandoned. At times, this energy is like having 50 people from a party all in your living room with you. You feel crushed and crowded, and then it dissipates. A lot can go away if you haven't been making space for it. If you haven't had a dedicated practice and have numbed yourself with old habits (work, sex, drugs, etc.), you may feel sort of lifeless and lost. This type of resistance can be done. People can beat down enough of this to not really embody much of what's being offered, but then the misery you go through just becomes a bad phase of life. And you never really go back to sleep. You know. You know what's real, and you'll also know what you did to yourself. And in all the ways that ego uses guilt for you, a part of you will feel like you missed the bullet train to that golden city of your dreams. So now for you, you still will need to build your spiritual practice and will have to walk that journey of 1,000 miles.

The Speed of Life Slows Down: You Come Back to Earth
Going back to those of you who are embracing this shift of consciousness and the trials and tests that it brings so vigorously and forcefully, you'll notice the shifts start to slow. The intensity starts to "reduce." I put this in quotes because the frequency may still be really high, but if you've been integrating it, then it won't feel like it's dragging you so far up into the clouds. As I've mentioned in other blogs, "high states" can go away for a lot of people who wake up depending on where their vibration wants to rest. Part of this is because you have to have two states of awareness to distinguish a high state from another state of awareness. If you are on top of a mountain, but there's no up or down anymore, how do you know that you're on top of a mountain? The concept of the mountain goes away. You are where you are, but you still feel very human. High states function off of having alternate points of reference. Integrating your awakening takes many or all of those away, and you can simply feel very normal.

You have come back to earth.

Doing the Work Before You
You will still have bad habits. You will still argue with people and get mad over stupid shit, but perhaps not as much. You will have the ability to step back from any situation and bring a lot of awareness to things. You will, however, still make mistakes, and all of this is okay. Every emotion and every mistake is as much of a gift as being able to feel open and loving. Nothing is static. Everything is dynamic, and you are embracing that dynamism. If you are cold, you can appreciate and embrace the cold. It's not winter's fault. You learn to put on a jacket. In the same way, if someone yells at you at the traffic light, you can learn to let go of those hot, angry emotions. They have nothing to do with you. You know where you are going, and you are grounded and trusting in that.

Yet doubts may remain or ebb and flow. You'll still have your spiritual work to do to take care of yourself. Spiritual work now is as much about self-care as any kind of improvement. You can always improve because as long as you draw breath, this spiritual path continues in front of you. You can always find a way to open further, but only if you chose. You understand more fundamentally that you are perfect in whatever way that you consciously choose to be, and you don't need to grow or improve if you don't feel called to it. That's not an ego decision. That's simply understanding your own path in a very deep and profound way. And of course, you will likely change and evolve with what your path looks like as you go along. It is always changing, and it is always the same.

One Step In Front of the Other in the Post-Awakening Era
The quest for enlightenment is over if you were on that quest. It wasn't what you thought it was. It was a realization. It was a moment of profound "Ah-ha!" But life goes on. You're back in your everyday life, and you have to decide how you're going to live it with this new awareness that is also so old. This awareness is you, and it's always been here. Now you are looking at your home and realizing all the things that no longer suit you. You may have already done a lot of this work, and over time, the renovating of yourself becomes much smaller and subtler. There's not much to do. When you align with yourself, you may be surprised just how effortless and perfect things are, and at other times, it will still require a lot of effort. It's perfect either way, but it's still one step at a time. It's still one breath at a time. There are still assholes in the world. There's still murder, rape, and thievery. There's still the duality of good and evil on this planet. But you can see it for what it is, and you can see that your path is always right underneath your feet.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

2012, the Global Awakening, and the Apocalypse

It's time to take a crack at some of the big things that people are talking about. I normally don't blog about 2012, the global awakening, or the Apocalypse because it really doesn't have much of anything to do with how you live your daily life. Most of this stuff is a lot of conjecture and theory, and while it makes us all feel good to think we're part of a greater shift in humanity, the real work of the spiritual path comes inside our own hearts. That's why I don't like to talk about this stuff too much; it gets you thinking about stuff going on elsewhere. It moves your focus away from yourself to some other unworldly, huge thing that is kind of beyond the scope of daily life. If we get lost to that, then we are all just getting lost again. Awakening doesn't come through the idea of awakening and of others having this shift. It comes because we become extremely present to this here and now.

2012 and Why It Doesn't Matter to You
As I said, it's exciting to be part of something bigger, but the truth of awakening and the spiritual path is that we are already interconnected. So you don't need to be part of anything bigger or look towards a bigger shift for some kind of encouragement. Most of that desire for something bigger is part of a much deeper need to feel connected to others. It's projecting itself out there as a great global awakening. This is fine so long as we don't get caught up in this new myth that we're spinning. I hear in the voices of so many people this strange hope that in less than two months, Utopia will be here. We'll be surrounded by rainbows and equal wealth distribution in a land of honey and milk. It's not going to happen that way. It's not how we learn on this planet. We primarily learn through pain.

