The Mysterious State of Thukdam

You might be busy with stories of a global pandemic and worldwide protesting, but did you catch the story of the Buddhist monk named Ani Tenzin who was found in a state of “thukdam” 2 weeks after her death? Thukdam is a state of meditation monks use around the period of their death. It is a continuation of consciousness after physical death that delays all signs of decay. In other words, your body is dead, but you are still conscious.

Ani, age 82, was found sitting in a meditative posture for what they believe was 2 weeks after her physical death. Although no pulse or breathing remain, she is believed to be in a “holding” pattern of elevated meditation. This is a Buddhist phenomenon of a realised master. “Thuk”, meaning mind, and “dam”, meaning samadhi, or meditative state.

Of course this intrigued my curiosity. I found that this has been going on for some time! A British story from 2016 features the mummified body of a monk in lotus position, at the approximate age of 200. You can read the story here:

According to the article, if you can stay in this elevated meditational state for more than 3 weeks, your body begins to “shrink”, or die. Your body may emanate a rainbow, and you have a “rainbow body”. This is the closest you can get to the Buddha himself. Pretty awesome, if you ask me.

A more recent event from 2018, features a monk who is still smiling, a full two months after his death. They exhumed his 92-year-old body from the coffin in his temple, only to find his smiling face, a sure sign to his fellow monks that he had reached Nirvana, the state in which all sense of self, and the never-ending cycle of birth and death are finished…..aaaahhhhh. You can see his happy self here:

Apparently, over a decade ago, the Dalai Lama commissioned research on the state of Thukdam. Russian scientists have been studying the minds of Buddhist masters to evaluate how to stabilize and control the mind, as well as to understand the neurophysiological mechanism of meditation in relation to the functioning of the nervous system.

This is all very good news, especially in this chaotic period of human history. If we can nail down what the actual physical and emotional benefits of meditation are, teach it in a global, relatable fashion, and move people towards a common goal of compassion and coexistence, then, we will be able to face the future in a much better light.

Keep sitting and breathing. Have a great week, Cheers, Deb

Pioneers in the Age of Aquarius

Please excuse me for being absent so long. Work has been extremely busy, now that we are able to perform elective surgeries in our state again. What has been a physical drain for the last three weeks is now starting to show signs of promise, in that I will be able to spend a bit more time on meditation, and self development.

Today, after doing a home yoga practice, I listened to a short YouTube video by Jai Dev Singh on activating the pineal gland. What he is explaining is the essence of meditation. Activating the pineal gland elevates our frequency, and leads to connection with the higher realms…’s really the point of meditation if you think about it. You can find this video here:

Anyway, during this short talk, he mentions the transition of our Earth from the age of Pisces, into the age of Aquarius. I am sure you are familiar with this term, having heard it at some time or another. It supposedly will take 25,868 years for the Earth to visit all 12 astrological signs. Each sign takes about 2100 years to complete. We were all born in the age of Pisces. Come to find out, that my oldest child was born in 1991, a year that began the “cusp” of transition into the age of Aquarius. Regarding the age of Aquarius:

“The Age of Aquarius is causing great turmoil in order to make room for the new values of love, brotherhood, unity and integrity. Everything with Piscean values is being exposed and taken down. This includes governments, corporations, individuals, and even personal relationships. Many call this a disaster, as the world appears to be falling apart, but is it? 

The Aquarian Age points to the direction of our own evolution in consciousness. We are each being asked to make a choice. We can cling to the old outdated values or adopt the new evolving ones. Our happiness and peace depends on our choice and the change will take place whether we like it or not.”

So, there you have it. Did I reincarnate in order to birth children of the new age? My grandchildren were born fully within this new age, and according to Jai Dev, vibrate at an entirely different frequency. All I can say is, “GOOD”. Hope is here people. If you believe it, please try to work with it in your own lives. If you think this is a bunch of hogwash, then just be observant. Things you are seeing, and will see in the very near future show signs of this change.

I am consciously making the choice to tear down the old believe systems, with bureaucracy, greed, and selfishness. I am trying to be a light for others, helping the world to have a new vision in which we live collectively and with a love consciousness.

What will you do? Can you be a pioneer? Daily life is stressful, so at this time it is more important than ever to sit with yourself. Slow Down. Stop trying to control things and enjoy this moment.

