Archive for September, 2013


“October 2013 should be very interesting, with a lunar eclipse in Aries, underscoring large themes of self-reliance, confidence and discipline.”

We should expect several weeks of romantic intensity and passion as Venus enters Scorpio October 2, and will stay there until October 29.

A new cycle of organization and precision begins with the new Moon in Virgo on October 4. Virgo is the sign where we organize our internal world, then emulate that externally. This is a good time for housecleaning, and general purification. However, be careful of excessive fussiness and nitpicking.

This New Moon happens in the Nakshatra of Hasta, symbolized by an open hand. This denotes both attachment and detachment at the same time. Put attention toward what you want to manifest, but then accept the results of those actions.

We will feel a surge of confidence and aggression, until the end of November, as Mars enters Leo on October 5. Now is a time to “fight the good fight”, and defend your principles. This renewed discipline is a welcome change, as Mars has been debilitated in Cancer since August – and we may have slid on our principles.

We should expect to feel some emotional heaviness and relationship intensity as the Moon joins Saturn and Rahu in Libra 0n October 6 and 7. There will also be an aspect from Jupiter, bringing grace and wisdom. But you may feel like being alone, or have that feeling of loneliness even with your partner. This feeling is your soul crying for wholeness. Sit with it, rather than project it onto others.

Optimism, hope and a higher purpose will be important themes as the Moon passes through Sagittarius, and is aspected by Jupiter and Saturn October 10 and 11. You may notice where your actions are not congruent with your principles and philosophies. Now is the time to walk the talk.

Your social duties and obligations will become important as the moon passes through Aquarius October 14 and 15. The moon is aspected by Jupiter and opposed by Mars also at this time. Be careful arguing over your principles, instead try to rally your adversaries around a common, uplifting theme.

Our physical, personal vitality may feel low for the next 30 days as the Sun enters Libra on October 16. A greater humility is possible now as personal confidence turns to compromise, especially considering the sun will be joined Saturn and the North node. The give-and-take of compromise and self-will is an important theme now.

Asserting and letting go of our personal will is a big theme with the Full moon in Aries joined Ketu on October 18. This full moon is also a lunar eclipse, which shows these “self interested / self motivation” themes will be pervasive for months. Expect some confusing, childhood frustrations to also rear their head now.

This full moon/eclipse happens in the Nakshatra of Ashwini, a Nakshatra related to metaphysical healing and swift action. There is enormous courage and mental innocence flowing now. These can be a catalyst for positive change and spiritual self-reliance.

Connection to loved ones and family are important when the Moon occupies Taurus October 21 and 22nd. The moon is aspected by Venus at this time, bringing much creativity and connection. The moon is exalted here, but you may feel a lot of attachment to your personal pleasure, values and concepts.

Testing your beliefs will be important October 24 and 25th when the moon joins Jupiter and Gemini. Closing the gap between what you truly comprehend (based on your experience), and what you believe (based on what inspires you) will be important now. This process is important if our beliefs are going to truly transform our life.

Expect a lot of emotional passion and enthusiasm on October 29 and 30th when the moon occupies Leo, and joins Mars. This is a time of emotional courage and self-expression, but it can also bring about aggression and arguing. Emotional courage, Not emotional neediness is the key here.

Advertisements

In these days of global crisis, thoughtful seekers increasingly turn to Native Americans for healing wisdom. The Sacred Pipe is the medicine, says Jay Cleve in this informative and practical guide to a key practice of Native American spirituality. The Hopi and other ancient cultures predicted our present age as one of transition into a New World.

The galactic alignment ending the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012 occurs only every 26,000 years and is thought to be a critical time for raising consciousness to align with the radical expansion of Earth energies. Cleve shows how the Pipe can facilitate transformation on both the personal and planetary levels. He explains its use in rituals such as the sweat lodge, the vision quest, and the sun dance and in relation to the Medicine Wheel. He also provides practical information on obtaining and caring for a Pipe and on preparing for and performing the Pipe ceremony.

