When I started seeking faith/grace/connection I heard and attended many traditional churches through their youth outreach programs. Oh, we had fun. We attended retreats, and christian “rock” concerts and spent time hanging out in the pews telling stories and playing guitar….but, they touted telling two friends, who would tell two friends, who would tell two friends. It makes a short list of friends. I’m not so sure I was good at it – as I kept my wide swath a various friends.
Later when I became a “Senior in Faith” with the Buddhist tradition I had been studying for thirty-three years I found there was a performance evaluation with that title. That evaluation included my ability to draw in additional members. Apparently, I wasn’t very good at it even then. I just never grew into the roll of proselytizing.
These days I simply allow meditation. It is a singular event each and every time. Other than writing here, I’m not sure I share this information with anyone I know (except when we are in deep and questioning discussions of course, usually wine or cocktails are involved, and we should have called it a night several hours ago). I love that meditation is singular, internal, wholly personal.
Best part yet is – I am not proselytizing here. I am simply stating my happiness that it is nobody’s business but my own. And in fact you can’t join me – you have to do you.
To be sure I may not be ahead of my time. I am afraid anymore that I am falling behind. All the copywrite dates on these books and the posting dates on YouTube and other channels, movies and media make me realize how far behind I am. That I am not a trailblazer. I am not the Pioneer. I am following a path along with so many others. So many that I have not met. I am assimilating as fast as I can.
So while meditation may have brought me to a place within that makes me want to share, I am not sure what I am sharing. It’s possible that what I am meant to share is as clear as the nose on my face, so obvious that I cannot see it for myself. That would not surprise me.
This desire feels closer to truth – not as some coo-koo crazy lady, not some lost in space love-bunny. It feels closer to my truth. I still feel like I am coming out of the closet. So – here I am, in all my glory, with my fearful wishes speaking love.
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Shakti Gawain rocked my world with her book Creative Visualization. She showed me a whole new reason to think. I must have read that book three times the first year I found it. I was ingesting her ideas. I was growing into the whole idea of having a say in how my life progressed. The idea is still ingenuous. I am still awakening to this mode of living. I am totally loving it, and still learning it. Shakti Gawain blew open the doors for me of how I live my life. She was the first to tell me in all seriousness that – If I think it, it will become. It is a very powerful way to live.
When I first read Shakti Gawain’s works I had never encountered guided meditation. I’m not sure I had considered meditation – guided or not – at all. It wasn’t meditation to me. It was…ideas to ponder. Though Shakti may be a proponent of meditation, it was the affirmations she offered that I found myself grappling with. For me affirmations are good. Since then I have learned meditations are better. I already had chanting and prayers imbedded in my buddhist practise so affirmations just loaded up my mental wheelbarrow. Meditations allow me to unload the wheelbarrow and just sit in it.
This meditation – Running Energies – I have used from Shakti’s meditation, “Opening the Energy Centers”. As I considered this meditation I also considered adjusting the information presented to include the chakras. It would be an easy inclusion. The more I thought of it though, I have to say Shakti is probably right in not stating or bringing in the specific chakras here. Not everyone is knowledgeable about chakras. Those that are have varying degrees of Chakra understanding, knowledge and insight. And then the final nail in the coffin (so to speak) came from an audio I found myself listening to a rather compelling argument of why we really don’t need to worry about chakras knowledge, chakra clearing, or chakra management. This link is not an affiliate link, as always, feel free to click-through at no cost to you or myself for an interesting take on our chakras and our belly buttons too.
Our whole body feels good for our energy clearing. I do know, for myself, that to clear my own energies and to get my internal awareness flowing feels invigorating and delightful. For this it is worth posting a meditation for Running Energies. Maybe its exercise without even opening our eyes.