I first heard of the dark room retreat experience in Sept 2020, and said, “I have to do that”!
Here is a great article describing the experience: https://medium.com/@donny313g/down-the-rabbit-hole-how-a-dark-room-stimulates-dmt-and-profound-experiences-7faac6d0d547#:~:text=Dark%20room%20therapy%20is%20simply,higher%20states%20of%20the%20mind
I spoke with friend of a friend who did it in Guatemala, and highly recommended doing it there, while at the same time, made it very clear the dark room experience is “very intense” and not for everyone.
I started researching more about it and where it can be done. As it turned out the Hermitage, Solitary and dark retreat center in Guatemala, seemed like the best option. The only problem was Guatemala was not allowing visitors in the county due to Covid. Also, on the Hermitage site it says there is usually a 3 month out wait list for the dark room.
Well, life wanted it for me as much as I did, opening Guatemala’s borders days after I was researching… and miraculously, I was able to get in within a couple of weeks, before others on the list had time to make plans 😊
My original plan was to stay in for 7 nts, but I had a feeling the day before I entered the cave, I would want to stay 9 nts. Again, they said usually they would not be able to honor this last-minute request because of a tight schedule of people, but it ended up working out perfectly for me.
My experience of complete darkness and solitude felt like a mind/body/spirit boot-camp. I spent the entire time in a continual state of mediation… while eating, stretching my body, sitting, standing, and laying. I did not allow my mind to hold on to any thoughts - Just constant awareness of the connection and feeling of the Source Field.
The ultimate experience during that time was while standing and doing Qigong type of movements through the darkness, and the blackened room filled with light particles. I came to tears of gratitude for what I perceived as a witnessing of Source particles popping in and out of existence. PURE AWESOMENESS!
“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”
― Thomas Paine
THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU
The first week of Oct, I went on a planned 1-2 night trip to Shasta for a short full moon adventure, that turned into a fun last minute road trip with a friend.
My friend who recently moved to Mt. Shasta, really wanted to see Medicine Lake, Glass Mountain, and Crater Lake. I have already been to Medicine and Crater lake, but never Glass Mountain… and since I love road trips and new places, it didn’t take much to convince me to join her on a little adventure….and of course I had to make sure we stopped at some other cool waterways on way 😊
First stop was Medicine lake, a place of special spiritual significance for local Indian tribes, that sits in the caldera of the ancient volcano, Medicine Lake Volcano. We went for a quick brisk dip in the lake before heading to the remains of the last eruption on Glass Mountain.
I couldn’t stop saying “WOW”, as we entered the shiny glass-like black Obsidian filled terrain. I have been to many volcanic areas, which all tend to give the feeling that you are on a different planet, but this one tops them all. I really wish the pictures could portray what it felt like there… unfortunately they do not. We hiked around a bit and meditated for a while. I really like it there. It is interesting how fragile the Obsidian is at certain stages of its hardening…. Some of it is just like thin, sharp glass.
We drove on to Klamath Lake where the blue-green algae is formed that I take daily as a nutritional supplement. The lake was way too thick with the alae for us to swim in.
We spent the night in Klamath Falls, and continued to Crater Lake the next morning.
As always, that lake is breathtakingly spectacular. We both swam in the pristine and very cold lake, and even though it was freezing we found it very difficult to get out.
THANK YOU all the lakes and water of our planet FOR BEING YOU!
“You are water I’m water we’re all water in different containers that’s why it’s so easy to meet someday we’ll evaporate together.” ― Yoko Ono
“In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.”― Leonardo da Vinci
“They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming.”― Hermann Hesse
“A drop of water, if it could write out its own history, would explain the universe to us.” – Lucy Larcom
“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” – Lao Tzu
I found Arkansas in notes I wrote many years ago for power spots on the planet, and since I am stuck in America at this time, I decided to go on a month long road trip to check it out.
As you can see in my blog post for the past 3 years, I have been traveling the world most powerful spots, while missing out on a very potent one right here in the USA.
If you are into the ley lines and power grid of the planet, you are aware that Arkansas is intricately connected to three of my favorite places on earth – Lake Titicaca, Peru; Mt. Shasta, California; Goias, Brazil.
I planned the driving route to visit other well-known highly energetic spots like Joshua Tree, CA; Sedona, AZ; Chaco Canyon, NM. And of course, I looked daily for a place to stop and swim in some water way 😊
Day 1 I soaked in the Montecito hot springs, and day 2 after sleeping in Joshua Tree, I swam in the Colorado River and Pleasant lake before stopping for a visit with my dear friend Stu, in Sedona, AZ for 3 nights. In between hikes, I plunged myself in Sedona’s crisp clean creek.
