Рубрика: ДВИЖЕНИЕ + ОСОЗНАНИЕ

Что Карлос Кастанеда рассказывал мне о Времени

 

Время подобно мысли, или желанию.
Время измеряется интенсивностью момента, который мы проживаем.
Время замирает, когда входишь в состояние внутренней тишины.
Время – это форма внимания.
Время не измеряется движением часовой стрелки.
Время изгибается, когда направляешь на него свое внимание.
Сейчас без пяти двенадцать, у меня почти не осталось Времени!
Я живу в текущем моменте.
Я встречаю наступающее Время.

what Carlos Castaneda taught me about timeЭто несколько фраз из тех, что я постоянно слышала звучащими из уст Карлоса Кастанеды с того момента, как встретила его. Он выражал свою обеспокоенность временем, он давал новые определения своим отношениям со временем, и он ежедневно бросал вызов самой идее времени.

Кастанеда приходил вовремя на все встречи, ему не нравилось, когда другие люди вынуждены ждать его. И он сам никого не ждал. Время, и то, как обращаться с ним, как растягивать его, как испытать его нелинейность, было неотъемлемой частью моего обучения у Кастанеды.

Он часто говорил о своей смерти и об умирании, очень спокойно и трезво, как если бы это неминуемо должно было случиться через пару дней или минут. И при этом, действовал он так, словно обладал всем временем этого мира.

Он никогда не спешил и не тревожился, расслабленный и спокойный, наслаждающийся едой, его настроение никогда не становилось беспокойным даже под давлением предстоящей презентации книг или по дороге на конференцию с участием сотен человек. Он не спешил, когда выходил на сцену, чтобы поделиться своими мыслями, с руками в карманах, демонстрируя открытость, спокойствие и расслабленность. Он не спешил, давая аудитории время посмеяться над его шутками и замечаниями, отвечая на вопросы, устанавливая зрительный контакт, как будто создавая подлинную связь с людьми.

Каждый день моего обучения у него был наполнен интенсивным изучением того, как остановить поток неосознаваемых привычек и как научиться новым способам поведения и существования. Мои дни ощущались бесконечно долгими, как будто растянутые моим намерением достичь «просветления» как можно быстрее, до того, как он умрет.

Ранним утром я отправлялась в школу учить английский, затем работала в его компании, и затем весь оставшийся вечер занималась физическими упражнениями в его студии по три-четыре часа. Но мой распорядок не был расписан по времени, или мое время не было расписано согласно распорядку, или оно не управлялось стрелками часов, как это всегда было, пока я жила в Аргентине. В течение моего ученичества у меня не было распорядка, потому что Кастанеда часто менял расписание и я училась скользить по событиям дня, словно встречая наступающее время.

Находясь в новой стране, питаясь непривычной пищей и живя с людьми, которых я едва знала, я чувствовала, будто время приостановилось для меня.

Я дала себе обещание «исчезнуть» на некоторое время из «реального мира», как делают некоторые писатели, чтобы написать роман, или как некоторые люди, выйдя на пенсию, посвящают время духовному развитию.  Так и я отказалась от своего времени, чтобы следовать потоку другого времени.

Я испытывала, как приостанавливается время, во время долгих часов практики серий движений, подобных боевым искусствам, и сидя долгие часы в тишине. После того, как я преодолела начальное сопротивление, как физическое, с дрожью в мышцах и сбившимся дыханием, так и умственное, с саморазрушительными мыслями вроде «Я не смогу это сделать», «Это слишком долго», «Я хочу домой, спать и есть такос», и т.п., я наконец смогла испытывать состояния экстаза.

 what Carlos Castaneda taught me about timeВолна хорошего самочувствия и жизненных сил начинала течь через мое тело, принося удовольствие от движущихся в унисон суставов, счастье от наполнения легких до предела, от тока свежей, насыщенной кислородом крови по всем сосудам и клеточкам тела, уносящей отходы и токсины, возрождая мое право существовать на этой планете, в это время.

После длинных часов практики движений в замедленном темпе я могла испытывать изысканную сладость спокойствия и уверенность в том, что меня любят.

Позже я начала испытывать такие состояния, подрезая деревья и работая в саду. Или обедая с друзьями, или даже в кино. Или просыпаясь по утрам и осознавая уникальность наступающего дня, осознавая с благодарностью, сидя на краю кровати, делая с закрытыми глазами первые вдохи дня, чувствуя биение сердца, мягкость и тепло кожи, и поющих в отдалении птиц, гудок соседской машины, газету, брошенную на улице, запах тостов, детей, смеющихся по дороге в школу, всплески воды в душе, который принимает мой муж, звуки пианино, на котором мой сын исполняет Оду «К радости».

Ощущение пробужденной жизненной силы продолжает струится сквозь меня, словно мой учитель создал вихрь, в котором все переживания едины и Время – это просто маленькая часть непрерывного течения жизни, которая продолжает происходить внутри и снаружи меня.

Our Organs Have Their Own Consciousness And We Can Talk to Them

organs have their own consciousness

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My teacher Carlos Castaneda taught me this:

Our Organs Have Their Own Consciousness And We Can Talk to Them

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the departure of my dear teacher and guide Carlos Castaneda. I met him in the mid-nineties as a young doctor looking for a deeper meaning in my path as a healer to people.

My life brought me to him without looking for it.

Not long before, as a medical resident in Bariloche, Argentina, I had wanted to go in all the way into the medical knowledge. I come from a family of doctors and scientists, where hard work and dedication to the ethics of truth was a strong value.

our organs have their own consciousnessThanks to high grades, luck and daring, I managed to get into a unique and prestigious program where I was left as the front person in charge of the ER (Emergency Room) every four nights. It was an exciting and also daunting all-in immersion into hospital life that got me dealing with all kinds of medical issues and emergencies. I practically lived in the clinic, and assisted in trauma, strokes, heart attacks or child births.

