Sunday, June 18, 2017

REMEDIES FOR THE 3 DEADLY SINS OF KARMA

In a prior talk I addressed the 
REMEDIES FOR THE 3 DEADLY SINS 

 Desirous Attachment
 Judgment
  Ego. 
Essentially they are all embraced by the word Ego but in different ways. The Buddhists also call it Self-Cherishing. The Kabbalists link these sins to Narrow Mind which is a survival response of the more primitive brain also sometimes called Monkey Mind. 
After the upcoming talk on dreams we are going to go into these three deadly sins in greater detail one per talk. My plan was to put the old video on line (soon) on the Remedies in the meanwhile for those who want to review it or cannot attend but also to let the next few blogs add to the video. The three talks will focus more on the maladies themselves, the blog on the remedies.
These remedies reside in 
Spacious mind, Buddha or Big Mind or the Intellectual Sheath of Patanjali
They all speak to that area in our frontal lobe which is about connecting us to our goals, aspirations, higher ideals, aspirations, concepts, notions. 
Ego, on the other hand is linked not only to our Shadow or Evil Inclination  but also to 
Narrow Mind, Monkey Mind, Self Cherishing. 
These more primitive responses relate  to our habits, addictions, compulsions, impulses, desires and obsessions - in other words to our dysfunctions and spiritual unskillfulness. These can never be completely eliminated and tend to creep in unknowingly. Ego is like a chameleon, always changing colors and the higher we get up the spiritual hierarchy the more devious it can become. If we develop more awareness with a regular spiritual practice we can  subordinated them to the Higher Self, (Soul, Buddha or Christ Self or that part of us made in the image of God) through Spacious Mind. We cannot "think" our way out of them - one or other form of spiritual practice 
that fits our own unique disposition 
is necessary. 
The hexagon of the heart chakra represents 
Love. 

Judgment, Desirous Attachment and Ego 
reside in the lower chakras below the diaphragm and the lower three points of the hexagon point below to the third chakra in the solar plexus. This is our power chakra and is the how we make our way in the world. These fear driven factors help us survive but limit our spiritual progress.  The upper three point above to the upper chakras or what Maslow called our growth needs.

The heart rests on the diaphragm which delineates the upper from the lower chakras. It is also essential for breathing and using the breath is a powerful and easy way to meditate. The science of pranayama in yoga is focused around using the breath for spiritual transformation and raising our vibration into the upper chakras. 
Kabir says; student tell me, what is God? HE IS THE BREATH INSIDE THE BREATH.”    
Spiritual practice will connect us to the 
Present Moment
 Spiritual Awareness 
 Truth
Truth is not only the truth of our Divine given destiny but also the truths of the laws of spirit which like the physical laws of the universe are always operating, whether we believe in them or not or know about them or not. As Jesus taught; 
"The truth will set you free!"
and as Krishnamurti said once this happens; 
"Discernment is choiceness!"

The Ancestors also stress;
With all your strength - get knowledge!"
Hence spiritual progress is dependent on awareness, understanding and wisdom but also an enjoyable, regular, sustainable spiritual practice. 


Spacious Mind, Narrow Mind and Ego 
are always in flux. 
To the extent that we can reside in Big Mind we can overcome the challenges of Narrow Mind and Ego and more easily get into the higher vibrations of the Causal realms in awake time and in sleep.
To this the Ancestors add the merit of Purity and Virtue which should be a natural consequence of spiritual practice shifting us into our frontal lobe and Big Mind.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017



THIS WEEK'S BLOG AND "ANNOUNCEMENT"

I have pretty much come to the end of a series of blogs and talks mostly relating to general information provided by the Ancestors. Most of these were video'ed and were put on my web site. for a couple of months after each lecture and then taken down. These were for folks who either missed the talk or felt the need to go back on the information and the quotes. Sadly Jorge Montalvo the videographer passed on to the other side and his gifts are no longer available to us so that there will be no new videos. To reinforce the upcoming talks I do plan, however, to put one of these lecture DVD's back on the web site every few months which will relate to the upcoming lectures for that semester and/or the current blog. They will stay on the site.

