Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What Is Knowing?

“Quantum physics shows us that what we can visualize actually is what we can see. Our mental picture of the universe and how the universe appears to us basically are one and the same. The world of thought is not isolated from the physical world but, on the contrary is closely bound up in it.” --Rabbi Phillip S. Berg 

Here are some insights from a recent download:

Nothing can be revealed unless it is first concealed. For example, at a human social level a person cannot reveal himself in public without first being concealed in clothing.

Our birth on earth was a revealment of our spirit and intelligences in human mortal form. But our birth also concealed many things about the reality of the universe. Many layers make up what we call "the veil." Yet when one delves into the inner essence of things, these layers are revealed.




In order to achieve this we must not merely have information, we must know

The Jews understood the biblical distinction about knowing. The only time information becomes knowing is when direct contact has been made with the information sought. 

"And Adam knew his wife." 

Knowing in biblical terms mean that direct contact is made. Experience creates knowing. 

Sometimes we think we know. Man has made contact with the moon. But man cannot directly touch the moon. Even if he goes there with all that science has to offer, he is still in a space suit and can't directly touch it or know anything about it's inner essence.


However, through expanded consciousness, anything is possible, even direct contact with the moon.

As the quote at the top suggests, we can only see that which we can visualize. Therefore, expanding our consciousness and connecting to the great endless wisdom, allows us to see more of reality.

The Kabbalah teaches that there are essentially 4 realities on this terrestrial plane: inanimate, vegetable, animal, and human. All have intelligence. Some are mobile. But only humans have higher levels of consciousness 

Man can think about past, present, future, etc. He can even observe himself thinking. This mobility of both psyche and of  body are what allow for expanded consciousness. When you think of the word expanded, you can think what might happen if you expanded your orbit. If a man walked into a different city or neighborhood, he might experience all kinds of new things. Man can also do this with his mind. He can expand it into realms he hasn't been before through certain types of meditation, especially guided imagery.
By this means, instant transfer and communication is possible across the galaxy and to other galaxies as well at faster than speed of light. Man can connect with angels, with God, with his own soul, and the inner essence of other things and people, with past and future, and so much more.

Humans are also unique in the ability to articulate speech. Speech is key. God created the cosmos with a word, and that power, (diluted somewhat by our own ego and impurities) was passed on to his creatures.  We must be very careful with this power. Many of us, when we talk about what we do not want to happen actually create most of our tragedies. Words, in a very real sense, become deeds. 

With imagery we can use the power of the word to help the client expand their consciousness and connect with (know/experience) the Light (Wisdom/ God Jesus Christ, you name it) by guiding their mind and imagination. The imagination responds to words. Words create images. The imagery master, throughout time has had different titles: shaman, prophet, poet, rabbi, therapist, guide, mystic, and more.

Prophet Isaiah by Marc Chagall

Since the dawn of time, very awakened people knew that every event, every action, every idea is connected through the human mind the network that is the cosmos. They knew that consciousness plays a deciding role in the nature of our physical reality. Purity of consciousness creating the ultimate fullness of joy reality. 

Purity of consciousness is achieved by converting the desire to receive for the self alone to a desire to receive to share. Love Your Neighbor. This is straight out of every religion's scriptures.  

The energy of the terrestrial sphere is very negative. This is where Satan can and does (for now) pretend he is the God of this world. In order to free ourselves from the negative energy, we need to connect with the positive energy through expanding our consciousness beyond the five senses, connecting, knowing



Modern science, the deeper they get into things, has discovered that the the only thing they know for certain is that there is uncertainty in science. Everything we thought we knew has exceptions, or is constantly changing. Also, they have proven that observing changes the observed.

I love that Elder Holland, one of the 12 apostles of the LDS church, said this at the last General Conference of the church: 
"I am more certain that those keys have been restored and that those ordinances are once again available through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints than I am certain I stand before you at this pulpit and you sit before me in this conference."

The five sense will always lead us into the illusion. But when we use mind power, the word, and pure intent to share, we can know the mysteries of God, and thus change our reality and destiny.  

