Nepal, November 2006

Reiki in Nepal this year was offered enroute to and from the Annapurna Sanctuary, and the Master class finished up in Kathmandu. It was your usual unbelievably beautiful October mountain scenery, the friendly and open spirit of the people, and the land that called me back. When we travel, we do not see the real people unless we take the time to try to speak with them in their language. I treated myself to a much needed massage in a tiny mountain village by a very professional Nepali massage therapist who was deaf and non-speaking (and who understood much more than needed to be said intuitively and spiritually).

When we communicate using our sensation and perception, we hear the real stories: the stories behind the mudslide that killed an entire village; the loss of crops that resulted in families having to leave homesteads hundreds of years old; the cultural confusion surrounding the introduction of “civilization” into a country that until 5 years ago had only one road running between the two largest cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara; the intrusion of foreign violence; the question of how to protect the environment and still meet the needs of a burgeoning population.

And also the joyful things: the extended families living under one roof with their goats enjoying the same shelter; the solitude and peace of silence alone on the trail; the laughter and comraderie of the village coming together to dance; the simple pleasures of sharing what food we have among many. We don’t have to go away to Nepal to have this, though it is compelling to believe that it is different elsewhere. Truly, our needs and gifts are the same no matter where we live. What we learn is that everyone shares the same feelings, perceptions, consciousness.

Then, shockingly, while we are happily sharing snapshots of our families, one of our group is robbed on the trail and suddenly nothing is the same. The Nepali people helping us run countless kilometres across the mountains to try to apprehend the robbers— they are so upset to think that one of their own has done this. And they find them!!! If only we in the United States could mobliize that kind of grass-roots response to our own violence perpetrated against others….it used to be so, before so much changed.

Sometimes I bemoan the fact of change, sometimes I welcome it. There is no holding back what is happening now. But we can influence our future to some extent by our intention for what is to come. Meditating for inner peace is a way to do this.

Or, with a small donation. In Nepal, there is a monastery in Pokhara where they have more Tibetan refugee monks coming, but they cannot support them. If you wish, I think it would be good place to help buy books for education. At this time, all grades are in one room. We visited the Shree Gaden Dargayling Monastery and could see that they had practically nothing. During the occupation of Tibet by the Chinese, and the subsequent exodus of Tibetans from their homeland, Ven. Tulku Lobsang Jamyang, the head lama, was asked by HH the Dalai Lama to establish this modest monastery in Tashi-ling Tibetan camp in Pokhara, Nepal in 1984. There is a need for classrooms, books, a facility for a teacher (there is no place to house one), food and clothing, and medical supplies for the young monks who are being educated there.

There are thousands of causes in the world to be involved in. The positive intention of many can create a powerful mantra that reverberates around the planet, that will lead each of us to the place we are supposed to be. This mantra calls us to support those in the world who have less than we do. Even if we do not have much, it is necessary to be part of the sharing. Look for what is right for you—and do not neglect to look in your own community. If you are interested in helping Tibet in Nepal, email: sgdling@fewmail.com.np.

In the mountains, in the Annapurnas which consists of at least 4 awesome peaks of that name making up the Annapurna massif, the opportunity on our teaching-trek to have an attunement to Reiki was extraordinary. There were challanges, illnesses, losses and disappointments, but without these, there is no growth and the dark is a necessary component of the light. Polarization is not beneficial. To have one without the other is out of balance.

While the others went on to Annapurna Sanctuary, I stayed behind for 2 days at Macchapuchare Base Camp in a barren, freezing cold stone cubicle in my trusty sleeping bag, laid low by a virus that decimated my body’s normally healthy ability to hike under any circumstances. I lay there and did self-Reiki for hours, slept, meditated, prayed, tried to eat soup (unsuccessfully) that people brought, drank a lot of water, talked to God, and did more Reiki. Eventually my trekking group re-emerged from the mountain mists. It was comforting to know that there was no need for anxiety or worry, because I had something to do to heal myself and was totally protected by Spirit. My growth was to understand how fast I had been going. I slowed down (the ultimate purpose of most illness).

Live life to it’s fullest, welcome difficulty when it presents itself, don’t worry about its “karmic” lesson, just know that it opens the path to healing and greater understanding of the soul journey we are individually experiencing.

The mountains remind me of my mother: she knew everything there was to know about mountain climbing (from books). The greatest sadness of her life was not being able to read any longer because of macular degeneration. I honor her by keeping her entire extensive book collection intact. Her journal entries detail the travails of the climbers, the angst and exhilaration. When she and I went to Canyon de Chelly and sat on the edge of a modest little butte to experience the power of Grandmother Spider’s spire, she couldn’t go near the edge. I had no idea until that time later in her life that this fearless mountain woman was afraid of heights.

We are always learning more about our families if only we ask the questions and listen to the answers. Don’t wait. Do it now before it is too late. 11/26/06

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