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Full Interview: Lakiba Pittman And The Art Of Compassion

“Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.”―Dalai Lama

I often ask myself why we are here; practising spirituality, learning about things that aren’t so easily explainable and it often confuses me. If we are spiritual beings, maybe we are here to experience something else. In my way of seeing, as spirit beings we might be here to learn about something else. Perhaps we are here to learn how to be human. And to understand what being human is.  I truly believe this gets distorted and even the term humanity can be misunderstood. 

hu·man:
of, relating to, or characteristic of people or human beings.

hu·mane:
having or showing compassion or benevolence.

To learn how to be human might be related to how we connect and  learn what our true nature is while being physically contained in a body, whilst being so emotional and, at times, so fragile. But who can teach humanity that our natural state is actually harmony? How can we be guided into such a state of equilibrium, of love and compassion?  For sure, Lakiba Pitman is doing her job when it comes to this.

Lakiba Pittman is one of those super humans, teaching others how to be their best self.  She is a multi-talented artist, writer, poet and teacher. Her gifts are many, but whilst interviewing her what really came to mind (and heart) was how her dedication to helping others discover the compassionate side of themselves can really inspire and make positive changes in our society.

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Lakiba Pittman

Sometimes we truly forget what makes us so similar. Whilst interviewing Lakiba, talking about her journey and line of work, we also talked about how simple and easy it is to touch someone’s heart.  Because it doesn’t take much,  we are truly connected, deep down we care so much for each other that we have been told to hide it, put the mask on, pretend we are cold hearted. Because our vulnerability and fragility, the very things that make us so precious and alive, are not valued in our society.

In her interview, you can watch how simple gestures can change someone’s life, how cultivating compassion and coming from a place of love and understanding can truly make us feel alive and more humane.

Here is the interview for you to watch:

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqtf2wk_fiY

Acting from compassion is easier said than done, or at least this is an excuse some like to use. The truth is we are compassionate by nature. Unnaturally, we are raised in a society that makes us forget that, unnatural because we know in our hearts what makes us feel good and what makes us fulfilled, and acting with kindness and compassion never made anyone say ” Oh dear, I think I was too kind!”. Being giving and caring is our true nature, not the opposite. When we are angry, unkind and disrespectful towards others it hurts us, we punish ourselves for our behaviour, and we pay the price with suffering and heartache.

Once we understand, and start practising and living in a more compassionate way, our lives become so much easier. It starts making sense because we start living in the way we are meant to. Connected through our humanity.

Lakiba has also written an amazing book to help remind us of our true essence. In this video, you can learn more about the book and her inspiration for it.

Here is a link to Lakiba’s book, Bread Crumbs From The Soul– Finding your way back home  ,feature underneath you can …

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Bread Crumbs From the Soul

To get in touch with Lakiba and enroll to one of her amazing courses please  email her on lakiba@sbcglobal.net . There are 2 coming up on January and February 2016. We will be sharing details and dates soon. Please note Lakiba Pittman is fully certified as a Compassion Training (CCT) Instructor by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Reasearch and Education , Stanford University.

The world we live in will not change itself, to live in a world more harmonic more loving the first step comes from ourselves . Start the change within choosing love and compassion as a way of being.

Thanks for Reading,

Love and Light,

Sabrina Santos

 

How To Transcend The Ego

Ego is one of the most talked about concepts in the spiritual community and nonetheless the most misunderstood and misperceived. I know I am touching on a sensitive subject, but try to keep an open mind and heart when reading, as that always leaves space for expansion. As always, use your discernment.

In order to transcend dualistic perceptions of the ego, we must first let go of the judgement of bad and good, wrong and right and start looking at things from a higher perspective, which is always neutral, always from a place of awareness. As we transcend dualistic perceptions, there will be no mental distortions and we can see things with greater clarity, as they are and the part they play in creation.

From experience, I say fighting, ” killing”, blaming and hating the ego is the most self-sabotaging, harmful thing we can do to ourselves and if we are doing it to ourselves, we are inevitably treating others the same.

