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Sunday, July 22, 2018

0FF LINE–– 

DEAR FRIENDS,

I AM GOING OFF LINE IN A FEW MINUTES AND WILL BE BACK IN A FEW DAYS.  MOVING TIME.

HAVE A GREAT TIME IN THE MEANTIME!!

LOVE TO ALL.

DOROTHY

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Andrew Harvey in San Francisco 




A Message from Andrew Harvey, offering a workshop in San Francisco:

Dear Friends,

I am thrilled to be returning to CIIS for a conversation with Sean Kelly and a workshop August 3-5. CIIS has been a deep inspiration in my life, I loved my years teaching there and so look forward to sharing what I’ve learnt and inspiring vision of how to go forward in difficult times.

Below are the links to the website and Facebook event pages to learn more, I do hope you will join me.

https://www.ciis.edu/public-programs/public-programs-event-calendar/harvey-andrew-convo-ss18

https://www.ciis.edu/public-programs/public-programs-event-calendar/harvey-andrew-wks-ss18


Love,
Andrew

This a rare opportunity to experience the wisdom and power of  Andrew Harvey, world renowned spiritual teacher and writer.  He is one of the most amazing people I have ever met.  A spell binding teacher, he always speaks eloquently of  issues that truly are relevant to today's world.  If you have never heard him, this is your chance to be in the company of a master teacher.  If you have heard him before, this is a great opportunity to renew your acquaintance with this unique human with a message for humankind.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Human Connection––poem by Dorothy 



The Human Connection

There are times when
what we need is comforting.

We long for someone to
hold our hand or even
take us in their arms,
and say, don't worry,
it is going to be all right.

The caregivers most
of all need care.
The lovers need love.
The seekers need others
to share  with.
We crave for the human touch,
to be reassured that we
are not alone in the journey.

Julian of Norwich famously said,
"All shall be well and all manner
of things shall be well."
Though she was described as in retreat,
she lived in a little chamber
right on the street, with a window
where people passing could pause
and speak with her.
Perhaps they talked of spiritual
topics, or asked for a blessing.
Perhaps they chatted about
the town news.
She herself was thus in contact.
Even Julian needed a human connection.

Dorothy Walters
April 30, 2018

(image from internet)


Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Initiation––poem by Dorothy 




The Initiation

"The purpose of life
is to embody the transcendent."
the Dalai Lama

Somehow we are found.
By some method we are discovered,
observed, finally given signals
that tell us (secretly) to prepare.

Even then 
we are not ready.
How could we be?
We are taken from whatever place
in the world we occupy 
and are suddenly shaped 
into an unrecognizable being,
a stranger to ourselves
and others.
We are thrown 
into rapture or perhaps even pain,
states we may not even 
have names for.

Again and again the rapture  permeates
our bodies.
It fills us with joy
day after day,
year after year,
until finally we succumb totally
to that which it is,
its constant infusions
of bliss and compassionate love.

At last
we no longer question
 that we and it are one.
Have ever been
and always will be.
It is who we are,
the essential unsuspected
truth of our identity.
Its sensed presence
comes and goes
like that of any lover,
but we know
that seen or unseen,
it is always there.

We give it the names
of a god or goddess,
a spirit or a guide.
Some call it The Beloved.
Some call it God.

We accept in silence.
We bow our heads in awe.

We wait 
for the next unfolding.

Dorothy Walters
July 14, 2018

(Image from internet)

