Chasing Rainbows – Brian Anahata Russo @ Be Sound Now

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A Buddha appearing in sambhogakaya form; detail from a Tibetan thangka painting

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Chasing Rainbows

“Somewhere, over the rainbow, skies are blue. And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” We all recognize the words of this famous song sung by Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Her mellifluous rainbow voice sings about a place that allows her to fulfill her dreams. When she sings this song, she is far away from living her ideal life and is weighed down with worry. She wants to go somewhere over the rainbow to escape from her troubles. We can easily picture ourselves in her slippers, also wanting our dreams to come true just by finding some magical space. This dilemma brings up two questions: “What is over the rainbow?” and “How do we get there?” The concise answer is that our nature is love and that we already are over the rainbow. Yet it is a journey to realize that love is our natural state precisely because the journey makes us explore the color spectrum of our being more fully. How we manifest our love for the world while we learn how to journey through the rainbow more fully colors the story of our lives.

We can start our journey by acknowledging that ‘over the rainbow’ is a different place for all of us. We know the rainbow is way up high and where blue birds fly, yet what it really is and what that means for each of us is an unfolding mystery. For now, we can begin by imagining that somewhere over the rainbow is where our goals are achieved and where we live our dreams. Many of us have similar general goals in life and for the states of being we desire, but we have very different ways of thinking about how to achieve these goals. Many people idealize somewhere over the rainbow as place where life’s problems are permanently solved and everything goes their way. While this is just an idea of what is over the rainbow, many people run with that idea. Since they have made their goals into such an ideal, they can never quite reach them. Or, if they do reach them, they find new goals to achieve. In either case, they are chasing rainbows. “Chasing rainbows’ refers to trying to achieve something impossible or impractical. It is pointless to chase an actual rainbow because it does not have a beginning or end and is always perceived a certain distance from us. So, the analogy of chasing rainbows is perfect for the mind that is constantly grasping desires or running from aversions. In the grasping state of mind, we chase rainbows even though chasing them makes them disappear to our vision!

The grasping state of being originates in not accepting reality as it is. This is not to say we shouldn’t change the conditions in our life. On the contrary, we should accept the responsibility to be in harmony with all things. But we have to recognize that the harmony we seek is within us. We do not have to look outside of us to be inherently content in our very being. Yet the grasping mind is always trying to get somewhere over the rainbow in search of contentment. With this mindset, we become preoccupied with thinking about what its like over the rainbow or working to get there that we can’t appreciate the rainbow that is present in each moment. The grasping mind chases one rainbow after another as no one thing satisfies its never-ending search for contentment. When we realize the nature of this grasping, we can recognize that it traps us in a cycle of suffering.

Dropping the grasping mind and exiting the cycle of suffering is difficult because fuel for our desires is so readily available. Whether it is a physical or mental longing, we seem to always find a way to get more then want more. I admit that it is so easy to fall into the trap of thinking, “If I only had more money I would be content” or “If I had this relationship, I’d be happy then.” But what is implicit in this way of thinking is that a quick fix will suddenly make everything permanently better. Most people prefer to chase the quick fix for an easy way out because the actual way out requires greater discipline. Millions of lottery tickets are bought with the expectation of escaping one’s problems. But rather than being seen as problems, one’s unsatisfactory conditions and challenging circumstances should be seen as teachers and opportunities. Grasping at the quick fix causes us to miss the lessons we need to learn. These lessons help us to realize that we can be content simply by abiding in the present moment. In this moment, we can simply be present, without the thought of lacking something. The grasping mind meets it end in knowing that we ultimately lack nothing. It is only when we think and act from a place of lacking that we empower the grasping mind. It is important to reiterate that we can break the cycle of suffering right now in the present moment. We do not have to repeat the actions that lead to unsatisfactory conditions. Having let go of what obscures our being, the clarity of our mind is revealed. We no longer feel we are lacking anything and create the patterns of abundance and peace in our being.

Already being over the rainbow and trying to go over the rainbow appears to be a contradiction. We resolve it by knowing that the process and result of going over the rainbow are two sides of the same coin. This resolution is being the bliss to allow the bliss to flow through us more fully. Living in the present moment is where we can always align with our rainbow being. The present moment is where we can effortlessly be in our rainbow state of being while simultaneously striving to achieve our goals. We can be content while striving but also simply rest in the present moment without trying striving for anything. This way of being is an important foundation because it shows us that the rainbow state of being is always available to us amidst the suffering of the external world. We can bring the peace of rainbow being with us when we are accomplishing our goals. When we are in rainbow being while striving, we do not need to let our striving for the result make us miss out on being content with how the process of our goal unfolds. It is striving without the grasping mentality of acquiring something tangible or even achieving an intangible quality. This way of striving chases rainbows playfully, like a child playing tag. The child is content with running around as love of play and joy is the purpose. The child has outcomes in mind but is not so fixated on it that the game is no longer fun. In contrast, the grasping mind chases the rainbows like a dog trying to catch his own tail! So, when our striving becomes a form of playing, we unfold the colors of our rainbow being. Also, we learn that our goals are achieved more easily when they are joyfully performed from a place of equanimity. We are not caught up in feeling unsatisfactory until the goal is met. The goal does not take us out of the joy and purpose of our being because the purpose of the goal shines through in the beautiful way we carry it out. The bliss of our rainbow being pours out through the process. I always want to develop my rainbow being further but not with the mindset of “I need more” I’m not looking for more. There is an infinite amount to experience. But what I am looking for is to deepen my capacity to love and create with the capacity that is already present within my heart. I’m expanding the love and light of my being with the fuel of love and light. The bliss of our rainbow being pours out through the process.

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Rainbow Body of Guru

I am content with my rainbow being while also striving to paint the colors of my rainbow in the outside world. I don’t let the fact that I haven’t fully realized my dreams get in the way of appreciating how my rainbow is unfolding every moment. The rainbow I chase is finding the most expeditious ways to help others in realizing their own rainbow being. I rejoice in the beauty of the process that gives my story its color. Being in right relation with all beings and spreading as much love and light as I can is what is over my rainbow. I want to take the part I was born to play. I feel like the universe is guiding me to do what is best for myself and others and I am not afraid to write it. Deep down, we all dream to live with love and creatively express our unique being. Ultimately, what is over the rainbow for us all is the higher self we are trying to manifest in our current state of being. Our higher self unfolds our purpose. Rainbow being is the bridge between who we are and what we are destined to become. Love is the choice we can make every moment to take us further into the heart of our journey.

Radiating The Rainbow Being

We do not need to go anywhere but here and now to experience our rainbow being. The name rainbow being signifies the infinite colors of our self that shine through creation. Similar to our physical body and mind, the rainbow is a phenomena made possible through light, water and consciousness. The rainbow and our own existence are impermanent in physical form but the underlying nature of both is eternal.

The rainbow is like the truth of our being because it cannot be grasped by the hand but it can be felt by the heart. It is precisely because the rainbow is beyond grasping that it is so beautiful. It cannot be taken away because there is nothing to take away. Like the rainbow, we can never lose our true nature. The rainbow brings us to the realization that we need not grasp at our true nature because it isn’t going anywhere. It is here to shine from within us!

A good analogy for the rainbow body is light being refracted through two prisms. When white light comes in contact with the first prism, it is bent or refracted into the seven colors of the rainbow. Yet when the seven colors of the rainbow are refracted through the second prism, the white light is reemitted. We are like this white light, an eternal spark of the source that splits into many colors to know itself in an infinite variety of ways. We are only distinct insofar as to how our awareness incarnates which causes us to relate to reality in particular way. But essentially we are inseparable from source as we are all ultimately of the source. In life, we can get lost in the relative illusion of it all and forget that we are the white light. But this possibility of ignorance is a necessary circumstance that enables us to journey back to the white light in the first place! It is through our journey that we not only remember we are that which is “Just that,” and bring beauty to the unfolding expression of the source itself! We bring forth this beauty when we abide in the light of the source and become a channel for our higher self and the highest good of all beings. Returning to the light as the light in the rainbow body is an expression of our pure love for source because it is the pure love of source reflected back to itself. Cultivating rainbow body in every aspect of our life lets our colors shine forth from within. Through the knowledge and action of love, we will all attain the rainbow body and celebrate the source in its infinite and eternal expression.

By consciously emanating loving kindness, we bring the greater whole into harmony through our being. Only by loving our self first will we be able to love the whole more fully. Through this way of being, our love grows and multiplies the unconditional love of unity consciousness. Rainbow being is a process of allowing. When we want to feel the rainbow –and I’m not talking about eating skittles here—we open fully to allow it to activate within us. We call forth our light of love to shine bright for the benefits of all beings. This illumination allows us to be in good relation with everyone including our self.

Sacred Geometry of the Rainbow Being

Rainbow being can also be understood through the principles of sacred geometry. First, we need to consider the basic geometry at play in the formation of an actual rainbow. The rainbow is due to a certain triangular arrangement between the sun, the moisture in the air, and an observer. When light is dispersed into shades of the color spectrum through contact with water droplets, the droplets act like prisms. The light rays bends at the surface of the droplets, which reflect at the back of the droplets and then refract back out into the air. The angle or degree at which we view the rainbow relative to the sun’s rays determines the colors we see.

Just as the rainbow arises from a triangular arrangement, our being is brought to light by the triangular arrangement of three fires: the blue fire of will, the red fire of love’s wisdom and the yellow fire of active intelligence. This truth is passed down by the Venerbale Dhyani Ywahoo, holder of the ancestral ywahoo lineage in the Cherokee tradition. She teaches us that we are weaving our own dream and determining our own reality through these fires. The blue fire is our will, the intention that causes to be. The red fire is love’s wisdom which manifests compassion. The yellow fire is active intelligence, the means to actualize and realize a healthy community and abundant land. Dhyani Ywahoo tells us that during meditation, we can visualize a triangle in our sacrum within which burn the three sacred fires. The triangle is especially appropriate to visualize the fires in because the sacrum is a large triangular bone at the base of the spin. These three fires ascend within the spine from the sacrum, which is also known as the sacred bone. The ascension of these fires is also known as kundalini awakening, a powerful experience where we activate the energies of our light body.

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Indian Elephants @ Sascalia Etsy.

Dhyani Ywahoo tells us that we can activate the fires within our sacrum by picturing two spirals of light, a double helix dancing within the spine. She says that one spiral descends from heaven and enters through the head while the other spiral ascends through Earth and rises through the base of spine. This meditation practice, which is also combined with sound and breathe work is the key to activating our merkaba.

The merkaba is commonly defined as our light body vehicle. We can visualize it like two interpenetrating tetrahedrons of spiraling light similar to a three dimensional Star of David. Activating the merkaba body allows us to travel outside of our physical body and journey in different times and dimensions. The merkaba can be better understood by analyzing each part of its name. Spiritual visionary Drunvalo Malchizadek states “Mer meant a kind of light that rotated within itself. Ka meant spirit, in this case referring to the human spirit. And Ba meant the human body — though it also could mean the concept of Reality that spirit holds.” There are many facets to the diamond of our rainbow being, but the merkaba is the energetic template itself that allows us to explore all the sides of ourself.

