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Spiritual Yoga Retreat Ubud Bali ESSENCE of BALI – June 1-5 2019 Nature Meditation Yoga Tranquility …
ESSENCE of BALI – June 1-5 2019
This healing retreat is for women to tap into their true nature and awaken their inner goddess through empowerment, self love, compassion and acceptance in a safe, nurturing and holistic environment.
A Spiritual Sanctuary
By PROVIDE A COMPASSIONATE AND CONDUCIVE HEALING SPACE FOR WOMEN TO GLIMPSE AND EMBELLISH THEIR INNER DIVINE SELF.
TO AWAKEN YOUR SPIRIT IN A SAFE, HOLISTIC AND NURTURING ENVIRONMENT
I believe human beings are naturally spiritual, wise and creative. These qualities, yet not always experienced, are always within us. Are our innate Selves.
Being a part of a retreat in nature is a way to awaken to our innate being, spirit and wellness. Our aspiration at Essence Of Bali is to provide women with a space to relax and reunite with and experience their authentic Self in a conducive environment – on their own terms, our individual dharma.
We are here to support and guide with wisdom, strength and kindness, along with providing practices, yet believe each person has the capacity to follow their own rhythms. We call this Impowerment … and freedom!
The Rooms are exquisite with abundant outdoor spaces to sit quietly and just BE!
(the property is 20 minutes from Ubud Markets)
Traditional offerings of gratitude and respect are made daily.
WEST END THERAPIES AND PARTNERS ARE OFFERING DEEP SPIRITUAL IMMERSION AND HEALING IN A NATURAL ENVIRONMENT FOR WOMEN
Daily light Asanas (Yoga) & meditation | Daily massage | Local healer visit | Full moon Fire Ceremony
Chanting | Onsite Counselling | Art therapy | Sound & crystal healing Ubud | Temple Visit
Holistic Vegan Vegetarian (meat options) meals. All produce organic and locally grown and all meat is ethically sourced. The owner has a integral consciousness around animal cruelty.
They are designed for total relaxation, chilling out, healing and/or immersing yourself in Sadhana (spiritual practice).
Personally I like both!
The path to Rahasia Manis still winds its way through the rice fields. Farmers smile and say “Hello” and the ducks, muttering to themselves and busy at work, still ignore us. We continue to make daily offerings of gratitude and respect in the traditional Balinese way and to marvel at the beauty that surrounds us. – Owner
Tucked away from the tourists in the Rice Fields, half an hour from UBUD is a beautiful Spiritual Balinese family, that through many years of hard work and spiritual devotion, have created a tranquil oasis on the edge of the Balinese jungle and West End Therapies has secured the entire property for five days in June.The property has quite literally grown out of the land it is built upon. We started in the rice fields and jungle, and before breaking ground we had local priests perform the vital ceremonies asking permission of the gods and goddesses to build here.
We developed organically, one room at a time. Most of our buildings were sourced from Java, of reclaimed teak or other hardwoods. They were dismantled, brought to the property, then reconstructed and designed in keeping with the landscape, then adapted to provide more light, space, and modern amenities.
No two houses are the same, each has its own distinct character and charm, and all have wonderful views, some of the rice fields and others of the jungle. – Owner
“The Property has been built with a conscious effort towards sustainability. Most of our buildings are built from reclaimed wood and our gardens chemical free and based on permaculture principles. A saltwater pool is central to the property and surrounded by vegetable and herb gardens, fruit trees, tropical plantings, and koi fish ponds. Flowers, butterflies, and birds are plentiful.” – Owner
Perfect for spiritual nourishment and sun salutations!
The daily schedule consists of morning and evening Asana (yoga) sessions with a local instructor and one morning guided meditation and one evening silent or singing bowl meditation. These are optional as our retreat aims to promote freedom and natural personal rhythm.
Megan may be found in deep trance at times throughout the property, please feel free to join her (quietly of course).
A local spirit healing is also on offer. This involves a day trip to the healers village and a water hole were a traditional 7 part healing will take place in the river system. An alternative to this is the opportunity to have a healing on the property with a local healer that offers a consultation on holistic healing and reads ones energy and life path.