I had the experience of dealing with life and death decisions, of seeing the mystery of the body healing miraculously and the humbling presence of death in my hands. Life was fast, and surprising. Yet, I missed the touch of a larger, more encompassing view.

In many occasions, the tools I had been given as a Western MD couldn’t help me; It could only take me so far and a more holistic view became a necessity.

One such day, during my night shift, a patient died on my watch.

He was staying overnight after a minor surgery and he developed an acute pulmonary edema that led to him to going into arrest. I moved him into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and tried to resuscitate him, but I couldn’t. It later turned out that a key heart medication the patient needed had not been logged into his chart and was never given to him. He shouldn’t have died. The event caused me to deeply re-evaluate the meaning of my profession and life in general. Medical school did not give me the container for these situations. I even considered to quit medicine.

I left Argentina back to USA, my country of birth. Then, there, serendipity and fate made me meet Carlos Castaneda and everything changed in my life.

When I first met him, he invited me to lunch, at a local Cuban restaurant called The Versailles which he frequented. I remember that, when he invited me, he had said he wanted to know more about me, but I barely opened my mouth during lunch. He was very animated the whole time, and made me laugh so hard with his storytelling that my belly muscles ached badly. He had such a mesmerizing and charming presence and it absorbed me completely.

At the end, as we were walking towards the car in the parking lot, he came close and almost in a whisper said that the reason we were there that day was because I could be a bridge between the shamanism he had learnt from his teacher, don Juan Matus, and the world of health and medicine.

At the time, I had no idea what this meant, but his message of a higher intelligence and energy at play in everyday life came to fill exactly the void I had found in my regular medical life. I was hooked.

A direct apprenticeship that meant being open to new ideas.

Over time, Carlos Castaneda became a mentor and guide. He said I could not run away from my destiny and encouraged me to return to medicine. But he gave me the larger container, he opened up what was to me a new paradigm at the time, one which today, decades later, has emerged in science and in our collective understanding: that there is no such distinction between the mind and the body;

rather, that we are a network of energy and information crisscrossing in all directions between the mind and the body. Peptides and other biochemicals carry the messages of our thoughts and our emotions everywhere, perception affects behavior and behavior changes the very physicality of our brain and body, memories from our life experiences are stored in the organs and in our fascia and,

more than a defined, isolated individual, we are more like a cooperative of many voices including a majority of foreign DNA from a microbiome which gives us fundamental aspects of our identity such as our very personality traits, as a pioneering study from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) recently showed.

our organs have their own consciousnessEverything in us is changing and evolving, not isolated, but in deep resonance with our environment, such as the quality of the electro-magnetic field emitted by our hearts which can cause specific changes in the brains of the people around us.

We now know that it is a fact from research we can enter deep meditation states through practice and then these states can cause definitive changes in all our major regulatory mechanisms such as telomere length (a key biomarker for cell lifespan), inflammation cascades and cell repair. These and other behaviors can change the very expression of our genome through the epigenetic landscape that we now recognize as a highly fluid pluripotential environment in which our body lives.

What my teacher Carlos Castaneda introduced me to was this same viewpoint. It used different language but its syntax carried the same implications and conclusions. It enlarged the scope of possibilities of my human experience, and that of my patients. Modern science and ancient shamanistic principles and practices came together into a similar unit of life: Our internal body-mind world.

What it means ‘I can talk to my internal organs.’

One practice that Carlos Castaneda taught me was “talking to my organs.” The idea was simple: just as there is the overall me, there are also many smaller individual aspects of that me, represented in my tissues and organs themselves. In the dynamic world of information within my body, there is a distinct consciousness in each of my organs. Our organs store memories and also contain information. And they can talk to us. The big me can go in and establish a dialogue with the different organs and tissues.

In over twenty years of teaching workshops and clinical practice, I have found this to be very accurate and of highly practical value to understand ourselves and what our bodies are experiencing.

At times, I would see Castaneda ‘talking to his liver’, for example. He would talk to it in a very kind way, thanking it for all the work it took on. He would caress his ribs right where the liver is, and also pause and take a moment to ‘listen’ to it.

More than 500 vital functions have been identified in each liver cell, 24/7. It is the organ that organizes and distributes our internal nutrients and resources. In our busy modern lives, it tends to get overburdened. It stores ‘excess’ material, not only physiologically but also in our Consciousness.

our organs have their own consciousnessOur stressors are ‘stored’ in the liver.

When our liver gets overwhelmed, it also gets tight, and interferes with other neighbor organs, such as our stomach and intestines, or our sense of calm in our heart.

Our organs can tell us a lot of things. For instance, a patient who came to treatment for severe constipation, had received standard help from doctors such as increasing fiber and exercise, stool softeners and even antidepressants, with weak results. During the consult, using guided imagery, we established a conversation ‘between his higher self and his colon’, and his colon told him that the reason it was holding its movement was because he was feeling stuck at work. He had a long term dispute with his business partner that wasn’t being resolved.

The colon was storing that emotional and perceptual component of his inner life.

He realized then that he had been very rigid in his position about the dispute and needed to move on. The day after he signed the dissolution papers he had a bowel movement and within a month he had his regular rhythm restored.

Another fascinating example of how our organs store information and life experiences, even highly specific and detailed stuff, was reported by Paul Pearsall, Ph.D., in his book The Heart’s Code. I heard about this account by Ron Hulnik, Ph.D., one of the founders of the prestigious program in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica, where I am so excited to be currently taking a Certification. Pearsall, a clinical neuropsychologist in the Transplant Donor Department at the University of Arizona, describes how organ recipients take in memories and personality traits from the donor. He tells the case of a girl who had received a heart transplant from another girl who had been murdered. She soon began to have dreams and flashbacks of being murdered herself that eventually became so vivid and detailed that her mother reported it and it led the police to identify the actual murderer and prove the case in court. The implication of such an unequivocal event makes it undeniable that the organs themselves, independently, are capable of storing a high level of specificity of information.

