29 December 2018

Near Death Experience, and similar

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                           "love is the Soul's light": Rumi

NDE - near death experiences

My previous post about a near death experience which I had some years ago, sparked a lot of interest and private comments. So this really is more about similar things.

Healings when we Pass Over

I was teaching someone aura healing quite some years ago, years before the NDE. Whilst they were practising aura healing on me, I had a Passing Over experience. I was 100% sure that this was what was happening, and I was also totally surprised by it. It was fascinating and it was also a memory. And I knew that it was a memory. One of those moments in time, which changes all that we believe.

What was happening was that I was floating in what I can only describe as a sea of love. I was engulfed in it. Although, actually, it was not a sea. But I was floating in this Love. That Love was everywhere.

It was the experience of Divine Love, and it truly changed me. I realised that everything, ultimately, was about Love. Afterwards, I wanted to experience it again. It was sublime. Totally unforgettable.

And, unbelievably, I felt that people, or someone, or an entity, were pulling trauma out of me. It was dark and sticky trauma. Physical, mental, emotional. I felt that this was one of those things which happen when we pass over, or have passed over.

This trauma, it "covers" and "blocks" our life force. Which makes me wonder, as I write this: what is the other form of life-force which gives us energy in the Life Between Lives? Different, of course, from when we are living an incarnation on planet Earth.

I have a friend who loves gardening. When I did a regression for her, it was revealed that her "task", or place, in the Between Lives realm, was to sort of "weed" people when they had passed over, like the experience which I have just described. And amazingly, she is also one of those wonderful people to whom you can go when you are troubled, and in just talking to her about the problems, it is as though they just go. They go somewhere, into the ether. 

Why is there healing in the Life between Lives?

In any lifetime, we accumulate "stuff" in the form of life's experiences. That's just the way that any life on this Planet of Blue, is. No-one escapes this. It is part of our Soul's journey through incarnations. But, when taking people through regression, I can see quite clearly the impact of a terrible situation in a previous life, especially if it was the one just before this current life. Of course, the aftereffects were not as severe as a big trauma is in the current lifetime. Nevertheless, those past life traumas can impact our current life, in strange ways.

For, we are not just this one life which we are currently experiencing. No, we are far more than that. 

19 December 2018

Heavenly Entities

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An NDE (near death experience)

I had a near death (very near!) experience some years ago. I went through a blue mist. In this mist, I could see white outlines of beings moving about in the mist. One of them said to me: "so you found us".

Next thing, I could see three beings standing in front of, but actually to the side of, a curved tunnel of white light.

One of the beings had it's face turned from me. As though it didn't want me to see it's face. And, as you read on, I can tell you that I have never ever actually seen it's face, in this lifetime. Although I recognised the being instantly. It was very slender and a darkish colour, with a head which is identical to the shape of heads in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. I had "seen" this exalted entity many times, when I was doing regressions. 

When ever I would take the client into the life between lives, I would see this being talking with a person before their soul entered it's fetus for this lifetime, in the mother's uterus. 

This being is the one who goes over our coming life with us, I have seen this being so many times, whilst I have been taking regressions. We sit under a tree, The Tree Of Life. There is a hole in the ground in front of us. We must agree to the coming life, and I'll be truthful, often a person is reluctant and doesn't want to come. 

I have heard from someone more spiritually knowing than myself (and there are so many who are!), that we chose our parents. I can only relate what I know and have seen, and also experienced myself, in regression. 

I have heard a lot of silly stuff about us deciding we "must have wanted it", if life is not good. And other first world fantasies. I really don't know where such fanciful notions come from, but I query them.

 Hundreds of regression sessions over many years have shown me that this is definitely not the case, we do not grandly choose. These silly First World ideas seem to me to go hand in hand with a feeling of privilege. Once we have agreed to the lifetime, and we must agree, down the hole in the ground we go. From "the heavens" aka "the lives between lives". We descend into our birth mother's womb. The fetus is already there, developing. We move from one realm to another.

I was not allowed to "pass over", for which I am grateful. As I felt that my destiny was not yet over.

Going back to these heavenly entities, the being who stood in the middle, in front of the passing over tunnel, was outlined in white light. He was also translucent. He communicated with me. Something extreme was happening to me: my energy was roaring up through the inside of me towards the crown chakra, coming up from a lesser known chakra, our destiny chakra. 