Saturday, July 14, 2018

A Story About a Sunflower––Chris Bartel 






A Story About a Sunflower

"When I was 12yrs old I grew an enormous sunflower in the centre of my parents' garden. It was twice as tall as I was, and surrounded by Dahlias, Roses, Crysanthemums and Fuschsias. It stood alone as a towering radiant golden and yellow centrepiece and I adored it. Every day I would come home from school and rush out to stare at it. Every day, that was the first thing I did when I got home. Then one day, bizarrely, it stared back at me... This was no illusion or imagination. There was a definite entity looking down at me, something kind and loving beyond all comparison. I was stunned, didn't know what to make of it, and just filed it away in memory and never spoke to anyone about it.
Seven years later, in 1977, I was playing a self-hypnosis tape someone had loaned me, and on the tape it asked me to imagine a beautiful flower and to keep focussing on it and merge with it, so I did. Naturally, I chose my beloved sunflower as it was so strongly embedded in my memory. But what a surprise I got when I fully merged with it and found myself as a plant, feeling a newfound total freedom, swaying in the breeze - as that sunflower - in a sea of floral beauty, rooted to the spot... and then along came this boy and stared up at me... and so I naturally 'merged' with him too. The love I felt for him was and still is indescribable, because I was in a state of deep relaxation/hypnosis so there were no inhibiting factors. It was my first experience of pure, unconditional 'self-love', even though the boy was not able to process what he was seeing - which was himself - and could only accept it as 'deep connectness','wonder','awe' and perplexity. That was also the very first time I can remember being conscious in two completely different times simultaneously... which is when and how I discovered that pure consciousness exists beyond the mind and outside of time."
Chris Bartel

via Yana Castle "Thank you for this story, José Luis G. Soler!"

Friday, July 13, 2018

Yana Castle––more news from Romania 







Dear Dorothy and Gloria,

Even though we have been here for 5 days, not much happening yet. I am eagerly awaiting thunder and lightning storms that are predicted almost everyday but even though the sky turns quite dark, nothing. I read today there is a Romanian Saint Ilie who is directly linked to thunderstorms and is the most fierce enemy of the devil whom he pursues and tries to destroy with  lightning and thunderbolts. St. Ilie is celebrated on July 20th, the same day as Perun, the Slavic storm god. So luckily, I will be here for that. I can’t help but notice the name ‘Ilie' is curiously close to the term used for fairies here, ‘Ielle.' I am going to ask a folklore scholar friend who lives in the University town of Iasi what he thinks about this. I would not be surprised that this saint’s earlier incarnation was a woman. Ielle of Romanian lore, for instance, were the extremely beautiful but injurious fairies. Said to reside in the forests and dress in white, they could cause general mischief, illness and STORMS.

In the meantime, I have also been researching the Cucuteni culture, reviewing what I had explored 5 years ago, the last time I was here. Chris, my husband, is cataloging his quite shamanic interpretations of this ancient culture. He has a way of communicating with the spirits of the place and rendering the patterns and energies of the land.

The weather here has been chilly, the opposite of what I expected in July. In Romania, they refer to July as 'the hot as an oven month.’ Of course, I brought all the wrong clothes and just one sweater. But, I do expect it will get hot during the time we are here… a month to go and adventures await!

Love to you both,

Yana

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Plunging into Truth 






Plunging into Truth

Humankind can bear
only a little reality.
                  T. S. Eliot

Plunge into the truth.                  
Kabir

Yes, plunge into the truth.
Let it blind you, shatter you,
dismantle you
into knowing.

After that you will forever be new.
You will shun your old way 
of folly.
You will wonder why
others continue to trudge down
the false path.

You will be a star
of illumination
lighting the road
for those who seek divine wisdom.

Dorothy Walters
July 10, 2018

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Kabir––"The Time Before Death" 





"The Time Before Death" by Kabir

Friend! Hope for the Divine while you are alive!
Jump into experience while you are alive!
Think... and think... while you are alive!
What you call "salvation" belongs to the time
before death.
If you don't break your ropes while you're alive,
do you think ghosts will do it after???
The idea that the soul will join with the ecstatic
just because the body is rotten --
that is all fantasy...
What is found now is found then.
If you find nothing now,
you will simply end up with an apartment in the
City of Death.
If you make love with the Divine now, in the next
life you will have the face of satisfied desire.
So plunge into the truth, find out who the Teacher is,
Believe in the Great Sound!
Kabir says this: When the Divine is being searched for,
it is the intensity of the longing for the Divine
that does all the work...

(Don't know who the translator is for this version.)

Monday, July 09, 2018

Yana Castle in Romania 






Note:  Yana Castle is an amazing woman whom I have recently met through the internet.  A graduate (Ph. D) from CIIS in San Francisco in women's spirituality, she presently lives year round in Nepal.  She is now with her archeologist husband Chris in Romania where he will study the ancient goddess cultures initially written about by Maria Gimbutas, whose compelling work has more or less been dismissed by mainstream scholars as too radical.
Here is an e-mail I received from her a few days ago.

