Into the Shadow World: Part One of Our Global Rebirthing

Currently the virus is believed to have originated in bats, but it is not clear how it spread to humans. This article “Don’t Blame Bat Soup for the Coronavirus” explains that the rumor about humans getting the virus from eating bat soup is likely false…

Native Americans attribute “medicines” to different animals, and among the native people of Central America, bats are symbols of rebirth.

For me, this sci-fi story that we are living in reality, about bats transferring a deadly virus to humanity, conjures up the image of a shaman’s journey… As I understand it, the shaman enters an altered state of consciousness (through repetitive drumming, taking plant medicines, or other means), and then in the altered state the shaman dives down into the darkness of the shadow world to receive messages and guidance, which may come from animals, birds, or spirit beings… these spiritual gifts help the shaman to transform, by shedding old patterns and receiving new information… the shaman then brings these gifts back to the light of the waking world, returning to regular consciousness to transmit the vibrations and lessons from the underworld… this rebirthing brings forth fresh blessings and visions to the tribe… thus there is a ritualistic death of the old ways of being, and a rebirth into the new ways of being…

Perhaps, as an interconnected world tribe, we have entered part one of our global rebirthing. We have taken the shaman’s dive, via a virus transmitted to us by bats… We are now in the shadow world, in which some humans will physically die, and the rest of humanity will undergo a ritualistic death and be reborn…

When our global human society gets through this virus pandemic, what will be birthed?

In my post “Dear Billionaires” I shared my visions for the future, including this: “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. 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.”

Dear readers, what are your visions for the future of our global tribe?

May you be calm, courageous, and as cheerful as possible while navigating through the darkness of the shadow world.

With kindness, curiosity, and love,
StarFire Teja

 

Bat photo color enhanced by StarFire Teja. Original bat photo by Sonia Nadales on Unsplash.

 

StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Feel the Peace of Pure Consciousness

 

May you attune with sweet and simple things, if fears arise from the weirdness of the world’s news or from the unknown possibilities ahead.

May you trust in the unfolding of your journey.

May your weekend be blessed with transformation from individual awareness to Unitary Consciousness.

May you feel the Peace of Pure Consciousness.

 

Happy MahaShivaratri to all who celebrate!
Om Namah Shivaya ~ Jai Shiva Shankara
Hara Hara Hara Mahadeva!

 

Butterfly on orange marigold photo by Kathy Servian on Unsplash.

 

Mama Bear Story

Once upon a time, in a galaxy right here and now, after her cubs had left the den a Mama Bear became greatly wounded. Soon she found a healing cave in the woods and stayed there for three winters… or was it four?

Sleeping long hours she dreamt many dreams in which she was a white owl quarreling with a dark vulture. Night after night, and day after day, the two birds of prey fought inside her mental sphere.

Finally they took their disputes to the Force of All Light in the center of her Heart, and that Force of Goodness gave them Peace…

After facing her darkest fears, the Mama Bear’s traumas released, her wounds healed, and her power was restored… She stepped out of the cave into the Light and transformed into a magical Crow who flew West toward the setting Sun…

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Photo of black bear by Skeeze on Pixabay.
Photo of crow with sunset by Kumar Harsh on Unsplash.

 

Who (or What) Is Your Light Saber?

Dear readers,

This afternoon on my walk something triggered fear in me, and I began crying, and then I said out loud, “How can I face this fear, I don’t have a light saber!” (Yes, I have Star Wars on the brain right now!)

As soon as I said that, it came to me that God is my light saber!

In my Hindu-influenced conception of God, I spontaneously saw this vision of myself as the Pure Shiva Consciousness and Shiva’s light saber is Rama, the Force of All Light! So when I am in the Pure Shiva Witness Consciousness, watching everything (including the fears), then the Pure Light of Rama – the light saber – shines forth and conquers anything that needs to be conquered, like fears, anxieties, griefs, traumas, desires, attachments, and expectations.

So! The way for me to face my fears is to relax into the Pure Consciousness and watch the fears, and allow them to be transformed by the light saber!

Dear reader, who (or what) is your light saber?

With love and light sabers,
StarFire Teja

 

Awesome photo* of red rocks (with shafts of light that remind me of light sabers!) by Madhu Shesharam on Unsplash.

* If you are viewing this post in an email, please click on the title’s article and you will be taken to the StarFire Teja Blog where you can see the amazingly perfect photo I found to go with this post! 🙂

 

Monday Morning Musings on Transformation

In my recent post “Transformation Is Always Possible” I shared the following passage from Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm:

“Sorrow, fear, and depression are like a kind of garbage. But these bits of garbage are part of real life, and we must look deeply into their nature. We can practice so as to turn these bits of garbage into flowers. We should not throw anything out. All we have to do is learn the art of composting, of transforming our garbage into flowers. In the practice of Buddhism, we see that all mental formations — including compassion, love, fear, sorrow, and despair — are organic in nature. We don’t need to be afraid of any of them, because transformation is always possible. With just a smile and mindful breathing, we can start to transform them.”

Well, my first musing this morning is about my review of November in my journal and calendar… Even though in the midst of my challenges I feel as though I am failing miserably, when I read through my journal I could see how much progress I am actually making, in working more skillfully with reactions, and in transforming negative thinking into positive thinking. And, I could see my strength, perseverance, grit, and mettle.

When I finished the review, I wrote, “I am feeling the flowers growing up out of the garbage! Even though it was still hard, November had so much goodness and it was much better than the previous three months!”

Dear reader, how was the month of November for you? Do you regularly take notes in a journal or calendar? Do you take time to reflect on your intentions, and celebrate your successes along the way?

My next musing is about how Gratitude is a potent tool for transformation… I really stepped up my gratitude practices in November, and I could really feel the results in a very tangible way. With each hardship that appeared, I consciously practiced feeling grateful for all the blessings in my life, and I came to the realization that for me, all roads lead to Gratitude!

As December begins, I intend to continue practicing the art of transformation… So my last musing for today is about my keywords for this new month. I pray that my “garbage” can be transformed into the flowers of Happiness, Holiness, Peace, and Joy! ~

~ Happiness ~ One of my current affirmations is “I am choosing to be happy, even when I feel tired or sick.”

~ Holiness ~ In this winter holiday season, I intend to look even more deeply into everything, so as to see the hidden holiness and to feel the absolute sacredness of life.

~ Peace ~ Imagining a very quiet place in nature, covered with pure white snow, I intend to generate the energy of Peace in myself and to send that energy of Peace out into the Universe.

~ Joy! ~ In his book Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm, Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh draws this slight distinction between happiness and joy: “In the joy there’s still a little bit of excitement. Happiness is a more peaceful feeling, like contentment.” ~ So, in addition to choosing to be happy, I am also choosing to be joyful!

Beloved readers… May your December be Happy and Joyful!

Do you have any keywords for December?

With hope, positivity, and joy,
Sister Teja

 

Dahlia photo by S. Hermann & F. Richter on Pixabay.