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by Drunvalo Melchizedek

Like the sun, we must breathe, radiating out to all life. And from all life we will receive our manna.

Begin by creating a place in your home that is used only for this meditation. Make a space where no one will walk through or disturb you, possibly in your bedroom. A small altar with a candle and a cushion or pillow to sit upon may be helpful. Make this place holy. It is here that you will learn to create the MER-KA-BA around your body and make conscious contact with your higher self.

Once each day, enter into this meditation, until the time comes when you are a conscious breather, remembering with each breath your intimate connection with God. To begin the meditation, first sit down and relax. Let the worries of the day go. Breathe rhythmically and shallow. Be aware of your breath and relax. When you feel the tension begin to fade, begin to open your heart. Feel Love. Feel Love for all life everywhere. Continue to breathe rhythmically, being aware of your breath, and feel the Love moving through your spirit. When the FEELING of love is in your beingness, you are ready to begin to move towards the experience to the MERKABA. Without this Love, no amount of knowledge will create the MER-KA-BA. To the degree you are able to Love, will be the degree you will be able to experience the MER-KA-BA.

The Merkaba Field is a permanent and highly ordered Merkabic structure of inter-connected electro-magnetic counter-rotating energy spirals that exist as an integral part of ALL CREATION

The following is an overview of the meditation to reach the MER-KA-BA. There are seventeen breaths to reach completion. The first six are for balancing of the polarities within your eight electical circuits, and , also, for the cleansing of these circuits. The next seven, which are quite different, are to re-establish the proper pranic flow through your body, and to recreate Spherical Breathing within your body. The fourteenth breath is unique unto itself. It changes the balance of pranic energy within your body from third dimensional to fourth dimensional awareness. The last three breaths recreate the rotating fields of the MER-KA-BA within and around your body.

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The instructions: The following instructions will be broken down into four areas: MIND, BODY, BREATH and HEART.

FIRST BREATH: Inhale

HEART: Open your heart and feel love for all life. If you cannot do this, you must at least open to this love as much as is possible for you. This is the most important instruction of all.

MIND: Become aware of the male tetrahedron (the apex facing up to the sun, the point facing to the front for male, the point to the back for females) filled with the brilliant white light surrounding your body. Visualize it the best you can. If you cannot visualize it, sense or feel it surrounding you.

BODY: At the same moment of inhalation, place your hands in the mudra of your thumb and first finger touching. Remember, lightly touch your fingers, and do not allow your fingers to touch each other or any other object. Keep your palms facing up.

BREATH: At this same moment, with empty lungs, begin to breath in a complete yogic manner. Breathe through your nostrils only, except at certain places which will be described. Simply put, breath from your stomach first, then your diaphragm, and finally your chest. Do this in one movement, not three parts. The exhale is completed either by holding the chest firm and relaxing the stomach, slowly releasing the air, or by holding the stomach firm and relaxing the chest. The most important aspect is that this breathing must be rhythmic. Begin by using seven seconds in and seven seconds out, but as you get familiar with this meditation, find your own rhythm.

The following instructions for a complete Yogic Breath are from “the Hindu-Yogi Science of Breath” by Yogi Ramacharake. Perhaps this description will be helpful. Breathing through the nostrils, inhale steadily, first filling the lower part of the lungs, which is accomplished by bringing into play the diaphagm, which descending exerts a gentle pressure on the abdominal organs, pushing forward the front walls of the abdomen. Then fill the midddle part of the lungs, pushing out the lower ribs, breastbone and chest. Then fill the higher portion of the lungs, protruding the upper chest, thus lifting the chest, including the upper six or even pairs of ribs. At first reading it may appear that this breath consists of three distinct movements. This, however, is not the correct idea. The inhalation is continuous, the entire chest cavity from the lowered diaphragm to the highest point of the chest in the region of the collar bone, being expanded with a uniform movement. Avoid a jerky series of inhalations, and strive to attain a steady continuous action. Practice will soon overcome the tendency to divide the inhalation into three movements, and will result in a uniform continuous breath. You will be able to complete the inhalation in a few seconds after a little practice. Exhale quite slowly, holding the chest in a firm position, and drawing the abdomen in a little and lifting it upward as the air leaves the lungs. When the air is entirely exhaled, relax the chest and abdomen. A little practice will render this part of the exercise easy, and the movement once acquired will be afterward performed almost automatically.

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The pattern of the Star Tetrahedron links with the Star of David

FIRST BREATH: Exhale

HEART: Love

MIND: Become aware of the female tetrahedron, (apex pointing to the earth, point facing to the back for males, point facing to the front for females), also filled with the brilliant white light.

BODY: Keep the same mudra.

BREATH: Do NOT hesitate at the top of the inhalation to begin the exhalation. Exhale quite slowly, approximately seven seconds, in the Yogic manner. When the air is out of the lungs, without forcing, relax the chest and abdomen and HOLD the breath. When you feel pressure to breathe again, after about five seconds or so, then do the following:

MIND: Be aware of the flat equilateral triangle at the top of the female tetrahedron located in the horizontal plane that passes through your chest at the sternum. In a flash, and with a pulse like energy, send that triangular plane down through the female tetrahedron. It gets smaller as it goes down and pushes out the tip or apex of the tetrahedron all the negative energy of the mudra or electrical circuit, a light will shoot out of the apex toward the center of the Earth. The Mind exercise is performed along with the following BODY movements.

