Honor our Light/Soul

Sun, thou bearer of rays,
Thy light’s power over matter
Magics life out of the earth’s
Limitless rich depths.

Heart, thou bearer of soul,
Thy light’s power over spirit
Magics life out of the human being’s
Limitless deep inwardness.

If I gaze upon the Sun
Her light speaks to me in radiance
Of the Spirit, filled with grace,
Wielding through the beings of worlds.

If I feel within my heart
The Spirit speaks its own true word
About the human being, loved by him
Through all time and eternity.

Looking upwards, I can see
In the Sun’s bright disc
The mighty heart of worlds.

Looking inwards, I can feel
In the heart’s warm beat
The human Sun ensouled.

Live for Today

Look to this day,
for it is life, the very breath of life.
In its brief course lie
all the realities of your existence;
the bliss of growth,
the glory of action,
the splendor of beauty.
For yesterday is only a dream,
and tomorrow is but a vision.
But today, well lived,
makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,
and every tomorrow
a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day.

Choice of Perception

Before You Arrived, And Throughout The Waking Dream, Everything Is Changing Constantly.

But What Is Causing The Change?

The Thinking Mind.

The Choice Of Perception

No Two Beings See A Situation Exactly The Same Moment To Moment.

Even If The Perspective Is Close, It Will Change With Further Thinking.

This Happens Because All Are Looking Through The Lens Of Their Own Experience!

Friendships, Families And Marriages Often Break Apart Because Each Is Dealing With Their Own Set Of Variables Which To Them Is The Truth.

If All Could Relax And Just Let Things Flow, There Would Be Much More Common Ground.

As You Strive To Live As Your Soul, You Have Increasing Peace Naturally, As The Soul Has No Conflict Or Ego.

The False Self Is Always Trying To Show Another That They Are Wrong Even In Small Ways.

When You Desire Peace Above All Else, You Will Let The Small Things Go!

What Do They Really Matter With A Being Of Infinity?

YOU, Beloved One Reading This, Are An Infinite Being Of Light!

You Arrived With Nothing And You Leave With Only Lessons And Soul Growth.

Remembering This Allows You To Be Free.

Just Breathe And Be Thankful!

Be Kind To Others And Feel The Love Within Your Own Being.

On A Planet Of Duality, There Remains Love So Abundantly Given To You Each Moment.

If You Are Afraid, Say, ‘Thank You, God For Strength.’

If You Have No Money, Say, ‘Thank You, God For Grace.’

Allow Heart Centered Involvement To Become The Priority In Decision Making.

In This You Will Transcend All Possibilities That You Have Believed Held You Back In Humanness.

Become Fully Present In Your Gratitude To Be Part Of This Great Planet And The Sacred Opportunity To Shift With Others Into Realms That Are Closer Than Your Breath.

Love One Another!

Love’s expression

Sonnets to Orpheus
IV
Rainer Maria Rilke

O you lovers that are so gentle, step occasionally
into the breath of the sufferers not meant for you,
let it be parted by your cheeks,
it will tremble, joined again, behind you.

You have been chosen, you are sound and whole,
you are like the very first beat of the heart,
you are the bow that shoots the arrows, and also their target
in tears your smile would glow forever.

Do not be afraid to suffer, give
the heaviness back to the weight of the earth;
mountains are heavy, seas are heavy.

Even those trees you planted as children
became too heavy long ago – you couldn’t carry them now.
But you can carry the winds…and the open spaces…

Secret Chamber of the Heart

Much before the astronomical cycle of the past 5,125 years, human beings used a form of language completely unlike the present. This language was of the heart. As ancient as the rocks and wind, this mode of communication created a fusion between mind and body, a coherence of both right and left brain hemispheres, and a knowledge of thought and feeling as one.

The transmission centre was the secret chamber of the heart known as the Shante Ishta, the single eye of the heart. Indigenous peoples, such as the Mayan, the Aztec and the Kogi still believe the secret chamber of the heart to be the core of all that is sacred about life. Indeed, it is recorded in the book of Genesis, that in ancient times all people of the Earth knew one language, until humanity defied God by building the great Tower of Babel – ‘making their names to be scored upon heaven’.

God’s infinite wisdom responded by dispersing all nations, by separating all people in order to confound their intention. From thence the soul became individualized, and egoist tendencies inflated the notion of separation from the Source. The life of heart-felt communion became isolated in each person, until this time.

The Secret Chamber Of The Heart

The secret chamber of the human heart is where the individual soul attunes to the collective, universal heartbeat, that unites us all through a vast field of intention — that of consciousness. When we choose to love from our heart we enter into a chamber of creation where all things meet in genesis, the legendary ‘gene of Isis’, for it is from the Great Mother Isis, the formative energy of the primordial silence, that all life originally arose. And so the truth of creation unfolded and still unfolds.

There is an ancient legend of the magical Isis, who was the Goddess of Fertility in the myths of ancient Egypt. Isis was the daughter of Geb, the God of the Earth, and Nut, the Goddess of the overarching sky. Isis, story suggests that her husband, Osiris, had been cruelly killed by the jealous Set, and his dismembered body parts, thirteen in all, had been strewn about the Earth. However, Isis found and brought together twelve of the parts, excepting Osiris’s penis; this she fashioned anew from gold, and sang a song of such exquisite beauty that Osiris was resurrected from death, and became the Lord of the Afterlife.

If we can follow the example of Isis, taking her song of creation and once more singing our own song, speaking the language of our hearts from the secret chamber of the heart, we may truly become a vessel for the embodiment of love. Then ingratitude, judgment, hatred, lack of compassion, or refusing to forgive cease to exist – for to be anything other than love is to be without soul.

