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Bön Culture & Art Dzogchen Life & Death Vajrayana

Tibetan Buddhism; Protectors

This is a very big topic. You must have a profound connection with the Buddha dharma to understand this topic. These are some clear points about the protectors in general terms.

It dates back to the tradition of Bön with the wrathful demonic presences and the elemental beings. When Padmasambhava came to Tibet with his wisdom and compassion he was able to incorporate the wrathful presences and the elemental beings into the Tibetan Buddhism as protectors. These protectors became incorporated into tantras, namely Vajrayana. Protectors are everywhere.

The protectors are very misunderstood by the westerners, particularly those who hold a belief of God who punishes them for their actions. The frightening look, perhaps the unusual ways in which they are portrayed, with human flesh hanging off of them as scarfs and khatvangas in their arms and bowls of amrita, may cause a westerner to feel terrified.

The protectors are extremely powerful essential beings. They come from the primordial place, the dharmakaya and are independent and interconnected to the Buddhist Dharma.

The protectors role is not to frighten, although that may be part of their work, they are intricately connected in the affairs of the Buddha Dharma.

They are vital beings who understand the conditions, the environment, the visible the invisible and the negotiable and the non-negotiable. They exist on every level of the mind.

There are many many many inconceivable amounts of protectors and their retinues in Buddhism. Every linage has its main protector. For some it is Ekajati, for others it is Dorje Legpa and for others it is Mahakala.

The Dharmapalas are most commonly presented in three as: Ekajati, Dorje Legpa and Rahula. Each protector is responsible for something. Each protector has an unique to them history and also may have been a living being in the ancient times like Dorje Legpa.

It is very important to receive proper transmissions from qualified teachers before working with the protectors.

The reason why the protectors are so important is that they guard the precious dharma teachings, the teachings within the teachings, the secrets and teachers and students. The protectors have their own language and they know how to communicate on subtle level with other beings. They are not only tantric beings they represent a multitude of inner expressions of the Dharma. Just like the Dakinis who also represent the inner manifestations of the Buddha Dharma. They are active beings.

They point the practitioners in the right direction, help form right relationships, they make sure the Dharma maintains its traditions and that the teachers have the right relationships with the students. It is healthy to have great deal of respect for the protectors. They communicate with great ease with Enlightened Buddhas and they are also enlightened. They have their own superior intelligence. They have made certain commitments to the Dharma and this is why it is so.

Protectors are misunderstood because they are not understood by the lay-people. Similarly to wrathful deities, but differently, protectors may show us the parts of our mind that both needs to be purified and reinforced and thus transformed into wisdom essence.

Their images are reflections.

Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo

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Daily Life Meditation Vajrayana

Joyful Diligence

The six paramitas are the invaluable qualities that we strive to work on and bring into our daily practice of the Dharma. They aid us in improving our relationship with the Dharma and in understanding the teachings of the Buddha.

I really enjoy talking about joyful diligence, because it can be most challenging for practitioners. Joyful diligence can be best experienced when we read a great teaching and feel a heart connection and mind connection to the teaching and a teacher.

Within practice there are various focuses, it is influenced by the external and the internal environment. Knowing how to rest in emptiness allows us to be less provoked by the stresses of either one, and appropriately able to center our mental energy on various points of the practice.

The variations in the practice, the changes we undergo as a result of practice, the insights and the circumstance under which we practice all point us in the direction of the middle path.
As a woman after years of practice I find now my middle path in the land of dakinis and dakini practices. They illuminate my path and transform circumstances in ways that are not possible for the mind to predict in advance. Dakini practices are not predictable. They require us to remain steady and simultaneously open and letting go and always present, like in a dance.

The middle path for each woman is different and she needs to be able to discover her own inner balance and learn to maintain it. Practice over the years becomes something essential and something very enjoyable. It teaches us to deepen the intimacy with our own heart.

When we ‘fall off the wagon’ at the beginning, we must understand that that too is part of the practice. It take time to develop compassion toward oneself. This becomes a natural ground of meditation where you can sow seeds of compassion within your own being and also for others. As your commitment deepens you understand the natural mind and are able to stabilize the Rikpa you continue to enter into a more dynamic relationship with your mind. The unexpected intensities of life dissolve in the natural mind and act as sparks to deepen the Rikpa.

I encourage everyone to have a good relationship with practice and with yourself. It is essential to be able to rest in peace. Only then can you give to others.

