Dealing With Death

Two of my family members from the same extended family unit passed away this year. Both “deaths” left many of my remaining family members feeling sad, confused and angry… Searching for a sense of understanding about these occurrences, I turned to my Spiritual Teacher, Dr. Roger B. Lane, and His Enlightened Talk #A210 “’Death’ And Its Unveiling: A Participatory Satsang”. This Talk clearly and powerfully explains the True meaning of ‘Death’ and helped me to lift above my emotions and stay Focused with Spirit many times during the past few months.

In the Talk, Dr. Lane speaks on two main topics. The first is the True meaning of ‘Death’ and the second is how we as Hu-mans in the physical world can respond to ‘death’ in our life.

The first topic, the True meaning of ‘Death’, is the most important part of the Talk. For in the Talk, Dr. Lane explains that ‘Death’, as we commonly understand it, does not exist. We are Souls and the Soul within us is Immortal. And in fact, we have it backwards on this planet; this life that we lead is Spiritually called Death and it is our Responsibility – our ONLY job – to use this ‘dead’ life to Resurrect to Life Eternal.

In other words, the purpose of Hu-man life is to Know ourSelves as Spirit and the only way to do that is to take Initiation Into The Sound Current and Ride this Current to Eternal Life. This is reflected in a Bible quote Dr. Lane often refers to from Matthew 8:22, in which Jesus the Christ said, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead” as He was referring to those who believe in the illusion of “death”.

Dr. Lane says this again in the Tools For Living Free #36 “Dealing With ‘Death’”,

“…part of our Divine Inheritance is that we ‘defeat death’. How do we ‘defeat death’? By coming to know our Soul directly, know ourSelves as the Eternal One and live in the Teachings of the Path Of Soul Transcendence, Which, basically, teach us to be Present with the Lord, God and surrender everything that isn’t His, that isn’t Eternal.”

The second topic in the Talk deals with how we can deal with and respond to a loved one who has died. Dr. Lane talks about mourning and the importance of honoring being in the physical, but that mourning is best done from a Loving place. This means moving into Appreciation for the time shared together. Dr. Lane says, “…how about a celebration because it was you the agreement was with to be a “sister”, “child”, etc. You were chosen and got to participate in this person’s Love and Light!”

Dr. Lane continues by talking about the purpose of the body, which is to “last only as long as the Soul needs” and that everything is done in perfect timing and is Spiritually correct. This means that when someone dies the Soul within that person has agreed to the time, place, mode of ‘death’ and nothing is being ‘done’ to that person. The Talk reminds us to let go of any judgments we may have about ‘death’ or the person who has ‘died’ and to see every situation in our life, even ‘death’, as an Opportunity to be Present with the Spirit we are.

Finally, for those who struggle with letting go of the loved one who is no longer in the physical, Dr. Lane suggests using the Two-Part Release Technique to be free of attachments like this:

  1. 1. Say within yourSelf, “Lord, God send me Your Light! Please take from me any emotional needs I may have or want the deceased to fulfill.”
  2. 2. Tell yourSelf, “(your name) it’s OK to let it go! ”
  3. 3. Ask Spirit to fulfill that longing for the person or whatever needs you are insisting that person fulfill for you.

To listen to the Talk A210 “’Death’ And Its Unveiling: A Participatory Satsang” in full, visit the Cosmos Tree Shop here.

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Postpartum

Postpartum. This word has haunted me ever since I birthed my first child.  As much as I’ve wanted to welcome another Soul into this world and our family since my dear son I’ve been scared of the aftermath of birth.  I was not afraid of losing pregnancy weight or staying indoors for long stints with foggy baby brain or even sleepless nights but my terror was of the emotional ups and downs that I experienced after my son was born.  I remember not being able to see the world as I normally do and things seemed overwhelming.  It was like the world was constantly coming at me, a video game of attacking “to dos” that pop up from around every corner of domestic life and needing to be shot with instant reflexes of nursing, laundry, diaper-changing, cooking, cleaning, not showering, wearing hospital panties and much more on repeat.  I recall sobbing tears for no apparent reason and then being furiously angry at the people that I loved most dearly.  That was the most frightful part for me; I was as furious as a ball of fire.

