Posts Tagged ‘Kundalini Yoga’

Two Stories of Divine Intervention

For anyone who sometimes forgets what a miraculous world we live in … two stories from people I’m glad remain on this side of the veil.

Ann Kreilkamp shares her tale of Divine Intervention:

The SWERVE: or how, yesterday, I almost died

which reminded me of this story I posted in 2010:

Premonitions, Divine Intervention, Reiki and Kundalini Yoga saved her life

I’ve had a few close calls myself, but these two posts offer great affirmation of something bigger and benevolent. No matter what kind of situation you find yourself in, know that you and the Mystery are One. Blessed Be!

Cross Over, Cross Over, Cross Over

An old kundalini yoga video by Gurumukh (yes, I had it in VHS form, so that tells you something!), features a lot of exercises touching left fingers to right toes and vice versa, or alternately kicking the legs in the air so that they cross the middle line. I know from my days of visual therapy, that such “crossovers” help to balance the right and left sides of our brain. Whenever we make efforts to work both left and right, we encourage exponentially greater awareness.

If our right and left sides don’t balance, then things stop making sense, and the brain begins to shut down the visual field. We take in about 80% of our information about the world through our eyes. Even closed eyes help to regulate balance and tell us about the levels of light in our surroundings. If one eye tells a radically different story than the other eye, a situation called “binocular dysfunction” occurs, and it confuses the brain. Initially, we might get a headache or vertigo, but eventually the brain adapts, usually by shutting out as much confusing information as possible. “Just the facts, ma’am, just the facts, and never mind if they don’t make sense. We’ll just eliminate everything that doesn’t fit.”

This deletion of information that doesn’t “fit” happens physically, but it also happens metaphysically. Social psychologists call it “cognitive dissonance,” and would-be intuitives call it: “I would love to be intuitive, but my intuition’s bunk! I either get it totally wrong, or it’s just — blank.” In all of these cases, neglecting to activate, balance, and exercise both sides together results in major blind spots.

By contrast, repeatedly crossing over opens both intuition and logic, allowing both to flow more freely. Kundalini yoga practitioners reap huge benefits from the many crossover exercises and also from meditations in which the closed eyes roll slightly upwards and inwards, focusing towards the mysterious “Third Eye.” Whenever we awaken and stimulate the Third Eye, our powers of visualization, intuition, clairvoyance and manifestation increase. Synchronicities and synergies reveal themselves as Life in a state of harmony and creative flow. We learn to live in a world of paradox, because we no longer rely strictly on intuition or logic, left or right. Instead, we transcend duality — but not by ignoring it. No! We transcend duality by recognizing it and playing with it until it births something new.

Sometimes people wonder why someone who lives as intuitively and spiritually as I do bothers to dig around in the mucky muck of politics, the body, or the nitty gritty harshness of ignorance and poverty. Why don’t I just float “away with the faeries” as they say? Well, I can and I do quite often float away with the faeries, or bliss out in meditation, have late night giggle fests, and get embarrassingly excited about the silliest little things. But I am herenow — too. I didn’t bother to don this sometimes inconvenient physical form just so I could spend all my time checking out of it. Been there, done that. It’s fun. But it’s not why I’m here.

I have loads of reasons for being here, but one reason I feel strongly about involves modeling how to be “in this world but not of it.” We don’t transmute the world by shutting down our visual fields (on all levels) so that we can no longer see what’s “wrong” with it. Doing that can offer a valid spiritual path — one of cloistering or detachment — but that’s not my path. Again, been there, done that. Nor does total cloistering allow for the alchemy of transmutation. Zoning out through drugs, games and brainwashing offers another way of dealing with this unreal world, but again, not my path. I came here to help this planet transmute and thus transcend the rigid left/right, light/dark, high/low, fight/flight paradigms. We are creators, whether or not we choose to accept that challenge.

In the Thoth Tarot deck, the Princess of Disks is both the lowest of the low and the highest of the high. She’s so low, she’s high. Physical form, Shadow Work, the UnderWorld … all that nitty, gritty STUFF … forms the basis for our Creations.

Because we are Creators, whether we use 10% of our capacity or 100% of our capacity, the more “stuff” we allow into our Awareness, the more choices we have in how and what we can create. Just because we see it doesn’t mean we need to include it, but blanket deletion of “unpleasant” or “uncomfortable” things eliminates access to raw materials. Plus, how many of our most favorite, treasured things, people and ideas now, scared the bejeesus out of us when we first encountered them?

