Why Orange?

Dear readers,

In response to the title of my book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life, some have asked, “Why Orange?” So in this post I will share the section from the beginning of the book in which I answer that question…

Why Orange?

The color Orange represents Happiness, Joy, Enthusiasm, Warmth, Fire, Sun, Heat, Sunshine, Creativity, Courage, Vibrancy, Playfulness, Cheerfulness, Encouragement, Optimism, Radiance, Confidence, Success, Fun, and Fascination.

On the Hindu Yoga Path, Orange symbolizes the Fire of Renunciation, the Orange Fire that burns all the external desires, attachments, and expectations that cause suffering. Once those external causes burn, the internal happiness is experienced.

When you were born into your earthly body, you began experiencing desires and attachments right away, and pretty soon you became identified with your body and all of the sensations, thoughts, and feelings that arise in your body-mind. Those desires, attachments, and identifications have caused your cycles of joy and sorrow… all those waves of happiness and misery…

Consciously deciding to renounce those external causes of suffering does not mean you have to leave the worldly life and become a hermit in the woods. Rather, it means that you intend for those external causes to burn in the Orange Fire of Awareness, so that you can enjoy the Happy Orange place inside your own being.

I have been doing daily spiritual practices for more than fifteen years, and those practices have helped me tremendously with my own growth, healing, and happiness. I feel passionate about sharing do-able spiritual practices with you, because I want to help you to also heal yourself and to find your own happy place inside.

I grew up Catholic, then I practiced Judaism for ten years, while also studying other religions, and then at age thirty-three I found the Raja Yoga Path, which includes meditation, chanting (singing sacred mantras), studying spiritual teachings, and serving others. I have always loved religion and ritual, and I respect all religions and other cosmic belief systems. The practices in this book are for you to incorporate into your own individual spiritual path.

During a particularly dark and difficult time in my life, I visited a beautiful ashram (spiritual center), and the daily practices there re-kindled my inner happiness and took me to a new level of self-love and healing. It is my deepest wish that this book will take you to a new level of healing and help you to happy up your life.

Every day we are all reaching: reaching for a cup of coffee, reaching for a snack, reaching to hug someone, reaching out to a friend or neighbor in need, and so on. Most of our reaching is reaching outside of ourselves.

Reaching for Orange is reaching *inside*: doing practices that burn the external causes of misery and take us to that Happy State inside our own beings.

The ancient sages of India taught the same thing that Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is within.” That Divine Source of healing energies is inside of you already, so take a little time each day to connect with your inner being. May the practices, visualizations, and blessings in this book help you to reach your Happy Orange place inside!

 

So, that is why Orange!

With hopes for your happiness,
StarFire Teja

 

 

Background image of the Sun courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

 

Your Future Self: A Visualization Practice

Where would you like to be six months from now? On September 10th, 2019 who would you like to be?

Visualizing your future self is a powerful practice that can help you to achieve your goals. First, write down your visualization, and then read it out loud daily until you memorize it. Once you memorize it, then you can just think it in your mind, or continue reading it out loud if you prefer. Either way, include multi-sensory aspects, such as how you feel in your future self’s body, as well as what you are seeing, hearing, smelling, and tasting in the body of your future self. Continue this practice daily for 3-4 weeks, or until it begins to feel complete.

Here is an example of my future self visualization for six months from now. I wrote mine in third person, but you could write yours in first person if that feels more comfortable to you.

On September 10th, 2019, Sister Teja is a StarFire Superstar Dynamo! Sri Rama healed her nervous system and re-calibrated her body so that now she is able to handle doing a lot of work with ease and grace. She is stronger on every level, and now she efficiently runs all that energy that surges through her. She is harnessing the positive aspects of being an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person), through her work: offering spiritual care to the dying and their families; posting helpful blog articles; leading StarFire Healing Circles in which she shares do-able spiritual practices with others; AND happily promoting her new book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, and Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life. Through it all, she is enjoying the Happiness & Radiance of the Spiritual Life. Her body feels vibrant and healthy. She sees the Divine in everyone and everything. She enjoys the color orange, the scent of vetiver, and the taste of hot black coffee.

Sharing your future self visualization can give it a boost of energy. When others witness your vision, that gives it even more power. So I encourage you, if you feel comfortable, to share your future self vision in the comments below, down where it says “Leave a Reply.”

May All Beings Be Happy!

 

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.

Please order your happy copy on Lulu today:
The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes

Or if you prefer Amazon:
The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes

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 Mission Video

Dear readers, a few days ago I posted a blog with my mission statement in preparation for making a video. Well I made that video today… What I do not have (yet) in terms of high quality production and technical savvy, I pray that I make up for with the goodness of my heart and the sincerity of my intentions.

 

StarFire Teja’s Mission Video

 

May You Be Blessed By the Forces of Goodness.
May your February be Fabulous!

In Fabulous February I’ll be posting blog articles here
on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Happy Up by choosing to be happy!

 

 

Background image Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

StarFire Teja’s Mission Statement

Dear readers, I am working on my “mission statement” in preparation for making a YouTube video. Thank you for reading this blog article! Please leave your comments down below this article where it says “Leave a reply.”

StarFire Teja’s Mission Statement

My name is Teja Shankara and I am working a holy ministry to help elevate all human beings to the Highest Love Vibrations. Through my book, The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes, through my helpful blog articles, at StarFireTeja, and through offering StarFire Healing Circles, I am working to share practices for radiant spirituality and vibrant health with people of all religions and other cosmic belief systems.

My book, The Tejaswini Ramayana, is now available on Amazon. You will love this book! The Ramayana is a very old story from India that is filled with fantastical, magical elements as well as timeless wisdom that you will recognize as your own wisdom. When you read this book you will understand why this ancient tale has been loved by millions of people around the world, and why it still speaks to people of all ages. Before I begin my version of this amazing story of the battle between good and evil, I offer you a section called “Radiance Rising” which is an extended list of spiritual practices that you can do while reading this book — and beyond. You can also follow my blog, StarFire Teja, to keep learning more practices that will help you to live your highest vibrational life!

Please join me in this mission to elevate the entire human species to the Highest Love Vibrations. You can help by first elevating your own vibrations, which will bring happiness and radiance to your life. Happy Up by choosing to be happy. You will learn more about choosing to be happy when you visit my blog, StarFire Teja. And while you’re there, please leave comments after the blog articles. I will look forward to meeting you there! Until then, keep raising your own vibrations.
May you be blessed by the Forces of Goodness.

 

 

image Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech