Vice-chairman of Pyramid Valley International, Shreans Daga has aided hundreds of masters in spreading their light around the world, and guides people to transform their lives through love-based changes to create a brand-new, empowered reality. Shreans’ main focus and research has led him to discover the world of Quantum Energy Medicine and the Science of Spirituality. He has also the Founder President of the Mumbai Pyramid Spiritual Society.
Shreans Daga will be presenting CHANGE YOUR PERSONALITY. CHANGE YOUR PERSONAL REALITY: LIVING A QUANTUM LIFE at the 11th Global Festival of Spiritual Sciences being held at Pyramid Valley, Bengaluru, from 29th Sept – 2nd Oct, 2018.
We present a conversation with Shreans Daga about his journey into spirituality and how it led him to spread the message of meditation.
Thriive: When and how did spirituality enter your life?
Shreans Daga: I was born into a religious family, following rituals and so on, but never into spirituality. But after my father passed away, in 1996, I went into a state of depression and it had a very negative impact on my health. I happened to meet Patriji who introduced me to meditation and completely transformed my life. I was excited to share this wonderful practice with everyone and so Patriji and I travelled all over spreading the message of meditation. I also started the Mumbai Pyramid Spiritual Society. The Global Festival of Spiritual Sciences which is being held in Pyramid Valley from 29th September till 2nd October is also an important part of this initiative.
Thriive: As a busy businessman, what was your response to meditation and how did you then incorporate it in your life?
Shreans Daga: I realized that meditation is a time saving tool. When I have an extra-busy schedule, instead of taking the route of no meditation and doing more of hard work, I take out that one hour to meditate. This is because after 1 hour of meditation, I can achieve probably 10 times more than what I would achieve otherwise, faster and with much more clarity. There is also much more ease and joy with meditation. So, with meditation, you become more energy, less matter. When I started meditation and doing creative visualizations, I was able to manifest things much faster and with much focus, with much more clarity. Today, without fail, my day begins with meditation.
Thriive: Could you share how meditation helps in manifestation?
Shreans Daga: When you meditate, you go from a beta state to alpha, and from there to theta. From this theta state you go to delta and then deeper to gamma. So, basically as you go into a deeper state, your mind and heart become much more coherent and your body and mind are in complete sync. You are in a very balanced harmonious state of mind. At this state, you are accessing higher dimensions of reality which is vibrating at a higher frequency. In that field, when you sow a seed of any thought with elevated emotions you bring that into your life. So, rather than it being a life of cause and effect, you are causing an effect. You are drawing that situation into your life instead of running after it. The universe has multiple ways of creating what you want. So, surrender and leave the “how” to the Universe. Just command “what” with elevated emotions, as if it’s already happened. Whatever you want exists in the quantum field, but it also exists electromagnetically. Our thoughts are electric and emotions are magnetic. And, when you think electrically and you feel magnetically, you are drawing that situation into your life. So, meditation is actually moving from hard work to smart work.
Thriive: How can one understand what their life purpose is?
Shreans Daga: Somebody’s life purpose could be to become a musician, to become a dancer, or to do social service. Once they are in sync, when they are in touch with their deep emotions and they listen to what their heart is saying, they will know what is giving them true happiness. And, it is not a pleasure-seeking thing. You know, going on a holiday or to a party can be a pleasure-seeking thing. But after it ends, you are back to your normal state. But when what you do has a lasting impact on you, with that feeling of happiness or the feeling of pure joy, or that bliss or that peace in your heart, and that sense of satisfaction lasts longer, then you know this is what takes you closer to your purpose in life.
Thriive: How has it transformed you both in your personal and professional life?
Shreans Daga: My biggest transformation is now I don’t see personal and professional life differently. More or less, it’s so integrated because what you practice personally is what you want to practice in business also. This practice has helped me to keep my balance all the time. It doesn’t mean that you will not face challenges in life. but then you understand that, that it is the means to grow. That reflects what you need to learn. You gain that wisdom to not repeat those mistakes again.
Thriive: Could you share any incident that stands out for you in your journey?
Shreans Daga: At one time, I had a huge debt. Business was really bad as the industry was going through a tough cycle. I set an intention and visualized that I am completely debt free, I have zero debt, and I am drawing so much abundance into my life. And at that time, the amount looked so huge. It was like, if I discussed rationally, if I think, it’d be so impossible. But I set a deadline that in two years I would be debt-free. And, it actually happened! So, that was a big.
