January – March 2022 — Shamanic Meditation Studies – Moving Forward!

(Our next Circle gathering will be on Saturday February 19)

1. Fully appreciate as many moments of the day that you can. Take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the day.

2. Let go of past grievances and resentments. Stop denying them, and choose to live in the Presence of Now. By extension, forgive yourself and others for your gripes and complaints, and move on.

3. Notice how much time you talk about what happened yesterday, or allow dreaming about the future to replace living in the moment. Dream about the future while working hard grounded in today.

4. Please post your experiences here and risk having your beliefs challenged, rather than focusing your attention only on those that support your "personal point of view."

5. Tune into Thursday night's offerings – designed to celebrate our shared connection. Together, let's contribute to the content of that 30 minute interlude. I am open to suggestions and requests.

6. Post a personal commitment to make a fundamental yet simple positive change in your life. And, post how you are doing with that.


48 Responses to “January – March 2022 Shamanic Meditation Studies – Moving Forward!”

  1. on 20 Jan 2022 at 9:38 am Deb

    Thank you for the healing energy for A. She wanted to try to have class today, but she said she’s not feeling too well this morning. I’m glad she’s got round the clock care in the hospital. And I’m angry more isn’t being done to stop community spread for 17 year old kids like her, with her risk factors, which are substantial, and why she is in the homebound school program in the first place. I journal the anger and yell in my car, and I’m tired and disgusted.

  2. on 19 Jan 2022 at 6:37 pm Betty

    Of course, Deb.

  3. on 19 Jan 2022 at 12:15 pm Keshav Howe

    You got it!!

  4. on 19 Jan 2022 at 11:48 am Deb

    I’m asking for healing energy for my students. One is in the hospital in Phoenix and has Covid. Support for her family, especially her parents, would be so appreciated. So far she is doing ok. And another one of my students is doing very poorly with his digestion, and has been since early last year. Any healing energy for him and his family system is welcomed, and for me, please, as I care for them and their families and also myself in this intense time. Thank you.

  5. on 17 Jan 2022 at 5:14 pm sasanijjs

    I was thankful to be able to witness emotion out in the open during our group. I have been pushed to be more vulnerable ,and seeing that helps me realize how important that is.

  6. on 17 Jan 2022 at 1:32 pm Betty

    Thank you, Keshav. When these things occur it is a wake up call. I think we need to all be on the same page about what service the group provides. If we have different agendas it is not going to work. Thank you for the clarity.

    Thank you from me to Sandra and Missy, in particular, for their clarity and wisdom. It makes my heart sing. I am so glad that I stayed with this group for all these years until light dawned on Marble head. When I see others doing the same my own light becomes brighter. We have had some spectacular groups. And will again. What has helped me the most are pointers from Keshav: it is always about "me", not the "others.".

    Go into yourself and find the lesson to learn about yourself. Mind your own business. While you are busy fixing others you are neglecting yourself. We are all mirrors for each other. We would not even see something in others if we didn’t have our version of that in ourselves. Heal yourself before attempting to heal others. Don’t use other people’ words to abuse yourself. It is not about “them”. There is no us and them in Oneness. That is separation…the outer darkness where suffering takes place. We are always responsible for ourselves. Let go of shame and blame. Those are just a few. My own is there is no good and bad, right or wrong in presence. No judgement. No suffering.

    The reason I work with Keshav is to that end. I believe, for me, it is work that will be ongoing fo the rest of my life. You can’t go wrong sending love out to the group. They can take it or not. Remember that we are One. If we think we are separate, it is because we are in separation or in a story about self.

    The purpose of this group, as I see it, is to become accustomed to Presence, Oneness. And to assist others in doing the same, if we can. Example is the best teacher. Live it. Sharing our own experiences and insights without an agenda does as well. Offering up our own failing so others can own their own. We got off track. That is a pointer to the way back. I love you all and have seen you all making progress, some amazingly so. Each at their own pace. You lift me up. Thank you, Keshav!

