Thursday, June 21, 2018

Spiritual Significance of the Summer Solstice

Spiritual Significance of the Summer Solstice

“If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life 
would be my God.” ~Napoleon Bonaparte

Excerpt From: Belsebuub and Angela Pritchard. “The Path of the Spiritual Sun: Celebrating the Solstices and Equinoxes.” 

*There is a spiritual message encoded in the suns physical journey that aligns with our own spiritual awakening.
 *Celebrations, bonfires, gatherings, sacred dances and reenactments of cosmic events took place at the solstice and equinoxes through the ages as a way to teach and connect with this cosmic journey of the soul, and feel and understand its significance in a more profound and intimate way. 
*The sacred occasions stimulated people's souls, inspiring them to strive towards this journey to enlightenment, become one with the universe, and embody on earth what is shown in heaven through walking the inner path of the spiritual son/Son in their own lives.
*Ancient cultures understood that these four focal points of the year illuminated stages of an inner spiritual journey– A solar path an individual can undertake like Mithras, Jesus, Krishna, Quetzalcoatl, among others– often share similarities with the sun’s journey. Most are born at the winter solstice, teach and perform wonders, die and resurrect at the Spring Equinox, ascend into the heavens at the Summer Solstice.
*Their lives illustrated the solar path to enlightenment that is literally part of creation. This cosmic correspondents reflects the hermetic axiom:"As above so below.”
*Many ancient people knew that the natural world and its cycles contain the principles of creation, and that these principles are spiritual in their nature.

*The maxim of wisdom, “as above, so below” indicates how cosmic and natural phenomena are intimately connected to the human being and journey of consciousness. 

*We are undeniably part of the universe, and so too is the process of awakening. 

*The sun (and stars) is the source of light and life in our universe, just as the spirit is the source of light and life within us. Spiritual figures and texts placed so much emphasis on the journey of the sun, as the path of the sun is symbolic of the path of consciousness/spirit in its journey to awakening, and the solstice and equinox are this journey's major stages.

“The spirit in life teaches—through these celebrations an individual can learn something personal about their own journey of consciousness, ”

*At the winter solstice, the divine Son is born within a spiritually prepared person. At the spring equinox, this Son dies, becomes one with the Great Mother of the universe, and resurrects. At the summer solstice, the Mother and Son “ascend” to the Father, so that the forces of Son, Mother, and Father become one.

*Ascension is a process that occurs in the process of awakening—it is symbolized by the summer solstice and is found in the life of Jesus. Jesus’ ascension occurs some time after he resurrects at the spring equinox.

*The summer solstice signifies the regaining of the soul’s original powers and pure state, and its ascent to the place it originally descended from.

*This marriage of heaven and earth is symbolic of the fusion of the human with the spirit, producing an individual, awakened spiritual being. It is the realization of the true inner potential within each human being. 

*The summer solstice is also the stage in the process of enlightenment when the subconscious, the ego states of the initiate are finally defeated, which is the defeat of all the evil and darkness within a person.

*In the path of the spiritual sun, the sun at the summer solstice represents the ascension, enlightenment, and the return to oneness—the divine source. It is the culmination of the individual's journey to enlightenment that has been represented in the solstices and equinoxes of the year.

Excerpt From: Belsebuub and Angela Pritchard. “The Path of the Spiritual Sun: Celebrating the Solstices and Equinoxes.” 

How to Align with the Energy of Summer
By Laurie Frazier

The Summer Solstice (also known as Litha) is a time of intensity,
 fertility, growth & renewal and great potential.

Intensity: Summer is symbolic of passion, desire and sensuality burning more intensely within the hearts of both humankind and animals. What’s heating up with in you? What are you passionate about? What no longer serves that could be burned up and let go?

Renewal, Fertility & Growth: Everything is at it’s peak. Vitality and bounty abounds in all things. Flowers are in full bloom, baby animals have been born and are growing, the earth feels renewed to her fullness. Where do you get to grow and feel renewed?
Great Potential: The sun is a warming entity, so it fires our passions and heats up our hearts to the potential of life that abounds. Everything is at its fullness. Where can you shine more brightly? What gifts and potential do you get to step more fully into in your life?

