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Annual Arhatic Yoga Retreat 2017 in Mahwah, NJ

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Giants…Energy Masters…Friends from around the world…Gifted books on success & money…Raffle tickets to help you evolve …Inner visions of golden dragons…Healers who have healed tens of thousands of people…Meeting a cut out of Orlando Bloom…Earplugs work for sleep and planes…Choosing Dunkin Donuts over Starbucks…Spiritual photo bombing and SO MUCH MORE at the Annual Arhatic Yoga in Mahwah, NJ.

Here are just a few thoughts on my first Back-ta-Back Annual Arhatic Yoga Retreats from West Coast to East Coast.

The purpose of this post is to inspire people to learn Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga so they can experience this AMAZINGNESS and to remind current Arhatic Yogis to attend the next retreat for their own AMAZINGNESS.

Boy oh boy, last night was my first decent night’s sleep in the past 10 days after two yoga retreats in a row…sleeping in hotels and on couches, driving to coffee shops on breaks or being stuck in the Holland Tunnel onto airports, terrifying flights over the snow covered Colorado Rockies and choosing healing over sleeping.

Yet there is no price too high to pay for personal and Soul development, which is permanent.

“But Christian…instead of going to these yoga retreats, wouldn’t you rather spend your time and money on investing in real estate?…buying a car?…finally starting your son’s college fund?…buying a brand new wardrobe? fixing your teeth the right way?…or crossing off that Hawaiian vacation from your bucket list?”

Nope…

I am a product of my product.

What I have learned and received at Arhatic Yoga Retreats have improved every area of my life without exception and I have those tools for the rest of my life (and the lives to come). What price can you put on inner peace and joy? Wisdom and clarity? Deeply connecting with God? Healing the suffering of others?

It is priceless.

My life has been dedicated to healing and teaching others for 12 years. The more conductive and receptive I am to God and my Teacher through my Arhatic Yoga practice, the greater healing instrument I am for all people.

I desire inner peace now, not later.
I desire enlightenment now, not later.
I desire to be a better person and Soul now, not later.
I desire to be a better healer now, not later.
I desire to master my mind, emotions and body now, not later.
I desire to overcome my negative tendencies now, not later.

By attending an Annual Arhatic Yoga Retreat, I am 100 steps closer to fulfilling those desires than by simply doing it all on my own.

The general populace assumes yoga retreats are nothing more than overpriced vacations where you spend all day chanting mantras you don’t understand, stretching into pretzel poses and being aware of your breath while listening to spiritual discourses by a soft spoken Indian Guru with long dreadlocks, mala beads and who smells like sandalwood incense.

And in some cases…those people would be right.

Not at an Annual Arhatic Yoga Retreat!

You’ll find people from people from the across the US to 10+ countries, ages from 20 to 80+, students to highly trained professionals, homemakers to entrepreneurs of huge companies, high school drop outs (that’s me) to MIT Engineers (going back for even higher education), Arhatic Yogis who just learned this practice a few days before the retreat to Arhatic Yogis who have been practicing diligently for 25+ years, people who just want to learn tools to have less stress to those looking to obtain illumination in THIS lifetime, people who feel, see and hear nothing in their meditations to clairvoyants who leave their bodies at will, travel to undiscovered worlds and converse with Holy Masters and other Great Beings.

You’ll find it all at an Arhatic Yoga Retreat.

This weekend a Pranic Healing Master said something that really resonated with me in reference to the group,
“We are experts in energy.”

That’s THEE biggest factor which determines how much one gets out of a yoga retreat because EVERYTHING in life requires energy, from our physical health and relationships to our finances and career to our personal and spiritual growth and development.

No energy, no progress.

If you want to have a HUGE breakthrough, you need energy.
If you want to have a deep and profound meditation experience, you need energy. If you want to know your life’s purpose, you need spiritual, mental and emotional energies.

And one should attend yoga retreats which offer the strongest and most pervasive divine energies…

Another thought hit me this morning while pouring myself a cup coffee…”You don’t blame the system, you blame the student.”

Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui, the Modern Founder of Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga developed two very powerful systems to alleviate the sufferings of humanity and to rapidly, properly and safely evolve the Souls of hundreds of thousands of people in over 120 countries…

As one practices Arhatic Yogi…many many things will get stirred up in his life from relationship challenges, health challenges, financial challenges and even spiritual challenges…its not that system doesn’t work, its the lack of purity of the student.

