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I remember walking.

To the beat of my inner talking, and soul stalking. Every step is a detailed and ghostly psychic chalking of my past lifelines, present past-times and future fires.

Oh man. It was an intense time. Past tense. Future tense.

With every step, there was a kind of cleansing. Like walking on white hot coals of regrets. Brutal, but kind. The kind of intensity that happens only a few times in your life, like some greater power is trying to sell you on an old idea, that may be new to you. Who knew? Continue reading

Words to Inspire Your New Year

Last year, many of our Intent team chose words to focus on in 2014.
Words like “courage” or “fun” became our banners for the days to come and, speaking personally, having a simple focus made life so much easier.
My word being “fun”, I would ask myself:
“What is the fun option?” 
“Would this be fun to me?”
“Which choice is more fun?”
It didn’t always mean that my choice was the most frugal or the most realistic.
It simply meant that whatever I was doing was the most fun.
The singular focus was so helpful in easing the anxiety and complication of decision-making which happened to be my issue at the time.

This year I’ll choose a new word. I encourage you to do the same.
Some options? Continue reading

Take Refuge in the Buddha and Become Fearless

You're in Good HandsAs a teacher I’m often asked: What does it mean in Buddhist practice when you agree to “take refuge” in the Buddha? Does this mean I need to worship the Buddha? Or pray to the Buddha? Isn’t this setting up the Buddha as “other” or some kind of god?

Traditionally, there are three fundamental refuges are where we can find genuine safety and peace, a sanctuary for our awakening heart and mind, a place to rest our human vulnerability. In their shelter, we can face and awaken from the trance of fear.

The first of these is the Buddha, or our own awakened nature. The second is the dharma (the path or the way), and the third is the sangha (the community of aspirants).

In the formal practice of Taking Refuge, we recite three times: “I take refuge in the Buddha, I take refuge in the dharma, I take refuge in the sangha.” Yet, even though there is a formula, this is not an empty or mechanical ritual, but a practice meant to expand our understanding and intention.

With each repetition, we allow ourselves to open ever more deeply to the living experience behind the words. As we do, the practice leads to a profound deepening of our faith: The more fully we open to and inhabit each refuge, the more we trust our own heart and awareness. By taking refuge we learn to trust the unfolding of our lives.

The first step in this practice, taking refuge in the Buddha, may be approached on various levels, and we can choose the way most meaningful to our particular temperament. We might for instance take refuge in the historical Buddha, the human being who attained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree 2500 years ago.

This doesn’t mean that we are worshipping the man who became enlightened, or setting him up as “other” or as “higher” than ourselves, but bowing and honoring the Buddha nature that already exists within us. For instance when the Buddha encountered Mara, he felt fear—the same painfully constricted throat, chest and belly, the same racing heart that we each experience when fear strikes our heart.

By willingly meeting fear with his full attention, the Buddha discovered fearlessness — the open, clear awareness that recognizes the arising and passing of fear without contracting nor identifying with it. Taking refuge in the truth of his awakening can inspire us on our own path toward fearlessness.

At the same time, those who are devotional by nature might seek safety and refuge in the living spirit of the Buddha’s awakened heart and mind. Much like praying to Christ or the Divine Mother, we can take refuge in a Being or presence that cares about our suffering.

In taking this first refuge, I sometimes say, “I take refuge in the Beloved” and surrender into what I experience as the boundlessness of compassion. When I am feeling fear, I surrender it to the Beloved. By this, I am not trying to get rid of fear, but rather letting go into a refuge that is vast enough to hold my fear with love.

In the most fundamental way, taking refuge in the Buddha means taking refuge in our own potential for liberation. In order to embark on a spiritual path we need faith that our own heart and mind have the potential to awaken. The true power of Buddha’s story, the power that has kept it alive for all these centuries, rests in the fact that it demonstrates what is possible for each of us.

We so easily believe limiting stories about ourselves and forget that our very nature—our Buddha nature—is aware and loving. When we take refuge in the Buddha, we are taking refuge in the same capacity of awareness that awakened Siddhartha under the Bodhi Tree. We too can realize the blessing of freedom. We too can become fearless.

After taking refuge in the Beloved, I turn my attention inward, saying “I take refuge in this awakening heart mind.” Letting go of any notion that Buddha nature is something beyond or outside my awareness, I look towards the innate wakefulness of my being, the tender openness of my heart.

