Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The Buddha Is Only Half Way There
by Jeff Berger
Handford has what?
a hundred million gallons
of spent nuclear fuel
mouldering in steel drums
near the Columbia River,
gradually leaking? My god!
do you know what that means?
I mean the clean up alone
if congress approves
costs as much as it costs
to waste a war in Iraq,
to reform health care.
And do you think anyone
who has power to decide
actually has the will? Listen,
I've been on this spiritual
path for as long as the half
life of plutonium, what,
50,000 years? And when I sit
down this morning to meditate,
I close my eyes, I hold
my spine erect, I cross
my legs, I confront the toxic
sludge glowing inside
just this one rusting chamber
of my heart, and think:
O Mama, what a mess.
Then: get to work.
Once Jeff Berger finished his psychiatric residency in 1988, he took an unexpected turn to the left and has kept going. He now brings his medical experience and twenty years of therapeutic practice along with twenty years as a mindfulness meditator and poet to his facilitation of the Shamanic Breathwork™ Process.He particularly loves how the enlightened mind of pristine awareness allows for unimpeded wonder and power of the psychic transformations people experience during the SBW. He currently lives 60 miles north of Seattle with his priestess wife and ten year old homeschooling son. He is the medical director of the Senior Behavioral Health Unit at United General Hospital and facilitates breathworks in western Washington and Oregon as well as returns to Isis Cove to teach with Brad and Star Wolf.
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My journey in life has been a spiral path of wholeness that continues to move through cycles of change taking me through many symbolic death and rebirth experiences, which I refer to as “shamanic portals of transformation.” I have learned more than I ever thought possible through a process I will share with you in my future writings, called the Shamanic Breathwork™ process, and the five initiations process called S.H.I.P. Once I have made sense of the lessons on my path and discovered the bigger picture, I am ready to pass on and share both my stumblings and my leaps along the way. In my own spiritual quest, I have always appreciated most those who shared their struggles and victories in an authentic way. That will be my humble attempt within the context of this blog.
I believe that we are all indigenous to this earth. I respect all my relations, whether they be human, animal, plant, mineral, visible or invisible ones. We are all related by the great web of life and sent here from the great beyond. Everything we say and do touches all parts of this magnificent web of creation. If I treat myself or anyone else unfairly, we are all affected in some way. Fortunately, the converse is true, as well. I am not perfect. If I am honest and have humility, I can admit that I will make mistakes as I seek to further evolve my conscious awareness. I can also make living amends by striving to change my negative thoughts and behaviors, and live from a more open-hearted connection to others and to myself. I have learned over time that all the changes I seek in the outer world must begin by looking within myself first. I have also learned that it is imperative that I have the courage to be honest with myself and to look at the “shadow” side of my personality. When I have had the courage to truly know myself better, the light and the dark, I have found the inner strength to change my life and shape-shift myself into the light of my true soul’s image.
From time to time I will share different programs and events that are being offered through my non profit organization (Venus Rising Institute for Shamanic Healing Arts) in my blog, as well as photos, videos and teachings, etc. But the main purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet to share the inner musings of my shamanic spirit and journey, and to hear yours as well. I look forward to connecting with all of you who intuitively know that you, too, are a valuable part of the shamanic process of conscious co-creation and evolution on the planet at this time. We each have a role to play and a soul purpose in the drama unfolding in our world today. Together we can create a better place for all beings on earth to live and leave a powerful legacy for those who are yet to come.
I believe we will all be remembered by future generations for the choices we make during this time of huge evolutionary change. In the words of the wonderful poem, “Summer Day,” by Mary Oliver, “what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
In Love, In Service, In Gratitude,
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