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Creative Work – Tapping into the Field

I get some of my most creative work done while sitting at a local coffee shop with a cup of organic Peruvian blend and a croissant. There’s something about the ambiance…the aromas, music in the background, the quiet coming and going of people…it’s like white noise that helps to bring out the muse. There just seems to be a lot of energy in the air that I can tap into.

On the other hand, trying to do creative work in a library does not work for me. I start to feel a little closed in, perhaps by the walls of books that seem to loom over my shoulders, reminding me of teachers in my younger days that shushed me for being too noisy.

Ah, but give me a journal and pen and plop me down in a funky little coffee shop, and I can spend many happy hours immersed in the creative ocean. It is quite satisfying and seems to activate certain bodily energies that want to express on paper. It is a wonderful antidote for moods and opens up the energetic field that allows Love’s vibration to flow unimpeded.

When connected to the current of creativity, there is no impediment to what you can dream and create. In the flow of these energies, the problems and concerns of 3d existence are felt dispassionately, with little commitment of emotional energy. In the deeper states of immersion with the blissful vibrations, the mind and body assumes certain postures and focus of mind. You become all feeling and Being, following the most subtle threads of Bliss energy to its Source.

Your work is to follow and pay attention to the energetic cues as they move in the Field of Consciousness. It is most delectable, most sublime, a vastly different perspective of awareness than what is offered by the linear, logical mind.

Create everyday! Not just from the intellect, but from the subtle vibrations of a heart that is connected with the Divine flow of what moves within. It is not difficult! Just breathe and feel! Release and allow the child of the heart to dance in the field of wonderment that surrounds and enfolds us at all times! If there is any heaviness or dark mood, allow yourselves to feel the “structure” or “geometry” of any tightness or pain associated with it in the body and then give deep permission to move and breathe, dance and tone in ways that helps to “evolve” your relationship with it.

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Kundalini Activation – What are the Dangers?

There seems to be quite a bit of concern regarding Kundalini activation in the body. Individuals ask if it can be dangerous if awakened abruptly or before the body and mind are prepared. I can only speak from my own experience. For me, the sensations in the spine came on very gently for me…so gently that I was not able to associate anything with it. It seemed strangely familiar, and quite pleasureable, but I did not know how to maintain it. I felt like I was walking on air for a couple of weeks or so…until it went away…for years.

Fast-forward many years later, never forgetting the experience and wistfully thinking that a door that had once opened itself to me was now impossibly shut. However, to my great joy and for reasons I will not get into quite yet, the sensations returned. This time around, I was able to follow and feel the intensity of the vibrations back to the spine. Oh…my…God! Again, the feelings began very gently, but then built up into a crescendo of convulsive contortions of the body accompanied by hissing breaths…and yet with unimaginable sensations of pleasure and bliss!

Getting back to the question regarding whether or not Kundalini activations can be dangerous… Well, I believe there can be a danger if the body is not physically healthy and pliable, because the amount of energy going through it is quite high. It would be like having a body that is fit for 100 watts, but 1000 watts of power is trying to surge through. I also believe it important to have emotional baggage cleared out, because stagnant or stuck energy in the body can be quite painful when the energy surge finds any type of blockage.

The energy has its own wisdom, and especially when Kundalini moves through the body, it knows what to do, taking up certain postures and breathing patterns without our having to direct its flow. It is very much like a serpent spirit in the body, moving and undulating, twisting and squeezing…

Oh, and something else to consider… I believe I missed Her (Kundalini) for years because of her subtle, in-the-background presence, like white noise that I paid little attention too. Something that might help: pay attention to the finest sensation that you can feel in the spine and allow the breath to build up the sensation. Allow the body to assume whatever position it needs to, to magnify the feelings in the spine. The breath and body posture is not something that you think about, it just happens.

Hope this helps. Also, the visual for me regarding what is happening in the spine is that of a microscopic thread of pleasurable vibration that is being pulled through the spinal cord while the body naturally assumes certain “locks” or positions. This is a way of literally “following your bliss.”

