“…to see a World in a Chopstick… and Eternity in a Revelation”: Exploring Truth and Value in Quarantine and Beyond

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Eternity, Infinity…

Yes, I know. William Blake said it very differently. But does that mean he saw it any differently from my title?

Here is a fragment of Blake’s wildly famous poem, Auguries of Innocence, assumed to have been written in 1803; as relevant today as it was then, if not more given our current global predicament.

The poem contains a series of paradoxes which speak of innocence juxtaposed with evil and corruption:

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand 
And Eternity in an hour.

A Robin Redbreast in a Cage
Puts all Heaven in a Rage.
A dove house fill’d with doves and pigeons
Shudders Hell thro’ all its regions.
A Dog starv’d at his Master’s Gate
Predicts the ruin of the State.
A Horse misus’d upon the Road
Calls to Heaven for Human blood.
Each outcry of the hunted Hare
A fiber from the Brain does tear.

He who shall train the Horse to War
Shall never pass the Polar Bar.
The Beggar’s Dog and Widow’s Cat,
Feed them and thou wilt grow fat.
The Gnat that sings his Summer song 
Poison gets from Slander’s tongue.
The poison of the Snake and Newt
Is the sweat of Envy’s Foot.

A truth that’s told with bad intent
Beats all the Lies you can invent.
It is right it should be so;
Man was made for Joy and Woe;
And when this we rightly know
Thro’ the World we safely go.

Every Night and every Morn
Some to Misery are Born.
Every Morn and every Night
Some are Born to sweet delight.
Some are Born to sweet delight,
Some are Born to Endless Night.

First: A Matter of True Value 

Let me preface by saying I’ve been in this “just get rid of everything” stage for a few months now, and can honestly say I’m finally at a place where it’s “just the essentials”, including some precious books, art and archives that will constitute a part of my legacy. Ergo, not to be tossed.

This morning, as I carried out my regular ablutions, I came across a particular pair of very pretty chopsticks that I have had for about 16 years. I seldom use them because a) they cost $50 back in 2004 when I was drawn to them, and b) because they are actually awkward to use being made of “knobbly” bamboo, and not perfectly straight.

They are as lovely and unique to me today as they were in 2004 – yet hardly essential. So why have they survived my recent ruthless cull of non-essentials?

My “revelation” around them was, “Am I hanging on to these chopsticks because 16 years ago, someone in a fancy shop said they were worth $50 (which I paid for them) or were they actually only worth $2, but I paid $50 for them (and the shopkeeper made $48) and I have an artificially inflated idea of their value?”

Looking back, I can honestly say the latter is far more likely. Duh.

How About YOU?

That got me spiralling, thinking about all that is “of true value” around me…

I immediately thought of the entire world in quarantine at the moment (aside from front-line workers, of which I am one – by choice) and how all of our perspectives have changed virtually overnight, never to be revisited again.

I’m seeing huge changes in the videos that are being posted on Instagram, LinkedIn…

I’ve never seen so many fun, loving and funny posts!

And talking about “evil and corruption” (as in the poem) I’ve good many sobering posts and videos, warning us that “a great storm is upon us”, and that we should prepare psychologically, emotionally and practically for its unfolding, especially over the next 2 weeks.

Change Always IS and Always Will BE

So what was the result of my self-query on what I thought was of :true value” to me?

Number 1 that came up: The welfare of loved ones and humanity. PERIOD.

Number 2: The welfare of ALL lifeforms on Earth, including our sentient Earth herself.

Number 3: The faith I have in my heart that any forces at work to harm any of the above will soon be erased, without the possibility of recommencing their dastardly activities, and the world at large will transcend, nay ascend, in the process.

Number 4: LOVE and the freedom to execute or POWER OF INTENTION.

Number 5: All of the above. THAT’S IT.

The rest is just “stuff”… stuff we require as humans to nurture and sustain our existence – which in itself we are in the process of rewriting. More on that when we’re closer to picking up the pen.

Final Thoughts…

Everything else is transient, fleeting, “a dream within a dream”, as it is the INTENTIONS we live by that both create and sustain our reality.

And it is by acting on those original intentions to course correct should a malevolent force threaten the wellbeing of a loved one or humanity of which we are a part as the “ONE” that we are.

Earth’s Schumann Resonance Post-Global Meditation April 4, 2020

If you don’t believe we are “ONE”, the above image is that of the scientifically proven method of measuring the Earth’s frequency after April 4th’s, 2020 Global Meditation.

Here’s Jelele Awen of https://soulfulheartblog to explain:

“Energy Update: Gaia’s Schumann frequency responded today, April 5th, with waves of higher frequency that reached a peak of 76 HZ at one point and are still fluctuating upwards in this moment. Gaia’s Ascension is ongoing and can be seen in the raising rhythm of her ‘heartbeat’ into higher frequencies, waves that many of us have been tracking for a few years now as they are an interesting indicator of ongoing Awakening.

Gaia’s frequency as a planetary consciousness can correlate to humanity’s consciousness and brain waves. She goes UP as we go UP, we go UP as she goes UP….our interrelatedness is like a dance, even the 3D experience of abuse, neglect, and disconnect that has been the dominant frequency toward Her since the fall of Atlantis and the creation/installation of the 3D Control Matrix is something that we have all learned from. Gaia is in the process of forgiveness and compassion toward us, just as we are toward ourselves in relationship to Her, and personally and collectively.

Yesterday, 4/4/2020 (4) was the opening of a powerful portal of high frequency energies, galactic/planetary/astrological alignments. Four energies are connected to making a ‘home base’ and it feels timely that our home base planet would respond to them. Many souls came together consciously yesterday to meditate during this portal, with the overall intention to raise the base frequency personally and collectively, to invite 5D/New Earth energies to move through. Many higher dimensional galactic BEings (Arcturians, Pleiadians, Sirians esp.) were WITH us in this intention, amplifying it even more...

Ultimately, the path of Ascension is moving onward and UPward. The phases and stages of this path are messy, bumpy, require some dark nights before the dawn, sometimes necessarily painful, sometimes manifesting in death and loss. This process also seems to involve many timelines coming into ‘reality’ at once…each of us invited to choose what most resonates for us, not invalidating any timelines as all have use in this process...

Yet, the Divine path and plan seems clear. The revelation, feeling and healing of shadow, dark, fear-based energies continues. We are invited to honor these energies and these BEings and these souls as they move on to timelines/lifetimes/dimensions/planets that fit their next growth phases in a more resonant way. Thanking them for the role they have played in this duality experiment as THEY are US and we are all ONE finding our way HOME to the Divine. Love, Jelelle Awen”

Here’s a link to the complete Blog Post: https://soulfullheartblog.com/2020/04/05/energy-update-schumann-gaia-resonance-spike-in-response-to-5d-new-earth-mass-meditations/

And, here’s something to keep in mind as the truth unfolds over the next little while, as Blake’s poem says:

A truth that’s told with bad intent
Beats all the Lies you can invent.

Again, we revisit the inherent nature and indisputable power of INTENT.

“Auguries of Innocence is a collection of conflicting situations written as a kind of prophetic judgement. It pits the innocent against the mature, the rich against the poor, the elite against the underprivileged, and invites the audience to recognize the fragile beauty and balance found within nature.” https://poemanalysis.com

Despite the obvious,

A Dog starv’d at his Master’s Gate
Predicts the ruin of the State.

…(don’t forget that one for what’s about to be revealed)…

Blake ends this best-known fragment of Auguries of Innocence with this:

It is right it should be so;
Man was made for Joy and Woe;
And when this we rightly know
Thro’ the World we safely go.

Every Night and every Morn
Some to Misery are Born.
Every Morn and every Night
Some are Born to sweet delight.
Some are Born to sweet delight,
Some are Born to Endless Night.

Translation, 2020: When we know that we create our own reality WITH OUR INTENTION, it is then we may safely go through the world.

And it is in this way, either through ignorance or enlightenment that some are born to “Endless night” or “sweet delight”.

CHOICE made with the power of your INTENTION.

It’s your SUPERPOWER.

Well, one of them… 😉

Here’s one of today’s quotes from a great Shaman and friend, Dwaine Hartman:

“People ask me, ‘Do you think they will bring in marshal law?’ …as the whole world looks out the window from their confinement to empty streets…

Meditate on seeing the freedom of every living being
Meditate on stepping out of this dimension and into one of freedom.
Leave those that wish to control to play with themselves
As we move in mind and heart to freedom.
All is vibration.
All is but a dream away”
https://dwainehartman.com

Healing the Mind and Body Guided Meditation – 60 Minute Version

TODAY’S NEW GUIDED MEDITATION: HEALING THE MIND AND BODY – 60 Minute Version

This deep dive, 60 Minute Healing the Mind and Body Guided Meditation uses creative visualization and a rainforest’s healing, magical waters to take you on a soothing, nurturing and healing journey.

You will emerge from it cleansed, body and mind, of all negative thoughts, memories, worries, anxieties, resentments or any fears you are aware of, or are unaware of having.

Let this beautiful Guided Meditation’s healing powers relax and restore you, body, mind and soul. Invoke whatever healing you require and it will be received through the power of your intention, and this Guided Meditation’s original intention when created, to facilitate the healing required for all those who meditate with it.

As I like to say, being grateful will get you far, but being grateful and loving will get you anywhere you want to go!

There are also have 30 and 15 Minute Versions of the same Guided Meditation. Here’s a link to the 30 Minute Version:

Healing the Mind and Body Guided Meditation – 30 Minute Version

And here’s a link to the 15 Minute Version:

Healing the Mind and Body Guided Meditation – 15 Minute Version

The Difference Between the 15, 30 and 60 Minute Versions

All versions contain the same amount of Guided Meditation dialogue. The longer versions allows for a deeper and even more rewarding meditation experience, as it gives you more time to meditate to a calming and very beautiful musical soundscape, while still allowing you to experience the message of the Guided Meditation itself!

If you only have 15 minutes to meditate, that’s GREAT, because you only need 15 minutes a day of meditation to benefit from its many physiological, psychological, emotional and spiritual positive effects.

You will find, however, the longer you meditate, the greater and more varied the benefits you experience will be – especially in the long run. It’s totally up to you!

The important thing is to just GET MEDITATING, and benefitting 100% from all the man and mighty benefits meditation offers!

As always, Happy Healing and Meditating!

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Once again, please allow me to express my gratitude…

Meditation has given my life richness and meaning beyond words, and I am passionate about sharing my Guided Meditations, and the myriad transformational benefits meditation offers, with the world.

It is my sincerest wish that my Guided Meditations bring you the results you are looking for in your meditation practice, and that you continue to come back and listen to more Meditation.Works Guided Meditations on subject matters that just may matter to YOU most!

Together with Meditation.Works, let’s cultivate balanced, abundant, healthy and co-creative lives, and build a global culture that advocates deep healing, self-transformation, compassion and true well-being, through the power of meditation.

Please help Meditation.Works do just that, one meditator at a time… Here’s how:

Heal the self, help others heal: Before you know it, we’re all healed!

Thanks for the gift of your time and attention!

Wishing you all the joy your heart can hold, all the love – in all its forms – that you can possibly bask in, optimum health, prosperity and abundance, the spiritual transformation you crave, and the attainment of all your wishes and goals this 2020 and beyond! 

It’s time…

With Great “Lovitude”,

Renata Duma

Oh, and one more thing!

Since everyone else is posting pics of their pets (or “superior”, in my case, lol…) I asked Mala to share a little wisdom with us all on the human condition. Here’s what came from that conversation

…wait for it…

…wait for it…

…wait for it…

Questions, anyone?

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I’ll be sharing daily inspirations and quotes there to help keep you motivated, and help keep your meditation practice engaging, inspiring and on track!

You can find the links to all my Guided Meditations in the “Guided Meditations” section of this Blog, so you can listen or download as many of my Guided Meditations as you would like… for FREE! 

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Remember, coming soon… 

…more Guided Meditations for adults and new Guided Meditations for children, teens and elders, on subject matters that matter to them most!

As always, Happy Meditating!

With great “Lovitude”,

Renata

TRANSCENDENCE: Moving from Fear to LOVE; Self-isolation and a Possible Antidote… and Can Yogis FLY?

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Ocean of Love and Bliss by Alex Grey. https://visionaryartexchange.com

“She loves you, yeah, yeah… She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah…”

Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and recorded by the Beatles for release as a single in 1963, the song, “She loves you”, in the case of the Beatles, might have probably better been titled “He loves you”.

John, Paul, George and Ringo became enamoured with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, born Mahesh Prasad Varma, on January 12, 1917, in Raipur, India, as much as Maharishi became enamoured with them; George and John especially.

How it all came to be…

“In February 1967, George Harrison’s wife, Pattie Boyd, who was searching for spirituality in her life, came across an advertisement in a newspaper for Transcendental Meditation classes.

Immediately she signed up to be a part of the Spiritual Regeneration Movement. Boyd later told her husband about what she did and he became interested as well.

In August of that same year, the Harrisons, along with the other members of the Beatles, attended a lecture that the Maharishi was giving in London.

During their time at the conference, the Beatles announced they were giving up drugs. ‘It was an experience we went through,’ McCartney said, as quoted in Philip Norman’s Beatles book Shout! ‘Now it’s over and we don’t need it any more.’

Their stay at the conference, however, was cut short upon news of Beatles manager Brian Epstein’s unexpected death.

It was then, in 1968, that Maharishi invited the Beatles to stay at his ashram in Rishikesh, where he held a course for people who want to become Transcendental Meditation instructors.” – Wikipedia

Harrison and Lennon “In Their Element”

“Of all the Beatles at the ashram, Harrison and Lennon were the most committed to the discipline of meditation. ‘I was in a room for five days meditating,’ said Lennon in The Beatles Anthology.

John said, ‘I wrote hundreds of songs. I couldn’t sleep and I was hallucinating like crazy, having dreams where you could smell. I’d do a few hours and they you’d trip off, three- or four-hour stretches. It was just a way of getting there, and you could go on amazing trips.’

Cynthia Lennon said in Bob Spitz’s book The Beatles that for John, nothing else mattered when it came to mediation, adding ‘John and George were [finally] in their element [at the ashram]. They threw themselves totally into the Maharishi’s teachings, were happy, relaxed and above all found a peace of mind that had been denied them for so long.’

Harrison felt that both the meditation and the Maharishi made an impact in his life. ‘The meditation buzz is incredible,’ he told Paul Saltzman. ‘I get higher than I ever did with drugs. It’s simple … and it’s my way of connecting with God.’

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and the Beatles, Rishikesh, India, 1968

And Harrison was very serious about the band’s purpose at the ashram. ‘He was quite strict,’ McCartney later said of Harrison in The Beatles Anthology. ‘I remember talking about the next album and he would say, ‘We’re not here to talk to about music – we’re here to meditate.’ Oh yeah, all right Georgie Boy. Calm down. Sense of humor needed here, you know. In fact, I loved it there.

Despite it ending on a sour note, the Beatles’ visit made a tremendous impact and not just on the White Album. ‘The relationship between the Beatles and the Maharishi brought about an enormous interest in the West in Indian clothing, meditation, yoga and the playing of the sitar,’ wrote Paul Oliver in his book Hinduism and the 1960s.

‘Although the Beatles had apparently left Rishikesh with varying degrees of negative feelings towards the Maharishi, in later life they tended to feel more benign towards him, and to say publicly what a positive effect he had on their lives.‘”

Read the full article from Rolling Stone Magazine here: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/the-beatles-in-india-16-things-you-didnt-know-203601/

A Love Affair Gone Not So Wrong

Despite the fact that “They loved him, yeah, yeah, yeah”, what seemed to have ended badly eventually was eventually all forgotten and forgiven.

“The Beatles’ denunciation of the Maharishi was detrimental to his reputation in the West, while their return from Rishikesh exposed differences that anticipated the group’s breakup in 1970.

Harrison later apologized for the way that he and Lennon treated the Maharishi; like many of other students at the ashram, he said that allegations concerning the Maharishi’s inappropriate behaviour were untrue. Harrison gave a benefit concert in 1992 for the Maharishi-associated Natural Law Party.

In 2009, McCartney and Starr performed at a benefit concert for the David Lynch Foundation, which raises funds for teaching TM to at-risk students. As a result of continued interest in the Beatles’ 1968 retreat, the abandoned ashram was opened to the public in 2015 and has since been renamed the ‘Beatles Ashram.'” – Wikipedia

Can Transcendental Meditators FLY?

Yogic Flyers, https:peacepalace.org.uk

Transcendental Meditation, or “TM” as it has come to be known, is a form of silent, mantra meditation, practiced twice a day for 20 minutes. It was Maharishi’s ultimate goal to achieve complete world peace through the science of Transcendental Meditation.

Andreas Thrasy, founder and CEO of MyHotels group, talking about his rewarding experience of practising TM and the TM-Sidhi Programme, said:

The TM-Sidhi Programme® is an advanced practice that allows us to think and act from the most powerful and unified level of consciousness – the inner silent level that we experience through our regular practice of Transcendental Meditation®.

Yogic Flying™ is the most powerful aspect of this programme – we experience feelings of exhilaration, expanded awareness, lightness, and ‘bubbling bliss’ whilst brainwave synchrony is maximized as the body springs forward in short hops. The inner silence and outer action of Yogic Flying provides a powerful means of stabilizing higher states of consciousness – enlightenment.

Groups of people practising the TM-Sidhi Programme decrease negative trends in society, such as crime and social conflict, thus contributing to a peaceful world (supported by over 50 scientific studies).”

The Maharishi Effect

Image courtesy of https://globalcountry.org

The Maharishi Effect is a phase transition to a more orderly and harmonious state of life in society as measured by decreased crime, violence, accidents, and illness, and improvements in economic conditions and other sociological indicators. Named in honor of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who predicted it thirty years ago.

Maharishi had predicted that when a critical sub-population of individuals – 1% – experienced and stimulated the field of pure consciousness through the Transcendental Meditation Program, a type of macroscopic field effect of coherence would occur in the society and the quality of life would improve. This would manifest in more orderly and harmonious individual behaviour and a measurable improvement in the various social indices which characterise the quality of life in society.

