If fear has an opposing state of being, it’s probably courage. Not hope. Not faith. Hope contains within itself the roots of an underlying fear that says the present is in some way not good enough, and that it might continue, hence a hope for something better replaces an effort to take destiny into our own hands and create a future in alignment with our personal visions of joy. Hope sugar coats the fear, giving us an excuse to remain complacent. I’m not saying that we should be hopeless, but rather brave. Brave enough to face our deepest fears and become more active participants in the process of creation.
In the yogic tradition we have mantra, or strings of Sanskrit syllables woven together to produce specific awareness via their meaning and sound. One such mantra is the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra. On the surface we find the meaning to be that of surrender to the Lord. But esoterically, it’s a petition for courage – the courage to face even death. This mantra is an ode to the Three-Eyed Lord Shiva. It’s comprised of two verses.
ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम् |
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान्मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात् ||
Aum Tryambakam yajaamahe sugandhim pushtivardhanam |
Urvaarukamiva bandhanaan-mrityormuksheeya maamritaat ||
And in this version you can hear a clear pronunciation of the Sanskrit if you’d like to practice the chanting.
You don’t want to satisfy yourself with mere hope, spiritual woo-woo, platitudes or blurbs of wisdom taken out of context, with no real-life application to your personal situation. You want personal empowerment and the ability to consciously create your own way forward, your own path of joy, whatever that means to you. You want freedom, from doubt, socially constructed belief and bias, and from fear, not only unto death, but unto life as well, and of living with the anxiety that you might somehow fail its trials, or that there is something better to be than what you are, or better to do than what you honestly aspire to.
Be careful. Too much ‘spiritual’ can make a big imbalance, too. Forgive yourself your suffering and make way for a return to normalcy and a life you can call worth living. Be happy! Be happy! It’s all on you to create whatever life you want to live. Hope isn’t needed where a bit of applied intention will do the trick.
Mother Nature answers the call of all of Her children. This is a truth. When you want to know what the universe has to say to you, ask Her directly. She will respond, via the mechanism of synchronicity. Maybe one of these messages here in this group will be the resonance required. Maybe a message comes to you on a street sign or a smell or in the form of an opportunity. The more clearly you can frame your question, feedback, need, intention or desire, the more clearly and certainly you will be answered and led in the proper direction.
Most people want to get in shape, but don’t want to work out. They want to live the dream, but don’t want to put in the time and effort to create it. They want psychic awareness, full physical and mental-emotional healing, enlightenment, but can’t even stay motivated long enough to maintain a meditation practice. Most want somebody else to do the work for them, but it is you who must know you best before others might know you, too.
When you treat yourself sacredly, you emanate an aura that announces to the worlds that you will be treated sacredly, too, and the worlds respond in kind. Thus it’s you who must take those steps to know yourself to be sacred, and that the space you walk in is hallowed ground. There’s no light switch to flip, no mantra; nobody can clean your aura or your Prana for you; you must do the job of self-mastery yourself and create the energy yourself that you would wield into manifestation.
Energy artistry requires knowledge, intention, focus and dynamic action, too. It’s not a matter of burning a bit of sage and mumbling a few words. These things help us to hone our focus, but just as we are physical beings living in a physical world, we are also energy beings living in an energy world and energy arts require just as much attention as the physical ones. More actually, because the manifestation is once removed. When you want an apple, it’s easiest to go to a grocer and buy one yourself. It takes a little longer to ask someone else to do the same job. Even longer to sit back patiently and wait for one to arrive on its own with nothing but your airborne intention to guide it. Adepts may indeed receive their apple in this way; it’s a valid art after all, but going to the grocer is fastest every time. And just hoping that an apple arrives at your doorstep when you’re really hungry is only going to disappoint you.
Ignoring the physical isn’t an option. Too many people think that it is. Ignoring any kind of suffering – physical, mental, emotional, and energetic – doesn’t make it go away. The effects only grow, and worse, unconsciously.
Don’t trust anyone who offers a quick fix. Focus and implementation of technique to purpose is required on any path, whether lifestyle, health, finance, relationship or metaphysical; it’s all the same.
Most people do not have the Will to do the real work, but if you’re one of the few who are really interested to master yourself and take destiny and the creation of your joy into your own hands, please reach out anytime. I enjoy coaching beginners to mastery and masters to impeccability on the path of self-realization and self-mastery and the lucid dissemination of Yoga, and the arts and sciences of a life well-lived, is my personal mission. This blog is a welcome and salutation to new friends. I maintain it with much love and offer blessings upon blessings to you and all those around you wherever you are.
…is a Saiva Tantrika, Gyana Yogi and founder of Uma Maheshwara Yoga & Ayurveda. David has an MA in Semiotics, lives in Japan with his family and works as a coach in L & D, devoting his time to developing science-based tools and programs that help people reach the fullest potential of the human condition.