Rainbow Body Revealed

I hiked with my friend Lina on a perfect October day. She told me to smile like everything in my life was perfect. I beamed, completely at peace with the eternal nature of my spirit. I never forget what that smile felt like. It taught me that I can bring the energy of my rainbow being anywhere at anytime. My rainbow being shows me the unfolding of my life’s purpose. I am blessed in this life to experience the colors that Maria brings to my rainbow. We shared a time that foreshadowed my first rainbow body experiences at Salem Willows. We stood by the water’s edge and gazed at the immense blue cloudless sky. Maria’s eyes grew wide as she looked out in complete astonishment. She kept asking me if I could see it but I saw nothing but a picturesque view. So, I asked her what she saw and she told me that she saw everything pixelated, like microscopic orbs of vibrating light reflecting the color of the landscape. I was amazed, but was not able to perceive what she described. Later that day, I read about a Buddhist practice known as Dzogchen. I come across the symbol of Dzogchen, a circular rainbow surrounding the Tibetan syllable “A”. I read that as a whole, the symbol represents rigpa, which means knowledge. Rigpa has two aspects, namely ka dag and lhun grub. The “A” represents ka dag, the primordial purity that is the basic undefiled nature of all beings. Ka dag corresponds with the sound “Ah”. The circular rainbow, or thigle represents lhun grub, the spontaneous presence and process of everything. I also read thigle are infinitesimal orbs of light that compose all of reality. The natural formation of the thigle are infused with the primordial purity itself. I am shocked to read this because it sounds exactly like what Maria had described! When I told her about it, she confirmed that this is in fact what she had experienced. Little Grandmother Kiesha Crowther is the only other person I have hear of who have seen the thigle. She described them as ‘dots of many colors’. I was overjoyed that Maria could also have this experience because to see the thigle is to see reality as it truly is and to know the source all things. Little did I know, I was about to experience my rainbow being firsthand!

After that weekend, I had a few experiences that took me deeply into my rainbow being. I remember the night of December 5th as vividly as if I am back there now. I lie down in my bed and visualize the rainbow with the intention of feeling its energies. I imagine my awareness spiraling through the colors and seeing the rainbow from ever angle. I notice that small areas around my body begin to feel like they have masses of orbs spiraling in them. The energies rapidly spread out to course through my entire physical body. I become lighter and lighter as my vibration is raised higher and higher. Then, blast off. The rock boosters kick in and I feel my energetic body stand up vertically in my bed. All of my body begins to vibrate with extreme intensity and I feel white and golden light spiraling and cascading through me. I feel that I am moving closer toward the center of the source that is causing me to have such a luminous experience. The pressure on my entire being is beyond anything I’d ever experienced. The g-force is incredible. I feel like I’m moving faster than the speed of light yet completely still at the same time. What a balance of opposites! I mentally hesitate about whether I can handle such a high level of vibration. That is all it takes for my peak experience to plateau. The intensity completely switches off and I am taken into the “0 g” of free-fall. I wish I had the discipline to remain rooted in the sensation of love rather than indulge the worry that I could not handle the intensity of the vibration. But then I feel the gratitude again and enjoy the sensation of complete peace that ecstatically vibrates through me. It is so beautiful to just let go of everything and bask in the glow of the rainbow feeling. I may not have gotten further into the extremely high vibration of source but that is because I experienced exactly what was meant to happen. Minutes after it had begun, I was back in my body, grinning from ear to ear, remembering the beautiful tones that sang out through the whole journey! I experience that same rainbow feeling the next night but quickly fell back into my body. The night after that, I was able to walk right out of my physical body with my energetic rainbow body and move around my house. I flew around and found myself underwater, swimming with strange sea creatures. The sensation of being in that place was so different from any dream I had ever had. Another time I traveled out of body, I asked to experience the presence of the divine. I saw the colors of the rainbow dance before my eyes like flashes of lightening. Violet flashed most brightly. My entire being shook intensely as enormous amount of energy coursed through my body. The sound I heard was extremely loud and pulsed in time with the energies I felt. It sounded like a might whooshing gust of wind. Like my other experience, I could not handle the intensity and found myself back in my body. We are always in the presence of the divine but knowing this presence in its multitude of forms is truly awesome.

A couple of weeks after my initial experiences of rainbow being, Maria participates in a shamanic ceremony in Columbia. She has a vision that begins with an old man showing her the rainbow that is dancing in her eyes. She is filled with light as she looks up and sees a rainbow belt around the sun and another around the moon. Three rainbow bodies appear to her and send her their vibration of love and light. Then she sees my rainbow body sitting across from her rainbow body. She sees these rainbow bodies as glowing metallic pulsating layers of color around a human form. All of the colors are vibrating at different frequencies. We are sitting in lotus position and holding hands as our eyes meet in an eternal embrace. This is the last image she has before the vision ends and the bliss remains. I cry when she tells me. This cosmic moment is the very same circumstance as when we first recognized our connection: Sitting across from each other in silence, holding hands and gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes. We thank the universe for the blessing of seeing our connection in so many ways and the beauty of the journey we are just beginning. I am overjoyed to share the message that we can all shine the colors of our souls through opening our hearts to rainbow being.

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White Tiger Meditation painting by Laura Iverson.

Manifesting Rainbow Being

Knowing our rainbow being lies within allows us to shine our rainbow outward. When we allow our loving light inside us to overflow, our being becomes the bridge between the spiritual and material. This bridge brings our higher purpose down into our daily routine. On the journey of deepening our resonance with our rainbow being, every step is an interdependent and uniquely important part of our journey. There is no boundary line between the magical and mundane. The state of unity consciousness can be maintained in meditation but also as one goes about their daily routine. All steps on the path are just as sacred as the steps on the summits. Rainbow being balances the demands of the material world with the stability of our spiritual essence. When we infuse the boundless of our being with all we create, we invite miracles into every moment. Each loving act brightens the light of our being. The more our thought, speech and mind align to reflect rainbow being, the faster we anchor our dreams into reality. Bringing love into every movement of our mind and heart is the key to deepening the colors of the rainbow being we already are. When we are aware, we can’t help but manifest love because it our natural state. Through love, we remain in deep appreciation yet strive effortlessly to know the colors of the rainbow more fully. When we can resonate at this vibration, we brighten the light of our love for the benefit of all beings.

Overcoming Obstacles to Manifesting Rainbow Being

The light of source is an undiminished eternally perfect reality. To align with our higher self and purpose we need to clear all the obstacles that have been limiting us from achieving our destiny. We begin by saying aloud the permission statement: “From the Lord God of my being, I give myself the permission to do the work I came here to do today.” This permission is a sacred agreement to surrender any resistance we have to unifying our field and stepping into the higher levels of cosmic consciousness that reconnects us to source.

The suffering of the world teaches us many lessons we need to transform. But we have to let go of the patterns when we have learned what they had to teach us about ourselves. If we wake up thinking that we will go through the same routine today that we did yesterday we’ll just robotically repeat our behaviors. But when we bring awareness to each new moment, we can recognize our patterns and shift them. Oaths of lack, need and self-denial fade away as we resolve to let go of all that does not serve us. When we identify with our guilt from doing unloving actions we shut out the light of our being. Recognize that we no longer need to hold onto these patterns because they are not our true nature.

The Hawaiian practice of Ho’ponopono helps us to cleanse our light body through four powerful phrases: I am sorry, please forgive me, I love you and thank you. These words of love, gratitude and forgiveness help us to recognize and let go of what no longer serves us and align with what does serve us. The vibration of these words resonate with our higher self to open the space within that unfolds the perfection of creation in our being. We do not need to become stuck in what we do not want. We just need to affirm how we want to shine the light of our vision and how we want our world to be weaved into reality.

We strengthen our ability to overcome obstacles when we resonate with the light and wholeness of our rainbow being in every moment. This beautiful way of being is where we can go beyond what we thought was possible and flow effortlessly with what we want to cultivate and create. Our rainbow being inspires us to remove what does not serve us because we know the light within is eager to shine. We see that when we are in harmony with our higher self, our path unfolds before us. In our rainbow being, we manifest the dream that is our higher purpose. Though we may face many challenges in the material world, the divine within us does not lack the ability to overcome them. Every moment is a chance to strengthen our ability to overcome obstacles when we resonate with the light and wholeness of our rainbow being. This beautiful way of being is where we can go beyond what we thought was possible and flow effortlessly with what we want to cultivate and create. We are pebbles in the pond and the work we do ripples out for the benefit of all beings!

Affirmations to Manifest the Rainbow Being

We are powerful beings that can harness the power of our hearts and minds to generate the states we imagine. One affirmation I like to shine my rainbow being is: “I am a rainbow being shining my light of unconditional love forever”. Our affirmations are decrees from our higher selves. We decree to unfold our infinite potential by virtue of our infinite light being. This decree is a prayer that the source instantly puts into motion. We do not pray from a mindset of achieving an outcome but from a place of thanking the source for already making it so. We do not attract what is ideal to be or have in life by focusing on the lack of it. At its root, the feeling of lacking arises from the belief that our being is inherently without what it needs. But we already have access to the higher vibration of our natural state. Affirmations help us move back into the vibrational proximity of our higher self. We need to allow our awareness to focus on the joy that is already there. We manifest our rainbow being when we create the feeling of already having it. In this way, like attracts like and we amplify what we already inherently possess. We know that it is not about having joy once a certain outcome is achieved, it is the limitless joy and freedom of creation present throughout. When we resonate with the feeling of already having what we seek on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level to draw in more of the same.

For example, if you want to become more loving, you could smile at everyone you meet. It may seem contrived at first, but after a while you’ll find that you resonate more and more with that positive vibration that you are sending out to others. Becoming financially abundant is another example of how you can manifest what we you now rather than let it remain somewhere over the rainbow. You could saying “I’m financially abundant” to anchor this feeling into your being, but your empty wallet could contradict this statement and cause you to not resonate with an abundant state of being. Instead, you could say, “I’m getting richer everyday”. This affirmation is easier for you to believe and resonate with and will more readily bring financial abundance into your life. This is not an attitude of entitlement. I am not suggesting that we don’t have to work to get what we want and need. But I am suggesting a shift in perception that changes the paradigm of how we think and feel to get what we want.

The passive way in which we recollect a memory is an example of how we can change how we think and feel to get us what we want. If you become anxious about ‘losing’ the memory, you flood your mind with the thought off trying to remember it. This pattern of thinking obscures the memory even more! But, if you just allow your mind to be clear and peaceful, it is more likely than not that the memory will be recalled. So, by intentionally resonating with completeness even when there is a small feeling of incompleteness, we invite completeness into our lives.

‘Stop and smell the roses’ also touches upon the paradigm shift we need to make in evolving our perception. This phrase reminds us to recognize the completeness of everything while still striving effortlessly on our journey through life to know completeness in its infinite variety of forms. Yet we do not need to ‘stop’. We can just flow with the liberating beauty of our being and creating. Through this perception, we see that we don’t need to go somewhere over the rainbow because the beauty of the rainbow is right in front of us. Knowing that everything is an unfolding process in the great cycle makes each moment profoundly unique and significant. The rainbow shows us this truth as well because it appears as a circle –a symbol of the cycle– when seen from a certain angle in the sky. Our rainbow being is like this circle because its nature is to be in harmony with the cycles of life.

