Being Compassionate about Prejudice

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Prejudice

Prejudice continues to be prevalent these days, and it is not always about colour. It is sadly convenient. It is often a result of, cultural and socio-economic divisions, and fear. Whether it is about gender, sexual preference, age, race, education, disability, religion etc., it is basically about separation and seeing differences. Seeing the person in front of you as other. But what if you realised that the person in front of you is a reflection of you. What if the person beating the other woke up from their trance and saw the victim as none other than themselves? The thief robbing himself/herself? What if you realised that all prejudice and discrimination is based on lies and that everyone is an expression of the Divine? What then? The fact is, seeing differences, having judgements and opinions is embedded in the human psyche and it will take time for this to change. We need to be patient and compassionate with prejudice, it will take time to heal.

Until we see the Unity in All Life, that all life matters, we will continue to collapse into ignorance and prejudice.

Truth

In our line of work, Eddie and I have come across both perpetrators and victims of abuse, sometimes it is hard to tell them apart. I learnt that if we inquire lovingly with them, to look through, and beyond the pain they carry, they might be able to find kernels of love and truth. When we realise the Truth, we are no longer at the mercy of ignorance. After all, Truth has the power to set us free.

The truth is that we are not separate from each other. We are part of a continuum of loving consciousness and every experience is an opportunity to practice love and compassion. We are so entrenched in the quagmire of false identification that it is hard to break free from the “them and us” cycle of pain. When you identify with the body, with your thoughts, your position, your country, your judgements, your culture, with attached zeal, it separates us from each other.

My father often said to me, “Remember, you are a second-class citizen in this world because of the colour of your skin. Because of this you have to work harder, be better, prove your worth.” Not a very useful or encouraging thing to say to a young girl growing up in the 70s. It was his idea and I was not going to adopt it. I was inwardly furious at this. And being the rebel that I was, I refused to accept this axiom. I chose from very early on to see the ONE in every one and this has served me well. I am not without my prejudice, likes and dislikes, and have experienced bias and discrimination within myself and others over the years, but I have chosen not to feed this. I have chosen to love my so-called oppressors because like St Paul, you never know when the realisation will dawn on them and they will see the Love present in all things.   

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Bring Healing

Every harsh, ugly act on another is an act of pain on oneself. Can you imagine the torment of a mind twisted with fear and prejudice? The enemy is fear, hate, ignorance. Justice is the path of the rational; Love is the path of the Divine. Can you sustain enmity in the face of LOVE? Can you LOVE your enemies? If you can, then you can bring healing into this divided world of ours where all life matters.

If you want to bring healing and peace into this divided world see the person doing the beating and the person being beaten as parts of yourself waiting to wake-up from the ignorance to know Love. Spewing anger is not helpful. It stokes the fires of resentment and hate. Using foul language to show your outrage doesn’t make anything better.

How can we not feel each other’s pain, how can we not be responsible for the suffering in this world, knowing that we are One. I know there is a desire to control this story of prejudice, to want to take away the pain. This comes from impatience and resistance to understanding. I am bound by what I know and so must invite LOVE here. In the face of suffering I ask with all my heart for Truth to illuminate this present moment and dispel the darkness of ignorance, for LOVE to prevail. Would you like to join me?

That’s all for now, Love and Joy, Ranjana

Healing Pathways and Possibilities

5 Main Healing Pathways

For the last 20 odd years or more, Eddie and I have been working with people around the world, supporting them as they navigate work, relationships and life. Our clients inspire us with their creativity, wisdom and dedication. Some of our clients face complex physical challenges. We discuss with them the many pathways to healing and wholeness. Through these conversations, it became apparent that there are five main pathways. Some people like to choose one particular pathway, or two, or more pathways. Every pathway has its benefits. It is up to you to choose what works for you and explore the advantages. 

Here is a Brief Description of the Main Healing Pathways:

Controlled Healing

This is the purview of Conventional Medicine, the use of medication, surgery, medical intervention to control and manage symptoms and cause. On this route it is very helpful to ask your physician, or Doctor questions about procedure, ongoing care, side-effects and benefits of the treatment suggested.

Nutritional Healing

Using food, supplements, minerals, probiotics, herbs, spices, nourishment in all forms alongside movement is at the heart of Nutritional Health. We suggest working with a Kinesiologist, as well as a Nutritional Expert for this. You need to find someone that is flexible and willing to help you discover your unique requirements and help you reach optimal health.

Holistic Healing

This includes complementary health approaches like homeopathy, the use of essential oils, natural remedies, flower remedies, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Shiatsu, Acupuncture, Hatha Yoga, Breathing Techniques, Energy Psychology, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), and Energy Medicine. Take time to find a practitioner that you resonate with. In this field, the experiential wisdom of the practitioner makes a real difference.

Intentional Creative Healing

Any path that engages our creative intelligence like; Visualisation, Mantras, Mudras, Meditation, Energy Psychology, Counselling, Heart-Math, LiberatingTouch, Forgiveness Processes, Yoga, Art, Music, Laughter, utilises our Creative Consciousness. This path is all about spiritual, mental and emotional wellness. It can be argued that this is the key that unlocks the potential of all the other healing pathways. You can do this with, or without a facilitator. It is about finding what makes your heart sing.

Divine Healing

Also, known as the path of Miracles, or the path of Surrender. It has been labelled as spiritual healing, and it relies on one’s Trust in God, Divine intervention, and Opening to the Miracles of Love and Truth. It is mysterious and there is no way of knowing how this will manifest. Divine healing is about taking a leap of faith, being patient and opening to Grace.

