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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Celebrating the New Year--dropping the ball of light 

Several years ago I happened to be in New York City on New Year's Eve and witnessed the dropping of the giant ball of light in Times Square.  I thought this was an odd tradition but had no idea where it originated or what its history was.  Now, all these years later, I finally found the answer and thought I would share the information with others who also might be puzzled by this unusual practice.

I suppose that if we wanted to read this practice as metaphor, we might interpret it as representing the  awakening spiritual light of the coming year, which descends from above and is shattered to cover the entire earth.

The Times Square celebration dates back to 1904, when The New York Times opened its headquarters on Longacre Square. The newspaper convinced the city to rename the area "Times Square," and they hosted a big party, complete with fireworks, on New Year's Eve. Some 200,000 people attended, but the paper's owner, Adolph Ochs, wanted the next celebration to be even splashier. In 1907, the paper's head electrician constructed a giant lighted ball that was lowered from the building's flagpole. The first Times Square Ball was made of wood and iron, weighed 700 pounds, and was lit by a hundred 25-watt bulbs. Now, it's made of Waterford crystal, weighs almost six tons, and is lit by more than 32,000 LED lights. The party in Times Square is attended by up to a million people every year.

Other cities have developed their own ball-dropping traditions. Atlanta, Georgia, drops a giant peach. Eastport, Maine, drops a sardine. Ocean City, Maryland, drops a beach ball, and Mobile, Alabama, drops a 600-pound electric Moon Pie. In Tempe, Arizona, a giant tortilla chip descends into a massive bowl of salsa. Brasstown, North Carolina, drops a Plexiglas pyramid containing a live possum; and Key West, Florida, drops an enormous ruby slipper with a drag queen inside it.

(from The Writer's Almanac)

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Clarissa Pinkola Estes--We Were Made for These Times 

We Were Made For These Times
Clarissa Pinkola Estes

My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.

I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able vessels in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never before in the history of humankind.

Look out over the prow; there are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. Even though your veneers may shiver from every wave in this stormy roil, I assure you that the long timbers composing your prow and rudder come from a greater forest. That long-grained lumber is known to withstand storms, to hold together, to hold its own, and to advance, regardless.

In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. There is a tendency, too, to fall into being weakened by dwelling on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails.

We are needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear. Didn't you say you were a believer? Didn't you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater? Didn't you ask for grace? Don't you remember that to be in grace means to submit to the voice greater?

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.

What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these - to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.

Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.
There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.

The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours. They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.

By Clarissa Pinkola Estes
American poet, post-trauma specialist and Jungian psychoanalyst, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

One person's Kundalini experience 

I received the following from a correspondent recently.  It is yet another example of the possible effects of Kundalini arousal.  The writer is obviously not a native English speaker, so please overlook any grammatical errors.

Hello Dorothy

My experience was the most frightening and exciting at the same time. I was 30 years old . I thought I was losing my mind and I felt a feminine presence near but I couldn't see nobody. I felt at this moment that I was more than flesh and bones. We're all made of that powerful and divine energy. I wish it could've last forever but that mysterious event was there to teach me something. Almost 10 years after the awakening I still don't have all the answers but I changed for the better. I became more spiritual and a bit psychic.
Sensitive to energies and people around me, like I can read them easily. I became more positive . Close friends told me that they can feel my energy as if my frequency is vibrating higher than normal. I was told also that my presence my voice or my laughter can heal people in a certain way... Every day I learn a bit more about this event and about myself...

Thanks Dorothy

Monday, December 28, 2015

Sally Kempton plus interview with Andrew Harvey 

(Andrew Harvey speaks today on BATGAP (Buddha at the Gas Pump): 4:30 Pacific Time.    


And here is an excerpt from Sally Kempton's newsletter:)

Sally Kempton is one of my all time favorite spiritual teachers.  Here are some thoughts she is offering for the New Year:

And I'm finding that my main practice right now—and I'm offer it to you as a perfect practice for this or any time—is to stop every half hour or so to attend to the felt sense of the present moment. In  Leonard Cohen's song "Anthem", he sings that haunting line, "There is a crack in everything/That's how the light gets in." I like to think that the crack he's talking about is just this: the natural opening into presence and light that can emerge from moments of pausing. In the Freedom, Ecstasy, and Awakening class we just completed, we spoke a lot about the Gap, the openness that arises when we focus on the "place" where one movement or breath or thought ends, and before the next one begins. One of the simplest acts of true meditation is to return again and again to that pause, that gap. Attending to the space between things, we invite Shakti to give us a glimpse of her face as the heart of reality.

To invite that space to arise is what the "Stop" practice is all about.  In this busy season, this time of recapitulation and karmic wrap-up and celebration, you can use "Stop" as a kind of mantric command to the mind, an inner dharma bell that can be rung at any moment.

