THE OCEAN IN A DROP

We’ve looked at the possibility that theoretical physicists are trying to prove that the universe may have a consciousness (God-consciousness) , but that’s something you may have already figured out.

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Today I want to come back to meditation, for it is the single best way to access your divine God-consciousness.  It also has lots of well documented physical and mental health benefits.

Some of the health benefits of meditation are:

  • Stress reduction
  • Reduces anxiety attacks
  • Reduces heart disease
  • Controls weight
  • Creates a state of deep relaxation and general feeling of wellbeing
  • Increases concentration and strengthens the mind
  • Reduces heart disease
  • Controls weight
  • Increases serotonin which influences moods and behavior.
  • Reduces depression, headaches and insomnia.
  • Regulates blood pressure

If you don’t know the gorgeous poetry of the ancient Sufi mystic Rumi (quoted above) then treat yourself and check him out.

 

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WHO AM I, YOU ASK?

Just a note- Reading this blog is like reading a book backwards.  The most recent post follows below.  If you want to access the preceding posts, just keep scrolling down or check out the Table of Contents… Namaste

As children we were innately curious about everything.  How the universe works, how we came to be, where we come from, where we are going to, and so forth.  But if you take the time to engage a child in these questions, elicit from them their ideas rather than provide them with “answers,” you will be amazed at how intuitive they are and how close to the truth.  We are born into this world from spirit.  That is the closest we will be to God consciousness, until the day we either reach enlightenment, or we die and return to spirit.

Each day that the material world asserts its pressures and distractions on us, we move further away from our God consciousness.  What do I mean by God consciousness.  I mean the soul in each of us that connects us to the oneness of the universe.  God consciousness is the mother ship so to speak.

Our job, our purpose in this life is to connect to our true self, to connect to our God consciousness.  Why?  Because you have been asking, “Who Am I?” in some form or other your whole life.  You have answered in many different ways, “I am a mother, sister, father, accountant, actress, writer, child, etc.”  We all play many roles.  But we are not those roles.  We are spirit playing those roles.

Now that you have been practicing meditation (past posts) you are beginning to open the portal that will help you answer that question and explore your purpose.  In order to “know thyself,” you have to get very clear about 3 things…

Who am I?

What do I really, really, want?

How can I serve? (What is my dharma?)

The answers to these questions will define you and your place in the universe and will bring you closer to spirit.  The tricky part is that the answers will keep changing as you get closer to spirit. Don’t worry and don’t judge yourself.  You are developing and creating yourself by just asking the questions. We are all multi dimensional people, and we are all many things.

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CREATIVE VISUALIZATION (Read this first and then close your eyes and try to visualize this scenario.)

Envision you are walking in a barren desert.  You are completely alone. There is no sound, not even those of your own footsteps as you walk through the shifting sand. You have been walking a long time.  In the distance you see an eagle and as you get close to it you understand that you are meant to get onto it’s back.  The eagle bears you above the desert, over distant mountains, and comes to stop at the highest mountain peak.   You climb down and the eagle flies off.  You are on the tallest mountain in the range. This is the furthest you have ever been from another human in your life. You are completely alone.

A sign planted there asks, “Who are you?”  What is your answer.  Who are you?  Keep asking yourself. Who am I?

Are you  a political activist, a healer, a mother, a child, a frightened person, a fierce warrior, a liar, a hero, a friend, a lover, a phony, an optimist, a pessimist, etc.

Keep asking yourself, “Who am I?”

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JOURNAL ENTRY (If you haven’t started keeping a spiritual journal, now would be a good time to begin.)

Write down your thoughts to some or all of these questions:

  1. Who am I? First look inward to define yourself? List attributes that describes you? This may be a very, very long list.
  2. What attributes would others use to define you?
  3. What are the roles I play? How do these roles define me?
  4. Am I living the life I envisioned for myself?
  5. What choices have you made in your life that help define you? (the way you look, where you live, etc.)  These are important because the choices you make help define you.
  6. What are the things you do for others, that run contrary to your own fulfillment?

