I’ve decided to forget about the naysayers and misbelievers, once again, and to simply focus in on the joy of creative, conscious, Embodied Life Design. And when I say naysayers and misbelievers, I’m first and foremost talking about the ones in my own mind.
You see I’ve been a bit bogged down recently by some pesky, delimiting voices inside of my own head. Lately, when I’ve been parsing through my own thoughts I’ve come across a few stubborn thought threads that sound something like this - “oh that’s so frivolous”, “indulgent”, “dreamer!” “get back to “work”, & “banish the woowoo - now!”.
Well, call it “woowoo” or whatever you want, but the power to dream and create is innate.
I think the self help and new age movement got some people confused. People thought that when some talked about “manifesting” (a la The Secret etc.) that people were trying to create something out of thin air, or purely through thinking it so, but that’s not it at all. The power of manifesting and lining up with what we might envision for our most embodied lives is really not much different then deciding to build a house.
First, you imagine. Get some land. Then you make plans. Gather supplies and materials. Maybe hire a crew, enlist some friends or gain your own mad carpentry skills. Then build, build, build until one day you’re sitting and basking in your own glorious creation. That's not to say it allways comes out exactly as we have imagined or that it's always easy, but sometimes it does and it is.
Embodied Life Design is not much different. If anything, you have even more creative control because a large part of what we are focusing on in Embodied Life Design are the intangibles. Like states of being, feeling and perceiving as well as archetypes and symbols - these are the things that can actually make all the difference in one’s life, in how we each experience the world.
It’s fun to play in the manifest realms too! I love that in the ancient yoga tradition in which I practice and study there is an idea of being adept at navigating both the temporal and eternal realities. The tantrik yogic tradition honors the householder yogi/yogini and most importantly the power of “desire”. It’s one of the big distinctions between tantrik yoga and other forms of yoga. In the more transcendentalist yogic paths one is to renounce the world and most especially all desires. In the tantrik tradition it is recognized that desire is the magnetizing and manifesting force that births EVERYTHING into being. Think honeybee and flower - now there’s some powerful desire.
So desires are not strictly forbidden and repressed on this yogic path, but rather cultivated and refined until they transmute and transform back into the very essence of the original impulse. Of course intention is everything, so it is most helpful to realize early on that gaining anything on the worldly plane is never actually The Great Aim. Fully embodied liberation is where it’s at! But there’s actually no getting to that - because it’s what and where you already are, at your Core. Of course, anything can prove to be a distraction and can waylay a practitioner on the path and yet the cultivation of life skills, positive states of being and worldly attainments are important doorways into fully embodied living while on the road to recognition of your own natural state of being as a jivanmukta. A jiva - who? You ask? A jivanmukta is one who is fully liberated from all mental suffering and living in a state of unified consciousness - get this - while still EMBODIED! Yes, and they do mean fully in the body.
Another way to think of the tantrik yogic path is that the practitioners are often aesthetes as well as ascetics. But don’t believe me, research it and see. Leave it up to the tantriks to continually seek and find balance and inner harmony in all perceived opposites and even in deep paradox.
So, if you’re at all wondering what this yogini will be up to for the next few days just imagine me at home throwing paint around, playing my sacred drum, writing down my embodied life intentions and making design plans for a year of mythic living. I’ve got all my supplies ready, have carved out solo time and am going into a period of creative daydreaming, gestating and archetypal ritual art making to satisfy the visionary, childlike, yet thoroughly adult, myth maker mystic, yogini, creatrix within me.
I invite you to consider your own Embodied Life Design too and if you need any guidance or coaching along the way then think of me, and let’s make a plan to connect for private Embodied Life Coaching in the New Year.
I have just 4 coaching spots open in the New Year so if you’d like to grab one contact me here to set up a complimentary call to see if we might be a good fit to work together.
✶Only those ready to dissolve their own crusty disbeliefs and call out their own delimiting thinking, round table committee of inner naysayers and haters and are willing to delve deeply into the realms of creative daydreaming, intention setting, myth making magic by tapping into their own inner guidance system to more fully awaken and set free the playful, visionary, creative, archetypal muse/visionary ninja, jedi inner yogi/yogini need apply. ♡