Wednesday, March 23, 2016

If You Love (Being) an Awakened Woman


For many years I have worked on knowing myself, loving myself and understanding myself. Honoring who I am and what I believe in without making apologies for it. I have been surprised that this process of awakening to the spiritual experience of being a woman was not always well received by others. However, I’ve also seen how this process of unfolding has propelled others’ transformation and growth; both women and men. While I acknowledge that these words reflect mostly my own perspective, it also collects what I’ve witnessed in other women and men in awakening to their highest self and in the experience of spiritually loving and being loved. For this purpose, I humbly share my experience as an awakened woman. Honoring you both in the unique pace and rhythm of your souls, I elevate these words as sweet prayers for transformation:

The caliber of an awakened woman can bring you to your highest destiny. Because a woman like this is precisely awakened to the majesty of her whole being.

People, especially men, may be profoundly intimidated by her, because she knows the depth of her soul, and therefore she’s not afraid to delve into the core, into the heart of issues as they arise. 

A woman with such clarity won’t accept a lie, she’ll simply smile into your duality and face you. Her eyes of love and wisdom can bring in your own truth.

A woman with such compassion will hold your heart as she would hold a child. She knows the ways of love, as she has learned to caress and cradle her own being.

A strong-hearted woman will challenge you to stay attuned to your present. If you trust her wisdom, she’ll reflect back the best of you, like the moon to the sun.

You can try to fool her, but she will always be ahead of you, not to compete, but to meet you where you’re at and elevate you. Gracefully, she’ll take your hand and walk with you through darkness. 

You’ll be astounded by her trust. She’ll follow her own light and illuminate the path that is your way out.

She’s a seeker, a lover, a keeper.

She’s unstoppable because she flows soft and penetrating like water. If you honor her, she’ll keep you fresh and nourished. If you hurt her, your foolishness will just be reflected back at you sixteen times, freezing your heart and evaporating the trust that was placed in you. This is not born out of vengeance or meant as a command. This is the feminine nature of energy, that mirrors back the trust and caring given to her, enhancing it and encouraging the connection to grow. Sometimes, she’ll be of service as a magnifying glass: enhancing or constricting, expanding or limiting. Ultimately, she reflects what is given; beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

Understand this: to love an awakened woman you’ll have to lose yourself; give in. This does not mean you must abandon who you are, but instead necessitates that you surrender your ego, your habits, your wounds, your spiritual void. You must know that around the warmth of her being you’ll melt like honey under a blue sky.

Her ways are subtle and stark, simple and complex, sweet and bitter, soft and firm. Can you acknowledge the paradox of her essence? She wanes and waxes like the moon, constantly adjusting with the ever-changing phases of life.

If you don’t understand this, then understand her, “stand under” her. Support her and you will witness how your soundness and steadiness make her flourish, at the same time as she supports you and helps you realize your highest potential.

She is a mirror, a warrior, a saint.

She’ll be standing rhythmically by your side, enhancing  your relationship with yourself, helping you to nourish your own self-worth. Like a mystery, she’ll open the doors to the unknown, encouraging you to grow in your faith. You’ll find in your deepest, most intimate meditations, that she reminds you of Spirit. She’s there to bless you, as you’re there to bless her from the majesty of your awakened being.

If you love an awakened woman, life’s journey will be like a smooth caress. You’ll find yourself doubting less as you consolidate, and become steady, calm, patient and wise. The stability and integrity of an awakened man is a major blessing for the world, and for her, like a sweet kiss from God.

Over time, your cultivated intuition will naturally reveal to you both when to be silent and when to speak. You’ll rise with the understanding that commitment is a state of being, like a light of remembrance whenever you feel lost.

An awakened woman and an awakened man both know that the most supreme experience of love is to feel whole. Only from this wholeness is it possible to sacrifice, to expect nothing in return and to share your being just for the joy of giving and loving.

Love an awakened woman and you’ll find there are no real barriers to change, only the sweet ache of transformation that inadvertently turns carbon into diamond.

You’ll grow wings because an awakened woman will propel you towards really embracing freedom, and paradoxically, you might find yourself searching for an anchor and longing to go “home” after a long challenging day.

When you gaze into her eyes you’ll discover your divine self, looking right back at you.

