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Things Of The Spirit #7

In Honour of the New Moon of 18th August, 2020, we present this gorgeous earthing poem which is also an invocation to transcend, transform – grow. Also, late summer (if we are lucky) finds the jasmine flower in bloom; intoxicating & also restorative & equalizing.

Grounding is the 1st step to all inner work & magic. The new moon is a good time to remind ourselves, to be grounded. Emma, we are honoured to have you here. This poem was written during a six hour workshop called Technicians of the Sacred: The Poem As A Magical Event, facilitated by Be meditation founder Sascha A. Akhtar. So it’s extra special. 

– Love from Be meditation.

Jasmine (Jasmin officinale) from Traité des Arbres et Arbustes que l’ on cultive en France en pleine terre (1801-1819) by Pierre-Joseph Redouté. Original from the New York Public Library. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

Jasmine

  Kneel

            knees to wet grass   blades   

                       tickling your shins

             sink fingers in

         so you are skin-to-skin

               with earth

           dirt under your nails

     caked in the lines of prophecy

  on your palms

      root & draw nutrients

         siphon sunlight

  & go green &

      as soft   as day   cedes

           to the thick of night

          open yourself

              bloom

                 bloom

               bloom

 

  — cult of flora

Emma Filtness lectures in Creative Writing at Brunel University London. She enjoys folklore and mythology, and exploring ideas of the dark and sacred feminine through poetry. She has a keen interest in all things hedgewitch.

Emma is currently exploring nature and the dark feminine through an Instagram poetry project @cultofflora #cultofflora

Alliances On The Way Inwards

At this time, the practice has become not just ‘helpful,’ but I feel necessary. Our inner work can provide strength & resilience and also biological relief. Our Fight of Flight response system is over-taxed right now. We are being assailed energetically besides having to regain some semblance of balance in order to function.

We are our own best friends right now in many ways and learning to just ‘be,’ with yourself can be hard. Especially when you don’t feel ok. The important thing to know is that you don’t have to be, you cannot be expected to be ok, and trust me no-one is ‘ok,’ right now. The #itsoktonotbeok is one of the healthiest hashtags that I have seen. It is such a useful message. I know this because I was making posts in exactly the same language on my socials a month before I saw the hashtag. I’ve been telling that to all those I am connected to and this is because there is such a dreadful disease almost of denial, not-processing emotions, no introspection — that many of us us need that message. I certainly do! I have to tell myself that over and over. These things are not ‘oh you read it once on the internet and that’s it’. No. You must really understand the message and all that it means. It means allowing yourself to be kinder to yourself! It means not being so hard on yourself if you aren’t behaving the way you should. It means acceptance. Acceptance is very important. Nobody can help us, not even ourselves, if we cannot even see ourselves or know ourselves. It is your duty to yourself to know yourself. 

My Practice Since The World Shifted So Drastically 

I have found with my own practice that I recognized at the onset that my energy was drastically lowered and I sought physical movement — very slow, breath-led movement. It took a few months to find my equilibrium again, energetically. I spent time outdoors with the trees learning to balance on them & practising headstands. The thing about yoga asana is that you can work with them any way you like. Once you have a knowledge of them & an understanding of what each posture does for you than you can utilise them as medicine. For me, the headstand was calling — I needed the medicine of the headstand. Each time I tried was a bit of discipline I was imposing on myself, strengthening my core — both on a psychological level but also on the level of body. 

I held a meditation session for my online community because I wanted to provide some support, but I knew the energy was not yet right for me. I had a terrible headache afterwards, which was interesting. This was the 1st session. I have since done a number of sessions which are available on my page. 

Then I felt a need to seek out other teachers, guides and healers of all kinds. I felt a need for support. It was hard to sit on my own. Something that hasn’t happened ever to be honest. Even when I was starting out, I was fine to meditate alone. I did however, spend a great deal of time meditating with other people then. Meditating with others is something very special & because it is an energetic practice, I really do feel it is totally possible to vibe with other people in a meditation frequency regardless of physical location. 

