It is my deepest belief that the world’s earliest meditation & cultivation practices grew out of and are deeply embedded in our ancient, primordial relationship with the moon.
Our brains are busier than ever before. We live in a time of information and sensory overload. Although we have more "time saving" devices than at any time in human history most modern people are experiencing time in a narrow, linear and quantitative way that is the source of much stress. But time is not linear. The world unfolds in cycles and in our deepest selves we know this. This dissonance between how we are living our lives "out there" and what we experience deep "in there" is the source of much of our modern angst. Cultivating our relationship to the moon revives and develops our instinctual and intuitive relationship to and understanding of the cyclical nature of time and the relationship between the mind/body/spirit and the undifferentiated cosmos.
When “hanging out “ with the moon, our vital functions are slowed and exterior inputs are subdued. This allows us to notice the flux at the center of the stillness, the universe giving birth to itself. It is here that we foster the primordial, undifferentiated wholeness that lies at the womb of our existence.
As we immerse in the moon and our deepest selves we explore, engage and cultivate our archaic consciousness and our relationship to our selves, to the world outside our selves and to our unique place in the time/space continuum.
With careful cultivation we can enhance mental clarity & imagination, ease emotional processing and expression & cultivate deep spiritual connection to our selves and the world in which we live
This cannot be accomplished by reading books or studied with equipment or measured or dissected.
When we cultivate with the moon as teacher and guide we enter the domain of devotion, compassion, passion and love. It is a descent into the slow, still dance of the Dao where one can notice the universe breathing as it gives births to itself. The deep pulse, flux, at the core of it all nourishes us.
Nurturing our relationship to the moon and deepening our meditation practice can assuage our modern neurosis and anxiety. As we listen carefully to the ancient wisdom people that still exist and dance on the deepest level of our consciousness we lay the basis for our understanding and knowing of our unity with the world.
Moon teaches us the beauty of constancy, the grace of the deep knowing that repetition brings. This is a genuine peace that comes with the celebration of cycles and experiencing the world in her truth as cosmic waves dancing,
Mother Moon connects us in the most conscious way possible to our own breath, our own heartbeat, our own constant falling and catching of our selves that is our moving through the world.
Moon comforts us and connects us to the continuous flux that is our human existence.
Moon plunges us deep: past our desperations, into our core, perfuming and permeating us with a positive awareness that is the foundation of a happy, holy existence.
Many believe keeping a positive attitude is an invitation to avoid all emotional processing and expression. This certainly is not the case. Yes, a positive attitude is at the very core of our being. Yes, a positive attitude is there to be dropped into at any moment. A "positive attitude" lives in the deep sea on which all human struggles occur. Our emotions, the anger, the fear, the grief, the worry that surge to the surface during our struggles provide an opportunity for expression and assimilation that when wholly engaged can be healing.
Our emotions are not demons to be slain nor are they demons to be avoided in pursuit of a positive attitude. Deep exploration of our emotions embraces the ride of ourselves and allows space and time for expression and processing. It is a genuine healing process.
Cultivating our relationship to the moon, our nearest celestial neighbor, shows us a unique way to engage & navigate our selves and the world with the greatest ease.
The healing process plays out simultaneously on the physical, mental and spiritual level. They are, in fact, three aspects of the same whole. Struggling with illness or challenging times is difficult but also allows us an accelerated opportunity for healing, growth and embracing the totality of the human experience in a heightened way.
Moon meditationallows a similar opportunity to engage this deep healing and growth process. Of course meditation immersion, is a conscious decision and under our control in a way an illness or challenging times are not.
But there is something to be said for the choosing as well. To consciously and intentionally retreat to a place, both internally and externally, with a shared group is a challenge to our ordinary selves that live our ordinary lives. The radical shift in our external environment, if only for a short while, allows for profound and deep internal exploration of all the processes that make us human. To collectively and individually explore and engage the moon and our deepest selves through a myriad of meditative and cultivation practices provides the grace and space for harmonious transformation of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual for each of us as individuals and for all of as an inseparable whole.