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Как я познакомилась с работами Карлоса Кастанеды.

How Carlos Castaneda Inspires You ContestАнастасия Ганич

Мне было 24 года, когда я рассталась с молодым человеком, поскольку его семья не приняла меня. Мне пришлось выслушать в свой адрес много неприятных и несправедливых слов. Это травмировало меня и я начала болеть. Моя мама отвела меня к молодой женщине, целительнице, чтобы она восстановила меня энергетически. Я стала посещать лечебные сеансы, и это совпало с моим длительным поиском энергетической практики, которой я хотела бы заниматься. Через короткое время я стала обучаться этой методике, добилась определенных результатов, начала помогать своим родным, а потом и другим людям.

За 5-6 лет до этого моя мама перенесла операцию и прошла курс лечения рака молочной железы. Она победила эту болезнь и теперь продолжала искать варианты поддержания своего здоровья. Племянник моего отчима был начинающим онкологом, и как-то в разговоре с моей мамой он рассказал ей об интересном авторе Карлосе Кастанеде и посоветовал ей почитать что-нибудь из его книг. Мама рассказала мне об этом и попросила купить для нее эти книги. Я поехала в единственный тогда в Москве магазин эзотерической литературы «Путь к себе» и купила все доступные на русском языке работы Карлоса Кастанеды, опубликованные издательством София. Это были три объемистых тома оранжевого цвета; они до сих пор сохранились в моей библиотеке. Мама прочла немного и оставила их стоять на полке у телевизора.

На одной из встреч с целительницей я спросила, знает ли она что-нибудь о Карлосе Кастанеде и его книгах. Она ответила, что читала его, но ей это не подошло. А я решила попробовать. Вскоре я взяла в руки первую книгу «Учение Дона Хуана» и не выпустила, пока ни прочла все. Это было непросто. Текст насыщенный и сложный, шрифт мелкий, что приходилось напрягать глаза, тома тяжелые. Но я носила их с собой, продолжая читать везде, при каждом удобном случае. Меня совершенно не смущало, что я не понимала концепций, которые излагались в книгах. Что-то в самом тексте, в его ритме цепко захватило мое внимание, и я не хотела останавливаться.

Прошло еще некоторое время и в один из дней я, опаздывая на работу и нервничая, ехала в метро и читала очередную книгу Карлоса Кастанеды. Я ничего не замечала вокруг себя и полностью погрузилась в текст. Мое чтение прервал молодой мужчина, который наклонился ко мне и сказал: «Девушка, а Вы разве не знаете, что сталкеры книг в метро не читают?» Я удивленно подняла глаза и, не запомнив его лица, упрямо ответила: «А я читаю», и продолжила чтение. Этот день и эта встреча оставила глубокий след в моей жизни. С того момента книги Кастанеды перестали быть для меня просто захватывающим чтением, они приобрели для меня эмоциональную глубину и на годы стали ключом к глубокой привязанности и любви. То, что тогда произошло, несомненно было маневром Духа, поскольку поймать меня можно было только через сильные эмоции и чувства.

Через полгода, в 2004 г., я посетила свой первый семинар по Тенсегрити, и учение Дона Хуана постепенно стало элементом моей духовной практики.

Следующим этапом моего знакомства с мудростью, изложенной в книгах Карлоса Кастанеды, стал 2011 год. Тогда я переживала сильное эмоциональное и физическое потрясение, мой мир рушился, а вместе с ним и я сама. В тот год в Москву приехали Аерин, Майлз и их малыш Аксел. Я попала на первый семинар Быть энергией в России. Участие в том семинаре спасло меня, и это не просто слова. Дальше последовало обучение по программам Модулей и глубокое погружение в практику Быть энергией. Для меня открылся и стал доступным следующий слой. Мягко и элегантно знания видящих Древней Мексики были введены и вплелись в мою повседневную жизнь. Это долгий и красивый путь, полный неожиданных открытий.

