Despite the pandemic and global lock downs, we humans find a myriad of ways to express ourselves and continue to ascend our energies. Artistically and culturally, we are rising forth with great diversity.
We at El Tule Institute know that things are challenging and difficult. We are committed to inspiring new ways to release stress and nourish your creative expressions in diverse ways because research published in the 2010 edition of the American Journal of Public Health shows that creative expressions help our immunity systems to stay strong and improves our mental health as well.
Take a moment to give yourself a pause from the stress by clicking on these video links that represent a diversity of cultures that remind us that no matter where we are in the world, we can unite to build hope, healing and love.
Choose to view one or all–then ask yourself, how can you creatively express what you are feeling today to release your stress? Journal, use your audio recorder on smart devices, get out that chalk, or move your body.
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Italians use music to express during the quarantine.
Get busy with chalk sidewalk art–this one mother is helping her children find new ways to express with art photography.
Native Americans dance beautifully to share healing energy with the world.
Of course, we cannot forget that the movement art of qi gong can also help us heal and grow. Founder and medical qi gong practitioner, Kay Hutchinson shares this ancient art from China. As a gift to you, El Tule is partnering with Aiki Healing to present these free live classes Saturdays at noon CST on the Aiki Healing Facebook site.
El Tule has always been about creative transformation. During these challenging times of stay at home orders we offer to you these resources to help you restore your sense of grounding, clarity and strength.
Over a million people gathered to meditate to recalibrate the energy of our planet, bodies, emotions and spirits. Please click on the link below to access the wonderfully healing energy of this free 22 minutes seated meditation. Download it to your devices and use it daily.
We recently finished our series, “The Five Wisdoms,” which delivered to participants via Zoom, and provided a deep opportunity for recharging energy and learning about the five elements in an experiential way through movement and meditation. We look forward to bringing this series back as the deep relaxation and calmness is very much needed. Stay tuned for more information on this series.
Our lives are immersed in a cosmos of infinite interacting relationships and possibilities. Every moment, a blink of Brahma, a universe unfolds in our bodies, spirits, minds, and hearts. You and I are connected in this ebb and flow and in vibrational fields at all levels of being. Chi Gong (Qigong) is one beautiful vehicle to root our consciousness into every breath.
Breathe in that miracle!
Drum rhythms, especially those performed with attention to sacred evocations of energy, are healing and settling for the brain, nervous system and emotions. Calm your spirit with our free offering featured on this page.
Click on the drum to visit the drum page with the free track at the bottom.
During this time of immense change, a new cycle of gratitude begins. El Tule continues to support each and every one of you with tools and resources to get through this difficulty. We will post our offerings here so check back regularly. We will be offering Zoom workshops to allow our consciousnesses to release, restore, recharge, celebrate, and embrace the energy we generate as we enter in the new phases and new normal of our lives.
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May you all be blessed and may you reach out and let us know what we can do to help you.
We give profound thanks to our teachers and their teachers, our ancestors, our love circles, and all their relationships in all directions of time. We pray for blessings and we live to send gratitude to all who come to our community and offer their beautiful life force in our movement-prayer practice of chi gong (qi kung).
May our service be for all beings to find happiness
and the roots of happiness
“There are only two ways to live your life: as though nothing is a miracle, or as though everything is a miracle.” –Albert Einstein.
The Helix Nebula is also called the Eye of God Nebula. Our roots ground us in heaven as well as earth. Gives a sense of deep connection to Oneness. Whichever is the higher power of your understanding, whatever the name you apply to a consciousness grid of light that we all are part of, know that in this very moment, we all are One. In this present breath, the all that is dances in energetic flows of pure bliss and gratitude in your body.
At El Tule Institute, we are celebrating another year of loving connection to each and every one of you who have supported this humble seed project that we are. Deb, Martha, Sheila, Eric and Kay have nothing but gratitude for having embraced our work this year.
Your support affirms that one breath-at-a-time we can transform and have an energetic impact around us. With our soul energy we contribute and continue to work to bring about the shift for all human beings to awaken their consciousness and root our daily life in peace of body, mind, and heart. Qigong is our way to bring forth heaven to hearts, minds, and souls. And we give great thanks to Source for this knowing.