We encourage Wu Wei (Tao word meaning ‘doing nothing’) and are happy if you want to sit and just be or wander the property or lay by the pool. Each of us has our own healing needs, body rhythms as well as individual psyches (or soul) and life challenges (although we are all connected) and therefore we encourage each individual to move about the day as they will. Many people have busy lives or are transitioning through intense emotional situations and being adsorbed in the stillness and biorhythms of nature may be the healing required. A daily massage will also be available.
Megan will be doing Upanishad readings and/or readings from Sri Aurobindo’s ‘Synthesis of Yoga’ with open discussion as well as offering onsite counseling through out the retreat. It is encouraged to use these counselling sessions to share any deep emotions or issues that may arise as one practices meditation or reflection aroused from the still environment.
We will also be having a sharing circle one evening or afternoon and as we will be blessed with an auspicious (Balinese) full moon (June 3) we will also be having a fire ceremony.
A day trip to UBUD to attend the infamous Yoga barn is also included; a crystal or sound healing will be available during this trip.These will be organised in advance so please advise on registration so we can arrange bookings and drivers beforehand. We would be sad if you missed out on the UBUD experience. We will also be offering a trip to the temple and are hoping to organise a traditional ceremony which is rare for westerners.
Vegan and Vegetarian menus are the focus but meat is also avail. there will be three meals per day in buffet style however if you have particular needs we can possibly organise something with the chef. There are kitchens provided within the houses so if you prefer to make your own food that will be fine. You will have to source food from a market beforehand or you can get a driver (extra cost) to take you into UBUD or a local village. 3 daily meals per day are included in costs to make things easy, so this would be an added personal cost.I usually like to take some veges and rice so I can have some self cooked silent meals.
WE are also currently trying our hardest to get a local Monk from the Buddhist monastery to share our time and to give one or two evening or daytime talks on ‘Loving Kindness and Compassion’ and ‘Maintaining spiritual practice in everyday life”
All activities, food and accommodation is included in the package.
ESSENCE of BALI – June 1-5 2019
All houses have private bathrooms, all with showers, some with bathtubs also. Each house has international electrical sockets and a safe into which you put your own code. Every house has its own refrigerator and some have fully equipped kitchens (3).
We do not have AC, we prefer to take advantage of the natural breezes, and all rooms have either ceiling or wall fans. Being considerably higher than Ubud and most other tourist locations in Bali, the temperature is cooler and there are far less mosquitoes, although all beds do have nets.
There are several lovely spaces suitable for personal yoga and meditation practice, or small private classes.
Please take a look at our room options and book according to your preference!
The retreat has 10 houses available with most shared (one or two private rooms available – these will go fast). The property itself has countless different nooks and spaces for eating, relaxing quietly or talking privately on the phone. We do not have AC, there are high areas open to the elements with no screens and the bathroom is open air but with very high walls, (the sink and toilet are under a roof awning so usable in any weather). The huts are perfectly safe, secure and lockable, whilst not fully closed off to all of nature and the natural breezes. There are glass sky-lights both in the room and on the patio making for more natural light.
Each one completely unique and colourfully decorated, with bamboo matting walls. in close proximity to each other each hut is with private shower and toilet (outdoors) . The huts are right on the edge of a jungle that slopes down to a river; it is calm and quiet, cool with natural breezes and plenty of shade. All the huts have high ceilings and fans. There are bamboo blinds that can be lowered to allow more privacy between the huts.
The huts have lovely outdoor common area. and all have a luscious outdoor private protected bathing area.
Each hut has a small refrigerator, personal safe, private patio for outdoor lounging with a large sized couch, table and chairs for dining and computer work, a hammock, mosquito net, koi pond, private en-suite outdoor stonework bathroom with a shower and unlimited hot water, excellent free wifi, purified water dispenser and facilities for preparing hot drinks. There is full access to a large saltwater swimming pool, and a small warung (restaurant) on the property where simple Balinese meals can be ordered and delivered to your room.
Kamala is one of 4 huts built in the traditional Balinese style,Kamala is the first hut at the beginning of these 4 huts, and therefore closest to the main pathway. An advantage being that it only has a shared wall on one side. The Kamala bed is a large King that can be split into singles, making it suitable for either a couple or 2 friends.
Radha is one of the middle huts, with other huts on either side. It is very cosy. The bed is a large King that can be split into singles, making it suitable for either a couple or 2 friends.
