Beloved Souls~Lovers of the One~

This is your invitation to join with a small group of like-hearted and light-hearted souls, in the world’s oldest sacred ceremony, a ceremony that was the first to be celebrated from time immemorial and is still being celebrated til this day.  It is called Rakshabandhan which refers to tying a Bond of Love and Protection with the Highest on High…the Renewal of your personal promise to that One.

This is a ceremony which has its origins in Mother India.  It is an opportunity that comes around once a year, as special holidays do, to renew our most sacred relationship.  It is a time of reflection, resolve, and renewal of our deepest vows, promises, and commitment to ourself and to God.

This ceremony represents the sacred movement of the Soul on it’s Journey back to its original pristine state, back to the purity with which this whole play began.  Who were you before your many spins around the sun?  It is a ceremony of renewal of the spirit, of courage, and of love.

For it is this deepest divine love, as well as courage which propels us forward, step by thoughtful step.  On Kauai, we are holding this ancient and unique ceremony on Sunday, August 30, from 6pm to 7:30pm.

Please do let us know that you would like to attend by calling me, Shivalaya at 639-9436 for directions and parking info.

You are Blessed and can add to Your Blessings by sharing with us in this sacred act of expressing our deepest resolve to the One who wishes us ALL THE BEST AND MORE!!!

A good portion of the ceremony will be spent in silent meditation connecting our hearts to the Heart of the Comforter of Hearts, also known as the Purifer of Hearts.

raidiating white heart on gold!This is our time to listen to our deepest longings.

Looking forward to hearing from you~

Many Blessings,

Shivalaya on behalf of Inner Peace Kauai

Living as an Immortal Being is True Living

“Imagine yourself 500 years in the future, in a sweet place in which you can’t  remember your old life.  The old ‘you’ and the ‘old world’ is not even a faint, but distant memory; it’s just a blip in eternity.  Once you feel this state…you’ll feel free. You’ll recognize who you really are.

Joseph Campbell said to invest at least an hour a day when you don’t know your name or your gender,  who you owe or who owes you – a time each day where you simply exist in your peace and bliss.

Take it a step further, as you dive into your bliss and die alive.  Let go of everything completely, where you don’t even know life exists and all you are is an eternal soul… truly you’ll feel nothing but silence and profound bliss.

The more we die alive, the more we can truly live. Because to live as a temporary guest in this world is to live as an immortal being, free from fear, worry, negativity, and illusion.  This is truly living.

Die to the negative, draining, and non-supportive things. Give up what’s not working and allow life to flow from a state of grace.

When you die alive, all the love of God and bliss comes rushing to greet you, the moment you let go.

Let go, let go, let go, and learn to live as a soul.   Then you’ll get to know who you are and who God is.

Dying alive means to stop being ordinary. It means to stop blaming other people. It means to let go of getting upset over spilled milk and  pointless small talk.

It means to give up obsessions, addictions, and all the dirty little pleasures that make life sickenly sweet.  Stand in your own power, as an eternally free being.

Choose to stop feeding the illusions; choose to let go of the non-essentials.  Choose to focus on your own life and what you need to do. Focus on what the Beloved wants you to do today? How you can show up and serve another?

What can I do to become free and help others be free?

Dying alive means to allow the idea that “I am this body” to dissolve.

It means taking 100% responsibility for life; it means to stop blaming others; and it means giving up negative thoughts and feelings. Fully. Unconditionally.

Dying alive means letting go of what is not who you are eternally. Dying alive is what is left when your body is long gone…the real you that is here right now and exists forever.”

Excerpt from the classic How to Know God by Michael Macintosh and Arielle Hecht







Why do You Meditate? Imagine finding a Well of Unlimited Inner Peace and Silence

Imagine how it feels when peace arises from the depths of your soul.

Where do you begin when you wish to turn inward?  Do you have a well worn path that brings you into the nourishment of silence easily?  Or do you find that there are many distractions such as dead end trails of thought patterns and uncomfortable feelings that must be weeded out and surrendered first?

