August is an exciting month for me. My birthday is
To celebrate, I’ve ordered something special, and I want
to share it with you: a meteor shower! The annual
Perseid meteor shower will peak on August 12th, with up
to 20 or more shooting stars per hour. You can find out
more about meteors and how to see them at www.stardate.org
. Take your loved ones out of the city and into nature
with blankets and goodies, and lie on your back, opening
your heart to the sky. Let the delight of shooting stars
remind you of your greatest joys.
Next month, September 21st through 24th, Anodea Judith and
I offer our most powerful course: Manifestation through
the Chakras: Turning Your Dreams Into Realities.
This potent 3½-day course teaches you the process of taking
any idea, dream, desire, or vision and turning it into a
If you’ve been trying to make your dreams come true, but
have gotten stuck somewhere along the way, this course is
The downward channel of cosmic energy, called Bhukti
(which means “enjoyment” in Sanskrit), flows down from earth
to sky, into your crown chakra (7th) and down to your base
chakra (1st), condensing and becoming more solid at every
stage. This movement allows you to create what you want
so you can enjoy your life! However, because of our our
early childhood wounds or our accumulated mental habits,
the flow of energy can get stuck, stopped or derailed anywhere
along the path of manifestation.
When life's inevitable obstacles, barriers, and difficulties
happen, we tend to respond the same way to them, over and
over. We know what we want, but we're frustrated by our
inability to get it. Something "always happens" that prevents
us from achieving our goal. Sometimes, we can't even decide
what the goal should be.
In our workshop, we teach specific methods and practices
to help you clarify your goals, get unstuck, free the
flow of your energy, and move forward toward your goals.
You learn how to actively, consciously create what you want
in your life, whether it's business success, a delightful
and loving relationship, physical healing, or financial
security. Our students have reported many miracles from
applying this powerful technology. These techniques will
help you manifest your dream-come- true life, and will serve
you throughout your life.
The location is our beautiful home in San Rafael, California.
The dates are Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon,
September 21st through 24th. (We offer it again November
16th through 19th.) The cost is $495, and we offer a money-back
guarantee: You will be more than 100% satisfied, or we will
refund your entire fee. If you want to manifest your dreams,
sign up for this power-packed workshop.
For more information, or to sign up, click here: here
Exercise of the Month
|The 5 Elements Meditation
In a recent interview, I was asked about my daily
practice. I realized that I had never spoken or written
about the meditation I use to start my day.
I created the 5 Elements Meditation as a synthesis
of many teachings and experiences. I love how it makes
me feel. It expands my awareness to include everything
around me, reminds me how wonderful life is, and helps
me recognize my ultimate oneness with the world. I
share it here for the first time, and hope that you
find it enlightening. It works best when done first
thing in the morning, just after waking up.
Here are a few of my favorite websites. I encourage
you tocheck them out and make use of them:
Shift in Action is a terrific website
community sponsored by the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
Each month, the site offers interviews, articles,
tele-seminars, recordings, and news and information
from science, spirituality, and consciousness research.
The cost to join IONS as a Shift Member is only $10
per month. You’ll get weekly tele-seminars with people
on the cutting edge of thinking about our world. These
seminars are easily worth more than the membership
fee. You can listen to more than 100 interviews already
on the site with luminaries such as scientist Dean
Radin, physicist Brian Swimme, and Archbishop Desmond
Tutu. There are also community connection tools that
allow you to communicate with like-minded friends
from around the world. Check out Shift in Action at:
You’ve probably heard of MySpace.com,
populated by millions of kids who share their messy
youthful enthusiasm and egoic self-absorption. There's
another site that is tailored for us "cultural creatives,"
spiritually aware adults, political change agents,
artists, environmentalists, and conscious businesspeople. Zaadz.com
allows us to share our messy enthusiasm
and more mature self-absorption. You can connect with
some of the most interesting people on the planet,
and who knows? You might find love as well as good
conversation. My friend Stephen Dinan called it “The
emerging social networking powerhouse for the conscious
is the brainchild of Jordan Gruber, an early consciousness
explorer and friend of many years. He offers a wide
variety of articles, blogs, exercises, and reviews
of products and paths to enlightenment. Jordan created
the first audio CD interview with luminary philosopher
Ken Wilber, which I also recommend highly.
