Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A luminous middle place

Let us not forget the descendent current, flowing into the unlit places, the lower worlds, and the dark caverns of the psyche. The invitation here is one of embodiment – into the vulnerability, the chaos, and the deflation that the path of the heart will inevitably present us with for holding.

There is a cultural fantasy that we are supposed to know what do do with our lives, that things are supposed to be clear at all times. But love is full-spectrum and will use the energies of not-knowing, disappointment, and uncertainty as part of its revelation here. The process of dissolution is non-negotiable, and this is good news. For it is by way of this sacred washing of the known that new forms can find their way here.

Even in the darkness, the numbness, and in the appearance that nothing is happening, there is birth, but the new can never fully come into being without an honoring of re-organization and death. The challenge is that there is no map for this territory as it is too alive, too creative, and too wild to be pinned down, controlled, and known ahead of time. While this degree of openness may be disorienting to a mind seeking resolution, it is exhilarating in the heart, in the body, and deep within the soul.

It is natural and easy to disconnect from this current, as we overly identify with the ascending, the upward, the light, and the transcendent. In the rush to exit immediate experience – for something that is higher, purer, less messy, and less contradictory – we turn from the waters of life and lose touch with essence.

While it is natural to have a bias for one current over another, let us not do so at the expense of fragmentation. In ways the mind may never fully understand, there is a luminous middle place where the currents intertwine. It is buried in a secret chamber inside your own heart. Enter there. Rest there. Play there. Dance there.

My new book – The Path Is Everywhere: Uncovering the Jewels Hidden Within You – is now available 

The next event, The Magic of Being Fully Human, to be held in Ojai, CA on October 14-15.