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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Teresa's Enigma (poem by Dorothy) 






Teresa’s Enigma

How can I explain this?
Yesterday, pain cleaving a path
over shoulder and arm,
eyes stunned by arrows of light,
back a maze of burning rivers.

Today, Vivaldi, Stabat Mater,
a subtle lifting in the heart,
wrists floating in rapture,
in my mouth the taste of honey and flame.

(from Marrow of Flame)

            Like the speaker in the poem, St. Teresa of Avila suffered periods of intense pain and suffering as well as transcendent rapture during her transformation.  Such extreme oscillations between pleasure and  pain are often a characteristic of those undergoing awakening of the Kundalini energies, a highly charged spiritual phenomenon becoming more and more frequent in today’s world.

(picture is of St. Teresa in Ecstasy, as rendered by the famous sculptor Bernini. At this very moment, the angel is piercing her heart with his lance.  This statue is now in Rome.  Above image found on internet.)
                                                                                   



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Bosons––poem by Dorothy 







Bosons

Satyendra Nath Bose, born l894 in British Calcutta,
was an ordinary looking man. He could have been
a shopkeeper
dispensing sweets,
or worked for the railroads as a clerk or under engineer, the way his father did.
Even his eyes do not yield his secret,
his hidden seeing.

Without a Ph. D., he entered
the world of science and came up
with conclusions startling for their novelty.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     
At first his ideas
were derided,
his notions of skewed statistics seen as absurd
(everyone knows that if you
flip a coin, one side
is bound to come up
exactly fifty percent of the time,
not two-thirds as he claimed
for the subatomic realm). Predictably,
the journals turned him down,
and not until Einstein lent his name to the discovery
did he see print for
 his mind boggling notion (later further verified through Heisenbergʼs uncertainly principle.)

His approach was later known by both their names, Bose-Einstein statistics.
In physics, he is remembered
as the namesake of “bosons,” indescribably minute subatomic particles which exist at the quantum level
and are hard to pin down.
Many made reputations for
research based
on his findings,
but he never was given
the Nobel Prize,
though his now is ranked
among the most
significant scientific contributions
of our time.

The most famous boson
is the God particle,
the one that will explain everything,
the one we were still looking for
until recently
and now claim to have found.

Dorothy Walters



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Genius and its Sources 






An Outstanding Movie

Recently I saw the movie called "The Man Who Knew Infinity."  The story (based on a true life experience) concerns an Indian (Srinivasan Ramanujan Iyengar) who comes from an extremely impoverished background but who is, for mysterious reasons, a highly gifted mathematician.  At first he operates in total anonymity, for he lacks any kind of contacts or support from the academic community.  He fills his notebooks with highly complex equations, so advanced that almost no one can understand them.  Finally, he receives a scholarship from Cambridge University (in England) and goes there hoping to publish his extensive findings.

As one might expect, the senior faculty scorn his work and he is often challenged and denigrated as a fraud.

Finally, proof of his genius is overwhelming and he is recognized as the brilliant scholar that he is.

But the fact is, he is no scholar, though his work is indeed brilliant.  When he is pressed to say how he discovers his formulae, he says he prays to his goddess, and the answers simply come.  In other words, he works by divine inspiration and shortcuts the laborious task of following the standard procedure: carefully moving point by point to a final conclusion.  He ultimately has been recognized as one of the most important mathematicians of all time.

This, of course, is how other geniuses have worked, with Mozart being a prime example.  He said that sometimes her "received" entire symphonies in his head all at once.

And of course, there is Rumi, who danced in trance and in that state spoke his poems aloud (fortunately, his students copied them as he spoke).  It is said that Shakespeare "never blotted a single line."

Two nights ago, I happened on a T. V. program called "Little Big Shots" which is hosted by Steve Harvey.  This show focuses on highly gifted children from various fields (music, karate, and others).  One was a kid who appeared to be about 5 years old performing highly advanced math solutions very much the way  Ramanujan did.  I think he was doing it by “intuition” though he did not discuss this.  He spoke in his baby voice in his answers to extremely advanced and complex questions of math.  When he was asked to read aloud a series of figures stretching across the board, he did so, beginning with some word I did not even recognize (well beyond trillions and zillions).  How does he know all this?  He must be one of the "new children" coming into the world with knowledge and gifts well beyond their years.  (You can see a sample of his abilities at work at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAMxbHQyPdk  for April 16, 2016––or else just google "little big shots baby math genius").


I think that many of us get small tastes of this ability.  When I write poems, these come through very quickly and I do little revision or change.  I write at the typewriter and listen to the "inner voice" which speaks quite rapidly.  If I try to insert major changes into the work, these often make the poem worse.  It seems that the poems wish to remain intact just as they flow from source.

But we should add, that usually major inspirations only come to those who have a strong background in the field already.  When inexperienced writers (or would be artists in any field) try to compose solely by "inspiration,"  their work often falls short, unless, of course, they possess the "gift," and are seemingly blessed by the unknown source.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Your Particular Pain 




Your Particular Pain

Hold on to your particular pain.
That too can take you to God.
                                  Rumi

Only a moment ago
I was floating beneath
waterfulls,
basking
in their flower scent.

Now I am standing
in a desert,
where nothing blooms
and no sound is heard.

I do not know
how I got here,
when I may leave.

Now all I really want to do
is to try to remember
all that has passed between us,
and kneel and weep.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

How It Happens––poem by Dorothy 






How It Happens

First, you stand and the energies move inside,
sweet as ripened pears
cool in the mouth,
soft as honey
straight from the hive.

You move a bit, fingers drawn in almost invisibly, eyes shifting secretly,
no one must see.

And then you remember, what would those others think,
the gurus and teachers
who told you these moments do not exist.

But you are solitary and safe,
alone in your own house,
clothed or naked,
this is your precious time with the Beloved,
who welcomes you
and holds you as bliss.

Dorothy Walters
October 1, 2010

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Buddha and Cat and poem by Ibn Ata'Illah 




How utterly amazing is someone who flees from something he cannot escape

By Ibn Ata' Illah
(1250 - 1309)

English version by Victor Danner

How utterly amazing is someone who flees from something he cannot escape
          to seek something that will not last!

"It is not the eyes that are blind,
          but the hearts in the breasts are blind."

Do not travel from phenomenal being to phenomenal being.
You will be like the donkey going around at the mill.
          It travels to what it set out from.

Travel from phenomenal beings
                    to the Maker of Being.

"And the final end is to your Lord."


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Mary Oliver––Morning Song-1 (poem) 



MorningSong-1

Every morning
the world
is created.
Under the orange

sticks of the sun
the heaped
ashes of the night
turn into leaves again

and fasten themselves to the high branches ---
and the ponds appear
like black cloth
on which are painted islands

of summer lilies.
If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails

for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere.
And if your spirit
carries within it

the thorn
that is heavier than lead ---
if it's all you can do
to keep on trudging ---

there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted ---

each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
lavishly,
every morning,

whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.


~ Mary Oliver ~


(Dream Work)

(image from internet)











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Monday, May 16, 2016

Is America an Oligarchy? The Princeton researchers reply 


More on the Princeton study:


Recently there has been much discussion as to whether America is still a democracy or whether it has been transformed into an oligarchy (rule by the rich).  Here is a more nuanced discussion of the subject by the authors of the original Princeton study.  They feel the term "oligarchy" for many refers to the rule by a very few of the wealthy and therefore do not use it in their study.  However, they do conclude that What "Economic Elite Domination" and "Biased Pluralism" mean is that rather than average citizens of moderate means having an important role in determining policy, ability to shape outcomes is restricted to people at the top of the income distribution and to organized groups that represent primarily -- although not exclusively -- business.  Personally, I think this describes an oligarchy.

Indeed, many have described the present political makeup of the country as an "oligarchy," including Jimmy Carter and Robert Reich among others.  To read more on this topic, simply google "America oligarchy," a site which offers much relevant information.  The facts are pretty impressive.  

Scholar Behind Viral 'Oligarchy' Study Tells You What It Means

By SAHIL KAPUR.  Published APRIL 22, 2014 in TPM.

A new political science study that's gone viral finds that majority-rule democracy exists only in theory in the United States -- not so much in practice. The government caters to the affluent few and organized interest groups, the researchers find, while the average citizen's influence on policy is "near zero."

"[T]he preferences of economic elites," conclude Princeton's Martin Gilens and Northwestern's Benjamin I. Page, who work with the nonprofit Scholars Strategy Network, "have far more independent impact upon policy change than the preferences of average citizens do."

TPM spoke to Gilens about the study, its main findings and its lessons.

You published an advance copy of your study on April 9th, and in just the last few days there's been an explosion of coverage and interest. Are you pleased, shocked, overwhelmed, all of the above?

I'm delighted to be able to contribute to a terribly important public discussion. And I'm thrilled that there's so much interest and concern about the issues. It takes on a life of its own. I'm sure you've noticed, this notion of America being an oligarchy seems to be a dominant meme in the discussion of our work. It's not a term that we used in the paper. It's just a dramatic sort of overstatement of our findings. So it's been interesting for me. Typically my work is read by a few dozen political scientists and I don't get this kind of response.

Let's talk about the study. If you had 30 seconds to sum up the main conclusion of your study for the average person, how would you do so?

I'd say that contrary to what decades of political science research might lead you to believe, ordinary citizens have virtually no influence over what their government does in the United States. And economic elites and interest groups, especially those representing business, have a substantial degree of influence. Government policy-making over the last few decades reflects the preferences of those groups -- of economic elites and of organized interests.

You say the United States is more like a system of "Economic Elite Domination" and "Biased Pluralism" as opposed to a majoritarian democracy. What do those terms mean? Is that not just a scholarly way of saying it's closer to oligarchy than democracy if not literally an oligarchy?

People mean different things by the term oligarchy. One reason why I shy away from it is it brings to mind this image of a very small number of very wealthy people who are pulling strings behind the scenes to determine what government does. And I think it's more complicated than that. It's not only Sheldon Adelson or the Koch brothers or Bill Gates or George Soros who are shaping government policy-making. So that's my concern with what at least many people would understand oligarchy to mean. What "Economic Elite Domination" and "Biased Pluralism" mean is that rather than average citizens of moderate means having an important role in determining policy, ability to shape outcomes is restricted to people at the top of the income distribution and to organized groups that represent primarily -- although not exclusively -- business.

Would you say the government is most responsive to income earners at the top 10 percent, the top 1 percent or the top 0.1 percent?

This is a great question and it's not one we can answer with the data that we used in the study. Because we really don't have good info about what the top 1 percent or 10 percent want or what issues they're engaged with. As you can imagine, this is not really a group that's eager to talk with researchers.

How exactly do you measure the preferences of average citizens in an academic way? Polls show that many American voters feel on a gut level that the government isn't looking out for them. But what kind of data do you use to test this theory and how confident are you in the conclusions?

What we did was to collect survey questions that asked whether respondents would favor or oppose some particular change in federal government policy. These were questions asked across the decades from 1981 to 2002. And so from each of those questions we know what citizens of average income level prefer and we know what people at the top of the income distribution say they want. For each of the 2,000 possible policy changes we determined whether in fact they've been adopted or not. I had a large number of research assistants who spent years putting that data together.

There are criticisms of your study within the academic community. Some say public opinion surveys are a poor measure because people don't understand policy or that their stated preferences are self-contradictory. Tyler Cowen says citizens vote retrospectively so it's better to judge on outputs rather than whether voters get their preferred inputs. How do you respond?

These are all good questions. They're questions I address in some length in my book, "Affluence and Influence." There is some truth to some of these perspectives. But in a nutshell I think citizens overall have fairly sensible policy preferences which appear not to change much if citizens have an opportunity to learn more and debate the policy and view pros and cons.

Talk about some examples of policy preferences that the majority holds that the government is not responsive to.

Financial reform -- the deregulatory agenda has been pursued, somewhat more fervently among Republicans but certainly by Democrats as well in recent decades. Higher minimum wage. More support for the unemployed. More support for education spending. We'd see, perhaps ironically, less liberal policies in some domains like religious or moral issues. Affluent people tend to be more socially liberal on things like abortion or gay rights.

Which party, Democrat or Republican, caters to the interests of the rich more? Does your research find them to be equal or is one more responsive than the other?

We didn't look at that in this paper. Other work I've done suggest it depends. There are a set of economic issues on which the Democratic party is more consistently supportive of the needs of the poor and middle class. But it's by no means a strong relationship. Both parties have to a large degree embraced a set of policies that reflect the needs, preferences and interests of the well to do.

Relatedly, does divided government like we have now make politicians more or less likely to cater to the affluent than one-party control?

It does seem, absolutely, that divided government has the effect of reducing the amount of policy that gets adopted, restricting the policies that get adopted that are more broadly popular.

When did things start to become this way?

It's possible that in earlier eras, that we don't have data for, that things were better. But in the time period that we do have data for, there's certainly no such evidence. Over time responsiveness to elites has grown.

It seems to me the paradox here is that sometimes non-rich people favor an agenda that supports the rich. For instance, middle class tea partiers want low taxes on the highest earners, just as Steve Forbes does. Isn't that still democracy at work, albeit in an arguably perverse way?

