I would like to RE-introduce to you, someone I think you will enjoy getting to know. This is Timothy, he has been with us for several years. Because he has been growing and expanding his gifts and talents he decided to give us a new snapshot of who he is and what he is becoming, in his own words:
When I first became aware of my path at the age of 15, and meeting my first psychic teacher, I thought the rest of my life and my work would consist of psychic readings, channeling and teaching classes on how to develop those abilities. I knew I wanted to help people and be there when someone is in need, but I did not know where my path Truly would take me.
Since I can remember, I’ve always heard a gentle voice calling me from the inside to sit and be in the Presence of It. This Presence feels like a mother, father and or lover gently calling me home, telling me that it's time to "come inside and sit next to Me, be open to Me and allow Me to Love as I truly Love you". That call started as a whisper, which I was barely able to hear. As I grew older and my awareness increased, that gentle whisper turned to a loud thunder of Silence.
I began really searching deep within myself to find the answer to this calling. I asked myself, where do I go, and what do I do once I get there. Source led me to books that mystics both eastern and western wrote, talking about the Silence, entering the void and reaching the state of no-mind.
My studies turned to Zen; feeling its energy, being aware of the nothingness that fills every empty space around and inside me.
All the while a deep longing and love and reverence for Source would penetrate my being. A strong Love for the non dual suchness that rose within me. Opening my heart, opening my mind, opening my soul. Losing myself in this Love; all I could do is reflect on the warmth, tenderness and Presence within, calling me deeper and deeper to surrender my life to and become encased by It.
People would come and go in my life, teaching me different pieces, giving them to me so I can fit them into my puzzle. When I was 19 I met a woman who was a tantrika and spent two years with her. She taught me Tantra, both physical and most importantly the mental and inner weavings of what true Tantra is. As I grew older and more aware of the energy, I attracted another Tantra teacher in my thirties who taught me how to become true to myself and allow Divinity to flow through me, making me fully human, fully Divine.
Other mystics came to me and guided me to books from Tibetan Buddhism to Contemplative Christianity. Spending hours reading books written by Father Thomas Merton, Father Thomas Keating, Sogyal Rinpoche, the Dalai Lama and other various mystics on the contemplative and Tantric path. I spent time with Contemplative Priest’s Tibetan Lamas and a Hindu Vaishnav priest. All of this taught me one important lesson: Be Still and enter the Silence.
I took up my practice that started with sitting in meditation for 15 minutes a day. Over the years this grew to now what I practice on a daily basis. Consisting of waking at 1:30 am, having a cup of tea and reading for a half hour, then spending the next three hours sitting in Silence. On the weekend my practice extends to sometimes sitting for periods of five to six hours, taking breaks when necessary.
Why do the practice? Because my practice is my life. A return back to Source. An emptying of self so that I can be filled by Divinity. "I must get out so that God can come in.” Meister Eckhart
A relationship with Source has grown within me, making me aware that I am never alone, nor separate from Her. Being in this energy is a loving transforming Union that not only increases your awareness of Self but heals the afflictions and the non-truths of who we think we are, allowing us to rediscover our True Self and live fully and abundantly. This is what I practice and this is what I teach. I teach others how to discover that Love within them and how to Surrender their lives, their hurts, and their dreams to Source.
True abundance is having and knowing the Presense of Source within you always. It is maintaining that relationship and growing in the Love and Desire. Most people are seeking abundance on the outside, hoping that a job, a soul mate, a house will make them feel and be abundant-- yet none of that lasts. All of it is part of our ego taking us outside ourselves. My job as a teacher is to have my students quickly change their direction of seeking happiness and turn within to where their True Source of Being lies.
We never fully know where our spiritual journey will take us. My conscious self did not think this is where I would go. Being aware, surrendered and open to Life and its splendor, I feel is the True Secret to a rich and wonderful life. I vow to teach and help others live this path and help them find their way Home.