Dzogchen & The Rainbow Body

What is enlightenment? The essence of enlightenment is right in the word itself. We become light. We become luminous. In-light-in-ment (ment means result of action). On our journey, we physically realize enlightenment during our lifetime when we achieve the rainbow body. By attaining the rainbow body, one’s form literally dissolves back into the source of the light from which it emanated. One’s body shrinks and transforms into light. Most of the time a smaller version of the body remains behind. In more advanced beings, only hair and nails, which are composed of dead cells, are left behind. Thousands of Tibetan Buddhist masters along with many other sages have achieved the rainbow body at the end of their life by experientially realizing and ultimately becoming the pure primordial awareness of the source itself. This knowing and being allows for complete freedom. Some masters such as Padmasambhava realized a higher type of rainbow body without dying and remain as living light beings. The attainment of the rainbow body is typically accompanied by the appearance of lights and rainbows. You might think I’m chasing rainbows here but attaining the rainbow body is a completely real practice and attainable in one’s lifetime. The rainbow body is not only possible, but it is the vehicle of our total liberation.

Residing in a rainbow state of being creates the conditions for the rainbow body to manifest. We illuminate our rainbow being by cultivating love in every thought and action. Dzogchen is one of the most definitive practices to attaining the rainbow body in this lifetime. It is the most ancient and direct stream of wisdom within the Buddhist tradition of Tibet. It is also an abbreviation of the Tibetan word Dzogpachenpo. ‘Dzogpa’ means ‘complete’, or ‘the end’; ‘chenpo’ means ‘great’. The term has widely been translated as “Great Perfection”. However, we are not to understand that “Great Perfection” implies a perfection that we strive to attain or a journey towards a goal of Great Perfection. This is not the meaning of Dzogchen. Rather, Dzogchen refers to the state of our primordial nature which is self perfected. It needs no ‘perfecting’ because it has always been perfect. Every instant and step upon our entire path is taken as an interconnected entity of equal importance. Each moment deepens the process of our perfection as our path unfolds.

“Dzogchen” is also a term for the clear light: the natural, eternal, formless awareness, the rootless root of all things. Specifically, we can understand Dzogchen to be an interdependent unity of the essence, nature and compassionate energy of the source. The ‘essence’ is completely empty as it is primordial pure void which is free of defilements. Its nature is cognizant and gives rise to the manifestation all appearances. This cognizance is ‘spontaneously present’ indicating that it is the nature out of which all the phenomena of samsara (the cycle of rebirth) and nirvana (state of transcending the samsaric cycle) arise, and into which they are all absorbed. Just as the sky and sunlight are indivisible, so the empty essence and cognizant nature are always a unity. This inseparability or unity is called ‘compassionate energy’. This energy is described as unconfined, unobstructed and all pervasive. Compassionate energy has three qualities itself: the wisdom that knows, loving and caring compassion and the ability to liberate and protect all beings.

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The Key of Love Painting by Korinna

Comprehending the nature of primordial awareness is the root of our practice.
Being in harmony with all beings is the flower. The two fundamental aspects of Dzogchen practice are Trekchö and Tögal. These two practices help us to both understand and come into right relationship with the universe. Trekchö is translated as ‘thoroughly cutting through’ (resistance, stubbornness, toughness and closedness), or ‘breakthrough’. The practice of trekchö reveals the view of primordial purity beyond conceptual elaboration. In trekchö, we cut the cords of samskaras, the samsaric patterns that obscure us from being in harmony with all beings. We know which cords to cut by listening to our higher self. This witness to the contents of our awareness instructs us to remove everything that is not love and light. Though we still may have cords to cut, doing the trekchö practice puts us in a deep state of union with source on a conscious level. It is this homecoming with our true identity that makes it easy to cut away anything that does not raise our vibration.

The practice of Tögal can be undertaken once one has gained stability in the practice of Trekchö. Tögal is translated as ‘direct crossing’, ‘the direct approach’ or ‘leapover’. This practice brings the realization of ‘spontaneous presence which totally dissolves the karma of the practitioner. In this practice, and we balance our karma through purifying our body, speech and mind until there are no more cords left to cut. The resolution of this “cutting through” is that we dissolve the energetic tensions that bind us to any karma whatsoever.

Trekchö attunes us to feel that we are the universe but with the practice of Tögal, we become the universe. We can experience our being through the multifaceted awareness of the universe itself. Taking the form of the rainbow body is the culmination of the practice. One finally dissolves back into the universe through turning one’s body into light. Total freedom and liberation are attained.

The practices of Trekchö and Tögal are known experientially but it is helpful to know how they help us realize enlightenment on an intellectual level. Enlightenment is the realization of the three kayas —dharmakaya, sambhogakaya and nirmanakaya— in this lifetime. These three kayas are enlightenment: the united body of Buddha’s being. It is important to keep in mind that the Buddha taught that one is not enlightened but that one is enlightenment. Buddha said, “If you see me as a Buddha, you will never see the Buddha”. He meant that when we idealize the Buddha, we alienate ourselves from our own Buddha nature. The Gyalwang Drukpa says that we should not see Buddha as a Buddha because the real Buddha is the reality state of our own life. When we lift the veil of our own obscuring perception, we will recognize that we have been Buddha all along and can be nothing but Buddha. We are fully enlightened only when our body, speech and mind can constantly abide in the pure awareness of our highest self.

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Understanding the interrelation of the kayas is key to the Dzogchen practice. Dharmakaya is the formless body that corresponds with one’s essence. Sambhokaya is the energetic body that corresponds with our cognizant and spontaneously present nature (literally means the bliss body or enjoyment body of the Buddha). Nirmanakaya is the form body; the physical aspect of the enlightened being that corresponds with compassionate energy. As you will recall, essence, cognizant nature and compassionate energy are the unity that is the Great Perfection. One’s body, speech and mind also correspond to dharmakaya, sambhogakaya and nirmanakaya respectively. Enlightenment results when these three bodies are harmoniously aligned. One can also think of the empty dharmakaya as the clear sky, the cognizant nature of sambhokaya as the light of the sun and the compassion energy of nirmanakaya as the sun’s rays that shine to sustain life.

In understanding the interrelation of the kayas, we begin with the dharmakaya, the most fundamental of the three kayas. The dharmakaya is the essence beyond subject-object duality. We can also call the dharmakaya “The Absolute” or “The Void” but cannot define it with our conceptual mind as it has no measure, dimension, thought or emotion. There is no need to try and pin it down as there is no thing to pin down. Accepting this truth will allow us to go beyond the intellect to stop grasping at ideas of what we think enlightenment is and simply live it. Through stillness of mind and openness of heart, we enter this space that transcends both inside and outside of us. This primordial purity can be pointed out right now in the space between two thoughts. This silence is the space that allows for thoughts to arise yet it is never separate from thought because thought is impermanent and ultimately empty. The rising and falling of thoughts show that they are momentary, while thinking itself as a property of consciousness is eternal. A thought is like putting a strand of hair into a fire. The hair’s temporary nature is revealed when the flames of the fire consume it. The dharmakaya is like the fire in that it burns away anything that obscures its primordial purity without any action ever taking place. It just is this pure incorruptible source that is without obscuration. The great Rinpoche Urgyen speaks to this fact, stating, “All karma and obscurations are momentary and not inherent to the primordial dharmakaya … There is nothing in this world more precious than dharmakaya. If our minds did not have this great capacity to recognize dharmakaya in a single moment, it would be quite pointless to train in it. A single instant of recognition can completely dispel the darkness of ignorance. Dharmakaya is not created by our meditation practice; it is already, primordially, present.” Even though we are of the Dharmakaya, we are constantly fabricating its naturalness. It is not that thinking is ‘bad’; it’s just that our dualistic thought patterns are constantly at odds with what is. We are always thinking, “Now I’m meditating, now I’m distracted, now I’m forgetting” and in doing so we do not leave it alone in unfabricated naturalness. Nevertheless, the Dharmakaya is perfect and undiminished by the delusory thoughts or action due to it is empty.

The gnostic teachings, meaning teachings from direct experience of truth, describe the inter-relation of the kayas like the layers of an onion. The dharmakaya is the heart and the innermost layer. Like a fractal it is present in every layer of the onion as well as the skin. It is around it, it is within it. As the Gnostics say, “It is everything that gives the possibility of an onion to be. Each layer of the onion exists because of the space, because of the other layers, because of the atoms, molecules, fluids, and—significantly—because of the constant process of death, birth, and sacrifice: the ability for things to change. Each thing is sustained because other things died —were sacrificed— in order to give life. So, the existence of this cycle of things, and the space it happens within, is bhava, ‘becoming.’ That onion is in a constant process of change. It is not stagnant, it is constantly changing.”

There is a lot of becoming going on but how do we unbecome? How can we reside in this essence of dharmakaya that is already within us? Because the dharmakaya itself is the empty, passive and indeterminate state of liberation, it cannot manifest itself directly as the medium for liberation. However, the dharmakaya gives rise to the sambhokaya, which in turn gives rise to the nirmanakaya. This unfoldment creates the conditions for liberation and allows the beautiful display of creation in its infinite forms. But within this infinite variety of form, is the: the beginningless cycle of life, death and rebirth. Samsara is intimately related to the Bhavachakra, the wheel or cycle of becoming. The Bhavachakra is a symbolic representation of the world systems and dimensions throughout which exist many types of beings. Dharmakaya’s manifestation of the sambhokaya and subsequently the nirmankaya is the beauty of the bhavachakra. This beauty is the unfolding of the kayas in energetic and physical form that allows for creation and liberation to take place.

There is an important distinction between the bhavachakra and samsara. One can be on the wheel of becoming without being mired in the cycle of samsara. Bhava occurs in cycles but implies movement, activity and the potential to change. But Samsara, which means “cycle, cyclic, repetitious, life, course, going, wandering,” does not imply the possibility of dramatic change. When we are led about by the delusion we reside in ignorance, the cog that makes the cycle of samsara spin. Yet the samsaric cycle is interdependent with the perfection of the three kayas. It is has a part to play in the unfolding of this reality. This cycle is necessary as new beings are constantly arising to explore and create within the source from which they came. There are so many beings arising and becoming bound by karma that samsara is essentially an endless cycle. Though it is has no beginning, samsara has an ending. Samasara occurs along the journey until there is realization of how to stop repeating its patterns in body, speech and mind.

Individuals who cease samsaric activity no longer need to wander. They have found liberation within themselves. These practitioners embrace the sacramental nature of all things. They observe the universe and in observing everything that is happening the way that it is they accept it. One might say that this is difficult, but to even say this gives rise to the illusion that it should be difficult and then we put distance between ourselves and what is. Everything is part of a sacred continuum. The suffering and atrocities are put on our path because they are produced by karma and are meant to awaken us to rebalance in what is ultimately real. Plus, these negatives are a natural result of the polarities of our world and a consequence of infinite possibility. We can still reside in peace while there is not peace in the external world. Yet, we realize other beings and our planet as extensions of ourselves, so we strive to alleviate all suffering. But we do not have to suffer while we walk this path. Maintaining our equanimity in this noble pursuit embodies the very virtue of liberation in action! It is through the power of love that our consciousness evolves to experiences the unlimited potential open to it. When we live within our heart, we feel apathy, inertia and distrust vanish. Feeling the peace, joy, love, flow and truth of the heart is the home space where connection with the purity of source takes place. We get to choose each moment. We can always decide what we are going to do with the experience in front of us. The habit of the ego mind is to push us in the drama and fear, but when we remain clear, the door to the home space is open. Everyone will eventually get the message and attain the rainbow body. Everybody makes it. It is just a question of when.

