2017 Monthly Hilltown Kirtans

2017 Monthly Hilltown Kirtan Offerings at the School of the Golden Discs

September 9- Kirtan with Shubalananda 5pm

October 22- Kirtan with Dave Russell 4pm 

November 18- Kirtan with Libbly Volkening and Heart Centered Kirtan 5:30pm

December 16- Kirtan with Seven Sisters and Solstice Fire Ceremony 4pm following Sound Healing Saturday. 

All kirtans are open to all, no musical experience or specific belief system is necessary. donations accepted but not required.  

New Moon and Solar Eclipse

Sunday, August 20th at 5 pm   Pot Luck and Fire Ceremony

Join us on this day for a Ceremony to gather and create sacred space for connection and healing.  

August 7th, we had a full moon lunar Eclipse:  a perfect opportunity for purging our shadows; illuminating those beliefs that have been interfering with our evolution.  It is time to release suffering involved in relationships, discharging physical and emotional pain and grief. This is a time for deep self-diagnosis, evaluating our true purpose.  A time we are giving permission to our soul for full expression and liberation.  Time to sow the seed of unfolding our true authentic self; true purpose.  These energies provide us opportunities to heal, and unplug from distractions.  Time to create new patterns; integrate the changes and self-reflection and exploration in the heart.

With the Fire we have an opportunity to literally and energetically burn that which we wish to release and offer prays and intentions.  May we shed the old stories from the past and release locked in energies of grief and pain.  May we have the courage to face our fears and own our projections and offer them over to the Fires of Transformation.

New Moon on August 21st:

The new moon phase is an optimal time for planting and seeding your intentions. Seedlings need a period of gestation before they break through the soil and reach for the sunlight.  The New Moon is a time of Rebirth and Growth; time to create something new and honoring the sacred Feminine.   Time for shedding the old stories of our past, and setting new intentions.

This is also true for cultivating our ideas and clearing the way for our visions to surface and become our new reality.

The dark side of the moon, with its mysterious unseen forces, offers a nurturing environment where our longings can establish roots. These miraculous manifestations begin to sprout and reach out to the stars as the moon continues its cycle.

When it comes to setting goals or planning ahead for your future, there is no better time to get started than during the new moon. Intentions and longings stated out loud or written down on paper, hold power, so please take care in considering those things that you truly want. The saying "Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it," is a fair warning whenever setting your new moon intentions into motion.

The Eclipse takes us deep into overview of our patterns that needs to be brought to the light; thrusts us into the depth to work with the unconscious material.  It opens our awareness of our inner consciousness.  We tend to look at the outside world as a reflection of ourselves; now is the time to look deep within.  It is a cleansing process at a cellular level.  Look at what is arising within our ego material, and separation beliefs. 

This Eclipse is teaching us humility; light/darkness; empty/ fullness that is cast upon the world to the time of darkened womb.  Opens us to the great turning that is coming about.  This event allows us to purify; recalibration of what is our true purpose?

This is the time to clear the baggage; give away unnecessary matter, beliefs; purge; get to the core.  Where there is not light on Earth, in that state of perfect balance, a gateway is opening.  Hold in your mind and in your heart your deepest vision of self, the world.  Crystalize and hold the dream without attachment.

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Releasing the Old Stories and Living the Life of Your Soul’s Expression

   Releasing the Old Stories and Living the Life of Your Soul’s Expression

4 Week Shamanic Workshop

With the intensity that is occurring in the collective and on the Earth, it is time for us to come home into our soul. The Pachamama wants her children home now. It is time to take our rightful place on Earth. It is our birthright to fully express our soul, our light, and our love in order to create a world of peace and unity. It is our birthright to shine as brightly as the stars above us. It is time to share our light again. It is the time to liberate ourselves from the old stories and begin the life we are entitled to live, a life of freedom and joy.

