"Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitute wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there." Meister Eckhart (12th Century mystic)
Navaratri means nine nights, an auspicious time of the year to invoke Durga. Durga is a form of the Ultimate Shakti, which is the feminine Godhead. All women (and especially disempowered women) should tap into this identification with Ultimate Reality and the formidable sense of power Shakti conveys.
Shakti is the ultimate principle of life that is both feminine and powerful. Durga represents the formidable power of this Ultimate Shakti, coalesced into symbolic form with multiple arms and weapons and riding a tiger (or lion). She is a warrior goddess whose very name translates as a fortress unto herself.
There are three Durga mantras in varying levels of complexity I would like to suggest. These are not necessarily Navaratri mantras; however, they can and will help you tap the power of Durga and the significance of this Shakti at this time.
That's a good starting point. This mantra develops the...
Today, as we should every day, we remember and respect those who gave their lives for the freedoms we take for granted. The sentence may sound cliche, which is why a whole blog.
Memorial Day can be a day of mixed feelings. Some take issue with the role of the military in human affairs. However, today is the day we remember the sacrifice of those who gave their lives in the line of duty. It is not the day we take issue with those who sent them into battle.
There is no greater love than this," Jesus said, "that a person would lay down their life for the sake of friends." Soldiers, however, lay down their lives for people they do not know and a sizeable population who do not know them. Today is a day we can empathize with the families they left behind, who live the loss of a parent, sibling, friend, lover, or grandparent.
I want to remember my father, a world war two vet. I grew up reading Battle comics and, like many typical boys, played with guns and aspired to join the...
Amid this pandemic comes a bright flash of color. Holi is a festival that celebrates divine love. Although it originates in India, Holi spread to other parts of the world.
There are three main themes to this festival:
A Celebration of Spring
Love of Radha and Krishna
Triumph of Good over Evil
Holi marks the beginning of spring. Although many states are still in winter here in the US, Texas is celebrating some sense of spring. It has been a rough winter for many Texans unprepared for snow combined with sub-zero temperatures. Matthew McConaughey is doing much to keep the damage, most inside homes, in people's minds.
The Holi story that touches my heart is that of Prahalad. This young boy has a deep connection to God despite his father's efforts to remove all divine reminders in the palace. King Hiranyakashipu, the boy's father, is powerful beyond measure and has no humility. At the end of the story, Lord Vishnu, Prahalad's God, destroy's the king. Prahalad's story is about the...
Every day, we wake up, live our lives, and go to sleep. We never know what is going to happen. It is tough to align ourselves with what matters when we are confused by current events or circumstances as with covid, or matters of social unrest.
Human life has value because it is a medium for consciousness to evolve. The constitution of the United States places a high value on human life and dignity. Recent events in the US capitol building, however, have left many of us unsettled.
Below, is an audio vision meditation to help us tap into what matters at this time. It is not your typical meditation experience, so here is some context:
At first, some of the questions might feel probing, even unsettling. Relax—there is no need to answer them with your conscious mind.
Meditation is usually meant to help quiet our minds. But sometimes, meditation can also help us think deeply.
Does it matter that we exist in another human's mind? If someone thinks well or negatively of...
“Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.”
-- Guy Finley
Our Yogic Mystery School went on a short winter break. We are excited to reconnect with students and those on our list with this short 3-minute audio message...
Note: After creating and uploading the message yesterday, to share with you today, we read the unsettling news of events in DC this morning. Although only half our students reside within the US, we ask that, no matter where you live, please hold the US in your prayers at this time.
What if someone told you that your voice is the barometer of your Soul? Would you agree that every condition and quality present in your Soul is reflected in the sound of your voice?
The difference in life experience in an elderly person's voice and a teenager's voice immediately registers upon us, no matter what they say. An elderly person may say something frivolous, yet, we sense maturity in that voice. A teenage, on the other hand, may say something profound. However, we still hear the immaturity of life experience in that voice. Of course, there are always exceptions, moments when something profound comes through a person's voice, no matter what age.
When we examine these moments of profundity closely, we notice a quality of presence that accompanies the voice in these instances. We want to work towards such a quality of presence in ourselves that is a refinement of self. And we discover this more significant presence, this sense of Soul, through the expression of a voice that...
As we approach the winter, there are many festivals that point to the incarnation of divine presence within our world to help rebalance the distribution of ignorance and wisdom.
This day marks the triumph of the light over the darkness. If you can remember the opening line from the Gospel of John, the light of divine presence cannot be overcome by darkness.
Dussehra, derived from the number ten in Sanskrit (daśa) and verb for killing (hara) is built around the story of Rama (also a word derived from the root for light) kills Ravana, a ten-headed demon. In the Hindu mind-set, this is not a story in the sense of something made up. It is a way of pointing to actual reality.
The holy day is also called Vijayadashami, occuring during what is astrologically known as śukla pakṣa (the luminious fortnight) that conincides with Navaratri, a nine-night festival in which the triumph of good over evil is celebrated through the goddess Durga, herself an incarnation of the Supreme...