Hope your week goes well. Please leave any nice comments below! Cheers, Deb

What I’ve Learned

Here we are in May. I have been back to work in a major way for the last two weeks. Because elective cases were on hold, we now have a backlog of work to do. We don’t have enough staff, or energy for this, so most of us are working 9 to 11 hour days. It’s exhausting, and so, I’ll keep this short.

What I learned during the inward concentration of energy during the “quarantine period”, which I have to say, for me was delightful….

  1. I need more time for myself. When I have many days in a row of free time, I spend it constructively meditating, writing, musing, and enjoying the present moment, which I treasure. I am a much better person physically and mentally when I have more time.
  2. Things don’t need to be rushed. In retrospect, I realize I have always been a task-oriented person. This makes me a great nurse. However, thinking that everything has an expiration date or a certain TIME to be done is a terrible way to live life. Living as if we have all the time in the world….which we really do… a much better way to proceed. Perspective.
  3. Beauty is in the small things. Observing birds has become a pastime. I have always taken into account the small changes in the seasons, but now am more aware of insects, birds, animals…’s really amazing.
  4. Life is long. Time is just a made up thing anyway. People say life is short, but, I also find it to be long in many respects. We all have the same amount of “time” in a day. The way you proceed is up to you. Chose wisely.😊
  5. Money is highly overrated. Yes, we need money to pay for the essentials in life: housing, food, clothes, gas….etc. But, your expenditures usually equate your income after a time. I was surviving on less than half of normal for a month and it didn’t matter. Much longer, well, that’s a different story. I found much more comfort in the people in my life.
  6. Sleeping is important. Okay, I have always been a sleep hound, so this is no surprise.
  7. I don’t need to wear make-up, or fix my hair when push comes to shove. It’s a frill.
  8. Mother nature is amazing. Her remedy for decades of abuse has come into fruition. She has her ways of cleaning us up. The skies are clear, and the noise is almost nonexistent.

I am sure I have learned much more, but this is all the energy I have for today. I’m up for another 10 hours or so of work tomorrow and the next. Take care out there, and enjoy any peace you may have found! Cheers, Deb

Can You Sit With Yourself?

After a short practice with Jai Dev, who is a Kundalini yoga practitioner from California, I feel much better about things today. Here’s the deal: If you can sit with yourself in a quiet location for just 10 minutes, and hold positive intention in your mind, you can change your world. That’s it. Try it.

He is an inspiration, and a comfort in times of need, like now. His point is that for thousands of years the quest of the yogi has been to use the mind as a tool. Your mind is not your master, although in some cases, it often becomes your master. Yoga is uniting body, mind, and spirit. The REAL you, or the true self, lies somewhere inside all of this concrete stuff.

When we allow our minds to take the reign and direct our action, we end up in a world of negativity, disease, and unhappiness. Sure, we have to use our minds to think. That’s a given, seeing as we almost never stop the ongoing flow of thought. But can we watch it flow? Can you observe your thoughts and identify them as just that…thoughts?

I was taught to sit in meditation and identify the thoughts going through your head, as if you were watching the clear blue sky, and a cloud would pass by here and there. That is a thought. I’m having a thought and letting it go. The thought is not going to define me as a person. Jai Dev explains that suffering is when the ability to control the mind is overwhelmed by the thinking process. It’s a great explanation. Here is a YouTube video of him talking about this:

Jai Dev Singh

I feel that this pause in social interaction and work is a great opportunity for us – if we can direct ourselves to take this time to self-heal. Now, more than ever, we are faced with a future of unknowns. We can either let this fear control us, or we can diligently work on ourselves and create a great future. Sometimes, great stuff comes out of things that are seemingly terrible.

I hope you will take personal action on this and join me in self-healing. Start with only 5 minutes a day and work your way up. The benefits are immeasurable. I wish you the best for today and the coming days.

Cheers, Deb

My First Cacao ceremony

Long story short, I attended my first cacao ceremony with a “sound bath” last weekend. Not knowing what to expect, I looked up a couple YouTube videos, and proceeded to get slightly freaked out over the whole thing…what IS a cacao ceremony, you might ask?

