How to Thrive in Changing Times: Simple Tools to Create True Health, Wealth, Peace, and Joy for Yourself and the Earth (Paperback)~ Sandra Ingerman

In her latest work, How to Thrive in Changing Times: Simple Tools to Create True Health, Wealth, Peace and Joy for Yourself and the Earth, therapist and author, provides many valuable insights into unlocking our creativity to deal with our challenging and turbulent times. With her usual clarity and open heart, she offers a fresh perspective on transforming your own inner pollution for outer benefit.

Join us as we explore how Ingerman’s new book points us toward a new way of being in the world and offers the practices needed to support that change. This is book is a call to action! Ingerman believes that the work begins by learning how to shift our daily thoughts and words. She encourages people to think of themselves as members of a growing global community of conscious change agents, who together, can shift the challenges on the planet today. Working as a global community we can bring forth the invisible energies and manifest a world we truly wish to live in.

An excerpt from the new book

INTRODUCTION

How to Thrive in Changing Times is the new book by acclaimed author, teacher and shamanic researcher, Sandra Ingerman.

Subtitled Simple Tools to Create True Health, Wealth, Peace and Joy for Yourself and the Earth, Ingerman’s seventh book combines the ancient wisdom of shamanic ceremony with modern psychological practice.

A teacher of teachers, Ingerman provides readers with a series of exercises to recognize their own power to transform themselves and the world. Ingerman’s practices have the feel of being perfected in the many workshops she gives around the world. Her gift is in simplifying these techniques, making them practical, memorable and fun.

An excerpt below is entitled The Magic of Words. It discuses the power of words to manifest reality.

How to Thrive in Changing Times shows how individual and group practice can manifest global transformation. As such, it is a call to action for those who feel powerless to change their own situation or heal the Earth.

In spiritual traditions it is understood that there is a resonance in words that creates a physical manifestation in the world. In the Hebrew language, words are used to create. And there are many stories that share how words can be used to create or destroy.

In the Sanskrit language, it is seen that every vowel has a vibration that travels up into the universe and then manifests down on earth as a form.

In Ancient Egypt, many words were not spoken aloud, as it was understood that as soon as a word was said aloud, there would be a physical manifestation. Often metaphors were used instead of certain words.

Aramaic is a very ancient language. The Aramaic phrase abraq ad habra is a phrase we know in the West as abracadabra. The literal translation of abraq ad habra is “I will create as I speak.”

Along with challenging our toxic thoughts, it is essential that we become more aware of the words we use and the power they hold. I teach all my students who work directly with people in private practice — whether doing spiritual healing works, psychotherapy, or medicine — that words are seeds. Seeds have amazing creative potential. Think of what one seed can grow into. When we speak to other people, we plant seeds in them. We must become conscious of whether our words are planting seeds of love, hope, and inspiration or whether we are planting seeds of fear.

In looking at words in this way, we have the power to curse ourselves, someone else, and the planet. Or we have the power to use our words as a blessing. Saying and thinking, “There is no hope,” is a curse. Saying and thinking, “All things are possible. There is always room for healing,” is a blessing.

The Navajo people have a saying: May you walk in beauty. In saying this, they mean never say anything that will create fear or harm in another. Do not curse others with your words. Rather, bless them with words that create beauty in their lives.

Through social conditioning, reading books, and watching TV and movies, certain phrases are embedded in our subconscious and tend to surface — almost like a jingle we sing whenever we see a certain product. Let’s say a friend or family member shares with you that she is beginning a new creative venture. A common phrase that might pop up in your head is: no way will that work. You might not even have much information, but your subconscious has been so trained to believe that anything edgy has no chance to succeed that your thoughts instantly go to the negative. And in allowing statements that are defeatist in nature to come up, we rob the creative power of our friend or family member. Or if we repeat defeatist statements to ourselves whenever we venture into something new (“I’ll never pull this off” or “I’m an idiot for trying this”), then we take power from our creative potential.

But if we assert to our friend, “What an exciting project you are working on! I will affirm along with you that your new venture is a great success,” we add power to the other person’s dream.

If we as a global community affirm statements like, “Together we can change the world and create a positive world for all of life,” we exponentially feed the power of our creative ability.

About the Author

Sandra Ingerman, MA, is an author, teacher and shamanic researcher with a worldwide following. Sandra teaches workshops on shamanic journeying, healing, and reversing environmental pollution using spiritual methods. She has trained and founded an international alliance of Medicine for the Earth Teachers and shamanic teachers.

Sandra is recognized for bridging ancient cross-cultural healing methods into our modern culture addressing the needs of our times. She is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist and a professional Mental Health Counselor. She is also a board-certified expert on traumatic stress, and she is certified in acute traumatic stress management.

Rumi’s Four Essential Practices Ecstatic Body, Awakened Soul ~ Will Johnson

In this excellent follow-up to The Spiritual Practices of Rumi, Will Johnson continues his exploration of this extraordinary thirteenth-century Sufi mystic and poet’s path. In the introduction, he explains the legacy of what he calls “A Religion of Intoxicated Love and Ecstasy.” Rumi was an orthodox Sufi before Shams of Tabriz appeared in his life and spurred him on to become an ecstatic lover of God and a trickster teacher whose poetry was unlike anything anyone had ever heard before. In this paperback, Johnson presents four essential spiritual practices of this Sufi seer that were designed to “support the awakening of the soul through the stimulation of feeling.”

