70 Days To Go: Anahata and the Medicine of Grief

“My heart is green.” That’s the answer my friend always gets when she kisses her little boy good night and asks him what color is this, pointing his chest.

A pure boy whose eyes are a reflection of pure, deep, selfless love. A boy living through the power of the fourth chakra completely opened, Anahata.

Of green vibration, Anahata is considered the air chakra and it is said to be located near the region of the heart, in the central channel behind the spine. It symbolizes the consciousness of love, empathy, selflessness and devotion. In the Anahata vibration, life begins to unfold beyond the laws of Karma, since one begins to make decisions by ‘following the heart’.

LAYER: The blocking layers can be many, but for today, GRIEF.

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The heart vibration opens us to experiences, to people, to circumstances, making us feel connected, but what happens when things change? There’s loss, and when there’s loss, there’s grief.  Probably the deepest emotional response to change.

There’s a story about Ananda, the disciple of Gautama Buddha. It is told that when Buddha died, Ananda was still at his side, weeping for himself since his beloved teacher attained eternity through his death, and he was still there. The story says that Ananda stayed awake for the whole night, meditating deeply and feeling his pain and sorrow, for real. By the morning, it is said, he was enlightened.

Times of great grief have the potential to be times of great transformation… If we go deep, to the very roots of our pain, without judging, but accepting.

Can we accept changes as divine gifts? Can we open ourselves to purify the grief of our hearts through the pain itself? Can we lay all our grief out in front of us, when we all have felt great losses? How about trying? We never know. We may realize then that love is a form of energy and it swirls inside and all around us. People, circumstances, pets in our lives may change, but the love in all of us is permanent, eternal, and it never fails to reborn manifested since it should be a reflection of a loving inner atmosphere.

A tip? We can purify our grief by chanting with devotion to heal our hearts. By singing, we could probably end up feeling our hearts of green color… back again.

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72 Days To Go: Manipura and the Medicine of Shame

The Fire chakra is also considered the Identity chakra or third chakra.

The position of Manipura is stated as being either behind the navel or the solar plexus. Considered the centre of dynamism, energy, willpower and achievement, it is also about empowerment. Manipura is associated with the power of fire and digestion and it vibrates with yellow color, like the Sun.

LAYER: It is said to be blocked by shame.

Shame is one of the major wounds that we may carry inside in regards to the self. As opposed to guilt which is in regards to the act of wrongdoing. Usually we attempt to run away from it by covering it up and pretending to ourselves and to others that we are okay. The way we deal with shame is by repressing it, or better said, by trying not to deal with it. We hide it into the unconscious, amplifying it into the deeper realms of our beings where everything gathers and magnifies from the backstage. With time, we become that which we suppress… Identity chakra.

What are we ashamed of? Let those things to be clearly manifested so that we can start to realize that we will never find balance if we deny that which is also a part of our life. How about acceptance? How about being gentle? How about opening the doors and bring new fresh air inside?

Becoming empowered in our true light with self acceptance, love and compassion. Letting the eternal sun to shine… Manipura.

74 Days To Go: Swadhistana and the Medicine of Guilt

The multidimensional aspects of chakras.

According to different practices they are, also, associated with colors since the different frequencies they vibrate with. Swadhistana or Water chakra is about feeling and sexuality, it deals with pleasure, and is related to orange color.  Is also the chakra that deals with creativity.

When it is open, your feelings flow freely, your canvas is opened, your creativity and sexuality flow organically.

LAYER: it’s said that is blocked by guilt.

Medicine of Guilt

And what is guilt but a constant reminder of how wrong we have done or how wrong we are. Is like our whole life seems to be made of sins. How can we live joyously? It becomes impossible to delight in life. We become heavy, loaded. Guilt sits on our chest like a rock, crushing us. How can we dance? How can guilt dance? How can guilt sing? How can guilt love? How can guilt live?

Now, look at all the guilt you’ve burdened yourself with. What do you blame yourself for?

If we have wronged another, or gone against our own truth, then of course we will feel bad.