More Ways to Align with the Energy of Summer:

*Take note of the ripening & flowering all around you and be grateful for the 
generosity of Mother Earth who gives us all that we need.
*Strengthen your bond with the earth by minimizing your impact on the planet, take 
only what you need, & receive her gifts with gratitude.
*As we feel the sun’s power to both burn & bless, recognize our own abilities as they grow and know that we too have the power to make a difference for growth or destruction.
*Remember that like the sun we have the power to nurture and sustain.
*We have a responsibility to burn as brightly as we can.
 *Invite fire/the heat of the sun into our lives, to burn away all that we have outgrown and all that no longer serves us and to grow in us all the things we have longed for.
*The brightness of the sun is symbolic of the light of our consciousness shining more brightly in our awareness.
* It’s also symbolic of passion, desire and sensuality burning more intensely within the hearts of both humankind and animals.
*Tend to your fields/talents so that you will have something to harvest in the fall.
*Remember that in 6 months, we will be embraced by the Winter Solstice.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

8 Tips to Forever Young

Some Words of Wisdom Approaching My 52nd Birthday...

Something interesting happens inside of mySelf every year 2-3 weeks before my birthday. I get super excited with anticipation, like a kid awaiting Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. I start feeling even more energetic, more beautiful, and more bad-ass. Truly though. It’s like I don the Wonder-Woman cape and sassy pants and cannot be stifled, hushed or dimmed. In true Aries fashion, let’s just say, I get a lil full of my cute-lil-Self. I start taking more selfies, being flirty, wearing cute clothes and let’s not forget that very confident attitude—oh wait, I do that shit all year. Anyway you get the idea. 
Call me crazy, but I have always been happy and excited to get another year on this planet under my belt! I signed up for the evolutionary fast-track in this life so there never seems to be a year without epic challenges or events. This past year I spent a good bit of my time in Solitude mostly snowed in for the 10 months that I was there. Then I left indefinitely to do humanitarian work by myself on the other side of the world in Romania, was planning to stop in India, do a lil yoga and sight-seeing, then off to Nepal for more humanitarian work with no return date. While in Romania, I got several messages (inner-voice/higher-Self/aka God) to return home, work on my book and do what only I can do. My stubborn Soul refused to listen and went off to India where I contracted Dengue Fever by a freaking lil mosquito (a.k.a. the gods) and was literally dying and HAD to return home! It has seriously taken me a good 6 months to fully recover. Anyway, enough of all that drama, it’s a new year approaching for me and I’m excited. 
I’ll be fifty-two!! Yuh, you read that right. What woman is excited to be 52?? I AM!! For some reason, I always feel like my life is just beginning. While most people tend to see their lives as starting to walk down the mountain at this fifty-year midpoint, I feel like I’m just about to hit the peak and stay there for the next 2-3 decades before I start that decent—if I ever do. 

So what are some of my secrets to looking and feeling at least 10-20 years younger? Wouldn’t you like to know. I freely share, you can start now and it will help. However, the things I’m going to share, I’ve been doing for DECADES…so I got a good jump on most of you…just sayin. It’s never to late to grow young!! 
Here they are in no particular order:

1. Drink lots of water!!  Drink good water. Drink the best water you can afford. (I like Water & Wellness PH balanced water about $10 per 5 gallon.) Drink more water than you drink any other beverage. And never drink fucking soda pop!! WTF don’t you know that shit is POISON?!?!?! Have never had more than a splash here and there for my ENTIRE life!!

2. Eat good, clean, healthy and organic food!!! Eat lots of veggies and some fruit!!! Avoid bread, flour, sugar,    pork and artificial everything. Eat grass-fed, organic meat, if you eat meat. Do your research and never stop trying to figure out what makes your body happy. 

3. Meditate & do some fucking yoga already…yes, it is for EVERYONE!! “Gee, I wish I hadn’t meditated or done yoga today!”, SAID NOBODY EVER!! I’m not even going to comment more. Do your own damn research. There are more benefits than all the fucking pills you pop for every bullshit disorder you have that you wouldn’t even have if you did these two things semi-regularly!! For fuck’s sake!! 

4. Take in some nature! Don’t miss the show happening all around you no matter where you live!! Nature is happening and it can teach you a lot about life and about yourself if you have eyes to see and ears to hear. Nature heals whatever ails you from a broken heart to life-threatening diseases. 

