Kundalini Yoga


I have participated in part of  a Kundalini Yoga Teachers Training Course. Kundalini Yoga focuses on much more than just postures or asanas. It includes mantras, mudras, chakras and lots of pranayama or powerful breathing practices. It is quite challenging and requires a person to be willing surrender to a higher power within themselves in order to keep going. Then one contacts that deep I AM Presence that in truth is doing it all anyway.

Sat Nam, Sat means truth, nam is an acknowledgement to that truth. When we chant Sat Nam we are chanting to uncover the truth of our  being.

After working in a hospital as a chaplain, I found I needed to move to a  more yin type of practice.

Letting Go into freedom

We are living in strange times, that is for sure, things are happening in such a way that we are just unsure how to handle life’s unusual circumstances. We might agree that there is a feeling life has intensified. Just as an example, in just the last several years we have all been connected in one way or another with national disasters. We cannot help have some emotional reaction to seeing people suffer some through these situations, or more so when we are personally involved. And what do we do when our employers or our spouses or children are having their own emotional explosions? All these feelings arise within us, accompanied by a whirlwind of thoughts. What do we do with these feelings? Most people throughout their lives repress, or suppress or try to escape their feelings and that energy accumulates. According to Hawkins, “the suppressed energy will seek expression through psychosomatic distress, bodily disorders, emotional illnesses, and disordered behavior in interpersonal relationships. The accumulated feelings block spiritual growth and awareness as well as success in many areas of life.” He goes on to tell us that as a person constantly surrenders, physical and psychosomatic disorders improve and sometimes may disappear altogether, as what happened from his own personal experience.

As mentioned in the previous blog I have been having amazing results with these moments of surrendering. For those non-dualists out there, this could be still looked at from the viewpoint of being in the Now, the Presence. Some people, in the name of spirituality, will deny any emotions, saying they are not true, all is an illusion. One has to be careful in this, because does that emotion then get repressed? In true work, one would acknowledge its presence, whatever it is, and as one acknowledges the energy that comes up, and stays present with it, there will be a sense of the energy dissolving. One must continue with this until that thought or situation that was associated may arise and there is no inner reaction to that thought.

Personally, the universe has been kind enough to present me with the opportunity to witness this within myself. It was almost a repeat of a situation that had happened many years back. I went into an agreement with someone, and then the person decided to attempt to change the agreement without discussion with me, which included some lies. It created quite a challenge for me. In the past, there was quite a lot of drama as I allowed the whirlpool of my mind to have a grand time. This time, I as a witness was much more conscious, and was able to move through the experience from a greater place of balance. When I saw the mind wanting to engage in its entertainment of the situation, I continued to surrender the emotional responses and mind stuff into the great fire of spirit. I felt a greater freedom within myself. I also was able to recycle the energy by transforming into a deep feeling of compassion for the other person and their situation. Of course one must want the freedom and peace of Presence more than the ego wants to see itself as right and engage in drama. It also must let go of what other benefits it may receive from playing a victim, or any other role.

In the next part I am going to share with you more of David Hawkins story from Letting Go, The Pathway of Surrender. 

The Silva Method of Mind Development


In New Jersey, I first took the Silva Method in 1977, after reading the Power of Alpha Thinking by Jess Stearn. I would say the Silva Method has been a foundation for my life the last 30 or so years. In fact most of my family has also taken the course. It gave me a great sense of confidence to believe things could turn out well if I just went for it and took the leap. It was, I believe, one of the first courses around on the power of positive thinking.  The secret was not a secret then.

 Jose Silva, had said the parents of the course were yoga and hypnosis. The course taught the yoga meditation practices of Self Mastery, to being aware of our thoughts and consciously put effort into changing our habit patterns, so we could live up to our fullest potential.

 At that time the course was set up as two full weekends. The course was based on learning how to access areas of the brain that  were more powerfully impacted through our intentions. He called it , “going to level.” At that time the word meditation scared many people off.  The practice of “going to level,” continued and deepened as the four days went on.  Then we learned techniques we could use, while at level.  These included, deep relaxation,  stress control, going to sleep without drugs, waking up without an alarm clock, remembering and receiving guidance in our dreams, getting rid of headaches or pain without aspirin, using mental anesthesia, losing weight, quitting smoking or any other habit, self-healing, and increasing our ability to develop our resource for inner guidance and intuition. Oh yes, and of course improving your memory, which was one of my favorite techniques.