Ranjana applying a Jin Shin Jyutsu Hold

To Summarise

Controlled healing will focus on the physical cause and solution of disease and damage. Nutritional healing will support this, assist in creating the required conditions for good health, and strengthen the bodies ability to heal. Holistic healing and Creative healing, are nurturing and curative, they encourage mental, emotional and spiritual wellness. Both of these pathways empower the patient and help them take an active part in their own well-being. Divine healing is beyond the mind and cannot be gauged. There is no way of knowing what this pathway will bring into a person’s life. It is miraculous and happens more often than we think. It is the path of Love.

Eddie and I tend to rely on the Divine healing pathway as our first port of call. God is our healing guide and physician. We rely on THAT wisdom and Love to illuminate how best to proceed. THAT reveals to us, what we need, whether it is to meditate, sleep, eat certain foods, go to a doctor, whatever it is, we trust God and open to the miracles THAT brings into our lives.

Hope this was useful. That’s all for now, Love, Healing and Joy, Ranjana

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The Power of OmKar

OmKar is the practice of chanting the Sanskrit sacred syllable AUM – OM.

At the end of March 2020 Eddie and Ranjana began a weekly Zoom group for Meditation and Chanting for Love, Peace, Healing and Harmony. These sessions began with chanting of OM 21 times. Fortuitously, Aparna Choudhuri at the same time compiled this information about the Om. Read on…

Compiled by Aparna Choudhuri, Author of “Handbook on Union with God through Finger Postures”

“Nothing existed in the universe. In the beginning, the sun, the moon, the stars, the Earth, the sky, etc., did not exist. There was only pitch darkness all around. The combination of atoms resulted in the formation of hard matter of a very high density. As a result, a lot of heat was generated. Then all of a sudden, the hard matter exploded with a big bang into pieces and spread all over. This was the cause of creation…The sound that emanated when the big bang took place is Pranava. That is Omkara, the primordial sound. This sound of Pranava is all-pervasive. It originated from paramaanu (minutest atom). There is nothing other than atom in this creation…This primordial sound has to be contemplated upon by man for attaining liberation…” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Omkaaram Bindu-Samyuktam Nityam Dhyaayanti Yoginah |

Kaamadam Mokssadam Caiva Omkaaraaya Namo Namah ||1||

My salutations to the Omkar written with a dot (Bindu) signifying that we are drops of that OM from which we have come. The Yogis always meditate upon It. Through the recitation and understanding of the Pranava (AUM), one experiences the highest Bliss and attain liberation.

Om or Aum is a sacred sound and a spiritual symbol in Indian religions. In Hinduism, it signifies the essence of the ultimate reality, consciousness or Atman. More broadly, it is a syllable that is chanted either independently or before a spiritual recitation in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Om, symbolically embodies the divine energy, or Shakti, and its three main characteristics: creation, preservation, and liberation. Om is the basic sound of the universe; chanting it symbolically and physically tunes us into that sound and acknowledges our connection to everything in the world and the Universe.

‘Om is the symbol of the unchanging eternal universal supreme God. Om is the sound of the movement of the stars in the firmament; it is the sound that manifested when the dawn of Creative Will stirred the Attribute less into activity.’  – Sri Sathya Sai Baba SSS6, Chap. 42  

Every little moment or incident results in sound; only, you may not be able to hear, because the range of your ear is limited. The falling of an eyelid over the eye makes a sound, the dropping of dew on a petal makes a sound. Any little agitation disturbing the calm is bound to produce sound. The sound caused by the primal movement that resulted in the enveloping of Brahman by self-evolved illusion is the Pranavasabdha or Om.

Other faiths too have a holy word like this OM in a little different or modified form

In Islam, Om is referred to as Samaa. Samaa is the hum that helps you find a spiritual connection with Allah.

Om is the material, the sphota, of all the world of sounds(words) and is the basis for the science and phenomenon of phonetics.

‘What is the difference between the Omkara and all other sounds and words? The Omkara has a unique, distinctive quality in the way it is pronounced and the goal it represents. When other letters are uttered, the lips, the tongue, the cheeks and the jaws are in action. But when the Omkara is ‘pronounced, none of these move at all. This is a unique characteristic of Omkara. Hence ‘OM’ alone can be regarded as Aksharam (imperishable). All the other sounds are expressions of different languages. The best upadesh (spiritual instruction) is the Pranava, the sacred syllable OM, which summarises many principles of theology, philosophy and mysticism. Little children just learning to toddle about are given a three-wheeled contraption which they push forward, holding on to the cross-bar. The OM is such a ‘vehicle’ for the spiritual child. The three wheels are a, u and m, the three components of the mantra. OM is the primal sound inherent in the life breath.’ – Sri Sathya Sai Baba SSS5, Chap. 46 

Om is a composite of three sounds:  

A (aa) arising from the region of the navel,

U (oo) flowing through the throat and tongue and  

M (mm) ending up at the closed lip.  

It has to be pronounced rising in a crescendo as slowly as possible, and as slowly coming down, until after the m there will be the echo of the silence reverberating in the cavity of the heart. 

“Om must be recited slowly and with deliberation. The sound must be like an aircraft, first approaching from a distance to the spot where you are and then flying away again into the distance (soft at first, but gradually becoming louder and louder and then slowly relapsing into silence, this silence after the experience being as significant as the Pranava). ‘U’ is the zenith, the Kailaash (abode of God), reached by the sound in its adoration. ‘A’ is the initial naadir, and ‘M,’the final.” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba, SSSVol14 ch3.