Yes, absolutely. I think people are entitled to preferences that conflict with their immediate interests -- narrowly conceived interests. That may be an example of that. Opposition to the estate tax among low-income individuals is another. But what we see in this study is that's not what this is happening. We don't look at whether preferences expressed by these different groups are consistent or inconsistent with their interests, narrowly conceived. We just look at whether they're responded to by government policy-makers, and we find that in the case of ordinary Americans, they're not.

How does a system like this perpetuate itself when after all it's ordinary voters who cast their ballots and elect their leaders. Theoretically they can change it in a heartbeat. Why don't they?

That's a very good question. I don't have a complete answer for you. Part of it clearly is that while politicians need votes while in office, they need money to obtain and retain office. So they need to balance the activities that will benefit them in terms of money with the activities that'll benefit them in terms of votes. Voters are not particularly effective at holding politicians accountable for the policies they adopt. Voters also have a limited choice set when going into an election. We find that policies adopted during presidential election years in particular are more consistent with public preferences than policies adopted in other years of the electoral cycle.

What are the three or four most crucial factors that have made the United States this way?

Very good question. I'd say two crucial factors. One central factor is the role of money in our political system, and the overwhelming role that affluent individuals that affluent individuals and organized interests play, in campaign finance and in lobbying. And the second thing is the lack of mass organizations that represent and facilitate the voice of ordinary citizens. Part of that would be the decline of unions in the country which has been quite dramatic over the last 30 or 40 years. And part of it is the lack of a socialist or a worker's party.

What does the broader social science literature say about societies that go into this non-democracy state? Do you see this as a pendulum that swings back and forth, or is it a sort of tipping point from which there's no way back?

That's kind of a gloomy question!

It's my job to ask those.

I don't know. There have been periods -- the ages of Robber Barons and Trusts, the progressive era where there was too much concern about concentration of power. I'm not a historian, so I don't know -- maybe it takes a Great Depression.

Your study calls to mind something that Dennis Kucinich, the former congressman, said years ago during the recession. He essentially said the class war is over and the working class lost. Was he right?

I mean, for now, it certainly seems like it. The middle class has not done well over the last three and a half decades, and certainly has not done well during the Great Recession. The political system responded to the crisis in a way that led to a pretty nice recovery for economic elites and corporations.

Given your findings, what do you make of the great sense of persecution that people at the top appear to feel in recent years? Is there a phenomenon you came by that speaks to this, and does that perpetuate the cycle of policy moving in their direction?

It's certainly not something our study or data has addressed. But it's part of an effort to defend, in the face of growing inequality, their advantages and wealth.


Friday, May 13, 2016

Margaret Atwood––The Moment––poem 






Margaret Atwood is one of my favorite writers, even though she is indeed a skeptic and often somewhat cynical in her writings.  Yet, her insights are for the most part on target and without doubt true descriptions of part of our human journey.

For me, her best book by far was "Surfacing" where, in dramatic contrast to most of her narratives, the "heroine" undergoes a significant spiritual transformation, this while she is alone on an isolated island in the Canadian wilderness.  The experience is an initiation into realms of consciousness that she has previously had no awareness of.


The Moment

The moment when, after many years
of hard work and a long voyage
you stand in the centre of your room,
house, half-acre, square mile, island, country,
knowing at last how you got there,
and say, I own this,

is the same moment when the trees unloose
their soft arms from around you,
the birds take back their language,
the cliffs fissure and collapse,
the air moves back from you like a wave
and you can't breathe.

No, they whisper. You own nothing.
You were a visitor, time after time
climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming.
We never belonged to you.
You never found us.
It was always the other way round.

~ Margaret Atwood ~

(Morning in the Burned House)

(picture from google)



Thursday, May 12, 2016

Lalla--poem 




NOTICE:  JUST WANTED TO TELL YOU THAT I HAVE NOW FOUND A NEW APARTMENT.  IT IS IN FACT IN THE SAME BUILDING WHERE I LIVE AT PRESENT.  I AM VERY HAPPY TO THINK OF THIS MUCH EASIER MOVE. THANKS TO ALL FOR YOUR GOOD THOUGHTS AND WISHES!

I traveled a long way seeking God

By Lalla
(14th Century)

English version by Swami Muktananda

I traveled a long way seeking God,
but when I finally gave up and turned back,
there He was, within me!

O Lalli!
Now why do you wander
like a beggar?
Make some effort,
and He will grant you
a vision of Himself
in the form of bliss
in your heart.

Here is a description from the Poetry Foundation:

Born in modern-day Kashmir, 14th-century Kashmiri saint and mystic poet Lal Ded (Mother Lalla), also known as Lalla or Lalleshwari, was married at the age of 12 into a family that was reported to have regularly mistreated her. After becoming a disciple of Sidh Srikanth, she renounced her material life and marriage to become a devotee of the god Shiva. As a mystic, she wandered naked, reciting her proverbs and quatrain-based poems. Lal Ded often used her poetry as a peaceful means of engagement with both Shaivism and Sufism.

(Image found on internet.  It is, of course, merely an artist's rendering.   Notice that she is holding the trident, which is the mark of a Shaivite.)



Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Yogananda, George Harrison, Steve Jobs 







On the cover of the famous album called "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," is a group of people, some famous, with four unknowns included.  These four have been identified as four gurus who were of special interest to George Harrison in his spiritual journey.  All are included in Yogananda's autobiography, a book that deeply influenced Harrison and Steve Jobs, among others.  At his funeral, Jobs arranged that each person should receive a copy of Yogananda's "Autobiography of a Yogi", a work which had impressed  him greatly, with its emphasis on "Self Realization."  At goyogananda.com you can receive a free copy of the book and also read it free online.

from Richard Salva:

The stories of these great masters of yoga are told in Yogananda's autobiography in poetic detail. Their lives were intertwined with one another, and together they comprised some of the brightest stars in the celestial firmament of Indian saints - recharging the sacred soil of Mother India with their teachings, their presence, and their uplifting influence.

