Total Surrender


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I started reading this book as I was ending my Prayer and Life Workshops (PLW) and I feel very loved and guided by Spirit in my journey. If I learned the fundamentals of cultivating a rich prayer life and intimacy with God, as well as applying my interior learning to my every day life, in PLW, this book takes me further in deepening my understanding of the need for silence and prayer as the font of all acts of love and service.

Although the notes, letters, and snippets of talks in this book were originally addressed to Mother Teresa’s sisters in the Missionaries of Charity, they speak to the everyday person seeking more meaning and depth as they live out their lives in the secular world. Highly recommended!

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Untwisting Through Erotic Work


This article is even more enlightening  and helpful for me.

I participated in an introductory session of dance therapy just a week ago, and one of the tools I learned from there is Tapping, which I have promptly incorporated into my meditation practice now, in the chakra cleansing part as I go into Silencing.  I’ve been Tapping all over my body but mostly on my lower back and pelvic areas as I’ve intuitively felt a heavy kind of energy in these parts (there’s even persistent mild lower back pain, which is quickly relieved as I tap).

The current feelings of being “turned on” lately must’ve been a result of this too! 😉

The whole point of doing this work is to find blockages, externally, and internally, and to let them go. The more you are able to breathe into what comes up, the easier it becomes to express it and let it go.

Interestingly, the body really hates blocked material. So, “stuff that is stuffed” is going to emerge anyway.

This article’s author, Wayne Allen, further explains:

“Bodywork had its start with Wilhelm Reich, a 20th century student of Freud. He identified what he called body armour / character armour — physical blockages to the free flow of energy.

He worked with his clients using bodywork and breathwork, as well as through talk therapy, as he realized that talking alone wasn’t cutting it as far as healing went.

He realized that trauma of any sort that was not resolved (through the release of the blocked energy) ended up “stuck” in the body

This is armouring – the actual tightening down of muscles, and other structures in the body – so that the trauma is “held in place.” The longer it’s held, the tighter and more blocked the person is.

Reich equated limited lives to restricted energy, which of course also sounds like Chinese medicine. He dubbed the energy “orgone energy,” as in orgasm energy. His idea, which seems way ahead of its time (the 30s, if memory serves,) can be stated this way: “If people learn to have full body orgasms, they’d never need psychotherapy.”

Reich was not speaking metaphorically.

Here’s a quote from the Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust site:

Reich’s orgasm theory set him apart from his colleagues, because it indicated that the libido was a real physical energy that possibly might be measured quantitatively. Reich’s clinical work also led him to develop new therapeutic techniques to eliminate the patient’s character and muscular armor and allow for the flow and discharge of this bio-energy to achieve what he called “orgastic potency,” the capacity for total discharge of sexual excitation in the genital embrace.

In the east, the full release of qi or chi or prana is described similarly.

The fire of this energy release powers through obstructions, and brings about balance and healing… this understanding stretches back to 2500bc and earlier.”

Read the full article at  Sex Archives | The Pathless Path.

The Gifts of Silence and Prayer


“Silence is not yet prayer, but going into the Silence is necessary for prayer.” Something I’ve known already from my own practices but which was clearly defined for me yesterday at the Prayer and Life Workshop (PLW) orientation.

Spire made of candles - low view

photo credits to Center of Spiritual Living

And then, this morning, as I went into meditation immediately after I woke up, I kept “popping out”. 😥

I just realized now that it’s because I did not take time to “properly” go into the Silence, gently placing my self in an open, empty, receptive state. How theory and experience immediately put themselves at work to remind me of this lesson, one after another!

In my 6 & a half years of growing in meditation and prayer practice, I have observed how this practice of going into Silence first before communing with God/The Source/Spirit carries over into one’s every day life.

One naturally learns to be more attentive and receptive to self and other beings. One grows in reverence, Presence, for all life, deepening in true intimacy with self and others.

And I remember reading somewhere before that if you cultivate an inner life of Silence and prayer, you cannot help but become more honest, more authentic in your outer life! 🙂

So I guess if your life (or even just some parts of it) is feeling fake, blah, meaningless for you, go Inside. ♥

A Ballast for My Soul


A beautiful amen!

Jubilee Journey

Cocoa Beach, Florida

Life is like a stormy sea
That tosses to and fro,
But God’s Word will ever be
A ballast for my soul.
By its truth I’ll be held fast
Till I reach heaven’s shore
Where I will be home at last
And sail life’s sea no more!

—Perry Boardman

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