Object of Beauty

Om, Kriyananda

Today I went to the Temple of Kriya Yoga to attend a lecture by Kriyananda, who, though quite advanced in age now, still smiles, laughs, and even occasionally requests forgiveness during a talk he’s probably given a thousand times before.  I was a Kriya initiate years ago in Colorado (Kriya is the spiritual practice originally brought to the states by Yogananda… in the lineage of Babaji), but my keeping with it has faded in the interim.  It was nice to return to it today.  I’ve recently become more diligent re: meditating in general; it’s life-saving, really!  How did I ever become so preoccupied with external matters to the sorry neglect of my precious inner peace?  If there’s anything the world is showing us now… it’s the critical importance of tending our inner gardens.  Our saving grace!

Kriyananda offered numerous simple meditations we might use to help us correct our hell-bent thinking, including the “Object of Beauty” practice.  This is done simply by sitting with eyes closed and maintaining focus on something beautiful, such as a flower, or a sparkling gem, or a sunrise, or mountains, or even a sensual, beautiful fabric.  Bring up something that you find beautiful to behold, and just behold it. Imagine it suspended before you, and slowly turn it around to appreciate how it reflects light from its varying contours, and/or how it engages other senses such as scent, or sound.  Observe, attuned to the abundant loveliness of the object and the uplifted atmosphere of your mind in its presence. The point here is, the beauty one holds in consciousness will ultimately become the prevailing energy of one’s consciousness, and – by extension – one’s life.  If more of us could hold the vibration of beauty (and the peace, love, appreciation, etc. that this evokes)… we’d be purifying the troubled waters of our collective consciousness – the murky and turbulent 4th dimension in which we swim. Meditation 101.

BTW,  using a “beautiful woman” (or any person) as the “object” is not advisable (I’m particularly addressing men here), because objectifying someone doesn’t help anyone, and the ego could easily get involved and start binding her up (and tripping yourself up) in fantasy thoughtforms.  Consciousness is powerful, and the idea of this meditation is to beautify one’s mind, not encourage obsession!  Just sayin’.  For me, images from the natural world are where I gravitate; full-immersion “virtual realities” in beautiful, lush locations are optimal!

So just a simple invitation — to settle down, get comfortable, turn inward, and contemplate something beautiful at least a couple of times a day.  Needn’t be arduous, just intentional.

Isn’t the flower nice?

May beauty bloom eternally within and through you.

Time, Truth and Losing Your Memory

I like this article so have given Jim a ‘guest columnist’ spot here…

by Jim Self

Have you noticed that you are running out of time? Do you feel like you have more to do and much less time to do it?  Does it seem as though you just got out of bed and now you are climbing back into bed and yet there are still 24 hours on the clock?  Have you also noticed that you are losing your memory? You can’t find words to complete your sentences; you can’t recall the word for the spoon you have in your hand? No, it’s not Alzheimer’s and you are not the only one having these experiences. Age, gender and culture also have nothing to do with it.

Those of us who are now awakening are experiencing a Shift, an Awakening. There is a transformation occurring within us. It is shifting our thoughts, beliefs, and changing the ways in which we experience the world around us. Until now, most have measured themselves by the outside world. Our beliefs about how we look, what is acceptable, what we think, and how we act have all been established by the third-dimensional world outside of ourselves.

Our thoughts create our beliefs, our beliefs create our habits and our habits create our lives. Our beliefs connect the thoughts that run through our experiences forming our conclusions. However, many of our beliefs are created by thoughts of others passed down to us as truths and accepted without examination. Unfortunately, many of these thoughts, truths and beliefs do not align with our purpose for experiencing our self or our path to happiness. It has been more important to fit into this third-dimensional world, as uncomfortable as that has been for many, than to develop our own truth and follow our own path.

As many have begun to awaken, there is a new recognition unfolding. As we seek our own truth and walk our own unique path we begin to realize that there is much more to who we are then the outside world would lead us to believe. As we begin to look within we realize that we are multi-dimensional, spiritual beings able to align with a Higher Truth. As this transformation occurs, a new recognition unfolds. It is our own truth that creates happiness and adds simplicity to our path.