This workshop will explore the following concepts:

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Honoring Moriah on the Day of her Passing

To embody our magnitude is to heal the world--Moriah Marston

Moriah passed into spirit two years ago today, March 24. Since the morning of her transition and subsequent mourning of her passing, life has never been the same for many of us and understandably so.

Who, what and how could possibly fill the void that was left in the wake of her departure from earthly life? This was my pressing question of the day, everyday, as we all; community, friends, family, even cashiers at the local food coop and village bank tellers reeled in bewilderment.

And how could our beloved guiding light—full of such goodness, radiance, laughter, inspiration, brilliance, love, devotion and sparkling presence, just…die and disappear—wrenched from our earthly life. No negotiation. Gone…But REALLY? Death, the great teacher, poses many questions and riddles.

But this trial of heartbreak and life inversion hasn’t necessarily been a bad thing as the crushing loss and ensuing dark night would suggest. Death can vivify life and the deeper truth of existence so deeply. And, like the end of a Charles Dickens story, the dots begin to connect and display a cosmic tapestry of which I am now so grateful to be a part.

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Coming Back! In retreat with Master Mingtong

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A Retreat Experience at the Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY, by Zayne Marston

Introduction

 To my amazement, I turned 65 in September. As a gift, I attended five days of Wisdom Healing Qigong with our joyful and inspiring teacher, healer and qigong master Mingtong Gu at the beautiful, accommodating campus of Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY (Sept 19-23).

Two of my qigong students joined me! It was exciting to share the chi experience and to know that the transmissions will enrich the chi field back home in Western MA where we practice Wisdom Healing Qigong.

Teaching assistants, Luisa de Castro and Suan Armstrong from Connecticut helped support the program. Many thanks for their gracious presence and attention to our needs.

Auspiciously, the Autumnal Equinox crept in halfway through the retreat and ushered in the energy of change and seasonal shift. The interplay of sunlight and the emerging leaf colors cast a magical shimmer to the atmosphere.

Change and transformation were definitely afoot as the days progressed. Here are some reflections.

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Remembering Arline

Remembering our friend
Arline Smeal
August 1, 1937-September 1, 2016
forever in the rainbow light

Pink Roses, by Arline Smeal. Copyright 2012

Last Thursday, our beloved Arline Smeal made her transition to the Rainbow Light. The Tibetan assures us that he "carried her home, and that while her transition (please use care when clicking this link) is perhaps difficult to understand or comprehend, it was in Divine Order, her work was done. She was fully embraced by the Light and presence of God, and All is Well. "

Arline is remembered both by neighbors and friends in her building and by ourselves as a loving, caring, compassionate being, who extended that care to all she encountered.

We honor  her humor, her joy, her spirit and her extreme dedication to the School and the teachings of Moriah and the Tibetan over many years.   There is so much to say about Arline and we invite you to share your thoughts and memories on our website memorial page, or on Facebook. 

Arline, we will miss you, your loving spirit, your joy, enthusiasm and supreme dedication to your Path. Thank you for being a teacher, friend, guide, cheerleader, healer, emissary of the light, and companion with us. We send you buckets and buckets of RAINBOW LIGHT! RAINBOW LIGHT! RAINBOW LIGHT!  


           Arline offers rainbow light energy healing. 

May you find a beautiful peace in your eternal connection with Yanim, DK, the Tibetan and all of your Arcturian and Celestial friends, loved ones and guides.  Say hi to Moriah for us. 
We miss you already. 

Love always, 
your transformational times family. 

I'm a beginner again! My journey into paradise

Emotional Healing Sound Qigong
the inner alchemy of emotional transformation
by Zayne Marston

Stay close to any sounds that make you glad you are alive ~ Hafiz

Evolutionary tool and life raft for the turbulence of today

It’s hard to keep a good thing secret. I am moved to share about a powerful qigong ( chi kung, means energy practice) I’ve been learning called Five Organ Integrative Sound Healing Method; a practice of a system called Wisdom Healing (Zhineng) Qigong.  This magical practice is easy and flexible to perform and highly effective at dissolving energy blocks caused by chronic, limiting emotions.

