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Ask mySelf, “How Am I Doing?

getting help with handstand

with each body movement, be aware!

I love picking a different theme for the weekly Santosha (contentment!) yoga class I teach at Discovery Yoga in St. Augustine. It inspires me to write a post about the subject, here on LordFlea. This past week I chose “Self Inquiry” and during our class we already explored how this topic applies to when we’re doing a yoga practice. I’ll share a little about that, and our next post will be … how to use Self-inquiry to deepen our spiritual practice.

First … in hatha yoga (the general all-encompassing Sanskrit term for the physical side of yoga, including positions (asanas) and anything related to body wellness … it’s extremely helpful to always ask our Self whenever we get into a position, “How Am I Doing?”

The reason I use the capital “S” Self for this question, is because most folks who aren’t already in a state of awakened consciousness don’t bother asking themselves the question, “How am I doing?” If I were to ask someone who’s not yet interested in awakening their spiritual side, the question would be more like, “How are you feeling today? Are you interested in getting to know that higher Self of yours, that you keep hearing about in the mindfulness world? Or are you happy staying in your little self, safe and … well, in denial of your higher spiritual side — your Self?”

A person who has not yet asked themselves the question: “What is the difference between my little self and my so-called higher Self?” might want to start right now. Let’s apply this question specifically to … how we’re sitting (or standing if you happen to be). Because I’m talking about using this Self-inquiry in a yoga class, we can start with the position your body is in right now when you’re reading it. Even if you’re sitting at your computer, or riding a bus.

An aware and awake person (their higher Self, that is) is conscious of many things. The more we open our consciousness, our awareness, to what’s around us, the more details and nuances of life become accessible. So let’s focus on our body’s position. That’s easy, and it’s fun! If you’re sitting (or reading) take a moment as you read this and check these things:

  • is your spine straight?
  • is your neck aligned with the spine (not too far forward or backward?
  • are you breathing through your nose? If not, close your mouth, please.
  • are your opened eyes resting on one spot? (please stop reading for a second, and do this now, thanks)
  • is your core engaged, or not? look below for how to engage the core, anytime!

I like to teach basic yogic principles, even to a first-timer. Here’s how I’ve come to make it easy to remember.

LordFlea’s (teZa’s) ABCDs of an aware and awakened yoga approach to the physical practice of hatha yoga:

  • Always, I suggest a student remembers their
  • Breath, their
  • Core (the inner lock called the mulabandha, engaged or ready-to-be) and their
  • Drishti, the easy focus of the eyes and a relaxed, pleasant-looking smile

If we focus on these simple things in any pose, we will benefit much more from each and every thing our bodies are tasked to do. So, let’s start with our position right now, shall we?

If you’re sitting, Always remember to focus on your Breath. You can do this in-between your tasks, or as a constant walking-meditation. Once you focus on your breath you won’t be wasting time on day-dreaming, worry, guilt, or any worthless waste of precious energy, not to mention time.

Next, think about your Core. Whether you’re sitting or standing right now, squeeze that inner lock right now! Go ahead, give it a squeeze! (to engage the “inner core, the true core of every person, pretend you have to pee really badly, but you have to hold it till later. That’s right! Go ahead! You know how to engage those muscles deep inside that no one but you knows you’re engaging. Yes, that is the mula (root) bandha (lock) that we use in yoga to stabalize any pose. Without this internal lock, balance especially is next to impossible. With some poses the core is not engaged. Awareness makes us know when to engage our core, or relax it. 

Next, where are your eyes’ looking? Well that’s easy if you’re reading this. But when you’re not reading ask yourself, “Am I looking all around” and if you are, DON’T (unless walking in dangerous neighborhoods when you need eyes on the back of your head). Having your eyes focused on one exact spot is called the Drishti. Having a pleasant expression on the face is part of a yogi’s drishti, our outward facial appearance.

It’s a good way to nurture being in a better mood, to keep a little “buddha smile” on your face. Fake it till you make it. It works! If you “fake a smile” you will let go of feeling out of sorts. Try it.

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Iyengar’s drishti … OmGuru!

Okay, getting back to Self-inquiry in a pose. You are standing or sitting, and you check that you’re aware of your breathing, and your core is either engaged or ready to be, upon need — and your drishti is nice and easy: eyes focused, lips gently upturned. Now … you check what’s happening with your spine.

It it aligned, not slouched or bent, and you remember the neck is the spine’s extension, nice and easy, it’s floating above the column of stacked vertebrae. And now, what about your arms? Are they engaged, or loose? If you’re carrying something, are you balanced? Not too much on left or right side? Distribute and re-adjust your body’s weight according to what you discover. Now be aware of your legs. Are your leg muscles engaged, or are you loose? Whichever you are, be “aware” of it! This body-mind exercise increases awareness in all other respects as well as posture-consciousness.

We start with the body, to gain awareness of greater things.

This is Self-inquiry … first to be applied to how our body is doing. At any given moment, especially before you go to sleep, ask yourself, “Am I in a good, healthy position?” Ask and your answer is, no, then make adjustments. Sometimes it’s simply a small movement of an inch or two. Or a hand turning outward instead of inward (the sign of rounded shoulders is hands that face backward, a real no-no for proper spinal alignment). You might want to engage your core, so that you have better balance (especially if you’re riding a bus or subway standing up).

Next post we’ll discuss how to apply Self-inquiry to our internal state, our psychological and spiritual well-being. Until then, make every attempt to be more aware of how your Body is doing by … asking yourSelf these simple questions.

Leave me a note and tell me how this post makes you FEEL. I love hearing from you! And visit my main site tezalord.com to sign up for my mailing list.

Love All Ways,

LordFlea aka teZa

Ahhhhh, “I Understand …”

The 4th chakra, the heart region

The seven chakras

We’ve been journeying together up the different levels of human consciousness, step by step. From the very first awareness of being alive, the 1st chakra … when we’re aware of our breath, and the basic ways we take care of ourselves (eating, protecting from the elements, etc.). Then comes the arising awareness of our urge for creativity (both procreative and spiritual) which is the 2nd chakra energy. Next we become aware of, when we embrace our own Power, the 3rd chakra energy being utilized fully. Then, our Big Heart region expands and we feel love for all, starting with our own Self: this is 4th chakra awareness. Now comes our throat region opening, the 5th chakra and after this energy-center’s opening. we can only speak and serve that which is “Truth.” Each of us gets to explore what, exactly, our own “Truth” is. And, in LordFlea’s last post we discussed how it is when we arrive at the 6th chakra, the Third Eye.

The more we allow our “Eye of God” (our 6th chakra energy-center) to open, through accepting that we are One — we become familiar with the sublime state of Oneness, also known as bliss. Or, in yogic terminology: awareness of Oneness is Satchidananda (see last post for a detailed explanation of this Sanskrit word). Some of us, mostly seekers, people who have come to accept that “something more than what we can see is going on here in life,” accept this state of Oneness when they experience it, usually in meditation. Oneness is more than a “state of mind.” Some people deny Oneness, or go through their life not believing this mind-set, expansion of perception is possible. Oneness really is a “state of being” — the sensation, or actual experiential knowledge — that everything in existence is connected energetically, through consciousness.

The more a person accepts that we are ONE, tests it, revels in its glorious ubiquity, the more a person is allowing their energy field to become transparent, and … in time for some, yet for other people, one lightning-strike of awareness is all it takes to become immersed in this state of Oneness (that has no second). This spontaneous kind of awakening, of the spiritual awakening, when the veils of denial are ripped aside and Truth is revealed — is called a Kundalini awakening. It can happen at anytime during a person’s life, but always occurs, like clockwork, at adolescence. Not nurtured, the spiritual urge goes back dormant, where it lies until awakened again. Hopefully, before a person’s final moments here on Earth.