This past Autumn we started work online and we have had so much fun! Thank you again for your patronage. We are honored you choose this practice to creatively transform your life.
Realize that we are immersed in constant exchanges of energy where our natural flow is immersed in expansive universal abundance. — Martha Pérez
We humbly ask again for your generous donations and invite you to join us in the last month of this decade and the beginning of next year and take the 5 wisdoms’ sessions in exchange for your donation. Giving and receiving is perfect.
The winter solstice brings us into the seasonal flow of the element of water, where all is ease in the ebb, and flow without grasping or rejecting — just being.
Breathe in gratitude, exhale bliss.
El Tule Institute needs your support. Your generosity will help us continue instilling peace and bliss one light body at a time.
Ritual baths have been a wellness tradition in many ancestral cultures.
Here are a few suggestions to make this divine connection with your most sacred self in a day where the winter begins and we connect to the openness and quietude of darkness. You can also use these suggestions for the spring and fall equinoxes and the summer solstice.
These are only suggestions, you will intuitively know exactly what to do to nurture yourself in this intimate moment of receiving light for the seasonal change. Listen to your intuition to make this the best for your soul’s solace.
Make this bath as beautiful as you want. Imagine that you are bathing in water that is alive in beautiful divine energy (see Dr. Emoto’s images of water crystals when imbued with beautiful energies like love or gratitude https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAvzsjcBtx8 ). Only send to the water your highest vibration so that the energy is all loving kindness. Clear the space in the bathroom and make it as beautiful as possible so that you feel that you are immersing in your purest infinite light. See your intentions in the salt crystals and then on the water.
Before the bath. Open the salts and place them in a bowl at the bottom of your tub (without water) with a candle safely lit and a crystal stone by it; this will help create the highest vibration in your tub. I like quartz, for it magnifies and harmonizes energies well. With your intentions poured on to the salt crystals, surrender to your highest vibration and to the divine feminine, however you conceive this.
If you want to, you can do this in silence or you can play meditative music or a visualization that helps you connect deeply from your highest self.
Before the solstice, once you have cleared the bathtub energetically, prior to the bath meditate 20 or 30 minutes on your intentions for 2019 and see yourself bathed in divine light, deep bliss and peace.
Right before the solstice, in the intimacy of your bathroom, anoint yourself with oils that deeply connects with your vibration. Intuitively massage to open your energetic fields to receive. Wrists, feet, neck, forehead, crown are important.
Light a candle safely in one or as many corners of your tub as you’d like. Now pick up your bowl of salts and your candle. Now, hold the salts up and offer them to the infinite creator or higher power of your understanding and say your intentions our loud as you hold your salts up asking for all your energy to be lifted and transformed into divine love and a blessing for this earth, for your peace is also the peace with all your circles and their circles’ circles. Remember that in this space, you want to only use positive soul language.
Now open the flow of water. Fill the bathtub with a water temperature that is comfortable for you to sit in for at least 20 minutes. As you watch it flow, send a prayer of forgiveness to all beings and feel this light open deep into your energetic layers a space of loving quietude. Breathe in deeply this harmony and this peace. Remember that anything that is released into the water will free you from lower energies as we move forward to 2019.
When the tub is filled to your liking, grab your bowl with salts and pour them in the water. Say out loud what you desire to shift or bring forth. Stir them a little so they dissolve. Now enter into the bath and sink into this delicious divine peace you have created. The energies infused in the slats will make you feel and deeply understand that you are infinitely loved. Use your little bowl to wash yourself. Make sure to have a bath towel by you so that you do not splash it into your eyes but feel free to pour over your crown and your back. Open all your vessels and meridians to receive the highest frequency from heaven and earth. Sink into the love of mother divine that has blessed these salts and meditate in this delicious silence.
After you emerge, do not rinse the bath from your body, let the electromagnetic energy stay on your skin over night. You may use oils or a lotion to help your skin be yummy. But the salts ar designed to help your skin. Neem is awesome for this.
Wrap yourself in delicious towels and if possible, go and rest and immerse yourself in the surrender and openness of divine feminine for another quiet 20 minutes. Do not think. Do not expect. Just feel the divine seeds growing in every cell of your being and let your light shine on to your loving circles. Your creative powers will be opened, renewed, and you will be ready to receive 2019 in a deep self-love as you are awakening the divine empathy and compassion for your being. Your stillness will be the rock of the world in all directions of time. Sit still in gratitude for this blessing.
