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Spirituality

Imee Ooi – Om Mani Padme Hum (10 min)

Imee Ooi – Om Mani Padme Hum (Beautiful Chanting) – YouTube.


The purpose of our lives

Creative Systems Thinking


The Global Butterfly Effect

Source: The Global Butterfly Effect | Creative by Nature

With permission

creativesystemsthinking.wordpress.com

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 “We are Life, in human form. Descendants of the stars and galaxies, children of the oceans and forests, creative expressions of Nature. As much a part of this planet as the rivers, trees, mountains and butterflies.”

For thousands of years people in Western cultures have been wrestling with the illusions we’ve spun from our dualistic mindsets and beliefs. It’s like we’ve been dreaming a shared nightmare together, grounded in the mechanistic ways our society has been organized, rooted in how we live and think.

Across the centuries, the very foundation of our so-called “Civilization” has been based on ideas of separation and superiority- men above, women below, Kings above, peasants below, humans above, Nature below, etc. Walls of separation in our hearts and minds, a sense of sin and abandonment, believing that our entire species was “thrown out of Eden.”

With dualistic “ego” logical thinking came an emphasis on time, our consciousnesses locked into mental projections of a feared or desired future, an imagined and idealized history.

When lost in these projections we become less aware of the magical nature of each moment, blind to the beauty, value and mystery of the HERE and NOW. This is how schools teach our children to think and feel, how our ancestors were dazed and hypnotized.

From this mindset grew Civilized man’s mad circus of history, the hostile cultures of race and nationalism as identity, religion as truth, militarism as method, materialism and acquisition of wealth as the organizing goals of our institutions, the unquestioned values guiding our way of life.

egologic ecologicIt manifested with the rise of wealth obsessed empires seeking power and dominance. Dualistic thinking led to the Witch Hunts during the Renaissance, to Europeans coming to conquer the “New World” – thinking themselves superior to the Natives, stealing their land. Then going to Africa where they kidnaped and enslaved the people, dragging them across the oceans.

Over the centuries reductionistic thinking has given rise to all our most difficult problems- to racism, sexism, nationalism, slavery, human trafficking, organized crime, alcoholism, drug abuse, obesity, prostitution, genocide and all our wars.

For thousands of years now, individual artists, poets, prophets and sages have been trying to help us wake up from our delusions. From Jesus to Buddha to Lao Tsu, from Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” to Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience,” Whitman & Blake’s poems, Van Gogh’s paintings and forward thru time to the “Wizard of Oz,” ” Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” and James Cameron’s “Avatar”…

mandala del solThere was a great creative burst of realization in the 1960s, but still the spirit crushing institutions, selfish lifestyles and unquestioned mechanistic assumptions of the past continue to exert a powerful hypnotic force.

With the rise of new technologies and industrialization our consumer lifestyles have overpowered the rivers, mountains and forests that surround us. Over the last hundred years we have been destroying Nature’s ecosystems at an astounding rate.

Why has it been so difficult for humans to change?

In part, I think, it is because the “Civilized” Matrix will do whatever it can to avoid a shutdown. Our dominant institutions are designed to maintain control, to defend, expand and perpetuate their existence. Like the immune system of a body, attacking these systems directly only strengthens them, leads to hostility and violence.

Mostly however, I believe that we have not changed because too many of us are still hypnotized. Primarily identifying our sense of self with names, career, race, religion, gender, political perspective or nationality. Seeking pleasurable experiences, wealth, status and material possessions; mistakenly believing that these will bring us happiness and that the only way to solve complex problems is to “defeat the opposition.”

What most of us have failed to see is that we are not these social and cultural roles we imagine ourselves to be.

kundalini540_medWe are Life, in human form. Descendants of the stars and galaxies, children of the oceans and forests, creative expressions of Nature. As much a part of this planet as the rivers, trees, mountains and butterflies.

As more and more of us wake up to that deeper sense of identity we will be more easily able to transcend old thought patterns and beliefs. Observing Nature’s Systems closely, studying her ways, we can re-write and delete old programming.