In creating with an eye towards transmutation and transcendence, I personally don’t want to ignore stuff. I want the opportunity to assess what I can do with it. Maybe nothing; but maybe I can make something really, really cool. Maybe I can combine this “ugly” thing with that “putrid” color and this “horrid, forbidden” thought and that “lowest of the low” will reveal itself as something beyond inspirational. I. Don’t. Know.

But I’m curious.

“Sometimes questions are more important than answers.” ~Nancy Willard

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.” ~Albert Einstein

Perhaps liberation doesn’t interest some people. It interests me. It engages me, and for those whom it also interests and engages, I offer the observation that crossing over — physically, in ideas, in experiences — crossing over, coupled with a timely turn inside, encourages transmutation and transcendence, which lead to liberation. That’s why I sometimes go on about this or that, and, more importantly: this-AND-that. In the spirit of crossing over, I’ll share an email that came through yesterday:

“you seem so busy, one hesitates to add one more thing, but I like your new initiative to dialogue with ‘the other side’ (i.e. people who don’t focus on fairies, or grow organic food, or vote Tea Party, or whatever). The video abt Common Core was very good. I knew of a Notre Dame faculty effort to block CC in Catholic schools, but not all the other efforts, except for the pro-big business effort to block it just because ‘it’s being imposed by those liberal elites’ (Indiana Legislature type thinking).

“but here’s my two cents – there is a movement in some traditional Catholic circles called ‘distributism,‘ which is for local control, local food, etc. It’s actually quite old – the writer GK Chesterton was a backer. It operates under the idea that private property ownership should be as widespread as possible, and a lot of other principles. But because ‘traditionalists’ and ‘New Agers’ tend to label each other, the two don’t always realize their common concerns. Distributists also support seed sovereignty and get why, etc etc. If you already know this, great, but just had to mention it. Time banks come to mind as solution for under/unemployed people – I live in a big ‘entitled’ community, partly because of the scarcity thinking of the leadership – both sides need to open up their thinking!”

And here … a link to an article on The Transition Network blog, “How to Discuss Transition with Conservatives/Republicans.” The article focuses on Transition Laguna Beach and how — unlike most Transition Towns — they aimed to include conservatives right from the start.

Whether you agree with the Transition article or the emailer’s comments, I urge you to consider not only their words, but also the spirit behind their words. It takes courage to try to build bridges where none or few exist. Sometimes we get the exact words or phrasing wrong, and it blows up in our faces. But we can learn from that goof instead of cowering inside our wounded egos.

We live on a beautiful planet overrun by a troubled and often highly destructive species (humanity) that nevertheless holds unfathomable potential to heal and to create new worlds. I’ve invested a lot in humanity and this planet, because I believe those investments can make a difference. I believe we can co-create something that both harmonizes with Nature and quantum leaps us to what today seems “supernatural.”

I’ll end with a quote from that same Gurumukh video (now available on DVD):

“We must start wherever we are. Because if you don’t start somewhere, you’ll be nowhere. … If you fall over, say, ‘So what?’ You get up and you try again. Who cares if it looks good? Start wherever you are and … KEEP GOING.”

Lucid Dreaming

The past two months have featured particularly active mornings of lucid dreaming. David’s alarm goes off before 5 a.m. and we snuggle a bit before he gets up for work. Then I drift in and out of a light trance and test, tinker, retest “solutions” to whatever challenges I assign my subconscious mind. On any given day, such challenges range anywhere from “How do we clean up Fukushima?” to “How do we unhinge Monsanto’s stranglehold on seeds?” to “How do I get the bindweed in my garden to go away and where does it go anyway?” to “How do I guarantee permanent passage to the Faery Realm if all hell breaks loose in this dimension?” to “How do I turn last night’s leftovers into something extra yummy for dinner?” to “What’s the nature of reality?”

For years, I’ve used Dreamtime to solve my most pressing personal riddles, but for the past two months, I’ve passed the bulk of those hours on more global questions. [UPDATE: This article link pretty much sums up what I’m attempting to resolve in Dreamtime.]

In no particular order, the following quotes and chants have starring roles in both my Dreamtime and waking hours. They play in background loops of varying speed, as though my brain’s attempting to code crack them in a Rubik’s Cube meets LOST meets Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, like a soundtrack to whatever “plot” I’m dreaming or daydreaming.