Now I am three weeks postpartum with my second child, a beloved and beautiful daughter. And, yep, I have had most all the symptoms I short-listed above. And, true to my fear, the rage has been the hardest aspect for my family to digest and, sadly, for me to cease.It is not my normal personality and certainly not my intent but when my body is a furnace of hormones the words, “Can you please empty the diaper pail?” have such a seething tone that I sound like I’m about to detonate.Yet, there is something different this time and that’s why I write. There is a glimmer of hope that has sprung up like a spring within me. I’m allowing myself to be Loved more this time and I notice that I’m recovering quicker because of it. By this I mean, I’m more open-hearted and patient. I let myself be hugged and helped by my family but, most powerfully, I allowed this phenomenal, incredible Love that is my Meditation Teacher.

I’ve had the great Blessing of Dr. Roger B. Lane being my Meditation Teacher for a decade now and with That has come Transformational and life-changing Learning. This Learning continues to Lift me to new places within mySelf. For instance, I’m experiencing Peace regardless of the outer situations and positivity; i.e., focusing on what I’m thankful for, has become a real and actual Choice for me. I may not always Choose it; sometimes I am lazy and want to be in the murk and mire of emotional drama, but I have the ability at each moment to let it go and be different. That’s what I wanted to employ postpartum this time.

And the question in my heart that irked me and made me afraid if I could handle postpartum again with a second child was, “Am I capable of Choosing into using what I’ve Learned and be Neutral even when my body is a chemical factory and my hormones are blazing trails into every alleyway of my emotional well-being? Can I employ
Choice in these fire and brimstone moments? When I’m a real live Medusa?” This is the nut of which I was afraid.

Now three weeks have passed since our angel girl came into the world. I have been a straight-up nutter some of the time, I’m not going to lie. However, something purely magical happened amid the ordinary yesterday that changed the course of this pattern for me. My Beloved Meditation Teacher called me on the phone. Dr. Lane simply called because of noticing that I was having trouble understanding a project we were working on together. Dr. Lane asked if I was okay and I explained to my Teacher a little about the anger and rage I was experiencing and expressing. And here’s what happened: Dr. Lane simply said, “That is quite normal considering you just gave birth. It takes a little while for the hormones to subside. I’d let you know if you had a real problem.”

And with that poof! something huge was Lifted off of me. I could see straight and understood that this is a temporary state and I was moved into Acceptance. I felt compassion for mySelf and my family. Instead of judging mySelf as harshly as a snake witch I was able to see objectively that this is quite run-of-the-mill after giving birth to a baby and, all of a sudden, I was flooded with solutions to all of the “problems” I was experiencing. What really happened, sum total, is that Dr. Lane gave me an incredible Gift by Lifting from me, in that conversation, all the judgments I’ve had against mySelf. My Meditaiton Teacher is a Spiritual Master and is Graced with the incredible Power of Clearing karma for a Soul. And I gave mySelf the Gift of Allowing mySelf to be Loved by my Teacher.

L.O.V.E., as defined by Dr. Lane’s Teachings, is Letting go Of Volition Every time. Meaning, I surrendered my judgments on mySelf and Allowed the Spiritual Action of my Meditation Teacher calling me to wash over me. I let the Love in by Letting Go. And I was moved into a very different place. One of self- compassion. Hey, yep, the hours are long in the beginning while the body is recovering, the whole family is turned upside down with the addition of another precious child but it stabilizes; we can get some more help (for example, order dinner) and I’ll be back to me soon. How simple and objective these solutions are! It is because my sightlines were raised by my Letting Go and Allowing My Teacher’s clearing of my karma that I could actually see clearly. And it wasn’t just sight that was renewed. I had more energy; felt Peaceful; knew instantly how to renew myself physically and was also moved into a place of deep thankfulness for what I’ve received.

Two of life’s most precious Gifts: One, my children. Thank you; thank you, God. And the other is my Teacher and being His Child. Thank you; thank you, God.

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Are You Playing The “Numberless Game”? If Not, Start Now!

