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Friday April 6  7:00-9:00pm
An Evening with Lama Tantrapa

Do you want to know how to relieve pain and suffering?

Join us on Friday, April 6, from 7 to 9 pm for a complimentary two-hour presentation called From Pain to Wellness presented by the international Qigong Master Lama Somananda Tantrapa as a preview for his weekend workshop this April 7 and 8 on Pain Body Healing.

As a pioneer of Pain Body Healing – along with Eckhart Tolle – Lama Tantrapa will share the four foundational principles of this healing system and how their applications can help you effectively release the undue tension that is responsible for most of chronic pain, stiffness, and energy blockages that may be wrecking your health without you knowing it.

You are about to learn how to release and heal the chronic tensions and pains faster than you ever thought possible! By attending this presentation, you will discover for yourself the principles of energy awareness that will help your mind and body collaborate in your healing process.

Lama Tantrapa is a Bon Lama in the tradition of Tibetan Shamanism and the 26th generation lineage holder of his family’s tradition of Qi Dao, also known as Tibetan Shamanic Qigong. His teachings integrate the physical, psychological, and energetic practices of this form-free style of Qigong with the essence of Tai Chi, Qigong, and Yoga.
Lama has over 40 years of experience in Meditation, Qigong, and Martial Arts having been trained by his Grandfather from the tender age of six. After receiving religious asylum in the US in the 1990’s, Lama has dedicated his life to helping others through his Academy of Qi Dao as well as educating people about the Energy Arts through his award-winning talk show The Secrets of Qigong Masters.
Lama’s teachings empowered thousands of people from all over the world, including many professional athletes, speakers, dancers, singers, writers, and actors, to live happier and healthier lives. Please go to PainBodyHealing.com to find out more about this unique healing system and to register for the upcoming workshop.

The Path of the Peacemaker – the Early Awakener

The Inherent Loneliness of Awakening Early

The Existential Loneliness of the Peacemakers – the Early Awakened

At times, the path of the Peacemaker can be a lonely one. For me, this has been one of the most unexpected and difficult parts of the journey. We begin to observe how few people know this path exists or seem to have any interest in seeking it out. For a time, we look around and everyone seems so intensely distracted by so many things that now seem so trivial to us. Indeed there is a certain existential loneliness that is often experienced by peacemakers—a loneliness we may have felt since we were very young. We may have felt that we never truly fit in with our peers, our families, our societies, our species. We may have often felt that the things that are important to the rest of the world are just not important to us and vice versa.

This loneliness can lead to almost desperate attempts to connect with others. We find ourselves in problematic personal relationships, in out-of-balance social situations and in a myriad of conversations where we feel we are not being ourselves—all in an effort to belong, to find where, how and with whom we truly fit. We can continue in these compromised situations for a long time, perhaps for a lifetime.

As a friend, Jeff Brown, posted on line recently:

Friends fell away as I individuated on my soul’s journey. As I shed one selfsense, I no longer identified with the people attached to it. Old ways of interacting seemed artificial, scripted, silly. Whereas before it was fine to hang out and waste time, now there was no time to lose. Now I had to protect my sacred purpose from connections that undermined it.

Be prepared for the lonely times on the journey. It can be very isolating to quest for true-path amid the trumpets of modern life. Walking through uncharted territory often means walking alone. This is particularly true in the transition stages before we find our consciousness soulpod. It’s like primary school all over again— who will be my first REAL friends? They call to us, we call to them, and our angels broker the deal.”

A few peacemakers are beginning to awaken and are here to assist in the awakening of all other minds, for we cannot find the Peacemaker within ourselves until we see it in everyone. We are becoming active peacemakers sent to awaken latent peacemakers. We understand that we, too, were once sleepwalking and may do so again and will need to be reawakened. It is our compassionate understanding of the illusions that others are still caught in—illusions that once held sway over us— that allows us to serve as a bridge for others from these illusions to Reality, from fear to love. If we are courageous enough to face being misunderstood and rejected, even by those we love, and to face the loneliness that this may sometimes cause, in time we will learn that we are never really alone—the Creator is beside us every moment, as are a host of angelic guides and teachers. Or as one ancient saying puts it, “When we are alone, God is our neighbor.”

