Are you ready to relinquish control?
That is the question that I asked my yoginis in class this week … and that is also what I am gently asking myself now every morning (until the query need no longer be made.)
It’s a biggie. It means LETTING GO. It means surrendering and trusting that we are connected to a Higher Power that is more than willing to embrace us and lead the way. How reassuring is that?! And yet I believe that most of us still cling to the illusion that we are in charge. No matter how we long we resist or force or coerce or push the round peg into the square hole, we KNOW this is the course to take, damn it.
But I invite you to stop. Take a breath. Even if it’s with the ‘little things’ at first, just test the waters of detachment. Ask for guidance. (This, by the way, is a key step. As is letting that guidance in.)
As we explored this notion in class, we were celebrating the relationship between the crown (our connection to the Divine) and the heart chakras. When we bring awareness to the ever-present connection between these two fields, we are able to release the need to force outcomes, to mistrust the path, to believe it’s all up to us… And seeing as the heart is associated with the element of air – ‘Inspiration / In-Spirit’, this is without a doubt the sacred realm the Higher Power chooses to communicate this direction.
But I’m not saying that developing this trust in the relinquishment is an easy task. It’s a bit like ambling down a forest path, surmising the layout and deciding to close your eyes for a few steps hoping that you will stay on course. How quickly we again open our eyes to insure that we aren’t headed for a pothole or about to trip over a tree branch. But when we fully rely on the guidance of the Divine, we needn’t worry about the so-called obstacles that appear on the road before us.
I feel that this is something that we learn a little at a time by breathing into the energy of our heart – the Infinite Love that we are. And the more often that we practice this, the longer we remain in that place of peaceful acceptance, until one day, it will be where you reside all the time, rather than just visit on occasion. The realization that we don’t have to ‘do it all alone’ is priceless.
To deepen this understanding, here is a little Chakra Play practice I would like to offer you by bringing awareness to the crown as well as the heart chakras and the seed sounds associated with both.
The seed sound of the crown is silence and that of the heart is YAM. So we will begin by inhaling in through the crown, sending the breath down into the heart in silence. Open your hands, palms up in a gesture of inviting the guidance of the Higher Power as you do this. The next breath will bring you directly into the chamber of your heart as you tone the seed sound of this chakra – YAM – and place both hands directly on the heart space as you do so. Continue to move between the two energy fields for a few rounds – hands open in silence as you breathe into the crown, hands on heart as you breathe and tone YAM.
Then, with palms open, come into the following affirmation:
“I live in peace as I surrender and trust the Divine Orchestration of my heart’s desires.” Repeat this several times, in a state of allowance.
May this exercise bring you the tranquility and courage associated with trusting that our path is guided and we are lovingly watched over every step of this earthly journey.
unclench your fist…
open your hand -
allow life to filter through
like fine silken sand
on an endless beach of time.
to the illusion of control.
you may as well
pluck a cloud from the sky
and place it in your pocket
to display on your mantel…
the Divine Orchestration
of the song
unclench your fist…
open your hand.
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