Category: Movement + Mindfulness

The Wisdom of the Shamans of Ancient Mexico Applied to Modern Health

By Aerin Alexander

The Wisdom of the Shamans of Ancient Mexico Applied to Modern Health: Freedom of Perception

Published in Yoga magazine, November 2011, in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Back in the sixties, don Juan Matus described to Carlos Castaneda. the “conditioning of modern man”. He told him to be aware of how we are constrained by social and cultural conditionings and how our inner being (spirit & guide) is forgotten, numb and without purpose. We identify more with the outside world, with our idea of who I should be, (competing: “I’m better/worse than him/her”) and there is little room for, or access to, our inner life.

We are bored when we are not hyper-stimulated. Have you ever concentrated on your breathing for 20 minutes while you were on a bus (or somewhere) without being interrupted by worries of the future or by stressful and repetitive thoughts? How many times during the day do you give yourself the chance to open your eyes and marvel at the beauty of your surroundings?

For the seers of ancient Mexico, we are beings of energy and we come to this planet to increase our awareness through life experiences and interactions with others. One’s self, one’s path, and how we choose to walk it, can be the purpose of life in itself, Carlos Castaneda said. But how do we choose when our attention is being diverted by all the advertisements of a consumer society? We get tense when we think about how to pay the rent or how to make ends meet. It becomes difficult to access another state of consciousness when we are in a mode of survival, worry, fear and scarcity.

What Carlos Castaneda proposed to us was not a “fashion” of the hippy years. It was a mood, the mood of the warrior, of being aware of one’s mortality and one’s approaching death. A spirit that loves and respects the earth and its creatures, and beyond all that, that seeks freedom.

Freedom is not to be understood as “I do what I want,” but as the freedom to perceive the essence of life itself, the freedom to be creative and fluid, cheerful and considerate, without expecting to be applauded or congratulated. Freedom to breathe deeply, to feel the body expand and the heart that opens when you’re in the middle of a business meeting or even the birthday of a family member you may not like. Freedom to recognize the illusion of linear time and space. Freedom to accept everything I am and to enjoy every second of my existence.

Our proposal, based on our apprenticeship and on our own experience of almost 20 years of teaching and researching, is to explore our life’s purpose as energetic beings; to expand our understanding and perception, to free ourselves from the physical and emotional limitations and to thrive in the world.

Our association with Carlos Castaneda and our professional work related to health and welfare have led us to develop being energy™. It takes the form of a series of programs focused on knowledge and education, including ancient and modern techniques of healing and personal care that increase our energy and vitality. These programs have evolved from our passion to combine two interests: expanding the capacity to perceive and improving our health.

Carlos Castaneda loved movement and we practiced movements daily with him—an aspect which we focus on in our teaching. From him, we also learned breathing techniques and ways to call inner silence which are part of the course curriculum.

In these programs we include movements, exercises and sequences of breathing that bring vitality, inner strength and confidence, and which increase our wellbeing and health.

We include information and formation from psycho-neuroimmunology – the relationship between our immune system and emotions and thoughts – dynamic lectures, and the sharing of group and personal explorations, leading to expanded perception.

By reclaiming our energy and integrating a new awareness in our daily lives, we reach a state of wellbeing; we begin to feel the vastness and mystery of the universe living within us.

For more information contact us at:

info@beingenergy.com 
www.beingenergy.com

being energy™ provides a forum for the general public and for professionals who work in the areas of health, education, art and social science, to meet and expand our inspiration and to work together for the development of health and consciousness in a safe and dynamic environment. It is based on the conviction that cooperation and group work is the key to opening new pathways and creating great benefits not only for small groups but for the whole planet.

IN SPANISH

By Aerin Alexander

La Sabiduría de los chamanes del Antiguo Mexico aplicada a la salud moderna: La Libertad de Percepción

Allá por los años 60, don Juan Matus le describió a Carlos Castaneda acerca del “condicionamiento del hombre moderno”. Le dijo que se volviera conciente de como estamos atados a los condicionamientos sociales y culturales. Y como nuestro ser interior (espíritu y guía) queda olvidado, adormecido y sin propósito. Nos identificamos más con el mundo externo, nuestra idea de quién debo ser, (competencia “soy mejor/peor que él o ella) y queda poco espacio y acceso a la vida interior.

