Monday, May 23, 2016

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 150

This is the daily exploration for Sunday, May 29, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HOLINESS

Shiva The Cosmic Dancer

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Gracious One, play.
The universe is an empty shell
Wherein your mind frolics infinitely.

+ Maybe you need a context for this wonderful wisdom from the Hindu wisdom tradition.  It is #110 out of 112 meditation techniques offered in the ancient Indian text Vigyan Bhairav Tantra where Devi Asks:

O Shiva, what is your reality?
What is this wonder-filled universe?
What constitutes seed?
Who centers the universal wheel?
What is this life beyond form pervading forms?

+ When you go to this text at http://home.primusonline.com.au/peony/112_meditations.htm you will find an emphasis on breath awareness right from the start.  Here are the first 8:

1.
Radiant One, this experience may dawn between two breaths.
After breath comes in (down)
and just before turning up (out) - the beneficence.

2.
As breath turns from down to up,
and again as breath curves up to down -
through both these turns,
realize.

3.
Or, whenever in-breath and out-breath fuse,
at this instant touch the energy-less,
energy-filled center.

4.
Or, when breath is all out (up) and stopped of itself,
or all in (down) and stopped -
in such universal pause, one's small self vanishes.
This is difficult only for the impure.

5.
Attention between Eyebrows,
let mind be before thought.
Let form fill with breath essence
to the top of the head
and there shower as light.

6.
When in worldly activities, keep attention between two breaths,
and so practicing, in a few days be born anew.

7.
With intangible breath in center of forehead,
as this reaches the heart at the moment of sleep,
have direction over dreams and over death itself.

8.
With utmost devotion,
center on the two junctions of breath
and know the knower.

+ Our holy breath which keeps us alive here on earth is also the great connecting link to our eternal life, our heavenly life, our greater life.  We all too often think of heaven as a realm we can only access after we die but the truth is that we can access it right now, right here, at this time, at all times, all the time.
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+ Holiness is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Holiness in their Search Engine and you come up with 460 items including 227 quotes, 168 books, 28 practices, 14 teachers, 12 arts links, 7 e-courses, 3 films and 1 blog as of 5/11/16.  Go to http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/search/?q=holiness.

+ The Body gets a lot of attention from Spirituality and Practice as you can see when you go to a link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Holiness Page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Holiness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

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