Bringing the Apocalypse Down on Your Ego
You know that I'm not a proponent of suffering, but I tell my students and I write on this blog that this path takes you through pain. Your pain cannot be avoided, but it can be released. In releasing it, you no longer have to suffer. But in the process of turning towards our pain, it feels like the world is ending. Everything comes crashing down. So in many ways, the Apocalypse is a very personal thing--how much it translates on the grand scale of global economies and the affairs of state remains to be seen. But as I said, I'm not much concerned with that because I know that the real awakening is always an individual thing. Sure, the more of us that wake up, the more there's this energy moving and shifting and influencing others. But once again, don't get lost in that. Stay present to you and where you are going. In the process, you're going to find a lot of your world that doesn't fit. Consciously letting go of things makes your personal Apocalypse much easier. Holding on to things that don't serve you will make you feel like you're being whipped and quartered by the 4 Horsemen.

Global Shifting Within Your Heart
As you come to understand how interconnected you are, you'll start to appreciate that when you shift how you are, you change the world. That's the only way a global awakening can occur. It happens when you have a greater dedication to your love and your heart. You don't have to fly to India or start a non-profit. Just be more kind and loving and present in your daily life. That'll affect a couple dozen to hundreds of people. You change the ripple of energy you send out when you let go of grudges, grievances, and sadnesses, and that has an effect. Just because your ego may not readily see it doesn't mean that it's not there, and you shouldn't be looking for that outside verification anyway.

The more you look for validation, the more you're really looking for your own self-love. Validation for your experiences and proving to yourself that you're doing good is just another ego game. Many of the great influential people in the world have been hated by more than a few people (seriously, I don't think Gandhi was all the popular with the British). Clearly, he wasn't looking for external validation.

In general, living your life in loving kindness has a profound influence on others, and you can't look to please everyone by following a spiritual path. That's just not how this world operates.

The 2012 Global Awakening and the Apocalypse
If you really want me to talk about the macrocosm of all this stuff, the global awakening and the Apocalypse are the same coin. They're different phases. One is tearing down an old dilapidated structure that is rotted out with fear, hatred, anger, despair, and sadness. The other is rebuilding a newer structure that is eco-friendly, air-conditioned, and has a spa area. :) Seriously though, you get the point. The new building, however, won't be perfect. Rats and other vermin may infiltrate it again, and then this one will have problems. It too may need be torn down and replaced at some point.

In so many ways, awakening is an alive and ever-rolling wave. We'll go through highs and lows. We'll make mistakes, and we'll have successes. The end of the world isn't the end of our world. It's the end of a certain way of living and being in the world. For those people hooked on money and greed, this will be traumatic. I can't imagine having a business that you've poured your whole life into suddenly go defunct is any fun. But as those of us individually wake up, we will want to live in the world in a different way, and we'll want to support different types of businesses and governments. The old structures crumble (lay-offs, firings, bankruptcies), and new structures have to be build. Some of the new won't last because we're creating something new, and life in its early stages is fragile. But over time, some things will be built with the foundations that they need to withstand the currents of life, at least for a little while.

What You Can Do to Prepare for 2012
In my opinion, we're already in the midst of 2012. I feel like the energy has been shifted for some time, but regardless, I would say you need to live your life. You need to follow your heart. What else could be more important? Prophecy will attend to itself. It's of no real concern to us. We don't need to predict the future, and getting caught up in that future-focused attitude is just another ego game where we try to control things and find safety. The world is not safe, and perhaps if anything, in the next couple of years, the world will show all of us just how unsafe it truly is.

Which is why love, compassion, and community will be so important. We're going to really need to support each other on this path. For all those waking up, I know just how much love and community you need, and hopefully, you're doing your work to find others to connect with you and support you. For those who are building your spiritual path, you're going to have to continue to open your hearts bigger and bigger to all the pain and joy out there. You can't be selective. It's all part of this world, and you can't avoid it any longer. No one is going to be able to avoid what's coming, and hopefully with a little luck and a lot of love, in the times to come, this world will be transformed into a more peaceful and loving community and many of the wounds of the millenia gone by will be healed.

If you're looking for an online community, feel free to like my Facebook Spirituality page on this link.

For a few more thoughts on 2012, check out the following video:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Labyrinth

A poem from my student, Susan. The beautiful picture is also her handiwork.

The entrance is before me

I look ahead into the rows of bricks

Strategically placed.

Stepping one foot in front of the other

Beginning the journey through the labyrinth

I call Life.

I follow this path.

Looking straight ahead,

Yet it guides me to the left.

