The Wonderful Effects of Being Grateful

My being given a beautiful flat at ‘Luminositty’ has been, at the deepest level, a result of my being grateful to the Divine even for things that could have seemed unjust, and of my expecting everything to always turn out to be a blessing, even if in disguise (see my recent post: https://labofevolution.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/how-in-truth-i-found-myself-living-at-luminosity/).

The amusing little drawing down below (courtesy http://www.johnehrenfeld.com) depicts quite exactly the present general situation between the two inner attitudes in us, human beings:

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Interestingly, I just happened upon an article in ‘Collective Evolution’ mentioning a whole scientific study about just those attitudes of mind (and heart), so I am glad to share that article with you too immediately, as it could bring about a crucial turning-point in your own life too:

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How Counting Your Blessings Vs. Burdens Can Actually Make You Happier, According To Science
Posted: 21 Jan 2017 11:02 AM PST

Well, look at the bright side… We’ve all heard this advice before, and if we haven’t, there’s a good chance we’ve said it to a friend who is in need of some cheering up.

But, what good does it do to look at the bright side? Does it actually make us feel better or does it just temporarily distract us from the less desirable emotions we are feeling at the time? This is not to say that we should only focus on the positive – that is to deny a part of ourselves and this world we live in; without the dark we would not be aware of the light.

When we count our blessings versus our burdens, however, it can actually increase our mood  – by up to 25%, according to the following study. When we are constantly thinking about what is going wrong, we aren’t leaving much room for thinking what is going right. By switching up your thought process, you will eventually start noticing your blessings more regularly and less of the burdens. If you are someone who believes in the law of attraction, this means you will be attracting more positivity into your life.

Practicing Gratitude Can Increase Your Overall Happiness

A study conducted by Emmons and McCollough in 2003 outlined the positive impact that practicing gratitude can have on our well-being. Research was carried out with three experimental groups over a 10-week period, Dr. Robert A. Emmons described the study in his new book ‘thanks!’

The first group was asked to write down five things they were grateful for that had happened in the last week for each of the 10 weeks of the study. This was called the gratitude condition.
The second group was asked to write down five daily annoyances or hassles from the previous week. This was the hassles condition.
The third group was asked to simply listed five events that had occurred in the last week, but not told to focus on either positive or negative aspects. This was the events or control condition.
The types of things people listed in the grateful condition included:

Sunset through the clouds.
The chance to be alive
The generosity of friends
The right to vote
And in the hassles condition:

Hard to find parking
Burned my macaroni and cheese
No money for gas
Before the experiment began, participants had kept daily journals to keep track of their moods, physical health, and general attitudes. These observations were then used to provide a comparison for after the 10 week experiment was finished.

The results of the study concluded that happiness levels were up by 25%. Those who were in the gratitude condition were more optimistic about the future, they felt better about their lives, and they even did on average about 1.5 more hours of exercise per week than those who where in the hassles or events condition. It’s amazing to think that all of this can be achieved just from focusing on your blessings rather than your burdens.

How Can You Implement More Gratitude Into Your Daily Life?

Depending on your current state, sometimes it can feel difficult to find things that you are grateful for. You may be going through a challenging experience, a break-up, the loss of a loved one, financial insecurity, but despite these challenges, there are always things to be grateful for. The more you make the effort to take note of these things, the easier this will become. It becomes a habit; much like the contrary, only focusing on the burdens in your life becomes a habit as well.

Gratitude Challenge

Who’s up for a challenge?! I challenge anyone reading this to start keeping a gratitude journal. Everyday, for one month, write down one thing that you are grateful for. It can be so simple! If you’ve had a particularly bad day, but your dog came and licked your nose you could write that down. You can literally put anything at all that you are grateful to have in your life.

If you have trouble sticking to these types of tasks, you can try something that has worked well for me in the past –enlist a friend. Find a friend who might be interested in trying this challenge out as well. Everyday send a text to your friend telling them at least one thing that you are grateful for, and in turn, they will send you one thing they are grateful for as well. This way you will hold yourself accountable. And if one forgets, hopefully the other will remember.

At the end of the month, reflect back on the month and see if your mood has changed or if you have felt more inspired to treat yourself well, and if overall your happiness has increased.

Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life

You see, life is all about perception. As Oprah Winfrey has said:

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

If all you are focusing on is what is going wrong, then you will never see what is going right. Change your focus, see what happens!

Much Love

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(Well, I do like this sweet greeting in the end also, don’t you?…)

Comment en vérité je me suis retrouvée à “Luminosité”

Quand la maison chérie que j’avais pu construire en 1994 à Repos, sur la plage principale d’Auroville (déjà entièrement grâce à la somme donnée pour cela par notre Service des Logements) a fini par s’écrouler elle aussi comme les autres, presque vingt ans après, en 2014, sous les coups de boutoir des vagues – qui, par la faute des promoteurs locaux construisant ports et digues n’importe comment, avaient érodé toute la côte depuis Pondy – j’ai dû être relogée d’urgence plus à l’intérieur. Mais le lieu et le logement se sont vite révélés trop anciens et trop ombragés, et donc très insalubres pour moi.

Une vieille maison s’est libérée deux ans plus tard dans une autre plage d’Auroville, et j’ai bien cru que je pourrais y retrouver un environment similaire à celui de Repos; mais l’habitation en question a été attribuée finalement à quelqu’un d’autre, un homme, plus jeune et plus capable que moi d’en assurer les réparations et l’entretien.

Désemparée un moment par cette intense déception, j’ai tout de même vite retrouvé ma pleine foi en la Grâce Divine, avec la conviction que si cette maison m’avait été refusée, c’était que le Plan Divin m’en réservait quelque part une autre, encore bien mieux!

Et rassérénée par cette entière confiance, je me suis remise à attendre patiemment…

Je n’ai pas eu à attendre très longtemps: quelques mois à peine ensuite, début Novembre 2015, le Service des Logements m’a informée qu’un certain appartement pouvait m’être attribué, s’il me plaisait, au centre d’Auroville, dans un lieu appelé “Luminosité”, dont je ne connaissais même pas l’existence.

D’abord hésitante, quand je suis tout de même allée visiter j’ai eu instantanément le coup de foudre, n’en croyant pas mes yeux devant la beauté du lieu, qui de plus méritait merveilleusement bien son nom de “Luminosité”. Un mois à peine plus tard, c’est pour Noël que j’ai passé, radieuse, ma première nuit dans ma nouvelle habitation.

J’ai bien sûr remercié chaleureusement les différent Auroviliens qui d’une manière ou d’une autre, au Service des Logements en particulier, avaient rendu possible ce qui me semblait un véritable miracle.

Ce n’est qu’ensuite qu’un souvenir m’est revenu soudain en mémoire, rendant le miracle encore plus miraculeux en quelque sorte:

Quelques mois auparavant, bien avant le message du Service des Logements, j’avais reçu un email d’une amie française qui se cherchait dans Pondy un appartement à louer à l’année, de façon à pouvoir venir de France quand elle voudrait. Comme on lui en proposait beaucoup, elle m’écrivait que le critère qu’elle avait décidé d’utiliser pour son choix final serait la luminosité. En lisant ce mot – sans faire le moins du monde la relation avec mon propre besoin – je m’étais dit intérieurement, mais en fait à haute et intelligible voix: “Oui, c’est tout à fait cela, l’important c’est la luminosité!”

A cet instant précis, sans m’en douter, j’avais passé commande, pour ainsi dire,  de mon futur appartement!!!…

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Dans cette vue du centre de l’immeuble, on voit au rez-de-chaussée les portes fermées (au moment de la photo) des autres studios qui servent de bureaux ou autres espaces de travail; celui dont la porte est ouverte est le bureau  qui porte le nom de “Bhaga” et d’où je suis précisément en train d’écrire ce petit article nouveau pour mon blog…!

Le bel escalier visible juste à sa droite  est celui qui mène entre autres à l’appartement où j’habite, au deuxième étage et sur la droite de la photo, caché par le tronc de l’un des arbres magnifiques du Parc  tout autour. Ce Parc forme un admirable écrin de verdure pour cet immeuble-joyau, dont cette façade avant, au-dessus de son long jardin japonais, se modifie constamment de manière très vivante au gré de l’ouverture ou la fermeture par les résidents des hauts louvres ornant ce côté de chacun des douze appartements…

De nuit, avec les divers éclairages à l’intérieur, l’aspect extérieur de l’ensemble est féerique! Véritablement digne à nouveau de ce merveilleux nom: “Luminosité”…

Merci, merci à la Grâce Divine qui m’a littéralement prise au mot!

