“There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond us all, beyond the heavens, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. This is the light that shines in our hearts.”—Chandogya Upanishad
“I encourage you to retrace the threads of your sacred relationship to the earth. They are deeply encoded within you. Find a place you love enough to defend, and then commit to it completely. Protect all the natural beings who share that space. Live there with grace, respect, and gratitude for the privilege of having found a true home. You needn’t own the place, just love it. Create simple ceremony there. Invite the seven directions to join you there. This is how to create a sacred site.”—Gail Faith Edwards
“Through the empty branches the sky remains.
Be earth now, and evensong.
Be the ground lying under that sky.
Be modest now, like a thing
ripened until it is real,
so that he who began it all
can feel you when he reaches for you.”—Rainer Maria Rilke
“Come let us sing a healing song together. Let us sing for the earth. Let the sounds of our voices bless and heal her and all the life she sustains. Let us make a joyful sound of healing for all of creation.”—Gail Faith Edwards
“The gift you carry for others is not an attempt to save the world but to fully belong to it. It’s not possible to save the world by trying to save it. You need to find what is genuinely yours to offer the world before you can make it a better place. Discovering your unique gift to bring to your community is your greatest opportunity and challenge. The offering of that gift— your true self— is the most you can do to love and serve the world. And it is all the world needs.”—
“The veil between the sacred and the mundane dissolves when I place my hands on another’s body-soul. In doing this work, I feel ignited. Standing in the center of that fire, I merge with the Love that permeates the cosmos.”—Annie Bloom
I have a lot of questions to ask you-- I was at a market all day, and one of the stalls was selling singing bowls. I'd tried one before at another market, but when I went up to this stall, and held out my hands to feel the vibrations of one the vendor showed me, it was unlike anything I'd felt before. I just felt the whole area around my eyes heat up, followed by my face and entire body in quick succession! My eyes became really watery, and I started to cry. It was just... the most intense thing. Afterward, I still felt really hot, sweaty even, and my whole face still feels hot. I could feel the vibrations lingering in my hands for a long time afterwards as well.
I was wondering, since your blog is called 'singing bowls' if you could tell me something about this? (Or something more about singing bowls in general?) I'm really interested. One thing the vendors told me was that sometimes 'the bowl chooses the person.' So I guess I was just wondering what your thoughts were on all this!
Thank you so much. I have great respect for you and your blog-- so you seemed the perfect person to ask. I'm sure I've told you this before, but you have the most amazing posts. Thank you so much for putting yourself out there and sharing your light with others. Much love.
yes! my first experience with a singing bowl was extremely similar. I don’t know if a bowl can ‘choose you’ (it’s probably more likely that your etheric bodies choose the bowl & lead your physical body to it!) but I do know that, since we are all composed of the same energy vibrations as the rest of the universe, when something (whether it’s a sound from a bowl, or a healing touch from an energy worker) hits the exact vibration your body needs to heal & expand, it’s impossible to put in words yet completely unmistakable.
check out this interview on the history of tibetan singing bowls for more general info, I posted it when I first started this blog.
I would suggest moseying on down to your nearest crystal singing bowl concert. the crystal adds a whole new layer of power! it’s a full-body experience that will leave anyone floored. one day I will definitely invest in a heart chakra bowl made of rose quartz, and play it all the time. :)
“The whole world is an ocean filled with waves. Learn to float on them and don’t get caught in them. Equanimity, or balance, is Yoga. Learn to balance yourself - then you will enjoy everything.”—Sri Swami Satchidananda
I’ve been chanting it nonstop, silently and in song, and this morning after many rounds of surya namaskara found myself inspired to create my own translation.
'OM! may we also reflect the divine radiance of the Sun, our star
in whose perfect circle we are created, sustained, and dissolved
as the sweet Earth, our mother, carries us home.’
join me, if you like, some sunrise or sunset, in this sacred prayer that is surely the oldest in our shared history & that has lived through its holy resonance in so many beautiful hearts throughout time. you’ll find everything else just falls away, and what’s left at the core of you and of every little thing is light.
i didn’t realize that i had clicked anonymous when i asked this. it has more meaning, at least in my heart, when you know who you are talking to. i apologize! and thank you for the kind words. they will be put into my journal to be read and reread.
lovely! thank you for revealing your beautiful face. now I can send love directly from my heart to yours! <3333
you are a radiant beam of light. i was scrolling through the pages of your blessings and became completely overwhelmed. i am battling a darkness right now that at times seems to overtake me, but reading your love and actually feeling it broke me down to tears. you are a beautiful example of light, hope, and love. i yearn to have more inspiring people like you in my life. sending you love and blessings on your journey. i will keep you in my heart and continue on to fill my life with light. thank you.
first of all, thank you so much for taking the time to write to me! may your darkness be dispelled by the love that lives within, between & all around us. of course, the darkness you battle is not really yours, because YOU are nothing but LIGHT—and it will prevail, I promise !!!
this message couldn’t have come at a sweeter time, dear anonymous. to be honest, I’m feeling pretty overwhelmed by emotion, and not all of it is pretty. experiencing so much yoga with so many powerful people in such a short amount of time has opened my heart more than I imagined possible, and within the context of the training it’s such a beautiful thing. but coming back into the wider world that appears so full of pain & suffering— nuclear meltdowns, disasters & disparity & despair of all kinds— has me feeling so raw & so vulnerable to it all. I am crying from the depths of my heart for every living being on this planet, if you know what I mean.
but! even those tears are good, and even this sadness isn’t darkness. because, as you have reminded me (and I thank you so much for that), even in sadness we can still shine; even when it’s dark all around; even when it feels like there’s no fire in the universe great enough to overcome such suffering. and that when we do allow ourselves to shine, open & unafraid, we will attract others like a beacon back to the light at the divine heart of their being.
all my love to you always, and to ALL of us who carry the fire! hari om :)
Every human being has a unique and mystical relationship to the wild world, and that conscious discovery and cultivation of that relationship is at the core of true adulthood. In contemporary society, we think of maturity simply in terms of hard work and practical responsibilities. I believe, in contrast, that true adulthood is rooted in transpersonal experience — in a mystic affiliation with nature, experienced as a sacred calling — that is then embodied in soul-infused work and mature responsibilities. This mystical affiliation is the very core of maturity, and it is precisely what mainstream Western society has overlooked — or actively suppressed and expelled.
Although perhaps perceived by some as radical, this third premise is not the least bit original. Western civilization has buried most traces of the mystical roots of maturity, yet this knowledge has been at the heart of every indigenous tradition known to us, past and present, including those from which our own societies have emerged. Our way into the future requires new cultural forms more than older ones, but there is at least one thread of the human story that I’m confident will continue, and this is the numinous or visionary calling at the core of the mature human heart.