 At the moment a prior video - 
Spirit Guides, Ancestors & Death: A New Destination
- is on line at www.davidcumes.com for those who missed the recent death talk with a different title for anyone who wishes to see it. There is a different emphasis but the same truths are addressed.

The other talks given over the last three years that will be posted - (most of them filmed and few still on line) - include:

MESSAGES FROM THE ANCESTORS - WISDOM FOR THE WAY (7/18/14)


REMEDIES FOR THE THREE DEADLY SINS OF KARMA (9/13/14)


A TREE OF LIFE VS. A TREE OF KNOWLEDGE - COGNITIVE WISDOM VS. INNER SPIRITUAL WISDOM (9/27/14)


DEATH A TICKET TO A NEW DESTINATION (1/31/15)


NURTURING THE SOUL ON THE JOURNEY TOWARDS SELF-REALIZATION (2/28/15)


NATURE THE HERO/INE'S JOURNEY & RITES OF PASSAGE (4/18/15)


ANCESTORS & THE DREAM TIME (6/5/15)


THE POWER OF THE PRESENT MOMENT & SPIRITUAL PRACTICE (6/27/15)


NEUROSCEINCE & ANCIENT WISDOM - A CATALYST FOR DEEPER SPIRITUAL PRACTICE (7/18/15)


PRIMAL KNOWLEDGE TO THE PRESENT DAY - WHAT HAVE WE LOST (10/10/15)


SOUTHERN AFRICAN SANGOMA HEALING & PRIMAL TRUTH (11/14/15)


THE POWER OF FAITH, BELIEF, TRUST & HOPE IN TRANSFORMATION (1/30/16)


HOW OUR SUBCONSCIOUS CAN HELP & HEAL OR HINDER & HARM (2/26/16) 


THE POWER OF WORDS & POTENTIAL OF IMAGINATION 3/11/16)


FORGIVENESS & ITS BLESSINGS VS. GUILT'S REPERCUSSIONS (5/7/16)


SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION & GRATITUDE (5/21/16)


SOUL SICKNESS - DIAGNOSIS, PREVENTION, TREATMENT (7/9/16)


CONNECTING WITH SPIRIT GUIDES (7/30/16 - (This one is still currently on line)


KUNDALINI & ENERGY PORTALS TO SPIRIT (10/1/16) - Two sessions (These are also on line_


LIGHT & DARK - INFINITE POLARITY (2/4/17) - Two sessions. (Filmed but never edited)


DEATH THE UNPLANNED, UNCHARTERED JOURNEY (5/20/17) 


These quotes are some of the key principles addressed by the Ancestors in the last death talk.


("Pregnancy incarnation" is to link their spirit to that of the living loved one in order to teach and guide.)

The plan now is to change slightly the format of the blog and where possible have it tie in and supplement the video on line and/or the upcoming talk/s. Every week I will copy several of these profound Ancestor/Spirit Guide quotes with a song or too for those interested to meditate on and ponder over. As you know the Ancestors are big on sensory driven meditation and if this more focused meditation works for you, these song/s from the spirit world or any others you prefer can be used to facilitate your inward journey. The Ancestors teach that this "active" meditation can enhance our spiritual practice aside from the other techniques we may be using.
The recent blogs have also been on the current talk topics i.e. Death and the upcoming one on Dreams in an attempt give information not given in the lectures. 

One of the earliest songs from spirit
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

THIS IS THE LAST BLOG ON DREAMS AND LUCIDITY

From my reading and for those interested these seem to be the key principles.

 Have the general intention ahead of time of what you want from lucid dreaming; 
Entertainment 
 Spiritual Work 
and getting a taste of what the intermediate stage of death or the Astral may be like. There are no limitations in this kind of dreaming if you can master it.

Before going to sleep repeat the mantra; 
"I will be aware that I am dreaming." 
One can enhance this by also staring at your hands for a minute or two to remind yourself to do so in the dream.