How do I talk to my organs?

There are two steps and one rule to do this. our organs have their own consciousness

The first step is doing something to quiet the mind chatter and be present. This can be one minute focusing on our breathing, or even just one breath!

The second step is to turn our attention to a particular organ with an attitude of inquiry and establish a dialogue.

The rule is that when we ask a question, we have to be direct, as if we were talking to someone right in front of us, and then pause and wait for the very first thing that comes to mind, without preconditions. It might be a thought, an image or a memory. It might be the feeling of something that could become clear at a later time.

The rule means that it is spontaneous information that formulates in our Consciousness in the pause immediately after we address the question to the organ.

Sometimes, there doesn’t need to even be a question; all that seems to be needed is to turn our attention to the organ with the intention to see it and listen to it.

The Practice.

For the next moment, close your eyes and let your attention shift from the outer world to the inner world. You can simply let your body release any tension that it doesn’t need, right now.

In one sweep from head down to toes, just scan across your whole body with your attention and let each muscle relax, let each joint soften, letting all the nerves just open, the circulation and the skin open. And let your body do this at its own pace.

Now, open your inner eyes and go with your attention to the organ you want to talk to, listen to, or just hold space for. Allow yourself to use your full imagination and live it inside of you.

Have you been having any issues with the health of this organ? Connect to these symptoms, and specifically to the emotions that these symptoms arise in you. Stay attuned to these emotions for a moment. Don’t judge them or try to change them, just be with them.

Now, begin to talk to the organ, as if it was a person you are talking to. A person that is also you, or an aspect of you. Hold an attitude of appreciation, companionship and support. This part of you has been suffering and you want to be there for it. Lovingly express to the organ your support at this time. Talk to the organ as if it was your own 5-year old kid.

Ask simple, direct questions such as:

“Why are you in pain?”

“How does this relate to my life right now?”

“How can I help for you to feel better?”

“Is there anything I can do for you to stop this symptom?”

our organs have their own consciousnessRemember, don’t prejudge or discard whatever arises when you ask. Spend a moment or as long as you feel is right in this dialogue, or simply sit in the presence of the organ, holding your Consciousness there. 

When you are ready, say thank you to your organ for being available to you. Ask permission to further dialogue in the future. Come out at your own pace and immediately take count of the experience and of any information that came from it.

I highly recommended to write down this information.

That’s it.

Simplicity itself!

Добро пожаловать 2018 год! Как встретить канун Нового Года

«Мир непостижим. И мы тоже, как и все существа в этом мире »

Карлос Кастанеда

Какой мощный момент: мы переходим на Новый цикл, наполненный благодарностью и благоговением наших жизней. Какие уроки мы пережили в 2017 г.? Какие взлеты? Какие падения?

Мы перепросматривали и обдумывали наш опыт в 2017 г., и в прошлую субботу у нас было прекрасное БЕСПЛАТНОЕ ОНЛАЙН ПРАЗДНОВАНИЕ. Нажмите здесь, чтобы посмотреть видео, если вы его пропустили! Подробности можно прочитать здесь.

how to prepare for new yearsИ мы также направляем вам описание НОВОГОДНЕГО РИТУАЛА, которому наш учитель Карлос Кастанеда обучил нас много лет назад. Эта церемония, которая начинается в последние дни декабря и заканчивается, когда часы пробивают двенадцать ударов в полночь 31 декабря. Кастанеда рассказывал нам, что в полночь приходит свет Духа или Вселенной и «наблюдает за нами» – сила спускается на нас, и это очень мощный момент, чтобы присутствовать и осознавать – чувствовать и знакомиться с этим.


how to prepare for new years eveНепрерывная практика этого ритуала на протяжение последних 22 лет принесла нам чувство направления и вдохновила на раскрытие наших целей и намерений на Новый год, а также чувство связи с планетами и вселенной. Мы надеемся, что преимущества, которые дает ритуал, пробьются ростками через вашу жизнь, ваши отношения, ваше сообщество и мир.

Шаги:

1. Избавьтесь от старого перед Новым Годом. Начиная с 27 декабря и даже в течение дня 31 декабря, расчистите пространство в вашем доме. Наведите порядок, раздайте одежду, которую больше не носите, переберите шкафы и ящики, пропылесосьте полы, вымойте окна, полейте растения с чувством заботы и открытости. Цель всего этого – очистить дом как физически, так и энергетически. Есть 4 способа сделать это:

Выбросите вещи, которые вам не нужны или не приносят вам радости.

Отдайте вещи, позволяя им принести другим людям пользу, в то время как вы освобождаетесь от любых историй, связанных с этими вещами.

Оплатите свои счета, включая счета за коммунальные услуги, заложенности по кредитным картам, ипотеке и прочее. Предпримите все усилия, чтобы перейти в Новый цикл без непогашенных заложенностей.

Протрите пыль, вымойте свой дом или, по крайней мере, некоторые его части, например, спальню или рабочее место.

Переставьте мебель, измените расположение вещей в пространстве (фотографии, картины, цветы), чтобы оживить поток энергии вашего пространства.

2. 31 декабря, до полуночи, будьте за вашим письменным столом. Разберите счета и документы, освободите пространство, чтобы было удобно сидеть и напишите список своих проектов, намерений и сновидений в новом 2018 г.

3. Далее, возьмите карандаш или ручку, листок бумаги и будьте готовы составить список.

  • how to prepare for new years eveМысленно посмотрите на достижения в 2017 г. Что самое главное? Какие отношения вы создали? Что подошло к концу? Чему научились, чего достигли в отношении следующих областей:

    1. Здоровье
    2. Эмоции
    3. Мысли
    4. Работа
    5. Семья и сообщество
    6. Глобальное сообщество планеты Земля.
  • Запишите все это в список 2017 г., чтобы увидеть , что принес этот год и осознать свой опыт переходя в Новый Год. Обратите внимание, если во время записывания к вам будут приходить новые идеи.

