ed: some of the better videos on the pineal gland
ed: some of the better videos on the pineal gland
meditating in the dark can sometimes bring the same results of a shortish version of dark retreat. Swarupapriya speaks of her discovery of the blessings of darkness meditations and her suggestions for others to experience.
Uploaded on Nov 7, 2011
At thirteen, I decided to overcome a fear of the dark by forcing myself to look deeply into it meditatively.
What happened as a result of that impromptu darkness meditation was not only an intense release of the fear, but also, a beautiful darshan of Maha Kali- the Hindu Dark Mother Goddess, herself.
From then on, my understanding of life, individuality, religion and meditation has grown and expanded beyond anything I could have imagined before.
This video, and the story of the meditation within it, is for anyone interested in overcoming the fear of darkness, and anyone seeking a connection with Kali Ma. Continue reading
Arjuna Ardagh book “Leap Before You Look: 72 Shortcuts for Getting Out of Your Mind and into the Moment” includes an article “Enter the Darkness”
following is an extract from Enter the Darkness. go here for full original article.
“Enter the Darkness.” Wow…did this excite me. Later today, I will be joining my dear friend for some shared time in the darkness. How powerful for my own peace of mind, and hopefully how wonderful for my dear friend. I fully expect this will be a practice I embrace for years to come.
Create a room that is perfectly dark.
You might need to tape black plastic over the windows,
And lay a towel at the bottom of the door.
Make it so dark that you can sit with your eyes open
And see not a single chink of light.
Now sit in that darkness, with your eyes open,
And drink in the blackness.
Make friends with darkness,
Reach out into it, and let it soak into you.
Stare with open eyes into the blackness.
Start with an hour.
You can build up to sitting in darkness for many hours,
or even days.
It is said that this meditation was taught by the Essenes, who some say were the teachers of Jesus. The great Russian mystic Georges Gurdjieff also used this with his students, and it is also found in Tibetan Buddhism. Darkness is the abode of mystery; it is from where we arise, and it is where we return every night. Every child starts his or her life in the womb, in nine months of darkness. Every seed germinates in the darkness of the soil. Every new dawn, every new meeting with the busyness of the world emerges out of the darkness of the night.
Most meditation places much more emphasis on light: we associate it with the upper chakras, and see it as our goal. Most people fear the dark. Hence, we have created an artificially illuminated world: in a city like New York or Los Angeles, it is never dark; it just shifts from natural light to artificial light.
When you become friendly and comfortable with darkness, something very deep in you can relax, and fear dissolves. Darkness initiates you into the world of the night, into the world of dreams and the unknown. In the beginning, all kinds of fears and freaky images will visit you. You may see snakes or monsters, or remember the most terrifying scenes from murder movies. But this will pass. It only comes because we have pushed darkness away so completely. Then another phase will come, where you will feel the darkness to be your mother, to be safe and nurturing and all around you.
read another article by Arjuna Ardagh on his website: Change Your Bedtime, Increase Your Brilliance
as part of Nils Taranger’s search for a way to heal himself, embarked on a 14 day dark retreat, assisted by his friends.
Meet the Tairona
The first thing to say about meeting the Tairona is – PLEASE DON’T TRY.
These people are the conscientious guardians of a tradition, philosophy and form of thought that has been pretty effectively destroyed everywhere else in the world by the advance of our own culture. The most isolated of the Tairona communities, the Kogi, know very well that isolation is their only possibility for survival.
The original European invaders of America carried death on their breath and their bodies, in the form of invisible infections which wiped out perhaps as many as nine out of every ten inhabitants of the continent. Even the best-intentioned among them were, however inadvertantly, the carriers of destruction.
We also carry infections. But more than that, we carry our own way of perceiving and understanding the world, and however well-intentioned we may be, we re-form the consciousness of others. We teach more than we learn, and so we change the people we meet. That is why the Kogi demand that we stay away.
For the new film, ALUNA, the Kogi themselves organised everything in the Sierra, and eventually took complete control of the filming. They also reviewed, discussed and changed the film cut.
The Kogi think in terms of levels of cultural pollution; the lower down the mountain they go, the more of it they encounter. Whole areas of the Sierra are closed to whole groups of Kogi, because they have become too polluted by outside contact.
The Tairona do not want to be met. But they do want to be listened to.
And that is not for their sake. It is for ours.
KOGI Part 1 – Meetings, Mergings & Healings – Jasmuheen with the Colombian KOGI tribe Elders. The First video in a five part series that shares insights on healing, Kogi culture & more. This video sees her initial meeting and what it triggered for her personally. Indigenous past lives and more.
KOGI Part 2 – The Kogi Mamos – Healing & Peace
My healing journey with the KOGI, the inner kingdom of peace, Darkness Training & more. Jasmuheen with Colombia’s Kogi.
Uploaded on May 14, 2010
KOGI Part 3 – The KOGI & Aluna’s Oneness.
Healing Initiations, Aluna’s* plane and message of Oneness, Unification,
acknowledging the Elders & more.
KOGI Part 4 – Cosmic Flows & Caretaking
Kogi Messages continued with Jasmuheen.
Their love of the Mother, being in equilibrium, global support, healings, Jasmuheen’s life on the road, cosmic flows, caretaking and Kogi culture
KOGI Part 5 – Connecting & Supporting the Kogi.
Working together, being in equilibrium & harmony, how to connect with the Kogi & our indigenous via meditation on the inner plane.
Jasmuheen sharing a little of her experience at the “The Dawn of a New Time” gathering. The gathering took place near Valledupar, Colombia in August of 2011.
Also see this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuKv5p…
For additional information or to provide support (donations) that go directly to the Arhuaco people, contact the Tayrona Indigenous Confederation, official representatives of the Arhuaco people, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Foundation for Global Humanity (http://www.f4gh.org/home) is pleased to present this interview with the Arhuaco Mamos on the last day of”The Dawn of a New Time” gathering. The gathering took place near Valledupar, Colombia in August of 2011.
The gathering included over 400 participants from around the world to learn about the ways of the Arhuaco people. For additional information or to provide support (donations) that go directly to the Arhuaco people, contact the Tayrona Indigenous Confederation, official representatives of the Arhuaco people, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Jasmuheen elaborates on the 8 point Luscious Lifestyles Program for personal harmonization – as offered by the Embassy of Peace.
bill and jasumeen spent 22 days and nights in darkness without food and with very little fluid.. he said, “the surprising process was for me an unlearning rather than a learning, a letting go. the body is self-healing, if you allow it to …. i unlearned everything i need to know”
the following is a two-part interview of Bill by Jasumeen after the retreat.
Part One: Good pre darkroom preparation is essential
Part Two: Darkroom Retreat Insights
published April 10 2009