И вот, спустя 7 лет, в 2018 г., я снова стою на пороге. Знания и практики, открытые для нас Карлосом Кастанедой становятся частью моей профессиональной деятельности. Летом я буду соведущей семинара Быть энергией в Москве. Это невероятно, к чему может привести нас Путь с сердцем. Разве тогда, в 2003 г. могла ли я помыслить о нечто подобном?! Я смело войду в эту дверь и ухвачу этот шанс. Я ощущаю в себе вибрирующую силу и не позволю сомнениям и страхам помешать мне. Я верю в себя, ведь ‘я уже отдана силе, что правит моей судьбой’. Я чувствую глубокую благодарность за тот дар, что Карлос Кастанеда дал нам, пригласив через свои книги в удивительный мир настоящей жизни.

 

 

Всем привет! Меня зовут Андрей Петров, я живу в г. Москве, Россия.

В этом коротком рассказе хочу поделиться с вами историей о том, как я познакомился с книгами Карлоса Кастанеды.

Будучи совсем ребенком, я всегда искал нечто большее, что выходило за рамки окружающего меня мира.

Вначале, я буквально жил русскими сказками и их волшебными и всесильными персонажами. Став чуть постарше, я полюбил стиль фэнтези с его добрыми и злыми волшебниками, магическими превращениями и мистическими артефактами.

Затем на смену пришли книги о буддизме, йоге и даже религии. Несмотря на то, что многое из прочитанного отзывалось во мне и было близко, общая картинка “пути” все равно не складывалась. Возможно я был не готов к восприятию этих знаний, а может быть сказывалось изобилие непривычной и иносказательной терминологии, присутствующей в данных книгах. Некоторое время я также занимался боевыми искусствами, однако элементы агрессии, пристуствующие в них, пришлись мне не по душе.

И вот наконец, на 3-м курсе учебы в институте, двое близких друзей сделали мне подарок на день рождения. Им оказалась самая первая книга Карлоса Кастанеды “Учение Дона Хуана”. Этот момент совпал с периодом, когда мне нужно было сдавать летнюю сессию, о которой я моментально забыл. Несколько дней подряд я не выходил из дома, читая книгу с раннего утра и до поздней ночи, пока не осилил ее целиком.

С первых же страниц мне стало понятно, что описанные в книге истории, имеют для меня очень глубокий смысл. У меня возникло чувство, что наконец я встретил свой источник – все проянилось и встало на свои места.

Я был счастлив и трепетно взволнован знаниями, открывшимися в книге Кастанеды. Однако, в то время я не понимал, что это был только первый и, возможно, самый легкий шаг в долгом, а иногда и опасном, путешествии к знанию и силе.

Следом за “Учением Дона Хуана”, я прочитал все остальные книги Кастанеды и его соратников, собрав полную “коллекцию”, выпущенную издательством “София”. В то время, в конце 90-х годов прошлого века, за книжками приходилось буквально охотиться – искать на ярмарках и развалах, а также ждать выхода новых книг, которые еще не были изданы.

В настоящее время, я читаю книги уже не так часто как раньше. В основном обращаюсь к ним в те моменты, когда хочу найти ответы на нестандартные вопросы или решить неординарные ситуации. Интересное наблюдение, что открывая первую приглянувшуюся книгу в произвольном месте, у меня, как правило, получается найти то, что я ищу, по прочтении всего пары страниц, а часто и одного абзаца.

Также, по сравнению с первыми прочтениями, я стал замечать, насколько интенсивным по содержанию и смыслу является весь текст, написанный Кастанедой. Для открытого и обладающего определенным уровнем энергии читателя, буквально пары фраз достаточно для безповоротного изменения всей жизни.

Завершая свою историю, хочу выразить любовь, благодарность и глубокую признательность Карлосу Кастанеде за его книги – бесценный подарок, оставленный всем нам, а также переводчикам и редакторам, работавшими над первыми русскими изданиями.

В качестве одного из приоритетов своей жизни я выбрал дальнейшее передачу этих знаний заинтересованным людям, чтобы не позволить им затеряться в море бесконечной и легкодоступной цифровой информации.

Что мой учитель Карлос Кастанеда говорил мне о Смерти

 

Аерин Александер

Мои гавайские друзья Том и Сьюзан в прошлую субботу написали мне:

«Около 15 минут мы готовились умереть. Это было по-настоящему. И мы были спокойны. Что за дар. Жаль, что тебя не было здесь насладиться весельем».

