Love is rising: where are you focused?

Nearly Full Moon over my back yard

Nearly Full Moon over my back yard

Being very mindful that energy flows where attention goes, I’ve been working at finding positive things on which to focus.  And I’m happy to report I’m finding a lot of cause for hope.  I was especially happy to see a report the other day that the Schumann Resonance has recorded the highest frequency ever as of January 31.

Considered to be “Earth’s Heartbeat” frequency, the Resonance has been linked to human brain activity/consciousness and a rise in this frequency has been correlated by some to a rise in human consciousness.  I’m seeing this recent spike as arising from the worldwide movement sparked by current events and leading to multitudes standing together in support and/or mediating and reflecting on peace and heartfulness.

I’m seeing stories about people cleaning hate graffiti off a New York subway car and a Synagogue in Victoria, Texas gave keys to the Muslims whose Mosque burned down so they can continue having services.  I’m seeing people supporting the protest at Standing Rock in numerous ways.  More and more stories of people standing up in support of their brothers and sisters of every race, creed and religion are showing up every day and my heart fills with joy at every one I see.

In each of these stories there is a choice of focus.  I could choose to dwell on the hate behind the anti-Semitic graffiti or the possibility the burning of the Mosque was arson or the corporate greed behind the pipeline.  Or I can choose to dwell on the lovingkindness of those who cleaned the graffiti, gave the keys to the Synagogue and who stand with the Native Americans at Standing Rock.  I choose the love.

Energy flows where attention goes.  If your attention is on the hate, you send energy to it which creates more.  If you focus on the love and compassion you send energy there and create more.  It is entirely your choice where you will focus and to which end you will send energy.

If you choose to focus all your attention on the haters, you’re as much a part of the problem as they are.  Choose the love.  It doesn’t mean you don’t notice what’s happening it’s that you change your focus to celebrating those who are doing the right thing instead of those who are doing wrong.

I see a global consciousness of oneness and the need to stand up for one another rising.  I see love growing bigger not only in the world, but as I continue to chant for lovingkindness and a heart filled with love (see post), I feel my being shifting into more and more into a space of love.

For the first time the Schumann Resonance reached 36.  I plan to do all I can to be part of taking it higher by continuing to focus on being peace and love.  Where are you going to put your attention?  Which do you want to feed, the love or the hate?

Addendum:  I love this video discussing Gandhi and his approach to changing the world by changing your self and the list of organizations bringing his spirit into the world:

Video from KarmaTube

For more on the Schumann Resonance:

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An exercise to get into the view from the heart

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Tony Robbins at a Twitter conference in 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve had a few Super Soul Sunday episodes stacking up on my DVR, waiting for moments when I felt I could really sit and pay attention.  [I sort of watch a lot of TV but usually with laptop in lap while catching up on e-mails, reading and writing blog posts, etc….  so not really seeing much of it]

Today’s viewing was the last one I had, an interview with Tony Robbins from a few weeks back.  Though I’ve been aware of him for many years and vaguely familiar with his work, I’ve not read any of his books nor previously watched any of his videos so this was my first real encounter.

At about 21 minutes in on my recording he did a very short little meditation exercise centered around focusing on an issue in your life, moving into a heart space and then reexamining the issue with the energy of heart.  I thought it had some powerful possibilities.  The whole interview was really good and the “short” at the end was wonderful, so you might want to see the whole thing if you can find it.*

An excerpt with this exercise is available at the moment on the OWN site:

http://www.oprah.com/video_embed.html?article_id=64700

The exercise here was an abbreviated version of his technique so it may not reflect the impact of doing the full version.  I was definitely taken by it.  But I found the questions he asked us to consider about gratitude –supposedly to move me into heart– moved me into my head as I reached for memories that seemed to fit.

In spite of that I felt a shift in attitude.  The problem I used is fairly big so I’d like to do it again and for a longer time.  And I came up with a couple of other ways I’d like to try it.

The first piece, putting your hands over your heart, is a good use of “energy flows where attention goes”, so at first I moved naturally into heart energy because the placement of my hands took me there.  I think I might have done better on the next step with just breathing in and out of my heart with my hands held there, bringing extra attention and energy to that level.

In another meditation I regularly do there’s a moment where you’re asked to recall a moment of great happiness.  I always recall a visit back to Marin during which, while out on a walk, I hit a beautiful stretch I love and felt so delighted to be there that I danced around with my arms in the air.  Recalling the moment puts me in a magical place.  I’m also going to try doing the exercise using the happy memory and see how it goes.

So, the three possible variations:

  1.  His method:
  • place your hands over your heart and leave them there throughout
  • think of an issue or problem
  • list three things for which you’re grateful
  • come back to the issue and see how it feels or what answers you have from the heart space

2.  Using energy:

  • place your hands over your heart and leave them there throughout
  • think of an issue or problem
  • inhale and exhale from your heart at least six breaths (or until you feel you’ve moved into the energy of heart)
  • review the issue again and see if your feelings or ideas about it have changed

3.  Happy memory

  • place your hands over your heart and leave them there
  • think of an issue or problem
  • inhale and exhale from your heart two or three times
  • focus on the happiest moment you can think of and really let yourself feel it
  • come back to the issue and see how it feels or whether you have a different view

I think there’s some potential here for powerfully moving through stuck places in a pretty simple exercise, so I’ll be working with this one!


