Sunday 5th. July from 2 – 7 pm Indian standard time
Jacqueline will hold a Zoom seminar for those who wish to join. All are welcome. Please check the start time for your country.
Topics: The way ahead after corona drama. Where are you at right now? How is your meditation practise going? Where is humanity heading now? All questions and suggestions for topics are welcome. We will also meditate together.
Jacqueline founded Singing Heart Ashram near Arunachala in South India and travels the world holding Satsang and other events. She recently saw a video of Gregg Braden and a particular point caught her attention. She will address this as an introduction and then focus on the power of the heart and how to stay ”tuned in” i.e. hold the highest vibration possible and stay on the Path whilst dealing wIth everyday life in these challenging times. There will also be question time, group meditation and a heart energy transmission from Jacqueline.
You are welcome to share this information with others.
Date and time: Saturday 7th March 2pm – 7.00 pm. Please be seated by 2 pm.
Venue: River Sanctuary, 6807 San Lorenzo Way, Felton, California.
Fee: Suggested anonymous donation for Jacqueline’’s work in India:
Between $55 – $80 ($40 is OK for those on a limited budget)
Cash or PayPal preferred.
You might want to bring a vegetarian snack with you for a short break around 4.30.
Tea, coffee, drinking water provided.
Astrological readings w/ Jacqueline are possible. See details below:
Astrological consultation – about 1 hour and 20 minutes:
Price: US $140 If you already have your horoscope drawn up.
Price: US$ 160 If Jacqueline has to make the chart for you. Jacqueline will need your birth date, time and place of birth in advance. Much information will be shared – important you record the call – e.g. on smart phone. Jacqueline only does recorded readings. It’s a distraction + time consuming to make notes during a reading.
I wish you all a blessed Guru Purnima day. Many thanks for all the greetings I have received today. In a few hours time the Zoom seminar entitled “The Way Ahead” will begin. (10.30 Danish time, 14.00 India etc) This full moon in the sign of Cancer reminds us we are all one family and the esoteric keyword for Cancer “I build a lighted house and therein dwell” reminds us to keep the light on inside and move right in there in the light. Click below under 1st July for details for joining the seminar.
Jacqueline is holding a Zoom seminar on July 5th. The title will be “The Way Ahead”. See below some final information and click here for flyer details.
1. Some have requested that a recording of the session be made available. So for 48 hours after the session, the recording will be available for those who sign up to view and ‘attend’ the program.
2. Remember you just need to click on the zoom link at the time of the program. Nothing else is needed.
3. Please remember whatever donation you can afford.
Here is a short audio message from Jacqueline on the topic “How to recognize true Dharma”.
Question on Soul Pathway
4th June 2020
I’m sorry I haven’t updated the Newsletter and Schedule so much recently but I’m having technical challenges. However I expect these to be resolved soon.
So much is happening right now and I’m happy to see that many awakened and awakening people realise that we need people who can face the truth of what is happening on this planet – individual and collective shadow included – and at the same time hold a high energy vibration. The two can and need to go hand in hand. So much information that shocks people is being exposed by investigative journalists but, as I’ve said for many years, if you cannot embrace your own shadow you cannot embrace the collective shadow. So remember to deal with whatever arises within you and then you can face whatever arises in the world.
As I also often say: If you want to know Truth (inner or outer) you must have no holy cows to protect. If you still need a certain person, country, politician, religion or spiritual pathway to be in a certain way that fits with your belief system you are not open to Truth. We are in the midst of an extremely challenging time with the possibility of a real breakthrough. Give the best you have.
13th May 2020
Jacqueline says: “Thank you for all the fine information many of you send to keep me up to date with what’s really going on here on this planet right now. So much is being revealed. I feel this is what we’ve been waiting for and want to remind you of what I believe is a Hopi saying: “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” Please do whatever you can to stay tuned in and give what you can give – use your gifts. On 17th May I’ll be holding a small 1 day live event here in Copenhagen. See Schedule for more details.”
19th April 2020
I’m sure many of you have received information about the global energy work starting around the planet now. I strongly urge you to be part of it. It’s very simple but very powerful. You simply send your blessings, positive visions and healing for humanity and our planet at 11 am and 11 pm wherever you are. Start today and continue and the next few days as we pass through some challenging events. If you want to hear more about this just copy and paste the following address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01-OMQs-SP4
A few days ago (April 4th) I held an online course with the title: Passing through the Portal – inspired by the Hopi message from White Eagle that many have recently read and enjoyed. I’ve had very good feedback from people and hope we can make some of the recording available online.
With regards to the situation right now I suggest people keep a fine balance between listening to the information we need to be aware of and staying tuned in to the heart, holding the highest vibration possible and, of course, sending out blessings to this planet. I do not send out some important information to everyone as I know there are many who have difficulty with some of the more challenging information. By challenging I mean that which challenges the status quo. As I often say, you must have no holy cows to protect if you want to know truth (inner or outer truth) I do my best to only send this kind of information to those I know are interested. If you receive something you don’t want to know about just delete it but please don’t try to shoot the messenger!
A few evenings ago I held a very short Skype Satsang with people from the Sangha here in Copenhagen. Thanks to Connie we were able to connect and we will work on getting better at setting up a group call. Anyone who is an expert in Skype group calls or Zoom and can offer assistance is very welcome to contact me. I hope we will soon be able to connect with many more around the world.
One suggestion I gave on the call was to remember to stay connected with the heart. Many are feeling stressed out with the corona situation at the moment. Deep heart energy is a wonderful cure for stress. Many of you who have been on retreats with me have heard me play the Waveform music and heard me talk about Heart Math Institute in California. (heartmath.org) There is a link here on the website to music I often use. Go to: Music at Singing Heart. At the bottom of this page is a link to the heart activation waveform I use. (Waveform 1) Blessings to you all.
I don’t want to send out many mails at the moment as many people are being swamped with information. However I would like to ask you to watch this relatively short talk by Simon Parkes from UK. When he talks about white hats and black hats he means the light and dark. I was going to make an audio myself and send it out and put it on the website. However I have so much to do right now and have had some technological challenges. I agree with everything Simon Parkes says here. https://youtu.be/EvFd70vvVlY
18th March 2020
I am now back in Copenhagen earlier than expected – managed to get on the last flight back to Denmark from San Francisco. I want to say a big thank you to all who looked after me so well during my stay in California.
Right now I don’t want to comment on the corona virus but believe there is more to it than we read in the ordinary press. My message right now is to keep your vibration as high as possible – many of us here on this planet at this point in time can hold a high frequency. So don’t get pulled into fear and negativity – both very low vibrational emotions. Remember there is a Saturn / Pluto conjunction near the end of Capricorn in the horoscope for the planet this year. This shows the need for the death of old hierarchical structures so that the light can manifest more powerfully. Many of us have incarnated to help bring about this shift so let us not get caught up in the 3D drama we see unfolding. Stay “tuned in”, live your light and help those who are struggling to stay centered.
11th March 2020
Jacqueline says: “One of my students in Norway just sent me this 5G song. I really enjoy it – just wish it wasn’t necessary. Click below.
There is a book she also recommends written by a professor Shoshana Zuboff: “The age of Surveillance Capitalism – The fight for a human future at the new frontier of power”. She says:
“Shoshana Zuboff explains really well why it’s so important to protect our privacy and make new laws, so that surveillance capitalism can grow no longer. And the future we can expect if we do nothing about it: a future where we’re being surveilled, monitored, conditioned, and forced by what she calls “A Big Other” in order to have a behaviour which is as predictable as possible.
