Tag: awakening

Invitation to people who would like to study meditation and self healing with me

Invitation to people who would like to study meditation and self healing with me

(I’m an awakened teacher of meditation, and I have a lot to give to anyone who would like to learn how to meditate for your own wellbeing and learning how to heal your emotional pains and sufferings. In the process you begin to become a teacher of others in your life as well, as they begin to see how much more peaceful and happier you become.

I wrote the following for another website. Seems useful to post it here as well.

The first session is mostly a time for us to get acquainted with each other, ask each other questions so that I understand what you want to begin working on, the sorts of things you want to learn and the kinds of issues you want to heal; and a chance for you to ask any questions to help you understand who I am, my story if you would like to know some of it, and how I work.  

Although I may begin to teach you some meditation then as a part of getting a sense of all of the above, no thank you gift is expected.  The benefits begin with the first session, but more in the next session and following.)

Sessions can be by phone, webcam, instant message, and also with added support of email.

We will design your course according to your needs and goals

Class size: Individual, or small Groups

Duration: 1 hour to 1 and 1/2 hrs on average.

Structure of time:

1. A Learning Conversation; sometimes you guide it, sometimes I do. We find out what you are learning this week, and how I can help with your process.

2. Meditation together: guided or silent, and of various types and levels. I work with subtle bodies or auric energies and can support you as you heal; I can teach you how to work with your own energies as well.

3. We Review Your Experiences in meditation, looking to see what we can learn together from them for your ongoing progress and mastery. In this way, you become more self-sufficient over time. You’re not just learning to meditate; you’re learning to learn how to grow in your practice of meditation. 

Your intuition is your primary guide: my work is to help you become aware of  your intuition and trust yourself. I will also help you test your understanding of what your intuition, your inner sense of knowing, is saying to you, and to evaluate and learn from your personal experiments in understanding and acting on what you are knowing in daily life. In this way, you increasingly become more sure of yourself in all aspects of your life; including your spiritual development.

As time goes on, students’ peacefulness and compassion for self and others tends to increase so that large problems become small and then nonexistent, and new problems are less likely to develop. This can be true for many physical, emotional and relational symptoms.

All of this is primarily due to the fact that you are discovering by experience (not only words) how to love yourself deeply, fully, and richly.

Cost: a few days after your session, when you have felt the benefit of our work, you are invited to gift me as a thank you. Currently as I am still new to teaching, I am suggesting a gift of $30 after each session, if you agree that you have benefited.  You can see more about how this works here:

So many healers and teachers of various kinds charge you before you are healed or taught.

For me, I feel it is better that I give you what I have first, and you can decide if what you received is worth the suggested gift. That way you get the proof of the value before you give back. I hope this makes sense to you.

Counselors can heal you for a price (usually a big one), but then you are mostly where you were before you started; if you learn how to heal your own emotional energies (karma) through meditation, then you become ever more capable of bringing peace into your life from within. You also become stronger over time, gaining energy, and eventually awakening. And you become progressively wiser.  Thus, you become more progressively more able to be self-reliant. To me, this is a better deal. If you agree, then you will probably make a great meditator 🙂

Your questions are encouraged and appreciated. You can leave messages in the comments below, or email me at karenmeginnis7 (at) gmail (dot) com.

Namaste

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So, I’ve been ecstatic quite a bit lately…

[Here’s the quick version if you haven’t got time for the rest: I want to start recording thoughts about awakening, meditation and teaching of meditation, it as they happen rather than taking the time to write blog posts. Please let me know if you can help me set up a very very simple recording/posting operation that will serve this goal of giving you understandable recording of the many bliss-inspired thoughts I would like to share with you on meditation. Now back to our blog post in process…]

But actually that’s turning out to be a bit of a problem. I have had soooo many insights and experiences that I thought at the time I had them, I really want to share this with the folks who read my blog!  But then new experiences would come, and new insights, and on and on it goes. Sooo much is happening for me in my practice right now, progress seems to be really upshifting in this that *feels* like it’s the final lap of the process (don’t hold me to that, but that’s my intuition and I’ve kinda been learning that it’s generally not too shabby).

And because of all this progress, a lot of new information that seems pretty useful is coming up.  Also I’m teaching now, and the sessions are doing a few things at once:

Learning all kinds of stuff about meditation and about teaching it from the process itself and also from my students, who are brilliant meditators, it turns out.