Sita is the end hut, and therefore at the end of the path and right on the edge of the jungle. An advantage being that it only has a shared wall on one side, also no-one needs to pass by it. The bed is a large King that can be split into singles, making it suitable for either a couple or 2 friends.
Uma is one of the middle huts, with other huts on either side. It is very cosy. The Uma bed is a large King that can be split into singles, making it suitable for either a couple or 2 friends.
Anita is one of a pair that are adjoining, (Sunita being the other), each one however completely self contained, with separate entrances. There are 2 beds, a lower double bed, with a loft single above it (both with real mattresses); ideal for either 2 friends or a small family. Although adjacent to other houses this house has ample privacy. It is surrounded by a living fence, fruit trees, vegetable gardens and is a veritable mini “garden of eden”. It has its own bathroom attached to the house and just a couple of steps across the patio. Anita has a small hand-crafted bathtub as well as a shower. There is an ample closet, a safe, storage space and a small refrigerator, plus eating utensils, plates and cups. It does not have cooking facilities, but we of course have our on-site warung. The bathroom is covered but has a coconut tree growing out of the centre and a living garden, plus a shower with abundant hot water. There is a comfortable sitting area outside, with a wooden swinging hammock for relaxing, dining or writing. There is also a small koi pond. All in all, this little house has everything you could ask for to be comfortable, private and surrounded by nature.
Siddhi is one the smallest and latest editions to the property; its size is a big part of its charm. A solid teak lumbung beautifully carved, just big enough for a queen size bed that sits snuggly in the room and doubles as a day lounger. The bed is extra thick (very comfortable) foam and sits on the floor, so this is not the house for those who don’t like living at floor level, or have trouble getting up and down. The whole house is raised up and looks out over the jungle. We replaced 2 of the walls with glass, so the vistas all around are breathtaking. There is an outside bale connected to the house that creates extra living space and is ideal for working, (it has an International socket for a lap-top). It is self contained and very private, ideal for those who enjoy communing with nature. It is also the perfect little “love nest” for couples. Cosy, intimate living in the most idyllic location, this house is also perfect for solo travelers, an ideal spot for solitude, meditation, contemplation or simply lounging. The house is adjacent to other houses but doesn’t look out over any. It is surrounded by a living fence, fruit trees and vegetable gardens and is a veritable mini “garden of eden”. There is a safe in the room and some baskets for storage, it has its own bathroom that is outside, but is attached to the house and just a few safe steps away. There is also closet and storage space and a small refrigerator, and eating utensils and plates and cups. It does not have cooking facilities, but we of course have our on-site warung. The bathroom is cheerfully decorated, has an outdoor shower and abundant hot water. There is a sitting area outside, with stone furniture (surprisingly comfortable) for dining or writing. All in all this little house has everything you could ask for to be comfortable, private and surrounded by nature.
is our newest house, all teak and glass and jungle views. We took an old Javanese lumbung and made it as functional as we possibly could, while still maintain its integrity. It has solid teak walls and floor, with 2 walls being full sliding glass French doors, a queen size bed, a closet, floor safe, teak patio with a wooden hammock. It has its own private garden with some veggies, banana plants and flowers. There is a living fence providing privacy from the next house, and it has a beautiful view over the jungle. There is a small refrigerator, and eating utensils and plates and cups. It does not have a kitchen, but we of course have our on-site warung. The private bathroom is cheerfully decorated, has an outdoor shower and abundant hot water. There is a sitting area outside, with stone furniture (surprisingly comfortable) for dining or writing. All in all, this little has house has everything you could ask for to be comfortable, private and surrounded by nature. There is no AC, because we prefer the natural breezes, but there is a good, strong wall fan.
is a unique and authentic old teak home set in working rice fields, with a shared full sized saltwater pool. Edible gardens are planted all around, and papaya trees and banana plants abound. This is the perfect location for those seeking old Bali, yet with easy access to all other aspects of the island. Indrani can comfortably accommodate 3 people, There is one double bed and 1 small single. A koi pod wraps around the house and the entrance to the house is across a small wooden bridge This house is self-contained and private with its own gate, a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, lounging patio, stone work outdoor bathroom, abundant hot water, a deep terrazzo tub plus a separate shower, and countless other charming features. There is a walk in closet with a safe, a ceiling fan. There is excellent wifi, a clear view of rice fields and our permaculture gardens. Car or scooter parking is just 5 minutes away. With this house we have perfectly melded old traditional Bali with all western comforts.
