Practice of Peace for Adults and Children (Give-away)

Written by Shakta Khalsa, http://www.childrensyoga.com  As published in Aquarian Times Magazine, 2004.  Feel free to use and share.

 

fire in my heart

fire in my heart

How can I, as one human being, help our world? Can I create a vibrational frequency of peace within myself that radiates outward and affects our entire world? Is that even possible?   Our world and our mind are made of the same stuff–energy. Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga, talks about how everything is vibrational frequency, or energy, in The Mind: Its Projections and Multiple Facets: ”The total sum of this life and this Earth, of this planet, this cosmos, and this space is nothing but energy. Call it any kind of theory you want, this life is constructed so that the energy of existence is transferred into matter. That matter can also be transferred into energy. Whatever the details of your theory, somehow that essential energy created matter and that matter sustains us through the energy!”

Science is now beginning to be able to document nonphysical forces. From Gregg Braden’s book, The Isaiah Effect Decoding the Lost Science of Prayer and Prophecy comes this experiment: “In a report from the International Society of the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine, scientists documented the nonphysical force of emotion actually changing the physical molecule of DNA. …The study reported that “individuals trained in generating focused feelings of deep love…were able to intentionally cause a change in the conformation [shape] of the DNA.”Unknown

Many people are waking up from a long sleep because events of cataclysmic proportions are taking place on our planet almost daily. It can easily feel as though we don’t have power to do anything about the way our world is headed, that we can only helplessly stand by and watch the deterioration and destruction of everything we love. But many, many people I meet and speak with are rising to the challenge of these times. I count myself among them as I find myself over and over again coming into a projective state of prayer, but not the kind of prayer that is asking or begging. What I am calling prayer is a practice of consciously creating reality with my vibratory energy. Anytime I forget, I again become aware that I have the power to choose an energy projection of truth and peace prevailing on earth. I’ve noticed how often this uplifted energy is “caught” by others, who perhaps just needed a reminder.

I believe that when enough of us are using 100% of our vibratory energy to create at each moment a vibration of peace, changes that we would normally think of as miracles become everyday realities.   SONY DSCWorking with children has been a life path for me, and through that path I have found children to be completely aware, sensitive individuals. So with that in mind, after each exercise for adults I’ve included suggested ways to communicate with children.   Feel free to improvise and adapt this for your personal use. After the exercise, allow a space for your child to talk about what he or she experienced.

This is very subtle and sensitive work. To stay present, it may be helpful to be aware of your breath, especially at the beginning of the practice.  

Moment to Moment Practice of Peace

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  • Bulleted = guided practice for adults  Bold print = guided practice for children
  • I let myself relax into a state of feeling for all who are suffering, and that feeling extends out to all of the world. I allow the pain. I sit with it and let it be as it is, in trust, simply because it is part of All That Is. After some time, I find the pain has subtly transformed into something else: a compassionate healing, an accepting of the higher wisdom in this, as all, actions.

Let’s close our eyes and allow whatever we feel, even if it is sad, or angry, or fearful. If pictures come to you, things that you’ve seen on TV, heard people talking about, whatever it is-just let it be. It cannot hurt you to let it be. Give yourself permission to feel, and just watch what happens if you don’t block your feelings.

  • I extend my prayer field, my energy field, out in front of me and all around me, envisioning and creating a world in which all conflict is resolved in the highest manner. I don’t use my rational mind to think of strategies that would resolve it, but create a space–an emptiness that contains all possibilities–in which the Unknown can fully work.
  • I trust humanity. I visualize us at our best, with full awareness of the consequences of our actions, using this challenge as an opportunity to propel our world into a new way of being. This does not mean that those who have hurt others are not called to account, but I see this happening in the miraculous ways of the Unknown, rather than by ways that creates more suffering and retaliation.

Instead of trying to think about all the problems and solutions that are being talked about in our world right now, let’s do something really different Let’s imagine a big emptiness that stretches out in front of us, and all around us, and goes into the future. That big emptiness is a space in which anything–anything! is possible. Magical things, miraculous things, things no one ever thought about-can all happen in this wonderful emptiness that we are allowing to be there.

  • I have the courage to go into the mind and heart of someone who hurts others. I feel the pain that can be translated into hatred and inflicting pain on others. I feel it pass through me, and I allow it as part of All That Is. I remember that when I accept what is, it cannot stay the same. My acceptance of it creates a kind of “vibrational hug” around it, and it melts. I have a sense that these beings are brought into the fold of humanity through the transformation that happens through this compassionate act.

