pouring springtime

pouring springtime upon the mind’s eyes
a shadowless vision of a life yet to be
clouds and sun perceived as dancing soul-mates
as rainy days reveal blessings cloaked in wetness
and sunny gifts awaken in the revelations of light
they dance and perceive each others’ roles
moving as if upon some greater living Stage
which itself moves with some other hidden Agenda

rebirth awakens upon a new season’s time
upon a cycle of unimagined lifetimes
bearing witness to an undiscovered evolution
a fruitful revolution of one collective Soul
bound together in multiplying appearances
that never depart their original Womb
but awaken to summers of Infinity
a Blossoming Eternity of Unity’s Gaze
where autumn is but preparation’s phase
and the cries of winter holding Aspiration
as Hope for the embryo of Inspiration
where unending Grace thunders down upon the land
from heavens that shine in springtime’s hands
and Creation finds its true home in Spirit’s earthen doors
where God finds itself peaking through all matter’s eyes
to marvel in radiance at Its own Self-Majesty.

 

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The OM Choir – The New Music

All of Life is a vast Music.  There is sound everywhere, even within the Silence, and this sound is infinitely creative.  It is essentially the vibration of all Existence, of all things in the world and all planes of being –the vibration of thought and mind, of emotion and life-force, of the body, the physical Earth, and all Matter, of the worlds of Spirit and beyond, of the depths of our nature and all of Nature.  Existence is a vast Energy-Consciousness which is vibrating in all its myriad forms, and even in its formlessness, and it is this vibrating Energy which animates Sound, which also manifests in its own diverse forms, a subtle diverse array of living, breathing tones and hues of Life’s Song.  Yet behind this diversity, behind the cacophony of the many sounds of nature, life, and the Universe, there lies the one Sound which contains and arranges all sounds, the Divine Symphony in which all life’s melodies flow together and build towards a more harmonious Song.  It is the sound of OM (also referred to as AUM). 

OM resonates throughout everything in the Universe, carrying each moment, penetrating each action, awakening new inspirations in the unfolding Play of Consciousness which animates all things.

Its Force of being dances in the movements of planets and stars, of atoms and cells, in the laughter and cry of adult and child, in the flaws of deformity and the beauty of a flower,  in the anger of ignorance and the love of Truth, in the clang of machines and the whisper of the wind, in the feel of stone and the touch of a hand, in the darkness of ages and the dawning of Light, in the aspirations of the Earth and the birth of Eternity.   It is the breath of each second becoming new. 

Though it is true that this Divine Sound, and the Divine Presence, is ultimately behind All in Life, we are, nonetheless, responsible for recognizing what we must grow beyond and transcend, we must empower ourselves and the Earth to actually materialize and Become this Divine Being, free of its darker beginnings, awakened to Itself in Reality.  The darkness and falsehoods of the world must be transformed, and this sacred sound of OM can be a powerful tool in this Work that is destined to be Victorious.

It is within this vast sound of OM that a New Music shall manifest in Life, upon Earth.  A small number of aspiring individuals have begun to call out to this New Music by chanting OM collectively in a place called Auroville, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and other locations around the world.  This gathering was set forth by the Divine Mother many years ago who gave the work of bringing down this New Music to one of Her many Children, Narad Eggenberger.  Only one thing was said:  to sit in a circle and chant OM together, in aspiration for this New Music to descend.  And so we join together and offer our individual and collective OM symphony to the Divine, with whatever voice we have been given to use, with whatever note we have in the moment to express.  As Narad has said countless times for the OM Choir, “There are no wrong notes.” 

The experience of this collective chant of OM is filled with such a power and beauty it awakens as if a new resonance, a new vibration in the communal space, in the air, in the consciousness, and down into the body, the very cells of the substance of our being.  And this reverberates throughout time and space, like waves of Light touching and penetrating, uplifting the whole of the Earth and the Universe, transforming it by its own simple, gentle, yet powerful Grace.  A Divine Vibration awakening the one vast Self in All, through All.  A collective Soul Sound arising from the depths of a collective Aspiration.

