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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Peace, Be Still

HEAL THYSELF.

Emotions seem to make us nuts, dont they? All over the friggin place...from happenstance to happenstance, it seems that we can go from 0 to 10 in the blink of an eye depending on the issue (and what sign you are astrologically;-)). The crazy thing is that with all of this emotion comes a myriad of physical responses. Emotions are forms of energy that run throughout our bodies like electrical currents. Each emotion has a frequency of its own and this is where things get real. The most common (and DEADLY) emotions such as Anger and fear resonate at the same frequency as the color red. The root Chakra (genitalia) also resonates at this frequency. Love, however, resonates at the same frequency as ultra-violet light.  It is the highest visible frequency; the third eye Chakra spins at this high frequency as well.
We must carefully watch these emotionally charged electrical currents because they travel along our neural pathways and trigger the release of chemical proteins called neuropeptides (Np). Each Np controls different physiological functions within our body. From Oxytocin & Adrenalin...to various hormones & endorphines, everything we think and feel has the potential to physically help or harm us. For example, joy, orgasms, happiness and laughter cause the release of endorphins, or powerful opiates that make us feel good. Such feelings are extremely helpful because they help boost our immune system, relax muscles, elevate our mood and decrease pain.
Fear, anxiety and stress, on the other hand, release adrenalin, cortisol & norepinephrine. These Nps cause the heart to race, blood vessels to dilate and muscle to tighten. When we feel these kinds of emotions, it is important to find the time to meditate and sort through them. We must positively channel these powerful electrical currents and turn the negative energy into positive energy. Focus on your energy.

 

The Beginner's Mind Meditation
(Clear Your Canvas)
"By meditation upon light and upon radiance, 
knowledge of the spirit can be reached 
and peace can be achieved."
Patanjali, 300B.C.

  • Change into loose,comfy clothing so that your sitting is not restricted in any way
  • Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed
  • Sit comfy on the ground, with your legs outstretched or crossed
  • Close your eyes and concentrate on relaxing each part of your body
  • Begin at the tips of your toes and envision the blood flowing throughout your body to the top of  your head, the Crown Chakra (Sanskrit) or your Ori (Yoruba).
  • Once you are focused on your blood flow, tune in to your breathing pattern.
  • Breathe in through your nose (if possible) and out through your mouth, making an "Ohhh"or "Ahhh"sound as you exhale.
  • Once your breathing is regulated, channel your attention towards your thoughts and feelings. Let them roam free for a while in your mind, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Next, capture your thoughts and move them to the outer space of your mind. This is called "Clear Your Canvas" meditation. 
  • Expeditiously push all thoughts that race for the center of your mind to the outer edges, far left/far right,etc.
  • Try to focus on your clear canvas, that is, the pure space in the center of your mind, entertaining no thoughts that try to invade that space.
  • Keeping calm and still, continue this exercise for 2 to 5 minutes. 
  • Once you reach your calm space, begin to envision a circle. Look through the circle and around the circle. Write the words,"I AM PEACE" inside of the circle. Focus and meditate on these words for as long as you feel led to. If the words try to fade or disappear, re-write them. Let nothing enter into your mind accept for this mantra.
  • When you are done, give thanks to God, the Universe and the Ancestors and close out/seal your prayers with "Amen," "So shall it be,"  "Ase," or the equivalent.
Peace be unto you.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Prayer.
This ancient ritual seems to have lost value over time as a result of an instant gratification seeking society. When we pray it's usually because we need something to happen right away. When we pray for a blessing, we want to feel blessed immediately. When we pray for protection, we want to feel safe immediately. When we pray for deliverance, we want to be immediately delivered. If change doesn't happen at the speed in which we feel it should, then we often conclude that prayer doesn't work. This is as wrong as 2 left shoes. Prayer is key to LIFE, but we pray amiss. We as a people have lost our boldness...we've exchanged solidarity and faith for individualism and greed. We no longer believe in our ability to manifest. We lack the patience and perseverance of our predecessors and have forgotten how to make a way out of no way.
The breath (our spirit) provides the force we need to speak things into fruition. The breath of LIFE, then, is the prayer that is formed when we boldly use our breath to speak our words into the atmosphere. That is the work. But then we must have faith (believe) that what we speak has purpose and meaning. Hence the equation, Faith + Works = Manifestation. Prayer is divine magic, a gift that we all have access to. It is not cliché. Prayer is not a joke or a fairytale or something we do to show others we're deep. It's a manifestor's tool that's sharper than a double-edged sword. But what is a sword in the hand of a fool? A mess. And now we've got to clean up this mess and take it back to source. We've got to pray for one another and use our divine breath to bless, not curse. Ive had this little box since college and have been meditating on it's message for years. (Real) prayer changes things. This ancient ritual is tried and true and will be the theme of my ritual bonfire release later this month. Stay tuned... and prayed up. Happy Sunday Love!❤