BODY: Move your eyes slightly toward each other, or, in other words, slightly cross your eyes. Now bring them up to the top of their sockets, or in other words, look up. Also, this looking up motion should not be extreme. You will feel a tingling feeling between your eyes in the area of your third eye . You can now look down to the lowest point you can, as fast as you can. You should feel an electrical sensation move down your spine. The MIND and BODY must coordinate the above mental exercise with the eye movements. The eyes look down from their up position at the same time the mind sees the triangular horizontal plane of the female tetrahedron move down to the apex of the female tetrahedron. This combined exercise will clean out the negative thoughts and feelings that have entered into your electrical system. Specifically, it will clean out the part of your electrical system that is associated with the particular mudra you are using. Immediately upon pulsing the energy down your spine, you change mudras to the next one and begin the entire cycle over again.

The next five breaths are a repeat of the first breath with the following mudra changes:

Second breath mudra: Thumb and second finger together

Third breath mudra: Thumb and third finger together

Fourth breath mudra: Thumb and little finger together

Fifth breath mudra: Thumb and first finger together (same as first breath)

Sixth breath mudra: Thumb and second finger together (same as second breath)

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The star tetrahedral fields around our bodies

The first part, the first six breaths, the balancing of the polarities, and the cleansing of your electrical system is now complete.

There is also a tube that runs through the center of the body, connecting the apexes of the star tetrahedral field.

Before we fell in consciousness I3,000 years ago, we breathed prana through this tube. Prana simultaneously comes in from the top and passes through the pineal gland, and enters from the bottom, meeting in one of the chakras. Remembering how to breathe through this tube, combined with rotating the fields around the body, produces the merkaba, a vehicle of ascension.

There are actually three star tetrahedral fields superimposed over each other around the body. One is the physical body, one is the mental body, and the third is the emotional body. This is literally so. The fields are rotated by linking together the mind, the emotions, and the physical body. The mental field spins to the left, the emotional field to the right, and the field for the body remains stationary. When these fields are rotated at very specific speeds and in a certain way, a disk pops out at the base of the spine for fifty-five to sixty feet and a sphere appears. It looks like a flying saucer.

This field is known as the merkaba. It is the original creation pattern of the universe on all levels of existence. It is how we got here and it is how we will leave.

The word “Mer” means counter-rotating fields of light; “Ka” spirit; and “Ba” is body or reality. So the Mer-Ka-Ba is a counter-rotating field of light that takes both body and spirit with it. Once you know how to activate these fields you can use your merkaba to travel throughout the universe.

The bottom line on the Flower of Life workshop is the teaching of the merkaba and the activation of this field so that it can, at the appropriate time, be used as a vehicle of ascension.

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We have come back full circle…. seems like a little healthy pressure is getting some of the questionnaires to come home…..  with answers ofcourse. Today we linked up with Yogaplayground, I know him as Eazy. Its ironic because the first time I met Eazy was my attempt at reaching out to people outside of myself to do yoga, the whole purpose of Yogi Selects.  Take sometime out to go on a journey of yoga, crystals, entheogen, dedication and peace with Eazy below!

 

From knowing you I can tell your truly dedicated… When did you know or find comfort in teaching yoga? 
Haha well thanks man that’s really nice to hear because dedication/ following through is probably one of my biggest struggles!! I really found comfort teaching I’d say about 6-8 months in of teaching yoga classes consistently. I felt like I had the “voice of my teachers” for a while. I would say cues how they would, even the tone didn’t feel like it was mine. I recorded my self teaching a class one day and was like dude wtf this don’t sound like me at all I felt like I screen-shot-2017-03-03-at-8-02-33-amwas trying to give the typical yoga voice all soft and shit and I’m like mmmm nah. So I started embracing what I like and really just being me not this picture of what people say yoga is. I was “lucky” enough to have barely anybody in my classes at first so it was a smooth transition. But it wasn’t until I started just saying fuk it to fulfilling others expectations and embracing how I get down did I really feel like I could own my classes. And yes I curse in my classes too 😅

Why is it important to have fun with your practice?
I don’t believe in doing things that I don’t enjoy. If it doesn’t move your soul then it’s probably not for you and you are forcing it. And from taking / teaching a bunch of classes I noticed how stuck people were to their mat and the “seriousness of yoga.” That’s actually how I came up with my own style aka the yoga playground. First I believe that we should approach everything like a child. Embrace the creativity the chance to see something from the beginners mind. Treating everything like it’s new and moving without judgement. Only then can we really get out of our heads and into the moment. The goal of the playground is to get people to

1.  Play! Laugh, joke, crawl like an animal, and engage with your classmates through random games I come up with.

2. ground yourself. Reconnect to the earth through primal movements, earth salutations, and chi breathing.