In a state of complete Surrender to the Divine shall the New Music descend and manifest – surrender in mind, in heart, in body, in voice, in Spirit, in one’s entire Consciousness and total sensorial experience.  Even the cells of the body shall in time join in this New Music, expressing from the depths of their own unique existence and consciousness a more pure, more Divine Song in and through their Divine Material Substance. 

This OM which has begun its new collective expression now calls out to all others of sincerity, of goodwill and aspiration, to join this Universal OM Choir which is being born, and be one more voice, one more aspiring cry, to manifest this New Music upon the Earth for its integral and inevitable Transformation.

To experience more of the OM Choir, please watch the following videos:

OM – The Divine Name       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bj89KMmkil8               

OM and the OM Choirs       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ytvtz7qnGY8               

OM Choir 2011                     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etUMKvpXlow

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The Healing Power of Flowers

Nature has always been the traveling partner of spiritual seekers along their

Name:  Spiritual Power of Healing

Name: Spiritual Power of Healing

journey towards enlightenment.  Throughout religious history, even the great Spiritual Masters found their Way with the help of Nature.  The Buddha is known to have attained enlightenment while meditating under a Bodhi Tree, while Jesus also went into the desert for forty days and forty nights where he found his own spiritual victory.  Today’s spiritual seekers are no less drawn towards Nature as a place to find inner peace and silence, as a retreat and refuge away from the constant activity and chaos of modern life.  One finds that the energy and Spirit of nature draws one deeper within oneself, or beyond oneself, and inspires one to be more receptive to the contemplation of Existence and the meaning of Life.  It allows us an opportunity to connect more intimately with our inner Self and with the Divine, with God.  There is an undeniable Divine Presence in Nature, which holds the power to awaken us not only to the beauty around us in the world and life, but also in ourselves.  This truth becomes even more evident and palpable when we gaze into the spiritual power and significance of flowers.

As someone who has worked closely with flowers in spiritually inspired gardens that vibrate with a mystical Force, I have experienced first-hand the power that flowers have to influence and change one’s inner nature.  Flowers are, in their very essence, concentrated Consciousness, as everything in life is.  All of life lives and breathes by this Divine Consciousness which animates everything.  It breathes just as much in nature and in the rock as in us humans, only in different ways.  And it breathes in flowers as well.  When we are able to understand the innate and inborn Connection between what we call God, the Divine, Spirit, and the very material, physical life of Nature that we have manifested from, then we can begin to see the unity between ourselves and Nature also.  We can begin to find a connection to the Divine in all of life, and especially in Nature and flowers.

Name:  Divine Smile

Name: Divine Smile

There lies within flowers a deep power for healing and transformation.  Their power is not merely a symbolic representation of a quality of life, not merely a tool to express what we feel inside us, but rather is an actual force of material Consciousness which is held within the vibration of their physical existence.  They vibrate an Essence which is pure and true to their existence, their own unique self-truth, which is inherently connected to a vaster Spiritual and Divine Truth, their Source and Being – which is our Source and Being as well.  The healing power of flowers lies not only in their scent or their oils or external beauty, all of which have been used for ages in aromatic and other healing therapies, but also in their very material vibration and spiritual consciousness. When we meditate and concentrate upon their nature, flowers can evoke within us the qualities of consciousness which they hold within them, and which lie deep within us as well, hidden from our own awareness by all the veils of false perceptions, ignorance, doubts, confusions, and all the other inner obstacles we confront within ourselves as we seek to know better who we truly are, where we come from, and where we are going.  When we allow ourselves the opportunity to truly BE with a flower, to meditate and concentrate with it, we can open ourselves to experiencing the truth which that flower is bringing into the Earth consciousness, including ourselves.  Our intention to open to the truth of the flower is like a bridge being built between ourselves, our consciousness, and the essence of the flower, the consciousness of the flower.  Our own Energy reaches out to the Energy of the flower, and receives what it has to offer us through the innate Unity that exists between us and Nature, and the Divine that dwells within All.