We can only give to others those things that we have plenty off. That is natural.

In your practice you will discover yourself and who you are, you will let go of who you are not. In life you will be able to integrate practice to offer more compassion, have greater peace, patience and remain in your seat so you are not seeking.

Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo


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Life & Death Shamanism The 4 Noble Truths

Shamanic wisdom of Life & Death

Throughout history mankind has had both fascination and devotion to spirit and life. In shamanic traditions of Tibet, Mongolia, Russia this devotion and curiosity sparked a deep and authentic love and wisdom of the way life and death operate. From Bön to Tibetan Buddhism, the knowledge of living is an essential part of understanding how to die and how to be reborn. One of the core reasons why I am a practicing Buddhist is this wisdom and profound embodiment of life and death that we are all a part of. Many realized masters in Tibetan Buddhism know and understand the intricate details of life that allows them, through powerful practices of meditation, to direct their life into another incarnation, with specific details passed on to disciples. When we become masters of our own life, when we realize that the only thing we can really control is our own destiny, we become a pivotal part of co-creating a better humanity. 

santideva-quote-fbt-kagyu-monlamAn important part of becoming a master of one’s life is acquiring proper knowledge and wisdom and applying it correctly to benefit lives of others, as well as ones own. When we learn to practice meditation that is like learning to how use your mind properly. Then we begin to learn how to pray and our prayer is pure, clean and devoted.

Our understanding of the mind allows us to connect more deeply with the heart, as a result we are able to understand the intricate web of life that interconnects all sentient beings. From this space compassion is the most natural fruit that arises because we are aware of the samsara that life is.

Through the knowing of life’s suffering through the limitations that we have and are faced with we learn and discover the middle path and allow our natural abilities and gifts to flourish as we share them with the world.

H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama said himself: If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.

Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo

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Dzogchen Feelings & Emotions Mahamudra Meditation

Understanding emotions

Disturbing emotions.

They happen to us all. Practice of meditation allows us to really understand the nature of our mind and to rest in emptiness. The more time and sincere effort we place on our practice more we get to experience the natural fruits of emptiness.

Every once in a while we face a disturbing event in life, may be we hear something on the news, or we read something in the paper. We discover that the natural compassion we have moves us towards helping those who are in need. When we are unable to help someone we experience suffering, and as a result of that difficult emotions.

There may be other occasions when we experience negative emotions, and it is good to know how to handle the challenges of emotional attachment.

Whether female or male it is important to understand our essential True nature as emptiness. Once we understand that, we can then appropriately direct our energy when dealing with disturbing emotions and suffering present.

Feelings are part of our life, being human means feeling many things throughout a day. A deep capacity to feel and be in touch with life, allows us to cultivate sensitivity to life’s issues and approach them with greater care and compassion.

Feelings are meant to be experienced and we need to learn to channel the energy of our emotions appropriately. A feeling of Love and Joy that we have in our hearts towards our family needs to be expressed and shared. It is a shared fuel that allows us to continue to grow and work together.

Disturbing emotions serve as tools to point us in the right direction.

We can see that throughout history emotions have also been used to manipulate and distort people. Inappropriate use of shame and guilt in certain cultures makes people feel timid and disempowered. When these feelings arise out of natural mind they point the practitioner to what needs to be corrected in a simple and graceful way.

We have to remember that it is our attachment and aversion to feelings and emotions that creates these problems and disturbances.

For example when we see injustice in the world, like abuse and violence done on women, instead of fighting back we can use this fire of crossed boundaries into bridging gaps that are lacking in education, and creating appropriate places to help women. We can teach women educated means to defend themselves without the use of violence, we can educate and show people ways and practical tools to relate most of all appropriately with their own body and with the bodies of other people.

We need to understand that due to karmic causes some people naturally are more inclined towards peace and others struggle with this. Compassion and Buddha Nature is an inborn quality of every human being.

When dealing with disturbing emotions we need to learn to understand that the emotional reaction and behaviour of people has to do with their capacity to rest in emptiness, and understand their own mental patterns.

Compassion is what arrises out of natural mind/emptiness. It leads to right action and naturally dissolves conflicts.

