Everything is Grace
Hello! This week sees Canadian Thanksgiving, the Hindu feast Vijaya Dashmi, and the Jewish high holiday Yom Kippur. Whatever you are observing this week, may it be meaningful.
I am in Scotland as I write, visiting family while continuing the work of parvati.org to secure sponsors and partners for New Organic World and MAPS. It has been another tremendously exciting week, but our time in Europe is now coming to a close. We will return to London early this week for one or two final meetings and to spend time with Amma, then fly back to Toronto, where I can’t wait to dive back into my music studio and complete my “I Am Light” album!
If you are in or near London, I would love to see you at Amma’s programs on Tuesday and Wednesday this week at the Alexandra Palace as she begins her annual Europe tour. To find out details, click here.
I am from Montreal. In Quebec, Thanksgiving is called L’Action de Grace, which literally means, the Act of Grace. I love that name. The Act of Grace. Why would Thanksgiving be connected to the act of grace? Perhaps it is that all we have in our lives is an act of grace.
We tend to think of the painful things as mistakes and the good stuff as luck. Or perhaps we think of the stuff we like as grace, a gift from beyond, and things we don’t like as a curse. However we choose to see the moment and understand our life, we must ask, what is grace? Do we have any control over it? How can we amplify it? Where does it come from?
Grace to me is an alignment between our Nature Body (the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual bodies, or sheaths that create our aura) and the Cosmic Intelligence Body (the etheric, astral, causal, mental and alien realms). When our Nature Body and the Cosmic Intelligence Body align, we have usually an “a-ha” moment, where all seems to brighten and go from monochrome to technicolour. Somehow, our field of perception just broadened. That alignment, I call Grace.
For the most part, many of us are walking around through our days somewhat cockeyed, feeling disconnected, wanting life to be different, wondering why it is not. There is tremendous unhappiness in the world and we contribute to it through our disconnected states. A milky fog can run through our mind and seep into our day, as though somehow we are just not quite there. In essence, we are not. We are lost in wanting, in thoughts about what could be or what was, rather than what is. We can resist what we feel and deny the happenings in our lives, so our feelings and lives go on as they are while we look another way.
To me, the above describes a disconnect, a way in which we have not quite rooted into our being on the Earth, tapped into the vitality of this moment, and expanded to meet what is. If we are going to give thanks, we need to feel connected to this moment. If we are going to connect to this moment, then we need to look at what this moment brings.
If this moment brings tension, see it as grace. If this moment brings expansion, see it as grace. See all as grace. When we see all as grace, we stop resisting and begin to expand beyond the limited confines of our ego and tap into the vastness of pure consciousness. We begin to remember that we are not the doers, but vehicles for the divine.
I have explored the notion of the illusion that we are the doers in many blog entries. It is worthy of the repeat because the habit to think of ourselves as in control is so very deep in our psyche. We think life is happening “to” me and we are “in control”. This leads to suffering.
When we begin to realize that all is grace, we begin to feel grateful for what is. Think about it. You breathe. You are alive. You can move. What force is keeping your body alive? Really think about that. What force? Is it not completely awe-inspiring?
If ever I feel a bit down, I reconnect with that thought, the profound WOW at being here at all – alive. This life provides us with such riches, we can oversee them so easily because we are busy wanting something from the future or the past. We miss the here and now.
We take the simplest things for granted, but they are there only because of grace. Today, go for a walk in nature. Take a look more closely at the immense complexity of life, the many layers, intricacies. What force runs through all you see? Remember, you are a part of it all! Now please, just let that blow your mind, at least a little. In that “wow” for this moment, there is the tremendous power of gratitude just waiting for you to breathe it all in. Breathe it all in and know you are loved.
If we begin to meet this moment as it is, with all its colours, dark and light, we begin to see possibility in our lives. We let go of wanting things to be other than they are, and start to feel rooted, vital and expansive in this moment now. It is there that we find happiness. It is there we find abundance. It is there we find gratitude. When we feel grateful for what is, we begin to tap into a wealth of power and vitality that had been waiting all along. We were just too busy looking for fulfilment elsewhere.
So this week, do yourself and the world a favour. Write a list of all the things you feel grateful for, however small or large. It could be, “I like the colour of my eyes”, or it could be, “I feel grateful that I paid off my credit card”. Challenge yourself to go deeper than you usually would. Once you have your list, take a moment to breathe in the wealth of gratitude you already have. This is your life. Let it be one rooted in gratitude and grace.
Until next week, when I will be writing you from my studio in Toronto again,
Love our world.
We are one Earth family.