A Practice for Activists

Are you an activist?

There are lots of people doing good works as many types of activists: political, social, environmental, animal, and so on. I salute you all! And if you are an activist, this post is for you…

If you are an activist of any kind, you probably spend some of your time watching the news and then posting on social media about all the terrible things that are happening. I know, I get it, we have a lot of really bad problems happening on this planet. And so I deeply appreciate those of you who are willing and able to be activists. I see you working for a better world, and this post is a suggestion of a practice for you to try (if you aren’t already doing this):

Each time you expose the darkness, be very conscious about it, and then spend at least as much time and energy focusing on the light. Imagine what you DO want to see happening, and visualize yourself in higher vibrations. Really see yourself holding the vision for the good things, for the positive, innovative solutions.

The world needs your light… your positivity!

So please don’t get stuck in the focus on the darkness! Expose the darkness as you feel called to, and then focus on the Light, the goodness, the positive visions!

Thank you for your good works on planet Earth.

I hope this post was helpful to you.

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy!

 

Photo by Lakerain Snake on Unsplash.

 

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How Much Light Do You Have to See By?

 

“Each person is doing the best that they can with the light that they have to see by.”

I can’t remember now if I saw that quote someplace, or if I made it up, but I’ve been saying it to myself for years, and I thought you might also like to say it to yourself. It is helpful to remember when someone is behaving badly.

The light that each person has to see by depends largely on how wounded they are. People who have not healed their wounds are often fumbling in darkness, creating all kinds of coping and defense mechanisms, so their “best” isn’t always so great.

Thinking “Each person is doing the best that they can with the light that they have to see by” will help you to cultivate the compassion vibration, so it will help you to send the person loving energies instead of negative reactions. This also helps you to keep your own vibrations higher in the face of negativity.

How much light do you have to see by? Have you healed your wounds? Do you love yourself? Do you have compassion for yourself? Another way to use the above quote is to extend it to yourself. Whenever you feel badly about something you said or did, try saying to yourself, “I was doing the best I could with the light that I had to see by” and then set an intention to increase the light that you have to see by.

One way to increase your light is to visualize a bright star shining into your mind. Imagine the radiant light of that star beaming into every cell in your brain, and then spreading down through all of the 37.2 trillion cells in your body. Can you feel the love of that light?

May you have a happy week!

May All Beings Know Deep Love.

 

image Courtesy NASA Goddard

 

 

Refreshing AND Deepening

This is a follow-up to the blog I posted on Friday, “StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Prayer: May You Feel Refreshed” in which I wrote about how your intentions and guided imagery regularly need to be refreshed.

Perhaps you’ve already read a blog I posted in January called “Radiance & Darkness” in which I talked about how opposing forces can be simultaneously true. Well, I remembered that after posting the blog on Friday, thus I’m writing this follow-up.

While some prayers and visualizations get stale and need to be refreshed, the opposite is also true! Some prayers and spiritual practices can be done over and over and over, and you go deeper and deeper with them each time. Your deeper mind loves newness, and it also thrives on repetition. Both are true. As you try out the various practices suggested in these blogs, you will know when to let some go, and when to dive deeper into others. When you listen to your inner wisdom you will know when to refresh and when to deepen.

At the beginning of my new book I offer a section called Radiance Rising, which is an extended list of spiritual practices you can do while reading the book and beyond. One of the practices is a forty-verse chant called the Hanuman Chalisa (CD with versions of that chant by Krishna Das: Flow of Grace), and I have been singing that prayer daily for almost ten years. Talk about repetition!

After the section with spiritual practices, I tell the magical story of Rama and Sita, in my fantastical version of the Ramayana. Many people, including myself, study the Ramayana as a spiritual practice. Currently I am studying my own version on Sundays, and it really uplifts me for the following week.

I have been studying this ancient story from India for almost fifteen years, and while reading nearly one dozen versions, I have gone deeper into the meanings and I have also realized many applications to my daily life. When you read this book, you will recognize your own wisdom through the heroes of the tale.

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Please share your experiences with refreshing and deepening in the comments below, down where it says “Leave a Reply.”

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy!

 

Background image Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

Only Light Can Drive Out Darkness

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” He also said, “If you are seeking the highest good, I think you can find it through love.”

I express those same ideas in my new book:
The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes.
The Ramayana is a very old story from India in which the Light ultimately wins over the darkness. My version is a fusion of ancient sacred scripture with elevated futuristic vision, in which the highest good is found through love. The Super Hero Avatars elevate wounded beings rather than killing wicked beings.

Jesus also taught his followers to love their enemies. Worldwide, the saints ever work for Goodness and they see the light shining even in the worst of sinners. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, only light can drive out darkness. So this means that we each have to cultivate the light within ourselves.

One of my daily mantras that helps me to raise my vibration into light and love is “Om Namah Shivaya” which means I bow to Shiva, who is Pure Consciousness and Bliss. I bow to my innermost Self, which is Pure Consciousness and Bliss. When spoken as a greeting it means essentially “Namaste,” I bow to the Divine Consciousness in you, that is also in me. In this video I am singing this mantra on the Holy Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona:

 

 

Sending Shiva’s Love and Light to All Beings!
Om Namah Shivaya.

 

 

image Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

“It Is Your Duty To Live”

At the seashore, the wise old bear Jambavan instructed the distraught young monkey Angada, “It is your duty to live.”

(That quote is from the version by R.K. Narayan, The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic Suggested By the Tamil Version of Kamban.)

This scene in the Ramayana comes at a critical moment in the story, when the monkeys and bears have been searching for the kidnapped princess Sita for more than one month, and they do not want to return to Prince Rama without locating her whereabouts. The monkey prince Angada declares that they should all just sit down in the sand and prepare to die. He says, “Let us leave behind this earthly world of samsara, that is filled with suffering and misery.” (Quote from Teja Shankara’s version, The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes.) Then Hanuman, the great Super Hero of the monkey tribe, encourages them to keep going by reminding them of Jatayu, the great eagle who lost his life fighting for Goodness. That reminder leads to something unexpected… continue reading this exciting story in The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes.

Over the past fifteen years I studied nearly one dozen versions of the Ramayana, which is a sacred ancient tale from India. The story is beautiful and magical, and has enchanted millions of people through the ages. The story is timeless and addresses many aspects of the human condition. People of all ages love this story. Many of the scenes relate to situations in our own lives, such as this scene described above. Many people have felt despair about failure at some point in their lives.

When I read that quote “It is your duty to live” it really resonated deep within me, and during despairing moments, I hear that quote inside my mind. As mentioned in a previous blog, “Radiance & Darkness,” I have a lot of fiery energy that I shine into the world, and I also have some darkness, and in my darkness, it can be pretty dark. By dark, I’m referring primarily to negative despairing thoughts in which I want to die. I would not commit suicide, I could never do that to my family and friends, but in those dark moments I imagine how sweet it would be to die peacefully by natural causes. Can you relate to this? Do you ever wish to die?

Even if I was not concerned about hurting my loved ones, I still would not commit suicide because I believe that suicide is not ever right action. It is murder and it is causing oneself to have a violent death, which is not ever a good thing for the soul. The ideal death, most people would agree, is a peaceful one.

So, for anyone out there who is in despair, during your dark moments try to remember that it is your duty to live. We are here in these bodies, on this planet Earth at this time, for a reason. Thus, it is our duty to live. And, we are not ever alone, even if we might feel like it sometimes. Actually, we are all part of one interconnected energy that is Love.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255, and it is available 24 hours everyday.

Sending Love and Hope to anyone who needs upliftment today.