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Friday, October 31, 2014

The Moment Which Changes Everything --poem by Dorothy 

The Moment That Changes Everything

By now, we all know it
by heart. . .
that scientific tale of the
reputed cat in its theoretical box
which could be anything--
black or spotted,
here or there,
alive or dead,
until someone popped
off the lid and
peered inside,
and--voila!--there she was--
a real cat
in all of her feline glory
snowball or tiger,
prancing bronze or calico,
already purring
and dancing for food.

Think about your life.
How one day,
after so much constant repetition
of the weary familiar,
the unexpected happens,
something you had never
dreamed of
nor factored into your
something strange and startling
which takes over and becomes
the leitmotif of your life,
the Dominant Theme,
all possibilities collapsed
into a single
grain of expectation.
Everything thereafter
is colored by its hue.
This is called
"the moment that changes

Dorothy Walters

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kabir--"I Won't Come" 

I Won't Come

I won’t come
I won’t go
I won’t live
I won’t die

I’ll keep uttering
The name
And lose myself
In it

I’m bowl
And I’m platter
I’m man
And I’m woman

I’m grapefruit
And I’m sweet lime
I’m Hindu
And I’m Muslim

I’m fish
And I’m net
I’m fisherman
And I’m time

I’m nothing
Says Kabir
I’m not among the living
Or the dead

- Kabir
(Translated by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra)

Kabir was an early Indian poet/saint who advocated the "Sahaja path," which is described as the simple, natural way to Oneness in God.  He felt that union with the Divine should come from direct experience, for this was the true Guru.  He rejected all dogma and reliance on sacred texts, as well as such practices as austerities and chanting as paths for God/union.
For many of us, Kundalini itself offers such a "Direct Path," especially when we follow our own Inner Guru rather than external authority.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My Mistakes 

My Mistakes
(inspired by Mary Oliver)

My mistakes?
Frankly, I have given up worrying about them.

I know, the memory is still there,
hiding in some dark corner of my mind
or behind some bushy plant in the garden.
Ready to spring
when my back is turned
and seize me by the throat.

All those times I did it wrong,
stumbled and fell.

Went the wrong way,
and got lost
sometimes for years.

Those I hurt or even harmed
when I didn’t mean it.

But most of the time
I shrug off this knowing, and say
I did the best I could
and continue.

Something is beckoning
up ahead and I must follow.
Already I can see the light streaming
through the branches,
carving my path.

Dorothy Walters
October 14, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Touchless Splendor Continued 

On Saturday, I wrote about the unexpected rapture I experienced while I sat at the computer working with sacred poetry.  Today, something similar occurred--also a surprise, and indeed, if possible, even more rapturous than the earlier incident.

This morning, before breakfast and even getting dressed, I was reading and reflecting on some of my own poems that were somewhat similar but not identical.  Then I paused to look at a recent poem--"Stranger at the Door" which I posted recently.  And then, strangely, I began to feel the sweet energies stir.  I again offered prayers, moved my hands in circles (palms pressed together) in front of my body, and felt the rapture flowing.  This time, it continued all the way up and above my crown, indeed as far as I could reach.  My crown opened with joy, offering such bliss as cannot be described.

As I descended (still circling my hands), my face and body felt the same sort of joy.

Finally, I stood, and now I could send the blissful feelings through the lower chakras and down into my legs and feet.

At this point, I began to experience a slight nausea and thought it best to stop.  These very high energies are, I think, difficult to sustain without some side effects, until one fully adjusts to and integrates them.

Kundalini is never quiet--it constantly takes us to new and higher levels, and each episode is a furthering of own own continuing refinement of the nervous system and our connection to the Divine Reality which is ourselves.  We are again reminded that we are not these small, confined creatures, shut off from cosmic joy, but part of a much larger reality which we can know and dance with once we open to the invitation.

Here is the poem that seemed to set the experience off--in case you missed it on the earlier blog.  My experience seemed to be a confirmation of the message it carries:

Stranger at the Door

There is some kiss we want with
our whole lives, the touch of
Spirit on the body.

Indeed, the Spirit wants to touch you,
kiss you, hold you in Her arms.

In fact, She is longing to enter
your very being, streaming through
blood and vessels,
claiming your cheeks and hands.

She moves stealthily,
bold thief entering when
you are asleep,
beside you when you wake.

She is your other Self ,
your double,
your twin,
the stranger who
arrives at the door
after such a long journey
and is recognized at last.

Dorothy Walters
October 11, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Kabir: Poetry and Rapture 

This was one of those days--when the unexpected happens, when something arises that you had in no way anticipated, when the leopard seizes you by the throat and you become the victim of delight.

Here is how it happened.

I live alone and have no job responsibilities so I can choose what to do first in my day.  Should I go immediately to my spiritual practice (standing slow movement and stretches to move the energies, these followed by prayers for friends and the world), get ready for the day's activities, check my e-mail to see what is urgent, eat breakfast and then go for a walk?

Today I went first to my computer to check my e-mail and there found a lovely poem by Kabir.  This inspired me to write a "response" poem, modeled somewhat after his.  Then I wrote another little poem in the same vein, and also looked up some more of Kabir in my books.

After all this, I decided to offer a short prayer for a friend in need, and it was than that the unexpected occcurred.  Still sitting at my computer, I noticed that when I moved my hands slightly (they were folded in prayer position), I could feel small energetic movements within.  I continued to move my hands (still folded) back and forth, and again the energies moved in what I call a "sweet softness."  For me, it was important to find that I could still feel this delicate bliss flow in a sitting, rather than a standing position--and I was comforted to know that all who sit can access these energies.

Then I decided to rise and continue my movements--now I opened my palms and with palms facing inward began my familiar circling movements up and down my body.  All of this was done without touching--indeed, I think of a car wash I used to pass in San Francisco, called "The Touchless Car Wash."  So I call my responses "Touchless Rapture."  Indeed, what was coming in this standing position was indeed rapture--from root to belly to chest to face to scalp. I tried moving my arms and hands behind my lower back as much as possible (an experiment), and felt it there too.  When I directed my thoughts downward, I even felt something in my feet and lower legs, a rare response for me.

Again, for me each of these occasions of bliss is a highly sacred experience, a time of feeling one with the Beloved Within.  This is the divine connection--for a few minutes we know how the "Divine Human" will exist in the world, in a state of constant, flowing love with what is within and all that is without.  Each transcendent moment is a blessing, a gift from the unseen.  And each is further preparation for the time when all of us, alone and together, will enter this state of divine rapture, by then established as the "natural" and defining element of our consciousness.

All this lasted some 20 minutes or so, when I decided I did indeed need to get ready to face the day.  Once I left this meditative state, the feelings disappeared (as usual), and I was again in "normal" consciousness.

(I write up some of these experiential entries because, for one thing, I like to keep a personal log and also because it is interesting to follow how Kundalini can operate in one's body after many years of practice and when one is an advanced elder (now 86).  Before today, I had not fully realized how the energies can play a major role in the practice of sacred poetry, as writer or reader.  Indeed, the word can embody and reflect the Spirit, and become a source of inner shaktipat!)

Dorothy Walters
October 25, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Scarlet Berries 

Scarlet Berries

(Inspired by Rosemerry Wahtoma Trommer)

When I look at the scarlet berries
necklace of beads adorning the leaves
of the branches above
and those fallen below
let me not ponder their genus
or lineage,
their uses, or history.
Let me admire their glistening skin,
the way they turn to the sun at morning,
and hide their delicate faces in the night.

And when the moon comes forth,
in the darkness
of the summer sky,
let me not worry about the true distance
between our world and it,
or how much it possibly weighs,
or when white suited men will come once more
to plant their flags
above its surface.

When I follow the oak lined trail
through the forest grove,
let me not pause to calculate
the square feet of lumber
their corpses might provide,
the “profits” their “owners”
might gain.

Nor carry a book to memorize
the names of all the many things
and creatures I meet on the way—
flowers golden and amethyest,
the small beings scurrying away,
the grasses singing in the undergrowth,
the birds soaring overhead,
heading somewhere.

The history of these mountains,
with their immeasurable tranquility.
The clouds dragging their white shawls
across the blue skrim of the sky.

Let me breathe the presence of each,
know it for another of who I am,
drink deeply of this stillness.

Dorothy Walters
October 21, 2014

(image from internet)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer--Oh, the Water Lilies 

Oh the water lilies. See how they seem
to open wider out of their own opening?

