Memoirs My Journey Through War and Peace Melissa Burch: Adventurous Dynamic Fascinating Woman's Life

Part 2 of the Adventurous, exciting, dynamic world of Melissa  Burch: Filmmaker, Adventurer, Spiritual Seeker, Naturopath, Feminist, Creative Dynamo: Listen in here for more!

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Memoirist Melissa Burch on War, Peace, Naturopathic Health, Mothering, Living a Vibrant, Full Life and more

This podcast interviews fabulous Melissa Burch, adventurer, creative dynamo, feminist on her fantastic memoirMelissa Burch's fabulous memoir "My Journey Through War and Peace: Explorations of a Young Filmake, Feminist and Spiritual Seeker" describes this extraordinary woman's encounter behind enemy lines with insurgents, activists, and more. (See her website here).  After her unique journey Burch went on to claim a role in her native country as a Naturopath, again seeking ways to help and be of service. As a filmmaker, creative personality, Naturopath, spiritual seeker Burch exemplifies living life to the absolute full. Listen in here for how she has achieved so much in one life.

Meditation,Prajna, Nadis, Chakra Colours, Awakening, Correct Meditation, Visualization, Healing

Do Chakras have Their Own Colour?

Years ago, a secret sign showed how a person had committed to meditation: a thin, red, cotton string (more general info on red strings here)worn around the neck. The string acted as a kind of calling card. You knew who was meditating, who was connected already with some teacher from those who had not yet heard the good news about Awakening.

 Often tied in a tiny knot in the centre, the thread signifies the thread of life that connects the student to the teacher. It is considered medicine and is given out after the precious ceremonies central to all Tibetan meditations, the Wongkurs. (for a beginning exploration of Wongkur, go here

The time when these strings, worn around the neck, were secret signs was over forty years ago. Now meditation systems, teachers, signs and symbols fill our eyes and the sounds of mantras come to us very easily especially over the internet.
How do we know what we're learning is correct? Take Chakras, for instance. Pictures of a meditating body with the chakras lit up from within  abound

 on free images from the internet. The trouble is, people believe chakras HAVE a colour.
Not true. Chakras are energy centres that resonate within the vibrations of the Nadis, those psychic branches that may be imagined looking like the branches of trees in November here in Canada. The twigs and ends may not touch but reach toward each other. These Nadis carry the energy of Prajna, the basic energy force of everything, everywhere.
This is Tibetan teaching: Prajna, which is energy, collects in Nadis, which collect Prajna until Chakras develop.

Chakras may be thought of as wheels, or flowers. And they are horizontal. That's right. Not vertical, like buttons on your shirt, but horizontal, like when you imagine your breath entering your lungs and you remember to include the back of your lungs too! 3D and horizontal, the chakras have at their centre a hollow tube which runs through the centre of your body. That's the channels about which I'll write more later.
For now, just get this information: Chakras are not any particular colour. The colours seen frequently when Chakras are depicted are there to help us visualize the chakras.

Here's the most important point: when you meditate, if you discover say a light blue colour coming from the area of your chest where the ribs meet, or maybe a bit higher, you are likely seeing a colour representation of your heart chakra at that moment.

Don't struggle to get that colour another time. Just note it down in your notes at the end of your meditation.
What? You don't take notes? Stay tuned for the way to review and take notes after meditation and why this is important.

Depression and Meditation: Does Meditation Cure Depression? 

Although many people, articles, books, seminars want you to believe Meditation, especially in its current clothes as Mindfulness is a Cure for Depression, it just isn't true. What is true is Meditation in any form, Mindfulness, Visualization (see Medicine Buddha/Medicine Mind for more on this kind of Meditation) Reflection, Contemplation, Study and Writing (both of these are meditations) will dredge at some point whatever remains below the surface.

Whatever you have tried to leave behind, whatever you have abandoned arises whether that is the dark corpses of childhood abuse, or the successful, happy side of yourself this unfelt, unlived side will rise.

It will rise at a point when you really are ready to take it on, whether you see that or not. That's where a good meditation teacher (not one promising only blue lights and flashing insights) will help you stay steady in the midst of what may feel like a storm.

For more on depression and meditation read this insightful article:

And remember: when depression rises, don't push it away. It is a movement of the heavens, a planetary force in the way of Saturn. You may just sit in it, noticing its different colours, its daily changes. If you take a small interest in depression, its formation and shades, its subtlety you will find it begins to change.

Best Selling Author Gary Barwin chats about Yiddish for Pirates, his Fabulous Fiction/Fantasy/Historic Fiction book

Best selling author Gary Barwin, ( see here for more)whose latest book Yiddish for Pirates has rocketed to the top of best selling lists, chats with me about the genius in language itself. He describes following the path of language as it unfolds. Follow gifted writer Gary Barwin as he follows the flow of language in this interview, here.

Great fiction, fabulous fiction Gary Barwin Yiddish for Pirates podcast

Soul Retrieval, Lama Zazup Tulku Rinpoche, Tibetan Healing, LaGo, Medicine Buddha

In the centre of the front of this room a Dais rises about 3 ft high, fronted by the brocade of yellow and blue, colours of Medicine Buddha, (see here) blazoned with the double Dorje so common in Tibetan iconography. 

The double Dorje, one of the central implements in Tibetan Buddhism, symbolizes, among other more esoteric meanings, a steadfastness of consciousness, stability that is unshakable.  

A sudden tingle of memory rings through my body as the air here flows with smoke, the sweet scent of Tibetan incense filling the room. Flowers! Carnations of vivid red, pure white, splashy yellow, two large vases on the shrine full of these flowers. The shrine also supports a three tier elevated statue of Medicine Buddha. To the right, food! Plates of goodies, three rounds of fruit and more flowers.

A large tangka of Medicine Buddha

decorates the right side of the Dais. Tibetan prayer flags, blue, yellow, green, red and white hang around the audience, the centre picture on the flags of a horse running, depicting the Tibetan understanding of energy in the human body. The fact that we are in Owen Sound, a small, redneck community in Ontario gives this event a feeling of having arrived from another planet. 

Lama Zazup Rinpoche who will guide us, (see more here) seems at home here as he does most places. 

These symbols comfort me, as familiar as they have become through over forty years of attending ceremonies, listening to Teachers, receiving Wongs, and repeating meditation mantras, hours and hours of meditation mantras on my own. What is different this time is this ceremony unfolds as medicine for life force, or as the Tibetans called it, La. This time we're here to experience Soul Retrieval, strengthening and rebuilding life force after it has been weakened. Stay tuned for more.