5. FORGIVE already. Stop carrying your stupid grudges. Nobody cares about your victim story because we are never victims!! Life is showing up for you, only ALWAYS. Your Soul is a request for whatever comes your way. Get over yourself. Forgive your shitty parents, they were doing their best. Forgive your ex—you were no gem either! And guess what?!? It’s all in the PAST!!! Even if it happened yesterday. It doesn’t even exist anymore. YOU are the only one carrying ‘it’ around. It’s time you let ‘it’ go before ‘it’ kills you because I can tell you, it is having a deep effect on you and has already shortened your life. 

6. Accept & Allow all that comes your way. Say yes to life. Say yes to whatever makes your heart smile. Allow yourself to love whatever it is that you love, (as long as it’s not creepy). Just be okay with whatever happens in your life, make the best of it and move the fuck on. Don’t get stuck. Don’t get stuck in the pain, your story, the heartache, the bull-shit, the success, the money or lack thereof, but feel it all. Keep moving with grace and gratitude. All is as it should be. Trust in that. 

7. Create your own spiritual practice with something you feel truly connected to and that resonates deep within you. Feel free to explore different traditions, religions, and cultures. Nothing is taboo. Just because you love Jesus, doesn’t mean you can’t love and learn something from Buddha, too. Jesus won’t be mad, I promise! And for the sake of hell, don’t be a Mormon, Catholic, or whatever just because your freaking parents are!! That is NOT a good enough reason!! If it doesn’t resonate with you, have the balls to do something different!! You will not go to hell for having your own thoughts and opinions, but you will live hell on Earth when you adopt everyone else’s thoughts, opinions and beliefs that do nothing for your own heart. 

Doing the opposite of all the above will make you old, send you to your grave early and make you unattractive!

And finally #8  Drum-roll, please!!!!

8. Life is fucking magical!! Never forget that! The Universe exists to surprise you. It is always beckoning you with every ray of sparkling sunshine to come into the Light and play!! With every bloom of Spring, it shares it’s vitality. When you are open, self-aware, brave and courageous, this beautiful planet will show you ‘six impossible things before breakfast’!! #ForThoseWhoHaveEyesToSeeAndEarsToHear #ThroughTheLookingGlass

Life is too short to feel old!! You know the old adage, ‘you are only as young as you feel’? Spoiler Alert: You choose your feelings! Take your cues from nature and Spring forth into life, stop refusing your own flowering and start fucking blooming some shit! Stop being stingy with your gifts, another reason you feel old—all that talent bottled up inside. Share and shine, peeps. It’s a new day. 

And in the words of Bob Dylan, “May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung
And may you stay
Forever young.”

  Much love and vitality on your journey, friends <3 3="" font="">

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Come Into Your Own Light

“I can tell you some things I know about spring. That it's about bursting. It's about renewal. It's about re-learning. And it's about becoming. And you know what? It's also about discomfort. It burns to become. But you can't avoid it. Step into it. Own it. You can't escape from what your heart actually aches for no matter how hard you might try. The brain hardly ever wins. The core does.” ~Victoria Erickson

The Spring Equinox is about the struggle between the light and the dark. It’s a day of balance between the day & night before the scales get tipped (to the light side). Often when we think of people as ‘being dark’, we often think of murderers, rapist, thieves, ragers, verbally and physically abusive people, etc. I’d like to propose another angle on darkness within ourselves. It’s a struggle that exists within every human Soul at one point or another and for most, it is often on-going. We are choosing darkness when we choose someone else’s truth over our own, when we refuse to follow our own hearts and decide our parents, partner’s or anybody else’s expectations for our lives, has more validity than ours. The darkness wins the battle when you dim your Light, and refuse to honor your own purpose and flowering. 

To overcome this spiritual ‘darkness’ one must become victorious over the voice in one’s psyche that says you’re not good enough, smart enough, good-looking enough, rich enough, thin enough, talented enough, etc. Who are you to think you could possibly do that? You can’t make a living doing that. You’re not special. And on and on the negative self-talk goes. That alone is an affront to your spirit and the Light. 

You have to come to the realization that to dim your Light or to be anything less than exactly who you are for anybody because you don’t think someone will love you otherwise; that whoever they are is worth the compromise— that is the biggest lie and the greatest betrayal. To feel that someone else’s beliefs, feelings and ways of being are more important/valid than your own, that is greatest infidelity—the infidelity to Self. Self-betrayal is the exploration that’s really worth contemplating. Blaming others for anything will never get you anywhere. Blame will simply get you stuck in victim mentality, from which you will never grow. There is zero evolution in pointing the finger of blame outside of yourself. 

