A Hole or a Portal? a teaching by Acharya Moh Hardin

with Acharya Moh Hardin

May 17th

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    A hole is something we fall into or dig for ourselves while a portal is something we pass through into new dimensions and discoveries. As we face the fear, anxiety, loneliness, and grief of this time, whether we fall into a hole or go through a portal is up to us. What is this new dimension?  Nowness, which is not really new but is always fresh and brings discovery and insight. Buddhist refer to nowness as being awake. 

    This talk and conversation will explore some of these words spoken by the Hopi wiseman White Eagle on the 16th of March:

     “This moment humanity is going through can now be seen as a portal and as a hole. The decision to fall into the hole or go through the portal is up to you.  If they...consume the news 24 hours a day, with little energy, nervous all the time, with pessimism, they will fall into the hole.  But if you take this opportunity to look at yourself, rethink life and death, take care of yourself and others, you will cross the portal.  Take care of your home, take care of your body.  Connect with the middle body of your spiritual House. Connect to...your spiritual home.

     Body, house, medium body, a spiritual house, all this is synonymous, that is to say, the same.  When you are taking care of one, you are taking care of everything else.  Do not lose the spiritual dimension of this crisis, have the aspect of the eagle, which from above, sees the whole, sees more widely.  There is a social demand in this crisis, but there is also a spiritual demand.  The two go hand in hand.  Without the social dimension, we fall into fanaticism.  But without the spiritual dimension, we fall into pessimism and lack of meaning. You were prepared to go through this crisis.  Take your toolbox and use all the tools at your disposal. 

    Learn about resistance with indigenous and African peoples: we have always been and continue to be exterminated.  But we still haven't stopped singing, dancing, lighting a fire and having fun.  Don't feel guilty about being happy during this difficult time.  You don't help at all by being sad and without energy.  It helps if good things emanate from the Universe now. 

    It is through joy that one resists.  Also, when the storm passes, you will be very important in the reconstruction of this new world.  You need to be well and strong.  And, for that, there is no other way than to maintain a beautiful, happy, and bright vibration. 

    This has nothing to do with alienation.  This is a resistance strategy.  In shamanism, there is a rite of passage called the quest for vision.  You spend a few days alone in the forest, without water, without food, without protection.  When you go through this portal, you get a new vision of the world, because you have faced your fears, your difficulties... This is what is asked of you.  Let them take advantage of this time to perform their vision seeking rituals.  What world do you want to build for yourself?  For now, this is what you can do: serenity in the storm.  Calm down and pray.  Everyday.  Establish a routine to meet the sacred every day.  Good things emanate, what you emanate now is the most important thing.  And sing, dance, resist through art, joy, faith, and love. "Resiste - Renace"

    The Acharya asks that in lieu of a registration fee that attendees donate to the center for this program.  You can donate at this link https://sanantonio.shambhala.org/community/donate/ 

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    Zoom link for this offering is https://zoom.us/j/931069006

    The best way to get your heart gifts to Acharya Hardin for his talk "Hole or Portal?" is to mail a check.  His address is:

    Moh Hardin

    20A Parkhill Road

    Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Canada B3P 1R3