Did you not see that when your creative force turned to the world, how the dead things moved under it and through it, how they grew and prospered, and how your thoughts flowed in rich rivers? If your creative force now turns to the place of the soul, you will see how your soul becomes green and how its field bears wonderful fruit?
– C.G. Jung, The Red Book
In yoga this week, we were doing a pose called “Parivrtta” something. (I looked it up: Parivrtta Paschimottanasana.) One leg is stretched straight out; the other folded at your thigh. Then you stretch sideways towards your toes with both arms. The goal, as I saw it, was about a foot and a half down the horizon to my toes. Hmm. Maybe with more effort and hard work, I’d get there this year. Or next. Then the teacher added: Now, I want you to think about receiving and not trying or pushing. Immediately I felt a softness, an expansion, and I flowed forward with ease all the way to those seemingly distant toes. No “work”. No “trying”. No “striving”. Just joyfully touching my toes.
The expansion with ease can seem magical, but it is really opening to Source. To infinite creativity. When we are aligned and open, we can grow into greatness. Each of us is a wild genius and you have everything you need already within. You are enough, perfectly designed and brilliantly destined to create in joy.
Be wild; that is how to clear the river. The river does not flow in polluted, we manage that. The river does not dry up, we block it. If we want to allow it its freedom, we have to allow our ideational lives to be let loose, to stream, letting anything come, initially censoring nothing. That is creative life. It is made up of a divine paradox.
To create one must be willing to be stone stupid, to sit upon a throne on top of a jackass and spill rubies from one’s mouth. Then the river will flow, then we can stand in the stream of it raining down.
– Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Q: Are you consciously initiating change in your life or shrinking to fit an illusion of safety in your same old story? BE the change; don’t wait for it to wallop you from the outside. Neptune (dreams, intuition, unconditional love, mystic knowing) in Pisces is calling!
The best thing to do for the world is to become the fullest truest expression of you and go to the unknown. Love your life into being.
Maybe you have had a dream that offers you some clues about how to get into the river of your life again. How to connect to your creativity, your joy, the sense of your life as an adventure. Maybe you are stuck and missing a sense of vitality. Of direction. Of the joy of feeling your soul moving you.
In a dream of many years ago:
I am in a line of Native American women dressed in fringed buckskin dresses, shells, and turquoise, hiking down the steep, winding path to the great river. Each of us carries a bundle wrapped in cloth which we hold in front of us. When we reach the river after a long walk we watch the water for a while, to find the right place to enter. Then each of us chooses one of the flat granite rocks, moving into the water to spread open our bundles on the stone surface. When we first unwrap them and lay everything on the rock, the different objects look a bit disorganized. Everyone has different objects in their bundles. Gradually we find an arrangement that fits, placing the objects in the sun on the flat rock. We do this to give thanks, to offer everything we have. But the most important part of the process is feeling our way to the placement on our own particular rock that has an echo, a resonance, a connection between the rock and the earth beneath the rock. This line of energy is also reflected in the sun to the sky. You set your things just so, in the right order, and they are lined up with the blue sky above and the brown rocks and water and sandy earth below. These are our offerings, our gifts, our thanks, now aligned with the energy beneath what is beneath the rocks, and above what is above the sky. This is an infinite source of divine energy. This is how we connect to our power and the map of our soul’s destiny.
Just as our bodies have energy meridians and an auric field, so does the Earth. There are places on Earth where the spiritual energy is especially strong, ley lines which are energy lines passing through sacred sites and places of power. The Big Island of Hawaii is one of those places, an energy vortex similar to our body’s chakras and to acupuncture points. These sacred places can heal us, connect us to our deepest source of energy and creative flow.
But all of Earth has healing and creative energies available. It can help you now to spend some quiet time in the wild. Meditate. Dream. Go within, and let the energies from the Great Below connect you also to the star and planet energies of the Great Above that are influencing us right now. Particularly, jovial Jupiter in his home sign of Sagittarius opposes Neptune (intuition, dreams, source of mystery) in his home sign of Pisces. A propitious time for your spiritual inspiration and unconditional love to team up with the expansive, dynamic, confident, and jovial Jupiter who brings abundance to whatever you focus on.
If you are creatively engaged, you will be happy. Discern what is true for you- what you carry in your bundle- and let the illusions, false teachers, fake news, cookie-cutter programs, go. Focus on connecting the deep truth and magic of you to the inexhaustible source of divine energy.
I would love to live
Like a river flows,
Carried by the surprise
Of its own unfolding.
– John O’Donohue
Master your creative power with ease and flow. Don’t focus on the obstacle, the limitations of your current situation, the seeming insoluble problem in your path. Get to the river. It is still and always flowing. Know yourself to be a creator with a divine power to manifest, and wake up fully to this moment.
As above, so below, as within, so without, as the Universe so the soul.
– Hermes Trismegistus
Adjust your vision to what you love to do. Look within. How might you get into the flow again? Pay attention to your happiness your joy. Jupiter expands what you focus on.
Make a vow to be brilliant in your chosen work. Grow yourself into greatness by stripping away false beliefs, illusions, distractions, and drama. Love your life into being. Use joy as your navigator in the river of life.
When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.