What Is GROUNDING?
Written in the numinous space between Ecuador & Guatemala.
Feeling totally in flux today… really deconstructed.
I am learning to ground in the mystery… which is completely beyond grounding. It’s about birthing myself into a human being-ness that is spirit, soul and body all together – integrated.
This time is going to be a wild ride for humanity. We’ve created quite a crucible for ourselves. Sometimes I worry about it. But, what I’ve learned is that it’s my job to love and to be happy. And that, if I have any influence at all over the future, it is by creating the most awesome, soulful, authentic NOW I possibly can.
I have the ubiquitous feeling that EVERYTHING is changing. It IS. In the midst of it all, I’m sometimes not at all sure what I am passionate about. I’m a really passionate person, but in these times, everything is up for renegotiation. And, some new kind of stillness is being called for – and it calls me to pause, to be, and to unplug all kinds of stories about what has been meaningful and important and passionate in my life. Sometimes I can’t tell if this is depression or awakeness… I’m able to turn towards just about anything and be present, but sometimes I’m not totally sure what is motivating me. It’s like there is an empty space inside. Sometimes it is filled with a palpable sense of love, and sometimes it is just empty – totally neutral.
A lot of masters talk about this… They say, “It’s not what you think it is… This love is beyond objects.”
I think what is going on is really about surrendering attachments and ego programs that make things “important” in a way that isn’t really real. But/and, being human… sometimes it’s really hard to navigate without those attachments – like I’m a ship that could go anywhere.
It’s good to talk about this…
The question is… What I am working towards? WHY am I working. Am I working to fill myself up because I am essentially empty inside. Or, am I working as an outcome of the magnetic pull of love towards itself. Life says – “turn towards life.” Love says “turn towards love.” “Turn towards life.”
Here’s what I get. I am stabilizing in love – not love for something, but love itself. And, as a human being, walking the path will co-generate the stability. Walking is a way of being. As Bucky said, “I’m a verb.” I am found in the finding which happens both in the being and in the doing of a self that is grounded in love. That’s the nature of being alive. That’s my opportunity. That’s how we stay grounded and stay on the path: we live on it and we love AS it.
I feel shaky right now because I feel vast shifts in my path AND in the world around me. It’s natural to feel rocked when there’s no object constancy – within or without. Yet, this is the blossoming of a deeper stability in and as love. As I ground in this, I feel peace, and I experience the path unfurling naturally. I respond and it’s OK. Similarly, when I am really DOING something as an expression of my natural love – I notice that I’m “On track.” And this, too generates its own form of soul stability -because I am BEing my dharma, behaving AS my true purpose.
I can find grounding BOTH from the angle of being and from the angle of the doing of my purpose, living what give me joy and being joyous in what I’m living. And… I’m remembering that grounding that has an eternal and perfect quality. It’s a constant. If I’m present, I am grounded.
~s.s. with D.L. 9/12
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