Our eyes are amazing! They have approximately 1 billion parts – who knew?? Each eye has about 137 million photoreceptors – the better to see you with, my dear! Yes, eyes are about vision, but also so much more. As we make eye contact with another, we exchange information, energy and our light. Feel this next time you are … More Presence – Make Contact!
There is so much beauty, truth, and goodness in each of us. In fact, that’s what you are at your core. So often we limit the expression of the fullness of who we are. Imagine the unfurling of a fern, opening to the sunlight, or the unfurling of a sail, opening to the wind, each … More Unfurling into Self
Still, alert, quiet, beautiful – all of these qualities can be found in nature. Sometimes the silence can be almost deafening. The air may quickly change from stillness to a gentle fluttering heard through the leaves, to the howling, tree-bending gusts of a storm. Generally, we don’t hear the movement of air until it hits … More Whispers on the Wind
Nature often offers us an accurate reflection of our inner and outer states. While walking in nature today, I remembered a time when my daughter was first introduced to and became enamored with the phrase “dappled sunlight”. It was as if the word tickled her with joy, just as the light seemed to tickle the … More Dappled Light
Expectations from self and others often limit the expression of who we are and who we want to be, as do feelings of self-worth, or lack thereof. The self-critical voice often plays a non-stop commentary in our daily life. This creates a mist or fog obscuring the light within. Let’s give ourselves a break and relax, … More Relax, Release and Real-ize!
Many speak of the feeling of helplessness when the world seems like a challenging place. This is exacerbated when we feel a lack of connection, whether that be with friends, family, work, community, nation, world, or even with our inner-self, a dis-connect from our emotions, swirling thoughts or from our soul. In truth, everything is … More Re-membering Connection
Life encourages the development of the self – both the personal ego and the higher aspects of Self. This is done mostly through relationship. Together with family, friends and strangers, we are offered opportunity after opportunity to bring our better self forward. Relationships, as we all know, are not always easy, but it is through relationship that … More Together we are Better
Shifting landscapes that we witness occurring through volcanos, earthquakes, hurricanes, drought, tornadoes etc., can be a metaphor for the shifting of our own internal landscape. In this powerful photo taken by Mandy Beerly in Hawaii, we see the awesome beauty, power and destruction of nature at work. The waves, lava, and steam eat away at … More Shifting Landscapes
Light and shadow are two seemingly opposing characteristics. Our tendency is to embrace and emulate the light, while judging, shaming and denying the shadow aspect. Do we deny night and day, masculine and feminine, hot and cold, happy and sad? Of course not, they are essential aspects of our livingness, as are our light and … More Light and Shadow
“All the energy which we take into our bodies is derived from the sun” – Albert Szent-Gyorgi, biochemist. Life energy is called by many names including prana, chi, ki, life force, and bio-energy to name a few. We receive this energy through the skin, the breath and through particular energy points in the body. … More Penetrating Warmth
The intelligence of life, of which we are an integral part, is always available to us. We just aren’t practiced enough to see it. Imagine flying in a plane on a rainy day, looking down or straight ahead we just see clouds and fog. When we lift the awareness above the clouds, it is bright, … More Light and Clarity Permeate the Mists of Mind
We have trained our minds to be smart, to be busy, to think, worry and create. Incredibly we create about 65,000 thoughts a day! 90 percent of our thoughts are repeats! What an interesting use of our time and energy. The lifetime of an emotion is about 90 seconds unless we engage it or try … More Surfing the Clouds of Thought
Our eyes are amazing. They have almost a billion working parts, able to detect even a single photon of light. They receive information through light, direct it to our brains for processing, and the eyes radiate light as well. All of this occurs without our mind being involved. We seek the light and to be … More Sparkling Light, Sparkling Eyes
It is a curious thing that we often avoid darkness which may be referred to as the void, the unknown, the abyss, the depths… In this avoidance, we may fill our lives with noise, light, and stimulation or distractions of all sorts. These can all be good, in and of themselves. It is also valuable … More Light in the Darkness
Somedays you may just want to disappear, to dissolve for many reasons! Today we acknowledge that our essential nature is light. We see ourselves to be light, dissolve into that light, which is melting into all that is. We are not leaving our bodies, we are not escaping from the world, instead we see that … More Dissolving into Light
In our practice today, we experience the transformational power of light. Light permeates our system with each breath. We can invite any barrier to be touched by this light, transformed by this light, dissolved by this light, and then breathed out as light. You may choose to engage a thought, a feeling, a limiting … More Light Transforms!