Basically, cacao is the purest form of chocolate, that comes from the cacao plant in South America and West Africa. The difference between cocoa and cacao is that cocoa is processed with high heat. Cacao has many health benefits, including being chock full of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, and “phenylethylamine (PEA), which is sometimes known as a “love drug.” Although PEA cannot technically make you fall in love, it is associated with elevated mood and higher energy levels. This is thought to be due to the interaction between PEA and the neurotransmitter dopamine, which regulates the brain’s reward response (Menato, 2016).”

So, in a cacao ceremony, you drink a cup full of pure chocolate, wait around 20 minutes for the absorption to start, and have a wonderful heart-opening experience. This can be done by yourself or in a group. Supposedly, a group setting will help enhance the loving experience by combining the energy of everyone around you, who are also feeling pretty nice.

In longer ceremonies in South America, they can take several hours to drink, dance around, and sit meditatively in order to keep the good times rolling….we had 2 hours for everything. That being said, we hopped around the room for about 5 minutes, got situated on our yoga mats with lots of pillows and blankets, and prepared for the “sound bath”.

This was actually the best part of it for me, because for a full hour, one of the practitioners played her collection of huge crystal bowls in different sizes. Along with drums and native American rattles, this combination of sound imbedded my brain and put me into a relaxed, elevated state. It is from this state of meditation we may be able to access higher consciousness, connect with spiritual guides, or just drift away into a blissful state.

Click on the above to get an idea of what crystal bowls look like.

Tibetan meditation bowl

Basically, the most active ingredient in cacao is Theobromine, which is like caffeine, but doesn’t cause the jitters, just alertness and focus. It also causes vasodilation, lowering the blood pressure. I feel it was a good combination with the sound bath, but I have to say I did experience dehydration from it. The next day I felt listless and tired, but finally figured out it was caused from dehydration. I started drinking a lot of water and the feeling went away. Good to know for next time.

Would I recommend a cacao ceremony? Absolutely. It’s not like you’re taking a mind altering detrimental drug. It just will leave you feeling happy, mellow, and focused. The sound bath definitely adds a lot to this experience. I have the opportunity to participate in this once a month in my town, and I plan on going back.

Please let me know if you have been part of a cacao ceremony, or a sound bath. Let’s share our experiences in order to educate people on meditative activities. Have a wonderful week, and please follow me for more “stuff”. Cheers, Deb

Awake in a crowd

About a month ago I attended a meetup group with some strangers entitled, “Spirit readings and spiritual communication”. Having declared 2020 the year I would “vibrate higher”, I decided to attend. The reason for my declaration is simply that I have gotten to the point in my life where I am finding material things very disappointing. Don’t get me wrong, I love a nice vacation, a dependable car, a comfortable house, and the ability to afford to do what I want.

I can afford the basic stuff, I’m just not into fluff. I find no reason for clothes shopping if I don’t need that article of clothing, for instance. You may, or may not, get my drift. That’s just the point. If you DO get my drift, then you may be ready to “vibrate higher”. It is my belief that I get a lot more out of life simply by talking to people, or hanging out with people who are awake. By awake, I mean, they are also on a path of expanding their minds, their consciousness, and seeing what life is really about.

These “awake” people can connect with you on a slightly different level. You won’t talk about shopping, or mortgage rates. You won’t go out with one of them to get your nails done. But….you may strike up a conversation about what you dreamt last night, and the meaning of the dream. Or, you might talk about meditation styles, people that have been your mentors on this path, or how you intuit situations. What does life mean at the root of it? Where are we going as a human species, and on, and on,…….

I guess what I am describing is a love of mental stimulation; the ability to feel other people’s energy and share a communal peace. It’s very hippie. I know. But maybe that is what we need right now. I don’t want to watch the news, it makes me crazy. I would rather sit quietly and look at the birds outside of my window.

What I received at that meetup was in interaction with people that immediately “got me”. You may have had this experience yourself. It made me feel happy, and peaceful. One guy in attendance looked at me, and I looked at him, and we both knew we had met somewhere before, we just couldn’t place our finger on where. He said, “I like to attend these types of groups, because I just like being around other awake people.” AHA! That’s it! I ruminate on that sentence occasionally.