Blue light and energy, with a deafeningly loud roaring noise, moving so fast,  with so much force. I couldn't stop it! I thought: "I'm going!" 

And I knew where I was headed. I mean, it was all so familiar, on an inner level.

I couldn't stop it. Suddenly, the Translucent Being who honestly looks just like the archetypal guide commanded: "take your energy down!" It was a very definite command. With this order, I was able to take it down to the inner space of the first three chakras. And of course, I totally recognised that being's voice. I knew it deep in my being. 

A really big surprise

The third being was the one which surprised me. In one way, in another way it did not. It's body was like a stick figure, but it had a bit more substance than that. It's head was a flame, a still reddish flame. It started to move towards me, with an outstretched arm. But with the command to end this premature departure from this realm, I lost contact with the flame and was suddenly back in my body. It was all over, my NDE. (phew!!)

To be honest, it took more than a few days to feel that I was going to stay in my body!

Again, I recognised that flame. It appears in deep meditation, & according to yoga, that flame is the individual soul. As opposed to being the cosmic soul. In meditation, that flame does not move. And, it may not appear exactly as you think that a flame would look like. 

We also have very intellectual, or emotional, or fantasy, ideas about our soul. It does sit in a secret place in a spiritual body which is inside our physical body. It's quite removed from our concepts. But still, we are questioning beings with a burning desire to come to the Inner Aspects of ourselves. Maybe it's hidden so that we need to quest to be united with it? Who knows.

I was talking with someone about her near death experience recently. In her experience, she too, saw similar entities, in particular the flame. She also works in an old folks home. One day she saw a translucent, stick figure type being, with a flame for it's head, bending over an old person's body. She was in that room in a flash, to protect the elderly person, so the flame being left. The elderly person died the next morning. The flame had come to take it home.

15 December 2018

When the space for something is right

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Sometimes we just have to wait for the right space

A friend contacted me recently from overseas asking my opinion on something that he had started. Something that I had known for a few years that he was supposed to start doing, but I wasn't 100% sure how it would start. And I was beginning to wonder if I had been wrong. I have noticed, being clairvoyant, that you can "know" that something is supposed to happen, and then it seems to never happen! That is when I again go into thinking I had been wrong about something. Then, out of the blue, the destiny starts unfolding. When the time is right. We then just step into the space that was provided in order for it to happen.

Often we hear about time and place for something to happen. Being in the right place, at the right time. Then there is also the right reason which is destined to happen in the right season. So many rights!

But, I often think of it as being like a space. A space in the ether, waiting for the right time, or reason, or season. And when this happens, that space is there. There for us to step into.

Sometimes, someone enters through a door in time

Sometimes, something, or someone, often triggers this space. In my friend's case, it was having a Very High Thinking family member live in his house. Honestly. When we have someone, who by their presence provides that space, whether they know it or not, destiny then unfolds.

I have had, more than once, someone come into my life who "opened up" something in me:

  • the healer who came into my life and hassled me into being a healer. He was right about my destiny! Even if it took him three years to have me to listen to him. 
  • another one was my mother ringing me up and insisting I go to a yoga class when it was considered something that only weirdos did. I have walked that path for decades. 
  • the man who asked me if I could contact a very Ancient & Highup entity, which I did do, easily. I suddenly became a medium who could answer questions anytime
  • the friend who told me of a Maori spirituality evening being held each week. I instantly knew that this would be my next direction

I was going to a crystal meditation group for many years. On one of these evenings,a lovely lady told us how she had prophetic dreams after using specific dream crystals, along with the intent for this to happen. Those crystals were the trigger, the time was right. Meeting The Crystal  Lady who taught her about crystals, opened up a space.

Sometimes I see people who try very hard with showing the world that they are a great yogi, or fantastic healer, or amazing clairvoyant, but it just isn't really properly happening for them. Why not? Wrong time, wrong space, wrong associations. And to be honest, with some people, it's wrong motives.

And then a person can move and live elsewhere, where it all starts to unfold. Or, they walk away from difficult situations that had caused so many problems. Then their destiny flowers.

If you feel that you are "supposed" to do something in your life, hold onto your dream, for then the space will be provided. Especially if we walk our talk, and are true to it.

5 December 2018

Electric spiritual energy

                  Lightning in Land  

What is electric spiritual energy?

I have never written about this, nor even talked about it. Let alone heard of it, nor read of it. 

Electric spiritual energy is like lightning. Can you imagine the electrical force of lightning zapping through you?

