Saturday, November 18, 2017



THE FIFTH BLOG ON DESTINY IS ON THE SEPARATION PHASE OF THE HERO/INE'S JOURNEY




The Hero/ine's Journey is a tool for becoming congruent with ourselves, for being true to our real Self, our unique archetype and our destiny mission, where soul, heart and intellect are in sync.
This requires surrendering and giving in to something bigger than ourselves, trusting, letting go and leaping off a proverbial cliff.
There are three phases to the journey as described by Van Gennep; Separation, Threshold and Incorporation which fit in well with what Campbell describes...



The hero/ine must separate from family and friends for the journey. In the typical archetypal journey she is give an object of power to "defeat the dragon" and fear must arise to take this leap of faith. Today it is likely to be something other than a sword of old and more likely information, an inspirational encounter, a book or a trip to an exotic land.

Once the message has been received there can be no turning back or something will die inside the soul of the would be hero/ine. This is called "The Fall."
                                       
This discernment is choiceless, there is no staying the same, no time for complacency, one needs to go where the growth is. Fear is an integral part of all aspects of the entire journey of Separation, Threshold and Incorporation. In the succeeding weeks we will talk about the latter two aspects of the experience.





The venture also requires releasing from old habit patterns and if needed close connections since others will try to dissuade you and tell you are undertaking a fool's errand. This may well be because at a subconscious level they are jealous or too fearful to undertake their own journey. They will tell you that its not safe, you will suffer financially and possibly even risk your health or even your life. The opposite is more true. There is a greater inner danger if you do not respond to the calling. 


The gateway to the "Field," the spirit world and your true purpose requires passion, courage and strong intention. As Shakti Gawain said;
"The universe will reward you for taking risks on its behalf."

and...

so...


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Saturday, November 11, 2017



THE FOURTH DESTINY BLOG

The biggest challenge is knowing who we are and then getting out of the way of ourselves and allowing our destiny to unfold with our unique gift/s. Most of us take a life time to find out who we are - in the last third of his or her life the proverbial yogi goes walk about in the forest to find "enlightenment" or who she or he truly is.

As the Ancestors teach; 
"All is a journey and not a destination, a continual arriving done for its own sake."
We never quite get there - we never quite make it. There is always another level, a higher vibration to attain.
The good news is that when we reach a certain karmic vibration we do not have to be reincarnate but to get there the other rules of karma from the last blog also pertain. We have to fulfill those too in addition to our destiny agreement or promise. 
As Kabbir said: "Friend there are very few who find the way."
There are few things that can help us:

Subordinating ego to the higher  Self
A spiritual practice
Opening the heart
Our spirit guides and ancestors 

These can enrich our instructional dreams and intuitions from within (the higher Self, the Third Eye) and from without (those scripted by our spirit guides.)

The Hero/ine's Journey
is the template for this to happen
There are four yoga paths and the Hero/ine's journey is the path of service to others - all "Four Beings" - with mindfulness or Karma yoga.

The Ancestors

In the next blog we will look at what that may look like for us in our current state of chaos and confusion.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017



THE THIRD DESTINY BLOG


When we look at the law of Karma - Cause & Effect we see that apart from; 

Doing no harm 
Subordinating ego to the higher Self 
Finding joy and love in service to healing the planet

We are also accountable for fulfilling our destiny or God given purpose

Very few of us are sure of what this might be in a complex world with so many options. Having a regular, enjoyable and meaningful spiritual practice will not only put us in touch with our intuitive abilities but also facilitate access to our guides who can help us especially in dreams. 
Because of the cosmic law of free will we have 
"to ask to receive."

"The Ancestors or our spirit guides cannot save but only alert and only according to your openness and willingness. They cannot change or deter you from your own insistency no matter to what it is due. Only you can change!"

A recurring dream might be hinting to us that we are off track. 
A car dream usually has to do with how we are "driving" our life path. If the car is out of control, or someone else is driving and especially if we are in the back seat, the spirit world may be sending a repetitive warning that we need to pay attention.