Jay Cleve minored in philosophy and theology as an undergraduate and holds a B.A. in Psychology, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. He has served as director of the Community Mental Health Center in Stevens Point, Wis. for the past 17 years and continues to attend and give workshops on holistic approaches to Psychology.

Click here to take a look inside.

The Absolute Certainty Of Awareness

My Love Is Alive is a love story of Consciousness to Itself. It portrays the Idea of Consciousness for the sole purpose of illuminating Consciousness to its Self. Imagine your shadow on the ground in front of you. Who you really are, Infinite Consciousness, is the One watching the shadow. My Love Is Alive is the process of accepting, embracing, and living this reality in and as your life. The result is an outpouring of love for yourself and your experience.

The ideas circle in a repetitive dance of discovery as the concepts sink deeper and deeper into the reader’s understanding. There is a powerful and undeniable message of life that has never been so fully unveiled. Using Biblical references, the author repeatedly demonstrates the true nature of our essence.
The text is thought provoking at the least, and utterly transformative in its fullest meaning. My Love Is Alive is a doorway only you can walk through. You will transition from the experience of believing that you are one of many individuals that make up the whole, to embracing the experience that you truly are “The One.” Allow yourself to go through this process of My Love Is Alive with expectancy!

Rev. Dempsey has allowed himself to be the experiment of his experience. He decided to throw away all the spiritual and Biblical teachings that he was so well versed in. This means that everything he has ever been taught or believed has been set aside to allow a visceral embrace of every moment. He planted the seed of resolve that whatever was real he wanted to hear it from within This has allowed him to listen past the storyline of appearing circumstances and tune into his Infinite inner voice from within.
That which he writes and speaks of is not from a place of reasoning as the human mind and intellect, but a knowing through inspired revelation. This place of knowing is the embrace and recognition that I AM the source, I AM the One and all are this One I AM.

Rev Dempsey Harshaw, author of FREE to FLY: it is your Reality, My LOVE is ALIVE.
For 30 years I have experienced a wide range of spiritual teachings, both institutional and non-traditional. I have come from traditional biblical training to small religious sects of belief, some eastern philosophy, to Metaphysical and Science of Mind. I have a wide range of experiences and have been ordained by some of my new age teachers with the Universal Brotherhood.

I have sought out and applied what I know to be True and Real. I have allowed myself to be the living human experiment for what is real. I understand that Words of “truth” become simple idioms and those words and concepts like Enlightenment and Consciousness are cache phrases that get lost in their overuse. Living your life fully is to be able to totally and completely love, accept, and experience ALL OF YOU AND WHO YOU ARE. This in reality, is living life totally free as your unlimited experience. Knowing as rare as it is to say that; nothing is impossible, some things are, in reality. Just one of them is that it is absolutely impossible to feel, experience, and know anything of your world that is not you and your Consciousness. This is the vantage point that life must be lived from if one wishes to live to its fullest and in your joy. I am everything that I have been looking for and so are you.

As Gandhi did with a nation and a people, FREE to FLY offers you an unfolding discovery of your full and absolute ownership of your world. From a Biblical view point, there is a discovering of why responsibility and its consequences were created. That there is nothing to resist because all is actually an illusion; nothing is real but you the believer-Consciousness.

As the Rig Vedas and Buddhist sutras foretell, as well as the Hopi and Mayan calendars, we are in the midst of complete transformation—ecologically, economically, politically, culturally. This graceful introduction offers creative safe passage through the sometimes overwhelming transition, drawing on ancient and contemporary spiritual practices particularly useful for these times. The endings we experience are always the beginning of something else. Hence author Ji Hyang Padma organizes teachings around the four seasons. In living connected to natural rhythms—the stillness of winter, the renewal of spring, the ripening of summer, the harvest of autumn—we touch a wholeness that is the source of healing and happiness. Practical exercises at the end of each chapter promote this state of being and bring the mind home to its innate clarity. Ideally suited to anyone experiencing personal change—through career, relationships, or world events—the book provides a way into Zen for beginners as well as a refresher for the more advanced.

