Past Life Clearings Can Heal Old Response Patterns

We sometimes carry wounds, emotions, and memories not only from experiences in our present life, but also from events in past lives. While this is difficult to explain, it is extremely beneficial to dissolve old patterns or tendencies that can cloud our ability to perceive clearly and experience total health in the NOW. The roots of an emotional problem or a relationship difficulty may be related to an unresolved trauma from a past life. Quantum physics has already made us aware that sequential time is an illusion, and that ALL time is really coalesced in the NOW. This means that emotional imprints…

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Maybe This Isn’t the Kali Yuga After All

In 1895 Yogananda’s teacher, Swami Sri Yukteswar 1855 – 1936, wrote an amazing book called The Holy Science, that was clearly ahead of its time. I bought it on Amazon. It was short and detailed, with crystal clear concepts. The purpose of the book was to remove barriers between all religions. The book explains the astronomical movements of universal bodies and establishes a calculation of the Yugas, or ages of man that had previously been lost. Incidentally, Sri Yukteswar is the man who sent Yogananda to the US, and therefore is in great part responsible for the modern popularity of…

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What is Taichi?

What is Taichi? To answer that question, we need to go back to the roots of Chinese culture – 6,000 years ago – to the story of Fuxi and NüWa. Chinese legend tells that the land was swept by a great flood in which civilization was lost and all people perished. Only Fuxi and his sister Nüwa survived. They lived on Mount Kunlun in Northern Tibet, and asked for a sign from the Emperor of Heaven to be man and wife. Their union was approved and they began to create a new human race. Fuxi is said to have showed…

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Eight Branches of Chinese Medicine vs. Eight Limbs of Yoga

In ancient times, both Chinese and Yogic traditions developed sacred writings on the highest spiritual practices. It turns out both systems have eight branches, and they are somewhat different. Shall we compare them? In this article we look at the Eight Branches of Chinese Medicine, and the Eight Limbs of Yoga. In Eastern wisdom, medical practice and spiritual work were considered one and the same path. By noticing what the ancients believed to be the most important elements of a spiritual life, we can learn a lot about ourselves and the world around us! The 8 Yogic Branches originate from the Yoga Sutras written by Patanjali in the…

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Rudi’s Double Breath Meditation

“As the mind and emotions are housed in the physical body and are functions of the physical man, so too the spiritual body has its own mechanism. This mechanism is sensitive and rarely used but is as complete a system as the mechanism that runs the physical life. If you want to hear a bird sing you can’t stay in the middle of a city you have to go to a place where there are open spaces and trees. To learn to contact the inner self one must also begin with special conditions. First you must realize that there is…

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Images of the Internal Sacred Anatomy

Ancient traditions have left us artistic images of the internal sacred body. Perhaps these representations can help us visualize what’s going on inside our energy body as we cultivate higher awareness. This article shows several images of the internal body from Daoist, Chinese, Yogic, Greek and Egyptian sources. Which images resonate most strongly in your inner experience? A Sapta Cakra is a depiction of the seven chakras. This comes from a Yoga manuscript in Braj Bhasa language. 1899 British Library. This modern Tibetan medical drawing shows the cosmic gates located at Huiyin, Dantien, Heart, Throat, and Forehead.   Two wood block diagrams show the development of the “immortal fetus” in the dantien, and the flowering of consciousness…

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Yogic and Daoist Subtle Anatomy: A Common Origin?

How are the Daoist Energy gates similar to Yogic chakras? Did these two traditions arise from a common origin in Tibet? And do these subtle body centers correspond to points on our physical anatomy? If you are familiar with either the Yogic or Daoist energy systems, chances are you’ve learned to use it as a tool to vitalize your spiritual body. As I practice both the Chinese and Indian systems every day, striking similarities and critical differences stand out. My innate curiosity somehow requires me to compare them. Which system is best? Which one do YOU prefer? Which one will truly carry you to the flowering of your awareness most efficiently and elegantly?…

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Feeding Intelligence

By Jane Barthelemy. What is your most valuable personal asset? Most people would agree that intelligence is right up at the top of the list. We spend time and effort building our appearance, and our physical assets. But how can we stimulate healthy brain function? What can we do to build intelligence? Surprisingly, scientists are now saying you’ll find intelligence in the gut. Recent studies show that a high-functioning brain is dependent upon two essential factors: a balanced nervous system, and a healthy intestinal environment. Yep, the brain and the gut are intimately connected. And both these factors are determined by the foods we eat. Certain foods cultivate a tranquil nervous system and balanced intestinal micro-biome. Other foods can stress our nerves or challenge gut bacteria. We’ve all experienced it – you eat a low-nutrient lunch, your mood…

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How to Prepare for Tibetan New Years – the Fire Bird Year!

Get ready for Tibetan New Year! Festivities begin this year on the new moon February 27th and last for several weeks. It’s Tibetan Year 2144, the year of the Fire Bird. A Fire Bird year can be controversial and colorful, marked by overly dramatic scenarios, where the ordinary is exaggerated out of proportion, and extraordinary situations go unnoticed. A Fire Bird is like the mythical Garuda bird. A Garuda bird is said to be born fully grown and is invoked as a symbol of impetuous violent force, speed, and martial prowess. From a spiritual point of view, this year of the Fire Bird…

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21 Ways to Find Inner Balance in Stressful Times

By Jane Barthelemy. This is a game that helps you train your mind to relax. It helps you think positive thoughts and let go of thoughts that block your happiness. Ha ha! There are 21 tools – just choose three, and do them every day for a week. Then pick another three, until you’ve done all that you like. No matter what your political views, many of us agree the roller coaster has left its tracks. Yes, we’re careening fast in a new direction. How does that make you feel? Well, here are a few tips and tricks to help you balance. Prepare yourself, as you know I like…

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