Paramhansa Yogananda
Situated on the Sgt. Pepper cover in the upper right corner below Bob Dylan is the author of Autobiography of a Yogi. This great saint was given the title of "Paramhansa" (highest swan) by his guru, and called "premavatar" (incarnation of divine love) by his most advanced disciple… (Read Full Bio)

Swami Sri Yukteswar
In the upper left corner of the Sgt. Pepper group photo we see the serene face of Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri. This great sage was the guru of Yogananda, and the disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya. His penetrating mind and the depths of his spiritual perceptions earned him the title of "gyanavatar" (incarnation of wisdom). … (Read Full Bio)

Lahiri Mahasaya
If we look closely we can spot this advanced yogi on the Beatles album cover, his half-closed eyes peeking out at us to the left of Lewis Carroll, in the third row from the top … (Read Full Bio)

Babaji
The guru of Lahiri Mahasaya can be found in the second row to the right of writer William S. Burroughs. Like Lahiri, Babaji's image is partly hidden on the cover. This is perhaps appropriate, for Babaji's powerful, sublime influence wafts over an unknowing world without fanfare - secret and sacred, like the reclusive master himself … (Read Full Bio)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Richard Salva is the author of Soul Journey from Lincoln to Lindbergh.

Note:  Here is a site that may help you get back to the original article, where you can then ask to read the full bios:

The Gurus of Sergeant Pepper - About Hinduism
hinduism.about.com › ... › Hinduism › Gurus & Saints
Find out who these saints are, and what's so special about them. ... ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Richard Salva is the author of Soul Journey from Lincoln to Lindbergh  ...


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Kabir––Ecstatic Poems 





Kabir has long been one of my all time favorites, along with Rumi and Hafiz.  The CD entitled "The Chord of Love" contains Ram Dass reading the first poem below (along with other selections) against the background of beautiful musical accompaniment.  Just listening to this CD is itself a deep meditation.  For a long time, it was very difficult to obtain this recording, but I believe it is now available on Amazon.  It is also available on Youtube if you want to hear it: "Ram Dass and Amazing Grace, The Chord of Love."  If you don't know this presentation, you should listen right away!  The bliss currents may flow.

Kabir was considered both a Sufi and a Brahman saint.  Like many other Sufi writers, he speaks of the One as Friend, Guest, and Lover.  The latter term applies as well to anyone experiencing the rapture of Kundalini.  At that time, one feels as though the Beloved is making love to you from within in a highly convincing way. 

Dear Dorothy,

Kabir gave voice to the Eternal through his poetry. His words continue to serve as portals to the Divine for millions of seekers from all traditions. 

These poems are from a collection by Robert Bly. They are his renderings of these ecstatic poems of Kabir.

 Kabir: Ecstatic Poems
 Versions by Robert Bly 


#25
Are you looking for me? I am in the next seat.
My shoulder is against yours.
You will not find me in stupas, not in Indian shrine rooms, nor in synagogues, nor in cathedrals:
not in masses, nor kirtans, not in legs winding around your own neck, nor in eating nothing but vegetables.
When you really look for me, you will see me instantly - 
you will find me in the tiniest house of time.
Kabir says: Student, tell me, what is God?
He is the breath inside the breath.



#37
The spiritual athlete often changes the color of his clothes,
and his mind remains gray and loveless.

He sits inside a shrine room all day,
so that the Guest has to go outdoors and praise the rocks.

Or he drills holes in his ears, his beard grows 
enormous and matted,
people mistake him for a goat...
He goes out into the wilderness areas, strangles his impulses,
and makes himself neither male nor female...

He shaves his skull, puts his robe in an orange vat,
reads the Bhagavad-Gita, and becomes a terrific talker.

Kabir says: Actually you are going in a hearse to the
country of death,
bound hand and foot!



#42
Have you heard the music that no fingers enter into?
Far inside the house
entangled music - 
What is the sense of leaving your house?

Suppose you scrub your ethical skin until it shines, 
but inside there is no music,
then what?

Mohammed's son pores over the words, and points out this
and that,
but if his chest is not soaked dark with love,
then what?

The Yogi comes along in his famous orange.
But if inside he is colorless, 
then what?

Kabir says: Every instant that the sun is risen, if I stand in the temple, or on a balcony, in the hot fields, or in a walled garden, my own Lord is making love with me.

(The above poems were sent to me by Lawrence Edwards of Anam Cara.)

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Tami Simon "comes out" as herself 


(picture by  N.M. Rai)

Happy Mother's  Day, everyone!  And happy Nurturant Day for those who do not  fulfill the role of biological parent but give loving friendship to others.



(picture of Tami from website)

Tami Simon is the founder and producer of SoundsTrue, the premiere source of spiritual recordings in the U. S.  She has been a pioneer in every way.  I remember how many years ago SoundsTrue would come to various workshops and record the presentations of the folks who spoke there.  Today, most of her interviews are held in her studio in Colorado, with the speakers coming there to be recorded.  She also was one of the first (and still one of the few) to operate a business according to spiritual principles, and she has been extremely successful in her venture.  Thus she has been a role model and inspiration to many, especially women seeking to find their own way in the commercial and spiritual worlds.

Though Tami has herself introduced and engaged in dialogue with hundreds of well known spiritual leaders, she has to date never recorded her own thoughts reflecting the wisdom gained through her own lifetime.  She has now released a set of recordings in which she speaks in her own voice on the theme of "Being True."  Tami has been true in every way, from owning her own sexuality to maintaining honesty and integrity in her business dealings.  She points out that in order to honor our own true selves, we may have to hurt those we love who want us to follow a more traditional path.  She also stresses that she has not been a subscriber to any one tradition or lineage but rather has gleaned the best learnings from many teachers along the way.

Here is what Paul Behrman, COO of SoundsTrue,  says about Tami's new recording:

Hi, 

When I joined Sounds True, I felt only a single calling — waking up. At the time, I was exposed to only a few spiritual teachers. In Being True, Tami shares the notion that teachers have particular areas of expertise and that all teachers are partial. While many of us yearn for our one guru with the answers to all of life’s questions, Tami suggests that this is not the case. 

Before I came to Sounds True, I was singularly focused on dropping my identification with ego. Frankly, I was missing out on a number of important growth areas in my life. In particular, I covered up and hid some of my so-called “negative” emotions — a pretty serious gap in my development. 

In Being True, Tami addresses this common occurrence on the spiritual path as one of the eight most important lessons she’s learned over the last 30 years. Tami weaves these lessons (from different teachers on different subjects) together to create a beautiful tapestry. 

I wish I could recommend this program to myself 10 years ago! It would have accelerated my spiritual and personal development immeasurably. 

You can download the first portion of Being True for free or you can purchase the whole program here. 

With blessings, 
  
Paul Behrman

COO, Sounds true

(Unfortunately, the link to listen to these excerpts free does not work once the copy is transferred to another site.   However, you can buy the set from SoundsTrue.  I have listened to the opening segments and I recommend them without reservation.  Tami speaks truth about your life, your relationships, and your work in a way that is remarkably clear and preceptive.  What she says is the distillation of a lifetime of practice and thoughtfulness.  She is a true wisdom teacher and offers jewels of insight that will enrich your life many times over.)

