In the Hindu tradition, we have the ancient folded-hands head bowed greeting with the saying Namaste. Namaste translated into English roughly means "I bow to the divine within you". Holding the divine within oneself is nothing new and rather common in differing religious traditions. In the Christian educational system, we were told to hold Jesus within your heart, and moreover, the body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:19. Going back to the Eastern Traditions and inclusive of the Hermetic or Egyptian traditions, the divine-self is essentially the higher- Self who sits as a watcher at the third eye. Hence, a bow with the saying Namaste may be simply the prostration of one's higher-Self to another's higher-Self.
reading, it seemed like my career path, intimate relations, and overall intellectual curiosities (including occult studies) seemed to be in line with the way the Grahas effected my planetary houses. Definitely an "as above, so below" connection where my life seemed to be already scripted.
In understanding that much of our life seems to fall in line with the Grahas, it may be that some individual ego-selves were meant to display certain characteristics from the sociopath criminal to the intense self-righteous televangelist. In our cosmic play, such individuals may be here to teach us contrast. However, given that each individual carries a higher-Self, our ego-selves may simply be attempting to do the best with the cards that we have been dealt with. If the Grahas are the remote control buttons that create our personality and push us into acting certain ways, then who controls the remote control? It could be that of our higher-Self using the ego-self and the surrounding circumstances (cosmic play) to help in an individual's ascension to higher spirituality, or it could be something malevolent. Moreover, our societal construct seems to have its own remote control where commercial media can easily incite hunger with delectable food, sex through carnal imagery, etc.
Therefore, each individual may simply be acting in a manner suited to external forces. The only writings I have read that seem to go beyond the ego include mindfulness meditation or some other meditational technique to raise your consciousness. Paramahansa Yoganda's Autobiography of a Yogi eluded to becoming one with God through Kriya Yoga techniques to bypass the Grahas where Yoganandaji was requested to wear an astrological bracelet to subdue certain illnesses prior to his Self-realization.
The wise man defeats his planets - which is to say, his past - by transferring his allegiance from the creation to the Creator. The more he realizes his unity with Spirit, the less be can be dominated by matter...So long as he remains confused in his ordinary state of spiritual amnesia, he will know the subtle fetters of environmental law. -Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi
Nonetheless, provided that many of us are still attempting such ascensions, we probably should choose to lighten up on each other and our ego-play through a better understanding that each individual is simply acting in this cosmic play under external influences. Another words, we're all probably just doing the best we can under our circumstances.
The occultists of the ancient world had a most remarkable understanding of the principle of evolution. They recognized all life as being in various stages of becoming. -Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages
Cathedral Rock is a must for any explorer where if taking enough breaks can be a moderate hike. However, be forewarned that there is one particular area that is basically a steep hike up a narrow crevice in between two large boulders. There are adequate foot placements but do require some lower body strength.
Appropriately named, Cathedral Rock offers a spiritual experience unlike any hike, or travel destination, that I have experienced. The almost 360º view offers stupendous views of the neighboring red rock Sedona Mountains. I arrived at the hike at roughly 6:15am, the Sun was warming the lush landscape flowing with a glowing green from the daily night monsoon storm (apparently occurs July through August). The early sunrise reflected a silver shine off the non-red mountains beautifully brightening the view of the Sedona red rocks. You will feel the wonders of nature just within a few minutes of this hike, especially if there are not that many tourists visiting.
What seemed to be a few minutes was really almost an hour of my time that I had simply sat sheltered within Cathedral Rock. The feeling was surreal and my logical mind made many attempts to interpret, define, or find some metaphor to explain the experience. The first comparison was to the Amitabha Stupa visited the prior day near the Boynton Canyon trail. Eastern traditions have used the shapes of mounds or mountains for their religious structures known as Stupas, where the pillars of Cathedral Rock somewhat felt similar. However, it was the placement of the Bodhisatva Amitabha within the Stupa monument that I found myself most reflecting. The Bodhisattva was surrounded within a cave like structure with a Stupa mound on the top. On Cathedral Rock, I was surrounded by the pillars cave like structure where the pillars crown is reminiscent of the Stupa. Hence, I felt like I was sitting somewhere that a Bodhisattva would use to reach enlightenment or simply call home.
Therefore, Cathedral Rock lived up to its name where my inner sanctum felt at peace. The hustle and bustle of the city and the illusion we call the past and future played no role in the present. Even a dragonfly decided to sit by my feet while I was in meditation position, undeterred by the human ego of nature domination. As was described to me by a relative the prior night (synchronicity), the dragonfly has 360º vision where comprehension of such vision is unfathomable by the predator human eye set. However, this delicate creature may have been simply attempting to tell me to use my inner eye for complete vision.
Grounded in Sedona
Sedona, what can I say! What attracted me to the area was my interest in forbidden archaeology, information from Pleiadian channeler Darryl Anka (Bashar), and the need to get lost in nature. The experience of the area can be summed up in one concept, sensational, where the vast expanse of mountainous terrains leaves each individual with a subjective feast of the senses that becomes totally obliterated when described objectively.
The flyer further stated that you're essentially observing 80 million years of sediment deposition, prior to the time of the T-Rex when Sedona was immersed under water. At this time, life (plants, amphibians) was simply beginning on land. Id. Hence, utter amazement on how Sedona maintained its red rocks under wind and water erosion for 275 million years, something not found surrounding the Sedona vicinity.
In crystal enthusiast circles, Hematite is a powerful "grounding" stone. Held in your hand or some other form of skin contact is said to help assist in creating a cooling/calming effect that will assist in clearing your mental clutter. This can definitely describe my own subjective experience of Sedona, especially after hiking through areas known to be spiraling vortices of energy (Cathedral Rock and Bell Rock). Each hike left me feeling with a euphoric Now presence with a desire to just be in the moment devoid of impertinent thoughts.
Lastly, hematite is also believed to assist in balancing the yin-yang magnetic energies within the body found through acupuncture meridians. Through the yin-yang concept, it is interesting to note that certain vortex areas of Sedona are believed to carry either a masculine (yang) or feminine (yin) energy, if not a balance of both.
Nonetheless, the euphoric grounding feeling was felt throughout the terrain, including hanging out on the balcony of our hotel. I didn't realize the strength of mental clarity that I experienced, nor the calm, until waking up in my bed the following day of our return, where I then faced the plethora of thoughts arising from the material world. Still I cling to the pictures, memories, and blessings that I hope will last a lifetime, or at least until my return.
Overly educated and continuously exploring and revealing more behind the veil.
"It cannot be too highly emphasized that the mystic swims in the same waters in which the psychotic drowns."
-James Wasserman, The Mystery Traditions