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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Celebrating Sacred Spaces and the Flowering of Love in the New Earth

The Energies for December 2009

Archangel Michael through Celia Fenn

Beloved Lightworkers, and so it is that you have activated the Sacred Rose Portals for your Earth and begun the process of working with the Sacred Rose Grids. There is great Joy in the Celestial realms as we watch the radiant energies of your Hearts and Souls activating these new channels of Light that link you together in a great Flower of Love. There have been huge shifts in your reality, beginning with the 9:9 in September and culminating in the opening of the 11:11:11. You will only begin to perceive the magnitude of these shifts as you move into the new year.

Now, as you enter into the month of December and you approach the 12:12 and the Solstice of the 21:12, you will have the opportunity to settle into these new energies and to begin to appreciate the real beauty of this new Grid of Love that is unfurling in the Higher Consciousness of the Planet. We ask you to imagine a Radiant Template or Flower patterns on which the Sacred Creative energies of the New Earth will be patterned, and then anchored into manifestation.

Beloved Ones, this is a time to celebrate the opening of the Sacred Rose in your Higher Consciousness and the full activation of the Ascended Christ Consciousness in the Human Collective Consciousness. It was achieved by the massive effort of light work that was undertaken by all awakened souls on the Planet between the 9:9 and the 11:11:11, to ensure that this Sacred Grid would be anchored into the Planetary Hologram at this time. This is why so many of you feel tired, exhausted and depleted. You have held the Light consistently and you have worked with the Higher Realms to create this portal or bridge of light that will be the access points between Higher Consciousness and the Material Plane. In the future, the Designs and Desires of Higher Consciousness will be anchored into the Rose Grids and then brought into manifestation as pure expressions of the Higher Consciousness of Humanity.

Beloved Ones, this is a time to celebrate. This is the "Second Coming of the Christ" that was long awaited. Indeed, the Christ Avatars, the Masters Yeshua and Mary Magdalene, who came to Earth two thousand years ago, brought within themselves the seeds of the Sacred Rose Consciousness. This was expressed in their lives, in their work and teachings, and in their relationship. They were the Divine Union incarnate, the Sacred Partnership that birthed the New Consciousness that manifests for you now and flowers into this wonderful shift and miraculous transformation. At this time, the seeds that were planted in Israel and in France, have flowered forth, and their work has reached its culmination in You! You are the Sacred Rose, you are the Second Expression and Flowering of the Christ Consciousness on Earth. You are Heaven seeded on Earth in the form of Beauty and Love!

Beloved Ones, Yeshua and Mary Magdalene were channels for Divine Higher Consciounsess. Through their physical bodies as a man and a woman, they served as portals for anchoring Divine Consciousness on the Earth and expressing the Divine Will. Their personal Rose energies were fully activated and they were guided to be an expression of Divine Love. So indeed, is each one of you when you open your Sacred Heart to Unconditional Love and allow the Sacred Rose of Light to unfurl in your Crown Chakra. Then, you become a Multi-dimensional Being, a Portal for Divine Love in a Human and Physical body. This is the culmination of the Human Angelic transformation, when Spirit and Matter become One and function as One.

And so, as you enter into December, you have much to celebrate! You will celebrate the 12:12 opening on the 12th of December and you will celebrate the Solstice energies of the 21:12 on the 21st of December. We ask you to feel at this time, the presence of the Sacred Rose energy, the culmination of the Twin Flame Union of Divine Masculine and Femienine, when the two become one and open to the Flow of Magic and Power from the Cosmic Heart of the One! This Divine Magic flows through the Rose Portals and into the Heart and is manifested as Magical Love and Miracles of Light!

Beloved Ones, let this also be a time to celebrate Sacred Spaces. The gift of the Rose Portals is indeed the return of the Sacred to Planet Earth. You may have seen and felt the increase in power and intensity in your ancient Sacred sites as the Diamond Grids and the Rose Grids were activated. The Cosmic energies and the Celestial intelligences that inhabit these frequencies were once again able to connect with you directly though these Sacred Sites and you were guided to be present at these Sacred Spaces. This is because it is these Grids that carry the Divine energy of Sacred Space. This is why, also, you were reconnected with the Elemental realms, as well as the Cetacean grids, in this year, so that Humanity could begin to work as co-creators in the manifestation of Sacred Spaces on Earth once again.

Beloved Ones, if you imagine this beautiful Rose Grid with its Flower like geometries, then you will see that each flower is a "nodal point" where the Sacred can manifest into form.

image by Fred Casselman at

Now, each one of you is a Sacred Rose, and a potential nodal point for the expression of multi-dimensional energies and the expression of Divine Will on Earth. In order to achieve this, it is necessary only to open your Heart and become fully what you are - an expression of Divine Love in Motion. When you can perceive yourself as such, you will flower into the energy of the Sacred Rose and you will become a channel for Divine Love.

What this means, Beloved Ones, is that you become the holders of Sacred Space. It is a space where Divine energy flows and manifests. It is a space for Divine Magic and Miracles and Love! Remember, when you enter into this Higher Consciousness you become a living and moving portal for Higher Consciousness, and people will experience you as such.

Of course, Dearest Ones, when you work together in groups then this power is greatly magnified, and certainly powerful energies and miracles can be activated. And, more importantly, Divine Love flows to everyone and into the Planet. And, Divine Love is what creates Sacred Space, it is what creates Heaven on Earth and a sense of safety and support for all.

And so, we would like to share with you also that not only will your ancient Sacred Sites be strongly energized, but you will also begin to manifest and create new Sacred Sites and Temples of Light at many of these "nodal points" on the Grids. Some of these will be temporary, and will be held as Sacred Space for Group Initiations and Activations. But, many will be permanant in nature, and will form the Centers of Light for the New Earth.

Beloved Oners, these Centers of Light will not be associated with any specific religion or path or Master. Rather, they will be Sacred Spaces where anyone can go to honor the Light within and to connect with the energy of Divinity. Those who are called to hold such Sacred Spaces for others will be honored for their work as Keepers of Sacred Spaces. They will hold the Sacred Flame of Humanity's Divine Essence in their hearts and they will anchor this in the Spaces that they create and share.

Many of you will feel called to begin to participate in this new work. Firstly, you will connect with your own Inner Divinity, and then you will manifest this by creating Sacred Spaces in your own homes and lives. This you will share with others.

Then, you may feel called to participate in gatherings where Sacred Space is being held and anchored for the New Earth. Finally, you may feel called to establish or co-create a Sacred Space that will become a Temple of Light where all may share and celebrate the Divine Light within Humanity and in the presence of Spirit and Celestial Beings.

These Temples of Light, and indeed the Gatherings of Light, will be nodal points for the expression of Divine Cosmic Magic and Power, where the playful energy of Love in Motion may be brought into form as the Highest expression of Divine Will on Earth.

And so, Beloved Ones, we ask that at the 12:12 and the 21:12, you hold within yourselves the intention to be Sacred Space and to serve Sacred Space. Hold the intention to be a portal for Divine Love that may be shared by All on the Planet. For, you are not separate, you are one family, and you live on one Earth. We ask that you share this Divine Magic and Light with All that you meet in this month of December.

Then, as you enter into 2010, you will enter into the Year of the Sacred Rose, when Earth once again begins to manifest Sacred Spaces that are filled with Living Light, Joy and Celebration! These will be Multi-Dimensional Points of Creation and Magic for the manifestation of the New Earth energies.

May you be Blessed with Love and Joy in the month of December.

© 2009-10 Celia Fenn and Starchild Global

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

12 Days of Transformation

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Movement that comes from nowhere

A philosophical essay written solely by Alexey Prokofyev.


We all know the world is infinite. But do we THINK about it?

The world is infinitely enlargeable and infinitely divisible.

Multiply the world you know a billion times, then multiply

the result a billion times. Where is that end? How can it be

any other way, you may ask.


That’s why the very essence of the world is superhuman.

We are more than ants, but we are not SO much more,

because both our species are opposed to infinity not as a

distance, but as a notion.

This stuff is as simple as can be, it’s under everybody’s

nose, but nobody cares.

More than this you know there’s nothing (Roxy Music).

The mind wants the world to be clear to someone, but God

would have to live in infinity too.


The meaning of life is pleasure, because if there is another

meaning to life, what is in it for you? Isn’t it what we all

carbon beings are trying to do, derive pleasure from life?


Guilt is stupid, so is regret. Everything is predestined,

that’s why the future is predicted so bloody often.

Horoscopy is about predicting the future too, even if it only

predicts traits of your future character.

You may say that certain things are predestined, and

certain ones are not. But all things are interconnected, so

how can one appear without the other?

Everything is firmly set in the infinity of time behind us

and in front of us. Those who tried to invent an eternal

engine forgot that it would have to be an enclosed system,

while we live in infinity, powered by movement that comes

from nowhere.

Every movement in the infinitely divisible matter is

predestined since the day it all started rolling, which day

never happened.

This makes the idea of sin and the ensuing heaven or hell

absurd. It also means that everybody is innocent. People

who go to jail are innocent. Those who jail them are

innocent too. The firing squad consists of innocent men.

Pinochet was innocent. We think we move things, but we

are just puppets with miner’s picks.

