Yoga and Your Body Type

Yoga is adaptable to every body type and requires knowledge of how our body is suited for each movement.

Practicing yoga is a powerful way to strengthen and heal.  However, it requires the ability to adapt your body to function within each pose. Our yoga practice requires us to realize the challenges we face in achieving the benefits in yoga related to our body type. Let’s look at your body type today in our blog class for yoga and your body type.

Jay, the Russian fitness trainer strapped me into a leg machine then stopped and said, “I didn’t realize you were so tall. Are you over six feet?” Why do you ask, said I?  He told me that the length of my legs were equal to a body over six feet tall.  It was then I had a revelation about my body type and subsequent excuses for why I couldn’t perform certain fitness or yoga exercises.

Stand me next to the shortest person in the room then have us sit down side by side. Whilst I tower over the short person standing, they suddenly become taller than me when we sit next to each other. With these super long legs comes a short torso. I sometimes wonder how all my organs fit into such a small space and another reason why my rib cage is so large. Point being, my structural uniqueness carries with it some challenges and some advantages.

Structurally speaking leg lifts or boat pose “Navasana” are the most traumatic exercise experiences for me while bike riding is the most structurally easy exercise. In leg lifts my torso has to nearly be on the floor to counterbalance my legs. In bicycle riding, my long legs provide great muscle mass for peddling while the short torso keeps my center of gravity lower.

Many new to the practice get frustrated by body type comparisons.

Why some postures are such a challenge when others can master such postural moves easily. It is really all about our physiology.

I had a friend who mastered a head stand from a wide leg position and other arm balances easy.  Like Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, he had a long torso and short legs. He is 6’4″ and our legs are the same length. His extra length is in the torso. He could put his head to the floor easy because of his structure. It was almost as if his legs would naturally come off the ground to accommodate his torso. With such mass in the upper body, inversions are easier. Many think inversions are the end-all to mastering yoga when in fact inversion postures are simply another direction to test the body. Some find it easy some do not.

Here is a visual of the differences between torso body types, the weight and mass of the legs  in comparison to the torso.

Structural differencesDaily movements of our body requires finding our center of gravity.

Gravity is what we work with to move ourselves.  When we begin a practice of yoga we become aware of our structural design and integrity.

Early on in yoga practice people use structural design as an excuse as to why they can’t do certain postures. I tried it, but my teacher wouldn’t buy into my excuses and called me lazy. Over time I simply became more aware of myself, dropped the ego expectation and humbly worked within my framework.

We all have structural differences which make certain activities easy and others more difficult. If you’ve ever played an auto racing video game, before the game starts you get to design your car. The design of the car will provide the parameters from which you get to experience the race.

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Whatever our structural design we all benefit from the yoga practice

Eventually we will be able to perform all the poses in the class. I see students struggle with expectation and humiliation but the humbling effect brings one further into the benefits of the practice.   Remember yoga is simply a process of understanding.

Whatever your belief or excuse about your body type, it’s the starting point to becoming aware of who you are. All the poses I had excuses for have now become easy.  This is true with any perceived limitation of health or ability. When we release the expectation and ego, we can begin to discover the magic of who we are.

Blessings on your journey. I’ll see you in class.

~Douglas

Conscious Tourism

Think of a time, not too long ago, when people were romantic – the sky is deep blue, the sea is clear, and the air is warm. Vivid colors of nature and breathtaking waterfalls in the mountains surround you. Your body is blessed by living outdoors and eating the abundant fruits that grow effortlessly all around. Your heart feels the natural affinity of love. Life is so vibrant you name your children after the elements in nature. The land requires strength and respect. This is Hawaii, a place so blessed and powerful that the people mold everything around this respect and gratitude. It has been the way until modern slavery and corporate greed began killing life on this great example of haumea (Mother Earth).

This is not isolated to Hawaii. Exponential population growth combined with the inertia from generations of bad habits has our earth cultures scrambling for solutions. Leaders of new thought are working to awaken more people each day to the power within them to harmonize with the natural laws of earth, Dharma.

As the growth of tourism increase on Maui, the impact has residents rallying together to conserve this blessed land (stolen in 1893), and is slowly losing all of its natural resources. But within this steady flow of tourism is a revelation of insight, a blessing, a method by which knowledge and wisdom can be shared.

Here on Maui resides a large population of Mother Earth’s leaders. Natives of Hawaii who carry the wisdom of their indigenous families. Others have been attracted to the island with wisdom to support and teach the laws of Mother Earth and enjoy the simple life gifted by nature. Moving to the island is not a given right. The people who are of the island have the fire naturally within them. Others have to discover it and answer to it from the truth within the heart. It’s a rite-of-passage, a personal, emotional fire which scorches the illusion of reality to bring forth the giant within. Maui, within it’s beauty, is a sweet nectar that will metaphysically transform the blood of all who are bold enough to partake. In yoga, we speak of this fire within as a force which burns through to reveal the true self. The fears of life have much of society afraid to discover and accept this inner self.

Throughout the world, social norms were developed out of fear and ignorance which now threatens life on earth. Today, the leaders are here to create a new reality. There is a power force on this island, the power of Mother Gaia’s heart. Those who make a stand to actualize change within themselves ignite the fire of change for people worldwide.

There is a wealth of knowledge being developed on Maui regarding the natural affinity for health and joy on this planet. Ancient knowledge brushed aside as folklore to give science priority over common sense is being reawakened and practiced. Within this ancient wisdom lies the truth of the simplicity of human survival and happiness.

Today, true leaders all over the earth are providing methods of alchemy towards happiness. Sometimes called “lightworkers,” on Maui, these leaders are immersed in wisdom of the natural elements of life. This wisdom is expressed in the teachings of organic and self-sustaining permaculture, natural healing, cultural harmony, and reclamation of Earth’s resources. These devoted leaders and teachers are not fighters in defense of a cause, as much as, masters of revelation – sharing the romantic passion of life.

Visitors of any sacred place on Earth shall realize that there is a kuleana (responsibility) to nurture our own inner wisdom – our personal coming of age. Maui asks visitors to discover something deeper than a luau at a favorite hotel. Discover the meaning of Aloha, attend a conscious class, a self-awakening/strengthening retreat, or an educational tour in support of the knowledge that people of the planet are in desperate need of. Embrace the knowledge close to the heart and allow sharing to happen naturally within circles at home. There is so much a visitor of these Hawai’ian islands can do to consciously support Hawai’ian communities and one’s hometown. A deep personal commitment is normally felt as a conscious shift, a feeling of personal harmony with what is commonly known as the ‘right thing to do.’

Maui is also where teachers and leaders from other lands come to partake in strengthening their inner power with the wisdom flowing through the vortex. Come enjoy life as you develop the leader within you. Put yourself in the fire so that nobody else can burn you. Bring home a piece of Maui. Make your visit fulfilling to the point of tears and help bring wisdom to the people worldwide.

Here are a few links to get started:

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When Natural Healing isn’t Working

Our own ideas about natural healing usually get in the way

If natural healing isn’t working than you are doing something unnatural that is effecting your progress. Healing Occurs Naturally. I saw this on a bumper sticker in Flagstaff, Arizona. Stated so clearly, we don’t even have to think about. It’s a state of being. People have driven so far off course in their thoughts that the process of allowing healing to occur naturally is undermined.  The natural abilities of our human existence are not understood.

In the universe as well as in our bodies The macro and the micro are the same.

Each part contains the whole. The way we recover from a scratch is the way we recover from cancer or other diseases. Provide the environment for healing and allow it to happen naturally. We clean the wound and cover it. We clear the issues causing the disease and let healing begin. But where the scratch took only a second to create, other diseases are caused by a more lengthy onslaught of exposure and behaviors. As a scratch can heal in a day, other diseases take a little longer for recovery, long enough to delve into the process of how it all happened. Delving into the process many times is reconstructing ones entire belief system. My mentor Dr Richard Schulze has always said they wouldn’t accept anyone into their healing clinic, of which they have helped cure all 4th stage diseases, unless the patient is willing to look within.

