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Friday, June 30, 2017

Going off line until July 4 

I will be off line until July 4.  Happy 4th of July, everyone!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

What Is Kundalini? 





What is Kundalini?

The most frequently asked question about Kundalini is "What is Kundalini?"  This is a complex question and frankly I am not sure anyone knows the exact answer.  But here are some possibilities.

Kundalini is the electromagnetic/psychospiritual system of the body.  This, like the other bodily systems (chemical, biological, nervous, et al) runs below the threshold of conscious awareness, until some event or practice triggers its awareness in the conscious mind.  It is in fact the electric grid for the body, reaching from the base of the spine up to the crown of the head, and includes as well many minor connections into all parts of the
body.  When it is aroused, it opens the system into many new frequencies, and these can produce bliss or pain, depending on how many blocks it encounters and how well the frequencies are received and integrated into the overall structure.

Kundalini is thus the life force itself.  It exists in every sentient being, including animals and possibly even plants.  It is acknowledged in virtually all societies and cultures, and is known by different names (chi in Asia, Num! in Africa, shakti in India, and so forth.)

In yogic philosophy, it is described as a snake resting at the base of the spine.  Once it is awakened, it then rises up the spine through various "chakras" (wheels, nerve plexuses) These centers include two in the lower abdomen, the solar plexus, the heart, the throat, the "third eye", and the crown.  As the energies rise up through these various locations, they open in rapture, if all is in balance.  The crown then feels "a thousand lotus petals unfolding in ecstatic pulsation."  For some, this state is called "Enlightenment."

For many, the awakened Kundalini creates bliss sometimes described as "God moving through your body." Indeed, the experience does seem like a divine connection with unknowable Source  As a form of devotion, it is a deeply sacred event, one in which the practitioner feels that at last she knows her true being, her identity as a tiny particle in the vast ocean of Cosmic Reality.

Sometimes, however, the result is less than pleasant.  The awakening in one who is not prepared (because of unresolved issues, whether psychological, emotional, physical, or other) can result in difficult and sometimes painful results.  For this reason, Kundalini was held as a closely held secret in early times and imparted only to those who had prepared themselves carefully  by rigorous practices.

Although Kundalini was virtually unknown in the West a generation or two ago, it now is reported in various guises in great numbers, as part of the spiritual awakening now going on world wide.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

El Colle––Branded by the Spirit––Part 4 (final) 






We are Magical

Spectacular lights greeted me, whether my eyes were open or closed. I could feel staggering electricity circulating inside me and I often felt electrical shocks from my own body. (Sometimes when Charles touched me, he got a shock but I didn't feel one.) Intense, at times unbearable heat made me feel like a human furnace. Oddly, this heat was not at all like a fever and I didn't perspire. (This is not so in all cases; some people sweat rivers from Kundalini heat.) I was experiencing elaborate, involuntary bodily movements all the while; they are called kriyas and mudras and are so phenomenal I am devoting Chapter Four to describing them in detail. For several months, I was deluged by mystical experiences. I had visions, heard and inwardly saw guides who instructed and aided me in accommodating the process, and I had vivid clairvoyant dreams.
Throughout all this, I was under barrage of continuously changing physical symptoms, which made me feel -- with not a little gallows humor -- like a hybrid of Linda Blair in The Exorcist and Jeff Goldblum in The Fly. I was being torn apart and re-created at every level. Nothing about the process was predictable. Every day, I was caught anew by astonishment as something completely unexpected developed.
The Mystery Unravels
At times I feel like a living experiment, an alchemist's vessel in which a marvelous, although sometimes painful, mystery is unfolding. -- Richard Moss
During this same period, a series of synchronicities led me to Kundalini literature that was describing my strange symptoms. By the time I was ready to believe that my Kundalini had risen, I spotted an ad for a spiritual emergence support group in a local alternative newspaper. (This same ad ran for four consecutive weeks. I had never before and have not since seen one like it in that or any other publication.) When I called the listed number, the therapist who was facilitating the group told me that she was also involved in a spontaneous Kundalini process, but her experiences had been less drastic than mine. She put me in touch with the one other person she knew who was undergoing Kundalini awakening -- and it turned out to be someone whose Kundalini symptoms were remarkably similar to mine at the time. The therapist also gave me the new phone number for the Spiritual Emergence Network. (I had tried to call SEN previously, but they had changed location and I had been unable to reach them. The therapist had acquired their new number just days before I contacted her!)
My awakening process has been what the late Swami Muktananda would have called "dynamic." It doesn't hit everyone this strongly. In six months time, I'd been hurled on a roller coaster of physical and emotional shocks. From the grief and terror of thinking my life was coming to an abrupt end, I was thrown into the equally awesome realization that I was in the midst of a monumental spiritual process. My mind ricocheted from fear to relief; from hopelessness to amazement. Wrestling with a tremendous sense of unworthiness, I was simultaneously shaken by how decisively this experience was sealing my fate as a social outcast. (It is one thing to choose -- or imagine one has choice -- to be a nonconformist. It is another to be given to know and live a reality that few people can conceive possible.)
Although I'd been sensitive all my life, this was psychically expanding me by quantum leaps. Physically, mentally and emotionally, I was being pushed to the limit on a near continual basis. For all its intensity, I knew a Kundalini awakening was considered a great spiritual gift, which led, ultimately, to deep inner healing. Foremost of all my reactions was an almost instant trust in the process. This was (and still is) a potent experience for me. I had never before fully trusted anyone or anything.
Deep into this process, I spent most of my days in prayer, meditation and deference to this new central power in my life. To a friend, I wrote, "My mind is overwhelmed. My body is sometimes in pain, but it seems to be getting stronger and more able to be a clear vehicle for this incredible surging energy. My heart is so full." With the fusion of fear and love the ancients called "awe," I gave myself to Kundalini. I loved Her with the passion moths feel for the flame; with the allegiance drowned sailors feel for the sea. Because I had been told in childhood that I had no voice for singing, I never sing unless I'm so giddy with happiness I can't contain myself. When my children were babies, I sang to them. And during the most spectacular months of my awakening, I sang to Kundalini-Ma.
It is easier to describe the physical symptoms than the complex mental, emotional and spiritual permutations of this process. So much has happened within me: such upheaval, struggle, pain, beauty, soul-searching, and regeneration. Where this will eventually take me, I have no idea. Each day has become more mysterious to me as this unfolds. Even when nothing particularly spectacular or extraordinary occurs, I feel more wonder and faith than ever before. It certainly hasn't been an easy or gentle process, and when the pain is intense, I beg for mercy. But when it lessens, I find myself willing to go deeper, to search further, and to do more of whatever is required of me to complete this work. So much of the untouchable loneliness and fragmentation I've carried with me my entire life is melting away. Before all this began, I'd assumed I was moving downhill, into the latter stages of my life... that I'd done and experienced everything available to me in this lifetime, fearing the rest would be a series of dull reruns. Now everything has been "made new." No wonder this is called the rebirth.
We Are Magical
What was and continues to be as great a marvel to me as my Kundalini odyssey is Charles. He is the most open-minded, steadfast and spiritually attuned human being I have ever known; that he is also my husband is a miracle for which I daily give thanks. Had our roles been reversed and he had been the one on this careening course of illness and phantasmagoric initiation, I don't know if I could have stood by him with one-tenth the faith and fearlessness he has evinced nearly every inch of the way. His trust in Kundalini runs as deep or deeper than my own, a fact that has been sustaining for us both throughout this lengthy journey. Once, during the period when unexpected things were constantly happening, I warned Charles that I felt something weird was about to break loose. Some kind of force was thrusting up from my solar plexus toward my throat. I thought for an instant the "something" would be a scream, and I didn't want to alarm him. The suspense broke as an involuntary sound escaped my lips; to my astonishment, it was a deeply resonant "Om." As wave upon wave of this force sounded "Om" through my vocal cords, I became a living trumpet played by the gods. Amazed as I was by this, I was doubly moved when Charles responded by voluntarily chanting along with me.
Through every twist and turn of this prodigious journey, he has been at my side. I'm not saying there have been no trying times, or that he's never grown weary. The stress on us both has been enormous. Yet with remarkable resilience, Charles always manages to pull through. I doubt anyone else I have ever known would have been able to endure what he has gone through with me with so much grace, love and courage.
Gopi Krishna credited his beloved wife for keeping him alive through his own arduous decades of Kundalini awakening. Krishnamurti's friends kept loyal vigil with him throughout the tumultuous years of his process. The Spiritual Emergence Network founder Christina Grof has thanked her husband Stan, whose faith in her and in the process itself saw her through her 12-year transformation.
When people stick together through thick and thin under circumstances as challenging as this, their spiritual growth skyrockets far beyond what anyone could hope to attain alone. To us, it's obvious that Charles and I are both apprenticed to Kundalini. I'm just the more direct target of this ineffable process, which is transforming us both.
There is an insidious myth that those who greet Kundalini (or life in general) with open arms and a glad heart do not suffer serious pain or difficulties. Don't believe it. When I understood Kundalini had risen in me, I could not have been more awed if I had opened my door to find the streets filled with angels announcing the Second Coming. Although I have gone through periods of extreme pain and have in many ways had my world turned inside out by the fierce Shakti Goddess, I am grateful that Kundalini has come alive in me. The wonders of this process have renewed my faith not only in the Spirit, but also gives me hope for the human race and for the future of this blue jewel of a planet.
The miraculous is always ready and waiting for us to be willing to move into it. The universe is far more magical and amazing than we have dared to imagine. Which is to say, we are magical and amazing too! That is one thing that kept repeating over and over in my head during the peak of my Kundalini experiences: We have underestimated ourselves so terribly! And we have underestimated the glory of the Universe that interconnects us.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

