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Last week I had one of those moments when
the veils lifted and I was able to see, with crystal clarity, into my
future. It played like a good soap
opera, with heartbreak and loss, success, redemption and great love. I’m so grateful for my abilities, but
sometimes I need some time to adjust to what they allow me to see.
By mid-week I was feeling a bit like Morgan
Freeman in The Bucket List.
He notes that 97% of the people in the world would not want to know the
moment of their death. He was in the
other 3% until he found out he had lung cancer.
I understand what he meant, because it can be challenging to live in
each now moment when you want to hurry up and get to the end of the story. Jumping ahead into the future is a type of
poison for the mind. As I wrote in The
Yoga of Relationships, Lord Shiva, as Lord Blue Throat, drank all the poison
from the ocean of consciousness to save humanity. I’ve been contemplating this for the past
couple of weeks, and as always, I’m amazed at how the Universe offers up opportunities
for me to delve deeper into my practice.
As a result of my contemplation of this myth
and my real life experiences, I’ve come up with some tools we can use to help
transform the poison in our lives into the sweetest nectar. They are:
1. Open to Grace. This is the
first principle of Anusara yoga. Opening
to Grace invites something greater into our lives, whether you call it the
Universe, God, or anything else. It
allows us to remember that we can trust in something greater than our own personality
and will, and it can offer great comfort.