The Power of the Stars is Within

“Now let all rejoice. Seek the Light, that the power of the stars which is in you, may live.”
~ The Pistis Sophia

Dear reader, the above quote is from a wonderful book that I have just finished reading, called Jesus, Buddha, Krishna and Lao Tzu: The Parallel Sayings, by Richard Hooper.

This quote just sparked right out of the page into my mind, especially the part about “the power of the stars which is in you.”

May the power of the stars be alive in your mind!

With lots of love,
Teja

 

Photo* of stars in Utah by Tom Gainor on Unsplash.

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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.

 

StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Blessing: May Your Light Shine!

 

May you feel your goodness.

May you practice loving kindness towards yourself.

May your weekend be blessed with peace, inspiration, and laughter.

May your light shine!

 

In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus said, “If anyone asks, “Where do you come from?” tell them, “We came from the light, from the place where the light came into being of its own accord.”

And, in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works…”

 

This weekend I will be busy reviewing the proof copy of my new book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life, so I will see you back here on Monday…

Happy Weekend to you!
Let your light shine!

 

Photo* of Sunset at Ohio River taken by Teja, July 2019.

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Are You of the World?

Jesus said, “Be in the world but not of the world.”

When I think of how it is for me, I see that I am definitely not OF the world, and I am trying to figure out how to be IN the world!

What about you? Are you of the world? Or, like me, are you not of the world, and trying to figure out how to be in it? Or, are you balanced in the way that Jesus recommended, in the world but not of it?

I am a spiritual helper… I am not a perfect spiritual being. I am walking my path and dealing with what arises as best I can. I know a lot of tools for happy-ing up, that I use regularly and they work for me, so I am inspired to share them with others… But, I am not perfectly peaceful at all times. I get triggered, I get irritated, I get sad.

And, I experience some very high vibrational states in which I feel incredible love and an uncommon amount of compassion for all beings… But, I do not live in those amazingly blissful states all the time. I find myself judging and worrying. I get offended and hurt. I expect too much of others and then feel disappointed.

And, lately I am feeling very, very happy about this new nun chapter of my life, and I am feeling super inspired to help others as much as I can (given the limitations of my body)… So perhaps I am figuring out how to “be in the world” more than I realize!

Maybe when I launch my new book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life, I will truly be in the world…

So, dear readers, what is your status on this topic?

 

Image of sunrise in space by Qimono on Pixabay.

 

 

 

StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Surrender to Something Greater & Enjoy the Humility Vibration

 

May you appreciate all the women in your life.

May you feel your wholeness.

May your weekend be blessed with deep peace.

May you surrender to Something Greater and enjoy the humility vibration!

 

When you let go of the idea that you are doing everything alone, in that moment of surrendering a relaxation happens in your being. It’s like when you suddenly realize that you are tensing your shoulders and you let them relax down. Ahhh. Yes. That’s right.

That feeling of relaxation arises from the humility vibration. When you surrender to a power beyond yourself, that activates the humility vibration, which gives you feelings of peace, calm, trust, and lighthearted curiosity. While enjoying the humility vibration you still take action, but you take action knowing that you are being assisted by Something Greater. “Let go and let God” does not mean that you lie down and quit, but rather it means that you let the Divine help you.

I’m reminded of that beautiful story about Jesus called “Footprints in the Sand” in which he tells the person that during their most difficult times he carried them. It is a good reminder that we are never alone. No matter what your religion or other cosmic belief system, there is Something Greater that supports you.

May All Beings Know Deep Peace.

Happy International Women’s Day!

 

 

image Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech