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Finding Your Inner Light to Get Through Dark Times

by Ami Dye Gori

“I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.” ~Hafiz of Shiraz

One week before my twenty-ninth birthday, the love of my life broke up with me. The pain of it was agonizing, heart-stopping. I could not think. I could not eat. I could not sleep. I could not breathe.

I expressed and released pain, anger, denial, guilt, sadness, and on and on, until I exhausted myself. The bottom had dropped out of my life, and my sense of self was left shattered.

If I could be so wrong about something I had felt such certainty about, I thought, then there was nothing that I could possibly be right about. I was tragically flawed and inevitably doomed.

So I did something desperate and extreme. I dropped out of graduate school, gave away all my furniture, threw away most of my belongings, and moved across the country.

My intention was escape: to run from the darkness, as far and as fast as possible, and to somehow exchange my old, broken life for a shiny new one.

It didn’t work the way I expected it to.

Instead of the dynamic new life in a vibrant city I had envisioned, I created instead an involuntary retreat into solitude and self-reflection.  

Moving far away changed only my environment; it didn’t change my internal landscape at all. After the excitement of change of scene faded, I was left with the one thing I couldn’t leave behind: me.

Because I didn’t know anyone, I spent a lot of time alone. This was back in the days before social media, before the Internet was what it is now, and way before smartphones.

I put pen to paper and wrote, a lot, just to purge the thoughts from my head. Many days passed for me in silence, simply because there was no one to talk to.

In my search to understand why something so unbearably horrible had happened to me, I embraced with passionate zeal every tradition or tool for healing and self-knowledge I could find.

I meditated, I did yoga, I breathed; I learned about the Saturn Return, the chakras, flower essences, fasting, mantras, shamanism, dream work, the I Ching.

All of this helped, but still, I was left with the dull, leaden weight of my loneliness.

I didn’t know how, but I was determined to find a way out. I clung to that intention for dear life: not the belief that it would get better—I wasn’t quite there yet— just the possibility that it could.

After a few months of existing from moment to moment with my solitude, I began to see myself more clearly, stripped as I was of everything familiar and alienated from everyone I loved. And slowly, surprisingly, and strangely, I began to notice qualities in myself that I didn’t know I possessed.

Because I did everything by myself, I learned self-reliance. If I got lost while driving, I had to navigate my way out of it. If my car broke down (which it did), there was no friend I could call for help.

I learned to take risks. Because everything I did was fraught with uncertainty, I realized that I could go out on a limb and figure out how to deal with it.

But even more than that: I found out that eating one perfectly ripe peach on the way back from the farmers’ market was an exquisite experience when performed solo and in silence. I could enjoy watching a fantastic movie even if I had no one to talk to about it when it was over. I could walk on a beach at sunset and appreciate the beauty without aching for someone to share it with.

My internal landscape had become, to my amazement, rich, complex, andinteresting. The gradually dawning knowledge that I could not just survive alone, but feel whole and happy—even in small bursts—was a revelation to me.

Out of the ashes of a devastating personal loss, I found an unlooked-for self-respect and a renewed excitement about living my life. Gradually, a vision of myself emerged, contrasted against the darkness that had enveloped me.

Since then, of course I’ve had other experiences that have pushed me to an edge, but I’ve found my way back to center each time by drawing on the essence of who I am.

It doesn’t mean I’ve lost all my flaws or figured it all out. I am always me in those ways, too. I can still be critical of myself or get distracted by life’s endless dramas or get wrapped up in anxiety and worry. But I know that I have a map that can get me back to where I want to be instead of being stuck someplace awful.

It can take time to find the way back, but you can be sure of the way by keeping just a few things in mind.

When something unthinkable happens, the question isn’t Why? The question isWho?

Who are you? That’s the only thing you can really know. Let what is inexplicable be inexplicable. You can’t change what has happened and you can’t control other people. But you can choose to let adversity teach you something about yourself.

If you lose everything, you are still you.

Nothing that happens, no matter how bad, can erase who you are. You are always you, no matter what happens. Experiences may change you, but deep inside there is always that shining seed of self, the blueprint of who you truly are, guaranteeing the possibility of renewal.

