New Zealand!

I went to New Zealand!  And I LOVED IT     🙂

It was more than a vacation to a beautiful place for me.  It was a precious spiritual experience.

I think that I can confidently say that New Zealand is now my favorite place on Earth.  It’s truly difficult to describe what I experienced there because it was so far beyond the oohs and ahhs of waterfalls and ocean views.  It was an energy – a pure, simple and peaceful energy field, so different from the one we have here in America.  I felt at home inside of that energy.  I felt myself, magnified.  On most days I simply felt like the sky, or like the wind, or like the sunshine.  I felt happiness.

The meditation tour that I went on was incredibly natural and just right. We walked down long trails, taking time to smell wild ginger or smile at tiny wild strawberries.  We drank fresh water that flowed from the earth down long bamboo shoots into our cups, sipping simply under the sunshine. We prayed in front of ancient trees – the Kauri Tree in Waitakare Forest, and the 1000 year old Hwangchil Tree in Mago Holiday Park.  We chewed on kawa kawa leaves and meditated with them stuck all over our faces.  We swam in the warm waves,  dipped our feet in Haruru Falls and even got a friendly visit from a small group of dolphins!  Their spirits were just as joyful as ours to see each other! In every moment I felt the wonder of life itself.

Even when I think of it now, I feel a sparkle in my heart.  Pure Life. I am profoundly grateful for my time there.

In New Zealand, I awakened to Brain Education at a whole new level.  Brain Education is simply being 100% alive.  When I saw the Mauri Native People I was reminded that our humanity began it’s corruption from the time when we broke our promises to each other, our fellow humans, in the name of greed and selfishness.  We corrupted our character and built an entire world on the foundation of that corrupt character.  Brain Education is recovering the original Spirit of Humanity – the light of life inside of us – and simply living it in every moment.

A personal message came for me on one of the very first days that I was there.  We were meditating in front of the Kauri Tree and I could feel her majesty and grace.  She felt like a Queen, reaching her arms up to the sky, embracing so many other life forms in her bosom. Just being near her I could feel the light and love radiating off of her. The tour guide encouraged us to ask her any question. At first I felt quiet and that I didn’t have a question. Then suddenly one came up.

“How can I be like you, Kauri tree?  How can I love like a great mother but not ‘baby’ others?  How can I embrace all without bending, shrinking or compromising myself?”

Her answer came so clearly. She said, “Be proud all the way down to your root.” And when I heard that, I suddenly felt a powerful energy filling up in my first and second chakra and rising up through my body like a giant column of pure strength.  It was a power that was unshakable and at the same time filled with love and wisdom.

This was a very special message to me. I have felt this feeling in my body before but am unable to hold onto it on a day to day basis.  When I feel it, I know that it is my possibility, my truth, a state that I am meant to be in, but fall out of because of my own fear.  I realized that the way my life began- both how I came into this world, as well as what I experienced as a small child – has caused me to have a kind of weakness in the energetic ‘root’ of my body, as well as the root of my physical body.   This has given me life long practice with handling the emotion of fear, an emotion related to the kidneys (which are connected to the first and second chakras).  Of course, I am always thankful to this fear because it drives me closer to Truth, but the message from the Kauri tree put so much into perspective and let me know that I am ready to move on, and which direction I need to go.

This plus countless other moments left me feeling so supported and so loved by nature itself while I was there.  In fact, I was reminded of it again just yesterday when at the end of our Finding True Self Workshop, one participant shared that she had awakened to Love. She said, “Not the love that only comes from other people but love that is already existing in nature and is everywhere when I open myself up to it.”

In New Zealand, I was wide open.

Also, I felt the dream of a healthier, happier and more peaceful humanity was a true possibility when I was in New Zealand.  It felt actually within our reach. These days Ilchi Lee often speaks of Bokbon Hwangchil 2020.

Bokbon: the Korean term for ‘Returning to the Origin’

Hwangchil:  Representing Nature and its healing powers, coming from the Hwangchil Tree, whose extract is extremely restorative and medicinal for the human body.

2020: Our goal.  Humanity must reach a critical mass of  people who have recovered their original nature, original spirit, and become like Hwangchil itself for the rest of the world, in order for us to have a sustainable future on planet Earth.

In New Zealand I felt what achieving Bokbon Hwangchil 2020 could be like.  I felt a dream coming true in my heart.  I felt great inspiration to be a brighter light here in America.  I asked myself time and again how to do that.  I still don’t know the exact answer, but just the asking brings the feeling of New Zealand close to me, and my energy body begins to tingle all over, and I feel joy and hope and purpose.

I hope that all of you reading this will have a chance to go to New Zealand someday.  And that all of you will join me in creating Bokbon Hwangchil 2020.  I believe that is what we are meant to do!

I am sending sending pure New Zealand Life Particles that live in my heart to all!!!

 

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Pics Left to Right:

@ Mago Holiday Park swinging on a swing made by Ilchi Lee over the river,  @ Mago Holiday Park picking and chewing on kawa kawa leaves. They will be dried and used for healing tea!

@ the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, sharing the traditional Mauri greeting with friends.  It means “My past, present and future are meeting with your past, present and future here and now.”

@ the magnificent Matauri Bay –> tree, view, and enjoying the sun after playing in the ocean.

With fellow Body& Brain instructors, my spiritual family, at the soon-to-be site for the Global Earth Village and me with a giant Hwangchil leaf 🙂

 

 

 

 

Wisdom from Living Tao

After my last post regarding Brain Education, many people asked me to talk further about Step 3, Brain Refreshing, regarding management of the emotions.

I was reading the Living Tao book the other night, a new book out by Ilchi Lee which is based on his Tao 12 Markers lectures, and I found a passage that I thought was perfectly aligned with the subject.  So I thought that I would post that passage here for all of you to chew on 🙂  Enjoy!

The power to control emotion comes form the soul. When the soul is weak, the energy of emotion engulfs you like a wave.  Conversely, when the energy of the soul is mature, the energy of emotion feels tiny, as if it can’t even put up a fight. If unhappy things have happened in your life because you couldn’t successfully control your emotions, it is because your soul was weak and immature.  If you have been able to wisely govern and make us of your emotions, then your soul has become truly mature.

In order for our souls to control our emotions,  there must be proper dialogue between the two. First, the soul must cease to identify itself with the emotions.  The soul must seize leadership of the emotions by declaring, “My emotions are not me, but mine!”  In the instant my soul makes that proclamation, the emotions will say this to the soul: “You’ve always listened to what I said. We’ve been one, you know. Why are you suddenly saying that we’re no longer one? You’re my friend, aren’t you?”

Then the soul must be able to say to the emotions, “That was then, not now. You are emotion; I am soul. You are not me, but mine. I have the power to watch and control you.”

Even though you make this declaration, it still won’t be easy to be free from the domination of your emotions – at least not at first.  As this dialogue between them continues, however, the soul will gain the power to lead the emotions, and the emotions will be tamed by the soul. The soul will recover its central place, its seat as master, and the emotions will act as helpers, assisting in the soul’s growth. Once the soul learns to master the emotions, it will come to know that it can also create new emotions.”

~ Ilchi Lee, Living Tao