I am at home with the holiday blues, and wondering if it is all worth the effort, and then I happened to watch this youtube video.
I remembered that I am not alone in the effort to live a life based on Love rather than Fear.
So come and join us in our efforts to live a more meaningful life.
Join like minded people on January 1st at 11AM Central Time for our annual Intentions Setting Ceremony!
Make 2022 a year filled with courageous, heart-centered living. Bring a candle to light as you set meaningful intentions for the new year.
You are also welcome to stay online with us for the second hour for an introduction to our course Strengthening Your Spiritual Core!
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What if your thoughts had the power to attract the things you wanted into your life? Well, ample research evidence suggests indeed they do. So why is it that when we do all of these positive affirmations, our hopes and dreams do not suddenly manifest before our eyes.
Well, most likely it is because those positive images are drowned out by the thousands of negative images we project unconsciously into the field.
So, start using your consciousness wisely. When you are confronted with a fear, take some steps to ensure it doesn't overwhelm you.
First, use logic. Have I been in this situation before? What happened? Did it turn out alright? If not, have I learned from it, so that I can use that new-found knowledge to create a better outcome?
Second, imagine what the best possible outcome would be. You don't have to know how it will happen, just entertain that outcome.
Then, imagine other best-case scenarios. Keep envisioning what you want, instead of what you don't want.
I can hear you now, "But that is just wishful thinking, it is not reality." "I have to look at the evidence."
And so that inner critic continues protesting, "If I choose all this positive thinking, that would be living in a fantasy."
First off, if you are looking at the evidence, make sure you are examining all the evidence. Look at the evidence that fits a positive outcome, not just the evidence that fits the negative outcome.
Most important remember, all of our imaginings, whether positive or negative, are fantasy. They are not real. They are our thoughts.
Like Neville Goddard says, "Thoughts Become Things."
So, choose your thoughts wisely, start training your brain to create the life you want!
Join us for our New Year's Intentions setting on New Year's Day at 11:00 CST. Start your year off right and learn about our first course of the year!
A friend Suzanne sends me morning messages to inspire and sometimes just to make me laugh. Yesterday she sent me one by Thomas Merton. I am vaguely familiar with Merton, and had superficially read through some of his autobiography years ago, but this quote resonated with me, and led me on a search for more. I truly had no idea of the wealth of insights and guidance in his teachings. A quick search brought me to dozens of meditations and recordings. I brief dive into the material had my soul stirring!
The quote she sent me is what started it all. Mainly because it spoke to my present state and reminded me of the way in which I can go through all moments in life, choosing the highest expression of myself, when I look for those opportunities to do so. Even those moments that are extremely challenging are to be savored as opportunities. These moments that I want to avoid because of the pain they bring, are actually the tipping point, the falling away of the old. If I can see the opportunities and possibilities in these challenges, then I will most definitely grow into my greatest potential.
Here is the quote:
"You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope."
As we enter 2022, let's be intentional about year. Let's set a plan in front of us. The power of a heart centered intention cannot be overstated. It doesn't mean that I know how the plan will be enacted or can decide the specific outcome. What it means is that I am connected to my heart's desire, and I am navigating my world in connection to that highest value-state. Setting intentions is a powerful way to live our destiny rather than to be kicked about by fate.
Our intention setting ceremony, to be held at 11AM CST on New Year's Day, will focus on bringing into awareness this vast and expansive array of possibilities and challenges that are set before us as we embark on a new year.
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Below is one of the many meditations on Thomas Merton's work.
It creates a beautiful preliminary to our work in the course Strengthening Your Core.
From this you will realize our goal, reconnecting to the true-self, the authentic-self, the spiritual core of our being that radiates love, and joy, and creativity, and spontaneity.
Please listen to his word here, or read them below, and then join us after the intentions setting ceremony for our introduction to our second run of the course "Strengthening Your Spiritual Core"
Only silence can reach that dimension of reality that is too deep for words.
Silence has many dimensions, it can be a regression or an escape, a loss of self, or it can be presence, awareness, unification, self-discovery.
Negative silence, blurs reality, and we lapse into daydreams or diffuse anxieties.
Positive silence pulls us together and makes us realize who we are, who we might be, and the distance between the two.
Positive silence implies a discipline choice.
Creative silence requires a certain amount of faith, for when we come face to face with ourselves in the lonely ground of our own being we confront many questions about the value of our existence, the reality of our commitments and the authenticity of our everyday lives.
