Saturday, Feb 23, 2013, 10:30AM to 12:30PM An Inter-Active Talk/Workshop, Aligned With Source empowers us to deal with life’s challenges through understanding. In these rapidly changing times, we are called upon to approach life and all its situations from complete harmony of our masculine and […]
Month: February 2013
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013, 10:30AM to 12:30PM An Inter-Active Talk/Workshop, Aligned With Source empowers us to deal with life’s challenges through understanding. Where would you like to see yourself? What would you like to achieve? Who and what you are is your creation. Understanding and […]
Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope all of you were safe and warm through the blizzard. Considering the storm’s intensity I can only say we were truly blessed to be spared what could have been severe effects. Many of us around here had power throughout and were certainly spared the harsh after-effects. For those who did suffer some inconvenience, know that you were in our thoughts and hearts.
Our workshop ‘Holding Humanity In Your Heart’ although canceled, seemed to be playing out in an entirely unique way. The friendship, concern and helpfulness of everyone stood out and I must say ‘Thank you!’ to all those who managed our cities’ roads and clean-up programs as well as all those who waited patiently, making it possible for these to happen.
Valentine’s Day has several legends preceding it, and today represents love and as you know is celebrated each year on February 14. So what makes February 14, 2013 special? Let’s take a look: Numerologically speaking, February, is the second month in the Roman calendar year.
February, the 2: Two ones joining together thus represent relationships, partnerships, association, Unity! Doing all the work, the two is rarely gets credit being the supporting force (the 2 is often known as the power behind the throne). Sensitive and musical, the two is the true diplomat. But all relationships mirror the relationship we have with our Self, the most important one, and so applying within what we wish to see outside of us is key.
5, the sum of fourteen, is the Number of Man. It represents constructive change, letting go. The five is as diverse as you can imagine, daring to live, experiment and experience; the 5 dares to Be. By its very nature, the five goes beyond boundaries and is multi-cultural, a linguist, an explorer and traveler, embracing All. The five settles nowhere, knowing that everywhere is home. The fourteen, from which the five evolves, correctly indicates the obstacles that often precede the five and commonly denote the ‘wounded healer teacher’.
The current year 2013, led by a two, affirms this new millennium’s commitment to Unity; while the sum, six, the nurturer, tells us all we need to know about this year’s agenda. Six is also the teacher, healer, responsibility. Highly musical and artistic, the six balances all its responsibilities with ease.
The sum of 2+5+6 equals 13 which when reduced, is four and the 13/4 is an especially significant number. Thirteen, feared by many for centuries purely because its energies are so high, few were ever able to hold, let alone master them. With 13 representing a higher wisdom and four representing order, structure, system, limit; the foundation, the 13/4 thus signifies Divine Order.
Although numbers like this occur at different times during the year, and yes, each day does bring us what it is meant to, when we associate a particular day or event with a specific meaning, we empower it. On Valentine’s Day, a large portion (by no means the majority!) of the world hold this day to mean ‘Love’ and that in itself is empowering. However, from this year on, we must look at it differently, by embracing and caring for all of Humanity & our planet Earth in our love, beginning with Self—the 2, Unity; the 5, Humanity; the 6, Nurturing. Only by doing this will we flow smoothly with the Divine Order that prevails, enabling rapid progression to higher levels.
Quite apart from the associations attributed to it, the name ‘Valentine’s Day’ itself fully supports the vibrations of the day it anoints. ‘Valentine’ a 3, gives it the social context along with the joie-de-vivre; love of life—the sunshine and joy of positive expression and communication. ‘Day’, also totaling 3, further emphasizes this same vibration.
The two words combined reach a vibration of 6, the responsible nurturer and healer, teacher, creator. They tell us what we must be to bring about Divine Order.
Great things await us and we are every moment being encouraged to touch those expanded aspects of Self, explore them further and trust the ALL that We Are. Expand this magnificent You, and place in your heart: your Self, your World. Know that this includes every living Being, even those you are unaware of—welcome, embrace and recognize them from somewhere in your Cosmic Family. Without directing a course of action or issuing a judgment of any kind, allow the love from your heart to flow and become One with All That Is: You are your Universe, for it lies within you.
May your day and years ahead be filled with love and the beauty of Divine Perfection.
With the increasing degradation of women I am urged to write the following to women and men of the world. Although I began writing this with India and other developing countries in mind, this situation affects everyone in some way or other and requires us all to awaken.
