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“Our task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.”
Rumi ~

As the moon wanes into her darkness our attention turns inward. We seek the barriers we have built against love to set our hearts right, the intention for our New Moon Despacho. Reflecting on relationship is a path to these barriers.

Where are we estranged from loved ones? Who have we cut out of our life in a fit of fury or rage? Where are we in chronic conflict with another? Are there people who cause you to feel diminished, depleted, impatient, irritated? Who do you avoid? These are our teachers. For these places of turmoil in relationship reflect an inner turmoil of our heart. The barriers we build against another with our anger, hatred, fear, pride, arrogance, envy or judgment create knots that block the life force of love to flow. In order for us to be able to create peace in our world, we must first set our hearts right, or what shamans call ayni.

Although we may feel justified in our position against someone by holding on to our rage and righteousness, this need to be right inflicts harm upon ourself and perpetuates harm into the world. We begin to see that the judgment we hold against another is a judgment against ourself. These knots in our heart ripple into the world as perpetrators of that which we are condemning.

I offer a beautiful practice from Lodge sister Cuauhtli Cihuatl to prepare for ceremony using our difficult relationships as guideposts to discover where the barriers have been built against love.

RITUAL:

Tibetan Singing Bowl

Tibetan Singing Bowl

Choose a special bowl. Write the names of those you are having a difficult time with on a small slip of paper. (Please note this may include people that have already passed. The energetic cords that hold relationships in place exist beyond time and space so healing can occur even after someone has passed.) Place the pieces of paper in the bowl. Lay your hands over the top of the bowl. Visualize your heart opening wide with love. The love is channeled from your heart down your arms out through the palms of your hands. If your thoughts stray redirect your focus on the word LOVE. You can also visualize the color of love, whatever color speaks to you. The heart chakra is green. You can add flowers to it. Spend five minutes each day focusing on love. You don’t need to do anything else. This can help you heal your own heart and is likely to also heal whatever is causing distress between you and the person(s) you are sending love to. After a week place the slips of paper in a a small fire ceremony or return them to Mother Earth in a symbolic burial.

As we unlock these barriers we allow the channels of love and light to flow, setting our hearts in right relationship, restoring ayni. In order to create change in the world the work for each of us lies in our own heart. It does not mean that estranged people come back into our life because we hold them in love but what can shift are the cords of anger, hatred and judgment through which we are connected. It is challenging for all of us to take that level of self responsibility and step out of blaming. Are you ready for the shift?

“The salve that heals all wounds was always Love,
the inner compass is always rooted there.”
Sacred Lodge Sister Adriana Hill 

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit
www.karenchrappa.com



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Our hearts natural resting place is one of unconditional love or what shamans call Munay. When we are in conflict with someone or create a position against someone a knot is created in our own heart. This knot energetically pinches the flow of love through our heart. Knots of anger, hatred, bitterness, pride, envy, superiority, arrogance, contempt, judgment or whatever is knotting up our heart is what ripples into the world. We become the perpetrators of what we are fighting against meeting anger with anger or hate with hate. The external conflict that we believe to be the fault of someone else is living somewhere within our own heart.

I discovered one such knot. Tightly woven against my mother.

As I journey into the waters of my life I am swimming in a vast open sea, moving further and further away from the shore in a series of steady, deliberate strokes. An island of sand with a single palm tree appears ahead. It offers respite. A place to pause. As I sit, dolphins appear swimming in playful circles around this small island.

This journey is a reflection of my life as I am moving further into the unknown. One such reflection of this journey is a literal move. From New York to Florida. Further and further away from the shore. I was born in New York City. I have never lived more than 50 miles from its hub. Over the past few months I have been traveling south, exploring new landscapes along the Gulf Coast. Slow and deliberate strokes.

On my last visit my mother invited me to stay with her until I find a place of my own. She extends her hand. A small island offering respite.

It has been many decades since I have lived with my mother. And I do not remember setting an intention to live with her again. Although the years have brought much healing and reconciliation to the relationship with my mother, a part of my heart has kept its distance. Holding a posture of I do not need you. My heart locked in pride and arrogance.

But now a hand is reaching out to me. And I humbly meet it with a hand of my own. As my knot unravels I see the harm my knot has perpetuated. The pain of separation this throne of arrogance has wreaked. My only action is to bow in humility for keeping my mother at a distance. For in rejecting the heart of my mother, I reject a part of every woman I know. The hearts of my sisters, my daughters and even my own.