In the past only a few have experienced this Higher Truth. But now this truth has turned into an adventure sought by many. Because of you and the many others who are now awakening, a new consciousness is unfolding! The third-dimensional world that was defined by the truths, structures and beliefs of those around us is no longer working and is being dissolved. We are experiencing a huge change, a transformation, a shift in conscious awareness. A Grand Awakening!

Linear Time as we have known it—past, present and future—is also changing as we awaken to our Higher Truths. Time is condensing; the past and future are disappearing. We are now becoming aware of a much simpler form of time, ‘Present Time’, this ‘Now moment’. In present time we can make new choices. In present time negative emotional reactions from past experiences will no longer influence our choices. Choice in the now moment is neither based on past beliefs or future fears. Therefore, each choice made in the now moment allows us to create on our own terms from the Field of All Possibilities and Well-being.

To further enhance our present time experiences, making this shift even simpler, we are also losing our memories. Memories of ‘past time’ experiences that influence our daily lives are often coupled with old emotional baggage that adds no value to our new present time creations or desires.  Yet we continually project those old attitudes and emotions into our future: “I will never talk to her again.” “I have always been a failure.” “I will never have money.” “I can’t trust anyone.” What your ex-partner, mother, father, teacher, minister, and ex-boss thought of you ten years ago has nothing to do with you NOW. However, what you place your attention on is what the Universe lovingly provides for you. The Law of Attraction unfailingly delivers whatever we believe in or focus upon.  Continuing to carry the emotionally-charged memories of past events only restrict and lessen our new present time choices. Fortunately, our multi-dimensional Higher Aspect knows that these charged memories have no further value. As we shift our awareness from third-dimensional linear time to fourth-dimensional present time, memories which have no value to our growth are being dissolved, creating the awareness that we are losing our memories. Old memories tied to negative emotions are dropping away.

As the beliefs that are not your truths begin to dissolve around you, let them go. New choices are now beginning to replace the beliefs that were never yours. New opportunities are appearing. As you allow your transition to unfold, your own truths will begin to emerge bringing with them the simplicity and happiness you have long sought.

The ability to consciously know yourself in present time is now becoming available to you. Your purpose is to love yourself, enjoy yourself, and remember your ‘Self’. You are big, not small. You are significant, not insignificant.  You have a very important role to play in this unfolding ‘Shift of Consciousness’… bringing Heaven to Earth.


Jim Self
is an international teacher, speaker and author.  He has been a leader in the field of spiritual development for over 27 years.  He offers us the Tools of Mastering Alchemy as a Way of Life.
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Life Behind Bars

Liberation at Last

We are at the most pivotal crossroads right now that humanity has ever encountered in its entire existence, in my view.  I’m reminded of an obscure film I caught on TV about 10-12 years back.  Don’t remember the title unfortunately!  I’d actually be interested to see it again.

bar-coded nape

The key concept of the film:  the unraveling of (perceived) reality.  The story took place in a pleasant ‘American Dream’ town.  Everyone was living the good life.  Then one day, something really interesting began to happen.  Their “reality” began being exposed for what it actually was: a mass “program” broadcast out to the population via a huge computer hidden in some subterranean location.  This “program” dictated how people perceived their environs, the components of which were actually bar-coded, worthless items like cardboard boxes and other garbage!  Every THING in this town was worthless crap, including the houses and everything in them. EVEN the people were bar-coded to be PERCEIVED (by themselves as well as others) as something (or someone) altogether ELSE than they actually were.  The bar-codes were assigned by the “program” and broadcast out into everyone’s minds, which then interpreted their world of useless props, their reality system. (Sounds similar to our actual MEDIA and how we let it dictate our values, doesn’t it.  Also, at a higher level, the planet’s electromagnetic grids hold our “program” in place in a nested series of systems of various densities.)

One day this computer began malfunctioning, and the truth behind their mass illusion began leaking into view, first in subtle little ways that made people think they may have been ‘misfiring a few synapses,’ but then the entire sham became exposed for what it was: a highly orchestrated illusion dictated by software (and its programmers).