Looking at what we wanted to be as a teenager may sometimes be a guide to what was, and still might be really true to our hearts. We may have been dissuaded by parent, peers or other pressures (especially financial from following our dreams.)
Once we know what we really want to do we may still have to keep our day jobs to pay the rent and if necessary even do what we love without pay.
It is not easy to find congruence with our true Selves.

The power of imagination can assist us. Because of free will the spirit world responds to precise requests so the rules up there are...

First set the intention 

Second pay attention to details.
This is where imagination is crucial.

Third take action 
We cannot just think it for it to actualize. Free will in the Field is in the present moment and since there is no time "up there" our guides exist in the present moment. Hence ...

The fourth step is affirm, maintain, sustain. 
They need to know if your intention lives on. The Ancestors affirm the importance of belief which goes along with the details of your imagination. Be clear! Many folks ask for a partner and then get the wrong one because they were not specific. Detailed imagination might narrow the options but it is more likely we will get what we really need and want. Its not easy to truly believe but faith, belief and trust are the catalysts for manifestation.
The Ancestors 


One way of doing this is ...

 Get into a meditative state. 
Sensory driven meditation, for instance with music, is encouraged.

Put your intention into the field with imagination
 especially of what you need spiritually putting your wants second or even aside.
If we can get the "I or Me" out of the way and ask it for the greater good the intention will carry more weight in the spirit world.

Without any attachment to outcome 
release your imaginative intention into the Field
(attachment has a stickiness to it that blocks things flowing to you.)
Let the spirit world handle the details which might turn out very differently to what you expect.

The Spirit world responds to passion which has to do with being heartfelt. 

The Ancestors 

At the end of the day we alone are accountable to our own destiny, fate and soul needs.


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Sunday, October 29, 2017


THE SECOND IN A SERIES OF TEACHINGS FROM ANCIENT WISDOM ON DESTINY

We are all here to heal the planet and each other with our unique Divine given destiny.



We also need to distinguish the difference between destiny and fate.
Destiny is that unique gift we were granted to give. 
Karma is about accountability and how we behave with what we get from our fate and give to and take from others (with or without our destiny.) Karmically we are also accountable for carrying out our destiny.
Even if we find our destiny we also need to practice it according to the laws of spirit.
To be truly "congruent" we need to march to the sound of our own drum no matter what others may say or think. This is not easy.
Sometimes this means letting go of who we are and leaving our comfort zone. We cannot necessarily find our way if we keep doing the same thing or being with the same people. One of the side effects of finding it may be losing old friends who do not understand who we are anymore. 
The Ancestors say;
"And as for your power, what are you doing in the wrong circle!?"
We may have to leave more than just old friends and family behind. We can love them but still let go and move on.
Ultimately this involves going on a hero/ine's journey and encountering one's fears.
"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek." 
Joseph Campbell

Once we incorporate or integrate the journey we find equanimity and meaning...

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Sunday, October 22, 2017


I THOUGHT I WOULD BEGIN A NEW SERIES ON CONGRUENCE AND DESTINY SINCE THEY ARE SO IMPORTANT NOT ONLY FOR HAPPINESS BUT FOR OUR KARMA


When one comes into a state of congruence our emotions and expressions match and our behavior arises from the root of our being. We sing our own song and do not do things for the approval of others. Soul, heart and intellect are congruent and we may have found our true destiny. We also fulfill our karmic obligation to correct injustice and help heal the planet with our Divine given gift.
Moreover, we find balance and equanimity.

The Tao teaches; 
"Care about others' approval and you will be their prisoner."
It is critical that we do not come to the end of our days doing something our family, culture, religion, schooling or society tells us is best for us. 

"I do not know what your destiny will be but one thing I do know. The only ones who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve." Albert Schweitzer





Since we are here to cocreate with the Creator anyone who brings joy to themselves and to others also brings joy to the the Infinite One. 






