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7 Simple Keys for Entering your Inner Temple

The kingdom of heaven lies within.  Yet often when I ask my students if they meditate, a vague uneasiness passes between us before they say, “I tried but it didn’t really work for me.” It is almost as if meditation is relegated to a mysterious and sacred realm from which they are excluded.  And feelings arise, ranging from embarrassment to disempowerment. 

Meditation seems very serious and unattainable.  But it is not.  It is simple and it is your birth right to access the realms of bliss, directly from within.

ImageYes, it is a heroic journey to enter your golden temple within.  There are hurdles, and twists and turns on the path.  But do not be discouraged!  Meditation is for everyone, not just monks sitting on mountaintops.  Oh no… 

Key 1: COMPASSION FOR YOUR FEAR

The problem with the perception of meditation is that we are looking for ‘something’ to happen when actually it is about nothing happening. It is an absence rather than a presence.

Whereas society’s message is to be something, to make something, to do something, to create something, to get out there, to achieve! – meditation’s message is to sit still, to be silent, to witness, to stop all doing and enjoy your inner being.  

It almost feels weird to stop activity and have space.  And if you do manage to finally create space it can be frightening.  Yes, the emptiness of meditation can be frightening.  A kaleidoscope of emotions can arise.  Sometimes the aloneness can be perceived as loneliness.  When you make this space anything suppressed can surface.  So in that gap, what arises?….. Ghosts. 

So the first key is to acknowledge and have compassion for your fear.

When you make friends with your ghosts then you have to negotiate with your mind’s saboteur.  When meditating, the thought may arise, “I am not doing it right because magically something is supposed to happen, I am supposed to feel bliss and nothing is happening.”

This is the beauty of meditation.  You are on the first step!  Hooray, NOTHING is happening.  Is that not a miracle?

Modern life is hyper-stimulated. There is a quantum shift in the amount of communications we are all processing compared to even 25 years ago. The use of mobile phones and the internet keeps us all connected in a way that has been unprecedented.  This external occurrence parallels what is happening on the spiritual inner planes: a massive network of freely available, liberating, enlightening energy which is contributing to a significant global shift in consciousness. 

The divine paradox is breathtaking to behold.  While people are feeling overwhelmed in the frenetic pace of overloaded lives, this has created a desperate need to meditate, to come to a still point, to find their inner silence.  Without the stress and pressure, people would probably ignore meditation as a luxury.  To simply cope with daily life, it is becoming a necessity.  

Each day we are all faced with the choice: ‘to be or not to be’  – on the end of a phone, responding to an email or interacting on Facebook.  At some point you decide, ‘I have to jump off the wheel of manic activity’. 

The universe is miraculous in that it creates so many more opportunities for us to imbibe light and also all these opportunities create the thirst for stillness!  The universe in its great wisdom is so divinely perfect.  Life is forcing us to the point we choose to go within to find our sanity or we descend into chaos.  No fence-sitting here!

And to me this is the crux of the gift of last year’s 2012 phenomenon.  The lines have been drawn.  If you operate from the old, fear-based paradigm you hit walls and are blocked; you experience pain and suffering.  If you let go into the new energies you are rewarded: things become easier, synchronicities abound. You see the miraculous in the ordinary when you operate from within.

I stopped blogging for a year now, because my soul wanted to be still.  My soul wanted to be with nature, and connected to my inner silence.  I didn’t want to add to the email overwhelm I was observing escalating at an unprecedented pace.  I needed to step back.  I needed to be with the silence and respect the energy as it was authentically flowing – or not flowing in this case! 

Having rested I can feel the energy is beginning to start again and existence is suggesting themes for sharing…  so we begin again…

Next time –

Key 2: FOCUS or WITNESSING FROM THE CENTER OF YOUR CYLONE

…. VISION-VOYAGES NEWS ….

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31st May – 2nd June we have a spot left on the Ancestral Healing weekend for having your family constellation placed.  The next Ancestral Healing weekend after that one is 13-15th September.  You are always welcome to join in the energy as a representative, even if your constellation can’t be placed.

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16th of June kicks off the next Colour Athenaeum!  We will be working with the Earth Band over 11 weeks.

Shamanic Practitioner Apprenticeship 2 Year Program  aka ‘SPA’

Summer Solstice weekend we begin the next two year Shamanic circle. The energy of this circle has been building and building.  What a lovely gathering of souls thus far.  If you haven’t sent your application in yet or wish to discuss if this is a path for you, it is the time to get in touch now! 

(Here are some of this year’s SPA graduates who completed their training in February.)

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If you want more details, you can sign up for my newsletter with news of workshops here: http://eepurl.com/iNhCH  (I send out a newsletters once or twice a year and I never share your information with anyone. )

With Joy and Juice!

Love Chetna

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Working with Your Shadow, or is Your Shadow Working You?

When we open up to receive the expansive, greater fields of Light we also open the darkest and longest hidden corners of our psyches.  This may be the first time light has reached into our dank recesses.  Now is the time to exercise awareness of the BLACK RAY.