Loss allows space for something else to take root in you. You can let it be wisdom, not bitterness.

When everything else has been taken away, you have a choice to mend the pieces that are left or to stay in the shadowlands. When you move in the direction of wholeness, the power of your intention can ignite your own personal revolution.

An open mind and an open heart can turn the key.

It is hard work to generate gratitude and serenity when you are suffering. Luckily, just wanting to be that kind of person can be enoughWith your intentions set in the right direction, peace and contentment will find you.

In persevering through my own darkness, I found a self—call it my authentic self, my immortal soul, core being, my heart center and sanctuary—who can survive whatever life throws at me.

My experience has taught me that the human capacity to endure—and to do it with grace, courage, and joy—does not really depend on anything outside of ourselves. Even when life seems impossible, the brilliant light inside yourself is enough to see your way through your own darkest nights.

 

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10 Gandhi Quotes That Will Change Your Life

1) Be the change you wish to see in the world
2) What you think, you become
3) Where there is love, there is life
4) Learn as if you’ll live forever
5) Your health is your true wealth
6) Have a sense of humor
7) Your life is your message
8) Action expresses priorities
9) Our greatness is being able to remake ourselves
10) Find yourself in the service of others

 
 
From ZazenLife

The beauty of these profound truths lies in their innate simplicity. They are unambiguous as to their true meaning and speak directly to the soul, piercing the veil of seeming normalcy that permeates our lives. Truly every moment is divine and holds the potential for our self realization. These words of wisdom connect us to our true divine nature and higher selves, causing us to reflect on that which we may take for granted as simply another aspect of day to day lives.

If something is boring or mundane, that is only our perception. If you truly want a glimpse into the complexity of the universe, try to draw what you see and you will instantly realize the incredible intricacy of every-little-thing in existence. Even the most humble stone is incredibly complex when we really begin to ponder and examine its true nature. Gandhi, as do all great spiritual leaders, recognized this and was able to coherently translate into language that is accessible by all.

If you feel inspired by these words, write them down! Create reminders that you can post in places you visit everyday such as your bedroom, office, or car so that you are constantly reminded of your true spiritual nature. We must never forget that all originates from spirit first and is then manifest into physical reality. This perspective helps keep us from getting lost in the powerful illusion of the external world.

Namaste
 
 

Native American Wisdom

Bull Tongue of Apsaroke (Crow) Tribe

From Soul Awakening…

Native American wisdom is deep, profound, simple and true. It has passed the test of time. The wisdom of their elders is very pertinent to the times in which we are living. Had the rest of the world lived according to their philosophy as ‘Earth Keepers’ we would not be facing the dreadful problems as a planet that now assails us in the ways of pollution, climate change and plundering of resources.

There are countless tribes each with their own language, sacred stories, customs and ceremonies.

However, they all share the wisdom of being aware of the Cosmic connection to not only each other but the very earth and skies, trees and rocks, animals and plants.

 

They teach “walk lightly upon the Earth and live in balance and harmony.”

 

Read the words of that great holy man, Black Elk:

“The first peace, which is the most important,
is that which comes within the souls of people
when they realize their relationship, their oneness,
with the universe and all its powers,
and when they realize that at the center of the universe
dwells the Great Spirit,
and that this center is really everywhere,
it is within each of us.”
~ Black Elk – Oglala Sioux ~

 

They are profoundly spiritual people who have suffered greatly. Their words echo deep in my bones. I hear truth, beauty, and meaning in the words from their holy men and elders.

 

“Out of the Indian approach to life
there comes a great freedom –
an intense and absorbing love for nature;
a respect for life;
enriching faith in a Supreme Power;
and principles of truth, honesty, generosity, equity,
and brotherhood as a guide to mundane relations.”
~ Luther Standing Bear, Oglala ~

 

“From Wakan-Tanka, the Great Mystery,
comes all power.
It is from Wakan-Tanka that the holy man has wisdom
and the power to heal and make holy charms.
Man knows that all healing plants
are given by Wakan-Tanka;
therefore they are holy.
So too is the buffalo holy,
because it is the gift of Wakan-Tanka.”
~ Flat-Iron (Maza Blaska) Oglala Sioux Chief ~

 

They lived and breathed their spirituality. And so do not forget.

 

It has become quite a ‘fashion’ to try to take on Native American teachings. We do this proud nation a disservice to try to emulate them in a shallow way. They know (and they always knew) their kindredship with the Earth. We have tried to box them in, silence their words and ‘educate’ them, lest they cause us to shrivel up in shame!

Those of us who recognize these things can only move forward in love. Ask forgiveness from our Native American brothers and sisters who have managed to retain ancient wisdom. Their God, Wankan Tanka is our God too. How can it be other?

We live in very turbulent days and we owe them such a debt of gratitude for their forbearance. Surely now the time has come when we can share and meet in mutual acceptance and thanksgiving that they have kept ancient ceremonies and respect for elders and ancestors alive. We can learn so much about honor from these people.

 

 

I believe their voice will now be heard by all nations.
It is the time for freedom from mental slavery
and return to our birthright as good people
reclaim our kindred ship to each other,
the kingdoms and give due respect
and walk in balance and harmony
with the entire natural world.

 

12.12.12 – The Time Has Come!

12.12.12 is here!

So many have questioned and feared the arrival of this day. Some think it’s the end of the world. I think it ‘s the end of the world as we know it, and that’s a good thing. Because of the planetary rotations and the electromagnetic fields that are changing, the energy has changed to open us up to unconditional LOVE, PEACE across the world and HAPPINESS / JOY as an outcome. The image shown here represents that unconditional love.

John Smallman…

Many have talked of the End Times approaching, but you are really approaching the Beginning Times as a new age of peace, harmony, and abundance for all humanity comes into view. The satisfaction and contentment that you will experience, as all that could frighten, worry, or cause you any kind of suffering just dissolves, leaving absolutely no trace to disturb your constant state of sublime peace, is definitely something to which you can look forward. A New Age, for which you have been yearning, is about to dawn.

As the short period remaining before you winds down, it would be good to address any issues that you may have been avoiding, or perhaps considered too insignificant to concern yourselves with. However, anything that would fall into the category of holding a grudge, a derogatory judgment of another, or something unforgiven, no matter how small or inconsequential it seems, does need to be released. If you can remember it, then it needs to be released. Everyone has things that have been totally forgotten that could have been released, but if they are truly forgotten they are as good as already released and forgiven. It is just the small niggling things, which are occasionally retained because they give a person a sense of satisfaction, of being right, that now need to be released to clear your energy fields – that person who queue-barged, pinched your parking-spot, made an unwarranted and unkind remark – small seemingly insignificant momentary occurrences that you still remember. Let them go.

In a sense, 12.12.12 is more important than 12.21.12, the day when these planetary changes are firmly established and we are all awake to the new vibrations. If you don’t feel lighter, more energetic and joyful right away, don’t worry about it…you will as the days unfold.

Today on 12.12.12, many around the world will be uniting in two global meditations to uplift humanity and bring about a positive shift as we enter a new age. Feel free to join with us for a relaxing, easy meditation at 9:30 pm EST.

The Master Shift

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The still, small voice within will soon be neither still nor small. – channeled by Ron Head

So encouraging and uplifting. Thank you so much, Ron!

Oracles and Healers

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It is our intent now to bring to your attention the constant flood of Creator’s unconditional love, that which we sometimes name energy or light, which is flowing through your world now.  It has, of course, always done so, but it has reached a volume which can now not be missed by any who may turn their attention to it.

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Video – A War For Your Soul

From Erisai Films…

Reggie Bullock’s short film “A War For Your Soul” is a stirring, inspirational video for today’s generation. Over 10 million internet viewers have watched “A War For Your Soul” in 2 years. The video has garnered praise from mayors, city leaders, youth and civic organizations and almost every major country around the world, sparking dialogue in encouraging adults to play a more active role in educating children.

Popular radio host Michael Baisden said “This is a must see film”.

This video was created to inspire young at-risk African-Americans not to fall prey to some of the problems they face in society. The “Master of Darkness” represents that abstract concept of evil that has the potential to reside in the consciousness of mankind.

The use of the images of Richard Pryor and NAS, were used to show how we have publicly displayed the “N” word over the course of time. Richard Pryor, before his death, had gone on record to publicly denounce his use of the word, and the Rapper NAS ( one of the few socially conscious rappers ) intentions of wearing the jacket had nothing to do with the glorification of the word. I have enjoyed some of Pryor’s masterful story telling and I have also enjoyed some of the thought-provoking music from NAS.

This video should not to be used to divide people (Black and White). 
This video should not be used to criticize all aspects of hip-hop culture.
This video should not be used to allow the rest of society to escape from their responsibility, to help with financial and academic support.

If used properly, this video will allow our youth to see some of the horrific conditions that their ancestors fought through and some of the horrific conditions they face today.

An extensive commentary about the film can be seen at warforyoursoul.com

 

 

Inspiration…Love and Compassion

 

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive ~ Dalai Lama

 

Make no mistake…this is not about love and compassion for those who look like you and agree with you. It is about embracing ALL humanity, all life. When you master this, you are ready.

 

 

This is dedicated to you, Grandma Sallie

This is dedicated to you, my dear Grandma Sallie,

You were the most loving, wise, patriotic grandmother any child could wish for. To me, you were perfect in every way. Your home was always filled with family, friends and food that would blow anyone’s mind. It wasn’t just me who believed that. People came from miles around for your meals. Yet, you were never paid enough for your worth to allow you to move beyond your simple means. So it was and always has been for the majority of African Americans.

I always considered you wealthy, although the truth was the reverse. Your modest home was always clean and no one was turned away. Your home was a salvation for the needy where you collected clothing and funds for family, friends and neighbors. I learned about community service and charity firsthand from you. You never wore makeup, always wore a simple house dress and apron, but I thought you were the most beautiful and smartest lady in the world.  As I grew older, I realized I was right about you. I always felt loved, safe and happy around you.

Your spirit…your spirit…

You were the last in our family born into slavery. I remember your stories of struggle and the pain of our people. You said, “Get your education!” I did. I became a teacher and activist, following what you taught me. Outside of school where I should have learned about slavery which built this nation, I learned the stories were worse than what you told me. I have learned to survive in a country where racism has always been a part of my life to the point where the poison is no longer hidden from anyone. I remember you were patriotic and believed in the good of all people. A picture of JFK hung on your wall for many years.

You told me to vote. Always. You once said it would be nice to have a “negro” president who cared about our people. You said it with hope in our future. I promised you I would always vote…and know who and what I was voting for.

Well Mrs. Sallie E. Hunt, I kept my promise to you. I have always voted since age 18. And for the past 5 years, I dedicated my life to the election and reelection of President Barack Hussein Obama, the first black president, but more important, possibly the greatest president this nation has ever had. And while our work is hardly over, we are on to a good start to make this country into something you prayed and dreamed of.

Under President Obama, I feel safe, I believe Obama cares, and I face the future with optimism and hope.

And so, I dedicate this song and celebration of the election of President Obama to you, and to all the slaves who struggled and died for a country that used, abused and despised them. It seems the hate never left. But I remember you said to love even the haters because they know not what they do. I will try to remember that part. And I will keep hope alive.

In closing, this song is for you. I know you will always be with me. 

Love you,

Marion

 

 

 

 

 

Aretha Franklin’s version

Poofness – As the Insanity Ends – 11/4/2012

Greetings and Salutations…

So the east coast was dealt lemons, some one had the foresight to make lemonade. No wasting of time and throwing the hands up in disappointment. Steady effective pressure applied to realize the dream and negate the nightmares. For some reason humans find it easier to assume the worst and give strength to the negative. So be it, I will smile and move on and hope you catch up some day. The world needs our collective help so we can all breathe again, drink fresh pure water again. I tasted pure water once and I’ve never forgotten it…it was just cold and had no taste. Imagine that. Not much to say today. Assume flight position. Instruction are very simple and the confusion is to be ignored, pre-reception. Listen to the song again and read the words, it may trigger something.

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Love and Kisses,

Poofness