Category: Ancient Wisdom

Sounds of the Spirit

Dear Being Energy Community,

Quetzal Calls – The Pyramid of Kukulcan Sings!

As Miles and I prepare for our second trip to the Yucatán, to the magical city of Chichén Itza, we have some information to share with you that will make the hairs on the back of your neck rise!

What do we know about the Maya? More than just a Mesoamerican civilization that began around 3,000 BC, the Maya were (and are) extraordinary, with a culture that was complex and magical. Known for mind-blowing astronomical, mathematical, artistic and architectural developments, the Maya built hundreds of cities that contained schools, libraries, hospitals, sports arenas and observatories (they predicted eclipses and the rising and setting of Venus). The ruins of their cities tell a story of stunning intelligence and a strongly developed artistic culture, and visiting these ruins can be life changing.

The Maya created the concept of zero before the Europeans—a BIG DEAL if you really think about it. They developed complex and accurate calendars that tracked the cycles of the sun, moon, and planets thousands of years into the future, correctly.

The Maya also invented chocolate from cocoa beans—(not the Swiss!) and a detailed writing system (only 4 other cultures ever did that!).

And… The Maya never vanished. Even though their largest cities were abandoned 1,000 years ago for reasons still unknown, the Maya survived. As don Regi a Mayan shaman, told us in Guatemala a few years ago “We are nomads that walk a path with heart. We were not conquered by anyone and we will never be. We are free.”

The Maya people and knowledge live today beyond national and linguistic boundaries. You can find Mayan people in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, for example. They speak many languages, including Mayan languages (Yucatec, Quiche, Kekchi and Mopan), Spanish and English.

Now here’s the amazing thing, the thing we want to tell you about: The Maya also built pyramids that sing! The pyramid Kukulcan (Quetzalcoatl, or the ‘plumed-serpent”) in Chichén Itza was built somewhere between 500 – 900 AC. See picture.

For the Maya, the quetzal’s feathers as well as its cry were sacred. The cult of Kukulkan spread beyond the Maya, though. It was the first Mesoamerican religion to transcend linguistic and ethnic divisions. In fact, this cult facilitated communication and peaceful trade among peoples of many different social and ethnic backgrounds.

The Kukulcan pyramid, also known as “El Castillo,” has four 80-foot-tall sides, each with 91 steps. A platform at the top adds the final step to equal 365 steps—one step for every day of the year.

A handclap at the base of Kukulcan’s staircase generates what scientists call a “chirped eco” that first ascends and then falls, just like the cry of the native quetzal—the very bird that the Mayans believed carried messages of the Spirit/Gods. Handclaps from different positions along the base of the staircase likewise trigger the echo—but with different musical tones spanning half an octave.

Also, during the spring and fall equinoxes, the sun projects a pattern of light on the northern stairway for a few hours in the late afternoon—it creates an undulating shadow that looks like a serpent, caused by the angle of the sun and the edge of the nine steps that define the pyramid’s construction.

How did they do this so very long ago, without Internet, phones, or even a simple calculator?

We will be there in a few days clapping and connecting to the Spirit and Magic of the Maya.

Join us in person or in spirit,

Aerin & Miles

Energy, Awareness and Movement

Knowing Ourselves through Movement

In Being Energy, we consider movement as the departure point for enhancing the awareness of who we are and how we relate to the world around us. When we talk about movement, we refer not only to the physical act of moving our limbs, for example, but also to the mental attention required to know which leg we’re moving first, if right or left, or the breathing pattern associated with the way we move our right leg versus our left, and the memories and emotions stored in past experiences, and, most importantly, the perception of ourselves moving through space.

Carlos Castaneda inspired and encouraged me to practice movement daily—to make it a “must do,” with the purpose of finding the trail of energy that aligns all the parts of myself into one single energetic unit. He urged me to connect to the core, or to the alignment of all of what I am through movement. The seers of ancient Mexico characterized us are luminous beings held together by a vibratory force that they referred to as “intent”—the same force that holds stars in place.

Physical movement done with attention and purpose, he said, can forge the link to our vibratory force, the core of who we are as physical and energetic beings. Movement can lead to states of high alertness and awaken consciousness, creating an alignment of the whole self, our physical tangible parts and our energetic invisible parts.

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Some professional athletes dramatically exhibit this kind of connection, such as an ice dancer flipping and turning in the air, landing powerfully, with grace, giving a breathtaking and breath-giving moment to all of us watching it!

