Location: Korea (South)
Reading from Hopi Nation
"You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour.
Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour.
And there are things to be considered:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.
This could be a good time!
There is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold on to the shore.
They will feel they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.
Know the river has its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of
the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.
See who is in there with you and celebrate.
At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally.
Least of all, ourselves.
For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a
halt. The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves!
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are the ones we've been waiting for."
~The Elders, Oraibi, Arizona Hopi Nation"~
Location: Korea (South)
Hello dears...This one is a little heated, enjoy!
Although it is sad and disheartening that this is the world we face, we are missing the point if we don't take this precious opportunity to make a complete shift. So focused on how the world effects US, so little care to how WE effect the world. Facing and loving the parts of ourselves that we so fear and so easily push under the rug are the keys to this emerging age of mass enlightenment. Enlightenment means to FULLY know what we are because when we become that self aware, our every breath and movement is permeated with healing. We can teach and not even say a word. The more we talk about peace and understanding without taking steps to find out what our own personal "puppet show" entials, and seriously work to end those cycles, then the more we help create the pain and suffering we so easily condemn. We can complain and yell and try to teach unity but from what ground are we basing so much powerful and precious energy?
How do we create a ground of openness and truth, about internal and external obstacles, without condeming eachother and being labeled as freakish anamolies? Is there now the space to try an entirely different approach where we allow ourselves to witness the examples of our lives, our ways of expressing and reacting as tools to learn from vs. entities to protect from invasion???!!! Garnering all our resources has to ential looking into our depths, without going back. How else can we evolve?
These are the questions and concerns that I wish to give space to, this is what I need to do. I'm sick of getting angry, it's time to put the test of human strength and will to the test. So be it.
We are infintely valuable, Love Tara
Location: Korea (South)
Been searching back through my life and examining my habit of moving and trying out lots of different locations as potential nesting spots. So far, I feel most comfortale in Busan, South Korea. There is a oness here that is hard to understand unless you are physically here but I will try and give you a glimpse...
1) When cars stop at a traffic light, everyone in the front row turns down their headlights to parking lights to be polite to the cars passing in front of them.
2) During this APEC gathering there will be many more cars on the road so for the next week, odd and even-numbered liscense plates will switch days of the week that they drive. Can you imagine the chaos that would create in the US!
3) Whenever I go out with a group of people, there is usually a race to see who can serve everyone their silverware and water fastest. And, no one ever pours their own drink. First they check others' cups and then set the jug down, then someone else fills their cup. I find it's a very lovely custom.
Thinking about others as a standard way of life has helped me become aware that we all have an important spiritual calling to take care of those around us and eventually grow to spreading wide benefit for many. There is no limit to how far or fast we can grow, it's simply a matter of choice.
Heard about a new definition of "preserve the world"... In order to "preserve" we must "pre-serve" (from Neal Donald Walsh's book, "Tomorrow's God"). I feel that means to give to the world before giving to ourselves. We have a lot of work to do, eh?
If we create a harmonious body, and then a more harmonious home, won't our places of work become more harminious and eventually our societies?
Loving you all and holding you in my heart as I climb into this most challenging part of my life,
Location: Korea (South)
A friend emailed me about feeling trapped in her life and at 3 am last night I got a burst of energy to respond to her, wanted to share it with all of you...
Sometimes it's when we feel trapped that the greatest adventures of our lives lay ahead. For when we are disgusted enough with what we see outside ourselves, we can then muster the courage to look in.
Feel grateful if you are frustrated, lonely and confused. That means you are very ALIVE and are sensitive to your feelings. Think Star Wars, Yoda said, "trust your feelings Obe-1". So I will say to you all, trust your feelings young "kanobies."
I am very fortunate to know the purpose of my life and that the
purpose is to bring all beings to an ultimate awareness of their
divinity. We are here to wake eachother up. NOW! We don't have a
lot of time, just look at everything happening weather-wise in such
a short amount of time. If we don't change things, the earth will
have to, she already is.
I think the most important information I can share with you is that
YOU are creating your reality. YOU have the power to choose a
different way. You have the power in your brain and in your body to
heal the world through the media, through fashion design, through politics, through teaching in Asia, everywhere we are and everything we are doing contains the raw materials for us to create an enlightened society.
In "Conversations with God" it is written, "Your politics...economics...culture...- and all work is your spirituality demonstrated." Our culture tells us that if we don't have a
certain kind of job our lives are worthless. This is slavery of the
It's time to break through. It's time to look in! How wonderful that the answers we are all looking for reside within, we don't have to look very far! What a relief! My bank account can't handle too much more travelling to find the truth...