Let me unfold like that—without thinking,
without assuming I’m already open enough.

Do not let me close up, all stiff and stoic,
like a walnut that will not crack.

Don’t let me become the one who groans
when someone else starts to rhapsodize

about the fragrant wisteria in spring.
Why is being hardened a respectable, desirable thing?

Let me be soft. Let me always sigh as I bite
into ripe watermelon, juice spilling in runnels

of pink down my chin, down my neck.
Let someone else stand beside the waterfall

and explain how its negative ions work,
and let me be the one getting drenched

and falling in love with the sheen on the rocks.
Let me not leave my signature like the woodpecker,

but let me chant endlessly on summer nights
in the way that the whippoorwill does.

And why not? Why not praise the slender-bodied weasels
who turn white then honest brown?

Both colors are equally lovely. Why not enthuse
over the bulky walrus that has adapted to stay warm?

Oh let me be warm and give that warmth back to the world.
It’s so easy to turn cold, to poke fun, to accuse, to be cool.

Let me be a fool. Let my thoughts of how the world should be
jump away like a mob of wallabies. Let me not find pleasure

in making things small or putting others down
or rolling my eyes or criticizing. Let me be silly.

And gushing with praise for whatever
is the nearest thing I see—

a twig in the rain, a rock on the trail,
a red leaf that has already let go.

~ Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rick Weiland--sings "Big Wheel" on YouTube 

(I could not resist sharing this one--from a friend.   It's a fun video--very clever way to campaign.)

“Can you win a seat in the United States Senate by driving around in a minivan, strumming a guitar and singing about the evils of money in politics?”

That’s the opening line of a Huffington Post piece about an insurgent Democrat whose bolt-from-the-blue campaign for U.S. Senate is now the hottest race in the country and could be the tipping point that saves the Senate from GOP control.

Wait, what? Some dude driving a people-powered minivan around the back roads of South Dakota is about to shock the world?

Yep. And get a load of this semi-viral music video he just released. Yes, MUSIC VIDEO. Once you see it, you won’t be able to get his catchy chorus out of your head.

Just click here to watch this Elizabeth Warren Democrat’s unforgettable song -- and try not to be charmed by it (like Rachel Maddow was a few days ago)

to hear the song, go to Rick Weiland, "Big Wheel," on You Tube

That’s Rick Weiland. Name ring a bell?

As Rachel Maddow highlighted on her Thursday show, Democracy for America endorsed Rick waaaaaaaaay back in March when no one outside of South Dakota knew who the heck he was -- and when the establishment didn’t think he had a snowball’s chance in hell. Since March, DFA members have been contacting thousands of voters across South Dakota -- and the polls are now tighter than a tick.

Rick Weiland is an excellent example of why my brother Howard launched the 50 State Strategy ten years ago with the birth of Democracy for America. And that’s why Gov. Dean just announced that Rick is being elevated into the “Dean Dozen” -- DFA’s short list of top priority campaigns.

Because of DFA members like you who got Rick’s back months ago, now he has the momentum to WIN -- and help Elizabeth Warren build the “no one’s bought me” Senate caucus the moment his boots hit the floors of Capitol Hill.

- Jim

Jim Dean, Chair
Democracy for America

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Unseen Serenade 

Unseen Serenade

Who are You, playing your lute
in my garden at midnight?

What is this magic
drifting into my window?

That old trickster moon is listening once more
and so am I.

Spellbound by the notes
of your song.

Dorothy Walters
October 11, 2014

(Image found on internet)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sally Kempton--Wisdom Goddess Empowerment, Part 2 

Sally Kempton--Wisdom Goddess Empowerment, Parts 1 and 2 (from The Shift Network)  When you register for Part 2, Part 1 is also included.  (Since there is no way to register for these courses on this post, go to the The Shift Network and scroll over to the picture of Sally Kempton on the "teachers" section.  The button for registration should then appear.  If you can't find this, then go to the "customer support" for the Shift Network site and ask.  I have registered for these courses and look forward eagerly to their presentation.)  For me, it is exciting to have an entire class devoted to Kundalini, offered by such an able teacher.  You may download the course for later listening if you miss the Tuesday evening presentations, which are at 5 p.m. Pacific time and last for 90 minutes each.  You can also register at http://wisdomgoddesscourse.com/course/WisdomGoddess2/bundled

with Author and Spiritual Teacher
Sally Kempton
New Live Training Starts
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Do you hunger for a distinctly feminine spiritual path that is embodied, juicy and fulfilling... and leads to the awakened life you desire?

Have you suspected that goddess worshipping traditions are working with REAL forces and energies rather than symbols and metaphors – forces that can liberate you into a wholly new way of being?

In the Wisdom Goddess Empowerment (Part 2), you will receive ancient Hindu practices to open, expand and align Kundalini Shakti – the most powerful spiritual energy in your body – by relating to it as an actual embodiment of the Goddess.

The result is a powerful acceleration of your spiritual path and the opening to a new way of relating to the Divine.

Kundalini Shakti is the subtle evolutionary intelligence at the heart of life. She is also the most intimate aspect of the Great Goddess, the divine feminine power within the world and within ourselves. The path of the Divine Feminine is, ultimately, the path of awakened Kundalini.

Many of us know that Kundalini is important in spiritual life, but few of us understand the extraordinary role she plays.

The Tantric sages called Kundalini “the inner Goddess,” because when she unfolds in a human being, we discover our own concealed divinity.

For this reason, to awaken Kundalini has long been known as the secret to spiritual growth and evolution, particularly in the East. Yet, Kundalini is deeply misunderstood, and for that reason, many of us are not able to experience fully the unfolding of our own spiritual potential.

The true secret of practicing with Kundalini is to recognize and partner with her as the Goddess – the feminine power who creates and sustains life.

When we understand what Kundalini actually is, and how she unfolds within us, we begin to experience how our inner journey is being powered by the will of the Divine. An extraordinary intelligence and love is orchestrating our personal evolutionary path.

This is not an impersonal force, but a perfectly calibrated inner guide, with whom we can partner as our journey evolves.

In the Wisdom Goddess Empowerment (Part 2), you will have the chance to develop a wholly new relationship with this evolutionary force – and with the Divine Feminine energy you hold in your body.

This approach to working with Kundalini energy is part of a holistic system of spiritual transformation that is grounded in Tantric teachings, empowered by sacred practices, and integrated with Western psychological understanding.

This path awakens you to a direct relationship with the Divine Feminine, not as an idea or abstraction but as a vivid, embodied reality in YOUR life.

And this leads to a cellular recognition of your own divinity and your capacity to be a vehicle for the Goddess to work through you.

Spiritual seekers have long heard the lore (and too often the fear) about the rapid spiritual transformation that can be catalyzed by the Kundalini energy that typically lies dormant at the base of our spine.

When she awakens, it leads to phenomena that may at first seem strange – from higher visions and psychic openings to spontaneous movements of the body, known as kriyas.

Because of the strange aspects, Kundalini is a subject surrounded by hype, mystery and false myths.

In this online program, renowned spiritual teacher Sally Kempton will offer you clear-eyed, open-hearted and practical insights and practices to work safely with this powerful energy in a way that brings you harmony instead of upset.

She will help you see it as the actual embodiment of the Goddess within you: evolutionary energy with a distinctly feminine quality.

As we learn to dance with Kundalini joyfully, rather than fight, control or manipulate her, she opens our body, emotions, mind and soul to divine energy pouring through our very cells.

Rather than a cause for concern, Kundalini can be a source of great spiritual blessings, as well as a purifying force for our bodies that heals diseases and opens us to higher guidance.

As you open your Kundalini, you begin to liberate more energy, not only for your spiritual life but also for your erotic life, your career, and even your creativity.

If you are on a path of healing, awakening and oneness, understanding the power and potential of Kundalini to accelerate your journey is essential.

Reclaiming an Authentic Feminine Path

The reclamation of Kundalini as the Goddess working in and through our own bodies is part of a larger movement toward reclaiming an authentic feminine spiritual path – one that can rebalance us from the overly masculine traditions we’ve inherited.

It’s no secret that religion and spiritual practices have tended toward the masculine for the last 5,000 years – often to our detriment.

Too often, traditional visions of spirituality have denied the body and contributed to self-judgment in lieu of nurturing a truly divine life.

