On-Going Thursday Classes in “The Art of Stillness” at Baba’s

Come and enjoy the sounds of the Kilauea Stream

Having returned from India this April from a spiritual sojourn at one of the purest pilgrimage spots ever, I welcome you into the thoughts of this pilgrim…

Fortunate to journey back to this ‘Forest of Honey’ each year over the last 9 years, each time I am taken deeper into the art of stillness and silence ~ a balm for the soul. There is great satisfaction for the soul to focus upon itself and to know the peace and true rest that can only be found within.

And yet, the soul finds itself in a world of constant movement and sound, and the ego and personality take so much satisfaction from action, even actions than spring from compulsion! WHAT TO DO!!!

In a piece called The Art of Stillness by Pico Iyer, he points out that:“In an age of speed, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing could feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still.”

As one learns to meditate and focus the awareness inwards, a renewed sense of fulfillment is taken from stillness and silence. Stillness becomes an art when we master the fluidity to rise above the flux of the body and the turbulence in the mind.  When this happens, the desire to act, just to do something is lost.  Spiritual mastery becomes a series of experiences in which we learn to take joy and contentment from stillness.

As a great writer and yogi once said:

“The main state of mind now in the world is the wandering state of mind.  Thoughts go in many directions and consciousness is fragmented. Stillness is a settled state of mind. Stillness results in concentration which creates the experience of BLISS.  Only when still, can we experience the subtle inner state of bliss.”

And in Master Eckhart’s words (1260-1327): “Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness.”And from: the Upanishads (c.1000 BC):“Away from the chatter of the senses, from the restless wanderings of the mind, there is a quiet pool of stillness. the wise call this the highest state of being.”

Upon reflection of the intense sense of stillness I recently experienced during many hours of  group meditation, a course has been born to share with new friends and old alike.  I have created 3 sessions that include an Invitation to contemplate, write, and share about your present states of stillness and where you would like to go with it.

We will practise a method of slowing down thoughts to experience more stillness, plus various exercises that will take you deeper into soul consciousness. You will learn how to create an atmosphere that brings you into more silence and soul-fullness in your own space, be it at home, in your car, or on the beach.

Sessions will take place in my home which has been a meditation sanctuary for the past 11 years so that you can experience the built-in atmosphere of peace and tranquility to support you in this venture.

If this intrigues you, inspires you, or grabs you in anyway, please don’t hesitate to call me and sign up. 808-639-9436.  As a group, so much more can be accomplished than if one were to try this alone. Yet this will prepare you for the deep satisfaction of being able to enter the stillness and the silence on your own, whenever you choose to.                                   

 Classes are on-going September from 4:30pm to 6:30 or 7:00p.m. AND coming in OCTOBER~there will be an additional FRIDAY Class from 4:30p.m. to 6:30p.m.

STILLNESS REQUIRES COURAGE… Come fill your cup with both stillness and courage.

Om Shanti,

Shivalaya

Please call me @ 808-639-9436 to register for this course:   ($20 per class meeting for your first 3 weeks includes handouts…by donation after the 3rd week) 

Discovering Ego step by step

Exploring the Depth of Living

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We have developed a society where the consciousness of individuality is prevalent.
We can only perceive separation from “me.”

As every individual realizes that to “play” in this world in a “smart fashion” is about making sure that “I” get things/privileges/ options/ positions/money/Paradise before “you” then, a “sharp” individual will make sure to get the “job done.”

This implies the “art” of convincing others that “I” am in the right path, that “I” am arriving someplace and at the same time, convincing myself that “I am happy.” 🙂

If we cannot achieve some goal that we have in mind, then there is a “guru” available for us who can show us how to get there… We have self-help books, we have “coaches,” we have subscriptions to the “top minds in business,” and of course, we have religions as well if our goal is beyond this “materialistic degraded world.”

Someone could…

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Predestination and free will under a different consciousness

Exploring the Depth of Living

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When we have the consciousness of being separated from everything else as “individuals” only, then many things appear in a certain way to our understanding and consciousness.

For instance, the belief in “free will” is the support of that individuality. “I do things because I want.”
“God has given me free will.” “I get punished if I do not follow God’s rules,” etc.

Those beliefs are deep in our “normal” psyche.

Here is “I,” here is “God,” and there is “you” and everyone else. Separation.