As the Hopi say, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” One of these mornings that combination lock is bound to bust free and sooner or later, all heaven will break loose. In the event that one of you, dear readers, happens to be humming the missing frequency and wondering why you have this silly melody stuck in your head, I’ll list some the most frequent phrases and chants I hear all day, every day:

“Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo.” (I hear it in a very specific Snatam Kaur chant: Ong, namo guru dev namo, guru dev namo, guru dev … namo.) This Adi Mantra is chanted at the beginning of each kundalini yoga session and translates to “I bow to the Creative Wisdom; I bow to that Divine Teacher inside myself.” This chant plays in the background of most of my recent lucid dreams.

“Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen” This is the transliteration of the Reiki Distant Healing Symbol learned in Reiki Level 2. I usually see it or feel my arms motioning this symbol throughout my dreams. I’ve taught an entire day-long class just on this one symbol, so its meaning extends beyond what I share here. People most often translate it as “The Buddha in me reaches out to the Buddha in you to promote enlightenment and peace,” and/or “No past, no present, no future.” The Reiki Distant Healing Symbols collapses everything into a single point, thus doing away with all perceived separation, whether through time or space.

Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha (“Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone beyond the beyond — blessings on the journey and the journeyer,” or, alternatively, “GONE, GONE, GONE BEYOND, COMPLETELY GONE BEYOND, ENLIGHTENMENT, HAIL.”) I hear it as sung by Abigail Spinner McBride on “Fire of Creation,” although many people, including Deva Premal have presented their own versions of this chant.

From Dr. Joseph Murphy:

“The first thing to remember is the dual nature of your mind. The subconscious mind is constantly amenable to the power of suggestion; furthermore the subconscious mind has complete control of the functions, conditions, and sensations of your body. Trust the subconscious mind to heal you. It made your body, and it knows all of its processes and functions. It knows much more than your conscious mind about healing and restoring you to perfect balance.”

[“You do not always get the answer overnight.] Keep on turning your request over to your subconcious until the day breaks and the shadows flee away.

From Walt Whitman:

“Every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”

From the Faery Realm:

“A person’s word is bond.
Respect, Not Control.
No Rudeness!”

“Behold, the silver branch.”

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” (This phrase is accompanied by an awareness of the star shape inside the apple, the silver branch as traditionally an apple branch giving passage to the Faery Realm, Avalon as “The Isle of Apples,” and a quite physical craving for apples!)

“Awen is available.” (Awen is a Welsh word for “poetic inspiration,” somewhat associated with the esoteric meaning on the OS Rune, which I sometimes also see and feel.)

From Dr. Larry Dossey:

(The concept rather than this actual quote from “Space, Time and Healing”):

“Interestingly, the perceptions of passing time that we observe from our external clocks cause our internal clocks to run faster. (Anything that demonstrates periodicity can be viewed as a clock, such as many of our physiological functions.)”

From Lewis Carroll:

“It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.”

“Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said. ‘One can’t believe impossible things.’

“‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’”

And then I wake up.

Premonitions, Divine Intervention, Reiki and Kundalini Yoga Saved Her Life

Hello and Happy Holidays to everyone! Although I’m taking a break to visit with friends, I just had to share this amazing story from a friend in Thailand. She Facebook messaged me a request for Reiki after a motorbike accident and then proceeded to tell me some of the amazing details. Her story touches upon so many of the topics covered in my sessions, classes and life that Siri Anand Kaur Renaud agreed to let me post this for my readers’ inspiration. I hope you find it as incredibly life-affirming and magickal as I did. Siri Anand’s words follow:

Here`s what happened … pretty incredible!

Got into a motorbike accident on Winter Solstice. I am so lucky to be in one piece! Guy cut me off on a motorbike, decided that he wanted to turn but had almost passed the street. Truck to my right, so split second decision: go right into the truck, get killed, or go into the bike, hit him and girlfriend and three of us badly injured. So I decided to go into the sand/dirt (monsoon here roads are bad) and as soon as I hit the sand I went down (no helmet on, of course!). I started sliding on my stomach. Towards a concrete wall! I could feel my belly rubbing on the road.

Kundalini Yoga training saved my butt once again!

Thought: “I`m light … don`t merge with the pavement, just kind of surf.” When I saw the concrete wall, I thought, “No way! I`m not hitting that wall! I don`t want to die!” And I pushed up into Cobra, then stopped, stood up and walked away! Holy Moly!

Shaken, in total shock and so was the guy behind coming to help me! He just looked at me like … as if to say what the heck! and I shrugged my shoulders, picked up my helmet on the ground and he picked up my bike and that`s it.

The guy who cut me off didn`t even stop. The cops did and asked the Thai man what happened. I told them someone cut me off. Not sure if the guy thought I only slid in the sand or what, but the cops just left!