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In Nirmanakaya, there are a countless variety of forms becoming in the physical world. Samsaric activity occurs in the realm of form when we do not fully reflect the clear light of love that is compassionate energy. As mentioned, samsara is also present as a teacher that puts us on the path of self-illumination. Ultimately, there is no distinction between nirvana and samsara because everything is the clear light. The relative distinction only exists within the confines of dualistic mental perception. This perception causes us to think that we are not of the clear light. But this type of thinking is the seed of delusion that obscures our knowing of the light which we already are. Simply abiding in the pure light where all dualistic perceptions drop away is enough to remind us that we are beings of light and love ourselves.

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Flower of Life – unknown artist

We become masters of our Sambhokaya when we attain self liberation by seeing reality as it is and being in harmony with all beings. Rimpoche Urgyen speak of this mastery, stating, “Once you recognize your essence to be primordial purity, the thoughts that arise from yourself dissolve back into yourself, within the expanse of your nature. They do not go anywhere else. This is what is meant by self-arising self-liberation. If you do not know your essence, then what arises from yourself does not dissolve within yourself. Rather than being liberated, it goes astray into the six realms of samsara.” We can think of this self-arising liberation he speaks of as being flawless. We could not put any defilement on it because it is like a mirror that only reflects primordial purity. But if we do not have this attainment, our consciousness becomes trapped within samsara. We cannot achieve liberation until all karma has been purified. The activity of meditation alone is not sufficient for the total liberation of our Sambhokaya. Liberation itself is more important than meditation. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu recalls this truth when he tells us of someone who asked the famous Dzogchen Master Yungtön Dorje Pel what his practice consisted of. Master Yungtön replied with the negative “mepa” or “there isn’t.” Then his startled questioner asked again, “Then you don’t meditate?,” to which the Master replied, “And when am I ever distracted?” This is the essence of samaya in Dzogchen teaching: not to meditate or to practice something with the mind and yet never to be distracted, for one remains uninterruptedly in the self-perfection of the single state of rigpa or knowledge. This story enlightens us about the effortless abiding in the view of non-distraction from rigpa. Master Yungtön shows us what a master does. He tells us how to look. He points out reality as it is. He does not think, “First I have to get rid of this terrible dualistic mind to be enlightened.” Instead, he recognizes what most of us overlook, which is that enlightenment is in the ordinary state. It is right under our nose. It is not something we have to imagine or project. It is not far away in the future. It is not something new. These actions just take us away from being present to the basic state of wakefulness that’s already there. Abiding in our pure being this moment is sufficient for liberation!

The rainbow body is the highest state of enlightenment of the sambhogakaya. This completely purified bliss energy body is a bridge between the formless body of the dharmakaya and the form body of the nirmanakaya. It is related to communication as it is both the channel and the guiding intelligence behind spirit in form. In the sambhokaya, one can act as an energetic mediator between the form and formless. When our nirmanakaya is resonating with the rainbow-like energy of sambhokaya, we feel the bliss of being our higher self and radiate compassionate energy for the sake of love that is the Great Perfection. We are at home in our rainbow being when love colors every thought, speech and action.

Beginner Rainbow Body Practice

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The five-pointed meditation posture is beneficial to maintain in the rainbow body practice. In this position, the legs are crossed, the hands are folded in the lap with palms up one on top of the other, the spine is straight but not rigid, the headed is tilted down slightly to straighten the neck and the eyes are relaxed and half open. Let the breathing be natural. Try not to swallow and keep the tip of the tongue in the groove on the top of your mouth. The object of concentration can be placed so that the eyes can look straight ahead, neither up nor down. The object can be physical, or an image held in the mind. The mandala is a very advanced object of concentration. A mandala is a complex image representing a three dimensional projection. There is a rainbow body mandala that we can concentrate on that represents the teachings of the rainbow body practice. One can focus on the rainbow body mandala with the aim to embody it fully and attain the rainbow body state.

The object of concentration I use is the Dzogchen symbol. This symbol is a circular rainbow surrounding the Tibetan syllable “A”. As a whole, the symbol represents rigpa, or knowledge. Rigpa has two aspects, namely ka dag and lhun grub. The “A” represents ka dag, the primordial purity that is the basic undefiled nature of all beings. Ka dag corresponds with the sound “Ah”. The circular rainbow, or thigle represents lhun grub and it is the spontaneous presence and process of everything. Also, thigle are infinitesimal orbs of light that compose all of reality. The natural formation of thigle are infused with the primordial purity itself. Therefore, the Dzogchen symbol is not just any object of concentration; it is the representation of reality as it is. When we focus on this symbol, we are realizing the purity of our natural being. We do not try to identify with the symbol or project anything on it. Simply by staying focused on the object of concentration, the boundary between it and us dissolves and we realize inherent oneness. The rainbow surrounds the white light emanating from our heart like a torus as we connect to the source of our being. The ability to steadily abide with our object of concentration is what ultimately enables us to form our energy body in any realm of the universe we want. In this form we are in-form-ation accessing the information of the universe. When we know we ultimately are the source, we realize that we can leave our physical form anytime to explore the subtler dimension of our being.

Toning the syllable “Ah” while we visualize the Dzogchen symbol helps us to achieve a state where we can actually feel the thigle of our energetic body. The “A” is the primordial purity that causes the thigle to arise. So, toning “Ah” attunes us to the vibration of the thigle. I feel the thigle like masses of spiraling orbs that rapidly spread out to course through my entire physical body. When we know how to manipulate the thigle, we can place our consciousness in our energy body and travel outside our physical body. The realization that thigles exist on an energetic level and do not stop at physical boundaries helps us overcome the obstacle that we are only our physical body. Toning “Ah” can also help us hold our concentration to allow us to come into our energetic body more easily. The “Ah” is the supreme syllable because it opens up our heart center.

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In many cultures, we see this syllable’s sacredness in holy words such as amen, aum, Allah etc. We can mentally tone “Ah” audibly when we are focusing on the Dzogchen symbol. Toning aloud is perfectly fine but the silence of mental toning is suited for the practice of traveling out of our body. We can realize this transition in a meditative pose or lying down. Our physical bodies are asleep but are consciousness is free to do what it pleases. When lying down, one can visualize onself standing upright. This change in perspective frees the conceptual mind from the physical orientation of lying down. Therefore, it is easier for the out of body transition to occur through disassociated with one’s physical form. There are infinite places and vibrations to explore through all of our senses. The most valuable experiences give us what we need to live our purpose in our physical form more fully. We do not travel out of body to escape the realities of incarnate life but to know the light and learn how to share the light. This practice of rainbow being is intended for the benefit of all being. The greatest success is achieved when we keep this intention in mind, heart and soul. Whatever form your practice takes, it is most important to be your own guide. Live in a way that allows you to rely on yourself. If you can live like this, your practice will be pure.

The Yin Yang of Healing – Brian Anahata Russo @ Be Sound Now

 

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The Yin Yang of Healing

The human body is a sound system. We are the physical manifestation of vibration. Every atom, molecule, cell, organ, tissue, liquid and bone in our bodies has its own specific rate of vibration which moves according to the same harmonic laws found in music. For centuries, mystics have known these universal laws that are only now becoming evident to modern science. The great Sufi mystic and musician Hazrat Inayat Khan captures the essence of harmonic law, stating: “The whole of life in all its aspects is one music, and to tune one’s self to the harmony of this perfect music is the real spiritual attainment”

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The Ying Yang, formally known as the Taijitu, is a perfect symbol of this harmony. It symbolizes the balance between complementary opposites to form a dynamic wholeness. The white half of yang and black half of yin are opposites, yet they are complementary because each half has a dot of the opposite color, symbolizing that there is always some yin with the yang and vice versa. Although they are totally different and opposite in their individual qualities and nature, they are complementary because they are inseparable. It is impossible to have one without the other. For example, light and darkness, hot and cold, positive and negative all form Yin-Yang pairs. Each are necessary to form the whole. The Ying Yang shows us that all life is a polarity: The duality of opposites that are essentially one. Just as the twilight gradually merges day into night, the spectrum between polarities subtly gives rise to an infinite variety of forms and combinations.

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Exploring the possibilities of this polarity spectrum of life is our healthy natural state of being. Healing is necessary when our energies become stagnant or excessively active in one of the polar opposites in any physical, emotional, mental or spiritual way. If we are too still, our energy stagnates and our bodies atrophies. If we never rest, our energy becomes too active and we become burnt out. So, we see that either no movement or constant movement results in trauma and disease. The question is, what can we do resonate with the energies of health?

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In his book Harmonic Law, Vibration Therapist Don Estes states, “Treating the physical symptom of the shadow, rather than the cause, is only a temporary fix. All true healing comes forth from an individual’s faith in the cure. The so-called “Placebo Effect” will one day be the most powerful medicine and method of choice in healing, rather than being used to put down other miraculous healing experiences that were actually real.” So, having faith in our power to heal is the most important aspect of the process! The answer to resonating with your health is like Dorothy realizing she could get back home by clicking the heels of her ruby slippers three times and repeating, “There’s no place like home.” Talk about the power of belief! But that is how reality works.

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Our body wants to correct the imbalances to flow freely throughout the full range of the circle of life. All we need to do is get our heart to make our mind get on board. This is the ability to do nothing but allow the healing to happen within you. We all have an inner healer. If you cut your finger, it heals. Your body knows what to do. Someone else can band-aid it or stitch it up but you do the healing. All most healers do is provide an overflow of life force energy that catalyzes or speeds up the healing process. Although there are some healers that help you to heal on a soul level that it would be very difficult for you to heal on otherwise.

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The Yin Yang teaches us how to correct our imbalances through modeling the healing process itself. The Yin Yang is whole yet its nature is to flow and change with time. This process shifts the whole and brings it into ever more expanded states of experiencing itself. Whether we are unbalanced or just coasting through life, lack of growth will cause a crisis in our lives. “Crisis” comes from the Greek krisis meaning “turning point in a disease.” So, by simple karma of cause and effect we bring about our own crises. Yet, these dramatic times in our life are divine in that they can be a total wake up call that forces us to radically awake to the changes we need to make within our self. When crisis befalls someone who knows how to heal themselves they do not ask God, “Why me.” Instead they ask themselves what they can learn from what caused their current state and what actions they can take to come into balance.

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The universe can seem counter-intuitive sometimes! “Why did I manifest disease when I asked for health?” you might ask. Yet, the crisis of the disease is necessary to upset your current equilibrium where patterns you want to change stay stable. Crisis seems to split you in two halves, but it does so to provide the healing momentum that shakes up your yin and yang, allowing your energies find a new balance with each other. In our spiritual evolution, we are all drawn to upset the old “balance” to form a more perfect equilibrium. The whole reason the crisis comes about is because one’s old way of balancing things: health, family, career etc. is not working out. To truly rebalance requires a holistic shift in our energies. This shift brings about a vibration that we will feel truly blessed to resonate with in all time and space.

