Energy. That’s right. You’ll know from the energy feel. It’s the feel of being alive, vibrating, and we may even say its a feeling of excitement. Life is taken to a higher level and sometimes only momentarily, longer if you’re lucky. To understand it, we have to contrast it with the times that we are ‘not’ fully present in the moment. And that is, for most of us, the majority of the time. Anytime we are contemplating the past or future — try it out for yourself through simple self-awareness — the energy is dead or flat. You’ll recognize that dead feel pretty dramatically as you compare it with moments of being fully present. You know how it goes when you’re being fully in the “now”, right?
Time stops and a surreal feeling will likely come upon you as if you have been lifted up and out and set down somewhere else all of a sudden. Everything feels different and appears different and maybe the heart quickens and chills happen. And then you flow with it as if nothing else or no one else exists.
We’ve all had those feelings.
And there are after effects. I think that it’s feeling in harmony and being in the flow of life that is an indicator that we have just been fully present and the residual of that remains with us and out-pictures as flowing with life for minutes, hours or day (s).
Then, we get shifted out of that flow by something that occurs and then our mind will attach, cling, fear, become angry or experience an aversion. Then we’re dead in the water again or not functioning effectively, have been pulled out of the flow and our vibe becomes dead again. We’re not fully alive anymore.
These are my (blog) thoughts about it anyway. I was recently reminded of this during a recent visit from my little (soon to be 2-year-old) granddaughter. The entire time we were together was a peak experience. She was fully present and brought me with her to that place of excitement.
I’m in that peak place during intense exercise workouts in which I am very focused as well as when I’m engaged in a creative project. Moments of awakening that shake us out of our mundane, dead, and routine thoughts or activities, if used correctly, are gifts.
Being on the edge of life is being in the present moment and it comes with that feeling of being fully alive.
Personally, at those times my soul, my psyche goes into a state, which in Zazen, is called shikantaza, a state of heightened concentration, patience, and alertness and this state throws me into a state of flow that lasts for hours or days. Plans change or don’t enter into mind at all and one just becomes totally spontaneous. In describing this recently someone replied, “Oh yes, if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” Yeah, alrighty then. LOL
I hope this post is found to be, in some way, helpful to the reader.
Can you imagine it? There you are walking in the woods in late spring after a long, cold winter. Or perhaps you have recently survived a difficult life initiation of some type and suddenly there it is!
You’re looking down, watching your footing and simply surviving the moment, perhaps lamenting the past or thinking of the future with some apprehension. Who knows, but anyway there you are walking along, deep in serious thought.
And then… you stop suddenly. Some grace has broken through the lonely dark woods and you nearly stumble as you stop to take in its beauty… a red trillium looks up at you smiling.
And you feel a sensation that anything’s possible. You feel suddenly determined to push through just as this cheerful flower has. More aware of your surroundings now, you look around seeing more of them, groups of them, waving at you in the breeze. Cheerfulness!
And you cherish this moment remembering that this IT, it’ s LIFE, there is no past or future, there’s only NOW. This becomes clear to you as you whisper a thank you to nature and the Trillium as you continue on with joy and celebration in your heart, feeling ready to dance with life and realizing you’ve been taking things too seriously.
CONNECTIONS: TRILLIUM, 3 OF CUPS, MERCURY IN CANCER, VALUES AND JOY They are all connected! Trillium that is blooming in some places now represents the quality of “what we value in life” and fosters spontaneous joy.
“The herb Trillium seems to arise spontaneously out of love in the loneliness of the dark woods” — Herbal Tarot
Three women with different colored hair celebrating, holding their cups are wearing purple, red and green clothing in the image above. More on that in a moment. Trillium is used for medicinal benefit in pregnancy, thus the astrological Cancer connection (Mercury in Cancer). I always associate this card with the celebration and joy of communicating with my three daughters–they even have the same hair color as the woman on the tarot card [see image above].
Brunette in purple celebrates the joy of others.
Golden-haired one in red salutes the dance of life.
The brown-haired one represents the glory and power of the herb. (according to the artist who created the image)
BLOG POST ASPIRATION:
May this post be helpful to the reader and may all beings upon the earth experience joy and the causes of joy!
Meditative states carry over after getting off the cushion and moving on to other activities of daily living. The state remains if not interrupted and carries over and one is open and receptive. The mind becomes like one large flat plate, an empty plate. And it remains so, if not interrupted, for days, weeks, months.
And there are no longer barriers of protection from the ego since one has tamed that aspect of mind enough to create a calm, flat and receptive plate. Well, that’s how I relate to mind and life anyway and it is how I am able to be “psychic” and employed by clients in that capacity.
In the process of creating that plate so-to-speak and maintaining that state, I bump into my own thought processes, allowing whatever arises to do so yet also allowing it to dissolve. All story lines of ego structure melt away too as becoming one with that open plate feeling of openness and receptivity grows.
I could say that this open plate state which sort of feels like one huge horizon of infinity (it’s hard to find the words) enables a state of impersonality; non-personality.
I really like to be in that state and of course achieving this state is part of my job, my career, my service work here. I’m there when I do readings. And if nothing distracts me (if I don’t distract myself), I can stay there for days as long as I’m “Home Alone” if you pardon the movie reference.
I just had to laugh at a reference comparison (analogy) that came to mind here. To meditate and put one in that state of the empty plate and non-personality can be understood by associating it with hitting the “refresh” button on a web page. If the mind begins to wander and gets too complicated by getting too many other pages (thoughts) open, one can hit refresh and come back to the present moment, now; back to the state of the open plate—one huge horizon of infinity.
No, I’m not talking about any type of escapism here. It’s more like being fully present.
When someone is habitually open and receptive as I’ve been describing and then enters a room of 50 personalities with helter-skelter minds or even pulls out into busy traffic or heads into a busy shopping area—wow. I’ve been able to realize the benefit of ego-structure as a type of boundary and am working with a level of integration which enables me to function here in a busy community and in close proximity to family. It is almost laughable when all these entwined and complicated egos with complex entanglements come together in one room! Multiply that by 1,000 busy grocery shopping days! Where is my open receptive plate? What happened to my infinity horizon? Where did it all go?
I’m working with it; trying to function as myself (whatever self means because there really IS NO self in the true sense of it all) in these crowded settings.
I’ve found a particular type of meditation helpful lately. One thing is that I keep my eyes open which helps me to be present but not (at the same time) tuned into the present surroundings–well, just very lightly. I am mostly non-attached yet present and aware that I am fully in my body and fully in my space and fully in my room! This is a very good practice for me as it helps me to carry this over when swimming in (being around) very distracting energy (family dynamics, crazy traffic, even crazier grocery store).
Living in the mountains was… well, I made a Facebook Post this morning that I will reproduce here. I am so familiar with the vibration that comes from being physically in the places such as where this picture was. I resided (really lived!) the past 15+ years in the mountains. And this photo prompted me to post the image and text.
[image and text below]
Meditating on something simple and beautifully ordinary (like gazing out over a view like this!) enables a person to avoid self-identification and minimizes relationship awareness with others; nothing much here can be connected with ego-conflict. That is the healing gift of the mountains and mountain views. A person can become overwhelmed with a sense of non-duality, relating as”one” with the vastness.
Pictures are wonderful! I could linger at this recent photo a good deal longer….
ET is phoning HOME!
Anyway, lately while on my meditation cushion with eyes open but not really looking at anything and while putting my hands open and facing palms down over my knees (I sit crossed legged in a half-lotus position), what I do focus on at first is a straight back, head, shoulders and pretend that I am the ruler of my own kingdom (am I not?); and as I muster up that feeling, I also allow myself the sense of the feeling of royalty (being royal) as acutely as possible–such as in ruling my own universe, my own world.
That feels right to me and then I claim my space on the cushion and affirm that I belong right there, right here, right now in this moment and I am grounded right in that—it’s mine. Then, of course, who is me and mine? Yet, for the moment I allow these thoughts and feelings as the entry into (entry point of) my meditation period. After that, it is only to focus on breath and letting what comes up in mind to dissolve like the sun that contacts the fog; the thoughts disappear as quickly as they come up.
That helps me with living this new life down off the mountain.
On another note… completely off topic… but do you remember those Hydrangeas that I purchased from QVC at the end of spring? I potted them and brought them with me and all summer long I’ve been watering and waiting and in metaphysical ways nurturing and just this week, finally! One of them is giving to the world a pink flower! It is quite exciting and brings happiness to the heart.
One of the plants (at least one of the 4 of them) has successfully begun to make the adjustment to its life here… slowly and gradually, like me.
This blog post will be short… I’ve more astrology charts to make notes on and besides, Grey’s Anatomy season premier starts in less than 2 hours! So I will have to drop what I’m doing and bolt to my sister’s apartment which is quite simply around the corner—a mere two second jog on foot!
(She has cable, and I refused the temptation to look at those talking heads on CNN, etc. And I’m so happy I made that choice, except for Greys; I just watch it on HULU the next day usually. My sister invited everyone over; she has a big screen TV too — man O man they all look different on her TV!)
I’m still getting used to being busy and integrating infringes on my personal time through assisting my family … O and have I mentioned my daughter is engaged and her engagement party is this weekend?
I’m not a social animal in those ways and having to shake the dust of my hermit-self and the hermit doesn’t like it very much. To the point—there is objective time and SUBJECTIVE time. I’ve got to do better with the latter of the two but I’m realizing how much resistance I have and how stubborn too.
A work in progress and it’s all inside where I am making peace with it by really bringing it down to what it took pages to get to in my last blog. And that is simply living this affirmation: “I am in touch with the needs of this moment.” And that, in itself, helps me to be in touch with the “me” within so that I can center and be at peace no matter what schedule I’m trying to juggle.
Now if I can do that while meeting all of the groom’s family this weekend (nothing I resist doing more than making small talk with people I’ve never met—not that I’m not good at it because I am and that’s not false pride—it’s just something I thought well… “it is what it is” as they say but my old hermit wants nothing to do with any of it or any new relationships either for that matter! The inner child goes, “Awwhh, do we HAVE TO go???” and now suddenly I’m hoping the future groom’s family doesn’t read my blog… haha I’m sure that they don’t.
Besides, I am in touch with the needs of this moment, I am in touch with the needs of this moment, I am in touch with the needs of this moment, I am in touch with the needs of this moment, I am in touch with the needs of this moment, I am in touch with the needs of this moment, I am in touch with….
Yeah, okay, whatever…
I’d better get going on those astrology charts that I have to make notes upon. I just wanted to blog that I’m making progress with this time thing… but its not been easy.