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Energy Update – Beginning Of A New Year – Rebirth

Greetings and happy new/now year!

A year has ended, a year of tremendous growth and transformation, radical sudden changes with a lot of valuable lessons and great moments. Now, 2016 is here.

At present time there is a cycle of rebirth that will last as long as the person needs it to last. This is an individual gateway, but it’s inevitably interconnected to the collective consciousness, therefore becoming what I call a “theme.” This theme will build up in intensity until the spring equinox.

What you shone the light on, is now of the past, it’s old. It’s time to put the old, the past to rest. Whatever remnants, residual we still carry needs to be transformed from our fields. During the next moments we will be doing that and we will be accomodating in our newly aquired skin.

Over the past couple of days, I’ve had some overwhelming emotions of frustration, sadness and constantly overthinking last year. What I wanted to do and how life turned out, what I accomplished and what I didn’t, doubting my choices and decisions, then I just started feeling sorry for myself and I was like “Oh, there we go again!.” Silly thing to do, all this overthinking, but I don’t shy away from moments like these, as overthinking means the mind is clogged up and the energy just felt suffocating. Overthinking has its purpose, which I will explain and contrary to popular beliefs, it’s helpful in some ways. Its purpose diminishes when we create or feed the overthinking mind constantly. That’s a no no.

We tend to push these emotions and thoughts away, never really feeling or thinking them, but they are still there. I understand why we have those tendencies, we all want to be happy happy, joy joy, right? But it’s moments like these that are eventually giving us wings. They are to be honoured as part of our current human experience and evolution. We are evolving through them. Mostly, it’s not about “calming the mind,” “shutting down the chatter,” yada yada. It’s about why is it there in the first place? What’s interfering with our harmonious state of being?

Eventually, I sat with myself and felt, reflected and made peace with the past and with everything that happened and did not happen. Not the easiest task, I must say, as I was flooded with emotions, but the most soul rewarding nonetheless. I understood what I needed to integrate, as a wave of clarity swept over me. I also understood that all that frustration, sadness and anxiety just needed to be felt and released to make room for the “new” light. As juvenile as it seems, in the moment I couldn’t help feeling like I’m failing at something, like I’m doing something wrong or have done something wrong. It was clearly not the case, as all is as it’s supposed to be, but part of me felt like it, so it was magnified for me to face it and transform it.

My higher self assured me through visions that I’m fine, that everything that happened was always in alignment with my highest good and everything will be just fine. I know that 99,9% of the time, I integrated that inner heart knowing deeply as it allows me live fearlessly, but the rest of that time I’m like “What’s my life ? And what the hell is going on?” So, it’s always good to receive confirmations. This is the purpose of the chatter, of overthinking mind and overwhelming lower vibrational emotions – to guide us to the root of discomfort, of the deeper, most likely subtle, but very important old programs that need to be brought to light.
This release was followed by a high heart activation, which was strongly felt right on the New Year’s Eve. That was not easy on the chest, but necessary to upgrade and expand that specific heart vortex, strongly connected to the light body.

I’m quite sure many have had similar experiences during this period, so know it’s alright and nothing’s wrong, but the opposite.
The new you is ready to emerge. Let it. It might not always feel pleasant, but most of the time it comes with a sense of renewal, peace, freedom and childlike enthusiasm.

As this new year begins, let’s start it with a refined focus on what’s really important to you and for you. Energy flows where attention goes. Focus was and is still a trying facet for me, with so many distractions and too many things going on on many levels of our existence, but distractions never last long and, eventually, I always get back my focus, thankfully. I found that focus synergizes perfectly with relaxation. I think these are the magical “ingredients” to accomplishing greatness, which everybody is capable of. Relaxation in whichever form is not only healing in essence, it also facilitates the whispers of Spirit to come through more clearly with heightened intuition and wisdom. It is then that the gateway to the Soul Source is most open.

Bottom line is: Things might not always be easy, but do we want them to be easy? Wouldn’t that be minimizing our potential, growth and expansion?

