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This image may be used as a tool for meditation to energetically encode
the vibration of gratitude within your luminous body.

Gaze with soft eyes and a relaxed breath for 5 minutes.

Cultivating a heart of gratitude breeds humility. Gratitude begins to dismantle the internal fight and conflict we wage against life so we are no longer in battle against what is.

Our heart stretches wider in appreciation for both the darkness and the light. This naturally creates a softening of our posture, a softening of our mind, a softening of the way we walk through the world, a softening of how we relate to others. Our hearts begin to rise in a song that celebrates our existence just as the bird sings to greet the morning.

Gratitude literally changes the way our cells vibrate thereby changing the way they interact with each other. Our physical body restructures. Gratitude strengthens our immune system. Gratitude influences the chemical solution in which our brains bathe altering moods and mindsets while adjusting the frequencies it transmits enhancing our ability to create and manifest.

The hearts of our modern-day world are not accustomed to this vibration. Our apologies and smiles are often devoid of feeling, forced and conditional. The false pretenses of thank you clang together in a hollow heart.

There is an attention and training required to cultivate the vibration of gratitude through a moment by moment practice. When we notice denser vibrations of resentment, anger, bitterness consuming our heart we give pause. We find one thing, one small thing in any given moment that we are grateful for, even if it is for the feeling we are experiencing in that moment. No matter how small, we begin to plant seeds of gratitude within our heart. On a frequent and daily basis these seeds begin to take root in order for our heart to rewire in the vibration of gratitude. It is this vibration that not only entrains the heart but influences our entire body down to the cellular and chemical make up of who we are.

Gratitude connects us to Pachamama, our Mother Earth and begins to feed and cultivate our relationship with her. We are collectively disconnected in our consciousness to the planet we live on. Gratitude begins to weave our luminous bodies more deeply to Mother Earth which in turn feeds our gratitude from the unconditional love from Pachamama. It is a source of sustaining our vibratory levels of gratitude through a reciprocal exchange with our own Earth Mother.

Gratitude makes us more receptive to information from both below us and above us. Gratitude grounds us more deeply to the Earth as well as opens channels to a higher source of wisdom above.

Gratitude consolidates other vibrations within it. Dense or heavy vibrations held within the vibration of gratitude become transformed altering the way we are seeing, perceiving and being in reality.

Masks and hidden agendas fall away no longer held in place by the vibration of gratitude. Gratitude creates simple and direct ways of relating from our heart to the world around us. Gratitude bypasses other methods of communication. Two people may not speak the same verbal language but if those hearts are meeting in gratitude there is an understanding and language of the heart that happens simply through the vibration of gratitude.

Gratitude brings beauty and sacredness to the world. Gratitude does not operate from a place of looking to get anything. A heart in gratitude offers unconditionally without discrimination or condition.

This is what the kuyas speak.

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit
www.karenchrappa.com

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Our ideas about a daily practice can often be an obstacle to practice. We may think that a daily practice must look like our yoga class. Or we must be able to assume a certain posture in order to meditate. We think conditions must be perfect before we start. We need a special space or certain equipment or the right clothes. Expanding beyond our ideas can liberate the impediments to practice.

If nothing else, practice is about change and adaptability. I practice yoga but rarely use a mat. My cushion has been with me for years but I am often meditating without it. What my practice looked like 10 years ago or 5 years ago is vastly different than what it is today. A sense of fluidity and flow is necessary in establishing a practice.

My daily practice has always included some form of work with my body. If I strip my physical practice to its heart what lies within is the practice of meditation. The physical form may vary but the awareness that I bring to that form cultivates practice.

We do not meditate to become good meditators. We meditate so we can show up in our life with the qualities we cultivate in practice. When we cultivate the mind of meditation, this presence and attention naturally spills over from our mat into our life. The parameters of our practice blur. Our practice is no longer strictly defined by the time we spend sitting on a cushion. One of the most important qualities we establish in a daily practice is that of showing up. This is no small feat.

I recently took part in a workshop at the Shambala Center in NYC; Running With the Mind of Meditation.

