27 Days To Go: Silence is Golden

Dear reader, long time without saying a word.

Last time I wrote something I asked for your understanding since we were to write less, but we were to connect with you through meditation, sadhana, and, chanting. As the days go by, the call has been to look for moments of deep connection through contemplation and silence.

This blog is a powerful medium, one through which we radically open ourselves, exposing insights, intimate thoughts, experiences, and circumstances. In our individuality, Peter and I are keeping our promise to hold the space for 100 Layers to be of service.

Recalling what I said to you back in the days in the very first blog entry: We, just like you, have been finding our ways as we walk this path. And what we are sharing comes from our life experience. We are not different from you, and we welcome you to embark yourself on this journey along with us.

Life is extraordinary. With its expansion and contraction. Simply extraordinary. I have found refuge in silence from the intensity of the changes. Because…

“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.”
Mahatma Gandhi, Indian political and spiritual leader (1869 – 1948)

Today I am humbly grateful for absolutely everything… Just to mention: Life on Earth, the power of the elements and the four directions. The power of the neo tribes, bringing integration between the ancestral knowledge and its application to a modern way of life and technologies. The collective experience, the Sacred Feminine and Masculine. The wisdom of the collective experience among women and men in the tribes.

Last week a honeybee came to us with an omen for us to understand that we had to change the course of our week in order to spend several days in the Island’s Womb, supporting a group of brothers and sisters during a powerful Vision Quest. (Just as a honeybee came to us the very first morning after 100 Layers was born.)

So, we listened.

Silence, service, tribe gathering, barefoot walking in the jungle for a whole week, mud, sweat lodges, conversations by the fire, conversations with the fire. New understandings or reminders  -one that rang true to my ears: “Once you decide to commit yourself to a life lead by Spirit, prepare for the changes to come along, people in your life for example. Old friends will disappear for new ones will manifest.” Yes. Sometimes life needs to quiet into silence for us to understand the great messages; to access a source of Greater Strengh, just as Lao Tzu said.

“Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.”
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

 

46 Days To Go: Nesting…

November 2012 already. Processes quicken. These are accelerated times.

Since Saturday, Peter and I have taken to the road, heading home, looking for some family warmth in preparation for what comes next. As you have seen, we are writing now every other day. And as you all may have been experiencing, life is happening, natural cycles, long void-of-course periods. To make it through these intense and challenging times, we are calling on the love and support  of family and friends.

Peters’ workload has kept him from posting recently, but he will certainly return soon.

In the meantime, we will stay connected with you through meditation, practice (sadhana), and, chanting. We ask for your support, since from now on we will write, but not daily. These days call for moments of deep connection (with Earth, elements, self, each other, Creator), contemplation and silence. We invite you to do the same. This last week went by with a premium on emotional issues and November premise will have an emphasis on security and survival concerns.

Stay put dears by honoring the cozy feeling of our own nests.

We have the power all along.

~~ Inspired by Japa Kaur, Kundalini Yoga, Spirit Voyage’s Horoscope.

51 Days To Go: Inspired by Rebirthing Breath

An extract from a rebirthing experience…

We as human beings possess our cerebral memory, and also our cellular memory, which is distributed amongst the body’s cells, tissues, organs, etc. Since the very beginning of our existence, we have been granted with the power of choosing what’s to be lived. Could this be possible? The specific nature of certain traumas in our lives, connecting with the moment of our birth, have a deep effect on one’s psyche and shapes one’s perception and experience of life, self, and the world in ways of which one is mostly unaware. It is believed that these decisions operate subconsciously and may be enacted repeatedly throughout a person’s life until the decision is recognized and changed.

Those who have practiced rebirthing-breath-work can testify a greater insight into their human condition and the purpose of their existence, a greater sense of their personal relevance to the world.

Today we take a brief look at a specific moment, our own mirror, before being born. Although is important for us to be honest with the questions that you may be confronted with, which are related to this breath-work known as rebirthing.

Can you picture yourself before being born? A fetus curled up in your mothers womb.

Can you picture yourself before being conceived?

What image will serve you to imagine yourself as a soul without body?

There’s no time and space. You are lingering, hovering as a Light Being, knowing, in the realm of an expanded consciousness, that there are processes to be completed. Knowing your potential will be manifested in a physical plane. If trusting your inner guidance, you’ll be taken care of in divine ways.

