Yin and Yang Dance Together

One of my heart’s greatest desires is to live authentically–as ME.  There’s a beloved purity in allowing oneself to be as we are, without putting stipulations and expectations on ourselves.  Recently, I’ve taken many ‘giant’ steps toward living this truth, and with each one comes a sense of inner freedom.  As I choose to integrate more of who I truly am, my soul is more and more liberated from the shackles of fear, judgment and co-dependency.

I’m feeling this reality as I contemplate the day and weekend ahead.  Coming out of a very busy week, there is much to catch up on and get organized here at home.  My mind says for me to ‘relax, take it easy and just enjoy.’  Yet, I am aware of a checklist of things I truly wish to work on and accomplish.  For me it’s not about being able to check them off, but about honoring the truth inside of myself and giving space to all that my physical and spiritual self not only desire, but need.  And in this moment, the whispers are absolutely clear:  ‘set your priorities and move through them at your own pace.’ 

What’s so very beautiful about this experience is that even THIS is a letting go.  We tell ourselves that when we’re overwhelmed we need to step back, rest, be still and get centered.  And yes, this is all part of the process.  But there are also times we need to then move forward and take action in our world.  This is the beautiful marriage of body and soul.  The soul needs connection, stillness, a very pure and raw intimacy with the Divine in and around us.  The body needs movement, function, animation and involvement with all of Life.  Together they create a fully integrated being.  One who can be still a moment to connect to his/her truth, and then use that inner knowledge to affect change in their world.

How liberating this feels!  So simple, right friends?  And yet, it’s tremendously empowering: to allow these two parts of my being to join together.  The ‘drive’ of my desire to get grounded through accomplishing the things that matter to me coupled with the longing of my heart to honor my spirit.  Together they are a powerful force of love, truth and presence.  It feels much like an AHA! moment for me!  A space in which my Universe, my belief system has shifted to another angle of being. 

Loving ourselves isn’t just taking the action of pampering who we are, shutting out the ‘real world’ and hibernating either in real time or by withdrawing from the world around us.  Instead it’s allowing ALL of who we are, what we feel, our desires, dreams and goals to co-exist in one being!  Taking it one step further, it’s bringing THAT authentic self out into the world, as an agent of change.

Wow.  Thank you for taking this journey with me.  There’s an energy of movement inside myself….I’m feeling excited about accomplishing the things that matter to me today.  My heart is elated to be heard and my mind thrilled to recognize there is a balance, a weaving together of masculine and feminine in this way, the sacred dance of yin and yang.  Beautiful.  And this dear friends, is why I so love tuning in and listening.  For we can’t possibly always know what one might hear…..in the whispers of our hearts…..

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Simplicity of ‘Allowing’

So much has happened in a short time in my life recently.  Not only from a personal growth and spiritual networking perspective, but also from the standpoint of our family transitioning into another phase of our lives together.  For those who follow these posts, you already know how some of my greatest dreams are being realized, and that movement continues forward.  There is so much to learn, to take in and receive–and I am wide open, welcoming the opportunity to grow and rebirth.  And you’re also aware our oldest daughter is about to go off to college, with her brother and sister not far behind.  So many changes…in just a few months’ time.

As I sat outside contemplating all of this, feeling a very deep desire to be still and connect to the energy Nature just BE-ing, thoughts on giving/receiving came into my awareness.  Certainly I’ve talked here about allowing ourselves to receive and not just always exhausting our ability as Sacred Activists to be servants and givers to our world.  Practicing the art of being penetrated by the loving grace of others supports us in maintaining a balance.

It continued from there, as I looked within to see why there was still something “needed.”  What I found wasn’t a lack of receiving or giving.  In fact, there has been a significant amount of each.  The word that continued to come into my being was “allowing.”  Just allow.  Allow myself.  It’s as though we want to add more, to finish the sentence, add the object of allowing–allow change, allow Spirit to move, allow grace to flow.  But no, there wasn’t more.  No boundaries, no limitations, no necessities, no omissions or indulgences.  Very simply, the message resonated deeply within my soul.  “Allow yourself.” 

