Several traditions of the world celebrate the Aries full moon. Two underlying themes run through them: freedom from the old and the transformation of oneself necessary to embody the new. We meditate on these fiery, transcendent potentials within, so that they may be brought into the world. The New Age is upon us!
Our focus for meditation was the abundant illuminative and visionary potential of humanity especially during the few decades that our Sun is in alignment with the galactic center. To join us live for group online meditation for the full moons, register at http://www.SpiritFire.com . It’s free.
The meditation is preceded by five minutes or so of introduction to Scorpio.
Let us find the power of the heart within and live from it. Let us generate the great light of the heart.
Virgo is an earth sign. It is also one of service, care, selflessness, and humility. The changes that the Earth are going through require that humanity serve one another and future generations through honest acknowledgement of change and of the opportunities that change provides. Service to and of one another and all life on Earth … More Virgo Full Moon meditation
This full moon is accompanied by a lunar eclipse and Mars conjunct the Sun in Leo. In many ways, these energies portend the solar eclipse in two weeks on August 21 which will be accompanied by a Grand Fire Trine. The planets involved then will be the Sun, Mars, Saturn, and Uranus. Mars conjunct the … More August – Leo – Full Moon meditation
We are beings of vibration. Everything about us is constantly chiming into and through existence. Likewise, vibrations from all sources are pouring through us. We are strings being played, and we also are the player. Meditation provides a further refinement of our vibrations and the ability to understand, thus work with, them. We begin a … More Intermediate: the Vibration of Presence
Using meditative creative imagination, we hover in space looking back to planet Earth. So beautiful. Radiant with auroras at both poles, the power of storms and lightning flash across the surface of the planet in various locations, yet a serenity prevails overall. This meditation elicits awe, gratitude, and dedication to the amazing planet that we … More World Service: The view from space
An elder member of the Spirit Fire community passed on in February. In completing her incarnation, she entered into the peace that she had generated through a life given to activities of compassion. She began her spiritual life as a devout young Catholic, served as a nun for twenty years in a service oriented order, … More Generative: Living Compassion
Changing one habit for another is an ongoing human endeavor. The goal is to have the new habit be a better one, better determined by the benefits it provides. Transforming habitual patterns for in-the-moment Awareness and recognition is a process that can be powerful unto itself, however, the results are where the lasting benefits lie. … More Intermediate: Creating the habit of Awareness
We are beings that perceive through the lens of duality. Even if a person says that he or she believes in soul or higher nature, that same person will most likely live from the habits of the personality through the day. One of the benefits of meditation is that is cuts through the various ways … More Intermediate: Using duality in one’s practice
Generative meditation requires a shift of mind and perception. The practice of such a shift in meditation fosters the equal shift in one’s common daily life. In this way, the habit of a dualistic mind and self-identifying with a limited sense of self are slowly eroded and transformed. Greater Reality dawns including the reality that … More Generative: See through and perceive truly
In Wild Awakenings, the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche writes, “Pointing out may also be understood as being introduced to the reality of mind’s nature. …. In all of the Buddha’s instructions from beginning to end, the basic techniques are shamatha and vipashyana.” … “Shamatha is sometimes translated as ‘tranquility’ or ‘calm abiding’ … In (the) context … More Intermediate: Supporting presence
Meditation is such a science, and the components of meditation are revealed through the insights born from experiencing the ripening one’s practice. Through the diligent practice of meditative techniques, consistency of application, and the enriching experiences of the results of doing so does one’s meditation practice evolve and mature. As a teacher of meditation for … More Intermediate: sustaining the quality
Three components of meditation are active in both Generative Stage practice and in a meditator’s intention to benefit the world. They are: the ability to focus one’s mind in a tranquil and steady acute manner, the quality of energy that one chooses to work with or that is being generated by the meditative act/focus, and … More Generative: All phenomena are insubstantial by nature.
Each moment is the experience of myriad energies collecting, combining, demonstrating, and always present. For example, the experience of craving is actually a hint of the energy quality of voidness. We experience a desire for something because the energy quality of voidness is unfamiliar, therefore it is experienced as a lack or as discontent. Yet, … More Intermediate: Shamatha – Alert Openness
This round of the Intermediate practice will engage the practice of recognizing energies as they arise and as they present through out one’s day. In truth, energy has always been a core facet of the Intermediate practice. Yet, becoming ever more clear about all being energy empowers one’s clarity in meditation and refines one’s livingness … More Intermediate: Shamatha and recognizing energy
Yet another round of The Practice has begun. Hi, Welcome or welcome back! The Intermediate level of training in meditation is focused on energy: how to notice it through a sitting and through one’s day, as well as how to focus oneself as a being of energy, thereby as an agent of betterment or transformation … More Intermediate: the focus is energy
And advancing practice of meditation requires more of the practitioner but also bears appropriate results. If the preliminary practices are understood and ingrained in the meditator, then the habits of meditation begin to take over and lead to a ripening of meditative states. The states, themselves, will depend on what aspects of meditation have come … More Intermediate: States of meditation
The joy of the final step of The Practice Entry level is that we can meditate with any aspect of our practice. The chakras (or centers) and the central channel comprise this meditation. Such a meditation as this could be done daily for a year and would not be time wasted. Each of the sacred … More 14b: Chakra lights
With the Intermediate practice, we work with energy, inside and all around us, in a variety of ways. Some include: the energy of gratitude, wonder, and gladness. These lead to the experience of less personalization, less drama, less stress, and more appreciation for people, events, and circumstances in our life. These are perfect in the … More Intermediate: Living as a Wheel of Radiance
