Harnessing the power within

True power lies within all of us. In discarding the clothes of the personality, we find it has enshrouded a glistening gem of light – a fractal representation of the spirit of the universe itself. We find in this gem a clear channel for the creative force of the universe. This is the spirit from which all things are born.

To harness our power within is to release all blocks to the forces that naturally flow through us. To allow the full force of the spirit of the Earth and the greater Cosmos is to awaken to one’s full self. The requirements for these are manifold, for the blockages to these energies are manifold. Living in harmony with cycles, with natural phenomena, with the elements, with the natural light of the stars, the sun and the moon, with the calls of the birds and animals, with the fresh rain that gently washes your skin. Deeper yet, we are able to find a rich source of cycles that lies within each of us; the movements of the soul and of the spirit. Just as the animals and plants react to their environment instinctively and naturally, so too can we be in direct communication with the powers all about us. These instinctive hunches and feelings are the roadsigns towards the power within. 

To have harnessed the power within is to live free, full and in the moment. To love fully, to be joyous in every thought and word and action. To sail the waves of the natural cycles with a forward-looking perspective of adventure and discovery. Harnessing the power within requires the nurturing of the various bodies that it will inhabit. To nurture the emotional body, honouring every feeling and nourishing one’s self. To nurture the physical body by treating all of its parts with kindness and integrity – to be aware of the food, drink and other substances that the body comes to interact with. To nurture the mental body with those things that positively stimulate and enrich, and attuning the capacity for firm and decisive action. These are the required foundations for the spiritual body to become manifest on the earth plane in a balanced and harmonious manner. 

The power within all things is beautiful. It allows for all growth on this plane. It allows for creativity. It builds the very structure of this physical plane, allowing us self-knowledge. The power within starts as a fragile, beautiful thing. Nurture it, protect it, honour it within yourself and others. Grow it together. Nourish each other. Allow the energy of spirit to build and build, and eventually it will reach a tipping point – and your planet and civilisation will explode in a supernova of light through the entire galaxy and beyond. 

Peace be with you, we walk with you always, and we await your arrival here. 

Gnostic Art

Neutral Observation

Neutral observation is the great harmony of the universe. 

This is true freedom. This is where ultimate power lies. This is what it means to be One with the universe. Unresisting of any part of it, fully accepting of all that is observed. Allowing the flow of energy through the five senses and beyond. An opening for the forces of nature. For the subtler energies that make up the physical world and all its surrounding dimensions. 

This is the awakening of all the latent powers of the human. Only in neutral observation are these available to us. 

The physical expression of this is full relaxation of all the muscles and tendons, allowing for intent beyond the common personality to flow through. Emotionally, it is a sense of freedom and appreciation of the beauty that lies all around us. Mentally, it is full knowledge that is derived from non-linear, non-logical means. 

It is stepping beyond the prison bars of good and bad, religions and philosophies, any sentiment of ownership or control. It is being free of the past and the future and stretching out like a pancake in every direction of the infinite now. 

By watching the world go by, without being drawn in or influenced, you flow like the wind in its freedom, the wave in its power, the threads of life that make up the natural ecosystem and the bodies you inhabit. 

This can be considered the Holy Grail, the full freedom from the limitations of the human personality paradigm. Neutral observation allows for the relaxation and opening of every energy centre of the human machine. Beyond these limitations lies all the magic and adventure that is embodied in the evolutionary path of the Earth. 

Go in joy, in wonder, and in sensual synchronicity to the ever-present neutral now. 

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The structure of love

The unifying force. The tender touch of a ray of sun on a leaf. The gentle breeze in the air. The forgiving cycle of the seasons. 

The mathematics of how all things are connected. Metatron’s cube – a reflection of how we are all connected in second, third and further orders. The world itself is the structure of love; the manifestation of love. The expression of love. Even to feel the absence of love is an act of love, for all things are possible within a structure of love. 

The change of things over time is also the structure of love, extended out over the function of ‘time’. The evolution of all of nature is the structure of love. 

All things are a structure of love, whether we recognise it as such, or not. Since love is ever-present, it is always easy to fall back into. Existence cannot be without a greater level of unity. The great body of the universe inherently contains an order that is reflected within each of its component parts; each of her living creatures. Our experience of live is the structure of love. The fact that life can be experienced at all. The fibonacci growth through experience; the one and the one become the two. The one and the two become the three. The two and the three become the five; the ever-growing mathematical function of evolution is the structure of love that is built into all units of consciousness that experience linear time. 

All thoughts and all actions are the structure of love. Just as we are all stardust, we are all the substance of love. 

Listen for it. Be observant. Be still. The music of the spheres resounds. The crashing waves, the crack of thunder, the gentle breeze, they are all within. Be still. observe. 

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Acceptance and Resolve

Acceptance is to be in harmony with one’s environment. It is non-resistance to a situation and flowing with all that is, such that the natural evolution of the earth and spirit may unfold through your ambit of awareness. 

Resolve is the directed use of concentration. It is strength of will. It is possible to have not the will of the personality, but the will of one’s spirit unfold through concentration. This will occur through acceptance of and harmony with what is. 