El Collie––Branded by the Spirit––Part 3 





El Collie––Branded by the Spirit––Part 3

I was in and out of the hospital for more tests as new symptoms developed. An uncontrollable neck muscle tremor made my head shake back and forth in a palsied rhythm, even when I was lying down. Painless little muscle twitches developed over my entire body. I was advised that I might have an incurable and/or fatal condition. Myasthenia gravis (or perhaps some other rare autoimmune disease), brain tumor, lupus, lyme disease and ALS were speculated. With mounting fear, I began to suffer from muscle cramps and an awful systemic burning sensation. The spasms were affecting every part of my body, including my tongue, causing me to slur my words or bite my tongue when talking. The onslaught of symptoms grew outright weird, ranging from a prickling and tingling that roved around beneath my skin, to a horrifying sensation like toothpicks stabbing into my eyeballs.
All the medical tests came up negative. A dozen doctors, four of them neurologists, had seen me, all told. I was repeatedly informed that I was "an interesting case" -- from the mouths of physicians, an ominous euphemism meaning, "We've never seen a disease quite like this."
During this span of ever increasing disability and bizarre symptoms, I was doing some metaphysical counseling by phone. I use the word "metaphysical" loosely, as I was not adhering to any particular creed. Basically, I helped people bring a larger, more spiritual perspective to their problems. I never charged money for this work. I considered it an ongoing learning experience to be invited into the details and depths of other people's lives. It surprised me when I was sought out for my natural ability to do this. Strangers would somehow sense this faculty in me and approach me at parties or other unexpected places and pour out their troubles to me.
At the time, I was counseling a man who was calling me daily. Although I had reached a point where I could barely hold the phone, and had to lay down with it cradled to my ear, helping him deal with his suicidal depression was also salvation for me. His desperation took my mind away from my own condition at a time when nothing less gripping could have held my attention. What was interesting about this, in retrospect, was that at one point I suggested to this man that he might be experiencing spiritual emergence, though it had not dawned on me that this might apply to my situation as well.
One afternoon, thinking he might be able to heal me, my brother-in-law dropped by. He is an acupressurist with innate psychic sensitivity. As soon as he walked in, he became very agitated. He told us that the entire house was reverberating with the most unusual energy he'd ever encountered. Stranger yet, he said all this energy seemed to be emanating from me!
Charles and I didn't know what to make of this. We briefly considered I might be possessed by some kind of malevolent entity. But in my previous experience with astral beings, I knew that animals, plants and children were most immediately affected by negative influences. Our pets and houseplants seemed to be in fine shape. My brother-in-law's kids had come by with him, and while he was trying to do some energy balancing work on me, we'd given them paper and crayons to keep them happily occupied. After they left, I scrutinized the pictures they had drawn to see if there was anything-sinister coming through. Both had drawn jubilant nature scenes, resplendent with child-scrawled greenery, birds and shining suns. At the time, I wondered if the charged atmosphere Charles' brother detected had something to do with the many people who were praying for my recovery. What else could account for the immense energy he had felt radiating from me?
The pain and fear of fast sinking into the quicksand of physical decline is beyond description. Without a clue to the real cause of my illness, I was simply terrified. Like Gopi Krishna wrote of his own experience: "I did not know at the time that I was witnessing in my own body the immensely accelerated activity of an energy not yet known to science, which is carrying all mankind towards the heights of superconsciousness..."
For several months, I remained in a state of near-paralysis. The physical pain came to a crescendo in the middle of one night. I awoke in agony. Every muscle in my body, from the soles of my feet to the top of my scalp, was writhing and wrenching as if trying to rip loose from my skeleton. It felt as if each muscle and tendon had taken on a surreal life of it's own: a hideous internal mutiny of thrashing, serpentine creatures. If this wasn't bad enough, I was burning up inside. The very cells in my body felt drenched in battery acid. Charles was awakened to my near-delirious cry: "It feels like burning snakes!" We had no idea how apt a metaphor this would prove to be.
Soon afterward, I began to experience more classical, full-blown Kundalini manifestations. Heaven's gate did not swing softly open to admit me; it blew off its hinges in a silent blast, demolishing my circumscribed life. I was in a continuous, radically altered state for months, suspended in an etheric, oceanic energy. In Kundalini, I was immolated. My entire being became a transparency, a gossamer presence no longer identified as flesh and bones, existing as a galvanized consciousness in the midst of primordial, sacred forces. Nothing could have prepared me for the awesomeness of this experience, not even my past LSD adventures. Yet it would be equally true to say that everything in my life had been leading up to this. I understood with unprecedented depth and clarity why everything I had ever done or experienced had been necessary. I was transported to a place of lucidity that transcended forgiveness; no shard of regret, past or present, could lodge in my heart. With nigh supernatural acceptance, I saw that everything made perfect sense; everything had been scripted by a breathtakingly benevolent, incomprehensible Intelligence whose work -- my life -- I could only behold with joy.
My sensitivity -- physical, emotional and psychic -- was magnified to the point of the fabled princess who could feel the pea under a mountain of mattresses. Colors were extraordinarily brilliant and my hearing grew so acute than if Charles so much as coughed from another room, I jumped as if it had been a gunshot.
I had outright convulsions, with energy roaring up from the base of my spine and out the top of my head. My world was rife with holy madness. I became a sort of human tuning fork -- mechanical vibrations set me off in a wild way. Once Charles decided to clean some crumbs off the table with the Dustbuster. As soon as he switched it on, I went into a seizure. Energy blasted through my spinal cord and out the top of my head like a geyser. It was both terrible and hilarious. Charles had no idea that my sudden "attack" had anything to do with the vibration of the vacuum cleaner, and my teeth rattled so hard I could only beg in an incoherent stutter: "St...st...st...STOP!" He finally understood, and as soon as the machine was off, my convulsion ended.