Peace and hugs, Tara
Location: Korea (South)
Happy Halloween everyone!
Sometimes I feel everyday is Halloween for me. One little kid looked at me and said matter of factly, "You're a foreigner." I thought it was pretty funny! I certainly look a bit out of place but inside I feel very comfortable with my surroundings.
Already into my sixth month here, I am progressing swiftly towards becoming a better human being and leader. I am travelling the greatest adventure of my life, that of softening my body and brain and transforming negative emotions. Slowly, I can thoroughly help others without relying on negativity and agression and so, shift gears to become a brighter and better human.
Through my training in Dahnhak practice and my role as head teacher, I have observed myself transform into the central navigator of my life instead of allowing external events to sway me back and forth. Everytime undesirable or difficult situations arise, my job is to watch myself, read the scene, and act with a soft and loving response. My gratitude for our group effort and each person's gifts and talents helps me communicate with more joy!! Sometimes I have to be stern, but not aggressive. Many times, I want to revert back to my aggressive and angry habits, but I can easily feel it is a futile approach and often terribly destructive for my relationships with others and the overall energetic vibe at our school.
We are studying the nature of energy and how humans exchange information just by walking into a room or with a cold vs. soft glance, smile or frown. All of this information is guiding us to become sensitive Earth Humans whose fundamental purpose and force is caring for each person we meet as if they were a king and queen, which in the core of their being, everyone is! Within this realm of communication, no emotional stone can be left uncovered. Everything that rises is useful. This is a core processing that helps integrate Brain Respiration into our English program. Working with our own energies is a way for us to help our students process their energy in the classroom. The more clear we are about our selves, the more available we can be for our students.
This mask of "I" and all it's wants and desires is being peeled off, it is the greatest desguise of all. I am happy to be in a working context where we are joyfully removing our masks. Yes, I am truly fortunate.
Thinking I didn't have the capability to succeed in very challenging work, I have chosen work that was easy for me. Now, I am working with people that help remind me of my vast potential every day. One of Dahn World's greatest attributes is it's faith in people. They know people will change and grow so there is great openness to offer willing humans more and more challenging work. We don't give up, WE CHANGE! We are changing our brains, we are changing our world. YEEEEHHHHAAAA!!!
Peace and love, Tara
Location: Busan, Korea (South)
There is so much to share, I feel every day is an opportunity to begin a new life with all new adventrues. I love the style of life in Asia, especially Korea and most especially Busan, it really feels like home. I have eaten more than about 2 kilos of rice since I've been here but I'm fending well. Kimchi is starting to work it's way into my brain as a must have even if I'm eating an American Thanksgiving meal and now I can't imagine going for a walk in the mountains without encoutntering exercise equipment and potable waterholes every 1000 meters.
Communication is a big challenge. I have been assigned the role of "head teacher" in my academy and there is constant translating and retranslating from Korean to Korean English (Konglish) into decipherable English, a thrilling test for this Human Relations major!
I have not only come to Asia to teach English. I am working full-time for an organization called Dahn World that has just birthed a new English program called BR English. All native English speakers that come here through Dahn World are referred to as "Earth Stars." For me, I am in 7th heaven encroaching upon 9th heaven.... We are offered many wonderful trainings and trips all over Korea with minimal if any expense. We have the opportunity to do regular Dahn and martial arts training in our base cities with more specialized training, such as HSP training in other retreat facilites. My living situation is great, with one Candian and a Korean in a simple flat. I have my own room and we all share a bathroom and kitchen. Most of our meals are at the academy where our manger usually cooks for us everyday. I feel very fortuante.
Our program is growing quickley. Next year we will be in Japan and China and need people to join our program who are enthisiastic about children and would like a very unique and fulfilling cultural experience in Asia. If you are thinking "I would really like a new, exciting and grounded adventure," please email me anytime and I would love to tell you anything you need to know!
You can email me or write me a note anytime here or through regular email. I love you all and pray you are happy and well...
Peace and love for now, more soon... Tara
In case you are wondering about my new name, "Tara", I will explain...A few years ago, I was given a Buddhist spiritual name "Sherab Drolma." Another word for "Drolma" is "Tara." So, in our teacher's training at the beginning of my time in Korea, we were asked to talk to our brain about what our "Powerbrain" name was. Almost immediately, my brain said "Tara". It's a simple name for Koreans, young and old to remember and I like the meaning: "Fearless Mother" or something like that... Anyways, call me what you like, I will always love the name Rebecca/Becca but it's fun to entertain a new name along with my transforming self...
OK, talk again soon!