An awakened woman is a never-ending wake up call. Her light will ignite your being, her compassion will cradle your fears and her love will be a sweet gift from God, Spirit, and the Universe.

Are you ready to Love an awakened woman?
And you…
Are you ready to Be an awakened woman?

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Holistic Approach of Health and Disease:
Exploring the Mind-Body-Spirit and the Personification of Organs

 Kirinroop Carolina Israel.

The most wonderful thing I have learned about the human body is its innate multidimensional configuration. As an integrated system, the physical and the spiritual bodies support the fulfillment of our soul’s experience. From this perspective, mind, body and spirit are inextricably interconnected, forming part of a complex system of interdependence.
Under this holistic framework, when something occurs in one of these levels, the entire system is affected if we consider the human system as a whole. Indeed, we are more than the sum of many parts; every human being is unique from its fingerprints to his/her authentic configuration and way of being in the world.
This holistic understanding draws upon many contemporary theories, namely, system theories, complexity theories, metaphysics and quantum physics, Gestalt theory, among others. These approaches have offered, especially in the last decades, a more comprehensive understanding of the process of health and disease in an individual, where well-being -as a state of being-, is a result of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual components organizing themselves in a unique pattern of configuration.
Following this perspective, a disease is a manifestation of a conflict, friction, block, shock or a chronic or abrupt rearrangement of the patterns that compose the individual dynamic of being. From a Metaphysical approach, disease has an emotional or spiritual cause, meaning that the physical manifestation of a symptom is just an expression of an energetic imbalance that has been progressively generating itself for a certain period of time. This understanding exceeds the Germ Theory, which supported medicine’s long ride through the Newtonian or mechanistic approach that suggest an allegory of the human being as a machine.
A common mistake would be to exclude one approach for the other; indeed, the greatest challenge for humanity is to acknowledge the multidimensional reality that sustains us, -material and spiritual. It is useful to remember that our existence entails both aspects of the experience: we are not only a human, we are not only a being; we are a human (material) being (spiritual). In this sense, there cannot be a phenomenon occurring in one level without affecting the other.  We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
Likewise, health and disease are both part of a continuum of experience, in which the appearance of an ailment comes with a message from the spiritual or immaterial realm into the material territory of the body. This message –usually configured within the subconscious dominion of experience-, can be deciphered in order to bring consciousness to that part of ourselves which we haven’t been acknowledging, accepting, or simply been aware of. From this holistic comprehension, understanding the spiritual meaning of a disease does not imply that one gives a “magical” meaning to it, or dotes a phenomenon with unnatural qualities. On the contrary, it is most certainly natural to conceive that an imbalance on a physical level is product of a building force, a movement of energy creating an impact on many levels.
However, this building force undeniably may have been gestating itself on a subconscious level, co-creating itself with physical correspondent phenomenon. This means that an unconscious pattern of emotions, such as perpetuated resentment for an unsolved situation, or a traumatic experience, can build itself up to an energetic dysregulation of other systems in the body, finally manifesting as a weakened immune response (or any disease), for instance.
Moreover, if we consider homeostasis as the continuous dialogue of opposite forces to sustain harmony, balance is plausibly a product of a wave-like movement between two dimensions or aspects of experience. This could entail a dialogue between cold and hot, light and dark, high and low, conscious and unconscious, material and spiritual, and so on.