I look to the left,

Then am brought to the right.

Walking straight.

Exhaustion sets in while I search

In every direction, except towards the one

I am on now. In this moment.

Comfort sets in as I see another

Pilgrim on this journey.

Two people, travelling through

The same windy turns of this

Mouse trap.

We briefly face each other

Stepping closer to unity.

Before the next thought emerges

Our backsides are facing.

I look behind.

We come closer again

Except we journey on two parallel

Paths. Almost One, but not quite.

Letting go into acceptance of what is

To be.

The closer I try to get to the center,

The farther away I am lead.

Then I arrive at a point where

Expectations disappear,

Presence takes it’s place.

My feet continue to walk straight,

Pivot, shift, repeat.

One transition into another.

Ceasing to look beyond what is in front of me.

Before long, I arrive at the center.

That was faster than I anticipated.

Nowhere to go but here. No one to meet but

Myself and the Divine within.

I sit, reflect, am One.

Have been all along.

The journey does not end here, though.

After reflection I stand and up to return.

Retracing my steps

To the beginning, which is also the end.

One may never understand the

Mysteries of the Labyrinth.

Susan started to cultivate a deeper relationship with the Creator four years ago when she was introduced to the works of Eckhart Tolle's, "The Power of Now" by Jim Tolles. Her life has been transformed in countless ways since then.

The Emptiness of Death

Susan shares a deeply personal experience about death.

I remember waking up that morning and realizing that something was different. The dream earlier that night of her walking out of the hospital should have been enough of a sign. My cell phone was still turned off. I didn’t want to turn it on, but knew I needed to at some point. Instead, I proceeded with my morning ritual of meditation and getting ready for work. As I stepped out the door, I finally turned on my phone. I could already feel what the message was on the voicemail. She was no longer living in her present body. My mother had passed away into the unknown. I felt relieved that she didn’t have to suffer anymore. Afterall, I don’t remember a time in my childhood where she wasn’t sick. I felt sadness and anger. What scared me the most was that I even felt her pain. It was thick and dark as molasses. Her spirit was still very much alive on this Earth, kicking and screaming, not willing to let go.

I always had this fear of death as a child and into my adulthood. I remember having mini anxiety attacks. My heart would palpitate at the thought of non-existing. Would I have any memories? Was there really a heaven “up there” where everything was perfect? Wouldn’t I eventually get bored being able to do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted in this place called heaven? There must be a point where you can enjoy only so many tootsie rolls. However, it was the lack of pure existence in this life that scared me the most. I was afraid of being confronted with an empty and void space at the end of my life.

Death still feels empty to me, but it feels different now that I look at it from a new perspective. The emptiness of death is majestic and gorgeous, similar to a galaxy of stars. It gives space for life because it is a part of life. The two, life and death, are equal. One isn't more important than the other. I had a great opportunity to start looking more deeply into the depths of my own fear when I travelled back home after hearing the unfortunate news.

The fear that I experienced felt exactly the same. I felt it as soon as I stepped into the house. Her spirit was there, angry as hell. I was immediatlely brought back to similar memories as a child, how I felt small and unworthy. Yet I pushed through in order to do the work I was sent to do. I remember standing in her bedroom in front of her recliner chair still reaking of fresh cigarrette smoke. My hands were trembling, trying to keep the bowl of sage in one hand and the lighter in the other, preparing for clearing space. Then my spirit guides came to help. I looked into the fear and saw it for what it was, for the first time. As I walked throughout the bedroom, my hands continued to shake and sweat, but I allowed the fear to flow through me. There was some point when the fear transformed into strength and empowerment. The energy of the room began to shift and cleanse. I knew I couldn’t do anything wrong during the space clearing. My intentions were pure, and I knew God would guide me to do the right thing. A few days later I felt fear return as I was about to perform a ceremony alongside a creek. Once again, I allowed the fear to come through me instead of resisting it. After doing so, I was given the space for freedom.

One interesting thing about death is that it always gives an opportunity to transform relationships with one’s self and with others. It was fascinating to see how my relationship with my father changed. The role of parent and child seemed to be completely reversed. I found myself being an educator. It was unfamiliar and strange territory, yet liberating. For the first time we honestly spoke from a place of love and support rather than from a place of fear grounded in repetitive conditioned habits of society. I found that death allows us to not only accept the fear in ourselves, but the fears we share together. By looking deeply into the darkness that inhibited the growth of our relationship, we found a space allowing us to open up into a freedom that was never embraced before in my family. My mother’s spirit was ever present as my father and I talked on a park bench in this healing way. I sensed that she began to understand. For the first time our family karma was beginning to lift. We were all beginning to let go of our individual pain and family karmic pain as well.