What it would be like to have a self-healing tool that can help transform the roller coaster ride of emotions spawned from the past into a refined state of being that is positive, life affirming, and more reflective of our true nature?

Sound Healing Qigong uses the voice of sound, consciousness and feeling to make contact with and to deeply receive source energy that’s all around us—the Creative Force of Healing Light, in different language, the Holy Spirit —unseen by the naked eye, yet animating and permeating all life, within and without. Through vibration and focused intention, the sounds voiced by the practitioner neutralize discordant energy moving through the organs, which our brains perceive as emotion.

Personally, this rare and unique qigong has helped me with grief in particular—getting me through the dark night—having lost my beloved wife a year ago.  Through daily qigong practice and my willingness to embrace all feelings and face the dark night, I am transforming on many levels.

Anxiety, fear and heavy sorrow that sprang from my loss no longer plague me as they did. An effervescent joy, a love, a spring to my spirit, are bubbling up out of someplace deep inside me to fill the vacuum. What happened?

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MESSAGE FROM ZAYNE

It’s hard to believe that January is over. It has been over 10 months since Moriah, our beloved Guiding Light, returned home to the ecstatic realm of the Masters. This period, truly a passage into the dark night of my soul and for many others, has been a time of deep stillness and reflection. It has thrust me into the catacombs and canyons of my being that I never knew existed. I had to face them head-on and feel it all. No getting around it. Quite frankly, there were times I thought I would just die. I must confess, at times I prayed that it would happen.

But I touched a light of joy so bright at the bottom of the well and it seems to grow and glow a little bit more each day despite life challenges. This process has catalyzed a renewed sense of purpose, a central organizing principle that has rearranged my state of mind and life perspective. Like pushing the cosmic reset button. Evolutionary. At this point I can see the hidden blessing in Moriah’s passing in that I would never have been able to access these dark and buried places to transform and purify them through awareness, feeling, acceptance, trust and compassion.

What is your dark night of the soul? How has it impacted your life? Has it served as an evolutionary tool for you? If so, how? These questions and many more will be explored in an intimate, group setting Saturday, FEBRUARY 13 at the School of the Golden Discs.  We hope this event will set the stage for further exploration of the Dark Night through weekly phone conferencing, which will begin in mid-February. Stay tuned for more information about this program.

We will start the Sunday seminar with Five-Organ Sound Healing Qigong, taught by Zayne. Using the voice of sound and mind intent, negative emotional energy is rapidly repatterned into virtuous powers housed within each organ system that helps us return to our natural state of being.

The bulk of the program will focus on group exploration and sharing in finding Light in the Dark Night, which allows the group synergy to work its magic. We will finish with a shamanic journey led by Nancela Howe then commune together with a potluck meal. Hope you can attend!

Is there any permanence? Message from Zayne

Summer is slipping through my fingers at a rapid tempo. I wonder if tempo relates to tempo-rary, because that seems to be the theme of my life these days and for many others--the ephemeral, transient nature of life and all of its fixings.

Facing the permanence of change
Might as well stand and face it, the only permanence is change, as I am forced to discover and yield to the elasticity of my being and trust it enough to meet the turbulent, shifting waters of my existence, murky at times, yet effervescent too. Free will aside, there  is no other choice.

A Taoist sage once said in response the vortexes and roller-coaster-change life brings, I go in with a swirl and out  with a whirl. I follow the way of water and don't think of myself. I have clung to this mantra like a life raft during an initiatory passage of  grief and loss through which I now travel.
 
Another kind of permanence
But there also is another kind of permanence, something we can actually take with us when we leave our precious bodies. Our Soul Essence. Our Essential Self.

