"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." ~ Anais Nin
I hope you have been working through my previous podcasts diligently- digesting and assimilating all the resources and tools I've shared. I imagine you have been confronting your dharmic challenges and obstacles directly and bringing them to light. Hopefully, you have also found a bit more clarity about your needs, wants, and your life path.
My hope is that these past few dharmic posts have provided you with some deeper listening and some greater intention, while also providing you with some transformation and change.
I've been working along with you, doing my own work and deepening my process as well. Each one of these steps that I've shared with you is a part of my own personal process- regularly. These are the resources I use personally and also what I share with my students and clients. These resources can truly transform shadows into light and awaken our inner knowing in very potent ways.
Our shadows hold us back and keep us in the dark, yet when we are willing to confront them, to shine some light on them, we can truly transform ourselves, our lives, and how we move forward. This process takes courage!
Remember, if we are alive and in a human body, we are here to keep working with our shadows. Small or large, fast or slow.
I'm passionate about working with human shadows and shining more light on them- bringing the shadows of our being into the light and loosening their grip on us. Of course this is part of my jyotish work, which is quite literally the "science of light". But the creative process, the body, and its unyielding wisdom, are also potent assets for this transforming our biggest shadows into rich harvesting. I'm passionate about helping you with this process and also changing how you work with your shadows. I want you to start awakening to the gifts hidden in your darkness!
Unveiling the gifts hidden in our shadows, using the wisdom of the body and our innate creativity, provides a recipe for deep awakening, transformation and healing. It is creative life force energy that offers us the ability to re-create ourselves, our lives, over and over again. Creativity is our power!!
Below, is the final step in my Dharma Awakening Series. It is a necessary and potent step for refining and clarifying your dharma. Use it to create some forward momentum.
I want to encourage you to re-visit the previous steps over and over again- as our challenges and obstacles effect us in layers. When you notice the veil of illusion tempting you, pulling you back into your old stories (worries, fears, doubts, overwhelm, etc) it's time to do another round of investigation and identification. Another round of confrontation and creative clearing- for deeper awareness and harvesting.
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For now, use this final offering in my Dharma Awakening Series as a way to clarify and solidify you deepest desires and knowing. Use it to refine and deepen the trust in your unique life path.
Dharmic Step #5
Every good thing that has happened in your life happened because something changed.
Are you having trouble moving forward with your next dharmic steps?
Are you confused, lacking motivation, feeling anxious, overwhelmed or uncertain?
Maybe you are feeling a lack of hope and possibility- or that you don't know what your next action steps should be?
If your path is feeling impossible, not realistic, or out of reach, then this podcast is for you! If finances, time and energy are keeping you from taking action steps towards your dreams and visions, your desires and goals, then listen up! This podcast is ideal for you.
In the podcast below, I share an EFT tapping sequence to help you quiet the "noise" of your stories, old programming and limiting beliefs. Use it as a way to turn the volume down on your intense mental body stories, as well as the emotions that are invoked as a result.
Before you can start creating and manifesting your potent, powerful path, you need to clear a few more cobwebs and get your feelings more aligned with hope, possibility and your deepest desires. This podcast will prepare you for the final Creative Ritual in this Dharma Awakening Series.
EFT tapping sequence for creating hope and possibility:
Dharmic Step # 5
Clarifying Your Dharma. Turning Dreams into Reality.
I encourage you to look over your notes, journaling and your images from the previous Dharma Awakening steps. Recall your dance, movement exploration, and what you've encountered along the way. The past few podcasts likely have helped you identify some of what is missing in your life, what you want and what you need.
Likely emotions have surfaced and pieces of your dharmic struggle have emerged that seem to be holding you back. These are your shadows! Ready for you to work with them intentionally and with purpose. Remember, your shadows, obstacles and challenges are all directly pointing towards your dharma and life purpose! They are valuable resources! You can recycle the previous steps in this Dharma series multiple times (and I encourage you to do so) in order to go deeper and peel back another layer of your process.
Simultaneously, I hope these steps have increased your desire, your yearning and invited in hope and possibility. Revisit your list of passions. What do you love? What stirs your heart and being? What makes you come alive? When you read your list, notice the sensations in your body and the gentle feelings of joy that might arrive. Attend gently to these moments of sensation and feelings. Even if they are small and fleeting. It's this sensation and feeling level that I want you to hold onto. To cultivate a deeper relationship with. Create with it and cultivate it tenderly. Guard it and hold it dear.
Use this final Creative Ritual, to deepen and cultivate more presence with your dharma. Allow your dharmic vision to come alive!
1) Creating Your Dharma.
Get out your drawing pad and craypas. Create an image of your dharma, fully realized and activated. Maybe this feels impossible, but try anyway. If you feel stuck, pick a color and just start running it across your paper. Notice carefully what begins to emerge within you.
What colors, images, textures and shapes express your dharma? Let that gentle sensation that arrived from reading your passion list carry you through this activity. Keep returning to the list, adding to it if you need to, and creating an image that expresses the feelings you receive from looking at your passion list.
Get into this and let yourself play, fully arriving into the reality of joy and passion. Let this image serve as your reminder, your dharmic map. Hang it up on your wall and let it inspire your action steps. Be sure to title your image.
Once your image is complete, let it answer this question:
If your image could speak to you, what would it say?
Take 20-30 minutes for this unless you feel like extra time would serve you.
2) Activating Your Dharma.
The next step requires the physical integration of this joy and passion. Moving it from the imaginal realms, and letting it become a recognized, physical sensation in the body.
Set a timer for 20 minutes. Look at your image and let a certain part of your drawing attract your attention. Let a color, shape, or image draw you in. This is your starting point. Begin to move this part of your drawing with your body. Let your body move in response to the image. Develop your dance using the intention of increasing awareness, activation of your desires, and the sensation of joy and passion. This is both an activation of your desires, as well as an exploration of your body's messages and sensations. Invite in the information. Remember, you are activating your dharmic map! Let this be your intention.
As your timer rings, hold the shape of your body, as though you are a statue. Let a word or phrase come to you that describes your statue. Declare this!
Take at least 20 minutes for your dance.
3) Harvesting and Planting Seeds.
Once you have completed your image and your movement exploration, it's time for some harvesting and further activation. Answer these baseline statements in your journal separately: I am, I want, I need, I sense, I feel, I imagine.
Circle one of these baseline statements that speaks to you most loudly. Create an action step for yourself that will help you honor and activate this sensation. How does this aligns with your passion list? If your statement is "I feel joy", then affirm that you will take an action step that creates more joy for yourself, perhaps doing something on your passion list for example.
Clearly identify an action step and then make a doable goal with it. Such as "I will work in my garden once a week which makes me feel joyful." Write your goal down on a piece of paper. Now, look at your image, recall your dance exploration, and read your baseline statements once again. How does your action step and goal align with the dharmic vision you have created?
Remember you can recycle this process again and again, finding different options for yourself (which I encourage you to do). Keep exploring and taking these action steps. Let your passions be your focus and set an intention for at minimum, once a week (daily is best), working directly with these sensations you've uncovered in this process. Let them motivate you. Remember, these sensations are like seeds. Tend to them gently, honor and nourish them. You are well on your way to creating your dharma. Step by step!
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