Balance is Bliss~

Aloha and Namaste Dear Friend,


In these times it is important to share our joy and enthusiasm with each other…to create balance with the gifts of the spirit  that lift us beyond the things and forms of this material world. 

So…I felt to share with you today this story I came across about the late Robin Gibb(of the Bee Gees) and his wife Dwina Gibb in a book called :What is Spirit?  by Lexie Brockway Potamkin.


Robin and Dwina shared a spiritual path in their marriage.  Each had spiritual experiences at a very young age.  Robin experienced the spirit through writing music as a child and Dwina through prayer and trying to visualise a clear picture of the Divine.

Robin has been known to say: “Music is my religion…I get from hearing a piece of music what many get from religion.  To me it is a very powerful spiritual motivator.” 

After the death of his younger brother Andy, Robin became even more aware of his own spirituality.  He knew that “the body’s life was very short, and that Spirit was forever. It made me feel that time on Earth, in bodies, should be valued and used to nourish the spirit”.

Dwina shares: “that I had always been guided by Spirit…and that when I was very young, I desperately wanted to see God. I didn’t quite believe this image of a big fellow with this big black book writing down good and bad deeds. I had a vision at the age of 8 that changed my mind to thinking of God as the cycles of life.  The concept of God as a judge slipped away because I wanted to feel love. Even though I loved life when I was young and still do, I have always felt disassociated, like this wasn’t my real home.  Luckily, in time, I was guided to a teacher who brought me home to God through a spiritual practice of mediation…and in 1998 I committed to the path of being a Brahmin through the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University.


My yogic practice as a Brahmin brings me the experience of being one with all that is.  Many yogas teach about enlightenment and reaching the light.  In this practice you can be in that light, see it, listen to it, feel it, and find knowledge–fast. You don’t have to sit in a cave for ten years.  In a moment of silence, it is as if I plug into a battery~~and everything flows. This has brought me total, unlimited love and happiness.”

  
This is the same yoga (Raja Yoga Meditation) that is shared in our Thursday Class (4:00 pm to 6:00 pm) called The Art of Stillness. I also share a guided meditative experience on a call every morning from 6:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. Hawaii time. To join either experience, give a call to 808-639-9436. It is truly time for fast and fulfilling awakening of the spirit.


With Love and Respect,

Sister Shivalaya

p.s. Here’s Robin singing the debut of a song he wrote for Dadi Janki~who recently flew away from her mortal coil at 104 years old.

Listen to Robin’s beautiful song called Mother of Love!!!

Deepening Your Meditation

                                                  Deepening Your Meditation

Throughout the day, watch your thoughts.  As your meditation process becomes firmly ingrained in your life and you can easily slip into the awareness of being the “detached observer, you will find that observing your thoughts becomes more natural.When you recognize that you are creating thoughts or feelings that are negative or wasteful, remind yourself that you are a peaceful and powerful soul and the creator of your own experience.  Give your mind a powerful/loving thought to ponder, not only while you are sitting for meditation, but also while you go about your day. Exercise your right as a self-sovereign soul to choose the thoughts you create.

This simple process will enhance your meditation later on in the day.  Holding thoughts such as “I am a peaceful soul” or “I am a soul using my inner divinity to guide the external world of action” while you are engaged in the world, will actually carry over into your ability to create and sustain  peaceful, positive streams of thought in your meditations. Have faith in yourself, faith in the intellect that you are the rudder of your ship, following the directions of the Highest on High whom you have connected with during your “remembrance”.

Just as your remembrance  empowers your ability to be peaceful, to make good decisions, to act from  self-respect, and to respond rather than react while engaged in life, so your awareness while engaged in life can impact your meditation when you remember the elevated thoughts and contemplations that make you feel good about yourself. 

Chances are if you are experiencing obstacles during meditation it is because you are experiencing stress during the day due to negative thoughts and feelings.  When you notice this, challenge those negative thoughts, stop them, turn yourself around, and give yourself the chance to regroup your thoughts to create a better feeling and thinking mode as you about.  This will make moving into a meditative state easier whenever you choose.meditating-on-rocks

Only in Stillness Can We Experience the Inner State of Bliss~

ENLIGHTENED ANSWERS

A-drop-of-purity

Having recently returned from India and 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 which are a balm for the soul. There is great satisfaction for the soul’s well-being in focusing upon itself and finding the peace and true rest that lie within.

