New Moon Visions
pinpoint the areas that need your nourishment
A new moon teaches gradualness and deliberation and how one gives birth to oneself slowly. Patience with small details makes perfect a large work, like the universe. What nine months of attention does for an embryo, forty early mornings will do for your gradually growing wholeness.
With the new moon, begin your contemplation. Let the flow of intuition in whatever shape or form the dark moon gave you begin to solidify into your sankalpa.
Use the positive charge of the new moon to remind you why you’ve opened up this channel for listening, what areas in your life need nourishment and attention.
Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity. ~ Simone Weil
The new moon has offered civilisations for centuries a marker for the beginning of another cycle. The reason we have a month for the length we do and it is no surprise she is linked to many aspects of cultivation of food, the behavioural patterns of nature, the tide and of course the cycles of the female body. The moon is our link towards shakti, the movement and force of nature, teaching us that we are also in movement and we can use her to attune to our place in this moving, breathing, ever-changing and unfinished planet.
If you are coming into this practice with a strong intention or idea of what area in your life needs nurturing, it may be worthwhile going through the meditation/journaling to strengthen and refine your energy around it, and if you are coming in without a clue or the need to refine your ideas then it is the perfect place to start.
Practice: Plant the Seed of Your Sankalpa
A promise from the heart or as Joseph Campbell calls it "A call to awakening".
Ultimately when we allow ourselves to get quiet and to listen from a deeper place, what we are forming are really the words that reflect our true nature.
The core practice of sankalpa is remembering.
By creating a statement and bringing it to mind, you strengthen your resolve you made when you were connected to that subconscious, that heartfelt desire and you honour that place in you.
Sadhana is created in order created to support that strengthening process. Reciting the sankalpa is not enough, work needs to be put in cultivating the quality of mind.
As soon as you say you want something, a part of you will recognise that you don’t have it. Simply repeating what we want, you reinforce the belief that you don’t have it. When the unconscious mind operates from a place of lack or perceived inadequacy, the energy that supports your sankalpa, this law for your life at this point in time of the highest order, is weakened. This highlights the importance of a strong quality of mind.
Meditation is the most fertile ground for sankalpa practice. It returns the mind to a state of present moment wholeness. The longer we are able to effortlessly rest in that place of oneness, the more rapidly we are able to fulfill our sankalpa.
The most supportive state of mind for remembering your sankalpa is the direct experience that you are already open, timeless, and perfect. You must connect to the quality of being that is already complete and whole.
To begin the cultivation of the quality of mind and connect to that peaceful, still and timeless place, use this meditation:
In addition to the dark moon yoga nidra, if you need to keep forming your sankalpa use this meditation:
Journaling: Keep digging. Affirm Your Sankalpa
Set a timer for 4 mins and start writing. Write anything and everything that is going through your head - do not take your pen off the page - even if its 'blah blah blah' or a repetitive thought. ANYTHING. This is just a dump of your brain onto the page to clear some space for your intention.
As the timer goes off, don't even finish the word you're on - just put the pen down, turn the page over or move it out of your sight. You don't have to look at it again! Let it go.
Put the fresh page in front of you, close your eyes and sit for a few moments and take some time to tune in to your hearts deepest desire. It can be for this moment or for your life, for a particular scenario in your life or for this 40 day period.
Write words down that come into your mind, you'll know if they are the right ones. Keep writing until you feel as if you can form a sentence in a present tense, positive format.
Over these first few days you may do this a couple of times to firm up your sentence, but if you feel clear there is no need.
If you find it difficult or nothing really resonated then just keep focusing on the quality of mind, needed to listen. Listening to your subconscious is not something that will necessarily make sense - its a stir or a feeling, a message or something that you bring in to reality through your words.
Just the simple statement to yourself as you begin and finish your practice could be "This is all I need to do to evolve"