To demonstrate this struggle of the dark and the light, we need look no further than the classic Bible story of spring and Easter. Along with the beautiful resurrection of Jesus, it’s also about the betrayal, death and the crucifixion. Judas Iscariot of the Bible is the iconic symbol of betrayal. He betrayed Christ for 30 pieces of silver. Handed over his bff, just like that. In so doing, Judas was betraying his own truth and his own inner-knowing for 30 pieces of silver. He was denying what he knew, he was denying the love and passion he had within for a bag of coins. Judas betrayed himself every bit as much as he did his friend, Jesus. 

We are all our own Judas when we betray our Self, and the silver is a symbol of our ego, wether that ego be grandiose, or just the opposite. That’s right, some identify themselves as pathetic, bad and wrong persons—victims, hopeless and helpless. This becomes their ego identity every bit as much as someone who has an inflated sense of self or one that is simply identified by their position, possessions and/or their relationships—all are ego-identification. 

What does the ego desire? The ego desires to be desirable, to have important friends, to please their family and make them proud, to have lots of cool/expensive stuff, live in fancy homes and drive the coolest cars, to have positions/jobs/careers of prestige, to climb the social ladder, to be loved and wanted, to have sexy/well-thought-of partners, to be recognized/famous/acknowledged, and basically to ‘look good’ to family, romantic partners, friends, acquaintances, and everybody on your social media feed. 

So what is your 30 pieces of silver?  Is it the promise of a new relationship? Is it a career that offers a great income?  A new fancy house and car? Is it the possibility of notoriety and potential fame? Is it looking good to your family, neighbors and friends? What is that attachment for you? What is your greatest ego desire? What’s the thing you believe everyone around you would just think you’re the shit, if you had or if you achieved? 

What is it that you will you do for that 30 pieces of silver? What part of your Soul are you willing to hand over for it? Judas turned over his best friend to an immanent death, and in so doing, pretty much betrayed his own faith and inner knowing. Ladies, have you ever turned your life over to a man for the promise of financial security or because you feared being alone? Men (and women), have you ever given up your life long dream, to take a job that pays the bills or gone into a field of study that you had zero interest in because that’s what was expected of you by your family— and whatever it was that you really wanted to be/do was unacceptable?  Have you gone along with the rules of society, your religion/culture even if they weren’t true for you? 

This is the battle I’m talking about—a more subtle battle within, that if succumbed to indefinitely, will suck your Soul and destroy your vitality.  Most of us don’t wake up with the battle of wether or not to kill, rape or steal each morning. We do wake up wondering how much longer we can continue to go to a job that robs us of our creativity, how much longer we can stay in a passion-less marriage or relationship that is not meeting our needs, how much longer we will accept being out of shape, continuing unhealthy habits, stifling our voice and opinions, and pretending to like things we don’t and dislike things we love. We do battle with being courageous enough to share our talents, shine our light and be the rockstars we were created to be. 

This confrontation between the forces of darkness and light creates the opposition needed, and symbolize what the initiate/seeker (a.k.a. YOU), goes through in definitive moments and important stages necessary for awakening, awareness, self-realization, enlightenment, and immortality. This opposition is what produces the treasures of Spirit on the other side when one emerges victorious: understanding, self-knowledge, wisdom, compassion, patience.

“Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn
anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.” ~David Whyte

We begin our journey into the light when we cross the threshold of simply recognizing our own voice amidst all the others that have been shouting. When we allow ourselves to feel the gentle pull of our own heart-strings and acknowledge them as our own, the shadows begin to dissipate. We step into the Light, when we step into our own power and shine our brightest Light. When we follow our life’s passion and purpose, we are saying ‘yes’ to our own becoming and choosing the Light. 

We are made of literal stardust. It’s in our DNA. We are pre-programmed to SHINE!!  We were born to stand out, to be unique, to follow our hearts and be unabashedly our big, bright, beautiful Selves. There is nothing more glorious than a person stepping into their truth, acknowledging their greatness and simply owning who they are with no apologies. 

It’s resurrection time! You are the one you’ve been waiting for. Go with the flow of Spring and tip the scales by stepping into your own Light and shine on, shine on, beautiful peeps!!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

A Self-Possesed Woman-How to Be One, Have One and Keep One Around. Listen Up Men.

