Making the Big Leap

Our closing mantra from The Big Leap: "I expand in success, abundance, and love every day as I inspire those around me to do the same." ~ Gay Hendricks, The Big Leap

(this image is from a great post from DanielleLaPorte.com)

(this image is from a great post from DanielleLaPorte.com)

Radiant and Courageous.


As we practice these two facets of our hearts this month, I have heard students experiencing both a sense of possibility and limitlessness, as well as sudden disruptions and old blocks showing up.

Both responses make sense. With steady movement, steady breath, an opening the channels (nadis) of our bodies, and by clearing the space around us, prana (life-force) is generated. Hence the sense of radiance in our hearts.The radiance is a perception of our energy being raised to a higher vibration. 

This experience brings with it an inquiry: will we choose this light, this new state as our new normal? Is it possible on a day to day level to understand ourselves as bright, worthy beings? Or will we choose to return to our more familiar frequency, choices, actions, tone of voice, and assumptions as to our capabilities? 

Gay Hendricks writes of this dilemma in his book, The Big Leap"When we are feeling good, we may come up against the hidden barrier of an old belief such as 'I must not feel good because fundamentally flawed people like me don't deserve it.' Or maybe we just don't believe that moment of inspiration or shift is actually ours."

Kundalini serves again and again to show us a shift in our frequency. After practice we often feel better. A powerful calm can change our habits of perception. The practice also serves to rigorously and systematically build an ability to understand that elevated state as our true state, our Sat Nam. 

Gay Hendricks offers tools for how to continue this sense of expansion into each area of your life: 

"If you focus for moment, you can always find some place in you that feels good right now. Your task is to give the expanding positive feeling your full attention. When you do, you will find that it expands with your attention. Let yourself enjoy it as long as you possibly can. With practice, you will be able to use this radical act of appreciation in other areas such as relationships, finances, health, food, work, family."

Radical indeed. And required of us. Because it is our great contribution, to expand. 

Danielle LaPorte writes in her post (well worth reading), that we will be each be called on to expand and it is only through the skills and repetition of our practices that we will be able to respond. 

The stronger our practice, the more with which we respond. The more we fill our personal wells with reading, movement, conversation, sacred silences, the higher our vibration becomes. The more we choose to believe this inner abundance is our truest self being remembered and enacted, the more we have on hand for when it is most needed. 

"Because the day will most certainly come, as it does whether you are a whole-hearted Lover or in denial of Grace, that you will be struck down or ground down by life. It can come in tiny tearing heartbreaks five times a day, just walking through your neighbourhood. It could come in the name of tragedy that could only happen once in a lifetime."

Some days, the most courageous act we can perform is to trust in the radiance and worthiness of our own fragile, familiar, evolving, ferocious spirit. 

Fundamentally, there must be acceptance of both aspects. Our smaller, habitual, doubtful selves must not be abandoned nor fled from. And our larger, potent expanse that energetic work can expose needs to be welcomed.

The meditation to align the 'small self' with the 'large self' is called Big Me, Little Me. Try it for 3 minutes, for 5, or for 21 as time allows. You will start to grow more comfortable both with your further reach into the world around you, as well as a contentment with the quiet, private intimacy at your center.

Instructions: Finding a comfortable seat, rest your right hand on your thigh and your left hand hovers facing your chest without touching. On an inhalation, the left hand floats away as if riding the energy entering your body. On exhalation, the hand floats back - closer, but not touching. Take your time. Let any force fall away so that the movement of your hand is a natural extension of your breathing. Grow familiar and accustomed to the larger and smaller versions of yourself. This practice serves to allow you to welcome in the shift necessary to develop deep abundance in your life. To conclude, allow the left hand to fall to the thigh and savor the sensation as time allows.

Try it. Pause. Expand what's good for a moment. Encourage it to spread. Daily.
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Announcements : Traditionally, the daily practice of kundalini repeats the same sequence for 40 days to repattern our habits. To continue your practice on days when you cannot come to class I have made an online version of our class. The public playlist on Spotify is the same one I use when I teach. Subscribe for a monthly online class. More details on my webpage