My Retreat Experience in Sedona (with Tao Principles)

Sedona Mago Retreat Center’s Sacred Land

I just finished a meditation retreat at Sedona Mago Retreat Center in Arizona. It was an amazing experience. About four years ago, my friends and I took a tour of Sedona Mago Retreat. After the tour, I promised myself that I would return one day. I’m so grateful to experience the retreat center.

Before I went to Sedona Mago Retreat Center, I went to Bell Rock. I wanted to climb Bell Rock and feel the energy of the vortex. When I was there four years ago, my friend and I didn’t climb very far up the mountain, so I was open to climbing higher.

I met another climber, Marvin, and I asked him if I could join him to climb up Bell Rock. I felt more empowered to climb with another human being. We encouraged each other when the climbing became difficult. Several times, I didn’t know if I could climb higher. The rocks were steep and slippery. We made it very close to the top – because it’s impossible to climb up the columns unless you have climbing equipment.

I am proud of myself for climbing Bell Rock. After our climb, we sat quietly and meditated. I could feel the spirits in the powerful wind. I even saw a vision of a Native American man standing behind my new friend, Marvin.

Bell Rock, Sedona, Arizona

After climbing Bell Rock, I went to the retreat center. My goal for the retreat was to go deeper within myself and rejuvenate my soul. I also wanted to learn more about Taoism.

My most favorite experience during the retreat was the sun meditation. As a group, we gathered each morning at 5:00 AM to greet the sun. We did Qigong exercises as we waited for the sun. Then as the sun peeked over the mountain, we held three Qigong poses to open the Chakras (third eye, heart, and solar plexus). On the last sun meditation for the weekend, I received a special gift from the sun. As I closed my eyes and held the Qigong pose for the heart Chakra, I told the sun, “I love you, Sun. You know I love you!” Then in front of my eyes, I saw a pink heart shining toward me.

Sun Meditation

The sun reminds us of our bright consciousness. We can live in pure joy – just like the sun. When we are joyful, our faces shine bright.

The Sedona Mago Retreat center is based on Taoism. Tao originated 3,000 years ago in China. The main goals of Tao are self-awakening and freedom. We can learn to be present and free from the past and the future – which are illusions. When we have zero consciousness, then we obtain selflessness, freedom from attachments, master over our emotions, and free from the concept of “me.”

If we can have nonattachment, then we can awaken to our true identity – which is limitless. When we connect to the source of life (cosmic law), we see our true purpose. Clarity and creativity come from the cosmic mind (from inside).

The Native American people believe our spiritual parents are Heavenly Father and Mother Earth. Nature, Earth, and the Universe co-exist in harmony. It only humans who have disharmony.

All human beings want health, happiness, and peace. We need to recover our true value. When we see that we are beautiful and creative beings, our self-confidence and compassion increase. Compassion is our unattached love and our true nature.

We need to travel inside to see our potential. We can create our dream – for ourselves and the world. We need to let go of the old consciousness of separateness and create a new consciousness of enlightenment and oneness.

A clear goal is needed to obtain our dreams. We have a choice, we can either wander or travel. If we travel, then we need to focus. If we have no destination, then our brains do not work. However, if we work with the divine intelligence in our brains, then we become aware and are on the path to finding our true purpose in life.

There is a treasure inside every human being which is the Chakras (energy vortexes). They are unchanging and can be utilized for a better life. The Chakras form a pyramid in the human energy system (6th sense). Energy is the universal language. It is crucial to unify and integrate all the Chakras. See the word in energetic terms.

The main Chakra to focus on is the solar plexus Chakra. According to Taoism, we have energy inside us like the sun. It’s important to awaken this energy center. Many Qigong exercises can help us awaken our solar plexus.

In Taoism, the Chakra’s are grouped into three energy centers:

  • Lower Chakras (root, sacral, solar plexus) – They support the physical body and improve health and immunity.
  • Middle Chakras (heart and throat) – This is where our true nature resides and our soul’s growth.
  • Upper Chakras (third eye and crown) – This is where we obtain enlightenment and spiritual completion.

