A Place You’ve Never Been Before

 

15 Years Later

After the occasion of January’s Super, Wolf, Blood total eclipsing moon last Sunday, I noticed with enthusiasm a number of people, commenting that watching the event was transformative, even mystical. That – seeing our galactic lunar companion, go from a luminous flat disk to a deep red, three dimensional, sphere, shifted, not just the night sky, but them. I felt that too.

Some described the experience as ‘spiritual’ or “out-of-this-world”. Clearly there was something to be said for being with the moon and the many, for this dynamic, interactive experience.

Major collective events of the Natural world affect us all on a deep level, especially if we are personally involved or paying attention. They remind us, of the magnitude and wonder of this great universe that we are all a part of, as well as how small and vulnerable our own little concept of ‘the world’ might be.

Experiences that cause a significant physical change often create a paradigm shift in one’s perceptions and established beliefs, and may provoke a wholesale shift in reality. Shifts can also be tectonic, occurring over time, moving along a incremental but accumulative trajectory. Either way – they happen. But what really interests me and I think it might you too, is: what is shifting and how can this be met for the best possible outcome?

Change can be unsettling, challenging the comfort of the status quo, which will either be met with resistance or curiosity. If the event happens in our personal lives – if we are suddenly or consistently catapulted out of our familiar, to a dramatically different state, it may be transformative, but it will likely not be enjoyable initially.

This process articulates the Spiritual journey, the evolutionary thrust of life – when we move from one level of awareness and consciousness to something much deeper and greater. To a place we’ve never been before – exciting

Spirit however is characterized with challenging attributes: paradigm shifts, changeable, creative, invisible, mutable, unpredictable, cataclysmic, evolutionary, curious, mysterious, paradoxical, mystical, indescribable, otherworldly. All of the things our linear minds have trouble with, even though we all want to be on the winning team, the one with the most ‘spirit’

My fall 15 years ago today, Jan 25 brought me to my knees metaphorically, where on the precipice of the ‘unseen’ and the ‘seen’ worlds, I had to navigate a decision with Spirit, to meet with curiosity rather than fear, my new paralyzed state.

Humbled by the magnitude of my situation I chose to forego my resistance. That surrender was mostly practical, like a wounded bird, but also intuitive, I knew from other ‘shift’s’ there was no better option. This is process is somewhat inexpressible in words because in that moment your consciousness expands, then your bigger questions of life take on a whole new perspective, that allows your understanding to deepen-where you see the intricate connections and without question feel faith in your understanding of the BIG picture. You may not be able to articulate that Big picture, but you sense it, know it – like a baby its mother. You will then notice yourself experiencing the Infinite of the whole within yourself, which illuminates and diminishes the difficult personal and societal challenges of our human life.

The opinion that these states are questionable or ’unreal’ without creedence, speaks to the difficulty we have with our understanding of the spiritual, or the unseen world. This chasm has been going on for centuries and interferes with our capacity to fully perceive ourselves and the cosmos. That our understanding of Spirit is limited, is only because it is not immune from our human necessity to dissect things into small parts and name them. Thankfully no religious dogma or science has succeeded in doing so.

What animates all of life is an extraordinary, evolutionary consciousness that seeks to continually evolve and experience itself in more and more expansive and expressive ways. Our own personal journey is a unique piece of that puzzle. In fact we are co-creating our reality with the universal consciousness every moment. When we can really grok the magnitude of that relationship we are on our way to personal peace, harmony and fulfilment, realizing the limitlessness of our very own Nature.

Ways to Connect with your Spirit Nature:

1. Accept that not all things real, or of value are physical. Use your breath and your imagination to tap into your non-physical resources.

2. Take time every day to tune in and cultivate a relationship with your intuition, your instinct and your imagination. Notice insights, coincidence & joy.

3. Develop a daily conversation that offers gratitude, respect and recognition for all of the unseen & seen ways that the Spirited universe supports your life.

4. Practice non-judgement. Although useful for measure, judging leads to a stale state of mind, eventual deadening. See non-duality.

5. Rejuvenate yourself frequently in Nature, cultivate perception and presence.

6. Make time everyday to be in Silence or the ‘immeasurable’. Be awestruck!

Blessings,

Mary-Jo

www.mary-jo.com

www.trinityyoga.net

Living Gracefully

This month, it will have been a year since I was handed my very first yoga book. Certainly at that point in my life, if I was to choose a yoga book, it wouldn’t have been
“Yoga from the inside out”, by Christina Sell. The book, with a forward by John Friend, Anusara Yoga Founder, is a teaching on grace and how to make peace the body.

Despite the emotional upheavals from reading the book, I didn’t know or understand that only a year later, I would begin to understand. As I write this, with tears in my eyes,
I am convinced there will still be more to learn on the vast topic of grace.

But what is grace? How do you know you have it? How do you step into the flow of grace? The Oxford English dictionary defines “grace” as: “Pleasing quality,
gracefulness.

1. The quality of application: The attractiveness or charm belonging to elegance of proportions, or (especially) ease and refinement of movement, action, or expression.

2. An attractive or pleasing quality or feature.

3. Something that imparts beauty; an ornament; the part in which the beauty of a thing consists.

4. To show favour or be gracious to; also, to countenance.”

To me, “grace” means more than that. I recently read the book again. This time, it provoked different sensations in me and resulted in a completely different outlook on the
concepts of beauty, love, acceptance and grace. Can yoga bring us to grace? Absolutely. As a matter of fact, anything you do with passion, devotion and complete love
will bring you closer to grace. You already possess the grace you need.

By doing something fervently, with your complete devotion, you are polishing the window to your heart to see the flames of your being – your grace – that much more
clearly. This is the true nature of grace. It’s a flame burning at the very core of your being. You can only see it through the window of your heart, but if that window isn’t
very clean, you may not be able to see if there is a flame there. That’s when doubt creeps in and we fall victim to the sleeping world. Yoga is a way of keeping that window
clear and open, a way to see the beauty and the power within each of us.

In a month that celebrates love, why not celebrate grace as well? Start with your loved ones. The grace in them is what you also hold within yourself. You wouldn’t be able
to see the grace in your surroundings if you didn’t possess it yourself. At the very core of who we are lies a heart that demands our commitment to the higher divinity of the
spirit and to love.