Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being…
~ Kevin Kruse
In the final days of his life, the mythical Japanese samurai Musashi Miyamoto retreated to a cave called the Reigandō. (Spirit Rock Cave) In that cave he spent the final months of his life meditating and writing his views on the world. While secluded in the cave he wrote, “Dokkōdō”. The Dokkōdō contains his very own soul.
The Dokkōdō means “The Path of Aloneness” or “The Way to be Followed Alone” . Musashi wrote this work a week before his death. It is 21 lines long, each line containing a different idea one would live by.
1. Accept Everything Just The Way It Is.
Beautiful advice. Rather than worry or fret about what’s going on around you, accept it.
Too often we struggle trying to change things that cannot be changed. When one accepts things as they are, they are free to pursue their true purpose as opposed to fighting against the unchangeable.The time you’ve spent dwelling on it is better spent improving yourself.
2. Do Not Seek Pleasure For It’s Own Sake.
Seeking out the pleasurable things in life quickly become a distraction from the overall goal. In time, the pursuit of pleasure may become the goal itself and all effort towards your true purpose is lost. Avoid constant pleasure if you would stay true to your path.
3. Do Not, Under Any Circumstances, Depend On A Partial Feeling.
You must be sure of where you put your foot before you step. The meaning here is not to get confused, to keep your head clear, and only act when you’re certain.
4. Think Lightly Of Yourself And Deeply Of The World.
Being humble. How are you to hear wisdom if you only hear yourself? If you only walk around with eyes for yourself, you’ll miss the details of the world around you. Paying attention to the world let’s you better appreciate the results of your actions, as well as giving you insight into things you would otherwise miss.
5. Be Detached From Desire Your Whole Lifelong.
If you spend your life chasing a dream you may be running forever. Live your life to be content, have goals but don’t let them rule you. Don’t dwell on what others have when you can make your own.
6. Do Not Regret What You Have Done.
Understand your actions. If you disprove of how you are, don’t constantly regret the past and be bitter. Work to understand yourself, put it past you, and live your life how you should.
7. Never Be Jealous.
It’s a waste of time. Spend your energy productively. All that time scheming could achieve a lot of other things.
8. Never Let Yourself Be Saddened By A Separation.
Just by living life people will come and go. It’s not the distance that matters but how you remember them. Keep them close to your heart and they are always living in your footsteps.
9. Resentment And Complaint Are Appropriate Neither For Oneself Nor Others.
Both happen because of an inability to accept and are a waste of time. It is far more efficient to change things without resentment or complaint and accepting what cannot be changed. Better to focus your energy on bettering yourself or them then causing useless grief.
10. Do Not Let Yourself Be Guided By The Feeling Of Lust Or Love.
Act with respect to yourself. If one studies the irrational behavior of humans it becomes prevalent that most of it is caused by love and lust. As wonderful as love can be, it can be equally as hurtful and distracting from one’s primary goal and, all to often, the same goal can even be forsaken. Lust will also become a bar to one’s path and will be no less of an obstruction as love. Never allow either to guide you.
11. In All Things Have No Preferences.
Have an open mind, be ready to try all things and desire none.If you always act a certain way you will never experience anything new.
12. Be Indifferent To Where You Live.
Living is living. If your unhappy with where you are, move, but in time you’ll realize it’s not where you live but how you live. A palace or a parking garage; be happy of shelter and warmth.
13. Do Not Pursue The Taste Of Good Food.
You can see this in evidence today. Eat for nourishment and eat to be full. Living the life of a ronin Mushashi learned the value of appreciating a full stomach. A taste for good food can be as harmful as any addiction.
14. Do Not Hold On To Possessions You No Longer Need.
Everything has its use, but eventually things run their course and become broken or unusable. If it no longer benefits with you, part with it freely. Give it to someone who can appreciate it. Let go of what is no longer useful and move forward. You’ll feel better for it.
15. Do Not Act Following Customary Beliefs.
Think and act for yourself. Act how you think you should act not how others say you should. You only have one chance to decide for yourself.