This stuff should somehow be taken into consideration.

So boiling people in oil in hell makes no sense. Maybe it

doesn’t HAVE to make any sense.

It also means that nothing in the world is casual. Every

direction you take to pee is firmly set in the past and will

have inevitable consequences.

There’s no such thing as a missed opportunity. Try to

behave, but never give a damn for the past. Say: “It’s not

my fault. It was written in the stars.”


Infinity is too big a plot for him to cultivate, and neither

can he rule human lives, because the humans are included

into the movement of infinity. God can exist only as an

intermediary between us and the Universe, but in no way

can he be The Master of Everything. BECAUSE THERE

IS NO EVERYTHING. There’s only infinity.


Faith is nothing but hope and auto-suggestion. And this can

work wonders.


The world is infinite, and it may have infinitely different

impacts on you. On the other hand, you are not infinity,

you have certain traits of character, with which you were

born and with which you will die. So the direct and honest

reaction to things that occur is the happiest way to live.


Everything is possible but the absence of space, time and


SIN (returning from Cosmos).

Nothing that doesn’t hurt you or your neighbor is a sin.


If they slap you, turn the other cheek. If they kill you, let

them kill you once again.


You want to kill yourself, because you have made an

unfavourable judgement against yourself. But do you want

to kill the judge? I know it’s only one of the cases.


Existence is the right to exist, which expires when you die.

The only unalienable right of an organism is self-defense.

The world is full to the brim with people I call shit. Shit

can repent its sins, but it can’t become a human. If shit can

hurt you physically, then you should beware. If it cannot,

then you should remember that it only deserves a shitty

relationship. You wouldn’t be upset by every piece of crap

you see. Don’t give a damn.

I welcome all comments at: Alec

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Meditation of Twelve Flames

A New Earth Meditation Technique Written by Nadia Annicchiarico

This meditation can be a very useful instrument for personal and collective transformation. It will be a perfect meditation for 12 12.


For each flame visualize a beam of light, of the colour described below, flowing into you. Use very light and lightful colours, tender and delicate. Accept them with thankfulness and send them with love and respect. You can imagine the flow of light coming from above or from Mother Earth, as both possibilities have been activated. Once you are able to use it for yourself, you can ask the flames to flow onto the whole planet.

-May the Violet light of Transmutation flow in me and purify me

-May the Silver light of Mercy, transform my karma through the gift of change and forgiveness

-May the White light of Divine Consciousness clear my mind and open me to real truth

-May the White golden light of Cristic conciousness flow in me and make me one with all creation.

-May the transparent light of Cosmic consciousness let me know God beyond creation

-May the light blue light of Wisdom let me be wise

-May the light turquoise light of Peace, bring peace to me, my life and my relations

-May the light green light of Harmony and Respect, heal me from past injuries and bring balance to my life and my relations, may I be respected and respect whole life.

-May the golden green light of Cooperation solve competition in me and around me

-May the golden light of Unconditional Love flow in me, heal me and express through me

-May the pinky orange light of Creative Service open me to creativity in service of whole life

-May the pink light of Tenderness flow in me and let me open to real strength which is tenderness

-May all these frequencies be always in me, protect me, and change my life.

Written by Nadia Annicchiarico of Sicily

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Physical and Energetic Transformation

Dearest Beloved Ones,

A physical and energetic transformation is occurring on the Earth which is creating a great deal of uncertainty for humanity. Many people do not understand what they are experiencing, as the new experiences do not conform to their previous assumptions about reality.

Beloved ones, it is now up to you and all faithful servants of God to share what you know, as you are guided, to assist others in finding their way through these new territories that are opening.

The new realities that are unfolding are creating fear or even panic for some. There are people who fear that they are going crazy, or that they are physically dying because of the unusual light body symptoms that have no medical explanation.

There are those whose lives have been affected by economic challenges who are afraid they will not have a place to live or food to eat, and they don't know how they will go on.

Then there are those lightworkers who are carrying a new vibration within their own bodies. Many of these souls are also experiencing great difficulty, first from energies of darkness which seek to oppose the light, and secondly from the increased energetic permeability between dimensions.

As the spiritual realms join more completely with the physical dimensions, there is increased communication between the worlds. Previously the experience of being human for most souls included an almost complete forgetting of their soul's reality and purpose. Now as greater connection is being made between levels of reality, people are experiencing all manner of new feelings, thoughts, intuitions and unexplainable experiences.

These experiences are happening both energetically and also physically, as the new light body is joined with the physical organism and change that manifests in one will affect the other.

For some this connection can feel devastating, as that soul comes to understand the ways that he or she has been living have not been in harmony with their heart's desire. For others this connection can feel joyful, like coming home. For still others, this connection can create new complexities in life as new dimensions of energy must be incorporated into daily life.

Beloved ones, there is much yet still to come that is beautiful, joyful and of the light. Light is only just beginning to take hold in a more embodied way on the Earth. We are still passing through much darkness, both on the spiritual levels and also physically, as your beloved Earth releases the many energies she has accumulated from her previous cycle.

What is needed now is patience beloved ones, for at this moment the purification process is intense and arduous, as the Earth is releasing a great of darkness. Additionally, the purification process of humanity continues and has intensified in recent times, which can be seen in the painful events that are reported in the news.

Many of the concepts you hold about who you are and what your purpose is are incomplete, beloved ones. The greater light that is arriving will continue to illuminate your path and bring your life forward in accordance with your soul's purpose and your heart's deepest and truest desires.

Allow yourself to hold all ideas about yourself lightly and with an open mind and heart. Be willing to be surprised and to discover new parts of yourself that you were not aware of. This time is ahead beloved ones for you and for all of humanity. This is God's sacred promise to His children that all souls may come to know and feel their sacred Oneness with each other and with all of life.

May God continue to bless you abundantly, Amen. is a spiritual gathering place dedicated to the unity of souls and to the creation of a sacred earth.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Taking in the Good

Psychologist Rick Hanson explains how we can make good feelings last:
Greater Good Magazine Taking in the Good

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Glory in the Highest, Part One

By Rob Brezsny

The following is the first few paragraphs of an article from the revised and expanded edition of Pronoia is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings, recently released by North Atlantic Books.

Thousands of things go right for you every day, beginning the moment you wake up. Through some magic you don't fully understand, you're still breathing and your heart is beating, even though you've been unconscious for many hours. The air is a mix of gases that's just right for your body's needs, as it was before you fell asleep.

You can see! Light of many colors floods into your eyes, registered by nerves that took God or evolution or some process millions of years to perfect. The interesting gift of these vivid hues is made possible by an unimaginably immense globe of fire, the sun, which continually detonates nuclear reactions in order to convert its own body into light and heat and energy for your personal use.

You can't live without the sun's inexhaustible flood of unconditional love. Every move you make depends on it. Luckily, it never fails you.

Did you know that your personal star is located at the precise distance from you to be of consummate service? If it were any closer, you'd fry, and if it were any farther away, you'd freeze. Is that just a happy accident? Or is it a sign of favor-a big, broad hint, from a cosmic intelligence that adores you?

Of the many things that have gone right for you during your time on Earth, the most crucial was your birth. As you crossed over the threshold, trading the warm dark sanctuary for the bright noisy enigma, you didn't die! It was a difficult act of high magic that involved many people who worked very hard in your behalf. The skills they provided in helping you navigate your rite of passage were in turn made possible by previous generations of threshold-tenders who bequeathed their expertise.

Months before that initiation, a more secret miracle bloomed: Your life began as a single cell, spawned by the explosive fusion of two highly specialized bundles of chromosomes. How could that tiny package of raw material have possibly grown a brain and liver and heart and stomach over a period of a few months? What inscrutable genius guided and oversaw the emergence of your fully formed infant body, that virtuoso creation, from the slimmest of clues?

"Something unknown is doing we don't know what," said astrophysicist Arthur Eddington about the universe. And we are the beneficiaries.

P.S. You have continued to grow since your birth, with millions of new cells continually blooming to replace the old ones that are always dying. At this moment, you're host to about 50 trillion cells, and each of them is really a sentient being in its own right. They all act together as a community, implementing the monumental collaboration you call your body.

Read the rest of the article here:

Saturday, October 17, 2009



I recently received an email from a group whose stated purpose was seeking truth about life and death but they wanted it to be provable and based upon rationalistic “reason”. Of those they link to are a number of dark force aligned interests that are about furthering separation of humanity from True Self and The Creator of All/God/etc. and in emphasizing the primacy of the individual self.

This same evening I saw a broadcast television program that was essentially a promotional piece for a new book by a popular author named Dan Brown. His specialty is to supply adventure-mystery stories to feed public intrigue with the secrets behind secret cabals. What Brown really does is to disclose inconsequential information to a naïve public while helping to conceal the deeper and darker truths of those he purports to expose. I also was sent something about a “declaration for an integral world” that is closely aligned with a panoply of new age, new world order, eclectism that are without real spiritual connection and that promote the primacy of the individual above all else.

I mention these items here under “Truth” because what is most missing from all of the above is connection to higher spiritual existence and The Creator of All/God/etc. The recent Dan Brown book is essentially a public relations piece for “Freemasonry” and its emphasis on the freedom of the individual, etc. –one deliberately devoid of connection to Creator/God/etc. In this context of separation, there is the imperative of humans becoming gods, but devoid of any true spiritual Light. In other words, false ascension.

