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The Black Pearl: How to Be Your Own Guru – Embody Your Spiritual Authority!

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Alan Davidson

Alan Davidson

Alan Davidson – founder of ThroughYourBody.com and the author of the best-selling and award winning Body Brilliance: Mastering Your Five Vital Intelligences.

In a world focused on outer authority and external validation it’s easy to lose track of that quiet still voice of wisdom, your own inner guidance.

This article is for you if you are a lover of truth, a wisdom warrior, a maestro of stillness, and/or a bodhisattva for compassion.

How to Be Your Own Guru – 

Alexandria was the Pearl of the Mediterranean. Demetrios was the most trusted pearl merchant in that ancient port. He relied on the Persians for his trade, their caravans crossing the scorching Arabian deserts. The caravans, with their barking dogs, brought to him the finest pearls in the world from the far eastern Arabian Gulf. The diving fisherman who hugged the merciless coasts of the desert dived as many as 40 meters deep to harvest the oysters and their precious crop of pearls.

 Just as the goldsmith is skilled at finding the purest quality of gold through rubbing, burning, and testing; Demetrios was quite was wise and fair and skilled at testing pricing the pearls that came his way. He was a merchant, trained over many years to know the beautiful, fine qualities and variety of pearls.

He knew all the tests for the rarest of pearls; rubbing two pearls together to test their friction, the subtle density for the rarest pearls; the tooth test for judging the grittiest, and best pearls, and bouncing light for testing their luminous overtone.

Demetrios loved the beauty of his pearls, the journey from a grain of sand created by agitation and irritation and a polishing process to become a “translucent light,” a “seed of light,” a “holy touch of the divine ocean.”

Often he would walk to the center of the city to Alexandria’s grand Library and listen on the steps to the teachers and preachers speaking to the crowds. Philosophers from Athens and Rome, High Priests from nearby Memphis, and the saints and sages from distant India all converged on the steps to share their wisdom and insights on the meaning of this life and our universe.  Inspired by the stories of –life-after-life from the near-naked sadhus, the pearl to Demetrios was the perfect symbol for the “light of the soul,” the spiritual journey every man takes until the seeker and the Beloved, blissfully become One.

One summer day, a caravan master, weary from months on the Silk Road, summoned Demetrios to his tent. Inside, wrapped in fine silks, was a Black Pearl, the color of which he had never seen. The master assured him it had come from an island with black sands on the far-eastern tip of the South China Sea, much farther still from the capital city of Peking.

Demetrios ran his battery of tests, with each success falling deeper under the spell of the extraordinary Black Pearl. He had, indeed finally found his translucent light of the soul; his pearl of great price; the pearl of infinite oneness.

The caravan master asked an unholy amount for the rare pearl. Demetrios would have to sell everything he owned to buy the Black Pearl. After fever-dream days of longing for the Black Pearl’s beauty and understanding it’s deep symbolism of enlightenment…Demetrious decided he could not live with-out it. He systematically sold off all his other pearls, his property, his slaves, and all his belongings to possess the Black Pearl…

Demetrios then retreated to a near-by sanctuary of holy men to meditate on his pearl of great price, the most exquisite thing he had ever seen in the created world, and the image of God’s Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.

Demetrios’ story is, of course, a retelling of the Jesus parable; suggesting that there is no price too high to enter the kingdom of heaven. In more modern terms, for the spiritual traveler, the Kingdom of Heaven is God Consciousness. In order to reach this goal, each seeker must give-up all their attachments, thoughts and desires; surrendering their personality, their very life to the Divine.

The Three Steps to Embody Your Spiritual Authority:

1)   Look Inward:

The crux of the story is Demetrios’ “wise choice” to give up everything he owns to possess the Black Pearl…aka, the Kingdom of Heaven. We call this quality discernment. The ability to make wise choices; to see the options ahead of you and the consequences of each choice is true discernment.  We must unplug from the external world and look inward to discern the truth.

Let me take a radical leap here and jump from Jesus to Madonna, and no I don’t mean his mother…Madonna, Mother of God. I mean the pop star Madonna.