Parwati is a unique and authentic old teak home set in working rice fields, with a shared full sized saltwater pool. Edible gardens are planted all around, and coconut trees and banana plants abound. This is the perfect location for those seeking old Bali, yet with easy access to all other aspects of the island. Parwati can comfortably accommodate 4 people, There is one double bed and 2 small singles in a loft space. There is a ladder up to this loft, so it is only really suitable for those who are fairly agile. This house is completely self contained and private with its own gate, koi pond, a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, stone work outdoor bathroom, unlimited hot water, a deep terrazzo tub plus a separate shower, and countless other charming features. There is a walk in closet with a safe, a ceiling fan, a wrap around porch with both a dining and lounging area and, for added relaxation, a hammock. The property has a living fence dividing it from adjacent properties, those properties being similarly converted old teak buildings. There is excellent wifi, a clear view of rice fields and our permaculture gardens. Car or scooter parking is just 5 minutes away. With this house we have perfectly melded old traditional Bali with all western comforts.
The origins of this house are a “pos jaga”, a teak lookout post from the Javanese jungle. We have adapted it into a multi-purpose property. The downstairs is a more enclosed living space, with an antique carved bed. This beautiful piece serves as a bed at night and a lounging area by day. It is about the size of an average double bed, so it is ideal for a single, or a not too large couple. There is a fully equipped kitchen, plus a dining table area in the main living area. There is a ceiling fan, walk in closet, and a safe. The bathroom is inside/outside style, with a terrazzo tub/shower under the stars. The upstairs is reached via a sturdy but quite steep ladder, so this is not a good house for the infirm or those who would have any difficulty with this. The upstairs has an old solid teak tongue and groove floor, ideal for yoga, dance or meditation. It is about 75% completely open, with a wooden railing all around, and glorious views of the rice fields and jungle. There is plenty of solid foam comfortable seating if the room is to be used as a sitting/lounging area. This second floor can be used as a sleeping area also, and for could accommodate quite a few people if set up dormitory style. The seating cushions make very comfortable beds and we can provide mosquito nets. One of the reasons we have named this house Durga is because there is a cow-shed (with a single cow and calf) very close by. Their shed is kept immaculately clean The location of this house is very much in the heart of real, old traditional Bali.
$2299 AUD p/p –DURGA IS SOLD OUT!!!
There is a separate spa area for massages or other treatments such as reflexology or various beauty treatments. There is also the option of having these treatments in the privacy of your own room – we have portable massage tables (with face cradles).
There is a 10 x 8 meter, open-sided yoga studio with a hardwood sprung floor. This room is also perfect for any other classroom-type requirements and has 15 international electrical sockets.
There is a fully equipped staff kitchen on the property, separate from the other houses, for the use of our staff only. There is a paperless menu on tablets, (or we can send it to guests on pdf.), and meals and beverages can be ordered throughout the day until 7 pm.
Our menu and Balinese food in general is easily adaptable to any and all dietary requirements; be this vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or inclusive of humanely-sourced free-range and organic meats and line-caught fish.
All food is organic, 100% free-range, chemical free, humanely raised and slaughtered animal products, we have a wonderful local resource. They provide eggs, cheeses, bacon, chickens, other meats, vinegar, nuts and many other items.
We have our own permaculture vegetable gardens and many fruit trees. We do ask that you not pick anything without first discussing this with Wayan. We plan and plant our gardens around our own restaurant requirements and scheduled events, and freeze and store our produce accordingly.
The kitchen area is on the upper property, and is private and gated, and we ask that you not enter it, as it is exclusively for the use of our staff. If you knock on the gate someone will come and assist you.
We are in a traditional rural area of Bali, however there are some wonderful restaurants within a 10 minute drive of the property. We can arrange for transportation to off-site dining or if you wish to dine in your room or on the property we can put in an order for you and arrange pick up and delivery. Food delivery incurs an additional 10% charge on your food bill; transportation for guests to and from off-site dining incurs a charge of approximately $15. The restaurants in our area are: Kampung Cafe and Kailasha .