Any self-possessed woman is going to have spent a good amount of time alone in her life, for that is how she becomes,”self-possessed”. And what exactly does the term, ’Self-possessed (woman)’ mean? It means that she belongs to no man, no religion, no dogma, no geographical location nor a political party. It means that she has spent quality time in her life getting to know and understand herSelf. She knows who she is. She knows who she is because she has lived consciously. At some point, she has recapitulated the times in her life that she may have lived unconsciously, and understands that now, and is unwilling to do so again— at any cost.  She has lived and experienced life in a variety of forms, and she knows what works for her and what doesn’t. She knows where she has compromised and she knows the damage that compromise has had on her very Soul. 

A Self-possessed woman cannot be owned, possessed or treated like an acquisition. She can smell, hear, see and sense that coming from literally miles away. Why? Because she has done that before. She has been bought and sold, compromised her truth and dreams for a younger girls fantasies and fears. Most self-possessed women take several decades to ‘grow’. But once she’s clear, she is a force. She can hold her own. She is S-O-L-I-D. She is solid in her beliefs and she knows what she values. She is no longer enticed with promises or dangling carrots of security, comfort, and luxury. She knows how to make her way in the world and that her freedom is the most coveted thing that she can possess….high above fancy homes and BMW’s.

This woman has unshakable confidence, and because of it, can be quite intimidating and unnerving to most men. It is not the kind of cocky confidence she may have had in her 20’s based on her body, appearance or pedigree. This confidence comes from deep within. It has roots like a tall and beautiful oak tree. It is a self-assuredness that no longer needs to size up the competition or look around and see how she ‘measures up’. She has no concern for such foibles of youth. It matters not to her what other women are doing or how they are living and behaving. She is clear about herSelf, what she values and what her requirements in life are.

In order to have one of these rare women in your midst, you must also be a rare and self-possessed man. Know that this woman does not want to own you, limit your freedom nor does she want to restrict or constrict your life in any way. She does not want to be the ‘boss of you’ that was your mother's role, and/or your ex’s. She desires your unwavering devotion. She doesn’t want to ‘run the show’ or ‘tell you what to do’. She desires a man that respects her intellect, trusts her intuition and seeks her counsel. She does not expect you to follow it blindly, but to weigh her thoughts, ideas, and opinions along with your own and then for you to make wise and authentic choices. If you always do what she says, or change your opinion too easily to match hers, she will not be able to trust or rely on your strength and knowledge. 

If this woman has chosen to be in your space, it’s because she deems you a worthy companion and life partner. An equal. This woman realizes that there will be some areas where you know more than she does, she counts on you for that. She also trusts that when you are in doubt, you will consult her. She doesn’t want (or need) the final say. You will know when it’s right to give it to her, but not from a space of insecurity. 

A self-possessed woman also comes with strength of character. She has probably made choices in the past that she would not make again. These past choices most likely came from a place of fear, lack of power, insecurity, and rebellion. Being self-possessed, she has now acquired these things (confidence, internal power, security) and has no need to make rash or impulsive choices. She weighs the consequences of her actions and as a result is trustworthy. She employs both head and heart when making important decisions and weighs the consequences of her actions on all involved. She does not need to be babysat. She does not need to be told what she should do. If she wants your opinion/advice/counsel she is not above asking you and will not have a problem doing so.

This woman requires freedom and space. She is an autonomous creature. Try to pin her down, define her or your relationship with her too quickly, and she will be on her way out before you do it again. Don’t try to consume her time, plan into a far-distant future or get pouty when she says she needs some alone time. Understand, it’s not about you and it most likely never will be. You own you…and let her own her. She will find you much more attractive that way and may just want to be around you more often—which was your goal in the first place. Tell her you're interested and back the fuck up. 

~just some ramblings from a self-possessed woman on a summer night that wanted to come out into the light now that the coast is clear ;)

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Winter Solstice ~Welcoming the Return of the Light Within

Today is a very auspicious day in the cosmos.  Don’t miss the opportunity to take advantage of this magical time to let go of that which no longer serves you and create and manifest that which is more authentic to your Soul.

The Latin word for Solstice means ‘sun stands still’ .  The winter solstice has many meanings—at its core is the birth/return of the Sun—both universally and personally.  The Winter Solstice is a celebration of our spirit being reborn and transformed from inner darkness into Light.  Spiritually, it’s symbolic of allowing the darker shadow side of ourselves to come out, to be acknowledged and to be transformed as it heals.

