Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The weave of life

In the all 'knowing-ness of the heart', the essence of the weave of life remains beyond reach when the connection is not established. Either we remain questioning, wondering, pondering or sulking with the movement of the play of events or totally unaware of the layers.

Complete surrender with the heart is of utmost importance to achieve bliss. This can be as easy as breathing, if we are connected to our inner self. If not then every darkness and challenge seems like it has come to destroy you permanently. It is the process through which we become wiser and move ahead.

One example which my Reiki teacher, Mr. Surinder Makkar used to give was that if we look at the other or the wrong side of an embroidery piece, we see threads all tangled up, the design unclear and chaos.

Life is like that, we see the unpleasantness, disappointments and the ugliness. This is just one side of the picture. Within this chaos, the beauty of  life emerges as the right side of the embroidery revels in the revelation of the art work.

That moment of knowing-ness comes in the roller-coaster ride of life. Sharing a few lines I wrote in one of the 'time and space', where one realises and is in bliss.

The wet fingers
of despair
the clammy touch
of disappointment
dark clouds of sadness
why why why
then the crack of the dawn 
of sunshine of hope
appears in the horizon
of my soul.
With it's dazzling conviction
to spread light, joy and wisdom
in the heart and mind
and I tell myself
All Is Well !!

This sense of well being also gets ignited by music. This song always brings in that moment of peace. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Creativity through the Heart Chakra

In the process of healing the heart, one huge realization dawns upon me. This is a very painful process. To open up old wounds, to live through all the experiences and then to let them go gently.
This requires lots of courage and fortitude.
In one of such moments, my creativity leaped up and I wrote a few lines. To give a brief background, my dearest friend Geetali Tare introduced me to the book 'Forty Rules of Love'.  It is the story of  an eternal friendship between Rumi and Shams Tabrizi, which led to the fabulous poetry of Rumi.

न मैं कोई रूमी था 
न वह मेरा शम्स बन सका 
कोई आजीवन साथ नहीं रहता 
विचार, शब्दों का जमा न पाकर 
किसी राह की मुंडेर पर खो जाते हैं 
ख्वाहिशें मन में भटकती रहती हैं 
और पौधे बिन जल के सूख जाते हैं 
दिल से निकली ये कोमल टहनियां 
तुम्हारे दिल तक नहीं पहुँचती 
इनका वजूद बरखा की बूंदो जितना 
आस्मां से गिर कर, ज़मीं में गुल 
ये टहनियां रेशम की धागों की तरह 
अलादा हो कर छलनी कर जाती हैं 
हवाओं में आवारा बहती हुईं 
तुम्हारी खुशबू बिखेर जाती हैं 
और मैं रूमी का नाटक करते हुए 
इन धागों के शब्दों को बुनकर 
एक परत भ्रमित शम्स के नाम 
खुद पर ओढ़ कर सो जाता हूँ |  

I am no Rumi,
Nor could he be my Shams
No one lasts forever
Without the shelter of words,
my thoughts waver and disappear into dark alleys
Desires float around in my heart
And plants parch without water.
The gentle vines of love, in my heart 
Don’t reach you.
Their existence is like the raindrops,
Sinking into the ground, never to be found.

The rainbow like silken threads
Are shredded beyond repair
The scent of love disparts in the air
And I, trying to be Rumi,
Weave these strings of words
In the honor of Shams,
 pay homage,
and engulf myself in him.

- Translation by Anwesha Mitra

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Healing the Heart Chakra


The Heart Chakra is the seat of love. The emotion which creates the 'path of the heart'.

There is a lot of information out there on 'heart chakra'. There is also a lot of debate on 'whether chakras exist or not'. I will keep it to just this that I am sharing my experiences with my readers here and I believe in the existence of chakras, have felt their movement within me and in people I heal.

In most of the healings I have noticed that people have their heart chakras with shadows, either blocked, moving in the wrong direction or moving erratically.

Deep hurt and emotional pain can lead to one shutting down the feel centre. Relationships are a great source of joy as well as sorrow. Unlimited and unfulfilled expectations from our family, friends, colleagues etc. lead us to disappointments, frustration and sadness. The ideal situation is to have no or very few expectations from people around you but it is next to impossible to do that. We are not supposed to live a life in isolation and mutual dependence and expectations are expected.

What is to be done then ? My take on this with the experience I have had while interacting with all the people who came to me for healing is that we need to live through the emotions and deal with them and resolve them as they keep popping up. Blocking out emotions or pretending that they don't hurt you, does not work for us.

One good exercise while healing people is to make them live through their traumas/hurts and pains they may have gone through since childhood.
Going back to the heart chakra, it is definitely all about loving abundantly as well as being ready to receive love. Old pains related to people letting you down does not allow us to open up to love.
Reiki healing for heart issues helps us to get centered.

Meditating on the heart chakra helps in the balance and opening of the heart for the energy of love and kindness to come in. This music can be used for the heart chakra meditation.

Quoting my favourite poet Rumi on loving and being loved -

Those who don't feel this Love
pulling them like a river,
those who don't drink dawn
like a cup of spring water
or take in sunset like supper,
those who don't want to change,
that old trickery and hypocrisy.
I you want to improve your mind that way,
I've torn the cloth to shreds
and thrown it away.
wrap your beautiful robe of words
around you, 
let them sleep. 
This Love is beyond the study of theology,
sleep on. 
I've given up on my brain.
If you're not completely naked,
and sleep.