A Shout-Out to WordPress

Dear readers,

I am not getting paid for this post… and, well, I haven’t gotten paid for the other 323 posts I’ve published on this blog either! 🙂 (A while back I shared about my non-salesperson status in a post, “Realizing (Again) That I Am Not a Salesperson!”)

Due to my homebound status (thanks to Fibromyalgia and an Anxiety Disorder), I am not working at a job, but I still want to be of helpful service to others, in ways that are doable for me… And writing helpful blog posts continues to be not only manageable, but quite enjoyable…

Blogging would not be so enjoyable if it weren’t for WordPress. It is so incredibly user-friendly. I am somewhat savvy with computers, and I don’t have much patience for sites that are not easy to navigate. WordPress is truly outstanding in that aspect.

I really love how WordPress sends out notification emails when people like and comment on my posts. And the tagline at the bottom of their emails is pretty witty-adorable: “Thanks for flying with WordPress.com.”

For those who pay for a WordPress plan, live chat support is available from “Happiness Engineers”… How cute is that? On that page, it says, “Our Happiness Engineers can answer any questions that you have about WordPress.com, how it works, and how best to use it.”

Well, since I’m blogging as a helpful service to others and making zero income from it (thusfar), I am not paying for a plan with WordPress, but because WordPress is so well designed, I have not even once needed to ask them for support. That says a lot, doesn’t it?

Thanks for visiting this online StarFire Temple of Happiness. I hope you enjoyed my shout-out to WordPress.

May you be bright, merry, and healthy!

With much gratitude and positive vibes,
StarFire Teja

 

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Teja’s Tips for Making the Best of Staying Home

 

“You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

 

Dear readers,

I know how hard it is to feel like your life is shut down.

In early August, 2019, I was finally finding my groove in a new chapter of life. I was volunteering with hospice, publishing a new book (Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life), and preparing to lead healing circles again… But then a debilitating relapse into Fibromyalgia stopped me in my happy tracks. Suddenly I was homebound, canceling all of my plans and dreams.

After several months and many medical appointments, it was determined that along with Fibromyalgia, I have an Anxiety Disorder. Similar to the “which came first, the bird or the egg” question, it is unclear as to whether the anxiety caused the fibro, or the fibro caused the anxiety, but in any case, the symptoms are ongoing, ever-changing, maddening, and debilitating.

Needless to say, after being home for 8 months, I have figured out some ways to make the best of the situation. It helps that I was a homebody anyway, and my heart really goes out to those of you who are not naturally homebodies. If you are the kind of person who really thrives on extroverted worldly connections, I hope you can find some hidden internal pathways to joy that will sustain you during this time.

So, here are some tips for making the best of staying home ~

~ Acknowledge what you feel, and allow space for all the negative thoughts… Express your thoughts and feelings through writing them down or speaking them to others. Give yourself permission to be negative for some time, but don’t let yourself get stuck in negativity. Air it out, like you would shake out a rug, and then settle yourself down neatly into a calmer state. You can settle down through focusing on your breath, or tuning in to your heart (or belly or feet), or cultivating gratitude.

~ Choose to be happy… Per the Upanishads, a collection of wisdom by the ancient mystics of India, the mind is the means to happiness. Say over and over, “I am choosing to be happy.” Focus on doing things that really bring you joy, such as singing, dancing, and drinking coffee or tea.

~ Get dressed… Even if you are staying home all day, getting dressed will make you feel good. Lately I have even been putting on dangly earrings each day! And, even though I’m not going anywhere, I really enjoy the artistic feeling of putting together colorful outfits!

~ Cultivate Gratitude… Feeling grateful gives a big boost to your immune system, so take some time each day to count your blessings. Write them down, or tell others, or visit the Gratitude~Up Community Page here in this StarFire Temple of Happiness!

~ Keep perspective… Remember that you are not in prison, that you are staying home for your own safety and to protect others. And anyway, even if you were in prison, just like Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, you can use the time wisely for writing or other creative endeavors, with a strong mind and a brave heart. Be relentless in seeing the Big Picture as you navigate this surreal time.

