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    Friday, February 13, 2009, 3:46 PM [General]

    The divine manifestation is ubiquitous,
              Only our eyes are not open to it. . . .
              Awe is what moves us forward. . .
    .

     

     
              Live from your own center. . . .
              The divine lives within you.
              The separateness apparent in the world is secondary.
              Beyond the world of opposites is an unseen, 
              but experienced, unity and identity in us all.
     
              Today the planet is the only proper “in group.”
              Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world.
              We cannot cure the world of sorrows, 
              but we can choose to live in joy.
     
               You must return with the bliss and integrate it.
               The return is seeing the radiance is everywhere.
               The world is a match for us.
               We are a match for the world.
               The spirit is the bouquet of nature. . . .
     
               Sanctify the place you are in.     Follow your bliss. . . .
     

    ~ Joseph Campbell

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    Valentine's Day,collective manifestation of love and peace

    Friday, February 13, 2009, 3:39 PM [General]

    Just received this email and wanted to share it withyou.

    Pretty awesome indeed.Ana

    This Saturday is Valentine's Day in parts of the world--a time to honor those we love in some way.  But this year February 14 has a much deeper meaning.  At a time when humanity and the earth need love more than ever, the planets are aligning to support that love as the Age of Aquarius dawns! 
     
    Forty years ago, the Fifth Dimension performed a song called "Aquarius" which brought the dawning of the New Age into our collective awareness:
      
    When the Moon is in the seventh house
    and Jupiter aligns with Mars.
    Then peace will guide the planets
    and love will steer the stars
     
    Now we will actually experience this alignment of the planets!  According to astrology, at dawn on February 14 the Cosmos embodies the perfect alignment to support our collective manifestation of love and peace and the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.  Wow!  We need this and I feel its potential!! 

    To enjoy the Fifth Dimension performing "Aquarius" click here.
     
    For a clear explanation of the astrology behind this alignment, click here.
     
    Another great idea for Valentine's Day comes from the ValentinePeaceProject which invites us to do something creative in our own neighborhood - touch someone's heart with a smile or a rose or anything else you want to give away on February 14.
     
    What can YOU do to manifest love in YOUR world--big or small?   Let's make Valentine's Day this year a BIG day of SPREADING LOVE! 
     
    With much love,
    Karen
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    Announcing a new Meetup for The Austin Energy Healing Meetup Group!
    The Austin Energy Healing Meetup Group
    Click Here Expand Your Energies Of Love and Peace…

    What: Expand Your Energies Of Love and Peace-For Yourself And The Universelove struck

    When: February 14, 2009 7:15 AM

    Where: Click the link below to find out!

    Meetup Description:
    THE AQUARIAN ALIGNMENT, February 14, 2009

    When? Feburary 14th 2009 @ 7:25am

    Where? Your Heart, Mind and Soullove struck

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    We measure our global sense of both space (latitude and longitude) and time (universal time - UT or GMT) from the prime meridian located at Greenwich, England. We can perceive the collective influence of this momentous astrological event (February 14th) by looking at the alignment from this globally centered perspective. When we do, something extraordinary and exquisite emerges.

    At dawn on 14th February the day dedicated to St Valentine, the patron saint of Love, the Moon in Libra enters the seventh house of relationships. And Jupiter and Mars are aligned in Aquarius in the twelfth house of spiritual transformation.

    Forty years ago, the intuitive words of a song called Aquarius, brought the dawning of the New Age into our collective awareness:

    "When the Moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars.
    Then peace will guide the planets, and love will steer the stars."
    At dawn on 14th February the Cosmos actually embodies this perfect alignment to support our collective manifestation of Love and Peace, and the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.
    The Aquarian chart of 14th February reveals an incredible concentration of Cosmic influences blending with the energies of Aquarius in the twelfth house. Expansive Jupiter and energetic Mars are aligned with the higher purpose of the North Node. The presence of Chiron the wounded healer offers us the opportunity to heal the schisms that have separated us for so long. Neptune emphasizes collective humanitarian movements and the co-creation of social justice. And the presence of the radiant Sun enlightens the entire alignment.

    Mercury also in the twelfth house but just beyond the cusp in Capricorn, allies with transformational Pluto to communicate and anchor the Shift throughout our global structures and institutions.