Monday, June 26, 2017

El Collie––Branded by the Spirit––Part 2 





El Collie––Branded by the Spirit––Part 2

The symptoms of my as-yet-undiagnosed illness continued. Worse, my swallowing reflex had somehow short-circuited. When I tried to eat, the muscles that contract in swallowing simply refused to cooperate. I found myself gagging and having to spit out the food. I could only get down liquids, which depended more on the pull of gravity than the cooperation of my throat muscles. A month without cigarettes, and instead of the typical weight gain, I was steadily losing pounds. Concerned about my lack of nourishment, Charles crushed vitamins for me with a mortar and pestle; I daily dissolved this potion in a tablespoon of honey, which I was able to wash down with lots of water. This and watered-down baby food was my sole fare for weeks.
In addition to the swallowing problem, I felt a constriction like a noose around my neck. Stranger yet, I would go through frequent episodes of convulsive, repetitive swallowing when I wasn't eating. These would go on for anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, and were most pronounced at night, jarring me from sleep with a horror that I was on the verge of asphyxiation.
I returned post haste to the doctor. Now my symptoms were attributed to severe nicotine withdrawal, which I could not believe. I felt absolutely terrible. A great heaviness descended upon me, as if hundred pound weights were strapped to all my limbs. My head felt huge and filled with crushed glass and I was in a peculiar altered state; my whole body felt drugged or poisoned.
My two-decade study of healing had taught me some techniques for investigating the mind/body connection. With little other recourse, I tried to work psychologically with my symptoms. I told Charles that I had gotten an image of a squadron of "demons" clutching and swaying from my limbs in a Hieronymus Boschian frenzy. These devilish entities seemed to personify a lifetime's accumulation of negative experience: fear, anger, resentment, trauma, etc. (Much later, I realized how apropos this image had been. The rising Kundalini indeed dislodges this psychological dead weight from the system.)
I began to tailspin into terrible anxiety and near-suicidal depression, though, oddly, these feelings didn't seem to be in reaction to my physical condition. I relapsed back to smoking. Though I felt guilty about it, it helped to emotionally stabilize me. After a week, I sought help from a professional hypnotist who specialized in breaking cigarette addictions. I told him of my previous "withdrawal symptoms." He thought this sounded extreme, but felt he could help me by tailoring my hypnosis session to include messages of well being and vitality. I was instructed to listen to the hour-long tape of my hypnosis session twice daily. I did this religiously for about two weeks.
All the same, my condition continued to deteriorate. I began to have trouble lifting my legs. I called the hypnotist for advice. He had never heard of this debilitating withdrawal symptom in his twenty years of practice, but suggested I continue to exercise vigorously to work the toxins out of my system.
It was becoming increasingly difficult to do any kind of exercise, much less anything vigorous. I was doing the best I could, but my ankles turned to rubber and my feet dragged and flopped sideways when I walked. My arms were becoming increasingly useless, and it was hard to move my fingers. I couldn't pick up small items, and I had no gripping strength. Just trying to hold a spoon was a formidable feat. By this time, both Charles and I were getting frantic. Off to another doctor. Once more I was told that I was simply having nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
I became a bedridden invalid, barely able to use my hands even to dress or feed myself. This time, I was given an emergency appointment with a neurologist. He immediately dismissed the nicotine-withdrawal diagnosis, and scheduled me for a complete diagnostic work-up.
Upon returning home from an enervating day at the hospital, a package was awaiting me in the mail. A month earlier, I had sent my first completed book manuscript to my first publisher. I'd been flabbergasted when they contacted me to say they liked it, it was well written, let's go with this. I was hooked up with one of their editors, who discussed with me ideas for layout and minor revisions.
The package contained my manuscript with a cover letter of apology. When it came down to the wire, it had been a toss-up whether to publish my book or another one on baby massage. The market looked ripe for baby-topics that year, so my book got the ax. I was too sick to care. I stashed the package on a shelf and didn't look at it again for three years.
I now regard the return of the manuscript as a curtain closing on the pre-Kundalini period of my life. Thankfully the book was never published! It was a metaphysical gust of hot air with a few gems of insight plastered in. By the time I looked it over again, my views on everything had changed so radically I disagreed with most of what I'd written.
The one good thing that came out of this was my editor's suggestion that I tone down the exclamation marks. I'd been running several exclamation marks to a paragraph. I think I was being symbolically warned to calm down, take some deep breaths, rest up while I had a chance. Something was bearing down on me that would turn the rest of my life into one long string of exclamation marks.
Under the circumstances, rest did not come easy, and if I had known how much worse things were going to get before they got better, I would have thrown myself off a bridge. Prayer was becoming the order of the day.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

El Collie––from "Branded by the Spirit"––Part 1 





Note:The following excerpt is taken from El Collli's website called "Shared Transformation."  This site contains some of the best writing on the Kundalini phenomenon that exists.


Branded by the Spirit (Part One)
El Collie

Lightning Strikes
"The incidence of disturbances having a spiritual origin is rapidly increasing nowadays, in step with the growing number of people who, consciously or unconsciously, are groping their way towards a fuller life."-- Roberto Assagioli, 1965
Kundalini is most likely to rise spontaneously in people who are spiritually inclined, creative, sensitive, open-minded, and open hearted -- all risk factors I knew nothing about until after the fact.
After I settled in with my present husband, Charles, although my life was better than it had been in quite awhile, I was vaguely dissatisfied with myself, and sometimes remarked to him that I wanted "a brain and body transplant." (This private joke has come back to haunt me many times over. I've learned to be a lot more careful what I ask for, even in jest.)
When my Kundalini first erupted, I didn't know what hit me. I was not completely unfamiliar with the concept of a Kundalini awakening, having read about it many years earlier. I knew that Kundalini was the Hindu word for the mysterious agent, which unfurled the tight bud of human consciousness. I'd explored innumerable spiritual/metaphysical avenues, but never with the desire or intent of activating Kundalini. Yet some part of me seemed to have known this was coming. For instance, while my tastes run to the unusual, I surprised even myself when, just prior to our wedding, I'd bought a prophetic gift for us at a street fair -- a bronze casting of a cobra raised to strike!
I didn't connect my symptoms to the rising of the "Serpent Power" until five months into my illness. Prior to this, I had spent grueling months in limbo. Neither I nor my doctors, knew what was constellating my strange illness. (I later discovered this is a common dilemma for those in whom the Kundalini symptoms are primarily physical). I'd initially dismissed the increasing weakness in my arms as unwelcome signs of aging. But now something seemed seriously wrong. An enormous weight was bearing down on my chest, making me labor to breathe. I couldn't seem to get enough oxygen; I felt dizzy and light-headed. Having smoked for twenty-five years, I figured the dues collector had arrived.
While I draw the line at do-it-yourself appendectomies, short of emergency, I turn to doctors only as a last resort, after I've exhausted my self-healing attempts. Fortunately, I have been fairly healthy for most of my life. But this time I knew I was in over my head. Scared and contrite, I made the first of what was to become, for me, an unprecedented number of trips to various medical specialists. My dreaded chest X-ray came up clean. I was given an EKG for good measure, and my heart passed with flying colors as well. All the same, I stopped smoking immediately. The elephant sitting on my chest didn't budge. My symptoms multiplied and worsened, which at first I accepted as inevitable. I had no expectations that whatever damage I'd incurred would be healed overnight. I had tried to quit many times before and withdrawal had been a nightmare. But in the past, aside from the craving to smoke, the worst of the physical symptoms began to fade after a week. Much of my distress came from being so alone in my predicament. Had I been able to find another soul who shared some of these uncanny gifts, I may have been able to handle them with more aplomb. As it was, I learned quickly that trying to talk to anyone about these things provoked skepticism, fear or frustrating misunderstandings. True to form, establishing consonant relationships was of far more importance to me than being a species unto myself with weird powers. For the record, the criteria for spiritual progress are quite different than generally imagined. One does not have to be a paragon of virtue or perfection. I have heard from people who were alcoholics when their Kundalini rose, and from many whose real or imagined shortcomings pressed them to ask, "How can I be worthy of this? Why me?" When the same question rose up from my depths, a voice of quiet conviction answered simply: Because you were ready.


Tao Te Ching by Lao-tzu (Stephan Mitchell) 

       





74

If you realize that all things change,
there is nothing you will try to hold on to.
If you aren't afraid of dying,
there is nothing you can't achieve.

Trying to control the future
is like trying to take the master carpenter's place.
When you handle the master carpenter's tools,
chances are that you'll cut yourself.

(Tao Te Ching by Lao-tzu  trans. by Stephen Mitchell)

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Mind and Awakening 





More on the Mind and Awakening

Earlier I posted on the need for the mind to "drop" before awakening.  However, this notion need some clarification.

I think it is in fact very important to employ the mind before the awakening, indeed perhaps for all the years leading up to and ––eventually after––the event itself.  You likely will prepare through reading, listening to accounts, exploring many avenues to the awakening process.

But at some moment, the mental approach will not take you there.  At this point, the mind simply reaches its limits and you must allow a process to happen to you, rather than the other way around.  You may then be temporarily somewhat foggy, no longer able to focus with your usual focus, or even to articulate your feelings and ideas in the way you are accustomed to.  You will be caught up in a strange and wonderful process, one foreign and familiar at the same time.  If your system is open and ready, you may fall into extreme bliss, and this may last for days.  If, on the other hand, you have serious unresolved issues (mental, psychological, physical, and spiritual) you may undergo the opposite––painful experiences involving all of these features as suffering.

Kundalini was a closely held secret for centuries, in part because of the dangers it presented.  It is two edged sword.  It can take you to heaven or else the reverse.  It must be approached with caution and care.

It is best to do all you can to prepare in case it visits you.  This means a healthy life style,
exercise, working through your issues and doing your best to resolve them.  It is helpful to practice energy exercises (chi gong, tai chi and such) to awaken the inner energies as chi, a softer and easier way to come into contact with your inner subtle body.  Try to remove as much stress in your life as possible.

Do not try for major awakening before you are ready.  Let it happen to you, not the reverse.

Good luck on your journey. Know that you are part of a worldwide process that is sweeping across the earth, the shift that is spoken of, the evolution to a new state of being.  It is orchestrated elsewhere.  Your part is to show up.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mary Oliver––Little Summer Poem 





Little Summer Poem Touching the Subject of Faith––Mary Oliver

Every summer
I listen and look
under the sun's brass and even
into the moonlight, but I can't hear

anything, I can't see anything --
not the pale roots digging down, nor the green stalks muscling up,
nor the leaves
deepening their damp pleats,

nor the tassels making,
nor the shucks, nor the cobs.
And still,
every day,

the leafy fields
grow taller and thicker --
green gowns lofting up in the night,
showered with silk.

And so, every summer,
I fail as a witness, seeing nothing --
I am deaf too
to the tick of the leaves,

the tapping of downwardness from the banyan feet --
all of it
happening
beyond any seeable proof, or hearable hum.

And, therefore, let the immeasurable come.
Let the unknowable touch the buckle of my spine.
Let the wind turn in the trees,
and the mystery hidden in the dirt

swing through the air.
How could I look at anything in this world
and tremble, and grip my hands over my heart?
What should I fear?

One morning
in the leafy green ocean
the honeycomb of the corn's beautiful body
is sure to be there.

~ Mary Oliver ~

(West Wind)




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Kip Mazuy––The Mind and Infinite Joy 






The Mind and Infinite Joy

"One of the greatest obstacles in meditation
is our understanding.