I feel she’s putting into words what’s about to happen, in a way that everybody can understand, and the book has received many prizes.”
1st March 2020
Jacqueline is now in California. Please click on Schedule page for upcoming event.
In India Saravanan (Singing Heart Ashram manager) is now married to Meena ( a young student from the village who is studying for a bachelor degree in commerce.) We will post some photos later. Many thanks to all of you who helped with expenses for the wedding. Jacqueline expects to make an extra short trip to the ashram in April.
17th December 2019
All is well here at the ashram and we look forward to welcoming more of you soon. There are still places left for the retreat starting 27th December and 3rd January (see Schedule page) but we are getting quite full for the Christmas and New Year’s Eve arrangements.
And of course there’s the New Year’s Eve celebration as usual.
16th November 2019
Jacqueline will hold a 1 day event in Copenhagen November 17th. The focus will be on teachings, questions and techniques on the subject of Awakening. She will also hold one more Satsang in Copenhagen (25th November) before her return to the ashram in India. Please see details on the Schedule page.
Two more videos are posted in “Cosmic Airport” Youtube Channel. Links below. Please subscribe to the channel if you haven’t already.
Today Jacqueline made a short audio entitled “Are There Toilets On The Moon?” It is posted on YouTube. See below.
6th October 2019
As many of you know I am now making a quick visit to India. It feels good to be back at the ashram where everything is green after the rains and all goes well. I leave on 21st October and will of course return towards the end of the year and stay for 3 months as usual.
As some of you may know Owen from Singapore will also come to Singing Heart in October and had hoped to offer a small retreat. I have told him that if any want to join him I will offer Satsang each of the three days and morning meditation Saturday and Sunday. Owen arrives 10th October and the program will run from 11th to 13th. We begin with Satsang at 7pm on Friday 11th. Click here to see the flyer.
Many of you will remember Owen from our New Year’s Eve programs. He usually bring the beautiful hot air balloons with him from Singapore.
I am back in Denmark after a beautiful 5 day Heading for the Light retreat at Leela Center in Sweden. Many thanks to all of you who came and blessings to a couple of people who, at the last minute, weren’t able to come. As always many many thanks to dear Tobe and Thongriela for all they do for us at our precious Leela Center.
As many of you know I had my first cataract operation yesterday. Thank you so much to all who sent blessings. It was truly a cosmic experience and some people laughed afterwards when they heard me say this, but it really was. I could feel blessings flowing in from all over the place. Saravanan, our young manager of Singing Heart, went especially to the big temple in the town, Tiruvannamalai. I was very touched when he told me over the phone that he was going there to pray for me.
This morning when I woke up I became aware that when I look through the left eye everything is blurry. However, when I look through the right eye only (the eye that was operated on yesterday) I can see clearly. So it’s going to be interesting to see what the world looks like after the 6th of September when I have the left eye operation.
Because of the operation I am not writing so many long emails to people. If anybody wants to ask anything they are welcome to send me a short mail and I will probably answer with an audio message. I don’t want to over-strain my eyes now and I’m wearing sunglasses to protect from the glare of the light.
Arjuna just told me he was listening to someone on the radio who mentioned a quote from a Danish writer named Peter Laugesen. I will write the quote first in Danish because it rhymes and then I’ll give you an English translation.
Danish: “Hvem er jeg – svaret er “nej””.
English: “Who am I? The answer is “No”” Sorry it doesn’t rhyme but I’m sure you’ll get the message. It’s a great teaching for a meditation retreat!
I know I have sent out quite a few videos warning about the dangers of 5G. However most of them have been in English and some have asked if I could send something in Danish. One of my students sent me a fine video the other day where a Danish text is included. Copy and paste this address if you want to watch: https://youtu.be/U_BggaPzvx0
I find it uplifting to see that so much good information about the dangers of 5G is now being shared. Someone also sent me a copy of an article from the Danish newspaper, Information. Here the point being stressed was that we need a more informative debate about 5G before it is forced upon us. I personally know so many fine people who have dedicated much time and energy to sharing serious information about 5G. Blessings to you all.
3rd June 2019
Click below if you’d like to listen to a short recording Jacqueline just made about a Sangha Satsang she held recently in Copenhagen. The recording is in English.
I am hearing from many people who are feeling disheartened about the state of our planet right now. I know we face difficulties but as I wrote not long ago it is important not to be disheartened but to stay strong and “tuned in”. We didn’t incarnate here to get lost in this drama!
I recently had a beautiful 3 days trip to Norway. The second day I was there I made a confirmation and name giving ceremony for the teenage daughter of one of my students. The final day I attended the confirmation ceremony and celebration for my Godson in Lillehammer. It was wonderful to be present at the Humanistic Confirmation held for him and about 60 other students. It was such a fine ceremony and one of the high points for me was when a woman with one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard sang John Lennon’s “Imagine”.
Thank you Vivek and Iris Devaki for travelling to me all the way from Bergen. Many thanks also to Astrid and Erland for looking after me in your home as we celebrated dear Elias.
Here is a link to Jacqueline’s Buddha at the Gaspump for those who haven’t yet seen it:
Here is a short but important video message from a Satsang Jacqueline held in Copenhagen a few days ago. Click on the link below.
I am now back in Denmark and will hold Satsang at Suchata’s home Monday 8th April at 19.00 hours. Please check Sangha page here on the website for address etc.
In connection with the concern many of us have when it comes to 5G I recently read an article about SHUNGITE being a good protection against EMFs (electromagnetic frequencies) You can google this. I sent a mail to Satya Orion who is part of a group who held a fine public meeting in Santa Cruz, California about the dangers of 5G. I asked Satya if she knew anything about Shungite and below you can read her reply which she gave me permission to print here. Thank you dear Satya. Read below.
So nice to hear from you. What I find about Shungite and all other protective devices of any kind, is that they only work to harmonize the energy field of the person using them. Shungite does not work for me, but I have a sacred geometry pendant that does help. I like to muscle test to be sure it will be best for me.
The other thing is that shungite or any other protective device will not block or reduce Emf radiation – but as I said above, only harmonize that person’s energy field with the frequencies. No difference will be seen with the testing meter. To state otherwise is incorrect.
I hope you will share this information with others. It’s quite important. There are many such crystals and devices being advertised, and it’s a very individual matter to find what works for each person. Muscle testing seems to be the best way to find out.
Hope this helps. Love, Satya
Yesterday evening I was looking at the astrological aspects for the planet and hoped the next 24 hours would pass without any fanatical religious episodes. A few hours ago I heard about the shootings at the mosques in New Zealand. Such terror and the subsequent suffering this brings makes no sense to most of us and I know we are many who now hold all those involved in our hearts as we send blessings.
Just before I heard of the shootings I found a really heart warming story about Muslims in Calcutta (now Kolkata) who look after a Jewish synagogue in the city. Here is a link to the story and video clip. Perhaps you need to copy and paste the link.: https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0729wjh/the-synagogue-cared-for-by-muslims
I am now back at the ashram after a quick but fine visit to Singapore meeting beautiful people there as usual. Many thanks especially to Karen for arranging this trip for me and also to Owen for his help. We began with a small Satsang and here is a photo.
Yesterday I was told that a new documentary film had been made about Ihe Kogi Indians from Colombia. The original message to the world from the Kogi has been on this website for many years. I watched the latest film yesterday and really recommend it. It is free to watch on YouTube – just search: Aluna – Kogi film. Alan Eraira who made the first documentary (“From the Heart of the World”) has also made “Aluna”. The Kogi actually summoned him back to Columbia all these years later as they said we (they call us “younger brother”) didn’t listen to their original message and if we do not listen soon we will destroy the Earth.