A moment is enough. In the middle of a computer task, during a conversation, wrapping presents, eating, dancing, washing the dishes, buckling your seat belt, offering prayers for the beings touched by the painful and tragic events in the world, coloring a picture with a child—in the middle of whatever you're doing, you can remind yourself, "Stop" and notice the space that arises.

The sages of Kashmir Shaivism called it the madhya—a Sanskrit word that just means "middle" or "center"—the doorway into Reality that they remind us to look for by focusing inside the natural pauses in the flow of life—between one breath or another, between one thought or another, or between one moment and another. In Thich Nhat Han's ashram, they ring a bell every hour to remind people to just stop. And even though we normally don't pay a lot of attention to those moments, they really can irradiate our days.

The present moment, as so many great teachers tell us, is the only moment we can actually practice. The present moment—the place we enter when we pay attention to the pause—is also the only state from which we can make meaningful change. I know you've heard this before. But if you're anything like me, you might need to remind yourself again and again that the time to do your inner work is right now, in this moment—no matter how inconvenient it seems and no matter how much else you have going on!

People often ask me whether one technique is better than another. Is mantra better than focusing on breath? Is self-inquiry better than mantra? Which mantra is the best one? Truly, the best technique for each of us is the one that we can follow into the space between past and future, into the Awareness/Presence/Love that soaks us when we fall into the present moment. It's true that some techniques are more direct, more cut-to-the-chase than others. But what matters is that you let whatever practice you do dissolve your distractions long enough to taste the spacious grace that is always lurking in the gap between past and future, where what you always truly are is waiting to be felt, and realized, and lived.

May the New Year bring you awakenings, love, and innumerable gifts and blessings!

Here's what's happening in the next few months:

January 13-February 24, 2016
Teleclass: Kundalini, The Inner Goddess; The Transformation of Your Consciousness

Our next teleclass, will be a 7 week immersion in Kundalini Shakti, the inner force that is the true power behind both awakening and spiritual progress. Kundalini is the so-called 'coiled power', the form of life energy that when activated, transforms our karmic pattern and impels our practice, our creativity, and our ability to break through obstacles. Some people believe that an awakened or partially awakened Kundalini is the secret behind the work of great artists and thinkers. Its certainly the secret of yogic awakenings. In my experience, the shifts that change our life are nearly always impelled by this inner power.

Kundalini changed my life, literally "rebirthed" me. And Kundalini is widely misunderstood in todays yoga world. That's why I give this course, which I believe cannot only give you important information about how this power works, but can also kindle and deepen your experience of the inner power.

Each of the seven classes includes deep, experienceable transmissions, meditations, knowledge from the tantric sages about the relationship of each chakra to your awakening, myth-busting teachings, and life-transforming understandings and opportunities to explore for yourself how the awakened Shakti unfolds in your personal an individual.

Click here to register and for more information.

April 3-8, 2016
Spring Retreat at Mt Madonna
Meditation and the Eye of Shiva/Shakti: Living as Your Divine Human Self

This year's Mt Madonna Retreat is a full immersion in deep meditation in the tradition of the tantric sages. We'll explore key practices from the Shiva Sutras and the Vijnana Bhairava as they apply to contemporary practitioners. We'll delve deeply into self-inquiry. We'll find out what it means to each one of us, personally, to surrender to the divine. We'll explore the tastes of the Self both in stillness and in action. We'll look at what it means to free ourselves from karma. We'll explore consciousness as a focal point of meditation, and deepen our immersion into mantra as it unfolds in the inner body. The retreat will culminate with a celebration of the first two days of Navaratri, sacred to Kali, the Goddess of Transformation.

You'll learn:

meditations for self-recognition, for healing, and for empowerment
the true secret of deepening your practice
how to integrate direct self-inquiry with devotional mantra practice
exploring the inner body as a sacred abode
using a sacred text as a doorway into meditation
meditations that connect your awareness to the great Awareness
finding the inner breath
the true meaning of honoring yourself and others
overcoming misunderstandings and blocks to true self-love
Elizabeth Rossa will guide us in our sessions of yoga, offering her signature practices for both meditative and active asana. We'll have nightly chanting. The retreat, held among the redwoods overlooking the Pacific, is supported and enhanced by the atmosphere of this powerful retreat center, with it's beautiful temples to Hanuman and Ganesha. We'll enjoy delicious vegetarian food, japa walks through the redwood forest, deep satsang, temple ceremonies, and the opportunity to spend time with a community of people on a transformative path!

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. Her audio program of meditations on the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, Doorways to the Infinite, was recently released by Sounds True. She offers regular retreats and workshops as well as teleconferences.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Rumi--"Catch the Scent" 

Catch the Scent--Rumi

Whether one moves slowly or with speed,
the one who is a seeker will be a finder.