It takes courage to go into a place inside you where you allow yourself to feel the pain that is inside a person who you don’t like, or who has hurt you in some way. Think of anyone who is like that for you. And now….allow them into your heart and feel their heart too. The hate melts and what is left is just a human being who didn’t know how to handle their painful feelings.

  • I trust that the Unknown, the All That Is, who is sometimes called God, will unfold the events of the future that will match the vibratory frequency that I, and many others together, are holding and projecting–a sacred space where peace and truth prevail. In this deep space of trust and knowing, I feel the ecstasy that is my birthright, and I extend that birthright out to all of humanity.

Without even thinking we trust that we will have another breath, and another, and another, right? Now let’s have that same kind of trust that something good is happening. Something that is connecting us with everyone else on our planet. Feel the peace in your heart and connect it up with everyone else-people you know and don’t know, and grow that peace so it stretches all around the world.  

imagesAnd now, let’s send a blessing to our world by saying together three (or more) times:   Peace to All, Life to All, Love to All

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Best 200 Hour EVER!

IMG_3890Before I get too far along in the next phase of life, (ie. back to business, and the business of living), I’d like to take a moment to honor the latest experience of Radiant Child Family Yoga 200 hour certification training 2014, which took place in July and August in Reston VA, and in retreat style in Gore VA at the high-vibration retreat called The Land Celebration.

The group of 95ers and 20oers were seamlessly compatible as we worked with the Yoga for ADHD/Autism and Happily Ever Now.  As we moved into the retreat for the last 105 immersion program with the 200 hour students, very quickly they were completing each other’s sentences more than once.  We organizers all commented that the students EFFORTLESSLY understood whatever deeper concept of Yoga was being communicated.  More than once, the conversation and insights were right on the leading edge of consciousness!IMG_3838

Our time together included a powerful sweat lodge, hosted by Suwaylu, who is the energy behind The Land Celebration.  We release a lot of old stuff in that sweat lodge, and came out cleaner and purer in thought, word, and deed.  Great thanks for Suwaylu for that.  Same for the powerful Kundalini yoga that we practiced with Kartar, myself, and Lisa, whose versatility includes gormet cooking, hatha yoga training, and energetic and physical anatomy.  Kartar, as usual, brought people to tears, as he goes deep in a loving and human way…that’s his style (and has something to do with why I married him all those decades ago!)

IMG_3898We brought back B.J. to teach Senior yoga, and since seniors are her life and love, everyone in the course gains confidence in teaching elders with love and respect.  We added a new section to the training, Yoga based on Brain Gym, taught by Jyoti, who is the power behind the organization of the entire training.  Great to see her teaching also, and helping students to gain more brain-body tools to use in schools and everyday life.IMG_3895

I am very pleased with the evolution of RCFY 95 and 200.  Every year it is a high point for me because I get to know my students in an all-new way, and together we take the experience of Conscious Living higher and higher.

If this trend continues, and I have every knowing that it will—next year we will be saying “best training ever!” all over again….

 

Get a taste and an authentic feel of the retreat from this video, lovingly put together by Lisa.  Thank you!!!IMG_3835

 

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Hooray for Yoga Grandmothers!

The little ones get so many gifts from grandparents…and yoga can be one of them.

Patti Lucchesi has been sharing yoga with her young grandchildren for years.  She uses the Radiant Child Yoga program with them.  They sit with eyes closed and meditate.  They stretch like fish in the ocean.  They partner up and do “window washing” with hands pressed to their partners—a meditative exercise where they “feel” where the hands want to go, sometimes one partner is leading, sometimes the other.  And sometimes—no one is leading.  This is an experience we call “getting into the flow.”  Children can do this so naturally, and this exercise helps them realize what the flow is!73327_505999636141526_830389800_n

Patti knows all this and that is why she shares it with her fortunate grandchildren.  Take a look at the inspiring video she made with her children singing the Radiant Child songs and doing yoga.

In getting permission to post this video, I contacted Patti’s daughters.  One of them, Dena, had this to say:  “My daughters and I have loved your music.  I heard it for the first time during my prenatal yoga  I got the CD and my 2 year old (at the time) Evie, and I listen to it all the time in the morning to keep centered.  Elianna – who is 2 now can be found singing the tune around the house, and she has been hearing them since my belly.”

So lovely to see how the yoga and music has been woven into these children’s lives.   Thank you to the parents, and to Grandma Patti!!

 

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Believing What You Think

Byron Katie once said, “All fear is about believing what you think.”  My experience tells me she is right.   And so, this piece of wisdom  has become part of the Guidance Cards in Happily Ever Now, a unique and powerful course I teach a few times a year.

flat,550x550,075,fJust a short time ago, I had a dream that typifies this idea.  In the dream I was sleeping peacefully on a bed outside.  It was snowing.  The feeling was peaceful, as though there was nothing unusual about sleeping outside on a bed in the snow.  In revisiting the dream, there was a sense that I created the scenario, as though on some level I knew it was a dream.  So I could relax and enjoy the feeling of it.

