Friday, November 12, 2010
A Daughter & Mother Dynamo in Mexico
Julieta Azomoza with Sondra in Puebla, Mexico
Julieta is our great organizer in Puebla, Mexico. She is such a great light being and is always radiating joy. On this visit she brought around 35 wonderful new people to The Loving Relationships Training and they were all very open and bright, which is a reflection of herself. We had wonderful meals at her home with her family. She always calls me "Auntie" and that is because she feels I am the "spiritual aunt " for her young son, who happens to be very advanced. It is my pleasure to expose her family to Babaji.....
Irma Azomoza and Sondra at the workshop
Julie's Mom has created a wonderful center for spiritual enlightenment. It was Irma who first invited me to Mexico and I have enjoyed a long friendship with her. We stayed at her home and we were made to feel like instant family. Irma is highly trained in many schools and especially in all aspects of Transpersonal Psychology. She is a real gift to the community and brings so much enlightenment to Mexico.
People of Puebla sharing in a process
Many Thanks go to Julieta and Irma, and the people of Puebla for embracing the principles of Rebirthing into their spiritual practices, and for welcoming us into their community. We felt totally at home while doing our work there. The Divine Mother was very present, as we completed the training with a puja, divine worship to Her. We look forward to returning to Puebla next summer to continue sharing the Liberation Breathing® process, and to further strengthen our relationships with Irma, Julieta and their family. LOVE, MARK & SONDRA
Monday, October 11, 2010
From Omaha to Buenos Aries:
"What If God Was One Of Us?"
Joan Osborne sings the song that hits a chord of truth. "What If God Was One Of Us?" It is the root question of Liberation Breathing®. What else would we be looking at when a person lays down and breathes their heart into our presence? It's worth a good listen.
Sondra and I traveled this summer to the Midwest, then to Florida, and ended up in Santiago, Chile, and Buenos Aries, Argentina. It took a lot of co-ordination and stamina, not just on our part, but on the part of the good people who worked months ahead to bring their communities to our seminars......and to the feet of a higher purpose in life. What If God Was one of US? And we actually saw that? We would probably have a whole new way of looking at the world and people we meet.
Sondra and Sandy at the OM Center in Omaha
The Midwest generally invokes images of corn fields, small towns with a Main Street and a High Street crossing in the center of town, and a bunch of folks at high school football games. Sandy Aquila has created an oasis of Eastern elements in her OM Center in Omaha, Nebraska. She hosted us in her Center for a day on relationships, as well as a series of private Liberation Breathing® Sessions. She also hosts Buddhist monks who have done the most incredible sand paintings and mandalas. But we were there to breath........simple. The attendance was small but potent. We would like to thank Trishna Horkan and David Bucksner and wife Heather for their kind support. Omaha is a small city, but the seeds of Liberation Breathing are planted for the future, and we look forward to going back.
We saw all over people are concerned with money in these times.....keeping their lifestyles intact.....the mortgage paid, the family fed, and their mental health stabilized to the degree they can relax. There is a lot of pressure out there. All the more reason to breath and remember our inner assets. Who can lose their own divinity? That is the status quo of it. What If God Was One of Us?
After Omaha we drove down to Kansas City to see my Mom and Sister and family. It was bittersweet. My Dad passed last summer and Mom is still adjusting to living alone. My Sister takes excellent care of her needs, looks in on her frequently and has her over for Sunday dinners in the midst of her busy life. We call her frequently on the road, but that is not a substitute for companionship. It is not easy for someone married sixty years to the same person to be living alone all of a sudden. What if God Was One of US? Every encounter would be HOLY.....and those with our Mothers one of the holiest.
After Kansas City we opened up the Chicago area. Kerry Leigh at the helm, supported by Dave Womack, Patrick and Kathryn Andries, all grouped together to produce an LRT. They put their hearts into it and brought together a nice group of people who were eager to look at themselves, and to be introduced to Liberation Breathing®. Much gratitude was in the air, and mostly gratitude we had for Kerry. She came for a Liberation Breathing® session with us in Nashville, Tennessee, and then decided immediately to organize an LRT in Chicago.
