This blog post is inspired by a walking meditation in forested mountains on the Mediterranean island of Corsica.
Meditation in the Forest.
Through the conscious breath I felt a deepening connection with the underlying Spirit of Life.
On the surface of things, Life is not meant to be easy, the struggle for life means death is ever present: the continual creative upwelling demands intense awareness from the life forms inhabiting the Earth.
Alert awakened Presence is the cutting edge of continual renewal, as the essence of Life shapes the manifest World.
In the intense Presence of Life – beneath the appearance of things – everything is known
to be One.
Beneath the different forms of multiple movements lies the great Ocean of formless fluidity, Ha-Main in Hebrew, potent life force, fluid space allowing all things to be in existence, to interact, one with another, to transform from one form into another.
Each life form has its time before it dissolves to be reborn anew.
Ha Maim – the Waters of Life.
Nothing is separate; the beholding consciousness meets that of the conscious whole. All our mind-made divisions resolve into One breath.
In ancient Hebrew the expression of the intensity of Life is found in the words, Ani El Shaddai. These words point to the reality that is the foundation of the Abundant Life of the natural World. Usually mistranslated as “I am Almighty God”, its meaning is much deeper:-
Ani – El Saddai
I – the One, the all nourishing essence of Life.
Ani – The I of consciousness – Being – The Real,
Be Still and breathe with awareness of the life force within you.
The physical Universe continually emerges out of intense alert Presence.
El -No-thing, Being, source of the continual flow of Life; the creative dance- every movement emerging out of, and supported by Stillness.
The potency and potential of every emergent life form.
Shaddai; all nourishing abundance, the vivifying fire, the breath of cosmic motion; the feminine breasts – to nourish its progeny into evolving, ever changing, diversifying life.
El-Shaddai: The power of Life that underlies nature, the planetary being, the solar system, the galaxy and the universe, continually breathes life into every form.
When we breathe with awareness we access the universal creative pattern of life.
The realisation of non-duality, each movement unified by awareness of stillness.
Universal Creativity revealed in consciousness beholding itself.