Accept the reality that things happen and that there’s a reason for Life to unveil its mysteries through absolutely everything. Do not dwell on guilt, do not let it cloud and poison your energy.  If you are to be a light in your world, you need to forgive yourself. You are absolutely okay as you are, and it is absolutely natural to go astray from time to time. Just learn from it, move on, and use the lesson to make things right this time, be born again from your own lessons! This is your opportunity!

Also inspired by Guilt: Osho Zen Tarot.

76 Days To Go: Muladhara and the Medicine of Fear

I’m sure most of you have heard about the chakras and their significance for the subtle body. In Tantra, the chakras play an important role since it is through their circling form -or vortexes- that the Kundalini -or vital energy of Life- flows through.

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Described as being aligned in an ascending column from the base of the spine to the top of the head, the chakras are thought to vitalize the physical body and be associated with interactions of a physical, emotional and mental nature. Their function is to spin and draw in this energy to keep the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical health of the body in balance.

This one is important: They are said by some to reflect how the unified consciousness of humanity (the immortal human being or the soul), is divided to manage different aspects of earthly life (body/instinct/vital energy/deeper emotions/communication/having an overview of life/contact to God).

I’m also sure a heavier explanation of the chakras and their significance according to ancient tantric scriptures will make some of you loose track almost at the beginning concepts. In 100 Layers From God we want to speak candidly while breaking down the concepts in a basic form for everybody to digest them with ease.

What does each chakra stand for? Addressing symptoms of balance and imbalance. What to do to clear the areas of life (LAYERS) related to each one of them?

Bearing our promise, we begin speaking about Muladhara, Root, or Earth Chakra.

Of red color, it is located at the base of the spine and it deals with survival. If balanced, you feel grounded, stable and secure. You feel present in the here and now. Connected to your physical body and welcome in all situations.

LAYER: It is said that Muladhara is blocked by FEAR. If fearful or nervous, is probably under-active. If over-active, you may be very materialistic and greedy. You’re probably obsessed with being secure and resist change.

Throughout the course of these 24 days we have spoken about fear quite a few times… How about embracing fear as an opportunity? As medicine? What are you most afraid of? Let your fears become clear to you, and it will be clear how they confront your sense of survival. The answers to restore balance will be presented upon you.

An Aries Woman peeling layers… Medicine of Fear
Is utterly interesting how fear has been manifesting itself lately in all realms of Life: About my relationship with nature, my zodiac sign comes from fire, therefore, water as my opposite is a part of my medicine of fear.

The tribes have been gathering. This time was the Autumn Equinox and a Kirtan was held at night at the beach, after which, I decided to go into the sea. The waters were relatively mild, so I was confident to dive in but only up to my neck. Who would’ve said a wave with so much intensity would come? It hit me hard, almost bearing me naked, shooting air bubbles from my mouth and nose. Such a strong current was keeping me under water for almost an eternity, subjectively. For an instance I feared for my life.
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78 Days To Go: Last Part of Summer Solstice

In addressing today’s blog, let’s go back to the reason why I began sharing this diary, shall we? Summer Solstice is the direct reflection of Winter Solstice. The longest day in relation to the shortest day in our hemisphere (Northern). The day that marks the beginning of the descendant soul, from its brightest and luminous expression towards an inward expression, just before a new dawn.

For the Autumn Equinox, the question was “what action can you take that sends a signal that you’re moving past fear?

I didn’t know exactly if by being in the desert I was moving past my fears. It was by going back home and finding myself immersed again in daily life that I would find out how much I was changed and couldn’t grasp the old dynamics. Didn’t know who I was anymore. How was I going to make a living? How much sediment was removed from my ego reference? All I could perceive was muddy inner waters.

The practice of Kundalini Yoga goes deep, transforming, shaking the very core of who we are. A practice that must be approached wisely and with guidance since the Kundalini energy if awakened without us being ready for it, can translate into a very difficult path, with an extreme and intense current of information coming through, signifying trauma for our mental, physical, spiritual, or emotional health.