Relax and be aware that what you are choosing from now on is because you are ready to take on the challenges of what’s to come next. You are ready. The energy has been created, time is correct. You are ready to experiment yourself with a new body, a new reality. From now on, your experiences will correspond to your life as your creation.

You are been born in a time and place of great transition. Can you feel the excitement? You will be a part of the Birth of a New Era for Humanity. A time of greater changes, of greater possibilities. Realize you have a part to play in this transition and if you open yourself to connect internally, you’ll be helping the global shift to happen organically.

You will choose the circumstances that will support you the most for the next step. This won’t be neccesary the easier road but the one that will guarantee your greater evolution in life. The one that will guarantee the completion of your journey.

Imagine yourself approaching Earth. Feel the Love that you are. Your true connection.


You have chosen the right circumstances, you are ready to take on your body and commit yourself to this new life. There was a purpose for which you decided to come, allow yourself to connect with that. Open yourself to your ancient memory to rediscover why are you here.

Why are you here?

Listen to your inner voice, the answer lies within yourself.

Relax and rest in the utter truth that everything manifested in your experience is a result of your prior decision to complete your journey. Feel the love that you ARE. It is possible to heal all of your wounds. Just reconnect again with your purpose, and discover why you have lived your circumstances.

You can be your own medicine, simply by being what you already are: LOVE.

Inspired by The Holistic Center for Humanity, INC., and the works of Leonard Orr and Sondra Ray.

53 Days To Go: Full Moon… October 2012

As we approach more closely the December Full Moon (12/28/12), vibrations increase. We can see and feel more acutely what each Moon brings.

Saturday night had the opportunity to sing with my heart to the power of mantras listening to the wonderful voices of two women which I lovingly count as friends and allies in my path. What followed, what was unleashed, was a magical manifestation of an opened heart willing to heal, integrate and transmute.

Observing oneself is like becoming a member of an audience watching an eternal film. With dramatic options, turns, and “resolutions”. Then the wonderful insights of Kelly Rosano, find their way through me. So, I’m giving voice.

Today is a Full Moon Monday. Charged with events all around Planet Earth. Also sending my LOVE and Intentions to my sister Islands of Cuba, and Jamaica, and beloved friends in the US East Coast in occasion of Mother Earth’s hurricane manifestation.

full moon in Tahiti - Moorea, French Polynesia

“The Earth is ascending into higher vibration…Everything that has been held in our personal and collective unconscious, including what has been denied and/or projected will emerge for healing, integration and transmutation.”

“…This Full Moon shows us how far we have come and what we must deal with now. It reveals the limits we need to respect and the limitations we must transcend. Scorpio rules emotional truth. Scorpio forces us to confront our fears and release what we have outgrown. This includes relationships, jobs, living locations, beliefs and lifestyles. For instance, whatever is no longer serving you and keeping you down. Making you feel depressed. Remember that, letting go is not painful it is the holding on that causes suffering.”

“We are transmuting the last of our Third Dimensional karma through the end of 2012. This includes karmic relationships, karmic lessons, fear and upsetting memories. We are purifying the unconscious mind. This holds many past and present life intense memories such as heartache, suffering, loss, death and betrayals that we have encountered.”

“For instance, hidden traumatic experiences can hold us back from being fully present, enthusiastic and reaching our greatest potential/power. However, we don’t want to obsess, attach and/or over-identify with painful thoughts. Instead, allow the pain to wash over you and move through you. In this way we are riding the evolutionary growth wave.”

“Practice being the ‘neutral observer.’ Such as, see your life as a movie. You are the Star and Hero of the story. However, you are detached. You can feel what is happening. Yet, you are not being moved, consumed and/or overwhelmed by the drama. In this way, the pain can be released and transmuted into the Light. We can surrender our heartache and hurt over to our Higher Power.”

“…Serious Saturn joins the Sun in Scorpio opposing the Full Moon in Taurus. The contrast between the real and the ideal is clear. Saturn is challenging us to recognize the obstacles we face and find the discipline to deal with them or acknowledge that we’re on the wrong path. Patience and perseverance are powerful assets here although stubborn resistance to change is a potential pitfall.”

