New Collective Prayer Sunday Challenge: Heart Solutions

I haven’t issued a challenge for a LONG time.  Still thinking about working from heart space and holding vision vs. problem-solving (see previous post).  All that mixed together and became an idea for a challenge.  Actually there are two challenges.  I’ll give you both now but I’ll post the second one again when the first is over.  See below for an invitation for you to write a short piece about one or both challenges that I’ll include in a post.

(1) Between now and midnight on November 9, 2014, for five days (in a row or spaced as you wish):

  • Sit or lie comfortably with a straight back and close your eyes
  • Think of someone with whom you have a challenging relationship or whom you don’t like or whom you consider an enemy
  • Say the lovingkindness chant for that person for 10 minutes
  • Take a few deep, even breaths, each inhalation and exhalation taking the same amount of time (i.e. count 10 on inhale, count 10 on exhale)
  • Begin imagining that you’re inhaling into your heart and exhaling from your heart
  • Place one hand on your heart to focus more energy there; you can put it down when you feel you’ve moved into heart space but keep some attention on staying in heart
  • Ask to see what you can do to create harmony with that person
  • From heart space, what do you understand about this relationship; what does your heart feel about this person?
  • When you feel complete, open your eyes
  • As you move through normal life focus whenever you think of it on heart space and hold the vision of this harmonious relationship
  • Note any shifts you feel toward this person or about this relationship as the five days progress

(2) Between midnight November 9, 2014 and midnight November 16, 2014, for five days:

  • Sit or lie comfortably with a straight back and close your eyes
  • Thinks of a problem or an issue in the world about which you have strong feelings (crime, terrorism, environment… you pick)
  • Say the lovingkindness chant for the world for 10 minutes
  • Take a few deep, even breaths, each inhalation and exhalation taking the same amount of time (i.e. count 10 on inhale, count 10 on exhale)
  • Begin imagining that you’re inhaling into your heart and exhaling from your heart
  • Place one hand on your heart to focus more energy there; you can put it down when you feel you’ve moved into heart space but keep some attention on staying in heart
  • Ask to see what steps you could take to help create a world without this problem or whether you’re meant to do anything at all–make sure you stay in heart space
  • From heart space what do you understand about this problem/issue?  About the best way to create a world that no longer has that problem/issue?
  • When you feel complete, open your eyes
  • As you move through normal life, focus when you think of it on heart space and your vision of a world that doesn’t contain this problem
  • Note any shifts in how you feel about this problem as the five days progress and as you continue to envision a new path

I would love to do a post about each of these that contains thoughts from some of you.  If you’d like, write 300 words or less about your experience with one or both of these exercises and send it to me (yogaleigh at earthlink dot net) by midnight Nov. 9 for the first one and by midnight Nov. 16 for the second, I’ll compile however many there are into a post.

Peaceful Sunday: Chant, Meditate, Pray

Have a lovely Sunday.  Hope you find 10 minutes to be peace.

Collective Prayer Sundays:  In case you’re new, we’re finding 10 minutes at a minimum to pray or chant or meditate (or???) for peace every Sunday.  Details are on the CPS page.  For comments:  you can comment here or on that page or you can go to the Facebook page.

How Beliefs are Formed and How they Have Impact on Us

Originally posted on metaphyzgirl ~ Psychic Holistic ~ Therapist:

Just had to ‘press’ this brilliant article.

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How Beliefs are Formed and How they Have Impact on Us

June 9, 2014

How Beliefs are Formed and How they Have Impact on Us

With advanced brain imaging methods, especially with the Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), scientists, the last two decades, acquired a phenomenal opportunity to see the natural function of the brain and to watch all these things unfolding in real time in front of them.

Before the contribution of brain illustration in real time comes, scientists believed that the process of cell division is that creates new brain cells, called neurogenesis, weakened early in a person’s life and stopped completely when he reached adulthood. Similarly, the process of neuroplasticity, ie the ability of…

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Peace, the world and creating reality

Anahata chakra symbolizes the consciousness of...

Anahata chakra symbolizes the consciousness of love, empathy, selflessness and devotion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since I reached a deeper understanding of what it means to hold a vision and a joyful feeling tone and how that impacts what I create, I’ve been revisiting a dance I’ve done for years around how to deal with world problems, or problems “out there” in the same way.

I know for myself, it never helps to view a situation as a problem that has to be solved.  Problem solving mode tends to happen in a place of fear or anger; you pretty much won’t find someone fueled by the need to fix a problem and reasoning out how to solve it who is in a happy or joyful frame of mind. Those solutions don’t come from the level of the Divine, they come from a frightened or angry mind.

If I hold a vision from a place of happiness and certainty that the Universe knows how to achieve it, I don’t have to reason out an action plan.  The next step and the next reveals itself to me.  When I go inward in meditation and ask what I should do, the advice rarely looks like an action plan my mind would conceive.  Sometimes it’s “wait”.  Sometimes it’s very specific about the next step to take but offers nothing further.  Sometimes it’s to address some personal issue that I wouldn’t have related to the issue.  However it shows up, that advice from a place of connection to my higher self is always different than what my mind deductively reasons out.

In their personal lives, most every spiritual seeker I know or know of follows some form of going inward and seeking the knowledge of higher consciousness or intuition.  Some apply it in all areas of their lives, some in only selective places, but they all “check in” in one way or another for many life decisions.

Often when looking out into the world, though, that checking-in process goes out the window.  Crime, terrorism, environmental destruction… whatever the issue, it’s seen as a problem and on goes the thinking cap to work out a solution.  There’s an us and a them and a wrong and a right, moral outrage, fear and lots of the language of battle in the determined push to institute the plan.  I’ve written in the past about my belief that the energies of hate, anger and divisiveness contribute only to more war and hate and duality.  That version of handling the world has held the same problems in place.

As a sociology graduate student, I learned about cases of renowned sociologists whose theories were imposed on cities or groups or events all over the place.  Until they were proved wrong.  And left more problems behind.  It imbued me with a sense of caution about deciding what’s right for others that has carried ever since.  And I’ve noticed for years how often people decide that something is wrong as to some group or in a city or whatever and they start problem solving without ever consulting those who will be impacted by their decisions.

More recently I’ve added a lot of questions from a spiritual perspective.  I find myself wondering what would happen if we quit seeing the world as riddled with problems.  If you have a thing about crime, for instance, what if you held a vision of people walking everywhere at any time of day and feeling completely safe?

Instead of focusing on the problem of crime, focus on how the world looks without it.  Energy flows to what you focus on, so if you focus on a problem you send energy to perpetuate it.  If you focus on a vision of a world that doesn’t have that problem you send energy toward that vision.

What if people who want to “solve a problem” were to meet, resonate into heart space and meditate together on a vision and how to reach it?  Asked themselves how to bring those who will be impacted into the process?  What do you think their “solutions” would be like?

Try this:

Think of something that you consider a big problem out in the world.  Move yourself into heart energy.  You can do this by imagining that you’re inhaling and exhaling through the heart and/or placing a hand on your heart and/or focusing your attention on heart chakra.  Once you’re feeling that heart space, move into meditation and take yourself deeper while staying in heart.

From that deep heart space ask to see how the world looks without that problem.  Focus deeply on the vision of that crime-free or environmental-damage free or …-free world.  Ask if there are any steps for you to take toward creating that vision.

How does it feel to “problem solve” with heart and spirit instead of from your head?  Are the answers you receive any different than the plans you normally formulate?

How would the world look if we viewed every “problem” from that heart level?  What might happen if we collectively envisioned a world of peace, safety, environmental cleanliness, etc.?

Dream Catching at 11,000

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She’s so amazing…

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Originally written 08/25/14

In two days—August 27th, 2014—I will turn the big three-oh in the “Big House”—California’s largest state correctional facility for women.  I arrived just a week ago and am sitting pretty in receiving, what we colloquially call “A-Yard.”

A-Yard is a resting and distribution center, like a train station—filled with women waiting to go somewhere else, smiling uncertainly at each other because the future holds such extreme possibilities in regards to the relationships here.  We all know it’s possible that you will never see the woman next to you again.  It’s equally possible that you will share—in close proximity and neon orange Technicolor—one of the most memorable experiences of your life with her.  Like a train station, it is constantly bustling here.  It is saturated with hellos, goodbyes, and the commotion of people trying to live life in a limited amount of time and space.  We…

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Angeles Arrien

I belatedly learned last night of Angeles Arriens’ death last spring and was so sorry to hear it.  I only encountered her once, when she stepped in to replace a teacher who cancelled out from teaching at Nine Gates during my Session 1 experience.  That one time had a big impact.

It was the only time she ever taught at Nine Gates and I was so grateful to have been there.  In those days we were able to get tapes of the whole Nine Gates experience.  Over the next five or six years I listened to the tapes of Angeles’ segment a number of times.  A few things she taught have been touchstones for me ever since.

I’ve written about my favorite teaching previously so I’ll give the short version here.  If you can only see love when it’s expressed YOUR way, you may miss all kinds of love that surrounds you.  Other people will express love their way; can you open the channels to receive it?

I’ve owned her wonderful Tarot book for many years and it’s always open at my side when I lay out the cards.

Marilyn Schlitz of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) did a lovely memorial tribute to her that you can see here.

She’s always been on my mental list of people with whom I’d like to study when time and money allow and I’m so sorry that won’t happen.  Rest in peace Angeles.

Sunday Peace Time

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Sorry I missed last week — after lots of days of not sleeping I kept being on the wrong day.  Got on track for the FB page for this but then went back to the delusion it was still Friday before I came back to do this one.  Oh well.  I tell myself that sleep deprivation is helping me learn I can’t control everything or keep my mind on track all the time…

Hope you’re looking forwarding to spending at least 10 minutes chanting or meditating for peace today.

Collective Prayer Sundays:  In case you’re new, we’re finding 10 minutes at a minimum to pray or chant or meditate (or???) for peace every Sunday.  Details are on the CPS page.  For comments:  you can comment here or on that page or you can go to the Facebook page.