4. На втором листе бумаги создайте новый список и назовите его 2018 г. Запишите, что вы хотите достигнуть или начать в Новом году. Подумайте о разных областях жизни:

how to prepare for new years eveСаморазвитие: чему новому я хочу научиться, принять в себе, исцелить в себе на физическом, ментальном, эмоциональном и энергетических уровнях?

Семья и друзья: какие отношения я хочу создать, какие отпустить, какие отношения нужно улучшить?

Работа: Люблю ли я то, что делаю? Что я могу изменить в 2018 г. для собственного процветания?

Здоровье: каким образом я могу лучше заботиться о себе в 2018 г., что именно мне нужно сделать для восстановления своей энергии?

Мой вклад в этот мир (мое наследие): какое ОДНО действие я могу совершить, чтобы помочь другим в том, в чем они нуждаются?

5. how to prepare for new years eveСделайте паузу. Вы расчистили пространство, посмотрели на уходящий год, записали свои сновидения и цели на следующий год. Теперь, когда у вас есть список, сделайте небольшой перерыв и займитесь текущими делами. Вы можете поставить музыку для создания атмосферы или немного потанцевать.

6. Около 23:30 вернитесь к вашему письменному столу (уже почти полночь!). Сядьте в тишине и поместите свое внимание на список 2018 г. – это то, что вы хотите видеть в наступающем году. Вы можете записать список шагов к своим целям, нарисовать как вы получаете работу своей мечты и т. д. Уделите этому время, пока не почувствуете, что вы соединились со всем этим, с вашим жизненным путем, со Вселенной… к тому времени, как часы уже пробьют полночь.

7. В полночь, в первые минуты Нового Года, позвольте волне вашего сновидения накрыть и поглотить вас.

how to prepare for new years eve

Когда мы устанавливаем наше совместное намерение, мы создаем лучшее для всех – для радости и роста, свободы, для создания смелых творческих проектов, для доброты ко всем окружающим. Мы празднуем вместе ваше становление!

Позвольте нашему свету и любови достигнуть ваших друзей, семьи, вашего сообщества и всего мира.

Аерин и Майлз

 

How I Learned To Reduce Stress By DREAMING a new TIME

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“Warriors face the oncoming time. Normally we face time as it recedes from us. Only warriors can change that and face time as it advances on them.” – Carlos Castaneda

Dear Community,

Do you ever feel like time is accelerating? Like it is going super fast and running away from us? I know I do.

Last Tuesday, I was rushing through traffic to get back home. I had a full day that started early in the morning with my dance class. Throughout the day I worked at my office seeing my clients, then I picked up my son from school, and went grocery shopping. Even though I do what I love and enjoy my work very much, I found myself rushing from one activity to another without a pause.

My head was spinning with thoughts  like “Gosh, I don’t have time, I have so many things to get done!”

“I need to get back home to finish my emails and then I need to cook.”

I was caught in the groove of daily demands where “I have no time!”

As soon as I got back home, I decided to shift my state and lay down on the living room carpet and take deep breaths to release all my stress. Then, I remembered what my teacher Carlos Castaneda taught me about time. His voice came back to me clearly:

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“You have been trained to perceive time as it recedes from you. So, you rush, puff and push things and events through according to this interpretation. You are running on imaginary time where you are a victim of daily demands…You have no voice and no decision over “time.” Time seems to be something that you cannot control. You become a victim of your own interpretation of time. I, instead, choose to perceive time as it advances on me.”

Castaneda’s interpretation of Time being something that advances on us brought a smile to my face. As I continued stretching on the floor, breathing and releasing the tightness in my joints, more memories of his talks on Time came to me:

“Time advances towards you like when you are in front of a train that is running at high speed and the landscape advances towards you. You can choose to welcome your time.”

He told me to welcome my time. To welcome myself in this time.

“Your job as a dreamer is to dream yourself in this new way. You wake up every morning and you welcome your joy, your power, your warriorship, your strength. You welcome this life that advances towards you filled with opportunities to grow, with challenges to overcome, filled with mystery to amaze us, filled with possibilities. You welcome it, instead of engaging in the nonsense of your pseudo-victimhood. Chola, don’t run away from who you really are.”

I spent the rest of the night welcoming time, taking time to make eye contact when my child needed help with his homework. When cooking and washing dishes, I embraced and welcomed time. I welcomed time when putting my child to sleep and then I welcomed sleep and dream time before closing my eyes.

What Castaneda taught me has revolutionized the way I go about my life. It allows me to be at peace even when I’m busy and it feels like my demands and responsibilities are piling up.

Lately, I have been specifically meditating and practicing this new concept of Time daily in preparation for our upcoming retreat in Schweibenalp, Switzerland, where we are going to enter into a different time to dream and manifest our purposes.

Take just 4 days off from your calendar and join us to dream a new understanding of time for you. It will allow you to accomplish your intentions and create new thought patterns.

My mantra is “I always have time for what is meaningful, joyful and uplifting.”

What’s your mantra?

Join Us in Schweibenalp, Switzerland for Our Retreat, Seven Gates to Dreaming

You too can experience the peace that comes from allowing time to advance on us! Get more information about our retreat in Schweibenalp here.

To Read another Blog about Time written by Aerin here

Hike To The Lake: How the 2016 Schweibenalp Retreat Helped One Woman Connect to the Joy Within

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The following is a testimonial written by Barbara Vencelj, who attended our 2016 retreat in Schweibenalp, Switzerland. Barbara shares about how the retreat helped her connect with herself, nature and her community. 

During our six-day retreat in Schweibenalp in October of 2016, we had a wonderful time. We were practicing movements, breathing, witnessing exercises and learning energy passes to activate and open the body and heart and fully express heartfelt intention.

