Have you noticed that not only is the weather starting to change and the usual seasonal currents of energy altering course but there is also a different, much deeper rumbling happening this year? It feels like it has been with us for a while now but has just recently picked up pace yet again and no one is being allowed to pass up participation. We are being called to “clean house” in a very big way.
This housecleaning is on every level of our lives but it especially seems to be remarkable in drudging up very old, deeply buried wounds, fears, misunderstandings that have been with us for a lifetime, the things that have lain dormant and festering for decades, things that have made our lives what they are today, maybe have held us back or otherwise clearly effected us, perhaps they are even things we didn’t know were there. This can sound mysterious, silly, ominous even but one thing for sure, it is not boring and it is not leaving us be as we have always been. To me, it is the opportunity to take up or to finish now, what I have been side-stepping in varying degrees all of my life, a chance to find a deeper, truer ME.
I believe in a loving, magnanimous Universe that wants only to support us in every way, so naturally I consider whatever and whomever is in my life to be a gift, regardless of how it may feel in the moment…it’s really the only way I can make use of it. I think the intensity is equal to the opportunity for growth if I am willing to step forward and meet it, to do the work of self-discovery and growth, of self-love and care.
We all have intuition and we use it daily even if it is on an unconscious level. How many times have you said to yourself, “I knew that was going to happen” or something similar. We perceive so much more than we give ourselves credit for so now is the time to start paying more attention, listening more closely and following those inner musings, they are absolutely real and vital to our well being. Pay attention to how your body feels, what your emotions are telling you. Does your energy feel expansive and open or do you feel contracting and protective. I believe that is the difference between feeling the loving flow of guidance from the universe and the effortless way it moves us when we have the courage to follow it as opposed to the restricting feel of fear when we listen too closely to the voice of scarcity and the resulting feeling of loss and disempowerment.
As we become the observing student of ourselves, we will increasingly notice the sound of our own interior guidance, that wonderful voice of our higher knowing, our Divine self and if we can muster the courage to follow it, our lives will change dramatically for the better. As time is speeding up, so is the intensity of that inner voice. In the past, we have taken our time, learning, growing and evolving at a very comfortable pace but now it’s as if the Universe has said that was fine, we let you choose your speed but now you’ve gotten behind schedule and we’re asking you to pick up the pace considerably.
All human beings have issues and things we are struggling with which I believe are the things we have chosen to work on in this lifetime, our themes, so let’s get to work! Start by taking time to sit quietly with yourself and just observe what you feel, what thoughts come passing through. Don’t attach to them, don’t step into an inner dialogue with them, if something comes up that you really need to think about, it will be there for you later. This is generally what contemplation and/or meditation looks like and we can all do it. It can be challenging at first just to be quiet, to be still within ourselves but we can do it and it becomes easier with practice. We can’t begin to really hear our own inner wisdom if we don’t create an open, empty space for it to appear. Even if that ever-present voice of the “monkey mind” is chattering away, don’t pay attention to it, let it be and bring your awareness to your breath. Notice the air as it moves in across the nostrils and into the lungs, feel your rib cage expand and your stomach move forward as air moves into the lungs; notice the reverse upon the exhale. You can think of a simple mantra if you’d like, something like “Breath of Life” or “I Am, God is” or you can count from 1 to 7 as you slowly inhale, hold for 1 count and count again from 1 to 7 on the exhale; see if you can maintain an even inhale and exhale. If thoughts are screaming at you, just think of them as a film clip and let them keep moving, bringing your attention back to your breath. No one was born knowing how to meditate but everyone can learn, it just takes the decision to do it, a little practice and the willingness to know yourself in all of your glory. Start with as little as 5 minutes at a time, it will go by faster than you think. As soon as you become almost comfortable with 5 minutes, begin to consistently add to it.
When you first begin to meditate, you may not notice anything but as you stay with it, you will begin to notice a peaceful presence that is your true nature and this will grow, allowing deeper insights to come forth. You may want to begin a journal of your experience each day but save the reading of your notes until the end of the week, you will no doubt be surprised. In each encounter with yourself, set your intention to be more loving and kind to yourself, cultivate the idea of reverence for the gift of life, starting with yourself and letting that spread out into the world around you. We all have all of the infinite wisdom and grace there is, we only need to learn how to let it in… it’s waiting for you to ask.
Written by Kathleen White
“The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.” Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen master, monk, teacher, scholar and peace activist