A classical violinist and Raja Yoga meditation practitioner, Ayako Ichimaru experienced a spiritual awakening that has added a new dimension to her music. Already an internationally-celebrated performer, Ayako began using her realization to spread the message of “peace and happiness within” to audiences around the world. Ayako describes her personal transformation as having gone from playing her instrument to becoming an instrument of Divine Energy. In this extraordinary practice, Ayoko invites us to experience along with her the same vibration that inspired each of the two pieces she masterfully plays. Allow yourself to be moved by the beauty of both the sound and the silence.
Originally from Japan, Ms. Ayako Ichimaru now resides in Hong Kong. She is a world-renowned classical violinist, having performed at the White House in Washington, DC, the United Nations headquarters in New York City, and the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Ayako also composes music and is active in the Hong Kong pop music scene. A practitioner of Raja Yoga meditation, she now spreads the message of “peace and happiness within” as she performs her music worldwide.
Sharron Rose, the director/producer of the forthcoming documentary series Quantum Qi: The Taoist Art of Nurturing Life has worked in the fields of education, the performing arts, the healing arts, and filmmaking to investigate, and impart the knowledge and wisdom of ancient cultures throughout the world. In 2000, she co-founded Sacred Mysteries Productions, for which she produced numerous documentary films and received grants and awards honoring her work in the arts. Sacred Mysteries catalog of films can be seen on Gaia.com.
Discontent is a spiritual illness. The illness attacks when the soul’s natural tendency towards love is blocked. This practice explores a simple process of identifying discontent within, and applying the intrinsic energy of unconditional love to heal the illness and bring a state of well-being.
BK Sister Mary Friedland is an avid practitioner of Raja Yoga Meditation. She resides in Chicago, where she coordinates activities of the Brahma Kumaris for Chicago and the Midwest, and teaches courses in meditation and practical spirituality. She is on the Core Team of Transformation365.org, a group of passionate contemplatives who produce free online meditation practices. Mary enjoys applying spiritual principles to unravel life’s knotty problems, and sharing what she learns with others. Her spiritual studies and her dedication to spiritual service began in San Francisco in 1987.
Here's a practice that will change the way you see the world.
Since childhood, we’ve all developed unconscious filters or veils through which we perceive life. They are often based on painful self-judgement and cause us to see the infinite potential of life and ourselves with a limited view. They hinder joy, creativity, and ultimately the realization of our fundamentally unbound and free nature. This practice will give you the direct experience of seeing beyond these veils as you open your eyes to the realization of pure awakened awareness as the truth of who you are.
In the field of awakening consciousness, David Ellzey is a teacher, author, awareness mentor, and transformational performer with clients including The United Nations and individuals and organizations across five continents. In his gentle yet laser-clear way, he teaches people how to let go of their filters of limitation and begin to recognize the unlimited reality of Self, even amidst the challenges of daily human life. A contributor to various consciousness journals, David is author of the book The Ocean of Now.
To experience gratitude as a transformative practice, please join with us as we incorporate Gratefulness.org and Brother David Steindl-Rast’s most beloved guided meditations, “A Grateful Day”. This is a twenty-five-minute-deep dive into gratitude. Reverend Diane Berke invites us to feel gratitude for the people and places we love and appreciate, as well as for things we take for granted. Sister Mary Friedland helps us unwrap “gifts-in-disguise” that may come in the form of adversity, disappointment, and other difficulties. And Kate Sheehan Roach invites us to cultivate deep inner gratitude through a very simple breathing exercise you can do anytime, anywhere.
Brother David Steindl-Rast is the founder of Gratefulness.org, Sister Mary Friedland, Reverend Diane Berke, and Kate Sheehan Roach are founding members of the Transformation 365 Core Team.
Photo: Diego Ortiz Mugica
When we sit and observe the breath, we can learn 2 things about life:
1. There is no need to cling
2. We are connected to everything in the universe As the word guru suggests – gu means darkness, ru means dispeller – thus, darkness dispeller.
Ron Lynch is a certified fitness instructor, personal trainer and yoga instructor. Meditation is the core of his personal practice. As a Corporate Health and Wellness provider, Ron regularly conducts meditation and yoga classes. By education Ron is a mathematician and by nature a peaceful soul. His desire is to use the balance of his logical, spiritual and intuitive mind to serve. He has worked with thousands of clients and several companies on 3 continents helping individuals tap into their own power. He finds joy in helping and learning from others.
