Thursday, 19 November 2015

Entering the Cauldron

The events in the past week globally, and the fire temperatures rising climatically, and energetically, are having an enormous effect on everybody. We have been entering into the fire cauldron of transformation.

And it has been showing up in many ways. Great sadness, angry outbursts, fires, burns, war words, stress, body symptoms, and tension. Both big and small to mention. On a large scale, and for individuals as they are making personal changes.

Walking into the cauldron, burning up attitudes, pushing through fears are the elements, that fire energy brings.

How to choose to deal with fire energy is personal. Remembering that it can warm inspiringly and gently, or burn greatly. It can be cooled, fanned, or made temperate. It can simmer or sizzle. Or burn to a frazzle.

Pausing, and Surrendering. Choosing carefully, actions, thoughts, words, and values, in dealing with responses and people, when fire energy is significant, is becoming more paramount in managing graceful and dignified breakthroughs.

As leaders of self, and others, and with your families, adopting and offering options to overcome fear-based stress and tension, as a form of solution management during transformation is an important action.

Uncertainty can bring anxiety. About many things. Emotional intelligence is necessary.

And as you or your people are walking into areas that worry you, that challenge you, fire energy can be present. As you enter into the cauldron, and overcome obstacles, as difficult as they may appear, you are burning through things that no longer serve you, in meeting the objectives that you're moving into.

It is a process that may warrant taking extra tender loving care for you, and those around you.

Meditation, rest, relaxation, hydration, adequate sleep, therapy, coaching, self-care and awareness, to ease bubbling anxiousness, can provide exactly the right space to get perspective.

Releasing pressure by becoming accountable for Selfhood, taking right action, and moving forward maintains an element of heatproof.

Taking steps to adequately calm and relax, and communicate, can make an enormous difference when temperatures rise and intensify.

Take care with fire energy, as it burns around you and in you, and as you enter the cauldron of improved Selfhood.

SaraSwati Shakti

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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

The art of meaning

The Art Gallery of NSW opened an exhibition last weekend called The Greats, Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland.

Along with the Gallery's wider collection, Rembrandt, Monet, Constable, Gainsborough, and my personal favourites Botticelli, Leighton, and Gauguin, it offered a marvellous afternoon of enjoyment, interpretation, and meaning, accompanying each of the pieces in the quietude of appreciation.

Art speaks in many languages. Languages of perception, symbolism, connection, and experiences.

And art touches each person individually in their reaction, and interpretation, at a particular moment. And that connection can change, depending on experiences, thoughts and emotions.

Each art piece is a life of detail and perspective in it's own emergence, totality and story.

Just like you and me. Each an art piece of evolving meaning.

And there are many, many layers of meaning.

Just like for you and me.

One of the stunning pieces in the collection is Botticelli's The Virgin adoring the sleeping Christ child.

My experience of it was holistic, and influenced by my training in psychotherapy, spirituality, and art as symbolism in context of the whole piece. To me it reflected motherhood, peace and abundance. In contrast, the narrator on the audio focussed on the Christ child, a more detailed element of the piece, and an impending death theme. Forming a completely different art of meaning. Likewise our interpretations on the position in which the Christ child was sleeping was of a different perspective.

The art of meaning can be affected by many influences, and preferences in the context of time, detail, knowledge, history, memory, contemporary reality, and mastery.

Observing an art piece is like observing life at a point in time. It offers a snapshot. And a meaning as you relate to it.

And art, like life, reveals an evolving mystery. Of detail, and larger landscape, as it touches and inspires you personally, in heart, mind, and body.

Opening the heart, mind, and body into an expanding sensory can connect you to a side of yourself that forms a part of that mystery as it is unfolding.

That is why many wisdom traditions incorporate art and symbolism so frequently. To provide connection to a deeper landscape, an inner-knowing, access to universal archetypes, identity and mastery.

Observing the detail as well as the landscape, can connect you to parts of yourself that have been latent, and can offer rich and vibrant connection. Revealing attitudes, beliefs, inspirations and meanings peculiar to your reality.

And knowing when to look at the wider landscape of your life, and when to dive more deeply into the detail of your behaviours and identity, can also be a progressively important artistic process in your life.

Understanding your changing dynamic unfolding as a wider mystery, can be both fascinating, and enlightening, as a way of acknowledging you and your life as a masterpiece.

And building a sense of self appreciation, robustness and belonging to a process that is both a part of you, and a mystery bigger than you is the wonder of creation. And an area always available for review.

Enjoy the art of meaning that is you. And the masterpiece of greatness that it brings into your world view.

