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The Razor's Edge

It is strange to consider that as our awareness widens, our path narrows. Early on in our experience on the earth plane innocence is bliss. Our youthful soul perspective on the human condition allows us lots of room for experimentation and exploration. This is the time to explore the many spiritual pathways available to us, just as children play dress-up and fantasize about all the possibilities that life may offer.

We have a broad range of experiencing to do in order to begin to attune to the true nature of the human condition. Although we are held in Lady Fate’s container, there is still much room to employ our free will as we stumble in and out of lifetimes of challenges, lessons, illusion, and development.

 

As we evolve and begin to understand and master the human condition, we are required to begin to refine our soul’s unique expression in form. Our pathway becomes a reflection of our individual soul’s mandate. This is a very specific differentiation from the Oneness that is Source.

Our awakening comes as our ego surrenders to our Higher Self. In this surrender, the ego accepts the function of focusing the unique quality of its Higher Self. At this point the path narrows as we embody the special soul energy that belongs to us individually.

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Follow Your Heart’s Wisdom

Chapter from Making the Shift: Field Guide to the Emerging Consciousness by Moriah Marston and The Tibetan

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Our scientific orientation indicates that we are all basically the same; a general rule of thumb applies to everyone.  But we are entering the Age of Aquarius that emphasizes the uniqueness within each individual. The unfoldment of the new consciousness will take place within groups of highly individuated people. Therefore all generic responses, expectations and perspectives on how, who, what we should be and do become obsolete as we enter this new dimension in consciousness. 

            Many clients tell me that they simply don’t know in what direction to turn next. They are disenchanted with customary belief patterns and logical thinking because these only lead to old roads that have become dead ends.  We are in new territory, the terrain of the soul, and must acclimate ourselves to the best possible way to navigate this frontier. 

            In a way, divorced from the past, we are “on our own,” pioneering a completely new response pattern to the human condition.  While it may feel like we are floundering around without an anchor, we are actually breaking all barriers to greater alignment with our souls. This alignment provides an unsurpassable guidance.

            Although it is tempting to scurry back to the familiar, we would soon agitate in that tight box, filled with a sense that something is not quite right. We would feel out of sorts because intuitively we recognize that the heart is the base camp for our climb up today’s wondrous new mountain of possibility. The heart is the new terrain of evolution that reveals our destiny and encourages us to go for it. 

            This new paradigm heralds a time of infusion. We are called to bring heaven onto the planet, rather than ascend off the planet.  The way to fulfill this Divine Call is through the heart. The heart, our core access point, is the ultimate gateway into the new consciousness.   

            The Tibetan teaches that the heart is the central organizing principle that unfolds the Path; it connects our emotions with the mind and intuition. The heart is the true compass for our journey on the earth plane.  Although we may look to the heavens for guidance, the real conductor is the heart. It shepherds us through the travails of transformation while bathing us in a sea of love and compassion for the rigors of the process. 

            We need to observe whether we live by our heart or mind.  Do we honor the heart as the captain of our vessel? Or do we attempt to make it subservient to the will of our mental ego? What does it feel like to truly have an open heart?

            Many of us declare that we are connected to our hearts. Yet, we actually spend very little time orienting our compass to our heart’s messages and sensations.  Instead we ignore this vital Lighthouse of Guidance and beeline it to our lower minds to logically think our way through life. 

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Generosity of Spirit

Are you truly generous? Or, do you give yourself and others “just enough”—not a scrap more? Do attempts to be frugal make you tightfisted? Where do you stand on the polarity of generosity vs. stinginess?

 

Fear of scarcity makes us stingy. So we scrimp through life, not only pinching pennies but also weighing how much love, enjoyment, reward, free time, pleasure, relaxation, personal space and attention to give ourselves, as if these were extras in life and not the main meal. We believe: “I couldn’t possibly give that to myself—or I’d have to really earn it by depriving myself in other ways.” Must our self-generosity be balanced by deprivation? We’re so afraid of getting carried away. Strictness with ourselves, which also affects others, reflects fear of losing control of our wants/hungers. Convinced that generosity is dangerous, we dole out life in a measured fashion that eventually becomes iron fisted.

 

We assume that generosity might drain our resources. Actually, it’s enlivening. A lifetime of stinginess shrinks our world, tightens the heart and fills the belly with fear-limiting all possibilities. The generous YES that is our Divinity hardens into a constipated cement block in the soul as Source’s bounty atrophies into crumbs.

 

Spirit is generous. There’s no end to growth opportunities—the chance to start over again and again—to regenerate—to profoundly open up and overflow with love—to fill with a passion to serve others—to learn to treasure ourselves with a commitment to have everything that life has to offer Spirit is infinite. It demonstrates that Source is Generosity in Action and Being. 

 

How did the human race become so stingy? Stinginess is learned, based on fear of not-enoughness. We assume that life is made of sacrifices that purify us enough to be worthy of our Source—as  if there’s something fundamentally wrong with us that needs to be absolved by withholding from ourselves.