Я улыбнулась и выдохнула. Я прибыла в Лос-Анджелес всего несколько дней назад после двух недель, проведенных на Гавайях с моими друзьями. У них все хорошо. И они не изображают сарказм. Они оба высокообразованные терапевты, вышедшие на пенсию и уехавшие жить на большой остров. Они чудесные, умные и смелые люди. Для них встреча со Смертью, которую они пережили, когда предупреждение о ракетной угрозе поступило на их телефоны, была даром.

 

Карлос Кастанеда говорил мне, что смерть повсюду: в лучах заката, в уходящем дне, в падении лепестка розы, в конце прочитанной страницы, в выдохе после вдоха. Переживание смерти приносит нам новые понимания, и глубокую благодарность за простой, но столь мощный акт — быть живым. Это то, что, согласно Кастанеде, дает воину преимущество.

Учение Кастанеды о смерти было одной из главных причин, по которым я бросила свою работу, парня, свою семью и жизнь в Буэнос-Айресе и переехала в Лос-Анджелес 23 года назад. Я прочитала его книги, будучи подростком, и получила возможность познакомиться и работать с ним. Его учитель, дон Хуан Матус, был индейцем яки из Соноры, Мексика, и возглавлял линию Видящих. Дон Хуан передал свое знание Кастанеде, а тот передал его мне.

На протяжении многих лет моего ученичества у Кастанеды он часто говорил о смерти: это было и напоминанием оставаться бдительной, и отправной точкой для добрых поступков, и источником сил, чтобы переключиться или стряхнуть с себя мелкие повседневные заботы.

Я частенько бывала поймана саморазрушительными мыслями и тревогами по поводу мелких забот повседневной жизни, например, мыслями о школьной газете или об успехах на работе, или о том, что другие думают обо мне, или о лишних 7 кг, которые я никак не могла сбросить.  Он замечал мое смятение и спрашивал меня:

«Учитывая, что самое худшее, что может случиться, неизбежно произойдет,-  ты однажды умрешь,- то действительно ли так важна твоя внутренняя суматоха? Честно, подумай об этом.»

И тогда присутствие смерти и тот факт, что я не знаю, где и когда умру, стряхивало с меня беспокойство о себе и придавало ясность, решимость и целеустремленность моим поступкам.

«Что мы в действительности имеем, кроме нашей жизни и смерти? Когда ты в нетерпении, говорил мне дон Хуан, обернись налево и спроси совета у своей смерти. Огромное количество мелочности отлетит прочь, если смерть подаст тебе знак или если краем глаза ты уловишь ее движение, или просто почувствуешь, что она здесь и наблюдает за тобой.»

 

Однажды, на одном из моих первых обедов с Кастанедой и его коллегами в ресторане в Санта-Монике, он спросил меня: «Как ты считаешь, о чем стоит думать?»

«О смерти», – сказала я. Я не пыталась угодить ему или увильнуть от ответа. У меня был опыт смерти как потери близких, как окончательный конец, который оставил меня с неразрешенной пустотой и печалью, мукой, страданием, от которых трудно освободиться. Я избегала размышлять или даже думать о смерти, и тем не менее, вот я была рядом с Кастанедой, в моем стремлении узнать больше о смерти.

Множество воспоминаний всплыло передо мной, когда он обратил все свое внимание на меня, желая узнать об этом больше.

 

Я поделилась с ним несколькими встречами со смертью, которые все еще присутствовали в моем теле. В первый раз, когда мне было восемь лет, я заболела ревматической лихорадкой. Я провела год, прикованная к постели с высокой температурой. Как-то раз у меня было то, что называется «внетелесный опыт», когда я увидела себя буквально отделенной от своего тела, над кроватью, глядя на себя в постели.

Второй опыт был, когда мне было 14 лет. Я нашла мертвые тела, плывущие по реке Ла-Плата в Буэнос-Айресе, во время военной диктатуры, которая пытала и убивала тысячи невинных людей.

Затем, когда мне было 17 лет, я собиралась уехать из города вместе со своими друзьями, чтобы провести выходные на пляже. Их машина была слишком маленькой для шестерых, и я не поместилась. Моя мать не позволила мне поехать с ними, и мне пришлось ехать с тетей и моей кузиной. На автостраде по дороге на пляж автомобиль моих друзей врезался в грузовик, и все пятеро погибли мгновенно.