Ji Hyang Padma combines an academic career as Director of Spirituality and Education Programs at Wellesley College with her role as a Zen teacher. Ji Hyang has done intensive Zen training and teaching in Asia and North America for 20 years, 15 of these as an ordained nun. She has completed several 90-day intensive retreats in Korea and North America. She also teaches Zen workshops annually at Omega Institute and Esalen Institute. While her practice has been situated within the Korean Zen tradition, she has had the benefit of studying with teachers across a wide spectrum of Buddhist lineages.

Ji Hyang has also served as Director and Abbot of Cambridge Zen Center, one of the largest Zen Centers in the country. Additionally, she has served as a meditation teacher at Wellesley College, Harvard University and Boston University. She is gifted at finding an entry-point into practice for people who are just beginning their journey.

Ji Hyang’s recent writing has been published in Our Neighbor’s Faith: Stories of Interfaith Encounters and Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work.

Living the Season


This book takes the reader into the heart of the mystery of the 99 sacred Names of Allah. It is a vehicle for understanding the infinite nature of God, and for discovering the divine potential in every soul. It is also a guidebook for progressing through the stages of the spiritual path and an instruction manual for teachers on how to work with students more wisely, as physicians of the heart.

In the process of this voyage to discovery, the reader is systematically exposed to the universal mysticism encoded in the Qur’an and in the classical Sufi traditions, as well as to a modern psychological approach that works with the 99 Names to achieve individuation and wholeness.

Shabda Kahn, a direct disciple of the American Sufi Master, Murshid Samuel Lewis, has been practicing Sufism since 1969 and since 2001, is the Pir (Spiritual Director) of the Sufi Ruhaniat International , the lineage tracing from Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel Lewis. He has studied and performed North Indian Classical Vocal Music under the guidance of the late Master Singer, Pandit Pran Nath, since 1972. He is also a disciple of the illustrious Tibetan Master, the 12th TaiSitu Rinpoche. Shabda leads retreats and camps in Sufism with an emphasis on the mysticism of breath; the science and art of wazifa and zikr; music; the walking meditations of Murshid Samuel Lewis and opening the heart . He brings compassion and humor in transmitting the rich lineage of Sufism.

Wali Ali Meyer was chosen, as the principal editor of Physicians of the Heart, to put the conversation of the four authors into a single voice.

In 1963 he was named the college newspaper editor of the year for his editorial stance against racial segregation while the Editor of the University of Alabama newspaper. He received his M.A. in Philosophy and Theology from Vanderbilt University. He went in search of the reality behind the academic words and became a student of the Sufi Master Samuel L. Lewis of San Francisco, lived with him as his assistant and esoteric secretary, and was initiated as a Sheikh by him in 1970.

Since that time he has edited for publication a number of Murshid Samuel Lewis’ works including The Jerusalem Trilogy ; and has written articles for books and publications. This includes a chapter in A Pearl in Wine, an anthology on Hazrat Inayat Khan, who was the first teacher to bring Sufism to the Western World more than 100 years ago. [SB1]

Wali Ali is the head of the Esoteric School of the Sufi Ruhaniat International, and the Spiritual Director of Khankah SAM, a residential community in San Francisco. He is one of the lead teachers in the Suluk Academy founded by Pir Zia Inayat Khan. Wali Ali has functioned as a guide for Sufi students for more than 40 years, and has formulated many systematic programs of spiritual study and practice. He has been a teacher of Sufism in workshops and seminars around the world.

Click here to browse inside.

Faisal Muqaddam ‘Enlightenment Happens In The Heart’ Interview by Iain McNay

Since Mercury entered Libra there have been several news stories that have begun to take a turn for the better – on the diplomatic front. Perhaps as mercury gets closer to Rahu and Saturn those things could change. But I would not be surprised to see the transit of Mercury through Libra to show an improvement in world diplomacy and personal relations as well. –

Several world situations have seen temporary improvement:

  • The situation in Syria
  • The New Iranian President
  • Domestic US Political Rhetoric

Venus Aspects

Venus will receive an exact aspect from Jupiter on September 26, bringing a renewed sense of compromise and facing the bigger picture with grace and hope.
Venus will then get a full aspect from Mars on September 28, showing a strong individualized dynamic in your personal connections. There may be some new “lines in the sand” drawn in your adult relationships and the agreements that bind you to them.