But we don’t need to be a pro athlete to experience a connection to our center and sustain it as we go through daily life. There is something called “somatic education,” meaning that we can learn to sense and feel through movement, which is a beautiful way to start the journey.

Somatic education supports this exploration of knowing ourselves as energy first. I studied and taught somatic education for more than a decade, and observed its many benefits, including the personal experience of it helping me to heal unhealthy psychological-motor patterns and develop a clearer experience of myself as grounded and connected to my whole self. For example, I learned to stand up without projecting my lower ribs forward (a habit that had caused chronic back pain) and to free my breath by lifting the arches of my feet and to think and perceive without the unnecessary facial contortions, like frowning or raising my eyebrows.

I’d like to share with you an article about somatic education by Tomas Hanna. It is an introduction to what it is, where it came from, its pioneering teachers and its contribution to the field of health and consciousness. In Hanna’s own words, somatic education is the use of sensory-motor learning to gain greater voluntary control of one’s physiological process. It is ‘somatic’ in the sense that the learning occurs within the individual as an internalized process.

 Somatic educuation is based on self-teaching, self-learning, self-healing, and self-regulation. We find the “what” and the “how” through exploration and paying attention as we move through space, as we EXPERIENCE OURSELVES. There are several schools and methods of somatic education, which include:

Most of the explorations involve sensory perception and movement as the means of increasing one’s own awareness.

The Feldenkrais Institute

See Tomas Hanna’s Article.

To learn more about movement, watch our videos.

There is so much more to be said about somatic education, but I hope this is an interesting start for you!

Aerin

ENERGY for Real Changes in Our Lives

Dear Being Energy Community,

In 1996, Carlos Castaneda urged me to make real long lasting changes in my life. He told me that true change comes from a place of energy. If you have no energy, you cannot make changes.

It’s so cool to me that even though he told this to me almost 20 yeas ago, it is still as important and relevant to our lives as ever. In fact, it seems that our own energy is really the most important resource we need to live a meaningful life.

Here is what he helped me formulate about my own story and I want to share with you: (oh, and by the way, this is the very thing that we will be practicing and expanding on at our upcoming workshop in the magical, powerful Chichén-Itzá, in Mexico!)

“The first thing that I could tell you is that a total change of personality, expectations, goals and purpose is what shamans look for as the basic principle of their lives. Unfortunately, this is something impossible to attain in the world of everyday life.

I have friends my age who have already had to go through several therapies in search of help, in search of solace. They want to change more than anything else in this world, but they cannot. There is something that doesn’t allow them to do it. And their best efforts fade into mere promises of change.

They construct lists of possible ways to change. They tell themselves that the coming year is the year in which their necessary changes will take place. They call all this ‘New Year’s Resolutions.’ They say, ‘This year will be different.’

When I was ten years old, I was already involved in making lists of changes that never took place.

Shamans ask why these resolutions to change are never fulfilled. If one is willing to change so sincerely, why don’t these changes ever take place? We don’t even come close to change; it seems to run away from us.

Shamans say that the reason for all of this is our lack of energy. They say that something stops us by dispersing our vital energy. Shamans are very emphatic about this point. They assert that there is something that leaves us with only sufficient energy for self-reflection. Therefore, we are never, ever able to go beyond our lists of promises. Our lists are the ultimate expression of self-reflection. This self-reflection is, of course, the cult of me, I and myself.

Castaneda, every time he wants to point out my vice of self-reflection, sings to me a song that the old nagual, Don Juan, used to sing to him: ‘Me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me.’

But it is impossible to talk about a genuine change of behavior unless we have sufficient energy to carry it out. The only way to acquire sufficient energy is by saving it. And by learning how to gather it. One way to gather energy is through movements.”

Gathering energy through movements is what we practice in our daily Being Energy classes and in all our workshops and events. Movement is life and there is no life without movement. Physical movement leads to states of well-being not only as a physiological response, but also as a shift in perception, in our consciousness. Our ordinary interpretation of the world around us, shifts, and we get a glimpse to new possibilities for thinking, feeling and acting.

Consistent systematic practice and shifts, leads to enhance consciousness: we are not just what/who we think we are, our identifications can be broadened and acknowledged. Here is where we have CHOICE. And there is no possibility of choice without energy.

Go for a walk, clean your house, join our daily classes, move!

