Thursday, 23 April 2015

Holy Moments, For Us

What a time it has been
Tuning in
To the moments
Of living
rich contemplative happenings
In the world around
And within
Us.

Holy moments
Reminding
That the life surrounding
Is confounding, and finding
Us.

Our challenging frailties
And happy comfortabilities
demonstrating
A diverse and common humanity
Around, and within
Us.

Happen chances
Happen stances
Presenting
momentarily, and daily
To meet and greet
Us.

Evolving opportunities
To listen
And make a difference
In the moment
Of how we live our lives
For Us.

Slowing, for the wondrous
Holy moments
Inside
And outside
Of Us

The world within me
The world within you
Extraordinary and Glorious
Us.

Holy moments
Noticing them
For me
For you
For Us

SaraSwati Shakti

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Photo Artwork: Mirrors Of Us by SaraSwati Shakti © 2015, from her Heart Art collection. Heart Art is a registered therapeutic service trademark of SaraSwati Shakti.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Soul Flames Lit, in Business.

This week I had the privilege of addressing a business meeting. A group of women, small business leaders in various industries, in a very large community, was gathering. Buzzing with brilliance  in the businesses they are building. I was invited there to talk about Loving Psyche, and what it means to business.

A wonderful hour was spent imparting, and focusing, poetically and artistically, on navigating new territory in the world of business today. And the circumstances of our lives transforming, rapidly, from old paradigms, shifting, to a new age.

I explained that the meaning of Psyche is Soul. And that both they and their businesses have an energetic soulful existence.

And I also reflected on Psyche as the Goddess in Greek mythology, in the story of Eros and Psyche. Psyche is the Goddess of the Soul. And the myth is relevant because it talks of the tasks a woman must take to become whole. Tasks that are also fundamental to each woman who is a leader in business.

Psyche had spiritual tasks to achieve to succeed. And I explored one task in the timeframe from Psyche's story for the audience. Psyche's first task. To sort the seeds.

Psyche had to spend the night in a granary filled with seeds of different sorts, and to sort them by daybreak.

And what that means in modern day is to choose what is right in the whole scheme of things. Learning to set priorities and decide what really matters, as a whole soul human being, doing the leading in business and a life of meaning.

Fortunately for Psyche, when she grew most hopeless, ants appeared and taught her how to sort them, and helped her in need.

It gives us a message, as all good myth stories do, about making choices more lovingly to succeed, holistically. Getting help when in need. Taking care of what's important and critical when dealing with people.

And that became the analogy for how to live a life purposefully. And run a business more mindfully. To take care of leadership holistically. And to think about business in a new way. Lovingly, humanly, and the why of it's being, in context of a complete life living.

And also, that every business has a soul, a collective, that reflects the people in it. An energetic system as well as the tasks, skills and products in it. All the intentions, choices, and actions, that are made, constitutes the prayers that create, or break, momentum.

How the story translated pragmatically to the group, in summary, from the hour long reverie, was to focus on four priority seed sorting areas for being holistic leaders, that you may also consider:

Love Yourself : Sort your needs and wants. Each cycle in your life, and each event that presents to you or confronts you can test you, and your limits as human beings. It can require re-setting daily how to act, and react compassionately. Sometimes it's a breeze, and sometimes it's not easy, to do it lovingly. Sorting the seeds of what is important in each moment for your health and wellbeing as a living, breathing, person helps build joy and resilience.

Love Your Families : Know that those you go home to, deserve the best from you. If you have children, they are your dharma, and primary purpose, as the lives you put on earth to nurture. And each change in the family paradigm requires adjusting, communication, hugging, and building a sanctuary, of friendly fun, and safety. Considering removing pressure that is unnecessary, simplifying, and sharing responsibility.

Love Your Work: The place you spend much of your directional time, and external purpose, acting in the world. Building happiness as the key to success in what you do. Knowing your strengths, ambitions, and inspirations, and the why of your business and career existence. Know what activities make you happy, flow through you, and energise you. What naturally draws you. And build those into the scheme of things. To reveal your path and what you are here to do. Sort the seeds that work in business. And get help that you need.

Love Your Surroundings:  Mother Earth is also an energy body, and is calling on our assistance for her being-ness and beautiful existence. And caring for her, loving her as our collective home is important. For longevity and healthy, creative living for now and eternity. The seeds of what grow, what needs harvesting in the world around you, to create thriving people and community is necessary. And the decisions made in business, the product chain, ethics, and practices affect humanity and what you bring to it.