~ Create and follow a daily routine… The stability of a daily schedule will help to calm your nerves during this time of extreme change. Be sure to include some practices, such as sitting meditation, chanting (singing), visualization, and/or cultivating the Witness Consciousness. (You can read about these practices and many more in my book Reaching for Orange.)

~ Consciously work on elevating your virtues… The following qualities are really needed now: Patience, Understanding, Acceptance, Trust, Surrender, Loving-Kindness, Self-Love, and Peace.

My dear ones, I really hope this post is helpful to you. May you be of good courage and be of good cheer. May your days at home be blessed with goodness. May the Force of All Light energize and elevate you! May you be calm and happy in the midst of this bizarre sci-fi novel we are living in!

Happy Ram Navami to all who celebrate! Jai Sri Rama!

With happy high vibes,
StarFire Teja

 

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Deep Realizations and States Inspired by a Virus Pandemic

Dear readers,

Greetings from my tree-house temple, where I am sipping hot black coffee in my happy orange mug, whilst listening to birds of many kinds singing quite cheerfully to the Sun. Those feathered love-beings have no awareness of social distancing and quarantines! Ahhh, ignorance looks like bliss!

And speaking of bliss, during this time of virus-induced staycations, are you doing any daily practices to help yourself be calm? Do you sit in meditation or go for meditative walks?

One day last week I went out for a walk and in the first block I saw a dead squirrel in the street… A little bit later, I saw a live squirrel and I said out loud, in my Dad’s voice, “Be careful there buddy… and don’t take any wooden nickels!” (If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you know that my Dad died in January… Well, “Don’t take any wooden nickels” one of my Dad’s classic sayings!)

After that spontaneous connection with my Inner Dad, I remembered what my psychologist had reminded me recently, when I was expressing fear of more loved ones dying: “You have yourself.” As I walked on, I realized that I really need to cultivate inner strength… And then my sense of humor came back, and I found myself laughing at my thoughts…

That evening when I sat in meditation, I was focusing on the Atman (my Spirit) in union with the Brahman (the Great Spirit), which I wrote about in my post “It’s All One Air,” and then I started contemplating my attachment to the ideas I have for my own burial, and I realized that they were uncannily similar to the ideas I had for childbirth the first time…

In 1997, when I was pregnant for the first time, we took a childbirth preparation class, which was all about visualizations and artsy, spiritual notions of giving birth. Totally naïve to what the physical pain would be like, I prepared for childbirth as if we were throwing a dinner party: I bought colorful flowers, candles, fresh fruits, inspiring music, and beautiful jewelry!

Well, when the labor actually got going and I experienced the searing, excruciating pain of the contractions, I did not care one bit about flowers and fruit! I was completely incapable of doing any spiritual practices like imagining my “special place.”

During my second pregnancy in 2000, we took a very different class with our midwife. She was quite real and basically said, “It’s going to hurt like hell, and how are you going to cope?”

Anyway, during my meditation last week, I realized that the attachment I have about being buried (in a green burial) in a pine box, wearing a red shroud and orange shawl, with sunflowers, red roses, orange marigolds, cedar, sage, pinecones, and amethyst crystals around my body, is pretty similar to the attachment I had to giving birth with glowing candles and gorgeous fruits.

But when death actually comes, I probably won’t care about what kind of flowers are buried with me. My mind still holds those preferences dear, but the Spirit probably doesn’t have such desires… And, if I die during this virus pandemic, there probably wouldn’t even be a proper funeral and burial for me. (If my Mom died before me, that is.) Who knows, I might even be thrown into a mass grave!

And, the most important part of that meditation – and of my whole life, really – was/is the deep peace I felt/feel when tuning in to Atman-Brahman, and experiencing how the air in the jar is one with the air everywhere

… I could really feel the Oneness of all energies, inside me and all throughout everything. I felt like I was in Brahman-Sukha, the Supreme Happiness while being absorbed in the Supreme Being… I felt/feel like I am closer than ever to experiencing the deep state that I have been reading about for so many years!

Can you relate to my experiences? Is this virus pandemic bringing you to any deep realizations or deep states?

My dear ones, it brings me such joy to create this online StarFire Temple of Happiness! I hope my posts help you to Happy Up your life.