When the mind gives up
trying to grasp meditation with the intellect,
that is when meditation can happen.
That is when we perceive this moment as awareness.

The mind has its doubts and its beliefs
that says “conform to me, conform to my understanding”
and this limits us.

Infinite Joy is a realm
of no-understanding.

When you have given up
all knowledge, all desire to understand,
all mental activity, then attention is subtle enough
to realize Infinite Joy.

It is not stopping your thoughts
because you are still there, doing the stopping.
It is much more subtle than that.

You never realize Infinite Joy as a person,
as a mind, as a doer.
Through spiritual practice, getting Shakti and surrender,
you, yourself become subtle.
All the layers of who you perceive yourself to be
are stripped away and you come to the essence of what you are.

And that is not a finding,
that is a complete giving up.
And then, what is left is pure attention.

Then you feel this light shine through attention itself
and you are so attracted to that light,
attention becomes fully absorbed in it.

There is deep devotion in this; deep love.
I am not talking about being consciousness,
I want to take you much deeper than that.
Just in talking about it, you might taste it.

From the intellect, we define enlightenment,
we accept certain concepts about it.
We accept the teachings of consciousness, kundalini etc.
But what is actually here, beyond all understanding
is the most Divine Mystery, the most exquisite profound
joy where the mind lovingly becomes absorbed
into the realm where there is only light.

Kip Mazuy

I very much agree with this.  The mind wishes to conceptualize, define, word the experience.  Yet it is in itself wordless.  Osho, the rascal guru, said, "The mind must drop before Awakening can begin."  I call the attempt of the mind to think its way to Truth (God, Source, Oneness) as being "trapped in the labyrinth of mind."  Oddly, we must use mind to understand the fallacy of mind (mental approaches).  Kip is a composer and music is one way in.  Poetry is another, for it takes us into regions beyond  the intellect.  And, of course, transcendent experiences are not concept based, but surrender to pure feeling.  I always love Eve Ensler's observation: "I feel, therefore I am."
I am not an anti-intellectual by any means.  But the core experience, the ultimate revelation, is not mind based, but pure, raw feeling that we surrender to.  Our name for this state is unconditional love.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Esoteric Quarterly 






The free online journal called "Esoteric Quarterly" has now published its summer edition.  This is a very interesting periodical that contains many articles on esoteric subjects of all kinds.  "The Esoteric Quarterly is a peer-reviewed, online journal serving the worldwide community of esoteric students. It is dedicated to esoteric philosophy and its applications to individual and group service and the expansion of human consciousness."

This issue also carries two poems by yours truly as well as a very nice ad for "Some Kiss We Want" at the very end of the issue.  I felt very honored to be included in this way.

(image by Bill Brousard)


Monday, June 19, 2017

The Prophet 






The Prophet

Something wants
to speak through me.

It has no name
or form,
no identifying
marks.

It is merely a presence,
whether a saint
or a shadow,
I do not know.

It comes
and I answer.

It is silent,
and I wonder why.

Together we weave
a truth that is waiting
to be found,
a hidden jewel
glinting in the shrubbery,
a distant light
in the landscape,
signaling,
beckoning on.

Dorothy Walters
June 7, 2017

Sunday, June 18, 2017

from Mirabai Starr 






Beloved Friends and Family,

I would like to invite you to a very special gathering: the second Ram Dass Legacy Immersion retreat in Ojai, California, this August.  Our first retreat was so beautiful we couldn’t wait to meet up again.

We created this pop-up ashram at the amazing Hanuman Gardens and spent 4 glorious days living and practicing together.  Maybe you were there and know how transformative it was.  Maybe you wanted to be there but couldn’t make it and would like to come to this one.  Maybe the thought hasn’t crossed your mind till this minute but is lighting something in your heart even now.


We will begin each day with Hatha Yoga with Saraswati Markus.  Then, following the first of 3 truly spectacular meals made from local organic ingredients and superb artistry, we will sit in meditation with Rameshwar Das and dive into the dharma, with short recorded teachings by Ram Dass and dharma reflections by me.  Small group dialog will deepen the personal relevance of each topic.  Afternoons are open, with a variety of delicious offerings: live webcasts with Ram Dass and workshops on Pranayama, mantra, the Hanuman Chalisa, and the Ramayana, with Raghu Markus, Saraswati, and Rameshwar Das.  And we close each day after dinner singing ecstatic Kirtan with Govind Das.

There is plenty of time to explore the magnificent gardens, swim in the pool, connect with old beloveds and new ones, schedule a one-on-one with me, and breathe into your experience to integrate it all.

Does this sound like what your soul is yearning for?  Spiritual family, clear practices, healthy food, beauty all around you?  A deeper connection with Maharaji?  We want to make this accessible, especially to young people.  Let us know if you’re interested.  Space is limited and it’s only a couple of months away.  I hope to see you there!

To learn more and to register please click HERE.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

From Plank to Plank 







From Plank to Plank

I stepped from Plank to Plank
A slow and cautious way
The Stars about my Head I felt
About my Feet the Sea.

I knew not but the next
Would be my final inch—
This gave me that precarious Gait
Some call Experience.
                            Emily Dickinson

Yes, that's how it is.
Each plank a narrow security,
nothing certain, nothing permanent,
no warranty or guarantee.

And always the space in between.
We wonder, will a foothold await?
Will we arrive safely
at the next station of comfort?

Or will we slip, go hurtling down
into the roiling tumult below,
water heaving and tumbling,
so many lost there before.

In the meantime, love.
Always enfolding.
Arms ready to catch us,
carry us,
take us home.

Dorothy Walters
June 16, 2017

Art credit: "Hussaini Hanging Bridge, Pakistan," across the Hunza River in the village of Hussaini in northern Pakistan, photograph by Jonathan Blair/Corbis.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Andrew Harvey on Bliss 






Andrew Harvey writes the following of his encounter with a saint's sweet energies:

"Twelve years ago I visited the hermitage of a saint.  After waiting in line with other visitors, we were led inside for a brief tour.  The moment I stepped to the doorway of his roped-off study, I was suddenly and completely enveloped in an intensely loving presence that rooted me to the spot.

It was pure, unadulterated bliss.  After a minute or so, which seemed like an eternity, it passed.  The only thing I can liken it to is how people who return from near-death experiences describe how they were engulfed in a love beyond understanding.

The message I took from the experience was, "Here's a taste so you know it's real.  Now you have to earn it."

Andrew is currently offering a webinar course on "The Radiant Light of Divine Love" through Shift Network.  Go to http://shiftnetworkcourses.com/course/DivineLove for more information.  The class has already begun, but I feel certain you can enter now and pick up the recordings for the earlier presentations.








Thursday, June 15, 2017

Forebears 












Forebears

We think we are wiser
than they were
for we possess
the knowledge they gave us
plus what we have gained on our own.