 Releasing soul encumbrances
A purpose of the School of the Golden Discs, and the ticket to embracing the New Consciousness that Moriah and the Tibetan have written and taught so much about, (see Making the Shift: A Field Guide to the Emerging Consciousness, Volume 1), had been to release all encumbraces, the trappings, to our glorious Soul.

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A Journey into Grief: Reflections, Insights, Experience

by Zayne Marston, Director, School of the Golden Discs
 
As a point of entry into the topic of grief, I would like to share some thoughts about my personal experience during this harrowing and painful journey of my soul since Moriah's physical death. The extreme vulnerability that accompanies grief and loss, was paramount in my heightening receptivity to Divine Grace--the gift of it all. It is my hope that by imparting my grief process it will help all of you who are steeped in the pain of loss, whatever that may be.

 hopelessness and agony
If grief is not embraced and honored, we can slip into that depression-sorrow-despair-feeling of hopelessness—teetering on the edge of utter insanity and “why bother” syndrome. I have been there. Not fun. It is an agony that wicks the spark of life out of all of us who are affected to such a degree.
 
the Vacuum
The vacuum left from losing Moriah is so hard to bear, it's cellular, hard to be inspired and feel joy. Moriah was a natural at doing that for us. So I'm called to venture on my own, deep inside my being--inward unbound as we say--to access the inner resources and ignite the heart and soul passion needed to fuel my soul journey. And I am called to FEEL my grief, take the plunge. Scary territory.

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The Mystery

Chapter excerpt, Soul Searching with Djwhal Khul, the Tibetan by Moriah Marston ©2002

The Tibetan explores the Mystery:

The Mystery is the land of Great Secrets—cosmic puzzle pieces fitting together into the great Matrix that is Creation. To open to the mystery is to have a glimpse at the wonder that is held in the Unknowable. For it is in this Unknowable that all possibilities are held—unformed potentialities of the Divine. When students allow themselves to sit within the mystery, without struggle or defiance, a profound feeling of inner peace emerges. To know nothing is to experience everything.

The universe expresses itself through riddles that carry the Great Mystery like emissaries of the twilight dimension. It is in this dimension, where light merges into dark, that the mystery anchors itself into the human experience. At this profound point of contact with life-not-yet-manifest humankind is transfixed, momentarily released from the web of illusion emerging through the past which projects itself as the known.

The mystery is the gateway to go beyond time and space. It ushers in the eternal. As the student touches the mysterious, all is possible. CLICK READ MORE BELOW

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The Evolving Nature of Death and Attachment

Chapter from MAKING THE SHIFT: Field Guide to the Emerging Consciousness by Moriah Marston and the Tibetan

The Tibetan teaches:

It’s time to meet the moment! What does that mean?  Even from the perspective of the Masters, this moment is enormous because it is a Grand Opening. This long-awaited Parting of the Veils requires a tremendous Cosmic Force to unbind the earthly plane from the encrustations that have enshrouded humankind and the earth. The veils that separate the dimensions have prevented humankind from experiencing CONTACT with all other realms of existence beyond the earthly plane.  

Humankind has been so deeply invested in the illusion that it resides alone, cut off from all others in the Universe, that it has forgotten its place in the intergalactic family. In order to integrate multidimensional consciousness, students must release the false belief that the veils—the dimensional membranes—are too thick to penetrate. Humankind believes that the only way to access the other worlds is to transition from the physical plane. It relies on death as the portal of release from the earthly prison of disconnect. Often death comes as a welcome relief from humanity’s existential pain of isolation. 

But death carries a sense of finality which convinces many people that nothing exists beyond the physical world. Most students, assuming that the limitations of the earthly plane are met by the limitations of death, have simply tried to make the best of their life’s experience by resigning themselves to a terribly limited opportunity for growth and soul exploration. The intense grief experienced by humankind includes not only physical loss of loved ones but also a subliminal mournfulness from an acute sense of restricted LOVE and CONNECTION. This emotional pain results from the density, an iron curtain, which has prevented access to the greater picture and the enormous vibration of Cosmic Love penetrating all corners of the Universe...READ MORE AND COMMENT CLICK BELOW

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Moriah"s Awakening: A word from the Holy Spirit

Moriah reached enlightenment during the last stage of her life. This was the primary goal in her life—to fully awaken. The strong spiritual energy that emanated from her fading life form thickened the air in the great room where she lay; often smiling despite the intense pain she was in.

