Align with the stars

Living Now - - Healing -

The third stage of soul evo­lu­tion is what con­tem­po­rary Daoist schol­ars call ‘cos­mi­ci­sa­tion’. This is find­ing your cos­mic self and be­com­ing cos­mi­cally aligned. I’ve talked about the cos­mic self a lot so far but there is a lit­eral as­pect to this con­cept.

In Chi­nese medicine, we come from the stars and we are con­nected to the stars (each acupunc­ture point in your body aligns with a star). Do­ing a daily chi prac­tice aligns your body with the stars, and fol­low­ing the chi-cy­cle life­style aligns your life with the stars. When you feel equally at home with the stars as with your daily life on earth, you’ll know you have achieved cos­mi­ci­sa­tion.

So, if you re­peated a drug ex­pe­ri­ence, you were chas­ing some­thing mys­ti­cal, spon­ta­neous yet eter­nal – an ex­pe­ri­ence of Dao. You were, in fact, all along, on a mys­ti­cal quest, not just on drugs. Quest­ing might sound like some­thing from a fairy­tale, but the minute you be­come ra­tio­nal about your drug use and

Ihaven’t felt at home since be­com­ing a refugee at the age of nine. I searched for years for a place I could call my own. Ev­ery time my fam­ily moved – which was ev­ery two to three years – I thought to my­self, “maybe THIS place will be where I’ll fi­nally ar­rive”. Un­for­tu­nately, it wasn’t so. When I be­came old enough to travel on my own, I boarded a plane with an­tic­i­pa­tion of find­ing a per­fect city and coun­try that would stir in me a sense of be­long­ing and home. Although I thor­oughly en­joyed trav­el­ling, I also felt dis­ap­pointed, and the long­ing for ‘home’ still nagged at me.

My jour­ney to find my home has been deeply heal­ing, chal­leng­ing, and at times ex­hil­a­rat­ing. Along the way, I met my soul friends, dis­cov­ered my pur­pose, and found my spir­i­tual teacher and a com­mu­nity that is closely linked to my soul’s call­ing. In ad­di­tion to that, the in­ti­macy with my­self and within my re­la­tion­ships is con­tin­u­ing to deepen with time. Based on my own in­ner work, ob­ser­va­tions, and nu­mer­ous cour­ses I’ve en­gaged in, I have ob­served emerg­ing themes that have blocked me, and oth­ers, from ex­pe­ri­enc­ing be­long­ing. Here are some of them:

Shame

Of­ten, when we feel shame we have a ten­dency to hide our au­then­tic self from oth­ers. This cre­ates two lay­ers of iden­tity within us. Typ­i­cally, we then com­mu­ni­cate with oth­ers from the top layer, los­ing ac­cess to the deeper layer which, when tapped into, can al­low gen­uine con­nec­tion to emerge.

Feel­ing re­jected

This feel­ing could be­come part of an iden­tity as early as birth. For ex­am­ple, if you felt re­jected by your mum or dad, this feel­ing could have started straight away. Or, if you moved around the world or grew up in dif­fer­ent coun­tries, it’s highly likely that you didn’t feel like you were a part of any par­tic­u­lar cul­ture. If you feel re­jected, you might have a hard time cre­at­ing re­la­tion­ships and friend­ships in which you feel se­cure, held and loved.

Lack of at­tune­ment

If, as you were grow­ing up, no­body around you mir­rored your feel­ings, needs, and de­sires back to you, then you might feel lost in the sea of your in­ner ex­pe­ri­ences. Lack of at­tune­ment can also lead to a sense of dis­con­nect­ed­ness from your­self as well as peo­ple around you.

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