New Paradigms and Timeless Wisdom

Food: New Paradigms and Timeless Wisdom

We all know that diet plays an important part in our health and wellbeing. But how what we eat affects our biology isn’t so clear, as evidenced by the diverse and often opposing diets promoted by trustworthy physicians. Should you eat for your blood type? Follow the Paleo Diet, Atkins plan or Mediterranean diet? Take notes from Dr. Oz? New research suggests that we may have been looking at the subject through too narrow a lens. Food may actually act like a hormone.

As Karen K. Ryan and Randy J. Seeley point out in their Science article, “Food as a Hormone”: “Nutrient substrates derived from food can activate intracellular signaling cascades to regulate metabolic health.” This finding could change the way that specific diseases are treated, as well as the way we think about our daily diets.

Looking at food as a hormone cocktail reframes what we thought we knew about food’s role in obesity, for example. Focusing on fat and sugar could well be misguided. Instead, it may be more accurate and effective to consider the signaling properties of foods and “food metabolite-receptor interactions.”

Food certainly provides us with necessary fuel and nutrients. Yet it now seems that there’s more going on. The components of food “travel through the blood, and nutrient substrates can act as signaling molecules by activating cell-surface or nuclear receptors.” In this way, food acts as a hormone. Hormones are chemicals released by certain cells, glands or organs that travel through the blood to affect cells elsewhere in the body. They can be thought of as chemical messengers that send signals from one cell to another, altering cellular metabolism in the process. Apparently, this is also what food does.

The intricate complexities of the body are astounding, and the more we learn, the more amazing it all becomes. New scientific findings are changing how we look at things as basic as our daily diet, and very often also highlight the value of ancient wisdom. In our next Nutrition + Health class on January 17th, Restore Your Body Weight and Your Soul after the Holidays, you’ll gain some insightful and useful information, followed by more tools throughout the year as we address the latest research and share traditional wisdom to help you be your most vibrant self.

We hope to see you there!

Unconditional Love: Bridge the Gender Gap and Find Flow in Your Relationships

John Lennon’s song “Imagine” captures something fundamental—a natural longing for harmony and love.

“Imagine all the people living for today… Imagine all the people living life in peace…”

During the holiday season, the idea of peace on earth is especially present. We may be dreamers, but we’ve experienced and seen in others a transformation from isolation to connection and unconditional love. Harmony starts with each of us, and we each have the opportunity to find and radiate peace.

This new year presents a marker that you can grab to pay attention to how you relate to others, especially to those of the opposite sex. What gender roles do you fall into? What do you play out? Does the behavior support your wellbeing?

Nothing can drag us down quicker than unresolved frustrations and tensions in our relationships. It is also true that these things can be our greatest teachers. This is especially true in our most intimate relationships where “the other” is ever present to challenge us and help us reach new understandings of ourselves and others.

Relationships have an evolutionary purpose, helping us to learn, to overcome old beliefs, and to unfold our full potential as humans.

In fact, humans are hard-wired to relate. The trouble is that we can get stuck in unfruitful loops.

For greater harmony in our communities and in the world, we can look first at our relationships with those in our lives. If you want to deeply explore this theme and learn exercises for transforming old patterns and relating in ways that promote vitality, we invite you to participate in Being Energy’s next Path with Heart series, all about unconditional love.

This new series will directly address the role of relationships in our lives. Relationships, said Carlos Castaneda, are the key to freedom. He encouraged us to “give a blank check” of unconditional love to others—to learn to love without expecting anything in return.

In this brand new year of 2015, we send our wishes to you for greater freedom and harmony. Maybe we’ll even see you in the Path with Heart classes, where we’ll share tools to help us all realize unconditional love.

Realize your New Year’s Resolutions in 2015

Most of us start each year with one or more resolutions that we hope to accomplish. Maybe you want to shed extra pounds gained over the holidays, or to get to the gym more regularly. But by the time March rolls around, these resolutions can seem like a distant memory.

What happens? Usually, other things take our attention. To successfully meeting our goals, it helps to have support and information to inspire us to continue to improve our lives.

Being Energy is here to support and inform you! Our community is diverse and its members often far distant from one another, but we come together with the goals of realizing our potential and feeling our best.

Each year, for example, regulars return and new people jump on board for our group Detox Program. Though you do Being Energy’s Detox Program anytime of year, the group support seems to make it all the easier to stick with it so you can enjoy its benefits. The results from the detox are often amazing—more clarity, better focus, deeper sleep and more.

