How to Enjoy Pigeon Pose

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Q.  Sati, you recently said that we don’t need to have our hips square in pigeon pose.  Can you please explain this because many other teachers tell me I need to have my hips square to be doing this correctly.  

A. Pigeon is my favorite position!  I do it EVERY DAY and it is the last pose I do EVERY NIGHT!  Sound hard to believe?  I do it in bed right before I sleep, with my head on my pillow!  This position does so much for me.  It helps with back pain, assists in my digestion, helps me relax, and loosens my legs and hips.  Afterwards I truly feel amazing and I do this for about 3-5 minutes per side each day.

The Kapotasana कपोतासन, Pigeon pose is truly one of the most rewarding and enjoyable of all of the Yoga positions.  I have myself mastered this position with the help of many years of practice and detailed instruction.  The pitfalls that I battled while mastering the pigeon were many, and I do recall once crying actual tears on a beach to my teacher literally saying aloud ‘I will never get the king pigeon pose.’  I believe that we are never upset for the reason we think.  I now understand the tears were healing and less about doing the position.  I had determination to heal the trauma and fear and I eventually did master it.  The mastery that I eventually did attain were beyond the position itself as I learned to relax and enjoy through the process and found that pigeon is much more of an experience and less of an activity.  It can be a deeply relaxing moment.

My feeling for everyone is that you need to do a pigeon in which you feel comfortable.  This is a deeply emotional experience and should be done in a relaxed way if possible.  Its important that you can rest in the position and relax.  When we struggle in poses we actually tighten the muscle and create anxiety.   Crossing over the natural edge in a position continually over time can lead to damage and injury and should be avoided.  I no longer cross the edge in any position and I much more enjoy the experience of yoga.  In the beginning of working with pigeon I was stalled and then in the second half I was injuring myself.  It seemed like either a black or white experience.  Variations provide all of the grey area for this position.  For these reason I do not suggest that everyone square the hips in pigeon.  I do suggest that you try and square your hips, and if you cannot at that time yet do that choose a different form of pigeon until you can.  I also do not suggest blocks in pigeon but instead I suggest using a variation (unless you have knee issues.) 

Pigeon  creates a stretch in the glutes, hip muscles, and adductor .  To do the full expression of this pose, you need your front hip to easily rotate outward to a 90 degree angle. MOST people are unable to do this. If you can’t, don’t worry, just choose a variation.

First of all, trying to fit every person into the same form of any position is like trying to fit all people in the same size clothing.  Trying to fit every person into a pigeon pose with absolute square hips, is like trying to fit all people into a size 0 jeans.   This was what happened to me.  I was continually given instruction to square my hips which for me led to mild injury and frustration.  I as a teacher respect that all people are different and come prepared to provide actual alternatives to pigeon for people with hip issues.

For whatever reason, my hips we particularly tight at one time (I was 18) and pigeon was really difficult for me.  By many different instructors I was told to ‘square my hips’ and was even given a block as a prop to help me to do pigeon ‘right.’   I did this of course, and I found that I was not progressing. To be very clear,  I do think that props can he helpful in pigeon  (I love props and I use them all the time but for pigeon I don’t see them as useful or necessary UNLESS you have knee issues or replacements in which case yes, use the blocks and go high). Supposedly for some with hip issues propping onto blocks in pigeon can be dangerous and for others who cannot yet square the hips it can in many cases be a hindrance to the practice and opening of the hips and in turn the experience of pigeon.

When I began I was actually not really that inflexible, I was just not used to feeling my emotions and I was a little squeamish about all of the sensation that pigeon brought up for me.  In the beginning I did square my hips and came up off the hip and felt like I might fall over balancing on my ankle and then was given a block by a few different teachers.  I didn’t progress in pigeon for years because I was never deep enough to experience the position enough to feel into it.  I was unable to square my hips so I used the block as instructed, for years.   I probably would have mastered king pigeon much quicker had I been given more variations.  Over the years as a teacher I gathered up many and I use them all in my classes, and in my home practice.

In terms of pigeon form, yes we eventually want to square the hips.  Though, when the hips and front knee are actually square we are so deeply open that we actually are nearly in a full split. Have a look at the following images and look at how closely we are into split when in pigeon.  For the left side image I have opened up the angle with the back leg straight back.  The front leg can move all the way into split from pigeon here.  So, unless you have a full split as one of the positions that you can do or you are working towards that, I suggest a different version of pigeon.  For example if you are a complete beginner, there is absolutely no reason to try and square your hips in this position at first.

 

While researching other teachers views upon this topic I was surprised at how many actually went ahead and gave the same bad advice that is often given in class to so many students which is basically to square your hips and stick a yoga block under your hip to make that happen.  Now, that does work to some degree, but what I experienced personally was that this particular instruction held me back and made my journey to pigeon and loser hips a much longer process than if I had been told how to do pigeon in the right way for me.