If the embodied forces of darkness wish to succeed, they will most likely do so by donning the mask of an eclectic “new age”, “integralism” that makes the individual self primary, along with the power of humanity to be embraced by a false oneness, under the control of dark forces. This has already been successfully used under the broad heading of a “common enemy” of global warming or climate change. This false “oneness” is also being prepared as part of a larger package that presents an “alien threat”. Whether the “alien threat” card will be played remains to be seen. This latter point is discussed further in a special essay in the concluding material to Global Awakening News titled “ET”.

From my comments to the “truth” group: …desire for the real “Truth” is good. We all can and will "really know Truth", even beyond what globally acknowledged sages such as Jesus, Buddha, etc. spoke of. Their words at the time were vectors for a higher level transmission to those around them who could pay attention in that way. Over time, those word-vectors became garbled through many interpretations and translations by humans projecting themselves over this work. High intention and high listening is one way around this difficulty.

Without spiritual wisdom, the human rational mind cannot properly discern truth from falsehood….

That which calls itself humanity is now in the early stages of "dying to death itself" and "dying to the old while still embodied".

Some refer to this as ascension and transformation. It is about experiencing "Truth and Beauty" from ones higher self perspective which in turn helps to heal the personality or ego self. From this the personality or ego-self can relax its grip on a illusory reality that is dissolving and find proper connection with True Self.

Truth is proven to each through a vast inner spiritual realization that, despite outward appearances, nearly everyone can experience. First they need to turn their intention and attention to their own higher soul being and to The Creator of All/ God/ etc. Until that happens, Truth will remain elusive and poor substitutes will continue to be proferred instead.

As it unfolds at first, it can be very disturbing to some.

There is no need for any external authorities or external proofs once this inner realization begins. External authorities, even those rare few who speak proximations of Truth, are external distractions to this process.

Humans have achieved very little by way of "verified" absolute truths. 99% of what passes as the accomplishment of this civilization is based upon the application of some basic principles and the systematic enslavement of whole peoples and planet by forces mostly unknown to most. Take any major events of global significance. Consider the events of Sept 11 2001. There are those who believe the official stories and there are those who do not. Of those who do not, there are many differences. Even if someone were to know exactly who did what and when, the bigger question remains, what does this event truly mean? If or when humans come to believe the extent to which this was an "insider job" and that the official stories are all lies with made-up stories about heroic air passengers, the pentagon, the WTC, etc., etc. Where is real Truth in all this? How is it possible that there are humans of such dark motivations to do all these things. How is it possible that so many people would so readily believe the lies they were told about these events? How is it possible that 65% of adults in the USA support the current state of war? What is the greater truth about the ignorance and somnambulance of so many people today? Consider the greater truths about the true nature of the global wars of the last 100 years. What if people really knew "the facts"? Even if they did, where is the spiritual Truth to all this?

Fortunately, this is now all coming to an end.

All that humans can externally verify is that they can find ways to maintain agreement of the nature of a reality that fundamentally is a projection. Once one can truly see that, then one can then see beyond appearances. Once spiritually so informed, much more can be accomplished that is "True" at its very nature.

There are other ways to "make things" than by the violence of human technology. People think that the "science" and practice of stone or metal work is advanced today, but it is very crude and violent in comparison with a spiritual consciousness that can speak to the energy and consciousness that constitutes “matter”.

So if one really wants to know Truth, then this is a path to ascension, nothing less.


Sunday, October 4, 2009

Osho's Message for Humanity

Osho, what is your message to humanity on this new year's day?
My message is simple. My message is a new man, homo novus. The old concept of man was of either/or; materialist or spiritualist, moral or immoral, sinner or saint. It was based on division, split. It created a schizophrenic humanity. The whole past of humanity has been sick, unhealthy, insane. In three thousand years, five thousand wars have been fought. This is just utterly mad; it is unbelievable. It is stupid, unintelligent, inhuman.

Once you divide man in two, you create misery and hell for him. He can never be healthy and can never be whole, the other half that has been denied will go on taking revenge. It will go on finding ways and means to overcome the part that you have imposed upon yourself. You will become a battle-ground, a civil war. That's what has been the case in the past.

In the past we were not able to create real human beings, but humanoids. A humanoid is one who looks like a human being but is utterly crippled, paralysed. He has not been allowed to bloom in his totality. He is half, and because he is half he is always in anguish and tension; he cannot celebrate. Only a whole man can celebrate. Celebration is the fragrance of being whole.

Only a tree that has lived wholly will flower. Man has not flowered yet.

The past has been very dark and dismal. It has been a dark night of the soul. And because it was repressive, it was bound to become aggressive. If something is repressed, man becomes aggressive, he loses all soft qualities. It was always so up to now. We have come to a point where the old has to be dropped and the new has to be heralded.

The new man will not be either/or; he will be both/and. The new man will be earthy and divine, worldly and other-worldly. The new man will accept his totality and he will live it without any inner division, he will not be split. His god will not be opposed to the devil, his morality will not be opposed to immorality; he will know no opposition. He will transcend duality, he will not be schizophrenic. With the new man there will come a new world, because the new man will perceive in a qualitatively different way and he will live a totally different life which has not been lived yet. He will be a mystic, a poet, a scientist, all together. He will not choose: he will be choicelessly himself.

That's what I teach: homo novus, a new man, not a humanoid. The humanoid is not a natural phenomenon. The humanoid is created by the society -- by the priest, the politician, the pedagogue. The humanoid is created, it is manufactured. Each child comes as a human being: total, whole, alive, without any split. Immediately the society starts suffocating him, stifling him, cutting him into fragments, telling him what to do and what not to do, what to be and what not to be. His wholeness is soon lost. He becomes guilty about his whole being. He denies much that is natural, and in that very denial he becomes uncreative. Now he will be only a fragment, and a fragment cannot dance, a fragment cannot sing, and a fragment is always suicidal because the fragment cannot know what life is. The humanoid cannot will on his own. Others have been willing for him -- his parents, the teachers, the leaders, the priests; they have taken all his willing. They will, they order; he simply follows. The humanoid is a slave.

I teach freedom. Now man has to destroy all kinds of bondages and he has to come out of all prisons -- no more slavery. Man has to become individual. He has to become rebellious. And whenever a man has become rebellious.... Once in a while a few people have escaped from the tyranny of the past, but only once in a while -- a Jesus here and there, a Buddha here and there. They are exceptions. And even these people, Buddha and Jesus, could not live totally. They tried, but the whole society was against it.

My concept of the new man is that he will be Zorba the Greek and he will also be Gautam the Buddha: the new man will be Zorba the Buddha. He will be sensuous and spiritual, physical, utterly physical, in the body, in the senses, enjoying the body and all that the body makes possible, and still a great consciousness, a great witnessing will be there. He will be Christ and Epicurus together.

The old man's ideal was renunciation; the new man's ideal will be rejoicing. And this new man is coming every day, he is arriving every day. People have not yet become aware of him. In fact he has already dawned. The old is dying, the old is on its death-bed. I don't mourn for it and I say please don't mourn for it. It is good that it dies, because out of its death the new will assert. The death of the old will be the beginning of the new. The new can come only when the old has died utterly.

Help the old to die and help the new to be born! And remember, the old has all the respectability, the whole past will be in his support; and the new will be a very strange phenomenon. The new will be so new that he will not be respected. Every effort will be made to destroy the new. The new cannot be respectable, but with the new is the future of the whole of humanity. The new has to be brought in.

My work consists in creating a Buddhafield, an energy-field, where the new can be born. I am only a midwife helping the new to come into a world which will not be accepting of it. The new will need much support from those who understand, from those who want some revolution to happen. And the time is ripe, it has never been so ripe. The time is right, it has never been so right. The new can assert itself, the break-through has become possible.

The old is so rotten that even with all support it cannot survive; it is doomed! We can delay, we can go on worshipping the old; that will be just delaying the process. The new has to come: at the most, we can help it to come sooner, or we can hinder it and delay its coming. It is good to help it. If it comes sooner, humanity can still have a future, and a great future: a future of freedom, a future of love, a future of joy.

I teach a new religion. This religion will not be Christianity and will not be Judaism and will not be Hinduism. This religion will not have any adjective to it. This religion will be purely a religious quality of being whole.

My sannyasins have to become the first rays of the sun that is going to come on the horizon. It is a tremendous task, it is an almost impossible task, but because it is impossible it is going to seduce all those who have any soul left in them. It is going to create a great longing in all those people who have some adventure hidden in their beings, who are courageous, brave, because it is really going to create a brave new world.

I talk of Buddha, I talk of Christ, I talk of Krishna, I talk of Zarathustra, so that all that is best and all that is good in the past can be preserved. But these are only a few exceptions. The whole humanity has lived in great slavery, chained, split, insane.

I say my message is simple, but it will be very hard, difficult, to make it happen. But the harder, the more impossible, it is, the greater is the challenge. And the time is right because religion has failed. science has failed. The time is right because the East has failed, the West has failed. Something of a higher synthesis is needed in which East and West can have a meeting, in which religion and science can have a meeting.