Jose Silva, the creator of the course was a great humanitarian. Before coming out of level, we would imagine ourselves viewing all of humanity, depending on their ages, as fathers or mothers, sisters or brothers, or sons or daughters.

Graduates of the program were invited to come back and repeat the course for free. This was a great benefit that I used many times. It allows one to get a Silva tune up and also allows the first timers to hear success stories from the graduates.

I fell in love with the course the first time I took it and felt I wanted to become a teacher of the course, which I did six years later. In the mean time I had lots of preparation to do before I would be ready to teach. 

So life took me on a journey, and the next step will be in the next blog post.

Silva is still around and I continue to repeat classes, the last one being in 2012.

Check out their website they have some free offerings. http://www.silvamethod.com

An Enlightened Being is All Knowing, true or false?

Lets play the game, true or false!

An enlightened being knows everything. True or False.

False. I  used to believe that enlightenment made one ALL Knowing.   While enlightenment is a portal into the truth of who we are, it does not automatically make someone all knowing. And while there may be a few great masters out there who can look at us and see into our very nature, it is not the norm for the rest of us. And while a few may see beyond this dimension, if they want to learn a new skill, they still have to go through the process of learning. 

Enlightenment is so far out there, I could  never achieve it in my lifetime. True or False. 

False. While it may have been the truth thousands of years ago, it is not true today. There are many people waking up to the truth of their being. Enlightenment is our natural state and for many of us, our own knowledge of it comes from the great yogic masters who spent years meditating in a cave. (Do you know today you can rent a cave in India?).

But today is a time of great awakening and there is a reach for a critical mass where the influence of this awakening is affecting more and more people.  The knowledge of enlightenment and acknowledging the place inside that yearns for the truth is helpful. There are many that believe that the greatest service we can offer humanity is to wake up to the Truth of our Being, so we can lift up the collective consciousness. 

When one reaches enlightenment there are no more problems. True or False

True in the sense that they are not seen as problems by the mind. False in the sense that there are still events that come into play in one’s life that one may have to deal with. I used to believe that if one had a health problem after enlightenment, one could automatically heal it.  There are those that have moved through their healing process quickly. While there are some Masters,  such as Ramakrishna and Ramana Maharshi who just recognized they were not their body and did  not feel a need to have to change the illness to the body. 

Enlightenment is a one time Event., Poof! I am Enlightened! True or False

False! This one was a great surprise for me and the most recent of my Enlightenment myths de-bunked by three different teachers. Swami Dayananda says that the Buddha’s story of enlightenment is one that has helped to keep this myth alive. Adyashanti in his book, Way of Liberation says that, “The enlightenment I speak of is not simply a realization, not simply the discovery one one’s true nature. This is just the beginning, the point of entry into an inner revolution. Realization does not guarantee this revolution, it simply makes it possible.”

I highly recommend this book, it is what I am studying at the moment. Here is a link for a free pdf.

Blessings, Solana Tara 


Welcome to a conversation on Awakening to the Truth of Our Being

   Welcome! The intention of this blog is to invite conversations on Spiritual Awakening. I have been studying the subject for over 30 years. It began with my first Yoga Teachers Training with Swami Satchidanada and has taken various routes along the river of life, sometimes straight and narrow and some times wide and zig-zagging. Sometimes this body was in the United States,  sometimes in India, Europe, Egypt, Australia, or Brazil. There has been movement through the path of Bhakti (devotion), Jnana (knowledge), dual, non-dual, and Raja (meditation and Eight limbed path of Yoga.) There have been deep connections with Krishna, Christ, Jesus, Mary, Buddha, Ramana Maharshi, Ramakrishna, Yogananda, Sivananda, Archangel Michael, Archangel Raphael and others and moments where all of them disappeared in the Oneness. I have sat in the presence of Amma, Satchidananda, Swami Dayanada, Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra and Adyashanti to name a few. There have been moments of awakening and moments of forgetting. At this time, it appears, moments of remembering are happening more frequently and that which is always Present seems more present then ever. 

I would love to hear from others that are on this similar path (of no path). What are you doing right now to remember?  What teachers are with? What is most beneficial to you at this time? How would you define enlightenment? What experiences have you had that revealed to you the Truth?

Looking forward to hearing from you?