Crystal Dawn’s 2018 Global Events

Welcome! I am doing a variety of events this year and I’m working with a several organizers. This post has a list of  my upcoming  events: Including Tantra, ISTA, Women Healing Women, Shamanic Breathwork and Sacred  Sensual Getaways. For more information please click on the registration or contact link for the specific event. I hope to see you at one of my events soon. May you be making love with life everyday.

 

 

Feb. 26- Mar 5, 2018 Pahoa, Big Island, HI  

ISTA Level 1 SSSEX       Learn more at: www.istahawaii.com

 

March 10-11, 2018 Seattle, WA                       Making Love to Life

Register: https://www.evensi.us/making-love-life-ista-tribal-taster-windows-art-gallery/242843763

Contact: https://www.laurenhruska.com/contact

 

March 15-17, 2018 Sedona, AZ

Women Healing Women 2: The Spiritual Path of Feminine Pleasure

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-healing-women-2-weekend-tickets-39923023839   Email Cheryl Good at:  goodflute@yahoo.com

 

April 8-15, 2018  Oracle, AZ

ISTA Level 1 SSSEX

Register at: http://www.istasssex.com/registration-april.html

 

April 16-23, 2018  Oracle, AZ

ISTA Practitioner Training

Register at: http://www.istasssex.com/practitioner-training.html

 

April 28, 2018 Phoenix, AZ- 6:30 -9:30 PM    

Shamanic Breathwork™ and Power Animals

Register at: TBA

 

May 26, 2018 Phoenix, AZ- 6:30 -9:30 PM    

Love, Intimacy and Shamanic Breathwork™

Register at:TBA

 

May 18-20, 2018 Sedona, AZ

Women Healing Women 1: Reclaiming Our Sexual Radiance

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-healing-women-1-weekend-tickets-39925999740?aff=es2

Email Cheryl Good at:  goodflute@yahoo.com

 

June 2-July 2, 2018 Europe

Sacred  Sensual  Getaways-  4 Star All-Inclusive Tantra Tours

June 2- 16, Tantra Tour – Prague to Dubrovnik

June 17-July 2 Tantra Tour – Dubrovnik to Rome

Register at: www.sacredsensualgetaways.com  

 

August 31-Sept 6, 2018  Albany, NY

ISTA Level 1 SSSEX

Register at: https://neistatrainings.com/level-1-ny

 

 

Sept 6-9, 2018  Albany, NY

North American ISTA Tribal  Gathering

Register at: https://neistatrainings.com/tribal-gathering

 

Sept 12-15, 2018  Israel

6th  ISTA Festival  Israel  

Crystal dawn presents The Shamanic Breathwork™ Experience

Register at: https://secure.cardcom.co.il/u/ua9/?languages=en

 

 

 

 

The Alchemy of Sacred Relating

I have been in a crucible of transformation which began May 7th with me co-facilitating the, Level One Spiritual Sexual Shamanic Practitioner Training, with Baba Dez Nichols. Learn more about it at: https://schooloftemplearts.org/ . This training is the foundational work required to bring you into a place a presence and internal ease so you can begin holding space for others in their healing process. This was my forth time of being exposed to this work and it was anchored within me in a whole new way. I am now in day 4 of the Level Two SSSPT which a process of totally integrating and coming into inner harmony no matter what things look or feel like. Very powerful work. Level 2 includes 3 powerful initiations- 1) spiritual, 2) shamanic and 3) sexual. Tonight will will be exploring Sacred Union, which begins within our own being first. The Universe, being very generous, placed this article in my inbox this morning. I hope you enjoy it as much as I am. It can be found at https://tomkenyon.com/alchemyofrelationship .

The Alchemy of Relationship by Tom Kenyon

This article was taken from the Magdalen Manuscript (ORB Communications).

Many of us do relationships the way we play poker. We do everything possible to get the upper hand. And if that fails, we bluff. We pretend to hold cards we don’t have. We cheat. We lie.

And while this is the model for many a relationship in our post modern era, it is not the model for Sacred Relationship as described in the Manuscript.

Let me be very up front here. Sacred Relationship is not for everyone. In fact, I suspect that there are far fewer persons capable or even willing to undertake it than there are those who prefer to play emotional card games.