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Creativity – Holding the Vision of What You Want

Hold the vision of what you want and feel the energy of its creation. Understand that what is felt with powerful focus will be created. This is the Law. Breathe in Beauty! Bask and luxuriate in the blissful resonance of the energetic field being created within and all around. With intention and focus, vibrate your vision into the realm of creation. Draw, write, sing and dance all beautiful dreams into manifestation! You are so close! Understand that what you have sought for lifetimes is already with you. It is just a matter of opening up to the gifts that have been yours since the beginning.

The energy is strong and creativity flows easily and smoothly whilst relaxing into the blissful field. Love is calling you to plumb the depths. Observe, relax and release! The “You” of name and human form will be experienced dispassionately as a wave of Spirit, connected with the Cosmic Ocean. Each breath will then be a constant reminder, an eternal pulsation of the Infinite Connection. Breathe deeply and feel! It will be as though you have awakened from a deep sleep and all things will seem different and yet familiar.

Spirit is awakening and expressing through the body. It is spreading its wings of light through every nerve and cell. That energy is blissful, overwhelmingly powerful as it moves wave after wave through the body. Allow it to dance and express. Bask in the delectable moment that is Infinite Beauty and Joy! And then go deeper still. This is your work! Take care of your responsibilities, but understand that your main focus and work is with Spirit. Expansion of the heart will then happen naturally as you relax and allow the powerful Spirit to move within.

Beauty is unfolding and spreading its wings of light. Receive that you have the power and understanding to manage the ebb and flow of its Divine Song!

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Exercise in Mindfulness – Dimensions in Stillness and Subtlety

For those of you who have gotten your arses kicked and dragged up and down Life’s thoroughfares (probably all of you, to one degree or another), the following post is Higher Self’s response to questions about learning how to deal with the mind that gets so caught up in distractions and habits of fears and doubts. This post speaks to issues of mindfulness along with some exercises that help to develop sensitivity to and awareness of subtlety and stillness.

Our shaking you up is never meant to frighten or harm you. On the contrary, we only wish to awaken you to your own power and light. The deeper your slumber, the harder we sometimes need to shake. The energy patterns of your consciousness have ossified into certain ways of thinking and believing that have become narrow and limiting. We are here to help change the patterns of thoughts and beliefs that no longer serve you. Please understand that there are other dimensions of consciousness that are far more in line with the gifts and talents you are meant to express in life. We want to awaken you once and for all time!

The momentum of your thoughts have been going down certain pathways for so long that it is difficult for you to switch tracks, or to rather do away with the limitations of tracks altogether. Learn to release the patterns of thinking that push you down alleys of narrowness. Break out of the straight jacket of small thinking! Awaken now and breathe in your own power. Believe in and receive the gifts of Freedom! If you continue seeking in narrow avenues of what you believe is required for survival in the world, then you cut yourself off from the infinite resources and powers that are available. Stop force-fitting yourself into work that does not make use of your gifts and that only perpetuates the nightmare of separation and delusion.

Ok, Ok, I know I’m to make use of my strengths and talents, to create from the depths of my soul! The challenge is in not getting stuck, in moving forward while being receptive to the voice of Spirit. But once again, I seem to fall back into patterns of doing work that serves only the task of helping to pay the bills but which do not serve the wider purpose of expanding beyond the small shell of limited thinking…I want to express the gifts of the heart that wish to be given birth in the world! What is going on with this? I’m listening and creating, but somehow I’m not getting the message clearly about manifesting.

The answers are with you now in the very environment. You are getting in your own way! The logical mind wants to continue making sense of the world. This is fine and necessary to a certain degree, but you can also allow it to rest as you become aware of the more subtle layers of consciousness that can bring forth the very atoms of creation to manifest for you! You won’t lose your mind or balance!

Listen and feel for what is behind the thoughts. There is so much that is there, but it gets lost in the busy-ness of mental thought forms and “chatter” that dictate how you are to act, think and survive in the world. Don’t get sidetracked or distracted while partaking in the dance of “making a living.” So much more is available in the realms of Consciousness. There is unimaginable power in calm awareness! Allow yourself access to this energy and just watch how quickly circumstances change!

As your body and thoughts slow down, and as you continue to just observe the rise and fall of the breath, a wider experience of your Self comes into the awareness, a Self that is unencumbered by the restraints of time and bodily limitations. In the consciousness of Self, the wider perspective allows for a broader sense of the energy field that you are. The energy does not get stuck or stagnant and can be used to propel your intentions and dreams forward.

Allow yourself to experience the fullness of breath and the vastness of a consciousness that is not limited or attached to one place or object of thought. Wherever you are, just observe the thoughts with eyes closed or open; it does not matter. Calmly allow them to be released without attaching yourself or creating further “stories” around them. Feel the vastness of a consciousness that is calm and at peace.

Calm awareness is not a state of mindlessness; and neither is it a state of boredom. It is, rather, a state of absorption in the field of mindfulness that is connected intimately with the consciousness of the Great Spirit, beyond the narrow perceptions and distractions of bodily attachments.

Sit quietly and observe. Feel the vibrations of thoughts and feelings as they play across the screen of awareness. Take note of how thoughts come and go and allow them to do so without struggling or fighting to keep them at bay. Feel the backdrop of consciousness wherein thoughts seem to rise and fall. In apprehending subtlety, intimations of the Eternal Observer can be felt!

The above exercise in mindfulness is a play of stillness, a dance of the most subtle awareness, wherein you, the observer, begin to apprehend the Grand Observer behind the curtain of consciousness. It is a wide embrace of the cosmic identity that holds the entire Universe in its folds of Divine Love!

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Overcoming the Restless Mind – Slowing Down the Breath and Heart

If ever you find the mind jumping around restlessly, or dwelling painfully on past events, it’s very simple to just take a deep breath, relax and stop the movements of both body and eyes. When the eyes are perfectly still, the body and mind naturally tend to calm down and come to a point of stillness. Try this whenever you feel restless. With stillness of body and eyes, the breath and heartbeat naturally slow down and the thoughts can be experienced as though you are just observing them.

During these precious moments of quiet and stillness, it is easy to just be, to observe and allow “Presence” to unfold without attachment or story. Allow and open! Relax and listen on the inside. The energy of Presence will then flow of itself. Can you see how it works? All sounds and voices, inner and outer merge into the symphony of what is and what wishes to express. Listen to and feel all that lingers in the background ambiance of your mind without attachment or grasping!

Enter at will the trance state, the state of great peace. It just requires a slowing down of your thoughts–of your brainwaves. This is easily accomplished by keeping the eyes perfectly still as you quietly sit. Be aware, watch on the inside as you go deeper and deeper into silence and peace. As you relax, the body settles down and you begin to feel a connection with a bubbling kind of joy, a subtle (at first) feeling that has an inner pleasurable sensation that may seem to be located near the heart. As you allow yourself to observe with detachment, the feeling may grow…or it may just naturally go away. At any rate, the experience is an inner call to go deeper still, to follow the trail of the Great Spirit within.

From the state of trance, you can ask anything you wish from Spirit. Ask with the full knowing that your prayers are being heard and that the Universe responds to the ripples of intentions you send out. When you feel the vibrations of joy coursing through your body and mind, the power of your prayers are being answered. The field of your joy sends out pulses of energy that creates the resonance of what you ask for. Stay in that joy for as long as possible.

If all that you can feel is sadness and despair, use the energy of what you feel to propel your prayers forward. Just feel without the debilitating thoughts that keep the mind locked in its jail of suffering. Relax and breathe into the body and allow any feelings of stuckness to move on. Fear and despair cause energy and thoughts to get stuck in the body, and the ensuing blockage and tightness causes untold physical and mental pain.

Open the pathways within yourself that connect with the source of creative energy. Open the pathways that lead within. The more you relax and allow, the wider the channel of awareness grows.

