Two of the first tenets I ever learned about writing were: 1) Write what you know; and 2) Let some time pass before addressing a personal experience. Most often, these suggestions prove useful. When one’s writing springs from spiritual reflection, however, the first principle may benefit from a bit of poetic license: “knowing” becomes intuiting, sensing, believing, etc.
The second guideline, then, may need to cede to its spiritual relative: discernment. The ability to determine whether a spiritual challenge or revelation is meant to be shared is a primary characteristic of spiritual maturation. Further, while some insights may extend to humanity as a whole, some are specific to one’s personal evolution. And of course, sometimes a lesson learned may prove valuable to oneself, as well as to others.
On this Silent Sunday, I contemplate these matters with regard to a recent spate of challenges. My rumination led me to realize that said recent events threw—simultaneously—my past, present, and possible future into sharp relief. I was able to recognize how far I have come; what still needs work; and that my growth depends on continued devotion, discipline, and never-ending faith.
Rather than relay the circumstances and my thoughts concerning them, I offer an idea for your own contemplation and meditation. Additionally, the following mudras may help to reveal your version of: Where You Were; Where You Are; and Where You May Go.
As you begin to turn inward, mindful of your query, try the Mudra for Discernment. On each hand, touch the tip of the thumb to the tip of the middle finger. The union of these energies helps to ground you in your present state, while easing any sense of constraint or burden that may prohibit patience and clarity. You may choose whether to turn the palms down or up as they rest on your knees: If you choose up, close the eyes to gaze at the Third Eye; if down, slightly open the eyes to gaze at the tip of the nose. Breathe deeply, and allow competing thoughts to step aside for your intended personal exploration. Continue opening to your query for as long as you need. When you begin to gain a sense of the trajectory that has been your earthly life, release the mudra, stretch a bit, and prepare for to meditate upon your awareness.
The move from contemplation of a specific thought or question, to unfettered meditation is similar to the shift from manual operation of a car’s pedal and wheel, to Cruise Control. You continue toward the same destination, but you free yourself from specific input. In meditation, you quietly allow the move from a conscious focal point, to expanded Higher Consciousness. You release your mind from earthly pulls, and ease into the sway of the Universe.
To help with this shift, I created the following mudra. In your preferred set-up for meditation, touch the thumb tip on each hand to the palm-side base of their respective pinky fingers. Bend the left arm at the elbow, tucking the elbow down by your side. With the forearm pointing up, crook the left wrist back about 30 degrees; the palm is open, with the four fingers together, the thumb stretched across the palm to the base of the pinky.
With the same mudra on the right hand, stretch the right arm forward and up to angle of 60 degrees. There is no bend in the wrist, so the palm naturally angles down a bit, due to the angle of the arm. With both arms presenting the Mudra to Intuit through Time, close your eyes to gaze upward at the Third Eye. Breathe deeply in the position for at least 5 minutes, working your way toward an 11-minute mediation with mudra.