Human consciousness is a force for changing the world. On top of that, when we harness our consciousness in concert with others, the more impact that shared vision can have on the collective human experience. We are so powerful!! For the past six years, these concepts have motivated all my actions working to create the Blissverse community. Let’s discover, learn, and grow together–while, ideally, also having some fun and laughs.
This also means that, I’m always looking for opportunities to hook up my intention, imagination, and belief in our potential to create a beautiful world to others’ similar efforts. That means that when I received a newsletter back in December from an organization I admire, offering a recording of a guided meditation to be done on a specific day and time so that people all over the world would be doing it simultaneously, I opened up my calendar right then to include that event in my celebration plans for the Winter Solstice. That warm and gorgeous holiday (I live in Florida!), I joined that large group of people around the world who set their clocks, sat on the cushion, and listened the beautiful guided meditation in the link below to become part of one mind focused on manifesting LOVE through envisioning a world based on community, freedom, and ONENESS with Mother Nature.
For my own spiritual practices, I am biased towards ancient practices in their original format or slightly modified by “spiritual heavy hitters” much farther up the personal development ladder than myself. True. My view is that if millions of people for thousands of years have practiced and preserved an ancient wisdom life-skill (a “spiritual practice”), that it must be both effective for most people and powerful from so many people through time and space doing it.
Whereas, when people offer me things like, “I was visited by an alien angel yesterday and it told me to do and share [whatever] as a meditation,” I treasure their desire to be of service to others; I embrace their genuine belief in what they experienced; I acknowledge the possibility that their narrative may be exactly what happened, in our world of infinite possibilities; and as part of my life-experience, they are worthy of my respect. But that said, I always thank them and then turn my attention and time back to my favored ancient sources for personal development.
Despite that acknowledged bias, when I’m presented with the opportunity to participate in–to give my time and energy to–a “group effort” that I want to support, I sort of don’t care what we do…I do it and do it 100% without reservation. I do it with love, offering everything I am to doing my small part to help make the world into a lovely, human, natural, sane place in concert with others who share that goal.
Thinking about group efforts, so far this year many of us are finding ourselves considering questions about who we are, what we’re doing here, and what life is…and sometimes thinking and feeling a bit destabilized and ungrounded. So if you just thought to yourself reading those words, “Oh, I am so having that experience,” you’re in good company. The energy of this year’s time and space we’re all inhabiting is a bit challenging for many of us to digest on a day to day basis. Or, another way to say that, many of us are feeling VERY UNCOMFORTABLE.
Being a Chief Happiness Mentor certainly does not exempt me from sharing that experience with everyone. One of the vows I took when I was initiated into the Saraswati lineage was to stay present, aware, and self-aware in my actual experience. This means no trancing out, no numbing out, no distraction out of my experience and sensations. This means embracing whatever experiences and sensations arise as part of my life. This means harnessing the power of my consciousness to stay soft and gently focused on the hum of LOVE that all of life is…even the hard parts.
To fulfil that vow, I’ve used discipline to focus my time and energies on activities that nourish my spirit (and admittedly, my intellect). Part of that discipline is to be open to opportunities to do things differently, do things out of my area of expertise or bias, like participating in that group meditation last Winter Solstice. (A small part of me wants to label the meditation as “new-agey” and move away from it.) That day last December, listening to the meditation for the first time, sitting in a classical sitting posture outside in the shade, tears of joy, gratitude, love, and oneness just poured down my face during different parts of the practice. I got up off that cushion practically feeling like a new person, newly energized, newly confident that Light will win this struggle, that ONENESS will prevail. And later, I remembered to be thankful that I don’t reject opportunities to express love, devotion, and oneness based on what my inner narrator tells me about the value or qualities of those opportunities.
The past seven months of my life have been, like for so many of us, full of what I would call “extreme events.” There has been tons of loss in basically every area of my life and things are growing in to replace them at a slower pace then I’m comfortable with. There have been a few times that I have felt challenged to remember that I’m not alone, that the world and Mother Nature are okay and abiding, that there are communities and relationships, new life, understandable death, all flourishing all around the globe into an encompassing mass of vibrant, healthy, human ongoing lives. I’ve had to work hard a few times to remember that joy and oneness is going on all over the world, in contrast to my more typical (and sometimes grindingly annoying to others ) experience of being able to access an almost bottomless pit of optimism and confidence at all times.
And yet I still sit here in love with my life, grateful for my purpose, confident I change the world with my love and happiness because I embody and embrace the happiness concepts and life-skills I have been gifted with from ancient wisdom traditions and every once in a while from out of the blue newsletters. Ha!
HOMEWORK: Please consider turning off the TV, computer, and mobile phone for a pre-set span of time; sit or lie down comfortably; and do things like listen to the meditation in the link above.
May it speak to your heart in times of joy or need, as it does mine.
Thank you for the gift of your time by reading this blog.
Love, Unmani <3
Unmani Saraswati, JD, LLM is the Chief Happiness Mentor of Bliss Revealed along with enjoying a successful eighteen year career as a divorce mediator-attorney and previous law professor. A lifelong student of how to how to have a vibrant experience of life, she earned her credential as a Certified Massage Therapist from the Institute of Conscious Bodywork in 1997 and graduated from Trika Institute’s Seven-Year Tantrik Yoga Study Group Program in 2010. As a Chief Happiness Mentor, Unmani draws on her ongoing study of ancient wisdom concepts and life-skills, twenty years of daily mediation practice, and her work supporting thousands of legal clients to bring out their best selves in the midst of crisis through mindfulness and education. She teaches the self-paced online program My Bliss Path™ and live streams with subscribing members of the Blissverse Locals community. Also, check out her free videos scattered around, but presently on Minds. To find out more about Unmani’s mission for everyone to have a Healthy Body, Strong Mind, and Happy Heart go to: https://linktr.ee/blissrevealed