The Bird who watches the bird eating the fruits

“Like two birds of golden plumage, inseparable companions, the individual self and the immortal Self are perched on the branches of the selfsame tree. The former tastes of the sweet and bitter fruits of the tree; the latter, tasting of neither, calmly observes. The individual self, deluded by forgetfulness of his identity with the divine Self, bewildered by his ego, grieves and is sad. But when he recognizes the worshipful Lord as his own true Self, and beholds his glory, he grieves no more.” ~ The Upanishads: Breath of Eternal Life, translated by Swami Prabhavananda and Frederick Manchester.

The ancient sages and mystics of India said the same thing that Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is within.” One way to connect with the Divine inside you is to practice cultivating the Witness.

Cultivating the Witness Consciousness means attuning with the Bird who is watching the bird eating the fruits, which is to say aligning with your deepest self and observing all of your thoughts, words, feelings, and actions. Creating and nurturing this connection, between your deeper witnessing mind and your surface acting mind, can help you to feel more peaceful, loving, and kind towards yourself. The Bird who is watching the bird is like a compassionate friend who is always with you, showing you the truth of how things are with neutrality and wisdom.

Cultivating the Witness is a practice you can do anytime, anywhere by just simply stating the observable facts to yourself. For example, if you are waiting in line at the grocery store, you can witness your thoughts and feelings, and then think to yourself, “Some impatience and irritability are passing through me.” Once you witness what’s happening, then you can work with it skillfully by deciding to focus on gratitude, or to say a prayer, or to send blessings for goodness to all of the other people waiting in line. In this way, your deeper observer self can help your cranky surface self to transmute the frustration into loving kindness. So, cultivating the Witness is a great tool for working with difficult emotions.

In the tree of your life, can you see the Bird who is watching the bird eating the fruits? Do you take time to nourish a loving connection between these two birds?

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Photo of birds and blossoms by Zane Lee on Unsplash.

 

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

StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Prayer: May You Feel Refreshed

 

May your mind and spirit feel refreshed.

May you be guided to look for the good and to be the good.

May your weekend be blessed with the radiant light of the sun, moon, stars, and crystals.

 

Have you noticed that your prayers and visualizations regularly need to be refreshed? You might attribute this to the internet information age shortening your attention span, but actually it is because your deeper mind and your highest soul both live in the present moment… And, the present moment is ever new! So your mind and spirit crave newness. That is why I regularly share new prayers and new visualizations with you here in these blog articles.

With your intentions, prayers, and guided imagery exercises, a good rule to follow is to do them until they feel stale or boring, and then change to new ones. How often you will need to refresh them will vary, so just watch how they make you feel as you say them or think them.

May this weekend be truly refreshing for you!

May you be blessed by the Forces of Goodness.

May All Beings Be Happy!

 

Please see follow-up article on March 3rd:
“Refreshing AND Deepening”

 

 

image Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Prayer: Keep Feeling Fascination

 

May you feel in alignment with your Highest Self.

May your Deeper Mind guide you to positive thoughts.

May your weekend be blessed with Elevated moments of Pure Joy.

May you Keep Feeling Fascination!

 

Do you ever wake up feeling really good and completely rested and happy? Seriously, do you regularly wake up feeling refreshed and gleefully jump out of bed into your day? If you answered yes to those questions, you are very blessed and you may want to forward this blog article on to your many friends who do not wake up feeling so great.

Unfortunately in our busy frenetic modern world, many people are not getting high quality sleep on a regular basis. If you do not get restorative sleep, you’ve likely already read many articles with tips for getting better sleep, and if you are like me, those tips do work on occasion. For me, sleep is an ongoing issue and soon I will post some of my own sleep tips, but today I want to share a fascinating experience I had that might help you.

One recent morning I woke up feeling especially awful. It was one of those mornings when I just wanted to stay in bed all day, but I sat up, and, remembering some self-coaching I had done the night before, I said this prayer out loud, “Dear God, Please keep me in alignment with my Highest Self this whole day, and please keep me elevated to the Highest Love Vibrations this whole day, no matter how bad the body feels. Please keep my mind in a positive elevated state.”

What do you think happened that day? Well, to my delight IT WORKED, proving to me once again the great power of prayer and intention, and also the profound potency of the spoken word. I am incredibly fascinated by the power of our minds. Try this yourself, the next morning that you feel like you just want to stay in bed all day. Sit up on the edge of the bed and speak out loud your intention to have a fabulously elevated day regardless of how your body feels, and then see what happens. Please share your experiences here in the comments below, as they might be helpful to someone.

Here’s a fun upbeat blast-from-the-past song by The Human League to elevate and energize your weekend:
“(Keep Feeling) Fascination” (Lyrics)

I love the high vibe lyrics in that tune: “Keep feeling fascination… Passion burning, Love so strong…”

May All Beings Be Elevated to the Highest Love Vibrations!
(When you feel like you love Everyone & Everything, that’s when you are in the Highest Love Vibrations.)

May All Beings Be Happy!

 

image Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

StarFire Teja’s Guided Imagery for Highly Sensitive Persons

Are you a Highly Sensitive Person? Or do you know any Highly Sensitive Persons? You can read a list of signs of highly sensitive persons on this wonderful website called Highly Sensitive Refuge here: “21 Signs That You’re a Highly Sensitive Person.”