It’s time for a spiritual path that evokes, awakens and communes with the feminine forces of the universe that are always available to support you – if only you can learn to open to their power.

In Tantric lineages of the East, such a path has been kept alive, but is almost always taught from the perspective of male teachers. Only now have these ancient transformational traditions started to benefit all genders – thanks to powerful female teachers who bring a new dimension and depth to these ancient practices.

This new, inclusive path promises to create a sacred marriage of masculine and feminine qualities that leads to a life of reverence, ecstatic mindfulness and delicious fulfillment.

Drawing on the transformative power of goddess practices passed down for millennia, this path empowers you to awaken, recognize this world as an expression of the Divine, and move through it with greater power, integrity and clarity.
Advanced initiates through the ages have created a reverential relationship with different goddesses and experienced the beautiful, blessed current of sacred energy they bring.

By entering into this stream – whatever your religious or spiritual background – you can begin to relate to the unique qualities of goddess energy, both in the world and in your body.

A Feminine Path of Liberation

As respected integral philosopher Ken Wilber says, “Goddesses are REAL.” When invited, they have the power to support your evolution relatively quickly and easily.

Through Goddess work, spiritual liberation is less harsh but no less effective than the traditional path, as well as rich in subtle eros, heartfelt love and fulfilled desire.

This path not only feels better to walk, it also leads to the kind of radiant life we all desire: conscious, alive, ecstatic, impactful and infused with grace.

As this path arises in the hearts and minds of a new generation of practitioners, the heroic ideal of yogis straining to break free of this world is shifting toward enlightened teachers who can bless, savor and nourish life into its fullest expression – and guide you to do the same.

If you are called to go beyond a spirituality that feels dry and remote and into something that is juicy, nourishing, and beautiful – then The Wisdom Goddess Empowerment (Part 2) was designed just for you.

It’s more than a virtual course; it is an actual ignition of sacred energies that can – should you choose to continue and deepen the practices – bless your life for years to come with specific qualities, powers and capacities required for a divinely human life.

Seven live sessions will reveal great blessing forces that are available when you invite Goddess Kundalini to live in you – and permeate your body, mind and emotions.

What you will learn from Sally is how to engage Kundalini in a devotional way, relating to her as an actual Goddess, who has taken up residence within you. This, Sally teaches, is the secret to unlocking a more joyful and healing relationship with this powerful energy.

During this course, Sally will dispel myths around “Kundalini casualties” and begin to show you that Kundalini is a crucial part of the evolutionary shift of consciousness now underway on planet Earth.

Each module in the Wisdom Goddess Empowerment (Part 2) will help activate and deepen the inner channels that call forth the blessings of the Goddess as Kundalini in your body.

Once these channels are activated, you can continue to open and deepen the relationship over time – infusing enlightened qualities into your life in ever-more-profound ways.

By the end of the seven weeks, you will emerge with a re-wiring of your energetic system around what it means to engage in spiritual practice, meditation and contemplation. You’ll have a deep understanding for how working with Kundalini can empower you with healing and transformation.

The Importance of a Sacred Guide

There is no better guide into these mystical realms than author and renowned spiritual teacher Sally Kempton.

Sally has been practicing and teaching esoteric wisdom for 45 years. She spent years as a close student of an enlightened spiritual master who pioneered the understanding of Kundalini in modern times.

Sally is a master of meditation and has profound knowledge both of the practices of the Indian goddess traditions and of the journey of Kundalini and its impact on inner life. Sally has mentored countless students on the Kundalini path, and is the author of Meditation for the Love of It, Awakening Shakti, and the audio course, Doorways to the Infinite.

Her recent training, The Wisdom Goddess Empowerment, has been a powerfully transformative experience for many in The Shift Network community and beyond.

Sally offers unique insights into both the dark and light sides of our relationship to the Divine Feminine. Her students attest to her ability to transmit a direct experience that can bring these energies alive in their own lives.

During the seven weeks of the Wisdom Goddess Empowerment (Part 2), Sally will lead you into the powers and mysteries of the Goddess through a transmission of living practices from the Indian tantric tradition.

You’ll learn how to invite and invoke Kundalini energy and embody the qualities of the empowered feminine. Because goddess energy is at the heart of ALL life, this is a path to extraordinary aliveness and the emergence of your own divine human nature.

This inspiring and practical course is based on the wisdom of the tantric sages and on Sally Kempton’s years of experience, study and practice.

It offers powerful and reliable guidance about your own relationship to spiritual energy, and casts light on how mystical experience is hardwired into your body.

As you learn to tap the power of your Kundalini, you can:

Access a more boundless field of love, since accessing Kundalini connects us more deeply with the love-energy of the universe
Channel its evolutionary capacity to transform your consciousness and open direct mystical experiences that deliver wisdom and spiritual knowledge
Draw Kundalini energy toward parts of your body that need physical healing from disease or sickness
Develop new capacities of intuition, clairsentience or healing
Awaken to a more reverential relationship with the world around you
Open to a more sensuous relationship with your body and deeper levels of sexuality
Dissolve the sense of separation between you and God as you begin to see the Divine manifesting in your own body
Begin to experience deeper and subtler levels of reality around you
Discover hidden sources of spiritual energy within your body and mind
Become initiated into the ancient tantric understandings of Hinduism through the lens of an accomplished teacher
Enhance your creativity and powers of manifestation
Identify and begin to release deep-seated karmic patterning
Discover a healthy and empowered vision for the sacred feminine in your spiritual life
Expand the sense of beauty in yourself, and harness it as a tool for creative expression
Feel deeper levels of fulfillment, opening currents of bliss in your cells
Develop a specific set of practices that connect you with the goddess energy that is most important for you

What You’ll Learn in These 7 Weeks

Course sessions are on Tuesdays at 5:00pm Pacific.

In this 7-week transformational course, Sally will guide you through the fundamental spiritual skills and competencies that you’ll need to successfully activate, navigate, and be in right relationship with Kundalini as a powerful catalyst for awakening and sacred service.

Each weekly, LIVE contemplation and training session will build harmoniously upon the next, so that you’ll develop a complete, holistic understanding of the practices, tools and principles you’ll need to open your Kundalini and begin to liberate more energy – not only for your spiritual life – but also for your erotic life, your career, and even your creativity.

Note: If you have not experienced Sally’s Wisdom Goddess Empowerment teachings before, you are welcome in this next level training but we ask you to complete the foundational “Wisdom Goddess Empowerment Part 1: Opening Transpersonal Gateways to Expand Your Capacity for Desire, Insight and Action” 7-module program on your own as a prerequisite. This program will be included in your registration and you can go through it before or in parallel with the Advanced.

Here is the description for Part One of the Wisdom Goddess Empowerment teachings:

Module 1: Aligning with Your
Inner Goddess
Kundalini and the Evolution of Consciousness
(November 4)

According to Tantra, individual consciousness evolves through the unfoldment of the Goddess’ liberating energy, known as Kundalini. Yet Kundalini has been widely misrepresented and misunderstood. This session dispels myths and opens your awareness to the divine and transformative soul-energy that lives within all of us, as the inner form of the Goddess.

In this module, you’ll:

Understand what Kundalini is
Develop your relationship with Kundalini as the Goddess
Learn why awakening the Goddess as Kundalini is essential for spiritual growth
Open to a deeper relationship with the Wisdom Goddesses and Evolutionary Intelligence
See how to relate with Kundalini as the power of Revelation

Module 2: The Divine Invitation
Kundalini Awakening and the Goddesses of Transformation – Kali, Tara and Bhairavi (November 11)

To awaken our own liberating energy, we enlist the help of a group of Goddesses whose gift is the empowerment of our own capacity for freedom. This class explores and describes the process of awakening as it is actually experienced, and how the Goddesses unfold this process.

In this module, you’ll:

Learn how Kundalini awakens
Explore the mystery of the root chakra
Receive insights into the 3 forms of Kundalini
Understand strong, medium and mild awakenings and how they affect us
Learn essential practices for the inner Goddess and your 3 bodies

Module 3: Mapping the Inner Domain
Kundalini and the Power Deities of Your Chakras (November 18)

As Kundalini unfolds, she opens your inner body, removing blocks and karmic patterns. This class looks at the process, describing the experiences that arise during this part of the process, and offers guidance as to how to work with purification processes in your own life.

