Ritual, Quiet, Grounding, Body, Listening
When I think back to more ancient times when great Sages, Seers and Healers roamed the Earth, what I always tap into is a person who is able to hold a certain stillness inside of themselves. In my own life, the spiritual teachers I have met who are living as well as from the inner worlds, also possess this quality. Guides from the spirit world who have walked with me since childhood don’t speak at all, or rarely at most. When they come to me in visions or dreams, their field is so still and powerfully balanced that they can simply transmit to me without ever needing to speak.
In traditional magic, one of the most powerful spaces an adept can learn to hold is that of the fulcrum, the perfect balance between two opposing forces. In that stillness one need neither contract nor expand. You simply hold and become an extraordinary conduit.
But how do we get there? What is the road from uproar to stillness?
In Native American culture there is a word for entering into this space. Tiyoweh: the stillness of the heart as one enters the stillness of the mind. It is the practice of stepping deep inside the heart, the body, the womb, so that the mind can come to rest and the spirit can relax. It gives us a road map to stillness: Stop. Feel. Sink in. Hold. Release. Peace. In traditional magic, we practice entering into the Void, a visionary meditative practice where we learn to find and hold that stillness just as one might train a muscle.
I also find opposites useful when discerning spiritual concepts. I think of the opposite of Tiyoweh as “creating”. Creating is what naturally comes to us when we can hold the stillness inside and give the spirit time to express itself. Our best ideas and creations are born from the stillness, and not on the timelines or schedules of the mind. Once we have created, we retreat back into stillness to achieve balance. It reminds me of Jazz legend, Miles Davis, who once stayed in his apartment for five years, barely getting off the couch only to one day get up and write The Man With the Horn in almost one sitting. The album rocketed to the top of the charts and became a pop hit.
TIMING OF THE SPIRIT
It makes sense to me that we are all being asked to find the stillness inside of ourselves now. After so overly-involving ourselves in a world of business, creation, stimulation and content, it takes an event as profound as what we are all living through now to inform of us how destructive such an imbalance can be and remind us to consider the source of true creation.
I believe that now is the time to be still. I am suspicious of anyone offering me solutions, grand plans or entire new spiritual paradigms. It jars my senses because my spirit, the collective spirt, still demands Tiyoweh.
The stillness comes first, and from that a true wellspring of innovation must and will come.
Would You Like To Join Me In Tiyoweh?
Thursday May 7th at 8-10pm Amsterdam Time
Join me for an online guided group meditation to explore your Tiyoweh and journey with me into the Void.
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