5 Divine Actions

Everyone has their own subset of ritual or activity to get closer to Great Spirit (Source, God, Allah, Yahweh, God-head, The Universe, The Divine, Creator, Nature, etc). Not to mention, everyone has their individual tolerance for each of these, but I have observed that Laughter, Crying, Orgasm, Creating and Learning  are the best ways to meet and dance with the divine.

Most of these I have spoken of before, but wanted to get a little more in depth.

Laughter
Not only is laughter grounding and allows one to see from other perspectives, it’s mentioned in various religious texts (like the Talmud) as something quite special. On a physiological level, laughter might be one of the best natural medicines out there.

 

Crying
I think many people associate crying with pain and unpleasant things, yet its one of our most basic reactions to things. As humans, compared to the rest of our emotional spectrum, we’ve been crying and laughing the longest. Crying is cleansing. So much is released from our bodies during a good cry, and it’s surprisingly healthy.

 

Orgasm
Merging (sex), if done properly, can blast you off into various dimensions of ecstatic bliss. Unfortunately, both this action and learning are probably the most mishandled and mistreated. Nonetheless, there are those out there who understand the physical and spiritual power of an orgasm. In fact, “the brain during an orgasm looks much like the brain of a person taking heroin; 95% of it is the same.

 

Creating
Making art is healing, and in some cases it turns off certain areas in your brain, your inner critic, so that you can create. Personally, I also see creating art (or anything, meals count) as something holy. It’s sharing a moment and opening yourself up so deep to allow greater forces to move through.

 

Learning
Like creativity, I also see learning as a holy task, as it’s the evolution of your mind and thought patterns remembering more pieces of the puzzle that is our collective consciousness.

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Fire Within

Often, fire represents spirit/feeling/emotions/heart.

There is a fire within all of us. That fire is our light (sun) & warmth in dark places. We are all light, and it is in everyone. But, the light of some might be smoldering for various reasons. So others choose to reignite their fire or eventually allow it to die.

I’m reminded of the meme that is passed around sometimes about feeding the two wolves. While it is admirable to share in order to understand parts of ourselves, it is ultimately misleading, because it focuses on duality.

A better metaphor could be feeding a fire, and the fire transmutes whatever you feed it, akin to the saying, “You are what you eat.”

But there is another step to this. Since fire transmutes matter into another form, we must be conscious of how and what we are transforming, and the intent behind this dance.

Whatever you feed the fire has much potential for positivity or negativity. But, regardless of the positivity or negativity,  one must be careful of feeding the fire because it can still burn you either way! Ultimately, we are in control of feeding the fire. We have the power to shine that light wherever we want. But, upon deciding to shine said light, we must also be conscious of why and when, as it is rewriting patterns within.

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Perception

As our perception grows, we must remember to water it with compassion.

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Learning from Fears

Our fears can teach us a great deal about ourselves. They are the driving force of our need to seek control over certain things at various times instead of allowing and surrendering (letting go).

But often, we can learn so much from our fears. Maybe there’s some past trauma we are unaware of. Maybe we’re more intimidated of something than we realize. But our fears, as the name implies, are scary and so we try to avoid instead of understand. I’m not condemning that, as its neither positive or negative, just an observation.

However, if we put even a little effort into looking at our fears as something to learn from instead of avoid I think many of us would grow and heal at an exponential rate beyond our wildest imaginations. By doing this, we are also accepting these fears as part of ourselves.

What do your fears reveal about you?

What are you learning from your fears?

 

 Should you be interested, here rests a poem I wrote on this subject.

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More Control

If we are trying to control anything, our actions and reactions to the world around us reveal what we are trying to control.

Fear is all about control, what we’re trying to hold. Love is all about letting go.

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Pacificism vs. Pacify

For many years, I was raised to believe that the best way to resolve conflict was to either avoid it or quash it altogether as quickly as possible.

To this day, almost always my mother will apologize for walking into a room if I am meditating or exercising and then leave, even if she has something urgent to attend to because she would rather “avoid” any possible conflict.

I remember a time when my father witnessed a former boss of his rig a contest involving auctioning off some high powered tools, and instead of confronting the boss about it, shortly thereafter my father simply quit to avoid the whole situation.

Like my parents, and myself for many years, I think many equate any kind of conflict or frank speaking as some sign of disrespect or rudeness. Several friends have said multiple times that they prefer to “avoid conflict altogether,” saying they don’t want the person or persons to “feel uncomfortable” or “start a scene.” It reminds me of what my parents have said in the past about flying under the radar and how many would rather pacify a situation than or person than act as a pacifist.

But over the years, the difference between the two has become even more stark.

If one is simply looking to pacify someone, there is no growth on either side. I’ve noticed that many with poor self-esteem often tend to pacify. This isn’t to say that pacifying someone, a group or situation isn’t always a negative thing, but if it is coming at the expense of growth or to simply “avoid conflict,” then nobody is learning.

Pacifism means an attitude of non resistance, opposing war and violence to settle things, specifically bearing arms. One can look through history and see how often pacifists were involved in a conflict.

Ultimately, the choice is yours, but it certainly helps to understand the difference.

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Last Night’s Meditation

If one were to successfully plan out our lives to the most minute detail, not only would one learn nothing, but one’s heart would get bored and stop dreaming.

There is no heart in a plan. This doesn’t mean plans should be shunned as there is a place for them (to an extent), but it does mean one shouldn’t be married to any plan. Anything that could happen, will happen and has already happened. Each choice you make echoes, reflects & refracts off time and space to shape our futures in this lifetime’s current.

This is one of the things that’s so amazing about being human. Not only do we have the potential to recognize a limited, yet wide scope of choices, but we have such freedom to seemingly make an unlimited amount of choices, and each one is going to give us a nudge into a certain reality, the reality where we made that choice to say, talk to the next person we see on the street (who probably wasn’t planning on that by the way).

But here’s where things get a little tricky. To what extent do our choices affect others? To what extent do our choices affect the world around us? To an extent, the choices of others affect us. Many people speculate on that through various means, and in reality, right now, only time will tell. But this is another one of life’s paradoxes, in that on one hand we have this unlimited freedom to make many choices, and yet to an extent our choices are bound by the choices of other!

I’m not going to say something pedantic like “choose wisely” because I know each person is going to make whatever choices they are going to make. But, now that you’ve read this, and it cannot be un-learned, just remember to choose consciously. At least think before you make a choice, at minimum give each choice five seconds of thought. That’s all, see what happens.

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Fitting into Silence

The wonderful thing about silence is that one size fits all.

But, sometimes the journey finding that silence within is fraught with turbulence. Silence is the same thing as the “eye of the storm,” and everyone’s silence is a different size at various times depending on the strength and size of the storm around you. Let’s put it in physical terms for a moment and say sometimes it can be a size that not even a baby mouse can squeeze through!

But remember, one size, no matter the size of the silence, fits all. Because getting to that silence/the eye of the storm involves surrender/release.

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