The story that we tell ourselves throughout life is not the narration of our soul’s journey.
Can you recall the story of your life with complete accuracy from all perspectives? Of course not. The story we tell ourselves is inaccurate – a sort of delusional byproduct of the karmic chaos or Maya. Our life-story is NOT the same thing as our soul’s journey. As Yogiji said, “Soul does not relate to mind; mind relates to soul. It’s a one-way traffic.”
According to Yogiji’s teachings, the Soul enters the body on the 120th day of incubation. From this moment we are fed half-truths and loose-ends that we weave together into a fabric of who we are. To look at the story we’ve been telling and the image of self it’s created – compared the journey of the soul we know we are having – this is the work.
How we navigate the journey in spite of the story – this is the reason for meditation. MEDITATION IS NAVIGATION!!! Seeing through our story to our glory requires the tools, techniques and technologies like those available through Yoga, Meditation, and other inspiring modalities if we are to stay the course. (See Self Worth & Healing the Wounds of Life)
The navel (Nabhi), said to be the brain of the yogic body… is more commonly known by the Sanskrit word for the third chakra Manipura. Opening this chakra is said to provide a ‘clear’ sense of self and purpose – I call it “the rutter”. The tools gained by mastering this chakra allow us to steer the boat so-to-speak. The fourth chakra located at the heart (Anahata) is by far the most popular and well-known chakra and the power-house of the chakra system for a reason. Translated as “unstruck”,”unhurt” or “unbeaten” – deep within the heart lies the ear that hears beyond (anahata nada). Beyond the karmic chaos is the ‘hum of the universe’ heard by Yogis during deep meditation. It is said that opening this chakra develops our emotional stability and promotes our capacity to love selflessly – a great tool considering the Atman, or true Self, is said to reside here and can only really be seen if one is unconditional in love.
Everyone has ego, everyone has wounds. Our ego and our wounds force us to navigate life around our fears, angers, desires, etc.. It is said that the journey of the Soul is only 6 inches long – from the Navel to the Heart. From Ego to Atman – our Soul’s journey requires us to be focused as we engage and learn to navigate the inner landscape of life. Over the challenges and through the confusion… when we connect to our Soul’s journey more and more, a deep internal knowledge and sort of hidden wisdom is revealed about who we are and what we have to offer.
The map is not the territory after all… and the Journey of the Soul is a short but difficult one. In the words of Gautama Buddha “Long is the night to him who is awake; long is a mile to him who is tired; long is life to the foolish who do not know the true law.”.
May we know true law, and may the pure light within us guide our way on!