The first practice is “Eating Lightly.” The preparation of food, sharing it with others, and eating are all pleasurable experiences. But in our world the concentration on these delights has led to the problem of those who have too much food and those who don’t have enough. For Rumi, a pleasure that transcends eating all we want is the pleasure of fasting, a enduring tradition in Islam. Johnson notes:

“During fasting, the sensations of the body start humming and vibrating again, and the mind eventually slows down and becomes quieter. Rumi always tells us to go inside and experience who we truly are, and periodic fasting was one of the fundamental tools he recommended for shining light onto our interior.”

A second practice suggested by Rumi for awakening the soul is “Breathing Deeply.” Most of us have the habit of holding back the power of the breath; massage therapists are always telling their clients to breathe more deeply. When we hold back our breath, we deplete our own energy. Rumi sees breathing deeply as spiritual and that is why he says in a poem:

wherever you are
in whatever circumstances you find yourself
strive to be a lover

Love can be savored by letting go of all holding back.

The third practice is “Moving Freely.” Life moves, and we must not hinder the body’s need to walk, run, and dance. In one of his poems Rumi says:

what should I do
if love seizes me?
start dancing of course!
sweep love into your arms
and press her to your chest

The fourth and final practice is “Gazing Raptly.” Johnson covered this spiritual discipline in his earlier book. Once we have purified the body through fasting and breath and given in to the rewards of movement, we are ready for this gaze with a friend so that shared consciousness and ecstasy bloom like red roses.

About the Author

WILL JOHNSON is the founder and director of the Institute for Embodiment Training, which combines Western somatic practices with Eastern meditation techniques. He is the author of Balance of Body, Balance of Mind; The Posture of Meditation; and Aligned, Relaxed, Resilient: The Physical Foundations of Mindfulness. He lives in British Columbia, Canada. Visit his website at http://www.embodiment.net

LILA: DIVINE PLAY

I guess you could call it a Zen story, of sorts…Adapted from something I remember from the book FREE PLAY: IMPROVISATION IN LIFE AND ART, by Steve Nachmanovitch.

Lila is a concept from Hinduism that explains the universe as a cosmic puppet theater or playground for the gods. “Lila” literally means “play,” but in religious texts refers to “divine play” – life as a spontaneous game played by lighthearted forces beyond our understanding. In Vaishnavism lila refers to life and activities of God and his devotees.

It is an important idea in traditional worship of Krishna (as prankster) and Shiva (as dancer), and has been used by modern writers like Stephen Nachmanovitch, Fritjof Capra and Alan Watts.

The nearest Western equivalent is the line from Shakespeare: “As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.” The Hindu version is substantially more hopeful.

Lila is a common Indian female name as well. It is also the name of the sequel of the famous book “Zen and the Art of the Motorcycle Maintenance”, written by Robert M. Pirsig. “Lila” is the name of his daughter as well, and that is not a coincidence. The author’s son, Chris, was killed following the first Book’s completion. It seems that the author believes that his son was reborn into his current daughter, Lila, in accordance with the ideas of Samsara (Reincarnation through trasnmigration into new bodies following death) in Zen Buddhism, and in a way the book seems to celebrative reference to this idea.

2012 Event Horizon: Prophecies and Science of a Golden Age, by David Wilcock — Part 2

In this heavily-anticipated sequel to 2012 Enigma, (#1 Most Viewed on Google, 12/1/08), David Wilcock presents a compelling case that the prophecies of a Golden Age are not myth or superstition. Our DNA has been evolving 100 times more rapidly in the last 5000 years due to a natural galactic process which is also creating climate change throughout our entire solar system. If the prophecies are correct, psychic abilities and powers such as telekinesis, levitation, spiritual healing and telepathy may soon become as common as breathing.

The Mayan Calendar, the Timeline in the Great Pyramid of Giza, the story of Jesus Christ in the Bible and many other ancient mystery schools and spiritual teachings all speak of a great tribulation that transforms Earth into a Utopian Age. Many misunderstand these prophecies as predicting pole shift, asteroid collisions, supervolcano eruptions or Armageddon thanks to Planet X, alien invasion, Illuminati/government takeover, or a solar event.

Russian physics reveals that anti-gravity, free energy and time travel technology arise from a Source Field that is the energy of Mind, Spirit and Consciousness. Life emerges from nonliving material by Intelligent Design and evolution occurs in sudden bursts that repeat in 26 and 62 million year cycles, apparently the result of energy waves gradually rippling out from the center of the galaxy and transforming our DNA.

For at least 1200 years, crop circles have presented symbolic messages of DNA transformation and even Ascension on or around December 21, 2012. Easter Island, Stonehenge and some 4000 ancient sites are built on a Global Grid of energy that creates portals in space and time, such as the Bermuda Triangle. Rapture may indeed occur but in a very different way than most believe.

Project Camelot whistleblowers reveal that extraterrestrials look human like us and may even be time travelers from our future! Edgar Cayce and the Law of One reveal we have a Higher Self leading us through reincarnation and Graduation.

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