Meditation, World Peace, & Seeing Spirit Guides

I decided to meditate tonight under the stars. The moon is a waxing crescent (06/27/2017) which means it is a perfect time to say thanks for what you have, as well as making requests for what you would like to attract into your life, or pose questions. People get wrapped up in the asking for things and then they spend the next thirty days doing things to discourage whatever IT is into their life. Then they get mad because they didn’t get what they asked for. It’s a vicious cycle people find themselves in constantly.

I like asking questions and I like waiting for the answers to appear. I feel less greedy and the answers typically guide me towards previously unfound insight.

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So, while I was meditating… my mind did what most peoples minds do when they meditate; they talk to themselves about the dumbest crap. Peoples minds do this because we haven’t taken the time to learn how to control our own minds (much less anything else in our lives).

With patience, perseverance and self-love you can, in time, overcome this obstacle. Right now I am finding myself in a position where I catch myself talking to myself, or in imaginary situations that are entirely unreal, and I have the mind to stop myself. My biggest trick in overcoming the self talk, day-dream-esque imaginary stories, and experiences, is saying, “We can have this experience another time. Right now it’s time for me to bond with the universe.” Then I force my ears to listen for sounds, I let my muscles re-relax, I keep my eyes closed while also moving my eye balls upwards towards my third eye… and that is when it happens.

I manage to shut my mind up long enough to feel something I’ve never felt before I decided to start meditating. Each time I meditate the feeling is slightly different from every other one, but they’re all similar as well. It’s like love… there’s love for your mom, love for your pet, then there’s intimate love… they’re all different, but somewhat similar. This is the same thing and I don’t know how else to describe it than me “bonding with the universe.” I hate using the word God because then it creates this image of whatever that person thinks “God” looks like. I like saying universe because it’s something we can look at after the sun has set and it’s something we don’t fully understand in science either. But when you find yourself sitting under the stars at 1AM; there it is… the entire universe and we don’t really get it. For centuries our ancestors have been looking at the same stars feeling the same thing you feel when you look at it. There’s so much we don’t know.

So to all the things we don’t know; I reference the universe. Our species will die off and repopulate the earth having lost all the information gained since the beginning of recorded history. It will all start over again.

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Mother Earth is a real living thing. It has always dealt with a virus in whatever way it had to. Humans, in my opinion only, are a virus. We are overpopulating, polluting and draining the planet of all its resources. If we continue on this path and haven’t managed to blow ourselves up with a nuclear bomb, or whatever fun gadget people think up in our future, the planet will kill us off however it needs to so it can repair itself.

In my meditation I remembered a time when I had an experience with my spirit guide. I blacked out at a friends house. Yes, you read that right, my eyes rolled into the back of my head and I fell straight onto my back. That friend thought I died. While I was blacked out I found myself in a foggy space. There was an iron table with an umbrella and two iron chairs. My spirit guide was dressed like he always was. He had a dark navy blue suit on, bronze colored buttons, zippers and cufflinks. He had his pocket watch in his pocket and the chain hanging out. He’s very distinguished in the face while still having facial hair and light colored eyes. In his beard, mustache and hair there are random collections of white hair. He’s aging but not old.

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I didn’t recall how I got there nor did it ever cross my mind to ask those questions. I wanted to know how to make world peace real. (What made me ask that questions eludes me to this day.)

After a small discussion, he said, “World Peace is possible, but only if every person on earth agrees and maintains to be compassionate, kind, and considerate. They don’t all have to agree, or see eye to eye, but they must maintain peacefulness. They can’t give into the feelings of greed, jealousy or hate. Peace comes when you have understanding. If you’re truly compassionate, you will be able to understand where the other person/party is coming from. If you are truly kind you will treat others the way you want to be treated; with dignity and respect. If you are considerate, you won’t fail to show that you are thinking about more than just yourself. As simple as that may be… people forget that they want to be happy instead of angry, or fulfilled instead of satiated, or thankful instead of self-defeating. People forget because it is easier to lay blame and people think they are happy while beating others down. It makes others feel powerful when they have pushed a person down for their own desires. They forget that those negative feelings leads to guilt and karma, even though they provide immediate relief. Life in its entirety is a test of patience. Be patient, be still, and be thankful.”

