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“An Update!” by Josh Kane

Hey
It’s Josh
This is what’s happening:

I have chosen to hold off on posting this week’s episode because it feels like, upon listening, that I have talked entirely too much about concepts that are only somewhat related to my own true experience. I was giving advice, offering technical practices and attaching some expectations to them around the little details of enlightenment.

Who knows what will wake anyone up… It’s not my place to tell you how you will feel from doing something. It is my belief that credibility depends on one’s actions being fully aligned with one’s speech. I; WE, do our best.

We accepted when we first started this, Ian and I, that we would be authentic to the best of our ability. We would be vulnerable and open to the best of our ability. And like the constitution of the united states, we would be a fixed object like a new river, with the ability to change and adapt to what will certainly be, just by flowing and letting the bedrock below do its thing. Make space.

We travel, still reaching out and connecting across thousands of miles, through thousands of seconds of stillness, hoping we’ll be present enough where we are at to one day fall helpless into the arms of Mother Earth and Father Sky. LA, CT, AU, UK, CA, NY… Step by step, we have seen this journey come so far, pouring wide open so we can feel empty… That emptiness of being fulfilled by the knowing that we have done all we can.

Remembering at last, with no hope of forgetting ever again, that we are eternal.

We are planning a trip to Italy to do some workshops in August, and that’s exciting for both of us. We are doing our best to keep up with everything. We imagine you are too, whoever you are.

Thanks for listening to my little check-in. I miss sharing so much with so many people at once, even though it’s so scary. To be seen by you, and wonder what you think, breathe through that, and then try my best to stay present with how it feels to be who I am, whether i understand or not, whether I try or I don’t. It’s all happening just right, otherwise it would’t and we would all do something else.

Maybe you agree. maybe not. Maybe you are still growing, like me, and that feels good. It feels true. Thanks for letting me into your world. You’re welcome in mine anytime… with boundaries, I would hope.

Aho

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Episode 24: Meditation Part 3 of 4 (Building Your ToolKit)

The inner state of meditation is always there and we can reach it at any time, from any place and under any condition.

Research into various lines of meditation, martial arts and religious studies reveals a vast resource of knowledge on documented practices by “professional sitters”, yogis, and elders of the faith.

To help ease the path to these inner states, gently allow your intuition to welcome people and places that enhance this knowledge and welcome some real quiet time.

Be mindful of attachment! Each time, each person, each place can AND will have a different tool that feels right in that now. Listen to your heart, and the choice is already made.

Sit still for a while. Or: Choose one thing, and just do that right now. Until you’re done. Do it fully. If you choose the mala, be one with the mala. Let the outside world fade away. Really smell that familiar time and place, really touch their hands and hear the sounds around you. Those are simply select examples to give you an idea of the fullness we hope you will dig for in this experience. And then, when you’re ready, just let it all go and be still.

meditation

check in (brief)

GEAR
These are all yanas, or vehicles. They are powerful and very useful but be mindful of any dependance on them. They are not compulsory. Meditate without them from time to time and see what happens.

Singing Bowl.
Sacred space and places.
Altar/medicine wheel.
A familiar time and place.
Music.
Incense/flowers/oils
Candles.
Guided Meditation.
Hemisync.
Sharing meditative state.
Meditation in groups.
Crystals, amulets, items.
Ceremony.
Light clothing, or something familiar with sitting.
Meditation seat or cushion.
Teas and other plant medicines.
Art/mandalas/painting/creation.
Cleanliness/Uncleanness.
Sacred Geometry.
Foods/Fasting.
Interactions/Hugs/Smiles/Laughter
Kriya: breath, movement, mudra, mantra, visualisation, asana (yoga).

Time in Silence

Fasting
Dances
Journey
Vision Quest
Ordeal ceremonies (buried, bound, uncomfortable or other self importance breakers)
Vipassana
Shabads
Pilgrimage
fixed gear biking

notice the difference between depth and distraction using meditation tools this week. We ask ourselves, “Is this serving now?” remember, its all perfect.

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Your day will be exactly what it’s meant to be!!!

aho.

Ian takes you through is Shamanic Toolkit:

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M-2-M – St Francis the suitcase 2013/Dec/14

Today I walk back into my home town of Wodonga. This body, mind and perspective is so different to when I last visited a few years ago. Rounding a circle, journey and pilgrimage. I’m not sure what I’m coming back to or if it’s actually a key point in any cycle. I do know it will be what it is for as long as it is.

Country Victoria, Australia.

Country Victoria, Australia.

My suitcase (Francis) is finishing his phase of service. He got his name from a pre-pilgrimage dream about St Francis and I traveling together. This is his last travel before retiring to stationary storage. On his first flight I was grateful that my big heavy bag didn’t show up at the baggage claim. I was able to travel to Esalen with a more convenient one and have the airline deliver Francis to my door later that week. I was shocked to find that both his wheels had been destroyed on his first outing. Francis is extra wide to fit the Unconditional Love Drum and lots of other sacred medicine tools that joined me on this world-wide pilgrimage.

This suitcase is a miracle in itself. It’s literally a bag of rocks… well crystals, drums, rattles, singing bowls, incense and other shamanic yogi goodies. We’ve had some interesting trips through customs. Each one unique, a few where into shamanism and got free session while doing bag checks.

Francis has been dragged through airports, train stations, bus stops, ashrams, farms and youth hostels. Being a heavyweight with no working wheels, he has made a deep connection with the earth through the US, Peru, Serbia, Italy, England and Indonesia. He’s now being dragged through the final leg in Australia.

Dragging Francis has been a meditation practice in itself. Every time I take a rest after a minute of loud and sweaty case pulling, I say thank you. Thank you for allowing me to feel my heart beat. Thank you for this breath. Thank you for allowing me to feel my muscles work. Thank you for the service of all these sacred items and the blessing of this experience.

It’s been an unexpected hallmark of this pilgrimage. Since the initial incident, I was looking for a case large enough to take his place. I did find one in London and Francis was deteriorating fast, but I felt he was up for finishing the rest of this trip.

St Francis the suitcase on retirement day.

St Francis the suitcase on retirement day.

My pilgrimage wouldn’t be the same without this beautiful and challenging reminder to love the experience as it is. Francis, you taught me to slow down, prepare, work hard and let go. I learned to let go of: tight schedules, what people think, hesitating to ask for help and taking anything personally. My greatest lesson from this whole pilgrimage may have come while dragging a 35 kilogram (77 pound) bag of medicine tools; Allowing the body to do what it can and knowing it’s all perfect.

Thank you Francis for your selfless service, persistence and all the teachings you facilitated.
Thank you, I love you, Thank you!

We made it!!! One lap of the world later.

We made it!!! One lap of the world later.

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