“It is laid down at Prasanthi Nilayam that the early dawn recital of Aum should be done twenty-one times. This number is not arbitrarily fixed; it has a significance of its own. We have the five senses of action (speech, hands, feet, two excretory organs) and the five senses of perception (eye, ear, nose, tongue, and skin); we have also the five vital energies or airs; prana [located in lungs], apana [flatus which moves through rectum], vyana [diffused throughout the whole body], samana [navel, essential to digestion], and udana [rises through throat to head] to sustain us. Then we have the five sheaths, enclosing the Divine Spark that is the Reality. These total up to twenty. Hence the recitation of Aum twenty-one times purifies and clarifies all these twenty components and makes man the twenty-first entity, ready for the final merger with Reality. The life-principle merges with the Supreme Reality. The life-principle may be pictured as a rider on the twenty-headed horse.” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba, SSS, Vol. 14 Ch. 3

‘You end the AUM (Pranava) recital with the recital of peace chant ‘shanthi’ three times. That completes the process of clarification and purification. The first call for shanthi- peace chant is for the purity of the body part of the Self. The second call is for the purity of the mind. The third is for the purification of the spirit. This AUM (Pranava) recital will tone you up, calm all agitations in the mind and quicken the downpour of Grace.’ –  Sri Sathya Sai Baba, SSS, Vol. 14 Ch. 3

The Physics of Om

When a mantra is chanted in rhythmic tone with ups and downs, they create a melodious effect in the body. Quantum Physics tells us every state of matter has its own associated vibration and so does light. And when a person is chanting with ‘m’ sound, he attunes himself with the echoing cosmos. Much like putting yourself online with the whole universe.

The Music of Om

Om is not a word but rather an intonation, which is beyond the barricades of age, race and culture. It is made up of three Sanskrit letters, aa, uu and ma which, when combined together, make the sound Aum or Om. Om contains all other sounds. It is a mantra or prayer in itself. If repeated with the correct intonation, it can resonate throughout the body so that the sound penetrates to the centre of one’s being, the Atman or soul.

Om as a Painkiller

It is a well-known fact that whenever we suffer physical pain, we automatically produce a vowel sound. For example, the natural reaction when one is pricked by a pin or needle is to say out loud ‘ee’ and when in pain, the sound ‘ow’ is produced. Some of researchers claim that chanting of vowels has an action, similar to that of aspirin, a painkiller.

Further Benefits of Om

When you chant Om, the adrenaline levels decrease. This helps reduce the stress levels by providing more oxygen in the body. If you are chanting Om and meditating, you are not only dropping stress but also the blood pressure. While chanting Om or Aum, the first alphabet Aa creates vibrations. These vibrations affect the spinal cord and increase its efficiency. Second alphabet U creates vibrations in the throat and nourishes the thyroid glands. When the OM Mantra is chanted in a group, the effects are amplified and this will produce immense positive vibrations which charge up the entire vicinity.

The Shankh (conch) Mudra represents the eternal sound ‘OM’ – which is the manifestation of the soul and the life principle within the cosmos. OM is the word of power. It is the sacred symbol of Brahman or God. OM consists of A, U, M, and an Ardhamatra. OM is infinity. OM is eternity. OM is immortality. OM is Sat-Chit-Ananda (existence, consciousness and bliss absolute). In the beginning there was the word; the word was with God; the word itself was God. This is OM. The whole world also has come out of OM. OM is the best thing in this world. OM is Pranava (the word of glory). OM is the mystic word; OM is the very essence of all teachings. OM is the secret of secrets. OM is the Source of all power.

Meditation upon the Om is the process by which the direction of the mind can be changed from an outward focus to an inward focus. This inward focus commences the sacred journey back to the God Self. It is a journey that each person must eventually embark upon, for the truth of who we really are cannot remain unknown forever. Meditation on the Om draws the mind away from sensory involvement into a state of inner, Divine communion. Communion with the Divine as a daily practice increasingly aligns the consciousness with the universal laws of harmony, balance and love. The Om also acts as a purifier that dissolves away the multi-layered veils of Maya (illusion)

Contemplation on the One and on its symbol OM resounding in us with every breath and reminding us of the One which persists in us during daily wakefulness, dream and sleep, can ensure the awareness of the Sath-Chith-Ananda we really are.

We hope this explanation will make Omkar (the chanting of the Om) more precious to you.

AUM – OM

If you want to participate in the Meditation and Chanting for Love, Peace, Healing and Harmony, there are 3 more chances: 12th, 19th and 26th May 2020. You can find more information on the Facebook Event page

Exploring Spiritual Intelligence – Part 11 – Trust

TRUST

Sitting under a tree

Trust can be compared to a Tree, it needs time to mature and grow. If the conditions are favorable it keeps growing on and on and on, becoming a source of nourishment for others. Eddie and I often hear clients moan about their lack of trust and how difficult it is to trust and we remind them regularly that it takes time to develop trust. It grows incrementally, its benefits accumulating over time, and once it reaches a “tipping point” (the point when one experiences freedom from doubt), the effect is exponential and expansive.

Trust nurtures Self-confidence. When a person is able to trust their inner knowing and remember that within them is the source of Goodness or Godness as i like to say, they discover ways to navigate life that are empowering and in alignment with the laws of Creation.