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Take A Deep Breath- Pranayama

Pranayama is the yoga practice of breath control. (Prana= life force energy + Yama = discipline or control.) Breath is our body’s most vital function.  It is the source of our life energy and therefore plays a vital role in physical and mental health.  When we are anxious, our breath shortens and our pulse quickens, when we take deep breaths we relax this nervous response and can effectively slow our heart rate down again.  We have all heard that expression, “Take a deep breath,” when you’re in a situation in which you are inclined toward impulsive, irrational, or negative reactions to a stressful circumstance.

What is breath?  We inhale, taking in oxygen which is Life Force Energy (LFE) that feeds our blood and nourishes all of our organs. With just one breath we have sent throughout our body, by way of the respiratory system, a shot of positive, pure, energy.  Awesome!  And we’re not done yet.  That perfect system collects toxins throughout our organs and bloodstream, and exhales them as carbon dioxide, ridding our bodies of life draining toxins.  Perfect!  What an amazing system this human body is and it all starts with breath.

“Genesis 2.7-“God formed the man- dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils.”

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It is extremely helpful to visualize the breath when you are doing Pranayama. Please read this completely and then begin 10 minutes of Pranayama on your own using this visualization.

ON THE IN BREATH– Visualize the Life Force Energy (LFE) as pure white light, coming down from the sun and breathing it into your nostrils.  Visualize this white light circulating into your head, down past your throat, your heart, your lungs, your belly, and into your sex organs.  Visualize each of these vital organs pulsing with warm energy as you are bathed in this beautiful white light.  Visualize each organ as it receives this life force energy. Warm to its touch.

ON THE OUT BREATH– On the exhale, visualize all of the toxins and negative energy being released slowly through each of your organs.  Visualize this negative energy as the opposite of the white light, perhaps you see it as a gray shadowy haze. Let it start in your sex organs, and pass through your belly, your lungs, your heart, your throat, your head.  Visualize this grayness pulling out the toxins as it passes each of these organs.  On its expulsion through your nostrils, breathe a sigh of relief.

THE PRACTICE

  1. Begin by sitting upright, in a comfortable position.  Start to count your breath.  Inhale to a count of 4-5, pause and hold your breath for a count of 1-2, and exhale to a count of 6-10.  Find the rhythm that is comfortable for you.
  2. Once you have found your rhythm, breathe by counting in this fashion, for 10-15 full inhales and exhales.  Don’t rush it.  Relax and enjoy.
  3. Once you’re in a good groove, begin the visualization outlined above for In Breath and Out Breath.   You may choose to visualize the LFE light rapidly washing each organ with each In Breath, or you may feel more comfortable with the LFE coming to a specific organ with each In Breath.  Try it both ways and see which rhythm is right for you today.
  4. Once you have found your rhythm you should continue for a minimum of 5 more minutes.  But by all means stay longer as you will find it very pleasurable to breathe in this fashion.

The yogis understood the importance of breath.  Each of the organs that is associated with Pranayama, is connected to what the yogis call Chakras, (more to come) and each Chakra is connected to our endocrine system.  So when we practice Pranayama, deep, controlled breathing, we are cleansing each of our organs by infusing the endocrine system (our glands) with oxygen and taking out the toxins.

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So You Wanna Meditate

BASIC INSTRUCTION FOR ANY MEDITATION  (The Breath)

Starting With The Breath

We start with focusing on the breath to meditate because it is always with us and it is easy to focus on. We will learn to focus on other things such as sounds, the body, a mantra, and visualizations in the future. The breath is soothing to tune into because of it’s gentle ebb and flow.  The breath can also signal how tense or relaxed we are so it is a good starting place.

Preparation

  1. Choose a comfortable position where you will be uninterrupted for at least 15 minutes. You should be sitting straight, in a chair or cross-legged on the floor.  But don’t be in a lying down position because you may just get so relaxed you’ll fall asleep.
  2. Play soft music if you like.  You may also use ear plugs which may help focus on breath and dampen outside noises.