Monday, October 1, 2018

October 1st Meditation verse:
Do not merely listen to wisdom, and so deceive yourselves. Do what the wisdom prescribes.
 Anyone who listens to the wisdom God has provided, but does not do what the wisdom teaches is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law of SPIRIT that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—
they will be blessed in all that they do.

I feel especially good this day about my purpose in the earth. I mean, it never leaves my mind. I am always thinking about what purpose was assigned to me at birth. I couldn't care less about popularity, inclusion, agreeability, or trend. In fact, these things give me pause. I just wanna be pleasing to God in this life and the next, and share this love with all who will listen and receive.
"God grant me the serenity 
to accept the things I cannot change; 
courage to change the things I can; 
and wisdom to know the difference...
living one day at a time; 
enjoying one moment at a time; 
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; 
taking, as God did, this sinful world 
as it is, not as I would have it; 
trusting that God will make all things right 
if I surrender to His Will; 
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life 
and supremely happy with God
forever and ever in the next life." Asé.

The present is a gift and I am grateful.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018


Thoughts on aging...
As I approach 50 (I am now a ripe 46 years Young), I find myself sitting in my mental window, peeking thru the curtains, and looking back over the morning of life. That is, the active years before 40 and 50. What a difference a day makes, so a decade of LIFE will have you daydreaming over cocktails. I am finding my stride as I witness the afternoon of my life opening up. I am no longer running to the fast pace of the morning, but am now finding time at last for more spiritual, cultural, intellectual, meaningful experiences...many of which were thrust aside in the heat of youth's race to....? The citizens of Amerika, with a terrific emphasis on staying young 'n active and material success, certainly tend to try and avoid the afternoon of life and many even pretend it never comes. We fight to push the clock back and prolong the morning, disrespecting our own mortality and purpose for being here, stressing ourselves out in the most unnatural manner. Of course one cannot succeed when fighting life itself. We are not meant to compete with our sons and daughters. To everything there is a season. Unfortunately in our breathless attempts, we often miss the flowering that awaits the afternoon of life. Midlife is a season that is often misunderstood and tragically misinterpreted. Many people never take time to smell the roses along the road from 30 to 50. I try to smell Every. Single. Rose. I am at peace and am grateful for the PROCESS of life. Over the last decade I have shed my emotional struggles, many of my frivolous worldly ambitions, the material burdens that the youthful morning of life incurs. I am free to begin fulfilling the aspects of myself that inherently take a backseat when we're raising children and running households. If we do it right, parenthood is a pretty selfless lifestyle, for the most part. For me, in this midlife experience, I am free and open for growth of mind, heart and my divine gifts. I am free at last to bask in my own spiritual growth, free of the confines of expectation. I see my history and my future when I look in the mirror. I see God's work in me, and it is priceless. I am comfy in my own skin and I actually like spending time with ME. Henceforth, I project that it only gets greater later... And I predict that I am on the path, full steam ahead, to living my BEST life. Modupé O, Baba! Modupé O, Yeye!! 50, here I come...the golden number of my Iyami Osun.       ~Pilar