Wednesday, November 25, 2009
"New Frequency in Relationships"
given in Perth
Michelle Locke & Steve Richter, Center Managers for Perth, Australia
A week in Perth, Australia, gave us many opportunities to express our gratitude to Michelle and Steve, our incredibly talented center managers who are well on their way to establishing a Liberation Breathing community in this far western city on the coast. Michelle, a classical ballerina in her earlier years, went on to create her own dance method, "Wu Tao", that is actually a healing modality based on very ancient body meridians and movements that stimulate rebalancing of our spirit-mind-body system. She has taught this form of dance all over Australia, and has licensed practitioners who teach her method to many across the country. http://www.wutaodance.com/ is her website that inspires many to practice this healing art. Steve, a classically trained musician in percussion thumped and drummed his way into our hearts, and forms the other "element" in this duo that expresses a holy relationship of "twin flames". Steve's work is showcased on http://www.rhythmbread.com/ , where his music group, Tal Naan, makes their work available for download and bookings. Steve and Michelle met when she hired him for composing original music for her Wu Tao Dance choreographies. Of course it was an electric meeting, and they have been together in a harmonious relationship ever since.
Steve and Michelle are perfect examples of a New Frequency in Relationships, dedicated to their own spiritual growth, committed to their creative work together that fulfills their highest aspirations, and certain of their role in "service to humanity" that lifts up those around them. We were well served by them in producing the workshops in Perth for this week, and introducing to many the very powerful healing capabilities of the Breath !!!! The workshop, held in the quaint seaside community of Fremantle on the Notre Dame College campus, was well attended thanks to their diligent advance work. It brought together the few Perth breathworkers still in the flow, fulfilling their need of community support. It also brought many new initiates to this powerful process of personal cleansing. We are grateful for the community here in Perth for bringing us here......and inviting us back next year. Mostly our gratitude goes to Steve and Michelle, who gave us a real treat in a performance of their Wu Tao Dance at the end of the training.
Of course, the Divine Mother and Babaji had much to do with our coming as well, and in the spirit of the India Quest, Steve and Michelle will accompany us and any others from their community on the India Quest in March of 2010. They will fill out the assistants team, headed by Kevin Kidd,( firstname.lastname@example.org ) helping us to bring the India experience to those ready in our communities around the world to make this momentous step in their spiritual process.
MANY THANKS to Michelle and Steve for their first attempt at organizing for us, and for their dedication to enlightenment of themselves and others. Our hats off to those in Perth who made our stay memorable and easy, in the service of the Divine Breath of Liberation that rejuvenates and pushes us forward to realize our highest Self.
Bole Baba Ki Jai !!! Love, SONDRA & MARK
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Painting Surrounded by Miracles!!
"Babaji in Perth"
The painting of "Babaji in Perth" was done at last weekend's Perth Training on the New Frequency in Relationships, and it was surrounded by miracles. As usual, the paintings of Babaji "know" where and to whom they want to go, and Mark paints them in the workshops so everyone present can see them evolve before their very eyes. This painting was the first he had done of Babaji with a turban, but the second with a primarily purple background.
To our surprise there were many Babaji devotees in the audience. Four ladies had gone on the India Quest many years before....and one of them came forward to purchase the painting at the end of the training. Then the miracles began to happen..........
Diane Jeffries, a single mother of two boys, was drawn to the painting even before it was finished. But knowing the financial demands of her single motherhood, Mark accepted an "on time" agreement for the payment. The next day, when Diane came for a private consultation with Sondra, she had this remarkable story:
First, her boys, Max and Spider, were in an unusual state of joy when she picked them up after the training. The weeks prior had been stressful.....but somehow there was a different mood that allowed Diane to ask her older son, Max, if he would like to have a "conflict free" relationship. He said, "Yes, Mum, that would be great...and if we have a disagreement, we can just say 'lemons!', and go jump on the trampoline until we get off of it!".
The boys loved the painting from the very start. Before Diane came to the consultation, she heard an intimation to check a little "tin box" where she remembered putting some spare cash....around $100.....so she could make her first installment on the painting. She went to the "tin", and to her amazement there was well over $800, the amount she agreed to pay, just waiting for her. She had no idea where it had come from!! So when she arrived with the full payment, we were amazed that Babaji had provided this miracle of new abundance.