Besides these 2 restaurants there are several small local warungs, some that are about a 15 or 20 minute walk away, and we also have our own little on-site warung, Kafe Yamuna.
Our staff are highly skilled in cooking traditional Balinese cuisine. This goes far beyond what can ever be found in a typical restaurant. Authentic Balinese food is complex and highly time intensive to prepare, and therefore generally only a limited version of the culinary possibilities can be found on offer to the general public. For our groups we have a dedicated staff working all day to provide a wide array of authentic and delicious dishes for our guests.
All bookings for Room/house include complete retreat rate, but each house is shown so as to choose preferred accommodation as it is available. All rooms are shared unless otherwise specified (private rooms are $100AUD extra on package). If you are journeying alone you will placed with whomever books the room as a preference. We trust that the divine will place you with whomever your soul is meant to be sharing with at this stage in your journey. If you are traveling with another you may specify who you want to share with. You can book the rooms at the same time. All rooms will be booked first in basis (we are not fused about dress :))
ESSENCE of BALI – June 1-5 2019
“I feel deeply that we are here to experience freedom and connection (Love) both to sentient beings (which includes Gaia) and the divine. We need to rediscover the stillness in our hearts and in Mother Nature to find this again; to heal and begin to lead a more authentic and soulful life in unity consciousness”. My aim is to provide a space and support in this journey.
“I firmly believe that we as a humans have an innate desire for freedom and therefore benefit from ’emptying out.
The more we continue to do this the closer we get to our true selves, our spiritual selves. In essence the Love that we are.
We have lost our way as a society, We need to ’empty out’ our conditioned beliefs and start to re-establish ourselves as we truly are “spiritual beings in a body.
The Yoga’s and Buddhism are great for this. Their entire foundations are built on these ideas. For instance the second stanza of Patanjali’s Yoga says:
” Yoga is the cessation of the mind”
I have not seen anything work better at achieving this then meditation and creative practices. And well nature speaks for itself, we are nature, so when we align ourselves to her rhythms we give our body, mind and spirit a chance at wellness and manifesting a beautiful reality, psychologically”
My aim is to provide a space for one’s spirit to Awaken and it warms my heart to be able to offer such a divine sanctuary to join with like-minded others to explore this together. I can’t wait to meet you. If you have any questions please contact me here
Warm blessings and may you go with the Flow…
Our retreat scores 15 points on the Yoga Tree site which are usually valued $3000 – $10000, although our prices are in the 7 point range to make this affordable for all people. All profits from West End Therapies go towards Women in Need Project.
YOGA AS INDUSTRY Today I was reflecting on how industry has developed it’s own kind of energetic force within our…
Today I was reflecting on how industry has developed it’s own kind of energetic force within our psyches and has therefore effected how we live as a society.
This led me to ponder how Buddhist and Hindu practices are becoming popularised; and an industry unto themselves, as a by-product of and also a solution to Industrialism.
‘It’s all relative’, said Einstein.
This led me (of course) to thoughts on Karma.
It’s a big jump I know (from industry to Karma), but someone has to do it.
Many of of us think of Karma as ‘what goes around comes around!”
Great so when Mandy treats me bad, I don’t have to do anything “Karma’s going to get her.
As the founder of KARMA Tops, I better have a good understanding of what karma really is, or it might come and bite me on the bum.
So as we go deeper into Yoga, beyond the asana and into the contemplation
As we become mindful and aware
What were you thinking came from a process I was undergoing at a time in my life when I was questioning how our mind creates our reality.
I was watching my thoughts and when a negative thought came up I replaced it with a more life affirming and prosperous thought.
This went on for days. It is hard work.
I documented this and saw before my eyes how my life was actually changing for the better. What I was thinking was coming true!
Sorry I got off track again – I think it’s my karma. Ahha that’s it! That answers the question:
Let’s Keep it simple.Like all good Yoga.
Karma translates literally from Sanskrit as ‘action – work or deed’. As humans we experience this as, thoughts, words and actions. So our thoughts words and actions make up our karma.
That was easy. After all these years of suffering. If someone had of told me that this big bad Karma out there somewhere was in me, i could have saved myself a lot of trouble.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the saying “one door closes and another door opens.”