Peeps Around The World Wanting To Help Us

It was a joy to discover how many wonderful people were already out there holding the space, people like Zen Monk John Sojun Godfrey and Kundalini Maven, Yogi Jones. I felt a need to immerse. I discovered there are these lovely people who are holding space for global meditation every hour on the hour! And they send you a page of links with all the different time zones listed. I did a lovely Qi Gong session on a Sunday morning through EventBrite – honestly there are so many online sessions on there, I wanted to sign up for everything . I did a live audio meditation session with the Mary Magdelene Temple which called in the Goddess frequency which was beautiful too. The practice that I really broke through with was a 3 hr zen meditation session. I’d never met any of the sitters before but the vibe on everything was very stabilising. 

It also reminded me of discipline. So much of the practice is discipline. It is a great thing when your discipline comes without effort after extended practice and you don’t need to worry about it actively but even then perhaps every now and then you need reminding of it. I was very grateful for the discipline of Jon Sojun Godfrey in leading his meditation with so much ease and kindness at 7 a.m. his time (Vermont, U.S.A) every morning on Facebook live. (That’s 12 pm BST, guys. U.K.) And Vicky Jones or Yogi Jones has directed the flow of her Kundalini sessions from the studio at Ministry Of Yoga in Crewe to online sittings. Huma Jalil Hazleton yoga teacher with experience of over 20 years who teaches at Sangye yoga, Yoga West and the Life Centre Islington has begun to host sessions on zoom. Besides that, I was invited to create an online course for helping writers with ‘Writer’s Block’. I envisioned it as a garden and it has now been published and is available here 

Holding Space 

I always talk about how ‘showing up,’ for the practice is 50% of the practice. It is possible to show up for yourself online. For the last week, I have been holding space for meditation at 7:30 p.m. BST ( I learnt that in summer we don’t use GMT but British Summer Time or apparently it confuses everyone? Go figure) on Facebook live. If I can share my practice and have it help than that is a good thing. At the moment, I have had to pause the live sessions as my 7 year old needs even more emotional support right now! There are over a dozen videos you can watch & do sessions along with. 

As a practitioner and meditation guide myself, I feel it is important at this time to band together and find each other. We all need friends right now. I will be adding more links and hopefully create a lovely set of resources for anyone who needs some kind of support . 

Much Love

Sascha Aurora Akhtar or Be Meditation 

Vicky Jones is leading a regular Friday evening session

Kundalini Yoga Class. Friday 7.30 pm.
We are working on connecting deeply to our Inner World.
Finding connection with our truth.
Creating Stillness.
Less dependency on external events and material objects.
Allowing ourselves to see things as they really are.

Breathing.
Releasing.
Becoming ourselves.

Please message me to book on. Classes via Zoom. £5.00 per person.

John is leading a daily session at 12 p.m. BST or 7:00 am EST ( U.S.A) 

Huma should be messaged for any details of the asana & meditation sessions she is leading. 

I have not personally done any sessions but SPOKE.WORLD is doing some interesting work on Insta with ‘Artist Lead Meditations’ which have sound & purport ‘deep healing’ – there are some very cool poets & spoken word artists leading these sessions. Do look into it! 

Things Of The Spirit #6

In Honour of the Harvest Full Moon also known by the Native Americans as Hunter’s Moon, Travel Moon or Dying Grass Moon rising at 19:35 GMT on the night of Friday, September 13, 2019…we present an extract from a charm-poem that utilises one of the most ancient and powerful symbols of magic – the Egg. Eggs are also used in protection magic, to detect harmful energies and represent beginnings, lyfe, death – the whole lot. The poem goes further & puts forth a very fragile, tiny egg – the egg of the Quail. 