The Ancestors

As Joseph Campbell taught; "Be true to you myth!"

Our Destiny is Sacred
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017




THIS IS THE LAST BLOG ON THE HEART AND LOVE
There will be no blog next week.

 
 “The heart has reasons that reason cannot know.” 
Blaise Pascal

Broken heart syndrome, also called stress-induced cardiomyopathy or Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, can strike even if you’re healthy. (Tako tsubo, are octopus traps that resemble the pot-like shape of the stricken heart.)
Women are more likely than men to experience the sudden, intense chest pain— the reaction to a surge of stress hormones — that can be caused by an emotionally stressful event. It could be the death of a loved one or even a divorce, breakup or physical separation, betrayal or romantic rejection. It could even happen after a good shock (like winning the lottery.)
Broken heart syndrome may be misdiagnosed as a heart attack because the symptoms are similar. In fact, tests show dramatic changes in rhythm and blood substances that are typical of a heart attack. But unlike a heart attack, there is no evidence of blocked heart arteries.
In broken heart syndrome, a part of your heart (the ventricle) temporarily enlarges and doesn’t pump well, while the rest of your heart functions normally or with even more forceful contractions.
 Broken heart syndrome can lead to severe, short-term heart muscle failure. Broken heart syndrome is usually treatable. Most people who experience it make a full recovery within weeks, and are at low risk for it happening again (although in rare cases in can be fatal). The most common signs and symptoms of broken heart syndrome are chest pain and shortness of breath which can be experienced even if you have no history of heart disease.
Tests show ballooning and unusual movement of the lower left heart chamber (left ventricle) but no other signs of a heart attack. Recovery time is quick, usually within days or weeks.



"The deliciousness of milk and honey is the reflection of the pure heart:
from that heart the sweetness of every sweet thing is derived.
The heart is the substance, and the world the accident:
how should the heart’s shadow be the object of the heart’s desire?
Is that pure heart the heart that is enamored of riches or power,
or is submissive to this black earth and water of the body,
or to vain fancies it worships in the darkness for the sake of fame?
The heart is nothing but the Sea of Light:
is the heart the place of vision of God–and then blind?"
~ Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi
 
When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain. Mark Twain
Most of this information below has been taken from research done by the HeartMath institute. I have added some insights of my own (in bold) and those from ancient wisdom. 
Contrary to opinion the heart actually sends more signals to the brain than vice versa influencing emotional processing as well as higher cognitive faculties. The heart respond to the brain, but the brain also continuously responds to the heart.
During stress and negative emotions, when the heart rhythm pattern is erratic and disordered, the corresponding pattern of neural signals traveling from the heart to the brain inhibits higher cognitive functions. This limits our ability to think clearly, remember, learn, reason, and make effective decisions. The heart’s input to the brain during stressful or negative emotions also has a profound effect on the brain’s emotional processes reinforcing the emotional experience of stress.
In contrast a more ordered and stable pattern of the heart’s input to the brain during positive emotional states has the opposite effect—it facilitates cognitive function and reinforces positive feelings and emotional stability. 
Hence the emphasis on the heart in ancient wisdom.
The Ancestors

 
The heart at rest was once thought to operate much like a metronome, faithfully beating out a regular, steady rhythm. Scientists and physicians now know that this is far from the case. Rather than being regular, the rhythm of a healthy heart—even under resting conditions is actually surprisingly irregular, with the time interval between consecutive heartbeats constantly changing. This naturally occurring beat-to-beat variation in heart rate is called heart rate variability (HRV). Heart rate variability is a measure of the beat-to-beat changes in heart rate. 
The normal variability in heart rate is due to the synergistic action of the two branches of the autonomic nervous system (ANS)—the part of the nervous system that regulates most of the body’s internal automatic functions. The sympathetic nerves act to accelerate heart rate, while the parasympathetic (vagus nerve) slow it down. 
Sympathetic override invokes a stress response and even a full blown flight or fight reaction. 
The sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of the ANS are continually interacting to maintain cardiovascular activity in its optimal range and to permit appropriate reactions to changing external and internal conditions. The analysis of HRV therefore serves as a dynamic window into the function and balance of the autonomic nervous system.
The moment-to-moment variations in heart rate are generally overlooked when heart rate is measured. 
Spiritual practice invokes a parasympathetic relaxation response which is heart and brain healthy. This accounts for the popularity in the West for Eastern techniques of meditation and yoga. Most, however, are using these methods for stress busting and not for spiritual transformation or health.
 