As my heart unlocks a channel opens. A flow of love and light is felt. My heart rests in its natural state of Munay, unconditional love. Our relationship has drifted into unknown waters. How this may shape itself I do not know.

In the uncertainty of my life as I know it I am surrounded by dolphins. They are my lifeline, holding me in an unwavering circle of joy. My heart is uplifted in a desire for playfulness.

I am swimming in unknown waters. Moving further and further away from the shore.

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit
www.karenchrappa.com

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“Symbols speak a different language. What happens in human language, there is one to one correlation. But with a symbol, there is no one to one correlation. It can mean a bunch of things simultaneously. That is why the language of symbols is a lot more profound and more meaningful than human language which reduces everything to one on one.” Dr. Pillai

Spirit speaks to us through images and symbols. Symbols can be foretelling of what is to come or serve as an affirmation so something may root deeper in our Soul. Spirit messages often come through dreams, journeys, the silence of our own heart or the voice of another. Nature and animals are common Spirit messengers. These are profound ways to receive the symbols and messages from Spirit.

As our methods of communication continue to accelerate at an extremely rapid rate our telepathic signals grow even wider. Through technology messages may come in emails, facebook, even from reading this blog. These are routes that Spirit can use to reach us.

And messages can sometimes seem so mundane they are often overlooked.

I run through trails in a nature preserve near my home. Signs of NO DOGS ALLOWED line the entrance. Owners are  warned of penalties and fines should they bring their faithful companions. I am not sure what purpose these signs serve since everyone brings their dogs here. And as far as I know, no one has ever received a fine.

As I was making my way through a turn in the trail I was contemplating friendliness. Imagining the world as a friendly place. The friendliness of Nature. The friendliness of the woods. My heart uplifted and I passed a dog leash. I actually stopped, turned around and went back to take a picture. Here was an obvious sign from the Universe. An affirmation of friendliness. Spirit responding to the friendly vibe in my heart with a resounding YES.

What does a dog leash have to do with friendliness? As Dr. Pillai notes there is no one to one correlation with symbols which carry different meanings simultaneously. But what spoke to me through this dog leash hanging on a branch in the middle of the woods was this. Someone had found this leash. They had taken the effort to carefully place this leash in such a way so that should the owner of this lost leash return it would most definitely be spotted. I felt the sense of a caring Soul. And that this is indeed a friendly planet!

We may hold delusions of grandeur of how a message from Spirit will show up. We may want the Red Sea to part or be struck by lightning. (Well maybe not so much with the lightening.) Maybe we expect the heavens to open as we are showered in light and wisdom. All is possible. But do not overlook the simple and even mundane ways that Spirit can speak to us in the most ordinary moments.

Like a dog leash hanging on a branch in the middle of the woods letting me know the world is a friendly place.

What symbols have you seen lately?

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit
www.karenchrappa.com

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Our breath is a wave, a continuous flow of life force energy. This wave repeats itself in the rhythms of our heart, the flow of our blood, the electrical impulses of our nervous system, the peristalsis action of our digestion, the synapses in our brain. At our essence we are an ebb and flow of rhythmic motion. So why is it we often use our energy to fight this very flow?

Most of the pain and struggle we experience comes from our attempts to control this wave driven by our most basic human instinct to avoid pain. All kinds of elaborate, sophisticated, convoluted and complicated strategies are developed to fight the tides of our very substance. One most basic lies in our breath.

When we inhale we feel. If there is something we do not want to feel we stop breathing. We subconsciously divert our attention and our breath away from what hurts. In this way we begin to deaden or numb a part of ourself in an attempt to not feel pain. This strategy might work in the short run to keep us distracted. But over time these dams we build to fight the flow create the very pain we are looking to avoid by diverting the precious life force energy away from parts of our body and awareness.

We can live without food and water for some time but without our breath we are gone in a matter of moments. This is the power of the life force energy that enters our body with every breath. Notice what happens when you breathe in. The inhale is the feeling, sensing part of our breath. Where are the tensions? What internal resistance do you meet? What are you breathing in with each inhalation?

What happens on your exhale? There is a release, a letting go that naturally happens with each breath out. Where is your breath holding, constricting?

Becoming intimate with our breath reveals to us a reflection of how our life force energy is manifesting out into the world. Just as a stone dropped into a pond creates ripples, so too do the waveforms of our own essence have rippling effects in the world around us. What are the ripples of your breath creating?

The following is a breath practice I use each morning to help clear any stagnation, congestion or blocks that may be held in my own system. May this serve to support your own practice in becoming more intimate with your breath.

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit
www.karenchrappa.com 

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