Trust and patience are probably the most challenging qualities to master and yet these are the most valuable assets for acquiring spiritual intelligence.

Uncertainty

The fact is we live in uncertain times and uncertainty is a part of life. We can embrace this or we can live in fear of the unknown. The ability to trust in the face of uncertainty gives one immeasurable strength and resilience.

We are taught to trust our parents, our teachers, our friends, authorities, the external world instead of trusting the God-Self that resides within us. The former leaves us dependent and reliant on others, but the latter strengthens us with self-responsibility and self-fulfillment.

The Paradox

Many many years ago, following a near death experience, i had an intense illuminating experience, i became aware of the Absolute Reality. I learnt that: I AM, THE ETERNAL EMPTINESS, THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH, ALL LOVE EMERGES FROM I.

However, it took me many many years to trust the experience and live that Reality. There are days when i forget and i need to remind myself to trust the knowing. You have to learn to be patient with your mind and the habitual need to look outwards for certainty and control.

Trust is paradoxical in nature, because on the one hand it gives you permission to embrace uncertainty, and on the other it provides you with a profound sense of certainty, a reminder that there is an underlying perfection in all things.

Trust is also a choice. We can choose to trust or not. As our trust grows, our ability to live an unfettered life of infinite potential grows too.

He who considers himself free he is free indeed.
He who considers himself bound remains bound.
Constantly think of yourself as being eternal, unlimited, consciousness-bliss and you will be free and happy.
So long as you trap yourself in body consciousness you are like a lion moping about in a musty cave.
Do not feel satisfied by saying, “I am the body”.
Roar and say, “I am the Universal Absolute, I am all that is, was and will be”. Pettiness, ego, time and space – all will free from your heart and you will realise your own Divinity”

Sathya Sai Baba

If you would like to learn more about TRUST and experience REAL FREEDOM, then we invite you to join our online class in May 2020. Info below.

That’s all for now, Love and Trust, Ranjana

REAL FREEDOM: Know the Power of Acceptance, Forgiveness, and Letting Go

REAL FREEDOM is a 5 Week in-depth Online Practical Exploration of Acceptance, Letting Go and Forgiveness – May 2020

We will meet every Friday in May 2020 on Zoom (Zoom Video Conference Calls) at UK time 10am -12pm, beginning on the 1st of May and ending on the 29th of May, to understand and implement the power of Acceptance, Letting Go and Forgiveness.

The fastest way to break through the cycle of suffering is to let go, this can happen through inquiry, acceptance and forgiveness. Letting go is not to be confused with quitting, it is the art of surrender, the art of courage and freedom. The knowing that in emptying ourselves we can welcome wealth and wisdom. The inhale follows the exhale and life flows by giving and receiving.

During these 5 Weeks we will study, implement and experience the benefits of letting go, acceptance and forgiveness. It will not be easy at first, but it will reveal many possibilities, and point the way to creating an effortless liberating reality. Freedom is in your hands – now.

Exploring Spiritual Intelligence – Part 10 – Doubt

Doubt and the Disconnectors

One of the most notable features of spiritual intelligence is the ability to listen and act on intuition and inspiration. This requires us to connect to the Power and Presence of Love and Truth (God) within us and all around us. Doubt, impatience, disappointment and fear disconnect us from Love and Truth. If you find that you are constantly second guessing yourself then, the chances are you are not feeling particularly connected to your Truth. If you feel disappointed with any area of your life you are unable to experience the perfection of peace within you. If you are impatient with yourself and others then you are pushing away opportunities to grow. And if you are making decisions based on fear, you feel estranged from Love

Things that go Boo, and not just in the middle of the night

I have struggled with doubt, impatience, disappointment and fear for much of my life, and until a few years back, I could succumb to the seduction of the lies that doubt and its relatives spun. Words and phrases like: maybe, perhaps, are you sure, it’s not right, should, shouldn’t, must, have to, could constrict my breath and create tension in my mind. It took a while for me to understand that the power of acceptance, letting go and forgiveness could help me meet these gremlins with peace and compassion.

The Connectors

Acceptance, Forgiveness and Letting Go connect us instantly to the Source of Love and Truth. They work like a magic switch plugging us back into Truth, Self- Responsibility, Peace and Love. Acceptance opens doorways and illumines pathways. Letting go gives us the freedom to choose. While, forgiveness unburdens us of the past and liberates our future. Once we let go, really let go, stillness happens and bliss follows. The liberating joy that follows letting go and acceptance is unfathomable and exquisite.

When you ask yourself, am i attached or detached in this moment? You are asking yourself, are you wanting to control or are you letting go and allowing. You are asking, whether you are experiencing constriction or expansion. You are discerning what is false from what is true? You are opening your mind to compassion and discovering that Love is boundless.

Finding a nourishing and satisfying balance between work, play, relationship, and rest is one of the greatest challenges of our times. You do not need to do everything all at once ever. Letting go is the secret to a harmonious life. Acceptance and Forgiveness nourishes our capacity to trust and feel connected to ourselves and each other.

If you would like to learn more and experience REAL FREEDOM, then we invite you to join our online class in May 2020. Info below.

That’s all for now, Love and Joy, Ranjana

REAL FREEDOM: Know the Power of Acceptance, Forgiveness, and Letting Go

REAL FREEDOM is a 5 Week in-depth Online Practical Exploration of Acceptance, Letting Go and Forgiveness – May 2020

We will meet every Friday in May 2020 on Zoom (Zoom Video Conference Calls) at UK time 10am -12pm, beginning on the 1st of May and ending on the 29th of May, to understand and implement the power of Acceptance, Letting Go and Forgiveness.

