Total Body Cleanse – Find your way hOMe.

Total Body Cleanse – Find your way hOMe.

This is part 2 of a multipart blog series.  Click here to read part 1.

We’ve been in the flow lately… undeniably so.  It has been remarkable and filled with insights and as I was cleaning houses (old and new), I found something!  Not a total body cleanse, although important and part of the story, rather something more profound; perhaps a miracle, I have to say the experience has altered me somehow.  Or… maybe I was just primed to see something (from my last total body  cleanse…), again, to be reminded just how this journey called life works.  I marvel at it, truly…  and yet, it seems to be a continuous struggle to maintain this view…  or did. Let me explain.

We moved…

20 or so days ago, Heather and I spontaneously discussed the perfect place to live; a place we could expand our lives and grow, something we could share with family & friends, a place we could grow our business and share with our tribe.  We listed all the things we would want, right down to the neighborhood; we were very specific. Today, I am sitting in the back office of that home writing this blog!

Everyone can relate, I am certain, to the experience of moving…   Yet, we both handled it in stride!  I admit, there were a few times that it got challenging, yet I was able to literally turn 180 degrees from the thoughts, words or actions that were noticeably blocking the energy of expansion.  Somehow, I was able to maintain a peaceful clarity throughout what certainly looked like chaos from the outside, eventually the perceived chaos diminished and now I gaze upon a completely new experience!  So, how did I do it?

I didn’t!  It was the Flow…  We are in it. All of us, all the time.   Prana, Chi, Energy, Universal Energy, God, the Great Mystery… on and on the traditions describe something like “a fabric of reality”, something that keeps it all together, connects all creation, and so on… (So I am gonna leave that part alone and know that if you are reading this, we are close enough or on the same sheet. )

I have been shown over & over again, on this near 20 year journey into understanding myself and allowing consciousness to expand through me, that indeed there is something working on our behalf… in the ethers, I like to say.  Now, I am thinking, just straight up what I am calling ethers is actually it!  But truthfully, I have NO CLUE!

My teacher says, “we are happy… that is our nature.”  And all the times I looked at him and thought, “hmmmm…. no shit, there must be something to this”, I am now realizing… yup!  there is.

These past several days have shown me yet again that we are indeed part of something much grander than I could ever figure out.  I received empirical data to support my conclusions and directly experienced something palpable and profound. The only way to describe it is to say this.

There is a place I found… only I don’t have to go anywhere, although it feels like I leave it sometimes, where I feel safe, secure and nurtured and HAPPY, yes, happy.  and I don’t mean ‘happy to have passed the test!’ or ‘happy to see you!’ or ‘my children make me happy’ or ‘happy its friday’, no I am talking about a deep sense of joy or bliss. ultimately, these words do it no justice.  but i know the feeling.  and when I feel that way, things work out…  the Energy wants to expand, Consciousness is evolving and it is doing it through us.  Aware or not, it is happening.  When I tune into that feeling

I am that feeling.  I have come to that conclusion now and that it is up to me to support this human being in experiencing its birthright. Bliss, ananda… all the sages, saints, mystics and masters have pointed humanity to this fact.  Ok… mind blown.  again, as I said.  I am a yogi, that is what is ironic… one might think, I got it… but the chatter in my mind has had its way with me, too! (and likely will again, albeit each time is less and less intense!)

Lets do a little 2+2…

All the saints, sages, masters, mystics…, the Wayne Dyers and Eckhart Tolle’s, the Beatles and other celebs… Jim Carrey, for goodness sake!  google it.  Jim Carrey Awakening…  bam!  My teachers…  ALL SAYING THE SAME THING.

Now, again… me.

Does that mean what I think it means!  yup…  AVAILABLE TO ALL… They do call it the Infinite… that means everywhere… you, me, them…  over there, here, yesterday, tomorrow…  it is here, now.  Always.

Cleaning my homes last week (1 old & 1 new) I found something…  It was here all the time, silently waiting for me to return; to notice. (yes, i have been here before… maybe you have, too!)  I found a temple, a true hOMe that I carry in my heart… a place I can never leave, nor ever go; I have always been here; safe, nurtured, supported and cared for.  And so have you.

