I had this little wooden bench I sat perched on for large periods of years, with my hands folded just right, watching my breath. Determined that if I could sit long enough…to get quiet enough… I would attain enlightenment. I sat so long I seemingly have permanently bruised my bum.
Every time I untangled myself from that bench- life was still there. I did gain more peace, clarity, and quiet but whether I wanted to admit it or not- I was still wrestling the chatter and thought forms that I knew kept me between where I was and where I desired to be. (And yes, I had judgement around that too..lol!)
At that time, I truly believed I could have the discipline to overcome my own limited consciousness and transcend into 'spontaneous enlightenment'. I imagined that 'spontaneous enlightenment' would be the end all, be all- that I would never ever have to experience or transmute another low frequency thought or feeling, again.
One day I simply got up and put the bench away. (And it wasn’t because I experienced spontaneous enlightenment). I didn’t stop meditating, I stopped meditating ‘that way’.
“Discipline to overcome my own limited consciousness…” When you come upon a situation and you use the same energy to try to change it that you used to create it- it doesn’t change.
“Spontaneous enlightenment…never have to experience or transmute another low frequency thought or feeling…” Utopian from one perspective, and ultimate evasion & irresponsibility from another.
Every moment, at least more than one path lies before us. Which thought avenue are we going to take? From what perspective do we choose to view? Which feelings do we chose to give energy? Can we acknowledge where we are and not get stuck there? Can we feel everything and with no judgment? Can we chose to love and transcend the low and continue to move towards the grandest version of our-self?
Each and every one of us could write a paragraph (or an entire book) of our current ‘woes’. (If we chose to view them from that perspective).
You could use the exact same writings of what you previously labeled ‘woes’ and spin them into your golden opportunities (if you chose).
See what I’m getting at? 'The thing' is and will remain 'the thing'. It is the thoughts and the feelings that create the definition and the experience. Your life experience wholly depends on ‘WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO DO WITH ‘THE THINGS’.
No one said it would be easy. No one said it wouldn’t take work. It is not what we get, it is what we choose to do with it. And what we chose to do with it creates the energy streamer of what we get ‘more of’.
The work is to make continuous conscious choice to choose high, chose light, and chose love no matter what. The living meditation is to do this in every single moment. For me, spontaneous enlightenment is the choosing of LOVE- right here, right now.
All of the plant and tree essences are such incredible friends in this ongoing journey of choosing love… the Devas that are chatting to me right now, desiring to be mentioned: patchouli (out with the old, make room for the new), vetiver (I remember where my roots are), goldenrod (golden path of heart), narcissus (I only do LOVE), hyssop (acknowledge, love, move forward), greenland moss (there is always space for you to LOVE yourself).
Kirsten Klaus is a certified Wisdom of the Earth Medicinal Aromatherapist and is available for consultations – pairing people with plants via single pure essences to support your spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being.