Tag Archives: Spirit

Reflection for today…Buddhist Soulmate Test

15 Oct
Is meeting your soulmate like swimming in an ocean of spiritual tranquillity?
Is meeting your soulmate like swimming in an ocean of spiritual tranquillity?

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This reflection feels so refreshing to me because the concept of soulmates encountering each other usually involves feelings of anxiety.

I imagine feeling a profound sense of spiritual tranquillity upon meeting one’s soulmate.

I imagine it would be a relief to meet this person and it would feel like finding the last piece of a puzzle that you have been working on all of your life.

Instead of feeling anxiety, why not savour the mystery?

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Listening to aqueous transmission makes me feel the spiritual peace that I am envisioning when meeting one’s soulmate.

Please enjoy Aqueous Transmission by Incubus…

90 Minute Long Extended Version…

“The final song, “Aqueous Transmission”, employs the use of Chinese instruments such as the pipa and is accompanied by a Japanese orchestra. The pipa used on the recording was given to Mike Einziger from Steve Vai.[3] “Aqueous Transmission” is 7 minutes and 46 seconds long, with the last-minute consisting of frogs croaking outside the studio in Malibu. Boyd jokingly said that the purpose of the song was to make “the listener pee in his/her pants” from relaxation.” Copied from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morning_View

“Lead singer Brandon Boyd: Perhaps our most ambitious work to date, was first conceived with an instrument quite alien to Incubus and all of rock music to be precise. A ‘Ko-kyu’ is what was used here and it was donated by a very generous and talented man by the name of Steve Vai. One late evening we began conjuring and experimenting with this track and it quickly brought to mind the image and analogy of floating freely down a river; hence the content of the song. Our friend Suzi Katayama, who has in the past worked string arrangements with the likes of Björk, Madonna and even Yours Truly for an acoustic performance in LA, lent her classical finesse to this story. And in doing so helped it become exactly what we envisioned; a song so atmospheric and vibratory, it would make those who listened to it doze off into a land of rivers, kung fu and unicorns, eventually making the listener pee in her/his pants. (Attainable goals I think, but please don’t operate any heavy machinery while listening to this one).”

“The noises at the end are thousands of frogs that were recorded outside the Malibu mansion where Incubus recorded Morning View. It wasn’t easy to get the sound – every time they’d come out to record, the frogs would shut up.” Copied and pasted from https://www.songfacts.com/facts/incubus/aqueous-transmission

“The final track from the album, it is a serene and enveloping piece. The tones of the Chinese pipa contrast with the strings in the background. Add to this the mellow Shakuhachi interludes and the ambient sounds and it is the perfect track for laying back and drifting down the river that the lyrics describe.” Copied and pasted from https://www.last.fm/music/Incubus/_/Aqueous+Transmission/+wiki

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If you enjoy listening to serene sounds then you might enjoy listening to this: https://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/japaneseGardenSoundscapeGenerator.php

Thank you so much for this link Olly.
I adored listening to the Japanese garden.
Gracias.

A Sophisticated Quietude

By using elements such as rocks, streams, ponds, and islands interleaved with dense vegetation, Japanese gardens recreate the world in miniature. To the observer, they are a beauty for the eye, and for the ears!

Enjoy spending a quiet afternoon in our Japanese Garden, while a gentle breeze caresses bamboo leaves and a solitary wind chime. In the distance, you hear the rumble of a distant waterfall. Closer to you, the cicadas remind you that the summer just started.

This soundscape has been made possible thanks to the kind contribution of Daniel Mills, a fan of myNoise who lives in Japan. Among the various recordings collected, one in particular deserves a special attention: the sound of a Shishi-Odoshi, an ingenious device made of bamboo, which literally translates as ‘Deer Scarer’. The Shishi-Odoshi works from the water of a fountain to create a sharp sound, and is used as a scarecrow. It is often associated with meditational environments too, and serves as a slow paced timer.

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Aqueous Transmission

Incubus

Produced by Scott Litt & Incubus

Album Morning View

[Verse 1]
“I’m floating down a river
Oars freed from their holes long ago
Lying face up on the floor of my vessel
I marvel at the stars and feel my heart overflow

[Chorus]
Further down the river
Further down the river
Further down the river
Further down the river

[Verse 2]
Two weeks without my lover
I’m in this boat alone
Floating down a river named emotion
Will I make it back to shore or drift into the unknown

[Chorus]
Further down the river
Further down the river
Further down the river
Further down the river

[Verse 3]
I’m building an antenna
Transmissions will be sent when I am through

Maybe we could meet again further down the river
And share what we both discovered then revel in the view

[Chorus]
Further down the river
Further down the river
Further down the river
Further down the river

[Outro]
I’m floating down a river
I’m floating down a river
I’m floating down a river
I’m floating down a river
I’m floating down a river
I’m floating down a river
I’m floating down a river
I’m floating down a river.”