We are honoured to have this radiant magical poem here, written by Claire Basarich. It was written during a six hour workshop called Technicians of the Sacred: The Poem As A Magical Event, facilitated by Be meditation founder Sascha A. Akhtar. So it’s extra special. Plus it exhorts the reader to Be, so…

– Love from Be meditation

Artist: Debra Morris

Charm for a Quail’s Egg

First, examine it closely, its speckled face
Then say the words
Coturnix Coturnix Phasianidae
Now make a bed of your lips
to gently hold the quail’s egg

What is its shape,
a gift, a call to be
nurtured, symbol of dreams:
Shape of a tear drop, blood drop
All life death and possibility

The clara, the egg’s clear surrounding immersive.
Blood is the orange yema, emulsive yolk
which binds together, brings clarity to your vision
stimulates revelation, repairs past wounds.

In your mouth, one side of it faces light
The other, your dark inner.

Do not crush the egg
or swallow it whole, snake-like.
Be with it in this space
between absorption, ejection
acceptance, rejection.

Claire Basarich is a French-American writer currently based in Sheffield, UK. Her mystic leaning includes an interest in the power of nature, spaces, and the feminine. 

Things of The Spirit # 5

In Honour of the Strawberry Full Moon of 17th June, 2019, we present this charismatic, little jewel of a poem. As you may know we LOVE anything to do with breath, so thank you Aki Schilz. We are honoured to have you here. This poem was written during a six hour workshop called Technicians of the Sacred: The Poem As A Magical Event, facilitated by Be meditation founder Sascha A. Akhtar. So it’s extra special. 

– Love from Be meditation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Charm to Reclaim Stolen Breath

From the wreck of the body
salted bones rising from the damp –

            a ribbed cathedral, Hvalsalen,

vast silences, each of which contain
heartbeats as single beams of light:

                        pulse-point,
                        the transparency of skin
                        breath as ordinary,
                        breath as held,

                        breath as rain collapsing into oceans.

We take your lungs in our fists,
gather them like skirts, contracting.
A folding inward, an insiding-
out so that each quiet gulp of our mouths
removes something from you –

                                                  gives it to us.

This place in the backs of our knees: tender spot.
The quiver of inner ear bones divining changes
in the wind.
The hand hovering over a shoulder-blade
like the shadow of a bird of prey cast
against a canyon.

From the wreck of the body
we unfold new lungs like sails, still wet,
spread them
against the blue of the sky;
fill it up and up and up
until it tips
like a bucket.

Aki Schilz is a writer of poetry, short stories, flash, and experimental non-fiction. She is co-founder of the Saboteur Award-shortlisted #LossLit digital literature project with Kit Caless, and in her day job is Director of The Literary Consultancy. Spiritually, Aki is interested in the concept of other worlds as an invitation into thinking open-mindedly, and open-heartedly, about the possibility of magic(s). She is also interested in ideas of the breath, women’s bodies, and structures of power. This was the starting-point for writing this charm, as inspired by Sascha’s magical teaching. Aki is on Twitter @AkiSchilz 

Things Of The Spirit # 4

In Honour of the Full Moon of 18th May, 2019. Old/traditional names for this moon include hare moon and flower moon. Thank you to the magical creature that is Danne Jobin for sharing their vision – Love from Be meditation.

‘Wren Chant – Danne Jobin 2019’

Wren chant

when the wren calls you will

take in the music

take in the beat,

the pitch of its song

 

when the wren comes

jittering among leaves

in the mossy hedge

you will stoop down to earth

 

smudge

your face

with soil

 

when the wren flies

when the bird spreads its wings

to split open

the veil of worlds

you will follow,

fearlessly you will

let your spirit follow,

 

when the wren

calls upon

your name

Danne’s poems have been published in harana and Tenebrae. They are interested in the spellbinding power of words.”Wren chant” was inspired by Sascha Akhtar’s enchanting workshop at the Poetry School. Danne has a wren tattoo and can sometimes be found paganising at the edge of the woods. 

@xDanneJx https://www.dannejobin.com/ 

Things of The Spirit #3

 

In celebration of the New Moon, May 5th, Be presents the work of Hariette Lawler from her “Animate Boxes” series was ushered in with the “Unlocking the Box” sculpture which represents breaking free, seeking new horizons, & pushing past barriers. Seeing what lies beyond old boundaries that keep people from discovery.