Scientific Research and the Maharishi Effect

“During the past 25 years over 500 scientific studies have been conducted on Transcendental Meditation and Yogic Flying showing the wide-ranging benefits for all aspects of life.

42 of these studies have shown that when 1% of the population of any town or country practises Transcendental Meditation, or when the square root of 1% practise TM-Sidhi Yogic Flying in a group, there are dramatic positive improvements in the entire society. – https://thirdmonk.net

Here’s a link to a video from the International Yogic Flying Competition 2016, at MERU, Holland:

From Yogamoha.com: “Yogic Flying is the practice that helps a seeker realize the lightness within themselves in the form of bliss and peace.

In this practice, there are basically three stages. They are hopping, hovering and actually flying in the sky. It is taught in the TM Siddhi program.

The first stage is hopping, bouncing or jumping with legs crossed in a lotus posture.

The second stage is hovering, flying like a frog for along feet distance about 10 feet or more, which is possible with the continuous practice of the first stage.

The third stage is when the Yogi actually flies through the air like a weightless body.

Yogic Levitation

There are several ancient Hindu scriptures, where the methods and paths to these powers have been mentioned and described.

There are stories of different Yogis flying, but many Yogis who have acquired this power and ability, don’t really expose their quality freely. They are satisfied and fulfilled with it.

Yogi Subhaya Pulavar, levitating

There are different stories and happenings, which indicates that Yogis who have gained such quality and power can fly.

It was reported that, on June 6th, 1936, the crowd of 150 people witnessed Yogi Subayah Pulavar levitating in the air for about four minutes.”https://thirdmonk.net

TRANSCENDING: Moving from Fear to LOVE

In TM, the mind transcends all mental activity to experience the simplest form of awareness, or Transcendental Consciousness, where consciousness is open to itself. This is known as the “self-referral” state of consciousness.

Aside from being assigned a secret “mantra” or “phrase” by a TM Teacher, TM is, in my opinion, no different from any other kind of mantra meditation, including the “flying” aspect.

There are several well-known yogis who were witnessed flying by hundreds of devotees after taking on Rainbow Body (more about that in an upcoming post) like Guru Rimpoche Padmasambhava, whose deep hand and footprints are still visited by many thousands of spiritual seekers every year.


Hand print in stone at Padmasambhava’s (Guru Rinpoche) Cave entrance,
Upper Pharping, Nepal, photo by Pawel Kowalczyk

I myself have been to the Maharishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa, and have been inside the meditation hall that’s covered in padding for the comfort of all the “flying yogis”, though I did NOT actually see the phenomenon myself.

My ex-husband and I were returning to Toronto from our honeymoon in the Grand Canyon, and we decided to stop in on my ex-husband’s sister, who was teaching at the Maharishi International University at the time.

For reasons of privacy, let’s call her Tanya, as I have had no contact with her for some time and don’t wish to say anything that may be compromising in any way for her or the TM movement.

A “Mother Divine”

Tanya was a “Mother Divine” in TM, a title given to an advanced female TM Teacher.

Tanya taught TM for many years and traveled with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi himself for about 10 years.

Looking back, I remember having several conversations with her about her experience with TM.

For all intents and purposes, I couldn’t understand why it was going to cost me US$200.00 (at the time, going back to the early 80’s) to get my “secret TM mantra” and begin meditating the TM way.

Later, having visited the Maharishi University, I can see how there might be a lot of overhead to cover. But I digress, and my jury’s still out on the whole TM movement that some called a “cult”.

Truth is, there still is, and always has been, much controversy over the TM movement since the time of its inception in the 60’s.

According to Rolling Stone Magazine, “the Maharishi had some unique quirks.

The Maharishi turned out to be more business- and media-savvy than his followers might have initially guessed. According to The Love You Make, a book by former Beatles associate Peter Brown, prior to the Beatles’ India trip, the Maharishi was negotiating with lawyers for ABC about a TV special that would include an appearance by the band.

Despite Brown warning the Maharishi that this arrangement was not possible, the Maharishi continued to tell ABC’s attorneys that he could still make the deal happen.

Finally, Brown, accompanied by Harrison and McCartney, visited the Maharishi in Sweden and told him to not use the Beatles for his own business purposes – to which the Maharishi nodded and giggled.

In his book With the Beatles, Lewis Lapham recounted the time when the Maharishi organized a group photo of his students, including the Beatles. “He cast himself as the director on a movie set,” Lapham wrote of the Maharishi.

In preparation for the photo shoot, the Maharishi oversaw the construction of a tier of bleachers as well as the seating arrangements. He reportedly told the photographer, “Before you snap, you must shout 1, 2, 3 … any snap and you must shout.” The Maharishi then told his pupils, “Now come on everybody, cosmic smiles … and all into the lens.”

The bottom line is, MEDITATION WORKS. It’s why I called my Blog Meditation.Works. Lol.

Honestly, when it comes to “nirvana” or “hitting the mark” or “transcendence” I don’t care how you “get there”, as there are as many roads to that elusive destination as there are travellers to travel them.

Was Maharishi just a more marketing savvy yogi, the first to build a “brand” when it came to meditation?

I reiterate, MEDITATION WORKS. Every single form of it. So whether it was just presented better and more scientifically by the TM-ers, or whether they actually do have an “extra spin” on the whole thing, that is of no consequence.

The important thing to focus on is that ALL meditation is “transcendental”, as at its very root, it takes us from one state of awareness to a continually higher one the more you meditate.

BOOM.

And that’s it.

Until you get here:

The God-self.

The God-self by Alex Grey

Meditation is allowing your own peace and truth to present itself to you, and allow you to transcend whatever state of original consciousness you possessed, ever higher and higher.

Self-isolation Madness and a Possible Antidote

Right now, in this very moment, we are all being held hostage in our own homes by forces both seen and unseen.

This is causing widespread panic and eliciting a fear response from many on the planet.

Fear is only beneficial when we are in a true “fight or flight” situation, where our lives are being threatened IN THE MOMENT, like when you’re being chased by a tiger, a bull, or by someone who intends to do you physical harm.

During this [fight or flight] reaction, certain hormones like adrenalin and cortisol are released, speeding the heart rate, slowing digestion, shunting blood flow to major muscle groups, and changing various other autonomic nervous functions, giving the body a burst of energy and strength.”https://youngdiggers.com

Outside of an actual physical event in real-time, this anxiety-ridden response will actually lower your immune system, making you more susceptible to disease and illness – or to catching the latest “bug” floating around out there. And in this case, a bug whose name I shall not mention in order to not give it any more energy than it has already been given.

It is CRITICAL, nay, IMPERATIVE, that we move through the imposed fear into LOVE. How?

That’s easy. Just move into your heart. Breathe in and out, and in and out, slowly, rhythmically, until you feel yourself shifting out of “fight or flight” and your “heart wisdom” begins to take centre stage.

Think of all the things you have to be grateful for, one by one… Start seeing them in your mind’s eye, and as you see each one, send them love and gratitude, or “Lovitude”, as I like to call it.

As I like to say, being grateful will get you far, but being grateful and loving will get you anywhere you want to go!

As for the rest of this process of moving through fear to love, I have just uploaded a 60 Minute Version of my “Expressing Love and Gratitude” Guided Meditation for those of you who feel they need a deeper dive into that loving gratitude feeling that helps you HEAL and TRANSCEND FEAR into the far higher vibration of LOVE.

Here’s a link to the 60 Minute version:

I also have 30 and 15 Minute Versions of the same Guided Meditation. Here’s a link to the 30 Minute Version:

And here’s a link to the 15 Minute Version:

The Difference Between the 15, 30 and 60 Minute Versions

All versions contain the same amount of Guided Meditation dialogue. The longer versions allows for a deeper and even more rewarding meditation experience, as it gives you more time to meditate to a calming and very beautiful musical soundscape, while still allowing you to experience the message of the Guided Meditation itself!

If you only have 15 minutes to meditate, that’s GREAT, because you only need 15 minutes a day of meditation to benefit from its many physiological, psychological, emotional and spiritual positive effects.

You will find, however, the longer you meditate, the greater and more varied the benefits you experience will be – especially in the long run. It’s totally up to you!

The important thing is to just GET MEDITATING, and benefitting 100% from all the man and mighty benefits meditation offers!

Please note that the Meditation.Works Kickstarter Campaign is now LIVE!

The Mediation.Works Kickstarter Campaign is LIVE!

About 7 years after building the original Mediation.Works website, creating all the Guided Meditations that I have to date, and watching thousands of people go there – unexpectedly – because it all started out as a labour of love, and a promise kept to a dear departed friend…

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Once again, please allow me to express my gratitude…

Meditation has given my life richness and meaning beyond words, and I am passionate about sharing my Guided Meditations, and the myriad transformational benefits meditation offers, with the world.

It is my sincerest wish that my Guided Meditations bring you the results you are looking for in your meditation practice, and that you continue to come back and listen to more Meditation.Works Guided Meditations on subject matters that just may matter to YOU most!

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Thanks for the gift of your time and attention!

Wishing you all the joy your heart can hold, all the love – in all its forms – that you can possibly bask in, optimum health, prosperity and abundance, the spiritual transformation you crave, and the attainment of all your wishes and goals this 2020 and beyond! 

It’s time…

With Great “Lovitude”,

Renata Duma

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I AM THE BANANA! and Other Baba Muktananda-Inspired Kriy-A-HA’s

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While the rest of the world at large is on high alert for more than several well-founded reasons; quarantined, working from home by choice, or let’s hope not down with “the flu”, let’s take a moment to remember, or realize, that if you should, all of a sudden, ecstatically scream out loud, “I AM THE BANANA!” during meditation, two things:

  1. You would not be the first, and…
  2. You wouldn’t be wrong.

Let’s start with number 2.

It’s a simple concept, really. Let’s turn to the alchemists of old for some perspective on it.

If we are all made of “prima materia”, or “first matter”, or the “primitive, formless base of all matter similar to chaos, or the quintessence of aether” (Wikipaedia), as is generally agreed upon, then the understanding that “WE ARE ALL ONE” takes on a whole new level of meaning.

Simply said, we’re all made of the same stuff; human, animal, mammal, avian, vegetable, mineral… Well, you get it. We are ALL “ONE.

To explain further, this from https://awakeninthedream.com:

“The “famous secret,” and the basis of the alchemical opus is the unique prima materia, which is the chaos and raw material out of which the refined substance or “gold” is produced…

Symbolically speaking, the enigmatic prima materia represents the unknown substance within us that carries the projections of the unconscious. It is the psychic emulsion or medium in which the subconscious contents within us are encoded. The prima materia is thus a symbol for the unconscious itself.

It is the unconscious aspect of ourselves that drives us, at least until we become conscious. And even then, we are never fully free of it’s machinations, even when remaining in a state of high self-awareness.

The unconscious, or subconscious, has us identify as singularities, disconnected from source, blowing willy nilly about, ironically, in the same winds that will eventually lead us back to unity and source.

That, along with the ultimate realization that we were never separate from the UNITY or ONENESS at all; merely sleeping under the illusion of separateness.

Meditation = Self-realization

So, if we are indeed “ALL ONE”, then why can we not be ONE with the banana… or the turnip… or the cat… or the Ruby Slippers?

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Much like Glinda, The Good Witch of the North, says to Dorothy at the end of her epic journey to find her way home, “You’ve always had the power, my dear. You just had to learn it for yourself.”

Yes, we (the Western mainstream, not including the Indigenous of this land, to whom I will dedicate an entire Blog Post to shortly) always had the power, but not the blueprint to move from unenlightened to enlightened…

Until they came.

I’m referring to self-realization, which occurs most often through grace (available through all faith-bases), and the undeniable power of meditation, as was taught to us, here in the West, by the intrepid Masters and Swamis that came to show us the way.

Which brings me to number 1.

As promised last week, and in an endeavor to continue my series on the meditation Masters who came to North America, one of the brightest stars to arrive on the meditation scene in North America in the 1970’s was Swami Muktananda, or Baba Muktananda, as he affectionately became known as to his devotees.

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The following is from Siddhayoga.com:

“Swami Muktananda, 1908-1982, began the life of a sadhu, a wandering mendicant in search of spiritual fulfillment, at an unusually early age. Though as a young man Muktananda gained recognition for his yogic attainments, Swami Muktananda often said that his spiritual journey didn’t truly begin until he received shaktipat, spiritual initiation, from the holy man Bhagavan Nityananda. It was then that Muktananda’s spiritual energy, kundalini, was awakened, and he was drawn into profound states of meditation. Nine years later Muktananda attained the state of God-realization.

In the 1970’s, on his Guru’s behalf, Swami Muktananda brought the venerable tradition of his master’s lineage to the West, giving the previously little-known ‘shaktipat’ initiation to untold thousands of spiritual seekers. Muktananda established Gurudev Siddha Peeth as a public trust in India to administer the work there, and founded the SYDA Foundation in the United States to administer the global work of Siddha Yoga meditation.

Before Swami Muktananda took Mahasamadhi in 1982, he wrote many books and established more than six hundred meditation centers and a number of ashrams around the world. In May 1982, Swami Muktananda Swami Muktananda appointed two successors, Swami Chidvilasananada and her brother, Swami Nityananda. Three years later, Swami Nityananda resigned from the Suru;s role. Swami Chidvilasananda became the sole head of the Siddha Yoga lineage and sole Guru of Siddha Yoga students. Swami Chidvilasananda continues to share Swami Muktananda’s spiritual legacy with the world through her travels and teachings.”

It was at the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Upstate New York, that I too received shaktipat from my Teacher Swami Chidvilasananda, otherwise lovingly known to spiritual adepts world-wide as Gurumayi.

And WOW. More like a gazillion times WOW… Was that something!!!

I will share all about that most profound of profound of experiences in an upcoming post.

Right now, I know you’re wondering what any of this has to do with a banana?

Well, it’s like this

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When Baba Muktananada first came to North America in the early 70’s on his mission to enlighten the West, one meditator at a time, through the process of “shaktipat”, or awakening the conscious energy in the body, he had the “juice” cranked up pretty high.

That was what I heard from several individuals who had experienced shaktipat initiation at the hands (and heart) of Baba Muktananda in the early 1970’s, just a couple of generations (and a bit) before my shaktipat experience in 1998.

Here’s how John Chambers, one such meditator, described the early 1970’s shaktipat initiation scene with Swami Muktananda:

“It was like living in a cross between Dante’s Purgatory and a Walt Disney animated feature film. A thousand faces filled the semidarkness. The air resounded with titters, groans, and guffaws. People rocked back and forth, assumed strange postures, thrust their arms up in the air. A steady buzzing like a swarm of bees came from the back of the auditorium. Over to one side, a high-pitched cackle broke out. It was followed by a loud gurgling noise, and then the words, “Yum! Yum!”

A sock with a foot inside it brushed against my ear. The young man beside me was coming out of his headstand.

A small, dusky-colored man, about seventy years of age, wearing an orange ski cap, dark glasses, and a saffron robe, was advancing calmly through the cacophony. He moved quickly from person to person, stopping briefly to bop each one with a peacock-feather wand. Sometimes he lingered for a moment to pat someone’s head as if he were testing the strength of the skull. Then he went on.

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This man’s name was Paramahansa Muktananda. Everybody called him Baba. He was one of the bestknown of the numerous spiritual teachers who spent time in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s.

This was the summer of 1979. I was in the meditation hall in Muktananda’s ashram in South Fallsburg, high up in the Catskills sixty miles north of New York City. This big, sprawling collection of buildings, lined with fresh gardens and honeycombed with rooms large and small, was the headquarters of Muktananda’s Siddha Yoga Dham (or “Home of Siddha Yoga”) of America Foundation (SYDA).

I fixed my gaze on Muktananda, who was advancing down the row where I was sitting. He was unperturbed as he made his way through this agitated, noisy throng. His peacock-feather wand flicked regularly up and down, while with one hand he reached out regularly to pat somebody’s forehead.

He strode forward with an oddly loose-jointed gait, shoulders thrust back, belly forward, as if he were a pregnant woman. But it was he who was doing the impregnating. I’d been told that the big circles, or “eyes,” on a peacock feather were supposed to possess the power, not only to impregnate peahens from a distance, but also to seed the souls of men and women.

And that was what Baba was doing. He was sowing a seed in each of us. When he stopped and touched a head, it was to make sure the seed had fallen in the right place. In the language of Siddha Yoga, Baba was administering shaktipat; he was awakening the shakti, or “conscious energy,” in each of us. That energy was coiled up snakelike at the base of the spine in a configuration called the kundalini.

Baba’s own kundalini had been brought to full maturity long ago, or so we had been told; by dint of years of meditation and chanting, it had mounted up through his spinal column until it reached his brain and then his soul.

The shakti was alive in Baba from head to toe. He had become what is called in Siddha Yoga parlance, ‘firmly established in the Self’ the greater, cosmic part of ourselves that the normal self, which has not known it since birth, seeks to reunite with.

Muktananda was a fully realized human being, so brimming over with the bliss-bestowing conscious energy called shakti that he could awaken it in each one of us with a word, with a touch, with a look even with a thought! The peacock-feather fan was a conduit that the fire of Baba’s shakti flowed through to reignite the guttering lamps of soul within us all.

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It was the awakening of the kundalini that was causing all the commotion in the room. When the kundalini woke up, it found itself hemmed in by a mass of psychic debris.

The way up the spinal column was only three feet long, but it was lined with psychic scar tissue samskaras, or “impressions” from your previous lifetimes. The kundalini had to fight its way through these samskaras through your bad karma, so to speak, and they resisted powerfully and noisily; they liked it where they were, and were loath to cease to exist.

In that first intensive in the meditation hall, we all let off a tremendous amount of psychic steam. The awakening shakti assaulted, broke up, and forced out the hard, resistant, blackened accretions of many a badly lived lifetime. That was the reason for all the giggles, screams, guffaws, all the bizarre and unclassifiable sounds that erupted in the auditorium: people were disgorging “negativities”; they were letting go of bad karma; in the parlance of Siddha Yoga, they were “having kriyas.

I went about my business: classes, meditation, chanting, more meditation. It was very calming; but always, wherever you were, you regularly heard kriyas going off like rifle shots, sniffs, pants, shouts, and guffaws accompanying the sudden discharge of samskaras…”

And now finally…

In Baba Muktananda’s own words, “You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf.”

