PARADIGM SHIFT (UK) July 2013
DEVOTION FROM THE NORTH POLE TO THE NIGHTCLUB
IN PRAISE OF THE DIVINE MOTHER
By Parvati Devi
THE PLANET CALLS
I have always felt a strong connection to the Earth and to Nature as a whole. I feel, as many people do, that our planet, a living organism, is now going through a healing that affects us all, because we are literally part of her.
During the summer of 2010, while I was living in Toronto, Canada, the unusually hot weather patterns led me to cancel my pending Asian music tour and travel to the North Pole that September to raise awareness of the quickly melting polar ice caps. At the top of the world, the northernmost performer ever, I performed and shot video for four of my songs to help raise awareness of our planetary interconnection, our need for conscious awakening and our ecological responsibility.
At the North Pole, in gratitude to our Mother Earth, I also did energy work and said prayers for the planet. In my heart, I said to the Earth, “Mother, I know you are suffering. If I can help alleviate your burden, take anything on, let me know.” And that was that.
PRAYERS ARE ALWAYS ANSWERED
(Just not the way we expect)
We never know how our prayers will be answered, but they always are. On March 11, 2011, before I learned that a tsunami had devastated Japan, I got up to walk downstairs to my meditation room after an unusually turbulent night’s sleep, to find my pelvis knocked off kilter and my legs numb and not fully functioning.
Soon thereafter, mind-altering pain shot suddenly and violently through my spine. My mind went blank from sheer trauma. Paralyzed from the waist down, I would remain fully bedridden for three months, unable to move for even the most basic functions. Doctors at the hospital insisted I had been in a car accident, but I repeatedly said there had been no physical impact. After an ominous diagnosis of a damaged spine and spinal cord, I was given a 50-50 chance of dancing again, and spinal surgery was recommended.
In my core, I did not believe that surgery was the way for my healing. Sent home, I dove deeply into myself and surrendered to the Divine in a way I had never done before. Deep inside my inner healing cave I went.
What followed was a rearranging of everything I knew. I was challenged to let go of that which no longer served and learn to absolutely trust a higher power for everything – even the basics we take for granted, like walking.
In order to heal, my intuition said I needed to be willing to see my current physical body and the state it was in as a reflection of my limited state of consciousness, which is temporary and imperfect. I needed to find gratitude for this situation and receive it as divine Grace. I needed to be willing to suspend judgment of how healing occurs and enter into a field of utter possibility, that is, sensing that all of reality is plastic, malleable and guided by the immense and perfect force of Nature, which is beyond understanding.
After months of cultivating these attitudes in intensive meditative surrender and absolute trust in the Divine, slowly a miracle occurred: movement returned to my toes, legs, then hips. After learning to roll on my stomach from side to side then push myself up to crawl, I stood again in June 2011 for the first time since the injury.
In the months that followed, I had to learn to put one foot in front of the other in a whole new way. As soon as I tried to “do” something that was directed by my mind, I was cattle-prodded by searing pain through my spine and had to stop. The universe had put blinkers on my psyche and the only way I could move was to deeply listen to an inner impulse that arose from within my body. This impulse rose like a wave through my being and movement effortlessly flowed. I did not feel like “I” was doing anything. I did not understand what was happening, but I knew this was working and there was no bargaining with an omniscient power that was clearly in charge.
“YIN: YOGA IN THE NIGHTCLUB”
As soon as I was able to sit for any period of time, I moved into my music studio. My new album “YIN: Yoga In the Nightclub” poured out of me. It is a series of songs that combine fierce dance grooves, lush soundscapes and traditional Sanskrit chants, all in gratitude for the miraculous healing I experienced, .
As I wrote, engineered, produced, arranged and mixed the tracks, I was literally brought to my knees again and again. When I prepared the songs for a spring and summer tour in 2012, it had been literally a year since I was in bed, wondering if I would ever walk again.
At worst, the creative process felt like taking dictation. At best, I was dancing with the Divine through sound. It was an exhilarating creative process.
WE ARE ONE EARTH FAMILY
I now know, without any doubt, that nature loves us in a way we cannot comprehend. We cannot comprehend it because it is not of our ego-mind, which knows only to divide and separate. By surrendering to an inner call from nature, I went to the North Pole. But by surrendering to Nature’s healing, I experienced what doctors call “a medical miracle”, from which my new album was born. Nature moves through us, sustains us, and is us. I live in absolute awe of this power.
Canadian musician/yogi/activist Parvati encourages those who listen to her music and attend her shows and workshops to believe in their own magnificence and their interconnection with all things.
In the fall of 2010, Parvati traveled to the North Pole where she became the northernmost musical performer ever, to help raise awareness of the melting polar ice.
Spearheaded by her independent hit “Yoga in the Nightclub”, Parvati is touring her show “YIN: Yoga in the Nightclub” through the UK during the summer of 2013, inspiring audiences to find the Divine everywhere. While on tour, she also teaches workshops on YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine.
For more on Parvati, please visit www.parvati.world.