The acceptance-resolve dynamic can be seen as the female-male dynamic of creation through the spirit. In perfect union of these two energies, there is perfect creation. 

These are useful tools in all situations, and particularly so in the times you are in. 

The process of resolve arising from acceptance is natural and does not need to be directed. For the spirit that unfolds through the self has a directness of its own, which manifests as resolve. Think of a seed that grows in the earth. It’s acceptance of its circumstances is natural, for it bonds with all the elements in its environment. It’s growth is natural, reacting to its environment by manifesting the inner spirit of the earth. This growth can be seen as its resolve – the directional use of will, the concentration of energies for creative means. 

Acceptance is Harmony and peace. Resolve is love and creation.

Acceptance is quietude. Resolve is aligned thought. 

These are both two sides of the same coin. The crest and trough of the same wave of light. 

Acceptance is the natural state of all things, and resistance is the fiction

Resolve is the aligned use of energy, and chaos or stagnation is the use of energy such that it nullifies itself. 

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Energetic alignment with the Cosmos

All the cosmos has an inherent harmony. The fine mechanics of the movement of the planets, stars and gaseous bodies of the universe all hold each other in balance. There are natural rhythms and flows to this bast cosmic clock. We too are one component of the magical pocket watch of the universe, with a place, time and manner of evolution that is perfectly fitting for us. To quietly listen, to observe, to be aware of and connected to this wider landscape is to be in flow with the universe.

There are physical, emotional, mental, etheric and many more components to this alignment. It is the beauty, majesty and adventure of this life to discover and step into this harmony. 

You are all doing the most beautiful thing, coming together to discover who and what you are. Keep going, the path is one full of wonder joy and adventure. 

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Leadership: What the hell is it?

Ah Leadership! So much FUSS about it nowadays! Lets clear up some misconceptions.

  1. Leadership comes out of Transformation, not Information. Rather than the product of workshops and courses, it is an effect of Courage and Self-Awareness
  2. The Greatest Leader is the Greatest Servant. (credit goes to Jesus for that one)
  3. Leadership is Power, natural and easy, and not Force (which is painful). Forced leadership is the blind leading the blind.
  4. To want to be a leader often comes out of an insecurity of wanting to prove oneself as better than the other, and to relieve inner feelings of powerlessness through increased perceptions of control. This is not true leadership – it’s insecurity in disguise!
    Note: to see it and despise it is to resist it and persist it. In fact, what you dislike in another person is something you actually dislike in yourself, reflected onto the other. The same in this case – judgement of another’s insecurity is judgement of your own. Kindness and Acceptance, being OK with it, now there’s a path to happiness. And, incidentally, to Leadership.
  5. Leadership is a function of being able to do, out in the world, the things that fulfil you. Walking through the fires of fear that block this is a continual process, rather than an end-state. If you’ve walked through fires that others are now in, you may be able to offer guidance. To point a finger or offer kind words.
  6. The true leader knows that it’s not about them at all. At its core, leadership is an impersonal process of becoming and inspiration. How can one play a part in another’s becoming? If one points towards the light, saying ‘this is my  joy and perhaps it is yours‘, it is the flower that turns and unfolds of its own.
  7. [   what’s next? that’s up to you   ]

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Just how relevant is ancient Chinese medicine/philosophy today?

I have for the past few months been plagued by insecurity about my future. Frozen to the spot, unable to dredge myself out and towards the future I most desire. But, I’ve found that this fear that’s bubbled up in this unique time in my life (entering the workforce) is directly related to a number of physical and energetic problems I’ve always had.

Running in parallel are two or three other stories.

The first is an interest in the Chinese qigong philosophy of the Three Dan Tiens. This simply referrs to the three main energy centres of the human body.

  • The first is in the belly, an inch below the navel. This is the lower Dan Tien, or Hara (a word appropriated from the Japanese).
  • The second is the heart centre, just above the sternum along the nipple line. This is the middle Dan Tien
  • The third and final lies behind the forehead – the upper Dan Tien

In meditation to date, I had always focused on the upper out of a greed for having an ‘awakened third eye’. Incidentally, meditations on the area have been quite illuminating and I am constantly having otherworldly experiences – seeing shapes that aren’t physically there, seeing my own ‘chakras’ spinning, seeing others’ vibes, etc – because of it.

The point is, my hara has always been terribly weak and neglected.

A second story is my lifetime of strangely terrible posture. I found that I had always had unnatural overcurvature in my lower back. I’d have troubls standing for long periods, and often had lower back problems. Cha-ching for the physio! Hell, I’d even have the strange constant compulsion to pee. All these centred around the lower Dan Tien.

The ancients called the lower energy centre the Ocean of Energy – the source of all life. The centre of your being. It is focused on and strengthened heavily in martial arts – hell, the west has even absorbed it subconsciously by awarding boxing champions huge belts with blazing golden medallions placed directly over this centre, representing the fighter with the most power. And, with a terrible lower back posture of my own, a weak hara, my pelvis was tilted forward and all the energy was pouring our just like a cup.