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Total Body Cleanse

It is up to each of us to gain the clarity; consciousness is evolving through us all.  Are you stuck?  This is where the total body cleanse comes in.  Of all the practices I have turned to over the years to gain and maintain my clarity, one sticks out to be the very best and quite honestly a rapid way to achieve clarity and gain insights when you are feeling out of sorts.  A total body cleanse has been my goto over the years to feel lighter in body… mind & spirit.  I firmly believe that our food system in the US is a contributing factor to systemic issues of low energy, physical & mental illness, along with a host of other issues plaguing our society.  Cleaning up your diet for 10 days, is not only  a great way to begin to entertain some discipline your life, but the healthy, happy vitality that results from the 10-day Transformation of a total body cleanse will bring some zing back into your life and a sure cure to feeling stuck over or after the holidays.  There are many out there so do your research; many are not pure, organic, non-gmo, sustainably harvested, etc…  but that may not matter to you.  If it does, click here to learn more about the products I use daily.

There are many practices available to facilitate the expansion of consciousness within you…  We aim to share what has worked for us: Yoga, Meditation, Energy Medicine, along with dietary support in the form of supplements and organic, non-gmo, minimally processed foods.  Please comment below what has worked for you…

Join us in the flow!  SYF2017 is right around the corner… and Aumbase Sedona has some great offerings, including a Total Yoga Detox with Luke Ketterhagen January 19-22!  and remember, this hOMe was inspired by something bigger than us … look for us on airBnB soon and as hosts to a private total body cleanse retreat in our hOMe… with us.

Namaste.

The Most Valuable Yoga Sutra; Love

The Most Valuable Yoga Sutra; Love

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Speak from a place of love, not truth.

When I first heard such a notion in my 200 hour yoga teacher training, I was dumb-founded. I was a person who had always prided herself in being honest, strong and true. I spoke with little regard for others feelings, if it meant altering what I wanted to say in the first place. I felt if I did this, it would be dishonest, and lack integrity, because it would essentially be “sugar-coating” my thoughts. Right?

Be compassionate, as careful with yourself as you are with others.

I used to believe that by being brutally honest, and speaking the words as quickly as they came bubbling up, was a form of compassion. ‘I was waking people up.’ I falsely believed, that I was single handedly dropping the truth that would change peoples lives, not realizing, I was actually still operating from a place of ego, deep pain from trauma, and unbridled emotion.

In the months that followed, my personal spiritual journey yet again transformed my life. 200 hours of yoga teacher training, 3 years of consistent practice, Vegan, practicing daily meditation-& hiking everyday. I saw in those moments, just two weeks into my program- that I still needed so much growth.

The more we learn, the more we discover new unseen depths.

I thought… how magnificent. After time had its healing pass, I came to realize that this was an opportunity. How beautiful to witness consciousness evolution right in this moment, happening to you, right now.

Do what you love- love who you are- allow yourself the space to be imperfect.

When I heard this, I started crying, I laid on my mat and covered my face. Forgive myself? This would mean opening a deep ocean of emotional secrets. The more I unravelled the tattered frays of my past, the more I became dismantled.

Practice self forgiveness from all the “should haves” – and remember that YOU are a beautiful soul learning and growing just like everyone else.

I took off. I jumped in my car and drove to the mountains. If my consciousness was going to expand – it wasn’t going to happen in a classroom.. It needed thousands of miles and tops of mountain to grow.

What I found there, in those days in the mountains is as follows.

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Surrounded by city – I do my best to unscramble these thoughts. Inward my mind travels as I imagine my soul, a placid lake of forgotten dreams waiting to be awoke. With shores subdued in quiet, an expansive aquatic terrain of glass . . . silver and cobalt, reflects tiny starlight twinkles in her slithering wake. The lake she sleeps- stirring slightly only at midnight like a gentle giant. Her upper lip quivers delivering kisses made of silk, wet and firmly pressed against the omnipresence of the Moon.

In the black expansiveness of silence – I AM.

I source my own sense of being through her glassy, reflective eyes as I dwell. I swallow bubbles of air and dive below even the furthest reaches of the surface light. It’s quiet in the bottom of the lake.

I think I will like it here with no struggle to float, I can flow like honey. Here, the insistent restlessness of dog paddling for freedom, does not exist. I embrace the deep waters and there is no struggle. Here, I embrace my life as is -instead of fighting against it. Maybe the drowning is inevitable, to appreciate the breath upon its welcomed return.

Humans are such funny things with minds wound up so tight.  We fire thoughts like coil springs against ourselves, waging wars and epic battles in the name ego, in the name of self-righteousness. I sit in coffee shops contemplating the days, when we all stop pretending to ignore each other.

Chatter regurgitates from below, stirring the pool. We begin to heat the mysterious lake we once hid beneath…killing the fish, boiling the plants, churning the air into toxic gas. All mythology, love and wild magic spirits slink away from the trouble we have begun to create with our spinning self-deprecating negative minds.

The reflection becomes troubled, skewed and tumultuous…we lose our connection to the higher source now unable to see the anchoring light of the moon.

