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…..it’s really the point of meditation if you think about it. You can find this video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxXAhdItb_0

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 We can cling to the old outdated values or adopt the new evolving ones.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.”  http://www.2012-spiritual-growth-prophecies.com/age-of-aquarius.html

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

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

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

Miracle healing hands

Do you believe you can be healed of illness or chronic disease by a miracle? Do faith healers turn you off? I can imagine most of you are nodding your head “yes” to this right now. In the West, faith healing began in the Christian faith as a belief that through the holy spirit of Christ, some people can heal other people with the “laying on of hands”, or simply by prayer. People often pray for each other in an attempt to rid them of current conditions that are affecting them negatively. But, is faith healing just a Christian concept, or do other people and cultures around the world also believe in healing faith?

Last night I ran across a YouTube video about a guy who’s dad was so sick he could barely walk. He heard about an Indian man who practiced Ayurvedic medicine, and could apparently feel your pulse, diagnose you, and heal you. Anything was worth a try, so he dragged his father to this guy, and you guessed it….he diagnosed him, told him how to cure himself, and he is a healthy, happy camper today. You can watch the Ted Talk here:

Seeing this video about a master healer made me think about faith healers, and how the faith/skill ratio really works. In this case, the healer made recommendations, and the patient had to actively choose to be “healed”. In other words, no sudden event, just effort applied to the situation determined the outcome.

In religious application, there have been “miracles”, or sudden improvements in condition in all major religions. Jesus gets the most publicity, because believing in the powerful healing magic of Jesus is one of the tenants of Christianity. But why don’t we recognize other miraculous healers in other traditions? Probably because they don’t get the publicity. Take for example Paramahamsa Yogananda, who was an exceptional Yogi of modern India. You can read his story in “Autobiography of a Yogi”, which I am currently reading. Even if you don’t practice yoga, you will appreciate the unique experiences (some of which are miraculous) in this book. Recorded here are miraculous events from his teacher,  Sri Yukteswarji, who did a lot of cool stuff, like being in two places at once, dematerializing, and healing Paramahamsa Yogananda himself. Pretty awesome stuff.

I particularly love how the book merges yogic consciousness with Christ consciousness. In answer to why Jesus turned water into wine, P. Y. said, ” Jesus was able to command the vibrations of life energy to assume different forms”. He stated that once a person can surpass delusionary realms, he will enter the state of Unity and become Omnipotent. He had the idea that Saints suffer physically, because the fate of the body is unimportant to an enlightened individual who is “absorbed in the Lord”.

I guess what I am trying to convey is that I am convinced all people hold within themselves the power to overcome this “delusionary realm” and be healed to some extent. I’m not saying we all have Christ’s power over nature, but I feel that the root of his message was to emphasize that you have to embrace the Universal Consciousness, God, or Oneness that we are all a part of. His short time here on Earth should encourage us to meditate, or pray….to unite with the ultimate in order to place our inner selves a little bit before our outer selves. The message was about love, the power of love, and universal divinity of love. Love the Lord with all your heart and soul and mind. Be love and kindness, and embrace it above all the other trivial rules and regulations you might come up with. Love rules us all.

In the end, I do believe some people have conquered the minor physical restraints we experience as humans, and have become proficient in healing other people, if not with deeds, then also with words. When you hear about a faith healer, don’t immediately poo-poo the notion something miraculous might be going on. Miracles, or alterations in our understood physical realm, are possible. The thing you have to watch out for are people who use that as their only talent. In the words of P. Y, “Arouse in men the love of God. Don’t draw them to you by displays of unusual powers’. If I walked on fire and water, and filled every auditorium in the land with curiosity seekers, what good would come of it? See the stars, the clouds, and the ocean; see the mist on the grass. Can any miracle of man compare with these essentially inexplicable phenomena? Even so, few men are led through Nature to love God—the Miracle of all Miracles”.

