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Day of Silence 21 March 2015

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Day of Power 21 March 2015

BALI Day of Silence / Saka New Year / Nyepi Day

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The day after the New Moon in Pisces, the Solar Eclipse and the Vernal Spring Equinox we have THE DAY OF SILENCE IN BALI.  How auspicious.

LINKING IN:  We will be linking in with the rituals and ceremony from London to take part in the silence and will SIT IN SILENCE for ONE HOUR on the 21 March. If you can and you want to; SIT IN SILENCE FOR AN HOUR on the 21 March 2015.  Let me know how you do sitting in silence. Choose a time that is convenient and easy for you.

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What is this about? 

Offers and Holy WaterNyepi Day in Bali is a New Year’s celebration unlike anywhere else on the planet. Also known as Bali’s celebration of the Saka New Year and the Bali Day of Silence, it is ultimately the quietest day of the year, when all of its inhabitants abide by a set of local rules that brings all routine activities to a complete halt. The roads all over Bali are void of any traffic and nobody steps outside of his or her home premises.  No Travel – no cars on the streets; except ambulances and police patrols and emergencies.  No Activity. No Fire.  No Entertainment.  No lights are turned on.  Total Darkness.  Total Seclusion from 06:00 to 06:00.  A time to relax and contemplate.

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Nyepi is a public holiday in Indonesia, it is a day of silence, fasting and meditation for the Balinese people. Nyepi is a day reserved for self-reflection, and as such, anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted. The main restrictions are no lighting fires (and lights must be kept low); no working; no entertainment or pleasure; no traveling; and, for some, no talking or eating at all.

The effect of these prohibitions is that Bali’s usually bustling streets and roads are empty, there is little or no noise from TVs and radios, and few signs of activity are seen even inside homes. The only people to be seen outdoors are the Pecalang, traditional security men who patrol the streets to ensure the prohibitions are being followed.

This unique DAY OF SILENCE marks the Saka Calendar, which is 78 years behind the Gregorian Calendar. Saka New Year 1937 falls on March 21, 2015. The next Nyepi days are March 9, 2016; March 28, 2017; March 17, 2018; March 7, 2019 and March 24, 2020.

BEFORE DAY OF SILENCE:  Village meeting halls known as ‘banjar’; and streets; feature papier-mâché effigies called ogoh-ogoh, built throughout the weeks leading up to the Saka New Year. Youth groups design and build their mythical figures with intricately shaped and tied bamboo framework; before many layers of artwork.

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The Day Before the Day of Silence every Balinese Household starts the evening with BLESSINGS at the FAMILY TEMPLE and continues with RITUALS called the pengrupukan; where each member participates in ‘chasing away’ malevolent forces, known as bhuta kala, from their compounds – hitting pots and pans or any other loud instruments along with a fiery bamboo torch. These negative spirits manifest as ogoh-ogoh, the papier-mâché effigies created earlier.  They are carried in a possession and then burnt to ward off the negativity of the ogoh-ogoh.

Then there is the DAY OF SILENCE.  Complete Silence. On the day after Nyepi, known as Ngembak Geni, social activity picks up again quickly, as families and friends gather to ask forgiveness from one another, and to perform certain religious rituals together.

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These are the Rituals Performed:
  • First, The Melasti Ritual is performed 3–4 days beforehand. It is dedicated to Sanghyang Widhi Wasa. The ritual is performed in Pura (Balinese temple) near the sea (Pura Segara) and meant to purify Arca, Pratima, and Pralingga (sacred objects) belonging to several temples, also to acquire sacred water from the sea.

  • Second, The Bhuta Yajna Ritual is performed in order to vanquish the negative elements and create a balance with God, Mankind, and Nature. The ritual is also meant to appease Batara Kala by Pecaruan offering. Devout Hindu Balinese villages usually make ogoh-ogoh, demonic statues made of bamboo and paper symbolizing negative elements or malevolent spirits. After the ogoh-ogoh have been paraded around the village, the Ngrupuk ritual takes place, which involves burning the ogoh-ogoh.

  • Third, the Nyepi Rituals are performed as follows:
    • Amati Geni: No fire or light, including no electricity
    • Amati Karya: No working
    • Amati Lelunganan: No travelling
    • Amati Lelanguan: Fasting and no revelry/self-entertainment
  • Fourth, the Yoga/Brata Ritual starts at 6:00 a.m. and continues to 6:00 a.m. the next day.
  • Fifth, the Ngembak Agni/Labuh Brata Ritual is performed for all Hindus to forgive each other and to welcome the new days to come.

  • Sixth and finally, The Dharma Shanti Rituals is performed after all the Nyepi rituals finished.[

I got all the above information on Bali from the following links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyepi and Bali Day of Silence / New Year / Nyepi Day.

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Magical Connections in Bali

Visiting Bali brought forth many new ways of living. 

The night I arrived I met up with my new friend JP Parker, who was introduced to me by the wonderful Mynoo Blackbym via Skype.   When I told her I wanted to see Bali from a spiritual perspective she introduced me to her friend and guide.  He became my Guide too.  He took me to Uluwatu Temple, Kuta Beach and Vision Villas, where I met the dashing smiling Roger Hamilton; who had just arrived from Singapore.  What was so nice was the my guide, Yanta Wayan  had already phoned ahead to Vision Villas to tell them I was coming.  Great initiative.  At Uluwatu I loved the actual temple priest blessing me with holy waterYanta Wayan  is an exceptional Guide. 

Names & Birthdays in Bali

There are four names in Bali that both men and women share. They are:  Wayan, Made, Nyoman and Ketut. The names are given to each child by the order of birth.  The first boy or girl is Wayan.  So I guess I would be named Wayan.  The second child is Made.  The third child is Nyoman. The fourth child is Ketut.   If a Balinese family have more than four children they start the name from number one and the fifth child is called Wayan.   Balinese people like using nicknames or family names to refer to themselves.

As a woman I am called “Miss Toks Beverley Coker” in London, in Bali I would be “Ni Wayan”.  Men are “Mr” in London; and “I” in Bali.  So a first born boy would be “I Wayan”.   This really is a different life style. 

The Balinese celebrate their birthday every 6 months.  Another wonderful new information to digest I thought.  I thought he just told me he is 43 English years; that makes him 86 Bali years. I decided to end the conversation.  Too much maths I thought.

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Island of the Gods: Rituals Ceremonies Offerings

Walking around Ubud, Bali, I saw a lot of rituals being performed by the ladies in the hotels, the restaurants, the streets, the front of homes, the toilets, the gardens, in the road (middle of the road, corner of the road), the temples, the forest, the caves, etc.  It was absolutely fascinating watching the way the women walked and carried the offerings on their heads or holding the offering tray in one hand. 

Bali really is the Island of the Gods. I can say I have never seen so many rituals in one hour.   It was every day, every hour, every minute.  There was no stopping the never-ending procession of women doing rituals in traditional clothing with a smile on their face.  Fascinating. 

I found all this time consuming; and wondered at the expense of the offerings (flowers, fruits, incense, leaves, money, etc.) and clothing.  I realised they spent a lot of their money doing all this.  Even when working they will take time off to do their rituals.  They cannot live with out these rituals, offering and ceremonies.  Every two to four days is a religious ceremony.  I felt an element of self-sacrifice and order was needed to keep this cycle going.  I could see the practice of good thought, good speech and good deed in action everywhere I observed as they performed their sacred duties.   

There are fives types of ceremonies: Ceremonies for the Gods, for human’s important life events, for priests, for ancestors and for devils.  Rituals and Ceremonies between Spirits (good and bad) and Humans.  Offerings are made to the different gods – god of the temple, the family temple, the main temple, to nearby temples, and to original temples.  Offerings are also made to Nature gods, Mother Earth, and the Sea god.

In my hotel they were doing a lot of ceremonies for healing and protection.  I would be having my breakfast; and; then I would watch a woman slowly meandering; in her feminine attire; walking to the spot where she would be doing the sacred offering.  I would watch with reverence as she moved her delicate hands and her serene face would be muttering silently a prayer.  It really was a very peaceful process to watch.  I simply loved the style of walking – feminine, slowly, focused and gentle.  No rush.  I thought that is one thing I need to take away with me – no rush.  With graceful intent, purpose and focus; they made offerings of love. They are thanking and praising the gods. Feminine Woman Warrior Power.

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offerings of loveI loved the colourful display of the offerings the ladies carried around.  Each object had a meaning.  The three major Hindu gods are symbolised by the offering of lime (Shiva), betel nut (Vishnu) and gambier (Brahma).  There were flowers everywhere. I was always seeing lots of marigold around: in water ponds, in toilets, in pathways and by doorways’.  I asked what the flowers represented and I was told that they represent different directions, and gods.  The Gods have their own colour. 

  • White-coloured flowers that point to the east as a symbol of Iswara
  • Red-coloured flowers that point to the south as a symbol of Brahma
  • Yellow-coloured flowers that point to the west as a symbol of Mahadeva
  • Black, Blue or Green coloured flowers that point to the north as a symbol of Vishnu
  • Centre is Shiva

You can read more about what is in the offerings on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canang_sari

Wearing White I love wearing white in London when I do my work; and I loved wearing white in Bali.  I loved the fact that the priest wear white and it made me happy as I remembered the dream I had before I left.  I was told to take white clothes and wear white. I love my messages and whispers. 

Lovely LadyI loved the feminine attire of the women.  I loved the fact they wore slippers.  I normally do not like slippers, but in Bali my toes seems to like them and feel no pain!  Magic already.

Visiting the temples, the sacred temples, the water temples, the rice fields, the monkey forest was such a treat for me.  I observed everything and recorded everything in my memory.  It pulled at a very deep portal; deep within me. 

It was nice to be like a school girl and learn again.  It was nice to start again and not be the teacher or leader. It was nice to learn from my Bali Guide, Yanta.  I loved it when he said the Hindu like the number three – they have three main gods – Brahma whose Holy Letter is A, Vishnu whose Holy Letter is U and Shiva whose Holy Letter is M.  Put together they make the word AUM pronounced OOOMMMMM.  They are the generator, operator and destroyer of life. 

I loved the school children in their uniform with their big smiles and determined academic manner.  I loved watching the people of Bali sit in circles on the floor, laughing, talking to each other, sharing happy moments and quality time together.  They are a people who come together as ONE in the truest sense.  They give life meaning; and; allow the concept of knowing the unknowable. I loved the concept of freedom they showed and their sense of freedom they expressed amongst themselves and their family.

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Full Moon in Taurus & Sun in Scorpio 17/11/2013

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The practical steps you made; have taken you here; where your now; leaving you with intense emotional feelings, which could rip you apart as you celebrate your personal process with this energy of Full Moon in Taurus and Sun in Scorpio, Sunday 17 November.  So important to seek clarity and direction.  So many contradictory emotional and practical feelings trying to find balance in your life right now.  Does your inner guidance work any more for you?   Read more..

On the Menu we have:

  1. Invocation Blessing for Full Moon in Taurus & Sun in Scorpio 17/11/2013Avocado Roll
  2. ENERGY OF NOW: Happy Full Moon in Taurus & Sun in Scorpio (Element: Earth/Water) 15:17BST London
    1. Be Awakeyam
    2. Spiritual Dimensions
    3. Truth
    4. Practical Energy: When Inner Guidance does not work
    5. Numerology 4, 8, 11, 44
    6. Giving More of Yourself
    7. No More
    8. Comet Ison / Isis 28/11/2013
    9. Previous Full Moon in Taurus & Sun in Scorpio http://tokscoker.wordpress.com/?s=full+moon+in+taurus
  3. QUOTEs: Happy Full Moon in Taurus & Sun in Scorpio
  4. ACTION: Happy Full Moon in Taurus & Sun in Scorpio
  5. What will be covered in this Meditation Workshop
  6. Homework
  7. 2013 Diary, Contact Details & Spiritual Investment
    1. To book this workshop,  for more details and to book, click here: http://fullmoontaurus171113.eventbrite.co.uk/

Grounding

Invocation Blessing for Full Moon in Taurus & Sun in Scorpio 17/11/2013

Swirling Spiralling Golden MeanWe Greet You

With Your Call to Greatness

Affirming Your Greatest Call

To Your Greatness

We Greet You

merkaba Star of DavidWe Greet You

With the Stars Above You

Loving You

Through All Seasons

We Greet You

Water Air EarthWe Greet You

With the Sound of the Ocean

Crashing through Your Chaos

In the Alchemical Resurrection of Your True Self

We Greet You

rose in your handsWe Greet You

With Your Life of Now

Revealing Your True Condition

Facing Your True Self in Your Hand

We Greet You

Suns RaysWe Greet You

With the Rays of the Sun

Illuminating Your Pathway

To Your Completions

We Greet You

eyes of powerWe Greet You

With the Joy of Your Eyes

Reflecting Blessings Back to You

In the Reflections of Your Eyes in the Mirror

We Greet You

ImhotepWe Greet You

With Father of Medicine, Imhotep

Giving Life to You

Healing Your Brain

We Greet You

KA Spirit SoulWe Greet You

With the Energy of KA, Your Soul Spirit

Creating & Sustaining Your Power of Life

Your Spirit Double Embracing & Protecting You

We Greet You

my ankhWe Greet You

With the Sacred Ankh

Symbol of Eternal Life

Your Sacred Breath of Life

We Greet You

scarabWe Greet You

With Khepri, Egyptian Sun God (Scarab Headed)

Spontaneously Creating: Evolution & Rebirth

The Sun Rising in Your Life

We Greet You

eyesWe Greet You

With Unconditional Love

Through all the Season

Giving Love Bound to You

We Greet You

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With Your Journey to Oneness

Happening Within You

Hidden in Your Heart

We Greet You

sunWe Greet You

With Your Portal of Awakening

Knowing You ARE Awake

To Your Fullness & Potential

We Greet You

healing handsWe Greet You

With Healing Hands

Crystal Matrix Hands

Gathering Love to You

We Greet You

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With the Comet Ison / Isis (28/11/2013)

Bringing Messages from Fixed Stars

Creating Diamonds with Earth’s Atmosphere

We Greet You

Hands of Light LogoWe Greet You

We Greet You

We Greet You

Channelled by Toks Beverley Coker for Full Moon in Taurus

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ENERGY OF NOW: Happy Full Moon in Taurus & Sun in Scorpio (Element: Earth/Water) 15:17BST London

BE AWAKE

Be awake to who you are and what you are wanting. Be awake to who you are becoming. Be awake to the celebrationturkish toks of your life. Be awake to your life. Be awake to your realisations as they process down to your mind and your feelings. Be awake to being bound to yourself in the light of the sun and moon. Be awake to wanting yourself to be happy. Be awake to loving yourself fully exactly as you. Be awake to loving the good you have created so far. Be awake to the greatness you have created. Be awake to the stars within you shining through your skin. Be awake to the twinkling of your life and your destiny. Be awake to you. This is what this full moon in Taurus is celebrating: Being awake to needing yourself to be awake to your life. Remove the veil. 

SPIRITUAL DIMENTIONS

There are so many spiritual dimensions to happiness. You try and decide what works for you e.g. yoga, meditation, angels, spirit guides, aliens, religion (Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Moslem).

This blog, by Toks Beverley Coker, is one of the many spiritual dimensions to happiness. In this blog you find an ALCHEMICAL Spiritual dimension that honours all sacred teaching that choose happiness and peace. May this blog continue to bring love and healing into your heart. Amen.

TRUTH

This is a time to celebrate what you consider ‘truth’ to mean in your life. Follow the plan to truth; as the sound of clashing waves guide you through the chaos in your life; follow the plan to the pewinter and summeraceful sound of a still lake or river. When you are going through these waves, you are dancing in clashing waves and thundering sound. You are being thrown around like in a washing machine. The suddenly or gradually it stops and you find you have been dropped! You look around you and see that you have been dropped in a land of isolation – as you process where you are and your new way of being. This is what you are celebrating this Full Moon. Celebrate something different this full moon. What truth are you celebrating and giving to yourself with this Full Moon? Congratulations.

PRACTIAL ENERGY: When Inner Guidance Does Not Work

When you trust your inner guidance and take practical actions that reward you, you know you have listened to your inner guidsacredgatheringsance and message. You feel gifted in your inner message and in your life.

However, sometimes, the inner guidance does not yield what it said it would yield. Why? Because you need to learn the messages of your inner guidance. You need to ask –Was this inner guidance from my ego or from the divine? Did I truly listen to the inner guidance or did my mind ego-self take over what I wanted it to say to me? Do I truly listen? Do I have authority issues? Do I hate being told what to do by this ‘authority’ inner guidance? Do I believe in my inner guidance? Do I really care about all this mambo-jumbo?

When something does not work, try something different. Maybe that way did not work for you. Find a different way. Learn more so you know how to access your inner guidance. You can do this when you attend the meditations with me, Toks, as I teach you gradually and the more you come to the meditations the more your inner guidance gets stronger and you begin to know how to work with your inner messages and guidance.

NUMEROLOGY: 4, 8, 11, 44

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There is time to finish your goals before 2013 runs out. You have 44 days left. The magic of 44. The magic of 4. The magic of 8 (4+4=8). Full Moon in Taurus with Sun in Scorpio is in November 17. The number 17 = 1+7=8. The magic of 8. November is the 11th month. The magic of 11.

We will be working with the power of these numbers in the meditation to enable us to finish 2013 with a bang and enter 2014 with our eyes open.

GIVING MORE of YOURSELF

When you give more of yourself you feel free and empowered it the energy of giving. You feel complete and whole and happy. You feel your potential to give and the power of giving. What will you give this Full Moon? How do you give? Who have you given to the past week? Who will you be giving to in the next week? Why not make this a week of giving?

NO MORE

When you give and give and give; there comes a time when you need to rest; you need to stop and hibernate and nurture your energy. Knowing when to is very important.

Enough is Enough Power StandA few days ago I broke down crying because I could not give anymore. I needed my space and I needed to be left alone. I give and give and give. I had not rested since the exhibition and I was tired. I had not taken time to rest and nurture myself. I had a melting crisis and I was burnt-out. I had forgotten the first law of a healer – Healer heal thyself first. I had not taken time out to rest my body, mind, spirit, soul and essence.

Knowing when to say NO MORE, NO, and ENOUGH IS ENOUGH is a very powerful portal to be in. Grace yourself for your anointment when in this portal. It can only mean you have come to an inner realisation and an inner knowing. It is not an easy space to be in but it is a good space to ‘plonk’ yourself in! Congratulations.

This Full Moon is so potent; as it tells you to know when to activate POSITIVE CHI in your life. Activating Your Positive Chi in your life is taking time to rest, to meditate, to do yoga, Tai Chi, walk, job, exercise, or just sleep. I found that when I slept and work up early to jog in Primrose Hill and watch the sunrise I felt happy and at ease. I reminded myself of the importance of honouring me.

COMET ISON / ISIS (28/11/2013)

The Comet Ison reminds me of Isis in her golden cloak, appearing and then disappearing; after spraying dust particles of blessings and enlightenment; with her golden wings. For me this Comet ISON represents blessings showered on us to help us through our pain, our frozen experiences, our tears and crys, our isolation, our noisy mind, our clutter and our chaos. It melts away anything frozen bound to us that does nIsis Golden Wing Toksot serve us or keeps us on hold. It melts away and allows us to move with ease and breathe deeply into our heart and our minds. It brings in the light of the sun to empower and let you know that you are the child of God, of Light. It is confirmation of the ‘I’ in you and the ‘I’ of the Sun. You are the Son (Child) of the Sun. For me it represents the Eternal ~Infinite Light that I was born with; that we were all born with. What gifts or blessing will you be given? What ability will come through for you? What skill will manifest suddenly or will improve dramatically? What will you receive as you live through this experience? Open your hands out to receive. Open your arms up in the symbol of KA to receive your abundance. Feel the energy between your hands. ALIENS: Could the Comet Ison be aliens? What alien powder frequency will you receive with this comet on the 28th November? What new message will you receive through this movement? How will your soul be touched by this motion in the sky? Will you communicate with an extra-terrestrial or will one communicate with you? What do you need to see in your life?

Why not tune into the energy with this meditation and prepare to receive more on the 28 November, when ISON will meet and greet the sun. A message will be sent out; to us all on earth. Will you receive it? Earth will pass through the comet next year 2014, around January 12-14; and the dust particles will hit earth from two directions. How auspicious. From NASA http://youtu.be/_eSYxvUWwVk

QUOTEs: Happy Full Moon in Taurus & Sun in Scorpio

When I loved myself enough, I came to know my own goodness. Kim McMillen

He who deliberates fully before taking a step will spend his entire life on one leg. Chinese proverb

May something you do or say make all the difference in someone’s life. Pam Brown

ACTION: Happy Full Moon in Taurus & Sun in Scorpio

clip_image001You could attend workshops to help glorify and empower your potential. 

On Wednesday Toks is running Alchemical New Moon Chakra Workshops on Wednesdays.  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/5493818158

December 16 and 17 Toks is hold a certified course in EmoTrance. http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8984698475

What will be covered in this Meditation Workshop

We will cover all the points mentioned above and more. Come and experience for yourself the magic of this evening.

Homework

  1. What does it mean to find your True Self?
  2. How do you know you have found your True Self?
  3. When do you know you have found your True Self?

2013 Diary, Contact Details & Spiritual Investment

  1. To book this workshop,  for more details and to book, click here: http://fullmoontaurus171113.eventbrite.co.uk/

toks-coker-0851-lresThe groups are small intimate groups. Let me know you are coming by calling, texting or emailing me.  Also, if you can, please bring something to share e.g. salad, vegetarian, fruits. No pork please. See you. Thank you.

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