To read more about imagery upcoming training, and other opportunities to experience, click any of these links. Sat Nam. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Introducing the Jedis

Last year I had a lot of requests from people who wanted to learn to teach Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan (R) but who wanted to train with me. I looked into becoming a teacher trainer through KRI and what I realized is that to become a KRI teacher trainer would take years and years of climbing yogi ladders and bazillions of hours, which I don't need to spend away from my daughter. But after a talk with my teacher trainer and a talk with Yogi Bhajan (in his astral form) and also to God, I felt like I should just train people anyway, and not call it a teacher training, but merely a mentorship.

Yogi Bhajan said that every student should be a teacher, and even if you only know one meditation, you should teach it. I know many of my students are teaching their family and friends and some will tell anyone on the street about it. And I figured I could equip those who were serious with tools to do so in an even better way.

It is amazing who was led to me and how I knew they were going to be a jedi. Others applied but I didn't feel it was right or their time. In the end I trained nine Jedis. The mentorship was 6 months. It was a wonderful time and I loved seeing them grown and begin to teach where God led them. Several of them lead addiction recovery groups. Others live in places where there is absolutely no access to Kundalini Yoga except what they are now offering. Others will be teaching online. Several of them are going on to do a full 220 hour Level 1 teacher training in their area as new areas are opening up.

I wanted to introduce several of them here. Some are teaching, others aren't yet, but they are blogging. All of them I would endorse as epic teachers with a deep respect and understanding of the teachings of Yogi Bhajan, and who also teach from a Christ-centered LDS perspective.

Jessica

Jessica is in Chicago but teaches online mostly to people in Boise. Go figure. Here is her FB page.


Kalyan Kaur
Kalyan Kaur (Janice) teaches in Pocatello Idaho every Tuesday night. Her FB page will be linked here shortly.


Siri Dharma Kaur

Siri Dharma Kaur (Katy) is in Rexburg Idaho. She is teaching a Moonlight Yoga For Women weekly Saturday evening class at a counseling center location in Rexburg. This class will follow up on the 12 steps of ARP. Everyone (female) is welcome. She will be teaching a pregnancy yoga class series, too. She is also a Theta healer and Hypnobabies instructor. So she has your bases covered. Her website is Be Still Services.  


Nancy Holbrook

Nancy is in Honolulu, Hawaii and just had a baby, but will start up teaching again soon. When she gets her info ready I will add it here. In the mean time, if you want to contact her, you can email me or find her on Facebook.

Akashpreet Kaur

Akashpreet Kaur (Hannah) is in England and blogs at: 5 in the Bed. It's her family blog, but there will be more about Kundalini Yoga as the days go by.

Sarah

Sarah is also in England and has started blogging at Meditationformormons.blogspot.co.uk and has a youtube channel of the same name.

The other Jedis are still working on finishing requirements, but when they are ready, I will add them to this list. Sat Nam.





Friday, July 18, 2014

Imagery Improvements!

This week I was scheduled to teach people how to facilitate Therapeutic Imagery on people this week, in Ojai. 5 days of "trance-formation." But a few weeks before I noticed that all the people who were supposed to be here were having a lot of interference. I started praying for them. For me. I started wondering if I was supposed to cancel it or postpone it. Then finally, a week before, I decided to postpone it, because most of the people who I KNEW were supposed to be here (you know who you are), weren't able to get things worked out. And those who had already paid were flexible. So I decided to postpone it! Even though when I planned it, it felt like the right time and place, it suddenly no longer was. 

As soon as I cancelled it, I felt a relief and like a did the right thing. Then I started having HUGE downloads. I'm talking HUGE. Like super huge mysteries of God unfolding and blowing my mind. Some of it has to do with my astrology/astronomy journey, but also about the use of imagery to facilitate God's work. Then I realized that the whole training needs to be a little different and include some of these downloads. 


I realized that the Lake of Despair of the previous month was Satan trying to keep me from this big uplevel. 

Back to imagery training. There was one person who had already signed up and bought tickets who decided that she was going to come anyway and work one on one with me. I love that she just came anyway. Apparently, for her, it was the right time and place. But she was the only one. So we did just that. It was a lot like a private retreat/intensive breakthrough session. We stopped occasionally to eat berry pie or juicy nectarines. And I realized that I should do more private retreats/breakthrough weekends. Now that I have a vacation rental right behind my house. It would work out nicely.

