Something I find problematic on many a spiritual path is a direct jump to ethereal notions of the self without acknowledgement of our point of departure, the aspects that make up our earthly experience.
This jump to notions of a higher self is irrelevant (and dangerous) if we neglect to address ourselves as we know ourselves to be in our very human experience.
How can I know my higher self without knowing first who I am here on this planet?
In alchemy, we talk about turning our Primera Materia into gold, that is we take brute matter and transform that into a precious metal. We can’t just make the jump to gold. We have to have something to transform. We have to take that which we have or are and work it, break it down, heat it up, distill it…. We have to have a point of departure. Jumping straight to the desire to achieve gold isn’t a possibility in incarnated spirituality.
If our goal is incarnated spirituality, we must begin with our earth, our life as it plays out here on this planet in the physical realm.
We must take the view point that this planet is where we want to be, that the laws of the physical world are worth obeying, that this physical body deserves our respect. Without it, we would not be able to on this ride.
We need to observe this physical life without rejecting that which we deem negative. We simply need to acknowledge the facts of our experience without judging or labeling anything as good or bad. It simply is.
It is here on earth where I bring the seeds of my soul into fruition.
It is here where I am able to realize my potential.
It is here on earth where I take action in order to manifest all that I am.
Key words for Earth:
- Facing the truth
Yoga for activating the earth element:
- Hands and feet in contact with the earth
- Arm balances - Bakasana and variations
- Standing poses
- Forward folds
- Hip openers
I want you to work your earth before jumping towards grandiose spiritual notions.
Cultivate, dig, see the truth of your being and your life in your present incarnation. Be sure of your base, of your foundation.