Create and Live Your Unique Biography

Have you ever written a biography for yourself? It is such an interesting exercise!

It is so beautiful to be unique… to be yourself fully… to stand out in a crowd…

At the end of her book On Death and Dying, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D., writes that most of us “create and live a unique biography and weave ourselves into the fabric of human history.”

I recently wrote a biography, and I will share mine here below to give you a guide for writing your own. The goal in this exercise is not to write a book, but rather to keep your biography to about one-half to two-thirds of a page.

I think it is fun and interesting to read other people’s biographies, so after you write your biography, feel free to share it down below in the comments where it says “Leave a Reply,” or send it to me through the Contact tab up in the right corner of this blog.

I hope you enjoy creating and living your unique biography!

 

Biography of Teja Shankara, author of The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes

Teja Shankara is a blogger, author, and spiritual helper who leads interfaith healing circles and cares for the dying and their families. With a smile that lights up the room, she shines with the radiance of one who does daily spiritual practices.

During her last semester as a Political Science major at Butler University, she found her true passion in an Anthropology class called “Religion and Ritual Around the World.” Religious studies captured her heart and mind, as she had loved all things spiritual since she was a young girl mesmerized by the colorful stained glass windows and heady incense of her Indiana family’s Catholic church.

After graduating cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish (1992), she worked at universities in international programs, and continued to study religions, including Judaism, Native American, and others. Then, during many years of being an at-home mom in Oregon, she trained as a labor doula, childbirth educator, lactation counselor, postpartum doula, energy healer, caregiver, meditation instructor, medical assistant, hypnotherapist, and facilitator of prison groups. During those years she discovered the Raja Yoga Path of Hinduism and began leading healing circles in which she shares do-able spiritual practices with people of all religions and other cosmic belief systems.

Sister Teja, a self-proclaimed nun forging her own Shakahara StarFire Tribe, is on fire with a mission to help elevate the human species to the Highest Love Vibrations. As “StarFire Teja” she feels most passionate about writing blog articles that really help people to Happy Up their lives.

She Happys Up her own life through daily spiritual practices, including chanting (sacred singing), meditating, studying the Ramayana, cultivating Gratitude, and visualizing with guided imagery techniques. She is a Mama of two bright amazing young men, and a barefoot nature lover who loves the Sun, orange marigolds, sunflowers, red roses, trees, birds, stars, red rocks, hot black coffee (organic, fair trade, dark roast!), pinecones, and amethyst crystals.

At age 49, Sister Teja has returned to her Indiana roots, where she enjoys high vibration plant-based living with her parents. She writes daily in her tree-house temple overlooking a green yard filled with birds, squirrels, and wild brown rabbits. For more information, please visit starfireteja.wordpress.com.

 

 

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How’s It Going With Your 2019 Goals?

Setting goals is good, but sometimes it can be a set-up for terrible heartbreak, especially if the goals were set too high.

For example, one of my goals this year was to sell 1,809 books by March 31st, which was set too high given the reality that I had no publicist and no budget. Even though I knew it was what some call a “stretch goal,” I’m still feeling a tad sad about it, so I am grateful that I have many tools for working skillfully with difficult emotions.

Are you feeling sad about any of your goals not panning out? If so, you might benefit from using my two best tools for working with the sadness of disappointment: Cultivating the Witness and Practicing Gratitude. Both are described in the extensive list of spiritual practices at the beginning of my book, The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes.

When re-evaluating goals, it is good to remember that many goals are ever-shifting and evolving. While goals give a sense of direction, the path may change many times. And sometimes it ends up being best to abandon the path of a goal altogether and find a new direction.

So, how’s it going with your 2019 goals?

 

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

 

 

Do You Love Your Enemies?

3 Reasons to Forgive and 5 Inspirations for Forgiveness

Extending love and forgiveness to those who have hurt you will be helpful in three ways:

1. It will heal you by calming your nervous system, relaxing the tension in your muscles, and bringing peace to your mind and heart.

2. It will help to heal the people who you are forgiving.

3. And, it will send the healing vibration of Peace out into the world.

Here are five inspirations for your forgiveness journey:

1. In his book The Third Jesus, Deepak Chopra writes, “When Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is within, he meant within everyone. This would be in keeping with his injunction to love your enemies. The same God is in them as in you.”

2. In his book, Passport to the Cosmos, John E. Mack, MD, shares the story of a woman who has utilized the power of love to counter the dark aspects of her encounters with alien beings. He writes, “When the beings seem to threaten her, she sends out to them “as much love as I can, waves of love.”… It seemed that as she sent positive love energy toward these angry beings, she could hear them shrieking and saw them running, then backing off through the wall… She sent a “last burst of love energy, calling on Jesus and feeling good inside” toward this being.”

3. In her book, Midwife for Souls, Kathy Kalina, a Hospice nurse, writes, “Forgiveness is not a feeling, but an act of the will.”

4. In my book, The Tejaswini Ramayana, the Supreme Being forgives and elevates even the greatest of sinners, which is both an assurance for humanity, and an example for human beings to do the same with their fellow humans.

