The Rose Way Meditation, by Dana Williams

by drtodd on May 15, 2013

Dear Readers, thank you for tuning in.  I have been on a hiatus because I have been shamelessly naughty and concentrating almost completely on my painting. However, in the last few weeks it has been my pleasure to work with a very promising newer author, Dana Williams from the gorgeous state of Oregon.  As you who have studied my books over the years know, I have studied meditation now for 43 years, since I was 19 and began Zen meditation, with Dannon Katagiri Rhoshi in Minneapolis.

I since went on to study so many different kinds of meditation that I can scarcely name them all.  Perhaps the most complex and advanced of all, were the various series of Kriyas in Kundalini Yoga as taught by my personal teacher Kharam Bhakti Singh, and his teacher Yogi Bhajan.  A Kriya, as you may know, is a meditation that includes a posture, a mantra, a yantra or visual image, a mudra, or finger/hand position, and a pranayam or breath modulation.  These can be very challenging and difficult to master but are most rewarding.

However, for those of you who cherish the complex, yearn for something more difficult, more intricate, more detailed, the Rose Way Mediation is just the thing.   It has, get this, over fifty steps, fifty! Wow.

Now, you might well recoil at that initially and say that no form of meditation should have or have to have that many steps to it.  And, if you are of that firm opinion, I will not argue with you.  But, I will posit gently to you to be of an open mind and consider that this particular form, and its fifty + steps, are not all that difficult.  This is because each step follows logically from the preceding step, and all follow a sequence which is utterly natural, and very comfortable, even shall I say, easy, to perform, with a bit of practice.

It originated ostensibly from a yoga teacher named Joe Kapinski and was learned back in the seventies when the author was still in her teens and meditation courses were few and far between when compared to the veritable plethora of techniques we have easily accessible today.  This teacher was, by all accounts, a very modest man, very humble, gentle, and kindly in every way.  Everything we would expect from a true teacher of the light.  He was, in particular, not interested in generating income or fame as many authors are–and I am quick to add that there is no fault in this at all.  We all have to make a living.  But this gentleman, Joe K. was really sincere, and very devoted to his craft, of teaching other people the form of meditation that he had learned.

And that’s where it really starts to get interesting.  Especially for those of you who are fans of my book The Evolution Angel and others like it.  Joe downloaded, or “channeled” this meditation from an ancient Chinese master named Len Su who lived in the 6th century BC.

What I really like about the meditation is that unlike any other form of yoga or chakra theory I have every encountered anywhere, this meditation starts by seeing the chakras as a solidly based horizontal configuration.  Horizontal?  Indeed.  And you really have to give this a try to see why this is so interesting. For when you do, you will feel yourself particularly well grounded, well balanced, well poised on this horizontal platform as it were, to proceed to then move along the vertical axis.

It just works.  It WORKS really well, and you have to try it to see what I mean.  Ms. Williams is an experienced writer and you can view her other books, like her one on the Lord’s Prayer, easily by looking her up on  She is a very experienced writer.  She knows exactly what she is doing and you will be able to tell that as soon as you start reading the first few pages.  Her style is masterful, clear, concise, and angelic in its lightness and ease.

Here, following is the original introduction I wrote for her book.  In the interests of space we had to reduce it down somewhat, but I have included the full form as follows.  I don’t know how soon Dana Williams will have her Kindle version up and ready to download for you to read, but I think it will not be long.  Her book has been edited and is in the very last phases of polishing.  I especially like the fact that her daughter is helping her with this process.  Mother-daughter combos are particularly dynamic and potent in the teaching of the Light, at least in my own experience.  By all means, please give this most interesting book a try, give the technique a try and I feel sure you will find it will release unknown potentials within you, perhaps even psychic abilities such as remote viewing, energetic healing abilities, and the like.  OK, here is the original intro in its full form:


It is my distinct honor, and a pleasure to introduce to you a fascinating, and wholly original book by Dana Williams, called The Rose Way Meditation. I am Dr. Todd Michael, a retired trauma and emergency physician, and the author of The Evolution Angel and The Twelve Conditions of a Miracle, winner of the Nebula Award in New York, 2005, for “Best Spiritual Book of the Year.” I have written many other books on spiritual and metaphysical subjects, and have studied, taught, and spoken about yoga, meditation, energy healing, and other related subjects for twelve years at venues like the Art Bell Show, Edgar Cayce’s center, the A.R.E., in Virginia, and most of the larger venues on “the circuit.”

I tell you this not to boast, that would be foolish, but simply to let you know I have a good sense of perspective about what kinds of books are truly effective and well-written. Because of my experience, I have become well-acquainted with the spectrum of books and teachings that are available for people like you, people seeking to improve themselves, people who are seeking to increase their knowledge about meditation, raise their conscious awareness, and otherwise maximize their true potential as human beings.

I think you would agree that we do not, as yet, completely know the full potential of the human mind-body complex. We are still barely tapping the full range, the full power of our incredible human organism to know, to see, to heal, and to manifest positive circumstances for ourselves and our loved ones.

The Rose Way meditation is a very significant tool that can help you move forward in the right direction in a decidedly powerful and sure-footed way. In all my travels and meetings with scores of other teachers, mentors, gurus, great monks, and others, including my own mentor Ram Dass, I have never encountered a meditation like the Rose Way. That is the thing that strikes me most powerfully about it: It is not a rehash of the same old stuff. Rather it is completely non-derivative. It is something new and unique. There simply are no other techniques with which it can be adequately compared.

The Rose Way form of meditation is not for those who want a quick and easy way. There is nothing wrong with wanting a quick and easy way, I don’t want to sound judgmental about that at all, for I myself will resort to very simplistic and time-tested methods when I am confronted with particularly confusing and upsetting situations. There is surely a time and place for such methods.

The Rose Way offers a truly advanced form of meditation–a method which is somewhat detailed and complex. It includes, all in all, over fifty distinct operations that the practitioner goes through in a very orderly and complex way. Fifty components!” You might exclaim. “How can I ever learn to do that many things at once?”

But you need not worry at all. As it turns out, the steps of the meditation are very logical in their sequence¾almost like counting from one to fifty¾each step following from the preceding step in such a natural and orderly way that you will be able to master the entire technique within a very reasonable amount of time. And the way the meditation sequence is described in this powerful little book, is decidedly clear and concise, taking any confusion away, and offering very clear instructions.

In addition, there is a CD being produced that is designed to be played as you meditate, talking you through the steps as you learn them, so that you can easily assimilate the sequence involved and benefit from the amazing effects the meditation can have upon you. But, if you do not yet have this CD, do not worry, the technique can be and has been learned by many, many people with the simple written directions within.

Patajali, the famous author who authored the definitive Yoga Sutras, or Aphorisms of Yoga, about 1,900 years ago, as well as many other experts on meditation, have told us for centuries that meditation, in its various forms can allow the practitioner to develop what are called “siddhis,”—or powers, to use contemporary terminology. These can include the power to engage in remote viewing, the power to communicate with one’s spirit guides and departed souls on the “other side,” and the power to heal, the power to understand and correct, difficult diseases and emotional problems¾both within your own life and the lives of others.

When you read about the Rose Way, you will be naturally fascinated and almost spellbound by its orderly complexity, which is very logical, symmetrical, orderly, and synchronous in its technique. This book provides a new way of understanding your chakras and nervous system, seeing that they are even more beautifully constructed and synchronized than say, a fine watch. Those of you who have practiced other forms of meditation for many years—and there are so many millions of us now that can make that claim—will find this new and challenging sequence very refreshing, and almost unbelievably effective in raising your consciousness.

You are ready for the Rose Way. You must be. Or you wouldn’t have come by this book. There are no accidences or “coincidences” in the Universe. You know that. Everything has a reason, a purpose, and a divine timing. If you are reading these words now, you are ready to proceed to learn what may be the most powerful form of meditation you have or ever will encounter¾a technique which will lift you from any energetic plateau, so that you can ascend to new heights of conscious awareness, and begin to actualize your true powers as a human being.

Many blessings to you and yours as you make your way to the Light.

Dr. Todd Michael


What a New Year Can Really Do For You

by drtodd on December 31, 2012

[Please note: a free printable copy of my newest book, a condensation of the Twelve Conditons of a Miracle and the Hidden parables called "The Miracle Worker's Handbook" is still available on this site.  Just scroll down to previous posts until you find it.  It is absolutely free although donations are happily accepted to be used ONLY for the purpose of financing the first printing of the first shirt-pocket sized hard copies].

