Water Consciousness

I live in a state currently experiencing drought. It is heartbreaking to see what is happening. I have lived through serious drought before. My father was stationed on the island of Okinawa when I was in high school. When we first arrived, the situation was so serious that water was being rationed. People living off base, islanders as well as military personnel, had running water 4 hours a day. The base we lived on housed the primary water systems so our water was never turned off but we were under restrictions, such as taking “Navy showers.” This means you turn the water on long enough to wet your body. You turn it off while you soap up and wash. You turn it back on to quickly rinse off. Each house was given a large barrel and a water truck came around once a week to fill it. This was water not suitable for consumption that we used to hand flush toilets and clean house or do laundry. It was a lesson I never forgot about the precious commodity we so often take for granted: water.

It hasn’t come to rationing yet in California but rain cannot come too soon. Experiencing this again has heightened my awareness of the value and beauty of water in and of itself. In choosing to focus on being grateful for water and staying positive, I have returned to the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto. His original works “Messages From Water” (1 and 2) made me aware of the power of intention and I have used his photographs of the crystals that form in water under every water bottle, glass, or cup of liquid for years. The cell structure of water changes as it is exposed to thought forms, concepts, intentions. Fascinating, wonder-filled, empowering information!

His book “The HIdden Messages in Water” is even more powerful as he takes what he has discovered to the molecular structure of our bodies, which are 70-90% water. I have reminded my students over the years of this fact with relationship to moon phases. If the moon moves the oceans, creating the cycle of the tides, why do we think we are not affected also? For example, Native American teachings suggest that the full moon, rather than being a negative influence, simply intensifies what is currently being experienced. If I am balanced and happy and joyful during a full moon, that will be intensified, If I am confused, cranky and unhappy, that will be intensified. When I am the latter, why then could I not engage the full moon energy to shift what I am experiencing. If I embrace gratitude or force laughter, will that not be intensified? Oh yeah, it will! So now the full moon energy becomes my ally in shifting heavy energy to a lighter flow.

Dr. Emoto takes this further as his photographs of crystals formed in water reveal a direct correlation to what water is shown or exposed to in his experiments. His photographs of crystals formed in response to gratitude, thank you, love, etc. are more stunning than any gem or jewel ever made by human hand. I have wept at the beauty of what is produced in water by a simple word or thought. I am also taken back by the importance of my practice in maintaining my own health and well-being in light of this information.

He emphasized the importance of gratitude and appreciation of water, yes, but also of ourselves and one another. These positive, powerful qualities affect the very cells of our body because we are, more than anything else, composed of water!!

I will end this entry with a quote from “The Hidden Messages in Water” and hope that your cannot resist the urge to explore his work more deeply. It has changed me fundamentally. From page 81 of the chapter titled “Consciousnes Creates All,”

Perhaps we are finally beginning to see that the direction we are moving in leads nowhere.  We have sacrificed too much in order to secure the riches of life. Forrests have been destroyed and clean water lost, and we have cut up and sold the earth itself.

What the world needs now is gratitude. We must begin by learning what it means to have enough. We need to feel gratitude for having been born on the planet so rich in nature, and gratitude for the water that makes our life possible. Do we really know how wonderful it is to be able to breathe a big breath of clean air?

If you open your eyes, you will see that the world is full of so much that deserves your gratitude.

When you have become the embodiment of gratitude, think about how pure the water that fills your body will be. When this happens, you yourself will be a beautiful, shining crystal of light.

Namaste.

Blessed Karma

I am realizing this morning that I often think of karma when someone pulls a fast one. The thought that comes to mind is “Bad karma, you are attracting bad karma.” I am also realizing I don’t often think or hear anyone say “He/she has the best karma!”

We human beings just can’t help ourselves, can we? We have been so conditioned to go to the down side, the negative impact of our thoughts or actions that we find it difficult to count our blessings or to see that the good that comes to us is in response to what we are putting out! Making a gratitude list is a task to be done rather than something that flows through our hearts and minds as naturally as our breath flows through our bodies.

Many of us have been taught from a very young age not to acknowledge ourselves openly because that is being prideful or arrogant. Is it? Or do pride and arrogance come from a need to overcome a lack of self-love and self-respect? I am sitting in a sweet little corner of my kitchen typing this. When I stop and look at my little home, I smile broadly and think “I did it! I created this sweet, safe place in which to live close to my son and his family. Everything I have done and chosen over the last 20+ years made this possible! I have used my natural gifts and talents for the benefit of myself and others and here I am!” This is blessed karma and I am profoundly grateful for my teachers and their teachers, including a dear friend who is also my financial advisor. I am grateful for my students who trusted me with their bodies, minds and hearts. I am grateful for my employers and co-workers who saw my abilities and gave me avenues to express that part of myself.

Blessed karma comes in response to my openness to living from True Self and from acknowledging and using my gifts and talents whenever I have the opportunity. When I give in this way, I am blessed in the process because using the gifts that flow naturally through me is riding the zipline of life! I am blessed also because my needs are met in the process, my hopes are fulfilled and my dreams can manifest (even though I am often surprised that they come in the ways they do).

My life has challenges still. Most are a result of my periodic need to believe or live the stories in my head rather than being in the present moment fully and openly but that is life, yes? Perhaps this is truly the greatest gift I have received through my lifetime of spiritual practices and studies: I understand that the present moment is all that exists and being willing to experience it mindfully allows me to find its blessing whether the moment feels like the gentle brush of angel wings or the roaring wind of a hurricane.

I invite you to become aware of the abundance of blessed (good) karma that you have attracted and created in your life. Give yourself credit for the wonder that you are. Be blessed through your own gifts and talents by appreciating them and using them often. You think you don’t have gifts to share? Really? As I walked one morning, a man was leaving his house to get in his car. I heard him say goodbye to someone and turned in his direction. He was smiling with such radiance and pure joy that I made eye contact, grinned myself and said “You have an amazing smile! Thanks for making my day!” He responded with “You are so welcome” and kept on going. He didn’t need me to tell him about that gorgeous smile but it wasn’t pride in his response. He was just being himself, no need for false humility either. Just “you are so welcome.”

A student gave me a gift she had designed and made and I had no idea she was an artist. When I saw her, I hugged her and expressed my joy at the beauty of her work. I thanked her for sharing it with me in such a sweet and delightful way. She quietly said, “Thank you. I am so glad you like it.” She was not the first person to give me a personal creation; she was one of the very few who didn’t say “Oh, it’s not a big deal. Just something I like to do.” Why were so few of us taught to say “Thank you. I love using my talent to create something beautiful that makes people happy.”

Your talent may be the way your eyes soften when you say “I love you.” It may be an artistic ability worth thousands of dollars. It may be your ability to listen so that another feels truly heard. It may be a love of numbers that makes you a person I would trust with my taxes. You are the gift, dear heart. Acknowledge yourself and appreciate all the blessed karma that comes because you are simply being you.

Thank you for your presence in the world. Namaste.

What am I creating today?

For me, conscious creating is about being mindful in the moment rather than controlling how my life will unfold. Because I do not live in isolation, I can see and understand that my interactions with others brings an overlap in our life experiences, even in our karma. My karma is just that: mine. Yet there is family or bloodline karma that I am walking out as well. There is karma resulting from my participation in relationships of all kinds. So, yes there are experiences that come into my life – both blissful and highly uncomfortable – that I have not consciously created. I have agreed to them on some level, however, by entering into partnerships, either personal or professional.

Life has taught me to be very aware of who and what I am bringing into the inner circle of my experience. At times this learning journey has been profoundly painful as well as profoundly beneficial.

This mantra filled my thoughts, my being for an entire day recently:  Om Brahma Namah

Deepak Chopra translates this as: My being participates in the creation of each moment.

I appreciate his use of the verb “participates” because it reminds me that, even when I catch the edge of someone else’s karma, it is because I have somehow participated in the creation of that moment. At the very least, my participation included having that person in my life long enough to catch that edge.

So, the question becomes “What am I creating by my participation in ______ ?”  If I am unhappy with what I am experiencing, am I willing to change my participation with that person or situation? Notice I did not ask “Can I change what that person is doing or can I control that situation?” The only way to shift what I am experiencing is to evaluate my participation in that experience.

Another mantra comes to mind:  Aieem Namah

Chopra translates this one as: My True Self is playful and wise.

I love this and I am not always this, so today this will be my mantra. From now on, when I realize I am displaying the thoughts or behaviors of Miss Fussy Pants, I will ask myself this:  Am I being playful and wise?  If I am not, this mantra will be my reminder to shift thoughts, desires, behaviors so that I may return to my True Self, yes? Yes!

This I do not have to create. This I simply can remember. To live from True self is to be playful and wise. Then I can trust that my participation in the creation of each moment will be for my highest good and the highest good of all. It will also be way way fun!!