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Sunday, July 10, 2016

We are Beings of Light


We are Beings of Light


You have probably heard the saying "We are spiritual beings having a human experience". 

As children, most of us were aware of that truth as we played with invisible playmates and witnessed magic in our backyards. Unfortunately, growing up with other human beings who'd forgotten who they really are and therefore could not help us to know ourselves, trained us to forget, leading us to believe that we are limited beings with only one earthly life to live. Pressured to conform to this concept, we lost touch with our full potential.

It is through our connection to Light that we ‘see’ beyond our visible world and beyond what the physical world reveals. By accessing this wisdom, we remember that we are not as limited as we have been taught. In fact, we are filled with divine grace and power. A daily practice of tuning into this vast potential [through meditation] and conversing with it opens the door through which we can reclaim our true identity, answering the calling that the time has come to re-create paradise on earth.

We no longer live in a predictable world in which we can trust external authority figures.  As we re-awaken to Truth during this time of great change in the world, we need to access our own inner Light to survive as we shift into a new consciousness. With rapid change around us, we must be able to trust our own ability to sense what is happening and how we can best respond.

Accessing the information that will help us navigate these uncertain waters resides in our own awareness of ourselves as Beings of Light. We must firmly trust our own inner discernment and not be led away from our own Truth.

Be patient with yourself as you grow. Follow the Divine spark within your heart and once you can feel and embrace your own Divinity, you will discover that you are here for far greater reasons than you may be currently aware of.

Take each step from your heart center and combine that with your deepest Truth. This will always keep you grounded, and no circumstance can disrupt your inner equilibrium where you always feel deep secure peace.

Trust what your heart tells you. Bring it out into your life, and express your Divine nature. This is your gift to humanity.

Lumen Beings  (Light Beings)

Uploaded by satyogainstitute on 9 Nov 2010
Recorded on the evening of Thursday October 8, 2009.

"We're not just human beings." As Shunyamurti, the director of the Sat Yoga Institute in Costa Rica, tells us, "We're lumen beings." We are not, as the name "human" implies, beings made of earth but rather beings of light. And this recognition of our true nature actually raises the vibrational level of consciousness and opens us up to the in-pouring of grace. And like a light bulb, "the current goes through the light and heats up a filament and then the filament becomes luminous.

And so the consciousness that is being used to simply go into rational thought becomes luminous, intuitive knowing. And then the higher dimensions of our being become palpable. They literally become lit up. And that radiance has a profound effect on the whole energy field, not only of the body itself and all the cells and its atomic structure, but also on the entire field of awareness of the physical plane and on all those who are in the same region of space and time. . . . and then the filament of our consciousness as a group is lit up.

We become like a candelabra and each light strengthens the other, and the power of that then burns away the karma that had been acting like a shell that had closed us down and contracted a wall around the heart. And that melts away and we are liberated."


Breathing in, I calm my body.
Breathing out, I smile.
Breathing in,
there is only the present moment.
Breathing out,
it is a wonderful moment.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Beings of Light?

How often do we hear ‘We’re all Beings of Light’?  Why is it then that we’re not all sitting here saying ‘well I can clearly see that you, my friend, are a being of light!’?  This is for a few very simple reasons to do with what light is and how it works….

The phrase ‘Beings of Light’ tends to be used casually.  Its thrown into conversation as an agreement of something felt and known rather than something clearly seen with the naked eye.  Most of us, despite making this statement, perceive each other as animate objects, clearly physical rather than clearly light.  We may intellectually accept the idea that we are ‘light’, but often don’t have any experience to back it up.

But what does the phrase actually mean? What is Light anyway?

What is Light? 
‘Light’ is a name for a part of a spectrum called the ‘electromagnetic spectrum’. This is shown below.
The diagram isn’t to scale because ‘visible light’, the light we see as colours, or as ‘white light’ (all the colours together), makes up only 0.0001% of the whole electromagnetic spectrum. That’sone thousandth of a percent. That is truly astounding!

So we actually cannot see, with the naked, undeveloped eye, 99.999% of what is in the world around us.

The electromagnetic spectrum is really an energy spectrum, and is simply a ‘measuring stick’ for measuring waves of different lengths and frequencies.

