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

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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.”

10 Minutes for Peace

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It’s just about that time in my part of the world and for once I’m early enough to catch people on the other side of the world while it’s still Sunday.

If you can find at least 10 minutes, pray or chant or meditate for peace.  Create a ceremony or release something that stands between you and peace.  However you do it, just take a little time to Be Peace, please.

At midnight, part 1 of the current challenge ends.  I’ll be posting the second part of the challenge again tomorrow.

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.

Peace time and challenge for next week

As well as reminding you to set aside some time to Be Peace, a reminder that I’ve issued a challenge for Collective Prayer Sundays:

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

Watch next week for a reminder about the second part of the challenge; or make your own time table to do both (see here for the whole challenge)

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.

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.?

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.

Meditate for Peace — it’s Collective Prayer Sunday

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Just a quick post to remind you it’s just about that time — pray, chant, meditate at least 10 minutes for peace.  Or perform a ceremony or release something that holds you back from inner peace.  You choose.  Just be the 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.

Getting ready to chant for peace?

Yep, time to set at least 10 minutes aside.  Let’s see how many of us can send out waves of peace around the world.

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.

Round of Forgiveness Day 5

Sweet Forgiveness

Sweet Forgiveness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today’s thoughtful post on forgiveness is from Karen at Our Enchanting Adventure.  The other posts so far were from Susan at the Almost Daily Thread, Sindy at Blue Butterflies and Me, and Julianne at Through a Peacock’s Eyes.  Tomorrow post will be from Nadine at Aligning with Truth.

Yesterday, on day five, I sat to chant while much more awake than the day before.  I soon felt the glow in my heart and then felt it grow and spread through my body.  Long before the end of the half hour I felt a softening.  I’m on the fence about whether I’ll move on to do the ceremony today or repeat Mornah’s prayer and the chanting.

Thoughts on Forgiveness Day 1

"Forgiveness 7" by Carlos Latuff.

“Forgiveness 7” by Carlos Latuff. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First, the forgiveness post for today (Aug. 2) is on Susan’s blog, The Almost Daily Thread.  Be sure to check it out!

This whole forgiveness thing started when Julianne at Through the Peacock’s Eyes got a download of insights while reading one of my posts.  She felt I needed to forgive the ancestor who put a curse on my whole maternal lineage.

Once I started thinking about forgiveness I felt that there were more people with whom I have unresolved issues and decided to do this two week Round of Forgiveness.  Initially I thought I’d finish with that ancestor witch but ultimately I decided that since she’s the main reason for this process I should start with her.

I started today with a version of Mornah’s/Ho’oponpono Prayer that I love:

Divine Creator, Mother, Father, Son as One, I, _____ (your name), wish to do ho’oponopono between myself and ____ (fill in the person you wish to forgive or with whom you wish to cut cords of negative energy).  Cleanse, sever, cut, release and transmute to the path of pure light.  HA!  MAHIKI!  We are set free and it is done.

I want to cut “aka” cords –cords of energy that bind people– before I do each forgiveness ceremony so that I’m clear of underlying issues.  I’ve found forgiveness doesn’t stick if there are still unresolved issues.  This prayer is generally associated with forgiveness, so I feel it fits very well.

Then I chanted the lovingkindness chant for her for half an hour.  As always I could feel my heart begin to soften.  I want that softening before I do the ceremony so that I can take the forgiveness deeper.  I feel that when I still hold a hard place in my heart, forgiveness can’t get all the way in.

My plan right now is to repeat the same exercises tomorrow and to do my ceremony on Sunday but I’m leaving the timing loose so I can see whether I feel ready to move to completion with the ceremony or if I need to do more cutting cords and softening.

Dates that are still open for forgiveness posts:  Aug.  4, and 7-13.  See original post for info.

Chanting for Peace … and Rara

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I’ve been giving a lot of thought to Rara’s situation.  I’ve been enough of a protester, radical, change-the-world person that on one level I still have the knee-jerk reaction to be angry.  To shake my fist and despise her accusers.  And I do have questions about what it costs to get the DA to put someone in jail without an investigation; hard to imagine there’s not corruption there.

But I also believe that being angry and stomping around is not the way to get to peace.  Since a world of peace and a life of peace are my number one goals it feels crucial for me to find a more peaceful path of dealing with this.  It’s been easy to fall into being angry at the DA or Rara’s former boss or to a system that lets this kind of injustice happen.  But I keep drawing myself back and meditating on peace.

I’m so grateful that there are people working on fundraising and donating art, etc.  I also deeply believe that our prayers and loving thoughts have more power than we always realize.  I’ve seen so many miracles arise from people sending love instead of hate, prayer instead of curses.

So as we prepare for another Collective Prayer Sunday, I want to invite everyone not only to chant or pray for peace on Earth today, but to begin a daily practice in which you send loving thoughts or Reiki or chant the lovingkindness chant for the DA and the accusers in Rara’s case.  Let’s keep it up until something changes or is resolved.  At the least it will help you find peace in your heart.  And wrapping those people in love could change them.  What do you say?  Willing to try it with me?

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.

Chanting Day: Last minute challenge

It’s that time again.  Thinking about Rara still, I decided to issue a chanting challenge.  Starting today, find 10-30 minutes a day each day this week to say the lovingkindness chant for:

Rara’s accusers and/or

The DAs involved in the case and/or

Rara

It’s amazing what a shift in energy can do to help.  In thinking about how to move away from the desire for payback and into a more peaceful space I felt that chanting for everyone involved in her case seemed like a better answer.

The chant:

Rara’s accusers (or substitute one of the others) are filled with lovingkindness

They are well

They are peaceful and at ease

They are happy

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.

 

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Chant or Pray for Peace Day!

See if you can find 10 minutes for peace– chant, pray, meditate, celebrate PEACE for at least 10 minutes today.

Don’t forget there’s a challenge for Collective Prayer Sundays and you still have time to do it.

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.

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