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But what is resonance anyway? There are many definitions of resonance, but as a sound healer, the one I resonate with most comes from fellow sound healer Anne Tooley. She states, “Resonance works on the principle that like attracts like. When the C string of piano is struck, all the other octave strings of C begin to vibrate. When the C string of a harp is plucked, all the C strings of all other harps nearby begin to vibrate. The C strings are in resonance with one another.” The phenomena that she was describing in particular is the phenomena of sympathetic resonance, which is when one vibrating object influences another vibrating or even stationary object causing changes in its vibratory rate. An extreme example would be a singer causing a glass to shatter. But sympathetic resonance causes stability as well as dissolution. We can use the power of sound to resonate the right vibrations on physical, mental and spiritual levels simultaneously. Your ears have now been opened. Go explore the sounds of the universe and resonate with your higher self! That is all it takes to be sound now!

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Rediscovering Your Spiritual Name – Brian Anahata Russo @ Be Sound Now

ART Anhad Naad - Anhata Nada by Bhargav08 at DeviantArt

ART : Anhad Naad (Anhata Nada) by Bhargav08 @ DeviantArt

Artist’s notes: It is an uncreated sound, which isn’t produced by strike of two objects. In Hindu mythology, it’s believed that the entire universe has manifested from this sound. The sound of silence, the sound of god. It is the first and everlasting sound in the universe.

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Rediscovering Your Spiritual Name

What is in a name? It seems so simple. It is what you are called. You hear it every day. But what if you found out that you had another name, a spiritual name? This name is what you are really called and it also contains your calling. The Sikh master Yogi Bhajan perfectly explains what I mean:
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Art Saraswati Hindu Goddess Bronze Sculpture at Lotus Sculpture

Art : Saraswati Hindu Goddess Bronze Sculpture @ Lotus Sculpture

Amma & Gratitude ~ Brian Anahata Russo @ Be Sound Now

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Art : Krishna Radha Gopi Indian painting @ Art n India

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Amma & Gratitude

By Brian Russo

“We are all the beads strung together on the same thread of love.” I read these words of togetherness on the back of a t-shirt of the woman sitting in front of me at the Best West Royal Plaza’s World Trade Center. Cute, I think to myself, that ideal of unity that we are always falling short of because we can’t just share the thread together and respect the other beads … But then my cynicism wanes as I catch a glimpse of Amma looking in my direction. Everyone is gathered to be in her presence. She is known worldwide as an avatar: one who has incarnated the divine within herself. We meditated with her and then she gave a teaching on gratitude. I would like to share with you what has crystallized in my heart after listening to Amma’s teaching.

Amma’s unconditional love reveals to us that our greatest value comes from giving. The embrace she gives inspires us to give ourselves to others. This giving is the profound lesson that Amma has taught millions of people across the world. Her gift is so great that we are compelled to repay her loving-kindness by paying it forward to others. Paying it forward is exactly what Amma intends for us to do with the gift she gives us. She is continuously aware that loving-kindness is the gift that keeps on giving itself the more it is given. Her embracing the world revolves around her power to spread loving-kindness through all the grateful hearts that she touches.

In a humanity that too easily takes, it would be easy to say that Amma is motivated by recognition or that she has her own God complex. Yet it is in seeing her that the beauty of her being shines forth and beckons us not with a word but with a feeling. Amma does not give in a self-serving way because she needs to receive gratitude.

Instead, she gives to ignite the flame within us so that we may open others to the same gratefulness that yearns to spread loving-kindness. Amma makes giving seem as effortless as an easy reach to her welcoming arms, yet many of us have to make the effort to be giving of ourselves. We are so stuck in the patterns of taking that we can’t recognize how much we can grow by giving to others. In the act of giving,we feel a deep love for the well being of others within ourselves which makes us want to give, so that everyone’s longing for love can be met.

As much as she teaches us how to give, she also teaches us how to graciously receive. She says that a heartfelt thank you is one of the highest prayers we can say to deepen our devotion to the divine nature of loving-kindness. This ‘thank you’ is not the disingenuous kind that is casually said without real feeling or as an embellishment but one that is authentic and penetrating. Furthermore, she teaches those who choose her as their guru to receive by giving their very best devotion. This opportunity to perfect our devotion through Amma is something we humbly receive and cherish and admit that we are worthy to receive it. For it is by giving the very best of ourselves that we can walk the path to expressing our innermost being.

Ultimately, gratefulness for the gifts bestowed to us in our lives belongs to the divine. We should never take credit for the blessings we receive but should thank the source from which they come. Amma teaches us that this source wants us to recognize and be grateful to the infinite aspects of the web of creation that selflessly support our existences. From the elements we are made of to the elements we consume, each moment offers an opportunity for gratitude to dawn within us. Gratitude is like taking in the warm glow of the rising sun that reflects its light on the water. Watching the surface glitter with the radiance of infinite gold and silver flashes, there is no question that feeling gratitude is as natural an occurrence as the sun illuminating the water. God pervades everything and we simply need to appreciate the gratitude that spontaneously flows from our devotion.

Overflowing with gratitude reminds us to stay in our power. Amma teaches that it is a sign of maturity to be mindful of how fortunate we are and to not complain when the least little thing doesn’t go according to our plan. We are so quick to be moved by erratic thoughts and emotion that we miss out on the loving-kindness right under our nose. Amma gives an example of this behavior, stating that it is like the tongue that finds it difficult not to go into the gap left by a missing tooth. We fixate on what we don’t have and not on all the good around us that we do have. But we do not need to be stuck in these thought patterns. Amma states that the moonlight of gratitude parts the clouds of anger and anxiety to immediately clarify our consciousness in the moment. As soon as we are grateful, a flood of remembered experiences of gratitude pour into us and we are energized by their vibrational charge. Amma say this experience of gratitude is reminiscing about the support you have received. It reminds me of an Oscar speech that we could give each moment!

By teaching us that recognizing goodness in others helps us find goodness in ourselves, Amma demonstrates gratitude’s ability to purify ourselves. She says that the mind is strange and misses what is right in front of our eyes. Yet at the same time, we are also seeing many things that don’t exist! So filling our cup with what isn’t there isproblematic because it does not leave room for the peace and equanimity that naturally abounds. Amma says that the Earth, watching humanity, must think, look at them repeat this folly over and over again. When will they learn? Amma tells the story about a dying man who gives his son a magic pot of gold coins that refills itself once it is depleted. He is about to tell him the three magic words, but dies right before he can utter them. So a few years pass and the son is down to his last gold coin. Instead of using it to buy himself a few more days of comfort, he gives it to a homeless beggar. The beggar, who is used to only receiving cheap coins, is delighted that someone values him and he says to the son, “Thank you Lord.” As soon as he said these words, the empty pot refills itself with gold. The message of this story is we can reap huge abundance when our giving and receiving is in harmony. The gold is our heart and we replenish ourselves when we give ourselves to others. It reminds me of the quote: A thousand candles can be lit from a single candle; meaning that sharing our love does not limit our love, it increases it!

Amma told another story about a rich man who was drowning because he was holding onto a trunk of his possessions. He paid the price of losing his life because he couldn’t let go of his material wealth. Amma found this story amusing, remarking how funny it is to be so attached to material possessions when we can’t even take a grain of sand with us. Yet at the same time, she also says,“I exist then, now and will forever.” So, consciousness —that most fundamental property of our being— is preserved. Since this is true, then why so much effort for short-term superficial gains? Why are we so wilfully blinded by ignorance? Amma makes it clear that the only thing of real importance is to purify our consciousness through devotion and loving-kindness.

Amma gives her affection to all beings and the cradle of nature that holds them. She is sad that we have reduced the purity of the air with pollution. In the past, it was easy to heal our bodies by exhaling air to remove toxins and inhaling air to revitalize our body. But now that the air is so polluted, so too is our natural cycle of purification. She urges us to plant as many trees as possible because so many are falling to our greed and ignorance. In every lesson she teaches, we can be grateful to recognize that love is in giving not taking. Yet when it comes to nature, we have foolishly tried to assert our authority over it at our own expense. Amma states that we don’t have the right to assert our authority over anyone or anything. In trying to conquer mother nature instead of worshipping her, we disrespect the greatest resource we depend on and create an unsustainable way of life. Yet there is always a potential for a sustainable future. With this in mind, heart and most importantly action, Amma says that gratitude can help us save nature!

 

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ART : A Andrew Gonzales by Catherine La Rose

When it comes to karma, Amma plays by the rules. She says that karma is the law of this universe, where we reap what we sow and get what we give. In Hinduism, karma is the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences. She says that the grateful can be decisive in freeing themselves of the negative karma they accumulate because they stay content and do not bend in the face of temporary difficulties. She states that good deeds are like money in our karmic bank account that we can always cash in when we are truly in need of help. However, when our bank account gets low, we can perform remedial actions for alleviating certain kinds of karma. She gets a big laugh out of seeing those who like to blame God for their karma. She says that by not realizing they are the ones creating their karma, they create even more of it! She tells a true story about two friends who each buy a new car and get in separate car accidents. No one is hurt but both cars are ruined. The first man has car insurance and all of his expenses are paid. He even gets to buy a better car! The second man comes to Amma and tells her that the car accident has bankrupt him and he blames God for his misfortune. Amma asks, “Did you have car insurance?” to which he replies “no”. In this story we find and learn the lesson the importance of managing our karmic bank account. The first man anticipated future difficulties, prepared for them and saved himself from misfortune. On the other hand, the second man did not think of the consequences of not having insurance and so he had to suffer those consequences.

Similar to this second man who curses the universe for his troubles, most people only really pray to God when hard times befall them. Their attention is usually turned toward the creation and not the creator. When times are good they do not remember God because they are too engrossed in their pleasure. Amma’s lesson in this is we should be eternally grateful, especially in bad times when we must make the most of what we are given and learn the lesson that our experience is teaching us. Unfortunately, for especially brutal karma, Amma says that we have no choice but to pray and endure. In certain situations, we just have to accept it and ask for mercy.

The fact that there is not always an easy answer is not the answer we want to hear. Yet it it is the only truth we can accept when life throws us a curveball that we don’t think we can hit. The good news is that we are adaptable. When life takes a turn we have the power to turn with it. Amma says that our fate is like the current of the river on which the boat of our soul navigates. Free will is our boat engine. We can be careless and let it fall into disrepair, or we can maintain it by being our most authentic self. Either way, when the river runs faster, we’ll have to use all the effort we have to steer toward our destiny. In our journey, Amma says that self-confidence is a booster rocket that blasts us forward. And so we go, to experience the full depths of our being, all the while enjoying the journey.

We are grateful in every footstep, because even the next breath is not in our hands.
Life as we know could end any moment, but that does not stop us from moving forward. It is the very life urge within us that does not want to rage against the inevitability of death but to be truly alive while we are living. Amma tells a story of a man from a poor country running a big international race. Midway through the race he takes a terrible fall. Yet, he gets back up and finishes the race as quickly as possible. After he is the last to cross the finish line a reporter asks him why he continued running even though he couldn’t win. He responded, “I was sent here by my country not just to start the race but to finish it.” It is this enduring spirit that carries us and allows us to win even when the odds are impossible. I recently watched a video where the same story unfolded except this time the runner did triumph!