Shift From Thinking To Sensing

  1. Notice the sound-scape.
  2. Notice how your body feels and let it soften. Let your jaw drop and feel the muscles in your face relax.
  3. Take a deep breath and let out an audible sigh.  Repeat this several times.  

  Focus on the Breath

  1. Sense where you feel your breathing (chest, throat, nostrils, belly)
  2. On the out-breath, let your mind sink into that place.
  3. Feel the breath rise and fall, the body expand and contract.  Breathe naturally.
  4. Don’t try to control the breath, just let it do what it wants to do.

 Count The Breaths (5-10 breaths)

  1. Say the word “one” as you breath out, then “two” on the next out breath, and so on.
  2. Keep the counting going, even if you have other thoughts.
  3. Just acknowledge other thoughts and let them go.

Notice The Signs of  Your Body Relaxing

  1. Your limbs may feel heavy or still or light.
  2. You may notice tingling or pulsing of the skin.
  3. Aches and pains often become obvious.
  4. Breath becomes lighter and gentler.  Enjoy these feelings. 

Name The Distractions

  1. If a thought or sensation persistently distracts you, then try “naming it”.  Name the content, “work”  “headache”,  “Susan”,  “doctor”, “sadness”
  2. Let go of these distractions and refocus you attention back to the breath.
  3. Do this as often as necessary.

Emerge Slowly

  1. Have your eyes open for the last few seconds.
  2. Keep the breathing steady and your face soft.
  3. Realize you don’t have to speed up just because your eyes are open.
  4. Stay passive and enjoy the way you feel.
  5. Ask yourself, “Am I more relaxed and settled than when I started?”

LISTEN TO A GUIDED BREATH MEDITATION

 

Get Out Of Your Head (Astral Traveling)

I woke up this morning with not a few aches and pains, maybe its the dampness in the air.  I laid in bed and refocused my mind, my consciousness, away from my aches and onto gratefulness for just having awoken to this warm, wet day.  I focused on the raindrops rolling down my window cleansing the earth.  I thought about how wonderful it is to be alive.  I gave thanks to all the things and people I am grateful to have in my life.

I forgot the pain.  Literally.  That is until I stood up, until I came back to full consciousness, right?  Maybe not.  Maybe the full consciousness was when I released myself from my physical body, and got outside my head.  Which got me to thinking about this whole issue of consciousness.  What is it and does consciousness exist outside the brain?

Of course consciousness exists outside the brain!  That is what meditation is, that is how our souls access the spiritual realm, that is how we connect to the higher source.

Dr. Eben Alexander, is a neurosurgeon, who was in a coma for 7 days and was essentially pronounced brain-dead. He came out of the coma and described his near death experience.  If you haven’t read, seen, or heard about him, then you should go to this link and listen to him first hand. (He’s been on every TV show from ABC to Oprah.  This interview runs about 42 minutes, but there are many much shorter links on You-Tube.)

What is so amazing about his story, amongst thousands of other near death experiences, is that he is a Harvard trained neurosurgeon and prior to this experience, a non-believer.  He understands far better than most, how the brain works. So when he states that every part of his brain that could be experiencing consciousness had been shut down during his coma, it defies science to explain how he could have conscious understanding of his near death experience. But he does, and describes in full detail what he experienced.  His book, “Proof Of Heaven,” is mind-blowing.

There has been so much written about the commonality of near death experiences, the bright light, the sense of well-being, the greeting by a loving presence, a guide, etc.  These accounts run cross-culturally, and have been experienced by believers and non-believers alike.  How can we ignore this data?  Why do we dismiss it?

What if it were all true?

What if what Jesus said was true?

Matt. 25: 40
Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Jesus wasn’t just speaking metaphorically, but meant it literally.  We are all connected in other consciousness, in God consciousness?  It is when we get out of our head, our material consciousness, that we begin to experience the spiritual realm. So practice, meditate.  Get out of your head, and open to the universe.