Gratitude to Sri Aurobindo

Today, December 5th, in 1950, at 1h26 am, Sri Aurobindo deliberately left his body for good.

He had foreseen for already a year that it might become necessary for him to do so, in order to complete soon enough the supremely important task he had given himself decades before: bringing the Supramental specific vibration from the Supramental world directly in contact with our physical world, so that it would activate in Matter the corresponding vibration, and in this way start a new evolutive step, the Supramental Era, upon Earth. The last of what still needed to be done would be done in an easier and faster way if out of a physical body.

Because of the increasing danger of a Third World War, this task had to be completed very urgently, establishing in an irreversible manner the beautiful evolutive Future promised ‘for Earth and Men’ to the princess Savitri, an incarnation of the Divine Mother in the great epic poem, symbol of terrestrial Evolution, that he had titled after her name, and which was the only writing of his he kept revising and adding to until the day he had fixed for his departure under the pretense of an illness he was actually able to control, coming in and out of coma at will.

So it has been on the part of Sri Aurobindo the sacrifice of his own body, relinquishing the individual transformation already visibly on its way in that body. The amount of consciousness accumulated there passed into the Mother’s body, who would continue after him towards that goal of transforming the physical body.

Today being one of the Darshan Days commemorated every year at the Ashram and in Auroville,  the Message selected for the Card Distribution read thus:

To express our gratitude to Sri Aurobindo we can do nothing better than to be a living demonstration of his teaching.

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As this is precisely what is attempted by Auroville as a whole and this individual Aurovilian among others, this Message resonated with particular intensity in my being, and I found it perfectly suited for this Research Blog as well, so I decided to publish it here today for all those who will be reading this new post.

With all my gratitude to Sri Aurobindo, indeed, from my entire being.

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L’Etre Psychique, les cellules et notre Mère Divine

Notre Etre Psychique (de Psychè, âme), celui qui de vie en vie prend forme peu à peu autour de l’étincelle originelle de notre âme, est en nous la seule partie encore consciente du Divin et capable de sentir et reconnaître sa Présence derrière toutes les formes extérieures à travers lesquelles le Divin s’exprime.

Cet Etre Psychique est aussi la seule partie en nous capable, par l’Amour vrai, divin, qui est en elle, d’aider les parties plus extérieures à entrer en contact elles aussi avec le Divin, et même à retrouver consciemment leur propre véritable nature, en fait divine.

C’est lorsque l’Etre Psychique s’éveille et devient actif en quelqu’un, que son être mental et son être vital peuvent commencer à se tourner vers le Divin. Une  telle conversion s’est déjà produite bien des fois dans l’histoire de l’humanité, ainsi que tous les mystiques du monde l’ont montré encore et encore, à travers des poèmes, des psaumes, des chants d’amour pour le Divin qui sont devenus si célèbres qu’ils sont parvenus jusqu’à notre époque. Même en ces temps de matérialisme blasé, nombre d’humains partout qui ont soif de Vérité trouvent encore réconfort et foi véritable à la lecture de tels écrits, dont la ferveur atteste qu’ils ne sont le fruit d’aucune croyance intellectuelle, mais bien d’un authentique contact intérieur avec le Divin et avec les dimensions autres que celle-ci dans la Réalité Totale.

Mais le corps, ce pauvre corps, a toujours été jusqu’ici la pierre d’achoppement, la partie purement physique de notre être qui est irrémédiablement, croit-on, comme toute Matière, l’opposé de l’Esprit, et donc incapable de conversion au Divin.

Eh bien, depuis que la Conscience-Force Supramentale a été activée, le 29 février 1956, dans la Matière terrestre elle-même, c’est cette croyance-là qui est en train d’être jetée à bas par les conséquences de plus en plus visibles du développement, ainsi  rendu possible, de la conscience secrètement présente en toute particule formant la Matière – et donc présente aussi dans les cellules de nos corps.

Afin que nos corps eux aussi puissent enfin devenir volontairement réceptifs au Divin, ces puissantes vibrations supramentales de Vérité les libèrent peu à peu de leurs extrêmes limitations présentes. Mais ce qui est nécessaire pour que nos cellules se tournent spontanément vers le Divin, c’est que notre Etre Psychique soit déjà éveillé en nous et puisse ainsi remplir son rôle avec nos cellules tout comme il peut l’avoir déjà fait (ou non) avec notre Mental et notre Vital. Comment s’y prend-il?… En les faisant goûter à l’Amour Divin… à la dose qui leur sera supportable au début.  Et une fois que les cellules y prendront goût, elles aussi commenceront à s’ouvrir avec de moins en moins de résistance à sa vibration de Douceur si délicieuse, même quand elle deviendra de plus en plus intense. Au lieu de se crisper, les cellules apprendront à rester calmes et à s’abandonner en toute confiance à l’Action Divine en elles pour leur rendre leurs capacités divines oubliées.