When we say ‘we are Beings of Light’ what we are really saying is ‘we are Beings of Energy’.  The energy, or light, we usually perceive is in the range of physical vibrations.  So we may perceive a person as a ‘physical object’, but even the substance of the physical body is energy, and therefore part of the same spectrum as light.

We simply can’t perceive the ‘rest’ of the energy around us most of the time because it is outside our normal visible range and we haven’t been shown how to See This Light.

The Peculiarity of Color 

We are trained from birth to look only at the light emanating from, or bouncing off, objects. We do not pay attention to the light that travels in between objects.

What we see as colour is really just the frequencies of visible light that the object did not absorb. This is really very peculiar if you think about it. All we see is the fragments of light bouncing off the surface of objects, or emanating from them (like in the instance of red, or white hot metal), rarely, if ever, do we actually ‘See the Light’! or, for that matter, the things we are actually trying to See (instead, we are merely ‘looking’)

Why Can’t I See The Light? 

We are trained and brought up to look at the world in a particular way. This ‘everyday vision’ can also be called ‘Predator Vision’ because we ‘track’ objects like a predator tracks its prey. Our eyes and minds constantly assess the threat of objects, instantly categorising them in terms of distance, size, identity and whether it is a threat or not. Our conclusion of this near-instantaneous process determines whether we feel comfortable and at ease, or uneasy and insecure.  This process and method leads us to look at the world as a world of objects arrayed in space around us, but dismisses what lies in between them.

This ‘predator vision’ is only one way we can look at the world though. It is the most common by far, but it is not the only one.

Because we are so used to looking at the light ‘bouncing off’ or emitting from objects around us, the only way we can See The Light, which is the actual light and not a ‘refraction’ of it, is when we stop looking at the objects in the world around us, and start to See what is between them. 

If we only normally see 0.0001% of what is around us in the electromagnetic spectrum, and all the wonders and beauties of our world are within that thousandth of a percent, then think of the amazing beauty in the other 99.999% – if we can develop the capacity to perceive even one more thousandth of a percent, we double our perceptive ability, and we are still perceiving hardly anything at all! This increasing in perceptive capacity is called en: lighten: ment, the state of Seeing more light. 

Seeing, not Looking 

When we systematically stop ‘looking’ at the world with our ‘predator vision’ we start to allow our natural faculties which can‘see the light’ to awaken. This seeing is not always visual, it can be a feeling, a knowing, a hearing, and even a smelling. This ‘seeing’ goes by many names, but I call it ‘Knight Vision’, as it is the ‘visual’ capacity of the Soul, the Knight within us all. It is also called thus because it is easier to cultivate at night when there is less natural light ‘bouncing off’ objects to distract us.

We all had both types of ‘vision’ from birth, it is simply the case that we were only ever trained in the use of one of them by our parents, teachers and peers. It is a very simple process to start to practise trying to develop our other ‘vision’ too.

The Importance of Sound 

Light, as we have already touched on, works in a peculiar way – if the vibratory rate of the molecules or substance it hits are either too low, too high, or too random to absorb or reflect the light, then it passes straight through.

The significance of this behaviour cannot be understated. If we agree that we are Beings of Light, then the reason we cannot perceive certain parts of the light within and around us is because it’s passing straight through the very molecules and susbtance of our lower awarenesses because our vibratory rate is too low or too random. 

This means we can't absorb the light, and so can't perceive it, and thus don’t get the benefit of that light, which, in turn, is why we are generally unaware of it.

We can use Sound to increase our vibratory rate, since the frequency and vibration of sound can and does change the frequency of the vibratory rate of our body. This is why they use mantras such as ‘ OM ‘ in the East.

Sounds such as these are not sounds like everyday language, they are designed to be Sounds of Being and are used for working the very vibration of our bodies, so as to raise them, to enable them to absorb higher frequencies of Light. 

These types of sound can be called vertical when our ‘everyday communication language’ can be called horizontal. 

Both types of sound can heal us, move us, and even change our very state of awareness and vibration. Using only music is beneficial, but it is only one ‘type’. To benefit from most vertical Sounds of Being, we must make them ourselves.

These Sounds raise our vibration in a real, cleansing and healing way, and naturally contribute to the process of helping us all to see more light. 

