Bringing Spirit and Consciousness to Life

  • published Mondays in The Connection Field 2020-07-09 15:04:00 -0500

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  • published Saturdays in The Connection Field 2020-07-09 14:37:40 -0500

  • published Mentoring Stewards in Our Community 2020-07-07 16:24:44 -0500

    Our Mentoring Stewards

    GOOD of the WHOLE offers a "mentorship" instead of membership. As stewards of the wholeness code and mentors for the evolution of consciousness, we collectively dwell on the evolutionary edge, ground heart-based initiatives and practices, and listen for new and emerging social forms. Old membership models don’t quite fit what we feel called to bring forward. So, we're gathering with a deep sense of knowing and trusting the unified field to guide us. Our co-mentoring community is here to learn, teach, grow, experience, embody and emerge, while we evolve and express ourselves for the greater good. Mentoring Stewards are both mentor and mentored – creating a unique co-mentoring relationship that is fostering a whole new way of being for a whole new kind of world. Learn more about the benefits of Mentoring Stewards.

     

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  • published On Wholeness with Bob Atkinson in Offerings 2020-06-08 12:20:15 -0500

    On Wholeness:

    Consciousness as a Window into Reality

    with Dr. Bob Atkinson

    BEGINNING JUNE 9th, Six Tuesdays in The Connection Field

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    How is it that the intrinsic wholeness of all things, at the heart of indigenous and spiritual traditions as well as our current quest for global harmony and unity, feels overshadowed by the illusion of separation? Could it be that our consciousness evolves across a continuum that leads to opposite outcomes? In this six-part offering, we’ll explore how the direction we choose to move in across this continuum determines whether we live in separateness or in wholeness – and gives us the particular window into reality that we live by.
    On this essential journey into the nature of reality, we’ll consider how a holistic vision of evolution and consciousness reveals a purposeful trajectory toward an innate potential: that of living into reality as it is, an indivisible wholeness. The way to this consciousness of wholeness, though, is made up of fateful and formidable detours, as we will see, looking into the guiding principles that underly wholeness, why transformation is necessary for growth and evolution, what the archetypes are that make up this consciousness journey, and why consciousness evolves toward wholeness.

     

    Week One Handouts:

    Handout One CLICK HERE: Outline

    Handout Two CLICK HERE: Principles

    Handout Three CLICK HERE: Cycles Lead to Progress

    Handout Four CLICK HERE: Reality is One 

    Week Two Handouts:

    Handout One CLICK HERE: What Does Your Own Experience Confirm

    Handout Two CLICK HERE: Identity

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  • published No Time to Rush in GOOD News 2020-05-09 11:28:23 -0500

    No Time to Rush

    The coming days and months will be increasingly contentious. But we need not fall prey to the spreading divisiveness and factionalism. Among its less heartening effects, the global pandemic has spawned countervailing trends of, on the one hand, a sensed need to get things under control and take our life back and, on the other, a sensed helplessness and impotence in the face of what is being perceived as an invisible agent of death. Framed this way, we appear to be living in little more than a Darwinian dystopia of the survival of the fittest, with “Nature, red in tooth and claw” (as Lord Tennyson so powerfully penned), at our doorstep and coughing down our neck. Only this time, we can’t see the agents — can’t hear them stalking us, can’t smell, touch, or in any way sense their presence. Indeed, not even the tools of science can assuage our doubts and provide succor. Some have even dubbed this “Schrödinger’s Virus” due to the fact that we must act as though we have the virus (so as not to spread it) and as though we do not have it (and are not immune to possibly getting infected by it), at the same time. This is the dominant narrative we tell ourselves, through news outlets, social media, and often the voice in the mirror.

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  • published Embodying Calm in a World of Chaos in GOOD News 2020-03-22 19:47:52 -0500

    Embodying Calm in a World of Chaos

    • Learn the subtle art of shifting your reality and the illusion of separation
    • Discover and clear the unconscious ways you create more chaos
    • Create more calm in your body, mind, spirit and life

    Twenty years ago or so, I remember (so well) watching the hit movie, Twister, when it came out in the theaters. It was a complete, adrenaline-filled, tense, and NOT-so-relaxing one-hour-and 53-minute-experience for me. There were many scenes of devastating, destructive storms as the main characters were storm-chasers doing research. Dark clouds, high winds and flying debris were common scenes in the movie. Set in a rural area, the flying tractors, semi-trailer truck and other farm equipment were familiar to my eye.

    A few specific moments in the movie created a big impact on me. First, among the plethora of flying debris, the special effects managed to capture what appeared to be a real, living cow flying through the sky, moving effortlessly across the big screen as the tornado lifted it and propelled it through the air. The odd image burned a poignant memory in my mind. 

