Pond of Stillness Meditation

When we talk about meditation, we often use the metaphor of a pond or a pool of water.

We want to make our mind quiet, like a still pond.

Every thought arising is like a stone cast into the water. It disturbs the water with a splash. Then it creates ripples, touching many other tangents, many other thoughts unfolding from the first one.

If our pond always has ripples, then we won’t notice the subtlety of a pebble dropping into it.

It takes a big boulder splashing in to get our attention. Only the big splash can be felt.

If our mind always carries turbulence, restlessness, then we may never notice, never hear or see anything that arises from the subtle realms beyond this one. We need a much deeper stillness inside, if we want to be aware of the subtle realms. And each realm is even more subtle than the last.

When we can find more stillness, the first thing that happens is, we gain insights during meditation. Some people like these insights so much, they stay there in the world of insights.

But there is more to be perceived if we continue deeper into stillness.

Stay aware. Don’t fall into sleep. Sleep is natural, but it’s the temptation we must overcome.
Sleep is an escape from what we don’t understand.

We need patience to get to these deeper quieter realms.
Patience will eventually overcome anything – and everything.
Stay in your seat and keep listening to the quiet.
Keep meditating for the allotted time.
Build this muscle of meditation.
Keep exercising it.

This is an excerpt from Chapter 19 of Walking the Bridge – With a Fearless Heart – Guidance from a Wisdom School Vol. 1 to be published December 3rd. Teachings from my spiritual teacher.

I agree, sleep is an escape from what we don’t understand. I have dropped off many times when something mind-boggling was presented to me.
How about you?  What’s your experience?

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How Can Everybody Be Right? A Multi-storied Building of Reality

Think of a tall building, many stories tall, a skyscraper. You live on a particular floor, and your conflicting friend may live on another. Each of you holds a different opinion, a different attitude. From each floor of this building, the views are unique. The views change depending what floor you’re standing on.

The people of each level have their own shared view. They agree with each other: “This is the truth. We are right.”

On the first floor life is hard, not comfortable. From your window you see people walking by, dogs, trucks and taxis. You have dirt, trash, noise, even violence in the street.

Here at the bottom of the building we have more suffering. We don’t like it. We resist it. We hold rigid attitudes. We feel grumpy and constricted. This is a low vibration.

Higher up, you feel lighter. You look out over a treetop. You don’t feel bothered by that stuff on the street. You let go of it. It’s there, and you give what you can when you’re out on the sidewalk, yet you know you’re not in charge of all that. It’s the way of the world. You release resistance to it, and you enjoy your tree.

If someone lives very high on this building of vibration, their view is sky, clouds and birds. Lots of space, expansion. They feel light and happy. They have totally released resistance to whatever’s happening on the street, even if they must walk through it. They can allow all of it to be as it is.
They have the bigger perspective that shows them everything is in right order. They see everybody is “right.” Everybody is learning. Every situation is ultimately for the good.

We are meant to rise higher in this multi-storied building. We are meant to gain awareness and a broad view.
Our moods may take us up and down the elevator of this building. Learn to use your elevator.

It’s no accident that life is tough on the first floor.
Suffering is meant to loosen our grasp on our attachments.
Can we become conscious within our suffering? Can we give it a closer look? Can we be more aware of what is happening when we suffer?

People tend to be half-asleep, plowing through, fighting back, believing it’s a dog-eat-dog world, and the best defense is to attack other dogs.

Eventually it may dawn on us that we ourselves cause our own suffering.
We hold firm expectations that don’t get filled.
We hold rigid behaviors.
We hold the desires and fears of this this level.
We hold attachments. With enough suffering, we might begin to see how our attachments make us hurt.

Through grace we may gain more awareness and find ourselves on the second floor. But the second floor has a different style of attachments to release.

Whatever we think is outside of us, is really inside of us.

. . .

This skyscraper metaphor came from my spiritual teacher. Much of the above is excerpted from my book arriving December 3rd: “Walking the Bridge 1 – Toward Resilience, Balance, and Bliss – guidance from a Wisdom School.”
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Perpetuate the Past or Plug in to the Vertical

What I learned from Wisdom School:

Remember the horizontal and the vertical.
The horizontal life is the practical way we live our life, our jobs, our families.
The horizontal is founded on the past. Because of our past, we think we know pretty much what our future will be.