So we play but we reground ourselves through the practice. We have to remember to be as grounded as we are spiritual. I see way too many people who only try to do one or the other and I’m like brah… u know that ain’t you, just be you, have fun, and be here now!

How does yoga help capoeira and vice versa?
Haha well I tell everyone that yoga and capoeira are my yin and yang. Capoeira teaches u to be closed and protected. It’s also a community thing. You can practice by yourself but it takes a community because capoeira is a conversation between two people through movement. Yoga teaches you to be open and it’s personal practice. It’s just you and your breath with your awareness within. Both teach you about yourself and how u react in every situation. In capoeira do you get angry when somebody is aggressive towards u and you return their aggression with more aggression? In yoga does your mind go everywhere but here or do you get frustrated and want to give up because you ain’t that flexible today or you couldnt do a pose you saw on instagram lmao so in my mind they help me stay balanced. Capoeira requires certain flexibility that yoga gives me and yoga requires certain strength and mobility that capoeira gives me. These r the two arts that I literally practice every day.

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What was your perception of yoga before you began practicing?

I thought it was boring as hell lol I thought if I wasn’t sore and sweating like crazy I wasn’t doing anything. But man was I learned to connect with my breath I realized how yoga transitioned into everything else that I did. I also thought thanks to hyper feminization in America that dudes just didn’t do it. That’s one of the screen-shot-2017-03-03-at-7-54-20-ammain reasons I began teaching. I wanted to share my influence with my brothers who wouldn’t normally even think of touching a yoga mat and let them see that we ain’t gotta wear leggings (unless ur name is @dade2shelby he makes it cool) and that we all breathe and we all need to learn to slow down and become more aware of each moment.

Is cannabis helpful to practicing yoga, share how it has helped you?
Oh yea man you know that’s my kinda party right here lol to me cannabis helps me

1. Get motivated to practice . It’s like coffee for me in the morning. Shit I actually start my morning with a spliff and some coffee before I practice anything and it’s my ritual.

2.  It helps me to feel what’s happening within me aka increase my focus and bring me more internally. Funny story, I actually did my first handstand on mushrooms lmao I know we talking bout the herbs jah bless but I’m a big believer in the magic of the mushroom and it’s healing benefits for old traumas and its ability to bring epiphanies into your life. Imma hippie man if it’s from the earth I know it’s worth!
Who are some of the yogis you practice with and is it helpful to have a community of like minded people to surround yourself with?

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In Atlanta I had a lot of dope people I practiced with @blackyoganerd is a huge inspiration , @fitqueenirene first introduced me to rocket yoga which really kept me practicing. I love the entire @movingartexperience crew like @hippieheathen @dade2shelby @iamreneewatkins dude there’s really too many to name. Love to practice with other people but most of my work is done alone. I’m a lone wolf man I like to train on my own time but love to have a community to reach out to if I have questions, or I need some inspiration to get on my mat. I definitely believe in finding like minded people and vibing out.

Have you ever practiced yoga using entheogens? If so feel free to screen-shot-2017-03-03-at-7-58-50-amshare how that experience was…
Haha whoops I answered that earlier but hell yes man. I love shrooms and LSD. Shrooms more though cuz lsd is lab made. But to me they are a healing substance mentally and physically and uhhhh the experience is an experience everyone should experience !!! Life changing to say the least. Just be in a comfortable place with people you love and it will be amazing.

 

What crystal do you find yourself attracted to most at the moment and why do you feel that is? 

Citrine, green calcite and amethyst are my favorites. I’ve always dealt with insecurities and citrine really helps me embrace my power. Green calcite is a heart stone and paired with citrine brings abundance of not just money but love. Especially self love! Amethyst is just friggin beautiful to me . Yellow, green and purple are my favorite colors so it kinda works out that they are my fav stones. Being a Pisces though I keep a hematite handy to keep me grounded.
Comparing yoga and the ocean… How can both provide a tranquil state a mind?  
The breaths are like waves man ever present and ever flowing. Embrace each one but allow them to go as easily as they come. Just like the breath u can only feel one wave at a time. Being present is the only way to truly find peace. screen-shot-2017-03-03-at-7-59-04-am
Have you ever had any yoga related dreams or experiences during meditation that were hard to explain?

Yea totally man. Once I remember drifting off in a meditation that felt like a mushroom trip. The colors became so vibrant in my mind, my senses felt like they were on another level. I was rocking in small circles and didn’t notice until my phone went off lmao snap back to reality . It was super trippy but cool to see that we can transcend reality with just focus on the breath.
Any yoga tats? Lol had to be a story behind it

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Ha yea I have the throat chakra on my throat. It’s a constant reminder for me to live in truth and honesty. To always embrace who I am , my creativity, and my truths no matter what the popular opinion may be. Also got it on my throat cuz I said fuck a job lmao I’m doing this for life. I create my own destiny and fortune. Fuck what society thinks 😁also I have the flower of life. It’s my reminder of the oneness of all in this dimension.
Congrats on baby Lazer! do you plan on teaching him to be a young yogi Jedi?
Thank youuuuuu!!! Most definitely, but more along the lines of giving him the tools at a young age to find his truth, to be fully conscious, and be able to make choices that will always fulfill his souls desires not the personalities desires. I just want him to find what he loves and do that Shit all the time lol not pressed at all on if he wants to pursue it on a monetary level. I believe him having a yoga / capoeira practice will just help him embrace who Lazer Man is and be the best he can be on any path he chooses.

