Non-dual

In stillness, the truth slowly revels itself. We begin to understand the preciseness of the Universe. Out of chaos arises beautiful order; a magical dance of dark/light, pleasure/pain, bliss/suffering, life and death; anew in each eternal moment.
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Fool(ish) Musings

Today we will take some time to think about โ€œthe foolโ€™sโ€ journey through life. This theme is represented in literature with works such as โ€œthe Epic of Gilgameshโ€ and โ€Alice in Wonderlandโ€ among many others. Joseph Campbell, American writer and professor, described it as the archetypal hero story.

These themes are prevalent in our own lives as we grow from child to adolescent to adult, gaining insight and experience along the way. We begin our journey as the uneducated novice, (infant) bound in pure awareness, with no sense of self – hence, the fool.

Our modern language has negative connotations associated with the word FOOL, however, when looked at through the eyes of experience we see that the fool is unencumbered by societal trappings and norms. It is the fool who experiences life in all its splendor, tasting experience for what it is. There is no shame, no guilt – only pure being.

As babies, we have no sense of self (as in self-consciousness), purely instinctual beings. Our whole experience is based upon survival- cry to be fed, changed, consoled. All our energy is concentrated in the root chakra. As we grow, we develop a sense of separation, of otherness. It is at this point our energy moves into the sacral chakra. We experience the separation based upon sex and slowly become aware of the power sex and sexual identification has in our lives.
Like the fool/hero on the journey, we must come to understand that power is limited, controlling and lacking Love.
If our karma in this life allows, we move the into the third chakra, some of us developing a stable sense of self, or we become lost in the anxiety of tring to fit in. Most people are living through the energy of the lower 3 Chakras.

Progress moving the energy upwards becomes difficult due to our physical plane of existence which is constantly telling us we need more to be happy, to be loved, to fit in. Beings stuck here are trapped by instant gratification-always seeking outside of themselves.

The fool/hero, however is able, after some time, to move beyond the physical plane of power. This can happen gradually or some trauma can rend open the heart instantly allowing the experience of the power of unconditional love. This subtle energy allows us to bridge the gap between the lower and upper chakras.

This love can then assist us further on our foolish yet heroic journey through life. It allows us to see the world for what is in in pure love. It invites compassionate speech, action and opens our intuition allow a depth of understanding: everything is exactly as it should be in every moment.

This is the most difficult pill to swallow. War, greed, suffering are all intrinsic parts of human existence. They are the opposite side of the coin of love, compassion, and empathy.

At a point in history we began to see everything as duality (Eve eating the apple/Gilgamesh and Enkidu) and we lost the pure taste of awareness.

Those of us whose karma is ripening for awakening feels the โ€œsomething not quite rightโ€ in how we are told to experience life.

The foolโ€™s/heroโ€™s journey is never straight. It is a crooked path with many missteps and falls along the way.

Take time to look at your life from the perspective of story telling. Can you identify points in early life where energy became stagnant in the lower chakras?

In working with these ideas we must remember that we are most likely not fully awakening in this go-round. We are the fool – just beginning to open our eyes to the light of truth. This is a journey of many lifetimes, unpredictable and long.

It is with this realization ( which cannot be intellectuallized) that we begin to see the face of god in everyone we meet. No one better than us, no one less than us. All god, all one. All beings moving toward the light in their own way, in their own time.

The person that cut you off on the highway is god, the megalomaniac, hell-bent on persecuting other beings is also god. It is all energy in form. All one.
As Ram Dass says โ€œ it is all grist for the mill.โ€

Everything we meet is the path.

Namaste

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Namaste & many thanks.