During the last century, a wise and enlightened being by the name of Mirra Alfassa,

Name:  Beauty of Attachment to the Divine

Name: Beauty of Attachment to the Divine

a French woman of Egyptian andTurkish descent, known lovingly as the Mother in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in India, identified the spiritual names of over 900 flowers during her life before she left her body in 1973.  She also envisioned and began the building of an international township called Auroville, which currently includes a central park area with many gardens whose sole purpose is to inspire and awaken the healing, transformation, and evolution of human Consciousness towards a more Divine Life.  As a gardener who worked in these gardens of Auroville, I have experienced directly the divine Grace that works through the diverse life of flowers.  I was previously in my life never interested in flowers, but as I worked more closely with the Earth and the beautiful flora and fauna around me, I realized what a blessing it is to know and experience the significance of these flowers, and to understand their power to aid our personal healing and spiritual transformation.  I recently visited one of my favorite trees, the Champaca, which has an extremely aromatic flower.  The spiritual significance of this particular type of Champaca flower is Divine Smile.  And, indeed, when one takes in the strong aroma of this delicate flower one can sense and feel the energy change within oneself and evoke a definite smile into one’s being, even into the body’s cells.  One may not think that a smile might be healing, but they truly are, and the power of a Divine Smile, a profoundly powerful smile which radiates throughout all of existence, behind everything and everyone in every moment, is a powerful truth which can be experienced in our own conscious depths.  It is transformational to realize this within oneself, and a flower holds a great opportunity for us to grow in the experience of this. 

There are so many flowers which can help one to connect with a greater sense of oneself and healing.  They are powerful tools to explore and experiment with, to discover more about one’s own inner nature and even unlock secret qualities of life that one might not have experienced about oneself before.  For those who wish for more direct healing power, perhaps the Petrea shrub, also known as Spiritual Power of Healing, might be of interest.  Or, if one has some sweet basil in one’ garden, then one could take the moment to connect with this flower’s Joy of Union With the Divine.  As we seek healing, however, we must remember that the healing power of flowers is not only limited to healing our bodies of illness or disease, but also healing on all the planes of our being – mental, emotional/vital, physical, cellular, spiritual and beyond.  It is our openness and willingness to experiment and explore the nature of flowers which will ultimately give us our own living experience of their power of healing, and even more importantly, of our own healing powers.

For more information on the Spiritual Significance of Flowers, please see the website http://www.blossomlikeaflower.com.

Name:  Victorious Love

Name: Victorious Love

The Karma of Karma

Over the past few decades the word Karma has made its way into the western language and cultural expression, one of the many spiritual concepts inspired by the teachings of Yoga and the eastern spiritual traditions.  The popular and general understanding of Karma that pervades the world today is mostly limited to the idea that Karma is all about “consequences.”  How many times do we hear someone reacting to a “bad” or “good” situation in their life as being a “result of past karma”?  Most people seem to believe that karma is about receiving in life whatever one puts out into the world through one’s own actions and vibrations, that one’s actions determine the future result.  There is this perception that karma boils down to a sort of mystical “reward and punishment” distribution system, like a mechanical machine that simply doles out only the same as what one gives, sort of like “an eye for an eye”, where one is trapped in a vicious cycle of re-creating the same vibration and the same experiences throughout life.  It seems that many people think that the only possible way for there to be “justice” and growth comes from being subjected to the same ignorance or wrong actions that one has been living and expressing.  This way of perceiving Karma is simply a very narrow, partial, and negative understanding of a Life that is far more vast, far more diverse, and far more Magical and Powerful than this limited understanding of Karma presents.  I would like to suggest to all the yogis and yoga teachers that now grace our world in these times that we must go beyond this negative perception of Karma as being only a system of rewards and punishment, of consequences for past actions, and discover that there is a Higher Truth to Karma hidden behind this old way of thinking which we have not yet awakened within our collective consciousness.  Karma should be envisioned instead as being the Eternal and Infinite Opportunity to Grow, to Experience, to Live and Become more of the Divine Truth and Being that we ultimately Are.