We engage with the fact that we are bodies of light. In the late 17th century, Sir Isaac Newton speculated “are not gross bodies and light are convertible into one another, … and may not bodies receive much of their activity from the particles of light which enter their composition?” Biophysiology and quantum physics … More Bodies of Light
Sometimes the happenings in the world around us are a little too much to take. It is helpful to find space in our mind and in our hearts and to remember the goodness, the light within. When we can recognize it in ourselves, we can see it in others and bring breath, ease and … More Breath Release, Stress Relief
The sun is always shining, whether we can see it or not. We invite the awareness and experience of the sun in-forming us with its radiance, meeting our internal radiance and creating more light. We radiate this light to the world! Downloadable Podcast: One with the Light of the Sun
Information is communicated through the body and between people via light. Today we visualize our cells full of light and communicating goodness to the world. Feel the goodness! Downloadable Podcast: Cells of Light and Goodness
Our eyes can only interpret a small portion of the spectrum of light. Science shows that there actually is no darkness, it’s just our inability to see all the light. Know that your breath of life is light. Breathe deeply!breath brof life is light. Breathe deeply! Downloadable Podcast: Light in your breath
One of the many gifts of meditation is that it teaches us how to be aware in every moment. We create space to pause, breathe, and become more familiar with and enhance the innermost aspects of ourselves: light, love, clarity, compassion, patience, peace and more. Let’s experience the Peace of the Heart. … More Peace of the Heart
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
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
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
Two great teachers of the art and science of meditation have been Buddha Shakyamuni and Patanjali. They provided methods that elucidate the natural state of luminous being while -at the same time- entraining one to this truer freer state. Their methods mirror each other. As such, there is not much difference between the techniques given … More 10a: A natural state of being
It is estimated that one quarter of US citizens who will vote in this election have already done so. Early voting and absentee ballots are well underway. Several states have referendums on the ballot, the majority of which are progressive in nature. The citizenry is moving agendas forward on their own. Go vote on Tuesday … More The night before the US election: a meditation for the highest light
Can we make a difference for truth and compassion to manifest in our world? The answer is, yes. Meditation moves us toward right thought, non-aggressive action, and the elimination of antagonisms of every kind. This is true for our inner-being and it’s reflection in the world. Together, we make a difference. Join us on November … More Meditate for a lighted election!
