She Let Go

Surrender by Freydoon Rassouli

Surrender by Freydoon Rassouli

Tomorrow marks the completion of my Art of Allowing Facilitator Training and the beginning of a new stage. In our live call, our teacher shared a poem that is so lovely and it sums up the surrender needed on the path. For any endeavour that will stretch you, for any undertaking that is good for your expansion you must be able to keep moving forward for no other reason other than the energy of it stirs your heart. The Divine shifts you only when you are its willing accomplice.

 

She let go.

Without a thought or a word, she let go.

She let go of fear. She let go of the judgments.
She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.
She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely,
without hesitation or worry, she just let go.

She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a
book on how to let go… She didn’t search the scriptures.

She just let go.
She let go of all of the memories that held her back.
She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.
She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.

She didn’t promise to let go.
She didn’t journal about it.
She didn’t write the projected date in her day-timer.
She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.
She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.

She just let go.
She didn’t analyse whether she should let go.
She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.
She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.
She didn’t call the prayer line.
She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.

No one was around when it happened.
There was no applause or congratulations.
No one thanked her or praised her.
No one noticed a thing.

Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort. There was no struggle.
It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.
It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
A small smile came over her face.
A light breeze blew through her.
And the sun and the moon shone forevermore. ~  Reverend Safire Rose

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Mantra Appriciation and Tara Sadhana

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From my very basic knowledge of Mantras, I know that the earliest mantras found are over 3000 years old. As a western world woman, finding the vibrations in this century is like being introduced to a phone call home.

Mantras are chanted to produce a vibration that aligns the body at a cellular level. On the surface they are a tool used to wrangle the mind, to invoke spiritual qualities, but really at their core mantras are multi-dimensional tuning forks for the larger energy to be remembered. I am far from an expert, and only really get drawn to Mantra practice thought Awakening Women while in our 21 Day Sadhanas. And yet, every time I humble myself to these ancient chants, my heart feels so much love. That they have been passed down through the ages is a real gift.

This morning is Earth Day, and as I began our Day 5 practice from Sadhana, I was chanting

Om Tara Tuttare Ture Svaha:

om – the one source of all
tare – the swift heroic one
tuttare –  liberating us from all fear and delusion
ture – offers ultimate freedom.
svaha* – so be it.

My absolute favourite is Deva Premal’s version as the pace feels like a gentle rocking within my body. Enjoy some beauty medicine on this earth day connecting into something larger than your body. ❤

 

 

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Sharing, and the Internet

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Yin – 2017, mixed media, acrylic on canvas, 24×36

One of the most beautiful things about the internet is the ability to share parts of yourself. Unfortunately that ability to put yourself ‘out there’ has a less than beautiful side. There is an Instagram art curator wanting to promote peoples art … the flattery used in order to get people’s money is disingenuine, praying upon an artist’s desire to be seen in the world. It’s a sneaky energy, it’s looking to engage the ego. And I’ve come up against this same energy a few times in my life.

The first time was when I was a young teenager, I almost fell for a similar money trap with regards to a writing contest. It was free to enter, but when you are selected it costs you money to see your writing in print … I remember that the excitement of being selected was huge. It made me feel special. It tapped into my need to feel worthy.

Luckily I had a brother who was wise, and he warned my parents of the scam, but it was a real blow to my ego and I was outwardly angry at him for lifting the veil on the illusion. First I was hurt because I was not special, and second I felt shame because I was stupid and could be tricked. When your ego takes a blow the inner critic gets very loud.

This art curator on Instagram, @1340art, is no different than the writing contest I entered at fourteen. And it preys upon those who want to share. It came up within our Teacher Training this week and it brought this story back to my mind. It’s wonderful to be seen, but sometimes you need to do your due diligence and pause before handing over money.  At first glance, @1340art seems legit, but a quick look around the internet reveals the scam. Even though this energy is sneaky, the connection on the internet is such you can see under the facade.

But the lesson is beautiful if you let it be. You are worthy to be seen. Nothing outside yourself needs to validate your journey. No amount of awards or accolades are a substitute for you claiming your worthiness for yourself. Sink inside your own experience and listen to the wisdom the rises from within.

 

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