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allow our Kundalini energy to arise up to … embracing that … we are ONE

Oneness, my friends, is the state of experiencing there is no separation between anything. Oneness is the condition that naturally happens when we allow our spiritual energy to arise (“spiritualizing” our lower chakras) and work its purifying magic in all the chakras, up to the 7th chakra. The more we visit the 6th chakra, the more we are likely to glimpse the magnificence of the 7th. The 7th chakra is the level of perception of totally understanding we are ONE even when we’re in our so-called “normal” everyday state of consciousness.

In ot6her words, we can feel Oneness when we drive our car, shop in the grocery store, or feed our kids when we have become familiar with 6th chakra energy, and it has become a part of our “normal” consciousness. This is how the 7th chakra Oneness awareness can work in everyday life.

holding the Light

holding the Light of Oneness in our mind’s eye focus

Most people, myself included, have no desire to be in the state of All-Oneness continually. It’s too much! It’s too — too much! A continual state of immersion in Oneness simply doesn’t “fit” well with a family’s demands, most people’s work-necessities, and most of everyone’s modern, so-busy, multi-tasking responsibilities. But some people can manage to function in the “busy world” and still cultivate this state, pretty remarkable, but they do. Usually, it happens to parents after the kids have flown the nest, or after a person’s work-goals have been dealt with. My father-in-law, a successful businessman, chose to remain in the state of Oneness continually in the years before he died. He was then in his nineties.

In yogic scriptures, this 7th chakra state is called Samadhi. This heightened level of perception is all-clear, all-seeing, all-knowing: it’s true understanding. Not the superficial “I know” stuff.

When a person says, “I know, I know,” don’t you usually find out that person is, well, a know-it-all? That they really “think” they know, but … do they? In actuality, I’ve found in my experiences that this kind of person is so filled with their particular idea of “knowing” that they really don’t know at all. They just want you to think they do.

My teacher(s) all say the same regarding spiritual awareness.

“Those who (say or think they) know, don’t know. Those who don’t know … know.”

This is a very common aphorism used by spiritual teachers. I believe it originates from a certain Vedantic sutra, but don’t ask me from which of the Vedas because I don’t know. When I first heard this saying I was stunned, and thought, “Wha…??” I simply didn’t get it. But as time went on, and I kept returning to the ancient teachings (from where this saying originates) … I got it! As one of my teacher explained (I’m paraphrasing here):

“When we stay in the deep peace of our inner self, we are connected to the all-present Self that is everywhere, and everything. There is no longer any separation. No right or wrong, no good or evil. There simply is … Beingness. A person who thinks they know what is right or wrong is coming from their own judgement. Their life-values might be entirely different from yours, or that person’s over there. So, spiritually speaking, any person who says ‘I know’ is only demonstrating what they don’t understand, because a truly understanding gesture would be for a person to say, ‘I want to know more.’ There is always more to know. More to grasp. More to include in the total picture.”

Whenever I meet people who claim they have answers, the kind who make proclamations instead of asking more questions about the situation, I run in the opposite direction. The hasty remark, “I know,” we all know, only stops a conversation short. Here’s how I remember what my main teacher said about this, again paraphrasing.

“To know, is to deeply understand something. There are so many levels of understanding, that for one to honestly say, ‘I know,’ about anything, is really one person’s way of cutting another person off, not wanting to know what the other has to offer about that subject. To presume that one’s ‘knowing’ is better than another’s is highly presumptuous. That, my dear Ones, is not knowing at all. That is, in fact, a demonstration of ego-knowing. And this person who thinks she or he knows, knows not.”

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knowing, without truly understanding … is false knowledge

The more we visit the 6th chakra (by meditating, scriptural studies, keeping good company) we learn to think unbiased thoughts, without pre-judgement. This is how we become familiar with the state of “I understand” deep within us. We don’t boast of our understanding aloud, unless we’re asked. Then it’s our duty to help others who have less understanding.

True understanding is a state that leads to pure contentment. Oneness consciousness has no need to boast, no need to be “the best” or “the smartest” or most “popular” or “really spiritual.” The person who happily resides in their 6th and 7th chakras, jumping back and forth from wanting “to see and know as clearly as I can” (the 6th) and “understanding” (the 7th level of awareness) have lives that are filled with contentment.

The mantra “Om” (or Aum to be more Sanskrit-correct) applies to both the 6th and 7th chakras. The color of the “crown chakra” the 7th, is usually described as clear lavender, blue purple, or sparkly violet. It emanates from the crown of the head but encircles the entire body, like a flowing waterfall, refreshing, healing, protecting our body’s entire aura — reaching outward for several feet from our physical selves. I prefer to describe the color that appears in “my mind’s eye” when deep in meditation, as either complete nothingness … which is not “solid” black but motion-filled, energized, shimmering shades of pewter luminescence.

In my experience, I “internally see” sparkles that bubble up from my inner Self, like the way an amethyst crystal throws off combined Clear White Light & Brilliant Lavender-y sparkles. Yes, that’s more of what it feels like to me, when I visit the state of Samadhi (which is the goal of deep meditation, by the way).

we are One

everyone experience Oneness differently

The rare person who resides in their 7th chakra at all times usually has a support system around them to attend to worldly matters such as eating, paying the rent, driving the kids to school, etc. Or … they have chosen to live away from the stimulus (and demands!) of the world. There are great teachers who are blessed to be surrounded by adoring students and caretakers who do all that’s needed for them, so their energies can be devoted purely to spiritual matters. Such is the case of great spiritual teachers today, the same custom its been throughout human history’s yearning to know Spirit.

In my experiences I’ve met only a few individuals who, in my humble opinion, truly live in the state of Oneness consciousness all the time. At least the times I’ve been around “enlightened” teachers. Only one teacher (out of those I’ve studied with for extended periods of time) exhibited this trait of seeing-God-in-All consistently.

From what I’ve seen of the Dalai Lama, only on screens, he appears to also be in this state, which I, and many others, call “sainthood.” I appreciate these people, these great beings. I’m glad they are here to help us all; teaching us who are bungling our ways through the maya of earthly conflict and confusion. Many of us wish to be as happy as we can, here on our challenged, toxic planet Earth. But for me, I’m happy to once in a while visit this state of deep meditation, the 7th chakra, every now and then. I have no desire to reside all the time in the highest state of samadhi. I have no desire to be a teacher. I am happy being an artist who writes.

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my role in life is to share my spiritual journey via verse n’ vision

By the way, in yogic tradition, when someone dies we do not say “He died.” We say, instead, “He took mahasamadhi: maha (the highest) samadhi (the state of Oneness.” Isn’t that a wonderful way of putting death? Truly, when we die our spirit returns to that state of Oneness (Spirit IT-self) from which we came when we were born. I know this from my personal experiences (We Are ONE, my book for more). Our spirits get “recycled” so to speak. When I first heard this philosophy (reincarnation in a nutshell), this is the main reason I instantly fell in love with the yogic way of life. It suits me. It makes me smile, and for me, incorporating in my Western life the concepts of Eastern mysticism, the yogic way … makes sense.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our journey up from the 1st to here, the highest state of awareness, the 7th chakra.

Drop me a note below and tell me how what we’ve shared these past weeks makes you feel. Or this post, today! Have you taken the time, lately, to examine your “own life” and … discovered where on the ever-upward journey of awareness, you are? If you haven’t, why don’t you take a few moment now, out of your busy day … or later, and reflect upon this question. I’d love to hear from you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Self-inquiry is an excellent topic … for our next post together!