Rev. Dr. Sonam Wangmo

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Daily Life Dzogchen Life & Death Vajrayana

Essence of Vajrayana

When I begun to practice Buddhism I was drawn a great deal to Padmasambhava. The great Vajradhara of Tibet with his Khatvanga, fabulous boots and unique moustache made a huge impression on me as a woman. He was not an ordinary white lotus sitting Buddha. He was a powerful Buddha with a very unique eye on the world, with a huge retinue of what appeared to a lay-person as demons and monsters and magical abilities.

‘I am never far from those with faith,

or even those without it

Though they do not see me.

My children will Always

Always, be protected by my Compassion’

– Padmasambhava

The magical and secret wisdom as well as deep compassion and love is what drew me deeply into Vajrayana, a Tantric tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, promises enlightenment in one life time with a solid practice. Today as a Tara I can tell you that following your own intuitive wisdom into spiritual practice is very rewarding, but not easy.

Vajrayana is mostly focused on esoteric wisdom, dream yoga, and what we would call in the western world – embodiment practices. Through the use of purification practices, mantras, mandalas, healing sounds, meditations (Mahamudra, Dzogchen), visualizations we aim to experience śūnyatā (emptiness) and realize the True Nature or reality as luminosity not separate from emptiness.

For most part when I was teaching yoga in the west I discovered that for the lay westerner, introduction of meditation is the means to help relieve stress, develop a more sincere and authentic connection within one’s community and to improve one’s productivity.

For some this is the end as well. For others meditation practice and improved well being is a new doorway into a world of mystical wisdom, greater compassion and more profound knowledge. For the Buddhists it is a way of life and an understanding that ALL of Life is suffering.

What is very enjoyable about Vajrayana, and what I say to my students is that Vajrayana doesn’t stop. It is never-ending. We practice Vajrayana all the time, and then Vajrayana practices us.

We develop a personal relationship with the Buddha Dharma. The Dharma (one of the three jewels) is an entity and having a good relationship with the Dharma is essential to success of a practitioner. As devoted, or respectful you are to a teacher, and as important as it is to your success, the relationship you have with the Buddha Dharma is more significant to your enlightenment.

It is said that each one of us who is practicing is able to not only reach enlightenment but to also elevate and liberate all other beings. The Buddha Nature lives within all human beings. This is why it is a great gift to have a human life, intelligence, and means to practice.

Most students will like to have a Yidam deity, whether it is Padmasambhava, Green Tara, Manjushri, a protector deity, Avalokiteshwara, VajraYogini, Machig Lapdron, and others.

The practitioner gets to develop a relationship with the essence energy of the yidam deity. Some become those deities during a lifetime, and commit to return in subsequent lives to help liberate sentient beings. This is the way of Vajrayana to purify the obscurations and help resolve inner conflicts so to become a bodhisattva that returns.

A bodhisattva is dedicated to awakening and empowering realization in human beings. A bodhisattva is not an all-giving-provider. Bodhisattva will give you what a bodhisattva can give you, and what they can not give the practitioner must figure that out for themselves.

It is a great practice to remember that not only it is essential to be in the time of regular practice, but to embody the practice in day to day life. To eat, dance, work, play, work, make-love and live in EVERYTHING as the deity you have chosen. Vajrayana is not a part time work, you do for some time once a day. Vajrayana is something that you do/are everyday and every night. This way we get to have not only more fun, we get to experience emptiness further and increase our compassion towards ourselves, our condition and all other sentient beings.

Rev. Dr. Sonam Wangmo


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Ayurveda Daily Life Meditation Vajrayana

Energy Systems

We are not even close to understanding how our bodily systems interact with each other, let alone how they interact with other people’s. Our bodies are made up of dynamic energy systems, that are affected by our diet, relationships, heredity, culture, and an interplay of all these factors and activities. ~ Dr. Christian Northrup

This is an article from six years ago when I was studying Ayurveda. Edited.

We ARE affected physiologically as well as psychologically by the people we spend time with and environmental factors. We are greatly influenced by heredity & our cultural conditioning. Knowing how to handle our energy, helps us to fine tune how we deal with our relationships. As a result balanced energy helps to keep a stable (Sattvic) mind and promotes natural compassion. Through the correct understanding of our mind and energy we can transform many of todays problems, such as illnesses and difficult emotions. Through Buddhist meditation practices and shamanic practices from Peru as well as Bön practices we can transform hereditary issues like chronic illness and depression.

When we enter into a healthy relationship with our mind, we start to understand clearly the root cause of our beliefs, heredity, culture and relationships. We develop greater understanding, compassion and capacity of presence – being able to incorporate new wisdom into our lives and move with more finesse and grace. To know how LIFE effects us and how we influence life. We rely on the wisdom of natural mind, luminous emptiness.