With depth, strength, and even a little bliss,
StarFire Teja

 

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Ancient Tale of Ramayana Helps in Times of Grief, Anxiety, and Crisis

 

“The lotus in the heart opens to the Shakti of the Supreme Being.”

~ Teja Shankara, illuminating the benefits of reading The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes.

 

Dear readers, this morning I completed a two-month review of the Ramayana, studying all of the notes I’ve taken on many versions, including my own version (published last year)…

The Ramayana is an ancient tale from India that is very helpful to study in times of grief, anxiety, and crisis.

While re-reading my version today, I became inspired to share the entire Epilogue with you here, with the hope that it will elevate your minds! Please enjoy…

 

Epilogue of The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes, by Teja Shankara

As this Ramayana began, the situation on planet Earth had reached crisis proportions. The waters and air were polluted, the animals were dying off, and the Earth itself was sending off many warning signals in the forms of increased winds, raging fires, and devastating storms. The dark forces were taking over the very atmosphere, and the creatures were beginning to starve on many levels.

In that stark state of affairs, so many sins had been created as a result of the wounded human minds, that if all of those negative karmas had come back in reaction to all of the evil actions already committed, it would have been too much darkness for the earthly sphere to bear. Thus, with the human race teetering on the brink of total self-destruction, the Elevations were required to wipe the karmic slates clean before it was too late.

The great Vedic scholar and saint, Adi Shankara, stated that when a human being is elevated to the state of union with Brahman, he or she is then freed from the law of karma. That is what occurred after the Elevations reached eight billion humans complete. A Radiant Golden Clean Slate shimmered for all human beings.

It is Tejaswini’s intention that this version be made into a major film that elevates many beings. May the Radiant Supreme Reality heal us all. May the high vibration extraterrestrial energies shine the Golden Fire of Spiritual Radiance into us all.

Some past Ramayanas, such as the literary masterpiece, Shri Ramacharitamanasa, by Sri Tulasidasa, contained a plethora of gorgeous similes and soul-stirring descriptions of the beauty of nature, in lengthy narratives exceeding seven hundred pages. Tejaswini intentionally kept this version much shorter in order to keep the storyline moving at a faster pace for the busy modern reader.

The benefits of reading this book are many: Elevation to the Highest Love State; Activation of Cosmic Shakahara StarFire Radiant Healing Consciousness; and Awakening of qualities such as Hope, Inspiration, Innovation, and Creativity. As these beautiful positive energies arise, quite naturally there occurs a reduction of fear, anger, and sadness. The lotus in the heart opens to the Shakti of the Supreme Being.

The Magnitude of that Maha~Vishnu Force blows the mind because simultaneously that Force exists in Vaikunta, and is manifesting on Earth as Avatars, AND is living in the hearts of all creatures. Who can understand the Incredible Magnitude of the Holy Blue Force?

In days of old, in earlier times when the Ramayana played out, Rama hid inside the hearts of all human beings, and the humans could only realize that divinity in their hearts by a long slow process of purifying their minds. But in this version, the human minds had become too dense and so the old methods would have been too slow to save the planet. This time the human minds needed to be elevated much more quickly. Thus Lord Shiva planted this question in the mind of Tejaswini: If every human being was suddenly spiritually elevated to the Highest Love Vibrations, what would life on this sacred Earth be like?

In ancient times they foresaw the ruin of this dark iron age, but we do not have to ruin our planet and our human race. With or without a massive intervention by blue beings from outer space, using innovation and elevation we can make life on Earth a happy experience for all creatures. We can increase our brain capacities, and we can remember our full range of mental powers.

Sant (Saint) Keshavadas wrote, “The future religion of the world will be mysticism. Its scriptures will be based upon the teachings and lives of saints of all world religions.” (From his Introduction to the book Saints of India, published by Temple of Cosmic Religion, 1975.) In every land, the saints ever work for the Good of all beings.

Many people believe that the battle between good and evil will continue for all time. They say that the endless war between the light and the dark is the very nature of the cosmos itself. As elevated human beings, we have the power to stop feeding that outdated negative belief, and to join the saints in working toward a world of Goodness.