Love All Ways,

LordFlea aka teZa Lord

 

 

Seeing with “The Eye of God”

Now we’ve reached the sixth level in our exploration of the seven chakras. After the other five energy centers (chakra means “wheel of energy” in Sanskrit) have been opened, just by our being aware of each of our chakras and their significance in our lives — we now have arrived at the 5th, the level of consciousness within our Being that is …. One with bliss.

In yogic scriptures the state of Oneness with All is often described using the Sanskrit word, Satchidananda. Sat is Beingness; chid is “the Light of Understanding” that comes with knowledge; and ananada is … bliss.

Sat-chid-ananda — the Beingness within us that is filled with the Light of understanding (from experiencing Oneness in unthought-form, which is meditation) — results in the inner, untouchable-by-others state known as … bliss.

Since prehistoric times humans have attempted to depict their experiences, and artists have tried to depict in visual form, the state of Oneness. Here’s one of mine. I chose to use only Black & White (a common ballpoint pen, actually) because — too often people think if they don’t “see colors and lights!” they’ve somehow missed Satchidananda. On the contrary. Oneness is … stillness. Sometimes it’s called “the Blue Pearl” but as soon as you start looking for it, or think you glimpse the Blue Pearl … it disappears! Ha! Welcome to Oneness that has no second, not even a Blue Pearl.

beyond thought, the goal of true meditation

beyond thought, the true goal of meditation

Starting back with the ancients who wrote about Satchidananda in the Vedic scriptures (four thousand years ago), this word has been used to describe the virtually indescribable state of Oneness.

What happens when we “visit” the 6th chakra energy is, we begin “to see” (to recognize) with the “Eye of God.”

Oneness, is the feeling, the comprehension that All-is-God, All-is-Perfect even things that appear imperfect. This state of an un-thinking connection to the ONE is the goal of meditation. And even if we experience it for … just a breath! — we’ve touched the 6th chakra, the Eye of God-awareness.

When thought has ceased, We Are ONE. In meditation, after all blocks have been cleared away … there is … only bliss. For some this may happen right away. For others, like me, it took a while to clear out old (neurotic & superfluous) stuff that keeps us from our higher selves.

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Prepare for the Unexpected … during the purification process

For people who are just starting off on the spiritual path, this idea of no-thought being sheer bliss may seem strange. I know when I first started meditating (I was initiated back in ’68 by the TM, Transdendental Meditation movement, when it first arrived in the US, but since then, use another technique) I thought, “But I’ll be stupid if I can’t think!” The idea of no-thought was the opposite from bliss, to me back then. I was 21 when I first touched “the Eye of God” and experienced Oneness. And I received that gift not a day too soon or too late.

In an earlier post, I’ve shared my experiences of being initiated into meditation. This link will take you to when I discussed “owning my own personal power.” For me, my first meditation experience was a formal ritual. One I consider as important as finding my life’s purpose, and blessedly, marrying the love of my life.

I certainly needed help at that time, back in ’68, from the extreme torment I was experiencing. I didn’t know it was spiritual pain I was in, I thought it was a “medical” issue. But after that very first meditation experience completely relieved me of the pain I was experiencing in my solar plexus region (the 3rd chakra, the “seat of our personal power”) I experienced complete and total … bliss. I was instantly healed! And from then on I was completely enchanted by seeing life through the Eye of God

All my symptoms of physical pain vanished! And never returned! In that one magical experience I became a believer of the healing power of meditation.

Of course I had to learn to sustain that state of sublime bliss that cured my psychic woes. That first experience was like a lightning strike to my aching soul. It wasn’t easy to let go of my previous identification as … a thinker, a creative idea-maker! It took me years, to decide to give up looking outside myself, partying, following my bliss by adventuring here and there all over the planet, and doing my fair share of substance abuse to boot.

But the day came when I finally was able to make the choice that the real adventure was right inside me. I knew my life would never be what it was meant to be … until I dedicated a fair amount of time to clearing away my “garbage” … call them blocks, issues, problems, I don’t care. I knew meditation was the best “cure” for me. I wanted bliss in my life. I’d already been shown proof of how to get it. So naturally, I wanted more!

First Glance, What IS

a first glance of what is … Bliss

The reason I’m sharing this with you is to describe what I embarked upon, in my purification process right after I decided to no longer deny bliss. I became ready, and that’s when I started visiting the 6th chakra (by meditating) on a regular basis. The journey of chakra-awareness is an excellent way to describe, in other than psychological terms, what a person must go through if one wishes to raise up their perceptions, their consciousness, above what is considered “normal or ordinary.”

We’ve just been through, these past 10 posts on Lordflea, exploring together the various stages of the different levels of inner awareness. As each chakra is perceived, the “doors of our perception” are opened up wider and wider. As we traveled up these levels, we discussed the various attributes of each chakra.

First we explored the base survival instincts of the 1st chakra: eating well, getting out of the weather. Breathing. As long as we’re breathing, we’re in the 1st chakra awareness, even if in a coma.

Then we uplifted our awareness to realizing that the 2nd chakra is both the seat of creativity (which includes both original thought, procreation, and the awakening of our spirituality: therefore, sex and creativity and very connected, energetically). Around adolescence all humans crave spirituality in our lives. The awakening of creativity and spirituality occur in the 2nd chakra.

When our awareness arrived at the next level, the 3rd chakra, we came to understand how much more comfortable our life is when we are in our own power and how uncomfortable we are when we give that power away to something or somebody else. This chakra is the solar plexus region, surrounding the navel.

As our level of awareness rose to the heart area, the 4th chakra, we then made a decision (if we were ready) to do whatever it takes to open our Big Heart (not our physical organ) of Humanity. We ppen it wide, and keep it wide open. That means to embrace Love, and to turn away from wasting-energy denial or fear. This level of awareness is where we trust that life is okay, exactly the way it is. Even if on the outside things are not what they appear to be; within us, in our Big Heart, all is well. Dark or Light, God, the ONE, creates All, with no differentiation between “good or bad,” male or female,” “animal or mineral” or any other separators. When the “cave of our heart” is open, we understand that Higher Power is behind all that is. We are now ready to embrace and understand the higher levels of awareness instead of fighting what is, is meant to be.

Our opened-heart is the bridge to the higher realms of consciousness.

Next, our throat chakra opens, and we have reached the 5th chakra. When this energy-level within our Beingness becomes opened we realize we can no longer do anything but speak and follow our own Truth. And here is where we must find our Truth if we haven’t already. Each person has their own version of Truth. There is not just One Truth for All. We’re not a one-size-fits all-species. Each of us has to explore and find what Truth fits our soul’s particular yearnings.

And now … after preparing ourselves by experiencing the energy contained within these previous chakras, and being present with them all, allowing them to be, and remain, fully opened (by our being aware of them, that’s all it takes!) — our energy centers are now cleared of any old or “denying” blocks or hurtles we’ve now allowed ourselves to face. We’re gone through our blocks. We’re now ready — to receive grace.

Here — we have arrived at the sixth chakra. The Third Eye. Also known as the Eye of God.

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Every person who wishes, CAN see life through the “Eye of God”

This is the place we visit — even if it’s for only a few moments’ time, only a few breaths’ worth if that’s all we can — each and every time we let go of our disturbing mental ramblings. When our chattering minds are in a deep state of peace, we then connect with the Source of our Beingness: Oneness.