Here are the topics included on the first session:

ntroduction to Session 1
An offering
The promptings of my true heart
There’s only one of you
Go into the darkness
Our authentic life comes from open space
The courage to follow our guidance
Let the phenomenal world play
The natural unfolding of our authentic self
“God, I’m willing to do your work”
Disseminate spiritual wisdom
Our true prayers are answered

Introduction to Session 2
“Hey dominant culture, you’re destroying the world!”

Three bottom lines

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“When I took my first steps on the spiritual path,” says Tami Simon, “I was looking for answers to life’s greatest mysteries. Over time I learned that the best books and teachers pointed us inward—to our own experience—and that this is where we can find our greatest sense of aliveness and purpose.” On Being True, the founder of Sounds True distills essential lessons learned from 30 years of exploring the edge where spiritual wisdom meets the challenges of work, life, and love. Join her for four intimate sessions on:

Being true as a process—five keys for living in integrity

Spirituality in action—how we can apply our highest values in the workplace and in our relationships

Her most transformative encounters with spiritual teachers

Sounds True listeners and followers of the Insights at the Edge podcast series have heard Tami introducing and interviewing leading voices in spirituality, science, and creativity. Now she speaks to you directly as a fellow traveler on the journey—sharing her most valuable insights on honoring your inner imperatives in the real world, meeting setbacks with an open heart, and remaining alive to the inner voice that always encourages each of us to “be true.”








Saturday, May 07, 2016

Blind Prophet––Part Two 






Blind Prophet––Part Two

THE MOST FAMOUS BABA VANGA PROPHECIES TO ‘COME TRUE’

Predicted in the 1950s: Global warming and the 2004 Tsunami.
“Cold regions will become warm … and volcanoes will awaken. A huge wave will cover a big coast covered with people and towns, and everything will disappear beneath the water.”

“Everything will melt, just like ice.”

Predicted in 1989: The September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on New York’s Twin Towers.
“Horror, horror! The American brethren (believed to be a reference to the two ‘brother’ towers) will fall after being attacked by the steel birds (thought to be the two hijacked passenger planes). “The wolves will be howling in a bush (believed to be a reference to then US president George Bush) and innocent blood will gush.”

Predicted in 1980: The sinking of Russian nuclear submarine the Kursk in 2000.
It saw the crew die horrible deaths over several days while international rescue crews tried in vain to retrieve the vessel from the depths of the ocean. Until the tragedy, people assumed the “Kursk” Vanga referred to was the Russian city the Kursk was named for.
“At the turn of the century, in August of 1999 or 2000, Kursk will be covered with water, and the whole world will be weeping over it.”

The election of Barack Obama.
Vanga reportedly correctly predicted that the 44th president of the United States would be African American. However, she also stated that he would be the “last US president”. We’ll have to wait and see how that pans out.

Continued:

A BLIND mystic who reportedly foretold 9/11, the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, the Fukushima nuclear spill and the birth of ISIS also made dire predictions for 2016 and beyond.

Bulgaria-born Prophetess Baba Vanga, who died in 1996 aged 85, was known as “Nostradamus from the Balkans” thanks to a purported 85 per cent success rate and has long been revered in Russia and Europe as a kind of supernatural saint.

Of the hundreds of predictions Vanga made over her 50-year career as a celebrated clairvoyant, a large number alluded to natural and climate change-related disasters. She warned of melting polar ice caps and rising sea temperatures back in the 1950s, decades before anyone had heard of global warming.

Her followers believe her vivid description of a “huge wave” that would descend on a “big coast, covering people and towns and (causing) everything to disappear under the water” was a reference to the 2004 tsunami and earthquake which claimed hundreds of thousands of lives across the Pacific Rim.

But it’s Vanga’s preoccupation with a “great Muslim war” that has sent believers, conspiracy theorists and Islamophobics into a doomsday frenzy in recent months as the world struggles to contain the escalating threat from Islamic State and its affiliates.
The chilling prophecies warn of a 2016 invasion of Europe by Muslim extremists, a conflict she predicted would begin with the Arab Spring in 2010, play out in Syria where “Muslims would use chemical warfare against Europeans”, and culminate in the establishment of a caliphate by 2043 with Rome at its epicenter.

According to Vanga, Europe as we know it will “cease to exist” by the end of next year following the systematic elimination of entire populations, leaving the continent “almost empty”, a “wasteland almost entirely devoid of any form of life”.

If that sounds dramatic, consider the developments of the past year, which has seen ISIS edge perilously close to Europe with the taking of Sirte, a key Libyan city overlooking the Mediterranean and the birthplace of the late dictator Gaddafi.

Sirte is now an Islamic State colony operating under Sharia Law. The new regime reportedly cemented its authority by staging a series of public executions, during which an unknown number of people were crucified and beheaded.

And ISIS continues to gain ground in Syria, despite a massive bombing campaign by allied forces in the wake of the Paris attacks. To devotees and others consumed by fear of an impending apocalypse, it’s as if Vanga’s deadly prophecies are unfolding before their very eyes.

FROM ‘ILLITERATE’ VILLAGE GIRL TO APOCALYPTIC ANGEL

Baba Vanga was born Vangelia Pandeva Dimitrova in Strumica, a village located at the foot of a volcanic mountain range in what was then the Ottoman Empire.

According to folklore, she led an ordinary life up until the age of 12, when she mysteriously lost her eyesight during a massive storm — described by some as a freak tornado. According to folklore, the youngster was flung into the air and then dashed to the ground by a powerful gust of wind.

What happened next is murky but her family reportedly found her in a terrible state several days later, her injured eyes sealed shut and encrusted with a thick layer of dust and dirt. Too poor to afford specialist care, she was relegated to a life of blindness.
Vanga later stated that she had experienced her first vision during the days she was missing and believed she had been instilled with the ability to heal people and predict the future. She was able to convince others of her paranormal powers and quickly developed a cult following. She became the go-to psychic for the rich and powerful and admirers, among them heads of state, scientists and historians, would come from all over the world for a few minutes in her company.

She later served as an adviser to Bulgarian Communist Party leaders, some of whom allegedly exploited her gift to further their own agendas. She was reportedly kept under surveillance by the country’s secret service and her home, the scene of countless meetings with visiting foreign politician and businessmen, reported bugged.



APOCALYPSE SOON: VANGA’S MAJOR PROPHECIES FROM 2016 ONWARDS

2016: “Muslims” will invade Europe, which will “cease to exist” as we know it. The ensuing campaign of destruction will last years, driving out populations and leaving the entire continent “almost empty”.

2023: The Earth’s orbit will change (nobody really knows what this means).

