PBP2012: “F”- Fasting for Spiritual Growth

Fasting is an important aspect of coming into alignment with our spirituality.  Fasting allows us to come into alignment and to see where our personal power might have been surrendered to situations, things, food, or people.  Fasting takes a bit of planning as well.  One of the things that I like to do with my fasting is to take a few days to really plan it out.  What do I hope to gain?  What will I be giving up?  How long do I want to fast?  Being sure of our reasons for fasting and where we hope to go with it is an important aspect of the entire process.

Fasting also does not have to just be about food.  We are constantly facing distractions, and there are a lot of things that deplete us of our energy.  Fasting from the internet, cell phones, or even talking for a day can bring us back into alignment with the world around us.  Fasting from food can show us where we might be reaching out through our emotions towards foods that might be harming us.  Set a spiritual goal for your fasting cycle.  Allowing yourself to find a deeper connection with your divine self.  Pick a favorite book, some new chants, or even a physical practice like sacred dance/yoga.  Set a schedule for your fast, and stick to it.  Showing up is one of the hardest things to do in our spiritual practice.

Remember, there is no such thing as failure.  I set a time parameter for my fasting cycle, but if I do not reach the entire goal I consider the time I showed up a success.  If I didn’t make it to the end, I sit with that and I see where my stumbling stones might have been.  I journal a lot during my fasting period.  I look at my emotions, I go deeper into my divination practice, and check in with my emotions constantly.  If I am removing something from my experience checking in with my emotions it allows me to see what power I might have given away.

Take a few moments and think about how you can deepen your spiritual practice by allowing something in your experience to sit on a shelf for a while.  What is something you feel you can’t do without?  That is where you start.

M. Brazell CFT CSN MAT PAT

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PBP2012: “E”- Evolving Our Practice

I’ll be the first to admit that I have spiritual ADD.  I find myself floating between books, practices, rituals, and communities.  For me, this has been a good thing.  Each time we dip our toes in something new we create ripples in our path work.  We develop new ideas and concepts, and we might not take on everything that we encounter, but we may pick up new tools that will help us to evolve our practice.  Sometimes you have to shake the snow globe to remember how pretty it is. Of course, I’m not saying that you have to dive into every puddle that comes your way, but we do not want to get stagnant in our practice.  New life and breath is always a good thing.  I am a professional psychic/medium.  My method of connection is primarily entering into sacred space and enter into the person’s energy.  I love what I do, but even in that space I am learning to use other divination methods to evolve my connection the energy.  One tool that I have used to evolve my psychic work is tarot.  I have found that through working with the symbology present in the cards that my clairvoyance is getting stronger.  This will allow me to be of greater service to my clients, but in my own personal practice.

Taking on aspects of another practice also allows us to see where others are in their beliefs, Buddhist meditation can help us connect to a deeper aspect of self and an understanding of moving through suffering.  Connecting to Pagan/Wiccan path can teach us how to connect to the seasons, the earth, and to change.  The Hindu practice of yoga can teach us how to flow through life and how to connect to the breath.

Take a look at your practice and ask where you might want to add some new spices.  Even just looking at your practice and asking where you might want to expand or grow will allow you deeper connection into your craft.

 

Mahayogi Das CFT CSN MAT PAT

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michael@michaelbrazell.com

PBP2012: “D”- Daily Devotional Work

The sun breaks through the window first thing in the morning.  We open ourselves up to the day, and we begin with a deep inhale, followed by an even deeper exhale.  Well, in truth… we often dash out of the bed to the sound of a screeching alarm, trip over everything we can on the way out the door to a full work day.  How we start our day can determine how we move through the day.  Starting the day doing a devotional practice can keep us connected to our divine self as we move through the day.  We live in a world that constantly makes demands of us.  We move into those moments, and often times we move unconsciously through these experiences.  We seldom take time to be with spirit unless something forces us to stop and slow down.  Recently I got laryngitis.  I very rarely get sick, but often I find myself rushing through life, giving my energy away constantly.  Having no voice forced me to slow down and take into account where I was giving my energy away.  It also made me take a deeper look at my personal spiritual practice.  They say never run faster than your guardian angel can fly, and in a world full of distractions and temptations this can be valuable advice.

A great way to start the morning can simply be sitting in silence and taking a few deep breaths.  If we have a particular tradition, we can sit in front of our altars, connect to the divine, and open ourselves up to guidance.  There are many ways to connect and ground into the day. Even talking a walk before work connecting to nature, or simply looking up as you make that morning walk to the office.  Consistency is also important in ground ourselves in our divine nature.  When we have a steady practice we have a way to connect into our day and to detox from a stressful day through positive release.  We only need to do a little each day to have a profound effect throughout the day and into our lives.  This allows us to be fully engaged in our spiritual work.  Here are a few ways to do daily devotional work:

  • Yoga
  • Affirmation work
  • Morning tarot or general reading for the day
  • Prayer work
  • Chanting or working with a mantra
  • Singing
  • Dancing around the room while the sun rises
  • Going for a brief walk in the AM/PM and being conscious while you are in that space.
  • Contemplative reading from a sacred text
  • Holding a stone and connecting into its energy
  • Doing a healing practice like Reiki, energy healing, or stretching
  • Breathing.  Focusing on the inhale and the exhale fully.

All of these can be done with just a little bit of time.  Getting up just a little earlier, or coming home and immediately going into your practice can give you a little bit of structure in that spiritual place.  Your daily devotional work can be complex or simple.  It can last 30 seconds or several hours.  Get into a practice of daily divine connection.  You’ll feel more grounded, more connected and more centered.