It’s a good and true philosophy – A Buddhist practice is to contemplate impermanence – it helps us to be more accepting of inevitable change in our lives.
Did you know that this saying was actually coined by Alexandra Bell.
Alexander Graham Bell had a lot failures and setbacks in both his career and private life.
However, he never quit.. His actual quote is
“When one door closes another door opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”
I drew this one day just as I was about to open another door
A karmic door
An elephant came to me in deep meditation.
I was struggling at the time with sad emotions that were spontaneously arising. The elephant energy moved through me and I felt a sense of the strength of the elephant energy within me.
I spent the next few mornings drawing this elephant.
I felt I was integrating the strength of the elephant within my psyche.
I began to find clarity in my emotional upset.
Elephant medicine teaches us the power of gentleness, communication and commitment in relationships. Three vital elements to all relationships that attribute to the longevity trust and lovingness of a relationship.
Perhaps I wanted to be heard
Which brings me to the #metoo topic.
I know it’s not your usual coherent article style. It’s the yoga you see. It has a different flavour. It makes one real. You become less like a sheep and more like an elephant.
The experience of frustration.
Holy crap! you may say (possibly even literally); what does this have to do with Yoga Industry and Karma?
For a long time I was very upset that Yoga was becoming industrialised, mainstreamed. It actually made me angry. I thought “another bastardisation of truth and now Yoga is going to become another eaten up beauty in the Capitalist machine.” I had forgotten Einstein relatively and timelessness.
or points to union.
Left brain and right brain merge and oneness is experienced. In relative terms.
Union with higher consciousness, source or the divine. Consciousness as it were.
Then I remembered Karma means my thoughts also. So I began to look deeply. There’s that yoga again.
Or is it my good Karma
I was researching Micheal Angelo and the influence he had on art.
I realised he was employed by the Pope of the time and was under orders to convey Catholic messages. He asked for specific freedom to paint his own ideas upon his Sistine Chapels commission, which the Pope eventually allowed.
He painted a scene ‘The Creation of Adam’, apparently inspired by the ’Book of Genesis, depicting God as a white bearded man reaching out to Adam (a naked man) with his hand. It is one of the worlds most renowned artistic works which finds thousands lining up each day to marvel at this piece..
I looked at this picture long and hard and was compelled to redraw the image with a feminine interpretation to show how our psyche reacts to image.
I used the long fingernails to show how we have structured gender around certain unnatural expectations. My interpreting the female ‘hand of god’ with painted nails and Micheal’s painting god as a white man are equally oppressive of truth and the beauty that both may have to offer.
I added the quote “Your in good hands” as a pun on ‘The hand of God’ to express the maternal nature of the mother of creation, a nurturing element (that may be hindered by the fake painted nails) and one that is not represented in the christian era.
And thought it was a refreshing gesture
Megsie can you get to the point?
I began to realise that it was all ok. That for a system to break down and transform, the change would have to come from deep within and slowly, the same way it had been built. The process of reconditioning would have to happen from the inside out, through the movement of yoga as industry. Which was deeply linked with karma. And happen in increments, one conscious or unconscious asana at a time.
That we were in good hands
The universe works in mysterious ways.
I drew this woman some time ago when I researching classical painters, I think she came from a merging of Picasso and Da Vinci, I was strongly attracted to their styles and colours.
I was going to add the better half of a quote to this one – A woman is like a tea bag – as I thought it would be playful and funny. From the quote
A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.- Eleanor Roosevelt.
But when I first decided to use this pic “metoo came to my mind and each time i thought about the pic my intuition kept drawing in #metoo… and eventually I decided to listen to it.
In hindsight it is probably better than “a woman is like a teabag’, as we all know the derivation of the #metoo campaign – objectification of women – and calling a woman a teabag isn’t really going to help.
So too as the system breaks down, as yoga takes over industry; so to will the social changes organically break down a system that isn’t in alignment with the flow of the universe. And we may begin to honour the women who birthed us into this non-dual reality.
In conclusion, in case you have become confused. I’m blaming the #metoo movement on Industrialism and all its patriarchal implications), the industry of Yoga (awakening consciousness slowly through the system) and Karma (the unfathomable).