Know what the weird thing about this is!? I had a dream about it one week before, and it was the left side as well and all my skin had come off. This guy was pouring water on me trying to wash away the rocks, sand and dirt. Then I did Reiki and was so scared, but the dream kept on telling me, “You can do it! You are that powerful! Just believe in yourself that you can heal!” And OMG, I saw my skin close! It was amazing! But I couldn`t shake the dream. I was really stuck in it, totally frozen in it, and was almost refusing to see myself heal that quickly. Finally I did it.

So after the accident, I drove around the corner and lifted up my shirt to look at my stomach and it was raw-like rug burns. I put my shirt down, looked at my knee and my knee cap was up and in a weird position. I did Reiki but just for a few minutes. Nothing was bleeding yet and I had a 30-40 minutes drive ahead of me as I had just forgotten my bank card in the machine so no hospital for me as I have no insurance. I needed cash, so I wanted to get going quickly in case I got to a point where I couldn`t drive anymore.

Went to the Wellness centre where I teach yoga and they fixed me up!
Nothing broken: my stomach wasn`t even pink anymore!!! Not even a tear in my thin cotton blouse or cotton pants!!!!!

My knee was the size of a football — still is as took the brunt of the fall I think but just a few specks of scabs. Top of left foot is raw and bleeding, was a hole now healing nicely. Hands pretty good … only rocks and sand in them. Three little punctures in one where we had to dig everything out as embedded pretty deep but skin had already started to close and one pin size hole in the other hand and one grazed elbow.

Forearm healed over night! No scar, no evidence of anything happening!

Received Reiki from myself of course but from a few other people and you as well. Just amazing! I am so so so grateful to everyone who helped me and to Guru Ram Das for saving my butt! And to Yogiji!(Yogi Bhajan my Yoga Master) as Kundalini Yoga has trained my mind so well and has me able to react in a spilt second. Otherwise there would be no doubt, there wouldn`t be much of me left: the front of my motorbike is broken!

Wahe Guru! Wahe Guru! Wahe Guru!

I am starting to walk better now with no pain! Just a bit of discomfort. My ribs are all healed and it doesn`t hurt anymore when I cough or laugh.

Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!

And there you have it!

So thank you again Laura and to all the beautiful amazing healers on this planet!

Merry Christmas to you,

Siri Anand
xx

(Thank you Siri Anand for sharing this story, and many praises and much gratitude for her miraculous experience. Peace and blessings to all.)

5 Things I Love Right Now

When I love something, I really love it in that moment! Here’s what I’ve been loving lately:

1) Seed Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA. Readers of this blog know I love Cafe Gratitude, but not everyone knows how much I love this little gem in the heart of Sonoma County. Seed serves up 100% vegan and a mostly raw menu 6 days per week, including a Sunday Brunch, which I have yet to try.

Seed BBQ Burger

Photo by Shana Dean

I’ll be interviewing chef/owner Jerri Hastey very soon for this blog because I just love how she’s fostered a real sense of community and homespun charm in the restaurant and (my favorite) Seed On the Go. I must confess that I order so often, they actually recognize my voice whenever I call. For a quick “BBQ Cheez Burger,” “Toona Sandwich” or “Arame Salad,” you really can’t beat Seed, and I love meeting friends or colleagues there for some business, fun and raw chocolate caramel pie, which brings me to number …

2) Cacao. I have an on-again-off-again relationship with this little pod of bliss. Contrary to impressions gleaned from reading Schizandra and the Gates of Mu I do not actually live on cacao and cacao alone. Frauke is a character, and while I did, ahem, research cacao extensively in preparation for her cacao addiction in book 1, I don’t really spend my days dreaming of giant cacao pods. In fact, if I’m not in writing mode, I can’t even stand cacao. It just doesn’t agree with me. However, I am back in fiction writing mode again after a brief hiatus, and so my cacao consumption has resurged — sometimes (gasp!) with the decadent addition of kombucha. If you want to know how I cranked out three books in one year, this potent combo had at least a partial role.

Is cacao the healthiest, purest of raw foods? Nope (although it does have a ton of antioxidants and a lot of iron and magnesium). Will it burn out my adrenals? Yeah, it does seem to do that if I’m not channeling some massive creative energy along with the cacao. I find this pretty common, actually, since cacao is a spiritual food. If used simply as candy it eventually stops working or worse, turns around and bites you. When used intentionally and in vibrational harmony, though? Mmmm, for me, it’s bliss … which brings me to number …

3) Kundalini Yoga. I love this stuff! If you think of yoga as stationary or slow, kundalini yoga will blow those preconceptions right out of your downward dog. Also known as the Raj or King of Yogas, kundalini yoga is where it all began. All the current schools of yoga originated from asanas (postures), exercises, mudras (yoga for the hands) and mantras (chants) found in kundalini yoga. Folks, this stuff works fast. So fast, in fact, that you can easily abuse it or cause the energy to rise too quickly.