David Frawley – The Nectar Of Rejuvenation Free Webcast

Stephen Hawking: Brain could exist outside body but ‘conventional afterlife is a fairy tale for people afraid of the dark’
By The Guardian


At premiere of film about his life, physicist says it’s theoretically possible to copy brain on to computer to provide life after death.

Stephen Hawking has said he believes brains could exist independently of the body, but that the idea of a conventional afterlife is a fairy tale.

Speaking at the premiere of a documentary film about his life, the theoretical physicist said: “I think the brain is like a programme in the mind, which is like a computer, so it’s theoretically possible to copy the brain on to a computer and so provide a form of life after death.

“However, this is way beyond out present capabilities. I think the conventional afterlife is a fairy tale for people afraid of the dark.”

The 71-year-old author of A Brief History of Time, who earlier this week backed the right for the terminally ill to end their lives as long as safeguards were in place, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21 and given two to three years to live.

“All my life I have lived with the threat of an early death, so I hate wasting time,” Hawking said on Thursday night, using the computer-generated voice he controls with a facial muscle and a blink from one eye.

The documentary explores the headlong rush of a brilliant schoolboy with illegible handwriting who enjoyed the dilettante life of Oxford University before illness sparked a lifelong frenzy of discovery about the origins of the universe, which began as a graduate at Cambridge University and has astounded the world.

The film premiered in the same year as the release of his autobiography, Stephen Hawking: My Brief History.

His sister Mary says in the film that her brother was highly competitive and curious about everything in a household which friends described as very academic, and explains how she received a doll’s house as a present when they were children, to which Stephen immediately added plumbing and electricity.

She told Reuters that life with her brother was engaging, exciting and occasionally frustrating. “It’s a waste of time arguing with Stephen, he always manages to turn the argument round,” she said.

The film goes back to his childhood and his student days and shows the scientist, who uses a wheelchair, at home with carers. It also explores his family life with first wife, Jane, and their three children, the breakdown of their marriage and his subsequent marriage to one of his carers.

Jane appears on camera to explain how the pressures of caring for the children and the increasingly disabled Hawking became even worse once full-time nurses were brought into the home, obliterating any privacy.

His second wife and former nurse, Elaine Mason, does not appear in the film, and Hawking portrays their 1995-2007 marriage with a few pictures and a brief description.

© Guardian News and Media 2013

Stephen Hawkings Attends Premiere Of Film Based On His Life

Stephen Hawking on Religion

Stephen Hawking On The Afterlife

Stephen Hawking on God

Igor Kufayev – Flowing Wakefulness Interview by Renate McNay
CONSCIOUS TV ~ recent interviews: The Impact of Awakening with Iain McNay, View Here
based on direct experiences with some illuminating points on the nature of witnessing sate of consciousness, and the second one, Flowing Wakefulness with Renate McNay, addressing nuances in the process from awakening to Self-realization to enlightenment from the point of view of biological nature of human consciousness.

A guide to the 60,000-year-old healing system of the Aborigines revealed through one man’s journey to overcome multiple sclerosis

• Written at the request of the Aboriginal people the author stayed with

• Explores the use of dreamtime, spirit guides, and telepathy to discover and reprogram the subconscious motivations, thought patterns, and beliefs behind illness

• Reveals how to tap in to healing support through the body/mind/spirit connection

• Nautilus Silver Medal Winner and ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Finalist

In 1983 award-winning physicist Gary Holz was diagnosed with chronic progressive multiple sclerosis. By 1988 he was a quadriplegic. Then, in 1994, his doctors told him he had two years to live. Desperate and depressed, he followed a synchronistic suggestion and went to Australia to live with a remote Aboriginal tribe. Arriving in a wheelchair, alone, with almost no feeling left from the neck down, Holz embarked on a remarkable healing transformation of body, mind, and spirit and discovered his own gift for healing others.

