Harmony is the Way
The cidada shell stopped me in my tracks. This “cause to pause” has become a signal to me that I need to listen. Some wisdom is trying to come in, but I must open my mind, allow quiet, and focus my attention upon studying the energy at hand.
The shell made me laugh, in light of the theme of our August Yoga Philosophy Course. We are studying how to prepare for a New Reality, which begins with how to shed the old ways, programs, wounds and lower vibrations of both our individual and collective energy. The old shell becomes obvious to us when we are feeling judgmental, critical, worried, angry, possessive, rigid, controlling, fearful…got any of that? That’s our old shell. We can learn to look at it, perhaps with some compassionate horror!
The great news is that we, like the cidada, will emerge, and with wings! In fact, that which delights, uplifts, enlightens and makes us feel like we’re soaring is great guidance to follow! That’s the direction we are going. And, like the cidada, it can happen quickly. Both recognition of the old shell, and the fast pace in which we all are waking up, invite us to take good care of ourselves, allowing ahimsa (non-harm) to lead the way through intentions of humility, gentleness and discernment.
We can bring this forward into action via our voice and, again, take wisdom from the cicada. Most known for its sound, the cicada sings in various harmonies and rhythms that have fascinated and mesmerized people for ages. Honor rhythms by knowing when to speak and when to stay silent. Let us sing in harmony with those around us, and notice how it is this harmony that is molding, shaping and calling forth the new reality.
The cidada borrows a famous quote (attributed to pacifist A.J. Muste) as it offers this wisdom:
"There is no way to Harmony. Harmony is the way."
Video track - 2:15 minutes (click on the photo)