There is a part of you that is perfect and pure.
Learn how to reach it, to make time each day to nurture it, and this will bring you untold benefits. Call to join us in this Exploration of the Soul.
Free Classes begin Monday, January 14th at 4:30pm in Kilauea and convene each Monday thereafter…same time, same place for 4 weeks.
A gift to the souls of our community~
For more information and directions, call Shivalaya @ 808-639-9436.
Purpose of this Meditation: To stabilize the mind in remembrance of the self as a soul…I am a soul acting through this body…this is Soul Consciousness…a natural identity that takes practice to remember. For we have been immersed in the 3rd Dimension for many lifetimes. Now is the time to Remember once again who we truly are!
Meditation: I, the soul, am a star-like point of perfect peace and purity. My origin is the golden-red expanse of the soul world, a world or dimension of silence and peace. In my original state, I am fully charged with my natural and eternal attributes of purity, beauty, love, joy, peace, wisdom, and sweetness. When I take my first birth upon the earth, I sparkle with essence; happiness flows from within me, for this is my natural state.
Gradually as I accumulated many births on this corporeal plane of action, I become attached to the senses, to temporary objects, and to people. This caused me to forget my original attributes.
The illusion (Maya) that existence is entirely physical dominated my consciousness. The forces of anger, lust, greed, ego, and attachment became an accepted form of interaction. My ability to control matter is replaced with matter controlling me. Happiness is no longer my natural state.
Through meditation and contemplation, I can regain my spiritual status and natural endowments, my birthright of peace and happiness. I, the soul, become aware and recharged once again to my original state.
Through the correct knowledge of who I am and consistent contemplation upon this knowledge, the mind becomes shaped through elevated, essenceful thoughts. I become soul conscious once again!
This, my friends is the first step in the Raja Yoga course. Soul Consciousness is vital preparation to create concentration on the Highest on High. Without soul consciousness, the mind is drawn by the many distractions of the physical world. I, the soul, must claim my spiritual mastery over the mind and the senses. Then my focus is free to contemplate upon my spiritual existence and the presence and power of the Almighty in my life, as my teacher, my friend,and my divine parent.
May you become detached and extremely loving and like the lotus remain pure, despite the mud from which it grows.
Close your eyes, sit very still, and imagine that you are looking into a magic mirror. Say to yourself: Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?
Just stay very still and look into your reflection in the clear mirror, look into your eyes, and listen very carefully to what the mirror has to say to you.
This is a very special magic mirror that doesn’t look at your face; instead it sees the beauty inside your heart. The mirror is very wise and knows that having a beautiful face is not so important, for beauty on the outside can fade away. The mirror knows that true beauty is found inside. This mirror sees your true beauty. It see the beauty of your character.
Listen to the mirror whispering back to you: you are beautiful…you are beautiful…you are fantastic…you are special…you are caring…you are happy…you make others happy…you are clever…you are helpful…you are wonderful…you are amazing…you are strong…you are lucky…you are unique…there is no one who could take your place in this world…
What else can you hear the mirror saying to you?
And now, when you’re ready, wiggle your fingers and toes, have a big stretch, and open your eyes.
I AM BEAUTIFUL, I AM BEAUTIFUL, I AM SPECIAL, I AM LUCKY TO BE ME
A meditation for you~
Turning Inward, I focus on the point of energy in the center of my forehead…I concentrate my thoughts on my original form…I, the eternal point of living energy…my form is that of a sparkling star…a point of living light…I shine like a diamond…I remember my original form…my original quality of peace…the more I focus attention inward, the more I experience silence and inner peace…peace is my original nature…peace is me…deep peace, the eternal peace of a being of light…whatever happens around me, I remain peaceful…I have the power of stability…the power of concentrating my thoughts…the power to be peaceful within myself…clear and free from external influence…I am free…these concentrated thoughts of peace become a powerful beam of light beaming me up into a beautiful world of silence…a world of golden-red light…I have come Home…to the land of peace…In this world I am completely myself…I am free…peaceful…a point of light…the essence of pure light, pure peace, pure love radiating all around…I am an ocean of peace, an ocean of stillness, at one with myself…and I know that at any moment, in any situation…in just a second …I can return to this peaceful state of being…all I need to do is to remember who I am…I AM A PEACEFUL SOUL…a being of light…I am up above in the silent world and I am Peaceful!!!
