Saturday, January 31, 2009
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Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
It is the simplest things that make us joyful.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
In SkyDancing Tantra we begin our practice by creating a Bubble. Seated across from one another, begin with a heart salutation- the acknowledgment of the divine in each other. Then create a bubble around yourselves to call yourselves into the present moment. Do this with your intention and by using your arms to define the bubble. Then, take things out of the bubble that don't serve you in this moment (past, distraction, anger etc.) Next, bring things into the bubble that will enhance your connection (love, willingness, presence etc.)
Next, offer an appreciation to the other person (I honor your heart...)
After that, share your intentions/desires, fears and boundaries related to the practice while the other person listens without judgment or commentary.
Why Boundaries? When I teach this practice in my classes, people often have resistance to setting boundaries. Boundaries are not walls, they are bridges. Where two people’s healthy boundaries meet is where intimacy happens.
Your boundary, is the edge that you feel safe moving up to but not beyond. Knowing your boundary allows you to feel safe and stay present right up to your edge. Boundaries are dynamic and can change, so it is important to check in with them periodically and update your partner if the have changed. Here are a few examples: “I need to end by 3pm.” “I only want you to touch my…” “I will keep my heart open and notice if I start to contract.”
Once you are in your Bubble then you can practice Eye Gazing. Begin by gazing into the other person’s left eye. Don’t try to look into both eyes at once. It is ok to change which eye you are gazing in if you feel called too. Just relax, breathe and allow the experience to unfold. Begin with five minutes or so and extend the time as you get more comfortable with the process. This is a great way to discover how willing you are to open, to be seen, to see the Divine in another and to see where resistance arises. This is a great practice to deepen your heart connection.
End with a heart salutation. The bubble you've created allows you to feel the support of the sacred as you continue with your practice.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Magic happened! We gathered and spent the day exploring SkyDancing Tantra. Hearts opened, loved flowed and truth was expressed. Essence was shared and experienced by all. Thanks for showing up and being so authentic.
What a delightful day exploring the path to bliss. Ten people gathered in Phoenix and explored seeing the Divine in each other and in each moment. They learned how the create a bubble and share their desires, fears and boundaries. They visited their "Sacred Garden" and met their "Inner Lover."
Energy flowed as we used the 3 Keys to open the "Inner Flute" and expand the awareness of our true nature. Joy was had by all as we let go of past and future and discovered the bliss that is in every, Now moment.
We ended the day with the Heart Wave Meditation. This meditation which is done in a dyad and is based on an ancient Tibeatan Buddhist practice, allows you to move beyond, personality, thought and ego and melt into emptiness.
Wow! It was my birthday and I can't think of a better way to celebrate it than this.
“This was the most energetic and transformational experiences I have ever had. To be able to open up and be honest with another person , and be honest with myself, without fear of my vulnerability. I feel I have taken a huge step on my path to discovering myself and the person I truly am . The sharing of the energy in the room was both inspiring and calming, joyous and safe, loving and nurturing. I look forward to more shared experiences with Crystal Dawn and the other people I met here. Namaste “
Carol F. Phoenix, AZ
“As a newcomer to Tantra, Crystal (and assistant Jim,) held an excellent group session that was very informative and had me very focused on the energy present. I certainly would do this again. Thanks Crystal (and Jim.)”
Larry B. – Phoenix, AZ
Thursday, January 15, 2009
After Christmas I went online to see if she had any workshops in the near future and, to my joy, she was scheduled in San Diego Jan.10-11. I signed up immediately. My time with her was delightful. Her presence has a translucent quality and I could feel the Truth flow from her as a gentle, penetrating light. On Saturday afternoon, as we meditated with her, I felt a bouquet of roses, the color of emptiness, blossom and open my heart. This was so visceral I could almost smell the love and freedom as they filled the room. The path of self- inquiry she shares is so direct and powerful. Awareness is so clear and pure. I see now that thoughts, feelings, and desires will continue to come and go and yet this Awareness is always here in each moment.
This morning, I awoke at 4 a.m. and there were negative thoughts, fears that I am not being productive enough, to-dos, and concerns about the future. (There has been a noticeable desire to be in the flow and not to do for the past several weeks.) I lay in bed and watched the thoughts. I stayed aware and still the thoughts came and went. My mind remained busy until about 6:30, when I dozed off. I got up at 7:30 a.m. and watched a Gangaji DVD. It helped to hear her speak of Awareness and the traps the mind sets. Awareness settled in again. What I am learning is to stay present and watch the mind to see the story and not get caught in it, to feel the emotions but not become them, allowing whatever is arising to be as it is- conscious of it all and yet knowing it is not me. It is a new way of being and seeing.
Questions arise, lots of questions and, as Gangaji so beautifully suggested, there is nothing to expect and who is there to expect it anyhow?” So I relax, stay present and allow Truth to be revealed. http://www.gangaji.org/
“Life is the Guru kissing, slapping, confirming, denying. What does it mean to be true to who you are?” Gangaji
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
May you connect with Source.
May you have an open heart.
May your intuition guide you.
May you have clarity of purpose.
May you cherish the sacred in all things.
May you trust yourself in every moment.
May you commit fully and never hold back.
May you be gentle with yourself and others.
May you honor your body and as a divine temple.
May you love and be loved with both passion and compassion.
May you be surrounded by friends who support your authenticity.
May you let go of past and future, living instead fully present in each moment.
May you let go of limitation and embrace your Divinity, sharing the gift you are with the world.
Blessings and lots of love,