Simply by sharing same space – sitting across from someone – you can feel the changes in your body and heart. There can be many reasons for this, observing the inner shifts within your body is important.

As we move in the world we interact energetically with all things and people that we meet. It is a good practice to feel into your body deeply and notice what arises as a result of spending time in certain places, with your friends as well as in certain situations. It is important to be familiar with your body’s inner response system, so that you can live in peace and harmony with the environment and also benefit others.

When you can observe and know for yourself how things effect you, you have a clear way for your body to become the guiding tool of what is good for you. Perhaps not all the relationships you have affect you in a positive way, just like not all foods will be good for everyone. The answer resides in knowing your mind and body and how to best adjust accordingly so that you maintain your inner balance on the cushion and in daily life.

By maintaining your inner balance we are able to really benefit people with a peaceful presence and composed thinking. When we are of benefit to people in our lives, on a larger scale we create a peaceful prosperous global community, exchange ideas, share wisdom and promote cultural values.

In Yogic and Ayurvedic philosophy we discover the 5 psychic sheaths – Kosha Layers – in every interaction we exchange our energy with our environment through these layers. The kosha layers helps us to see and feel the energetic body that we have and its different layers and how they interact.  The Ayurvedic Kosha layer system is composed of:

  • Anandamaya Kosha (Bliss body),
  • Vijnanamaya Kosha (Knowledge Sheath),
  • Manomayo Kosha (Mind Sheath),
  • Pranamaya Kosha (Vital Air Sheath),
  • Annanamaya Kosha (Food Sheath)

You will notice with meditation practice that there are subtle bodies energetics that require our attention. Meditation and Vajrayana practice help to purify these layers for greater luminosity to emanate.

In Buddhism we have the 5 Skandhas, these are:

  1. Form
  2. Feeling & Sensation
  3. Perception
  4. Formation
  5. Consciousness

Each one has a deeper meaning and further details, yet both the Skandhas and the Kosha layers are there to point us towards the inner working of our body and our mind.

The 5 Skandhas is what makes up our body. The form is made out of the elements which are fire, earth, water, air & fire. In our diet, practice and interactions it is important to maintain the elements within the body balanced. Proper diet, yoga practice and correct meditation practices cultivate this inner balance and strengthen our system and increase our immunity.

As you deepen you awareness and understanding of these layers you will discover and develop a correct relationship to your body and with your own mind. We need to be aware of these energetics in our meditation because they allow us to further connect with the practice and move us on our way towards realization.

Bring your findings to a qualified teacher to get clarification and proper guidance.

Awareness is the key. Mahamudra is the way. Vajrayana is the Tantra. The doors to the dharma are always open.

Rev. Dr. Sonam Wangmo

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Buddhism Daily Life Dzogchen The 4 Noble Truths

It matters what you believe

When we are in touch with the reality of impermanence then we know that at some point everything will come to pass. This includes our lives, and the lives of those who we care about. The connection to impermanence is an important clue on our human journey. We can realize then, what are the most important things to us. In this inner value we bond with others who share similar views. This is a gift of reciprocity with life that allows us to focus our attention on serving each other rather than destroying each other and our planet.

Impermanence is something that we do not like to hear about in the occidental world. By most part everyone is focused on maintaining status quo. The lay-person’s status quo allows for feeling of false security and deepens our connection with samsara. When we examine this illusion we can see it is based in fear.

Realizing samsara in our everyday life is the first thing in understanding the core of Buddhism; The 4 Noble Truths. Whether we are happy, indifferent or unhappy we are always suffering. Our attachment, aversion, ignorance, inauthenticity and inability to face reality is what causes our suffering.

When we begin to practice the dharma something fundamentally begins to shift inside of us. We begin to realize our nature. Our nature has an opportunity to be unobscured by the conditioning. It is empty. These moments of emptiness deepen with practice, both on and off the cushion. Each moment when we connect with our unobscured nature we can realize the precious gift that it is to practice the dharma and share life in a compassionate way.

It is a blessing to find, learn from, and remain connected with a great teacher. The right teacher is like a torch of light in the midst of our confusion unraveling itself. The teacher has compassion, wisdom and skills to guide us in an appropriate way. Each student is unique and different and at various levels of their journey towards realization. The goal of the practice is realization.

