The Mad Hatter: Have I gone mad?
Alice: I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.
Remember when Alice fell down the rabbit hole into the unknown world of Wonderland? Well 2012 is the year to jump down the rabbit hole. Strap on bravery, give fear the shove off, and seek the unknown until you come to realize that you are magically Divine as well. 2012 is the year that the ancients from many cultures, faiths, and philosophies have earmarked as a turing point toward spiritual awakening and collective consciousness. I certainly have felt my own heightened awareness in these areas. I get strong “dings” or intuitive hits. I have always felt my inner knowing wrestling around, but now the “hits” are very clear and more frequent. I am drawn toward events and teachings that speak to the metaphysical plane, outer space, subtle body energies, shamanism, reiki, Wonderland, or anything that is associated with Divine Intelligence.
Conversely, at this time of deep awakening, I have noticed how easy it is for people to ignore their intuition. They get that gut feeling, that hunch, that inner knowing screaming in their third eye center, and they reach for the off button, like they hit the snooze on their alarm. And, I really think they know its their INsight that they are ignoring. They know they aren’t denying the overcritical chatter of the mind, but rather they are shushing the deepest connection to Source, God, or Divine Intelligence. Or perhaps it is an unconscious choice to disregard the nudges and winks from the Universe, but nonetheless, there are many who are closing their two external eyes to that third eye which is wide open.
The rabbit hole is right before them but they are too scared to jump down. What if they find out that there is more to life than driving expensive cars, finding the perfect mate, going on exotic vacations, and downloading the coolest apps. What if they discover they have a deep inner knowing and a vast awareness of what it is to be connected to the Universe, Creation, God, and Bliss? Will this knowledge mess up their Match.com date on Friday night? Will they have to quit drinking wine, having the occasional smoke, and start practicing celibacy? Most people don’t want to trade these aspects of their life in for spiritual enlightment…whatever that is.
My guess is it is due to the fact that few people know how to be with their spiritual energy. We are taught from the day we are born how to eat, sleep, socialize, talk, work, read, write, exercise; all the things that make 2 out of the 3 aspects of our being, Mind and Body, flourish. But very few of us are taught how to nurture and develop our Spiritual side. Some of us grew up with religion that was handed to us from our parents, therefore we really didn’t discover our spiritual practice on our own. Some of us had religion shoved down our throats and it put a bad taste in our mouth regarding anything to do with spirit. Some of us were never exposed to exploring the intangible soul energy, therefore it is a really foreign concept to us; so much so we even question if it exists.
As sure as the sun has risen for 5000 plus years without fail, there is most certainly a Divine Intelligence that flows through all things. It is the same Source that makes the trees bear fruit in the summer, and the leaves to fall in the autumn. It drives the salmon to swim up river returning to their place of origin and spawn new life. It is as real as our breath that breathes life into our body. Now is the time to put skepticism and doubt aside, take a gigantic leap of faith, and jump down the rabbit hole. Take the journey into the unknown. Seek the Truth of this life experience and the Truth of who you are. Get to know your Higher Self. You’ll still be able to go on the date, sip the vino, and enjoy the tangible life. It doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. We are still our Ego Self, but we can grow our Higher Self simultaneously.
So when you feel that nudge or Divine wink, follow your intuition and see where it leads you. Don’t ignore it. Don’t be afraid. Take a leap of faith. The journey inward will show you all that you Wonder about. This is the time for answers to be revealed, for deep spiritual inroads to be made, and for all of us to come together for the Higher Good.
As the mystic poet Kabir said,
“Are you looking for me? I am in the next seat.
My shoulder is against yours.
You will not find me in the stupas, not in Indian shrine rooms,
Nor in synagogues, nor in cathedrals:
Not in masses, nor kirtans, not in legs winding around your own neck,
Nor in eating nothing but vegetables.
When you really look for me, you will see me instantly –
You will find me in the tiniest house of time.
Kabir says: Tell me, what is God?
God is the breath inside the breath.
Karma has many upcoming events to help us tap into our Higher Self.
Lots of Rabbit Hole options:
Relax and Rejuvenate: An Evening of Mantra Meditation with Dev Darshan
Using the power of naad, or sound current, we’ll do a mantra meditation from the Kundalini tradition (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) to help clear the mind and allow the soothing vibrations of the gong to then carry us into a deep state of relaxation—a great way to end your busy week.
Friday February 10th 7-8pm $10 per person
Urban Tantra: Building Bonds Beyond Sex
This workshop is designed to help us understand the differences in viewpoints and desires to meet on common ground and move beyond sex for something much more liberating. Bring your partner and learn simple tools that can deepen your relationship. Check up front for more information.
Saturday February 11th 5-7pm $30 in advance/$35 day of* *Price per couple
Pregnancy is such a special time in a woman’s life and yoga can do so much to support you during this time. Join prenatal teacher Kristen Boyle for this workshop to help develop or deepen your practice during pregnancy.
Sunday February 12th 1-2:30pm $20 in advance/$25 day of
Join us for an evening of soulful kirtan with special guest Leraine Hortsmannshoff, who combines her Australian roots with her love and devotion to kirtan. This is not to be missed!
Friday February 17th 7-9pm $10 in advance/$15 at the door
If you love being upside down, are curious about it, or fearful of it, this is the workshop for you. Lisa Schlelein will help you understand the mechanics of inversions, how to do them safely, and give ample time to play and explore the world from a new perspective.
Saturday February 18th 2-4pm $15 in advance/$20 day of
Celebrate the earth, rebirth, and life itself by allowing your body to feel and hear the primordial vibrations and sounds of the rhythmic drum beats. Drums are provided! The evening will be guided by master percussionist Damon, the Zen Drummer.
Sunday February 19th 7-9pm $10 per person