The Wondrous World of Chi Power

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje activating students chi to clear blockages in channels during the 2006 Pathgate Summer Retreat. Students own energy then propels them to move. See more at http://www.pathgate.org

Demonstration by Ven Lama Dondrup Dorje from 1996

Ven Lama Dondrup Dorje, a renowned master, teacher of international champions who collected 370 gold medals from 1992 to 1998; here demonstates at the Fifth International Chinese Internal Arts Festival, England in 1996.

Energie Bubble Demonstration

Lama Dondrup Dorje talks about the Energie Bubble and Buddha Nature

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The Twelfth House: Misery or Moksha Dennis M. Harness, Ph.D.

The twelfth house in the natal horoscope is often a mysterious domain of perplexity and paradox. According to Vedic astrologer, Dr. B.V. Raman, the twelfth bhava (house) “indicates misery, loss, expenditure, waste, extravagance, sympathy, piety, divine knowledge and worship, moksha (final emancipation) and the state after death”.

Whether an individual encounters loss or gain through the twelfth bhava is usually reflected by the natal chart, navamsa and current dasas and transits. But just as important, the attitude and consciousness of the individual exploring the twelfth house will have great influence as to what the soul learns through the experiences. How we react and respond to life’s karmic lessons is our free will or choice. As one encounters the twelfth house, it may be said that, “some pain is inevitable; suffering is optional”.

My very first experience with a professional astrologer was in 1976 and involved the twelfth house. The astrologer noted that both Moon and Jupiter were placed in my natal twelfth house and that Saturn would be transiting over these planets in the coming year. His dire prediction for 1977 was that I should ” be cautious because you may end up in jail”. This was a little disconcerting for a twenty-one year old who was moving away from his family to California to complete his college education. However, his prediction did come to fruition. My first job in California was as a youth counselor in a juvenile prison facility. I was literally in jail for up to sixty hours a week counseling adolescent boys. I have always thought that this was Divine Mother’s loving and compassionate way to balance the scales of karma for Saturn’s transit over my twelfth house planets.

In addition to the twelfth bhava signifying jails and prisons, confinement can also come thru ashrams, monasteries, and other places of spiritual renewal. The great saint of India who taught in the West, Paramahansa Yogananda stated that “seclusion is the price of greatness”. The twelfth house can teach us the benefit of aloneness, instead of the experience of loneliness. Meditation, yoga, and other spiritual austerities may be experienced through this house. Islands, remote places, and caves are also associated with the twelfth bhava.

The traditional karaka or significator of the twelfth house is Saturn. Sani or Saturn can reflect the loss, suffering, austerity of this domain. In my opinion, Ketu can also be viewed as a secondary karaka of the twelfth bhava. Ketu is the “moksha karaka” graha and also reflects twelfth house matters to an extent. Ketu is the planet of enlightenment and liberation as well as loss and confusion. Ketu placed in the twelfth bhava can reflect a deep spiritual awareness. The great saint, Mother Teresa had Ketu residing in her twelfth house of her natal horoscope.

The twelfth house is also reflective of the unconscious mind. The great Swiss psychiatrist, Dr. C.G. Jung once wrote “that which we do not face in the unconscious, we will live as fate”. One of the goals of both psychotherapy and astrology is to make the unconscious, more conscious. Both methods of introspection attempt to bring light into the caverns of the sub-conscious mind. Planets transiting thru the twelfth house can bring to light certain psychological complexes related to fear, worry and paranoia. Hidden family secrets or ancestral patterns may also be revealed. As Jung had stated; “the greatest sin” is to remain unconscious.

The twelfth house is also associated with the bed. Activities such as sleeping, dreaming, and even making love (bed pleasures) are depicted here. Benefic planets here may reflect the enjoyment of the bedroom and its related pleasures. Malefics posited here can reveal insomnia, nightmares, sexual dysfunction or lack of sexual enjoyment. The left eye and the feet are correlated with the twelfth bhava. Thus, poor eyesight and/or feet problems can occur due to afflictions to the twelfth house or its lord.

Loss of money, heavy expenditures, extravagance and debts can be experienced in relation to the twelfth house. However, this house can also reveal unusual resources and be a hidden treasure chest at the time of need. It is important to remember that the twelfth house is the eleventh house of gain from the second house (money) and also the second house from the eleventh house. It can provide the proverbial ” the check is in the mail”. Benefic planets in the twelfth house provide sustenance during the difficult times. Humanitarian or charitable work may be suitable for a benefic twelfth house person.

