032. Cynthia Lane

Until I was nine, I lived in one of New York City’s “melting pot” neighborhoods, where a wonderful mix of freely-mingling cultures, languages and races welcomed me into life on Earth. God, or my conception of God, was always at the center of my life and I conversed freely with the being I had inwardly invented to right wrongs, heal whatever hurt and generally keep the world just and flowing.

Facing East

I attended college on the West Coast (Portland and San Francisco) in the late sixties, where I discovered many kindred souls seeking deeper meaning and expanded purpose in their lives. Some of these friends turned my attention to teachings from the East—first Zen, and then masters from India. After a focused exploration of some of the life-enhancing modalities available at the time—and there were lots—I learned the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique offered by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Berkeley in 1967.

TM’s gifts were unmistakable and I started a thirty-year career of devoted service to the Vedic tradition. For many of these years, I taught the TM technique. This work was indescribably rewarding—an act of pure love that took me all around the U.S. and to many parts of Europe and Asia. I also spent a lot of time simply meditating, including seven years in a non-denominational, convent-style setting. This whole period precipitated vast spiritual and personal growth which remains fully integrated into my life, a gift that keeps on giving.

Facing West

After spending most of my adult life looking East, in about 1996, I began to discover the indigenous traditions of the West, or the Americas. I spent several challenging years working with Chanté Ishta, a Ho-Chunk teacher, who helped me clear many deeply-rooted spiritual and personal belief systems. During that period, I also opened to a profound and intimate relationship with the Earth: her wondrous creative nature, her healing and nourishing gifts and her deep wisdom. I felt like every cell in my body turned around 180 degrees as I learned to embrace life on Earth with a grounded kind of joy and openness that I had never before known.

I have also been privileged to know a great Lakota wisdom keeper, Sun Dance leader, healer and teacher, Naça Wa’Anata. Through him, I received a personal pipe, a precious and powerful source of blessing, inspiration, and transformation. Both Wa’Anata’s teaching and my personal experience with the pipe and other Lakota sacred ceremonies, especially the Sundance, have saturated every material and non-material aspect of my life with divine light.

Eternal Silence

I spent five years (2002-2007) living largely in silence in beautiful northern New Mexico, merging with the Earth and ultimately with the infinite Silence that is the reality of creation. Through this process and many others, I was blessed by the unconditional love, wisdom, mentoring, humor and eternal friendship of Bill Bauman, an indescribably special gift from the Infinite in my life and the life of many friends. It is beautiful beyond all words to live in eternal freedom.

Cynthia’s site: First Light Transformations

Interview recorded 8/4/2010.

Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast. Video also available on Facebook in 20-minute segments.

6 thoughts on “032. Cynthia Lane

  1. Hey Rick,

    I really thought she stated what some people who leave messages on here, including myself, have been trying to say. Nothing really matters. You can’t do anything, things just happen, then you say to yourself “i did that”. i remember one of the guys said something to that affect, and you put a quote from lucille about eating garbage and the certainity of hitler being evil.. she defended reality very well. bravo

  2. People are still doing it after 33 years. As far as I know, no one has flown yet, but many people report nice subjective experiences and feel that the practice is evolutionary. I gave it up about 10 years ago.

  3. Rick and Cynthia, nice interview and thank you
    I was wondering Cynthia, how would you relate your personal unfoldment into higher states of consciouness not only when you were involved with the TM movement but later with the Native American Indian culture in terms of Maharishi’s explantion of CC, GC, UC? It seems much more unfoldment came about during your time with the Lakota and its ceremonies. Were you able to pinpoint a particular stage of you unfoldment and say yes this is CC or yes now its GC etc? And do you feel Maharishi’s explanation of higher states of consciiousness served you well as you went through this process of awakening?

  4. You mentioned no sense of doing, Cynthia. I find that only in that place can any progress occur. I can identify those times as I scan into past. Watching is natural. (I’ve been witnessing all of my life, off and on. Some are just harder nuts to crack so it takes longer. I’ve heard it called ‘slow cook’, but in my case it was ‘no cook’ and just wait until things rot and get cleaned up later, kinda thingie.

  5. Everything in its time; everyone’s path is so unique. Today, everyone everywhere is being asked to learn that we are in charge of absolutely nothing! Everyone is being prodded to give up all illusion of being in control of anything, and simply surrender to Being, to live in a place where we know nothing and let life unfold through us as opposed to trying to make life happen. But our response to all this is what our individual path is all about.
    If you are actually asking for this change (as opposed to havng it more or less forced on you), you have probably been getting prodded all your life. Sometimes we need to focus consciously on letting go of those beliefs that inhibit surrender to Being, but it sounds like in your case, everything just happens on its own, in its own time, which doesn’t mean at all that you are not cooking, just that you have a unique and perfectly timed way of opening to it all.

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