I have been dedicating myself to the Kirtan Kriya from the Kundalini Yoga tradition for the past month. During the meditation one chants Saa Taa Naa Maa. Saa means infinity, cosmos, begininng. Taa means life or existence. Naa means death, change, transformation. Maa means rebirth. (http://www.spiritvoyage.com/meditation/Kirtan-Kriya/MED-000035.aspx) It has opened up so much for me regarding how I view death. In my experience I’ve found that death is only one part of the life we experience. It needs to occur in order for Creation to exist. I’ve also come to know that even though something may die physically, it’s spirit will always exist. The energy that exists within it is never destroyed, only transformed into something different. I always thought I knew what this meant, but did I truly Know it? After all, who hasn’t seen the Lion King movie, right? However, my intellectual mind knew what it meant, but my heart and body did not.

I was sitting on a beach chanting the Kirtan Kriya. I noticed how each breaking wave coincided each time I spoke Saa Taa Naa Maa. One wave after another continued to be created, cap at the top, then cascaded and broke onto the beach in an effortless way. The waves didn’t hesitate to break at the bottom because they know that is the change that needs to occur. Everything is constantly changing. Life is a precious gift, but it can only be truly appreciated when we see the beauty in the emptiness of death. It just IS.

Susan started to cultivate a deeper relationship with the Creator four years ago when she was introduced to the works of Eckhart Tolle's, "The Power of Now" by Jim Tolles. Her life has been transformed in countless ways since then.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

How to Work With a Spiritual Teacher

I'm taking a pause from my general advising and teaching to talk a little about working with a spiritual teacher. Since the way I offer spirituality to people is about helping them to choose and discover their spiritual path, I generally encourage students to find other spiritual teachers to work with even as they work with me. I come from the thinking that one-size does not fit all, and even further, certain teachers are good at certain things and not others. You wouldn't have your math teacher telling you how to do gymnastics or have your gymnastics teacher telling you how to speak French, would you? (Yes, I know people can be multi-talented; I happen to be one of those people, but you get the point).

In the interests of helping people better engage with spiritual teachers, I'm writing this blog, so let's get to work.

Your Spiritual Teacher Doesn't Have Your Truth
The last time I checked my pockets I don't have anyone else's truth but my own. Sure, I sound pretty good in Skype sessions, workshops, and on this blog, but I'm still just speaking from my truth. It comes from my distinctive lens of experiences and interpretations. I'm pretty good at seeing stuff about other people, but that's never a substitute for your own awareness and deciphering your own truth. The biggest trouble people get into on the spiritual path is coming to a teacher for answers. It's like going to the desert for water. Sure there are some nice looking mirages, but ultimately, you should check your canteen. You may be surprised at what you're already carrying.

Giving Away Your Power to a Spiritual Teacher or Organization
Yet, people persist in looking outside to others for their truth, and when they do this, they are giving up their power. You see, it's really hard to start a religious war if you don't think your religious leader has any control over your spiritual path. You start to think for yourself, and then the idea of crusades and terrorist bombings don't make any sense. You see the greed, fear, and control behind them. Hopefully, most of you aren't being faced with issues like this, but you know what? There are still plenty of strange cults springing up around the world, and the teachers are telling people that they won't get this or that or be allowed to initiate in some way unless people do what the "teachers" say. While certain rites of passage can be secluded for the sacred space an individual needs, most of spirituality is really not a big secret. Be love. Help others. Spiritual truth is very simple. You know this in your heart. And in your heart is some of your greatest power; don't give it away to a spiritual teacher...EVER.

Appreciating Your Spiritual Teacher's Limitations
Here's an interesting thing that people forget; spiritual teachers are people too. They may be enlightened, but that just means they know what's real in life. They still get angry, make mistakes, and stub their toes. It's not a perfect world as a spiritual teacher, and many aren't enlightened. Some teachers are protectors of the path; so they help to make sure rituals are remembered and kept. In general, there are all kinds of types of spiritual teachers, and you can learn more about what a spiritual teacher is on this blog post link.

You will find all kinds of teachers. Some can teach you about how to appreciate your body through movement like conscious dance or yoga. Some can teach you about your heart and how to open it in love and service to others. Some can teach you about principles and ideas--which is the most commonly accepted form of spiritual teacher. Others will teach you through energy and their very presence may even shift you, depending on how they are designed to be. Every person has a different kind of soul design, let's say. Some just naturally resonate energy in a certain way, and their aim is to help people shift at the deepest level. In saying that, they are no more or less important than the other teachers, and as you've read this, you may realize that not everyone who is teaching in a profound way considers themselves to be a "spiritual teacher" as I'm defining it. That's fine. They don't need to. Definitions don't really earn you that much on the spiritual path. But you may realize that your 3rd grade teacher was a heart teacher, and that's where you learned a lot more lessons about love than you did about math or reading. That teacher may be the shining reason of how you've learned to offer and receive love. You probably never knew that you were being taught in that way until reading this blog.