There’s many other names for Oneness. I don’t particularly like the “God” label because God, Allah, and other names for “God” are highly charged names. They are meant for personal use, if you’re religious. Here, we’re talking Spirit, and that’s a label too, but we have to speak in words so we try to choose good ones. There have been too many wars, people killed, families torn apart over the interpretation of this name, “God.” It causes too much separation because one person’s description of God is usually entirely different from another’s. God-consciousness is an okay term, however, as it implies something we all have access to. And … we do.

Our Blended Family

We are all connected, our Blended Family of Humanity

To me, every time I meditate these days (after 50 years of practicing!) the state I am in can only be described as Satchidananda. God-consciousness, Cosmic-consciousness, Oneness … is … Bliss.

No thoughts. No colors, no lights, no … thing. Just pure delicious bliss. It also is called Love, this thought-stilled state of Oneness. Love is another word for Bliss, God, Truth. You name it, Love fits the bill very nicely for me. Words are tricky things, so I hope you, my reader, understands what I mean when I say, “God is Love.” Even the Bible claims this, and it is Truth.

So, my friend, I’m encouraging you if you haven’t already, to start a mediation practice, even if it’s only for a few minutes each day. It really doesn’t have to be a formal separate part of your day. Just a few minutes, 5, or 10. Or 20. I usually meditate after my hatha yoga (physical movement) practice, anywhere from 5 to 15 or 20 minutes. Daily is wonderful, but any time is better than none. Any way you can find a few moment away from distractions, noises, screens, other people’s input — go within by just focusing on your breath. That’s all meditation is! Away from purring kittens and nudgin’ canines, screamin’ cars, distractions and responsibilities of all sorts. Tune them out for a few minutes. Just find a place, be alone with yourself. And … watch your breath.

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tune IN anytime, anywhere

Here’s a link I made that might help. It’s very easy. You can listen to it anytime. Even in the midst of a busy day. While you’re sitting at your desk. Driving your car in between traffic lights on the way to or from home. It’s not a “lights out, gotta get away from everything” kind of meditation. It’s a workable, two-minute introduction to “how easy” it is to meditate, to become One with bliss. Breath is the key to achieving Satchidananda.

All it takes is … wanting to still the busy mind. The most basic technique for stillness is watching the breath.

When you’re ready, click here. But first, I’ll say good-bye for now.

With Love All Ways,

your pal Lordflea, aka teZa Lord

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Lord Flea has done it again!

I speak .. with opened throat

WeAreONE

We Are ONENESS

How do you like the “NEW LOOK” of my blog? Yay or nay, I appreciate your comments (easy way is right below this post).

I’m preparing to launch my first BOOK CAMPAIGN! How exciting! How Thrilling! And in many ways: How Exhausting! But … a good kind of exhaustion.

I’m sure you’ve all felt that well-deserved sense of having put a huge effort into something, and … finally coming up to the last final stretch, when you need the necessary push … when you’re right on the edge of exhaustion and would rather go to the beach, or take a sail, or go to a movie. BUT you have to keep pushing cuz …. you’re almost there! And if you stop now, the momentum might be tainted, or even lost, maybe forever.

Yes, I’m at that stage right this minute. This publishing-a-book business is mighty taxing. The writing of the book is one thing. In my case, I’m slow even though I type as fast as I think. Thank goddess for that talent, honed from my earliest teen years as an avid writer. Each of my books (I’ve completed more than you can imagine!) takes many years to finish. Sometimes there’s years in between when I finish one draft and when I pick up the manuscript again.

This upcoming book that will NOW BE PUBLISHED has been in the development, writing, polishing, read and commented upon by others, researched, more editing — for the last 15 years. I’m serious! That’s when the idea first came to me, to write about ….

My experience of teaching at-risk, hardcore repeat juvie offenders in high-security prison the techniques I myself use, of MindStilling — coincides with the imminent arrival of a major hurricane’s exact eye. The two stories weave together, presenting dramatic opportunity like nothing else, and guess what? This is what really happened.

As the storm inches slowly toward the girls’ isolated prison, the yoga-girls learn to focus on the calm within themselves … this is their inner “I” … instead of being freaked out by the outer storm’s hurricane’s eye.

The ancient techniques of breath, focus, strengthening, and alignment with the Great Heart instead of being locked in fear: these are some of the benefits of a regular yoga and meditation practice. My yoga-girls-in-lockup got to experience their practice’s other benefits too: a stronger more supple body, better muscle coordination, balance, grace, and general all-over confidence in themselves. Right away, from the first lesson, their BODIES were revealed to them — for the very first time in their young lives — that they themselves, at their core, were the best teacher they could find if no other was around. The body’s ability to maintain a pose, breathe calmly, steady the mind, literally blew my yoga-girls away!

The class was called “Empowerment Techniques” by Ursula, the facility’s director, to allow for Medicaid funding. Just think! The US government paid for yoga classes to girls in lockup waaaaay back in the 90s. Eventually I was hired by another juvie lockup facility as well. Many at-risk girls got to explore their inner calm, the “I” within, through these classes we held for years in central Florida, where I live, where I raised my family.

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basic yoga EMPOWERS even the most fearful, weakest, least happy

My yoga-girls, as I call them, had their minds blown away when they took their very first deep breath! Such is the power of deep breathing. Most of them had never learned to breathe deeply, so their brains and muscles were oxygen-deficient. Imagine how great it feels to take in ONE BREATH and instantly feel “lights going off in my head!” That’s what every new girl in class exclaimed! That’s the power of breath, my friends. My yoga-girls experienced the magic of this ancient self-discipline of the union of body-mind-spirit from the moment they stepped into my area, a designated “spot” in a high security state-funded prison. Over our class of 12 girls who volunteered for class we had a guard on duty, as always, their constantly chattering walkie-talkie radio chirping at their fingertips. Sometimes the guard would join us, sometimes they only scowled. No matter!

Doing Yoga Doing Time. Those of us who practice yoga, consider ourselves blessed. I hope this book inspires many people who haven’t, to give the empowerment tools of a yoga practice, a chance. Change happens only when … change happens.

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there’s always hope

Being a writer (and a narrative-driven artist, always a story to paint or sculpt) makes me hyper-aware of the power of the fifth chakra, today’s post and also the subject of LordFlea’s last post. Ever since I embraced my life’s destiny, a spiritual artist who writes, I have been focused on how to communicate the ideas that I explore in and through my work.

The throat area, the region of the 5th chakra, is exactly about — opening up, not being shy, not hiding, but speaking, communicating, spreading Truth, negating un-truth whenever possible.

I remember years back hearing one of my teachers say:

“All you artists, dancers, musicians, writers, and any other kind of creatively expressing person, business people, scientist, all creative sorts — you’re only half an artist unless you get your work OUT so the rest of the world can SEE and FEEL and be affected by your creative, new-idea endeavors. Don’t stop just because after creating something. Go all the way and make that work available to anyone who wants to participate in the energy you’ve created. The world needs all the help from you creative souls as it can get!”‘

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share creative energies to HEAL our selves first, then to heal our WORLD

I took this message to heart. For years I’ve been preparing to publish books. Regular readers of LordFlea know this already. And yes, I have made serious attempts to get the work seen by “conventional channels.” I even had, at two different times, years apart, seriously influential, top notch New York literary agents represent my work. But in both instances (the latest one just this past year) the result was disappointing. For whatever reason the commercial publishers who reviewed my work always declined to take me on. So after a few tears I always did the same dance to the same tune — “pick yourself up, dust yourself off … and start all over again.” That’s what I’ve been doing for … well, you don’t want to know how long. Let’s just say, my own yoga practice has taught me patience and perseverance like I never had before. Today, I am an extremely patient person. Before a regular practice, I was all about gotta get it here-and-now, or more like, yesterday for pete’s sake!