I started hearing my name echoing in the background but I couldn’t tell who it was. I continued the discussion on world peace but whoever was screaming my name was getting louder. It made it hard to talk and I couldn’t hear my spirit guide over the sound of my name being screamed out numerous times.

Out of frustration I stood up from the chair and held my index finger up. I yelled as loud as I could, “Let me find out what’s going on and I’ll be right back. I have so many questions.” He shook his head and said “sure” with a sarcastic tone. I didn’t understand.

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That’s when my eyes shot open. I found myself laying in a bed, my entire body from head to toe was covered in sweat droplets, I felt like I was freezing, my body was as stiff as a board, and my friend was looking into my eyes screaming my name. I had muscle aches for about a week after that experience. My body was in excruciating pain immediately after the experience.

I obviously blacked out for a medical reason that I never really figured out but maybe the universe used it as an opportunity to have a talk. I couldn’t argue with my spirit guides words. It made perfect sense to me. None of us need to change our interests, clothes, beliefs or anything… we just need to change how every single one of us deals with one another. We don’t have to agree, but we should live and let live. We should choose love over hate every time. That’s all there is to it.

I thank the universe for that vivid dream. I’ll never forget it.

Love & Light to you all.

Yoga, Meditation and Healing

The Science and Spirituality of Meditation – a documentary that offers perspective on how meditation affects the psychological, physical and spiritual aspects of the human body. The documentary was filmed over a five year period where they traveled and interviewed many different people of different standing and experiences to understand their relationship and ideas on meditation. The documentary is intended to be an unbiased presentation of meditation in general. Filmed by G Productions. Available for viewing on Amazon Fire Stick as of May 24, 2017.

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We live in a time where we rely on science to explain everything. If science cannot explain it there is a chance we won’t take it seriously. Unfortunately, science can’t explain everything… at least not at the moment.

This documentary not only wants to help understand the scientific part of meditation but also the religious beliefs that accompany it.

Professor Fahri Saatcioglu from the University of Oslo (Department of Molecular Biology) explains that meditation is not just mental contemplation and visual thinking, it has an effect on the molecular structure and DNA encrypted in our bodies.

Dr Frederick Hecht, MD from the University of California San Francisco (Professor of Medicine) states that meditation has a direct effect on the cytokine genes in human tissue.

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Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

 

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India – documentary visits an ashram outside of the city to discuss with attendees how meditation has directly affected them and their life. There are a few people there infected with HIV and they believe that meditation is helping them heal from this sickness. The man that leads the ashram is Guru Siyag. He believes that the meditation heals because it actives their kundalini. He states the kundalini lays dormant until it is awakened, which he assists with, and forces the kundalini to stand upright and awaken. He explains that in their philosophy of yoga the Sage Patanjali describes eight purposes of Yoga;

  1. Yama – ethics and moral code
  2. Niyama – study and self purification
  3. Asana – the yoga postures practiced
  4. Pranayam – the control of breath during yoga and all other activities
  5. Pratyahar – control of the senses
  6. Dharna – your intentions
  7. Dhyan – meditation
  8. Samadhi – thought and contemplation
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Eight Limbs of Yoga

In yoga, the movements are all regulated by induced by the awakened kundalini. The kundalini sparks all the functions of the human body and helps them develop into something more productive and helpful.

 

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Kundalini – Image found on Pinterest, Artist Unknown

Guru Siyag also believes that within all of us lies a feminine source of energy which he calls the kundalini. This kundalini is visualized to look like a serpent with its tail in its mouth and as the kundalini awakens it unravels and starts working its way up the direction of the spine. As it travels each chakra slowly awakens and is activated.

 

Different faiths have a variety of beliefs on how to awaken the kundalini but this particular ashram believes it can be awakened with the assistance of a spiritual guru, who in this documentary is Guru Siyag.