Mahayogi Das CFT CSN MAT PAT

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michael@michaelbrazell.com

Pagan Blog Project 2012: “C”– Channeling

Channeling is a fun and sometimes misunderstood aspect of spiritual connection. Channeling is something that we all do. It is moving energy through us for purpose of utilizing divine connection. There are different forms and levels of channeling, and for this post I am going to focus on what I can direct and indirect channeling. Direct channeling is where you step aside and allow spirit or “entity” to speak directly through you. This style of channeling takes a lot of practice and you have to be fully connected through a place of trust with your guides, guardians and angels. This form is also called trance channeling. Edgar Cayce who channeled his higher self, Jane Roberts of the Seth series and more recently Ester Hicks are some of the more famous channelists that have used trance/direct channeling. Some of you might be thinking “No way am I letting something take over my body to speak through me!”, and that is a totally understandable reaction. I personally have done direct channeling and it does take a lot of work to get settled into being in that high vibration place. We have to use caution when stepping into this energy.  We want to be sure we are grounded in deep protective work.  Any time we are opening ourselves up and handing over control, you want to be sure that your natural system of protection is in place.  This can be affirmations, prayers, or any method your tradition offers for shielding and protecting from low vibration energies.  Direct channeling is not only letting entity move through you.  When we engage in energy healing we are also channeling the energy through us and into the treatment.  We facilitate the connection to the energy and allow it to move through us.  The difference in healing is that we are usually more present during the experience than in letting entity move through you fully.  Here are some examples of channelists at work:

Jane Roberts and Seth:

Ester Hicks and Abraham:

Most often times when the channelist is “in entity” their voices might change, they may take on different characteristics, and their physical appearance might change.  These are just a few examples.  There are a lot of great books, and groups that focus on channeling.  One of my favorites is “Opening to Channel” by Sanaya Roman this was one of the first books that really helped to connect me into this sacred space of connection.

Indirect channeling is more of a telepathic connection.  We allow a connection to our guides, angels, guardians, and even earth-bound spirits.  This is typically the style of connection you will see many mediums use to relay information.  There is more barrier between the person relaying the information and the energy delivering the information.  This is also typically what happens in a reading.  Whether it be tarot cards, guides, or intuition when we are relaying the information we are channeling that aspect in and connecting to a higher dimension of the energy.  This is the most common form of connection, but not many call this “channeling” but in essence this is what indirect relay of information is.  We are opening ourselves to inspiration, insight, and intuition.

Channeling in its many forms is a fun way to connect into divine space. Explore and look into channeling.  I have always found a channelists connection and how they came into contact with their guides fascinating.  Explore the ones I listed above and enjoy your own process of connection.

Mahayogi Das CFT CSN MAT PAT

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michael@michaelbrazell.com

Pagan Blog Project: Bhatki Yoga- The Path of Devotion

Bhatki Yoga:  The Path of Devotion

Many of us in the west are familiar with Asana Yoga or the yoga of the body.  Asana connects us to the body’s flow, it brings in alignment, and it gives us a pretty decent workout.  Asana practice in and of itself is not yoga.  Yoga is divided into four main forms and Asana is one method of connecting to a particular yogic path.  Bhatki is one main form of yoga that has its full roots in the spiritual side of the yogic experience.

Bhatki is the path of devotion.  This is also known as the “yoga of the heart”.   Most of us that walk a spiritual path have in some way devoted ourselves to our journey, our cause, and/or our community.  I want to take a deeper look at Bhatki and how we can apply its deeper roots to our personal practice in order to deepen our connection to the divine.  Devotion does not necessarily mean throwing ourselves in front of an altar to any specific deity, devotion is an action of commitment to the divine through our actions.  Bhatki truly is the embodiment of seeing the divine in everything around us.  To see God or Goddess in everything:  In the air we breath, in the trees on our walk to work, in the homeless person asking for change, in the sky above and in the earth below–and to the divine reflection staring back at us in the mirror.

The path of devotion can take many forms, it is up to us to decide where we want to find that connection.  In Hinduism, Hanuman is the embodiment of Bhatki.  He was fully committed to Rama.  Hanuman completely devoted his energy to serving Rama which freed him from the binding nature of the physical.  To be single pointed in our focus on the divine, allowing ourselves to transcend the physical.

Each day we have an opportunity to deepen our connection to our divine self.  Here are a few things you can do to deepen your practice through Bhatki:

1)  Say a mantra (prayer) to your chosen path, deity, or energy.   Do this through your day.  Say a mantra that connects you directly to that divine energy.  Hanuman’s mantra is:  Sri Rama Jaya Rama Jaya Jaya Rama.  You can use anything that connects you.  It could be a line from Charge of the Star Goddess, or just simply a positive high vibration word like “love” or “peace”.  Doing mantra work through our day brings the divine into the randomness of our day.  We do not have to sit in front of our altars to bring in the divine energy.

2) See the divine in everything.  Connect through your heart.  Giving selflessly is one way to lead with your heart.  Volunteer at a homeless shelter.  Give to those that are in need.  Choose not to argue with those you love.  This allows us to BE the divine.  Take this further and connect to the world outside.  Touch a tree and see it as divine.  Pause and see the divinity in a single blade of grass poking its way through the concrete.  Go vegetarian for a day (or longer) to extend your compassion to

3) See perfection in all of your imperfections.  See yourself as the divine.  There is a story of Hanuman rushing off to get an antidote for Rama’s brother who was poisoned.  He gets to the sacred mountain and forgets which flower is the antidote–so he lifts the entire mountain and brings it back to Rama.  We aren’t perfect.  We sometimes forget about our connection and stop showing up.  We must show up, even if we forget the details, show up with a mountain of love on your shoulder for all of your parts.

The world is your altar, commit to your path, and devote yourself to this life fully.  Each breath is a mantra, each day another chance to be in that space of devotion.

Rock On Hanuman By MC Yogi