The fastest way to break through the cycle of suffering is to let go, this can happen through inquiry, acceptance and forgiveness. Letting go is not to be confused with quitting, it is the art of surrender, the art of courage and freedom. The knowing that in emptying ourselves we can welcome wealth and wisdom. The inhale follows the exhale and life flows by giving and receiving.

During these 5 Weeks we will study, implement and experience the benefits of letting go, acceptance and forgiveness. It will not be easy at first, but it will reveal many possibilities, and point the way to creating an effortless liberating reality. Freedom is in your hands – now.

Exploring Spiritual Intelligence – Part 9 – Wisdom

Wisdom – Lessons in Love and Truth

Wisdom Born of Experience

Experience is the powerful force that shapes how we respond to life at any given moment. If we don’t take the time to evaluate and embrace our experiences, we don’t take the time to appreciate the wisdom that we gain from going through life with awareness. Experiential wisdom can strengthen our knowing and trust in the Self. If there is one quality that demonstrates spiritual intelligence, it is compassionate awareness. This is a by-product of wisdom.

Wisdom through Inquiry

We stand at the beginning of a new decade. Always a good time to do a mini review of the last ten years and open to the next ten. Inquiry can help us evaluate where are at and reveal where we are heading.

Here are four questions that can help you look back, learn, let go and move forward:

  1. What was the most intense, powerful, or joyful moment for you in the last decade and how did it impact your life? Examples of this experience could be the death of someone, graduation, moving home, having a baby, an awakening, a realisation, breaking up, finding your life partner, starting a new business/job, publishing a book, getting an award etc. For those of you that feel you can’t pick one moment, you must choose, no more than five moments! Or your mind will take over and you will not be able to move forward with clarity. Once you have noted the moment/s, observe its impact.
  2. What are your regrets over the last decade and how did that impact your life? Examples of this could be, a belief that you made a mistake, a communication that went awry, something you wished you could have avoided, a loss, a moment of anger. Note down no more than 5 of these and observe the impact these have had in your decision-making.
  3. Who would you be if you could, let go of the past, the good and the not so good, forgive yourself completely, embrace your weaknesses and strengths lovingly, let go of the future, and be open to anything and everything?
  4. Ask yourself: Can I give myself permission to detach and dismantle every limitation, every opinion, every thought, every fear and attachment? Can I liberate my desires from desperation, disappointment and control? Can I open to the infinite possibilities of Love and Truth? Can I recognise the good in me and all around me? If the answer is YES to this, then the next 10 years will be filled with experiences of awe, understanding, peace and gratitude.

Wisdom from our Mistakes

The wisdom we gain from our mistakes is life enhancing – if we are willing to learn from them. Our failures, slip-ups, melt-downs, mistakes, keep us humble, soften the heart and teach us to be compassionate. Here are 4 tenets for deepening one’s wisdom:

  1. Self-Responsibility:  I am accountable and can learn from my mistakes
  2. Peace: I forgive and embrace myself
  3. Love: I accept the consequences of all my thoughts, words and actions
  4. Truth: There are no mistakes

The Wisdom of Gratitude

Gratitude and forgiveness are doorways to freedom, love and joy.

Ranjana

Beyond gratitude is surrender. Beyond surrender is gratitude.

The magnitude of gratitude is beyond anything one can imagine, it’s as if the mind ceases to be in control and the light in the heart bursts through and makes our world bright. Gratitude attracts good into our lives and reflects the love of the infinite Self.

Here is an easy exercise that harnesses the benefits of gratitude: Simply place your fingers in the centre of your palm and count nine exhalations. Then mentally remember and articulate eight or nine things that you feel grateful for in the moment. For example, ‘I am grateful for this moment, I am grateful for this breath, I am grateful for the love within me, I am grateful for the light, I am grateful for my eyes, I am grateful for my friends, I am grateful for this sip of water, I am grateful for these hands…’. This is a wonderful exercise to do before you go to sleep at night.

Here is a LiberatingTouch® Sequence for Gratitude

First bring your awareness to everything that you are grateful for, notice your vibration, what happens to your body, mind and life when you are rooted in gratitude, harness this power. Breathe it in

Secondly ask yourself what is it you really, really, really want in your life? See the vision, hear the song, taste the joy.

Thirdly, investigate and inquire what stops you and what is holding you back? What is your greatest fear? What are you resisting? Notice how your fear colours your vision and your life.

Finally, embrace (accept) the vision that has been tainted by fear as best as you lovingly can. Once you have done this, imagine pouring gratitude into the fear tainted vision. What if you can breathe gratitude into your vision? What happens to it?

This Sequence is about focusing on gratitude, and only then getting clear about what you want and what you want to change. Then, investigate whatever is holding you back, pay attention to your resistance. Finally bring your awareness into everything that you are grateful for and use that energy to create change.

Feel free to share the Wisdom.

Love and Joy, Ranjana

Exploring Spiritual Intelligence – Part 8 – Sacrifice

For the Love of Sacrifice

Marigold

Spiritual understanding really dawns once we are able to appreciate that sacrifice is not martyrdom. Sacrifice is not about violence, punishment or suffering, it is not a display of pretended or exaggerated hurt to obtain sympathy. It is not about crucifying yourself over and over. It can entail enduring difficulties, embracing challenges and letting go of what you want. Sacrifice arises from loving and embracing all life. It’s as if you want to let go so deeply to know the ONE, to know the bliss and goodness that flows through everything.