Now I’m doing for myself what I would have had to do anyway IF a “regular” publisher had taken on this book I’m presenting soon. All authors have to do their own marketing these days. Artists of all sorts know what I’m talking about. These days, i you want your work to be SEEN, HEARD and FELT by others, we must design and “milk” our “platform.” (That’s funny, milking a platform, hmmmm)

That’s why you’ll be seeing a lot more of me, hearing more from mel. Maybe you’ve been wondering what the heck has gotten into LordFlea/teZa? This is 5th chakra energy I’m generating now, folks. I am super-charging my 5th chakra reserves … getting public, and speaking my Truth like never before. This is the “I speak NOW” part of the uprising of one’s energy, one’s consciousness, that we’ve been exploring these past weeks, exploring the chakras in these LordFlea posts. (And no, this is not a subject I’ve written a book about — yet!)

Maybe it’s a matter of the universe being in tune with an individual, what makes some of us more able to PUT OUR WORK OUT than others. For me, it was a major step to start this blog, nearly 10 years ago. Getting public is … scary in many ways. Writing my posts have made it easier for me, because this blog IS public. LordFlea has helped me to get over being rejected by the “big guys” in the publishing world. Today, I don’t give a hoot about them, because I happen to be a big guy, a wonder woman-version myself. Seriously. It’s taken me this long to let-go of all the holding-backs, doing my spiritual work, and of course writing and arting my ass off for decades! to get here, right now, right here. Ready to publish my books. (subjects range from true gritty stories … to magical realism … to inspiring … from nonfiction to fiction, you name it, I’d written it!)

Today, I feel my throat chakra is wide open. I’m able to feel my work IS good (proven by the 2 lit agents who wouldn’t have wasted their time if they felt otherwise). And most importantly, I realize that the world NEEDS the work I’ve so assiduously been doing and my time is NOW to get it out to the public.

Our stressed-out world needs to know that right within every person’s own being, just as the yoga-girls in lockup found out in our class, every person has the power to change themselves. Just by wanting to. Being aware of needing to change is all it takes — for change to start happening. Of course, having someone demonstrate, or share books like I’m doing, about how change can be done, helps enormously. That’s why I call myself a spiritual activist. It’s my job … to spiritually help others who are interested in uplifting their perspective on things.

I’m not sharing the title of my upcoming book, not quite yet. First, I’m readying to send out my first author’s campaign. That’s a series of emails sent to people who have asked to be included on my email list. I hope you will be one of these. You can either send me your email right below (and comment how you like LordFlea’s “new LOOK” if you like) or you can find the email form on my blog’s sidebar (somewhere to right on your computer screen, and mobiles, sorry, i dunno where?). I’m still a little dizzy/lost in this new “look” of LordFlea myself, and I’m the one who created it! (yesterday, duhhh) But I think it’s way more fun than the old “look” so thanks for coming to my blog!

Remember, the throat chakra is about speaking Truth. Once your Big Heart (not the “organ” heart) has been opened, you have no other choice but to speak, and spread Truth.  Today I’m more AWARE of operating from this opened 5th-chakra energy center. The throat chakra’s mantra is Ham … its color is pure sky blue.

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5th chakra is sky blue

Come back real soon (or sign up for email notification, also on my sidebar) because next we’ll explore the 6th chakra, the Third Eye, the “eye of God.” Wow. How awesome is that!

Love all ways, LordFlea aka teza

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Leap onto the Spiritual Highway!

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Here, as our consciousness arises to the fifth chakra, the throat region, is where we get to take the most important action of our lives. (check previous posts here on Lordflea.com to review how we got here, one chakra-opening at a time.)

Now … our chakras have been made WIDE open! Because of our awareness of them. That’s all it takes. To be aware, is all that’s required. Now here at the fifth chakra — where the words we speak are our spiritual tools — we’re on the Spiritual Superhighway!

Words — and the very letters that make them up, and the very ideas behind each word — are charged with spiritual energy. Every word we utter … is like an arrow pointed at Truth, or its opposite, what I call un-truth.

Empowered by our opened hearts, the throat chakra opens ever more widely through our attention. Now we become obliged to serve Truth, and nothing but Truth.

When our throat-chakra has been opened, literally, anything un-truth gets stuck in our throats, once our hearts have opened. Why? Because now we are more conscious of serving the Light of consciousness. Our lives are now … spiritualized!

Here, because our consciousness has expanded enough (through awareness, Presence, breath-watching) our throats are wide open. Our throats are the virtual superhighway to-and-from, relaying messages of Oneness, of Unity Consciousness, of Spirit. Here — we know we must take action, even wage war against un-truth when it manifests itself.

Each of is a (metaphorical) Guardian Angel of Earthly Life

the un-truth below is no match for the Army of Love

All things related to un-truth can also be called un-good. Some call un-good, “bad” but I don’t like labels like good vs. bad, because that only invites debate; because what’s “good” for one person is “bad” for another, and visa versa. But Truth is Truth. Truth is Spirit manifesting in the physical dimension as words, thoughts, or actions.

The vibration of an opened heart sets off the vibration of Truth within a person’s being. If a person has surrendered their ego, that is, has become willing to let go of being in control of all situations — they then operate from an alignment with the highest good possible. This is Truth. It is also called Higher Consciousness.

When people are operating from what “they think is best,” and haven’t aligned themselves with the highest good, this is un-truth. It is accompanied by negative energy that is, simply and enormously, physically palatable. Sometimes we shiver, or feel un-truth as a psychic sucking: un-truth is spiritual vampirism. It happens all the time in our social interactions, political debates, even in bitter controversies over child custodies, and all sorts of other interpersonal battles when people’s wills are not aligned with the Highest Good for All.

When a person has done “their spiritual work” … and has consciously worked to uplift their consciousness … through keeping good company, saying “No” to negative addictions, practicing meditation, prayer, chanting, scriptural studies, seeking proven, authentic spiritual teachers, etc. — what happens when Truth, the Higher Consciousness level of perception an individual’s opened heart next reaches, this center of spiritual energy, the throat chakra is …

A commitment to serving the highest good for All, not just for one’s own selfish motivations.

Feeling this Truth in our gut (see 2nd chakra posts) is what is meant by the saying, “Take a leap of faith.”

A person may not “understand” with their limited human brain/ psychic mind, but they can “feel” with their spiritual tools (among them, unblocked chakra-energy) that have been made strong, through spiritualization, through spiritual practices. This is how Truth is recognized. Through the psychic tools. The opened heart vibrates with Truth (the 4th chakra). The alignnent of one’s personal power-chakra (3rd chakra), the creative forces used for Truth not un-truth (2nd chakra), beginning with perceiving that survival itself is for our species’ highest good (1st or root-chakra).

This is what happens when we work to achieve the spiritualization of our humanness.

But what about the person who’s reading this incredible possibility for the first time?  How we can become spiritual beings? Lots want to be more spiritual. What can they do? It seems daunting, formidable, overwhelmingly hard to have to work to align oneself with Universal Truth. Isn’t there a simpler way? To be a spiritual person? Instantly? If one really wants it?

Yes! Understand that … we earn our angel wings, literally,  by first believing, and then taking the leap of faith that we must “Fake it till we make it!” When it comes to operating from the highest good for All, this means to turn aside from childish things. Act like an angel, period! Get over waste-of-time kiddy-time drama, and over-emotionalism (all lower chakra stuff). Don’t allow yourself to sink into paralyzing depression, or any other form of debilitating states of the lower chakras that pull you down. Fake it that you ARE ALREADY an angel, a soldier of God’s holy army.

What do I mean by “faking ti till I make it”?

I’ll give you an example from what’s currently going on in our own family.