So, let this be a year of complete surrender to what is, of love, peace, freedom, joy and chocolate, lots of chocolate!

And it will be so, because we make it happen.

Thanks for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

Unlock Your Creativity: Connecting To Our Creative Nature

As we travel the road of Ascension, more and more people will inevitably embrace their creative nature, however that expresses itself for each individual; it could be through dancing, writing, painting, singing, speaking, etc. With this also come challenges, as the world we lived in didn’t really facilitate the flow of creativity. However, this is changing fast. The feminine aspect within each one of us is awakening and becoming stronger, balanced harmoniously by the masculine. From a higher perspective, these two are not only balancing, but are merging into One, which can only lead to harmony in all ways. That is a “side effect” of our merging with the Soul, which I am sure many of you are going through, whether aware or unaware of this process.

This unification is more tangible than ever and it will become clearer to more people due to the “veils thinning”. The universe supports it as well, hence the venusian energy we are going to experience by the end of the month, which brings the goddess aspect, the creative nature at the surface.

This month of July has a great potential for the emergence of any kind of Soul expression, depending on each individual’s creative abilities. It is most important to allow the flow of whatever comes through, to be a clear channel, so I feel like adressing the blockages that we might hold against it. The challenges around Soul expression are inevitable for some, as they were chosen by their own selves to grow through and expand, but the awareness can make the challenge, less challenging. 11701151_10153546135112975_3741302259338589657_n

Common blocks to the flow of creativity are:

Mental Blocks – This can be anything from self-doubt, being too critical of yourself, being a perfectionist to limitating thought patterns such as “I can’t do this, I can’t do anything” etc. The key to releasing mental blocks in most cases is becoming self-observervant. Observe  your thoughts without engaging and alchemize them by connecting to your heart’s deepest truths, which in this case is your unlimited creative potential. Know your heart’s truths, discover your potential and don’t let the mind sabotage you on the way. Have the mind on your side, it can become the greatest ally once you bring presence/awareness into the now.

• Emotional Blocks – This is the emotional resistance such as fear of any kind, unworthiness or even unconscious (or conscious) self-sabotaging, not loving yourself enough to do what you enjoy. Many people do that silly thing unconsciously as there are a lot of self-love related “issues” deeply ingrained in the psyche. However, we have to opportunity this month to change that as Venus retrograde will remind us of the importance and joy of truly loving yourself as you are and all you are. The “ugly” emotions are quite uncomfortable to feel, but feeling is exactly the solution to emotional blocks. The only way up is through. Feel whatever needs to be felt, feel the deepest darkest emotions, as each teach us something and let them go for they served their purpose. At times, these emotions are pointing you towards deeper hidden programming stored in your cellular memory, it could be either from childhood or other lifetimes. Observe and if you feel guided to, go deeper, find the root and transmute it from there once and forever.

Procrastination – This is sometimes a result of supressed emotions that can instill a lethargic state, which is an emotional block that I’ve explained above, but at the same time it could be a matter of lacking motivation and just being lazy. There are many ways you can motivate yourself and get yourself out of the lazy state. This is all depending on the individual to discover the way it works for them and be willing to push themselves out of the procrastination mode. Discovering the Soul’s true passions are most likely to help us become more active.

Old ways of working – We have to find the balance between making a schedule that works for us, organising our time and energy in an effective, practical way and going with the flow. This is again your job to find out how you function best, what your priorities are, organise in a way that you are not overwhelmed and exhausted by everything. At the same time this needs to be balanced by allowing things to unfold on their own, without limiting or resisting the creative flow, but surrender to it, so a certain flexibility is needed. It is you who have to find that balance to be able to apply it in your life.

Focus – At times, with everything going on within and without, it is hard to maintain your focus, so it’s extremely important to sit with yourself when feeling so, take a few deep breaths and get centered, connected, focused and grounded. This is not a block, but it is a challenge. A lot of self-mastery is required to maintain a higher vibration and frequency during “shifty” times and creativity will not flow freely and purely from Source, when your state of being is not aligned with it. Be aware, be observant in the now and shift your focus. Energy flows where attention goes.

