Friday
Dec162011

Dancing with the Divine - Walking with the Mystic Archetype


Whether you recognize it or not, every step you take is another step on your soul’s journey homewards, on your journey back to that deep soul memory within you of unity with the Divine.  This is your soul's true home.  The path taken on your journey back 'home' varies for every person, although we commonly cross paths as our steps weave and wind their way back to our inevitable goal – a recognition that we are in fact one with the Divine and one with each other.  This journey homeward is the Mystic’s journey.

The good news is that you don’t need to know the name of the path you need to take on your own personal Mystical journey, or even the many turns and stops it will have you make along the way, before you start on it.  In fact you are already on your path homeward bound.  By engaging with the Mystic archetype, by starting to walk the Mystic’s path, you are merely becoming conscious of your Journey and recognizing that you don’t walk the path alone – that you have the most wonderful companion with you every step of the way.

This is because ‘God’, ‘the Divine’ or whatever name you like to use, is your dance partner and guide for your Journey Home.  You need simply follow the Divine’s lead in the dance that is your life, to live a into your highest divine potential in this lifetime.

Making Choices

Many people come to see me because they are unsure of their life's direction - concerned that they will make the 'wrong' choice.  The wonderful thing is that in Divine terms, it just isn't possible to make a 'wrong' choice.  It's possible to make choices that have less pleasant outcomes - that's for sure.  And it's possible to make choices which involve 'doing it the hard way'.  And some journeys may take longer than others.  But it's simply not possible to make a choice that doesn't lead you back home to the Divine.

Your destiny is inevitable - reunion or 'reoneness' with the Divine.  Your soul has been pulling you in this direction from the moment you entered your Mother's womb.  And it will continue to pull you homeward bound until you draw your last breath in this lifetime.

"What's the right path for me?" 

This is a question that has perplexed man for centuries.  Actually 'perplexed' is too soft a word.  This is a question that has caused wars, rifts and hatred on a global scale.  And yet the answer to this question is no different to the question - 'which is the best hat for me to wear'?   It's simple – the right path is the one (or ones) that sing to you, that resonate with you, the one that brings you closer to the Divine.  There is no 'wrong' path, just as there is no 'wrong' answer to the question about which hat is best for you to wear.

At the end of the day, all the world’s major spiritual paths point in the same direction.  They all involve dancing with the Divine, only with different steps to different melodies.  All dances bring each of us to the same point at the end of the day.  The differences between different religions, between different spiritual philosophies are only relevant in so far as they speak to the differences in each of us.  Some prefer to tango, other to waltz, and yet others just move their body in whatever direction feels good!

Are all 'Paths' the same?

Whilst all paths will get you to the same destination, as I mentioned earlier, all paths are not the same. So whilst the good news is that you can't mess up where you are going - you will get there in the end regardless - there are definitely ways that are more pleasant to get there that others.  I wrote about this a few years ago, when I quoted from the best-selling book "Eat, Love, Pray", where the Balinese medicine man 'Ketut'  is talking with  Elizabeth Gilbert:

"What’s it like in hell?" I asked. "Same like heaven", Ketut said. He saw my confusion and tried to explain.
"Universe is a circle, Liss…..To up, to down – all same, at end."
I remembered an old Christian mystic notion: As above, so below.
I asked 'Then how can you tell the difference between heaven and hell?'
"Because of how you go.  Heaven, you go up, through seven happy places. Hell you go down, through seven sad places.  This is why it is better for you to go up Liss." 
He laughed…….."Same-same," he said.  "Same in end, so better to be happy on journey."
I said, "So, if heaven is love, then hell is…"
"Love too", he said.

Dancing with the Divine

So how do you find the path that will lead you through the  'happy places'  that Ketut refers to in the excerpt above?  By learning how to dance with the Divine - instead of dancing nearby, or even just sitting on the sidelines and watching others.

Learning to dance with the Divine, is invoking the Mystic archetype.  It is learning to listen to the voice of your soul.  You don't need to be a psychic or an intuitive to do this.  You just have to learn to recognise your own soul's voice.  This is where many people find meditation helpful - they find the voice of the Divine when they spend time being still.  For some this is an actual voice, but for most people it is a 'sense', a 'knowing' , a 'feeling'.  And the more time you spend tuning in to the voice of your soul, the easier it is to hear.

The wonderful thing is, that when you are dancing with the Divine you are being guided, you are being lead, you are not alone.  And if you make a few mis-steps, it doesn't matter.  Because you have a dance partner who will help you to get back on track.

And when you are dancing in sync with the Divine, you don't need to know where you are going, because you have a dance partner who does.  All you need to know is what the next step is.

Your invitation to Dance

Getting started is easy.  The important thing is just that you start to dance. You say a prayer to God, to the Divine, saying you want to dance this life in sync with your highest divine potential, and then you surrender.  You surrender to the truth that everything that happens in your life is a gift.  You surrender to the truth that everything that happens in your life is bringing you closer to the Divine, is bringing you 'home'.  And as you do this, you will hear your heart start to sing  because you begin to realise that you already are home, that separation from the Divine was only an illusion.  You realise that you never actually stopped dancing.....you just didn't know it....

And so, to finish with the words of my favourite Sufi mystic:

You have been invited to meet the Friend
No one can resist a Divine Invitation
That narrows down all our choices to just two:
We can come to God dressed for dancing
Or
Be carried on a stretcher into God's ward.

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