I myself have been known to engage in a wee bit too much kundalini yoga. Even a few minutes raises the vibration into such a state of bliss that I find myself wanting to do kundalini yoga multiple times per day, sometimes for hours. I’m known as “The Lazy Raw Foodist” for a reason, so this is not typical behavior with regard to exercise. I just love the bliss factor. I also love that kundalini yoga works so fast to manifest intentions. It’s both active and highly meditative.

An example: I am currently nursing a sore wrist that arose from, um, too much kundalini yoga. Way too many hand flaps and liver maneuvers. My body was super-toned and my brain felt incredible until my right wrist said, “OK, you need to take a break.” When I said, “No way, I’m having too much fun here,” my wrist responded with “Fine, here’s some tendonitis. It is time to take a break.”

For awhile, I could barely type and this might have seemed like a negative situation considering I had set as my intention the faster creation of book 2 (Schizandra and the Peruvian Jaguar). I’ve overdone kundalini yoga enough in the past to know that the benefits continue to reveal themselves even beyond the classes, though, and sure enough, my intention manifested very fast. The forced computer break caused me to reevaluate how much time I spend answering emails. Turns out my “justified” time away freed up about 12 hours per week I was spending on emails. 12 hours of writing time that now gets funneled back into the creation of book 2.

Additionally, the forced time away from the computer allowed me to realize that I had been barking up the wrong tree with the time frame and plot for book 2. A few potent meditation sessions and a conversation with my friend Tim (who helped inspire the character Tom Brown in the Schizandra Series) led to a very speedy download of exactly what I’d sensed was missing. I visited my acupuncturist with whom I always have fascinating discussions, and my wrist felt good to go just at the moment I had the proper focus to continue. I really sense that this kundalini “gluttony” triggered exactly what I needed to bring my visions into reality — shaking out any blocks and blissfully moving me to the next level. In the absense of the physical exercises, I’ve returned to my old bliss standby, number …

4) Krishna Das. I talk about sacred chants a lot, so I won’t go into too much detail here. Suffice to say that I never tire of “Door of Faith.” I am also one of those odd birds who actually did memorize the entire 42-verse Hanuman Chaleesa from “Flow of Grace,” partly because I wanted to, and mostly because I’ve listened to it so many times that my mind now sings along.

Some people do not like the intense maleness of Krishna Das’ voice. Personally, I find it grounding. A few minutes of any album pulls me immediately into my heart. If my brain feels overloaded, zapped by fluorescent lights or spastically mental, I can pop in “Door of Faith” and feel all that energy tumble into my heart and expand with the very first Om … all of which brings me to number …

5) Everyone and Everything. That’s right, I am feeling the love for everyone and everything. I always do, but lately that love has felt both more refined and more intense. I feel such gratitude for all my clients, my husband, my friends, family (both blood relatives and soul mates), and for this vast universe that moves in, around and through us.

I love helping people dance their cosmic dance and bring that down into 3D steps — joyful twists & leaps & turns like a mazurka. I love my job! I love that so many people have joined in their intentions to manifest a film version of Schizandra and the Gates of Mu. I love that more and more people realize how much we can each accomplish when we recognize ourselves as part of a bigger whole … and also as the whole itself. I love that all mystics speak the same language, and I love that we are moving to a world of greater connection, more immediacy, and a chance to vibrate as one conscious living, breathing universe.

And I love Twitter. I work from home and until I joined Twitter I never realized how much I missed those little small talk moments at the water cooler or the quick hello on the way to the bathroom or to a meeting. For me, Twitter has provided that social snippet during long days of writing, or a welcome lightness between intense sessions.

So, yeah, I’m feelin’ the love … and before anyone rolls their eyes and asks just how much cacao I’ve actually had today:

Yes, I ate at Seed with Shana Dean. And yes, I ate a chocolate caramel pie, and yes, it was total bliss. But I was already feeling this way anyway. I’m sending lots of love to everyone and everything. As Joni Mitchell sings, “We are stardust. / We are golden / And we’ve got to get ourselves / Back to the garden.” It’s really happening, folks! Peace.

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