Saturday, January 9, 2016

The body is an invitation

Underneath the narrative of your life, just below the grand storyline, even beneath the colorful emotional landscape, there exists a rich, mysterious world of sensations – a somatically-organized field of intelligence and creativity. It is so alive, a timeless environment of wisdom, clarity, and majesty – but is not organized around the very compelling story of ‘me.’

Despite the vastness, it can also appear a bit disorienting to the mind that is scrambling for ground and a future moment. For within the mandala of the inner body, there are no ‘problems,” and nothing to be fixed, understood, transformed, or shifted. There is only an untamed fire of presence.

In any moment, you can infuse your awareness within this field and see very directly that every feeling and emotion – no matter how disturbing or electrifying – is utterly valid, immediate workable, and outrageously creative. It is an unprecedented assembling of pure energy, weaved of the magic of dark and of light.

Descending into the body, into this wide open, empty space can seem terrifying, because it is so unknown. You can no longer find many of the familiar reference points from which you have come to organize your life. There is no complaining here, no resentment, no 'understanding' - not even any 'transformation' or 'healing' as we have come to think of these terms. Nothing is 'unhealed' or in need of transformation. Just raw, naked, experience, free from interpretation and shimmering with awakened energy.

The body is an invitation, an entryway into the freedom, love, and vastness that you are. For it is out of this alive, pregnant crucible of potentiality that flow the qualities of kindness, compassion, attunement, and presence. This is what you are.

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