“Beware of organizations that proclaim their devotion to the light without embracing, bowing to the dark; for when they idealize half the world they must devalue the rest.”

- Starhawk
Dreaming the Dark : Magic, Sex, and Politics
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Life is often messy, uncertain, and unpredictable.  Sometimes it’s a string of troubles that seem to never end.  That’s normal.  Ups and downs are normal.  Being ill on occasion is normal.  Feeling peaceful and happy are normal.  Occasional low-energy days are normal.  According to Chinese medicine, it is accepted as natural that we fluctuate from being in balance to being out of balance.  Peace of mind comes from not attaching a great deal of significance to either state.  We simply note our moods and physical states and gently move toward balance as best we can, accepting it all as part of the flow of life.
—  Charlotte Davis Kasl

“At the inner core of each one of us spins seven wheel-like energy centers called chakras. Swirling intersections of vital life forces, each chakra reflects an aspect of consciousness essential to our lives. Together the seven chakras form a profound formula for wholeness that integrates mind, body, and spirit. As a complete system, the chakras provide a powerful tool for both personal and planetary growth.

Chakras are organizing centers for the reception, assimilation, and transmission of life energies. Our chakras, as core centers, form the coordinating network of our complicated mind/body system. From instinctual behavior to consciously planned strategies, from emotions to artistic creations, the chakras are the master programs that govern our life, loves, learning, and illumination. As seven vibratory modalities, the chakras form a mythical Rainbow Bridge, a connecting channel linking Heaven and Earth, mind and body, spirit and matter, past and future. As we spin through the tumultuous times of our present era, the chakras act as gears turning the spiral of evolution. drawing us ever onward toward the still untapped frontiers of consciousness and its infinite potential.”

- Anodea Judith
Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System
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Communicating With The Membrane

At this point in “time,” in this now, many of you have been exposed to the idea of different densities. There have been many writings on what kinds of beings exist in these other densities, and how their civilizations function. But there has been little explanation as to what actually separates one density from the next, besides the fact that there is a vibrational difference.

Vibrational frequency, a term that has become more and more common as people continue to awaken and ascend to the next level of consciousness, has everything to do with density. What is it that separates the third density from the fourth? Yes, you guessed it: vibrational frequency. So how does this differentiation between third-density and fourth-density vibration create two seemingly separate realities? The answer is the membrane which exists in between these two densities. Membranes exist between density levels. It is a natural construct of the multiverse. Its function is to create a sort of transitory boundary so that beings existing within the lower densities are contained in a certain range so that they may learn their planned lessons until their own vibrational frequency naturally progresses them into the next density.

Membranes have consciousness, just like everything else that exists. In fact, the essence of existence is consciousness. Without consciousness, existence wouldn’t exist, and now you may be seeing the paradox here, and that’s because all there is…is existence — consciousness.

Now having understood that, you may have realized that because vibrational membranes are conscious, they can interact with other consciousnesses, such as you. This is especially beneficial to know if you are just now familiarizing yourself with out-of-body experiences or astral projection. When your consciousness moves out of the physical, third-density structure of your body and into the malleable, transparent nature of the fourth-density, there is a membrane through which everyone passes. This very membrane is something that tends to be overlooked. Imagine it like the meniscus of a liquid — the visible divider between air and liquid. The meniscus between densities is aware of you, it knows you. If you hold the intention and focus on communicating with this meniscus or membrane, you can find ways in which you may pass through it more easily. Keep in mind that everyone has the ability to pass from one density to the next. It is simply latent in many individuals. But all it takes is awareness, intention and focus to start reintegrating these abilities.

Try this: sit comfortably or lie down and allow yourself to become relaxed. Close your eyes. After a few minutes, you may begin to feel the heavy yet comfortable pull of sleep on your consciousness. You may even become aware that you are stepping in and out of sleep in quick intervals. One moment you may be aware of your thoughts, and the next moment you may be realizing that you were beginning to dream. This awake/dream boundary is the very membrane between the third and fourth density. When you relax and allow yourself to let go, your vibration actually increases, which is why there is this phenomenon called “dreaming.” The dream world is just another density that your consciousness visits when your physical body heals and energizes itself as your awareness temporarily shifts to this other reality. I say awareness because your consciousness is always existing in every dimension and density simultaneously. Your consciousness never really moves anywhere. It’s your awareness that shifts and expands for you to you experience the ever-present existence of these other densities.

So when you become aware of this awake/dream boundary, talk to it, feel it. Express yourself to it. Ask it questions. Do whatever you feel may be beneficial to your growth. When you acknowledge and establish a relationship with this membrane, you may begin to see the world from a totally different perspective, and that is because you are integrating a newer, higher level of consciousness that we are all inevitably moving into at this very moment.

Light and Love,

-W.S.

How to control your racing mind to attain peace and serenity

There is an old Buddhist story about a man riding a horse, which is used to illustrate what a racing mind does to us. One day, the man was riding his horse quickly down the road and with great determination. A bystander shouted to him, “Where are you going?” The man on the horse replied, “I don’t know. Ask the horse!” Our racing mind does the same thing to us: it takes us for a ride, and we don’t know where it’s going.

Some people have the misconception that they need to calm their mind before they start meditating. They often think that they’re just the type of person who can’t sit still. Having a calm mind is not a matter of who you are, but rather what you do. This is good news for you because it gives you control over your peace and serenity.

When people ask me how to stop their mind from racing, I tell them to start by taking their foot off the accelerator. Most of us are unaware that our daily activities are the primary sources of our mental agitation. Once we become aware of these sources, we can do something about them.

There are four main sources of agitation: (1) too many commitments, (2) background noise, (3) painful memories, and (4) worrying.

DBT Self-help Resources: Controlling a Racing Mind

To read more of this article: https://innerself.com/content/personal/spirituality-mindfulness/mindfulness/10245-how-to-control-your-racing-mind.html

Meditation, Attention and Awareness

‘Meditation is essentially a way to train our attention so we can be more aware of both our inner workings and what’s happening around us. It’s straightforward and simple, but it isn’t easy.

People have been transforming their minds through meditation for thousands of years. Every major world religion includes some form of contemplative exercise, though today meditation is often practiced apart from any belief system. Meditation may be done in silence and stillness, by using voice and sound, or by engaging the body in movement. All forms emphasize the training of attention.

“My experience is what I agree to attend to.” the pioneering psychologist William James wrote at the turn of the twentieth century. “Only those items I notice shape my mind.” At its most basic level, attention - what we allow ourselves to notice - literally determines how we experience the world. The ability to summon and sustain attention is what allows us to job hunt, juggle, learn math, make pancakes, aim a cue and pocket the eight ball, protect our kids, and perform surgery. It lets us be discerning in our dealings with the world, responsive in intimate relationships and honest when we examine our own feelings and motives. Attention determines our degree of intimacy with our ordinary experiences and our entire sense of connection to life.

The content and quality of our lives depend on our level of awareness - a fact we are often not aware of. There’s an old story, usually attributed to a Native American elder, that’s meant to illuminate the power of attention. A grandfather imparting a life lesson to hid grandson tells him, “I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is vengeful. fearful, envious, resentful, deceitful. The other wolf is loving, compassionate, generous, truthful, and serene.” The grandson asks which wolf will win the fight. The grandfather answers, “The one I feed.”

But that’s only part of the picture. true, whatever gets our attention flourishes, so if we lavish attention on the negative and inconsequential, then can overwhelm the positive and the meaningful. But if we do the opposite, refusing to deal with or acknowledge what’s difficult and painful, pretending it doesn’t exist, then our world is of of whack. Whatever doesn’t get our attention withers - or retreats below conscious awareness, where it may still affect our lives. In a perverse way, ignoring the painful and the difficult is just another way of feeding the wolf. meditation teaches us to open our attention to all human experience and all parts of ourselves.

Meditation is pragmatic, the psychological and emotional equivalent of a physical training program: if you exercise regularly, you get certain results, including greater calm, and improved concentration and more connection to others. But there are other rewards.’

- Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation.

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ARE YOU PRACTICING DISTRACTION?

If you struggle with ruminating or intrusive thoughts or you have trouble focusing, make sure you’re not spending all day training your brain to be distracted and do the very things that are frustrating you.

onthereals asked:

Hi! Earlier this month I went on a weekend retreat to at Buddhist temple where I took part in meditation & lecture learned about the Buddhist life style. And so far I love it because I feel (being a psychology major) that Buddhist allows you, through practice to develop a much stronger mind in the face of so much suffering in the world. And it allows yourself to be happier than you were before. However do I NEED to believe in the idea of reincarnation to consider my self a Buddhist?

Do you NEED to consider yourself Buddhist? Do you want the title or the Teachings? 

The concept of reincarnation is a pivotal and major part of Buddhist philosophy. It governs our way of living because our present life was determined by our past lives, and our future lives is determined in how we live in this life.

Why do you have to be Buddhist? Why can’t you just take the teachings and the practices and live your own life? The title “Buddhist” is unnecessary. Our Buddhist goals is to shed all ego, and adding another title doesn’t help. We need to do the opposite and release ourselves from titles of manager, employee, man, woman, friend, CEO, president, Christian, Buddhist, single, gay, straight, etc. We want to be… Human. That should be our only title. But, unfortunately we can’t do that entirely. But we can at least try to detach ourselves from adding any extra distractions.


Smile and be well!