Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Kali: Goddess of Revolution
Sally Kempton and Ken Wilber
Audio, 14 minutes
"In Indian mythology, Kali first appears as a frenzied, battle-maddened demon slayer, who comes into the world at moments when dark forces—demons—threaten civilization and especially the feminine. In the core myth of Kali's emergence, she appears out of Durga's third eye at one of the key moments in the Devi Mahatmya, when the Devi is threatened by two demons called Chanda and Munda. Durga's face darkens, and Kali emerges with a roar, her sword swinging, cutting down demons and crunching them in her teeth. At last, she slashes off the heads of Chanda and Munda, and presents them to Durga. Later in the battle, Kali confronts the demon chief Raktabija. Raktabija has a magical power: when drops of his blood spill, they turn into warriors. Kali, with her long tongue, licks up his blood before it can touch the ground.
"Many images of Kali show her with a long tongue, caught in the act of licking the blood of warriors. In these images, she often appears as a hag, emaciated, ugly, with fangs, and with blood dripping from her tongue. But as human consciousness evolved over the centuries, so, it seems, did the image of Kali. Her body became beautiful, as it is in most modern representations. Instead of seeing her as an almost demonic presence, devotees meditating on Kali began to find esoteric resonance in her gestures and implements. Raktabija's blood became a symbol of the uncontrollable desires that agitate our minds, and Kali's tongue became the power of yogic will to eat up desires and thoughts so that the luminosity of our essential awareness can reveal itself."
From "Awakening Shakti" by Sally Kempton
In this 13-part Goddess Returns series, acclaimed teachers Sally Kempton and Ken Wilber discuss one of the most powerful ways we can reconnect with a crucial aspect of feminine wisdom that has largely been lost in today's world: by invoking and internalizing the energetic qualities of eleven different Hindu goddesses.
In honor of the sacred feminine, Integral Life will be publishing discussions of each of these goddesses over the next couple weeks, with a different "Goddess of the Day" featured every few days. Stay tuned for our next installment, Parvati: Goddess of the Sacred Marriage.
(Image from Integral Life)
Monday, August 18, 2014
As I have noted before, I do not worship any specific goddess, but for many years before actual Kundalini awakened, I felt closely in touch with the Western Great Goddess. And today, I look on Kundalini as the "goddess of goddesses," but without name or form.
Here is Sally Kempton's fascinating account of her awakening in India during a sacred festival. I am especially impressed with her description of how the goddess arrived as a "pulsing current of ecstasy and power that arose in my body and seemed to swirl from the air itself." Thus she entered the arms of the Goddess herself, and knew that Spirit was not merely a concept but a sensuous feeling of rapture within the cells themselves, as She enters the body.
Once again, I recommend her upcoming internet course, where she will offer ways of connecting with the Goddess in your own body. Details of a free preliminary session are included at the end of this description.
(from Sally Kempton):
"For me, the key to discovering my own inner feminine wisdom came from discovering the Goddess –– a very unexpected source for me at the time. And, I was specifically drawn to the goddesses of the Hindu pantheon — a circle of profoundly ecstatic, sensual and endlessly potent deities whose help and love is available to anyone who knows how to evoke and celebrate them.
I can’t tell you what a surprise this was for me. And, I want you to know that it took me years to realize how utterly present the goddesses are.
As a young journalist in New York, as a spiritual practitioner and later a teacher, I put enormous effort into looking for ways to awaken spiritually, to grow creatively, and to find the balance between professional success and personal love.
But, like many rational Westerners, I thought of deity practice as a relic of mythology and traditional religion. For me, the spiritual path was all about finding Spirit as my inner Self, and anything that suggested dependence on a personal deity seemed at best suspicious –– and at worst superstitious.
Then, one evening in India, during a festival, I met the Goddess. Not in a vision or through a picture, but as a pulsing current of ecstasy and power that arose in my body and seemed to swirl from the air itself.
Over the next few years, I would feel her presence as a current of ecstasy, a shimmer of heightened awareness that often seemed to hover in the air around me, especially in the natural world. I came to realize that the Goddess comes in many forms and in many emotional flavors.
As Durga, she gives us courage to fight battles that we’d never have been able to face. As Saraswati, she literally brings the inspiration to write and teach and answer our own deepest questions. As Lakshmi, she smooths our path by showing us how to create abundance and beauty in our own minds and then in our lives. As Kali, she breaks through our illusions, and awakens us to every form of truth.