In this module, you’ll:

Understand how Kundalini works in your daily life
Invoke Goddess Tara for support in emotional purification
Explore the path of the chakras
Go beyond chakra balancing: What does it mean to open the chakras?
Receive the fundamentals on Kundalini and diet
Learn to awaken the subtle elements in the chakras
Discover how to work with emotional purification

Module 4: Kundalini, Daily Life and the Unfoldment of Inner Guidance
(November 25)

As blocks are removed, the guiding energies of the goddesses begin to shift your fundamental perception of daily life.

In this module, you’ll:

Deepen your relationship with Wisdom Shaktis, Matangi and Saraswati
Unveil the depths of mantra practice
Open to visionary experiences, dreams and how to integrate them
See what it means to follow the inner Shakti’s guidance
Integrate subtle experience
Learn how to invoke guidance
Work with the Goddesses to remove creative blocks

Module 5: Kundalini, Relationships and the Opening of the Heart –
Radha, Sita and the Power of Devotion (December 2)

Love is the secret gift of Kundalini, and as we learn to allow the Goddess to open our heart, we discover the extraordinary possibilities of devotional practice. In this class, we look at the path of natural devotion and surrender.

In this module, you’ll:

Learn about Radha and the power of longing
Receive a heart chakra practice: Piercing the Heart of Longing
Understand “The Three Hearts”
Learn how Kundalini heals emotional wounds
Understand styles of devotion and the Goddesses Radha, Sita and Parvati
Practice finding the form of devotion that matches your unique self
Learn how to let the Goddess love you open

Module 6: Kundalini, the Ajna Chakra and the Goddesses of the Awakened Mind
(December 9)

The sixth chakra is not only the seat of the higher mind, it is also the doorway to liberated awareness. This class focuses on opening this center through meditation on awareness. By invoking the higher wisdom goddesses, we discover how to bring together the Inner Witness with the awakened heart.

In this module, you’ll:

Connect with Goddess Matangi and the grounding of higher wisdom
Study Chinnamasta: The Headless Goddess and the Wide-Open Mind
Expand your consciousness in the context of daily life
Develop a subtle understanding of Kundalini and the ego

Module 7: The Wisdom Goddess Enlightenment (December 16)

In the Kundalini tradition of Tantra, the awakened energy is absorbed back into the body, and the process of transformation culminates in a natural flowering of enlightened service. Yet, there are many stages on the path of enlightenment, and in this class, we’ll look at some of the most important milestones.

In this module, you’ll:

Learn to weave the love affair of knowledge and bliss
Study the phases of enlightened living
Develop your capacity for open-eyed Samadhi and the Bodhisattva ideal
Learn about how to engage in truly enlightened service
Open to Goddess Durga and the power of Enlightened Action

The Wisdom Goddess Empowerment Introductory Program is included!

This advanced program builds upon the core teachings from Sally’s “The Wisdom Goddess Empowerment” 7-module course. When you purchase the The Wisdom Goddess Empowerment Part 2 program, you get access to this powerful foundational program as well! You can complete this material at your leisure but it’s better to do so before the teachings in the 7-weeks begin.

The Wisdom Goddess Empowerment
Opening Transpersonal Gateways to Expand Your Capacity for Desire, Insight and Action
with Sally Kempton

In this 7-module transformational course, Sally skillfully guides you through seven goddess activations as they manifest in the world, in you – and as personified archetypes of wisdom and grace.

Each contemplation and training session builds harmoniously upon the next, so that you’ll develop a complete, holistic understanding of the practices, tools and principles you’ll need understand how to walk the line between manifestation of desire and surrender to the wisdoms of the goddesses.

Module 1
Opening the Inner Path of Love, Wisdom and Power: Making Direct Contact with the goddesses of the Hindu Tantra

Module 2
Embracing the goddess of Creative Possibility

Module 3
Empowering your Liberation: Kali the Awakener and Dissolver of Karmic Knots

Module 4
Receiving the Gifts of Life:
Lakshmi, Good Luck and the Power of Natural Abundance

Module 5
Your Word Is Fire: Dancing with Saraswati, goddess of Wisdom & Empowered Speech

Module 6
Learning to Release: Dhumavati and the Hidden Power Within Disappointment

Module 7
Awakening the Soul of Fulfillment: The Sacred Marriage of Masculine and Feminine

PLUS you get The “The Wisdom Goddess Empowerment Part 1”

Bonus Collection

Feminine Spirituality, Goddess Meditation and the Brain
Audio Dialogue with Sally Kempton and Joan Borysenko
Goddess Practice and the Heart of Tantra
Audio Dialogue with Sally Kempton and Rod Stryker
The Wisdom Goddess Empowerment Part 1 original price was $297. You receive it as part of your registration in this new program.

The Wisdom Goddess Empowerment (Part 2)
Bonus Collection

In addition to Sally’s transformative 7-week virtual course, you’ll also receive these powerful training sessions with the world’s leading visionaries and teachers. These bonus sessions are being offered to further complement what you’ll learn in the course – and take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level.

Kundalini and the Chakras
Audio Dialogue with Sally and Anodea Judith

In this special session, two experts on the inner world discuss the subtle body and how the energy of Kundalini helps awaken your chakras. Join Sally and Anodea as they unfold the perspectives of both yoga and depth psychology and explore the multi-leveled world of the chakras together.

Anodea Judith is the CEO of her own company, Sacred Centers, the author of half a million best-selling books and videos, and travels the world as a much-loved workshop presenter. Her first book, Wheels of Life, has sold a quarter-million copies in English alone, with translations in 15 other languages. Eastern Body, Western Mind is a ground-breaking book in transpersonal psychology, used in universities and healing trainings everywhere. Anodea holds a Doctorate in Mind-Body Medicine and a Master’s in Clinical Psychology.

Goddess Practice, Gender, and the Power of
the Feminine

In this intimate and wide-ranging conversation, philosopher Ken Wilber interviews Sally about her book, Awakening Shakti, and much more. They get deep into the nature and qualities of particular goddesses, as well as talking about neo-feminism, sacred feminism, and how goddess practice can illuminate our contemporary conversations about gender, as well as the relationships between women and men.

Ken Wilber is the most widely translated academic writer in America, with 25 books, translated into some 30 foreign languages. Ken is an internationally acknowledged leader and the preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development and is widely regarded as the “Einstein of consciousness.”

How the Mother and Evolution Dance Together
Audio Dialogue with Sally and Andrew Harvey

In this special session, Sally is joined by renowned author and teacher Andrew Harvey for a look at the role of the Great Mother in our individual and collective unfolding. Drawing on many diverse streams of spiritual wisdom, these two bright lights will help you move forward on your path with greater openness and understanding.

Andrew Harvey is an author, speaker and founder/director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability. He has written and edited over 30 books and received many awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Mind Body Spirit Award.

How Do You Worship the Goddess?
Audio Dialogue with Shiva Rea

In this special session, Sally is joined by world renowned teacher Shiva Rea as they unfold intimate details and insights from their own Goddess practices. With great authenticity and personal honesty, they discuss the role of devotion, how and why a woman has a unique relationship with her root chakra, and how the path of Shakti is expressed in ordinary (and extraordinary!) life. This bonus dialogue is a must-hear for women who want insight about feminine approach to yoga practice.

Shiva Rea, M.A. is a yogini firekeeper, sacred activist, global adventurer and leading innovator in the evolution of prana flow yoga, transformational vinyasa flow integrating the tantric bhakti roots of yoga, Krishnamacharya's teachings and a universal, quantum approach to the body. Shiva is known for bringing the roots of yoga alive for modern practitioners in creative, dynamic and life-transforming ways and for offering the synthesis form of prana flow out in the world.