Chris and I are in a small remote, very green village in Northeastern Romania where the only sounds you hear are birds, the rustling of leaves—signs of a big storm approaching, and the occasional clip clopping of horse's hooves and a rickety wagon passing by. Thunder and lightning are predicted and I want a ringside seat! This is my 4th time here and Chris' 8th. Our plans are to continue our investigations into the Cucuteni culture (See Marija Gimbutas' work). Chris will paint and do some printing. Great to see him again from a long absence while he was in San Francisco and I was in Nepal. I am finding this peaceful, sometimes deafening silence here so deeply soothing and plan meditate and read, maybe do some writing. What a contrast to my life in Boudhanath where there is a flurry of Buddhist activity... the sounds of mantras, cymbals, horns, drums, bells from the stupa, not to mention the lively day to day activities of the Nepalis and Tibetans, and street dogs howling to the phases of the moon. Soon I want to visit the old local church where there is a toaca. There is nothing like hearing this sound live. Here is a video of someone playing it. Amazing! Now, I remember when the thunder and lightning is in full force, the bells of the church are rung as a form of protection.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Penney Evans––"My days are filled" (poem) 





My days are filled with chatter

Words seeking something beyond
the reach of words.
Something like an echo,
a whisper, a reverberation.
Vague hints from some god
who may listen but certainly 
doesn’t speak.
Some god disguised
in my own heart.
I know it’s me
talking to myself,
trying to turn
toward stillness –
looking for the one sacred gem
buried in the silt
of dailiness.

Penney Evans

(picture from internet)


Saturday, July 07, 2018

Andrew Harvey––The Sacred Practice of Joy 



Dear Dorothy,

Mystic teacher Andrew Harvey’s online event this morning was, in a word, electrifying...

Andrew, who has already touched and inspired so many lives through The Shift Network, gifted us with a humble and passionate appeal to bring joy into the center of our spiritual lives.

If you missed this compelling online event with Andrew, you’ll have another chance to listen in during the encore presentation this Tuesday, July 10, at Noon Pacific.

You can join the encore event here:The Sacred Practice of Joy with Andrew Harvey


Andrew’s teachings, which draw from ancient wisdom traditions while framing them in a modern context, clearly convey that engaging in sacred practices can ground and anchor you in joy — even during times of great challenge.

As Andrew explains, that’s vitally important because joy is the most telling symptom of deep spiritual realization AND paradoxically its source.

Indeed, joy is the nectar that feeds us on every level, from body to mind to other planes of existence.

During his virtual event, Andrew also shared details about his transformative new 12-week course, Living in Joy: Sacred Practices to Deepen Your Relationship With the Beloved & Express Your Divine Purpose.

This essential training will guide you to do deep inner work in a way that brings lightness to your being... that opens and expands and deepens and frees you to live in your fullest and highest vibration…

This enlightened, joyous consciousness will then be expressed through how you show up, how you serve, how you are in relationship with others, and how you navigate these times that we're in.

In other words, everything you do can be an expression of the deep and lasting joy that bubbles up from the very core of your being.

And that, says Andrew, is how we end suffering, both individually and collectively. If you want to uplift the world, you first have to uplift yourself.

If you choose to enroll, Andrew will share a series of powerful spiritual practices with you…

These timeless practices are designed to give you the heart-force you need to stand in your freedom, truth, and love — even when real darkness is descending and casting shadows on the future.

And joy is the most powerful spiritual practice there is.

You can find out more about Living in Joy — and enroll — here.

Ben Hart
With love,

Ben Hart


P.S. In Andrew Harvey’s special encore event, The Sacred Practice of Joy, which airs this Tuesday, July 10, at Noon Pacific, you’ll:

See how to approach life like a dancer, as a living expression of Divine Love
Access and feel the sacred heart of the universe and its overwhelming love
Remember that you are the beloved of the Beloved and that your life is blessed beyond your imagination
See how to become a “humble secret agent of the light” in the larger transformation of our time
Access inner peace whenever you truly want it
Face what is happening in the world without being consumed by it
You can join the encore event here:
The Sacred Practice of Joy with Andrew Harvey



Friday, July 06, 2018

Simple building. Stonehenge Reloaded by only one white man (Youtube, Sept. 9,2007) 


This is a fascinating youtube video showing how Stonehenge, the Pyramids, and other ancient monuments could have been constructed using available techniques of the time.  Wally Wellington, a construction worker in Flint, Michigan, demonstrates how it is possible to lift and put into place massive stone blocks.  Apparently the ancients had construction techniques lost to us over time.  Thus some long standing mysteries are explained about these early builders.