In a coming two part series I will outline the intense and committed process I went through to heal my liver and gut disease which was on a spiral to destroy my living existence. My system shut down and I lost 30 pounds in two months. To be published later this week.  In the mean time get a warm-up with Dr. Schulze. Aloha.

The Focused ones


How can you tell the person who’s got it going on, focused and visionarily strong?
They move with intent. They are not looking around wondering what everyone else is doing, subjecting themselves to vampires and thieves. 
The thieves I speak of are representative in the ethical guidelines of yoga the Yamas.

The five yamas, are self-regulating behaviors involving our interactions with other people and the world at large.
Ahimsa: nonviolence
Satya: truthfulness
Asteya: non-stealing
Brahmacharya: non-excess (often interpreted as celibacy)
Aparigraha: non-possessiveness, non-greed.

Non-stealing relates to the energy you take from another, be it physical or non-physical. In one glance a person can steal the moment you give them, define it and put it upon/into you. It may be a moment of inspiration and upliftment as in a smile or a disruptive and fearful glare defining their existence.
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One who is self-sufficient, complete and confident will travel through time/space directly into the people and places that are essential for the creation of their desires.
We are all creators and healers, transformers of space. We define the space around us by focusing our attention in one direction or another. Those not focused on a path will wander aimlessly into the wild, and subject themselves to endless variations of others opinions, beliefs and endless suffering. I am not talking about physical wandering either. I am talking about the life path/dream one holds tightly to their souls energy from the point of waking from sleep every day.
Some wake with gratitude and vision and others wake with fear and confusion. 
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It is summed up in a phrase molded by Irene Dunne: “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”
There is power in that phrase beyond a smile of approval.
The person with direction in their life is not taking their eyes off the road. They don’t need to be in random conversations with those babbling about their beliefs or fears, or looking around for approval in the eyes of others. When you take your eyes off the road you’re in danger of crashing, because those eyes can kill.
Stand in your path without the need for approval or acceptance. I knew a man who would always have to preface his words and opinions with pre approved acceptance from others in an attempt to persuade others and avoid his fear of disapproval. He was the most uncomfortable person to be around.
It doesn’t matter what you wish to create. Create with all your heart. Marilyn Manson is a great example. He’s one of my fellow Capricorn leaders, an intelligent man with a wildly creative soul with no need of approval from any human being. I love him.
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Find your path. “You are never given a dream without also given the power to make it true.” -Richard Bach

Focus. Focused intention builds the dream.
Believe in your power. Believe everything is drawing you closer to your desires.
Stand forward. Walk forward, heart forward and spine tall. Walk from were you are now to the point of attraction for you each day. You will walk into the people and places that fit the joy you seek, the kindred souls of the angels that will guide you away from the thieves. This is the core power of the Law of Attraction.

Who are you?

Injured? Don’t Do Yoga!!

“Don’t do yoga.” It’s something I’ve heard students and clients tell me as their doctor’s or therapist’s instructions. Yoga has a broad based history in supporting injury and healing. Yoga not only helps prevent injury but increases the healing process. Unfortunately our modern medical model doesn’t quite understand what it’s all about. Read on for a look into this issue in today’s class blog.

“Injured? Don’t Do Yoga!!

There is something deep and fundamentally disruptive with this level of intellect. First off  “yoga”  in itself is such a general statement about a system of practices for a healthy lifestyle. Yoga is about the way one perceives life. Surely the doctor didn’t mean: you’re injured, stop perceiving life with gratitude. Of course not. It’s simply our western model of health care. A model which is fundamentally sickness management, and the longer you can manage someone’s sickness or injury, the longer you make money. There is no education regarding the ancient secrets of health within the typical practitioners of western medicine.

What the doctor is referring to, I’m sure, is “do not attend a yoga class.” Another reality is that yoga, like medicine, has been reduced in it’s effectiveness and away from the wisdom of inner self. It’s now an exercise routine performed as an athletic competition. Many classes do not properly train an individual for the greatest accomplishment in yoga, to do nothing and be happy. The state of being is what matters in all circumstances.  So yes, the fast paced or poorly directed classes are not properly suited for injury care.

