Daily Words of the Buddha ~ July 01, 2014

peace better than right
Muñca pure, muñca pacchato,
majjhe muñca, bhavassa pāragū.
Sabbattha vimuttamānaso,
na punaṃ jātijaraṃ upehisi.

Let go of the past, let go of the future,
let go of the present, and cross over to the farther shore of existence.
With mind wholly liberated,
you shall come no more to birth and death.

Dhammapada 24.348

The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom,
translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita

I Ching ~ Week of June 30, 2014


#30  ~  Li  ~ Radiance; Omens Shine Bright


Above:   Li   Glowing light, the power of consciousness
Below :  Li   Glowing light, the power of consciousness 

The Wisdom:

Lights burn bright all around you
You are illuminated
Words are without value
The voice of the heart is heard and is gentle

We exist between lighting and thunder. You are illuminated by the light  and woken up by the thunder. There is no foundation familiar that you have counted on in the past to make you feel safe.   There is no way you could have planned for a change like this that is nothing less than transformation. The timing of this present situation where heart meets soul is so dynamic and clear that the hope you had lost has returned and stands before you and opens to the heart of the matter. The lingering doubts are lies that the ego is throwing at you like poison darts, but they have no effect. You have become tempered by the suffering and are able to quell the fears with the antidote of risk. Risk will set you free. You are returning to the knowing of why you have incarnated at this moment in time and an aspect of your life’s purpose is being revealed.


You are now in the sacred geometry of the grand alchemical design.Your are now in the process of your own sacred mission in your tribe, community and in all your relationships…..there is great power to be had to effect change for the better and greater good starting with you.. It is on this personal journey where love and abundance arrive on time so you can serve your and the greater good of Gaia and all sentient beings.

You have been met by spirit, have no doubt, and it has ignited a fire in the heart. You have been close to this awakening before, but the circumstances were not fortuitous, they were dangerous. You flirted with the danger and were burned and then hid your trust and your true heart from view. This time the bridge to what you thought was safety, is burning and you can feel the heat. If you try to turn back you may get to an aspect of freedoam, but you will be scarred at the very place you want liberation, the place of love and your true purpose.This present time is an omen shining so bright you are illuminated and seen, finally seen. You are feeling the power of love of self, which opens to the knowing of your purpose and will open to your allowing yourself to be loved.  You need no special gifts to see yourself in the light of truth because your light, Li, is doubled at this time. You can see and feel everything clearly now. Trust what you see and trust what you feel, it is real. Affirm that you will destroy old, negative patterns, and when you do they will no longer have any power over you. You will be released to revel in a new freedom of thought, feeling, spirit, and loving light.You have worked and worried hard on this last leg of the journey. Now use every tool you have gained and held in your virtual and very real medicine bag, the place where you keep your power totems. Using these tools of spirit, examine your habitual, patterned behavior and change your way of thinking. Change the words from the past playing in your head, the words that stopped you from loving and from being loved. Convert the negative to the positive; this is the gift of the human process. You are in the mode of learning to receive, learning that receiving does not hurt, it inspires. Embrace and rededicate what works, but destroy and burn what doesn’t, and be ruthless about it.

You are moving into the space of making the alchemical mix of true love and your true purpose. Once it is found and recognized, it will need tending, like the fire in your belly and heart. What will allow you to cultivate this loving light are diligence, dignity, kindness, grace, honesty, fearlessness, and compassion.

Integrity and compassion will open the doorway to trust, to accepting your greatness and strength. Using the proper fuel will allow you to create a fire that can spread clarity to your tribe and family who also yearn for the light. Be assured that you are the one—and at this time the only one—who can deliver this light in all its fullness. By increasing the light by using the proper fuels, the intensity of the flames cause no damage; it becomes a healing light, the light of love, creativity, health, and passion.

You will find that along with old ways and preprogrammed behaviors you will be leaving the worn-out and painful alliances of family, friends, and associates, breaking the unsaid contracts that have bound you to old ways, the ways that did not leave room for you to remember your truth. You will again find the beauty of what was etched in the original canvas of your heart, the memory of who you truly are and for what purpose you came to Earth at this time. Joyous spirit now just needs an invitation to dance, not an insistence but a graceful poetic invitation. Your spirit companions have been waiting just off stage for you to make the move…now make it, shake loose the fear for there can be no failure in this dance, all you have to do is….do it. You will not dance alone.

The feeling that is stirring within you is the power that allows you to remember who you truly are in all your magnificence as you step out from behind the veils in your glorious garb of light for all to see. You are at last safe! Enjoy the ride and bring a friend, a child, a lover. Recognize the loving beings of spirit that have been standing with you, waiting for you to step forward into the light of truth, beauty, and goodness.