And believe me when I say those waves weren’t kiddie pool sized… they were more like energetic tsunamis!

When Baba Muktananda was administering “shaktipat”, as stated in John Chambers’ article above, the “kriyas” or spontaneous movements or sounds coming from those receiving shaktipat, made it seem like the meditation hall was some kinda koo koo zoo for meditators.

They were, however, far from koo koo. In fact, what they were doing was burning through traumas and karma, leading to an accelerated ascension through the power of meditation.

This went on for some years. Then for reasons I have no idea about, Baba Muktananada turned down the tsunami factor on the shaktipat kriyas – and people were having significantly less of them – yet were at the same time still receiving full shaktipat.

It was at this time that my friend, Bill’s story took place.

Baba Muktananda was his Guru, and he had been to several shaktipat initiation ceremonies from the very beginning of Baba’s time in the US.

There was this one time that he, along with maybe 100 other spiritual adepts, were in the main hall, called the “Shakti Mandap”, at the ashram in Upstate New York where Baba had taken up residence, and everyone had just received shaktipat initiation from him.

All was so quiet, you could hear people’s breath rising and falling in their chests…

Until all of a sudden, one young man, from the back of the hall, having the realization that we are all one – and I mean ONE – and having ended the illusion of separation from source, suddenly and uncontrollably broke the dead silence and yelled out, “I AM THE BANANA!”

…at which point, the surprised silence that ensued could no longer be held, and the room went up in an explosion of belly laughs, guffaws and howls of laughter!

They were clearly not laughing AT the young man’s utterly hilarious yet most profound realization, rather more in solidarity with him. After all, the whole point of meditation is to achieve self-realization – and if happens through the full awareness of oneness with a banana, so be it!

As an aside, it was the recently departed and dearly beloved Baba Ram Dass, American spiritual teacher, psychologist and author, who introduced Baba Muktananda in 1970 to eagerly awaiting spiritual adepts.

I’ll leave you with a pertinent quote from Baba Ram Dass for trying times: “If you want to cure the world, don’t emanate fear – emanate love.”

From Bananas to Beatles

Next week we’ll be exploring yet another Master Teacher that came to the West to help spread the good word on meditation.

Only this time, we’ll be looking at him through the eyes of the iconic Beatles. Yup. The Beatles!

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Once again, I will sign off with Baba Muktananda’s greatest teaching of all, for which he is remembered by countless devotees and students:

“God dwells within you, as you.”

Namaste, dear Baba, with all my heart filled with immense gratitude.

The Overcoming Addiction Series Guided Meditations

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Two weeks ago, we kicked off a very important series of Guided Meditations on Overcoming Addiction.

I specifically researched and created the Overcoming Addiction Series for those who are, or would like to, overcome any type of addiction: from smoking, overeating, or to being addicted to negative thought patterns.

According to scientific research, those who choose to meditate alongside other wellness efforts while overcoming addiction, will likely be addiction free 25% faster and 80% more successful in remaining so if they continue to meditate.

The Series in in 3 Parts, with 6 Support Guided Meditations to come!

There are 3 Parts to the Overcoming Addiction Series. Parts 1 and 2 are available in 30 and 60 minute versions each, and Part 3 is available in 15 and 30 Minute Versions. Parts 1 through 3 are accompanied by 6 Support Meditations meant to be practiced after Parts 1 through 3 have been listened to at least once.

It is highly recommended that Parts 1 through 3 be listened to often for the duration of the time period required to overcome the addiction, and that the Support Meditations become part of a daily meditation practice, reviewing at least one (of choice) per day. 

Last week I released Overcoming Addiction, Part 2: “I am not my addiction.”

Overcoming Addiction, Part 3 of 3: “I can do this!”

Here’s an excerpt:

“…Notice your thoughts now… without judging them, fighting them or feeding them, gently bring your attention back to your breath. Be curious about what happens to these urges over time as you continue to meditate – and appreciate your newfound ability to surf them and no longer be controlled by them… The key is to replace the fear around the craving not going away with the interest in the process of making it go away… You have already proved that you can… It’s now a matter of “practice makes perfect”.  Remember, you CAN do this and be addiction free, once and for all!

As you continue to focus on your breath, repeat inwardly:

I am ME….. 

I am all that I am…..

I am not my addiction nor what anyone else perceives me to be…..

I am light, I am…..

I am love, I am……

I am truth I am…….

I am strong, I am…..

I am real, I am……

I am newly whole, I am……….

I am grateful, I am………

I am whole, I am……….. 

I send love to every part of my body… I send love to my skin… I send love to my hands, arms, feet and legs… I send love to my head, neck and back… I send love to my own inner, pure and beautiful inner child… I send love to my entire being, and wrap myself up in a blanket of love and peace…

I am worthy of love – my own, and that of others…

I am addiction free, I am…

I inhale love and exhale gratitude……. and 

I offer peace to myself – and to all who seek it… and chose peace, to embrace the love of others – and myself – today and all days…

Allow yourself to come back to the room. You are relaxed, yet invigorated. You are calm, yet alert. You are on your way to full recovery – and you are at peace. When you are ready, open your eyes…”

Please share this Guided Meditation Series with anyone you feel might benefit from it. I thank you for that, very deeply, in advance.

There is a 15 Minute Version and a 30 Minute Version of this Guided Meditation.

The only difference between the 15, 30 Minute and 60 Minute Versions of all 3 Parts is that the longer versions have more pure meditation time to beautiful, heart-opening music at the end, just before you are asked to come out of meditation.

Here’s a link to the Overcoming Addiction Series, Part 3: “I can do this!” Guided Meditation: 30 Minute Version:

Here’s a link to the Overcoming Addiction Series, Part 3: “I can do this!”, Guided Meditation: 60 Minute Version:

About Meditation.Works Guided Meditations

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I’ll be releasing ONE NEW FREE Guided Meditation PER WEEK, starting next week, so please stay tuned! 

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It’s Meditation “dot” Works, because meditation really DOES WORK!

Once again, please allow me to express my gratitude…

Meditation has given my life richness and meaning beyond words, and I am passionate about sharing my Guided Meditations, and the myriad transformational benefits meditation offers, with the world.

It is my sincerest wish that my Guided Meditations bring you the results you are looking for in your meditation practice, and that you continue to come back and listen to more Meditation.Works Guided Meditations on subject matters that just may matter to YOU most!

Together with Meditation.Works, let’s cultivate balanced, abundant, healthy and co-creative lives, and build a global culture that advocates deep healing, self-transformation, compassion and true well-being, through the power of meditation.

Please help Meditation.Works do just that, one meditator at a time… Here’s how:

Heal the self, help others heal: Before you know it, we’re all healed!

Thanks for the gift of your time and attention!

Wishing you all the joy your heart can hold, all the love – in all its forms – that you can possibly bask in, optimum health, prosperity and abundance, the spiritual transformation you crave, and the attainment of all your wishes and goals this 2020 and beyond! 

It’s time…

With Great “Lovitude”,

Renata Duma

Questions, anyone?

Have any questions or meditation experiences you would like to share? 

Whether they’re experiential, emotional or mystical, I’d love to hear from you! Please fill out the short form on the Contact page on this Site, and I’ll get back to you within 72 hours. Promise!

Please also join me on Instagram: @Meditation.Works, where I’ll be sharing daily inspirations and quotes to help keep you motivated, and help keep your meditation practice engaging, inspiring and on track!

You can find the links to all my Guided Meditations in the “Guided Meditations” section of this Blog, so you can listen or download as many of my Guided Meditations as you would like… for FREE! 

Don’t forget to “Like” and “Subscribe” to my YouTube Channel, and hit that notification “Bell”, so you’ll know the moment a new Guided Meditation is uploaded to the channel. 

Remember, coming soon… 

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As always, Happy Meditating!

With great “Lovitude”,

Renata

An Homage, With Immense Gratitude, to Meditation Pioneers in the West

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Swami Vivekananda addressing the first World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago, USA, September 11, 1893.

We indeed have much to be grateful for to the Mahavatars and Master Teachers who braved the often harsh scrutiny of the uninitiated – and unenlightened – to share with us all, the priceless gifts the practice of meditation – and yoga – offers.

They were also the recipients of immense gratitude and praise from those whose life paths were irrevocably altered and illumined for eternity by the gift of their wisdom; A wisdom and practical application thereof that otherwise would not have emerged in the West for decades to come.

Swami Vivikananda, 1863 – 1902

The very first religious teacher to bring yoga and meditation to America was Swami Vivekananda. That was in 1893.

Vivekananda first came to North America in 1893, though it was Yogananda who was the first Yoga Master of India to take up permanent residence in the West, arriving in the US in 1920.

Shree Paramahansa Yogananda teaching students in America, circa 1920. Image courtesy of https://yogajournal.com

Paramahansa Yogananda traveled throughout the United States on what he called his “spiritual campaigns”, teaching and transforming lives everywhere he went.

As I mentioned in last weeks Blog Post, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of Paramahansa Yogananda’s arrival to the US. Yogananda has been called, “The Father of Yoga to the West.”

And his book, Autobiography of a Yogi, that I spoke about in last week’s Blog Post, “sparked a spiritual revolution around the world, and has inspired millions.” https://Ananda.org

For more about Shree Mahavatar Paramahansa Yogananda, please check out last week’s post if you haven’t already. There’s lots to be discovered there about this great spiritual Master and Teacher.

Once again, I encourage you to check out https://Yogananda.org for more information. I also encourage you to watch the amazing documentary on Paramahansa Yogananda, called Awaken. More information go to: https://www.awaketheyoganandamovie.com/

For those of you who subscribe to GAIA TV, https://www.GAIA.com, it’s there in the film section. DEFINITELY worth a watch.

Swami Vivekananda, Chicago, USA, 1893

“The world’s religions are but various phases of one eternal religion.”

Swami Vivekananda wrote, “In America is the place, the people, the opportunity for everything new” prior to leaving India en route to Chicago, Illinois, USA, in 1893.

He had learned from his guru, or teacher, Shree Ramakrishna, 1836 – 1886, that the world’s religions “are but various phases of one eternal religion”.

He also learned that spiritual essence could be transmitted from one person to another, and he was determined to bring that transmission about in North America – from his golden heart to the hungry hearts of spiritual seekers in the West.

When Swami Vivekananda “rose to address the first World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago, he not only introduced yoga to the West, he also created a sensation.

Sisters and brothers of America,’ he began, prompting thunderous applause from the nearly 7,000 attendees; his brief speech, rapturous in its profession of ‘toleration’ and the essential truth of all religions, went on to decry ‘sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant fanaticism,’ which, he said, ‘have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often . . . with human blood, destroyed civilization, and sent whole nations to despair.’

The date was September 11, 1893 – exactly 108 years to the day from a tragic event that would underscore the truth of his words. He won great praise in the American press – the New York Critic called him “an orator by divine right” – and he toured the country for four years, lecturing on Hindu philosophy, especially jnana, bhakti, karma, and raja yoga.

Swami Vivekananda became a national hero in his native India and went on to establish the Ramakrishna Mission there as well as the Vedanta Society in the United States. Today there are presently 13 Vedanta chapters located in America and more than 125 around the world. For more information, visit www.vedanta.org and www.ramakrishna.org.”https://yogajournal.com

How Rene Daumal’s Rasa Rocked Paris, Circa 1932

While Paramahansa Yogananda was busy raising consciousness in the US through his teachings, the literary crowd in Paris, France, got its chance to explore the same at around roughly the same time at the hands of Rene Daumal, author of Rasa and his better known Mount Analogue.

Photo by Renata Duma. Book, Copyright 1982 by Louise Landes Levi

Rene Daumal, 1908 – 1944, French spiritual para-surrealist writer, poet and autodidact, best known for his posthumously published book, Mount Analogue, also wrote another less known, now unavailable (as far as I can find) publication, entitled Rasa, which I am lucky to have a well-used, torn an tattered copy of, purchased in a second hand book store in Toronto in the mid 80’s.

Rasa was originally published in French by Editions Gallimard, Paris in 1970. One of the versions of the publication was entitled, Bharata, also published in Paris.

The English version, cover photo above, contains translated selections from the original French versions, also published by arrangement with Editions Gallimard.

It was the enigmatic George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, mystic, philosopher, spiritual teacher, author and composer, founder of The Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man, in Paris, France, who ultimately shaped Daumal’s destiny prior to his untimely passing in 1944 of tuberculosis at age 36.

It was at the Institute that Daumal first fell under Gurdieff’s spell. He wrote about his new teacher, “And above all, remember the day when you wanted to throw out everything, no matter how – but a guardian kept watch in your night, he kept watch while you dreamed, he made you touch your flesh, he made you gather your rags – remember your guardian.”

More about the great Gurdjieff , another great Master Teacher, and his Institute in later posts. There is much to discover there.

Rene Daumal, circa 1930, France.

In the Introduction to Rasa, it says, Daumal “mastered Sanskrit and translated a selection of important texts from the Sahitya-darpana, the Chandyoga Upanishad, the Bhagavad Gita, etc. ..”

It is important to realize that it was not easy to get a copy of the Bhagavad Gita, which is part of a greater work, called the Mahabharata, in the 1930’s in Paris. Or in New York, or anywhere else in the world. Unless you were a spiritual adept in a monastery in India.

Daumal had to have gone to great lengths to become a Sanskrit scholar during his brief life, 1908-1944.

Daumal’s translation of Sanskrit texts, as it says in the Introduction to Rasa, “which deal with poetry and the composition directly inspired his future work in these areas. In Sanskrit, the word is not only a tool or poetic expression, but it is in its esoteric usage the poet’s mirror and the mirror of the gods.

The Sanskrit alphabet is a sacred formula whose function is, in addition to the complexity of its compositional forms, the direct reflection of the sacred word and its powers. ‘All recited poems and all chants are, without exception, portions of Vishnu, the great being, reclothed in sonorous form.'”

The Introduction goes on to say, “Daumal’s translation work reflects his desire his desire to place this ancient tradition at the service of the European literary intelligence.

His translation of Bharata’s ‘Natya Sastra’, considered to be the first written treatise on in the arts of poetry, music, and dance, into a vital, living French attest to this deeply felt motive – one which would give to Occidental culture an image of its origin and of an artistic form and formula which existed not to distract but to ‘awaken’ – to awaken man to consciousness of himself.”

It was as though not being able to be a conduit of a great awakening through the essence of the teachings as he was not himself a Sadhu, Daumal chose to be one through the sacred elements of Sanskrit teachings, all based in meditation, that he translated.

It is quite evident he had a direct desire to enlighten and awaken Western European society to yet another possible path to enlightenment through his work.

I’ll leave you with one last titbit on Daumal.

Daumal was an outspoken practitioner of pataphysics.

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Pata – what?

Well, they got me on that one. Believe me. What is pataphysics?

According to Wikipedia, “Pataphysics or pataphysics is a difficult-to-define literary trope invented by French writer Alfred Jarry. One definition is that “pataphysics is a branch of philosophy or science that examines imaginary phenomena that exist in a world beyond metaphysics; it is the science of imaginary solutions.” 

The “science of imaginary solutions”. And you wonder how Daumal went about contemplating his “imaginary solutions”? I sure don’t. Not that meditation had anything to do with it. 😉

So Daumal is our third meditation pioneer, so far.

We had Swami Vivekananda in the 1893 and beyond, Paramahansa Yogananda in the 1920’s and beyond, both in the US, and Daumal in France in the 1930’s, even though his work wasn’t published until the 1970’s in Paris, and in the 1980’s (only in part) in New York.

There was another shining star to blaze across the North American horizon in the 1970’s, among others, who also came to spread the word about meditation and ensuing enlightenment.

It was the shining one, who I refer to, that I have some direct experience of, indirectly. I’ll explain more about that in next weeks blog.

Today I will name him and give you just a couple of his teachings, in hopes it will whet your appetite; which I shall attempt to satiate in next weeks Blog Post.

He was born Krishna Rai on May 16, 1908 (just 3 months after Daumal), and took Mahsamadhi (the conscious act of leaving one’s body) on 2 October 1982).

He was the founder of Siddha Yoga and disciple and the successor of Bhagavan Nityananda, descended of a long lineage of Siddhas.

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He became known as Swami Muktananda after experiencing Shaktipat, or the awakening of the kundalinin energy that resides at the base of the spine by his teacher, Nityananda.

Shree Swami Muktananda wrote a number of books on the subjects of Kundalini Shakti, Vedanta, and Kashmir Shaivism, including a spiritual autobiography entitled The Play of Consciousness, which is a must-read, right after Autobiography of a Yogi.

I say it’s a must read AFTER Autobiography only because I mentioned it first… There’s no order to read them in. Both will take you somewhere you’ve been wanting to go for a long time, just haven’t known yet. Trust me on that one too.

Swami Muktananda’s teachings were essentially that:

  • The human body is a temple within which God dwells in the form of the Self. However, to know this, you must turn within through meditation. In your present state, you have only partial awareness.
  • We know only the ordinary states of consciousness in which we live; we do not have complete knowledge of reality. When we are awake, we are totally immersed in our waking world. When we dream, our activities, our world, and our understanding are completely different from when we are awake. When we go into the state of deep sleep, we lose consciousness altogether.
  • When we meditate, we pass even beyond the deep sleep state and enter the state of the Self. That state is the foundation of all the other states, and it alone is permanent and unchanging.” (Wikipedia)

Though we will continue exploring Swami Muktananda in next week’s Blog Post, I’ll leave you now with his greatest teaching of all. I reiterate:

“God dwells within you, as you.”

To that, I say, Namaste, with all my heart and immense gratitude.

The Overcoming Addiction Series Guided Meditations

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Last week, we kicked off a very important series of Guided Meditations on Overcoming Addiction.

I specifically researched and created the Overcoming Addiction Series for those who are, or would like to, overcome any type of addiction: from smoking, overeating, or to being addicted to negative thought patterns.

According to scientific research, those who choose to meditate alongside other wellness efforts while overcoming addiction, will likely be addiction free 25% faster and 80% more successful in remaining so if they continue to meditate.

The Series in in 3 Parts, with 6 Support Guided Meditations to come!