  7. on 17 Jan 2022 at 7:13 am Keshav Howe

    I am disappointed with how our meeting unfolded this month. As you all know I am in the middle of redesigning my websites, and it is clear that I need to make some changes in how I counsel and teach. One thing that came to light for me on Saturday is that I allowed myself to play the role of psychotherapist, which I am not. I am here to offer counsel and direction for us as a group, both individually and collectively. I cannot allow our beliefs and expectations to cloud the beauty and peace, right in plain sight.
    I really never got to what I was planning for the group to explore on Saturday. It is clear that I need to take responsibility (not blame) for allowing petty tyrants to cloud the sacred space that we share.

  8. on 17 Jan 2022 at 5:26 am missy

    Thank You Betty, that worked!
    Here’s a lil George Lisi poem for today..

    the silver moon
    rides high above
    and choruses with the air
    within this air
    below the generosity of space
    the house
    that spirit built
    to open into Light.

  9. on 16 Jan 2022 at 10:33 am Betty

    Missy, to pay:

    Go to Keshavhowe.com
    There is a search box at the top right
    Search for “cart” or “pay”
    It will take you to the cart.

  10. on 16 Jan 2022 at 9:39 am ceejaypea

    Happy Birthday, Betty!

  11. on 16 Jan 2022 at 4:45 am missy

    Technical Question Keshav… How do we pay you with the website down?
    Thank you all for last Night, toward the end my drum jumped on the floor next to my chair and made a large sound so I picked it up and held it on my lap… spirits were with us all. Namaste. Love.

  12. on 15 Jan 2022 at 2:52 pm Russ

    I have a specific gripe about someone from my family with whom I have a serious gripe. I shall try to forgive us both and move on from the matter.

    Also, Lori sent me this wonderfull Winnie the Poo cartoon where he ask’s piglet “What day is it?”, to which piglet replies “It’s today.”. Poo responds with “Today is my favorite day.”. So perfect! Thank you Lori.

  13. on 15 Jan 2022 at 10:55 am Russ

    Happy Birthday Betty!!!

  14. on 15 Jan 2022 at 9:54 am Keshav Howe

    Happy Birthday Betty!!

  15. on 14 Jan 2022 at 9:35 pm Keshav Howe

    I look forward  to sit in a healing circle with you all tomorrow. I invite you to bring to the circle a presentation about what you most appreciate about yourself!
    I would also like to talk about all the small ways that we invite peace to reveal itself in any moment. What works and what doesn't?
    I would also like to experiment with a meditation technique that I am fostering, and that really works for me. I am asking for help framing "Just Watching."

  16. on 14 Jan 2022 at 2:54 pm keshav Howe

    Great insight Russ. I would add that what we do is subservient to how we do what is done. Also, without a personalized witness, we are the awareness that is aware of itself as awareness – itself.

  17. on 13 Jan 2022 at 7:48 pm Russ

    It struck me in tonight's meditation that enlightenment is less about doing, but rather un-doing. Also, my perceptions are jaded by what I refuse to accept.

  18. on 12 Jan 2022 at 1:05 pm Russ

    Well said Betty. How true.

    While I still need my “papa” glasses up close Lori, distance is so crisp, like the morning air in the spring. I am so profoundly grateful each moment for the experience. Such a gift…

  19. on 11 Jan 2022 at 12:00 pm Braveheart

    Happy Birthday Donna!
    What time is cake?

  20. on 11 Jan 2022 at 7:22 am Keshav Howe

    Happy Birthday Donna!!

  21. on 10 Jan 2022 at 11:16 pm Betty

    Wise to recognize what doesn’t change. What cannot be taken away. It is real and is always there, even when we lose sight of it. Love and connection, oneness, always.