Minutes earlier, I might have been taking myself to be the rush of emotions and thoughts moving through my mind. But by intentionally taking refuge in awareness, that small identity dissolves, and with it, the trance of fear.

By directing our attention towards our deepest nature, by honoring the essence of our being, our own Buddha nature becomes to us more of a living reality. We are taking refuge in the truth of who we are.

Enjoy this talk on Taking Refuge:

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The Things You’ll Notice When You Pause and Look Around

This is from a poem that I love. It’s called, “Fire” by Judy Brown.

temple of peace

What makes a fire burn
is the space between the logs,
a breathing space.
Too much of a good thing,
too many logs
packed in too tight
can douse the flames
almost as surely
as a pail of water would.

So building fires
requires attention
to the spaces in between,
as much as to the wood…

This feels like beautiful advice. It’s an invitation to pause and to find the spaces in our life that allow spirit to shine through. So, what stops us? What makes it so difficult? When we’re in a rush and feeling stressed, the hardest thing in the world is to stop. You probably know what it’s like. If you try to stop, everything in your body and your mind is still charging forward. There’s a huge, anxious, restless drive to check things off the list and tie up all loose ends. It’s really physically uncomfortable to pause!

We each have an existential hum of fear that is in the background of our daily life. We have a perception of our temporariness, that around the corner we face inevitable loss. We will lose our own bodies and minds, we will lose others who we love. This apprehension keeps us focused on defending against loss, trying to predict loss, trying in some way trying to occupy ourselves so we don’t have to face the rawness.

Our fear keeps us busily filling in the space between the logs. This trance of more to do prevents us from finding the breathing space; it keeps us from the blessings of sacred presence. When we see this, something deep within us longs to stop. This wisdom guides us to pause and touch the moment; to listen to the wind, to feel the one who is hugging us, to see the light in a dear one’s eyes. This wisdom brings us to the simplicity of the inflow and outflow of the breath. It calls to us lovingly: “Stop and come home. Find, in the space between the logs, the light that is your source.

Enjoy this video on: Open Heart, Open Mind

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Hot Summer Rituals to Celebrate the Solstice

242/365  SummerCan you feel the excitement in the air? The days are hot and sunny, and summer officially begins this week on June 21st. It’s the longest day and the shortest night in the Northern hemisphere. I love this day. In the South of France it’s celebrated by jumping over bonfires as a way to gain courage and embrace the power of light and fire. That tradition dates back to pagan times, long before the Catholic church arrived to taint it with negative views about the appreciation of nature and the power of the five elements.

There’s a whole history of rituals related to this day and ways to honor and capture some of the magic of this mystical portal into summer. For centuries people have gathered at Stonehenge to welcome the season. Author Deborah Blake who writes on magic and rituals says, “The earth is at its most fertile and life is bursting out all over.” She advises that this is the best time for magical work “for abundance, fertility, and any kind of growth.”

I love it both as a time that presents an opportunity to burn away the old habits and baggage that no longer serve. And at the same time it’s a moment where the whole world feels alive with the vibrant, radiant energy of sunlight. It feels like a time of great possibility and a moment to enjoy life to its fullest. In France the day often coincides with the “Fete de la Musique”, a country-wide music day where  you’ll find people playing harps on street corners, rock bands pound out a rhythm from pubs, and orchestras spontaneously set up in open squares to play under the rising moon.

How will you spend the solstice? Make a plan to turn it into a special day. Go to the beach for a picnic with your beau. Maybe create your own mini-bonfire in a jar and burn away obstacles or jump over it. Dance with girlfriends under the moon in a grove of trees. Paint or write on a project that your heart yearns for you to create. Kiss a loved one. Plant a tree. Join me at Esalen Institute June 21st-23rd for a magical writing retreat. Play! Happy summer.

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Debra Moffitt is the award winning author of Awake in the World: 108 Practices to Live a Divinely Inspired Life and “Garden of Bliss: Cultivating the Inner Landscape for Self-Discovery” (Llewellyn Worldwide, May 2013). A visionary, dreamer and teacher, she’s devoted to nurturing the spiritual in everyday life. She leads workshops on spiritual practices, writing and creativity in the U.S. and Europe. More at http://www.awakeintheworld.com.