This type of relationship demands utmost honesty both with oneself and with one’s partner. Instead of hiding our cards, we lay them all out on the table. All our hopes, all our fears, all our petty and jealous thoughts, all our conniving: all of it gets laid out in the clear light of awareness for our partner to see. And he or she must do the same. It will not work if there are back doors unlocked with mental escape in mind. It will not work if both partners are not absolutely impeccably honest with each other. And the reason for this radical type of honesty is that without it, the Alchemy of Relationship cannot take place. Now this may be a new term to many, even students of internal alchemy, since the dynamics of intimate relationship are rarely discussed in the four major alchemical streams (Egyptian, Taoist, Yoga Tantra and Buddhist Tantra).

So I think it might be good to define what I mean here, and to lay some type of foundation. Like all types of alchemy, this type of work is about changing one form into another. The form, in this case, is the inter-dynamics that have become habituated between two people. After a while, people tend to get into ruts. The liveliness that existed at the beginning of the relationship begins to fade. Both people become more or less unconscious. The harsh reality is that it takes continual vigilance and effort to keep a relationship conscious and alive.

Many relationships drop by the wayside because the partners are either unwilling or unable to make the efforts required to sustain them. Instead of experiencing the newness of each moment within the relationship, a kind of dullness seeps in over time; what used to be exciting is now boring. And worse, a kind of psychological and emotional lethargy sets in, and both partners succumb to the dulling effects of unconsciousness.

This type of unconsciousness is a death knell to psychological awareness and insight; and although it is rarely mentioned, this type of unconsciousness has a negative effect on one’s spiritual life as well. So the form that needs to be changed within a relationship is literally the form of interactions that habitually take place between the two partners.
Like all types of alchemy, there must be a container for the reactions to occur. And in this case, it is the container of safety and appreciation that provides the reservoir for transformation. If there is a lack of safety or appreciation, this type of alchemy cannot be undertaken. And if you have decided you wish to try this type of alchemy in your relationship, I suggest you do an analysis first. Honestly assess if you feel safety and appreciation in your relationship. If you don’t, you will be wasting your time trying to undertake this type of alchemy with your current partner. I suggest you focus your efforts, instead, on the solitary practices mentioned in the Manuscript. If you still want to give it a try, get your partner to talk about these feelings of danger and lack of appreciation that you are feeling. Only if and when they get resolved, should you consider taking on this type of alchemy.

So now we have two of the three elements needed for alchemy: something to be transformed (the habitual patterns of interaction) and the container (the safety net, if you will, of the relationship itself). A third element is needed; and that is, of course, energy to drive the reaction. There is usually plenty of energy in relationships in the form of neurotic patterns, hopes, fears, and desires. We’ll get to those in a moment, but for now I want to talk about steel.

Our psychological selves are much like swords made from steel alloys. They have been forged in the hot searing foundry of our childhood, in the formative pressures of our early experiences. It is this early period of life that bonds the elements of our psyches together. And like steel, this was done under immense heat and pressure. Some of us were abused by overbearing or downright hostile or even destructive parents. Some of us were left to our own devices without any kind of support or guidance. And every kind of parental/child relationship falls in between these two polarities. The possibilities of childhood pressures are virtually endless, and so too are the psychological alloys that result from these types of experiences.

There is a lot of talk about the child within in many personal growth groups, and while there is certainly value in making contact with this younger self, it is not always pretty. Our cultural myth is that childhood is a time of innocence, a time in which everything is right with the world. For some children this is true; for many it is definitely not.

I remember being at a fellow therapist’s house for a party quite a few years ago. Most of the adults were practicing therapists, psychologists or psychiatrists. I had plopped myself in a big oversized sofa, and, sipping my Pepsi, I noticed a remarkable event. One of the therapists had brought his son and his son’s best friend to the party. It was clear that the two boys were buds. They were playing some kind of card game and respectfully giving each other a turn. There were no attempts at cheating, and they seemed to be in a bubble of camaraderie.

Then the boy’s father came into the room and asked both kids if they needed anything. They both looked up with cherub faces and smiled. No they said, in the cutest little boy voices. The father patted his son on the back, and as he walked off, he nonchalantly patted his son’s friend on the back as well. For a moment, his son looked at the incident in abject horror. You could see that he could not believe his eyes. And then as his father turned the corner into the other room, his son pulled back and hit his best friend in the face! This was not childhood innocence. This was childhood rage. He was not willing to share affections from his father, not even with his best friend. This type of jealousy is typical of higher mammals, and we are, for all our self-righteous self-congratulatory delusions, still mammals. No matter how high we get spiritually, we will, for as long as we live, share traits with our mammalian brothers and sisters.

The inner life of a child is often far different than those around him or her imagine it to be. Surrounded by both dangers and opportunities, the psychological life of a child is directly shaped by how he or she chooses to deal with them. Whether it is something as life threatening as a deranged parent or a child molester, or seemingly innocuous as whom to go to the prom with, does not in some ways matter. While the impact of fighting for one’s life may very well imprint a child’s behavior well into adulthood, the little decisions of life, like who to socialize with or not, also have impact. All these major and minor decisions create internal psychological heat and pressure. The alloys of one’s personality get bonded together or burned away. The sword has been tempered by the time we reach adulthood, and the alloy of our personalities has been set. Some of us emerge from this childhood foundry with rock hard edges; others of us are blunt. Some of us hold our edges, and some of us can never seem to hold anything.

The thing about steel is that it tends to remain in its original form once it leaves the foundry. And one of the few things that can ever re-configure the alloy is if the steel gets as hot as it did when it was first formed. In the alchemical work of Sacred Relationship, we voluntarily put ourselves back in the foundry. The heat that arises between two people when their neuroses rub against each other can get quite intense. If both people can find the courage to be radically honest with themselves and with each other in these searing moments, the psychological alloys can be altered. A new type of aliveness then enters the relationship fueled by the energy of psychological truth.

The thing is–most of us will do almost anything to avoid psychological heat. When we get uncomfortable, many of us get the hell out of Dodge. Now for some of us this means literally packing up and getting out of town, or at least out of sight. For some of us it means that we are physically present, but no longer emotionally present. We numb up. We become automatons. We move and talk, almost like normal, but we have retreated far, far inside. Others of us numb ourselves with alcohol or drugs. And some of us do it with television. We humans are, after all, quite clever and creative. We can find all sorts of ways to avoid facing ourselves. In fact, they are far too numerous for me to list here. But I suspect you get the idea. I guess the real question here is this–what do you do when things get psychologically too hot for your taste? What do you do when you are on the verge of feeling something that you don’t want to feel?
For those in Sacred Relationship such feelings are a call to presence. It is a time to be radically honest, and for both partners to express their true feelings no matter how embarrassing or scary they might be. By speaking their truths to each other, an enlivening element enters the dynamic. Psychological honesty results in psychological insight. And with insight there is hope for awareness, and with awareness there can be change. This chapter is hardly a manual for the Alchemy of Relationship. It’s mainly, I think, a warning. Magdalen alluded to this in the Manuscript. She called it obscurations to flight. That sounds wonderfully exotic doesn’t it? Well, it isn’t very exotic when the obscuration is clearly in your face. And it isn’t very exotic feeling when the foundry of the relationship gets so hot that you feel you are dissolving (psychologically that is). It takes courage and fortitude to stay in the foundry when the heat begins to weaken the stability of one’s self-perceived image. Few of us care to look foolish, scared, petty or jealous. And we will often go through elaborate means to hide these feelings from ourselves or others.

But in Sacred Relationship these things invariably float to the surface like mud that has been stirred up from the bottom of a barrel. The thing is to realize that this does not mean you are doing it (Sacred Relationship) wrong; it means that you are probably doing it right. As Magdalen said in the Manuscript, the power of the alchemy extrudes, or pushes out, the dross. This can be fascinating when the dross is being pushed out of your partner, but it is truly horrific when it extrudes out of you.

What makes Sacred Relationship sacred is that it is truly a holy way of being. The root of the word holy actually means to make whole. So… when we do something that creates wholeness (in this case psychological wholeness), we are engaged in a sacred or holy act.

In the crucible of mutual safety, honesty and appreciation, it is possible to forge a new kind of self. This new self is psychologically more honest, more aware and freer than its counterpart before entering the foundry of relationship. And like the phoenix that arises from its own ashes, this self has wings. It can fly places that it could only imagine before.

There are mysteries here, and treasures that await those who have the courage to enter the depths of themselves and their partners. It is not, as I said, for everyone. You will probably know if you are a likely candidate because you will feel it in your soul, your heart.