This film came out right around the time as the original Matrix, which is a similar theme, but with far more dark drama and cutting-edge special effects.  So the Matrix seized all the attention around this theme of a world of mass illusion while this little film I’m describing met with oblivion.  Another film along similar lines was The Truman Show, with Jim Carey.

Of course I’m reminded of this “bar-code reality” idea because this is exactly what is happening now.  We are seeing the illusions of our civilization’s structures completely unravel in so many ways at such an accelerated pace currently, it is clearly the END OF THIS PROGRAM.  The software (or “grid,” “matrix,” “lattice” etc etc) into which this entire hologram has been projected and perpetuated is in the throes of its due meltdown. We humans, as a race, are finally waking up to the sham — a mere plot-line projected onto the screen of the 3rd dimension, that has been controlling our lives for millennia. As beautiful as many aspects of this projection may be… ultimately we have been living lifetimes behind the bars of a container that has kept us enslaved to a particular “reality” that actually isn’t real at all.  It is a hall of mirrors that has kept us way over-invested in our little egos’ game of separation; duality; better-than, worse-than; haves and have- nots, and the insidious need to control situations to serve and satiate the ego’s distorted wants… which is a bottomless pit of service to the deluded egoic self.

So now the bar-coded program is being revealed — the insane value we have given worthless projections is coming up for a HUGE AUDIT.  This is in large part what my personal forgiveness work is ultimately about: forgiving myself for buying in to ideas that have held me in my vulnerable ego’s prison for sooo long, over sooo many lifetimes.  The alarm is finally ringing, and it is finally time to get over our “original sin,” or ERROR IN PERCEPTION, being that we are separate from God; lowly beings who must do this, that, and the other to prove our worth — all within a jerry-rigged structure of false illusions.  We have been betting on the wrong horses all this time, instead of the valiant stallions of our Souls, which are ultimately perfect renditions of a perfect Being who is nothing less than perfect Love.

Waking up is hard to do, admittedly.  It’s quite harsh to look around at all you’ve valued and constructed everything around and suddenly realize it’s a load of worthless props stamped with bar-codes dictating a program that has controlled our perception and kept us, ultimately, imprisoned in a world of illusion… a world that tells us how many flaming hoops we must jump through to perpetuate the lie.  As complacent as we may have been all this time with this brainwashing, chasing after our cars and shoes and all the other “idols” we hold dear as representative of our values, what these Things have ultimately done is kept us preoccupied with their attainment rather than investing the precious energies of our SOULS, through the lens of our human attention, on the Real Deal, which is that we are ONE with the ultimate DIVINITY, the ultimate unified field of pure and unconditional love, rather than re-iterating our differences and obsessions with controlling everyone and everything in ways that will keep our bar-coded house of cards in place — in shifting sands, at that.

The Truth is the only thing that truly endures, but does anyone have a clue what the ultimate Truth is?  (I include myself in this question; I put ideas out to perhaps consider, perhaps nudge the contours of one’s perceptions — not dictate.  Life on Earth is all about the grey areas, and where we each fall within them.)  In my notion of Truth, tho, there is no “interpretation,” no “spin zone.”  In Truth we are limitless beings of Spirit who have forgotten this and let our childish egos rule the world.  Power-hungry egos have dominated the Meak. The meak have fulfilled this part of the ego’s polarized equation. But the time is upon us when the prophesied “inheritance of the Earth” by the meak will be actualized.  In my naive youth, I interpreted “meak” to mean “weak,” which in turn made this prophecy highly bizarre to buy into.   I now understand that the “meak” are the gentle who will provide the new model, the new MO of living and creating on this Earth in a compassionate,  SUSTAINABLE fashion… in which we truly GET that we ARE ONE; we are each a facet of a living, loving God whose creations are ALL for the joyful experience of ALL — across all the borders we have painfully created among peoples based on fragile and misguided egoic values — and beyond human segregation to include the honoring of Life in all its expressions, all the kingdoms, from rocks up through the dieties who comprise Gaia’s rich and diverse family.