Have no fear—he, she or the offer at hand is an omen, a good omen. The image of a clinging fire is represented in the original ideograms that comprise Li. It is a fire that clings to the heart and makes way for the new as it burns away old doubts, beliefs, and patterns that have kept you in bondage for a lifetime. Beliefs formed in childhood and ingrained societal patterns are the fuel for the fire that illuminates the jewels of life that have been shadowed by doubt and shame.

All is in the right place at the right time…. look with a discerning eye at where you sit or stand. This is the right place.

The unexpected is here, bringing together what belongs together.

Give it all of your heart, body, and soul.

Be the love you desire and that you will receive. This is the magical inner alchemy you have been preparing for.

In lak’ech





You don’t need to know.

Life wouldn’t be this grand adventure if you knew what was coming.

Love the mystery.

This is Lana.  I have folded thousands of cranes for 30+ years and have imbued them with healing energies and left them for others as prayers for peace and blessings.  My expression of spreading the Aloha Spirit to anyone and everyone.  For many years while commuting on the Vallejo Ferry to and from San Francisco, I  folded and left cranes for people to discover and take away with them … I have left cranes at the various places I visited throughout my day.  Every December, I would use specially made beautiful Japanese washi papers to fold cranes and create ornaments for my Yule tree … only to give them away to friends and family during the course of the new year.  I find folding and sharing Origami cranes is a willful way to connect myself with those around me and the spirit of mystery.  Gassho.


I have folded thousands of cranes over 30+ years as tangible prayers for peace and blessings. I often share them with people at events i attend. – See more at: http://www.kindspring.org/story/view.php?sid=64217#sthash.xxRaud2j.dpuf
You don’t need to know.  Life wouldn’t be this grand adventure if you knew what was coming.  Love the mystery. – See more at: http://www.kindspring.org/story/view.php?sid=64217#sthash.xxRaud2j.dpuf
“You don’t need to know.  Life wouldn’t be this grand adventure if you knew what was coming.  Love the mystery.” – See more at: http://www.kindspring.org/story/view.php?sid=64217#sthash.xxRaud2j.dpuf
“You don’t need to know.  Life wouldn’t be this grand adventure if you knew what was coming.  Love the mystery.” – See more at: http://www.kindspring.org/story/view.php?sid=64217#sthash.xxRaud2j.dpuf

Crystals ~ Larimar


Larimar is a rare variety of blue Pectolite (silicate hydrate of calcium and sodium). No other Pectolites have the unique volcanic blue colour of Larimar, found only in the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Sea. Though Natives of the region and their ancestors were long aware of this gemstone and used to collect them right off the beach, it first became known throughout the world in the 1970′s when the source rock formation was found upstream by a member of the Peace Corps and a mining claim was granted.

Some believe that Larimar is the blue stone with extraordinary healing properties that clairvoyant Edgar Cayce predicted would be discovered in the Caribbean where part of Ancient Atlantis could be found. For this reason, Larimar is sometimes known as Atlantis Stone or Dolphin Stone, as it is said to assist our ability to connect to and communicate with dolphins and other creatures of the sea.

Visually stunning, Larimar brings the tranquil energy of water and air to mind. It was created by volcanic activity—earth and fire—so this gem has a unique balanced energy that I feel when I tune in. It promotes inner peace, and so is very useful during periods of potentially stressful change, helping us maintain calm, soothe fear and the tendency to try to control, as well as aiding the expression of our feelings.

Larimar is well-suited to be of benefit during times of feeling over-critical of self and others, and offers us an energetic track to follow into watery bliss and acceptance of everything that is. This doesn’t mean fogging out and not striving to shift the world we live in to a more harmonious state. Quite the contrary. Larimar carries a vibration of love transcending all problems of our physical world. And that self-transformation (through nurturing love) creates change for the collective. We can do it! We are all inherently healers. Larimar speaks to me of our feminine powers awakening and focusing on the health of our planet (ourselves!) through a shift in how we can see with more positive perspectives.

Stimulating the throat chakra, Larimar energetically boosts the healing processes through the thymus and thyroid, relating to immunity and energy balance. In the creative realms, Larimar assists us to experiment with and articulate our own styles of communication and expression. Everyone has their own way of being and doing. so let’s celebrate uniqueness! Let’s find new ways to ‘fit in’ through acceptance and appreciation of each-other’s originality.



To-Do Before The “Trickster Planet” Mercury Goes Direct on July 1st

Mercury flying

With all this hoopla about Mercury Retrograde, I’m sure you’re happy that it’s coming to an end in just a few short days.

The last 3 weeks have been a bad time to start new projects, sign contracts, begin diets, adopt new habits, or even kindle new relationships… but it has been a great time for introspection.

The trick is to be open to receiving the messages this “winged messenger” planet brings during it’s retro, whisper-in-your-ear phase, but WAIT until it’s heading forward before YOU take action.

Mercury goes direct on July 1st but before you go nuts cutting new deals or starting new flings, there are a few things you MUST do to make sure your loose ends are tied up, “i”s dotted, and “t”s crossed.