We can use the Chakras and our brains to manage our lives. Taoism has three brain management rules:

  • Self Confidence – Set the goal and then achieve it. Wake up your brain and pay attention to divine intelligence.
  • Good news makes a good brain – Tell your brain good news: You are brave, bright, strong, and wise. Your brain will accept the message (no judgment). You have a super brain.
  • If you choose it, it will happen – Go until it happens. Keep going. Don’t give up.

The retreat ended with a vision of hope for humanity and the Earth. As Earth citizens, we can reconnect to our original divinity. We can connect by returning to nature and understanding our relationship with Heaven and Earth.

Namaste, world.

Spirit of Sedona

Bell Rock, Sedona, Arizona

In a few weeks, I am going on a solo trip to Sedona, Arizona. I am preparing myself mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically for the trip. I keep telling myself that I need to have a strong mind while I am there.

In 2016, my friends and I went to Sedona, Arizona, on a spiritual pilgrimage. I remember one night energy was bouncing off the walls. It really scared me – I’ve never experienced anything like that before. Part of me realizes that I might encounter more strange phenomena during this upcoming trip.

The energy in Sedona is strong because of the vortexes and ancestral energy that resides there. I will be alone on the red mountains (I’m never really alone). I am excited and nervous at the same time.

How am I preparing myself for this trip? I am reading more about Sedona, practicing Qigong every day, and I am working with my mental energy.

I am going to Sedona to connect with the unique energy that is there. I want to meditate and connect with the spirit of Sedona. I am going with an open mind and no set expectations.

I understand that as human beings, we are visible and invisible. The visible part is our physical body and the invisible part is our mind.

The mind is very powerful. We need to be careful because the mind likes to manifest. We need to put our energy towards positive thoughts and less energy into things that cause fear, pain, struggles, etc. It’s easy to just let the mind think what it wants, but it’s crucial to think thoughts mindfully. Remember – thoughts are things. Where thoughts go, energy flows.

I can see myself on Bell Rock. I can feel the warm wind on my skin. I can feel the energy in my body as I connect with Heaven and Earth.

Here is the link to my 2016 Sedona trip:

My Spiritual Pilgrimage

Namaste, world.

Reiki Vision

Yesterday I attended Echo Bodine’s Aurapalooza in Minneapolis. It’s an all-day psychic and healing fair. I had a 50-minute Reiki session with one of the practitioners, and toward the end of the session, I received a vision. I wasn’t expecting a vision because I was putting all my energy into letting go and clearing my mind.

The vision formed quickly and I understood the meaning instantly. In my mind, I saw a three-dimensional triangle (pyramid) formed from my heart chakra to my third-eye chakra and then out in front of me. The apex (tip) pointed outward in front of me. The next vision was the pyramid on the dollar bill.

The basic meaning that I received is that you need to connect your heart chakra and third-eye chakra to spiritually “see.” If there is one truth that I know, it’s the chakra system. My vision is fascinating to me because I’ve been working with my heart chakra and my third-eye chakra. I just never thought to combine them.

I know that I will receive more information as I digest the images and message. I think there is a deeper message – like going down the “rabbit hole.” I think it connects with sacred geometry too.

Pyramids are physical landmarks on the Earth, but how are they related to the human being? Maybe they are mapped within the human energetic chakra system.

The bottom of the pyramid is a “diamond” shape.
Bell Rock, Sedona, Arizona

I hope you work with your heart chakra and third-eye chakra. Maybe you will receive some messages. One way to work with your chakras is during meditation. You can visualize connecting the two chakras (see energy, colors, shapes, etc.). You might experience some feelings too.

As a human race, we are going through some interesting and challenging times. When we connect spiritually, we understand that we are more than human – we are divine. As divine beings, we need to continue to show love and kindness. Intelligence + Kindness = Wisdom

Namaste, world.