16. Do Not Collect Weapons Or Practice With Weapons Beyond What Is Useful.
A tribute to his time but apt advice depending on how you apply it. As with other possessions, it becomes burdensome to the Way when the desire for weapons becomes prominent. Keep what is useful and discard what is not.
17. Do Not Fear Death.
This may be the hardest one for some to do. Everyone dies, Everyone comes to terms differently. Great deeds can never be accomplished so long as death holds sway over your decisions. A true warrior carries death in his heart daily and, when the time comes, fully embraces it.
18. Do Not Seek To Possess Either Goods Or Fiefs For Your Old Age.
What good will they do when you’re gone? Apt advice as well, Live usefully and collect what is useful. When you make plans for material possessions, you lose focus on what is truly important and do what you can to live and enjoy wealth. This can lead to cowardice and other loathsome actions that will further you from the Way. Don’t waste your time when you can spend your time bettering yourself.
19. Respect Buddha And The Gods Without Counting On Their Help.
Count on yourself, Don’t count on luck or gods to pull you through. Tackle the endeavors you know are within your capabilities. If you pray to them for strength then they will put you in situations to find it.
20. You May Abandon Your Own Body But You Must Preserve Your Honor.
Don’t do anything you can’t live with for the rest of your life. Your actions make you. If you become old and weak, not far from the drink; live still with the actions and character that made men respect you.
21. Never Stray From The Way.
If you live a certain way, Either devote yourself wholly to it or cast it aside. If you can’t bring yourself to place complete conviction in your actions then why do them?
Perhaps you’ve never thought about having a gap between your thoughts and maybe cannot imagine it right now. After all, our thoughts tumble one right after the other, oftentimes overlapping. I’ve heard we can entertain hundreds of thoughts per minute but only about 5 or 6 ever reach our mind to register as a thought. So how could there possibly be any gap between thoughts? There is always a gap, or space between every thought just as there is a gap between every step into the next step that you take. You never think about it most likely; you just do it without realizing there is a gap.
Think about a trapeze artist. Everyone watches in awe as the performer let’s go of one bar as he/she flies through the air, grabbing for the bar swinging towards him. But think about it – there was a momentary, split second gap between the release of one bar and the grabbing of another. A lot can happen during that split second. The performer can actually grab hold of the bar swinging towards him and wow his audience, or completely miss the bar and experience a catastrophic result. The same is true in our lives – we can experience a wonderful success or experience a catastrophe through our gaps.
In the gap is your realness, the space in which for that moment there is silence. This is where you can quiet your mind and meditate. You’ve probably heard that it’s important to meditate every day, but if you’re like many individuals, you just can’t seem to squeeze it into your busy schedule. Or perhaps you are like some individuals who find they cannot quiet their mind chatter so simply give up trying to meditate. Yet meditation is life’s most powerful tool!
So why is it so difficult to stay in the gap? Our minds have been conditioned to be active and continually moving from one thought to another. We have created the busy schedules for ourselves because we have been programmed that this is the norm and what is expected of us. But when we do this we never have a chance to discover who we really are or what our truths are, for it is in the silence that these things are revealed…in the gap. Nor can we calm our brains and our bodies if they are always in action mode.
Deepak Chopra has been an advocate of meditation for many years and teaches various forms of meditation in his centers and programs. Many other healers and teachers follow suit with meditation programs as well, and this is due to the realization of the good it does for anyone when they regularly meditate. Dr. Michael Lam promotes meditation as part of recovery for adrenal fatigue and Dr. Henry Emmons tells us that meditation is critical for calming and balancing the brain. In my own life, I was a procrastinator about taking the time to meditate, but every time I made the time for even 5 or 10 minutes of meditating, I felt so much lighter and uplifted, and my body was calmer.
Meditation really has no rules. It simply means sitting quietly for a period of time without thoughts or movements. Many assume the lotus pose, but as soon as you sit down your mind doesn’t stop running thoughts through. Your goal is to acknowledge the thoughts but not to put any feelings to them…just let them be and slip right on through your mind. Here are some tips that were sent to me when I participated in Deepak Chopra’s 21-day Meditation Challenge a few months ago. They were tremendously helpful to me and I hope they will be beneficial to you as well.
1. Have no expectations. Sometimes the mind is too active to settle down. Sometimes it settles down immediately. Sometimes it goes quiet but you may not notice. Anything can happen because the goal is not to control the session.
2. Be easy with yourself. Meditation isn’t about getting it right or wrong. Surrendering to whatever happens is also an indication that you are on the right track. It’s about letting your mind find its true nature.
3. Really be there. If your attention is somewhere else, thinking about your next appointment, errand or meal, gently shift your attention back to the “So Hum (I AM)” mantra. Focusing on your mantra will help lead you back to the gap between thought.
Using the So-Hum mantra was a big help to me. As you sit quietly, taking slow, deep breaths in through your nose and then quietly exhaling through your nose, you simply think in your mind “So” as you inhale and “Hum” as you exhale. If you find your mind wandering, simply focus back on your breathing and the mantra. You may have to do this a lot in the beginning, but over time you will get the hang of this and be able to stay in the gap more readily.
The wonderful part of the gap (silence) is that it is only pure love. We want to operate our lives from love but often find ourselves operating from the fear of the world. In the space of love is where we know our truths and can create the desires of our heart. It is here that you can shift your beliefs, and inner silence is the place where you can heal. In her book Embraced by the Light, Betty Eadie, who experienced a near death experience and whose spirit traveled through death to the other side and back, said she discovered this on the other side: “Above all, I was shown that love is supreme. I saw that truly without love we are nothing. We are here to help one another, to care for one another, to understand, forgive and serve one another, and we are here to have love for every person born on earth.”
Sometimes while sitting quietly some old unpleasant experiences (stories) may surface. This is a great time to notice an experience and feel the negative feelings connected to it, but recognize it serves no purpose in your life and let it go. You can release the weight from around your neck and be free from it in this space of love.
Another benefit of daily meditation is that it has been proven to provide deeper levels of intuition and creativity. If you want to wake up your intuition and connect with the realm of spirit, or revive your stagnant creativity, this is a way to open up the channels within you. Additionally, it provides relief from stress, more restful sleep, more inner calm, and many health benefits. It has been noted that a deep meditation can literally revive the body just as sleep can!
So why wouldn’t you want to make use of this amazing gift of the gap between thoughts, given all the benefits it can provide in your life? Why not try it for just five minutes to start? The key is to simply begin, and once you get the momentum rolling, I believe you’ll see the benefits in your life and won’t want to live a day without meditating. Remember, there are no rules and there is no time-frame requirement…that is your choice. But even ten minutes per day can dramatically change your life for the better.
– Dr. Carolyn Porter
There is beauty in anything and everything. Through the eyes of love, everything is beautiful…
Is it only rain that is beautiful? The scorching sun has its beauty too.
Is it only the flower that is beautiful? The falling leaf too has its own beauty.
The sight of a smile is beautiful. The silence that follows the end of speech is also beautiful. A lie told for a good cause is beautiful. Truth is indeed very beautiful.
When a Cuckoo sings its melodious birdsong, is there a need for music notes?
When a peacock trots and dances, is there a need for rhythmic steps?
For a river to reach the ocean, does it need a companion?
For the waves in the ocean to form its sounds, is there a need for language or grammar.
When you commune with natural beauty, the whole world is beautiful.
If you forget all your worries, this whole life is beautiful.
The tender heart is a swing that sways to the left and right.
The heart can be lost in happiness or immersed in sorrow.
There is no meaning in pondering about the past and there is nothing greater than looking at the present and counting our blessings.
The fragrance wafting off a blooming flower is so beautiful. But even better is the fragrance of love that flows from our hearts…
We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through.
Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love
and then we return home — Australian Aboriginal proverb
I remember the serene humongous place filled with misty white light and pillars. I can still feel the awe from the first time I visited this place in my dreams as a child. Despite the powerful authority in its being this place had a sacred, soothing, loving, sublime energy. Everything seemed bathed in glowing, misty white light as if it the place was made out of clouds. At the time I did not know what I was tapping into but I do remember I wanted to stay there longer.
As far as I can recall even as a child I was always intrigued by the cycle of life and death. I had a deep awareness of a bigger plan and purpose. Visit to the misty white halls during sleep as a child and waking up with messages of wisdom beyond my earth age was mind boggling for my parents to say the least. I felt an unexplainable connection to this secret place and was pleasantly surprised when I consciously accessed the Akashic records for the first time many years after. It was a feeling of Déjà vu, a feeling of coming home. As soon as I accessed my records soothing sound of chimes and harp greeted me. A feeling of love emanated from the records and I could feel the loving joy in my heart. Surrounded with love I witnessed visuals and words as if I was watching a 4D PowerPoint presentation.
Who are we?
Most of us are seeking answers regarding our soul journey to explain who we are, what our soul purpose is, why do we suffer, why certain things, issues, patterns are so persistent in our lives? Why no amount of effort is good enough to change them? It’s like being caught in a vicious circle where the variables (people, places, and situations) change but the patterns persist. They just change form but don’t disappear.
Our essence is divine. We embody the Source, representing the highest vibration of love. We are an integral part of Universal Consciousness and are never isolated. Earth is our school where we take human form and incarnate lifetime after lifetime. We learn lessons for soul advancement through life experiences to manifest the spiritual perfection we embody at a physical earth plane. Through these experiences we continue our journey of spiritual growth and evolvement with the latent desire to align ourselves with our ultimate soul purpose – to be one with Source.
I remember during my first conscious journey in the Akashic records I was looking for answers to some relationship issues. I was definitely not expecting the insights that came through from not one but three previous lifetimes. Saying that I was taken by surprise would be an understatement. I had no idea the issues affecting one relationship was a string of patterns that were manifesting in other areas of my life as well and they were definitely not working in my benefit. The origin of these issues was totally unexpected and it took a little while for the awareness to sink in. With awareness came healing followed by a sense of liberation. Ever since I started connecting with the energy of Akashic records I have been able to see past the illusion and make life choices that have opened (still opening) new doors and opportunities that I couldn’t have dreamt of earlier.
What are Akashic Records?
Akasha is a Sanskrit word which means ether, primary or primordial substance out of which everything is formed. It surrounds us in entirety. Akashic records or hall of records as referred to by some is multi-dimensional library of light wherein all the information and wisdom pertaining to each and every soul ever incarnated is encoded in light. The wisdom of the Akashic records is very sublime and for centuries was only available to seers, saints and highly evolved souls. It is a responsibility that was only entrusted to the ones who were capable of respecting its sacredness. However, in the Age of Aquarius as humanity is evolving we have come from a state of dependency to a state of responsibility, taking conscious ownership for our spiritual growth and evolution.
Akashic records have existed from the beginning of time. Even though the name is derived from Sanskrit these are recognized and interpreted by different names across different cultures and belief systems (in ‘Torah’ as the book of remembrance; in Bible as the Book of Life). According to Garuda Purana, Chitragupta tracks and builds a record of every action of each life form from birth to death. In mystical traditions these documents are referred to as the Akashic records, said to contain every action that has ever taken in the universe. Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) the American mystic also known as the ‘sleeping prophet’ used the trance channeling method to access the records and relayed information and wisdom pertaining to spirituality and human evolution. Besides Edgar Cayce theosophist Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891) referred to “indestructible tablets of the astral light” recording both the past and future of human thought and action; Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) also referred to the Akashic Records in his writings. According to quantum physicist Ervin Laszlo -“it is the electromagnetic imprint of everything that’s ever happened in the Universe”. In simple language it would be fair to call Akashic records a vibrational filing system where every thought, word, emotion, action generated by soul experience since its beginning is recorded which translates directly to past, present and future possibilities.