Consequently, the movement between complementary opposites (like material and spiritual realms) manifest in both a universal level –encompassing the reality of all beings, namely, night and day, masculine and feminine, etc., and an individual level –appearing through a unique and authentic pattern of personal configuration, namely, fingerprints, personality, biography, etc.
This holistic approach is not new, it has been recognized for centuries by different cultures and traditions, from metaphysical perspectives to ancient eastern perspectives. An example of this is the Tantric Principle (India) or Yin Yang principle (China); opposites are only complementary aspects of experience, where one part holds in its deeper center the nucleus or seed of its opposite, implying an indissoluble inter-dependency.
Even more, the term “individual” has its etymological roots in the Latin word individuus, meaning “indivisible, inseparable”, or that which cannot be divided due to its inseparable or holistic nature. The same principle holds true for the example of “human being” mentioned previously, where spiritual and material realms of existence form part of a natural and indivisible marriage.
Accordingly, an approach that attempts to fragment human nature is simply failing to acknowledge its whole nature. A comprehensive approach requires the recognition of multiple levels of experience and the complex capacity of the human being to manifest itself in unique ways.
Regarding health and disease, some metaphysical approaches have described specific meanings of ailments to decipher and describe patterns of organization that gestated an imbalance on an emotional, mental and/or spiritual level. This approach states that the cause of a disease lies on a pattern of the mind, as a property of consciousness creating a certain reality. On the contrary, the Germ Theory states that the cause of a disease is held solely on a physical level, hence, its cure must undergo an intervention on this same level, regardless of the others.
However, an interesting middle approach could reconcile both levels of experience. Let’s set up some grounding notions to clear this up for proper understanding. A configuration is an arrangement or disposition of multiple elements conforming a whole. A pattern is a recognizable combination of qualities of a phenomenon, it represents the insight that results from connecting the dots. The property of authenticity is like a spiritual blueprint that brings uniqueness to the dimensions of time and space. In this sense, when either a germ or a mental-emotional constellation (repeated and divided thought/emotion pattern) appears in our system (mind-body-spirit), the quality of that system will determine its capacity for adaptation and its pertaining homeostatic principle. The theory of Disease Resistance is similar to this approach.
The art of healing -or comprehensively treating and understanding the meaning of a disease, implies a recognition of a pattern of configuration in an individual with the purpose of restoring balance or homeostasis. To heal, we need to meet the unconscious cause of an ailment and unfold it through the process of dialogue between opposites –material and spiritual-, while weaving the nuances pertaining to different levels (emotional, mental, etc.). We restore harmony by bringing encompassing consciousness and integrity to our acts. We treat the physical body while we search for meaning, and in this way, just like the immune system, we amplify our memory and awareness evolving towards a more complex level of existence.
Moreover, the physical structure of the body is also a configuration of patterns of the mind-body-spirit system. This means that from the anatomical and physiological characteristics of the human body we can extract its energetic/psychic expression. The Holistic Approach of Health and Disease, created by the Chilean physician Dr. Adriana Schnake, is an example of this integration. This approach derives from Gestalt Theory and Psychotherapy drawing upon numerous universal, ancient and scientific principles to understand the meaning and process of health and disease. By phenomenologically observing the systems of the body and its organs, it is possible to recognize its correspondence with aspects of the personality, by the way they are constituted (anatomical structure) and how they function (physiology).
From this perspective, we can identify the biological-organismic aspects of the personality, understanding that each organ and system has its pertaining qualities of being. When we negate, reject, neglect or struggle with aspects of ourselves, we are actually denying aspects of our material and spiritual reality, thus causing fragmentation, disruptive harmony and originating disease. When we do not acknowledge all the qualities of our being, we are restricting our adaptive capacity to deal with change and uncertainty, hence, impairing our innate ability to respond and endure transformations.
The Holistic Approach of Health and Disease derived from Gestalt Psychotherapy facilitates a dialogue between the person and its organ. Through the role playing of an organ, the person can embody its qualities to discover what are the rejected aspects of that organ and its according aspect of the personality. Phenomenologically, this suggests the following exploratory question: What are the characteristics that are being isolated, negated and fragmented by the individual? By experiencing the organ, the person can come to an insight of the underlying causes of a disease, as he or she learns the harmonic anatomy and function of his/her body-mind. In this sense, this approach, also known as the Gestalt Dialogues with the Body, offers the investigation of the symptom’s voice and its unique message that it waiting to be delivered to the person’s awareness.
An example of this would be a person that when embodying (role playing) a joint (articulation), discovers that she struggles with some aspects of its functions, such as being a mediator between opposite/different parts (a joint articulates a bone and a muscle). This insight can bring tremendous awareness and healing, especially if the person is in the journey of recovering from arthrosis, for instance. What is new about this method and differentiates it from other metaphysical methods, is that it recognizes an individual’s unique psychic (mind-body-spirit) configuration. While it is true that we can recognize patterns for all individuals, such as relating throat ailments with the 5th chakra and its communication aspects, each person has an irreplaceable way of being in the world, a unique biography and quality of experience. This method allows each individual to relate to the original characteristics of their organ in order to notice what aspects need acceptance, and with that, integration.
Integration comes from the creative dialogue between opposites, be it the material and spiritual realms or the multiple nuances that lie in between levels.