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  • published Leadership Team in Our Community 2019-12-23 13:27:06 -0600

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  • published Mentoring Stewards in Our Community 2019-12-23 13:24:30 -0600

  • published The Whole Perspective in Offerings 2019-04-19 21:51:59 -0500

    The Whole Perspective with Dr. Julie

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  • published The Whole Conversation in Offerings 2019-04-19 22:12:35 -0500

  • published Healing Earth: 40-Day Mantra Mala Meditation 2019-04-16 22:23:00 -0500

    Healing Earth: 40-Day Mantra Mala Meditation

    Healing for the EARTH:

    40-Day Japa Mala Meditation with Linda Linker Rosenthal

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    Brief Video Introduction:

    Linda Rosenthal explains the 40-day Japa Mala meditation with two powerful mantras for the 2019 Love Lives Here: EARTH Day Edition.


    Zoom 15 minute check-ins with 40-Day Meditators for Healing the Earth on these dates:

    All times are Central, (Pacific 11AM/ EST 2 PM)

    Zoom 1:00 PM  on Wed. April 24

    Zoom 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 4

    Zoom 6:00 PM on Monday, May 13 (Pacific 4 PM/ EST 7 PM)

    And Zoom 6:00 PM on last day Friday, May 24 (Pacific 4 PM/ EST 7 PM)


    Healing the Earth

    When we are consciously living for the good of the whole there is a delicate dance we do to stay in balance between our personal, local lives and embodying the Divine Knowing that our own lives –- our everyday thoughts, decisions, choices and actions -- are also touching the whole world.

    We are in constant flow of cause and effect. Our purpose is to be mindful of how we are choosing to live every day. Are our actions truly good for ourselves AND for the whole of our families, communities, and the entire planet? Is our personal energy a source of destruction, conflict or separation? Or are we contributing to more compassion, love, respect, and inclusion?

    Ask yourself if your personal lifestyle is being lived for the good of the whole planet.

    When “Love Lives Here” began in 2018, we focused for 40 days on Reconnecting with ourselves, others, the earth, and the guiding spirit that lives within. 

    Today, I am dedicating another 40 Day Japa Mala Meditation specifically for the Healing of the Earth.

    If you are new to this practice, please know that the Universe is applauding you with great joy! By choosing to dedicate yourself to a daily meditation practice (in this case a repeated mantra 108 times with mala beads), you not only positively effect yourself, but you may also find that all your relationships begin to transform for the better. During the next 40 days, please open your heart to a deeper connection and relationship with our One Mother Earth and all that lives upon her.

    You are invited to use one of the mantras that I suggest or find another that resonates with you. Whatever you choose, please make sure that your heart and mind align with the main intention of bringing healing and balance back to our beautiful planet. Remember, a mantra is a tool for focusing the mind. When you chant, keep the intention on the meaning of the specific words or sounds of your mantra as you repeat it 108 times.

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    About the Earth Mantra

    I came across two very different mantras that you might like to try for your japa meditation. Remember, you can make up your own mantra if you want! Keeping your mind focused on the intention of your mantra with practice is what is most important.

    #1. (Sanskrit/Greek) Om Shri Gaia Ma Purnatva Gaia Ma

    This uplifting mantra assumes the abundant perfection of Mother Earth. In her divine wisdom, she knows how to heal herself. This chant helps us see Her as a healthy, complete and whole Living Being rather than a dying planet that desperately needs healing.

    Pronounced:

    OM (like ‘home’)   SHRI  shree (like ‘tree’)      GAIA (guy-like a good ‘guy’- uh)   MA (mah)      PURNATVA (per not vuh)  GAIA MA (guy uh mah)

    Suggested Meaning: “Mother Earth, I pay homage to the fullness of your beauty and divine perfection. You are abundant with Life, always rebirthing from season to season. I respect your land, waters, air, and all inhabitants. May all align with your perfect regenerative power.”

    Om —considered the most sacred mantra, symbolizing the infinite, supreme wisdom and immortality. The mystical primordial universal sound of OM (sometimes pronounced AUM) is used to enter a state of mindful, physical and emotional awareness.

    Shri — a title of respect, used before a revered person or deity and in this case, for Mother Earth.

    Gaia is not a Sanskrit word or sound. In Greek mythology Gaia was the mother goddess who presided over the earth. In current cosmology, Gaia heightens our awareness of the whole system living planet of Earth. We can call on the "Spirit of Gaia" to increase our love and compassion for all creatures and for the physical environment of our planet as a whole. It also heightens our awareness of humanity’s ecological and environmental necessities and responsibilities.

    Ma - Regeneration and Rebirth, a way to experience the joy of connection with the Divine Feminine, as in ‘Mother Earth’

    Purnatva – Fullness. Abundance. Perfection.

    Happy Chanting!