Next in the dream, some hikers came along who were walking on a trail that meandered right by my bed.  All bundled up and booted, they were astonished that I had slept in a bed outside in the snow. In a wink of an eye, my peaceful feeling vanished.  Gone was the understanding that the scenario was self-created…that all was as it should be. Instead I  began to believe their perspective, and with a bit of panic, agreed that this was not only strange, but possibly dangerous since I was wearing only pajamas.

I woke with a start, and had the immediate realization that the dream creation posed an  interesting idea to ponder:

All players in the dream were different perspectives of myself.  I was the innocent one enjoying the feeling and wonder of the scenario.  I was the “nay-sayers”, pointing out the illogic and the danger.  And I was the one who forgot that I created the dream, and began believing what I thought!

Fascinating!

imagesWould love to open a discussion here:

What experience have you had that is similar to this?  Whether it is prompted from a dream state, or  a thought you catch in your day to day life–what insights and realizations have come to you in this state of awareness?

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The Bluebird Story Comes to Life

fledgling1As some of you know, Checka Antifonario and I have made two albums* of guided meditations/relaxations for kids of all ages (including adult ones!).  One that Checka wrote, which is on Rainbow Walk  is the Bluebird story.  In the story, the child finds a baby bluebird who has fallen out of its nest.  With care, love, and patience the child is guided to provide a piece of bark and wait.  The baby bird finally hops on and as the child is guided to be “your most gentle self”, the bird is lifted back to the nest.

This morning I had a similar experience.  My dog, Zeus, was focused on the 4 ft-deep window well that provides light for the back basement room of our retreat in the country.  Peering in, I saw a fledgling desperate skirting the edges of the well, circling round and round while its parent’s call could be heard in the trees above.  When I first walked out this morning, I noted that the bird’s music was louder than usual, and how lovely it was to hear their songs.  Having seen the predicament the fledgling was in, I now understood that the loudest and most persistent birdsong was from the parent; a song of emergency, of watchfulness, and perhaps of guidance.

After putting the dogs inside, I found a couple of branches long enough, and with enough perching places.  I set those inside the well and left.  When I came back with my camera (see video),  the ending video bleep startled the bird.  It fluttered against the window and fell down in the well again.

Taking lessons from Checka’s Bluebird guided practice I realized….”PATIENCE, SHAKTA!”

With that I went back indoors myself and sent good thoughts, being my most gentle self toward this little fledgling.  A half hour later the well looked like this.photo

Success!   No more parent-bird song in the air….

Thanks Checka for the remembrance—it is not about me, it is about helping!

* Album titles:  Rainbow Walk (ages 3-8) and You are Made of Energy (ages 9-14)

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Small in body, Grand in Spirit!

Giselle, who loves yoga!

Giselle, who loves yoga!

In the words of one of my Radiant Child Yoga students…..

“Children show us what truth is on a daily basis, as they aren’t inhibited by what standards or rules society has brainwashed us to follow. Children can giggle uncontrollably, dance like no one is watching, and question the world with such wisdom when we–their shepherds–stand paralyzed in fear, having forgotten the feeling of our truthful existence by worrying so much what the world thinks.

In each moment I am with a child my truth is ever present, my giggles revisit, my creativity flourishes, and my spirit is plumped full of juicy energy.

To my wisest teachers, the young bodies that play freely, you are truly divine radiant souls…. and I thank you for helping me experience what my own soul has been yearning for since I landed here on earth.”

 

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Old Continues to be the New New, post 3

I remember reading this about 20 years ago, and thinking “Wow..did I really write this?”  I vaguely remembered sitting on my bed at my parents house in 1975, home from college.  Sometimes in the contrast of being back in my past, the best writing would rise up.  

And so, I don’t specifically remember writing this poem.  That’s probably why it is so good.  Maybe I channeled it….hmmmm.  It was before I knew what channeling was.  

It was before I did formal meditation, and somehow the meditative quality is completely intact.

