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“The joy felt in meditation reveals the presence of Eternal Joy spread over all creation. The light seen in meditation is the astral light from which our tangible creation is made. Beholding this light, one feels a unity with all things.”
“At one pole of my existance, I am one with the stones and the tree branches. Thus I must submit to the yoke of the Universal law.
It is this, in the end, that is the very basis of my life. And that force comes from that which is closely bound up in the unity of the world, which is in full communication with all things.
But at the other pole, I am distinct fromm all of the rest. Here, I have broken the barriers of equality and I find myself alone, as an individual. I am absolutely unique. I am I. I am incomparable. The whole mass of the Universe cannot crush this individuality that is mine. I maintain it despite the formidable gravitation of all that exists.
It is small in appearance, but great in reality.”
“We are all meant to learn the same truths and to allow our Divinity to work within and through us; this is a simple task, though hardly an easy one. The settings and people in our lives are different, but the challenges they represent to us are identical, as are the influences that these challenges have upon our bodies and our spirits. The more we are able to learn this truth, the more we can develop symbolic sight- the ability to see through physical illusions and recognize the lesson being offered to us by life’s challenges.”
~Caroline Myss, PhD, from Anatomy of the Spirit
I mentioned in my last post that I’ve been feeling out of sorts lately. I also mentioned that I’m aware I must be present through everything that I’m feeling- lest my ego take this valley and turn it into an abyss. A bottomless chasm of separatemess (typo, and it’s staying).
‘Here I am all alone on this island and no one elsewhere could possibly speak my language… or help.’
Nonsense! When I respectfully ask my ego to zip it and sit down, I remember my connectedness to all life. I realize that, in many ways, my plight is universal. If not universal, cosmic.
Jupiter, my ruling planet, has been retrograde for about four months now. This year, there have been shake-ups in my astrological chart that haven’t happened in nearly a decade. There has been a series of eclipses that have been like astrological earthquakes for me, beginning on December 21, 2010. Things are opening up in a miraculous way, astrologically speaking.
Well… not just astrologically. I feel it on many levels, which makes me that much more eager to share insight into the astrological conditions that are shaping the ‘state of things’.
December 10th was the last in the series of eclipses. On December 25th, Jupiter will go direct (thank you, Jesus). And tomorrow- tomorrow, Mercury will go direct again. Hallelujah.
Mercury is a cheeky little monkey. Its retrograde stations are the most discussed of the planets in our solar system. This is an elucidating explanation of the effects of retrograde planets.
Take note, ego. The jig is up.
I gotta be honest here- I feel like I’ve hit a wall in the last week. I was definitely all geared up for my birthday (or birthweek, as I like to do it). Then, for my birthday, I got a cold. Thanks, germy little buddy!
All three of us have been sick for a week now- more or less. More than being physically ill, though, it’s the loss of momentum that’s got me in a rut.
First, Max was sick and had lower energy than usual, so I took a break (and kinda enjoyed it… bad mama) to take care of him. Then, I got sick, so I gave myself a pass on housework. Then, we were all sick, so all bets were off. And then came the rain.
The fact is, if I’m not motivated to keep up with my daily duties, there will always be ample excuses to flake. And the more I flake, the easier it becomes. The term ‘downward spiral’ comes to mind.
This is actually something that I’ve struggled with on my spiritual path. When is it slowing down for a much-needed respite? When is it laziness? When is it accepting my flaws? When is it enabling them?
You see, when I opt out of my sadhana, my chores, proper nutrition, etc., things becomes less and less clear. And by ‘things’, I mean my mind. Confusion and delusion rule the land. In my altered state, I lose sight of the big picture (i.e., some of what I’m experiencing is karmic, cosmic, and not all about me), stumbling into the wasteland of separateness consciousness- the land of the ego.
‘I‘ll eat five bowls of cereal today and watch Netflix all day… for me. It will make me feel good. It’s what I need. I need this break. I deserve it.’
CONFUSION AND DELUSION.
Let’s put this out there right now, my ego- the ego- is entirely invested in making me believe I’m living on an island. Because on this island, the ego is king. It’s a ‘king’ like Denethor, Steward of Gondor– a place-holder who resists being replaced at any cost. A usurper.
The moment that I turn my gaze from my spiritual focus, the ego sees an opportunity to get a foothold.
Lucky for me, the remedy is quite simple. I’m going to meditate now. I’ll tell you how it goes… 😉
Check out these ideas for avoiding the sicky trap this holiday season. No excuses!