Predestination is viewed as the denial of that individuality. In other words, “I am a puppet of destiny” rather than the “master of my own destiny.”

See the difference in both beliefs?

Why is that consciousness of individuality ingrained in us, if we could see that there is truly interdependence on everything that exists?

There cannot be a tree just by itself. A tree is…

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The fear of predestination

Exploring the Depth of Living

A friend told me that she attended a retreat of a known “guru” and this guru explained that “Everything was predestined.” That was a major shock to some. My friend told me that one person was crying in disbelief.
Even though this explanation was only a mental idea, it was enough to trigger an emotional reaction. That explains our level of engagement with our minds and our need to find theoretical “truth” even though it may differ our own experience.
The “problem” of free will vs. predestination is a popular topic among thinkers and even regular folks. Movies are introducing this topic to the masses who strongly believed that they had “free will.”

Why is it that we cannot figure it out ourselves?
Mostly because we are stuck in a certain level of consciousness, the “I” who is separated from everything else. In separation we are unsure if destiny plays…

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The Gift of Time

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Mental Preparation for 2019

from a talk given in Tahiti, 29 December 2018

There are two perspectives on time.  One is the commonly known time of yesterday, today and tomorrow.  In Hindi the same word is used for yesterday and for tomorrow.  It is the same word for death also: Kāl.  For death we also say someone’s time has come.  The Tahitian word is tau, and this word refers to far distant time in both the future and the past.  This expresses the sense of time as a whole cycle where the future and the past meet and become one.

Time is a rotating phenomenon and in spiritual practice we rotate the cycle of time in the mind.  Life occurs in cycles.  Regular human experience is lived through the annual cycle of the seasons, religious and cultural festivals.  The diurnal 24 hour cycle is said to be the foundation…

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Is There an Angel Sleeping Inside You?

Clarifying things here…Thank You!!!

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Talk for BK IT Professionals at Om Shanti Retreat Centre, Gurgaon, Delhi, 9 February, 2019

Is there a sleeping angel inside you?  Our subject today is Awakening the Angel Within.  So there must be a sleeping angel inside.  Is there a sleeping angel, or a sleeping devil?  You are working with information technology and artificial intelligence.  Artificial intelligence provides an extra dimension.  Have you all seen Steven Spielberg’s film Ready Player One?  It is a film about virtual reality – a reality that is not really there.  The players are not interested in the reality that is there, so they hardly participate in it.  They participate in another reality with other identities.  How many identities do you have?  Do you know all your births?  You can calculate them by looking at your present sanskaras.  You have enough information to calculate electronically what your births probably were by putting your…

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Thoughts On Increasing Creativity

“Creativity is connected to humility and it moves quietly in the sacred resources of the soul. I’ve often believed it to be rooted in the energy of purity which is the bedrock of creation.” Dr. Sister Jenna

 

TO INCREASE CREATIVITY~

  1.  Keep allowing inner space to welcome new thinking and new ways of doing and being.
  2. Cultivate an attitude of creating a safe space for folks to share their stories with you. Believe it or not, it helps so much to create.
  3. Do your very best in being present.
  4. Be compassionate when listening.
  5. Keep your notebook close so you can jot down your flow of creativity when it comes.
  6. Be internalized when you can and observe where your thoughts are going.  If it is towards waste, creativity can’t thrive. Rather gently seek to find something of pure beauty to trigger consciousness back to openness and positivity.
  7. Lastly, ask the Highest Source of Creation -what next and listen as openly as possible.

By making this a regular practice and just being an open and caring human being, you can trigger more creativity in simple things like preparing a meal, writing a story, cleaning the stove…for there are countless humble efforts to save the world!

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The Law of Belief

Keep your vision high!!!

BK Shilpa

Points to Ponder: February 4, 2019

 
I would like to relate to you an incident that someone on the spiritual path once shared with me. She is a mother of two kids and and her children used to give her a really hard time in the morning. First they wouldn’t wake up and when they did, they would not get ready for school and would fight between themselves and throw tantrums and she really dreaded the mornings. Then she was introduced to the fact that our external world is a mirror image of our internal world and that if she could create the scene of a beautiful and organised morning in her mind with utter conviction, it would manifest as the reality. She found the idea interesting and thought of experimenting with it. In the early morning meditation that she had been introduced to, she refreshed her mind and starting…

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