Excursion #7: Instructor Training – Getting Closer

November 24, 2013

I’m well overdue for a new posting…  Where have you heard that, before, on a blog site?

I’m working my way through the process of becoming a MLL instructor.  Part of the process includes repeating the Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced classes.  I repeated the Beginner and Intermediate classes earlier this year.  In early October, I repeated the Advanced class.  The class is three days of learning about 80 new shapes, more than 140 new colors, and how to create a “144” grid.  The class is also about interacting with the fellow students and the instructor.  Eventually, we wrap up by each creating a 144 grid.  I had the privilege of taking the class from my long-time mentor, Zeeba.  There were four other students from diverse energy work backgrounds.

In spite of already being familiar with the new shapes, colors, and grid, there were many new insights and findings for me.  I also gained a much better appreciation for the subtleties and nuances that are important for a good instructor.

I did a special grid as part of the class.  The “144 grids” are intended to be–as always–for the higher good, to achieve an end objective without quantification, and have no duration or end.  My grid was titled: Earth’s Natural Resources.  It was (and is) my way to pay back Mother Earth for all that she has provided for us as inhabitants, in spite of how we have treated her.  Isn’t it ironic how we bemoan the “acts of nature” such as tornadoes, tsunamis, forest fires, etc., but we forget about what we have done in the form of strip mining, oil pollution, carbon dioxide emissions, etc.?  OK, off my soap box.

I also did the grid for a friend to honor her wish for a community grid.  She chose the basic topic.  I chose the specific title and the grid’s construct.  The Earth gains the benefit.  Win.  Win.  Win.

Something else came out of the class.  A small group of us started up a community grid writing network.  We share our experiences and technique tips.  We share of passion.  And, we share a cause.  The initial focus was on preserving and growing the bee population.  If you are so inclined, please share your energetic tools to help out.  As a potential instructor I gained a much better understanding about any number of things: how individuals view MLL, how individuals practice MLL, what passions individuals hold, how individuals express their emotions and passions, and the list goes on and on.  It certainly helped me to put a lot into perspective.  I hope that I can adequately represent all that I learned–and will continue to learn–as I lead classes of my own.

Renewal and rejuvination.


Excursion #6: Open Minds Open Doors

October 23, 2012

My employer, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, has a variety of events throughout the year to showcase and emphasize the diversity of the organization and the staff.  Today was the second annual Open Minds Open Doors event with generally open representation to all staff members who pursue special interests both inside and outside of the office.  Yevgeniy Elbert, my wife (Shari), and I had a booth that presented information about Mayan Light Language.  Over the course of about two hours we interacted with a large number of staff members.  We discussed the what and how of MLL with most people; some people asked in-depth questions about the use and origin of MLL.  In general, the reception was very positive.  I felt very comfortable answering questions and providing examples.  Yevgeniy and Shari added immensely to the discussions, especially since they have many unique skills with other energy modalities.  I’m looking forward to further interactions with the people who expressed an interest.

Answer #8: What is a Chakra Grid?

June 10, 2012

In Answer #3 I discussed the various types of grids.

The most basic type of grid is a Chakra grid–a collection of seven shape/color combinations that are assigned to the seven major chakras.  The chakra grid is used to create balance for the energy in the body.

In Answer #7 I discussed starting to create a grid.

I use a combination of “tools” to create a chakra grid.  First and foremost, I have a conversation with the person for whom the chakra grid will be created.  To facilitate the conversation, I use a questionnaire of sorts.  The questionnaire is a variation of materials that were initially created by my mentor.  I have attached copies of the questionnaire, in Word document format and in Adobe Acrobat format, to the end of this post.  The questionnaire is used to elicit heart-centered responses to queries about the purpose of the individual chakras and to gain insights into the person’s feelings about various subjects.  The questionnaire is NOT a test; there are no right or wrong answers.  It is not necessary to provide inputs for all of the queries; the more the better…

I use the questionnaire and the conversation to select a set of initial shape/color combinations.  I then summarize my suggestions for the person and ask for comments and feedback.  Adjustments are made, as required.  After we are both in agreement, I activate the grid and we both sit back for about 30 days to take in the results.  At the 30 day point we discuss the positive and negative aspects of the previous month and make adjustments.

Fairly straight-forward and generally easy to accomplish.

Chakra Grid Queries (Acrobat Format)      Chakra Grid Queries (Word Format)

December 2013 update: there was a presentation on Dr. Oz about chakras.  You may find it helpful to answer questions and provide a more solid foundation.  See: http://www.doctoroz.com/episode/secrets-your-chakras-7-energy-centers

Excursion #5 – Hyperdodecahedron

May 13, 2012

I have built a large number of shape models since I was introduced to the Zometool.com materials.  You have seen some of the models in previous posts.

Zometool recently offered a sale on a special kit to build a Hyperdodecahedron (aka Hyperdō).  I could not resist…  The kit arrived and I set to work to build my new “toy.”  After about 2 hours I was done.  The model is about 36″ in diameter–there was a “warning” that it might not fit through doorways, so be careful where it gets put together…

The Hyperdō is not a MLL shape–at least that I can find.  It has a true dodecahedron in the center.  Subsequent layers are built onto the dodecahedron using dodecahedron-like shapes that are squashed in one dimension.  The further out, the more squashed.

Here, then, is a picture of my model.  See the Zometool site for more pictures sent by others.


Answer #7: How Do You Start To Create A Grid?

April 15, 2012

Refresher: Shape and color combinations are written into grids to create long(er) term effects than emanations.  A variety of grid types are used, including seven-shapes/colors, 49 shapes/colors, 144 shapes/colors, and a Mobius with 98 shapes/colors.

The first thing that I do is discus the general and/or specific needs that a client may have.  I like to do this in an interactive manner so that I can explore variations in real-time.  And, having the discussion under face-to-face conditions helps me to interpret both the words AND the body language.  A phone conversation is the next best option.  For a Chakra grid I have also adapted a “questionnaire” that I got from my mentor as a tool for soliciting inputs.  The questionnaire provides a loose framework for the client to think about a number of relevant topics and to capture thoughts and feelings.

The second thing that I do is figure out the end objective of the grid.  If it is to balance an individual, then the Chakra Grid is used.  If it is to create a quantitative effect (e.g., 10 new clients, lose 15 pounds) by a certain time (e.g., in three weeks, by October 20th), then the 49-shape/color grid is used.  And, if it is to enable the universe to provide the “best” results (e.g., communications, career) in perpetuity, then the 144-shape/color grid or the Mobius grid is used.

If I am going to use a 49-, 144-, of Mobius grid, then the third thing that I do is to capture the end objective in a concise statement.  The statement (or title) is used to inform the universe of the intent of the grid.  For a Chakra grid, the “title” is the name of the individual for whom the grid is being written.

The fourth thing that I do is to think about the objective of the grid and the implications of the end effect.  I have learned that there may be numbers of nuances that have to be taken into account.  For instance, there is a difference between: “…heal the arthritis in the knee…” and “…have a healthy knee…”.  In thinking about the objective I can begin to distinguish and differentiate between the various shapes and colors that may be appropriate for the grid.

So, by this time I know: a) the purpose of the grid, b) the type of grid, c) the title of the grid, and d) the subtleties that will need to be considered in creating the grid.  Now it is time to “get to work” putting the grid together.  Those details will be discussed in the next Answer.

Next up, Answer #8 will be “How do you select the shapes and colors to be used in a grid?”

Shape Models #2

April 14, 2012

The parts finally came in so that I could finish making the Unconditional Love (small ditrigonal icosidodecahedron) shape that I had started when I put out the last posting.  The shape went together without any surprises–except that it is a lot larger than the other advanced shapes that I have made.  All told, the Unconditional Love model is about 14″ across.  I have included a graphic of the shape from Wikipedia, the picture of the partially-completed shape from the last posting, and a picture of the completed shape.

The attributes of the Unconditional Love shape are summarized as:

  • it offers unconditional love
  • it shows energy at all levels
  • it emphasizes common sense and rejects nonsense
  • it changes your mental approach to yourself
  • it helps get to the truth
  • it rids worry, guilt, and shame.


Shape Models #1

April 1, 2012

A new topic category today…

I really wanted to find a way to better visualize the shapes that I use in MLL.  I made a variety of paper models.  But, I found them to be challenging to make and they didn’t survive for very long.  Of course, Buddy, the cat, really liked playing with them and helping their demise..

About a month ago I got an e-mail update from a company that I like about a sale on a product from Zometool (http://www.zometool.com).  The product is Plato’s Solids.  It is a build-it-yourself kit of struts and balls that can be used to build a variety of platonic solids.  I zeroed in on the kit because the basic MLL shapes are platonic solids.  One week later I had built the platonic solids and had ordered more parts to continue my quest.  Here we are a month later, and I have “invested” a small fortune in Zometool pieces and parts.  My fourth order should be here in a few days.

I have some favorite shapes that I set out to build.  They include the Mexican Mama (great stellated dodecahedron), Dolphin Energy (great dodecahedron), and Unconditional Love (small ditrigonal icosidodecahedron).  The Mexican Mama is done, and is headed to my office at work to hang.  The Dolphin Energy is also done, and is headed to a home with my friend.  And, the Unconditional Love is a work in process, since I ran out of parts.

I have attached a set of pictures of the models that I have done to date.  Yes, I know that they are just another 2D version of what you can already find on the internet.  You’ll see that they are a bit different, since they are “hollow” and you’ll have to use your imagination to fill in the solid faces.  I took the pictures in a way that has limited depth of field so that you can get a sense of the depth by the range of focus.  Mouse over the images to see the shape names.  Click on the images for larger versions.

One special note.  Don’t read too much into the colors of the shapes.  After all, MLL is the combination of the shape and the color.  The colors are a take-it-or-leave part of what Zometool gives you for the pieces and parts.

Tell me what you think.  Enjoy!