Last week, a friend was telling me about her daughter’s recent acceptance into a co-op work program. The news came one day after “Legan’s” defeated announcement that she would have to return to college instead of embarking upon the coveted internship. As I said to her mother, “The pattern of Legan’s life has been that amazing things happen for her at the last possible moment…” Her mom agreed, and we both marveled at the role of the Universe in all of our lives.
This anecdote coincides with a progression of thought that has been running through my mind in recent weeks, which may be summed up into the concept of Vision. I began to think about Vision as Spring began to wend its way into our midst: In Chinese Traditional Medicine, the Spring season is connected to the Liver, whose corresponding sense organ is the eyes. The Liver is an organ of detoxification; as in our organ systems, our eyes must be clear of debris in order to function optimally.
When our vision is blurred or obstructed, we can not see what is headed our way, as demonstrated in Legan’s story. Perhaps more generally, we find ourselves softly wondering what will happen next in our lives; or what decision to make; or why we seem stymied in envisioning anything at all. I think that my recent thoughts on this topic have been percolating as a result of some combination of these three “impairments” of Vision. I do not feel defeated or anxious, yet I wonder if there is something I should be “seeing” that I am not.
Legan’s tale reminded me that often, what we perceive as lack of Vision points instead to something that is fast approaching: indeed, something that is so close that our view of it is blurred. Imagine, for example, placing a page of written words directly in front of your eyes: The ability to see them clearly is diminished to the point of unreadability. Instead, when we feel unable to envision, we would do well to step back, shed expectation, and invoke faith and patience.
Today’s practice first roots us into feeling secure, and trusting that what is meant for us will be for us…when the time is right. That timing is a crucial partner to the eventual manifestation of our destinies leads us to the need for patience. Without faith, without patience, we deprive Vision of a welcoming place to develop.
To begin, first offer yourself the opportunity to surrender into a state of not-knowing: Yield to the Universe’s ultimate guidance. Then, activate the energy of the Liver organ system with Apan Mudra, which brings Liver’s teammate, Gallbladder, into the mix. To form the mudra, place the tip of the thumb against the tip of both the middle and ring fingers on each hand; the index and pinky fingers extend straight. This mudra stimulates confidence and patience, the prerequisites for inviting Vision into your life. Sit and breathe deeply with the mudra for a minimum of 5 minutes; aim for 11 minutes. As often is prescribed in meditation, focus your closed eyes on the Third Eye.
Next, bring the consolidated energies of faith and patience into your first and second chakras. Sit on your heels in Rock Pose (with a pillow for support, if necessary). Rock Pose is known as an excellent digestive aid; in today’s practice, the posture stimulates the Root Chakra, and helps us to “digest” the information that we have begun to unearth with Apan Mudra. To stimulate the Second chakra, which promotes the ability to create, rest your hands in your lap: Place one hand in the palm of the other, thumb tips resting against each other; allow the edges of the pinky fingers to nestle snuggly into your low belly. Imagine this mudra as a cup into which the gifts of the Universe will flow: As the energies connect with your creativity center, Vision will be restored.