What People Are Saying About Sally Kempton

Sally Kempton is a true gift to the yoga world, for she is able to communicate the living wisdom of meditation through her natural, engaging and flowing style...Sally awakens meditation from within..she enlivens the full spectrum of the goddess, from independent protector, to lover, to dynamic and powerful creatrix.
– Shiva Rea, Founder of Prana Flow Yoga and Author of Tending the Heart Fire

Sally Kempton has given us a mythic manual for a new kind of feminism – a feminism of the soul. And this is a good thing, because humanity needs feminine power now as both a healing tonic and a source of reinvention.
– Elizabeth Lesser, Co-Founder of Omega Institute, Author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

Sally Kempton is well-equipped to guide us on how to love our way to the divine life and the joyous oneness it epitomizes. I often recommend Sally to my own meditation students as a realized guide on the path of awakening. We are all blessed to have her and her genuine tantric lineage and teaching transmission in our lifetime.
– Lama Surya Das, Author of Natural Radiance and Buddha Standard Time

Sally Kempton is one of the great realized teachers on the meditation path, whose integral understanding of life merges seamlessly with her mastery of meditation. She is a guide for our time.
– Ken Wilber

The ancient science of Tantra is one of humankind’s most profound spiritual paths. However, for its sublime wisdom to truly come to life, it must be illumined by a master teacher, one who has directly experienced its sublime vision. Sally Kempton is such a teacher, a rare and precious gem for our modern age and a tangible link to the heart of Tantra.
– Rod Stryker

With her signature combination of sound research, personal experience and engaging storytelling, Kempton offers an authentic, experiential guide to working with 11 goddesses who embody the totality of life’s beauty and challenges. I recommend it highly!
– Constantina Rhodes, PhD, Author of Invoking Lakshmi: The Goddess of Wealth in Song and Ceremony

Here’s What You’ll Receive

Seven 90-Minute Class Sessions with Sally Kempton

Experience a rare opportunity to be mentored and learn with pioneering contemporary spiritual teacher Sally Kempton – from the comfort of your own home. Each class session includes renowned guest faculty, and helps you create the specific skills and abilities to gain insight and transform the way you act in the world by having access to the levels of power, via the goddesses.

Seven Audio Recordings of Each Class Session

After each class, the audio will be available to you to download in high quality MP3 format. This way, you’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can listen anytime and anywhere – on your iPod, in your car, and at your convenience.

Seven PDF Transcripts of Each Class Session

In addition to the high quality MP3 audios, you’ll also receive the entire class transcription in PDF format after each session is completed. This way you can review, print and highlight the most important insights and practices that you’ll learn.

Seven 30-Minute Interactive Group Practice Sessions

Following each class session there will be a live 30-minute interactive practice session, where you will be placed in an intimate group with several other participants on the conference call to interact, share and do additional practices to help further integrate the weekly lessons.

Interactive Exercises and Questions for Each Lesson

After each lesson, you will then have the option to do related exercises and answer questions in order to accelerate your learning and integrate each week’s lesson.

Online Community

Our exclusive, Facebook online community is the perfect place to continue your learning after each class. Here, you can ask additional questions, interact with your fellow students – and get access to additional resources to take your learning experience to an even deeper level.

The Wisdom Goddess Empowerment 7-Module course (Total Value $297)

When you sign up for this 7-week journey, you’ll get instant access to Sally’s 7-module online course taking you through the basics of his powerful teachings. You’ll also receive the bonus collection with audio dialogues with Joan Borysenko and Rod Stryker.

The Wisdom Goddess Empowerment
(Part 2) Bonus Collection

Kundalini and the Chakras
Audio Dialogue with Sally and Anodea Judith
Goddess Practice, Gender, and the Power of the Feminine
How the Mother and Evolution Dance Together
Audio Dialogue with Sally and Andrew Harvey
How Do You Worship the Goddess?
Audio Dialogue with Shiva Rea
An Unprecedented Opportunity to Join The Wisdom Goddess Empowerment (Part 2) Program

We, at The Shift Network, feel deeply honored that Sally Kempton has chosen to partner with us on this exclusive, LIVE online training. As you may know, this is a rare opportunity to learn directly from Sally Kempton, a respected scholar and spiritual teacher rooted in Hindu non-dual teachings whose recent book, Awakening Shakti, serves as a rallying call for a new wave of feminine mysticism that builds upon ancient tradition.

Through this powerful online format, you’ll not only save time and money on workshop costs (plus travel, accommodations and meals – which would cost thousands of dollars), you’ll also be able to benefit from Sally and her guests’ incredible teachings and exercises from the comfort of your home – at your own pace!

If you are serious about Kundalini in a devotional way, then you owe it to yourself, your loved ones – and our world – to take this one-of-a-kind training.

If you’re ready to take the next step in evolving yourself, click the register button below to reserve your space now.

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What Students of The Wisdom Goddess Course (Part 1) are saying about Sally Kempton

The profound journey I experienced in participating in Sally Kempton’s Wisdom Goddess Empowerment course through the Shift Network, has totally revolutionized my spiritual practice, my relationship to myself and my own inner energies, and my experience of the Divine Feminine, both in specific forms and as Shakti itself — the all encompassing power. As a long time meditator and spiritual practitioner of over 15 years in a Kundalini based spiritual tradition, the transmission of wisdom, power, and spiritual experience that Sally brings to her course students is on par with the most enlightened of spiritual masters. I have been completely blown away! Sally brings this incredible spiritual potency in a deeply human and relatable way with a tremendous level of personal experience along with humor, compassion and wit. Her personal integrity is palpable! And I was astounded by how she met each of the course participants in non-judgmental and uniquely skillful way, connecting to each individual, whether beginners or long time sadhakas. I look forward to her next course and to deepening my spiritual journey with her and the wonderful community of seekers that gather in her courses. My deepest gratitude to Sally, of which no words are adequate. And many thanks to the course moderator Nadirah Adeye, and to the Shift Network for providing this course in such an easily accessible and affordable way. I say thank you again and again!
– Brian Buczynski Ringoes, NJ, USA

Sally’s capacity to sincerely support others in enlivening sacred feminine energy and awakening deepening insights about the dance with Shakti in their own lives is remarkable. These facilitated encounters with each of the great Hindu Goddesses are so deeply personal and transpersonal that one is deeply moved and uniquely changed through each meeting. I would highly recommend this particular course to anyone who feels truly called to wake up and deeply celebrate their fuller potentials.
– Deanna S. Kenora, Ontario, Canada

This course with Sally Kempton was even better than I had envisaged. Sally’s remarkable grounding and deep spirituality makes her take us on a deep journey ~ and navigate the complex world of the goddesses with ease. She has such a loving and giving heart. She truly embodies what she teaches. I was immensely benefited by this course.
– Sukhvinder Srikar, Kolkata, India

This course has truly met it’s stated goal in my life as it did awaken, and opened my inner eye to recognize this world as an expression of the Divine. I am now moving with greater ease power, integrity and clarity in my daily life. I felt true grief when I opened up the final email saying the class was over. I have sat under many teachers but none that I loved as much as Sally. I will miss the weekly calls with her.
– Lynda Meeder Santa Cruz, CA

Sally Kempton has been walking the path of transformation, love and learning for decades; she has had a great teacher that comes from a strong lineage. I love her straightforwardness and gentleness and that the most mundane question is treated and met by the same curiosity and love by her as the lofty ones. If you are in search of love, light , knowledge, any kind of opening and healing, this course can only benefit you. Make a nice place to sit for meditation and the benefits will only multiply. She is a Gem and so is the Goddess, and you’ll see: so are You!
– Lilla Kultsar, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Sally Kempton is a rare gem. Here is a guru who is authentic, wise and has a deep understanding of the Goddess traditions and life in the modern world. She has a rare gift of expression, getting to the core in simple to understand practical lessons. Whether one is a beginner or an advanced yogi, I think will benefit immensely from her wisdom. Our generation is so fortunate to have her guidance and blessings. Thank you to the Shift network for offering such a profoundly transformative course. I am looking forward to deepening my practices in the next course.
– Madhavi Kadiyala, New York

The Wisdom Goddess Empowerment course introduced me to several goddesses I was not familiar with and reacquainted me with the ones I do know. The depth of the material was perfect. I will be returning to the meditations, mantras and recordings again and again. I have been skeptical about e-courses because in the past they have been so general, I didn't feel I was learning anything new. This course is so well organized and filled with very relevant materials.
– Nancy, Springfield, IL

Actively listening to and meditating with Sally, and participating on my own, through the archived material on our course homepage, resulted in a Deepening awareness of the Goddesses appearing to me in the form of humans and animals with needs I could comprehend and serve. My open heart magnetized the Higher and Wider path to embodying the Love which the Divine Feminine is calling me forth. I am so grateful for the renewed sense of serving ALL.
– Edie Monaghan, Vero, FL, USA

The wisdom goddess course with Sally Kempton was a deep and life transforming energetic experience of divine shakti. This is something that has been revived within my body , mind and soul. Sally's transmissions were so sweet and you can feel that this is a very safe environment for spiritual awakening. I never realized how deep and real these shaktis of divine mother were, until I was given the proper guidance by Sally to be aware of divine mother within and everywhere.
– Nalini Devi Ganapati, Los Angeles, California.