Keep a dream journal so you can familiarize yourself with repeat patterns - positive or negative - and then recognize them when they arise. 
Absurdity can help one realize one is in a dream. 
For instance you may be driving a car, then riding a bike then walking that may help you know this must be a dream. Or you are walking home which is many miles more than you would ever walk when awake.
Be aware of absurdity - positive or negative. If you are climbing or doing something physical, the impossible is possible. If one meets someone or something negative or harmful he or she or it can be challenged, changed, corrected.

Recognize you are in a dream and try to confirm it. The commonest trick is to look at one's hands or feet which do not look the same as in real time and will be distorted. One can also change the landscape and become aware of the fluidity of the dream. 

Since the dream is unstable and unpredictable its best to surrender and let go but set your intention first with will and passion.

Imagination is key
Whatever one imagines can occur including flying, leaping across impossible obstacles etc. but do not get distracted by epic dreamscapes.
If one awakes do not move and retrieve your memory of the dream. You can then imagine the details and that you are back in the dream and see if you can return and then be aware.

Here is my disclaimer. Good luck - I hope you have more success than I have had.
I feel a little like someone who is giving a recipe for an exotic meal when I have not cooked it or tried it myself. 
And so I plan to stick with my ancestrally scripted dreams and the songs that get downloaded. Every now and again its also just my subconscious working things through.
My experience over the years confirms that sometimes it is futile trying to develop a compelling talent that was not real meant for you whether its a form of meditation, a dream method or anything else.

























Saturday, May 27, 2017

WHY LUCID DREAMING ? 
ARE THERE ADVANTAGES ?

 The Ancestors have instructed that I should only write or talk about my own experience. This time, however, I am going to deviate from this and fill in a few gaps in the dream paradigms described in the blogs both for you and myself. My approach to dreams revolves around how spirit guides script our dreams but  discussion of other methods would be incomplete without mention of lucid dreaming. 
The question is - can anyone lucid dream? In spite of attempts to do this and learn how, I admit to being mostly unsuccessful. The best I have done is to reenter a dream for a second time which is more or less a repeat of the first. This tells me that this dream is extremely important. I bought a piece of land in South Africa based on this type of a dream which was more of a command than a dream although I did see the land in the dream.  I had to take out a second mortgage on my house to acquire it. Crazy? - yes but the later result turned out to be a life saver so again this was maybe a scripted instruction rather than a lucid dream. 
My impression is that we each have our own specific and unique dream proclivity so that as with all other spiritual endeavors - the Ancestors teach; "you need to find the way (spiritual practice, destiny etc.) that was designed uniquely for you."
I believe this applies to dreams as well. 
Concerning lucid dreaming the Rinpoche counsels ...

                               
Lucid dreaming may not be for everyone including myself.
The key to lucid dreaming is an awareness that one is dreaming and this comes easily for some but not for others. Most lucid dreamers enjoy lucid dreaming as entertainment and enchantment (rather than for spiritual growth and transformation.) That being said I like the Native American wisdom that advises; 
"If you cannot grow corn with it what use is it?"
                                        
These general principles below gleaned from experts have helped me understand lucid dreaming even if I have not mastered it. For meaningful lucid dreaming it does not serve to become enamored with and distracted by Astral dreamscapes. One needs to impose free will in the dream and change it by will, intention and passion. 
 With the awareness and (thats the challenge) that one is in a dream the mind must overcome sensory samsara with intention. One should not direct the dream but follow it once intention has been made. This requires trust, surrender and letting go without trying to control - in other words a non directed intention.
Suggestions when lucid are much more powerful since you are closer to the Source and to one's guides who can help or direct you. In this way it may be similar in some ways to hypnosis. 
Lucid dreaming is also great practice for being in the intermediate stage of death in the Astral.  Ancient wisdom teaches that there is no difference between awake time and dream time - they just have differing forms and qualities. Both according to the Tibetans are Maya - illusion. The one is just as real or unreal as the other.
While dreaming we travel to the Astral realms and can get a glimpse of what this world looks like after death where we will eventually go to reconcile with our karma. We can encounter our guides in the early hours of the morning in R.E.M. sleep when the veil between the worlds is more permeable. Here we can also visit past lives and what the Buddhists call "Store Consciousness" and parallel universes which may help us correct past unskillful karmic patterns. We meet people we know in the dream but cannot recall knowing when we wake up. Lucid dreaming allows us to go more deeply into this potential.
It can also help us reprogram our subconscious. We usually act of the background of the subconscious and not what we would like to think we are acting on. One can heal and be healed in a lucid dream even more powerfully.