We’ve been involved in an ongoing legal battle over our daughter’s son, now age six. The divorce happened when he was just turning three. His father, our daughter’s ex, is convinced that she is a bad mother. He refuses to cooperate in any way. In fact, the ex claims she doesn’t cooperate in any way. There is no winning this battle of two people’s wills, outside of using the court system. So this battle has been in the hands of lawyers and child protection guardians, and innumerable counselors for three years now.

The most recent event is that the father has not allowed the child to have regular daily phone-contact with his mother during his summer vacation with him. The parents live in two different, faraway states. The legal arrangement for that unfortunate but necessary situation, has already been signed by court documents. Now … our daughter faces the dilemma of how to deal with an ex who portrays her as a demon to their son. This is clearly a battle of Truth versus un-truth.

we all have CHOICES

we all must CHOOSE which side we’re on

The child’s father was a big fan of what is called “a war room.” For those who believe that war is imminent — or a revolution, or a military take-over, or a battle involving arms and violence — a war room is where supplies are laid in preparation for the day a siege is underway, when supplies have been cut off and survival becomes only possible if you have taken the precaution to … create such a heinous room.

The ex never got war, or a revolution. But he has now successfully created a private war of his own within his own family. He continues to create animosity whenever possible. Recently, by not allowing a mother access to her child.

Now our daughter, after much hair-pulling and tears, has to prepare to battle the un-truth that lingers in her life. She is being called upon to protect not only her son’s fragile life but her own. She will dry her tears, straighten her shoulders, and allow her team of lawyers and court-appointed guardians to step in and take whatever action the courts and protection agencies have in place for just such everyday situations.

If she did anything but prepare to battle un-truth, she would be a “bad” mother. The ex hopes she will dissolve in emotional turmoil, and disappear, letting him win his un-truth battle. But she is strong. She will spread her angel wings and stop any leaks of her emotional weakness — and fight back with every ounce of her being. And … she will win! Because Truth always wins.

Yes, you heard me right. Truth always wins.

Well, say the Trump bashers, “That doesn’t sound right! Look at the predator in the White House!”

To these people I say, “Just wait and watch. You sour-grape politico-losers, you think this election result happened by accident? Or fraud? Or because of the Russians?” And I laugh and … straighten my shoulders, too. Because when it comes to the fate of the world, along with our family situation, I believe Truth always prevails over un-truth.

I believe the Light shines stronger than the pull of Darkness. What appears catastrophic to some people … who are so committed to thinking their negative perspective on things is the only one, who refuse to see glimmers of positive when there’s so many obviously shining forth, everywhere! — I say, “Believe in Love.” Positives always outweigh Negatives. The Light always disperses the Dark. Truth always conquers un-truth.

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go for the HIGHEST — be a warrior of TRUTH

With the rising up of one’s personal consciousness to this fifth chakra, the throat region, here is where we all get to practice — by our words — being soldiers in the Army of Love. I call myself one of its lieutenants, because it is my personal calling to not only speak up for Love’s power over hatred, but to spread the word, defying naysayers whenever I can.

Truth shines with a Light within. Words are one way to spread this Light. Instead of warring acts, sometimes Truth is a kind word, a sign of forgiveness, acceptance not resistance.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

This is the war cry of spiritual activists: The Serenity Prayer. Loving words are weapons of mass illumination.

In the case of what our daughter now faces, she must regain her strength, after thinking the battle had already been won. She takes a deep breath and rejoins the forces of Light on the battlefield. The war of untruth is not over that her ex began. She must continue to wage battle … probably until the day her son reaches the age when he’s “allowed by the courts” to decide for himself where he wants to live. That will be in his teens, a long ways off. Till then, our daughter must keep her heart open, her senses tuned to the subtleties of spiritual and legal warfare, and keep close to her the advice of her counselors: her pastor, her parents (her father and me, her stepmother), her lawyers, her guardian ad litem, her son’s shrink, teachers, playmates, everyone who loves her and him! The battle between Truth and un-truth is ongoing for her. For us! For our daughter, it’s more real than for most.

For the average person who’s interested in the betterment of our world, the survival of our planet, and the uplifting of humankind’s mass consciousness — we too must maintain a vigilance in the name of Truth. We must watch the words we speak. When our hearts are open, we have an obligation to serve Love. We do this by watching every word, and thought that we allow in our consciousness. When our spiritual centers are open full-blast (and stay open!) … our thoughts and words evolve into our weapons to destroy un-truth. We warriors in the Army of Love MUST BE VIGILANT.

No longer operating from our selfish, lower chakra-motivations, members of the spiritual Army of Love watch our speech, our thoughts. Thoughts create energy. I call them “thought-seeds.” Once our hearts have been opened, our throat chakra is now activated and we speak and think thoughts that only promote Truth. This is how we battle against un-truth.

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negative thoughts, speech & actions … create only chaos!

The mantra for the throat chakra is Ham, pronounced like an aspirated hahm. It sounds like the long sound of hha-mm. A good way to keep the throat vibrating, and the heart chakra resonating with Truth, is to breathe in deeply and sound out the syllable “Hahm” … and on the long outbreath say “Sa”. This mantra, Ham-Sa … is an ancient Sanskrit way of honoring God/Spirit and can be interpreted as … “God is consciousness … So It Is” ….

Another way of saying Ham-Sa is So-ham. The two mantras mean the same, exact thing, the syllables are just in reverse order. So (So it is) Ham (God is higher, elevated consciousness within me).

So’ham … Ham’sa … So’ham … Ham’sa …

When I’m bicycling I get into hyperventilation mode; it’s then that I use the Ham-sa, Ham-sa, Ham-sa mantra (each syllable a quick breath in and out). When I’m quietly meditating, the So‘ (long breath in), Ham (long breath out), So’Ham, So’Ham more mellow mantra works nicely. And other times, especially when I’m doing a chakra-arising sound-meditation, in which I’m consciously using chanting aloud to lift up the energy from the 1st to the highest, 7th chakra — I then use the single syllable Ham that is associated with the throat’s 5th chakra’s energy.

If you’d like to try this kind of meditation, using all 7 chakras’ mantras, each one sounded out s-l-o-w-l-y, breathe in deeply first, then sound with the long-out breath ….

sound  … Lam (the first chakra’s mantra) …. then take another deep breath IN) …

sound …  Wam (the second chakra’s mantra … then a next deep breath IN) …

sound …  Ram (the third chakra’s mantra … take the next breath IN) …

sound …  Yam (the fourth, heart chakra’s mantra … and breathe IN) …

sound …   Ham (the fifth’s, throat chakra’s mantra … then breathe in deeply) …

sound ….  Ommmmmm (the sixth chakra’s mantra) …. and …

the 7th chakra is also Ommmmmmmmmmmm (as you sound Omm envision white-violet sparkling light all around your head’s crown, the seat of the 7th chakra). Repeat Ommmm and “see” the light emanate from your indigo-colored third eye, the inner EYE OF GOD. the spot between your eyebrows. Energy lifts up automatically with Omm (or Aum, more properly Sanskrit) … and … the more you repeat this mantra and the others … the more your centers of spiritual power, your chakras, will open, stay open, and you will be operating from the highest consciousness possible. One breath at a time.

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the 2nd chakra's color is yellow

chakra colors and their locations within your innermost Being

Are you living from the Highest Good for All yet? Or are you living for what you think is YOUR highest good? If you’re still operating from what you think is best for you, that’s okay. You’re on your way. Stay in the purification lane of the Spiritual Superhighway. Stay focused on your breath. You will arrive at the top of your inner mountain, one step at time, one breath at a time.