Jacqueline is still at the ashram in India and right now the ashram is full. However she can receive people just for a few days after 14th February. Then she will be holding Satsang and a 1 day event in Singapore. Details will be posted on the Schedule page very soon.
Here are a couple of photos from the fire ceremony at the end of Jacqueline’s Dying for Truth program here in Bangalore last week. Some from Bangalore will visit Jacqueline at Singing Heart in February. Please let her know if you would like to join.
21st January 2019
If you received a healing session from Anne-Louise Karlsson, please click here for an updated message.
My time in California is now over and I want to say a big thank you to all who helped to make this trip a success. I have had many physical angels lending a helping hand. Thank you for sharing your homes, bringing me food, driving me places, supporting the work in many ways and bringing so many fine people to me. I appreciate you all so much.
I am now in Tokyo for a short but busy visit. Thank you to dear Yuki for arranging this. In a couple of days I return to India and look forward to welcoming all who are coming to stay with us. There are still some spare places on the January meditation retreat. All bookings happen through Arjuna.
On this Thanksgiving morning here in California I would like to share something I just read. See below. Love and blessings from Jacqueline
Let us give thanks …
For feisty friends as tart as apples;
For crotchety friends, as sour as rhubarb and as indestructible;
For handsome friends, who are as gorgeous as eggplants and as elegant as a row of corn — and the others — as plain as potatoes, and so good for you.
For old friends, nodding like sunflowers in the evening-time, and young friends coming on as fast as radishes;
For loving friends, who wind around as like tendrils, and hold us despite our blights, wilts and witherings;
And finally, for those friends now gone, like gardens past, that have been harvested — but who fed us in their times that we might have life thereafter;
8th October, 2018
Just received this message from the partner of Devadas – my Guru long ago:
Devadas left the body 7.15 This morning. He looks joyful.
I light a candle for him and send joyful blessings and deep gratitude.
22nd September, 2018
Jacqueline has asked me to put a message from her on the Article page.The message contains a link to a very short talk given by a young man she feels has a fine, clear way of presenting certain important topics people don’t always find easy to deal with. However they are topics we need to understand if we are to make sense of the seeming chaos we experience in many aspects of life right now. Click here to read the article –Deeper truths not everyone is aware of
17th September, 2018
Jacqueline has shared a longer newsletter this month On the way to Awakening, which can be access by clicking on the link.
14th September, 2018
All is well at the ashram but some rain would be very welcome. Anitha, Kartik and their two children have now moved into their small new house on the entrance to the ashram. Much gratitude to all who supported them and helped to make this possible. Anitha asked me to say many thanks to those who contributed. You can see a photograph of the house below.
We had a beautiful retreat at Leela Center in Sweden last month. Much love and many thanks dear Tobe and Thongriela for all you do for us at Leela. To all those who participated I also wish to say thank you for giving your best and being open for the Grace that comes when living mindfully from the heart even when challenges arise. It is easy to talk about love and awareness when everything goes smoothly but it is when we apply the teachings – also in challenging situations – that we really understand the power of the heart and see how stable (or not) the witness has become.
As many of you know I have often held talks, question and answer sessions and meditations for young people – both In India and in Denmark – and would like to be invited to hold more such events. What I offer is suitable for 15 year olds and upwards.
There is a new audio available on the audio page if you wish to listen. I have called the audio: How to stay centered even in a relationship! I made it as a reply to a student’s very sincere question. Most of what came to me to say is probably not new for many of you, but I felt to share this recording as the area of relationship is where many people are still most vulnerable.
Most people are now aware of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which took effect in EU from 25th May 2018. I asked everyone on my mailing list if they still wanted to be on the list and promise no-one’s details will be passed on to anyone else without permission.
Our new charitable trust: SHOT – Singing Heart Opportunity Trust – is now registered and events are happening at the ashram and in the nearby village. We will soon make a special website for SHOT and link it to this one.
In February I made a fine, short visit to Singapore beautifully arranged by Karen. Many thanks dear Karen and also Tilly and Jeverina. During the event I held there it came to me to invite others to join in a blessing I have been sending out for some years now. This blessing was inspired by a line in one of my favorite Leonard Cohen songs, The Anthem. At one point he sings, ” Every heart, every heart to love will come” and my blessing became ”May every heart to love come” and also ”Blessings that every heart to love will come”. Please join me and use this if it feels right for you.
The greater the number of people who come into the heart the easier it will be to lift the consciousness on his planet and bring about the shift many of us have incarnated to facilitate. This blessing will also support those who use it and help you to shift more easily to the heart in times of challenge. Here at the ashram I will hold a one day event 9th February entitled Every Heart to Love will come. You can read more about this on the Schedule page here on the website. All are welcome.
Here’s a question Jacqueline answered on how to know if a guru is right for you
Also, click Here to see this short clip from Cow Pongal held here at the ashram a few days ago. Cow Pongal is the 3rd day of the Pongal holiday – one of the biggest here in Tamil Nadu.
Jacqueline was asked to bless the cows with the sacred fire. As you can see the cows are dressed up with balloons and flowers and those with horns have had them painted. This is done every year on Cow Pongal day.
The English version of Jacqueline’s book ” The Cosmic Airport” is now available on Amazon Kindle.
2nd December, 2017
Feels good to be back here at the ashram. Everything is fresh and green after good rains. We will soon be celebrating Deepam and the fire will once more be lit on top of Arunachala. We look forward to welcoming many of you back here and of course welcoming our new visitors. As i have often said the energy of Arunachala will help you to realise the Truth of who you really are. This Truth is hidden behind the illusiory self – the small self people are conditioned to believe they are. The Shiva energy of Arunachala is also known as ” the destroyer of illusion.” When one sees through this illusion the real Self shines through.
Recently I have often found myself repeating the following: Awakening is not a cure for life! I meet many who seem to imagine that if they awaken to Truth only so called “good things” will happen to them. Life is as it is and what we are passing through right now is challenging. It’s OK to feel challenged, sad, angry etc etc. We can only meet what comes and let it pass through us, remembering that anything that comes and goes is not who we truly are.
Jacqueline was recently interviewed by Kelly Meehan for Soul Baby Radio in Los Angeles on the topic of Cosmic Conception. There is now a link on the Audio page here on the website. You can also click here to listen
Before leaving India I celebrated my 70th birthday at the ashram. Many thanks to all who came from Bangalore to celebrate with us. Also a big thank you to all who sent their greetings from around the world. I hope I managed to acknowledge each mail but perhaps some were overlooked along the way as there were so many. Our webmaster, Ashwita, is away on vacation right now but when she comes back I’ll ask her to put up some photos and a short greeting I recorded.
I remember my 60th birthday held in Denmark. During the evening celebration the mother of one of my students came to me and said, “Now that you’re 60 you can do whatever you like!” I replied with something like, “Oh, I didn’t know we were supposed to wait until we were 60!” Well, now I’m 70 and no-one has told me what I’m supposed to do. I do hope I can manage to figure it out by myself!
Yesterday was a celebration of Ganesha day in India. Kartik took two photos at the ashram. The first is Singing Heart’s Ganesha statue dressed up for the celebration. The second shows Adithi and her little brother Janaka praying to Ganesha.
So much is happening in the world at the moment and many feel very insecure. Much change has to happen and as always I suggest the following:
Stay “tuned in” – hold the highest vibration you can and at the same time be grounded.
Whatever comes up don’t judge yourself. Judgement is extremely disempowering.
Remember not only to visit your heart but to move in permanently!
Don’t take yourself too seriously.