Le Vital et le Mental en nous seraient bien incapables de doser un tel processus, ou même simplement de savoir à chaque instant quels sont les besoins du corps, que ce soit en sommeil, en nourriture ou en activité, pour qu’il se maintienne déjà en bonne santé, même sans encore parler d’aucune transformation évolutive. Les cellules ont  elles-mêmes ce savoir, mais le Vital et le Mental sont bien trop imbus d’eux-mêmes, et trop impatients, ils ne sont jamais à l’écoute du corps et l’utilisent seulement à leurs propres fins égoïstes et ignorantes, qui usent et déséquilibrent le corps, d’où trop souvent les maladies diverses qui en résultent.

Seul notre Etre Psychique aime et comprend nos cellules et leurs besoins présents, et en même temps peut les aider pour peu à peu dépasser ces besoins et retrouver leur véritable nature, divine.

Or c’est le Délice d’Etre, l’Ananda, qui est l’indispensable moyen pour les cellules d’apprendre à éliminer toute tension dans leur vie et dans le rôle particulier que chacune a à remplir dans la vie du corps. Voilà pourquoi il était si important que Sri Krishna, siegneur de l’Ananda au niveau surmental, se joigne au nouveau pas évolutif, supramental, initié par Sri Aurobindo, puis Mère , dans leurs propres personnes en même temps que pour la Terre entière.

Et voilà aussi pourquoi dans mon propre beaucoup plus humble développement spirituel tel qu’il s’est produit de lui-même, c’est d’abord l’Etre Psychique qui, réveillé en 1973 par le Double Darshan de la Mère Divine, en 1975 est devenu pleinement actif grâce aux nouvelles expériences si puissantes avec le Divin dans le Centre du Coeur (siège du Psychique), encore en tant que ma Mère Eternelle en premier lieu, mais ensuite aussi en tant que Krishna, l’Amant Eternel de mon âme.

C’est seulement après que le Psychique en moi soit devenu le Guide de plus en plus influent et permanent du Vital et du Mental, que ma conscience est entrée en contact  enfin aussi, sans que je l’aie aucunement cherché, avec mes cellules (en 1976) et a aidé au développement rapide de leur conscience, à la manière typiquement psychique: en les faisant se tourner vers le Divin avec un amour et une confiance grandissants…

On peut donc voir que dans mon cas – où depuis 1973 je m’étais entièrement remise entre les mains de la Mère Divine – en dépit de tous mes pires défauts extérieurs le déroulement intérieur des choses s’est passé de manière pour ainsi dire idéalement conforme aux besoins de ce Yoga Intégral losrqu’il inclut déjà potentiellement les cellules…

Ainsi mon cas personnel a été jusqu’ici un exemple en quelque sorte idéal de comment la Mère Divine dirige de l’intérieur la vie et les progrès évolutifs de ceux de ses enfants qui le lui demandent sincèrement.

C’est pour cela que j’ai pensé utile de partager avec vous qui visitez ce blog les expériences intérieures relatées dans mon article précédent, à propos du 24 novembre, car elles complètent un certain tableau d’ensemble de ce qui s’est accompli en moi pendant ces toutes premières années à Auroville:

Loin d’être une succession chaotique et désordonnée d’évènements intérieurs sans relation entre eux, toutes les expériences décrites ici et là sur ce blog ont constitué en fait, dans leur ordre réel, les exactes étapes nécessaires au développement évolutif voulu, qui dans mon cas particulier incluait d’emblée ce qui permettrait par la suite un éveil cellulaire accéléré, non pas comme un phénomène à part, mais bien simplement comme un des aspects nouveaux dans ce Yoga d’évolution qui est donc par là même nécessairement intégral.