If at times we feel we’re alone, we just remember that there are millions of others all over the world who are actively on this path with us. Even if it’s only one in a thousand, that’s still millions worldwide (though dealing with the other 999 can be exasperating at times). Know that just beyond the next bend may be a fellow awakened peacemaker who will be as delighted to meet us as we are to meet them. If we just keep walking the path, companions will be brought to us and will help us with our assignments as we will help them. Often, as you will see in our journey, they may be from such a different background and culture from us that we are surprised to find the comfortable intimacy that a shared worldview can offer.

As our hearts open, we will not need to search for love. Love will find us. Though it may not come in the form we expect, each day the Creator will send people to us with whom we may learn and teach our lessons of love. We need only get up everyday and ask, “Creator, who are you sending me to love today?”

Some of these may be casual relationships. We smile at a stranger. We joke with a child who has bumped into us. We let someone go ahead of us in traffic. Other times, they may be more sustained relationships lasting several years or decades. A tumultuous intimate relationship may reveal things about us we are ready to heal. A workplace relationship may blossom into a deep friendship. A close neighbor may teach us an important life lesson. Then, there are some relationships with family members, friends and mates that last a lifetime and offer us continuing lessons.

Claiming ourselves as peacemakers does not mean that we necessarily need to abandon or change any of these relationships. If we believe that, we will fear a path of love, believing that it will separate us from those we cherish. We are never being asked to sacrifice anything we truly love on this path. It just means that we let go of illusions, of fear-based relationships, and accept the truth—that we are all spiritual peacemakers sent to bless the world with our love. It just means that we view each person, each situation, each event in our world as part of our assignment of teaching love.

However, if a few of our relationships are compromising, draining or even toxic, they can deplete us and weaken our spiritual vision. We may decide to limit or cease our physical contact in those relationships—temporarily or permanently. We can continue to work toward loving these people unconditionally but perhaps from a greater physical and emotional distance. It’s not a matter of judging or disliking another but rather of loving yourself. We surrender and release the old painful fear-based relationship for a new love-based one, knowing that the gift of this new relationship awaits the other person, when they decide to accept it.

These problematic relationships may also serve to be our best teaching aids as they train us to rise above our upset, our anger, our judgment, and sense of being diminished to remember our instructions, our assignment. At times the person we are having the hardest time loving is often our best teacher at each stage of our life—stretching our ability to love and forgive while at the same time being willing to honor and maintain our own personal boundaries. These painful relationships often reveal our lingering traces of guilt, low self-esteem or the mistaken belief that we need to rescue others or that we are always somehow responsible if they are angry or judgmental towards us. These relationships, no matter how upsetting, are gifts to allow these issues to be revealed so they can be healed.

Striving to love someone unconditionally does not mean that you never change the form of the relationship but only that the function—to love them unconditionally—stays the same. You may decide to separate, divorce, quit a job or physically leave a relationship that is dominated by fear or other discordant vibrations. Sometimes you find yourself in a relationship, perhaps a long-standing one, where you are in such a different place from the other person that during your time together you feel compromised or diminished. You may decide you need to physically remove yourself from that relationship while still sending a silent message of love to them.

To some this example may appear unloving and insensitive. After all, who could agree that altering seemingly close relationships with relatives, friends and neighbors is a loving course of action? “They need us. It will hurt their feelings.” However, viewed from another perspective, we are simply setting our personal boundaries. There is so much need in the world, each of us must consciously decide what we have available to give each person or we run the chance of becoming so depleted that we are not able to effectively complete our assignment.

There once was a “Native American United Nations”

Before the colonist arrived, there was once a “Native American United Nations” – and societies that brought out the best in people. We did it once. We can do it again!
Hot Springs, Arkansas was once the “Native American United Nations.” Indigenous paths from all over North, Central and South America all converged there. It was called “The Valley of the Vapors” – truly mystical! And it was to break this “Sacred Hoop” that the US government made Hot Springs the first National Park – so tribes could no longer gather and find unity there.