If your hips are tight and if your inner groin is not going to allow you to square your hips under any circumstances then you need a variation.  These three options are there for you.  The two left side images are what some teachers call a ‘lopsided’ pigeon and some actually either ridicule this position or say that it is incorrect.  This type of teaching is not inclusive or adaptive and could not be more incorrect.  Some Yin teachers call this type of ‘lopsided’ pigeon a Deer Position, so I use that title for my favorite pigeon variation.  Much can be learned by researching Deer Position which is the ‘lopsided’ pigeon.  This position is always an excellent variation to pigeon and in all of my gentle classes I offer this.  On the right side image you can see the pigeon with the block which should only be used for those who CANNOT take the deer position because of a knee issue.

The prop with the block is not meant to be offered to every person who struggles in pigeon and this variation can hold back students for years in my experience, for that reason I do not usually offer this variation in my classes unless it is a specific case of a person with a knee injury or issue. 

For those who absolutely cannot do the pigeon pose from Deer position or with a prop under the hip then one of the following variations can be used.  Lying down Sleeping Pigeon on the top left, Sitting pigeon on the top right, and even just a deep hip opener for those with incredibly tight hips and groin.

For those who are more advanced in pigeon and who have already found the completely square hips or even a full split deeper and more advanced pigeon forms are available.  First there is the double pigeon which can be seen here on the left, in double pigeon we have the ankles stacked atop the knees.   This is an excellent position to start to move to more advanced pigeon forms.  Over time we will learn to work with Eka Pada Rajakapotasana एकपादराजकपोतासन, King Pigeon which can be seen on the right side.  The side king pigeon and the full king pigeon.  Notice, King pigeon and half can be done without having the hips completely square.  If that makes sense, we can master the entire position and still be unable to square the hips and 90 degree angle – or you can spend 6 years on a block trying to square the hips.  I think that variations help us to meet in the middle.

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In addition, for those who are more advanced the block can be used to enhance to experience between pigeon and split.  As you can see in this position I am very close to a split using the block.  In this case the block can be used as an advanced prop versus a setback.  I do offer this variation to those more advanced.

I hope that helps to answer the question, that the question and that this information can help others to find their way to a cozy and deeply relaxing pigeon position.