There is so much this could mean.  Allow yourself to love, to cry, to sing, to laugh, to shine, to rest, to heal, to eat, to dance, to write, to share, to comfort, to uplift.  On and on we could go, could we not?  But when the sentence is reduced to those two words, the possibilities are limitless.  “Allow yourself.”  Allow yourself THIS moment, in THIS time, in THIS place.  And be one with it.  Whatever it is.  Allow yourself.

The message of these two little words will vary for each of us and for all of us will shift moment by moment.  There is a simplicity in this spiritual practice.  And even to connect to that, we must “allow ourselves” to do so.  I urge each of you to begin the dialogue that will call your soul.  As you “allow yourself” to hear….the whispers of your heart…..

 

Creating Balance

I’m struck by the similarity in beliefs about God and Mother Nature as I observe reaction to the tragedies on our planet.  Growing up, we knew a God who ruled as Avenger and Judge.  It was made clear to us that should we not follow the rules of “God” as laid out by the church leaders, there was going to be punishment.  This “God” would not tolerate disobedience or sin.  This belief went so far as to pray from the pulpit for “God’s judgment” on figures in the community who were “sinning.”  Although there were many names on the list, the doctors who were supporting and performing abortions are the ones I remember best.

What the leaders of our church believed was that this “God” was going to punish those who were in the wrong–and anything “negative” that occurred was the result of someone’s sin and thus deserved.  The God I grew up with was easy to anger and meant to be feared.  Of course, this carried over into the homes of the families, creating fear as a basis for making choices.  “God” was always watching and would be sure your sin “found you out” and you were dealt with appropriately.  The idea of following one’s intuition, connecting to a higher Source to understand who you are and what’s best for you on an individual basis would have been the equivalent to some form of witchcraft.

Some of what I’m hearing and reading now about Mother Nature and her “wrath” feels very much the same.  We’ve “misbehaved” here on this Earth and she’s “angry.”  While I agree completely that we have been neglectful and irreverent with the resources and energy of our home planet, I’m not so sure there is an anger and a need for justice that drives the dynamic of the events we are now experiencing.

Perhaps instead there is a cosmic force that naturally exists in the Flow, and when that Flow is interrupted, balance is compromised.  Yet the Flow remains in place, and in order to continue moving in that cycle, that energy field, the balance must be restored.  Relate this to yourself for a moment.  On any number of levels–emotions, health, finance, love, spiritual awareness–we experience flux in our ability to maintain balance.  Balance is neutral, each “side” being equivalent.  And so when we have overspent, for example, and blown our budget, we must then tighten up our spending and perhaps even struggle to get through for a period of time in order to come back to neutral once again.  In doing so, we presumably remember to respect our income, to honor its presence and put more energy and reverence into how we use it to support our well-being.

Our relationship to Mother Earth is much the same way.  As our personal life choices impact our relationship to well-being and create the desire for balance and co-creation, so too do the events we experience on Earth.  One very clear positive result of these recent tragedies is the increase in compassion, love, understanding, connectedness that is occurring around the globe.  We live in a time when we can so easily BE THERE with people who are experiencing pain or loss.  Another part of our heart, our consciousness, our ability to send powerful healing energy AWAKENS.  This is far removed from the anger and justice prevalent in our patriarchal society for hundreds of years, and much more in alignment with the feminine energies of love and compassion for our race.  The pendulum swings, sometimes in extreme, but always in the effort to create balance.

The heart is the doorway into healing–in our lives, in our communities and around the planet.  While we are seeing pain and sadness happening to our fellow beings, we are experiencing an opening that takes us deeper into the sacredness of our soul, expanding our field of grace.  You and I–together, here–we are connecting to that space through listening….to the whispers of our hearts…..

Love to each of you.  xoxo