Month: October 2015

Wisdom Sky

By Anna Freundl ~~~ When I take a walk, there is a subtle shift in my consciousness, an opening. Yesterday, while walking to lunch, I looked up and saw a beautiful sight, a vast sight that couldn’t be contained to a description. Earth met Heaven. This tree had a stream of brilliance ascending from its crown. Surrounding clouds caressed the sky in this way I have never seen. There were long, patient brush strokes, and subtle shapes, as if the wind was nature’s breath painting a canvas before my eyes. My non-conceptual mind met my surroundings in this direct way, there was no question I was experiencing what Choygam Trungpa might refer to as “ordinary magic.” I believe that these are the brief moments we have that teach us enlightenment. To me, enlighten means to take off weight. When we meet nature, including our minds, for what it is in that moment, our thoughts settle simultaneous to our heart reaching out its arms as if it were coming home. When my mind began to activate …

Wisdom Rising

Lama Tsultrim Allione Discusses the “Sacred Feminine” (Video/Audio)

It is a widely-shared sentiment in this day and age that the world is somehow out of balance. In particular, many point to the inequality among genders — that those of the male variety seem to be more often in positions of power, and even treated better than those of other genders who occupy similar positions. All of this seems to be observably true. And yet, there may also a more subtle imbalance in regard to maculine and feminine influence in our modern world that is of equal, if not greater, importance. Buddhist master Lama Tsultrim Allione devotes much energy to reawakening the “sacred feminine.” When asked to define this phrase though, Lama often experiences a vast gap in conceptual mind, and a verbal answer doesn’t always emerge quickly — which is part of the point. The sacred feminine is mysterious, vast, empty, and yet cognizant. It is related to nature, poetry, and sacred sexuality. It is embodied, rather than somewhere “up and out there” And, according to Lama Tsultrim, it’s influence is painfully lacking …