The group Detox Program is part of our Nutrition + Health online class series. We also have new great classes planned throughout the coming year to give you tools and practical information for improving your health and wellbeing.

Find out about your ideal body weight, how to apply your sexual energy to activate your life force even more, what it means to breathe for greater vitality (with a special guest teacher) and what neuroplasticity means and why it’s important, and more.

In fact, the research is in—our lifestyle choices do make a difference in our health, even at the level of our DNA. Learn simple things that you can incorporate into your daily life in our online Nutrition + Health classes. Plus we’ll have time for questions and answers after each class.

Recordings of past classes are also available in our online store for purchase.

Welcoming 2015

Dear Being Energy Community,

As the 2014 comes to a close, we wanted to give you the following ritual for bringing more joy and wondrous expansion into your life in the year ahead. Carlos Castaneda taught it to us many years ago, and we are grateful to be able to share it with you now.

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 really relevant or needed
  • 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)
  1. 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.
  2. 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 2013. What things stood out? What new relationships have you established? What came to a closure? 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 2013. The idea is to review and distill what 2013 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.
  1. Take a second piece of paper to start a new list. Name the list 2014, and write down what you want to accomplish or see unfold in this New Year. It might help to think of the categories of:
  • Family and friends
  • Work
  • Health
  • Personal development
  1. 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.
  2. 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 2014 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.
  3. At midnight, on this first moment of the New Year, let the wave of your dreams wash over you.

Carlos Castaneda would tell his students 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.

As we set our collective intentions, we hold best wishes for you all—for your joy and expansion, for your creation of new, inspiring projects, for your showering of kindness on all those around you. May our light and love radiate out to your communities and to the whole world.

Happy New Year!

Aerin and Miles

Saying Thank you – The first step for transformation

How to be thankful when you don’t feel thankful

Once a year here in the U.S. (and elsewhere), we unite and in the thought to be thankful. Thanksgiving is a wonderful reminder to connect to the inner state of gratefulness and, when we are grateful, a whole cascade of neurochemicals is released in our bodies, lowering inflammation and stimulating repair and immune mechanisms. When we are in gratefulness, we feel connected to others and we are happier.

The thing is, sometimes Thanksgiving week comes and we are just not “there.” We are going through issues, stresses, hurts, and are having a hard time finding what to say thank you for, much less have the feeling of gratitude. We may say to ourselves “forget this, Thanksgiving is an arbitrary date and I don’t have control over what is happening to me just these days.” What can we do to jump into the stream of gratitude?

Here is a practical exercise you can do:

• Sit on the edge of a chair, with your belly and chest open, feet planted on the floor.
• Take 3 breaths and feel your body there, sitting where you are. Relax your eyes and your tongue.
• Connect to an area of your body that is in good condition, that you feel works well (it might be your lungs, your heart, a strong muscle area). Feel that area of your body.
• Say thank you to that part of your body. It is there, working well, so it is easy to be grateful for that. OK; now we are in mini gratefulness, our launch pad.
• Next, imagine that you are out in orbit at the edge of space, like where the Space Station is, and look at yourself from that distance. If you are not a visual person no problem, just get the feeling of seeing yourself up there from space. Then, from there, you ask yourself:

“Is there any other thing that I have in my life that I can say thank you to?”

• Let it come to you and say thank you. It is the best thing you can do for yourself and others, right now!

Seduced by the Power of Love

In the height of the light from last week’s full moon, we found ourselves speaking to a crowd of five hundred enthusiastic people who had come from around the US and abroad to immerse themselves in a week-long workshop on Spirit and Consciousness. Organized by the Chopra Center, this biannual event has grown into a big, fantastic experience for nourishing the soul and waking up our deep connection with the abstract.

We were fortunate to be invited to present at this year’s event. It was an honor to be a part of such a wonderful and broad-based gathering, together with Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson and Martha Beck.

We taught participants a sequence of Being Energy® movements to wake up energy at the feet and trunk and bring it to the heart—a companion to a recapitulation experience. We framed the recapitulation as a means to become more aware of what we do and to recover energy trapped within the emotional experience of past events.

We shared some of the concepts of recapitulation as it relates to quantum physics principles and the current science of consciousness.

Deepak expressed how the recapitulation trains us to see that we are not the experience; we are the Consciousness that is having the experience.