Hundreds of books have been written on meditation, some from great masters of the art and science of it. Meditation thrives in a variety of spiritual and secular systems and, though variety abounds in styles and techniques of meditation, the essential components are the same in all systems. This is because those particular factors of … More 14a: Living from awareness
We are energy beings and our life streams are shared with all beings and with Earth herself. Our auric fields have a fundamental flow to them that is like the Earth’s. There are lesser flows within the human fields, just as there are to the Earth, however, this replication is significant. It is one of … More 13c: A field of sacred energy and light
At this time of the year, we meditate with Theotokos. She represents the divine mother who births, nurtures, and protects the essential divinity within all people. Yes, in a classical Greek Orthodox Christian tradition, she is the Mother of Christ and the Queen of Heaven. But, if the symbolism is understood – like that of … More Theotokos and the divine light within
The human auric energy field is like that of our mother, Earth. The overall field has an inlet and outlet. For a person, that is the crown center (in) and root center (out). For Earth, these are the north and south poles. The human auric field focuses around a center source, the central channel. Similar … More 13b. The auric energy field
The divine feminine principle is the principle of substantiality: matter. As we hold ourselves accountable for this principle, we hold ourselves responsible for and in the joy of bringing forward the greatest light. Substantiality and matter have one purpose: to express the highest potential, the greatest vibration, the livingness of Awareness itself. We are all … More Common Presence
Our insides create our outsides. In other words, the condition of our inner well-being will create our outer life. If one’s inner anatomy and mindset are in turmoil, cluttered, or out of balance, then one’s life will be the same. Yet, as we cultivate simplicity, rhythm, and the assent of our spiritual nature, our outer … More 13a: Interior Dimensionality: toroidal flow
Humanity has been blessed by a number of avatars through its history. Each spiritual tradition holds the stories of blessed ones coming, teaching, and then leaving the physical form with the promise to be present nonetheless. Most of the world’s traditions speak of the blessed one birthing into human existence. With some, it is a … More The light of avatars
Each of the seven centers (chakras) along the central channel has an tremendous untapped potential. We live our chakras every day, but rarely from their refined vibrational capacity. Fulfilling appetites and distractions are a primary way that the sacral center is lived. The sense of person-ness occupies the solar plexus; and manipulating time and facts … More 12c: Jewel-like radiance
After establishing ourselves in the ground of Being, we breathe up along the Central Channel and the seven primary centers (chakras). If, as a practitioner, we are non-distracted in our openness and focus, then an excellence from within will suffuse the sitting. The simplicity of this technique belies the full range of meditation states that … More 12b: Excellence from within
Animals are guided by the sun, stars, moon, the Milky Way galaxy, as well as lei lines and topography. Plants are directed to grow by the sun and its cycles. And, we human beings are guided too. We are guided by angels, intuition, by prayer and contemplation, by signs and omens, and by our hearts … More Intermediate: Guidance: from the shining star, or the heart, or the voice of the divine
Today, girls is process wearing crowns and halos of candles. They will also walk carrying a single lighted candle representing the inner light. The candle represents that darkness is destroyed by light of even a small candle. The innocent youth that carries the candle represents a greater strength than might; it is the strength of … More Solstice: the spiral journey of the light within
We train in meditation. Like any other skill, meditation takes time, effort, diligence, and aspiration in order for the potential results of such time, effort, and aspiration come forward. Eventually, those results do come forward, flawlessly. And, they can because the results were already in the practitioner. One day someone watched a small river roll … More Generative: Emptiness
Last week, we breathed down through the middle of us, through the heart center, down to the root center and the ground of Being. With practice, that process can foster a sense of stature within oneself: a feeling of being bright, open, and confident meditatively and in life situations. Once at the root center (the … More 12a. Fullness
What have you discovered this week through the idea of Ground in meditation practice? Downloadable podcast: dec0415entry living from the ground of being.mp4
The world’s spiritual traditions have produced many spiritual myths and allegories. They all have the purpose of orienting humanity to the mythic and grand qualities within. The stories have common themes, such as a journey and a quest, challenges or dangers along the way, as well as the transformation of the characters precisely because of … More Heroes of the Heart: an intermediate meditation
To quote the introductory presentation: Sagittarius reminds us that we have lived in many countries, have been the conquered and the violent conqueror, have taken in strangers, helped others, and given sanctuary to those in need. This full moon, let us expand into the heights of Sagittarius by expressing its Earth. The esoteric Earth rulership … More December Full Moon meditation
Each year during the holiday season, we take up the mythic story of the journey of Mary and Joseph going up to Bethlehem and the birth of the Christ-child. We do so for the human and spiritual symbolism represented by every character and feature of this tale. I was brought up Catholic, enjoyed it very … More A mythic journey of trust – an Intermediate meditation
The ground is underneath our feet. It is there all the time. The ground of being is like this: already present, there all the time. This inner presence is always inside. Thus, if one has practiced one’s practice – off the cushion in one’s life as well as on the cushion faithfully – then the … More 11a. Indestructible
Vipassana means pure perception or penetrating insight or clear perception. When one lives from the natural light of awareness, one is living vipassana. In other words, with the light of awareness functioning, perception no longer is based on outer appearances or sensations, on beliefs or preferences. One perceives the essence and energy of an event, … More 10c: Lighted Presence
Meditation brings forward the excellence that is within a person. Each method or technique targets a quality or aptitude innate to a human being, then invites it into expression. The first eight steps of The Practice of Living Awareness incrementally give a practitioner all that is needed to establish the meditative state of shamatha. Shamatha … More 10b. Vipassana = pure perception