Kerry and Sondra at the Chicago LRT
One to One sharing at the Chicago LRT
It was Sondra's birthday while in Chicago, and Kerry took us into the city on that day to celebrate. We met an old friend of Sondra's, Randy Rubin, a native of the Chicago area, at the Drake Hotel for brunch. Afterward we went to the top of the Hancock Building to see the Chicago vista from a gazillion stories up in the sky. It was awesome to see the energy of mankind's urban endeavors. The Chicago skyline from a couple thousand feet up was breathtaking. These skyscrapers represent feats of engineering genius. But what about the most meaningful "project", to see everybody with the eyes of holiness? What If God Was One of Us? How would we look on that person?
Randy and Sondra at the Drake Hotel in Chicago
Florida was next. Miami/Ft.Lauderdale is our fastest growing center for Liberation Breathing® in the country.......mostly because of the diligent work of three people: Sula DePaula who opened up the community a few years back, and now Benicio Farina and Lori Reyes who have taken the reins. They manage very well to inspire the people to heal themselves with the power of their minds, hearts and BREATH. We are extremely beholding to these three. They have persevered with conviction, and built a center of community, co-operation, service to the people, and a high frequency of Peace and Joy. What can we say? Sula, Benicio, and Lori.....and all of the many other assistants and participants who made the LRT possible on a scale of grand proportions......we could wash your feet. What if God Was One of Us? I think we saw What could happen.
Benicio Farina and Mari Monge at Van Dyke's Cafe
In our joy at the Van Dyke
The LRT opened our vision. Indescribable beauty beyond what the body's eyes could see. People went deeply into themselves and let go of a lot of @^&*^%$W!*^....stuff. The building of joy was palpable. When it came to the end, the process where we acknowledge everyone with the red pin-on hearts felt like ecstasy. The delight in the people would lift the world at large to a higher LOVE.... What If God Was One Of US? We would pull in Heaven on Earth. Look at everyone and see God in their eyes. What better thing do you have to do with your life?
We behold you with eyes of LOVE, You radiant Being YOU!
We cannot thank the team of the Florida LRT enough. You are in Service to your highest Self, and to the true Self of others. We have a lot to learn from you and we mean that. Many thanks. You make this work we do to uplift ourselves and others possible. God Is One Of US.........in YOU. HUGS...and More Endless HUGS!!
Pure Love in our Florida Team
Benicio Farina is the first rebirther who has joined us in the Liberation Breathing® Body. He has conviction for the process, for his own enlightenment towards Service, and has impeccable intentions around organizing and bringing the community together. He and Lori Reyes offer a nine month program of breathwork and personal growth, which is a bedrock for their community. We are fortunate to have Benicio as the co-ordinator of Liberation Breathing® for Florida and beyond....What If God Was One Of Us? We think so in Benicio.
Sondra and B. at Miami International Airport...Get ready Africa!
We flew off to Santiago. They had an earthquake not long ago. It was our first time to Chile. The effects were noticeable in the Airport when we arrived...scaffolding and workers in many places making the repairs to the systems. We were tired from a long flight....and no matter how much planning we do, there is always an edge to arriving in a foreign country. Will the person lined up to pick us up be there, especially when it takes two hours to get through customs? Well, when it was Paula Estevez waiting for us, no worries. She is an open heart in a Chilean body...ready to embrace Sondra and me. What If God Was One Of Us? Well, there she was....with wide spread arms around us.
Paula and Sondra in the Brilliant Chilean Light
She and her husband, Juan Somavia, brought us to Chile to introduce Liberation Breathing® and the Divine Mother energy to the people. And the insights people need to raise the frequency of their relationships became the main focus of our work in Chile. Juan & Paula have a family of four, with two daughters to round out the "sacred family". We have to commend them for their commitment to breathwork in Chile. Paula, an environmental engineer, and Juan, a diplomatic ambassador for the Chilean wine industry, make up an inspiring couple on the way to their own ascension. What If God Was One Of US? You don't have to look far to find Him/Her.