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    Another Mantra Option

    OPTION #2: Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung

    I spent the last 4 days at a Radiant Child Yoga Certification course and learned this chanting meditation from the healing branch of Kundalini Yoga. It was so beautiful that I wanted to share it and find a way to incorporate it into our 40 Days Mantra for the Healing of Earth. It is originally intended to be chanted using breath and a specific sitting pose with arms and hands in a certain position. It helps the meditator concentrate, connect with Earth and Universal Energy, and send healing energy for the healing of our planet, or to another person or location.

    It can be affirmed before chanted: “May the Earth be blessed with peace” or “May peace prevail on Mother Earth” or “May Mother Earth be healed and aligned with her Divine Perfection”

    Ra Ma Da Sa  / Sa Say So Hung is typically translated as “Sun, Moon, Earth, Infinity: All that is in infinity, I am That.” It is sometimes called the Siri Gaitri mantra. Like most Sanskrit mantras, this one is valued as much for the energy of the powerful sound vibrations as any literal translation, which is why I am curious to chant it with my mala beads and not necessarily as an energetic activation of the chakras.

    However, if we are aware of the pathway up our chakras and spinal column as Kundalini life force energy, we can focus intentionally on the meaning that each sound syllable makes, giving us a more spiritually grounded and energetic healing experience!

    Ra (“sun energy”) – root chakra

    Ma (“moon energy”) – sacral chakra

    Da (“earth energy”) – navel chakra

    Sa (“impersonal, infinity, universal energy”) – heart and throat chakras

    Sa (repeating the sound of universal energy as it connects the heart with infinite healing potential)

    Say (the personal embodiment of our infinite self) – third eye chakra

    So (identity and personal sense of merger with Sa) – crown chakra

    Hung (the infinite- vibrating and real) – sends universal healing energy from the crown back to the root chakra

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    Beginning Your 40-Day Practice

    I personally will begin my 40 Day Japa Mala on April 1 but please note that you can begin at any time on any day as long as you continue for 40 consecutive days. I encourage you to explore and play with various mantras for the next few week, invest in a set of beautiful mala beads for yourself, and then join us in earnest on April 15 when we launch “Love Lives Here: Earth” for 8 intentional days of embodying, experiencing, expressing and engaging with Love for the Good of the Whole Planet!

    If you begin your 40 Day Japa Mala for the Healing of Mother Earth on April 15, I will continue to be in service as your guide and happily chant for Earth with you for the next 39 days until May 24!

    Be sure to catch our Live Facebook events and other pertinent posts at Facebook’s Good of the Whole Community group page

    May you and Mother Earth be enlivened with healing energy, joy, love, and deep peace from your meditation practice. As more people walk gently on the Earth, the more Earth will bless us with her infinite generosity and love.

    Namaste`

    Sat Nam

    Om Shalom Shanti Om

    Peace on Earth


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    Video Demonstration:


    What's It All About?

    In 2018, when Good of the Whole offered “Love Lives Here: 40 Days of Reconnection”, a global community joined together to focus on the various ways we express our love in four main categories… to ourselves, others, the earth, and the sacred in all life.

    As I devoted a *Japa Mala Meditation for 40 days to myself, others, the earth and the sacred, I felt it was truly a soul-satisfying healing experience for me personally. It was, in a sense, a spiritual gift to myself just by the physical act of doing a specific, dedicated daily meditation practice.

    Now, my intention is to chant a specific mantra for the HEALING OF THE EARTH.

    I am offering another 40 Day Japa Mala Meditation for the HEALING OF EARTH. The sacred sounds of this mantra will reverberate throughout the planet. 

    Why am I doing this? Because I love you/us and our beautiful planet. Science is showing the power of intention and when we dedicate healing to others and the planet, we heal ourselves. And when one person reaches good health, happiness, and feels well, it is definitely for the good of the whole!

    Our GROUP  meditation starts on Monday, April 15, however, you can begin at any time during the 40 days from April 15th to May 24th.   

    Simply register here to be included on this sacred list. It will be my honor to keep your name as a co-creator and healer on my altar during the 40 Days of Meditation: Healing for EARTH.  

    *Japa is the meditative repetition of a mantra or a divine name.  

    A mala (meaning garland or necklace) is simply a string of beads that are used as a tool to help you count mantras, and acts as a tactile guide as you sit in the silence of your meditation.


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    True meditation is defined in Eastern scriptures as doing absolutely nothing except Being.~ Thomas Ashley-Farrand “Mantra Meditation: Change Your Karma with the Power of Sacred Sound”

    How many of us can quiet our thoughts and still our minds to the point of pure Being, where we DO nothing at all and are not attached to any discomfort while doing nothing? Not an easy task. This is where spiritual practices come to our aid. These practices can be found in every culture ranging from Christian prayer and contemplation of sacred scriptures, to Buddhist breathwork and Zen Consciousness, to various yogic disciplines, to Jewish chanting of Hebrew letters, to reciting Divine names, to Life Visioning, to simple walks in nature.

