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And this, from my perspective at least, is the main point of Vipassana...
In truth, we are all cruising along at different levels of consciousness, unaware or entirely aware of our surroundings. This effects everything. If we are conscious of our words, we can speak with clarity and kindness, conversely, carelessness causes harm. Words hurt and cannot be taken back. Our level of consciousness directly effects the daily results we experience in our lives. Low consciousness results in pain, suffering, heartache, lack of empathy, lack of personal care for ones self, others and the environment in which we live. Growing consciousness bares fruit of positive results: understanding, peace of mind, empathy, charity, a deeper connection to others, a kinder and more thoughtful mode of speech. Furthermore, a growing consciousness reduces the level an individual places upon themself and redirects that importance to all that they affect.
~ Gabriel D. Roberts
Well, its been over two weeks since I got back from the 10 Day Vipassana meditation. A few people have asked me what it was like, what I discovered, and it seems pointless to try to describe it. The experience is entirely different for every person who goes, much like sleeping in the same bed as your partner and having totally different dreams. Each time you go, no matter how many times you've done it, it will be different. New things will be brought to the surface. In fact change, and accepting change, really understanding it, is the main teaching that I finally GOT. And boy did it change me. (more...)
For a while now I have been wondering why I'm still in Portland during this time of great change, and not in Peru or Mexico... but I felt something assuring me that I'm in the right place at the right time, and not to move, but to be patient and find out. Well I just got accepted last minute onto a Vipassana 10-day silent retreat, so now I know.
I applied months ago despite the fact that it was fully booked with a long waiting list because I had a feeling I'd get in if I really wanted it, despite the obvious setback. So I leave on Friday and will be living in silence until the first day of 2013 -- throughout the whole Mayan Calendar changeover. This course is something I've been interested in doing since way back when I lived in England, but I never felt I could actually do it without going crazy. I can be such a busy person, super chatty, always going from one fun thing to the next so as to never get bored. And this is 10 days, no communication, no hugs or kisses or any physical contact of any kind, no reading or writing, no phone-calls or internet, no sugar or alcohol, no self-healing Reiki even, no distractions of any kind to escape the crazy mental chatter. And waking up at 4am to meditate around 10 hours a day when I like to get up at noon and can barely sit still enough to meditate for half an hour. Its not that I feel more ready for it now, its more that I feel its crunch time. Time to face the inner workings of my mind that block me from true happiness, with no escape, deal with the craziness and break through to my true peaceful nature. For some reason I'm not afraid of what I will find lurking in my mind at all whereas years ago I really was. I want to release a lot of stuff that has dominated my life and this seems like an intensive, no-turning back way to do it. So that's where I'm going to be disappearing for a while, and the rest of the world will party on.
I hope that you and everyone you love, wherever in the world they may be throughout this period of change, finds an unshakable peace, the freedom it brings and unlocks the unlimited love potential within... each of us in our own funny little ways of getting there. Have a wonderful, blessed Solstice!
It has been a long long time, I cant even remember how long its been, since I felt connected to the Sacred Masculine energy. I miss that feeling, that direct connection to Source so much. That blissful, warm belonging and perfect balance. It's so elusive. When I found it in Nicaragua I wasn't looking for it, and now that I'm looking for it I can't find it. Anywhere. I know I'm missing something obvious because deep down I know that I'm connected to it ALL THE TIME, so why aren't I FEELING it? Perhaps I'm not living close enough to Source, perhaps I'm keeping myself too busy and partying too hard out of fear of feeling the emptiness from being detached from Source; but that's whats detaching me from Source! I don't know what's going on with me but a lot of stuff is reshuffling and it's sort of uncomfortable and odd and I've had a number of pretty out there experiences lately which have me onto the idea that none of this is real except what we are experiencing, and I'm now fully onto the idea that I'm literally creating my reality every millisecond through what I BELIEVE. We are Creator and we get to choose all the time. Reality is as much a dream as dreams are real to me nowadays. There is barely a veil inbetween the two anymore. (more...)
OSHO presents some very challenging ideas in this interview that I have been thinking over for years and years now, before I knew about him. Each time I reach the conclusions that he presents (which is reoccuring with annoying frequency) that these ideas are correct, and then my social conditioning convinces me to be careful. That in giving up the usual aspirations I will be giving up a dream of some kind... but this dream doesn't exist, does it? (more...)
I'm very surprised and disappointed to find that there are no relevant Google results whatsoever for "How to communicate with our Sun". Once I figure out more reliable ways to do this without sungazing (during long winter months) I plan to correct this. It seems crucial to me to be directly connected at all times, to have access to this vast databank as well as our power source. (more...)
Tonight I received the First Rite of the Munay-Ki, passed down to me through a new friend all the way from the Q'ero of Peru. It felt delicious while it was happening!! Eventually I will receive all the rites and learn to pass these on. It's very exciting!
Rite One: Healer's Rite
Connects you to a lineage of luminous beings from the past, who come to assist you in your personal transformation. Awakens the healing power in your hands so that everyone you touch is blessed. There is tremendous spiritual assistance available, and these luminous ones work in our sleep to heal the wounds of the past and of our ancestors.
In case you're intrigued, this video demonstrates the receiving of the 8th Rite...
Some of the decisions I've been making the past few weeks go against almost everything I believed I was supposed to think and do, everything that is expected of me, of how Im expected to think and behave. I guess these restrictions came not only from societal rules and the media, but from my own projections of how I wanted others to see me, while I tried to figure out who I really was. This old habit created when I was a kid went through unchecked into adulthood and really, its a hassle. I think we almost all do this, at least a huge chunk of our lives. The strong desire to break free started happening a few weeks into practicing Sun Gazing.
I am determined and COMMITTED to stay on the path of following my highest excitement at all times, to choose from the various options in each moment the thing that brings me the highest feeling of joy, and to do it to the best of my ability, and with ZERO expectation. So far so good.
Aside from the tremendous joy-filled life that results, this is also the most effective way to break the heavy restrictive conditioning of old programming, outdated norms and ideas of who I SHOULD be to become someone far greater than this here now, who I REALLY Am. Taken to the furthest level of becoming who we really are, the realisation of which I imagine to be Enlightenment. Can there be a greater goal?
This process requires a huge amount of trust in myself, bravery, a touch of what could be viewed as madness, yet it is time and time again generating day after day of intense joy and satisfaction that is compounding the effects and attracting even more joy into my life. And as this joy grows it attracts more joy and the deeper I go with this... the more successfully it works, the more trust I have in myself.
Acting on your highest excitement - it might hit your center as truth too as it did for me.
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I've noticed in some of the houses I've lived in that when the dishwasher runs, the pungent chemical smell makes me feel a little queasy and I have to open the windows. It fills up the entire floor of the house and makes it hard to think sometimes. Other times I feel really itchy for no reason at all. Make your own allergy-free dishwasher detergent easily:
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If you like me go through a lot of batteries (laptop mice, portable devices) and still don't have one of these, this is the year to finally get that battery recharger you've been thinking about. Why? They're so much cheaper these days, rechargable batteries have also gone way down in price, Your purchase will save you a lot of money over the years and we really could cut our Mother Earth some slack :)
This is the SONY AA/AAA Battery Charger that I bought in 2005, and its never failed me. But if I was to buy one today I'd get a battery charger that can handle all different types of battery formats, because you never know how your battery needs might change over the years... (more...)
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