Через пару лет после этого инцидента я упала на пол во время дискотеки, когда танцевала пьяной, и у меня начались судороги. Мое сердце буквально перестало биться на нескольких секунд, и я сильно поранила голову.

После этого инцидента мне потребовалось несколько лет, чтобы вернуться к своему телу. Я постепенно полностью изменила свою жизнь: начала питаться здоровой пищей, сменила работу, сменила друзей. Я начала интересоваться методиками исцеления, внутренним ростом и духовностью. Все это привело меня к встрече с Кастанедой в 1995 году.

 

«Смерть коснулась тебя, и тебе дали второй шанс», – сказал он мне в тот день в ресторане. «Наша встреча со смертью неизбежна; это произойдет. Вопрос для тебя, который является вопросом для всех нас, как ты пойдешь на эту встречу? Как ты собираешься использовать свое время?»

 

А НАСКОЛЬКО СМЕРТЬ УЖЕ КОСНУЛАСЬ ВАС?

 

 

The Magical Cocoon – How I Recovered my Relationship With My Daughter

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By Tom Reavley

One night I got into a taxi in Mexico City with my daughter and a friend.  We were taking my daughter to see a famous healer in the city.  There was a soft rain outside and the city lights were reflected in the wet streets.  The traffic was calm for Mexico City and we proceeded toward the Coyoacán neighborhood.  I was excited and, at the same time, nervous–this thing of going to see a healer, especially with my daughter, was unknown territory for me.  She was confiding in me but I really didn’t understand anything about what we were doing.  The only thing that sustained me was a sense of magic all around us, the feeling of being in a protective cocoon as we traveled to the appointment.

The story began three months earlier. My whole family thought that my mother was close to dying and we all traveled to her city on the west coast of the United States.  It was the first time I had seen my daughter in six months; she had just graduated from her university and was working far away from where I lived in Mexico.  The emotional link between us remained damaged after the divorce five years earlier.  

We would see each other and talk, but there was a barrier–we were not able to be really honest and present with each other like before.  Nevertheless, when I learned of her health problems and after my mother recovered, I decided to risk feeling foolish and proposed that she goes with me to see the healer in Mexico.  I was almost certain that she would reject the idea.

I probably never would have even mentioned the idea if some unusual things had not occurred pointing me in this direction.  One day I was eating with a group of people in San Luis Potosí.  A woman from Mexico City began to talk about the autobiography of Alejandro Jodorowsky.  I was fascinated by her comments and decided that I would like to read the book if I could find a copy.

 That same night I returned to my apartment in Guanajuato and the young man who shared the apartment and who knew nothing about my conversation earlier that day in San Luis, came into my bedroom and, without any preliminaries, offered to loan me that very book by Jodorowsky.  He had not even read it himself but thought that it might interest me.  I was amazed at the coincidence and read the entire book within a few days.  I enjoyed it immensely, especially the stories about Jodorowsky’s experiences with Doña Pachita, a very well-known healer or curandera in Mexico City.

 Years before, I had read about this same healer in the books of Carlos Castaneda.  Jodorowsky wrote that Pachita had died but that her son continued her healing practice in Paris. A week later I was talking with a close friend in Guanajuato about something else and she mentioned out of the blue that she had been treated by Pachita’s son, who wasn’t in Paris but in Mexico City.  She offered to accompany my daughter to see “El Hermano” (as the being who communicated through the healer was known). She also offered us lodging at her family’s home in Mexico City.

One week after proposing a visit to the healer to my daughter she called me and agreed.  The most surprising thing was that even her mother was also supportive.  I felt that things were arranging themselves and flowing so easily and naturally that the only way to proceed was just to accept it all and let go of my habit of trying to control everything.  

That night in the taxi, I was traveling in a dream–the world was new, almost unknown.  I was amazed at my daughter’s calmness and her courage and, I was so grateful to my friend for having facilitated everything.  She formed an emotional connection with my daughter immediately after meeting her and offered her unconditional maternal support.

The healer recommended that my daughter have a psychic “operation”. Afterwards she had to stay in bed for five days, without getting up except to go to the bathroom.  He prescribed a special diet and some herbal teas.  During those days I looked after my daughter with all my attention and care as if she were a newborn baby.  I made the teas, went to the local market to buy the necessary food and ingredients and I kept her company in her bedroom when she was not sleeping.