See what you think, what you feel….

lightStanding on a Streak of Love

my life is with You live in me in you

come be inside me now i sing for you inspire all songs

no whispers in other rooms can touch me now

my pulse beats songs in my ears of life and love with You

 

 

my voice runs through channels of beams of love, through caves of echos in my head carried by my breathwind

the speed of light comes traveling

You are standing on a streak of love

i open my eyes and see the time is here for striking hour of love

open door dark and dust scatter brilliant sparkling splitting love

Infinite Spiral

Infinite Spiral

all things crystallized now flow

all things solid brick now melt

all things wound tightly tangled now stretch now curve

all muscles are felt

all braincells are unlocked

are given wings

are told the sun is just the beginning

that there are more beyond than beyond

are told that bodies are jobs to be carried out

that the design is loving

is told that words can do this

is told that the song doesn’t end when the singer does

is told that the singer’s end is in body only

that the voice and breath find new homes in higher love, in redder hearts

 

fire in my heart

fire in my heart

my life travels to black space and white light and back to You

boomerang curve swiftly running you catch me

and hold me like dear life

You are the spawning ground i return to

whoever is to thank, i thank You

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Old is the New New, post 2

Isn’t it fun to see where you once were and how far you have come…and yet the Truth of the older understandings shine through still? How much you actually knew when you mostly thought you didn’t know anything?  In revisiting,  wisdom shines through.  The image that goes with this feeling is one of carefully opening the clam and seeing the softly glowing pearl that has been growing in the dark.  The dark has its purpose…..

Here’s today’s offering.  Enjoy and share some of your own pearls here if you like.

 

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We’ll be allies when we can

live in canyons where rivers ran.

We’ll be lovers in our sleep.

We’ll wear faces we can’t keep.

Lack in love then be repleted,

call the cards, then swear they cheated.

Write in rhyme, talk analogy,

pan for gold to glint reality.

Keep an eye for love that’s pure,

blink and find it can’t endure.

Be tightly joined in a loose slip-knot,

we’ll be friends to learn what we’ve taught.

                                           1974

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Old is the New New, post 1

The next few posts will be some old poems I wrote in my early to mid-twenties.  I am appreciative that I still understand them, believe in them, and honor these poems as the beginning of my spiritual search.  They are as true now as they ever were.  Maybe you will catch the spirit of them and benefit.  I hope so….and in any case, it has been fun for me to revisit them.  And maybe you have some spiritual beginnings to revisit and honor?

COMPLAINT NUMBER 24

I’ve got blisters on my eyes from trying to see You,

knots in my stomach from trying to free You.

The words in my head tumble around

like scrabble game letters, making no sound.

They all come to me with their pretty eyes,

voicing their love, but waving their lies.

It seems that a touch isn’t so much

and we might as well be in heaven as in hell,

but I can’t buy what they want to sell.

 

It must be my Fate–

my fortune’s tied up in the Real State.

1975

Shakta @ 1970, about to embark on her spiritual search and discovery for the next many decades.

Shakta @ 1970, about to embark on her spiritual search and discovery for the next many decades.

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 Reclaiming the Dream of Your Life

My partner in spirit and on this earth plane, Kartar, wrote this as the inspired themes of the upcoming Shenandoah Retreat, which starts today and is sold out.  Thought to share it so all can be inspired whether they are at the retreat or not.

Reclaiming the Dream of your Life, the Pure Joy of the Experience of your unlimited Self.

This retreat is about pivoting to lay a seed, to set a vibration, to reawaken yourself as a Dreamer.

The idea here is to recreate the world of the Dreamer, the world of the eternal child, into which you were born in this lifetime.  It is a time to experience yourself as unlimited and fully able to create your own reality.

A child does not know the concept of limitation.   These shackles are gradually transferred to the child by well-meaning adults as teachers.  As development progresses, his desires are thwarted and his dreams are dashed by the rules of a reality with which he is force-fed.  Soon those rules become a belief system. 

Ultimately, the magic of the dream and the accompanying joy of dreaming it become lost in a realm of logic and strategy

This is an opportunity to begin to become clear as to what it is you truly wish to do, or experience, or know, and that very clarity will magnetize the circumstances through which one may explore one’s heart’s desire. 

As you progress you begin to perceive a new reality—a new beginning marked by unprecedented freedom of choice.  At some point there is a realization that there are no limits.  And there is a concurrent realization that one must now take total responsibility for the focused intent that underlies one’s choices.

It is time to set aside a mindset of a journey that is standard and mass produced.  It is time to set aside the distractive programming of busyness and doing and focus clearly on the experience you want to have as being-ness.  It is time to take full responsibility for the focused intent with which you are calling your reality into being.

For at the level you are entering now it is not possible to manifest one’s heart’s desire by continuing to drift along, waiting for life to “happen to you”.  At the higher levels it just doesn’t work that way.  If you expect the universe to manifest your dream you must with your clarity provide the energetic seed template to magnetize it. Unknown

 

contributed by Kartar Khalsa

http://www.kartarkhalsa.com 

 

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