In the Video/DVD entitled “The ‘False Self vs. True Self’Game” from the Series “Understanding The Spirit You Are” by Dr. Roger B. Lane, the Founder/Director of Cosmos Tree and My Spiritual Teacher, Dr. Lane says:

“We may find ourSelves doing what I call the numberless game which is there are 99 people who do this in that way and yet my Inner Truth is I need to do the very same thing according to the Integrity of my Truth, Which is different so that the numbers don’t add up. As a matter of fact, they may be against me. …”

Let me give you an example! The holidays have just ended and, thanks to the Gift of Loving Service Given to me by Dr. Lane, I spent much of it hosting/attending every Offering at the Cosmos Tree Center: Meditations and/or Sunday Programs on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year’s, New Year’s Eve.

When I first started hosting on holidays, I was afraid to tell my family that I wouldn’t be joining them for Thanksgiving. What would they think? Say? Even “do”? As Dr. Lane has pointed out, I was attached to the opinions of others, in this case, millions of others in the form of the societal “norm” that holiday equals in-person family time, no matter my preference otherwise.   

I hosted two Meditations on Thanksgiving so I essentially spent the day at the Cosmos Tree Center; this year, this single day of Growth And Upliftment was one of the best days of my life. I was in Joy! I was In Celebration! What a Gift! All I did was show up! And commit and recommit as needed to being There!

That first year that I spent Thanksgiving at the Center, I Learned how to work this numberless” situation – and others – Spiritually. Here’s how: call in the Light Of The Most High inside yourSelf: “For the Highest Good Lord, God, send me Your Light!’ For the Highest Good Lord, God, please [fill in what you want; for instance, to be at the Center and also for everything with my family to work out easily and effortlessly, etc.] That first year, my favorite family members “just happened” to be in my neighborhood the next day and we got together!

You can also direct your basic selves – the part of you that brings forward your karmic patterns and that loves to “belong” or, as Dr. Lane has said, to play “the numbers game” – like this: “Basics, come present! I need your cooperation and energy to [direct them into the action you prefer; for instance, host/attend Meditation at the Center on Thanksgiving and be in Joy and Peace as we do This!] Thank you and let’s keep up the great work doing This!”

You can also use the Two-Part Release Technique by calling in the Light Of The Most High as noted above; then say, “For the Highest Good Lord, God, please take any fear from me!” and tell yourSelf, “(your name) it’s OK to let it go!”

Most importantly, as Dr. Lane Teaches in the Video/DVD, there is only one “… Number that really counts – the Integer, the One, the Spirit that we are – That’s What counts and That is What I Honor and Walk with when I stay in My Integrity.”

Please use one of the many Tools For Living Free, a double-sided educational publication, made available at cosmostree.org under “Resources”. Start with #16 titled “Being Present In The Moment”; read it and do the exercises often! Please note, too, that while this Tool will help you Lift and Grow and is therefore very important in your Spiritual Growth, to be Truly Present with Spirit/The Integer/In Integrity, you need to request and be Given Initiation Into The Sound Current, a Precious Gift Given by My Teacher/the Lord, God. Through Initiation, you have direct access to the Spirit you are/The Lord, God. For more information, please feel free to visit spiritcentral.org at Initiation.

As the holiday season winds down, I notice that a lot of people I know are sick with severe colds. As Dr. Lane Teaches, colds come from “being cold to yourSelf.”

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Be A Lover Of God

It’s Valentine’s Day and as I experience the holiday with my family – receiving cards with red hearts; giving the children candy treats; dressing in red and pink and white – I think about the greatest Love of my life, my Love of God. I’ve been a Lover of God for as long as I can remember and It goes far beyond any romantic or sweet love that is expressed on a paper gift card.

What exactly does it mean to be a Lover of God? How can one Love God? God, according to the dictionary, is the creator and ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority; the supreme being. What?!? Just try to wrap your brain around God, and Love, and the meaning of all life…

Honestly, the answer to my question is quite simple and is beautifully spoken about in a Tools For Living Free #14 “Loving God Through Imitation” by Sound Current Master and brilliant Teacher, Dr. Roger B. Lane. I cannot even begin to explain how to Love the Lord, God even half as well as My Beloved Teacher does, so if you want the straight answer read it here!

