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Only ONE: Healing Through Oneness (Vlog)

 

“Health is the best gift, contentment the best wealth, trust the best kinsman, nirvana the greatest joy.” The Buddha

My cancer journey has awakened me into a new Reality. I no longer feel disconnected from the rest of the world. I am the world! And the world is inside of me! We are all inter-connected. I am a vast body, and as Samkhya philosophy expounds, which is the basis of Vedantic philosophy, each human being is a Microcosm, and part of a vast universal Macrocosm. The Universe is not only outside of us, it is also inside us! The Buddha means ‘the awakened one.’ I’ve always wanted to attain Nirvana or enlightenment, that ultimate state of self-realized or awakened existence. Just like the great Gautama The Buddha himself. The basis of his teaching and message – oneness, compassion, and our microcosmic bodies encompassing the Universe, are rooted in Samkhya philosophy. It is also part of Paramahansa Yogananda’s, my Guru’s teachings. In fact the whole science of Yoga and Self-Realization is based on these teachings.

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Now I can finally say, that I understand what that means. You see, I am gradually awakening. That is why from the beginning of my diagnosis I saw this as the opportunity of a lifetime – the greatest gift – only if I were up to the challenge of course. And I was! I immediately recognized the opportunity for growth and transformation! This video/vlog is my story;  and my journey in re-connecting to Life. It is the beginning of my awakening. When you face your greatest fears head on, the light comes on.

If you feel inspired to share my story and this video, I invite you to visit my GoFundMe page: ‘Urgent Help Needed 4 Claudia Ghetu’ (link below), where this video is also posted as my latest health Update. You will see other posts which may inspire you, and read how it is possible to overcome the worst possible obstacles, including fear and misdiagnosis – something I experienced and share in my posts. If it weren’t for the support of hundreds of remarkable people, I many not be alive today, and making extraordinary progress, as my Updates on GoFundMe will document. Regular chemotherapy would have sent me straight into a coma, as I was later told by my current amazing integrative oncologist; which is why I refused traditional treatment. They gave me only a 2% chance to live, and less than 6 months life span with chemo – in short a false death sentence, which no one should accept or have to endure. Yet, I am beating unbeatable pancreatic cancer! Thanks to all of you who have contributed, I can continue to do my work in the world, and assist others in accessing emotional and physical healing tools, while guiding them towards proper integrative medical care, which almost always guarantees the highest recovery rate, even from terminal illnesses! To learn more about my diagnosis this past June and my approach to embracing – not fighting- terminal cancer I invite you to read my story ‘How Cancer is Healing Me.’

40239048_10155522553065925_3754219359971573760_n“Once awakened she came to be known as Tara, the Liberator…” What fears or self-doubts are preventing you from stepping into your highest consciousness, and becoming your own Liberator- NOW? It is only through our sheer will power that we can defy duality. If old patterns of thought and actions are not serving your own evolution, use Goddess Tara as an example of how she vowed to become awakened defying all limitations. I am Tara. You are Tara. Male or female doesn’t exist. That’s duality. The Supreme Spirit is ONE; male and female. We are one with the Supreme Spirit, God, Brahman, or Universal Intelligence. We just have to WAKE UP and realize that. Liberation begins with wanting to wake up into a higher self-awareness, seeing reality as it is, not mind manufactured fiction – and shifting our perception.

We were born ONLY TO SUCCEED! To think otherwise, is to deny our own true identity and birthright. May God Bless Us ALL to attain self-realization.


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The Greatest Love of All

“There are whole parts of ourselves that are so unwanted that whenever they begin to come up we run away. Because we escape, we keep missing being right here, being right on the dot… Only to the degree that we’ve gotten to know our own personal pain, only to the degree that we’ve related to pain at all, will we be fearless enough, brave enough, and enough of a warrior to be willing to feel the pain of others.” – P. Chödrön

It is often impossible to love ourselves with the same unconditional ability and fullness of heart that we are capable of extending towards loving other people. It is equally far more difficult to forgive ourselves, by comparison to our innate ability to forgive others.  Usually the anger we feel towards other people has a beginning, middle, and end. The anger or disappointment we tend to carry towards ourselves, however, seems to fester and persist beyond chronological borders, sometimes spanning the course of a lifetime.  Indeed, beyond all the self-denial and armored resistance, it may be possible that we are in fact the hardest people to love, accept, and forgive.

To fully realize and accept such a harsh universal truth, I believe we must arrive at a point of absolute stillness, a stripped-down-to-the-bone self-awareness – to the point where we can milk and digest everything that is raw and excruciatingly honest about ourselves, with a painstaking clarity that transcends ego and self-denial. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche asks the most poignant question of all:

‘Have we ever unmasked, stripping out of our suit of armor and our shirt and skin and flesh and veins, right down to the heart?’