I am in such awe of the way things come together sometimes. When I make a conscious effort to open my heart and open my mind, I can usually step out of the way and watch things take shape before my eyes. Unbelievable, but true. So anyway…
As I’m stumbling and bumbling along watching for inspirations, little clusters of goodness have been dropping into my brain. Some amazing notion will pop up and then I’ll see it everywhere for the next few days. For example, I had been reflecting on the peaceful protests that are taking place throughout our country right now, and I recalled hearing about a large-scale meditation “sit-in” that had taken place in Washington, DC in the early 90s. It was in What the Bleep, maybe. It went something like this…
In 1993 in DC, there was an experiment that brought large numbers of meditation practioners into the city and tracked the number of violent crimes during the time they were there. They were to come into the city and sit in meditation. That’s it. No one was to be informed that they were doing this other than the meditators, the police, and those collecting the data. The experiment was conducted over 8 weeks, and the number of meditators increased as the weeks went on. Guess what happened? Oh right… you saw the graph. If you would like a more detailed account of the study, check it out here.
It just amazes me. I know it’s the truth. And still, it totally amazes me how powerful we are when we tap into our most basic gifts. It’s hard not to wonder why this isn’t happening everywhere?? But wait… and I come back around to the Occupy movement. It is happening. The field is fertile for the most unbelievable possibilities. Open, open, open.
As one flower pushes its way out into the sun, it creates the space for the next one to blossom. At first, it’s one here and then there. Each flower that has already begun to blossom must hold space for the others that haven’t arrived at that point yet. Soon, the number of arrivals grows exponentially, and the landscape transforms more and more quickly. Each new crop holding space and creating the conditions for the blossoming of all.
Thankfully, I found Jeanne Ball’s powerful article tying all of these inspirations together so nicely for me. Thanks to her for that. You can see all of these threads weaving together in front of me has me feeling a little poetic and awestruck. She does an excellent job of laying out the possibilities for consciousness (collective consciousness, oneness consciousness…) to determine the direction our world will take now.
I like the possibilities!! ♥ ♥ ♥
L O V E to all.
Today’s gratitude list: Shiva Rea and free expression.
Women throughout history were burned at the stake for self-expression like this, both literally and metaphorically. Many thanks to Shiva for leading the way. Now… Get up. Release your fear. Embrace Shakti. Embody the shift.
This is such a powerful message. I’ve been watching this clip over and over again today because he so beautifully articulates so much I’ve been trying to say in this blog. The time is now. The revolution is L O V E!
The forces of change are swirling all around us- it’s not just about the Occupy Wall Street movement or New Age philosophy or yoga. Those are merely different melodies whose notes are aimed at harmonizing with this amazing vibration that is emerging. They are also ways of tagging what is happening and putting it in a box- giving it a name so that the ego can declare “that is not me.” But it is. It is all of us. Like he says, the current mode of being isn’t working for the 1% either. There is a great force that is rising to swallow the shattered fragments of humanity and reunify them- heal them, and that force is universal love.
This is a powerful time to be a human on this planet. Each of us is so miraculously blessed to be here. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
And LOVE TO ALL.[If you would like to support Occupy Love, learn more here.]
“There came a time when the effort to remain tight in the bud was greater than the risk it took to blossom.”
2011 has been a phenomenal year thus far. Through the ups and downs, I’ve had a budding awareness that the time for change has arrived. Whatever it is that comes next… it’s fast approaching. I can either be ripped limb from limb trying to cling to what was or I can let go and welcome what is with open arms. Those are my options.
Of course, I have the marvelous good fortune to be a human being in these times. And what distinguishes the humans from the rest of Creation? We can choose. We have free will and the ability to make choices. So, I affirm that I choose to let go, to welcome change, to dive into the flow, to be One with what is. That’s my right. Isn’t it miraculous?
In fact, it has been nearly a year and a half since this awareness first began to dawn in me. I had the distinct feeling that the world was going crazy and I was going with it. It was a critical point in my growth- I didn’t know what to do, but I knew that I could no longer do what I had been doing. I had already been practicing yoga for a decade at that point, but I was drawn to its spiritual aspects more than ever before. I began meditating daily. In short, I began to align with the Divine. If there is a resonating message that accompanied this shift, it is this: Whatever it is I wish to be, I am already that. Each day, I must make time to sit in that awareness and let it bring me understanding.
You see, ‘change’ has so many associations in my busy, busy brain. Transition- like breakups, passings, leaps into the terrifying and bewildering unknown. Yet, the more I stay with the I am that awareness, I realize that this ‘change’ isn’t so much about the rupture as it is about the healing- like waking up from a dream and realizing that I was completely safe the entire time. This is the emerging oneness consciousness. Where there was once a split, oneness consciousness is rising to swallow both sides and reunify them. Unifying perception with reality. I am that. All is that. All is love.
So that’s a lot, huh? It’s been a great distance to cover, but it has also been a single leap of faith taken over and over. One of the greatest blessings along the way has been connecting with kindred souls whose experiences resonate with mine. I have certainly had moments when I’ve felt that I must be an alien or a hopeless weirdo or something. And then I’ll find myself in the midst of a whole garden of strange flowers just like me. As we exchange words with one another, I hear I am that, I am that. I feel so blessed to be sharing this evolution with you. I have so much to share. I hope, to you, it sounds a whole lot like I am that. ((((((( ♥ )))))))