The Material Girl

In her own way Madonna is living the journey of the black Pearl. She’s gone from Madonna, the Material Girl with her riffs on Marilyn Monroe and “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend”…i.e. looking outside of herself for love, safety, success and satisfaction. Her journey now traverses the Madonna of “Ray of Light,” the Madonna focused on yoga and the mystical Kabbalah…i.e. looking inward for the answers to all things.

It is a trend I see happening all around me…many entrepreneurs and internet marketers have made millions of dollars, lost millions of those dollars, and made millions more. Only to finally realize that there is more to life than money, success, and “outward validations.” Now I see a real shift to inner validation, to personal and spiritual authority.

Money may come and go, but well earned spiritual authority, the refining and polishing of the personality so that it serves the Soul, will never leave you. That is the inner truth that both our pearl merchant Demetrios and the Lady Madonna found for themselves.

2)   Listen Deep:

Alex Grey: Meditation

The simplest way to do that is to listen deeply, and then strategically act on its guidance.

We each have an inner voice of wisdom that KNOWS our soul purpose; that knows our universal highest good; that knows our inner-most values; that knows our core strengths; and our life passions. This is the essence of one of your Five Vital IQs, the key to your Moral Intelligence.

Our inner voice of wisdom is an essential part of us that is constantly re-calibrating and re-balancing our lives so that every moment is a gift, an opportunity for growth and healing.

When we learn to cultivate that inner voice of wisdom, we practice discernment by turning inward. We decide for ourselves our very own wisest choice in the moment.

After riffing on a number of chapters on the qualities of the Tao (and the mysteries of the universe), Lao Tzu asks, “How do I know this is true? I looked inside myself.” The deepest meaning of Pearl of Great Price is the knowing truth that nothing else matters. All of our daily needs fall away when we turn our attention to embodying our True Selves, the essential truth of who we are.

3)   Act Wisely:

Madonna – Ray of Light

The more I can listen deeply, then act on the wisdom found there – the voice deepens, becomes louder. It’s like flexing and building a muscle. In my experience that inner voice of wisdom has never steered me wrong. I might have stumbled a time or two or three as I learned to listen better, but every choice I’ve made listening to my inner wisdom has served my own spiritual flowering. AND it invites me to embody my own spiritual authority; to trust, to know, to live my truth as it is revealed in the moment.

When we tune out the din on all the external demands for our attention, we rise above the our fears, our defenses, our programming to turn our tremendous energy to serve our soul, our destiny; and ultimately our joy, our happiness, and our essential purpose for choosing this life.

The more I embody my own inner wisdom, the more unshakable trust I have in my True Self. The easier it is to make the “hard” decisions in my life. And the grander the adventure my life becomes…not to mention the spectacular people, also anchored in their own personal and spiritual authority I attract to me. So whether I am the merchant trading everything I own for the pearl of great price, or I am the Madonna singing through “the ray of light,” it is my own discernment, my own inner wisdom, my own spiritual authority that guides me to greater and greater depths of grace. I’m happy with either…and with both.

Body Brilliance 100% Natural Spray Deodorant

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New relief for sweat and stink shows how you can still smell good and smile after going through a hell-of-a-day-day…all without adding dangerous and toxic chemicals to your deodorant.

Alanna_1Houston resident, Alan Davidson, the author of the award winning and best-selling, Body Brilliance: Mastering Your Five Vital Intelligences announced the launch of his product line, Body Brilliance Products, on March 17th, 2014.

Davidson developed his first product, Body Brilliance 100% Natural Liquid Deodorant Spray, out of a desire to help the growing number of people that feel threatened by using dangerous or toxic chemicals in their antiperspirants and deodorants.

America’s Doctor, Dr. Oz says, “There are three major areas of the body that sweat and stink: under your arms, your pubic area, and your feet; because these three areas have a higher number of sweat glands associated with your hair follicles. Two things, then, affect your body odor; how much you actually sweat…and what bacteria are feeding in those sweaty areas.”

