September 2021 — Shamanic Meditation Studies – Knowing Our Filters!
Please note that we are scheduled to meet from 3pm – 5pm (Arizona time) on September 18.
We derive our identities largely from buying into conditioned movements of thought about life and our self-identity. That is why it is critical that we get to know who we are beyond the story of me; our made up "me" character that we still tend to feed. Let's make space for our eternal essence – impersonally attentive Conscious Presence. At the core, there is just awareness; aware of itself – without a story of self.
Vast aware presence is our unfiltered essence, right in plain sight, in the space between thoughts; that we have been conditioned to fill with commentary about self and life. Let's commit to discovering what is beyond the limits of that "story of me." And, to start trusting direct perceptions of life rather than filtered commentary about life. Let's explore how we mire ourselves in self-deprecating and time-bound cloud illusions.
More to come…
I find that when I give my attention completely to whatever is passing through consciousness, I know that those mental distractions are really here to facilitate an awakening to my permanent nature. All roads lead home.
Energy sessions have been a bit bumpy as I work through a tipping point. Last night I was standing in front of my alter ,and felt myself loving the agitation/fear. To my minds dismay, the agitation was instantly subsumed into peace. I would say that’s an indicator that tension really is the illusion. I am amazed at the capacity to sit in suffering versus letting go into freedom permanently. Eternal Vacation or hell hmmm
Thanks, Lori. When I chase after peace it is elusive. But often something as simple as focusing on a breath can open me up to peace. What a lovely surprise.
In the present moment, my form is sitting, breath comes in and goes out and the room’s wall seem to push back as the “space in between” expands. The worries and beliefs have fallen away replaced by a feeling of peace, of safety, of calm. Feels like a giant “pause” button will hit and all has stopped. Then a car goes by and thought comes in. Inhale…exhale…focus on the space between..walls push back – space expands…peace never left…(I was going to write about beliefs. Before I started to write, I took a deep breath and all fell away. Sitting with breathe, I shared my experience instead)
Enjoyed your post Betty. He is pretty good at that isn’t he.
Thank you Keshav for your persistant patience.
It just makes sense that if we can only live in one moment at a time; it might be wise to make it the present moment!
When I first started working with Keshav, I recall that I wanted to be rid of the “bad” feelings and replaced them with “good” feelings. I also wanted to explore the “path” of Shamanism. What actually took place was our teacher was whittling away at who I thought I was. And opening me up to experience the what I was. More than once we students thanked him “for nothing.” Which turns out to be all there is.
Thank you for teaching us to turn up our lights. It is an honor to sit with you and help to lighten your path home. Community gathered together to give and to receive. What a blessing.
I am filled with gratitude that I have embarked on the path less path of Shamanism as I deal with a bee medical issue. It is comforting to have the power to go home when fears enter.
I have noticed that television brings out a lot of agitation ,especially when I am allowing the character “Joe” to run free. I have been watching the show lego wars which is amazing to see the final creations. However, I also notice all of the characters and editing that is happening during the show. The “reality” show outside of the creativity seems so unnecessary. I have to really make sure I’m routed in presence when I am watching or I can get lost in my own character.
Happy Birthday, Keshav!
Happy Birthday Keshav!!!
Beautiful Mule deer herd visiting our CO front yard, curiously looking back , one with spots still.. then up comes a small brown bear, which high tailed it once it noticed us … funny I was totally expecting another deer and of course said WTF it’s a bear! Beautiful, along with turkeys and many birds picking around the grounds.. hiked up high in the wilderness on the continental divide, totally appreciating oxygen as I could get it.
Sending healing energy to my sister today during her back surgery to remove a cyst, and to my friend who is having early labor issues a month before baby is due. Her Bear spirit is strong tho! Namaste, Love.
Made eye contact with another black bear. The story of me claims he was raiding the pear tree or maybe the story is that the black bear, my power animal, is showing up to remind me that I am not alone. Doesn’t matter the thoughts or beliefs or stories. What matters is being present and feeling the energy that connects all. Pretty cool.
Hello from Taos, NM this week, next week Pagosa Springs, CO… feels like another slice of Heaven enjoying family, food and adventure.. I too swam the last two days, first was pretty dramatic after hiking up to a 9000’ clear lake in extreme heat for me, had to stop to catch O2 and stop dizziness on the way, and then the water was in the 50s but soooo refreshing and accepting of me. I floated and gathered mountain energy. Yesterday we rafted with our son as a guide, down the Rio Grande, through some small rapids, a part they call the race course. It’s incredible to go thru the lower canyon, again refreshing to dive in and feel connected thru water. Ducks were sunbathing in siesta on rocks as we floated by, flowers are blooming. Great appreciation for its grandeur and strength for sure! Namaste , Love.
Love the quote, Russ.
Keshav, for years you have held space for the circle, watching over everyone. Offering us a way to travel and always helping us find our way home. Let me say that again, you kept the light on for us. I have seen that light. It has guided me in that spacious timelessness. I always keep that light on for you. I am that light, a familiar energy signature shining bright. All in circle are. Shining, lighting up those bread crumbs. Helping you find your way home. Always. All ways.
I just read something that caught my attention “What I am is good enough if I would only be it openly.”. Carl