That’s the essence of living, to be around like-minded people that can lift you up. We travel this path together, perhaps in soul groupings that learn with each other in different incarnations (if you’re up for that belief). And even if you don’t believe that – it’s okay. You will find other like-minded people to learn with. Try to find them. Try to live in a higher vibration, and you will discover that you really don’t have to believe everything floating around in your brain. Hold onto the thoughts that serve you and throw away the others. I will continue to search for my awakened friends. If you feel like you are getting there……wherever that may be, leave me a little comment.

Hey, have a great weekend. Relax and enjoy the spin. Love, Deb

Don’t Be Ridiculous

This week, I happened upon a forwarded Facebook post which stated that, “American schools are forcing students to practice Buddhist meditation.” Now, I’m not sure where this particular bizarre rant originated, but it sure did piss me off.

Let me preface this by saying that after 20 years of yoga and meditation, trying to understand myself better and live with a more peaceful presence upon this crazy planet, I still can’t fathom why people don’t understand basic concepts… let me go on…..

Number 1: Buddhism is not “pushed” down people’s throats, in public school, or anywhere else. If you took the time to do a little research on comparative religion, you would find that Buddhism seeks to do the opposite. Buddhists are not pushing an “agenda”. They are peaceful, thoughtful people who encourage other people to take a path that makes sense to them. They could care less if you are a Buddhist. Actually, a Buddhist monk that spoke at a seminar I went to, distinctly stated that “Buddhism was never meant to be a religion.” So, take that into consideration.

Number 2: Meditation is not inherently Buddhist. Yes, Buddhists have perfected many paths that help the individual in meditational pursuits, but ALL religions on the Earth have, or do presently, practice meditation. Meditation is quite similar, if not equivalent to prayer. Let me just say here that prayer is NOT constantly asking a divine presence for intercession and help, at least that is not what prayer is supposed to be. Prayer is meant to be a communication between an individual and the central energy of the universe (some call this God, others do not). So, if you are a Christian, you may remember that Christ told us to “pray without ceasing”. That is meditation, as far as I am concerned.

Number 3: Being continually paranoid that your religion is not being followed, or is not gaining members is an internal problem that you need to work on. What is it inside of you pushing your agenda? Do you honestly want other people on the planet to be happy, joyful, and successful individuals? If the answer is “yes” (and, it should be), then you have to realize that not everyone is you. Actually, no one else is you. Therefore, logically speaking, all paths to enlightenment are different. If you are unable to accept that other acceptable paths exist, you have an ego issue.You can make suggestions, but in the end, the person works inside of themselves….at least we hope so. You see, you may have found a pathway, which could be a religion, a non-religion, or whatever came about for you. However, even the person on the most traditional pathway still has to do the work. Just because the path is in front of you, doesn’t mean someone else can walk it for you. That’s all you.

Number 4: Meditation has been scientifically proven to help children as well as adults not only mentally, but with physical health. Some studies indicate that a mindfulness practice helps children react with better behavior, reduce anxiety, and brings about self-awareness and empathy. Meditation, or mindfulness practice also helps with problem solving, memory skills, and enables kids to think in more innovative ways. I think most people would agree that the world could use a wider lens, with less paranoia and anxiety. We need a population of thinkers; people who will drive us into a more sustainable world.

Final thoughts. I don’t usually get my panties all in a bunch because of one knucklehead. This time, though, I had had enough. All that my practice for 20 years has done has led me to self-awareness, and the ability to see what needs to be fixed inside. I can’t make other people act with love or logic, I can only change my reaction to them.

So, If you don’t agree….I don’t really care that much. I have to just state my case. Go on believing things that feed your ego. Things that you really don’t know anything about, and are fearful of learning about. That is what makes you you….and I’m grateful everyday that I’m not you!

Sorry for the rant. Now I can get on with my meditation. Cheers, Deb

Entering the 5th Dimension

7 signs you’re moving into the 5th dimension:

  • More joy and love in daily life
  • Negative issues are released easier
  • The world seems more beautiful
  • Time feels like an illusion
  • Experiencing regular synchronicities
  • You feel guided by a higher power
  • You can access powers of a multi-dimensional body

Over the past few years I have noticed that I am on a quest of some kind. This kind of quest pertains to my spiritual enlightenment, which for some, is not a “thing”, but for others like me, is the singular reason I am alive on the planet at this time. Events over the course of my life have been directing me to a path of inner peace, conscientiousness, and desire to find my connection to the universe while living in my body.