When we are constantly in movement, always busy, meeting the demands of our social roles, passively carried along on the stream of talk in which people mill around morning to night. We are perhaps able to escape from our deeper self and from the questions it poses. We can be more or less content with the external identity, the social-self, which is produced by our interactions with others in the wheeling and dealing in everyday life.
In the silence we are challenged to be with ourselves. To drop the social self entirely now who am I?
If you are sharing an awkward silence with yourself, perhaps it is not working yet. For there is no such thing as awkward silence, only being awkward in the silence.
Let go of the awkward, put down the mask, just Be silent with yourself.
What you hear in that silence may be the noisy screams of the social-self not to be let go of.
But you can let it fade for now.
And in real silence, in the positive silence, open to the experience of the real self that arises.
If we are afraid of being alone, afraid of silence, t is perhaps because of our secret despair of inner reconciliation. If we have no hope of being at peace with ourselves in our own personal loneliness and silence, we will never be able to face ourselves at all we will keep running and never stop.
In silence we do not simply confront ourselves we become ourselves.
In silence we face and admit, the gap between the depths of our being which we consistently ignore and the surface which is untrue to our own reality.
We recognize the need to be at home with ourselves, in order that we may go out and meet others, not just with the mask of affability, but with real commitment and authentic love.
When we live superficially, when we are always outside ourselves, never quite with ourselves. Always divided and pulled in many directions by conflicting plans and projects, we find ourselves doing many things that we do not really want to do, saying things that we do not really mean, needing things that we do not really need, exhausting ourselves for what we secretly realize to be worthless and without meaning in our lives.
Every man needs enough silence and solitude in their lives to allow the deep inner voice of their own true self to be heard at least occasionally.
When that inner voice is not heard, when man cannot attain to the spiritual peace that comes from being one with his own true self, his life is always miserable and exhausting.
He cannot go on happily for long, unless he is contact with the springs of his own spiritual life, which are hidden in the depths of his own soul.
If man is always exiled from his own home, locked out of his spiritual solitude, he ceases to be a true person. He becomes a kind of automaton, living without joy because he has lost his spontaneity. He no longer lives from within, but only from outside himself.
We are now in the final stretch of 2021 and so it is time to tap into the New Year energy! We will host our annual New Year's Intention setting on New Year's Day at 11AM CST. Stay posted for more information.
It is incredible what we can accomplish in a year. Life is filled with so many opportunities. We tend to get bogged down in the mundane and lose sight of what our soul is really calling us to do. Make this year the one where you finally step outside of your routine to move purposely onto your heart-centered path.
Following our intentions setting on New Year's Day, we will host a summary of our upcoming course. If you are interested in living a more heart-centered life, please come join us for the second run of our course "Strengthening Your Spiritual Core".
This is work of the heart. Learning to love the self. Learning to connect to the Higher Self when making choices in life. There is only one person who truly knows what it is you are meant to do, that is you.
We falsely identify our self with what I call our "ego interfacing personality". That is the part of us that has been shaped through our experiences in the world. The true Self is not the personality, or the product of our life experiences, it is the eternal Self. The spiritual Self that has incarnated onto this planet in order to fulfill your divine purpose.
Those of us who have lost touch with that authentic Self have difficulties making decisions, knowing which way to go in our lives, feeling lost and a lack of meaning and connection. When we tune back into who we truly are, that expansive loving awareness flows through us, and we are able to live a life filled with peace, serenity and endless amounts of unconditional love.
This year we will continue the hybrid format, and host our bi-weekly event in the Yoga space at the Community House. Please check out more about the course and find the course schedule here, and please be sure to register if you are interested in participating.
My first stint in graduate school was at the Institute of Animal Behavior, a now defunct department at Rutgers that focused on Ethology. Ethology is a powerful field of studying behavior and resulting phenomenon and using the scientific method to evaluate theories on the purpose of these. So my training was in classical scientific method. As a scientist, when doing an experiment, you start with a theory. Our theory is that energy healing is an effective tool for physical and emotional dis-ease.
Let's just say, even if we are uncertain of the mechanism of how something works, the evidence that it does work warrants further exploration. Furthermore, it is always mind-blowing when it does since it questions our materialistic view of the world.
Last night at our healing circle, we had the opportunity to see this mind-blowing power at work. We started our session with the prayer of St. Francis, or rather the Twin Hearts meditation as it was developed by GMCKS, founder of Pranic Healing. We all felt the energy flow through our hearts to our hands. I have done this mediation hundreds of times, and it was pretty powerful even with just the three of us.