 

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Unconditional Joy


excerpted from Making the Shift: Field Guide to the Emerging Consciousness, Volume 2
by Moriah Marston & the Tibetan

Joy—what a familiar word, and yet such an infrequent experience for most people. What has removed us from our joy? As we rush through life, we often don’t take the time to feel a deep and constant level of happiness. Some of us don’t even know how to recognize the experience of true joy. And many of us simply don’t trust it.

 Are you ready for Unconditional Joy to be the essential background music to your life? Does this idea seem preposterous? If so, why?

Why do we condition ourselves to accept being just OK? Does the ceiling of OK give us enough “head room” for the crown chakra to expand and for our third eye to reach far vistas of possibility? We often feel crowded by life on the earthly plane, closed in by the dulling circumference of “not too bad.”

Many of us tend to unconsciously orient ourselves to the negative when scanning the personal barometer for our inner weather system. We assume that clouds, rain, sleet, hail will prevail over sunshine. It seems that clear skies in our psyches are usually crowded out by something “overcast” that blunts the brilliance of our birthright of Joy. So we slog through life forgetting to notice if we have fulfilled our joy potential. Instead we concentrate on just getting through the day and staying out of the clutches of depression, dread, emptiness, boredom and unhappiness.

Consequently, our innate measuring tools for Unconditional Joy have atrophied into feeble whispers that attempt to remind us of a state of profound well-being that seems to exist at an unreachable height. Instead we focus our perception of joy onto ephemeral moments of surface pleasures -- delicious while tasting but leaving a hollow, unfillable void. This void ultimately can only be satisfied by an extraordinary joy that is impervious to duality.

Unconditional Joy is so substantive that we can almost touch and taste it like sweet nectar. This Divine Delight has the power to propel us out of bed in the morning, immune to any painful emotional fallout from our dream state. Unconditional Joy extends our sense of possibility into the infinite –like an internal Rock of Gibraltar that steadies our soul on its extraordinary journey of evolution. Unfaltering Divine Joyance demonstrates the phenomenal way in which we are loved by Source and verifies the presence of angels who support our souls. Unconditional Joy’s mighty waterfall brings a smile to our face, even in challenging times, and trumpets a resounding YES that expands and sustains our life force. Our imagination is catalyzed; we are flooded with clear inner vision.

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the NEW EASE FACTOR: Lightening the Load of Burdensome Living

Chapter excerpt from MAKING THE SHIFT: Field Guide to the Emerging Consciousness, by Moriah Marston:

How often do we do things the hard way? What are the areas of our lives that most present themselves as difficult? Does life have to be so hard? Are we divinely mandated to slog through life with the weight of the world on our shoulders? The Tibetan encourages us to lighten up. But our experience tells us that it’s not that easy— or is it?

How do we make life harder than it needs to be? We each have a unique way of adding unnecessary difficulty to our experience. We may not even be aware that we are doing it. Most of us unconsciously collude with the collective expectation that life on the earth plane is strenuous as we automatically charge our experience with problems.

We brace ourselves for life's challenges. This makes us tighten up which constricts the flow of boundless life force and prevents us from accessing the energy we need. We are capable of extraordinary abilities but only when our energy faucet is fully open. Otherwise we only tap into a trickle of energy, usually because we believe that’s all that is available. This leads us to assume that we have to provide the other 99% through sweat and struggle which causes us to contract through excessive efforting which further restricts the flow of life force. This makes everything so much harder and prevents us from experiencing a much richer existence.

It shortens our life to expend unnecessary levels of tension-based energy. We often walk around with subliminal or overt levels of fatigue. Some of us wonder if Source wants us to be broken by travail because we feel flattened by life beaten down by vicissitudes. Doing things the hard way takes up our entire day and exhausts our precious energy. There is very little juice leftover.

So we just go plop, strangely satisfied that in battling life’s rigors we have somehow fulfilled our responsibility as human beings. Therefore we don’t have to be held accountable for making larger choices in life, such as the commitment to move into greater consciousness. It is all we can do to just get through the day with some kind of amiable acceptance of this difficult walk on the planet. Supposedly this relieves us of the need to really grow and evolve. We are too spent to go to the next level.

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Honoring death and transition, Opening to Renewal

An Afternoon of Sacred Celebration and Ceremony Saturday, March 24, 3:00-6:00 pm

As winter passes the torch (icicle maybe? lol) to spring on the equinox this week, come join us for an afternoon of sacred celebration and ceremony in Colrain.

Concurrent with March 24 and the seasonal shift is the death anniversary of our beloved guiding light, Moriah-Firestar. She left her body the morning of March 24, 2015. 3 years ago already!