The Call to Shamanism

Right now we are called to go beyond appearances and go deeper. One way we can go deeper is to explore Shamanism. There’s a lot to learn about Shamanism, and it can take years to develop the skills of a Shaman. However, we need to start somewhere, and the tools we’ve learned in life can help us too. Here are some key things to think about if you’d like to explore Shamanism (journal notes from Joe R. Lineweaver – who learned Shamanism in Peru):

  • In spiritual practice, we ask for divine intervention for what we can’t do for ourselves.
  • Destiny has no idea of linear time.
  • The purpose of ritual (from the word “spiritual”) is to suspend space and time.
  • Shamans journey to capture energy from a specific place.
  • Archetypes: warrior, teacher, seer, healer.
  • Heal by looking and shine your light in the darkness.
  • Evil spirits abhor (detest) faith, feed on fear.
  • Metaphor becomes Reality.
  • Shamans work with extensive systems of divination (clairvoyance or divination/conversation with spirits).
  • Power animals teach Shamans to move past what blocks them. Let the power animal dance you.
  • Ancestral energies can be helping spirits.
  • The left side is feminine (yin) and the right side is masculine (yang).
  • Ritual creates change.
  • Gifts come from struggle.
  • Give tobacco offering to spirits. Helping spirits need to be fed (offerings).
  • An altar is a physical place for the spirits to come.
  • Have a travel altar. All objects on the altar have a purpose.
  • Smudging cleanses the aura.
  • Merge with the helping spirits and look out through the spirit’s eyes. Ask to be shown the soul’s purpose and energy.
  • Ask: What needs to die to move on? Live with death as an ally. Destroy your fear of letting go of this ordinary reality.
  • Spirits can open the door for you, but you have to go through it.
  • Even your wildest dreams are doable. Notice the doors and strep through.
  • Each person has a unique relationship with the Universe.
  • The Shaman’s job is to cultivate a relationship with the unknown.
  • Learn about the four directions (North, South, West, East).
  • Shamanism is like installing a new operating system. May need to remove the old operating system.
  • Learn about plants for healing. Shaman’s plant has powerful doctors in it.
  • Taking a journey is different than meditation. You need a vehicle (kicks the brain into an altered state – like drumming, bells, chanting, or fasting).
  • You need a journeying trance state and embodiment trance.
  • You can’t use power until you’ve cultivated it!
  • We can do this work with intent once we learn the keys to open the door.

Books to explore Shamanism:

“The Secrets of Shamanism: Tapping the Spirit Power Within You,” by Jose Stevens & Lena S. Stevens

“Shapeshifting Into Higher Consciousness: Heal and Transform Yourself and Our World with Ancient Shamanic and Modern Methods,” by Llyn Roberts

“Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self,” by Sandra Ingerman

“Visionary Shamanism: Activating the Imaginal Cells of the Human Energy Field,” by Linda Star Wolf & Anne Dillon

“Shamanic Awakening: My Journey Between the Dark and the Daylight,” by Sandra Corcoran

“Spirited Medicine: Shamanism in Contemporary Healthcare,” by Cecile Carson

“Shamanic Reiki,” by Lynn Roberts & Robert Levy

Drumming Music:

“Shamanic Journey Drumming,” by Michael Drake

Namaste, world.

Harmony in Diversity

A good brain and a good heart, I think, we can overcome all human problems. – The Dalai Lama

The following notes are from the video, “Harmony in Diversity: How to Move from Conflict to Compassion,” by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. You can watch the video on YouTube:

Harmony in Diversity – YouTube

Here are the main messages from the video:

We all belong in one big, huge family. The mental and emotional level is the same – everyone wants happiness and to overcome suffering. All beings have the right to exist and exist happily. The goal in life is to be happy.

Individual rights and freedom are sacred within a community. Each person is unique and contributes to the whole. Like a human garden (with a different way of life and different cultures), the more colors there are, the more beautiful. To have a beautiful society, we need to care for each individual. We need to take care of our garden.

There needs to be extra focus on the family and schools. The children who grow up with human affection become normal human beings – who can show other people a sense of caring and compassion. The family must keep a compassionate atmosphere. Teachers in schools, too, must see the basic human value and make a good example in the eyes of the student through action (affection, caring, commitment, and responsibility).

Religious faith is a delicate subject because it invokes emotions. All religions have the same intention to create disciplined and happy individuals. All religions have the potential to develop warm-hearted people. Each religion has a different philosophy but the same purpose. We can have respect and admiration for different religious traditions because of their effort. A more variety of religions will benefit more variety of people. One religion or one truth can give the individual more faith or more enthusiasm to keep practicing.

