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A Chilling Tale

TW:  Physical Abuse, Psychological Abuse, Cruelty, Authoritarianism, Religious Fanaticism.

I just finished reading Educated, A Memoir by Tara Westover.  Anyone who has ever lived under a cruel, dictatorial power, be it familial or government, is likely to be rocked to their core reading this.  Though the scale of what I endured throughout my childhood was much milder, and some of the themes did not apply, the resonnance with the handful of themes that did left me reeling.

More than just a memoir; it is a cautionary tale of what life will be like if Q-Cult and 45’s people get their way.  People wave these popular conspiracy theories off as fantasy or delusion, but they are very real.  There are always multiple realities existing simultaneously, and far too many of them are created by the cruelest person in the group.  These realities can be possible to escape physically, but the ties go deep.  People’s lives are regularly ruined, yet they keep going back for more. 

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To the Edge, and Beyond.

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

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Tiruvannamalai, October 2019

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

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A Word on Tantra* and Bhakti

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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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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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

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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.

Please let me know how I can support you.… Read the rest

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Nāda (Sound) Yoga Sessions

Sound Yoga, also called Nāda Yoga in Sanskrit, is yoga for every body.  Sound uses the element of space to penetrate every cell of your body.  It’s like taking a sound bath from within, with no singing bowls needed, just your voice.  We’ll use sacred Sanskrit syllables, alone and in combination to create a field of wholeness.  Emphasis will be placed on correct pronunciation to maximize efficacy.

Private and group sessions available.  For more information, please fill out the form below:  … Read the rest