Yesterday was the winter solstice, an auspicious time of year when energies of nature are suitable for reflection and meditation in order to arrive to an insight or knowledge that a seeker is after. Winter solstice is a time that ancient cultures of the world have celebrated and have aligned to it many of their sacred sites (or aspects of them) such as the Karnak temple in Egypt, Chichen Itza in Mexico, Glastonbury Tor in England etc. The winter solstice carries a deep significance because it is part of the path of the sun that is related to the path of Christ. It is preceding Christmas for a few days, which is the day when Jesus was born, on the 24th or the 25th of December (three days after winter solstice). However, Jesus is not the only one whose life mirrored the path of Christ; there were also others figures throughout history such as Mitra, Krishna, Odin etc. So both the rising sun of the winter solstice and the birth of these figures are symbolic of the birth of the Inner Christ. Continue reading
The Egyptian Book of the Dead is a wonderful compilation of ancient texts that describe passages of the deceased through the process of death. It is known that the ancient Egyptian culture had a lifestyle that revolved around preparation for what will come after the physical body dies. In that sense those people have placed a great emphasis on leading a life that is just, compassionate, and that will move them towards attaining wisdom. Many also struggled to completely break free of the chains that tied them to this physical world Continue reading
Perhaps the most intense experience I had while traveling in Mexico was in the ancient site of Yagul, in Oaxacan Valley. The site was inhabited by Zapotecs, thousands of years ago. There was something special about the mountains surrounding the site, and because it was tucked in and secluded, one could have a richer experience. It was a beautiful sunny day. After walking through this ancient site and trying to get the feel for it, I have sat down under a tree on a courtyard, which in the past has been surrounded by temples. I felt this courtyard had the highest spiritual significance back then, and its positioning in relation to other parts of the city helped strengthen the already manifested wonderment and awe. “Something profound was going on here”, I thought. Continue reading
Recently I’ve been traveling in Mexico, with primary goal to visit and explore many of the ancient sites that the developed cultures, such as Mayas, Zapotecs, Mixtecs, have left for us to get inspired from, and maybe even something more. Prior to that I have been looking more into the ability of the third eye and was doing corresponding practices for its development. I was aware of the many potentials that the chakra of the third eye has to offer, but for one reason or another the most intense experiences relating to it came to me about eight months before coming to Mexico, when I was traveling in British Columbia. Continue reading
Today is Spring equinox in the Northern hemisphere, and tommorow (21st) is the Spring Equinox sunrise. The Northern part of the globe has tilted towards the sun, which causes the increasing awakening of the life in this part of the world. At the same time, the opposite thing is happening in the Southern hemisphere, as today for them is Autumn equinox.
At equinoxes the days and nights are of equal length, and it is also the first day of Spring or Autumn. This year there are also two other cosmic events happening at this time – solar eclipse and the moon being closest to the earth. Moon, the lunar symbol, shadowing the sun (the solar symbol) and blocking it from casting its light, as well as moon being closest to the earth (lunar influence having the strongest grip on humanity?) are certainly two interesting events that precede the sunrise of the Spring equinox (21st of March). This reminds me of the famous saying that the night is darkest just before the dawn, and the fact that this year it happens right before the Equinox sunrise (the symbol of resurrection) is certainly interesting. Continue reading
The Winter Solstice and the New Year retreat was the first retreat I attended that lasted for nearly 2 weeks. Before I came to the Esoteric Retreat Centre in Scotland I decided that the purpose of my visit will be to fortify the understanding of why I’m doing the inner work. The objective of the retreat was that every day each one of us would have the opportunity to organize daily activities and practices. Retreat started with intensive preparation for the Winter Solstice. Continue reading