Lion’s Gate Meditation and how to prepare

 

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Mini altar

Cottage Mavens, I was astounded and amazed when I saw that people from 16 countries had read my blog yesterday. (46 countries year- to- date )

At that moment, I was glad that the “translator” was on.

Finally, hitting the 3 year mark, I don’t think I started writing on the blog right away.

And once I did, I started out gingerly, tip-toeing in to the blog world, not sure what I would be writing about.

Things started to shift and evolve within me.

Thinking that I would write about decorating and all things related, my spirituality started showing up in a big way.

There were messages coming through that I needed to share with the world.

When I started to share these things, my heart began to fill up.

Even though I have just over 200 followers, I continue to blog.¬† I’m not only inspiring myself, but hopefully others. ūüėČ

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pepper grinder used for incense holder

Even if you don’t know what the Lion’s Gate portal is on 8-8-17 (8), the full moon eclipse, the global shift, etc. etc. etc. ,¬†you can prepare for this worldwide event by preparing your altar.

The full moon in Aquarius, the friendly sign, will most likely be bringing people together, and with the sun in Leo, there may be large gatherings, parties, and get- togethers done on a larger scale – or you may choose to spend the time with those closest to your heart.

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Elements of an altar

Whichever way it plays out for you, there are several things you can do to prepare.

Create an Altar ~ this can be temporary or permanent.

Here are some suggestions for you to try…

Your altar can be simple or extravagant, it is entirely up to you.

  1. create a central focal point, like in any good design!
  2. You can start with a table, place a cloth on the table if desired.
  3. add pictures of the Christed ones such as Jesus, Paramahansa Yogananda, Babaji, Lord Buddha, Amachi, your own personal guru, your ancestors, or a symbol that denotes peace, love, and world unity.

You can also use a large rock or crystal

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Large Selenite Crystal with Quartz Point on top

Add something from each of the elements, ie. fire, earth, wood, air, water, using natural living things found in your environment.

Fire ~ Candles, Incense, Sage wand

Earth ~ Crystals, rocks, lava, dirt

Water~ a bowl of water, a mirror,

Wood ~ Herbs, Flowers, leaves – here I’m using leaves, Rosemary for longevity, faithfulness, and spiritual strength.¬† Sage for clarity and guidance.

Air ~ feathers, bird nests

Written affirmations

Look for things close to your home, or take a walk and see what finds you!

The idea is not to go out and buy a bunch of stuff or spend a lot of money on your altar.

Find things from Nature, the elements, or your kitchen!

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As I’m sitting here with this altar, sacred space, with all of it’s beauty, softness, and grace, I feel deep emotion, blessings, and so much love in my heart.

The energy of the herbs, flowers, crystals, send forth their love, fragrance, and gratitude, making our job easier. 

Our job of sending this love and gratitude worldwide.

Why wait until the full moon?

Get the family involved in this vigil, this ceremony.

Spend time meditating near your altar infusing it with your peace.

Then, on the full moon, collect the energy of your altar, rolling your hands over it and collecting it up into a great ball of light.

Give your energy ball a blessing and send it out into the Universe.

Every Sunday, in August there will be worldwide global unity prayer circles.

Keep your altar refreshed.

Create a group of your own .

Keep the Ball rolling!

Feel the peace in your heart and become a “smile millionaire”* giving your smiles away to all you come into contact with.¬†( smile millionaire first coined by Paramahansa Yogananda)

Eat more super foods and Raw foods to increase your own Life Force energy. You can find my recipes here.

With much love,  Lorna

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I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me, Thank you.¬† Enjoy the energy of the photos.¬† Let me know if you can feel it. ūüėČ

Finding Sacred Space in a troubled world

 

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Sacred Space

There’s no doubt in my mind that our world is changing and how our recent election in the U.S. has really stirred-the-pot, shaken people to their core, and hopefully gotten each person to take a look inside and re-visit core values.

I think of all the classes that I took when attending CSU Sacramento, Mass Media and Society is the one that had the most impact.  What I took away from that class gave me direction on how I wanted to live my life.

Over the years since, I have seen how television and the media has changed and how it has changed people.

I imagined that in the 50’s, the powers-that-be got together and had meetings on how to “market” a new set of standards to the American public.

There was a standard put in place, through the media, that women should stay home, kids should eat sugary cereals, and that smoking was a cool thing to do, and we rarely saw people of color on TV.

Fast forward to the present, where we see the impact of the media being sold to our children.¬† How many children have cell phones, X Boxes, TV’s in their bed rooms?

Mass media, a form of brainwashing, is welcomed in almost every household as a necessity.  We cannot operate without phones, computers, and TVs.

The people in marketing are studying trends so they can make the most profit when a need is trending.

Think about this for a moment:¬† The more fast food, processed food that the population eats, the sicker the majority becomes which leads to bigger hospitals, more pharmaceuticals needed, and why not focus on the family pet while they’re at it.¬† Every day, we are being promoted to by billboards, magazine, radio, television, cell phones, pop up ads to use drugs.

Mass media has done it’s job to create fear and mistrust and blind trust in general.

Enough said….

So, with all of this, where do we go to find Sacred Space, where we can be left alone with our own thoughts, our own ideas, our own feelings, and stay in connection with our Divine presence?

Do we have to wait for a vacation to find a spot in Nature where we can reconnect with our essence?

Do we have to wait for a Sunday to attend religious services?

Have we lost touch with what’s real vs. what’s fed to us through the media?

Has the media pre-empted our need for a spiritual connection? 

Is it luring us away from our innate truth, our authenticity, our understanding, intuition, and our compassion for people as a whole? 