  22. on 09 Jan 2022 at 9:26 pm Braveheart

    Russ, how is it to see clearly? Talk about seeing with fresh eyes. Bet you are noticing details. Keshav, I can’t wait to see all the changes you are making to the site. I admit there are several photos that I miss if they are changed but I’m facing change. So much has changed. Yes, I have been out of my house for months and lost things. They are things and to be honest, I don’t even know what has been lost as things are stored. It is easier not knowing. I can say they are things. Only things. As Missy shared in her post, the pandemic has taken more than things – from EVERYONE. I feel robbed. It has taken time away from me being with the ones I love. I have missed hugs and laughs and forever moments. I know the virus is terrible in so many ways. I realized I had Covid a few months ago even though I tested negative. The pain and confusion were so bad that I couldn’t out how to call my daughter and I’m okay. My daughter has it now. I’m not saying my grief is more than what others are going through or that this is the hardest part, I’m saying I’m sad for ALL the losses. I’m angry, too. Like my lost things, they are gone. What helps me? Gratitude. I’m grateful I’m alive (there have been several close calls). I’m thankful we live in an age where there is medical care and technology. We can zoom and FaceTime with others. And there’s love. That’s not a little thing! Unconditional love is a constant. That connection doesn’t change. Namaste.

  23. on 08 Jan 2022 at 1:10 pm Betty Allen

    Altruism is selfless, no ego looking for reward, and it is my experience that it comes from Presence and the knowing that we are all One. It Is Love and, again, my experience is that what I send out comes back. What we give we receive. When my ego is the “doer” what I get back is an ego “on steroids.”

  24. on 08 Jan 2022 at 8:08 am missy

    I’ve been thinking of an experience I had yesterday when I came across an article I’ll share at the end. A stranger, a gal, stopped me on the street to ask ‘If I knew what was happening?’ I pretty much have been avoiding people especially without masks, but I felt something necessary, important about this. It’s a pretty general question so I asked her to explain and it had to do with the fire trucks down the street, she was concerned because its “where the homeless hang out”, so I said I didn’t know, I was literally just crossing the street from my studio to work, but her concern seemed genuine so I asked her that, if she was concerned and if she had friends there. She answered Yes, and we were just acknowledging random kindness and compassion? as humans in this same boat, and I put my hand on my Heart and we parted. Then I found this:

    Andrew Rosenfeld, MD, a psychiatrist within the University of Vermont Health Network, describes the emotional impact of COVID-19 as one of wide-ranging grief.

    “We’re grieving from loss of life, loss of employment, loss of educational opportunities, and from the loss of both physical and relationship contact – and there’s also this global loss of control over the future. It’s left all of us with this sense of uncertainty that’s really upending.”

    Dr. Rosenfeld, who has written about the science of happiness, believes that there is a prescription that can promote our healing: altruism.

    Altruism is the selfless concern for the well-being of others—in short, giving of yourself to others with no expectation of getting anything in return. But one of the surprising things about altruism is that it actually benefits both the giver and receiver.

    “Practices like gratitude, compassion, kindness and giving all activate the same neural networks that light up our brain’s reward centers,” Dr. Rosenfeld says.

    Namaste. Love.

  25. on 07 Jan 2022 at 5:40 pm Betty Allen

    Russ, so wonderful to hear your surgery went well. Thanks for sharing the experience and wonderment of seeing clearly. It makes me smile!

  26. on 07 Jan 2022 at 5:35 pm Betty Allen

    Missy, when you don’t take sides, when you don’t think this should not be happening, when you don’t have to tell the story about what you are perceiving and defending your point of view, you know you are standing in Presence. Freedom!

  27. on 07 Jan 2022 at 5:28 pm Betty Allen

    Keshav, it is looking great so far!

  28. on 07 Jan 2022 at 1:02 pm missy

    Congratulations Keshav! You can do it! I’ll be one of your cheerleaders if you will be mine?! I am going to wipe the slate clean on my site too, yet I’m sticking with Squarespace. I know they have innovative set ups and teams working there, I just need to Jump In, try new things, go slow and be true to my artist soul… ok I’m listening! What do I want to do? Change old habits, keep it simple, have fun, be willing to take risks? Not have time goals, just get started… kick out the Old and find something brand new and refreshing… I’ve been letting ‘getting old’ get in the way, not this year…
    Russ , new Betty Davis eyes woohoo! How cool is that, enjoy your new found sight!
    Namaste. Love.

