Awakening, that delicious time between sleep and wakefulness, brings a changing awareness: the body stretching, the birds in song, the warmth of the sun delivered on a soft breeze. Slowly, our heart and thoughts react to these sensations, welcoming the new day.
That is what awakening should be. Often it is not. Who has not moaned at the light in their eyes, a stiff ache, or a cacophony of sound which forces us to wakefulness? Why, when awakening is so necessary, do we resist the transition from night into day? This tendency is ever present, not just as we fight off the new day but at any moment in that day. Too often we find ourselves clinging to the old in an effort to avoid the new.
"Identification means that we mentally and emotionally lose ourselves in something inside or outside of us. We become absorbed in a person, a place, our career, a hobby, our personal viewpoints, almost anything. We lose our thoughts in these things in an attempt to feel secure. We hope to gain an idea of who we are; we want to cling to something that seems permanent. But they give us no security; they create just the opposite. The moment we identify with anything, we become afraid of losing it. And since all things change, we get hurt when the object of our attachment is threatened, or when it goes away", Vernon Howard comments in Mystic Path to Cosmic Power.
He goes on to contrast this binding to a state of true security , "In your new and unattached state, you are no longer at the mercy of imaginative memory. There is no longer a painful yearning for what has been, but a gentle enjoyment of what now is...It presents you with a wonderful opportunity to find lasting values in self-liberty. By ceasing to place our trust in anything outside our True Self, we cannot possibly be afraid of anything. This is the secret behind the mystical teaching that the man who has nothing has everything.
"Marvelous rewards come to the non-attached man or woman. The boss may still be a tyrant, but no longer has the power to bother you. An irritating relative may be just as unbearable, but you are free of him. You, in your new role of detached observer, are aware of everything but affected by nothing."
He defines the dynamics of achieving freedom as a return to a innocence. "Learning to walk confidently is largely an unlearning process. We must cease to accept the false as true....We cannot learn what is right if we secretly insist that we already know it....Do not be afraid of your emptiness. It is not what you think it is. Do not give it false power by resisting it. Let it be there. Let it be there, if it wants, and you will see through a painful hoax played upon you. and then you will know something entirely new."
Unlearning is not easy, but can result in a fundamental change in perception. By discarding incorrect notions of womanhood, we can reclaim our sacred self. Josie RavenWing, in The Return of Spirit, uses the example of the girl maturing into young womanhood, then moving beyond into matriarchy. "From our first bleeding through our last and beyond--from the womb to the tomb--women have certain spiritual advantages in their relationship with both life and death..." There are spiritual attributes common to both menstruation and menopause...Our first menses dramatically brings our attention to the power of life within us: our new ability to conceive. At the same time, the blood tells us in a blunt and straightforward way that conception has not yet taken place....The potent juxtapositions of life and death at menstruation are deeply spiritual, despite our cultures' tendency to deny women this knowledge and celebration of self...
"When we menstruate, our luminous cocoon is effected in a manner unique to women. Sometime within the week preceding bleeding, the cocoon cracks open slightly, and stays open for several days....If we understand the dynamics of this, we can take spiritual advantage of the situation. It is prime time, power time, a time to partly withdraw from worldly activities and concerns and to focus on using the spiritual opening for spiritual pursuits....In some mysterious fashion, when a woman's bleeding cycles end permanently, the luminous cocoon remains somewhat open in a similar way to menstruation. This openness can be a blessing or bother, depending on how we handle it."
Depending on how we handle it. How do we handle it? The choice is always ours. We can tuck it away, unused, unappreciated, or let it transform our thoughts, bringing us in touch with nature, our spiritual core, and the wisdom of the universe. Dianne Morrissey, Ph.D. remained unaware until a near death experience opened her eyes to life, which she described in You Can See The Light, "As soon as the Light touched me, I was transformed. The Light and my spirit merged--I had entered the Light of God, and all sense of my spirit body was gone. My consciousness, fully alive, was now totally connected to God. Within the Light, I knew that everyone and everything is connected to it. God is in everyone, always and forever. Within the Light was the cure for all diseases; within the Light was all knowledge of every planet, every galaxy, every universe. Indeed, the Light was Wisdom and Love beyond all comprehension."
This connection is with us in youth. The naked child playing in the meadow is not self conscious. The child's world is filled with wonder and awe, focused on playing with children of other species: the fawn, the foal, the puppy. As children, our perception is not of ourselves as alien and separated, but as an integral part of nature. We are certain of this connection, so certain we do not hesitate to converse with our four legged friends. As we grow, we begin to accept the premise that others are more knowledgeable than ourselves, thus we lose this natural state.
We instinctively seek to relocate our connection to the universe, a journey which is, at best, confusing, often frightening. Yet the path is easily found when we are ready for the one step which precedes all others: To reclaim the truth we knew at birth, we must shed the vestiges of night and awaken to the new dawn with a welcoming spirit.
By Loretta Kemsley
Women Artists and Writers International
Writer, Editor and Editorial Coach
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