We react to events according to what we know about them from our past. It worked this way last time, therefore I predict the same, and all my expectations are reinforced.

Past memories perpetuate our fears and desires. We predict more of the same.

We may live our whole lives in the horizontal, not touching the vertical very often. We can manage the horizontal.
But the more we remain in the horizontal without visits to the vertical, the more dry life becomes.

The vertical is the Present moment without judgment.
No fear, no desire. It just is.
We access the vertical through meditation, inner balance, divine connection.

The vertical shows us that everything here, despite appearances, is the Divine coming into being this moment, into the physical.
When we are in the vertical, we can see and accept this, without any opinions.

Opinion belongs in the horizontal. Opinion requires a past to make it work.

In the vertical there is no past. Everything simply is, and we take it as it is.

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5 Steps to Unlimited Peace in Your Gigantic Crown

Not everybody has a strong Crown chakra, but if you do, it feels fantastic. You feel the Universe supports you. You know help is always available. You sense you’re never alone. You are connected to Something Higher.

This 7th Chakra is on top of the head, corresponding to the soft spot fontanelle on a baby’s head. Its color is violet, for its spiritual tone, although some see it as pearly and iridescent, multicolored.
Tradition says it’s a lotus of a thousand petals with the potential to blossom into infinite awareness, unlimited consciousness, the Oneness of all.

Yes, that is a tall order, especially when many of us are rugged individualists, alone in the world, pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps, “I did it all myself!”
Did you?
This Divine Conversation is a touchy subject. It has been tainted by some folks  pushing the Almighty down others’ throats. Let’s not go there.

Let’s go to where sages and meditators in every century, in every part of the world, after going deep into stillness, return to tell us of a Consciousness much greater than our own. A Benevolence underlying everything. A Divine Mind, if you will. Source of all.

Let’s go to your granny’s deathbed, when you wondered where she went, and later she visited you. What’s that about? Is there something beyond our human life?

Let’s go to tons of books on first-hand experiences of the realms beyond.
Let’s go to scientists who talk about Light flowing through us.

Let’s go to the meditation cushion 😉
How would it feel to relax into life knowing that Someone always has your back? Such comfort!
You can connect your crown or not, no big deal. Free will and all that.
(Oddly enough, Parkinson’s has been cured by developing trust in a higher power.)

Life on earth is tough enough without trying to go it alone. That’s my two cents. When toxic events intrude, I open my crown wider (if I remember), and I remind myself  everything arises from Source.
This event, too, is for the good, in the long run. We’re all learning.

5 Steps to Strengthen Your Crown

  • Daily Meditation – quiet the incessant mind.
  • Try a broad perspective, like looking down from a jet. Troubles shrink to nothing, and you allow all the flotsam and jetsam to be as it is.
  • Imagine you are immensely bigger than your tiny body.
  • Find evidence that the Universe has been supporting you well so far.
  • If you can’t believe in a higher power, then get in touch (talk aloud) with a departed friend, relative, or pet. Gain some connection with the next realm.


  • Meditate into such deep peace and surrender that your crown tingles.
  • After months of meditation, you may have longer stretches of silent stillness. Speechless expansive energy through the crown. No words can express it.
  • Experiment with Response Ability – the ability to respond, in the moment, to whatever or whomever comes up. Inspired action, fully appropriate now, may arise when we are wholly Present and aligned with our Divine Connection.

Who knew you were wearing a crown all this time?
Tell us, can you feel it?

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Your Fascinating Third Eye, How to Soar 

Imagine you can go anywhere with your mind’s eye.  Over to Timbuktu today or back to Charlemagne’s coronation.
Crazy? With enough practice and skill, you actually could do this.
The world is a hologram, so every tiny  piece of it contains the whole.
This means that each of us has within us everything that exists in the world, everything that ever existed in the world. Is it so far-fetched to think we could be in touch with any place we focus upon?

Whoops, there’s the rub. Focus!
We need a really quiet mind, a clean slate, for deep true vision.
It’s a process. But it could be fun, hey?