For some people it is very painful to be aware. When we connect with our true nature we can train ourselves to practice awareness and mindfulness. Everyone who is intelligent to practice the dharma has an intrinsic understanding of awareness and mindfulness. In this way we can enter into a relationship with our mind and start contemplation and meditation, we can begin to make a noticeable change in our lives and help to improve the lives of others.

Our approach to mind is crucial. We need to understand our mind deeply. What we believe matters a lot. A non-believer is also a believer of a kind. A belief is a set value within a person. It is a value that can be altered and it can be deepened or discarded. Beliefs form after certain reinforcements have been put in place. The way our beliefs reinforce themselves and why they differ from person to person has to do with our karma and conditions of our life. Our individual karma is what makes us so unique on the human level.

Our beliefs shape the way we relate with the world around. Our nature is empty and has no beliefs, yet our karmic causes and circumstances make us uniquely who we are, the way we move in this world is affected by what we believe.

How we treat our mind is very essential to leading a good life. A daily discipline is what allows us to shift habitual thinking patterns, beliefs and gives us a deeper sense of meaning to the daily life. It brings us in touch with what is real, what we value and lets us find the middle path in the midst of projections and those who ask for change but don’t want to change themselves.

Rev. Dr. Sonam Wangmo

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Dzogchen Family & Community Mahamudra Mahayana

How do you know you had enough practice?

Buddhism is very vast. There are many ways in which we can approach the topic of practice, and Buddhist study. I have been practicing Buddhism for only a decade, and knew that it was my path since I was a small girl.

Practices vary in intensity, duration and focus. Each practice is unique for the student and their level. Individually each person will find directly if they had too much practice, connecting with your teacher will help you to fine tune that which is causing the strain on your practice.

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Bön Feelings & Emotions Psychology Shamanism

Amazonian Plant Healing

I spent extensive time living in Peru and in the amazon jungles. I wrote this article for my medicine-sangha five years ago, here is the updated version and still very current.

Amazon jungle is a very special place. In the middle of ‘nowhere’ you are able to see life with a new set of eyes, while able to heal many aspects of your unconscious self.

On my path with plant medicines it is one of important requirements to do what the natives call ‘la dieta’ which means a traditional plant diet, a deep medicina work.

It is nothing like what a western mind could imagine – it is a ‘diet’ that consists of taking medicine plants and going – often times – through rough physical processes to clean and strengthen the body and psyche so that new knowledge can enter. The natives in the jungle believe that every plant has its teachings to offer. Not all plants are edible and not all are safe yet by watching the environment and the way these plants grow and interact with their surroundings and animals/insects – gives them an idea and understanding of what they are for and what they are offering to those who chose to take them.

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The natives of Peru (and Amazon Basin) have followed the process of plant dietas for thousands of years allowing them to connect and understand nature, plants and animals, spirit world and elements in ways beyond our western understanding. I felt a lot of connection in the dieta with the Tibetan Buddhism and Bön traditions, anchoring me to the Earth’s wisdom, transforming energies and liberating stuck patterns of my psyche.

I have to say that the first time I heard the words ‘Master Teacher Plant’ I was a little surprised and I did wonder “how can a plant be a teacher?” and soon after I realized that this natural world and MANY plants in the Amazon give us tremendous capacity to awaken and see the world with a very different perspective, not to mention to heal our bodies and MANY illnesses that trouble us these days. The dietas are not only for those who work on regular basis with medicine plants, they are also a very deep and profound way of healing a myriad of illnesses from cancer to digestive issues, to heart problems, lung problems and much more. The world of plants teaches us to live in alignment with Earth, connect us to our natural mind and show us insights that otherwise would not be accessible. In the work with Sacred Teacher Plants we are always shown what is inside of us, and how we relate it to the outside environment (our relationships) and the medicine allows us an opportunity to transform, release and evolve beyond our patterns of conditioning. Many diseases out there are a result of deeply held beliefs and rooted programming of our culture. Having an opportunity to take a step back from the ‘culture’ we live in, gives us not only an opportunity to heal but an opportunity to see our life with a fresher perspective.

While in the western world we can do fastings and silent retreats and all sorts of changes and modifications to our lifestyles,  we are still submerged in the energy of the western world. One of the primary gifts of doing a diet in the jungle is a complete ‘sensory detox’ with no electricity, no running water (let alone hot water), and no radios, iPods, computers, cell phones and internet – you are bound to feel like you have been “unplugged” from the world – and literally you are.