"As you think it so it can be, as you believe and imagine it so it will be. " Ancestors

There is another saying; "Imagine, believe, achieve!" 
This is much easier to do in lucid dream than in real time. It resembles being in the Astral after death where what you imagine occurs and we can create our own reality instantaneously. Will, faith and courage are essential for this.
One cannot control the dream only our awareness and intention. The nature of lucid dreaming is instability and illusiveness. It requires a lot of practice to lucid dream effectively.

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Friday, May 19, 2017


YOGANANDA & DREAMS
Yogananda was not only an accomplished Yogi but was also adept at dream yoga. He stated that God dreamed the world into existence which is in keeping with the Ancestors' teaching that "to think like God is to think with imagination."
He noted that there were many reasons for dreaming besides instruction and prophesy:
 For fun and entertainment
 As a rehearsal for life and for dealing with unfinished business and dysfunctional karma
As a source of inspirational ideas (for instance the dream that lead to the invention of the sewing machine) 
For working through subconscious worries and fears 

He also confirmed that like awake time it was illusion or Maya and the two were no different.

Patanjali's Sheaths of Consciousness

 Patanjali's in describing his five energy sheaths stressed that most dreams arose from the subconscious and the Mind Sheath (monkey mind, narrow mind or ego) and connected one to the Astral or Imaginal realm which is also a template for the intermediate stage of death or what the Tibetans call the Bardot. We connect with this vibration in the R.E.M. (rapid eye movement) phase of sleep in the early hours of the morning. This is also the time when the veil between worlds is most permeable and we can connect with our spirit guides for guidance and empowerment. Sangomas know this since this is the time to drum and dance so the ancestors can come through with messages. 
Yogananda did not enjoy being in the Astral realm during sleep because of its low vibration. The Intellectual Sheath of Patanjali is also referred to as the Causal and this is where Yogananda chose to be. 
He defined different states of consciousness as follows:
The Conscious state
The Subconscious
The Superconscious ( Patanjali's Cataleptic Consciousness) 
Semi-superconsciousness of the dream state in the Causal
...

 Our normal conscious waking state
 The subconscious which contains all memory which manifests especially in dreams
Superconsciousness. When superconscious in meditation yogis  actively tap into the higher vibration and awareness of the Causal (or Intellectual Sheath) in a delta state when the subconscious and ego are on hold. 
Patanjali stated that Cataleptic consciousness was also facilitated by Pranayama - the science and meditation of breath. 
Yogananda claimed that he was also able to enter this deep delta Causal state of "Turiya" during sleep. This joyous state of sleep he called Semi-superconsciousness and was where he preferred to be rather than in the Astral. This state occurs in the early phase of sleep and for most of us is dreamless. Yogananda was able to visit other worlds or parallel universes or "Locas" in this state and connect with gurus and teachings. Kabbalists and accomplished dreamers are able to do something similar. One can be "awake" or lucid in this sophisticated form of dreaming, in other words, know one is dreaming. 

Ancient wisdom teaches that dreams can be a rehearsal for death by paying attention to what it is like to be in the Astral where many of us go in R.E.M. sleep. 
Spiritual masters, moreover, are able to change their vibration during deep meditation or sleep and access the Causal in Semi-superconsciousness. 
A prelude to this is the ability to lucid dream. However, most lucid dreamers use this state for entertainment and enjoyment since whatever they imagine will materialize (as is true for the Astral intermediate stage of death.) Those fortunate enough to be lucid can experience directly what this particular phase of death is like. Presumably if they were able to raise their spiritual vibration and have the right intention they might be able to attain Yogananda's Semi-superconscious state of being in the Causal while asleep. Since I cannot do this myself I cannot speak from experience although every now and again I am in a peaceful realm which makes absolutely no sense when I awake but makes perfect sense when I am asleep.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017



The next few blogs will be on dreams. 