Religion failed because it was other-worldly and it neglected this world. And you cannot neglect this world; to neglect this world is to neglect your own roots. Science has failed because it neglected the other world, the inner, and you cannot neglect the flowers. Once you neglect the flowers, the innermost core of being, life loses all meaning. The tree needs roots, so man needs roots, and the roots can only be in the earth. The tree needs an open sky to grow, to come to a great foliage and to have thousands of flowers. Then only is the tree fulfilled, then only does the tree feel significance and meaning and life becomes relevant.

Man is a tree. Religion has failed because it is talking only of the flowers. Those flowers remain philosophical, abstract; they never materialise. They could not materialise because they were not supported by the earth. And science has failed because it cares only about the roots. The roots are ugly and there seems to be no flowering.

The West is suffering from too much science; the East has suffered from too much religion. Now we need a new humanity in which religion and science become two aspects of one man. And the bridge is going to be art. That's why I say that the new man will be a mystic, a poet and a scientist.

Between science and religion only art can be the bridge -- poetry, music, sculpture. Once we have brought this new man into existence, the earth can become for the first time what it is meant to become. It can become a paradise: this very body the Buddha, this very earth the paradise!

Osho, from: "Zorba The Buddha"
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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Believing is Seeing by Owen Waters

Today's massive, ongoing Shift in consciousness is a shift from intellectual awareness to holistic awareness.

Intellectual awareness is a function of the solar plexus chakra, where mental ability is developed in a linear direction. Examples of linear thought include the performing of arithmetic and the operating of machinery. In this mode of consciousness, people have learned to develop a rigid discipline of "seeing is believing" in order to discover what works and what doesn't.

With holistic awareness, the heart chakra is developed, allowing issues of separation to be resolved and integrated. Holistic awareness means that mind, body & spirit are seen as closely related facets of the human being. This heart-centered awareness is a viewpoint of integration or wholeness which heals the fears and discords that come with solar plexus consciousness.

There is a paradox with moving from linear intellect to heart-centered consciousness. While the intellectual phase of consciousness may say that "Seeing is believing," the holistic phase requires quite the reverse. In holistic consciousness, opposites are often both true as they are seen as opposite sides of the same coin or as polar opposites of the same issue.

Awareness that is limited to the intellect is subject to issues of separation; of us versus them, of struggling for resources that are perceived as scarce instead of solving the problem of their scarcity. Holistic awareness includes the idea that consciousness creates realities, that something must be created in consciousness - "believed" - before they can become a reality.

So, in holistic consciousness, "Believing is seeing" becomes a statement of truth, even though it is the opposite of "Seeing is believing." Instead, it adds the understanding that reality is created by consciousness. We are not merely observers of what is. We create what is.

Traditionally, people have entered a realm of holistic, heart-centered awareness when they pass on from this life. In the afterlife, their task is to heal the fears and hates of their physical lives and transform them into love and forgiveness, thus integrating themselves with others, rather than feeling separate from them.

Today, due to The Shift, more and more people are embracing holistic, heart-centered consciousness while still alive in physical bodies. As the heart is also the gateway to spiritual consciousness, this global movement is producing a revolution in spiritual unfoldment.

Spiritual consciousness is flowering in the global consciousness of humanity as The Shift progresses. Today's pioneers in consciousness are people just like yourself. They are exploring the new territory of unconditional love and experiencing a reunion with their own inner, spiritual connections.

The higher aspect of heart-centered consciousness is fully connected to your inner being, or soul. Your inner being is fully connected to the consciousness of the universe and to that which created the universe. Infinite Being is within each of us. We are Infinite Being.

The daily focus that we apply to our five senses and their connection to the outside world is just like performing a part in a play. We act out the part of being us, along the general theme of the type of events that we planned for this life. We ride along through the journey of this life, gaining the experiences that we planned to gain.

When you open up to your heart, and through that, reconnect to your own spiritual source, then you have become a part of the very future of humanity.

The Shift is heading towards a world where unconditional love and acceptance is normal, where strife is relegated to the distant past, where the true potential of human beings can express itself in the daily joy of being all that you are.

This article was written by Owen Waters, author of "The Shift: The Revolution in Human Consciousness" Available in hardcover or via immediate download at:

Saturday, September 19, 2009

A Note from the Universe

I know what it's like. I've seen it played out a few zillion times. You're waiting for that magical day when someone makes the connection and recognizes who you really are. Maybe they'll first catch the sparkle in your eye. Or perhaps they'll marvel at your insights and the depth of your spirit. Someone who will help you connect the dots, believe in yourself, and make sense of it all. Someone who will understand you, approve of you, and unhesitatingly give you a leg up so that life can pluck your ready, ripened self from the branch of magnificence. Ahhhhhhhhhhh...

Well, I'm here to tell you that your wait is over. That someone, is you.

Good thing you rock,

The Universe

Written by Mike Dooley.
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Saturday, September 12, 2009

A Sacred Time of Blessing

Dearest Beloved Ones,

There is a new anchoring of light that is taking place on the Earth, as the spiritual dimensions and the physical dimensions continue to come together within the physical manifestation of the Earth.

For many people, new and completely unexplainable experiences and events are happening as the result of this joining. For some this is increasing the levels of fear and the desire to 'hold on' and return to a more familiar way of being.

Beloved ones, spiritual guidance is being offered in multiple ways from the Realms of Light, and is available to you at all times. If you are having difficulty feeling connected to your spiritual divine Source, see if you can create a regular quiet time in front of your altar. This will create a space where you can more easily feel and sense inner guidance that is being offered to you from the Realms of Light.

Each soul, each living being is created with God's holy and divine spark of light, love and truth. They myriad and infinite variations of unique individuality are God's celebration of the abundance and diversity of all life.

Seek to discover and to honor your unique divine harmony, the beautiful and blessed voice and creative expression that is You. Honor all parts of you, including those parts that carry pain, fear or darkness. Cherish every part of your divine being, and God's love will open in your heart and expand outward to encompass the whole world.

You are blessed with God's holy gift of life and breath at this sacred time on the Earth. May all aspects of your divine life in God, and your embodied life on Earth be richly blessed and brought forward into new possibilities, new life and new hope during this time of birth. With all love and blessings, Amen. is a spiritual gathering place dedicated to the unity of souls and to the creation of a sacred earth.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Prolegomena to a Guide for the Emerging Yoga Shaman

Written by Allowah


"While our modern secular culture denies the existence of a spiritual dimension to life, many of our popular postsecular movements of mysticism still refuse to address the question of spirits. Philosophers such as Ken Wilber tend to reduce them to psychological tropes or delusions. Based on my own experiences, I strongly suspect we need to attain a more sophisticated understanding of how spirits may operate, as well as a set of techniques for dealing with them, before we can approach higher states and stages of development. We cannot have "Spirit" without spirits." --Daniel Pinchbeck, Toward 2012: Perspectives on the Next Age, p. 4

I begin with Daniel's quote because not only did it speak to me personally when I first read it, but no doubt if you are a member of Reality Sandwich/Evolver, you also share this sentiment. Perhaps you, like me, wonder whether and how the paths of yoga and shamanism intersect, and how accessing non-ordinary states of consciousness (NOSC) might be helpful for us yoga practitioners in the West. You might also have wondered what use psychoactive aids, or "plant sacraments," have for the contemporary yoga practitioner, especially those of us who have told that it is not a "pure" yogic path, and not one that has much to do with the ultimate goal of moksha (liberation).

Let's begin by looking at how yoga and shamanism can be seen as distinct disciplines, viewing it from the perspective of a very well-regarded scholar of yoga, Georg Feuerstein, who has done quite a bit of research into this very subject.

Feuerstein's most current published view on the relationship between Yoga and Shamanism to date is as follows:

"The development of Yoga's heritage spans at least five millennia and may go back into the dim past of the early Neolithic age. Conceivably, Yoga emerged out of the Shamanism of the Paleolithic, but at this point in our knowledge of Yoga's history this is mere speculation. Certainly Yoga and Shamanism have many features in common, though the final purpose is quite distinct: Whereas Yoga aims at spiritual liberation (moksha), Shamanism is primarily concerned with what in Yoga would be called the 'subtle dimension' and with so-called magical feats and healing service to the community." (p. 35)

That said, Feuerstein will be the first to admit thatshamanism is widespread even today in India, particularly among the Shaivites, or yogis who follow the tradition of Shiva. Thus in the 2005 film, "Origins of Yoga: Quest for the Spiritual," Feuerstein makes the following assertion:
"Many yogis also fulfill the role of the shaman, whereby they serve the community as healers, magicians, wise men, and so on."

