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Just More Colonization in Woke Clothing?

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

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Intersectionality of Spiritual Practice and Activism

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

A Yantra is a visual representations of potent and divine energy body commonly referred to as a deity.  Most yantra-s 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.

A Yantra must be drawn in sacred space in a ritualized manner.  The yantra-s I offer take from one to 10 hours to draw and another one to 10 hours to paint, depending on the complexity, and have a tools and materials cost associated with them.  Please take that into consideration as you offer your gift.

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Sacred Economy Service Offerings

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

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What is Freedom?

I believe freedom has many facets, and we have been mislead on what it means.  We have been convinced that the world we see outside of ourselves is of primary importance, and we have to conform to this world to get ahead in life.  This only serves to deny us our  freedom, and drive us deeper into bondage.

Inner freedom does not depend on the outer world.  It is accessible any time, day or night, no matter what is happening in our lives.  It is available in the midst of the most horrendous crisis and on the most beautiful peaceful day.

I believe it is time for us to reclaim our freedom.  One way to do this is to examine the stories we have allowed to control our lives.  One of these stories is the story of separation.

The story of separation is responsible for all hoarding, all competition, and all ideas of scarcity.  The story of separation has no bearing on the sun, Read the rest

Being In Service, Blog, Social Reingineering

The Race Card

Have you ever been in a conversation and been accused of playing the “race card”? Or been asked “Why do you have to make everything about race?” or “Why do you have to bring race into everything?”

There is a simple answer to this. Every time someone is referred to who is not white, their race or culture is used to describe them. Indigenous, East Indian, African American, Asian American, Latinx, BIPOC, etc. We use people’s race right up front to identify them, how could that not already be a part of the conversation?

How about we start doing the same thing when describing white people. I saw a headline go flitting across my fb feed recently about using the term White American. The article disappeared before I had a chance to read it, but it sounds like a fine idea. I’m going to start doing it. It’s only fair, right?

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Broad Strokes Application

I’m thrilled you want to join Broad Strokes for the Collective Good!  This is not a commitment to be taken lightly.  This program is designed to be done daily.  There will be a bond forged between our energy bodies, and we will become unbalanced if anyone does not fulfill their obligation.  Please take this into contemplation before you decide.

If you are unsure, please do not.  You will know if you are called to this work.

If you are sure you wish to join, please fill out the form below, and someone will contact you about your participation:

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Being In Service, Blog, Social Reingineering

Who Owns Your Time?

I’ve been thinking about cultural issues a lot lately, and I think I know why there is such resistance to providing workers with a living wage, or even considering them employees so that they earn benefits.

It’s about the commodity of time.

If workers are required to work longer and longer hours just to make ends meet, then spend the rest of their waking hours rushing around to procure the things they need for themselves and their families just to live, they lose the ownership of their time.

If one loses the ownership of their time, they become slaves who have no choice but to keep running on the hamster wheel that’s allowing the top rung to hoard obscene levels of wealth.

If one loses ownership of their time, they cannot show up to social justice actions designed to change the rules.

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Affirmative Prayer Sessions / Spiritual Coaching

Need help in uncovering hidden beliefs and releasing blockages that are holding you back in areas of your life that are important to you?  Devī Bhaktānanda offers individual spiritual support sessions that bring a unique and powerful blend of New Thought Affirmative Prayer work and various consciousness practices from India to bear on whatever is holding you back.  Sessions are 1 hour in length.  Gift certificates are available.

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