Even as we may be conceptually cognizant of impermanence, our astonishment with how things actually change can create an alertness and initiate the awesome process of being awake to the immeasurable value of what has heart and meaning and reveal the very nature of reality.
Co-emergent, intertwined with our in-utero conception that names our living, comes our dying. Birth and death are not two; simply aspects of Life that relate with each other in an inextricable process of arriving, Being and disappearing. How can it be otherwise? As we breathe we experience this inbreath-pause-outbreath of movement and stillness. Natural, ordinary and instinctively recognized and can sound effortless.
Yet often something disconcerting happens in our human journey around this ever-moving process of change. It rivets our attention and curiosity, fears and uncertainty. Shift happens! We notice shifts in body sensations, thoughts and feelings in both moment-to-moment transitions and in life-thresholds; in the ‘small deaths’ of daily life and in more complex changes such as the undeniable ‘big death’- finite death at the end of life. We often react, freeze, fly or fight!
Let’s look together in ways that allow more spacious relaxed RESPONSIVENESS rather than reactivity so that you are aligned with your natural intelligence and heart felt essential love in Being with the arc of birthing and dying.
One ancient process for acknowledging and accepting change and charting it’s movements is the 5000 year old divinatory device called “I Ching: The Book of Changes.” To divine is the art of revealing what is not seen from the standpoint of the ego. Relying on the cosmological view of Taoism & Confucianism, the “I Ching” reflects through a thoughtful question, the play of 8 elements of nature and their mirrored accordance with our states of consciousness. Thus providing 64 reflective facets of the prism of our human condition.
Its contemporary and common value is found in learning a way to deepen your confidence in perceiving and anticipating the naturalness of change itself. For more information on Fall Beginner classes, visit our Wisdom Teachings & Training page.
Video: Chameleon, by Italian artist, musician and body painter Johannes Stötter