There are 3 Parts to the Overcoming Addiction Series, available in 30 and 60 minute versions each, as well as 6 Support Meditations meant to be practiced after Parts 1 through 3 have been listened to at least once.

It is highly recommended that Parts 1 through 3 be listened to often for the duration of the time period required to overcome the addiction, and that the Support Meditations become part of a daily meditation practice, reviewing at least one (of choice) per day. 

Last week I released Overcoming Addiction, Part 1: “I choose a healthy me.”

Overcoming Addiction, Part 2 of 3: “I choose a healthy me.”

Here’s an excerpt from Overcoming Addiction Part 2: “I am not my addiction”:

“Choosing to end the dependency on an addiction is one of the most challenging – and equally rewarding things – anyone can undertake in their life. It’s a big step – there’s no doubting that – but does it have to be daunting, laced with an undertone of difficulty?

The truth is every step we take is as big – or as daunting – or as easy – as we decide it is in our mind. The scientifically proven fact is, the mind – your mind – cannot tell the difference between an actual, “real-life” event and a vividly imagined one. Denis Waitley, coach to Olympic champions and Apollo astronauts, is constantly using this analogy while training new astronauts.

The philosophy: decide something is going to be difficult and you can be sure it will be… Decide it’s going to be easy – and even when challenges come up, they’ll be experienced as bumps on the road – to be expected – and not roadblocks. Let’s try that now in the following creative visualization…”

Please share this Guided Meditation Series with anyone you feel might benefit from it. I thank you for that, very deeply, in advance. Please note:

Please share this Guided Meditation Series with anyone you feel might benefit from it. I thank you for that, very deeply, in advance.

There is a 30 Minute Version and a 60 Minute Version.

The only difference between the 30 Minute and 60 Minute Versions is that the 60 Minute Version has a longer period of just meditation to beautiful, heart-opening music at the end of it, before you are asked to come out of meditation.

Otherwise, both Versions have exactly the same Guided Meditation content.

Here’s a link to the Overcoming Addiction Series, Part 2: “I am not my addiction” Guided Meditation: 30 Minute Version:

Here’s a link to the Overcoming Addiction Series, Part 2: “I am not my addiction”, Guided Meditation: 60 Minute Version:

About Meditation.Works Guided Meditations

Meditation.Works Guided Meditations in 15 and 30, and sometimes 60 minute versions, make it virtually effortless to incite real change for the better in your life.

Please “LIKE” this post (at the bottom right hand of your screen) and share it and maybe even a link to my Guided Meditations with anyone you feel would benefit from them.

I’ll be releasing ONE NEW FREE Guided Meditation PER WEEK, starting next week, so please stay tuned! 

And if you’re so inclined, please Subscribe to this Blog Site and to my Instagram Page: Meditation.Works, and to my YouTube Channel too: Meditation Works, so you’ll be instantly notified when there’s a new Guided Meditation for you to meditate with – or to share!

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It’s Meditation “dot” Works, because meditation really DOES WORK!

Once again, please allow me to express my gratitude…

Meditation has given my life richness and meaning beyond words, and I am passionate about sharing my Guided Meditations, and the myriad transformational benefits meditation offers, with the world.

It is my sincerest wish that my Guided Meditations bring you the results you are looking for in your meditation practice, and that you continue to come back and listen to more Meditation.Works Guided Meditations on subject matters that just may matter to YOU most!

Together with Meditation.Works, let’s cultivate balanced, abundant, healthy and co-creative lives, and build a global culture that advocates deep healing, self-transformation, compassion and true well-being, through the power of meditation.

Please help Meditation.Works do just that, one meditator at a time… Here’s how:

Heal the self, help others heal: Before you know it, we’re all healed!

Thanks for the gift of your time and attention!

Wishing you all the joy your heart can hold, all the love – in all its forms – that you can possibly bask in, optimum health, prosperity and abundance, the spiritual transformation you crave, and the attainment of all your wishes and goals this 2020 and beyond! 

It’s time…

With Great “Lovitude”,

Renata Duma

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Questions, anyone?

Have any questions or meditation experiences you would like to share? 

Whether they’re experiential, emotional or mystical, I’d love to hear from you! Please fill out the short form on the Contact page on this Site, and I’ll get back to you within 72 hours. Promise!

Please also join me on Instagram: @Meditation.Works, where I’ll be sharing daily inspirations and quotes to help keep you motivated, and help keep your meditation practice engaging, inspiring and on track!

You can find the links to all my Guided Meditations in the “Guided Meditations” section of this Blog, so you can listen or download as many of my Guided Meditations as you would like… for FREE! 

Don’t forget to “Like” and “Subscribe” to my YouTube Channel, and hit that notification “Bell”, so you’ll know the moment a new Guided Meditation is uploaded to the channel. 

Remember, coming soon… 

…more Guided Meditations for adults and new Guided Meditations for children, teens and elders, on subject matters that matter to them most!

As always, Happy Meditating!

With great “Lovitude”,

Renata

2020: Celebrating Paramahansa Yogananda and 100 Years of Meditation in the West

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There’s no denying what’s in those eyes. And they get me every time. If you haven’t already read Autobiography of a Yogi, you might consider putting it at the top of your reading list. Seriously.

I came across it in the early 80’s when I discovered that I was “ripe”, as my meditating friends then described me, meaning that I dove into meditation like I had never got out of the pool in the first place. Autobiography of a Yogi played a great part in my awakening, as it has done, I suspect for anyone who’s ventured forth from cover to cover.

Here’s a link to the the Ananda Organization, where you can read it for free online: https://www.ananda.org/free-inspiration/books/autobiography-of-a-yogi/

Spoiler alert: Don’t expect traditional Hinduism, Buddhism, Vedanta or even esoteric yogic wisdom being discussed within it. Author, Richard Salva says about the book, “Imagine Christ, Buddha, or Krishna telling their life story in their own words. That’s what you get when you read Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi.”

Shee Mahavatar Paramahansa Yogananda, 1893 – 1952, born fully-realized, subsequently became a great teacher of Kriya Yoga (which I have practiced extensively and can personally attest to it’s incredible potential to open the heart, and much, much more).

To say Yogananda was a great proponent of the teachings of Jesus Christ would be a gross understatement.

Ananda.org says, “Yogananda taught that Jesus, who began his journey as a human being like all of us, eventually became one with God. He then agreed to return to Earth to help others attain the same.”

“To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” (Revelation 3:21) In the Hindu tradition, such a one is called an “avatar.” Jesus was his given name. Christ was his title. “Christ” refers to the “Christ Consciousness,” the highest state of consciousness that one can attain spiritually, wherein one is completely immersed in God’s presence within and all around, or as the Bible says, lives in the “Kingdom of God [that] is within you” (Luke 17:21).”

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The Second Coming of Christ

Yogananda even wrote a book, entitled, The Second Coming of Christ after he said that Christ appeared to him. The full title of the two-volume work is actually The Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of the Christ Within You – A revelatory commentary on the original teachings of Jesus.

About the book, Yogananda himself held firmly, that “I am not the author. It is Christ.”

It was published posthumously in the US as recently as 2004.

Here’s a brief excerpt:

Paramahansaji tells of Christ’s appearance to him, blessing him and the new scripture

“I am not the author. It is Christ.” The Second Coming of Christ ~~

My singular desire to discern rightly the true meaning of Christ’s words was given wondrous confirmation one night during a period when I was working on these interpretations.  It was in the Hermitage at Encinitas, California.  I was sitting in my darkened room in meditation, praying deeply from my soul, when suddenly the blackness gave way to a celestial opal-blue effulgence.  The entire room was like an opal flame.  In that light the radiant form of the blessed Lord Jesus appeared.

His face was divine. His appearance was of a young man in his twenties, with sparse beard and moustache; his long black hair, parted in the middle, had a golden light about it. His feet were not touching the floor. His eyes were the most beautiful, the most loving eyes I have ever seen. The whole universe I saw glistening in those eyes. They were infinitely changing, and with each transition of expression I intuitively understood the wisdom conveyed.  In his glorious eyes I felt the power that upholds and commands the myriad worlds.

As he gazed down at me, a HOLY GRAIL appeared at his mouth.  It descended to my lips and touched them; then went up again to Jesus.  After a few moments of rapt silent communion, he said to me: “THOU DOST DRINK OF THE SAME CUP OF WHICH I DRINK.”

At that I bowed down.  I was joyous beyond dreams to receive the testimony of his blessings, of his presence…His words meant that I was drinking of his wisdom through the Holy Grail of his perceptions which he has dropped in my consciousness, and he was pleased.  He approved very dearly and blessed me for writing these interpretations.  This I can say without pride, because the interpretation of Christ’s words herein is not mine.  It has been given to me.  I am happy this book is coming through me: but I am not the author.  It is Christ.  I am only the vehicle through which it is explained.

Steve Jobs may have been Yogananda’s greatest fan

From: https://www.inc.com/hitendra-wadhwa/steve-jobs-self-realization-yogananda.html: “Steve Jobs planned every detail of his own memorial service, held at Stanford University in October 2011, including the brown box each attendee received as a farewell gift. One of those attendees was Mark Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, and two years later at a TechCrunch Disrupt conference he recounted his feelings at the moment when he opened the box: ‘This is going to be good,’ he recalled. ‘I knew that this was a decision [Steve] made, and whatever it was, it was the last thing he wanted us all to think about.’

The box contained the book Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda.

Benioff continued: ‘Yogananda…had this book on self-realization…. [Steve’s] last message to us was that here is Yogananda’s book…. Actualize yourself.'”

Like I said, you might want to think about picking up a copy. Your world WILL change. Believe me.

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So how does all this apply to us? Here, today and now?

We all know, deep down inside – come on, fess up – that meditation is GOOD for you. Or you wouldn’t be here reading this.

I, however, often get the, “yeah, yeah, I know… I just can’t find the time…” stuff… or the, “I just… (blank stare)”…

Besides doing everything within my capabilities to convince to that you can’t afford NOT to take the time to meditate, I’m seeing this as a HUGE POSITIVE, BTW.

Why? Because even just a short couple of decades ago, anyone other than a Buddhist monk who was caught meditating, was assumed that they wanted to become a Buddhist monk – because nobody else was doing it.

Not until 1920. 100 years ago.

Enter Mahavatar Sri Paramhansa Yogananda, Circa 1920

Mahavatar Sree Paramahansa Yogananda

Ah… Again, those eyes…

Swami Paramasansa Yogananda was the first yoga master of India to take up permanent residence in the West, arriving in America in 1920.

He proceeded to travel throughout the United States on what he called his “spiritual campaigns”, teaching and transforming lives everywhere he went.

This year is the 100th anniversary of Paramahansa Yogananda’s arrival the the West to spread his Kriya Yoga and meditation teachings.

I encourage you to check out https://Yogananda.org for more information. I also encourage you to watch the amazing documentary on Paramahansa Yogananda, called Awaken. More information go to: https://www.awaketheyoganandamovie.com/

For those of you who subscribe to GAIA TV, https://www.GAIA.com, it’s there in the film section. DEFINITELY worth a watch.

We owe so much to this Mahavatar Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, for without him, who knows how much longer it might have taken for the West to get savvy regarding the benefits of spiritual yoga or meditation, in particular. We hadn’t even heard of it; much less experienced it.

How Rene Daumal’s Rasa Rocked Paris, Circa 1932

Paramahansa was busy in the US, raising consciousness through his teachings.

The literary crowd in Paris, France got its chance to explore the same at around the same time at the hands of Rene Daumal, author of Rasa and his better known Mount Analogue.

Photo by Renata Duma. Book, Copyright 1982 by Louise Landes Levi

Rene Daumal, 1908 – 1944, French spiritual para-surrealist writer, poet and autodidact, best known for his posthumously published book, Mount Analogue, also wrote another less known, now unavailable (as far as I can find) publication, entitled Rasa, which I am lucky to have a well-used, torn an tattered copy of, purchased in a second hand book store in Toronto in the mid 80’s.

I look forward to sharing more with you about Rene Daumal and his enigmatic, experimental and transformative life, and how he deeply influenced European intelligentsia with his publications in his short, 36 year life next week.

I look forward to seeing you then!

The Overcoming Addiction Series Guided Meditations

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This week, we are going to kick off a very important series of Guided Meditations on Overcoming Addiction.

I specifically researched and created the Overcoming Addiction Series for those who are, or would like to, overcome any type of addiction: from smoking, overeating, or to being addicted to negative thought patterns.

According to scientific research, those who choose to meditate alongside other wellness efforts while overcoming addiction, will likely be addiction free 25% faster and 80% more successful in remaining so if they continue to meditate.

The Series in in 3 Parts, with 6 Support Guided Meditations to come!

There are 3 Parts to the Overcoming Addiction Series, available in 30 and 60 minute versions each, as well as 6 Support Meditations meant to be practiced after Parts 1 through 3 have been listened to at least once.

It is highly recommended that Parts 1 through 3 be listened to often for the duration of the time period required to overcome the addiction, and that the Support Meditations become part of a daily meditation practice, reviewing at least one (of choice) per day. 

Overcoming Addiction, Part 1 of 3: “I choose a healthy me.”

Here’s an excerpt:

Choosing to end the dependency on an addiction is one of the most challenging – and equally rewarding things – anyone can undertake in their life. It’s a big step – there’s no doubting that – but does it have to be daunting, laced with an undertone of difficulty?

The truth is every step we take is as big – or as daunting – or as easy – as we decide it is in our mind. The scientifically proven fact is, the mind – your mind – cannot tell the difference between an actual, “real-life” event and a vividly imagined one. Denis Waitley, coach to Olympic champions and Apollo astronauts, is constantly using this analogy while training new astronauts.

The philosophy: decide something is going to be difficult and you can be sure it will be… Decide it’s going to be easy – and even when challenges come up, they’ll be experienced as bumps on the road – to be expected – and not roadblocks. Let’s try that now in the following creative visualization:

Imagine climbing a mountain…  You feel the fresh, cold air on your face as you climb steadily, one foot in front of the other… It’s quite an accomplishment. Take a moment now to experience the cool, fresh mountain air and the sense of accomplishment you feel at arriving at the top. 

Having thought about it now, and having accomplished the climb, you realize how easy it actually was – and that all the difficulty you anticipated was created by your mind that told you that climbing the mountain would be really, really difficult – and maybe even impossible. Take a moment to acknowledge that now. .

Though accomplishing certain things may really BE difficult, the point is to be open to the ease – to be open to the possibility. It’s equally important to always acknowledge our thoughts – but not be a slave to the negative ones. We should even be thankful for them because they are the potential change agent that causes us to reject negative behaviours and follow a more positive course of action. Resisting them or not acknowledging them by avoiding them is not only futile, but dangerous because as was mentioned earlier, what we resist persists. 

Here’s one way to handle negative thoughts effectively. Imagine now that all your negative thoughts are words on a chalkboard… words like DIFFICULT, IMPOSSIBLE, UNATTAINABLE, HARD, SCARY…

See that chalkboard in front of you now, filled with the words describing your fears and negative emotions. PAUSE. Now imagine taking the chalk eraser, and wiping one negative word off the chalkboard at a time, replacing them with words like: FUN, EXHILARATING, REWARDING, EASY, WORTHWHILE, MEANINGFUL and VALUABLE.

Take a few moments now to feel how wonderful wiping those negative thoughts away and replacing them with positive words make you feel, and how much positive energy you’re filled with.”

Please share this Guided Meditation Series with anyone you feel might benefit from it. I thank you for that, very deeply, in advance.

There is a 30 Minute Version and a 60 Minute Version.

The only difference between the 30 Minute and 60 Minute Versions is that the 60 Minute Version has a longer period of just meditation to beautiful, heart-opening music at the end of it, before you are asked to come out of meditation.

Otherwise, both Versions have exactly the same Guided Meditation content.

Here’s a link to the Overcoming Addiction Series, Part 1: I choose a healthy me! Guided Meditation: 30 Minute Version:

Here’s a link to the Overcoming Addiction Series, Part 1: I choose a healthy me! Guided Meditation: 60 Minute Version:

About Meditation.Works Guided Meditations

Meditation.Works Guided Meditations in 15 and 30, and sometimes 60 minute versions, make it virtually effortless to incite real change for the better in your life.

Please “LIKE” this post (at the bottom right hand of your screen) and share it and maybe even a link to my Guided Meditations with anyone you feel would benefit from them.

I’ll be releasing ONE NEW FREE Guided Meditation PER WEEK, starting next week, so please stay tuned! 

And if you’re so inclined, please Subscribe to this Blog Site and to my Instagram Page: Meditation.Works, and to my YouTube Channel too: Meditation Works, so you’ll be instantly notified when there’s a new Guided Meditation for you to meditate with – or to share!

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It’s Meditation “dot” Works, because meditation really DOES WORK!

Once again, please allow me to express my gratitude…

Meditation has given my life richness and meaning beyond words, and I am passionate about sharing my Guided Meditations, and the myriad transformational benefits meditation offers, with the world.

It is my sincerest wish that my Guided Meditations bring you the results you are looking for in your meditation practice, and that you continue to come back and listen to more Meditation.Works Guided Meditations on subject matters that just may matter to YOU most!

Together with Meditation.Works, let’s cultivate balanced, abundant, healthy and co-creative lives, and build a global culture that advocates deep healing, self-transformation, compassion and true well-being, through the power of meditation.

Please help Meditation.Works do just that, one meditator at a time… Here’s how:

Heal the self, help others heal: Before you know it, we’re all healed!

Thanks for the gift of your time and attention!

Wishing you all the joy your heart can hold, all the love – in all its forms – that you can possibly bask in, optimum health, prosperity and abundance, the spiritual transformation you crave, and the attainment of all your wishes and goals this 2020 and beyond! 

It’s time…

With Great “Lovitude”,

Renata Duma

Image courtesy of Gregory Colbert. Born in Toronto, Canada in 1960, Gregory is a film-maker and photographer best known as the creator of Ashes and Snow, an exhibition of photographic artworks and films housed in the Nomadic Museum.

Questions, anyone?

Have any questions or meditation experiences you would like to share? 

Whether they’re experiential, emotional or mystical, I’d love to hear from you! Please fill out the short form on the Contact page on this Site, and I’ll get back to you within 72 hours. Promise!