By focussing on the tension that can present between serving your purpose and taking care of yourself and those around you, it allows you to evaluate the seeds for sorting, and supporting, you. When things go well, or when things are challenging, sorting the seeds of support differently for optimum healthy living. Consider it daily, and when necessary, as you are intending, and building the busy-ness of business right for you.

May you sort your seeds lovingly and joyfully.

Much love

SaraSwati Shakti
www.lovingpsyche.com

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Photo Artwork: Fraternity, Soul Flames Lit in Unity, by SaraSwati Shakti © 2014, from her Heart Art collection. Heart Art is a registered therapeutic service trademark of SaraSwati Shakti.





Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Gardens of Abundance

There is a Frangipani Tree. Outside my window. I saw it today, flowering away. I have never noticed it before. A favourite tree, and flowering, wanting for noticing, by me. And so lovely is she.

How stunning to see.

It made me ponder how sometimes it is hard to see what is actually, already, within our vicinity.

The beauty surrounding, so confounding, waiting, for noticing.

I have always wanted a Frandipani Tree in my own garden. Yet, this one, planted firmly in another, across the street, is ideal for me. It gives a better view from my wide open window than one from which my own garden would be.

My eyes now focussed on this one delight giving Frangipani Tree. Gorgeously Blooming. Whenever I need to see. That what I love and need is already here.

And that someone else's Garden of Abundance is also available to me. Being shared in the caring from across the street. Beautifying our collective surroundings. Marvellously and generously.

A reminder to appreciate the beauty surrounding. Opening, to see. What may have been missing. May already be here. In ourselves, in our friendships, and our neighbourly relationships. Being thankful for it. And building on it. Creating the Gardens of Abundance we need.

Much Love

SaraSwati Shakti

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Photo: Gardens of Abundance, Heart Art mandala couplings, by SaraSwati Shakti © 2015. Heart Art is a therapeutic service trademark of SaraSwati Shakti.


Saturday, 14 March 2015

True Love's Kiss

Pure love is like a beautiful flower with an irresistible fragrance ~ Amma (Mata Amitanandamayi)


A quote, a mandala drawing, and a movie I watched this week, converged to create a brief log this week. The movie was Maleficent with Angelina Jolie. A delightful, visually arresting piece, on the Sleeping Beauty fairytale myth. And the reminder of True Love's Kiss. What that is. Purifying what is most important in the whole scheme of things. The fragrance to life that that, with it, so potently brings.  

A pure and open, fragrant heart, given and received. Waking up.

Consider it for yourself as inner contemplation this week.

Much love

SaraSwati Shakti

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Heart Art mandala drawing Fragrant Heart by SaraSwati Shakti © 2015. Heart Art is a registered therapeutic service trademark of SaraSwati Shakti.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Woman

It was with sadness that I completed a nine month program with Andrew Harvey last week, diving into the cauldron of Christian mysticism on a Christ Path intensive. It was riveting, both in Andrew's delivery, and the content compiled for the weekly sessions. I loved it. It moved in me and through me. I will miss it. Though I know it will have an impact for years to come.

This week the discussion included the statement that Christ consciousness is now being birthed most vigorously by woman. And I see it evidenced in communities everywhere. Big and small. Woman taking an active place in spiritual healing, awakening, and development. Because Spirit comes through the feminine, in both men and women as Christ consciousness. The heart, balanced with the masculine mind, both hemispheres connected. Grounded in the body. With purity and surety of loving intent. Heart and mind prepared to act, create and relate in a way that overcomes discontent. It is so gratifying to see it being embodied, increasingly individually, and in community building, toward wholesome being.

And with the Dalai Lama also stating that the world will be saved by western woman, the spiritual leadership by women is becoming acknowledged as more and more relevant and prevalent. Equalising and leading, with men, in places and on stages in communities locally, and worldwide. The power of the feminine heart to change, create, and transform in daily life, and on the world stage, at centre, is compelling.

International Women's Day corroborates in events leading up to and on this weekend. This year, on March 8, the theme is Make It Happen. Indeed the Christ Path, of Action. An opportunity to take further steps forward in heartfelt ways. Lovingly restoring and creating new political, social, and familial pathways. To keep contributing healthfully and restoratively in larger focussed doses, choosingly. In areas that transform lives with beauty, joy and passion, to raise vibration. And in areas that alarm, and break the heart, so as to repair despair and disharmony that no longer serves the planet. A range of ways to create balance, in a new age.