With great love and great respect, Love all ways!

LordFlea aka teZa Lord

 

 

BE Love

The 4th chakra, the heart region

The 4th chakra, the heart region

If this invitation sounds like a command, so be it. I can’t stress how important it is to let your heart chakra open. When you have done the preparatory work (review chakras 1-3 in previous posts) you will have, by now, embarked upon the “Purification Process.”

This only happens for those who WANT to know Oneness. Oneness is another name for Love, the unattached, un-objectified variety. Love is also known as God, and for those who call themselves seekers, spiritual, or children of God, Love is like the air we breathe. Love IS Spirit. The other types of people, those not interested in knowing Spirit say, quite frankly, “I don’t give a damn, Scarlett!”

And that’s okay. If this world were filled with everyone open-hearted, open-minded, what an ever so dull world this would be. In fact, it wouldn’t be Earth. Because, from time immemorial, we humans have known nothing but strife, hardship, and challenges to hurdle over on our quests to know Spirit. Some say that Earth is like a spiritual school that souls are sent to, before they can become truly set free from the physical bond, i.e., the body, in which their spirit dwells.

I don’t know about that precisely. But hey, why not! Stranger things have been found to be true. Like the “Light” that all people who are revived from having experienced death actually say they went to, usually through a tunnel. They arrive at “the other side” and “see” the similarly described Light. Thousands of these experiences are recorded. They see the Light and then are yanked back into their bodies, usually with the message, “It’s not your time yet, Rhett.”

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Allow your your frozen heart to melt

The greatest thing that’s ever happened to me has been to experience my heart opening. After that happened, all things became possible. I fell in love for the first time in my life; I married the man of my heart, we are a family, and we are living happily ever after. When my heart-opening happened, believe me, I knew it. Life forever afterwards has taken on a different perspective.

A person who has survived death (returned from being “dead”) is called an NDE (Near Death Experience). Their lives are usually forever changed, also. This sort of person, whether they talk openly about it or not, has a strong belief in Spirit, because, well, they’ve experienced “It” first hand. After experiencing what awaits for all of us at the end of our physical life here on earth, once an NDE gets “yanked back” from the Light, they all have a drastically altered outlook on life.

The same holds true for heart-opened folks. So make up your mind. You certainly don’t have to wait for something as radical as approaching death to happen for you to embrace what’s inevitably going to be part of your life, at the very end if not sooner. Embrace the experience of your once closed, or half-closed heart, fully opening.

Compassion HEALS All Wounds

Carry the banner of your Big OPEN Heart!

My meditation teacher tells us, “The reason we meditate is to experience a ‘mini-death.’ Because in the state of non-thought, when we visit the state of pure awareness without the associated mental gymnastics attached to our usual understanding, meditation is the reverse of this … when you sit to meditate it’s like agreeing to die a little bit, right then. Our ego dies a little more. Until eventually we are left with full awareness, pure clear consciousness, unobstructed Oneness. And the more we practice our mini-deaths by meditating, the more we’re prepared to live full and happy lives! And of course, the easier it will be to make the last transformation that happens at the end of our physical life. Our actual deaths.”

What I’ve written above is a paraphrase of what the meditation teacher taught us, her students. So my friends, I advise you to meditate as much as you can if you wish to experience the opening of your heart chakra. And chant as much as you can, also. Chanting, singing the sacred Names of the Divine in whatever discipline or culture to which you adhere, is one a powerful tool, a spiritual discipline that stills the mind and opens the heart. Vibrating with sound prepares us for a deep experience in meditation. The vibration of the heart chakra, set off by making sound within ourselves — is so beneficial. I can’t begin to describe how wonderful it is, to chant in a group especially! I regularly chant with our sangham, a group of seekers, and have hosted such gatherings for many years, both in my home and in a local yoga studio.

Ommmmm

Make the sound of Ommmmm

A simple chant of Ommmmm (the “seed” mantra) is a lovely place to start. You can pronounce it A-u-m if you want to be more Sanskrit-correct, but Om works. The mantra associated with the heart chakra is Yam. The affirmation is “I am love.” The color associated with this chakra is brilliantly sparkling, emerald green. Yam is a splendid sound to make. I like to think of it as Yummy Yam (the way I remember Yam associated with the heart, which feels so warm and expansive when we eat something yummy, or spend time with someone who feels yummy delicious to be with).

Let me know how your Big Heart is feeling right now. This is the part of you that’s connected to ALL. I’m not talking about your actually thump-thumping muscle-organ called “heart” here. The heart chakra is the “psychic organ” called by spiritual teachers throughout the world, our Big Heart.

I love painting and drawing it. Here’s my version once again. Envision this gigantic burst of love within your chest in your heart region. Let its fullness fill your entire chest cavity. This chakra is also called the “cave of the heart.” Open your dark cave. Let pure Love shine its Light within you. Open to this magnificent, all-encompassing Beingness.

Be LOVE

fill yourSelf with LOVE

Be LOVE … let your Big Heart OPEN

Please leave me a note here and tell me how your heart region feels today. Open, or stuck? I’d like to hear from you. Thanks.

And don’t forget to visit tezalord.com for the whole picture … of who LordFlea really is.

Lovingly, with my Big Heart bridged to yours,

I am LordFlea, aka teZa Lord

 

 

fill yourSelf with LOVE

The Bridge, our Opened Heart

Now we’ve raised our awareness up from what every person (with the exception of those in comas, or mentally challenged) is conscious of. A quick review of what “ordinary” people experience:

We ARE — 1st chakra, if we breathe we’re aware

We FEEL — 2nd chakra is knowing that our emotions are “signs” of consciousness, Watch Your Self!

We DO — the 3rd chakra, where our “gut” tells us what’s right, what’s wrong, doesn’t it?

And now … our consciousness has been elevated, and we’ve arrived at the Heart region, where …

We LOVE —

fill yourSelf with LOVE

fill yourSelf with LOVE

Love

Ahhh, the Mystery Itself.

This “Love” we’re talking about regarding “consciousness” isn’t romantic love, or love of nation, or loving your favorite sport or car or food. Or even what you love to do when you’re free from obligations. I’m capitalizing “Love” here because, what we’re discussing here in the purest, highest sense of what love means,. Our pure essence, like a newborn child’s, is what we’re referring to as “Love.” This is when our consciousness has risen up to the 4th chakra. “Love” is also what some call “God.” “The Mystery.” The Unknowable. The Ineffable. But, we are talking about it here, so I call it capital-L “Love.”

So … what does it mean, this word, love?

BE CONNECTED

Our Hearts Connected—energized, in Love and Light

The dictionary says love is about passion. Strong affection. Attachment. Enthusiasm. Devotion. Concern for the good of another. To hold dear. Cherish.

These are good words. But words are, unfortunately in many cases, fickle little blobs of ink on the page (or screen) that don’t quite hit the mark. So let me share my experience of when I first became aware of my Heart chakra opening instead. I’ll help explain “Love” by sharing. This is show not tell, by the way. Takes a few words, so be patient.

Before this experience, I thought I knew what “Love” was. But I didn’t. After this happened, I forever afterwards had a different relationship with “Love.” In ALL its many aspects (romantic, humankind-wise, Divine-wise, loving family, pet, ice cream, etc.)

I had just begun my journey on Planet Sober. Meaning, I was finally sober after decades of abusing substances. Coinciding with my swearing off the self-abuse that negative addiction really is, I had become a serious student of a wonderful spiritual teacher. “The teacher arrives when the student Is ready.” This is SO TRUE!

