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Dzogchen most likely originated in Central Asia outside of both India and Tibet as Upadesha (man-ngag), or secret oral instructions, communicated orally from a real master to a disciple, in the Tibetan tradition. In the Buddhist tradition, this mysterious region was designated as Uddiyana (Orgyan), identifiable as Eastern Afghanistan before the Muslim era. According to the Bonpos, their own Dzogchen tradition, known as the Zhang-zhung snyan-rgyud, "The Oral Transmission from Zhang-zhung," comes from two masters, Tapihritsa and Gyerpung Nangzher Lodpo, who lived in the then independent kingdom of Zhang-zhung in Western and Northern Tibet in the seventh and eighth centuries. These Dzogchen precepts, exceedingly brief in form, were originally oral, but Tapihritsa gave permission for his disciple to write them down in Zhang-zhung smar-yig, the writing and language of Zhang-zhung. Later, in the following century, these same precepts were said to have been translated from the Zhang-zhung language into Tibetan by Ponchen Tsanpo for his Tibetan disciples. Like the famous Tibetan Yogin Milarepa, these early masters of the Zhang-zhung tradition were not educated monks residing in monasteries, but solitary hermits and ascetics living in remote mountain caves in the wilds of Northern Tibet. Thus, this tradition, like the early Nyingmapas before the eleventh century, gives us much insight into the evolution of Dzogchen as a mystical and spiritual transmission existing outside the more familiar monastic context.

In both traditions, the Nyingmapa and the Bonpo, Dzogchen (rdzogs-pa chen-po), "the Great Perfection," focuses on the Nature of Mind. This Nature of Mind (sems-nyid) must be distinguished from the mind (sems) that represents the ordinary thought process. This Nature of Mind is identified with the Bodhichitta or Natural State (gnas-lugs), a state of total primordial purity (ka-dag chen-po) discovered by way of contemplation (khregs-chod), and this contemplation is then developed through the practice of vision (thodrgal), also known as the practice of the Clear Light ('od-gsal)


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The Great Perfection


     Dzogchen is the Tibetan Buddhist practice of reaching the primordial or natural condition. It is the central teaching of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism and of the Bon (Bonpo). "Rdzogs" means perfection and "chen" means great. It is used synonymously with the Sanskrit term "atiyoga" or primordial yoga, the realization of the nature of reality In the creation stage, one visualizes a deity and its mandala. In the next stage, one merges with these, dissolving them. It is not a vehicle but a stage. Atiyoga is a modality of Mahayoga practice.  Dzogchen originated with the founder of the Bon tradition 18,000 years ago.

 Dzogchen popularized in the western world through the Tibetan diaspora, staring with the well-known exile of 1959. Teachers include Sogyal Rinpoche and Namkhai Norbu. The 14th Dalai Lama is also a qualified Dzogchen teacher.

The Dzogchen student undergoes basically:
    
Direct introduction to one's own nature, rigpa;
Not remaining in doubt concerning this unique state;
Continuing to remain in this state.

It contains two aspects. The first is Togal, translated as "direct crossing" or a direct approach to realization of  the three kayas in this lifetime is a faster way of reaching the dissolution of a practioner's karmic vision.
First you must reach a stabile practice of kadak trekcho.

The togal practioner works with the clear light that dwells inherently in all phenomena and within himself or herself.

It is instantaneous, meaning you do not travel to your destination, you leap there, thus being able to achieve enlightenment in one lifetime. We may call this the final leap into primordial being. Another way of putting this is "the practice of vision."  One must go through four visions to generate a spontaneous stream of illuminated rainbow-color images that gradually expand in compexity and extent..

Having completed four visions before death, exceptional practitioners are said to liberate their physical bodies into the nonmaterial body of light and can exist in any time or place, directed by one's compassion.


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Reflections of You


Where can you actually buy a piece of artwork that actually reflects you? This is the amazing quality of our mylar mobiles, windsocks and wall mounted artwork that create a holograph that is actually a reflection of you. Rainbow Makers are unique in this way.

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Did you know that no two people see the same rainbow? The image depends upon where you are standing, and since no two people can be standing in the same place, the image for two people is never the same. This is why the rainbow represents diversity and why it teaches us the value of the individual and the collective at the same time. As individuals we have to work together in order to create a vision that is comprehensive. Yet we have to recognize our individual values at the same time and recognize the values in each other.

This conflict of science and experience comes into play in the debate where scientists say that there is no way to approach the end of a rainbow. Yet there are many people who have. Consider these accounts:

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Carpe Diem


Rainbows can appear at the most auspicious times. In Native American mythology, tobacco is offered with a prayer whenever a rainbow appears becausae it is the opening to the Creator. Whenever you see a rainbow, note what is happening in your life, where you are, what path you are on, what your goals are at present and what actions you are taking. You may be getting somewhere, although you feel that you are not. You may be making the right choices, although you may be doubting them. Encouragement is one aspect of the rainbow. Knowledge that you are not alone is another. All of your ancestors and friends who have passed on are walking with you. Never doubt the spiritual help that they can bring to your life.So whether you sieze the day, the moment or the thought, make a prayer when that rainbow appears. Or make an intention. Don't ask for too much specifically, but make sure you ask to be on the right path.

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Rainbow for Thought


A little poetry shared:

 

I know as I look at you out from my window
Tomorrow you retreat back to your shadow
Today stripes of colors brighten my disco
Red, orange, green, blue, violet, and yellow

So rainbow, rainbow
Before you give the elbow
Take it nice and slow
Let your colors gaze at me and glow
Make the warm sunshine once again flow

Today you display your colorful cargo
With your yellow as bright as a meadow
You stand on your own curved beautifully solo
With colors I find so beautiful to swallow

So rainbow, rainbow
Before you give the elbow
Take it nice and slow
Gaze at me and glow
Let my sunshine flow

Copyright 2008 - Sylvia Chidi

 

On this long storm the Rainbow rose—
On this late Morn—the Sun—
The clouds—like listless Elephants—
Horizons—straggled down—

The Birds rose smiling, in their nests—
The gales—indeed—were done—
Alas, how heedless were the eyes—
On whom the summer shone!

The quiet nonchalance of death—
No Daybreak—can bestir—
The slow—Archangel's syllables
Must awaken her!

-- Emily Dickinson

My Heart Leaps Up - Poem by William Wordsworth

My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.

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Art Therapy


Art therapy, sometimes called creative arts therapy or expressive arts therapy, encourages people to express and understand emotions through artistic expression and through the creative process. From The Free Dictionary

Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses art materials, such as paints, chalk and markers. Art therapy combines traditional psychotherapeutic theories and techniques with an understanding of the psychological aspects of the creative process, especially the affective properties of the different art materials. From Wikipedia

Art therapy involves the creation of art in order to increase awareness of self and others. This in turn may promote personal development, increase coping skills, and enhance cognitive function. It is based on personality theories, human development, psychology, family systems, and art education. Art therapists are trained in both art and psychological therapy. From The New Medicine

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Nature Connections


We have some amazing nature photographs on our Facebook page this week. Imagine capturing the rainbow wavelenghts of a dolphin colocation call on film! Capturing rainbow colors is no easy task. Our copyrighted designs bring a wonderful variety to the visual experience of the rainbow. From our wall-mounted artwork to our simple windsocks, the experience of viewing, just as in viewing nature, carries over into our lives. It is easy to foget the lessons and wonders of natures as we run from task to task. We need to stop and listen to our hearts, to the birds, to the plants and to the fish. Holistic healing involves many types of therapy, color, animal, sound, touch. Try finding a water source, and listen to the different sounds and view the different patterns that each movement of the water makes. Then try to visualize this on your own, when at home or at the office. Take a few minutes every day to connect with nature. Our mobiles and windsocks are our own interpretation of the inner and outer rainbows that effect us through our day. Worried about something? Imagine that you are walking with the dolphin, the spider, the flower or the parrot. Bring a rainbow with you wherever you travel and let it arch over your worries and hopes.

Although chromotherapy is considered unproven in Western circles, it is an interesting area to experiment with. From the website http://www.natures-energies.com/natural-therapies/colour-light-therapy-chromotherapy-resources-and-equipment we find that green regulates the pituitary gland, fights depression, bulimia, and other psychosomatic conditions affecting the gastric system. It is useful in calming the nervous system, fights irritability, insomnia and can be used to assist in recovery from nervous breakdowns. Blue is calming and stimulates the parasympathetic system, reduces blood pressure and calms both breathing and heart-rate. It has anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxing effects. Fights both physical and mental tension and is used to assist in relaxation. ifies blood, helps digestion, and has a cleansing effect. Strongly stimulates happiness, brings on a sense of security, as well as a strong feeling of well-being.

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Sacred Fire


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References to a new Era, a Golden Age characterised by harmony, stability and prosperity, do not just belong to the Native Americans, but can be found in myths and legends from all over the world.  It is known as Chryson Genos in Greek mythology, the Kali yuga in Vedic and Hindu culture, and gullaldr in Norse mythology.  One aspect that is common among many legends of the Golden era is the return of beings or gods that will aid in the restoration of the Earth.

In classical Greek mythology the Golden Age was presided over by the leading Titan Cronus. In some version of the myth Astraea, also ruled. She lived with men until the end of the Silver Age, but in the Bronze Age, when men became violent and greedy, fled to the stars, where she appears as the constellation Virgo, holding the scales of Justice, or Libra.

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William Commanda


William Commanda was a famous Canadian Elder who lived a very long life. He hosted people from all over the world. From Ancient Origins: In the time of the Seventh Fire, a New People would emerge. They would retrace their steps to find the wisdom that was left by the side of the trail long ago. Their steps would take them to the elders, who they would ask to guide them on their journey. If the New People remain strong in their quest, the sacred drum will again sound its voice. There will be an awakening of the people, and the sacred fire will again be lit. At this time, the light-skinned race will be given a choice between two roads. One road is the road of greed and technology without wisdom or respect for life. This road represents a rush to destruction. The other road is spirituality, a slower path that includes respect for all living things. If we choose the spiritual path, we can light yet another fire, an Eight Fire, and begin an extended period of Peace and healthy growth. 
Grandfather William Commanda, Circle of All Nations Prophecy of the Seven Fires of the Anishnabe, From Ancient Wampum Belt

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Rainbow Prophecy Second Part


Again from Ancient Orgins. 

A particularly interesting part of the prophecy relates to the choosing of leaders.  According to the story, a leader will not be the one that talks the loudest, boasts of successes, or has the support of the elite. Leaders will be those whose actions speak the loudest, the ones that have demonstrated wisdom and courage and have proven that they work for the benefit of all. Isn’t this how things should be?

The Rainbow has always held special significance among the different Native American Indian Nations. It is connected to the Spirit (Supreme God/Creator) in all things. Apart from the Cree prophecy there are many prophecies and stories from the Hopi, the Zuni and the Cherokee related to the rainbow warriors.

There will come a day when people of all races, colors, and creeds will put aside their differences. They will come together in love, joining hands in unification, to heal the Earth and all Her children. They will move over the Earth like a great Whirling Rainbow, bringing peace, understanding and healing everywhere they go. Many creatures thought to be extinct or mythical will resurface at this time; the great trees that perished will return almost overnight. All living things will flourish, drawing sustenance from the breast of our Mother, the Earth.

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