Learning that I actually understand the process pretty well (after years of speculation on how I would teach what I was learning).  And not only in the theoretical sense, but, to be honest (and I say this carefully, because when you get are getting this deep in the process of awakening and you say something that is false in any way, or claiming more than the truth, any sort of misrepresentation, you pay for it.  The energy just plain hurts for a while, it’s a lot like swallowing an ice cube. Have you ever done that? Yeah, it hurts…a long time and a lot, all the way down to the final release into your stomach. That’s what crossing your conscience does to you at this point–so be forewarned my friends. That’s what you can look forward too). So, as I was saying before I was interrupted by that parenthetic statement, it turns out that I really show promise as a teacher of meditation.

My few students are welcome to disagree in the comments btw. But I’ve found myself able to be flexible, go with the flow of the student’s needs and their personal sense of direction for where the lesson needed to go. I’ve taught several things at the same time by way of choosing the right metaphor for the moment and guiding the student through an experience of what I was explaining to them even as I explained it to them. I’ve chosen metaphors that were especially apt to both the student’s needs and my own personal life expertise; and I’ve known when and how to share them.

I’ve found metaphors that make a heck of a lot more sense than many that I’ve been taught and actually show you  how meditation is just like other things you already know how to do in life–and that if you treat it like those other things, you’re going to get amazingly better at both things quickly. I’ve told students what it’s like to experience the world through the experience of awakening, without making it more or less than it actually is, so that they can see for themselves what they are moving and working toward (and also be able to weigh whether it’s the sort of thing they actually want).  And I’ve shared how it gets easier on the inside while it also gets harder on the outside. But we can talk about that more another time.

I’ve also shared experiences with students that I’ve been having in teaching (minus any personally sensitive information), and discussing with the student how they and I both view what happened and what we can both learn from it (this is a thing with me–I Truly believe in COLLABORATION. Sorry if I shouted there; it’s just that I’ve spent a lot of time involved in yoga where the traditions are very strong that a realized master is so perfect, like god on earth, and it really screws with the flow of information and learning. I think we could have developed so much more past where we are with both the process of how to teach awakening for better and sooner (sorry, don’t like “faster”) results, and also finding out how to go further than we’ve gone in awakening itself–if we could just learn how to respectfully disagree with the teacher, respectfully criticize the teacher, and respectfully listen to the student’s sense intuition and support them in working with it, even when it’s not perfect).  Little rant there. Anyway.

Which by the way, as I write this, one of my very incredible and wonderful students is doing an assignment I gave them to find something to criticize me about, so that she can get used to disagreeing with me and giving me critical feedback. They are telling me I’m too polite. I explained that I was taken aback (which I was), and how they are helping me learn by giving me an example and explaining how they missed out as a result of my being too polite instead of giving it to them straight.  If they agree to it, I’ll post our conversation here in the comments.

Those of you at home, you can do this too–comments work; you can use them to tell me about things you disagree with; we can learn more together than we can learn when I’m the only one in the conversation.

They just answered yes by the way. So, cool, we will get to share 🙂

Anyway, let me get back on track.

Here’s really the point that I’m getting to though; I see you out there visiting this site and reading what I post. I think there are, along with the various one time visits, a few, maybe 10 or 20 people around the world. People in Japan, Norway, several countries in parts of the world I’m pretty unfamiliar with, whose names I barely know how to pronounce let alone spell, along with of course Australia, Canada and the US.  I will list them all some day soon.

Please know that I see you visit the blog, read my posts, even “like” things sometimes, and I think of you when I’m writing, I pray for you, send you light, and love. I want very much to share good things with you. I even hope in time that many of you will do the same here, sharing with me and the rest of us.

So I’ve been contemplating an idea: I’m pretty certain that I would post a lot more stuff, cool stuff ecstatically inspired about meditation and also teaching mediation; things that might possibly really be helpful to you as a student and/or teacher of meditation.  A lot of fun stuff actually, because stuffy boring stuff is…well, stuffy and boring, and how is that going to help you beautify your life with meditation leading to awakening?

But writing takes a very long time. It requires many hours of editing to make it readable (which will not happen here, I made a deal with myself that I would take the time to write this if I could just spill it all out to you and be done with it)–all that editing and re-working pretty much kills a lot of the sense of ecstatic inspiration and discovery, and even then, all you get is various combinations of letters on a page. I think most of us know by this point how much of communication is actually done through print–it’s about 3% of what you get when speaking with someone directly–and still quite a lot less than you would get if you could hear their voice.