In summary, there are many methods to consciously explore the twelfth house. Psychotherapy, astrology, hypnosis, journal writing and working with one’s dreams can be effective tools for exploring the unconscious mind. Meditation, prayer, and other spritual practices can also assist one in contacting the super-conscious mind of the higher Self. The ultimate goal of “transpersonal psychotherapy” and Vedic Astrology is God Realization or Moksha. Exploration of twelfth house activities can assist us in finding our way home to God and the state of consciousness we may experience after our final liberation.

The following is a brief synopsis of the grahas in the natal twelfth house. Of course, the sign of the planet, aspects, and current dasas/transits will greatly enhance the interpretation and outcome.

Planets in the Twelfth House:

Sun: Hermit nature, need for seclusion, absent father, lack of family support for ego-development, dominant mother, low self-esteem, the power behind the throne, trouble with authority figures. Search for personal identity.

Moon: Lack of nurturing as a child, absent mother, fear of appearing childish, need for meditation time, enjoyment of the bedroom, sensitive to sound, water is healing, success in foreign lands, spiritual mother with different religious beliefs, raised by siblings.

Mercury: Good for writing and keeping a journal, psychic nature, tendency to ramble in speech, excellent for research and working behind the scenes, poetic, worry or fear issues, creative dyslexia.

Venus: Good bed pleasures, fear of loss in love, little public display of affection, trouble in early marriage, hidden treasures and gifts. Love of mystery, good longevity, peaceful death, attains heaven.

Mars: Kuja Dosha, early marriage may end in divorce, passive-aggressive personality, possible hidden abuse issues, good for hatha yoga. Assertiveness training may be beneficial.

Jupiter: Good for meditation and yoga, Guru may be absent, hidden financial resources, discouraged to expand past parents narrow belief systems, attains heavenly state after death.

Saturn: Need for spiritual discipline, path of service, issues with fear and withdrawal, feet and/or eye problems, sexual dysfunction. Father not available, may seek older mates, heavy debts.

Rahu: Difficulties with sleep disturbance or sexuality, difficult to diagnose illnesses, astral disturbances, need to focus on sadhana or spiritual practices.

Ketu: Good for moksha or spiritual liberation, intuitive gifts, need for spiritual community or ashram, enjoys distant travels. Need to create a peaceful living environment.

The Outer Planets (not utilized in traditional Vedic Astrology):

Uranus: Good for astrologers, unconventional, inventive mind, may have had originality stifled by family of origin. Underlying nervousness.

Neptune: Creative inspiration, need for fantasy time, poetic, psychic, escapist tendencies, need moderation with drugs, alcohol, transcendental mind. sensitive, compassionate, need time near water.

Pluto: Repressed sexuality and passion, tantric yoga may be helpful, fear of owning one’s power, manipulation of others, intense womb experience.

Vedic Astrology and Cartography – Dr Dennis Harness, Sedona


Dennis M. Harness, Ph.D. is a professional vedic astrologer and lecturer who received his doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California.Dennis M Harness, Ph.D – Vedic Astrologer

For more than twenty years, Dennis has studied both Eastern and Western astrological techniques with some of the world’s most respected astrologers. He has published numerous articles, research papers and book chapters in the fields of astrology, psychology, and medicine.

Dennis was a founding member of the American Council of Vedic Astrology and served as president of the American College of Vedic Astrology, located in Sedona, Arizona, from 1999-2009. His book, The Nakshatras: The Lunar Mansions of Vedic Astrology, is published by Lotus Press and continues to be one of the few works dedicated to uncovering the mysteries of these important, and often overlooked, asterisms of Vedic Astrology.

Your Immortal Reality: How to Break the Cycle of Birth and Death ~ Gary Renard

Your Immortal Reality, the long awaited new book by author Gary Renard, author of Disappearance of the Universe is now available. Gary Renard’s captivating book includes information from the Ascended Master Teachers, Arten and Pursah, who were first introduced to the world in Disappearance of the Universe. In this new book we learn how to incorporate advanced spiritual principles into our everyday life.

Undo the ego

Go beyond theory to an experience of the Divine and the undoing of the ego. Gary says that our progress will be accelerated to such a degree that, with practice we can’t help but stop the need to reincarnate and finally break the cycle of birth and death.

Your Immortal Reality
expands the teachings of the Gospel of Thomas and A Course in Miracles. By implementing a unique modification in our understanding of forgiveness, and taking the true meaning of thought to a whole new level, the result will break the cycle of birth and death.

Your Immortal Reality is like nothing else you have ever read or heard. Discover how to practice true forgiveness and learn why we exist in such a chaotic universe – and how you can literally change the world – by changing yourself. Gary Renard will make you look at the world and yourself in a way you have never considered.

About Gary R. Renard

Gary R. Renard, the best-selling author of The Disappearance of the Universe and Your Immortal Reality, was born on the historic North Shore of Massachusetts. He became a successful professional guitar player, but during the harmonic convergence of 1987, he heard a Calling and began to take his life in a different direction. At the beginning of the 1990’s, he moved to Maine, where he underwent a powerful spiritual awakening. As instructed, he slowly and carefully wrote Disappearance over a period of nine years. In the fall of 2003, after much encouragement from other speakers and students, Gary began to present talks and workshops in public. His speaking career took off remarkably fast, and today he lectures internationally.

Combining a disarming sense of humor with radical, cutting-edge metaphysical information and experiential exercises, this acclaimed teacher of A Course in Miracles has been described as one of the most interesting and courageous spiritual speakers in the world. Over the past eight years, he has spoken in 43 states, 23 countries, and was the keynote speaker at several International A Course in Miracles Conferences. Gary is also a recipient of the Infinity Foundation Spirit Award. The award is given to a person who has made a meaningful contribution to personal and spiritual growth. Past recipients include Dan Millman, Ram Dass, Gary Zukav, James Redfield, Byron Katie, and Neale Donald Walsch.

Gary Reynard and “Your Immortal Reality.”

Our Sacred Garden — The Living Earth by Adele Seronde

Through the stories of extraordinary visionary leaders who plant gardens in both the soil and the mind, Adele Seronde shows how they meet the challenges, how they then inspire and weld together whole communities of caring people. She emphasizes that under the radar of press and politics there is a worldwide movement of people who are aware of the destruction mankind is perpetrating on this planet. They are working in a thousand small, concrete ways to change attitudes and actions. For instance, many of the grounds of old insane asylums have been turned into community gardens; strips of green or open common spaces are being incorporated into some housing developments. People are learning how, in their own back yards, to grow their own food, how to combat apathy and obesity as well as hunger.

Under their leadership the home and community gardens sometimes expand into home-built playgrounds alive with creative movement of jungle gyms, sheds, arbors, murals, fencing, waterways and mosaic walkways, seats and shaded benches. Many forms of art, fashioned from locally found materials, are incorporated. The gardens themselves can become a forum for meetings or a quiet place of contemplation; they can afford a moment of retreat for tired teachers in schools or a place of excitement for teenagers, rivaling gang wars.

These visionaries are not only the Dalai Lama, Albert Einstein or our astronauts, they are also our neighbors — of every race, culture and profession. They help us develop the beauty of new gardens in our hearts and minds.

The book includes provocative glimpses of the future, being enacted all over the world, stimulated by these advocates of visionary change. I believe that this current underground movement to heal our environment will give the courage at all levels (political, economic, social, as well as scientific and artistic) to change, and act, in turn.

Adele Seronde
General background and education

Gardens have been an enduring part of Adele Seronde’s life since she was a child in New England. Born in 1925, the daughter of a statesman father, artist mother, and grandparents who were all fervent gardeners, she spent many childhood weekends on the family far learning how to plant, weed and harvest flowers and crops. Her father’s words during those early years still ring in her ears: “If you have ideas, you are responsible for bringing them to life.”

That advice and those early gardens have been the force behind many of Adele’s life’s accomplishments as a poet, painter, mother, and grandmother, all the while creating gardens of her own, and weaving nature’s colors into her poetry and paintings.

The idea for this book began to germinate in 1987, when Adele joined a group on a tour to visit the Chalice Gardens of Glastonbury, England. So profoundly moved was she by the meaning and beauty of the Chalice Well that she felt her lifetime of loving nature had crystallized into a mission: to help emulate and create such gardens of the spirit can grow through the hearts and hands of enlightened communities.

Meanwhile, in 1995, Adele started Gardens for Humanity, based in Sedona, Arizona, which is still flourishing has spurred the creation of community gardens across the U.S. In her heart, Seronde believes that today more and more people are awakening to new love—and responsibility—for our sacred garden, the Earth.

Our Sacred Garden of the Heart & the Earth – Adele Seronde, 86

“In today’s world of almost overwhelming ecological disasters, I urge the garden as both a symbolic and an actual way of changing and healing ourselves, our communities, and our planet.” – Adele Seronde
http://www.adeleseronde.com/

The Power of Parable How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction about Jesus By John Dominic Crossan

The world’s foremost Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan shows us how the parables present throughout the New Testament not only reveal what Jesus wanted to teach but also provide the key for explaining how the Gospels’ writers sought to explain the Prophet of Nazareth to the world. In this meaningful exploration of the metaphorical stories told by Jesus and the Gospel writers, Crossan combines the biblical expertise of his The Greatest Prayer with a historical and social analysis that harkens closely to his Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, creating an illuminating and nuanced exploration of the Scripture that fans of Marcus Borg and Bart Ehrman will find fascinating and essential.

Book Description

In 1969, I was teaching at two seminaries in the Chicago area. One of my courses was on the parables by Jesus and the other was on the resurrection stories about Jesus. I had observed that the parabolic stories by Jesus seemed remarkably similar to the resurrection stories about Jesus. Were the latter intended as parables just as much as the former? Had we been reading parable, presuming history, and misunderstanding both?
—from The Power of Parable

So begins the quest of renowned Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan as he unlocks the true meanings and purposes of parable in the Bible so that modern Christians can respond genuinely to Jesus’s call to fully participate in the kingdom of God. In The Power of Parable, Crossan examines Jesus’s parables and identifies what he calls the “challenge parable” as Jesus’s chosen teaching tool for gently urging his followers to probe, question, and debate the ideological absolutes of religious faith and the presuppositions of social, political, and economic traditions.

Moving from parables by Jesus to parables about Jesus, Crossan then presents the four gospels as “megaparables.” By revealing how the gospels are not reflections of the actual biography of Jesus but rather (mis)interpretations by the gospel writers themselves, Crossan reaffirms the power of parables to challenge and enable us to co-create with God a world of justice, love, and peace.

John Dominic Crossan was born in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, in 1934. He was educated in Ireland and the United States, received a Doctorate of Divinity from Maynooth College, Ireland, in 1959, and did post-doctoral research at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome from 1959 to 1961 and at the École Biblique in Jerusalem from 1965 to 1967. He was a member of a thirteenth-century Roman Catholic religious order, the Servites (Ordo Servorum Mariae), from 1950 to 1969 and an ordained priest from 1957 to 1969. He joined DePaul University, Chicago, in 1969 and remained there until 1995. He is now a Professor Emeritus in its Department of Religious Studies.

He was Co-Chair of the Jesus Seminar from 1985 to 1996 as it met in twice-annual meetings to debate the historicity of the life of Jesus in the gospels. He was Chair of the Parables Seminar in 1972-76, Editor of Semeia. An Experimental Journal for Biblical Criticism in 1980-86, and Chair of the Historical Jesus Section in 1993-1998, within the Society of Biblical Literature, an international scholarly association for biblical study based in the United States.

He has received awards for scholarly excellence from the American Academy of Religion in 1989, DePaul University in 1991 and 1995, and an honorary doctorate from Stetson University, DeLand, FL, in 2003.

In the last forty years he has written twenty-five books on the historical Jesus, earliest Christianity, and the historical Paul. Five of them have been national religious bestsellers for a combined total of twenty-four months. The scholarly core of his work is the trilogy from The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant (1991) through The Birth of Christianity: Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Jesus (1998), to In Search of Paul: How Jesus’s Apostle Opposed Rome’s Empire with God’s Kingdom, co-authored with the archaeologist Jonathan L. Reed (2004). His work has also been translated into twelve foreign languages, including Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian.

He has lectured to lay and scholarly audiences across the United States as well as in Ireland and England, Scandinavia and Finland, Australia and New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, and South Africa. He has been interviewed on 200 radio stations, including four times on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross. He has also been interviewed on television networks such as ABC’s PrimeTime, Peter Jennings Reporting, and Nightline, CBS’ Early Show and 48 Hours, NBC’s Dateline, and Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, as well as cable programs such as A&E, History, Discovery, and the National Geographic Channel.

Marcus Borg and Dom Crossan have co-authored a series of books with HarperOne, San Francisco: The Last Week: A Day by Day Account of Jesus’s Final Week in Jerusalem (2006); The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach about the Birth of Jesus (2007); and The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary behind the Church’s Conservative Icon (2009).

His most recent book, The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord’s Prayer was published by HarperOne, San Francisco, on September 7, 2010. His next book is The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus became Fiction about Jesus (publication by HarperOne in 2011 or 2012). He has been elected Vice President of the Society of Biblical Literature for 2010-2011 and President for 2011-2012.

John Dominic Crossan presents THE CHALLENGE OF JESUS

Renowned historical Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan presents his life’s work developing the unexplored matrix of Jesus’ unique time and place in a provocative new educational resource for small group discussion in homes, churches and retreats.
• DVD set Divided into 16 segments of 15-18 minutes each for easy integration into class curriculum
• Comprehensive printed resource guide
Contact http://www.faithandreason.org for ordering or more information. COPYRIGHT 2010, The D.L. Dykes, Jr. Foundation / SarDom Productions. All rights reserved.

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