Monday, August 10, 2015

My Spiritual Path


Love.  Love is my spiritual path.  It started years ago after reading a book called, "Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It", By Kamal Ravikant.  It is a short and inexpensive book that I downloaded from Amazon.com.  This book might change your life, I know it changed mine.

 

The book suggests a few things like chanting "I love myself", over and over again.  Of course I resisted it.  I thought I could come up with something more clever and personal to me like "I am love" or "The Universe loves me", or even "Love, Love, Love".  These thoughts kept me from repeating the mantra like I was supposed to.  I simply couldn't decide on one.  

 

Instead of chanting I found myself thinking about self-love.  I mean, what would that look like?  I found myself asking lots of questions like:

 

Is this food loving for my body?  Is being with this person a loving experience for me?  Is thinking this thought a loving act?  These questions were profound and kept me moving in a more loving direction but I didn't really experience the miracles that Kamal Ravikant described in his book.  It is funny how some people have left my life after starting this path.  However, things didn't really start to change for me until I started chanting "I love myself".

 

I found the chanting difficult at first until I incorporated a mala into the practice.  The mala helps keep me focused and I am able to chant as long as I want because of physical activity of touching the beads one at a time occupies my subconscious mind.  Kamal suggests that you keep chanting whether you feel anything or not and I agree.  You only have to show up and chant.  You don't need to hold anything in your mind or visualize anything.  Kamal chants in the shower and when he is shaving.  He says he even chants when he is on a date.  All you have to do is chant either silently to yourself or out loud "I love myself".  He promises that if you will do that, miracles will happen.

 

 I have heard that the Universe is love and that it is just waiting to shower us with love at all times.  The problem is that we don't feel loving or that we deserve to be loved.  That is why we don't experience the showering of love.  We don't experience it because it isn't our reality.  We expect life to be difficult and hard.  The inside doesn't match the outside.  Our negative thoughts keeps us from experiencing the love and miracles that the Universe wants for us!  By chanting "I love myself", we raise our vibrations, our energy, so that we are more in alignment with pure love.  By chanting, our inner reality will match the outer reality of love.  This is how to experience the love that is being showered down upon us from the Divine.  This is how to experience miracles!



Friday, June 26, 2015

Kundalini Yoga for Removing Fear



 I have found Kundalini Yoga to be so helpful in my life and think it a valuable tool.  If you haven't tried Kundalini Yoga, give it a try!  It is very different from other forms of yoga.  In my opinion, it is about balancing energy more than stretching the body.  Give this meditation a try.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

June 14, 2015

It has been years since I have posted anything on this blog and I feel badly about that.  Fear is a difficult issue to deal with and from my current perspective, one that must be dealt with in a loving manner.  I see people everywhere experiencing fear (and other very destructive emotions).  When you are experiencing fear it is because you are perceiving an illusion.  You think you are separate from God (your higher power, the universe, whatever you choose to call it)...which is really impossible.  This is all explained in great detail in a wonderful book called A Course in Miracles.  I have found A Course in Miracles to be infinitely helpful in my spiritual growth and I cannot recommend it highly enough!

http://www.acim.org/  A Course in Miracles, Foundation for Inner Peace

https://www.facim.org/  Foundation for a Course in Miracles.  This is Gloria and Kenneth Wapnick's website

The above are just two of the many websites devoted to this amazing book.  At first glance it seems very Christian (for me this is not a selling point as I lean toward the Buddhist side of things) however it isn't.  In fact, it is channeled material.  The language is very Christian but you must look past that to the message.  I am astounded that years ago, when I first started reading ACIM, I put it down because of the language.  Today, I can't get enough!  It is so refreshing and comforting.  If you haven't encountered this amazing information before, maybe it is now time to search it out? 

I would also like to recommend the "original version" of the book, which is only slightly edited.  The Foundation for Inner Peace version is heavily edited, not that it diminishes the message but the original edition, to me, feels more complete and clear.

I would also like to recommend any of the work of Marianne Williamson: 

http://marianne.com/

Marianne has made it her life's mission to clarify A Course In Miracles, which can be very dense.  I personally would never miss one of the Monday night "Livestream" events which are free.  She is an AMAZING speaker and I am always moved by her talks. 

If  you have found this blog because you are suffering from fear please know that it can be a beautiful thing.  It is hard to see while in the midst of it.  Know that there are many people in the world that have gone through what you are going through and survived.  Like a lump of coal under pressure becomes a diamond, you are transforming into a different person and fear is simply the symptom of the transformation.  Soon, you will be a butterfly!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The State of Ease

Free e-book from Doc Childre.  This book contains the "Inner-Ease™
 Technique" which can be very helpful in times of stress.  Check it out!


http://www.heartmath.org/free-services/downloads/state-of-ease.html
The book is also available in 6 languages other than English.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Helpful Books

The Breath of the River.




The breath of the river slowly rises from the banks
and spreads toward the sleeping countryside.



Music from the movie, "Home", sung by 

Adèle Carlier

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Mind-killer

I was speaking with my sister recently when I remembered a class I attended where it was said that the Buddha taught that some people are born (or develop the capacity to absorb or experience) pain or fear for another person.  I like that idea.  I like that my fear might be a good thing, that I might be helping someone else by processing my fear or pain.

My technique for dealing with fear is to let it pass through me (like in the movie "Dune", "fear is the mind-killer...").  I surrender to fear and let it wash over me.  For me, it feels like I am opening up my chest and letting fear in.  Resistance to the fear is what causes it to escalate.  Resistance can certainly cause suffering, all by itself.  I find that by surrendering/accepting fear, I am much more present.  I am much more "in the moment" than I have ever been before.

I say bring it on!