The miracles continued the next day. Diane wrote this account about her son Max:
"That painting is SO POWERFUL! My children have stopped asking me things - they go straight to Babaji for the highest thought. I told Max he couldn't wear a certain t-shirt to school today, so he said, "OK, I'll ask Babaji what He thinks." I said good idea. Max said - "Well mum Babaji laughed and said it was fine to wear the t-shirt, and then he said to me, 'But you must listen to your mother and follow what she says.' " He was fine with that. I have had FOUR new clients ring out of the blue today from all sorts of places asking for sessions. The list of miracles goes on."
Who knows the power of the darshan that these paintings can provide. We are so grateful that Babaji is coming through in this way......through the paintings of Him that Mark has such a good time painting in the trainings. Bole Baba Ki Jai !!!!
Thank You to Diane Jeffries, and to her sons Max and Spider for keeping us alert to HIs presence in our lives.
Love, SONDRA & MARK
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
A Big Greek Feast of Celebration !!
Julia, John, Sondra, Angelo, Rosie, Peter, & Friend at the big Greek Feast!!
We spent the week in Adelaide, Australia, on the southern coast, in the very hospitable care of John Stamoulos, Angelo Tsakalos, and Gayle Laver. They have built their center around feeding the people in the Greek style........community dinners every week. Even in the weekend training food was prepared from their home and brought to the workshops to feed the participants. This evening Angelo deepfried the calamari, John brought his mother in with Greek delicacies, and Gayle not only made a most fabulous cheesecake for the last evening's dinner, but loaned us her new Audi convertible for all of our shuttles to and from events. This trio of committed breathworkers puts Adelaide high on the rebirthing map, serving a large community in this sunny town on the Australian Southern Coast.
John and his support team give rebirthing trainings all over the Southern Pacific area, and in Greece as well. He has been instrumental in extending breathwork to Singapore, where we are going in one week to work with his community of breathers there. Angelo Tsakalos provides the organizational and technical skills to keep the workshops running smoothly. Gayle works quietly on the home front to help extend breathwork to the local and international communities John has worked hard to build over the past dozen years. Sondra came to Adelaide in 1996, and is glad to return to find the rebirthing community thriving here from those initial seeds planted over a decade ago.
John & Sondra in a moment of joyful appreciation
Angelo & Rosie at the Greek Feast
We would like to extend our deepest appreciation for all of the work that went into bringing us here to Adelaide on our Pacific tour. All the assistants were very competent and willing to serve. Thanks to Maria Jones and her husband Matthew, Julia Karpathakis, Andrew Lainas, Niki Takos, Maggie Ball, and Gian Franco for assisting in the trainings and group breath sessions. We hope to return to Adelaide next year and partake of the hospitality there......in the Greek style!!! Bole Baba Ki Jai !!! Love, SONDRA & MARK
Monday, November 16, 2009
"Babaji in Adelaide with Yellow Roses"
by Mark Sullivan
"Babaji in Adelaide with Yellow Roses" was the first painting I did with a very "short palette", only using white, yellow and raw umber. More emphasis on the drawing aspects of the painting was a result of limiting the colors to just three. While Sondra taught on relationships in the front, I painted in the background, this time, and the energy in the room was high enough for Babaji to come through in this new work, wearing a turtleneck sweater!! Imagine that.
I would like to thank Angelo and Julia for providing the art materials, and also Karen Scott for purchasing the work at the end of the weekend for a generous amount. I am always surprised that Babaji has a person in mind already for his "darshan", and I do not need to worry where the painting will go after it is done. He always has a clear direction for the work that becomes evident to me while I am painting, and the person who is to have it comes forward.
Sondra was particularly fond of this one. She said it was the first time she had seen Babaji with Yellow Roses!! I was happy as well, to watch the work unfold. John Stamoulos was very taken by the color, and said it reminded him of the "Australian color of wheat" that is so prevalent in the local landscape. Babaji has a way of coming through the work in the energy of the local city and country. The "aboriginal" nature of this Baabji in Adelaide is strongly suggested. He has intensity with the softness of acceptance.
I am always amazed that each portrait is so different from the one before....and each takes on the vibration of the local community. I am so happy to be in service as Babaji's "court painter", on the road in places around the world, helping to make Babaji's presence universally known. I am grateful to all of the organizers of the workshops, and all the assistants, for helping me do this work that I find so satisfying. In particular, thank you to all who helped make the Adelaide workshops a success, and allow the space for "Babaji in Adelaide with Yellow Roses" to come through.
Bole Baba Ki Jai !!!
MARK & SONDRA
Thursday, November 12, 2009
In Sydney we met the most amazing lady!!!
