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Beneath the Veil

Today is day 2 of 29 Days of Spiritual Messages.

In our reading for truth, know that we are not seeking “the answer” that will explain the world to us, nor provide us with a patent for bliss. Instead, let us seek those things that bring meaning into our lives, making our own stay on this earth more interesting.

Our reading for today comes from the musical group Zingaia, a trance dance world music group whose sound is a blend of techno tribal beats, electronica, and sensuous female vocals. The result is exotic and hypnotic.
This piece is called “Beneath The Veil.” Click here to listen. Click on track number 6. It’s a nine-and-a-half minute journey; the music can be used while meditating. The lyrics come in at approximately the four-minute mark.
So get comfortable and follow along (it’s better with headphones). 

I am the first breath in crystalline space. Like the starry heavens,
My body arches in ecstasy around the secret center of the Sun.
Through the circling of the spheres shall you come to know me.
For I set the star of truth upon thy brow.


I am a paradise of deep wilderness,
The soul of Nature and Mother of the Earth.
Fragrant and fertile is my body,
Touch me in the petals of every sweet blossom.

Through abundance shall you come to know me.
For I am thy oasis, pouring forth the waters of life.
I am in the heart that rejoices,
And in the body dancing forth the essence of immortality.

Mine are the sighs of passion and also the cries of birth.
Feel my presence in the pulse of thy center
Through desire shall you come to know me, my Beloved,
For I ignite the Sacred Fire…

Who is the “I am” in the opening line and repeated throughout? What do you notice about the language used? How does the language and imagery make you feel?

We start with an air of mystery. Someone is addressing us in an unusual fashion. Normally, when we meet someone, that person introduces him- or herself by giving us a name so that we know who it is. Here, we are not given specifics, only the strange metaphor “I am the first breath in crystalline space.” And so I respond with “I am intrigued.” There is something very alluring about this person, something attractive. 
The celestial language tells us that this “person” is otherworldly; it has given life by being this “first breath.” This is the Source of All Life. Just as the heavenly bodies circle the sun, this Source knows with certitude that we, too, shall come to know it, for it has “set the star of truth upon [our] brow.” This star, this light, is what will navigate us. We have a divinely designed built-in homing device.
Not only is this Source ethereal; it is earthly as a “paradise of deep wilderness,” something that is everywhere but can never be contained or tamed. It goes even deeper than the surface of the physical and the natural; it is “soul” and “mother.” Source gives life; it is Creator, it is “fertile” and ripe, ready to create and creating at all times. All we need to do is to follow it’s imperative when it tells us, “Touch me in the petals of every sweet blossom.” Source wants, even commands, our attention. One touch and a whole new world is explodes into being.
Source moves on to establish a second time that we will come to know it “through abundance” for it is our “oasis, pouring forth the waters of life.” Source, as an oasis, is our refuge; it gives us rest and sustenance, where we may grow strong. Here, we find that Source is within us, “in the heart that rejoices, and in the body dancing forth the essence of immortality.” The heart is a place of love; Source is the eternal state of love, dynamic and ever-flowing, moving fully in us in grace and joy.

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Finally, Source lifts the veil and reveals that not only is Source our center, but it is “the pulse of [our] center; it is closer than our next breath, and it is our very existence. Source again speaks in the imperative when it tells us to “Feel my presence,” and as we do, it reminds us for the third time that “through our desire” shall we come to know Source, for Source is what ignites the “Sacred Fire.” And then as our desire awakens and intensifies, we come to know our relationship with this Mystery when it addresses us directly and personally as “my Beloved.” Source has always been and always will be with us, in us, living and breathing through us as One. 

Through these lyrics we see the progression or the evolution of our relationship with Source. What starts enshrouded in Mystery as something seemingly far away, unknown, and disconnected blossoms into a deeply personal, intimate, passionate love affair with Spirit.

Wow.

Blessings.

Catapult Your Desire

I’m always amazed by high jumpers and pole vaulters with their grace and agility to leap over a bar set high above their heads. Their athleticism is awe-inspiring.

It just makes you want to set the bar higher in life because deep down inside we all have the desire to reach our greatest potential. It’s hard-wired into us.

We have been designed to yearn. Setting the bar high in our lives gives us purpose. It gives us something to strive for.

It allows us to stretch and grow and learn so that we can be the best that we can be.

This yearning, this desire that draws our souls to our Highest Good, is characterized by an inner restlessness that only a Higher Power can fill.

It fills us with passion and makes us want to break free of the status quo. And as we move beyond the petty wants of ego, we find our lives bursting with meaning.

Many people get seduced into playing it safe. They set the bar low, doing just enough to get the job done without standing out; either they are afraid of failure, or they are afraid of success.

Michelangelo knew this all too well when he said, “The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss it but that we aim too low and we make it.” When we play it safe, we drown our desire because we may be too cynical or pessimistic to believe that any life other than the one we are familiar with is possible.

Yearning is a gift given to us to embrace and express our Highest Self. It nudges us to aim high and to go for what we want in life. It is a great force of energy that takes us beyond ourselves.

To nurture our spiritual yearning, we must love it and strengthen it. This can be done through seeking, studying, and devotion. As we act, we honor.

Why not allow yourself to reach for fulfillment? How high will you set your bar?

Spiritwork:

The Sufi poet Jelaluddin Rumi has written some of the most inspiring and ecstatic poetry and stories about his yearning for and love of God, his Beloved. Spend some time with Rumi’s words as you reach for fulfillment. One such book is The Essential Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks. Note how artfully Rumi describes his desire for union.

Another exercise is to personify (giving human qualities to non-human things) Desire.  In other words, describe Desire as a human being, but characterize it in such a way that the meaning is evident without giving away the definition. Is Desire male or female? What does Desire look like? How does Desire dress? What personality traits does Desire have? How does Desire talk or behave when s/he walks into a room? How would you know Desire if s/he walked up to you? Write at least a paragraph to bring Desire to life. I would really love to read your descriptions!

Blessings.

Read the introduction to 31 Days of Spiritual Growth here, and find links to all posts in this series.