First comes spiritual thunder

There is a noise which thunder makes, a quick whip of an incredible sound. It is a colossally loud. And then, the thunder moves, inside of oneself. What is it? What is the thunder? Where is it from? 

The force behind the thunder, and the immense moving energy which erupts as a result of it, is kundalini. And, it actually comes up from the soles of one's feet. One of the few times in my life where I was actually concerned about what was happening. (extremely concerned, to be subtle about it) And I was pregnant. I was so worried for my wee baby. The force of this energy, and this happening, is indescribable. I was not even sure that I would survive it whilst it was happening. And, of course, it is quick. 

Then comes the kundalini snake

The thunder is not Mother Kundalini racing up the spine. No, it is the force, the energy, of kundalini, awaking and moving. And, being energy, it moves upwards. Into the head. The while female snake racing up inside the spiritual channel inside the spine, from muladhara (base) chakra, into the crown, is another happening. And is part of the evolution of the movements of kundalini. 

What a life changing event. 

To be honest, if people who "have had kundalini awakening" do not relate to what I have just said, then I simply do not believe that they have indeed had a kundalini awakening.

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Then, the electric energy of lightning

I am quite sure that all of these, it would be extremely impossible for it to happen bang, bang, bang. One's nervous system simply would not handle it. Our whole body would not handle it. Our psyche would not handle it. 

Four or five years ago, I was woken up by heavy sheet lightning flashing in my head, as if it was in a night scenario. I lay there. I was wondering if perhaps it had been a stroke. Then, "nah", I thought, I remember that sound: it's kundalini.

And it was, on another level. Something happened with the chakras; they became living, breathing, lotuses. 

And, further, stronger lightning events followed, at another time. They were to do with lightning zapping around my body. Noisy, sizzling, fast moving, highly charged, lightning. More potent than a kundalini happening. And, just so you know, lightning descends. Then it does something else, on this level (secrets, secrets)

I had never heard of these events, never read of them. But, I understood them.

That's the thing about this sort of energy: big knowledge comes with it. From the ether, from within. I just cannot trust those silly "spiritual" books, nor youtube with charismatic music in the background and spectacular visuals, rabbiting on and on about really silly stuff to do with chakras. It all just tells me that these people do not know what they are talking about.

30 November 2018

The bliss sheath: anandamaya kosha

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What is the bliss sheath? Anandamaya kosha

ananda = bliss 

maya     =  that which comes forth from the source    kosha    = sheath

The state of bliss emanating from within this sheath; the bliss body and sheath are the source of bliss in a lifetime

We have three bodies. The causal body is our most spiritual one. Causal because it is the cause of our reincarnation, due to karma and the soul's journey. 

Both the physical body and the causal body are each contained within their own sheath. Whereas our subtle body contains three sheaths: prana/life-force; mental; and astral.

So, although the physical and causal sheaths and bodies "stand alone", yet, of course, are part of the whole, the magical three sheaths of the subtle body are the areas where deep spirituality is traversed, for most people. But, the bliss sheath has it's own spiritual discoveries, too. They are the true secrets of The Masters, The Shamans, The Tohunga.

What is bliss?

Interestingly, spiritual bliss is quite different from we consider to be bliss within our lives. And within our spiritual practices. That is, until we actually reach that stage of bliss.

Bliss emanates down from the Divine energy and consciousness. But, to reach this, bliss is something which grows, within, in increments. It is an intense state of Divine Love for everything, a Divine state of knowing. A Divine state of all that we could be. And this state of being, it too must grow gradually. In it's ascent, to reach the Divine state of bliss.

Why is this so? To put it simply, our comprehension, our nervous systems, our understandings, our ability to "witness" and be present during times of great energy and consciousness, need to grow. Looking back, there is no way that I could have handled true bliss, ananda, when I first started yoga. Nor during six main chakra wakenings, four koshas revealing themselves. I simply did not have the spiritual maturity for it. We just don't, when we start.

I had to develop it, and you will have to also. But how? There is absolutely no way to intellectualise this state of being. None. Nor can we do it through our emotions, for the Divine state of Love is not an emotion, as such, even though it is something which we feel. But we do not feel it as we do other feelings. Our whole being is immersed in it, when it is happening. The vibration of it permeates every single aspect of our being. The emotions and the thoughts, they are not happening in this state. Joy, happiness, the best that you can imagine, bliss is truly beyond all this.