To this, we added that the recapitulation is another way to bring us to the present and access stored energy, so that we can all live up to our full human potential. In the recapitulation, we go into the quantum realm and we time  travel with our minds to release and restore our energy and renew ourselves. 

The recapitulation is about recapturing energy that we gave up in past interactions and bringing it to the present moment. In the recapitulation, we enter into the body and we reach into the realm of the non-local. We go back in time-space with our awareness and move our perceptual point about the past experience. Then, we bring that new perception back to the present moment and Here We Are… we’ve freed up our energy in this process. We’ve reformulated our perception of the meaning of a past event, and liberated the energy trapped in the feelings we carry from it.

To conclude our presentation, we all danced the energy movements to the tune of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On.

We had a blast, and shared some key things about an ancient practice applied to our modern times: the recapitulation.

We can’t wait to do it again!

NOW-ing: Journeying into the Present Moment

Dear Worldwide Community,

What blew my mind?

Realizing that the present moment is not a physical place, or a time zone; it is not found or lost; it is not a “thing,” I cannot google it; it is not tangible, yet I can embody it.

Most spiritual practices talk about the importance of living in the present moment in the here and the now. I have not yet found a way of understanding what do we mean by “here” and by “now.” Until Now.

The theme of our two latest workshops in Moscow and Tuscany was transformation and it was based on the myth of “The Plumed Serpent.” We presented, with the help of our BE teachers, Valentina, Sergey, Oksana, and Barbara, key aspects of Being Energy® work, key movement sequences, like “Gathering Energy for Silence,” “Intending Presence” and “Flow” to revitalize the body and mind, to invigorate our spirits. And we did a journey into the plumed serpent through movements and story telling.

The effect of the movements and the mass of practitioners practicing them was sublime. All of us entered into non-local states of keen awareness and silence after our first workshop session.

On the second day we had other BE teachers sharing their personal stories of transformation, as a way to illustrate the journey of the plumed serpent that represents the journey of our consciousness. Their stories depicted where we may find ourselves at different stages of becoming, in different facets of our lives.

Now, what we didn’t plan, and what BLEW our minds, was that the stories themselves had such power that they brought us to a new experience and understanding of what it is to be in the PRESENT MOMENT. For the first time I got a glimpse of what is “NOW.”

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Pavel told us the story of losing all his savings on a bad investment last year and how he is trying to recuperate from it. What he found out is that he had a deep fear of rejection and wanted to please his associates in the business. He pushed his personal needs to the side for their sake, betraying some how, his own heart. That brought him to connect to an early memory of childhood where that habit/pattern began. It is with admiration for Pavel, for having the courage to put this on the table and start his healing process, that we share parts of his story with you!

Guido shared his experience of working with Doctors Without Borders, an international organization that aids victims of war. That was a dream of his for more than 15 years. He waited for the perfect moment in his life and left his family to work in Jordan on the border with Syria for 7 months. He shared the traumas and the suffering that people go through every day, and how that opened his heart. We all witnessed how Guido changed, his eyes shined brightly, his sweetness unfolded a new knowledge.

Roberta shared with us where she is in this moment of her life: searching for her “power spot,” a new direction, a new job, a new way of thinking and perceiving herself. She was so honest and so open, we all held space for her tears to roll and sweep over us.

Finally, Inge told us her story of how she raised her child by herself. After years of feeling shame, she now realizes what a heroic act she has done. She has turned the wheel of time: she has a completely new view and perception of her life and herself. She embodies strength, impeccability, courage, and, most importantly, immense love. She lives her quest for becoming.

All these stories carried a force beyond our comprehension. We were transported into our own stories of fear, power, shame and curiosity, entering into an unfolding process where past, present and future were happening in the NOW.

We experience NOW, as a NOW-ing, taking place in our minds, bodies and spirits.

A big aha was and is realizing that the PRESENT moment is not a noun, is a Verb. It is not pre-established, pre-existing. It exists as I exist WITH it.

I remember what my dance teacher told me long ago, “Your core is not a physical place in your body. Your core is something you need to find in movement, in the unfolding of your breath.”

The NOW unfolds within me, you, us, with our breath, with our movement, in the co-creation of what we call “reality.”

Thanks to all who joined us in person and in spirit in these two events; thank you to our brave teachers for daring to become in the NOW-ing.

Aerin