Categoría: Sabiduría Antigua

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 

Being Energy’s Dr. Miles Reid on Living a Path with Heart

The idea of living a Path with Heart is at the root of Being Energy. Our daily choices, feelings and thoughts determine the paths we walk, and this journey of being alive is enriched when we choose a Path with Heart.

The heart is much more than we imagine. It is a center of perception with its own “brain.” In fact, its electromagnetic field is larger than that of the upper brain; and through the pumping of blood, it is in constant connection with the whole body. And there is even more to it than that. The heart is thought of as the place of love.

As one of our students said, “I would not be here if it were not for love. I would not be on this planet. Love is essential to freedom.”

After years of searching and exploring in so many directions, I can say that Carlos Castaneda–writer, visionary, and my dear teacher–gave me the best advice I ever got: “A path with heart is the journey of constant becoming.”

Our paths are not pre-established for us, even though sometimes it may seem like they are. We often look outside, toward others, for formulas to follow or specific maps that will lead us to our fulfillment, to our hearts. But this can lead to disappointment and confusion. So what do we do?

Being Energy work is about discovering how our past choices and decisions led us to where we are today. Each time we choose to pause instead of to judge, to respond instead of react, to embrace instead of separate is a step on a Path with Heart.

We would love to hear from you, what is a path with heart for you?
Write us and let us know! info@beingenergy.com

-Aerin Alexander

Love Liberates–BE Workshop in Teotihuacan, Mexico, March 2012

Being Energy’s inaugural workshop and teacher training Module 1 wonderously unfolded in Teotihuacan, Mexico, in March 2012. It was an auspicious beginning, and an amazing experience for all who attended.

We were invited to hold the workshop in Teotihuacan by the people of this ancient city, and to celebrate life and natures cycles. The vernal equinox and new moon set the stage for a celebration that we’ll always remember.Teotihuacan Celebration

Teotihuacan, which can be translated as “the place where one becomes divine,” is where the spiritual and material knowledge of the Mesoamerican people generated a high expression of architecture, urban planning and art in the Americas. It arose at around the time of Christ and later became the largest and most populous urban center in the Americas. Among the monumental constructions in the Valley of Mexico, two high, enigmatic pyramids stand out, dedicated to the worship of the sun and the moon.

Vernal Equinox in TeotihuacanWe were at a sacred center, in alignment with the pyramids, facing the moon pyramid.

The experience was deeply resonant and transformative. It exemplified what Being Energy hopes to bring to people all over the world, in ways that breathe new life into ancient practices and connect us deeply to one another.

So many centuries later, the power of Teotihuacan is palpably strong.