With Love, Light, and Peace,
In the practice of Raja Yoga Meditation, one method to connect with your inner peace is through the thought ‘Om Shanti’. These 2 words point to the awareness of our eternal state of peace and our true spiritual identity. By thinking or saying Om Shanti you are claiming your natural state of peace to emerge.
In Sanskrit, Shanti means ‘peace’ and Om means ‘I am the soul’. Together they affirm that I am a peaceful soul.
As you accept Om Shanti as a reality and focus upon it, your power of peace and serenity manifests as a powerful vibration bringing your true nature of peace to the surface of your life and you become a wonderful force of peace in the world around you.
It takes just a few seconds of concentration to connect with the soul-self and the current of peace and tranquility. Practice for 10 to 20 seconds, as many times throughout the day as you wish, to establish and sustain the awareness of the peace which abides within you, the soul. Your Om Shanti current will never fail to energize your peacefulness. However, it must be practiced with complete attention.
What follows is a wonderful testimony from a young woman in her twenties, a first time participant in one of our Raja Yoga Meditation sessions. “My first encounter with Raja Yoga Meditation at a Solstice Gathering on Kauai was simply wonderful. It filled me with a sweet sense of light that uplifted and acknowledged my soul. One of the most profound experiences of the evening was realizing how powerful it is to recognize and deeply connect to soul-consciousness.
The soul is our source of our existence. I am deeply thankful for everyone who drinks from this well of light.”
The deepest untruth has been to go down the road, so far, into the depths of matter that I forgot who you and I are!
This turning away from the lightness and magic of our unlimited nature is the deepest lie.
The deepest lie is being pulled into the claws of Maya, the Grand Illusionist, and believing that this body is center stage and that you and I, the living souls, are distant and removed, waiting in the wings somewhere.
For this I apologize, for forgetting how close we are to You~ How we truly are: incorporeal, unlimited, loveful, merciful, beyond the five senses, lost in love, creative, the ultimate magicians.
Let us hold hands and circle the globe in our minds with our love and benevolence. It can be done. It will be done. It is done. The world and our souls will be made new and pristine once again. Bright and Beautiful as it was in the Beginning, So it Shall Be, Once Again.
“People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast expanse of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.” St. Augustine
Are you willing to see yourself? Are you willing to know who you really are?
Can you look at your face in the mirror of your heart?
Do you listen to your conscience? Or does the ego, the belief in a false self, rule?
Embrace courage and take the first step. You will be met a hundred fold and then a thousand fold by the Highest on High who is waiting for each soul to take this important step.
To look inward isn’t always easy, perhaps only because it hasn’t become a habit. It means you must love your Self more, have mercy on your Self as if you were a child, and allow your Self to be supported by the Highest on High to make the changes to free the Self from the ego’s control.
Have you heard the expression: Edging God Out? The belief system of the conditioned ego is: I’m all alone in a big world and I must protect myself at all costs to survive.
Remember, you are not your ego. You are a soul. A soul contains love. Become an embodiment of love. Make this The Year of Love!
With Love of the Divine anything is possible.
Where there is the Beloved’s Love, the impossible becomes possible.
I believe in Love. I believe in doing what is good for the soul. I believe in the power in the soul. I know that changing yourself is the way to change your destiny.
Be willing to let the ego die and do what’s good for the soul! Doing what is good for the soul is often a direct blow to the ego.
Let your joy rise to the surface and let go of all things in the way.
The Magic arises when the soul awakens from its long slumber to become the detached and loving witness. As you act through the body, become the observer and the doer at the same time.
At the end of your day, have the determined thought to let go of a weakness that caused pain or distress, before sleeping; replace it by tuning into a virtue that can fill in the space where the weakness was. Receive the virtuous quality by connecting with the Divine Source of All Goodness. (see Guided Meditations at the end of this article to help you in this process)
Here are some examples of what to surrender and what to replace it with to feel lighter : let go of arrogance and the feeling that you have to be right and replace it with humility.
