Earth Day

Yesterday was Earth Day ~ did you celebrate it well?

To be honest, I didn’t.  Several of my students and fellow instructors went out to the Duamish River here in Seattle, as part of the Earth Citizens Organization, and teamed up with Earth Corp to do some cleaning and reparations.  I was unable to go because I needed to teach the class at the center and couldn’t find a substitute.

However, on Friday we showed “Before the Flood” in honor of Mother Earth.  As I have written before, I find this documentary to be particularly powerful, and it again rocked the world of my heart.  If you haven’t seen it yet, please watch it.  You can easily rent it on Amazon.  As painful as it is, I feel that I need to keep watching and sharing it again and again with those around me.  It made me feel awake, and made me also realize how often I am sleeping.

In the discussion following the movie there were many different points and perspectives raised among the group.  Someone asked the question, “What if it’s just a natural part of the Earth’s process for the temperature to change, as it did long ago at the time of the Ice Age?”

Upon hearing this, others could scoffed a bit as if to say, “Of course it is human being’s activities causing this! Are you crazy?!”  But I myself had the following response:

You know what ………who knows?  Who really knows????  Anything is possible in this mysterious Universe.  But! There is one thing that I do know and that is this.  Regardless of what the science of it all may be, it is not acceptable to me to see human beings damaging life in the name of money, greed and power.  It’s just not acceptable.  And that is what must change.  We must, as a species, respect the life that we are.

It feels like common sense to my heart.  Doesn’t it feel that way to yours too?  To see other life being injured so brutally at the hands of human beings – whether that be the life of other people, other animals, or the Earth itself – is so agonizing to the pure life within me that is watching such insanity.  So, this is the work that I feel must be done.  If for no other reason, we must at least raise up our own integrity, our level of responsibility and love, in front of our beloved Mother.  Don’t we want to show her how much love and respect her children have?

Our current behavior is just truly inappropriate.  That’s why human beings need to awaken their senses more.  So that they can feel how inappropriate this behavior really is.

Because people don’t sense it.  They just chase after their own selfish desires, only paying attention to what is “mine” and what “I ” want, with disregard for the whole.   It’s hard for me to blame them, since their senses are sleeping, but that’s why I feel like it should be mandatory for all human beings to increase their sensitivity – to feel the life within them, and the life of others, and the pulse of life that is all around them.  Then, there will be no way that anyone could do something like destroy the last great rainforests that exist on this planet in the name of obtaining more palm oil to make money off of.  There’s just no way.

That is why I love and believe in Brain Education.  Brain Education exists to help people awaken the senses of their bodies, minds and spirits.  The senses of their hearts and brains.  And with these senses, develop the ability to feel myself and feel others and feel the mountains, rivers, forests, and animals of land and sea.  In addition, sense the way to create solutions and build a better world together.

This is not only the work that those who are greedily destroying this planet should do – but it’s the work that all of us must do.  Because, those of us who have some awareness, who feel a little bit awake, have even more responsibility.  I know that I feel the urgency now more than ever to wake myself more to find what I can do and to do it!

Ah ~ breathe out 🙂

I will choose now to let the passionate fires of my heart settle down into my lower dahn jon (core energy center).

But, I believe that you can feel me and understand the message I am trying to share today.

And I believe that you already know how important it is. I just wanted to give a gentle nudging reminder to anyone willing to receive it.

Let’s not just save the Earth.  As Ilchi Lee always says, let’s each of us develop the spirit to “save myself, my people and my humanity.”  Recovering our pure human spirit, integrity of character, and sense of oneness of all of life, could possibly be the greatest and most important work set out for each of us at this moment of history.

 

Root

It’s a beautiful spring day here in Seattle.  The sun is not shining too brightly, but it’s clear enough to see the sweet snow-capped mountains that sit to the east and to the west.  Buds are bursting, weeds are growing, and the small white blossoms on the tree in my front yard are smiling at me.  Even the evergreens that line the forested road I drive down every day seem to be waving at me today, as if to say, “Look at at all of my lush shades of green! Aren’t I gorgeous?!”  On a day like today I am reminded of the magnificence of living on the west coast, where the land speaks so easily to my heart, if only I take  moment to listen. It’s a joy to feel life.

I have missed writing and interacting with all of you.  Sometimes I am busy running my center, but other times I am just consumed with the study of being alive.  I find it such an enriching and fascinating study, don’t you???

