Easy Steps To Start Meditating

Here are ways to make meditation simple.

Everyone says how beneficial meditation is, but either finding a place to start or even the time to start is often the first road block.  We wanted to share with you some simple, realistic ways to make meditation a part of your life and, in turn, experience the wonderful benefits.

Meditation originally was meant to help deepen understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. These days, meditation is commonly used for relaxation and stress reduction.


What are the benefits of meditation?

 

The emmeditationotional benefits of meditation can include:

  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
  • Building skills to manage your stress
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Focusing on the present
  • Reducing negative emotions

 

Some research suggests that meditation may help people manage symptoms of conditions such as:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Pain
  • Sleep problems

 

Easy Steps To Start Meditating.

  • Instead of thinking about your next event or facebook update, start to mind map your meditation, such as: the time of the day, place, and type of meditation.
  • Pick a place where you know you won’t be interrupted by someone, your phone, or general technology. As much as sitting outside at the beach or the park sounds inviting, at the beginning, possibly pick a place in your home where you can maybe close the door.  Save the outside for when you can focus completely on your meditation.
  • When you pick a time, tell yourself you don’t have to stick with that time forever.  The optimal time of the day is what is best for your schedule.  It’s recommended to start your day with meditation so that you can continuously go back to that place with which you started your day. Just breathe
  • A perfect meditation with which to start is a guided meditation.  What is a guided meditation?  A guided meditation is one that you listen to and follow along.  The narrator will guide you with their words to help you breathe, visualize, and meditate.  Click here for a free meditation – Loving Kindness Meditation.  This is a 27 minute meditation designed for stress relief.  If the length of this meditation is too long, start with the Timelessness Meditation.  This is a perfect 10-minute guided meditation for connecting with your expansive breathe.

So now you know a little bit of the history, the reasons why to meditate, and some simple steps to making meditation a part of your life.  Also, you don’t need to sit up, fancy yoga clothes, or a meditation altar.  Start with just your time, place, and meditation.  Once you start and create that connection with having an expansive breathe and calmness, you will want to stick with it.  Don’t worry if a couple of days pass and you haven’t had time. Always know that it is there for you and all you have to do is pick a place and a time, and meditate.

Namaste!

We offer a free open to the public meditation every Friday at 6:30pmThe Loving Kindness Meditation has been offered for over 14 years on the North Shore in Evanston, Illinois.  You are always welcome to walk in, no reservations required, and you don’t need to bring anything nor wear special attire.  It’s a wonderful day to end the week and start your weekend.  We would love to see you.  MSI Wellness Center 2153 Ashland Ave Suite 3 Evanston IL 60201.  Call for details 847-866-0505.

 

 

5 Ways To Create Peace of Mind

What does it mean to have peace of mind?

This is a very individualized question.  Peace of mind is when you are free from the burdens that exist in everyday life. Sure, the trials and tribulations may still present themselves, but when you are experiencing peace, these burdens have no effect on you. Peace of mind comes from various sources. In order to have peace of mind, you must first be responsible to do what you know is right.

how can meditation create peaceful mindLife isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass,
it’s about learning to dance in the rain.
―Vivian Greene

 

Here are 5 ways to create peace of mind:

  1. Wish Good Things For Yourself
  2. Send a Prayer to Someone
  3. Take a walk and Send Blessings to Mother Earth
  4. Learn to Trust Yourself
  5. Express Gratitude

How can meditation bring peace of mind?

Meditation releases the stresses that are accumulated in our mind and leaves it fresh and clear. It brings the mind to the present moment. Will we feel like smiling in two hours? We can only plan for it. But, we can smile NOW. That is in our hands. Any action is possible only in the present moment. When we act with complete awareness of our current state and when the mind is totally attentive to the moment: the action is perfect and mistakes do not happen.

The floor is yours…

What’s gives you peace of mind when times are tough and stressful?  Please leave a comment below and let us know.

What is Summer Solstice?

