90 Days To Go: Autumn Equinox

Autumn Equinox: September 22, 2012

The Sun as of today continues a solar pattern that forms a gorgeous tapestry of meanings as every year completes a journey around the earth.

Winter Solstice marks its “birth”. Also the shortest day of the year, allowing a phase of ascendency as the days lengthen.

On the Spring Equinox, day and night are in balance. After this the sun continues to strengthen and the days grow longer.

This phase culminates with the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, when the sun begins to decline again as the days grow shorter.

The Autumn Equinox -today- is the point at which the day and night are once again equal. After today the sun continues to wane and the days shorten as we move forward towards the cocoon times of winter.

For most mystics, the Autumn Equinox is an event that recognizes a spiritual descent into darkness. Easier is to grasp it when simply saying that this is a time of change from the expansive energy of summer and prepare for the inward energy of winter.

During the Autum Equinox,

… the mystic walking the path must descend into the Abyss to face their own inner darkness, to prepare for the birth of the gods of light within, celebrated at the winter solstice.

Does this sound familiar?

Yesterday a friend and student asked me if it was normal for her not to feel like going out. Most of the time we are more likely to expand our energy, truth is, it is absolutely important to also surrender to those moments of contraction, to appreciate them as part of the journey. To realize that everything is perfect just as it is.

Throughout the days, we have been emphasizing on how essential is to go inwards, to inhabit our low vibrations, because they are a part of our human experience. Autumn Equinox is a time of great essence when the veil between the worlds is thinner and we can tap into this by harvesting our inner growth and healing through meditation and contemplation. The dynamic of life is one, and it promises brighter days of expansion after greater days of contraction. Just breathe, accept, let go, be.

** Inspired by the articles: The Spiritual Meaning of the Autumn Equinox and Spiritual Light and Darkness, Celebrating the Equinox…

92 Days To Go: Nature Healing

Fire • Earth • Water • Air

Have you ever felt nurtured by nature? Have you ever felt the loving care of nature’s womb? Have you ever felt the deep connection between Mother Earth and divinity?

Once upon a time I was lying down in surrender, letting the spirit of the earth to show me how deeply connected everything is. The illusion of separation is just that, an illusion. Also known as Maya. I was back to my mother’s womb. I could feel the beat of both her heart and mine. I was experiencing myself in a new body with no bone structure yet. I was being held, surrounded by pure Love. Little did I know things were going to change, as the miracle of life was to go along. Little did I know I was to experience that precise feeling of separation, I was to experience depression, sadness, pain, fear. I was going to live. Now Love was to be experienced through different sources, I just needed to open myself to it.

This was Nature’s Womb.

Waking up before dawn to meditate and tune with the realm of darkness just before morning light. To connect with the light of the Sun, to feel its rays coloring my skin, bathing me in its gentle fire, igniting also my inner fire. To touch the earth, moist, fertile, sensuous, beautiful, acknowledging its nurture properties. To go into the pure waters of the sea or the mountain, with the absolute conviction that I will be washed, purified, as my inner waters will be in resonance. To breathe with awareness, connecting with the prana of the air. To simply meditate as a child of the Earth.

The way of Shamanism is simply to go back to the intrinsic connection that Human Kind has with Nature. The four elements are a part of our instruments: our bodies. What a wonderful opportunity is to experience us through this avatar thing.

We have been conditioned to live in disconnection with Nature. Because being connected means being awakened, and the alternative is a system of beliefs that keep us plugged… ***You may finish the sentence now, let your consciousness fill the blank.***

The way of Nature is a magical/courageous one. A path to freedom. How about being back to it?

92 days to go.

 

94 Days To Go: True Essence

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To write today’s blog has been a journey on its own. Sitting down, expecting the muse will come so that I can grab it by the tail for it not to leave me alone… is something. But muse versus what the energy wants me to go towards… that’s something else. This was the message that wanted to be conveyed -today’s blog about True Essence.

E.E. Cummings said that it takes courage to grow up and become who you really are… and I add to his understanding that indeed it takes courage because who we are has nothing to do with what we have been told. Who we really are has to do with a magnified understanding of self.

Have you ever found yourself taking decisions or acting in such conflict with your intuitive self that you end up at war within your own mind and body?

We already know that we have been taught certain things about ourselves and the world, right? The challenge is to discover what no other person can teach us: who we are at the very core of our beings.

The call for today is to be courageous. To bravely set out and discover who and what we are about- moment by moment- to think about what we really want and why.

Do we want our destinies to be clear in front of our own eyes? Well, what that implies is up to us. Therefore it’s time to look inward and start asking ourselves one of the big questions for the present times: who am I and what do I want?

Mahatma Gandhi said that Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in perfect harmony and alignment. Dare to be in harmony with your true essence! Dare to discover who you are, not what you have been told! Listen to your inner voice, your heart, when is calling for you… 🙂

94 days to go.

96 Days To Go: Innocence

“The innocence that comes from a deep experience of life is childlike, but not childish…

The innocence of children is beautiful, but ignorant. It will be replaced by mistrust and doubt as the child grows and learns that the world can be a dangerous and threatening place. But the innocence of a life lived fully has a quality of wisdom and acceptance of the ever-changing wonder of life.” Osho Zen Tarot

As I sat down to write this morning, I understood that energy wanted me to look for the Osho Zen Tarot. Without asking why or doubting, this Innocence message came up.

Many of us are going through very challenging times lately. Difficulties and pains on every level: emotional, physical, spiritual, psychological. Some of us are losing the very things we are most attached to. Could be our jobs, our health, our houses, our relationships, our freedom or autonomy. There’s no way we can compare ourselves with others pains, when what we fear most is different for all.

In 100 Layers From God, our reference is the present moment. How to get back to our innocence in such challenging times? How to find peace when in pain?

Dear ones, it is not impossible. The greater strength of the human spirit is proven in such difficulties. Our inner children are ready for us to get back to them and heal their pains. We just need to play. We need to live fully every single moment, be it difficult or joyful. We need to look into the mirror and love what we are seeing. Not only the mirror in our room, but the mirror of circumstances or the people in our lives, what they reflect back to us.

Yes… we need to play, let’s do it together, shall we?

96 days to go.

 

98 Days To Go: God

Reflection about God.

Yesterday morning I found in my inbox a beautiful writing piece about Zen spirituality.

It made sense, and rang true to my ears by illustrating how Zen does not confuse spirituality by thinking about God while peeling potatoes, but realizing that spirituality is about the act of peeling potatoes -not quoting but interpreting Alan Watts thinking.

This one brought a current reflection about the 100 Layers From God title.

You all know how this program came to life, we’ve been telling about the story, mostly because is a beautiful point of origin. Really not intending to act as some sort of New Age evangelist, even though that’s possibly how all of this could be perceived. Allow me to speak my mind in regards to this.

New Age? Aquarian Age. Winter Solstice marks the pinnacle of change between the Piscean Age and the Aquarian Age due to the astral movement/alignment.

Because of this movement, the earth as part of it and human beings as the earth inhabitants, we are exposed to these changes, therefore we also experience changes. Ages are characterized by character traits. By changes in the collective consciousness and psyche. Pisces was an age of faith. Aquarius is an age of experience. Also an age of integration.

Well, yesterday morning as I was reading http://www.highexistence.com/look-into-your-mind/, the message was to acknowledge how important is to read, to learn, to listen. But most important is to get off our comfort zone and really exist. That’s the opportunity of the  Aquarian Paradigm. To exist, to experience, to be.

But, God? Lets go back to this.

God: a term used to describe divinity. And we all have our perceptions about what is God and how to relate to it, right? For us? Let’s speak about the Source. To experience the source through our human processes. And when I say human processes I mean, existence.

No, is not our intention to preach, if you are a christian, a believer, or an atheist (first, thank you for reading), you can always find your way through this, over this, or out of this.