Before sleeping, come to terms with the judgments you have passed upon yourself and others. Then let go of the judgments passed upon you. The virtue of forgiveness from the Mother Father of all souls can be visualized and felt coming into the soul like streams of cleansing sun light, washing away criticism, anger, sadness, and pain, replacing them with the balm and healing power of forgiveness.
Let go of bossiness and control by visualizing and feeling the patience of the Supreme Mother.
To become a spiritually powerful soul make this practice of replacing weak, negative thoughts and feelings with powerful thoughts a habit. Fall asleep in peace each night. Grow strong in mercy for yourself and others.
We are unlearning the ways of the ego and replacing them with the ways of the heart and soul. This takes time and practice. Some are ahead and some still have a ways to go. Don’t judge yourself or another.
Keep encouragement alive in yourself and others.
Thank you for the work you are doing to free your Self!
Here are some helpful guided meditations to listen to before bed.
youtube/Anthony Strano Meditations:linkoflife
What are your 7 big questions? Have you made a list? I have…here they are? Do you resonate? Would you add something?
1. How do you know when you have recognized God as She/He really is?
2. What does every soul long for?
3. How can unshakeable peace be attained?
4. How does being influenced by others hamper your personal journey and how can you protect your Self from this influence?
5. Do you know yourself as a child of God, the Bestower of Happiness, the Remover of Sorrow, the Ocean of Love, and the Friend?
6. Or has your life become such a hustle and bustle that there is no time left for you to develop this relationship?
7. What type of experiences do most people gravitate towards?
These are the deep questions which many people never consciously think to ask, yet on a subconscious level they may be alive and kicking. You deserve a big congratulations for choosing to read this far and for your willingness to take a look at the possibility of going beyond the hustle and bustle of life, beyond our deep societal programing and conditioning, and beyond the loss of our innocence at a young age, which has lead to the the inevitable “rule of the ego” which has distracted most of us from a quest such as this.
In order to answer these questions and turn one’s life around, it is a valuable practice to set aside the limiting perceptions and pre-conceptions of our own ego-dominated worlds, for longer and longer periods of time everyday.
Surrender the known in order to know the vast unknown and come into your own, subtle, inner world.
One of the best ways to do this is through meditation.
Your ego and mine, have been doing their very best to keep us alive, yet, at the same time it is our ego which has also sadly separated us from the Truth about our Selves. Our egos have masked our true Selves and the real questions of life which could reveal real answers.
While being held captive by our egos, we have become preoccupied with temporary, perishable, and limited pleasures, powers, and attainments. The “true north” of our deepest longings, our truest contentment, and our lasting love and happiness has gone unnoticed and undiscovered.
Many souls look to the “after-life” for the type of fulfillment the answers to these questions can brings.
Without a doubt, I have been blessed and beset by difficulties and battles entrenched so deeply within myself that they wouldn’t budge, no matter what tools I used or how much service I thought I was doing. Fortunately, very fortunately, these difficulties were also accompanied by an intense desire to be happy, loving, and kind. The quandary of these two extremes created a subtle openness within, far below the “ego’s watch”.
When I began to ask these valuable questions, I found some satisfying answers. One of the answers came through the daily practice of Raja Yoga Meditation. The other “godsend” has been the daily study of divine principles which has given me a deeper understanding of the soul’s battle between illusion and reality!
I’ve come to understand how important it is to pass blessings along to others, rather than compete and compare myself to others. It is in the spirit of a blessing that I introduce you to one of our great present-day wisdom-keepers, who has blessed me in so many ways : Dadi Janki, the 103-year-old head of the Brahma Kumariis World Spiritual University.
Dadi, as she is affectionately called, has been tested and found to have the most stable mind on the planet, at this time. She has traveled all across the globe to share the truths and wisdom she has lived by.
One of her widely read books, Companion of God, is a simple guide to living life as a happy, fulfilled soul. It is from this book that I share:
“As an actor on the stage of life, you need to detach yourself from the roles you are playing and get in touch with the part of you that is not an act.”
What Dadi is saying is to get in touch with you, the soul, the eternal you, the part of you that is not an act.
Meditation is your tool of discovery to discover the untapped treasures of the soul.
The part of us that is perishable and mostly running the show is kept unhappy by looking outside for true love, respect, and peace. The present state of our world is one of thirsting for deep relationship with the Divine, while fearing loss, annihilation, war, illness, and death. Have you noticed that most people,today, seem to be sadly lacking in what truly makes one whole and sane.
This state of affairs is largely the result of allowing the Self to be influenced by thinking and believing that our true contentment could be found externally.
As Dadi Janki gently warns us: “The world is a supermarket of sorrow. Don’t buy any! A good spiritual education teaches you how to be discerning in your shopping.”
How will having a spiritual education help make meaning out of your “movie”? How will reflecting on the bigger picture turn your personal journey around?
I invite you to take in deeply the following wisdom which identify a condition, too often considered completely “normal”, which underpin the cause of so much unnecessary suffering.
In Dadi’s words: “Our ability to cope is hampered by thinking too much about other people…This causes problems in the mental digestive system. The best mental ‘antacid’ is in-depth spiritual study…( which leads to healthy introspection). This, plus a regular practice of self-awareness, penetrates the mind very deeply, dislodging emotional pain.”
You may be wondering how does one’s consciousness change by focusing on the spiritual aspects of the self instead of being caught up in thinking about others? To quote Dadi again:
“An enlightened person understands that there is nothing to be gained by thinking about others.”
She suggest that a better use of one’s time is to concentrate on the Source of Love. Turning to the Source and to fill the Self with Divine Love is a deep aspect of Raja Yoga meditation. This form of meditation directs one’s attention inward to the Self in order to connect again and again to the Ocean of Love.
This change of direction in our attention comforts the heart, reduces tension and restores clarity, I invite you to carve out some time in your day to meditate on the Source of Love, and note what happens.
Dadi also encourages us to send good wishes and pure feelings to others. Creating this habit (in ourselves) will alleviate the need to think confused and negative thoughts any further about a person or a situation. This one change can ultimately resolve the situations we find ourselves in and relieve us from the vicious cycle of negative, unproductive thoughts about “why”, “when”, and “how”. Whenever you are in internal/external conflict with someone…begin to remind yourself that deep within, they too are a pure soul.
Continually repeat within that: ‘So and So is a pure soul’, each time your mind spirals into negativity about them. This is guaranteed to resolve the situation which is more than likely a karmic account created in the past by your own actions.
Instead of sending worried, angry, resentful, critical, and /or doubtful thoughts to another, send love and pure wishes. The truth of this can be felt at the end of the day, as one feels light, free, and peaceful. To the one who recognizes it, putting this one jewel into practice is like receiving a key to changing the course of your life. This type of wisdom is life-giving, universal, non-denominational, and very practical. Best of all, it gets positive results.
May the truth of this jewel, allow you to understand the nature of these times and the nature of you, the soul, in a new way.
More wisdom from the heart of Dadi Janki: “Right now, what the soul really needs most is power. Having been through birth after birth, accumulating rubbish along the way, the soul is burdened and depleted and therefore unable to perform to its greatest potential. When we use our inner resources in the right way, power is gained, enabling us to stay with God and to reach our destination. Wasting the mind on ordinary, mundane, and conditioned thinking is a waste of time and energy. Souls leave the path; they leave God, because they have wasted their thoughts, words, and breath in this way. Blaming others and complaining are just making excuses.
This is a big mistake which wastes more energy and causes more loss of power. There isn’t time to behave in this way any more.
Understand that we need power and start cultivating it. As power develops, so will love.” You may be pondering how can I restore the original power of my soul? Once again, I invite you to turn inward to your existence as a precious, peaceful soul, then turn to the Beloved who knows you fully and sees you in your perfection.
A simple 3 step method for this can be used:
1. Find a time that works best for you every day. Start out with a moment or two, and gradually build up to ten to twenty minutes each day, to stop and become still and silent within, connecting with the energy of you, as a peaceful soul. Many souls find that a clear time of day that supports this inner movement is early in the morning. Others may choose the beautiful moments created by the setting sun or the winding down time, right before sleep.
Take the thought, “I am a peaceful soul” and hold it, firmly and confidently, in your mind. As you focus on this one thought it will gradually release its essence into your consciousness; you will truly feel the peace that lies within. Day by day, this thought will bring you into deeper and deeper peace, into the inner ocean of unshakeable peace which exists, intact, within you.