What loose ends do I want to tie up before the “Winged Messenger” goes direct on July 1st?

As you probably know already, Mercury appears to go backwards in the sky about 3 times annually. And when it does, this is the very best time for you to “RE”…


Traditionally, a Mercury retrograde is not the time to start new projects, sign contracts, begin diets, new habits or even relationships.

But what about when it stations direct? You want to be sure your loose ends are tied up, your contracts and agreements have been gone through with a fine-tooth comb, all your “i”s have been dotted, and all your “T”s crossed. Why is this so important?


Insights for New Directions

The down side of a tough Mercury retrograde period includes things like: mis-communication, buggy technology, missed appointments and frustrating gaffs. But the good side of it can include hints, nudges, insights or straight-up messages about a direction you should turn in or a new project you may want to take on.

The trick, of course, is to receive the message from the “winged messenger” during his retro, whisper-in-your-ear phase, but WAIT until he’s heading forward before YOU take action.

And that my friends, is why tying up loose ends now is your best bet for making the most of the months ahead.

What’s Your Vision Now?

So take a moment today (or 2 or 3) to give some thought to the incoming “messages” you may have received these past few weeks. What new ideas or inspirations have come to you? (Especially if they came to you out of frustrating, Mercury retrograde circumstances!) Write them down!

Then ask yourself:  “What do I need to do in order to ‘clear the deck’ and start taking action on this vision once Mercury goes direct?”

This is your clue to new, more inspired direction, and action!

Get clear on this and you’ll understand the true point and purpose of those thrice-annual retro-phases of that quick little planet we call Mercury




AHO! All My Brothers, Sisters and Relations …

From our friend, Robert Whiteowl — Every morning for the next two weeks (14 days), the first thing you say out loud is “YES” (three times)”. This is a positive affirmation you begin your days with. It will draw anything that resonates with a “YES” resonance to you in all aspects of your life — family, finance, health, romance, social, whatever. Two weeks (14 days) is an honest try.

On Day 15, after the 14 days of saying “YES” every morning, say “YES” in the evening before you go to sleep. Say “YES” out loud in normal voice, then in a softer voice, then think it inside your mind. In effect, the first thing your brain tells your mind at night is a positive affirmation, and the first thing your mind tells your brain as it begins its day is a positive affirmation.

Thus, in a short period of time, you will reprogram your thinking such that everything will be drawn to your “YES” resonance vibration. Let me know what results you achieve from this exercise.


Recipe ~ Vegan Yakisoba

veggie yakisoba

Lana made this dish for her parents and housemates, and it was a HIT!

Do you know what we really like?  Soba noodles. And Japanese food. And putting cabbage in things.

Cabbage is so underrated.

We are also not very fast at julienning carrots, and they’re most certainly not the most evenly-cut thing we’ve ever produced, but we really like how everything is long and skinny in this dish. Normally we would be carrot coins all the way!

We like to keep this pretty simple, but it can be doctored to your liking.  Lana has added Fry’s chicken-style strips to the one in the picture here, but we didn’t like them and picked them out.  We bet it would be better with tofu, and we can’t believe we just said that.  The Vegan chickin strips work great; so does the Vegan “beef” strips, so try it and enjoy.  Anyway, here’s a basic recipe to get you started:

Serves 4

soba noodles
2 carrots, julienned
1/2 head cabbage, sliced thinly
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 green onions/scallions
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tbs sambal oelek or other chili
1 tbs sugar
toasted sesame seeds

1. Saute the carrots, cabbage, garlic and light-green part of green onion/scallion over medium heat 5 minutes or until soft and beginning to brown.

2. Meanwhile, cook your soba noodles in boiling water 2 minutes, then drain and refresh.

3. Add noodles to veggies, turn heat down and add combined soy, chili and sugar.

4. Turn up to re-heat without boiling the crap out of your sauce, and serve topped with toasted sesame seeds.
If using tofu or other chicken substitute, cook them before the veg, set aside and add to the pan again when you add the noodles.


Daily Words of the Buddha ~ June 29, 2014

gnome gardenAttā hi attano nātho,
attā hi attano gati.
Tasmā saṃyamamattānaṃ
assaṃ bhadraṃva vāṇijo.

One is one’s own protector,
one is one’s own refuge.
Therefore, one should control oneself,
even as a trader controls a noble steed.

Dhammapada 25.380

The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom,
translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Recipe ~ Triple Coconut Chocolate Cookies (vegan, gluten-free)



Ingredients for the cookies

  • 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 3/4 cup all purpose gluten-free flour
  • 2 Tbsp. shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
  • 2-3 Tbsp. agave
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Ingredients for the coconut icing

  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • 1 Tbsp. agave
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Ingredients for the chocolate sauce

  • 2 Tbsp. agave
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder



Preheat oven to 325° Fahrenheit. Grease a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.