Please also join me on Instagram: @Meditation.Works, where I’ll be sharing daily inspirations and quotes to help keep you motivated, and help keep your meditation practice engaging, inspiring and on track!

You can find the links to all my Guided Meditations in the “Guided Meditations” section of this Blog, so you can listen or download as many of my Guided Meditations as you would like… for FREE! 

Don’t forget to “Like” and “Subscribe” to my YouTube Channel, and hit that notification “Bell”, so you’ll know the moment a new Guided Meditation is uploaded to the channel. 

Remember, coming soon… 

…more Guided Meditations for adults and new Guided Meditations for children, teens and elders, on subject matters that matter to them most!

As always, Happy Meditating!

With great “Lovitude”,

Renata

Meditate, Heal, Create, Repeat: Your Portal to Bliss Awaits!

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“I have a vision where all people are at peace, free of illness and suffering, and they are fed and housed…

A world where every child is loved, nurtured and able to learn and develop their talents…

Where the heart is more important than the intellect and wisdom is sought over wealth

A world where equality, fairness and compassion rule…

A world where all nature is revered and honoured; animals are treated with the utmost kindness, and plants, trees and crops thrive…

Waters flow clean and clear; the air is fresh, pure and life-sustaining…

Joy and laughter fill the air, and we are, each of us, fulfilled physically, emotionally and spiritually…

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

So be it.”

This is an excerpt from this week’s NEW Guided Meditation, Cultivating Self-Acceptance and Love, which I wrote some time ago. Neither the vision, nor the sentiment has changed for me one iota.

If anything, it has grown stronger, more urgent, as we face the physical, emotional and psychological “totally-out-of-sanity” or “unraveling” we are experiencing and witnessing today, globally.

And I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s over the top.

Here’s my advice, for what it’s worth: There’s only one thing to do about it all:

Go within. Find your portal to bliss; heal, then create, or “Be the change in the world you want to see”, as the great sage and my personal hero, Mahatma Gandhi taught us. Then repeat.

Why? Because…

All Healing, Change and Creation Start from Within

Let’s explore that idea.

I was impulsed to share this particular Guided Meditation with you as I was contemplating my time with the Rinpoche I spoke about in my previous Blog Post, Why Meditation is Like Cultivating a Garden, and Do Cats Meditate? Cheeky, I know. But I’m sure a few of you had a good giggle. Spoiler alert: There’s another little giggle waiting for you at the. ned of THIS post too. 😉

Back to Rinpoche. There are actually 2 separate encounters with 2 Rinpoches in that Blog Post…

I’m referring here to the second Rinpoche; the one I met through a fortuitous string of events, and with whom I was deeply honoured to have developed somewhat of a rapport. It felt like “friends”, however in retrospect was probably more “Master- student”, or perhaps a was really a combo of both.

This Rinpoche was a great healer. For many years already, he had regularly traveled the globe, eagerly and compassionately receiving all the sick and wounded who came to see him, seeking his miraculous healing gifts.

His healing ability, or “superpower”, happened through him saying some mantras over a smallish rock he would hold in the palm of his hands. Within about 5 minutes the rock would change its state and become so hot, it would sear the skin of anyone it touched, though not his.

He would touch this hot stone to various body parts of the hundreds and hundreds of those he received, causing the spontaneous and often full healing of the afflicted seeker.

Photograph by Renata Duma, 2011

The Many Become One

During one of our visits, and having witnessed the Rinpoche’s healings yet again several times, I could no longer hide my burning curiosity. I looked at him with inquiring eyes…

With what I would call an impish grin (as I found out later that he had a wicked sense of humour and loved a good belly laugh over just about anything else in pleasant company, other than dry ribs – go figure!) he called over his Interpreter, and asked me to come sit on the floor, directly in front of him…

My excitement became palpable: It’s not every day you get schooled by a Rinpoche! Lol…

He took one of his healing rocks and handed it to me. It was stone cold. Duh. He then said through the Interpreter that he would be reciting several mantras over the rock that took him 15 years of solitude in a cave to learn how to recite. That’s no laughing matter.

I waited patiently as he proceeded to hold the rock in the palms of both of his hands and chanted several mantras under his breath.

About 5 minutes passed. He opened his eyes. Through the Interpreter, he asked me to hold out my hand.

WIDE EYED (because I KNOW what that baby is charged up with!) I reluctantly did so. The Interpreter said, “Make it go from one hand to the other, like, as you say, ‘hot potato’!” And Rinpoche dropped the rock in my hand…

Oh yeah! Hot, it certainly was, but I could play hot potato with it without getting seared, as I did for about a minute, before I pretty much tossed it back at him…

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No, that’s not me. But it is how I felt… Lol! Let’s carry on…

Rinpoche’s eyes were dancing with glee. I could tell he was getting a kick out of schooling me – and equally out of sharing the philosophy and spirituality behind his hot rock-healing process with me.

But the deeper, burning (sorry, couldn’t resist!) question remained. Ok, so you can heat up the rock, but how does that heal anyone?

I could tell that the Rinpoche could see that my eyes, and my mind, were hungry for an explanation, which he was so very kind as to grace me with then, and for which I will remain humbly grateful for eternity…

It was his explanation that awakened my soul/spirit/being to one of the most esoteric and fundamental aspects of humanity:

We are all ONE, and that it was through his setting, then harnessing the intention of healing the many (who are suffering from the same condition or affliction) in the rock, the touching that rock to ONE of the many, that his healing method consistently worked

Simultaneously healing the MANY who are in essence already ONE (though they may or may not be aware of it) was the fundamental necessity of thought and therefore the essence of the healing.

In other words, the genesis of the healing was through Rinpoche’s kind, loving and compassionate INTENTION, setting the stage, so to speak, with his mantras, invoking the energy of the healing process to begin, then carrying through with his intention of healing the MANY through the ONE that was already the MANY and the ONE.

This type of healing happened, and still happens, as Rinpoche continues his healing pilgrimages across Canada and the US, in his ongoing quest to support the orphanage and monastery, rather monasteries, now, I believe, that are in his care in Tibet.

So what’s the message? I reiterate:

Meditate, Heal, Create, Repeat

Let’s get “sciency” again. 🙂

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Meditation incorporates a variety of techniques. One of the simplest and most effective is meditation through visualization, also known as “creative visualization”.

It refers to ways that affect the outer world via changing one’s thoughts, and is the basic approach for positive thinking and optimism, or the tendency to take a favorable or hopeful view and be confident about the future.

In other words, visualization is the technique of using one’s imagination to visualize specific behaviours or events occurring in one’s life. (Not much different from the intention Rinpoche set to heal ALL through the ONE, and the ONE through the MANY.)

Recent scientific research (of which there is a plethora) demonstrates how practicing meditation can affect the mind, brain, body and behaviour in ways that promote health and well-being.

In particular, creative and visual, or “Guided Meditation”, is frequently used to enhance performance and reach personal goals, whatever they may be.

In one of the most well-known studies on creative visualization in sports, for example, McCormack, F. 2006, Russian scientists compared 4 groups of Olympic athletes in terms of their training schedules.

They discovered that mental images can act as a prelude to muscular impulses.

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Group 4, with 75% of their time devoted to mental training, performed the best.

The same conclusions have been obtained while investigating visual imagery used in other sports, such as golf, rugby, cricket and tennis.

Consequently, visualization can be a tool that athletes use to get their minds in shape for competition, as well as a tool that anyone else can use to set goals and find ways of achieving them.

Meditation through visualization boosts confidence by allowing people to picture themselves winning, healing, achieving, or whatever they choose to visualize.

Based on these findings, it is apparent that we are able to train the mind through creative visualization, and the ability to do that grows stronger the more one mediates.

Image courtesy of the New York Times:
To Train an Athlete Add 12 Minutes of Daily Meditation to the Mix https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/21/well/live/to-train-an-athlete-add-12-minutes-of-meditation-to-the-daily-mix.html

In her PHD thesis, submitted to the Graduate Council of Texas State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of
Master of Arts with a Major in Health Psychology, in May 2015, entitled THE EFFECTS OF VISUALIZATION & GUIDED IMAGERY IN SPORTS PERFORMANCE, Tracy C. Ekeocha, B.S. wrote:

“To excel in any of these sports, just like anything one does, requires persistence in training and practice. But for some athletes, there is more to training than just the physical aspect. Some athletes strongly implement
cognitive (mental) training methods in their preparation to enhance sports performance.
..

For instance, sports visualization is a method essentially aimed at building up the athlete’s confidence and self-belief to overcome performance anxiety. It is designed to remove negative triggers and replace them with positive thoughts, which can sharpen a person’s focus and create more confidence. Some athletes, especially professional and collegiate athletes, have been known to use imagery and visualization techniques as an advantage during training and competition.

While several of these cognitive training techniques have played an important role in recent and past studies, the one that has heavily drawn attention in the world is 2 visualization and imagery (commonly referred to as guided imagery).

Utay & Miller (2006) stated that the use of guided imagery dates back more than 2,000 years and has evolved significantly during the past century (as cited in Kress, Adamson, Demarco,
Paylo, & Zoldan, 2013, p. 39)…

Guided imagery techniques contain detailed and vivid images that are retained in the mind that produce healing and well-being.

Furthermore, the consistent use of these techniques causes a learning or conditioning effect, so the negative triggers can diminish as the positive physical changes can ultimately become available at all times the individual chooses to use them.

Guided imagery is slowly being acknowledged in the world of sports and athletic competition…

There is valuable information on previous history and case studies involving guided imagery and if people became more aware of that information it could increase the popularity of these exercises in future sports and athletic competition.”

The Andromeda Galaxy. Image courtesy of Reddit

Visualize, Heal, Achieve, Create. Repeat

This is a slight variation on the title of this Blog, but it’s an apple that doesn’t fall far from the tree. Especially since we’re talking about creative visualization and Guided Meditation.

And speaking of which, I mentioned finding your portal in the title of this Blog Post. Let’s explore that.

The image above, rather the Andromeda galaxy, is something I like to focus on to help me slip into the varying depths of my inner dimensions. For some reason, it resonates with me, rather calls to me, like it’s my home away from home.

Lying just over two million light years away, extending my consciousness towards it in meditation allows me a feeling of great expansiveness, and allows me to mirror – and visit – that expansiveness within me. Powerful stuff.

INSIDE: That’s where all the real goodies lie… not in anything you can conjure in the 3D, dense world, which has drained us – especially empaths – practically dry.

If you’re one of them, you know exactly what I mean. If you’re not, I’m still pretty sure you know what I mean for one challenging reason or another and you’re drained pretty dry yourself.

I encourage everyone to find their own portal. Use any kind of creative visualization imagery to help you connect with it.

There are no wrong images! Even a donut works! Except that might be slightly distracting… Nyum, nyum… Lol.

Go through it your portal of choice, connect with your “silent passenger” and allow it to guide you to hour exquisite higher self; the one who’s really in charge; not your small-egoic self…

Give in, surrender to the beautiful void that is all of us, here, there, everywhere, together on a healing journey – SEPARATELY, as ONE, and as yet, as ONE, yet separately… (Shhhhh! Here’s a secret: Not for long!)

Let it replenish you and recharge you.

Accept yourself, great one, as you are, and love yourself, for you are, in essence that; LOVE.

May your next warrior pose help you stand at the ready – body, mind, spirit and soul: Times, they are rockin’ and a’shakin and a’changin, dear ones…

Meditate, Heal, Create. Rest… and Repeat.

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This Guided Meditation will take you to a new depth of inner exploration, forgiveness and nurturing.

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Meditation has given my life richness and meaning beyond words, and I am passionate about sharing my Guided Meditations, and the myriad transformational benefits meditation offers, with the world.

It is my sincerest wish that my Guided Meditations bring you the results you are looking for in your meditation practice, and that you continue to come back and listen to more Meditation.Works Guided Meditations on subject matters that just may matter to YOU most!

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It’s time…

With Great “Lovitude”,

Renata Duma

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Oh, and one more thing!

Speaking of portals, here’s my marvelous Ms. Mala, trying to go through her own kitty-donut-pillow to whatever galaxy or dimension kitties go to meowditate, and do whatever else they do there.

All is know is that she comes back cuter and cuter every time… There’s ANOTHER reason we should all meditate! 😉

As always, Happy Meditating, or Meowditating to my feline friends!

With great “Lovitude”,

Renata

Pineal Secrets Revealed and “The 21 Sense Salute” Through Interoception

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If you were taught in school that humans have 5 senses, taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing, you’re 16 short of a 21 Sense Salute. Or possibly even 28.

It all started, perhaps, with Aristotle’s De Anima, Book II.

Chapters 7 through 11 were expressly devoted to the exploration of the senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch, and they molded our historical perception of our sensory capabilities.

Beyond the 5 “traditional” Aristotelean senses, there’s a whole new world – nay galaxy – of human perception currently being boldly explored where no person has explored before.

Our “Outward Senses”, resulting from touch, are called “Somatic Senses”.

They’re based on the experience of receptors associated with the skin, muscles, joints, and viscera. 

Our “Special Senses” include the senses of smell, taste, hearing, static equilibrium, dynamic equilibrium, and sight.

Our “Internal Senses” are called “Interoception”.

Much like going into meditation, they’re the awareness of inner body processes, including becoming aware of the breath, feeling hot or cold, feeling satiated or hungry, feeling comfortable or uncomfortable, becoming aware of the heart beating, the chest rising and falling, and the like.

More about that coming up. For now, let’s make sense of some lesser-known senses.

According to Cynthia  McKanzie, MessageToEagle.com Staff Writer, there are far more than just the 5 traditional senses, including:

  1. “Equilibrioception”: the sense of balance that helps prevent humans and animals from falling over when standing or moving;
  2. Proprioception”: the perception of one’s body in space or the body’s position. To put it into perspective, proprioception is the sense that is actually tested by walk-the-line or finger-to-nose sobriety tests. It is through “Proprioception” that we move into “Interoception” and then into meditation, which we will explore shortly. Continuing on with the 5 traditional senses:
  3. Thermoception”: the sense of heat and cold;
  4. Nociception”: the ability to feel pain; and…
  5. Magnetoception“: the ability to detect magnetic fields.

Cynthia goes on to say, “Familiarity is part of our recognition memory. A strong sense of familiarity can occur without any recollection, for example in cases of deja vu...

…more and more scientists are becoming convinced some humans are able to acquire knowledge without proof, evidence, or conscious reasoning.

Scientists who study the phenomenon say it’s a very real ability that can be identified in lab experiments and visualized on brain scans.

“Deja vu??”

In the words of the inimitable and formidable force of comic nature, Jim Carrey, “Alrighty then!” NOW THERE’S A WHOLE NEW WORLD of extrasensory sensory perception!

Deja vu, at its core, is a state of inner awareness and split-second connectivity to simultaneously occurring timelines, often brought on by a more cultivated and curious awareness, ultimately through meditation.

When deja vu occurs, you’re briefly experiencing or intuiting a concurrent timeline, and not the one you find yourself in for the most part. Otherwise put, it’s a glimpse in this lifetime of a previous or yes!, perhaps future or simultaneously occurring lifetime.

So it’s not about seeing the future when deja vu occurs; it’s about seeing the past THROUGH the future, or the future through the past or the past or present through a concurrent timeline.

I know that takes a second or two to wrap one’s head around, but there it is! And I’ll write more about that in upcoming posts.

More about “intuition” and “extrasensory perception” (which is off the scale of perception) coming up. For now let’s keep digging!

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If all of the above isn’t mind-blowing enough, the Arts & Humanities Research Council in the UK are currently exploring the possibility of humans having up to 33 senses.

Here’s an excerpt from a Blog post found at https://sciculture.ac.uk, on the 5 sense status quo:

“Modern cognitive neuroscience is challenging this understanding: instead of five [senses] we might count up to 33 senses, served by dedicated receptors. Instead of simplifying how we experience flavour merely into taste, research suggests at least two separate ways in which flavour information is sensed. Touch can be pleasant, painful, thermal or pressure related; with separate sensory fibres and pathways for each aspect of how we feel through our skin. Similarly, how we “see” can be broken down into colour and contrast vision, or neural pathways that deal with the nature of the object or where that object is in space.”

The truth is, the “current scientific understanding” of the human body is that we have anywhere from 9 to 33 distinct senses, based in 3 overall categories. Rudolph Steiner posited those 3 categories in the late 1800’s.

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The 3 Overall Categories of Senses

Rudolf Steiner (1861 – 1925), was an Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect, economist, esotericist, spiritualist and clairvoyant.

He was the founder of “anthroposophy”, a movement based on the notion that there is a spiritual world comprehensible to pure thought but accessible only to the highest faculties of mental knowledge.

Steiner listed 12 human senses in his Three Lectures on July 22-24, 1921, entitled, Man as a Being of Sense and Perception, GA# 206.

You can see them all in the diagram above.

In Meditation and Concentration, Three Kinds of Clairvoyance, Schmidt Number: S-3045, Steiner wrote, “Now it is essential that anyone occupying himself with spiritual science should recognize exactly the value of spiritual scientific activity as such, and its relation to the personal strivings, which through meditation and concentration of thought, feeling, and will-impulses, or in any other manner, lead man into the spiritual world.” 

Deeper and Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole We Go

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Googling The Sixth Sense

Go ahead. Try it.

Google “The Sixth Sense” and you’ll get pages and pages on “‘The Sixth Sense‘, a 1999 American supernatural psychological thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film tells the story of Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a boy who is able to see and talk to the dead, and Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis), a child psychologist who tries to help him.”(Wikipedia)

If you haven’t seen the film yet, it’s definitely worth a look. It created quite the stir in its day, and it’s layered visual texture, not to mention the surprise ending, make it worthy of even a second watch.

“ESP” or “extrasensory perception”, which we all have to one degree or another, is actually cultivated through meditation. It may be active in some, and to varying degrees, dormant in others.

The four types of extrasensory perception include clairvoyance, psychokinesis, telepathy and precognition.

For as much as we know about the “outer” senses, and even the physical “inner” senses, precious little is known about ESP or even how our intuition works.

Or is it known and has been kept a secret from the general populous, lest we “catch on” to what we are actually capable of as human beings?