Juan and the girls, Blanca and Amelia
The seminar was held in a beautiful yoga center, not far from their house. The clean and open nature of the space, and the brilliant light of southern skies, made for a fantastic setting. As in any foreign country, the translation is one of the most important elements of the work. We had and excellent lady to translate. She had lived in Hawaii for many years and was very much into the energy of service. What If God sent this woman to us to help us with the work? What if God Is One of US. Here she is with Sondra:
Sondra and our translator in meditation
Chilean people breathing at the yoga center
Liberation Breathing® in Chile brought the blanket of peace to the people we touched. There was an atmosphere of receptivity....that made our work there very enjoyable and effective. Our outreach to the people was made possible by Juan and Paula. Many thanks to them for their dedication, and hospitality they bestowed upon us while in their lovely home.
Buenos Aries was our last stop on the tour, but certainly not least. With the tango one of their national products, the atmosphere there is one of passion and intensity. We stayed with Eleanor Blydenstein and her family. Claudia Dorda (aka Ma Bavali) along with Ara Circo were our organizers. Marta Espezel translated beautifully...even though Sondra speaks some Spanish, it is always necessary to make sure the translations are accurate and precise. Marta did a superb job.
Sondra and Eleanor
Sondra and Ma Bavali at the seminar
The workshops went well, and the turnout was good. All throughout this tour, the many people who made it possible gave us reason for Extreme Gratitude. Our hearts were opened more and more by their giving nature....which is the real Law of our Creator. If God Is One Of Us, God is in each and everyone of us; it was proven over and over again in all of our encounters, from OMAHA to BUENOS ARIES. Thank YOU to ALL !! And we give thanks to our employers, Babaji and the Divine Mother for making this tour one of continuous Holy Encounters. "What If God Was One Of Us?"...thank you to Joan Osborne.
Much Love, Mark & Sondra
Saturday, August 7, 2010
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
A Heartfelt LRT in New York City
Sondra & Anna Brooke in Manhattan
The LRT is back in Manhattan, and our new organizer, Anna Brooke, coupled with our friend, colleague, LRT trainer, and fellow rebirther, Maureen Malone, produced an exceptional Loving Relationships Training at the Integral Yoga Institute in the West Greenwich Village area. Also helpful was Jonah Baker, and a handful of assistants who were indispensable to a successful seminar. Anna and Maureen spearheaded the event, and the quality of the space, the people attending, and the atmosphere of Integral Yoga Institute was extremely high.
Maureen putting last minute touches on the LRT
Anna was not only the co-organizer for this return of the LRT to New York, but also our hostess with the "most-est". She housed us in her wonderful apartment for a week, and accommodated all of our needs beautifully. It was the "command center" for the LRT, our daily e-mail workload, assistants meetings, dinners and late night talks....as well as the refuge for us to hold our private Liberation Breathing® Sessions with numerous clients. Anna handled the New York City heat, and our presence in her modest sized condo with the aplomb and graciousness indicating her mastery, far beyond our expectations. She is committed to her spiritual evolution and realizing it through service to her rebirthing community in NYC, as well as through travel to India with us the past two years.
The Group Sharing at the LRT after the Rebirthing Session
The meeting room at Integral Yoga was conducive to a wonderful training. It was spacious and light, and had an air of sacredness that helped people overcome their resistances. The breathing sessions were powerful, and many new people who had never experienced conscious connected breathing before, were amazed at how rejuvenated they felt after the one hour breathe. Also, many who felt their relationships were stuck, left the LRT with the tools and new hope that they can create a future different from their past.
Driving to the Training over the Manhattan Bridge
At the Completion Party!