Making Space for New Teachers at New Times
But a heart teacher is here to teach you about your heart. S/he may not take care of her/his body at all, and to learn that lesson, you'll need a different teacher. Some of us teachers can pretty much teach everything, although we all do some things better than others. And we are all growing and changing. To understand me a little more, I help people see the big picture and bring together what someone is learning in a cohesive way. It can be easy to get lost in all the different practices out there and make a mess. It's like having a recipe. You need certain proportions of ingredients to make a nice batch of chocolate chip cookies. If you don't, you just get a mess. So, I help people balance out what they're learning on the heart level, physical level, intellectual level, energy level, psychic level, etc. I make suggestions to people about when it's time to find a new body-healer or what-not as I see their development, but as I said, it's always up to the student to decide if that's right for her or him.

Being Activated by a Spiritual Teacher
Letting go of teachers is a tricky thing, right? Because when you're really activated at times, it's tough to see clearly. Being activated means one or more of your issues are being triggered. It becomes easy to project those issues onto a teacher. Say that you're working with a massage therapist/energy healer, and that person is working on abuse issues with you. Perhaps, the work has gotten deep, and now you're afraid this person is going to abuse or manipulate you. You want to get away from this person. That's called being activated. You're not seeing clearly because a lot of the abuse issue is getting moved like dirt getting kicked up in a dust storm. It happens like this so that you can clear it out. Much of clearing issues is kinda like re-living them. With the support of a good teacher, the issue moves, and you release it. And you should feel a little lighter and a little better. It's not always a clear cut thing in the intensity of the moment. If you don't feel like things are being healed, then that is a good sign that it's time to move on from this person. Just don't jump ship too soon. Dedication and commitment are extremely important things especially when the seas get rough.

Letting Go of the Notion of Progress
In instances of healing, there can be a clear sense of progress. If you have a broken leg, then when you can stand, you can feel the difference. In spiritual practice, you may not get a sense of progress, and it's important to let go of the idea of getting somewhere when you work with a spiritual teacher. The important thing is that as you develop your inner knowing, you continue to check in with that. You ask yourself, "Is this still a good relationship for me to have?" If the answer is "yes," keep going and trust the process. If it's "no," let your teacher know and move on. It's really very simple, and any true teacher should trust your right to make choices and live your life anyway you want. You may even make mistakes in when you let go of a teacher, but that's okay. If you fall on your face, that teacher will still be there to help you stand up because undoubtedly the teacher has done more than a few face-plants her or himself.

Trusting Your Spiritual Teacher
You should have chosen a teacher whom you can trust. As I said, your inner knowing is crucial here. It will help you to find what feels right for you when the teacher offers different ideas or practices. It'll help you to know when to leave and when to come back. This is a very fluid relationship, and some of you may only need certain types of spiritual teachers once every 2 or 3 years. It completely depends on you, and none of this operates on an 8 Steps to Enlightenment program that you can do in 30 days. I've noticed that such nonsense is running around out there. It's setting up strange expectations for people, and some of the techniques are being used with a lot of bad intentions around them--in this case, pushing people into places that they may not be truly ready to embrace.

I know there's a very immature line of thinking that says you're never in a place that you're not ready to be, but I try to be pragmatic in living in this world. I would say that sticking someone up on a mountain ledge to climb it without prior training is unnecessary. I mean you may still be able to do it, but part of how I work with students and create a safe space is to find the gear they need to climb and help them train on an indoor rock wall for awhile. In this way, that's how I do my part as a spiritual teacher to develop trust with students, and I encourage you when you search for spiritual teachers to make sure that they're creating a space and connection that you can trust.

Teachers Aren't Perfect and Neither Are You
Please, please, do yourself a favor: delete the word "perfect" from your vocabulary. You're not on this path to be perfect. You're on this path to be you to the fullest degree that you can be you, whatever that means. No one on this planet is perfect, and if you get into this path and into a relationship with a spiritual teacher looking for that perfection, you'll be disappointed. You may also ignore parts of you that are difficult to work with and that fall outside of your definition of perfection. A good teacher will help you go into those difficult parts, and you both may not have the right answers at the time. But as many notable teachers say, you do the best you can. And that's all that you can ever really expect from yourself and from a spiritual teacher. You both are going to do the best you can, and then you trust God and the universe to take care of the rest.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Putting Your True Face Forward: Part 2

I started this last blog about your true face intending to talk about squelching emotions, but I ended up talking about the body and how we mask and cover ourselves. Oh well. That's just how it goes with intuitive writing. Nonetheless, more content on the ole blog is never a bad thing, so I'm following up the "Putting Your True Face Forward" blog post with a part 2 to talk about the emotions and ideas that we try not to show. I'm also going to talk a little bit about this ridiculous idea of always thinking positive and how you can take a good idea and turn it into an inauthentic practice.