In these times, when many feel overwhelmed, meditation is gaining in popularity. However, where do you turn and what do you find when you wish to enter your inner sanctum?

The only reason I ask such an intimate question is that I have found some solutions which I gratefully share with others.  Think of me as a helpful guide in facilitating your process of letting go, gently surrendering all that may be in the way of truly remembering who you are.  I help point you inward to the seat of the soul; this kind of meditation guidance poises you for success and self respect.

Here is a sample of how to begin.

Start to relax, let go and wind down by connecting with the rhythmic pattern of your own breath…deep inhalations and deep exhalations. Use your breath to breathe in to areas of tension and pain that have collected in the body. Starting out this way helps the body to let go and thereby free the attention of you, the soul, the inner consciousness, to begin the process of clearing and surrendering any bothersome thoughts and images, as well as unproductive thought patterns that stem from the subconscious that may have been triggered by some conversation or interaction during the day.  It is very beneficial to surrender such interference so that you the soul may experience your innate state of peace and your naturally loving state.


Turn your intention inward to the center of your forehead; see yourself as a point of  light,  radiating brilliantly like a star or a diamond.

(Hold this awareness of the Self for 2 minutes).

Now using the power of the mind, let your thoughts focus on limitless Divine light,.

(Hold this awareness of being immersed in Light for 2 minutes).

Be receptive to this Limitless Light.   Feel how this powerful, loving current is embracing you in deep peace.  This peace is filled with silence, the silence that is in the center of every soul.

When we transcend the physicality of the body and the senses, we can experience our own unlimited nature, our eternalness.  This is a very liberating experience and often something very new to the soul.  For so long, the soul has identified with being a body that this experience of it’s Self has been lost.

 Such experiences of the true Self never leave you the same. Once tasted, you will want to dip back into the awareness of who you truly are for longer and longer periods of time…a free, peaceful, silent, loving, and blissful being of light.

When you return, notice what has changed. You  may notice you have gained energy and enthusiasm and that your inner resource of peace has been awakened.

As you continue your experiments in meditation, know that connecting with the self and then the Source of Light is the method for regaining inner powers of the soul such as acceptance, loving tolerance, the capacity to let go easily,  intuitive understanding, discrimination, fearless courage, humility, and more.  With daily practice, you will attain a renewed sense of cooperation with all there is.


Steps to Create a Powerful and Peaceful Meditation Experience~~

The time that we choose to be aware is not only available when we sit; it can happen whenever we choose to be present, even as we walk, talk, and move around.

Having said that, carving out space and time for a deep meditation experience can require some decisions to be made about “where and when”.  So choose your spot wisely and then decide which time serves you best.   Will you begin your day with deep reflection of yourself as an immortal soul and move into bliss or will you choose to end the day with peaceful reflection. Will you plan to take a ten or fifteen break in the middle of your busy workday to remember you are a being of peace and love.  There are many places you could choose,  it could be a serene outdoor setting, embraced by nature,  or a favorite chair or pillow in quiet corner that you have reserved for the special energetics of meditation.  Be creative.  Choose your timetable and be regular about it. This will serve you well.

Begin by letting go of any concerns or worries, surrender them up, knowing they will be resolved, expand your feelings of faith and trust.  Let go of bodily concerns by focusing your breath in deep inhalations that sweep through your body, and glorious exhalations that allowing your material awareness to release and fade out with each breath.

To slow down the mind and put the events of the day to rest, choose to focus on one or more of the following thoughts that will uplift your awareness and consciousness:

  1.  Observe the setting in which your body is resting from a far off distance in time and space.  See the present scene, as if you were sitting on a star and from the standpoint of eternity.

2.  Reflect how temporary and changing everything physical is.

3.  Visualize your mind being soothed by light pouring into                        the top of your head, bringing in the sanctity of silence                          protecting you from distraction and strengthening your                        aura, filling it with an otherwordly sense of peace and                            comfort.