Anna, Sondra & Maureen; with assitants
Alicia Reyes, Stavros Vrahnos, Anu Abraham &
Alicia Violan Ryder
Many Good Thanks goes out to the assistants of the NYC LRT, including Megan Gouldner who could not make it to the completion party. It was truly a team effort, and the people who were new to this life changing material were very supported by the experience and love of the assistants. We felt very close to this New York team, and look forward to the community growing and flourishing in the years to come. Anna has committed her apartment to a new center, and it is a perfect location for others to come and receive the blessings of Rebirthing, Babaji, and the Divine Mother.
Anna's Ganesh on one of her many Altars
Anna & Sondra in the Kitchen
Bole Baba Ki Jai!!
LOVE to YOU ALL!!
MARK & SONDRA
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Liberation Breathing® &
Group breathing session during the LRT in Dublin
Sondra and I were happy to present the LRT in Dublin, on the final leg of our eight week long European tour. Many new people had their first taste of the power of their own breath to help them release old traumas and negative thoughts. It was a powerful weekend, and Rosemary Khelifa with friends Vesco, Laura and Sereena were able to bring people together for a successful event for all involved. People were touched deeply in the forgiveness section, and some let go of old grievances they had held for many years.
Rosemary, Sondra and myself at the Dublin LRT
We completed the training with a ceremony to the Divine Mother, offering rose petals to the Altar and reciting the 108 Names in a culmination of gratitude. Rosemary rose to the occasion and provided more rose petals than we have ever had. The sense of abundance filled the ceremony, as we offered a plethora of petals as we read each name.
At the Ganesh Sculpture Park in Wicklow
In County Wicklow, near the small village of Roundwood, an illustrious character, Victor Langheld, who is one of Rosemary's friends, built a sculpture park containing some of the most amazing Ganeshes I have ever seen. Some over nine feet tall, carved out of dark gray granite from India, these Ganeshes form the mainstay of his park, built for the spiritual edification of the visitors. Rosemary took us to see this place after the LRT.
Victor and Rosemary at Victoria's Way
Meandering along the park's path, the visitor comes upon many other interesting sculptures that speak of the pilgrim's stages along the way to enlightenment. This large Buddha in the "desert period" in which he starved himself, speaks of the austerities many of the ancient yogi's put themselves through for God-realization. Cast in Bronze, this sitting Buddha has a presence that stuns a person, as they come upon it unexpectedly during their park trek through the woods.
Starving Buddha and myself
The Boddisatva, Fully Realized
We inevitably ended our saunter back at the place of the Ganeshes. These were so delightful, I did not get tired of being in their presence. There was a sense of great joy coming out of them, and even the little rodent characters around them showed an everyday quality of humanism, especially the little guy working on his MAC computer, sitting at the feet of a huge Ganesh.
Little Guy on his MAC
Ganesh in Free Flow
Bole Baba Ki Jai!!
Thank you Victor and Rosemary, for making our stay in Ireland productive and eye opening. We appreciate your dedicated service to waking up the people.
MARK & SONDRA
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Sondra, Lena Kristina, and Eva
Because Sondra is one half Swedish, the biggest half, a reunion always is in store when she visits her "Swedish Sisters" in Stockholm. Our organizer, Lena Kristina Tuulse, and her husband Toomas Tuulse, along with the help of Eva Gundberg, with the assistance of Hans Moberg and Tiina Pedak, came together to bring us to Sweden to present the New Frequency for Relationships at Lena Kristina's Life University Center in the country. The hospitality of Swedish hearth and home was extended, and Toomas kept the fires of the heart burning during this extra special visit to Sondra's ancestral homeland.
Toomas stoking the living room fire!
The New Frequency for Relationships was also the theme of our time together with these good friends and fellow rebirthers. The seminar was well attended, but the real closeness was with our Swedish "family" that gives us a "home away from home" welcoming.
Boel and Sondra at the Hotel Diplomat
Sondra met up at the Hotel Diplomat in Stockholm with her long time friend Boel Lindberg, who works for the Swedish State Department. Boel is also a talented Ikibana master, the art of Japanese flower arranging. She was busy with the Royal Wedding of the Princess Victoria, which happened the weekend after our visit. As our day in the city unfolded, we took a great walk amidst the Swedish energy of celebration. We passed many picturesque and classic European venues. This statue of one of the Swedish founding fathers was impressive, near the Stockholm Opera House.