Dans tout cela, ce qui est tellement merveilleux à vivre, c’est que chacun de nous étant différent, notre Mére Divine prend soin de chacun de la manière la meilleure pour lui ou elle à chaque instant, lui donnant les expériences voulues, et dans l’ordre le mieux adapté à ses besoins…. Il n’y a vraiment plus qu’à s’incliner avec totale cofiance et gratitude devant l’absolue Sagesse de cet Amour Maternel pour nous, avec aussi toute la sollicitude et la tendresse de notre Maman éternelle…

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A Grateful Farewell To You, Dear Sharanam

A dear Aurovilian friend of mine just passed away a few days ago, a lady too, and my age, but from Spain. This is what I sent to be published this week in our Auroville internal weekly newsletter, under this title:

Oh Sharanam, dear Sharanam, what a shock, this sudden departure of yours!… You, the gentle but daring soul who had been the first to join me at the newborn Laboratory of Evolution, in 1985 already, to start together this Raw Food Kitchen that has been, to my knowledge, the first experimental Kitchen in Auroville for the food of the Future! You, the quiet and unassuming biologist and chemist who did this work with also all your heart, you had a few years later to finally stop doing it – although our little ‘Raw Kitchen’ had become rather successful – because of the quarreling atmosphere the next persons who joined the LOE brought in, that was making you sick… Not only was it the end of the ‘Raw Kitchen’, but I lost in that way the daily pleasure of working with you, this rare person capable of true, egoless collaboration with someone else. Even after you left we kept in touch over the years, and you kept appreciating my research work, even more so since in 2011 I started my blog: you followed it with a kind of awe that as always expressed your genuine, amazing humility and childlike sense of wonderment. The name that you had chosen for yourself, which means ‘Refuge’, I among others can attest was fully deserved: I had again the occasion to experience that fact a year ago when the deterioration of my health was found to be caused by a dangerous illness, news that brought you instantly to Djaima at my bedside as soon as I called you for help. And help me you did in many incredible ways along the following months, while by applying the inspired advice of last century’s extraordinary trance-seer in the USA, Edgar Cayce, I managed to reverse the course of the disease… It all became possible only thanks to your faithful and loving daily supply of the unusual diet and other means of treatment he had recommended for such cases. Both you, with your scientific background as a pharmacist, and I as a researcher, plus some others in Auroville, had all independently studied for many years Edgar Cayce’s ‘Readings’ and had already tested his advice with success, so we knew that the treatment he had outlined would definitely help – and it did, to our shared great joy. When later on I was able again to take care of myself on my own, I had to force you to accept my reimbursement of the many expenses you had also incurred for me without hesitation, although you were as short of personal funds for your own life as I was… And just recently we had rejoiced together again when finding a new, good and reliable source of certain food items both of our bodies needed… a source we shared the use of without even knowing it at first: a very special Tamil woman, Latha, who has taken up that job in complete seriousness and dedication about six months ago, and has soon become so appreciative of you, gentle and kind Sharanam, that she was already very worried when she alerted me yesterday: not well for fifteen days, you had been taken to that ICU in Pondy!… Seeing my alarm, she promised to phone me whatever news about you she could gather from your neighbors in Dana. I wished I was myself well enough to attend to you in Pondy if needed, but this morning (Friday the 2nd) on the phone Latha was sobbing, telling me the terrible, stunning news, and then there was nothing more we could do but sob together. When later I opened my email, the usual mass bulletin announcement only confirmed it, alas, dearest Sharanam: you were gone… except that I kept seeing your face smiling as if to comfort me… During her lunch-time break Latha took me along to the Farewell place and together we honored your body with flowers… I’m already missing you so much, and so do your other friends too, I’m sure… Please, after an enjoyable rest in the Light, do come back soon with a good new body, but the same so generous, cheerful and compassionate heart!

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In Honor of Wayne Dyer, by NDEr Anita Moorjani

I, Bhaga, want to share with you all the article I received yesterday as the Newsletter from this wonderful NDEr called Anita Moorjani – and there is even more than the article, as you will see in the end:

 
Celebrating Wayne
Dear Bhaga,

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year to the day since our dear friend and teacher Wayne Dyer crossed over into the other side. I have dedicated my upcoming book, “What if This is Heaven?” to Wayne, and today, I’d like to share with you the Afterword from the book:

Just as I was completing the final chapters of this book, I received the shocking news that my dear friend Dr. Wayne Dyer had passed away.

Shortly before this news arrived, a few close friends had come over to have lunch with Danny and me at our new home in California. When my friend Jennifer McLean arrived, she was bearing a huge bouquet of orange roses.

