Getting Connected

As a modern day mystic, I tend to see things differently. Take laws and the legal system for instance. There are laws that govern our cities, states and country, which are supposedly  there to protect us, but they operate on so many assumptions that are contrary to the mystical, sacred way.

I tend to resonate more with natural laws that indigenous people all over the world ascribe to.  Like plants and animals, we are inextricably a part of nature. Laws of balance, harmony, growth, birth and death govern us no matter what country we happen to be a citizen of. There are spiritual laws like reciprocity, intention, karma, animism, magic, miracles, alignment, and receptivity. There are subatomic, micro-level  quantum laws like resonance, vibration and frequency.

For native people, for instance, you can’t own property. The land is an entity in and of itself which cannot be possessed or owned. This makes sense to me especially since my house is situated in a flood zone which could be under water with sea level rise in the next 50-100 years. Who would own a piece of property that is under water? That brings me to the law of impermanence. When I started meditating and opening to feeling and sensation that was constantly changing in my body, I had to become more comfortable with detaching. Since everything is constantly changing, attachment to people, places and things is not only unwise, it also can cause a great deal of suffering as Buddha says.

Remember the story of Julia Butterfly Hill, environmental activist and tree sitter, who sat in a giant redwood tree for 738 days to save it from being cut down? She was standing up for the rights of the tree. Does a tree have rights? Not according to the logging industry.

Have you seen the Herzog movie “Where the Green Ants Dream?” It’s about a clash between the aborigines and the Australian government that wanted to put a road through aboriginal land. It was slated to be cut through an area where the aborigines believed that the green ants dream. If you plough through there, it would disturb the green ants’ dreaming and that would be the end of life. They resisted by squatting in that area and nearly got bulldozed over.

These are examples of people who are sensitive to the life beyond the veil – between the worlds. As you start getting deeper into your spiritual work, you start to grasp the idea that all is not as it appears. You start to become sensitive to deep feeling and sensation that is alive in everything – even a rock is alive. There is an invisible energy in everything even inanimate objects.

I can’t tell you exactly what this invisible realm is like, but I can feel it in my body when I drop into stillness and silence and get connected.

Experience – Getting Connected

This experience will give you a glimpse into what it’s like to go beyond the veil and awaken to both worlds.

Take a moment to drop in to your body right now. Notice any tension perhaps in your stomach, shoulders, jaw or eyes. Notice how that tension is a way of resisting the full experience of you in this present moment beyond time and space.

Ask yourself – what is that about? Why might I be resisting. Is there fear, anger, sadness? What might that be about? What’s keeping me from surrendering to the ever changing flux of the present?

Tune into your breath. What is the quality of your breath? Are you restricting your breath?

Invite in more and more sensation and feeling with the intention of tolerating greater levels of intensity. Allow yourself to experience greater degree of aliveness as you push the boundaries of your comfort zone.

Enjoy surfing between the two worlds, physical and non-physical, enticing yourself to experience more and more sensation for a little longer.

What did you learn from that? Get out your journal and write down your impressions right away.

 

Synchroncities Galore

Are you experiencing more synchronicities these days?
Part of being a modern day mystic is to be able to recognize and acknowledge the existence of synchronicity.  Synchronicity is a concept developed by depth psychologist, Carl Jung. It is the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related, but have no discernible causal fullsizerender_4connection. Even though these phenomena are not testable, the modern day mystic takes that leap of faith that allows him or her to perceive meaningful connection with seemingly unrelated events.

Lately I’ve been notably aware of undeniable, multiple synchronicities.  There are many different types of synchronicity, but I will only talk about a few here.

  1. The Out-of-the-Blue Synchronicity. I attended a workshop and the workshop leader mentioned the work of some teachers that we had both studied 10 years ago. The next day I had a long drive. I blindly reached into a bin of CDs I have in the backseat of the car. I pulled out a stack and the exact CD she was referring to was on the top of the stack. Mind you, I had completely forgotten about it, and I hadn’t play that CD for 10 years. I called the teacher right away, and she was duly impressed. She wanted to borrow it from me because she couldn’t find her copy.
  2. Synchronicity of Convenience. On the way to shopping, I walked past my neighbors garden lamenting to myself that her peach tree had finished producing. I had several different errands to run including getting a few items from the grocery store, most importantly –  some zucchini. I did the other errands and ran out of steam for the grocery store. On the way past the garden again, I was pleased see a large zucchini placed in the “Please Take” bowl.
  3. Be Careful What You Wish For Synchronicity. I was shopping at a discount department store, when I saw the cutest cat bowls with the inscription “Eat, Play, Love.” I thought to myself “If I had cats, I would get those for sure.” We have two dogs and that’s plenty. Then two weeks later, my husband, who is really not that fond of cats, mentioned that the cat rescue people were at the local pet store. I said, “That’s nice, hunny,” without giving it a second thought. Then ten minutes later I was over there and ended up adopting two darling, orange tabby farm kittens.

Synchronicity can be explained by the Law of Attraction, and it can be worked so that instead of the connection being seemingly unrelated, you use your intention to bend the outcome in your favor. That’s involves more intentionality. Being a little on the lazy side, I prefer to delight in the surprise factor of synchronicity. Sometimes my higher self has a better vantage point on what I really need, and what would support my higher purpose.

I’d love to hear about what kind of synchronicites are happening in your life.

Karma vs. Causality

We are entering the dimension where we have control – the inside.                                              ~Byron Katie

When bad things happen to you, how you explain it to yourself and make sense of it can make all the difference in the world. Many people use the concept of Karma. Karma is the idea that what goes around comes around, and it is satisfying to use when you are singing the ‘someone done me wrong’ song. But it feels a little like blame when you apply it to yourself. Another way to explain things is that it’s God’s Will. There’s not much that is more irritating than hearing that when tragedy strikes.

In my book, Chasing Serenity, (buy here) Jasmine, Maya’s unseen guide, explains the Law of Causality to her one day when Maya is in a pit of despair.

“This is the Law of Causality. You will inevitably attract the opposite reality of what you IMG_0079_2desire until you come fully into resonance with it and learn the lesson. You are always given ample opportunity to heal the aching illusion of lack and to heal the separation wherever it manifests in your life or body. Life circumstances cause us to wake up if we dare. Do you dare to be aware?”

Then Maya says, “So that is always the point – when life happens, and we feel unloved or unlovable or have fallen into a pit of despair, it is urging us to look past the mundane, childhood programming, and ego-mind chastising.”

Jasmine continues, “Yes, but of course, my darling. You are basically love and light, plain and simple. That’s all you need to know ever.”

Harsh realities are not designed to induce guilt, shame, blame, hopelessness and self-reproach in us humans. They are realities plain and simple. They are not intended to cause us to brace ourselves against life and hold on tighter to the past.

No matter how bad the outside circumstances look, the key is to make the switch and img_2814begin to notice how you feel inside. Just notice. Maybe your boyfriend did cheat on you, maybe your boss is never going to give you that raise, or maybe a family member is always going to treat you abusively. It is still not about what’s happening outside of you. You probably don’t have much control over that anyway. It’s what’s happening inside you that counts.

People struggle with the Serenity Prayer notion of accepting the things they cannot change. Acceptance starts with accepting yourself for how you are feeling first – whatever that might be. No need for spiritual by-pass. Get real with yourself and what’s inside right now. Let what is be as it is right now. From there, it is just a short hop, skip and a jump to start to question how much longer can you stay angry, depressed, jealous, resentful, feeling disrespected and rejected? That is the question.

As Byron Katie is fond of saying:                                                                                                     We are entering the dimension where we have control – the inside.