Filling in the Missing Pieces:
For Gregg Braden, it has been a long and winding road. From its origins in computer systems design and earth sciences, this road has ironically led Braden to the dusty treks of Egypt and the mountain highlands of Tibet in search of a common tie that binds the spiritual traditions of the earth. For most, a life transition from the sterile boardrooms of corporate America to the exotic backlands of ancient Egypt would seem to be inexplicable. For Braden, it has been a step of logical proportions.
"In the traditions of the ancients, they made no distinction between the worlds of science and spirituality," said Braden, "and I've never really made that distinction either. For me, it was an extremely spiritual experience working in the industry from a technical perspective, seeing what was happening in the world around me. My passion, however, was rather than simply measure and document those changes, to offer solutions that could bring the wisdom of ancient traditions to bear upon the conditions of our world today."
From Paper Towels to SoulCards:
One of the gifts of interviewing people is that I get to meet some amazing people. Some of them are well known; some are not. Then there are those who will be famous, given enough time for word to get out. Deborah Koff-Chapin is one of those people.
Cat Saunders, The New Times, 1991
When I wrote those words in 1991, I knew that I would be writing about Deborah Koff-Chapin again one day. Although Deborah would humbly resist my use of the word famous to describe her, the truth is that her extraordinary SoulCards deck has sold 40,000 copies worldwide, and it's been translated into four languages since its release in 1995.
Many Paths, One Truth
Throughout recorded history, mystics have worked tirelessly to expose the unexamined assumptions and dogmas that proliferate so readily in society. While the spiritual traditions of the world have sprung up in diverse social contexts and developed unique practices and cultural hues, the prophets and enlightened teachers have always emphasized the underlying unity of all authentic traditions. If all created forms are merely aspects or expressions of One Being, then how could the worlds religions possibly speak of different Gods? Is there is only One, there is only One, beyond name or form. As Lao Tzu wrote, "any Tao that can be named is not the eternal Tao."
Burdock: Gateway to the Underworld
Fall is in the air today;
Traditional autumn roundelay
Cool, crisp mornings are bathed in dense, hanging fog; it's a time of endings and beginnings. In northern agricultural communities, October marked the years end. The last harvest complete, stores laid in for the coming dark months, and seeds of next years crops carefully guarded brought a sense of completion. Whatever fruits, nuts, and berries hung on the trees at the end of October were left for the nourishment of the wild ones.
By adding the universal year 2000 (2+0+0+0=2) to the 10th month of October, we come up with the vibration of 12/3. The 3 month is a time for tapping into joy through creative self-expression. What aspect of your creativity wants to come out this month? Are you a closet painter, writer, dancer, or musician? Is there something that you are really passionate about that you would like to share with others but have been holding back? Use this month to discover your own form of creative expression. Let yourself be like a child and really get down and play this month!
The Power of a Circle
About eight or nine years ago I had a powerful dream. I dreamt that I was living in a police state, surrounded by people that I knew I could not trust, and with whom I did not feel safe. I knew I had to escape when my own boyfriend turned out to be working for the state, and he betrayed me to them. My journey of escape was frightening, but finally I made it to the border, which was marked by a barbed-wire fence. Somehow, I got over that fence, and there, on the other side, was a whole community of people, a circle, really, that had been waiting for me. They embraced me, they rejoiced in my freedom, and they welcomed me. It was an incredibly moving feeling, and one I didnt forget even after I woke up and returned to my fairly lonely waking life.
Reiki in the Real World
When I agreed in late 1997 to teach Reiki and attune three HIV-positive men to become Reiki masters, I didnt have a clue I wasnt living in the real world. Linda Baker, of the Hypnotherapy Institute of Seattle, drove me to Cal Anderson House for our first meeting. Throughout nearly three years, weve met weekly.
In 1997, I planned to utilize my psychic awareness of the deceased and my hypnotherapy training to assist people with death and dying. My primary goal was to help those surrounding the one dying to maintain conscious connection through death and afterwards.
Miracle in Agoo
Consider the "The" places: The Congo, The Yukon, The Amazon, The Sahara. They're all exotic. It's a law. For a place to have "The" in front of its name it has to be exceptional. Other places, alas, will never merit a "The". The Renton? I don't think so. The Redmond? Nope. The Kenmore? Sorry.
Some friends and I were headed for a "Triple The" destination: The Philippines in The Pacific in The Orient. We were going to two locations: an area two hundred miles north of Manila, and the southern island of Cebu. A scant three days before departure, wire services began running stories about apparitions of the Virgin Mary that were being seen at two places in the Philippines. Guess where? A town two hundred miles north of Manila, and the southern island of Cebu. Coincidence? Hardly. Every journey is created by the journeyers.
Developing Character through Qigong Practice
The word qigong, (pronounced chee gung), is composed of two characters in Chinese: the first character, "Qi," represents the life force, or vital energy; the second character, "Gong," means the results or achievement of work or cultivation. So, qigong is the practice of cultivating one's inherent potential and well-being based upon the natural laws of human consciousness and internal energy flow in the physical body. It consists primarily of breathing exercises, meditation, stretch, and physical movements. It is the foundation of all the martial arts, traditional Chinese medicine, and energetic healing. Although relatively new to the United States, qigong has a long history in China, where the practice has been used to prevent and heal illnesses, improve the quality of people's lives, and increase longevity.
New Colors, New Energies
We are in a time of change, of releasing old energies in order to step into something new. Since vibration allows us to interpret and to purposefully use what we find in creation, it is not surprising that new colors are revealing themselves as new vibrations within us and around us.
Have you noticed the colors of new cars? I especially noticed the gold and silver. There is so much more light in these colors. They fairly glow. More and more, we will see colors take on more light. That is because there is the opportunity for all of creation to change its vibration to take on more light.
Gentle Wind Project Spreads Healing
Founded in the early 1980s, The Gentle Wind Project has developed a unique healing technology in the form of hand-held Healing Instruments designed to repair and restore each persons energetic or etheric structure. This etheric structure is where the hurts and wounds of life are stored. When this structure is repaired, a persons functioning improves. In over 18 years of blind and double blind studies, the research shows that those who obtain this healing report that they are calmer, stronger, and more able to solve their problems. Stress-related conditions are alleviated. Troubled relationships improve. More than five million people in over 150 countries have obtained this healing. The Healing Instruments are used by helping professionals throughout the world and by hospitals to provide emotional support and balance to both patients and staff. The Project offers this healing free of charge.
All of us who join community organizations do so for some reason for example, to make new friends, provide resources for the needy, to help solve complex social problems, or to become more effective leaders in the community. But how many of us are really conscious of the underlying behavioral forces that drive our daily existence? I am referring to a theory of personality temperaments: the four major and sixteen minor temperament behavior patterns that in many ways characterize our feelings, goals, interests, work, and, ultimately, our destiny.