Blessing of the Honu

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Today,  I got a chance to meet with Eternity.
We made it to a tiny beach early in the morning.   No one was there, and we were greeted by the sound of he waves, the myriad blue of the Pacific, and a gentle breeze.  The morning air was fresh, although it was already getting warm.

As I stepped on to the sand, making my way to a shady spot, I gasped, involuntarily.  There, to my left was huge creature of the sea, resting on the sand.  My breath knew it was there before my eyes had registered it.   A large sea turtle had made it's way to the shore.  I stopped in my tracks and knelt down a few feet away. It's presence touched some indescribably, ancient place in me.  Looking into it's eyes was like gazing into a universe — openings full of darkness, yet bursting, even glowing with Light.  I was met with pure Life, gazing back at me, from the depths of space. 

There was nothing to do but remain.  To sit in deep recognition.  I noticed that my breathing changed, and my thoughts had slowed. Nothing seemed important, because nothing else existed in that moment. I was lost in Life. Not what we normally consider to be 'life' — the running around, getting things done, working, fixing what breaks, making sure everyone else is O.K., but the Life underneath it all. The only Life that truly matters.

In this endless moment, the early morning sun touching the water, my skin, the honu's shell.....the sound of the waves, soft and strong, the gentle surging breeze filled with salt air, the feeling of soft damp grains in my feet, were all one shape / feeling / experience. Nothing could be separated,.  Everything seemed to meet in the touch of eyes. Creature to creature. Held in the expanse of Eternity.
 

Dropping into Infinity

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It's time to give up all teaching, all learning, all ideas about who you are and what should be, and just meet whatever is opening in you right now.  The feeling of your feet touching the floor, the velocity of the breath entering your nostrils, the temperature in your back and shoulders......all your sensations are here, now.

The simplicity of coming back to the most fundamental common denominator of who we are as human beings, can be a doorway into the purity of this moment.  It is an invitation to listen to bits of ourselves that we may have taken for granted, and in so doing, open the floodgates of permission, for all the other unmet bits to be heard and seen. 

99% of the Life that we experience with the full spectrum of our being, is unmet.  Most of our sensations, impressions, impulses — even the complex detail of any sight our eyes take in — cannot be percieved by our conscious mind.  We are unaware of most of the experience of our lives, yet we are eager to 'make sense' of the little we perceive.  As mental creatures, we are eager to capture, define and analyze our world.

In fact, we are more than our knowledge, personality, or conscious impressions.  But the vastness that flows through us cannot be captured by our minds.  We cannot 'harness' the power of the Divine in us, as many personal empowerment practices would have us do.  We can, however, allow our Tiny Minds to be harnessed by the Divine, The Great Mystery passing through us, animating every aspect of our Life Force, down to the sub-atomic levels and beyond.

Ancient Wisdom guides us into the practice of listening, and allowing what is already here to expand.  We can spend a great deal of energy trying to shape and control our lives, or we can place our attention on opening the vaults and dungeons where we have imprisoned the parts of our being deemed 'unacceptable'.   At the same time, we engage in the powerful work of freeing our 'Perceptive Field' from social, familial, religious and cultural doctrine — the embedded judgements and assumptions with which we take in our world.  As we become more committed to this practice, we may notice that there is a part of us that remains free of programming.  Below the 'static' of all the conscious and subconscious rules and regulations we have absorbed. lies and truths, hurts and resentments, is pure Life.  The Innocent Grace of Life that remains unaltered by knowledge or belief. 

In the mystery of Paradox, this place exists in an expanse which can hold every part of our being — even those that have been locked away.  We have the possibility to move into a new Paradigm.  The One Life that we are us is not divided into 'right' and 'wrong'. 

This path has nothing to do with knowledge or conceptual theoretical Spiritual Ideals.  It has everything to do with this moment.  You. Here. Now.....accessing more and more of the Infinite Life that breathes you.

Nourishing Life

Ancient Wisdom guides us back to fundamental truths about who we are as human beings.  My fortunate encounters as a student of Hawaiian Kahuna Abraham Kawai’i, gave me new avenues through which to experience existence through the body.  These pre-historical indigenous teachings are based in the simplicity of Oneness.  In other words, ‘Everything is connected to everything else.’  When we apply this knowing to the human body, we may notice that nothing occurs in isolation.  While we may imagine that our emotions are somehow separate from our thoughts or spirit, they actually all occur in the same location. All of us is always here, now. The memories of our childhood don’t disappear when we go towork and our hopes and dreams are not erased when we’re at the dentist.  Moreover, our conscious experience of Life, and even our identity, are in deep synergy with the more expansive part of ourselves:  our cellular processes.  Although we may identify with who we ‘know ourselves to be’, we are, in reality, mostly Life Itself. 

When we consider just what has occurred in our bodies in the past 24 hours, without our conscious participation, we might realize that even our most brilliant thoughts are tiny in comparison.  Since yesterday, the Life of your body has shed and replaced approximately 1 million skin cells and your heart has pumped 2,000 gallons of blood through blood vesselswhich include 40 billion tiny capillaries. We have a brand new stomach lining every 4 days and our taste buds renew themselves every 7-10 days. Clearly, we being lived by a Wisdom that is beyond our comprehension.

This Ancient paradigm teaches that not only are we mostly Life, but that this Life inside of us is itself Alive with consciousness. While we are in this body, we cannot separate spirit and tissue, except in our imagination. 

Perceiving from this embodied place, nourishing ourselves with food can become a new adventure. In our current modern world, Food is often used to fill an emotional void, or supress difficult emotions, hence the popularity of 'comfort food'. How does our relationship to food change when we take into consideration this Great Mystery inside of us?  We must be willing to listen with new ears, without agenda or interpretation. Eating what we think is good for our bodies is not the same as paying attention, and letting our whole system be heard. The language of the body includes emotion, sensation, rhythm, texture, temperature, image and color. The practice of listening to the language of consciousness as it appears in the body can open new doorways of communication with Life Itself.

We humans are used to being ruled by the mind. If we can create a practice of holding open attention in the body, we can notice how we actually feel in the presence of certain foods, how the sight, smell, appearance, and taste impact our system, It can take a bit of practice to notice if we are actually feeling or making a mental assessment.  Most of us are deeply programmed to automatically base our perceptions on the thoughts and impressions of our conscious mind. Ancient Wisdom guides us back to the body.  Our cellular self does not think, it simply operates in a synergy of wholeness.  Our listening can become very simple as we align with the motion of this synergy. It can become very clear what foods result in vitality and well being, and which deplete us.

In my experience, I gradually began to feel what was only yummy to my tastebuds, and what was nourishing to my Life Force.  My awareness grew to notice when I was eating to stuff my emotions, and when it was actually more nourishing to skip a meal.  The proportions and quantities of what I ate changed, and cravings disappeared. 

What nourishes us at the level of Life Force, nourishes us in every part of our being:  the quality of our emotions, thoughts, relationships, self-worth, energy, awareness, connectivity and general health.

The Being of our Life Force, the Great Mystery inside our own bodies, becomes more available, the more it is recognized.  As we listen, we may find it is eager to communicate.  When we feed Life Itself, Life, in turn, feeds us with vitality, health and joy, increasing our potential to be of greater service to our loved ones, community, and world.  If we can make the shift out of the old paradigm of separation, we may experience more interconnectedness between what we had previously seen as our ‘Body’, ‘Mind’ and ‘Spirit’.  We may begin to experience our whole system in it’s natural state — as One.