Yet in a world of constant movement and sound, as personalities we 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 that going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing could feel more luxurious than…

View original post 529 more words

WORDS OF THE FATHER

Night class:

Now, both your sun and moon dynasties are being created again. No one else can know as much or become as pure as you do. When they hear that the Father has come, they will begin to remember Him. You will see all of that as you progress further. Hundreds of thousands and millions will continue to understand this. The atmosphere will be such. Everyone will become hopeless in the war at the end. Everyone will be touched. Your sound will spread. Heaven is being established, but there death of everyone is also prepared. However, that time will be such that there won’t even be time to choke. As you progress further, many here will understand a great deal. It isn’t that all of you (who exist now) will be here at that time. Some would have even died. Only those who were here in the previous cycle (at this time) will be here then. At that time, you will all be in remembrance of the one Father. The noise will also be reduced. You will then just continue to consider yourselves to be souls and remember the Father. You will observe all of this as detached observers. There will continue to be many painful calamities. Everyone will come to know that destruction is now to take place and that the world is to change. Reason says that destruction will take place when the bombs are dropped. They now continue to say to one another: Promise that you won’t drop bombs. However, all of those things have been invented for destruction. You children should remain very happy; you know that the new world is being created. You understand that only the Father establishes the new world. There will be no mention of sorrow there. That is called Paradise. Just as you have faith, in the same way, as you progress further, many others will have faith too. What happens is that those who are to have an experience will have many experiences as they progress further. At the end, you will stay on the pilgrimage of remembrance a great deal. Now, there is still some time left. If you don’t make full effort, your status will be reduced. You receive a good status by making effort. At that time, your stage will be very good. You will also have visions. Destruction will take place again as it has every cycle. Those who have faith and have knowledge of the cycle will remain happy. Achcha. Good night to the spiritual children.

Offering Opportunities to Experience Stillness & to Value it in the midst of Life

From the stars

 

I am serene; still in the midst of change.

In stillness, I find solutions.

I chose to move consciousness inside.

Drawing the energies of my mind into a concentrated point of awareness

I reclaim the moment.

I stop time.

Time stops for me.

In this moment, my energy is perfectly balanced, centered, still.

I fill this moment with the power of my concentrated awareness.

I hold stillness.

A reprieve is found in this still moment.

Energy is stored, concentrated.

I am stable, powerful, still, full.

Then slowly I release time.

To move once again at a pace in keeping with the stillness in my mind.

The world benefits.

 

 

On-Going Thursday Classes in “The Art of Stillness” NOW online

Come and enjoy the sounds of the Kilauea Stream

Upon returning from India two Aprils ago, from a spiritual sojourn at one of the purest pilgrimage spots ever, I welcome you into the thoughts of this pilgrim…

Each time I am drawn back to my dearest spiritual home up on Mt. Abu, I’ve been taken deeper into the art of stillness and silence…for 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 that often spring from a place of compulsion! WHAT TO DO…HOW TO NOT DO AND JUST BE!!!

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.”

In these days of world pandemic and obligatory ‘sheltering in place’-perhaps the silver lining in this enormous cloud of Covid-19 which has changed the face of our earth, is that many of us are finding that being “locked down” has given them a sense of time and spaciousness which little else could. Many are making use of this time very profitable on behalf of caring for the soul. When so much in the outer world has been brought to a sudden halt, what remains, that no one and nothing can take away is the domain of our inner world. It is in the quiet hours that have been returned, that one can find a sense of renewal and reprieve from the escalating calamity that has spread its tentacles into every strata of society, every continent on our planet, and invaded the very fiber of our psyches.

Now more than ever, we need a method of defense from the human thought generated sense of panic and anxiety which tends to feed unwellness rather than keep it a proper distance. Now more than ever, The Art of Stillness becomes an antidote to fear, and to the invisible infection of panic gone viral.

Now more than ever, it is time to bring in “stillness” as a necessary art form into which you may retreat from these infectious airways of mass uncertainty. Every Thursday, for the past 12 months a small group of us have met on my lanai to focus our attention inwards, to discover how to rise above the flux of the body and the turbulence in the mind. We have been learning about inner joy and contentment and self-respect which can be found in the 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.”

In the past 12 months, we have all become wiser, quieter, and happier. Now more than ever, it is time to share our practice of slowing down thoughts to experience more stillness with others. As the facilitator, I will guide you through various exercises, methods, readings, and share videos that will take you deeper into silence and peace.

Presently, our sessions happen on a free conference call every Thursday from 4p.m. to 6p.m.

If this intrigues you, inspires you, or speaks to 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.                                   

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

Discovering Ego step by step

Exploring the Depth of Living

humble1

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…

View original post 602 more words

Predestination and free will under a different consciousness

Exploring the Depth of Living

interdependence


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…

View original post 351 more words

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…

View original post 495 more words

The Gift of Time

bkdclasses

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…

View original post 6,712 more words