As you can imagine (and maybe you are also in this with me), there are approximately 1 million different ways to find purpose and elevation of spirit while living in your physical body. Just take a gander at the plethora of information available to us on the internet, bookstores, and various meetup groups being formed…..psssst….SOMETHING is going on, if you haven’t noticed!

It usually starts with a casual conversation, perhaps about something paranormal or spiritual in nature. Maybe you came through a religious path, or maybe you came at it through a crisis in your life. You get the idea; no one learns the same, but all roads lead to the realization that there is more than what meets the eye at this time. You also feel pulled to investigate it, and feel more fulfilled and loved, and secure when you do. Little things aren’t so big. Emotions are fleeting. We are searching for the good and ignoring the bad.

Recently, I came across a woman who is a channeler. This person had a near death experience, and since that time has been able to speak to archangels….yes….archangels. She leads conferences, and helps people one-to-one, along with her husband who was on a similar path and they fell in love. According to her, and through the guidance of her angels, we as a species are going to enter the age of the 5th Dimension.

We live in a 3 dimensional reality. Beyond this, there are apparently much higher vibrations that can be achieved. The 4th dimension consists of feelings of love, oneness, and lightness. Sounds awesome, but wait….there’s more. The 5th Dimension is even lighter. It vibrates at an even higher frequency, and consists of pure love, a cosmic consciousness, and a multiple-dimension reality.

We aren’t even close to being there. Ask you next-door neighbor. He might look at you as if you need mental assistance. Nope! You’re not crazy at all, it really is starting to shift. The world is on the precipice of either disaster, or joining together to create a more beautiful world full of higher consciousness. We need to drop the bad self-talk, and the even worse external talk. Our DNA is actually influenced by positive thinking, as current epigenetic research is finding. Here is a link to one such article:

The ends of our DNA, called telomeres, can be lengthened with mindful meditation, which has helped people with chronic disease conditions lengthen their lives. Here is an article on that:

Everyday I am amazed at how positive thinking can improve my life. I am also amazed that other people can detect this simply through simple contact. For example, last week I listened to some uplifting music by Simrit (one of my favorite Kundalini yogi singers) before work, and the strangest thing happened. As I met other co-workers, I could tell that they were being uplifted simply from talking to me. I know that sounds a bit weird and self-serving, but I couldn’t help noticing that people wanted to be around me, to talk to me, ask my advice on things, etc. It turned out to be a great day. There was a feeling of love, that’s the best I can describe it.

So, the root of it is being comfortable with yourself. It will build into a confidence that you can change into something with a higher vibration, which will lead you to a feeling of belonging in the universe. Simply put: start meditating every day. No excuses. No time requirements. Just sit on the cushion and shut up! Lot’s of things will happen, but you will feel better for it.

I hope I have sparked some curiosity, or even skepticism. It’s all good. Join the species in an upgrade……let’s move into the 5th dimension together.

Cheers, Deb

Psychic meetup fun

Have you connected with your spirit guides? Last night I went to my first meetup group for connection with my spirit guides. I know you may not know what this is, or believe it is possible to connect to your guides, so let me explain.

First: spirit guides are a psychic manifestation of our higher selves. Through these “guides” (which may present to you differently than to other people), you will connect with higher purpose and receive information and intuition that can guide you down correct paths in your life.

This is assuming that your higher self is connected with divine consciousness (which I personally believe is true), and your higher purpose wants to instruct you on how to live a fulfilling life, while learning life lessons to bring you closer to your higher self! Whew!

This whole thing is going to produce a TON of questions, including: “Why can’t I already know this stuff?, Why do I need to know this? Why are we living in a physical body, then?….and on…and on… and on…”

This, my friends is called “starting on your spiritual journey”, which many people on the planet never walk on, ever, (you can tell this easily), and getting yourself involved in a seemingly endless quest for answers to life itself. It can become all-consuming and quite convoluted if you let it.