Sally Kempton brings a wealth of knowledge, experience & her own relationship to the Goddesses which gives her teachings an incredibly gentle, clear & tangible quality. I have been following the Goddess for 20+ years & I learned & gained so much from this course. I will continue to explore the material & practice with the different Goddesses for many years to come. I absolutely loooove & treasure the full experience of this course; what a beautiful opening into soul filled work that will continue to unfold over time. A thousand blessings & rose petals to Sally Kempton & The Shift Network for this incredible experience!
– Pamela Venus, Cleveland, OH

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a virtual course?
A: It’s a great way to engage live teachings and each other from the comfort of your home! All you need is a phone line (or an equivalent voice service). If there is more than one person in your household taking the course, you will each need your own line. We use MaestroConference to make it just like an in-person event, where you can ask questions, participate in groups, and deepen your exploration of the course themes.

Please note that dialing MaestroConference from your phone is a regular toll call to California, and your telephone service provider will charge you according to your existing long-distance calling plan. You can also use Skype credit/subscription or Google Voice to dial in to MaestroConference, and you’ll need to use your virtual keypad to enter your PIN and to indicate that you want to ask a question. Other options include calling cards and discount long-distance carriers, and we also have a webcast which is free to use from anywhere in the world.

Q: Can I get benefit from the course if I miss the live classes?
A: Absolutely! You can download the recordings and transcripts of all course sessions from our online media archive, so you never need to worry about missing live calls. You can also engage the full community and leaders on our private community website.

Q: Can you tell me about the Private Course Group?
A: We will have a private community group for all course participants on Facebook that will support you in making connections with others, sharing insights, engaging in discussions, completing homework assignments and exchanging information about events and other activities that can supplement your transformational journey. You’ll have the ability to share your experiences, projects, and growth throughout the Course.

Q: Are there scholarships available for this Training?
A: Yes, we always make a certain percentage of spaces available for partial scholarships, giving preference to those in developing countries or doing important but underpaid work to which they can apply the training material immediately. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please review our guidelines, which include a link to our online application form.

Q: What is your refund policy?
A: Your satisfaction with The Shift Network and this course is our highest priority! If you find that the course is not meeting your needs, please visit our support site and submit a request at support.theshiftnetwork.com so that we can address your concerns. We offer a satisfaction guarantee for a full two weeks so that you can try out the course risk-free. The deadline to receive a full refund is before the start of the third class on November 18. To request a refund please click on this refund request form and fill out a short form about the reasons for your return. Your request will be processed within three days and we will send you a personal reply on the status of your refund.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Replay of Sally Kempton--Tuesday, October 21, 5:30 Pacific--A Must Listen!!! 

I just listened to a one hour broadcast from The Shift Network by Sally Kempton--Dancing with the Goddess Kundalini.  I cannot recommend this replay highly enough.  It was, in short, the best presentation on Kundalini that I have ever heard.  Sally dispels old myths, offers meaningful practices (for me these were themselves transmissions of sacred energies) and  insightful comments on the role of Kundalini and the Goddess in human evolution.  And--I just enrolled in her upcoming webinar course on Dancing with the Goddess, part 2.  Listen to the free replay as described below:

Dear Dorothy Walters,

What an incredible call we had earlier today with Sally Kempton! I loved how she vividly described her first Kundalini awakening, which opened her to an entirely new mental and spiritual state...

Her journey is a powerful model for the rest of us, especially in dispelling all the myths around Kundalini. Instead of being an "unruly" even destructive force as some people believe, Kundalini is purifying and transformative, especially as we shift from seeing it as an unconscious "it" that needs to be controlled to a "She" filled with loving sentience that is service to our growth.

I found myself literally rewiring my beliefs about my body, and energy on the call. I've never even considered the subtle sensations of breathing as being a caress of the Goddess! While it might be easy on the surface to dismiss that perception of sentience, when you dive with Sally into the depths, as you have, it's very clear this opens up a whole new realm of embodied, reverential spiritual practice.

If you missed the event, Dancing with Goddess Kundalini: How to Tap Your Primal Energy of Liberation, not to worry--we'll be hosting an encore at 5:30 Pacific | 8:30 Eastern next Tuesday, October 21st.

Here's how you call in: 

Encore Presentation 
Dancing With Goddess Kundalini 
With Sally Kempton 

Tuesday, October 21st 
5:30pm Pacific | 8:30 pm Eastern 

Connect to the webcast at http://InstantTeleseminar.com/?eventid=60040731 
Or dial (425) 440-5100 and enter the PIN 862166# 

In addition to sharing practices to transform your consciousness and open to direct mystical experiences that deliver wisdom and spiritual knowledge AND create a more sensuous relationship with your body as well as deeper levels of sexuality, Sally touched on key teachings and offered some practices from her upcoming seven-week Wisdom Goddess Empowerment (Part Two) Unfolding the Goddess Within: Kundalini & the Awakening of the Divine Human

This program will go into lived practice of working the Kundalini as an actual Goddess practice, something passed down by generations of Tantric adepts.

Because the response was so off-the-charts for Sally's recent Wisdom Goddess Empowerment Part 1, we wanted to open the door to taking this journey to new people like yourself, while also giving you the chance to learn all the foundations of Goddess practice from the Wisdom Goddess Empowerment Part 1. So we've bundled the recent program AND the new one together for you at a special price, allowing you to enter into a veritable initiation into Goddess practice.

If you choose join Sally for this new training, beginning November 4th, you'll have an opportunity to develop a deep relationship with the evolutionary force of Kundalini energy and receive powerful practices that are safe and purifying, benign and powerful!

Even better, if you enroll by midnight Pacific TONIGHT, you'll receive a cool bonus audio session: Sally's recorded conversation with Swami Chetanananda, "Kundalini, Tantra and the Expansion of Your Own Powers."

The unfolding of kundalini gives you access to abilities that you may not fully understand. In this powerful dialogue with Sally, Swami Chetanananda, a kundalini yoga and tantric master discusses the tantric approach to yoga and how to work with the abilities that kundalini unfolds.

This also incentivizes you to sign up soon so you can catch up with WGE 1. To get the extra bonus, you'll need to register for the seven-week training by midnight tonight: Unfolding the Goddess Within: Kundalini & the Awakening of the Divine Human

And once again, if you missed the live call today, join us for the juicy encore presentation with Sally on Tuesday!

  In spirit,
Stephen Dinan


Friday, October 17, 2014

Andrew Harvey and Terry Patton in dialogue--This Sunday 

from Beyond Awakening

Please join us for:
Andrew Harvey:
“Reckless Love and Friendship at the Edge”
Sunday, October 19th
at 10 a.m. Pacific

Dear Dorothy,

Recently I recorded a conversation with the astoundingly eloquent and learned, mystical poet-on-the-fly Andrew Harvey. We’ve entitled that dialogue "Reckless Love and Friendship at the Edge" and we’ll be broadcasting it on Sunday, October 19th at 10am Pacific.

Andrew and I have always been able to converse frankly and passionately and catalytically. And yet over the last few months our practice of “sacred conversation” has begun to venture more and more boldly, wildly, and fruitfully into edgy, unknown territory. So we decided to start recording our conversations, and also to begin to teach together (we’ll be co-leading a 4-day seminar in the San Francisco Bay Area, March 5-8, 2015. More on that soon).

This is the first of these “basement tapes” — and the conversation ranges widely, probing into a number of the most alive and edgy topics we’ve been contemplating in our exploration of “what really matters”.

You'll hear us discuss practicing with metabolizing the horrors in the daily news (it took place during the surge of ISIS’s atrocities), the evolution of contemporary spirituality, a frank and passionate exchange on the sacred, catalytic, tantric, alchemical nature of sexuality, and a contemplation of the subtle nature of anxiety, and the process of facing and transmuting the deep biologically-based anxiety that operates in the very cells of the body.

I hope you'll listen in to this vibrant conversation where Andrew and I drop more deeply into our own friendship and the catalytic nature of the conversation itself, making it an offering to the evolution of love and dharma.

I’ve written a blog which further details what you'll be hearing here.

To our evolution,
  How to Participate:
Andrew Harvey

"Reckless Love and Friendship at the Edge"

Sunday, October 19 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific*

*Find your local time

Listen live by phone or online, or download the recording anytime.