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Reflections Upon a Miracle

Reflections Upon a Miracle
It has been now 10 weeks and 12 days since the glorious day of my son’s birth and today I am finally getting a chance to write about it. Though it is weeks since the birth, I have truly taken time to reflect upon it and the stretch of time before writing has provided space and quiet to truly come to understand this dharma and what the situation is providing in my life as a whole.
Looking back upon the path that has led me here, and brought forth this child, I begin to realize how sacred my steps have been. From the beginning I had felt his presence and yet on many occasions he would not come forth in the past circumstances of my life. It was only now, at 33 at this time in history that this being became manifest. I see it as significant.
My pregnancy I can say was splendid. In fact I almost miss being pregnant! It was so easy I could hardly believe it. I never once was ill, I did not get morning sickness, I was not tired, and I had not one health issue come up. In fact I worked and taught class right up until his birth. I taught class Wednesday and planned to be there Friday, and then I went into labor that evening. I felt supremely capable while I was pregnant as if nothing could stop me from being happy. I ate very well and I took great care of myself. I did allot of Rebirthing (some privately), I meditated, I did Yoga, I sang and chanted, I did self massage, and I communed with nature as much as possible in the grass and the forest. I was also active socially. I worked part time at a massage studio and taught 10 Yoga classes per week during the pregnancy and it did not feel like stress. In fact I was able to be clear and even continue some basic Thai Massage in the last days with some very close clients. I felt like the pregnancy was truly a time of grace mirroring what was to come.
My husband Yohann and I have shared so much! From the time we met almost three years ago our love has grown and grown and we have come to be very best friends. With such different life paths, we have so much to share. Having him come here to the United States to spend the entire pregnancy with me was a manifestation of supreme proportions. He didn’t work at all so he was able to be with me the whole time day and night and provide all the care that I needed and attend every appointment. We picked out every baby item together. I am grateful for him. He and his family are blessed people, and despite the sometimes language barrier French to English, we do communicate very well in love.
After the nine months of pregnancy bliss I was very excited to move towards the birth. Bodhi’s due date fell exactly on Rosh Hashanah September 29th, a very sacred holiday, so we were afraid that we might lose our Midwife. The High Holiday was important to her, and we discussed the possibility of having to find someone to stand in for her. We just breathed and knew that it would work out perfectly. Two weeks before Bodhi was born someone sent me the most interesting information that I found so very fascinating and inspiring.
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Chapter 12 Revelations
2:1 A great sign was seen in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
12:2 She was with child. She cried out in pain, laboring to give birth.
12:3 Another sign was seen in heaven. Behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven crowns.
12:4 His tail drew one third of the stars of the sky, and threw them to the earth. The dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.
12:5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron. Her child was caught up to God, and to his throne.
I liked to read this info and ponder what significance it might have upon Bodhi’s coming, though I knew few children are ever born exactly on their due date. We just sat and waited.
The more significant event to me about Bodhi’s birth was that it was going to fall within a few days of the Cosmic Convergence. If you have read my prior blog about his conception being specifically linked to this event, then you might be as blown away as we were that he was actually going to come at this time. With all of the extreme blessings bestowed in his conception we were just dumbfounded that this novelty would present itself that perhaps Bodhi might be born on the Cosmic Convergence! And we were shocked that his due date was that week.
We were told by some of our guides that this was a very special time to have the baby since there was a comet ElLenin which was going to pass by Earth on the 25th and that this comet was the true bestowal of the ‘Golden Age.’ Again I was flabbergasted. I followed ElLenin as it was approaching and we prayed and meditated on the high holy time and the approaching of the Cosmic Convergence. I myself have been working with these energies for many years as these massive astrological events have approached.
I was prepared for Bodhi to enter at any moment. On September 23 I began to have my first contractions. As we entered the moment of the Cosmic Convergence somehow my body moved with it. I began to feel the first contraction (or I liked to call it an ‘opening’) Friday the 23rd in the morning. I was thinking, can this be the time??? REALLY? As the day progressed I felt more contractions. They began at 20 minutes apart. I started to time them almost right away. They were like clockwork. It went slowly to 10 minutes apart by about 9:00PM Friday the 23rd of September. I did not sleep but instead I spent time in my Yoga room/Nursery breathing and stretching, praying, and chanting. I took several warm baths and I ate very well including Raw Honey, Mango, Banana, Pistachios, and Almond Milk. I kept it light. The daybreak Saturday was a splendid experience and by then I had been in contractions slowly for almost 24 hours.
In terms of the ‘contractions’ what I was experiencing was more like a wave. Something otherworldly like a rush of adrenaline beginning at my toes and moving up my body until it overtook me completely. It was not necessarily ‘pain’ but it surely was what I would call ‘uncomfortable.’ I remained in this 10 minute apart contraction pattern like clockwork throughout Saturday. I worried, I had heard that some people experience contractions that are not labor and I prayed that this would not go on for days on end. But then Saturday at about 3:30 my contractions moved to 9 minutes. While this was not exactly a sign of labor I was happy to see progress. I stayed at home and between 3:00 and 7:00PM the contractions slowly moved to 7 minutes apart. As this time approached I was prepared that this was going to be the time. I put myself in my prayer shawls and began to say my mantra between each contraction as the waves came. I took hotter baths and more honey, I sat with crystals, I prayed, and I talked with Yohann who was preparing for the labor to stop versus continue. At 7:30PM the contractions moved to 6 minutes and I called Ronni Rothman my midwife and told her that we might be in labor tonight. She stood by. Since I was giving birth in a birthing center, it is so much like home that you just basically stay at home until the contractions are 4 minutes apart. I labored at home with ease, moving into the flows with joy and grace. I was aware that the Cosmic Convergence was in full swing and our guides were telling us that this was a really important time! The comet ElLenin was approaching Earth at this very moment. Finally at about 11:00PM I called Ronni and told Yohann NOW is the time the contractions are 4 minutes apart. It was easy, there was no struggle, no yelling, I timed the contractions between my mantras and prayers, Yohann sat quietly. At about midnight I called Ronni and she said “Sati get in here now or you are going to have this baby at home!” I was almost going to stay at home, but I liked the idea of the large bathtub at the center so we headed off at 12:30PM. By this time I was having contractions since Friday morning and it was now Saturday night.
I never once questioned this process. I was not afraid that I needed to be ‘induced’ I was not thinking that I needed to speed up the process or cause anything to move faster. I just simply breathed and allowed the time to pass. Honestly it was incredible. I was excited and overjoyed! I could have stayed in labor for days. But, now at 1:00 we arrived at the birthing center with contractions 3 minutes apart.
Upon arrival…Ronni let me know that my water had not broken and that with this type of labor it could go on for much longer. I made the decision to intervene in the process only once and asked her to go ahead and break the water bag, this does not hurt at all… its just like a small crochet hook that ruptures it. Once the water broke finally Bodhi’s head descended and was upon the cervix she could see then that I was 8cm dilated. It was only a short time until his birth. I entered the water, feeling now the contractions intensify since the water was now broken and I entered full transition at this time. I spiraled my hips and decided that I could go no further. I was too tired. I asked to be taken to a hospital right away. In essence Ronni laughed in my face. She said that there was just no way that I needed that. Her exact words I believe were “You can push your baby out, if you go to a hospital they are going to cut the baby out and that is exactly why you chose me so that this would not happen.” I was belligerent in my transition I must say. I was really negative for about an hour. During this time the baby was being born. I didn’t curse or scream, but I had strong doubts. Claustrophobia came up in the water and I needed to move out of it for the actual birth. Yohann was so strong and silent the whole time, even without sleep he was his usual graceful self. I went onto the bed at about 3:00 to begin pushing. Yohann sat right behind me and held me up helping me to push in the last and final moments he was strong and silent with support that I never imagined I would have!! Bodhi was born one hour later.
The pushing phase was about two hours or less, but the labor itself was more like 48 hours. It was a steady climb…. Bo was born at about 4:45 Sunday morning September 25th one day into Libra giving him Libra sun and Virgo Moon and Rising.I am also happy that I manifested absolutely no birth complications at all.  I was told I would most certainly get hemoroids, tear my perineum, suffer incontinence, among other things.  But I am happy to say, NONE of them happened.  I had bleeding and a small tear internally that Ronni said would suture with one stitch, and nothing else has manifested, my body has returned to normal almost immediately.  I did bleed as suspected for 7 weeks straight however so that much is true.  I returned to teaching six weeks after Bodhi’s birth and prior to that I just stayed in bed with him and my husband in awe of his graces.We did have to take the baby to the hospital sadly after two days as his temperature was extremely high, but they found nothing wrong with him and in fact we were told he was probably the healthiest baby in all of the Childrens Hospital.  His temperature was high and remains high…. as he is a hot being!

