To the Edge, and Beyond.

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I was recently pushed past my percieved limits during an 11 day Ayurvedic (traditional Indian medicine) treatment immersion. I love Ayurveda because it is precise, it has been researched and proven effective for thousands of years, and it’s all herbal, so it is in total alignment with the natural order. It targets restoring the body’s innate balance, so that it then heals itself. My series of treatments were similar to Pancha Karma, if you want to Google that to get some idea, but tailored to my specific health issues.  Think hours a day, every day, filled with massages with various medicinal herbal substances, steam treatments, purges, and drinking, swishing, and snorting various herbally medicated substances.  Day One was heaven, but by Day Three it had devolved into a hellish passive endurance test of being poked, prodded, and pummeled, and there were nine days still to go.

On Day Six, I felt like they broke me.  I was shattered.  I couldn’t imagine continuing.  The thought … Read the rest

Tiruvannamalai, October 2019

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Warning:  This got long.  I’ve been posting a lot of photos on fb, but now I feel the need to paint a picture with words.

I’ve been in Tiruvannamalai just under a week, so I’m about half way through my visit. I initially thought two weeks wasn’t going to be nearly long enough, but I’m having the odd yet pleasant sensation that every day is about a week long.  I also considered not coming; like this short of a visit wasn’t important for me to be here, but oh my heavens, I was wrong about that!  My experiences here have been exquisite.

Multiple times a day, when I come home, I open my gate and step into my yard, then open the metal grating to my foyer and seriously wonder how I ended up with a proper house in the perfect spot on the main street of my preferred part of town for a screaming deal of a price. I thought being here for … Read the rest

#TakeBackPrivacy

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I’ve been trying to extinguish this rant for three days. It just feels like more negativity in an already negative world, but damn, it needs to be said.

The current state of affairs with technology is FUCKED UP. I just upgraded to Office 2019 from 2010 a few days ago, and the invasion of my privacy is astounding!

Not only does it try to suck every part of my life online, the user interface for Outlook is completely unusable for me. Even after tweaking every possible font, spacing, and color setting, it’s still an instant headache that turns into functional blindness about about 15 minutes of trying to use it. Who designs this shit??? Clearly not someone who cares about users who may be aging or have visual processing issues.

Conversations with long time tech friends in a bar last night echoed conversations with friends at kirtans and other social events over the last year. Yes, we know [fill in the blank] is detrimental … Read the rest

Testing Subscriptions

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I go for months at a time without updating this site, so people (including me) forget it’s here. Starting right now, I have a subscription link in the right sidebar of every page. That way, if it’s been six months since I’ve shared my musings, you don’t have to notice, and you’ll get an email letting you know I’ve written something. Please give it a try!

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A Word on Tantra* and Bhakti

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I am a shameless Bhākta.  I am head over heels in love with divinity in many of Its forms.  So why Tantra?  It is said that Bhakti is the fastest and most enjoyable path to enlightenment, so why not just stick to that?  That’s where I started, so why the emphasis on Tantra these days?

It’s like this: Bhakti is indeed a very fast and enjoyable path.  I don’t know about enlightenment because I am not enlightened, but I trust what knowledgeable people say about that being true.  I do know from experience that it is a lightning-fast method to obtain Oneness.  When I’m chanting, the bliss of that Oneness is unsurpassed.  The effects of the vibrations change matter, as I found out when I healed my body with chanting.  However, the Oneness fragments back into the many when I stop chanting and come back to the relative world.  The echos of the vibrations definitely come with me, and ripple out into all areas … Read the rest

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Instead of bearing up under problems, what if they were a source of information about how to live the life of your dreams? They are! Or perhaps you have a dream, but don’t know where to start. You might not even know what your dream is, but feel like something is missing from your life.

As your Dream Doula, I will share gentle and joyful ways that interrupt the status quo inside your mind, which will allow your heart to open and begin to share what it wants to experience. If you wish, I can help you birth your dreams.

Each 2 hour Dream Doula session is offered on a Pay What You Will basis. Come mine your problems for the jewels they contain, or just explore your inner landscape and see what wants to be born! Schedule your session today!

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Just More Colonization in Woke Clothing?

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The eight episode series on Netflix, Black Earth Rising, is deeply thought provoking. It raises important questions that it doesn’t answer about the horrific things, including genocide, that happened in Rwanda and Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo).  It has stuck with me and pokes me throughout the day at the edge of my consciousness.  It’s powerful, and on the surface seems like groundbreaking work, but beyond the subject matter, the form it takes bothers me.

I can’t help but wonder what it would be like if an African had written it.  I wonder if there would be a white guy as one of the main lead characters. Would the main African character have been literally saved by whiteness?  Sure, the story has to contain white people, as they did play a nefarious colonizing role, but how do Africans see those characters?  I can guess that they pretty much don’t need to center them.  How would the conversations and relationship dynamics between … Read the rest

Intersectionality of Spiritual Practice and Activism

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I’ve been fortunate this year in having many spiritual practices show up that have expanded my sense of peace and security and enabled me to interact in a powerful way in the outer world. I’m finding it difficult to talk about them, because they’re not spiritual at all.

Except, they are.

It’s a fun conundrum. That’s why I think talking about the intersection is important.

How is burning up my physical body along with all socially constructed self images, creating a new energy body, and then thickening it into my physical body every day spiritual? I don’t know, but this particular practice, called deha-shuddhi -> amṛta-vyāpti -> prakāśa-kāya, is taken out of an ancient Tantrik text, so it must be, right? It’s taught as a means to experience that the body, as well as all the layers of self-hood, are an instantiation of pure Consciousness.

The results were instantaneous from the very first time I practiced it, but I  can’t say this one will

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Yantra

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Yantras are visual representations of potent, divine energy bodies commonly referred to as deities.  Most yantras in wide circulation depict these energies in the form of geometric shapes.  By arranging these shapes in a particular order in a mindful and devotional manner, they can bring harmonious and healing energies into your home.  They can also be used to shift and neutralize non-harmonious energies.

Your yantra should be displayed on an altar and used in devotional and meditative practices.  Custom yantras can be commissioned to be painted on windows or other suitable surfaces in your home or wellness studio.

Yantras must be drawn in sacred space in a ritualized manner.  The yantras I offer take from one to five hours to draw and paint, depending on the complexity, and have a tools and materials cost to produce.  Please take that into consideration as you offer your gift.

Please fill out this form to request a yantra:

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Sacred Economy Service Offerings

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In service to my dream of a symbiotic human community where everyone’s needs are met by everyone, I’m now offering all of my services within the Sacred Gift Economy model.  Most services can be delivered long distance via technology.  Please ask if you are not sure.

Services include:

If there is a service you desire, please make me an offer based on a combination of how much the service is worth to you and your ability to pay.  No offer is too small, and no one will be denied due to financial inability to pay. This is an offering from my heart with no strings attached.  I will maintain … Read the rest