There’s a song by Aussie band Axiom called “Little Ray of Sunshine.” The song was released around the same time I was born and I’ll never forget my parents telling me how I came into their life just like the song says... a little ray of sunshine. We all come into this world shining our unique ray of raw untapped potential blissing out our parents with our newborn innocence and purity. If only we could take that ray and shine it out in a halo of encircling light, creating bliss and joy in all those around us. Well, I have news for you... We can! We arrived in this world perfect and we continue to exist in a state of perfection. In short, we never stop being perfect. Part of our perfection is in our constant evolution, we are always changing, growing, discovering, we are never static. We hold within us the awesome power of manifestation, that power is available to us all and gives us the ability to re-create ourselves. To fully understand this power we need to be aware of this fact. You can re-create yourself any way you like, but you will never be more perfect than you are right now.
It’s easy to forget our perfection as we grow into adults. Life presents us with so many challenges, for you, for me and for every being born into this world. Every stage of our personal evolution has it’s own unique set of challenges. These challenges leave their impression, sculpt and shape us into new form. Bringing forth the idea that we are divine artists, creating and crafting an ever changing scintillating tapestry of interwoven rainbow hues and textures, complete with knots, slubs and loose threads out of a big beautiful, constantly expanding and evolving universe of possibilities. We have arrived in this place to give form to our ultimate creative expression. Our Self.
Existing in this now moment is the golden opportunity to re-create yourself exactly as you want to be. All you need to do is expand the space that your mind inhabits and envision your dream. Envision yourself exactly as you want to be, living where and how you want to live. Take a moment to check-in to this dream. Is it really what you want? Is this the true calling of your Heart? Is it possible to achieve in this lifetime? Next, quiet your mind and gently seek out your authentic voice for the answer. You’ll need to get beyond the constant stream of attention-grabbing voices that endlessly swirl around your head. With so many distracting thoughts racing around our mind, it’s no wonder we have difficulty following our heart under certain circumstances. When we focus our attention on all the other voices, the voice of our heart becomes muffled. That’s when we feel confused, depressed, spaced out, stressed out, cranky and unable to make right decisions. Getting out in nature and practicing quietism, a Zen Yoga art of quieting the mind is one way to re-connect with our intuitive self and from there, effectively redirect ourselves back on track again. For whatever reason we loose our self-control, we can always return to a state of grace in any situation by tuning into our authentic voice. What is our authentic voice? It is the voice of your heart, your sovereign self. By sovereign I mean self-governing; highest; paramount; supreme; monarch and absolute ruler. In short, divine self. It is through your own divine guidance that you reach your highest potential. Trust this voice and believe that you are the creator of your reality. Everything that comes into your life is attracted to you by virtue of the images you hold in your mind. You are who, what and where you are now because of what has been placed in your mind. Your health, happiness, appearance, relationships, occupation, home, is all thought-form manifestations. By consciously choosing your thoughts you can manifest the creative potential in you and thus create your own reality.
Remember, we create and become whatever we think of the most, so if we worry excessively about our health, we’ll make ourselves sick in the process; if we focus our thoughts on painful memories or global catastrophes, naturally we’ll become depressed. I’m not suggesting we can avoid feelings of real sadness at times. Feeling sadness or grief is natural when we have lost a loved one or are suffering for a valid reason. Sometimes, we can use these experiences to drive us to take the necessary steps towards a better future. These are some of the challenges I mentioned earlier and we can scarcely avoid them in any lifetime. What we need to do is nurture ourselves with love, compassion and forgiveness, nourish ourselves with breath, movement and as much purity as possible from what we put into our mind and body. This will enable us to heal deep emotional wounding which has embedded itself as dis-ease and disturbance within our emotional and physical bodies, preventing us from owning our power. We need to be conscious of our thoughts and actions at all times to prevent ourselves from developing or following negative habits which create dis-harmony in our lives. We must learn to either close the door on negative thinking or constructively give it a fresh perspective by counting our blessings and appreciating what we have in this moment of precious life. It has a humbling effect that usually puts a different spin on negative behavior. Try it, it works, but don’t be surprised to find you need to practice, really practice for optimum results.
When we practice re-focusing our thoughts this way, instead of succumbing to them, we constructively channel our power in its purest form. Shifting to our heart frequency, we shine out that bright ray of sunshine, reflecting and refracting our light in a dazzling array colors and directions, like a Dragonfly’s multifaceted wings darting across a sparkling pond on a Summer's day. I adore Dragonflies, I love their radiant iridescent bodies and the ways their crystal like wings refract the light as they maneuver around things from every angle. They inspire me to shift my perception to see things in a different way, to be open to new possibilities and create positive changes in my life. Be inspired to see your own reality in a new light, realize the potential that exists within you and expand your consciousness into higher frequencies of grace, light and love. Know without a doubt the divine inhabits you and that you your self are divine.
Elfeya is an Australian born spiritual life-coach whose work mainly involves healing through nature. Her intimate connection with the natural world and the animal kingdom gives her a special insight into the interconnected relationship animals and nature spirits play in our lives. She is a Zen Yoga instructor and has spent years studying and practicing various healing arts including Shamanism in Celtic, Fairy-lore tradition. Elfeya resides between the Gold Coast Hinterland in Australia and the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont, she and her husband Aaron Hoopes operate a holistic Wellness Centre. A place of serene beauty, offering retreats and classes that bring peace, balance and well-being through the teachings and healing modalities of Zen Yoga, meditation, nature healing, bodywork, tai chi and qigong. For more information visit the Zen Yoga website: www.artofzenyoga.com