Artwork by Annelinde Tempelman
Following from our previous chat about ‘Magic’ being on tap, why are we then not living the life of our dreams? Is it not a question of simply envisioning what we would like to experience and then watch it unfold before our very eyes?
Well, it is not quite that simple - an obvious statement if we take a look at the world we are currently living in. Creativity - in other words - manifesting - is much more complex an art than most people would have you believe. Even great artists who have mastered their craft - whatever form it takes and whatever tools they use - are not applying their creativity to the different aspects of their day to day. And why not? For there is no lack of work to be done - we could be applying creativity to our parenting, our finances, our relationships, our work environment, our educational systems, our care of animals, our care of the land… the list is endless.
Have artists not figured out the power they hold inside? Or have activists not mapped out their creative pathway for a greater impact? Whatever camp we fall in, one thing is for sure: this force called ‘Creativity’ is becoming more and more omnipresent, more and more potent and so it follows that we are becoming more and more empowered - whether we like or not, whether we are ready for it, or not. So we absolutely need to be extra conscious of the signals that we send out and extra present so we see each moment for what it truly is. We also need to upgrade our ways of operating in the world, including our beliefs, our views, our approaches and our attitudes. For if we don’t consciously create what is in line with the greater whole, we will certainly create what we don’t want - we will manifest, at best, our fears or our lack or our negativity, or at worse, we will destroy what we already have, for destruction is still creativity, just not the constructive type.
In reclaiming our right to design our life how we wish it, we will walk a rocky path for we will certainly encounter enormous resistance from deep within, or reflected in those close to us. Tied in with these, could also resurface memories of past attempts where we may have failed for perhaps we nor the world was ready for our creation. But this is the new world inviting us to face our demons and dig deep, to dare to bare our hearts, to take risks and fight for our joy.
So how do we begin?
1. All great works of art begin with an intention, a Sankalpa, not one that is a mere mental construct but one that is intimately connected to who we truly are, in our heart of hearts. This way of being is so close to our true self that we have known it, dreamed it, longed for it, prayed for it even… And most importantly, it is such an intimately precious vision that it almost feels dangerous to be dug out for it has been closely guarded by a barbed wire fence our entire life.
2. Accessing our heart, in itself, takes courage and self awareness. So any form of meditation or inner reflection is a must. So is a way (either a set of tools or a guide or a therapist) to help us navigate through the layers of falsehoods until we reach the truth of who we are and what we stand for and not necessarily who we wish to be validated for.
3. We then need to act from a place of Love, in all its forms and in all aspects of our life, in order to diminish our fears of being rejected and ridiculed. Faith or Trust also flows when we begin to live from our heart space; so we begin to feel safe enough to let go of our defensive mechanisms and be vulnerable in exposing our dreams.
4. A regular spiritual practice, one that tangibly connects us to the greater whole, the source of power. This discipline is what is needed to keep us focused and aligned with the force behind our manifesting. This is the union of Shiva and Shakti: they meet in order to create.
5. After union, we need to maintain a sense of homeostasis or inner harmony so that we are also aligned in our chakras - our throat expresses our heart’s dreaming and our sacrum gives it form. All three must operate at their optimum. This means aligning our words and our actions with our heart’s truth.
When we set a Sankalpa, what begins like a mental concept quickly becomes a bodily experience. So this shifting of consciousness means our bodies must be supported in making the shift too. To support our system to operate at a higher vibration, we must consciously absorb the highest frequency nature has to offer. We can do this in our day to day, as we choose the foods we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, how we bath, and where we walk under the sun or the moon.
Sandra Ingerman, the great Shaman shares her “Magic Formula” with respect to the Power of Intention, I quote her here:
“Intention + Love + Union + Harmony + Concentration + Focus + Imagination = Transmutation = Ability to manifest change on a physical level
If we set an intention: what do we want?
And we open our hearts in love to all of life on the planet
And we remember that we are part of a web of life, we are all one, there is unity with each other
And we do the spiritual work to find harmony within
And we concentrate and keep our focus on a vision for the future
And we imagine by seeing, hearing, smelling, feeling, tasting what we want to see for this planet in the future....
Then it will be so.”
May what brings you joy help transform our world…
Considering re-creating yourself or an area of your life? You can work privately with Natalia via Skype or join her in a playful way within a creative, caring and encouraging circle on the next Yoga Retreat with Fabio Fabbri: “Shakti Rising” Yoga, Meditation and creative exercises in the forests of Rishikesh 18th - 26th September 2020.
Details on www.saffronrose.com.
To read this article in the New York Spirit magazine, click here.