Now, before all the traditionalists start screaming and crying that we are here in life to liberate our Souls from Karma – which certainly makes Karma sound like not such a good thing, or at least a neutral Law that is just doing it’s duty for the sake of our evolution and growth – I would like to make known that I am not attempting to deny that our actions  have consequences, for we are indeed the creators of our lives on all various levels of our being and existence, in every moment and with every breath.  What I wish to do is simply introduce that there is a more positive work behind the Spirit of Karma.   When we look more deeply into what the origins of the word Karma are, we find that the root word kr in Sanskrit actually means “to do, to make“.  The real meaning behind the word Karma is essentially “work” or “action“.  This gives us an entirely different vision of what Karma really is.  The understanding of Karma as being a cycle of consequences is only secondary to what its true meaning and purpose is – to be a Power of Work and Action in Life, a Power of Creation and Evolution.  In fact, I would like to take the word Karma even a little further and suggest that it really means “Opportunity”.  It is about having ever-new Opportunities to Create, to experience life, and to learn and grow and evolve from past mistakes while becoming more conscious and aware of oneself and our Existence, of our Divine Source.  It is not about a punishment for doing wrong, and it is not about a simplistic and limited goal of becoming “liberated” from the body and life and the cycles of rebirth and reincarnation.  These may be steps along the process of evolution, but they are not the Goal, nor the Essence of Karma.  Karma is about being more and more conscious of just how creative one truly is, of how Creative Life Is, which is all of Us. 

There may be times, of course, when one receives a “knock” in equal proportion to what one has done or given in life, and this may come from this life or from many past lives, but this is not Karma’s sole truth and function.  Karma is ultimately about the movement of Life and the Divine Source  bringing you ever more experiences and opportunities to see where one has been mistaken or flawed or imperfect, to awaken more deeply within to the Truth, and have the opportunity to grow and transform oneself towards this Greater Truth.  Again, this certainly involves becoming aware of the consequences of one’s actions and how one affects the world, including ourselves, but it is not in any way limited to this.  It is the Wheel of Opportunity for Growth and Awakening of Consciousness…and that can happen in as many diverse ways as one can imagine.  In some cases, the most perfect experience for someone to grow beyond their ignorant ways, their violence and anger and hatred, may very well involve being Loved in a particular way, in a way that is more powerful than the intensity of their violence and ignorance.  And yet in other cases it may be that the Soul needs a “knock” in some way, not necessarily the exact same way as they have knocked others, or even to the same degree, but in just the right way for that Soul to realize something new, or make some new effort towards growing.  It may seem to our small and narrow minds that the only way for spiritual justice and growth to happen to a murderer is for them to, in turn, be murdered also so that they can know how it feels and live that experience, but the Divine has many more ways to push and guide the growth of a Soul beyond its unconsciousness and ignorance.  There is no mechanical dispensation system at work here…but a Consciousness of Perfect Attentiveness and Detail for each and every Soul, according to the true Inner Need of each Soul, and even more, for the Whole Soul of Humanity and the Earth.  Life and the Divine Source are not a robotic force of energy but a living, breathing, Conscious Being that is not limited by any Law or any Idea that we humans may believe as truth.  As expressed below by Sri Aurobindo, who challenged all past Yoga traditions with a new Vision of humanity’s evolution, Karma must also be seen in a new and fresh way:

“Take the popular account of reincarnation and Karma—it is based on the mere

mental assumption that the workings of Nature ought to be

moral and proceed according to an exact morality of equal

justice—a scrupulous, even mathematical law of reward and

punishment or, at any rate, of results according to a human idea

of right correspondences. But Nature is non-moral—she uses

forces and processes moral, immoral and amoral pell-mell for

working out her business. Nature in her outward aspect seems

to care for nothing except to get things done—or else to make

conditions for an ingenious variety of the play of life. Nature

in her deeper aspect as a conscious spiritual Power is concerned

with the growth, by experience, the spiritual development of the

souls she has in her charge—and these souls themselves have

a say in the matter. All these good people lament and wonder

that unaccountably they and other good people are visited with

such meaningless sufferings and misfortunes. But are they really

visited with them by an outside Power or by a mechanical Law of

Karma? Is it not possible that the soul itself—not the outward

mind, but the spirit within—has accepted and chosen these

things as part of its development in order to get through the necessary

experience at a rapid rate, to hew through,……

even at the risk or the cost of much damage to the outward life

and the body? To the growing soul, to the spirit within us, may

not difficulties, obstacles, attacks be a means of growth, added

strength, enlarged experience, training for spiritual victory? The

arrangement of things may be that and not a mere question of

the pounds, shillings and pence of a distribution of rewards and

retributory misfortunes!”    Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga 1 p. 523

We must begin to see that our Karma is Action and Creation itself, including the world of work, physical or otherwise, that the world seems to loathe and try very hard to get away from.  Work is not a bad thing but a part of Yoga, the power and the way by which we become Conscious Creators in the world and Existence.  This Karmic Creation is not only about what we create as individuals, but as a Collective.  For we are not separate, but One, and our Karma is not separate, but One, a Collective Karma which we must embrace in order to build a greater Harmony amongst all and transcend the cycle of the world’s ignorant and unconscious ‘ego-separation-driven’ life of creation and destruction.  Our Work is our Path, and as we are better able to align our physical actions and creations with the Inner Soul and Divine Spirit in all the parts of our Being as individuals and as a Collective Humanity, then we shall take the next leap towards a Karma of Perfection, a Perfect Action of the Divine Identity as One Body of Consciousness in Harmony with all of Itself, and all of Us as Its Divinely Embodied Workers.

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The New Relationship in Love

From the beginning of existence the search for Love in life has been like a divinelove2constant Urge and Yearning behind all of life’s movements….like the body’s need to Breathe, when it is not there and not felt truly, deeply, dynamically, there is this reaction within us, even within Matter itself, to gasp and cry out for it, to reach for it, even fight for it, as if it were the only True Thing….without it we suffocate.  It is this Love that binds us together, the interconnected Bliss of the Oneness that is not just within each of us but also everywhere and in everything, which allows us to relate and experience relations of all diverse kinds in Life.  It is this inherent and essential Love that pushes and pulls us as humans together and apart, like a Dance that is seeking a Divine Harmony, but has yet to totally Realize it in its absolute Perfection.

One of the powerful ways that this seeking for Love has manifested itself through us is in our desire for a special, intimate partnership with another Soul that opens us up to more of who we truly are, which helps us grow beyond our boundaries and limitations and inspires us to experience life in new ways.  Yet, while these romantic relationships have been a beautiful way for Love to bring us together and help us see beyond our blindness and build the awareness of our profound interconnectedness, we must also recognize that there is a need to grow further and evolve in our way of experiencing and relating with each other.

The world is slowly beginning to realize that Love is something far beyond any relationship with another person that we may connect with or experience life with, that we are more Divine than we have understood and that this Love we seek is ultimately within us all the time, for it is Who We Are, that it is not something we receive from outside ourselves but rather something which lives always deep within us, and which we must awaken more and more as we grow and become more Conscious of our Divine Source which animates everything and all of us.  With this Awakening to our inner Divine Truth, our own Self-Love which, again, does not belong to one individual or another, but which is a Self that lives in all of us, as Us, the need to shift our perception of our relationships between each other, especially those we call ‘romantic’, is also necessary. 

The old relationships of the world have been dominated by old ideals and old powers, by old perceptions of separation and the need to dominate or be dominated.  Our romantic relationships of the past have been weighed down and tainted by the power games we have created between men and women, by the need to control, by superficial and artificial desires and interests, by so many false ways of looking at each other and seeking to manipulate each other to satisfy personal desires that are bound up in this sense that we are separate from each other and from everything else – what is known as the great Ego that experiences everything according to fear because it perceives itself to be separate from everything – and thus the need to create disharmonious ways of attaining whatever it/we want.  Yet this dark illusion of the Ego and Division is slowly crumbling….the veil of ignorance is being pierced and thrown aside more and more as the Light Within us breaks through the crust of our blind shells.  It is revealing to us that what we have believed to be Love in this world is still merely a shadow of a Divine Love which is more powerful than we have yet imagined.  It is showing us that this Love goes beyond the need to find “the perfect match”, “the one”, with the idea that we must find someone with particular characteristics or “mutual interests”, where love seems to be more about satisfying personal desires and images, about needing certain things to feel happy or loved, about give-and-take relations, about finding something in the outer world that one has not found within oneself, and so many other false ways of being.

