Wishing you all a beautiful day.
Today, it feels to me like the first day that the air smells like autumn; the chills crawling up my spine as the wind swifts thru my layers of warmth. There is this gentle bright light that I love to observe, that is emanated from father sun in a different more golden way as winter starts gently making its way up north. It also feels to be my first day in the city since forever, even though it has just been a couple of days I was gone. In the last weeks I can state there has been quite some movement, and activities of different sorts in my agenda; two weeks ago was the World Social Forum, then there where a couple of days of re-aligning for the winter where I got my first “ real” job ever (I guess I really mean a conventional job, where I am not my own schedule organizer!), I also got to move to my friend’s house and I also got to attend my first Rainbow Gathering. What - a beautiful trip! J Not to mention I got to have conversations I was sort of avoiding for the last couple months as well as relieve emotions and different patterns from another turn in the loop; reason why I am here today, sharing this with you.
This idea of the Styx (called Ghost River in the Iching tradition) is something that fascinated me since I was a young child, when I saw Ades rowing in the underworld, thru the river that connected the living with the death, and where all ghost that had unfinished business where screaming in pain… yes, you are right, this picture that is well stuck in my mind comes from a Hercules movie created by Disney. A picture that I had long forgotten and that lately reappeared in my life in a conference I attended to; and I have now come to realize how it is such an important principle in my life. But, how? How would a Ghost River that comes from mythology, either from the Iching or the Greek story, (as well as many other myths I can assure) have a big impact in my life?
But, apart from all this therapies and specific teachings I feel that my most amazing school has been “life” – as cliché at it can sound. Not life as, I believe tends to happen in the city, where I see my friends that live in the big cities, going from their home to university, back home to do homework or to a sport/art training, then eat, teeth, pyjama and sleep! Or, even worst!!! Something that tears me apart even more, is when I see the beings I care for working 50 weeks per year to just get 2 weeks off, as if it was the biggest gift of life! I see them working very hard, being tired and then trying to enjoy from their weekend as much as they can, I hear them sharing it is not easy. I hear them saying they will like to do something different, but most of them don’t do. For which I had rather chose an unpaved road, kind of unconventional for many, but that I see more and more people taking at each day. A road where I got to let it all go and rebuild almost all of my belief systems from scratch, of course I didn’t do it alone! I had a wonderful help, amazing inspiring people that helped me put together all pieces of the puzzle as well as gave me pertinent tools to sustain this work! This is what I see as the process I so call the Ghost River – which is a process Mat speaks a lot about in the Alma Tierra Process. OK! Lets get to concrete… For me, this really means jump in my own inner canoe, and to navigate the depths of my darkest waters. I get to row thru the ghosts of my past, my most painful wounds and the louder patterns I have, and I just observe them; I observe myself and no matter what happens I keep on rowing.
This for me has been true magic powder, and here are the four mayor lessons I have attained from this process:
So here is my invite, to us all to navigate our inner Ghost River, as well as the collective river of all wounds that are being held on the earth.
To observe them, honor them, and to choose to keep on rowing – no matter what tides are held ahead. To row for a more meaningful breath, for a more fulfilling step on each turn of the road.
Lets enjoy life as it fully is!
Lets re-create in clear matters what we want to live!!