Always seek with you whole self,
for the search is an excellent guide on the way.

Though you are lame and limping,
though your figure is bent and clumsy,
always creep toward the One.

Make that your quest
by speech and by silence and by fragrance,
catch the scent of the King everywhere.

(tr. Kabir Helminski)

picture from internet

(I love this poem.  It speaks especially to those of us who are not as agile as we once were, who are perhaps lame and limping, bent and clumsy.  Our goal is to keep moving forward, whatever our condition.

Merry Christmas to all.  I am now almost completely restored to well being, and that is the best xmas present I can imagine.)

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Teresa of Avila 

You are Christ's Hands

By Teresa of Avila
(1515 - 1582)

Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
          no hands but yours,
          no feet but yours,
Yours are the eyes through which to look out
          Christ's compassion to the world
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about
          doing good;
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.

(picture from internet--based on Bernini's famous statue "Teresa in Ecstasy")

Suggestion: for those of you who do not identify as "Christian," I suggested you substitute such words as "The Divine," "The Beloved," or whatever term seems appropriate for the references to "Christ."

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

About Acupuncture 

About Acupuncture

Yes, acupuncture does wonders for many people.  Many experience relief from arthritis pain and complete cure for other ailments.

But acupuncture is not for everyone, as I recently learned to my sorrow.  I hurt my leg on Friday 13 of November as I was attempting to board a bus after an acupuncture treatment.  I lost all strength in my leg and was left clinging to the side rails, unable to go either up or down.  Finally, some kind young people helped me get on, and I was able to walk the 3 blocks to my door when I got off.

But that was just the beginning of my troubles.  I developed an extreme bruise (hematoma) on my outer calf and spent the following weeks going in and out of the ER as well as time in the hospital itself.  I developed a new respect for pain, for I experienced more during this period than I had ever imagined possible.

Finally, I got back home and continue to have almost daily visits from caregivers of one sort or another.

Why do I think acupuncture was the cause of this?  Because some weeks earlier, I had experienced a somewhat similar episode.  I had had a successful treatment and was walking home (about 8 blocks) when suddenly I began having trouble walking and soon was hanging onto cars and poles trying to reach my address.  When I told the acupuncturist what happened, she attributed my response to dehydration.  I accepted this diagnosis.

However, on September 13, she used a different form of needles, called, I believe acu
stem.  In this procedure the needles have an electrical charge, with the idea that this intensified approach will speed up the healing process.  This charge was I believe clearly not intended for the likes of me.  When I reported my accident, she checked with her friends and found that such needles should be used carefully, taking into account the age and condition of the subject.  Obviously, I was too old for such treatment, and, further, as I had explained to her, I was extremely sensitive and could have unexpected reactions to new treatments as well as prescription drugs.

I have spent the last 5 weeks recovering from this accident.  I am happy to report that I am now pain free and almost completely recovered.

I have read somewhere that acupuncture benefits some 20% of people, harms another 20%, and has no effect on the rest.  Clearly it is not the right treatment for me, and I would suspect others with the extremely  sensitive nervous system that kundalini can produce.  One writer reported that after a determined practitioner inserted only 2 needles, she became violently ill and ended up throwing up in her car.  Somehow these health practitioners simply cannot believe how very sensitive our nervous systems can be and go ahead as if we followed the norms.

Listen to your body.  Find what is right for you.  Watch out for those who refuse to believe you when you explain your unusual state of being.  Once you undergo kundalini awakening, you become a special case, and the health giver may do more harm than good,

I am immensely grateful to be almost fully recovered from my mishap and hope to avoid both acupuncture and buses in future.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Evolutionary Collective Meeting in NYC  

This announcement is of special interest to me, as someone who experienced Kundalini awakening in l981, when almost nothing was known about it in this country.  Since I did not know anyone who had even heard of Kundalini, I maintained silence for some 15 years.  Now, of course, information on Kundalini is readily available on the internet and in books.   I urge you to attend this orientation meeting and to affiliate with this group if you are interested in the role of Kundalini in the evolution of consciousness.

As so often happens, the link that is referred to did not carry over to this reprint.  I suspect that to get more information you can google Evolutionary Collective Orientation New York City.

As we align with the noosphere, and this higher evolutionary consciousness we are directly in contact with a new system of knowing, loving, a kind of intimacy that are cosmic and multidimensional. The superhuman capacities that people are often intrigued by, come on line naturally.

As Einstein said –”The world we have made, as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far, creates problems we cannot solve at the same level of thinking at which we created them.”  It makes sense that to move to the next level of awakening means, in fact, going beyond our personal and individual development – to our collective development and working inside the realization of our spiritual interdependence.