SaraSwati Shakti

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Saturday, 17 October 2015

At the still centre...

Last week I had an opportunity to see a performance by the Sufi Chamber Orchestra and Whirling Dervishes in Sydney. It was a mesmerising experience. And one that touched me greatly, flooding back to me my love of Rumi.

And I have been re-immersing myself in his poetry.

A silent space touched again by it completely.

Rumi, a great guide to spiritual growth, addressed humanity as a whole.

His poetry is recited extensively across many traditions around the globe. Focussing on the intensity and extensivity of Love, in, and through, the human being.

The event focussed on the mystical and musical SEMA ceremony of the whirling dervishes, declared by UNESCO as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

And how beautiful to have experienced it, live, locally. It was all encompassing. And moving. In the witnessing, of honouring a beautiful ritual ceremony.

At the still centre of the turning world.

The ritual is a physical way to reach a higher degree of spirituality. The whirling representing the way electrons and planets spin. And the dervish journeys to the truth, and advances there. Revolving around the heart, embracing all humankind, all creation, with affection, and love.

At the still centre of the turning world.

Finding that still centre is an important process. Developing a ritual to connect to the inner space creates an ability to cut through to the heart of things.

Consider it.

Creating space, stillness, at the centre, of your turning world. White space that cuts through the busyness. Meditative practice, rituals, restfulness. And creative immersive elements.

Giving your heartmindbody permission to reach a soulful truth. Listening, in the pinpointing presence. And acquiring that sweet centred essence of knowledge necessary for you in your revolving and evolving world.

SaraSwati Shakti

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Saturday, 10 October 2015

From Little Things...

A former client recently dropped a book in to me. A book that she had completed earlier that week. She wanted me to share in her reverie, of what was increasingly making sense to her new state of being, and her continued development.

It's a book by James Wallman, called Stuffocation, Living More With Less. It fundamentally focusses on the process of decluttering.

And, for me, it called to mind that place of constant stuffocation, of accumulating, and of excessive busyness, that is diminishing to humanness. And clearing it. For uplifting.

Many of you may be more regularly in that place of creating, or re-creating, in a dynamic of change that is accelerating. Working out how to live valuably daily while staying focussed on where you're heading, what you're needing and wanting, and how you're continually creating a new reality.

And it may be tempting to accelerate and maintain a process of moving more rapidly, competitively, aggressively, anxiously on all cylinders, constantly.

To rush.

To push.

Before the river is ready.

Suffocating, and Stuffocating, the necessary process of it falling into place more swimmingly, peacefully.

Slowing down, a little more patiently, for the current to run through, and with you, more easily, for your part in the play unfolding, helps you achieve it more consistently.

Allowing the ducks line up, so that the process falls into place increasingly effortlessly.

Letting go of what's not important, patiently, and creating space for opportunity as it comes knocking.

Just as any organisation goes through life cycles, so do people, in lifespan development, and energetic attunement.

And where you are on your lifespan, and what you are experiencing, can be complimenting or contradicting your fulfilment and well-being, and the well-being of those around you.

A delicate balance of decluttering internally, and externally, regularly, assists you to recalibrate your emotional and cognitive experiences, so you can let go to the bigger process, more gracefully.

Spending time validly identifying and clarifying attitudes, beliefs, patterns, behaviours, things, systems, that are inhibiting your ideal next stage of happiness development, is of benefit. Reviewing. Attuning. And then, detaching.

A well executed internal restructure, can be a brilliant circuit breaker, to avoid being too exhausted to glide easily into your next stage of development.

Let go, and breathe, regularly. Float above your experiences to look at the bigger picture of your life, scope the map out, the values and vision you wish to create, and mindfully and heartfully, act, right timingly, with the changes you will accommodate.

Have a good look at where things are at, and declutter progressively. Ongoing little steps, every few months, taking a stocktake, makes a big difference. It is a great way to stay ready for the next opening, so you are better able to accommodate and embrace opportunities co-operatively as they present in a changing dynamic.

Make way for the good and great you wish to cultivate. Because From Little Things, as Paul Kelly so adeptly sings, Big Things Grow.

SaraSwati Shakti

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Friday, 25 September 2015

Puff and Stuff

In the last few weeks I have been reminded several times of a show from my childhood and wondering why it was presenting so regularly. H. R. PUFNSTUF. Do you know it?

I watched it again, but it gave me no real sense of what was needed. Until I listened, to the theme song that introduces it...

H.R. PUFNSTUF. Who's your friend when things get rough.