Nos aburrimos cuando no estamos hiper-estimulados. ¿Alguna vez te quedaste sintiendo tu respiración por 20 minutos, mientras ibas en un colectivo a Retiro, sin ser interrumpido por preocupaciones del futuro o pensamientos estresantes y repetitivos? Cuanto tiempo, por día, le das a tus ojos la posibilidad de asombrarse ante la belleza?

En la visión de los videntes del México antiguo, somos seres de energía y venimos a este planeta para acrecentar nuestra conciencia a través de experiencias de vida e interacciones con otros. El propósito de la vida misma, Carlos Castaneda decía, es uno mismo, el camino de uno, y como elegimos transitarlo.

Pero cómo elegimos cuando nuestra atención está siendo entrenada por comerciales y propaganda para el consumo. Nos tensamos cuando pensamos en como pagar la renta y como llegar a fin de mes. Se vuelve difícil acceder a otro estado de conciencia cuando estamos con un ánimo de sobrevivencia, de preocupación, miedo y de escasez.

Lo que Carlos Castaneda nos propuso no era una “moda” de los años hippies. Era un ánimo, el ánimo del guerrero, del ser consciente de su muerte y de su tiempo terminable, que ama y respeta la tierra y sus criaturas, y que más allá de todo, busca la libertad. Libertad no entendida como “hago lo que se me da la gana” pero la libertad de percibir la esencia de la vida misma. Libertad para ser creativos y fluidos, alegres y considerados, sin esperar que nos aplaudan o que nos feliciten por eso. Libertad de respirar profundamente y sentir el cuerpo que se expande y el corazón que se abre cuando estás en el medio de una reunión de negocios o hasta en el cumpleaños de un familiar que no te cae bien. Libertad para reconocer la ilusión de la linealidad del tiempo y del espacio. Libertad de aceptar todo lo que soy y de disfrutar cada segundo de mi existencia.

Nuestra propuesta, basada en nuestro aprendisaje con los estudiantes de don Juan Matus y en nuestra experiencia de casi 20 años, es explorar nuestro propósito de vida como seres energéticos. Expandir la respiración y las limitaciones físicas y emocionales y liberarnos del estrés que conlleva el vivir una realidad sólida, sin dicha y sin propósito.

Nuestro vínculo con Carlos Castaneda y nuestras profesiones relacionadas con la salud y el bienestar nos han llevado a desarrollar being energy™, conformado por una serie de programas. Enfocados al conocimiento y a la educación que incluyen técnicas antiguas y modernas de sanación y cuidado personal que incrementan nuestra energía y vitalidad. Estos programas han surgido de nuestra pasión por integrar dos intereses: expandir la capacidad de percibir y mejorar nuestra salud. Carlos Castaneda amaba el movimiento, y constantemente practicábamos movimientos de la energía con él, algo que focalizamos en nuestras enseñanzas. También aprendimos sobre la respiración, y formas de llamar al silencio.

Los programas incluyen movimientos, ejercicios y secuencias de respiraciones que traen vitalidad, fuerza interna y confianza, aumentando el bienestar y la salud. También incluye información y formación de la psico-neuroinmunología—la relación entre nuestro sistema inmunológico y las emociones y pensamientos, lecturas dinámicas, colaboración e intercambio grupal y exploración personal, que llevan a expandir la percepción.

Al reclamar nuestra energía e integrar una nueva conciencia en nuestra vida cotidiana, llegamos a un estado de bienestar. Empezamos a sentir la inmensidad y el misterio del universo viviendo en nuestro interior.

Para más información conectarse a:

info@beingenergy.com 

Filled with Silence and Energy from Ojai Workshop

We just came back filled with silence and energy from our event at the Ojai Foundation. We spent the weekend gathering energy, experiencing silence, practicing movements, humming and finding our own sounds. We ate delicious organic foods and slept under the trees. We explored and acknowledged our blood families and our energetic lineages.

“We are the people of the Plumed Serpent” and we connected and danced in it. We were blessed with two Kiva’s ceremonies where Justine guided us in singing Hopi prayers and Native American songs to acknowledge mother Earth and our origin, the Stars. Our friend Jerry also guided us into receiving the depth and knowledge of our ancestors.

Thank you to all that joined us, and to all of you that continue supporting our community. We feel blessed, and honor each one of you who contributed to making the event special, profound and simple: love is all around us, we are love.

As the photos above indicate, we enjoyed intimate and heartfelt interactions under the trees with our fellow beings. The gathering helped us all renew, explore and transform.