A Recipe for living in interesting times – a meditation and healing class at Yoga West (review)

On 02/01/2017, we held a meditation and healing class at Yoga West:

A recipe for living in interesting times

When we are anxious, at odds or even depressed with the way external events are going, often we are unsure that we can contain or meet the challenges that are presented to us.  This can come from self denial.  We doubt our strength, endurance, wherewithal to keep up and our ability to lead.  Self denial can also cause chronic insecurity and crushing self doubt.  We worked on mitigating that with the meditation  http://www.harinam.com/meditation-nm0394-live-above-denial/.

If we can repair our inner projection and feel comfortable in our skin we can then modify how we are trained to relate with externals.  Where we have withdrawn or checked out from what is going on around us and separated from other people we can reengage and participate again in reality.  For that we performed the meditation
http://www.harinam.com/meditation-for-faculty-of-self-engagement/

When the circulation between our self and the outer world is reestablished and flowing, then we can ask the universe for good things to happen.  This meditation addresses that.
http://www.harinam.com/meditation-for-prosperity/

We performed healing exercises that reestablish the flow of prana between the hara and the heart chakra.  Prana from the earth enters the hara.  The flow through the heart supports our intentions and stamina.  This can resolve obstacles in our life.  Balancing the hemispheres of the brain also supports this.

Yesterday, an extraordinary thing happened…

Yesterday, millions of people spontaneously came together, transcending rational behavior. Why? because it felt right.

That is the ultimate test of whether you are on the right track or are doing the right thing.  Felt good? Maybe.  But it felt right.

All of the physical dimensions that separate people were suspended yesterday: distance, geographical location, race, sexual identity, social strata, group identity, opinion, age, fear, doubt, suspicion and all forms of personal individuality.  People came together in many places, in many ways.  For what purpose?  Simply, to be together. Continue reading “Yesterday, an extraordinary thing happened…”

Revised comments on “Citizen Kane”, the movie

Citizen Kane is often touted as the greatest American movie.  It is studied in virtually all film schools. Its construction, by all measures is impeccable.

Having seen the movie again, it appears to me that Herman Mankiewicz and Orson Wells, who wrote the screenplay,  were prophets.

The 1941 story was ostensibly about the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. He held a conglomerate of newspapers and used them to build an empire of wealth and destroy his enemies.

It was largely a story about the main character Charles Foster Kane as told to a reporter through interviews by other characters who knew him.  Through everyone’s eyes Kane was described as a shameless self promoter who loved no one but his own image of himself and believed in nothing except his own wealth.  He dragged along his close supporters with his own success.  He used his newspapers to intimidate his rivals and to seduce and influence the masses to give him the love he never knew as a child.  The core elements are the character’s ambition that propels him to the limelight and his flaws that eventually lead to his undoing.  He touted himself as a champion of the people, trying to get himself elected to public office.  He had limited initial success but was eventually defeated by scandal of his own making.  You could argue that the movie had a happy ending. Continue reading “Revised comments on “Citizen Kane”, the movie”

“Silence” the Movie by Martin Scorsese

It has been just over four years since I reviewed the movie Lincoln.  Silence has caught my attention as a movie of our time that questions the choices we all must make about who we are.

Some of us recognize our fundamentally spiritual nature and so turn our attention to various teachings in order to inform ourselves of that nature.  There is a long history of religion in the world that purports to do that for us.  While most religions attempt to point directly to that nature in us, and many claim to have found its core, still they are mostly organized around tribal and cultural bases. They can only be described and explained in terms of a dominant culture and among the common experiences of a tribe’s members. Continue reading ““Silence” the Movie by Martin Scorsese”

Review of Meditation and Sat Nam Rasayan® Healing Workshop with Hari Nam Singh 11/27/2016 – “Division and Unity”

We held a Meditation and Sat Nam Rasayan® Healing Workshop with Hari Nam Singh at the Healing Heart Center in Hollywood. The topic of the workshop was “Division and Unity”.  Much of the current conflict and chaos that we see in the world can be attributed to the denial of self and the individual’s separation from the self.  That phenomenon extends to one’s local environment, where the group psyche is affected in the same way.  Healing the self can be extended to healing the community.

Meditations:  NM0394 – Live above denial  31 min.

LA0967 – Division and Oneness 11 min.

The “Alchemist” 11 min.

Workshop Audio:    

A vegetarian lunch  followed, prepared by Dev Atma Suroop Kaur

Entre
Entre – Mung Beans and Rice

 

It is Truly Genius…

Mezzanine_389.jpg.crop.456x256Stephen Hawking’s Machine of Life, part of the Genius Series on PBS.  The question of life and its origins is one of the most closely examined issues in history. Are we alone in the universe? How likely is it that life exists anywhere, or at all? How is it explained?  What is the prime motivation for life to exist?  How does simple life evolve into more complex life forms? What is the relationship between the physical phenomenon of life and consciousness, e.g., God?

Stephen Hawking’s treatment of this subject is clear, precise and accessible to non-scientists.  It stimulates thought on levels of consciousness that transcend the physical experience and scientific scrutiny.  It exposes the patterns and tendencies of nature that produce, sustain and evolve life.

The treatment is described mainly in terms of experiments performed by innocent participants who do not know ahead of time what’s going on, but who discover along with us some simple and profound truths.

A fair conclusion to be drawn from the experiments is that their is a strong tendency for life to form when conditions are favorable.  Only the right ingredients,  some range of temperate climate, however localized, and some form of activation energy are enough to allow life to form.  The blueprint is in the ingredients themselves, and not a preconfigured process that operates on them.  Once organic molecules are formed from elements, and then animo acids and proteins, a unique DNA configuration may become organized and begin producing life.  The “machine” is in the ingredients themselves, which possess the chemical, physical and energetic tendencies for the formation life, and is not an external agent operating on those ingredients.

Another experiment illustrates how life evolves into more complex forms by virtue of the suitablility of some life forms to survive long enough to propagate: survival of the fittest.

Seeing this reminds me of Ek Ong Kar. “One God, One Creation”.  This model of cosmology and theology has the Creator of all Creation remaining within and inextricably part of creation in its most subtle levels of matter, energy and consciousness.  The macroscopic physical being is fundamentally comprised of tissues, cells, DNA, proteins, amino acids, organic molecules, carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen and other trace elements and the tendency in consciousness to exist and to keep on reinventing and replicating itself using semi-undifferentiated energy that is absorbed from the environment. What created the universe continues to recreate the universe and its life forms.

Stephen Hawking’s Machine of Life on PBS

Review of Meditation and Sat Nam Rasayan® Healing Workshop with Hari Nam Singh 05/24/2015 – “Healing and the Radiant Body”

We held a Meditation and Sat Nam Rasayan® Healing Workshop with Hari Nam Singh at the Healing Heart Center in Hollywood. The topic of the workshop was “Healing and the Radiant Body”.

We performed a meditation to polish the radiant body:

NM0163 – 2001-06-18 – Polish the Radiant Body

The tenth body – Radiant Body
Through the radiant body we choose how we relate with ourselves and others. The radiant body projects our presence externally to others and internally to ourselves. In this tradition, we practice developing a healing presence.  With a strong radiant body, our very presence has a profound healing impact on our environment.

Workshop Audio:    

A vegetarian lunch  followed, prepared by Dev Atma Suroop Kaur