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Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers of infocus247.com?
Practice makes practice there is no perfection. Remember that the destination is never as fulfilling as the journey. So embrace every practice as just that, a practice. Also, do it for you not for social media… please and thank you.

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We are back once again, this time we present an interesting yogi that goes by Yoganubia! I found an interesting balance between peace, love and war. Read below to learn more! 

What is 9ether? 

9ether is a term that refers to Nubian or African-American hair. Nubian hair follicles grow in the shape of the number 9, towards the sun. 9ether is the kinkiest or kingliest hair-type in existence. Caucasian follicles grow in the shape of the number 6, referred to as 6ether.

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What did you know about yoga before you gave it a try? 

Not much, other than that it is a form of exercise that supposedly helps with stress and anxiety.

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Yoga teaches us to go inside of ourselves to connect and listen to Self. This is empowering for women because it teaches us that the only voice we need to listen to is the one inside. We don’t need to look outside for happiness, we have the power to create it ourselves. Yoga teaches that we can only control what is in our power and to let go of whatever is beyond our control. This is liberating and empowering because it allows us to focus our energy on things we can change, and let go of anything we cannot.

What do you find the most challenging about moving forward from past emotional pain?

Prior to yoga, I was someone who stayed living in the past – replaying old mistakes or heartbreak in my mind, thinking of how I could have done something differently if I just had the chance to go back. Most challenging part of moving past emotional pain is the ability to trust afterwards. Trust is already something that does not come easily for me, so if I am betrayed or hurt by someone or something, it will be extremely difficult for me to trust that entity again.

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“People who love are happy” In which ways do you prefer to receive love?

I think I’m a pretty simple gal – care, gratitude, and kindness from family and friends. Little gestures that show thoughtfulness, and appreciation.

Can yoga and a vegan diet help you maintain a healthy lifestyle? screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-8-23-29-pm

Absolutely! Practicing yoga increases body awareness and the desire to care for and accept yourself. A vegan lifestyle (I hate the word “die”t, so I don’t use it 🙂 ) absolutely leads to better health. The human body is not designed to digest meat and/or animal products. Converting to a vegan lifestyle can have very positive effects on health, including but not limited to – increased energy, faster metabolism, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, improved cardiovascular health, lower risk of cancer, weight loss, healthier skin, less body odor, the list goes on.

Is it important to balance the peace of mind and  yoga provides with a realistic perception of everything and everyone isn’t always namaste… If so why?  

Absolutely! Yoga creates and teaches balance, on and off the mat. One thing I teach in just about every class is that balance is tricky and it varies, day to day, sometimes hour by hour. The most important thing we can do is accept where we are each day. The same holds true when dealing with outside people and things. There will always be ups and downs in life, but we learn from the practice that not being ok is okay. We will come across people and situations that test us or make us upset. What is key is how we deal with these instances – if we become upset, realize it’s okay, and not beat screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-8-24-05-pmourselves up over it. Always remember to face whatever feelings come so that you can move on.

Have you had any yoga related dreams or hard to explain experiences when focusing on your chakra points?

While learning about the Chakra System in Teacher Training, I came to a realization about a recurrent dream I’d been having for the past (I don’t even know how many) years. The dream always manifested as me trying to explain something or get my point across, but not being able to breathe. For as long as I can remember, even as a kid, I have been notorious for biting my tongue, not expressing myself, and holding things in. The day we learned about the throat chakra, I made  the connection to my reoccurring dream.  From that day forward, I have been working to express myself and speak up for myself any time the opportunity arises. I have not had that dream since making this declaration and taking action to speak up.

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How can children benefit from learning yoga and meditation techniques at an early age?

Children learn the tools needed to deal with the natural ebbs and flows of life. Through the practice, they develop body awareness, learn to manage stress through breathing, build concentration, learn self-acceptance, have better focus and concentration, and learn calming techniques, all of which can benefit them for a lifetime.

Is there anything you would like to share with the readers of infocus247.com 

Yoga has completely transformed me as a person, which has in turn, completely transformed my life! Everyone in the world can benefit from the practice – you don’t need to be anything other than willing to learn. Yoga is for EVERYONE!

Teresa Robinson, RYT200
Registered Certified Yoga Teacher

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screen-shot-2017-02-22-at-7-27-44-amListen to the blogtalk episode here:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/honeysoul/2017/02/22/spirit-medicine-and-the-metaphysics-of-consciousness-with-baba-kilindi-iyi

In this episode of HoneySoul Radio we are joined by our special guest Kilindi Iyi going to take a journey inside and outside of our minds. We are going to leave those things that are considered and accepted as normal, and expand our consciousness into the mysteries of spirit medicine. We ask, “What can plants really do for us?” We will discuss transformation, transportation, sexuality, and transcendence. You don’t want to miss it! It’s food for the GODS!