Together, we shared days in a beautiful environment in nature in the mountains above the lake, connected with the universe and earth, and with each other. We shared nourishing meals and glistened with life. My heart was singing in celebration of life. I was filled with joy seeing all the colors and thinking about the abundance that life on earth offers.

 We also shared an unforgettable walk towards the lake in the mountains. It was a bright and clear morning with a crisp, blue sky and white clouds wandering around. Mist hovered above the lake. We walked on meadows above the big lake into the woods. I remember how the sun shone through the trees. The path was nice and smooth. I walked with ease. I felt connected to the mother earth and connected in breath, with my energy body and my physical body.  Silence gently stopped my inner dialogue and I was one with the universe. 

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retreatI remember walking with Aerin, holding for hands and chatting like old friends. Oh how we laughed! I was so happy. It’s such a nice feeling to hike with people you love. The air was cold and Aerin was cold. She let me borrow her green gloves! That made me even happier.

Along the path to the lake, there were many friendly wooden sculptures of people and animals that inspired and brought joy to me.

After an hour and a half, we reached the lake, the green eye of the mountain, softly reflecting the mountains and the trees, gathering the heart of the mountain spirits in the silence.

We gathered on the shore of the lake, experiencing the silence and peace. Above the lake mountains, the sun rose high above us and shined down, like a dear friend sending shiny laser-like beams through the clouds. It looked truly magical. We all felt blessed to be a part of nature and the universe so, we sang songs of joy and gratefulness, celebrating this beautiful life. 

retreatIt was truly a beautiful and unforgettable hike, and I am gratefully looking forward to returning to the mountains again.

-Barbara Vencelj

Barbara is a medical doctor, and part of an outdoor emergency rescue team in the mountains of Slovenia

 

About Our 2017 Retreat In  Schweibenalp, Switzerland

You can experience joy, peace, connection and community in Schweibenalp, Switzerland just like Barbara did. We will return to Schweibenalp for a 4-day retreat October 26th – 29th for another incredible weekend learning to unlock the seven gates to dreaming. Learn more about the retreat here! We cannot wait to connect with you.
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Four Mindfulness Exercises For Overcoming Fear

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The first time I felt paralyzing fear was one evening after dinner, my mother and father left our apartment and went upstairs to take care of grandma. I was left with my brother, who was 7. I was five years-old.

We were in the kitchen area that was illuminated by a single light-bulb, sitting on a bench against the wall. The rest of the house was dark and it was very quiet. We looked at each other and crunched. It was the fear of the unknown, of what could happened, of feeling unprotected and unsafe. I held tightly onto my brothers’ arm, clenching my jaw and crunching my belly until my parents came back.

I felt fear many times growing up in a household with older brothers who thought waking me up in the middle of the night and holding a white sheet over their heads as they made ghost sounds was ‘funny.”

I used to lie awake until the sun came out. But, at just thirteen years old, I experienced another kind of fear. I was walking to school as I usually did one morning when I saw a solider with his gun in hand standing fearfully on the corner of the school.

Since 1974 the military army had taken over the government in Argentina and declared a “Dirty War” against terrorism. Every time I saw the soldiers I avoided them and took another street. I knew that I could get in trouble. I didn’t have an ID and I had heard that without an ID you could get detention. I also knew that many innocent students and teachers had been arrested and then “disappeared.”

I slowed down my steps and took another street, away from the school. I figured that I could go around the entire block and get to school from the opposite corner, where there were no soldiers.

The moment the soldier was out of his sight I started running as fast as I could. I didn’t want to be late for school. I did not want to go to the principal’s office.

I made it to school on time and sat down at my desk in the classroom. My classmates were looking at me silently. I didn’t notice that I was soaked from head to toe with sweat. Not only was my hair and my face wet, my entire body was drenched. I was pale, wet and fearful.

From my childhood experiences in Argentina, I learned that I can overcome the paralyzing effect of fear. That there is a strong force in me, a voice that guides me to find the best solutions and the way out when I am in danger or in distress. I learned that I can trust myself, in spite of the terror around me.

And this is what I am still doing. Cultivating and nurturing this inner force of confidence and alignment in me that guides me to make smart, healthy decisions.

As a mind-body movement educator, I share these tools and practices with my classes. I teach people how to be in tune with their bodies and use the movements I learned from Carlos Castaneda to channel their inner strength, connect with their heart, and move past whatever is holding them back in their lives.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with fear in your life, try these simple steps to ground yourself. The good news is, we can overcome fear in our lives and with practice, we can train ourselves to push past fear and into our freedom.

Breathe

When we feel scared, our heart sometimes feels like it’s pounding out of our chest. Suddenly we’re breathing heavier, faster or even holding our breath. When you feel your body reacting in this way, stop what you’re doing and breathe. Close your eyes. Take several deep breaths, filling your lungs with air and the slowly releasing it. Do this several times, counting your breaths until you feel your heart rate start to slow down and you begin to feel calm. Our breath is one of our most powerful tools. Learning to use breathing to check-in with your body and return to a calm state is a valuable tool you can use in many situations.

Look around and take in your surroundings

Once you’ve taken several deep breaths, open your eyes and notice your surroundings. Notice what’s in your external environment that’s contributing to your fear. Take note of anything in your external environment that’s soothing your fear. Paying attention to where you are can give you discernment about what to do next. Often times, we may be overcome with fear but when we take in our surroundings, we realize we are safe. Other times, our surroundings enhance our fear and we need to seek a safe physical place before we can move on to the next steps.

Questions your fears, questions your thoughts

Sometimes, when we’re scared, it feels like our thoughts are going a mile a minute. But, we must take control and question our thoughts. When we do this, we can figure out the root cause of our fear. Ask yourself, what am I thinking about and why does it make me feel fearful?