Creating Sacred Space in the home is a critical necessity in this day and time, a Cottage value, if you will, to make a place in your home, in each room even, to establish your family’s values, to anchor the presence of the Divine in your life, to remind you of your core values.

There is a Hawaiian prayer used for healing of everyday life:

Ho’oponopono

It means:

I love you (God or the God in you and me)

I’m sorry ( for at times losing this connection)

Please forgive me (for forgetting that I am Love)

Thankyou ( for blessing me always)

When repeated in the mind’s eye these words can bring profound and miraculous healing.

The words can be internally repeated when we feel fear, when we have issues, to a body part or pain, to our rooms,to our family, friends, and pets, to those who are deceased, to the world, to God.

Each person can take this and embrace it as their responsibility or choose to ignore it, and let the powerful force of the mass media control their thoughts.

The words of the Ho’oponopono prayer are powerful cleansing tools to erase from our consciousness the tapes recorded over our lifetimes that are embedded in our unconscious and affect our lives everyday.

These words can create the sacred space necessary to hold onto the connection with our Creator, to anchor us in the Divine’s embrace.

It is a simple tool, when used with sincerity can cleanse old pains that are keeping us stuck in fear, and show us a way to carry on in the face of difficulties.

It is a tool that can bring such a feeling of love inside that you will feel like you have found Heaven on Earth, as it is life-changing.

It is the safest, most private way to carry your Sacred Space within your heart, where no one can take it away from you, no matter what happens.

I didn’t know where I was going with this post.¬† At first, I thought I would be talking about mini-altars in the home, but I was led to understand that each person needs to carve a Sacred Space right in their heart by using the healing prayer of Ho’Oponopono.

Like I said, the pot has been stirred, and each person is being called to tunnel into their heart and create your sacred space in the sanctity of your own soul and keep the fire stoked by using the cleaning prayer.

By God’s grace, I love you, I’m sorry, Please forgive me, Thankyou.

 

 

 

 

How I use My Zone of Tranquility

via Photo Challenge: Solitude¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Continued from “Creating a Zone of Tranquility”

I wanted¬†to sit right down and start writing¬†some thoughts to improve the article, about creating a Zone of Tranquility, when I realized that I needed to take some of my own advice, the advice that this article is all about…….¬†finding a place for Solitude, Creating a Zone of Tranquility, as it’s called in Vastu, which is another term for Indian Feng Shui.

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But here’s my question;¬† How often do I use it?¬† Not often enough, I can tell you that!

And how long does it take to find the clarity I’m talking about?

 

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This muddy water has been sitting still for over a week

 

It’s taken this mud over a week to begin to finally settle, and it has been sitting still 24/7, and it still isn’t clear.

So, how long does it take our minds, when they are being constantly bombarded with new information, and what can we do to take the process of clearing our minds one-step-further?

You may have stopped watching television, or at least, edited what you do allow to enter your mind by being more selective about what you give your attention to.

You may have already carved out a sacred space in your home to use as your place of Solitude, your Zone of Tranquility.

You may even have limited the amount of time you spend on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Etsy, Ebay , Shopify, and email to a reasonable time period.

But how do you spend those 15 minutes per day of ” clearing obscurations-of-the-mind”?

And what if I can’t get into a sitting pretzel position on the floor to meditate?

And what can I use to help me, once I do figure out the correct posture to begin?

 

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This is my Zone

 

My Dear Cottage Mavens!¬† I can only share with you my experience, and hope that you will be able to create your “zone” that is unique to you.

I like to sit in a comfortable chair, preferably a wingback because it has good back support.  But any chair will do as long as you can plant your feet firmly on the floor.  I also like a pillow at my back to support my lumbar, and a soft blanket to wrap up in.

This is called the” Westerner’s siitting meditation posture “coined ¬†by Paramahansa Yogananda.¬†¬†Here are some guidelines:

  1. Sit up straight in a chair
  2. Eyes closed and focused between the eyebrow
  3. Head erect
  4. Feet flat on the floor
  5. Palms resting on the thighs at the juncture of the abdomen

The reason to keep the eyes focused between the eyebrows is because if they are lowered, your thoughts will begin to stray.

Keeping the back straight and head erect, align the spine to receive Divine Light from Source, and to help you stay awake.

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I like to hold two palm stones in my hands.¬† My favorite stones or crystals to hold are Rose Quartz, clear quartz, and amethyst. It’s a personal choice.¬† You can even go look in your garden fr a couple of smooth rocks that fit comfortably in your palms.

They all have a living vibration, and I’ve noticed a feeling of groundedness, and I go deeper into the silence.

Today, I sat with two rose quartz crystals.

Sitting quietly, calming the mental chatter, I began feeling a wash of chills flowing through my body.

For me, this confirms the presence of my Angels and guides.

This is when I take a moment to let the blessings flow over me, as though my whole body is being cleansed, healed, and burdens are being lifted and transformed.

This is the feeling of pure and total bliss that is waiting for you.

I also take this¬†time to express gratitude and give thanks for the healing vibration that I’ve experienced for body, mind, and soul.

Today I asked my rose quartz if they had a special message to impart.

” They help in reaching a state of calmness and help in connecting us to the heart center”¬† Rose Quartz

I can affirm this to be true.

When I wear rose quartz as jewelry, I’ve noticed that my connection with others is more intimate, and heart centered.

Learning to meditate

is not easy at first, and it takes years of practice.  Every time you sit, you will have a different experience.

Once learned and established as a way of life, it will change you in miraculous ways.

Running, gardening, knitting, painting are meditative practices, and will raise your vibration, but cannot be compared to having the lasting and profound effects of a sitting meditation practice.

Rumi ~~~~ Out beyond ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing, there is a field.¬† I’ll meet you there.

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