What does a baby possum, Robin Williams' death, and the Pele report have in common? Here's another clue... Things are not always as they seem.
The baby possum was injured and dying....Not really, he was playing dead and escaped as soon as the opportunity presented itself. Robin Williams had it all, money, fame, family, everyone loved him, he was a happy, fun loving guy....Not really, he clearly was wrestling demons that no one on the outside knew anything about. Yesterday's Pele report (astrological forecast) confirmed the theme, things are not always as they seem. There's so much more happening than what we perceive on a physical level.
For some of you maybe this doesn't come as such a shock. If you've been practicing yoga/meditation even for a short time you have probably gotten a glimpse of the subtle energy that shifts and changes when we practice. For those you who haven't experienced it for yourself, well, now is the time to pay attention.
For years I've been aware that at times what I'm seeing and hearing on a physical level does not match what I feel on an internal level. This has caused me much anxiety and trauma. I've also identified this as the cause of my self-doubt and also the source of my difficulty with trust.
Things aren't always as they seem. It's hard to trust the sensory input but trusting our intuition is vital.
Now, more than ever, I feel that it is imperative that we pay attention to our internal world. It's time to shine the light into the deep, dark corners of our hearts, mind and soul.
The great meditation teacher, Eknath Easwaren once used the analogy of a driver who takes great care of his vehicle. He washes it and waxes it and even has the seat belts embroidered but never looks under the hood to check the oil. Sure, it's nice to have a beautiful external environment but what good is it if your internal environment is dilapidated from neglect?
I had to stop watching the news and reading the paper. I remember one day standing in the line at the grocery store. I saw an imagine of a mother holding her child who was dying of starvation. The image affected me so much that nearly 20 years later it still haunts me. The look of seer helplessness and despair on that mother's face was so powerful and it touch a place within me that felt that same helplessness and despair. I was standing in line at the grocery store filled with food while a child lie dying of starvation and there was nothing I could do to help.
The Pele report I watched this morning held the key for me. The message was loud and clear. I need to repair and clean up my internal environment. In doing so it will have a positive effect on my external environment. I can't help that starving child in the newspaper. Rather than wallowing in the feelings of helplessness and despair I can work on being more mindful that I don't waste food. That I only take in what I need. I can share food with others in my community. On an even deeper level, I can explore where in my life do I feel like I'm starving. What am I starving for?
There isn't much we can do to stop the wars that are raging on but we can address the internal wars that have been raging for generations. We do have the capacity to stop the internal wars. When we practice resolving inner conflicts then the conflicts with others won't be so difficult. Violence and anger cannot be defected with violence and anger. Have you ever seen a parent slap their child and say "We don't slap our friends! that's not nice!" Their actions say one thing while they attempt to convey the opposite message.
Ultimately, what I'm finally beginning to understanding on a deeper level is that everything we experience on an external level is a reflection of our internal environment. When our inner world is filled with conflict we experience the external physical world also as filled with conflict.
Things are not always as they seem. Daily spiritual practice is the tool we need to remove the veils of maya that keep us from seeing the truth. Turn within and begin the work of repairing and rebuilding your internal environment. Sometimes we need help repairing. Seek help. In doing so, you are giving someone the opportunity to be of service. It may seem like they are helping you but you might end up being the one who helps them. Things are not always as they seem..