4.  As you slip into a meditative space, day by day, hour by                         hour, minute by minute, you will become more masterful                     over your thoughts, as well as the senses.  You will be able to               see but not see, hear but not listen, feel but not by governed                 by feelings; it all becomes a choice.  Learning to focus and                   meditate with softly opened eyes contributes to this mastery               as you move about your day.

All of that can be called Stage 1: preparation for meditation.  In Stage 2 you will choose a theme which you enjoy, understand, and which for you has the conviction and resonance of Truth.  Take this theme and immerse your mind in it.  Introduce your theme as a powerful thought onto the screen of your mind.  Simply focus, contmeplate on the beauty, peace and upliftment that this thought brings to you, the soul.

An example of a simple, refined truth to dwell upon might be:

I, the higher being, the soul am like a sparkling star of radiant peaceful light; a guest in this world~

or:  I, the soul, am loved by the Supreme Soul, my Divine Mother/Father~

Stage 3~ Concentration~

Start out with full attention on your chosen thought for 2or 3 minutes.  If any other thoughts come to mind, ignore them, and return to your chosen thought.  Concentrating on an image is useful here to strengthen your concentration.  Images increase the depth and power of your thinking and concentration. drishti picture

Stage 4~ Allow feelings based on this thought to arise~

After 100% concentration for 2 or 3 minutes on yourself as a radiant peaceful light, you may become aware of feelings such as: feelings of calmness and comfort, feeling content, a sense of lightness, even joy…

pink and blue sun

Stage 5 ~ As you become immersed in the feelings being generated, silently take note of any other details of your experience. This can enhance your awareness of what you are feeling even more.  Some examples of this are:

 I am aware that I no longer feel alone.

Or~I feel a deep  comfort and/or contentment knowing I am eternal, imperishable.

Or~This peace is natural to me~

Stage 6~ Letting Go, Surrender

Lotus on Blue

This is a very wonderful stage since you are now basking in an extremely pleasant and familiar experience.   As all internal resistance vanishes, you feel stable in this powerful state of peace and security which nothing can interrupt, unless you choose to allow it.the soul speaks to you in quiet momentsStage 7~ While steeped in this experience, note what new awareness you have of your inner world.

An example of a new experience (based on your topic of being aware of your true identity as a soul) might be:

I, the soul actually need nothing from the outer world.  I, the soul am entirely seperate from the body, the body breathes while my awareness is elsewhere.  I, the soul am actively having an experience, while the body simply rests; etc. etc. You may even be experiencing the deliciousness of freedom, as a being of light.

Stage 8 ~ You may wish to keep a journal or chart of your mediation experiences and discoveries.

You may wish to note your favorite themes, the ones that take you deep, or the ones that you can linger at length with.

You may also enjoy noticing how a particular thought transforms into a related feeling and how that feeling brings you into another deeper thought.

Journaling or charting your experience gives you an opportunity to reflect on the part of you, which previously has not received a lot of “air time”.

This kind of practice, over time, allows you to naturally become more of who you truly are~

A peaceful, happy, eternal soul, seperate from the fluctuations of the body, yet playing out your “role” through the costume of the body.Featured Image -- 347                                                    OM SHANTI

“The Power of Love”

The Power of Love by Simone Boger came highly recommended by a sweet sister I met at Anubhuti Retreat Center in Novato, California, this summer.

She and I came to know each other as we spent early morning hours in meditation, afternoons with a Great Yogi, and  evenings singing, as we washed mountains of pots and dishes.

Chapter one called THE ONE begins by honoring Divine Love with the following verse:

Free Love

“By all means they try to hold me secure,

those who love me in this world.

But it is otherwise with Your Love

which is greater than theirs,

for You keep me free.

Lest I forget them, they never venture to leave me alone.

 But day after day pass by

and You are not seen.

 If I do not call upon You, if I do not keep You in my heart,

Your Love for me keeps waiting for my love.”