Prepare flax “egg” by mixing ground flaxseed with 3 Tbsp warm water. Let sit for 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine coconut flour, all-purpose flour, shredded coconut, baking powder and salt

In a small bowl, combine coconut oil, agave and vanilla. Stir wet ingredients and flax “egg” into large bowl until thoroughly mixed.

On a clean surface, use a rolling pin to roll batter out until it’s about 1/4″ thick. Use a circular cookie cutter (a jar lid works well) to cut cookie shapes. Transfer cookies to baking sheet and bake for 9 to 11 minutes, until edges are golden.

While cookies bake, prepare coconut icing by mixing coconut butter, agave and vanilla together. Prepare chocolate sauce by mixing agave and cocoa powder together.

Remove cookies from oven and allow them to cool. Spread a layer of coconut butter on each cookie and drizzle with chocolate sauce. Sprinkle extra shredded coconut on top. Enjoy!

Makes about 15 cookies


“The 7,000 Year Old Master” ~ Eric Pepin

matrix tree

Thousands of years ago on a warm summer’s morning a human being walked amongst other men the beaten path to the distant village where the day’s work would begin.

The suns warmth penetrating the flesh and warming the blood within always calls for a moment of appreciation, inward.

“Every morning you have walked this path, I have been there to greet you, touching your cheek and warming your soul”

Unconsciously slowing their walk to momentarily savor the morning presence, a sound is caught in the webbing of the silent mind, a faint distant buzzing rapidly approach’s from behind and peaks to a sudden eruption of rhythmic pattern and as quickly as it came it fades into the distance. In an instant one takes in the shape and form of a dragonfly passing by.

“Because you were with me in the moment you savored my touch upon your cheek a window of truth was opened and you reached out to the dragonfly drawing it to you, as it passed your mind was so fast the dragonfly had become so slow. Your eyes met as they crossed paths and in its reflection you seen reality truths”

The dragonfly echoes a feeling within that seems to remain longer then it should. Holding their mind to it as they observe themselves experiencing its fleeting impression.

A loud bellow vibrates through the air breaking the moment of reflection. To reveal it’s self on the banks of the river as a water buffalo being bathed by its master.

The sun dancing on the surface of the broken water although familiar this time it’s as if triangles were shaped as light pieces between the waves, seeming interlaced as a hidden design that draws the minds attention to investigate further. The water settles and its mystery with it.

They become aware of the sudden breath inward they take as their mind is released from the moments captivation, for a moment acknowledging that perhaps they had not breathed during the entire observation?

Walking the long and distant path they observe their feet, bare and naked pressing into the soft dry powdery earth. Admiring the detail of the veins, muscles and bones orchestrating each changing step… rhythmically… Each step imprinting into the earth, pushing small mounds up and around each toe and each mound having crumbling grains separately rolling down from the top.

The eyes dilating and awareness expanding wider the patterns on the ground reveal the treaded path of man and beasts have taken for years. Mounds of dry soft earth dipping and lifting all around each foot. Slowly revealing the waves in the water and then the shimmering triangles in-between them?

Shaking their head, and breathing in suddenly to clear their mind they return to normal…

Emotion becomes perplexed and the mind engages to wonder and the chest feels full….

“Find me…”

Along the river the forest has a twin reflecting back at it. There is a small old bridge that crossing a line between the banks and today it calls their name. Crossing the bridge looking forward they see the path fading into the forest and decide this day they will take the risk and the consequences of not arriving in the village center if only for a short while.

The presence of the trees towering from above makes them feel ever smaller in their presence, as if they were fading away into them. But the beams of sun light in between the leaves draws them upward.

There before a grand tree dancing with light beams the earth calls out invitingly. They sit into a meditation position. Closing their eyes, breathing deeply and releasing the weight of day with their breath. They surrender into the divine.

After sometime they slowly open their eyes upon seeing a wonder. Ever so still one settles upon their lips ever so gently breached a whisper is spoken from them… Reality is an illusion….

“Only now are you ready to do the work you are needed for.”

~ Eric Pepin, “Handbook of the Navigator” (excerpt)


The Dalai Lama: “On Why I Laugh”

laughing dalai lama

Anger and hatred are the real enemies that we must confront and defeat, not the “enemies” who appear from time to time in our lives. ~ The Dalai Lama

Those who have had the chance to be in his presence, know him — in part — by his infectious laugh. “I have been confronted with many difficulties throughout the course of my life, and my country is going through a critical period. But I laugh often, and my laughter is contagious.”

I have been confronted with many difficulties throughout the course of my life, and my country is going through a critical period. But I laugh often, and my laughter is contagious. When people ask me how I find the strength to laugh now, I reply that I am a professional laugher. […]

The life of exile is an unfortunate life, but I have always tried to cultivate a happy state of mind, appreciating the opportunities this existence without a settled home, far from all protocol, has offered me. This way I have been able to preserve my inner peace.