About 15-20% of people are Highly Sensitive Persons, “HSPs,” and Dr. Elain Aron, an HSP herself and author of the book, The Highly Sensitive Person, developed a quiz you can take to find out if you are an HSP. Take the quiz here: Highly Sensitive Test, and if you have a child who you suspect is an HSP, you can take a quiz for your child here: Highly Sensitive Child Test.

If you are not an HSP yourself, reading up on this topic (at the links above) could help you to be a blessing to someone. If you have a friend, family member, or co-worker who is an HSP, you can help to ease their burdens by simply communicating to them that you have some knowledge and understanding of how difficult life can be for them.

A few years ago, I finally took the online quiz to see if I really was an HSP, even though I already knew I was, and oh my gosh I was off-the-charts, saying yes to pretty much every question! I saw it as a handicap, as something very negative and almost debilitating. So I googled and felt uplifted by reading about all these HSPs who are learning to harness the goodness in their sensitivities so that they can thrive in the world. I also read that many HSPs feel continually assaulted by being in the world, which is something I can very much relate to. Even as I am typing this blog, my nervous system is very rattled because some work is being done on our block that it is shaking the house, and that is making it difficult for me to think clearly.

HSPs are extremely sensitive to pretty much everything in their environment, which pretty much makes everything feel challenging! For me, it seems to be getting worse as I get older. To be honest, I have struggled very much for the past ten years with trying to figure out how to make life in the earthly realm more bearable. Today is my 49th Birthday, and I share the same birthday as Oprah and Mooji. I am so inspired by all the great work they are doing in the world, and I really deeply yearn to be like them and to shine my big fire out into the world. I haven’t yet figured out how to do that, but I keep trying. I can’t help but say, “It’s my birthday and I’ll cry if I want to,” but actually I don’t really want to cry! HSP’s tend to cry very easily, and that has been a problem for me ever since I was a young child. Sometimes I cannot get control over the crying and it completely exhausts my system. If you are an HSP, you can probably relate to that.

As I said, I don’t really want to cry. What I do want is to figure out how to use my bright intelligence and beautiful sensitivities to be helpful to others. That is why I am writing these blogs, because I want to be helpful. Through my struggles to master living in this earthly realm with greater ease, I have been blessed to learn many helpful tools and practices, which I now share with others. One tool that has helped me greatly is harnessing the power of visualizations. Below I offer you some guided imagery for highly sensitive persons. May it be helpful to you or to someone you know…

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

 

And so… beginning to settle in… and beginning to settle down… breathing down your spine… settling deeper into your mind… and deeper into the center of your being… drifting down… deeper and deeper into your center… settling in to your inner world… with effortless relaxation flowing, from your head, down to your toes… becoming more and more centered… letting things pass through… feeling how everything can just pass through… really letting things through… being centered… and open… soothing your nervous system with compassion and kindness… developing inner strengths… and imagining walking slowly through a forest… deeply inhaling the scent of pine… enjoying the vibrant green leaves… hearing birds calling to each other in the tree branches above… relaxing even more deeply now…

… and feeling how energetic sensitivity is controlled with an old-fashioned radio dial… changing the station… so, focusing on something else… letting go of identification with sensitivities… re-identifying as a very centered person… clear, good boundaries with yourself… centering… opening… changing the channel… focusing on things that feel good… warm sunshine… birds flying… flowers and trees… helping others… family and friends… singing to God… feeling goodness in the center of your being…

… and knowing that feeling overwhelmed starts in your mind… and you can change your mind… and limiting your life starts in your mind… and you can change your mind… your Deeper Mind knows that everything always works out perfectly… and from this moment forward, your conscious mind also knows that everything always works out perfectly… and your Deeper Mind also knows that you always do each thing at just the right time… and from this moment forward, your conscious mind also knows that you always do each thing at just the right time…

… listening deeply to what needs to happen when… and knowing when to stretch the edges a little… knowing you are strong, vibrant, grounded, and healthy… and you are savvy and capable… listening deeply to what needs to happen when… and accepting it when you need to pause and rest and integrate… centered, open, accepting… with great kindness towards yourself… being in love with yourself and all of Life… realizing that the Love Blueprint of your Deeper Mind is now imprinting on your conscious mind… and you are now being activated to open to the Infinite Possibilities all around you…

… releasing any old stories… and knowing that there are many ways of feeling deep connection with self and others… managing your highly sensitive nature… using these abilities to realize your highly sensitive success… emotionally healthy and resourceful… your brain can easily tap into higher vibration energies to help self and others… you are coded to be sensitive to those that need your help… establishing an energy of enthusiasm…

… activating, aligning, and accelerating your passion… embodying powerful inner and outer steps to putting yourself in a constant state of a productive, purpose-filled life… activating wisdom at the cellular level… increasing your self-love… activating the skill of managing your energy… working with your highly sensitive nature and abilities… feeling sensations neutrally as they pass through… living a fulfilling life of joy, peace, energy, and balance… thriving as yourself, living in the world… and connecting out with every star in the sky, while also feeling grounded on the earth… and placing one hand on your heart… and the other hand on your belly… feeling the warm healing energies going from your hands into your heart and belly… feeling gratitude for your strengths… and now returning to the outer world, feeling centered, refreshed, and energized…

 

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