Written at the request of the Aboriginal healers Holz worked with, this book reveals the beliefs and principles of the 60,000-year-old healing system of the Aborigines of Australia, the world’s oldest continuous culture. Chronicling the step-by-step process that led to his miraculous recovery, he explains the role played by thought in the creation of health or disease and details the five essential steps in the Aboriginal healing process. He explores the use of dreamtime, spirit guides, and telepathy to discover and reprogram the subconscious motivations behind illness–a process that enacts healing at the cellular and the soul level, where the root of physical illness is found.

Supported by modern science, including quantum physics, Aboriginal medicine enables each of us to tap in to healing support through the power of the body/mind/spirit connection. –

Robbie Holz is an international speaker, award-winning author and holistic wellness consultant. Born in 1954, she was raised in the Midwest. Her 23-year career as a court stenographer ended when she became disabled from a reaction to treatment for Hepatitis C. While in her quest to regain her health, she met Dr. Gary Holz, a PsychoNeuroImmunologist and physicist. Robbie later married Gary and they co-wrote “Secrets of Aboriginal Healing.”

Like her co-author Gary Holz, Robbie has had firsthand experiences with Outback Aborigines. She used the aboriginal healing principles to heal herself of Hepatitis C, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Robbie teaches this ancient healing wisdom through her speaking engagements, consultations, online course and http://www.holzwellness.com website. She has presented at various locations including Australia, Canada and across the U.S. Robbie lives in the the Seattle area where she is writing the sequel to “Secrets of Aboriginal.”

Gary Holz, D.Sc. (1950-2007), was an award-winning physicist and a psycho-neuro-immunologist. In 1994, confined to a wheelchair with multiple sclerosis, he went to Australia to stay with an Aboriginal tribe and experienced miraculous healing. Robbie Holz is a holistic health consultant dedicated to continuing the healing work of her late husband. She healed herself of hepatitis C and has also worked with Aboriginal healers in Australia. She lives near Seattle.

Click here to browse inside.

Inspiration and Ideas for a Holistic Pagan Lifestyle

Live fully as a Pagan every day of the year, not only on full moons and holidays. With practical tips for integrating earth-centered spirituality into every aspect of life, To Walk a Pagan Path shows you how to:

• Cultivate a meaningful Pagan practice by following seven simple steps.

• Develop a sacred calendar customized for your beliefs, lifestyle, and environment.

• Make daily activities sacred with quick and easy rituals.

• Reclaim your place in the food cycle by producing a portion of your own food—even if you live in an apartment!

• Express Pagan spirituality through a variety of craft projects: candles, scrying mirrors, solar wreaths, recipes, and more.

• Create sacred relationships with animal familiars.

Alaric Albertsson (Pennsylvania) is a founding member of Earendel Hearth, an Anglo-Saxon inhíred, and served as vice president and was on the Board of Directors of the Heartland Spiritual Alliance. He is currently a member of the Druidic organization Ár nDraíocht Féin and serves as the Anglo-Saxon Vice Chieftain for the ADF Germanic kin, Eldr ok Iss.

Albertsson first embraced polytheism in the summer of 1971. At this time he had the opportunity to talk with rural people in the Ozark Mountains about traditional moon lore, weather lore and folk beliefs and was strongly influenced by spiritist traditions. Over the past four decades, Albertsson’s personal spiritual practice has developed as a synthesis of Anglo-Saxon tradition, country folklore, herbal studies and rune lore.

To Walk a Pagan Path

To Walk a Pagan Path: Practical Spirituality for Every Day. By Alaric Albertsson. Live fully as a Pagan every day of the year

This full moon gives a connection to spiritual truths and higher realities. However, we must be careful not to “tune out” the stresses of the world or try to escape from the unpleasant tasks of life (opposite sign of Virgo).

Pisces

Venus/Saturn/Rahu in Libra
There is a very tight conjunction between Venus/Saturn and Rahu in Libra. This is bringing quite a lot of relationship pressure, not necessarily in a bad way. Saturn and Venus are in very good dignity, showing the willingness to work on your connections with others. But it may also be a highly sexualized placement, especially with the added aspect of Mars and Jupiter.