We followed the meditation with a brief intro into how Pranic Healing works. Even though my formal training is in classical neuroscience, I spent over a decade training in bioenergy healing, working with Master Co, the primary disciple of GMCKS. I have treated my own training more like an academic or scientific journey, and less like a healer or practitioner. But, I have been feeling called to start using these tools as I am seeing the need for healing in our community.
The system calls for cleansing and then energizing the energy field (or aura and chakras). There are specific patterns for various diseased states, but a general approach is a direct one. That is, if it hurts, clean it with white or green prana and then energize it with white, or violet. *there are specifics about color, but these color choices are a safe bet.
One of the ladies had a tooth abscess, so we swept the area with clean prana, and then briefly energized it to support the healing. We ended the session with a prayer of thanks. It was probably about an hour later that she called me, so excited to tell me the news. The abscess was gone! It had burst when she got home, and drained on its own. I was so excited. Like I said, I have always observed these things as a scientist--holding no expectation, just performing the experiment and recording the results. To have another positive example, makes me laugh in my heart. This stuff is so freaking cool!
This is not pretend-land, but founded in the powerful facts of the workings of consciousness and the magnetic fields (or morphic fields--or consciousness fields) of our bodies. The how of it all is still a matter left to those who are leading the way in our advancing understanding of the multi-dimensional reality. But why should we wait to understand quantum mechanics of energy healing, when we have a powerful healing tool at our fingertips (quite literally)?!
Consciousness Explorations has a curriculum of online courses. Most of these are in development, however, we successfully ran the course designed to help strengthen your connection to your higher self, through developing greater self-awareness and fostering self-love. This is our first offering of the New Year 2022 and will run from January until March.
Strengthening Your Spiritual Core is a journey of discovering and connecting to our Self with a capital S. We will meet twice a month on the new and full moons to set intentions to connect to and work with our highest aspects of self.
From the course description:
Each of us has a divine path. It is through our connection to our higher self, the part of us that knows and remembers, who we truly are that we find our way to this path. What causes us to forget? What causes us to stray and become aimless? How can I step back onto my path and come to realize my divine purpose in the world?
The course was a powerful experience for me, as I found I was able to transform old beliefs about my abilities in music, and to embrace the creative act of singing, which I now do fearlessly every day!
We will be sending invitations all this month to participate so if you are interested in learning more, please contact us.
I once had an idea come to me about the task of harnessing creativity. I looked it up and someone had already taken the title so I let it go. It makes me laugh now because I am pretty sure more than one person can comment meaningfully on such a powerful topic.
Nevertheless, the challenge of moving ideas from the imagination into action is one that I feel drawn to in many domains. In fact one of our core courses developed in our Consciousness Explorations curriculum is called Inspired Action. Just in case you are worried you missed it, we are still in the phase of development.
I personally don't mind being messy in the way I grab something from the ethers and plop it down into 3D. I feel like so many ideas are lost because of the fear of the chaotic messy phase. Oh no, what will they think of this blob of unformed imagination. Certainly it does not have the polish and shine we normally see on a finished product.
I am playing around these days with continual evolution. It is a hard concept for most of us to accept because our minds love powerful endings! The never-ending game has some appeal, but eventually we get sick of it. The project that seems to go on forever goes from fun to futile. But life is so much more of a process. Even in death our active ideas will continue to be reformed.
I love to share the process of forming and reforming my ideas. It takes a different attitude when you participate in life this way. There is much more uncertainty and change. But this same constant movement leads to a powerful experience of spontaneity, responsiveness and inspiration. This leads us to be fully present, rather than enacting a script of plan, we allow each event to unfold in front of us with the greatest amount of flexible awareness.
What would your life be like if you allowed yourself to go deeply into each moment, and viewed everything as an important part of the process of creating the life of your desires.
It is the Autumnal Equinox, officially at 1:20 CST today.
This is a time of balance. It is also a time of letting go as we move from the warm activity of the summer into the period of hibernation of winter. Our spirit which has been out in the ethers and astral realm, will now begin to recede, to come back into itself. It will bring with it all it has learned, and perhaps more than you desire it to bring.
Don't worry, now is the time to let go of all that is not serving you anymore. I have been working the program of codependency for almost 6 years now, and as it states in the promises, I have seen a miraculous change in my life and my relationship. However, there are some old behaviors I still seem to repeat, almost without knowing. I seek validation from others, especially my partner, when truly it is un-necessary. So I made the decision not to do it any more. How freeing.