And in my own stream of thinking, it occurred to me that it was a theme presenting with a number of people I was seeing.  About the Puff, and Stuff, people get involved in that is getting in the way of their real life living, and decision-making.

Many of my clients have come to me after an event that has affected them. They may be feeling confused, misunderstood, at the end of their tether, or at a cross roads and unable to work through it.

Finding themselves in a situation that is not working smoothly.

And while they have many people and friends around them, no-one seems, to them, to be listening, to what they have been needing.

It can be a common story.

And often times, when I drill down into the story, it's a pattern that has been ongoing. And this time they are being presented with a new opportunity. To listen, authentically, and adequately, to themselves, and to become their own best friend.

In many ways it is easier to get caught in the Puff, and Stuff, of the world around. And to be captured by behaviours, attitudes and thoughts, than it is to really stop and listen to what's real and important, in the moment. And to do something about it.

I feel privileged to be in a position to do the listening, reflecting back, and assisting with better self-awareness, that consequently helps to build a kinder and more fulfilling self-relationship, and better decision-making.

Identifying where their private testimony and public persona are inconsistent, and finding that sweet spot in between. That place that works better for them. That place that is more authentically real as they are evolving. And building their own steam, of self esteem, as they are re-building.

I am what I am. Nothing more. Nothing Less. The middle ground between inflatedness and deflatedness.

Wonderful words that I memorised long ago. From recollection, by Robert A Johnson.

Those words remind me of that ideal place between the Puff and Stuff. Where things just flow. That place that defines what is most important, while travelling along the road.

When you have a moment. Meditate on it.

I am what I am. Nothing more. Nothing less. The middle ground between inflatedness and deflatedness.

And see what comes up. Listen, for what is authentically true in those words for you. And what Puff and Stuff is getting in the way of that for you.

Enjoy your friendships, and befriend yourself too.

Much Love

SaraSwati Shakti

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The Winds of Change

The Winds of Change. A poem I wrote three years ago. On a September day, when the winds blow wild, windy and warm.

Good days to spend some time, to go within, be silent, and set an intent, while you meditate, as the winds whirl around you.

And be mindful of what heartfelt world you wish to create, for you and those around you.

The Winds of Change are blowing
Maintain your inner knowing

The Angels are A'Rushing
Cleaning, Clearing, Flushing

Surrender to the Power
Where new things will take Flower

The seeds have all been planted
Just sow with glowing lantern

The fertile soil, God's Garden
You've asked, and it is Granted

Taking heartfelt actions along your way. Daily requirements in work, rest and play. As your life's journey awakes.

Changes can be challenging. Sometimes you don't quite know where life will take you. Your vision and the higher plan may not quite correlate, in the interim, and may, at times, astound you.

Nor can you always know for sure how the world will change you. And how you will change things around you. Yet, holding the intention of values that inspire you, can inform you, and create you. With cycle's turning, as your future progressively comes into view. A future that is purpose built for you.

May your life blossom and glow. As you Stay in the Know. Of Your Grow. While the Winds of Change softly Bellow.

Happy meditating. And Gardening.

Much love

SaraSwati Shakti

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Sunday, 6 September 2015

Father Love Legacy

It has been a week of connecting to fatherhood, with Father's Day a key feature this weekend.

It's Father's Day, Early Spring
What seeds of life those men brought in!

Their children are sprouting all over the place
Spreading more blessings for the world's embrace

How important their guidance
  And their protection
Building the best
  Of paternal connection

Happy Father's Day all daddy's true
Your Legacy is in front of you.

It's a poem I wrote some time ago. And it came to mind again as I sat down to write this weekend. Thank you to daddy's true.

And contemplating on it again on many levels, two particulary stood out for me with events this year.

For families without fathers: Legacy Week this past week, highlighted, and raised the torch, for widows and children of fallen soldiers. An annual appeal, and a perpetual need. For me I am lucky, I still have my dad, and while I see him regularly, we spent time together especially, to celebrate him. For Legacy families theirs are no longer here. Supporting women to lead their growing families, in the absence of fathers who risked everything in the call of duty, continues their legacy.

For fathers looking for safety and hope for their families: The message was brought home so potently with the plight of refugees as they move across roads, borders and seas. Searching for a better future, and a safe haven for their families as their priority. My own dad was a refugee, and as I witnessed the stories on the news reels, I wondered what may have become of him and his future family, had he not found himself with my mother safely on the shores of Sydney. 

A moving week indeed. Knowing that in one instant, or through a series of events, everything can change for a family. And appreciating Father Love blessings.

Much Love

SaraSwati Shakti

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