These records are not set in stone. They are ever evolving and this trait can be attributed to Karma. We are all too familiar with ‘Karma’ – the concept of “action” or “deed”, which causes the entire cycle of cause and effect. Commonly used in Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Taoism; it is synonymous with “what goes around comes around” and “one reaps what one sows” in western culture. It refers to the totality of our actions and their reactions in this and past lifetimes, all of which shapes our future.
Where are Akashic Records located and how they can be accessed?
Akashic records exist in the higher realms of Consciousness in Akasha above the astral plane and are guarded by the powerful beings of light. These gatekeepers of the records have never been incarnated. They do not have physical bodies or names and their strong energetic presence can only be felt. Their responsibility is to ensure the sacredness and sanctity of the records is protected and maintained.
While accessing information about past lifetimes we tap into the seventh vibration and above where all the information pertaining to past lifetimes is stored. There are various ways of accessing the energy of the Akashic records like trance channelling, meditations, sacred prayers, breathing techniques etc. I use a sacred prayer to align with the heart and soul of the records. It gives the attunement or the key to fine tune the messages and wisdom being received from this sublime realm. Once the Records are opened the Keepers of the Records direct the course and as guided the information that is most valuable for the one whose records are being read is retrieved.
In the sublime energy of the Akasha all inner sensory receptors are awakened and intuition is heightened. As we open to Divine guidance we allow ourselves to receive the illuminating wisdom that comes from the ascended beings of light.
How can accessing Akashic Records heal?
In search of answers, we seek help from others looking for a ray of hope and explanation about the causes of what we are going through, not to mention a quick fix as remedy. While the energy field and vibration can give us some information, the long lasting healing power lies deep within our soul.
When Akashic records are accessed the information pertaining to current life situations is always highlighted. Many times latent patterns come to surface so they can be healed. Akashic records are like an online resource (if you think about it they are literally like a virtual library); the more questions we ask the more clear answers we receive.
The past lives specifics like who I was in the past life or what I did in that life is not important. What is important is the wisdom that comes from accessing those lifetimes, the insight into any karmic debts, blockages or patterns that are still manifesting in this life as a result of previous lifetimes.
The records point out the origin of such karmic debts, patterns or blockages which in most cases can be traced back to previous lifetimes. Some of these are linked to unfinished business or pending lessons that the soul has yet to learn. In some cases these are the triggers to remind the soul of lessons mastered in previous lifetime that are waiting to be activated through memory in this lifetime.
Akashic Records provide all the information and understanding so one can take appropriate action. They empower us so we can create a change in our life, release self-limiting beliefs, transform relationships in our inner and outer Universe and embrace peace as a way of life. They never tell us what to do. The guidance comes from a non-judgemental place of love and compassion providing opportunities for growth and direction for soul’s advancement.
The Akashic Record Connection
Learning to access one’s own Akashic records is empowering. By aligning with the energy of our soul’s records we gain insight, guidance and wisdom to overcome issues and challenges which enables us to live our life fully and abundantly. It gives us a sense of accountability and deep healing as layers peel off and we discover our self beyond the mirage of time and space. Accessing records of others is an enriching experience because it’s not only an opportunity to assist someone progress on their life path but also many times the messages received contain wisdom that applies to our life. One of the most common feedbacks I receive after Akashic record session is “feeling light as if some weight is lifted off.”
The wisdom and knowledge encoded in Akashic records is sacred. To strengthen the relationship with the records it’s important to work with integrity in the records. When we work from a place of pure, unconditional love without interference from our Ego we are able to receive and translate the messages clearly making amazing progress possible.
– Bhavya Gaur
When his mind has become serene,
By the practice of meditation,
He sees the Self through the self,
and rests in the Self, rejoicing…
~ The Bhagavad Gita, Translation by Stephen Mitchell