If I thought, spoke, felt and acted like Bill Gates in regards to business and money, I would be in his position, but if you gave me a software company to start, it would be an utter failure.

Its not the system, its the person using the system that determines whether it will be successful.

You will know the quality of the Teacher by the quality of his students and the results they can produce. Grandmaster Choa’s students have produced miraculous healing results, rapidly deepened their meditation experiences, created extensive service programs around the world to help those in need and become overall better people…so the system works ONLY IF the student works the system.

Your spiritual teacher only points to the path, you must tread that path.

And by attending an Annual Arhatic Yoga Retreat one is reminded of the this spiritual system and the developer of this spiritual system known as Arhatic Yoga.

These simple tools combined with powerful energies…you can flush out negative thoughts and emotions keeping you stuck in life, increase your connection to your Higher Soul and learn how to store those divine energies into every cell of your body to help you look younger, stay healthier longer and be internally stronger…all in only THREE days!

My last day of the second retreat had me falling asleep while watching a video of Grandmaster Choa. I had finally hit the ‘energetic wall’…I couldn’t stuff anymore energy into my etheric body.

Then I was reminded of one of Grandmaster Choa’s teachings,
“Know. Remember. Practice. Master.”

“Ok…what must I do when I am full of energy?”
Oh yeah, do physical exercise. Well…after 20 mins of doing that, I was still falling asleep but this time I was doing jumping jacks.
“Ok what else can I do?”
Oh yeah, release the excess energy by doing extra blessings to family, friends and important projects…and after 15 mins of doing that, and guess what happened?

It worked!
I felt lighter, with calmer emotions and a more alert mind.

You must not only remember the teachings but you must also practice those teachings in order to master them. Again, its not the system, its the practitioner of the system.

An Arhatic Yoga Retreat is a chance to remember the Teacher and Teachings.

The ordinary person finds it bizarre you can actually fall asleep from having TOO much energy but as any Pranic Healer, Arhatic Yogi, Chi Gong practitioner or energy worker will tell you, its not only possible but very probable, especially if you don’t exercise before and after a powerful meditation.

Funny enough, I had ZERO intentions of attending the second annual retreat this year on the east coast but the day before I would have had to buy a plane ticket, I received a private message from someone who I immensely respect and admire, a person who has been there through my darkest and brightest times, asking me if I would be attending this year’s retreat…

So with a big sigh (my lower nature not wanting to go but to chill out at home) and I still wasn’t fully back in my body from the west coast retreat I attended two days earlier,
I gave in to the calling of my Higher Soul and thought,
“Ok, how am I gonna make this happen?”

And ‘WE’ made it happen.

This retreat allowed me to connect with many senior practitioners to help me become a better healer and Arhatic Yogi, re-inspired me to up my service big time, increased my trust in God, the Teacher and the Higher Beings, I made new and hysterical connections, healed old connections, offered tips and suggestions to the upcoming generation of Arhatic Yogis…and I was reminded of weaknesses and negative tendencies I hadn’t fully resolved within myself…you can’t heal what you are unaware of.

The great news is that Grandmaster Choa has given us PLENTY of tools to transform ourselves from the inside out. That’s what I love so much about Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yogi…you have a built in support system of books, CDs, courses, retreats, forums and people of goodwill in 120+ countries to help you get over any and all humps and bumps in your life.

Pretty sweet right?

And I love listening to the Masters share their personal stories of time spent with Grandmaster Choa. All the stories I’ve heard over the years, I never doubted their efficacy…even before I understood how energy works but as I have had many experiences in how energy works in regards to energy healing, meditation, karma, death and the like, I began to doubt those stories because knowing what is required on behalf of the Teacher and disciple in order to produce these results is truly miraculous.

So now I’m just left in awe and humbled by the Teacher and the Teachings instead of doubting.

I have said this in a previous post…there is never enough time to connect with all the people you want to connect with at the retreat.