I will say this, I see the Lord, God in all things. I see the Lord, God in the beauty of this world – the colors, the textures, the scents and sounds. I see the Lord, God in the small and large acts of caring, compassion, non-judgment and love that we all do in one way or another. I see the Lord, God in the “tragedies” and “triumphs” of human life. For whether it is a family member “battling” cancer or a well-deserved promotion at work – all of life’s moments are Opportunities to Learn and Grow as the Spirit within. I Love This. I Know Joy and Peace when I am being kind and compassionate. I Know God  and when I remember I am God  I surrender my hurt, pain, and anger and allow mySelf to be led from a neutral place. Dr. Lane says, “…when you love God you love yourSelf.” And “[L]oving Him is to be in that place, letting God be God.” Yes.

And for me, in particular, as an Initiate Of The Sound Current On The Path Of Soul Transcendence, I see the Lord, God “above” these manifestations in the physical realm and within mySelf when I practice the Spiritual Technique Taught at the time of Initiation. In fact, I more than “see” the Lord, God; I experience directly inside mySelf in the Soul Body the Lord, God. For more on this see What Is Initiation? here.

I Lovingly encourage you, too, to be a Lover of God! And in honor of Valentine’s Day, I leave you today with a Love sonnet to the Lord, God:

What does it mean to Love the Lord, my God?
How far and wide an answer seems to be
For what is Love? Is God? Is Life to me?
These inquiries my mind to the beat nod.
Alone I know a brain is not enough,
To grasp the Truth That sits in each of us.
Teacher to lead across the bridge a must!
And Teach Love Lessons of God without fuss.
It is from Dear Teacher the Truth is known,
To Love the Lord is to act as He does.
With compassion, kindness, caring and love,
And do as much like a great skill to hone.
To be in that God place is Love because,
‘Tis then the below is as the above.

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The Meditation Transformation: A Miracle In A Month

I’ve been hosting Meditation Of The Light Of The Most High at the Cosmos Tree Home Center for many years; and on a regular basis I see Souls transformed – and transformed in such short periods of time that I Know it’s truly a Miracle.

Participation Check

Participation Check is a concise and powerful Tool that involves registering within myself if I am positive, Present and engaged or simply puttering by in life, am into my repetitive inner story line of hurt, worry, fear and simultaneously contracting my energy. Similar to an interested scientist, when I do a Participation Check, I simply look within and take tally of what I find. Am I harboring anger? Am I considering life to be the boring doldrums and just scrapping by the day with an inner grumble? Do I notice the world around me and am I Present with the gifts and Blessings that each moment offers – whether is it a flower blooming beside the bus stop or a child laughing or a co-worker bringing me a tea? Essentially, the question is, am I awake in this moment to the flow of Love around me?

Are You Busy Making ‘Nice, Nice’? Learn What ‘Nice’ Really Is.

Many, if not most of us, are unconscious when we speak to others. One of these “unconscious” forms of communication is making “nice, nice”. For example, a friend of mine recently asked me to do her a favor and instead of simply asking me directly, she chose to flatter me over and over again before finally, finally asking for the favor. I knew it was a manipulation. It’s a lot like the example of a husband who tells his wife how much he loves her cooking, which can be a Loving and Clear communication, but it can also be a manipulation so that his wife continues to cook for him and to cook for him and to cook for him some more.

How To Live A Vibrant Life!

Can’t get over the hump, cross that first bridge you are staring down, let go of the end of the rope you’ve tethered yourself to for staying in the shallows? Many of us wonder when our dull lives become the lives we envisioned ourselves leading. We make resolutions – empty promises – gripe about the blockades in our way and feel somehow disempowered and disenfranchised from the life, the excitement, the fulfillment and the peace that we really want. How do we move from stuck to living a vibrant life that beats true to the drum of our innermost heart?

The Resurrection of a Happy Parent

Recently I decided to play a little trick on my four-year-old girl. We were in my bedroom and I suddenly decided to turn off the light and run out of the room as fast as I could. I knew she would love this. I knew she would immediately understand that she needed to chase me and catch me. When she caught up to me she said, with surprise, “Mama, why are you happy?!”

Why Meditate?

When people learn that I have a devoted, daily Meditation practice they look at me with an expression that melds interest, desire, repulsion and recognition. It is like they are shocked because, after all, I look so normal. How could someone Spiritual be shopping at Barney’s New York and be jovial at cocktail parties? I’m often quizzed about this ancient art and am asked again and again, “Why Meditate?”