Amma teaches us that if you force open a flower before it’s ready to bloom, it’s fragrance and beauty will be lost. But with patience, it’s fragrance and beauty will be revealed. By telling us that patience is the foundation of growth, Amma instills gratefulness in us along the way that helps us to appreciate the unfolding of our being. For those that rush around yelling “I want peace now,” their very attitude is what keeps them from the experience of peace. As Amma says, it is like they have a “Closed for roadwork” sign on their mind. Meditation takes the opposite approach. Amma says that meditation is as precious as gold. Our ability to hit pause and be grateful arises directly out of a meditative mindset. Rather that letting ourselves be pushed and pulled by our cravings and aversions, meditation instills – pun intended – a deep sense of peace in us. Amma says that even a moment is precious as it allows us to know that freedom lies within. We might think what is the big effect of just one person being able to cultivate this peace? Well, the effects can be huge! Consider a mindful CEO. Amma says that managing 500 people is like managing 500 minds. If this CEO has only externally developed them and neglected their internal lives, then he has failed to integrate the two and there will be disharmony. However, harmony will flow if she is mindful and can integrate mindful practices and ideas into the workplace.

deevoti-sekhar-roy art Fine Art America.

ART : Deevoti – Sekhar Roy @ Fine Art America

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In our society, selfishness is praised as a virtue. The remedy is selflessness. This way of being is a tall order but turning towards the divine can bring us there. Devotion is the root of selflessness, as it allows our limited sense of self to drop away in pure love for God. Amma says that in this life, the true meeting between self and God takes place in selflessness. She states that it is not of the body, but of the heart. She told a story of a traveler who meets the Gopis. The gopis are simple cow-herd girls who long to see Krishna, the divine personality of the Godhead. The traveler tells them that Krishna is faraway but the gopis are not sad. They are overjoyed to hear that Krishna is enjoying himself with his wives! They tell the traveler to bring Krishna some butter they made for him but to not tell him from whom it had come. So the traveler visits Krishna and presents him with the butter. Krishna knows immediately who the butter is from and exclaims how grateful he is for the gopis. Then, he washes the traveller’s feet off in a bucket and drinks the dirty water in it. His wives and attendants are disgusted and ask him why he would do such a thing. He responds that the sand in the water had been walked on by the gopis and carries the sweet nectar of their presence. He said that even the Gods long to partake of such devotion! This story contains a profound lesson – our devotion can move the divine to be devoted to us. However, this devotion is not toward our ego but to our innermost being which is already aligned with the divine. So in striving to live up to our best version of ourselves, we can be devoted to the divine in our every breath.

Amma stresses the importance of communication because it is the basis of relating. She says there are many factors in communication, such as the mental and emotional states of those you are interacting with, but that you need them all to relate masterfully. If you don’t understand all the factors that go into any communication, you might accidentally hurt the person you are talking to with your words. To evidence the subtly of good communication, Amma tells the story of a woman who goes on vacation. Her husband calls her to tell her that her cat has fallen off the roof and died. “Why couldn’t you have broken the news more slowly!” she exclaims. “You could have told me a few days ago that you were worried about my cat because it climbed up on the roof. Then you could have said that it fell and you had taken him to the hospital. And lastly you could have said that you did everything you could but he didn’t make it.” And so the woman comes back home to pay her respects to her cat and then returns to her vacation. The next day she receives another call from her husband, who says, “Honey, I have something to tell you, your mother just climbed up on the roof.” This humor is a little dark, but it does get down to the bedrock of communication. When we fail to understand the heart, we do not communicate with someone where they are but rather where we want them to be. We risk hurting the other when we do not discriminate in the actions we perform. We may think words are little insignificant things but they have the power to create or destroy.

Communicating well and living purely may seem daunting tasks because there are many factors that influence the outcomes of our life. But through devotion, we are aided in our journey and are empowered to aid others too. Instead of thinking my will, we shift to feeling “thy” will and listening to that divine consciousness we call conscience within us. Amma says if we see a man we don’t like walking down the street, our mind says “Avoid!” But then she asks us, “What does the heart say?” Answering her own questions, she replies, “The heart says give.” The times I have been most grateful for in life are when I can give the best of myself to others. It is in finding what we can give –not what we receive– that determines the values of our lives. We must call upon that strength of our gifts so that we have the power to give them. It has been weeks since I have seen Amma, but her words are with me still:

“Love doesn’t worry about how much it receives it just gives. It endures; it removes fears and transforms ugliness to beauty. It is the spring season of life, which births newness in every moment. So I am grateful for you dear reader and all the gifts that you share! For we not only share with each other but with the deep interconnection that we ultimately are each other and our unique self! Amma reminds us that just because there is water in between two banks does not mean there are two banks. No matter what seems to divide us I am grateful that we are all slowly realizing that the two banks are one and we are never without the divine presence that is our innermost being.

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INFORMATION ABOUT BRIAN RUSSO

Short bio: Brian Russo is a healer who works through sound and color to balance the frequencies of the mind, body and soul. He teaches instant light body activation. This process entails raising one’s frequencies to levels where instant inter-dimensional teleportation is possible. Brian literally opens up new worlds for people. He is clairsentient and clairaudient, using what he feels and hears to retune his clients.

In his healing work, he combines overtone chanting with singing bowls to provide an entirely new healing modality that balances one’s energy and raises one’s frequencies. Brian is also an English Dharma Instructor for the Chogye Order of Korean Zen Buddhism and spent time living in a monastery in Bodh Gaya, India where Buddha attained enlightenment  He studied throat chanting in Dharamsala at the Gyuto Monastery and knows the Rainbow Voice, a key tool of the light body ascension process. Brian studied with the founder of vibrational therapy Fabien Maman and singing bowl guru Sarah Turner. He is also a registered BioAcoustic practitioner under Sharry Edwards which enables him to use software for voice analysis. He uses this software to detect physical and chemical imbalances based on the frequency patterns of the voice.

In his practice, he employs a range of tuning forks, reiki techniques, vibrational acupressure, sacred geometry tools, crystals, vocal profiles and chants from around the world to help clients to be well and transform. He can be reached by phone at 781-258-8601 and via email at bjrusso333@gmail.com.  His practice address is 4 Humphrey St., Unit 2, Wakefield, MA 01880.

Journey of Love ~ Brian Anahata Russo @ Be Sound Now

Om Shanti by Sheranda Ann Kumara at Sheranda Silks

Om Shanti painting – by Sheranda Ann Kumara @ Sheranda Silks (see artist’s website link at the end of this post)

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art Zen Garden by Toni Carmine Salerno at Blue Angel Publishing

ART : Zen Garden – Toni Carmine Salerno @ Blue Angel Publishing

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Journey of Love

1. Start in the Heart

Where to begin? Can’t start in the past and the future is not here yet so now is the only time. Right now, I am writing about love. It’s the foundation of who I am and where I want to go. Love is that sweet feeling in the heart that has been with me as long as I can remember. It’s the warm and fuzzies we have from kindness, compassion and joy. Love drives us to dive to the depths of our hearts. Our hearts are the innermost part of ourselves so it makes sense that the heart is the heart of the matter! The heart wants to be heard so much that it contains the word ‘ear’ and “hear” within it. When we listen to the heart we hear that it calls us home to the love of our being. Love is synonymous with heart because our heart center is the home for where we feel love so naturally.

We cannot have home without the heart just as the word ‘Hearth’, the symbol of home is not complete without the word ‘heart’. Our heart beats to keep our body alive while the love of our being beats to keep us spiritually alive. We feel love so viscerally as a fluttering of the heart, a stream of tears or booming laughter. Yet these physical expressions are just the tip of the loveberg as the depths of its connection, expression, growth and purpose are infinite.

2. See Love to Be Love

We can’t say love has a shape, size, or volume. But we know it when we see it. I am not talking about what you see in a jewelry commercial but what you see in the eyes of a couple gazing at each other or how a mother looks at her child. Gaze into anyone’s eyes and it is impossible not to see that person’s divine nature. When we see love we also feel it. The connection we share with everyone is the warmth and tenderness stirring in our heart. When we see love, we can’t help but be love!

3. Be Love Now

Resonate your being with love and know the perfection of all that is right now. Be love now to bring the vibration of love into every thought you think, emotion you feel and action you take. By being love now, we journey into unfolding our highest self. You are not a work in progress moving toward love, you are a love being deepening your love. This heartset allows you to resonate with love now instead of later. Resonating with love is not about what you need to do, it’s about a state of being you need to hold. Chanting, meditation and mindfulness can help you to resonate love now but the most powerful vibration comes from your heart center where you already know that you are love. Connect your heart to your breath. Know that every inhalation receives love to the trees and every exhalation sends love to the trees. Love is our nature as nature itself undergoes constant birth death and sacrifice as the cycle continues to evolve life on Mother Earth.

I can’t say enough about how awesome it is to feel love in every dimension of my being and still know there is always more love to love! When we resonate with love on a multidimensional level, every moment invites a miracle and new way to grow more loving.

To resonate with love is to send and receive the message that we are beings of light to our bodies, minds, souls and the outside world. When we receive and send this signal in and out, we cannot help but raise the frequency of our being! The love vibration makes the seventy trillion cells of the body dance. Our longing for love puts out a call to the Universe. Once the Universe answers, we keep on calling. We don’t call because we crave more love and are not satisfied with the love in our life. We keep calling because we long to know love in all its forms.

We can always resonate with the love that is innate within us as well as the boundless love others have for us. We are never not loved. This double negative makes a positive. It reminds us to abide in love every moment because there is nothing that has the power to take us away from our highest self. Live by the mantra “Make every moment a loving one” and this will be the vision that manifests into your reality.

4. Express Love to Explore Love

Love is music. If we put it in words, it pours out as poetry. A poem is by its very definition both speech and song! It is wonderful to feel our feelings deeply through these words which dance and sing out from within our souls! How we choose to be love is our unique contribution to the cosmos. How we play with others is the collective mastery of unfolding our love in the world. The more mediums we explore to express love, the greater love’s experience of itself. Now that’s creation! Indeed, the love of creation is what life is literally all about! There is a Source of all things we know as Father-Mother God. The mystery of God and creation is a diamond with many facets. But to keep it simple, the source is love! As part of the whole we are created by love for love. Everything we create from a thought to work of art is a reflection of the love that brings the formless into form. Each expression of love is a new exploration that goes further into itself. The Great Spirit provides the space in which the infinite expressions of love manifest. Every act of love teaches the universe more about the nature of its own potential. So go forth and create love in old and new forms alike and we will all rejoice in knowing love more fully!

5. Be the Love You’re Looking For

We can wake up to love so that even when we sleep we still abide in loving being. Just allowing. Not striving. That is the thing about allowing love into our hearts. We just be and give the love space to breathe. It’s deceptively simple. Its effortless when we stop putting up the dam to block its flow! We don’t need the hear-a-tron 9000 to enter into our heart space. In fact, it is dropping the idea that we need something flashy –or even need anything– to make us feel what the Source allows us to know and experience all-ready. We are all ready! We are all worthy to love and be loved! We are invited to step into the dance of giving and receiving love for love’s sake.

