Whether you are a surfer or not, you are riding the wave. The big one, the big wave...the one that is so exciting for some and so terrifying for others. I know you think I'm going to call this wave life, but it's more than that--it's the energy behind all life, the energy that creates worlds, the energy that is inside and outside of every one of us.
When you're riding the wave, you are focused on the feeling, the balance, the exhilaration, guiding yourself toward where it is you want to be, wrapped in the power of the wave. I love the moments that seem to last forever--it's like you can 'see' that moment, examine it from every angle, be yourself outside yourself looking in, knowing that you are so much bigger and more than this moment, feeling the power of the moment, and the love that recognizes every detail of it.
In that experience, even "bad" moments become beautiful...
Namaste...In Lak'ech, greetings of unconditional love
Those of us who practice yoga, or perhaps come from India, will recognize the greeting "Namaste", which translates many ways into a general feeling of "The Divine Light in Me Recognizes the Divine Light in You". So we bow slightly to each other with hands meeting at the heart and say "Namaste", usually with a smile, as if to set an intention to remember who we are to each other and how we are connected.
In Mayan culture, the greeting "In Lak'ech", which means, "I am another you", or "I am you and you are me", or "you are my other", and speaks even more loudly about our connection to one another by recognizing and valuing how everyone we interact with is holding a mirror for us to see ourselves more clearly through them. It is a way of recognizing the kindness they do for us no matter what it is that we see, and enables us to immediately remind ourselves to translate what we see into something beautiful that we can love. It reminds us to find something to love about even the most unlovable, hidden parts of ourselves, and those glaring unlovable qualities in others.
So, it doesn't matter if someone you're talking with offers smiles or arguments, they are all there to co-create with you, and were brought to you by the Universe to further your mutual desires. When things get tense, and circumstances seem impossible, you can relax, drop your 'resistance' (that uncomfortable feeling that something's not going the way your ego wants it to go), and go with the flow, and once you do that, just watch how everything smooths out, people drop their issues, and new avenues open up for you to explore.
Next time you come across someone who seems cranky, power hungry, angry, impatient, fearful, frightening and so on, it won't matter a bit if you can remember to look first for the part of you that they are mirroring to you, and then see the Divine Light in each of you (or, if you don't remember right in the moment, you can look for it afterward). At that moment when you recognize them for who they really are, you can let yourself melt into love and a sense of life as a beautiful adventure....
I was high on a stream of consciousness last night after a brief flash of thought reminded me that "Love Is the Juice of Life", and I wanted to take flight with that thought, listen to all it had to say, and travel where ever it went.
It spoke to me of the unlimited life force inside each of us that is love, pure love, in a well that is constant and full and deep. The more we dip into it, the more it draws from the life force of the Universe. When we practice self-love, we are training ourselves to dip into the unlimited, the Universal, the Essence of our inner being, ourselves, our love. The more we train our thoughts to self-love, the more love flows through us, and overflows to others outside of us.
I guarantee you that if you find yourself being critical of others, or less than loving with them, it is only a reflection of the way you have been treating yourself. Be kind to yourself. We all find ourselves in moments like that, some more than others, where we have "accepted" our limitations, which really only means we have restricted the flow of love to ourselves. Let go, and let love flow.
When you realize that love is the juice of life, and that to thrive you Must drink the juice of life, you understand that self-love is that practice that is the essence of thriving. Train yourself to love YOU, and you drink the juice of life more and more, you begin a habit of loving yourself, you begin to BE love, and you begin to have less and less room for criticism, judgments, unkindness and hatred.
And because Love Is the Juice of Life, you are fueling life itself, to whatever degree and in whatever direction you deeply desire, because love listens to you and responds to you, and enhances every aspect of your well-being in all health, abundance and love. Want to live forever? Live in your love. That is the place where we are all infinite...
Lately I've been writing a lot about the power of the heart--it fascinates me that its electromagnetic energy is measured to be 5,000 times greater than that of the brain. And I'm attracting more and more information on this subject like a magnet these days, from Gregg Braden to Don Miguel Ruiz to Bruce Lipton, scientists and mystics alike speak to a forgotten technology powered by the heart.
So I've been practicing ways to start using that power, to start 'remembering' what our culture has taught us to forget, and I've developed an extraordinary meditation that is very powerful in its ability to harness the heart energy and magnify it. When I do this meditation, I instantly feel expanded, loved unconditionally, connected to source energy, light, happy, free and full of possibilities. Even my vision seems clearer and farther--everything looks just a little bit different.
See what you feel as you follow along with this guided meditation as I talk you through the steps:
1- Sit or lay in a comfortable position with the spine as straight as possible (I also do this when I'm walking, and once you catch on you will find it easy to do).
2- Breathe deeply and slowly through the nose, lengthening the exhale more and more to naturally deepen the inhale.
3- Visualize your heart as the powerful energy generator it is, then tell yourself, "My intention is to open my heart more and more, radiating and amplifying love throughout every cell in my entire being. The love energy builds until it expands out into the Universe, instantly connecting with the love energy of every being in the Universe."
