Ancient Indian Sutra Wisdom for Modern Times

Unlock the Secrets of the Sutras: Discover Ancient Wisdom from India

Ancient Indian Sutra Wisdom for Modern Times

“For those who have an intense urge for spirit and wisdom, it sits near them, waiting.”

How did people thousands of years ago preserve the spiritual wisdom they received? Long before they had the means to record their words on stone, cloth, or papyrus, they spoke, remembered, and shared. Just as the written texts of the Abrahamic traditions began as shared stories passed down by word-of-mouth, so also did the philosophies of the East also begin as oral traditions.

In ancient India and many Asian cultures, the spiritual wisdom of the ages took the form of sutras, brief words and phrases that carried all the beauty and meaning that masters had received from Source. With time, sutras containing spiritual wisdom as well as wisdom from other areas of human knowledge were collected and recorded for study by future generations.

Sutra Definition

Sutra comes from the Sanskrit word meaning “thread.” A thread can be both a line of thought to be followed and something to be woven together to form a whole. These threads of wisdom have been collected and preserved over the ages, and when properly instilled, they convey powerful spiritual messages.

In a sense, the sutras are a secret code. Their significance and meaning have been condensed and compressed over time so that the simplest single word contains worlds of wisdom and experience. The sutras are passed on from teacher to student as part of a meditation practice. For the student, the receiving of the sutras results in a profound opportunity to grow in spirit and ultimately connect to Source.

Ancient Indian Sutras in Modern Times

What can the sutras mean for the modern student of ancient spiritual wisdom? They can provide access to higher realms of consciousness and unleash the magnificent gifts and powers that are uniquely yours. The sutras can help release and heal past trauma, empower creativity, deepen meditation practice, and enable the student to initiate to higher realms of Spirit.

The Sutras and Meditation

One vital component of being open to the wisdom of the sutras is a strong meditation practice. Although there are many different ways to meditate, I have found that the best method for spiritual advancement is through the practice of mantra meditation.

The Sutras and Mantras

A mantra is a syllable or word that is repeated internally in order to focus your mind. It is a powerful, ancient, “seed” sound that can carry you into a deep state of meditation. In the midst of your deep meditation, the wisdom of the sutras can be “seeded” into the fertile soil of your consciousness.

Within this process, you raise not only your own energy vibration, but the vibrations of those in your environment—your family, friends, and co-workers—as well as sending out positive pulsations to the world at large. As you raise your own consciousness, you help to heal the world.

The Sutras and Patanjali Yoga

If are one of the people Patanjali describes with “an intense urge for spirit and wisdom,” discovering the secrets of the sutras may be the path you are looking for. Of course, Patanjali is playfully referring to all of humanity, for who is not seeking the joy of growing in spirit and wisdom?

Patanjali, who lived in India most likely in the first to third centuries BCE, was author of the Yoga Sutras and is considered the founder of the tradition of meditation.  As this beloved master of ancient India assures you, spirit and wisdom are not hiding—they sit near you, waiting for your respectful attention.

The sutras provide the fastest and most sure-footed path to making a massive shift in your energy that will affect every aspect of your life in a positive, heart-opening way. I invite you to join me for a new course in sutra wisdom—Master the Secrets of the Sutras.

At the heart of the course is the unlocking of the ancient secrets of the sutras, leading you on the spiritual adventure of a lifetime.


3 Steps to Following Your Bliss! It’s All in the Giving!

Everyone has heard the famous words of advice from revered mythologist Joseph Campbell: “Follow your bliss!” This is great wisdom, but do you know what he said next? There’s more to the story, and it offers hope and courage for plunging into the life you know you are meant for: “Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” In my work as an energy healer and spiritual teacher, I so often see the truth of these words. When you look deep into your being and discover your bliss, you’ll also find the gifts you came into the world to give. When you learn to focus on those gifts, you’ll recognize those doors opening for the first time.

Bliss is a lovely word for great happiness and utter joy. The call to “follow your bliss” is actually a powerful spiritual tenet which acknowledges your wiring as an energy-based, spiritual being. Embracing life’s challenges with an attitude of joy is one of the ultimate aims of your spiritual journey. Reaching for happiness in everything you do, large or small, will have a profound effect on your total well-being. In fact, following that sense of true happiness is the ultimate divining rod indicating which direction to go in life. First, you will need to know what makes you happy on the deepest level. Your core spiritual practices—prayer, meditation, and journaling—will help you define your bliss. Ask yourself, “What makes me truly happy?”

Finding your happiness and embracing its spiritual power will help you identify the unique gifts that you are here in this life to develop and to use in service to others and the world. Chances are good that your happiness, whatever you love to experience or create, is connected to your fellow beings. You are living your life purpose when you are fully engaged—mind, heart, body, and soul—and doing whatever you feel you were born to do. The world needs your uplifting contribution in the unique, mysterious way that only you can provide, and your soul, in turn, longs for the experience of self-expression. You can use your growing awareness of what makes you blissful to define your gifts and begin using them to create a life of joy and contribution.

Here are 3 steps you can take along the path to following your bliss and building a more loving world for all:

  1. Identify your unique gifts—Your gifts are easy to discover because they are simply the things you love to do. They make you feel good and they are usually also the things you are really good at. Can you sing, play an instrument, dance, draw, or write? Do you have a knack for politics, religion, or the healing arts? Do you have abilities or powers beyond the norm? Do you excel at helping others become their best—perhaps in a coaching, teaching, or mentoring capacity?
  2. Stay connected to Source—The stronger and more open your connection to a power greater than yourself, the more readily you will recognize your gifts and find ways to use them. As you pray, meditate, journal, practice yoga, walk in the woods, or engage in any activity that fills you with light, you step closer to your bliss. When those doors that Joseph Campbell talks about begin to open for you, you will be able to recognize them for the divine connections they are.
  3. Focus on service—As you begin to see and appreciate your unique gifts, find opportunities to use them in service to others. Whether large or small, your acts of service help align you with your life purpose, your spiritual path. Using your gifts is a joyful activity, and the bliss you feel reverberates through the web of life. Notice how your smile can bring a smile to other faces. Your wish to be happy carries within it a gift of love and good will for all. Your joy helps you grow in spirit and adds to the spiritual energy of all living things.

Your special gift is music that you have come into the world to play. Don’t keep your symphony under wraps. You know you’d love to play Carnegie Hall!


5 Ways to Say “Thank You”


“God gave you 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘thank you’?”
–William A. Ward

What do you think when you hear the word “gratitude”? One of America’s most famous gratitude stories comes from Oprah Winfrey. Remember Oprah’s gratitude journal? Each day for ten years, she faithfully wrote down five things she was grateful for, things that made her laugh, things that tasted wonderful, things that were beautiful, things that made her heart sing. And what happened? Her life became so big, so full, so exciting, so wonderful that she barely had a moment to keep up her journal!

That’s the way of gratitude. The more it’s expressed, the more there is to be grateful for. Gratitude is like manna for the soul. It nourishes you in both obvious and untold ways as it reverberates through your energy field and out into the world. Like no other tool so easily within your reach, it can transform and transmute anything that ails you. In my work as a spiritual teacher and energy healer, I’ve seen that when you come to understand this emotion’s immense power, you’ll want to make it the cornerstone of your life.

Being in a state of sincere appreciation is the single most important tool for creating everything you want. Of course, you’re thankful for things you already have, but you can also have a practice of gratitude that works like an affirmation but taking it to an even higher level. Not only can you envision what you want in positive and present words—as though it already exists—but you can be grateful for it as though it has already been received. The difference is that you’re connecting to the emotion that you would feel having your desired result, which creates an even more powerful pull on the unseen ability to manifest on this plane.

To truly transform your attitude to one of gratitude, you’ll need to practice it on a regular basis until it gets to be a habit—until it becomes the place where your thoughts naturally go as you move through your day, including when you face adversity. Try these five ways to build your gratitude practice and make the warm feeling of appreciation a healing part of your daily life:

  1. Grow your gratitude list. Start building your awareness of all you have to be grateful for. Take just a few minutes each night to make a list of blessings, large and small, and, if possible, say your list out loud. For example, “I am so grateful for my good health, another successful day at work, and the fun encounter I had with the guy on the elevator. I’m grateful that my favorite TV show is on tonight, that I learned a valuable lesson in my difficult interaction with my boss,” and so on.
  2. Ask yourself key questions. Get into the habit of asking yourself every night: “What have I received today? What have I given to others today?” This simple review gives you the opportunity to examine the good in your life and to recognize whether you are sharing your gifts.
  3. Use the power of the positive. Practicing daily positive affirmations helps you wake up to the true nature of your being. Repeating the words, “I am loved just the way I am” and “I am uniquely cool: creative, thoughtful, impactful” helps you realize and accept the truth about yourself. You are a child of the Divine, and gratitude is the natural response to this miracle of life.
  4. Share your gratitude with others. As you keep a list of things you are grateful for, gently encourage friends and family to do the same and share them with one another. A student told me about two friends she meets for lunch every month. Each of them had a habit of opening the conversation with horrific tales of the problems they were having. She suggested a new practice: “First, tell me one good thing that happened to you since last time we met.”
  5. Send a thank-you note each week. How often do you think, “I should thank them,” and then let the idea go? Imagine the joy you could give someone by following through on that impulse. Send a quick email to do this until it becomes a habit; a spiritual practice that generates good vibes for both sender and recipient.

Keeping a gratitude journal is a powerful practice that I highly recommend. In addition to counting your blessings, you can use it to capture more details of your inner life, ponder the events of your outer life, and find ways to deal with the challenges that may be blessings in disguise. The gratitude journal certainly worked for Oprah. In fact, she calls keeping her journal the single most important thing she’s ever done. Now how about you, got gratitude?