One only need look at the practices and of the Naga Babas (the most radical of Shaivites) to see unmistakable signs of shamanism: Use of psychoactive herbs (ganja, datura, etc.), ecstatic dance and song, the use of the dhuni (firepit) which confers healing and blessing upon the community, asceticism, siddhis (magical powers), initiatory rites, etc. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Storl, writing in his book Shiva: The Wild God of Power and Ecstasy, comments that, "When confronted with the image of Shiva, an anthropologist will most likely think of a Super-Shaman," (p. 34), as Shiva, in the form of Nataraja, Lord of the Dance, carries a drum in one hand, and a fire in the other.
Feuerstein's reply to this is that, yes, it is true that many yogis fulfill the role of the shaman, yet the domain of the yogi (or yogin) extends beyond that of the shaman:

"The yogin's ultimate purpose, however is to go beyond the subtle levels of existence explored by the shaman, and to realize the transcendental Being, which is transdimensional and unqualified, and which the yogin knows to be his innermost identity. Thus, whereas the shaman is a healer or miracle-worker, the yogin is primarily a transcender. But in the spiritual ascent to the transcendental Reality, the yogin is likely to gather a great deal of knowledge about the subtle realms (sukshma-loka). This explains why many yogins have demonstrated extraordinary abilities and have long been looked upon by the Indian people as miracle workers and magicians. From the yogic point of view, however, the paranormal abilities possessed by many adepts are insignificant by comparison with the ultimate attainment of Self-Realization, or enlightenment." (The Yoga Tradition, p. 95)

In other words, to use the language of Ken Wilber, the yogi "transcends and includes" the shaman -- the role of the shaman tends to be part of the yogi job description, yes, but that job description also entails exploring and embodying the causal realms, not only the astral planes.

Yet it is important to note here that Feuerstein does not discount the importance of the yogi's consciously familiarizing him or herself with the subtle planes of existence (via astral travel, use of psychoactives, etc.), both for the sake of her own evolution, but also to serve as a healer and intermediary for the community. In other words, while not the goal, for Feuerstein there's certainly a place for shamanism in Yoga.

But what of Feuerstein's supposition that the shaman does not access the causal dimensions, while the yogi can and does? Is there any evidence to support such a claim? This brings us back to the original quote from Daniel, and into a scholarly debate that has been going on for some time between Stanislav Grof and Ken Wilber.

I'm not sure how aware Daniel was of this debate when he made his criticism of Wilber, but Grof and other transpersonal psychologists have been leveling similar critiques for years. In his critical essay, "Ken Wilber's Spectrum Psychology," in which Grof confronts Wilber on a number of key points, Grof makes the following statement, almost as if directly responding to Feuerstein as well:

"Shamanic literature, as well as the personal experiences of many anthropologists with shamans, leaves little doubt that they regularly have spiritual experiences not only of the subtle realms, but also of the causal realms."[i]

No doubt Feuerstein would argue that we're talking here about the over-arching goals or premises of shamanism and yoga, not what some yogis or shamans might actually access in their own personal experience. Both Feuerstein and Wilber seem to hold the great Indian sage, Ramana Maharishi[ii] in very high esteem, and they would no doubt suggest that in the world of shamanism we don't find individuals who have similarly attained to Ramana's level of consciousness.

While this is a point well worth deeply considering and probing, Grof would no doubt suggest that shamans are on the same path of integration, and access many of the same levels in their NOSCs, as perhaps even Ramana Maharishi did in his years of solitude on Arunachala on his way to ultimately becoming the universally honored sage he subsequently became.[iii] However, as I am not as familiar with shamanism as I am with yoga, I cannot directly point to a personage in the wide world of shamanism who clearly reached a similar pinnacle in their evolution.

Let me just add a personal note here, though, and say that during my own initial ayahuasca experience -- the most harrowing, hallowing episode of this earthly incarnation, I hasten to add (next to my birth, which I don't remember) -- I did feel as if it were a kind of shamanic initiation, involving a profound sense that egoic body-mind complex was being dismembered and ultimately reconstituted. Once the final re-integration was complete, I experienced myself (Self) as "pure awareness" devoid of egoity. At that point, there were no more "vrittis," or mental modifications, to use the language of the Yoga Sutras, I was truly in the state of Yoga. In simpler terms, I was experiencing the causal ground of Being, at this point, not any astral dimension but a "transpersonal" state of consciousness.

Put simply, my shamanic journey took me through the astral into the causal, and ultimately back into a sense of "ahamkara," or narrow self-consciousness -- "The Box" -- though a considerably expanded box, to be sure.

Now, Wilber does not deny the reality of these experiences for the experiencer, but he does seem to distinguish between what he calls "back door" (or "regressive") transpersonal experiences, and "front door" experiences. The former are induced via therapies such as Holotropic breathwork, rebirthing, psychedelics, hypnosis, etc., whereas the "front door" experiences come about spontaneously through practices such as meditation and other "consciousness disciplines."[iv]

To get a better understanding of what Wilber means by all of this, let's "listen" to an excerpt from a somewhat less formal talk with the Integral philosopher. Please note that here Wilber's humorous but derogatory designation "druggies" could substitute for the "back door" men, and "meditators" for those who do It through the front door:

"My sense is that the people I know that have done it responsibly, have gained a lot from using psychedelics to open up a certain space. But there are downsides. Particularly in this movement, you find there are two general approaches to consciousness studies. One is the druggies, and one is the meditators.

"And the druggies are into altered states, and the meditators are into stages. And the meditators believe that you have to actually discipline and work and it's four years, ten years, fifteen years, to reach a stable realization of these higher states and stages. And the psychedelic or drug side is much more into altered states, ayahuasca, LSD, any sort of number of altered states, and they don't tend to get into permanent realizations based on these things.

"I happen to believe that both of these models -- I use states and stages -- I believe both of them are required. But there's kind of an acrimony between these two groups. There are very few people that do drugs and are serious meditators. And the people that only do drugs, I think eventually it kind of tends to catch up in a way. I don't see permanent realization coming from these things, I don't see permanent access to some of these higher states, and I think at some point the simple neurological noise of the ingredients starts to almost outshine the luminosity that was there, perhaps, at the beginning.

"And so the people I know that I've watched over thirty years that have done only drugs have becoming increasingly, frankly, unpleasant people, and disillusioned, and sad, in certain ways. It's not to say that meditators do all that much better, but there is at least a chance with meditators that you can have a permanent realization that is enduring and not merely a transitory state.

"I think people do better if they either have a judicious combination of the two, or if they do mostly meditation. And my recommendation is don't just do drugs, because people tend to get into trouble, and the theories I see coming out of people that just do drugs are frankly pretty wacky theories. They don't take enough evidence into account, they are not inclusive enough, they don't include other types of data and evidence and I think they' re very partial."[v] So there you have it. Of course, although Wilber doesn't mention Grof or Mckenna by name, they are to be numbered among "the druggies" whose theories are "pretty wacky." You'll note that this interview was from April, 2001, almost exactly one year after Mckenna's passing due to brain cancer, possibly caused by extensive use of high doses of psychedelics (Terence himself suggested it was due to his cannabis use).[vi]

Although I sense that there is general support for the Pinchbeck-Mckenna-Grof side of things among those who are reading this essay, and my own current view is that it seems about time that we emerging yoga shamans start to use "any means necessary" and available to us to explore the inner and outer Cosmos, I do feel that Wilber's general point here is very valid, namely that a combination of entheogens AND meditation seems to be the wisest route. Let ayahuasca be the means of cleansing the doors of perception, if that is your path, but further elaborate and deepen into such expanded states of consciousness via slower, more stable means such as a meditative discipline.

That said, I don't know that we can really make such sweeping judgements about "druggies" like Mckenna. I don't see him as having been unpleasant, disillusioned, or sad, as Wilber suggests (nor Grof, for that matter), and actually I feel much more inspired by him and Grof at this point than I ever have by Wilber. I sense the reason could be that Wilber's use of psychedelics is rather limited -- he openly admits that one long LSD experience in college pretty much scared him away from psychedelics, until he got into MDMA in the early ‘80s, making a point to note that it was still legal then (though E is not a psychedelic per se) -- and I really feel that it is a cardinal principle of debate that one really shouldn't theorize about what one has not personally experienced in a direct, intimate way. How can Wilber really talk about these Transpersonal therapies without taking them for a spin himself? Test out an actual sacrament like ayahuasca, else be accused of armchair philosophy!

To be fair, perhaps Mckenna, Grof, and company also have not done their homework in terms of having a spiritual discipline that they can use as a framework to inform their own models of reality, and it could be that they do not fully comprehend what Wilber is getting at. The same might be said for those of us who would throw out the guru model and eastern metaphysics without actually ever having had a deep encounter with them. I sense that this may be one of the greatest blind spots of the contemporary entheogenic community.

For myself, though, I appreciate that neither Mckenna nor Grof were ever bent on establishing a Kosmic "theory of everything" as Wilber has been. I see that rather, they have always been more intent on pointing to the Dark Side of the Moon, to the Mystery, and showing us ways that we can become more Wonder-filled by invoking and evoking the Mystery. So to invoke Ken Kesey's immortal words:

"The answer is never the answer. What's really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you'll always be seeking. I've never seen anybody really find the answer -- they think they have, so they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer."
I would add that the need for experience of the Mystery is what I'm getting at. Theories and models will always have their value and use, because really only experience + understanding will equal a true change in perspective, but when it comes down to it, talk is cheap, and the hard work is actually taking the plunge into the Unknown and then coming back down to earth and actually embodying the wisdom we've been gifted.

Bringing this Back Down to Earth...