Pineal Secrets Revealed

As promised, let’s take a look at what information treasures can be gleaned from an exploration of the pea-sized gland that lives in the very centre of your brain.

You’re going to want to read this article. Trust me.

Allana Ketler of http://collective-evolution.com, published the following article on November 26, 2019, wherein she explores the work of Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt.

Dr. Klinghardt is Founder of the Klinghardt Academy (USA), the American Academy of Neural Therapy, Medical Director of the Institute of Neurobiology, and lead clinician at the Sophia Health Institute, located in Woodinville, Washington.

He is also Founder and Chairman of the Institute for Neurobiology in Germany and Switzerland.

The Klinghardt Academy (USA) provides teachings to the English-speaking world on biological interventions and Autonomic Response Testing assessment techniques.

Here’s a link to the article:

https://www.collective-evolution.com/2019/11/26/8-minute-video-of-a-doctor-explaining-the-pineal-gland-its-destruction-by-toxic-chemicals/

And here’s a brief excerpt from it to wet your whistle, if you haven’t already clicked on the link and devoured it.

“The pineal gland, which is also known by many cultures as the third eye or the seat of the soul, is located in your brain and many believe that this is the gateway to the after life. Dimethyl-tryptamine (DMT) is produced here naturally and is released in small amounts when we dream and when we die…

Dr. Klinghardt says, “The pineal gland is the most sensitive part of our central nervous system and it is highly sensitive to 4 things: aluminum, glyphosate, fluoride and WiFi.”

At the Third International Symposium on Vaccines in March 2014 and as part of the 9th International Congress on Autoimmunity, MIT scientist Dr. Stephanie Seneff gave a presentation titled “A Role for the Pineal Gland in Neurological Damage Following Aluminum-adjuvanted Vaccination.”

In conclusion, the researchers state:

“In this paper, we have developed the argument that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup, and aluminum, a pervasive toxic metal in our environment, operate synergistically to induce dysfunction in the pineal gland leading to the sleep disorder that is characteristic of multiple neurological diseases, including autism, ADHD, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, anxiety disorder and Parkinson’s disease.

We further argue that impaired supply of melatonin and sulfate to the brain as a consequence of pineal damage can explain how the disrupted sleep can lead to more general neurological damage, and we propose that this is a significant component of the disease process.

The steady increase in glyphosate usage on corn and soy crops aligns remarkably well with the increase in sleep disorder and in autism, as well as other neurological diseases.

We have shown how disruption of CYP enzymes and promotion of anemia and hypoxia, due to both aluminum and glyphosate, and disruption of gut bacteria by glyphosate, can cause a pathology leading to deficiencies in both melatonin and sulfate in the cerebrospinal fluid that is characteristic of autism and Alzheimer’s disease. Insufficient sulfate leads to impaired lysosomal recycling of cellular debris, and insufficient melatonin leads to sleep disorder, vascular disease and impaired protection from ROS damage in the brain.”

If that isn’t enough to make you want to find out more about this on your own, I don’t know what is.

Clearly, we are being HUGELY adversely affected as our pineal glands calcify through chemicals used in our food and water sources.

TIME TO WAKE UP, OLD SOULS.

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A friend who I follow in LinkedIn, Steve Larouche, is a brilliant intuitive, who recently began to see the world in a whole new way, through the perfect and indisputable world of numbers and numerology.

From one of his recent posts:

EYE OF HORUS. 575.66.8{693}1. [17]8.[66].[27]9. (8669)>{{83}} >>>11<<<ENERGY

THE PINEAL GLAND. 285.795513. 73154. [15]6.[75][12]3.[20]2. (632) >>>11<<<ENERGY

SEE IT ALL. 155.92.133. [56]11.[11].[34]7. (11117) ({22}7)>29 >>>11<<<ENERGY

Feel free to draw your own conclusions from that. As Steve always says, “The numbers don’t lie.”

The following is an excerpt from https://ourwonderlife.com and addresses the pineal gland as the ancient “Eye of Horus” and sheds much light on the current plight of our third eyes, much like was stated earlier by Dr. Klinghardt:

“The Pineal Gland was revered during the Egyptian times as the Eye of Horus for a reason, because it is the Seat of the Soul. You can see the Eye of Horus clearly outlines the Pineal Gland.

“’My view is that this gland [the pineal gland] is the principal seat of the soul, and the place in which all thoughts are formed.’” – Rene Descartes (1596-1650), French mathematician, writer and philosopher, wrote in his book “Treatise of Man”

Intuitive feelings are felt with your gut, as they say gut feeling, and heart. Your inner (higher) self communicates to you in these areas, by giving us a FEELING that something is not quite right or feels right. 

The Pineal Gland is where the intuitive Intellectual information comes through, where the Feelings you get are backed up with reasons. The pineal gland contains a photoreceptor just like our two seeing eyes, such that it can perceive light. Here you receive Light (which can carry & is) information, transmitted to you from your higher self and over souls.

Crazy, well that’s exactly how fibre optics that carry sounds and brings you the internet work, they send information coded in a beam of light down the cables.

third-eye-buddha ourwonderlife.com

The Pineal Gland is also where you can perceive / see things like Energies. The Ancients knew this and thus it is called ‘the third eye’ also referred to as the Ajna Chakra.

The third eye chakra is honored in many cultures including Hindu, Druidic, Judaic, Islamic, Taoist, Mayan, Tibetan, Egyptian, Greek and Aboriginal, seen as responsible for spiritual consciousness, intuition and insight. Your soul is multi-dimensional, so through greater connection thought the Pineal Gland, you can achieve multi-dimensional vision.

Being able to perceive through here, enables it to be a “stargate” or pathway between the physical and metaphysical dimensions.”

Well that’s a whole new level of SENSE PERCEPTION that will one day be available to us. I believe that with all my being. And it won’t be long before it is.

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The Stages of Sensory Change in Meditation

We first find ourselves, as is the human condition, involved with and fully committed to living through our outer senses.

Gradually, an awareness develops of being self-aware, much like “The Eye of the I” by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., which describes and explains advanced states of consciousness and the way to spiritual Enlightenment.

It’s this awareness that I like to call “the silent passenger”; the one who dwells deep within, and is always present and at the ready to be connected with, communicated with or communed with.

With time and effort, it is the silent passenger, or our awareness, that will call us away from our outer senses, pulling us and itself along with us, inward, to begin an exploration of the SELF through the inner senses.

This, leading eventually, to a spiritual exploration and eventual UNITY with all that is.

Then, it begins again.

With the gradual movement away from full engagement with the outer senses, we begin to move through explore the sense of “being” , through “propioception” the sense of “presence” and the sense of interoception.

In an article entitled, Interoception and Stress”, it was stated that “Afferent neural signals are continuously transmitted from visceral organs to the brain. Interoception refers to the processing of visceral-afferent neural signals by the central nervous system, which can finally result in the conscious perception of bodily processes.” Here’s a link to that excellent article:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4507149/

Ultimately, interoception is becoming aware of the body’s functions, like the breath, the slow rise and fall of the chest, the beating of the heart, the presence or absence of hunger or thirst, aches and pains, and the comfort or discomfort of the body as it sits in meditation.

The next stage involves the sensation of falling or floating for many, as our awareness slips deeper into meditation.

For me, it is always the same; my head falls backward ever so slightly, and I am unleashed onto another consciousness and new, deeper energetic connection to all that is, through the subtler, inner senses of grades or shades of awareness unfolding.

Always unfolding, never remaining static, always growing, morphing, making room for more and more aspects of awareness to fill the beautiful, wondrous and endless void that is the human meditation experience.

There is then a deeper awareness of the self; often lights, images, flashes, faces, feelings will come us, then going deeper and deeper still…

Then there are the thoughts that come up. The planning, the promise-making to self, or whatever mind processes arise, as is the natural byproduct of calming the mind in meditation.

Then we catch ourselves in thought, succumbing to the call to revert back to the outer senses.

So we start again, releasing those thoughts, allowing them to float by like clouds in the sky, as we once again make our way back to the inner senses and awareness and communion with our silent passenger.

This cycle typically reoccurs every 15-30 seconds in those new to meditation, and approximately every 60-90 seconds in more experienced meditators.

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The Never-ending Journey Within

Meditation is all about the never-ending journey within.

A journey that continues to reveal deeper and deeper layers of truth, a meaning and a “knowing” that is beyond all understanding.

Welcome to your never-ending journey to the realms of pure awareness and bliss through the gift of our physical senses.

It is indeed a great blessing and opportunity for us to explore through them in a physical vessel.

Next week, we’ll talk about the higher self and the soul, and how they differ from the silent passenger, as we delve deeper into the more esoteric aspects of meditation.

In the meantime, we need to cultivate RESILIENCE in order to keep our body/mind/soul vehicles in ship shape.

Cultivating Resilience in SUPER CHALLENGING TIMES

Resilience is the ability to adapt positively to changes, challenges and adversity.

As one of the most vital coping skills for surviving in the workplace, at school, or anywhere in the world, resilience enables you to be more flexible, more adaptable and far better able to cope with whatever life may throw your way.

Resilience is a learned behaviour and can be improved by regular practice, much like learning a sport or learning to play a musical instrument.

Cultivating meditation helps build the resilience to quiet the mind during times of adversity with a calm assertiveness, enhanced emotional agility and cognitive flexibility to achieve better and more positive life outcomes.

As such, this week’s Guided Meditation is entitled “Building Resilience”.

I wrote it specifically for college and university students in the United States, after I was commissioned to create it by Dr. Rose Gantner, Author of Workplace Wellness.

It came to Dr. Gantner’s attention that tragically, the suicide rate of college and university students in the US had skyrocketed, and she was determined to do something to help.

And that’s when she reached out to me and I created the Building Resilience Guided Meditation.

It’s not just for college and university students: it’s for anyone who wants to have a quick creative visual to take away when times get TOUGH or CHALLENGING, and you need to strengthen your “core” resolve.

Here’s a hint: it involves a tree, some mountains and a storm. Spoiler alert: the tree remains standing strong and even more resilient to the storms that continually try its resolve and constitution. Try it on… You’ll like it!

Here are links to the Building Resilience Guided Mediations in 15 and 30 Minute Versions:

The Building Resilience Guided Meditation – 15 Minute Version: https://youtu.be/_AW9V_3KAHE

The Building Resilience Guided Meditation – 30 Minute Version:

About Meditation.Works Guided Meditations

Meditation.Works Guided Meditations in 15 and 30 minute versions make it virtually effortless to incite real change for the better in your life.

Please “LIKE” this post (at the bottom right hand of your screen) and share it and maybe even a link to my Guided Meditations with anyone you feel would benefit from them.

Going forward, I’ll be releasing ONE NEW FREE Guided Meditation PER WEEK, starting next week, so stay tuned! 

And if you’re so inclined, please Subscribe to this Blog Site and to my Instagram Page: Meditation.Works, and to my YouTube Channel too: Meditation Works, so you’ll be instantly notified when there’s a new Guided Meditation for you to meditate with – or to share!

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BTW, it’s Meditation “dot” Works, because meditation really DOES WORK! 🙂

Once again, please allow me to express my gratitude…

Meditation has given my life richness and meaning beyond words, and I am passionate about sharing my Guided Meditations, and the myriad transformational benefits meditation offers, with the world.

It is my sincerest wish that my Guided Meditations bring you the results you are looking for in your meditation practice, and that you continue to come back and listen to more Meditation.Works Guided Meditations on subject matters that just may matter to YOU most!

Together with Meditation.Works, let’s cultivate balanced, abundant, healthy and co-creative lives, and build a global culture that advocates deep healing, self-transformation, compassion and true well-being, through the power of meditation.

Please help Meditation.Works do just that, one meditator at a time… Here’s how:

Heal the self, help others heal: Before you know it, we’re all healed!

Thanks for the gift of your time and attention!

Wishing you all the joy your heart can hold, all the love – in all its forms – that you can possibly bask in, optimum health, prosperity and abundance, the spiritual transformation you crave, and the attainment of all your wishes and goals this 2020 and beyond! 

It’s time…

With Great “Lovitude”,

Renata Duma

Flower ceremony, Rishikesh, India

Questions, anyone?

Have any questions or meditation experiences you would like to share? 

Whether they’re experiential, emotional or mystical, I’d love to hear from you! Please fill out the short form on the Contact page on this Site, and I’ll get back to you within 72 hours. Promise!

Please also join me on Instagram: @Meditation.Works, where I’ll be sharing daily inspirations and quotes to help keep you motivated, and help keep your meditation practice engaging, inspiring and on track!

You can find the links to all my Guided Meditations in the “Guided Meditations” section of this Blog, so you can listen or download as many of my Guided Meditations as you would like… for FREE! 

Don’t forget to “Like” and “Subscribe” to my YouTube Channel, and hit that notification “Bell”, so you’ll know the moment a new Guided Meditation is uploaded to the channel. 

Remember, coming soon… 

…more Guided Meditations for adults and new Guided Meditations for children, teens and elders, on subject matters that matter to them most!

As always, till next week, Happy Meditating!

Renata

Why Meditation is Like Cultivating a Garden & Do Cats Meditate?

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Yes, I know it’s only February in “We the North”, and we have quite some time to go before we see the likes of crocuses, hyacinths, daffodils, or even one tiny tulip, push its way up through the frosty loam to receive its first kiss from the sun.

There is, however, a kind of garden we can cultivate all year long, no matter where we lay our hats. It is the garden within, cultivated through the practice of meditation.

And it’s all based on proven science. Lots of it.

University of California (UCLA), Laboratory of Neuro-imaging Research Results

Californians know from gardening, and Chardonnay, but I digress. 😉

There are more than 30 types of soil in the Napa Valley itself. This, however, is about a whole different kind of gardening, rather meditating. Same thing.

Here’s why.

In 2012, researchers at UCLA’s Neuro-imaging lab found that long-term meditators have have larger amounts of gyrification or “folding” of the cortex, which may allow their brains to process information faster than than the brains of those who don’t meditate.

Another exciting area that received growth was the central back part part of the brain, called the “insula” or “insular cortex”.

Researchers took MRI scans of 50 meditators; 28 men and 22 women; and compared them to 50 control subjects matched for age, handedness and sex. The meditators practiced regularly in different forms of meditation; Samatha, Vipassana, Zen and other forms.

Image courtesy of https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnhum.2012.00034/full

What provided “the edge” (more about that later) in this study was that there is a DIRECT LINK between the increase of folding in the brain to the amount of years of meditation you have under your belt.

The image above compares meditators of more or less than five years and more or less than one year. The difference in that short period of time is remarkable.

A Significant Growth in Brain Folds – Where Compassion Grows

The gains found in the UCLA study were largely located in the outer-front part of the brain called the cerebral cortex, which has the key role in functions of memory, attention, thought and awareness.

The folds of the brain are like “root highways” in the earth, carrying vital information to the plant life they support. The thicker the roots, the more nutrients they provide. The more nutrients they provide, the better the yield.

Area of the brain that processes empathy identifiedBrain Journal

An article published by ‘Science Daily’ in 2012, revealed that “an international team led by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York has for the first time shown that one area of the brain, called the anterior insular cortex, is the activity center of human empathy, whereas other areas of the brain are not. The study is published in the September 2012 issue of the journal ‘Brain’.

Empathy, the ability to perceive and share another person’s emotional state, has been described by philosophers and psychologists for centuries. In the past decade, however, scientists have used powerful functional MRI imaging to identify several regions in the brain that are associated with empathy for pain. This most recent study, however, firmly establishes that the anterior insular cortex is where the feeling of empathy originates.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121024175240.htm

The corollary here is straight-forward. The more you meditate, the more empathy you cultivate. The more empathy, the more compassion. The more compassion, the better the human being.

And that’s why meditation is like gardening; It grows beautiful, heart-centred, compassionate people. Proven fact.

Here’s an excerpt from the actual study:

Bridging the hemispheres in meditation: thicker callosal regions and enhanced fractional anisotropy (FA) in long-term practitioners

Source: NeuroImage 2012 May;61(1):181-187.
Author: Luders E, Phillips OR, Clark K, Kurth F, Toga AW & Narr KL

Abstract:
Recent findings suggest a close link between long-term meditation practices and the structure of the corpus callosum. Prior analyses, however, have focused on estimating mean fractional anisotropy (FA) within two large pre-defined callosal tracts only. Additional effects might exist in other, non-explored callosal regions and/or with respect to callosal attributes not captured by estimates of FA. To further explore callosal features in the framework of meditation, we analyzed 30 meditators and 30 controls, carefully matched for sex, age, and handedness. We applied a multimodal imaging approach using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) in combination with structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Callosal measures of tract-specific FA were complemented with other global (segment-specific) estimates as well as extremely local (point-wise) measures of callosal micro- and macro-structure. Callosal measures were larger in long-term meditators compared to controls, particularly in anterior callosal sections…”

Here’s an excerpt from yet another UCLA research paper published around the same time as the one above by Eileen Luders, except this time she has a different team working with her. This time, they explored the frontal brain matter of long-term meditators.

The underlying anatomical correlates of long-term meditation: larger hippocampal and frontal volumes of gray matter

Source: Neuroimage 2009 Apr;45(3):672-678.
Author: Luders E, Toga AW, Lepore N, Gaser C
PubMed ID: 19280691

Abstract:
Although the systematic study of meditation is still in its infancy, research has provided evidence for meditation-induced improvements in psychological and physiological well-being. Moreover, meditation practice has been shown not only to benefit higher-order cognitive functions but also to alter brain activity. Nevertheless, little is known about possible links to brain structure.

Using high-resolution MRI data of 44 subjects, we set out to examine the underlying anatomical correlates of long-term meditation with different regional specificity (i.e., global, regional, and local). For this purpose, we applied voxel-based morphometry in association with a recently validated automated parcellation approach.

We detected significantly larger gray matter volumes in meditators in the right orbito-frontal cortex (as well as in the right thalamus and left inferior temporal gyrus when co-varying for age and/or lowering applied statistical thresholds). In addition, meditators showed significantly larger volumes of the right hippocampus.

Both orbito-frontal and hippocampal regions have been implicated in emotional regulation and response control. Thus, larger volumes in these regions might account for meditators’ singular abilities and habits to cultivate positive emotions, retain emotional stability, and engage in mindful behavior.”