Yoga in its clearest form teaches the wisdom of doing no harm. Do no harm to the body. Do no harm to the mind. Treat yourself with respect and listen deeply to your inner wisdom.

Depending upon the extent of the injury, yoga can be used to learn the lesson of rest and using healing energy, or used to circumspect the range of injury through gentle movement. Yoga can be used for healing at every level of injury. What is needed is not less yoga, but more education for what is yoga.

In health and prosperity

~Douglas

 

The Maui pot

Yes a lot of people smoke weed on the islands, but that’s not the pot I am refer-ing to.

Yesterday a couple in a rental car stopped next to us along the side of the Hana Highway and approached us to get some information. They are farmers from Indiana, real farmers with 3,000 acres of family farm land. They were nice and friendly. I enjoyed chatting with them. There was one thing she mentioned that stood out for me.  She said as they were traveling from their hotel touring the land, she noticed there are a lot of people on Maui and aside from the tourists staying in hotels, there was very few housing developments. She asked herself and me, “where does everybody live.” I told her there are many hidden developments around the Island, but she hit on a critical issue, the epic housing shortage on Maui.

Here you find people occupying every type of living arrangement imaginable. There are those who live from their backpack, individuals and families who live from their car, truck or van and others who live in structures.  Those able to manifest actual “housing” might find everything from converted school buses, barns, garages, sheds and storage units. If lucky, you’ll find an actual room in a house with decent folk, studio or guest house. There are apartment buildings and homes in the larger city areas, but the competition and cost is more than most are willing to deal with, trumped by the wealthy who can over-bid asking prices.

All that being said, there is a unique and even symbiotic relationship that happens with all groups of people here. Everyone knows about the challenges we face and generally have compassion for all people.

Like anywhere, there are the few who lose control of their lives and fall into addiction to pharmaceuticals or alcohol and in turn lose control of their respect for the nature or others. Even these folks find a way to get along and are usually found in areas inhabited by the like-minded. We learn to steer clear of these folks by keeping our vibration at a frequency that shields and protects us.

The “pot” I am referring to is this melting pot of people learning to live and find the Aloha in their lives here on Maui. The police, the locals, those living in their cars and those living from their backpack find compassion for the human experience.  I’ve seen people go through some tough humbling experiences, and the strength I see in their eyes is the beauty of humanity.

The contrast to this are those who pretend that they are in control. They talk too much, name drop, show-off with behaviors influenced by television.  There are many talented people here, and eventually, like a thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle and when the ego is subdued, we find our place.

This melding is challenged by some locals who are not happy with the growing crowds on the island. We must remember. This crowding is not a Maui thing. Our exponential population growth is world-wide. There are as many folks leaving Maui as those coming in. The human desire to have three and four babies has put us in a critical situation with the growth of our population.  It’s why I left the beaches of Southern California. It was to the point I wouldn’t leave my place in Malibu on weekends for the hassle of growing traffic and delays getting to and from my place. It’s even more reason to find compassion and teach new ways of thought, and new ways of being. We are in this together.

So if you are reading this from somewhere on the island or from the frozen fields of Sweden thank you for sending a bit of compassion to all who are learning to meld together on this ever-growing experience on earth. It’s the experience of our lives.

 

Aloha

 

Connected to Disconnectedness

Recently I have been deeply into my connection to the natural world.

Being in the presence of like minded folks is important for maintaining a stream of consciousness for ones beliefs. If we believe the world is difficult, hanging out with happy people will create conflict. Those who believe in unlimited abundance and prosperity in a loving world will find a challenge when in the circle of fearful folks.

In my life as a full time teacher and practitioner of the sacred wisdom of yoga, I find myself disconnecting more and more. Even in the so called “spiritual communities” I have encountered contradictions and disbelief.  The more I disconnect from the social element the more I find joy, intrigue, wonder and wisdom from the life blood of the natural world.