“What’s with the orange?” she asked as she handed me the armful of flowers.

“What do you mean?” I responded with a curious smile as I happily accepted her gift, admiring the striking color and reveling in the sweet scent. They were absolutely stunning.

“While I was in the flower store, I was reaching for the red roses for you,” Jennifer explained, “but I kept hearing this voice in my head saying, ‘Get the orange ones. Get the orange ones!’ You obviously have a friend on the other side who really wanted you to have the orange roses!”

“Well, orange is my favorite color,” I said. “But I can’t think of who from the other realm would have told you that.” For a few moments, I worried that someone close to me might have passed away without me knowing and was trying to send me a message. But I soon got busy with the final preparations for lunch and forgot about my apprehension.

Shortly after, while we were sitting down to eat, my cell phone rang. When I looked at the caller ID, I saw that it was Maya Labos, who had been Wayne’s personal manager and right hand for the last 38 years. Because she travels with him on every trip, Maya and I have gotten extremely close since I’d been sharing the stage with Wayne for the past few years.

“Maya! What’s up?” I asked cheerfully as I answered the call.

“It’s Wayne,” came the tearful voice, and I already knew what was coming next. “He died in his sleep this morning. He’s gone.”

With those words, my heart sank to the pit of my stomach. I just couldn’t believe it was true. Wayne Dyer could not possibly be dead! I had just finished a speaking tour of Australia with him the week before, and he’d seemed positively pulsing with life—as always!

Then I remembered my earlier hunch that someone had crossed over, and I realized my premonition had been true after all. Wayne had known that orange was my favorite color. He often teased me backstage about my penchant for orange (my wallet, my phone case, and my purse are all orange). And he too had a thing for oranges—the fruit, that is. He always carried an orange onstage as a prop when explaining one of his famous analogies. Wayne was rarely, if ever, onstage without an orange, and he’d often toss it into the audience when he finished making his point.

In fact, his teaching about the orange was the last post made on his Facebook page before he died: “When you squeeze an orange, you’ll always get orange juice to come out. What comes out is what’s inside. The same logic applies to you: When someone squeezes you, puts pressure on you, or says something unflattering or critical, and out of you comes anger, hatred, bitterness, tension, depression, or anxiety, that is what’s inside. If love and joy are what you want to give and receive, change your life by changing what’s inside.”

I knew that giving the message to my friend Jennifer to get the orange roses was Wayne’s way of saying that he’s fine. And although I knew, probably better than most, that

Wayne was having a grand time where he was now—laughing and dancing in pure joy, bathed in the overwhelming feelings of unconditional love, free from pain, free from expectations, free to expand and transcend—I was still stunned and saddened.

Wayne had been my teacher, my mentor, and one of my biggest cheerleaders in the journey that he had invited me to begin as an author and a speaker. If he hadn’t discovered my story on the Internet and then told Hay House to track me down and invite me to write a book about my experience, I would not be a published author today, traveling the world, sharing my insights onstage, and seeing my life being made into a Hollywood movie!

While on tour at Hay House events, Wayne and I had often talked about the afterlife and the expansion that takes place once we leave the physical body. Now, I couldn’t help but smile as I imagined him experiencing this for himself firsthand.

Wayne is, and always was, a passionate teacher. That’s what he was put on this earth to do—to teach. And I doubt that shedding his body has stopped him. If anything, he’s even more passionate because now he can reach more people, all at once! He’s probably teaching in a far greater and grander way than he had ever hoped to accomplish while in the physical realm! Instead of being gone for good, he is now more accessible to the millions of people who love him, and he’s probably having a blast showing up in different creative ways for all the people he’s touched in some manner. Now that he is no longer restricted by the physical, Wayne is here, there, and everywhere!

One day, we will all transcend this physical plane into the infinite realm of the afterlife, and while many fear what lies beyond, crossing over is actually the easy part. Let me assure you that there is nothing to fear beyond the veil. Our true challenge is in trying to live a life of expansion, liberation, love, and joy here on the physical plane.

So my biggest message (inspired by both my NDE and the life and teachings of my dear friend) is to live your life as an exercise in creativity, as if every discovery, every artistic exploration, matters in the cosmic tapestry of life—because it does. Follow your heart as you exuberantly combine the riot of colors the universe lays before you to make your life into your own masterpiece. You may be surprised by your creation. As when we listen to or play beautiful music, our goal is not to get to the end of the piece. The point is to enjoy the melodious, joyous journey the music takes us on, including the very first note and every single one that comes after it. And as Wayne always said, “Don’t die with your music still in you!”

