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Monday Morning Musings on Light

 

“The light that shines above the heavens and above this world, the light that shines in the highest world, beyond which there are no others — that is the light that shines in the hearts of men.”

~ The Upanishads: The Wisdom of the Hindu Mystics, translated by Swami Prabhavananda and Frederick Manchester.

 

Dear readers,

One of the common threads throughout most spiritual teachings is a focus on Light… Teresa of Avila wrote (in The Book of My Life, translated by Mirabai Starr), “When the soul looks into this divine Sun, its brightness dazzles her… The brightness of the sun seems tarnished in comparison with this light… Next to the divine light, the light of the sun looks dull.”

The mystics of ancient India spoke of the spiritual light as being one with the light in the Sun, and Jesus also spoke about light, advising his followers to let their light shine…

In his fascinating book, Passport to the Cosmos: Human Transformation and Alien Encounters, John E. Mack, M.D., relates aspects of light described by the experiencers, such as: “this blue beam coming from the depths of the universe… seeing light in the form of beams, balls, sparks, or simply a flood filling the space or surrounding them… a flash of bright blue light… she meditated… and experienced internally the presence of bright blue light… After a time her experience with the light “wasn’t just in meditation. It was there all the time.””

Mack writes, “in both quantum physics and consciousness studies, light is in some way absolutely fundamental…”

In reading Mack’s book, I felt particularly amazed by the experiences of Carlos Diaz: He saw the ship floating over his head. He said it was made of millions of small dots of light… the craft appeared to be inside a cave that was lined with stalactites and stalagmites…” He said, “There was something strange about the illumination… It was everywhere, but I couldn’t find a source. It seemed to arise from the rocks themselves.” In the cave… he saw seven spheres of light… which seemed, like the ship itself, to be made of compressed yellow light… from the ship he can see the jungle, where he sees the light surrounding and radiating from each living thing… About the light that he sees, he says, “Not many of us can see it… but most of us can feel it.”

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The above photo of a glowing fiery orange craft was taken by Carlos Diaz. It appears on many sites, including in this story: “The Carlos Diaz Experiences.”

The young boy in the film, The Blue Butterfly, could also see light emanating from every plant and creature in the jungle. It seems that the ability to see such light arises with heightened sensitivity and awareness.

I have known people who could see light, like auras, around people, or like halos, above people’s heads.

I have only occasionally seen a tiny blue light, called the bindu, and sometimes in meditation I’ve seen a violet light inside my third eye (ajna chakra)… I am grateful for those small experiences, but oh my gosh, I *really* want to see the bright light described by Saint Teresa, and by so many others, throughout time!

What about you, have you seen any forms of Light?

May the goodness of the Highest Light activate in the minds and hearts of our human tribe!

With faith in the Light that I hope to see,
StarFire Teja

 

 

Image of Lord Shiva found online; creator unknown.

 

Racial Wealth Gap Explained

 

Dear readers,

The following video, featuring United States Senator Cory Booker, clearly explains the racial wealth gap in the USA… Toward the end, someone quotes the Bible, saying that there should be “reparations for the breach”… After watching this video, I have to agree. See what you think…

May all the members of our sacred human tribe learn to live together in harmony. May we activate love, compassion, and justice for all…

May all beings be free of suffering.
May all beings be happy.

With love for all beings,
StarFire Teja

 

 

Gorgeous image of Orisha Oshun, Yoruba Goddess of Love, Beauty, and Wealth… Creator unknown; it appears on many sites.

 

God is Everything

 

Dear readers,

Seven years ago I read Teresa of Avila: The Book of My Life, translated by Mirabai Starr, and at the end of the book I made a note to re-read it in 2020, “if I’m still alive in this earthly body then.”

Well, recently I remembered that note, so I reviewed the book and it was interesting to witness how much I have changed… My understanding, perception, and experience of God has changed a lot over the years, so much so that I can no longer relate to God as a “He” who is “up in Heaven.”

To me, God is *Everything*… God is one interconnected web of all energy… And that One Love Energy is taking on many forms… So I can choose to relate to Divinity in many forms, such as in the Hindu gods and goddesses, and also in the formless Brahman, which is the Pure Shiva/Christ Consciousness.

Even though I use different words to describe God, I imagine that Saint Teresa and I are really talking about the same truth, that God is real in *Everything*…

Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is within, which means that God is within everyone and everything… That truth is beautifully illustrated in the following image, “One Truth, Many Songs” depicting Jesus, the Buddha, Goddess Oshun, Bodhisattva Kwan Yin, and Shiva… (Creator unknown, it appears on many sites.)

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May the Highest Love Vibrations activate in our sacred human tribe. May we respect each other’s songs. May we all love each other and live in harmony on this beautiful planet Earth.

With so much love,
StarFire Teja

 

 

Glowing Dahlia photo by Luca Huter on Unsplash.

 

Facing A New Fear in Quarantine

 

Dear readers,

As some parts of the world reopen, I wonder how many of you, like me, are still in quarantine?

The more I read about the virus pandemic, the more this question has grown: What if this is going to be like the *room* at the end of Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, in which we never go out again?

My older son visited us last December, and although he had seen 2001: A Space Odyssey many times, he watched it again with me for my first time. What a trippy movie! If you haven’t already seen it, then *spoiler alert* for the rest of this post…

The last fifteen minutes of the film is the trippiest part. I thought about it for a long time before I finally did some googling on it. Here is a video which shows the ending: 2001, Analysis of the last 10 minutes.

So back to my question about this quarantine. It seems like, best case scenario, one more year, or perhaps two years… Or could it, gasp, actually be like the *room* in that movie?

As I try to grok the magnitude of the ramifications caused by some little protein molecules, I am gradually realizing that this may actually be the room.

What do you think?

With dizzying bewilderment,
StarFire Teja

 

 

Image from 2001: A Space Odyssey found on many sites.

 

Be A Happy Person

 

“Mind is the means to happiness.”

~ the Upanishads, a collection of wisdom by the ancient mystics of India.

 

Dear readers,

In a Q&A video with Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh, someone asked, “What can I do to help others?” He answered, “Be a happy person.”

Our happiness helps others, just like our peace helps others.

That answer may sound too simplistic, but it is actually quite complex and profound, because, for most humans, it is not easy to be happy.

Being happy is a choice and a commitment and a practice. We choose happiness, and then we have to keep making choices that create and maintain that happiness. It’s an ongoing, moment by moment process, with plenty of pitfalls into un-happy zones.

Being happy has been challenging throughout human existence, but perhaps it is more difficult now than ever before.

Knowing that my happiness helps others inspires me to keep happy-ing up, again and again. Over the years I have learned many tools for happy-ing up, which I recently compiled in a book: Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life. In the Practices section I explain the term “Happy-ing-Up” as follows:

“Happy-ing Up is not the same as putting on a fake smiley face. When you do practices to Happy Up, you actually shift your state UP to a feeling of happiness. So it is not an act of “fake it till you make it,” but rather, it is an act of elevating yourself to a higher vibration in which you truly do feel happy. Sometimes that happy state only lasts for a few minutes, and that is okay. Simply keep practicing and happy-ing yourself up again and again.”

And, beyond helping others, being happy helps boost your body’s immune system, which is an especially good thing during a virus pandemic!

I hope this post is helpful to you or to someone you love.

May the happiness centers activate in the human minds!

May all beings be free of suffering.
May all beings be happy.

With happy vibes,
StarFire Teja

 

 

Photo by Bradley Howington on Unsplash.