Everyone must engage in some sort of activity in this material world. But actions can either bind one to this world or liberate one from it. By acting for the pleasure of the Supreme, without selfish motives, one can be liberated from karma
Baghavad Gita chapter 3 (karma yoga)
I’m sorry, Ive done it again thrown in an entirely different spin “Karma Yoga”
May the #metoo movement bring peace and union to all sentient beings
INNER PEACE “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” ― Gautama Buddha Wikipedia defines Inner Peace…
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
― Gautama Buddha
Wikipedia defines Inner Peace as: “( Inner peace or peace of mind) refers to a deliberate state of psychological or spiritual calm despite the potential presence of stressors.”
Fashionable perhaps, like a yoga pose on a Sunday, most people are seeking peace in life, usually from some stimulus or an external situation. So they keep going after more more more.I mean is it even attainable in this day and age, not more but less?
The yoga’s say it is within – they point to the inner self to find peace.Buddha clearly states it is within, Lao Tzu says its the natural flow within you, The yogis say that it is without You? So what is this yoga everyone is talking about? Do i bend over and everything is going to be ok?
What on Earth are they all talking about?
Consciousness is the first stage of Inner peace or going within. It’s a new word that’s been around for centuries, fashionable. New science has a term ‘the hard problem of consciousness”. The problem is consciousness (or awareness) is not measurable. And if it can’t be measured then it isn’t Science. So it doesn’t exists. Sounds particularly nondualist to me.
Modern physicists are staring to admit that they may never understand consciousness and with each new discovery they know less. Some are even turning towards the Hindu and Buddhists texts to get inspiration (another immeasurable).
It’ a bit of a conundrum we have found ourselves in.
This brings us back to the yoga, The idea that Inner peace is found through consciousness (awareness). It’s a bit like the Zen koan “The obstacle is the path”. According to science awareness doesn’t exist so how on earth are we to find inner peace?? Oh it’s an obstacle. Of the mind. So the problem is the mind.
So I found the secret to the universe ooops I mean inner peace. I’ve saved the scientists millions of dollars and the lay person thousands on yoga retreats. I’m not very fashionable you see.
When I sit and be, I am in pure consciousness (no mind chatter, no identification with self or events), I feel into consciousness, spaciousness. This is were I find the bliss and the peace -with no desire to measure it!
This one is called “Somewhere between Byron Bay and Nimbin”. Let me explain 🙂 Nimbin is a famous town (One…
Let me explain
is a famous town (One hour from Byron) in NSW . Nimbin is surrounded by lush green hills and valleys as is Byron. Nimbin however is inland and is filled with rivers and creeks and rainforest and Byron is a beach side town.
It is full of rich Aboriginal history and sacred story – it is the land of the Bundjalung people and this is respected by most of the locals that live here.
Nimbin is an alternate town, with original hippies moving there in the 70’s on the forefront of trying to create a utopia, a society that lives consciously with the land. It’s a down to Earth rural town with a twist that promotes liberation;being free and true to your true self – whatever that may be.
With a huge advocacy for legalising cannabis, it prides itself on environmental initiatives such as permaculture, sustainability and self-sufficiency as well as the cannabis counterculture.
Hence, I call it ’Australian’s accidental Amsterdam’. It has the raw Aussie working class vibe to it!
is a thriving beach side town that has a vibe of liberation with an underbelly of Aussie locals and spiritual seekers and some charlatans – its a mixed bag of materialism an freedom.
But, the beach and the vibe have something magic that brings people from all around the world back again and again.
I recently (spontaneously) took a week off to regenerate. I took my tent and bare minimals and camped by the river in Nimbin for three days. With no one around I meditated by the river in the thick of the rainforest, eating Bunya nuts and wild tomatoes and brewing my tea on the fire.
I then caught a bus to Byron, an hour of winding roads amid sweeping valleys, rivers and hills of lush green with the occasional duck on the back of a cow in meadows and farms galore.
When I arrived home i grabbed the paintbrush and an old canvas. And, this arose from my subconscious within 10 minutes. I called it ‘somewhere between Nimbin and Byron’ as I has merged the two together. The peace and tranquility of the rainforest and the beauty of the beach, a happy medium.