I have prayed over these salts since 11/1/19 and they have taken in the beautiful energy of the light, the leaves, of the oils and all the Qigong movement prayer that have been poured onto all these. Allow these waves of love to transform your creative energies and to bring much needed love to the world. Let your light shine!
When you finish use a sieve or paper towels to capture all the herbs so that you do not clog your drain. You can also choose to just steep the salts in the bag they are in. These are organic bags so you can submerge them into the water as if you were making a huge cup of tea.
Please read next blog to learn how the ritual salts are made.
With much love and blissings for you and your loved ones from el Tule. Looking forward to a blissful new decade 2020….
Martha is a co-founder of El Tule
Institute. She has experimented with healing systems in traditional settings since
the 1990’s. Growing up in Mexico,
she encountered local curanderoculture in search for her own
healing. She studied
with the Arizona-based
“Journey into the light” emotional healing system, and is a graduate and certified sponsor of Roman’s and Packer’s
“Awakening your body light” spiritual process. Martha has learned from the
wisdom of many movement, meditation,
and martial arts processes such as
Sufi-based movement meditation, capoeira n’gola, yoga, and Feldenkrais
movement ATM®. She traveled to Cuba and Haiti to learn about sacred dance and
about healing arts traditions. She is Aiki Healing
Qigong movement certified, has been part of the Year of Miracles community for 5 years, is Ho’oponopono certified
(Joe Vitale), John Newton certified, is a facilitator for Sue Morter’s Energy Codes, and
absolutely loves to coach and do
divination. It is all part of her coaching process F.L.O.W.
Teaching has become a spiritual path for Martha. She taught Haitian
dance in Austin for sixteen years. Martha wrote and choreographed WhiteDarkness, a
fusion of poetry,
storytelling, and traditional Haitian
drumming, dance, song, and religious symbolism.
Martha’s ability to share the healing power of movement has touched many lives. She loves movement as a path to wholeness, she is a 7-year certified
Qigong practitioner working within a
lineage of generations of Taoist priests.
Martha is native to Mexico City. She has a MA in sociology and a PhD in cultural geography on the phenomenology of earth-based lifeways. She has researched ancient ways of knowing from an academic and an experiential perspective and is directing much of her efforts to shift our human relationship to the earth with the wisdom left to us by our ancestors. Martha works supporting educational communities. Learning is a lifelong dance for her.
Martha is committed to el Tule Institute transformational work. If interested in coaching, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
With infinite gratitude for the honor and blessing of this practice.
As seasons change and harvest time comes, deep gratitude for the earth rests in the quiet peaceful and humble spirit of receivership. The bath salts contain the essence of gratitude to our mother earth, divine yin feminine provider, and they are resonating in the highest vibration for receiving blissful abundance.
Enhance your ritual winter solstice cleanse bathing to close the year cycle and enhance your openness to receive in alignment with your highest good. In the dusk of solstice, the longest dark day, we can enter into the next season connecting deeply to love unfolding all around us. It is the mark of yin time beginning, opening our hearts to receive from the earth in the haven of our love circles.
The spirit prayer bath salts are a most unique product, a result of wisdom received through Martha’s spiritual teachers’ over time. These are essentially an offering to all who have been part of our year, where we played with our hearts open to send divine healing to all who need it in intention-ing waves rippling from our seasonal activations.
We are in dire need of peace, let us be the awakening light that rises in the horizon. This is where the divine feminine comes to our heart-brain field. These bath salts are a gift for your support in our journey through the solar cycle. We truly wish this bliss offering will find a donation from your heart in exchange of light and loving energy.
The salts contain the five elements that harmonize with the seasons. This very special project begins in the spring with potting the herbs. Through spring, fall and summer, the plants absorb and transform the energy of the seasons – just like we do in our Qigong sessions to adjust and grow.
INGREDIENTS…The essential herb of these prayer bath salts is basil, which is an herb considered to soothe and heal in many earth-based wisdom traditions. In our tradition, basil oil serves to support the energy alchemy in the kidney meridian. Lots of love and sun goes into the beautiful plant from seed to blossom. With the season, we add, rose petals, lavender, chamomile, and marigold (calendula).
This year the salts have Himalayan spikenard oil to ease transformation and bring in a deep sense of spiritual serenity, the kind that is infused with knowing that we are light and we are creating a future of prosperity and peace.
A small amount of Vitamin C is added to support your radiant skin, so be careful not to splash into your eyes. Epson salts also support deep relaxation so do not eat.
The oils this year are lavender, geranium rose, spikenard, sandalwood, and neem to open a receiving heart field and have ease and flow.
The salt crystals absorb prayers for 41 days or so (Himalayan and Kosher sea salt) infused in gratitude to mother earth for all her gifts that sustain our three treasures, chi, jing and shen. We also added neem this year to make your skin happy.
You may find in the salts a piece of silicon dioxide rock (glass rock) that you can keep with you as a grounding piece to remind (anchor) you that you are in Oneness with All that is.
Allow yourself to anchor your daily life in divine love.
Around ALL SAINTS’ DAYS the herbs are collected and put all together in kosher and epsom salt (so do not eat these). They sit under the sun to further dry them and pour divine light in ho’opnopono prayers into them. Every day, Qigong’ed and prayed over, thanking all of you and all our ancestors with flows that pour in the energy of the solar radiance and the warmth of the earth from our heart center into breath. The salt crystals resonate in this complete surrender, quietude, serenity; the salt crystals hold the grace infused. The beauty of the stars and of the intuitive moon are also dancing in these crystals.
AT LEAST 41 DAYS these salts are prayed over to become tools for divinity to support your journey. When these salts are released into the bath water, your intention and gratitude pours from your heart, spirit, and body centers into an alchemical pool to release that which needs to move on so that space is created for the love miracles ahead. The salts can be used during the solstice which marks the shortest day of the year and begins the lengthening of solar time through yin time in the winter (this year it is December 21). With this intention, prepare to restore your creative powers in the deep rest of winter and to awaken them in the spring.
GET ATTUNED TO THE UNFOLDING OF LOVE, PEACE, CREATIVITY, AND SERENITY in a sacred energetic immersion.
With the summer solstice, the increase of solar energy is both energizing and when the heat really comes to Texas, it can be challenging. Our heart activation will focus on balancing the increased energy surrounding us and channeling it to enhance a harmonious state. I have been following Greg Braden and he talks about the “heart brain” – it has been discovered that the heart has neurons that are in constant communication with the brain and that the heart energy field is larger than that of the brain. Also, it has been found that there are neurons in the heart.
The electromagnetic field of the brain and the heart are important organizing energetic avenues of our entire being, physical and subtle. Interesting that this was known long ago in a less technical way. Chi Gong is a movement wisdom-tradition designed to enhance our energetic self-regulation. Chi Gong practices provide us with an intuitive approach to connect to these subtle layers of our body and bring us to wholeness.
Just as the seasons shift with movement, our life is cyclic and we need to replenish and nurture ourselves in all kind of cycles, days, weeks, months, years. Our heart activation offers a clearing of energies so that our mind, spirit, and body release the increasing levels of stress as the pace of life seems to get faster and faster. Greg Braden mentions many studies that have linked stress to cell aging. Chi Gong is longevity nurturing and our practice will share de-stressing movement meditation sequences to ease you into feeling deeply nourished and rejuvenated. As you shine your heart light, you will create ripples that will nurture our collective heart fields to support our journey to a balanced state of bliss.
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LOVE YOUR MOTHER EARTH
Earth Day Movement Meditation
Our bio-magnetic energy fields are an invisible but powerful part of our lives. Our heart and brain centers emit electromagnetic waves all the time without us really noticing them. Ancient unique movement meditation flows allow us to cultivate our natural powers, enhancing stillness and mindfulness. Creative movement meditation sequences support and harmonize the web of meridians and channels energy flow.
At El Tule Institute, Chi Gong is a means to connect body, mind, heart, and spirit (chi, jing, shen) as the essential treasures in your life. We believe that peace starts in our own energy fields and that it ripples out to others.
Perform this simple earth meditation.
Stand on the ground in bare feet if you can with toes straight ahead and heels planted firmly.
Imagine you have roots coming out of your feet connecting you to the earth.
Simple inhale the Earth energy up your feet to the middle of your body at your solar plexus near your stomach at the midline of your body.
Exhale the energy down to the earth.
Do this nine times and relax. Thank the Earth for this exchange of energy. Feel refreshed.
Call us today to schedule a tarot consultation, or private energy balancing session with chi gong movements and meditations.
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Harvest time is a time to celebrate, share, and store. Trees and plants drop leaves as their roots anticipate the deep restoration time, the “Yinnest” time of the year, winter. Harvest time is a celebration of deep attunement to the earth, our home, as we bury in it our roots and take time to nourish and restore.
El Tule Institute has shared many harvests since 2012. Our service is an extension of our gratitude for the awesome gift of living in utmost abundance. In line with the season our flow meditations honor the ancestors for the harvest of wisdom they have bestowed to us. And yes, Día de los Muertos is a profound celebration of being and connecting to our roots.
We also offer our deepest gratitude to you – we say grace with our activations . Saying Grace “is a short prayer before or after a meal (early 13c. until 16c.) and it is an offering of gratitude (etymology dictionary).” Gratitude is one of the states of highest harmony. Come to our Qigong meditation movement workshops and learn ways of wisdom that our ancestors passed on, one breath at a time.
We want to share with you our harvest of grace, our harvest of harmony as El Tule Institute offers you this simple way to enhance the energy of grace in your life.
Take a moment to get a piece of paper out. If you have colored pencils, crayons, markers that is fine but you can also do this with an ordinary pen.
Draw three things for which you are grateful. They can be abstract symbols of the things, or realistic renderings of these three things, or colors representing these three things. Be creative. You don’t have to be an artist to do this.
Take as long as you like. Be as simple or detailed as you like.
Then, simply gaze at what you created. Put this somewhere you can see it regularly or take a picture of it and put it in your phone or tablet so you can reference it often.
Whenever you feel down, sad, annoyed, agitated etc., gaze upon these three treasures in your life–these things that inspire your utter gratitude.
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As we ask for your generous donations, we are ready to give back …
Gifts of $35 or more will receive FREE access to our last 2 workshop offerings left in 2017 (Nov 18 and Dec 16) ($50 value) – www.eltuleinstitute.org
Gifts of $50 or more will be entered in a raffle to win an Aiki Healing session with our local Austin Alchemist, Kay Hutchinson ($150.00 value) – www.aikihealing.com
Gifts of $50 or more will be entered in a raffle to win three private drumming sessions to build new rhythms and neural pathways ($180.00 value) – www.ethnocool.com
Gifts of $30 or more will be entered in a raffle to win a private Chi-FLOW session with Martha ($75 value)
Gifts of $50 or more will be entered in a raffle to win one of the four paintings created during our 2016 solstice celebration ($100 value). Paintings were created live by Ava Brooks – Itajime at Etsy.
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After the late summer Eclipse… September equinox activation
Autumn is a season to deeply nurture our roots as inhabitants of this most amazingly beautiful planet earth. Our earth is unconditionally nurturing us all the time; like our mothers who were our first taste of absolute plenitude and abundance. There is a deep relationship to explore with mother earth and our earth energetic body. Understanding from a sensual and experiential perspective our energetic body systems is part of the work we do in El Tule’s signature Chi Gong activations.
Nurturing the balance for our earth systems will make you feel at ease with all that surrounds you. Our metabolic system is deeply engaged with the earth’s influence on our subtle, physical, and mental flows. Our capacity to absorb and transform nutrients is a blessing of receiving in balance helping us be at ease in a happy, generous, loving state. Come celebrate your energy being and your landing on this planet and help send out this powerful activation of gratitude in ripples of blessings to all who need a safe space after the eclipse and the instability that the hurricane brought to our lives.
Take a moment to activate the earth energy within yourself by imagining the energy of the earth. Feel that energy come into your body, your heart, your brain, your feelings, and your spirit.
Celebrate this gentle activation by breathing deeply for five minutes and concentrating on the feeling of earth energy.
End with placing your hands on your belly and returning your awareness fully to the space that you are in at this moment.
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