Davidson has worked with thousands of clients as a body-worker, aromatherapist, and spa therapist to develop an alternative and natural approach to their health and healing. He taught massage and spa therapy for ten years at a Houston massage training center. Davidson also taught a 100 hour Aromatherapy Certification program.

Davidson combined twenty-four-plus years of experience about well-being and a holistic lifestyle; including natural earth minerals, plant extracts, and aromatherapy oils, or essential oils. Body Brilliance 100% Natural Spray Deodorant is a formulation of seaweed and algae extracts, mineral salts, and essential oils such as: lavandin, patchouli, spanish sage, tea tree leaf, cajeput, lemon peel & pine needle.

The resulting potion is designed to kill bacteria that cause body odor. It allows the body to perform the way it was intended. Sweating is an essential body function. It’s also the way our bodies cool and detoxify.

BB-BottleBody Brilliance 100% Natural Spray Deodorant is designed for men, women and children. It is a premium professional grade deodorant and is designed for Exclusive Resort Spa treatments and customers. It gives you hours of antibacterial protection and is safe for all skin types. It is  Aluminum FREE and Paraben FREE.

For more information on Alan Davidson’s Body Brilliance 100% Natural Spray Deodorant , please visit Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HRJMQL8

Or Contact Alan Davidson at: 713-942-0923 or: JD@ThroughYourBody.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diane Musho Hamilton and Alan Davidson: An Evening of Big Mind/Big Heart & Enlightened Tapping in Houston Texas

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Please call 713-942-0923 to reserve your seat!
Limited to 50 people (and we will fill the event) 

 Why – Both Big Mind and Enlightened Tapping are very simple, yet powerful and rapid ways to help a person shift perspective; a dramatic shift into their wisdom, self-realization, and actualization; a shift that may take a meditator many years to accomplish.

For Whom – Big Mind is the unshakeable and contagious certainty that every one of us, regardless of our socio-economic, cultural or religious background, can instantly awaken to our true nature.

This experience is perfect if you are:

  • Ready to taste the open-heart and still-mind of your True-self,
  • A meditator, beginner or advanced;
  • On the path of mastery with a long-time spiritual practice, like yoga or martial arts,
  • A student of Zen, Buddhism, or mystical and enlightenment practices,
  • A student of Jungian, Gestalt, or Voice Dialogue therapies,
  • Interested in meeting/working with your sub-personalities, or the “voices in your head.”
  • Feeling stuck in your practice or life,
  • Triggered by long standing emotions or resentments,
  • Plagued by doubts, insecurities, and limiting beliefs.

Big Mind, developed by Dennis Genpo Merzel Roshi, combines Zen meditation with the insights of such visionary western figures as Carl Jung, Fritz Perls, and Hal Stone (Voice Dialogue), enabling virtually anyone to experience their true enlightened nature, a realization they can further deepen through meditation. Enlightened Tapping adds EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique, or Tapping to the Big Mind experience.

How much – Suggested $20 donation

When – 7 PM to 9 PM – Thursday night September 12, 2013

Please call 713-942-0923 to reserve your seat!
Limited to 50 people (and we will fill the event)

Where – Lydia Dugan’s home:

 307 West Friar Tuck Lane, Houston, TX 77024. She is off of Memorial Drive, on the south side, between the West 610 Loop and Chimney Rock Rd. Friar Tuck is on the left as you are going west on Memorial Drive. There is a little parking on her circular drive. Or park on street and walk through the gate.

Ken Wilber

The Big Mind process is an astonishingly original, profound and effective path for waking up, or seeing one’s True Nature. It is such a simple and universal practice it can be used in any spiritual path you wish, or even by itself, as a practice for realizing your True Self.

— Ken Wilber, author of Integral Spirituality

 

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About Diane Musho Hamilton

Diane Musho Hamilton

Diane Musho Hamilton is an accomplished facilitator who has made a practice of showing up when understanding has breaks down. As an award-winning mediator, she has decades of experience working privately and in the Utah judicial system Her teaching comes from “being in the trenches” with people from all walks of life.