Since we have human intelligence, we also have contradictory ideas. These contradictory ideas or opinions can encourage further development. As long as it’s not destructive, there’s nothing wrong with contradictory ideas. There is the possibility to overcome the contradiction peacefully. War and violence is an old concept. War means fire – using a human being as fuel. In the future, compromise is the only way to solve our conflict. The next century is a century of dialogue. We have to make effort and a proper plan for dialogue and compromise.

If we want to change, each person needs to make effort. We want to change but we expect it to come from a different corner. We all need a healthy way of thinking. The individual human being must have determination and self-confidence. We can develop altruism (selflessness).

Harmony is the only way to survive and further develop. We must realize every part of the world is part of ourselves. So, taking care of others’ interests is taking care of oneself. We are interdependent. There must be mutual respect, caring, and compassion.


We need a new vision of peace, harmony, and dialogue. We need to see people around the world coming together at the same table. A paradigm shift will happen and a newly formed human community will arrive. Please bring your peaceful presence to the table.

Namaste, world.

Listen to Your Intuition

Open Your Third Eye

Someone who wrote in the Facebook comments made a good point. The person said, “The reason people are not making good decisions is that they are not listening to their intuition (or gut feeling).” If you feel resistance to something, that’s a warning sign. If you feel unsure about something, that’s a warning sign. So many people override their intuition because of societal pressure or because they trust outside influences.

The good news is that you can start today, in the present moment, to listen to your intuition. You are okay – no matter where you are in your life. Take a deep breath! You can become more intuitive.

Paramahansa Yogananda says, “Faith, or the intuitive experience of all truth, is present in the soul.” Human beings can tap into this intuitive experience – it’s gifted to us as divine beings. One way to explore your intuition is to learn more about your third eye Chakra.

Lynn Robinson says in her book Divine Intuition, “Make decisions from the standpoint of joy.” She gives five simple ideas that include a focus on gratitude, be kind, do what you love, meditate and pray, and ask yourself, “What am I learning from this?”

Robinson continues to say that you can receive intuitive messages from images and symbolic pictures, your inner voice, emotions or gut feeling, physical sensations, epiphanies (sudden realizations), and dreams.

When you are intuitive, you are brave. Your inner voice or gut feeling may be telling you something different than the world around you. It takes courage to live your life on your own terms.

Listening to your intuition cultivates a strong heart. A strong heart = no fear.

What is Truth? A difficult question; but I have solved it for myself by saying that it is what the "voice within" tells you. - Mahatma Gandhi

Namaste, world.

America, The Dream Goes On – by John Williams

AMERICA, THE DREAM GOES ON

There's a song in the dust of a country road on a wind that comes to call. And it sings in the farms and the factory towns and where you'd think there's be no song at all.

And the words are the words that a father's heard as they whistle down the years. And the name of the song is the name of the dream that is music to our ears. America, America, and the dream does on.

And the words that we read on the courthouse walls are the words that make us free. And the more we remember the way we began the closer we get to the best we can be. 

If ever there was a time that we forget its worth, all the struggles, and scars. If we leave to the children a sky full of hope and a flag filled with stars.

There's a song in the dust of a country road. It's a song we must recall. And it sings in the songs of the farms and the factory towns and where you'd think there'd be no song at all.

And the words are the words that a father's heard as they whistle down the years. And the name of the song is the name of the dream that is music to our ears. America, America, and the dream goes on.

The voices are changing the songs they sing and it sings from sea to sea. And as long as the music is strong and clear we know that tomorrow we'll always be free.

America, America, and the dream goes on.
America, America.
And the dream goes on. 

- John Williams 

What is your Dream?

The following is a commentary from the movie, “Healing the Luminous Body: The Way of the Shaman.” The movie can be seen on Amazon (rent or buy).

Watch Healing the Luminous Body: The Way of the Shaman with Alberto Villoldo | Prime Video (amazon.com)

We are born in this lifetime – along with the conditions, social rules, and culture. However, we need to break out of the cultural trance. We are luminous, eternal beings who live in the matrix or dream world. Alberto Villoldo, a psychologist and shaman, says, “We dream the world into being.”