Kindling the love of ourselves is a constant gift we can give ourselves every moment! We may degrade our love of self but we never lose the potential to reignite love’s fire in our hearts. We can always rekindle the flame that makes love burn bright. We can always go deeper into loving ourselves because love is our nature. It is a joy to constantly be returning back home to who we are by taking a different root each time. And each time we come back to ourselves we have added another layer of love to our being. When you are the love you seek, you become unflappable. Nothing can upset you because you are grounded in the unshakeable love of your being!

6. Loving Others is Loving Yourself

It is often said that we have to love ourselves before we can truly love others. These words are relatively true because we have to shine within before we can shine out. But we usually always have inner-work to do so we should not let that stop us from loving others. In fact, loving others is the key to casting more light onto yourself! The entire process is a work of heart (and humor)! We’ve all made mistakes and done things we are not proud of but luckily our pencil has an eraser. We can always forgive ourselves. However, we should remember the patterns we don’t want to repeat so that we do not draw them again in our lives! By respecting others, we abide by the Golden rule of how we expect to be respected. When we are in right relationship with all beings, we honor them as an extension of our self. When we honor the collective consciousness, we are honoring ourselves. I like the notion of being monogamous with everyone I meet in the sense that we can share a special intimate relationship. Any relationship that is open to trust, acceptance of vulnerability and even tough love is built to endure. Really getting to know people tells us whether or not we should be with them romantically. Romantic love is a beautiful way to expression the affection and desire we have for one another on a physical, mental, emotional and soul level. Through this type of love some of the most intimate human relationships form. Romantic relationships are a healthy way to become one with the love of the universe. Relationships teach us countless lessons about what works and what does not work in how we love. Each lesson teaches us how to love more fully because of what we gain and lose. There is no jealousy in love because jealousy is separation. Love is union. If someone chooses to romantically love another over you, that is just how it is. If we listen to the Serenity prayer we may be inspired to change the situation or just accept that we cannot change the situation. Either decision can be in good relationship if it is based on love.

Embrace by Toni Carmine Salerno art

ART : Embrace – by Toni Carmine Salerno @ Blue Angel Publishing

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We only have to look at the divorce rate and the state of dating culture to see that love is missing in many relationships. To heal our relationships, we attend to how the other want to be loved and how we want to be loved in return to find a harmonic balance. Complications arise when we do not want to love the other as the other wants to be loved and vice versa. In this case, we may find someone that suits us better and who we suit better. Life goes on. Finding someone to marry or be with forever can happen in a moment or it may take a lifetime. Either way, finding the right one or ones for you is a matter of listening to your heart. The feeling in the heart will tell you what to do. You may meet someone and feel the most magical sensation in your heart but it still may not work out. Don’t dismay! Every heart connection has something to teach you and the one you love.

You can actively ask the universe to be reunited with your twin flame or soulmate and your heart will send out the signal. But do not get so caught up in waiting for your partner to fall into your lap that you miss what is right under your nose. As the song says, “People fall in love in mysterious ways.” So remember to keep your eyes and heart open. Your ‘one true love’ might not be what you expect in every respect. No one is going to be exactly how you want him or her to be and the same goes for you! Some cons are not worth staying for but the pros know the cons are not even the biggest consideration! The biggest consideration is not just whether that person says he or she loves you, it is the love that person infuses into every moment of your relationship. In this love, there is perfect balance of friendship, attraction, abundance, adventure and joy. There is no love lost if you never have a partner. The clarinet and saxophone sound beautiful together but sound just as beautiful in another form when they are played solo.

Love is boundless but it respects boundaries. We have to love people as they are and not as who they’ll be. But that being said, we can provide strength for other’s weaknesses and allow our weaknesses to be improved in turn. Loving others as you love yourself is a good rule of thumb but your love for each being is unique as a snowflake.

7. Getting Out of Your Own Way is Going Love’s Way

When we realize how ridiculous it is to turn ourselves into the biggest obstacle in our paths, we learn to let love take the lead toward manifesting abundance. Let go of what does not serve you and embrace what does. Every situation and every action you take reflects the love of your being, so make the choices that shine your love the brightest! There are a million ways you can self-sabotage from always playing the victim to being an outright aggressor. Getting out of your own way allows you to take responsibility for being your best and brightest self.

There is no lacking and no wanting in being love now. There is only a deepening of the resonance of your higher self that is unfolding. Love is a renewable resource we must learn how to tap into. There is an infinite supply of love in the Universe that is just waiting to be actualized. All you need to do is open a little to love and the floodgates will pour forth an infinite supply of abundance. The false ego is driven by scarcity but this only serves to cut off the flow of love from our being. We need to get out of our own way by realizing love does not compete. Love completes. When we love fully, the love of our being exponentially expands. We no longer worry about being a certain way because we have undergone such a profound shift in going love’s way that we no longer even have the impulse to act in a way that does not serve love!

8. Love Says Thank you

Experiencing the interplay between giving and receiving love has made me immeasurably grateful for all the love I’ve received. It makes me want to give love in return. That is the beauty of love, it makes us want to love it forward. Its contagious!

Gratefulness makes my heart overflow with love so that it may fill others. This intention is how we open up our heart centers while opening up others. We help ourselves by helping each other. We pour love into each other’s hearts because the overflowing love from my heart overflows yours to make more love to go around! The gift of love is so profound that a simple thankyou might seem insufficient, but being profoundly grateful is always a great response to the love we receive. We say thank you to the love we receive by radiating it outward. Our love, like pebbles thrown in a pond, creates waves that ripple outward. Each ripple merges to add to the beauty of the overall pattern while maintaining its own unique essence. When our kindness receives kindness in kind, we continue the dance of creation in a beautiful and new direction.

9. Love Forgives

You’ve heard it a million times but it’s always a good reminder. Opening to forgiveness and letting go returns us to the present moment without burden and regret. Forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting. Forgiveness means acknowledging and accepting what is and bringing it back into right relationship. It takes a lot of love to forgive when we feel so hurt but that makes it all the more important to forgive. This is the great power of forgiveness: to take us from a place of hurt, mistrust, anger and judgment to a place of love. Forgiveness teaches us that anything is possible through love!

10. Love Says Sorry

When we know that we have not been loving, we can either keep on going or turn around. Sorry is turning around. When we sincerely apologize for hurting another being in any way, we reaffirm the love in our self. Our false ego can get in the way and make us too proud to say sorry. So, we have to cast it aside and be honest with our faults to deepen the perfection of our love.

11. Love Says I Love You!

I love you! You might think, “How can some stranger love me if they never even met me?” The answer is that love is unconditional and that saying “I love you” is one of the most beautiful expressions of our being. Of course getting to know you would allow me to love you more fully but generally speaking, there is no reason not to love everyone and every reason to love everyone. Why? Because when we let ourselves love, it is the most powerful and freeing state of being. Saying “I love you” is a wonderful way to expand our love. It is so simple yet so profound. Do not takes these words lightly but do not let them be to heavy either. Say “I love you” with all the power of your heart. Love is the portal to infinite potential, creativity and fun! Love is the stuff we use to build Heaven on Earth. Tell someone you love them and invite the flow of love into your life!

12. Love Balances Giving and Receiving

It is generally true that it is better to be of the giving mindset than the receiving. We all know that love is always giving without expecting anything in return. Love is cool like that. But many people feel entitled and greedily take too much. The state of our Mother Earth reflects this imbalance. So we all really need to focus on putting forth the effort to give back. On the flip side of the coin, many kind people go to the extreme with their giving and give to the point of exhaustion. Not only does this way of being go against self-love, it also does not serve others. Being overly giving depletes one’s energy reserve to the point of not being able to give in the future and even possibly becoming a burden. Also, always giving does not allow for the equal exchange in the circuit of the relationship. The word “circuit” sounds like “circle,” and a circuit needs to be circular to work. The wires have to go from the power source to the device and back again, much like the equal exchange that balances relationship through the electric current of love.

Also, over-giving does not serve others because they might need to learn how to stop always being takers and they can’t do that if they are always just receiving!

I Am - Fine Art Print by Toni Carmine Salerno at Blue Angel Publilshing

ART : I Am – Fine Art Print by Toni Carmine Salerno @ Blue Angel Publishing

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13. Love is Unconditional

Unconditional love is caring for another no matter what happens. We forgive from a place of unconditional love. Yet, unconditional love deserves its own recognition due to its significance in our journey. We all want to live up to the highest and best but we often fail to do so. Unconditional love for ourself and others is what gives us the strength to get back on the horse and be the best version of ourself. There are many people who feel unloved or feel like they cannot love. These people need love the most because they are furthest away from feeling love in their lives. Sometimes these people are the most difficult to love, but it is well worth the effort when we see what a difference we can make in positively affecting their lives. This help is not given with a ‘holier than thou’ attitude but with a sincere love to serve and sow the seeds of peace.

14. Love Hugs Fear

As with anything true and beautiful, we fear that love can be taken away.

Although we sometimes fall out of love and lose loved ones, I believe that it’s better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all. This cliché takes us back to being open to giving and receiving love. We never have to think that we ‘lose love,’ it just changes and evolves with us. Being in relationships can be full of challenges. But unconditional love is the purest reason to do anything. It is was makes overcoming all obstacles possible! When romantic love with someone ends or goes unreturned, we are called to see the bigger picture by returning to the equanimity of living from the space of unconditional love. Similarly, we cannot let difficulties with familial love shut us off from giving and receiving love. Letting bad experiences with love dictate how we perceive it causes us to limit the love that wants to manifest in our lives. We don’t need to let fear of another ‘bad’ relationship ruin our next one! When we remain unjaded, every person is seen through the eyes of love. When we look at them through those eyes, they are more likely to return our gaze with eyes that are also full of love.

15. When We Love We Remember We are Love

Love is all you’ll ever be, so come to know yourself throughout eternity.

Every time we love we are reminded that love is the essence of our being. By opening ourselves to love, we embody its fluid and voluminous nature, marveling at how it has the most substance of anything we know, yet is not a physical substance that can be destroyed. Love is indestructible. Love simultaneously takes us back to our original nature and propels us forward to create more love in deeper, subtler and more masterful ways. I believe love fuels and maintain our life’s journey and remains with us as we pass out of one physical existence and enter into the next phase of our journies. When our heart calls, love answers. Whether we are called by compassion, beauty or both, love always picks up. We are all worthy of being loved and are always loved by the Great Spirit from which we emerged. Our souls shine bright when we vow to live each day with more love than the day before. I laugh at how much of my life has been spent living in my head instead of in my heart and how when I made the conscious decision to live in my heart, my dreams began coming true. I take the way of love to heart. I take you in my heart and hope you take me in your heart too.

16. Laugh to Love

It is why we love to laugh! When we laugh, we give our hearts a hug. Laughter exercises our hearts because it stimulates our diaphragms. The diaphragm is a thin dome-shaped layer of muscle and tendon at the bottom of the rib cage that contracts and expands as we breath. The diaphragm is the only muscle in the body attached to other muscles. When we laugh, our diaphragms move up and down rapidly and our heart gets a nice massage from the movement. Laughter decreases our blood pressure and risk for cardiac disease, floods us with mood enhancing endorphins, oxygenates our blood, strengthens our immune systems and regulates cell growth which prevents cancer! So make sure to laugh long, hard and often!

