“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.

Throughout history, many claims have been made for the emergence of a one true religion.  Indeed, some have hit the spot for many by satisfying the need and yearning for an identification with a higher power (God) and leading to a fulfilled and purposeful existence.

These claims have also produced numerous movements, some of which have been in conflict with cultural and tribal norms.  They have also led to  inner conflict within individuals who question most seriously who they are.  This story portrays a scenario that includes both phenomena,  closely scrutinizing the conflicts produced by the “one size fits all” approach to religion, both in the culture and in the individual.  It is, simply, torture.

In this story, the Christian missionaries who visited medieval Japan early on met with some success.  Their message appealed to the peoples’ spiritual nature, who found fulfillment simply in their belief and devotion to that belief.  Christianity gained a foothold in the culture.  Of course, this was met by opposition by the temporal and the entrenched spiritual powers who were the guardians of the status quo.  At first, they simply killed the Christians and their priests.  Soon, however, they found that they could not kill the idea of Christianity, which still tended to grow with the arrival of each new missionary. So, they took a more radical approach.

They began to exploit a perceived weakness in the practice of Christian theology.  They found that the seemingly unshakable strength of devotion was based largely on the beliefs of the faithful, which was, simply, a belief in Christian doctrine.  These beliefs seemed to be based on an external authority (dogma), which was somewhat contrary to the way of spirituality as practiced in Japan, which was Buddhist (Zen), based on individual enlightenment.  With centuries of tradition on their side, they sought to drive a wedge between these Christian beliefs and the self  by pointing to unanswered questions within the self.

The local temporal and spiritual establishment did not give up their approach to persecution, which was, basically, physical torture. In this version, they simply included a psychological component that was designed to instill and exploit doubt in the Christian faithful. The physical torture was designed to force the faithful to make immediate choices that pitted their faith against the unanswered questions about the self.

The fact that these unanswered questions exist is the crux of the story.  The protagonist priest recognizes that his faith is largely based on doctrine, and has no direct answers to his questions…only silence.  He implores God to break the silence.  Ultimately he finds it necessary to go deep within the silence and contemplate there.  He begins to look within himself for answers, to hear the voice of God.

This is an ugly, horrible story.  It is also necessary to be understood in the face of unspeakable atrocities that may, and do, befall many of us.  Mr. Scorsese must have been very uncomfortable in its telling.

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 – 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


Review of Meditation and Sat Nam Rasayan® Healing Workshop with Hari Nam Singh 04/19/2015 – “Healing and the Subtle Body”

HNSHHC20150419-01We 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 Subtle Body”.

We performed two meditations:

Rati Roti Reti from LA724-920328

M0512-890312-For Mastery of Time and Space

The ninth body, the Subtle Body, is the fundamental component of our forming a healing relation with our event.  Transcending space and time, it can give us a direct experience of something that is not ourself.

The subtle body transcends our physical existence and survives our incarnation. Through our subtle body we can know the unknown. In relation with another person’s subtle body, we can know something of that person’s existence.  The subtle body is integral to healing in our tradition.
Workshop Audio:    

A vegetarian lunch  followed, prepared by Dev Atma Suroop Kaur


Meditation and Sat Nam Rasayan® Healing Workshop with Hari Nam Singh 02/15/2015 – “Healing the Physical Body” – (Review)

HNSHHC20150215-02We 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 the Physical Body”.

We performed three meditations:

LA822-Healing the Physical

LA819-850109-Eliminate Brain Fatigue

LA112-790528-Meditation for Support from the Elements

In yogic tradition, we have ten bodies.  Through the practice of yoga and meditation we can know them as a part of our existence.   As healers, we can relate with any body of our and heal in that relation.  Which body we can best relate with for a given healing application can be found intuitively.

We summarized our common knowledge of the ten bodies:

1. The soul body
The soul body is the primary identification of the self. It is recognized as the spirit within the life that we experience in this incarnation. The soul body transcends and survives our incarnation. Relating with the soul body is relating with the self at the most fundamental existential level. Knowing the soul is knowing that you are you.  The tendencies in one’s relation with the soul will determine how comfortable and at ease one is in “one’s own skin”.
If one has a separation or gap in awareness of the soul body it can cause insecurity or existential anxiety.  Someone who relates intimately with the soul can experience deep security.

2. The negative mind
The negative mind is one of the three mind bodies of our existence. It is the mind that gives attention to and keeps track of details through concepts and the accounting of their component details.  It is an instrument of survival and helps us to plan a course of action.  A main tendency of the negative mind is that its processes are linear and operate only on what is instinctual or has been predefined.
An overactive negative mind can produce a controlling and dominating tendency in behavior towards others. It can stifle creativity and create confusion and fear. A weak relationship with the negative mind can produce a “space case” with absentmindedness and an aversion to responsibility and accountability.