Third Eye (6th chakra) at the center of your forehead is the element of Light and the color of purple-blue indigo. It provides sight, both physical and intuitive. Even for practical matters, like envisioning your weekend, or picturing your goals.

chakras all Bali batikThe lower chakras have fewer petals encircling their mandalas, to represent density, lower frequency. The higher chakras, higher in frequency, have an increasing number of petals.

However Sixth chakra has only two petals, like wings, representing duality, the subject and object of witnessing consciousness. Its Sanskrit name, Ajna, means to perceive and command.

This is a place of light, self-reflection, intuition, imagery, insights, dreams, broad view. We can think symbolically. We can visualize. We can access a doorway to higher truth.
Yet the busy brain is here, too.
Illusions, delusions can fool us. Confusion can block our clear vision.

10 Ways to Help Third Eye – Sixth Chakra:

  • Be Grounded to the earth and fully Present, with a strong root chakra.
  • Daily Meditation to clear your screen, see the Light in your inner world.
  • Use guided visualizations to increase imagery and imagination.
  • Art therapy, creative fun, photography
  • Explore your dreams. Write down your dream as soon as you awaken.
  • Place your fingertip between your eyebrows. Tune in to sensations, colors, textures at that spot. Your attention magnifies the energy there.
  • Ajna meditation – eyes closed, direct your gaze up to your 3rd eye – you may see colors or images.
  • If busy-mind distracts or deludes you, do a “reset” – hold forehead and back of head – front and back of 6th chakra – for a minute.
  • Tap the forehead gently and bring to mind somebody you want to “see” from afar.
  • As you prepare to sleep, try the Ajna meditation, gazing up into 3rd eye, and let it be a tunnel into dreamland.

Possibly your psychic vision was clear in a past lifetime, but shut down due to violent events. Sometimes we’re afraid to see too much. (That would be me. How about you?)
There is a way to see suffering but not internalize it. Allow it to be what it is. Balance compassion with nonattachment.

Does a clairvoyant see everything like a clear movie, every detail in place? Not necessarily. They get dreamlike impressions, snippets, just as any of us might. But they have practiced enough to discern messages.
Let your imagination run, and see what comes of it.
With practice and experience, you’ll find what is valid and what is not.

Tell us, how do you fly with your mind’s eye?

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How to Energize Unlock Open Your Remarkable Throat Chakra 

It’s uncanny how the soul shines through the voice. You phone a friend and smile because their voice is their character, their spirit.
No one else on the planet has your voice. It’s unique, like your fingerprint.
You are a precious soul, born for self expression, contributing to the harmony of humankind.
We need you. We want you to express your authentic self, your truth.

The voice makes vibrations, and how cool is that, for each of us?
Because this world and All the Worlds, all realms, are made of vibration.
The vibration of your voice can
–  heal your body, via toning  (vocalizing – stay tuned for another post)
–  soothe yourself and others
–  connect with language, expression, poetry, creativity
–  create music and song
–  can be heard and received easily in the higher realms (Try your own experiments. We’ll talk about this sometime.)

This 5th Chakra encompasses the throat and the ears, full communication.
Listening and speaking are part of allowing. Allowing those around us to be, without getting too offended by them. Giving each other sacred space to be who we are.

The throat sits between the heart and the head, both of which speak and listen.

Listening can be profoundly healing. Recall a time when someone gave you their undivided attention, listened deeply to you, took you in with full acceptance. A sweet experience. Have you been lucky enough to be truly heard by another?

In speaking, tone of voice means everything. (How often we forget.)
And we don’t have to speak our whole mind. There’s no need to share something unless the person can hear you. If they cannot hear your message, don’t challenge them with it.

The throat chakra element is sound, and its color is bright blue (or sky blue or turquoise in some traditions).  When balanced it brings creative expression, clear communication, honesty, a resonant voice, patient listening, and a good sense of timing.

Throat chakra imbalance is heard in a domineering voice, over-talking, interrupting, poor listening, aggression.
Or a thin weak voice, difficulty in expressing, shyness, fear of speaking, dishonesty, poor timing, poor rhythm, ailments of the throat, ears, neck, thyroid. Tight jaw or neck. Poor self-esteem, anxiety, depression.