© Kelley Rosano All rights reserved. http://www.kelleyrosano.com

55 Days To Go: Sawabona (Spanish One)

Es que me gusta demasiado estar sola.

~~~~~

En el terreno de las relaciones la palabra balance es clave, de otra forma la interacción se vuelve en un monólogo del que habla y en verbo solitario del que hace. Obviamente del desbalance salió corriendo Sara, como una loba corre al agua para sanar las heridas de su domesticación. Así como la enfermedad es un desbalance en el cuerpo, su profunda tristeza representó una fiebre causada por la relación. Ya no era posible cargar con ambos, su rol de la esposa/madre la había quebrantado. Se había dado cuenta que el hombre que a su lado dormía no era  y se mostraba iluso y renuente a profundizar en su espejo, ella misma. La rebotó diciendo que aunque cumpliera con todos los requisitos que el pedía, ella no era esa mujer… ¿”cosificar” a la mujer?

Luego ya de un tiempo razonable de dolor y de luto, los horizontes para Sara se asomaban vastos, cándidos, y a la vez, temerosamente amplios. Un domingo de enero, de noche, mientras se cocinaba así misma una cena, escuchaba música y escribía ocasionalmente en su tabla, su voz interna se despertó diciendo:  “Es que me gusta demasiado estar sola”. Que lujo poder permanecer en silencio, profundizar en la alegría del conocerse asimismo, servirse lo último del coquito que su madre había preparado ese año y saber que cada vez que el señor miedo y las señoritas dudas quisieran montar caseta de campaña en su vecindario, siempre podía cerrar los ojos y meditar en el significado verdadero del amor. Que no es otra cosa que la personificación verdadera de la divinidad y la medicina incorruptible al desasosiego producido sobretodo por miedo.

Sara había comprendido que debía dejar libre a Jorge, independientemente lo amara como lo hacía. Precisamente por amor hacia sí misma, continuaba entendiendo que su creación como mujer era lo más importante. Que el proceso de despersonalización en el que el uno se abandona para amalgamarse al proyecto del otro  -que históricamente ha alcanzado más a la mujer- en su caso ya había finalizado y felizmente no había vuelta atrás. Desde sus adentros escuchó aquella magnífica voz un domingo de enero. Su vida estaba destinada a cambiar drásticamente, así como ella misma lo había decretado aquella noche que decidió la libertad del ser versus el proyecto de la pareja que no correspondía. Aquella noche que las palabras la rompieron por dentro, luego de incontables intentos.

La historia de Sara es una cercana. Aprender de ella es aprender de la valentía de los seres humanos para romper con esquemas y construir desde la destrucción, cimientos nuevos y duraderos, que provengan desde el perdón, primero hacia uno mismo y luego hacia los otros. Todavía habían noches de coraje, de dolor, pero eran las menos, y las abrazaba como una niña que agarrando un globo inmenso y cerrando sus ojos, lo asfixia con el propósito de hacerlo explotar con estruendo. Sin cerrarse a las posibilidades, pero si enfocando en sus significados de vida.

Sawabona/Shikona es un saludo que proviene del sur del África en el que los seres reconocen que existen el uno para el otro cuando existe la valoración y el respeto. ‘Motto’ personal para Sara que invita a la reflexión de una nueva era espiritual, un nuevo acercamiento a las relaciones, un nuevo acercamiento a las nuevas mujeres y hombres en sí.

“Es que me gusta demasiado estar sola, por lo tanto, un placer, soy Sara (Sawabona)”.
“El placer es mío (Shikona)”.

57 Days To Go: Sawabona (English One)

Relationships are the crux of the matter~ The Essence of Tantric Sexuality1

In 2009 I found myself writing about relationships. What was found in the archives is worth sharing today:

It is in the world we live that we come to test ourselves as the beings we really are, but we forget about. It is in the daily life with ourselves, with the persons around, with the people we love, that we apply what we profess, but sometimes these words appear as voices in the back of my thinking mind… “Are we meant to be alone on this path?” ~~~ I choose to remain silent. In silence I find the way to reconnect, to love unconditionally, to not be overthrown by the inner despairs. I go for loneliness, just for a while, to become aloneness again…

Then Osho finds me in the exact moment with the exact words: “This is the basic principal to be understood, that love without freedom never brings fulfillment. And there have been people who have tried the other extreme, freedom without love. These are those who renounce the world, afraid of love. Afraid of love because it brings bondage, they renounce all the situations where love can flow, grow, can happen, is possible. They escape into loneliness. Their loneliness never becomes aloneness, it remains loneliness. And loneliness is a negative state; it is utterly empty, it is sad. One can be a solitary, but that does not bring solitude. Solitariness is just physical aloneness, solitude is spiritual aloneness. If you are just lonely. . . and you will be if you have renounced the world.

Hence humanity stands on a crossroads: Now where to go? What to do?