Individuals who understand self-love and who truly love, accept and embrace all they are as human beings, as well as their universal nature, will never separate Soul from Ego. They have unified all the aspects within themselves. They have transcended lower aspects into more Soul-aligned aspects which inevitably creates a higher vibrational experience.

In the end, the ego is just a Soul expression that allowed us to experience duality. The simple awareness of that can create a big change within and a feeling of harmony and your relationship with yourself. It clearly served us well and did the trick, but if we want to return to our pristine nature, we must now merge all our aspects, ego/”shadow self” including. We do that not by constantly being in conflict with ourselves, constantly being at war with the ego, but by acknowledging, embracing, transcending and integrating deeper states of self-love and compassion for ourselves.

Awareness in the present moment of now is all we really need to transform, transmute and transcend in order to bring more Soul into our beingness. The rest comes naturally when we make a constant soul-fueled effort to become the highest aspect of ourselves we can be.

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT)

“Love and compassion are necessities. They are not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”_ Dalai Lama

When it comes to being compassionate it hurts me to think that our race has yet to master this act. The act of being compassionate is part of us as a species and it’s too part of what makes us human;
beings that have such deep empathy that  we can feel others pain or joy, being able to truly connect with others as a race by sharing the same feelings and ideals. However,  flowing from love and compassion  is still not embodied or practiced  in our daily lives or society.

So the question here is: why are we not practising such fundamental acts and enriching it throughout our lives ? Why isn’t society capable of seeing its huge importance to our future and evolution as human beings, that love and compassion are part of who we are and the change we wish to see in the world will only come when we start actively practising it as a way of being.

Luckily, at this stage and time around the world, we have many humans aware of this necessity and have started providing effective solutions to enable people to develop more compassionate ways of being.

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Concern – trained responders who use compassion, communication, and non-violent conflict resolution

Concrn , a company based in  San Francisco California, has as its main goal  to incorporate Compassionate Response with its core values of community, involvement, support and empathy.  Which means Concrn supports community members who can join forces and take action, helping its community in a more conscious and compassionate way, through their free app , as well as providing support and training for those who wish to develop a more compassionate way of interacting with the community itself.  Concrn has created a social service network bridging individuals with emotional, traumatic, and wellness crises with trained civilian responders. Ready access to preventive community-based response reduces strain on 911 and law enforcement resources and helps mitigate crises. At the same time, they support law enforcers with training and sponsor officers valuing their mental health and providing courses, so they can develop a more compassionate way of functioning.

Concrn has come together  to sponsor  creative artist and writer, Lakiba Pittman, who will be hosting an 8 week course on Compassion Cultivation Training, starting this Monday the 13th of August 2015 , from 6pm to 8pm (PDT). Finishing on the 31st of August.

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Lakiba Pittman, author of Bread Crumbs From The Soul

In addition to being a Poet, Writer, Artist, Singer/Songwriter, Recording Artist, and Performer, Ms. Pittman is dedicated to connecting communities through compassion, culture and creativity with a focus on building authentic selves, authentic relationships and authentic communities; Adept at working with diverse cultures and helping others to do so; mentoring and inspiring children, youth and young adults – coaching for success and in building self esteem and overcoming life’s hurdles and challenges. Inspired by 10+ years as a meditator, she is dedicated to helping others be more spiritually, mentally and physically in tune, aware and connected

The course – Compassion Cultivating Training – combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness.Learn how to train your mind to intentionally choose compassionate thoughts and actions and develop skills that help you relate to others—and yourself.

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In this course, individuals will learn how to:

  • Increase kindness and compassion for themselves and others
  • Develop profound levels of serenity, resilience, and creativity
  • Calm the mind and direct thoughts more positively
  • Sharpen their ability to focus and pay attention
  • Access a variety of self-care skills and techniques

The resulting benefits are:

  • Enhanced ability to feel compassion for oneself and others
  • Increased calmness and ability to handle stressful situations
  • Better engagement and communication in relationships
  • Self-evaluation and mindfulness when feeling overwhelmed
  • Increased job satisfaction and decreased job overwhelm
  • A more pleasurable, nurturing life at home or with family

If you like to know more about the classes please visit:
https://ccare.stanford.edu/education/about-compassion-cultivation-training-cct/

For more about Concrn visit : www.concrn.com

If you wish to get in touch with Organisers email:
lakiba@sbcglobal.net or info@concrn.com

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light ,

Sabrina Santos

Breaking Through Communication Blockages

Humanity’s biggest problems have their roots in lack of communication. The obvious solution to problems is clearly communication and proper understanding, but how can we communicate when we encounter language barriers ? When words can be so limiting and open to misinterpretation ? When intentions are misperceived ?

