I believe that one of the most important things that we as humans need to do right now is to stabilize in love. By releasing the stress patterns that most of us have picked up throughout the Fourth world, we come to a place where our bodies relax more and more, and we can refind the open expansiveness that is our birthright. And when we act from this place we have much more chance of being beneficial and creating real change.
So what do I mean by stabilizing in love? Well, imagine that you are on a beach towards sunset. You are at the water’s edge and the waves are gently lapping over your feet. The air is warm and soft, with a slight breeze bringing freshness to you. The sea stretches away to the horizon. Everything is lit with golden light. The sand is soft and firm beneath your feet. The sound of the waves gently caresses you….
Hopefully you’ll recognize this kind of experience. It can be had in many scenarios, in a forest, by a stream, in the early hours of the morning, feeling the sun on your face, talking deeply with a friend. In these times there is a very real physical relaxation, which then allows the spirit to expand. Our boundaries become porous. Creative insights bubble up and we feel a sense of freedom. We know we are held by something vast and loving.
Learning how to stabilize is learning how to find this feeling wherever we are. How can we enter this state of relaxation as we go about our daily lives? For me, meditation helps a lot. Also, bodywork (I find the Feldenkrais technique very good for this). Spending time in nature is one of the best ways to begin to find this feeling. Prayers and ceremony are also all about this.
Once we have found it, once our bodies have tasted it, then we can start returning to it over and over again. Doing this without judgment, in a quiet and everyday way, helps us to stabilize in this feeling. Outside stressors no longer have as much of an effect on us, and we may find ourselves coming up with more creative solutions to challenges.
As we all do this more and more, the effects begin to ripple out around us. We stop triggering people with our own problems. This can be a very effective way to change our environments and the world around us.
So, spend some time today remembering the taste of that feeling, and then get out there and give yourself more opportunities to feel it!
(Image is from here.)
The other night I went to see Sun Ra’s Arkestra in a performance to celebrate the 100th centenary of his arrival on our planet. If you don’t know Sun Ra then he was a jazz musician who claimed to have come here from Saturn. He blended sci-fi imagery with ancient black culture and is widely credited with founding Afro-futurism.
If you’ve never seen the Arkestra they are quite incredible. They come out dressed in vibrant colours, sparkling with sequins. They get up and dance around whilst they play and they give an incredible night (they had projected star maps all around the hall so it was like we were sat in the stars).
I’ve been pondering the question of what it means to be Ah-Kine and it struck me that the Arkestra were really embodying so many principles of it. So here’s some musings from me, inspired by the Sun Ra Arkestra.
Whatever you are doing, do it with your whole heart and body. Spend time getting good at what you do, and share it with the world fully. Open hearted commitment creates an energy that carries you along and buoys up others as well.
Colour and celebration
Celebrate! Look for the vibrancy in life and search for the ways you can bring that into being and share it with all around you. Make life full of colour and light. Again, it creates an energy that carries us all forward.
Spend time with those you love and whose mission is aligned with your own. Learn how to listen to one another on a very deep level so that many levels of communication are open. Practice an open-hearted and expansive response to people. This exponentially increases the possibilities for co-creation, and frees the way for a spontaneity that can be liberating.
Don’t forget to have FUN. Dance, laugh, do crazy stuff just because it’s fun. This is great care of the heart and strengthens us to stand stronger in our selves and meet our challenges with grace and humour. Lightening things up allows everything to flow. Things move through us and we don’t get in the way as much.
Overlapping time and space
Draw from the past and envision the future. They’re a continuum – don’t split them off! Merge the outer reaches of space with the wooded valley just down the road. Let it all come together in your dreaming self as a fertile place to act from – right now!
Use your imagination
Let your imagination dream up all manner of wonders. Don’t dismiss an impulse. Nurture it to see what it is saying. Let it inspire you to expansiveness. Be creative.
Have a road map but be prepared to veer off it at any time. The map gives you the grounding so that if you need to improvise you can do so with centredness. Follow those impulses, try new ways of doing things, look with fresh eyes.
This is an excerpt of an essay I've written for the Ah-Kine Remembrance book.
"Ever since I was young I was always mesmerized by the stars, and by the thought of other beings who lived there. From an early age I would love to watch films or TV series about aliens – I generally favoured the more peaceful stories emphasizing communication and wonder. I also became an avid fan of science fiction.
It always triggered my sense of wonder and took me out soaring into vast realms of space that could hold much that was far beyond what I currently knew. The stars became a place for the infinite possibilities of existence to dwell, and a place for my mind to discover them.
This feeling was also always deeply connected with the natural environment on our planet. For some reason alien encounters always seemed to be connected in my mind with deserts and, especially, pine forests. Shopping malls just didn’t cut it!
On one level you could call it escapism and there was certainly something of that going on. But there was something else going on – a much deeper resonance.
I remember reading a book with the phrase “Our bones were baked in stars” in it. This phrase haunted me for so many years. It was speaking a truth that I still felt in my bones when I was out under the night sky....
........When I look up at the night sky I am filled with the immensity of existence, the huge dance that is always playing out, which I am privileged to be a dancer in. The stories of our StarSeed lineage link me in to this immensity – remind me that part of the mystery of experience is that I am connected to that vastness – that it makes up my body. The stories protect me from any narrow point of view – they balance me and open me to communication and action in alignment with the totality of existence. They bring poetry and vision into my life...."
Steven Dances the Dream