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Tara Adventures: Outter and Inner Mountains

After many years of transplanting myself throughout the world, the latest attempt has most assuredly been the most successful and beautiful. Nestled between the mountains of Busan, South Korea, I have created a life of adventure, growth, transformation and peace.I am thrilled to share my awakenings with all...

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Tuesday, 29 November 2005

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"~

Tuesday, 15 November 2005

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

Sunday, 13 November 2005

Location: Korea (South)

Dear all,

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,

Thursday, 03 November 2005

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
human conscience.

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

Sunday, 30 October 2005

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

Tuesday, 04 October 2005

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!

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From miranda
Thought I'd drop you a line I was checking out other Korean pages and loved yours! I'm interested to hear more about the youth alliance. my page is
Response: Hi Miranda!

The Young Earth Human Alliance is a group of young people enthusiastic about creating powerful energy through health and reaching out in a global effort to help many other people regain their health in a fun and effective way so people have a better opportunity to listen to their soul's true objective. It's awsome and I was in Korea teaching English with a cutting edge program that I highly recommend checking out if you are interested in working in Korea!
From george
hi there, tara-becca-chien, it's very rare that i get to chjeck my emails so i was delihghted to have news from you. Nyc is holding up, I've retreated into my personal practice cave, now that i've come back from retreat at clearlake i may pop up more. Just wanted to let let you know incase news hasnt reached you but our rinpoche was ill at the last retreat. he is doing better and everyone is practicing for him and as he called us his vehicle of enlightened action,(body,speech and mind) how we live effects him, being intuned with the teachings, his wisdom mind is a long life practice. It makes me happy to read about your life and your insights. You're living it. Each of us in our own way. I have been thinking how wonderful it is to step out of the norm nyc patterns, and experience another way. It sounds like there everyone plays a part in reminding eachother of the infinite value of the other, making a point to express considerateness(not a word) in the smallest actions.I guess to enjoy the opportunity being together offers, whatever time that is.That's what the retreats are like, another model of being, why i miss it after I'm back. reading your log reaffirms my feelings that it has to be constant and without expectations, just an insertion of little acts here and there, building up to a steady stream of moments of appreciation, until samsara has no where and nothing to lean on.Leading the way, tara becca, come back to us safely, strong and full of life. you're in our thoughts
Response: Dear George,
I could see your warm smile shining through this message, I miss you keep you all with me as I stride forward. Keep NYC strong and peaceful, I love you and look forward to a diner breakfast upon my return, Love Becca
From Cheney
Happy Belated Birthday Becca! I'm glad you are on an enlightening path and am happy to hear about your growth. Enjoy the moment.
Response: I miss you Chen. My love to Brad, Becca
From Fruzsina
Everytime time I get an email from you or read some of your writing, I get insprired. Thank you for always shedding light at the most perfect time. Your pictures are great, you look great and I miss you. Hopefully we will see one another soon. Love, Fro
Response: I miss you too sweet lady, we'll meet up pne of these days...
Love Becca
From Charlotte
Dear Tara,

It was so wonderful to hear from you and to learn that you are thriving and loving your work. I really enjoyed exploring your Web site and plan to bookmark it and keep apprised of your adventures.

All is well with me, although I long for one of your massages!


Response: Dearest Charlotte,
My love to you and your wonderful husband, I so enjoyed our controversial conversation about energy and science, please tell him I look forward to another over coffee, toast and waffles next time I'm in Washington! It really inspires me to think of you since you are one of those rare people that seems to always keep a smile going! In Dahn world we study HSP (Hyper-sensory perception) but the simplicity of our purpose has inspired a new definition: HSP: Health, Smile, Peace. Simple and effective. I think you would have a lot of fun at a Dahn center Charlotte, and maybe you can help the Sangha get a little rejuvinated too! I long to see you when I return so let's be sure to stay in touch, Peace, Tara
From Peter
hi baby!
wonderful to read your journal and see the photos! very cool! love you,
Response: Peter,
Hip new address! Thinking of you and the Fall colors. Hope to talk soon, Tara
From John Donnelly
Hi Rebecca:
I am delighted to hear everything is going so well for you. When do you return home? We miss you at the DC Sangha. I looked at your pictures and it is wonderful your mother and father are doing well.
This is the day before I leave for the Clearlake Retreat which I am greatly looking forward to. Keep up the good work.
Warmest regards,
Response: Dear John,
Hello my sweet friend. The Sangha is so lucky to have your devotion and steadfast presence. Return date unsure. I really like life in Asia. When I finally let go of my "American" ways, it will be time for me to live in the US again. I'm learning a lot of valuable human-relations tools and the more time here, the more I can unlearn my bad habits. Wish me luck as I simplify my mind and truly become an agent of service to others. Look forward to talking with you more John. Love Rebecca
From Pat Best
Tara, Becca, Sherab Drolma,
So wonderful to hear from you. We're just days away from the Clear Lake Retreat and I was thinking about you -- wondering where and how you are! You look beautiful and happy! We really miss your presence and knowledge in our sangha.

I'm visiting my family in California for a few days before the retreat so my 2 sisters came to my mom's and we had a 'spa' day. My sister Sue does Theraputic Touch and reike and my sister Cindy finished massage school not too long ago. We had a great time. Although my sister gave a nice massage, I wanted her to have the same touch as you -- to work on my siatica!! Please keep in touch.
Response: Dear Pat,
How I long for the day to receive a ZB from you. Although I am finding that Dahnhak has opened up my joints beautifully. Also, practicing Dahn Mudo martial arts has me pushing into very unknown territory of possibility. We are all own own best therapists! I miss your friendly ways, warm heart and powerful mind. Sometimes I daydream about being a co-instructor with you in Rigpa... Someday my friend, someday... Peace and Healing light to you, Tara
From Lisa
Read your messages and looked at your pictures. You look happy. Love, Lisa
Response: Miss you my sista,
Please send my love to Bill, Nora and Claire. I miss talking with you. Don't be surprised if I ring you one of these days... Take care, Bec
From Ann
You look great, Rebecca. I'm glad you're enjoying your experiences there. Leaving negative feelings behind is definitely something we all need to work on. Lately, I've been reading a little book by Mother Teresa about silence and prayer while I've been going through some of my own difficult times at my job. Meditation and prayer help a lot.

Hang in there with the foreign culture. It can make you feel disconnected sometimes, but you sound like you have a supportive group there.

Oh, and belated Happy Bday!!

Love, Ann
Response: Hi Ann!
We are on the same page! I've been reading a little book by Mother Teresa too called "In My Own Words". Her life and conviction are very inspiring for me. Foreign culture is very difficult. It has been helpful for me to be here and recognize that so many of my normal tendencies don't blend well in this culture. It's a great way for me to become a more balanced citizen of the world. Wow, Asia has so many good things to teach the West! I hope I can be a good bridge for East and West. Miss you and want to talk soon, Love Rebecca
From Karen
Happy Birthday sweet lady! I was thinking about you! Love you and thinking of you regardless of my silence.

Response: Dear Karen,
Howe's the big city treating you? I often think about you giving those corporate heads a run for their money! I miss you and love you sooo much! My love to Justin, how is his life in NYC? Peace, Bec