We live in illusion, the appearance of things, but there is a reality and we are that reality. When you understand this, you see that you are nothing, and being nothing, you are everything. That’s all there is. – Kalu Rinpoche
The past week has been so powerful in so many ways. With a full moon last Monday leading up to the fall equinox the energy that percolated was invigorating as well as mentally stimulating. As the harvest comes to fruition and the leaves change color and fall from the tree, the fall equinox represents the beginning of new cycle.
This fall equinox provides us with the opportunity to honor all of life’s experiences from the past year. To release them with humility and gratitude and to become empty, once again, so that balance and harmony may enter in to hold the fertile space for the seeds of greater vision to grow. While we sit in the darkness of shorter days and longer nights, we are preparing for the birth of light within, illumination, which occurs on the winter solstice as the light returns to lengthen the day and shorten the night. We are in sync with the cycles of the earth.
I recently began re-reading The Power of Silence and in the introduction Carlos relays that don Juan told him that in the universe there is an immeasurable, indescribable force which sorcerers call intent, and that absolutely everything that exists in the entire cosmos is attached to intent by a connecting link. All I’ve thought about for the past couple of weeks is cleaning my connecting link with intent and seasonally speaking, it is the perfect time to undertake this task.
Last Thursday while in the sweat we chanted and sang and drummed and rattled for about fifteen minutes, each of us singing or chanting a different thing simultaneously which resounded into a perfect harmonic rhythm. When we get out of own way and are present in our connection to the eternal, the harmonic synchronicity resonates from spirit through each of us bringing us into perfect unification and balance. You see that you are nothing, and being nothing, you are everything.
And then on Saturday I went on an amazing hike not far from home and discovered a hidden gem of natural beauty that encompassed a diverse microcosm of multiple geographic locations within one rather small locale. There were waterfalls, natural hanging gardens, moss, bubbling creeks, serene pools, boulders, cactus, pine trees, maple trees, even vines. It just went on and on; a magnificent plethora of pristine beauty, ever changing with each step. Connecting to the pulse of the earth always provides a monumental energy boost and I spent that evening reflecting upon and eliminating social constructs to which I am not aligned. Social constructs only exist because humans agree that they exist. Someone might have said something hundreds or thousands of years ago from their own illusory perspective and then everyone bought into it and made it a reality. Illusion!
So I’m driving around yesterday thinking about how everything is an illusion and how we each have the capacity to manifest whatever it is we would like to – basically creating our own illusion to fit our fancy – and how having a clear connecting link to spirit will amplify the creation of illusions that represent the reality I manifest for myself and this song comes on the radio that I haven’t heard in a very long time!
And finally, to end the week since the full moon on the 20th, I moved a hanging wall tile from my patio yesterday afternoon to discover a bat on the wall behind it! I screamed and ran away for a minute and then, as it began to climb the wall I went back in the house. Always interested in the omens that present themselves to me I come to find that a bat encounter is an omen that part of your life has ended, opening the opportunity for something new to emerge. In addition, bat may also come into your sight when the Universe is trying to tell you to let go of old thoughts and beliefs. So apropos considering letting go of illusions, social constructs, outmoded beliefs, and cleaning the connecting link to intent.
Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. – Mark Twain
Have Fun and Keep Dancing!