Sacrifice is the ability to let go of “my, mine and I” agendas. Giving up the little ‘I’ is the true meaning of sacrifice. It means sublimating every thought, word and deed as an offering to Love and Truth. It is about saturating all acts with Divine intent. This is the most wondrous spiritual practice to cultivate selfless love. Love gives for ever and ever, it never requires anything in return. Selfless unconditional love thrives on sacrifice and renunciation.

When you sincerely investigate the question, “Who am I”, you will find that everyone is included in ‘I’, and your love will expand limitlessly. The ego resists sacrifice with its desires, fears and need for control. True sacrifice is love, it reveals tremendous power. The power to heal, to overcome, to transform and to bring about great change.

Sacrifice Leads to Fulfillment

Most people don’t understand that through sacrifice you learn resilience and discover what you are truly capable of. Sacrifice nourishes our sense of responsibility to ourselves, our children, our world. It makes us whole, reveals the machinations of the laws of creation. Sacrifice illuminates the willingness to become all that you can be and are. It leads to a fulfilled and contented life.

“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.”


Joseph Campbell

The true secret of joy lies in sacrifice. In the Vedas, sacrifice has been declared to be the only means of achieving liberation. Understanding that there is a time to give and a time to receive is at the heart of sacrifice. When we let go of all that we believe about ourselves, our limitations, our long cherished hopes, our need to be in charge, our comfort, we reveal all that is good and Godly about humanity.

Giving up what is taken in is a law of life. It applies to breathing, food and other things. Likewise, the wealth which one acquires should also be given back to society. Wealth includes not only riches, but every other form of acquisition including knowledge, scholarship, and skills of various kinds. The knowledge you have acquired through education should be imparted to others. It is by such sharing that your education gets enriched and purposeful. If you do not impart the knowledge you possess, it becomes useless. This means that the more you give, the more you grow.


Sathya Sai Baba
Summer Course in Brindavan, May 24, 1991

Parents make sacrifices all the time and the impact this has on children is enormous. The earth is a perfect example of sacrifice, constantly giving of itself to nurture and nourish us. Can you sacrifice some of your attachments, your desires, your identity, your greed, your arrogance, your stubbornness, your limitations, your choices, your plans? If you can then we can heal our world.

Lovingly, Ranjana

www.whatwecan.com

Exploring Spiritual Intelligence – Part 7 – Time

Time to Let Go

I heard myself say to the attendees of the most recent Heart of Understanding 8 Day LiberatingTouch Class in Portugal, “I am letting go of time, all my fear and limitations in relation to time.” It is a tall order and if i hadn’t been working with “project time” since 2002, i would find this an impossible task. In this instance, i define “Letting go” as the end of self-inflicted incarceration and the beginning of emancipation.

Changing the way our thinking “revolves” around time 

On the 2nd of June 2013, I began a “time project” in the Liberating Conversations Facebook group to help me and anyone else that may be interested in changing the way we think about time. It seems fitting to share this part of the exploration. Time affects us on so many levels. In the West we have a linear relationship with time; beginning, middle, and end. Many ancient cultures speak of time as parallel or spiraling movements, in which the past, present and future, interconnect through different dimensions and layers of consciousness. In this blog i focus on how we can meet the many pressures of time with spiritual intelligence and how this intelligence, along with a few LiberatingTouch® applications, enable us to understand our relationship with time and so empower us.

Choose

The big aha came when I realised that one of my problems was not with time, but with making choices. I did not want to choose. I wanted to do it all. Once I started making very conscious choices, trusting my choices and intuition, something magical happened; I experienced God and Time as one.

It became clear that time is nature’s flow, giving us opportunities to stand, walk, dance lie down, sit, do the dishes, study, work, play, eat, dream… we must choose. We have to choose. If the choice arises from our intuition and we trust these messages from the SELF (God), then how we experience time is vastly different from when our choices emerge from fear.

It is not my job to speed time up, or slow it down, but to simply surf its waves as I do my thing – as I breathe.

Time is finite and infinite. Finite in material terms, but infinite from the perspective of the eternal SELF. It may seem like a paradox, but when we are able to embrace both, the finite and the infinite, we discover the freedom to breathe with time.

A Simple Exercise

Rest your hands anywhere on your body and simply allow this thought to exist –“Time is my friend” and exhale and inhale and exhale and then allow the thought – “Opening to a timeless breath”. And that’s it – Yes really, that’s it. Love and timelessness.

Thinking differently about time – “Revolutionary” thinking…

Below are some of the excerpts from the Liberating Conversations* Facebook group posts with some great LiberatingTouch® Applications (only if you have the time 😉

Here is a great 10 minute exercise

Hold your THUMB (either side) for a couple minutes or less while articulating the following question gently. “What if I could release all my anxiety about not having enough time?”

Hold INDEX finger (either side) for a couple minutes or so while articulating the following question gently. “What if I was no longer afraid of wasting time?”

Hold MIDDLE finger (either side for a couple minutes or so while articulating the following question gently. “What if I could be let go of all my frustration in relation to the time it takes to complete my chores?”

Hold RING finger (either side) for a couple minutes or so while articulating the following question gently. “What if I could acknowledge all my grief in relation to lost time?”

Hold LITTLE finger (either side) for a couple minutes or so while articulating the following question gently. “What if I could know that time is my friend and I can rest and be productive all at once?”

