Like Xuanzang, the 7th Century dynasty monk, who went West in search of knowledge from the homeland of Buddhism.
I am heading West in search of the homeland of my Chinese roots. My journey has also been one of discovery about Buddhism, Taoism and even Christianity and the roles they have played in my families’ lives. For although I was raised in the Christian faith, I am open to exploring Buddhism and Taoism and feel I have gained much by what I’ve discovered. Like Xuanzang, I have a thirst for knowledge.
Even though I do not speak, read, or write Chinese, I am moved by calligraphy paintings and slowly but surely I am learning the language. If I do not learn anything else on this journey, I have discovered the truth about my Chinese name. For many years, I thought my name was Louie/Lei Bao Lian, precious lotus blossom of the Louie/Lei (thunder) clan. However, when I showed my Roots guide the paper where Dad wrote my name, he said that it translates to “precious age.”
If that misunderstanding does not complicate the issue enough, there are the various spellings depending on which dialect you choose. Dad spelled my name Bo Line. Obviously, he did not follow the rules of transliteration, but rather created his own. I’m not sure why he told me my name had one meaning but then wrote the calligraphy for another. Maybe, he inadvertently gave me a clue about another lifetime, one as Precious Lotus Blossom. I wouldn’t be surprised because I do remember many life times in China. I believe those memories draw me back to China, and then, I wondered: did Xuanzang have a similar urge to go back to India, to read the original Buddhist texts because he remembered writing them long ago? I cannot say for Xuanzang, but for me the journey West has also been a journey within. How appropos as I explore the teachings of Buddhism. For in my search to find my father’s village, I have learned to overcome suffering, to walk the middle way, and to live my dharma. Even though I may be far from nirvana, I am happier about my journey in this lifetime.
Today is a very special day – the beginning of a new chapter in my life. For over twenty-five years I have been researching reincarnation. It all started with conversations with my father’s ghost. Dad was a Chinese Buddhist, and I wondered what his beliefs in reincarnation would mean for his next life. However, like so many people, he did not know a lot about Buddhist beliefs about reincarnation.
But when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Then, Brian Weiss, M.D., author of Many Lives Many Masters, entered my life and, like a caterpillar’s transformation into a butterfly, I began to change. Like the butterfly, whose struggle to come out of its cocoon is an important part of its process to be able to take flight in the world, I have gone through a process to prepare me for this day – the birth of THE CENTER – RVA, a center for spiritual growth.
My reincarnation research, my conversations with my father’s ghost and all the teachers who have come into my life, and putting what I have learned into practice has prepared me for this next chapter. After years of training with Sanaya Roman, Brian Weiss, M.D., and Carol Bowman, I am pleased to “move forward in the direction of my dreams.”
THE CENTER – RVA is a center without walls. It is more about a state of mind than a bricks-and-mortar place. I will offer classes, workshops and gatherings while I continue to work on the book, Conversations with a Hungry Ghost: Memoir of a Reluctant Medium, and prepare for a trip to my father’s birthplace in China with my Roots Plus group.
Check out my website for THE CENTER – RVA and join me for my upcoming workshop, Karma 2 Dharma: From Healing the Past to Embracing Your Life Purpose.
Last, but not least, I want to say “Thank, Mom.” I had cared for her for over a year before she left her physical body in January, and I shared with her some of my beliefs about what happens and where we go when we die. It was an experience I will always treasure. So, I was not surprised when she came to me moments after she crossed over. Like a mother bird who pushes the baby bird out of the nest, she said, “Don’t be afraid. It’s time to fly.”
Join me for a free workshop about Spiritual Mindfulness at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, April 9 at the Richmond MindBody Fair.
Speakers. Exhibitors. Like-minded folks.
It is not always easy to be a spiritual being in a physical world. When I began opening up to my spiritual path over twenty years ago, I was fortunate to discover Sanaya Roman’s book, Living with Joy, as well as her other books, courses, and meditations. Sanaya’s meditations have inspired me and helped me transform my life.
I am always delighted when Sanaya has a free offer on her website and it feels important to pass it on.
This month, Sanaya created “The Four Alignments,” designed to “assist you in living from your center through aligning with your soul, divine Self, Divine Will, and certain star energies.”
As Sanaya says . . .
There are many signs that you are out of balance such as pain, muscle tension, strong emotions, or stressful thoughts. You may have an uneasy or anxious feeling that things are not “right.” You may have too many things to do and feel overwhelmed or unable to focus. You may find yourself avoiding facing issues in your life through over-eating, or spending too much time on the internet or watching TV. . . You can turn within and align frequently throughout the day, taking just seconds to transform your life and consciousness as you do.
When I began my exploration into reincarnation/past lives twenty plus years ago, I was guided to Dr. Brian Weiss’s book Many Lives Many Masters. I was also fortunate to be able to attend many of his workshops and, eventually, everything lined up for me to train with Dr. Weiss in PLRT (Past Life Regression Therapy).
Some of the BEST CHOICES I have ever made in my life, but that’s another story.
Dr. Weiss continues his workshops all over the world and this year added a third training at Omega Institute to his schedule. However, if you are not able to attend, you might be interested in his free video series. If you are just curious or seriously interested to know more about reincarnation, don’t miss these videos.
The videos are the next best thing to attending a workshop or training with Dr. Brian Weiss and might be one of the best choices you’ll ever make.
I am excited to share QCE, Quantum Consciousness Experience.
Check out this awesome link. http://www.radiooutthere.com/blog/audio/ROT4615.mp3