TEACHINGS

The Teachings

Our practice is that of inquiry, which is one of the most ancient paths to Self-Realization.

The Teachings

The technique is very simple and anyone of any age can practice. We do not have to commit to complete liberation, but we may wish to know ourselves better. That intention is quite enough to get us started. We usually begin with colors, which children of all ages love.

Inquiry

Mutual Blossoming

The Colors

 

Ayn on Writing

What is a good book?

A good book is a doorway to another world. You open the portal and become immersed in new thoughts, ideas and sensations. Literature is the way we pass knowledge from one generation to the next. True literature is a beacon of hope.

Advice for aspiring authors:

Write because you have to, because there is a river of words pouring through you and you can’t stop the flow. If you aspire to be an author you need to love being a storyteller. Write about what is real and true, but also remember words have power and impact people’s lives. Become observant of the world around you, listen to conversations and share stories that bring light, healing and awareness to the world. To be successful involves becoming a sharp editor, a distribution wizard, and doing PR with grace and ease. If you aspire to be an author, never stop learning, question everything. To be an author you have to love what you do. Writing is the air you breathe. Keep a journal and note book with you. Observe the world and become increasingly curious. Write because you love it.

Don’t let criticism or a bad review get your down:

Do find a good editor and work with them. Meanwhile remember, opinions are like bottoms, everyone has one!

Writing Ritual:

Go outside and observe the world around you. Take the same path again and again and notice that each day there are differences due to the lighting and the seasons. When I am in my contemplative poetic nature, the entire world speaks to me. Trees have stories to share, so do animals. I like to practice journeying through trees in visualizations and see where the tunnels of the imaginal lead me. My ritual is just to become very still, reflective and meditative. I meditate every day for at least 15 minutes and sometimes for several hours. I can write up to 13 hours a day. Most of what I write is in journal form, but the free flow of words and ideas inspires the next book. Sometimes I sit at a cafe and listen to a conversation, and then imagine who the people are and how they live. That can become a story. The main practice is to just keep writing. The more you write the more the words come.

Dare to be magnificent!

Writing has opened the world up to me like an ever unfurling red carpet. I have won scholarships to universities, grants to study folklore, literary awards. I encourage young authors to go for their dreams too. If you persevere, it can happen. Writing can take you on a magical carpet ride to all sorts of places and inner realizations. Turn off your cellphone, computer and all electronics. Tap into what is real and true within you. The only person who could live your life and deliver your message is you. You are a flower upon the earth that wishes to blossom. Dare to be creative. Dare to be magnificent.

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