What I did know was that by being there, something extraordinary was happening, not only in my personal experience, but in the collective experience -a collective psyche projecting prayers and intentions globally. The portal opened in such a powerful astronomical event was enhanced in New Mexico by having the almost 2,000 souls practicing White Tantric Yoga® as taught and guided by the same Yogi Bhajan, Mahan Tantric. An extraordinary practice based in sacred geometry in which practitioners interact with themselves, their partners, and the group. An entire process that allows a tremendous amount of inner work in a short time.
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80 Days To Go: Continuation of a Summer Solstice Diary

About the Yoga of Awareness… Kundalini Yoga
I will address myself to this explanation as someone who just started her path as a practitioner, not a teacher of Kundalini Yoga – yet. This is a comprehensive technology designed to give a “hands on” experience of the highest consciousness in all of us. A method by which those who practice it could achieve their sacred purpose of life. A dynamic, powerful tool for expanding awareness. A universal non-denominational practice.

Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration


Why was it so important to be a part of this gathering? Eight years as a hatha yoga practitioner, before June 2012, I only practiced Kundalini Yoga five times, but that was all it took. Eternally grateful to the friend who introduced me into Yogi Bhajan’s spiritual teachings, she spoke to me about this global celebration CARRYING US INTO THE AQUARIAN AGE, and that was it.

A celebration of love, ancient yogic wisdom, and deep spirituality, where we were to immerse ourselves in all areas of daily life including morning sadhana, yogic diet, Kundalini Yoga and meditation, White Tantric Yoga, seva, and kirtan held in a sacred mountain of 7,000 feet of altitude, that used to be a land of the Hopi Nation in the Jemez Mountains in New Mexico.

A little History of Guru Ram Das Puri, The Mountain
For a hundred thousand years, huge spiritual gatherings took place over a vast territory stretching from what is now New Mexico, south to Mexico, and east to Missouri. Tribal and religious leaders, wise women, and warriors traveled from far far away to attend the gatherings. They all shared the belief that the spark of Spirit lives in everyone, and that by coming together, the Unified Supreme Spirit could be made to manifest more clearly. These spiritual gatherings took place once every 108 years. However, the last such meeting had occurred more than 2,000 years ago, when a shift took place: it was determined that the forces of discord—in the form of disharmony and disrespect for nature—were gaining power at such a tremendous rate that the Unified Supreme Spirit needed to be protected. The Hopi people were chosen to be the keepers of the Unified Supreme Spirit and because of this, they became a very mystical nation. The Hopis knew from their ancestors that just before the forces of discord reached their full power, a white-clad warrior, would manifest himself and he was destined to acquire that territory as to activate its healing destiny as a sacred mountain protecting its Unified Supreme Spirit, that white-clad warrior was determined to be Yogi Bhajan.

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81 Days To Go: Divine Feminine… Alignments

In my previous blog, I began sharing a diary of Summer Solstice. Then the weekend came with a powerful Full Moon and a conversation that made me write today about the Divine Feminine and the Earth alignments with the Astral Plane. After this one, I will get back to the mountain of Ram Das Puri.

Dawning days. A harvest “lunation” for alchemical evolution. With feminine energy bathing all around. 2012, the birth year for a new planet. I remember when I used to think about this year of change and alignment, that it was just a metaphor. It was Christmas Eve in 2010 when a sudden realization came with an earth tremor strong and long enough to make everything dance around with vibrational rhythm. “This is already happening, is not about the future anymore”, I said to myself.

2012 then began and we are living such alignments already.

This harvest Full Moon came with an interesting convergence of energies among which we also found a source of nourishment and support, ruling fertility, food, and the cycle of life, upholding and anchoring a strong, feminine presence in this configuration of change and evolution that we are unfolding together. Before Summer Solstice, the Earth saw a Solar Eclipse, with the feminine energy of the Moon coming in the way of the male energy of the Sun, a Lunar Eclipse with the Earth, followed by Venus transiting the Sun shining her goddess rays onto the planet amplified with the magnetization of the Sun, like holding a film with a big projector spotlight behind it.

We’re talking about a lot of feminine energy coming into planet Earth. In light of balance, this female energy influx is happening to balance out centuries of excess male energy on the planet. With all these changes going on, preparing us for the next level of consciousness, the balance is returning to the planet in the form of the divine feminine.