The upcoming talk in July deals with how ancestors script our dreams but I thought I would add to the subject more generally in the next blogs. 
There are several dream paradigms besides the most popular psychological approach which relates to how our subconscious shapes our dream time.
Less well known is how we are informed by our guides while we sleep. This more Shamanic form of dreaming occurs when spirit guides reach and teach us usually from the Astral realm. The Astral is a vibration where we reconcile with our karma and reincarnate to perfect the soul. We lose free will in the Astral but can assist others on this or the other side of the veil between worlds especially in dreams. This is the subject of July's talk.
 Jungian dream analysis is more Shamanic in nature and acknowledges the importance of a source outside of the subconscious that he called the archetypal world or the collective unconscious. This is more akin the shaping of dreams by spirit forces. 
Yogic dream interpretation involves a more sophisticated accessing of the higher Causal realms we will deal with in a later blog. The Causal is the realm of self-realized enlightened beings who retain free will, can operate freely, and do not have to reincarnate. Highly accomplished yogis can access the teachings, and doctrines of their gurus and even download music from the "spheres" or what the Druids and Celts called the Oran Mor (see below.) Yoga dreaming also included shape shifting and the visiting of other locas in the dream world. Yogananda called this the semi-superconscious state and Patanjali, Cataleptic consciousness.
Kabbalists also connected with their teachers on the other side to obtain information. There is a story of a Kabbalist who was in a Yeshiva for many years. When he emerged to reconnect with old friends many years later and they asked him what he had learned in this school of higher learning. He answered; "I learned how to sleep." 
The Tibetans look at the dream time as a rehearsal for the Astral or what the Tibetans called the Bardot or the intermediate stage of death where we go before reincarnating. By paying attention to our dreams, learning to navigate them and especially being lucid one would more easily be able negotiate the Bardot and have less chance of getting lost or becoming earth bound. Here they can visit past lives, since the Astral is timeless, access prior karma or store consciousness and correct old unskillful behavior. These mystics seek to pierce the veil of Maya or illusion to glimpse transcendent truth and awaken out of the illusion of life's dream which is no different to the dream of sleep. Hence the Ancestors teach...

and..,

One of the features especially of Causal and even Astral dreaming is the power of prophecy. Prophecy is limited by free will and the number of variables involved. Hence it is difficult to obtain prophecy on complicated global events because of the huge number of variables each of which is governed by free will. Our guides in the Astral may be able to help us with the more immediate future because they are not localized in space and time and have access to our life book or Akashic records and know what our destiny is. The future too far ahead also has too many variables for accurate prophesy. This lower Astral order of prophesy has usually to do with keeping us out of trouble and warning us in our dreams though we can still ask specifically (because of free will) in the form of "how does it look for...?" this or that.
The Zohar

The Ancestors add...
Deep or dreamless sleep or the yoga Turiya occurs when we first fall asleep. Dreams occur during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep in the early hours of the morning when the veil between worlds is more permeable and our Astral guides can contact us. Click to highlight then download and play



"Oran Mor; the Melody did not stop. It continued its song, filling all of Creation with its divine harmony. And so it continues today, for all those who listen. 
The primordial myth of Creation, common to all people, tells of a mighty melody – the very breath of the primordial God – that sang Creation into existence. To the Celts it was known as the Oran Mór, "The Great Melody", a melody that did not cease with the initial creation, but goes on and on and on, inspiring Creation along its holy pilgrimage of giving and receiving blessing." 







Sunday, May 7, 2017



GREETINGS

Just got back from a week or R and R with an old friend that I grew up with and so hence no formal blog this week.
In view of the upcoming talk on Death May 20th (see events schedule) I thought I would include a few sayings to ponder over with a song or two.

All good things for the coming week.




The song speaks to the possibility that we all have of going to the Causal realm of the more enlightened and not having to reincarnate anymore to perfect the soul (addressed in the talk.)

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And this one incentivizing the possibility