If you enter this path, know that there are no manuals. There is precious little guidance out there. The path to spirituality has traditionally been one of solitude. And while times of solitude may be necessary for those in Sacred Relationship, something has turned. They agree to walk the path to godhood together, side by side, through both heaven and hell, through the brilliant summits where all things are suddenly crystal clear, and through the dark valley of psychological death where it is hard to even see one’s foot in front of the other. And yet through the darkness of not knowing, a deep primordial force begins to rise up. It requires an unusual type of holy trinity – three things for it to do its most holy task- mutual safety, psychological honesty and appreciation of the Beloved.
Have a good journey!

© 2012 Tom Kenyon. All rights reserved.
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SkyDancing Tantra Workshop in Sedona May 19-20

May 19-20, 2012
Awakening the Ecstatic Body: Opening the Path to Bliss
Saturday 9:30am-9:30pm and Sunday 10am-6pm
Sedona, AZ

Sedona School of Temple Arts 2945 Southwest Dr, Sedona, AZ

• Open you Inner Flute
• Explore and attune your chakras
• Expand your ability to tap into bliss
• Learn to communicate your desires effectively

By the end of the weekend you will feel an expanded flow of energy, awareness, and ecstasy throughout your being. You will leave this weekend with tools to create a more joyful, pleasure-filled, awakened life. This weekend is open to individuals and couples. There is no nudity in this class.

Investment: $275/ couples $500. Register by emailing Crystal@Tantraforawakening.com

This workshop is facilitated by Crystal Dawn Morris, a Certified SkyDancing Tantra Teacher, assisted by Jim Miller. Crystal is known for her ability to create a safe space where magic unfolds. Her workshops and coaching sessions give people practical tools for ecstatic living.

Please call or email with questions or concerns.

For additional information call Crystal at 928-282-5483/ cell 928-862-0762

Email Crystal@TantraforAwakening.com

Sedona Conference on Sexuality & Consciousness

Phoenix Rising: Dawn of a New Era
Sedona  May 4-6, 2012

Order tickets here.

I am very excited about this year’s conference. The Sedona Spring Conference is a gathering place for like-minded individuals.  Join experts in their fields as they share their knowledge, learn new tools and synthesize the energies of sacred mind, sacred body, sacred spirit, sacred heart and sacred emotion.  Synthesis goes beyond polarity and creates new opportunities to love and be free.  Meet your next mate, seed your next project.  You do not want to miss this special gathering bringing 11 years of sexuality consciousness to a new level.

I will be one of the MCs of the event. I will also be offering two presentations:

Introduction to Shamanic Breathwork

Shamanic Breathwork™ is a powerful musical journey through the chakras that reconnects participants with their “Inner Shaman.” In the process, old wounds and dysfunctional patterns are released and transformed; individuals may reclaim lost soul parts and remember their true nature. Shamanic Breathwork™  is an experiential process guided by the wisdom of each individual’s Inner Shaman.  We will begin the session with a brief overview of the Shamanic Breathwork™ process. Participants will then lie down and focus on their intention and begin deep circular breathing, “until they are surprised.” Drumming begins the journey and leads into a powerful musical journey process which will last about 40 minutes.

Each person’s journey is a highly individualized and unique process. People report shifts in consciousness ranging from bliss states to releasing negativity from their psyche. An experience of being reborn is a common occurrence, as is a life review. Old patterns of dysfunction may be brought to the surface and healed. Feelings such as grief, fear, rage and anxiety are often released. New insights and solutions to life challenges may also be revealed.

A sacred and loving space will be held for the group and at times support may be offered in the form of bodywork, Reiki, Soul Return and various forms of Shamanic healing techniques. After the journey the participants will have an opportunity to express and process their experiences in dyads and /or a large group.

The Nine Dimensions of Love

2012 is a year of expanding awareness.  We are learning how to live as love. Human consciousness is being opened to 9 dimensions of awareness. In this session you will explore these nine dimensions and how love expresses itself through each one.  You will learn specific ways to become aware of your multidimensionality.

Come listen to the Keynote Addresses on Friday and Saturday by two pioneers in the fields of sexuality and Tantra,  Annie Sprinkle and Charles Muir

Debut Event!!! ISTA International Festival of Sexuality and Consciousness Films

Join us for the first ever Sexuality & Consciousness Film Festival May 3, 2012 kicking off in Sedona, home of the Sedona International Film Festival.

Kenneth Ray Stubbs will present a historic historic path from Erotic Massage to multi-dimensional Shamanism 1975-2012.  You do not want to miss this!

And, view the list of pre and post conference events by your favorite teachers.  Keep checking back as this list grows each week.

ISTA is a non-profit school serving as a resource and network for those who share a vision of love and harmony here on earth.  In addition to fascilitating educational conferences, trainings and workshops in over 50 countries, ISTA works with charitable organizations to globalize sexuality consciousness through collaborations and co-sponsored programs

SkyDancing Tantra in Asheville, NC

Sex, Intimacy and Consciousness:

An Evening of SkyDancing

February 22, 7-9:30 pm

Asheville Tantra School

2 Westwood Place,

West Asheville, NC 28806

• Practice the 3 keys of SkyDancing Tantra

• Find out how sex and consciousness are related

• Learn how healthy boundaries increase intimacy

• Consciously connect and disconnect your sexual energy

Join Crystal Dawn Morris, Certified SkyDancing Tantra Teacher and founder of Tantra for Awakening in Sedona, AZ, for an evening of exploration and transformation using a variety of SkyDancing Tantra practices. Learn how SkyDancing Tantra can help you to feel more love, joy and connection in your relationships. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle. Suggested donation is $10-20.

Valentine's Day Spiritual Singles Mixer in Phoenix

Valentine’s Day Mixer in Phoenix 2/10

Friday, February 10, 2012, 7:00 PM

Vision Quest Bookstore 2225 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

The Meeting Room will be to your right as you enter (Pay cashier if you didn’t pay in advance–$10 in advance/$12 Day of the Event)

Love is in the air at Vision Quest Bookstore! Come join us for an evening of connecting, learning about Soul Mates, Tantra and ways to attract more love and romance into your life! There will be fun group activities designed to help us all connect and meet each other. This will be an opportunity for those in our Spiritual Community looking for love to meet others of like mind and celebrate Valentine’s Day with a “Metaphysical flair!”
The evening will feature talks from Soul Mate Guru Daniel, Crystal Dawn Morris and Apollo. We are expecting at least 100 spiritual singles,(couples are welcome)looking to learn, meet and have fun! Over 45 people are already registered.

ATTRACTING & RECOGNIZING A SOUL MATE ROMANCE

• Understand the concept of soul families and romantic soul mates

• Learn about twin flame soul mates

• Explore the best ways to find a romantic soul mate

• Discuss the FIVE key ways to recognize a soul mate
Soul Mate Guru Daniel is the Founder and Organizer of the Soul Mate Sanctuary. He has years of experience conducting presentations and workshops on the topic, and has personal experience with a number of romantic soul mates. Daniel conducted dating and relationship workshops in his capacity as Director of the HeartLight Center in Boulder Colorado, and as a psychotherapist, relationship coach and marriage counselor has worked with a variety of couples and singles on romance issues.
THE DANCE OF SHAKTI AND SHIVA: The Art of Sexual Polarity

• Connect with your inner masculine and inner feminine

• Learn how to create sexual polarity

• Explore how sexual energy attracts its opposite pole

• Enjoy the play of sexual polarity in your relationships

Crystal Dawn Morris is the founder of Tantra for Awakening. She is a certified Sky Dancing Tantra teacher. Her classes, workshops and private coaching sessions give people practical tools for creating an ecstatic life. She is passionate about sharing Tantra with others because it transforms with love and compassion. Tantra moves you beyond separation into connection, where you can access more passion, abundance and joy.

HOW TO ATTRACT LOVE IN YOUR LIFE!
We all deserve to be loved and cherished! Apollo will give you practical tips on how to attract the perfect mate using the Laws of Attraction! Think it! See it! Believe it! Have the relationship of your dreams!

Native American intuitive Apollo has 30 years of research and experience in metaphysics. Hailing from Kansas City Missouri, Apollo, has traveled the country as an Award Winning Motivational Speaker lecturing and teaching classes on a vast array of metaphysical subjects including Angels, Extraterrestrials and Psychic Development. A natural psychic since childhood, he is a psychic consultant and has built a practice for doing individual readings, television and radio shows as well hosting psychic parties.

*Due to the large turnout expected, if necessary please park in the Goodwill lot, SOUTH of and NEXT TO Vision Quest
**Everyone who attends will receive 10% Discount on all items bought at the store THAT NIGHT!

Cracking Open My Heart

My mother’s brain cancer seems to be progressing rapidly since we returned from our trip to Washington State. I took her to Washington to see her oldest friend. They had a wonderful visit. I then picked her up and took her on a trip around the Olympic Peninsula for a few days. I hadn’t been on a vacation with my mother since I was 14 and we backpacked into Big Sur on the California Coast. We had a great time being in nature and seeing the incredible beauty of the mountains, lakes, rain forest, lavender farms and beaches there. My mom was in good spirits and enjoyed herself.

Since returning to Sedona she has begun to decline. She is less engaged with the world and rarely wants to leave her room. She has developed a great love for Coffee Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream and potato chips which she eats while listen to CDs of Ekhart Tolle and Adyashanti. She still has a good appetite and for the most part eats healthfully.

I find myself walking the line between giving her what she wants and encouraging her to do what I think is good for her. My good friend, Jim, mentioned to her a few days ago that he has an electric key board and that he could bring it over and teach her to play the piano. She was excited by the idea. So yesterday, we took her up to his place in Oak Creek Canyon and got the key board. Last night, she began her first lesson. It was great to see her interested in learning something new.

Lately, I have become aware of the amount of stress I am dealing with in this situation. Watching her life force energy stating to wane has been a challenge. This morning I was listening to Adyashanti talk about the difference between courage and fearlessness. Courage is doing something in the face of fear. I have been practicing courage and it is exhausting work. Now, I am ready to face my fear and surrender fully into each moment. Fearlessness is just allowing everything to be as it is without wanting or needing to change it.

I feel deep gratitude for this opportunity to be with my mother as she approaches her transformation from being in form to being formless. It is allowing me to see where I hold on, where I contract and where I resist. She is at peace and enjoying each moment. Watching her, caring for her and loving her is a wonderful gift that is cracking open my heart in a new way.

Conscious Dying

A few days ago I was meditating with my mother.  She was seating with her back to me.  I sat and focused on my breath. All thoughts disappeared and deep peace filled me.  I dissolved into Emptiness.  “Emptiness,” with no up or down, no forward or back, no left or right, empty of form and yet full of Consciousness.

I opened my eyes and looked at my mother’s back. i felt incredible gratitude and appreciation for her being in my life at this powerful time.  I closed my eyes and once again there was only Emptiness.  I recognized that Emptiness doesn’t feel emotions. Only a human form can feel the love of a daughter for her mother.  I became aware of my body’s desire to move, then thoughts came and went. I recognized that Emptiness and form are One, co-existing as this apparent me, called Crystal Dawn.  I saw that life is a meditation. Every inhalation is an opportunity to awaken to the now. Every exhalation is an opportunity to surrender the past. As both Emptiness and form I was free.

My mother, Freda, was diagnosed with brain cancer on May 12th while having during brain surgery. The brain tumor had only been discovered two days earlier when I took her to the ER because she was confused and lethargic. During her week in the hospital, I spent many hours on the internet researching primary brain cancer and glioblastoma multiforma, which is the type of cancer she has.  Friends and family helped in learning about possible treatments, both medical and non-medical.  There is no cure for this type of cancer and the prognosis is poor.

On May 18th Freda was discharged from the hospital and moved in with me. It was the first time we had lived together in 40 years. Post surgery she became clear-headed once again.  Our family came together and talked about the various treatments. Mom was clear that she did not want radiation or chemo. She wanted to die consciously and really be present throughout the experience. She felt all she needed was to eat healthy, meditate several times a day and avoid unnecessary stress.

At 78, she trusts life. She has been amazingly healthy. On entering the hospital I had to explain that she was taking no medications and her last hospitalization was in 1958 when she gave birth to my brother. It is an inspiration the grace that natural surrounds her as she goes about her life. She is surprisingly relaxed and happy. She reads and is creating a journal about her experiences. She is writing a novel based on a short story she wrote several years ago. Friends and family come to visit.

The first couple of weeks  after she moved in I felt called to prepare myself to support my mother in dying consciously. I reread the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying and reviewed the Buddhist practice of Phowa , Conscious Dying, that I was initiated into in May 2006.

Knowing that she may be only a few months left to live has made it easy to set aside the business I often get lost in. I have a new appreciation for each moment we share. Being with her at this time of transition is teaching me to slow down and revaluate my life.

The past few weeks are teaching me that birth, death and rebirth are always unfolding. I commonly call it “change.” Change may appear exciting, like a trip to Hawaii or scary, such as being laid off from work. When it is exciting I am attracted to it and want more. When it is scary, I contract. I want to deny, blame or resist what is happening. I find myself saying, “This is not my life.”  Resistance causes me to suffering. Another word for resistance is control. Most of my life, I have believed that if I take charge and stay in control, I’ll be safe and keep my loved one’s safe as well.   Of course this is just a belief. Control is an illusion.

Over the past few days I’ve been noticing when I resist what is. I can clearly see how my ego wants to be in control, to get “my way.” The ego, the ‘’I,” is the cause of the suffering. When I stop and let go of “I’ and recognize the Emptiness that is my true nature, there is no resistance, no fear, no need to change what is. There is peace, joy and love.  My intention is to just stay present and empty and let everything be as it is.

Copyright 2011 Crystal Dawn Morris

July is Self-Love Month

Here are the 5 points of the Self-Love Star.

1. SELF-WORTH– Fill your own cup first. When you have a full cup you can be generous with others. Ask: Do I value my needs? Do I prioritize “me” time?

2. SELF-NURTURING– Nourish yourself. Ask: How do I love myself today?

3. SELF-EMPATHY– Have compassion for yourself. Feel and express your emotions. Trust your intuition.

4. SELF-EXPRESSION -What bold thing would you share with the world if the fear of judgment or rejection wasn’t holding you back?

5. SELF-ACCEPTANCE– Forgive yourself. Accept that you are doing the best you can with the resources you have?

Give yourself a Gold Star everyday!

Practicing Compassion with Love and Tea

Practicing compassion is an important aspect of Tantra. Helping those less fortunate is a way of practicing compassion and also feeling gratitude for all the abundance we have here in the USA. Because of the situation in Tibet many Tibetans have been forced to leave their homeland and are living in refugee camps. My friend Kathleen Gorman lives here in Sedona. She is committed to helping support this Tibetan refugee camp which is located in Mainpat, India. She has created a website to make it easy to give and feel connected the this small community on the other side of the world. It is doing good works to help the refugees and they are also building a monastery there as well. Even small donations of $5-20 can help create miracles. Learn more https://www.tibetanstupa.org

Hi,
There is some great news on a new small business support program for the projects for the Tibetan refugee camp that Tibetan Stupa is doing! This ‘program’ started when a small family run, organic tea blend company, called Love and Tea, emailed to ask if they could arrange to donate a portion of their online sales to Tibetan Stupa. In just a short time, we easily worked out an arrangement, based totally on Love and Tea’s chosen donation amount, and we’re off and running.

Love and Tea does their bookeeping on a weekly basis, and so once a week, they simply go onto www.tibetanstupa.org and donate their chosen amount to any of the active projects they wish. A simple, easy and generous way for them to put as they say “Love in Action’ to help the camp. And a welcome contribution from small business for the people of the camp!

The thing I like most about Love and Tea’s giving program is that they did not want to wait until they were a big company with a big giving department, they want to help now. I really appreciate that, as just about all of what Tibetan Stupa has been able to do to help the camp has come from many, many people having exactly that same thought and that same action, to help with what they can, now.

If you’d like to check out the fine hand blended organic teas that Love and Tea offers, their website is www.loveandtea.com

If you decide to purchase any of the Love and Tea products, by entering ‘Tibetan Stupa’ in the ‘discount code’ box on the second page of their checkout, Love and Tea will donate a generous percentage of your online purchase to Tibetan Stupa. It is that simple!

If you’re a small business owner and like what Love and Tea has done and want to explore doing your own giving arrangement in your own style, please contact me at kcampkathleen at yahoo.com

If you have a favorite small business and want to let them know you like what Love and Tea has done, and ask them to consider designing their own giving arrangement to help the camp, please feel free to send them this email. They are very welcome to contact me at kcampkathleen at yahoo.com

Many thanks again to Love and Tea for initiating this wonderful giving arrangement and for their ‘Love in Action’ to support the camp!

Best,
Kathleen Gorman for Tibetan Stupa
kcampkathleen at yahoo.com
https://www.tibetanstupa.org