Saturday, March 19, 2011

This Renewal

"We have not come into this exquisite world to hold ourselves hostage from love. Run, my dear, from anything that may not strengthen your precious budding wings. We have not come here to take prisoners or to confine our wondrous spirits, but to experience ever and ever more deeply our divine courage, freedom and Light!" ~ Hafiz

The arrival of spring and the first burst of warmer weather are often accompanied by a surge of joy. At the same time, we have the perfect opportunity to reevaluate our lives and to clear away all that is no longer working for us. Sometimes this includes leaving a relationship with a lover, a close friend or a family member that no longer serves our most authentic self. While this level of clearing is never easy, the fact remains that it is impossible to grow emotionally and spiritually until we release that which no longer strengthens us.

Regardless of what we are told, not all relationships are meant to be a lifelong commitment. Often people come into our lives to teach us important lessons, and once that lesson is learned and we have ripened from the experience of knowing them, it is wise to express our gratitude and move on. Yet so often, our ambivalence becomes our greatest obstacle as it causes us to swing back and forth between grasping and releasing. And while our intent might be to not hurt anyone, we hurt everyone by our unwillingness to see the depth of our self-deception.

With the wisdom of this perspective, we come to realize that love is an emptiness, an openness and a willingness to allow. It is also helpful to remember that moving on is not a final ending as the gifts of our friendship remain. So as each new blade of grass sprouts and greens the earth, may we go within and explore those aspects of our lives that no longer feed our spirit.  May we open to the longer rays of sunlight, streaming across our hearts and feel the fresh breezes, flowing through the open windows of our minds. And may each of us have the courage to allow this renewal to go deep and do its work until we truly become divine freedom and light.

Friday, March 11, 2011

A Blessed Realization

"Knock at the door of reality, shake your thought-wings, loosen your shoulders, and open." ~ Rumi

There are times when a consistent, long-term exposure to any spiritual teaching can feel overwhelming. Keep in mind that whether we are practicing meditation, yoga or receiving intensive Reiki healing energy, we are literally raising the vibration of our auric field to a higher frequency. In so doing, we are opening our inner body to a new way of living and being in the world. In the beginning, our practice is often accompanied by a period of joy and peace. However when that first wave of bliss recedes, it is possible to be left with a feeling of uncertainty.

As many of us know, this lull can easily lead to a chase to repeat the initial feeling of ecstasy. Many of us have caught the egoic mind asking, "What's next?" Yes, we all long to get to the place of true inner peace that never wavers. However, it is important to acknowledge that we might have to play catch up with the freshness of the awakening experience. In fact, it takes patience and confidence to allow our emotional and physical bodies to integrate and merge more fully into the groove of the shift.

It is also perfectly normal for a burst of energy, rising through the chakras, to feel unsettling. We might even experience a period of confusion, anxiety or agitation, which all seems like a huge step backwards. In actuality, it is indicative of an expansive movement in consciousness. When this occurs, it is helpful to remember to relax our shoulders and breathe deeply, which will allow the energy to rise to our Heart chakra where it can be transformed to love. If we remain present and free of resistance, this very powerful, creative energy will bring great insight.

It is such a blessed realization to understand that we can move with the course of the current even when the river feels cold and uncomfortable. In accepting that it is all part of our journey, we can smile, go for the ride and trust that it is all unfolding in complete perfection.