To truly bring an end to the destructiveness of humanity- to really transform the world- a deeper wisdom has to first arise from within. We must “be the change” as Gandhi put it. We have to free ourselves first, transform our ways of thinking, feeling and behaving.

Then take the wisdom of our wholeness and apply it to everything we say and do, to all fields of human activity. Economics, entertainment, education, law, medicine, transportation, energy technologies- they all can (and must) be transformed.

1522252_417517075045900_1683885691_nWe are not the solitary individuals we have believed ourselves to be. We are expressions of Universal life, Children of our Galaxy. We are the “leaves of grass” Walt Whitman spoke of – the Awakening voices of Eden, instruments of the great turning.

Nature’s Agents of Transformation- The Global Butterfly Effect.

~Christopher Chase~

“You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here… Keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams; it is still a beautiful world.”  ~ Max Ehrmann (Desiderata, 1927)

“Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.” ~Paramahansa Yogananda

“People normally cut reality into compartments, and so are unable to see the interdependence of all phenomena. To see one in all and all in one is to break through the great barrier which narrows one’s perception of reality.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

“The Earth is alive and contains the knowledge you seek. It is your consciousness that determines what it reveals. How to access this knowledge? And where are the keys to open it and make it yours? The Earth speaks. Love her, honor and respect her and she will reveal her secrets.” —Barbara Marciniak

“You are not IN the universe, you ARE the universe, an intrinsic part of it. Ultimately you are not a person, but a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself. What an amazing miracle.” ~Eckhart Tolle


Tibetan Buddhist Chanting – Shar Gan-Ri Ma (6:14)

Tibetan Buddhist Chanting – Shar Gan-Ri Ma – YouTube.


Risen

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On this Easter day, please welcome the true risen Jesus ―the one who instructs us to love one another, the one who brakes bread with the marginalized, the one who expels the merchants from the temple, the one who is willing to die for his friends, the one who forgives his tormentors.

Let us remove the stone of our self-righteousness and judgementalism, our prejudice and exclusion, and our lack of compassion.

Risen | Great Middle Way.


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Candlemas

Maestra Maria Sabina en ceremonia (in ceremony)

Honoring the Imbolc known as Candlemas, Dia de la Candelaria in Spanish and Groundhog’s Day, it’s the midpoint between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Honor it by setting the intention of receiving Light. Use a candle, offer sacred smoke and allow current energies from the Moon to shower you in its moonbeams filled with love.As you rest tonight, meditate a few minutes on your inner light allowing it to expand into the grander version of you. Your inner light will illuminate your heart allowing abundance to enter your path.May your dreams be sweet, your heart at peace and your Spirit filled with fire for a new tomorrow.

Many Blessings,
Kalpulli Teocalli Ollin


We have been called to heal wounds

“We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way. If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart. We should seek not so much to pray but to become prayer. Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.”~ St. Francis of Assisi


Watch your thoughts

The Five Mindfulness Trainings

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

Lao Tzu


Know yourself

Mar 16, 2013

Mahesi Caplan initially trained as a photographer and then ordained in the Buddhist Forest tradition of Ajahn Cha at the age of 22 after a spontaneous experience of Kundalini awakening he desired to better understand.

His Buddhist training was all in European monasteries and his interest in synthesizing western and eastern influences is ongoing. He disrobed after 15 years and has continued teaching contemplative practices to small groups in Totnes Devon.

This is a new channel that will be being offering pointers to anyone interested in the awakening process.

Inspired by life, monastic training in the Theravada Forest Tradition and inspirational teachers I will share what I can with the intention of exploring ways to practically engage & accelerate the process of cultivating unconditional contentment. Most of these talks are taken from recordings made while teaching small groups in Devon UK.


Third Eye Chakra – Anja

Third Eye Chakra is the 6th Chakra and is responsible to what we refer to as “the sixth sense”. The Chakra connects us to our internal intuitions and is responsible for the sharp senses, the ability to read the future and receive non-verbal messages. Through the Third Eye we communicate with the world and can even receive messages from the past and from the future. It grants us our sense of observation. Representing Color: purple Location of the Chakra in the Body: The center of the forehead, between the eyes.
Main Characteristic Associated with the Chakra: The Third Eye Chakra’s element is light. Even though the third eye is blind, it has a deep vision because it’s directed inside. Anja governs and connects the conscious and the unconscious mind.