Don’t believe everything you hear on the news. I just heard on BBC that Ken (of Ken and Barbie) is getting a 21st century makeover WOW!!! I don’t think that was fake news!
Remember to switch off wi-fi at night and switch off smartphones if you are resting etc.
Look after the bodies: massage, yoga, dance, walking in nature for the physical body, love and compassion nourish the emotional body, pure teachings nourish the mental body and, of course, meditation nourishes everything.
Do your best to live the teachings.
A reminder from Jacqueline:
My first book, “The Last Waltz” (The enlightened consciousness embracing the collective shadow), has been updated and is now available on Amazon Kindle. Go to www.amazon.com and search the title plus my full name as there are other books with the same title. Remember that the third edition of my book Relationship as a Spiritual Pathway – moving from RelationSHIT to true RelationSHIP is also available on Amazon Kindle. If you are interested please go to amazon.com and type in the title or Jacqueline Maria Longstaff and the book will appear. Apart from general updates, the new e-book edition includes 3 new chapters:
What we may be destined to become
Martinus: The Double Poled Human Being – The Third Sex
Questions about Relationship from Students.
Question to Jacqueline: Is there a way to use the current system of banking and daily existence and yet not be part of the power and control cycle? Seeing how the current system is really being controlled by a handful of individuals, must it be broken before there is hope for a better way? Or can it at least used in a conscious manner?
Her answer: The first that comes to me is what the Master Jesus referred to as “being in the world but not of it“. We have incarnated here and can give the best we have and at the same time do our best not to get pulled into the drama and to remember who we really are. This is easy to say but can be a real challenge to constantly put into practice! This is where meditation / witnessing can be a great tool.
Some of us have to work very much within the system in order to do what is ours to do – others not so much. We can endeavour to do what we must do An example of this could be moving to a bank that is very “green” compared to others but still in some way part of the system. For many people refusing to use a bank would result in them not being able to do what they are here to do, not being able to receive salaries, pensions etc! That would not serve anybody.
About the system you ask: “must it be broken before there is hope for a better way?” I used to believe we could build bridges between the old and the new but later could see that isn’t always possible because the very foundations of most systems are so rotten and corrupt. This is why this difficult and quite violent astrological aspect – Pluto / Uranus square – that has been with us for a few years now is so important. This square demands the total breakdown of the old hierarchical structures (Pluto in Capricorn) in order to set humanity free (Uranus in Aries)
As you also suggest, we can use what we need to use in as conscious a way as possible. Remember we are all part of the collective energy fields: many people are having difficulty believing that such a huge manipulation of consciousness is actually happening. However the more people who are willing to wake up and look at how we have been deceived the easier it will be to expose and transform the systems on this planet. As I believe you know the New Age movement with it unenlightened focus on always being positive held many people back from looking at what was really going on! They got the message that if you look at the so called “negative” you only made it stronger.
So we can do our best to live the teachings, stay in touch with the heart no matter what and create the best possible structures that enable us to carry out our Dharma.
A couple of minutes after I sent this reply to the person concerned I received the following from another source:
“In the process of my awakening, I have been driven to consume all of the knowledge I can find. Many foundations upon which my life was built, are shattered and gone, being rebuilt now while I try to discover truth (the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me god! taking on a whole new meaning), ascertain fact and then to reconcile all of that information, while being a husband, father, brother, son, etc. To say that some of my friends and family have cast a sideways glance at me is an understatement. The more accurate term would be “bat shit crazy” in their minds.”
I’m sure many can also relate to this!
I recently received the following article from Kosmos. In a way it’s nothing new for many of you but I feel it’s good to be reminded. Sitting in the taxi on the way to Bangalore I suddenly found myself contemplating the fact that we know today that our “inner computor” decodes the signals we receive and thus we experience what we call “reality”. However our 5 senses are only “programmed” to decode part of the total reality. It came to me how important it is that as children are growing up they are helped to decode as much as possible of the 5 sense reality and beyond. With so much focus on technology I see children becoming what I would call “tuned out instead of tuned in”. With so much focus on technology – and at such an early age when the focus should actually be on helping children to incarnate fully into the physical body and feel safe – children are being tuned in to a very narrow band of reality.
Long ago Rudolph Steiner, well known for Steiner or Waldorf education, warned people that in the times we now live in there would even be vaccines that would turn chilldren away from their natural inclination towards spirituality.
Sitting in the taxi I began thinking about indigenous peoples and shamans. I also found myself remembering old cowboy movies where we saw red Indian scouts listening to the signs in nature – decoding the signals. Now people are focussing on a reality that is not in tune with nature and is far away from heart and being.
When I arrived back at the ashram I saw I had received the following essay from Kosmos Online and wish to share it with you.
FEBRUARY 21ST, 2017
Why Have We Imprisoned Our Children?
Special note: Our Call for Essays deadline is coming up, March 1. Anyone can submit an essay. How are you called to action in these times? Your voice is needed, especially now.
It’s heartbreaking. When I see a toddler who can barely speak, screaming for her parent’s smartphone or tablet, I’m filled with sadness. My own children, now young adults, were the first ‘wired-in’ generation. As a parent I learned where the traps lie – the emotional meltdowns around wifi access or the latest interactive game, cyberbullying in middle school, and the torrent of violent, highly sexualized and disturbing content that floods pre-teen minds despite feeble ‘parental controls’. Parents have trouble unplugging as well.
When we talk about evolutionary human consciousness, we don’t say much about the consciousness of children. Somewhere along the way, lots of kids lost touch with Nature and their innate sense of wonder and freedom. We confine them instead to an extended sentence of ‘youth culture’, and let marketers be their wardens. What has resulted is deep collective suffering for young and old alike. We have isolated kids from the whole of creation and are poorer for it. Most schooling only reinforces this disconnection.
There is hope because there must always be hope. Some young people are waking up and educating themselves about the effects of growing up in a runaway consumerist culture. They are bringing raw wisdom and warriorship to social justice movements, ecovillage and restorative living movements, the arts, sciences, and more. They volunteer, travel sustainably, and tread lightly on the Earth. They bring ‘beginner’s mind’ to the challenges of our times – challenges inherited from us.
Still, many are trapped in an electronic nether world and the need for true mentorship is very great. As David Marshak says in this edition, “What kinds of experiences and social structures would we offer teens if we understood adolescence rightfully to be a new stage of human development that can allow a more complete unfolding of each human’s potential? This is the creative challenge we need to answer today.” Our youth worldwide are a great untapped aquifer of ideas, energy and talent waiting to be unleashed for the next phase of human evolution. We can and must be the conduit.
Here is a message from Jacqueline who is spending 4 days in Pune together with Saravanan.
This morning 3000 school students plus staff and some parents gathered for my talk, question time and heart energy transmission. It was a wonderful start to our trip. Tomorrow we continue at a smaller school where we expect around 500 students. It really is a joy for me to be able to share so deeply with these youngsters. Many thanks and blessings to dear Nisha and Jitendraa who organise these events for me.
This morning we were also introduced to a Vedic process in the form of a chant that enhances the intelligence of the students. I hope to share this with Singing Heart Ashram tuition teacher so she can teach it to the village children. This chant has been thoroughly tested by Harvard University and it’s beneficial effects have been documented.
Jacqueline was recently asked to write a brief comment on “The Meaning of Life” Read her reply on the Excellence Reporter website:
I received this today from Toby – many thanks. A real treat!
I heard the news yesterday that Leonard Cohen has left the body. He has been an important part of my life since the late sixties. Blessings to his onward journey or as Jaro in Prague just wrote to me, “Alleluia to him”.
