The original “Bach Flower Remedies” is a safe and natural method of healing discovered by Dr. Bach from 1920 – 1930’s in England. They gently restore the balance between mind and body by removing negative emotions such as fear, worry, hatred and indecision which interfere with the equilibrium of the being as a whole. The Bach Flower Remedies allow peace and happiness to return so that the body is free to heal itself.
The Bach Flower Remedies are made from wild flowers and are safe for the whole family including pets.
Warm-up, 3-5 minutes
Sit comfortably in an upright posture. Go through your body beginning with the feet and ending with the head. Feel your feet, but in such a manner, that you don’t do it from your head down, but rather are present in the feet and let the feet feel themselves. Then proceed to the ankles, the calves, and so forth. Spend as much time each places is needed to feel the presence there. When you reach the head, then feel the entire body in total. Notice the body is breathing by itself. Don’t interfere with the rhythm, simply observe it.
When it’s time to end meditation, don’t just stop and get up. First of all let go and see if you don’t go deeper by letting go. Spend some time like this. Then when you really want to stop, sit with closed eyes a while and then open them while staying in meditation. Or open and close your eyes a few times while trying to hold the meditative state. Then meditate a while with open eyes. Examine how your state is different now than from it was just before you began meditating. Remember: we don’t go out of meditation, because meditation is merging with the Self and we don’t want to go out of the Self.
Kundalini Kriya Meditation
The meditation consists of three meditation methods you switch between. When one reaches a plateau, you switch to the other method, when that reaches a plateau, you switch back to one of the other two methods, and so forth. Back and forth between the three main techniques, but all the time with one objective: to raise Shakti more and more and merge with it. When the Self reveals itself, let go of the practice and merge. The purpose of the meditation method is not to train oneself to do it perfectly, but to generate a state within where the Self may reveal itself.
1. Body Breathing
As you observe the breathing, feel the entire body. it is as if the sense of touch all over the skin senses the skin itself. Now feel that on the in-breath you expand out through the skin. On the out breath simply let go. An other way of saying it is that on the in-breath you feel the Shakti growing in intensity and size. On the out-breath you let go of any control and duality and merge with Shakti in and around the body. As this progresses, you will feel the body’s limits dissolve and that the feeling of Shakti becomes more tangible than the feeling of the body. Do this as long as Shakti gets stronger and you merge more and more.
- Spine Breathing
On the in-breath feel you are moving energy up the entire spine at once, from the perineum to the top of the head. You can remember the word “shakti” as you do this. On the out breath feel you are radiating energy, or love-bliss, in all directions from the brain and scull. You can remember the word “om” as you breathe out. But these words are really not important, the important thing is to feel Shakti grow and to merge with Shakti. With a little practice the two phases will merge so that you on both the in-breath and out-breath sense the flow up the spine and the radiation from the brain. Do this as long as Shakti gets stronger and you merge more and more.3. Inflow-Outflow (Shakti-void)
Ignore the breath. Just sense love, bliss, Shakti, presence, Being, flow into you and radiate from you at the same time. This double direction can be a little tricky, but once you get it going, you will enter void and feel the double flow happening by itself.
Merging in Love-Bliss, Surrendering to the Self
When you experience being filled with Shakti or lovebliss, or Pure Being grabs you, then let go of your methods and merge with it. This is the goal of all practices and methods, so no matter what practice you are doing, if you are on the verge of transcending I-ness and merging, then let go of the method/practice and merge in lovebliss/Pure Being/Shakti.
I suggest you order it as a 50 minute guided meditation in mp3 format (only 5.0 Euro), see above.
It is not possible to praise this wonderful pranayama enough. Begin doing it now!
This is in the class of pranayama, but the focus of the practice is not control of prana, but awakening and arousal of kundalini and generation of Shakti-bliss on which one can surf into the Self and merge awareness and Shakti into Pure Being.
Sit in a comfortable position and do the preparations for meditation as described above.
There is a special breathing cycle to this, that it is important one keeps. It has three steps: breathing in, holding the breath and breathing out. It is important that each of the three phases are of equal duration. It is also important one keeps the rhythm going steadily, so one should find a duration that suits one well.
One could count to three repeatedly in the same rhythm (or whatever number is appropriate). It is important not to get tense, so one should find a comfortable number and rhythm one can keep steadily for 50 minutes without getting out of breath or feeling one is enforcing control over the breath. Enforcing control will not do any good at all, in fact it will block the intended result. It should be a nice, calm, peaceful cycle.
Kundalini pranayama version one
On the in-breath imagine and feel Shakti moving from the perineum and up the entire spine to the top of the head. Don’t imagine it as a point going up, but more like a flow in the entire channel. Don’t be alarmed if you don’t feel this channel, most don’t, just go on visualizing and imagining.2. Hold your breath in a comfortable and relaxed manner. Meanwhile imagine/feel the energy in the brain radiate in all directions. When you succeed with this, you will know that even if you did not feel the spine, energy has rushed up the spine all the same.
3. On the out-breath simply let go of any effort that may have been involved and merge with the Shakti present in and around the body. Alternatively: On the out-breath continue radiating shakti in all directions from the brain and scull.
Do this for as long as you like.
Soon you will experience tremendous bliss.
Kundalini pranayama version two
This version has a slightly different set of bhavas (feeling-senses).
Breathe in to the count of three.
Hold your breath to the count of three.