No ear whispered messages,
no revelations on paper
or carved on stone
reveal the answer,
the truth that can't be told.

We ourselves are the mystery,
the paradox,
the riddle that can't be
solved.

We wonder and probe,
contemplate and muse,
but we are never quite sure.

Somewhere is a place where
we all hold hands
and keep moving forward
toward the light
that is darkness,
the darkness that is light.

Dorothy Walters
June 15, 2017

Oatmeal and Transformation 






Oatmeal and Transformation

It is astonishing.  It just keeps happening.  And, even though it has occurred literally hundred of times before, one is convinced that the newest experience is beyond all the others, taking us to yet another level.

I am speaking, of course, of the experience of ecstasy, a state I first encountered over thirty years ago and which continues to visit from time to time even now.

This is what happened this last time (a few days ago).  As so often is the case nowadays, it arrived unannounced and in surprising circumstances.  I was in fact standing at the kitchen counter fixing some oatmeal for breakfast when I felt energies stirring here and there within.  So I paid heed to them, perhaps moved my hands a bit, and then felt my lower chakras awakening.  The sensation grew sweeter and sweeter, as I gently moved my hands here and there over the chakras, never touching my body.  Indeed, I felt as though I were being infused with light, with rapture, with a frequency higher than any I had known before. I seemed to enter a new level of transcendence, as if I were experiencing yet another initiation, this into a realm previously unsuspected.  I longed to stay forever, feeling the boundless love of the universe flow throughout my body.

I stopped just in time to save my oatmeal from burning, and spent the next few hours wondering what all of this meant, where it had come from, what its intention was.

Perhaps it was another step in becoming the divine human that many writers have talked about.  Perhaps it is what the alchemists of ancient times were seeking through their various esoteric practices.  Maybe it is movement toward Teilhard's omega point.  Is this what is meant by "Enlightenment?"  Is this the light body?  I think that none of us have reached this high state as yet, but I feel that we are sometimes granted tastes or glimpses of what that condition might be.

I wonder if this is how we all existed before we incarnated and if this is how we will be once we return to our origin.  All of us are involved in this process in our own ways and according to our own rhythms.  Together we move toward species evolution, in a manner that seems to be orchestrated elsewhere.

In the meantime, we live in mystery.

How blessed we are to be participants at this time!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Paula D'Arcy––A Transcendent Experience at Chartres  





A Transcendent Experience at Chartres Cathedral––Paula D'Arcy

I have returned to Chartres Cathedral so many times.  I know you're aware that it's a great energy vortex. I am always drawn there, like being drawn home.

This year our little group was able to enter the Cathedral in the morning 30 minutes before the doors opened to the public. No lights, no candles. Just being with her (the Cathedral) as she awakened. I found a different place to sit each time...usually sitting right on the ancient stones of the floor, but always in sight of one of the original stained glass windows. As the morning light comes through that famous Chartres blue, an alchemical  mix of colors, it is very affecting.

Then on one of those mornings I felt as if the energy of the Cathedral had entered me and as She awakened to the morning, She was awakening inside of me. The boundaries of my person ceased to exist. The vastness I experienced was boundless, and the surge of energies were in remarkable waves that opened, seemingly, to the infinite Universe. I didn't speak of it to anyone because I didn't know what to say. I just stayed with it, trying to be calm and just allow it, and spent the remaining days, whether outside or inside and when I could,  sitting still and breathing more slowly...not really needing to eat much...  I flew home with these energies still moving...and even though they were not really contained, it was not frightening. Not troubling.  When I got home I saw a woman Craig introduced me to years ago - she is very attuned to the body and energies. She immediately seemed to know what I was experiencing - she said a few things that described the largeness of the energy. I had said nothing about it, but she felt it, and sat with me in silence for over an hour, sometimes putting a hand on me. I left feeling as if some of the energy had integrated (not sure if that's the word)...Only that I was a little more grounded or better able to adjust to the force.

Now, as I write to you, I am in NC...and as I arrived, the same wide opening and strong flow of energies repeats itself.

Paula D'Arcy, Writer and Speaker, Gift of the Red Bird and Stars at Night


Monday, June 12, 2017

"Emily"––poem by Dorothy 





Emily

Oh, Emily, Emily,
with your flaming hair,
your hand sewn rhymes.

How long you held
your secret to your bosom,
how seldom you shared
with anyone at all.

And you held out
against God himself,
the master, the Father
who ruled
with an inflexible iron hand.

You set your own terms,
did not bow down,
kept the Sabbath
staying at home.

And those slanted marks at the end,
signals for elocution,
indications of intonation
up, down, or steady,
the critics never guessed,
thought you did not know
how to punctuate.

You outlived them all,
ended up acclaimed and
revered by throngs,
noticed at last,
even as your carriage
drove ever forward into eternity.

Dorothy Walters
June 10, 2017

Only seven of Emily Dickinson's poems were published during her lifetime, though she is now recognized as one of the most important poets America has ever produced.  She lived all of her life with her family in Amherst, Massachusetts, and quietly bound her poems into small packets with spines of yarn.  She refused to recognize the patriarchal God with his public ceremonies and enforced doctrine and preferred to acknowledge the divine through her own private connection.   The lines of her poetry ended with puzzling dashes, which the critics assumed were evidence that she was ignorant of correct punctuation.  These were in fact simply instructions of how the poems were to be read (aloud) with markings derived from the elocution books common at the time.  These manuals inserted dashes slanted up or down or steady to indicate rising or falling inflection, or steady voice. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

"The Visitor"––poem by Dorothy 





The Visitor

At midnight
we are swallowed
by silence.

At last the traffic
has stilled,
the drivers
now arrived at where
they were going
or else forgotten
their destination.

Dreams descend bearing
secrets,
and the dreamers
toss in their beds.

It is then
that we wonder
about our decisions,
our turnings and discoveries,
how long this performance will last.

Now we discover
the truth
about the mirror image,
the longings that come.

A vistor will arrive
but there will be
no footsteps,
no latch turning.
The guest will be familiar,
though you may not remember
when last you met,
even Her face or features,
her unsaid words.

None of this will matter
as you turn down
the covers,
wait expectantly,
welcome Her
into your bed.

Dorothy Walters
June 7, 2017





Saturday, June 10, 2017

Pilgrims 





Pilgrims

The pray to their god,
unseen, located somewhere else;
they say prayers in temples with crosses,
have a list of rules,
circle their mountain,
hoping to find Him.

Our god is also unseen,
lives within us,
sometimes dances
or even makes love
with us
like an unexpected suitor
suddenly
come back again.

I will not say
which is right.

But I do like it
 when She and I
make love together.
Then I know
She is there,
ready to embrace
as we become each other.

Dorothy Walters
June 10, 2017



Friday, June 09, 2017

The Saint in Holy Longing 






The Saint in Holy Longing

I want to say something
that has never been said before.