Master Teacher, Kilindi Iyi is the head instructor and technical advisor of Tamerrian Martial Art Institute. A world traveler and mycologist, Kilindi has presented on the subject of psilocybin as far north as Norway and as far south as Australia. His exploration and research focuses on the high dose of psilocybin magic mushrooms.

We are back once again with an insightful  healer. I follow Gogo Thule and knew there would be an adventure waiting to be read. When I received her response to the questions I felt like i’ve been served a full plate of goodness with desert!  Our paths will cross and videos will be created but until then enjoy the reflections below.

Peace! I hope these questions find you at the right time! 

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What is your name and first memory in existence? 

Peace, I’m Gogo Thule Ngane. My first memory that I can recall is nap time the first day of preschool in America. I remember not knowing how to speak english and most of us kids not sleeping but playing and observing each other. I remember feeling excited and adventurous.
How did you come to the path of a Sangoma Priestess and what have you learned on your journey?

The more I think about my story and how my path unfolded the only thing that truly makes sense is divine intervention. Around the end of high school, I started to question everything. I grew up as a regular catholic African girl in the Suburbs of Maryland, with good grades that always listened to her parents. I was labeled the “good girl”. I really didn’t think outside of what I was taught. When a close friend changed religions for some reason I began to struggle with how we even come into choosing our religions, why there were so many to choose from and felt a growing need to know who truly held the TRUTH because screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-12-52-28-amif I was born in another place and time I would probably be a completely different person. I felt a deep need to know the truth for myself regardless of my environment and upbringing. This spiraled into a deep depression, a deep uncovering of veils, and what shamanic traditions call a shamanic illness, which signals that a person has some form of calling to be a healer. I first tried to take my Catholicism seriously. But the more I attended church and bible studies the more I felt lost, filled with more questions, and engulfed with more guilt. I had to find answers that resonated so I began to study all the religions/spiritual concepts I could get a hold of. Universal teachings and Buddhist theories opened up the way for me, especially the concept of the soul, this divine energy that knows who we truly are and our connection to the creator. I wanted to experience this connection and remembrance on a deep level and go beyond reading books and intellectualized spirituality.

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I attended my first spiritual retreat, where I experienced a Native American Priestess and sweat lodge for the first time. The earth-based-ness (feeling) of the whole experience drew me in. It felt like home. It felt like I was finally touching something real (the truth). A woman at the retreat connected me with a African Traditional Priestess. I got an ancestral reading from her and heard from my ancestors for the frist time. I immediately started to cry and learned that I come from a lineage of healers and that the torch was being passed on to me. Soon after I underwent an initiation process to become a Sangoma Traditional Healer & Priestess.thulef

What I’ve learned is that there is so much more to African culture than what I was raised with. I’ve learned that the ways of our ancient elevated ancestors can empower us spiritually in ways beyond our imagination, that honoring the earth and the divinities within us brings back so much healing and harmony in our DNA, in our bones, and in our spirits. The ancestors are our guardians, they walk with us always, there is wisdom for them to pass on to us even in the form of spirit. I’ve learned so much and it has given me so much life.

What does it mean to embody the life of a Medicine woman? 

I’m still learning what it means to be a medicine woman. Lately, I feel that embodying her means being okay with dying often. Shedding the negative side of the ego over and over again, purging what no longer serves me, and facing every shadow and fear so that I can be a pure channel for healing & wisdom. To be a medicine woman is to tune into the divine spirits through cultivating a deep relationship with nature, tapping into the spirit realm and being a medium of both worlds, while humbly being of service to the spirits, to the elders, and to the community at large.

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What are some of ancient traditions you think would be helpful for society to start picking back up on?

Ceremony is my greatest love and something I see society needs to return to. In ceremony we honor the divine spirits, the ancestors, nature, and all of our guardians, we open up portals to connect, to heal, to remember. We make offerings, we chant, we drum, we invoke the elevated ancestors and divinities, we release, we heal. So much of our society is out of balance, and so much of us are carrying such heaviness in our hearts and bodies, and traditionally ceremony is where all of that was released and harmony with ourselves,screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-9-27-23-am with the divine, and nature is restored. One thing I respect greatly about the Sangoma tradition and African spirituality is that we consult the ancestors and spirits on what is needed, what problems are present, and how to resolve them at its spiritual root. Everything when done with integrity is led by spirit. There isn’t one answer for us all. We are all individual energies with certain needs and ancestral memory running through us. I think we need to pick back up this way of seeing and directing our lives. To rediscover our lineages, and the  practices that resonated with our unique frequencies and ancestors.

