Saturday, October 31, 2015

This weeks blog  is on EXPLAINING THE MYSTERY ? or rather not trying to and just being in awe of it

Recently someone sent me this very erudite link below from Deepak Chopra which I thought I would share with you but at the same time tell you the ancestors' approach to this conundrum. In this way you can dwell in the polarity of the two and see where it takes you. Both are commendable. However, I prefer the ancestors' advice.
Here is the link if you choose to spend some time and brain matter over its content.

Einstein said; "our knowledge is the knowledge of children, we will know a little more than we know now but the true nature of things we will never know, never!"

or in other words - the deeper we go the less we know

We tend to get arrogant and hear scientists saying things like they have now discovered the God particle or the God molecule (D.M.T. which can lead to ecstatic states.) We are just feeling the tip of a huge iceberg that we cannot see or measure and may have  dimensions as grand as the universe itself

Maybe we should spend more time being in the moment with the mystery and enjoying our own, and the "Field's" non local spiritual dimensions. Sometimes if we leave the mathematics and physics to the experts we can more easily discover who we are in relation to the cosmos. The scientists meanwhile will hopefully use their genius for the benefits of all the beings; still, growing, wild and talking

I have found the same principles true when going into wilderness or pristine nature spots. Africa is a prime example and is so rich that one can spend a lifetime assimilating bush knowledge and barely scratch the surface. I spent many of my early years in Southern Africa trying to learn; birds, their unique calls, the plethora of snakes and raptors, animal tracks, the technical aspects of camping or backpacking in remote wild places etc etc... Later I discovered that just being in the mystery of God's masterpiece was more enlightening than delving into all its cognitive aspects which I could never master anyway. Out of this understanding came a different approach - perhaps a yoga of the wild which often led to "Wilderness Rapture" and which I found to be more gratifying. 

From Kabbalah

Saturday, October 24, 2015

This weeks blog is about getting into the "Field" in nature or in any other way

All Southern African Bantu peoples believe in a feminine primal snake that resides in the lower belly, very much like the Yoga principle of the feminine, Shakti, Kundalini. This is potential energy coiled like a serpent at the base of the spine waiting to be "awakened." The Bushmen call it Num and the Zulus Umbilini. Especially, when one engages in spiritual practice, this energy can move up the spine energizing the seven chakras, creating balance. If it reaches Shiva the male principle at the crown chakra one experiences unity consciousness or oneness, or if only for a brief period of time, a Peak experience (Maslow) or Wilderness Rapture. This encounter, often ecstatic, of being in the "Field" can also result in other phenomena including magical powers.

Immersing in nature with an inward intention is a powerful facilitator of this energy but there are many ways to move the serpent. Meditation can be active as in active imagination with focus or the more common passive Eastern meditative practices now so prevalent in the West. Body meditative techniques are just as or even more effective for some and include dancing, singing and drumming, the method favored by Southern African indigenous people. The Chassidim agree, saying; "with song one can open the gates of heaven."
There are many ways to facilitate getting into the non local "Field" (i.e. that not localized in time and space)
Once in the "Field" we are also more able to make contact with our spirit guides in and out of dreams.

Eastern religions see the Kundalini as the key to enlightenment or self-realization. However, there are many manifestations of this energy depending on the culture and the need. In indigenous societies who are more involved in day to day survival and their basic needs, its about "chopping wood and carrying water" more effectively. In other words Maslow's basic survival needs. This would include the use of magical powers for hunting, healing and happiness or balance. For those on a spiritual path, the Kundalini is more about enhancing Maslow's growth needs or moving energy into the higher chakras above the diaphragm. The Zen saying; "before enlightenment, chop wood carry water, after enlightenment, chop wood carry water" is then taking the wisdom a step further, towards working on behalf of other after attaining a desired spiritual state. The movement of Kundalini energy has also been associated with spontaneous remission of so called incurable diseases. Other effects include;

Some prefer the word becoming to self realization. The latter implies a fixed point of attainment when there is no fixed point to self realization. Rather the "realization" keeps on evolving and we are usually in the process of becoming more. 
Some may think this is all rather esoteric but there are more subtle manifestation of Kundalini which we have probably all experienced. We probably have all had synchronous events when we tap briefly into the "Field" and a certain magic occurs. Coherence can be experienced in group meditation which is often more powerful than meditating alone. Meditations for peace have been studied by the Maharishi university in reference to the beneficial effect of meditation "splashing" onto others unengaged in spiritual practice and remote from the meditators. Getting into the zone is favored by athletes and is also called superfluidity where everything mysteriously flows of its own accord resulting in a flawless performance. One can see Olympic gymnasts doing yoga or pranayama (breath yoga) or engaging in guided imagery of their routines before their performance. Imagery has been shown to be almost as effective as practicing it physically. 
Remote viewing has been studied and proven at Stanford university and by the C.I.A. An extension of this, remote or distant diagnosis and distant healing have been around for eons amongst shamans, psychics, healers and others. Distant healing has now been proven effective in medicine by numerous double blind studies.
Dean Radin at Noetic Sciences has proven beyond doubt, as have others, that what he calls the Big Five are real; i.e. telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, remote viewing and telekinesis. Many of us have had precognitive dreams.