Lyrics Copied and Pasted from https://genius.com/Incubus-aqueous-transmission-lyrics

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Further Research

Incubushttps://www.incubushq.com/

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Wishing you Spiritual Peace & Soulmate Love,

-V.

Reflection for today…Time To Live…-Jim Morrison

17 Apr

“Time to live, time to lie, time to laugh, and time to die.

Take it easy baby.

Take it as it comes.”

Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison Light

This Jim Morrison reflection embodies the carpe diem/seize the day spirit. He reminds us to be more fluid and take experiences in our lives as they come. He observes that we are living life too fast and we must live at a slower pace.

It reminds me of what is going on with the pandemic. This quarantine has forced us all to reflect, meditate on our lives and slow down. Life has a different taste when we are not rushing all of the time. 

Hopefully, when this is over, you can “specialize in having fun.”

It is time to live…

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Please enjoy Take It As It Comes by The Doors

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I want to include this intriguing performance of the Jim Morrison ballet.

I would have loved to see it.

The Leipzig Ballet performs Jim Morrison, a ballet by Mario Schröder about the life of the poet, singer‐songwriter, and legendary rock star, Jim Morrison, set to the music of the famous rock band “The Doors”, at the Oper Leipzig.”

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Take It As It Comes

The Doors

TAKE IT AS IT COMES LYRICS

[Chorus]
Takes it easy, baby
Take it as it comes
Don’t move too fast
And you want your love to last

Oh, you’ve been moving much too fast

[Verse 2]
Time to walk
Time to run
Time to aim your arrows
At the sun

[Chorus]
Takes it easy, baby
Take it as it comes
Don’t move too fast
And you want your love to last

Oh, you’ve been moving much too fast

[Verse 3]
Go real slow
You like it more and more
Take it as it comes
Specialize in having fun

[Chorus]
Takes it easy, baby
Take it as it comes
Don’t move too fast
And you want your love to last

Oh, you’ve been moving much too fast

[Outro]
Moving much too fast
Moving much too fast.”

Copied and Pasted from: https://genius.com/The-doors-take-it-as-it-comes-lyrics

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Research…

Jim Morrison…http://jimmorrison.com/

The Doors…https://thedoors.com/

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Peace & Carpe Diem…

-V.

Reflection for today…The Ocean of Consciousness -Rumi…

18 Oct

Rumi You Are The Ocean In An Entire Drop

I remember reading some Buddhist teachings many moons ago that spoke about the ocean of consciousness.

It spoke about each of us being a wave in the ocean.

We think that we are completely independent; that we are a single wave because of the illusion of our ego.

Our ego clouds and distorts our perception creating a false sense of self.

It is complicated as in Western society there is so much focus on the self: self-improvement, self-esteem, self-confidence, self-doubt, etc.

The truth is that while it may seem that we are individual waves,

we are actually part of the ocean; the ocean of humanity.

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I really cannot understand how some people can have no compassion for each other.

At the root of this poverty of the spirit is a lack of compassion for the self, selfishness and an overindulgence of the ego.

{One cannot offer compassion if you have no compassion for yourself}.

As I said to my friend, if we don’t help each other then we will all sink.

I know that we all have our individual problems but if we just focus on them, then we cannot get out of our heads and the prison of selfishness.

There is a delicate balance between having compassion and helping others with helping yourself and protecting yourself from harm. Boundaries are necessary.

I always struggle with how to have compassion while not losing myself.

The sad truth is that many people mistake kindness for weakness.

The truth is that it takes great strength to be compassionate in this world.

It takes great spiritual strength to open your heart and mind to offer your compassion. 

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 When the triple disasters were taking place in Japan in 2011, I was horrified. I was watching the news on the internet. I constantly watched BBC, CBC and Al Jazeera with tears in my eyes.

I could not help crying as I watched the news.

It hurt my heart and soul to witness such suffering.

I could not believe that on top of the tsunami and the earthquake there was a nuclear situation as well. As I thought of Fukushima, I was reminded of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. I was very concerned and afraid for Japan. I still am.