If we are content just to think that compassion, rationality, and patience are good, that is not actually enough to develop these qualities. Difficulties provide the occasion to put them into practice. Who can make such occasions arise? Certainly not our friends, but rather our enemies, for they are the ones who pose the most problems. So that we truly want to progress on the path, we must regard our enemies as our best teachers.

For whoever holds love and compassion in high esteem, the practice of tolerance is essential, and it requires an enemy. We must be grateful to our enemies, then, because they help us best engender a serene mind! Anger and hatred are the real enemies that we must confront and defeat, not the “enemies” who appear from time to time in our lives.

Of course it is natural and right that we all want to have friends. I often say jokingly that a truly selfish person must be altruistic! You have to take care of others, of their well-being, by helping them and serving them, to have even more friends and make more smiles blossom. The result? When you yourself need help, you will find all you need! On the other hand, if you neglect others’ happiness, you will be the loser in the long run. Is friendship born of arguments, anger, jealousy, and unbridled competition? I don’t think so. Only affection produces authentic friends. […]

As for me, I always want more friends. I love smiles, and my wish is to see more smiles, real smiles, for there are many kinds—sarcastic, artificial, or diplomatic. Some smiles don’t arouse any satisfaction, and some even engender suspicion or fear. An authentic smile, though, arouses an authentic feeling of freshness, and I think the smile belongs only to human beings. If we want those smiles, we must create the reasons that make them appear.

— The Dalai Lama, in an excerpt from his book “My Spiritual Journey”.

On Sleeping Well in the Cold Forest

meditation_position_sleeping_buddha_poseOn one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Alavi on a spread of leaves by a cattle track in a simsapa forest. Then Hatthaka of Alavi, out roaming & rambling for exercise, saw the Blessed One sitting on a spread of leaves by the cattle track in the simsapa forest. On seeing him, he went to him and, on arrival, having bowed down to him, sat to one side. As he was sitting there he said to the Blessed One, “Lord, I hope the Blessed One has slept in ease.”

“Yes, young man. I have slept in ease. Of those in the world who sleep in ease, I am one.”

“But cold, lord, is the winter night. The ‘Between-the-Eights'[1] is a time of snowfall. Hard is the ground trampled by cattle hooves. Thin is the spread of leaves. Sparse are the leaves in the trees. Thin are your ochre robes. And cold blows the Verambha wind. Yet still the Blessed One says, ‘Yes, young man. I have slept in ease. Of those in the world who sleep in ease, I am one.'”

“In that case, young man, I will question you in return. Answer as you see fit. Now, what do you think: Suppose a householder or householder’s son has a house with a gabled roof, plastered inside & out, draft-free, with close-fitting door & windows shut against the wind. Inside he has a horse-hair couch spread with a long-fleeced coverlet, a white wool coverlet, an embroidered coverlet, a rug of kadali-deer hide, with a canopy above, & red cushions on either side. And there a lamp would be burning, and his four wives, with their many charms, would be attending to him. Would he sleep in ease, or not? Or how does this strike you?”

“Yes, lord, he would sleep in ease. Of those in the world who sleep in ease, he would be one.”

“But what do you think, young man. Might there arise in that householder or householder’s son any bodily fevers or fevers of mind born of passion so that — burned with those passion-born fevers — he would sleep miserably?”

“Yes, lord.”

“As for those passion-born fevers — burned with which the householder or householder’s son would sleep miserably — that passion has been abandoned by the Tathagata, its root destroyed, made like a palmyra stump, deprived of the conditions of development, not destined for future arising. Therefore he sleeps in ease.

“Now, what do you think, young man. Might there arise in that householder or householder’s son any bodily fevers or fevers of mind born of aversion so that — burned with those aversion-born fevers — he would sleep miserably?”

“Yes, lord.”

“As for those aversion-born fevers — burned with which the householder or householder’s son would sleep miserably — that aversion has been abandoned by the Tathagata, its root destroyed, made like a palmyra stump, deprived of the conditions of development, not destined for future arising. Therefore he sleeps in ease.

“Now, what do you think, young man. Might there arise in that householder or householder’s son any bodily fevers or fevers of mind born of delusion so that — burned with those delusion-born fevers — he would sleep miserably?”

“Yes, lord.”

“As for those delusion-born fevers — burned with which the householder or householder’s son would sleep miserably — that delusion has been abandoned by the Tathagata, its root destroyed, made like a palmyra stump, deprived of the conditions of development, not destined for future arising. Therefore he sleeps in ease.

“Always, always,
he sleeps in ease:
the brahman totally unbound,
who doesn’t adhere
to sensual pleasures,
who’s without acquisitions
& cooled.
Having  cut all ties
& subdued fear in the heart,
he sleeps in ease,
having reached peace
of awareness.”


