The word ‘quench’ is such an incredible piece of language, isn’t it? This word has opened up such a beautifully deep exploration into what we thirst for in our life, and I am now being present to discovering how my body and being were compelled to quench this thirst during an amazing hike/journey my partner Steve and I took this past week in Utah.
We discovered this beautiful canyon while driving up highway 128, with red rock canyons on either side of the road, and the Colorado River on the west side, flowing gently in this particular section. I was attracted to a particular turn-out, and asked Steve to stop on our way back. I was already planning in my mind how he could take his camera and take pictures of the canyon, while I could answer my body’s calling to be on a trail. My body has really been loving hiking on trails of any kind lately, and the body was almost like a precious dog wagging its happy tail, wanting to go for a walk! This trail would be a win-win for both of us. Steve isn’t a ‘hiker’, though he has been walking daily in his job. I thought we would just ‘mosey’ up the trail a ways…say a mile. I laugh now, because in my thinking about moseying up the trail, I simply took my backpack with my special ‘rock’ tools, thinking I might find some rock formation with which to leave some Shasta opals for anchoring (which did happen at the end of the trail). Yet I did not take the second backpack with food and water in it.
Off we went, exploring this trail, called Grandview Canyon Trail. As we continued to hike, my senses began to open up into the wide variety of vegetation, rock formations, colors throughout the canyon, and a beautiful stream that ran through it. What is even more interesting, is that we were both compelled all of a sudden, to just keep going. Between the gurgling of the stream, and having to traverse it several times and different ways, the colors of the changing leaves on the trees, the meandering up the trail and having to climb, both Steve and I began to be in some sort of magic that was compelling us to continue to hike to “somewhere”. Later I was present to the Primordial Mother, begging us to see an aspect of Her at the end of the trail. With each step connecting my body through the cells, in with the Earth, listening to the stream’s music, while catching glimpses of the water moving in, through and around rocks and branches, I now observe that the body was being fed and nourished with both the element of earth and the element of water. And what a visceral, primal, physical experience we were having! Even though the hike was mostly uphill and hard for our well-used knees to negotiate, still, we were determined to be in the vast beauty of all that was laid before us. What a feast it was!
When we found the end of the trail, we were greeted by an amazing ‘rock-bowl’, and a naturally occurring arch to the right of this bowl. In the center lay a small cave, about fifteen feet up the rock, with a natural spring trickling from inside the rock. I was so fascinated by this spring, and so in love with how it had formed a crack in the rock and was flowing in such a straight line in this crack that the water had carved…just THAT straight line of water fed my soul like nothing else! What power that water possessed! The message from the Mother was clear. Listen and learn. Observe and learn. Allow My elements to feed your physical and non-physical body. It was in a larger opening of this spring that I threw the Shasta opals. The Mother thanked me by gifting me one of Her stones to take to Shasta. Equity.
Quenching…nourishing…whole system response. What an incredible day of magic! What amazing synchronicities occurred for us to have this beautiful flow of existence. What quenches your thirst for life? The Mother asked us to listen and learn. I am forever grateful for my cells being nourished by all things water, earth, and connection!
By Deb Merchant
In April’s Tools to Thrive, we had an amazing conversation in which we explored differences and similarities between self-actualization and thriving. We also looked at some myths around thriving which distinguish living from the fear-based, separation-based system we were born into and the unity-based system so many of us crave.
For May, we will investigate the idea of boundaries. Many years ago, in one of my early psychology classes, the lecture included discussion of the need for healthy boundaries. Most of us would agree with that statement. I did at first, those 30+ years ago. However, something just did not sit right, and I began to listen, observe, and think. Before I came to know Tantra, I had been observing what was termed ‘reality’, noticing the foundations of fear, separation, knowing your place, and other conventional definitions of being, doing, having. Continuing my studies in psychology over the years had me see that the idea of boundaries may not be healthy at all – in the way referred to by traditional psychologists. At some point, I recognized that the word ‘boundary’ or ‘boundaries’ could have additional definitions, which I call ‘boundaries as life design.’
There is a great deal of difference between understanding human nature from a foundation of health as the innate starting point and what we have been immersed in from within the system we were born into which studies human nature based on those who are considered ill or broken. One view of human nature is life-enhancing, even including the moments of disturbance or imbalance. The other view of human nature is life-defeating for several reasons, including that if one is starting from being defined as broken, it is nearly impossible to dig oneself out of that identification. It is similar with boundaries: they can be life-enhancing or life-defeating.
I invite you to join us in re-designing and re-tooling boundaries for ourselves and our ability to thrive individually and in unity. I look forward to seeing you there!
by Liz Geyer
Welcome to November! This is a beautiful time to go inward in thecomfort of our own spaces and reflect more than we might if we are outsideenjoying more physical activity. Withthe amazingly rigorous Spiral calls this past weekend, I keep moving back into whatoccurs for my being when I write the Creation Exercises.
Sitting in my office, surrounded by many reminders of who I have come to be and being comforted by that, as I write the templates, craving and observing what I am present to, I can breathe. I can blow some much needed oxygen into my lungs to expand my landscape of being to where I am comfortable now. How large has your landscape become when you sit to write the exercises? In all honesty, I don’t really reflect upon this as I am writing. I just know that as I sit and ponder in between phrases, waiting to become present to whatever there is rising, I feel as though I am home. Until this weekend, I couldn’t put a name to what ‘home’ was.
Home…is a broader landscape of existence. Home is being able to breathe in the constricted boxes my being is placed in when I am out in public. Home is feeling as though I have room to breathe, as each beautiful phrase of a template makes itself known. Some exercises can cause the landscape to be so vast there is no end to it. Other exercises simply allow me to breathe into the next moments of now, happy that I am present to being in my metastate in that moment. Well…now I am super excited to know I create being in a metastate as I write, and in that metastate, I can create new realities…new metarealities, where there is a never-ending landscape, and all is fresh and pure as I create it within the scope of the exercise. Now I know I can be in this metastate again throughout my day as I move into lower vibrational frequencies.
Coming home to my being is such a neededexercise right now, during a time where there are no safe spots of land toanchor to. Within the practice of the Creation Exercises, I can simply land on the spiraling landscape and feel somewhat solid, yet very comfortable in my ability to simply balance my being on very little substance. Coming home is meeting beings from other universes, feeling the magic of fairies, observing what is rising, which impacts the next greater whole I am moving into. This is a metastate of bliss for my being…the rocking chair that lulls my being, or creates the environment for my being to expand out into unknown territory with such glee…the kid on Christmas morning type…you know.
Coming home…in the lab of Creation, with Creation…it’s a very special, sweet place to be! Start to notice how you expand as you write the Creation Exercises…you may have already. But now, you can really experience a broader landscape and state of being…of being home, in your own unique metastate of being.