Through feeling. Feel the energy behind the words, feel the intentions. You can do that, it’s natural to you. You are all great empaths and telepaths, you just have to get in touch with those aspects of your nature. That’s happening naturally when you are flowing from your heart. Telepathy has been quite misunderstood. While, yes, the mind is a good energy interpreter, most of the time it leaves room for misinterpretation and, if not balanced, the mind distorts the truth. However, the heart is the best interpreter, the ultimate telepath. It always speaks the truth, you just have to learn to listen to it. Easier said than done, I know, but it doesn’t have to be hard either. It’s so simple. It becomes hard when the doubtful mind comes in and ruins the party, but the mind can be tamed.

At the same time, clear communication is an aspect of self-mastery. As humans, we still need words at the moment, languages and everything, we’ve created it that way for a reason. Now, we have to learn to express ourselves with clarity, we have to learn to speak our hearts with honesty and kindness. If it comes from the heart, it can only come out like that anyways. Don’t let words limit you in any way, go beyond that, go deeper. You can feel in the tone of the voice when someone flows from their heart, their intentions, the meaning and the truth. Feel the other person’s feelings. Empathy is such a great gift when used wisely, because feelings leave no room for confusion or misinterpretations.

Words are powerful, they are energy, so take responsability for the energy you are putting out there. Be mindful of the way you are expressing yourself and the way you respond to others. Don’t let relationships go to waste because of misinterpretations or misperceptions. In all cases – speak your heart – . Practice compassionate speaking and listening. The more loving the words are, the better and easier they will be received. Don’t worry about how others are going to interpret and react or think and never take things personally. People’s reactions and ways of thinking are strictly related to them and have nothing to do with you (and  vice versa). Be compassionate, respond with kindness and love. This is alchemical, it breaks patterns and shifts the energy. Being an observer of yourself is essential, as always. Choose your words.. responsibly.

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

Ascension Guidance Message: New Moon In Gemini – 16 June

On the 16th, we are experiencing a New Moon in Gemini, which is yet another blessing for the collective. That is because what I’m receiving about this is all related to Unity Consciousness. Unity Consciousness is the only way for us to transform and embody on a physical level the energies of Oneness that we hold in our core being. It is bringing our true nature to the surface, but as always, the release of the old needs to occur first, in order to make space for the new.

I am sure many of you have felt one way or another this weird, uncomfortable energy in their air lately that probably had some effect on you as well . Know that it is normal and it’s important to allow yourself to feel it all out and see what’s making you uncomfortable. There is a major transformation theme of dysfunctional patterns, outdated perceptions, misconceptions etc.  related to relationships, and by relationships I mean any kind of relationship (may it be romantic, or a friendship, or with yourself or related to family or work partnerships). All this dualistic energy I’ve mentioned above, could’ve been carried within you for many lifetimes, deeply ingrained in the celullar memory. So, the purpose of this major wave of transformation is to release that, so we can move on to the next level of Ascension, a higher and higher level, or a better word would be deeper, a deeper level. Lessons of self-mastery, integration of new values, qualities, principles and generally embodying higher vibrational states of being result from that.

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All it takes to benefit in the best way possible from all this is to be present and aware in the Now moment. It is the easiest way to navigate through these current energies. Know that you don’t have to know everything, that would be overwhelming, exhausting and boring. Boring because there would be no adventure, as life’s surprises would not be surprising at all. Where’s the fun in that ?