There are hints of a third story floating about in the ethers here, partly to do with seeing the patterns and connections here, and partly to do with the practise of a particular type of Qi Gong that heavily strengthens the Dan Tiens. But those haven’t quite crystallised into alluring stories, and so I leave you with this:

There’s a great wisdom in these old Chinese (and Ayurvedic) philosophies that are directly applicable to our daily lives and health. The translation’s often more than tedious, but when deciphered and our own Western dogmas unlearned, there’s world of wonder to be had. I’ll play with strengthening this lower guy and see what happens.

Here’s an interesting related site, in case you’re interested:

http://www.qiwithoutborders.org/hara.html

http://thephilosophersmail.com

 

Over and out.

On Travel

This thing travel means many different things to many different people. To some it may mean luxury, to others it may be family, and to yet others it is exploring the wilderness of the world, living and breathing danger and excitement. To me it has been all of these things at different times, and some of my most cherished memories are made up of my days in strange lands.

For it is indeed a wide, wide world. I am fortunate to have been through more countries than I have years upon this planet. It may have been genetic, having been born to parents who had a travel bug so strong that they left home as teenagers to start a new life, and have been travelling the world ever since.

I have come to see the world very differently over these years of exploration. In travelling the world without, you come inevitably travel the world within – and it is one that is often far more enlivening, terrifying and mysterious than the one we can see around us.

The first gem in the wilderness that I can offer is about the Earth and its umbilical cord. In the weeks of driving through the hauntingly beautiful Baltic states – Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia – I most loved stopping in the forests and walking through the wilderness of tall rustic pines and vibrant green moss. I am a mountain child at heart and loved the forests that were so raw and pure, and came to be more connected to myself than I had living in the city. I saw in moments of clarity that just as a child is connected to its mother by an umbilical cord, so too are we connected to the Earth through the umbilical cord of air. The life-giving chemicals we are fed through this all-pervading gas held me in a gentle caress, pouring into my lungs the fresh and vibrant green forest air that was so removed to the tired air of the cities. When quiet enough in my heart and mind, I felt the life of the Earth fill my soul through her omnipresent atmo-bilical cord.

In a similar vein, I was touched by a magical experience I had in the Dolomite Mountains of northern Italy. Travelling with a friend to an area known as ‘the end of the world’, we came upon a piece of land that had been torn from its surroundings and had risen up like a jagged hand reaching for heaven. After hours of climbing, we found ourselves atop a pinnacle of earth that had an aura of peace so deep that was almost oppressive. Silence. Absolute soul-penetrating quietude. Not even he rustling of the wind, insects or the call of birds. In this place of such intense calm, we could do nothing but sit. How long we sat for, I cannot say. It may have been 10 minutes, it hay have been an hour. We sat and we just were. The chatter in our heads dropped to zero and every smallest thing was perfect to us in this state of bliss. Even today, thinking of this moment brings me immense calm.

The second gem of the wilderness is the breadth of worlds and ways of being that are available at all times and places – with the right key. I travelled to Peru in late 2012 and lived in small villages and with Amazonian shamans for three weeks. The jungle introduced me to an assortment of its inhabitants; monster cockroaches, ferocious mosquito clouds, beautiful emerald snakes, lurking crocodiles, ravaging piranhas and quietly deadly spiders. Most profound of all of these, however, was the Grandmother. This is what the local shamans called Ayahuasca – a medicinal vine that grows throughout the Amazon jungles of South America. I undertook a ceremony in which this vine, along with some other plants, was brewed and drunk. As the Shamans guided the ceremony with their ancient songs and my body started to shudder, my mind opened up to a world of timelessness where beings of vibrating rainbow-geometry and fractal consciousness lived. The plant guided me to things that would most benefit me, while helping me release long-haunting pains. This spurred an interest in meditation and the subconscious, through which I have found unimaginably vast reserves of happiness and peace that, with proper nurturing, have become accessible to me at every moment of my life. I believe that there are worlds of beauty within each of us, accessible through such keys as gratitude and acceptance of what is. Thank you Ayahuasca, you were a great teacher and a key to the love within.

The third and final gem that I would like to share was is the power of new frontiers and fresh starts. While travelling alone through central China, I came to a startling realisation. It was that I had unwittingly grown into my own in a way I had never fully been. Without the strings of friends, family, culture or language to tie me to my old persona, I had accidentally fostered a sense of self that was purely me and far more expressive, unhindered by old habits and fears. I was connecting to the people around me with a heart that was open and far less hindered by my childhood and adolescent fears. Although I had been confronted by social anxieties at home, here in China I was relishing a fearless and openhearted connection with others. Those days taught just me how beautiful it was to open my heart to strangers and love them like I love myself.

These are three gems that travel through the world has given me. The first is an intense appreciation of nature. The second is an appreciation of the peace within myself. The third and last is the power of fresh starts and an appreciation of others. As difficult, expensive and scary as it sounds, I suggest you travel. We are surrounded by an exciting world, offering us untold beauty if only we will stop to see it.

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