There are good reasons why goddess practices have been the secret of so many esoteric paths. The Goddess is the power that manifests through the so-called Law of Attraction. She’s the guide through the thickets of the spiritual journey. Above all, she is the power that awakens us –– inwardly and outwardly –– to our highest possibilities as human beings.
We need the Goddess now. We need to see her in our own bodies, and to discover her in our lives. And the good news is that she is more present for us now, I believe, than ever before.
In one of the great myths of the Goddess Durga, she says, “When times are difficult, when the need is great, call me and I’ll be there.”
That’s what we’ll be doing in my Wisdom of Goddess Empowerment course: calling on the goddesses, learning to recognize their presences, and above all, actualizing their power, love and beauty in our own lives.
And remember, you can find out more about my training and the sacred and potent powers of goddess practices when you tune in on Thursday, August 21, at 5:00pm Pacific, for the FREE Q&A session with me.
Call-in details for Q&A:
Connect to the webcast at http://instantteleseminar.com/?eventid=58437570
Or dial +1-425-440-5100 (click here to find your local number) and enter the PIN 498523#
I look forward to meeting you on the call!
(image of Durga from internet)
Friday, August 15, 2014
(Please note that at the bottom of this announcement is instruction as to how to register for this teleseminar)
Sally's Free Teleseminar Kissed by the Goddess of Bliss
August 15, 2014
The Kiss of the Goddess of Bliss is the inner touch of the sacred feminine--arising as a subtle inner Eros, a delicate touch in the heart. The goddess of bliss is also known as Lalita. Lalita's name means "Playful One". Someone who listened to our call on Wednesday described her as 'soft power.' That's a great way to understand the subtle power of this aspect of the sacred feminine.
Lalita's is the face of sacred Eros--the inherent deliciousness at the heart of embodied life as well. She also represents the highest levels of spiritual awakening. So, Lalita's kiss is the inner embrace of Spirit itself. Tuning into Lalita is a powerful way of accessing a genuinely embodied experience of sacred energy--and the deep sweetness of being alive. Lalita's inner touch awakens us to what it means to be Spirit in a body--not as a beautiful idea, but as actual experience.
Several thousand people were able to tune into Wednesday's Kissed by the Goddess of Bliss class. As the hour began, Stephen Dinan of the Shift Network asked brilliant questions about how the recognizing the Goddess can impact our spiritual and worldly life! In the main part of the class, I spoke about how to recognize this aspect of the sacred feminine. I introduced three core practices for invoking and experiencing Goddess energy in and around us. And we practiced them!
If you missed the call, and are wondering how to hear it, the class will be replayed tomorrow--Saturday, August 16th, at 10 AM Pacific Time, 1 PM eastern. For those of you in Europe, that's 7 or 8 PM, which I know is a much easier time to hear the call. After the call, you'll get an email that gives you the link for downloading the class.
If you're already registered, you should be getting an email with the call-in or web numbers. (Check your spam folder if you didn't receive it). And if you haven't registered, here's the link:
So much love to you all,
The birds they sang
at the break of day
I heard them say
Don't dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.
Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government --
signs for all to see.
I can't run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they've summoned, they've summoned up
and they're going to hear from me.
Ring the bells that still can ring ...
You can add up the parts
but you won't have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.
- Leonard Cohen
At times it seems as though the world is collapsing all around us and reconstituting itself through spiritual renewal all at the same time. Even as we delight in our inner rapture, it behooves us to acknowledge the challenges of our time. Light and shadow are intermixed. Our task is, I believe, to stand in the light while we acknowledge the shadow, and not succumb to debilitating despair. Every transition to a higher state of consciousness involves chaos as well as joy--who knows what transformations humanity is undergoing?
(Picture found on internet)
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Here is Stephan Dinan's summary of Sally Kempton's talk on Lalita, the Goddess of Bliss, as it was delivered yesterday. Lalita is a fascinating goddess, one we don't often hear a lot about. Above all, she carries erotic energies leading to joy and pleasure. Her name recalls the notion of Lila, the idea that the universe itself and all its manifestations are simply the "play of god."
At the end of Stephan's summary is information as to how to listen to a repeat of her interview, and I would encourage you to listen to it if you have not heard the original.
Although I myself follow a more "direct path" (devotion to the unseen, unnamed Beloved Within), I respect those who prefer the "way of the goddess" to achieve joy and union. I believe that it is Kundalini that is the motivating force behind all goddess images--for many, Kudalini itself is the "goddess of goddesses"--without it these would not have the power and energy that they embody.