“After the abandonment to Light comes the opposite: the energies of BLACK are making a comeback. Black is not evil; it is simply the besieged ego wanting to express itself. It is the frantic, frightened ego – the shadow – withering in the face of the energies of the Time-Space Portal.”

When you immerse yourself in the Great Light, the boomerang effect comes into play; what is hidden in your shadow will make its self known as the light shines upon it.  So what do you do?  How do you cope when the deeply hidden, longest festering wounds, scars and stories come into the light?  Do you revert to defending them? Do you re-assert the ego and get out your battle axes, sometimes even in the name of spirit? Or do you hang in there watching as the divine washes clean your pus-engorged past, and places a fresh dressing upon it? How easy is it to allow yourself to be healed of the burdens of the past?  How vulnerable do you allow yourself to be? Will you allow your ego to be broken?

All of us, without exception carry the ancient wound.  And what is the ancient wound? It is separation from Source.  The Black Ray is to help you go into the painful past with a sharp witnessing alertness, so you are not seduced back into your normal defensive patterns.  We all have routines which stop us from moving on: regular lines of defense to keep our ego established. The Black Ray helps you to infiltrate your own fortress of ego. It allows the healing balm to tenderly soothe the angry sores.

One of the dangers of the egoic shadow is to claim it is being driven by spirit.

“ ‘I am following what the spirits tell me’, or ‘I am following the hand of God’. Sometimes people say they are being ‘guided by Spirit’, but it is not true. It is simply that Spirit is not standing in the way.

This week we are invited to “Beware the cunning of the mind. If you go off in a mad direction – a direction you think is okay –don’t say it is us who are guiding you. Take responsibility, whether you are right or wrong or neutral. […] The ego is like a machine, an engine, with its own agenda. It can catch us in its agenda. It can throw the responsibility onto us.

Of course many times you are being “led” by Spirit.  But you can always tell. Something feels right about it; a lightness and softness exude from this path. If the path feels magical harmonious, then of course the hand of Spirit is with you. But why say we are leading you? You are leading yourself. You are grown up enough to tap the eternal wisdom which is the Ocean – the Ocean of the Immortal Ones.”

We have free will and the spirits cannot stop us from enacting our old sagas we have carried from lifetimes.  They may attempt to help us see it, but we must be the ones to shine our awareness upon ourselves. The universe is infinitely compassionate, it will bring drama to us, so we can witness and free ourselves from the past nightmares.  But we have to crystallize our own awareness.  No one can do that for us.  We each have to transform ourselves.  No one can do our enlightenment for us. The Black Ray is to help you go steadily into the dark night, so you can get off the wheel and dive into the infinite.

Hold steady this week as you take the plunge into your own depths. May you find your buried treasures and transform them into pure gold awareness.

With great love,

Chetna

Thank you to Dheeren Gibbard for quotes from the Rainbow Revelation: www.laughingrainbow.org

To get your own chart and begin to work with your Colours, you can join the upcoming internet/home study course the Colour Athenaeum. www.vision-voyages.com

Resources to work with the shadow: “Dark Side of the Light Chasers,” by Debbie Ford

©ChetnaLawless2011

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Drunk on the Primitive Beat, the Natural Rhythms of the Soul

Shamanism is a path of ecstasy, the divine drunkenness of fusing with the primitive pulses.  When we fall in tune with existence we feel the bliss; we are beyond ‘knowledge’ because we are having a direct experience of connection in the web of life, allowing existence’s juices to fill us up.

The Colours guiding us this week are Clover Green, Strawberry Red, Rape Yellow and Purple.

Clover Green helps us to uncover our internal rhythms, each one of us dancing to the beat of our internal drummer.

Strawberry Red invites us to delight in the fruits of this earth, feeding our bodies and souls, savouring tastes and really enjoying being embodied.

Rape Yellow shines brightly and reminds us from the depths, our soul can never be crushed or downtrodden.  We are eternal beings of light, forever resilient.

Purple reminds us to be in harmonious and benevolent use of power.

“We can feel, as the grass begins to grow again, the natural rhythm of Clover Green, inviting us to follow our natural selves.  The urge comes upon us to be wild and unclaimed.  Unencumbered by the massive pressures of society, we can wander through dark green forests and tribal lands.  When society tries to drag us against ourselves, we can resist, hauling up the Rape Yellow intensity of our inner souls.  Demanding we interact and conform, we can say a determined ‘no’; we can stand our ground.”

The sector this week is again on the African continent, including: Namibia, South Africa, Angola, and the South Atlantic Ocean. So this week we remember to: “…call on the spirits of ancestors past who travelled in tribes or moved across the African plains.  We call on the spirits who are alive with drunkenness, cherishing the new-born in life and worshipping the wise and old. We celebrate this journey of drunken fusion with the primitive life.”