  29. on 07 Jan 2022 at 11:54 am Keshav Howe

    Thank you all for the terrific posts. You all blow my mind with your insights! Russ – WOW! Now that you can see "better" please stop staring at things and allow life to shine through you. All of you: Please continue to post; it means more to me than ever.
    Thank you all for the support as I deconstruct my current website. I am jumping without a net, and learning from each dead end and misstep. The content, formatting, and feel of the new site is going to change; I need to take a deeper look at how I teach. I will do my best not to make major edits in plain site; at least too much.
    I am excited because I just purchased a new website package for a nominal fee from a company called Divi, with a holistic healer theme. After my current website's deconstruction and reconstruction (not sure how long), they will help me plug that newly formatted information into the new theme's layout. And, they will work with me to learn how to refine my changes. And, to become my own web master. Whew!

  30. on 07 Jan 2022 at 10:50 am Russ

    I had my second eye surgery yesterday and I am able to see without glasses for the first time in my life. I woke this morning to see our first measurable snow. I stood in silent awe and with a deep sense of gratitude. Just… Wow!!!

    Joe, thanks for the reminder of the persistant teacher suffering is. I have found that the only alternative to acceptance is suffering. I too am striving to let go of the hook that hurt so much. It’s exhausting.

    Betty, I loved the description of ego as the veil. Doesn’t it help some on our low days to know your standing at the gateless gate? Thank you for the reminder.

  31. on 06 Jan 2022 at 4:47 am missy

    My hawk siting involved Life and death… a screaming Blue Jay early morning brought me to investigate thru the windows and observe. Something was different, the pitch and length of its voice. I found some grouped up in the Maples all talking but then one dive bombed down to the big old lilac, and I saw movement on the ground. Finally I saw what it was so upset about, a sharp shinned hawk had taken its kin for breakfast. It had tucked itself in nicely underneath, and stayed for almost an hour dining in its own Peace, taking time to digest, and it did not leave anything but feathers. Once done and gone, the bird feeders were back to normal activity. Such is Life in our Wild Kingdom, balance, yin yang, my witnessing without judgement. Namaste.

  32. on 05 Jan 2022 at 12:24 pm Betty

    I used to, and occasionally still do, let past grievances and resentments define who I am. The story of me. Most of the time they seem unimportant and there is so much freedom when I lose my attachment to them. It is my ego that wants to cling to them.

  33. on 05 Jan 2022 at 12:02 pm Betty

    Rumi: “The ego is the veil between humans and Allah.”

  34. on 05 Jan 2022 at 12:00 pm Betty

    I have found that the simplest things are so profound when the separate self drops away. Or the simplest things can cause the separate self to drop away and experience them in their true nature.

  35. on 20 Dec 2021 at 6:02 pm Keshav

    Our last few evenings of chanting and group meetings have been gems. The integrity of a shared collective moment is really all of us blossoming, right in plain sight. It just takes Intent (don Carlos) for all of us be inspired by an unfiltered flow of life.

    The ongoing value of opening to seeing and knowing that the light in any room we share is holding us together is eternity playing out, within plain sight. Is it wise for all of us to consciously open to the subtle vibratory energy that knows itself; first by feeling it moving through everything, followed by sensing it pulse through all of us.

    There is also a sense of knowing that the mind is lazy and can only recognize a small part of the enormity of reality in a given moment. Attempting to articulate what it cannot fully understand is a significant liability, mired down by worn out beliefs, speculations, and guesses.

    Doing our best to bring conscious attention to the Present Moment exposes a simple and ever-present knowing, or lightness of being (silent witness), that loves the sight and feel of  life taken in with fresh and innocent eyes.

    Thank you all for your renewed commitment to be clear mirrors for each other.

  36. on 19 Dec 2021 at 8:41 am missy

    I’m stating my heartfelt gratitude here to my plant spirit helpers and those humans who know how to prepare them for us: Elderberry, Elecampane, Inula, Narrubium, Hyssop, Girindelia,, Lobelia, Lomtium, Thyme, Clove, Cinnamon, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Spearmint, Garlic, Turmeric, Mugwort, and the Bees who spin their magic Knotweed Honey. I’m listening to ‘The Mother’, Xavier Rudd’s message .. Breathe the Love. It’s always available. Namaste. Love.

