Resisting the Pressure of PC

There is a subtlety in the merging of the heavens and the earth. We really live on multiple planes. Tonight’s Essene communion is about the Koach Mah – the “Power of What.” This morning’s Essene communion was about Life Force. Those two go together. In the context of the larger picture, there are real forces happening on the planet that are distinctively unbalanced. There is much chaos on the planet. The Torah teaches that there’s a dynamic play between individual expression as part of dynamic whole and also the role and interface with the collective. That dynamic balance is a […]

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The Flow

We are living in a world where there is not a whole lot of peace –not even political peace, and the angel of peace goes much deeper than political peace. The key to peace is inner peace, which begins to emerge as we are lived by the Six Foundations and the Sevenfold Peace. The Six Foundations and the Sevenfold Peace are about living in a way to support accessing this internal peace. The Six Foundations are as follows: Spiritual Nutrition and Spiritual Fasting, Building Life Force Energy through Pranayama, Yoga Asana, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Sacred Dance, etc. Service and […]

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New Approaches to Spiritual Fasting

“All the vitality and all the energy I have, comes to me because my body is purified by fasting.” This statement by Mohandas Gandhi beautifully sums up the essence of spiritual fasting. Although I emphasize in this article the spiritual aspects of fasting, which are often neglected by the general public and other detoxification programs, the detoxification aspects of the fast in a group supportive setting are extremely powerful and essential for the literal evolution of life and health on the planet. We all are exposed, no matter how pure our lifestyle, to tremendous amounts of toxins, radiation, pesticides, herbicides, […]

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Spiritual Fasting

The other day, Shanti and I were talking about what we thought was the most transformative workshop we had at the Tree of Life. We’ve been doing spiritual fasting workshops together since 1988, and without a doubt we both agreed that our most transformative workshop we offer is the spiritual fasting retreat. It is transformative on every level – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The question arises – Why? Firstly, there is a real power to spiritual fasting. Spiritual fasting has been part of every spiritual tradition in the world, including Judeo-Christian, Taoist, Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim. It is mentioned […]

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