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#1423 - Tues May 6, 2003 - Editor: Jerry
may my heart always be open to little
birds who are the secrets of living
whatever they sing is better than to know
and if men should not hear them men are old
may my mind stroll about hungry
and fearless and thirsty and supple
and even if it's sunday may i be wrong
for whenever men are right they are not young
and may myself do nothing usefully
and love yourself so more than truly
there's never been quite such a fool who could fail
pulling all the sky over him with one smile
~ e.e. cummings ~
you can go to site and click on button, and food will be donated to an animal
just a click on the button, that's all it takes (less than minute), and you
can save site and do it everyday if you want to do that.
also the next page it takes you to, you can click on button for food donated
to feeding people, and other buttons, funding for breast cancer and so
on...you'll see it.
thanks a lot,
CARLOS CASTANEDA: ENIGMA OF A SORCERER
A new film
Though dubbed "Godfather of the New Age movement" by
magazine, Castaneda branded New Age Spirituality as
self-indulgent egoism, yet his works freely borrowed from
Paganism, Wiccan, and Native American Shamanic traditions.
A best-selling Author for over 30 years, Carlos Castaneda
inspired millions to break free from social dogma, fueling
controversy over his work's authenticity and over his
assertions of achieving perception of non-ordinary reality,
during an apprenticeship with Yaqui sorcerer, don Juan Matus.
His books earned him a Doctorate of Anthropology from UCLA,
world-renowned fame, and harsh criticism from staunch social
scientists. Where fans created the icon, his books created the myth. Yet
when others would have capitalized on status and fame,
Castaneda receded, embodying the moniker of "enigma" to such
an extreme degree, that it compounded suspicion over his
life's work. To this day, Castaneda's books are ferociously
debated at seminars, on internet lists, and on web sites;
raising questions over the sincerity of his character,
authenticity of his findings and suspicions over his true
Genius, guru, cult leader or fraud? No one knows for sure.
Castaneda's dominance over his followers was shattered after
his death, and his once loyal followers were left to pick up
the pieces of their lives. Complicating matters further, five
of Castaneda's highest ranking women known as "The Witches"
vanished without a trace just days after Castaneda's death.
It's presumed they committed suicide in Death Valley but their
bodies were never found, leaving the truth of what happened a
Now, for the first time, go behind the enigma with former
members of Castaneda's Sorcerers Group who offer rare insight
into Castaneda's ideology, along with experts in Shamanism,
dreaming and mythology. Abstract imagery and intermixed
visualizations invite the viewer to experience Castaneda's
non-ordinary reality firsthand and replicate what it was like
to be part of the Castaneda phenomenon.
~ ~ ~
As the feeling of the individual self became stronger, man
natural connection to silent knowledge.
Hey everyone, I aint got much time, just wanted to update you
all on my
life. I have been getting depressed lately kinda, been bored and nearly
out of school. I am considering taking the fall off along with this
summer cause I need a break. I am hoping to move to Nashville if I can
find the money to work on a project I got going. Oh well, hey I got my
new website up. Its http://www.joepking.com <http://www.joepking.com/>
I made it myself so be gentle:-) go leave a message on the message
board if u like, thanks all, talk to ya later!!
|THE SEVEN INVITATIONS http://www.heartonfire.org/seven.html
Here are the Seven Invitations that comprise Setting Your Heart on Fire, each followed by a brief excerpt from the book:
The First Invitation, Feel
'When it comes to feelings, the only way out is
through. It's that simple. The beauty of opening to all
feelings, even the ones we judge as negative, is that in
time they let go of us. The more we feel, the more we
love. And the more we love, the more love becomes us.'
The Second Invitation,
'Only when your entire life is founded upon
exploration, only when you're as comfortable in mystery
as you are certainty, only when you can open to new and
differing points of view with the ease and constancy of
breathing only then will you have met love's
The Third Invitation, Resist
'You cannot change what you don't first accept. And
this acceptance can't just be lip service, but instead
must involve your whole being. This unconditional
acceptance is required to resolve any internal or
external problem. As long as you resist, you cannot see
the problem fully and clearly. As long as you resist, you
remain mired in negativity. As long as you resist, it's
more than likely that your solution to the problem will
end up perpetuating it in another form.'