3. The positive mind
The positive mind is the mind that expands our vision to recognize what may be possible.  It helps us to overcomes obstacles in the face of adversity.  It tells us “we can do this”. The positive mind is not dissuaded by details that are operating contrary to our intentions.
A strong positive mind allows our creativity to know no bounds. With it we can expand our ideas beyond constraints that would thwart the negative mind.
A strong positive mind without a complimentary negative mind would allow us to run amok in our dreaming.  We can become a space case, as with a weak negative mind, and become divorced from reality.  We can lose our way in the face of adversity and become confused.  Our resolve can easily crumble.  Our projects may tend never to be finished.

4. The neutral mind.
The neutral mind gives us balance.  It is the arbitrator of the positive and negative.  It gives us the capacity to see beyond opposing tendencies and provides clarity to complex situations.  It is the source of creative solutions. It helps us not to identify with polarity and prejudice our perception.
As healers we look to the neutral mind not to take a position in the healing relation.

5. The physical body
The physical body is the body that we know in the material world.  When sufficient prana is present then the five elements are held together and give life to the physical body.  When prana wanes beyond a certain point, the elements cannot be held together and the physical body expires.  Healing in the physical body is facilitated by including and balancing elements.

6. The arc line

The arc line is the body that  protects the physical.  A strong arc line rejects all negative projections toward the physical. It rejects all mental projections from the point of origin. It rejects attacks by bacteria, viruses etc. The arc line has a connection also with the pranic body.
In its projective aspect the arc line projects one’s intentions. A strong arc line will give one the power of prayer.  In conjunction with the radiant body, the arc line strengthens the healer’s ability to heal.

When the arc line collapses, it gives a person a feeling of vulnerability,  helplessness and inadequacy.  When it is strong, one feels as if (s)he can do and accomplish anything.

7. The aura

The aura is the electromagnetic field that surrounds a person making one invulnerable to attacks from the outside.  It protects from negative projections, as the arc line, but also keeps one safe from all danger.  When a person’s awareness grows beyond the physical body, and (s)he can “feel the room”, and everything in it then the aura is expanded and strong. Martial arts practice gives a person awareness of the surroundings and expands the aura.

8. The pranic body

The pranic body is the process of a person’s “life energy”. A strong pranic body brings health and inner strength to the physical body.  The pranic body supports the arc line and the aura. A strong pranic body aids the healer with healing others. A weak pranic body diminishes vitality and makes one prone to illness.

Most martial arts train the practitioner to draw prana from the earth and maximize the flow in the pranic body.  This assists with directing and manifesting one’s intentions in relation with interactions with others and the environment.

9. The subtle body

The subtle body is the part of a person’s being that transcends space and time. Through the subtle body one can be aware of and know things not immediately  present in the physical and in time. The subtle body survives the incarnation and is present in the “ethers” as a “record” of ones existence. One can have awareness of another person by relating with and through the subtle body.

10. The radiant body

The radiant body is the quality of the electromagnetic field of a person that makes an impact externally and internally.  One’s intentions interact with the radiant body in a more subtle way than with the arc line. The radiance of the radiant body relates with more than a single intention as it permeates one’s entire presence and produces an impact. That impact is felt externally by others and internally with the self.

A strong radiant body has the power to heal others through one’s presence. A strong radiant body gives one confidence and a strong feeling of self and being whole. A weak radiant body makes one unsure and unconfident. In an extreme case, it can produce self destructive behaviors, such as unhealthy addictions and allow compulsions to rule the self.

A vegetarian lunch  followed, prepared by Dev Atma Suroop Kaur

Meditation and Sat Nam Rasayan® Healing Workshop with Hari Nam Singh 01/18/2015 – “Healing the Inner Projection” – (Review)

We held a Meditation and Sat Nam Rasayan® Healing Workshop with Hari Nam Singh at the RaMa Yoga Institute in Venice, CA. The topic of the workshop was “Healing the Inner Projection”.

In our healing we use the meditative mind to project an intention to heal.  We constantly project our intentions in our relations with others and ourselves.  How we project and how effectively we project our intentions determines to what great degree our relationships with ourselves and others are working.

In this workshop we performed meditations to stimulate and open the third eye, to understand and feel the soul and to remember the saint within.

Centering our awareness in the third eye, we contemplated our partner’s inner projection to enhance and increase the projection of intentions for self healing.  We modified the inner projection to heal insecurity and anxiety and to enhance and strengthen the radiant body.


Workshop Audio:    

M043-19890623 See Your Soul Within Your Third Eye
LA271 811202 understand and feel your soul
NM0420-20011015 – The Power of Memories – Remember the Saint Within