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To listen live by phone, dial: (425) 440-5100
[alternate #: (501) 707-0312]

Then, enter Access Code: 272072#

To listen live online go here.

To download the audio after the teleseminar is complete go to the Beyond Awakening Audio Page

Join the Dialogue: About one hour into the dialogue, we'll open up the lines and you'll have the opportunity to interact with us directly over the phone or via Instant Message. Here's what to do:

1.  To interact live by voice, dial into the conference line and wait until we ask for questions

2.  Send us your question via Instant Message in the teleseminar window in the webcast interface on your computer

Connect with us! You can always join the dialogue, before and after all the Beyond Awakening dialogues by posting your questions and comments on our Beyond Awakening blog .

You can also engage with Beyond Awakening's many fans, on our Facebook page.

About Andrew Harvey:

Andrew Harvey is an author, speaker and founder/director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability.

No one brings together the world's wisdom traditions in such a potent and timely way as Andrew Harvey. Perhaps it’s because in many ways he has lived them. He was born in South India and lived there until he was nine, which he credits with shaping his sense of the inner unity of all religions and providing him with a permanent and inspiring vision of a world infused with the sacred.

As a young man, disillusioned with Oxford, he returned to his native India, where a series of mystical experiences initiated his spiritual journey. Over the next thirty years he plunged into different mystical traditions to learn their secrets and practices, including studying Hinduism, undertaking the Mahayana Buddhist Bodhisattva vows, and engaging an exploration and explication of Rumi and Sufi mysticism in Paris with a group of French Sufis. He also has a rich, scholarly knowledge and deep personal experience of the meanings behind the Gnostic Gospels and Christian Mysticism.

He has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The California Institute of Integral Studies, and the University of Creation Spirituality as well as at various spiritual centers throughout the U.S.

He was the subject of the 1993 BBC film documentary The Making of a Modern Mystic and appears also in Rumi Turning Ecstatic and The Consciousness of the Christ: Reclaiming Jesus for A New Humanity.

He has also worked with the great Iranian Sufi dancer, Banafsheh Sayyad, in producing a film, In the Fire of Grace, which marries Sufi inspired dances to the stages of Rumi’s understanding of the path of Divine love.

He has written and edited over 30 books and received many awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Mind Body Spirit Award.
To listen to all the Beyond Awakening dialogues, please visit our audio archive page, where you can browse, preview and download our complete collection of dialogues.
About Our Host:

Terry Patten co-developed Integral Life Practice with Ken Wilber and a core team at Integral Institute. He hosts the acclaimed online teleseminar series Beyond Awakening: The Future of Spiritual Practice. He speaks and consults internationally—inspiring, challenging, and connecting leaders and institutions worldwide.

In his cutting-edge writings, talks and teaching, he not only inspires transcendental awakening, love and freedom, but calls us to accept and incarnate our full humanity. He was the senior writer and co-author, with Ken Wilber, of Integral Life Practice: A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening. His 8-session course, Integral Spiritual Practice guides students step-by-step in establishing a heart-centered do-able daily integral practice. His personal web site is http://www.terrypatten.com/

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What are these words
woven into
the tapestry of my

What shall I do
now that I am become
a piece torn from
an unknown script?

What music plays
through the instrument
that is who I am?

How is it that I am become
a song
whispered into god’s ear?

Dorothy Walters
October 11, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Melted in that Fire--poem by Dorothy 

Melted in that fire

I am willing to be melted in that fire.
To be singed into  a vapor of joy,
to be shaped into a thing
that floats like a rainbow
over the wavering lakes and hills below.

Clouds for my companions,
sun’s rays for my food.

My heart a transparent
 blossoming of love.

Dorothy Walters
February 17, 2011

Andrew Harvey live today 

Dear Dorothy Walters,

I just wanted to give you a quick reminder that later today at 5:00pm Pacific, you can join renowned scholar-mystic Andrew Harvey for a free LIVE Q&A call about his upcoming Divine Human training.

In this course, which he sees as his most important offering yet, Andrew distills decades of writings, teachings and his own walk through the fires of divinization and journey of sacred service.

Here's how you join him for this special hour:
Connect to the webcast at http://instantteleseminar.com/?eventid=61176810
Or dial (425) 440-5100 (find local numbers) and enter the PIN 862166#

During the call, he'll share more about his seven-week training (which starts October 21) and answer your big questions about what it takes to unveil and embody the Divine Human within you.

Andrew is known for his passionate teachings, which inspire profound openings, mind-expanding recognitions and a path of transformation that is a full-being experience that embraces the body, mind and soul. (Marianne Williamson says "the light he sheds is like a meteor burst across the inner sky.")

He synthesizes the gems from Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sufism, Shamanism AND divine feminine traditions. He's courageously entered his own profound, shattering and liberating initiation into birthing the Divine Human within himself -- making him a compassionate, informed guide for your own journey of awakening to an embodied divinity.

I do hope you'll tune in for this special Q&A session with him.

Also, I wanted to remind you that if you register for Andrew's Divine Human training by midnight Pacific TONIGHT, you'll also receive a powerful bonus video: "Yoga as Embodied Prayer," in which Andrew guides you through a 75-minute, full-spectrum yoga, prayer and meditation practice so that you can more fully integrate and embody all aspects of your conscious being.

It's a beautiful addition to your daily spiritual practice and, of course, a way to really deepen your Divine Human journey over the seven weeks.

I do hope you'll be on today's call, so you can learn more about this passion-filled heart-opening journey to your own divinity.

You can also find all the details and enroll here: The Divine Human: Living and Embodying the Next Stage of Your Evolution

  In spirit,
Stephen Dinan

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stranger at the Door 

Stranger at the Door

Indeed, the Spirit wants to touch you,
kiss you, hold you in Her arms.

In fact, She is longing to enter
your very being, streaming through
blood and vessels,
claiming your cheeks and hands.

She moves stealthily,
bold thief entering when
you are asleep,
beside you when you wake.

She is your other Self ,
your double,
your twin,
the stranger who
arrives at the door
after such a long journey
and is recognized at last.

Dorothy Walters
October 11, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sally Kempton--free seminar--October 18--"Dancing with Kundalini" 

I cannot recommend this free teleseminar highly enough!  Sally is a wonderful person and a marvelous writer--someone who knows the Kundalini experience from her own life journey.  For many years she trained as a monk with Muktananda.  Then she left ashram life and went into the world to offer her message.  She is one of the few spiritual teachers I know of who offers authentic teachings about Kundalini from her own life experience.
Here is the info about the teleseminar:  LISTEN  If you register, you will get a free mp3 download so you can listen later.  As for me, I feel the energies flow softly just by reading this description.  Namaste!

FREE Teleseminar: Dancing with Kundalini

Dear Ones,

I'm very excited to let you know that on Saturday, October 18, at 10 AM Pacific, 1 PM Eastern, I'll be offering a FREE teleseminar class called Dancing with Kundalini: How to Tap the Primal Energy of Liberation. You can register for it here. (Even if you can't make the original call, if you register, you'll be able to download it for free later in the week.)

Kundalini is the subtle evolutionary energy hidden within every human being. When awakened, it literally transforms us from within. In fact, Kundalini is the true secret of human evolution--not to mention the key to mystical experience.

For me, the awakening of Kundalini was a life-changing event. It opened my meditation, kindled my capacity for love, help heal my psychological wounds, and led me on a path of miraculous synchronicities that has been unfolding ever since.

Yet so many people miss the opportunity to fully experience this awakening simply because they are confused by the myths that surround Kundalini and its unfoldment!

In this free teleseminar, I'll be dispelling these myths--particularly the three common misunderstandings about Kundalini that may be keeping you from realizing her capacity to power your inner evolution. You can register here: https://shiftnetwork.isrefer.com/go/gkSK/sallykempton/

Over the years, as I've practiced and taught others to practice with kundalini, I've discovered how the deepest secrets of the mystics, and the most powerful psychological healings are powered by her awake presence. I've learned how powerfully available she is to all of us, especially during this time of accelerated evolution.

In fact, I've come to understand how she holds the keys to true spiritual freedom as well as loving service to the world.

This free class will dive deeply into the mystical (and practical!) significance of Kundalini in human evolution, especially how she impacts the process of spiritual awakening. Then, I'll guide you in a core practice both for awakening your own Kundalini, and for dancing with her energy as it unfolds.

And we'll look at how Kundalini is actually the secret inner form of the sacred feminine--the form of the Wisdom Goddess within every human being. The more you understand this, the more powerfully you can partner with her, and the more she unfolds your unique gifts and tunes you to your deep Self.

Even if you can't be present of Saturday's call, if you register you'll be able to download it after the class.

On this call, you'll learn how to tap into the power of your Kundalini to:

Channel its evolutionary power to transform your consciousness and open direct mystical experiences that deliver wisdom and spiritual knowledge
Open to a more sensuous relationship with your body and deeper levels of sexuality and health
Dissolve the sense of separation between you and God as you begin to see the Divine manifesting in your own body
Recognize your own awakenings and make the most of them.
I hope you can join me for what promises to be a profound discussion, in which we'll approach this sacred subject in a way that can significantly impact your own practice. I'll talk about my own experience; tell you what it means to practice with this powerful inner energy, and show you how to recognize your own awakenings and make the most of them. This call is FREE, and open to all of you.

You just have to register here: https://shiftnetwork.isrefer.com/go/gkSK/sallykempton/ I encourage you to register even if you can't be present for the live call, because when you register you'll get access to the mp3 download!

With love,

Sally Kempton teaches at the cutting edge of ancient and contemporary wisdom, unfolding the energetic practices of the tantrikas in an atmosphere that creates space for real inner change. A former swami in a Vedic tradition, she has been teaching for nearly 40 years and is known for her powerful transmissions of meditative states. Sally is the author of the recently released Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga and the best-selling book Meditation for the Love of It. She also writes a popular column, Wisdom, for Yoga Journal.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Another Turning 

Another Turning

Another turning of the cycle,
and what has happened?
The trees,
yellow, scarlet,
flaring in the crisp air,
the plants going underground
where the dark mysteries lie,
everything in readiness
for the long sleep

Whatever happens,
we know that we will bear witness,
in this and perhaps even another year—
our own mysteries unveiling
even as the snow blankets
the world we see from
our window,
things we love
and others we did not wish to know,
the scent of blue smoke in the air,
birds departing,
and the wind crying lamentations
down the chimneys
such as people used to have.

Dorothy Walters
October 11, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

Repeat of Andrew Harvey--tomorrow, 10:00 a.m. Pacific time 

(If you missed the first presentation, here is your chance to listen again.  Message from Shift Network)

Dear Dorothy Walters,

I just wanted to remind you that the special encore presentation of Andrew Harvey's Becoming a Divine Human is tomorrow, October 11, at 10:00am Pacific.

You can tune in to the call here:

Connect to the webcast at http://InstantTeleseminar.com/?eventid=60528855
Or dial (425) 440-5100 and enter the PIN 6498523#

For those of you who know and love Andrew, you'll be delighted that this powerful online event is especially filled with the love, passion and inspiring wisdom that this renowned mystic-scholar and activist is known for.

And, for those who have not had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful, lucid, and deeply awake soul, I know that you will be quite moved by his teachings, which stirred a powerful response in listeners.

Andrew's invitation, during this truly heart-opening hour, is nothing short of joining him in the journey into your own divinization -- your Divine Human potential.

When we open to seeing everything with the eyes of God, including all of ourselves, our heart reaches to embrace and deeply love all of life, evolving us to our next natural stage, which is to incarnate more and more of our higher nature.

This journey to awakening and embodying our divinity can be successfully taken through integrating wisdom teachings from multiple traditions -- the four streams Andrew shares about in this recorded hour AND which he will delve into much more deeply in his upcoming course: The Divine Human: Living and Embodying the Next Stage of Your Evolution.

Here is a taste of what Andrew shares on the call about the power of a spiritual path walked with guidance gleaned through these teachings:

Listen to 8-minute clip >> from Becoming a Divine Human with Andrew Harvey

I do hope you take the time to listen to this clip. It just may provide you with the very insights you need to begin to take your spiritual awakening and sacred activism to the next level.

You can also learn more about Andrew's new training (that starts October 21) by listening to the full encore presentation tomorrow. And, you can find out more about the course and register right away at The Divine Human: Living and Embodying the Next Stage of Your Evolution.

This course is Andrew at his most potent. He considers these teachings as the fruition of a lifetime of scholarship, initiation and teachings. If you give yourself the gift of this journey into the Divine with him, I'm certain that you'll be very, very grateful.

  In spirit,
Stephen Dinan
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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Is it the Night of Becoming? 

Is it the Night of Becoming?
(Modeled after a poem by Bibi Hayati, early 19th century Iranian poet)

Is it the night of becoming,
or only the touch of your hand
across my face?

In the manuscript of awakening,
is it the key words
or only the shadow
of your pen?

Is it the roses
in the secret garden of your soul
or only the pines
rising before you?

Is it the perfume
of the forest
or the scent of
the breeze that caries you?

Is it the mountain lightening
whitening the landscape
or the brilliant rays
of your eyes?
My longing and sighing
or the steady beat of your  heart?

Is it the wine of
a ritual celebration
or the intoxication
of your presence?
Is it your all seeing vision
or the magic you weave
when you come?

Is this a hallowed sanctuary
or a place of ignorant passion?
Is it the moment of union
or only a mistaken dream?

Always I seek
to be close to you,
longing to see
your hidden face.

Dorothy Walters
October 8, 2014

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Denise Levertov--Concurrence 


Each day's terror, almost
a form of boredom-- madmen
at the wheel and
stepping on the gas and
the brakes no good --
and each day one,
sometimes two, morning-glories,
faultless, blue, blue sometimes
flecked with magenta, each
lit from within with
the first sunlight.

- Denise Levertov

Monday, October 06, 2014

Andrew Harvey---Becoming the Divine Human 

This teleseminar is free!  You can sign up on the Shift Network at https://shiftnetwork.isrefer.com/go/bdhAH/andrew/  The time is Wednesday, October 8, 2014
5:30pm Pacific / 8:30pm Eastern
and you will also receive a recording of the event!

(from Dorothy): I cannot recommend this presentation strongly enough.  To become a "divine human" is the ultimate goal of virtually all spiritual paths.  The notion is central to such traditions as alchemy, caballa (adam kadman), and such writers as Teilhard de Chardin and Gopi Krishna, as well as those he mentions below.  All view the process of transformation as an evolutionary phenomenon, and feel that it arises when one undergoes the stages of spiritual awakening .  Andrew's approach combines several of these traditions and offers a valuable description of each.
Although Andrew himself does not explore the role of Kundalini in this process, I feel that it is central to all of these approaches--when one accesses the sweet flow of the inner energies, one feels a step closer to becoming a "divine human."

(from Andrew):

Have you hungered for a complete approach to spiritual awakening – one that fuses Heaven and Earth, masculine and feminine, stillness and action into one alchemical path?

Dear Friends,

If you are committed to spiritual growth and real worldly service, then I have an extraordinary invitation for you.

I will be speaking about the next stage of human evolution that we are now entering, which I call the “birth of the divine human.”

I see this as a fiery, yet tender, path leading to the heart of divinized relationships –– with God, with the Earth, even with your intimate relationships.

By embracing this transformation, you can experience a sacred evolutionary shift that realigns your body, mind and soul.

I will be sharing some of my most important insights into activating this new life of awakened action and enlightened service in a FREE teleseminar event on Wednesday, October 8, called Becoming a Divine Human: How to Access the 4 Initiatory Streams and Experience the Next Stage of Evolution.

Learn more and reserve your space here: https://shiftnetwork.isrefer.com/go/bdhAH/andrew/

During this free call event, I will share:

• Why 4 initiatory streams are required to become a divine human (shamanic, tantric, transcendent and sacred activism)
• The actual stages of the path, drawing from evolutionary traditions like Kabbalah, Shaivism, Sufism and Hinduism
• The inner science of transfiguration, and how to navigate the “dark night of the soul”
• How to marry spiritual practice and sacred action to heal the world
• An “I Am” practice from Ramana Maharishi that will center you in this new potential

I will show you how to walk a path that is sublime, humble and transcendently wise — leading the way to a passionately engaged life.

This is not a journey for everyone. It is truly a sacred calling for those committed to awakening to the Divine in all things and being in service from
this potent and love-filled place.

Learn more and save your space here for this exciting event (a recording will be provided with your FREE registration): https://shiftnetwork.isrefer.com/go/bdhAH/andrew/



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