Let's Talk About Your Heart
So many people--men--are disconnected from their hearts. Now, I'm not giving women a free pass on this, but since I was directing more of the last blog at the ladies, now it's the guys' turn. So much of the spiritual path before men is about re-claiming their hearts. Guys don't know what they're feeling. They know anger and excitement, but by the time you get near love, sadness, and fear, they're looking for another bottle of beer to run and hide in. It's one of the many reasons alcoholism is a big problem in society. Another is years of built of bad social patterning around community, but that's for another blog post.

But in matters of the heart, in every way that we avoid our feelings and try to put forward a face that denies how we feel, we lose ourselves. We divert more of our energy towards holding down emotions to support this big tough exterior, and we lose that energy from more important things in our lives. Consider this, if you have to put one hand on top of a lid to keep a pot from overflowing, you can't do as much in your kitchen, shop, or wherever. Your whole range of motion is limited. Sure, you can say, "Look what all I can do with this other hand." But there are limits to how far you can stretch that arm while the other is occupied holding down the lid. In so many ways, avoiding our emotions is one of the most limiting things we can do for ourselves because we also avoid so many other situations which could trigger those emotions. And we ultimately are never really there for anyone else much less for ourselves if we can't understand our own hearts.

What Lies Beneath
I think this subhead was also a movie once--a scary movie, not that I ever watched it. Nonetheless, all the emotions that lie beneath this fake mask of control and confidence that you show are probably scaring the Hell out of you. You can't control them. That's the thing about a lot of emotions--they're outside the logic and rationale of the mind. The mind can't control them, but the heart knows how to be with them. In many ways, by not knowing what's lurking beneath the surface, we are already out of control and being controlled. Think about the undealt issues with an ex. You stop going to different places because you might run into her or him. You're being controlled by those issues, and it's limiting your life in what you do and where you go. It's time to take a peak at what's underneath the facade.

It's a Lot of Heart Work
I'm not going to sugar-coat this; dealing with emotions is a lot of heart work. You're going to find a lot of stuff about yourself that you'd forgotten or that you don't really like. You're going to feel weak, insecure, and terribly upset at times as you clean out the garbage. Dude, your tank is overflowing with sewage. It's not a pretty sight, but it won't stop bubbling up until you ship it out. That's just part of the work.

And it may not be a fast process. Some of the nasty old issues from our families have rotted down below for years, and because you've avoided them saying, "I'm fine. My old man was a total fucker to me, but I'm fine," there's a lot of stuff built up around it. Getting to the core issue may take time (it may not too--it just depends on if you're really ready to let go). But the emotional freedom that you get when you clear out these old issues is amazing. You'll be astonished at what it opens up in your life. Consider that if you've never really followed your heart before, once you know what is in your heart, it could vastly change your career. Suddenly, you know exactly what you want to do. So you quit your soul-sucking job and find a new career doing something you truly love to do like cooking, teaching, farming, or whatever it is you want to do. Now isn't that worth a few tears of heart work?

Always Being Positive and Always Being Untrue to Yourself
I'm going to step away from the heart and emotions back to this mask of always being positive. This is a really nasty thing that's going around in spiritual circles. It's like the flu, and it can make people really angry and sick. The reason is because it negates being scared, angry, sad, and other emotions. It makes them bad, and it embraces a very juvenile view of the spiritual path. That view says that you should always be happy. I have no idea how that is remotely possible, and I can only assume that people have gotten that idea from a very limited lens of a few spiritual teachers, who possibly weren't really doing their jobs right.

On the spiritual path, ALL emotions are equally valuable. When we don't acknowledge all of them, that's when we start to get in trouble. Repressing your anger and not reacting from anger are two different things, however. So if you learn to face your anger, it's much easier to release it peacefully and not just punch someone in the face the minute you feel a little anger. Ignoring it entirely is much more likely to create a future reaction as it boils to the surface. In this way, you are being untrue to yourself by trying to always be positive. Sometimes, you're just pissed. That's okay. That's what you're feeling. It's just important that you don't make major decisions or take reactive actions from that place. Take a deep breath and find out what that anger is telling you. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
  • Are you angry because you didn't say something you needed to say?
  • Are you angry because your ego feels hurt?
  • Are you angry because you aren't taking action?
  • Are you angry for allowing yourself to become a victim?
Anger is often a lot of repressed and blocked energy. Hiding it by saying that you're "fine" only makes that issue worse. Each emotion has it's own way of being dealt with, but you can't deal with any of them until you accept them.