”When spoken casually these terms (Awakening, Self-Realization, Enlightenment) often denote the same state, yet in the light of direct experiences they are distinctively different. They are sequential unfoldment of consciousness within itself… There is no Enlightenment without realizing the Self, and there is no Self-Realization without Awakening. All this terms are intimately inter-connected… However, the awakened is not necessarily self-realized and self-realization is not Enlightenment in full measure of that term… ” – Igor Kufayev (Vamadeva), extract of the main theme of Live Webinar, Sept 2012

The Seer, the Seeing & the Seen (Part 2) – Igor Kufayev

Questions & Answers on the value of Seer, Seeing and Seen as experienced throughout different states of Consciousness and notions of ‘Awakening, Self-Realization and Enlightenment’, its relationship to human DNA and and overall process of experiencing.

January 12th is Birthday of His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The day is celebrated by hundreds of thousands of meditators around the World. The Master is largely known for bringing Transcendental Meditation to householders and followers of different spiritual disciplines, as well as to schools and uni campuses.

Although there are quite few who have met and worked with Maharishi closely, most have never met the man who some consider to be greatest Teacher the World has known in our Time. His legacy has entered collective consciousness and it would take decades before it could be adequately assessed by historians, scholars and sociologists alike.

Yet this is a deeply intimate story.

Being introduced to TM in mid 90-s, when I was in my late twenties, meeting the Master was not that important. TM for me was just a tool to complement my already rich by then artistic life. Gradually though Maharishi’s presence grow, my curiosity was aroused and a seed of desire to meet the Master one day was firmly planted.

From around mid 90-s Maharishi was no longer available for general public appearances. The Guru has retreated in Holland and gave televised Darshans to a large international community, and on special occasions only. January 12th was one such occasion. Watching these gatherings I was secretly envious to those who had the privilege to meet and be next to the Master.

By the time my desire reached its zenith, it was practically impossible to meet Maharishi by someone who wasn’t even working for the movement. That time has coincided with transformative awakening while attending one of the advanced TM programs. It was then when I had my first intense encounter with the Guru on the level beyond the senses…

The power of Grace filled my heart with such intensity of Love for Maharishi that mere glimpse of his image was enough to send my whole being in throbs of Ecstasy often mixed with tears of Joy and Gratitude… Soon my dwelling became a place of worship. Hundreds of roses were sacrificed at the altar, embalming my heart with the perfume of devotion never known to me before…

While my heart was filled up to its brim, the idea of meeting the Guru still lingered in the mind… Encouraged by those who have known Maharishi since the 60-s I’ve written a letter to the Master where I’ve shared my experiences of higher states of Consciousness but mainly trying to express the gratitude with as much humility as my knowledge of English allowed me to.

The reply came on that level where postman himself is the messenger by divine appointment. It was revealed deep in a state of Samadhi… And from there on my Sadhana was guided not just by Maharishi but by his own Master, Guru Dev himself.

By that time desire to meet Maharishi reached its sublime height, what happened then is too subtle to give it to pen…

To put it plainly, the seeker has drowned in the Sea of seen, where all desires have found its perfect fulfillment including that most pertinent wish to meet the Guru. That meeting took place in the Heart. The Union was so complete that no further physical contact could have possibly altered serene plenitude of being One with the Beloved…

Looking back in retrospect, it was interesting to observe how that relationship undergone transformation. From placidity of impersonal, through intensely personal and ultimately to universal sense of Love for the Teacher.

For at the beginning there was this arrogance which didn’t allow any subtler forms to be perceived, only to grow into very personal affair with time. I couldn’t care less how many loved Maharishi, he was mine in every sense. That was deeply personal, individualized relationship.

Which was eventually and beautifully transformed into understanding that Maharishi belongs to every being.

Moreover, every being in his or her essential nature is that Great Seer – The Rishi who sees through the Heart of All.

I prostrate at the place where your feet touched the ground… Oh Divine Being who carried Light so Brightly that it Illumined the World within and without.

Jai Guru Dev



Igor Kufayev

%d bloggers like this: