Friday, July 22, 2011
'As you continue to send out love, the energy returns to you in a regenerating spiral... As love accumulates, it keeps your system in balance and harmony. Love is the tool and more love is the end product. ' ~ Sara Paddison, Hidden Power of the Heart
'A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses.'
~ Chinese Proverb
'Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.'
~ Joseph Campbell
I attended a meditation workshop last Saturday afternoon facilitated by Lisa Gordon. It was held at a beautiful venue, the ISHTA Studio of Yoga and Health. We meditated in a practice space which leads out onto a lush, tropical, oriental water garden, complete with trickling water features, a koi pond and ducks! Such a peaceful and tranquil way to spend a Saturday afternoon ~ calming and centering. We welcomed many new faces, a larger group increasing the healing energy for deeper and more profound shifts to take place. I invited my friend Karin B to join me, it was wonderful to share this experience with you, my friend, thank you!
The recent profound lunar events and resulting energy shifts are having an impact on our well-being and relationships. There have been many instances of disruption, constriction and conflict arising as a result. This workshop was about calming and soothing this inner chaos, bringing us awareness and peace. The theme was the HEART CENTRE, focusing on the heart chakra ~ the chakra of love, balance, self-love and self acceptance, relationship, intimacy, compassion, forgiveness, empathy and receptivity. The heart chakra is at the centre of the chakra system, representing a bridge between the upper three and lower three chakras. Here at the centre of our Beings, we encounter the realm of Love, with a capital 'L' ~ the love of God/Goddess/All That Is. In this realm we become conscious of the value of our true Selves, leaving behind the ego self and recognising this Truth in others. Through meditating on our heart centre, we are firstly practicing the stilling our minds, giving us a deeper sense of joy, clarity and meaning, secondly cultivating awareness (our capacity to know, feel and experience) at this energy centre and thirdly bringing balance to our heart chakra. When our heart chakra is balanced, we learn to achieve equilibrium in the actions of taking in and letting go, giving and receiving, loving and being loved, harmonising the internal aspect of ourselves with the external world around us.
After a body relaxation and chakra re-alignment meditation, Lisa invites us to find ourselves in a safe place in nature, somewhere we've been before or are creating in our minds. I am immediately transported to an orchard of cherry blossom trees, a place I've never been before. I walk beneath an overhanging shower of soft pink cherry blossoms, petals and faerie-like white seed spores gently carried by the breeze... a peaceful and idyllic scene. I notice a shimmer on the horizon and leave my cherry blossom trees to arrive in an enchanted forest. I notice a clearing, a sacred circle of pink rose quartz crystals, shining beautifully in the light, illuminated from within. I enter the circle. I am encircled in warm pink light and love. It's a safe place here. We focus on healing energy emanating downwards through our crown chakra, flowing into our heart centre and a spreading, a blossoming occurring at the centre of our Beings ~ our heart taking the form of a large pink rose, opening slowly to reveal many layers of petals. This is love flowing outwards to other members of the group and beyond into the ether. We open our hearts and flood our Beings with love energy, healing ourselves and naturally expanding outwards into the Universe, healing others and the planet. We meditate on this process of allowing our hearts to expand and feel how our limitless love energy flows freely. My rose heart seemed to weep as I sensed dewdrops forming on the petals. The petals of our heart roses then slowly start to move, gently closing, love flowing inwards to ourselves. We imagine holding and nurturing ourselves in our own hearts, filling up with compassion, acceptance and forgiveness. We include all relationships, people, situations and world events that need healing. We hold everything lightly in our hearts, also practicing receiving love with gratitude. We have now experienced the effortless flow of love energy through us, a sweet outflow and influx, giving and receiving with full hearts.
The angel cards I selected were: 'AERACURA ~ Blossoming: You are just getting started, so have patience with yourself and the process and do not give up' and 'CLEARING ~ Clear the clutter. When in doubt, throw it out.' The blossoming card fits so perfectly into the theme of this meditation workshop and this particular juncture in my healing journey. I am blossoming on many levels as I grow and heal, I must be patient with myself on this journey and trust the process. I'm staying alert to messages about the clearing card. I know this is mental/emotional clutter I need to clear, I'm sure all will be revealed at the right time.
We each shared a word or two with the group to ground our energy after the meditation, communicating how we were feeling in that moment. I said I felt connected and very grateful. What a privilege to share such a wonderful experience with this community of fellow travelers on this journey of discovery! We closed this special day out in the late afternoon winter sun, in the garden, enjoying a chat over a cup of vanilla herbal tea and a bounty of fresh strawberries and sweet green grapes. This day was my own pink miracle ~ pink cherry blossoms that appeared to me ahead of any colour clues being revealed, pink rose quartz crystals, the pink heart chakra rose, the pink 'blossoming' angel card: all truly feminine, flowing, healing, happy and abundant. Love transforms! It's miraculous when we can tune into the miracle of inner transformation, where love changes our perception of ourselves and this in turn changes our perception of the world.
The Ishta School of Yoga and Health South Africa: http://www.yoga-sa.com/