    Mantra Meditation is one such practice where the repetitive chanting of certain sacred sounds can clear our minds, help us focus, and elevate us to higher states of awareness and perceptions about our own inner Divine nature. It is something anyone from any religion or belief system can do as a spiritual practice.

    Mantra is a Sanskrit word with two parts. The first syllable manasmeans “mind” and the second syllable comes from trai which means “to protect” or “to free from”.So, a mantra is a tool that helps our mind to refocus... and how many times have we wished to be free from our incessantly thinking minds?!

    When we chant a mantra with specific seed sounds and phrases, either aloud or silently, the vibrations penetrate the cells of the body, infusing them with universal energy and strength. This type of ancient chanting practice is calledJapa, a Sanskrit word that means “to mutter, or “to repeat quietly and internally”.

    When the sound of the mantra is repeated for 40 days or more, changes begin to take place in our subtle “etheric” bodies (our chakra system) which allows more spiritual energy to be available to us, moving us closer to spiritual freedom and Self Realization. The mantra actually begins to override all the other vibrations of the mind and we enter states of deep inner peace and liberation or Nirvana…freedom from desire, jealousy, attachment and ignorance.

    A Japa MantraMeditation is often used with the help of a mala, a Sanskrit word meaning “garland” or necklace. It is also a term for a string of beads that is used to keep count of the 18, 27, 54 or 108 mantra repetitions (japa) during meditation. A Catholic rosary is a knotted prayer rope with beads used for the same reason, usually with 54-59 beads.

    I will be using a mala with 108 beads, chanting once or twice a day for 40 days. This correlates with 108 nadis, or subtle body channels that allow our life energy (qi, ki, chi, prana, ruach) to circulate through our physical body, converging in the heart chakra. The nadis can be compared to the meridians of Chinese acupuncture. When these energetic pathways are clear, open, and strong we experience overall wellness and good physical and mental health. The additional significance of chanting 108 times with a mala is to achieve spiritual fulfillment, or enlightenment (moksha)emanating from one’s heart rather than the mind. The concept of moksha is related to ultimate self-acceptance and the consciousness of Oneness with all existence. Reaching this state brings freedom, peace, bliss, and oneness with the Divine!


    One may perform japa with mala as follows:

    • Sit straight, keeping the spine erect.
    • Keep your eyes closed to focus inward.
    • Breathe slowly and deeply.
    • Center yourself with your highest intention for your japa practice.
    • Hold the mala in your right hand. Let it rest on the second and third fingers, never touching the index finger.
    • Begin your japa just below the larger meru (Sanskrit for “mountain”) or ‘guru bead’ (sometimes with a tassle). Use the thumb to bring down each bead toward you while chanting your chosen mantra. When you reach the meru bead, you have completed 108 repetitions. Don’t include the meru bead as part of your chanting.

    I highly encourage you to start your own Japa Meditation practice if you desire positive changes in your life while connecting to the Divine within. If you are a healing arts practitioner, this meditation practice will greatly enhance all aspects of your compassionate service to others.


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    Beginning your own mantra meditation practice

    The list of people with healing requests is growing every day. While I am happy to be in service with this offering, the effects of our collective intentions would be even stronger if more people were chanting intentionally for others.

    Many of you have indicated your desire to begin your own mantra mala practice. Thank you! Remember, whatever day or time you begin, just continue to keep going mindfully for the next 40 days. The only ‘rule’ is that you do your chanting meditation practice any time between when you wake up in the morning until before you go to bed at night. That is considered a ‘day’. Preferably you will choose to meditate at the same time each day which will set and strengthen your focused energy in your own sacred space at home, in nature, or in your temple, place of worship, or spiritual center.

    Mantra means “instrument of the mind” and derives from two Sanskrit words: man, meaning “thought” or “mind,” and tra, meaning instrument or tool. In other words, a mantra is a tool we can use to focus our mind on a specific thing.

    The mantra I have chosen for Healing for Others is called The Dhanvantre Mantra. It is used when one is looking for guidance to find their most appropriate path to healing. It might awaken the chanter to several possibilities, like finding a qualified nutritionist, acupuncturist, health coach, surgeon, therapist, Yoga instructor, or an exercise advocate. It might lead them to the use of specific foods, medicinal herbs, essential oils, crystals, lights, or sound vibrations.

    Ultimately, the conscious meditator will become more aware of that which resonates with their soul, the wise inner healer. When you are chanting for others, the intention is for another person to receive whatever they need for their greatest physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual healing.