So, As the Buddha says ” The middle way”
Also, notice in the middle of the forest there is a mystical scene. It represents the non-local world – that which goes unseen. The magic of both places is in this scene Byron Bay art
Kundalini Awakening Kundalini awakening is becoming a pop culture phenomena, usually misunderstood. With western culture aggrandizing it into a sexual…
Kundalini awakening is becoming a pop culture phenomena, usually misunderstood. With western culture aggrandizing it into a sexual or manifestation power that can be forced and controlled, for ones own purpose.
As introduced by the Yogic texts, Kundalini is a powerful life force. It is beyond the conception of the human mind and is that which creates us, not us it!
Therefore, Kundalini awakens in us. Not us it!
Means a “spiral” or “coil”. In Yoga, Kundalini or Shakti means the “coiled power.”
Usually, it is compared to a serpent that rests coiled, while resting or asleep.
Often, it is said to rise through the energy systems (when awoken), in the body (often fiercely). Also, It’s purpose is to clear the energy systems. To dissolve our conditioned self, to become a higher Self; our whole Self.
The Kundalini phenomena is found in most traditions and mystical cultures. But, with different names and cultural story lines.
The task of Kundalini is universally acknowledged as the transformation from material or matter to light or spirit. Or to our limitlessness. The Divine conscious power that resides within us is seen experienced and lived.
Also, In Hindu it is said to be a feminine power- a creational force! Known as Shakti.
Hence, in many cases a Kundalini awakening is not an easy path. As, it shakes up our reality. This energy can force us to reassess our lives. Enforcing us to let go of identification with our conditioned self.
Consequently, this is not necessarily an all blissful and joyous journey. Although, it can be. It can take a long time to readjust. It is always best to seek help. Take a look here at the Kundalini Emergency page for more information and resources.
Personally, I had a spontaneous Kundalini awakening or experience some 15 years back. At the time I had no information, no idea at all what was happening. I had no yogic or spiritual knowledge beyond my early Catholic years.
Fortunately, it was a blissful experience and I had no fear what so ever. Yet, it shook up my world and the blissful experience was just an experience. Therefore, following it was intense psychological upheaval and a period of the dark night of the soul.
Now, after many years of meditating and reconditioning the mind, I live an ordinary life. Yet, one of Seva. That is, helping others. As well as, enjoying a deeper connection to life/nature and the unknown; all with a deeper sense of creativity and flow.
So, I drew this recently, as I was processing how long this spiritual journey has been and how I am still always evolving.
Accordingly, if you would like to learn more about Kundalini, from a scholar of Sanskrit, Indian philosophy. And, someone who has personal experience, watch this video
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The Ouroboros The Ouroboros, from Greek οὐροβόρος (οὐρά, “tail,” and -βορος, “devouring”) is an ancient symbolic illustration, of a serpent…
The Ouroboros, from Greek οὐροβόρος (οὐρά, “tail,” and -βορος, “devouring”) is an ancient symbolic illustration, of a serpent or dragon eating its own tail.
Each moment we are changing, as a natural evolutionary process. Our cells are continually regenerating, without us doing a thing. Our brains are changeable,we can actually change our brain by our will and our thoughts. This gives us the power to create a new reality, a new perspective, new thoughts that can become new habits. How exciting :).
Was adopted as a Hermetic symbol and used in alchemy, from the ancient Greek magic traditions. Also, it often symbolises introspection, the eternal; especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself. What the new age refers to as rebirth, Also, found in transpersonal psychology and spiritual circles. It represents the infinite cycle of nature’s endless creation and destruction – life and death.
So, Ive used the early alchemical Ouroboros illustration, which normally has the words ἓν τὸ πᾶν (“The All is One”) in the centre. From the work of Cleopatra the Alchemist (c. third century, Egypt), as it is my favorite depiction of the Ouroboros.
Incidentally, this symbol is found in all traditions and religions either in the form of a snake or a dragon .In Yogic tradition the Ouroboros symbolism has been used to describe the Kundalini. Also, in the medieval Yoga-kundalini Upanishad, “The divine power” (Kundalini), shines like the stem of a young lotus. Like a snake, coiled round upon herself she holds her tail in her mouth and lies resting half asleep as the base of the body” (1.82).
Hence, it seems the ancient mystics understood the cyclic nature of life. And, perhaps the brain, without modern scientific instruments or the tiresome academic processes. Also, they all seem to be consistently pointing to the same thing.
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