There is a growing Aspiration in humanity for a New Relationship, a True Relationship that is based in a Love that must first be found Within Oneself.  As long as one does not know the Divine Origin of Love at the Heart of Oneself, then our relationships with others cannot yet be the Harmony and Beauty that is possible. The search for Love is ultimately, of course, the search for our true Self, the search for the Divine within us.  It is true that when we seek Love outwardly in life it is Love, and the Divine, which is seeking Itself, seeking to unite itself with more and more of its own Vastness of Form and Diversity, within its ever Vaster Unity.  This is a part of our Journey, and there is a beauty in this.  Yet as long as we are not fully Conscious of ourselves as being this Love, we continue to live life, and our relationships, from this false sense of separation, which creates only the disharmony, difficulty and suffering (personal and collective) which is plaguing our world.

Though we experience and perceive life as being separate, divided, this is merely a part of a passing phase along a Vaster Journey that we all are traveling within, and being carried by.  Our collective truth is not ultimately Division, but an inherent Interconnectedness and Total Oneness of All.  Love is this Connection and the Connector which is fulfilling itself through all our experiences in life, even the most difficult and painful.  Yet as we become more Awakened to the Love that resides within us, the difficulty and pain can and will become transformed.

The vision of this New Relationship empowered by a Divine Love is something that can take us beyond the need for romantic relationships, but does not exclude the possibility and beauty of them, whether they are between men and women or the same sex, or any other diverse arrangements and partnerships.  It is a Relationship where one loves  not because of what one receives, but because one simply Loves to Love.  It is a Love that sees and discovers itself in everyone, and everything, and chooses to Love without needing anything, for It Is everything already…..there is no need for desire, no need to cling or to hold or expect…for Love is constantly Free by the nature of it dwelling everywhere.  It is a Relationship where each Soul offers oneself unconditionally, totally, in all one’s unique Lightness and darkness, strength and weakness.  It is where a magnetic Fire of Connection breathes between the Souls without needing anything, yet willing to share everything, to surrender ourselves to the Divine Presence in each other mutually in a pursuit of the Inner Union.  It is a Relationship that is essentially motivated by the Aspiration to serve the Divine Consciousness, to grow and to Become more of the Beauty of this Life Divine together.  It is a Relationship of transcending each other’s limitations to arrive on that pathway which emerges into an Unending Evolution and Growth of Consciousness, the Eternally flowing and Becoming of Truth that is as diverse as our Infinite Imagination and Creativity allows.  It is a Relationship of each Soul building the Harmony of their own being in the context of another Soul’s growing Harmony, where each accepts both the Light and the dark, and recognizes that the challenges of the other are a part of oneself, of All.  It is a Relationship of true Intimacy, where sharing each other becomes an offering to the Divine in the other, where engaging each other becomes a process of Awakening to each other’s Truth and Beauty, of Light and Absolute Love.  It is a Relationship where each and every Moment is sacred and offers the opportunity to grow and experience the Beauty of each other, including all the difficulties and challenges that are confronted along the Way.  It is a Relationship where each must feel comfortable in expressing and sharing their truths of each moment, even if those truths be only temporary steps towards the Greater Truth to come, and where each can accept the other for where they are at without judgment, and offer the support that is right for each moment, for the unique Soul that is before them.  It is a Relationship that must keep itself Open always to Change and Transformation, and to Surrendering all attachments and expectations even as one Aspires and Dreams together for a greater Abundance of Experience.  It is a Relationship that can find something Beautiful even if the Relationship lasts merely a Moment, a Year, a Lifetime, or More…..for it is a Relationship that knows it is a representative of the Eternal Infinite Relationship of All, that we are ultimately all One and must merge our Being with this All that dwells within All, even as we keep true to our own unique Identities as individuals, couples, groups, or collective bodies of Light Beings.

The New Relationship may only be slowly emerging at the present time, and may take a lot of work and difficulty for it to shed its Light upon this chaotic world that is in dire need for a change in how we live and relate with one another.  Yet it is destined to Be as we dare to go ever deeper within ourselves as individuals to Connect with our own Divine Source, and as we dare collectively to build a world that recognizes this Divine Relationship in and between all of us.  Let us dare to share ourselves more freely and dare to overwhelm the fears of the world with our growing Absolute Love.  May All Love awaken within All of You and Us….and may we each find the Soul Partnership that is destined for each of us. 

Love and Light,
Noel