Here is Stephan's summary from the Shift Network:
Dear Dorothy Walters,
I really enjoyed being on the call, Kissed by the Goddess of Bliss, with renowned spiritual teacher Sally Kempton last night.
If you listened in, I'm certain that you were as impressed as I was by Sally's deep knowledge of the Divine Feminine as evoked through the energies of Hindu goddesses, not as myths or abstractions but actual subtle beings that can empower you. Her own story of transformation through advanced mystical practices -- connecting her with their hidden Shakti -- really helped to bring the goddesses alive for me.
If you missed this powerful and revelatory call, no worries. There will be a special encore event this Saturday, August 16 at 10:00am Pacific, and I've included the call-in details at the end of this email for you.
What I especially enjoy about Sally's teachings is that she weaves deep sacred scholarship on the attributes of the Hindu goddesses with a profound devotional background as a former monk. This makes for a potent and illuminating approach to evoking and embodying the powerful energies that these deities hold.
Sally speaks with the words of a poet, as she paints an exquisite picture of the dazzling natures of these icons. And, all the while, she's also sober and clear about the groundedness, peace and heightened self-esteem they can help us discover and ignite within.
At the core of Sally's teachings is the idea that these goddesses -- dating back millennia -- can open us to a different relationship with the Divine -- one that is more tender, embodied and infused with sacred presence. Our devotional relationship can open a very accelerated pathway to spiritual realization.
During the call, Sally shares extensively about the Hindu goddess Lalita and her ability to help you find a higher expression and fulfillment of your primordial desires. In doing this, you open to the world and see it as it is (from a non-dual perspective), falling more deeply in love with your life and experiencing a subtle current of bliss.
Sally also talks about her upcoming 7-week The Wisdom Goddess Empowerment course -- that starts August 26 -- in which she'll focus on a different Hindu goddess each session to help evoke in you an initiation of the distinct characteristics you need (or desire) to grow personally and spiritually.
In this training, you'll:
Begin to experience deeper and subtler levels of reality around you
Discover hidden sources of spiritual power within your body and mind
Become initiated into the ancient tantric understandings of Hinduism through the lens of an accomplished teacher
Become skilled at invoking fierce goddess energies for both protection and liberation
Enhance your creativity and powers of manifestation
It is truly a gift that Sally is bringing her wisdom to us in this format and will be sharing the fruits of her own devotion and spiritual realizations, so that both men and women can find a balance of the masculine and feminine within -- at a time when our culture is ripe for it and in desperate need of this sacred marriage.
Here are the call-in details for this Saturday's encore event at 10:00am Pacific:
Connect to the webcast at http://InstantTeleseminar.com/?eventid=58436562
Or dial (425) 440-5100 and enter the PIN 498523#
I do hope you'll listen in to learn more about Sally's experiential approach to meeting the Divine Feminine energies at your core -- a journey that we can all benefit from as we take the next steps on our path of spiritual awakening.
(image found on internet)
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Hiding in this cage
hiding in this cage
of visible matter
is the invisible
she is singing
Attributed to Kabir. Translated from the original Hindi by Sushil Rao
Picture found on internet.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Many people notice that when they move into deep spiritual transformation, unusual things begin to happen in their lives, such as synchronicities, seemingly paranormal events, precognition and the like. And often, when someone dies, it is as though a "spirit messenger" in the form of an animal or a bird appears as if to say hello. One of my friends felt that her mother came to her as a butterfly. Again and again we noticed that when the three of us went to walk outside this mountain cabin, a single butterfly would separate from the rest and flutter around the friend's head and body. And once, when I went alone to visit the shrub where the butterflies gathered, one flew over to me and circled briefly in front of me, as if to say hello.
Some years ago, on the afternoon when our beloved dog Fred died (he was a mixed breed who was as big as a great Dane) a hawk settled on one of the telephone poles behind the house. No hawk had ever appeared there before. The hawk sat there, contemplating the landscape for some 40 minutes or so. We both felt that Fred had come back for a final goodbye. The change to a hawk seemed right for him, for he was indeed a noble creature, and often on our walks I could see him look thoughtfully at birds in flight, as if he longed to escape the limitations of his lowly vantage point and see from the heights.
After that, hawks often appeared to us in other contexts--for example, when we were driving through the park, a hawk might suddenly swerve across our windshield--as if to say hello.
Here is another such incident that occurred recently to some "friends of a friend."
