Whilst I’m focussed on writing “the Men’s version” of my Guilt book, I thought it was worth re-posting this blog (with some revisions to make it suitable also for my Indian Speaking Tree Master’s Blog). My astrology this week tells me that:
“We live, we learn, we carry on living… and carry on learning. You suspect you were wrong to feel afraid of a particular situation or possibility. You didn’t need to fight against it – or try to escape it – or kick up half as much fuss as you did. If that’s how you feel, you have learned only half the lesson. You did need to do all you did, if only to learn, the only way you could, how much you didn’t need to do it!“
How zen …. how amazing life is. As I sit down to write for my alotted 2 hours every afternoon, after a morning swim in the (very special) sea here followed by yoga practice and a relaxed lunch, I ask myself if I did need to kick up such a fuss both for the Catholic Guilt book and the Women’s wellness book I’m talking about below …. could I not have just sat zazen everyday for the last 20 years and gained my freedom in that way? But as my astrology says, I had to learn, the only way I could. I hope this blog helps you on your journey.
I’m revisiting a book I published 12 years ago, a wellness book for women, with a view to a re-write and a re-publish. It was such a positive book, and it’s a pleasure to read to myself now how important my intentions were at that time. Here’s an extract:
“You have to know exactly where you are right now – what you are changing. So that’s why I ask you to start becoming aware of what is wrong and what you are going to change, in what order and when. You can’t change anything without being aware what you are changing.
You need a clear picture so you can change that picture. Then, when you can see clearly what is ahead of you, and what it is going to entail, then you can start making some informed decisions about how to start. Then once you have started you will take control . . . You’ll know what to expect, because I’ve told you. Then you can start thinking about how as you change, other things around you will change – and how do you feel about that ?
And as you change you will be aware of what you are leaving behind and why – and how do you feel about that? Which means that there’s an emotional process you are going through too . . .”
So, obviously this was a book about improving wellness through lifestyle changes, using intention for a more balanced self. And the steps for balancing our physical being are same steps we take for any intention to bring harmony. What are you starting with, what is your intention, how are you going to plant the seed and make it grow, what are you going to experience on the way: how does your change affect other changes?
What do I think now? 12 years down the road, I can see what my intentions have brought about. And my experiences have brought an amazing knowledge: the Universe is continually creating by manifesting an infinite number of possibilities as at any given moment: in the “gestalt”, the story of the whole Universe in the moment. And to do this it relies on synchronicity to bring order out of chaos.
When we create an intention, for our life, our practice, anything, we are affiriming that our individual intentions are part of this great big scheme of things – we’re part of the whole, our minds are part of the Universal Mind. Our small, individual intentions are important in the amazing process of synchronicity – our change makes other change.
We are part of this great creative process with the Divine Intelligence, and how intelligent exactly, leaves me in awe.
Part of our minds, in the psyche, is engaged in the spontaneous ordering, or creative process, and it took me years to learn this and experience it as I understood my own creative process as a writer and teacher. What helps the process is trust. And what hinders it is our mis-placed sense of the importance of our small illusions about life.
In Yoga we know that our hearts are always in silent communication with the Divine, and especially in Meditation we know that our minds are continually linked to the Universal Mind, through Bindhu Chakra (back of the head), both sending to and receiving information from the Universe.
How absolutely miraculous we are as human beings, how potentially Divine we all are.
Once we’ve understood, usually through practice or some process of change as we make our way along the path of life, that there is a part of our mind that is about experience versus illusion, then we are open to the understanding that the Divine Intelligence is basically just waiting for us to “call home”. And we do this by intention.
Right now, many, many of us are sending our intentions out to the Universe, calling home for some harmony for humanity.
So how can you start this process and practice of harmonising your thoughts, by calling on your power of intention?
You can start by taking time out for contemplation, taking regular time to look deep within. You will find inner beauties and love you may have overlooked or fogotten about. A simple intention for harmony for humanity could be one of the Zen noble truths:
May all beings know happiness.
Spend time appreciating beauty and inspiration and music. These all raise our vibrations because they take us momentarily to a Divine, sacred place . . . and then return us to our normality, bringing that sense of the sacred back with us into daily life, leaving us somehow changed for ever for the better.
There was a lovely, still and almost quiet moment at lunch the other day in what is normally a busy lunchtime bar. Myself, another woman and an older man sat at separate tables. It was like a “movie moment” as we listened to the Phil Collins track we became aware was playing: “Against All Odds”. As it ended, we were all in a private, personal space and the old man wiped away a tear.
Songs can provide special messages just for you. A very simple intention for harmony for all of humanity could be:
May all beings know peace.
I’ll leave with a quote from a man to whom harmony in the Universe was of prime importance, something Albert Einstein said with great beauty and lucidity:
“The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mystical. It is the sower of all true art and science. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself with the highest wisdom and most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms – this knowledge, this feeling is at the centre of true religiousness and art.”
And as inspiration helps with inner harmony, you might like this – it’s just a demo download on my website as I haven’t managed to check out the copyright on using Pablo Neruda’s poetry (so it’s free in other words!). And it includes readings by me of some of Rumi’s love poems. I hope you enjoy it.
Susan Ni Rahilly is the Founder of suZenYoga: Spirituality, Understanding, Zen, Energy and Nutrition through dedication to Yoga.