Be in the present moment

Mindfulness is about bringing your mind, body and consciousness into the present moment. When we bring ourselves back into the present moment, sometimes we realize that we have nothing to fear. We don’t have to be paralyzed. We can keep moving forward and trust ourselves to be able to overcome any obstacle that comes our way. The present is a beautiful place to be.

October 26th-29th we will be working on overcoming fear and unlocking the seven gates to dreaming together in Schweibenalp, Switzerland. We’ve all been paralyzed by fear at some point of our lives. Working through it and growing together with a community of people from around the world is an amazing and inspiring experience. Learn more about what to expect and how to join us here.

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Greetings From Our Journey to Teotihuacan!

Привет из нашего путешествия в Теотиуакан!

В период с 10 по 12 марта мы провели семинар в Теотиуакане, одном из крупнейших и древнейших городов в культуре Мезоамерики. Мы начали путешествие в отеле, расположенном рядом с археологическими раскопками, практикуя движения и дыхательные техники для обновления наших тел, снятия стресса и усталости. Мы перезагрузили голову, установив четкое намерение на предстоящий уикэнд. Затем мы увидели существующие в нас блоки и ограничивающие идеи, связанные с темой денег, и переформатировали их. Таким образом, мы создали пространство внутри себя, чтобы позволить творческой энергии течь, реализуясь в новых проектах нашей повседневной жизни.

Рано утром в субботу мы вышли в тишине к пирамиде Солнца, самой большой из трех пирамид Теотиуакана и третьей по величине пирамиде в мире, имеющей размеры в основании 220 на 230 м и высоту 63 м. Эта пирамида построена около 2 тыс. лет назад и в ней обнаружено более 70 тыс. исторических ценностей. Все время, пока мы шли пребывая в тишине, мы повторяли свои индивидуальные намерения оставаться сфокусированными  и открытыми для знания, которое город Теотиуакан может передать нам.

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Моя мантра наполнила меня радостью и спокойствием: «Я вдыхаю и выдыхаю божественный свежий воздух жизни, пребываю в лучезарном здоровье и благополучии и растворяю ограничивающие шаблоны и интерпретации, полностью освобождая себя для наивысшего блага всех заинтересованных.”

Ночь перед дождем, и воздух на наших лицах ощущался свежим и чистым, когда мы шли по Аллее Смерти. Я продолжаю смотреть на лица участников группы, омываемые солнечными лучами и излучающие радость и жизненность.
Перед восхождением на Пирамиду Солнца, у ее основания, мы призвали связь с нашими дедами, отцами и мужской линией наших семей для принятия и освобобождения всего, требующего исцеления, а также для очищения мужской энергии внутри нас.

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One of the participants and Being Energy Teacher, Crisólogo from Michoacan, shared that he experienced the walk as though he was walking toward his death—a part of him that he needed to acknowledge and let go in order to move forward in his work. He was ready for his fears to die and found himself crying as he walked to the pyramid. When he got to the pyramid, he realized he was ready to take the next step to fully work as a healer and instructor of Being Energy.

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Один из участников и инструктор Быть Энергией – Крисолог из Мичоакана, поделился, что во время прогулки он ощущал, что как будто идет к своей смерти – часть его, которую ему нужно было признать и отпустить, чтобы двигаться вперед и реализовать себя в своей работе. Он был готов к страху смерти и по дороге к пирамиде ощутил себя плачущим. Когда он добрался до нее, он понял, что готов сделать следующий шаг, позволяющий ему в полной мере стать целителем и инструктором Быть Энергией.

Это был такой «подвижный» опыт чествования нашей мужской энергии, энергии «творения и проявления вовне», живущей внутри нас. Мы чтили это внутри себя тогда и сейчас.                

Оттуда мы пошли в тишине к Пирамиде Луны, пирамиде меньшей по размеру, но столь же значимой по смыслу. Некоторые называют ее Тенан, что на Науатле означает «мать или защитный камень». Пирамида Луны представляет собой структуру, более древнюю, чем Пирамида Солнца. Структуру возникшую за 200 лет до нашей эры. В нее входит большая площадь с несколькими небольшими строениями, вместе образующими крест. Внутри нее мы призвали внутреннюю мать каждого из нас, женскую питающую энергию. Мы медитировали на вершине пирамиды, обратившись на юг, к Аллее Мертвых, с целью принятия и сострадания к себе и миру.

Мы вернулись в отель, чтобы еще больше интегрировать опыт, полученный нами во время путешествия к пирамидам Солнца и Луны, и объединить внутри и снаружи нас дополнительные силы мужского света и женской темноты. Мы размышляли над этим в течение всего субботнего вечера. Между сессиями мы отдыхали в бассейне отеля, наслаждаясь его замечательной мексиканской кухней.

В воскресенье мы праздновали объединение наших светлых и темных сил, медитируя в храме Кецалькоатля, который представляет собой союз тьмы и света в форме змея, расправляющего крылья для полета.

Мы танцевали и двигались в свете и темноте, объединяя все, что мы узнали в нашем путешествии к Пирамидам Солнца и Луны, принимая обе энергии через движение.
Мы закрыли мероприятие в воскресенье днем практикой созерцания, глядя в глаза друг друга и видя Кецалькоатля и Нагваля! Это был красивый и трогательный путь завершить практику в Теотиуакане и продолжить наши путешествия обратно домой, наполненные чувством благоговения, благодарности и любви.

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Мы с нетерпением ждем следующей встречи с вами в нашем путешествии в удивительный ретритный центр «Северный Кунсангар» в Подмосковье в конце июля, Под Москвой, Россия.! 

Standing Up Courageously in the Face of Fear!

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How do we stand up for ourselves and others when we are cowering in fear?

Two days ago, we started a new cycle of our series of Path With Heart classes called “Overcoming Fear,” and we already started experiencing a warm wave of courage and love running through our bodies!

Nelson Mandela said, May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears,” and that is what we are actively and daily practicing at Being Energy.

