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Day Three

We often lament the pain of separation from ourselves, each other, or the divine.  But perhaps there is something perfect about feeling separate and lonely.  There is something so perfect about our perceived disconnect from the One Heart.  There is something within the experience of separation that builds our longing to unite.

In his poem, Absolutely Clear, Hafiz writes:

Don’t surrender your loneliness

So quickly.

Let it cut more deep.

Let it ferment and season you

As few human

Or even divine ingredients can.

Something missing in my heart tongiht

Has made my eyes so soft,

My voice

So tender,

My need of God 

Absolutely

Clear.

When I grow infinitely lonely, I meditate or read a poem and try to re-ignite my longing.  I try to remember that I am here to make my way back Home.

Please join me in practicing eleven days of the Maha Gyan Agni Pranayam to honor the San Shaman of southern Africa who will Ignite the One Heart Fire on May 24, 2017 to elevate human consciousness to the Ninth Wave of Creation.

Humble Prayer:

May we use the energy of our pain of separation to launch us to the cozy center of the One Heart.  Sat Nam!

40 Days of Radiant Words

Day Seven

I like to sit quietly.  Now I reflect on the sweet practice of closing the eyes and focusing the eyeballs on the third eye point between the eyebrows.  This stimulates the optic nerves which send signals to the pituitary and pineal glands.  Over time, daily sessions of concentrating on keeping the eyes steadily focused on this brow point strengthens the intuition.  That is something radiant to celebrate.

Here are some more radiant words from The Radiance Sutras, or The Vijnana Bhairava Tantra by Lorin Roche.

Rest the attention easily in the forehead, in the eye that is made of light.  Cherish the delicate energies shimmering there.

Close your eyes for a few minutes and focus on your brow point.  Please know, peaceful Reader, that I am bowing to the delicate energies you notice shimmering there.  Sat Nam!

Please join me in practicing this meditation for 11 minutes for 40 days:  The Meditation to Develop the Radiant Body.

Question for reflection over the next 40 days:

What would I say, write, or think if I knew that whatever I say, write, or think must happen?

If you have questions or want to communicate with me, please contact me at lightforceyoga@gmail.com

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40 Days of Radiant Words

Day Six

I’d like to continue to reflect on the body as a fiesta.

Today’s radiant words are from The Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche

Whenever you dissolve into helpless laughter–transported by a magic show, antics or jokes, having your armpits tickled, drenched by a sudden shower, or any of Nature’s tricks–dive into the source of that laughter.  Surrender to the surge of joy illuminating the essence of reality.

Let’s tickle one another’s armpits!  Let’s dwell in the body’s all-pervading sense of joy.  Feel your voice laughing.  Accept this as true reality.

May we laugh and may this laughter be an expression that connects us to our radiance.

Please join me in practicing this meditation for 11 minutes every day for 40 days:  Meditation to Develop the Radiant Body

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40 Days of Radiant Words

Day One

According to yogic numerology, 2017 is a year to relate to the Radiant Body.

Yogis know that we are much greater than the limits of the physical body; so, cultivating awareness of all ten light bodies of consciousness is a reward and challenge of a daily yoga practice.  These are the ten bodies:  1.  The Soul Body.  2.  The Negative Mind.  3.  The Positive Mind.  4.  The Meditative Mind. 5.  The Physical Body.  6.  The Arc Line.  7.  The Aura.  8.  The Pranic Boday.  9.  The Subtle Body.  10.  The Radiant Body.

The Radiant Body implores a yogi to nourish the realms of consciousness that inspire creativity and courage.

Each day, one might ask this:  How can my unique radiant light body of my own consciousness best express its best creativity and courage in this particular time and space?

There is a meditation to practice to strengthen the radiant body.  The mantra to chant is “Ajai Alai”.

I adore this description of the mantra in The Aquarian Teacher text book: the mantra “Ajai Alai,” also known as the Ik Acharee Chand mantra is so effective that “[o]nce you recite the mantra correctly, it will give you the power that whatever you say must happen.”

I am always seduced by the promised benefits of practicing meditation, but the further I journey on my spiritual path, meditation becomes less and less a matter of something that I do in order to achieve the benefits.  Meditation becomes a habit of mind and being.  Any particular meditation receives a chance to express its own sacredness through my unique being.  Meditation is less about achieving benefits and more about the pure pleasure, pain, anger, boredom, or sadness of experiencing my own consciousness in relationship to this particular practice.

End notes in the meditation manual instruct us to chant each sound of the mantra and “hear each word as a world.”  Each word is projected from the throat and vibrates the whole head.