2025: The population of Europe will reach almost zero.  Note: I am particularly interested in this date.  Yeats the famous poet was also a mystic/visionary.  He foresaw a major shift from this present era (the Christian era) to a new cycle of history in this year, according to the way I interpreted his predictions.  I have long anticipated a major world shift at this time.  I also think we are already in the beginnings of this shift.

2028: Mankind will fly to Venus, in hope of finding new sources of energy.

2033: World water levels will rise as the polar ice caps melt (this is already happening).

2043: Europe’s transformation into an Islamic caliphate is complete. Rome is named the capital. The world’s economy thrives under Muslim rule.

2066: America will use a new climate change weapon for the first time in a bid to retake Rome and bring back Christianity.

2076: Communism will return to Europe and the rest of the world.

2084: Nature is reborn (nobody is really sure what this means).

2100: Man-made sun illuminates the dark side of the planet (This is already in the pipeline — since 2008, scientists have been working on creating an artificial sun using nuclear fusion technology).

2130: With the help of the aliens, civilisations will live underwater.

2170: Major global drought.

2187: Two large volcanic eruptions will be successfully stopped.

2201: Temperatures drop as the sun’s thermonuclear processes slow down.

2262: Planets will slowly change orbits. Mars will be threatened by a comet.

2354: An accident on the artificial sun will result in more drought.

2480: Two artificial suns will collide and leave the Earth in the dark.

3005: A war on Mars will change the trajectory of the planet.

3010: A comet will hit the moon. The Earth will be surrounded by a ring of rock and ash.

3797: By this time, everything on Earth will die. However, human civilisation will be advanced enough to move to a new star system.

Friday, May 06, 2016

A Blind Prophet Predicts the Future (not good)––Part One 





I have long been intrigued by prophecies of apocalypse occurring in the future.  Nostradamus,  the Book of Revelations, the Hopi predictions, the Mayan Calendar (now reinterpreted), the Tibetans and other sources speak of a time of universal catastrophe when humankind will suffer near extinction.  I for one do not believe that our own thinking controls such events.  Like Cassandra in Greek drama, Baba Vanga is doomed to foresee the future but cannot change it.

I am not suggesting that her predictions will necessarily come true.  But I do find them worth reflection.  And––and this part is very important––I am not totally depressed by these possibilities.  I think the external structures of society are collapsing all around, but that a new humanity, essentially a new species, is being created at the same time.  This is the "evolutionary leap" that many have predicted.  We are now experiencing the birth pangs of this phenomenon.  Nothing is born without pain.  We are experiencing the pain and the rapture all at the same time as the new human comes into being.  Kindalini is one of the primary agents of this transformation.  Anyone who has gone through the full process of risen Kundalini would, I think, agree.  Others are now struggling to complete their own inner journey.

Baba Vanga reminds me of the blind prophet Tiresias in Oedipus Rex (Sophocles) and elsewhere in Greek drama.  He lost his outer sight but was given inner perception as a kind of compensation.  Indeed, the blind prophet is an archetypal figure in myth and literature.

Who knows what is possible?

More:

Marnie O’Neill
news.com.au

A BLIND mystic who reportedly foretold 9/11, the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, the Fukushima nuclear spill and the birth of ISIS also made dire predictions for 2016 and beyond.

Bulgaria-born Prophetess Baba Vanga, who died in 1996 aged 85, was known as “Nostradamus from the Balkans” thanks to a purported 85 per cent success rate and has long been revered in Russia and Europe as a kind of supernatural saint.

Of the hundreds of predictions Vanga made over her 50-year career as a celebrated clairvoyant, a large number alluded to natural and climate change-related disasters. She warned of melting polar ice caps and rising sea temperatures back in the 1950s, decades before anyone had heard of global warming.

Her followers believe her vivid description of a “huge wave” that would descend on a “big coast, covering people and towns and (causing) everything to disappear under the water” was a reference to the 2004 tsunami and earthquake which claimed hundreds of thousands of lives across the Pacific Rim.

But it’s Vanga’s preoccupation with a “great Muslim war” that has sent believers, conspiracy theorists and Islamophobics into a doomsday frenzy in recent months as the world struggles to contain the escalating threat from Islamic State and its affiliates.
The chilling prophecies warn of a 2016 invasion of Europe by Muslim extremists, a conflict she predicted would begin with the Arab Spring in 2010, play out in Syria where “Muslims would use chemical warfare against Europeans”, and culminate in the establishment of a caliphate by 2043 with Rome at its epicenter.

According to Vanga, Europe as we know it will “cease to exist” by the end of next year following the systematic elimination of entire populations, leaving the continent “almost empty”, a “wasteland almost entirely devoid of any form of life”.

If that sounds dramatic, consider the developments of the past year, which has seen ISIS edge perilously close to Europe with the taking of Sirte, a key Libyan city overlooking the Mediterranean and the birthplace of the late dictator Gaddafi.
Sirte is now an Islamic State colony operating under Sharia Law. The new regime reportedly cemented its authority by staging a series of public executions, during which an unknown number of people were crucified and beheaded.

And ISIS continues to gain ground in Syria, despite a massive bombing campaign by allied forces in the wake of the Paris attacks. To devotees and others consumed by fear of an impending apocalypse, it’s as if Vanga’s deadly prophecies are unfolding before their very eyes.

(Part Two to follow in next post)

(photo from internet)

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Ron Adams––His Kundalini Awakening 








Ron had his awakening in l984, here in Boulder.  Thus he was one of the "forerunners" of what has now become a worldwide phenomenon (spontaneous Kundalini awakening).  I heard from him about 2009, when I had just moved here.  At first I thought he had already read my book (Unmasking the Rose: A Record of a Kundalini Initiation, available on Amazon or from me cheaper) and somehow knew I lived in Boulder and was interested in Kundalini, since he mentioned many of the local landmarks I was familiar with.  I was surprised to learn that he did not know I had moved here and was simply describing his own experience. Ron had in fact read the book and had contacted me about his experience. "Unmasking the Rose" is the story of my own quite spontaneous awakening in l981 and remains one of the few published personal accounts available.  Here is his description of his own process, which adds to our store of information about this still mysterious process.

Wow, having flashback right now. Kundalini flowing.

Back in 1984 I had my first kundalini experience. Didn't know what it was. Had anxiety attack and ended up in Emergency room. Had just gotten to Boulder. Nurse was taking my pulse when it started up again. She asked me to describe it. She told me I was having a spiritual experience and should shut up and not tell the doctors anything or they'd put me on psych drugs. Thank my lucky stars. She gave me the name and number of a Holistic Doctor at Wellspring.