With time my daughter’s physical condition improved, but I believe what was even more important was what happened between us.  For the first time since my separation from her mother, we found again the confidence, honesty and love between us that had been lost.

After returning to her home, my daughter wrote to Lilia, our host in Mexico City.  She expressed her gratitude for Lilia’s help in recovering her father.  I also thanked Lilia and her lovely family for having helped me get my daughter back.  Even beyond my thanks to Lilia, her family and the curandero, my gratitude extended to and still touches something more abstract but so real: the energetic soul of this enchanting city, that sent me a messenger to San Luis Potosí and the perfect host for my daughter, and that wrapped us in a healing cocoon, a shared dream that I will never forget. 

 

Cuicuilco, Where I Reconnect to My Legacy

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By Aridana Vasquez

The Mexico Valley has movement and stillness at the same time.

What if when exploring the city, we suddenly find ourselves in this inert space between kaos and stillness? We could enter and leave the city’s labyrinth with a single blink, and thus find our own voice, purpose and legacy; accepting our duality as the flow of light and life that we are and of the stillness, darkness and death that we also are.

cuicuilcoIn the attempt to live my life with awareness, whenever I can, I take a break from work and I take a moment to sort out my thoughts.

I walk towards Cuicuilco, the Mesoamerican archaeological zone of the Preclassic period located in the south-east of the Valley of Mexico. Cuicuilco is translated as the place where songs and dances are made. This city existed long ago in apparent linear time, and at the same time it feels so alive and present. I feel it in full connection with our ancestral spirit. It has been a refuge of ideas, a silent refuge of calm seas. And it is in the middle of the city, near my work!

When arriving to Cuicuilco, I take a deep breath and a collection of old memories send me into that isolated space and stopped in time. I feel that Cuicuilco is calling me, and that it wants to share its secrets with me. I like to feel protected by its lava fields. The volcanic eruptions of Xitle buried and destroyed Cuicuilco. This disaster caused the dispersion of the Cuicuilca culture towards Toluca and Teotihuacán; its inhabitants had to be reborn and strengthened again.

cuicuilcoPerhaps it is the energy of all that space covered in lava, the thousands of vessels and bones that were trapped in the volcanic rock, in containment; Maybe those secrets are covered and trapped in those eruptions of the Xitle where the lava eternalized the moment. As when I’m here standing time is suspended and my thoughts get clear.

Cuicuilco opens up to my eyes like a vigorous core of restorative energy.

Its circular pyramid brings me the memory of the wind that flows without barriers and cleanses my dual being, awakens it.

I sit down with Ernesto Sábato’s book, “Sobre Heroes y Tumbas” and this sentence calls my attention:

“A mysterious event is proceeding in these moments: dusk.”

What would happen if we really saw the days go by, wrapped in mystery? …

What would our lives be like if we were surprised by the complexity of the night?

If we really put all our attention in a single terrestrial rotation, and at the end of the day we found other answers about our species or about our being?

What do I feel about seeing me here, at this moment, in this space of time? “

I have been asking myself these questions since I was very small: I always thought about the duality of life and death. When I felt fear, from one moment to another, the wind would come to calm my spirit … the wind of a night full of mystery.

In Cuicuilco, the wind flows and whistles a music for me inside, and sometimes meets the edges of my thoughts. Its circular pyramid feels flowing, embracing and reconstructing each idea, each thought until its liberation; the roundness of its main pyramid makes it possible.

This is how the song and dance of the place are received, without any obstacle; it just flows and takes flight to new perceptions. My daily worries fade and I dance in silence. My heart opens even more and an impetus to recognize me as part of this mystery that surrounds me.

The wind touches my cheek while reminding me “I’m here, I celebrate my time, my steps, my darkness and my own singing. I am the way where times converge.” My heart grows.

“I am life.”

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

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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!

What I Learned in my Encounter With La Venerable , leader of the Mayan Solar Tradition

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Dear Community,

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to teach Being Energy® movements at a special event guided by Nah Kin, la venerable abuela, in Merida Yucatan. Nah Kin, La Venerable, is the leader of the Mayan Solar Tradition and for the last 10 years she has been fully dedicated to downloading the Codes of the Maya New Era. Trained by her own grandmother in the Mayan knowledge and arts, La Venerable is the real thing.  I felt it. It felt like a calling. Meeting her was something that I had been, without knowing it, waiting on for several years: a connection to the knowledge of the Mayan Solar Tradition.