                                                                                    by Rabrindath Tagore

From: The Power of Love by Simone Boger~

Love is the greatest force in existence; it is the heartbeat of life.  It is the most elevated flow of feelings and the purest energy within our souls.

 It simultaneously radiates and attracts, transforming whatever it meets, melting or washing up areas of darkness. No wonder all of us wish to remain in the bliss of this experience.  And it is the arena of relationships where we are most likely to seek it.

Yet, the more we humans modernize, the less available heartfelt, spontaneous love seems to be.

 Have we missed some point along the journey or is this just the expected outcome of the values and interests of a material age? 

For ages, spiritual love has been the focus and fuel of mystical experiences.  This is the kind of love that is unlimited and leaves us with a sense of fulfillment that is nourishing and empowering…  We must learn to dive deeply in order to emerge with the jewels that are  found beneath the surface.

Boger’s spiritual journey and meditation practice  is focused on “experiences based on knowledge/knowing, rather than on devotional practices.  She proclaims that: Once the flame of the soul has been ignited, the love of the spirit keeps burning in the heart. The quest was long, yet the needs of the spirit were finally met. I now know that meeting the Beloved is the path itself.” {p16 Boger}

In a straightforward manner she states that: “The One I understand and experience as the Highest Being is a pure, peaceful, powerful consciousness, with no human form/ physical or subtle.  No head, arms, or legs; just a point-form of conscious light.

 She goes on to say: Because life through the physical senses has become so deeply rooted in our nature, we have lost the art of experiencing pure awareness.  

Gods’s love and kindness manifests in waves of rarefied, subtle light and feelings.  To catch them, we need to tune our minds first.

She quotes from Dadi Janki:

It is the inner eye that sees God.

The physical eyes cannot see Him.

It is the eye of experience that knows and recognizes the One.

And it is the heart that wishes to stay in His company

and let Him guide our life.

Boger continues:

Like us, God is also a soul, who is perfectly capable of hearing and responding to our inner feelings.  

Being pure consciousness, without a body means our communication with this One has to happen on another level…

Because His/Her part is played so silently, this Beloved often seems to be out of reach.  This is why we need to learn to delve into this Supreme Soul’s subtlety.  This has in fact been at the basis of ancient yoga and all mystical paths.  

The meditative experience is essential, for it allows us to transcend, even if temporarily, the density and limitations of corporeal existence.

 Though meditation has gained in popularity, it is still not practiced on a large scale. Ours is a world that thrives on activity and its results.   Meditation means we put ourselves in a quieter and more receptive mode.

Extraordinary experiences may be just around the corner, but they require an internalized approach to life.

I love the next chapter called:  Getting The Vibes

The Supreme Being has a mind that is always constant, emanating vibrations of the highest frequency.  These vibrations reach us as waves of subtle, yet potent energy, originating in the Beloved’s pure and loving “heart”.  To catch and absorb this penetrating power, we need to have a basic understanding of spiritual reality and its laws.

Connecting with or remembering the One (communion)  is a matter of feelings and is therefore very personal.  Still, there is a method for tuning in directly to the One’s frequency, which works like operating a radio.  If you only have an AM radio, you cannot expect to tune in to FM stations.  

To tune in to a more refined mind wave, we require a refinement of our own thoughts and feelings, which means we need to select and at times filter what we constantly feed our minds.  Whatever thoughts we radiate continue to create and sustain our energy field, impacting the self and other minds.

Whether we are conscious of this or not, we constantly create an atmosphere around us through our thought waves.  

Now imagine the Supreme’s thoughts as the highest, purest vibrations traveling across this vast Universe.  Clearly our inner chatter, the AM radio, will not be able to catch this One’s frequency.  Have you ever seen an image of ordinary thought patterns measured in the brain by an EEG?

So, it is a question of giving some attention to refining our thoughts, and this requires some effort.  To tune in to powerful waves of peace and love and make the most of the experience, we need to upgrade our energy first..  To do this, we have to bring some lightness into our being, even if only a little, and especially while in the middle of chaos.