*OWN has gotten to be pretty cagey about making full episodes available after airing.  This one is not on the OWN youtube page although there are excerpts.  As of today (Sept. 20, 2016) it’s available through On Demand.  It is NOT available on the OWN app.

Meditating with Wayne

I recently took the companion book to Wayne Dyer’s film The Shift off the shelf and finally started reading it.  Which led me to remember I have his recording with two versions of his Getting in the Gap meditation (one around 15 minutes, one about 26).  I instantly felt drawn to do it again and enjoyed it so much I’ve been doing it every day for several days.

I’ve always liked the shorter version as a lead-in to other meditations.  His meditation does a nice job of getting my mind quiet and focused.  I can feel great if I stop with Getting in the Gap but I’ve been feeling like I want to start singing some of the Deva Primal chants again, so each day after I “get in the gap”, I’ve been choosing a chant to sing.

With the meditation completed first, I notice as I sing my focus on the chant is much stronger from the opening “Om” and less interrupted by my busy mind.  The combo leaves me feeling so at peace.

In several ways the guided practice causes you to be mindful, either focused on a word or focused on empty space or singing the sound “ah”, which in all traditions is part of the sound of the word for God, thus deepening your connection to the Universal Source.

I’ve long thought this little meditation is a great opener for anyone who wants a way in to meditating or who wants an easy way back after a hiatus.  Or it’s just a nice meditation practice to do regularly.

I’m not sure whether any of the versions on YouTube are exactly like mine but I’m sure the basic meditation is the same.  This one follows the script of the long one and adds the bonus of visuals if you want to do it open-eyed:

 

Peaceful Sunday Time

This Sunday let’s add a little exercise if you have time.  Before you pray or chant or meditate for peace, get quiet, move inward and ask yourself if anything within you stands in the way of being peaceful and, if so, ask to see what it is.  See the thing that blocks peace as dissolving or floating away from you. Ask if there is anything more you can do to release whatever blocks your peace. Then chant, etc. as usual.

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 the CPS page or you can go to the Facebook page.

Chanting and praying light up heart

Just couldn’t pull it together yesterday to write my usual reminder post, so I hope you found time to pray or chant for peace without hearing from me.

After my recent suggestion to chant lovingkindness for yourself first and then for earth, I decided today to chant for myself again and then sing the Guyatri Mantra.

As always chanting, “I am filled with lovingkindness, I am well, I am peaceful and at ease, I am happy” brought light and energy to my heart.  Then singing Guyatri Mantra along with Deva Premal intensified the feeling of opening heart.

I hold a vision of all hearts open and filled with divine light.

Turning thoughts to peace

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I don’t know about you but I’m looking forward to spending some time focused on peace.  Whether you need to clear something that stands in the way of inner peace or you want to chant or pray or meditate or perform a ceremony, please give peace a chance 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.

Part 2 of the challenge: solutions from the heart

English: Chakra picture produced by AuraStar20...

English: Chakra picture produced by AuraStar2000TM bio-energy sensor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is the last day of part 1 of the Heart Solutions challenge and midnight tonight begins part 2.

Thought I’d explain a bit about the background of this idea of moving into heart.  The central focus of Gay Luce’s Nine Gates Mystery School is the idea that we are like flutes with many notes.  Each chakra has its own special note or vibration.  Most of us play only one or two notes instead of using them all.  A great deal of time is spent learning what the energy of each of nine chakras (the usual seven plus feet and transpersonal, which is above the crown) feels like, what situations call for that energy, how to move into that energy, etc.  Each master teacher is brought in for two days on a particular chakra and teaches practices that build energy there.

To be honest, I don’t use it as much as I could, but I try to remind myself that I can choose to shift to a new space.  I use the ability to ground myself by bringing attention to my feet and imagining it reaching down in the earth a lot.  But probably my favorite space to invoke is heart.

There are so many times that it is useful to be able to move into that vibration.  If I’m in a room with people who are arguing or anxious I can move myself into heart and the longer I hold that space, the more the tensions in the room soften.  If I find myself feeling nervous or out of sorts I can consciously bring myself into heart; I don’t think it’s possible to hold yourself in heart space and to be anxious or angry at the same time.

Thanks to the training at Nine Gates, I can move into that space with my attention.  I also often breathe in and out of whatever chakra I want to be in.  In the case of heart, I find the lovingkindness chant opens my heart powerfully so I often say the chant when I want to hold myself at heart level.

The Challenge

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
  • Think 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 this challenge that contains thoughts from some of you.  If you’d like, write 300 words or less about your experience with the exercise and send it to me (yogaleigh at earthlink dot net) by midnight Nov. 16 , I’ll compile however many there are into a post.

* You can say it as a prayer:  “May (who/what-ever) be filled with lovingkindness, may he be well, may he be peaceful and at ease, may he be happy.”

or as an affirmation:  “_______ is filled with lovingkindness, she is well, she is peaceful and at ease, she is happy.”