All of us need to dream a dream of healing, beauty, and peace. We need to create a sacred, safe world. We cannot survive physically, emotionally, or spiritually if we do not feel safe. Our rainbow body (our Chakras) must be balanced to fully feel alive.

We must learn to work with the healing energy – it is then that we touch infinity and transformation. We need to open up like tuning forks and allow ourselves to vibrate with love and compassion.

Right now, we are bombarded by messages about what is going on in the world. We need to be informed, but we must not let it dominate our lives. As soon as we react to what is going on, we lose our higher consciousness.

If we are going to evolve as eternal beings, we must participate in our evolution by envisioning a future healed state of the earth. We can use destiny retrieval to travel into the future and heal what must be healed – tapping into quantum physics. This “seeing” is part of the renewed, human consciousness.

May we be blessed on our journeys. May we be the healers and the teachers that we so desperately need right now. May we have strong hearts.

Namaste, world.

Stay Strong

Stay strong in your beliefs. The media thinks it can tell you what you can do and what you can’t do. Do not listen. The media rarely tells the truth. It is best not to watch, read, or listen to anything the media has to say. Protect your mind and do not fill your mind with garbage. Limit your time on the Internet. Think for yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you what to think.

I never thought, in my life, I would write about a pandemic and human rights and freedoms. It’s so easy to feel scared. However, we can not be afraid – that’s exactly what the media wants (and the people behind the media).

There are several things you can do to stay strong. First, remember you are an eternal human being. Call on God or your teacher (Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, etc.) to guide and protect you. Second, create a strong mind and a strong heart through meditation. You can train your mind to be calm and peaceful like a mountain lake. Let nothing shake you. And, third, you can stay strong by surrounding yourself with positive, like-minded people.

Remember there are lightworkers all over the world helping humanity.

Lake McDonald, Montana

Here is a centering visualization by Henry Fersko-Weiss:

For this visualization, sit with your eyes closed, so you can move more easily into your imagination. Start with a minute or two of breath meditation, then call up the image of a still pool of water – perhaps in a forest or near a mountain. Then visualize sitting at the edge of the water watching the surface. A frog jumps in the water, creating ripples that move outward in all directions from the plop of where it entered the water. Continue to watch the surface of the water, as the ripples slowly dissipate until the pool is completely still again. You, also, gradually become that stillness. Then, when you are ready, open your eyes and carry that stillness and the receptivity of the pool in your mind.

Namaste, world.

Lightworker

Peace and love to all my Asian brothers and sisters.

You are born in this lifetime for a reason. If you are reading these words, then you a lightworker. A lightworker is a human being who is a compassionate and brave leader. You know what is right and wrong. You are grounded like a tree and, yet, your perspective is open like the flight of a bird.

Right now, we need you. Your fellow human beings need you. Please turn on your light so others can find you. Grab your staff. It’s time to walk.

Please have the courage to speak up – if you know it’s the right thing to do. I have an example from my life. If anyone follows my blog, then they know that I do not trust the experimental Covid-19 vaccines (for many reasons). Well, I know an assisted living facility that was asking people, during the health screen, if they received the Covid-19 vaccine. Two out of three of my visits, I was asked if I received the Covid-19 vaccines. Both times, I said it was confidential information.

Well, I did some research and I found out that, according to the HIPAA, no business can ask about medical information (including the Covid-19 shot). I sent the Executive Director, of the assisted living facility, the quote from HIPAA. She emailed me back saying that I was correct and that they will remove the question from their screening sheets.

From HIPAA – Federal Law (laws do not change overnight):

“ The Privacy Rule, a Federal law, gives you rights over your health information and sets rules and limits on who can look at and receive your health information. The Privacy Rule applies to all forms of individuals’ protected health information, whether electronic, written, or oral.”

I am one person, but I made a difference. I want to protect people’s rights and freedoms. I am a lightworker.

Please stand up, speak up, and walk the way of the truth. Be brave and courageous.

You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results. – Mahatma Gandhi

Namaste, world.