This Week’s Class:
- The Secret To Space Lies In…..
- Pure and Simple
- A State of Wonder
The Secret To Space Lies In……
Learning to Rest.
Rest. It sounds so simple doesn’t it? Yet for so many it remains an elusive concept.
We are often “tired but wired”, feeling exhausted yet unable to switch off.
This is a sign that the body isn’t getting enough constructive rest, and it’s often because we have pushed ourselves beyond what is natural.
We haven’t listened to the body’s whispers, the physical signs that it’s time to stop and rest.
The challenge is that we fill up our time with too much. We set ourselves goals, missions, write task lists, look at diaries and think we have to fill it.
What most of us need to do is to fill our diaries with space to rest! To do nothing. To schedule in time for nothing. It sounds crazy doesn’t it? But this part is so necessary. Like savasana, the relaxation at the end of a practise, this is the most important part.
The magic happens in the space!
Hopefully throughout this course you have been starting to become ore adept at listening to the body, slowing down enough to “tune in”, and honouring what your body is telling you.
Often we feel like quitting , giving in because it all seems so overwhelming, when all we actually need is rest.
I was reminded of this recently on my big road trip. I honestly wanted to give up and get someone to drive me the rest of the way. Instead I took three nights of rest in Ljubljana and it was the best thing I could have done. Here I met a new teacher who inspired me, and I also found the new lightness of being to conitnue with a state of joy at wonder for the rewst of the journey.
It was my body that told me what to do.I had the same feeling I have when I am “triggered”. A tight chest, racing thoughts, a debilitating sense of fear, and inability to fully relax my body when I went to bed.
So instead of pushing myself any further in this state, I stopped. I took time out and I fixed my state and physiology first. Below is a guided meditation I used for these nights at bedtime to soothe my system.It is really powerful and helps you find that “space” in the body too. Try it whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed, or that state of “tired but wired”.
Once there is space in the body,once it is free of the constrictions and resistance that comes with tension, we can start to purify further.
Pure and Simple
So the element of space or ether relates to all that matter that is not seen or can be touched around us, but we know that it’s there.
Look up to the sky, or spend some time gazing at the stars, and you will have a sense of what it is.
It also relates to the throat chakra in the body – the energy centre that controls all communicate, and is an access point for our heart and mind to connect.
You can conceptualize it as a spaciousness around your throat and neck through which profound spiritual truths can flow.
When that space is clear, you will be able to effectively communicate your needs, desires, creative ideas, boundaries, empathy, and love.
Clearing this space often requires a “purification” process – think of “clearing the throat”, or “clarifying your thinking” before you speak.
Actually a great way to do this is through silence – taking time out to practice silence, or just that pause before speaking.
Before you speak ask yourself if what you are going to say is true, is kind, is necessary, is helpful. If the answer is no, maybe what you are about to say should be left unsaid.
Practising silence is a great way for you to be able to use it when you need it. Sometimes saying nothing is the hardest thing, but it will give you a chance to observe and respond
So often the answers lie in the silence, in the space, in the ether where all creation comes from.
When you don’t have the answers, “sit on it” for a while. It just makes sense doesn’t it?
Sometimes complete silence is difficult, so we need something “in between” to offer a bridge to the silence. This is often the asanas in yoga or the mindful movement sequence, or any Zen such as gardening or knitting, but it can also be a piece of music. For me I use music with words that help put me into the right state, and to aid the opening of the throat chakra, I also sing along.
The piece of music by Alexia Chellum “The Power Is Here Now” we used earlier in the course is ideal, as is this masterpiece by Sarah McLachlan, appropriately named Silence.
After the music has finished try sitting in silence for a few minutes. Set a timer and try to build up the time each day, even for just ten seconds, Do this for 21 days consecutively and you will have a meditation practice.
A State Of Wonder….
Once upon a time I went to a seminar in the States where I heard two of my favourite authors, Cheryl Richardson and Susan Jeffers speak. I was inspired and one of the pearls of wisdom I took from it was how to deal with fear, insecurity and uncertainty.
It was very simple.
Instead of “worrying” about what’s going to happen, start “wondering” what’s going to happen.
Wonder is a beautiful state isn’t it?
It requires adopting a more positive and optimistic state, but this in itself helps. You start to “match the virbation” of that which you want to attract.
Let that sink in for a moment. I know, it’s takes a while to get your head around it.
When you match the vibration of the positive outcomes you are looking for, you are more likely to manifest them.
If you want to understand more about how this works, I would recommend the work of Abraham Hicks. Start with The Law of Attraction and go from there!
When we start to see the world as an infinite expanse of potential, we are making the most out of the element of Space.
Start to wonder what’s going to happen, and watch the way you respond to the world change.
The secret lies in clearing the throat chakra, and here are some other ways you can do it from http://www.sacredhealingjourney.com.
Working with your Throat Chakra
Powerful ways to work with the energy of Vishuddha for purification and harmonizing…
- Surround yourself with the color blue (sky blue to peacock blue, silver and white)
- Bring your awareness to this place in your body, breathing in and out of your throat center.
- As you breathe, visualize blue or white light coming into this chakra for cleansing and clearing.
- Tone, hum or chant a mantra to tap into the special gifts of Vishuddha ~ vocal cords. Although all mantras are good, significant ones for the throat chakra are “Hum” or the mantra “So Hum”. To use a mantra, simply pause life for a moment, breathe, close your eyes, get centered, and repeat the word or phrase aloud with your exhale, and you can amplify the effects by silently repeating the word with the in-hale.
- Essential oils to help cleanse and invigorate throat chakra include rose, lavender, sandalwood, cedar, rosemary, and lemon.
In working with your Throat Chakra, hold your focus on the affirmation as you breathe in light. Then release the tension ~ which was holding an old belief in place and was blocking the flow of energy ~ as you exhale. Do this for a few breaths until you begin to notice a release of tension and an increased sense of relaxation. Try these or create your own!
1. I communicate with ease.
2. I clearly state my needs.
3. I speak my truth with confidence.
4. I vocalize my feelings.
5. I claim, honor, and express my Truth.
Now you’re ready for the magic!!!