Some people may question whether or not these Elevations are possible. Tejaswini says that because they have been thought of, that means they are possible.

Yes, human nature CAN BE ELEVATED. It is time to heal human nature so that we can all exist in the Highest Love Vibration. We inherently contain the power to re-wire our brains. We can heal the wounded brain regions that prevent us from remembering our divine heritage.

In past Ramayanas, none could escape the workings of destiny~karma~fate, but in this version, Maha~Vishnu’s Avatars, Sita and Rama, used innovative techniques to uplift universal laws for achieving the Elevation of All Beings.

In other Ramayanas, the protectors of the worlds took human birth as Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, and the other incarnations, in order to destroy the tribe of rakshasas, but in this version, they beamed into human forms to Elevate the tribe. As Rama explained to the Elevating Force, the mission this time was about elevating the wounded rather than killing the wicked. Thus they endeavored to destroy the egos of the wounded beings, rather than harming their physical bodies.

We are all One Love Energy in many forms. We all came from the Stars. Aligning in a Shakahara StarFire Tribe with the Lord, we can share One Fate, a fate that is the Oneness of all beings living together in Peace and Joy.

Throughout the ages, Sita symbolized the human soul kidnapped by the demon Ravana who represented the human ego. With the help of Hanuman, the breath, Sita called out in prayer to Rama (God) who then freed her from captivity by destroying the demon king.

In this version, Sita symbolized the entire human race which was held captive by the demon Ravana who represented all the sins of the dark age of materialism. Sita (the human race) could not truly be saved by the mode of violence. True Freedom for Sita (the human race) could only come by the Force of Light overpowering the dark demon of materialism and its harmful effects, including greed, competition, domination, and starvation. Ever chanting the Name of Rama, Sita called in the Light.

That Force of Light — call it God, Goddess, Rama, Sita, Shiva, Shakti, Durga, Allah, Yahweh, Mary, Jesus, Truth, Guru, Buddha, Jah, Gaia, Great Spirit, Great Mystery, Brahman, Supreme Being — That Force is Beyond all human conceptions and images of It. That Light is extra-terrestrial, and in this Ramayana, It was most definitely Blue!

Endlessly working to spread the Goodness of that Light Force, Sri Hanuman is still ever-present everywhere. He appears anytime Rama’s story is told and anytime the Hanuman Chalisa is sung. Granting strength, positive energy, wisdom, and courage, Hanuman removes fears, diseases, and sorrows. Visualizing him high in the pine trees, ringing his bells, and singing Sita~Rama, brings great happiness to the mind.

This ends the fascinating tale of The Tejaswini Ramayana.

With a hopeful mind, I, Tejaswini, bow to that Force of Light embodied in Rama and Sita. And I pray that each reader, regardless of his or her religion or belief system, has received a transmission of the Elevated State that is experienced by Ramabhaktas and Shivabhaktas when they are deeply immersed in worshipping the resplendent glory of Hari and Hara.

May All Beings Be Elevated to the Highest Love State.

Om Namah Shivaya. Jaya Sita~Rama, Jaya Jaya Hanuman!!!

~ Shri Rama Jaya Rama Jaya Jaya Rama ~

Bolo Rama Sita Hanuman Shiva!

 

With great love and enduring hope,
StarFire Teja

 

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Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall, Who’s the Fakest of Them All?

 

“The mind that is not baffled is not employed.”
~ Wendell Berry

Dear readers, are your minds baffled by the current state of the world?

My mind is unhinged by this article in The New York Times: “That ‘Miracle Cure’ You Saw on Facebook? It Won’t Stop the Coronavirus.”

I just don’t know what to believe! What is fake news, and what is even faker news?

Before reading that article, I believed that the posts with home remedies for treating the virus were truth.

After reading that article, I felt like mental constructs were coming undone, but then a suspicious thought arrived on the scene: What if the vaccine makers are paying the media to debunk the healing power of home remedies… Who’s the fakest of them all?

But then again, I can (at times) be easily duped. The posts with natural remedies seemed convincing. I mean, why would I have doubted the suggestion to gargle with warm salt water?

Can you relate to my frustration here?

Sending much love from my quarantine to yours…

With a baffled mind,
StarFire Teja

 

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