So to bring this all into the intense present moment, there is a shift happening in the world of yoga in connection to shamanistic practice, particularly the use of plant sacraments like ayahuasca. This has actually been happening for some time now, but it's really only the past few years that the older generation of yoga teachers who had been using ayahuasca for decades have begun to speak about it more openly. To take one example, Ganga White, one of the top yoga teachers in the world, quite openly spoke on the subject in his recently published, Yoga Beyond Belief:

"I touch on the topic of plant sacraments because it is a timely subject and something I am repeatedly asked about." White continues, "There are neural pathways in the brain that are more ancient than our beliefs, philosophies, and religious proscriptions. There are keys to the doorways of the rich interior landscape that open dimensions of beauty, order, intelligence, immense complexity, and sacredness beyond measure. These realities can be so powerful, brilliant, and intense that, while visiting them, our world seems like a distant hallucination, in the way that these other realities can seem hallucinatory from this one. Seeing and being touched by these mystical experiences can change us and help us in positive ways with insights into self-healing, enlightened living, and the wholeness of life. Our bodies and brains operate on chemical messengers and information exchange systems in nature. Some scholars and evidence show that medicinal plants were probably at the origin or religious and mystical experience. To say plant sacraments are unnatural, and practices, rituals, and belief systems created by man are natural, is an absurdity. It is a shame that fear and conditioning can preclude the greatest journey...within."[vii]

Now, these are the words of a master Hatha yogi who has been on the yoga path for some 40+ years and has himself studied with some of the great yoga masters, and I for one did not take them lightly when I read them a couple of years ago. Indeed, White's comments were one of the factors that influenced me to further explore plant medicine, and to write a book on the subject.

This was not an easy decision on my part, because I, like many Hatha yoga practitioners, was so very careful of what I put into my body and had a great fear of causing it permanent damage, not to mention simply messing with my yoga practice. But what I subsequently learned from my plant journeys, interestingly enough, is that it is precisely the over-identification with the body (bordering on obsession, for some) that needs to be released in order for one's ego boundaries to be bridged. Again, this is an understanding that would seem to be of utmost value to those who are utilizing the technology of Hatha yoga as means of self-transcendence.[viii]
There are many other reasons why a yoga practitioner might find taking ayahuasca helpful, both personally and for the healing of our communities and planet. As for the latter, I appreciated what Daniel said during his dialogue with Sharon Gannon on ayahuasca[ix], particularly his points that the yoga community has tended to become insular and elitist, and his suggestion that we're in a time that calls for people like us modern yogis and yoginis, who are already familiar with moving through uncomfortable spaces, to consider the value plant sacraments might have for us now in this time of rapid shifts on the planet.

I can relate to these points as I've experienced the insularity and elitism firsthand, the kind that sadly shakes its head when the subject of "drugs" comes up, and I have also seen for myself how the ayahuasca experience can move one through some very uncomfortable spaces, thus making it that much easier to deal with real world events and issues. Of course, this is what work "on the mat" does, albeit in a slightly less dramatic way (though even that can be very intense for some -- a Bikram class, for example); a plant shamanic journey just accelerates the process.

That certainly was my experience. If I may paraphrase Timothy Leary's famous quote slightly: I learned more during my first session with ayahuasca than I had in 13 years on my yoga mat.
We can also look at it this way: Some of us now have spent years disciplining our bodies in a rather extreme way, supposedly so that we might prepare our physiology for intense "Samadhi" moments, to become fit vessels to "hold" an intense amount of energy and not get fried, but rather be able to navigate "uncomfortable" spaces in a fully conscious way. Well, if you're like I was, you might well wonder from whence such experiences will come? They probably won't come from Hatha yoga itself, and also almost certainly not even from Raja yoga (the path outlined in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras), unless you are a very devoted, disciplined meditator. No, it seems to me that such experiences will come through shamanic journeying, and particularly through the use of plants in a sacramental, yogic way. Could it be that this is why we have been doing all of these intense practices, contortions and the like?[x]

Here's a wonderfully expressed statement from a RS/Evolver member who is also a yoga teacher who uses ayahuasca as a sacrament, having been influenced to do so by another internationally recognized yoga teacher of the older generation. In a private email interview, I had asked her what ayahuasca meant to her as a yoga teacher and practitioner, and here's what she replied:

"Like many yogis, I am very interested in the nature of consciousness. Isn't that why we do yoga? As such, I've explored both traditional and less traditional ways to shift my perception of reality -- and, yes, that includes working with various entheogens in a sacred setting. Without getting into the details of when, where and with whom, I'd say I have done a reasonable amount of work with ayahuasca and I've always experienced it as a powerful medicine -- healing, transformative and liberating on the most profound levels. I so appreciate the fact that the work I do in ceremony builds on, and is harmonious with, the work I do on my mat. For me, ayahuasca is a teacher who speaks poignantly to the challenges of the Kali Yuga [the so-called "dark age of materialism"]; little wonder she is slowly finding her way into the mainstream."
To return again to Daniel's point about exploring the world of spirits, what in yoga is termed the astral or subtle realm, we live in such a materialistic society and age that even we yoga people need reminders that there's a whole lot more going on here than what we experience through our five senses. And maybe the spirit world and beings from other star systems really do want to connect with us via these plant modalities?

Maybe we are meant to consciously alter our DNA as part of the next stage of evolution of humanity? Maybe the plant sacraments really are the true, original teachers of humanity who were sent here long ago to save us from ourselves -- at this precise point in history? The evidence suggests that this is all the case, but ultimately we really don't know.
What I sense we do know is that just understanding intellectually that "All is One," and that we should just "Be Present," or having someone tell us that some day some way we might have an experience that this is so, is really not satisfying. We want to fully have the experience first, and then use that experience as a model for how we might live more in union, in presence.

To truly arrive at a state of presence, there very well may be a lot of "shaking up" that might be required.

To sum up this "prolegomena," which is to say this very preliminary discussion, what I have tried to open up as a possibility is our seeing that there really is a place in yoga for shamanic practices, particularly the use of "plant sacraments." And to say not only is there a place for these things, but there might be a necessity for these things right now in terms of healing our fractured selves, communities, and planet, and that yoga is one of the most effective disciplines for "preparing the ground," so to speak, for the harvest, as well as for "riding out the storm." Oh yogi/ni, why have you made of your body a fit Temple for the Divine if not for this purpose?


[i] See Stanislav Grof, M.D., "Ken Wilber's Spectrum Psychology," @ wonderful book by Grof which is really a must read for those interested in these subjects is Grof's recent offering, When the Impossible Happens: Adventures in Non-Ordinary Reality. Sounds True, Incorporated, 2005. Particularly interesting are Grof's accounts of his meeting with Swami Muktananda, as well as his chapter on his experience with 5-MeO-DMT.

[ii] Here's but one website dedicated to Ramana Maharishi (or, "Maharshi"): . One book which I would highly recommend that everyone read or re-read is Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi, particularly the chapter entitled "The Resurrection of Sri Yukteswar," as that goes into some detail about what the "subtle" (astral) and "causal" planes are like. Not that we should take this is as the last word on the subject, but just to familiarize ourselves with one highly influential view.

[iii] Grof quotes John Perry: "True mystics occasionally reactivate regressive complexes on their way to mature unity states," and goes on to say: "In spite of the fact that Ken acknowledges frequent mysterious invasion of transpersonal insights in psychotic patients, mysticism remains for him miles apart from psychosis. It represents for him a purely transegoic progression, whereas psychosis is primarily characterized by a regression to early infancy in the service of the ego."

[iv] See Ken Wilber, The Eye of the Spirit: An Integral Vision for a World Gone Slightly Mad. Shambhala, 1998, pp. 165-185. In these pages, Wilber for the first time in writing confronted Grof's criticisms of his work. This needs to be read along with Grof's essay in response (see above).

[v] Excerpted from a 2001 interview between Wilber and Piers Clement, available here:

[vi] There's a discussion of what might have been the cause of Terence's death @

[vii] Ganga White, Yoga Beyond Belief: Insights to Awaken and Deepen Your Practice. North Atlantic Books, 2007. Danny Paradise is another top yoga teacher who has been an influential advocate of plant sacraments for many years. For an interview with him in which he directly speaks to some of the same issues, check out the following podcast:

[viii] From email correspondence with White and from speaking with one of his students, I understand that even though White made that statement, he still has been rather guarded about what he makes public about his use of plant sacraments. He apparently will only talk about it with his students when the subject is broached. I sense that this will all change in the next couple of years, that there will be far more openness in the yoga community about these subjects.

[ix] You can watch the video of their dialogue, "Asanas and Ayahuasca," at You will also want to read all of the comments posted. My own view of what some called a "fiasco," is that it might have gone over better if Daniel had been dialoguing with a yogini, such as Padmani, who is both a yoga teacher and a regular user of plant sacraments like ayahuasca.

[x] I also sense that it is precisely those of us who have been perhaps overly physically-oriented in our life and yoga practice that actually need a high dose of something, anything to bust through the layers of egoity. This idea will take a good deal of unpacking and I’ll leave that for a separate piece.


Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Folly of Desire for Long Life

MENG-SUN-YANG asked Yang Chu:

"There are men who cherish life and care for their bodies with the intention of grasping immortality. Is that possible?"