A group of like-minded souls gathered on a Sunday afternoon. For this brief moment in time we became a small sangha weaving our way through the chaotic streets of Manhattan, running with the mind of meditation. Running has been a practice of mine for 25 years. Most of my running is done alone. Running in community fed my heart, not just as some cardio workout, but through the spark of devotion in every heart I ran with that day.

It was that spark of dedication from each heart that showed up that fed my soul. Each one of us took time out of a Sunday afternoon and made the effort to meet in the heart of the city to run and meditate. We showed up. And that touched my heart.

And that is what a daily practice asks of us. To show up.

To show up when we don’t want to. To show up when we are tired. To show up when we are pissed off. To show up when showing up is the last thing we want to do.

But is this not the same thing that life asks of us? That we must ask of ourselves?

What inspires a daily practice?

Show up and find out.

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit
www.karenchrappa.com

If you would like to delve deeper into the art of practice show up for the Empowerment Camp at Feathered Pipe in Montana next summer where Michael Lennox and I are soulfully collaborating to Awaken the Inner Teacher.

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NEW MOON DESPACHO
October 2012


The intention of our despacho this month to feed our Light
was held on a bed of cotton,
connecting us to the heavens,
the upper world,
the Hanaq Pacha,
woven with silver and gold threads
with our luminous body reaching
to the sacred masucline Light of the Sun,
Inti Ti Ti,
and the sacred feminine Light of the Moon,
Mama Killa.

A spirit gift of the dragonfly sits in the heart of our despacho
in a hexagram of gold and silver.
This mandala symbolizes the perfect meditative state of balance
achieved between Earth and Heaven.

The spirit medicine of the dragonfly
represents invitation and entry into the spirit world where everything is possible ~
all dreams all hopes are real and easily manifested.
The illusion of lack is smashed into fragments of a mirror
reflecting all of our parts making up a whole
where we can be all or any of our facets.
Dragonfly spirit medicine asks us to remove all doubt and limitation.

Our prayers are fed with offerings of sage, tobacco,
flowers, rose petals, lavendar,
colored sugars, cocoa, confetti, glitter, sparkles.

Ceremony elevates us in timelessness.
Our prayers and intentions are not locked into a certain time or space.
Every despacho carries with it a forgotten prayer holder.
You are welcome to join at any time.
It is never too late.

AHO my friends!
AHO!

Add your intentions in by following the ceremonial video at sunrise.

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit
www.karenchrappa.com

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I wanted to catch the sunrise for you. The time when the sun begins to emerge over the horizon. The time to set our prayers and intentions for feeding our light in this quiet and silence. May we feel the rising of light in our own heart emerge within us as we share in this month’s New Moon Despacho.

The despacho is a prayer bundle in the tradition of the Q’ero shamans of Peru. Prayers and intentions are held in a qintu, traditionally made from three cocoa leaves but here three bay leaves are used. Qintus and offerings are placed in wrapping paper then tied up like a gift and returned to the elements to align our intentions in a co-creative dance with Spirit.

If you would like to add your prayers to this month’s despacho take a pause in your day. Create a sacred space where you will not be disturbed for 10 – 15 minutes. Sacred space can be as simple as lighting a candle to turn your attention towards ceremony.

Follow the video for simple instruction on how to participate. Prayers are offered into the qintu by blowing them in with your breath so when the qintu appears on the video simply exhale your intentions of feeding your light into the leaves.

This month I offer the qintu at sunrise so as you sit with the video feel yourself receive the blessings of light from the Sun. Imagine this light being absorbed into your physical body, into your energy body, feel it absorbed into your DNA. Imagine this light sending its wisdom and power into your very being. Feel it re-informing your luminous architecture.

Thank you my friends for bringing your light to ceremony.

AHO!

Click on full screen using icon on bottom right corner and enjoy!

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In An Ancient Cry of A Lone Wolf I shared a shamanic journey with spirit wolves. An image that has stayed with me is one of a male and female wolf, connected at the third eye in a bow of honor to each other. This image led to a reading of my mesa on the Inner Beloved…

There is a marriage that takes place within. A marriage between the sacred masculine and feminine. We are often unaware of the internal conflict between these aspects of ourself.

There is a clear distinction of the masculine and feminine principles that guide us. One aspect of these qualities is represented in the male heart as the archetype of the king, the non-corrupt warrior power in integrity.

One way this is expressed in the feminine heart is the womb, the vessel for the seeds of creation, the archetype of  the mother, Gaia, Earth Mother, the depths of unconditional offering for all things.

When an aspect of our masculine or feminine is diminished or lacking in some way we will look to fill this up through the relationships we seek and create thereby setting the basis for dysfunction and co-dependency. This is when we rely on someone outside of ourself to fill the void within us. We are in and of ourself complete.

This does not mean we can only enter into relationship once a whole state is achieved. When awareness of the strengths, the weaknesses and the tendencies of how our masculine and feminine are operating within us are known to us, we are able to bring our relationships to higher levels of consciousness. We need to know ourself first. These patterns are often habitual and conditioned leaving us little room for evolution but rather keep us stuck in patterns of relating that bring harm to ourself or another.

The collective feminine is now burgeoning, coming forth in greater fullness and power. This is not to be perceived in any way as a threat to the masculine. This is not ever what the feminine seeks. She does not seek dominion over but rather longs for  union rooted in honor and respect. She longs to give and offer her love and her light freely and asks that the power of her gifts be valued.

What is this foundation of internal sacred union built on?

The full spectrum of expression of both the feminine and the masculine without judgment, without criticism, without belittling, embarrassing, humiliating, shaming. How many of these patterns operate in our current relationships? A trust that both are honored, respected and valued for what is inherently divine within each. A recognition that each is essential to the other so no barrier exists between the flow of these energies within and between.

We move from co-dependency to interdependency. A weaving rather than a wall.

Each seeks freedom now from the repressive chains that have bound both the masculine and the feminine and shaped them into limited and conditioned expressions that have not served either by meeting in their diminished capacities. It is the healing of the sacred union within each individual, the sacred marriage that begins to take place within the heart, the mind and the soul of each person, regardless of gender, that will begin to create a new paradigm on Earth.

There is a flow and a listening required within our own heart. A bowing and reverence to our inherent sacred gifts expressed through the masculine and feminine of who we are. A presence and an attention of the masculine naturally fosters an appreciation from the feminine.

From the heart of the feminine emerges beauty, not in the way it has been packaged and served to us. Beauty as seeing a sacredness in all things. A sacredness of life. Creation of sacred rituals. Beauty  as an empty vessel that allows the divine to flow through. A beauty in the heart that sees all as beauty.

The feminine also emerges as the erotic, sensual, undomesticated Goddess. The wild and untamed power of intuitive wisdom, the visionary bestowed with psychic gifts. These are the heights and depths through which the feminine expresses herself.

The masculine offers direction, a purpose and focus that creates a sense of moving towards. There is a passing of knowledge and transmission of wisdom from one generation to the next, from one person to another that the masculine expresses through words, intellect and by creating community of the highest order of the heart, the divine kingdom.

The masculine speaks in stillness. He moves in silence not only in the direction of moving forward but also in the direction of depth.

The feminine moves in cycles, through flow, through dance, through non-linear patterns.

In sacred union the value of both stillness and dance are revered.

Our greatest power resides in deep humility, no longer falling prey to the seduction of our ego. Black obsidian sits at the very bottom of this alignment pointing to our infinite depths that transcend all duality, even our masculine and feminine. The way of the sacred path that opens the portal to the vast void of the unknown, where all energy is consolidated in the black hole of the deepest mysteries.

This is what the kuyas speak.

(This image may be used as a meditation tool.
You may click on the image to enlarge it.
Meditate on the image with eyes open or closed for at least five minutes.
This allows the vibrations of this pattern to reinform you,
encoding you energetically.)

This article first appeared on elephant journal as Some Kiss We Want with Our Whole Lives.

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit
www.karenchrappa.com

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