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Inner Conversations: Visit to the Shrine of St Francis of Assisi

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Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
‚ÄĒ The Prayer of St. Francis

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St Francis was introduced to me by Master Choa Kok Sui through the Meditation on Twin Hearts. All of you who have meditated with me will remember the reference to this glorious saint in the MCKS Meditation On Twin Hearts. Here are the lines of the prayer:

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

In MCKS Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga students from time to time are provided nurturing sessions to build upon our practice. This year we had a special nurturing session by Acharya Danny on the Power of Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. This session was a life changer in many ways for me and created a deep deep respect for my spiritual teacher and The St. Francis.

I had heard Dr. Wayne Dyer narrating a story about his miraculous healing in Assisi and his divine connection with the saint . You can call it synchronicity while I call it grace,two days prior to my trip I get a newsletter from Wayne Dyer titled ” St Francis” with a link to his “Experiencing The Miraculous Seminar” where he is lecturing in the chapel where St Francis prayed and just freezes with tears pouring from his eyes… you can see the recording:

Wayne Dyer has done a lot of writing on St. Francis and is one of my favorite authors.

Our trip to Italy had a special agenda and it was a visit to Assisi. The town is slightly out of way as compared to the conventional iterinaries of Italy and we had limited days at hand so instead of visiting Florence or Venice I had chosen Assisi for obvious reasons ūüôā

There was a calling to this holy place and somewhere I had felt an ecstasy to be there and to experience the presence of the great ones while I pray and meditate. It is difficult to explain things on the spiritual path, why I do what I do, Why I believe what I believe? Somehow travel in my family is a choice that I make and thankfully my partner just supports me without questions. I also see this as a blessing in my life. Last year we did ‘Stonehenge’

So we take a train from Rome to Assisi which was a comfortable ride and reach Assisi in 3 hours .As you stand at the train station of Assisi you can feel the peace and bliss in the air. Even my husband felt and remarked in the evening while church bells tolled that the place has a different feel. Hmm…and I was happy and silent at the same time.

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We stayed in an awesome hotel Nun Assisi Relais Spa Museum in Assisi right in the heart of the town. A good place where the family could unwind after a 3 hour train journey. We spent  the evening checking in hotel and then heading to the Spa Museum. The SPA Museum was nothing we had experienced so far, it is a well preserved historic site , it is said that they worshiped water here. Here is a picture of the SPA from internet as we did not have time to click pictures here, were busy enjoying the ambiance with Samaira my soon to be 2 year old daughter.

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The Next day was an early morning as I had opted for 3 hours walking tour of Assisi with my guide Elizabeth.  Assisi has a lot to see and experience and probably needs 2-3 days to experience the magic and mysticism as there is a lot of history.

The impressive basilica built over the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi in the early 13th century is one of Italy’s – and the world’s – most important pilgrimage destinations. Pics Above

The portico of the Temple of Minerva dates from the first century BC and was converted into the church of Santa Maria della Minerva in 1539 Pics Below:

We started from the Communal square and visited the Temple of Minerva ,the roman temple with baroque interiors the entire town of Assisi is connected by beautiful narrow stone roads with small  souvenir and art shops lining up the streets that make you stop every 10 mins to marvel.

We visited the¬†Basilica of Santa Chiara¬†(St. Clare) one of the key disciples of St. Francis. The Basilica with its massive lateral¬†buttresses, rose window, and simple¬†Gothic¬†interior, begun in 1257, contains the¬†tomb¬†of the St Clare and 13th‚ÄĎcentury frescoes and paintings.

Elizabeth was an experienced guide and we connected over spirituality and meditation very well and she understood how important it was for me to visit Assisi.Though I had limited time as we had to catch a train in 3 hours she ensured I could meditate and experience the place. She showed me The San Damiano Cross  which is a large cross before which St. Francis of Assisi was praying when he is said to have received the commission from the Christ to rebuild the Church. She gently handed me the prayer that St. Francis said in front of the cross and asked me to take my time and meditate at this place. The prayer was as below:

Most High, glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of my heart
and give me true faith, certain hope, and perfect charity,
sense and knowledge, Lord,
that I may carry out Your holy and true command. Amen

As I started reciting the prayer and looked at the cross , tears just rolled continuously from my eyes and I felt a deep connection and presence around me. It was an experience. The words of the prayer are so profound it could only come from someone who was serving the higher agenda of the Source. You can try to connect with the energy by just repeating the prayer and focus on the cross , may be you can experience what I am writing.

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After this Elizabeth took us to Basilica of St Francis, there was a big event going on inside the basilica so she just explained a couple of frescoes and then took me to the basement of the church to the Tomb of St Francis and as no one is allowed to speak here she left me for 15 minutes here to meditate. I was so grateful and very emotional to be here, my trip to Assisi was accomplished by being in the aura of this great saint. I gently did Twin Hearts Meditation and paid gratitude for all the sacrifices these great beings have made to bring humanity where it is now. Sent loving blessings to everyone and paid my sincere reverence to my spiritual teacher Master Choa because of his grace I could understand the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi and be here.

The Inner Conversation that I had at this Shrine was to follow our higher purpose, to focus on the agenda of the soul ,rather than just be trapped in the needs of the incarnated soul. Life is all about living our higher purpose to allow ourselves to be available to grace to serve the will of God/Divine/Source ,whatever you may call.

Love Sargam!

For Pranic Healer’s Interested in knowing more about the Inner Meaning of The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

You can access here http://www.globalpranichealing.com/magazine/master-dannys-presentation/

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Inner Conversations – Himalayan Sojourn

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The Study lamp is on, the writing desk all lined up awaiting the new article. The previous blogs have mostly been on Health and Healing so wanted to just do a general heart to heart with all of you specially after this beautiful travel.This month has started with a very exciting travel schedule.My Journey to one of the most amazing spiritual destination in the Himalayas.This blog is my inner conversations during the stay at the spiritual abode of lord Vishnu The Badrinath Dham. The Himalayas has been the meditation place for many Spiritual gurus, enlightened beings and in Hindu Mythology it is the abode of Lord Shiva and has a huge spiritual significance. It is said till date there are millions of Sages still meditating to help the evolution of humanity. Sargam_neelkanth

The Neelkanth Peaksatopanth glacier sargam

Sato Panth Glacier

During the trip there was so much for me to absorb and experience that there was a subtle anxiety, yes anxiety , this journey will end soon ; there was a resistance to leave the place . Somewhere a wish that this experience should continue for long as I seriously didn’t want this to end. The serenity and energies of the place are¬†extremely energizing and healing. Many Spiritual seekers have met enlightened beings en route Badrinath Dham, modern mystic of our time Sri M (Book: Apprenticed to a Himalayan Yogi), Yogiraj Siddhanath (Book:Wings of Freedom), Yogananda Paramhansa (Book:Auto biography of a Yogi) all have a written account of their journey in their books while traveling to this spiritual heaven. Iinterestinglythis trip was in my to do list but this will happen so suddenly I had no idea. The trip was an invitation from friend but today I¬†can only appreciate the way this trip happened. The picture below is the Temple of Sri Badrinath this place has a lot of reference and connection with Hindu Epic Mahabharata. Badrinath-sargam trip

Badrinath Temple – India

The natural beauty is so mesmerizing that I was just busy absorbing nature, mountains, rivers and valleys. Just picture perfect every landscape had a story to tell. I could just keep looking in one direction for hours in great awe and love. I really wanted to experience meditation in this Tapobhumi (land of meditation and penance) thousands of great yogis and sages and even gods have meditated in this land. To share the same energy was a blessing, I pulled myself together and sat down to meditate and tune in to the vortex of energies.

Our mind is amazing it keeps us so occupied through the 5 senses that you want to continue see, hear the birds and feel the cool breeze. It was so difficult for me to close the eyes but at last I decided I will not open my eyes and sit and meditate and connect within.I was so full of gratitude and reverence. Initially all the stories of Mahavtar babaji, Shiva Ji , Vishnu Ji and Pandavas were flashing in my mind then gradually the anxiety to expect miracles disappeared. I was there with my Being.

The following conversation was an outcome of my interactions during the Journey and while introspection.

No Matter How Weak or Small we Appear as God’s Creation we are Source in all its¬†Magnificence

In the vastness of the mighty mountains and open sky we appear as minuscule creation of God but we are part of the hologram which is called the Source/God/Allah/Rab ūüôā it is upto us what we do with this truth. We can either go into denial and detriment our own growth or build upon the truth and manifest our greatness.

We All have a Unique Place in the Web of the Universe

Every person every being in this space time reality is perfect in its own way, there is no need to judge the journey and expansion of others instead focus on our own expansion. There is no competition and there is ample space for everyone.However since the childhood we are told we have to be better than others and it makes our life miserable trust me we all are blessed with our unique gifts.We are a living spirit just discovering our own potential every day.

Source is Abundance and So Are We

Just like every piece of the apple pie has the essence of the apple it is made of we all have the essence of source within us. Most of us worship this essence in others and create a separation between God and ourselves. We ourselves have created a separation of what is God and what is not. However if we look from the eyes of Source/God everything has come from the Source and hence is Source in its essence. So I am no less a Source you are and you are no less Source than I am. The ego automatically gets battered and exits.

Lining up with Our Being NOW is the Key to Bliss

Time is an illusion in the third dimension it creates a separation between past , present and future however if we see from higher dimension perspective every moment is about NOW; Most of us look for an escape from living the life in Present instead we want to dwell in the past or plan for the future. The one most important revelation was aligning with our being in every moment. Accepting ourselves instead of waiting for the perfect version to show up in the future. This always creates an illusion of the gap, an illusion that there is a distance between you and your perfect reality thereby creating anxiety, grief and repentance.

“I am in every moment of my life in perfect harmony , the divine perfectly aligns my life to the¬†infinite power that lies within me”

You can find the picture album of the journey:

https://www.facebook.com/sargam.misra/media_set?set=a.10152557142435674.1073741870.758115673&type=1&pnref=story

Lots of Love -Sargam