Elation also comes with discovery and freedom – Hariette Lawler

The Gift of the Empty manifests the rewards of clearing one’s mind and experiencing the beauty, harmony, clarity, and bliss that regular and deep meditation brings to our lives. 

Gift of the Empty: The Un-Box with the Silver Lining
by Harriette Lawler from the “Animate Boxes” series
copper and aluminum
77 high x 31 wide x 29 deep cms

About the Things of Spirit Series

Be meditation is honoured to share the tracts & art of mystics. People who are transmitting from different post codes of Consciousness. Those to whom words have appeared in various states of contemplation or meditation. These writings are our equivalent today of ancient mystical writings. There is a centuries old tradition of art, poetry and writing being part of the mystical experience. This has been obfuscated in the very meaning and understanding of the word “mystic”. We killed the idea of the mystic! But rest assured the mystics did not disappear so easily. Here at Be we want to collect art & writings to share, to inspire, to create a higher frequency of communication. So this includes stream-of consciousness, spells, divination, “philosophizing,” any kind of energy work-related visual, aural or written art. We make no distinction. If it has magic, we’ll know.

We shall be doing this to coincide with moon cycles..ish…

Submissions welcome.If you feel like you already know the guidelines. Like everything you’re reading here is totally vibing with you, and you’re like, I TOTALLY get it. Then send away to sakhtar21stcentury@gmail.com, preferably during the waning gibbous moon, you know?

I hope you will fall in love, experiencing the works, as I did. Which is why they’re here.

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The Last Full Moon of 2017 -Transmission featured: John Alexander Arnold

This full moon we feature a short passage exploding with depth and John’s latest luminous body of work which he shall be exhibiting at the 10th Annual Big 500 Art Show in Portland, Oregon this winter. We hope you vibe with his transcendentalism as we are.

John Alexander Arnold connects with The Earth’s elements through daily practices in organic horticulture, wild crafting, and mandalic composition, from which his art is derived.

On Time & Space & Being & Consciousness & All That Good Stuff: 

 

“You are an infinite column of light

that lifts the heavens, bears

 

down on the bowels

of the earth, and cuts through

 

all space, time, physical

form, and layers of consciousness.

 

You are a dragon that rests

at the end of time and

 

breathes the you, you

can perceive like a cone

 

of fire through the warp

and weft of the continuum

of existence into the past. 

 

You are a unique impenetrable temporal

 

enigma that can only be expressed

 

through mysterious metaphor.

 

You are a time machine”.

#MicDrop – JAA

 

Thank you, John. We do feel like that some days. With love & Gratitude Be Meditation 

About this Full Moon

 

 

 

 

 

#December Workshop – Soothe yourself before the BIG day..#Christmas

" Deep Breath"

” Deep Breath”

All I Want For Christmas…

Are Two Deep Breaths: Cultivating your Inner Sanctum

What: Immersive meditation Workshop with Sascha Aurora Akhtar

When: December 2nd, 2017

2 pm- 4:30 pm

Where: The Letchworth Centre For Healthy Living, Rosehill Hospital Hitchin Road, Letchworth, Hertfordshire SG6 3NA, Tel: 01462 678804, classes@letchworthcentre.org

Elements: Cultivating conscious mind de-cluttering and space clearing esp. in a time of duress, Techniques to do this, Breath practices from varied traditions,

Teachings: Tuning in, Inviting Silence and Stillness, Creating a bridge for yourself to travel inwards, the idea of ‘inner sanctum,’ protecting this.

Techniques & Methods: Guided meditation, Movement, Deep inner work, visualisation. Breath awareness and techniques.

 Schools: Sufi, Zen, Mindfulness, Nada Yoga, Butoh.

Keywords: Breath, Space.

Will suit: Everyone who finds this time (or any time) of the year challenging and would like to learn how to utilise the benefits of meditation and breath practices, towards this end. A Christmas present for YOU.

A note on sound: Natural sounds are utilised, from hand-crafted indigenous instruments. Such as cactus, seed-pods, coconuts and bells.