The regular diet lasts 8 to 9 days (up to 30 days or longer as needed) during which you eat a very simple 2 or 1 meal a day of cooked rice and platanos, and/or carrot/potato. All these are cooked just in boiling water without any spices or oil – this is to keep your body clean and to allow for greater and easier absorption of plants and to allow detox of your body. You are not allowed to use soap, creams, or deodorant, as these substances (even if 100 % natural) are taking you out of your experience and are considered to be sensory distractions. You are not allowed to take any medications (with some exceptions) or anything other than what the Curandero gives you. You spend the entire time alone and are not allowed to talk or look directly into anyones eyes. This is all done to keep you focused on your process, to maintain your energy and to focus you internally and its interesting to see how much we like to distract ourselves with extra sensory things.

Everyone goes through their own intricate and unique process while doing a diet. For me this diet was physically and mentally intense. One of the plants I took kept me sweating a lot and all I felt was ‘negative’ energy leaving my body. The second plant I dieted (if the curandero deems you are fit to do it) – gave me a whole new level of understanding what I call the ‘mind of the medicine – Sacred Teacher Plant’ and gave me such intense dreams I thought I was awake while asleep. <– that all in itself with some of my Buddhist background gives me a whole different view on awakening from the dream.

The modern world today is seeking dramatic improvements and healing both to the mind and body. With proper use of Shamanic traditions and teachings of Buddhism we can really purify our obscurations, rest in essence and also cultivate and bring out compassion and wisdom to heal our relationships and the planet.

Rev. Dr. K. Sonan Wangmo


The plants I was dieting were Chiric sanango, and Huayra Caspi – described briefly below.

1. Chiric sanango (Brunfelsia grandiflora)  – Chiric sanango contains the same tropane alkaloids as Toé but is not as toxic.  It characteristically produces a feeling of cold characterized by chills. It is used to help deal with fears, open the heart and connect with greater level of compassion as well as strengthen the ‘medicine heart’. Since the diet I have observed myself very much more at peace with the environment around me. There is a new level of connectedness between me and mu surroundings. When taken you consume the skin of the fresh root – the plant gives its life so that you can take it – it is a whole energetic process as well to be taking a root of this tall bush as it has as well a capacity to clean your roots – family, friends, life connections.

2. Huayra Caspi  (Cedrelinga catenaeformis)– largest tree in the lower jungle, is said to connect one with their medicine path and to give greater clarity in the work with medicine plants, as well as helps to clear any ‘dark’ energies from previous experiences in this and past lives. Huayra Caspi connects the person to the inner medicine within themselves. It helps the medicine person embody their medicine and be grounded on one’s path. It also opens the medicine mind to understand other and different aspects of Sacred Teacher Plant and how it works.

Image: Amazon Jungle, Peru by author

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Poetry

Lakshmi sadhana

Yoga introduced me to the Goddess and Lakshmi mantra is widely known.

This was the first time I spent 21 days with this Goddess, reflecting about her in my life, her influence on the world, family, earth. Early 2012, two days into the Tibetan New Year of the Dragon.

Lakshmi‘s four arms:

Dharma:  The way you fill your unique place in the matrix of life.

It is the desire to put your mark of beauty onto the world
When your desire is aligned with the Big intelligence,
as well as with your unique place in the whole,
you experience then genuine fulfillment of living true to your Dharma.

Artha: The resources you need to fulfill your dharma.

Material means, skills, physical wellbeing
and circumstance that will support you to live your Dharma.

Kama: In Feminine Embodiment Practices

we use pleasure as a doorway to Presence.
Our senses opens us, tickles us, nourish us.
Music, colors, taste, art, poetry, beauty,
all this bring the feminine closer to the divine.

Moksha: Ultimate Freedom.

The fruit of our practice is to realize Moksha in  the very essence
of all our experiences.
The realization of Moksha is not a process in time,
it is neither an awesome experience you once had, nor a goal to reach later.
Moksha is your luminous presence, always right here in the moment,
fresh and impossible to grasp and explain with the mind.
You can only live it, in moment-to-moment surrender.
Lakshmi and I
Me & Lakshmi in Corfu summer 2015, photo by Bibbi Friman
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Feminine Leadership

Wisdom tells me I am nothing.
Love tells me I am everything.
Between the two my life flows.

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj