Yin and Yang

I lapped my huge grassy park again yesterday round and about loops up and down around… The big tractor was mowing the grass and so one field was super smooth summer cut green, and others were thick with clover, with patches that were damp delicious for my feet…

And as I ran and felt once again the feeling that I could run forever… I recognised how long my body has worked to communicate to me the imbalances within – over a half a lifetime… Where I have been holding back, where there has been lack of alignment within, reflected for me in the running step… Every year that passed I would strip away a layer of resistance, and now my running feels like when I was a teenager, running along the cliff tops in Hope Cove… Running running , running because running was what I was born to do, with no fear…

I read many years later, when the fear had risen to clear…

‘You cannot fear what you were born to do’….

But fear had crept in back then, as I put the stakes higher and started to run looking for love rather than running expressing love… Of course my body tried to tell me… All of our bodies try to tell us who we truly are, if we listen…

The funny thing about our journey on earth, is that we might even know what we need to let go of… I certainly did, for years and years and yet even within a deepening understanding, the pain would find a loop hole, a trick, to keep its grip… and so is the power of the mind, when we let it take over…

The true state of human freedom is to be the master of the body and the mind, but so often the reverse is true, and so we hold on to what we know… It is more familiar, ironically feels ‘safer’ than leaping into the unknown, the space of not knowing, of trusting that ‘everything is all light’!

And after all the understanding, the working out of our patterns, our fear and restrictions, there comes a time to just let go… Or else the knowing of our ‘issues’ becomes the very thing that keeps us identified with them…

And so I was running in a big field, round and round and recognising too that as well as setting me free, running keeps me connected to the earth, and barefoot running at an even more profound level… I was thinking these thoughts and my inner voice was saying once again, as it has said for the past 50 years!

‘Keep on running, this is all you need to do, everything will become clear in the running steps…’

Later on, I was speaking with my friend Janey… She echoed my feelings on the morning run… And observed…

‘I can see it is important that you are in your bare feet as it keeps you on the planet or else you might just float away…’

I understood exactly what she meant…

Being in the amazing universe is a wonderful opportunity to really experience contrasts and to truly learn that there is a space beyond the ever pull of the yin to the yang… To feel beyond the duality the different experience of the planet and the universe… In every moment as we feel the pull of joy to sadness, hot to cold, light to dark, rain to sun; if we breathe and then breathe again, we will find the still point.

It’s in the breath and it’s in the rain and the sun…

Magnetic attraction…

Today we drove through that magical time, the yin and yang so evident, night turning to day…

And now we are on a plane, which at the moment is flying over Spain and I am struck by how in general aeroplane’s are quiet places to be…

I say in general of course, because our partying stag group on the way out to Marrakech was not quiet at all; and sometimes, babies and young children find flying difficult.

But essentially journeying this way seems to be a quiet time, people sleeping, reading books, eating, drinking, listening to music, watching a film silently to themselves…

The conversations that do happen are between a couple of people; orderly quietness…

And yet we have around 200 people together… This many people together have the capacity to make a lot of noise!

Context is an interesting thing… If we  were to put the same group of people in different contexts, then different things would happen… If we were to all be put in a room together; plentiful food and drink appeared, joyful music started up, and we were left together for 3 hours 20 minutes, the length of this flight… Then a party might occur…!

Maybe we might need to be told this was a party and not because the plane was delayed…! But what an interesting thing that might be… To announce a party with groups of people who happen to be together on a plane.

I wonder what we all have in common? We are after all journeying from the same land at the same time…

Over the years of working with people in their lives, investigating with them, unraveling, uncovering, revealing, I have discovered that groups of people who are ‘unconsciously together’ have more in common than they know.

The unconscious draws us to one another much more than we realise, which is why becoming conscious of our unconscious can be such an enlightening process.

Groups of people in organisations, sports teams, schools, universities… Some of these groups it would seem more obvious there are things in common on the surface level as they have chosen work and sport and subjects at university…

But I am talking about when we explore the deeper levels, the complex family patterns, the places where we have been hurt; the yearnings, the confusions, the aspirations, the beliefs, the joys and sorrows, the blocks, the family history…

But of course normally we don’t… Parties can be great fun, and stimulating conversation can occur, but not necessarily at the level that investigates the deeper aspects within us, in fact usually not… And it is unlikely to happen, without the context for it…

Places for meditation and personal development, retreats away from ‘normal life’ would be more where this was expected…

But that doesn’t stop me wondering what we all share, here on this plane…

What has drawn us all together…?

For the whole universe is energy and our energy acts like a magnet, drawing us and our experiences from within to be experienced in all that is around us…

Both the negative and the positive; we are drawn by both, and the Imago Relationship Theory works with this as a basis, that we are drawn together by a feeling of recognition… In the early stages of relationship this feels amazing, and then the unconscious negative aspects start to surface… This might not feel as good, but is also a great opportunity to see ourselves revealed in the mirror of another…

Everything outside us is a reflection of our inner landscape, we are part of the universal hologram and the more we investigate within ourselves, the more we will find this to be true.

And of course between the negative energy in the electro magnetic current of a magnet and the positive energy there is the still point between the two where nothing happens, this is the point beyond duality…

This is the point of stillness, which is within us all, as well as in a magnet! For we are human magnets…

And so it is all to do with us…

Whatever is around us is something to do with our energy, and if we recognise that both the positive and the negative are to be ‘cleared’, then we discover the place of silence where true relating and our true expression can emerge from.

It may not look this way of course, and it can feel hard to accept that we are fully responsible for absolutely everything… Even, accepting the smallest thing, like the person who irritates you is in truth the very person for your growth, pointing an arrow to somewhere within you that is ill at ease… Or the extreme attraction to something that feels exciting is in fact to be examined too….

Truly remembering this day by day can be challenging…

But here we all are part, of the energetic expression of conscious living together on this plane…

We are five miles high, spiritual beings sharing in experiencing a human journey…