The story begins with a grandmother who had recently passed, her daughter, and her daughter's two young girls. The grandmother had been especially fond of hummingbirds-- indeed she looked on them as very special in her life. One day, shortly after she died, a hummingbird flew into the house where the little girls were playing. It landed on the finger of one of them and the other one (who had her camera nearby) took a picture of this unusual event. (I have seen this amazing picture).
The bird then flew upstairs to join the mother. She was also surprised (it's not every day a hummingbird comes indoors to visit) and found a way to release it gently outside again.
My own theory is that when the spirit passes, it does not necessarily "become" the animal form that appears, but that it somehow borrows this manifestation temporarily in order to communicate once again with its human loved ones.
(picture found on internet)
Monday, August 11, 2014
Georia is a Sufi and follows the Sufi path of music as a portal into the embrace of the divine. They are totally heartfelt, so much so that her center (called Heartcare) pledges to contribute $10 from each purchase to support asylum seekers and refugees. Thus if you purchase, you are supporting not only an impressive creative endeavor, but actively helping to make the world a better place.
Here is what Andrew Harvey has said about her work:
Georgia's spiritual practice of expressing her devotion to the One through her songs and music has been deepening steadily over many decades. This collection of songs is a culmination of the profound transformation that Georgia has been through in her life, and she invites the listener to share in this alchemical process of transforming everything with love into Love. It is a joy to hear how Georgia has embellished so many of my translations of Rumi and other great mystics with her glorious music and her sweet and pure voice.
This CD offers a rare opportunity to hear songs clearly originating from the heart and reflecting a life long devotion to the spiritual path.
To purchase this CD go to www.heartcentre.com.au/gardenofflames
You will not regret your choice.
Friday, August 08, 2014
I have just learned that Patricia Lay-Dorsey has received yet another high honor--this time it is a wonderful interview with BBC World Update. Her fame and recognition grow ever wider--her book "Falling into Place" is now known across the world and is indeed now a classic.
What an amazing woman! I am most honored to know her!
BBC WORLD UPDATE INTERVIEW
OnMonday, August 4, 2014, my radio interview with Dan Damon of BBC World Update wa broadcast globally! You can hear it on their website via podcast (last 5 minutes of the 8-4-14 show) or by listening to the clip here:
The day of the broadcast the producer emailed to say that Dan Damon had instructed them to create a 1-minute audio slideshow with 28 of my images and a portion of the recorded interview to post on their website. Pinch me, I must be dreaming!
No Going Back
No, no, there is no going back.
Less and less you are
that possibility you were.
More and more you have become
those lives and deaths
that have belonged to you.
You have become a sort of grave
containing much that was
and is no more in time, beloved
then, now, and always.
And so you have become a sort of tree
standing over a grave.
Now more than ever you can be
generous toward each day
that comes, young, to disappear
forever, and yet remain
unaging in the mind.
Every day you have less reason
not to give yourself away.
~ Wendell Berry ~
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Recently I posted a reflection in which I asserted that art--though it can carry us into wondrous realms--cannot fully open the portals into the even more transcendent levels available in the Kundalini experience. However, I did not mean to diminish the importance of art as a totally transformative and nourishing experience on this plane. Furthermore, art is an experience available to many, and Kundalini awakening continues to be a relatively rare phenomenon.
The following essay is a compelling look at the essential role that art may play in our daily lives.
Art is a Life Raft
by George S. Clinton
from Awakin Weekly
Art is a life raft. Many who become artists did so because they found refuge in art from some traumatic aspect of their early lives. I know I did. For me, it was about finding a safe creative space from which I could weather the stormy emotional seas of having an alcoholic father. It actually was through that creative process that I became aware of the healing aspects of it and in the end was able to forgive him and even love him for the man he was trying to be outside the disease. This has been the case for me throughout my life.
I don’t remember her name, but a young blind pianist once said “music is what feelings sound like.” Another quote I recall is “music is the point where the spiritual and the emotional meet.” All art is a window into another point of view. When we experience art it is a communion between the artist and beholder. We get to see through their eyes, and hear through their ears. In fact, all we really have in life is our own particular and unique point of view. I wrote a small verse about it called “Blip.”
My blip is all I have
My fleeting point of view.
I am over in an instant and then
Blip—so are you.
Art has the power to connect us and that creates the potential for empathy which can lead to acceptance which can lead to love and even forgiveness. My creative life has given me solace, inspiration, release, insight, opportunity. I am continually transformed by it. In fact we all create our lives everyday. When you stop to think about it, our lives are just one big improvisation. Even in the routine of daily life we are improvising—our conversations, thoughts, actions, and even emotions are being “made up” as we go along. That’s not to say we can’t plan ahead, but even then we adapt to the moment once it comes. I guess in that regard, life is jazz—improvising through time and space while anticipating and reacting to the changes. We are all artists creating on a daily basis that art which is our lives.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
This presentation by Sally Kempton sounds quite fascinating. However, in order to register, you will need (I think) first to sign up for The Shift Network e-mails. To do so, google their website and sign up and find the slot for registering for this talk.