Which is the point here–I believe I can get a lot more of really rich and useful information to you, if I record it as I receive it, and basically share 15 minutes to a half hour of it with you once or twice a week.

Now, this is I think a really great way to share more of what I’m learning, receiving, discovering, but it really will only work if the recordings are at least clear and the way they are posted online is easy for you to access and use.  Unfortunately, I’m not very knowledgeable about how to accomplish that in terms of recording equipment (which will be minimal in any case) and how and where to post it.

So.

I’m asking the Mother, the Lover, to help me out here and bring me in contact with people who are knowledgeable about these things and willing to gift me with enough of their time, maybe a few hours, to get all this worked out.  Also possibly anyone who has decent minimalist equipment to make recordings with and edit them (just a tad–mostly it’s going to be me speaking spontaneously. I’m sure I’ll learn how to do this more clearly and less dumbly over time).

Here’s the thing–you who are reading this may be just the sort of person who could help me make this idea of recordings or podcasts not only a reality, but sooner, and better than it might otherwise be.  So, if you are such a person, who has expertise and or equipment you wouldn’t mind contributing to our venture in learning about awakening together here, please do me and the others who read this a real favor, and let me know.

I would really appreciate your help.

Otherwise, if none of my readers are the person who is right for this idea, I’m kind of new to the whole manifesting thing, but rest assured, friends, I’m going to start figuring out how to do this, how to manifest recording expertise advice and equipment. I don’t know how long that will take though, so we may all need to be patient while that comes about.

In the mean time, I will *try to try to* write blog pieces a tiny bit more often, and with a bit more editing than this crazy train off the tracks.

So, stay tuned ~:)

(also please be welcome to see my conversation with a student about a criticism I asked them to give me in the comments.

[edit: found several podcast recording and editing apps for android; going to start testing them, see if they will serve our purposes here. Looking forward to sharing more with you all, and hope you begin to talk back to me in the comments so I can learn more about you and how I can inform you on things you find the most helpful.]

Namaste

 

 

 

Books and Websites

(This section is currently under construction: there are many more excellent books I would like to share with you as time goes on and I have a chance to list them all for you)

Books:

Science Set Free: 10 Paths to New Discovery by Rupert Sheldrake

A really excellent book by a brilliant and prodigious author who critiques the history, methods and current conclusions of science, on the basis of scientific method, from the vantage point of an accomplished scientist. This work shows some critical aspects of how the world works (and you are in for some big surprises), the scientific evidence of which, science has hidden and obscured from us, largely because of self interest, bias and downright avoidance or prejudice.  Also highly readable.

Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition

by Christopher D. Wallis, illustrations by Ekabhumi Charles Ellik. Not the western sexually oriented tantra we all have heard of; this author uses his long years of linguistic and tantrik philosophical studies to directly translate several key texts (previously unavailable in English) of the ancient tantrik poly-traditions (my term) in order to create a clear picture of their most important insights into nonduality and what it can mean for us.  Something many yoga practitioners will be surprised to learn is that the tantrik schools further developed, evolved and refined yoga over the very long period from Patanjali to their ending.  Dr. Wallis, or Hareesh, also has a great website, TantrikStudies, which has a wealth of useful and informative teachings in various forms.

Websites and Web Materials:

accesstoinsight.org contains translations of many ancient Buddhist texts (Tipitaka) and a vast, searchable Library of illuminating and very helpful articles on the tradition and modern day practice of Theravada Buddhism. If you are you are a yogi, I think you will find that Buddhism has a perspective on suffering which will complement philosophy and practice greatly. It may also challenge you in new ways you hadn’t expected. And it can make you very happy.

swamij.com is a very well organized (and very searchable ) site introducing yoga philosophy and explaining various meditative practices. It also provides a clear and succinct translation and commentary on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, as well as explanation and guidance through the practice of kundalini yoga.  The author of this site is a truly wonderful communicator and teacher in the setting of writing for a general audience. Although I do not recommend direct communication with him I am profoundly indebted to him for his well organized and highly useful site which provides some insights I’ve not seen anywhere else.

