Integrate Your Wisdom

energy before matter :: no effort is ever wasted

The divine flows through you at every turn, offering you the opportunity to unveil your true nature and to sustain your wisdom. Now we KNOW this is hard - its easy to fall back on old habits, reactionary behaviours, close ourselves off to the growing pains of evolution. We are conditioned to believe things

Every single ebb, flow, shift and movement is her expression and our work in this sadhana is only scratching the surface of how much we can harness this embodiment of universal energy through our being.

This sadhana can shift us from the rigid moulding of the man-made world around us and drop us back into the flow of life, knowing that we can trust the cycles of the forces creating and supporting us.

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It’s important to complete this sadhana as a cycle, whether that be releasing any expectations or the ‘shoulds’ and ‘coulds’  we go through when we reflect.

Allow yourself to accept that the process was just what you needed it to be, now you can take this experience and any good information it gave you to flow out into the things you now know you need to do.

No effort is ever wasted and energy doesn’t finish, it just transfers. Your completion needs a resolve, then a transference of the energy you have dedicated to this process mentally, physically, energetically and spiritually.


There is tale from the 18th book of the Koran (I came across it in a book by Jung) that is probably a story of ethics and many other layers but what i read in it is that the undercurrent of the subconscious - or the divine - doesn’t always tell us the full story. Things may unfold in a particular way for reasons we don’t always see, may really be a delay from something far more serious.

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Here, Moses meets Khidr (“the Green One” or “first angel of God”) in the desert. They wander along together, and Khidr expresses his fear that Moses will not be able to witness his deeds without indignation. If Moses cannot bear with him and trust him, Khidr will have to leave. Moses assures his trust in Khidrs actions and they carry on.

Presently Khidr scuttles the fishing boat of some poor villagers. Then, before Moses’s eyes, he kills a handsome young man, and finally he restores the fallen wall of a city of unbelievers. Moses cannot help expressing his indignation, and so Khidr has to leave him.

Before his departure, however, he explains the reasons for his actions: By scuttling the boat he actually saved it for its owners because pirates were on their way to steal it. As it is, the fishermen can salvage it. The handsome young man was on his way to commit a crime, and by killing him Khidr saved his pious parents from infamy. By restoring the wall, two pious young men were saved from ruin because their treasure was buried under it. Moses, who had been so morally indignant, saw now (too late) that his judgment had been too hasty.

Khidr's doings had seemed to be totally evil, but in fact they were not. Khidr is much more the personification of some secret creative actions of the Godhead.


As you reflect back on your journaling, the meditations and the work with Shrim, look at what may be coming into focus. What is unfolding or being revealed?

Do you now have a better understanding for the cyclical effect of the moon and her cycle, or your own fluctuations - Or perhaps you can take these practices, keep them as tools in your back pocket for when you need to invoke certain qualities from within yourself to deal with the ebbs and flows of life.

Sadhana is life support. Using these techniques of mastery to fine tune our instruments to better navigate our way through this trip we call life. 


Journaling

Using the stream of consciousness method (write nonstop for a page per question for 2 - 3 minutes)

reflection // where can I forgive myself?

trust // When I know I am whole and complete, my day (with all my responsibilities, chores, etc included) can feel like…

direct // In a day that can include difficult moments and blessings, how will I direct myself and my energy throughout it?


Practice

Continuing with your work with langhana and now brahmana, you may be noticing the way you can use these practices to counterbalance yourself making your way to samana - meaning to alleviate, or literally to move towards coming together.

Start to use your svadhyaya, your self study to determine what you need.

When there is a deficiency in your system

energy depleted

immunity low

your system is weak and depleted


Brahmana - Energetic Deposits

to build and nourish

pranayama

inhale retention

(pause after inhale)

asana

backbends/sidebends

standing postures

longer stays with strong breath in challenging postures


build your energy

When there is excess in your system

hyper-aroused states

agitation

a need for purging


Langhana - Energetic Withdrawals

to reduce and eliminate

pranayama

exhale retention

(pause after exhale)

asana

forward folds

twisting and supine postures (laying down)

longer stays in restorative postures


allow your energy to settle


Balancing Pranayama

Surya Bhedi Pranayama

A practice for the ‘middle breath’ the energy of samana. Assisting the body with balance and digestion.

Bring the right hand into Vishnu mudra by folding the index and middle finger to the palm; you’ll use the thumb and ring finger to close the right and left nostrils.

Starting with the left nostril closed, take two strong exhalations and inhalations (bhastrika) through the right side, and without pausing, switch and take two forceful breaths on the left side.

Continue, rapidly alternating between sides. Keep your speed a little slower than your usual practice of bhastrika or kapalabhati until the rhythm is well established (this may take some time to establish).

The effect of this practice is that it maintains the balanced flow of all the different and necessary movements of energy (the vayus) in the body, supporting physical and mental health, as well as spiritual awakening.

*Please be mindful in this practice like all pranayama. Manage the heat in your body and Rest if you feel lightheaded.


Meditations

This meditation is for your completion of your 40 days. You may like to acknowledge the day in a special way. Perhaps with this practice, with a reflection of the time in your journal or even send me a summary of your experience.


:: A Blessing ::

May the light of your soul guide you.

May the light of your soul bless the work

You do with the secret love and warmth of your heart.

May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.

May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal to those

Who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.

May your work never weary you.

May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement.

May you be present in what you do.

May you never become lost in the bland absences.

May the day never burden you.

May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams,

Possibilities and promises.

May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.

May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.

May your soul calm, console and renew you.

By John O’Donahue