In actuality, a “new year” begins every second of every day. But the calibration of the calendar into years, and giving us the subtle impetus of a new era of our life is significant and can be turned to your advantage for sure.

Want to know something?  The old, tried and true list of New Year’s Resolutions is excellent.  But I have one very strong suggestion.  Instead of saying for example, “I will lose 29 pounds,” try writing down how you want that accomplishment to make you feel.

Ergo, “I feel tremendously impressed with myself and how I have handled my body and  diet.”

Make every element on your list of resolutions a way that you want to end up feeling.  Because that is, in truth, the end point of  every action, every project you attempt:  To make you feel some special new, happier way.

Instead of saying, I will buy a new aar this year, try stating it as I will feel completely confident, safe, comfortable, luxurious, great looking, and financially secure in a new vehicle.

See where we’re going with this.

It is an incredibly powerful way of shifting your focus, shifting your perceptions of how things work, and it WORKS.,

Because how many of us have bought say, a car, only to find ourselves with buyer’s remorse and anxiety from over spending, ambivalent about what we have chosen, wishing a month later we had actually gotten a different model.

We are not things and we cannot own things.  Not really.  All we can “have” is feelings, the sum total of our bodily sensations, mental and emotional sensations, perceptions, self images, and self esteem.

We all well know by now that we need to be very careful what we pray for.  Indeed.
Go for the feeling, and not the thing and you will remove all kinds of wiggle room for error to occur…

With that in mind, a few notes about 2013 changes being made to this very site, and to the life coaching processes that it supports and supplements for free….

…..An aging master grew tired of his apprentice’s complaints. One morning, he sent him to get some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master told him to mix a handful of salt in a glass of water and then drink it. “How does it taste?” the master asked.
“Bitter,” said the apprentice.
The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and once the apprentice swirled his handful of salt in the water, the old man said, “Now drink from the lake.”
As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the master asked, “How does it taste?”
“Fresh,” remarked the apprentice.
“Do you taste the salt?” asked the master.
“No,” said the young man. At this the master sat beside this serious young man, and explained softly,
“The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less.
The amount of pain in life remains exactly the same.
However, the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in.
So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things. Stop being a glass and instead…
Become a lake.”
There are all kinds of “lakes.”  You just have to figure out which kind YOU need to become if you are having any element of pain. And it will dilute and diminish.  It is something within your range, something you can do at this point of your evolution.
I once received a summons to appear in court as a character witness.  The attorney, trying to trap me somehow, asked me, “Dr. Michael, what is the purpose of this ‘website’ of yours?”  He was expecting me to say that it was designed to somehow make money, which would have reflected poorly on a colleague I was working with.
Fortunately, even in the “heat of battle,” the answer came quickly to my lips, “To bring experience, hope, strength, and inspiration to people who are suffering or in pain… to help chip in my little share of the work to be done on this planet, the work of helping each other get through all of this.”  The poor guy looked terribly disappointed and simply said, “I have no more questions, Your Honor.”  Whew!  Turns out had I answered that the purpose  of the site was to make money selling my books or whatever, he had a stack of questions ready to skewer me with all waiting in a pile.
And indeed this website has never made a single cent, never was meant to.  It is really and truly here to try to help you, my readers to navigate the sometimes daunting, tremendously challenging unexpected curve balls that life can throw at you.
There are many who would argue that trying to help relieve suffering, help people cope with mental and physical anguish is a negative way of looking at things.  That the subonscious mind, much like a child, hears only, “Suffering.  Pain,”  and that such an approach only fans the flames. I understand this fully and have actually written entire books about this very issue.
There is also a phenomena known as denial.  A person can go too far in the “positive thinking” realm of thought and become a Pollyanna, a person who is on a “pink cloud” as recovering people say, they just retreat into a haze of denial of what is really eating them deep inside, turn everything over to God or their Higher Power or a higher part of their mind, however they wish to think about it, and act like nothing is wrong.
There is actually a very very good place for this kind of strategy.  Fake it till you make it. Neurolinguistic programming and all that good stuff–if you smile enough, act happy enough, your mind will start to believe it and actually become happy.  An outstanding strategy in many cases.  But, to be mature, balanced, realisic adults we also have to realize at some point, what our real state of mind is deep within.  If we do not, how can we address and repair problems?
I am a retired trauma and ER doc as many of you know, and now only work with a single client each day, doing life coaching–the final culmination of all my skills rolled up together and used simultaneously.  I use my abilities as a psychologist trained at ISU, my skills as both a family doctor and the one time medical director of the Level III Center at Ft. Morgan, CO, my pain management training–I once ran a Pain Clinic for four years early in my career, my intuitive skills, my ministerial skills–I was an ordained and practicing minister at a very progressive church in Portland, Oregon for a while, and my skills as a self-help writer and speaker.  I use all of these things to help people focus in on the pain they may be having, discomfort, doubt, anxiety, anger and other undesireable emotions which may, at a subconscious level, be blocking their progression to higher states of concsiousness.
Together we review their lives, and really get honest, going deeply within and admitting freely the discomfort, the dis-ease, that may be holding them back.  This may only take a half an hour of a typical session and we then turn to the antidotes, the positive thinking, positive visualizing that will help them counteract, and neutralize the negative forces working away within.  Denial can be tricky to deal with, and tricky to move beyond. But it is doable.
The story above, about the monk and the salt water, really made me think.  It’s not as simple as it sounds. It’s one thing to talk about becoming a lake, but an entirely different thing to actually pull it off, and keep pulling it off, hour after hour, day after day, month after month, until the dilution and the diminution of their pain takes place and they are freed–able to go on to higher realms of being where they are free of doubt, filled with confidence and verve, brimming over with energy, health, and prosperity at every level.
The mind is just exactly like a muscle.  If it is to be trained effectively, it must be trained every day, consistently, with patience and persistence, plowing through the stumbling blocks, not taking no for an answer, refusing to accept failure under any circumstances.  That where a coach comes in.  The ooach is to your mind and soul, like a personal trainer is to your body.  He or she helps you keep going, pushing yourself through things you think you cannot accomplish, encouraging you, keeping your trajectory true and on course until you achieve the freedom, joy of living, the success you have only dreamed of wistfully in the past.  This is done as a team.  And if truth be told, I absolutely love it.  A very wise man once said:
‎”A leader is best when people barely know he exists.
Less good when they obey and acclaim him.
Worse when they fear and despise him.
Fail to honor people and they fail to honor you.

But of a good leader,

when his work is done,
his aim fulfilled, they will all say:
‘We did this ourselves.’ “
I’ve had to be a leader, very often when I was a doctor, first acting as a leader for each patient, leading them through the labyrinth of medicine back to help. But eventuaally I found myself in charge of an entire Trauma Center, all of the nurses, all the techs, receptionists, all the other doctors working the other shifts.  I found then, the truth of Lao Tzu and  I bring this knowledge to our coaching.
Decisions are yours to be made, no one tells you what to do.  We use the Socratic Method:
Like Socrates did with Plato–the classical way hundreds of thousands of teachers and mental healers have used over the thousands of years since its inception–the coach asks questions, the client answers them and in doing so determines the nature of the next question.  A dance between two souls, bringing unexpected issues to the surface, bringing them both souls, yours and mine, to newly formed ways of looking at the clients life, through differrent, more energized, more self empowered, wiser eyes.
It works. And when the results manifest, the client finds herself in a whole new world of happiness, fun, intimacy and successful relationships, a world with far less stress and for less discomfor.  And as Lao-Tzu said, he or she doesn’t just think they did it themselves, they really did.  I have been blessed to have had a long line of mentors and teachers who helped me arrive at the places I wanted to be, the things I wanted to accomplish against all odds.  They touched the world lightly to use the verbiage of Don Juan Matus, the legendary “Yaqui man of knowledge,” and eccentric mentor of Carlos Casteneda, they touched MY world lightly.  No micromanagement. Just enough to keep me on track, but they let me do the work I needed to do
For so many years I had to almost run from one room to the next, trying desperately to see all the patients waiting, save all the lives that were being lost.  I often caught myself wondering, what if. “What if I could sit down with a human being and just talk with them for as long as it takes, until all their troubles have been laid out, addressed, stabilized, and a strategy formed to eliminate them?  What would THAT be like?
I’ve found my dream now.  My sessions, life readings and coaching are compleely open-ended.  We put away the clock and just talk and talk until your  soul has been completely cleansed of everything that you can think of that you believe needs attetnion…And with no hospital billing system breathing down my neck, I’m able to assure every client, “If, at the end of your session, you don’t believe this is the best money you have spent on yourself in the last ten years, I will charge you absolutely nothing.”
How do you schedule a session?  I want you to.  I yearn to do my work, I long to meet you, whoever you are, and begin the process of putting your deepest soul, your life, together.