So don’t be afraid of not doing it right or of not being good enough. Such fear is totally unfounded. Life is not about getting it right, figuring out the answers to the really big questions (or even the small questions, for that matter), reading all the right books, taking all the right courses, or studying with the masters. Nor is it about whether you’ve had deep spiritual experiences, achieved altered states of consciousness, or become a spiritual guru to multitudes. It’s not even about whether you’ve been dead and come back to life to share your experiences—trust me!

The only thing that matters is that you allow yourself to be all of who you are! It’s that simple! Just be yourself—your true self! Be the love that you are. Shine your light as brightly as you can. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to enjoy the ride and have fun—lots of fun!

Wayne is now perfectly cognizant of the artistry of his life and of all the millions of people who have been touched with the brush of his mastery. Thank you, my friend, for coming into our lives and for sharing your beauty, wisdom, and humor with us as we make this journey together—and thank you for the orange roses.

Namaste.

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Missing our Momma

Let’s not try to hide it. As Sri Aurobindo himself made it quite clear from the start of his text quoted in my previous post, Life on the Earth Plane isn’t an easy task, and to the Truth-Seeker it can turn out to be quite a Battle. Even the best of us may sometimes – or often – get doubtful, discouraged, exhausted. Even Dannion Brinkley in his first book, ‘Saved by the LIght’, towards the end, when he is told he is going to need again one more  operation for again surviving one more time , even Dannion, this towering tough fellow who has already gone victoriously through so much, finally finds it too much, and wants to call it quits. To Dr Raymond Moody, urgently called to the hospital, at that time still a friend he thought he could count on for ever, Dannion replies the truest, most touching simple words I know of to describe what life here actually feels like:

“It’s just like when you are forced to go to summer camp. You hate everybody and you miss your Momma…”

I had to laugh, although simultaneously I teared up briefly at the inner recognition of what he described. What a riot, this Dannion, as one of my friends says of him! He still found a funny way to express those kid-like feelings hidden in the secret depths of the outwardly bravest of us. Granted, Dannion is actually a Crab, a Cancerian by birth, with all the inner tenderness that this Solar Sign means under its outer hard shell, and the special need – even in the adult – to keep close to his or her Momma, the living symbol of Home and Family. Raymond, a few years older but born under the very same Birth Sign, must have understood perfectly what his friend meant, and so do I, having myself my Moon in Cancer as well… While reading this, all my visitors with a strong Cancerian influence in their own Chart know exactly what I am talking about too…

Alas, the boisterous and hilarious aspect also present in Dannion, caused by the super Jupiter ruling everything else from on high in his birth Chart, giving him also those loud characteristics of a Sagittarius, couldn’t go well for long with the rest of the nature in Raymond: the latter not only lacked this Jupiter/Sagittarius fun and vastness, but had instead the Scorpio’s unforgiving intransigence and tendency to see dark motivations in other people’s actions.

This must be what caused Raymond to later on repudiate their friendship and accuse Dannion of having invented or exaggerated portions of his NDE, which then in his eyes was no longer valid. Raymond went so far as publicly dismissing Dannion as a mere “entertainer”, I recently discovered with astonishment. But he was using the same derogative appellation, in the same breath, also about another NDEr I have a lot of respect for, Betty Eady of ‘Embraced by the Light’ fame, even ridiculing her for wearing a Native Indian dress…  when she is of quite authentic Sioux parentage, and only claiming it finally, thanks to her NDE, but obviously Moody had no idea of that!!! This particularly stupid remark of his reveals only the appalling hollowness of his own comments on those two persons he has not really taken the trouble to know in any depth.

At least for Dannion, such a blow below the belt must have been quite hard to take, coming from a supposed close friend of many years who had even prefaced his book in 1995, written twenty years after his first NDE; in that preface Raymond had validated already  Dannion’s new ESP gift of mind-reading, and also some of the predictions for the Earth’s future, given to him during his NDE as warnings to humanity at large that it had urgently to change its ways if it wanted to avoid such a future. And still Dannion, in the video interviews when he is challenged to answer Raymond’s accusations, keeps his cool and inner peace, and does re-establish the facts that show his innocence and truthfulness, but without covering Raymond’s in mud nevertheless. As Dannion himself says, the way he has become able to take peacefully all this in his stride, when before his NDE he was one to always give a blow back with a vengeance, is the very proof of his NDE: it is what changed him so completely.