Hatthaka Sutta: To Hatthaka (excerpt)
On Sleeping Well in the Cold Forest
translated from the Pali by
Thanissaro Bhikkhu
© 1999

Daily Words of the Buddha ~ June 28, 2014

light of creator

Kodhaṃ chetvā sukhaṃ seti,
kodhaṃ chetvā na socati.
Kodhassa visamūlassa
madhuraggassa brāhmaṇa;
vadhaṃ ariyā pasaṃsanti
tañhi chetvā na socatī.

Slay anger and you will be happy,
slay anger and you will not sorrow.
For the slaying of anger in all its forms
with its poisoned root and sweet sting —
that is the slaying the nobles praise;
with anger slain one weeps no more.

Saṃyutta Nikāya 1.187

Gemstones of the Good Dhamma,
compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika



Be Like Water …

waterdrop flower

Picture a glass of water, folks …

We’re not going to ask you if its half full or half empty…but rather how much
does it weigh?

Before you wonder where were going with this, open your mind for just a
few moments….

It doesn’t matter how heavy the glass is – it’s how long you hold it for.

Holding it for a minute isn’t a problem.

After an hour, you’ll notice an ache in your arm.

If you’re holding it all day, your arm will become numb.

In each scenario the weight of the glass doesn’t change.

But the longer you hold it, the heavier it becomes.

Stress and worries in life work much the same way.

Think about them for a short while and nothing happens.

Look at them a bit longer they begin to hurt …

But if you feel constantly under the burden of stress, it can manifest in other ways…

Like a weaker immune system, lack of vitality, loss of wellbeing and happiness in
life, or depression and anxiety…

That’s why it’s important to remember to let go of your stresses, Friends, and to
focus your energy into positive pursuits that help both the mind and body flourish.

Aloha Ke Akua


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If one turns to those wells of information, “The Natural Genesis” and the Lectures of Mr. Gerald Massey, the proofs of the antiquity of the doctrine under analysis become positively overwhelming. That the belief of the author differs from ours can hardly invalidate the facts. He views the symbol from a purely natural standpoint, one perhaps a trifle too materialistic, because too much that of an ardent Evolutionist and follower of the modern Darwinian dogmas. Thus he shows that “the student of Böhme’s books finds much in them concerning these Seven Fountain Spirits and primary powers, treated as seven properties of nature in the alchemistic and astrological phase of the mediæval mysteries;” 1 and adds:

“The followers of Böhme look on such matter as divine revelation of his inspired Seership. They know nothing of the natural genesis, the history and persistence of the Wisdom 2 of the past (or of the broken links), and are unable to recognise the physical features of the ancient Seven Spirits beneath their modern metaphysical or alchemist mask. A second connecting link between the Theosophy of Böhme and the physical origins of Egyptian thought, is extant in the fragments of Hermes Trismegistus. 3 No matter whether these teachings are called Illuminatist, Buddhist, Kabalist, Gnostic, Masonic, or Christian, the elemental types can only be truly known in their beginnings. 4 When the prophets or visionary showmen of cloudland come to us claiming original inspiration, and utter something new, we judge of its value by what it is in itself. But if we find they bring us the ancient matter which they cannot account for, and we can, it is natural that we should judge it by the primary significations rather than the latest pretensions. 5 It is useless for us to read our later thought into the earliest types of expression, and then say the ancients meant that. 6 Subtilized interpretations which have become doctrines and dogmas in theosophy have now to be tested by their genesis in physical phenomena, in order that we may explode their false pretensions to supernatural origin or supernatural knowledge. 7

But the able author of the “Book of the Beginnings” and of “The Natural Genesis“does – very fortunately, for us – quite the reverse. He demonstrates most triumphantly our Esoteric (Buddhist) teachings, by showing them identical with those of Egypt. Let the reader judge from his learned lecture on “The Seven Souls of Man.” 8 Says the author:

   “The first form of the mystical SEVEN was seen to be figured in heaven by the Seven large stars of the great Bear, the constellation assigned by the Egyptians to the Mother of Time, and of the Seven Elemental Powers.”

Just so, for the Hindus place in the great Bear their seven primitive Rishis and call this constellation the abode of the Saptarishi, Riksha and Chitra-Sikhandinas. But whether it is only an astronomical myth or a primordial mystery, having a deeper meaning than it bears on its surface, is what their adepts claim to know. We are also told that “the Egyptians divided the face of the sky by night into seven parts. The primary Heaven was seven-fold.” So it was with the Aryans. One has but read the Purânas about the beginnings of Brahmâ, and his “Egg” to see it. Have the Aryans taken the idea from the Egyptians?  “The earliest forces,” proceeds the lecturer, “recognized in nature were reckoned as seven in number. These became seven elementals, devils (?) or later, divinities. Seven properties were assigned to nature, as matter, cohesion, fluxion, coagulation, accumulation, station, and division and seven elements or souls to man.

