Wabi-sabi: Beauty In Impermanence.

Wabi-sabi.

Wabi-sabi comprehends Japanese aesthetic, surrounding the acceptance of transience, impermanence, and imperfection. We see this concept embodied in Japanese construction (zen gardens, tea houses) and the arts (Ikebana/flower arrangement, tea ceremony, Hagi ware/pottery). Wabi-sabi originates from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence: 1) Impermanence; 2) Suffering; and 3) Emptiness or absence of self-nature.

Wabi: Original meaning was the loneliness of living in nature, being remote from the rest of society. Today, wabi refers to rustic simplicity, freshness or quietness, and the beauty in human-error during construction of objects.

Sabi: Used to mean chill, lean or withered. Now sabi also encompasses the beauty or serenity that comes with age, as the object displays wear and tear.

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The beauty in our world is derived from imperfection and impermanence.

We can find celebration in each day as we gracefully observe our physical bodies move through their life cycles. Let us embrace the progression of aging, and find the sweetness, stillness, and surprise in letting go. Our relationships, too, both with ourselves and with others, are impermanent, and it is surrender that saves us from the pain we feel from attachment. There is much to learn in aloneness. It’s about being gentle with our souls and recognizing the simplicity in our purpose for being on Earth’s plane.

Look around you, in this exact moment, and

breathe in the absolute beauty found in the thousands of imperfections.

I see artwork of trees bathed in sunlight framed by the windows, the gentle billowing of a curtain though a sliding door opened part way, and the mosaic of indentations of paw prints from my cat on the beige carpet. None of these forms have mathematical formulas, yet there is a precision and a knowing in their imperfections. It is about finding form in the unformed.

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Where Did My Awakening Go?

It takes time.

The moment itself of awakening  – moving from the dream state into reality – happens spontaneously. But the process that follows takes time. This is the process of getting beyond the pull of the dream state (where we perceive separation and isolation). The dream state, where the ego resides in its power, has a strong force that pulls consciousness into itself. Awakening is breaking free from this force. The dissolution of the ego is, essentially, what this whole journey is about. When we have a moment of awakening, but we have not moved completely beyond this force field, we will be pulled back toward the ego experience of “me”. This is why we can feel like we lost our feeling of connectedness or our ability to have amazing realizations about truths.

There is a struggle between our true nature and Self, and our imagined/false sense of self.

This is because our consciousness is not yet beyond the force field of the dream state of ego. And so we fluctuate between these two realms – between our true Self and our imagined sense of self. We fluctuate back and forth, forth and back. This can be very disconcerting and confusing; we experience reality in its truest form, and yet we find ourselves right back in the dream state. We now realize that the ego’s paradigm isn’t real, but the pull, the gravitational force, of the dream state is very strong. This is where the struggle lies: Even as we know the truth of our authentic being, we can still find ourselves believing the ego. Why is this happening? Before we awakened, we only knew to believe a thought or to not believe a thought. Reality is not divided like this. Upon awakening, things become strange. We observe ourselves believing a thought and not believing a thought simultaneously. Or we notice ourselves acting in a way we know is not coming from the reality, or our true nature, as we have discovered. It’s as if we experience ourselves saying things, thinking thoughts, or acting in a way that we know is not true. It’s happening, we know where they are coming from, but we let it happen anyway. This can feel extremely unsettling and upsetting. It feels like we have taken ten steps backward, or that we have fallen way off our path, or that we are actually DEscending. None of this is accurate though! Take heart in knowing that nothing has gone wrong, and that you have done nothing wrong. This is all just the next phase in awakening. Remember that if you have seen the truth, if you have had moments of awakening, this is real. The truth is the truth, even if you only catch a glimpse of it.

Don’t run from this experience.

When we are in this phase of awakening, it is best to understand that nothing has gone wrong – this is all part of the journey. If you run from this experience, in search of returning to that awake place, you will be avoiding this important part of the process. Yes, the fluctuation can be quite painful, but I have found that it is even more painful to live in a way that I know is not true once I have seen what reality is. Being out of alignment with our true Self is the suffering caused by such separation. That is why once we begin the path of awakening, we cannot go back. The consequences are much greater once we are awake; acting out of accordance with the truth causes ourselves pain. When we are in harmony with reality, we experience grace and bliss. It is a simple law of the universe, really. And it is this law that helps guide us deeper to who we truly are, to our true nature.

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Indigo Children and Asperger’s.

Indigo kids.

Having felt an unexplained, and unexplored, connection to children with autism since a young age, I’d like to open up my blog with an exploration into their realm. The term Indigo children is based on concepts developed in the 70’s by Nancy Ann Tappe, a teacher and counselor who studied the human auric field. Tappe concluded that 80% of the children born after 1980 had a new deep blue colored auric field, hence “indigo.” Incidentally, the color indigo represents the third eye chakra, the energy center of psychic activity. Using the colors in the aura, Tappe was able to accurately reveal a psychological profile.

The intricate inner workings of our DNA are changing…Brain-wave relationships are spontaneously moving into higher vibrational patterning as the electromagnetic fields within our DNA. Because of this, our brains are working together as cohesive units of consciousness. That means humanity is becoming more aware and moving toward becoming sentient beings – aware of everything all at once, all of the time.” – from Conversations With The Children Of Now, by Dr. Meg Blackburn Losey

The indigo child is here to remind us of who we are, where we come from, and why we are here. Indigo children remember, and have an inner knowing that far exceeds our psychic capacities.

So why have we forgotten?

We came into this lifetime with contracts to experience the dark, in order to fully understand the light. With this, we have agreed to co-exist with our Egos. This has clouded our ability to understand that our minds and not separate from our bodies, and that our memories and thoughts are not truly our own. Who we believe we are, where we believe we come from, and why we believe we are here – these are all fabricated from our egos. It is our promise to ourselves that we remember our true essence. Those moments, however rare they may be, when you feel completely free and not attached to any learned behavior or thought pattern – that is when your vibration is closest to your highest self.

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Indigo children, also referred to as Starseed, are those whose souls have incarnated in human form to help raise the consciousness of Earth beings. 

Indigos have above average intelligence, are emotionally sensitive, intuitive or even psychic, and generally feel different from those around them. They have an aversion to bright lights, and are highly sensitive to sounds, pain, and extreme temperatures. They know they belong here just as they are , and they expect you to know so as well. They are born knowing and feeling that they are special, and they want to be revered. Indigo children have a higher sense of self-worth and confidence. They do not work well with rigid authority and archaic systems; they believe everything should be given creative thought. Indigo children are very focused on matters of spirituality and things of metaphysical nature. They are considered system-busters, because they often have insightful and better methods than those in place for years now.

Autism is a gift.

Asperger’s Syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder, in which people with Asperger’s have difficulty in social interaction and have problems with sensory integration. They also tend to have narrowly focused obsessions or interests. In my personal interactions with children with autism, I have found them special in the most sacred sense, and intensely gifted and psychic. These children are light-workers in training, and have an unwavering ability to cut through the facade of old paradigms. I personally do not feel that recognizing Aspies as indigo children is blindly labeling to avoid working with the “disability.” (I really loathe the words “disorder” or “disability.”) I do, however, believe that we have much to learn from our indigo children and our children with Asperger’s. These children intuitively know the integrity level of others and most important of all, these children know, understand, and respect their gifts without question.

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“Indigo children are “natural children in an unnatural world.”…their immune systems (physically and emotionally) aren’t able to assimilate the earthly toxins in food, water, air, toiletries, cleaning supplies, artificial lighting, and relationships. Scientists have discovered huge links between ADHD and environmental toxins.” – from The Care and Feeding of Indigo Children, by Doreen Virtue.

All of us, not exclusive to indigo children or those with autism, would benefit from a different kind of environment and world than the one we have been molding over these past decades. Instead, we should live like this:

  1. Free from all harsh chemicals in our products, our foods, our water, our soil and our air.
  2. Food is organically grown, locally grown, fresh with minimal processing and refining.
  3. Education is for all, and children have a much greater say in their educational future and curriculum.
  4. Family means whom you are with at that time; family is inclusive to a greater circle of people.
  5. Our political system is truly for the greater good of all, much more democratic, even socialist.
  6. All countries and all people work together to better the lives on the entire planet.
  7. Nature and her needs comes first; we belong to Mother Earth, not the other way round.
  8. Children are treated with respect and consulted on any decisions that would affect them
  9. All people are equal no matter what their race, color, sex, or creed.

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