The Soul Space Practice (SSP) is a simple, embodied, energetic hygiene practice that is most helpful when we exercise it daily, just like brushing and flossing our teeth. The SSP helps us to ground our spirit in a clean and pure vessel by transmuting anything that may not be healthy or healed -or simply be ours- in our living bodies/spaces: feeling, thinking, acting and energetic. The SSP helps us to reconnect ourselves to the true Sources of the life-giving forces for our soul: Love of the Earth, Light of the Spirit, as well as our Heart as the center for our healing, transmutation and growth.
Sarah is the founder of the Luminous Warrior, the creator of the Path of Power, and the co-leader of Brain Crystal Activation. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Maryland with a major in psychology, earned an M.B.A. from Georgetown University, and spent nearly a decade as a senior change management consultant before beginning her entrepreneurial ventures as a soul coach.
Everybody deserves to live in a consecrated space. An intention-information meditation recorded on Easter Sunday, 2020.
Practice: We gather together for the common purpose of consecrating the space of your home, pumping it up like a battery charging unit. We join with The Great Spiritual Masters. You are carrying out that magnificent teaching in Matthew 18:20: “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” It is a literal alignment of multiple minds into a shared consciousness. For this period of time, as we read the intention, we act as if we are a single life form. From this shared backdrop, it is a short step to embark on a journey together, a shared celebration of Life.
Nisha Manek is a medical doctor by profession and author of the book: Bridging Science and Spirit: The Genius of William A. Tiller’s Physics and the Promise of Information Medicine
Background: Physicist William A. Tiller of Stanford University discovered it is possible to change materials like water by consciously holding a clear intention to do so. This is very exciting. Even more exciting is the fact that the space in his laboratory was “lifted” to a higher reality. Nature has symmetries. Space has symmetries. Tiller’s laboratory was lifted to a higher symmetry space, much like a consecrated and hallowed site. Focused human intention has the power to raise the symmetry of space. Your motivation and the words you use to create your intention is information.
The awareness of breath meditation focuses on the breath as an anchor to the present moment. The breath is always with us. We don’t need to think about it, or control it, thank goodness. Practicing the cultivation of mindfulness of the breath helps us to develop and strengthen that present moment awareness in the rest of our lives.
Whenever we notice that our attention has been pulled away by a thought, sound, or body sensation, we gently, and without judgment, return our attention to the breath, to the present moment. This is mind training and it can help us live fuller, healthier lives.
Cheryl Mills is a Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher and Mindfulness Coach. She received her training through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, HealthCare and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center Medical School. She teaches mindfulness meditation, stress and anxiety reduction, and mindful habit change programs.
The Gaiafield Attunement meditation guides the listener into a profound space of alignment with Earth, Cosmos, and the sacred field of awareness linking all spiritual practitioners around the world. It is intended both as deep personal support and as a 'subtle activism' practice to seed positive change in the collective human psyche. This recording was brought into being by David Nicol in collaboration with producer Jami Deva. It features the latest in 432Hz sonic alchemy binaural production that induces a deep state of meditation while listening. The practice is 18 minutes long -- it is recommended to get into a relaxed posture, close your eyes, and listen with quality speakers or headphones for best results.
David T. Nicol, PhD, is the co-founder (with his wife Kate Naga) of EarthRising, an emerging global community dedicated to seeding the new Earth through harnessing the power of coherent group consciousness for personal and planetary healing. He is the author of Subtle Activism: The Inner Dimension of Social and Planetary Transformation (SUNY Press). He is also the director and co-founder of the Gaiafield Project, and co-founder of BeThePeace and WiseUSA.
The Basic Guided Awareness is designed to do two things: take you deep inside and focus your attention The Basic Guided Awareness is designed to do two things: take you deep inside and focus your attention--not forcefully, but gently, on something you are very familiar with--your body.
When you ‘gaze softly’ with your awareness, your body becomes increasingly at ease and comfortable, you dissolve core tensions with your awareness, and your Mind quiets. You connect to your calm core.