All this was taught in the esoteric doctrine, but it was interpreted and its mysteries unlocked, as already stated, with seven, not two, or at the utmost, three keys; hence the causes and their effects worked in invisible or mystic as well as psychic nature, and were made referable to metaphysics and psychology as much as to physiology. “The principle of seveningas the author says – “was introduced, and the number seven supplied a sacred type that could be used for manifold purposes; and it was so used. For “the seven Souls of the Pharaoh are often mentioned in the Egyptian texts. . . . Seven Souls or principles in man were identified by our British Druids. . . . . The Rabbins also ran the number of souls up to seven; so, likewise, do the Karens of India. . . .”

And then, the author tabulates the two teachings – the Esoteric and the Egyptian, – and shows that the latter had the same series and in the same order.

(Esoteric) Indian                                                    Egyptian
1.  Rupa, body or element of form.        1.   Kha, body.
2.  Prana, the breath of life.                     2.   Ba, the Soul of Breath.
3.  Astral body.                                           3.   Khaba, the shade.
4.  Manas–or Intelligence. 9                    4.  Akhu, Intelligence or Perception.
5.  Kama–rupa, or animal soul.              5.  Seb, ancestral Soul.
6.  Buddhi, Spiritual Soul.                       6.   Putah, the first intellectual father.
7.  Atma, pure spirit. . . .                          7.   Atmu, a divine or eternal soul.

Further on, the lecturer formulates these seven (Egyptian) souls, as (1) The Soul of Blood – the formative; (2)The Soul of Breath – “that breathes“; (3)The Shade or Covering Soul – “that envelopes“; (4) The Soul of Perception – “that perceives;” (5)The Soul of Pubescence “that procreates“; (6) The Intellectual Soul – “that reproduces intellectually“; and (7) The Spiritual Soul – “that is perpetuated permanently.

From the exoteric and physiological standpoint this may be very correct; it becomes less so from the esoteric point of view. To maintain this, does not at all mean that the “Esoteric Buddhists” resolve men into a number of elementary Spirits, as Mr. G. Massey, in the same lecture, accuses them of maintaining. No “Esoteric Buddhist” has ever been guilty of any such absurdity. Nor has it been ever imagined that these shadows “become spiritual beings in another world,” or “seven potential spirits or elementaries of another life.” What is maintained is simply that every time the immortal Ego incarnates it becomes, as a total, a compound unit of Matter and Spirit, which together act on seven different planes of being and consciousness. Elsewhere, Mr. G. Massey adds:  “The seven souls (our “Principles”) are often mentioned in the Egyptian texts. The moon god, Taht-Esmun, or the later sun god, expressed the seven nature-powers that were prior to himself, and were summed up in him as his seven souls (we say “principles”) . . . . The seven stars in the hand of Christ in the Revelation, have the same significance,” etc.

And a still greater one, as these stars represent also the seven keys of the Seven Churches or the SODALIAN MYSTERIES, cabalistically. However, we will not stop to discuss, but add that other Egyptologists have also found out that the septenary constitution of man was a cardinal doctrine with the old Egyptians. In a series of remarkable articles in the “Sphinx” (Munich) Herr Franz Lambert gives incontrovertible proof of his conclusions from the “Book of the Dead” and other Egyptian records. For details the reader must be referred to the articles themselves, but the following diagram, summing up the author’s conclusions, is demonstrative evidence of the identity of Egyptian psychology with the septenary division in “Esoteric Buddhism.”

1 The Natural Genesis, Vol. I, pp 318-319.

2 Yet there are some who may know something of these, even outside the author’s lines, wide as they undeniably are.

3 This connecting link, like others, was pointed out by the present writer nine years before the appearance of the work from which the above is quoted, namely, in Isis Unveiled, a work full of such guiding links between ancient, mediæval, and modern thought, but, unfortunately, too loosely edited.

4 Ay; but how can the learned writer prove that these “beginnings” were precisely in Egypt, and nowhere else, and only 50,000 years ago?

5 Precisely, and this is just what the Theosophists do. They have never claimed, “original inspiration,” not even as mediums, but have always pointed, and do now point, to the “primary signification” of the symbols, which they trace to other countries older even than Egypt; significations, moreover, which emanate from a hierarchy (or hierarchies, if preferred) of living wise men, mortals, notwithstanding that Wisdom, who reject every approach to supernaturalism.

6 But where is the proof that the ancients did not mean precisely that which the Theosophists claim? Records exist for what they say, just as other records exist for what Mr. G. Massey says. His interpretations are very correct, but equally one-sided. Surely nature has more than one physical aspect,for astronomy, astrology, and so on, are all on the physical, not the spiritual plane.

7 It is to be feared that Mr. Massey has not succeeded. We have our followers as he has his followers, and materialistic Science steps in and takes little account of both his and our speculations!