 HRV may be an important indicator of health and fitness. As a marker of physiological resilience and behavioral flexibility, it reflects our ability to adapt effectively to stress and environmental demands. HRV is also a marker of biological aging which is another reason it seems to be catching on. Meditative practices are known also to lengthen the telomeres in our genes which control longevity. 
 Having an abnormally low HRV for one’s age group is associated with increased risk of future health problems and premature mortality. Low HRV is also observed in individuals with a wide range of diseases and disorders. By reducing stress-induced wear and tear on the nervous system and facilitating the body’s natural regenerative processes, HeartMath claim that regular practice of coherence-building techniques can help restore low HRV to healthy values.

The Ancestors

Emotional stress—including emotions such as anger, frustration, and anxiety give rise to heart rhythm patterns that appear irregular and erratic or incoherent. Physiologically, this pattern will indicate that the signals produced by the two branches of the ANS are out of sync with each other. 
In contrast, positive emotions send a very different signal throughout our body. When we experience uplifting emotions such as appreciation, joy, care, and love; our heart rhythm pattern becomes coherent. When we are generating a coherent heart rhythm, the activity in the two branches of the ANS is synchronized and the body’s systems operate with increased efficiency and harmony. It’s no wonder that positive emotions feel so good. They also help our body’s systems synchronize and work better.
Spiritual practice can induce positive emotions.
 
The Maharishi university did research on a more global type of coherence some time ago  and showed that if a critical number of meditators in a city meditated the crime rate actually dropped.
 
Neuroscience is also showing that joy, "meaning" and gratitude are  heartfelt and healthful and also spiritually transforming.
 
"Joy is not incidental to ones spiritual practice it is vital."
Rev Nachman



The Ancestors

The Ancestors

 
Another important distinction involves understanding the role of breathing in the generation of coherence and its relationship to the techniques of the HeartMath System. Because breathing patterns modulate the heart’s rhythm, it is possible to generate a coherent heart rhythm simply by breathing slowly and regularly at a 10-second rhythm. 
This speaks again to the power of pranayama or the yoga science of breath in spiritual transformation.

Kabir says; What is God - the breath within the breath." 
 
 Historically, in almost every culture of the world, the heart was ascribed a far more multifaceted role in the human system, being regarded as a source of wisdom, spiritual insight, thought, and emotion. Intriguingly, scientific research over the past several decades has begun to provide evidence that many of these long-surviving associations may well be more than simply metaphorical. The heart appears to play a key role in intuition. Although there is much yet to be understood, it appears that the age-old associations of the heart with thought, feeling, and insight may indeed have a basis in science. 
Ancient wisdom and science are coming together.
 
HeartMath are essentially talking about the physiology of the heart but there is hardly any mention of the word "love." We know there are basically only two emotions love and fear. Love causes coherence and fear, incoherence. The most effective way to attain coherence, heart or other, is with some form of regular, enjoyable spiritual practice. The heart chakra, yoga concedes, is one of the most vital energy centers to open before the prana, (life force, chi, reach or moya) can flow to the higher chakras above and ultimately to the seventh chakra. Once this happens for brief moments we can all experience unity consciousness and oneness - the ultimate coherence with each other and the cosmos. The heart and love which cannot be separated from joy, meaning and gratitude is key to this and we have known this for eons. The Ancestors remind us of love; 

"There is only one real truth."