9 ways to help your throat chakra

  • speak honestly – heartfelt communication
  • learn to listen well (The phrase “I hear you” goes a long way.)
  • loosen your neck and shoulders with massage and yoga
  • journal  – talk with your inner child
  • hydrate well, drink more (salt) water – it clears your throat, makes your cells happy
  • listen to sounds and inspiring music
  • sing out loud, chant, tone
  • engage in fun creativity without any goal
  • try aromatherapy – jasmine, sandalwood

I’ve also used therapeutic artwork (below) to help my throat chakra.
What have you tried – got any tips for us?
How well can you express who you are?
How is your sense of timing? Do you know when to push forward and when to wait?

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5 Ways to Boost Your Beautiful Brave Heart Chakra

Heart is the new brain!
We are living now in the Cour-age, the Age of the Heart.  We earthlings are moving steadily out of our heads into our hearts.

This doesn’t mean we’re crazy (although some may be). It means we’re gaining depth, compassion, friendship, mutual support, inclusion, hands-across-the-globe. This will only get better as we open and stabilize our hearts. This expanding love will not shrink nor go backwards. It cannot. It’s already out of the bag.

Heart chakra’s color is a brilliant green. Its element is air.
Imagine your heart as light and spacious as air, like the open sky.
Surrounding the heart, the lungs fill with air. Air, deep breaths, can ease the burdens of the heart.

Whereas the lower three chakras deal with earthly life (survival, sex, power), this fourth chakra is a combination of earth and heaven. It’s a meeting place for the divine inside you. It’s a natural resting place for spirit.

heart chakra symbol wikimedia 40 lighterSee the heart chakra mandala of intersecting triangles, one rising from earth, the other descending from heaven? They illustrate how your earthly nature and your heavenly nature meet in your heart.
Here many of our opposites come together – our light side and dark side, female and male aspects, body and mind, ego and soul.
It’s no accident that these triangles form a six-sided Star of David, which may also be seen as the sacred chariot Merkaba rising to higher realms.

The heart’s purpose is love and balance, including self-love, relationships, and community. Give and receive. Love and be loved.
We may feel challenged in our ability to receive, to let ourselves feel the love offered to us.
We also tend to get caught up in our head, our habit-of-mind, our ego patterns of behavior.
Often it takes courage to act from our heart rather than our automatic ego.
But you got this.
Your heart emanates the strongest electromagnetic field in your body.

With a balanced heart chakra, we are empathetic, loving, compassionate, altruistic, self-loving and peaceful. We have a good immune system, reasonable boundaries.

An unstable heart chakra may correlate to fear of relationships, loneliness, grief, depression, narcissism, or over-giving, clinging, demanding, codependency, sacrificing too much. Possible history of criticism, shaming, abuse, abandonment, rejection, or loss.
Physically there may be disorders of the heart, lungs, chest, breasts, arms. Asthma, COPD, cardiac disease, poor immune system, upper back tension.
An energy medicine session can repair the heart chakra and bring relief on many levels.

You can improve your heart chakra in a multitude of ways. Here are a bunch:

  • The vowel sound ay spoken aloud with each exhale, like a chant, reverberates in your chest and strengthens your heart chakra. Also use meditations for the heart . (Explore HeartMath)
  • The heart is not built to hold onto stuff, but to circulate the blood and emotions. Allow anger, fear, shame, disapproval, difficult emotions to simply rise and fall as natural waves of energy. Breathe through them, and they dissipate. Don’t defend them with a story. Don’t cling to them. When you get quiet and breathe deeper into your heart, you tap into Universal Love.
  • Go for full self-acceptance and self love with this mirror practice.
    And strengthen your gratitude practice.
  • Engage in forgiveness, especially toward family / Align relationships / Shore up your healthy boundaries.
  • Try open-chest back-arching yoga poses / Breath exercises, Pranayama

A Bonus Tip – my favorite:  Sing along to feel-good uplifting music. Heart-opening, heart healing tunes. Don’t worry about your vocal skills. This is about lungs, heart, soul.
Go for it.
What’s your favorite heart-strengthener? Do tell.

Feel better, get balanced.  Diane does hands on healing for your biofield and gives you practical ways to enhance your energy system.  Make an appointment in Phoenix or Fountain HillsAlso check out our meditation groups – Tuesdays in Phoenix, Thursdays in Fountain Hills. (Thanks to pixabay & wikimedia for this collage of images.)
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