"Simple building. Stonehenge Reloaded by only one white man!!!"

Published on Sep 9, 2007
Wally Wallington has demonstrated that he can lift a Stonehenge-sized pillar weighing 22,000 lbs and moved a barn over 300 ft. What makes this so special is that he does it using only himself, gravity, and his incredible ingenuity.

And here is a second youtube presentation describing how sound can be used to perfect holes in hard rocks, to levitate the stones,  and also to trim blocks so they can be fitted  perfectly into place with virtually no space at all in between, This achievement has long puzzled modern viewers.

"Acoustic Levitation in Egypt - Ancient High Technology | Ancient Architects

Thursday, July 05, 2018

The Goddess Kundalini 



The Goddess Kundalini

Of all the goddesses, Kundalini is the greatest.  She is the goddess of goddesses, the life force itself, the ultimate quintessence of the divine feminine.  She runs through every living creature and keeps them alive and sensitive to the ultimate connection with that which is real.  She is indeed everywhere and no where, within and without. When she visits, she grants us profound ecstasy or possibly its opposite, when our energies fall out of alignment.

She is the unseen essence behind every representation of the goddess, whether as archetype or human embodiment.

Kundalini awakened is the gift of the soul's journey, the jewel hiding in the within, the ultimate prize that returns us to our original nature.

She may arrive swiftly, sometimes without any apparent background or preparation on our part, or she may unfold quietly, slowly, after years of devotional practice.  The taste of her bliss will vary from person to person and again within the same person from day to day.  Her presence is known in every culture and society, though given many names.

Kundalini is the great mystery in which we all are embedded.  She is not a thought form nor an idea.  She can be known only at the feeling level, for she is the ultimate connection with Source.  She is the raw, perfect, longed for experience that unites our awareness (finally) to what we are.  At last, we encounter our true identity and our purpose and mission on this planet, as we move together into the next stage of our human evolution.

This volume is dedicated to Kundalini, the enigmatic bestower of inner wisdom and joy.

Note: I am currently preparing a new collection of poetry, presently entitled "The Kundalini Poems: Radiance and Joy."  This piece will be included as part of the Preface.

Monday, July 02, 2018

Hafiz––All the hemispheres of heaven 




All the hemispheres in heaven
Are sitting around a fire
Chatting
While stitching themselves together
Into the Great Circle inside of
You...

Hafiz


Sunday, July 01, 2018

Questions––poem by Dorothy 

Questions

No matter how many times
I tell myself
That things will be all right,
That everything happens for the best,
That all is perfect just as it is
Some strange anxiety remains,
An inky beast lurking
At the bottom
Of a dark well.

We can, of course,
Hold hands and sing hymns
As the sinking ship goes down,
Arrange the chairs
Into a more established order.

Even though I have been informed
That all is going in the right direction,
That we are moving toward enveloping brightness,
The realm where issues no longer exist
And we are one with all that is,
Still there is the feeling
That nothing is guaranteed,
Things could go
One way or another
According to the whims
Of the time,
That the rescuer will not
arrive as promised,
That dust will be the answer
To our prayers,
Our supplications
To “whoever may  listening.”

¥et, to be honest,
good things keep happening to me.
I have collected many years,
stored in a memory box
of all I have known,
find myself now
at the center of all I would yearn for,
friends a circle of love,
allowed to do
what I would most yearn to do,
things unfolding
the way they should.
Trust that I and the hidden world
are both headed
in the right direction.
Even kissed by the Goddess
now and again.

Dorothy Walters
May 21, 2018


Friday, June 29, 2018

Opening to the Infinite 

Hi Dorothy,

We held our first Opening to the Infinite half-day virtual retreat last week and the experience exceeded our highest expectations.

The time we spent in guided practice and discussion electrified us with the unimaginable immediacy of direct awakening and transported us into the timeless recognition that we are already awake.