Is not a strange thing that many females, on the bright side, may be getting pregnant with ease, or may be confronting conditions related to their feminine systems, such as cystitis, or heavy menstrual cramps. That which is not aligned with this new balance may face changes -within and without- principally during the portals given by the Sun during the Solstices and Equinoxes, and the Full Moons, such like the one on Saturday night, an Aries Moon charged with action about the things we take for granted and from now on is important to determine if they serve for the highest good of all.

Going back to Solstices… Word is that there was a direct alignment between Summer Solstice with the Winter Solstice. The June 21st as a direct precursor to the December 21st one. Everything is intertwined, absolutely everything. One of the questions I was faced with this Saturday night for the Aries Full Moon, is the one question I began to answer when I decided to go to a sacred place in the mountains of New Mexico called Ram Das Puri… “What action can I take to help me to  move past fear?”

To be continued…

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84 Days To Go: Solstices… Carried Away

A reader made the recommendation for us to speak in length about the Equinoxes and Solstices and their spiritual meanings. Before going into the endeavor I must be honest about the fact that I am not an astronomer or anything related, but I can share my own experience with this phenomena.  So, absolutely dear friend, the call then is to speak in more detail about the Solstices, both Summer and Winter.

Allow me to start with the Earth’s journey around the Sun. It takes 365.242 days to complete the cycle. As the earth spins on it’s axis, it also tilts one pole towards the sun, then the other.  During Solstices the Sun reaches its highest or lowest relative position in the sky. Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere is the longest day and shortest night of the year, while in the south, it is the shortest day and longest night. Winter Solstice is the opposite. Shortest day in the north, with the longest night.

The Spiritual Meaning of the Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice, with it’s longest day and shortest night is a tipping point: from here on the days get shorter and the nights get longer. Now on the longest summer day, light peaks, triumphs, and then begins the decline into darkness. If we were to establish a symbolism between summer and winter with light and darkness, we would say for Summer Solstice that the light of the soul is shining its brightest preceding the shorter sunlight days of Winter. It is a portal opening of expansive energy in natural cycle towards inward energy.

During solstices and equinoxes, if getting up early in the morning to watch the sunrise, people will attune themselves to the rhythms of the natural world and invite the seasons of waxing and waning, of birth, growth, death and renewal to reverberate more consciously in their lives. The rest of the year will be shaped by that. These times may be celebrated by bonfires and getting up to greet the dawn. Fire in the earth, fire in the sky. Celebrations may be with rituals, prayers, altars and sacred spaces for people to move with the cycle of nature, becoming a part of it.

Historically, it’s been depicted as a surreal time, when people lose their common practical senses and are carried away by waves of fantasy and magic. As opposed to Winter, when the soul may look for an inward expression, but just as fantastic and magical.

Speaking of such, here I begin to share the Diary of my last Summer Solstice…

Tuesday, June 12, 2012: Welcome to New Mexico.

Arrived to desert land on a Tuesday night. A man I didn’t know received me at the airport. We both were nervous, on his end, he was wondering who I was, what were the chances for me to be a lunatic woman; same thing with me. All by myself, in a land also unknown to me, received by a complete stranger, connecting dots of terror in my head… At first we looked suspiciously at each other, I was shivering, but I took my chance.

Back in Puerto Rico, I quit my job in a corporate office to follow a strange call to the dessert. At work they said that I would have to choose between going or staying. I pondered, and realized the decision was made for me. Back in those days I remember the voices telling me that I was crazy… craziness has layers upon layers… And yes, I was being crazy (and still :p). I was following a path that didn’t make sense to many, that’s why there was no discussion about it. When my mind was made up, magic unleashed in a monumental way.

We were driving along the dessert city and the strange man resulted to be an extraordinary human being connecting with a lot of souls coming to Albuquerque looking for experiences of expansion. He would provide them a beautiful place to stay, asking nothing in return. He provided me the best room I could have ever imagined to spend the one night before heading to the mountain. His kindness was beyond measure.