To my eye as an astrologer (not of any Fate Astrology but of our very diverse human personalities), the Jupiter all alone at the top of Dannion’s Chart looks exactly like the Roman god of that name or his Greek origin, Zeus, the one sending thunder and lightning from the top of Mt Olympus… and in the case of poor Dannion, this Jupiter did strike him with lightning, quite literally, and on two different occasions!…: Only,  it was as the saving action from the Divine Grace represented by this Pisces Sign in which Jupiter is in Dannion’s Chart!!! And it is that Divine Compassion from this Pisces Sign that the lightning has activated in him to such an extent that nowadays it is only benevolence and compassion he can feel when in a position of power where he could on the contrary strike those who attack him…

Why am I bringing Astrology into this post directly inspired by Dannion’s candid admission of his Inner Child’s utter distress while going through terrestrial Life?

Because part of the problem here is that each of us gets usually so much trouble from our fellow human beings, especially when they have strong judgemental tendencies given by the Scorpio Sign, the 2nd Water Sign, locked in its own deep and negative emotions, that no sense of the Divine Grace come yet to alleviate and dissolve.

Both Raymond and Dannion have their Sun in the 1st Water Sign, Cancer the Crab, with emotions still very child-like and open to the tenderness of sweetness of Life, at least on the scale of family life.

But where Raymond stops later at the 2nd Water Sign, Scorpio, whose negative feelings are useful only in that they may push a human being to ask questions about the meaning and purpose of Life, Dannion somehow skips that phase and is pulled up by this magnificent and cheerful Jupiter, all the way up straight to the 3rd and last Water Sign, where the hard and painful questions of the Scorpio are answered and healed: the Pisces Sign which is also the last in the whole Zodiac, giving us full access again to the Ocean of Divine Love where we truly belong when we are not at work to change things in this dimension. This is Unconditional Love ever ready to forgive  our errors and heal us with its Saving Grace. It is the vastest of all the Twelve Signs, and the only one which can understand all the others because of its capacity of total Empathy. The Divine Love accessed through this Sign is actually that of our Divine Mother, for God is also that, yes,   the Divine Momma we actually miss the most: it is the Higher Octave of the tenderness and motherly love that our physical mother probably tried her best to give us, in spite of her own hurts and other human limitations which may have made her fail utterly.

But short of that potentially so beneficial influence of the Pisces Sign (although, like all the Signs, it also can be detrimental: if one doesn’t manage to find the Divine inwardly, and then replaces That by alcohol or drugs just to escape from this too hard terrestrial life, experienced as a prison), Astrology can at least help people to understand each other better, instead of each one judging the others through the filter of one’s own personality, spontaneously perceived as the only true way of being…!

It seems to me such a pity that someone as valuable as Raymond Moody has turned his back on Dannion Brinkley and Betty Eady, simply because of misinterpretations of their own different personalities. Also, both Dannion and Betty, like a number of other NDERs, have received during their NDE the specific mission to make it known and spread the information it contains, important for all humankind at this point in its Evolution, so it is only normal that they.do their best to fulfill that mission, each one in their own way, which always, to someone else, may seem inappropriate…

I really wish researchers like Raymond Moody who are by inclination and formation more on the intellectual side of things, and have NOT themselves had an NDE, would try not to limit and judge the stories told by the Experiencers according to their own mental criteria and categories, which do not actually exist in the true Reality. In that Realm just like here, Unity is realized through Diversity, and not uniformity as our mind would make us believe.

The situation in this field of research is only symptomatic of the situation everywhere in all human endeavors.

Instead of criticizing and dividing, let’s all help each other in our growth towards our recovered Divine Nature we all miss not only our Momma, but also some true friends!

If this post can bring about among us all any progress towards this future collective  Victory of Love, with its Joy of Reunion, this blog of mine will not have existed in vain.

Now I am very curious to read the third book by Dannion, after his third NDE. titled ‘Secrets of the Light’ and written this time with his wife Kathryn. I am getting very good reviews of it from a friend who was quite simply transformed by it, and the following interview (done at the time of the publication of their latest book, ‘Ten Things to Know Before You Go’) is indeed wonderfully intriguing:

Thank you so much for all this, dear NostraDannion!…

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