Men and Women joining in actions around the Globe in understanding. Of the importance of the health and welfare of woman in creating a better society. From creating art instalments in Sydney in corporate arenas, to wearing skirts in Turkey in protest against violence, exhibitions, conferences, workshops, and legislative considerations, are having a spiritual impact on psyches collectively. The breadth, depth and diversity is brilliant, and reflective of the enormous gifts they contribute.

I am spending time at an Open Day, at a Marist College on International Women's Day. Serving on an Italian CafĂ©. Marist, short form for Mary'ists, and Mother Mary as patron, is a school for boys my son attends. Behold Thy Mother, Jesus said, acknowledging the sacred feminine. The Marist motto, strong minds and gentle hearts, is a fitting validation of the Spiritual element of the masculine and feminine, connected.

And as a loving focus of my own for International Women's Day, a Make It Happen Prayer of Intent, for the Feminine, called Woman, for people everywhere.

Woman

May You Thrive
And Come Alive
To Your Precious HeartBodyMind
May You be Blessed
And Caressed
By a Graceful Tide
Of Beauty and Compassion
With Love by Your Side
To Birth and Co-Create
A Peaceful Loving Planet


Photo: Woman by SaraSwati Shakti © 2015. All rights reserved.

About the drawing: I drew it while on a trip for some recuperation and relaxation earlier in the year. I was facing the ocean, as she was emerging in the drawing. It dawned on me later that it has elements of the Empress, from the traditional tarot. My version of it. The quintessential matriarchal maternal figure is obvious in it. A primary symbol of fertility and the mother-goddess, and often depicted traditionally as the Christian Virgin Mary. How fitting.

Much Love

SaraSwati Shakti

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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Heartworks

My favourite time of year, Autumn, is just around the bend, nearly here again, on the weekend.

My heart is filled with anticipation of heartworks of all nature and pleasure that is just about to burst in creative colours and movement in the next season.

May many Heartworks inspire this new turning, of yearning, for all that is burning, bringing great measure of treasure to awesome Autumn again.

Let the heart work it's magic
Let the loving begin
Let the joy fill the heavens
In flowing glowing streams
Let all that is wondrous, fill all your extremes
And bring you to brilliance
and glorious beams
May the sacred bless you
And passion possess you
Laughter lighten you
And adventure brighten you
May your life please you and funny bone tease you
May you be blessed with smiling gleams
May your eyes glisten
And ears listen with wild appreciation at nature's abandon
May you shine from head to toe
The colours that are your own
And bring all that is you
To a warm welcoming world


SaraSwati Shakti

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Heartworks poem and mandala by SaraSwati Shakti © 2015



Sunday, 15 February 2015

Travellers of Love

Yesterday I visited North Sydney. I was surprised by it's silence. Unlike the busyness of it's normal business mecca weekdays, it was possible to smell the sea air from the harbour as I walked along the streets there. To my destination. To Sunday slow, in a day out in a city environment.

And the occasion was a visit to Mary McKillop Place. So quiet, and beautiful to sit and contemplate, and listen. In the peacefulness and reverence where her body is now laid to rest.

Churches are lovely places for rest and contemplation. And in that contemplation I was reflecting on her words 'Crois aux paroles que Dieu murmure a ton coueur'. To 'Believe in the whisperings of God in your own heart', she said.

The listening to whisperings of inner wisdom, the Godliness, Source, Universe, Higher Power, Mother, whatever your flavour, undisturbed, inside the pureness of our own hearts, in us. Quietening for the answers as we keep considering our next steps. To help us with attention and reflection. Silencing out the distractions and focussing on the heart's power.

The last time I visited Mary McKillop Place was a few years ago when a friend asked me to accompany her there on her birthday. To spend time with the memory of her mother, who had not long passed away. It was a moving day. The image from the most beautiful stained glass window, of Jesus with his Sacred Heart above the altar, provided welcoming whisperings to my own heart's love path.

This visit was with my own mother, alive and well, to share a Sunday day out together. A peacefulness and playfulness that we both appreciated. A time of bonding and reflecting, separately on our own journeys, and the one we've had together. Reminiscing and spending time quietly on our travels, alone, and together.

And as we sat at the side of Mary McKillop's tomb I read on it the words 'Remember we are but travellers here'.

Indeed. Travelling the travels that matter to us. The decisions we make each day. The actions that our hearts relate to us, and that become the path for us, and those around us. Our travels of love. As travellers of love.

May you too be true to the quieter travels of love within you.


SaraSwati Shakti
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Saint Mary McKillop was the foundress of the Order of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart, and their many works of compassion and action in the world.