Monthly Archives: April 2009

Over on…

I frequently visit Illuminated Mind by young, iconoclastic Jonathan Meade. His purpose is to “shed light and bring awareness in an unconventional way” and he does very well in his blog, and his ebook Reclaim Your Dreams . Warning, Jonathan does not coddle egos; his ideas are unconventional and direct; there isn’t much fluff. If you haven’t heard of Marianne Williamson, you may want to check our her podcasts. She references A Course in Miracles frequently. Her style is energetic, feminine Read more [...]

Rely on Direct Experience only – “Cease to cherish Opinion”

Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. "It is overfull. No more will go in!" "Like this cup," Nan-in said, "you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?" In a poem Seng-ts’an writes: Read more [...]

Carnival of Healing

photo credit: mysticspiritman Beyond Karma is hosting the Carnival of Healing for week of May 02 through May 09. I am now accepting submissions. Good for you! What the hell is a carnival of healing? It's a weekly round up of blogs about, well...healing. I'll review the links that are submitted and post them. So if I have blog article about healing I can participate? Exactly. How do I submit an article? Go here to blog carnival. When do I submit an article? By Thursday Read more [...]

How to Light up chakras instantly (Release)

This is a quick, simple, energizing meditation. It can be done at anytime. We don’t have to know the colors or positions of chakras or even what chakras or Tantra are, for this to work. Become aware of your spine from the very bottom to the crown of the head. Imagine a bright, energizing light is going off at the bottom of the spine. Imagine that the spine is lighting up with this white bright light progressively, as it extends up the spine. This white light starts at the bottom and begins Read more [...]

What if Susan Boyle couldn’t sing?

You've by now probably heard of Susan Boyle, a modest 47-year old spinster from Scotland who showed up a derisive audience and and even more derisive panel of judges on the TV show “Britain’s got Talent." Here’s how USA Today described the event: Boyle — 47, unglamorous, unfashionable, unknown — faced down a sneering British audience and panel of judges on Britain’s Got Talent, including the ever-sneery Simon Cowell. Then, in an instant, she turned jeers to cheers with her rendition Read more [...]

The Paradox of Effort

Once there was a man who hated his own shadow. When he walked and found that his shadow was close behind him, he began to walk faster and faster. But the faster he moved, the closer his shadow came. So he ran like a madman.. and in the end, he dropped dead. Those who do not understand the Dao are just like the man who hated his shadow. It is actually very easy to be rid of one’s shadow — just rest under a tree. Just rest.” -Zhuang Zhou There’s a Zen story about an eager young monk Read more [...]

The Nature of Attention – Attention is the SpotLight of Awareness

We hardly ever sit down and pay attention to attention. It’s actually an amazing phenomena; it directs the envelop of awareness to wherever we point it. Note the nature of attention. It is a funny thing. Attention doesn’t multi-task. It may hop quickly among several things, but we already know we don’t multi-task. Have you ever been behind someone who’s driving and on his cell phone? Then you know we don’t multi-task. photo credit: I Am Content Whatever we give attention to expands. Read more [...]

The Power of Intention – how to stop the cycle of madness

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Aniis Nin Is this a familiar pattern of your life, your relationships, and your work: Periodically, you examine your life-situation. You don’t like a lot of things about your situation. You feel worry, anxiety, fear, disappointment, hopelessness, and beaten down when you think about it. You want to be fitter, richer, more attractive, more effective, more energetic, younger; you want the Read more [...]

Addiction

What was or is your antidote to the uneasiness of being? Alcohol? Nicotine? Opiads? Whatever it is you’ve probably discovered that addictions and depression go hand-in-hand, and if it isn’t full-fledged depression, it is the constant uneasiness of being. The solution of course is to awaken. Awaken from the illusion of the mind and the uneasiness goes away, and then there is no need for feel-good chemicals. Awakening just takes the soft, gentle observation of Awareness. A release technique Read more [...]

So Utterly Simple…

It’s just here and now. There is awareness and all experience is in the now. We already know this. If we simply stop ignoring the present, the world opens up. Be aware. Be present. Observe the mind without judgment or analysis. Put attention in the body. Be patient. Be present with that which is already present: sounds, sights, tastes, smells, and touch. You are present when there is no time-delay between a perception and sensation. photo credit: saname777 And as you become more and more Read more [...]