Well, if you don't ask, you don't get so they say! So, here is what I would dearly love to see in my dream world, one where each person:
Honours and accepts themselves with all their jewels (bits they are proud of) and failings
Honours and accept others with all their jewels and failings
Never harms a child physically, sexually or mentally
Walks with gentle footprints upon the earth, always putting back at least as much as is taken
Walks with gentle grace around fellow humans
Knows the interconnectedness of all the worlds (animal, plant, mineral) within every fibre of their being
Knows where they have come from and where they are going
Knows ecstatic joy and love of life
Knows true bonding with Heart
Stands for Peace and Harmony for all the worlds
And if all this was so, what a different world we would be manifesting for our children. A true legacy and heritage to grow into.....
Children are naturally curious and have a sense of awe and wonder at the world. It is beautiful to hang out with little people - who remind us to look at the world like we used to, to explore, be curious and to wonder. Yet, there are many messages in society that try and still our curiosity (and succeeds dramatically as we get older!). For instance, Saint Augustine wrote in Confessions, AD 397, that in the eons before creating heaven and earth, God "fashioned hell for the inquisitive"!
John Clarke, in Paroemiologia, 1639 suggested that "He that pryeth into every cloud may be struck with a thunderbolt". In Don Juan, Lord Byron called curiosity "that low vice". And, of course, we have the proverb ‘curiosity killed the cat’ which speaks volumes about the dance between curiosity and instinct.
How is your own internal scale of awe and wonder, magic and curiosity? Where would you put yourself on the scale of 0 (closed to it) and 10 (completely open to it)? Once you've pondered that, read some of the stronger calls to being open to wonder:
“I believe the most central function of the brain is to allow us a sense of wonder, which transforms itself into curiosity and awe. Whenever we learn, we are confronted by the enormity of what we still don’t know. This humbles us, but also challenges us to ask questions and to discover new truths, which would benefit all of humanity,”
Here's what the biologist Lewis Wolpert suggests: “Try many things; do what makes your heart leap; challenge expectation; cherchez le paradox; be sloppy so that something unexpected happens, but not so sloppy that you can't tell what happened; never try to solve a problem until you can guess the answer; seek simplicity; seek beauty.”
"The most beautiful experience in the world is the experience of the mysterious."
"One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests."
John Stuart Mills
"All thinking begins with wondering"
“It is a great loss if we greet every day with clenched hands
stuffed with our own devices. We will never know what is
out there waiting for us if we don’t extend an empty hand to
the world and wait for the wonder to happen.”
Daniel Holman and Lonni Collins Pratt
The term dissociation describes a wide array of experiences from mild detachment from your immediate surroundings to more severe detachment from a specific physical and emotional experience. It can be a powerful conscious skill that we choose to do temporarily, but more often we will dissociate unconciously and get caught there....
The major characteristic of dissociation involves a detachment from reality. In mild cases, dissociation can include things like daydreaming whilst driving a car (something that all of us have no doubt done!). Further along the continuum are non-pathological altered states of consciousness such as a sense that the world is unreal , a loss of memory, forgetting identity or complex post-traumatic stress disorder.
Dissociative disorders are sometimes triggered by trauma, but may be preceded only by stress, or even no identifiable trigger at all. Due to their unexpected and largely inexplicable nature, they tend to be quite unsettling.
Often in a cranial session, the practitioner will sense that the client is not present in their body. There will be a lack of congruence between what is spoken verbally and what the body says. There will be a sense of a walled-off part of the body - together with a condensed amount of energy needed to sustain this walling-off.
So what tools do we practitioners use to relate to a dissociated client, how do we meet someone in stress and overwhelm? Here are my top ten tips:
# Be settled and present ourselves
# Acknowledging what is and not trying to fix it
# Breathing with awareness and thus enabling the resonant field to expand
# Negotiating space with the client
# Ensuring physical comfort is maintained and bringing awareness to felt body-sensations
# Shuttling our attention between the three tides
# Pacing the session at the rate unique to the client
# Using verbal skills to help unfold the situation
# Keeping it simple
# Trusting the tides
After all, something that is authentic and true lets the energy move, and enables harmony to be restored.
I absolutely love the work of Masura Emoto. I am sure you are all aware of his work which demonstrates that if human speech or thoughts are directed at water droplets before they are frozen, images of the resulting water crystals will be beautiful or ugly depending upon whether the words or thoughts were positive or negative. He has shown that this can be achieved through prayer, music or by attaching written words to a container of water.
So I have often come upon people with bottles of drinking water with the word ‘love’ written on the side, or similar.. yet something struck me today that takes this to a whole new level. If we imagined ourselves to be like a bottle of water (as we mostly are made up of water anyway!), and as a simple start, wrote ‘love’ or ‘peace’ or ‘freedom’ on ourselves – either physically or through prayer of intent – what a grand bottle of water we would be!
We have to remember that we are not sealed systems that keep our water in (while I am not!); it is distributed out into the world – in sweat and tears etc – which means those intent charged molecules of water are then affecting everything around us. And from an anatomy point of view, every cell communicates with every other cell in an organism – so the potency of your crystalline waters when offered up to Spirit or absorbed in another two-legged or animal – has a huge potential energetically to transform.
It is no surprise that we often talk of the river of life, for it is a continuously flowing thing, through each and every one of us. There is no point becoming overwhelmed, thinking we cannot make a difference, that everything is hopeless and too much – this is the not so nice ‘gift’ you are giving out all around you. The message strong and clear at this time is to remember that our own waters offer unique opportunities for prayer and transformation; to remember that we are indeed subtle beings with an incredible reservoir running through us.