Breathe out to the count of three.
You can count to anything you like as long as the periods are of equal duration and you find a rhythm you can hold uninterrupted for one hour. It is important you keep on counting so you keep the mind occupied.
While you do this there is a kind of bhava (feeling sense) that is very important.
Breathing in: Sense/feel/visualize shakti/prana flowing into the entire body.
Holding your breath: Sense/feel/visualize shakti/prana radiating from the entire body.
Breathing out: Sense/feel/visualize that your brain is a mass of bright light.
When samadhi comes, let go of the practice and enjoy. When samadhi ends, immediately take up the practice again.
Be aware that this practice is for arousing kundalini. You may experience this as something moving in your perineum or spine, but do not be alarmed. If you find it releases more energy than you are comfortable with, then also do not be alarmed, for it will soon calm down and integrate with the system. Just don’t fight it.
This meditation has several stages to be performed in the following order…
A. Feel the perineum (area between genitals and anus) and sense that on the in-breath energy moves up a few inches and on the out-breath moves down again. Do this for about ten breaths.
B. Sense a ball of energy an inch or so above the perineum. On the in-breath expand it and on the out-breath simply let go. Do this for about ten breaths.
C. Sense energy radiating in all directions from the root center just above the perineum. Try to get a sense of continuous flow. Do this for as long as you go deeper and deeper, – or if possible merge in bliss. When you reach a plateau, go to D.
D. Now center your attention on the top of the scull. On the in-breath and also on the out-breath sense you are allowing the energy to rush up your spine to the crown. Do this for about ten breaths.
E. On the in-breath sense energy rising about an inch out through the top of your scull. On the out-breath sense it going down again about an inch into the head. Do this for about ten breaths.
F. Sense a ball of energy at the scull, about two inches in diameter. On the in-breath expand it and on the out-breath simply let go. Do this for about ten breaths.
G. Sense energy radiating in all directions from the crown. Try to get a sense of continuous flow. Do this for as long as you get deeper and deeper, – or if possible merge in bliss.
H. Sense energy radiating from both the root chakra and the crown chakra. After a while the two will merge. When you reach a plateau, go to A and repeat the steps.
Chakra Kriya meditation
This is a little complex and too detailed to describe here. It does the chakra-breathing describe below in each chakra in turn; then some spinal breathing; then grounding in root chakra and finally full body breathing.
I suggest you order it as a 35 minute guided meditation in mp3 format (only 5.0 Euro), see above.
The guided version takes you from the bottom to the top, but you could extend the duration by going from the top to the bottom after you have gone from the bottom to the top. That will take about 50 minutes.
This can be done in any chakra (energy-center), but is usually done in the root chakra (the preineum), the heart chakra (middle of the chest ) or in the ajna chakra (between the eyebrows). Or if you want to do a nice and very powerful systematic method, you can go through all the chakras in order beginning at the bottom and moving up one at a time (this is Chakra Kriya Meditation). I have done this for a period of some years, twice daily for about an hour or so in each sitting, and had wonderful results from it. This practice is basically utilizing the same principle as described above. It has three steps to be performed in each chakra.
A. Pulsating. On the in-breath sense energy going forward from the spine and to the front of the body and on the out-breath moving back into the spine. Do this for about ten breaths. (If working with the root chakra or crown chakra, sense the energy moving up on the in-breath and down on the out-breath)
B. Expanding. On the in-breath sense it expanding and on the out-breath sense it contracting. Do this for about ten breaths.
C. Radiating. On both the in- and out-breath, sense it radiating from the chakra. Do this for about ten breaths.
D. Receiving (void). On both the in- and out-breath sense energy flowing into the chakra and radiating from the chakra at the same time. Or just flowing in. Do this for about ten breaths.
E. If you want to do a systematic practice for awakening the entire chakra system, then this is how to shift from one chakra to the next: On the in-breath feel energy rising up the spine from the chakra you are leaving and reaching the next chakra; on the out-breath feel the new chakra expanding. Do this for about ten breaths, then proceed as described above.
Note: As you do this practice, you may feel pressure in the body in the chakra area. Also hidden emotions may arise. Please allow what ever comes up to arise, be what it is and leave. Remember the goal is not catharsis, but to generate a pulse of shakti (spiritual energy), on which you can surf into bliss and Self.
Grain free unsweetened Granola
(Makes 5 cups of granola)
- 2 cups nuts (I used 1 cup walnuts, 1/2 cup pecans, and 1/2 cup slivered almonds)
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds or flax seeds
- 1 cup coconut flakes/chips, unsweetened
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 egg white, whisked until frothy
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Line baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.
- Heat coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat, until liquid. Take off heat. Stir in salt, vanilla, and cinnamon. Set aside.
- Roughly chop nuts to desired size.
- Add pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes and to the nuts. Toss to combine.
- Pour oil mixture into the nut mixture. Use your hands to combine everything, making sure the nuts and fruit are coated.
- Add in egg white and combine further by hand, making sure everything is coated well.
- Transfer granola onto baking sheet, arranging it in one even layer. Place baking sheet in the oven.
- Bake granola for 25-30 minutes until dry and golden (you want it crisp, but do not let it burn). Rotate the pan if the granola is browning unevenly.
- Place the pan on a cooling rack and let the granola cool completely – it crisps further as it cools.
10. Once cooled, break the granola apart into whatever sized chunks you prefer. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.