Bodhi’s birth aligned to the comets passing, and fell directly in the center of the Cosmic Convergence. What this means exactly I can not know, but I do know that he is a cosmic being! His light is so bright and his smile is the radiance of the joy of the Universe. He is truly a supreme blessing to this world.
I can say with 100% honesty that I am in totally BLISS every single day with this baby! He is the light of my life. I don’t want to miss a moment of him, he sleeps right next to me and we are inseparable when I am not teaching Yoga and then he is with his incredible daddy! Yohann and I are SO in love and so in love with this little light being. I am truly blessed.

Bodhi’s Birthdate THE COSMIC CONVERGENCE

More on the Consmic Convergence:
At the time of writing (July 31, 2011) we are at the beginning of the fifth day of the Ninth wave and then also rapidly approaching its end and the completion of all of the Mayan calendar on October 28, 2011. There are three more days (over a time period of three regular months) yet to go as the effects of the Ninth wave intensify in accordance with its high frequency of transformation to unity consciousness. While we may all have ideas of how this final transformation is going to take place no human knows the exact details of what is going to happen. We are sitting in the waiting room of the cosmic doctor and we do not know how He or She is going to treat this patient.
Throughout the shift points of this Ninth wave various initiatives have been taken for inspirational events and towards its culmination not only are events being planned for the midpoint (October 21, 2011) and end-point (October 28, 2011) of the seventh day, but also for the Gregorian date 11:11:11 (November 11, 2011). Even if the latter date is not based on the Mayan calendar, but on numerology, it gains its real meaning from this calendar and is the day for celebrating that we have made it through the end times and into the new world to be created afterwards. I encourage all such initiatives celebrating shift points, especially if they educate people more broadly in the true meaning of the Mayan calendar and its various days and nights. However, I also feel that there is a need for events that emphasize the work that we need to do at the current time. For this aspect of the process I feel that there is one shift point that deserves our full attention and this is the beginning of the sixth night. The reason is that the beginning of the sixth night on September 23, 2011, and its following few days, means a convergence of an energy shift in the Mayan calendar and the passage of the comet Elenin between the earth and the sun (and, if you like, the autumn equinox as well).
This little comet Elenin has attained an immense amount of attention on the Internet and is sometimes associated with more or less dire predictions. Thus, its name has been read as Extinction Level Event although it with equal justification may be read as El +Lenin (God + Anti-capitalist revolution) or Ellen In (the names Ellen, Helen or Elaine mean light) or El enin (God +Nine backwards referring to the completion of the divine plan of Nine Underworlds). All that we really know about it is however that it is synchronized with the end of the Mayan calendar on October 28, 2011. As part of this the Ninth wave, also called the Universal Underworld, brings a cosmic context to human life in a way that has not previously been the case. Human beings are in other words in the Universal Underworld about to become citizens of the universe, a consciousness shift that has led to a heightened interest in all things extraterrestrial. Yet, maybe this shift is primarily about us living up to our cosmic origin and the Cosmic Convergence is an invitation to fully experience this at the beginning of the sixth night. Thus, the word Cosmic is here more meant in its Mayan meaning as the all encompassing intelligence.
I feel it cannot be emphasized enough that the Mayan calendar is an expression of a truly cosmic, but also divine time plan. It is from this that we know that it is purposeful and benevolent. Many who fail to recognize that this calendar describes a divine plan developed by waves of seven days and six nights, may risk to end up in hopelessness or a belief that the world will come to an end. (The lack of connection to a divine plan is the reason that the false pop culture end date of the Mayan calendar, December 21, 2012 often has become associated with such thoughts.) It is the divine background of the plan described by the Mayan calendar that explains that nothing in the universe happens by accident. Everything plays a role for the fulfillment of the purpose of the cosmic plan, making it meaningful despite the hardships and challenges that we may expect in the time ahead. From such a perspective we may wonder what God is communicating to us through the comet Elenin especially in terms of what there is to do at the beginning of the sixth night, but also in the seventh day of the Ninth wave. After all, comets are prophesized to be part of the language that God is going to use to communicate with us in the end times.
Another thing that we know about the Ninth wave, and its sixth night and seventh day in particular, is that it brings about a polarity shift to unity consciousness as is illustrated in figure 1. Elenin may then also be seen as a messenger of the finality of this shift. Today, we often hear the idea of an impending pole shift, which goes back to psychics like Helena Blavatsky and Edgar Cayce. Yet, most, if not all, professional geoscientists would argue that there is no reason to expect a pole shift in the near future. Most likely then, since Blavatsky and Cayce were not familiar with the kind of polarity shifts that the different waves of the Mayan calendar bring about, and had no language to describe them, they simply mistook such shifts for an electromagnetic pole shift of the Earth. In favor of such an interpretation is for instance that Cayce predicted what he called a “pole shift” for the year 2000. This as we now know did not happen, but what did take place was a polarity shift of consciousness as the Eighth wave of the Mayan calendar was activated in 1999 and most likely this is what he saw in his trance state and mistook for a pole shift.
 