8 The fact that this learned Egyptologist does not recognise in the doctrine of the “Seven Souls,” as he terms our principles, or “metaphysical concepts,” but “the primitive biology or physiology of the Soul,” does not invalidate our argument. The lecturer touches on only two keys, those that unlock the astronomical and the physiological mysteries of esotericism, and leaves out the other five. Otherwise he would have promptly understood that what he calls the physiological divisions of the living Soul of man, are regarded by Theosophists as also psychological and spiritual.

9 This is a great mistake made in the Esoteric enumeration. Manas is the fifth, not the fourth, and Manas corresponds precisely with Seb, the Egyptian fifth principle, for that portion of Manas, which follows the two higher principles, is the ancestral soul; indeed, the bright, immortal thread of the higher Ego, to which clings the Spiritual aroma of all the lives or births.


The Secret Doctrine, ii 630–633
H. P. Blavatsky


Daily Words of the Buddha ~ June 27, 2014

butterfly flight
Sukhaṃ yāva jarā sīlaṃ,
sukhā saddhā patiṭṭhitā,
sukho paññāya paṭilābho,
pāpānaṃ akaraṇaṃ sukhaṃ.

Good is virtue until life’s end,
good is faith that is steadfast,
good is the acquisition of wisdom,
and good is the avoidance of evil.

Dhammapada 23.333

The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom,

translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Module ~ Spiritual Roundtable Discussions


In today’s world, attempting to live a spiritual life can be demanding and confusing. Gone are the days when one can retreat to the cave or forest. In the midst of job, family, finance and a host of other obligations is where we must develop our spiritual practice.

All are welcome to participate in this topic-based discussion group exploring teachings common to all religions and spiritual traditions.  Length of discussion varies, from one hour to three hours, whether online or in a live group setting.  Contact The Halau for more details and to sign up.

Topics of discussion may include, for example, the following subject matter:

  • The Significance of Now
  • Plato: The True, The Good & The Beautiful
  • Spiritual Awakening and Relationships
  • Affirmations and Manifestation
  • What is a Human Being?
  • Defining Compassion
  • Spiritual Evolution of Society
  • Triggers of Awakening
  • Spiritual Clichés
  • Is Time an Illusion?
  • The Spiritual Meaning of Spring
  • Duality: Live It or Leave It
  • The Rules & Codes We Live By
  • Spiritual Forks, Detours, and Roadblocks
  • Is Less More, More or Less?
  • Where to from Here?

Module ~ Reiki Healing Circle

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This ceremony, initiated by Lana Generao and David Crawford, offers healing meditation in the service of those in need. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Reiki is a form of energy healing that can be developed by anyone.  Join our Reiki practitioners for this One-hour energy-sharing or healing session.  Group energies are often very strong, and the experience may range from simply refreshing to profound.  We hold online and live/on-site group sessions.

New or non-Reiki practitioners are welcome.

Contact The Halau for more information and to participate in this Circle.


Module ~ Meditation Practices and Perspectives


For an hour each week we will have online discussion, instructional guided meditation, and silent meditation time covering various meditation methods.  We will also cover all aspects of beginning and sustaining a regular meditation practice.  This group will be suitable for all levels of meditators from beginners learning meditation to experts seeking fellowship and the opportunity to share their experiences.  These sessions are also conducted weekly live on-site.  Contact The Halau for details and to participate.


Module ~ Dream Circle Study Group

Anna Razumovskaya

Dream sharing has been an integral part of many cultures, helping individuals to recognize the symbolic language in which our dreams speak to us. As Helena P. Blavatsky wrote: “Knowledge comes in visions, first in dreams …”. The interpretation of the symbols in our dreams, helps us to access this knowledge of the Spirit (Self) that speaks to us from our subconscious.

Participants bring a dream to each class session, and are prepared to present the facts of the dream, the life event that may have stimulated it and the emotions as felt within the dream and on awakening.  Discussion of the dream is then opened up to the other members who respond beginning: “If this were my dream …” and who then give their views of what the dream means. Dreams often reveal sensitive personal information. There is tacit agreement that the dreams of participants will not be discussed outside the group, and the dreamer may cut off discussion of his/her dream at any time.

Because of the interactive nature of this study group, participation is necessarily limited.  A new Dream Study Group can be  formed if there is enough interest shown by our members.  If you would like and are able to participate regularly, please email or otherwise contact The Halau directly with your interest.

The Lost Art of Writing Letters


What is it about the written word that makes a letter so special? For one thing, nobody writes anymore; it truly is a lost art. In this day and age of emailing and texting, people don’t spend the time and effort necessary to generate a handwritten note. It’s a rare occurrence to find one in the mailbox.

But taking the time to pen a handwritten letter to someone communicates so much more than just the words on the page. It shows that we value them and, because of this, we took time out of our busy, over-scheduled lives to put pen to page and tell them truly how we feel (not what Hallmark says we should feel — anyone else think greeting cards never say the right thing?).

Who in our own lives could use a personal note from us? Let’s think about whom we could connect to in this way and then make the time to write to them this week.