But back to imagery training. I have decided to break the training up into a foundations weekend course and then teach other modules later. Hopefully some of these can be taught online, but the Foundation Course has to be taught in person. I will be teaching it in Park City, Utah on September 11-13, 2014. (Yes my ban on going to Utah has apparently ended. It just feels like the right place this time.) 

It is a central location to lots of people coming from all over and it is super quiet and cheaper to stay there in the summer than in Provo or Ogden or Salt Lake. Also, since the class will be shorter, the price is now half of what it was. 

For those who aren't sure what this is all about and just want one day of "trance-formation," I made an option for just coming for one day only. But only people who do the whole foundations weekend can do the advanced modules later when I offer them. 

I already have a few people registered from before. There is room for more, but room is limited, and I will not take last minute registrations for this class because there is so much to prepare. So make sure you register early before spaces fill up or before registration closes. 

Come frolic in Park City

Here is the Link to Register and all the hotel information. (The room rate is ridiculously great for anyone who mentions my training. I'm thinking of inviting my friend to come up and stay and just play with me after the training and go in the sauna. BTW a sauna and then a cold shower afterward will add years to your life.)  

I will attempt to organize and post some of my downloads here as inspiration permits. Wohoo!

 








Saturday, July 12, 2014

You Created This Situation and You Have the Power To Change It

A few years ago I became a fan of Angel Cards and simple Oracle Cards. My friend from hypnotherapy school had several decks and sometimes offered to do readings for me. A reading consists of me asking a question or asking for a message about an issue. Then she asks God and the angels to guide the reading. Then she pulls a card. The card has a simple message on it that can be somewhat general but always proves to be very timely and appropriate for me. Eventually I stopped thinking they were silly. God will communicate with us in any way we are open to hearing it, and the angels cards have been a first or second or third witness to me enough times that I now totally embrace them. I often do the same kind of "reading" by praying for God to guide me, and then opening my scriptures at random. It is amazing how not random it is.



So that is the long introduction to my epiphany that came through a stubborn angel card that would't leave me alone. I finally bought my own Archangel Michael deck app (by Doreen Virtue) and the last few weeks I used it often. Not every day, but more often than not, because I felt really stuck and struggling to see things some days. 

There were several messages that kept coming up in both the cards and my scriptures, but the card that bothered me so much (because it came up all the time) was this one:


 And this is what the back side said.


You have to scroll down to read the rest of the card, but this is what it says. 
"This card is a reminder that you are a powerful creator made in the image and likeness of the Divine Creator! You're not a passive victim; you have the right and the skills to rise above and change everything in this situation and relationship. However, as long as you blame others or believe that they're controlling you, you'll remain stuck. But by calling upon God and Archangel Micheal, and then taking charge according to your guidance, you can change everything in miraculous ways."
I got really sick of reading this card and I sort of dismissed it because I didn't think it was accurate. I pulled it so many times. Each time I thought that my deck must be getting clogged with energy and I need to clear it and reconsecrate it because the readings were not accurate any more. Well then a bunch of bells went off in my head. There are 44 cards in the deck and only one of these cards. Some I rarely pull and some I get often. There was clearly something I wasn't looking at. No one likes to believe that they are a victim of their own victim mentality. But I decided to read it closely. 

This is what stood out to me: you have the right and the skills to rise above and change everything in this situation.

And I realized in what way I had made myself a victim. I was blaming God and being his victim! The God who provides everything for me and who I adore and praise. 

It seems funny now, but I think so many of us do it: "You told me to move into this house, and now this is going wrong, and this and this...." Or "You told me to marry him...", OR "You promised me xyz in a priesthood blessing, so I did xyz and now look what's happened....."

We blame God for getting us into messes that we are truly responsible for. 

The other big thing is to believe one is a victim or being controlled by God's timing. It is true that God's time is much different than ours, but like the card says, as long as you continue to blame and feel others are controlling you, then you will remain stuck.

I was definitely feeling stuck. And I wanted to change my situation. The problem was to try to find the balance between being a powerful creator who relies on God's guidance rather than being a powerful creator who is mad and trying to control God and tell him what to do and how things should be. 