    The Moon in Libra in the seventh house emphasizes harmonious real -ationships.
    Venus in Aries in the first house energizes and empowers dynamic co-creativity.
    And whilst Saturn the great task master in opposition to Uranus the unexpected awakener is suggesting an ongoing confrontation as the dregs of the unsustainable old paradigm reluctantly give way to the untested hope of the new, their placements in Virgo and Pisces brings practical altruism and visionary inspiration to the transition.

    At 7:25 a.m. on 14th February - and for the 18 minutes of the alignment, I invite you, into the Universal Heart, to add your own intention for Love and Peace, and to co-create the dawning of the Age of Aquarius to that of the Cosmos. Join in whatever way feels appropriate for you. You may choose to align with 7:25 a.m. (UT) or 7:25 a.m. your own local time energizing a wave of intention that will surge around the Earth.

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    Life is Like a Cup of Coffee

    Spiritual Story by Unknown

    A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

    Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

    When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: "If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups have been taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.

    Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups... And then you began eyeing each other's cups.

    Now consider this: Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of life we live.

    Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee. Savor the coffee, not the cups! The happiest people don't have the best of everything.
    They just make the best of everything.
    Live simply.
    Love generously.
    Care deeply.
    Speak kindly.
     
     
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    Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 3:16 PM [General]


    Little Things In Life

    Too often we don't realize
    what we have until it is gone;
    Too often we wait too late to say
    "I'm sorry -- I was wrong."

    Sometimes it seems we hurt the ones
    we hold dearest to our hearts;
    And we allow foolish things to tear our lives apart.

    Far too many times we let
    unimportant things into our minds;
    And then it's usually too late
    to see what made us blind.

    So be sure that you let people know
    how much they mean to you;
    Take that time to say the words
    before your time is through.

    Be sure that you appreciate
    everything you've got
    And be thankful for the Little Things
    in Life that mean a lot.
    ~ author unknown ~

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    Saturday, November 22, 2008, 5:19 PM [General]

     
     
    What's In The Temple?
     
    In the quiet spaces of my mind a thought lies still, but ready to spring.
    It begs me to open the door so it can walk about.
    The poets speak in obscure terms pointing madly at the unsayable.
    The sages say nothing, but walk ahead patting their thigh calling for us to follow.
    The monk sits pen in hand poised to explain the cloud of unknowing.
    The seeker seeks, just around the corner from the truth.
    If she stands still it will catch up with her.
    Pause with us here a while.
    Put your ear to the wall of your heart.
    Listen for the whisper of knowing there.
    Love will touch you if you are very still.
     
    If I say the word God, people run away.
    They've been frightened--sat on 'till the spirit cried "uncle."
    Now they play hide and seek with somebody they can't name.
    They know he's out there looking for them, and they want to be found,
    But there is all this stuff in the way.
     
    I can't talk about God and make any sense,
    And I can't not talk about God and make any sense.
    So we talk about the weather, and we are talking about God.
     
    I miss the old temples where you could hang out with God.
    Still, we have pet pounds where you can feel love draped in warm fur,
    And sense the whole tragedy of life and death.
    You see there the consequences of carelessness,
    And you feel there the yapping urgency of life that wants to be lived.
    The only things lacking are the frankincense and myrrh.
     
    We don't build many temples anymore.
    Maybe we learned that the sacred can't be contained.
    Or maybe it can't be sustained inside a building.
    Buildings crumble.
    It's the spirit that lives on.
     
    If you had a temple in the secret spaces of your heart,
    What would you worship there?
    What would you bring to sacrifice?
    What would be behind the curtain in the holy of holies?
     
    Go there now.
     
    ~ Tom Barrett ~
     
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    Sky Dancer...Dakini Consciousness All is connected

    Friday, October 31, 2008, 12:48 PM [General]


    A Witch by Starlight
    NASA - October 31, 2007

    By starlight this eerie visage shines in the dark, a crooked profile evoking its popular name, the Witch Head Nebula. In fact, this entrancing telescopic portrait gives the impression the witch has fixed her gaze on Orion's bright supergiant star Rigel. Spanning over 50 light-years, the dusty cosmic cloud strongly reflects nearby Rigel's blue light, giving it the characteristic color of a reflection nebula. Cataloged as IC 2118, the Witch Head Nebula is about 1,000 light-years away. Of course, you might see a witch this scary tonight, but don't panic. Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

    http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap081031.html

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    ©Anacoana

    My painting several years ago, I just got into swirling and brush movements, and when I stood back I saw a whirling dancer top part, below I see a witch or old crone facing to left. I titled this "Tara Sky Dancer" that was in 1993. Not till a few years ago in reading a book I came across this title "Dakini Sky Dancer" 

     

     


    dakini Sanskrit word for "sky dancer," a female tutelary diety, often of frightful aspect, who teaches and tests those on the path of Tantric enlightenment.