Here’s to healing! Have a great weekend. Follow for more stuff! Cheers, Deb

Spiritual Warrior

Join me, ladies and gentlemen, for the journey of a lifetime. Join me in the depths of despair, horror, and fear. The journey will be hard, and you will need the help of others. You will have to face the truth of life, and look deep inside yourself for the source of strength to continue….

This week I have experienced another death inside our family circle. This death was unexpected and shocking, truly horrible for those of us left behind. Death is really a weird concept. We all know we have to do it. We are born, live, and die. That’s the truth. And yet, somehow, when it happens it seems so out of place. It’s so unusual and foreign. We are shocked and horrified that it happened to someone we loved. So here is what we need to do.

Feel it, live it, immerse yourself in it. That’s why we are here: to experience life in all of it’s forms. Cry until your head feels like it’s going to burst, scream, shake your fists at the heavens. Blame God, get mad, lose your breath and all sense of time and place. This is not a normal day. Then sit on your cushion, close your eyes, let the tears stain your shirt. Open your palms to the sky and quietly let the wisdom of the universe permeate your soul. The storm will pass and you will find peace.

We are warriors – spiritual warriors. It takes much more strength to endure suffering than go through life immune to ourselves. Some days the path is clear, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and we are holding our lovers hand. But some days, the path is dark and we can’t see. There might be a roadblock, or a wild animal in the shrubs watching us. Someone might try to run us over. It is at this moment you have to light your torch and thrust it into the sky for others to see. You have to become a spiritual warrior.

Shakespeare so eloquently stated in Hamlet’s soliloquy that to die, to sleep, “we end the heartache, and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to.” The Thousand Natural Shocks that Flesh is Heir To. Wow. That about sums it up people. We will have a thousand cuts upon our bodies and minds. Will we remain a block of marble, or chisel ourselves into a beautiful sculpture? It’s for you to decide. He writes that we have the choice to stay and fight, or bow out. But at what price? Death is, “the undiscovered country, from whose bourn no traveler returns, puzzles the will, and makes us rather bear those ills we have, than fly to others that we know not of.” We cannot judge the decisions that others made. We cannot experience life the same way. We have no idea how bad it was inside, and what made them drop out of school, so to speak.

The death of someone close forces us to accept the terms of existence, no matter how crappy that deal seems to be sometimes. It’s the universe nudging us, saying, “Hey, remember to live each day fully, because it might be your last. Don’t get too cocky.”

There is a mantra used in Kundalini yoga called “wahe Guru”. Loosely defined, it can be translated as “wonderful teacher”. Wahe is more of an exclamation of ecstasy and wonder. It was taught to me as any event in life that is miraculous or wonderous. This can include anything great, or anything horrible. It is the impact of the event, if you get my drift. Guru, as a popular notion, is a teacher. It can also be thought of as the soul journey back to its original source. I will always think of a yoga teacher I had who said, “Guru: Gee, You Are You (G.U.R.U)” We are responsible for learning and advancing along the paths of our lives. But don’t get discouraged, we are all in the same boat. You might think you have the worst hand in the poker game, but you can’t see the cards the other guy is holding. He might be bluffing you.

So, if you are in utter darkness, accept it. You are in it. Immerse yourself in the pain. Your tears are the fuel for the fire of transformation, and you will be transformed. This will take time, so don’t rush yourself. And if one day you wake up and don’t feel sad, don’t guilt yourself into thinking you have to feel sad. It is the progression of the soul. Love and peace are the magnet we are attracted to, not persistent darkness. Our loved ones on the other side are closer than you think, and they want us to be happy. We will see them again.

If, for some reason you are stuck on the path, cannot find the light, and it isn’t getting easier after some time, then talk to someone, anyone. Call a friend, open up to the cashier at the grocery store – anything at all. Message me here if you want someone to listen. Because we all want you to succeed in your quest in becoming a spiritual warrior.

Blessings, Deb

Become a Spiritual Warrior