Honoring death and transition, Opening to Renewal
The theme is to honor those who have passed away, and to carry on their spirit in our hearts as we open to renewal and rebirth. In complete acceptance of what is and what has been, we will set our intentions and allow the ceremonial fire, led by shaman Nancela, to transmute and liberate ourselves from any blockages to our awakened and renewed self.

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Celebrating the birth of Moriah-Firestar

As Capricorn passes the Sun to Aquarius on January 21, Moriah-Firestar was born this Sunday, 69 years ago, 2 months premature. Guess she couldn’t wait to get going in life. Lol. And what an Aquarian life she lived…

 

Birthdays were sacred to her. She always made them special, magical. Do something totally different from the norm that feeds the spirit was her approach. DO IT NOW before life passes by.

 

Rather than it be just another day to shrug off as a marked progression of our physical age, birthdays to her were something to really celebrate—an honoring of the soul through its mysterious journey in earthly life...

 

...A time to press the cosmic pause button of fast paced living; reflect, envision, and pay particular attention to messages during this birthday time through dreams, synchronistic encounters with people, animals, circumstance, the voice of a tarot, astrology reading, and…eat what you want, particularly chocolate cake with candles to blow wishes into.  

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MORIAH-FIRESTAR—my earth angel on loan! I”M SO GLAD you were born so we could love you even more in form while you we’re here…and celebrate your birthdays as you celebrate ours.

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JANUARY EVENTS

Before January whirrs by,  Here’s some school announcements of some upcoming events. Future offerings will be revealed later this winter.

  

Some Highlights (see below for details):

SOUND HEALING SATURDAY CANCELLED

SOUND HEALING SATURDAY has been canceled for the January winter break and will resume its normal schedule, the third Saturday of each month,  February 17 with Sound Qigong, Kitan and a shamanic journey.

WISDOM HEALING QIGONG 

Zayne is offering a FREE Wisdom Healing Qigong class, commencing the  first of an 8 week, Sunday qigong program. this Sunday, January 21 Shelburne Falls Yoga , 11:00-12:15 pm. 

 

Also offering a similar qigong program for healing and recovery, hosted by the Recover Project in Greenfield. Studio is located at 1 Osgood St, first floor every Wednesday 3:15—5:00 pm though February. By donation.

Host a Chi Party! Summon Zayne to teach qigong in your own home! Contact Zayne for details. 

 

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New Moon and Solar Eclipse

Sunday, August 20th at 5 pm   Pot Luck and Fire Ceremony

Join us on this day for a Ceremony to gather and create sacred space for connection and healing.  

August 7th, we had a full moon lunar Eclipse:  a perfect opportunity for purging our shadows; illuminating those beliefs that have been interfering with our evolution.  It is time to release suffering involved in relationships, discharging physical and emotional pain and grief. This is a time for deep self-diagnosis, evaluating our true purpose.  A time we are giving permission to our soul for full expression and liberation.  Time to sow the seed of unfolding our true authentic self; true purpose.  These energies provide us opportunities to heal, and unplug from distractions.  Time to create new patterns; integrate the changes and self-reflection and exploration in the heart.

With the Fire we have an opportunity to literally and energetically burn that which we wish to release and offer prays and intentions.  May we shed the old stories from the past and release locked in energies of grief and pain.  May we have the courage to face our fears and own our projections and offer them over to the Fires of Transformation.

New Moon on August 21st:

The new moon phase is an optimal time for planting and seeding your intentions. Seedlings need a period of gestation before they break through the soil and reach for the sunlight.  The New Moon is a time of Rebirth and Growth; time to create something new and honoring the sacred Feminine.   Time for shedding the old stories of our past, and setting new intentions.

This is also true for cultivating our ideas and clearing the way for our visions to surface and become our new reality.

The dark side of the moon, with its mysterious unseen forces, offers a nurturing environment where our longings can establish roots. These miraculous manifestations begin to sprout and reach out to the stars as the moon continues its cycle.

When it comes to setting goals or planning ahead for your future, there is no better time to get started than during the new moon. Intentions and longings stated out loud or written down on paper, hold power, so please take care in considering those things that you truly want. The saying "Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it," is a fair warning whenever setting your new moon intentions into motion.

The Eclipse takes us deep into overview of our patterns that needs to be brought to the light; thrusts us into the depth to work with the unconscious material.  It opens our awareness of our inner consciousness.  We tend to look at the outside world as a reflection of ourselves; now is the time to look deep within.  It is a cleansing process at a cellular level.  Look at what is arising within our ego material, and separation beliefs. 

This Eclipse is teaching us humility; light/darkness; empty/ fullness that is cast upon the world to the time of darkened womb.  Opens us to the great turning that is coming about.  This event allows us to purify; recalibration of what is our true purpose?

This is the time to clear the baggage; give away unnecessary matter, beliefs; purge; get to the core.  Where there is not light on Earth, in that state of perfect balance, a gateway is opening.  Hold in your mind and in your heart your deepest vision of self, the world.  Crystalize and hold the dream without attachment.

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