Clearly, the data is out there to support the notion that meditation is GOOD FOR US. In more ways than we could have ever imagined.

Here, we’re just looking at a few aspects of physiological and emotional benefits meditation offers; we haven’t even BEGUN to explore the deeper, more esoteric and spiritual elements of a daily meditation practice.

Beginners, take heart!

If you’re new to meditation, or contemplating starting a meditation practice, that’s GREAT! Think of all of the above as CONFIRMATION of the amazing benefits of daily meditation you will soon be directly experiencing as you maintain your practice!

Image courtesy of Vajrapani Institute for Wisdom Culture

The Ocean of Bliss that is Meditation

To those who have tasted the sweet “manna” or nectar of sublime connectivity and ONENESS through meditation, you already know exactly what I’m talking about.

Chenrezig, in Tibetan Buddhism, embodies the Infinite Compassion of the Awakened Mind. Exploring a simple Chenrezig practice, along with mantra recitation, can not only expand one’s view beyond their own boundaries of self-reflection, but can also develop a greater sense of compassion for themselves and others, including an ocean of bliss beyond compare.

Let’s acknowledge the fact that there are as many roads to that “ONENESS” (however one defines it for themselves) as there are spiritual seekers on that road throughout the galaxies, and the Tibetan Buddhist path is but one of them.

I’m going to get a little personal here. Hopefully my sharing will bring some insight into how we are all ONE, in essence. Unique, yet still, and always, ONE.

Many years ago, I myself was, much to my own surprise as I was not seeking it out, “welcomed back” to the Tibetan Buddhist faith by a Rinpoche (an incarnate lama or highly respected religious teacher), who told me that my Tibetan name was “Yeshe Yangtsom”, and that the name meant “luminosity of wisdom”.

I had come to hear the Rinpoche speak at the request of a friend, and because he stared at me all night, my friend said we should go up and speak to him. I did so reluctantly, because the whole thing seemed very unfamiliar to me.

It was then, just as I met him, that he asked one of his accompanying monks to tie a red string bracelet around my wrist. And that’s when he said, “Welcome home.”

As grateful as I was for the enlightening encounter, it occurred at a time in my life where I was firmly ensconced in duality, and my good Catholic upbringing and general spiritual ignorance prevented me from understanding the relevance of it, and I just tucked that information away. Frankly, I didn’t give it another thought.

Much to my surprise, many years after that, I met another Rinpoche through a fortuitous string of events, with whom I developed a friendship over time, albeit through an interpreter.

During one of our visits, he explained the philosophy and science behind how he could take a smallish rock into his hands and meditate over it, and within about 5 minutes it would change its state and become so hot, it could sear skin.

Which is exactly how he generated enough money in his travels to support an orphanage and a monastery back home in Tibet.

Said stone he would apply to various body parts of the sick or wounded that regularly lined up to receive his healing in all the cities he regularly traveled to around the world.

I myself experienced the “sear” of the hot rock, the Rinpoche’s mantras and prayers, and the spontaneous disappearance of the back pain that had ailed me since I gave birth to my daughter, 15 years earlier.

This along with witnessing my friend Julia’s wrist pain disappear immediately, along with the wrist brace she arrived wearing to see the Rinpoche – straight into the garbage, as she exclaimed, “Well, I won’t be needing THAT any more!”

The Rinpoche’s explanation as to how he achieved his hot stone healing capability was brilliant. First, it had to do with the fact that it took him 15 years of solitude, in meditation in a cave, to develop and harness the ability.

Second, that it was through praying for the spontaneous healing of the afflictions of ALL OTHERS who had the same affliction as the person who came to him for healing, that the healing could occur. And it did, over and over again, right before my eyes.

This second Rinpoche, during one of our visits, also asked me if I wanted to know my Tibetan name through his interpreter. Keep in mind, this is about 20 years after the first Rinpoche asked me the same question, as mentioned earlier.

I said, “yes, please”, half forgetting that I’d already been to this picture show with the first Rinpoche. He said, “Your name is Yeshe Yangtsom, luminosity of wisdom.” And I said, “that’s what the other Rinpoche said!” And he said, “that’s because that’s who you are!”

They both also said that I was the reincarnation of the third Dalai Lama’s master student; the current Dalai Lama, HH Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, being the reincarnation of the third Dalai Lama. Go figure…

I’m also from a long, and I mean long…… line of Catholic clergy. About 400 years worth. And my dearly departed mother’s Godfather, the Blessed Nykyta Budka, is a beatified Saint. https://www.crc-canada.org/en/biographies/bienheureux-nykyta-budka/

All I can say is that I described my “take” on that dichotomy in a poem I wrote some years back. Here it is.

into the light, acrylic on canvas by Renata Duma, 2011

what is the colour of my love?

it is not simply the Buddhist’s saffron robe, the monk’s gray habit or the Swami’s orange shawl.

it has not one language, one religion, one doctrine or one faith. it is not merely the blessed blue sky, the golden sunset or the lush, green meadow.

it is not only the rosy blush on a child’s cheek, the ruby red lips of passion, or the deepest hazel eyes of one in love.

it is not simply the butterfly’s crimson wing, the zebra’s stripes or the gray-white wings of a dove.

it knows no boundaries of earth, or sky, or sea, or wind. it recognizes not the black clouds of malice, anger, fear or oppression.

it delights in laughter, devotion and simple acts of kindness.

it knows not one creed, one way or one definition. it exists in life everlasting, in every breath and in every beating heart.

it’s companions are truth, compassion and the beauty in all things.

it is “love-begetting” love, manifested through love, belonging to no one and everyone alike.

and so, the colour of my love, you see, is none but the reflection of You, my sweet Lord, in me.

Regardless of who I may or may not have been once upon a time, today, here and now, I’m just me… Renata. And I’m passionate about meditation – and healing the world – through the world healing itself through it.

In the words of the brilliant light and soul, James Gilliland, best-selling author, internationally known lecturer, minister, counselor, multiple near -death experiencer and contactee, who I had the honour to meet a few months ago, and who I was just listening to a few moments ago on his internet radio show, As You Wish Talk Radio

“when you become ONE with nothing, you are everything.”

And THAT just made my heart sing. Thank you James, for all you are and do to raise the consciousness on the planet. Namaste to you…  

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Coming up next!

In next weeks Blog, we are going to explore the Pineal Gland and the secrets yet to be revealed to us about it, how it’s being damaged by toxins in our environment, and the true nature of our own 12-strand DNA, of which only a fraction is currently activated.

Oh, and to those out there who call what is, as of yet, human dormant DNA, “junk DNA”, I have news for you: it’s about as much “junk” as vibranium is to the Black Panther, the citizens of Wakanda and Captain America. 😉

So please stay tuned!

Speaking of healing, this weeks NEW Guided Meditation is “Healing the Mind and Body”.

And speaking of meditation being like cultivating a garden, the creative visualization in this Guided Meditation uses the healing power of water, nature and the rainforest to help you heal and nurture your body/mind/soul complex back to optimum health.

Here are links to both the 15 and 30 Minute Versions:

Healing the Mind and Body Guided Meditation – 15 Minute Version:

Healing the Mind and Body Guided Meditation – 30 Minute Version:

About Meditation.Works Guided Meditations

Meditation.Works Guided Meditations in 15 and 30 minute versions make it virtually effortless to incite real change for the better in your life.

Please “LIKE” this post (at the bottom right hand of your screen) and share it and maybe even a link to my Guided Meditations with anyone you feel would benefit from them.

Going forward, I’ll be releasing ONE NEW FREE Guided Meditation PER WEEK, starting next week, so stay tuned! 

And if you’re so inclined, please Subscribe to this Blog Site and to my Instagram Page: Meditation.Works, and to my YouTube Channel too: Meditation Works, so you’ll be instantly notified when there’s a new Guided Meditation for you to meditate with – or to share!

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BTW, it’s Meditation “dot” Works, because meditation really DOES WORK! 🙂

Once again, please allow me to express my gratitude…

Meditation has given my life richness and meaning beyond words, and I am passionate about sharing my Guided Meditations, and the myriad transformational benefits meditation offers, with the world.

It is my sincerest wish that my Guided Meditations bring you the results you are looking for in your meditation practice, and that you continue to come back and listen to more Meditation.Works Guided Meditations on subject matters that just may matter to YOU most!

Together with Meditation.Works, let’s cultivate balanced, abundant, healthy and co-creative lives, and build a global culture that advocates deep healing, self-transformation, compassion and true well-being, through the power of meditation.

Please help Meditation.Works do just that, one meditator at a time… Here’s how:

Heal the self, help others heal: Before you know it, we’re all healed!

Thanks for the gift of your time and attention!

Wishing you all the joy your heart can hold, all the love – in all its forms – that you can possibly bask in, optimum health, prosperity and abundance, the spiritual transformation you crave, and the attainment of all your wishes and goals this 2020 and beyond! 

It’s time…

With Great “Lovitude”,

Renata Duma

Image courtesy of http://consciouslifestylemag.com

Questions, anyone?

Have any questions or meditation experiences you would like to share? 

Whether they’re experiential, emotional or mystical, I’d love to hear from you! Please fill out the short form on the Contact page on this Site, and I’ll get back to you within 72 hours. Promise!

Please also join me on Instagram: @Meditation.Works, where I’ll be sharing daily inspirations and quotes to help keep you motivated, and help keep your meditation practice engaging, inspiring and on track!

You can find the links to all my Guided Meditations in the “Guided Meditations” section of this Blog, so you can listen or download as many of my Guided Meditations as you would like… for FREE! 

Don’t forget to “Like” and “Subscribe” to my YouTube Channel, and hit that notification “Bell”, so you’ll know the moment a new Guided Meditation is uploaded to the channel. 

Remember, coming soon… 

…more Guided Meditations for adults and new Guided Meditations for children, teens and elders, on subject matters that matter to them most!

As always, till next week, Happy Meditating!

Renata

Oh, and just one more thing!

Do Cats Meditate?

I haven’t researched this extensively – YET. But I can tell you, it sure looks like it to me.

Here’s my darling Mala, mid meditation (and at only 6 months old too!), in one of her favorite meowditation positions… 😉

I did recently read, however, that cats use their purring abilities to effectuate calm and relieve stress.

Almost like a form of chanting in meditation practices, purring helps a cat achieve peace.

Unfortunately, we humans don’t have a built-in purring mechanism like cats, so I guess we’ll just have to settle for MEDITATION to achieve peace! What a great idea! 😉

As always, Happy Meditating!

…and “Meowditating”, of course, to all my feline friends.

Why Meditation.Works: The Infinite Power of a New Perspective

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Thank you for joining me on the meditation journey of a lifetime!

Welcome, once again, to the NEW Meditation.Works Blog Spot, where it’s a whole new world of meditation, brought to you Meditation.Works style!

Last week I talked about the“Gotta GO, Gotta DO!” mindset we’ve been conditioned to believe is essential to a life well lived – NOT! – and the resultant, mostly discordant 100,000 thoughts that go careening through our minds every day like balls of whizzing snakes.

I also talked about the fact that this mindset keeps us enslaved by the illusion that we’re actually human “DOINGS” and not the amazing, 12-stranded human “BEINGS” we actually are slowly waking up to become.

I trust you took that information to heart and were more “Human BEING” than “Human DOING” last week, and that you found time to rest and rejuvenate YOU through whatever means you require, and that your meditations, whether Guided or not, have brought you the results or answers you’ve been seeking.

Or at least a “new perspective” on an old or current situation you haven’t been able to solve or resolve as of yet.

The Infinite Power of a New Perspective

It occurred to me, just this week, after seeing a familiar photo of a place on Earth that I know well, taken from a different angle or different perspective. It was so different, in fact, I didn’t even recognized the place.

Here’s that photo:

That got me thinking that meditation is a lot like that, in essence. Both Guided and Non-Guided Meditations. And it’s all about cultivating an “inner perspective” on the outer world – and what ails you – to help you sort yourself out. Let me explain.

The NEW Guided Meditation I’ll be releasing today to my YouTube Channel, in both 15 and 30 Minute Versions, entitled, “Cultivating Clarity and Concentration”, has within it a particular tried-and-true method of clearing negative and distracting thoughts and emotions that get in the way of your absolute clarity and acute concentration capabilities.

It is, most likely, a different way of approaching overcoming negative thought-forms and emotions than you have ever tried.

It is also providing you with a new perspective on something you may or may not have thought you could even do. As such, this Guided Meditation will have indeed “altered your perspective” in order to see a situation more clearly.

Here’s a more typical photo of the bird’s eye image that eluded me, above. It is none other than the breathtaking Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy, France. It’s a magical tidal island that’s topped by a gravity-defying medieval monastery, and is among France’s most stunning sights. For centuries it was a major pilgrimage destination for spiritual seekers from all over Europe. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as is its breathtaking bay.

Once again, it’s all about the perspective something affords us, and with a new perspective, comes clarity, a most sought-after state, given our typically clouded vision, due to that “Human DOING” mindset mentioned above.

Take heart! There’s a solution to obtaining clarity on your imminent horizon… and here it is!

The Cultivating Clarity and Concentration Guided Meditation

The Cultivating Clarity and Concentration Guided Meditation, in both the 15 and 30 Minute Version, can be found on the Guided Meditations Page of this Blog, or you can simply click on the links found below and get instant access to them.

The Cultivating Clarity and Concentration Guided Meditation works through the magic of creative visualization, which is actually more scientific than magical, but I like to think it’s a certain “kind” of magic we can all call upon and use at any time to improve virtually any area of our lives – or the lives of others.

The Guided Meditation asks you to visualize “…a deep-purple, translucent and magnificent, swirling spiral of light, the circumference of your outstretched arms and twice your height…

Whenever negative or stressful thoughts, memories or emotions present themselves, you can surrender them to the brilliant purple spiral. The spiral’s purpose is to melt away the negative energy of those thoughts, memories or emotions, thereby removing their negative impact on you, so you no longer feel stressed or anxious…

The negative or distracting thought or emotion will likely not reappear to you again, or at least be less destructive the next time it does because yo have surrendered it to the spiral…

The spiral is one with your higher mind, or higher self, which has the ability to cognate and synthesize brilliant ideas, receive intuition and inspiration and neutralize negative thoughts. You have given your higher mind permission to diffuse what was causing you stress and anxiety, and have allowed for the clarity necessary for the perfect solution to make itself apparent to you. You are now no longer clouded over by negative thinking and solutions come to you easily…”.

Tonight’s “Super-Bright Snow Moon” – February 1, 2020

It wouldn’t be Meditation.Works Blog Post if I didn’t mention what’s happening in the heavens above. Especially that ol’ moon (or is it really a “moon”? More on that in upcoming posts). It has such a profound effect on all of us, especially when it’s FULL, or SUPER-FULL, like NOW.

According to the NY Post, “A full moon being hailed as a “super snow moon” is sure to get spectators howling when it hovers in the sky Monday night into Tuesday morning — because it will be the biggest and brightest of the year.

The sky-gazing spectacle — the biggest event since last month’s “super blood wolf moon eclipse” — will feature a supermoon, meaning the moon is both full and at its perigee, the point in its orbit where it’s closest to the Earth, Space.com reported. The event will officially occur in the morning, but when the moon crosses the night sky, it will be brighter than at any point of the year, or even until 2026, according to Forbes.

The moon will be 221,734 miles from Earth, around 17,000 miles closer than average. And, because 100 percent of the moon’s surface will be illuminated by the sun, it will appear 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than normal, according to the site.

The term “snow moon” has historically been given to the second full moon of the winter, when more snowfall is recorded, by some Native American tribes, according to NASA.”

What better time to take advantage of cultivating your precious inner light when the moon is at it’s biggest and brightest!

The Snow Moon’s and the New Perspective it Brings

Speaking of a “new perspective on things”, I’d like to share most of a wonderful post I found about tonight’s Virgo Full Snow Moon, as it’s already started to pack quite an emotional punch.

According to Tanaaz, the brilliant and intuitive astrologer who aims to use her writing to heal and inspire, and creator of https://foreverconscious.com:

“Looking at the world through our higher mind definitely gives us a new perspective, and allows us to see beyond our own egos.

The light of this Full Moon is going to be so strong, and the pull of its energy is going to be intense that we will have no other choice but to open up.

The contents of our lives will be released and exposed, we will be cut open, and free to see what is really brewing on the inside.

This exposure and release can happen on a mind, body, spirit level or on a combination of all three.

On a mental level, this Full Moon is going to be exposing all that we need to release and let go of. While this is typical for most Full Moons, on this Virgo Moon we are specifically going to be encouraged to let go of repetitive thoughts, over-thinking, worries, and fears of the future.

To help us with this, the Universe may stir some of our core fears, or agitate some of our beliefs in order to help bring awareness and exposure to them.

Most of us have fear lurking in the corner of our minds and hearts and, while this is part of our human experience, the more conscious we can become of our fear, the more it helps us to know when it is driving our decisions or when it is simply in the background as a way to protect us.

Fear can be healthy in reasonable doses, but most of us are over-driven with fear, which keeps us stuck in repetitive patterns and in a lower vibrational state.

On this Full Moon, work on becoming aware of your fears. Acknowledge them. Stand them down. Pierce them with your gaze straight to their core, for doing so will loosen their grip on your life.

Sometimes, all you have to do is become aware of where you are operating with fear and the rest will follow.

The Universe is saying to you – ‘release the fears that hold you back and bond you to these earthly illusions. On the other side of your fear is everything you have ever wanted, everything you have ever dreamed of. Your fears are not to be ignored, but rather they are to be challenged. Rise up to them, for you are strong enough, and the power of this Moon will be helping you.

On a physical level, this Full Moon may also put a spotlight on your health. If you have not been looking after yourself, or if you have been ignoring any lingering symptoms, it is going to be important to take action around this Full Moon.

Self-care is always so important, but on this Full Moon we really have to pay attention and look after our physical bodies as much as possible. A huge part of this is also practicing self-love, and accepting our bodies no matter what, even if we are faced with illness or disease.

Our bodies are the vessel that we have chosen to carry our soul through this earthly journey. The shape of our body, the state of our body is the perfect vessel for the lessons and growth that our soul is here to do. Honor your body, honor any perceived flaws, and know that you are perfect.

