I am slowly landing back home after an extraordinary pilgrimage to India and to the yogini circle in Vienna. Each time we dive into practice in the circle, it feels as if the jewel of our being is getting polished, becoming a more clear and luminous guide that we can always rely upon as we navigate through the ache and beauty of embodied life.

To me this inner awakening work is not removed from the physical surface of what we call ordinary life; it is not a passive, reclusive endeavor. To awaken to our nature deeper than our identity with the small me, to plant our roots in a bigger self, does not remove differences between us. It cultivates our capacity to tolerate differences. When we realize that we all are arising from the same source, our relationship to our differences changes. Differences no longer mean separation. To me this is spiritual activism. To me this is peace work in a very pragmatic sense.

The ache of separation – from our own essence, from our bodies, from each other and from our earth – is what the Buddhists call the “root disease”, the root of all suffering. So many of our actions in life are attempts to fill this aching hole, but most of them only lead us further away from ourselves, and thus further away from the only place we can find the connection we long for. If you believe that you are separate from source, no amount of stuff or love from the outside will ever fulfill you in the way your heart knows is possible.

And in the same way, if we see the victims of war as “other”, as someone we will “save”, or the terrorist as “other”, someone we will “fight”, we are perpetrating the very world view – the trance of separation – that creates this devastating dynamic we see today. Don’t misunderstand me…to see through the surface differences between us and realize the one source that we all are does not mean that we don’t help wherever we can. And it most certainly does not mean that we don’t do whatever we can to stop terrorists, to be awake and to see the underlying reality. It does not make us passive!

To root yourself in the undivided heart is, in my view, the most radical step of activism you can do. Here you tap into creative possibilities, luminous visions of what is possible, and Shakti, the creative life force which brings about evolution.

If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time.
​​​​​​​But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine,
then let us work together.
~ Lilla Watson, Indigenous Australian activist

I feel excited to dive deeper into this exploration with you in the 21 day Divine Mother Sadhana. When conscious women from all over the world come together in the Practice of Peace, we can bring about miracles.

Source: ® Awakening Women, Inc.

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