This does not negate the quest itself. I feel that “an unexamined life is not worth living”, as supposedly stated by Socrates. As a human, I feel it is very important to try and figure out what the heck I’m supposed to accomplish here, and I’m pretty aware that it’s not money in the bank, a big house, or a diamond collection. That being said, I have been “awakened” to this quest for about 15 years (consciously, anyway).

Back to the original spirit guide meetup group. This consisted of 1 leader, who has learned to connect with her guides, who connect with your guides, who inform you about stuff, and 4 participants. I already have “connected” with my guides through other means, but wanted to see what was up.

We all have 4 primary ways we receive intuitive information, and our guides will chose which of the 4 ways to best commune with you. It helps to know how you operate in order to work on and strengthen the primary tool they will use.

  • Clairvoyance: you can “see” mental pictures that inform you
  • Clairaudience: you can “hear” them telling you info (do not confuse with your own voice….hard one)
  • Knowing: you instinctively “feel” this intuition in your gut
  • Feeling: you feel everything, even taking in other people’s junk. Yuck!

For my part, everything was as expected. My primary connection is clairvoyance, and secondary is clairaudience. It’s true that I “see” things in my mind’s eye that look kind of like the negative to a photograph. I can also ask for more information on these pictures, and will be told who the person is, or what the symbol means, etc.

I have to say that being with a group of consciously aware people in a small room will make you feel really great! It was also fun listening to everyone’s spiritual journeys and how they related to the information given. Our next big class will be on January 2, where we will receive our guides “intentions” for us for the upcoming year. I can’t wait to hear what this is!

So, if you are inclined to walk on your spiritual path, and are lucky enough to have groups of like-minded people in your town, I highly recommend that you take the time to participate. If you don’t, just spend more time with yourself in meditation, because no one else is going to be able to do this work for you, and it is ultimately healing.

Have a wonderful weekend, and take care. Life is for living! Cheers, Deb

Break A Toe

Stuff I used to do…..

Yes, the phrase is, “break a leg”, but I am going a little personal here. Which sports activity is more likely to break a bone?

  • Taekwondo
  • Boxing
  • Aerobics
  • Spinning
  • Running
  • Dancing
  • Soccer
  • Weight Lifting
  • Yoga
  • Crossfit

If you thought yoga was the least likely, forget it. I broke a bone, the only bone I have ever broken, doing yoga. I have been in perpetual motion since I could walk, and have participated in all of the above sports. I have kicked things, punched things, had major impact, and lifted more weight than I should for my body build. And yet, yoga got me.

There are so many types of yoga. I have tried Hatha, Vinyasa, Bikram, Kundalini, Sculpting, Yin, and Ashtanga. It was the Ashtanga!

Ashtanga yoga is a system of yoga brought into the modern world by Sri Pattabhi Jois. There are 5 series of Ashtanga with progressive postures. A student must master the first to progress to the second, etc. Ashtanga yoga produces extreme heat within the body by synchronizing breath and movement. This heat can detoxify muscles and organs, and produce a wonderful state of calm. Not to mention the side effects of a great circulatory system, better sleep, and a strong body.

My problem was that I already had the onset of arthritis in the bones of my feet. The extreme flexion of the joints that is utilized in Ashtanga snapped the tip off the bone of my right big toe. I didn’t know it happened until I finally went to the podiatrist because of toe pain. It had already healed incorrectly, and 5 years later, had become rigid to the point where I needed foot surgery. No problem, I recently had foot surgery on the left big toe due the same arthritic condition. Now I have matching scars!

Don’t be deterred by my arthritis. Do the yoga, and the running, the weight lifting, and the cycling. It holds so much benefit for the mind and body. Yoga has in many ways, and at different times saved my life, so to speak. Yoga kept me sane, led me to meditation, and gave me strength to go through divorce, depression, and anxiety for many things in life. It’s the stuff we all cope with – nothing unusual. It just happened to be the anchor that kept my boat from drifting away on some pointless journey.

If you have never tried yoga, start as a beginner. We all did this! You are going to experience tightness, awkwardness, shortness of breath, and confusion. But, hey, that’s life. When you get through the class, and end in final resting posture (Savasana), you will find a stillness in your mind, and peacefulness in your heart. Give it a shot, it just might save your life.

Comment, share, follow, and keep on breathing. Cheers, Deb