Why are we here?
What is my purpose?
Such huge questions that pop into nearly everybody’s mind at some time in their life. Personally I’d given up pondering on those subjects but, just recently events have synchronised to make me think again and I’d like to share my thoughts with you.
If you studied your science subjects at school you’ll be familiar with the fact that everything in our universe is made of energy. Everything is energy: the rate at which that energy vibrates determines how we experience it. A slower vibration and we experience things on a physical level: a wooden table, a tree, you and me. As the vibration gets higher we may get a sense such as smell or a feeling. Higher vibrations are experienced by Sensitives and Intuitives through psychic and mediumship skills. Go even higher than that and there is a whole world out there that we know nothing about.
The belief system of Tao (pronounced Dow rhymes with Cow), which forms the basis of Feng Shui, believes that energy comes from two sources. The Yang or hard, masculine energy comes from above and is known as Heaven Chi. The softer, feminine Yin energy comes from below and is known as Earth Chi. When the two meet there’s a whole lot of Yin and Yang mixing going on and the relative amounts of Yin and Yang energy in anything denotes its character.
What is also believed is that man, or humankind, sits between Heaven and Earth and so is fundamental in that mixing process.
As a Feng Shui consultant this is an important point that I try to ensure my clients understand: whatever our problems, we are part of the solution (and probably part of the problem too!). We can’t manipulate the energy of our environment without taking into account our own energy too so participation is key.
I’ve also recently been studying the yoga philosophy of Vanda Scaravelli and her book Awakening the Spine: The Stress-free New Yoga that Works with the Body to Restore Health, Vitality and Energy. She likens our physical bodies to that of a tree: the stronger the roots the taller a tree can reach up and grow. Likewise by grounding the lower part of our body in our everyday posture as well as our yoga practise, we are able to reach higher with our upper body through lengthening our spine.
It is only by having a strong connection with the earth that we can reach the sky. Having tried this way of working in yoga I can tell you that it works.
So, I understand man’s place to connect the Earth Chi and the Heaven Chi. I understand physically how I can connect with both these energies through yoga for my own benefit.
And then, a couple of days ago, I was fortunate enough to take part in a group meditation where we connected with the very ancient stones of Avebury in the UK. It was a fascinating experience. Nothing can be more grounding than those stones and the experience showed me that, where I had used physical grounding in order to lift my body, so I could use spiritual grounding in order to reach higher vibrations. As above, so below.
Are we the switch that keeps heaven and earth functioning?
What all this is leading to is a suggestion to explain why we are here. Could it be that we are a link and a catalyst: a link between the earth and the heavens, between physical and spiritual? Can our human energy be the switch that connects the two like a light switch allows electricity to light the bulb?
If that’s the case the process of grounding in our spiritual practise is extremely important as is recognition of our spiritual essence that is in our physical body. It may be humbling and it may be distasteful to our egos but it seems to me that our place in this world is clear and performs an important role in allowing something much, much bigger than us to function. Maybe we’re not the centre of our own universe.
Jackie Notman is a copywriter, feng shui consultant and e-commerce retailer. This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.
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