By Julie Redstone
All of life is a mystery of unfolding spiritual truth to which
one gains access through diligent pursuit and also through creating
an open and available receptacle with which to receive revelation
when it comes. This relates to truth that comes in the form of understanding
and verbal knowledge, and also to truth that comes in the form of
an authentic experience of the Divine.
In the language of light, and with the understanding that life
is filled with the mystery of seen and unseen worlds, 'alignment'
is a practice which progressively allows for such an authentic experience.
More truly, alignment should be considered a process rather than
a practice, for it is an evolving gesture made by the embodied self
which permits us to participate in the greater life of the spiritual
universe. As the physical self reaches toward the higher dimensions
of light, it becomes possible to bring light through from these
dimensions into physical reality and also to blend further and with
greater intimacy with the realms of Divine knowledge. As we do this,
our experience of God's being grows, and we are more able to
experience ourselves in the larger context of the soul.
The process of alignment creates a bridge between the purely
spiritual part of our being and the physical so that a new and sacred
reality can manifest within the sphere of everyday life. What is
transmitted in the way of light along this bridge depends upon how
clear we are in our energy, how much we have become able to free
ourselves of both inner and outer darkness, and how open and desiring
we are to become an instrument of divine Will and Intention. This
latter is important, for the practice of alignment is not a tool
that can be used mechanically without a spiritual center. Indeed,
its spiritual center is the heart, and the heart must desire to
exist in profound and intimate relationship with the Divine for
the practice to have depth and meaning.
A central part of alignment has to do with the breath. It is
based on the understanding that breath is more than the taking in
of physical air in order to bring oxygen to one's blood and
lungs. Breath is that, but it is also the carrier of light, and
in that sense it is a sacred messenger between dimensions which
can infuse both body and consciousness, restoring and rejuvenating
heart and mind when this is needed and maintaining one in a physical-spiritual
equilibrium at all times. This kind of equilibrium is something
we know little of today. However, as the body becomes increasingly
capable of holding light, it will be understood that the spiritual-physical
equilibrium that is maintained by the continual process of alignment
is how we are meant to live. It creates within us the possibility
for experiencing ourselves as sacred beings and for bringing to
humanity and to each other this same truth.
From a sacred perspective, the practice of alignment is less
a technique than a way of being - less a tool, than a form of prayer.
In essence it asks God and the higher realms to bring us into accordance
with higher Will so that we can serve the purposes of our soul and
of Divine intentionality -- the purpose for which we came to the
earth. Each breath that we take can be an expression of this prayer
-- "God, make me an instrument of Thy will." Each breath
can also be in service to the Earth so that we become able, as children
of God, to bring to others and to the planet itself, that which
will help it heal and that which will bring it more fully into the
higher vibrations of love and light.
The practice is simple, involving sitting in meditative silence
with a focus on the breath. During this time, consciousness is attuned
to the Source of light transmitted in and through each inhale of
breath, permeating and infusing each organ and cell of the body.
With each exhale, all that is not resonant with the incoming light,
all that remains of fear, mistrust, doubt, or separateness is released.
Where negative or discordant energies in the past may have entered
the physical structure of our body causing symptoms and areas of
discomfort of various kinds, alignment with light and with Divine
intention also opens us further to healing on the physical plane.
It erases any negative or fearful energy that we may carry before
it has a chance to become embedded in our physical or emotional
being, preserving health and preventing symptoms from occurring.
Today, this whole process is being made much easier by the greater
presence of light on earth, and any person who seeks a way of expanding
their awareness will find it easier to do so than it would have
been at any time in the past.
Though darkness upon the earth is affecting the lives of a great
many today with a great cost in sorrow and in human suffering, in
the midst of this a bright new reality is being born. This new and
sacred reality is asking us whether we are ready to step out of
all previous identities we have held onto and that others have held
onto for us so that in the presence of greater light we can discover
something that is more real than we have ever known. This something
is our essential self -- our pure spiritual nature that has always
remained at the core of our identity, now waiting to be reclaimed
and reawakened as the true awareness of self that we have always