17. Love is Power

Power is the capacity and agency to actualize our will. Power can be either constructive or destructive depending on the motivation. Love is the root of power because the power of love has created us and also determines our development. The love of our being is determined by both nature and nurture. Our power to actualize is decreased when we are stuck in the power over mentality that dominates others. Our power is also decreased when we have a power under mentality. This way of being causes us to let others push us around and use our victimhood as an excuse not to thrive. Many people just love power (power-over) or love being only a follower (power-under). But the best balance is aligned power where we can exercise our agency with our authentic being. When we act from love, we unlock the power within us easily and naturally. It’s through the power of love that we are all honoring our collective being and embracing right relationship with the entire universe.

18. Love in Purpose

Love feeds our purpose and purpose grows our love. Writing about love is part of my service toward other beings. It is great to love on purpose in any simple moment. But it is especially meaningful when we love in purpose. When we love in purpose, we see the goals we have are not just something we love to do but are loving within themselves. In the perfect world, what we do is done by love for love.

We should never force purpose onto love. Sometimes, we see something that we think fits our needs but we know it does not serve our best interest. Yet, we settle and try to love the person or situation in spite of what our heart is telling us. This mentality might think, “I love this person because I get financial security from them” or “I love this object because it makes me feel important” But this type of thinking has love backwards. We don’t want to force our love like a puzzle piece that does not fit in a certain part of the puzzle. Instead, we can give our love to the purpose that most naturally calls to us! For example, I answer the call of writing about love because my purpose is to deepen the love in all beings with these words. I love every word I write. Each is a note in the song of a love story that I wrote for you.

19. Love Liberates and Heals Us

Love liberates us when it pervades every one of our thoughts, words, emotions and actions. The process of becoming the love being that is our higher self is a practice of inner-alchemy. The light of love shines through our darkness and purifies our souls. Each moment that we are love transforms us until we are totally light. We need to make countless transformations to transmute our traumas and attain the higher frequencies of being. Yet we are empowered to take the journey because all things are possible through the liberating and healing of love! Knowing how love heals us on every level of our being is the path to transformation. Everything I write about love is a guidepost on this path so that we may all heal together to transform ourselves and heal Mother Earth.

20. There is Only Love

“There is Only Love” is a song by Karen Drucker. She sings, “In this moment, in this place, I remember who I am when all fear and worry fall away from me, I open my eyes and see. There is only love. When I lose myself. When it seems I’ve lost my way. When I go inside and quiet my mind. I can hear Spirit gently say. There is only love.” I have these lyrics tattooed upon my heart. They remind me that when all worry and fear falls away, there is nothing stopping me from shining the light of my being forever. I don’t need to doubt the love of my being and let my resolve waver like a flickering lightbulb

There is no darkness. There is just a temporary absence of light. This same logic applies to love. Free will allows us to decide how much love we will reflect back into the reality we all co-create. We do not see hate or even an absence of love because nothing is ever totally without love. The existence of all is cherished in the circle of light. On a relative level, of course we can see that some people fill themselves with hate. But the fear, hatred and psychopathy that make us lose our way are not what is ultimately real. We know that ultimately, there is only love because our spirit tell us so when we quiet our mind and listen. Love never leaves. The basis of our being is always there to support us and drive us forward toward our destiny! Remember who you are and know that it is so!

21. Love your Infinite Potential and Possibilities

Love brings our castles in the sky down to Earth. When I abide in love, I am filled with infinite possibilities to grow, express, connect and have purpose in myself and with others. I don’t have to think about it. I just follow what I feel. For example, right now, there is no premeditation in my writing. I am just letting my stream of consciousness flow. But when we limit ourselves and do not believe we can achieve, we write the recipe for disaster. It has been said, “If you think you can you can, if you think you can’t you’re right. Either way, we create the self-fulfilling prophecies we actualize. We need to get smart about accessing our potential. Think of the Tarot. We begin with the suit of wands which represents our ability to manifest all possibilities. The cups represent the possibilities we want to actualize and the sword represents choosing the possibilities we decide to actualize. Then, the pentacle represents bringing what we want to actualize to fruition. Through these four suits, we are shown the process of how our love can come into being.

Now think of blowing up a balloon that has many points on its surface. Time is like the expanding surface of the balloon where we perceive all possibilities moving away from us. These possibility points represent all that we can attain and resonate with. Most people stay close to the points that they habitually actualize. These people make occasional jumps to changing their hairstyle or even their career, but for the most part stay put. Love invites us to quantum jump from point to point to fulfill our largest ambitions. When we believe in ourselves enough, love catapults us towards the possibilities that forge our destiny. Opening to love enables us to make radical changes that allow for unlimited manifestation. But if we stick with a limiting self-fulfilling prophecy, we will never make the jump from the pond to the ocean. We were made to be free. We don’t need to think like pawns. We are all Kings and Queens that deserve to actualize the best for ourselves and the world. We can do it! We have the potential. We wait for nothing. The possible becomes the probable becomes the doable becomes the actual right now. Nothing holds us back! We run toward our dreams with grass under our feet, the wind through our hair and love in our hearts.

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INFORMATION ABOUT BRIAN RUSSO

Short bio: Brian Russo is a healer who works through sound and color to balance the frequencies of the mind, body and soul. He teaches instant light body activation. This process entails raising one’s frequencies to levels where instant inter-dimensional teleportation is possible. Brian literally opens up new worlds for people. He is clairsentient and clairaudient, using what he feels and hears to retune his clients.

In his healing work, he combines overtone chanting with singing bowls to provide an entirely new healing modality that balances one’s energy and raises one’s frequencies. Brian is also an English Dharma Instructor for the Chogye Order of Korean Zen Buddhism and spent time living in a monastery in Bodh Gaya, India where Buddha attained enlightenment  He studied throat chanting in Dharamsala at the Gyuto Monastery and knows the Rainbow Voice, a key tool of the light body ascension process. Brian studied with the founder of vibrational therapy Fabien Maman and singing bowl guru Sarah Turner. He is also a registered BioAcoustic practitioner under Sharry Edwards which enables him to use software for voice analysis. He uses this software to detect physical and chemical imbalances based on the frequency patterns of the voice.

In his practice, he employs a range of tuning forks, reiki techniques, vibrational acupressure, sacred geometry tools, crystals, vocal profiles and chants from around the world to help clients to be well and transform. He can be reached by phone at 781-258-8601 and via email at bjrusso333@gmail.com.  His practice address is 4 Humphrey St., Unit 2, Wakefield, MA 01880.

Extended Bio:

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Life is a spiral without beginning or end. So lets begin in the middle of my journey!

In March of 2015, I began to recognize my ability to hear sounds from within my inner ear. At first, I thought I had a serious case of tinnitus, but then I began noticing how the sounds would fluctuate based on my thoughts and emotions. Then, I started to hear the sounds of others. Sitting across from one woman, I heard three distinct tones sounding in a pattern that sounded like music! I couldn’t believe my ears, but eventually I learned I could!

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Listen to the Earth and be healed by what you hear
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It was a relief to discover Sharry Edwards, an acoustic pioneer who is also able to hear the sounds of herself and others. She said the scientific term for these sounds is oto-acoustic emissions. She defines “oto-acoustic emission” as “A sound emission from the inner ear; understood as an epiphenomenon of the active cochlear amplification process. This emission can be conceptualized as the result of the communication between the brain and the body. These communications, which are constant, have to do with determining how and where to distribute energy and other resources in order to most efficiently address all of the body’s needs.” I learned that these oto-acoustic emissions were not only signifiers of a person’s health but also a primary form of communication within the body. So, I became a certified BioAcoustic practitioner from Sharry’s Institute of BioAcoustics. This was a valuable experience as she taught me how to use her voice analysis software to analyze and then correct the frequencies of the body to bring it back into balance.

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The Sacred Geometry of Sound (http://www.positivehealth.com/article/sound-and-music/toning-and-energy-alignment-to-heal-tinnitus)

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After I recognized my gift of hearing oto-acoustic emissions, I felt called to share it with the world. I already had some training in sound healing. I had learned the seven sacred sounds as taught by Jonathan Goldman and had been practicing them over the last five years. I also spent a month at the Gyuto Tantric Monastery learning overtone chanting from the monks there. So, when I began hearing oto-acoustic emissions, I already had some background in how I could use my gift on a spiritual as well as a physical-emotional level. However, I still needed to align myself with Spirit more to explore the potential of my gift. As fate would have it, I had the opportunity to experience a Cherokee healing ceremony with Reverend Richard Allen and the chance to learn Cherokee chants from the Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo. These experiences helped me tune into Spirit and the love in my heart to recognize the power of my gift. I also studied with Fabien Maman, the father of vibrational sound therapy who taught me how to how to use acupressure tuning forks to tonify and sedate the parts of the body. Professional sound healer Sarah Turner was also instrumental in teaching me how to use Tibetan Singing Bowls to detect and correct energy imbalances in the human body and aura. All of these teachers and lessons along the way have allowed me to come into my own as a healer.

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Cherokee Healing Mandala (www.sun-nation.org/sun-rainbow-prophecy.html)

I have create a never before seen (or heard) healing method that combines every modality that I have learned on my path. By tuning into the oto-acoustic emissions of others as well as the sound of the bowls I play near them, I am able to detect energy imbalances in the body and aura. I play the bowls in a way that shifts the energy and restores the flow of energy to where the imbalances are detected. Also, the sounds are deeply relaxing or energizing depending on what is needed. I create some of the most powerful healing sounds when I overtone chant into the bowls. If the energy center I am working with is healthy, then my voice and the sound of the bowl create an indistinguishable unison. However, when my voice is not able to lock into phase with the bowl, disharmonic overtones are heard. While incoherence is necessary to the body’s frequency patterns, it is mostly a sign of an energy that needs to be shifted. To harmonize the energy, I align with the present frequency and then gradually shift my voice until the frequency entrains to it. Then, I am able to easily be in unison with the new sound. Sonic entrainment is the phenomenon of sound in which the powerful rhythmic vibrations of one object will cause the less powerful vibrations of another object to lock in step and vibrate at the rate of the first object. Also, I realized that certain colors can be visualized along with the sounds as these light frequencies make the healing effects more powerful and last longer. My method of healing has proven tremendously successful but I am always improving upon my techniques.

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We are what we love (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/220887556700345151/)

While technique is integral to my healing, the most important aspect of my healing approach is calling in Spirit to help guide me through every moment of the healing. With the spiritual energies that I call in, I create the conditions and provide the energy that allows people to heal themselves. Spirit is the source of love and resides in the core of our being. It is this love that empowers us to heal ourselves. When we visualize the intention for what we want to transform within us, our consciousness is directed to return us to a state of wholeness. Through healing with intention, sound and visualization of shapes and colors, we can let go of habits and afflictions that no longer serve us and resonate with frequencies that bring us back into balance. I invite you all to contact me and explore this site’s resources so that we may all be sound now!

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One of my sound healing at the Mun Su Sah Temple in Wakefield, Massachusetts

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