Yang Chu replied: "According to the laws of nature there is no such thing as immortality."

Meng-sun-Yang: "Yet is it possible to acquire a very long life?"

Yang Chu: "According to the laws of nature there is no such thing as a very long life. Neither can life be preserved by cherishing or the body benefited by fostering."

Meng-sun-Yang: "What would be a long life?"

"All things were the same as they are now. The five good and bad passions were of old as they are now. So also the safety and peril of the four limbs. Grief and joy for the things of this world were of old as they are now, and the constant change of peace and revolution. Having seen and heard all these things, one would already be awearied of it at the age of a hundred. How much more after a very long life!"

Meng-sun-Yang: "If it be so a sudden death would be preferable to a long life; therefore we ought to run on to a pointed sword or jump into deep water to have what our heart yearns for."

Yang Chu: "No. Having once come into life regard it and let it pass; mark its desires and wishes, and so wait death.

"When death comes, disregard it and let it come. Mark what it brings you, and be drifted away to annihilation.

"If you pay no regard to life and death, and let them be as they are, how can you be anxious lest our life should end too soon?"

-- Yang Chu's Garden of Pleasure Ch. XI
[The Yang Chu chapter of the Lieh Tzu (book 7)]
translated by Anton Forke

Monday, June 22, 2009

Project Camelot

Hey Friend,

Consider this your personal invitation to learn about Project Camelot...

Taken directly from their website:

Overview and Mission Statement
• To provide researchers, activists and ‘whistleblowers’ with access to all forms of media in order to get the truth out.

• Our focus includes but is not limited to the following:
- extraterrestrial visitation and contact
- time travel
- mind control
- classified advanced technology
- free energy
- possible coming earth changes
- revealing plans that exist to control the human race.

• To establish ‘safety in numbers’ and unite these disparate factions under an umbrella of protection for activists and ‘whistleblowers’ who may have concerns for the safety of themselves and their loved ones.

• To provide a tribute to all activists in paradigm-challenging fields who have worked for the benefit of humanity... and who have suffered or been silenced for speaking the truth.

To get an idea of the information they are exposing you can read their original "Big Picture" article here:

A lot of their information is really out there and will definitely seem unbelievable. All I ask is for you to explore the information on their website with an open mind.



PS I am considering donating 10% of the revenue earned from selling my Future of the New Earth E-Book to this website/organization so please let me know what you think about them by leaving a comment or sending me an email!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Arabian Wisdom on Contentment

Contentment is to refrain from coveting what others have.

Contentment is a treasure which is inexhaustible.

The most thankful of men is he who is contented.

He who seeks riches must seek them in contentment.

Give freely, and be content with little.

A contented man is happy in life.

Life is a vanishing space of time, and he alone vanquishes its changing fortunes who lives in contentment.

Be content with what God has given you, and you will be the richest of men.

If you cannot have what you want, be content with what you have.

If all cannot be obtained, a part may be attained.

There is relief in despair.


Sunday, May 24, 2009


Dear Friend,

Today, I would like to share with you two particular documents which have had a dramatic impact on how I view my own life as a part of this primitive and barbaric society we live in.

If you feel inclined please refer to these introductory materials.

CrimethInc. Worker Bulletins #47 and #74:

A Civilian's Guide to Direct Action:

Much more to come...


Sunday, May 17, 2009

A Spiritual Conspiracy

On the surface of the world right now there is
war and violence and things seem dark.
But calmly and quietly, at the same time,
something else is happening underground

An inner revolution is taking place
and certain individuals are being called to a higher light.
It is a silent revolution.
From the inside out.
From the ground up.
This is a Global operation.

A Spiritual Conspiracy.
There are sleeper cells in every nation on the planet.
You won't see us on the T.V.
You won't read about us in the newspaper
You won't hear about us on the radio

We don't seek any glory
We don't wear any uniform
We come in all shapes and sizes, colors and styles
Most of us work anonymously

We are quietly working behind the scenes
in every country and culture of the world
Cities big and small, mountains and valleys,
in farms and villages, tribes and remote islands

You could pass by one of us on the street
and not even notice
We go undercover
We remain behind the scenes

It is of no concern to us who takes the final credit
But simply that the work gets done
Occasionally we spot each other in the street
We give a quiet nod and continue on our way

During the day many of us pretend we have normal jobs
But behind the false storefront at night
is where the real work takes a place
Some call us the Conscious Army

We are slowly creating a new world
with the power of our minds and hearts
We follow, with passion and joy
Our orders come from the Central Spiritual Intelligence

We are dropping soft, secret love bombs when no one is looking
Poems ~ Hugs ~ Music ~ Photography ~ Movies ~ Kind words ~
Smiles ~ Meditation and prayer ~ Dance ~ Social activism ~ Websites
Blogs ~ Random acts of kindness...

We each express ourselves in our own unique ways
with our own unique gifts and talents
Be the change you want to see in the world
That is the motto that fills our hearts

We know it is the only way real transformation takes place
We know that quietly and humbly
we have the power of all the oceans combined
Our work is slow and meticulous

Like the formation of mountains
It is not even visible at first glance
And yet with it entire tectonic plates
shall be moved in the centuries to come

Love is the new religion of the 21st century
You don't have to be a highly educated person
Or have any exceptional knowledge to understand it
It comes from the intelligence of the heart

Embedded in the timeless evolutionary pulse of all human beings
Be the change you want to see in the world
Nobody else can do it for you
We are now recruiting

Perhaps you will join us
Or already have.
All are welcome
The door is open

Brian Piergrossi
from the book The Big Glow

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Know Yourself

Do you truly know yourself?

Life is simply the process, or journey, of knowing yourself. The ultimate reason for life is self-discovery. Yet, many people spend their entire lives getting farther and farther away from their own true nature. Most people are constantly distorting their own idea of themselves, only because they do not know what they truly are. They are not even aware that this identity they hold of themselves is false, since they do not know their who they truly are. How can you expect someone to discover their true inner nature when they are constantly being distracted by society as well as constantly interacting with others who themselves also do not know their own true nature?

In this article, this false sense of self that almost everyone holds onto in place of truly knowing themselves will be referred to as the “false self”. I will discuss this issue more, but first I must answer the seemingly obvious question: why would anyone want to get to know their true self?

Only by knowing yourself can you ever understand and love others. This is not a superficial understanding of others. I am talking about feeling your deep, divine connection with each and every person that you come across in your life. When you truly understand yourself, you cannot help but feel a powerful, unconditional love for yourself. This love is so powerful that it breaks all boundaries between yourself and others. When you truly love and know yourself (Note: the powerful feeling of loving yourself only arises when you have come to know yourself) you stop seeing people’s false sense of self, instead you see everyone as a beautiful soul. When you are in contact with someone, you know without a doubt that they are you and that you are them.

The self that you must come to know is not an artificial creation of the mind. Rather it is the mind itself. We go through life projecting who we think we are. This false self is nothing more than an artificial creation of the mind, yet we fully believe that this is who we are. No! This is a projection of the barbaric society humanity has created for itself.

This false self is the person you project in hopes that somehow you are projecting your deep, divine self. Once again, you do not consciously project this false self. Instead you are mistaken and have not come to know your true inner nature. The false self is the person that others (who also do not know their own true nature) bring out of you. You act and think with this false sense of self completely oblivious to your true inner nature.

Even though you may have lived your entire life thinking of yourself with a false identity, does not mean that you cannot come to know yourself. In fact, we must all eventually come to know our own true inner nature. Most people spend their entire lives running away from their true selves, only to come crashing back to knowing themselves through the transition that we call death.

As a side note, your false self is the only thing that dies in death. It is the reason we fear death, because our true selves are unknown. All we know is our false self and we know that one day we will lose this false sense of self. On the other hand, the true self cannot possibly die, nor could it ever be born. It has always been. The true self is the Infinite Being at the heart of your soul. It is your Essence. God has always been a symbol of the true self.

Modern society is made up of distractions. These distractions consume our lives. They ensure that we remain oblivious to our true inner nature. Almost every pastime or activity that you can name is a distraction! This even includes working and accomplishing goals (when the purpose of the accomplishment is not the process of accomplishing the goal, but the reason behind it is to get you somewhere you think you want to go).

Even most spiritual growth or personal development information is a distraction. When you are holding a false sense of self, this information feeds it. Although, these distractions may help to give you clues as to your true nature, they cannot directly trigger self-realization. The only source of truth you have in your life is your own inner nature. Although these information products may guide you, the path to knowing yourself is a personal and intimate journey. I cannot come close to explaining the true nature of yourself, especially when you mistakenly believe that you are the false self.

I strongly urge you to dedicate yourself to understanding the inner workings of your mind. If you choose this path, you must pursue it with an unrelenting passion for the mind as well as an openness to the unexpected and unbelievable intricacies of its true nature. This is how you will come to know your true nature. Do whatever it takes! If enough of us choose this path of running towards ourselves (instead of away), the next great age of humanity will arise from self-knowledge (which leads to a true, unconditional self-love). We have so much to learn from the workings of our own mind.