The first day of Summer

The summer solstice has been celebrated for centuries, with all sorts of traditions growing up around it. In the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice is usually celebrated on the 21st of June, while in the southern hemisphere, it’s usually celebrated on the 21st of December.

summer solsticeThe summer solstice occurs during a hemisphere’s summer. This is northern solstice in the northern hemisphere and the southern solstice in the southern hemisphere.  When on a geographic pole, the sun reaches its greatest height, the moment of solstice.

 

 

 

Ways to personally celebrate the Summer Solstice…

Seek fulfillment from your life. The summer solstice heralds the beginning of summer. This also represents the time of fulfillment. This is an excellent time to take stock of your life and assess how your goals and aims are going. From the year’s earlier New Year’s resolutions to the big goals in your life, ask yourself how you’re doing in achieving these things for yourself and others you care about.

  • Are you still aligned with your goals or have you strayed from them? Take this opportunity to reinvigorate them and to make any necessary changes to achieve your aims in life.

Consolidate your energies. The stability of summer and the promise of balmy, warmer days ahead is considered to be a time to develop yourself, to set yourself free and to nurture yourself. As the crops begin ripening, this is a time for self-maturation and for consolidating your energies. Take the easier nature of summer as a reason to make greater efforts to lose weight, to refresh your home (perhaps a new layout, maybe even a new home), to readjust your nutrition intake and to find an exercise that you really click with rather than doing one everyone else is doing.

  • Start a new diet today using the fresh fruits and vegetables of summer as your base. Don’t just see it as a “diet” though; use this opportunity to align your thinking about food to one that involves eating more greens, more locally grown foods, more organic foods and less processed foods.

Honor the sun. If you enjoy doing yoga, there is a set of exercises known as the Sun Salutation or Salute to the Sun which you can perform. These exercises are intended to exercise both your body and your soul, balancing both in harmony through both meditation and physical movement in one. Begin this exercise on the morning of the summer solstice and aim to make it a daily habit from this time on.

Free Video Blog Inviting You To Celebrate Summer Solstice

 

Video Blog – Sedona Retreat Affirmation

About the Sedona Retreat

A spiritual gathering to embrace and experience sacred places and timelessness. This magical place invites you to open your heart and walk the ancient paths of many ancestors. Gathering together as a group to journey to new destinations. Billie Topa Tate and other Native Elders will honor us with medicine walks, sacred drumming, native American herbology and Sweat Lodge. All in a magical place where ceremony and Native people still grace the land.  August 30 Saturday thru September 1 Monday 2014

Sedona RetreatWhat is an Affirmation

Spiritual affirmations are all part of a means through which an individual draws on the powers of the universe.

The intent is to help the individual change or shift his or her inner compass. By doing so, the ability to live healthy, happy and in peace can become a reality. Nevertheless, no matter what the type of affirmation, the source of change lies within.

 

 

Sedona Weekend Retreat Affirmation

Video Blog from Billie Topa Tate

Written Version

  1. I, ( place your name here)___________________ decree by the power of my good merits, I ask the universe to help me attend MSI’s Sedona Retreat 2014
  2. I will manifest the resources necessary for me to attend the MSI Sedona Retreat August 30th – thru September 1, 2014
  3. I will not increase or create any debt, and will be able to repay this debt within a 3 month time of incurring this debt
  4. I will have safe comfortable, timely, enjoyable travel from the time I leave for the trip until the time I return to my home including my travel in Sedona.
  5. I will have beautiful accommodations that are comfortable, cost effective, well maintained, roomy and conveniently close to the retreat site.
  6. My home, pets, family, business interests and job will be protected, kept healthy, Happy and Financially Successful. My family and work will be supportive of my attending our MSI Sedona 2014 Retreat.
  7. I will have more than enough money to spend on my retreat.
  8. I will enjoy good health – before, during and after our MSI Sedona retreat, I will be mindful of what is healthy for my mind body and spirit.
  9. I will utilize all my wisdom, discipline, inspiration, protection and assistance from my higher self and all my virtuous teachers in spirit to optimize my wonderful experience at our MSI Sedona Retreat. All this will manifest instantly and properly so be it now.

Sedona Retreat

What is a Mystic?

What does it mean to be a mystic?

A mystic removes the barrier that stands between himself and another person by trying towht is a mystic look at life, not only from his own point of view, but also from the point of view of another.

A mystic is someone who seeks a personal experience with the divine rather than through a religion. One who is able to tap into the divine meanings and understandings of each and every happening in one’s life.

How Can One Become A Mystic?

To become a mystic, a person must first train their body and mind to think like a mystic though courses with a master teacher.  Other mystic tips include:

  • During your travel to and from work, practice a mantra to remove all obstacles.  This can be done either coming or going and you may sing it out-loud or with your inner voice. click here for the “Om Ah Hum Meditation” Cd.
  • During the day, practice wisdom and be mindful to eliminate ignorance which is fear, anger, jealousy, envy, judgement and laziness. Then, practice wisdom and be mindful to incorporate gentleness, compassion, understanding, strength and patience. Be joyful.
  • Before bed time, draw yourself a peaceful salt bath, preform skin brushing and a neti pot. Additional techniques can be found in the Daily Practices Manual.

To further your life and understanding as a mystic, follow the guidance and teachings of our 16 CD Set (now on sale).

Learn the principles and techniques of living your life as a mystic. Experience intuitive understanding and realization of the meaning of existence, taught by mystical master teacher and elder of the Mescalero Apache Tradition.

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Reiki training

Your Guide to Understanding Various Levels of Reiki Training | Video Blog

MSI Wellness Center’s Reiki Training Levels are instructed by Billie Topa Tate and this video will provide you with a greater understanding and explanation of the various levels of Reiki in order for you to become a master teacher.

In this Reiki Training Explanation video you learn:

  • What each reiki level provides you with in terms of practitioner needs
  • What prerequisites are required to continue your education at each level
  • The specific levels you will gain knowledge in about The master symbols
  • How to initiate each degree through attunement
  • At which level you can establish a deep and more interactive connection with your Higher Self and Teachers in Spirit

All Reiki Classes have continuing education hours for Illinois Registered Massage Therapists.  Approved provider by National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.  NCBTMB Provider #419896

*To see our Reiki Master Teacher Training Courses, please click here.

If you are interested in expanding your Reiki expertise and knowledge, see below for our class offerings!

Planetary Reiki Training

Cost of Certification: $30/25 payment 10 days advance   Dates: July 10  7:00 – 9:00pm
at Infinity Foundation

Through the Native Training and Integration of Planetary Reiki  we have a great potential to create a drug free, violence free, and low crime regions with Planetary Reiki.    Through Planetary Reiki can be infused with healing and sacred energy –  areas which are filled with crime, and countries which have difficulty with violence can be infused with compassion and divine love.     Come be the first to experience and receive this wonderful specialize training.
Reiki 1 2 3 Training

Akashic Reiki Training

Cost of Certification: $125   Dates: July 20th  Sunday 10:00am – 3:00pm

An integration of advance Reiki Techniques, from the position of ” The Place of Light, ” Reiki Symbols, and so much more.  A wonderful opportunity to receive specialized training and certification from Billie Topa Tate to become a Akashic Reiki Practitioner.Reiki 1 2 3 Training

Reiki Master Teacher Training Level I 

Cost of Certification: $495   Dates: August 10 & September 7 (2 day program)
Sunday’s 1:pm – 5:pm

A newly revised two day Certification program is being offered to our Reiki 1,2,3 graduates.    The Reiki Master Teacher  – First Degree receives Training on Mystical Anatomy and Training to initiate a Reiki 1,2,3 practitioner.

Reiki 1 2 3 Training

Reiki Pillar of Light Class

Cost of Certification: $55   Dates: August 24  Sunday 10:00am – 12:00pm

Through the Native Training and Integration of Planetary Reiki  we have a great potential to create a drug free, violence free, and low crime regions with Planetary Reiki.    Through Planetary Reiki can be infused with healing and sacred energy –  areas which are filled with crime, and countries which have difficulty with violence can be infused with compassion and divine love.     Come be the first to experience and receive this wonderful specialized training.
Reiki 1 2 3 Training

The Reiki Phowa Training

Watch a free Intro to Reiki Phowa Video

Cost of Certification: $125   Dates: September 21 Sunday 10am – 3pm

The Reiki Phowa is a beautifully designed certification class to train students to assist their clients and loved ones during the time of transition.  To help them experience divine love and divine light during the death process.

The loving healing power of the Reiki symbols, combined with Native American principles and Tibetan philosophies create a beautifully designed application of healing qualities. It is very empowering to learn how to apply Reiki symbols in truly loving and compassionate way.
Reiki 1 2 3 Training

Reiki 1 2 3 Practitioner

Cost of Certification: $325   Dates: September 14, 28 and October 5th (3 day program)
Sunday’s 10:am – 3:pm

Learn the History of Reiki and the Principles of Reiki – To learn…
the traditional  Sacred Reiki Symbols  – Preparing for and receiving Reiki attunements

The Reiki healing methods – Reiki Invocations, practitioner documents, Distant healing forms

The Reiki guidelines and Code of Ethics for Reiki practice, Harmonic Tones of Reiki Symbols, hand mudra of Reiki

Reiki 1 2 3 Training

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6 Easy Steps To Clear Negative Energy

The creation story by Billie Topa Tate…

Many years ago, during a morning meditation, it came it me that many areas, homes, offices, and other living spaces are exposed to many different energies.   Some of these energies are restrictive, stagnate, negative,  and contain many other congestive energies.   Also,  our homes should be a sacred place to rejuvenate and refresh ourselves.

The Etheric Enhancement Chantram:

space clearing recordingEtheric Enhancement Chantram is a cosmic liquid jewel, transmuting and transforming negative emotions and thought forms through powerful angelic permeations’ of all particles of being. Use the Etheric Enhancement Chantram to create a sanctuary environment in your home, conducive to relaxation, peace and harmony between your and your loved ones. If you are a healing arts practitioner or giving care to loved one in the hospital, play the chantram to clean and transform the energy in the room and building. Set it to repeat softly in the background and in a very short time everyone in area will feel the difference.Take a copy to the office and play it daily to transform and transmute tension and stress that builds up in the workplace over time. You may find people naturally gravitating to your office space, because it feels so good!

Why did we use Arch Angels in the recording?

The names of the Arch Angels carry a beautiful vibration of healing, wholeness and angelic qualities which helps transform any area into these qualities.

How It Works | 6 Easy Steps To Apply The Benefits:

The vibration of the Arch Angels names have a beautiful vibration of healing, wholeness and angelic qualities.  We use it in our office at the end of the day to clear the energy and start fresh in the morning.  When we walk into the office in the morning it feels fresh and up-lifting.

  1. Use the chantram in your house daily while everyone is gone so when you return the house feels clear and up lifting.
  2. Use the chantram your office at a very low volume so no one will hear it.  However, even though no one can hear it – it is actually clearing and empowering your office.   Perfect for personal office space, especially if there are intense energies in the office.
  3. Use the chantram in your car, boat, or any transportation vehicle to clear the area of stagnation or intense emotional energy from people or situations.
  4. Use the chantram to clear and balance your energy field by listening to the Etheric Enhancement recording for a few minutes.
  5. While your teenagers are at school, play this recording in their room and then turn it off before they come home so they can feel up-lifted and empowered in their rooms.
  6. After cleaning house, play the Etheric Enhancement recording for approximately an hour to further cleanse the house energetically.

Click here to start creating a sacred space of your ownspace clearing

A video from Billie Topa Tate

Reiki is a Tibetan style of hands-on healing, using healing energy and beautiful Reiki Healing Symbols. Reiki is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that allows anyone to improve health and enhance the quality of life Enjoy our Reiki 1,2,3 Practitioner Level Training.  This is an open to the public training for anyone seeking the benefits of Reiki Healing Energy.

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Reiki 1 2 3 Practitioner

Cost of Certification: $325   Dates: May 4, May 18 and June 8 (3 day program)
Sunday’s 10:am – 3:pm

  • Learn the History of Reiki and the Principles of Reiki – To learn…
  • the traditional  Sacred Reiki Symbols  – Preparing for and receiving Reiki attunements
  • The Reiki healing methods – Reiki Invocations, practitioner documents, Distant healing forms
  • The Reiki guidelines and Code of Ethics for Reiki practice, Harmonic Tones of Reiki Symbols, hand mudra of Reiki

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Enjoy the video…

Dinner and a Movie | Astral City : A Spiritual Journey

Dinner and a Movie  

Date: April 25, 2014     Astral City Dinner and Movie Free Event

 

A wonderful international Portuguese film by a famous clairvoyant who provides a beautiful glimpse of a medical doctor who dies and moves through the realms of angels, inner plane helpers and visiting his family on earth. Truly a informative and enlightening film. Bring a friend and enjoy a wonderful evening.

 

Watch Astral City at our Free Community Event…

Come for any part of the happenings on Friday
Free Meditation 6:30pm
Organic Dinner ($10) 7:30pm
Free Movie 7:45pm-9:00pm start time may vary

join us

Enjoy the Trailer…

 

What is a Sweat Lodge Ceremony

The Sweat Lodge is a place of spiritual refuge and mental and physical healing, a place to get answers and guidance by asking spiritual guides, totem helpers, the Creator and Mother Earth for the needed wisdom and power.

sweat lodge ceremony

Why was the Sweat Lodge created by Native American People?

It was prompted by the influence of European culture with its corrupting effect on native culture. With the introduction of alcohol and the inhumane treatment of native people, the need to re-purify themselves and find their way back to traditional ways of living became evident, as they were becoming increasingly poisoned by European culture. The Sweat Lodge Ceremony was the answer.

What is a Sweat Lodge made up? 

The lodge in former times was covered with the hides of buffalo, bear or moose. In this day, the animal skins have been replaced with blankets, plastic sheeting, old carpet, heavy gauge canvas sheets and tarps to retain the heat and the steam.
There are several styles of structures used in different cultures; these include a domed or oblong hut similar to a wickiup, a permanent structure made of wood or stone, or even a simple hole dug into the ground and covered with planks or tree trunks. Stones are typically heated and then water poured over them to create steam. In ceremonial usage, these ritual actions are accompanied by traditional prayers and songs.

Inside the Sweat Lodge Ceremony…

In many traditions the entrance to the sweat lodge faces to the East and the sacred fire pit. This has very significant spiritual value. Each new day for all begins in the East with the rising of Father Sun, the source of life and power, dawn of wisdom, while the fire heating the rocks is the undying light of the world, eternity, and it is a new spiritual beginning day that we seek in the sweat ceremony.

Common to all traditions, and the sweat, is the ideal of spiritual cleanliness. Many sweats start with the participants fasting for an entire day of contemplation in preparation for the sweat while avoiding caffeine, alcohol and other unhealthy substances. Prior to entering the sweat the participants usually smudge with sage, sweetgrass or cedar smoke as a means toward ritual cleanliness.

When all are inside the sweat leader calls upon the doorkeeper to drop the flap covering the lodge opening. The lodge becomes dark, and at this point the lodge leader announces that all are free to leave the lodge at any time if they cannot endure. (If you must leave, speak out “Mitakuye Oyasin,” “All my relatives.” The other participants will move away from the wall so that you may pass behind them as you leave in a clockwise direction.) He then asks for a short, contemplative silence. After the brief silence the flap is raised, and the leader calls upon the fire tender to bring in the heated stones from the sacred fire.

Aglow with the luminance of the red hot stones, the ceremony begins in the lodge. The sweat leader sounds the Water Drum and calls forth the spirit guides in prayer from the Four Directions. The sweat leader then dips water and pours it onto the hot stones in the pit, producing large amounts of steam, usually one dipper for each of the four directions, or until he is told by the spirits to stop. Then he begins his prayers, songs and chants.

The Sedona Weekend Retreat will take place Aug 30 – Sep 1st.  Join Billie Topa Tate and the Native American Elders in ceremony.  A place where the past, present and future come together. 

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We must always walk the Red Road in a way that honors others’ views and teachings without sacrificing our own. All of these ways are good, none is better or worse than the other.

All sweat lodges are differnt and it’s very important if you partake in a sweat lodge ceremony that it be lend by an official elder of the Native American people so that you are guided in the right ways of the ceremony.