This teacher of mine believed in the ancient method of meditation for the principal way to connect to the highest state available to humankind. For me, I had to agree. If you want to know why, check out my earlier blog posts. After seeking “Highs” everywhere I could, drugs, alcohol, experiences, adventures galore — the highest high I discovered was … right within me, when I was in meditation. I experienced this early in life … but couldn’t stop partying till I was in my mid-thirties. I wasn’t ready yet. Having an opened heart … is a responsibility.

This teacher demonstrated how chanting the ancient names (mantras) of the Divine was the best way to still one’s busy mind, so deep meditation could more easily be achieved. I was just learning how to chant. And how I enjoyed it! Being in a hall surrounded by the forceful, moving power of hundreds, thousands of voices! It was ecstasy like I’d never experienced. And these names of God were …. new to me. Unintelligible, really. Because this was in the ancient language of Sanskrit that we chanted, and my mind had no pre-associations with the sounds, other than their vibrations of sound, going deeper deeper, so deeply into my heart.

Because … if you make a sound (try it) this is where you feel the resonance in your body. The chest cavity. Hold your hands over your heart, and make a long Ahhhhh sound. You’ll feel a reverberation there, as if your sternum was a long-vibrating drum you can feel by touching the outer skin. The heart region is where we vibrate when we sing, or make sustained, low-pitch sounds. Like a cat’s purring, our heart creates a all-consuming vibration through the sound we make with our vocal chords.

In the disciple (very ancient and in many cultures) of chanting, the heart gets stimulated like nothing else can. It feels like a prolonged warm massage, with each long breath-out sustaining a note, and each breath-in (to refill the lungs) allowing another resounding, making the chest cavity vibrate continuously, uninterruptedly. And when you’re surrounded by the sound of so many others, chanting all around you, a person can’t tell where your own sound ends and theirs begins, and visa versa.

spreading the Light...one person at a time

spreading the sound of LOVE, one person at a time

And so I found myself transported, out of usual “self” with the practice of chanting. I felt my very soul vibrating, in unison with countless others. I felt combined with the multitudes of voices all around me. We were separated; women with women; men with men. The reason for that wasn’t obvious at first; but later, I came to understand. Men and women’s voices have completely different vibrations. Men’s are lower, women’s are higher. When, at a later date, I happened to sit among men while doing this sustained chanting, I was affected by the masculine sound. It definitely put me in a different “mood.” I felt agitated. I felt … not balanced (and I’m a very “masculine” type of woman, or as Mick Jagger says, a “girl-boy-girl.”) The sound of voices affects us very strongly, I’m sure you all remember a tear or two that arises when a particular “sound” moves you emotionally.

The event of my heart-opening happened weeks after I’d given myself over to the practice of meditative chanting. No longer was I self-conscious. And because I sat among all women, I never thought about “how do I look, sound, feel about … him?” I was in my element. Safe. Secure. Surrounded with … others very similar to me. Same sex, that is. We also shared the same purpose, in our vocalizing activity. A thousand voices all combined. I could hear the men, too, but they were in a different part of the large hall. And their energy wasn’t challenging me, wasn’t … disrupting my ability to melt among those like me that surrounded me. I truly was part of a mass consciousness. We were merged and become, truly — ONE VOICE.

And then — it happened!

Without realizing what it was, I suddenly found myself stop making a sound,because the energy coming from my heart was so … so …. Overpowering. So Strong! It felt exactly like there was a rusty old iron gate that had been shut tightly over my heart-cavity, for maybe a thousands years. It had been frozen shut, just like oxidized iron does. And now … it was being forced and pried …. OPEN … by invisible hands. Slowly, sweetly but yes, painfully because my heart had been stuck SHUT for eons. It felt as if the hands of God were reaching into my deep inner self and taking His/Her/Its two hands to pry open that rusty gate-heart of mine, ever so slowly. First, with jerking motions, this force; then more, more, more forcefullyl — then — my Heart chakra POPPED wide open! Suddenly. Painlessly. Wide wide wide open. Like floodgates suddenly thrown wide.

Forevermore.

close-hearted folks, i call "rock people"

before, my closed-heart felt like I was a “rock person”

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then — I joined the open-minded, open-hearted ones

I was stunned. Love consumed me. I became Love. I was … no longer “me.” Instantly I felt enveloped with the purest sensation I’d ever felt. This Love had no name or personality, or motive, or object or “any thing” attached to it. This Love I was …. is All there is. From that moment, until Now.

Love filled my mind with white diamond light. My body melted and I watched myself becoming this ever-expanding love. The warmth and fullness of my chest spread everywhere. I was one ball of a wholesome, loving heart. Was I chanting anymore? Probably not. Was I pure Love itself, me? Yes. Without a doubt. I can attest that I had become Love itself.

the Tipping Point

join me, in the Army of Love!

Now this may seem dramatic and surreal. But this is what happened to me. Maybe it’s because the situation was perfect, and the teacher was perfect, and the sounds of chanting set off a vibration, a trigger within me. Who knows? Who cares? An ephiphany aha-thing happened. One I’d been waiting my entire life for this event to happen.

So, my friends, this is what I mean by the Love that emanates from our 4th chakra. We get glimpses of it, here and there. When we’re doing something that raises our energies. When we’re with people that promote our higher understanding. And in innumerable other ways. We always know when we’re in our heart-chakra energy. We feel … indescribably wonderful.

This object-less Love is all-consuming. It might be call unconditional love. It might be called pure compassion. But whatever it is, believe me, you want it! And you can develop it by … chanting, yes. But also by meditating. And … most importantly. Not letting negative thoughts (people, places, things, etc.) exist in your consciousness.

When you are aware of the negative thoughts, then you are also able to say, “I choose not to let those negative things exist within me.” This starts when you become aware of your feelings (the 2nd chakra). But it really kicks in, big time, when your consciousness has risen up to the 4th chakra, and you choose to allow the heart-vibrating energy to … STAY there.

we all have CHOICES

Our CHOICES determine us being happy or unhapppy

For our consciousness to rise up, expand, we have to do self-inquiry. This is work, I won’t lie. The seeker must be aware of our thoughts, and guard the precious gift of awareness— with our life if we have to! You have to say “good bye” to all your negative friends, habits, tendencies if you wish to know the heights of life’s greatest opportunities.

This is the tough part. Violence. Once your heart has been opened, you’ll be so happy you’ll never want to go back the the “old you.” You’ll want to cultivate that open-heart you. Believe me. It will be so obvious when you sink back into your old ways, habits, customs. It’s only human, so don’t beat yourself up. Just be patient with yourself. When you suddenly “feel” bad, choose to stop doing whatever it is that causes it. Just stop. It’s that easy. You’ve just “spotted” that you’ve gone backwards. What to do? Not beat yourself up, that’s for sure. Just shake your shoulders, stand up tall, and take one tiny step forward again. Now you’re back on the path to enlightenment. Yaza Yaza. Easy!

Again, choose to realign your awareness with that open-heart of yours. And choose to not allow yourself to “go back” if you can help it. And when you do, again (you will!) take another deep breath, and re-commit to living in Love. It’s that simple. Just shake your head and tell the “bad demons” that live within us all, to BEHAVE. And be still. Watch your breath. Those inner demons will leave you alone. Because now you are focusing on your breath. You’re on the bridge from lower to higher, better you. Or use your mantra to still those demons. Or … read some inspiring words. Or … hang out with more positive people. Or … read more Lord Flea. Yaza yaza.

I hope this helps. Enjoy our journey together, discovering how consciousness is raised, elevated, cultured. Please tell me your experience with the opening of your heart. Leave a comment here, or write me: dearLordFlea@gmail.com

And remember, I love you!

your pal, lordFlea, aka teZa Lord