Polarity shifts in consciousness take place in synchrony at several different levels of the universe – cosmic, galactic, heliospheric, planetary and human – at the times of shift points in the Mayan calendar. The Ninth wave that we are currently in is carries the polarity shift that creates unity consciousness. We then need to ask what we are to do, if anything, if we as individuals want to be part of this polarity shift and remove all dark filters from our minds. After all, we only have the direct power to transform ourselves and then hope that it spreads along the lines of the great Indian leader and sage Mahatma Gandhi, who said: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
What, more specifically, would this imply for the Cosmic Convergence? A general rule of the Mayan calendar waves is that its night and day energies relate to one another as inner preparation to outer manifestation. This may especially be true when it comes to the last such pair of energies in the entire creation scheme, the sixth night and seventh day of the Ninth wave starting September 23 and October 11, respectively. This alternation between energies would mean that the sixth night should lend itself favorably to inner work like prayer, contemplation or meditation, whereas the seventh day would lend itself better to global ceremonies, which externalize the inner changes that have been brought in the sixth night. Ceremonies and rituals in a sacred context are powerful tools to externalize the rearrangement of our inner landscape.
The ninth wave
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This diagram indicates the motion of the “wave” of energies belonging to the ninth wave and the related dates as to when these come into play. The relationships of the comets Honda and Elenin to the Seven days and six nights of the Ninth wave of the Mayan calendar. A is the comet Honda’s closest distance form the Earth. B shows the time of passage of Elenin between the sun and the earth and C is its closest distance to the Earth.
At point B in figure 2 I thus feel that the comet Elenin signals to us that we should surrender our egos to the all encompassing cosmic intelligence and also that this is our last chance to be part of the polarity shift to unity consciousness, or if we like, Oneness or God Consciousness. This will also be a test of the integrity of today’s evolutionary leaders, not to mention “2012 experts.” Elenin is a final wake up call that will be heard also by the many who know nothing about the Mayan calendar or how this expresses the divine plan. After all, the sixth night is the last energy when we can turn inward to prepare for the polarity shift that the wave is bringing. As the seventh day starts the new polarity is locked into position and generates its final manifestation.
This finality is partly why the Cosmic Convergence of September 23-26, 2011 is different from previous events, such as the Conscious Convergence of July 17-18, 2010, which also set the intention to manifest unity consciousness. In the Cosmic Convergence it will also be necessary to make an effort to see this intention manifested. This is a time for connecting with the divine, introspection and soul searching. A connection with the divine can be accomplished by intense prayers or by other spiritual practices. To stay aligned with the cosmic plan and be part of its polarity shift in consciousness I would then also like to suggest that the following commitments become the foundation of the Cosmic Convergence:
1/ Committing to consistently let divine guidance rather than our egos decide our actions and the direction of our lives.
2/ Declaring our independence from the dark side including surrendering the right to use the dark side to fight the dark side in others. http://www.youtube.com/user/forunity#p/u/2/pkVHYQF
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 (In my own understanding the dark side is not some kind of eternal dark force, but anything that results form the darker filters of the lower waves as can be seen in Figure 1)
The Cosmic Convergence is thus fundamentally about making sure that we ourselves as individuals are the change that we want to see in the world. This may be very uncomfortable if we have much of our past unprocessed. It is then clearly not about putting the blame for the state of affairs on our planet on other people or forces. It is about taking personal responsibility. I think we here need to go deep into ourselves and see where we as individuals have contributed to hurting others or the nature of our planet. We have become quite used to complaining about the violence and wars in the world or the threats to its natural state. Yet, it is one thing to complain while secretly blaming others, or simply “the way things are” and something totally different to see how we as individuals have made choices that have contributed to the global deterioration. The idea here is to see and acknowledge such instances and choices in our lives and yet not get stuck in guilt, but rather find a path to healing through a corrective course of action. Since usually we have suppressed or numbed ourselves to any personal responsibility for the course of events on the planet we may actually have to pray for being reminded of such instances in the past. Hence, if we truly want to create a polarity shift in ourselves and so for instance are willing to embrace the commitments above it is a natural consequence that we do the necessary soul searching as we recognize how we may have failed to live up to these commitments in the past. If we do not do so aspects of the dark filters will continue to dominate us and the polarity shift will not be total.
The Cosmic Convergence is thus about the participants taking responsibility for the transformation to unity consciousness and doing so in a committed way. Granted, these may be difficult tasks, but again, if we are not to bring about this shift to unity consciousness in ourselves, who will? Hence, the Cosmic Convergence is really about providing an opportunity for us at least to commit to irreversibly bring about a shift in consciousness polarity in ourselves. While it may be difficult to immediately live up to such a commitment it will if it is taken seriously have powerful consequences On the benefit side a thing to ponder is that in order to receive the appropriate guidance into the new world it is possible that such a profound commitment to unity consciousness is indeed necessary.
On my own part I will at the occasion of this event be participating in a peace festival in France together with Mayan and Hopi elders (http://www.lothlorienfestival.com/EN) where we will meditate around it. Because of the nature of the inner work required I feel that the Cosmic Convergence may equally well be observed individually or, ideally, in small groups that provide a safe environment for sharing. I recommend that we process our past and ourselves in the present moment in an air of introspection, healing and corrective action drawing on the collective energy of the observance of the Cosmic Convergence around the globe.
A common component in it may be the lightning of candlelights as a sacred enactment of these commitments. Participating groups and individuals in the Cosmic Convergence may of course chose their own expressions, but the commitment to the transformation to unity consciousness should be the common denominator. In the Cosmic Convergence it is for us to surrender to whatever will be required from us. To live up to our commitment The presence of the comet Elenin will give a natural connection to the cosmic dimension in this event and at the same time add to our experience of a common destiny of humanity. It will be in this large scale context that we need to make the commitment to be part of the polarity shift to unity consciousness. Every person who makes a such makes a great difference and spreads the light and the hope to those around her. This may be all the more needed if indeed the times will be challenging to our comfort. The Cosmic Convergence, September 23-26, 2011 is meant as a solemn and humble event allowing people of unity consciousness to connect on a very deep level wherever they are on our planet.
I feel this is really the last chance of humanity and that the day of reckoning is here. I feel that a commitment to the polarity shift to unity consciousness is not only a passport to the new world to be born, but also the only hope for the world to survive. The dark filters have been ruling humanity for millennia and provide no way out. If human beings do not make such a commitment we really have no reason to expect that the world will survive. I thus want to encourage everyone to do their utmost to spread this message and encourage others to solemnly make a commitment to shift to unity consciousness. We are the ones that we have been waiting for. And it is entirely up to us. If we are looking to see our greatness, we should see it not in denial, or at all cost avoid anything that may cause fear, but in the courage to face squarely what we have done to this creation as it manifests on this earth. The Ninth wave indeed brings a field change on the cosmic level that we may become part of, but it will not happen without a deep and serious commitment from the heart of our souls.
 