The work of the Evolutionary Collective is wholeheartedly and single/collective-mindedly devoted to this awakening. In our efforts in the last 8 years, we have discovered some amazing, reliable ways of accessing this consciousness together and have been blessed with the grace of what happens in our individual lives as we live inside a higher shared consciousness 24/7.

To illustrate this, I’d like to share with you the recording of our Radical Mutuality event last week. In that call I had a beautiful and moving conversation with three members of the Evolutionary Collective. I’d like to share the recording with you so you can hear for yourself what it’s like to be inside this consciousness and live it in your life. It’s free and no signup is required. Click here to listen to the recording.

Please feel free to share the recording with your friends by forwarding this email.

As you can hear in this conversation, for this consciousness to fully activate, it requires a conscious collective effort by groups of people with the right alignment. And this is at the heart of what we do in the Evolutionary Collective.

If you feel called by the possibilities of collective awakening and would like to find out if the Evolutionary Collective is the next step in your evolution, I invite you to participate in the 3-day Evolutionary Collective Orientation from January 15-17 in New York. You will be joined with participants who have been in the EC for 1-8 years and others from around the world who are interested in discovering and experiencing what we are pointing to.

In order to find that particular place in consciousness where the “Higher We” exists, you need to know where it is and how to find it. Much like we use three “vectors” to locate an exact point in three dimensional space – distance from the floor, wall, and ceiling – we have identified the seven vectors that allow us to find the space in consciousness where this transpersonal work begins. In this 3-day intensive you will learn how to do this and experience for yourself the emergence of this consciousness through you.

Participation in this 3 Day Orientation Intensive is required for participation in the yearlong intensives that begin in 2016. This is the last Evolutionary Collective Orientation before the year begins and thus your last opportunity to consider joining the Collective. Please click the link below for more information and to register.

New York ECO, January 15-17
$100 Early Bird discount ends December 29

This is not another course – it is a portal to another dimension of consciousness that will alter the direction of your life, your awakening and your full contribution to the world. Every year when we open up the space for new people to join us, new possibilities arise and we are propelled in new directions, often with quantum leaps.

The power of this alignment impacts our individual lives powerfully, in fact, with more power and velocity than when we ‘work on ourselves’ as individuals. We are plugged into the unification of human consciousness that is beyond what has been here before – where the cosmic Supermind and universal shared telepathy exists – new capacities are awakened in us.

I hope you will join us.

Patricia Albere
Founder and Director, the Evolutionary Collective

p.s. Even if you would like to participate in the Bay Area EC you will need to attend this 3-day ECO. Our last ECO in the Bay Area was in early December.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Jeff Carreira and Dorothy Walters discuss Kundalini and planetary transformation 

Jeff Carreira is a well known and highly respected spiritual teacher and meditation instructor.   He has conducted many workshops and written extensively on the topic of spiritual transformation.  This conversation between the two of us focuses on Kundalini.  We each share personal experiences and thoughts on the topic of personal and planetary transformation which appear to be occurring world wide now.

You can listen at this site or else simply type in both our names on google.  You can also download the conversation and that will enable you to stop and start it at your pleasure.


Note: this conversation was recorded a few weeks ago, but I understood that the recording did not take and would have to be done over.  I have just learned that this was not the case, and I recommend the interview to anyone interested in Kundalini.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Patricia Lay-Dorsey included in ""OMagazine" 

My dear friend Patricia Lay-Dorsey is currently featured as one of the "5 of the most inspiring women on Instagram" in the new issue of "OMagazine."  Patricia and I have been close friends for many, many years, and it is a delight to see her rise to national prominence.

Patricia has also been awarded a residency of several weeks at a well known artist's retreat.  She will have everything provided, including private housing, meals, and whatever else she requires to express her creative talents.  She is already planning the projects she will pursue during her residency there.  She is especially looking forward to meeting the other creative people (from various fields) that she will meet during her stay.

Right on, Patricia.  I love seeing you shoot to glory, especially that you are now in your seventies.

Here is the writeup:

Patricia Lay-Dorsey

Photo: Courtesy of Patricia Lay-Dorsey

"I've been an artist for decades and have always preferred to see only the sweet stuff. But now that I'm 73, I want to be a part of what really is. And being a photographer gives me an excuse to meet new people, whether I'm scooting around downtown Detroit or going to an electronic music festival (I'm known as Grandma Techno around here). I view my Instagram as my living room. It's a place for people to feel safe and live in the present." —@patricialaydorsey

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/inspiration/MyStory-Highlights-Inspiring-Women-on-Instagram#ixzz3uKUretBQ

Monday, December 07, 2015

Back Home 

Dear Friends,

I am now back home after time in hospital.  I had injured my leg while trying to board a bus and they kept me several nights.  Recovery is taking place, but slowly.  I am being well taken care of by friends here and elsewhere.  Positive thoughts and prayers are welcome.  I will start posting again soon.

Stay well.

Blessings to all,


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