At the end of the day this energy, in whatever form its described in different cultures, can help us to find and stay in line with our destiny or unique purpose on the planet. It does so by moving our life force, prana, moya (Zulu,) ruach (Hebrew,) or chi.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

This weeks blog is on how to go Primal without being extreme

We really do not have to try and emulate the hunter gatherer experience to enjoy "Wilderness Rapture" (W.R.) My understanding of  W.R. is, that it resembles Maslow's peak experience in its most intense form or what the yogis might call the oneness experience or unity consciousness. Here the knower, the known and the process of knowing fuse into one thing and we feel a short period of bliss and oneness before our left brain snaps us out of it as we try to analyze and evaluate. In a diluted form, W. R. is being in a very relaxed alfa state of consciousness (as opposed to our usual hyperactive beta rhythm in the brain.)
Here is an example of Wilderness Rapture as described by Lafayette Bunnell, one of the first white people to enter Yosemite valley.

In this brief moment Bunnell and Yosemite valley fused into one thing. The knower (Bunnell,) the known (Yosemite,) and the process of him "knowing" it became one. I am sure many of you have had a similar experience watching a sunset. listening to music (when you become the music,) with dancing, sex, childbirth or otherwise.

In order to facilitate this process one has to go into nature with an inward intention and do so "for its own sake." When I wrote my first book describing W.R., (a prelude to forming Inward Bound Healing Journeys for this express purpose,) I said it like this;

We can emulate Bushmen consciousness by having as little between us and nature as possible but...
it is also perfectly true that we do not have to go very far into nature to do this. We can do it in our garden, walking on the beach or in a park. If we choose we can take more time out and find a cabin on a lake or go on a spiritual retreat where there is nature around us, be it a spar or otherwise. As the ancestors advise below, it is much easier for some of us to have the "Yosemite" model to get there.

Many, however, can experience W.R., as the ancestors say, by "the magic of the ordinary..."

Going alone or in quietness is essential.

Those that can find it for themselves and then share it with others can inherit their blessing below.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

This weeks blog concerns some of the reasons for going primal reinforced by the wisdom of many that preceded us.

Data and science are limited and can only take us so far.
Cognitive knowledge obliterates the intuitive and this is why more primal  and indigenous cultures   are so intuitive. They are constantly being guided in dreams, visions and "feelings" by their ancestors or spirit guides. The veil between words is more open to them because of their close connection to the great teacher - nature - and also because their left brains are not overwhelmed with information.

Those that confine their experience to the five senses are missing the other 99%. Einstein confirmed that our knowledge was the knowledge of children and that we would know a little more than we know now but the full extent of this other 99% we would never know, never!

So called miracles do occur but they are not outside of the natural world or the five senses just outside our limited understanding of it.

The Newtonian model has brought us very far but eventually will be partially replaced by the more current quantum paradigm that acknowledges: 
Information not localized in space and time that can be useful and even life saving.
The presence of a largely unknowable non local "Field."
That consciousness exists outside of our brain and that if the brain is our computer, there is some force  programming us

Whatever being comes to be, be it motionless or moving, derives its being from Field and Knower of the Field. Bhagavad Gita

Many indigenous shamans cannot read or write but would qualify as "seers" because they are able to access non local information in the Field through their spirit guides in trance, dreams and with divination which like a diving rod for finding water is facilitated by telekinesis from the spirit world.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

This weeks blog is an endorsement for going back to the Garden of Eden archetype and connecting with our primal instincts

even though
“We cannot today recreate the original wilderness human in shape form or habitat. But we can recover him because he exists in us. She is the foundation in spirit or psyche on which we build and we are not complete until we have recovered her… Laurens van der Post

We can always adopt a primal consciousness when we encounter nature. That primal self is closer to the real Self

and that

“Gods breath is heard in quietness & felt in stillness. Beware the noises and clamor of ego which drown out the Divine whisper.” The Ancestors
Its best to be alone 

and that
Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye... It also includes the inner pictures of the soul. Edward Munch

Western technology has given us tremendous gifts but we should never forget the huge price we have paid for losing contact with our primal selves and with nature.

And how do we facilitate this
Find your own access to nature that suits you and not others. Set an inner intention. Let go of goals once there. Do it for its own sake. Keep it simple. Alone Time is critical. Connect with the "Soft Fascinations." Attend to needs not wants.