100 Layers From God is about peeling layers that keep us separated from the divine spark in all of us. This can be bold for some, nevertheless…  To aim for our highest potential as human beings is what this is all about. To find ourselves as precious, as brilliant, as healed, as freed, as children of the Source, as the Source itself. To exist, to experience, to BE.

With this I say hasta mañana… There’s a saying by a beloved guru I will always refer myself to:  “if you don’t see God in all, then you can’t see God at all”, Yogi Bhajan, Aquarian Teacher.

98 days to go.

100 Days to go : candid intro & intimate thoughts about 100 Layers

What in the world made us embark on such an adventure?

I met Peter Ross Voigt in a Tantra Workshop he held in San Juan , PR in 2009. It was not until February 2012 that we really connected as partners. At that time, we went together to a shamanic ceremony from which 100 Layers From God was born. It was being revealed to Peter as my voice was being returned to me, after several years.  He was channeling a Vision, showing a different approach to his work, as I was channeling the depths of my own voice through mantra chanting:

Sal… Sal… Sal… Sal… (Gigi VJ, D’Kuna)
Que El Eterno Sol te Ilumine… (Kundalini Mantra)

(May the Longtime Sun Shine Upon You…)

Without knowing in the moment, we started our work together.

But, what in the world made us embark on such an adventure?

Why Tantra? Why Shamanism? Why Baha’i? Why strive so hard? Why bothering?

 For most people, life is just a string of events creating a thread to endure the daily survival of life. This is automatic living.

For some others, life is a playground. An opportunity to rise up every single day under the light of opportunity and possibility. These people seek a meaning beyond what they are being told by the outside world. These who deep inside know there’s something more to life. These are the ones who look, or want to look, inwards in order to find the answers to the very core of their existence.

We say there are 100 Layers separating us -as human beings- from the point we are now, vs the point we yearn to be. (Layers of stress, anxiety, anger, pain, guilt, shame, sadness, frustration, apathy, loneliness, competition… FEAR.)

We claim it is our birthright to live a rich full life, with feeling and meaning.

Peter and I have been practicing in this playground, using Tantra, with its approach to a sacred relationship. First individually, then together, finally, with our creative Source (God). This has been a beautiful answer for both of us.

Also Shamanism, with its direct approach to Nature and its healing powers has been part of the answer.

The final piece of the puzzle, Peter has found, blending the ancient wisdom of the past with a new vision for the future is Baha’i, with its universal approach to all ways of faith around the globe.

We have found a way to live a fulfilling life according to the present times, and we want to share that which we have found with those who can also feel this call.

But, truuuuuuly, what in the world made us embark in such an adventure?

And I speak for myself now… What made me embark in such an adventure?

It was FEAR.

Fear of my own voice, fear of not being heard, fear of my loved ones feeling unsettled or threatened by the things I dare to say through this work, fear of competition, fear of rejection, fear of my cat to have a fleas infection, fear of my dreams, fear, fear, fear… Oh yes, Mr. Fear, the one who knows how to knock on your door consistently, persistently, intensely.

It was in the middle of sorrow that LOVE came to me“… La Mamma Morta, María Callas and Umberto Giordano.

All I needed to do was to find myself face to face to Mr. Fear, the one we’ve been living with for many years now, and realize that that which we resist is what persists.

So, here I am, with so much to say. Swan diving forward. Loving every single reminder as we walk this path. Knowing these are the times for us to dare to live our destinies. It is not about fear anymore, is about feeding the Love that comes from doing what we are supposed to do. Is about facing the fear and doing exactly that very thing that scares us the most. Is about combustion. Is about accepting that we have a part to play in the great web of life. Is about Love. Unconditional Love.

Our universe is vast, and tolerant, acceptance, opening, respectful of each others point of views, personal experiences and paths. That is what we aim for when speaking of Tantra, Shamanism, and Baha’i teachings.

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.

If you feel the call, if you understand your inner atmosphere is ready, then please join us.

100 days to go.

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