The Fourth Invitation, Live
Like You're Dying
'When you begin to live a life imbued with death,
everything becomes more vibrant. Even life's most mundane
and unpleasant aspects suddenly seem miraculous. It's
akin to falling in love. Only now, instead of a person,
the love object is life itself.'
The Fifth Invitation, Live
Like You're Dreaming
'When you bring the wide-eyed, ever-curious approach
of your dream-self into everyday waking existence,
suddenly the difference between the two realms seems to
diminish. Both are rich in subtlety, resonant with depth,
and full of endless surprise.'
The Sixth Invitation, Love
Like You're Dancing
'In the dance of love there are actually four partners
you, the present moment as you experience it, your
partner, and the present moment as he or she experiences
it. Your dance with the present is your own. The same is
true of your partner's. If both of you are gliding along
easily with the present, open to yourselves and to love,
then you can follow one another's movements with grace.
If either or both of you are shut down, disconnected from
yourselves and from love, then the dance between you
becomes immediately strained.'
The Seventh Invitation, Widen
'One of the best ways to work on yourself is to work
on the world. In doing so the deeper truth re-emerges
the two are separate facets of a united whole. Your unity
with all of creation now translates into concrete deeds.
Working to better the world is what makes the world feel
more like home. It's how your heart heals, grows, and
WHO IS DALIA?
In May 2001, Dalia experienced a spiritual awakening which was brought about through the grace of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. Since then she has run retreats and held regular satsangs in her home for those interested in sharing her experience of non-duality. Those who hear Dalia are struck by the clarity which enters her when she is speaking from Source as well as by her authenticity and lack of pretension. Her words are an encouragement for us all to return to what we already are and to dispense with concepts. To meet Dalia is to connect with Self and to remove the barriers placed by our minds.
Dalias father was an unusual
Gloucestershire clergyman, born in India, with a deep interest in
esoteric matters. She was brought up as a vegetarian and was
introduced to religious personalities of all creeds and races
from an early age. In 1954, at the age of seven, she met Swami
Veda Bharati who was to initiate her into the Himalayan Tradition
of Yoga Meditation at his ashram in Rishikesh some forty years
later. Married to Godfrey since 1970, Dalia has raised two sons
and she became a grandmother in September 2002. In the 1980s we
lived as a family in India where Dalia became interested in
Buddhism and the Dzogchen (Advaita) teachings of Namkhai Norbu in
particular. Subsequently, she read Be As You Are (The
Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi) edited by David Godman and she
knew that she had discovered Truth.
Dalia has worked for many years as a creative and performing artist in the fields of music, dance and art. She is an exponent not only of Russian ballet but also of the Indian classical dance forms of Bharata Natyam and Kathak. She has painted many intuitive mandalas based on the inspiration she has drawn from her experience of Advaita and she frequently includes mandala painting in her retreats. She has recently written a personal account of her spiritual journey entitled From Then to Now which she hopes to publish in 2003. Dalia challenges our thoughts and beliefs but she does it from the heart rather than the mind. Whilst Dalia has led a rich and varied life, her decision to give satsang comes from her unique experience of non-duality and a sincere desire to honour and serve Bhagavan in this way.
I have known Dalia for over thirty-five years but I recognise the Truth which has manifested itself in her since May 2001. Together we have enjoyed an inspirational pilgrimage to Sri Ramanashramam in February 2002, and I see in her every day the joy of having found her Self. I hope that those who attend her satsang or who come to stay at our own Arunachala beneath Glastonbury Tor will be helped to find the same everlasting Truth within themselves.
We were talking about magic
as we drove along a crowded
when the whirl of wings
made me turn
and a flock of geese
flew over our car
so low I could see
their feet tucked under them.
For a moment the rustle
of their presence over our heads
and as they disappeared
"I see what you mean."
~ Jenifer Nostrand ~
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