Simply follow your inner guidance, however that expresses itself to you in the moment. Trust that, trust yourself that you are doing your best and the best at all times, making the choices and decisions that are best for you on the long term. It is simple and easy, when you flow from the Heart, so stay centered and you will observe everything flowing with much ease, because you are flowing. Where there is resistance, the current energies will make you aware of that in ways you cannot ignore or run away from, the only way is to deal with whatever it is you need to transform. Don’t see it as a punishment, it is not happening to cause you frustration or fear, it is happening because the Universe wants you to be happy, in harmony and it provides you with the opportunities to be that, but how can we be happy, if we hold onto the old fear led ways of being ?  We can’t. We need to purify and we need to make a conscious choice whether we want to move away from the old and into the new. We have the power within and inner work, which is simply the transformation of the old, is the answer to move forward.

 Surrender the resistance and embrace the gifts you are receiving through growth, through living, through relationships and through all that you are experiencing, however those gifts are expressed in your life, embrace the beauty of the amazing times we are living it and most importantly embrace the humanness of it. Expressing gratitude propels you into a state of bliss, so do more of that, if that is the vibration you want to be in. Persistence and dedication to be the highest aspect of yourself at all times can get you anywhere, but anywhere is not a place, it’s far greater than that, it is a state of being.

There is a lot of work being done behind the scenes. The Ascension play, eventhough has a basic script to it, it can be edited, some chapters can be re-written, characters could change, situations can happen sooner, or later. There is a lot of flexibility to it and the best part of it is we have the pen, we create the script and by we, I mean All who are involved in the Ascension play. That is why I’m feeling guided to emphasize more and bring into your attention how important being present, aware and trusting yourself and the truth that all works out in your favour, our favour, no matter how it might look in your mind. Trust your inner guidance.

Strongly related to the Unity Consciousness and this New Moon Portal is the twin flame relationship. A twin flame, when balanced within emanates a radiant higher vibrational energy. When both are in the same state of balance, there’s a merging that starts, a merging of energies, a sacred process. Twin flames are always connected, whether aware or not, but the connection on the earth plane happens when they are both ready vibrationally and when it is in alignment with the highest good of both.196181_10151266814969876_37402784_n

It is only natural that after so much transformation we’ve been going through lately, more twin flames are ready to connect on a physical level. Now, I could give certain reference points related to this reunion, however it’s so unique and different for each individual, that it’s important to not have any expectations related to it, no belief systems, no outdated ideas around it.

Simply know that when it’s time, it will happen naturally and it will all unfold at the right time and at the perfect pace and you will know. If it’s confusing, let it go, because if it’s real, it will always find its way back to you. I do feel guided to point out though, the fact that the twin flame relationship doesn’t have to be a romantic one, but it is not excluded. In essence, it’s a sacred connection, older than time itself.  You will know it, by the way you will feel it and you will feel it through all your being. You will remember it and live it.

This New Moon Portal brought with it a tremendous opportunity for twin flames to release the discordant energy that’s still lingering in their field. It can bring some drama out, probably new layers of emotions to release and it’s pushing you to transcend anything from egoic behaviour to negative reactions. So, it’s not always rainbows and butterflies, but the experience itself is teaching you or more like assisting you to integrate a deeper level of compassion and unconditional love, which is priceless to me. Don’t worry, if we’ve learn something from drama is that it doesn’t last too long, not now at least, in these higher vibrational energies we’re being showered in constantly.

Simply stay centered and use this opportunity to integrate new, deeper aspects of self-mastery into your beingness. Once again, awareness is key.  This reunion of twin flames is assisting the collective of humanity greatly. Merged, perfectly balanced twin flames radiate a pure higher vibrational energy field, that’s holding the space for Humanity to shift more smoothly, as their energy field anchored strongly into the planet, is pure harmony. That is the main purpose of twin flames related to the Divine Plan, but it expands depending on their Soul purpose and choices.

There is a sense of completion in the collective energy as well, like another chapter has been or will be completed and a new, exciting and most joyous one is about to begin. So, if you’ve been receiving new ideas about a project, your Soul purpose, if you’ve been feeling guided to do something, take on a new “mission”, head a new direction, now it is a perfect time to do so. The seeds are sprouting. You are fully supported and fully assisted at all times. Make sure you set clear intentions this New Moon about what you want to create and allow the Universe to surprise you pleasantly.