Posted 8th December 2011 by Sati Rose Yogeshwari

The Journey to My Son ~ Bodhi Satya Houdry

The Journey to my Son – Bodhi Satya


In October 2011 I will be moving into a new era within my own life. I will finally pass through a portal of womanhood, which is a blood rite which allows me to develop the inner ‘woman’ capacity. I will give birth to a child and his name is Bodhi Satya Houdry. This child’s journey parallel with mine is a long story, likely karmic for many centuries. While I have yet to meet him face to face in this life, his presence has been felt to me for many years and he was greatly expected.

 

Several years ago I traveled to India to Amritavarsham 50. I met with a close sister and we journeyed together to many holy lands, sites, ashrams, and temples. On one journey we made our way to Mount Arunachala. We found a reliable sadhu and asked to be escorted to the top of the mountain barefoot (as expected). The journey took several hours. By the time we reached the peaks we were exhausted. We sat down in the forest and saw some men working repopulating trees. After cooling down some my travel companion Mira asked the sadhu who was guiding us what they were doing. He explained that they were adding new trees to the landscape. So, Mira asked him and the workers if it would be possible that we ourselves might plant trees there on the peak. Of course they were tired from work and easily said yes. We were overjoyed and excited. How incredible to plant trees at the peaks of Mount Arunachala, the peaks of Shiva’s mountain. So, they offered us the opportunity to walk into the small field of baby trees, all small and beautiful and choose our own to plant. We took about 15 minutes for this task and we just magically allowed ourselves to be drawn to the trees which we felt most deeply. After time we collected our babies and brought them back to the workers. When the workers saw the trees they and the sadhu were talking quickly and loudly and confusing us about what the problem was. Mira asked the sadhu and he explained to us that these particular trees were highly special and that it was extremely significant that we had selected them. I myself had chosen the Bodhi tree and Mira had chosen the Neem tree. They explained that when women in India are seeking fertility they plant these trees together and pray to them. We were of course shocked, and quickly decided that we would accept their offer to make a ceremony for this purpose on Mount Arunachala. We found a small clear place, followed by the workers, their wives, and our sadhu. We made a small clearing, and then in the hot sun we made small holes with the help of the workers to plant the trees. We found some large stones in the shapes of a pyramid and placed one facing up to the sky for Shiva, and one facing down to the Earth for Shakti. We sat and said prayers and did a small ceremony there for the future of our lives, as mothers, and essentially wives of Shiva himself as we planted our seeds for fertilization upon his peak. This year in 2011 my travel companion Mira Newman gave birth to a magical being named Tulsi Magdalena Newman! She is a blessing to the Earth and has the kiss of Shiva on her forehead, this was surely Shiva’s blessing from the mountaintops.