And Pema Chödrön, perhaps the most outspoken writer and teacher on the topic of cultivating self-love, forgiveness, and self-healing, writes that this journey to face ourselves, “(as) embarrassing and painful (as it is), it is very healing to stop hiding from yourself.”  Simply put, healing comes from not hiding from oneself — from being able to face the truth about who we are, as imperfect as we may be, despite all the flaws and embarrassing mistakes we’ve swept under the rug.  Ironically, it seems that the things we elusively seek from other people are the things we are not fully capable of giving to ourselves: love, forgiveness, and acceptance.  In fact, the harder it is to love, accept and forgive others, the harder it is to turn and face the mirror and turn those sentiments towards ourselves.  How can we be loving and compassionate towards the world if we cannot overcome our punishing preoccupation with our own imperfections, self-scrutiny, and relentless self-blame?

“When we hear about compassion, it naturally brings up working with others, caring for others. The reason we’re not often there for others – whether for our child or our mother or someone who is insulting us or someone who frightens us – is that we’re not there for ourselves.” – P. Chödrön

The founding pillar of Buddhist philosophy is unconditional love, which is the natural precursor to compassion – beginning with love for the ‘self’ and extending to love for all living beings. The Dharma strongly stresses the importance of not judging ourselves too harshly, and treating ourselves with the compassion and respect that we ought to show others. The ability to maintain a ‘soft heart’ towards oneself has been translated by the venerable Chogyam Trungpa Ringpoche as ‘unconditional friendliness to oneself,’ or maitri.  It goes without saying that one can only love another insofar as one can love oneself.  Everything begins with the Self – and it is only within the self that we can begin to cultivate the greatest love of all, not only for our benefit, but also for the benefit of the greater world at large. So, during this period of renewal, on the onset of a new year pregnant with the possibility of rebirth – I invite us all to sit for a moment and reflect on everything that is good, worthy, and lovable about Our Selves. At the root of this effort lies the very seed destined to sprout the most priceless gift – a gift valuable far beyond scrutiny and doubt, a gift worth cultivating and preserving above all others.  The gift of maitri.

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 “We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement.  All these trips we lay on ourselves – the heavy-duty fearing that we’re bad and hoping that we’re good, the identities that we so dearly cling to the rage, the jealousy and the addictions of all kinds – never touch our basic wealth. They are like clouds that temporarily block the sun. But all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are. We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake.” – P. Chödrön


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Samaya: Taking the ‘Sacred Oath’ and Committing to Sanity

To me committing to sanity means committing to making a decision – choosing a path, and staying the course. How many well-meant resolutions have been broken? How many times did I swear I would finish something I’d started years ago? Or get up early to meditate or practice yoga? Why is it so hard to commit to something, or anything at all?

In vajrayana  Buddhism there is such a thing known as the  ‘samaya bond’ where a bodhisattva’s experience is completely bound to ‘the path’ – the path leading to enlightenment – which is only attainable through the relentless commitment and observance of sacred rituals and practices. On his journey the bodhisattva reaches the point where he is ready to enter into a sacred samaya relationship with his teacher. When this agreement is struck, an unconditional oath is taken between guru and pupil – whereby no matter how difficult one or the other may be, or regardless of how mixed up the student may turn out, the teacher will never abandon his protegé or vice versa. It’s an unbreakable commitment that binds the two together, almost like a marriage.  Inevitably, through this ‘for better or for worse’ life-long journey, they both learn from each other and attain enlightenment together. This is their samaya bond. It’s the opposite of divorce, or running away, of opting out. Samaya in this context means making an unbreakable commitment. Making a decision without ever entertaining the possibility of taking an escape route. The vow is sacred; it is as if written in stone.

Samaya is translated as ‘sacred oath’ or ‘sacred commitment.’ As Pema Chödrön describes it, it’s more or less  “a commitment to sanity – to indestructible sanity.” What does this mean? After all most of us don’t go about our lives thinking that we are insane. Yet the actions we take and the decisions we make in our everyday lives are not always in our best interest. In the course of a lifetime, most of us spend a significant amount of time and energy doing harm to our minds and bodies, rather than healing and nurturing ourselves. We harp on things we have no control over and avoid making decisions that might otherwise ground us or propel us forward.  I can only speak from experience. How often have I told myself, ‘just make a decision, and stick to it?’ I think most of us struggle with committing to something. It seems to me that most people are more adept at breaking commitments rather than making them. This appears to be more the norm. After all, we live in a disposable world. Everything comes with a short shelf life. Plus, there is always a new and improved version around the next corner. Wait, that means there might be a new and improved version of me somewhere! That’s not such a bad thought. Ohhh…but it might imply that thing with a ‘C’. Somehow I have foolishly misled myself to believe that lack of commitment equates freedom. It’s the ‘one foot out the door,’ hanging on that tad bit of false security that has wrecked some havoc in my otherwise yogi aspiring life. If I take an objective look at my own thought patterns colored by pestering ‘what if’ pre-suppositions,  insecurities, and fears – I can see with indiscriminating clarity how often I have disrupted my own sanity, putting my mind through a relentless tug-of-war.  Should I do this…should I do that, or should I do nothing at all?? To be honest, I have always looked for exit signs to make myself feel more secure. But through my ever evolving yoga practice where I get to connect with my conscience and maybe even have a cup of tea with it, I am coming to realize that indecision and lack of commitment are unacceptable. Just like having escape routes lined up at every corner undermines any sort of real progress. And there can be no progress made to get to wherever we need or want to be without taking that sacred oath, applying steady focus and discipline – like a yogi in training striving to connect with his true, higher self or Atman, and dissolve into the supreme, pure consciousness of Brahman.  Once that vow has been taken, it all comes down to embracing samaya wholeheartedly without looking for any exits.  It’s about making a CHOICE – choosing a path – and committing to staying on course no matter what the circumstances.  That is sanity.