Ultimately we are all heading toward spiritual perfection and getting off the relentless wheel of samsara. When we cross over to the other side we will also be accountable for how much we loved and for whether we had joy. Good health and coherence helps us get there but are not the ultimate priority.

 
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Be in Joy




Be Holy








Friday, September 29, 2017


THESE ARE THE LAST OF THE BLOGS ON THE HEART & LOVE & HOW IT HELPS MANAGE THE DEADLY SINS OF KARMA

Why the emphasis by spiritual masters and ancient traditions on the heart?
Ramana Maharshi teaches ; 
"When the mind stays in the Heart
the I which is the source of all thoughts will go, 
and the Self which ever exists will shine."

The Ancestors teach that sadly the mind controls the heart which is one of our greatest spiritual challenges and Alfred Adler reminds us to;
"Follow your heart but take your brain with you."

The Ancestors

The Ancestors

"Brain is an apparatus which with we think, we think. Mind a mysterious form of matter secreted by the brain."  A. Bierce

Neuroscience is now coming into alliance with ancient wisdom's teachings. The heart is the organ responsible for feelings and emotions and not just a muscular organ that pumps blood to the body. The electrical signals emanating from the heart in a ECG are far more powerful than those emitted from the brain in an EEG. Moreover the heart sends more information to the brain than vice versa.  If by sensations Aristotle meant emotions he was correct a long time ago.

"And of course the brain is not responsible for any of the sensations at all. The correct view is that the seat and source of sensation is the region of the heart." Aristotle

Certainly the dorsolateral part of the frontal lobe of the brain as well as the amygdala and insula cortex have a part to play in experiencing our emotions but the heart initiates them. The heart uses neurological, biochemical and biophysical ways to connect to the Limbic system. The heart may be the intelligence behind our intuitive thoughts, feelings and emotions. 
The heart's rhythms are directly affected by our emotions - good or bad. These can even lead to arrhythmias, the so called "Broken Heart Syndrome which simulates a heart attack but is not one and even sudden death in someone who already has heart disease. 
We cannot separate our health from our Self or spirit any more than we can our heart from our brain. Emotions can destabilize the heart. The brain is responsible for memory and learning but erratic emotional signals sent by the heart to the brain recognized as negative or stressful block our ability to think clearly.
Apart from spiritual transformation spiritual practice is a way of modulating these negative feelings arising in the more primitive centers of the brain (Monkey/Narrow mind) by allowing the higher frontal brain centers (or Spacious mind) to predominate thus helping us with our emotional intelligence, our happiness factor and assisting us on the path to "Becoming." Our frontal lobes with the help of spiritual practice help us to get out of the fear driven emotions and the survival responses of Monkey mind.
The risk of heart disease is greatly increased in those who have no inner directed way of handling the hardships of life. Unhappy heart felt emotions also increase stress hormones coming from the adrenal gland, raise the blood pressure and depress the immune system as well as the bodies abilities to handle the deleterious effects of sugar or carbohydrates leading to pre-diabetes and diabetes. 
Spiritual practice creates a parasympathetic nervous system or relaxation response to help modulate this excessive sympathetic nervous system override. This helps our heart and brain stay healthy and more in line with Self.
Healthy spirit - healthy heart - healthy brain but it best begins with intention for Spirit and some form of spiritual practice.
As the Ancestors teach; 
"Information is not to be equated with knowledge, knowledge is not to be equated with understanding, understanding is not to be equated wth wisdom and virtue (purity) is not to be equated with holiness."
Mind stuff is information, knowledge and even understanding and can get in the way.
The heart, however, is the key and the high road eventually to wisdom, virtue and holiness and becoming into a Causal vibration.

This is my religion. There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple. The philosophy is kindness.
Dalai Lama






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The Golden husks, the harvest of the Mind refer to Spacious Mind of the frontal lobe.

Be in Purity