Shortly after Moriah’s transition, I hungered for a greater perspective. I wanted desperately to know how she is doing out there in the Great Beyond. What is she up to? Did she truly awaken before “lift off”? So I was graced with a reading from Daniel Neusom, a pastor of the Sacred Light Fellowship in Time Square who happens to be an amazing channel for the Holy Spirit.

I would like to share with you some excerpts from this life changing reading:

Moriah" How is she?

Daniel is perceiving her in her true and real power and glory. Her transition and transformation is complete. She has already begun to teach in the new realm she is in, and has begun the work of helping to train and prepare souls who will be coming to the Earth in the near future for the incarnations they are preparing.

The souls she is working with are coming to end of their need to come to earth and she is helping them to let go and release and open to new frequencies that they are to bring to the earth to their respective lives. 

As you hear this description of her work, you will see that it is very similar to what she did when she was in body.  Her transition was a great joy and release and relief for her. She remained on earth of course for her own process, but also so that her departure would not be so jarring or traumatic for you and others in the community. There was a time of preparation for this, giving you each an opportunity to process the experience in your own way...READ MORE AND COMMENT CLICK BELOW

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From Loss into Infinity

Chapter excerpt from Earth School, a Fresh Perspective on the Human Condition

by Moriah Marston & the Tibetan © 2006

Supposedly nothing is ever really lost in the Universe. All of creation, every being, is infinite in nature and therefore ultimately impervious to annihilation. However, when we lose loved ones, animal friends, long-term employment, health, parts of ourselves and/or outmoded dreams, the loss (so painfully “real”) threatens to devastate our faith and spirit.

Lately, heightened energetic frequencies are impacting the earth plane propelling us forward at lightning speed as if we were on an express train with no local stops at which to get off and look around, take a break, regroup. This express train speeds up our clearing process. Losses are compounding on themselves as we are being forced to radically let go of aspects of our life experience too profoundly near and dear to imagine relinquishing.

Last week my beloved eight-year old Belgian sheepdog, “Zulu,” died after two weeks of battling a fast-moving bone cancer. Because I work at home, Zulu and I were almost constantly together since we first adopted him at ten weeks old. His astounding physical beauty, advanced intelligence, unconditional love, relentless joy, childlike playfulness and utter devotion were nutritional mainstays for my soul. These gifts provided me with the courage, stamina, support and faith to continue to move forward through the intense rigors of the accelerated soul alchemy process of transformation that heats up and discharges all dark pockets in the unconscious.

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Deepening our Connections: Cultivating Meaningful Soul Based Relationships

 by Moriah Marston  Earth School: A Fresh Perspective on the Human Condition copyright 2006

What would it be like for our hearts to be deeply linked and to mutually experience each other’s fully expressed essence? The rapidly emerging paradigm calls us to unite as one human being. Our interconnections are now under tremendous evolutionary pressure.

Collectively we’re shifting into soul-based living. This has a dramatic effect on all relationships. Whether we’re friends, family, lovers, employer/employee, acquaintances, colleagues, teacher/students, we’re becoming soulmates to each other. Consequently, familiar social patterns of superficiality need to be released. Attempts to mask our true self by putting on a happy face, pretending to be civil or nice probably feel particularly empty and painful at this time. We’re used to fleeting gestures of shallow togetherness that may momentarily warm the heart but rarely touch the soul. Most relationship dynamics are laced with the poisons of inhibition, miscommunication, abandonment, betrayal, misunderstanding, rejection and projection.

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