Kannon Bodhisattva – Goddess of Mercy ~ Shinsui Japan ca-1940 @ Carawiki




Kannon ~ Affection by Artist Ichiro Tsuruta


Inspired by Randy Knudson, who posted on the desire for a deeper understanding of the universe, I have been listening deeply to the sounds of the world, and like the Mother of Compassion Avalokiteshvara/Chenrezig/Kannon-sama/Guan Yin who is my inspiration for love and compassion as is Mother Mary, I have been contemplating the universal gate of our heart as I opened to all kinds of situations of suffering.

In my meditations this last week the goddess of compassion has appeared twice and the Buddha once, as clear as if you were standing in front of me.

So I have contemplated deeply the energies of our world, with a practice where each day everyone I meet is a Buddha or Guan Yin, a Christ or Mary Magdalene and how simple it is to see that when we are calm and happy and peaceful. Yet so often when our heart is less than open and our mind full of distractions, we throw up all sorts of reasons not to hear the sounds of the world, not to see the Buddhas right in front of us, and do not recognize that no matter what the situation, love is the answer.

When you consider what is happening to us all here there is more need than ever in our world for love and compassion.
The beautiful name of Avalokiteshvara Guan Yin Bodhisattva means a universal door, a universal portal, that can respond to the needs of any being and any circumstance, covering all ground, time and space.

Now, with the reach and capabilities of the internet and technology, used with wisdom, we are capable of reaching out and touching more people in beneficial ways, in even the remotest places, than ever before, even as we do in this wonderful community.

We are able to transcend certain aspects of time and space in this action, to benefit other sentient beings and help them awaken, just as we are all doing here.

We can meet and reach out and help each other in so many ways.

We can be a universal gate for each other.

The Universal Gate is all about us looking deeply into the ultimate nature of reality and attaining the insight that liberates us from all suffering.

And what we all need, more often than not, is simple love and kindness.

Being present and there when another human being needs you.

Saying “I am really here for you.”

When you consider what we can pass on to others, here and now, by being present for their needs through this medium we call the internet, we are tapping in to the deepest form of communication when used correctly.

We open opportunities, portals of energy and information, for others, with a frequency and a reach far beyond what was possible even 20 years ago.

Activations, transmissions and empowerments are available for those with pure intention and deep devotion, and the energy, consciousness and information that is flowing along these pathways is mirrored in so many other areas. The Dalai Lama in some of his broadcasts spoke about the new opportunities to receive empowerments over the internet for those of deep faith who are unable to physically get to initiations for example.

We, like Avalokiteshvara Guan Yin are beginning to understand the many different expressions of living beings, and like a mother with the affection for a child, hear the vibration of the sound, the sound of the world, and help awaken all beings we come in touch with to their True Self, the Buddha or Christ Nature within.

In that deep listening to the universal sound, our thoughts naturally come to a halt.

We become certain of the Path.

We know that visions and experiences are important, but far more important right now is awakening all beings to the heart of love and compassion, to calmness and happiness in every moment in their lives.

I am learning all the time.

I try to offer help and then get out of the way.

Allow the Mother of Compassion to take charge by connecting all I meet deeply to Her Heart.

We all see that through the practice of stopping (shamatha) and looking deeply (vipassana) we attain freedom from suffering, and that in that stillness, silence and spaciousness of being we can reach out to others to help them to concentrate, be calm and stop to feel their infinite awareness and look deeply into whatever is arising for them right now.


The power of being.



This is the mantra of the Heart Sutra, the Prajnaparamita Sutra, the Sutra of the Blessed Mother.

Love and compassion.


Gate gate pāragate pārasaṃgate bodhi swāhā

Go beyond your self, go beyond what you know, go beyond the breath, empty yourself, bathe yourself in the miracle of the fire and bliss of Love and Compassion and light the Light and hear the Sound within you.

Love and soul blessings

Stephen Altair

My meditation practice as shown by the graph is simply breathing in calmness and happiness in the lower, mid and upper dantian while bringing attention to spacious awareness (the first section), breathing in calmness and happiness up the inner spine (where gamma rises – rupa jhana) and breathing in calmness and happiness in the stillness (delta section – arupa jhana). After this I contemplate suffering of the world while sharing love and kindness generated from the meditation.


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Gratitude & Appreciation to all artists & photographers ~ Credit given where this is known. Any queries, please contact me, Shekinah

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