The Power Of The Heart

Science reveals that a human fetus’s heart begins beating before the brain is formed. This ‘auto-rhythm’ suggests the heart to have a self-initiated beat, which precedes conscious thought, dispelling the illusion of the brain’s intellectual function as the foremost principle in the creation of human life – the heart’s beating is the elixir that enervates human consciousness.

The heart has its own independent nervous system with 40,000 neurons, as many as are found in the sub-cortex of the brain. Scientific experimentation at the Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology in Philadelphia discovered that when the brain sends orders to the heart, the heart doesn’t obey. Instead, the heart appears to be sending messages back to the brain, and the brain not only understands it obeys. It must be our utmost conviction to allow the power of our hearts to manage our thoughts and feelings, to live to the heartbeat of emotional truth. As we consciously move to the beat of this drum, transformation reveals a bridge between linear thinking and intuitive sensing. This landscape alone provides us with both a greater perception, and a way of creating solutions to face future complexity with greater ease.

We must stop the frenzy of our stress-filled living, fulfilling functions that simply create disease. We must stop the actions that lead to the closing of the heart, and the explosions of the heart in the form of cardiac arrest.

Dakini Sky Dancer

The dakini is a messenger of spaciousness and a force of truth, presiding over the funeral of self-deception. Wherever we cling, she cuts; whatever we think we can hide, even from ourselves, she reveals. The dakini traditionally appears during transitions: moments between worlds, between life and death, in visions between sleep and waking, in cemeteries and charnel grounds.

Dakini in Sanskrit, Khandro in Tibetan, literally means “sky dweller” or “sky dancer,” and is the most sacred aspect of the feminine principle in Tibetan Buddhism, embodying both humanity and divinity in feminine form.

Dakinis may appear differently in various contexts; when needed, she may appear as fierce and intense or playful and nurturing. At other times she may appear outrageous or repulsive in order to cut through conceptual thinking and mistaken perception. She may appear as a human being, as a goddess, either peaceful or wrathful, or she may be perceived as the general play of energy in the phenomenal world.

In general, the dakini represents the ever-changing flow of energy with which the yogic practitioner must work in order to become realized. Ultimately, all women are seen as some kind of dakini manifestation.

Meditation: Care for your Brain…

What Are Brainwaves?

Brainwaves, or neural oscillations, are rhythmic patterns of activity in our central nervous systems. 

At different phases of your day, the interaction between your neurons changes, and brainwaves are a measurement of the wavelike patterns of activity in your mind.

There are five distinct kinds of brainwaves: Gamma, Beta, Alpha, Theta, and Delta. The types range from a very fast bumpy pattern to a slow rolling wave—and each type is associated with different states of consciousness and cognitive functioning.

The Five Types of Brainwaves

Gamma 

The highest frequency brainwaves—measuring 31 to 100 hertz, or cycles per second—are gamma waves, which are typically associated with insight, expanded consciousness, and peak performance.

When you feel like you’re a state of hyperfocus, you’re likely producing gamma waves.

Beta

When you’re alert and focused on something like reading, writing, or speaking, you’re probably producing beta waves, which measure 16 to 30 cycles per second. Executive functioning and focused learning happen in this state, so in our hectic lives, we probably spend a lot of time producing beta waves.

Alpha

When you’re in a state of rest, relaxation, and reflection your brain produces alpha waves, which measure between 8 and 12 hertz. 

In this state, you’re still awake, but you feel calm. You’re not asking your brain to process a ton of information, solve a problem, or focus on work. Some experts call this a “wakeful rest” state. 

During a yoga class, you typically move from a beta brainwave state into an alpha one. You might feel like you’ve just had a burst of dopamine and serotonin to your brain. In a gently relaxed alpha state, you have more access to visualization, imagination, and creativity.

On the flip side, that “yoga high” from alpha brainwaves might make you feel a little forgetful or spacey – which is why you’re more likely to forget your keys, water bottle, or jacket when you pack up to leave your studio.

Theta

In deep meditation or relaxation, your brain produces theta waves, measuring between 4 and 7 hz. This is where we hold our memory and intuition. If you read a book before going to bed, you might be in this state just before you flip off the light and go to sleep.

Delta

The slowest brainwaves are Delta waves, measuring only .1 to 3 hertz. This is a state of detached awareness or deep, dreamless sleep where a lot of healing occurs. 

Studies have shown that some Buddhist and Tibetan meditators, many of whom have meditated for decades, can stay in a living awareness in the Delta state. But most of us tap into Delta brainwaves when we are sleeping.

Meditation and Your Brain

So what do these different brainwave types mean for you?

In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, an instructional yoga text that dates back to at least 300 A.D., the author says, “Yoga is the cessation of fluctuations of the mind.” 

Picture brainwaves like these fluctuations of the mind. Meditation actually enables us to move from high frequency brainwaves to lower frequency ones, helping us calm our minds and giving us more space between our thoughts.  

By slowing down our brainwaves and accessing deeper states of rest, healing, and intuition, we can make room for true consciousness to bubble up to the surface, so we’re less driven by the addictive negative biases in our mind.

You already know that the quality of our minds depends on the quality of our thoughts, and our happiness depends on how masterfully and skillfully we can master our own minds. 

Moving from high frequency to lower frequency brainwaves gives us opportunities to carefully choose the thoughts we invest in, rather than being at the mercy of old, ingrained habits and thought patterns.

Managing your own mind with your meditation practice gives you tools to avoid mind traps like:

  • Getting caught in the “should”s (I should do this, I should do that)
  • Emphasizing the negative
  • Discounting the positive
  • Negative self-talk
  • Catastrophizing (assuming the worst is going to happen)

Understanding brainwaves can not only deepen your practice, but it can also help you be a better yoga teacher or wellness practitioner by teaching your students or clients how to optimize their brainwaves for greater peace and wellbeing.