 The workshop will cost £ 40. Concessions are welcome. 

 

 

Loving Kindness in a State of Emergency #NunsFire #TubbsFire #AtlasFire #Napafire #CAL_FIRE #NorthBayFires #santarosafires #HealingForAll

I have always felt the energy of North California to be magical. I have an inexplicable spirit connection to it, and some of my spirit tribe hail from there. I have been watching every news story, reading the twitter feeds, looking at the maps for two days now trying to find out information for my friends but also because just on a deep spiritual level the horror of such devastation is palpable to me.

I am reading and seeing what people are experiencing and so I am writing this post in order to help in the way I know best, through my work as a healer and wellness facilitator.

State of Emergency
Spiritual Implications and Healing

You are in a State of Emergency. This does not refer just to the external trail of widespread destruction. This refers to the inner space of YOU as a being.
You have managed to escape, survive but know nothing about your home. Your community, friends, family are all in the same situation. Many HAVE lost their homes.
Your base, foundation and stability have been threatened. This is our root. Upon which ALL things stand. Upon which we stand. Feelings of despair are totally normal.
If we can, this may be a tall ask, wherever you are, frightened, anxious, despairing, take a moment to acknowledge this.

 

Loving Kindness in a State of Emergency #NunsFire #TubbsFire #AtlasFire #Napafire #CAL_FIRE #NorthBayFires #HealingForAllSit on the floor if you can. Lean against a wall, or a couch. Get a blanket if you wish, make sure you are comfortable. Close your eyes. Say to yourself:

“Everything I am experiencing is valid” ( or anything that comes naturally to you in your own words). Yes, it may be difficult to concentrate when your world is falling apart outside, but taking this moment is important for YOU AND for your family & community.

Take a few deep breaths through the nose. Sending the breath down to your root, your base, your foundation. Sense any kind energetic disturbance, in this root centre. Allow yourself to feel love for your own suffering, as you would with a child or a loved one. Say to yourself:

I acknowledge my own sense of suffering“.

Allow yourself to cultivate this space of safety for yourself, sending your base, your root, your foundation a flow of love & healing. Stay in your inner space.

Stay connected with your body. FEEL the sit bones on the ground. Your back supported. Say to yourself:

I send healing love to myself“.

As you feel this sense of Loving-Kindness growing, you can stay with it as long as you feel right. After that take a few more deep breaths, and slowly allow the external to gently filter in, meaning your family & friends and their experience right now. With each breath, say to yourself:

I send healing love to my family & friends

If you find the emotion rises, that is fine. You may cry. That’s also ok. Say to yourself ( when & if you can):

I send healing love to our community and to the earth

Stay in this inner space as long as you like, allow yourself to connect with all those around you, experiencing what you are.

What is occurring IS near impossible to process on ALL levels. Intellectual, Emotional, Physical, Spiritual. Whatever your losses, Healing is the only way forward. Healing yourself, your loved ones, your community and the earth. I am truly sorry for all you are experiencing from one human being to another.

Love to YOU & YOU & YOU.  You are NOT alone.

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Angels

Photo from: @abc7kristensze Found amid the ruins of my friend’s #coffeypark home. May #angels be watching over all those who lost so much in #northbayfires.

There will be a lot of stuff out there coming in. Words, images, sounds, talk. Everyone is trying to help themselves and their own. It’s perfectly valid.

In every moment, try to stay IN your body, ON the ground that you are on. Use your breath. Close your eyes OFTEN. And this may sound weird, but try to visualise water, cooling & soothing. Your mind and psychology is inundated with the heat of the fire energy and the fire images. Imagine rain. Listen to rain sounds if you can. Sooth.

There is only so much we can take, we are human. Try to manage your responses to others that upset YOU.In this situation, keep in mind whatever is happening IS happening.Everyone is human, and everyone is doing their best. What SHOULD or SHOULD have been or be, may not be relevant. In this moment, in this instant, NOW, what is most important, and ONLY for this moment. Stay with that. It may be comforting your kids, the elderly, but you also need to do that for yourself. Much love from me.