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Ammonium Nitrate: 10 Unsettling Facts About the Chemical Involved in the Texas Plant Explosion

enhanced-buzz-31281-1366249807-5A massive explosion occurred last night at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, leaving at least 15 people dead and potentially more as authorities search through rubble. It is a devastating event to follow this Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing, while the country is still grieving and trying to come to terms with what happened. The blast was reportedly caused by a fire at the plant, and leveled much of the surrounding neighborhood including up to 75 houses, a middle school, and a nursing home. Roughly half of the town (of about 2,800 residents) has been evacuated, and there is no telling how long it will take to sift through all the rubble and repair the damage.

Unfortunately, explosions of this sort are not unprecedented. The exact cause of the fire and blast is unclear but one key culprit appears to be ammonium nitrate, a chemical commonly used in fertilizers.

Here are 10 alarming facts about ammonium nitrate, which may make us think twice about the fertilizers we put into the ground:

1. It can release nitrous oxide (laughing gas) when dissolved and heated.

2. But in pellet form, the high nitrogen content assists plant growth and can increase both yield and size.

3. It was used in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

4. In the last century, close to 30 explosions around the world have been at least partially caused by ammonium nitrate and its byproducts.

5. Three of those occurred in Texas.

6. The largest of those (also the largest plant accident in US history) happened in 1947 and killed 600 people.

7. The force of last night’s explosion registered as a magnitude 2.1 earthquake.

8. It is “hygroscopic” and thus should not be kept in humid areas. Oddly enough, Texas is one of the most humid states in the country.

9. Widespread production of the chemical began in the 1940s for wartime ammunition.

10. Air and water contamination from ammonium nitrate can be highly dangerous to communities and eco-systems.

Our prayers go out to the community of West, Texas and to all those impacted by yesterday’s horrible tragedy. Our intent is to create a space where people can come to share their stories, grieve together, and continue building a healthy and safe society.


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“What is radiation ? What we should do? What our Japanese brothers & sisters should do:”.

Dear Friends,
 Japan has seen devastating calamity of nature.According to my sister Dr.Niharika Purohit 5 elements of the nature has created problem.(1)Earth-earth quack.(2)Water -Tsunami(3)Wind-spread the radiation(4)Fire-Makes fire in cities & towns.(5)Sky-Spoiled the ether.
Every thing has destroyed the area,but radiation is the most dangerous factor as you aware.It might spread to the surrounding areas also.I am sending a file with this shows an experienced remedy for the radiation.If possible & if you have trust in me then do forward the file to your Japanese friends,groups,observatories,not as a scientist but as a human being.At least we should do some thing for them.
Pl.feel free to have more details about the attached file & its matter.
with best regards,
Divyadarshan D.Purohit
Gurudev Observatory,
Gaurishankar Sharma
Shantikunj Hardwar
(249411) India