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A Free Teleseminar Event
With Author and Spiritual Teacher
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
5:30pm Pacific / 8:30pm Eastern
(click here to find your local time)
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Do you want to experience the joy of opening to a sensuous relationship with life – one that goes beyond human sexuality – to embrace bliss without boundaries?
If so, you’re going to LOVE the work of respected scholar and spiritual teacher Sally Kempton. Her teachings are rooted in Hindu non-dual traditions, and her recent book, Awakening Shakti, serves as a rallying call for a new wave of feminine mysticism that builds upon ancient wisdom.
This path of sacred embodiment and juicy feminine mysticism understands the core truth of Oneness and celebrates the power and grace with which the Goddess expresses herself in ways that are quite different than the masculine face of God.
Where masculine spirit often arises as empty spaciousness, the feminine reveals the fullness of blissful presence within everything. Her gift is the arousal of the heart. Goddess practice is all about merging the inner and outer realms, aligning the freedom of pure awareness with the pulse of enlightened love and empowered action in service of the world.
During this special online event, Sally will draw upon the remarkable, and yet little-known, Hindu Goddess Lalita – to open the portals to a new understanding of what Goddess practice really is. She will show you the Goddess as the real power behind both inner awakening and the fulfillment of different levels and layers of both spiritual and worldly desire. You’ll learn how to open internal gateways to expand your capacity for subtle pleasure in all of what life presents – the innate sweetness that arises in the heart, regardless of what is happening in the external world. And you’ll discover how awareness of the Goddess is key to the true healing of our world.
Hindu religion has a long-established tradition of Goddess worship, not just for the masses, but also for the spiritually advanced who are ready for a profound, initiatory – and even sublime – relationship with very real higher “forces” of consciousness.
When approached sincerely as a part of your spiritual practice, Goddesses can be felt, experienced and received as a transmission of energy and consciousness from higher planes. And they are intrinsically empowering, giving you access to your innate gifts at whatever level you are able to actualize them.
Yes, this can sound confusing to the modern logical mind. Yet many of history’s greatest mystics have been Goddess worshippers who revere the Divine Feminine – not just as an abstract principle – but through a living relationship with specific Goddesses, each of whom carries unique blessings for humanity.
During this enlightening call, one of the most respected spiritual teachers of this work, Sally Kempton, will peel back the veils on her own direct initiations and experiences, particularly with the Hindu Goddess Lalita. While lesser known than some Goddesses, like Durga or Lakshmi, Lalita has a particularly powerful way of calling us into a blissful relationship with life. Sally will show you how to invoke Lalita’s energy in yourself through meditation and contemplation, then how to express it in the different acts of your life.
This relationship with Lalita, in turn, can help you to erase the divide between your high-minded “spiritual” pursuits and the delights and challenges of incarnate existence. In fact, they are “not-two,” and this integration of transcendence and immanence can open you to a path of liberation and bliss.
Western schools of Tantra have popularized some aspects of this lineage, but often missed the more subtle and advanced core – which does not depend on sexual partners – but rather a subtly erotic dance with our very life force.
Sally will light the way to a distinctly feminine path of empowerment in which Goddesses can come “off their pedestals” and into your heart and body as active catalysts for your awakening and your worldly service.
During this program, you’ll learn:
What it means to have an evolutionary relationship with a divine “other,” and how that relationship can open you to your human relationships
How different Goddess energies express themselves through you, and how to find the enlightened core of the Goddess
How Goddess energy transforms your relationship to your personal and transpersonal power
The difference between egoic desire and enlightened desire, and how to know when your desires are aligned with your highest truth
If you have secretly wondered whether all those beautiful Goddesses in the pantheon of world religions might be more than wishful thinking – and represent something not only real but profoundly relevant for our modern path (especially for women!) – this is the call event for you.
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About Sally Kempton
Sally Kempton is known and loved for her ability to transmit meditative states and create transformative shifts in others. A former monk in an Indian order, she teaches internationally and was the author of the Yoga Journal column, Wisdom, for many years. Sally has a deeply mature understanding of the interface between deep spirituality and self-actualized living. She herself lives the path she teaches. Her books, Meditation for the Love of It and Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddess of Yoga, have become classics – and have revolutionized thousands of people’s experience of their inner life.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Zimmer Imagines Heaven
For Merrill Leffler
I sit with Joseph Conrad in Monet’s garden.
