Do not weep mate, for darkness is kind

It is a familiar feeling, as familiar as unwanted. We have been here before, in this tunnel, many times. It is dark and cold and lonely. We have been in this tunnel many times before but it is different this time. Previous tunnels seemed shorter or maybe lighter; it was dark in there but we could still distinguish a faint light at the end of it: the light of hope, the end of pain, the end of suffering. At those times, we could feel the pressure but soon enough the shadows would lift up or there would be a helping hand to lead the way out of the uncertain situation.

 

It is different this time around: the tunnel is darker than ever before and we seem to have been stuck here for weeks, even for months for some. No light behind us, no way back; no light in front of us, nowhere to go. After patience, meditation, introspection, counseling, relaxation and countless similar techniques brought in to try not to succumb into despair, our nervous system is about to collapse. Sadness, despair, depression, and, of course, fear start crawling all over us. Fears as diverse as our personalities and stories: Fear of not being good enough, gentle enough, beautiful enough, charming enough, prosperous enough, (fill in the blank) enough. Why me?, why now?, what for?

 

Sleepless nights convince us of the futility of any further action. Now it is the turn of anxiety, resentment, and anger mixed with spells of overwhelming despair. And the darkness remains stout, thick, unflinching, not allowing a sliver of light to pierce through.  What is there to do?

 

The answer is easy albeit hard to digest for most of us:

  • “Surrender”, says the inner voice that knows everything
  • “Surrender to what?”, we yell back
  • “Surrender to the present”, the voice quietly reaffirms

 

As strange as it may seem, fighting our reality simply makes things worse as, in the process, we attract negative thoughts about not accepting our present situation. We are basically telling the universe we don’t agree with life, and by not agreeing with life, we switch ourselves immediately into negative mode, a place devoid of clarity and understanding. For, are we more intelligent than life itself? Every situation brings evolution, no matter how tough it is. Fighting it off will not only prove us incapable of solving the problem but will toss us into a spiraling of negativity and absolute lack of clarity to understand what is going on. Furthermore, trying to get out of it will have the same effect as that means we are still not accepting our present.

 

The tunnel is not about understanding it, or voicing its unfairness, or finding and exit door as soon as possible. It is not about seeking help, resorting to techniques, or pondering the meaning of life during endless nights. For, in all these situations, we are still denying our present reality.

 

The tunnel is about accepting our situation as it is, no matter how desperate or unfair. Admit it, there is simply nowhere to go so you’d better calm down and look at it in the eye. Our master move is simply to accept it, surrender to it, observe it quietly, with the trust that it is just another situation and that it will go away unannounced, exactly as it came in. That does not mean to give up but rather to face it with a resolute mind. Accept the darkness, the pain, the despair, the hopelessness. It is only in that empty mind and heart that we gather the clarity to understand the meaning of this tunnel and its teachings for the future. Then things will begin to make sense even if we can’t still see the light at the end of it. But wait, don’t rush. Walk slowly and live the whole experience so you don’t have to do it again.

 

Easier said than done? Maybe this is a good time to explore the realm of Mindfulness.

Raise the Divine Feminine…

Raise the Divine Feminine…Divine Masculine will follow

 

“In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God” John 1.1

 

Everything originated from sound, the Word, OM…vibration. The one source vibrated and ripples of creation sputtered forth in all directions. The universe manifested in myriad forms, sounds and colors. Vibration, represented by ether in the five elements present in all forms, continues to stand as the most direct way of connection to the Divine. All senses (touch, smell, taste and vision) pale out in comparison to sound, that unique and overwhelming experience whose maximum expression is silence.

 

Sound, like everything else, is made up of feminine and masculine attributes. And like everything else for the last 5,000 years, it has been imbalanced by an overpowering load of masculine energy (not the pure Divine Masculine but impure, subjugating, judgmental masculine energy) and therefore a scarcity of feminine power. Before the imbalance took place, the Divine Feminine–the creative, compassionate, soothing, nurturing energy–enjoyed its natural status as the source of wisdom and equanimity on the planet. After its fall, we have been pushed into a convoluted time filled with unrest, chaos, and confusion that will not be straightened out until the two energies find their natural equilibrium once again.

 

A renaissance of the Divine Feminine is needed for this to occur. Divine Feminine differs from feminism in that Divine Feminine doesn’t need to equate with anything else, including the masculine. Divine Feminine is a phenomenal, powerful force by itself, with its own characteristics, expressions, and roles. A rebirth of the Divine Feminine is, by no means, a search for equality with the masculine or a vendetta for years of ostracism. This rebirth cannot be violent or extreme. It is simply a vindication of a natural status, of the original balance between the two forces that contributed to the creation of the universe.

 

In order to regain this balance at a time of so much confusion and despair, the natural approach calls for a return to the source. And the source is no other than sound, vibration. It is in the connection with the original sound that we will be able to regain our clarity, intuition, peace, and joy for life. And where is this vibration to be found? In the center of your chest, in the inner heart. That is where we understand who we really are. We normally connect to it through inner reflection, meditation, prayer and some other techniques. However, at this time in history, it seems to me that the most powerful and direct form would be through chanting. Chanting the myriad names of the Divine for in those names there is no distinction between the Masculine and the Feminine. And it is by focusing into it, by invoking it, by downloading it into our hearts and projecting it forth that the energies will regain their original place in creation.

 

The ancient tradition of gathering in circles offers us the perfect set-up for this type of communion. Circle chanting in an atmosphere of respect, equanimity, and spiritual awareness is a regenerating and healing experience that elevates consciousness, not only in participants but everywhere else, as vibration knows no barriers. This is one beautiful way of healing so many of the wounds we have been nursing and elevating the frequency of what Jung described as the collective unconscious.

 

We are helping people create circles where chanting takes the main role but it is also well supported by honest conversation, powerful messages that show uninvited, and a sense of bonding that we barely remember anymore. In circles, there is no talk from the ego, no personal advice, no leading roles based on stored information. Circles are a truthful exchange of wisdom, a celebration of communion that is both exhilarating and profound, a calm experience of the joy of life.

 

Join a chanting circle or create one. We will help you. It will have an impact in you and the world at large. In the words of Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”