This highlights the idea of nurturing new beginnings and a time for creating new resolutions and resolves. The inward nature of winter allows us to reflect, heal and be recharged for spring, as well as reassess our connection to spirit and our life purpose.

Winter Solstice is the great stillness before the Sun’s strength builds, and days begin to grow longer.  It can be a time to rest and reflect.  It’s the fruitful dark out of which new life can eventually emerge.  The longest night is a fruitful night for setting intentions to be birthed with the newborn Sun/Son/(your own Spirit within). What you conceive now will grow with the Sun and gain momentum in the Spring.

So decide what it is that no longer serves you, something you are ready to leave behind in 2017 so you can move boldly and courageously unencumbered into 2018 to manifest your highest truths, dreams, and intentions.  Think about what feels inauthentic to you…maybe you are in a job that you hate, or a relationship you know is toxic, or friendships that are no longer resonating with you…time to take ownership back of your life and be at cause, not effect.  Your playing small serves no one.  Then decide what it is you would like to ‘birth’ within yourSelves.  What do you want to create, how can you be more authentically YOU?  Time to shine your big, bright, beautiful Selves and step further into the Light!!

I celebrate with cultures and peoples through the world anciently and currently, the magnificent return of the Sun King.  I for one, LOVE what I have affectionately deemed ‘Sunny”—my beloved since childhood. I am forever grateful for the beautiful Sun-shiney memories I have of Sunny; the way He warms and browns my skin, the way HIs Light makes ordinary things magical, and His gift of the Moon that lets me know He’s never very far away and is always watching over me.  I love you, Sunny!!  Welcome back…let’s hang!!  Shine on, Shine on fellow travelers! (((Big Warm Solstice Hugs)))

“To live a spiritual life we must first find the courage to enter into the desert of our loneliness and to change it by gentle and persistent efforts into a garden of solitude. The movement from loneliness to solitude, however, is the beginning of any spiritual life because iit is the movement from the restless senses to the restful spirit, from the outward-reaching cravings to the inward-reaching search, from the fearful clinging to the fearless play.” 
― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Reaching Out

“The birth of a divine child and savior at the winter solstice has formed a central part of spiritual beliefs throughout the world since the beginning of history—in ancient Egypt as the birth of Horus, the birth of Mithras in Persia, the birth of Jesus at Christmas, the birth of the divine son at Alban Arthan of the Druids, etc. These celebrations are evidence of how people separated by vast distances and time have tapped into a universal spiritual principle that is just as relevant now as it was then.”

“Each of these deities was known as a savior of mankind, and a beloved and sacred divine child. Each of these deities was associated with the sun, and all of them born at the time of the winter solstice in a miraculous virgin birth. The lives and stories of these deities tell us of a great mystery, which in the case of Jesus, he came to earth with a mission to reveal both in the events of his life and his teachings.

They speak to us of a mysterious and universal understanding of spiritual transformation. All things which come into being must first be born. Even as creation was borne by the great Mother of the universe, so too must we be born of the spirit to become spirit. The winter solstice is a celebration of being "born again"—not of flesh, but of the spirit. It’s a celebration of the birth of the spiritual Son, the Christ, within a person’s consciousness in the process of awakening.

 The birth of the sun also represents the birth of the spiritual sun within an individual in the process of enlightenment. It is born into the time of most darkness—the physical sun gives life to the external world; the spiritual sun gives spiritual life to the individual.

Every spiritual teaching throughout the world had some word for attaining enlightenment, whether it was awakening, self-realization, salvation, imperishability, or immortality, etc. Most still have remnants of a divine savior associated with the Sun, and many associated the birth of this savior with the winter solstice. This divine savior always taught humanity how to achieve enlightenment, to become a "son of God.

…each of us has the potential to become an awakened spiritual being. This is why sacred texts from ancient times and still today, always point toward enlightenment as the ultimate goal of life.

Literally, the work of enlightenment is found written in the cosmos in the movement of the sun and stars, which is why so many ancient spiritual cultures incorporated celestial movements into their spiritual monuments and sacred texts. This is what life is created for, so no wonder we find it reflected to us from the heavens, and intrinsic to everything around us. This is so we can always discover our true purpose for being here and realize our own spiritual potential—when we choose to search for it.

