By Deva Suchata
Jacqueline Maria Longstaff runs ashram of the singing heart in South India. Here, in an interview, she talks about her own vision for bringing about the golden age.
Tell me about your Cosmic Airport vision.
I have actually begun calling the Cosmic Airport, ‘a vision whose time has come’.
Some years ago, here in Denmark, I awoke one morning with a vision. I saw an airport containing an arrival lounge, departure lounge and transit lounge. The arrival lounge was a place where women could give birth to babies painlessly, in an enlightened energy field so babies arrived conscious and untraumatized. It is very important that we can help to bring babies into the world without their consciousness being closed down – such souls are really needed on this planet today. As you know, my own birth in this lifetime took three days and three nights; so naturally I recognize how profoundly the birth experience influences the life.
Yes, I remember hearing you say that a birth trauma can produce a very deep pattern that becomes an underlying theme for the rest of the incarnation unless it is cleared.
Yes – I had such a pattern myself. The birth trauma can also leave a deep inner stress that is difficult to heal.
How do you plan to create this arrival lounge? What are the specific details you intend to add to it?
First by bringing more attention to ‘spiritual midwifery’. In some parts of the world this has already been happening for many years. Conception, pregnancy and birth are very important for the soul coming into incarnation. We can help it into incarnation in the most loving, respectful and gentle way possible. Bringing a baby in with as much loving energy as possible is so important. Even a birth that becomes ‘complicated’ can still be a good birth if filled with these energies.
When a woman gives birth, much is happening energetically. From up above, down through the crown chakra, through the body and out of the soles of the feet comes a powerful force. It is important to help the woman accept this energy. There are complications if it is stopped. There is also a powerful energy coming up from the earth. Grounding is needed to be able to use it. It is important for the woman to be in contact with the physical body and with her feelings – especially the often ‘forbidden’ deep feelings! It is as if heaven and earth meet in a woman when creation begins. These are strong energies and it is important for the woman to be able to embrace them. If she is used to experiencing a strong energy flow before the birth, it makes the process much easier. Meditation, yoga, tai chi and other similar disciplines all help with this process.
People in different parts of the world have also been sharing their creative ideas with me. There are ideas connected with the use of dolphin energy to facilitate the birth process, and many people are interested in experimenting with sound and music, both for birthing and dying.
There are also plans to provide groups of meditators who go out and sit during births. They will not involve themselves in any practical or social way during the birthing process, but will simply provide an enlightened energy field to support the soul coming on to the earth plane.
Will you have doctors attending to these women or what is the option?
A doctor will be needed at each Cosmic Airport in case of emergency, but we will also promote the idea of the dulla. Dulla is a Greek word for birth helper and describes someone who is present to support a woman giving birth. Five years of research in the state of Cleveland, USA, has shown that for the 50% of pregnant woman who were offered a dulla, the number of cesareans needed fell by 50%. The use of epidurals fell by 60% and the use of other forms of pain relief medicines fell by 30%.
These are important statistics because any form of medicinal pain relief is not without risk. It seems most midwives are glad for the help of dullas. A dulla was present at the births I attended when I had Singing Heart Center in Denmark.
What about the departure lounge?
The departure lounge was for people who were dying – a place where they could be supported to go beyond any fear of death and die consciously.
You have often said that if we can take people beyond the fear of death we will remove a huge amount of fear from the collective energy field.
True. I have heard that since the mid-1800s it has become more of a challenge for those who die, to come free of the astral planes after death. The reason for this is the state of the astral planes – so much fear and chaos that of course reflects the collective state of humanity in this time of transition from the old to the new. The departure lounge will also train people to use the death process to move into enlightenment if they have not already reached this state whilst in the physical body.
What spiritual measures and techniques will you use to bring about conscious dying? Will it be based on the Tibetan process of dying?
It will be based on the process taught in the Dying for Truth programs. The terminology used will not be quite the same as that used in the Tibetan Book of the Dead, even though we could say that process is the same. This book was written for Buddhist monks and its way of personifying certain stages of the death process is not suitable for all. Real meditation – witnessing – will play a most important part.
Similar to the idea described for the arrival lounge, there are also plans to provide groups of meditators who go out and sit with the dying. They will provide an enlightened energy field to support the possibility of using the death process for enlightenment.
Have you practiced enabling people to die consciously? What has the experience been like?
I have taught many through the Dying for Truth program and have also spent some time with people who knew they were dying. There were some who accepted the fact that death was close and some who had not yet reached the point of acceptance. There is such a beauty and grace in acceptance. In case of those who cannot yet accept, I find the denial painful, both for the one who is dying and for friends and relatives. It seems like the final game the so-called ego plays with itself.
Not long ago, I was at the bedside of someone dying in a hospital in California. She was conscious and able to communicate outwardly and I was also able to contact her on the inner planes. I felt her consciousness expanding and following me out into freedom. Each time this happened, someone in the family sensed something was happening and begged her not to go. After this happened for the third time I had a clear feeling that I should wait. I said to the dying woman, ‘You are so beautiful in this and you know exactly what to do, don’t you?’
She smiled and said she did. She was not a person who had consciously been on a spiritual pathway and yet she responded to my being there. She also began to speak such wisdom to the family members gathered around her. It was as if she contacted a much deeper and wiser layer of herself in this situation.
Not long ago, here in India, I was with Swami Nithyananda and his family and devotees for the celebration of his father’s passing. His father reached enlightenment just before leaving the body. When I arrived at the house, Swami Nithyananda said to me, ‘Go inside and look at him. He got enlightened and left the body.’
I went inside and stood beside the body for quite some time. Such a powerful energy was coming from this man and I felt much joy as I looked at him. It was a great blessing for all to experience the culmination of his life – a wonderful celebration. The following day, chanting Arunachala Shiva, we all walked in procession through Tiruvannamalai with the body. Later, the celebrations culminated with the burning of the body in view of Arunachala. The most touching part for me was when Swamiji lit the fire on the funeral pyre, hugged his mother and then prostrated on the ground before the burning body of his father. I was so grateful to be present at this very special occasion. I feel the western world has much to learn from the openness there is around death here in India.
You hold Dying for Truth programs around the world – meditation retreats with a focus on the death process as a means to enlightenment. I recently did one of these programs with you and it was a wonderful experience, so perhaps you could say a little about them.
To move deeply into meditation is also to prepare for an enlightened death so it was natural for me to begin to include these teachings in some of the meditation retreats. Real meditation strips away the false identities – the illusory self. This is also the opportunity we have during the time immediately after we are pronounced dead. So instruction in meditation would be part of the training for enlightened dying. The departure lounge would actually focus on the physical death process as seen from a spiritual perspective – as a possibility to free consciousness from the matrix of illusion it is caught up in.
I expect to take a group of people who have done the Dying for Truth program to Varanasi next year. There are many who have expressed a wish to assist people who are dying. If there is any fear or resistance left in connection with death it will arise in Varanasi! I often tell people you cannot take others further than you are willing to go yourself. To really be able to take people to freedom in death one has to be free in the face of death oneself. So a deepening program will happen in Varanasi.
What about the transit lounge?
The transit lounge is for everyone else in ‘transit’ through life. It is a place where real awakening can happen and where people are supported in meeting the ups and downs of life in a conscious way. In the transit lounge, people learn how to stay ‘tuned in’ to essence and there is much creativity. I have often said this lounge should be a place where people learn how to stay in touch with the open heart and celebrate birth, life and death, no matter what. The whole airport is a Buddhafield, vibrating with cosmic energy. That’s why I began calling it a ‘Cosmic Airport’.
I actually remember when you first had this vision. It is quite a few years ago now, isn’t it?
Yes, about 12 years ago. At the time I had the vision, I knew that the Cosmic Airport would first become a reality some years later. In the years that followed, I and many others, felt that this vision showed one of the ways forward for this planet.
You have an ashram in South India near Arunachala and I understand this will become the first Cosmic Airport.
Yes, Ashram of the Singing Heart in India will be the first, but they are needed all over the planet as quickly as possible. At the moment there are also ideas for Cosmic Airports in South Africa and Australia.
Will they all be the same?
No. I was saying to someone the other day that they are not going to be like a McDonald’s chain! I envision each will have its own distinct flavor reflecting both the country concerned and the group facilitating the vision. The original vision for the three lounges will be the foundation for the airports and the creative ideas of those concerned will provide a unique slant to each one.
I suppose many people are needed to help get these airports going.
Yes. I travel around the world each year. I would very much like to hear from groups or individuals who in any way feel inspired to help manifest this vision.
In India I have received encouragement and support for the Cosmic Airport both from Swami Nithyananda who has an ashram, Dhyanapeetam, near Bangalore and Sri Bhagavan from The Oneness University in Andhra Pradesh. Swami Nithyananda has actually shared much wisdom on the death process as an opportunity for enlightenment and continues to support the vision. Sri Bhagavan has given his full blessings to all Cosmic Airports and has actually said that they are crucial for the bringing in of the Golden Age. So I certainly have many cosmic blessings with me!
When do you plan to convert your ashram into a Cosmic Airport?
This vision is unfolding of its own accord. The Cosmic Airport is, in a way, already happening through the programs being offered in different parts of the world. Later this year I shall offer a two-day program in Sweden and the Czech Republic entitled: New Arrivals – Insight into Birth. This program will be in two parts:
o Insight into and healing of the phases of the birth process.
o Suggestions for conscious birthing from the Cosmic Airport.
The original work of the ashram with meditation retreats, satsangs and energy celebrations is a big part of the transit lounge, as I see it. The Dying for Truth program comes from the departure lounge.
Contact Suchata: email@example.com
See also: www.cosmicairport.com
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