I am part of the sun as my eye is part of me. That I am part of the earth my feet know perfectly, and my blood is part of the sea. There is not any part of me that is alone and absolute except my mind, and we shall find that the mind has no existence by itself, it is only the glitter of the sun on the surfaces of the water.

D. H. Lawrence

 

Two days ago I had the pleasure of interviewing Alanna Moore. Alanna has been a dowser/geomancer for 25 years and has specialised in making ‘Power Towers’ across Australia over the last ten years, as well as divining for devic energy fields. In her work she likes to focus on practical applications for healing Mother Earth. She is acclaimed in the international dowsing fraternity for her magazine articles, books and films. Her partner, Peter Cowman, is renowned in Ireland for his shelter making writings, teachings and occasional television appearances. I suppose you could say he specializes in ‘living architecture.’ They are both ardent permaculturists. They had arrived in New Zealand from the UK just over a week before and were travelling our fair land giving workshops and talks on their specialties. After the evening interview I took Alanna and Peter down to the beach.

It was a crystal clear night. A shooting star coursed the sky. The Milky Way was draped like a warm, white blanket over us, the beach and the bay. We spoke of traditional cultures and the connection they had and hopefully still have with the magic of nature. Alana mentioned a book, Dark Sparklers, which gives some first hand knowledge of Aboriginal Cosmology. She said they spoke reverently of the dark areas between the stars and of how their dreamings originated in the Universe before manifesting in their outback landscape.

I mentioned the Buddhist practice of star bathing. Suddenly, as I spoke, my perception shifted. The heavens began to pulsate rhythmically and I could see energy pouring down from the night sky. This energy, this light, was streaming forth from every heavenly object and it was pouring into us and everything around us. Astrologers tell us that each planet exerts an influence on us. Rudolf Steiner, the prolific Austrian clairvoyant spoke of the connection between various plants and planets. This suddenly made visible and energetic sense to me. It was no longer just supposition. It was fact. My strong desire to walk in the dark under the stars now felt more than justified. So did the idea of star bathing.  We are being constantly bathed in celestial light; we too are beings of light. Although we were just three people standing  on  a  beach at night,  I knew we were connected with the universe and that same universe was nourishing and energizing us.

We often speak of Oneness. Sometimes, as in this instance, Oneness speaks to us.

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A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Albert Einstein

We are indivisible from Nature. You breathe in the same breath exhaled by the ancients, by Confucius, Buddha and Jesus. The stuff that makes up these bodies, these vehicles, is the same stuff that makes up every form of existence. Look at compost. The decomposed bodies of plants are the building blocks of the fruits and vegetables we eat. And we are what we eat.

Truly knowing our interconnectedness with all life, all matter, makes us responsible, respectful guardians of this beautiful planet. How can we then pollute the soil, water and air of our home? We are inseparable from these elements. They are in us and we in them.

We are by nature creative beings. To be God-like is to be creative and alive. Why has the Creator brought us into existence? Our journey out into this world is co-coincident with a longing to return to the formless essence from which we come. But to be here in this world is to be a creator.

In order to get something you’ve never had you’ll have to do something you’ve never done. You’ll have to walk beyond the gateway of the known into a land of trust. To grow is to create. To know your interconnectedness with all of life is to create responsibly.

Affirmation:

I Am indivisible from Nature. I create with respect for all of life.

 

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In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

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Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing,

there is a field.  I’ll meet you there.

 

When the soul lies down in that grass,

the world is too full to talk about.

 

Ideas, language, even the phrase each other

doesn’t make any sense.

From Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks

Have you ever stopped to reflect on the fact that we get exactly what we ask for? All desire for experience, every answer to every question is given freely. What questions are you asking? What are asking for in your life?

The Buddha said that all desire leads to suffering. Why? All desire draws us deeper into the dense world of materiality and the relative perspective of the personality.

So what is our real job here in this world? What is the solution? I suggest it is to reach that point where we stop asking. And when we do this, everything is given. When we rest in the stillness of the Absolute, there is nothing that is not possible. Mountains can be moved; waters can be parted. Whole worlds can be created.

But do we need to do that? No. We then rest so deeply there is absolutely nothing to do. This is, by definition, the Absolute. There is no desire to gather experience or knowledge. There is certainly no desire to gather things. There is only rest, only silence, only stillness. From that immeasurable, infinitesimally tiny point we call the Absolute, our perspective is transformed. Now, we are able to give from a place of stillness and rest. This giving is huge. It is unquantifiable. It is the embodiment of infinite love. It is why we are here. Now, truly, all things are possible and magic is inevitable.

I urge you to find this place of unconditional giving. All other experience pales in comparison with it.

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.

Don’t go back to sleep.

 

You must ask for what you really want.

Don’t go back to sleep.

 

People are going back and forth across the doors

where the two worlds touch.

 

The door is round and open.

Don’t go back to sleep.

From Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks

Rumi

Jelaluddin Rumi, the 13th century mystic poet, was truly one of the most passionate and profound poets in history.  Now, today his presence still remains strong, due in part to how his words seem to drip of the divine, and startle a profound remembrance that links all back to the Soul-Essence.  Born in what is present day Afghanistan in 1207, he produced his master work the Masnawi which consists of over 60,000 poems before he died in 1273.  The best way to fully say in words his impact, is that he has the ability to describe the

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The following words are from the work of Alice Bailey and Djwhal Khul (the Tibetan). Repeat them daily. I say them while looking in the mirror early each morning. I have taken the liberty of adding ‘and daughters’ to the first line. You can choose to use that additon or not. May this world find peace.

Mantram of Unification

The sons (and daughters) of men are one & I am one with them.
I seek to love not hate. I seek to serve, not exact due service.
I seek to heal, not hurt.
Let pain bring just reward of light & love.
Let the soul control the outer form & life & all events
& bring to light the love which underlies the happenings of the time.
Let vision come and insight, let the future stand revealed.
Let inner union demonstrate & outer cleavages be gone.
Let love prevail. Let all men love.

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Campfire on Beach for Extending FriendshipWhenever uncertainty arises, stop. Be present, fully present. Watch your breath. If this isn’t enough, take a walk in nature, work in the garden or turn to a practice that cultivates stillness and inner connectedness such as yoga, qi gong or meditation.

Life is an ever-shifting balance between stillness and activity. Whenever activity dominates, and this easily happens in our busy lives, consciously cultivate stillness and the sense of peace this engenders. We can spend our lives chasing castles in the sky, when that which we seek has been with us all along. As Peace Pilgrim said, “You cannot give me anything I don’t need.”

All desire comes from a sense of lack. If there is one message I would like to make, it is that we already have enough stuff. Let’s put our focus on the real stuff of life. As Thoreau said, “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” I might add, “Give me friendship.” For me, this goes further than traditionally understood. Whenever I rest in the stillness, I feel immersed in a warm womb of love. I feel forgiven for all of my errors of judgement, for all of my frailties. I am loved and I Am Love. I know that we are surrounded by unseen, loving friends. They guide us and urge us to aim always for the highest.

Last night I joined our teenage daughters, Amira and Asha, and Amira’s boyfriend, Toby, on the beach for a campfire. The wind was roaring from the west. From time to time, it brought a driving rain. We huddled against a cliff somewhat protected from the elements. The night came on and the stars jousted with the clouds. We watched the fire, enchanted by the constantly changing colours of the flames. The salt in some of the driftwood burned an eerie yellow. Ultraviolet, royal blue, green and an occasional flash of turquoise created a rainbow of fire.

Potatoes, broccoli and carrots were placed in a bed of coals. The tide came in. I felt a deep sense of gratitude. I reflected on what I already had in my life and knew, in that moment, that I was fulfilled.

We dragged the aluminium-wrapped vegetables form the fire with sticks. The aluminium tore and some of the contents spilled on the sand. We laughed. As I ate my salad, the three teenagers munched on charred, sometimes crunchy vegetables. As always happens by the beach, a little sand found its way into the food. We laughed some more. Desert, prepared by Asha, was bananas with chocolate and marshmallow, also wrapped in aluminium. When removed from the fire they were a sticky, delicious mess.

The tide came in further and threatened to smother the fire. Asha, the active one, perched in the swaying branches of a nearby Pohutukawa tree, cackling with glee as successive waves flowed under her.

I relished the exquisite ecstasy of the moment. Immersed in darkness, flames dancing, wind crying, occasional drops of rain finding our sheltered alcove; an unknown bird calling from the water. Times like this remind one of our connectedness with everything. Are not the stars our sisters, the sun an elder brother, the moon a maiden meant for love? The sand crushed beneath us, yet supported our steps. The salty water of the sea and the sweet water falling from the sky cleansed and purified our thoughts. The entire orchestra of nature kept us fully present.

Cultivate a relationship with everything. One cannot feel alone with such a sense of connectedness. This is what I call extending friendship.

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