    Dakinis are female Tantric Buddhas and those women who have attained the realization of meaning clear light. Dakas are the male equivalent.

    Examples of Dakinis are Vajrayogini, Tara, Sarasvati and Marichi.

    NOTE "TARA"

    The terms Dakini and Daka, and Heroine and Hero are interchangeable. Shantideva said that a real Hero or Heroine is someone who has destroyed their self-cherishing mind, has conquered thier delusions, and developed the courage to help many living beings.

    page: www.meditationinliverpool.org.uk/.../Dakini.html

     

    now

    Dancing Dakini by Choying Drolma and Sina Vodjani (Audio CD - 2006) - Import

    This to me shows how Inspiration is from Source, and we ALL share that connection.

    Ana

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    In the Tibetan language the Sanskrit term dakini is rendered Khandroma (mkha’-‘gro-ma) meaning “she who traverses the sky” or “she who moves in space”; this is sometimes rendered poetically as "sky dancer" or "sky walker".

    Iconographically, their bodies are depicted curved in sinuous dance poses. They dance as they are active manifestations of energy or shakti. It should be noted that while dakinis are often depicted as beautiful and naked, they are not viewed primarily as sexual symbols but as symbols of the naked or natural mind or rigpa stripped of all obscuration and defilements. And the movements of their dance signify the movements and thoughts or the quanta of consciousness in the mindstream and the dharmakaya as the wellspring of the spontaneously emerging Buddha-mind, or rigpa.

    Dakinis are prevalent in Vajrayana Buddhism and have been particularly conceived in Tibet and the Himalaya where the dakini, generally of volatile or wrathful temperament, act somewhat as a muse (or inspirational thoughtform) for spiritual practice. Dakinis are energetic thoughtforms in female form, evocative of the movement of energy in space. In this context, the sky or space indicates shunyata, the insubstantiality of all phenomena, which is, at the same time, the pure potentiality for all possible manifestations.

    Dakinis are questing and testing agents. There are instances where a dakini has come to test an aspirant's control over his or her sexual desires, but the dakini should not themselves be construed as beings of passion and sexuality. Many stories of the Mahasiddhas in Tibet contain passages where a Dakini perturbs the aspiring Mahasiddha. When the dakini's test has been fulfilled and passed, the aspirant is often then recognised as a Mahasiddha and often elevated into the Dakini Paradise, a place of enlightened bliss.[citation needed]

    According to tradition, a Dakini gave a black hat to the third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje (1284 - 1339), when he was three years old.[1] The Black Crown became the emblem of the oldest reincarnating Tibetan lineage.

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    Senge dongma

    Dakinis, being associated with energy in all its functions, are linked with the revelation of the Anuttara Tantras or Higher Tantras, which represent the path of transformation. Here, the energy of negative emotions or kleshas, called poisons, are transformed into the luminous energy of enlightened awareness or gnosis (jnana) yielding rigpa.

    Iconography

    "Iconographic representations tend to show the dakini as a young, naked figure in a dancing posture, often holding a skull cup filled with menstrual blood or the elixir of life in one hand, and a curved knife in the other. She may wear a garland of human skulls, with a trident staff leaning against her shoulder. Her hair is usually wild and hanging down her back, and her face often wrathful in expression, as she dances on top of a corpse, which represents her complete mastery over ego and ignorance" (Campbell 138). Practitioners often claim to hear the clacking of her bone adornments as the dakinis indulge in their vigorous movement.[citation needed]