Diane was the first Director of the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Utah Judiciary. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards for her work in creating mediation programs throughout the Utah court system including the Peter W. Billings Award from the Utah State Bar and the UCCR Peacekeeper Award.

Diane has been a practitioner of meditation for almost 30 years. She began her studies at Naropa University in 1983 with Choygam Trungpa Rinpoche, and became a Zen student of Genpo Roshi in 1997. In 2003, she received ordination as a Zen monk with her husband Michael Zimmerman, and received dharma transmission in 2006. Together they created Two Arrows Zen, a center for Zen study and practice in Utah.

Diane is a recognized world wide as a master facilitator the Big Mind Big Heart. Big Mind is the revolutionary process developed by Genpo Roshi.

Genpo and Alan were in Austin once and he remarked, “Diane was born for the Big Mind Big Heart work. “She’s an even better Big Mind facilitator than I am… and I created the process.”

Diane has also worked with Ken Wilber and the Integral Institute since 2004. She has co-created many programs with the leading Integral teachers and students of Ken’s work.

Diane is an exceptionally gifted mediator, group facilitator, and one of the authentic contemporary spiritual teachers of our time.

Her new book – Everything Is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution – December 3, 2013 – On Amazon NOW!, 

About Alan Davidson

Alan Davidson

Alan is the founder of ThroughYourBody.com and the author of Body Brilliance: Mastering Your Five Vital Intelligences, the #1 best-selling Health and Wellness book and winner of two national Book-of-the-Year Awards; the 2007 Independent Publishers Awards Bronze Medal for Body/Mind/Spirit Book-of-the-Year and America’s Best Books Awards for Health and Fitness Book of the Year.

 

Alan has a B.S. from University of Houston, Downtown, with an emphasis on psychology, sociology, philosophy, and religion. He is fascinated with the intersection of bodywork, psychology, and spiritual practice.  Alan has taught massage, meditation, yoga, and human transformation since 1990.

Alan’s in-depth study of Jungian psychology, Gestalt, Voice Dialogue, Big Mind, and Tapping began in 1977. That deep dive East-meets-West culminated in the discovery of Enlightened Tapping, which melds the very best of western psychology and eastern enlightenment, shadow work, emotional healing, and embodied self-actualization.

Alan Davidson: My Reading List August 31, 2013

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Hey happy Saturday.

This week I did a deep dive into a couple of great books. I thought I’d share the focus of my attention and the broad net I’m casting for wisdom…

Joe Hirsch, my friend and long-time ThroughYourBody Mastery member, and I are co-leading a five week book study of Michael Singer’s The Untethered Soul: the journey beyond yourself.

Michael’s book is an excellent map for the spiritual journey. I like The Untethered Soul because it distills the wisdom of eastern enlightenment in plain, simple English. Michael also gives excellent techniques for freeing ourselves from a demanding world, freeing ourselves from a fearful mind, and freeing ourselves from a troubled heart.

Last night we covered section three in The Untethered Soul, Freeing Yourself. Here’s a quote for Chapter 8:

The purpose of spiritual evolution is to remove the blockages is the cause your fear. The alternative is to protect your blockages so that you don’t have to feel fear. To do this, however, you will have to try to control everything in order to avoid your inner issues. It’s hard to understand how we decide that avoiding our inner issues is an intelligent thing to do, but everybody’s doing it. Everybody is saying, “I will do every single thing I can to keep my stuff. If you say anything that disturbs me, I will defend myself. I’ll yell at you and make you take it back. If you cause any disturbance inside of me, I will make you so sorry.” In other words, if somebody does something that stimulates fear, you think they did something wrong. You didn’t do everything you can to make sure they never do it again. First you defend yourself, and then you protect yourself. You do whatever you can to keep from feeling disturbance.

Eventually, you become wise enough to realize that you do not want that stuff inside of you. It doesn’t matter who stimulates it. It doesn’t matter what situation hits it. It doesn’t matter whether it makes sense, whether it seems fair or not. Unfortunately, most of us are not that wise. Were really not trying to be free of our stuff; were trying to justify keeping it.