Not being prospere – I’m not only referring to money, but abundance in general. I’ve noticed that many times people are not able to express their creativity due to lack of material things or knowledge or any other type of lack. This is another huge block, which requires a longer writing, but basically, we create our own reality. We have to transcend the “poverty consciousness” into abundance consciousness. We have to dissolve any outdated belief system, perception, perspective, programming related to lack. It is a major one for the Collective and it is a process that can’t happen over night as we have so many deeply ingrained social programming in the unconscious. However, July brings this fertile energy with it, the energy of abundance, prosperity. Plant seeds through intentions and allow them to blossom. A more detailed article on abundance will be up on the site soon so stay tuned for that one.

Energetic Blocks – We have to take responsability for our energy. That implies becoming more aware of energy and mastering it. There are many ways of unblocking “stagnant” energy, one of my favourite one being using the violet flame. You can find a lot of information about that on the website and many other ways to cleanse, transmute, purify, balance etc. You can do some research if you feel guided to.

With all that being said, creativity and the exploration of our creative nature can open pathways for us that we could only dream about until now. Creativity, when flowing freely through as, when we are embodying it and expressing it passionately, is pure joy, it will catapult you into a state of bliss. It is ultimately pure creation. Play. Create. Enjoy!

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

Trataka And The Amazing Benefits Of Candle Gazing

The practice of candle gazing has a number of amazing benefits, including opening up your 3rd eye (pineal gland), improved eyesight, focus, concentration and much more!

This simple technique is an excellent introduction to the Art and science of meditation. People of all ages and stress levels can immediately feel the benefits. Students can use this before studying to improve their
concentration.

What is Tratac or candle Gazing Meditation?

It’s secret lies in that you gaze at an object that captures your attention. Perhaps you have had the experience of being totally absorbed , taken out side your self as it were by a magnificent sunset or a full moon, stopped and held in the moment by something of exquisite beauty and in a that moment you enter the timeless, catching a glimpse of eternity.This Candle Gazing technique if practised regularly can hone and develop your concentration to the ‘enth’ degree.As it brings the mind to a place of stillness,distractions dissolve away, mind becomes focused on the flame. The candle gazing Meditation also improves memory bringing the mind to supreme awareness.

Translating as to gase or look Trataka the concentrated technique of gazing at a candle is a firm favorite of my Yoga students who attend the night classes. I use it as one way to introduce Meditation into the classes. Remember if you are only doing Asana or the physical aspects of yoga you are not experiencing the full magic and richness of the science and Art of yoga.

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Trataka Group Meditation

Trataka technique

  • Light a candle and place it on a small table around 3 to 4 feet in front of you.
  • Sit in a comfortable posture with the spine upright and the arms and shoulders relaxed. You can assume any meditative posture which you can maintain without any movement for the duration of the Trataka practice.
  • Make sure that the flame is at the level of your eyes. Also, make sure that you are facing the candle directly without having to turn the neck even slightly.
  • It is important that the flame remains steady during the concentration routine. So, make sure that there no breeze around of any kind to disturb the flame. If needed, turn off any fans or air conditioner in the room.
  • Take a few deep breaths to relax. Close the eyes and watch your breath as you inhale and exhale for about five to seven breaths. This will allow the breath to settle down and bring you into the present moment.
  • Now, gaze at the flame intently and keep your gaze on it without getting distracted towards outer disturbances and thoughts.
  • Keep your vision focused and steady on the flame without blinking, for as long as it is comfortable to you. Try to avoid any kind of body movement during the entire practice.
  • Keep your gaze anchored on some part of the flame, rather than the candle or wick. If thoughts come up in the mind, just become aware of them and then ignore them. Try to maintain your awareness and focus on the flame.
  • Continue to gaze at the flame until you cannot keep your eyes open and tears start flowing. Once this happens, close your eyes.
  • When you close the eyes, you may be able to visualize an after-image of the flame with closed eyes. Try to bring this image at the point between the eyebrows at the center of the forehead (the third eye location).
  • The depth and level of your concentration will determine how clear the after-image is. If you cannot visualize the after-image of the flame with closed eyes, or it wavers constantly or looses clarity, then re-apply your concentration to restore the position of the after-image.
  • When the image begins to fade out completely, bring your awareness back to your breathing and begin to watch the flow of breath at the tip of the nose for about 7 to 8 breaths.
  • You can open your eyes at this point and repeat the full gazing routine as given above one more time.