In my recent trip to Sedona, I received a message from the ever-so-majestic Secret Mountain – a mountain that is an old and dear mentor to me, from which I have been blessed with many insights and messages over the years that I have been visiting Sedona Mago Garden.   In meditation, I asked the red rock  how I can be stronger and braver. This time, the mountain responded by telling me that I needed to repair my “root,” which had been severed at the time of birth.  It made perfect sense.  I believe that for anyone who was separated from the mother that bore them within the first 1-3 years of their life, that person would incur an injury to their “root.”  That is an energetic injury that influences our sense of worth, value, and security of body & mind for the remainder of our lives.  And having such an injury, as well as an intention to heal it, makes for an EXCELLENT study!

In the chakra system, the “root” is typically considered to be the 1st chakra, which is the area of the perineum, the place from where we all entered the world.  In my body, I also feel it connected to my 2nd chakra, the area of the womb.  Both of these chakras additionally have connection to the kidneys, bladder, lower intestines, reproductive organs, lower back, sacrum, tailbone and ….you guessed it….the belly button 🙂  At the moment of receiving this message from Secret Mountain, I felt this whole area of my body relax and receive tremendous energy from the earth.  It was as if I was suddenly connected to the mountain itself, feeling my own roots planted deep into the earth, creating an unshakeable sense of existence, a beingness where no doubt or fear or any emotion could possibly exist.  Just a beingness – like the earth itself – which, after all, is my true nature and true worth.  As I breathed deeply feeling that power within me, I felt my heart open  wide,  a vast acceptance spreading out and wrapping itself around every part of me, every part of my past, and every part of existence itself.  That’s when I realized how critical it is to have a healthy, solid root, to do the work of opening your heart and loving and accepting as widely and unconditionally as is humanly possible.

So, since I have returned, I have become increasingly interested in dedicating myself even more to the development of my root.  In truth, I have known about this for a long time. and I have been working at it as best as I could for about 17 years.  But suddenly I understood it at a deeper level and felt ready to commit to an even more focused practice. In fact, even right now as I write this blog post, I am reminding myself to feel my root, to relax and allow my awareness to drop there, and to feel myself again as I center myself in the base of me.  When I do it well, my perspective on everything completely shifts.  Emotions quiet down, judgements disappear, my heart chakra relaxes and there is a spontaneous sense of contentment and well-being that rises up, allowing me to be still in the present moment.

Recently, Ilchi Lee has been emphasizing the importance of creating a healthy lifestyle through something called Tongchun Living.  Tongchun Living simply means to awaken your consciousness and re-align yourself with your true nature multiple times a day by doing one-minute exercises.  Basically, taking one-minute out of each hour to wake up! The exercises could be rigorous like sit-ups, push-ups or squats. Or, they could be something a little lighter like belly-button healing, body tapping or…anything!  He often says that when you raise up the temperature in your body periodically, even just for one minute, then you can better manage your energy. When you manage your energy well, then you can better better manage your mind.

Me and many of my fellow Body & Brain practitioners are now doing these 1-minute exercises 10 – 12 times per day, or sometimes even more!  For me, I am trying to utilize as many of them as possible to bring energy and circulation to my 1st and 2nd chakra and strengthen my root.  I am happy to say that I feel that it is working! It is always so encouraging to feel change happening inside of my body, mind and spirit due to my own dedicated efforts.  I believe that this is in fact the simple recipe for change that we all need. It looks something like this:

1. Have a goal (ie. strengthening my root)

2. Follow it with an appropriate action (ie. doing one-minute exercises for strengthening my root, such as sit-ups, planks and other funny-named positions that activate my core, lower back and tailbone),

3. Keep doing the action  consistently and persistently.   Don’t give up no matter how difficult, tiring or monotonous it may be. No matter how distracted or discouraged you may get along the way….keep going, keep going, keep going.

4. Then, when you recognize any change occurring, congratulate and praise yourself with excessive enthusiasm!!!  Your brain will change into a positive power-brain, and it will produce more self-empowered, self-confident thoughts for you!  Your feeling of self-trust and self-worth will increase and before you know it, you will be transformed!

I think it is our duty as human beings to endlessly change, heal, grow and upgrade ourselves for the betterment of our body, mind and spirit, and for the betterment of the world.  I hope that this spring we can all re-commit  to our goals of self-development and spend the remainder of the year praising ourselves for the good work we’ve done and the progress we’ve made!!