You’ve been meditating with us online, now experience group meditation at our retreat center in Leyden, Massachusetts. Our summertime meditation retreat is called “In Silence.” We’re going to turn-down the outside noise, tune-in to every sight, sound, and taste of the first days of summer, and turn-on the senses… all six of them.
This Living Awareness retreat will be led by Steve Kramer. It includes guided meditations based on The Practice of Living Awareness – all suited to every level of practitioner, mindfulness practices, creative time, nature time, and delicious farm fresh food. We hope you’ll join us! Visit our website for more information or click the link below to register now and reserve a spot.
In Silence: A Living Awareness Retreat Where: Spirit Fire Meditative Retreat Center in Leyden, MA When: June 23-25, 2017 Cost: $350, includes all meals
These are amazing time we are living in. We are discovering more and more about our outer space and simultaneously we are discovering more and more about our inner space. What are we finding? Both are vast and mysterious… it seems the more we discover, the more we learn that there is THAT much more to discover. Sounds like life itself.
Every advancement affirms Einstein’s conclusion that everything is energy. He said, “What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.” We human beings are simply collected energy, not unlike the stars… points of light.
“I am a source of clear light.” Yes, clear light. Clarity is the result of clearing distortions away and clearing distortions away leads to awareness. Ultimately, the result of all meditation practices is an increase of awareness. There are many side-effects as well: mindfulness, peace, detachment, wonder, compassion, wisdom, well-being.
The Practice of Living Awareness is designed to bring forward the awareness that is innate in all of us. At this final step, Step 14, meditation has done its work because you have done yours. Learning to meditate requires a bit of time, right-effort, and dedication. More importantly, it requires the choice to give yourself something which only you can give – the gift of awareness. As that choice becomes forefront in your life, you become part of the energy that can change worlds.
Don’t you look lovely in that photo above? Yes, you do. That’s the energetic architectural version of your consciousness-production machine (otherwise known as you). Each one of those dotted lines above is a chakra, and each charka is a torus (torus = that which creates a toroidal flow). If you are are blissed out over a relationship, your sacral chakra’s inflow and outflow may be dominant and the breadth of that particular torus may be quite large. The toroidal flow may extend through the neighboring chakras, influencing their inflow and outflow – or in other words, spreading the love and the vibes of your joyful relations. It’s a system of exchange.
As you breathe (another mighty system of exchange), energy moves up and down this spiral shape above (the ida and the pingalla labelled at the bottom). Each intersection of blue and purple lines meets at the “point of unity” we’ve been talking about at the center of the torus, which is the center of each chakra – and all of these “centers” run along the sushumna, otherwise known as the Central Channel (Step 12 of the Practice of Living Awareness).
The movement of your breath is like water through a waterwheel, rhythmically spinning each torus, generating energy, accessing Source or spiritual energy, unfolding awareness and allowing your experience to be new, creative, and inspired. Now you not only look lovely… you feel lovely, and you are lovely (though you were all along).
Don’t worry, you won’t be tested on all of this, but acknowledging the dynamic relationship between the breath and your awareness is really important. So important that we haven’t stopped talking about it since Day 1.