To feel that
which no one can describe.

To go to that place
that is on no map.

To endure what is not bearable,
unrestricted, immeasurable,
indescribable,
infinite love.

To burn
until I vanish.

Only that,
only that.

Dorothy Walters
June 7, 2017



Thursday, June 08, 2017

Who Am I? 






Who Am I?

Someone called me a sant.
Others thought I was bizarre.

Very young I fancied
I was the oracle at Delphi,
or some ancient Dalai Lama,
returned to earth.

Finally, the images faded,
and I gave up seeking my
lost self.

Rumi said,
"I am from some other place
and when I die I plan to
go there again."

I am with Rumi,
hope to return.

Dorothy Walters
June 8, 2017

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

"What Kind of Life?"––poem by Dorothy 





What Kind of Life?

What kind of life
is this?
Moments of infinite
bliss,
episodes of panic
and pain.

Always a pendulum swinging,
like a yearly earth cycle of
death and renewal,
despair and joy.

The spirit must be
shaped and remolded
again and again,
like a flower that withers
and blooms,
rises and descends
in a constant round,
always pushing upward,
striving for sun.

Dorothy Walters
June 6, 2017





Tuesday, June 06, 2017

"The Ancient One Reflects"––poem by Dorothy 






The Ancient One Reflects

Male/female, Shiva/Shakti,
What do these mean to me?

I have gone beyond the categories,
arrived at a place
where names
no longer matter.
Silence is the key.

Yet I attend,
still long for the touch
of the Beloved Within,
and the Lord of the Meeting
Rivers
still calls me and
I come.

Dorothy Walters
June 6, 2017

(The Lord  of the Meeting Rivers is Krishna.)


Monday, June 05, 2017

South Africa with Andrew Harvey 





Here is an event I would love to participate in, but of course I cannot.  Instead, I am delighted to read the itinerary and imagine what this experience might be.  Tours into this area are extremely limited and this one is given special permission to enter the preserve.  Only about 10 sacred white lions remain in the wild here.  The group is limited to 12 participants.  See andrewharvey.net for more information. 

South Africa with Andrew Harvey

SCHOOL OF SACRED WARRIORSHIP

In Support of the Global White Lion Protection Trust (WLT)

There will be two trips this year

March 29th -April 6th 2018

October 8th – 16th 2017

PAY DEPOSIT October

PAY DEPOSIT March

PAY REMAINING BALANCE

PAY EXCURSION PACKAGE

DAY 1,  – Arrival at Tsau: White Lion Territories

Welcome to the heart of the White Lion’s Sacred Territory known as Tsau, originating from the ancient Bushman word incantation – “Starlion”.

The group will be met at Eastgate Airport, Hoedspruit and transported to the White Lion sacred heritage lands. Please note: if you will be traveling prior to in South Africa, please be sure to meet at Eastgate Airport no later than 1pm.

During and after lunch, a short but important introductory program and intention setting prepares the group for an uplifting experience in the Heart of the White Lions Sacred Territory. Linda and Jason will share personal anecdotes and discuss the projects undertaken by the Global White Lion Protection Trust as well as the discovery of the genetic marker that makes the White Lions unique.

The group has a chance to settle in prior to heading out on an open vehicle game drive to be introduced to the Royal Prides.

In the evening guests will enjoy a traditional meal around the fire and can retire early in preparation for the key events of important days ahead.

DAY 2,  – Sacred Warriorship

A dawn departure to track the illusive White Lions in their natural kingdom starts the day.

After breakfast Andrew discusses Sacred Warriorship and how it is witnessed in action through the LionHearted leadership, implemented by the WLT, in this challenging but highly successful project.

Linda introduces the group to the “technology of love” in preparation for camp unicorn 2animal communication techniques with the White Lions and shamanic techniques for receiving messages from the White Lions in meditation and dream time.

A delicious homemade lunch, prepared by Shangaan chef Elanani is followed by a siesta and deep relaxation integrating time, place and purpose before the group heads out to commune with the majestic White Lions.

The day draws to a close with a screening of the National Geographic documentary which gives information on the project as well as Linda and Jason’s battle to save the White Lions of the Timbavati.

DAY 3,  – 7 laws of Sacred Leadership

Early morning lion tracking should leave the group in high spirits for the remainder of the day.

During the morning Andrew will present his vision of the laws of Sacred Leadership taken from the major mystical traditions and his own experience as the architect of Sacred Activism.

After lunch, Andrew leads the group in the essential heart practices for the Sacred Warrior, and how these apply to the 12 Laws of LionHearted leadership.

The LionHeart : That condition of Fearlessness inspired by Love. How to reawaken it. Embody it. Live it. How to equip and empower yourself through the LionHeart to change your world.

DAY 4,   – Cultural Excursion

The group joins in a day of cultural activities with visits to local Shangaan schools, the orphan centre, a local crèche or the Elder’s Weavers, all supported by the Global White Lion Protection Trust. As honoured guests, share their rich culture and White Lion heritage with traditional displays and lively celebration. Donations to these facilities are gratefully accepted and recommended at R100 per guest per destination.

kruger national parkThis fun filled day culminates with an invitation from Chief Harmony Khosa (principal guide) and Matimba (his brother); nephews of Maria Khosa, Lion Queen of the Timbavati; to visit their ancestral home. Enjoy a delicious traditional dinner, with warrior dancing around the fire drumming up the excitement of the heart and soul of Africa in the presence of the Ancestors of these sacred lands. The Global White Lion Protection Trust will gladly add this charge to your donation breakdown and make payment on your behalf to the Village.

Take advantage of a rare opportunity for authentic bone divination given by the traditional healers of the Khosa village. We recommend a donation of R350 for personal and R500 for group divinations, inclusive of an interpreter, payable directly to the healer.

DAY 5, – Day of Silence

A tranquil day of silence is broken at sunset at the Npenvu Treehouse overlooking White Lion sacred territories.

DAY 6,  – Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s most famous wildlife conservation area. This 2 million hectare reserve borders Mozambique and is situated an hour’s drive from Tsau. A unique opportunity to
drive, in an open safari vehicle with professional guides, through elephant, giraffe, zebra and antelope populated savannah grasslands, dotted by rivers where crocodile and hippo may emerge to sun themselves. Whatever you may see is a blessing from the great creative force that is “Mother Nature”. Do not be limited by expectations of viewing the so called “Big Five”, any encounter with creatures in their natural eco-system is a profound privilege. As “King of Kings”, the Lion is a true apex predator, or capstone species, at the tip of the pyramid of life and governs all other creatures, great or small, in these wilderness lands.

Packed lunch is provided at a spectacular site overlooking the Lebombo Mountains to Mozambique.

Wrap up this unforgettable day back at Camp Unicorn with tranquil evening discussions incorporating everyone’s personal connections with Nature.