I arrived to Cancun in the early afternoon on Monday and took a bus for 4 hours, arriving  in Merida just before midnight. I was delighted to share this trip with Ariadna, my chaperone who joined me in the adventure. The next day we were both ready early and arrived at “Casa Del Sol” with enthusiasm and purpose.

La Maestra Loly received us with warmth affection and La Venerable Nah Kin made us feel at home. The event was focused on women, to recall the divine feminine essence byNah Kin connecting to our wombs and to the energy of the Sun, as a source of energy and as a source of consciousness. Oh what a delight!

There were many guided visualizations and meditations involving the image of the Golden Egg as a source of creation and the image of the Golden dragon as a source of connection with the divine. We prayed to the Virgin of Guadalupe in her day, with candles and burning copal. We sang songs guided by La Maestra Chantal, daughter of Nah Kin. Nah Kin

The praying invoking Kinich Ahau the God Sun, the chanting, the spraying of a special balsam to clean my aura, the wearing of a yellow band on my forehead, and a red sash on my waist, all created an atmosphere of heightened awareness and purpose. I felt so connected to the knowledge and the rituals, as if I had been always there. It was my home, it was my people.  I felt so thankful.

La Venerable shared so much interesting information and knowledge, including  updating the ideas and beliefs our culture holds about menopause and its not-so-cool symptoms. La Venerable taught us all that this period is the moment where women become the butterfly that can really fly: it is a period for rebirth, for auto-generation. It is the precious moment to be free and to follow the inner calling for growth and for evolution.  La Venerable also talked about the Mayan Calendar and how December 21, 2012 marked the end of a longer period and the beginning of a new one and that 52 years after, by 2064 there is going to be a period of rebirth for humanity.

Nah KinLa Venerable shared an incredible amount of information. But, the most important for me was how she did it: with authenticity, honesty, vulnerability and deep love. Nah Kin

It was a true delight to guide all participants through sequences of energy passes including the Gathering Energy form and The Plumed Serpent: Kukulcan.  I am grateful for having lived through this unique experience.

All in all, I realized that much of what La Venerable teaches and what we teach in Being Energy® overlaps! Now, we are closely connected to her and all of the wonderful people that work with her.  We are looking forward to creating an event together soon!

Dreaming Forward,

Aerin

Why I Think About My Legacy Every Day

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“Every bit of knowledge that becomes power has death as its central force. Death lends the ultimate touch, and whatever is touched by death indeed becomes power.” – Carlos Castaneda

Almost no one likes to talk about death. A least no one in my family growing up did. And yet, death was happening.

Every week I went with my mother to the cemetery to bring flowers to my godfather who passed away when I was two. Then, we brought flowers to my little sister who didn’t make it out of the womb alive when I was eight years old. Then, more death came. To my grandmother, then my boyfriend, then my brother, then my own mother, then my father. I had been to dozens of funerals. Death has been hunting me, guiding me somehow, encouraging me to set priorities, to put aside my stubborn old ideas and embrace new ones. My own death is something I think about often.

One of the reasons I was hooked by Carlos Castaneda’s work on the teachings of the Seers of Ancient Mexico was because he talked about death, almost daily. He wrote about death in his books and saw death as the ultimate enemy, and the ultimate liberation. A force impossible to overcome and even comprehend, and yet, a warrior could offer it a big fight.

One of the ways Death inspires us, as Castaneda did, is by making us think about leaving a legacy behind for others to overcome fears and connect with who they really are, “a being of energy.”

With Castaneda, I learned gratitude and to live each moment as my last. Before going on stage the first day of a workshop, he would say to me, “Go and give your very best, because you don’t know if this is your last day. Live it as if it was.”

When I think this way, that today, this week, or this month can be the last of my life, I instantly feel grateful and realize how precious each and every moment is. How powerful each and every thought I think is. How there’s no better time to start living intentionally and crafting my legacy, than now.

