Elysha’s Youtube Videos
Several years ago my friends Gabriel and Sapphire started talking about a guy who, to me, seemed pretty random, who was meditating and speaking about it, named Elysha. We started watching him speak on YouTube videos daily and my friends regularly commented on his talks and shared them with me. Elysha’s message interested me, but I approached it from an intellectual point of view and thus didn’t get much spiritual growth out of it for some time. Still, though, I wanted to support Gabriel and Sapphire so I listened intently to his words in our visits.
Every time I listened, the message started sounding more and more simple. The YouTube videos were replaced with audio meditations and talks, and before too long, we were “sitting” or meditating with Elysha just about every time we visited. I found Elysha’s voice soothing and I began to enjoy his familiar refrains. I would laugh about his language style when G and S would read his daily consideration out loud over lunch or a drink… but now and then I would get hit by the trueness of his words, and the sits started getting deeper.
A Simple Shortcut to Inner Peace & Joy
When we learned about Julie and her technique in A Simple Shortcut to Inner Peace & Joy: Living Your True Natur E-Course, I finally learned how to park myself in who I am for longer sustained periods of time without struggling too much. Suddenly Julie and Elysha’s message made sense not from an intellectual standpoint at all, but as an experiential reality. I tapped into the knowing of what this message is all about – a knowing grounded in being it. By that point, it became me who was requesting to have a sit sometimes – I knew that this was what I needed to do, and my friends’ meditation practice was there to remind me.
We continued to explore various Elysha meditations, and one collection in particular resonated with me for some reason. The Lion Heart meditation tracks really kick started my personal practice and I began listening to Elysha’s meditations at home much more often and doing the meditation myself. Before, I had been doing 15 minute sits, but these Elysha tapes brought me into longer hour long sits at home, and I found I was deepening into the heart and carrying this meditation into my daily life very effectively sometimes.
How Has This Affected My Life?
How has this affected my life? There is no way I can ever really know what my spiritual growth would have been otherwise, but my feeling is that this work has allowed me to trust in the process as my ego mind / body self totally falls apart, crashing, burning and complaining about it the whole way. I have found the ability to stand in my trueness and watch the s@#t hit the fan without letting it excite or interest me – and in that place I have found a well of joy. I find myself holding space beautifully in that stillness for the person to fall apart all around me, and that is liberating indeed.
I have a place to go now, when there’s nowhere else to retreat to. I have a way of escaping the mind’s traps. When my mind is telling me that everything is completely wrecked, I have a way of seeing right through the illusions… into this beautiful nothingness of quiet being. A happiness that is beyond reactions or judgements is here already, as Elysha and Julie have so lovingly pointed out… and I appreciate that this is something I can check out right now – not in ten years if I meditate hard enough. Right now.
Elysha and Julie’s Spiritual Teachings
Elysha and Julie’s spiritual teachings have proven themselves to be valuable to me in my daily living. Most certainly my prayer is that others may discover the bliss that lives here and now in this very heart. I shall strive to share this information non-intrusively with those who express an interest in it, and I will continue to sit, and deepen, in that truth of who I am.
Love in this present moment,