But know this: if the bliss sheath is that hidden part of us, then it is also accessible to all. It is part of one's birthright.

25 November 2018

the chakra sheath: vijnanamaya kosha

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Where do our chakras reside?

The truth is that they "reside" within, and around, us, on many different levels:

  • the endocrine glands have a direct relationship with the chakras
  • in the aura 
  • just inside the front of the body where they enter from the aura
  • in the spine
  • in the brain

But. In their full glory, where do they live? They live, at this level, in the vijnanamaya kosha. And this is the level of which we are talking about today. 

What is the vijnanamaya kosha?

vijnana =  truth, knowledge, discernment, right judgement, 

                     skill, and similar attributes 
maya     =  that which comes forth from the source
kosha    =  sheath

"knowledge in the form of truth which comes forth from within, as revealed by the contents of this kosha"

Where does this truth, this knowledge come from, in this sheath?

  • the akashas. The hidden spaces which reside within this sheath
  • the chakras. The knowledge within each one, although being part of a whole, as in a whole system, is individual within each chakra. The knowledge, the truth, from each chakra, builds upon the previous chakras
  • the nadis. Flows of energy within astral "plumbing". The energy here is also at differing levels, depending on "where we are at"
  • kundalini
  • the tattwas. Tattwas are the five elements. Often they are confused with the chakras
  • the Gods and Goddesses of all of these differing parts of the whole which is vijnanamaya kosha.

Remember, koshas are sheaths, or containers. Each kosha has contents within which are pertinent to that sheath.

15 November 2018

The mind kosha

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The mind sheath is known as manomaya kosha.

  • manas = mind        
  • maya   = that which comes forth from the source 
  • kosha  = sheath

This is referring to the aspects of mind which have manifested (maya), within the manomaya kosha. In this lifetime.

The manomaya kosha is one of the three sheaths inside of the subtle body. The three sheaths are:

  • pranamaya kosha    = our life-force sheath
  • manomaya kosha    = our mind sheath
  • vijnanamaya kosha  = our astral sheath

The mental sheath sits between our life-force (prana, mauri, chi) sheath, and the sheath which houses the secret world of chakras, kundalini, elements, and spiritual spaces. Like a bridge between the two.

The manomaya kosha needs the life-force to "move", or, to put it an easier way, for it to move in the way in which it does when we are within. In meditation or relaxation. For the contents of the sheath to arise. Come up. And disappear into the ether. 

And it works the other way, too. As the mind-stuff departs us, our life-force can move more easily within our prana sheath. For, the contents of "mind" can impede the movement of prana. Like something being blocked. And it is not the beautiful and happy "mind-stuff" which impedes us. It is our cares, our worries. Our traumas. 

As these so-called "negative" aspects arise in the form of thoughts, and feelings, what follows, what sits underneath all of these, are beautiful pictures, patterns, colours. The "happier" aspects.

And this, I feel, is what the real value of meditation and relaxation is really about. Loosening the ties that bind, in order to reveal the Inner Magic of Oneself. 

And it is also precisely why meditation is so difficult. And why I do not believe that meditation is for everyone. Because up comes our inner "stuff". This can be so difficult and painful for anyone who has suffered badly, to have to face "things" in this way. In this case, meditation seems to just increase the effects of the traumas, by having the traumas come up, over and over, and along with this, comes all of the fears, panic and anxieties behind these traumas. This is not what practising, nor teaching, yoga, is about. And, therefore, care and respect is needed when teaching meditation.

It takes a very long time for anyone to wade through the difficult content of this kosha. We are dealing with our everyday self, at this level. And, what is not generally understood is that the mind stuff, it also exists on a cellular level, and on a DNA level. It is not just what is in our head. No, no, no. It permeates all of us. The contents of this sheath are to do with every part of us. It really helps to stop thinking of The Mind as we know it in the West, to be the Holy Grail of  spirituality. It is only a part of spirituality.

In allowing expression of the contents of this sheath, we are also allowing the deeper aspects of our being: good, bad, and otherwise, to emerge. 

Which brings us to the next kosha, where the chakras reside. It is important to know that our "blockages" are not hidden in the chakras. But, of course, as the life-force increases, and the mental kosha moves so that blockages dissipate, the chakras can start to reveal themselves. 

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How to reveal the manomaya kosha
  • asanas (postures)
  • pranayamas (breathing techniques)
  • bandhas (locks) 
  • gestures (mudras)
  • yoga nidra (deep relaxation)
  • dharana (concentration techniques)
  • dhyana (meditation) 
They are all intimately involved with this.