This particular ceremony from my journey to India was never forgotten to me! It was an experience that I remembered constantly. I always wondered what might come of that prayer, and what seems to have come of it is my son, Bodhi Satya to be born this October 2011.


It was a long time coming for me to decide to move into this phase of life. I am 33 and in my past I have danced with many souls in union only to find that there was a lack in the strength of the union for such a feat. This child’s father and I however have a dharma together that was felt from the first moment we laid eyes upon each other nearly three years ago on a small island in the Caribbean. Yohann, Bodhi’s father is my love and partner in this journey and our connection is one of non superficiality. We are at peace with ourselves and we together planned this child for some time before his conception. We met in 2008 when I traveled to the Dominican Republic for one month with a private Yoga client. When I saw him across the street one afternoon I was deeply moved immediately and when I then met him eye to eye the connection was ten times as potent. Though we did not meet except for twice on that month long journey those two meetings were enough to form a friendship and for one year we emailed. The following year I was again invited for one month to join my private client as her teacher in her home in the Dominican Republic. Again I met this man, though this time I made it a point to invite him to a group dinner and despite our language barrier, he is a French man, we did share so much joy! After I returned home that second year I was more deeply affected by this man.

Yohann is a phenomenal being. He is a sensitive yet strong French man. He does have the usual style and charisma of a French man, but yet is grounded in himself and his Buddhist spiritual ideals, which keeps him on the right path even when called into darkness. His mother is a very beautiful Vietnamese woman with traditional ideals, and so Yohann’s Buddhist lifestyle comes from birth and is deeply rooted in who he is and how he lives his life. We have a deep and very real connection.

After some time of my returning home that second year Yohann and I got in touch by email once more and we decided that it was time to explore more fully what the connection between us was. He invited me to stay in his Bungalow and come back for ten days just for a vacation free of the confines of work, I agreed. It was during these ten days that he and I discussed the possibility of marriage and having a child. He told me many times that he was sure to be in love with me and that he wanted me to have a child with him. I said I would consider this.

I returned home in December 2010 a few weeks before the full moon lunar eclipse of December 21 Winter Solstice. On that day of the lunar eclipse December 21, I went with friends to ‘extract the soma (as instructed in David Frawley’s email)’ and we meditated and prayed together on the floor in my friend’s house in center city Philadelphia. It was deeply moving. When I returned home I was stricken down in pain upon my bed and with the deepest bodily cramping I received my most powerful menstruation of my life. I was in bed for two days and called out sick from work. This had never happened to me before.

http://successlak.blogspot.com/2010/12/mrigashira-full-moon-winter-solstice.html

A few weeks later in a hurry, and in love I returned to Yohann at his home in the Dominican Republic. Our son was conceived within one week of my arrival. Though, we did not sit to meditate at that moment, we were both completely aware of the actions that we were taking. We were completely focused on creation of this child and we knew that it was certainly what we both wanted entirely. It was the most beautiful connection of my life with this intention behind it. I stayed with Yohann for just about 4 months; we traveled, saw the island, and just simply connected in the joy of love without restrictions. It was within one month that I realized I was with child, and we were both absolutely overjoyed! When we saw the doctor he explained that the real conception does not begin with the fertilization of the egg, it begins on the first day of your last menstrual cycle, when I realized that was the eclipse the month prior I cried and knew that this was a powerful being that had come into me when invited.

During my stay I had the opportunity to take a boat out with Yohann and his family to closely interact with the mating Whales. We spent an entire day with them on the water, as they do congregate there to mate each year on this pre-historic holy land where my child was conceived. The enormity of the Whales completely astonished me! And I found myself the whole day chanting Om Mani Padme Hum, the mantra of Chenrezi, the Buddha of compassion. I had never before chanted this mantra, and somehow that day I knew deep inside I was pregnant. One week later a 87 year old woman from French Canada showed up at our door. She was a Yoga teacher for 30 years and had come to talk with me about the new age, the Arcturians, Plaideans, and Hathors. She gave me completely out of the blue a book on the star children, and we shared dinner at their temporary home several times. She did not know that I was pregnant consciously but she connected me at that time to the meditations of Mary Magdalene which we did together, the Kala Chackra, and the welcoming of the star child into this world. We shared many tears as I know that she and her husband who is a Caranial Sacral Master at 89 were divine gifts to me from my home which has always been known to me since early childhood is Sirius. The days that were shared with these masters paved the way for acceptance of this magical divine being and we all deeply knew that something special was happening! <3

We struggled at first to locate the name of our child, before us both knew for sure it was a boy, we went through many. I insisted it must be Sanskrit and he luckily did not mind. It was about three months into the trip that I journaled about the ceremony on Mount Arunachala and offered Yohann the story, and the name Bodhi. His lifetime religion through his mother is Buddhist, as they are half Vietnamese and half French. He is of course grateful to have the Sanskrit name be meaningful to us both, my Hindu bent non-religion and his Buddhist bent non-religion.