5. Recently two people put an angry face emoji reaction on one of my Facebook posts about The Tejaswini Ramayana. In order to extend love and forgiveness towards them, I wrote their names on an orange post-it note, and placed it on my spiritual altar with a healing clear crystal on top. Each day after I sing the Hanuman Chalisa and say my daily prayers, I ask Sri Rama to please send them High Vibration Crystal Love Energies. Saying their names out loud, I pray that they may be elevated to the Highest Love Vibrations.

May this article be helpful to you or to someone you know.

May All Beings Know Deep Peace.

 

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Happy-ing Up Does Not Mean Putting on a Fake Smiley Face

In March, 2009 I got very sick with pneumonia. That began ten years of many hardships: physically, financially, emotionally, and relationally. The last year of that decade, this past year, was the hardest of all. But somehow I managed to publish a book and begin writing this StarFire Teja Blog.

That “somehow” isn’t so mysterious or magical. I am able to carry on working on my mission to help elevate humanity because I do daily spiritual practices which strengthen me and help me to keep happy-ing up.

Happy-ing Up is not the same as putting on a fake smiley face. When you do practices to Happy Up, such as the ones I’ve suggested in previous* blog articles, you actually shift your state Up to a feeling of happiness. So it isn’t an act of “fake it till you make it,” but rather, it is an act of elevating yourself to a higher vibration in which you truly do feel happy.

Sometimes that happy state only lasts for a few minutes, and that is okay. Simply keep practicing and happy-ing yourself up again and again. I mean, what’s the alternative? You don’t want to stay stuck down in lower vibrations, do you? I certainly don’t, which is why I pray daily to stay elevated to the Highest Love Vibrations no matter how the body or mind feels in any given moment.

*Here are a few links to some previous tips I’ve shared for Happy-ing Up:

“StarFire Teja’s Three Super Simple Spiritual Practices”
“StarFire Teja’s Three Tips to Help You Gratitude Up”
“StarFire Teja’s Ten Tips for Happy-ing Up During the Wintertime Blues”

Do you do daily spiritual practices? I would love to hear from you, so if you have a moment, please scroll down to where it says “Leave a Reply” and share your daily practices.

May All Beings Be Happy!

14 Benefits You May Receive from Reading The Tejaswini Ramayana

Imagine if you were suddenly banished to the forest for fourteen years. How would you react?

In the ancient story from India called the Ramayana, the Avatar Rama was suddenly banished to the forest for fourteen years, on the day his father, King Dasaratha, was supposed to crown him as heir to the throne. The human drama that caused the exile, as well as all of the resulting actions, make the Ramayana an exciting read.

To date, there are more than three hundred recorded Ramayanas. You may receive many benefits from reading my new version, The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes, including (but not limited to) the following fourteen benefits:

1. While reading this book, you may experience pleasant sensations, such as tingling, in your body or even around your body, particularly just above the top of your head. These sensations are a sign that you are being spiritually elevated.

2. While reading this book, you may begin to notice positive changes (subtle or dramatic) in your daily life, in terms of your thoughts, words, intentions, and actions. These are also signs that you are being spiritually elevated.

3. By the time you finish reading the Epilogue, you may feel as though you have been elevated to the Highest Love State. When you feel like you love everyone and everything, that is a sign that you are in the Highest Love State.

4. Reading this book can bring about an activation of Cosmic Shakahara StarFire Radiant Healing Consciousness. You may feel the healing warmth in the palms of your hands, which is a sign that healing energies are flowing through you.

5. Reading this book can awaken qualities such as Hope, Inspiration, Innovation, and Creativity. As these beautiful positive energies arise, quite naturally there occurs a reduction of fear, anger, and sadness.

6. Through reading this book, you can experience more trust about life. It will help you to understand how everything happens for a reason, according to a greater plan.

7. Reading this book may help you to accept what is happening in your life, as you experience the book’s heroes facing the challenges of the human condition.

8. Reading this book can help you to come to terms with death – both the deaths of your loved ones, and your own death.

9. Reading this book may help you to face grief and other difficulties – knowing that, like the heroes in the story, you are never alone in your pain. A force greater than you is always with you.

10. Reading this book will give you assurance that there is always hope for redemption – that even the greatest sinners can be forgiven, healed, and loved.

11. The spiritual practices listed at the beginning of the book will help you to keep raising your vibrations while reading this book – and beyond.

12. Reading this book will give you hope that human nature can be elevated – that human beings can heal their brains and remember their divine heritage… and thus overcome their negative habits and low vibrations.

13. Reading this book will give you faith that the Forces of Goodness and Light are stronger than the forces of darkness.

14. Although this book may be shocking to some of the millions who love the traditional Ramayana, in this version some changes were made to the original story in order to elevate the characters and the readers to the Highest Love Vibrations. Remember, anytime you feel like you love everyone and everything, that is when you are in the Highest Love Vibrations!

Please order your copy of this most beneficial book today! Available on Amazon:
The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all who celebrate!

May All Beings Be Happy!