Kristen

Shadow

๐–ถ๐–พ ๐–บ๐—…๐—… ๐–พ๐—‘๐—‰๐–พ๐—‹๐—‚e๐—‡๐–ผ๐–พ ๐—๐—‚๐—†๐–พ๐—Œ ๐—ˆ๐–ฟ ๐–ฝ๐–บ๐—‹๐—„๐—‡๐–พ๐—Œ๐—Œ ๐–พ๐—‚๐—๐—๐–พ๐—‹ ๐–ฟ๐—‹๐—ˆ๐—† ๐—Œ๐—‚๐—๐—Ž๐–บ๐—๐—‚๐—ˆ๐—‡๐—Œ ๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—๐—Œ๐—‚๐–ฝ๐–พ ๐—ˆf ๐—Ž๐—Œ ๐—ˆ๐—‹ ๐–บ ๐—‹๐—‚๐—Œ๐—‚๐—‡๐—€ ๐—ˆ๐–ฟ ๐—๐—๐–พ ๐–ฝ๐–บ๐—‹๐—„๐—‡๐–พ๐—Œ๐—Œ ๐—๐—‚๐—๐—๐—‚๐—‡. ๐– ๐—…๐—๐—๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—€๐— ๐—๐—๐—‚๐—…๐–พ ๐—‚๐—‡ ๐—๐—๐–พ ๐—†๐—‚๐–ฝ๐—Œ๐— ๐—ˆ๐–ฟ ๐—๐—๐–พ๐—Œ๐–พ ๐—๐—‚๐—†๐–พ๐—Œ ๐–บ๐—…๐—… ๐–ผ๐–บ๐—‡ ๐—Œ๐–พ๐–พ๐—† ๐—…๐—ˆ๐—Œ๐— ๐—ˆ๐—‹ ๐—๐—ˆ๐—‰๐–พ๐—…๐–พ๐—Œ๐—Œ, ๐—‚๐— ๐–ผ๐–บ๐—‡ ๐–ป๐–พ ๐–บ ๐—๐—‚๐—†๐–พ ๐–ฟ๐—ˆ๐—‹ ๐—Ž๐—‡๐–ฝ๐–พ๐—‹๐—Œ๐—๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ๐—‚๐—‡๐—€ ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—€๐—‹๐—ˆ๐—๐—๐—.
๐–ถ๐–พ ๐–ผ๐–บ๐—‡ ๐—‚๐—‡๐—๐—‚๐—๐–พ ๐—๐—๐–พ๐—Œ๐–พ ๐–ฟ๐–พ๐–พ๐—…๐—‚๐—‡๐—€๐—Œ ๐—๐—ˆ ๐—Œ๐—๐–บ๐—’, ๐—๐–บ๐—‡๐—€ ๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—, ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐–ฝ๐–พ๐–พ๐—‰๐—…๐—’ ๐–ฟ๐–พ๐–พ๐—… ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—๐–พ๐–บ๐—‹ ๐—๐—๐–บ๐— ๐—๐—๐–พ๐—’ ๐–บ๐—‹๐–พ ๐—๐—‹๐—’๐—‚๐—‡๐—€ ๐—๐—ˆ ๐—๐–พ๐—…๐—… ๐—Ž๐—Œ.
๐–ถ๐–พ ๐—‡๐–พ๐–พ๐–ฝ ๐—๐—ˆ ๐–พ๐—‘๐—‰๐–พ๐—‹๐—‚๐–พ๐—‡๐–ผ๐–พ ๐–ฝ๐–บ๐—‹๐—„๐–พ๐—‹ ๐—๐—‚๐—†๐–พ๐—Œ ๐—‚๐—‡ ๐—ˆ๐—‹๐–ฝ๐–พ๐—‹ ๐—๐—ˆ ๐–ป๐–พ ๐—๐—๐—ˆ๐—…๐–พ. ๐–ณ๐—๐–พ๐—‹๐–พ ๐—‚๐—Œ ๐—‡๐—ˆ ๐—…๐—‚๐—€๐—๐— ๐—๐—‚๐—๐—๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐— ๐—๐—๐–พ ๐–ฝ๐–บ๐—‹๐—„. ๐–ญ๐—ˆ ๐–ฝa๐—’ ๐—๐—‚๐—๐—๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐— ๐—‡๐—‚๐—€๐—๐—. ๐–ก๐–บ๐—…๐–บ๐—‡๐–ผ๐–พ ๐—ˆ๐–ฟ ๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—‹ ๐—…๐—‚๐—€๐—๐— ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐–ฝ๐–บ๐—‹๐—„ ๐—‚๐—Œ ๐—๐—๐–พ๐—‹๐–พ ๐—๐–พ ๐—๐—๐—‚๐—๐–พ. ๐–จ๐— ๐—‚๐—Œ ๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—‹ ๐–ฝ๐–บ๐—‹๐—„๐—‡๐–พ๐—Œ๐—Œ ๐—๐—๐–บ๐— ๐–บ๐—…๐—…๐—ˆ๐—๐—Œ ๐–บ๐—‹๐–พ ๐—…๐—‚๐—€๐—๐— ๐—๐—ˆ ๐—Œ๐—๐—‚๐—‡๐–พ ๐—๐—๐—‹๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—€๐—.