Third Eye Chakra in balance: When the Chakra is balanced we experience high mental ability, we are able to separate between reality and imagination and best combine logic and emotion. When we live with a balanced Third Eye chakra, we experience overall good health, clear thinking and focus. A healthy third eye chakra will encourage intuition, empathy of others and build trust in oneself.

Third Eye Chakra out of balance: When the Chakra is unbalanced we experience fatigue, day dreaming, sleep problems, lack of assertiveness, inability to listen to others, and may even often feel disoriented. When the Chakra is over active, you may immerse in a world of fantasy and even experience hallucinations.


Transforming oneself

Correcting oneself [transforms] the world. The Sun is simply bright. It does not correct anyone. Because it shines, the whole world is full of light. Transforming yourself is a means of giving light to the whole world.

~ Sri Ramana Maharshi ~

Tao & Zen


Love is the Only Rational Act ☮ Bhairavi Bhajan

Love is the Only Rational Act ☮ Bhairavi Bhajan, HD/HQ – YouTube.

With thanks to Christopher at  Tao & Zen


A jug fills drop by drop

 

Do not belittle your virtues saying, "They are nothing." A jug fills drop by drop, so the wise person becomes brimful of virtue. Like garlands woven from a heap of flowers, fashion from your life as many good deeds.</p><p>~ Buddha ~
Do not belittle your virtues saying, “They are nothing.” A jug fills drop by drop, so the wise person becomes brimful of virtue. Like garlands woven from a heap of flowers, fashion from your life as many good deeds.

~ Buddha ~

Tao & Zen


There is a voice that doesn’t use words

“There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen." ~ Rumi
“There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.”
~ Rumi

Spiritual practice with partners and family as Zen masters

Thank you Monica


The Universe is the game of the Self


The Universe is the game of the Self, which plays hide and seek forever and ever

Alan Watts

The Age Of Awareness


You are the Truth


You are the Buddha. You are the Truth. Then why do you not feel it? Why don’t you know it through and through? Because there is a veil in the way, which is attachment to appearances. Such as the belief that you are not Buddha, that you are a separate individual, an ego. If you cannot remove this veil all at once, then it must be dissolved gradually.

~Kalu Rinpoche ~

Tao & Zen


The whole world is you

“The whole world is you,
yet you keep thinking
there is something else.”

~ Hsueh Feng with Rainer Weiss and Paulette Marie DeVille Rene.


Celebrating Earth

Earth seen from above and the eery music of Enya. Happy Earth Day !


Nothing that comes and goes is you


Boredom, anger, sadness, or fear are not “yours,” not personal. They are conditions of the human mind. They come and go. Nothing that comes and goes is you.

~ Eckhart Tolle

The Age Of Awareness


How good is our spiritual practice ?

“If we cannot be happy in spite of our difficulties, what good is our spiritual practice?”

~ Maha Ghosananda

Art by: Todor Kyurkchiev


OM A MI DE VA HRIH

Great Middle Way

OM

Guru

A

Buddha

MI

Dharma

DE

Sangha

VA

the union of wisdom and compassion

HRIH

pierces through all obscurations

 

OM

going for Refuge

A

generating the mind of enlightenment

MI

confessing all transgressions

DE

rejoicing in virtue

VA

beseeching the Buddhas to remain

HRIH

dedicating all merit

 

OM

the body of the Buddha Amideva

A

the speech of the Buddha Amideva

MI

the mind of the Buddha Amideva

DE

the qualities of the Buddha Amideva

VA

the activities of the Buddha Amideva

HRIH

the Pure Land of the Buddha Amideva

 

OM

purifies the body

A

purifies speech

MI

purifies the mind

DE

purifies emotions

VA

purifies habitual tendencies

HRIH

purifies obstructions to wisdom

OM

the perfection of generosity

A

the perfection of morality

MI

the perfection of patience

DE

the perfection of effort

VA

the perfection of concentration

HRIH

the perfection of wisdom

 

OM

boundless…

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