We are more than just Beings of Light – We are all truly Sound and Light shows!


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Sedona's Energy Vortexes

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Sedona's Energy Vortexes

There are several energy centers, or vortexes of subtle energy, located in the Sedona area. (In Sedona, the energy centers are referred to as vortexes rather than vortices.)  The energy from these vortexes saturates the whole area in and around Sedona, and can be noticed in a subtle but general way anywhere around town.  If you actually go to one of the vortex sites, which is where the energy is strongest, it can be a very uplifting experience.  The energy you take in at one of these energy centers can stay with you and affect you positively for days afterwards.


The Energy of Sedona

In addition to being a beautiful and serene place, Sedona has long been known as a spiritual power center. This is because the power that emanates from the vortexes produces some of the most remarkable energy on the planet. This energy is the reason Sedona is full of people that are "on the path", that is, people who have made a commitment to grow and become as much as they can spiritually. It is also the reason that such a large New Age community has sprung up in the Sedona area, bringing with it a variety of spiritual practices and alternative healing modalities, and it is the reason Sedona has sometimes been called a spiritual Disneyland.
If you are at all sensitive to the more subtle things, the experience of standing at one of these vortexes, and letting the energy flow into you and through you, can be almost overwhelming. People come from all over the world to experience this. 

What is a Vortex?

A vortex is the funnel shape created by a whirling fluid or by the motion of spiraling energy. Familiar examples of vortex shapes are whirlwinds, tornadoes, and water going down a drain. A vortex can be made up of anything that flows, such as wind, water, or electricity.
The vortexes in Sedona are swirling centers of subtle energy coming out from the surface of the earth. The vortex energy is not exactly electricity or magnetism, although it does leave a slight measurable residual magnetism in the places where it is strongest.
There are four main energy vortexes in Sedona. The subtle energy that exists at these locations interacts with who a person is inside. The energy resonates with and strengthens the Inner Being of each person that comes within about a quarter to a half mile of it. This resonance happens because the vortex energy is very similar to the subtle energy operating in the energy centers inside each person. If you are at all a sensitive person, it is easy to feel the energy at these vortexes.

The Four Vortexes

1. Airport Vortex.

The vortex is located behind the
 saddle in the rocks near Airport Road

From the junction of Hwys 179 and 89A, go 1.1 mile west on 89A and turn left on Airport Rd. Go .5 mile up Airport Rd. to the parking area on the left. Walk up the trail to the saddle between the hills, where the Juniper trees are very twisted. You may also want to walk up to the top of the small hill on the left. From this vantage point you can see most of Sedona. The energy at this vortex strengthens the masculine side.
The Masculine Side can be seen as being on a scale that has strength at the high end and weakness at the low end. People who have a strong masculine side are self-confident. They have the internal strength to take charge of their own lives, and to claim their rights in life. This make them good at standing up to people who try to take away their rights by force, intimidation or manipulation. Having a strong masculine side means being good at taking risks when appropriate, being decisive when necessary, and being able to focus or concentrate in order to get things done. It also means being good at figuring out how to get out of life what is desired; figuring out how to operate responsibly, and how to reason without distorting reality. Conversely, people who have a weak masculine side often doubt their abilities, and many things intimidate them.

2. Red Rock Crossing/Cathedral Rock Vortex.

Vortex on the creek next to Cathedral Rock

The easiest access to this vortex, driving only on paved road, is to drive 4.3 miles west on 89A from the junction of Hwys 89A and 179, and turn left on Upper Red Rock Loop Rd. Then go 1.8 miles and turn left on Chavez Ranch Rd. Follow the pavement .8 mile and turn left into Crescent Moon Park (fee to enter). Drive as far into the park as possible, then walk to the creek. As you walk east along the creek toward Cathedral Rock, you will feel the energy getting stronger. The strongest energy is where the creek is closest to Cathedral Rock. At this point, the spires of Cathedral Rock are hidden behind the cliffs on the other side of the creek. The energy at this vortex strengthens the feminine side.
This vortex can also be approached from the Village of Oak Creek by driving along Verde Valley School Road to the end, and then walking along the other side of Oak Creek. Also, if you enjoy hiking and climbing, there is a third route that will bring you close enough to this vortex to feel its energy: From Hwy 179, drive in Back-o-Beyond Rd .6 mile to the parking area at the base of Cathedral Rock, and then hike up the creek bed toward the center of Cathedral Rock.
The Feminine Side can be viewed as being on a scale that has goodness at the high end, and the opposite, which is badness or evil, at the low end. In contrast to the masculine side, which strengthens the ability to stand up for your own rights, the feminine side strengthens the ability to allow others their rights and not interfere with those rights. The energy at this vortex strengthens the things you normally think of as feminine, such as kindness, compassion, patience, and the ability to let others need you and depend on you. And it strengthens the ability to anticipate the impact of your actions before you act, which is what considerateness is all about.

