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Recently I read somewhere, that it takes 10, 000 hours of  consistent & persistent study to achieve Mastery over the subject at hand.  The author of these remarks meant it quite literally, and meant for us all to add up the hours spent in serious study, and practice.  If you are fortunate enough to attend a school of formal learning, they will do the math for you and assign you some letters  to add after your name. This may make living in this new-normal world easier, or not.  Time will tell.

The first book I was assigned to read when I began my yoga teacher training in 1998, was titled  Mastery by George Leonard, and for me, the bookworm,  it was a surprising and disappointing assignment.  I was burning to dig into ancient indian texts on how to achieve enlightenment and change my life, and stuff like that.  Mastery was small stuff.  I am grateful that my thinking has evolved since I achieved my 10,000 hours.

With Saturn in Virgo residing in my third house, natally, I’ve always been quite picky about  subject matters regarding intelligence, mental health, communications, education, and siblings.  You will find me quite firm in my opinions regardless of how quickly said opinions change.  And, change again.  Mutable signs are like that.

Then there are the ten thousand sorrows and ten thousand joys that the Asian Buddhists write of.   Why 10,000?  Why not 11, 001?

I had a major spiritual awakening during a vedic math class once.  I’ve never forgotten that moment and it has been a source of delight in my memory cells ever since.  Numbers are a deep source of symbolic information, yes?

Wikipedia informs me that there is a 10,000 year clock , conceived in 1986 and currently being built by a group of new-normal-wizkids including  Jeff Bezos , of Amazon, who donated 42 million towards this project!  It’s called The Clock of the Long Now.

How appropriate.

But why, 10,000 years?  Why not 11,001?

Other details to consider:

  • 10,000 years = 864,000 ,000 seconds
  • 14,400, 000 minutes
  • 240,000 hours
  • 1428 weeks (rounded down)

Then, sadly, of course,  there is that ever vigilant, awake & ready army of 10,000 , which has been mythologized, dramatized, and institutionalized  since 400 BC.

But the most recent incident of 10,000, the inspiration for this blog post, came in the mail from Amazon.com.  It’s my new pedometer!  It counts my steps. According to the new-normal-thinking of 2014, we need to take 10,000 steps a day if we want to lose weight, 6, 000 steps to maintain one’s fitness, etc. etc., and blah, blah, blah.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

10,000?

And, last,  just for fun : 10,000 Maniacs.

May you live for 10,000 years.  Om shanti, shanti, shantihi.

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I love books.  Which means I also love libraries.  Many years ago I experienced a past-life regression where I saw/felt myself as a librarian in ancient Greece.   I saw a room filled with scrolls, and I had responsibilities regarding such scrolls.

So much explained in a single moment of recall.  Something felt right and true and important at that moment.

I try to visit libraries where ever I travel.  It’s incredibly stimulating, inspiring, and sometimes awe-provoking to be in energy of so many minds.

This ltrinity-library-postcard.jpgink is what inspired me to come out of hibernation and blog a bit. If you like libraries check it out.  Click on picture.

(http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/27/world/gallery/most-beautiful-libraries-in-the-world/index.html)

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swami kripalu….where I do volunteer work at least three times a year.  This trip I worked as a facilitator and hatha yoga teacher.  The program was called the Inner Quest Intensive and I have been a part of this amazing ‘production’ since ’99.  Here’s a post I wrote after another such trip about 5 years ago.

The world really needs this program.  Those of us who facilitate transformation and healing for others know this.   I am completely filled with love, gratitude, and kindness once again as I continue to live and teach yoga.

This time I came home inspired to develop and deliver an experiential program with transformational possibilities of my own.  My plan is to use the natal chart as a launchpad.  We’ll address all the planets of our solar system with the intention of  expanding our self-awareness and self-knowledge. Interested ?  Contact me at idafae@gmail.com.

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Tomorrow is the first of a series of experiential workshops using the astrological natal chart as tool for self-inquiry and self-development.  It’s been quite a ride for me personally, as I have chosen to follow the stars for most of my life.

These days Uranus is conjunct my mid-heaven and moving in towards a conjunction with the  NN.  Neptune is conjunct SN natally. Obviously, things are changing.  Unknown territory looms ahead for me.  Thanks to the stars,  Pluto is finally past my moon.  Om shanti.

The outer planets, along with all things lunar, have captured my attention for decades.  As a working astrologer who reads charts for individuals, I am also particularly interested in Time, time-measurement, time-management, time-keeping, and what I call Time-Scaping, which is what happens once we have mastered our personal relationship with time and create a life-rhythm which is sustainable.  The cycles of the planets along with the orbit of the moon provide the raw data that is needed.

