Let Your Love Flow On
Hi, there! I had intended to write more, but there is not a lot happening in my external world, at least not enough to blog about. All recent events have been mostly internal. I have settled into a deeper place inside myself and this is where the journey is. I think to myself that I ought to go shopping, or to the city, or something exciting, but the thoughts pass me by and none of it seems very interesting. I spend time every day sitting inside of Meher Baba’s Samadhi, which is so beautiful and loving. This photo is the outside of the structure, from the back. It is my most favorite place on the planet; people come from all over the world to visit here.
My time is spent meditating, praying, journaling, walking everywhere, practicing yoga, cooking, sleeping, crying and laughing. My heart is softening and I get waves of sadness and old grief washing up. I also feel a lot of love and joy. It is the whole gamut of life really. Today I had a wonderful start to the day, feeling happy and content. Then I happened upon an abandoned puppy and spent the rest of the afternoon off and on in tears. I have a soft spot for animals, always have, it is why I am vegan. I have this empathetic bond with them. When I see one suffering it is the worst. I think it connects me to my own pain, of feeling helpless, neglected and unloved when I was young. So this little guy triggered my old pain and there wasn’t anything I could do to make him feel wanted. I am leaving soon and everyone around here has more dogs than they can handle. I am praying for the pup, really praying that he is looked after and finds a good home. Tonight I went for a long “walk and talk” with a friend who lives here and that gave me perspective, stopped my tears, and helped me to feel better. Sometimes this is the best we can do. Try and help others, and find love and healing for ourselves. I am grateful to be here, and in a place where it feels safe to soften and to feel, all of it. Everything passes by, love is the only thing that remains, the only thing that truly matters.
“Let your love flow on ceaselessly,
like a stream down the mountain on its way to the Ocean.
Obstructions there will be, of pleasures, of pains. Pass by these as passing phases.
There will be flowers and thorns by the bank and in the flow.
Do not get attached; do not get affected.
Go on and on and let the stream become a river.
Doubts may assail you, self-complacency may lure you,
but with love in the heart, roll on, flow on
to me–the Ocean.
Worry not, fear not.
I am the Ocean of Love.”
Hello & Happy Summer!!
Well, I am leaving for India on Monday (June 17th), for a month, a whole month, wow! I am very excited. I have experienced a lot of apprehension leading up to this pilgrimage for a couple of reasons. First one being my pup, Teddy. Without my permission, he has become a senior, and a very sweet, loving, wise senior at that! It is hard to leave him though as he is dependent on me emotionally, and if I am honest, me on him too. A month feels like such a long time in regards to absence from him. I am going on ahead with my plan and if for any reason I need to return early, I can do that. I am allowed, I have permission to honor what I feel needs to be done, that is so empowering in the face of fear.
For myself, it is also a little intimidating to go for a month. I have a full and active life here both professionally, and personally. Where I go in India is named Meherabad (www.ambppct.org). It is located in a rural area and is quiet. My whole reason for going is spiritual, to be at the feet of my Master, Meher Baba. This reaches me and feeds my soul in a way that nothing else in my life does, thus the journey. I have to admit though, the trepidation is mostly because there is little distraction there, I have a ton of time alone, I meditate every day for a couple of hours which I love. The energy there is potent, intense, loving, strong, beautiful. My stuff comes up and I have plenty of time to sit with it, journal, breathe, move, work it out. I never come back the same, ever. So I go on ahead. I can take fear by the hand and say yes, I understand. Thank you for having my back and trying to keep me safe. I can hold space for my fear and still walk in the direction of my soul, my dreams, my heart. I can allow love to win inside of me because isn’t this where it all begins?
Keep well, be happy and brave, see you in a month!
Align, Attune, Allow
Align yourself with your Higher Power, Source, Divine Energy — whatever concept works for you. Attune (become in tune with) this Higher Power, then Allow this Higher Power to flow in and through you into the world, into your day, into the interactions with those around you.
There are a number of ways to align, attune, and allow. Here is one version from my Esoteric Healing practice that you can use as a meditation. Energy follows thought so if you aren’t exactly sure where things are located, think it and trust that the energy will follow:
Close your eyes and bring your awareness to your heart center, an energetic center/chakra located in the center of your chest, this place of calm within. Breathe into this place. From your heart center visualize/imagine a line of energy leading up to your soul-light located about eight inches above the crown of your head. Breathe into this spiritual focal point. Now bring your awareness to your ajna center, between your brow on your forehead, imagine the energy of your heart center and your soul-light blending together in this center between your brow. Breathe. You can stay here in meditation, keeping your awareness focused at your ajna, your spiritual eye center.
As a daily practice this can be used to come into alignment and in tune with the world around you. Start with the above alignment and attunement and then bring your awareness to your soul light. Link your soul light to the soul light of a person, animal, place, group, or situation that you will be interacting with (just think soul of whatever it is you want to connect with, remember that energy follows thought). Soul-light to soul-light. Now visualize/imagine a line of energy from your soul-light up to Source and ask that the highest good come forward for this person, group, place, animal, or situation. Then allow Source energy to flow through you, through them, through the situation. Ask for the highest good, then let go and allow the Divine Plan to unfold.
I use this technique before I teach my yoga classes. I align and attune with the group, asking that the highest good come forward for our class. I use it as a prayer if I am concerned about someone or a situation. I do a general alignment and attunement as I start my day, connecting my soul to the soul of every being I will come in contact with that day, known or unknown, asking for the highest good to come forward. This process helps to infuse your day with a Higher Purpose, awareness and a spiritual intention.
Practice it and see if you feel a shift or notice a difference. Using this in our meditation time, and in our day to day interactions, we bring more light into our own awareness, and into the world around us. We can also use it to bring light and love to situations, people, and all beings on the planet. As we align, attune, and allow we help infuse ourselves and the Earth with spiritual light and love and are in service to the Higher Divine Plan unfolding around us. When we focus on the light, and on the Great Reality within us and others, we raise our own vibration and intention and help it manifest on the Earth plane.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” ~Matthew 7:7
More and more I recognize the universality of whatever I am experiencing. It may be in different degrees, may manifest itself differently, may have different circumstances attached but underneath, we are all very much alike. That being said I thought the following incident could be helpful for you:
I tend to be critical of myself and this morning I looked in the mirror and started to mentally pick. I realized what I was doing (yay!) and stepped back so I could take a good look. I looked at my eyes and said, “I love my eyes”; then my teeth, “I love my teeth”; my face, skin, neck, etc. all down the line. I really looked at myself as a whole person and affirmed myself. “I love how my neck is nice and long.” “My hair is so thick, I really like it.” It felt nourishing and kind and made me feel better inside.
So much of our lives go by without really cherishing and appreciating who we are and it is easy to be critical and hard on ourselves. Take a moment today to really look at and appreciate your physical being. Make a point of saying good things: what do you like about yourself? Hold yourself in the light of appreciation and drink in the good feelings it creates. We all blossom with a little kindness and affirmation.