3. Boynton Canyon Vortex.

Vortex located at small knoll

From the junction of Hwys. 179 and 89A, drive 3.2 miles west on 89A and turn right on Dry Creek Rd.  Follow the signs for Boynton Canyon (this takes you along Dry Creek Road 2.9 miles to a "T" intersection where you turn left, then another 1.7 miles to another "T" where you turn right, then 0.1 mile to a parking area on the right).  If you end up at the entrance to Enchantment Resort, turn around and go back 0.3 mile to the parking area. From the parking area, enter Boynton Canyon Trail.  Go 250 yards, then take the left fork to stay on Boynton Canyon Trail.  Go another 400 yards to the Vista Trail sign.  Take the right fork and follow the Vista Trail up the hill.  Follow the cairns (red rock trail markers in wire barrels) along this trail, and soon you arrive at a 30 foot high knoll.  The energy is strongest around this knoll.  Notice the very twisted Juniper trees all around this trail.  The energy at this vortex strengthens the masculine/feminine or yin/yang balance.
The Balance between the masculine and feminine side is almost as important as growth itself. Even a less evolved person, if he is balanced, at least treats others the same way he treats himself. And that is what balance is all about. If the masculine side strongly outweighs the feminine, you are too strong for the amount of goodness you have, and you tend to do harm to others because you can be pushy and take unfair advantage of others. On the other hand, if the feminine side greatly outweighs the masculine, you have more goodness than strength, and you tend to let others push you around and take advantage of you. Emotions are a good indication of this balance. If you feel anger more easily than fear, your masculine side is stronger, and if the opposite is true, your feminine side is stronger. Having a good masculine/feminine balance also helps relationships by strengthening the things that make relationships work well, such as intimacy, commitment, honesty and openness.

4. Bell Rock Vortex.

Strong vortex energy all around Bell Rock

Bell Rock is located on Hwy 179, just north of the Village of Oak Creek (5 miles south of the junction of Hwy 89A and 179). Its distinct shape makes it easy to spot, and parking and trails are clearly visible. You will notice that the energy is strong as soon as you get out of your car. You don't have to do any climbing to feel the energy at this vortex. Notice the twisted Juniper trees all over Bell Rock. The energy at this vortex is very powerful and strengthensall three parts: the masculine side, the feminine side, and the balance.

My own photos:
Sedona from Airport Mesa

View of Cathedral Rock from Oak Creek

Boynton Canyon from Vultee Arch Trail

Bell Rock photo

Friday, July 1, 2016

Agreeing with the Five Agreements

Psychology Today

John A. Johnson Ph.D.
John A. Johnson Ph.D.Cui Bono

Agreeing with The Four Agreements

Forty years after reading Castaneda, I reconsider ancient Toltec wisdom.

Posted Dec 29, 2010

At the end of my previous post, Selective Shopping in the Cafeteria of Life, I promised to examine "Ancient Toltec Wisdom" for ideas that might of value to the modern mind. Today I am making good on that promise.

Cover of The Four Agreements
Ancient Toltec Wisdom?
Source: Author Copy
Specifically, I want to write about a book by don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, a Toltec Wisdom Book. A very long title for a very short book (138 5"x7" pages)! Despite the claim that the ideas in this book represent insights possessed by the Toltecs in what is now Mexico a thousand years ago, most of these ideas are highly similar to concepts used by modern humanistic psychologists, transactional analysts, and cognitive-behavioral psychologists. For example, Ruiz says that all children are born perfectly loving, playful, and genuine.