  37. on 17 Dec 2021 at 10:10 pm Betty

    Amen to that Missy! Thursday groups are a “beam of light” for me as well.

  38. on 17 Dec 2021 at 10:41 am missy

    I have a cold. Kind of a nasty one and I allowed myself to deny it and kept pushing. ‘Must – Go -To – Work….’. With the added layer of the pandemic there is more to being ill, second guessing, testing, blah blah blah. Basically we are not just taking care of our selves theses days, but everyone, Every One! Wow…. sorry that just hit me, how Huge that is… and Thursday Circle is a beam of Light I look for every week. It grounds me and helps me be real about what is. We don’t need to say anything on Thursdays, just be present together and let the guides guide us, the songs move us, heal us… again blah blah blah, you all know cause you’re right there with me! …Thank you for that. Much Love. Take care of Your Self for Every One.

  39. on 17 Dec 2021 at 10:28 am Betty Allen

    Thank you, Braveheart, for your beautiful sharing. I can identify with being frozen in fear, being afraid of making a wrong decision and falling into the abyss. I also know that gratitude opens the door to loving presence, opening me up to explore the unknown and find the treasures waiting there to be discovered, treasures that would have gone unexplored because of my resistance to change, my clinging to the past and “what should be.”

  40. on 17 Dec 2021 at 10:20 am Betty Allen

    Thank you, Raven, for reminding me of those kind of mornings; bringing them into my present awareness.

  41. on 15 Dec 2021 at 1:09 pm Braveheart

    My commitment is embracing gratitude. There’s a lot going on right now. I notice that gratitude is always here on the path. When I bring in time, the path feels thin like a tightrope. I slip off into the past or freeze on the rope, afraid of the future. Gratitude helps me take a step. Brings me back to presence. And I can see that while I’m not living in my house, I have a roof over my head. And while it is not a traditional Christmas, I have discovered new ways to celebrate and new people to celebrate with. I still miss gatherings of the past, yet I am opening to new ways to gather. Inhale, exhale, repeat.
    Open eyes, open ears, open heart…

  42. on 15 Dec 2021 at 8:21 am raven

    Good morning to everyone…
    Woke up this morning to find it rained last night. The earth damp with moisture…the last yellow leaves, of the tree in our backyard, carpeting the earth. I feel comforted and embraced by nature and am so grateful to take it all in. I love witnessing what the earth humbly offers us…Namaste

  43. on 11 Dec 2021 at 6:31 pm Keshav Howe

    Now is the time to open our ears to hear our own awakening.

  44. on 11 Dec 2021 at 6:25 pm Keshav Howe

    We need to remember that our brains allows only the minimum amount of information needed to correct its guesses as to what is out "there."  Natural selection has shaped our collective human consciousness not to get hung up on misrepresenting the full nature of reality. A filtered view of Presence is burdened with a personal perspective.
    Now is the time and place to practice refocusing our attention from the survival of a personal sense of self; to making room for a silent witness Self – already there.
    The sound of Presence is immediate, timeless, and Intimate beyond belief. Nothing  to let go of, and nothing to attain. It is, here; without reason or cause. One step at a time.

  45. on 11 Dec 2021 at 12:21 pm Betty

    I find that I can hear with my heart. It is also my experience that realizing Oneness is forgetting the idea of self. For me that is a being not a doing.

  46. on 10 Dec 2021 at 3:23 pm Joe

    During last nights session there was a moment where I felt like I had a larger more receptive pair of energetic ears. There was a clear invitation to completely take in and get lost in the music. Truly hearing seems to also be a willingness to let go of the individual self.

  47. on 10 Dec 2021 at 1:22 pm Betty

    For me, it is remembering that my true identity is spirit. I am not my human being. So when I feel fear of loss I need to remember what is real cannot be lost. For spirit there are no gains and losses. As spirit, nothing changes. So, fear is my call home.

  48. on 09 Dec 2021 at 2:36 pm RUSSELL HALL

    Be conscious, consciously. Remembering that everything in this moment is an invitation to be present and truly appreciate it as the context.

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