Sunday, 19 August 2012

Waking The Dragon Within...

As wave after wave of new consciousness and new awareness laps upon the shores of our souls, it can be all too easy to become intoxicated by the hypnotic sound of the sea and lose ourselves in the beauty of the moment. Such a space feels precious and amazing, but it can also feel challenging as well, for whilst at soul level we may choose to become lost in such a divine space (for this is a sign of living consciously), on the physical level, we can struggle to find the time to stand in quiet solitude absorbing the joy of the moment.

This presents us with a dilemma; for to become free, we need to be fully conscious and aware of the moment, but in order to give ourselves permission to become free, we want to know that all of our needs on the physical level will be taken care of, thereby keeping us away from the very thing that can bring us that freedom! 

We can become tied up in knots trying to work out how to find bliss in life, but this kind of misses the point, for the more we look, the farther away from bliss we get, for bliss is not something to seek out and ‘get’; it is a state of being. 

Therefore, when we become lost in the joy of the moment, as the waves lap the shoreline of the soul and we can feel, touch and taste the euphoria of the light dancing within, we need to realise that it is okay to be in such a space. In many ways, it is the still moments that matter the most, for it is the stillness, and the stillness within that stillness, that carries so much power and energy. The rest is distraction, for Truth lies in the stillness, not in the busy-ness of keeping on keeping on (chasing and ticking off boxes on a life ‘to-do’ list that continues to grow no matter how hard we try to get to our destinations) etc.

There comes a time when we need to STOP and embrace the courage to go into this stillness; and we need to know and trust that all that we want and need are within this. If we become truly conscious in this moment of pure magic, joy and amazement, we awaken to a whole new dimension in life and become inspired by the infinite possibilities all around. We realise that Heaven is already on Earth and we can feel the Divine pulse beating in our own hearts and flowing through every cell of our Beings. 

Whilst this stillness within the stillness, which brings us the euphoria of being fully awake in the moment, feels intangible and indefinable; it is important to realise that even though it is, it is also within our grasp as it fills our hearts and souls. This is a space without a space; it is beyond definition, but it can still be felt. It can be felt by opening up heart, mind and soul to the infinite wonder of bliss. 

Of course, this brings to the surface the perpetual chicken and egg scenario of which to do first: become conscious in the moment or to get the basics in place to remove the day-to-day worries. Yet, such a scenario feeds the dilemma, for until we can see beyond this, we cannot accept that it is only by living consciously in the moment that we become our own creators and everything changes. Until we reach this point, we continually chase the horizon trying to get, trying to achieve and trying to find something externally that has been within us all along. 

It therefore seems time to lose ourselves in the moment and to surrender to the hypnotic sound, and the delicious flavours, of bliss...

Friday, 10 August 2012

Go Slowly

As the winds of change continue to gather momentum, and as the cosmic roller coaster ride continues in earnest, there is a sense of exuberant energy shifts and deep changes occurring on just about every level of our beings. Whilst it would be all too easy to get carried along with these currents like a leaf being taken by the wind, there is a sense that whilst we do need to step into the flow and become One with it, we need to be sure that we do not lose ourselves at the same time. In other words, we need to remain open to the process of change, but we need to avoid becoming caught up in the ‘rush’ of the adrenalin ride.

It seems that as we journey through the shifting sands of life, and as we open up to the new consciousness that is rising up like the sap in the trees, there is a need for us to remain centred and balanced. Not easy when clinging on to the safety bar on a cosmic roller coaster ride of epic proportion, but important, in order to remain conscious and fully present in the experience. 

Of course, we are human, and this means that we react to stimuli from a perspective of survival; it is our natural instinct to sometimes resist or seek understanding. This is not ‘wrong’, it is simply part of being human. Yet, in order to make the most of this incredible time of shift, it seems that we need to open up to a deeper understanding of the transience that we are all experiencing. In other words, we need to stop feeling lost in the process, but to instead become mindful and fully conscious, so that we can find ourselves. 

Once we can be wholeheartedly mindful, we can begin to let go of the ‘rush’, the fear and the chaos, for we realise that it no longer defines us or shapes our lives. Whilst we cannot ‘escape’ from the trials and tribulations of everyday life (and why would we want to, for they make life all the more interesting?), we can begin to shift our awareness away from the fear of clinging onto that safety bar and instead embrace a deep sense of knowing which helps us to let go of fear in order to live a more conscious, but more peaceful existence.

In a way, we are standing in the eye of a hurricane; the chaos swirling all around, and we can either step into the winds and lose ourselves in the rush, or we can remain centred, still, mindful and fully conscious. It seems that by stepping into the wind, we are stepping away from our true nature, for whilst we become One with the hurricane of life, the hurricane will eventually pass and we will find ourselves stuck in a material world of consumerism, power and ego; un-centred and struggling to find our way home. The winds seem to be distractions, taking us away from our inner worlds as we seek external fixes to soothe and heal, inspire and empower. 

Standing in the eye of the hurricane is not easy, nor is it for the feint hearted, for it takes courage and strength to stand resolute and centred in the midst of so much shift and change. Of course, part of the journey to Self involves surrendering to the flow of life and becoming One with all there is, so it might be easy to see the flow as the winds; yet it seems clear that it is the stillness and the peace that are our guiding lights now as we continue to awaken and open up to our true divinity. 

Some might say that in order to become Whole, we need to blend with both the wind and the stillness, and in a way, this is true, but it seems that in order to make progress on the journey to Self, we need to become less drawn by external forces (the winds) and more awakened from within (the stillness). There is an air of paradox or conundrum here, for we need these external forces in order to interact and grow in life, but they are not the focus now; for it is only once we have truly centred, awakened and become conscious, that we can begin to open up and live a more balanced life. 

In other words, we have to find stillness within before we can find stillness without, for without stillness within, we struggle to become centred or Whole...