 In terms of tuning in, we are the ones who have to do it first.

The Beloved is happy with the slightest effort we make in His/Her direction. One step from us and the Beloved will walk all the way to meet us.  … All we need is to remember that One with sincerity, patience, and depth.

This refinement of our physical and mental energies creates inner stability.  We become open to creating thoughts and feelings that are purely related to nurturing our deep self and others.  

It means consciously producing the good wishes we expect others to have.  This changes our vibrations.  

The purer our thoughts, the lighter and stronger we feel.  The more peace, joy, and kindness we experience, the easier it is for our mental fields to be free and powerful enough to catch higher spiritual vibrations.  

It is a  question of like attracting like.  

This aim of loving remembrance exists at the heart of all faiths and is also the basis of spiritual yoga.  

It is this loving, receptive attitude that can bring us a multitude of qualities and experiences directly from the Source.

Love is the attraction and the purpose of a relationship with the Divine.

“The Power of Love” by Simone Boger (part 1)


The Power of Love begins with a quote by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin from his book called~Toward the Future:

“Some day, after mastering winds, waves ,tides, and gravity; we shall harness for God the energy of love, and then, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”

As I read this book, I was moved by Boger’s description of a poignant experience and description of God as the Divine Mother/Divya Mata:

“There are times we feel our lives are not what we expected.  

It is as if the external world does not match our innermost needs, or maybe we are not to use our capacities and talents as we would have wished.  It can be frustrating, especially when it occurs over a long period of time.

This is often the cause behind depression, a lack of self-esteem and more severe illnesses.

We may think this is part of life, and accept that most people are suffering in one form or another from deprivation or loss. Economic crises and civil wars are currently triggering it collectively.  It is difficulat to talk about inner comfort with those who do not have a piece of bread.  It is at such moments that we most need peace, love, and acknowledgement.

There is no easy way to present God as the Mother, because words cannot convey her warmth and compassion or her attempts to save her children from suffering.  When we’re in any relationship with God, the One is always present anyway, and there is never a cold shoulder from the Divine One’s side.  

In the form of the Mother, she is always there, welcoming us with the vibrations and vision of sustenance.

The Mother knows the causes behind life’s events, for just like the Father, her vision penetrates time.  Because she knows the invisible roots of situations, our failures or weaknesses do not color her vision but are seen rather as temporary and perfectly conquerable.  

Her task is to give unconditional support and help in our healing and transformation... God as the Mother empowers us with presence.  

Maybe this is the reason why in India the divine feminine is symbolically shown in the form of powers-as shaktis.  There are a number of archetypes of goddesses who in fact personify spiritual attainments that can be received through meditation.

Knowing who we are and how we feel, God never underestimates our capability of overcoming obstacles and developing further.  As the Divine Mother, she takes care of our internal needs through supportive vibrations, making sure we know how to access Her Power and put things right inside so that everything else can fall into place.

When I think of the many experiences of God as my parents, I remember a time when I was gently led through a very big situation.  The Motherly face became clearly manifested over that entire period and especially on one particular day when, sitting in a mediation room, I experienced God’s “tears’ for me.

I know that at this point people may, justifiably, think this is all imagination or plain nonesense.  Yet, though not physical, the kind of heartfelt empathy I received was almost tangible.  

That experience formed an unbreakable bond between Mother and child.  It also became an important lesson in my own understanding of God’s role, because those “tears” came after a very intense period of the Mother trying to save the child from sorrow. From then on,

I learned to accept the fact that even though God is limitless in many ways, natural laws rule the show down here.

While the Father wishes for us to develop a higher form of reasoning so that we can succeed in our endeavors, the Mother is happy expressing her unbounded love and nurturing.  She cannot bear to see the weaknesses of those she loves.  This is the purity of her heart.  