Your True Face Begins to Emerge
I think if some of you have read both posts, you may realize how much work you have to do to be you. Isn't that sad? Isn't it sad how much time we've spent covering ourselves in the mud of life and then trying to smear a happy face in that mud to show everyone that we're fine? The good news is that if you've realized that you're doing this, you can change. You can always change. There's never a time in life when you can't change. You may need help. It may be a difficult process, but you can always change.

And very likely, how your "true face" looks will change. We're not static beings. We're very dynamic. Every day, we're changing, which is why it can be so painful to always be trying to force the same "positive" looking face onto ourselves every day. It's like trying to wear the same clothes that we wore as babies. It would be absurd to do it. So why do we force ourselves into these out-dated molds? It's time to grow up, regardless of the answer to the question. It's time to move out of our spiritual infancy and learn to walk on our true path and show our true faces.

Friday, November 4, 2011

You’re Grounded!

Thoughts from my student, Susan, about the importance of self-care.

I fondly remember that corner. I was sent there as a child, not often, but often enough to know when I was in trouble with my parents. Followed by being sent to the corner they yelled, "You’re grounded!" However, to my parents’ dismay, they started to see that I enjoyed participating in this pre-grounding ritual. Slightly to the right of the corner was a small window that framed the front door. My parents noticed me gazing out the window after being sent to the infamous corner. They saw how I enjoyed the solitude with being in this small secluded space, admiring the beauty of the sun, trees, the finely landscaped front yard. It was perhaps a temporary effective tool of discipline, but more importantly, it helped me feel balanced and at home with myself being sent to this corner. It was a time for reflection. Needless to say my parents were perplexed. This was supposed to be a place of punishment, not a refuge. That was when my days of being sent to the corner ended.

Twenty-something years later I’m pondering the same concept and how little we take time to ground ourselves and take care of ourselves. With being a healer, I have been advised countless times about the importance of self-care. I thought I was doing enough, well apparantly not. I have been doing a lot of work on many energetic and physical levels. Integrating transitions in my life, healing my own blockages, taking care of my body, and working in other people’s energetic fields through my job in physical therapy was taking a toll on me. I am learning first hand that when we don’t make space to ground ourselves in self-care, then God is going to make that space for you whether you like it or not.

Oftentimes it occurs by a external factor such as acquiring a severe illness or getting physically hurt at work. Some people may push their bodies to the limits so that they end up having a mental or physical crisis requiring hospitalization. It makes sense, though. Our society repeatedly tells us to work harder and even play harder when we have that rare chance to enjoy our time off. I pondered on how often I was using my free time for self-care. Even when I was committing to self-care, was it true self-care? How often are we mindlessly placing ourselves in front of the television or browsing facebook? On the other spectrum, are we utilizing our limited free time from work with constantly being in motion in the form of activities with friends, clubs, and organizations? We can call it hanging out or having fun, but is it really self-care? These things aren’t inherently bad. It’s the attachment and how often we do those things. I am learning what may be seemingly beneficial in the short term may not be in the long term. It’s the balance that matters.

I was quite resistant to my situation. My ego desired for me to be at work. I didn’t recognize right away why God put this circumstance into my lap. Once I finally let go, had a conversation with God, and allowed myself to relax, I soon began to realize what self-care really meant to me. My ego was using the concept of self-care as something to "get through and be done with" instead of an enjoyable necessity. After being educated on various forms of self care and being an educator of it myself, I always took it as something I just needed to do in order to keep providing more for others. It was something that had to be done, but with a slightly skewed negative attachment to it. I never considered asking myself if I truly wanted to accept it as a necessity, a good thing, until now. No wonder my body was burned out and tired. Yet another trick of the ego cleverly disguised in different clothing.

I see people get burned out every day, overextending themselves instead of taking time for rest and reflection. I even noticed it in myself from time to time. Although I may have realized when I needed some extra time for morning meditation or yoga, I didn’t do it consistently enough to sustain myself. I found joy in my spiritual grounding practices, but didn’t make enough time to find joy in it consistently. God has certainly put me in a corner for grounding. However, it wasn’t for punishment at all. He did it so that I could see the reflection of myself in that little window, so that I could see just how big and wonderful I really am. But first, I can only continue to do that if I take care of myself.

Susan started to cultivate a deeper relationship with the Creator four years ago when she was introduced to the works of Eckhart Tolle's, "The Power of Now" by Jim Tolles. Her life has been transformed in countless ways since then.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Putting Your True Face Forward

There's a saying to put your best face forward. It's a nice saying. It's the type of saying that encourages people to overlook difficulties and give the present moment your best, but usually, that's not how it gets used. In truth, I think people get caught up in putting forth the best face for society. It's not even their best face; it's the face that they think society will find most acceptable. In the meantime, your real "face" and all of your real feelings get squashed down under the internal anvil of repression, and we all have to realize that this is part of how we lie to ourselves and others every day.