But there’s a delicious, paradoxical twist to this conclusion. We’ve had that CHOICE all along. What? It’s true. We never ever had to make a choice, because everything, every breath, every circumstance, every decision has been intrinsically rooted in choicelessness all along. We were never meant to struggle with making choices. As Pema Chödrön wisely puts it: “Samaya is a trick because we think we have a choice about whether or not to make this commitment to sanity, but the fact is, it’s been choiceless all along. It’s a compassionate trick, a trick to help us to realize that there really is no exit. There really is no better time than right now; there is no higher state of consciousness than this one. It’s the kind of trick that vajrayana teachers devise in their spare time for their thorough, complete, and utter enjoyment: ‘How can we trick these confused, bewildered, untamable beings into realizing that they’re already awake – and that it’s choiceless?”

So in the end, there are no exit signs to begin with because we were never trapped in the first place. We somehow devised confusing ways to trap ourselves. This is our insanity – or maya (illusion). Thankfully, we needn’t be ‘confused, bewildered and untamable’ beings because we’ve always been in possession of that magic key to unlock ourselves out.  I, for one, feel strangely more ‘awakened’ just knowing that now I can finally call it by a name. This somehow makes it more real.  It’s called SAMAYA.

What is the samaya vow that you are now ready to make?


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Celebrating Christ Consciousness

Who is Jesus? Would it be more accurate to refer to him as Cosmic Christ or Christ Consciousness, rather than Jesus Christ? After all, Jesus does not embody nor represent only Christianity or the Catholic church. He is a multi-faith world revered prophet, much like The Buddha himself.

Many spiritual sages like Paramahansa Yogananda, one of the greatest Indian yogi emissary to the West, believes that the honorific title of “Jesus the Christ,” is prophetically more accurate as it denotes God’s universal intelligence immanent in creation. This universal intelligence is sometimes referred to as the Infinite Christ or Cosmic Christ, and it is used in reference to other ‘ascended masters’ who have attained oneness with that divine consciousness. Why is it that he is celebrated and invoked worldwide as an ‘Ascended Master’ and a being of Higher Divine Consciousness, but is not traditionally seen as such by those who worship him according to traditional Christian dogma?

If we are to be completely unbiased and put our religious beliefs and differences aside, it is impossible to put an accurate date on Jesus’ birthday. Yet there is no better day than December 25th, that we can rejoice, give thanks, and celebrate the birth of one of the most important men, prophets, or sages that have ever lived. Like Buddha, Krishna, Abraham, Moses, and other enlightened human beings, Jesus was without doubt one of the many ‘sons of God’ that lived and taught on this planet, and had an open channel of communication with his Divine Source, or Divine Consciousness. The Hindus call this omnipresent divine source Brahman, or the Supreme Being, the Christians call it God The Father. The Yoga Sutras were devised to give one the tools to tap into his higher consciousness and become one with Brahman; just like the Torah and Biblical scriptures are a source of sacred knowledge if studied and interpreted accurately and on a more esoteric level. So, we always have at our disposal the tools and knowledge imparted to us by the great masters to connect to our source. We always have the free will to seek out the truth, to pursue better paths, to be more giving and to live from a place of love rather than a place of fear.

Whatever it is called, this divine spark is inherent in all of us from the moment of our birth, and if acknowledged and invoked, allows us direct communication with our divine source, enabling us all to become Christ-like and Buddha-like. As a matter of fact those who study the Dharma and cultivate Buddhist dogma become Bodhisattvas or Spiritual Warriors, and ultimately they become Buddhas. There is a whole hierarchy of enlightened Buddhas sitting next the lotus throne of Buddha Shakyamuni.  Buddhism does not discriminate on who can or cannot become a Buddha. Unfortunately, indoctrinated religions tell us that we are sinful creatures and inferior to our maker and our divine source – and that is why we suffer and must repent.  Yet, if we can be open-minded enough to admit that it is impossible to know Jesus’ exact birth date, I think we are enlightened enough to realize that we are all intrinsically ‘Christs.’ We are all the sons/daughters of God, just like He was. We are all seeds of this infinite universal source of higher and divine consciousness, no matter what we choose to call it. Let’s call it Christ Consciousness, that which Yogananda himself called a ‘projected consciousness of God immanent in all creation.”

On that note, Merry Christ Consciousness.