Reiki

Happy now beautiful souls! It is a crisp, cold morning here in upstate NY- the perfect kind of day to cozy up with a cup of tea, good book or get started on a new blog post! I do like to hibernate a bit more in the winter. My body and mind crave warmth, comfort and seclusion. I have learned over the years to pay deep attention to my body as the body mirrors the mind. This process of understanding the mind-body-spirit connection has been made clearer with Reiki.

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So first let us take a look at what Reiki is and the science backed benefits it provides. REIKI, (pronounced Ray Key) is a stress reduction and relaxation technique where through the laying of hands, the practitionerย channels Universal energy through the body to assistย in removing emotional blockages, stress, and anxiety. REIKI energy balances & works on the four levels of existence: Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual. Reiki activates the parasympathetic nervous system allowing for deeper relaxation and renewal.

The parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) regulates functions outside of voluntary control such as the cardiac muscles, digestion and relaxation. When we are able to activate or be in touch with the PNS we can reduce stress levels and in turn reduce heart rate, blood pressure and raise our levels of joy.

Let’s look at an example. We have all been in a situation where our sympathetic nervous system (AKA Flight or Fight response) is activated like when we get cut off in traffic. A flood of adrenaline ups our heart rate and breathing. Unfortunately, this system is in overdrive with our modern way of life. We tend to respond in traffic the way our ancestors would have responded to being chased by a tiger. These constant reactions create unregulated stress in our bodies. Long term, this can have serious health effects.

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It has been scientifically shown that we can reduce the stress reaction by activating our PNS with various techniques such as Reiki. During a Reiki treatment with me, the client lays comfortably, clothed, on a massage table and is guided into a relaxed state with meditation. You will be asked to gentlyย focus on the present using your breath to bring you back to the moment when your mind drifts. While you enjoy healing music such as solfeggio frequencies, I will first access your energy by placing my hands on your shoulders followed by hand placements at specificย energetic points on the body. You may feel a subtle shift of consciousness, or release of emotion, warmth or tingling sensationย as REIKI energy flows throughย your body.ย Once the treatment is complete you may feel relaxed, refreshed, or very tired. ย You will be advised to drink plentyย of pure water to aid in detoxifyingย your energeticย body.

I routinely perform self-treatments to assist in healing my own health issues or dis-ease. I have found that my state of mind greatly influences the levels of pain I experience, for our body is a reflection of mind. Our thoughts precede our actions and our physicality. Reiki has helped me to slow down, to find presence, to be instead of do(ing). Now when I experience pain, I know it is due to imbalance in my overall mind-body-spirit system. I am able to actively participate in my treatment and healing. Migraines and stomach upset frequently have less to do with physical dis-ease as they do mental dis-ease. Stress and trauma can cause flareups in my IBS, fibromyalgia and endometriosis. Being aware of my mental state gives me opportunity to see the patterns of cause and effect. This awareness take time to cultivate but offers one a chance to begin healing from within.

When we learn to cultivate practice for our mental well-being our physical body follows suit. Healing modalities such as Reiki, breath work, meditation, Qi Gong all can help us become in touch with our mind-body-spirit connection. We need to heal wholly, at each level of existence in order to live a balanced life. If you would like to know more or would like to begin on a path of healing, please contact me for a free 15-minute consultation.

Namaste.