    The sounds from the repetitive chanting of this mantra are from an ancient Sanskrit language. The use of your breath is also an important factor with each repetition. Chanting a japa (“to mutter”) mala (“garland”) meditation can calm the body and mind, bringing one into states of deep peace and Self Realization that we are all part of One Creative Source of Life, Light, and Love.

    I have personally felt the benefits of chanting the esoteric sounds of Sanskrit, just as I feel a closer connection to God when I recite Hebrew prayers or sing Native American songs. However, if your belief system feels more comfortable chanting something else like calling upon Jeshua Yaweh Christu (Jesus the Christ is healer), or Hashem (the unnamable name of God), or Mother Mary, Kwan Yin, or Buddha, etc., then please open yourself to divine intelligence, guidance, universal truth, and support for your healing…both material and spiritually. Set your true intentions for optimal health and chant what feels right for you! 

    108 times for 40 days.


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    DEVELOPING A COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE

    We are encouraging a "community of practice" and we invite you into a daily practice with us. Whether you are doing the Mantra Meditation or your own unique practice, please join us in the comment section below as we journey through the 40 days together.  Share your reflections, questions, and comments. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to engage in community and express yourself! Be watching for future reflections...and please join us in our GOOD of the WHOLE Facebook Community Group 


    Linda Linker Rosenthal’s work as a holistic healer is to create a safe, peaceful, and sacred space for others to transmute fear into love and live authentically. She is an award-winning author, recording artist, transformational counselor, teacher, and founder of Insight Out Visionary Healing Arts Center in NW Indiana. She holds degrees in metaphysics and transpersonal psychology, with extensive training in meditation, intuitive writing, chakra studies, energy work, Reiki and sound healing. Linda facilitates women’s retreats and co-creates conscious, loving, sustainable communities with Good of the Whole, The Co-Creators Convergence, and Pachamama Alliance. Her clients, students and friends call her a ‘Joy Specialist’! www.insightout-healing.com

    Healing, which is the Consciousness of Wholeness, is just a mindful breath away.  


    Be watching for future reflections...and please join my Facebook Live messages at https://www.facebook.com/GoodoftheWhole

    You can also contact me personally at insightout-healing.com/contact.html   

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  • published Love Lives Here: EARTH in Offerings 2019-05-18 10:45:56 -0500

    Love Lives Here: EARTH Day Edition

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    GOOD of the WHOLE and Friends

    Present

    Love Lives Here: EARTH Day Edition

     

     

    WHAT is the Purpose of Love Lives Here: EARTH Day Edition?

    The purpose of Love Lives Here: EARTH Day Edition is to experience the healing and regenerative force of love in our daily lives by focusing on our relationships with the Earth and the sacredness of all LIFE. The invitation is to come together as a growing community, to restore our connection with Earth and the heart of what matters as we live for the GOOD of the WHOLE. 

     

    When is the Live Event?

    The 2019 EARTH Day Edition begins April 15th and runs through Earth Day, April 22nd. If you're wanting to join in our shared experience, here's a short video explaining how you might choose to get involved. You may join anytime.  Once registered, you will have access to the entire collection of materials.   

    REGISTER HERE


    HOW does Love Lives Here: EARTH Day Edition work?

    You will receive access to our Daily Digest in your inbox with simple instructions for a daily practice of resonance and reconnection. The digest also includes ART, tips, tools, videos, articles and resources. There will be guidance for how to embody, experience, and express more love, while reconnecting with Earth, and the sacredness of all life.  

    The entire collection of practices, links, and resources will be available to you throughout the 8 Days and beyond, so you can participate at anytime and still have a powerful experience. You can gather with us at the GOOD of the WHOLE Community Facebook Group is HERE


    Here's what you will find inside once you register: 

    Daily Practice & Reflections:

    • DAILY Invitation for Awakened/Inspired Action on Behalf of the Earth
    • Daily LIVE Heart Resonance with Shelley Darling & the Mentoring Stewards Council 
      Gather Each Morning at 8am PST/11am EST for our LIVE Heart Resonance Attunement on Facebook
    • Daily LIVE Teachable Moment with Julie Krull: The Whole Perspective
      Gather Each Evening at 5pm PST/8pm EST on Facebook
    • Daily Feature: Dowsing and Earth Consciousness with Shelley Darling Earth Day Blog
    • 40-Day Mantra Meditation with Linda Linker Rosenthal (April 1 - May 10)  Click through and find easy video instructions for this mantra practice using mala beads. Linda will be offering a LIVE ZOOM CALL CHECK-IN every 10 days! Instructions for the Zoom Call are on her page.
    • Daily EARTH Day Videos from Evolutionary Thought Leaders, Activists, Stewards, Organizations, and Friends
    • Daily Art & Inspiration Enjoy a daily reflection with art and inspiration 
    ...Many Other Contributions, Features and Highlighted Articles and Videos!