What is radiation?
Energetic particles or waves passes through space/medium are called radiation. These are of mainly two types.(1)Ionizing Having ionized atom & (2)Non Ionizing e.g. Radio waves & visible light. Electric/magnetic field divided radioactive radiation in mainly three beam.
(A)Alpha: with +ve  ion e.g. plutonium.
(B) Beta :  with +ve ione.Krypton-85 of Nuclear power plant is a beta emitter.
 © Gamma:
Radiation in any form is dangerous to atmosphere as well as human body/animal/living body. It is hard to prevent /stop the radiation once it is started.
Let us hope :
In our Indian mythology there is a proved therapy for pollution control, human body & mind control etc. & i.e.Yagya,Agnihotr,havan or say pious sacred fire.
It is proved by scientific research ( I have so many proofs ,not possible to give in this small letter but I can provide later on to the interested) that,
It balance the cycle of Nature & nourishes the human life ,helps to create pure-clean-medicinal environment & atmosphere, cleans negative effects of pollution. It helps to reduced micro flora  (air microbes),SO2,NO2 & bacteria level in water.
Some Examples:
According to Dr. Shirowich, a Russian scientist has remarked that (i) Cow’s milk
contains great power of protection from atomic radiation; (ii) Houses having
cow-dung covered floors enjoy complete protection from atomic radiation; (iii) If
cow’s ghee is put into Yagna fire, its fumes lessen the effect of atomic radiation to a great extent.
Cow dung contains plenty of menthol,ammonia,phenol,indole compounds, formadin etc.
In the garden of employees house at Narora Nuclear Power Plant in UP of India ,Mixtures of cow dung & cow urine are being sprayed & allow the person to walk on the sprayed land with naked legs ,it seem that radio activity has been absorbed.
It is also observed that a half an inch of layer of a cow dung will not allow x rays to penetrate in hand.
If a Yagya (Sacred Fire with chanting of sacred chants) is carried out in a anti pyramid type vessel(known as Kund) i.e. oblation of fire with cow dung(i.e. only from cow family like cow ,calf or bullock & not else),cow ghee, gugool,& dry twigs of banyan tree, audumbar, palash, peepal etc. then radiation could be controlled. Even ash products of this experiments has also the same effect.
How this could be effected?
Though this is yet to be proved fully by scientist community but I have experienced and as per me this gives result in this way…..It helps to prevent decaying of radioactive elements by changing its temperature, making a chemical bonding or taking it at resting state.
I want to prove the same if I am having a detector to measure radiation (if any one is ready to provide the same/help then  our Indian group of scientist is ready to carry out experiments in effected area of Japan & this will be a mile stone in radiation prevention ).
According to Dr.W.Selvamurthy of DRDO there are only  3 herbal plants in the world which can work as radio protector /antidote for radiation. Basil(Tulsi) is one of them.
If Basil & Neem are taken as food, by diluting in drinking & bathing water they can also help as a remedy.
What we should do:
Not as a scientist but as a part of humankind I request you to forward this to your known Japanese friend so they can be benefited.
What Japanese should do:
If they can not do the yagya as specified, they should do …
(1)Make the fire of Cow dung & cow ghee round the clock,
(2)Try to spray the smoke of this on the effected area with help of Helicopter, vehicles.
(3)Do mix the plenty of basils & neem in the water.
It is good to do something rather then a painful death.
Hope you will understand the feelings, because no cosmologist is writing this ,only your friend, a friend of humanity is urge you to spread the message to Japanese people. Let us pray for natural calamities &Japan,
Om shanti.

Going deeper

Fear takes us to marvelous places.  Places we may not even have known exist.  What a gift that is if you let it be a place of learning and love for yourself.  If my knees shake, then I’m on to something big.  The key is listening to what your gut says as your knees shake…..and follow that.

I’m getting a lot of great learnings about fear these days, and that really livens up life.  I remember firewalking in the 80’s…amazing experience.  I suppose it was necessary at the time and now understand we do it everyday in one form or another. 

I haven’t figured this site out yet but soon.












My mother passed away in 1961. She was only forty-five years old. I was nineteen years old. My father died in 1966.I was twenty-four years old. He was just fifty-one years old. Both deaths were due to severe brain strokes.




It was in the year 1994, specifically a Sunday in June. I had been attending a group of meditation who started in 1991. This group was formed by people involved in practical and modern mysticism. Every Sunday we gathered to share our experiences.


All of us had at least a thirty year experience doing meditation exercises, so the main purpose was to share all mental and mystical experiences we have had with the Divinity.


As usual, we performed a long meditation; everybody was in the insight moment when, suddenly I began to see a new long wooden table. This table didn’t have a tablecloth. What caught my attention was the thickness of this special table and the way it looked. It looked just being made. OH, MY GOD! I saw the most beautiful pair of a man’s hands. I could appreciate the fingers first, then my shocked gaze followed upwards and then I saw his whole beautiful and healing hands, arms, His magnificent silhouette, then His big and very bright Divine eyes. IT WAS JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF IN FLESH AND BLOOD, very much alive. Immediately I heard in my mind’s eye more than in a physical being these words:




Ezekiel, you asked for an audience with me. Tell me what you need!” Then two more divine figures suddenly appeared. To his right, the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen, immediately I fell in deep love with this very peculiar woman, she was about JESUS AGE, BUT YOU DIDN’T FEEL ANY CARNAL DESIRE TOWARDS HER. SHE WAS SO MAGESTICLLAY DIVINE.


What I did was to very humbly to give my thanks to God, for being able to lay my eyes on her. To Jesus left, appeared a middle aged impressive strong man, the description I can give you is that he was very similar to the character MOSES played by Charlton Hesston in THE TEN COMMNENTS.