Anyway, I digress.  Tomorrow’s workshop will tackle the idea that the Lunar Nodes represent our Soul’s Purpose in this incarnation. We’ll look at the nodes in our respective natal charts and discuss it.  Then we’ll take our new found information and practice being our ‘true selves’ using various yogic techniques.

I’ve been doing this work for a lifetime already, and I still get excited when I see the look of “enlightenment” come over someone’s face.  That sudden expression brought on by the combination of insight, understanding, and joy is unmistakeable.

If you’re in or aound Asbury Park, NJ, find us!  The door is round and open  (rumi)

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and there’s a storm brewing named Saturn.  It can’t get any more metaphorical, can it?  Today, at 2:15pm est, (about to become edt) the moon conjoins pluto.  It’ll be an intense moment for some, so intense that it has the potential to transform you.  Indelibly.

more later.  may all beings be safe.

om shanti, shanti, shantihi

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mask_ii.jpgNamaste, Everyone.

I’m facilitating another Yoga Nidra tomorrow morning.  First one of the year.  Can’t believe it’s 2013 and we’re all still here!!  Just kidding.

The astrological aspects are so supporting for this kind of yoga practice right now.  The possibilities are limitless.  The little stellium of Sun Neptune, Chiron and Venus re-affirms a drive towards spiritual healing.

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A beggar had been sitting by the side of the road for over thirty years. One day a stranger walked by.
“Spare some change?” mumbled the beggar, mechanically holding out his baseball cap.“I have nothing to give you,” said the stranger. Then he added, “What’s that you are sitting on?”
“Nothing,” replied the beggar, “Just an old box.I have been sitting on it for as long as I can remember.”
“Ever look inside?” asked the stranger.

“What’s the point? There’s nothing in there.”

“Have a look inside,” insisted the stranger.

The beggar managed to pry open the lid.  

With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw the box was filled with gold.Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Novato CA, 1999; p. 9

Let’s come together this Sunday, January 8 and resume our practices of loving-kindness.  We begin in silence, so please remove your shoes and place them on the rack before you enter.  Come in, find an empty space and sit down.  We sit silently from 3pm until approximately 3:30, at which time we will begin discourse & discussion. 

Metta (loving-kindness) practice will start around 4:15pm. 

We’ll close with the following chant:

असतो मा सद्गमय ।
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ।।
मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय ।
ॐ शान्ति शान्ति शान्ति ।। – बृहदारण्यक उपनिषद् 1.3.28.

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asato mā sat gamaya
tamaso mā jyotir gamaya
mṛtyor mā amṛtaṁ gamaya
om śhānti śhānti śhāntihi – bṛhadāraṇyaka upaniṣada 1.3.28

Translation:

Lead Us From the Unreal To the Real,
Lead Us From Darkness To Light,
Lead Us From Death To Immortality,
Let There Be Peace Peace Peace. – Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.3.28.

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On June 1 there’s another Solar Eclipse.  It’s occurring in the twelfth degree of Gemini.  According to Dane Rudyhar, writing in: An Astrological Mandala, this degree’s keynote phrase is “Liberation from the ghosts of the past.”   In the commentary he challenges us to create, “virgin minds, for virgin fields”.  This seems like a  clear call to continue our mindfulness and meditation practices.  How else will you be able to recognize a virgin moment, in a virgin mind?

Solar Eclipses mark  major, important, new beginnings, which inherently implies a major ending as well…certainly in the balsamic time preceding the eclipse.   Regardless, it generally affects a majority of us, all the time, especially those who live connected to the moon.

Would you like to have a “virgin mind, in a virgin field”, right now?  What if everyone you met after Tuesday, becomes an opportunity for a new beginning untainted by the past, both recent and otherwise? What an opportunity for those who practice loving-kindness………..

Tuesday:   Yoga for The Eclipse:     Bring something from your home altar.  Do your practice.  Journal.  Share your experience. Chant Om.  A few times.  Enjoy yourself.  Find your sangha.

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“My house says to me,

“Do not leave me, for here dwells your past.”
And the road says to me,

“Come and follow me, for I am your future.”
And I say to both my house and the road,

“I have no past, nor have I a future.

If I stay here, there is a going in my staying;

and if I go there is a staying in my going.

Only love and death will change all things.””

– Kahlil Gibran

 

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