4- Imagine what it would feel like to be that kind of energy, in the Universe where space and time do not matter, seeing yourself easily and instantly lighting up as you connect with all others in a playful dance where you can co-create your hearts' desires together. What would that feel like? Would you laugh, play, sing, dance, fly, swim, love? Remember that time as we know it does not exist here, as you co-create your hearts' desires with all others, and move the very energy fabric of the Universe along with you.
5- Now imagine that just as instantly, on your next inhale, that all of that expanded, blended Universal energy comes into your body and transforms you with all its energy blending with yours, all hearts in the Universe connected with you in unconditional love. Breathe that in, feel it as it expands, as your heart opens more and more, generating even more of that love, radiating it through you, amplifying it, and expanding it out into the Universe again on your next exhale.
6- See how you feel now--use your imagination here; imagine that you have this amazing ability that you're just now remembering, to work with your own electromagnetic energy, guiding it, expanding it, reaching all others with it, blending their abilities with yours, feeling totally supported and...loved. As Einstein said, "Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions."
When we listen to the wisdom in our hearts, the magical path that was hidden from our minds appears. ~zenshine
This comes from my yoga teacher, Saul, who is the first yoga teacher to introduce me to the bhakti yoga path, or the path of the heart. I wanted to share this because he expresses so beautifully what I have been feeling and thinking about lately, so here it is:
"Our hearts hold the wisdom of our spirits, of our being. It is the sacred and magical place where the wisdom of the cosmos resides. When we access this inner space and learn to listen to our 'inner voice' we awaken the field of infinite possibilities in the Universe around us and within us. It is then that the magical path that was hidden from the mind appears- this is the path of the Soul. If you look deeply at all the sacred mythologies and spiritual teachings this is the essence. Our practices bring us back to the heart, to the place where our true nature exists." ~ Saul David Raye
Namaste Divine Soul, I am sitting in a cafe in Glastonbury, England (Heart of Avalon), truly one of the magical and mystical places on our Mother Earth. I am on my way to India, the cosmos has re-routed part of my journey through this sacred site and along many other gridlines ( leylines), the meridians of Mother Earth that connect all the sacred power points on the planet. The connections and synchronicities of Oneness are increasing by the day and my faith and trust in the Cosmic Intelligence is deepening alongside it.
We are all experiencing the power of this time, it is affecting us deeply, both personally and collectively. It is a time of upheaval and transformation that is happening everywhere and we can either resist it or surrender to it. The Ancients call it the 'Great Shift'. It has happened before on our planet and it is happening again. The important thing is to keep ourselves in a high vibrational state- i.e. love, gratitude, peace, appreciation, positivity. This keeps our vibrational field strong, which subsequently affects all dimensions of life. To follow our intuition, our hearts, this is really important, because as old systems and logic are breaking down, it is our hearts that hold the voice of our Spirit and are constantly guiding us to what is needed at each turn. The heart is the place of vibration that connects us to sacred field of life intelligence. This time is a test, a right of passage, to move through the veil into a deeper embodiment of Spirit. We are being asked to trust, to move beyond fear and ego and dance as Shiva inside the kalachakra ~ 'sacred fire'.
Of course we know this in part, but to practice this as you are in the midst of the fire, so to speak, is the greatest challenge. Simply bringing awareness and intention to it helps, the shift will happen. See what and who is triggering you in your life and bring a positive vibration to it. Nothing heals as Love does. Everyone in our life is a Sacred Mirror, as is Earth and how we perceive what is happening. My own path has been guided over the years to feel Oneness and appreciate all the great wisdom and spiritual traditions of history. Each one holds a part of the 'Oneness Vibration', leading to 'Wholeness'. As such each one of us is an essential part of the whole. It is in the coming together and creating Sacred Space that we make quantum shifts for ourselves and for the collective. As my Mayan teachers have said to me , 'It is 2012 that is important, it is now. What we do now, is what creates the future'. Remember the heart, it is in this Sacred Place that we are one. Those of us that can hold that space are being asked to now. Now is the time. Many of us are reluctant mystics and light workers. We have believed in our limitations and negative self-images so much so that we have forgotten our magic. But the magic is there, simply look inside and feel it. Remember. It is in that moment of trust that we activate and awaken. Who you are and why you came here are being revealed to you through the sacred path of your life. It is so for all of us. At this time, hold no judgments or separations in your being, If they come, let them pass through. Hold close to your heart your teachers, your guides and most of all your own connection to Source. Let that deep feeling of connection strengthen your 'whole energetic field' and raise you above the crowd. This is a meditation. See that All is Sacred, it has always been, always will be and is Now. We are in the time of great awakening and transformation. I offer my deepest love, gratitude and support to my teachers and their path, for the whole Universe is evolving at this very moment. What appears to be is an illusion and only a step into the deeper truth that is being revealed. Stay tuned into your heart and on Planet Earth and more will be beautifully revealed. In full faith and trust in the Cosmic Oneness of which we all are all a part, I wish you great Love, peace and happiness on your journey. I am grateful to be connected to you. Blessed Be and In Lak Ech, Saul David Raye
This comes from two of my favorite mentors, Kris and Kalyn Raphael, founders of the Toltec Mystery School. In his blog post, Kris describes one way to stay in the "Now" moment that he calls "Savoring".
Please savor and enjoy the deliciousness of this moment...