2. As you hold this thought, wasteful thoughts may try to distract you. Surrender each thought to the Beloved or the Higher Power. Give the distracting thoughts and energy no attention, no matter how great the attraction or force with which they throw themselves at you may be.
Release, release, release, all wasteful thoughts, feelings, and opinions. Surrender, surrender, surrender. Melt into Peace. Surrender your mind to the Beloved who awaits you with the tenderest of love and peace.
3. Whenever you feel distracted, return to the empowering thought about your true essence: “I am a peaceful soul. Peace is my true nature.” As you continue this practice, you will find that when you return to the everyday world, you will be able to carry the awareness of your essence of peace with you. This awareness will become more stable and unshakeable as you give yourself permission to stop often during the day, if only for a few moments and go within. You will accumulate the power to stop the hectic spinning of the world and return to your true nature. This is one of the most important powers of the soul, the ability “to stop” in midstream, pack up your thoughts, and come back to peace.
Take this opportunity to fill completely from the Fountain of all Goodness and Virtue, the Fountain of Love and Divine Power. Visualize yourself being showered upon from this fountain or immersed and floating in the Ocean of Love.
Below are suggested sites to find guided meditations that I’ve found to be personally conducive to opening my awareness to peace and love.
Anthony Strano’s Link of Life (4 part meditation can be found on YouTube).
Also websites: http://www.meditateinhawaii.com
Here’s a Peaceful Affirmation which you may write out by hand and place in various spots in your home and workplace, to reinforce the remembrance of who you truly are:
I remember to be still and to bask in my inner ocean of silence and peace.
I find a time and place in which I am there for my Self, every day.
I am true to this commitment to my Self and this practice of peace.
My spiritual energy is being charged and renewed every day
I enjoy these precious moments of time in which I stop and dip into the ocean of peace within.
I find I can go deeper and deeper into peace each day.
OM SHANTI* (from Hindi) = “I am a Peaceful Soul”
May you be continually blessed and bless others with your awareness of peace and may your feelings be filled with equal amounts of love and detachment.
You are a Being of Peace!
Your Sister in Peace,
One of my favorite pictures of Dadi Janki~a living treasure! Dadi is one of the first female spiritual leaders. She is a “Wisdom Keeper” and one of an eminent group of spiritual leaders who advise the UN at world summits and in times of trouble.
Sitting here thinking of you, the reader, I realize how it has taken years of pondering issues, problems, and dilemmas to get to a point of knowing. This kind of knowing goes far beyond the twin shadows of doubt and delusion. For so long, I wondered if I had something to say worth the time it takes to write it down and worth the time it takes you to read it. For so long, as well, I’ve known that I can write and that I love to write. For just as long, I wondered what is it that I want to say and what do I dare say in these times?
The next hurdle to writing that I faced was: WHO will LISTEN, really listen from the INSIDE??? Several years ago, while living here on Kauai, I heard the answer.
“Many will listen, many will hear, will resonate, and find their own goodness and spiritual power through your courage to write and share.
Souls with their own unspoken messages, with their own questions banging on the door of their consciousness, gasping to be heard, will listen and feel happy to hear another soul, voicing from the deep! Souls, immersed in their own struggles and challenges, will sense a life-giving voice, that acknowledges who they are.
As I continued to listen from the inside, I heard more:
“THIS IS THE WAY INTO YOUR OWN SPIRITUAL TREASURE.” Share the jewels of knowledge you have been ever so fortunate to receive. For the more you share, the greater your fortune. Churn the knowledge and directions given freely by the “Knowledge-Full One”, so they may feed your intellect and make it divine. Jump start others’ intellects so they may become golden, as well.
This life is all about awareness. Where your awareness goes, your intellect either thrives or withers. The Jefferson Airplane, rock stars of the sixties, were approaching this truth when they sang: “Feed Your Head”. Their reference was to hallucinogenics, plant medicines, and the like. What I’m writing about, dear friend, is a very different calling. This requires a different “out of the body” experience. This is about surrendering “normal”, everyday body consciousness and going beyond the limitation of the senses, to know soul consciousness, our original birthright.
