Exercise 47 - The expanding nature of us all - love
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Prepare for your meditation as usual
Take the time at the start of this exercise to
offer reverence and gratitude to the souls close to you in your life.
This could be family or friends or even animals or places that are
important to your soul. Take these few moments to acknowledge them,
offer them reverence and thanks for the gifts they bring to your
Breathe deeply and take a few moments to completely
relax your body so that you can meditate most powerfully. I’d like you
to feel that you are letting go of your body awareness as stage by stage
you let go of your body and move deeper. Firstly try to come to
stillness, see if you can get your body to complete stillness. If there
are places in your body that need your attention then stop and spend a
little longer there, sending love and relaxing that place, bringing
every part of you to complete stillness. It is as though every atom of
your body is filling with love and light allowing it to completely rest.
Start with your toes, insteps and ankles of both
feet, relax them and feel that you are allowing them to go to sleep
whilst your awareness becomes more and more intense, alert.
Then your calves and shins, relaxing – almost as
though you are putting your body to the side as you let it fill with
calm, relaxing light. Deeper and deeper is this feeling of relaxing
every muscle and coming to stillness as you move now to knees and
thighs, quadriceps and now both entire legs and feet are filled with
light and are still.
Moving to your hips and internal organs, stomach,
liver, kidneys, pancreas – take a moment to really offer your body
gratitude for how selflessly it serves you - lungs and physical heart,
chest, shoulders and neck. Let it all fill with love and light and let
your body ease deeper and deeper into complete relaxation, complete
Now feel the light flowing to your biceps and
elbows of both arms, elbows, forearms, hands and fingers.
Then to your face, your jaw, chin, mouth, lips –
relaxing – nose, ears, eyes - draw a figure eight of light and
relaxation around your eyes. Then your forehead and hair and the crown
of your head.
Every part of your body is now filled with light
and love and completely still, it is as though your whole body is asleep
and you are putting it to the side whilst your awareness has become
super intense and very alert.
As we move to the mind and ego bring your attention
to all of your thoughts, your conscious and subconscious, your past and
future, and bring love, acceptance and stillness again to all these
parts of you. Recognise that as we bring love, we bring ourselves to
this moment, now, and let go of your attachment to all that you have
done or might do in the future.
Deeper and deeper, and again it is as though in
stillness and this now, you are able to let go of your mind and ego and
go deeper with more alertness and clarity to that fundamental aspect of
us, our soul.
Deeper and deeper, and as we venture more and more
into our own soul we realise there is infinite love within us, infinite
light. Let go again and again, feeling the relief of letting go of
resistance and relaxing into our real nature.
Deeper and deeper. More and more love, and begin to
feel that you are expanding your sense of self - of who you are - into
the love and light that reverberates through every soul. We begin to
feel ourselves as the light that shines within all.
Deeper and deeper. Relaxing more and more. As we
let go of our resistance we feel more and more of our real nature being
revealed. And we realise there is a hunger within us, a deep longing, a
fervent aspiration that has perhaps been the most powerful urge of your
entire life deep, deep within you. As we search it out, we realise it is
the urge to expand our experience, to love more and more deeply, more
and more souls, with fewer and fewer conditions.
We let ourselves drink in this delicious hunger, we
relax into it and we feel the ache of our heart, the pain that is at
once absolutely excruciatingly beautiful and blissful. Our longing fills
us with gratitude and love, and the light and love floods us, like a
monsoon storm that will not end. We feel in stillness the most powerful,
most primal force in the universe, the expansion of love, and every part
of us is inundated by its exquisite blissful delight.
I will leave you in silence, but with each breath
let your soul take you deeper and deeper into the inmost recesses of the
deepest longing of love .. Really explore this ancient, most elemental
of all forces, this aching, longing to expand our love. If you let it,
it will feel more like home than any other feeling.
As we come to finish the meditation, and you look
back to your mind and ego, just remind yourself that you are not just
that mask, those roles that you have accepted in this life, you are
something much deeper. Realise that from this very deep place of love
that you are not one ego, but all egos, not one role but all roles. You
are not one father or mother, or brother or sister, but all mothers, all
fathers, all brothers, all sisters.
And as you come back to your body, again experience
the feeling that you are not one body, but every body, as you let go of
all resistance, you might come to realise that you are in everyone and
everything in love.