Puck, Oberon, Titania, Nick Bottom, these are the characters that I remember from my tenth grade literature class. This was the first literary work that I had ever read and it had a profound affect on me that has lasted to this day.
Shakespere’s A Midsummer Night’s Dreamis widely played and of world renown. This play captures the essence of the summer solstice as seen through the eyes of the esoterics of the 16th century. The play within a play is a reference to the lucid dream state achieved by oversleeping or by deprevation of sleep. In the case of oversleeping, one’s body becomes more and more fatigued as the mind “wakes up” more and more.
I once had a student in her late fifties coming to my chi kung class. She had been in a very serious car accident and had a broken arm and could barely move her neck. Her appearance was somewhat distressed and she had a worn look on her face as if she had not been getting much rest. I allowed her to come to class and do as much as she did, which was very limited to her physical condition. Within two sessions of particiapting in our group class her appearance and color was much improved. She stated she felt better and was able to move with less pain and she attributed much of her ability to make the transition in her healing to the chi kung.
My whole existence is predicated on the meaning of life … Yet when I think about it, that is something that I don’t fully understand. Therefore, is my life not completely understood or is it ever evolving?
When I think back to my younger days, I was always seeking understanding, especially, from those that I loved and cared for, however, because I did not fully understand my self, how could I expect any one else to understand me? This is a mistake that many of us make on a regular basis. Many people think they understand their selves and their purpose but whom among us really has put the time into what it takes understand our selves? Continue reading
Love is often an elusive thing, something that we pursue in different ways. They say men give love to get sex and women give sex to get love, I say both are futile attempts to arrive at a place called love. However, without experiencing Self love how can you find love some where else? How will you recognize something that is only a vague idea or memory from infancy?
We often pursue love as a feeling. This too is fraught with problems. The first being that Love is not initially a feeling. Love is an action, it is something you do it is an expression of maturity and an understanding of self, purpose and interconnectedness. The feeling that we equate with love is something that you experience after love is experienced it is a sense of joy, inner peace and yes pleasure that is felt. But the feeling is not the love and the love is not the feeling herein lies the rub.
We often experience things, perform rituals and practices without really knowing why we do them. When we seek love it is no different we are seeking that feeling that we associate with love rather than creating love within our selves. Like attracts like. If you don’t like the way you look, the way you sound, how you act, the way you smell? Then how can you expect someone else to like it much less love it. We become so focused on the physical we are duped into believing that the physical is what we are, when in reality we are so much more. The love that we must have for our Self comes from understanding and knowing Self, from understanding why we are doing what we are doing and what to do about the things we no longer want to nor need to do.
Love of self is an expression of spiritual maturity that enables us to give to our selves without conditions without strings without self denigration. When we can do this then we are ready to love another soul be it our children, our mates, our lovers, our friends, or our family.
Without self love we are destined to embroil one another in a desperate game of energy conquest, manipulation and mutual disrespect. With it the possibilities are limitless.