Peeling Away the Layers--Stop "Making Up" Your Face
Most people play this game in society, but I'd love to pick on women for a while. I've already picked on men from time to time, so fair's fair. :) Let's start with make up--the feminine warpaint that ladies plaster on their faces to show a certain image. With so many people talking about how objectified women are by this culture, you have to pause and point the finger where it really belongs--at you. You buy into this crap. You cover yourself with goo and buy expensive clothing. You buy the magazines that perpetuate this objectified image, and then you blame men for being sucked into this imagery and somehow wanting it. You can be sure that I'm not letting men off the hook for buying the swimsuit edition of the female body with all the emaciated women that grace those pages. But until you take ownership for this face that you're presenting to the world, you will not be free.

And of course, the big question which I challenge you to journal about is this: "Why are you doing it?"

The Hard Work of Accepting Responsibility
In so many ways, we're a culture that is irresponsible. We want to blame everyone else for something. The spiritual path is a return to responsibility, and that responsibility starts with being responsible to yourself. Many of you have no idea what you want or why you want it. You're caught up in social programming, and now it's time to disconnect from it. You start that disconnect by wiping away the make-up and fake smiles. You start by expressing how your really feel to yourself. I'm not saying it's time to take the lid completely off in your regular life. You don't even know what's in there. It's kinda like opening that gag gift which springs forth a bunch of fake snakes into someone's face. That's you. So go unscrew the lid quietly in the bed room at first while you're dropping most of your make up kit into the trash. See what emotions, thoughts, and intuitions you've been suppressing. It will most likely be unsettling, but that's the start of taking responsibility.

Finding Your True Face
I can immediately sense when someone is being false to a situation. They may not be lying about something exactly, but it's like when someone laughs nervously to cover up being really upset about a lost job, lost relationship, or something else. It's not how they really feel. It's a mechanism to avoid that feeling. So the path to showing your true face to the world takes you through a lot of pain at times. It invariably happens when I'm in a session with someone. At some point, tears come up. It won't be because we're even working intensely on an issue; it's simply arising because there's finally space for someone to truly be themselves. And with that space, the deeper part of you--the real you--starts to emerge. It's like it's coming up from the bottom of the ocean and all the stuff, barnacles, sand, and water on top of it gets pushed up too. It's a very beautiful thing to me when it happens because I can see that real face coming forward, and a lot of times after it has happened and some tears have washed away the debris of pain, I can see more of the light in the other person, which is more beautiful than I can describe for you in words.

The Path to True Beauty
At some point, everyone got so focused on outward beauty that the inner beauty got lost. I know from friends and students that often as they go along on the spiritual path they let go of a lot of the outer pretenses for beauty. Culturally, they may not look as beautiful, but they start to have this very real glow to them. It's awesome. It is beautiful--it is TRUE beauty. You can't miss it. You may even hear guys remark in reference to women, "Wow, she's like really hot and stuff, but she's not like pretty." It seems like a contradiction, but it isn't. Your true face is so exquisitely beautiful. Once you start to show it, you'll wonder how you could ever have hidden it. It's like placing a gem inside a brown grocery bag and then trying to make the brown bag look beautiful. The bag--the external things of clothing, make-up, etc.--gets in the way of what is truly beautiful.

Guys, You're Not Off the Hook
Guys, you're getting just as bad. It's not just what you've bought into for expectations with women, but increasingly, we're caught  up in the U.S. in what I call the body-builder effect. Since the 1980s, men have increasingly gotten sucked into this image of the male body as incredibly muscular. Some guys are absolute gym nuts, and they pour tons of dollars and energy into creating that look. But that's not what makes guys handsome, and it certainly hides who you truly are beneath excess bulk that serves very little purpose. Equally for you, I say, "Why are you doing this?" It's an important topic for the journal, and I challenge you to see if you are actually doing this because it's what's in your heart or if it's how you think you need to be accepted by others.

Phase 1 of Showing Your True Face
Well, I'm towards the end of this blog, and I know I'll have to write another. This one ended up focusing more on the physical aspects of putting your true face forward, but so much of that is also saying how we really feel and doing what we really want to do in life. In so many ways, we sell ourselves out to show the face--the image--that we think is acceptable to others. And this face becomes our prison. Over time, you'll feel the walls closing in tighter and tighter. At some point, you're going to want to scream to get out. When that happens, drop me a line, and we'll work together to develop your escape plan, starting with looking at yourself in the mirror.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Reminder About Upcoming Free Meditation Webinar

On November 16, 2011 at 10am PST, I'll be hosting a webinar called, "Meditation Basics: Meditation Fundamentals and How You Can Improve Your Practice." The free online presentation is meant to help people as they develop, expand, and refine their meditation practices. Anyone from the beginner to advanced practitioner can benefit.

Click the link below if you're interested.

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