A Swedish Founding Father
We continued our stroll through Stockholm, and wandered into various fashion designer shops, while Sondra, Eva and Boel had their "ladies day out". The day was cool and sunny, with wonderful clouds and atmosphere that lifted our spirits as we got to know the city from ground level. Many were out on the town, getting into the spirit of "Tillsammans", which means "togetherness", as the energy for the Royal Wedding was building in the air.
Swedish Fashion Designer
"TILLSAMMANS": Together in the happy union!
All around the city were the signs of the upcoming Royal Wedding, and postcards of the couple were out in the stores. The proud people of Sweden were on the verge of celebration. We were glad to have this day in the city with Eva and Boel. Our time in Sweden was heartfelt, and though the anticipation of the Royal Wedding was on the verge of capturing everyone's attention, we felt the real Swedish "royalty " to be our loving relationships with the friends of Sondra's ancestral roots and home. Many Thanks to Lena Kristina, Toomas, Eva, Boel, and Hans & Tiina for helping to make our stay in Sweden one of deep gratitude. You form the real royal court in our hearts.
The Crowned Princess Victoria of Sweden gets married!
Bole Baba Ki Jai!
Love, MARK & SONDRA
Monday, June 21, 2010
Liberation Training in
Caldes de Montbui
Home of the
Ancient Roman Baths
The Roman Baths, preserved in the center of Caldes de Montbui
Near Barcelona, in the sleepy little town of Caldes de Montbui, Sondra and I presented a Liberation Training™ in the thermal waters used for centuries to restore people to health, all the way back to Roman times. The Liberation Training™, an advanced wet-rebirthing intensive, offers people five days of training and processes in the natural hot springs. Always to be done in hot springs, the knowledge of the teaching was given to Sondra from the Divine Mother in the mid-1990's, with the instruction that it must always be done in natural thermal waters. The natural springs are the Divine Mother herself, so the energy of Mother Earth surrounds the participants and aids them in the furthering of their process.
Maria Jose, Mao, and Sondra in Caldes de Montbui
Maria Jose Borras found this perfect setting for the training in a hotel equipped with natural thermal baths. The old town of Clades de Montbui is a place where many come to relax and rest in the thermal springs. Many of the people who came to the Liberation Training™ had attended the LRT in Valencia. The five days were filled with deep sharing, basic teachings on the rebirthing process, sessions on A Course in Miracles, and the Liberation technique from the Divine Mother. In the evenings there was time to stroll the quaint streets of this medieval town, and enjoy the old world atmosphere of a time before cars. Sondra, Maria Jose, Mao and I had many walks down these delightful thoroughfares, especially on the Sunday evening after the Festival of Corpus Christi, when the streets were dotted with colorful murals of confetti, to honor the spirit of JOY and COMMUNION.
We were very impressed by the quality of the rebirthing sessions that occurred at this training. The rebirthers present were well instructed in the art of processing people through their fears. One of the participants in her 60's, who had almost drowned as a girl, had not put her head under water since then. She was aided by Vicente Dominguez Solera in her session, and helped to totally overcome this old, old fear. After her breathe in the water, she came out glowing and happy, saying she had a miraculous turnaround. No more fear, she had totally immersed herself in the thermal water and let go of her childhood trauma. This was just one of the "miracles" we witnessed while the people were going through their processes and being aided by the Divine Mother to let go of debilitating thoughts and memories. The biggest miracle was the joy people felt at the end of the five days. We ate together in the hotel, and the spirit of togetherness lifted all to inner peace and gladness.
Mercedes Monedero and Sondra, Joyful
Vicente Solera and his mate Elene
Oti & Matilda
Panayota from Greece came all that way!!
Maria Jose and Sondra in "muy divertido"
Bole Baba Ki Jai!!
MARK & SONDRA