I remember the days prior to presenting my resignation at work. I was terrified. For so long I’ve lived with just the necessary, facing financial hazards. That work was a blessing through which I could relieve a lot of financial stress, but also a stepping-stone for me to move to London to study acting. Plans of moving myself there were lingering in the realm of my dreams and possibilities. But first, I needed to attend this call of my soul.

One afternoon as I was driving to the yoga studio, I was asking myself: What the hell am I doing?

The answer -as unequivocal- came: You, more that anyone, know that Life and Spirit do not take from you, but free you from things so that you can fly higher, so that you can soar the skies.

Tearful eyes, silence, and joy. The next day I presented my resignation at work and bought a one-way plane ticket to New Mexico. I was to join the global Kundalini Yoga Tribe gathering in Ram Das Puri in celebration of the first Summer Solstice Sadhana of the Aquarian Age.

“Enrich yourself with sacredness and opportunity will come to you from every corner.”
– Yogi Bhajan

To be continued…

86 Days To Go: Do as you please!

Do as you please!

Today dear friends, I am going for a brief writing. The call is for all of us to take care of ourselves. Have you practiced with a mirror repeating to yourself I Love You? If not, today is a great day to start looking and discovering!

If things with others get difficult today, don’t take them personally. Take your time alone, journal, meditate, make exercise, go out for a walk with your dog, if you don’t have a dog, ask for your neighbors, scream, sing, dance, take a salt bath with oils, go to the movies by your own, do as you please. Pamper yourself!  Enjoy yourself! And take your attention off the things you don’t like, by doing exactly what you would like. Don’t ask yourself why when things get a little rocky. Bring your attention to the things that may not be as rational for your inner adult, and say to yourself why not?

I’ll lead by example. Let us meet at the field beyond!

89 Days To Go: Among Women

Hello Sister. Tell me how’ve you been, tell me what you’ve seen, allow me to welcome you, let me serve you a cup of tea. Tell me all about it. I’m here. I am.

You remember when we were little girls, we didn’t know that much, right? But we did know something about the world and its wonders… Yes, I remember playing in my grandma’s yard and thinking nothing but our game. Expanding the possibilities of the moment to the heights of our own imagination. You remember that, right?

We grew up. We separated ourselves. We then met some guys, and we fell in love. And without knowing, we started a race for recognition. In the eye of the others, we started to look for our validation. Oh yes, how apart we became. It became so difficult to feel love for each other anymore. We used to be sisters, but being so similar aroused that futile comparison between each other. YES! I KNOW! A thread for generations and generations. We used to be powerful. Back in history, we used to be united. Societies and cultures used to embrace the feminine. Honoring that we could give birth and everything that would imply. The sacred feminine: living through spirit, creation, emotions, intuition.

But we were domesticated in a patriarchal society. And the power of being one became a struggle for our survival. Even the cycle of the feminine was turned into a curse implying that our menstruation was a wrong sign. We were now under the influence of our brothers, under their domination, under their will. Only a few could remain true to our innate, wild, and vivacious nature.

We felt competition, because the object of our validation depended, from that moment on, on the other’s approval of who we were and how much we were worth. Yes, even in the work place. People liking us because of how much attention I can get versus her, how talented I can be in comparison to her, how much I can earn, how much respect I can get, or how we simply stopped to care about what each other could say. Everything became a race, for some, a deadly one.

Well, am convinced of the power of the feminine and I am also convinced that these beliefs have been inserted into our cultural DNA by unnatural means. My intuition tells me that being united means being in our element, our freedom, our will power and independence.

I also believe that from now on, we are to stay heart centered, to recognize every single human being is unique and beautiful and contributes to oneness; to recognize that, we, women are powerful beyond measure. We can understand the cycle of life through our moon cycles, and the earth changes through the blessing of giving birth by also embracing our masculinity, by action and structure, by setting example for change. To recognize, as well, that men are our brothers, and we are here to work together walking towards a brighter dawn for humankind.

Thank you sister for coming along, thank you for this conversation. I’m blessed having you in my Life. And I love you.

 

 


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