Atisha has an important message to deliver to you. And that message is: love and freedom are not separate things, you cannot choose. Either you will have to have both, or you will have to have dropped both. But you cannot choose, you cannot have one. Love is the circumference, freedom is the center. One has to grow in such delicate balance where love and freedom can bloom together. And they can, because in a few rare individuals it has happened. And if it has happened to only a single individual in the whole history, it can happen to every human being. It is your potential, it is your birthright.”2

Today I meditate on the meaning of Sawabona/Shikona. The art of relationships in the New Age. Human beings have been conditioned to believe that another human being is the key to happiness. That by marrying someone, buying a house, and living a life of two is the true road to attain fulfillment in ones life. That is a Piscean way of thinking and feeling, which roots were profoundly stablished by Romanticism: “my other half…”

Sawabona/Shikona is a greeting that comes from Africa through which people recognize themselves as whole. The Aquarian way is for human beings to fulfill their paths – with their true destiny – as individuals. To become whole within themselves and from that wholeness, to share a life of meaning with other human beings. What Atisha says about love and freedom happening to one single being as a promise to all human beings, in my experience, is already happening to human kind. Aquarian times.

Sometimes I feel strange, like a strange woman in a strange land…

It is dawn. The morning breeze is sweet and fresh. The waves of the ocean look like silk from my balcony. My cat is by my side. My partner sleeps peacefully in the next room. The clouds reflect an intense pink/orange from the rising sun behind them. And I honor my solitude. And give thanks for the opportunity of a life as a whole. And from that awareness, I greet you, Sawabona…

1 Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson, The Essence of Tantric Sexuality, pp. 52.

2 Osho, Book of Wisdom, Vol. II pp. 260-263

 3 Flávio Gikobate, Psicotherapist, Sawabona Shikona Lecture 

59 Days to Go: The Rebel

Zen Tarot Card
Back from a weekend in Paradise and having experienced a plethora of sensations throughout the whole weekend, today I woke up feeling a bit rebellious. My last blog was about Sahasrara and the Medicine of Attachments, and the question was: Why would I choose to live my life according to a cosmic consciousness, when most things I do, and most things I love are in the material plane?

A woman was shown a revelation. As she was seated, she didn’t feel like engaging with the spoken word in a sharing circle. So she remained silent, with eyes closed, crossed legs. What came afterwards was a most profound meditation from which spirit clearly said to her, you need to strengthen your foundation in order for you to be able to raise your consciousness. Otherwise you may end up trying to compensate with spirit what your foundation lacks.

It is different for everyone. And it certainly isn’t about choosing to live one’s life according to a cosmic consciousness over the material plane, but to create a life of self-discovery, with a strong foundation and determination over one’s path. To be the master of one’s own destiny. To tap into one’s power as moving towards their Personal Legend, that’s what her meditation was about.

Earthly attachments are not important, when a human being has reached a state of wholeness, because she or he has embraced and emerged from the formless roots of her or his unconscious past, growing wings to fly into the sky.

Spirit Animal today: Lioness.

Spirit Message today: London.

64 days to go: Sahasrara and the Medicine of Attachments

“It is eternity now; I am in the midst of it. It is about me in the sunshine; I am in it, as the butterfly in the light-laden air. Nothing has to come; it is now. Now is eternity; now is immortal life.”
~ Richard Jefferies

Sahasrara, the light chakra, located at the crown of the head or a little way above it. Multi-colored. As the crown chakra, it deals with pure cosmic energy. Often referred as a thousand-petaled lotus flower, it is said to be the most subtle chakra in the system, relating to pure consciousness, and it is from this chakra that all the others emanate.

This is where your spirit is connected to your body and where your soul enters into your body.

When a yogi is able to raise his or her Kundalini, the energy of consciousness, up to this point, the state of Samādhi (oneness with God) is experienced.

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As stated, it is from this chakra that all others emanate. Sahasrara can be blocked by earthly attachments. Attachments that may support the illusion of separation, as the direct influence of Ajna  (see Ajna blog). The crown chakra symbolizes detachment from (or rising above) illusion; an essential element in obtaining a higher consciousness of the truth that one is all and all is one. To meditate on the attachments that we may have and let them flow down a river, so that we can let the cosmic energy flow through ourselves. Surrendering.
But… Why would I choose to live my life according to a cosmic consciousness, when most things I do, and most things I love are in the material plane?

Good question, isn’t it? Intimate one for myself. A question I will get in the next couple of days…

Love.

