Sunday October 20th, 2013
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Hello to all and welcome to this October's Moon-letter, two days post full moon with a partial eclipse!

Thank you to all who have been joining the journey through the Ten Light Bodies of Consciousness in Kundalini class. The last three weeks we have focussed on the Physical Body, the Arcline and the Auric Body. The next three weeks we will be focussing on the Pranic Body, the Subtle Body, and the Radiant Body, which will bring us to completion of this series. Please join us as you can for some powerful Kriyas and Meditations as we deepen into our experiential understanding of these Light Bodies!  If you missed the last moon-letter and would like a little bit more information on the Ten Light Bodies of Consciousness, you can access it here.
Yoga Gems

Mantra and Sound

In almost all Kundalini Yoga classes we are chanting mantras, which is a powerful and effective path for realizing our true nature. One of the two main reasons I fell in love and stayed with Kundalini Yoga thirteen years ago was because of the extensive use of mantra (the other reason was the extensive use of pranayama). Mantra has guided me through so many different challenges in life - elevating and uplifting, transcending and transforming, and connecting me to my soul.

I'd like to share the 40 day Global Sadhana that I'm currently practicing, a mantra of ecstasy and gratitude:

 Ang Sang Wahe Guru
(The dynamic, loving energy of the Infinite Source of All is dancing within my every cell, and is present in my every limb. My individual consciousness merges with the Universal consciousness)

You can access a beautiful version of this mantra here, sung by Mirabai Ceiba. The first few minutes are the instructions, including a beautiful version for with a partner. The actual mantra starts at 6:45, and goes for 11 minutes. If you strongly resonate with this mantra, I recommend engaging in a 40 day practice with it. 

The meditation practice of Mantra and Sound is called Naad Yoga. Through the sound we connect with Infinity. There are two primary things in Naad Yoga. Speaking or singing and the other one is the active reception, the deep listening. 

All our chanting has basically just one big purpose, which is to connect ourselves with the eternal silence, the primal power which is called the Aad. The Aad creates the Naad. Naad is the frequency the vibration of the Aad. All the sounds are born from the Aad, and therefore they  mutually lead us back to it. When you do your daily meditation, really try to listen consciously. Take a moment before and after chanting to mantra to listen. Listening in this context means not only to listen with your ears but more perceiving the present moment with all your senses. Listen into your sensations.  How do you feel?  What do you perceive? Breath into this sensation consciously. Open yourself to the pure essence of life expressing itself through you. The Mantra will help you to find a new and deeper quality in your listening.
 
~ Markus & Angelika (Mirabai Ceiba) ~

Questions & Content
Please send any Yoga related questions to me and I will be happy to answer them! Also, if there is something specific you'd like to see in these moon letters or in either Yoga class - please let me know and I will attempt to accommodate.

Yoga Classes
I teach the following drop-in on-going yoga classes at Hemma (everyone and all levels welcome):
Kundalini Yoga: Thursdays 4:45-6:00pm
Yin Yoga: Mondays 9:00-10:30am

Harvest Mandala
~ Dawn Rabey


Kamala

This moon cycle I am working with Kamala, the last of the Dash Mahavidyas (10 wisdom goddesses) of the tantric tradition.

Kamala, or Kamalatmika, is another name for Lakshmi. She is the daughter of the ocean of milk, sister of the moon god, and consort to Vishnu, the preserver. She is one of the most favoured goddesses as She represents peace and prosperity, beauty and fertility, and abundance of every kind. One who wants Lakshmi's favour (abundance in all things) takes care of and preserves others through generosity - for She is the support of the phenomenal world.

Her nature is that of the Lotus (Kamala means lotus), representing the unfoldment of the different chakras of the subtle body, and particularly the heart chakra. The spiritual lotus, the basis of the universal energy, blooms in the void - pure consciousness. Therefore, for the unfoldment of Her gifts, we make ourselves empty and clear. 

Kamala also relates to the beauty of perception. When we see the Divine quality in each thing, the quality of our consciousness is our greatest wealth.  

One of Her mantras is Shrim, and another that I love to chant 108 rounds with is Om Shrim Maha Lakshmi-yei Namaha. She rests in the heart chakra, the place of devotional worship.




Kamala Yantra (retrieved from http://mysiddhashram.blogspot.ca/2011/10/amazing-mahavidya-kamala-yantrasadhana.html)

Have a beautiful day, and Sat Nam!

Dawn Rabey, PhD, Transpersonal Psychotherapist
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), Yoga Teacher (E-RTY200, RYT500)
www.dawnrabey.com ~ DawnRabey@live.ca ~ 250-661-8679

 
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