In past ages human beings have moved through different experiences in order to understand fully who we are. This has taken us into both the happy as well as tragic. The millennium we have just left behind was an age of growing ego power, materialism and essentially male domination; the rule of masculine, left brain dominance. Did this mean that women had no choice or opportunity to shine our worth? Not at all, but it did mean that for the most part, we were put in the back seat, making it the exception rather than the rule where women have in fact come into their own despite the challenges.
Now, upon entering a new age, we have fully left behind this period, but what remains within us are the patterns of inferiority and inequality, on personal as well as collective levels. Our past ‘submissive and inferior’ patterns have no place in this age of higher consciousness, unity and equality of all. They are at complete odds with the high frequency energies being infused into us. Our planet Earth and all that lives upon and within her must adjust to these finer frequencies in order to live in harmony. So, clinging to any pattern that stems from anything other than complete acceptance of our Oneness as Beings must result in conflict.
Moreover, it calls each one of us to look within and make those shifts that are necessary—deep within ourselves. Our own thinking and beliefs about who we are in the greater scheme of things, as well as our own self worth must be examined. Changes can only happen when we change from within as all outward, collective experiences are mere reflections of our own inner self. So while we can and must talk seriously about changing laws, we must also be willing to look deeper and acknowledge our own truth: who are we?
The recent gang rape in Delhi is nothing new to our country. Decades ago we had the vulgar, brutal rapes of Phoolan Devi. Despite the subsequent movie ‘Bandit Queen’, we failed to heed the real message and there have been countless hideous rapes between then and now. Every rape is hideous. But rather than see an eradication of this in our otherwise growing global presence, we are seeing how grossly the issue has been neglected.
The rape of women is totally connected with how we as women feel about ourselves and how we treat ourselves. In a nation where the cow is revered as ‘Mother’ we get caught up in the ritual and externalization of this acknowledgement rather than apply it in our own daily lives. The rape of women is totally connected with the dowry deaths and female infanticides we read about every day, as also with each celebration of a male rather than a female birth. Each time a woman supports these, she is reaffirming her own lack of worth; as she does each time she shows preference for her son over her daughter, be it for education, opportunity or whatever. The number of spoiled and helpless men all point only to the number of women who have denied their own worth. The number of men that rape merely indicate a sad number of women who have taught their sons that women are there to be abused, through spoiling them rotten and through tolerating abuse themselves. Women perpetuate abuse by abusing our daughters-in-law; just because we were and we can. The rape of women will continue as long as any woman condones the rape of a woman of any religion, community or society. The rape of women will continue as long as we continue raping our own ‘Mother Earth’. The very definition of rape implies: assault, usually, but not always involving sexual intercourse, exploitation, coercion, abuse of authority, under threat or injury, without valid consent. It is an act that demeans through force, aggression, oppression, suppression. As long as we continue by any means to oppress the poor & the weak, through our greed and plundering, there will be rape.
As long as society continues to support separation of any kind, it is going against Mother Earth, Nature—the Mother. The very concept of Mother is: nurturing, healing, teaching, keeping the balance within the family, being the pillar, loving all her children equally. In doing this, she encourages and allows each to reach their fullest potential, without competition, bias or envy. Selfless servitude means a life of service, not agreement to being cast aside, abused or even side-lined. Mother’s service to her family is eternal, from birth till her death she is always there caring and nurturing; her capacity to do so immeasurable. Mother corrects her offspring when they err, teaching values and respect while she loves and forgives unconditionally, teaching them to do so in their turn. Mothers love is unconditional with the strength to stand tall and firm when necessary, in gentleness and respect. Her wisdom is infinite and knowing her worth, she needs no exaltation, using her feminine creativity to heal wounds and relationships, bonding the family and becoming both Mother and Father when necessary. Mother can never hurt or discard one of hers without dying inside herself.
In her transition from the Piscean Age of duality to the Aquarian Age of unity and higher consciousness, our Earth Mother has made it clear that we are welcome to share her space and use her gifts freely, but she will no longer tolerate abuse in any form! We must heed this and learn from it, for she is our example. No longer can we get away with denying our true Self; by failing to respect who we are. These ugly incidences show us in what areas we are still remiss. We will continue to see violence in our world until we, as a race, come together as one. For this to happen, the Mother in each one of us must awaken—yes, in women as well as men. We must acknowledge and accept our feminine aspects and bring them into balance with our masculine. There is no more to be an imbalance of either without harsh consequences. We each have abundance of both.
The spate of rapes, shootings and other violence only represents a dysfunctional society. ‘Educating a woman is key to educating a family’ is not an idle saying, in it lies the key. However, education is not merely something that results in a paper degree that may or may not qualify one for a ‘job’ per se. True education goes beyond, to include those aspects that have been omitted from our existing systems. A total acceptance and respect for each other and the differences that exist is necessary before we can move toward peace. Every family in the world requires a Mother as well as a Father, to supply the balance. When we undermine a woman’s value in the home, family, workforce, governance and society in general, we immediately support abuse. In doing so, we undermine the value of our own creativity and worth.
