Superpowers seem to be coming up in classes a lot, perhaps because we have been working with mudras this month. Mudras are gestures that harness prana. Once harnessed, this prana can help clear your mind, shift your energy and give access to intuition and other subtle energies that can enhance how we live our lives. When I was at the Yoga Therapy Research conference we started and ended with mudras, as was explained by the facilitator, so we could sit and listen for more than 18 minutes at a time, which is the max time for most human brains to stay attentive. And since the schedule was set at 2-3 hour blocks of lecture, the mudras were much appreciated by both listeners and presenters.
So what can we do with this access to energy and the shifting of prana? One thing is we can hone in on what we do really well, what our gifts are, and the best way to use them. It is a question many of us have, right? We innately realize this is a way we can feel good! Please note however this is different than becoming full of yourself. This "feeling good" comes from us connecting to a divine part of ourselves, the part of us that just knows and does not doubt and does not fear. This is the power in acknowledging what we do well- we confirm we have that non-doubting, non-fearing aspect in us. And guess what? Connecting to that non-doubting, non-fearing part of us is an encounter with Divinity! We don't need to travel to a vortex spot, pay priests and facilitators to make a connection, study sutras or religion, and learn a new language and rituals to experience Divinity- it's in us and it is guiding us to do those things we do really well, and when we actually engage our superpowers, Divinity is right there in our finger tips and hands, or in our voice or writing, or in the faces of the others who are witness to your well-executed and divinely loaned actions. If we are also able to acknowledge that this ability is in fact a way of downloading the Divine into this realm, we realize our obligation to harness, hone and share those gifts we have been loaned. That is why we have it. We are stewards of this or that ability, and our lovely, capable human body is the perfect vehicle to express whatever the Divine desires to express through it.
Anodea Judith, well known for her work with chakras, gave an amazing presentation that I was fortunate to attend last week. It was about the evolution of our civilization. She corresponds this evolution to the growth and evolution of our bodies and subtle energies. It was both depressing and inspiriting. When asked by an audience member how we can possibly attend to all the heartbreak in the world, she quoted Andrew Harvey who said "Wherever your heart is breaking that is where your service lies". Ah, stunning! The heart tells us where to go and what to do when we allow it to break. Now, can we stay quiet and still, and hear those messages from the heart? Maybe not, often it is confusing-what is the heart and what is the mind? Now, that is something I love to explore and can speak hours about- in fact I will be doing just that at the Dakini Mandala retreat November 16th and 17th. During this 2 day workshop we are going to be looking at our own individual internal noise, the noise that keeps us confused about, and distracted from the message from the heart. When you know what that distracting noisemaker is inside or yourself, you will be able to pull the plug and hear where your service lies. These noisemakers are obscuring both the things that break your heart and the things that makes your heart soar when met with your competency.
Try it now- think of when you did something that was easy, joyful, was in service to something, and also happened to be something you know you do well. What do you feel when you recall it, and what was the nature of the act? Can you own this as a superpower? Now, what breaks your heart? What does it feel like, what is the nature of it? Does it align with your superpower in any way? Maybe there is a link you can't make, or maybe its another branch completely, but if you are interested, stay in the investigation. It is just another way to stay in connection with your deepest truth.
And if you fret over not being able to connect to a power higher than your own noisy mind, recall what you have done well and what has broken your heart. That is Divinity right there. Sit with it and you will know.
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