Things of The Spirit

Be Here Be Now. Be.Be meditation is honoured to share the tracts of mystics. People, who are writing back from different post codes of Consciousness. Those to whom words have appeared in various states of contemplation or meditation. These writings are our equivalent today, of ancient mystical writings. There is a centuries old tradition of poetry and writing being part of the mystical experience. This has been obfuscated in the very meaning and understanding of the word “mystic”. We killed the idea of the mystic! But rest assured the mystics did not disappear so easily. Here at Be we want to collect writings to share, to inspire, to create a higher frequency of communication. So this includes stream-of consciousness, spells, divination, “philosophizing,” any kind of energy work-related visual, aural or written art. We make no distinction. If it has magic, we’ll know.

We shall be doing this every full moon…or so…

Submissions welcome. Guidelines will be here soon. Until then please do wait. Unless you feel like you already know the guidelines. Like everything you’re reading here is totally vibing with you, and you’re like, I TOTALLY get it. Then send away to sakhtar21stcentury@gmail.com, preferably during the waning gibbous moon, you know?

I hope you will fall in love, reading these tracts, as I did. Which is why they’re here.

 

Mapping The Questions

Artist: Aaron Ebersole – CGSociety.org

The depth of self is nothing but ascension of soul.

Each ascension deeper than before.

Each rise taking you higher yet we ascend only to fall deeper.

We rise only to be humbled.

 

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Each new constellation is but another pitfall. Each universe is but another shackle. From stars to universe we travel to become dust again. The greatness clay holds within as it is nothing but star dust. Stars are made of us and we are made of stars.

Universes within universes, galaxies within galaxies, stars beyond stars we descend only to rise to higher levels of consciousness.

What is then consciousness but depth; depth but vision; vision but perception of Universe; Universe but your perception.

 

Northern Areas, Pakistan. Photographer unknown. Source: The Internet

 

What is knowledge then but a mystery of consciousness &

which mystery is then true but relative to what being truer?

 

 

What is then life? A prelude, a constellation, a galaxy, a universe or a mystery

What then is the prelude but consciousness &  is the universe our consciousness

or consciousness our universe?

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Do we sleep when we wake up or do we wake up when we sleep?

Do we become when we unbecome or we unbecome when we become?

Do we exist only to be extinct or we are extinct only to exist?

Are we lost to be found or found to be lost?

 

 

What then is journey and which then is destination?

Is universe then the journey and consciousness its destination or is consciousness the journey and the universe its destination?

What are we then the universe or the consciousness?

 

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Are the stars then more real or truer or we are most real and truest?

What was consciousness before we were clay & clay before we were conscious?

Were we clay before stars were moulded or were we stars before clay was moulded?

What then are the stars and what then is the clay?

 

Are we then more conscious when we are unconscious or are we more unconscious when we are conscious?

 

Shahana Munawwar, Karachi. Sculpture exhibited in London.

What then is ‘I’ and what then is ‘you’ ? Who am I and what are you? Am I conscious and you are unconscious? Or you are conscious and I am unconscious? Maybe ‘you’ are conscious because ‘I’ am conscious? What are ‘you’ when ‘I’ am unconscious? What were you before I was conscious or what will you be when I am unconscious? So do I become more conscious only to become unconscious or do I become more unconscious to become conscious?

What then are you but I and what am I then but you? Do I know you or do you know ‘I’? Am I then you and you are nothing but me? Why then is you and why then am I? What then are you and what am I?

Am I your truth or you are my truth? Am I then real or are you more real? What if there is no you and no I? What if you are I and I am you?

 

Rob Gonsalves

Rob Gonsalves

 

What if I and you are then one prelude, the same constellations, the exact galaxy, and the only universe.

And there is no ‘you’ but ‘I’

and no ‘I’ but ‘you’.

 

 

– This piece was shared by an author who wishes to remain Anonymous. We would like to express gratitude to Anonymous, and hope to hear from you again.