At my daughter’s birth in Mumbai, the female staff had refused to show her to us, believing we would be disappointed, only doing so after we created a rumpus and complained to the doctor, who had arrived after the birth. Later, in 1995, at the age of 14 she broke her right wrist. The young surgeon, highly educated in the U.K. and head of his department at a prestigious hospital in Mumbai, explained he would re-asses after the swelling subsided, whether to re-set or not. When the time came and X-rays revealed a significant left-ward bend in her wrist he refused to do a thing, saying ‘she is only a girl, it is quite unnecessary’. He stood his ground even after two other opinions were taken and finally we were able to engage another surgeon for a re-set. These are not isolated examples of gender in-equality. This disdain for the female is rampant, deep in the psyche. It is worse today merely because it has been ignored.
Last year, while visiting Mumbai’s Fort HSBC, I was stunned when a staff member directed me to the new ‘ladies queue’. It is bad enough that municipal schools, government offices and railways stations have this antiquated notion that separate classrooms, queues, and compartments will protect women. It is quite the opposite! By doing so, we give ourselves the freedom to continue bringing our children up with zero skills at inter-acting with the opposite sex. Is it any wonder that young men go berserk when faced with a girl or woman who is unprotected? Is it any wonder that even our politicians, police and legal authorities share that same view? Without an across the board shift, a mere change in law will not necessarily result in authority figures upholding that law. How can women expect to be treated equally if we still demand special protection? By this very act we acknowledge that we are vulnerable to men and accept that it is ok! In allowing and expecting this supposed ‘protection’, we are refusing to assert ourselves and act responsibly, both as women and mothers. Further, we are crippling our own girls for when they move in mixed circles, thereby perpetuating the problem.
Holding accountable today both the perpetrators and protectors of rape is definitely called for, while at the same time, these other issues must be addressed or we will have another empty law; one that requires chasing and generations to enforce. Simultaneously, another important law can be set in motion. It is my belief that the only long-term benefit will come from ensuring mandatory top quality and equal education for both boys and girls from the youngest age through college. Government must be made accountable for every child’s attendance, while leaving management to educators. Our children are the law creators and upholders of the future; they are also the Mother and Father of the future. Further, each one of us, educated, privileged elite—and we are privileged—must make the necessary shifts in being the example. Every rich society has an obligation to be a positive example. In whatever field, whatever nation or community, if we as a society cannot live in harmony with others, accept and respect their differences and share unconditionally, how can we hope that our children will understand the meaning of Unity? In all my interactions with the poor one thing stood out and that was the respect they have for those who are educated, for those who ‘seemingly have more’! Quite a twist here as I always saw such wisdom among these beautiful people, yet, society has made them feel inferior in so many ways. Media’s influence on them is huge and sadly media seeks only to exploit that privilege, promoting junk more often than not; which is why our bad habits trickle down, their sensationalism appealing not only to media, but to that irresponsible aspect of us all. The only education that will truly benefit is that of example, and it is up to us to be that. The illiterate of the world are not going to even read this.
It is time for all women worldwide to wake up. Read the writing on the wall. Abuse doesn’t go away through laws; it goes away when we recognize our true Divinity and believe it. It goes away when we respect ourselves, doing what we must to acknowledge and respect our own worth—in small and big ways, in the nicest ways possible. That is our strength. Through this, we stop the buck right there. As I have outlined, abuse and rape come in so many packages. We each of us have the power within us, but how have we utilized it? We have used our creativity and the inner strength either negatively, in doing to others what we received, or in weakness, seeking ways to tolerate abuse, working around it somehow, or look the other way. It is time now for every woman in the world, to shift focus and awaken the Goddess within by acknowledging her worth and respecting self, and in doing so, create a new and beautiful future of equal opportunities and situations, forever resulting in respect, harmony, unity, justice and peace.
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 To see Unity and Peace in our world, we must first believe it & be it. During this Valentine week, take part in processes for bringing greater Love into our world. Understand the ‘inter-dependence’ & Oneness of us all as Spirit […]
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013
Existing in fear of others seeing your pain & weaknesses, going along with things merely to please another or look good, are all ‘traumas of separation’ at a deep level. This workshop will enable you to understand and encourage you to release all this and free yourself so you may truly Live.
Dropping All Barriers & Stepping Out of Too Polite