*** Note *** – due to this excursion starting before dawn and ending after dark there is no lion monitoring on a Kruger Park excursion day

DAY 7,  – Crystal Star Lion

After a healthy breakfast, following dawn communion with the White Lions, guests spend the day in reflection and gentle journeying into the Inner Worlds.

A sumptuous picnic lunch will be hosted by Linda under the Giant Wild Fig. This is followed by White Lion Meditation, led by Linda, which takes the group on a journey of enlightenment and empowerment, sharing White Lion techniques to help integrate the principles and qualities of these most radiant of animals into personal lives. Tuning in to these qualities helps achieve greater self-fulfillment, self-healing, leadership potential and effective decision-making.

Evening lion monitoring follows a walk to the site of the Crystal Star Lion monolith.

DAY 8,  – Dragon Mountains

After a brief but very powerful leadership activation of the LionHearted law of unlocking your unique gift, participants set out on a liberating excursion into the Drakensburg (Dragon) Mountains, a massive tectonic plate which links with the East African Rift Valley.

The day’s drive follows the golden leyline of the Nilotic Meridian, a spectacular panoramic route along the ridge of the Drakensburg Mountains. Taken by pilgrims in search of gold, this route was also the path of the great elephant migrations. The Blyde River Canyo
n, the world’s third largest canyon, is situated on the cusp of the Kruger to Canyon’s biosphere, which has been declared by the United Nations as one of the world’s prime biosphere regions. Your journey will include amazing sites such as God’s Window and the Ancient Stone Altar.

Enjoy lunch at Graskop and explore the vibrant indigenous craft markets. A day to select gifts for loved ones; express your God given gifts; and celebrate Mother Nature’s gifts and blessings.

DAY 9,  – Departure

Dawn brings the final chance to visit the sacred White Lions in their endemic habitat.

After breakfast the journey concludes with intention setting and vision holding in the serene beauty of this environment, connecting the group to their LionHearted natures and a higher purpose. Before last goodbyes are said, the group rounds up for a ceremony of thanksgiving with final prayers for the White Lions and the birth of a new world. You are able to depart on your onward journey knowing that you have established a strong connection with Tsau and that you carry the Spirit of the Sacred White Lions of Timbavati with you always.

Note space is limited to 12 participants. Airfare is not included. Double Occupancy only.

** Please note **

 Due to the sensitive nature of the scientific re-introduction of a critically endangered animal, this project is not open to the general public, but the WLT is pleased to showcase its aims and objectives to special interest groups, likely to become long-term supporters and donors of this exceptional ground-breaking project.
This itinerary is not set in stone, and may change depending on the weather, the people and most important of all, the animals.
Please observe that there are strict safety and security protocols in respect of the reintroduction of the White Lions. Our scientific monitoring vehicles do not intrude on the White Lions’ space, and we ensure that we keep our voices as low as possible when approaching them in the wild. The contact with the White Lions is a non-photographic experience and we avoid taking cameras, zooms or spotlights and other hi-tech devices into their environment and instead enter into the magic of their natural existence and share its timeless beauty.
Magnificent photographic studies of the White Lions and other mementos are available. 100% of proceeds go directly to the protection of the White Lions in their natural habitat.
A sample menu of meals provided can be viewed here
Why this project needs our LionHearted support

White Lions are exceptionally rare. They have been almost completely eradicated from the wild: artificially removed from their natural system and sold into zoos and circuses around the world since their first appearance in the wild in the 1930s. The result of a rare “Genetic Marker” discovered through the collaborative scientific research led by the WLT, White Lions have been brutally sped-bred and held White Lion Protection Trustin captivity to be killed by the notorious ‘canned hunting industry’. Against great odds, the WLT has initiated a world-first re-introduction program, and has successfully re-introduced three prides of high genetic integrity back into the wild that are surviving self-sufficiently. Currently, there are less than 10 White Lions in their endemic habitat, most of which are in the protected area of some 4400 acres created by the WLT in the heart of their ancestral heritage lands. The WLT is a non-profit scientific and community conservation organization dedicated to saving this magnificent animal, with 85-90% of all donations allocated to ensuring the survival of the White Lions, and supporting the up-liftment of an indigenous community.

Testimonials

A Life changing experience, a huge part of me was dormant and got awakened during my time in Timbavati, I am more whole, more me than I’ve ever been

I understood or rather EXPERIENCED how nature is in constant communication with us, the white lions showed me what I needed to see, no doubt about that.

Andrew Harvey’s company was a treasure, he is so intelligent with an amazing sense of humor,  helped me find deeper truths about myself effortlessly and lightly, all with genuine care and warmth. Linda Tucker’s presence and humanness was a gift and an inspiration. I am so glad I attended that amazing workshop and met the amazing people who were part of it , and would strongly urge whomever feels called to do it to just go ahead and jump in.

- Maha

from Planet earth.

Camp Unicorn proved to be a monastery in and for nature. Like novices in the Middle Ages, one goes through the gates and portals that define an enclosure in the ‘desert’ from which, unencumbered, one turns heart and mind towards the rare white lions, the Kings of Kings – solar animals whose forceful presence, elegance and power invite to reconfigure one’s own place in the hierarchy of life manifestations. Humble intelligence, serene empathy then become the tools for formatting man’s understanding of the macrocosmic forces reflected in the microcosm one embodies. The quest of these ‘monastic ascetic’ few days was supported with grace and loving kindness both by Linda Tucker and Andrew Harvey so that my stay in Timbavati turned into a rewarding experience in personal and universal truths as offered by Nature.

- Andris Barblan, Geneva

Amazing trip to the white lions and their homelands! These magnificent beings are clearly avatars – an opportunity for an encounter with the divine! Take advantage of the opportunity!

 – J. Sklar

Having read Linda Tucker’s 2 books on the White Lions and having taken Andrew Harvey’s course, Path to Christ Consciousness for the past 9 months, I was delighted to sign up for this amazing retreat.  Africa has always felt like home to me even though I live in Canada.

This particular retreat was one of the most profound spiritual journeys of my life so far.  The power of the White Lions and the messages they shared, being on the sacred land itself, the exquisitely competent and inspirational facilitation of Linda and Andrew as we dove deep into our own being, all contributed to this amazing experience.  Spending time at Camp Unicorn, sleeping in round huts with straw roofs, eating the most delicious local food and visiting people of the villages as well as an amazing day at Kruger Game Park, seeing more local animals than I could have imagined added to the awe and wonder of our time together.

When I returned home, those who knew me, recognized the depth of my encounters in Timbavati by the “glow in me and around me”.  I will carry the treasures that were unearthed for me on this retreat in my heart and soul forever. I am deeply grateful to ALL for this opportunity.

In the spirit of Ubuntu

- Susan Beayni






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