I’m still listening to and gazing deeply at threads of integration that are weaving themselves together after the flurry of energy wildings, weirdings, and Eureka-moments of recent weeks.
How about you?
The waves of the intense energetics have continued to stir so many of us in various ways, based on what I’m hearing from clients, readers & other peeps, too.
(See the newly updated Energy Weather: Shamanic Soul Retrieval in the Sign of the Initiate for a glimpse.)
Here is just one bit of inspiration that bubbled back to the surface and into my conscious awareness in recent days:
Just how present are we in our own bodies, for starters. So much of the time, we’re very much out of body, and not in a good way. In the head, in the past, in the future … rarely present right now.
And right now — Presence, Embodiment — is where the synchronicity, intuitive guidance, insight, and so on can be found. More on that in a bit.
Secondly, how present are we to our own lives, to the voice and yearnings of our own heart and soul, to the Earth, and to the expression of the Holy that want to pour through us as inspiration and medicine for those around us and for the world in these times?
It’s not a matter of self-judgment if we don’t feel fully present (yet) — with all the noise (actual, energetic, psychic pollution) and the intentional tsunami of bling-bling, fear-stirring distractions shot forth by marketers, it’s a true Path of the Initiate to reclaim the power (and holy devotion and discipline) of presence.
It’s a living, organic, evolving remembering — and dance between us and the intelligence of Life within and around us.
Day by day, moment by moment.
As I wrote just recently, “Today I begin anew.”
And so we practice and experiment with it, inspire and beckon it from our deep remembering into our present expression and attention.
Here’s what Gareth Higgins of Pause and Presence shared about this very notion:
“I think many of us are not present to our own lives; it’s as if we see the outline of ourselves but can’t quite occupy them. We’re either living smaller than we’re made to be, or outside the frame of who we really are.
The echoes of the wonder you used to feel call you – not because you have lost them, but because they are still alive in you. You are not alone on this path. It is not a path back to Eden, to some magical childhood innocence.
It is, rather, a path forward, toward the wholeness that has always been with you, and just hasn’t fully formed itself yet.” ~ Gareth Higgins, Pause and Presence
It’s a practice, an ongoing leaning into remembrance, presence, and mindfulness. And that’s an understatement.
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How goes and flows the journey of the wholeness that’s always been with and in you — how can you nurture presence for a moment, or more, today?
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May 8, 2015 at 5:50 pm
Being “present in our own lives” reminds me of this poem I wrote in 2009…
why didn’t I see you there?
Right before my eyes.
Where was my mind?
Thinking about yesterday.
Planning for tomorrow.
But not here.
Not where you live.
If only I could live like you
and be here now.
I wonder if other life forms (plant or animal) just know who they are, while we humans have to search and be reminded. If so, does that give us a unique perspective and purpose?
May 8, 2015 at 9:36 pm
Lovely, Mike. It gets right to it, too. The things we see when we’re actually present (or hear, or sense, etc.)!
And good dialogue and reflection questions. Thanks, Dayna, for sharing a few thoughts (and with wonderful humor, too!).
We humans have been systematically (and often brutally) separated from the ancient ways of being in connection with Earth and all that is in a more full-bodied/full-sensory way, so that memory in us yearns and seeks. We’re just remembering, I think, as we divest (or are divested of!) layer upon layer of conditioning, etc. And it’s a wonderful thing, too, to SEE that purple flower (or whatever else is waiting to dance and speak and interact with us).
Your sense, Mike, Dayna, other kindred readers?
May 8, 2015 at 7:54 pm
Yes! Hilariously, I was trying to type a reply here (to be present in the dialogue!) and my browser wouldn’t let me type a thing. Therefore my contribution to how to be present is to let go of the rational mind — ‘but I *planned* to type a reply!’ — and be receptive to the other nudges and presence outside of us as well as within. All part of reclaiming that Divine Feminine: receptivity! I know my brain overrides alerts/messages in favor of my ‘plans.’ (And if you want to make God laugh, tell her your plans.) Then I have to override my brain. Having a sense of humor about this is helpful.
Mike, you can be the flower!! Plants and animals always give the gift of now (which we can also give them). Domesticated animals do seem to share in our plight due to their relationship with us. I can say of my dog that he’s had much to get over from some earlier misguided humans. Once he felt safe to be himself, HUGE difference! He wasn’t suppressing his true self as a survival mechanism anymore. To go through the healing process with him, with time and care – and presence – is an honor. And a reminder to have more patience with myself!! 🙂
May 8, 2015 at 9:48 pm
I love MIke’s comment and poem. This post is so rich with layers and layers of direct and nuanced inquiry Jamie. Thank you for it is helping me focus on where and who I find myself to be presently. Often I have lived too small , or judged myself to do so. Other times the stage seemed epic and larger than life. How can one be so observant and still miss so much? You can answer this if you like 🙂
love and light,
May 9, 2015 at 6:47 pm
It is beautiful, Linda (Mike’s poem), and you’re welcome for what came through in the musing on Presence and being present. You’re in good company, though sometimes that’s a comfort and sometimes not. 🙂
You asked: “How can one be so observant and still miss so much? You can answer this if you like :)”
Well, I can share my perspective though I don’t know that it’s an answer, per se. My sense and thought is that there’s so much to notice and to see that we’ll not notice and see it all.
That said — and this goes with the Neptune-Pisces archetype — is that we can invite ourselves to trust, have faith, that when and if we’re present (as we practice being present, and practice presence), that what does come into our awareness and ‘noticing’ is exactly perfect and timely, and what doesn’t just isn’t necessary or ‘ripe’ yet for us. And as we’re more aware of our body wisdom, etc., we can feel when we’re ‘pushing it’ or when someone else’s agenda comes in to push us in a way that’s not ripe or timely for us.
So that’s one possibility. 🙂
May 9, 2015 at 11:48 pm
What wonderful questions and comments! Linda’s query is on point for me too. It is a weird contradiction. I think also honoring (and celebrating!) our differences instead of fearing or slaughtering them.
Mike’s lovely poem prompted these lyrics in my head: “…I could while away the hours, conferring with the flowers, consulting with the rain….”
A good ol’ Wizard of Oz metaphor for ya: it takes the journey to access what was inside all along.
This week has also brought song as a way to stay present. Mary Poppins in my head has been a welcome (surprise) soundtrack to the noise of the week…
May 11, 2015 at 6:04 pm
True enough, Dayna. And it’s always interesting to see what music and movie medicine pops up. 🙂 Dorothy definitely did wander down the rabbit hole! Love, Jamie
May 10, 2015 at 2:22 am
Dayna, that is perfect! The Wizard of Oz metaphor. So many layers of meaning.
May 11, 2015 at 5:57 pm
May 12, 2015 at 12:14 pm
thank you for providing me with this pause point as I sit having lunch in my office, awaiting my first client of the day. I rented a new office in January this year, a space which I love. Part of the reason for choosing it, is that I can take a half hour walk through a beautiful local park beside the river Kelvin from my home all the way to work which is now located at the far end of this great park.
I remind myself, on my walk, to listen to the birds, the sound of the river, and to admire the unfolding beauty of Spring – even in the rain.
It’s a simple, free way of being present…I feel very fortunate.
Greetings to my fellow commenters! And thank you too…
May 12, 2015 at 1:19 pm
Greetings, Anne. And thank you for visiting with Sophia’s Children and this post for a pause point! 🙂 I so appreciate what you share about the beauty of your walk to and from your new office. It really does offer “presence practice!” I know that my daily walks are so vital to my wellness and wellbeing as well. It’s good fortune, truly.
Thanks for visiting, Anne.