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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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

 

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Staycations, A.K.A. Quarantines

“Though there may be many beautiful sights to see, one achieves peace by staying at home.”
~ The Tao Te Ching, as translated by Richard Hooper in his book Jesus, Buddha, Krishna and Lao Tzu: The Parallel Sayings.

Dear readers, are you currently practicing “social distancing” to prevent spreading the virus?

My Mom and I are homebound, trying to make the best of this staycation. Last night she cooked some amazingly delicious plant-based Irish Potatoes!

As stated in The Tao Te Ching, peace can be found in staying home. Each day of this quarantine, we can take some time to do practices for Peace. Sitting in silent meditation, for even just ten minutes, we can focus on sending peaceful energies out to everyone, everywhere!

Hooper translates another similar quote from The Tao Te Ching thusly:

“A wise man is not compelled to leave home and search out grand vistas. He stays home and remains peaceful, above it all.”

No matter how crazy this virus pandemic gets, just keep remembering that deep inside your being is a calm, peaceful place. You can go there anytime through meditation, singing, and other practices.

Dear beings of peace, I pray you are well inside yourselves.

With peaceful intentions,
StarFire Teja

p.s. Yesterday, while lying on the Amethyst Crystal Biomat, I got inspired to up-level my website, changing the tagline to StarFire Temple of Happiness… check it out here: Home Page!

 

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Grab the Wheel of Your Mind!

Dear readers, do you ever have dreams in which your car is going up or down a very steep hill?

Last night I dreamt that this exact same scene played out three times: I was in a car that was driving itself backwards up a very steep hill, and each time it almost crashed over the edge at the top I jumped into the driver’s seat and calmly drove it back down to safety!

Hmmm, I wonder what that dream means! Haha!

Is anybody else feeling out of control right now?

Are you having any interesting dreams lately?

Today I had a phone session with my psychologist (because “social distancing” prevented an in-office meeting), and she guided me in a wonderful hypnotherapy experience in which I turned down the levers that control anxiety and worry… and I turned up the levers for inner wisdom and inner courage.

My dear ones, may you take control over the only thing you can control: your mind! Through peaceful meditation, relax into your inner being and access your inner resources… Then grab the wheel of your mind, and drive yourself down to safety!

May you be calm, wise, and courageous during these uncertain times.

With a grateful and brave heart,
StarFire Teja

 

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Dear Billionaires

Dear human beings who have billions of dollars,

A quick google search just informed me that there are somewhere between 2,100 and 2,600 of you billionaires in the world… I do not know any of you personally, but I feel inspired to appeal to you on behalf of the Earth and its inhabitants.

Although I was a Political Science major at Butler University, I gave up on trying to understand or follow politics back in 2016… And I have even less of a grasp on economics. I did take the class in high school, but I don’t think I really got the concepts… So my appeal to you, the billionaires on planet Earth, is entirely based on the spiritual, emotional, and energetic worlds I live in, and the knowledge that I have gained through spiritual studies and practices…

I just turned 50 in January, and the current world events are the strangest news I have heard in my lifetime. With the virus pandemic, I feel as though we are living in a sci-fi novel, with really bizarre scenes such as Starbucks coffee houses blocking off certain tables so that people can’t sit right next to other people, and other shocking scenes with the cancellations of major sporting events and the shutting down of Broadway and Hollywood…

It is just heartbreaking to hear of people losing their jobs over this situation. I may not understand much about economics, but I do understand that someone who makes less than $20 per hour is already pretty poor, so if they cannot work because their school-age children no longer go to school, what will they do? Go into credit card debt?

Will this virus pandemic cause a global economic collapse? My grandparents were alive during the Great Depression in the United States, but I know nothing about how that kind of economic state would unfold now. Would you, the billionaires of the world, still have money? Would you be able to not only bail out the banks, but also to help with every other facet of the world’s societies?

From time to time I have seen inspiring articles about various billionaires helping others, such as paying for the troubled youths of an entire community to go to college… Well, now is the time, more than ever before, for you billionaires to use your financial powers to help other humans, and also to help the Earth and the animals, fish, and birds. Perhaps you will do some deep soul searching, and decide to live more simply, downsizing your wealth from billions to just millions.

Sitting quietly in meditation, bring your awareness to the very center of your mind, and listen for guidance about your deeper purposes at this time. Some years ago, while I was sitting in meditation, I became deeply aware of how much the animals, fish, and birds are suffering on this sacred planet Earth. The compassion that arose from that meditation led me to shift to a plant-based diet…

Please watch this 2-minute video: internationally renowned wildlife conservationist, Dr. Jane Goodall, explains why she recommends a plant-based diet.

In order to help the environment (and the animals, fish, and birds), perhaps you will invest in plant-based foods and vegan products, such as vegan clothing, shoes, and cars.

(By the way, this article from one year ago talks about a few billionaires who are already funding vegan startups, such as Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Bill Gates.)

In order to help humanity, perhaps you will invest in a massive network of urban organic vegetable gardens, with fields of sunflowers, and chains of plant-based restaurants, and stores with healthy foods in the poor sections of all the world’s cities.

I believe that we are all interconnected in one web of living energy that is love. We don’t all realize that we are part of this One Love Energy because we are in different individual bodies, but if we look deeply into our inner beings, we can remember this oneness. Let us all live together in peace and harmony, with the rich helping the poor, the strong helping the weak, and the healthy helping the sick…

Thank you for reading this letter.

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

With love, compassion, and hope,
StarFire Teja

 

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