While I had no family, friends or loved ones in Japan, I felt deep compassion for the Japanese.

It didn’t matter in the least if I didn’t know a single soul in Japan.

We are all interconnected and if Japan was suffering and grieving then we all were.

I still think of Japan and how the triple disasters affected and affect people today- especially the effects of nuclear contamination/radiation.

The reason that I share this is because I had an epiphany then.

My good friend and I were having coffee one day {during the disasters in 2011}.

I was telling him about what was happening in Japan.

He stopped me in the middle of my sentence and said very coldly, “you know what…I just don’t care.”

That is when I realized that something inside of him died.

To be honest, I was very disturbed by his comment and his attitude.

Upon deep reflection, I felt sadness and compassion for him.

He had just gone through a very painful and dark time with the illness of his mother. I know that this experience had a very damaging effect on him.

I think he was most likely spiritually disconnected and emotionally numb at that point.

He probably had nothing left to give as he was in desperate need of healing.

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Compassion is the greatest gift you can offer someone.

Compassion is what makes us truly human.

Our humanity is rooted in compassion.

*Remember that we are all in this life together.

We all depend on each other.

We are all interdependent as waves in the ocean of humanity.

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Please enjoy Ocean by Azam Ali and Loga Ramin Torkian as I felt it complimented this post.

It is from Azam Ali’s album: “Lamentation of Swans: A Journey Towards Silence.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3558lJuA8Y8

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To learn more about Azam Ali, Loga Ramin Torkian and Niyaz…

http://www.niyazmusic.com/

Here is a brief description that I copied and pasted from their biography.

From this link: http://www.niyazmusic.com/#!/biography/

Niyaz, which means ‘yearning’ in Persian and Urdu, was formed in 2005 by Azam Ali, multi-instrumentalist Loga Ramin Torkian and two-time Grammy nominated producer and electronic musician Carmen Rizzo.

The band borrows from an historic lineage of Middle Eastern poets setting verse to music, perhaps most famously known today through the work of the 13th century Persian poet Rumi and the endless barrage of quotes attributed to him on Twitter and Facebook.

While the immediate goal of Niyaz was to explore the music and identity of Iranians living in exile and struggling to maintain their cultural identity in the modern world on their first two acclaimed records, Niyaz and Nine Heavens, the band has expanded that theme with Sumud.”

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Azam Ali is the singer with the heavenly voice in Niyaz.

Azam AliHer voice is truly “otherworldly” and hauntingly beautiful.

Azim Ali Otherworldly

She has also been a part of another band named VAS. Their albums include: Sunyata (1997), Offerings (1998), In the Garden of Souls (2000) and Feast of Silence (2004).

Azam has released seven albums between Niyaz and VAS.

Niyaz’s albums include: Niyaz (2005), Nine Heavens (2008) and Sumud (2012).

She has also released four solo albums: Portals of Grace (2002), Elysium for the Brave (2006), From Night to the Edge of Day (2011) and Lamentation of Swans- A Journey Towards Silence (2013).

Azam has also been involved in movie soundtracks (the movie 300) and video game soundtracks.

For more information, please visit her official website…

http://www.azamalimusic.com/main.php

*Much Love to Japan and the rest of the world.

My prayers are with Japan as they are facing another natural disaster in the form of a typhoon.

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Peace & Namaste Friends…

Reflection for today…Mirrors -Jimi Hendrix

24 Aug

“I used to live in a room full of mirrors; all I could see was me.

I take my spirit and I crash my mirrors,

now the whole world is here for me to see.” 
Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix Photo Courtesy of: http://www.rockprophecy.com/images/jhlife.gif*

http://www.jimihendrix.com/us/home

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Peace & Namaste….

Reflection for today…How Art Evolves Consciousness -Alex Grey

5 Apr

“Art is an echo of the creative force that birthed the galaxies.

Creativity is a way that the cosmos evolves and communicates with itself.

The great uplifting of humanity beyond its self destruction is the redemptive mission of art.”

-Alex Grey

Alex Grey working his artistic magic..

Alex Grey at his artistic/alchemical laboratory…

Dalai Lama by Alex Grey

I first came across Alex Grey’s art on the rock band Tool’s cd cover.

Please enjoy “Cosmic Creativity: How Art Evolves Consciousness: Alex Grey at TEDxMaui 2013″…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_YJToyOp_4

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For more information on Alex Grey, please visit his official website:

http://alexgrey.com/

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Peace & Namaste…