TantrikStudies (see above under Tantra Illuminated for description of content)

Recent insights

Even though I often experience amazing bliss and peace, I still frequently stress out over various things great and not so great. Conclusion: When I’m enlightened it’s just an incredible experience, but it’s not as constant all the time as it seems like it will be when I’m in the throes of that bliss and oneness.  It’s truly embarrassing to admit this, but the only way to finish the job is to practice humility and be truthful; conceit and dishonesty render us incapable of experiencing the Truth; also dangerous to those we would like to teach what we do actually know so far.

Also, a small smile can help me climb back up the chakras out of stress and into peace and awakening much faster than meditation. Why is it so difficult to remember this? And to meditate with a small smile on one’s face? Priceless.

Finally, a fellow meditator tonight told me the chakras are part of the endocrine system and related to regulation of the adrenal glands. I’ve not yet looked this up to verify it, but if it turns out to be true, it could at least help to explain why the adrenal gland comes under regulation by a meditator over time, and also why moving up out of the lower chakras also gets one out of that stressful state of anxiety.

Musings which follow that are: how closely are adrenaline and desire related, anyway? Also; no wonder when I’m below the third eye I feel so stressed!  In fact it seems like just thinking of it this way could give a way to remember to let go of chakras below the crown and stop stressing myself, and move up out of the body.  But, it all still needs more information to make sense of. What do others know about all this? Any good references?

Finally; so, if the endocrine-chakra relationship and also the close adrenal gland relationship are indeed true, then given there is no physical counterpart to area above the head, wonder what on earth is going on in that change from endocrine system to non-physical.  Possibility the specifics of that change could involve useful information.

 

Things to come: New Name and a New Facebook Group

Things to come: New Name and a New Facebook Group

The following plans are under consideration, and input is sought from all readers and interested parties. The overall purpose of these changes will be to foster a more easily available and richer, livelier experience for everyone involved.

We will be choosing a new name for this blog, and eventually setting up a new blog under that name.

The goal of the new blog name will be to create a simple, clear and original name which will be memorable and express the purpose of this blog, as well as serving as a brief and easy-to-remember web address.  All ideas welcome–email me or comment below.

We will also be setting up a new Facebook group with the newly selected name. The primary goal of this group will be to facilitate communication and conversation between all involved parties:

          Between teachers and students

          Also between students and each other

The new FB group will enable us to communicate and coordinate activities with other spiritual traditions and organizations which any of us are also involved in.

Finally the FB group it will also enable

Announcements of upcoming events

Sharing of periodic brief inspirational quotes by various scriptures and writers

After the new name has been chosen, the Facebook group will be started and developed in the next days/weeks, and then the new blog will be created and existing material transitioned over to it before transitioning over to it permanently.

Dear Readers; your input is welcome and appreciated:  all comments, ideas, and suggestions relating to any of the above plans are welcome. If you see that something important has been left out, you are also welcome to bring that up as well. 

Please email me with your thoughts at KarenMeginnis7@gmail.com, or comment below.

Sharing grace, peace, and bliss,

Karen

KarenMeginnis7@gmail.com

 

Coming soon:

More information about me, my life, journey, experiences in practice.

Future blog subjects currently under contemplation:  (readers please also be invited to send suggestions for topics you are curious about)

Developing a brief questionnaire for beginning students on what motivates you personally to motivate, what you have learned so far, how meditation has affected your life (both pluses and minuses), what you would like to learn, and what you would like to share with teachers and other students about what you have learned. Actually, this is a good start; anyone interested in learning from me, please be invited to answer the above questions. This can be for your own use, and if you so desire, you can also send it to me.

The nature of desire, how it relates to suffering, how it can serve the aspirant in progress toward enlightenment, and how to experiment with desire.

How does awakening actually “feel?” and why is this so?

Why is the Buddha’s advice to practice the 4 kinds of love so effective in helping free the aspirant from suffering?

How to conduct and learn from your own experiments in life practice and mediation. How to share what you have learned with your teachers and other students

How meditation changes the heart and mind of the meditator 

How Buddhism and Yoga meditation compliment each other in helping the student progress toward awakening.

Also coming: links to resources for meditation and related groups. If you are personally a part of a meditation group or tradition that you find helpful, please send me their info along with you they have benefited you. They will be considered for future inclusion in this list. The same is true of books and web resources on meditation and enlightenment. 

 

waking up

March 30th 2017

This poem was written  a week or two ago, during meditation.