The creative process which gives birth to the universe also gives birth to the spiritual within a human. Thus the divine savior is not just born into the world they can be born within us—into the symbolic stables, prison, or cave, which is the spirit entering into the humble and limited fleshly vehicle of the body.”

“When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourself, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.”
~ Jesus, The Book of Thomas the Contender”

**Excerpt From: Belsebuub and Angela Pritchard. “The Path of the Spiritual Sun: Celebrating the Solstices and Equinoxes.” iBooks. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Be Your Own Damn Guru

Be Your Own Damn Guru 

Funny enough I’m writing this on the US Independence Day…a day synonymous with freedom. Freedom has always been one of my highest values in life. I seem to keep putting myself in situations where I experience the exact opposite just to once again realize how very important it is to me, and hopefully to you as well. How else could I be the Maven of Moksha? (Moksha means freedom, btw) 

So I didn’t come on this journey or to this ashram to find myself, discover inner peace & happiness or seeking the answers to any of life’s big questions like most people do. I’ve done all that in my past 36 years of endless seeking, study & practice. I came to this ashram to immerse myself in the culture as a life experience, first of all. I also came for the regimen of yoga, meditation, and believe it or not, the healthy vegetarian food. I also enjoy kirtan and chanting and have that music playing wherever I am most mornings and often throughout the day. I just wanted to immerse myself in “real ashram” culture along with many others I intend to explore.  

I have incorporated, adapted and integrated many aspects of the yogic lifestyle into my own for decades. In my OWN way. In a very personal way, that after all of my PREVIOUS seeking, I have put into practice, modified and adjusted to suit MY Soul. 

From the beginning, the extremely regimented schedule that begins at 5:20 am and concludes at 10pm, with attendance taken at each satsang, meditation, prayers, yoga and lectures felt quite extreme to me. Along with having to get in essence a ‘hall pass’, just to walk down the road for chai. On this schedule there is barely enough time to write a few notes to Self, let alone a full blown blog, or have a real conversation with someone from your homeland. Or even time to think and assimilate this new lifestyle you may have voluntarily put yourself into, unbeknownst all the rules.

Since one of my Jedi Spirit Hacks is arriving at no thought in about 30-90 seconds, I’ve often used some of my meditation time to contemplate and ponder various things, from what fascinating place I want to visit next, my last smoking rendezvous, wondering what spices were in the tasty curry tonight, and how I would have taught the last lecture differently. I think about how I would improve this place, if I were running it lol. I’d definitely shake it up a bit, (Osho would be proud). I often wonder how the director of this place, who I find to be a very intelligent and spiritual man and an excellent yoga teacher, can do this same schedule day after day, after month after year! How?!?

Tonight was about the last straw for me. It was movie night. I had forgotten and was kind of excited when it was announced. The movie (if it can be called that) was on the founder of this ashram called Swami Shiva-Something-or-other. I thought, cool I’m finally going to see what this guy is all about!  Apparently the entire staff of devotees, didn't share my same enthusiasm because when they heard what I heard, everyone one of them got up with their things and walked straight out!!  After the first 2 minutes I understood why. 

Wanting to give it a chance, I stayed for about 12 more. I rarely walk out on the worst of movies because I’m an eternal optimist and my rose-colored imagination thinks at some point something super redeeming is bound to happen. I was already clear that would not be the case tonight. 

I knew it was going to be pretty pathetic when the entire intro was nothing but this Swami having his picture taken, half naked with his belly and boobs exposed and in a big overcoat for the rest of the endless pics. It showed him in various places being photographed ad-nauseam. The last portion was filled with mindless followers pandering and offering prostrations to this man, accounting for about 90% of film, as if this were to somehow validate him and make up for his extremely remedial and often misguided teachings. This is when I walked out, went to my dorm, got a bottle, walked down to the same area to get some clean drinking water where I could  see more of the same guru worship on the big screen.

The other 10% (which is truly a stretch) was about 5-8 minutes of the most remedial spirituality I have heard and seen since kindergarten of (insert your religion of choice) studies/brainwashing. The film extolled  “HIS PHILOSOPHY” in horrible graphics, in these basic words: Serve. Love, Give, Purify, Meditation, Realise.