Besides being the Fall Equinox, it is also a full moon. So set your intention today to let go of something you no longer need. Let it fall away from you like the leaves falling from the tree. You no longer need it, and as you let go of the old, know that you are making space for something new and wonderful to enter.
We are supposed to be exploring the Astral realm together this month, but somehow that aspect of our Consciousness Explorations programming got lost in the ethers. That seems to happen often with creative ideas if they don't have the right attention.
I have many creative friends and I have shared with them the struggle of getting things done and out into the world. Creativity is such an expansive and elusive thing. Creative ideas come so quickly, like a flash of inspiration, and then can leave us just as quickly if we don't take the effort to anchor them into existence. This is where Inspired Action is so important.
I have had over the past month, dozens of ideas for posts on the website, and yet I have only posted about 5 times. Some of those were just necessary or practical posts, designed to get information out. Maybe 3 of them, including this one, have been more inspired by the realm of ideas.
Having been sick with a nasty cold the past week, I have been isolating at home, and after getting bored with Lifetime movies, I have done a bit of creating. This act of moving an idea from the space of pure consciousness into a physical manifestation or representation of the idea is a powerful process. It feels to me much like the process of channeling, getting out of the way, or "moving aside", as in the way Lee Carroll describes as his process for communicating with Kryon.
What allows us to be able to stand in that space of inspiration, and not just receive these beautiful ideas, but to let them come through us onto the page, or canvas, or out into the world. How can we anchor all of this incredible insight, and learn how to become channels for our highest ideals as they express themselves first in that space of pure potential, in that collective consciousness, in the creative idea space.
So our course Aligning with Your Divine Blueprint has not been such a great success, it has faded off like so many good ideas. The truth is, the idea is still there, it is moving it into action that has faltered. Why did it falter? It didn't have participants to give it energy.
A lot of artists like to say they are just doing their art for themselves, but creativity is more than simple self-expression. Creativity lies in all that we do. We create our lives and the world around us through creativity. I can't imagine something more important in the world than to try to understand the process of creativity and to apply it to our lives and our world to create the world we want to see.
Come and join us on Saturday September 11th, where we can meet this day of destruction with an act of creativity. Come sing with us from 1 to 3PM at the Community House, 2223 N. Sheridan Rd.
Also I will share one of the songs I wrote while sick. It came out whole and complete on the first try, with only one line being altered. Sure it is short and simple, but sometimes those are the best ones.
So here you go!
If I can sing in my cold voice so can you!!! Don't be scared, just sing!
Also just for some context, it has been just over a year I have picked up ukulele, before that I had never touched a ukulele or guitar. Here is a song written about a year ago when I had one month of practice on the Ukulele.
Use this as a reference. See Old Dogs can learn New Tricks. Woof Woof.
You can start to sing and be creative at any age.
We have been listening to the Power of Now during our meditations this past week, and it has created a great sense of stillness in the practice. Probably, Eckhart Tolle's voice has something to do with it, but the reminder of the power of presence and stillness awakens that state within.
I encourage you to listen and begin your own practice. Or come and join us Monday, Tuesday or Thursday at 11:11 AM.
It particularly interested me the section he shared about creativity, as it aligns with my own views and personal experience.
45:00 - starts this thread of thought...
"Thinking and consciousness are not synonymous. Thinking is only a small aspect of consciousness. Thought cannot exist without consciousness, but consciousness does not need thought. "
"Enlightenment means rising above thought, not dropping below thought at the level of an animal or plant. In the enlightened state you still use your thinking mind when needed, but in a more focused form..."
" When you do use your mind, particularly when a creative solution is needed, you oscillate every few moments between thought and stillness, between mind and no mind."
"No mind is consciousness without thought. Only in that way is it possible to think creatively, because only in that way does thought have any real power."
"Thought alone, when it is no longer connected with the vast realm of consciousness, becomes barren, insane, destructive..."
"The mind is not at all creative. All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from the place of No Mind, from inner stillness."
"The mind gives form to the creative impulse or insight."
"Even the great scientists have reported that their creative break-throughs came at a time of mental quietude. A surprising result of a nationwide enquiry among America's most imminent mathematicians, including Einstein, to find out their working methods, was that thinking only plays subordinate part in the brief decisive phase of the creative act itself. So I would say that the simple reason that the majority of scientists aren't creative is not because they don't know how to think, but that they don't know how to stop thinking."
If you enjoy creating, or want to engage in creative play, please join us as we create music together the Second Saturday's 1:00 to 3:00PM.