By Heather Eilering
“Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye…” (Corinthians)
Change…it’s that time of year, the leaves of the trees begin their immaculate display of yellow, orange, red and gold. The air becomes crisper and cleaner. The stars become brighter. And yes, the temperature begins to drop just like the leaves on the trees. The only thing that doesn’t change is the fact that things are always changing in this world. The electrons and protons that make up your cells are rapidly moving each instant. The body you inhabit today is not the same body you were in 7 years ago, every cell has died and new ones have been born. The slow brilliant transformation of autumn to winter to spring to summer is a cycle that repeats itself eon after eon. Things pass and then are reborn. Form changes, but the essence of the form always remains.
Our practice as yogis is to begin to observe the essence behind the form. The form then looses its illusion of power over us and we begin to notice that nothing really changes. Consider eating a Rhode Island farm fresh apple, what occurs in your senses? First there is the weight of the apple in your hand, the vibrant color, the smell as you draw it near your mouth and then that first bite… crunchy, sweet with a bit of tart, delicious. Then there are the sensations of chewing, swallowing, even digestion if we are paying close enough attention and finally the apple is gone. What was there a minute before no longer exists in its original form. Behind the sensual experience of eating an apple is the essence of the experience. It remains when the apple is gone. This essence is beyond thinking, beyond emotions and beyond the 5 senses (the 10 senses if you want to go that far)!
What is this essence you may ask? It’s not something that can be spoken about or taught, it is something that each of us needs to discover. The map to discovering it has been laid out in every spiritual belief system that has been brought into this world. What resonates with you? The hard part about discovering this essence and releasing the pain experienced in an ever-changing world is that you must choose to walk along the path in the map you choose and practice despite the perceived changes around you.
The good news is that you are not alone. There is support you can see with your eyes if you are looking and support beyond the senses that remains despite what you do, say, think, or feel. That is the support of the unconditional Loving Nature of Truth. You’ll hear it called Grace, The Divine Spark, Holy Spirit, Krishna Consciousness… Are you ready to release your fears over change? Then take that first step with complete trust, be the fool stepping over the edge of the cliff and know you are supported. PRACTICE! Of course you have to practice, the power has and always will be in your own hands.