The card said I had the RIGHT and the SKILLS. Those words stung me. I have the right to communicate with God and gain understanding and insight. I have the right to become unstuck. I was choosing not to. But I can act and not be acted upon. 

I wondered what the skills were, but then I realized I have lots of skills. First, I am good at asking for help when I need it. So a called a couple people and asked them to pray for me. This helped a lot. I could feel it instantly. The stuck feeling lifted for long enough for me to get some clarity. 

One message I got from the scriptures was that I needed to ask God for help by calling on a specific name of God. He told me that name in several random (not random) scripture passage openings (hookums, I call them). It was a simple name: Lord God. 

And I loved this scripture that I found it in: 
Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: (Jeremiah 32:17)
I realized that another of my skills is using my imagination. So I went into the imagery state and asked God to show me how to change my situation. My guardian angels instantly stepped forward and told me they were going to help me figure this out. They told me to look down, and I saw that I was surrounded by a metaphysical lake of despair. I was floating on a barge in the middle of this lake. The barge was held up by warrior angels that my friend had prayed for. This explained the good days. 

Some days I had felt great, but there was still a feeling of not being on solid ground. The other days had been characterized by a sinking or drowning feeling. It all made sense. It was a pretty major Satanic device that was following me around and I was stuck in it. 

It had remained hidden from my view and from others' too, because Satan has lots of ways to hide these things. He had me thinking it was just normal stuff. Till it all added up to more than that. But that's how he works. It's just your period. It's just so hot outside. You just ate something bad. You are mineral deficient. It's just that your life sucks and you have the right to feel despair. You are no good. Those are the thoughts that we sometimes believe that keep us from thinking that in fact it is actually Satan being his bad self trying to stop whatever awesomeness is happening or might happen.  

So to fix the problem, I used my imagination and I invited Jesus Christ to come and help me. I had to "lash myself to the mast," (which was Him) as he dried up all the lake of despair and sent it back to where it came from. I was finally standing on a solid foundation. 

Then I sprouted my wings and flew around for a while like an eagle. I came out of the vision state totally refreshed and knowing that the problem was solved permanently.  It has been nice to feel like myself again.  



For some reason the story of Alma the younger comes to mind. (You can read the whole story in the book of Mormon starting here. It's just a few chapters.) When the angel intercepts Alma and his hoodlum friends on the road he tells them he has come in answer to the prayers of Alma's father. I always read that and think what any parent wouldn't give to have that kind of an answer to prayers for their wayward children. 

Alma probably had some good skills. But I also think a big part of it was that he was clear about things. It's hard to imagine that he ever blamed God, or the sons of Mosiah, or his life circumstances or his DNA for having a wayward child. He probably never felt like a victim. Or if he did, realized that he had the right to change, and then he used his skills and God's guidance. 

I also wonder if God guided him to pray in a specific way or using a specific name? Perhaps he called on God day and night, mantra style. Something to think about.

Another story that comes to mind is the story that takes place in the Book of Mormon right before Christ comes. (You can read it starting here.) The unbelievers say He is never going to come and they set a date. They say if he doesn't come by this date, they are going to kill all the believers. The date is coming up and the believers are sweating. So Nephi prays. He prays fervently for all the believers and God tells him, don't worry, tomorrow I am coming into the world. 

Sure enough the signs of his coming happen the next day. The unbelievers repent. It's good times. 

But I wonder how much of this is all timed down to the minute or if Mary went into labor early because Nephi's prayers were sincere. Or maybe the signs just came early to that side of the world, when in fact, he was born a week later in Jerusalem. I'm not sure how God works it all out, but it is worked out somewhere in a space beyond time, and we are not victims of time. Time is not toxic. Time is on our side. We have the rights and the skills to rise above and change every situation with his help. Through Him we are more than conquerers.     

Friday, July 11, 2014

Why You Should Be Rich and Happy Now - The Axis and Orbit Summer Challenge



One of my readers, Ryan, asked me to write more about prosperity. So I am guessing that this will be the first in a series of posts.

Here is a great quote from Yogi Bhajan that I will explain hereafter:

If your psyche is right on its axis, you’ll be happy no matter whether you are rich or poor. If your psyche is right on its orbit, you’ll be rich whether or not you are happy. If both are in harmony, you’ll be rich and happy and a giver like God.” --Yogi Bhajan.

So to explain, your AXIS is your own personal connection with your God and your higher self and if you are right spiritually than you will be happy, as he says, whether you are rich or poor.


Your ORBIT is your interaction with others and the world and if your psyche is balanced in this regard you will just naturally be rich, no matter whether or not your are happy. It is easy to see people who are balanced on their orbit because they have outward manifestations of success.





The idea is that you want to be balanced on both axis and orbit. There is this old Piscean notion that you can't be rich and spiritually enlightened. You know the sayings: Money is the root of all evil, Money is the world's curse. It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle that for a rich man to enter heaven... etc etc.

These sayings and that last highly misunderstood scripture I quoted, have been used for hundreds of years now by Satan and his secret combinations, to promote the monastic lifestyle--a lifestyle of being balanced on one's AXIS, but not on one's orbit. Meaning that if you choose God you choose poverty.

Why would Satan promote this, you ask? Well for one thing, people with money (or control of the money or resources) tend to be the ones who develop society. And the evil powers in the universe do not want enlightened, spiritual people developing society. So they have done a good job convincing some very good, spiritual people that money is bad, and that success and prosperity will lead you off the straight and narrow path. While that is possible, it is also possible that if you are balanced on your axis, you'll stay on the path and you'll do a lot of good for God with the resources he blesses you with.

The truth is, money is just symbolic. It is what we use to symbolize energy exchange, and until that system changes, it's what we have to work with. The key is to have your psyche balanced in both areas. Then you will be both rich and happy and you'll use the money as God would.


So if you were wondering why you are happy but poor, or rich and unhappy, or both poor and unhappy, the answer is because one or both of your axis and orbit is not balanced. And since I know you have tried everything else, let me tell you that Kundalini Yoga and meditation is the energetic technology that is strong enough to right your psyche in both areas. Don't stop all the other good things you are doing. Just add more Kundalini.

I have been in the top 2% of earners at one point (and every unhappy) and I have been way below the poverty line (perhaps if there is a bottom 2% I was there) and also unhappy. When I started adding more Kundalini I became enormously happier. Then my psyche started to balance on it's orbit and I learned what prosperity truly meant.

Now, I don't consider myself on any of the world's scales of prosperity or success. This is because God provides things (resources, money, opportunities, stuff) for us in miraculous ways, and uses us to provide for others in miraculous ways. Even though there is still a money exchange at times, I feel like I have opted into the law of consecration and it works beautifully. I often feel like I am the happiest and richest person in the world. Maybe that is how it feels to be like God. A giver.

I find myself wishing that all of my students and blog readers and clients could feel the same. Right now. Because there is a great work to do. It's not all about paying the mortgage or rent anymore. And it's not about struggling to stay afloat in the lake of despair anymore. You were born to have joy and to contribute!

Even though the Kundalini technology is fast, you should know it still takes effort. These issues go to the very core of everything for some of us. But even if it took 6 months say, or a year--that's nothing when you think of all the years you've lived with and struggled with your problems. So I'd like to issue a challenge. It will be a 10 week challenge. I'm calling it the Tree of Life Kundalini Yoga Summer Challenge.

The idea is to go to, or watch, or do at home with a manual, as many Kundalini Yoga classes as possible by the Fall equinox (this is addition to your daily meditation which I'm sure you are already doing). The goal being 30 classes or more by the end of summer. That is about 3 per week. If you are already doing a Level 1 teacher training or daily Aquarian Sadhana then you are covered (that is the 2.5 hours/day early morning group sadhana).


If you don't have classes near you or it's hard to get to them, I have a 6 class prosperity series as well as a 6 class rebirthing series available online for a very reasonable price. You can do the same ones over and over if you like them. I'll also offering new classes near the end of the summer. Click here for all the info on upcoming and recorded classes. 

But it honestly doesn't matter so much what the theme of the class or kriya is that you you do, so long as you do it. If you are looking for classes near you, make sure it is Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan. Anything else I can not vouch for.

If you have a manual and do kriyas at home, you can get the group energy by imagining that you are mediating with 1000 other yogis. In truth, you may be, you just can't see them.

Anyone who meets the challenge or goes beyond it, will most likely have their psyche, axis, orbit and a lot more transformed, and will be invited to share their story on my blog or podcast, and will get a free copy of my forthcoming book, Awake As In Ancient Days: The Christ-Centered Kundalini Yoga Experience. 

To join the challenge, first tell all your friends you are going it. Socially commit. And get a friend or two to join you if you can. Then just download and print out the spreadsheet at this link. There is a place for dates and teacher names and a place for the teacher to sign if you attend their class life. This will give you an excuse to talk to the teacher. :) If you don't attend live, you can still keep track this way.

During the challenge, feel free to post pictures or comments or blog links on my FB page. At the end of the challenge, just email me your forms! I'm so excited about this. I will be doing it too. I'm going to try to go out and find more live classes in my area, which means I'll probably meet lots of new people, too.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bedtime Stories

I tell my daughter bedtime stories. They are largely all plot. The characters vary but many times they are named Penelope or Purple or Pearl or some other P name. They often go on until I finda  way to resolve the plot mess I have gotten into, then they resolve suddenly and dramatically, usually happily. Penelope saves all the on the morning I have forgotten everything. But she remembers.

She reminds me of the story in the morning or the next night and asks me to tell it again. I listen with curiosity. I ask her for details. Sometimes it all comes back to me but most of the time I am baffled. Did I tell you that? It is almost like the just fly through my brain and then they are gone. I have to go into story telling mode/trance, and wait for one to fly in before I can start. They are like bats, they usually only fly in at night.

I have to be careful about sequels or ending on a cliff hanger because if I don't know any of the characters or plot tomorrow it is hard to pick up where you left off.

I like to believe that some of them are genius Ericksonian tales that subtly shift and heal her, but most of the time they are pretty silly. Sometimes she boos me at the end and tells me it stunk. But for the last few months I have had positive reviews.

We finally found a solution for when she wants to hear a certain story over again. We started recording them with my digital audio recorder. Then she can play it back and listen whenever. And then she and I had the idea to share some of these with whoever who feels like listening.

I make no guarantees about their entertainment value or appropriateness. My daughter is 8 so her attention span is longer than it used to be. The stories are usually 15-20 minutes. That's about how long it takes me to resolve a plot. Although there are some that are very short. So if you feel like listening here is the link: Penelope's Bedtime Stories. Click on the tracks tab to see all the stories we have uploaded so far.

Sat Nam.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Six Percent Return


prayer 320 text
Yogi Bhajan always said that it makes more sense to pray for others because you also get six percent back. If you pray for yourself it may or may not work, but if you pray for others, you get the return. It doesn't really matter if your prayer for them is answered or not. Because let's be honest, we don't really know what to pray for. I could pray for my 4'8" female friend to become an NBA basketball star. This is probably not what she wants and it is not likely to happen for her. But if the prayer is sincere, I get 6% back on each prayer.

Knowing this, I have no qualms asking people to pray for me on the occasions I need it. Sometimes I need it for long periods, such as when I was working on my book. Thank you to everyone for those months of prayers! I am currently working on getting the final stuff done for the book and I could use a few this week and next.

I also take my list of people that I say I'm praying for seriously. I started to forget people when the list gets long and I am tired before bed or half asleep in the morning. So I have started a list on my phone and sometimes I open it when I am praying. I got this idea from a friend. She is very organized. I always ask her for prayers when I need them.

A year and a half ago when I was in my dark night of the soul and I relied so much on the prayers of others and barely had anything to give in return, I would just pray and thank God so sincerely for the prayers of others. Then I asked that their prayers on our behalf would come back to them 100 fold. I am not sure about the math on that one. But I was incredibly supported through that time.

I had an interesting experience recently where I was having a problem and I couldn't pray it away but when I asked a friend to pray for me, it went away as soon as she prayed. And it stayed away the whole day. Then the next day I had to ask her again because my own prayers weren't really working in that area. Interesting. I will write more about it sometime, but I think it was mostly to get me to write this blog post.