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Guru Siyag

 

Many followers in this movie explain that they all experience involuntary movements when their kundalini was awakened and had no physical control over them. Their bodies would bounce, twist, stretch and move in ways they claim they didn’t do intentionally. They all believe that it is the functioning of the kundalini moving up along the spine towards the highest chakra which connects us to the universe as a whole.

In India the belief in meditation and the abilities of spiritual guru’s is so heavy that even physicians in the area recommend the Guru to help heal them of their illnesses; specifically in this documentary they state the Guru can help cure them of HIV.

One man claims he was advised by a physician to see the guru and practice meditation. He said that knowing he was going to die from HIV he saw no other choice than to give it a try. He claims that each day he meditated his illness and symptoms slowly started to disappear. He felt better as each day passed. The man provides documentation on film of his medical records showing the test results and also showing that he refused treatment from the doctor because of his faith in meditation as a cure.

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San Fransisco, California, USA

 

San Francisco, California, USA – The visited San Francisco to talk about the biological effects that occurs during meditation and yoga. The Professor and Physician are trying to understand what we can do to maintain our health in ways that medication can’t do.

Dr Frederick Hecht, MD (Professor of Medicine, University of California San Fransisco) has seen that which meditation there is an effect on the cytokine gene that resides in tissue. He is aware that sometimes the state of mind can have a direct effect and create changes in the state of human body. These changes effect one another by allowing certain genes to be more expressed or activated.

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Image of a Cytokine Gene

 

Genes are what define how we are built and structured. Genes are the deciding factors in what diseases we can inherit and/or develop.

They did studies of meditation using people who were overweight and during these studies they observed direct changes happening on the genes of those patients while meditating. They observed more response to diet and exercise if meditation was included in their health regimen. The genes being affected were those that control inflammatory response.

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Oslo, Noway

Oslo, Norway – There is a professor in Oslo Norway that has been studying the genetic effects of meditation and yoga that the documentary goes on to visit.

 

Professor Fahri Saatcioglu (Department of Molecular Biology, University of Oslo) explains the reason he decided to investigate the effects of meditation is because he learned of the genetic changes happening during studies of meditation. He wanted to understand it further – how it effects us on a molecular level.

The studies Professor Saatcioflu observed directly included people who learned and participated in a yoga program that included gentle yoga postures, powerful breathing exercises called prana yam and meditation. They practice this for two hours once a week.

They included another controlled regimen which was a one hour walk and a one hour of listening to music to the program to observe their effects as well.

They took blood from the patients, isolated the immune cells, then compared the gene expression patterns before and after the above listed practice for the controlled regimen. Based on the blood they collected they observed that there were approximately 4x more genes affected by the yogic practice than the controlled regimen listed above.

Meditation and Yoga directly affects our gene expression which is more than gentle exercise can do.

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Fort Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India – google images

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India – The documentary visits back in India to follow up with a follower of Guru Siyag, named Buddha Ram ji, to find out how the HIV recovery is going which happens to be 4 years after the initial interview. He states that he he has “become aware of the reality” after connecting with Guru Siyag. He says that meditation and yoga has helped him become more mentally and physically stronger. He is now running 10 KM in 44 minutes. He states he is still HIV + and hasn’t taken medication for many years AND hasn’t visited a doctor for the illness. He states that he didn’t believe Guru Siyag at first but continued meditating because he had no other choice and thought he was going to die. He now believes that meditation is the answer for all problems. He states that during meditation he undergoes “khichari mudra” where his tongue rolls up and goes to the pharynx which leads to a cold sensation throughout the entire body.

 

Guru Ram lal ji Siyag (at the time of the movie 89 years old) teaches Siddha Yoga Meditation completely free of charge. His only goal in life is to help people.

The film was created by Chayan Vinayak Goswami.

The Vet, Invisible People and The Trolley

So the statement in my previous blog post still rings true. I’ve wanted desperately to keep this job, do well at it and so far that has been happening. I haven’t come up with an excuse why I can’t do what I need to do and I have been pressing forward with life. There is no other option!