Back on the road I slept in Sunset Crater Volcano National Park, AZ, then drove to explore the ruins of Chaco Canyon, NM. Next day went for a swim and soak in Jemez falls River and a hot spring in a cave, before staring an 8hr drive through Texas, landing myself in another new favorite spot, Cold Creek Campground, Oklahoma.
I enjoyed morning coffee with the gracious camp host and new dear friend Terry, before hiking and swimming in the freshest creek water I have ever swam in. In the attached pictures you will see a circular pool of water – the green you see is the reflection of the above tree, and that water is constantly bubbling up from the ground creating the creek I swam in. It is the sweetest, purest water I have ever tasted in my life.
After 2 nights in OK, I ventured on to Arkansas to soak in the crystal filled environment, hunt for crystals, swim in the creeks, pick out my crystal from the famous McEarl Mine warehouse, hike the Toltec Mounds and Pinnacle Mountain, dig for Diamonds at Crater of Diamonds, sleep in a pasture on Erwin Estate in Magnet Cove, get my piece of the famous black magnetic rock, explore Hot Springs Historical Town, escape a hurricane by driving up Magazine Mountain, then finalize my Arkansas adventure with Baptizing myself and new crystal at Magnet Spring. And to top it all off, after doing my most frequent meditation I call “Center Point”, I see in the parking lot the one other vehicle that was there was a truck who’s company name was “Center Point Systems” 😊
I now start my way back to Monterey with a stop back in Cold Creek campground, Oklahoma, to visit Terry and swim in the wonderful creek water. Next stop is to spend some time with my daughter who is a student at the University of Arizona, Tucson. And blessed one more time to stay with Stu in Sedona, AZ for few days. The first night I arrived we joined in with hundreds of people for the full moon drumming on Cathedral Rock… and WOW the energy was so thick and alive I caught it in a picture (see below). I hiked, swam, and visited with some new friends, before getting back on the road.
I made one more stop on the way home, which was Lake Arrowhead, CA. I lived there in my late teens and it was very strange to go back after all these years. Even MORE strange was driving through the desert while entering California from a month-long trip away, and all I saw was a land of smoke… soooo eerie.
My heart goes out to all the people, animals, nature, and our planet during this intensely destructive phase. My thoughts/prayers are for these times to awaken a unified humanity in love and support for each other.
“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” – J.K. Rowling,
THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU
I have been going to Mt. Shasta in the summer since I moved to California in 2008… it is one of my favorite places in the world.
If you are into the powerfully energetic spots on the planet as I am, Shasta is definitely one to acquaint yourself with.
Every morning as I awake, a hummingbird circles the tent, inviting me to come out and start the day. I go immediately to the freshwater spring steps away to splash my face and drink in the earth’s wealth of nourishment.
I sip my ritualistic hot drink, while listening to the stream and soothing my senses with all the lovely smells of the trees, plants, and flowers. Next I lay out my yoga matt under the trees and stretch (the hummingbird usually circles me then), and I read a little before going on daily hike to different lakes, waterfalls and river swimming holes.
There were way more people than I have ever seen before. The City of Shasta, campgrounds, lakes and trails were flowing with people. As in other cities of California, people wore mask when in public establishments.
Although I usually go to these places to get away from the crowds, it was nice to see so many people get out of their daily stressors and into their natural state of unity with the rejuvenating, healing, and empowering forces of nature.
“I go to nature to be soothed, healed and have my senses put in order.”
– John Burroughs
THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU
My response to an angry post against whites and their ancestors:
Racism is a human disease that causes hatred, violence and separation. It is not just a white and black thing, it is a worldwide humanistic distortion. All forms of separation of my kind versus yours – like religion, politics, economics, capitalism, nationalism are also major contributors to this human mental disease. This Covid-19 and the separation, fear, and intense emotions it has caused is a perfect mirror image of all the pain and horrendous acts we humans have been doing to each other since the beginning of our existence. The remedy to this human illness is not by more hatred and violence, but by more understanding, forgiveness of all our ancestors ignorant deeds, awareness of the basic similarities of all humans while cherishing the beautiful unique difference of each individual, and the desire to evolve into a more unified unconditional loving human race. The time is NOW for a quantum leap in human consciousness towards ONENESS.
Cher was born into a family of metaphysicians, which allowed her innate nature for questioning reality the freedom to explore. She started traveling the world at age 17 to engage with different perspectives of spirituality and Mind/Body Medicine. At 30, she settled down in Hawaii to raise her kids and started her private practice as a Mind/Body/Spirit Educator, Therapist. She also owned a Yoga School, founded a Divorce Center for Women, and was the founder of a Re-programming Center for Women and Children. Now her youngest child is going off to University, she is devoting the next phase of her life to travel the world and connect with as many people as possible - sharing her love and gratitude for life, our planet, all beings, and all that exists.