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.”

CarlosDiaz_Beamship_UFO

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.

 

Feel the Love!

 

Dear readers,

When you look at this photo* do you feel the love?

As I gaze at these lovely beings, I feel such deep love and affection between them.

And, I feel sadness about the tags in their ears. As I wrote in my post “Spread the Hope!” I *hope* I live to see the day that the cows go free… I have felt this deep love for the cows, and all beings, for many years…

In 2005 I began a daily sitting meditation practice, and after a short time, I suddenly *knew* that I could no longer eat meat. At that time, I did not know that the other animal products (such as cheese, yogurt, cream, butter, ghee, honey, and eggs) cause just as much suffering for the animals, so it wasn’t until 2009 that I shifted from being vegetarian to vegan.

Understanding the suffering that is caused by eating animal products activates a level of compassion that brings both love and sorrow. Once I understood the suffering, there was no going back. The hardest part for me was giving up cheese, but after I meditated on the suffering of the cows, it was easy to let it go… And, surprisingly, in my 10+ years vegan, I have not missed cheese, not even one time!

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

With great love and sadness,
StarFire Teja

 

 

* Photo by Leuchtturm81 on Pixabay.

*If you are viewing this post in an email, simply click on the title of the article and you will be taken to the StarFire Teja Blog where you can see the lovely cows.

 

Fringe Poem

 

I am really fringing now —
Soaring to the beats of an internal drum,
Praying in another tongue to a saint of 1560s Spain…

Hermana Teresa (de Avila),
Por Favor, Ayúdame!
Please help me to see the Light
that you claimed was more brilliant than our Sun!

 
Dear readers,

Those words came in meditation, with frogs croaking outside the open window…

Lately I have been updating my systems and working on some healing at the soul level, but soon I aspire to once again be blogging on the regular.

With hope-sparks and prayers for all beings to be safe and happy,
StarFire Teja

 
Bird soaring photo by JanneG on Pixabay.

 

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

 

Photo by Bru-nO on Pixabay.

 

Guided Imagery for a Pandemic

Dear readers, I wonder how each of you are doing during this very strange time… My heart goes out to any of you who might be experiencing increased anxiety…

As a spiritual helper, my duty is to happy up myself, and then to shine the light of my own happiness out to you… Last night in meditation I worked hard to calm my anxieties, and this morning during spiritual study of the Ramayana, the following guided imagery arose for me to share with you…

Please take a moment to close your eyes and notice the state of your mind and heart… Then read the guided imagery out loud in a very soft, soothing voice…

Guided Imagery for a Pandemic

Settling in now to my deepest self… Watching my in-breath and my out-breath… breathing in peace… and breathing out all worries… and bringing my awareness to my heart center… imagining the Sun shining in my heart… the Sun is witnessing all of the feelings in my heart… the bright golden Sun is now dissolving any pains with its heat…

… and bringing my awareness to my mind… seeing a Fire burning brightly in the very center of my mind… the Fire is burning up all the diseases of the mind… huge, orange, glowing flames are burning all the worries, anxieties, fears, sorrows, attachments, and desires…

… a Supreme Light of goodness is now activated in my entire being… energies of deep peace and love are vibrating in all of my 37.2 trillion cells… I am now feeling sweetly connected to Everyone and Everything… and trusting that we are all on this Divine Journey together… we are all One Love Energy… shining together with the radiance of our inner suns…

… and closing my eyes for a moment to savor this experience…

My dear ones, I pray that this visualization calms and blesses you in every way…

With so much love,
StarFire Teja

 

Image by ipicgr on Pixabay.