Dancing in waves at Hapuna Beach.
Warning: I'm about to get spiritual so you might as well decide right now how offended you're going to get.
Hawaii is a convergence of spiritual practices, which is probably why we get on so well. That and the flip flops. In Hawaii, there is the Christian tradition that came from the west, the Buddhist tradition that came from the east, plus the Ho O Pono Pono tradition, which is rooted smack dab in the middle of the pure Aloha Spirit.
I, myself, am also a convergence of spiritual practices:
- I was raised Catholic and attend a Catholic church.
- I attend services at Paramahansa Yogananda's Self-Realization Fellowship.
- I also attend Michael Bernard Beckwith's Agape.
- I eat lunch at a Buddhist temple. They have the best vegetarian food.
- I am a practitioner of Spiritual Psychology as taught in a Master's Degree program at the University of Santa Monica.
Chatting with Buddha on Waikoloa Beach.
"What did you just say?"
Since I'm in a spiritual hub, now seems like a good time to share how to have a conversation with big wigs like Buddha.
How to chat with spiritual beings in 5 easy steps:
- Sit down and shut up. (Technically, this is two steps.)
- Breath in deep to quiet down your mind.
- Say a wee prayer. Mine is taken from Spiritual Psychology and it goes something like this: "Lord, I ask for the clearing. I ask to be surrounded, protected and guided by the clear white light of the Holy Spirit. I ask for only that which is for my highest good and the highest good of all concerned to be brought forth in service to evolving my consciousness. For this, and so much more, I am so grateful. And so it is." Feel free to use this prayer and edit at will.
- Imagine with whom you want to chat and start chatting. Sometimes this one of the heavy hitters like Jesus or Buddha (as shown above). And, sometimes it's someone in your life with whom you'd like to speak in order to gain clarity about an issue. I even say in my head, "I'd like to speak with the authentic self of (Insert name here)
." Once you've got the vision of this person in your mind, start asking questions.
- Make space for that person to answer. Often an answer comes immediately. Sometimes it takes awhile. Most of the time, the answers seem to come from a being wiser than ourselves. But if it sounds like something our mother would say, that's likely our ego feeling uncomfortable or unsure so it's butting in. Just tell the ego to go away for awhile.
Ya, I hear that. Some people call this channeling, which can sound extremely woo hoo. But for me, it feels good so I do it. I'm my own consenting adult and it's not hurting anyone.
Channeling (or whatever this is) can be a fun practice. For instance, I love sitting in church and having a conversation with my grandma who died years ago. And when was the last time you met Jesus for coffee? It's easier to visit Him in the coffee shop of your mind. After all, you can't just reach out and touch all deities.
The original Pillsbury Doughboy.
"Ooh that tickles."
"Ooh that tickles."
In Hawaii, the ocean has a lot to say as well.
As does the sunset.
On this trip to Hawaii I even talked to my body image issues. In my mind's eye, I saw that I was talking to a blobby fatso that just said "bla bla bla bla" when I spoke to it. My lesson here was to ignore the voice inside that says "bla bla my thighs are fat bla bla" because clearly, it doesn't have anything worthwhile to say. This has helped me feel more confident when traipsing around in a bikini.
This couple seemed very confident traipsing around showing it all off. So why am I hesitant?
I highly recommend starting to chat with people or your body in your mind's eye. It's a calming practice. It provides the necessary answers. And just think of how much money you'd save by not having to go to psychics/gurus/clairvoyants/seers and the like, who pretty much do the same thing I've outlined above if they're worth their salt.
Try it. What could happen?