    All of the Above and MORE is Available to You!

    Simply register to participate. A daily digest will be sent to your inbox giving you FREE access to all of the offerings. More content and experiences are added daily. No Sales or Marketing Attached! We look forward to seeing you inside!

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    What Else Can You Do?

    Wherever you live, love lives. We invite you to join the campaign, be creative and make your love visible. Here are a few suggestions:

    • Take your picture or video with a sign, banner or poster and send it to us.  We will post it with pride and gratitude.
    • Invite your friends and family to participate
    • Join us on Facebook and share your Love Lives Here stories and photos
    • Use #LoveLivesHere on social media
    • Write your own blog to share with us
    • Record your own video messages about LOVE and the EARTH
    • Tell us about what is going on in your community and workplace--where love lives for EARTH Day
    • Tell us about friends and colleagues making a difference
    • Do a video tribute
    • Share your own tips and resources
    • Become a Love Lives Here social media ambassador 
    • Become a Facebook community host or hostess
    • BE CREATIVE... simply express the love that you are
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    THANK YOU FOR SHARING 

    LOVE LIVES HERE!


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    "In the first 24 hours of 'fasting' for LOVE, my energies have shifted almost 180 degrees! I’m experiencing my energy fields opening wide. My field is soft, gentle and pale pink. There are no constrictions or restrictions. I intend to participate with myself in this way for 'ever', beginning with these first 10 days with LOVE LIVES HERE. I live in an Assisted Living facility with about 120 people. During these first 24 hours, when I’ve shared with others my course of action, each one 'gets it.' I then observed the LOVE energies expanding even more, and each person comments, with a huge smile, that they can actually feel the LOVE. I am now feeling inspired to flow LOVE to every person, to each of their apartments, in the common areas, the kitchen, and everyplace else that calls my attention... I’m goin’ for it!!! I’m ALL IN ~ 100%!!! * WE ARE * ONE HEART * ALWAYS * AND IN ALL WAYS*" ~ Joie Bourisseau


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    Removing Obstacles

    40-Day Japa Mala Meditation with Dr. Linda Linker Rosenthal

    April 1 - May 10, 2020 ~ Facebook LIVE HERE

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    Brief Video Introduction:


    Video Demonstration:


    OM GUM GANAPATAYEI NAMAHA

    While we are re-setting our internal clocks to beat to a new softer rhythm, Good of the Whole will begin another 40 Day Japa Mala Mantra Meditation to assist in our personal, collective, and planetary healing during these sacred days of settling into our home sanctuaries.

    I invite you to start with me from Wednesday April 1 to May 10, 2020 (Mother’s Day). We will chant together for 40 days on Facebook Live (click here) at 10:00 PM Eastern/ 9:00PM Central/ 7 PM Pacific. The more concentrated efforts we make at the same time every day, the more effective our practice will be for the good of the whole world.

    We will begin on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, however, you can be included at any time during the 40 days from April 1st to May 10th – Mother’s Day.   (whenever you begin, make sure you keep counting your days until you complete the 40th day.)

    Japa is the meditative repetition of a mantra or a divine name.  

    A mala (meaning garland or necklace) is simply a string of beads that are used as a tool to help you count mantras, and acts as a tactile guide as you sit in the silence of your meditation.


    OM GUM GANAPATAYEI NAMAHA

    (My paraphrased interpretation) -   Om and Salutations to the Remover of Obstacles (Ganesh / Ganapatayei). May all obstacles to optimal health for humanity and the earth be removed successfully and may we be guided and supported with compassion, grace, and knowledge as we manifest healing and return to Wholeness on all levels.

    Staying consistent is key. If you miss even one day within the 40 days, you will need to begin your japa mala practice all over again! This is a dedicated spiritual practice with 40 consecutive days of discipline and devotion, allowing the meditator to ultimately experience deep inner peace and spiritual fulfillment.  

    When doing this as a group, the results will connect us in very visceral ways, expanding our experience of wholeness, with selfless love for all. This mantra will hold the intention to remove any obstacles that stand in the way of our complete healing and/or for removing all obstacles that humanity and Mother Earth might be experiencing during this pandemic. It is ideal for starting new endeavors, especially as we use this time of staying home to focus on creating a new sustainable, whole-system-thinking world of love. (with no obstacles in our way!)


