Following the Energy

Yesterday afternoon I lay on my back in shavasana after restorative yoga practice, simply breathing. After a time I focused on the 61 points exercise. During this exercise attention (and breath) is brought to each of 61 points in the body. Part of its purpose is to train the mind. During group practice there is obviously a set pace for the exercise and sometimes I struggle with it because I tend to breathe more slowly than many people. This time as I practiced alone I found myself at odds as my mind moved quickly through the points while my breath tried to keep pace. For a few minutes I just plain stopped focusing on the points and brought my attention back to my breath to slow it down. Eventually my focus moved back to the exercise.  After the first few points I stopped directing the energy and began to observe it, breathing into a pont until the energy moved then following the energy with my breath to the next point. Sometimes I stayed at one point for several breaths and other times it seemed as if I moved through 5 or 6 points in one breath, but each time I noticed that the energy just moved on to the next point on the map without my conscious command. My mind remained focused but rather than conducting I chose to sit in the audience savoring the natural intelligence of the subtle body. After all, energy flows if you allow it. It knows what to do. What a joy it was to just watch the symphony unfold as it does in my art.

Now, if I could just remember to do that at other times when my mind is at odds with the natural flow…

A few updates…

I’ve made a few additions to my website.

 I’ve added a new gallery. It’s a one drawing gallery for now…but more are coming. I’m creating pictures to be used as a focus for chakra healing. The first one is for the root chakra. It figures…my husband loves it!

I’ve also added links to two of my favorite blogs  to the links page. Whle my surfing time is limited I certainly do love to stop at Carrots and Cake and 101 Cookbooks when I’m able.

Embrace Your Freedom

I have quite a few decks of oracle cards and today they kept getting my attention. (How I came to have so many is another story, for another time.) This morning when I was practicing yoga “The Four Agreements” cards, by Don Miguel Ruiz’s were in my line of sight. I opened the box and pulled one.  It reads as follows:

Don’t Take Anything Personally. Embrace Your Freedom. You gain a huge amount of Freedom when you take nothing personally. No spell can affect you regardless of how strong it may be. and if you live without fear, if you love, you will be happy with your life.

A couple hours later I was walking through my bedroom and “The Angel Oracle Deck” by Ambika Wauters sort of winked at me from the desk. While I don’t often use my cards I found myself pulling a second one for the day. This one was Archangel Gabriel. His message was this:

I AM made whole by the message of Love, Brotherhood and Freedom.

Spirit does like to contribute and share when given the opportunity and they wanted to remind me that it is indeed Independence Day. It’s a day to embrace the freedom that is our birthright. In his 1772 book The Religion of Nature Delineated, philosopher William Wollastan defined natural religion as The pursuit of happiness by the practice of reason and truth. These words are echoed in our Declaration of Independence.

We hold these truths to be  self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Unalienable rights are rights that you don’t have to earn. They are not a result of any governmental laws…they are a result of natural law. There are many preachy voices rolling through at the moment warning of our own tendency to relieve ourselves of our rights, to give away our freedoms and box ourselves in by the tyranny of our egos. It is appropriate to remember that we ourselves choose our destinies, that we chose to be here, now, in this time and place. It is also appropriate to give thanks for that decision, to give thanks for the love that our ancestors and theirs bestowed upon us for this land and our way of life. It may not be what we think we want, but then again that may be why so many are unhappy….because we create what we think we want.

I wish for all of you the strength to create your own Independence and to claim your birthright. I wish for you a life filled with love and brotherhood and the happiness in a life of truth. I wish for you a very happy Independence Day as you embrace your freedom, today, and every day!