Every time you do this gentle practice of Guided Awareness, going deeply into and through your body, you become more and more comfortable in your body and in your mind. Your tensions dissolve more easily, and your calm core expands so that it infuses all of the space within your body and your mind.
With practice, you naturally take that calmness with you back out beyond the precinct of your body/sanctuary, into all that you do on the outside. --not forcefully, but gently, on something you are very familiar with--your body.
Kim Orr holds a B.A. in Classics and an M.A. in History of Art.
InterSpiritual Meditation (ISM) was born out of over fifteen years of collaboration with meditation teachers of the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Native American traditions. Inspired by Father Thomas Keating’s ground-breaking inter-religious retreats held at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado, and further developed through the InterSpiritual programs of the Spiritual Paths Foundation, ISM explores many of the common themes of the world’s religions from the perspectives of seasoned spiritual practitioners. ISM is a seven-part meditation process that can be practiced alone, in the company of people from the same tradition, from many different traditions, or among those who are spiritual but not religious. It is designed to help people develop a foundation for health, inner peace, wisdom, and compassion. By fostering these sacred qualities in group practice, ISM fosters a shared experience of the sacred which can be an inner foundation for harmony into our divided world. It’s not a new religion or a new synthesis of religions, but a process through which we can celebrate the unique contributions of each spiritual tradition and embrace the marvelous spiritual diversity of our time.
As one of the leaders of the InterSpiritual movement, Ed Bastian has extensive academic and personal experience in world religions and philosophy and a deep personal appreciation for the contemplative dimension of life. He holds a doctorate in Buddhist Studies and Western Philosophy and serves on the faculty of Antioch University, where he teaches Buddhism and Mindfulness, and he also teaches interspirituality at the Chaplaincy Institute and One Spirit Learning Alliance.
Making peace with non-violence is not an abstract principle. It is set within the context of the individual human heart. Ahimsa or non-violence can be described as intense love. It is about knowing how to live with love, as an indomitable spiritual will. It is about accessing spiritual strength with which to serve. It is about connecting to the Source of Peace and Love.
Gayatri Naraine has dedicated her life to exploring the spiritual dimension of personal development and growth through the studies of Raja Yoga as taught by the Brahma Kumaris. As the representative of the Brahma Kumaris at the United Nations, her focus is on transformation as a spiritual phenomenon. She serves as Vice-Chair of the International Day of Yoga Committee at the United Nations.
Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University with its spiritual headquarters in Mt. Abu, India, comprises a worldwide network of centers in 110 countries and is an international non-governmental organization (NG0) of the United Nations accredited with General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
In this visualization exercise, we will begin by aligning the body, mind and emotional centers into a single awareness. From there we will begin a practice of deep inquiry into the nature of the “I am” presence or the witness consciousness. Gradually we will deepen our awareness and reflection on the essence of the soul’s mystery, the radiance of love and light. This practice is designed to help us remember that we exist and persist as a mystery of love.
Jeff Genung President and Co-founder of Contemplative Life.
Considered one of the most sacred secret meditations, the Hunsani Meditation on the White Swan was practiced by early Christians in the caves of India. It involves sitting in silent stillness with the hands engaged in a mudra that helps bring the body and mind into a calm state.
If you want, you can start practicing for just 5 minutes and slowly increase to 11 minutes. The best time to practice it is just before bed. After the first 3 to 5 minutes, you will feel locked in the position. As you continue to meditate, you will reach a stage where the hands will become still and calm and the arms will start supporting themselves. The body will begin to relax. You will experience total relaxation as you continually stimulate the life nerves. Then, as you relax, you will start floating in the mental realm.
Karuna (Caroline Ashley) is the founder of Light On Kundalini, an online resource through which she shares Yogi Bhajan’s treasured Kundalini yoga teaching with students all over the world. She facilitates certified Level One teacher trainings and Advanced Level Two teacher training modules through the Kundalini Research Institute. She also teaches daily group yoga classes and private lessons in Boulder, Colorado, leads weekend intensives, and facilitates retreats internationally. In addition, Karuna offers guided health cleanses and organizes special events featuring world-renowned Kundalini Yoga teachers, artists, and musicians. A classically trained actress and former Ford model, Karuna has studied Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Lakota Sioux healing tradition.
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