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    The Mantra we will be chanting (uttering, muttering, whispering) from April 1- May 10 is:

    OM GUM GANAPATAYEI NAMAHA

     (“Om and Salutations to Ganesh, Remover of Obstacles”)

    pronounced: Om   Guhm    Guh-nuh-puh-tuh-yea    Nah-mah-hah

    This popular mantra is based around removing any obstacles that stand in our way of experiencing Wholeness. That could mean the obstacle of mental constructs that keep us close-minded to something new or of seeing our challenges and current situation from a higher and wiser spiritual perspective. It could be the obstacles that stand in the way of trusting our own intuition. The obstacle could be emotional fears that keep us in a state of anxiety which weakens our immune system.  The physical obstacles might be the lack of health care providers or equipment needed to safely take care of those who are sick. The spiritual obstacles can range from hopelessness, distrust, isolation, separation, and feeling disconnected from nature to feeling disconnected from love, our God/ Source, or the guiding wisdom and love of the Universe.

    It can be used when one is looking for guidance to find their most appropriate path to healing. It might awaken the chanter to several possibilities, like finding a qualified nutritionist, acupuncturist, health coach, surgeon, therapist, Yoga instructor, or an exercise advocate. It might lead them to the use of specific foods, medicinal herbs, essential oils, crystals, lights, or sound vibrations. It might activate an understanding that all beings are interconnected and that when one person lives for the good of the whole, the Whole benefits that person in return.

    Ultimately, the conscious meditator will become more aware of that which resonates with their soul, the wise inner healer. When you are chanting for others, the intention is for another person to receive whatever they need for their greatest physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual healing.

    We’re in this together. Let’s chant in unison for Wholeness on all levels. It’s only 10 syllables, but they are energetically powerful. We can do this!

    OM – (Ohm) is the seed sound (or bija mantra) for universal creation. Chanting this sound calms the mind and helps keep the focus on a specific thought or purpose. OM is the primordial vibration for the 6thchakra (Ajna) associated with intuition and inner knowledge. Working with the principle of mind, OM directs all that follows in the specific mantra.

    GUM– or GAM (Guhm) is the seed sound for removing obstacles of any kind, whether known or unknown. It may be chanted alone or as part of another mantra, silently or aloud. Gum is the seed sound for Ganesh (or Ganesha), the Hindu god of wisdom, depicted as a short fat man with the head of an elephant. Ganesh is believed to have the power to remove all obstacles, and to assist and protect the meditator in his/her good fortune and spiritual progression. Gum is used as a mantra to help motivate the practitioner to keep going when they are down.

    GANAPATAYEI - (Guh-nuh-puh-tuh-yea) Another name for Ganesh, the Hindu Elephant-headed deity who removes obstacles.

    NAMAHA – (Nah-mah-hah) Namaha is a Sanskrit word that means “not me” or “it is not about me.” Namaha indicates a surrender of the ego to a higher power or the Higher Self and removes the focus from him/herself.  When chanted as a mantra it means that peace can be gained when we realize we are part of the Universe, not separate from the larger Whole of Existence.

     


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    True meditation is defined in Eastern scriptures as doing absolutely nothing except Being.~ Thomas Ashley-Farrand “Mantra Meditation: Change Your Karma with the Power of Sacred Sound”

    How many of us can quiet our thoughts and still our minds to the point of pure Being, where we DO nothing at all and are not attached to any discomfort while doing nothing? Not an easy task. This is where spiritual practices come to our aid. These practices can be found in every culture ranging from Christian prayer and contemplation of sacred scriptures, to Buddhist breathwork and Zen Consciousness, to various yogic disciplines, to Jewish chanting of Hebrew letters, to reciting Divine names, to Life Visioning, to simple walks in nature.

    Mantra Meditation is one such practice where the repetitive chanting of certain sacred sounds can clear our minds, help us focus, and elevate us to higher states of awareness and perceptions about our own inner Divine nature. It is something anyone from any religion or belief system can do as a spiritual practice.

    Mantra is a Sanskrit word with two parts. The first syllable manasmeans “mind” and the second syllable comes from trai which means “to protect” or “to free from”.So, a mantra is a tool that helps our mind to refocus... and how many times have we wished to be free from our incessantly thinking minds?!

    When we chant a mantra with specific seed sounds and phrases, either aloud or silently, the vibrations penetrate the cells of the body, infusing them with universal energy and strength. This type of ancient chanting practice is called Japa, a Sanskrit word that means “to mutter, or “to repeat quietly and internally”.

    When the sound of the mantra is repeated for 40 days or more, changes begin to take place in our subtle “etheric” bodies (our chakra system) which allows more spiritual energy to be available to us, moving us closer to spiritual freedom and Self Realization. The mantra actually begins to override all the other vibrations of the mind and we enter states of deep inner peace and liberation or Nirvana…freedom from desire, jealousy, attachment and ignorance.

    A Japa MantraMeditation is often used with the help of a mala, a Sanskrit word meaning “garland” or necklace. It is also a term for a string of beads that is used to keep count of the 18, 27, 54 or 108 mantra repetitions (japa) during meditation. A Catholic rosary is a knotted prayer rope with beads used for the same reason, usually with 54-59 beads.