We are listening to Yeats chant his poems,
A breeze stirs through Thomas Hardy’s moustache,
John Skelton has gone to the house for beer,
Wanda Landowska lightly fingers the clavichord,
Along the spruce tree walk Roberto Clemente and
Thurman Munson whistle a baseball back and forth.
Mozart chants with Ellington in the roses.
Monet smokes and dabs his canvas in the sun,
Brueghel and Turner set easels behind the wisteria.
The band is warming up in the Big Studio:
Bean, Brute, Bird, and Serge on saxes,
Kai, Bill Harris, Lawrence Brown, trombones,
Little Jazz, Clifford, Fats on trumpets,
Klook plays drums, Mingus bass, Bud the piano.
Later Madam Schumann-Heink will sing Schubert,
The monks of Benedictine Abbey will chant.
There will be more poems from Emily Dickinson,
James Wright, John Clare, Walt Whitman.
Shakespeare rehearses players for King Lear.
At dusk Alice Toklas brings out platters
Of Sweetbreads a la Napolitaine, Salad Livoniere,
And a tureen of Gaspacho of Malaga.
After the meal Brahms passes fine cigars.
God comes then radiant with a bottle of cognac,
She pours generously into the snifters,
I tell Her I have begun to learn what
Heaven is about. She wants to hear.
It is, I say, being thankful for eternity.
Her smile is the best part of the day.
At first glance, this poem might seem to have little or nothing to do with Kundalini,
but I feel that this, like many other works of art, is intimately related to the transformation process. All art--including poetry and other forms of literature, music, painting, dance and sculpture--can carry us close to the transcendent realms. Lisel Muller, reflecting on a concert she has just attended, says that for two hours she was lifted into those regions "where the enchanted live." Indeed, such experiences literally transport us, in effect "speak to our souls" by carrying us into a different state of consciousness, to a world beyond the mundane.
One who experiences such elevations gains delightful and fulfilling responses. Often these are even visceral in nature. No wonder art has been sought after and preserved through the ages.
For someone like the poet of the above poem, heaven itself would be existence in the constant presence of the famous poets, painters and musicians of past ages, as well as notables from the world of "popular" culture (jazz, baseball and such).
What the poet (and others like him) does not realize that there is, in fact, a realm beyond the world of art. Art carries us to the doorway of the essential mystery, but it does not often break open our senses and awaken our ecstatic being the way Kundalini does. Kundaliniis that which "lies beyond the veil," exposing the "next level" of response, and allowing us to experience in full--in somatic and mental delight-- that for which art has been a preparation or foretaste. Now we become the sounding board, and--when all is in alignment-- respond to the "artist within" in ways previously unimaginable. Art is still a comfort and a joy, but Kundalini takes us over to the next stage in our unfolding.
(picture from internet site)
Monday, August 04, 2014
Falling in Love
Falling in love is
an unexpected gift
that's already been opened
by the time you become aware of it.
no announcement of coming events,
no unwrapping or untying
of the package is necessary.
Suddenly there it is inside of you,
and there you are inside of it,
once again, a fallen woman.
This arresting painting by Jan Elvee is filled with mystic symbols, many directly related to Kundalini awakening--including snakes, chakras, and the energy envelope. And, as she herself has noted earlier, this opening of the psyche often involves the state of "falling in love" with everything and every one you encounter, for the world becomes a very beautiful place where love flows freely. We might call it "the honeymoon of the soul."
Friday, August 01, 2014
In old age he used just breath
to put prayers upon,
no images, no word.
“Naught (he thought) is stronger -
unthought of and unheard,
the breath goes on,
(wryly) even into death
though mine no longer.”
(image from internet)
Thursday, July 31, 2014
I ask myself over and over:
A flame burned a hole in my being,
and I am grasping for insight into
this undeniable transformation.
Sometimes words help,
like a soothing ointment:
the infinite, silence,
the designing spirit, God.
Sometimes words fail.
They can't tell me
what, how, why now, why me.
If only I could surrender to the
sweeping movement of the
music, and, in the arms of my
Beloved, dance until the end of time.
(picture found on Facebook)
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Lots of deserts and mountains,
peaks and valleys.
Finally made it home.
where I was.