Very little is known about this valley in pre-colonial times and my research for my book, The Beauty Path: A Native American Journey into One Love, did not turn up references to it. Like so many “Indian legends” it could be completely true, exaggerated or a total fabrication. All the information below is from the only book available on the valley, Indian Folklore Atlas of Hot Springs National Park by Marcus Phillips and Sandra Long.

According to their research, original people have been in the valley for at least 10,000 years. It was also called “Nowasalon,” “Manataka” or “Valley of the Vapors,” “Valley of Peace” or “Place of Peace.” The nearby Caddo Indians considered it the “Garden of Eden.” There were no permanent settlements or residents in the valley. That’s why archeologists cannot find many artifacts in the valley; however, the novaculite flint from this area has been found in artifacts of tribes all over North America.

The quality of the local crystal is considered by both gemologists and collectors as the purest in the country, perhaps the world, with some growing to boulder-sized formations. Two large crystal formations have been located miles apart in the area. Scientist believe they are connected deep underground making them in reality one huge crystal formation. Nowasalon is in the exact middle of these two mammoth crystals.

The book says that the hot spring water began as rainwater and then it slowly seeped into the Earth. Thousands of feet down it is superheated and shoots into these 47 springs through faults and crevices, picking up curative minerals on its journey to the surface. This process takes over three thousand years so the water, which is completely free of bacteria and slightly radioactive, is very old and very pure. Different springs are curative for different ailments.

In pre-contact times, there were trails coming into the valley from all directions. Tribes from all over the continent would journey here. These trails linked with major trading trails that traversed the whole country. Native tribes in both North and South America were linked in a vast network of trade. During times of famine, trade partners sent food. Guatemalan macaw feathers were used by Taos Indians of New Mexico and indigenous people in Honduras made pipes from Minnesota pipestone. According to the book, this ancient trail system was like a giant wheel and Nowasalon was the hub of intertribal activity and diplomacy. It was not only neutral ground, it was sacred ground.

Legends say a beautiful Indian princess would appear and drop an eagle feather at the feet of the angry parties reminding them to let their anger fly out of the valley. Great councils for all tribes, some so large that they encircled the entire valley, would be held with singing and dancing around great campfires. Medicine lodges were erected. It was said that rare healing plants grew in a great circle around the valley. They were gathered by the women of the tribes while the men gathered precious healing crystals and clay, along with flint, gold, silver, pyrite, and whetstones.

The local novaculite rock was highly valued for its fine flint for making tools and weapons. Gifts were exchanged among individuals and tribes to foster friendship and diplomacy. Friends and relatives separated by marriage would reunion here. Legends also say that the elders and chiefs of warring tribes would meet here to resolve their differences—a sort of Native American UN. Many tribes met here and exchanged stories and shared their simplistic technology, their ceremonies and rituals.

People from different tribes would sit in the hot springs or gather flint together or sit around campfires at night and exchange stories. It was a festive atmosphere, like being at a huge family gathering. They learned from each other. The medicine men and shamans shared their knowledge of medicinal plants. The women exchanged recipes, techniques for basketry, pottery and fashion designs. Though they learned each other’s tribal languages, there was a universal sign language that everyone understood — a common all-tribe language that is now lost, perhaps forever.

There were tribal and inter-tribal dances and drumming circles in a central plaza and just outside the valley, blankets were spread out with items for trade. People would share their campfires at night with people from other tribes. Those who were familiar with the springs and plants would share their knowledge with the newcomers.

The tranquility of the Valley of the Vapors came to an end in 1832 by order of President Andrew Jackson, who considered Indians “savage dogs,” and was the mastermind of many racial atrocities, including the infamous Cherokee Trail of Tears. Jackson pushed Congress to take an unprecedented action in the nation’s history, and one that was unconstitutional, by confiscating Nowasalon. Jackson was warned by the United States Supreme Court the government was prohibited by the Constitution to own land but he continued anyway. Understandably concerned about any place that might cause tribes to gather and unify, the valley was declared national land and the springs were dammed up. It was the first (and smallest) national reserve. Over time, hot springs resorts were built for tourists. A few remain but only one of the 47 springs is now accessible.
From The Beauty Path: A Native American Journey into One Love by Robert Roskind