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Whenever I return from secluded locations to the city, the first thing I notice is the plethora of ads for cancer and other diseases, as if a warning for those coming into these city’s. Or is it a creative way to create more disease through subliminal messages? It’s a good indicator of the environment cities have create.

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When I am in nature, the knowing of natural health and vitality becomes clear. Our bodies are are biological, enzymatic, natural beings. Food is our medicine not just when we are sick but everyday at every meal. Nature is what feeds the cells of our body to re-create itself daily. This is part of the wisdom I feel when I am alone with nature with the fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and leaves.

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In the city one is subjected to all kinds of messages to undermine the true power of our mother earth and her nutrients for our life. When people gather and talk about these messages there is even a greater attraction to the things that are harmful for us. The Law of Attraction states that whatever you focus upon you attract. So when a group of people are together talking about what is currently happening that they don’t like, or talking about the tragedies they see, they are putting all their energy into these thoughts and thus attracting more of the same.

So it’s important to observe life but not be inundated with the problems people create. Be in the world, but not of the world would be the appropriate axiom for life today. Know what is around and offer the majority of your thought to the wonderful things which deserve and need your thoughtful energy to grow.

Disconnect as much as necessary from those who offer their energy to fear and gather in the circles of those who speak clear and prosperously. But to establish a clear connection to source and love better to leave out the human aspect altogether.

The gift of mother nature is pure, the messages and self power that can be learned and nurtured within, is grand. Caring for ourselves is a full-time event and today we need all the support and power and wisdom we can gather to fulfill human life.

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Choosing to bring harmony and abundance to human kind

Learn how to disconnect and find more contentedness in what lies beneath the superficial haze of needless chit chat and worry. Discover your connection to nature and to life as a simple and yet highly complex natural being.

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Like a child who can stare at a flower for hours, find that connectedness. Discover the beauty. Realize the safety and purity of life. Shed all your fears. Heal your body. The spirit of nature, of God, will forever feed you and provide the life of your dreams, just have faith in your greatness. Become the masters. I love you.

The Lifetime Process of Believing

When it comes to creating a lasting, meaningful behavior that supports abundance and miracles more people grasp the concepts but miss the lesson. The lesson is to add these truths to the knowing center of the self as tools in our tool chest to help us build our lives. But if we don’t really believe in the ability to create our lives in every area, then the greatest tool in the world is only potential. It is the knowing, the beliefs about our inner power that drives new creation into our experience. When we know and believe and feel our inner power, we take lessons and fine-tune our creations.  We can create strong bodies, heal from dis-ease and inspire profound relationships. When we subscribe to a victim mentality, then the lessons become stories, stories of others, others who have the power.

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All the books and movies regarding inner power, law of attraction, manifestation, only provide clarity to the mind that seeks. When we forget to internalize it as true for us, then the message is lost and life continues to wander into spiral of unintended events, or so it may seem.

And there’s a simple reason why most people don’t make the shift or get over the hump of learning how to properly attract the good things in life.

I see it everyday. The remedy is clear but sometimes difficult to shift into this one single truth. If we focus on the things that are happening around us, to us, and because of us, then the natural law of energy attraction will bring more of that to us, because that is where our energy is focused.  Chinese healers tell us: “Where the mind goes, Chi goes.” Chi is the life force energy. So life force energy is supplying power to the visions and feelings you are creating right now.

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When one is encountering major challenges in life, it becomes natural to focus on the worry, problems and what-if’s.

The key to transformation is this:

“I KNOW THAT I HAVE CREATED THIS SITUATION BECAUSE I DESIRE THE BEST FOR MY LIFE, THEREFORE EVERYTHING THAT COMES TO ME, IS A PROCESS TO KEEP ME ON MY PATH OF PROSPERITY, HEALTH, AND ABUNDANCE. I WELCOME IT. I ALLOW IT TO PASS, AND, TODAY I FOCUS ON A NEW REALITY, CREATED FROM THIS NEW VISION OF MY LIFE, AND THE VISION IS…………”

 

I believe in me!

If you can say that, if you can put it deep into your mind, if you truly believe that you are in control of your life and that all of the universal forces of Mother Earth are here at your calling at any time and all universal forces are teaming up for your greatest good, then you have made the turn.