Society as we know it is fundamentally flawed. The false self is a result of this sick society. And, the false self is also what keeps us from recognizing the deep flaws in our current ways of living (or society in general). As you can tell, this creates a vicious circle that perpetuates the false sense of self and our barbaric society. Truly knowing ourselves is the only way we can ever transform society. Humanity must literally awaken to its own true nature in order for us to create a new world. Actually, once humanity realizes its true self we will not have a choice in created a new world. We will not be able to live in the old ways of being which were created as a result of being mistaken about our own true identity

In order for the path of self-discovery to have an impact on whom you think you are, you must minimize the distractions in your life. Spend at least a few hours every week with absolutely no distractions. This means you simply be. You do not do anything and you do not try to get anywhere. Just be still and completely open to WHATEVER (including nothing) happens. Let go of all the resistance you are not even aware of holding. Open up to your own self. Look into your mind and do not judge what you see. If boredom (a projection of the false self) sets in, simply observe it. Completely surrender to the boredom. Do not choose to be distracted.

Chances are you have been living a distracted life and it is all you know. This can always change, but you must be the source of the change. Spend time with yourself. If you do this enough eventually you will surrender to all uncomfortableness (a result of the false self) that sets in when you are not distracted. Once this takes place you will initiate your magical journey of truly knowing your own inner nature.

The process of knowing yourself is a continuous one. I highly doubt that there is an end to self-discovery. The true journey of knowing the deep, inner nature of your own mind can be difficult to initiate. But once started, I can’t imagine it ever stopping. Your thirst for true self-discovery will never again be satisfied. Each day, in every way, you will come to love yourself more and more. This will have a profound impact on everyone you come in contact with. This wave of self-love will begin to radiate through society. Eventually vibrating to a level where society will be transformed. Remember, this is all a result of knowing the inner workings of your own mind.

The good news and the bad news is that there are no set-rules or guidelines for self-discovery. You must simply learn to surrender to your own mind. It may be helpful to acknowledge and reaffirm your intent to know yourself everyday. When it is right you will know exactly what your next step is. Go within, tune in to the “center” of your mind and simply listen. Listen intently and passionately, with absolutely no bias or expectations at all!

The only source of truth we have in life is our own inner nature. We are all on a journey of self-discovery. Once you get past all of your false needs and desires (the internal result of this false sense of identity) you will come to know whom you truly are.

It is a very personal process that you must painstakingly go through. Nobody can possibly tell you who you truly are. This includes you (or rather who you think you are). Stop trying to tell yourself who you are and truly listen within. Right now, you have the potential to realize that you simply are. At the very least, please never forget this potential within you.


Jason Randhawa

Sunday, April 19, 2009

What is Our Next Bold Leap?

By Kristi Bowman

People seem to be experiencing spiritual enlightenment left and right, some after years of dedicated meditative practice, others by a single, awe-inspiring transformative experience. It is not a matter of if, but a matter of when. Indeed, we are all riding that evolutionary wave that will inevitably and thankfully wash us to the shore of a new way of being.

No matter where we are in this journey, we have the choice to open more to the process or remain where we are for a while longer (or even close down more, but who would want to do that after experiencing the delight of opening?). If we have the desire to open more fully, to be that proverbial flowering lotus, we often have to challenge ourselves, pull ourselves out of our comfort zone. We have to take a bold leap.

In Teotihuacán, Mexico there is a place where such a leap was literally taken. Teotihuacán (Teo) is known as "The Place Where Humans Become Gods". From about 650 C.E. (Common Era) to about 1200 C.E., the Toltec civilization thrived in Teo, just prior to the Aztecs. The Toltecs were not a single culture. Rather, they were a group of individuals from a variety of tribal groups who achieved a level of spiritual enlightenment.

Most people go to Teo now as tourists to walk amidst the ruins and climb the two largest pyramids in the complex -- the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. A smaller, but no less magnificent, pyramid, the Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl, also resides in the complex.

Quetzalcoatl is the Mesoamerican deity that is part snake, part bird, representing the union of matter and spirit, earth and heaven, the "Sovereign Plumed Serpent." His prophetic return (anticipated in our time, according to some) heralds a time of peace and a new spiritual era. This new spiritual era is the result of the unity that Quetzalcoatl represents. It is the honoring of the divine masculine and the divine feminine, logic and reason, science and spirituality. It is an honoring of the Oneness of all things.

Here at the Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl individuals would have the opportunity to expand their awareness and perspective and take a leap of faith. This area has two parts. On one side there is a high platform. On the other side is the Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl itself. In between the platform and the pyramid is a drop off of about 30 feet. The distance between the two is about 15-20 feet.
Back in the time of the Toltecs, a spiritual leader would lead a group to this area in the dark of night. He or she would then challenge individuals in the group to make the leap from the platform to the pyramid, leaping into the "mouth" of Quetzalcoatl. Many would be scared and not jump, knowing the distance before them. Some, though, would jump. Unbeknownst to them, the spiritual teacher filled up the chasm with water, allowing those who took their leap of faith to make it safely.

If you are a fan of the movie The Matrix (aren't we all?) there is a perfect equivalent to this concept. Morpheus loads the "jump program" for Neo to take his leap. At this point in the movie, Neo has already awakened into the "real world" and been unplugged. The much more difficult process then begins of disconnecting him mentally.

"You have to let it all go, Neo -- fear, doubt and disbelief. Free your mind," Morpheus says to Neo on the rooftop. Morpheus then leaps with ease to the other rooftop 50 feet away. Watching this, Neo is in awe, and he gathers his courage to make his leap. He bravely runs and jumps off the edge of the roof, but of course he falls. As the movie mentions, everyone falls the first time. Why does everyone fall the first time? Because it is so hard to flip that switch! After years, decades of believing we cannot do something, our minds become very attached. It is a very strong structure, and it is a process to dismantle the structure and fully detach. But the lesson is, Neo took the chance and leapt! And eventually, through several additional leaps of faith, Neo awakens on more levels, learns to fully disconnect from the limitations created by his mind, and ultimately creates a world of peace and saves humanity.

Interestingly, this peace transpires only through the unity of the divine feminine and the divine masculine. In the Matrix movies, the Oracle is represented by a motherly, black woman. She is the feminine, the intuitive one, the yin. The Architect, on the other hand, is represented as a white man, with white beard, even a very light-colored suit. He is the masculine, logic and reasoning, the yang. In the end they come together for the sake of harmony.

I had the privilege of going to the sacred land of Teotihuacán on a spiritual "power journey" a few years ago, an experience that forever and beautifully altered my life. Currently, the Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl is set up for tourists with a metal fence around the platform so that you cannot walk (or fall) down to the bottom of the drop off or go crawling on the pyramid. The leaders of our journey brought us to the platform facing the mouth of Quetzalcoatl for us to ask ourselves, had we been with the Toltecs in ancient times, "Would I have taken the leap?" More significantly, "Would I take the leap right now?" without knowing about the water, of course. Would I leap with complete trust and surrender? I looked over the edge, seeing the distance and the hard stones below, just as Neo hesitantly gazed over the edge of the skyscraper prior to his brave jump.

I decided to take the leap, which wasn't literally flying across the chasm, but I challenged myself to open to a new perspective, a new possibility. During this journey at Teo, I had experienced a vision. I could have discounted it as my imagination. I could have gotten stuck in a belief that I was completely loony. I could have kept quiet about it, but I decided to open my mind, heart and mouth to the possibility that it was something to be truly heard and even shared. My vision showed me how I was to play a role in the continued evolution of humanity, starting with a specific ceremony to be conducted with two other people and a very powerful crystal on top of the Pyramid of the Sun. I decided to follow through with my vision and the ceremony was completed as it was shown to me.

Through the ceremony there was an activation of the earth's energetic grid, initiated from the place of Teo and connecting with many other sites around the world. This activation raised the vibration. Surprisingly or not, this happens all over the world each day, as our consciousness is continually shifting and evolving, and people are following through with their intuitions, raising vibration, and opening themselves to assist others in the process of awakening.

So what is our next bold leap? What is our next move to more fully disconnect us from our own limitations and realize our potential? Is it something personal, such as gathering our courage to ask a man or woman that we've long-been attracted to on a date? Is it giving our supervisor at work notice because we know that our job is no longer serving our best interests? Is our next bold move writing a blog posting that reveals our beliefs/experiences even though they may go against the grain of much of society? Is it larger scaled? Is it writing a book for the world? Is it following through with an intuition or vision that involves us and our role to help humanity?

For each of us, if we so choose, our next bold leap is to simply shine, to express ourselves, to exude our brilliant, divine nature. In what specific manner that is expressed is up to you. I am reminded of Marianne Williamson's wise words, from A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles":

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?" Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

We are riding that wave to a new way of being. Or, to use the other metaphor, each one of us stands on the platform facing the Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl. The situation before us looks to be one of great distance, and that is sometimes utterly frightening! "Free your mind." The benefit of taking a bold leap into the mouth of Quetzalcoatl is we get ingested into the knowing of the unity of matter and spirit, of our human aspect and also our divine aspect. We no longer have to fear that we are inadequate. And we no longer have to fear that we are "powerful beyond measure." With this knowing, we experience freedom and so have the opportunity to choose what we want to do next. Perhaps our next bold leap as a unified tribe of humanity will be to create that longed-for world of peace.


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