Sahasrara Chakra and the Invisible Crown

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“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown, ” said Henry the Fourth, in Shakespeare’s play of the same name. Well, yeah, if you all you can imagine, desire and go after achieving is to murder and steal your victim’s position.

But what if you search within and connect with your strongest motivation to serve life? What if you find your own gifts and resolve to share them? What if you choose to direct your imagination, desire, and consistent, focused actions from a place of love? What if your crown did not shimmer with the brassy tones of your ego but the authentic radiance of the highest and best within you? Then, would you not stand tall? Then would not the crown be light and easy on your head, invisible to others, except as it expresses though your work and love and laughter?

In yogic philosophy, the Sahasrara, or crown chakra is the bridge to the Divine, which carries us from limited self to joy and abundance. It is our connecting point between God’s will and ours. It is the pathway from head to heart… and hands and feet…where Jesus’s affirming words “God’s will be done on earth as it is in Heaven” have the potential to become a personal reality. The interesting paradox is that it is through unselfishness that we do our best in life.

“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed,” said Napoleon Hill. And so, it is. May you wear your invisible crown with style, panache, humility and gratitude.

Respectfully,

Kanta

 

The Force that Guides the Stars…

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This Thanksgiving, I am feeling grateful for all my teachers. The ones who inspired me, challenged me, helped me grow spiritually and intellectually. The ones who are still living, and those who are in spirit now, but whose loving, gentle inspiration I still feel as a blessing in my life.

I’m especially thinking of my Dad, who taught me to conceive a goal, clearly visualize it, and build it over time and through consistent, focused actions. And of Anandamurti, the founder of Ananda Marga, the yoga organization in which I was a student and for which I was meditation teacher in my college years and a few years thereafter. This period was life-changing and was immensely important in helping me cultivate my skills in spiritual mentoring and guided meditation.

I was never much of a guru person. In fact, quite the opposite. But I loved the meditation, the philosophy and there was something about Anandamurti with which I really connected. I loved his creativity, his humor and that he told people not to worship him, but to direct their reverence to God. That got my respect. And there was more. I had a surprising and wonderful Anandamurti experience years after I had left Ananda Marga, which I recounted in my book, Abundance Triggers.

I don’t think we ever lose the ones we love and who love us. They live inside us in we learned from them. And we feel them in dreams, in whispers of encouragement and in silent blessings of the heart that make us smile.

Perhaps the greatest gift we can receive from our mentors or give as mentors is the triggering of a sense of the wondrous love and support that is there for us, helping us to have the confidence to develop our gifts, the trust in life to extend them, and the joy of paying it forward.

As Anandamurti said, “You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars guides you, too.”

<3 Kanta

 

 

Strangers in the Day

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My amazing artist friend, Peter Jon Snyder posted a pic that reminded me of my guitar teacher, Russ Faith. By the time I became his student, Faith had written the song “Strangers in the Night” that Sinatra recorded with the ad lib “Dooby dooby doo.” I was a teenager and profoundly unimpressed. Sinatra was the mascot of old school Italian Philly, which wasn’t my scene at all, except where cheesesteaks were concerned. I identified with the Philly folkers, folk/rockers and also loved Philly Sound R&B. To further sour my attitude toward Russ, he had replaced my original teacher Bill, a relatively young, hip, and good-looking guy on whom I had a mad crush.

I had nooo idea that the man who patiently coached my resentful self in that little room was “Mr. Music.” He was just the guy who was at (maybe) 40, ancient and to me, irrelevant. There was another element, which had to do with potential. Had  music truly been my form, I might have persevered. I quit guitar lessons in favor of writing and art as was my correct path. But still, I think back to how I sat so close for all those hours with a man so richly gifted and with such a good heart without ever really engaging or recognizing him for who he was.

Each one of us has our own story. The people we encounter bring gifts of accomplishment, wisdom, experience and spiritual presence that we may never come to appreciate if our eyes and ears and hearts are closed like mine was to this gentleman, a “Stranger in the Day” to me who passed ten years ago.

May we see the Inner Light in everyone and may we recognize the Friend in “strangers.”

Russell Faith’s obituary: http://articles.philly.com/…/25377584_1_musical-tribute-son…

Cloaks of Gratitude

“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.” Rumi

I found this lovely Rumi quote as I was thinking about Thanksgiving and the words “cloaks” triggered an internal visual of my crazy-quilted wearable art. Making fiber art wearables and wall pieces used to be one of my primary forms of artistic expression. It was, along with painting, a large part of the art side of my business. I still enjoy it, though for the last several years I have continued painting and have also been focusing much more time and attention on writing and illustrating books.

Wearable art still intrigues me, though, and here’s why. Besides being beautiful in and of itself it has two other things going for it. It is a visual abundance trigger (or happy button) to behold beauty. And it is a kinesthetic abundance trigger to wrap yourself in beauty. To wear a lovely one-of-a-kind art piece is a way of acknowledging that you are yourself a one of a kind expression of your Creator. It is a way of saying “Thank you” to life to celebrate our uniqueness and to adorn ourselves joyously. I think of these pieces as prayers to wear.
They are prayers of thanks that honor our Creator, celebrate life, and nourish us with beauty, joy, warmth, and sometimes, a bit of humor.

We naturally understand that certain occasions call for special clothes. Wedding dresses, tuxes, black tie, evening gowns, party clothes, date clothes, cocktail dresses, “Sunday best,” Halloween and Mardi Gras costumes, Easter hats… These honor the situation and they call up in us parts of ourselves that may hang in the closet most of the time… our elegant, spiritual, funky, or playful selves. My wearable art is elegant, spiritual, funky, and playful all at once. Because these qualities are the most authentic and interesting to me!

“Owwww, We Want the Funk, Gotta Have That Funk!”

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What’s most interesting to me in art, fashion, music, cuisine, interior design, and people is the feel of the real. It may not be ALL about that bass, but I want to hear the beat that makes me want to dance. I want to see the brushstrokes, bite into veggies that still have substance, enter rooms that tell me more about the owners than about the decorator they hired. I like my clothing composed but quirky.

I think what attracts us in the arts and in people is the combination of beauty and uniqueness. And it’s because this is a reflection of how the Divine expresses in us, as us.

The most boring and dangerous people in the world are those who pose as perfect. Because they must project their shadow onto others and they don’t know how to laugh except at others. Self-acceptance is much more fun, and provides the ground for a flow of creativity that comes from Love and serves everybody. Love flavors the soup, warms the room, creates an aura around the outfit, shines through the painting, and most importantly of all, beautifies relationships between perfectly imperfect, fully alive beings. <3

The Power of Desire

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“To accomplish anything, we must desire. Desire is the creative impulse within.  It is that energetic impulse to extend love though work and word, through creation and procreation, and through building true community. And before we can desire, we must first acknowledge ourselves. We must be… and accept our being. It is within the warm womb of self-acceptance that we prepare to give birth to new life, as who we are to be in the world”

- Kanta Bosniak, in “Abundance Triggers”

You Who Sit on My Eyelids

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“In my yoga teacher days, I was captivated by a line of imagery in a Sanskrit chant of appreciation to the Divine. The song addresses God in various ways, one of which is ‘You Who Sit on My Eyelids.’ Isn’t that amazing poetry? How light and gentle the Presence must be to perch in such a sensitive spot. So subtle, that one might forget to realize that one is seeing God everywhere one looks…God in all faces…God in all situations and in all undertakings with which we may be involved.”

- Kanta Bosniak, in “Abundance Triggers”

Accessing Inner Archetypes – The Ages of Our Lives

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“Because of you, Beloved, I dance in my dreams…

Access to your own inner archetypes can be a great benefit. I think there reside in each of us all the ages we have been or will ever be. It’s useful and important to acknowledge these selves and to access them. At any age, you can call on your older, wiser self for guidance. Your inner child helps you play, laugh, and have fun. And your maiden (or inner young man for men), keeps you youthful romantically. This painting celebrates the young woman in her relationship with the Beloved (God) and her beloved (sweetheart). I added a flower border to take it all the way to where it wanted to go: Full Tilt Girlygirl ”

–Kanta Bosniak

Only Love is Real

 

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“But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” -1st Corinthians 13:10

Only love is real and eternal. Everything else is illusory, changeable, in flux. We are all en route to where we already are and to the recognition of who we have always been. We come from our Source and to that we return by way of expending our capacity to love, to feel empathy, and compassion. This does not mean we stand passively by when injustice is being done to ourselves or others. It does not mean hiding in a closet till it’s all over. It’s only over when we wake up in our dream and really live. Loving and passive are not the same, as Jesus demonstrated and as Krishna instructed Arjuna. Though we may be dreaming, it is our job to dream the most beautiful and courageous dream we can.
-Kanta Bosniak

Building Trust, Bids and Abundance Triggers

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I think the attached article is really sound as far as it goes. There’s more though. Building trust and intimacy also has to do with how many bids the partner sends. Too many bids (like 10 calls a day to check up) triggers the “needy, unbalanced, controlling, and scary” red flag. Too few is basically the same as not responding to bids. It triggers an “I can’t trust this person to prioritize or meet my emotional needs” red flag.

Bui…lding trust and intimacy requires both partners taking the time to check in, stay present, witness, encourage, and engage in romantic dialogue. In other words, to share mutual attention mind/body and spirit.

Very young ones build trust in the safety of love relationship by playing peek-a-boo with Mommy. They go through a stage of hiding behind something like a curtain or piece of furniture, so they can’t see her or be seen by her for a few seconds. Then, they pop out and upon making eye contact with her, laugh and laugh. Then they do it again and again! They are learning that even when she may not be visible, she’s “there” for them. They can trust her to love them even when she may not be physically present.

This is a reminder that couples give each other when they bid and respond to bids. They are really saying, “I think of you, even when I don’t see you. You are always in my heart. And I want you to know that.”

These gestures serve as “abundance triggers.” They are reminders of love and connection. And they contradict feelings of isolation or separation of the pain-body (or shadow) and mirror the love and connection of the Divine.

One of my favorite poems, and one which some wedding couples want me to include in wedding ceremony scripts is one by E.E, Cummings, which beautifully expresses this sentiment:

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in. my heart) i am never without it (anywhere i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling)

i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true) and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

Read “Bids” article here: http://www.businessinsider.com/lasting-relationships-rely-o…