Day 98: An Update

So exactly 100 days ago, I had this moment where the words “The Sacred Architecture of the Here and Now” floated through my brain. I was lying in bed and I paused whatever I was doing to write it down and that was the moment this blog was born. The blog wasn’t an idea I was stoked on from the beginning, though, it felt narcissistic and like a bandwagon I had been taught not to buy into.

We're all like cats jumping on the Swifer ride of life!

We’re all like cats on the Swifer ride of life, “No time to explain, quick, jump on!”

Luckily my little ego got out-shouted by my divine intuition and the idea for a post-a-day 365 Day Creativity Challenge was not long coming. You see, I was working on raising my throat chakra vibration pretty intensely since moving to a new country and using a new language had forced me to confront my frustrating inability to communicate well. I had developed excellent public speaking skills and found the English language rife with lovely vocabulary with which I separated myself from my peers but I still found myself communicating things I really hadn’t intended.

The Creativity Challenge this blog hosts every day has been about exercising my communication muscles (which are found in more than just the mouth and throat where the fifth chakra lies) in an effort to find my flow and join the mass of functioning humans who say what they mean and mean what they say. This blog has been a continuous affirmation to myself and the hard work I do every day to raise myself up ever closer to my higher self. It has brought me affirmations from the Universe that I’m on the right path, and it has given me a reason to communicate with Nature daily in a way that I know has already affected my ability to communicate with other human beings.

I’ve always been outspoken, but not in a skillful sense. I’ve always called myself creative, but not in an artistic sense. I’ve always found myself spiritual, but not in a “God” sense. All of these half truths have changed in only 100 days, and I’m so blessed to have found this path on which we are walking together.

In 98 days our bond has grown 183 people strong and the vibrations in our community have resonated amongst us more than 500 times. This is a real thing. This is happening. Thank you for being a part of The Sacred Architecture of the Here and Now.

Namaste ♥

Whaaat? Veronica, this was so cool and then you went all sanskrit on us with that silly word and now we’re lost! Okay sorry, guys, but there just isn’t an English word for what I want to say! Here’s a translation and I hope you will permit me to sprinkle it around my postings here on out now that you love it as much as I do…

“In India when we meet and part we often say, ‘Namaste,’ which means I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the place in you of love, of light, of truth, of peace. I honor the place within you where if you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us.”    – Ram Dass

Day 94: What Is Enlightnement?

Where Heavens Meet

Where Heavens Meet by Rassouli (Click for Gallery)

Who cares? Really.

Personally, I say: think of your ideal self, the perfect image of health, wealth, and happiness, cut it in half, and that’s the threshold mystics call “enlightenment;” chances are you’re closer than you think.

The unattainable image teachers have painted for centuries of spiritual attainment was meant to keep seekers from idealizing or focusing on something outside of the daily experience and missing the present moment. While that is important, it is also important to recognize how discouraging that is in our modern era of instant gratification and ease. I think it is important to validate my friends and loved ones that they are succeeding as en-lightened beings (people who give off higher quantities of divine light) as often as I push them to try harder. There needs to be a balance.

As for the enlightened person’s moods, which are always the ordinary person’s undoing, they are said to be peaceful, secure, and blissful. Other emotions such as anger or fear may arise in response to the needs of the environment, but do not shake the deeper stillness. An analogy is that you are in a state a bit like the one a child enjoys when playing in the yard while aware that Mother is at home. The child does not think about the mother, yet her presence makes the child feel more secure, able to play wholeheartedly, and more likely to feel cheerful and see beauty in everything.

– Elaine Aron Ph.D.

This is a feeling we can all resonate with, even me, a child who never felt the archetypical “loving mother” sensation and it is comforting for a number of reasons. Firstly we know that, grounded in happiness and joy, we are free to move through the entire range of emotions embodied in the human experience and always return to a calm center. Secondly, fear becomes easily negated with a closely held happiness and third, our freedom allows us unlimited growth, unchecked by fear.

Enlightenment is a feeling we can all recognize and it is something we can all touch. Grounding ourselves in peaceful, secure and blissful emotions using an infinite number of tools – art, music, meditation, love-making, yoga, observing nature, etc. – is all it takes to move toward the deep stillness of a child who moves through life rooted in the present moment. Emotions are the gateway to enlightenment: understand that they come and go and realize that you have the freedom to choose your home base and the whole world will become as carefree and safe as your own back yard.

How do you define enlightenment? Are there different definitions or do you believe in a standard one? What do you think is the path to enlightenment and is it even attainable? Let’s start a conversation.

Day 83: How I Feel About Being Human

The Daily Prompt asked for a post about my job and how I feel about it. So naturally I went into abstract-land and came up with something to say about being human. Because that’s the only job I know I was born to do.

Being Human

Being Human

The back story here is this is an image that came to me in meditation while an energy healer was sending me a blast of positive vibes. I’ve been thinking about it for a week or so, trying to amp myself up to do it the justice I know it deserves. I think maybe I came kinda close.

Here’s what I realized: this physical body is made up of intentions (stay grounded, act from compassion, lose the ego, etc.) and that body is just a channel for energy in all its forms. If we follow the energy chain up from our bodies we see that our actions are made possible by food, made possible by sunlight, made possible by nuclear fusion, made possible by the fact the whole Universe exists. You can choose to see this as confirmation that the whole universe exists just so you can play Bejeweled on your phone or as confirmation that we exist so the Universe can be expressed in our actions.

From this perspective, it’s much easier to be lighthearted and carefree about this trek called “life” because you see that the whole point of it is just to BE. Once you get that down — yeah, I know, easier said than done — you can move on to focusing on what to be. Next, you realize “authentic” is the what and then it’s all about how. I’m still working on how to be authentic.

I know this though: “authentic” is what you are when as few barriers as possible separate you from God. Destroying perceptions like “me vs. you” and chipping away at habits like anger have been helpful so far.

So, anyway, that’s how I’m doing my being-human job these days: destructively. ♥