~~~ ~~~

“Spiritual liberation is not at all a mere affair of the intellect, but rather the realization of the inmost Self, the inward vision of the soul, and the transcendence of the personality.” —Yogi

 

66 Days To Go: Ajna • The Medicine of The Owl

As we go up in this chakral journey, we have come now to the sixth vortex of energy, the third eye chakra. Also known, in the language of Sanskrit, as Ajna.

Located at the center of the brain, directly behind the eyebrow center, its activation is through the center of the forehead, the third eye. Ajna is considered as the eye of intuition. Of purple vibration. When something is seen in the mind’s eye, or in a dream, it is being ‘seen’ through Ajna. The mind, with its’ great capacity is creating a bridge, allowing a connection between the realms of waking consciousness and Spirit.

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Ajna deals with insight and it’s said to be blocked in part by the greatest illusion of separation (Maya). The things you think are separate and different are actually one and the same. Like human kind. We live as if divided. As individuals we are constantly struggling to protect our individual identities, but truth is that in the realm of energy and spirit, we are the reflection of a greater reality where everything is connected. That’s how we end up projecting ourselves into other peoples lives.

THE FLAME OF WATER
There’s a tale about an entire planet going through a transformation and a medicine woman who saw beyond the veil of death through her third eye…

When the human beings from the Blue Planet began to die from cold, they realized Fire was no longer burning as their natural primal force. One by one they began to succumb, not from a normal cold, as they weren’t shivering, but feeling their insides crystallizing… It was like falling into a strange deep dream.

A humming chant to water came intuitively from the vocal chords of Mama Owl, an old wise woman, waking every single soul of the planet to a new reality. They weren’t dead, but transformed with light bodies. As the chant emerged stronger, their reality became an alternate one, in which Water was now their Fire, burning brightly. And the separation of the elements was now understood to be an illusion. After dying to their old ways and been brought back to Life, their perception and intuition expanded and they realized that they were all a part of the same whole.

Mama Owl knew that the apparent manner of death was in fact a liberation into a new reality, and certainly it was only after they “died” (to their old reality) that they could finally see in their minds how connected everything was. They were now purified & refined. This old humble woman saw and knew the truth. She had the ability to navigate through the darkest night and bring back nourishment for the entire planet. When everything was “dark & lost”, her owl essence guide their souls back to a new path of union and wisdom.

“There is in all visible things…a hidden wholeness. You must always be prepared to leave one reality for a greater one.”

~ Mother Meera

68 Days To Go: Vishudda and the Medicine of Expression

Vishuddha is the fifth primary chakra, of electrifying blue vibration. The sound chakra. Positioned at the neck region near the spine, with its activation point in the pit of the throat. It is related to the element of Ether, and deals with self-expression through the spoken and unspoken word. It governs pure consciousness, inspiration in speech, eloquence, and perception of the archetypal models.

LAYER: How we block our self-expression? What a question. We could point out so many things, but for one, let’s begin with dishonesty in our speech. Lying to others, of course. But even more insidious, lying to ourselves.

Vishuda is all about communication, confession, truthfulness, self-knowledge, synthesis, expression, faith.

Back in September one of our blogs was about True Essence: http://100layers.org/94-days-true-essence/. Today I believe this is closely related to the message conveyed for us to let Vishudda shine. Simple. Elegant.

Dear friends, we cannot lie about our own nature. We must accept that which we are.

The chakra of truth encourages us to attain purification through our communication, first with ourselves, so that truthful communication with others can follow, organically. If we can achieve this with ourselves, our truth to others will flow with ease and grace.

On the other hand, we may encounter people who will not listen what we have to share. Therefore our fifth chakra can be blocked.

How about embracing your element, that place in which you feel at home, in which your self-expression is nurtured?

I’ll speak for myself here. For me it is the way of the artist. Performing my creations is my greatest expression and inspiration, my joy. That’s how I feel “in my truth”. Then comes Yoga, another great love in my life. When practicing, all is well in my world.

If not doing any of these, I can feel my throat chakra shut down and my life appears stagnant.

The solution?

I go back to my element. Like a female wolf runs towards the water, or a wild woman in her truest sense.


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