This is powerful medicine~ divine medicine for souls trapped in the material experience, an antidote for the growing number of insomniacs of the world, a clear passage for all who have ever been bound by conflicting emotions, “shoulds and shouldn’ts”, weakening thoughts, obsessions, addictions, or compulsions. It is for the spiritually-hungry beings who need an infusion of nectar to open the doorway into matters of their own soul, to realize and emerge their true nature, to activate their true awareness, and forge their own destiny!
Yet, sometimes the best thing, in matters of the soul, is to say nothing. I’ve learned that the best practice is to give others an experience, an experience that will stay with them for a long time and give them a sense of authority, of self-sovereignty, of knowing.
For truly it is only Truth that can awaken the slumbering soul; however, according to David Hawkins, MD, PH.D. doctor, psychiatrist turned mystic, who has done extensive research in the fields of human development and enlightenment, only 22% of the present population will resonate with or recognize the truth when they are exposed to it!!!
Yet, look around and see it IS the time. It is ‘now or never’ for the souls of the world to be filled to overflowing with truth.
As I listened from the inside, I heard more: the world is awaiting the preciousness of your smile and the wisdom of your heart. Your part is that of the actor who loves truth and walks onto the stage of life and becomes it. Share the truth… freely, but tactfully. Distribute the nectar and the jewels.
The first and foremost jewel for souls is to know: who You are… who you are beyond your present name, gender, occupation, relationships, family, and even, beyond your own body.
You are so much more than all you see. You have been brainwashed into thinking that “seeing is believing” and that this is all there is. Though you have attached your heart to all that you see, there is still hope to experience the greater you, the Magical You, the Higher Self, the Great Soul that you are.
You may enjoy beginning with this simple experiment using your”power of thought”.
As Einstein said: “the world we have created is a product of our thinking, it cannot be changed without changing the thinking that created it.”
In this contemplative experiment, you are invited to perceive yourself and others differently. Here goes:
“I am an amazing prince or princess from a civilization of divine beings of light~ angelic beings~. I have come into this physical dimension to find my brothers and sisters, who are also angelic beings of light. They lost their when their wings were cut by the evils of ego, attachment, greed, anger, and lust. They tried to substitute the transitory passions of material existence for the eternal bliss of the spirit. They confused this physical dimension with their true Home in the dimension of light.
I’m on a mission to retrieve them from the clutches of Maya, the powerful force of illusion, which has caused so many souls to lose sight of another reality. I am focused and full of memories of our true identity as powerful, eternal, masterful beings of light, beloved children of the Supreme Being, the One who is calling us back Home.”
As these seed thoughts are received into the ground of you, the soul, you begin the liberation process. As you resonate to the truth behind this vision, ask yourself if you are willing to live a life that goes beyond the limitations of the five senses. Ask yourself if you would like to become aware of yourself as a being of light who has simply put on a costume made of matter in order to fulfill your earthly role.
This process of waking up from body consciousness to soul consciousness, from forgetfulness to remembrance is the practice of Raja Yoga Meditation of India, the most ancient form of yoga/union, as taught and practised by the Brahma Kumariis of Mt. Abu. At the present time, this ancient practice of remembrance has spread around the globe.
This is a truly rewarding process; however, please remember that patience is a virtue, especially when shown to yourself. Know that this journey, this pilgrimage of a thousand miles begins with one step, with one call. And that with each step you take, the Divine Being of Light will take a thousand steps to meet you and assist you.
My pure wish is that your way always be blessed and that you may you reach your ultimate destination with ease. May you journey with happiness and honor!
To learn more about the practice of Raja Yoga Meditation and to step into greater freedom and awareness, you are welcome to call me @ 808-639-9436. All meditations and classes offered are free.
I’ve been a practitioner and teacher of this wonderful practice of inner yoga, a yoga without asanas, a yoga which brings the soul into union with the Divine for almost 9 years. I’ve just returned from my 5th journey to Mt. Abu, Rajasthan where the World Spiritual University of the Braham Kumariis is located. I have come to appreciate that this ancient practice is meant for these times. It is for all souls, all faiths, and all walks of life. Take just a drop full, a cupful, or come merge in the Ocean. It is your call! I am here to be of service.
Wishing You Many Blessings of Love, Light, and Peace,
p.s. I’m available in person on Kauai or on ‘Facetime’ if you are anywhere else on the globe.