Whew.  All this before breakfast.  I’m sure I’ll be back to edit this draft, but for now perhaps it is sufficient enough to evoke some re-visioning of what this precious life is really all about.  Rather than revisiting the past in all its comforts, and all we might be losing in today’s “restructuring,” and letting that pain us over and over and over… we can look ahead to what CAN BE, and WILL, and will be SOONER if we put our faith-filled attention HERE in this unfolding moment on the way there, instead of the past.  That game is over.  Time to manifest ANEW, and ALIGN to Heaven‘s program, not the ego’s.  The ego may squabble for awhile in the period of shifting priorities because change always comes with some challenges when outcomes are unclear, but ultimately the ego will thrive in its new, healed, integrated-with-grace existence :)

LOVE ALL… Whitehawk

PS!  It is now the other end of the day, and I am rereading this.  It begins with the statement that this is the biggest thing to ever hit humanity… and I thought I’d clarify… that actually, EMPIRES fall all the time.  Throughout history, empires come and they go, like societal fashions.  It appears to be America’s time to fall from its considerable world-dominating perch.  But BEYOND THAT, we are also in the process of this huge energetic shift, by which I mean the very nature of reality is morphing, as I discuss in other posts.  I do believe that it is this level of “density” that is facing dismantling.  It’s more than just the economy, it is the FABRIC of the universe that is being reconfigured so that more Light may be factored into the equation — essential to the enlightened future.  Just thought I’d mention that little detail once again ;)

I’m Sorry, Please Forgive Me

These are such intense times.  Everyone I talk with seems to be having extreme experiences… either directly via interpersonal explosions or health issues (biological explosions); or indirectly via family or work-related dramas activating like wild fire.  One friend just had a suicide in her family yesterday.  Even electrical and mechanical “beings” are demonstrating erratic behavior or breaking down.  Then of course the huge issues in our world at large are building pressure, triggering much fear and its various “byproducts,” like anger.  The energies are in an uproar… a great dismantling and purging of heaviness, darkness, density, and falsity is underway, and emotionally it often shows up in the form of unleashing.  Creating personal balance and sanctuary has got to be given priority in these conditions.

Today someone refered to the expression of anger as being a release of emotion.  Makes sense; ‘expression’ means to express, or press out.  Release/relieve pressure.  I’ve had the opportunity to witness releasing of my own anger around a certain theme recently.  It’s a dreadful feeling, the un-peace of such an activated painful emotion thrashing around in deep need of resolution and healing, compounded by the harsh self-judgment that comes with it!   I wonder why I’m not just living in bliss, you know?  “I’m a spiritual being; I should be in a state of perpetual love!”  Guilt sweeps over me… I beat myself up… it’s a whole ordeal.

Today I revisited ho’oponopono. It has a simplicity, innocence, and also responsibility that I truly appreciate when I work with it.  The following is quoted from the man who brought the practice to public attention, Dr Hew Len; just thought I’d post it here for my own reminder.  Maybe it’s something you could use at this time as well?

Ho’oponopono is really very simple. For the ancient Hawaiians, all problems begin as thought. But having a thought is not the problem. So what’s the problem? The problem is that all our thoughts are imbued with painful memories, memories of persons, places, or things.

The intellect working alone can’t solve these problems, because the intellect only manages. Managing things is no way to solve problems. You want to let them go! When you do Ho’oponopono, what happens is that the Divinity takes the painful thought and neutralizes or purifies it. You don’t purify the person, place, or thing. You neutralize the energy you associate with that person, place, or thing. So the first stage of Ho’oponopono is the purification of that energy.

Now something wonderful happens. Not only does that energy get neutralized; it also gets released, so there’s a brand new slate. Buddhists call it the Void. The final step is that you allow the Divinity to come in and fill the void with light.

To do Ho’oponopono, you don’t have to know what the problem or error is. All you have to do is notice any problem you are experiencing physically, mentally, emotionally, whatever. Once you notice, your responsibility is to immediately begin to clean–to say, “I’m sorry. Please forgive me.”

I’ve been asking for forgiveness lately…  It helps.

BTW… much of the forgiveness I seek is my own.