May your intention for 2017 be based on your hopes and dreams. If you already wrote your intentions for this year, hold them high up and take steps towards their fulfillment. If you didn’t write your intention yet, then READ BELOW before writing them down:

Fear is the underlying force for procrastination and postponing dreams, not finishing projects, and having meaningful relationships. Our inner fears are being fed by the outside world.

In the world today we are getting more and more negative news—the political representation of our country now seems to want to imbue us with fear, keep us paralyzed  and feeling powerless. So, what to do?

This is what we did in class last Sunday:

1-We turned on the light on fear

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2-We reminded ourselves of our Warriorship Training

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3-We identified top common fears to us all

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4- We differentiated between inspiring and paralyzing fears

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5- And we courageously stood up, breathed deeply and took an action towards overcoming fear!

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We encourage you to do the same!

We are standing up with all, embracing all feelings and facing the oncoming time!

Aerin Alexander, Tom Reavley and Miles Reid

Welcome 2017! What to Do on New Year’s Eve

A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting. ~ Carlos Castaneda

This is a marvelous time. You have the opportunity to act from intent and create your dreams.

The following ritual is one that Castaneda gave to us many years ago, and it is something that we do at the end of each year without fail. We share it with you now to help you unfold a magical year ahead. It is a ceremony that starts during the last days of December, and finishes when the clock strikes midnight on January 1st. Why not give it a try and see what happens?

We hope that the benefits ripple out through your life, your relationships, your community and the world.

The steps are these:

  1. Clear out the old before the New Year.  On December 29 and 30, and even throughout the day on December 31, clear up some space in your home. Remove clutter, donate clothing that you aren’t using anymore, clean out and organize cabinets and drawers, and vacuum your floors; clean your windows and water your plants—all with a feeling of openness and readiness. The aim is to clean your home physically and energetically. There are four essential ways to do this:
    • Throw things away that are not needed or that are not bringing you joy
    • Give things away, letting those things bring something to someone while freeing you of any associated history with the objects
    • Dust off, wipe and wash your home, or at least a selected part of it, such as your bedroom or desk area
    • Rearrange things; change the placement of furniture, artwork and/or other objects to revitalize the energy flow of your space(s)
  2. On December 31, before midnight, attend to your desk or writing space. Organize bills and papers, and clear space so that you can comfortably sit to write a list of dreams and projects for the New Year.
  3. Next, take a pen or pencil and piece of paper, and get ready to make a list.
    • Mentally review what dreams and projects you were able to accomplish in 2015. What things stood out? What new relationships have you established? What came to a close? What new things have you learned, or insights have you gained with respect to your:
      1. Health
      2. Emotions
      3. Thoughts
      4. Family and community
      5. Larger global community of planet Earth
    • Now list all of these on a piece of paper labeled 2016. The idea is to review and distill what 2016 brought to you, and write it down so that you can be consciously aware of these experiences going into the New Year. Notice as you write if new insights or ideas come to you.
  4. Take a second piece of paper to start a new list. Name the list 2017, and write down what you want to accomplish or see unfold in this New Year. It might help to think of the categories of:
    • Personal development: What new things do I want to learn, what do I want to accept about myself, what do I want to heal in myself?
    • Family and friends: What relationships do I want to commit to, what relationships do I need to let go of, what relationships do I need to heal?
    • Work: Am I loving what I do? What can I change in 2017 to thrive?
    • Health: How do I plann to take better care of myself in 2017, what specific actions will I take to restore my energy?
    • My legacy and contribution to the larger world: What ONE action can I do to help others in need?
  5. Take a pause. You’ve cleared space, reviewed the year that’s passing and set forth dreams and goals for the year ahead. Now that you have your lists, take a little break to attend to any responsibilities or other commitments.
  6. At around 11:30 p.m., return to your writing space (it’s almost midnight!) Sit in silence for a moment and put your attention on the things on your 2017 list—those things that you want to see unfold in the New Year. You may even want to write an outline of what you would like to do, or draw a picture of yourself getting the job of your dreams, etc. Sit with it as long as you like, making sure you feel connected with it all, with your personal life path, and with the Universe by the time the clock strikes midnight.
  7. At midnight, on this first moment of the New Year, let the wave of your dreams wash over you.

Carlos Castaneda would tell us that, at midnight, the light of the Spirit or Universe comes and “watches us”—a force descends upon us, and this is a very powerful moment to be present and aware—to feel it and become acquainted with it.

Mountain-Sunrise-Wallpaper-DesktopAs we set our collective intentions, we hold best wishes for you all—for your joy and growth; for your freedom; for your daring, for your creation of new, inspiring projects; and for your kindness to all those around you. We celebrate together your becoming!

May our light and love radiate out to our friends, families, communities, and to the whole world.

Aerin and Miles

Mother Mountain, Father Sun – Our Retreat in Schweibenalp

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Dear friends,

Miles and I just came back from teaching a six-day retreat in Switzerland, and it was not until I arrived to the Los Angeles airport that I realized how quiet my mind had been. At the customs line, there were a couple of ladies behind us wearing a turban in their heads, and they were asked several times for their passports. Two men were removed from the immigration line, just because their skin was darker and looked “suspicious”. Interesting enough, police didn’t question the white ones like me.

I crunched and held my breath confirming once again the racial discrimination in the US. And this thought felt like a sharp knife cutting through a field of yellow flowers and a rain of blessings that I had groomed while teaching in Switzerland. Before my arrival, my mind was quiet, entertained by the poignancy of the present moment, admiring nature and catching up with trains, taxis and planes.

Experiencing inner calm and peace for a week became so “normal” that only after being removed from that state brought me the self-awareness of it. Isn’t that funny? I guess I needed darkness to see the light that I already had inside. It made me think of when my teacher said that one only becomes cognizant of having been in inner silence after the silence is over. There is no self-reflection in inner silence—we are simply IN the state.