Then I said to JESUS CHRIST “Please give a very brave heart because our Father gave me many gifts, gifts which I haven’t been able to use due to a lack of bravery from this heart”


I felt the supreme gaze on myself, and immediately He was transfixed, instead of HIM, now I was looking at my father. My father told me the following: “Dear son please forgive for not being the father you deserved.” Then I responded: “Dear father please forgive me for not being the son you always wanted to be, I could never tell you how much I loved you. Now I’m telling you that I always have loved you not matter what!”




Then once more, it was Jesus. Our eyes met and suddenly Instead of Him I was staring at my mother, the Divine moment was once more repeated. I was told by my mother how she has wished to had been a much better mother and as a teenager and young man she never told me how much she loved me. I told her that I was very sorry for not telling her the immense love and admiration I felt for her.




Then I was able to see these three Divine entities for a fraction of a second. I then was fully conscious where I was. I was inside of a copy of an Egyptian temple, well a very accurate copy of it, in MONTERREY, NUEVO LEÓN. MÉXICO. When it was my turn to describe my mystical experience, just by recalling it I really wasn’t able to utter a single word. I suddenly realized that all the years spent studying mysticism was well worth. I had been blessed! What I did, was to start crying aloud, all the shed tears weren’t from self pity at all! They were like a very effective cleansing therapy. It was an inner catharsis. Since then, step by step my life changed I became an actor instead of a spectator in the theater of life.




The other magical, mystical positive moments will be shared later, maybe this year.




This is one of the main reasons I name myself Amorifer297. Amorifer means messenger of God’s immense Love. The number 297, perhaps that’s my placement number.




As usual tons of God’s Divine Love from my now brave heart to your also very brave hearts!




SICERLY Ezequiel R

Fires, and Riots, and Looting–Oh My!

 I got an email this morning from a deeply spiritual friend of mine wanting to know what I thought. What I think is that his message of prophetic doom raises the singular question of the spiritual life, which is . . .
Who is your God?
“Compelled by the Holy Spirit,” Rev. Wilkerson threatens us with an “earth-shattering calamity,” especially “ten thousand fires coming to New York City.” My friend lives in the Big Apple. Wilkerson also suggests that there will be fires, and riots, and looting. He assures us that we are “under God’s wrath.”
Is your God a wrathful God? If so, then we are exactly where Rev. Wilkerson says we are. But wait, dear one. What if your God isn’t a wrathful God? What then? What if your God doesn’t punish humankind? What if your God is really, truly the God of Love? If that’s so, then we’ve got a whole ?nother ballgame.
So, I’ll ask it again:
Who is your God?
You know, we love to quote that verse from Genesis that humanity was made in the image and likeness of God. Were we? Or have we, instead, made God in our own image and likeness? It’s a good question.
Rev. Wilkerson goes on. “God is judging the raging sins of America and the nations. He is destroying the secular foundations.”
Notice what kinds of sins those are? Raging. Who in whose image and likeness? Could the Rev. Wilkerson have an anger problem? Maybe. Do many of us? Sure. And we don’t have to project it onto Divinity, which is what I think he’s doing.
The God I know and love is a God of Knowledge and Love. Not one of wrath or punishment. Not one of riots or looting. Now, is my God a riot? Absolutely. A laugh riot—consider the anteater. Does She have all the loot? You betcha, and He lets me use it whenever I want.
Now, as for fire, fire has a mystical significance that I cannot ignore. As elements go, it is the element of spiritual transformation. Fire changes things. Do I think this means there will be “ten thousand fires” in New York City? No, unless it’s a gorgeous, magical consciousness metaphor!
What if 10,000 fires means 10,000 spiritual beings having a human experience of transformation in New York City? Yahoo! Bravi! Go, fire, go! You’ve heard of critical mass, right? Are 10,000 New Yorkers enough to create a spiritual transformation in Manhattan? I sure as heaven hope so.
It’s no mistake, dear one, that the best-known epithet for New York City is The Big Apple. The apple, remember? The forbidden fruit that Eve courageously tasted into order to bring choice to humanity. It is our choice to change, grow, transform, be healed, speak truth, love, know. It is also an option not to do these things.
Is spiritual transformation coming to our world? You got that right!
When? (which Rev. Wilkerson refuses to say) Today, now, this moment, this wonderful, precious now.
How? Through us.
Of course the foundations are being destroyed, and not just the secular ones! All foundations based on exclusion are crumbling. We are ushering in a new age of inclusion, where everyone wins, and there is peace on earth. If there are a few messes to clear up in order to get there, bring ?em on!

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