When i liberate time from the constraints i impose upon it, time is on my side.

a moment in time from ranjana’s journal

Here is another sequence to help all of us that struggle with that sense of urgency. Was reminded about this aspect of time by the news of the death of a friend…

Hold your THUMB (either side) for a couple minutes or less while articulating the following question gently. “What if I could release all my anxiety about not getting it all or any of it done?”

Hold INDEX finger (either side) for a couple minutes or so while articulating the following question gently. “What if I could release all my fears and inadequacies and open to trust?”

Hold MIDDLE finger (either side for a couple minutes or so while articulating the following question gently. “What if I could be let go of all my frustration and embrace my limitations?”

Hold RING finger (either side) for a couple minutes or so while articulating the following question gently. “What if I could free all my unfulfilled dreams and celebrate the time i spent dreaming?”

Hold LITTLE finger (either side) for a couple minutes or so while articulating the following question gently. “What if i run out of time and it is ok?”

Trust is the secret of good time management.
Why? Because then we know what to do, when to work, when to play, when to celebrate, we find time to create, to nourish, support, serve, to rest in Be-ing and best of all know when to flow between doing and being.

another timely note

Another sequence for harmonising the way we experience time:

Place your hands on either side of the pubic bone in the groin (frontal pelvic) area, inhale and exhale a few times, and repeat the phrase below. Place your hands the waistline, inhale and exhale a few times, and repeat the phrase below. Place your hands on the upper chest, inhale and exhale a few times, and repeat the phrase below.

Breathing in light fills this body, I trust this body.
Breathing out I smile; I trust the goodness in this mind.
Breathing in I dwell in this moment, I trust the power in this heart.
Breathing out, I open to the sweetness of trust flowing through this life.

For those of you that have a connection to God, the phrases below may be more powerful:

Breathing in light fills this body, God permeates this body
Breathing out I smile, I trust God saturating my thinking
Breathing in I dwell in this moment, God residing in this Heart
Breathing out, I open to the sweetness of trust.

I have been contemplating and investigating the stories that crop up about “time waste” and “not enough time”. I can see that when we believe time is money, it is easy to get caught up with wanting to cling onto whatever pennies we may have, but what if the ancient wisdom of the East is accurate and ‘Time is God’… Can God be wasted?

contemplation on time

Another Variation:
Place your hands on either side of the pubic bone in the groin (frontal pelvic) area, inhale and exhale a few times, and repeat the phrases below. Place your hands the waistline, inhale and exhale a few times, and repeat the phrases below. Place your hands on the upper chest, inhale and exhale a few times, and repeat the phrases below:

Breathing in, light fills this body, I am light
Breathing out, I smile, I envisage light bathing my thinking
Breathing in, I dwell in this moment, Time is my friend
Breathing out, I open to the sweetness of Love flowing through this life

The eyes when exposed to copious amounts of sunshine, squints and takes time to adjust so too the mind needs time to adjust to new frequencies of joy, to enlightening thinking patterns (for example knowing that Time Is Your Friend). Patience is the greatest strength we have.

all changes happen in time 😉

Some Useful Inquiry:

When thinking about your use time, who does your thinking serve? Truth and Love or Fear and Control

How do your words and inner thoughts about time make you feel?  Patient and Understanding or Guilty and Shameful

When immersed in activity or when you have deadline to meet, do you remember to exhale?

Would you like your thoughts, words or actions to be in alignment (harmony) with Love and Truth?

“Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it. It’s just easier if you do.”

Byron Katie

While investigating my many “scarcity time” projects with LiberatingTouch®, I became aware that the notion that everything is speeding up or slowing down is just a notion and like all notions they pass. I am finding it easier to meet those internal pressures that emerge from the fear of wasting time with peace. I now know, experimentally, that the timing of everything in life is impeccable.

When caught up in time issues it helps to remember – we are not victims; we are powerful beyond measure. Even if we forget this, even if circumstance, memory, thoughts keep us replaying the roles of a victim we can always wake up from this trance of material identification; we can reconnect to the Truth. We can shine the light of awareness, dispelling the darkness of our fears and illuminating the infinite power of the Heart. We can shake off the lies of powerlessness like a lion shakes his mane and roar with the certainty that we are limitless, Timeless, Eternal LOVE.

Hope you enjoyed this blog, with eternal love and gratitude, Ranjana

*The Facebook group Liberating Conversations has been created for those of you that are interested in relaxing (healing) the body, emancipating (purifying) the mind, awakening (knowing) constant integrated awareness and aligning (merging) with Love and Truth. Its focus is to share ways to liberate consciousness and experience the dynamic alchemy of LiberatingTouch®.

For those of you who are new to LiberatingTouch®, this is a great place to meet facilitators, ask questions, discover pathways to healing and enter into enlightening discussions. We invite you to join us on this greatest of adventures of getting to know (realise) the Self.

Exploring Spiritual Intelligence – Part 6 – Power

Potential, Power, Purity and Presence

There are four aspects/concepts of Spiritual Intelligence that bring about enormous transformation. These are: the Recognition of Potential, the ability to Reclaim Power, the imperative to Choose Purity and Know Presence.

Recognise Potential

At any given moment in time or space, it is important to recognise the potential present, even if it is not apparent. So, you may be faced with a challenge that stretches your coping mechanisms to the max. If you can recognise that here is an opportunity for growth and expansion, or the opportunity to reveal hidden powers of resilience or that the situation is about uncreating the old and creating something positive. Then you recognise the potential and feel supported by this recognition.

Reclaim Power

The power to choose your state of mind and emotions, has a huge impact on the way you express and act. It also dictates how you experience life. An example here would be, perhaps you give away your power to self-doubt, fear, unhelpful criticism, impatience and shame. You need to reclaim that power and discover trust, love, encouragement, patience and integrity.

Choose Purity

This is an ongoing process of active awareness, whereby, you commit to honesty and integrity in all interactions. You are attentive to your environment, your community, your time and your internal chatter. You watch out for triggers that seemingly force you to react with anger instead of responding with calm confidence. This entails patience.

Know Presence

Knowing that you are not limited to the confines of your body and mind allows you to discover solutions and pathways that are liberating. Once you know that time and space are containers of consciousness and that they are more fluid than you can imagine, you begin to explore the world around you with loving curiosity. You meld inspiration and practical know-how with discernment.

Not Enough Time

Now let’s apply these four principles in the most basic way to one of the most common challenges of today; “Not enough time”. This is something Eddie and I hear a lot. Repeated often enough it becomes a limiting belief and a mega hurdle to growth. Argue for your limitations and they are yours. So you feel pressured, that you don’t have enough time, have not been able to priortise, have a growing to do list and your desires are not being acknowledged let alone fulfilled and you believe that you are getting nowhere.

  • Recognise Potential: Notice the time that you have now, use it, brush your teeth, enjoy breakfast, rest, drink some water, call a friend, do just one thing and open to the possibility that it could be enough. It is enough.
  • Reclaim Power: Decide to trust, you make a difference by being here, by showing up, by smiling, by listening, by paying attention and being compassionate.
  • Choose Purity: Notice when and how you get into a flap, exhale, let go, inhale, receive the life force available to you in the breath. Unload the grime of criticism and open to the positive action that you can take now.
  • Know Presence: When you have let go of the thought that you and your efforts are going nowhere, you are Now Here. Anything is possible. Your focus can effortlessly shift from what you have not done to what you have done and what you are doing. You can appreciate the mystery of the unknown working through your life. You bring miracles into existence because your thoughts and actions arise from clarity, intuition and Love.

What would happen in your life if you woke up in the morning with the thought, “I have enough time”, “time is my friend”, “anything is possible is today”, “time is on my side”, “I have time”, “whatever needs to get done will be, everything else can wait”, “I am free, I collaborate with time”?

Every moment matters (Know Potential), every breath counts (Reclaim Power), every smile makes the universe sing (Choose Purity). You choose (Know Presence).

Lovingly, Ranjana

www.whatwecan.com

To find out more about how you can practice these principles we invite you to book a LiberatingTouch® Intensive with Eddie and Ranjana.

Exploring Spiritual Intelligence – Part 5 – Flow

FLOW

F = Focus, Find, Follow

L = Love (Enthusiasm, Understanding, Compassion)

with O = Openness (Clarity, Potential, Possibility)

and W = Wonder (Awe, Humility, Passion, Curiosity)

Do you make unrealistic demands of yourself and your time? I know I do. Having said that, i now have the good sense to appreciate the craziness of my ever growing to do lists with humour and even better sense to tear them up, often. Just so that i can make a new one which may be a little bit more realistic (not!!).

Meditating…

I suddenly slipped effortlessly into FLOW … The place of balance, of going with the flow, of trusting doing, trusting being, trusting the flow that embraced both

Being ————–FLOWING————–Doing

Doing ————–FLOWING————– Being

Imagine living a life of graceful elegance of  effortless FLOW 

Ranjana’s Journal Entry from October 2012

Despite the habit of overburdening myself, I now engage more and more with FLOW. This has helped me discover patience, openness and space. When I experience patience as my reality I am filled with an extraordinary lightness and possibility. Intuitive flow aligns me with the Bliss of Doing, Flowing, and Being. Life makes me smile and my tears make me smile.

It is a wonderful thing to share a smile, to do so without any expectation of reciprocation, without any need to please or be pleasant, without pretense, without hiding, without fear. This is effortless being, flowing, doing…. smiling…. What stops me or you experiencing the state of flow? There are many answers, and they all have merit. In this blog, I want to bring your attention to TIME.

Time

As part of my research for this blog, i reflected on films that have captured the public’s imagination. I discovered a common gripping element, “the race against time”. Imagine Matrix, Star Wars, Titanic, Avatar, and Lord of the Rings etc. without this riveting tension. What if we were no longer in a race against time? What if time flows as we flow and what if we can influence that flow with our awareness?

Our mentality (mind set) is so locked up in the limitations of time that I wonder if we have lost sight of timelessness, eternity, immortality, beauty…FLOW. I am not saying that we should ignore the constraints of time or somehow transcend the measurement of time – but perhaps we could entertain a little balance? Perhaps create a little space…space to remember the Eternal Infinite Constant.  A little patience (willingness), openness (trust), emptiness (space) for FLOW: Focused –Loving — Omni (Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Omniscient) – Wisdom.

Here are some questions to ponder over:

  • Have you ever experienced a sense of flow in your life?
  • How do you know that you are in the flow?
  • Do you recognise when your life is not in flow?
  • What do you require to be in FLOW?

There are many LiberatingTouch Processes and Sequences to help you discover FLOW on your journey inwards and outwards, and help you express the Love, Truth and Presence that you are.

Lovingly, Ranjana

www.whatwecan.com

To find out more about implementing intuitive flow, we invite you to book a LiberatingTouch® Intensive with Eddie and Ranjana.