 

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At the point of knowing this truth, life has turned toward a new reality. You must know and believe that you are a miracle on Earth. Your creation is a miracle. Your living is a miracle and you have the ability to design and request miracles every day. Your body naturally heals on the inside as well as the outside. You define the strength of your cells and you become the miracle of dreams within your own life.

If you see yourself as inferior or unworthy of self creation, it’s okay, you will still experience yourself as a great creator, it’s just that you will continue to create the things that you focus on, be it feeling lonely, old, broke, misguided, victimized, etc. You will expectedly create more of it and that should make you happy to know, because that gives you power.

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The entire process of our happiness is quite easy if we just get out of the way and relax.

THE MOST UNBELIEVABLE THING ABOUT LIFE AND ABUNDANCE FOR PEOPLE IS TO REALIZE THAT IT HAPPENS QUICKER AND WITH MORE EXCELLENCE BY DOING LESS AND TRUSTING MORE. IT IS TRUST, OR, WHAT RELIGIONS CALL FAITH, THAT CREATES EASY ACCESS TO OUR MOST BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE IN THIS WORLD.

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So, where is your faith? Can you believe in natural abundance, or, do you believe in struggle?

Once you decide to turn to the direction of what you wish to create, as soon as appreciation sets in for your ability to create, when love flows from you and light shines within, when you know you are a great creator worthy of love, health, and passion, then you can relax, get out of the way, and allow new life to grow.

Believe in magic

Your homework: Watch the original version of the movie, The Secret (with Esther Hicks), everyday for one month.

Recommended movies: The Secret (original version); Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds; The Cure is...

Recommended books and audio books: Neale Donald Walsh’s Conversations with God; Esther and Jerriy Hicks’ Ask and it is Given; Florence Scovel Shinn’s Your Word is Your Wand and Game of Life; Charlotte Kasl’s if the Buddha got stuck; Louise Hay’s Receiving Prosperity

Blessings on the way!

I love you.

Yoga of Tears

Tears are a reflection of emotion. It is the physical manifestation of the emotion of sadness. Just like the way anger is fear realized, tears are the process of feeling the emotion of sadness. It is sadness realized.
Emotion, itself, is simply the reaction to thought: Thought –> Emotion –> Realization of Emotion.

Finding oneself in the feeling of sadness can be a deep hole. It can feel like a constant flow of emotion until a different thought can be realized. This is why people cry for days, weeks, and months. Their belief about a circumstance is so confirmed within them that only the feeling of sadness exists. Hence the corresponding physical reaction of crying is manifested. This will continue until there can be a new thought, a new emotion, and thus, a new physical reaction.

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Tears are actually a mechanism to let this powerful energy created through feelings, out. It’s like the way exercise is a release when one is feeling fear of frustration, tears are a mechanism to release fear of sadness. (Fear the category as in the movie of Casablanca”)

Fear or love? Fundamentally, this is the big question, and the best tool when learning to live a happy life. Understanding our feeling at the root level, reducing it to its simplest form, fear or love, provides the awareness of what emotion we are reacting from, and thus attracting in our life. For as one confirms fear (or love) in their life, they attract a world which confirms those fears (or love). It is done by default. What one believes one receives.

“We don’t see the world the way it is. We see the world the way we are.”

Tears are good! They are a mechanism to allow energy to flow through the physical body. It is the process of sadness moving through in physical form. Like a river flowing it is energy moving from the circumstances created, washing away and giving life at the same time. It is in this constant flow of energy through tears that (eventually) brings a new thought and thus a new reaction where healing can begin. It’s where redemption can be found.

Holding emotion in and not releasing the energy in a physical way is caused by the fear of fear. To fear feeling the feelings of fear is the highest form of fear. This can lead to a life of fear which inevitably involves the corresponding physical manifestation by attracting life experiences based on fear. “The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”, First Inaugural Address, Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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When I was 18, I wrote a book entitled, “The Playground Network” from the forceful beginning of life. In this book, I stated the need, as adults, to stay free from limiting beliefs about life. I spoke about the natural law of abundance and asked the question: Why all the fear? Life is wonderful at every level.

