Recently I wrote about how to really get what you want. I emphasized the importance of consciously choosing your language to match what you want to create in your world. How's it going for you? Without judgment, reflect and make note of what has worked...and perhaps what has not worked and re-commit.
This week I want to share with you powerfully simple practices I learned during my shamanic energy training about creating stillness. By stillness I don't mean being physically still--although sometimes that is exactly what we need! In this case I am speaking about cultivating stillness on the inside, at the soul level.
When I am still on the inside, I experience a sense of deep peace and connection to myself and others. All fear, worry and doubt about "how" simply melt away. For many of us, we are so busy in the doing and thinking we neglect to notice and nourish how we are being.
What to do?? In shamanic energy medicine, we cultivate relationships with different archetypal energies to help us. These energies help bring balance into our life in order for us to co-create our world with the divine. As it relates to stillness, we connect with the medicine of hummingbird. The hummingbird reminds us that yes, life is sacred...yet when we take life and our self too seriously, we will bog our self down with heaviness. As we call on hummingbird to show us the way, we realize it is possible and preferable to have a good time no matter what we are doing--working, playing, eating, living! This is not to say we don't shed tears and experience grief. What it does mean is that we also recognize how short, sweet and precious every moment is that we are alive. With this recognition, we are able to enter more willingly into the stillness of our soul.
In practice this means beginners mind--forgetting what we know, giving up expectations of our self and others, and being childlike in our wonder. It also means recognizing the impact of our choices on our reality as well as living with integrity--being impeccable with our word--to our self and others. Lastly, and for me, the most profound practice, is being myself fully, out in the open, no hiding! Whether I am running my business or shaking my rattle during a shamanic healing, I am doing it my way.
As a result of practicing the above we begin to understand the way to create stillness inside is to drink only from the sweetest nectar of life. These practices cultivate sweetness!!! As we make sweetness a priority, we eventually live into experiencing the stillness of our soul. Some might even say it's the conscious choice to sing and dance in this sweet mystery of life, day after day, no natter what!!!