    I will be using a mala with 108 beads, chanting once or twice a day for 40 days. This correlates with 108 nadis, or subtle body channels that allow our life energy (qi, ki, chi, prana, ruach) to circulate through our physical body, converging in the heart chakra. The nadis can be compared to the meridians of Chinese acupuncture. When these energetic pathways are clear, open, and strong we experience overall wellness and good physical and mental health. The additional significance of chanting 108 times with a mala is to achieve spiritual fulfillment, or enlightenment (moksha)emanating from one’s heart rather than the mind. The concept of moksha is related to ultimate self-acceptance and the consciousness of Oneness with all existence. Reaching this state brings freedom, peace, bliss, and oneness with the Divine!


    One may perform japa with mala as follows:

    • Sit straight, keeping the spine erect.
    • If possible, face the north or east direction.
    • Keep your eyes closed to focus inward.
    • Breathe slowly and deeply.
    • Center yourself with your highest intention for your japa practice.
    • Hold the mala in your right hand. Let it rest on the second and third fingers, never touching the index finger.
    • Begin your japa just below the larger meru (Sanskrit for “mountain”) or ‘guru bead’ (sometimes with a tassel). Use the thumb to bring down each bead toward you while chanting your chosen mantra. When you reach the guru bead, you have completed 108 repetitions. Don’t include the guru bead as part of your chanting.
    • Do your japa mala meditation at the same time every day if possible, to create a ‘field’ of energy and intention.

    I highly encourage you to start your own Japa Meditation practice if you desire positive changes in your life while connecting to the Divine within. If you are a healing arts practitioner, this meditation practice will greatly enhance all aspects of your compassionate service to others.


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    Beginning your own mantra meditation practice

    The list of people with healing requests is growing globally every day. The effects of our collective intentions are made stronger the more people chant together intentionally for others.

    Many of you have indicated your desire to begin your own mantra mala practice. Thank you! Remember, whatever day or time you begin, just continue to keep going mindfully for the next 40 days. The only ‘rule’ is that you do your chanting meditation practice any time between when you wake up in the morning until before you go to bed at night. That is considered a ‘day’. Preferably you will choose to meditate at the same time each day which will set and strengthen your focused energy in your own sacred space at home, in nature, or in your temple, place of worship, or spiritual center.

    Mantra means “instrument of the mind” and derives from two Sanskrit words: man, meaning “thought” or “mind,” and tra, meaning instrument or tool. In other words, a mantra is a tool we can use to focus our mind on a specific thing.

    The sounds from the repetitive chanting of this mantra are from an ancient Sanskrit language. The use of your breath is also an important factor with each repetition. Chanting a japa (“to mutter”) mala (“garland”) meditation can calm the body and mind, bringing one into states of deep peace and Self Realization that we are all part of One Creative Source of Life, Light, and Love.

    I have personally felt the benefits of chanting the esoteric sounds of Sanskrit, just as I feel a closer connection to God when I recite Hebrew prayers or sing Native American songs. However, if your belief system feels more comfortable chanting something else like calling upon Jeshua Yahweh Christus (Jesus the Christ is healer), or Hashem (the unnamable name of God), or Mother Mary, Kwan Yin, or Buddha, etc., then please open yourself to divine intelligence, guidance, universal truth, and support for your healing…both material and spiritually. Set your true intentions for optimal health and chant what feels right for you! 

    108 times for 40 days.


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    DEVELOPING A COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE for the GOOD of the WHOLE

    We are encouraging a "community of practice" and we invite you into a daily practice with us. Whether you are doing the Mantra Meditation or your own unique practice, please join us in the comment section below as we journey through the 40 days together.  Share your reflections, questions, and comments. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to engage in community and express yourself! Be watching for future reflections...and please join us in our GOOD of the WHOLE Facebook Community Group 


    Linda Linker Rosenthal’s work as a holistic healer is to create a safe, peaceful, and sacred space for others to transmute fear into love and live authentically. She is an award-winning author, recording artist, transformational counselor, teacher, and founder of Insight Out Visionary Healing Arts Center in NW Indiana. She holds degrees in metaphysics and transpersonal psychology, with extensive training in meditation, intuitive writing, chakra studies, energy work, Reiki and sound healing. Linda facilitates women’s retreats and co-creates conscious, loving, sustainable communities with Good of the Whole, The Co-Creators Convergence, and Pachamama Alliance. Her clients, students and friends call her a ‘Joy Specialist’! www.insightout-healing.com

    Healing, which is the Consciousness of Wholeness, is just a mindful breath away.  


    Be watching for future reflections...and please join my Facebook Live messages at 10:00 pm Eastern 7:00 pm Pacific here: https://www.facebook.com/GoodoftheWhole

    You can also contact me personally at insightout-healing.com/contact.html   


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