But here is a secret: revealing the manomaya kosha, is easier than you think: when you practice yoga, or anything really, allow your feelings and thoughts to arise, and let them also pass you by. Much inner tension, whether physical, mental or emotional, can be safely released this way. 

When you are doing a technique which requires your eyes to be closed, keep doing this, keep allowing the steady stream of consciousness to arise, then dissipate into realms unknown, whilst you do your technique.  And then afterwards, keep the eyes closed, and allow further expression of the manomaya kosha. This period at the end, when we are still in the Inner Realms, but have finished the technique, is vitally important for the release of tensions.

We are not looking for "cutting edge" concentration here. In my opinion that just creates a dam of content within the mind sheath. A relaxed attitude works best.

I shall never forget the period of my life when I was doing a full spectrum of deep yoga techniques, along with an hour of poses, six days a week. Out came a visual and auditory purge (to put it politely and delicately) from the manomaya kosha. It felt like an assault. But this period passed. And, then, up came the beauty. 

All of this is within all of us. 

3 November 2018

Prana sheath

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Where our different types of prana reside

Inside this sheath, are a number of movements of prana, of life-force, Mauri, chi. 

The Yoga practices for awakening the pranamaya kosha

The proper practices for this are:
  • the cleansing techniques of yoga, of which there are six
  • lots of fast surya namaskara (sun salutes)
  • bandhas (energy locks)
  • and most importantly, yoga pranayama
These are the correct practices for our pranamaya kosha to "awake". The kosha is there anyway, is there, it does exist, but to be revealed on the spiritual level takes specific practices.

But, there are also other ways, going back through time, and Ancient Lore, of awakening our life-force sheath.

Powerful breathing for pranamaya kosha

The two major cleansing pranayamas (yoga breathing techniques), are bhastrika and kapalabhati. Bhastrika done pumping the abdomen, with the breath, builds up the internal fire, and this fire is intimately involved with awakening . Fire creates a strong energy, and creates movement. There are some vital aspects which need movement, for us to experience the awakening of the pranamaya kosha.

Kapalabhati is one of the six main cleansing practices of yoga.  Whereas bhastrika creates energy heat, kapalabhati cools and cleanses the brain's frontal lobes, thereby increasing perception and mental clarity. It is a sneezing type of breath, with an active exhale and a passive inhale, whereas bhastrika has both inhale and exhale done actively.

Both bhastrika and kapalabhati can be done several ways, but for the pranamaya kosha awakening, abdominal pumping in bhastrika, and an upward "flinging" energy movement with kapalabhati, both compliment each other and create a fertile "soil" for the pranamaya kosha to reveal itself.

If you only do one, do bhastrika for this.

Now balance other subtle energies

More is needed in the yoga breathing system. The practice of Nadi Shodana, sometimes called Anuloma Viloma, depending on where you learnt the technique, is invaluable. Here one breathes into one nostril, and out the other, in the nostril that you have just breathed out of, then exhale from the opposite nostril.  This breathing balances both brain hemispheres, and when breathing ratios are added, with retaining the inhale, and then moving into retaining the exhale, a change in energy happens. Energy builds up, and is also retained. If we keep doing this on a regular basis, our prana reserves build up. The build up of prana is an integral part of pranamaya kosha awakening.

I cannot emphasise this enough.

Bandhas, or energy locks/blocks, are also invaluable. I often wonder if Ashtanga Yoga (Mysore style) practitioners, awaken their life-force sheath, their pranamaya kosha. I absolutely would expect them to, even though the "bandhas" which they use, are modified, they are still creating that tension similar to a bandha proper. And, with ujjayi, the whispering breath, the breath of purification of the subtle realms, you have a potent breeding ground for the Mauri, the prana, the life-force, to build up.

Focus matters too

Adding to this mix, is focus. Not focus on building up the life-force, as such, but on what one is doing.
It doesn't matter what you are doing, focus will give the optimum results. And, it keeps us present.

If you are doing any sort of bandhas, such as Ashtanga Yoga, or any of the three major bandhas of Hatha Yoga, are you aware of the build-up of energy within yourself, on the subtle levels?

My practices changed

Nowadays, I just feel the need to maintain on the kosha level. And, surprisingly, I now use a Maori invocation to maintain my life-force.  It's so powerful.