If anyone had any doubt about the transformative potential of the virtual retreat format, we think it’s safe to say that those doubts dissolved in the face of the shift in consciousness that came alive between us.

Since Opening to the Infinite has now officially begun, we’ve been receiving inquiries as to whether it is still possible to register for the 12-month journey.

So, we’re pleased to let you know that registration will remain open until our first Full Day Retreat Session on Saturday, July 14th.

You can learn more and register here:


Opening to the Infinite: A 12-Month Journey into the Miracle of Awakened Awareness

Because we were all so impacted by our first retreat, we also wanted to share a taste of the retreat experience with our larger community of subscribers. We decided the best way to do that would be to simply share two 6-minute audio recordings from last Saturday’s retreat with you.

You can download these audios or listen online by using the links below:

Audio Clip 1: Embracing The Immensity of Awakening
In this audio, Jeff Carreira invites us to recognize the universal source of consciousness and introduces the biggest opportunity of the Opening to the Infinite program as remaining awake to the Truth of who we are for an entire year.

Audio Clip 2: Beyond the Paradox of Spiritual Practice
In this audio, Craig Hamilton explores the inherent paradox that arises whenever we take up spiritual awakening practices - it can’t take any effort to recognize who we already are but at the same time it takes diligent effort to maintain that delicate awareness.

If the audio clips from Saturday’s retreat resonate with you, you can learn more and register for the entire year-long program at the link below:

Opening to the Infinite: A 12-Month Journey into the Miracle of Awakened Awareness

When you do, you’ll gain instant access to the entire audio from our first half-day retreat--and you’ll be able to join us live for our first daylong retreat in a few weeks.

You’ll also begin receiving our weekly study guides to help you digest the in-depth material we’re sharing in the retreats.

If you decide to come along for this journey of awakening, we look forward to being with you soon.

With Love,
Craig Hamilton & Jeff Carreira


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Fred LaMotte––To be Happy 






To Be Happy

The wild rose springs up among the weeds. Does it feel guilty about its fragrance? Please, friend, never let anyone make you feel guilty about being happy in this troubled world. To be troubled is the nature of the world. To be happy is the nature of your heart. Happiness is not a privilege, but a birthright. Your happiness costs the world nothing, is not extravagant, exploits no one's labor, wastes no energy. Yet its blossoming can heal the air, the water, the soil. Your joy does not come from the world, yet it suffuses the world with a secret light, and touches other hearts.

Fred LaMotte

Note:  Some site "updated" some of my apps, and since then my internet sites have been totally reconfigured.  I have as a result been unable to access my blog for a few days.  The problem is now fixed, thanks to some good friends.
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Monday, June 25, 2018

Mary Oliver––The Summer Day 









The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean--
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down,
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?


~ Mary Oliver ~

(New and Selected Poems, Volume I)





Sunday, June 24, 2018

"Wild Heart"––poem by Dorothy 







Wild Heart

Let your own wild heart
speak to you.
Listen closely to its
song.

It will lead you,
take you to the place
you are longing 
to go.

It will take you safely 
through deserts
and heaving seas.
It will lead you
across mountains
and forest wildernesses.

Your heart knows you,
your deepest secret
and desires.
It has been with you
forever.

Heed its syllables,
even when the language
is not your own,
even when the sound
is but a whisper 
in your ear.

Do not listen
to the twitterings
and mumblings
that would lead you astray.
Listen to your heart.
Listen.

Dorothy Walters
June 17, 2018

Saturday, June 23, 2018

These Beings––poem by Dorothy 



These Beings

Who are these beings
coming to earth
from places unknown?
Each culture
has met them,
from Greece to India and Japan,
the deserts of Africa,
the natives of our own shores.

Evidence in ancient carvings on rock,
megalithic stone monuments
of incalculable weight.

Who were they?  Why did they come?
Are they still arriving,
these beings from elsewhere in space?
What is our connection,
the purpose of our link?

Are they here
to usher in our future,
connect us to
our past?
How can we credit
such unbelievable tales
from ancient times?
How can we deny
such present accounts of
sacred encounters?

Our world
is unfathomable.
We live in the center
of mystery,
as if the gods
arrived here in the past
and are among us now.
Are they our kin?

Dorothy Walters
June 21, 2018






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