Suicide would be much higher had we not had the inner knowing of strength over fear, but we do, and we feel it. From this idea some of the most respected peers have pondered the proverbial fact: Our only real question in life is whether or not to kill ourselves. For in this question is the decision to live and to experience another day of being human. For the experience of life itself stimulates all emotions.

The premise of my early book was simple: learn to be okay with feeling what it’s like to be human. Tears are part of it. They are the manifestation of energy to move through the body and offer new life to the self.

In harmony

Douglas

 

Maui Initiation

After an obscure series of events, we found ourselves on the island of Maui, the vacation spot of the world. The destination for weddings, honeymoons, family vacations, and the hottest surfing and ocean sports. The place many would like to live…if they could.P1140654

The Island has a reputation for attracting people at transitional times in their lives or to put them face to face with their fears. This is a theme we have heard over and over again here. Even a local magazine printed an article mentioning this vortex of energy that pulls people in or spits them out. Some people leave the island after a short stay with their tail between their legs; others run out of money or fail to accomplish their “plans.”  Plans?  The Islands have their own “plans” for you.

We arrived following one of those such failed “plans.” What was supposed to be a year stay managing a B&B turned into a swift exit from the Big Island onto Maui.  Fortunately, we found a friend to stay with for a while. He spoke of the “vortex”, the power of Maui; that it will manifest whatever energy we put out, positive or negative. It’s as if there is an evolutionary force of thought manifestation here on the Island. It seems many want to see it and be in it, because the island is so over-run with tourists and transients, the challenge to find peace on Maui is growing more and more difficult.

The amount of people who come and go is so great, it may take months before local people even begin to take notice of you. We’ve heard local natives enlighten us to what they call the “rednecks,” white people coming to the island to sell real estate and abuse the land. Then there are the throngs of spiritual devotees wanting to invade your personal space with a overly emotional hug. attending “teacher training programs.” Those with monetary wealth, can  live in planned communities offering a safe and familiar experience, living as a perpetual tourist. But in the real Maui there are some very intense people, and some of the world’s best athletes.

For me, the magic of the experience is that I had to deal with my emotional breakdown and find the strength to let go of beliefs and expectations of what I thought should be and tap into my own intense strength. I had to practice the art of embracing “what is.”

Like many, I understand the concept of accepting circumstances in order to move through them, but here the challenge was in my face. “Circumstances don’t matter, only state of mind matters,” I remember this phrase through a Bashar channeling.  In my humble, calm state of mind, I journeyed through these few weeks to discover more depth to this paradise on earth.

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My breakdown was initiated by expecting that at this point in life, my invention would have been far further along, bringing the fantastic income I envisioned. The great spirits had other plans for the progress into my dreams. Expectation can be a deadly emotional trap and my surrender brought forth new direction.

I found that Maui will welcome you and hold you closely in her arms, but there is no room for emotional baggage. With emotional baggage, you either have to distract and hide as long as you can, or come clean and find rest.

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Here, the self is first. The self, with truth and serenity offers true relationship to others and the world around. I have seen the many who have not freed themselves. Frantic, frustrated people with an air of chaos, even eerie, creepy and fearful expressions surround them, trying to find their place on Maui.  Even when one feels clear and strong, keeping clear boundaries is a constant practice. For there are many here who still live in the confusion of what is and seek to bring others into it.

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The Maui we thought was, no longer exists, and maybe this is the fate of the entire earth. The earth we once knew no longer exists. People have over-run the planet for the sake of commerce. My request is for the angels to come forth from the souls of who we are and realize the natural law of the universe, what is known as the Dharma.

Today,  synchronicities have been climbing and feelings of home are increasing. Soon  the perfect little home space will manifest, a place to support our comfort and where I can continue to share  gifts with the community and realize the warrior power  carried throughout my life.

 

Blessings.

 

Yoga, Inspirational Yoga, Maui fitness professional, Injury Prevention for Active Lifestyles

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