    References

    • Beyer, Stephen (1973). The Cult of Tara: Magic and Ritual in Tibet. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-02192-4
    • Campbell, June. (1996). "Traveller in Space: In Search of the Female Identity in Tibetan Buddhism". George Braziller. ISBN 0-8076-1406-8
    • English, Elizabeth (2002). Vajrayogini: Her Visualizations, Rituals, and Forms. Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0-86171-329-X
    • Gyatso, Geshe Kelsang (1991). Guide to Dakini Land: The Highest Yoga Tantra Practice Buddha Vajrayogini. Tharpa Publications. ISBN 0-948006-18-8
    • Norbu, Thinley (1981). Magic Dance: The Display of the Self Nature of the Five Wisdom Dakinis. Jewel Publishing House, 2nd edition. ISBN 0-9607000-0-5
    • Padmasambhava, translated by Erik Pema Kunsang (1999) Dakini Teachings. Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2nd edition. ISBN 962-7341-36-3
    • Simmer-Brown, Judith (2001). Dakini's Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism. Shambhala Publications. ISBN 1-57062-720-7
    • Yeshe, Lama (2001). Introduction to Tantra : The Transformation of Desire. Wisdom Publications, revised edition. ISBN 0-86171-16
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    Huddled Beneath the Sky

    Friday, October 3, 2008, 9:15 AM [General]

     
     
    Huddled Beneath the Sky
     
    The sadness I have caused any face
    by letting a stray word
    strike it,
     
    any pain
    I have caused you,
    what can I do to make us even?
    Demand a hundred fold of me - I'll pay it.
     
    During the day I hold my feet accountable
    to watch out for wondrous insects and their friends.
     
    Why would I want to bring horror
    into their extraordinary
    world?
     
    Magnetic fields draw us to Light; they move our limbs and thoughts.
    But it is still dark; if our hearts do not hold a lantern,
    we will stumble over each other,
     
    huddled beneath the sky
    as we are.
     
    ~ Rumi ~
     

    (Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West by Daniel Ladinsky)
     
     


    Web version: www.panhala.net/Archive/Huddled_Beneath_the_Sky.html
     
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    M. K. Gandhi

    Friday, October 3, 2008, 9:09 AM [General]


    Born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi October 2, 1869
    Porbandar, Gujarat, India
    Died January 30, 1948
    New Delhi, India

    "To be true to my faith, therefore, I may not write in anger or malice. I may not write idly. I may not write merely to excite passion. The reader can have no idea of the restraint I have to exercise from week to week in the choice of topics and my vocabulary. It is training for me. It enables me to peep into myself and to make discoveries of my weaknesses. Often my vanity dictates a smart expression or my anger a harsh adjective. It is a terrible ordeal but a fine exercise to remove these weeds."

    M. K. Gandhi,
    Young India, July 2, 1925

    Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) edited three journals during his life. The first one, Indian OpinionYoung India (1919-1932) and Harijan (1933-1948) were both from Ahmedabad. The fact that Gandhi gained a London matriculation and was called to the Bar in 1891, needs to be placed alongside the reality that English was not Gandhi's mother tongue and as a lawyer in India he was an utter failure. The latter was probably not so much due to his lack of knowledge of the language, as to stirrings within him about the ethics of his own profession and whether it was in a court of law that a petitioner could seek truth, though she may well get justice. So, neither training nor learning a language are keys to understanding how and why Gandhi came to wield an effective pen - in Gujarati, Hindi and English, notwithstanding that both were important means. (1903-1914), was in South Africa. The other two:

    Writers, journalists, correspondents, and all those who use the currency of language to express thoughts and feelings about events outside or within themselves, especially those who work diligently at their craft, invariably start from a locus which is physical. Could it be the physical locus, South Africa in 1893, in Gandhi's case, provided the impetus for him to pick up his pen and respond to a reality?

    Three physical events where Gandhi was bodily and violently hurt partly explain the awakening of his unknown talent to express a reality and locate himself beyond the physical. First, in June 1893, Gandhi was thrown out of the train to Pretoria, as he was in a compartment where only white persons could travel and holding a first-class ticket was held against him. Second, in July 1893, Gandhi was kicked off the footpath near President Kruger's home. Third, in January 1897, on arrival in Durban from India, Gandhi was attacked by a mob. These were humiliations to which the entire "coloured" community was subject, not only Gandhi, but they had a particular effect on him.

    In each of these cases, Gandhi refused to sue his assailants, but that does not mean that he stopped thinking about the motivation of his white brothers and sisters who continued to demean (using contemptuous words, such as, "coolies", "coolie barrister", "coolie ships", and so on) an entire community. The other part of his inner need to communicate - stemmed from his training - was warranted by the legal disabilities which all persons of colour, again not only Indians, were subject. In short, it was a "condition of semi-slavery" which thousands of indentured labourers from various part of the British Empire endured, not without tremendous pain, suffering, and debasement.