Think of all the colors that you see everyday: the color of your skin, your eyes, the colors of leaves and plants, of animals – especially insects, the colors of the sky at different times of the day. Color is evidence of light, in fact, is a manifestation of light. Color all around us, inside … More World Service: gradations, permutations, and demonstrations of light
The energy centers of a human being are aligned along the central channel. Said differently: the central channel is the energy thruway of the subtle anatomy and the chakras are the major intersections along the thruway. Both the chakras or centers as well as the central channel and the subtle anatomy overall are subjects well … More 13b. Words of Power
All meditation training has few foci. Those are used by most, if not all, meditation methods around the world, and always have been. Breath (inner flow and spacious serenity), focus (point of focus, learning true concentration, then sustaining that such that it refines into something powerful and more), and letting go (of the sense of … More Intermediate: Instructions and that which is inseparable
Namaste is Sanskrit. It means “I honor the presence in you,” or “I see the light in you,” or less dualistic “I bow to presence and being” as one bows to the person one is with. Namaste is an salutation that comes from a spiritual orientation of recognizing all in existence as sacred. Everyone and … More Intermediate: Living Life as Sacred
There is brightness in everything, even the experience of pain. Meditation brings forward the energy and light that is encapsulated or expressing through any given situation or word or presentation. Meditation helps one realize that everything is energy, vibration, and various condensations of light. Humor, contentedness, caring, analysis, and relation are all forms of light … More 10b: the brightness in everything
Settling into meditation training can take a little time especially at the beginning. That’s because our brain and senses are wired to be out-going, to be on alert and responsive to what’s going on around us. Not that long ago, we had to be on the look out for lions, tigers, and bears; and in … More 2b. Focus, clarity, and light
As 2016 begins, radiate from your heart. Let us contribute light and goodness into the world. Then ground that light further by including the Earth in your radiating. And finally, reach and align to the greater Will of which we all are a part, and shine all the more. Make 2016 happier through your the … More A New Year meditation
Have you heard? The Practice of Living Awareness is on the air! Each week, hosts Tim Darter and Steve Kramer invite a guest to Spirit Fire’s brand new talk radio show who emulates a particular step of The Practice. We’ve just completed the current round of live meditations which means that we’ve had 14 unique guests whose … More Living Awareness on Spirit Fire Radio!
The mystery of Light is the celebration every Winter Solstice. Candles, stars, the Sun, and the human heart are reminders that “you are the light of the world.” The deep meaning of the Winter Solstice is of the Soul enwrapped in the swaddling clothes of an incarnational form. We are born into this world to … More Winter Solstice Meditation and Blessings
We know its’ true: the world will only be made better through you and I. The Christ said it well: “You are the Light of the world.” Gandhi said it well also, “Be the change you want to see.” The Aquarian Age is born in our hearts and actions, in our beliefs and choices. It … More Everyday, YOU are the Light of the World.
To perceive the light in others as well as in circumstances and events requires standing within in one’s authenticity. Luminous perception results. In that mode of integrity one can ask oneself, “Is this necessary?” Is this thought, this word, this purchase, this activity, this emotion or reaction, this judgement, this patience, this kindness: is this … More 10b. Your Presence is Necessary
What is concentration, yogically understood and lived? What is attention experienced as expansiveness while simultaneously holding a riveted point of focus? What is focus when it is holding vastness and subtle within its view instead of, or inclusive of, small detail? It is dharana. Dharana is a Sanskrit word which means concentration but in the … More Brilliant
All existence is a mysterious combination of some wavelength of light, dynamic vital energy, and space. Human beings are learning to shift from dynamism lived in a rather anarchic way to living as the expressions of light that we are. We are learning that everything within us is light, fed by light, brought forward by … More We are living light.
Light is a result in a meditative practice. It is that because light is innate. Furthermore, light is a choice – as in lightness of being. Everything in a meditation practice steers the practitioner inside. With that reorientation one experiences the light that is within. The more one abides in this inner light, trains oneself … More Innate light (Step 10a)
From a person who did this meditation at the live online session: “I had such deep connection, internal worlds of feeling, images…. of flowers around her neck & jewels everywhere, dancing feet, and huge coursing currents of enormous rivers, and yes fire. Then joyous /jangly /chaotic, but not really; sounds of the arati being chanted … More MahaShakti
The vibration of being human is both a complex set of sub-vibrations and simultaneously a simple recognition of three: the vibration of goodness which is attraction, the vibration of clarity which is wisdom and understanding, and the vibration of purpose which is directive and forward moving. Christ consciousness is a word used to describe the … More Wesak: human nature
Have you ever held a new born baby? Have you ever massage or caressed that soft, vulnerable, precious new life? The newness is tactile, as is the purity. This is what is being cultivated with the current phase of the Intermediate practice of Living Awareness. “Our inside creates our outside.” Therefore, if one’s inside state … More New born