One important thing I have realized is that a lot of our practices were channeled by some being. Then man ritualized and organized these practices into certain systems and we have gotten away from tapping into our own inner channel or connecting with the elders/priestesses who still know how to do this. screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-9-24-36-amSo we follow what has been given for a certain time or for a certain group than stop connecting with the spirit realm for more and new ways of living in alignment with the spirit realm. In my world things are always changing and spiraling, my spiritual life is very nonlinear, what connects me one day can be different the next and so I must remain fluid as much as committed. I can’t name too many specific practices because we are all different. Yoga opens up one person up deeply in a way that chanting opens another. My answer is mostly follow your spirit, discover your origins, dig deeper, and go with what taps you into the wisdom in your blood, the cosmos and mama earth.

Words can’t express how I feel up here… If you could paint a portrait of your feelings right now what would the image be of? 

The image would be of a goddess with all of the channels, meridians, and chakras awake, open, and spiraling in all directions. Her face would be smiling in a deep sense of calm, wisdom, and presence. All of the forces around her would be supporting the opening of her channels. She would be connected to all traditions, all practices, all that exists because there is no separation between her the world on a physical and non physical level. 🙂

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How has helping others effected your perspective on natural methods of healing?
 

Helping others has confirmed and strengthened a lot of what I have discovered to be true about healing through natural/holistic/spiritual methods. Natural healing is the way. We have to take care of nature in order to screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-12-51-24-amdiscover our natural selves. We have to use the elements of the earth to heal and remember ourselves. These methods are very much who we are and helping others reconnect with that energy is a coming home that we all deserve. Natural healing brings everything in the mind, the body, and the spirit back into balance. Chemicals and toxins go against our bodies and our true nature. I am in awe at what I and others have been able to accomplish and heal through natural earth-centered practices. Overall natural healing has helped me see that there is an answer to every problem and that absolutely nothing is impossible.

Have you had any life changing dreams if so what was the message/experience?

I’ve had many life changing dreams and messages from the Ancestors in my dream state. One of my favorites was when I was initiating to be a Sangoma. I dreamt that I was at the large gathering/celebration and everyone from my life was seated and present. I greeted a few of them and others danced and performed at the ceremony. The next thing I know this older black man sitting beside me starts using his finger to aggressively poke at the spot in between my eyebrows {third eye}. I was getting annoyed but before I could open my mouth to speak I was shot up into the cosmos and surrounded by stars. I heard this cosmic male like voice but I can’t be sure of what it was. It was one of the few experiences in my life that seemed like I was close to hearing the actual voice of the Creator God energy. So this voice started to tell me about who I truly am. I was given a vision of an ancestor in the middle of a dirt road in Africa. I was also told my mission in this lifetime. This dream confirmed so much for me. Even in the midst of my training/initiation I had doubts about what I was being called to do. This ancestral world was so foreign from what I grew up to know and believe yet something resonated deeply within me. My spiritual path still blows my mind most days but the ancestors have shown and told me many times what I am here to do.

I am here to learn the ways of my ancestors.

Remember the ways of my ancestors.

And live the ways of my ancestors.

I am here to reclaim wisdom and power that was lost for various reasons. There is so much more to this life than this physical experience and my dreams have shown me that time and time again.

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Have you ever experienced trance like states with entheogens? If so feel free to share that experience

Yes, I have had trance like state experiences with and without the use of sacred plant medicines/ceremonies. In one of my most powerful medicine journeys, I spent about an exhausting hour or more (it felt like forever honestly) literally shaking off all the the pain, baggage, trauma, and blocks to my true self. The medicine didn’t let me see exactly where all the blocks came from. I do know that not all of it was mine. But after finally releasing a lot of energy screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-9-34-02-amoff of my body, I remembered myself. I realized how much we walk this earth as zombies simply because we don’t know and have forgotten ourselves. I forgave myself because it was all out of ignorance. Then I fully felt and remembered the earth as my mother. Spiritualist are always talking about our connection the earth and I have felt it many times in small ways but this journey was very meaningful. It humbled me on levels that I can’t describe and the memory was restored on a high level. I communed with the earth mother for a long time and she taught me things I needed to know. She reminded me how important it is to not let anything linger. I realized how much I let life experiences alter who I am. I also felt my higher self as this powerful Kemetic being. I felt the energy of who I am. I now truly know how what I am feels like beyond this body and the story of this lifetime. I honestly felt like I was on the earth for the first time as my self and realized that every thought and feeling about not wanting to be alive was my higher self trying to get out of this false self to birth who I am. I have so much gratitude for being alive and I remembered that even if I forget I {we all} will hit this point again. Awakening is a journey we are on and a destination we will reach many times. I feel like my words right now sound airy but we all feel this sense of lost or disconnect and I feel the plants {amongst many other trance inducing practices} are here to help us remember this connection on a deep level so we can walk this earth less confused, more connected, and full.

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What crystals are you currently connected to most? 

Crystals have not called to me as much as I thought they would. Right now I am obsessed with sage, resins, and tobacco. The spirit of sage connected with me as a laughing goddess who cleanses all low vibrations. I felt her deeply and I’ve been obsessed with using herbal smoke for healing.

Which secret of the universe do you wish to learn first? 

This question tickles me. That’s what I’m all about…and I want ALL the secrets…all at once really. I have had to learn the hard way about patience though.