If you have favorite websites you'd like to share,
please email me. Sharing resources is one of the ways
we can build a new civilization from within the old
one. Information resources, unlike physical resources,
don't get depleted as we use them. They actually increase
in value and usefulness.
I love watching movies, especially ones that blow
my mind or expand my consciousness. Here are two of
Waking Life may be one of the most unusual
films every made. The producer employed 12 different
rotoscope animators (live action turned into cartoon-like
paintings) who each put their own artistic spin on
segments of this unusual tale. The story involves
a young man who is experiencing difficulty with reality
– because it keeps changing (sound familiar?). He
seems to be continually waking up from a dream, but
each time he awakens, it turns out to be just another
dream segment. He has conversations with brilliant
people who talk to him about philosophy, quantum physics,
reality, dreaming, and human psychology. There are
musicians, dancers, bums, and strangers, each of whom
seems to have a piece to the puzzle. Not everyone
will like it, but watch it carefully, and be amazed.
A brilliant film.
MirrorMask is another dream-like live
action with animation of intense artistry and vision.
The story involves a young girl who grows up in a
circus owned by her parents, and all she wants to
do is run away to the real world. She is an artist,
and like most teenagers, she hates her life. Her mother’s
sudden illness and a strange turn of events sweeps
her into a fantastic, stark world -- the one that
she has been drawing. The beauty in her world is being
destroyed by an Evil Feminine Force, whom she must
battle by solving riddles, escaping danger, finding
a hidden key and a missing princess. Fascinating and
absorbing, this movie takes the internal struggle
between good and evil to new depths. It is an ultramodern
science fiction dreamscape of extraordinary strangeness
Feedback on my Previous Newsletter
and a little humor...
Thank you to those who sent feedback and praise
about my first issue of Everyday Awakening.
I wasn't able to answer everyone personally, but I
truly appreciated your contact and feedback. I wrote
this for all my friends who pointed out my errors
Seven Reasons why “Infinite” was spelled “Infinate”
on my newsletter masthead:
1) "Infinate" is a contraction of “innate” and “infinite,”
demonstrating that our infinite nature is innate to
every aspect of ourselves. 2) I misspell words just
to see if people are paying attention. 3) My graphics
guy did it. He can’t spell worth a dam. 4) I insert
misspellings intentionally for those people who enjoy
finding errors and pointing them out. 5) It’s that
pesky Shadow again. Whenever I suppress the dark side,
it comes up and bites me in the butt. 6) How rude
of you to point out that I’m human! 7) I’m responsible.
I made a mistake. God, I’m sorry! I’ll never do it
I was thoroughly embarrassed by this typo, and appreciate
all who pointed out my errors with such poignancy,
gentleness, and compassion.
And speaking of literature:
A college English class was given an assignment to
write a short story. They were told that the story
must contain as few words as possible, and include
three themes: 1) Religion; 2) Sexuality; and 3) Mystery.
This was the only short story that received an A+
in the entire class:
"Good God, I'm pregnant. I wonder who did it."
Endarkenment: The Top 40 Ways To Make Yourself Miserable
(Humor, sort of...)
I have spent much of my life making myself unhappy,
and I learned long ago how to share my misery with
others. I interviewed hundreds of miserable people
and asked them to share their most prized misery secrets
and techniques. This Top 40 list is a compilation
of the best ways to make yourself miserable -- and
bring along everyone with you... To read the rest
of this article (yes, it's humor, but it might sound
a little familiar...), click HERE.
Next month, I'll be discussing one of the most powerful techniques
for transformation that I know, Voice Dialog. It was created
by two brilliant psychologists, Drs. Hal and Sidra Stone. I use
this technique when I coach others, in my own self development practice,
and in my relationships with others. I'll discuss the philosophy
behind it, and show how it may benefit you in your life.
Until then, stay awake. And if you can’t stay awake, stay as awake
as you can.
Visit my website for more: www.EverydayAwakening.com.
Write me: lion@EverydayAwakening.com
Call me: 415.472.6500. Sing me a song, tell me a story, or let me
know how I can support you.
Warmest wishes for everday awakening,