in touch with BEING
Let go of any goal that you are able to imagine
In order to leave space for what is impossible to imagine
Accept that the counter-intuitive
is the nearest you can come to the truth
Find the wisdom which resides in yourself
I was born on this day in 1947. I was given the name Celia after my father’s sister, who had died in the 1919 Spanish flu epidemic which ravaged the county of Fife in Scotland. I learned about this lost child when I was very young. My grandmother, who grieved for the rest of her life, not only took me to the graveside, but also to visit an old lady who had a crystal ball. For the child in me, it was exotic to gaze at the prismic light of the crystal and listen to strange intonations as this sooth-sayer offered my grandmother some sort of assurance that my namesake was out there somewhere, looking after us all.
I am so very grateful for this early intimation that there are no real borders between present and past; between now and the future, between us and those who lived before us.
I share DNA with the child my family lost. That much is physical. More significantly, the reverberations of her life and death have contributed to a life-long search for the things of the spirit. I know these to be art, music, poetry and a contemplative journey into the self that is, strangely enough, a pathway to the souls of others.
The position of your hands is important. Recall which hand is you active hand and let it support the other hand. Rest your hands on your knees with thumbs touching gently. Imagine that one hand represents the physical plane and the other hand the spiritual plane. As they touch each other, you will allow a flow between right and left hemisphere of your brain, thereby balancing the two in your subconscious mind. Do not press your fingers together. You are striving to let your body gently lead your mind. There should be no undue pressure.
NOW TRUST YOUR BREATH
STAY WITH THE RHYTHM OF YOUR BREATHING
AND FOLLOW THE SIGNS IN YOUR MIND AND BODY
TO BRING YOUR MEDITATION TO A CLOSE