I just recently came out of my Saturn return this past December and I had a major awakening and remembering of who I am. I realized that so much of what I used to perceive as secrets have been revealed to me over the past 6 years. screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-9-39-08-amI feel like I’ve been given so many answers and now it’s about living those answers out. Allowing them to bloom in this post Saturn return season of my life. My greatest desire has always been to learn how to tap into the spirit world and connect with my soul, my guardian spirits or the god like energy. My path as a Sangoma has taught me that and now it’s all about going deeper and deeper because this universe is so vast. The secrets are simple but always evolving.

How can healing practices such as yoga not only be physically beneficial but also mentally?

Healing practices like yoga can allow us to slow down a bit to be fully present in this moment. When we are present screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-12-57-48-amwe can receive higher vibrations/frequencies and hear the answers to our own life’s issues, and release the pains of the past and the illusions of the veil on earth. Healing practices whether they be dance or drumming open us to connect with spirit so mentally we can be free, clear, and in alignment with our purpose.

I have heard of, and have experienced in some ways, people breaking down in a yoga class and releasing old experiences from certain areas of their body which allows them to have a clear thinking and deeper awareness about their experience. Overall, no matter your approach our bodies {mental, physical, emotional, spiritual} are all connected. What you do to one affects the other. There is no separation.

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Where do you see yourself and what path will you be on 10 years from now?

Remember that spiral like nonlinear life I described? I never know what is going to happen next. The ancestors are always surprising me and the more I get to know my true self the more I surprise myself. Even with all my prophetic visions this path has taught me to get very comfy with the unknown. I see so many possibilities most of which include being of service to the community and contributing to the consciousness that is rising on the planet.

No matter where I land, I will always follow the guidance of my Amadlozi {elevated ancestors}.

Is there anything you would like to say to the readers on infocus247.com ?

Thank you for reading my words…for seeing me. I wish you well on your sacred journey and pray you find what is in alignment with your spirit and earth purpose in this lifetime. Stay inspired. Despite the chaos, life is so worth living.

Gogo Thule Ngane
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Why hold your tongue to the roof of your mouth and pranayama techniques!

Many people have heard of this practice in the martial arts, meditation, yoga, and even while doing the thymus thump.(Tapping the sternum stimulates the thymus gland to produce T-cells and enhances the immune system.) The practice of keeping the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth helps keep your focus, while meditating, driving, chopping vegetables, etc., keeping you calm and centered.How this may work is easy to explain, and I am happy to offer corroborating evidence as to the efficacy of this practice.The system of acupuncture dates back thousands of years.There are 12 meridians that energize our organ systems.

Two meridians are known as the Master Meridians – they are in charge of all the rest.They are called the Conception or Central Vessel and the Governing Vessel.The very fact they are called “vessels” gives us a clue.A meridian is a line of energy; a vessel is some sort of container. These two meridians, the Master Meridians, are important because they “contain” the secret of energy and vitality.Both of these meridians begin at the perineum – that part of the body between the genitals and the anus. The Central Vessel travels up the front – through the soft tissues of the body – and ends at the tip of the tongue.The Governing Vessel travels up the back – through the hard bony tissues of the vertebrae, over the bones of the cranium – and ends at the roof of the mouth.To keep the tip of the tongue at the roof of the mouth completes the “microcosmic circuit” and allows the energy to flow.When we tap the sternum, we direct this flowing energy to the thymus gland, stimulating its function – producing T-cells, thereby enhancing the immune response.

With the tongue completing this circuit, we can also tap over the right lower rib cage to stimulate the liver, the cranium to stimulate the brain, etc. the tip of the tongue at the roof of the mouth!You will find a spot that feels comfortable about an inch behind the teeth.

I gave a talk at the Institute one night about subtle energy fields and mentioned the tip of the tongue at the roof of the mouth. A few days later one of the guests mentioned that it really works.I asked her what she meant – thinking, like most people, she observed the calming, focusing effect.

As soon as she put the tip of her tongue to the roof of her mouth, the contractions were noticeably more vigorous. Skeptical that such a simple thing could have such a profound effect, and thinking that her muscles were now “warmed up” and able to move easier, she took her tongue away. She was shocked when the contractions reduced their intensity. So she kept her tongue where it belongs for the rest of the therapy, and now keeps the habit throughout the day. She was at the Institute with her daughter and her mother. She mentioned this experience to her daughter who performed her own experiment and confirmed the results.

When the mother’s turn came, she noticed no difference at all!Then, realizing the mother was wearing dentures, the daughter asked her to remove them – and, sure enough, she could clearly see the difference!So now when anyone asks about dentures, the answer is: always remove the synthetic dentures when doing therapeutic work or meditation. This will allow the free flow of energy within the “microcosmic circuit.”So, unless you are eating, drinking or talking – when it’s impossible – always keep the tip of the tongue at the roof of the mouth

Source – Real Doctor

Breathing is something we do on a daily basis. The body, in a living state, breathes involuntarily whether we are awake, sleeping, or actively exercising. Breathing is living. It is a vital function of life. In yoga, we refer to this as pranayama. Prana is a Sanskrit word that means life force and ayama means extending or stretching. Thus, the word “pranayama” translates to the control of life force. It is also known as the extension of breath. Every cell in our bodies needs oxygen to function properly. So it’s no surprise that research shows that a regular practice of controlled breathing can decrease the effects of stress on the body and increase overall physical and mental health.