9th November 2016
I watched the election on live TV here in California. Amazing!
People who know me well know I’m not for Trump, Clinton or the system, but we need a breakthrough so the new can really be born. When the results came in I felt a bubbling joy inside and today I keep hearing Leonard Cohen singing inside of me:
“There’s a crack in everything – that’s how the light gets in”.
If Clinton won there’d be no crack.
That’s my reflection this morning.
I was recently introduced to two people who share teachings that very much connect with the Cosmic Airport arrival lounge. Here are a couple of links:
One is a Russian woman named Elena Tonetti: Birth Into Being
The second is Kelly Meehan, MA: Cosmic Pregnancy: Birth Healing
I also received this link that I really do recommend in connection with all the fantastic technologies we know ought to be available for humanity. Go to The Full Disclosure Project
It truly is an amazing time we are living in with so many people living their dharma and supporting the lift in consciousness in their own unique creative ways.
I strongly advise that you watch this 90 minute interview: THRIVE: Who Owns Your Body?
This interview is NOT against vaccinations. It is against forced vaccinations of the type we have today – especially multi -vaccinations. Listen to how many one day old babies die each year in the USA. The numbers are much higher than in other countries.
After very fine visits to Singapore and Japan a short trip to Brazil also materialised and of course this included a quick trip to the sacred land. Nivedano and I hung up Singing Heart prayer flags there and discussed plans for the future. More about this later.
Now a very important reminder for women coming to visit in India: Please be aware that we are in South India and near a village and it is very important you dress suitably for an ashram and for village life.This means your legs covered down to the ankles, no low cut necks, no see-through clothes and please have the tops of your arms covered. It is important your clothes are not tight fitting or too revealing in any way. Tight fitting jeans are not what is meant by having your legs covered. If you just follow these simple guidelines then we have no difficulties – thank you.
Ashwita from Bangalore painted a beautiful Buddha on the outside of the meditation hall here at Singing Heart. Click here to see photos
EVEN OLDER NEWS
This made me laugh: “In the 60’s people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.” Yes, much is happening and as I often say, “Stay tuned in and grounded”!
My last book, “The Cosmic Airport – A vision whose time has come”, is now available as e-book in Danish. It is now on the webpage Jacqueline’s Books.
The title is Resting in Natural Great Peace and is taken from a short text of Nyoshol Khen Rinpoche. Here is the text:
“Rest in natural great peace
This exhausted mind
Beaten helplessly by karma and neurotic thought
Like the relentless fury of the pounding waves
In the infinite ocean of samsara.”
It is a real gift to give oneself time out for a meditation retreat. To give the mind time to settle and take a back seat, to open into silent spaciousness and rest naturally in inner peace is to come home. When we look at the turmoil and confusion in the world today it is encouraging to see so many people looking in the right direction Â– inwards. I would suggest these periods of silence and inner reflection provide a greater opportunity to stay in balance and give our best to the world in our daily lives. I never encourage turning our backs on the world but do encourage being in the world in a mindful way, living with awareness and remembering who we really are. When you see the truth of who you really are then you know that there is only One.
There is now a new page on the website titled: Jacqueline’s Answers to Kids Questions. As some of you know, a Cosmic Airport is slowly emerging in Pune and we now send out a monthly e-newsletter to parents and students of 6 fine schools connected with the Cosmic Airport project. I gave the newsletter the name: The Awakener. Part of the newsletter is dedicated to answering questions the school kids send to me and I felt it would be fine to share these letters and answers on the website. You can go to the page via the SHIC button on the homepage or click here to go directly to the page. (opens in a new window)
In December 2012 two of my students consciously conceived a baby at the ashram. Here above are a couple of photos of him. The one together with me was taken a couple of years ago in Pune and the second one is more recent. I have called it “The Serious Angel”.
Many of you have heard me say we need systems busters with hearts. The reason I say this is that great change is happening now and much needed, but at the same time if we are really to have creative change and evolution – not just revolution – we must remember we are one. There is only one. In the depths of the heart we know this to be true. I would like to remind you of the prayer that is usually called the peace prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. This prayer has been with me since I was a teenager.
The Peace Prayer of St. Francis
Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred,
Let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, Joy.
O Divine Master grant that I may seek not so much to be consoled
As to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
I received a fine quotation of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.It was sent by Jennifer in California and feels appropriate. Here it is:
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”
Click on the following website to see a fine video about Singing Heart Ashram sent to me from Evan https://vimeo.com/48843168 (Opens in a new window) There are actually 3 video clips – look at the top of the mail to find a longer interview with me and a short clip of us chanting the Gayatri mantra in the meditation hall.
I received this link from my sister, Julie many years ago. I heard this song long ago and had forgotten how much I enjoyed it first time I heard it. The message that came with it was This clever piece originated in Australia. It is so very well done most don’t realize how much info he is sharing! Eric Idle, who wrote the words, came from Monty Python! Photos by NASA. Just click on the link and enjoy your journey!
Click: http://dingo.care2.com/cards/flash/5409/galaxy.swf (Opens in a new window)
those wishing to visit Singing Heart from Nov. 2019 – March
Natural Great Peace: 27th – 30th December. This short retreat will focus on your true nature often hidden behind the restless mind. We will use the Vipassana meditation technique – a wonderful tool to help focus on the Truth of who you truly are, beyond ideas of who you may think you are. Jacqueline will also guide a dance meditation each day and hold evening Satsang. As always all your questions are welcome.
morning meditation on 27th. Finish with lunch 30th.
Price: Room, food, teachings for 3 and half days: Euro 125 – dk kr. 1000 – rupees 10.000. (Special prices can be given to students and those who are not employed if necessary.)
Meditation Retreat: 3rd – 8th
January. The retreat will contain teachings to support your inner journey and
strengthen your connection with that which Arunachala represents: that place in
you that doesn’t move and is never touched by anything that comes and goes in
the inner or outer world. There will be daily silent meditation sittings,
walking and dance meditations and whatever arises in the moment. 3 days of
the retreat will be held in total silence.
morning 3rd and finish with evening Satsang 8th.
Price: Room, food, teachings for 6 days/nights: Euro 210 – dk.kr 1550 – rupees 16000 (Special prices can be given to students and those who are not employed if necessary.)
New Years Eve
Celebration: As usual there
will be a New Year ceremony and celebration on the night of the 31st. This
ceremony includes meditation, chanting and a look at the planetary
horoscope for the coming year. Participants are asked to bring something to
share for the 10 pm tea break: e.g: fruits, cake, Indian snacks etc.
Donations in the donation box in the meditation hall. Thank you.
Please pay for
all the meals you sign for as they will have been prepared for you.
their own retreat program at Singing Heart: The prices above for Open
Retreat apply plus a payment of rupees 1000 per day for the use of the
meditation hall from 9.30 am (after breakfast) until 10 pm. All are welcome as
usual to the morning meditation from 7. 40 – 8. 20 am.
Singing Heart projects are gratefully received as are donations for our children’s project
(SHIC) and young adults project (SHYA)
VERY IMPORTANT –
Please read carefully:
On arrival at Singing Heart
you must register. This means you fill in a form and give us a photocopy of
your passport and visa plus one passport photograph. The cost of registration
is rupees 70. Registration happens before you are shown to your room. Please
have everything ready on arrival. In the past people have shown up without
photographs and photocopies and this has caused much extra work for the staff
and difficulties for us with the authorities.
If you need a
letter of welcome from your first place of stay in India to obtain a visa for
India let Arjuna know and he will give you details. If you visit somewhere else
before Singing Heart the place you visit first must provide you with a letter. Important that you do NOT write Singing Heart
Ashram on your visa application or on arrival at the airport. All ashram activities come
under the Singing Heart Guesthouse. Please write: Singing Heart Guesthouse.
Address: Periya Paliya Pattu, P.O. Pachal, Tiruvannamalai District, 606 704
Tamil Nadu, India. Telephone: (+91) 9486 886601 Danish people please check the rules carefully
before applying for a visa as they are quite strict!
celebrations: 14th – 16th
January The ashram will not provide lunch and dinner as the workers have been
promised they do not have to work during Pongal. As you may know Pongal is the
biggest celebration in Tamil Nadu – like Christmas, new year and birthday all
rolled into one! People enjoy to go into the town and see the Pongal
decorations. Especially beautiful to see are the rangoli: colorful and often
intricate patterns made with chalk outside of houses and other buildings.
Bookings: Contact Arjuna email@example.com Tell him when you have
paid deposit. You’re welcome to send this information to others who are
to Saravanan (Manager): 0091 – 9486886601
Payment: Best if you can pay cash
whilst in India. Deposit for retreats can be paid via PayPal registered under: firstname.lastname@example.org
reminder for women:Please be aware
we are in South India, near a village and not in a big city or on the beach in
Goa! It is very important you dress suitably for an ashram + village life.
Please cover your legs down to ankles, no low cut necks or see-through clothes,
cover the tops of your arms. Clothes should not be tight fitting or too
revealing. Tight fitting jeans are not what is meant by covering your legs! If
you follow these guidelines you will have no difficulties.
Coming to Singing
Heart from the town of Tiruvannamalai:Go to Ramana Ashram and then out on the Chengham
Rd. for 7 km. Go straight out – NOT onto the Round Hill Road. After
about 7 km. you pass the Temple for World Peace on the left. After 1 more km.
is a sign: Periya Palya Pattu + signs for Greenland and Anantha Niketan: Cross
the road, go up the dirt road and continue for half a km. You will see the sign
for Singing Heart on the right.
Bangalore or Chengham:
is 24 kms. from Chengham – off Chengham Road. A sign shows 10 km. to
Tiruvannamalai and a sign to turn left for Periya Palya Pattu. By bus the name
of the stop is Tanal Murde. Then go left up a dirt road and half a km. along
the road you will see the Singing Heart sign on your right. WELCOME!
(Individually and collectively) with Jacqueline Maria Longstaff
Summer Retreat at Leela Center, Sweden
22nd – 27th August 2019
Once again we hold a summer retreat at the beautiful Leela Center
and Arjuna arrive on Thursday 22nd. Perhaps we have a movie in the evening. The
retreat itself will last 4 + half days starting with morning meditation before
breakfast Friday 23rd. We finish with late lunch Tuesday 27th. 2 days will
be in total silence.
Jacqueline wasn’t sure what to call this retreat program. She sat a while tuning in to it and The Traveling Wilburys popped up! She will tell more about this when we meet. The title for the retreat is the title of one of their songs. We are passing through difficult times on this planet and Jacqueline often addresses what is happening in the world while at the same time sharing teachings and techniques for spiritual awakening. As usual there will be teachings, deep silent meditation, Satsangs, dance and chanting during this retreat. Your questions are always welcome. If there are any particular topics you would like Jacqueline to address you are welcome to send her an email beforehand. Please keep your mails as short as possible and send to: email@example.com
Price for room + food per 24
Swedish kr..(Danish kr.350). Many already look forward to Thongriela’s great
cooking and Tobe and Thongriela’s wonderful hospitality..
Retreat price: Suggested donation
for full retreat: What ever you can afford between
Dk kroner 1200 – 1800 or the
equivalent in Swedish or Norwegian kroner or Euro.
As usual you will put your donation in an envelope without name.
Donations go to the upkeep of Singing Heart Ashram in India.
Bookings: Many have signed up
so book quickly via Arjuna: firstname.lastname@example.org Arjuna will
send you a confirmation letter with practical details and directions to Leela. Jacqueline
(Denmark) has an ashram near the sacred hill Arunachala, India.
She travels the world inspiring many through Satsangs, meditation retreats and
other programs. Her in-depth psychological / spiritual astrological readings
are appreciated world-wide.
with Jacqueline Maria Longstaff The physical death process as an opportunity to awakenen to your true nature BANGALORE 25th – 27th January 2019
Jacqueline (Denmark) has an ashram near the sacred hill Arunachala, India and travels worldwide inspiring many through Satsangs, meditation retreats and other programs. Her in-depth psychological/spiritual astrological readings are known world-wide.
DYING FOR TRUTH: Exploration of the death process – safe journey through the 7 bodies at time of death – moving beyond attachment – liberation.
This is a very special program – one of Jacqueline’s most popular. It will actually focus on the physical death process as seen from an esoteric perspective – as a possibility to free consciousness from the matrix of illusion. It is an opportunity to receive, in a very simple way, an understanding of and preparation for your own death process. This deep and rewarding program will also enable you to share useful information with others who are facing death. However it is not designed specifically for people who are old or ill. Preparation for a conscious death is the same as preparation for awakening to your true nature in life.
If you have any fears around death this retreat may help you to shift your perspective from the fear of death to seeing death as a process – a natural progression of life. Creation moves in a series of cycles and the death process is simply one of these cycles. Some silent meditation will also be included to focus on the Truth of who we are beyond the illusion of who we may think we are. To explore meditation and spiritual awakening is to prepare for a conscious death.
Venue: Ecumenical Christian Center, Whitefield, Bangalore
Time: Fri. 25. 16.00 hours – Sun. 27th 16.00 hours.
Price: Whatever you can afford between Rs. 10, 000 to 12,000/- including shared room and meals
Booking: Rs. 4000/- deposit to Ashwita (9845531133)CLICK HERE to register
This message is for those of you who received a healing session from Anne-Louise Karlsson, who I introduced to some of my students and supported. Several have informed me in recent months about their results and follow-up experiences with Anne-Louise. Therefore, I decided it was appropriate and important to share with you where things stand now.
I find I must distance myself from Anne-Louise’s cell memory work. I supported her work initially because the energy she channelled when I met her felt clean and powerful. All who received sessions were told they would be reimbursed the fee for the session if they did not see positive results within 2 years.
Now, more than 2 years have passed, yet many have not had positive results – especially those who were promised healing of physical ailments. In some cases, their condition has become worse. Some have sent feedback but received no reply from Anne-Louise. I have received no reply from her as well, despite my repeated requests to discuss the matter with her. The promise to reimburse people after 2 years has been removed from her website.
All of this has raised serious concern for me about any future association with her. My primary interest has been the welfare of my students.
I am open to talking further with any of you who would like to share about your experiences with Anne-Louise or her work. Thank you for your understanding.
In response to the talks I have had and the mails I have received from many people recently I feel like writing this newsletter. I know we face many challenges on this planet right now collectively and individually. I suggest we can choose to see the individual challenges as opportunities to live the teachings. Here is an audio clip where I answer a question from Maria about living the teachings and also say a few words about the heart.
Here and Now Heart
Many seem to be facing some very painful relationship difficulties. Some experience crises with regards to trusting the flow – trusting all is well. Many ask for astrological readings and it brings me joy to experience people wanting to cooperate with the energies moving in their charts right now. So here are some things I’d like to share.
1. A dear friend and colleague recently shared insights about relationships. I was touched to read that he mentioned his need for emotional security and told him so. I’d say it is very important to be aware of and honest about one’s needs at the beginning of a relationship and to be willing to see if there is a good foundation for the relationship or not. Here are a few things he later wrote that I feel are good to share..
He said: “About emotional safety, I feel it’s important to develop strong friendship first. That is so needed for emotional safety and trust. Also, no matter what, you still have the relationship even if it transitions. My guru often talked about this as well as compatibility. So wise.”
He also said: “I have noticed that when people feel immediately comfortable with each other, there is a kind of opening that doesn’t necessarily happen otherwise. As I have gotten older I really appreciate emotional safety. It makes it so much easier to do the real work in relationship when trust and safety are present. For me, when I don’t feel that, I am less inclined to really engage and be open. Of course, it can be about self-protection. It’s also about meeting someone where they are – the mutuality of relationship. In relationships where this an issue it is usually when someone has an agenda that isn’t revealed but can be picked up by the other. Perhaps there is too much focus on “me” instead of “we.” To receive trust you also must be willing to give it.”
Jacqueline says: In response to mails I have received from students lately I would like to add that to truly give unconditional love (Neptune – no boundaries) you have to have your boundaries in order (Saturn). To allow someone to use you as a doormat or a trash can for their garbage is not good for you or for the other. A relationship needs to be grounded (Saturn again) and I often describe grounding as being able to stand up for oneself. In Danish “at stå ind for sig selv”. When a couple can do this together they have a good foundation to build on.
It is extremely unhealthy to stay in an abusive relationship – physically or emotionally abusive. If you are in such a relationship ask yourself how you would feel if your own child was in such a relationship. Do you love yourself enough to break away? Also look at the relationship from a karmic perspective: Do you really want to allow your partner to use you to create more negative karma for him or herself? I suggest finishing the relationship in the most clear and loving way possible and then doing the inner work of taking back the projections you have on your partner.
Now I’d like to inject a little more astrology here about two very important planets. I did a quick here and now reading for someone recently where I specifically talked about the Jupiter and Saturn aspects moving powerfully in his chart right now. Saturn rules discipleship – “Keep on keeping on” and we must be able to listen to Saturn’s teaching and do what Saturn demands of us if we are to deal with karma and awaken to our Dharma. After our talk this man did some research, following up on certain aspects to understand them better. Below you can see some of what he shared about Jupiter and Saturn returns written by Robert Wilkinson. There are some fine teachings here. (A return is when a planet returns to the place it was at the time of your birth.)
“Around the age of 59-60, every one of us has our fifth Jupiter return AND our second Saturn return. This is something that happens once a lifetime to everyone. Usually there’s a time gap between the two events. Seldom do the two occupy the same transiting degrees as they did at birth at the same time.” (Jacqueline says: Apparently Wilkinson wrote that real maturity really happens around the age of 60. I like that 🙂 I have often said it would perhaps be best if people didn’t get married before the first Saturn return at around 28 / 29 Then at least people have a good chance of some emotional maturity. Might also help the over population situation!!)
Wilkinson also said: “A Jupiter return brings a renewal of our Jupiterian sense. Whether of adventure, abundance, compassion, extravagance, or higher awareness, it’s the end of a 12 year period and the beginning of another. A Jupiter return can bring us liberation, new life openings, greater possibilities. That’s why it’s such a big deal. Every eleven and a half to twelve years we can get a new sense of an expanding life.
The Saturn return, on the other hand, brings us finality, completion, a sense of maturity and how we have authored our experience for good or ill. It also brings renewal, but a longer wave, slower pace of ending an old sense of purpose, duty, limitation, or fear, depending on how we have lived our purpose to our own ends or not, selfishly or not, responsibly or not. Saturn return most definitely shuts doors and opens others. Whether we experience life as a slog, or expressive of our sense of what truly matters to us, Saturn return shows us how we’ve made Saturn our friend or not. Saturn symbolizes chains and age, but also power and experience.”
(Jacqueline says: Remember I often say how important it is to make a friend of Saturn.)
Wilkinson: “By embracing Saturn’s virtues and turning away from childish things at critical moments we come to know our mature power to shape our destiny through wise choices. We all have to “know our limitations,” but these can show us the way to freedom to do our thing in our way without fear or feeling like life has lost its luster. Since Saturn moves much slower than Jupiter, we have fewer Saturn returns. Our first one happens between 28-30. The second one happens between 57-59. I explained a lot more about what these most important life periods are about Of course, there are other Saturn cycles as well, but that’s beyond the scope of this article.”
Jacqueline says: Jupiter is our inner wisdom and when we are in touch with this wisdom there is a natural trust in life even when life seem tough. I know that in Vedic astrology the 9th house (Jupiter’s house) is often referred to as the house of Dharma. Many of you understand your charts well and have learned to cooperate with the challenges. Some of you might still be fighting. At such times I suggest taking a look at what you perceive to be your inner wisdom and what helps you to stay open and trust what you know.
3. I wish to share a few quotes from a Waking Times article written by Caitlin Johnstone.
I quote from this article as it resonates so well with what I often say is important to be aware of. In some cases I would say: to be aware of but not get lost in. Here is an edited version of what she writes including 8 suggestions for becoming free. I added a few comments here and there.
She writes: “Our species is at an evolve-or-die crossroads. We will cease destroying our ecosystem and flirting with nuclear Armageddon in the very near future, or we will go the way of the dinosaur. The reason we continue on our current trajectory is because a few sociopathic plutocrats have seized control of the dominant narratives we tell ourselves about what’s going on in the world by buying up the news media people use to keep themselves informed. The plutocrat-controlled media manipulate the ways we think and vote to ensure that we will continue supporting the ecocidal, omnicidal, Orwellian status quo upon which the oligarchs have built their empire, instead of rising up and demanding a system that prioritizes human thriving and peaceful coexistence with each other and our environment.
If enough of us can awaken from this narrative matrix in which the plutocrats have imprisoned us, this abusive dynamic will be unable to find any purchase. When your mental processes become enlightened (made conscious), belief in/identification with mental narrative falls away. This radically changes your perception of reality, since it turns out that concepts as fundamental as self, other, world and separateness are all made entirely of mental narrative. A deep and abiding peace comes to the forefront of experience, because almost all human suffering is caused by believed mental narrative. You gain the ability to decide what thought (if any) is useful to you in a given moment, and then let it go without attachment in the next instant. Obviously, thoughts which harm our species and benefit only the powerful are not useful to keep around, so the official authorized narratives of the elite class are swiftly dispensed with. As you become more conscious of your inner processes, you can move more and more gracefully in the world, in graceful alignment with what is in the world’s highest interest. We can wake up, and we should.
Get intensely curious about the nature of consciousness/experience.
Imagine if you’d been living your entire life in a strange sort of coma where you were cut off from senses and from thought, experiencing nothing other than your own empty consciousness. Imagine if you’d lived your entire life from birth until now in that state, and then you suddenly gained the ability to see, hear, touch, smell, taste, touch, think, form memories, and feel. How amazing would it be to have that field of experience suddenly explode into your awareness?
It’s really weird how there’s this nonstop explosion of sensory impressions, thoughts and feelings erupting onto our field of experience in each instant, yet we overlook it and take it for granted, and it almost never occurs to anyone to investigate its nature. When someone gets the itch to find the answer to Life’s Big Questions, they’ll typically read a bunch of books, they’ll look to religion, travel to India, search for answers within this field of experience instead of turning their attention to the field itself.
What is all this? How is this experience occurring? From where do these thoughts arise? To whom do they appear? What is it that this field of experience is arising to? What the hell am I, anyway? If you follow this investigation all the way through, you’ll wake up. You will realize for yourself that you’ve been operating with some unquestioned assumptions about the nature of experience, and when those assumptions are seen through you’ll be able to experience life as it actually is, not as the mind says it is.