In an intellectual way, I started thinking about what I wanted to do with my life while learning from Carlos Castaneda. Consistently, he would ask me, “What do you want to do with your life?” I had no idea. He would ask me, “What imprint do you want to leave behind. What imprint do you want to leave every day?

At that time, I understood what he was saying on an intellectual level. But, the birth of my child took my understanding to a whole new level, a physical level, a tangible level. My baby was right there in front of me. I started thinking, who do I want to be for this person? What kind of mother? What kind of principles, what kind of beliefs, what kind of world do I want to leave behind for him and the next generation? 

That was 10 years ago. Now, I think about my legacy each and every day. I actively make choices that align with the message of my life. Because the way I show up to my life on a daily basis, the way I relate to others, THAT is my legacy. I leave an imprint wherever I go.

Besides my child, another important area of my legacy are the Path witH heart Online classes I created with my husband, Dr. Reid. We started teaching these online classes for self-inquiry and discovery in early 2010.  Now, we are about to launch our 25th Series!

A wonderful community of leaders, artists, homemakers, teachers, and professionals from over 26 countries, get together every Sunday to practice sequences of movements and breaths. We guide them through a series of exercises to hone our attention, to be present and to stay loyal to our commitment to grow in all areas of our lives.

Path with Heart, Lead Your Legacy, begins December 3rd. The focus of this cycle is to creatively find ways to take the reigns of our lives and be the drivers of our destiny. Leading your legacy means getting out of the victim mindset and taking charge. It’s about transitioning from the mentality that says, “There’s nothing I can do about this,” to “Yes, I can do something about this, I can co-create my life.” Leading your legacy means living intentionally with a thriving purpose that fulfills your life, and ignites every action and step you take with love and vitality!

The series lasts for 12 weeks, with classes every Sunday from December 3rd to February 25th. The setup for the program is truly unique, allowing you to learn in a live online class format while connecting with our global community of students.

The classes address your whole being, and not just on Sundays! You receive encouraging daily and weekly emails to support you in between classes. You can also participate in small witnessing groups to build relationships with others outside of class.

It’s not too late to register for our  Path With Heart series! Start your journey today!

Schweibenalp Retreat Highlights: We Had A Great Time!

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Dear Community ,

What a dream-like and wonderful experience we had last weekend in Schweibenalp!

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We stayed at an incredibly unique center, located in the midst of the beautiful Swiss Alps, 4,000 feet high! It was the perfect place to restore our energies and get in touch with our dreaming body, our energy body.

We practiced standing sequences of movements, emphasizing breathing and the opening the chest area. Then, we practiced movement sequences while laying on a mat, focusing on lengthening our connective tissue and recalibrating our nervous system.

We also meditated and spent time connecting to our breath, to our source of consciousness, and to our hearts. Another highlight from the retreat was the food! We shared delicious homemade organic foods that included vegetables from the Center’s Permaculture Garden. schweibenalp retreatschweibenalp retreat

We were blessed to experience different temperatures and  weather changes throughout the weekend. We arrived to light rain. The next day was sunny and warm. We just had to take a  walk through the forest to a magical green lake!

Fog moved in the next day and we spent the day inside a cloud. Literally!

Some participants experienced “Lucid Dreaming” for the first time, a state of being conscious and aware in one’s dreams.
Other participants mentioned that in the past, they weren’t able to remember their dreams. But,  after the first night at the workshop they were able to remember their dreams clearly.

At the end of our weekend, we were moved by listening to feedback from our participants, including Michael who said the experience has been “life-transforming” for him.

After taking so many workshops in the past, I finally feel that I do belong here. In the past I felt isolated. I used to be loyal to others, but never to myself. Now, I’ve set a new intention for myself: to be loyal to myself and to my heart always. I can feel the change within me already and it feels great.schweibenalp retreat

It’s truly amazing to be a part of our wonderful community. For those of you who missed our Schweibenalp retreat and those who joined us, we’ve got something special planned for you next year!

Save the date for July 27th- 30th! We will be hosting a four day workshop in Worcester, U.K. to explore our legacies.

What kind of legacy do you want to leave? What legacy has been left before you? These are the kinds of questions we will explore.

Together, we will  acknowledge the gifts of our ancestry, unleash wisdom buried at the core of our life experiences, deepen our knowledge and connect to our higher power. Get more information here!

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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