One of the things that made me chuckle was seeing them shoot video of Swami X giving out what I’m sure were nothing more than pennies/rupees, after just having taught to give selflessly, humbly and in secret. Oops!!

After one of the words encompassing his profound philosophy is flashed on the screen, (not sure if it was Give or Serve), a clip is shown of Swami X in which he appears to be wearing  sumo-wrestler-like-garb (aka robe wrapped up like a diaper) and barefoot, gathering water in two pails, from a river and then hacking at the dirt with some hoe/rake-like tool. Obviously attempting to show that the Swami actually did manual labor as opposed to just being pandered to, though his large size begs to question the truthfulness of that fact. It was a 100%  staged Hollywood scene. In a similar contradictory scene, he is shown with his feet on top of a man kneeled on hands and feet. 

Looking back on what the film portrayed, it never showed him doing yoga, he certainly didn’t look like a yogi, nor did it even show him meditating, though his teachings said it was the ONLY way to God realization, the ONLY way to inner peace and happiness. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been around the ‘spiritual block’ a time or two or three, and when somebody tells me their way is the ONLY way or the ONLY truth, I head in the opposite direction. 

If you have really done your homework, you will find that there are as many ways to God/The All/Source/Universe, or simply your Higher Self as there are people. I will save my prostrations for the Sun, the greatest life-giving force in the galaxy, other celestial bodies, my deities/angels/ancestors of choice, and most importantly my own Higher Self. 

I am an eternal being on an expansive, evolutionary journey. Know ThySelf, Love ThySelf, Thou Art God. The day of the guru is on its way out. It’s fine to have people to look up to and find teachers that resonate with you, you can learn much from others, from spiritual texts like the Bhagavad Gita, Bible, Rig Veda, Kabbalah, Zohar and many others. As you seek, certain philosophies you encounter will feel good to your Soul…keep those until they don’t. Don’t get too attached to your own dogma. Hold it lightly. It is not who you are, nor is it the truth of you. You are not your beliefs. 

You are on an evolutionary path—it is not meant to be static. To paraphrase a quote from the Bible, ‘When you are a baby, you drink milk, when you are old/more mature in your understanding, new and greater truths (solid foods) will be revealed to you. If you are so attached and egoically identified with being this or that religion or belonging to this ashram or that particular sect, you may dismiss something that could change your life and move you forward in your own evolution. When you understand, that you are not your religion, or even hard-earned beliefs, you can easily put the old teaching down to embrace the new. Just like graduating from kindergarten or out-growing your clothes when your young. You don't say that kindergarten was stupid, or that it was the wrong clothes…they were perfect in that moment—and you’re here now. Open your eyes. Learn to trust yourself and your own-heart. Don’t ever put your spiritual evolution in somebody else’s hands, not the priest, rabbi, swami, bishop or even your own parents. Train your ears to listen and your eyes to see. Meditation is good for that…but so is a walk in nature, spending time alone and in silence, dropping judgement and labels and being true to yourSelf. It is your life, it is your Soul. Follow your heart, it knows the way.

Peace In. 

**I want to state that I am sure all ashrams are quite different, and while I’m not a fan of the regimented schedule or some of the less than profound philosophy, I haven’t spent much time researching any more of this Swami’s teachings. I’m sure he has some good things to share…but so do you & I. And I’m sorry, but for the entire staff to walk out before the movie began, was sooo telling. If The Secret were playing, they’d have no problem watching it over and over…just saying.  

I also have no doubt that for people with a lot of questions, stress, hectic lives, and hectic minds get a lot out of this type of routine, call it a re-set of sorts. It’s also great for someone, that wants to eat healthier and get used to how to eat for a vegetarian. One thing I’d do if I were running the place is have a cook book of all the different food they make here because it’s pretty good. 

Funny, it’s a 2-week program, starting on the 1st and ending the 15th. I’m a finisher, a completer, though for some reason I only paid through the 6th, although I got the rupees to pay for it all—inner-knowing, I bow to you! 

Needless to say, It’s waaaaay past my curfew now, just after 1 am, I won’t be going to Satsang at 6 am to bow to Swami-Something-Or-Other. And—I’m sure you’ll be shocked to know, I snuck off to swim in the crocodile infested lake with about six other female rebels earlier today…sporting a nice tan and feeling more like mySelf, ha! I think I’ll roll out of bed for yoga at 8am!! My days are numbered here. Woot-Woot