I was meditating, and felt I needed to express lovingkindness and compassion as part of my process right then. It seemed like the most caring thing I could do was to write a poem for my friends at IBMR’S Thursday Sangha’s, to help you all see your way toward experiencing what I’m experiencing these days. I don’t know if  you “do” emotion, but the joy I felt as I wrote this down to share with you all, caused me to just wail….several times.

I hope it will help you feel both courage and freedom to step forward on your path, in confidence that you are moving toward your own greatest happiness.

 

waking up

take off these shabby clothes;

underneath you are the sun

let go those tatters you still cling to,

and shine

shine

 

take off the mask and cape

the dress-up wig and pearls

and shiny ballroom gown

that auntie lets you play with.

 

time to get out of the toy choo-choo

the plastic airplane

the hidey hole you dug in the sand

 

it was wonderful for a time to play

with all your might;

to pretend you were a knight, or housewife

a captain of a whaler, or a cook

 

it was really great fun for a while

but now you’re tired and kind of hungry

so get off the merry-go-round horsey

and come have the most wonderful lunch

 

filling, satisfying, so good

 

You had a lot of fun,

you really played your heart out, I know

and you were great;

nobody could kill the dragons better than you

 

but pretend time can wear a body out,

performance is hard work and after a while it gets a little old

so help Sally put away the stage curtains made of old drapes,

the schoolhouse desks and homework you graded that she wrote

put the soldier backpack away

and the diver’s goggles

 

look now at all your playmates,

irritable, hungry,

Hannah smacked Georgie on the head

because she just needed something to hit

and that there he was, getting on her nerves.

 

take Georgie in one arm, Hannah in the other

both howling

and guide them to the table

where there is a good good lunch

 

when you care for someone hurting,

you both take a bite of wholeness

so eat up now, I promise,

every taste of compassion

will remind you of That,

the Wholeness that you really are

 

Every bite of caring for another

gives you strength to eat the whole world.

 

Story time;

 

Now and then some clouds gather

and cover up the sun almost completely for a while;

very little light gets through

and after a while, you might be tempted to think

the clouds really won; they finally smothered the sun

and we’ll never see its happy light again.

 

But you know of course it’s an illusion.

 

Here’s what I want to tell you;

 

You are that sun

that brilliant light in my story.

And I know that you always knew

those flimsy vaporous clouds

were just a momentary illusion,

 

a trick the weather played on you

about a vast celestial object;

so big and brilliant they never had a chance;

you knew, you never doubted

what was really true

 

So now, try not to stare too hard at

these vapors and shadows you see around you

making it look like

this world is real,

like we are all tiny separate souls

alone, lonely,

 

remember not to call this darkness real

instead, see, feel the light of the sun that you are;

see the light in your friends here now,

waiting for that good meal, hungry and tired

when you can’t see the light in you, see it in them;

it’s the same light…

 

that girl, throwing her tantrum

on the playroom floor just now

see her frustration, feel it

 

then feel behind it to the light

that is who she really is

it is also who you really are

 

sooth her

help her to her feet

help her wash her hands and get her plate

 

go with her to the table

and help her choose a sandwich and take a bite

every bite of compassion that she takes

is a bite you take as well

 

every act of empathy, of love

is a bite of wholeness

a little nourishment,

is a bite out of those clouds

That block your light

 

every act of empathy is

a reminder of what it was like

what it will feel like once again

when you let go completely

all the tattered rags of stories and pretendings

 

gradually, gradually relax,

let go all that covers up the truth

all that hides you from

the oneness of all those people

that are also you–

each one pretending to be

a movie star or a soldier or a teacher or a nun

 

then there will be only that one vast sun

 

soon, after not so long

you’ll get good at this letting go

and you will feel so peaceful

one day, you will finally relax completely,

and just let yourself shine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sealed with a kiss

March 31, 2017

 

There never was a prince…

The princess, she herself the frog;

She only forgot

 

Now she looks down into the mirror of the well’s pool

Into the froggy face peering back at her

And her heart grows soft again

 

Then reaches,

Touching gentle lips to green reflection

And…

 

She never meant to sleep this long

But a good story needs a plot twist

And the apple was a nice touch

 

She gazes now

at the beauty looking back

not from well’s waters but from heart’s;

 

smiles

And disappears into her smile

That stretches from

 

Before the universe

Upon which she slept, soft,

a bed of roses, mostly not thorns

 

to ever after