Sondra and Jonine in Sydney
In Sydney, Australia, we hooked up with one of the most powerful women in the worldwide breathwork community we have met as yet. Jonine Lee not only has an active full time breathwork practice in Sydney, but is the president of the Australian Breathwork Association that is giving breathwork in Australia an accredited position in the healing arts. Jonine has been practicing and training others in breathwork for over 20 years, and graciously accepted the job of organizing events for us in Sydney on our Pacific Tour, which she carried off with great aplomb and grace. We are so happy to have made a new friend who is so committed to this wonderful work of liberating people from their negative and toxic thoughts through the power of the breath. We stayed with Jonine and her twin flame, Victor, over the span of a week, and had many opportunities to spread the good news of breathwork to the people of Sydney. The workshops were well attended, which speaks of the fruit Jonine has nurtured and cultivated over the years in her building of the local and national breathwork community.
Also, we would like to thank Fiona Bury, the young Irish lady living in Sydney, whose mother Angela Bury, who we met in Dublin, Ireland, gave to us as a contact. Fiona was responsible for hooking us up with Jonine, and also drove many hours to be with us as an assistant at our workshops. Her bright face and upbeat attitudes about breathwork are doing much to uplift the people of Sydney, and extend the service of this work to many others. We were happy to go out together to the famous Sydney Opera House on Monday night with Jonine and Fiona, joined by Tom Pellegrino from the USA, who had flown all the way from Atlanta to attend the workshops.
Of course, Mark painted during the trainings and came up with this rendition of "Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom in Sydney", which one of the participants purchased to hang in her rebirthing room. It was a powerful presence to have the painting being made right in the front of the room over three days. People were amazed at how calming an effect the painting had on the overall atmosphere while the teaching was taking place. It was like having a silent teaching unfolding visually before their eyes. The different stages of color being applied showed the creative process in action, which many said inspired them to "dig into" their own creative projects they had been putting off until some future date. Having the painting going on stirred in them the gumption to get going!!!
So, now we are in Adelaide for a week, but we feel we "left our hearts in Sydney", with our wonderful new friends, until we meet again next year to be with the dynamic Australian Breathwork Community. Accolades go to Jonine Lee, for keeping the fires burning, and keeping her dedication on the high road of Liberation for herself and the people of this wonderful cosmopolitan city of culture and well deserved recognition.
THANK YOU to the people of Sydney, those who attended our workshops and sessions, and to Jonine, Victor, and Fiona for making our stay a little piece of Heaven.
Bole Baba Ki Jai!! Love, SONDRA & MARK
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The HEALING CENTRE of New Zealand
Patricia and Sondra in front of the Healing Centre
The Healing Center in Auckland, New Zealand, was our "home" for the past week, during the first stop on our Down Under tour. The Healing Center, spearheaded by Patricia Wylie and Suzanne Boon, is dedicated to the spiritual uplifting of the Auckland community through Shri Babaji's teachings of "truth, simplicity, love and service to humanity". With a little help from kindred souls, Bruce Chapman & Sheree, this beautiful place, situated amongst a grove of giant pines, has become an effective haven for inner transformation to those interested in deeper levels of healing and sacred practice.
WE WERE THERE TO OFFER a series of workshops on Liberation Breathing, A Course in Miracles, and the teachings of Shri Babaji & the Divine Mother. The week zoomed by, and nearly thirty people came to experience breathwork, many for the first time. The Center was well equipped to handle the courses, and hospitality was extended to the participants during the day.....offering an atmosphere of fellowship and togetherness. During the group breathing sessions many came to see their deep seeded issues and to release their past grievances. Liberation Breathing formed the nucleus of the weekend, and we were glad to extend this wonderful process of clearing to the people of Auckland.
Mark painted "Babaji in New Zealand" with some of the swirls and spirals common to the New
Zealand Maori people's art and design. The proceeds from the sale of the work were donated to the Center. It was the spirit of service that kept the weekend so high. Everyone felt the togetherness, and one had this to say:
"Just wanted to say thank you for a really amazing weekend at the Shri Babaji Centre in Auckland.
I can't believe how much I learned, and I feel better on every level - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I Want to share the feeling with as many people as I can!! Best wishes for a great tour though Australia and Hawaii." J.H. from Auckland
So much Love was shared, we were blessed to be part of this action of Service. Our hats are off to those in Auckland who made this weekend possible, and whose dedicated service has manifested the Healing Center to be a source of light and healing to many on the path toward deeper spiritual awakening and growth. Bole Baba Ki Jai !!!! THANK YOU from Sondra & Mark