Becoming Light: The Sacred Practice of Alignment
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
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 been.
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