July 27, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Its door opens near. It's a shrine
by the road, it's a flower in the parking lot
of The Pentagon, it says, "Look around,
listen. Feel the air." It interrupts
international telephone lines with a tune.
When traffic lines jam, it gets out
and dances on the bridge. If great people
get distracted by fame they forget
this essential kind of breathing
and they die inside their gold shell.
When caravans cross deserts
It is the secret treasure hidden under the jewels.
Sometimes commanders take us over, and they
try to impose their whole universe,
how to succeed by daily calculation:
I can't eat that bread.
(image found on internet)
Monday, July 28, 2014
As many of you know, my friend Patricia Lay-Dorsey has received high national and international recognition for her outstanding work as a photographer. Here is her latest accolade:
Dear friends and family
A quick note to let you know that today (July 28) the Arts section of the Huffington Post is headlining a feature about my self-portrait project, Falling Into Place. It is written by Priscilla Frank, the Arts editor, who found my work online and emailed to ask if she could feature it. Of course I said yes! I am very pleased with the sensitivity and understanding she brought to the writing of her article.
These are amazing times in which to live, times when your work can be seen by people all over the world without even leaving your home or studio. I am so grateful for opportunities like these that seem to drop into my lap.
The link is:
Sending warm wishes to you all,
Friday, July 25, 2014
This is an entry in Jung's Red Book (journal) in which he is speaking to his soul.
The voice, he says, is from the spirit of the depths, as opposed to the spirit of the times.
On the second night, I called out to my soul: I am weary, my soul, my wandering has lasted too long, my search for myself outside of myself. Now I have gone through events and find you behind all of them. For I made discoveries on my erring through events, humanity and the world. I found men. And you, my soul, I found again, first in images within men and then you yourself. I found you where I least expected you. You climbed out of a dark shaft. You announced yourself to me in advance in dreams. They burned in my heart and drove me to all the boldest acts of daring and forced me to rise above myself. You let me see truths of which I had no previous inkling. You let me undertake journeys, whose endless length would have scared me, if the knowledge of them had not been secure in you.
I wandered for many years, so long that I forgot that I possessed a soul. Where were you all this time? Which Beyond sheltered you and gave you sanctuary? Oh, that you must speak through me, that my speech and I are your symbol and expression. How should I decipher you?
Who are you, child? My dreams have represented you as a child and as a maiden. I am ignorant of your mystery. Forgive me if I speak as in a dream, like a drunkard--are you God? Is God a child, a maiden? Forgive me if I babble. No one else hears me. I speak to you quietly, and you know that I am neither a drunkard nor someone deranged, and that my heart twists in pain from the wound, whose darkness delivers speeches full of mockery: 'You are lying to yourself! You spoke so as to deceive others and make them believe in you. You want to be a prophet and chase after your ambition.' The wound still bleeds and I am far from being able to pretend that I do not hear the mockery.
How strange it sounds to me to call you a child, you who still hold the all-without-end in your hand. I went on the way of the day and you invisibly with me, putting the pieces together meaningfully and letting me see the whole in each part.
You took away where I thought to take hold and you gave me where I did not expect anything and time and again you brought about fate from new and unexpected quarters. Where I sowed, you robbed me of the harvest and where I did not sow, you give me fruit a hundredfold. And time and again I lost the path and found it again where I would never have foreseen it. You upheld my belief, when I was alone and near despair. At every decisive moment you let me believe in myself.
Like a tired wanderer who had sought nothing in the world apart from her, shall I come closer to my soul. I shall learn that my soul finally lies behind everything, and if I cross the world, I am ultimately doing this to find my soul. Even the dearest are themselves not the goal and end of the love that goes on seeking, they are symbols of their own souls.
My friends, do you guess to what solitude we ascend?
I must learn that the dregs of my thought, my dreams are the speech of my soul. I must carry them in my heart, and go back and forth over them in my mind, like the words of the person dearest to me. Dreams are the guiding words of the soul. Why should I henceforth not love my dreams and not make their riddling images into objects of my daily consideration?
Pages 130-132, Reader's Edition, The Red Book
Thursday, July 24, 2014
History tells us that Copernicus (l6h century) was the first to offer a computational model of the universe which presented the sun, not the earth, as the center of the solar system. Later Galileo proposed and refined this same theory and was called to account by the Church authorities, who clung to the old Ptolemaic view that the earth was the center of the universe, as the Bible appeared to claim.
Oddly, in the Rig Veda the following observation is presented:
Rig Veda 10.22.14
“This earth is devoid of hands and legs, yet it moves ahead. All the objects over the earth also move with it. It moves around the sun."