You want to connect with your old Arhatic Yogi buddies because you have common ground and know they are in it for the long term.
You want to connect with new people to stay abreast of how and why they got into Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga.
You want to resolve conflicts and hurt feelings with co-discisples caused by lack of awareness and misunderstandings.
You want to follow each and every one of the Pranic Healing Masters around like a puppy, never knowing which pearl of wisdom they are going to throw that will change your life forever.
You want to be of service to your co-disciples who may need healing in a moment of intense purging and emotional crisis.
You want to answers to important questions to senior practitioners which the Masters may not have time to answer.
You want to get 8 hours of sleep so you don’t fall asleep in class. And you want to be alone at times to process a video lecture by Grandmaster Choa, a deep meditation experience or a healing you just received.

Never enough time…an Annual Arhatic Yoga Retreat is a great opportunity to practice prioritizing.

And its been a couple years since I’ve been to the east coast during the winter so that alone was an interesting experience.

Having lived and worked in the NYC area for almost 4 years during a very dark time of my life…I wanted to see if the area would be different for me now that I AM different…so I drove around my old stomping grounds in Jersey City at 4:00am before heading to the Laguardia Airport.

After my 8 min trip down memory lane, I realized why I left the area.

Its loud, dirty, wet & cold, congested and filled with lots of traffic.
Yes, there’s lots of prosperity,
yes there’s lots of opportunity in lots of ways
yes the area trains your solar plexus to overcome obstacles,
yes there’s 20,000+ restaurants,
yes there’s people-watching for days,
yes you can rapidly evolve anywhere in the world but alas…
The area is simply not for me.

Denver is my home and has been ever since I first stumbled here during a cross-country dinosaur adventure in June of 2013, moving here 4 months later.

But a big fat thanks and love to NYC for training my solar plexus to get sh!@t done. And a bigger thanks to Masters Glenn Mendoza and Marilag Mendoza for years of training, directing and loving me into the person I AM today.

Never EVER forgot your spiritual teachers, for without them, you would not be where you are today in your development.
I am eternally grateful to them. And now being on the west coast, I am honored to be under the tutelage of Master Stephen Co, who is a perfect example of Will in being diligent in my Arhatic Yoga practice and helping to spread the Teachings of Grandmaster Choa Kok Suoi in the way I most require and I cherish all moments I get to spend with him.

Much thanks and gratitude to Master Hector Ramos whose inner experiences and insights make my head spin and heart sing and to Master Nona Castro who reminds me to be humble, be of service and not to shortcut the path to Self realization.

Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga is not only my spiritual practice, its not only my profession, its not only a hobby…its a way of life.
A way of life that gives me inner peace, happiness, empowerment and the ability to transform myself and others for the better.

And NO, I am not perfect…no one is. Grandmaster Choa has given us Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yogi to move us in the direction of perfection.

Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui has said an Arhatic Yogi, “is a person with an intelligent mind, a loving heart and a powerful will.”
By attending the Annual Arhatic Yoga Retreat you become more of all those divine qualities and so much more.

See you at the next retreat.

Atma Namaste.

Are You a Spiritual Poser?

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Great cartoon.
Credit: RecoveringYogi.com

I’ve been around spiritual and yoga circles, communities, and organizations for over half my life. Each circle, community, and organization has members from all across the gender, sex, political and socioeconomic spectrum. You have your newbies who heard about Reiki from Dr. Oz and just had to learn more. You have your sick, aging and dying (SAD) who have tried everything under, around, and over the sun just to feel a little better or live just a little longer. You have your Skeptics that arrive at spiritual centers in the hopes of debunking the practices by asking seemingly genuine questions and to invalidate that practice, inflate their ego, and walk away having gained nothing.

There are many more types but my personal favorite are the Posers.

Posers are the people who go to LuluLemon and spend $500 on new yoga pants, yoga shirt, yoga water bottle and yoga mat. They sign up for a 3-month membership to the most elite yoga studio within a 50 mile radius. After spending all this time and money to get setup they are now Official Yogis or Yoginis. You’ll read the Facebook Updates after her first week, “OMG, I love yoga so much!” or “I had such an amazing class with Shri Tee Pee. You have to come!” or “Yoga has completely changed my life! I’m taking teacher training in Cancun next Fall!” Ok. We get it…you are enjoying your practice.

New Flash to Readers: simply buying yoga apparel and performing yoga asanas (postures) does NOT make you a spiritual person. It makes you a person using your physical body to perform yoga asanas. ‘But the yoga asanas lead to enlightenment’, you say? I whole hardheartedly agree but there are many other factors to include.

Let me tell you my experience with a Poser a few years back.

My former girlfriend, two friends and I went to see Amma, the Hugging Saint. For those of you who don’t know who Amma is, she’s a highly awakened Soul that has tirelessly traveled the world for over two decades doing two things, 1. Hugging people by the millions. 2. Spreading the message of love, peace, and oneness. We had heard of Amma but never got the chance until she came to NYC.

The line to get into the church where Amma was hugging stretched several city blocks. Guess how long it took for the first one of us to get the Auspicious Hug from a Living Saint? “An hour?” “3 Hours?” Nope, keep guessing. “Umm, 7 hours!” Nice, but try again. “10 hours!!” Ha! I laugh at your 10 hours…no…it took over 15 hours to get a hug from Amma. Even though my first hug lasted less than 10 seconds (I was permitted a second hug for good measure) it was totally worth the wait. During the hug it felt as though the entire cosmos was embracing me. If the ‘Free Hugs’ people and Amma could team up somehow, the world would be a much better place.

Ok, ok…Posers.

So while we were waiting into the wee hours of the next morning for our divine hug, there was entertainment on stage to keep the audience awake and alive. The stage performer was none other than rapper, Doug E. Fresh. It was 2:00am and he came out with full guns, wicked loud, and totally present. It was a great performance. But not for everyone…

During the concert my friends and I were being loud (usually we’re the loudest) and it happened to be disturbing this one little fellow behind us. Who did not like us at all.

This little fellow began mocking us, telling us to shut up and that we were disturbing everyone’s peace and stillness. Keep in mind, a full blown concert with multiple 600 watt speakers at capacity, was happening at this very moment. “See? See! You are disturbing this poor, sweet Indian woman who is trying to sleep.” We looked over at this completely unconscious Indian woman strewn across two chairs and bundled up in several blankets and pillows. All I could think was, “Wow, she looks really comfortable.” As his barrage of insults escalated, I started to come unglued. My friend Daniel was behind both of us and finally asked, “Do you have a problem little man?” saying in the hopes that he did.

This little fellow made a final comment directly to my girlfriend, telling her to “Shut up and stop being so annoying.” First of all, she’s about the most harmless person on the planet and second of all, only I can call her annoying. I reached my fill, came face to face and said, “I can see we’re bothering you. Where’s the closest exit door, so I can kick your fucking ass?” His response, “I have never been so poorly treated.” He huffed away spewing the words, “Om Nama Shivaya.”

He thought by saying that sacred mantra with venomous emotions behind it, would prove his spiritual self worth. I bet he meditates daily with his mandala beads, chants mantras of loving kindness, eats a strict vegetarian diet while still kicking his dog in the face, sending out anonymous hate email to his boss, and attending ‘Dog on Girl Action’ at his nearest underground sex dungeon.

Just because you do yoga three times a week, eat a vegetarian diet, chant mantras of peace, and drive a Prius, does not make you evolved. A spiritual practice is a way of Being. Yes, the practices are important and do serve a purpose. My spiritual teacher, Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui, once said, “What comes out of the mouth is more important than what goes into the mouth. Dirty food dirties the body. But cruel words dirties the Soul.” Fine, you don’t eat meat but you think, feel, and eventually say your boss is an asshole. The outer life practices mean nothing if your inner life is filled with anger, hatred, judgment, jealousy, self doubt, or poverty consciousness.

Lets practice inner AND outer purification through right viewpoint, right thoughts, right emotions, right actions, and right livelihood.

I have compassion for the little fellow at church during Amma’s visit to NYC. He’s not perfect. I’m not perfect and my friends aren’t perfect. Look, we were on the verge of kicking the shit out of a frail, western Yogi in between listening to rapper Doug E Fresh and receiving a hug from Amma! Oh the irony.

To truly live a spiritual life requires far more than buying a 3-month yoga membership, chanting mantras, and becoming a vegetarian. Its a lifetime path of purification, reflection, refinement, good will and the WILL to do good. The benefits you reap of that life are directly correlated to the responsibilities you take on.

With Love.

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