Although, riding to work on public transportation has not been what I thought it would be. I am not walking as much as I thought I would and it’s taking on average two and a half to three hours one-way every day I work. When driving in a car from home to work only takes thirty minutes. How does thirty minutes turn into three hours?

I’ve learned quickly; public transportation sucks.

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Let’s start with the positive: I am lucky enough to have a ride to work in the mornings. So the morning three hour commute starting at 5AM has been cut down to meeting at the gas station at 6:45AM. Which to me is a HUGE blessing and I am extremely thankful for it.

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Walking has always been a great way for me to think about my life, reflect on things and come up with solutions. I thought taking public transportation would follow a similar mental process. I was so wrong. I was so so wrong.

I have found myself falling into negative thought patterns since I’ve started taking the bus and trolley. My three hours one-way is filled with thoughts of anger and distaste. My patience for pretty much everything has lessened and I find myself constantly snapping on people without much hesitation.

My FIRST day on the trolley and bus was like the first day of an adventure. I was extremely observant of my surroundings, had a smile on my face, said my “excuse me” and “thank you’s.” Everyone looked at me strange and the ambiance of both the bus and trolley was that of a grey life-sucking cloud. Everyone looked miserable and annoyed. I didn’t understand why. The ride to work was less pleasant than I anticipated and so on my ride home I decided to keep to myself.

I put my ear buds in and stared out the window at the scenery flying by. As I sat there I noticed an older man in my peripheral talking loudly and rocking his entire body back and forth. I assumed he was speaking to someone sitting near him. Maybe a friend? As the trolley ride went on I noticed he approached people thinking they were someone other than who they were. His face would flood with the expression of disappointment when discovering he was wrong. As he walked away would people smile with unease. That smile that tells you they are forcing themselves to be polite despite how awkward they feel.

The older man got louder, moved from seat to seat and eventually I discovered he wasn’t speaking to anyone that any of us could see. He was speaking to people that weren’t there. He ranted the entire trolley ride about being a whore for the government, sacrificing life, and rambling on about things I couldn’t distinguish the meaning of. Maybe residual military musings? Who knows.

I can’t express the distress and anguish on this mans face. From listening to his words I determined he had to be a veteran and from the appearance of his age he could very easily be a Vietnam veteran.

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My wonderful and amazing partner is a veteran and he is the only person I can talk to that will understand what I saw and speak knowledgably about it. Our veterans aren’t being taken care of properly and it hurts to see it. It hurts to know I can’t help that man. The first piece of advice was “Don’t talk to him. Don’t make eye contact. Leave him be. He could hurt you and he wouldn’t know any better.”

That was my introduction to the public transit system and I have to say… I’m upset. I’m not mad at the vet, I’m not mad at the people I’m sharing this transportation with… I’m mad that there is seemingly no help. That veteran’s needs have been neglected for so long if anyone WAS to try and implement help at this point it would be useless. He is long gone. He is fighting a mental fight NONE of us average Americans know anything about. His woe’s outweigh mine by the tons and I can’t do anything about it.

As the days go by and I spend more time involved in this three hour long daily commute my distaste for the way things are, is uncontrollably growing. I haven’t discussed everything I have witnessed in this blog entry but I have seen more than I expected to see. I was unaware of what struggles people around me are going through. My own are difficult enough and spending all this time on public transportation seems to only be growing the anger in my gut.

I am trying to pull myself together and change my perception. Perception is everything when it comes to “reality.” So… I’m trying; meditations, hypnosis tapes, positive-affirmation tapes, happy goal-oriented conversations with my amazing partner (he who has more resilience than anyone else I know) and whatever else I can come up with. But I have to say… It’s not really working and my patience is growing thin.

I’ve got to find a way to keep my mind bright and positive somehow. I don’t know how, but that is my goal. We’ll see how it goes and what I come up with…

P.s. Yesterday was a New Moon and we’re headed towards a Full Moon. Now is the time to ask the universe for what you want. The moon is waxing. 🙂 I’m making my request and let’s see if the universe hears it.