I went there the next day. The doctor said I was having a Kundalini experience. I said Kunda what? He said lots of people do Kundalini yoga to get this to happen. I said they could have it. He gave me a list of books to read, Gopi Krishna's Kundalini Rising. He told me next time it happens, to ride it like a tiger.

I immediately went to the Library and got the books. As I came out of the Library, it started. I took a deep breath and did what the doctor ordered.

I felt cold and hot waves at the base of my spine. The energy was rising. When it got to my heart, where it was blocked before, I took a deep breath and surrendered.
Waves and waves of orgasmic energy pulsed through my body. I was like a live circuit.

 Smoke, smoke, smoke, voices, something about a world war and when the dust settled I was no longer in my body. I was 136 years in the future. No cars, no concrete, no buildings. Everyone was naked and living tribally. The temp was a constant 72°.
Every individual was connected psychically. I termed it Planetary Consciousness. A fat woman was telling stories to children. I looked into her blue almond eyes and we connected. I was hooked into the Psi-bank. Part of the Hive.

I saw teenage boys with spears going to hunt for food.

Peace everywhere.

Then I came back into my body. I saw a homeless guy crossing the bridge and I ran up and hugged him I was so overwhelmed.

The next few nights I woke up with the Moonlight shining in my bedroom. (There was no Moon out.)

from Dorothy:

Although I have never had inner visions of the future such as Ron's, I have often intuited that after a world wide holocaust, those who survived would live tribally and would indeed be connected psychically in what I thought of as "group consciousness."

Ron was unbelievably lucky to find a nurse and then a doctor who understood his process and helped him.  Not many were so fortunate then––or even now, for that matter.


Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Elizabeth Warren––on our state of affairs 





The following is from Elizabeth Warren's blog.  I usually don't post items such as this on my sites, but we are now a nation (and world) in extreme crisis, where events could in my view destroy us and much of the rest of the planet.  Follow the rise of demagogues and dictators and you will see a familiar pattern at work here.  Sinclair Lewis long ago wrote a novel called "It Can't Happen Here", but in fact it can.  Think of Hitler, Mussolini, Huey Long in Louisiana, Peron in Argentina.  Megalomaniacs gain power by appealing to the masses, who do not think for themselves, are easily swayed by empty promises, and end up being the victims of their own mistaken judgments.

Elizabeth Warren is my shero.  Above all others, she speaks the truth about our world.


Donald Trump is now the leader of the Republican Party. It's real – he is one step away from the White House. Here's what else is real:

Trump has built his campaign on racism, sexism, and xenophobia. There's more enthusiasm for him among leaders of the KKK than leaders of the political party he now controls.

He incites supporters to violence, praises Putin, and, according to a columnist who recently interviewed him, is "cool with being called an authoritarian" and doesn't mind associations with history's worst dictators.

He attacks veterans like John McCain who were captured and puts our servicemembers at risk by cheerleading illegal torture. In a world with ISIS militants and leaders like North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un conducting nuclear tests, he surrounds himself with a foreign policy team that has been called a "collection of charlatans," and puts out contradictory and nonsensical national security ideas one expert recently called "incoherent" and "truly bizarre."

What happens next will test the character for all of us – Republican, Democrat, and Independent. It will determine whether we move forward as one nation or splinter at the hands of one man's narcissism and divisiveness. I know which side I'm on, and I’m going to fight my heart out to make sure Donald Trump’s toxic stew of hatred and insecurity never reaches the White House.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Spontaneous Kundalini Awakening and Universal Transformation 









(This article originally was published on a much earlier blog.  However, a reader recently found it and said it was useful in his own journey and therefore I am reprinting it here, in the hopes it will be helpful to others.)


SoundsTrue, the premiere publisher of CD's and books on spiritual topics, recently invited readers to submit descriptions of "My Awakening Experience" for their "Weekly Wisdom" website. My entry was chosen for publication.

I also now have a Facebook site and am publishing it there as well.

 Here is the article in its original form (with a few minor changes to update it):

Spontaneous Kundalini Awakening and Universal Transformation

My kundalini awakening was abrupt and unexpected. It occurred almost thirty years ago, when I was a professor of English and women’s studies in a Kansas state university. The gist of it is that one day when I was reading a book that mentioned in passing the strange phenomenon of kundalini, I decided to see if I could awaken and then raise these energies up through my spine. I had little or no prior knowledge of such techniques. I knew no one who had heard of such a possibility. I had no familiarity with Eastern practices, gurus, yogis--these things were essentially unknown in that part of the world at that time. I had never even had a massage.

There was one additional piece that was also part of this puzzle. My (female) partner of many years was threatening to leave and my psyche was indeed in a disturbed state. Thus my “inner energies” were in a chaotic condition, as I responded to this inner turmoil.

My awakening happened like this: I sat quietly in my chair, and concentrated fully on breathing into the lower abdomen. Almost immediately I felt a rapturous flow of energy. Now, I thought to myself, I must bring this energy up. And so I began to breathe deeply, with the intent of lifting the energies from the base to my head. Suddenly, they seemed to shoot up, all the way to the crown, which opened in total rapture. The brain itself seemed to have become a vessel of delight. The crown opened to effulgent, ecstatic energies flowing in from above.

At this moment, I realized that this rapturous stream of energy was the life force itself, that which animates the entire universe, and that I was a minute part of this process, a wee speck in an infinite reality, that the “I” that I had constructedI was something that did not even exist except as a myth I myself had created and fostered.

I sat with the experience as long as I could sustain it--perhaps a few minutes, during which I underwent the “opening of the thousand lotus petals” that yogis describe as part of their awakening experience. Some call this enlightenment.

For the next several days I existed in a semi-trance state, during which I experienced inner (visionary) initiation into both Tibetan Buddhist and yogic traditions.

I experienced daily bliss, simply by envisioning Shiva or Krishna, so that I might be in closer touch with these sublime energies, this divine reality.

This was the beginning of an experience that continued in one form or another for the next thirty years, and is still ongoing. It brought periods of both bliss and pain, conviction and searching, as I tried over time to sort out my experience, to unravel what it might “mean”, why it had happened to me, of all people. Was I now “enlightened”? This seemed unlikely, yet I knew that I had confronted a reality far beyond what I might ever have imagined as existing in this physical universe. I knew that there was indeed an unseen force, a presence, a divine impulse underlying the mundane appearance of the world, and that this was what was real.

The name that was closest the nature of this revelation was simply love. I knew that each of us was loved in a special way, and that we must turn to and open to this love, allowing it to sustain us, for we were part of it and it of us.

As my unfolding progressed, I discovered I had certain new “talents.” I now saw auras from time to time, felt the energies of others when I was in (or near) their presence, felt music “inside the head” as if it were coming from within rather than from without. I sometimes sensed the energies of inanimate objects, such as paintings or ancient Chinese vases.