We do not see at first that the reflection in this lake is representative of our connection to her- to him… to this unearthly goddess of light… an avatar of the everything that is inside us. We do not see- that which we desire, causes us this suffering. We do not see how we boil the water with our misguided thoughts.

Remember that there is no perfectly guilty party in life and no one who gets away scot-free.  I say, do not succumb to the torture of loss.  Let it wash over you like the tide.  Let the burns heal and the internal battle fade into a blaze of your memory.

Life and amazingly wonderful things want to happen to you- sometimes you just have to get out of your own way to see it.

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Jump off waterfalls, go play in a park, meet someone new, buy yourself a fancy healthy dinner or cook an awesome meal for one. Don’t criticize- acknowledge- that this is where you are today. You are amazing and capable.

Breathe. Bend and Stretch.  Help others.  Be good to yourself.  Love completely, practice random acts of kindness.

Let it go.

Spiritual Detox; A Whole Body Cleanse, The Key to a Happier Life?

Spiritual Detox; A Whole Body Cleanse, The Key to a Happier Life?

Sometimes we feel stuck… Lord knows I have!  It seems it is an inevitable aspect of the Spiritual Journey and the whole body cleanse & spiritual detox is a good way through.  Often I have found myself in troubled times, wondering why everything seems to be held in suspended animation while my heart & soul quietly continue to keep my attention on what is really going on.  Trust me… the awful chatter that can arise in our minds, often self-directed negative talk, is an incredibly destructive force. It is what prevents most of us from stepping into a deeply authentic place, sidelining ourselves from life… stuck.  It doesn’t feel good.  It doesn’t feel right, and yet, stuck is the harbinger of greatness!

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Consciousness is always evolving, and aligned with it, we, too are always expanding. We just need to keep up… and I believe when we feel stuck, it is merely a clear sign that we are not keeping up.  So, here’s the cool thing… the Spiritual Journey is all about noticing the signs, right?   Then we can respond to them in a manner that allows unimpeded growth in all areas of your life… physical, emotional, energetic and spiritual. However, it does take some personal discipline and desire to move forward… to get unstuck.

It feels good to be in the flow, we all know it… have all been there at least a few times, albeit, often unawares of how we got there, yet undeniably so, it feels really good!  You know it, deep in your body, the only way out of those heavy sensations and experiences is through

Spiritual Detox & Whole Body Cleanse – a way to the light…

luke-ketterhagen-promo-squareThink about it… how it feels.  Heavy right?  Dense… Dark.  These are and so many more words can describe the feelings we have when we are stuck.  So, logically, it would make sense that if we got “lighter” ourselves something might shift.  Yes? I thought so… and every time I have undertaken either a spiritual detox or whole body cleanse (often together), I have experienced a lighter & brighter state of being.  Much more peace, clarity, balance, harmony, serenity… downright goodness has followed.

It’s a pretty simple formula really, cleanse the body, mind & spirit… inside and out.  Ten days is pretty standard, although I have experimented with a variety of lengths of time and have somewhat concluded that your body will tell you when you are done.  It’s all about cultivating a greater intimacy with yourself, being able to filter out what is not you, to find you; that quiet whisper, always guiding us, always present. Often we can’t hear it over the cacophony of distractions our senses report.  Our bodies, minds and spirits are polluted with so many toxins from every day western life that it is near impossible to feel into our intuition, or get in the flow. If this is your first Spiritual Detox or whole body cleanse, commit to at least 10 to 14 days. (there is something deeply profound about a 40-day experience… let me know in the comments below if you would like to know more about that.)

sydney-peaceThere can be no other outcome than transformation, if one commits.  No other possibility than to know the lightness of being or effortless ease possible to every human being.

The Spiritual Detox & Whole Body Cleanse can be as simple as switching to a mono-diet with only organic, non-gmo ingredients and turning off the tv (particularly the news and social media) to sophisticated ancient protocols, practices and treatments all aimed at purifying the body and mind.  As body/mind become pure, our energy increases, as does our ability to move energy through the more subtler aspects of our being. We become clear.

Who doesn’t want clarity these days, right!!??

Stay tuned, as we explore this topic further in future posts…  The holidays are a good time to begin practicing some mindfulness and create an awareness around your own personal situation.  Often the stresses pile up during the holidays and we find our selves exhausted and strained in the new year.  Let’s prevent that from happening this year! We know this time of year can be challenging, so go easy on yourself and plan a post holiday getaway where you can experience your own Spiritual Detox and whole body cleanse. Supercharge your New Year with a New YOU!

