What Does the Word Magic Mean to You?

When you hear the word Magic, what thoughts, associations, feelings, sensations, and visions arise in you?

When I hear the word Magic, I think of something cosmic, something out of the ordinary, something fantastical or whimsical. Just hearing the word elevates my mind and I feel more open to unusual or enchanting things. For me Magic often shows up in the form of synchronicities, and the more I notice them, the more they seem to appear.

Recently I was working on clarifying my goals for this year, and I felt like I needed some “outside” help, so I declared “Nine Days of Magic” for myself. During those nine days, which felt more special than usual days, I noticed lots of little things that felt magical, which might not ordinarily have felt magical. I realized that the mundane becomes magical when we are looking through the eyes of magic. It’s really all about our perception and what we are looking for.

So I learned that Magic doesn’t always show up as sparkling crystals! On the ninth day, which was yesterday, first thing in the morning when I opened my curtains, a dark speckled bird flew right up to my window! That felt like Magic! Then later on my walk, I felt the Magic in seeing flocks of birds soaring in the white winter sky above. As I watched those birds flying, I reflected on my self-declared “Nine Days of Magic” and I felt so grateful that during that time I gained the clarity that I was seeking about my goals.

If you are needing help working on an issue in your life, or you just simply need a few days to feel more fun, try declaring some days of Magic for yourself and see what happens. This is yet another way to Happy Up your mind!

May All Beings Be Happy!

To read the magical tale of Rama and Sita, in my exciting new version, click on the book’s title here:
The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes

 

 

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“It Is Your Duty To Live”

At the seashore, the wise old bear Jambavan instructed the distraught young monkey Angada, “It is your duty to live.”

(That quote is from the version by R.K. Narayan, The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic Suggested By the Tamil Version of Kamban.)

This scene in the Ramayana comes at a critical moment in the story, when the monkeys and bears have been searching for the kidnapped princess Sita for more than one month, and they do not want to return to Prince Rama without locating her whereabouts. The monkey prince Angada declares that they should all just sit down in the sand and prepare to die. He says, “Let us leave behind this earthly world of samsara, that is filled with suffering and misery.” (Quote from Teja Shankara’s version, The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes.) Then Hanuman, the great Super Hero of the monkey tribe, encourages them to keep going by reminding them of Jatayu, the great eagle who lost his life fighting for Goodness. That reminder leads to something unexpected… continue reading this exciting story in The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes.

Over the past fifteen years I studied nearly one dozen versions of the Ramayana, which is a sacred ancient tale from India. The story is beautiful and magical, and has enchanted millions of people through the ages. The story is timeless and addresses many aspects of the human condition. People of all ages love this story. Many of the scenes relate to situations in our own lives, such as this scene described above. Many people have felt despair about failure at some point in their lives.

When I read that quote “It is your duty to live” it really resonated deep within me, and during despairing moments, I hear that quote inside my mind. As mentioned in a previous blog post, “Radiance & Darkness,” I have a lot of fiery energy that I shine into the world, and I also have some darkness, and in my darkness, it can be pretty dark. By dark, I’m referring primarily to negative despairing thoughts in which I want to die. I would not commit suicide, I could never do that to my family and friends, but in those dark moments I imagine how sweet it would be to die peacefully by natural causes. Can you relate to this? Do you ever wish to die?

Even if I was not concerned about hurting my loved ones, I still would not commit suicide because I believe that suicide is not ever right action. It is murder and it is causing oneself to have a violent death, which is not ever a good thing for the soul. The ideal death, most people would agree, is a peaceful one.

So, for anyone out there who is in despair, during your dark moments try to remember that it is your duty to live. We are here in these bodies, on this planet Earth at this time, for a reason. Thus, it is our duty to live. And, we are not ever alone, even if we might feel like it sometimes. Actually, we are all part of one interconnected energy that is Love.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255, and it is available 24 hours everyday.

Sending Love and Hope to anyone who needs upliftment today.

The Divine Feminine & Divine Masculine Union is Within

StarFire Teja dedicates this blog to anyone suffering from loneliness, anyone recovering from a broken heart, and anyone longing for a partner. If you are suffering from loneliness and longing, take heart. There is hope for you to heal and to find happiness inside yourself.

All of us, of all sexes, have both feminine and masculine qualities and energies, to varying degrees. Happiness can be found by cultivating the awareness and the understanding that the ultimate union of the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine is inside each of us. There are many ways to practice cultivating that understanding.

Each day when I chant (sing) along with the “Prema Chalisa” on the CD “Trust in the Heart” by Krishna Das, when it gets to the end and he sings to Sita~Ram, I place one hand on my heart and the first three fingers of my other hand on my third eye (the ajna chakra, in the center of the forehead, slightly above the eyebrows), and I affirm that both Sita and Rama are in my heart and mind. In the ancient story from India called the Ramayana, Sita is an incarnation of the Divine Feminine and Rama is an incarnation of the Divine Masculine. So while singing to Sita~Ram, I focus on the truth that I am whole and complete inside my own being. It brings me great happiness, and sometimes even bliss, to acknowledge that the Divine Feminine & Divine Masculine Union is within.

You can practice this in your own way, adapting the concept to fit with your religion or other cosmic belief system. Regular spiritual practices can help to re-wire the brain in positive ways. At the beginning of my new book I offer a section called Radiance Rising, which is an extensive list of spiritual practices which will help you to go inside. Once you are there, inside your own being, by whatever method, I pray that you will experience the happiness of the Divine Feminine & Divine Masculine Union within yourself.

To enjoy that list of spiritual practices and to read the magical uplifting story of Sita and Rama, please order my book today:
The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes

May All Beings Be Happy!

 

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Radiance & Darkness

Opposing forces can be simultaneously true within a human being. We are complex creatures, capable of extraordinary phenomena. One of my dearest spiritual teachers, David La Chapelle (who departed from this earthly realm in July 2009), taught that if a person had the capacity for a lot of hope, then that usually meant that they also had the capacity for a lot of despair. Opposites tend to exist simultaneously within a person. To figure out your primary pair of opposing forces, just think about a quality that you often experience, such as excitement, faith, or contentment. Then look at that quality’s polar opposite, such as melancholy, doubt, or restlessness. Can you see how you embody both of those polarities?

For me this concept plays out in the forms of Radiance & Darkness. When I am feeling the happiness of the Spiritual Life, I tend to beam it out in all directions, to many beings, in a Radiance that many people see and comment on. For example, someone might say to me, “Your smile lights up the room.” But the flip side of all my brightness is a tendency to spiral down into dark, negative thoughts. In my darkness, it’s pretty dark. As a highly sensitive person, I experience all of my emotions deeply, including the not-so-fun ones. Fortunately, I have learned many tools for working skillfully with the darkness, such as harnessing the positive powers of my inner coach. Using positive self-talk, I know how to guide my thoughts into a more elevated direction.

At the beginning of my new book, which is a new version of an ancient story from India, I offer a section called “Radiance Rising” in which I share an extensive list of spiritual practices that will help you to work skillfully with any opposing forces within you. To order your copy today, simply click on the book’s title here:
The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes

Merry Holydays to Everyone!

Merry Holydays to Everyone from StarFire Teja, author of The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes. This new version, of the timeless fantastical epic tale from India, is a fusion of ancient sacred scripture with elevated futuristic vision. There is something for everyone to enjoy in this fabulous story that has enchanted millions of people through the ages. This version of the Ramayana is now available on Lulu. Purchase your happy copy today, by clicking on this “Happy” link: Happy!

Happy New Year 2019 to All the Beings in All the Realms!