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The Great Transformation: A World Awakening
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The Great Transformation: A World Awakening

By Sahara Devi

Guest writer for Wake Up World

We are currently living in the most profoundly transformative time in the history of our Planet. Never mind the Industrial Revolution or even the advent of our current techno wonder-world: this is a time of Awakening Consciousness on a planetary level, and not one single being or location on the earth will remain untouched.

Of course, you may not be remotely aware of this, as we each experience life depending upon where we put our attention — and right now there is a reality show of international proportions grabbing the spotlight from nightly news to social media.  However, those of us looking in another direction are perceiving an expansion in Consciousness of a cosmic magnitude.

In 2008, after a 13-year unexpected sojourn living ‘on the street’ and being carried around the world with no visible means of support, I returned to Bozeman and wrote a little book called The Evolution Revolution — A Handbook for Personal and Global Transformation. It was a work based on my own awakening and recognition that “whatsoever we do to or for another, we are doing to or for our own selves — for good or ill.” It spoke of a way of cultivating Self-Awareness and expanding Consciousness, and was published in the midst of the Great Recession — a crisis that demanded a rethinking of priorities and a recreating of systems. Unfortunately, rather than accept that uncomfortable truth and the accompanying challenge, the powers-that-be scrambled to recreate the status quo with all haste.

Nine years later we are experiencing the consequences of those decisions with a vengeance — a nationwide dissatisfaction of such profound depth it has led to an unprecedented rejection of establishment thinking and the elevation of an antihero into a position of power.

Meanwhile, the energetics of Transformation — not to be trifled with by out-of-control egos of any stature — are barreling on and showing up globally: from the astonishing upstart in the Vatican speaking a Christ-like rhetoric of caring for the poor, to alternative energy becoming a new norm, and governments around the world granting rights to animals, water and the Earth herself.

In all this we are witnessing what I call the Great Transformation: a period of societal upheaval and political antics indicating the death throes and approaching dissolution of the Old Paradigm on the one hand, and a greater acceptance of our interdependence arising in the multitudes, leading us toward a new way of being in harmony with all life, on the other.

“The Evolution Revolution is our only solution ‘fore we kill ourselves with our insanity. The nuclear madness, environmental sadness, all the actions that deny our Unity — the evolution Revolution’s what we need…” — Sahara Devi, The Evolution Revolution Rap

So where does that leave us as individuals, the ‘little people’ who may feel powerless to have an impact in the face of such great turbulence? Where does the average Joe, a decent, hardworking, live-and-let-live kind of guy, who abhors how things are but doesn’t have a clue what to do about it, find the power to make a difference if he is not a protester, activist, billionaire, ‘celebrity’ or CEO?

If we are not simply reactive organisms, responding to stimuli like Pavlov’s dogs, we have the profoundly influential power (and empowerment) of intentional, conscious choice. We can choose where to put our attention, we can choose what to feed with our energy, we can choose what to support with our money, we can choose how to respond to what we perceive, and we can choose the words and tone of voice in our speaking. We can choose the attitude and intention we bring into our world, and more specifically, our community.

“May I live this day compassion of heart, clear in word, gracious in awareness, courageous in thought, and generous in love.” — John O’Donohue

It’s actually quite simple: the key to the power of the individual (those who en masse make up the overwhelming majority) is in relationship — because the basis of a harmonious life in any society depends upon our inter-relatedness and how we choose to treat each other on a daily basis.

We needn’t wait for a natural disaster to evoke a sense of ‘all in this together’ because we really ARE all in this — Life — together. We needn’t wait for a catastrophe to inspire kindness, cooperation, consideration, generosity or compassion — we can choose to embody those qualities and express them in every encounter, every day — and race, religion, nationality, gender or even political affiliation need never come into play.

Start where you are. The simplest way to say it is: Be friendly. We can choose to be friendly and pleasant when engaged in transactions with the cashier or waitress who serves us, we can choose to be considerate of others when we’re driving down the street, we can choose to be kind, supportive or complimentary in every human transaction. In a world that has sped up exponentially, just being willing to spend the moment it takes to be still and listen to what another wants to express is a kindness.

“Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” — Mark Twain

All around us are folks working at jobs we’ve done, or jobs we would never want to do. These people are not nameless ciphers, they are our neighbors — someone’s mother, father, sister, child or loved one — and they are serving us in the positions they occupy. What if we expressed appreciation for their service and made their encounter with us a moment of warmth and connection? What if our default intention as we go about our daily life was making people feel good about themselves?  What if our speaking elicited the response: “You made my day.”

The change we want to see in our world is not something that can be legislated or imposed from without; it is not something we can achieve through protest. It is something that can only come from within each one of us choosing to bring a little more kindness into our way of being as we go about the business of living our lives. Quantum physics tells us how the observer affects that which it observes — this is the way as individuals we affect our collective reality. What if we started to observe through the eyes of Love? In the same way that the reward of patience is patience, the reward of kindness is finding oneself living in a kind world. Verily: whatsoever we embody and express creates the world in which we live.

“What is love? Love is the absence of judgement.” — The Dalai Lama

It’s a question of critical mass. Small numbers have the power to affect collective consciousness and do, as when TM meditators demonstrably reduced crime in cities by their focus. When we recognize we are part of a whole and continuously contributing the quality of our energy to that whole, we can begin to choose to embody and express more kindness, raising the vibratory rate of the collective and contributing to a transformed society.

Change yourself and change the world.

About the author:

Sahara Devi is the author of The Evolution Revolution: A Handbook for Personal & Global Transformation, (available as a Barnes & Noble Nook e-Book as well as other e-Book formats here on Smashwords) and The Evolution Revolution Rap, which you can find on Sahara’s YouTube channel. You can also find The Evolution Revolution on Facebook.

 

White Tara Mantra
Category: SPIRITUALITY
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Published on 14 Oct 2017

White Tara: the Path to Long Life, Merit, Wisdom, and Health she is particularly associated with healing,protecting and stabilizing your life-force.

The White Tara Known as Sitatara in Sanskrit and as Sgrol-dkar in Tibetan, the White Tara is regarded as the Mother of all Buddhas. Representing motherly love and compassion, her white colour also signifies purity, wisdom and truth. White Tara is often depicted as having seven eyes. In addition to her two eyes, she has a third eye on her forehead and one on each of her hands and feet. This represents her attitude of vigilance and her capability to see and address all of samsara's sufferings. The "Tara of Seven Eyes" is an aspect of White Tara, which is very popular in Mongolia. White Tara, it is said, helps her followers overcome troubles and obstacles, especially the one those inhibit the practice of religion. She also grants longevity to her devotees. The White Tara wears silk robes, which display her slender torso and rounded breasts uncovered. Also, like Green Tara, she is heavily ornamented with rich jewellery as well. The White Tara is usually shown seated in the diamond lotus position, with the soles of her feet pointed upward. Her right hand holds the boon-granting gesture and her left hand shows the abhaya mudra. In her left hand, White Tara wields a lotus flower, which is made of three blossoms. The first is in seed, which represents the past Kashyapa Buddha; the second is in full bloom and represents the present Shakyamuni; the third is ready to bloom and represents the Future Maitreya Buddha. This iconography goes to prove that the White Tara is the very essence of all the Buddhas

 

Is a Meditation Habit the Secret to Bulletproof Immunity? Science Says Yes Tags: Meditation Spirituality Immunity Health

Is a Meditation Habit the Secret to Bulletproof Immunity? Science Says Yes

October 12th, 2017

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Usually we don’t think of our immune system as highly intelligent and flexible, but rather, a mechanical process that (we hope) will take care of business in the background with minimal issue. In the world of science, however, this orientation radically changed in the 80s when it was discovered that the immune system is actually a “floating brain” — where immune cells throughout the body respond to chemical messages. Incredibly, researchers found that every thought, mood, sensation and expectation we have is relayed to our immune cells through these messengers, thereby wielding incredible power over how efficient (or not) our body is able to fight disease.

Taking it a step further, scientists began to explore how this process is influenced by meditation. What they found is inspiring.

The Powerful Connection Between Meditation and Health

Remarkably sensitive to both negative and positive thoughts, the immune system reflects where we are at any given time — emotionally, physically and mentally.

With this in mind, researchers examined how meditation can create a positive mental state, which, in turn, helps boost immunity. Publishing the results in the journal of Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, the team discovered that when older adults participated in an 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction program, there was a significant decrease in the expression of pro-inflammatory genes, which resulted in a lowered risk for morbidity and mortality. Interestingly, previous behavioral treatments to reduce loneliness and subsequent health risks had limited success, unlike the meditation program.

Another study also demonstrated meditation has a favorable impact on immunity. When 48 biotech workers participated in weekly meditation training over the course of eight weeks, they had notably higher levels of antibodies compared to the control group who didn’t meditate, as well as increased levels of antibodies than when they started the trial.

Likewise, this groundbreaking study examined 20 randomized control trials to establish the effect mindfulness meditation has on the immune system. The authors found:

  • Reduced markers of inflammation, high levels of which are often correlated with decreased immune functioning and disease.
  • Increased number of CD-4 cells, which are the immune system’s helper cells that are involved in sending signals to other cells telling them to destroy infections.
  • Increased telomerase activity; telomerase help promote the stability of chromosomes and prevent their deterioration (telomerase deterioration leads to cancer and premature aging).

And Richard Davidson, professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, found participants who received mindfulness training for eight weeks showed greater levels of antibodies, compared to the control group who were injected with the flu vaccine.

Researchers have consistently established mindfulness meditation increases activity in the prefrontal cortex, the right anterior insula and right hippocampus, all of which control positive emotions and awareness. They’re also the areas of the brain that strongly influence the immune system. When these regions are stimulated, immunity is enhanced overall.

As Jennifer Wilkins writes in “Train Your Brain to Boost Your Immune System,” she believes there are additional factors involved in the positive effect of meditation in relation to heightened immunity.

  • Decreased stress, increased emotional regulation: When we meditate, we encourage health-giving chemical messages from the brain, reduce our levels of stress (a proven health-killer), decrease rumination and increase our ability to handle difficult emotions.
  • Activation of the second brain (the gut): Mindfulness can stimulate immunity via the gut microbiota, of which the latter plays a major role in a healthy immune response. When we are under chronic stress, our gut microbiota becomes less diverse. When this happens, one of our prime defenses against infectious disease is compromised and our central nervous system (CNS) can become stuck in a damaging hyper-vigilant loop, further compromising our immune system.

So what’s the best way to move forward to assure a hearty and healthy immune response?

The Chopra Center recommends the following:

  • Keep up regular meditation morning and evening.
  • Reduce and avoid stress, since the immune system is easily compromised when stress hormones surge.
  • Seriously address low-level chronic stresses that may be present at home or work. You are not helping your immune status by putting up with constant “minor” stress.
  • Get adequate sleep, which is directly connected to brain function and hormone levels.
  • Wash your hands several times a day, and always after direct contact with someone else’s skin. Doctors who make sure to wash their hands after seeing every patient reduce hospital-borne infections by more than 50 percent.

Moreover, Ayurvedic wisdom is supportive for not only a health fortifying meditative practice, but also for ultimate balance of mind, body and spirit.

“The Ayurvedic approach is about aligning with the infinite organizing power of nature rather than struggling or trying to force things to go your way. This principle is embodied by the Law of Least Effort. When you observe nature, you will notice that grass doesn’t try to grow; it just grows. Birds don’t try to fly; they just fly. Flowers don’t try to blossom; they just blossom. Nature functions with effortless ease, frictionlessly and spontaneously. It is intuitive, holistic, non-linear, and nourishing. You will expend least effort when your actions are motivated by love, because nature is held together by the energy of love. When you chase after status, money, power, or accolades, you waste energy, but when your actions are motivated by love, your energy expands and accumulates. So take it easy and be guided by love.”

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About the author:

Carolanne enthusiastically believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, Carolanne has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of organic living, gratefulness and joyful orientation for over 13 years

Through her website Thrive-Living.net she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people from around the world who share a similar vision. Follow Carolanne on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

 

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