From Wikipedia –

Bodhi (Sanskrit: बोधि) is both a Pāli and Sanskrit word traditionally translated into English with the word “enlightenment”. In Buddhism it is the knowledge possessed by a Buddha into the nature of things (dharma). The word “Buddha” means “enlightened one.” Although its most common usage is in the context of Buddhism, bodhi is also present as a concept in other Indian philosophies and traditions.Bodhi is an abstract noun formed from the verbal root budh (to awake, become aware, notice, know or understand,) corresponding to the verbs bujjhati (Pāli) and bodhati or budhyate(Sanskrit).

Satya is a Sanskrit word that loosely translates into English as “truth” or “correct”. It is a term of power due to its purity and meaning and has become the emblem of many peaceful social movements, particularly those centered on social justice, environmentalism and vegetarianism. Sathya is also defined in Sanskrit as “sate hitam satyam” which translates to “The path to ultimate truth or Sat is sathya (i.e. the real truth)”. Hence all the deeds, words, and wisdom that take closer to the Ultimate Truth are the truth.

The Purana speaks of a continuous cycle of ages, each lasting approx. 58,000 years. Each of one of these cycles consists of four ages (this is similar to the Hopi and other Native American teachings of four worlds of evolution). The Purana teaches that each 58,000 year cycle starts with a Golden Age (Satya Yuga) and ends with a Dark Age (Kali Yuga), and at the very end of the Kali Yuga, a new cycle and a new mankind begins yet again. We are now coming to the end of the dark age of Kali and entering the new age of Satya. Satya Yuga is now upon us.

Maitreya Adhita Bodhisattva the friend of all Souls is Universal God’s Awakened One, Bringer of The Holy Satya Yuga, whom Universal God has ordained to end the Age of Spiritual Ignorance and bring forth The Age of Divine Pure Truth on earth. “Out of His Universal Love and Compassion, The Friend sacrificed Perfect Final Union with Universal God for the sake of all Souls for all time.

In prayer for the coming new age, I pray for all of these qualities to enter and permeate the life of my child, Bodhi Satya the Friend of all beings, may he be and be the servant of the highest in enlightenment and and instrument of divinity for his life. I vow as a mother and a friend to bring to this being the highest ideals possible and hope that he is the enlightened one in full manifestation. In my heart I have always known that he will be. May he embody the qualities of Amma, Jesus, Saint Germain, Buddha himself and evey known master. Blessings from me to this being this day and every day. Sat nam.

Blessings.

Sati Sophia Rose

Jai Ammachi! Jai Ma!

OM MANI PADME HUM

( OM MANI PEME HUNG )

The Jewel in the Lotus – The Mantra of Compassion

This is the highest Mantra for mankind gifted to us by the thousand Buddhas out of their compassionfor all sentient beings.

human body or be born in a pure land of Buddha. and pass through the six Hell regions in the Bardos. and after death. who is also known as Kuan Yin Pu Sa. sufferings , ill health , hell regions,

Every time we say Om Mani Padme Hum ,

we invoke the Divine Powers of Avalokiteshvara ,

who has infinite compassion and who

out of his infinite compassion

made a noble pledge to Buddha Amitabh

that he will liberate all sentient beings

from the six realms of sufferings.

Each syllable in this six syllable Mantra liberates us

from one realm of suffering out of each of the six realms

of suffering filled existence.

OM liberates and purifies us from the emotions of

bliss and pride in the samsaric realm

of the Gods.

MA liberates and purifies us from the emotions of

jealousy and lust for entertainment in the samsaric realm

of Demi-Gods.

NI liberates and purifies us from the emotions of

passion and desire in the samsaric realm

of Humans.

PAD liberates and purifies us from the emotions of

stupidity and prejudice in the samsaric realm

of animals.

ME liberates and purifies us from the emotions of

poverty and possessiveness in the samsaric realm

of hungry ghosts.

of hell.

In this way by freeing our consciousness ,

our spirit energy from the neurotic attachments

that our senses are bonded with through

the cravings and aversions constantly

taking place inside of us …

The mantra OM MANI PADME HUM

purifies us at 3 levels –

from all our negative karmas. Mind, Speech and Body

Within a short time of meditating on this Mantra ,

you will experience the opening and development of your

heart chakra and begin to feel highly kind and compassionate

towards other sentient beings including animals ,

even the tiny helpless ones .

You will develop a magnetic aura around you that will draw

other people towards you , attracting them like a magnet

attracts iron filings and love wll begin to flow in your Life.

Saying this mantra for 21 minutes daily will energise and

develop your Heart Chakra and …..

when the Heart and Mind become united ,

anything is possible.

This Mantra is popularly known as

” The Jewel in the Lotus “

or

” The Diamond in the Lotus “

( “mani” means Diamond , a precious jewel

and Padma means Lotus flower which is the

spiritual symbol of consciousness )

The Jewel refers to the Mind or consciousness and

the Lotus refers to the Heart that is the source of Love energy

The meaning of OM MANI PADME HUM is

“Om , salutations to the Jewel of consciousness (the Mind)

which has reached the Heart’s lotus. “