Thriive: How can someone who is quite new to or unaware of spirituality approach it? Shreans Daga: I suggest that they start doing meditation. It’s about doing the work. It’s about, say, somebody wants to become a swimmer. How much can one talk about swimming, about the different strokes, the temperature of the water? Eventually, you have to go into the water and start moving the hands and the legs. So it is with meditation: it’s less talk and more work. And then when you actually start doing the work, everything falls into place. You will have the right teacher, you’ll have the right guidance. And, once you have done it for a period of 30 or 40 days, and once you experience that sweet generous moment and that joy, then you will not need to be pushed into meditation. You’ll feel that before anything, this is what I want to do.
Thriive: Could you suggest an empowering an empowering practice our readers could carry out in their daily life? And also, how.
Shreans Daga: Simply practice meditation. Cross your legs and sit and just observe your breath. The whole purpose is to become thoughtless, enter the no- mind state.
ABOUT CHANGE YOUR PERSONALITY. CHANGE YOUR PERSONAL REALITY
Shreans Daga will take us step-by-step into the Quantum Science of the Law of Attraction. He will reveal to us how our thoughts and emotions can change us neurologically, biologically and physically. We will also understand how every emotion has a chemical reaction in our body through examining the Science of Neurophysics, Epigenetics and Neuroplasticity.
It will be exciting to know how to avoid living the Newtonian life of cause and effect and actually live the Quantum Life of causing an effect. Shreans will unravel the mysteries of spirituality and mystical experiences and teach us to transcend from fear-based emotions to love-based emotions. Through this experiential presentation which includes meditation, be prepared to transcend from survival-based emotions to creative emotions and thereby experience a deep transformation.
Susan Hough is a Ritualist and Life Coach as well as the founder of ‘Living Your Gifts’. After 20 years of working in very traditional mental health, Susan knew that wasn’t her path and her search led her to a Daraga Teacher named Sobonfu Somé. Susan became one of a handful of Westerners to get initiated into the rites, rituals and healing wisdom of her tradition. Through the combination of Western and Dagara Wisdom, Rites and Rituals, Susan helps everyone from teens to adults discover how powerful they are.
Susan Hough will be presenting DISCOVER YOUR CLAN at the 11th Global Festival of Spiritual Sciences being held at Pyramid Valley, Bengaluru, from 29th Sept – 2nd Oct, 2018.
We present a conversation with Susan Hough about her journey as a ritualist and how her life purpose has transformed her.
THRIIVE: When and how did you know for sure what your life purpose is? SUSAN HOUGH: I can remember as a little girl loving people: helping them, being with them and I remember teachers always asking me to help the other students who struggled with not feeling like they fit in at school. I have always seen goodness in everyone; it was a natural fit for me. Every person I met along the way was special. They each deserved to be treated well and had something special to bring to the table. If I could help someone else feel happier; than I am happier too.
My journey through many modalities began with Christianity, but I felt it limited me. I was always asking questions and welcoming understanding of different spiritual practices; knowing that they are very similar. Community and connection have always been very important to me. Then I met Sobonfu and she showed me that we all have our own unique medicine wheel inside of us – to connect us to the elements and our gifts. In a community, each person is gifted with a uniqueness that is their own. In order for these gifts to function at their highest level we each bring our gifts to the community. In the absence of competition or malice we bring our piece which makes each of us whole. This in turn allows us to go out in the world and be the best we can be. You can change the world when you have your communities’ gifts making you whole.
THRIIVE: How has this transformed you? SUSAN HOUGH: I feel every part of my journey has deepened the idea of why I am here and how I am to do it. Having felt the pull to help others my whole life, it was a natural transition for me to go into the field of Social Work. I loved helping others in this role, but always felt there was more. The first time I was exposed to Sobonfu’s book I clearly remember feeling this made complete sense. That there was a physical ritual to go hand-in-hand with an internal transition.
THRIIVE: Could you share any incident that stands out in your journey? SUSAN HOUGH: When my spiritual mentor told me about ‘The Spirit of Intimacy’ by Sobonfu Somé, I was intrigued. Reading and re-reading it made me feel alive and awakened. At the time, I was working in mental health and I loved my job. I worked mostly with teen populations, helping them heal emotionally. The Spirit of Intimacy supported my work and took it to a deeper level. Sobonfu’s words reassured me that I was on the right path, but that my journey was just beginning.
I couldn’t believe it when I finally got a chance to meet Sobonfu face-to-face! When I picked up her at the airport, I was nervous and on my best behavior. I was in the presence of a true spiritual teacher for the very first time and I wasn’t sure what to say or how to act. That’s when Sobonfu started telling me some off-color jokes. I didn’t know what to do, so I just joined in on the conversation!
Later she told me that if I hadn’t joined in she probably would have left, because she doesn’t connect with people who take themselves too seriously.
Sobonfu’s teachings changed my life. She taught me about connection to community, honoring spirit, and living our gifts.
THRIIVE: Could you suggest an empowering practice our readers could carry out in their daily life? And also, how. SUSAN HOUGH:In the morning when your first wake up, welcome yourself back from the dream world. Wrap your arms around yourself and call in your ancestors, teachers, guides and spirits. Ask them for help and guidance throughout the day. When you step out of bed take time to feel the energy coming from the EARTH. Allow it to connect and ground you. Imagine your feet sinking into the EARTH and bringing you nourishment for your day. During the day, eat with intent – allowing it to nourish your soul. When WATER first touches your body (a drink of WATER, washing your hands, washing your face/showering) ask the WATER to help you reside with the peace within you and to align you with your feelings/balance.
THRIIVE: What message would you like to give our readers? SUSAN HOUGH:Trust in connection, your community, your medicine and the gifts of others. Align yourself with these aspects through rituals. Trust that every part of your journey: the good and the bad all lead to your deeper calling. You are here to bring this out into the world in your own unique way. It is our obligation to work together and make a change in the world.
THRIIVE: What can attendees look forward to in your session at GFSS 2018? SUSAN HOUGH:An introduction to your own medicine and the understanding that each one of us has a unique gift. Each of you who are present there, will feel more connected to themselves and their community, and feel they are available and perfect just as they are. There will be a pamphlet to take home that will allow each person to become more familiar with their own medicine and the elements. This includes questions specific to each element as well as at-home rituals that each person can bring into their daily practice.
ABOUT DISCOVER YOUR CLAN
This presentation, by Susan Hough, is an interactive exploration using the Dagara Medicine Wheel to help participants discover which clan they are from and what their names are. It is designed to bring awareness of those attributes that may help or inhibit our happiness and wellbeing.
The session includes an explanation of the importance of discovering who we are and what our names are; a guided meditation centering around the “Spirit Office” and a dive into the Dagara Medicine Wheel and what makes it a useful tool in our daily lives. The attendees will identify their clan and will see themselves in the reflection of others. They will then be guided to recognize, integrate and balance each clan and each element that resides with each of us.
To find out more about Susan Hough’s presentation at GFSS this year you can watch this video – https://bit.ly/2xkK81Y
Greg Friedman is a modern version of a Spiritual Guide and Mentor. He builds bridges and helps clear paths by taking the ancient wisdom of indigenous cultures and making it applicable to us in our everyday lives.
He hosts the world-renowned FM radio program, “Inner Journey with Greg Friedman”. He has also been taking small groups of people all over the world to work with indigenous elders in remote destinations including the Amazon Rainforest and done ceremony with Peruvian Shamans, Aborigine elders and elders from various Native American tribes.
He will be presenting THE NATIVE AMERICAN MEDICINE WHEEL at India’s one and only ‘soul’ festival, the Global Festival of Spiritual Sciences, at Pyramid Valley, Bengaluru from 29th September – 2nd October, 2018.
Here’s a conversation we had with Greg Friedman in which he talks about his life purpose and his journey as a spiritual bridge between indigenous cultures and the rest of the world.
THRIIVE: When and how did you know for sure what your life purpose is?
GREG FRIEDMAN: I don’t mean to sound flippant but I have always known I am here to serve and build bridges.
THRIIVE: How has this transformed you?
GREG FRIEDMAN: It has made life both much more difficult in many ways and much more flavorful in many ways as well. The more awake one becomes the more one sees both light and shadow, internally and externally.
THRIIVE: Could you share any incident that stands out in your journey?
GREG FRIEDMAN: I have dealt a great deal with death and dying and it has taught me both how to live more fully as a human and that life is much more expansive than just the human form.
THRIIVE: Could you suggest an empowering practice our readers could carry out in their daily life? And also, how.
GREG FRIEDMAN: It is vital to remember that we are each the authors of our own story and not only can we write it based on perception and also by extension we are just characters in other people’s stories and to not take anything personally.
THRIIVE: What message would you life to give our readers?
GREG FRIEDMAN: Ultimately the medicine wheel is simply this: We are the medicine and the wheel is a tool to bring us closer to ourselves and each other.
THRIIVE: What can attendees look forward to in your session at GFSS 2018?
GREG FRIEDMAN: We, each of us, are Magic and every moment is an opportunity to embody that for ourselves and to grow through being of service.
ABOUT THE NATIVE AMERICAN MEDICINE WHEEL
In his presentation, Greg Friedman will explain why Indigenous Wisdom is vital to our growth and how the Native American Medicine Wheel can be employed to help personal health and happiness. This will be followed by a guided meditation. There will also be an in-depth exploration of the different aspects and elements of the Medicine Wheel. Attendees will understand how to employ the energies of the Wheel that resonate with them as well as work in conjunction with the energies that are more foreign. The presentation will conclude with an explanation of Mitakuye Oyasin and a closing prayer.
To find out more about Greg Friedman’s presentation at GFSS this year you can watch this video – https://bit.ly/2CFsprT
Zia Nath is a sacred danseuse specialising in ancient temple dances of India & Central Asia, whirling expert and TEDx presenter. As a child, a sacred dance witnessed by her impacted her so profoundly that she travelled around the world to study the sacred dances of different cultures. She founded Realms of Dance™ and has been teaching and performing for thousands worldwide. Zia Nath is also the originator of Whirling Mandala™.
Zia Nath will be presenting Crescendos of Rumi & Shiva at India’s one and only ‘soul’ festival, the Global Festival of Spiritual Sciences, at Pyramid Valley, Bengaluru from 29th September – 2nd October, 2018.
Here’s an email conversation we had with Zia Nath in which she talks about her life purpose and her journey as a sacred danseuse.
THRIIVE: When and how did you know for sure what your life purpose is? ZIA NATH: Over the years, my spiritual explorations with many different disciplines (Sufism, Buddhism, Zen, Tao, Osho, Gurdjieff Sacred Dances, Indian Temple Dances, etc) has contributed to dropping this sense of ‘life purpose’. My spiritual pratice supports devotion, surrender, letting go, acceptance, trust.
Aligning to life’s forces around me, through me, there is a realization that the “I” is not there. It melts away into the expansive so easily. I learn from nature. A tree has a blueprint design to grow in a specific way. And it’s so beautiful to watch how life supports it and shapes it. A river has a design to flow, and it flows, not knowing where its destination is and what it will become. Life shapes us in whatever realm we are. And to experience this is very humbling.
My study and practice of Sacred dances of Indian and Sufi traditions has also contributed to the melting of the ego (it’s a process and still ongoing). Only when the dancer surrenders, can the dance happen. Of course, the dancer needs to be dedicated to her practcie and the discipline required in the body – but that is form, the outer shape, a preparation for the sacred experience that will fill up the emptiness and spaciousness within.
THRIIVE: How has this transformed you? ZIA NATH: Ambition has transformed to devotion and dedication. Trust and acceptance is a deeper, more realistic experience now. “Here is an intention…. now lets see what happens…!” is normally how I approach things, be it work, passion or personal relationships.
I’m more sincere, total. This guides me to stay on the path which often takes detours. But rarely do I fall out of it, as over the years, I’ve learnt resiliency, flexibility and joy that comes from within rather than from a condition that is required outside.
So I feel content.
Sometimes I feel intensely tested…. And that’s tough. Then with some patient breathing and silence, I remind myself of some beautiful zen koans, ancient sutras, sufi poetry – one of them always helps me to re-align and then I’m back into the flow of things, drifting easily, till another storm or breach presents itself.
THRIIVE: Could you share any incident that stands out in your journey? ZIA NATH: If life had not interrupted my naïve desire and myopic vision, I would have been a ball room dancer. But that was not meant to be. Instead, life offered me a platter of storms and chaos. So, I adapted. After a break, I found myself in the practice of ancient Indian temple dances. And that journey has been so beautiful, grounding, spiritual. I’m grateful for those timely interruptions.
THRIIVE: Could you suggest an empowering practice our readers could carry out in their daily life? And also, how. ZIA NATH: I align to the essence of ordinariness. Zen Buddhism encourages a seeker to live an ordinary life outside, and an extra-ordinary life inside. That’s why the famous Zen quote: “Before enlightenment, chopping wood, carrying water. After enlightenment, chopping wood, carrying water.” I find this practice very empowering.
Practicing ‘presence of being’ (as Gurdjieff called it), is another powerful practice for me. So much extra-ordinariness is held in this very ordinary practice. Zarathustra said that “the body is the outer side of the being and the being is the inner side of the body. So begin with the body.” And to begin with the body, some ordinary things are very effective. Like sitting still, breathing, watching your breath, following its path into the body and out. Or dance movements, exercise, yoga, activities that involve the body. When we engage with the body with conscious awareness then the body becomes a bridge to our ‘being’. And the ‘being’ is the bridge to the celebrated Zen experience “Ah! This” or simply put – beingness.
This practice of being present with the body brings patience, spaciousness, temperance. It resources us from inside, it also allows us to wait, watch, and be a part of life as it unfolds. In reality we are not doing things. For brief moments in our life we can imagine we are doing things and controlling events around us. But we are part of a much bigger story and we are all playing our part (or being played), sometimes in the foreground, sometimes in the background, sometimes absent, sometimes present. Life ripples through the undulations of its own varied expressions.
One of my favourite quotes from Shamz of Tabriz shows us our place in this world:
“Patience does not mean to passively endure. It means to look at the end of a process. What does patience mean? It means to look at the thorn and see the rose, to look at the night and see the dawn. Impatience means to be short-sighted as to not be able to see the outcome. The lovers of God never run out of patience, for they know that time is needed for the crescent moon to become full.”
THRIIVE: What message would you like to give our readers? ZIA NATH: On the worldly, material path, we live a life of filling up, acquiring, getting entitled, etc. The path of the mystic however is quite different. Here we get busy with emptying ourselves, losing our identity, letting go of possesions, embracing the sacredness of ‘nothing’, and resting. Resting creates space. This space is shoonya or emptiness. Lao Tzu, ancient Taoist philospher, mystic, describes the usefulness and beauty of emptiness…
“Thirty spokes share the wheel’s hub; It is the centre hole that makes it useful. Shape clay into a vessel; It is the space within that makes it useful. Cut doors and windows for a room; It is the holes that make it useful. Therefore profit comes from what is there; Usefulness from what is not there.”
And persian whirler, mystic, of the 13th c. Mevlana Rumi says: “no more words. In the name of this place we drink in with our breathing, Stay quiet like a flower. So the nightbirds will start singing.”
And from our present times, Franz Kafka says: “You need not do anything. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen, just wait. You need not even wait, just learn to be quiet, still and solitary. And the world will freely offer itself to you unmasked. It has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”
THRIIVE: What can attendees look forward to in your Art & Soul session at GFSS 2018? ZIA NATH: I will be presenting my dance show ‘Crescendos of Rumi & Shiva’. This solo performance of one hour duration is a reflection of our ethnic and spiritual heritage – the Tantra Yoga Sutras of Shiva with mystical poetry of Mevlana Rumi. Inspired from ancient sculpted stories of the temples of Orissa and the wild abandon of spinning gypsies of Central Asia, these dances are tales of love suspended in the realms of spirituality and sensuality. Expressed as movement translations of ancient Tantra sutras from the Book of Secrets by Osho and passionate poetry of Rumi, laced with lyrical Persian and Indian music, the dances create a tapestry of mystique and magic.
One of the ills that plagues our society today is the lack of energy. Fatigue has become Lifestyle Enemy No.1. The reasons may vary: lack of sleep, wrong eating habits, overstimulation by social media and often, the overwhelming need to be an ‘achiever’.
This energy-drain can rob the get-up-and-go one needs to pursue activities that one loves. It can also lead to stress and result in anxiety, insomnia and other mental illnesses.
So, Thriive spoke to its registered healers and therapists who came up with these 5 energy boosters that you can easily do in 5 minutes. Yes, you read that right. “I don’t have time” is an excuse you can discard as easily as that tired feeling.
So, whether you’re waiting for your kid’s school bus, or your turn at the dentist, or waiting for the office meeting to begin, you can use those 5 minutes constructively.
Energy-boosting hacks to make the most of those 300 seconds:
1. Simple Habit App Make your phone your friend. Download this Simple Habit App and enjoy a range of 5-minute guided meditations to reduce stress and to bring you into the moment. The payoff is that the effects of the meditation will carry over to all areas of your life.
2. Tapping Energy flows through our body in certain pathways that are called meridians. And like any hi-traffic area, these meridians get blocked and cause low-energy areas in the body. Tapping on these points on the body can release energy and get it free-flowing. In just a few minutes, you can go from so-so energy to super-energy. Check out the Tapping technique here:
3. Writing Free flow writing is known to be a form of meditation. Got 5 minutes? Quickly jot down the 5 things you’re grateful for. Any notebook will do (we avoid e-devices) but these are cool too:
Remember those drawing classes in school? How focused one was to make sure the color did not spill out of the borders! Have you tried your hand at coloring recently (if you’re a practicing artist, this question does not apply to you)? Grab one of those fabulous coloring books and get cracking. In just 5 minutes of coloring, especially mandalas, you’ll actually feel your mood change. And in the long run, you’ll notice a higher concentration span and elevated creativity. You’re gonna love coloring these mandalas:
Sonia Rao is the Editor-in-Chief at Thriive Art & Soul.