One of my favourite regular activities is to take a walk along the seafront. It’s a leisure that most of us enjoy, but many of us can’t seem to achieve. Why? We either feel simply not well enough or live a life of denying ourselves such wholesome activities, in spite of being aware of the simple values a small stroll and fresh air can bring us. One of the locals I pass along my way however is astutely aware of these benefits: evident by his constant hail to every passer-by… “Your health is your wealth”!
Yes… our health IS our wealth. What can we do or enjoy without it?
And why, when we understand this, do we ignore some of the most fundamental basics for health and well-being?
Despite all the knowledge we have about creating or supporting a healthy lifestyle, we still sabotage ourselves by compulsively driven opposing habits.
So, what is it that drives this? Where does the shift from wholesome well-being begin?
Our spiral of dis-ease all begins with our perceived disconnection from Spirit. We live in a perpetually dis-oriented state.
All our behaviours which deny the gift of vitality, joy and wellbeing stem from our disoriented state. In such disorientation, having taken on the belief and illusion of separation, the human lives in a perpetual state of fear and perception of lack. This state is further impacted by an increasing focus on our physicality as our identity and sole reality. Limited by our attention on the physical world we see no option but to look for solutions outside ourselves.
When our inner being is starved, we look to fill that sense of emptiness with more food, bigger flavours, more objects, bigger possessions. We struggle to make transient things permanent. We struggle against the stream of our true nature. In this state, there is no thing that can ever truly fill or fulfill us. In continuing to suffer the consequences of such futile efforts we begin to store deeper and deeper layers of resentment and disillusionment. We contract from life, creating an even larger barrier between our Self and the abundant world we are actually connected to. Gradually, over time the contractions we create in our mind, emotions and energy field manifest as restrictions in our cellular body. This produces a myriad of symptoms called ‘illness’.
However if we really look into the true nature of the human body and ‘illness’ we discover that there really is no true disease… only an opportune condition in which pathogens can multiply happily. Likewise… any sense of imbalance is simply a developed condition… a shift from the natural state and order of our natural being.
The most natural state of our being is ONENESS.
Even though Oneness always remains our true nature, we can and do radically reduce our capacity to utilise the limitless energy of our being when we live in a contracted or disconnected state.
So, simply put… all illness arises from contraction.
And all contraction arises from our dis-oriented relationship with our true Self.
We may continue to search for answers outside our-self forever and never find true resolution.
The moment we begin to return to our inner most being is the moment we begin to return to our whole self.
It is when we cultivate a relationship with our true self that the way to balance and well-being is revealed.
By re-connecting with our inner-being we are able to regain an open state. In this open state we are able to see hear and understand how WE have adopted behaviours that do not support or reflect the true nature of our self. As we begin to see consciously for ourselves, we begin to experience our true Self again. We re-gain our seat of power and the ability to respond to our self and life in ways that are naturally nurturing.
And… it is, of course, a process. Having journeyed so far out of our centre it can take some time to truly regain a deeply connected relationship with our conscious Self. And even when we do, there is still the journey through many stages of regaining a balanced flow of consciousness and energy.
So where do we start?
We must be willing to give up our futile approach and accept a state of NOT KNOWING. We must let go and let into ourself simply as we are. We must let our self rest deeply into what is. And when we do, we must be willing to sit in a space of ‘non-outcome’ first and remain there for how ever long it takes for us to regain the centred connection we need for true insight and transformation.
Without surrender, even our efforts to enter stillness will be tied to the identity that is striving with the wrong approach. A part of the self will have it’s attention focussed externally… deludedly hoping that the the external circumstances will change. As long as this tie is present it remains impossible to truly re-connect with our inner-most being.
By stopping and being present to simply ‘what is’ we can gain access to our inner space… a space of stillness and silence. Only when we have a deep enough connection with this can our journey of re-awakening and transformation truly begin. Our connection with our most conscious self is awakened.
We also begin to establish an open and connected state of flow with the universe. The more we can cultivate this the more we can unleash transformative and healing powers.
Try this small exercise as a way to enter more deeply into an open and connected state.
I recommend you sit on the earth, somewhere in nature with bare feet for this practice.
Begin first with your intention of surrender… simply accepting your self as you are in this moment.
Now begin breathing with a deep and slow steady rhythm.
Let yourself rest into the rise and fall of the breath, simply noticing the feelings and energies that are occurring in your body. Allow yourself to simply be present and aware as you continue breathing.
Whenever feelings of tension or contraction occur bring your awareness to it and breathe into it. Let your breath deepen into the presence of whatever feeling is occurring. Simply stay present and aware, witnessing and feeling the flow of energy.
Gradually let your self feel the deeper currents of energy in your body and inner space.
Breathe into your inner most centre and feel this source of deep stillness and power.
Continue using your breath to expand into the inner most energy of your being. When you feel a strong connection with this centre allow your breath and awareness to expand through the rest of your energy field.
Flow with the energy that is within and around your body.
Notice the connection of all energy.
Feel the energy flowing through your being into the universe and through the universe into your body. Feel the energy flowing through your body as it is connected with the earth and feel the energy from the inner most core of earth rising up through you.
Breathe the energy of earth up through your base chakra. Feel it flowing up through your central channel and expanding through every part of your body. Continue breathing this way for a few minutes until you feel a strong current of energy alive in every cell.
Then breathe into your inner most centre again. Feel the connection of your innermost being with all energy in the universe.
Take a moment to give thanks for the power that is within you and all around you.
See your-self in the state of wholeness. You are the Oneness of all life.
You are powerful beyond measure.
Affirm to your self: I am at ONE with all. I am powerful beyond measure.
When you have completed the practice take a deep breath into your body. Feel the souls of your feet. Feel the connection with earth. Feel the top of your head… feel the connection with universal energy. Then make it your intention that you will maintain this presence and awareness throughout your day.
You may have also received insights. Take time to make note of these and give yourself a firm commitment to follow through with whatever action may be called for.
May YOU live in Oneness.
With profound Love and respect for YOU, for ALL, for ONE.
Isira will be talking about Emotions and Disease, and answering questions, at her Truth Talk Click here