Make life epic… because it is. Namaste.

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This is part 1 of a multi-part blogpost.  Click here to read part 2.
Adventure Travel – the Makings of an Aumbase Sedona Adventure

Adventure Travel – the Makings of an Aumbase Sedona Adventure

Does adventure travel inspire you…? We have all done it, and if not, we want to… we all dream about it, whether aware or not, and the big screen provides innumerable examples of losing ourselves in EPIC adventures; we are a culture of dreamers, oft just dreaming, not as much doing.  But you can change that!

Adventure Travel with Aumbase Adventures

Choose your own adventure – Always.

Adventure Travel

A common theme in the adventure travel arena is the backdrop, of course being ‘out there… in nature’ is the ultimate and where it happens can actually contribute (positively and/or negatively) to the experience.  Aumbase Adventures, based in Sedona, Arizona, USA, certainly boasts a very distinctive and unique backdrop for the discerning Adventure Travel enthusiast, providing intuitively created transformational experiences focused in yoga, meditation & mindfulness (on the land & in the studio)  in the heart of an undisputed spiritual mecca of the American West.  Sedona and her surrounding lands, the vistas and vortexes, the red rocks and Oak Creek, all combine to provide the backdrop for a very special adventure travel experience…

Five must-have ingredients for your next adventure

  1. yoga-in-sedona-0582-smallBackdrop…  It’s not about the destination, really it isn’t.  All the pundits, sages & masters would point you to presence in the moment, and as such, wherever one is on their journey, it’s fairly easy to see that this is something that one should cultivate in their own practice and daily life.  However… if daily life has gotten a bit stagnant and/or stuck, often it takes a jump start to get back on track.  Here’s where adventure travel enters the equation and an energized and stunning backdrop for a personal journey becomes a bit more important to cultivating that ever-so important ingredient to successful mindfulness, Presence.  Trust me when I say, “just sit for twenty minutes… on the red rocks, overlooking stunningly colorful and vibrant vistas with blue sky panoramas… and not have an experience.  It’s just not possible!  You can be forever changed by the backdrop to your personal journey.  Undeniably, Sedona is a powerful one indeed, unlike anything else in the world; you’ll need to see for yourself.
  2. Perfect Weather, of course I am biased, but hey… When most of the rest of North America is in a deep freeze, Sedona, AZ is enjoying outright warmth, with blue bird days better than 278 days a year, the odds are you will experience some gorgeous weather to go with your Personal Transformation!  Yeah… sure, we are supposed to not want anything and all that, but really, I have spent equal time in the rain, snow, sleet, hail and worse; I can tell you, the sun is quite conducive to personal growth… and relaxation, yes it is linked to that, too.  Whether, you want to sit by the pool and drink coladas or hike and meditate on the rocks, again, trust me… its lovely in the sun.  (Summer temps do get warmer than most are used to…. carry and drink plenty of water on & off the trails.)
  3. Adventure Travel with AumbaseWater — Oak Creek Canyon & West Fork of Oak Creek…  With sun and the summer 100 degree days, water is always nice and there is an ample supply here!  Oak Creek runs right through Sedona and provides wonderful opportunities to experience cool waters, red rock waterslides, sycamore shade and much, much more.  Sitting in or by this nourishing waterway is a soul-cleansing experience, certainly on par with the rest Sedona has to offer.
  4. Friends or Family, Colleagues & Associates…  Yes, bring em all!  Adventure travel is just the stuff for family reunions or corporate retreats, creating deeper, shared bonds with those experiencing transformation and growth together.  I did say that radical change and instant transformation is possible, didn’t I…?  Sedona has a penchant for up-leveling everyone’s experience, so why not plan to bring your team here for a corporate retreat facilitated by Aumbase Adventures?  Family or friend reunions, parties and gatherings of a high vibe nature can be hosted at Aumbase Sedona, a center for consciousness evolution. It will truly be unforgettable!  and transformative.
  5. Proven, tried & true... That’s right.  Since time immemorial, humans have been drawn to what we now know as Sedona for its mystical and metaphysical experiences and potential.  The discerning adventure traveler will quickly realize that Sedona is indeed a mecca for personal growth, rapid transformation and lasting effects… tried & true.  I literally guarantee that everyone has their own unique & powerful experience, here… no matter how aware of it they are… or aren’t.  This is a powerful place and has been used as such for spiritual, metaphysical and personal growth for good reason.  Something happens here, undeniably so…

Come and see for yourself… better yet, let your mind go and sink into the present moment, now… and feel yourself here.  See if she calls to you, Sedona… and if she does, we’ll be here…  Click here if you are ready…

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