What I like most about co-leading a book study group is the chance to immerse myself in the wisdom of the author, devouring not only his words, but following the bread crumbs to the sources that inspired him. In addition to reading the book, I’m listening to a ten-CD set of Michael’s lectures. Several times in those audio lectures Michael quotes the Bhagavad-Gita.

One of the Gita’s most effective methods of teaching is its portrait of the sage, the person who has completely let go. This portrait is among the finest in world literature.

Hearing these quick quotes from the Gita inspired me to do a survey of the qualities, characteristics, and attributes of the wise and free soul. My survey took me from the Bhagavad-Gita and the Tao to Ching to writers like Emerson, Thoreau, Rilke, and Hesse.

Here is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of The Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation by Stephen Mitchell

The wise man lets go of all

results, whether good or bad,

and is focused on the action alone.

Yoga is skill inaction.

He wise man whose insight is firm,

relinquishing the fruits of action,

is freed from the bondage of rebirth

and attains the place beyond sorrow.

When your understanding has passed

Beyond the thicket of delusions,

there is nothing you need to learn

from even the most sacred scripture.

Indifferent to scriptures, your mind

stands by itself, unmoving,

absorbed in deep meditation.

This is the essence of yoga.

I’m a huge fan of Stephen Mitchell’s translations. He has such a way of grasping the ancient wisdom and yet translating it into beautiful, poetic English. Here is one of my favorite passages from Stephen’s Tao Te Ching: A New English Translation

Chapter 15:

The ancient Masters were profound and subtle.

Their wisdom was unfathomable.

There is no way to describe it;

all we can describe is their appearance.

They were careful

as someone crossing an iced-over stream.

Alert as a warrior in enemy territory.

Courteous as a guest.

Fluid as melting ice.

Shapable as a block of wood.

Receptive as a valley.

Clear as a glass of water.

Do you have the patience to wait

till your mud settles and the water is clear?

Can you remain unmoving

till the right action arises by itself?

The Master doesn’t seek fulfillment.

Not seeking, not expecting,

she is present, and can welcome all things.

My final reading this week is a book by my friend I lovingly call Judge Susan. 20+ years ago when I was teaching massage therapy, Susan was my most unusual student. You see Susan was a practicing federal immigration judge by day and by night, she was training to be a massage therapist.

Susan has since retired from the bench and written a wise and deeply moving account of five Asylum cases that she heard while sitting on the bench. I never imagined I would read someone who tapped the spiritual dimensions of what it means to live with an open and passionate heart. Susan has achieved that and written a slim, but powerful book. Here are a couple of my favorite passages from Bench-Pressed: A Judge Recounts the Many Blessings and Heavy Lessons of Hearing Immigration Asylum Cases by Susan L. Yarbrough.

Immediately after I granted any asylum application and extended welcome and good wishes to the person who had been persecuted, I would rush out of the courtroom and into my office, lock the door, and cry for about a half hour. The two words that would always form underneath my tears were thank you—to the Creator for bringing me to that day, for ears to hear, and for a painful and heartbreaking job that nevertheless gave me the power to spare someone’s life. But it wasn’t until I retired from day-to-day physical hearing of the cases that I began to really hear and feel the sounds and echoes and the harmonics and overtones of the blessings they brought and are still bringing to my life.”

Besides the act of saying a heartfelt “I love you” to another sentient being, my greatest interpersonal pleasure in life has come from being able to into someone’s eyes while holding their face or their hands in my own hands and to say, “I am a better person because of you.”

It’s Labor Day here in the states. We get a long three-day holiday to rest, relax, and celebrate the efforts of our labors. Since waking up is the universal imperative of every human being, it’s also our greatest labor, our greatest labor of love.

What are you reading that is inspiring to wake-up and live your highest universal good? What are you reading that was teaching to live with a fierce, wide-open heart? Do let me know.

Have a fab Labor Day…

Alan Davidson

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