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Turtle Medicine – Ancient Memories

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Turtle Medicine transports us between dimensions, from waking to dreamtime awareness and back. It helps us to slow down our thoughts and the very frequency that keeps the earth drama in play. As you close your eyes and visualize Turtle Medicine, it is so easy to see the form of Turtle as the Earth Mother, swimming effortlessly through the vastness of space. Touch and feel the hard shell beneath your feet. Listen and feel on the inside as breath slows down and thoughts fall away. Your connection with the Earth can be felt as an ancient memory, a distant playing of song that can be heard in the farthest periphery of awareness. You ride upon the back of Turtle Medicine, through skies and ocean…through all dimensions!

As your breath slows down, gently and in the most natural way, you feel yourself expanding through all realms, until you know your Self as part of all things, including the dance of littleness and limitation that is so much a part of the earth drama. And yet, as you breathe with the breath of Turtle Medicine, and allow its song to wash over you like the warm rays of the Sun, you also know that the dream of littleness is for a short while, and that the Earth Mother is calling you to release the tight hold you have upon the nightmare.

Listen and feel! The breath relaxes and as you watch inhalation meeting exhalation, and exhalation meeting inhalation, the awareness deepens of itself as mind and body slow down, as the frequency of little self melts into the resonance of the Earth Mother. Upon the back of Turtle Medicine you ride, floating so easily, so quietly. Can you feel the hard shell, smooth and worn. When you touch the shell of Turtle you are connecting with the ancient memories of the Great Mystery!

Look into the shell that is beneath your feet. Something is reflecting back from the farthest galaxies of memory. Observe and receive…listen and feel. Turtle Medicine calls you to ride upon its back, to travel through places of light and shadow, pain and joy, enjoying the great dance of creation that unfolds within the openness of your heart! Enjoy and receive!

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Expanding Consciousness – Using Rhythm and Sound to Entrain the Mind (Part II)

There is power in focused repetition. Can this also be used for expanding consciousness? In learning any new skill, practice and repetition will make the most difficult actions seem natural and second nature. Some of the techniques that you learned in playing the bass guitar at one point seemed beyond your capacity to master, and yet those skills seem quite simple now. The constant repetition and practice has pushed you to new levels in playing. All that was required was to see and hear how to perform the techniques. The rest was practice. Isn’t it interesting that the fingers now seem to know what to do without much effort on your part? Can you understand that there is no ceiling in what can be accomplished in any areas of human endeavor? For expanding consciousness, the use of rhythm and sound are especially helpful.

I would like greater access to dimensions beyond the earthly. How can I use the gifts that I already have to help me in this?

Again, repetition and the practice of letting go of mental attachments to body and sensory impressions is necessary. Use rhythm and sound to merge your consciousness into the field of the Universal Mind. You’re getting an inkling regarding what this means.

Everything you do can be a practice of immersion into the Cosmic Stream because all things reflect rhythm and sound. You can then use this knowledge to achieve deep states of consciousness. For example, the very practice of writing generates rhythm and sound, a kind of resonance that takes the mind and body into deep states of awareness, especially when the act of writing is approached as a form of meditation. In this way, subtle layers of thought can be accessed, allowing creativity to go in any direction.

Remember, focus and repetition are essential, but the resulting state of trance that is created is the power that actually creates for you. Use the repetition of any activity to help focus and center the mind to drive your consciousness deeper and deeper into the Creative Ocean. There really is no end to what can be manifested!

Focusing upon the breath as the nexus of awareness is a powerful practice because it is the most repetitive of all actions. Chanting and the use of mantra are also ways of using the vibration of sound and breath to create what you want. Jogging, dancing and walking are other ways to use the power of rhythm and repetition to generate dynamic magnetism.

If you find yourself caught in a certain narrow constraint of circumstance, it just requires a change in the pattern of thoughts and actions that keeps you locked in the repetitive loop of a narrow existence. Use the vibration of rhythm and sound to shake the foundations of your present limitation! You can literally “dance” and “sing” your troubles away! When the mind slows down through use of rhythm and sound, you will then have access to layers of creativity that will shift you to new dimensions.

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