Hello, my beautiful friend,
How does this find you today?
How are you experiencing yourself physically, mentally, emotionally and energetically? Are you well?
How is your connection to Source, to God, to the Universe?
Are you accustomed to asking yourself these leading and important questions?
If I was to answer each of these questions honestly, directly to myself, and to you, this is how it is for me today …
Physically I am feeling heaviness resting upon my shoulders, and my lower back is twinging with ribbons of tension (too much time on the computer and emotional holding patterns for me), and yet my heart centre feels vast, overall my body feels sensitive, open and yet ready for a good deep rest.
Mentally I feel clearer today, yesterday I was feeling the effects of mental tension, so my thinking was a little foggy and slow for how I usually experience my capacity to think freely and clearly!
Emotionally, I am experiencing so many degrees of various emotions, gratitude for this life, for my life and the people I hold dear, gratitude for the incredible services (across the board) that I, that we, rely upon daily and gratitude to be able to show up in service every day.
I am also feeling emotionally raw, it’s a little like a roller coaster ride, perhaps you are experiencing something like this too? As I feel into the collective consciousness of the planet we reside upon, I feel the sadness, fear and concern of so many, and yet, alongside that the great joy of togetherness of the human race as a global community, it is heartening, and inspiring to witness the glorious acts of kindness being shared and the contributions of so many to support us all in opening wide in love and compassion.
Emotionally I am feeling wide open, full of love and ever so tender.
It gets complex with emotions doesn’t it!? How do we ever truly separate one from another?
What we do know is that all thinking and emotions can be traced back to love or fear.
Energetically I am feeling tired today, like a jolly good rest is in order, I have been working tirelessly on the laptop, and feeling all the EMF vibes, so today, after I have posted this blog, I am going to down sticks and rest.
I am also, all times all at once, experiencing my energy body wide and far, it’s incredible how we can hold space for so many different experiences in one space.
Connection, in terms of my connection to all that is back of everything, that which is Eternal, source energy, god, the unmanifest, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient Power back of all things, I am feeling super connected, like being in the flow of something far greater and meaningful than my little human experience.
It feels beautiful, expansive and steady, a constant source of love to turn to in every moment.
We are certainly not just one thing, we are vast and infinite and complex, we have multiple experiences each and every moment all at once, we are multi-layered, multi-dimensional beings.
The yogis talk about this in terms of Koshas, our layers of being, our subtle body. The gateway to our Soul.
According to the Taittiriya Upanishads, an ancient Tantric yoga text, there are five layers, sheaths, koshas to the Self. These layers make up the sheaths around our Soul, Atman.
We explore the Koshas as a means of understanding our true selves, and healing and transforming that which blocks us from knowing and being Oneness.
The layers are always present, all at once, entwined energetically, as we effect one layer, we effect all layers.
The koshas are:
Annamaya Kosha – Physical Self, Earth Element (Gross Body)
Pranamaya Kosha – Energetic Self, Water Element (Subtle Body)
Manomaya Kosha – Mind, Mental, Self, Fire Element (Subtle Body)
Vijnanamaya Kosha – Wisdom Evolved Self, Air Element (Subtle Body)
Anandamaya Kosha – Bliss Spiritual Self, Spiritual Bliss, Ether Element (Causal Body)
We are, if we are on a journey of spiritual awakening, in the process of clearing the veils of perception so that we may see clearer and live from a place of Unified Grace.
“When you have seen one thing differently, you will see all things differently.”
- A Course In Miracles
Today’s lesson, Lesson 28, from A Course In Miracles is this: Above all else I want to see things differently.
In exploring this lesson today, it becomes clear that we tend to see things as we see ourselves and the world around us from our own pre-conditioned ideas.
We place upon objects, people and external circumstances the meaning, labels and identities we have learned, or decided upon for ourselves.
Today the task is to see things here and now, as if from a time before labels and identities. To truly see in the light of clear sight.
Is it possible, do you think, to separate our ideas about something from seeing it as it truly is here and now?
Perhaps we wouldn’t even want to, as this would mean giving up our own judgements and needs to hold on to a previously held concept, idea, label or identity.
If we have decided that something, or someone is a particular thing, can we let go and look again?
Are we able to release ourselves, and others from past judgements and see in the light of true sight, so that we no longer define things from past terms and conditions?
“The light you will see in one of them is the same light you will see in them all.”
- A Course In Miracles
If you have been following along with me for a while, you will know that I meditate daily and often lead deep meditations and yoga nidra for people, which I absolutely love.
As part of the practice we often explore this concept of seeing things as it is in the moment, brand new to us, fresh, as if from a time before all identities.
You can try it yourself.
How to practice:
Close your eyes and allow your sense of hearing to radiate out and rest upon, and within, the most distant sound you can hear (it may be any sound, anywhere).
As you rest your awareness here upon this sound, allow your inner ears to open and receive the sound.
Experience the sound as if for the first time, before you knew its identity or label.
It is simply vibration as sound.
I invite you to have this experience now.
Listening, feeling, experiencing the sound as if for the first time in your life.
How does it feel? What does it sound like? What are the subtle nuances of sound you can pick up on?
Now seek out the quietest sound you can hear, practice in the same manner. Allow your sense of hearing and all of your awareness to rest within the sounds, until it becomes the loudest sound you can hear.
Experience the sound as if for the first time ever, a time before labels and identities, before you thought you knew.
How was that experience for you? Was it easy or difficult to release the mind from having to label the sound? Could you breathe easy and feel and experience the sound brand new?
I would love to know!
Send me a message and let me know your experience if you try it.
Wishing you much love today, may you tend your sacred centre with joy and unkink the subtle layers of your being with love!