Ascension is getting more real and tangible than ever before! Rejoice! Happy New Moon!

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

The Great Compassion Mantra Of Avalokiteśvara

What is a Mantra?

Mantra is a “musical instrument of thought”, manner of speaking, religious writing or speech,
a prayer or song of praise; a sacred formula came up to to whatever human god; an mysterious
poetry or charming method “occasionally embodied”, conjuration, magic spell, enchantment…

This mantra is dedicated to Avalokiteśvara, a healing deity, an Ascended Master and also a bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas.

Mantra Of Avalokiteśvara Lyrics:

Namo Ratna Trayaya,
Namo Arya Jnana
Sagara, Vairochana,
Byuhara Jara Tathagataya,
Arahate, Samyaksam Buddhaya,
Namo Sarwa Tathagate Bhyay,
Arhata Bhyah,
Samyaksam Buddhe Bhyah,
Namo Arya Avalokite
shoraya Bodhisattvaya,
Maha Sattvaya,
Maha Karunikaya,
Tadyata, Om Dara Dara,
Diri Diri, Duru Duru
Itte We, Itte Chale Chale,
Purachale Purachale,
Kusume Kusuma Wa Re,
Ili Milli, Chiti Jvalam, Apanaye Shoha.

English meaning of the mantra:

Homage to the Three Jewels,
Homage to the Ocean of that Superior,
Exalted Transcendental Wisdom,
The Appointed King, Vairocana,
The Tathagata, the Arhat,
the Pure and Complete Buddha,
Homage to All the Tathagatas, the Arhats,
the Pure and Complete Buddhas,
Homage to the Supreme Avalokiteshvara,
the Bodhisattva, the Great Being,
that Great Compassion,
Thus, Om, Apprehending the Deity of Sound,
Apprehending the Deity of Form,
Apprehending the Deity of Sign,
and the Surrounding Entourage.

If you want to read more on Avalokiteśvara

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avalokite%C5%9Bvara

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/history/kuanyin-txt.htm

http://buddhism.about.com/od/thetriyaka/a/avalokiteshvara.htm

Thanks for reading,

Love and Light,

George Kleopas

Oprah Winfrey Talks With Thich Nhat Hanh Excerpt – Powerful

Truly insightful, deep and powerful. Oprah Winfrey via her incredible OWN network, talks to Thich Nhat Hanh about becoming a monk, meeting Martin Luther King Jr; The powers of mindfulness, insight, concentration and compassion, How to transform warring parties and how to deeply transform relationships.

According to Wikipedia, Thích Nhất Hạnh, born as Nguyen Xuan Bao on October 11, 1926) is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist. He lives in the Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region in the South of France, travelling internationally to give retreats and talks. He coined the term Engaged Buddhism in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire. A long-term exile, he was given permission to make his first return trip to Vietnam in 2005.

Nhất Hạnh has published more than 100 books, including more than 40 in English. Nhat Hanh is active in the peace movement, promoting non-violent solutions to conflict and he also refrains from animal product consumption as a means of non-violence towards non-human animals.

To read more click Here

Thank you for watching,

Love and Light,

Eddie

The Envisioning Method Meditation By Vishen Lakhiani

What is the Envisioning Method?

It’s a process to get you in a state of flow. While you’re in this state of mind you will be actively using your mind to envision various objects, feelings, and emotions that are all scientifically proven to create a tremendous beneficial effect on your body, mind, and emotions.

There are 6 steps. And they will happen very quickly not taking much of your time. And once you’re done you’ll gain all that time back multiplied in terms of productivity, creativity, and an elevated state of clarity and relaxation.

1. Compassion
2. Gratitude
3. Forgiveness
4. Visualisation
5. Perfect Day
6. Blessing

For me personally this is one of the most complete, simple and effective meditation methods I have tried so far, and I have tried A LOT of them! It includes everything a spiritual practice of the modern man should have and it’s just 20 minutes. I recommend doing it first thing in the morning, writing down whatever ideas come to your mind afterwards and reap the benefits. I encourage you to let me know your comments, experiences and thoughts.

Thank you for watching,

Love and Light,

George Kleopas