The End of the World? The Mayans?

December 2, 2012

About a week ago, I shared a blog here about the Mayan prophecy that the world is going to end in about, oh, 20 days now. I wrote it because I learned there are hundreds of thousands, possibly globally, millions of unfortunate people, especially innocent kids, that are terrified, losing sleep, and riddled with fear. [...]

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How to Vote Spiritually

October 23, 2012

Voting Spiritually Mixing politics with religion in public is a potentially explosive process, best done within a person’s own mind, privately. I would not pretend to be an expert on politics but if you are a spiritual person, in alignment with the kind of open, eclectic, accepting, spirituality of the new world, I would suggest [...]

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Updated New Book, Free for all seekers

April 1, 2012

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Reading a Human Being

December 13, 2011

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November 17, 2011

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November 9, 2011

The following is an excerpt, quite long, from the new book, The Evolution Angel, Book Two: Gaia’s Vision.  Recently, a PhD reader/fan, contacted me for a Life Reading, and during the reading, told me that she thought this material was so compelling and had helped her so much that she wanted me to republish it [...]

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October 28, 2011

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God’s Grace

September 30, 2011

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How to Help Another in Trouble in a Nutshell

June 9, 2011

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Clearing the Worst Thing in Your Life

June 6, 2011

For those who are lonely, worried, afraid, in pain, or doubt—even just a little! This website has changed it’s mission statement as of February 2011.  Now, after surviving two horribly painful and life-threatening illnesses by the Grace of God, it is my only desire to help those in pain.  I have technically retired from medicine [...]

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May 20, 2011

MISSION STATEMENT For those who are lonely, worried, afraid, in pain, or doubt:  This website has changed it’s mission statement as of February 2011.  Now, after surviving two extremely painful and life threatening illnesses, it is my only desire to help those in pain.  I have technically retired from medicine and now, only wish to [...]

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May 10, 2011

THE PAIN ADDICT: Why human beings cannot help but suffer at times–and what to do. Human beings are actually addicted to pain.  Seriously.  And it isn’t hard to understand why.  After all, we are built on a lizard chassis.  Meaning the core of our nervous system is basically that of a reptile, a dinosaur, a [...]

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April 20, 2011

All of us have to deal with people in our lives, from time to time–people who make things even more difficult for us than they already are. Sometimes, we can even fall prey, innocently enough, to the machinations of people who are sociopathic–who are not who they say they are precisely, or to people who [...]

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April 4, 2011

It is ever so easy to practice the principles positive thinking and so forth, when things are going along peacefully and well.  But things are much different when we are presented with a serious challenge.  Things can turn to turbulence and confusion in a matter of minutes.  But is precisely then, that the principles we [...]

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Free New Book Still Available for Limited Time

September 12, 2010

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Mike Dooley Foreward

September 10, 2010

Wow, New Forward From Mike Dooley Dear Readers, thanks for checking in.  I have some big news to tell you.  Well, it’s big for ME.  But the great Mike Dooley, read, liked, and wrote a beautiful forward for my newest book, The Evolution Angel: Gaia’s Vision.  I’m still in the process of collecting readers who [...]

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Moving back HOME

August 30, 2010

Dear Readers, I just had the greatest experience.  Because of some issues I was having in Portland where I made many great friends, particularly Lama Thubten who really helped me get this site going, and Dr. George Spady MD who was incredibly smart and supportive,  I decided to move back to my home town of [...]

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July 24, 2010

Dear readers, I received this very heartfelt and poignant composition from a person in early recovery from a severe addiction which ruined his life.  He is in a lot of pain and very humble, and this composition is part of his healing.  And though you may be far, far beyond this, and strong as steel, [...]

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