Seeing the present world situation, Her desire is for Her children not to scatter their energies in useless circumstances and obstacles, but to learn how to make their present and future elevated. {p63-65,Boger}

For more from this beautiful book, see “The Power of Love”, part 2.

How Attached are you to these expressions: me, mine, I ?

In the everyday, ordinary dimension of reality and conversation, the pronouns “me”, “I”, and “mine” appear to be necessary to describe our experiences, our possesions, and our boundaries.  They are markers for the territory of the small, attached, egoic self.

Yet in the spiritual dimension of reality, being free of this type of identification with things is found to be liberating.  I have heard this paradoxical truth many times and yet today, for the first time, while meditating, an image of a vine appeared which was connected to an experience of many years back, which helped make this truth accessible and usable to I, the soul.

It was an experience from the wonders of Mother Nature and how she works which I’m sure I will recall again and again on this mystical journey of a life of truth. Hopefully it will reveal something to you, the soul as well.

The image of the vine was the one that had grown out of a compost heap fed by kitchen scraps and other organic matter which I had created under the banana trees which bordered the neighbor’s property, making it unclear where his land begin and mine ended.

One magical morning I noticed the vine growing out of the rich soil that had formed under the trees, was a kambucha pumpkin vine.  These pumpkins are more like a delectable squash and grow very well on the island.  The vine evidently sprouted out of the leftover pumpkin seeds that had been added to the compost heap many months before!  Finding the pumpkin hidden under its own large leaf was a priceless moment.  At the same moment, a woman appeared out of the neighbor’s house.  Someone I had never seen, nor heard before, during the years spent there.

She rushed over clothed in the body language of aggression and anger and adamantly claimed that pumpkin as her own.  As I assessed the entire situation, I stepped back a bit and explained that I had planted the seeds and that I was happy to share with her, because there would be more!  This did not change her stance,her mannerisms, or her mind! She was ready to fight and   just took what was obviously, in her mind, “hers”.  At that time, it was just as obvious in my mind, that those pumpkins were mine and had just wandered over the invisible border between the two houses.

This morning’s meditation freed me completely of that feeling of having something that was “mine” taken from me.  A beautiful realization came in, that in reality, nothing is mine, and at the same time, as I experienced being free of” mine”, a beautous lightness and purity expanded throughout my being.

This is a “fruit” that no one can take from I, the soul.  It is an inner treasure that has to be shared and in the sharing, will multiply.

With great thanks to the “aina” which provided the setting for that scene to unfold, as well as to that impromptu “character”, who I never saw again, who appeared out of the neighbor’s house.

There is another spiritual truth which says that every scene has benefit.  This particular scene proved to be a  foreshadowing in the plot of life which took  eight years to bring to fruition.

It was but a  moment in time, almost forgotten, yet planted in the subconscious awaiting its moment of truth to strut upon the stage of life and reveal its glory!

Om Shanti~I am a Peaceful and Grateful Soul~

How to Bless Your Self~and Others~

aeliah healing image               To Become Angelic in this Lifetime~The Benevolent Father’s Direction is :

  Transform the vice of lust into good wishes.

Transform anger into spiritual intoxication.

Transform greed into an attitude that is free from temptation.

Transform attachment into love.

Transform body consiousness into awareness of the Self (pure pride of the self).

Herein lies your aim and objective, if you so to chose to accept it.   It is a high bar and the rewards are great.  Is it in your destiny?

Is it embedded in your soul?  Are you moved to join the ranks of those who wish to become the most elevated souls?

Ask yourself and you will receive your answer.


Peace Waves Her Wand and You find a Place within Untouched by this World

rainbowBeing Still is the Way of Redemption

Being Still allows the vibration of Peace to emerge and wave her wand over this landscape creating a benediction of many colors.

Condensed from Dadi Janki

“There is a part of you that is perfect and pure.

Untouched by any conditioning.

Its total absence of conflict and negativity makes this part of you

a Still-Point of Silence.

Make time to reach this inner place of Silence.

It will bring you untold benefit.”