With the Winter Solstice soon upon us, we are called to turn inward, contemplate – and explore our inner landscape. This time of year tends to also include overextending ourselves outward with holiday shopping, entertainment, and festive gatherings – yet historically this was a sacred time of quietude, reverence and closure of the past year.
In ancient times, Winter Solstice was known as the most difficult time of the year – cold, dark and fearful – not knowing whether the light would return. As such, in order to hold the light of the sun, candles and fires were lit. Do you find yourself feeling dark, cold, or even fearful – as another year ends? Do you find yourself overextending and moving away from your true Self? Are you reaching or grasping for some form of light to pull you through?
Our fifth Wisdom Goddess of the Dasha Mahavidyas (Ten Wisdom Goddesses), Tripura Bhairavi, is the destroyer of fear, the Supreme Divine Light and power of Radiating Fire. She represents the very flame of divine consciousness – which is the Supreme Truth. Tripura Bhairavi is known as the Goddess who frees us from difficult times, burning away our ideas of separation that generate fear within us. When we call upon Bhairavi, her fire fills us with warmth, unites us with Divinity, and allows us to see that we are Pure Consciousness (Self/Awareness) – in ALL of our FULLNESS (Purnamidam).
Here we offer a simple self inquiry meditation practice, to turn inward, connect and contemplate ALL THAT YOU ARE…
Sit in a comfortable position.
Gently close your eyes.
Find your breath.
Observe the ebb and flow of your breath.
Drop into your heart centre.
Take a deep inhalation from there.
Do that two more times.
Settle into your centre. Into the vast spaciousness that is before thought. Just this. Stay there, relaxing into now. With no attachment to any result or expectation. Just Be.
After 5 minutes has passed (you can set a gentle gong timer):
Can you notice the quietness of the stream of thoughts?
Can you notice the stillness?
What is it that is noticing this?
That which is always noticing all thoughts, action, and interaction?
We will call it a glass container here.
You are the glass container.
Everything inside this glass container are the contents of your mind, life, the world, etc. Also known as: LOVE.
Without You (the container), none of that exists.
Yet because the contents (LOVE) are in the container, they become the container (You).
“The Self does not move. The world moves in it.” – Sri Ramana Maharishi
“Love says ‘I am everything.’ Wisdom says ‘I am nothing.’ Between the two, my life flows.” – Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
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