Yes.  I appreciate this sense: Every word is a world.  This is the kind of rich experience of reality that I am always seeking.  I am sure that I long to speak, listen to, read, and write every word as if each is an entire world.  Let me write that again…  I long to listen to every word as if it is a world.  Every word, a world.  Imagining the dimensions of words offers me a sense of reclaiming words as deep, dimensional, and sacred.  To my meditative mind, talk is never cheap.  To my meditative mind, there is no such things as empty words.  When I can consciously treat each word as a world–not just when chanting but always– then I can know how to speak and walk carefully, lightly in this world and with reverence.

I continue to cultivate a relationship with my own words so that I know their power.  That’s why most of what I want to say, write, think, or speak I try to express in the form of a humble prayer.

May I continue to walk tall, reach out and touch others with great love and royal courage. May I continue to feel the pure joy of sitting, breathing, chanting, and being.  May I vibrate the Cosmos so that the Cosmos may clear the path.  May the benefits of this practice be received by all beings.

Sat Nam!

Please join me in practicing this meditation for 40 days: Meditation to Develop the Radiant Body

 

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Diamond Mind, Creator’s Mind

Day Three

The mind produces one thousand thoughts per blink of the eye.  Suppose every one of those were thoughts of devotion, thoughts of prayer, thoughts of discipline, thoughts of song, thoughts of beauty, thoughts of excellence, thoughts of service, thoughts of Beloveds, thoughts of compassion, thoughts of infinity, thoughts of sweet longing, thoughts of grace–wouldn’t that be something?

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40 Days, 40 Years, 40 Prayers

Day Fifteen

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan offers us detailed teachings on the power of the prayer of the mother for her children.  The prayer of any woman is also said to have extraordinary power.  So, I write tonight with an intention to honor the power of the mother’s and the woman’s prayers.

Recently, I attended an extraordinary concert with the renown musicians Snatam Kaur, Ajeet Kaur, Ezra Landis, Tripp Dudley, and Siri Kirtan Kaur at the Seaside Center for Spiritual Living in Encinitas.  During the concert, Snatam had to tune her guitar before singing “People of Love.”  While tuning the guitar, she chatted with her audience.  She mentioned that her grandfather once told her that his generation’s job was to start the Peace Movement.  So, Snatam’s grandfather added, it would be our generation’s job to take on the challenge of healing the environment.  Snatam ended this little chat with a graceful and gentle reminder: vote for Bernie Sanders.

In the forty or so years (from 1969-2004) that Yogi Bhajan taught in the United States and around the world, he encouraged so many people to pray for peace.  They prayed for peace.  Now, we continue to observe Peace Prayer Day every Summer Solstice.  We have lots of great teachings that guide us to understand that peace is not the destination; peace is the way.  Peace is something we practice, not some utopian ideal to reach.  Peace takes grit, muscle, power, prayer, discipline, courage, courage, courage.  Any nation can build an army and dump way too much money into a military machine.  That’s for sissies.  I’m willing to bet that half the United States Marine Corps would collapse under the physical, mental, and spiritual challenge to hold Wheel Pose for 11 minutes.  But I am going off on some tangent that is likely to throw me way out of my Neutral Mind.

So, I return to a sense of gratitude that a generation of yogis learned directly from Yogi Bhajan while he lived on this Earth plane and were fortunate to pray for peace in his presence.

But he passed out of his human body and dwells in the hearts and minds of those who practice the teachings he shared.  He taught about the Mother’s Prayer.  Being a mother myself, I appreciate these teachings; but practicing to become a more prayerful yogi, I am beginning to appreciate another dimension to the Mother’s Prayer.

So, now that the time has come that our shared environmental crisis has grown desperate.  We need to build a powerful legacy of Earthing that is on par with Peace Prayer Day.  One way to approach this is to pray that we, in our most radiant, collective human consciousness come up with more creative, sustainable, authentic, and lasting solutions to heal our Earth.

But, even more importantly, we must listen.  What is our Mother Earth’s prayer?  Do we have the capacity to listen to the Earth, to communicate–really communicate, prayerfully communicate–with trees, plants, flowers, dirt, stones, water, clouds, animals?  Are we able to hear with open minds and hearts what it is this Earth wants and needs most from her children, from Her Creator, from Her Universe?

Mother Earth, what is your prayer?  What is your wish for your own spiritual destiny?  What is your wish for the destinies of the creatures and beings who regard you as their mother?  I am blessed to be here.  I am blessed to be with you.  I am blessed to be listening.  With a prayerful mind and heart and with open ears and an open inner ear, I bow.

Sat Nam!

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