Benefits of the Deeksha Oneness Blessing

Two different deeksha oneness blessings, two completely different experiences, both wonderful. I’ll be going back for more. describes the blessing as an experience that “…transfers physical energy, awakening our connection with the oneness in everything,” a process that allows us to deepen our relationships with those we love, ourselves, the divine, and all other people. Deeksha Colorado describes it as “…a transfer of divine, intelligent energy. The process works by creating a neurobiological shift in the brain and awakening the energy centers in the body.”

The blessing is for everyone who is ready to receive it and is nondenominational. As with other forms of communication with the divine, such as yoga, chanting, and prayer, the benefits are plentiful: reduced stress, freeing the mind of repetitive thoughts and chatter, a sense of peace and calm, and a feeling of connection to all other beings.

One deeksha I attended was at a large Christian church, where the blessing was preceded by a concert of sorts given by Donna De Lory, a woman who sings a combination of sacred kirtan chant music and other snippets of songs we know (such as Amazing Grace) and songs she’s written herself. It was a delightful way to enter into a sacred space of mind and heart. The music was followed by a brief meditation and a transfer of divine energy from the monk Doug Bentley, who has been trained at the Oneness University in India. He sat up on the dais and gave the blessing for 15 minutes with his eyes open, a time when we were supposed to gaze into his eyes, followed by 15 minutes of giving the blessing with his eyes closed. We then listened to recorded kirtan chant music for 15 minutes with our eyes closed while we integrated the experience. We were encouraged to remain silent for the rest of the evening.

Another oneness blessing I attended took place at a small, nondenominational church. There, we lay on our yoga mats on the floor with our heads pointed toward the center of the room, where a man played more than a dozen crystal singing bowls for almost two hours. During that time, a woman sang prayerful tunes in a high, Celtic-sounding voice, and we received hands-on blessings from two different deesha givers. Each lightly touched our heads for about a minute, and this happened twice during our time together.

After both of these blessings, I found it incredibly helpful to take my shoes off and stand in the grass for a few minutes. It is not unusual for your physical body to feel a bit wobbly after energy transfers, and grounding this way brings you back to this world a bit more gracefully.

Though the blessings were completely different in format, my experience during both was of calm acceptance of the divine energy flowing through me. I highly recommend the oneness blessing to people of all faiths and belief systems. One thought at a time, one person at a time, we are shifting the consciousness of the planet away from fear and violence toward peace and love.


It’s All an Illusion, in a Good Way

I recently watched the movie People vs. The State of Illusion in the theater. Twice. It was that good. Austin Vickers, an attorney, uses the dramatization of one man’s experience in prison and the testimony of neuroscientists, biochemists, and thought leaders to prove that we create our own reality. Others have demonstrated the same concept in different ways, such as in the wildly popular book The Secret.

Mr. Vickers points out that each of us is bombarded by 4 billion bits of sensory data each day. We process less than one one-thousandth of one percent (>0.001%) of that data. What about all of the other bits that we filter out? It’s in that space that we find worlds that previously existed only in our dreams, or not at all. It’s where faith lies, and the lightness of being discussed in ancient texts like the Egyptian and Tibetan versions of the Book of the Dead.

The premise is that if we created our own world, including what we believe, feel, and think, we can create a new world as well, with different beliefs, feelings, and thoughts. Of course, it’s not always as easy as snapping your fingers. The experts testify that we have created neural pathways from the time we are in the womb. Those neural pathways generate certain reactions and feelings in response to certain stimuli. For example, hearing raised voices (people yelling) may induce a flight response, complete with adrenaline, racing heart, and blankness of mind.

But we can also reprogram those pathways and create new ones. Dr. Joe Dispenza talks about his experience of intentionally creating a connection to the universal consciousness, or superconsciousness, where he feels a lightness of being and melts away the daily worries that our society dictates are important. This is the space where creativity, imagination, and love reign supreme. And he tells himself, “Remember this.”

You can retrain your mind and body to be connected to your own divinity, even if it’s just one moment each week. It’s a beautiful place to be, and I invite you to join me there.

Biking as a Metaphor for Life

Sometimes I hem and haw and don’t want to expend the effort to go bicycling, but I get on anyway. Because I know that along the way, I’ll see and hear and feel wonderful things–birds singing, crickets chirping, trees blossoming, children playing, my body moving fast under its own power, sweat from exertion being wicked away by the wind, a mad bass beat pumping from tiny little earbuds into my brain. Endorphins rock.

Half of my ride is spent smiling and laughing, and often that means bugs in my teeth and down my throat. It’s all part of the adventure.

There are other hazards: I’ve been stung by bees, had mud slung up my back, been cold and wet and dirty, fallen on my keister a time or two (not bad for how many miles I’ve ridden, and how fast I ride), and gotten caught in lightning storms. Once I had to make a split-second decision whether to run over a snake and kill it, because I was going about 25 mph, or swerve and risk wrecking. I swerved. I didn’t wreck.

No two bike rides are ever the same. My body, my energy, my mind, the weather, and my path are always different. Biking uses my body, my mind, and my heart. And spirit? Well, when I ride, I intentionally see each person I pass as a beam of divine light. A lot of people smile back.

Who I am when I’m biking is the best of me and the best of life: centered, loving, intentional, and carefree.

Greetings, fellow travelers

It finally felt right to buy this domain name today. After getting input from my friends and sitting with it for a few days, I settled on this one for now and parked a couple of others for future use. It seems that putting it all out there to a few select people helped me release quite a lot of “not being” energy. Also, I submitted the description of my community service to People House last week, which pushed through amazing positive energy around my being in the world as a healer. Hooray!