Our retreat took place in the dreamlike mountains of the beautiful city of Brienz, on the Bernese Overland region of Switzerland. The village, on hour and half from Zurich airport, is surrounded by turquoise large lakes and the Brienzer Rothorn mountains.

Maurice, who had been dreaming this event with us the entire year, drove us from Zurich to Brienz and we couldn’t stop gazing at nature with our noses glued to the windows. The quality of the sunlight shining through the orange and reddish autumn leaves took our breath away. We saw a few boats as if pained in the background of turquoise and deep blue lakes. The outstanding beauty of the snow painting the peaks and the freshest wet and clean air made us feel as if in a dream.  Then, we arrived to another dream, that of Schweibenalp.

The Schweibenalp Center for Unity was founded in 1982 by Dr. Sundar Robert Dreyfus, Fredy Aly and Silvia Bollag, upon guidance from the Indian teacher Sri Haidakhan Baba. It is a place where traditional religions and cultures meet a new religion of the heart; founded as a place for multicultural community on the way to the realization of Truth, Simplicity, Love and the experience of Unity.

The center has a powerful venue built is an octagon, with large windows where we could watch deer coming while practicing energy passes. The wood floors and the natural sunlight accompanied us throughout the week in our quest to find our real selves.

We walked to the forest mountain stream in the early morning, among the fresh foggy air, and ate delicious meals between our sessions. Truly, organic, vegetarian and CLEAN! Swiss perfect and clean kitchen that made me feel at home.

I was moved by the sincere and honest welcome of Sundar, Schweibenalp’s founder and his staff. They walk their talk and practice daily the returning to the heart!. Sundar took us on a walk around the property and shared about a very auspicious finding just before our arrival. In their property they found three trees of different species living together, joined into a common base tree trunk. They saw it as an omen and a symbolic expression of their vision.

Highlights from the six-day retreat:

  • Sundar also invited us at 7:00 am on a rainy day to a full Fire Ceremony, to thank mother earth and to ask for the removal of obstacles in our dreaming
  • An amazing 3-hour hike in the mountains towards a green alpine lake, hiding between granite peaks and high forest terrain

And, the long recapitulation-witnessing exercises that gave us the time and depth to liberate our hearts and brought clarity and sobriety to our minds

Ah, wait, something important. For our entire days we explored, experienced and worked with the “four natural enemies” of man described by Carlos Castaneda: fear, clarity, power and old age! Below find some feedback form the participants. And if you want to know more about the four enemies, take our new path with Heart class Series starting on January 8th, 2017.

It was so good that we are coming back to Schweibenalp on October 26-29, 2017!

With gratitude and love,

Aerin Alexander


Here is what the retreat participants said:

“Everything about the Schweibenalp retreat was a joy–the energy movements, especially with music, the mountain setting, the delicious food and the energy of the place, a place dedicated to mindfulness and the unity of all seekers.  However, for me personally the very best part was the deep exploration into places where each of us has vital energy stuck in the memory of an event.  I cannot describe how powerful it was when my group of three, each willing to be honest and open, really listened to each other, without judgment or criticism, just being present and reinforcing the wisdom that each of us already carries within.  Thanks so much to Miles, Aerin and all the participants!” – Tom Reavley, USA.

“What a pleasure it was to see you guys, to spend such an amazing week together and to get to know Axel! I so enjoyed it all even though it was also a very deep and intense experience to go through the recapitulation sessions. I will be processing it for a while! Heartfelt thanks for your energy and excellence” – Ena Xena, England.

“Now that few days has passed, I can examine with more clarity what happened during our “energy boot camp” in Scheweibenalp retreat.

1) Schweibenalp is truly a place of power. I never felt such a harmonious, nourishing and gentle energy and if you’re looking for a boost for your transformation process, it’s the place for you. Seems like it’s almost impossible to act like an asshole there. Almost. 🙂 And the food was truly great and so was hiking in the Alps and that lake…my god…never seen such a beauty.

2) We did some serious energy work during those six days. We examined and recapitulated four enemies of man: fear, clarity, power and old age and did some other interesting stuff. All those exercises were truly powerful. At the end of day, you were just exhausted, but it was a good exhaustion, because you felt you did something very, very important to yourself.

3) But most of all, it was a BE family meeting. It was truly a pleasure to see you in flesh, chat with you, crack jokes with you, listen to your stories, have a lunch with you. I’m deeply grateful for that and I will keep it in my heart. We are a band of brothers and sisters because we share the same trenches, the same battles. The seed of freedom is firmly planted into ourselves and there’s no escape, so we move on, following Intent with open hearts. Thank you all who were there in flesh and in Spirit” .- Sami Penaman, Finland.

“Dear Aerin and Miles, you really hooked me with your program. I enjoyed these six days with you very much and I already set the intend to be there next year again. Thank you for the wonderful pictures.

I’ve done many retreats and workshops of various kinds and most of the times I couldn’t get the experience back in daily life. But I’m really confident that this time it will work. If it’s interesting for you, I will write some more in a couple of weeks. Really daily life will begin tomorrow for me again. I’ve also decided to join your upcoming Path with Heart Class in December. So, I’m looking forward to see you there again. Love” – Andreas, Germany.

“The six-days retreat in Schweibenalp was extremely interesting and very well organized, sharing body movements and witnessing exercises allowing us to, as you say, update old beliefs and misinterpretations…The group was extremely open minded and respectful and it was a great pleasure for me to have participated in this workshop. I thank Miles for his very attentive and kind listening during private consultation. In fact his suggestions how to see our lives in a positive manner were very much appreciated.

I would not forget to congratulate Maurice for the tremendous work he has done in order to make every thing perfect. His kind “omnipresence” was very much appreciated by all the group. And I will either not forget you Aerin for what you have done, showing perfectly exercises, giving explanations and being attentive to each of us. With my warm and kindest regards.” – Zina, Switzerland.