As we celebrate the senses and our primitive pulses, we generate a positive force of energy; we declare a Rape Yellow, vibrant “Yes” to life.  And these magnificent energies radiate light and momentum to support people in Libya, and New Zealand, who are experiencing great upheaval. The times are changing indeed. As we stand authentically in our own energy, full and rich we create a cushioning wave of support so the awakenings and transitions can be calm and smooth.

Blessed be.

Until next week…

© 2011 Chetna Helen Lawless, www.vision-voyages.com , www.laughingrainbow.org, www.shamanicteachers.com

Chetna Lawless, Founder of Vision Voyages and Co-founder of the Laughing Rainbow Mystery School in 1987, delights in sharing the love and wisdom of the Colour Ray Masters, through shamanic and other spiritual healing methods.  Visit www.vision-voyages.com. A special thanks to D.Gibbard who permits use of quotations from the Rainbow Revelations: www.laughingrainbow.org

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Shielding against Negative Energies

Shamanically speaking, we fill ourselves with power to prevent negative energies from intruding upon our lives. Negative energies abound, it is just part of modern culture. All you have to do is switch on the TV and you are bombarded with all sorts of nightmare news stories, economic shock horrors, only to be broken by the advertisement breaks hypnotizing you to buy things to numb out with a false sense of security.

Sandra Ingerman in her books, How to Heal Toxic Thoughts and Medicine for the Earth, gives methods to transform and transmute the psychic pollution and debris, by transfiguring into our light bodies. This is one of the most direct and immediate ways we can fill our selves with positive life force energy, or what shamans call, ‘power’. Sandra inspires me with her relentless message to do your personal work each day, one step at a time.

The outer world is a chaos for sure, and it is challenging to maintain an inner equilibrium.  So, what are fun methods to come to that inner feeling of peace and stability, of filling ourselves with power? One method I have found extremely potent is playing with the Colour Rays.  Scientifically colour is the breakdown of the frequency of LIGHT, so immersing ourselves in Colour we are playing with Light. And according to the Laws of Attraction, you get more of what you focus on; so when we focus on the light in the form of the beauty of the Colours, we bring more beauty in our lives.

In the TV series the ‘X Files‘ , a phrase was made popular: “The truth is out there”.   But the reality is the Truth is ‘in here’, in the here and now. The truth lies deep down inside each one of us; we all are connected to our eternal source. But how can we get there? What can help us to meet with that source, for being at one with our Inner Light?

Each week the Rainbow Revelations, (RR), as shared by the Laughing Rainbow Mystery School, show a step of the moment we can take to return to our deepest sources, clearly indicating the energies in the form of colour, available this moment for our self- awakening.

This week’s Rainbow Revelation (RR) features the planetary healing sector 48 which includes parts of the Pacific Ocean, Marshal Islands and the Midway Islands. The Station is Abundance and the Masters of the Colour Rays, Deep Ocean Blue, Bluebell Blue and Bottle Brown are showering upon us this week. Excerpts from this week’s message suggest a way to counteract the blitz of negative energies:

“Stepping-out from the mind, with all these haunting thoughts constantly hunting you down, requires a tremendous wakefulness from the silent centre of Deep Ocean Blue. […]  A tremendous watchfulness is required to ensure that the shotgun fragments do not implode within.  That is the essence of Deep Ocean Blue: to sink sometimes so deep within that you see that it is all illusion.  The mess of the world is not your mess.  You have a deep, calm, still centre and that centre watches the whole Earth-play.”

When we sink into our inner depths, like the depth of the deep ocean, we find peace, stillness and strength.

When we are drunk with the Bottle Brown spirit of celebration, like a mad Sufi drunk on the wine of life itself, we become so power- filled there is no room for negative projection to enter into our being. Sheer joy “becomes the shield against the fragments.”

In shamanic terms, the ‘intrusions’ have no place to enter, because you are filled and overflowing with your own spirit, with gratitude for the abundance of life’s offerings.

Yet, last week the RR was encouraging us to be open.

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“To be “open” sometimes – ironically – means letting these fragments in.  One is so subtle, so sensitive, these fractured fragments of thoughts from the society enter you;   your “openness” allows the society’s mostly negative energies in.  The shotgun pellets from the society surround you.

But to be truly “open” requires a sinking into inner depths of Light, being caressed by the realms of Bluebell Blue.  A superficial “openness” which lets society’s energies in, will only create wounds and cracks.  Your psyche will be carrying the world and its confusion.
But you can be open by witnessing the shrapnel, while being submerged in Deep Ocean Blue, or suffused by the beauty of Bluebell Blue.  You are so deeply immersed in the colours that – though the shards exist around you – you can move through the blitz and not be harmed.”

There is no where to go but deep within yourself.  That is the greatest quest you will ever find yourself on. Seeking your own source.

For more information:The Colour Athenaeum courses with the Colour Rays: http://www.vision-voyages.com or subscribing to the Rainbow Revelations: http://www.laughingrainbow.org  © Chetna Lawless 2011

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