I have been interested in spirituality ever since I can remember. When I was young, I began reading Paul Brunton’s writings and essays. His books were essential guidance for learning, understanding and growing internally.
After college I was attuned to Usui Reiki which helped provide a good foundation for my meditation practice. Many years later I was attuned to an even deeper form of energy practice called Reiki Jin Kei Do that brought forth a wonderful silence. In 2003, I discovered the deepest form called Reiki Tummo which offered a profound healing and a unique set of skills that are so important in this degenerate time.
Two healing modalities that I had a wonderful opportunity to explore are the Barbara Brennan School of Healing and Feldenkrais Movement Therapy. Under the direction of two wonderful healers, I received healing sessions once a week for eight months and four months respectively. Without participating directly like this I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to heal the pain, release the karmic blockages and move towards wholeness.
Many years after that, I took a weekend seminar on Chi-Lel QiGong. After one month of daily practice I was able to adjust my spine with only this exercise and had no need to visit the chiropractor again. The tai-chi-like movement takes about twelve minutes to perform and is called Lift Chi Up, Pour Chi Down.
A while later, I met MH (the Master Herbalist) and studied all of his materials for several months before completing a 21 day OJ Fast. It was a helpful process which lead to greater discernment in regards to physical health. If you ever get a chance to investigate his online-forum you won’t be disappointed. These days I am more interested in Buddhism and sharing the dharma with others.
I remember my second grade teacher discussing the Big-Bang Theory and that started it all for me. As a young kid, I was wide-eyed and totally blown away by this concept that I refused to sleep at night until I figured out where that leaves me – before the universe was created. It was a great challenge and I was intent on finding a solution; even frightened at the enormous implications. I wondered how anyone could breathe if there was only a pinpoint of matter and nothing outside of that. For months, I contemplated this problem until I had my first out-of-body experience where I could intuit the solution.
At the age of eleven, I had in my possession some of Paul Brunton’s Notebooks which were given freely to my father by his publisher. A year earlier, my brother and I were home-schooled (1982-1983). Since my father took a leave-of-absence to teach us and write about our experiences, I was fortunate to come across this spiritual author. Reading PB’s books allowed me to develop a deeper understanding of my own experiences and what the higher path consisted of. From then on, I read everything I could find on spirituality using the principles he taught to determine the value of their work. Over the next decade, I practiced almost every meditation that was out there until I came to a dead end.
Immediately after college, I visited the Wisdom’s Golden Rod Center in 1995 and learned that PB was considered an emanation of the great Buddhist Master, Atisha. His writings had inspired me to deepen my meditation, uphold good ethics, and search for a physical teacher. However, I still had to find out what my mystical experiences meant and books could only go so far. Shortly after that, I stumbled on the path only to become more determined to achieve wholeness with the assistance of several important alternative-healers.
Finally, after going through this extensive holistic therapy I found my Tibetan Buddhist Master in 1997. Under his guidance, I completed five years worth of shedra studies and eleven years of month-long retreats beginning with the Ngöndro accumulations, Tsa Lung meditation, and the advanced classes until his parinirvana in 2009. I continue to do these solitary and monthly retreats every year. With the wish to give back what I discovered and permission from my teacher to write, hopefully others will avoid the common pitfalls and dangers that beset every seeker on the Quest.
I received the Longchen Nyingtik Cycle of teachings and practice from Holiness Penor Rinpoche in 1999 and the whole Namchö Cycle of empowerments from Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche in 2018. With such amazing blessings through receiving all of these initiations, it is important to remember the suffering everyone undergoes and generate bodhicitta by passing on and sharing good, workable information for the benefit of all sentient beings.
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Light and Love,