    It was these physical and legal incidents which Gandhi pondered very seriously and have been perceptively characterised as "iron enter(ing) his soul." Yet, the effect of that corrosive metal piercing a sensitive soul cannot totally account for the prodigious outpouring from Gandhi's pen, mind and heart. Could they? Starting from editing Indian Opinion in 1903 till his assassination by an ultranationalist in 1948, his pen continued to write. The Collected Works of Gandhi now number 100 volumes and these are edited.

    What is it in a writer that serves as a proverbial fount to return to time and again for sustenance, reflection, and at times even temporary silence? In Gandhi's case there is ample evidence in his writings, be it in his An Autobiography: The Story of my Experiments With Truth (first published in two volumes in 1927 and 1929) or in his seminal work Hind Swaraj (1909), that it was his intense search for the spiritual combined with the need to make human beings deeply aware that their response to inhumanity is with added humanity and love of the opponent. These were the embryonic seeds of ahimsa and satyagraha. Some have characterised his search as being God-centred and human-orientated. However one may define this bedrock within Gandhi, it is clear in his writings about satyagraha and ahimsa, while in South Africa and later in India, that he was writing for change both spiritual and temporal. Hence, the concept of swaraj for Gandhi was not just independence from the British Raj, but also self-discipline and self-rule by Indians. He perceptively saw a time when Indians themselves would exploit other Indians. Even though India was politically free, its poorest citizens would be in utter bondage and servitude. To them, independence effectively meant more subjugation, displacement, discrimination, misery, loot and mayhem. Hence, Gandhi's question: "What is swaraj?" It was addressed both to oppressors and oppressed, to morally change themselves, while subjecting himself to the same introspection. The quotation at the outset provides an effective illustration of this, which are replete in his writings.

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    Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 10:52 AM [General]

    It's  all coconuts!

     


    Recently we received a phone call in the wee hours of the morning. My hubby picked up the phone and I heard him say "Oh my gosh"

    Well right away the brain train as I call it, the brain gets in it's grove and starts running down a worst thing track.

    So to avoid that habit, I had the presence of mine (Spirit must have been helping me) I said coconuts!

    My husband got off the phone and I repeated it out loud to him. He smiled, looked at me and I said it's all coconuts. He laughed.

    That word was enough to redirect his brain and emotional reaction.

    So now we have this random thing we do.

    To chose a funny word, one that holds no emotional trigger for any of us. And use it to keep us, remind  us, to stay centered.

    Emotional trigger words you and I have many.

    When I first started work at the Library my supervisor who had the nick-name of Red, used red pens only. My first notes from her triggered a gut reaction for me. This went back to grade school when test papers were returned with notes/scores written in red.

    So that's what I mean about a trigger to an emotional response.

    And in using/choosing a random word, something funny because it sounds weird and because it has no meaning for me, outside of it's definition, are good words to defuse a situation. This will also help my brain train to derail off the negative track.

    Try something like this for you, it's a little thing to do, yet it can make a big difference.

    Let me know if you have a way to defuse negative thinking, or a way to keep you on a positive track.

    Have a coconut day

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    Affirmation

    Tuesday, September 30, 2008, 8:41 AM [General]

    I will honor myself today. I will forgive myself. I let go of the past.

    I let the loving presence of God fill my being.

     

    The highest realization we can have is the recognition of the Omnipresence of Spirit.

    This will set greater possibilities in motion and will, automatically, provide a better concept of life.

     The Science of Mind..page 276

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    Sunday, September 28, 2008, 9:52 AM [General]

    Selected Poetry of Walt Whitman


     

    I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
    And what I assume you shall assume,
    For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

     ~

     

    “All truths wait in all things,
    They neither hasten their own delivery nor resist it,
    They do not need the obstetric forceps of the surgeon...” 

     

    ~

    I am the poet of the body and I am the poet of the soul...
    At another place he sings:
    I have said that the soul is not more than the body.

     

    ~

    The soul is always beautiful, it appears more or it appears less,
    it comes or it lags behind,
    It comes from its embower'd garden
    and looks pleasantly on itself and encloses the world...

    Man and woman: different entities?
    I am the poet of the woman the same as the man,
    And I say it is as great to be a woman as to be a man...

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