Allow the light of the Moon to shine down on your face and soak up the healing vibes it emits. Allow the light of the Moon to beam straight into your core, so it can recharge your energy centers, awaken your soul, and revitalize your body.

On the deepest soul level, this Full Moon is helping to awaken our potential within. This Full Moon is helping to crack us open so we can see beyond our beliefs and into a new reality.

We perceive our reality to be a solid, three-dimensional world, but for those who have expanded their mind and awareness, it is easy to see that there are dimensions beyond this, life beyond this, and realms beyond this.

Life is not only what we see, there is an unseen world too, and if you open to the Moon’s energy, if you allow its light to shine straight through your soul, you will be able to awaken this awareness and see that life can be imagined and lived in far more detail, in far more vivid color, and with far more magic.

The Meditation.Works Cultivating Clarity and Concentration Guided Meditation is a perfect one to do tonight, in the light of the full moon, as it encourages you to release all negative thoughts and emotions that are standing in the way of your crystal clear clarity, fierce concentration and the boundless inspiration you will connect with as a result!

Here are the links to both the 15 and 30 Minute Versions:

The Cultivating Clarity and Concentration Guided Meditation – 15 Minute Version:

The Cultivating Clarity and Concentration Guided Meditation – 30 Minute Version:

About Meditation.Works Guided Meditations

Meditation.Works Guided Meditations in 15 and 30 minute versions make it virtually effortless to incite real change for the better in your life.

Please share this post and a link to our Guided Meditations with anyone you feel could benefit from, and be open to, meditation and manifesting one’s dreams. Who wouldn’t want that, right? 

Going forward, I’ll be releasing ONE NEW FREE Guided Meditation PER WEEK, starting next week, so stay tuned! 

And please Subscribe to this Blog Site and to my Instagram Page: Meditation.Works, and if you feel so inclined, to my YouTube Channel too: Meditation Works, so you’ll be instantly notified when there’s a new Guided Meditation for you to meditate with – or share!

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BTW, it’s Meditation “dot” Works, because meditation really DOES WORK! 🙂

Once again, please allow me to express my gratitude…

Meditation has given my life richness and meaning beyond words, and I am passionate about sharing my Guided Meditations, and the myriad transformational benefits meditation offers, with the world.

It is my sincerest wish that my Guided Meditations bring you the results you are looking for in your meditation practice, and that you continue to come back and listen to more Meditation.Works Guided Meditations on subject matters that just may matter to YOU most!

Together with Meditation.Works, let’s cultivate balanced, abundant, healthy and co-creative lives, and build a global culture that advocates deep healing, self-transformation, compassion and true well-being, through the power of meditation.

Please help Meditation.Works do just that, one meditator at a time… Here’s how:

Heal the self, help others heal: Before you know it, we’re all healed!

Thanks for the gift of your time and attention!

Wishing you all the joy your heart can hold, all the love – in all its forms – that you can possibly bask in, optimum health, prosperity and abundance, the spiritual transformation you crave, and the attainment of all your wishes and goals this 2020 and beyond! 

It’s time…

With Great “Lovitude”,

Renata Duma

Questions, anyone?

Have any questions or meditation experiences you would like to share? 

Whether they’re experiential, emotional or mystical, I’d love to hear from you! Please fill out the short form on the Contact page on this Site, and I’ll get back to you within 72 hours. Promise!

Please also join me on Instagram: @Meditation.Works, where I’ll be sharing daily inspirations and quotes to help keep you motivated, and help keep your meditation practice engaging, inspiring and on track!

You can find the links to all my Guided Meditations in the “Guided Meditations” section of this Blog, so you can listen or download as many of my Guided Meditations as you would like… for FREE! 

Don’t forget to “Like” and “Subscribe” to my YouTube Channel, and hit that notification “Bell”, so you’ll know the moment a new Guided Meditation is uploaded to the channel. 

Remember, coming soon… 

…more Guided Meditations for adults and new Guided Meditations for children, teens and elders, on subject matters that matter to them most!

As always, till next week, Happy Meditating!

Renata

Gotta GO! Gotta DO! The Insanity of the Human “DOING”

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Thank you for joining me on the meditation journey of a lifetime!

Welcome, once again, to the NEW Meditation.Works Blog Spot, where it’s a whole new world of meditation, brought to you Meditation.Works style!

That “Gotta GO, Gotta DO!” thinking and the 100,000 thoughts that go careening through our minds every day like balls of whizzing snakes – keep us enslaved by the illusion that we’re actually human “DOINGS” and not human “BEINGS”.

It was the great American writer, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., author of Slaughterhouse 5, who first coined the phrase, “I am a human BEING, not a human DOING.”

Later on, it was widely used by the late, legendary, best-selling author and self-help guru, Wayne Dyer, who added to that borrowed phrase,“Don’t equate your self-worth with how well you do things in life. You aren’t what you do. If you are what you do, then when you don’t… you aren’t.”

Either way, it’s a powerful reminder of who, rather WHAT, most of us have become: “Human DOINGS”.

Mostly, we run around like screaming chickens (due mostly to no fault of our own – see next paragraph), playing ONEUPMANSHIP with one another, trying to “OUT-BUSY” the other, as if the measure of our greatness is just how jammed our calendar is.

I have just one word to say to that: PHOOEY.

Frankly, every “crazy-busy” person I’ve ever met isn’t anywhere near being happy, in any way, shape or form. Most are burnt out and in denial about “creating their own crazy-busy”, as they undoubtedly do.

They’re mostly addicted to it and measure their self-worth by just how “busy” and therefore “important” they are.

They would never allow themselves the luxury of, as wise Italian folks advise, “Il dolce far niente…”, or “The sweetness of doing nothing”…

Whenever I hear that phrase, I’m always reminded of the great scene in the film, Eat, Pray, Love. It’s where Liz Gilbert, played by Julia Roberts, is on a journey to find herself, ultimately through establishing a meditation practice at the Siddha Yoga Ashram in India.

On her way there, she stops off in Italy, where she has an encounter with a local, Luca Spaghetti, who says to her, “You Americans, you get burned out! Then you come home and spend the entire weekend in your pyjamas in front of the TV!…”.

Liz’s Language Coach adds, “‘…il dolce far niente’… Means ‘the sweetness of doing nothing’. Italians are masters of it.” Luca’s monologue ends on a tad racy, yet funny, note. However, no less true of not just of Americans, but of everyone who runs on “non-stop crazy-busy”.

“Doing nothing” is a form of meditation. Not “formal” meditation per se, but it sure beats doing the “non-stop crazy-busy” thing!

The very BEST thing to do, however, if you want to experience the big-time benefits of daily meditation that include an instant 40% reduction in stress and anxiety; the swifter attainment of any goal you may set for yourself; becoming more compassionate; becoming aware that you can DIRECTLY contribute to raising the consciousness on the planet through raising YOUR OWN, then you need to…

…become “UN-BUSY”…JUST STOP EVERYTHING! And meditate! It’s that simple.

I just came across this AMAZING website… BRAVO! Now That’s the spirit!

https://becomingunbusy.com

Sadly, “BECOMING UN-BUSY” and “JUST STOPPING EVERYTHING AND MEDITATING” seems as much counter-productive to us as it seems counter-intuitive.

This is true of most of us, given the social engineering humanity has endured at the hands of the prevailing, yet slowly crumbling, anti-human agenda that’s been perpetrated on humanity for thousands of years.

The “agenda” I’m referring to is the one where we’re taught, encouraged, even molded to be human Gotta GO! Gotta DO! “DOINGS”, who have forgotten our true value and immeasurable strength, and are kept completely in the dark about the full genetic capabilities of human kind! More about that – and about other ways we’ve been socially engineered en masse – in future Posts.

The Moral Imperative to Meditate

I strongly believe it’s our “moral imperative” to meditate, and teach our children how to meditate as well.

More on that, too, in upcoming Posts, as I intend to create Guided Meditations for Children, Teens and Elders in the very near future. In fact, I’m THRILLED to be able to create Guided Meditations for everyone… for the highest and greatest good – and FUTURE – of all!

It’s also our moral imperative to cultivate our precious connection to our “silent passenger” or “higher self” through meditation.

It’s the silent passenger or higher self that really should be in the driver’s seat if we are going to achieve our highest potential.

When we’re playing “Human DOING”, it’s the ego that’s running the show, and leading us astray, or “down the garden path”, as they say.

The “higher self” or “silent passenger” needs to be allowed to have a voice, and to be heard by you. This, so you can be guided to act based on positive inspiration and impulses, for your own highest and greatest good, and that of others’.

It sure is a “mad, mad, mad, mad world” out there. Even madder than when this photo was taken of the Carlton Theatre in Toronto in the early 60’s. Image courtesy of The Toronto Star.

Goodness knows WE NEED CHANGE, and it isn’t going to come about through the same thought processes that created the situation in the first place.

In the words of the late, great Albert Einstein, The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

The only way to actually change our thinking is by changing our brain through the ground-breaking neuroscience discovered, over the past 30 years or so, through the observation of individuals meditating in clinical settings.

In a wonderful article by Sigal Samuel, published just a few days ago, entitled Are we morally obligated to meditate?, Sigal says, “A growing body of neuroscience research shows that meditation can make us better to each other...

Starting in 2005, Harvard neuroscientist Sara Lazar began to publish some mind-blowing findings: Meditation can literally change the structure of your brain, thickening key areas of the cortex that help you control your attention and emotions. Your brain — and possibly, by extension, your behavior — can reap the benefits if you practice meditation for half an hour a day over eight weeks

A host of other studies showed that meditation can also change your neural circuitry in ways that make you more compassionate, as well as more inclined to have positive feelings toward a victim of suffering and to see things from their perspective.

Further research suggested that meditation can change not only your internal emotional states but also your actual behavior. One study found that people made charitable donations at a higher rate after being trained in meditation for just two weeks. Another study found that people who get that same measly amount of meditation training are about three times more likely than non-meditators to give up their chair when they see someone on crutches and in pain.”

In short, here’s my heartfelt advice: Practice STOPPING letting your THINKING THINKING THINKING thoughts control you and turn you into a “Human DOING”! Even if it’s just for a few milliseconds at a time in meditation. Do that and you will quickly regain your “Human BEING-NESS”!

Here’s a link to full article that’s definitely worth a read:

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2020/1/10/21013234/meditation-brain-neuroscience-moral-obligation

Being LIGHT

Being Light, exquisite art by Andrea Mancarella; http://andreamancarella.com

It’s time, great ones, to create a new paradigm on Earth; one that’s far closer to the truth of all things, and that will actually help us grow in leaps and bounds as individuals and as aspects of the ONE that we are.

That is to start recognizing and gaging the amount of LIGHT one carries within. The more light they carry, the more you will want to interact with them, share with them, be with them, create with them…

I am sure you have met a person that just seems to radiate light. Perhaps it was a teacher or caregiver you once had, or it could have just been the man who once sold you an ice cream cone in the park.

They don’t have to be great saints or sages, just human BEINGS who have cultivated their light within through whatever form of meditation is “meditation” for them, knowingly or unknowingly.

All we know is that we just WANT to be around them, to bask in their energy that we just can’t seem to get enough of.

Now THAT’S a worthy fundamental pursuit, and what a wonderful world it would be if it really WAS every human being’s CORE pursuit?

To those who are able to carry only a little light at present, we wish them a swift journey to the light of “enlightenment”. That is to become apprised of all things, and regard them, always, in a supportive and non-judgemental manner, while continuing their journey to the light. Eventually, we all end up returning home to it eventually. Thankfully.

Seeking the LIGHT Within

As I mentioned in last week’s Post, “In meditation we seek out and celebrate the light within, the sacred essence of ourselves as “people of the light”; our soul light, that burns ever brighter the more we cultivate our connection with it through the ancient and vital practice of meditation.

As conscientious meditators, we do this so we may continually raise the vibration of our beautiful planet, and live in PEACE and in love, together, here, as ONE, for as many days as Mother Gaia and Creation affords us.

Meditation.Works: Guided Meditations that WORK!

Any one of my Meditation.Works Guided Meditations will take you on a meditation journey you will never forget, given all the incredible insights and experiences waiting for you just behind YOUR EYELIDS in meditation.

So please remember, when you find your mind careening and spinning out of control, just become UN-BUSY, STOP EVERYTHING AND MEDITATE!

If all else fails, “Be the Rubber Duckie”, like I said in my last Post, just floating on the waves in meditation, without a care in the world!

Just remember, you are a beautiful HUMAN BEING that’s evolving into an even more beautiful HUMAN “BEING” with every in-breath and out-breath – and certainly not a HUMAN “DOING”!

Last But Not Least, GOOD NEWS!: The Heavens are Looking UP!

Once more, from astrologer extraordinaire, Phil Booth of http://boothstars: “The NEW Moon occurs on Friday, January 24th, 2020, at 4:42 PM EST. 

On Friday afternoon, the New Moon occurs, marking the beginning of a new cycle. In the sign of Aquarius, friendship, brotherhood, group activities, social pursuits, group projects, trying something new, humanitarian efforts, or joining a group will be a strong focus on a personal level. New beginnings regarding all of these matters are possible now.

This is a time during which we should solve problems that require thinking “outside of the box”; look to the future with a brand new, positive, and hopeful vision; brainstorm and socialize; focus on extending a friendly hand, receiving support, and expressing platonic love for those around us; give our emotions and passions a “break”, as we develop more objectivity and some detachment from past haunts; learn how something (or someone) works; revitalize ourselves through experiences that are new or simply different; reach out to people in our social circle and in our community, and recognize the value of our friendships and social networks; recognize that some level of detachment and distancing ourselves from our habits and attachment to the past will help us break away from destructive behaviors that are holding us back.With this potent Aquarius energy, we have the chance to make progressive changes in our lives. For some of us, circumstances are such that we need to pay more attention to these matters. This New Moon’s square to Uranus suggests a rebellious time when abrupt moves are possible. We’re especially concerned with progress and freedom now. All major planets are direct, and there appear to be fewer blocks to progress.

Remember, just 15 minutes of meditation a day is enough to actualize the multiple benefits of daily meditation, which are really countless, as each person experiences the effects of it in the way they most need to – which is truly magical – alongside reaping the other physical, psychological and emotional benefits that daily meditation has to offer, of course. 

This Week’s Guided Meditation

Announcing this week’s Guided Meditation:“Breathing and Inspiration” . Here are direct links to it:

Guided Meditation, “Breathing and Inspiration” – 15 Minute Version:

Guided Meditation, “Breathing and Inspiration” – 30 Minute Version:

This Guided Meditation links the breath with “inspiration” (which is, in fact another word fro breathing), so you can easily slip into an open state of awareness and be more open to receiving inspiration!

Here’s a brief excerpt from the Guided Meditation:

Human beings breathe in oxygen in order to live and give off carbon dioxide in order for plants to live. In this symbiosis, plants, humans and animals co-exist in a ‘give and take’ process known as ‘mutualism’. 

Another term for breathing is ‘inspiration’. The word ‘inspiration’, from the Latin word ‘inspirare’, means ‘to breathe into’. Today we know the act of being inspired can occur at any moment and be applied to any aspect of life, be it a creative or work endeavor.

If you afford your mind the space it needs to become filled with inspiration, much as you do when you breathe and allow your lungs to be filled with air, true inspiration can occur...”

About Meditation.Works Guided Meditations

Meditation.Works Guided Meditations in 15 and 30 minute versions make it virtually effortless to incite real change for the better in your life.

Please share this post and a link to our Guided Meditations with anyone you feel could benefit from, and be open to, meditation and manifesting one’s dreams. Who wouldn’t want that, right? 

Going forward, I’ll be releasing ONE NEW FREE Guided Meditation PER WEEK, starting next week, so stay tuned! 

And please Subscribe to this Blog Site and to my Instagram Page: Meditation.Works, and if you feel so inclined, to my YouTube Channel too: Meditation Works, so you’ll be instantly notified when there’s a new Guided Meditation for you to meditate with – or share!

BTW, it’s Meditation “dot” Works, because meditation really DOES WORK! 🙂

Once again…

Meditation has given my life richness and meaning beyond words, and I am passionate about sharing my Guided Meditations, and the myriad transformational benefits meditation offers, with the world.

It is my sincerest wish that my Guided Meditations bring you the results you are looking for in your meditation practice, and that you continue to come back and listen to more Meditation.Works Guided Meditations on subject matters that just may matter to YOU most!

Together with Meditation.Works, let’s cultivate balanced, abundant, healthy and co-creative lives, and build a global culture that advocates deep healing, self-transformation, compassion and true well-being, through the power of meditation.

Please help Meditation.Works do just that, one meditator at a time… Here’s how:

Heal the self, help others heal: Before you know it, we’re all healed!

Thanks for the gift of your time and attention!

Wishing you all the joy your heart can hold, all the love – in all its forms – that you can possibly bask in, optimum health, prosperity and abundance, the spiritual transformation you crave, and the attainment of all your wishes and goals this 2020 and beyond! 

It’s time…

With Great “Lovitude”,

Renata Duma

Questions, anyone?

Have any questions or meditation experiences you would like to share? 

Whether they’re experiential, emotional or mystical, I’d love to hear from you! Please fill out the short form on the Contact page on this Site, and I’ll get back to you within 72 hours. Promise!

Please also join me on Instagram: @Meditation.Works, where I’ll be sharing daily inspirations and quotes to help keep you motivated, and help keep your meditation practice engaging, inspiring and on track!

You can find the links to all my Guided Meditations in the “Guided Meditations” section of this Blog, so you can listen or download as many of my Guided Meditations as you would like… for FREE! 

Don’t forget to “Like” and “Subscribe” to my YouTube Channel, and hit that notification “Bell”, so you’ll know the moment a new Guided Meditation is uploaded to the channel. 

Remember, coming soon… 

…more Guided Meditations for adults and new Guided Meditations for children, teens and elders, on subject matters that matter to them most!

Oh, and just one more thing!

Here’s a pic of one of my readers that took the “Be the Rubber Duckie” suggestion to heart! Well, actually, to the next level!

As always, till next week, Happy Meditating!

Renata