Benefits of Trataka

Shloka 2.32 of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika states “Trataka eradicates all eye diseases, fatigue and sloth and closes the doorway to these problems”. Some of the benefits associated with Trataka are:

  • Improves eyesight and vision.
  • Improves concentration, intelligence and memory.
  • Excellent method as preparation for mantra meditation.
  • Enhances self-confidence, patience and willpower.
  • Develops greater work efficiency and productivity.
  • Calms the mind and provides inner peace and silence.
  • Brings greater clarity in mind and improves decision-making ability.
  • Helps to overcome mental, behavioral and emotional ailments.
  • Provides stress relief and deep relaxation.
  • Deepens the sleep and cures sleep related disorders such as headache, insomnia, nightmares, etc.
  • According to Gherand Samhita (shloka 5.54), Trataka promotes clairvoyance or perception of subtle manifestations.

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Tips for Trataka Concentration

  • Trataka is best practiced on an empty stomach during early-morning hours or late evening hours just before going to bed. If you practice it during the daytime, make sure that the room is dark so that focusing on the flame is easier.
  • Try getting a decent sized flame by adjusting the size of the wick. It will help in achieving a better after-image of the flame and it will be easier to visualize it with improved concentration.
  • Do not strain your eyes while gazing on the flame. The eyes adjust naturally in due course of time and it becomes easier to concentrate and gaze on the flame for longer periods of time.
  • As I mentioned earlier, because Trataka develops deep focus and concentration, it is used as a very effective pre-meditation stage. At the end of the Trataka routine, you may continue with your own mantra meditation.
  • This technique was used by the ancients priestesses in Egypt, gazing into a bowl of still-water. Other cultures gaze at the full moon.Two divisions of Trataka are offered Bahiranga outer gazing and Antranga inward gaze.The technique of outer gazing further develops your spiritual powers.The physical side effects are an improvement or correction for short sightedness.It has the wonderful effect of calming your mind, removing anxiety, by bringing a stilling of the mind so that a wondrous relaxation steals over your whole body.

    Shanti Gowans in her book ”Calm the Mind ”tells us This training in one pointedness of the mind is the first step in learning not to cling. The goal of meditation is to free awareness from its identification with your senses and thoughts.So freed your awareness, permeates every thing but clings to nothing. Sooo… practice one-pointedness (Trataka gazing)and the exclusion of all other considerations, even when these considerations happen to be enticing.

    Shanti also says The eyes are doorways to the mind,and intimately related to it. when the eyes are fixed and unmoving, th e mind also becomes the same and the thinking process automatically ceases as concentration increases and deepens.

     

    How does it work?

    Sit with a straight spine, position the candle close to you. ( If you are teaching in a class sit students in a circle around the candle level with their gaze.Students with contact lenses need to close their eyes after about 20 seconds. So as not to burn the retina through the lens.)

    As the candle flame stills so will your breath and mind. Gaze for a few minutes at the flame, at the golden glow above the wick.Rest your eyes on the golden white light,now blow out the flame, close your eyes and await the image that will appear on the inside of your eyelids. do not worry if nothing appears, sit with the no – image, the blank screen of your mind.

    We are not all visual people, but practicing this technique will improve that sense.After a while the image will fail.

    To lift this technique to another level.

    Take your mind back to the time when the candle was newly lit. See it again in your mind’s eye. The candle, the black wick, the brilliant golden white light surrounded by a subtle halo or aura. Picture this halo as expanding, your soft breathing is feeding the expansion so now your point of focus is the candle flame. Hold this until it fades. Slowly come back into the room. Calm and Blessed. Peace.

Thanks for reading,

Love and Light,

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