However, parents teach their children what Carl Rogers called conditions of worth–standards of behavior the children must follow to receive love and avoid criticism. Eventually these standards become internalized into what Eric Berne called a life script–an unconscious set of instructions for living life. According to Ruiz, most of these unconscious beliefs are perfectly arbitrary or downright false. Many of them are irrational and unnecessarily limiting. They key to freedom–pace cognitive therapists such as Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck–is to become aware of our irrational and limiting thoughts so that we can replace them with healthy thoughts. In short, this book could be a primer for cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Ruiz says that children do not know any better than to agree with the adult realities into which they are indoctrinated. Children do not argue with the meanings of words or grammar as they are learning language. If my parents tell me I am smart and handsome, I believe them. If they tell me I am stupid and ugly, I believe them. Children have no choice but to agree. They are like Plato's prisoners in the cave, shackled and forced into believing that shadows of artificial objects are real. But as we mature, we can become warriors, breaking free from the shackles of agreements with our implanted, false ideas. We can accept healthier agreements. Ruiz presents four such healthier agreements in his book. Below is a Reader's Digest version; I have written more extensively on the agreements elsewhere.
1. Be impeccable with your word. In a sense, social constructivists are correct about words creating reality. We act on what we tell ourselves is real. Albert Ellis encouraged us to screen our self-talk for negative, irrational chatter. So, what kinds of words to you use when you describe reality? Do you lie and say hurtful and poisonous things about yourself and others? Not healthy! To be impeccable with your word is to be truthful and to say things that have a positive influence on yourself and others.
2. Don't take anything personally. The first agreement suggests that we avoid treating others hurtfully. The second agreement provides us with a way of dealing with potentially hurtful treatment from others. Because each person sees the world in a unique way, the way that others treat us says as much about them as it does about us. To not take anything personally is to acknowledge the unique identities of other people. We respect their subjective realities, realizing that their views do not necessarily describe us accurately.
3. Don't make assumptions. Assuming that you know what other people are thinking or feeling about you is a limiting thought that Aaron Beck called Mind Reading. Obviously, none of us can read minds. When we try to engage in mind reading we will often be wrong, leading to undesirable consequences. The antidote to mind reading is to ask for evidence before concluding what people are thinking.
4. Always do your best. One obvious reason for doing your best is that we cannot achieve our goals by being lazy. If you do your best, not only are you are more likely to achieve goals, but you will also avoid criticism from what Ruiz calls your internal Judge. There are also more subtle issues about doing "your best." One is that you should not try to do better than your best. Pushing yourself too hard can cause pain, injury, and mistakes. More subtle still is the recognition that our "best" will vary from moment to moment, that, in a sense, you are always doing your best. Realize this, and your inner Judge can take a permanent vacation.
Do these four agreements actually derive from ancient Toltec wisdom? I will bet that many hard-nosed skeptics would have serious doubts about that. I am a skeptic myself. But to my fellow skeptics, I might mention that Ruiz's next book, The Fifth Agreement, suggests the following agreement:

5. "Be skeptical but learn to listen."


The fifth agreement uses doubt as a tool to discern the truth. Doubt takes us behind the words we hear to the underlying real message or intent. By being skeptical, we don’t believe every message we hear, and when we don’t put our faith in lies, we quickly move beyond emotional drama and the feeling of victimization.
According to the Ruizes, The Fifth Agreement prepares us to return to our innate wisdom, and live our lives based on truth. The truth leads to self-mastery, to a life that’s very easy; believing in lies leads to needless conflict and human suffering. “Many years ago, I began to teach the fifth agreement, but then I discovered that no one was ready to learn the advanced Toltec teachings that underlie this agreement. The Four Agreements were enough of a challenge at the time,” explains don Miguel Ruiz. 

“The fifth agreement is ultimately about seeing our whole reality through the eyes of truth. The result of practicing this agreement is the complete acceptance of ourselves just the way we are, and the complete acceptance of everybody else just the way they are. The reward is our eternal happiness,” says don Jose Ruiz. 

Now, in this compelling new book we are reminded to commune with our divine nature, enabling us to create a life of personal freedom and ease. 

The Fifth Agreement is available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, or at bookstores everywhere. For more information please visit miguelruiz.com.