The Rig Veda was composed in India approximately 1500-1200 BCE. One wonders how the "rishis" received such information, since they lacked telescopes or computational equipment to discover such knowledge. The ancients felt that such information came from the gods (alien visitors?) One also wonders if modern scientists and historians are aware that these early people knew what was only discovered by Europeans many centuries later.
Recently I watched a television show which asserted that recent analyses of ancient meteorites revealed that certain components necessary to the emergence of life were contained in these materials from outer space. Thus one would conclude that this is how life began on earth, since these "seeds" were received early on. This discovery seems to settle the long standing argument as to how life on earth came to be. In other words, we are, in fact, all from another "planetary"or outer space source, just as many claim today.
(Image found on internet)
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The following announcement is from the Shift Network
Dear Dorothy Walters,
Our world is so thirsty for our Divine Feminine Shakti power that her arrival can stir quite a commotion, kinda like rain in the desert.
Because, awakening our Shakti blasts open our hearts, brings us up close and personal with our divinity, and unleashes our erotic life force energy — our very presence as awakening women can cause a ruckus. (And it's about time.)
Knowing how to manage others' projections (both positive and negative) and set healthy boundaries are tools we need in our Shakti “kit.”
And, you can get a head start (or “heart start”) in learning about these practices –– AND ask me your big questions about Shakti and my upcoming course, Awakening Your Shakti –– LIVE tonight at 5:00pm Pacific, during a special Q&A session. I’d love to hear from you. (See call-in details at the end of this email.)
Also, I’d like to give you a gift right now –– in the form of a teaching –– to save and use whenever you need it: a brief and effective practice to check in with your own boundaries.
Our "aura" is another word for the field of energy around us. Some people can "see" this as a kind of shimmering mirage or as a color emanating from a person. I'm not one of those people. But, I can sense and feel it. Modern physics has confirmed that we're mostly energy and not "made" from any real "stuff" anyway. So, there's basically nothing "woo-woo" about this concept anymore.
To begin this practice, get comfortable and take some deep breaths. Call your awareness inside, as you begin to relax with longer inhales and exhales.
Then, simply check in, or ask to be shown the edges of your own energy field right now.
You might find that your aura feels wrapped around you, almost like a blanket. Maybe you even feel your breath coming shallowly, or you feel overwhelmed or hunkered down — like you need to protect yourself from intrusion.
Or, perhaps your energy is flying out so far into the world that you feel a little groundless and without center, spaced out. Maybe your life force has its tendrils way "out there," because you’re busy worrying about others or trying to influence someone. Maybe you've got your nose in other people's business. Your breath may feel like it's all up in your head.
So after a bit of diagnosis, the next step is to re-establish your energetic field where it would best serve you. According to the experts, a healthy aura extends about three feet around the human body. If you stretch out your arms in front, behind, above, below and to each side of you, you can get a feel for that amount of space around you.
It's kind of like your body is an egg yolk floating in the field of the white, and the edge of your aura is the shell that keeps it altogether.
Except –– and this is important –– the "shell" doesn't keep us separate or walled-off from life. It has a function to protect and create a container of sorts for us, but it's also permeable — so connection, love, giving and receiving happen through it.
So, if your energy feels way out in the far reaches of the universe, call it back home to you. And, if you feel like you don't have room to move, then take a risk and claim your rightful space by pushing your energy out a little bit.
Whenever I do this practice and get my energy back in a healthy place, it makes me feel calm, strong, clear and back in my power center. My shoulders relax and the armoring around my chest dissipates. My heart feels more free to love. The fear melts. Notice what happens in your own body.
To close this practice (which you can do in just a few moments any time you need it), I always offer gratitude. An extra dollop of compassion for yourself is also a good idea –– it's no walk in the park being a spiritual being in this physical body of ours.
I close with prayer that usually goes something like: "Maha Shakti, thank you for giving me life, for allowing me to walk in beauty as your emissary. Thank you for protecting me as I go forth with love, light and awareness."
Find the words that work for you.
Blessings on your journey,
PS - Remember to listen in tonight at 5:00pm Pacific, for my special Q&A session. I’m looking forward to answering any question you have about bringing Shakti into your life!
Call in details:
Connect to the webcast at http://instantteleseminar.com/?eventid=57756792
Or dial +1-530-216-4294 and enter the PIN 461457#
PPS - Join me –– starting on July 29 –– for 7 weeks of powerful practices like this that will take you deeper into your Shakti power: Awakening Your Shakti course.
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