Written and Sourced by Pedram Shojai
There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.
– Albert Einstein
As a Taoist monk, much of what I learned from my teachers was passed down from shamanic heritage throughout Asia. Communion with nature, “animal play”, herbalism, energy practices, and purification through fire- these are all rooted in shamanism. The Buddhists, Taoists, Hindus, and all other great traditions from the East come from these origins.
Shamanism lives in the world of miracles. Life itself is a miracle. All we need to do is perceive the language of life as the photons pass through our bodies triggering the opening and closing of our DNA strands. This “Cosmic Serpent” as Jeremy Narby writes about, is the universal carrier of all intelligence of which we are a part. Tapping into this, all healing is possible.
So how do we connect with this while living in cities and dealing with cars, jobs, and thousands of people all around us?
Here Are 9 Teachings That Will Help You:
Touch the earth with bare feet – our connection with the earth mother is severed by rubber soled shoes so getting a few minutes barefoot preferably on the grass/bare earth can really help reset our energy fields. I like to take breaks every 25 minutes to get under a tree outside my office and breathe with its roots for a couple of minutes. Do this occasionally throughout your day and you’ll feel restored, connected, and refreshed.
Learn to control time – this is the shaman’s domain and, in our daily lives, we are easily distracted by the tick tock linear time that marches us all around being late for meetings and the kid’s soccer practice. Our ancestors understood that time is relative and our perception of time can be nuanced and manipulated. By controlling your breath, you can calm your mind and slow the flow of time. Tapping into that place of “no time” in the empty moment of stillness is what I call “Drinking from Infinity”. This is where all healing happens and this is where you can tap into any information you desire. Remember that you’re only a breath away from this infinite space/time…always.
Stay moving all day– still water breeds poison and we come from ancestry that moved, climbed, ran, jumped, and swam all the time. Our stagnant lifestyles are putting us in unnatural positions and shutting down the natural flow of energy in our bodies. This brings down our vibratory frequency and severs our connection to the Universal Intelligence. Our minds get dull and we forget who we are and where we came from. A quick solution to this is setting a timer to take a physical break every 25 minutes. I go outside and do some squats, jumping jacks, lunges, pushups, or whatever at least twice an hour to keep my body awake, alive, and vibrant. You’ll find yourself taking far fewer refills of coffee this way…
Make your bedroom a sacred sleep hut– there’s lots of power in darkness and the ancients got lots of it. This helps trigger the release of natural melatonin in our pineal glands as well as growth hormones and all kinds of wonderful detox we need from our busy days. Artificial light disrupts this so an urban monk learns to get the electronics out of the bedroom and shield the walls from electronic pollution that can be disruptive. Think cave. A sacred hut needs to be restorative. Candlelight for the last couple hours of your evening is an amazing practice to help this.
Give thanks with every bite– one key shamanic principal that we’ve lost sight of is the need for utter reverence for everything we ingest. Taking the time to realize that this “food” is actually something that was (hopefully) recently alive and is “giving of itself” to us, is powerful. What are you doing with your life to deserve taking on this energy? How can you pay it forward to all life with your greater service to the natural world and future generations? Giving thanks connects us with this and helps anchor us back to what’s important.
Have something you grow to eat at home – whether it’s a counter top tomato plant or a full-fledged garden outside, connecting with the energy of life is key. The magic of a sprouting seed turning into a stalk of something you nurture and, eventually, bearing a food that you ingest is powerful. This connects us with the miracle itself. Having a hand in the cycle of life keeps us grounded and reverent.
Connect with like-minded people – Sangha or community is huge in Buddhism and so it is in tribal shamanism. Connect with your people and don’t let others distract you into a perverse worldview that pulls you into mindless consumption and conflict. You are on the right path so lock arms with friends and work together to hold the line. You work for Great Mother now =)
Don’t take society so seriously – the modern world is grappling with an epidemic of stress. People are so busy running around buying crap that they don’t need that they don’t stop to realize they’re squandering their life force on senseless junk. Then they complain about not having enough money, time, or energy and they’d have all three if they would stop buying the crap that’s polluting our planet and choking us out in the first place. The wise soul understands this is insane and holds court for the people in his/her life. Let them see how happy and peaceful you are and, then by example, they can learn of a better way. Don’t preach…be.
Control the dream– the media paints a picture of a world filled with conflict wherein we need to give up our liberties and powers to forces that protect us from “them”. Love all life and don’t buy into such petty narratives. Every time you purchase something, you are voting with your money. You are giving power in the form of currency to a company that is either helping make the world a cleaner, safer, healthier place, or to one that’s driving us in the other direction. An urban soul traveler understands his or her role in this and only allocates money to people and companies that deserve it. This way, we vote on the practices we want to see and we work to make the world a better place with every action. Create the world you’d want to live in with today’s actions.
I’ve been teaching students how to tap in, step up, and get ignited in their lives for a couple of decades. My training includes Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and many forms of yoga but my roots are shamanic. I have spent countless hours in the woods connecting with the wind and perceiving the movement of energy all around me.
|Miladi Takvime Göre Tarih||11 Kasım 1982|
|Maya Takvimine Göre Tarih||0 Pictun 12 Baktun 18 Katun 9 Tun 8 Uinal 2 Kin (4 Ik; 15 Zac)|
Temel Özellik : uyum, zihin ve iletişim
Rüzgar, hepimize hayat veren ve canlı tutan Hintlilerin “prana” dedikleri yaşamsal ruhu sembolize eder. Mayalara göre Rüzgar, Tanrı’nın nefesidir. Rüzgar gününde doğan insanlar bu Tanrısal gücü yoğun şekilde taşırlar. Yaşam enerjileri ve yaratıcı ilhamları çok yüksektir. Eğer Rüzgar insanı, içini dolduran bu enerjinin kendi egosu değil de ilahi nefes olduğunu bilerek hareket ederse, neredeyse sonsuz bereketli bir enerji ile donanır, ve bir yaz akşamı esen tatlı bir rüzgar gibi olur. Aksi takdirde bu gücün egosundan kaynaklandığını düşünürse, bir kasırga gibi esebilir ve bu gücü yanlış şekilde kullanabilir.
Ruhun ve hayatın nefesi. Rüzgar, iyi tohumları veya fikirleri ekmenin ve yaymanın gücünü taşır. Güçlü imgelemleri ile hayalci veya plancıdırlar. Rüzgar insanları çok iyi hatiptir ve sanki rüzgarla taşıyormuşçasına spritüel ilham sözcüklerini yayarlar. Rüzgar hava olayları, erozyon ve kültürel değişim gibi doğal döngülerin arkasındaki güçtür. Rüzgar insanları son derece değişken ve uyumludur. Diğerlerine tutarsız veya değişken görünebilirler. Rüzgar insanı caka satarak kendine ve başkalarına zarar verebilir. Rüzgar başardıklarına ve somut icraatlerine dayanarak çalım ve övünçle ilerlerken, kasırgaya dönüşebilecek kara bulutlar inşa ederler. Güçlü estetik duyarlılıkları vardır sanat ve güzellik yaratmayla uğraşırlar.
Kişiliği : Konuşkan, zihinsel, çevik, zeki ve çokyönlü. İdealist ve romantik. Modanın farkında veya sanatçı.
Temel Sorunu : Sorumluluklar ve mecburiyetler ile ilgili korkular, kararsızlık ve kendini adayamama.
Çözüm Yolu : Daha iyi iletişim kurmak üzerine eğitim ve öğrenim görmek.
Trond Engen sent me links to “Ancient Roots of Indo-European Folktales,” by Sara Graça da Silva and Jamshid J. Tehrani (“In this study, we introduce new methods for tackling these problems by applying comparative phylogenetic methods and autologistic modelling to analyse the relationships between folktales, population histories and geographical distances in Indo-European-speaking societies”), and the (inevitably breathless) BBC News story about it, “Fairy tale origins thousands of years old, researchers say” (“Analysis showed Beauty And The Beast and Rumpelstiltskin to be about 4,000 years old”). My immediate reaction is skepticism, and Trond says:
Maybe I don’t understand their probabilities, but it seems like they use the statistical procedure to seek out the outliers and then say “I’m almost certain that these are cherries!” I mean, 1/3 of almost 300 adventures showing more vertical affinity than expected by chance. Really? Gradually fewer of those 100 adventures being reconstructible (with a low bar) for each node up, resulting in only one out of 100 being (weakly) assigned to the top node. What do they expect from a scattershot? And no attempt to control with e.g. Finnish or Hungarian.
But both of us are eager to hear what Haters have to say about it.
People ask me what life in Belfast is really like..
There are a few ways to answer this question, but i’d like to start with the following.
People in Belfast still whistle. People are generally happy. They whistle because they are happy as they walk from A to B.
I hadn’t heard people whistling in London for years before I left, people in Turkey told me whistling was a sign of the devil having taken over your thoughts…
and in all honestly, quite impromptu though it may be, it was the sound of someone walking past my window, whistling that urged me to write this post.
stay tuned for part 2
I am a Rhino
utanıyor musun dedi bana ya…
yakın geçmişte gerçekleşen bir konuşma:
Niye Türk değilim diyorsun? Çeçenler Türktür! niye Türk olmaktan gurur duymuyorsun?
Gurur duymalı mıyım?
Ya Türkün Türk olmasından gururduyması bana göre çok mantıklı ama türk olmayan niye türk olmaktan gurur duymalı ki? Kaç tane kenyalı italyan olmaktan gurur duyuyor? Kaç tane fransız ghanalı olmaktan gurur duyuyor? Kaç tane mozambikli pakistanlı olmaktan gurur duyuyor? Niye bir Çeçen, ya da bir Çerkes, yada bir Kürt, yada bir Megrel Türk olmaktan gurur duymalı ki?
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has strongly reacted to a petition signed by more than 1,000 local and international academics calling on the Turkish government to end the security operations being committed in southeastern Anatolia and to return to table for talks to resolve the Kurdish issue, describing the signatories as “ignorant.” After an urgent meeting on Jan. 12, the Supreme Education Board (YÖK) announced that legal action would be taken over local academics who have signed the petition.
Some 1,128 academics from 89 different universities – including foreign scholars like Noam Chomsky, David Harway and Immanuel Wallerstein – signed the petition titled “We won’t be a part of this crime,” which called on Ankara to end the “massacre and slaughter.”
Erdoğan, in an address to Turkish ambassadors gathered for an annual conference, lashed out at the signatories and said human rights violations in the southeast were being committed by terrorists, not by the state.
“Despite all of these facts, this crowd, which calls itself academics, accuses the state through a statement. Not only this, they also invite foreigners to monitor developments. This is the mentality of colonialism,” he said. Likening today’s situation with the Turkish War of Independence, Erdoğan said the country was again facing “treason” from “so-called intellectuals.”
“Hey, you so-called intellectuals! You are not enlightened persons, you are dark. You are nothing like intellectuals. You are ignorant and dark, not even knowing about the east or the southeast. We know these places just like we know our home addresses,” he said, reiterating his position that Turkey’s problem is “not a Kurdish one, but one of terror.”
President invites Chomsky to southeast
The president also said he wanted to invite all foreign signatories to Turkey.
“Let them come to Turkey. They shouldn’t sign such declarations in vain. We are ready to tell them what is happening in the southeast from A to Z. They should see with their eyes whether the problem is the violation of the rule of law by the state or the hijacking of our citizens’ rights and freedoms by the terrorist organization [Kurdistan Workers’ Party, PKK],” he said.
“Let our ambassador from the United States invite Chomsky, who has made statements about Turkey’s operations against the terrorist organization. Let’s host him in the region,” Erdoğan added.
YÖK to take action
Immediately after the speech, YÖK also issued a statement on the academics’ declaration.
“The declaration issued by a group of academics that describes our state’s ongoing struggle against terror in the southeast as ‘massacre and slaughter’ has put our entire academic world under suspicion,” read the statement issued by YÖK.
“This declaration cannot be associated with academic freedom. Providing the security of citizens is the primary responsibility of the state,” it said, adding that all rectors and an inter-university council would soon meet to discuss the issue.
The Government of the Republic of Turkey and its official press statement on the Bombs in Istanbul
The coverage however, by the rest of the world, in some examples,
Osmanlı yıkıldığında al azharın müftüsü ümmet için cenaze namazi kılmıştı.
Türkiyede müslümanlar müslümanları öldürüyor.
İşide destek verenlere soruyorum, ki listemden çoğunu sildim da gizli destekçi vardır hala birkaç tane,
İşid kürtleri, çözuklara hediye götürnleri, birliktelik savunankarı öldürürken allah yolunda kafirleri öldürüyordu dediniz.
Şimdi? Mahallenize kadar indi..
İşidin öldürdüklerini şehit sayacak mısınız..?
Allah yolunda değilde gülhane park yolunda giden sizin için yeterli bir kifayet midir şehitlik için?
Osmanlı yıkıldığında al azharın müftüsü ümmet için cenaze namazi kılmıştı demistim..
Kimin cenazisine gideceksiniz şimdi..?