But most precious of all were the times of blissful union with the unseen Source, the “Guru Within,” who continued to lead and guide me. For years I at certain periods experienced these quasi-erotic energies flowing through my body during my practice (which took on various forms over time), often arriving as bliss streams in hands or arms or cheeks--as if something within were making love with me in unexpected places. These were not specifically sexual in nature, but rather sexual energy sublimated into a higher, more subtle level of experience.

And, as I have indicated, the process continues to this day, with ever more delicate manifestations of joy and bliss and love for others and all that is.

What have I learned from all of this?

The Process:

Extreme transformation (sometimes called the lightning stroke) can occur to anyone at anytime and under any circumstance. The amount of prior preparation is no guarantee that the gift will be granted. Some have little or no preparation, and fall quickly into the sea of bliss. Others practice dutifully for years and never experience the deep inner rapture.

Who will undergo this process is not predictable. Those who seemingly should arrive may never attain the goal of immediate realization. Others apparently less deserving may quickly ascend to the top of the mountain.

No one gets a free ride. The opening may be brilliant, transcendent even. But there will be times of balancing and integration, periods of pain and despair, as one attempts to deal with these unfamiliar energies now infusing one’s system, one day mounting into bliss, the next plunging into some kind of pain.

4. One may never ever know why this transfiguring event occurred that so totally turned one’s life around. One theory is that such awakenings are related to one’s past life development as for example (in my case) likely a tantric practitioner. (I consider all delicate energy work to be tantric in nature)

One must listen carefully to one’s own “inner guru,” who seems to be a combination of teacher, counselor, friend, and Beloved Within. The guru is very patient--it will stay with you until the process is “complete” or at least stabilized. In fact, it will remain with you forever, for it is an aspect of your own “higher self,” ready to guide and protect you during this entire life cycle.

This experience is not purely “spiritual” (something divorced from the material realm and the sensate body.) It is something that is felt deeply inside, like any sensation or emotion. It often carries a distinct “erotic” flavor, though it is definitely not merely sexual arousal or response. (The inner response is unique to each person, some of whom may experience the energies as heat or cold or electricity, rather than bliss per se.)

The experience changes constantly, in texture, tone, magnitude and frequency. It is like listening to a piece of music again and again--every single occasion carries a different valence.

Tone and texture change over time--becoming less intense, more subdued, less volatile, more stable. And--even when the energies are so settled that they are felt merely as subtle waves of light moving through the system, these too are beautiful and can leave one sighing with pleasure.

It is extremely difficult to describe this journey, or to share any part of it, with those who have not traveled a similar path. What does one do when one’s body suddenly fills with rapture from simple movement or hearing a special musical phrase? Who can you tell in a world that seems to function on some other wave length, or in some other orbit? One asks, inevitably, “‘Am I the only one? Are there others like me?”

One must adjust to the constantly unexpected. How do you react when--suddenly--you experience in your own body what another person is feeling (somatically) at the moment? What does it mean that you can--unexpectedly--feel in a palpable way the sweet energies emanating from a painting or an ancient vase? This is all part of the actual “expansion of consciousness” that so many describe.

You will benefit greatly from a friend or spiritual buddy with whom to share your experiences, particularly if you cannot find a suitable therapist or guide. This need--to tell one’s story to a sympathetic listener--is one of the greatest of all desires expressed by those undergoing deep transformation.

You can expect to be very, very lonely on this path, especially if you are committed to the Direct Path as opposed to one mediated by a guru or a specific teaching. The reward is that you will thereby make your own discoveries as you go, rather than having them imposed or interpreted by an outside agent. Outside agents are tricky. Some are untrustworthy, others simply limited by the restrictions arising from their own personal experience or tradition. Buddha told us to be a light unto ourselves, to lay down our own path. This way may be more difficult, but in so doing we honor both ourselves and the guide from within.

A s you progress, your practice will become ever more subtle, ever more delicate. Where at the beginning, you might have done hatha yoga in a typical way, now you may find that even a slight movement of fingers or eyes may produce delightful sensations of hands or arms or elsewhere, as if your “inner lover” were with you and leading you into these new levels of response. Ultimately, the sensations may disappear entirely, but often there is then an unexpected return of the divine within.

To complete your journey, you will need to find a way to “give back,” so that others may benefit from your experience. (This is the stage of the hero’s journey that Joseph Campbell calls “bringing the treasure back home.”) What this becomes will depend on your own experience. For me, language was the key. For several years I have presented a blog titled “Kundalinisplendor, Poems and Reflections on the Spiritual Journey. (www.kundalinisplendor.blogspot.com) Through this blog (and other sources) I often hear from those who are themselves experiencing deep spiritual transformation, often with no guide whatsoever or even without a trusted friend to share with. I try to offer these “aspirants” encouragement and support, along with suggestions for resources such as books and relevant websites or authentic teachers. However, mostly I just listen attentively to their stories and answer any questions within my scope of knowledge, and these correspondents are often quite grateful just to be in contact with someone who has made this arduous journey and survived.

I have also published three books growing out of my own experience--”Unmasking the Rose” is a detailed account of my own experience of Kundalini awakening, and “Marrow of Flame” and “A Cloth of Fine Gold” are collections of original poetry growing out of this ongoing journey. My reward is not in dollars and cents but rather the gratification that comes from knowing that other seekers find my work useful in their own spiritual progress.

The Ultimate Significance of Awakening as Universal Process

My own sudden transformation and unfolding was so unlikely that I often said I might not believe any of this it had not happened to me. But it did happen to me, and I have spent much time contemplating its meaning.

I feel my experience is not merely one of personal transformation, but rather an indicator of how the great “shift‘ now so talked about may happen, and in fact is happening. People are transforming on all levels and in an infinite number of ways. Kundalini itself, once virtually unknown to most of us, is now a universally acknowledged phenomenon. Spiritual pursuits of many kinds are springing up daily, as people seek to move forward in their own spiritual ascent. What is going on all around today is the “next stage of human consciousness” so many have predicted. It is our destiny. It is why we came.


Who I am:

Dorothy Walters is a retired professor of English and women’s studies now living and writing in Boulder, Colorado. Her primary focus is helping others undergoing spiritual transformation, especially those involved in Kundalini awakening. She writes a blog at www.kundalinisplendor.blogspot.com as well as a Facebook page.  She has published four books of sacred poetry as well as a spiritual memoir (all at Amazon) and may be contacted at dorothywalters72@gmail.com She especially enjoys Rumi, the music of Mahler and walks along Boulder Creek.


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