Get intensely curious about the nature of self.
This one is so closely related to #1 it only gets its own category due to difference in emphasis. When you investigate the nature of experience, it eventually becomes clear that you’re actually investigating the nature of the experiencer. You’re investigating the investigator. The appearances of sensory impressions, thoughts and feelings are clearly appearing, but what is it that they are appearing to? You can answer that question with a mental narrative (“I’m Alice and I was born in New Jersey and I’ve been divorced a couple times and that’s the me that they’re appearing to” or whatever), but if you try to find the self in your own non-conceptual experience, you can’t find anything solid to point to. There are thoughts, sensory impressions and feelings, but no tangible “me” to be found anywhere.
Bring consciousness to your unconscious conditioning patterns.
Society Is Made Of Narrative. Realizing This Is Awakening From The Matrix. Gaining clear and abiding insight into the nature of self and experience will bring great clarity and peace, but until you start bringing that awakened consciousness into the world of form it doesn’t do anyone else a damn bit of good. Since we’re talking about enlightening our way out of our path toward extinction here and not mere spiritual escapism, this is where the rubber meets the road.
Enlightenment means bringing the unconscious into consciousness. In most spiritual circles it is used to refer to becoming conscious of the nature of self, thought, experience, but it’s useful and accurate to think of it as shining the light of consciousness on any part of your operating system. Anyone who’s been involved in enlightenment-oriented communities has heard of (and probably encountered) individuals who have undergone profound shifts in consciousness as a result of powerful insights into the nature of self and experience, but who still act out deeply unconscious conditioning patterns which harm themselves and those around them. They’ve turned on the lights in the rooms upstairs, but the whole bottom floor and basement are still left in the dark.
So the process of waking up, of enlightening, necessarily includes bringing those habitual processes into consciousness. Why do I keep repeating that same behavior? Why do I keep having those hateful thoughts about myself/others? Why am I so deeply triggered by those words/ideas? Feel your way around your experience of what’s coming up for you, talk about it, write about it, experiment with different ways of thinking and behaving to make the unconscious conditioning pattern pop out against the background, until you gain some insight into why you probably formed that mental habit over the course of your life and what purpose it’s intended for.
Another way to bring unconscious conditioning patterns into consciousness is with kinesiology. Muscles hold memories. You can access the unconscious traumatic memories that are the cause of pernicious mental habits through kinesiology practices such as body talk with a therapist, or using a pendulum on yourself, and although you won’t be able to recall the full story of what happened, you will be able to sense the trauma. If you feel safe enough, you’ll be able to release the suppressed emotions too.
Eckhart Tolle talks about the energy body. In his book A New Earth, he shows how you can sense your energy body by closing your eyes, holding out your hands, and noticing how you can sense the energy of your hands even though they’re not touching anything. It’s a buzzy, furry feeling that extends out a little way past the periphery of your hand. He says that you can’t be sensing your body and caught up in your thoughts at the same time. Try it. Feel your feet on the floor right now while trying to keep your focus on your thoughts. It can’t be done. Find a sequence of body movements you find easy, that moves your energy tangibly. After a while you’ll notice points of constriction the energy has to flow around, like rocks in a river. You don’t have to do anything about it, just notice it. Eventually your body’s intelligence will help you dissolve it.
After doing body awareness meditation, this started happening spontaneously. I would be noticing a contraction in my energy body, feeling around the edges of it, and I’d start to feel queasy. I found if I leaned in to the queasy feeling, I could expel the energy out of my mouth. If you know qi gong, you’ll know you tend to feel your energy go out through your feet and into the floor, but this was energy that wanted to come up. It comes up in a roar or dry heaves or a burp, a bit like the dude in the movie The Green Mile.
We constrict our animal bodies for social reasons, restricting our ability to process trauma at the time it occurs. Often when something bad happens to us, it’s not safe to curl up into a little ball and shake it off like any other animal would. These traumas stay in the energy field until they are released. This practice bypasses narrative, and lets your body intelligence take out the trash.
We protect ourselves from revisiting trauma through hyper-vigilance, which can manifest as anything from an overreaction to a full-blown panic attack. Coming back in to the body, giving it permission to explore old wounds can give a lot of much needed relief in all aspects of life. Most of us spend our days avoiding nonexistent trap doors, fighting invisible ghosts. It’s exhausting.
Bring consciousness to unseen societal dynamics.
We’re inseparable from the society in which we live; it’s responsible for everything from the language we speak to the thoughts in our heads to the laws we must obey. Societal dynamics inform all aspects of experience, but there are many aspects people find psychologically uncomfortable to look at, so they ignore, deny, and compartmentalize away from them. So get curious: In what ways do I avoid looking at the horrific things my government does in my name? At the horrors of war, outsourced slavery, brutalization of indigenous populations, prison for profit, and Orwellian police state oppression? How can I become more conscious of those things?
In what ways do I avoid looking at how the dynamics of racial inequality, gender inequality, socioeconomic inequality, institutional white supremacy, institutional male supremacy, rape culture etc influence the society in which I live? How can I inform myself and become conscious of these dynamics? In what ways have I been avoiding looking at the brutality of factory farming, the cruel destruction of our planet’s wildlife, at any suffering or brutality in my community and my life, at the ways my own actions or inactions hurt those around me?
Of course, this kind of enquiry brings up a lot of grief, guilt and shame, but that’s actually the point. Those feelings were always there, I was just unconsciously defensive of them, which resulted in harmful reactions and behavior. One of the hallmarks of egoic thinking is its binary nature. The ego wants to be either victim or victor; it can’t accept that any one person is a mixture of both, and it will fight attempts to enquire into that.”
Jacqueline says: Some of you have heard me speak about a technique Jes Bertelsen described. Jes Bertelsen is a well known spiritual teacher and author.) He suggested being willing to play all roles in any drama that keeps recurring in your life. You can meditatively imagine playing all roles. For example – The so-called love triangle. Do you always seem to be the victim or the “other woman” or “other man”? In a meditative state experience yourself being the one who is cheated on, the partner who is cheating, the other woman or man in this triangle. Meditatively feel each role. Then allow yourself to experience all three at once. Repeat daily until you feel the issue has become conscious and is accepted and healed in some way. Remember it’s all about becoming WHOLE.
I say this all the time to people, because it’s really so important. (Jacqueline says- “So do I!”) We’re so hard on ourselves, so hyper-critical, so self-punitive and so resistant to self-soothing. Take a moment. The world won’t cave in. Have a nap. Take a bath and sink into it for as long as possible. Take care of yourself like you would take care of someone you really loved who had been going through a rough time lately. Give your heart a little pat and say, “There, there, you’re safe, it’s okay, I love you. You can relax.”
Jacqueline says: I would like to finish off with a reminder of what I’ve often said: “The mind produces thoughts – you don’t have to think them.” I recently received the following from a student. (I shortened the message and include the photo that accompanied the mail.) I hope it makes you smile.
I thought you might like to read the story that happened to me a few days ago. I walking on the street, feeling very dark and heavy, and feeding my mind with dark thoughts. Then just beside me on the pavement, there was a poster that must have been a message for me! (See picture below).
Jacqueline says: As some of you know my Guru said to me many years ago “Existence has a way of getting its messages across”!
A final reminder of something I have often shared: Remember that whatever you heal within your self you cannot only heal for you. We are ultimately all one and when you heal something “individually” you also heal a little bit more of the whole. I hope you all find something of interest / inspiration in this Newsletter and attached recording.