Ever notice how soothing a simple sigh can be at the end of a long day? There are a variety of breathing techniques that are known to reduce stress, aid in digestion, improve sleep, and cool you down. Here are instructions on four pranayama exercises worth practicing and the most beneficial times to do them.

1. Nadhi Sodhana aka Anuloma Viloma

Nadhi sodhana, also known as alternative nostril breathing, is a very relaxed, balancing breath that is used to help calm the nervous system and aid in a restful night’s sleep. By increasing the amount of oxygen taken into the body, it’s believed that this breath can also purify the blood, calm the mind, reduce stress, and promote concentration.

How to do it: Nadhi sodhana can be done seated or lying down. To start, empty all the air from your lungs. Using the thumb of your dominant hand, block your right nostril and inhale through your left nostril only. Be  sure to inhale into your belly, not your chest. Once you are full of breath, seal your left nostril with the ring finger of the same hand, keeping your right nostril closed, and hold the breath for a moment. Then release your thumb and exhale through your right nostril only. Be sure to exhale all the breath out of the right side and pause before inhaling again through the same side. Seal both nostrils once you’ve inhaled on the right side and exhaled through the left side. A complete cycle of breath includes an inhalation and exhalation through both nostrils. If you’re just starting out, you can do a four-count inhale, holding your breath for four to eight counts, then exhale for four counts. Perform up to ten cycles and notice how your body responds. You may feel more relaxed and calm in both your mind and body.

When to do it: Nadhi sodhana is a calm, soothing breath that can be done any time of day. Try practicing this technique when you are anxious, nervous, or having trouble falling asleep.

2. Kapalabhati Pranayama

Kapalabhati means skull shining breath. It’s a pranayama exercise as well as an internal kriya, or cleansing technique. Practitioners of kapalabhati believe that this breath will help clear mucus in the air passages, relieve congestion, reduce bloating, and improve lung capacity. Kapalabhati is an invigorating breath that can build heat in the body.

How to do it: Start by sitting in a comfortable seat with a tall, straight spine, and exhale completely. Inhale briefly through both nostrils, then sharply exhale (again out of your nose) while pulling your navel in toward your spine. The exhalation is short and quick, but very active, while the inhalation is short and passive. Again, pull your navel in as you exhale and soften it on the inhalation. Do one round of 30 (counting your exhalations) and rest for a minute with some deep breaths in between. Repeat. If this seems strenuous, start with 15 and gradually work your way up.

When to do it: Kapalabhati is great to do in the morning if you’re feeling chilly or sluggish. You may also try it when you’re feeling congested or bloated, but don’t try it on a full stomach. Avoid this technique if you are pregnant, or suffer from blood pressure issues or heart conditions.

3. Ujjayi Pranayama

Ujjayi means victorious breath; it’s also referred to as ocean breath due to the sound it creates. This breath is often used in asana (posture) practice, especially in ashtanga and vinyasa classes. Ujjayi encourages full expansion of the lungs, and, by focusing your attention on your breath, it can assist in calming the mind.

How to do it: Find a place where you can sit comfortably with a straight spine. Take a steady breath in through both nostrils. Inhale until you reach your lung capacity; maintain a tall spine. Hold your breath for a second, then constrict some of the breath at the back of your throat, as if you were about to whisper a secret, and exhale slowly through both nostrils. This exhalation will sound like an ocean wave or gentle rush of air. You should feel the air on the roof of your mouth as you exhale. Repeat up to 20 times.

When to do it: This breath can be practiced for up to 10 minutes at any time of day. Try it with an asana practice as well.

4. Sitali Pranayama

Sitali also means cooling, which explains the effect it can have on your mind and body. This breath encourages clearing heat with coolness. It’s especially helpful during summer and in hot climates.

How to do it: Roll your tongue until the outer edges touch, forming a tube. If you can’t curl your tongue, make an oval shape with your mouth, keeping your tongue flat. Inhale through your mouth, taking in all the air that you can. It may make a hissing sound. After inhaling, bring the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth and seal your lips. Feel the coolness of the inhalation in your month then exhale through your nose. Repeat five to ten times or as needed.

When to do it: If you’re feeling overheated, irritable, or find yourself waiting impatiently in hot weather, sitali is a great tool to try to cool off and relax!

Breathing is one of the most natural things we do as humans. It is a gift and a very powerful tool that can enable us to create more ease and balance in our lives. Taking time to focus on the breath allows us to pause from daily stresses, physical symptoms, and emotions that have taken over the mind. It is in that moment where we focus on the breath that we can return to a neutral state of being, gain clarity, feel rejuvenated, and enhance an overall sense of well-being. These are just a few wonderful reasons to invite a pranayama practice into your daily routine.

Source- Onemedical