Day 4: Soul Remembering
Today marks twenty consecutive days of yoga and 4 consecutive days of this writing practice. In my last two posts I wrote about Responsibility and Obedience, two words I used in my little bio describing this writing practice I am doing that is this blog.
I also in my bio wrote that this was a practice in Soul Remembering. In the ten month spiritual training I completed last month, one of the techniques myself and the other participants were required to practice on each other every week was called Soul Remembering. I won't describe the technique here, as it would take too long. One of the things that I received from practicing this technique weekly for ten months was how enormous and limitless our souls are.
I do believe in reincarnation. I have since the age of seven when I first heard of it. My experiences in my life since then, and especially in the past ten months have confirmed this truth for me. Our souls are timeless and despite surface appearances, we are not separate from each other. We are divine expressions of the One. And thank goodness!
A couple weeks ago, I had an argument with an acquaintance that left me feeling very charged and very angry. Instead of allowing my mind to get carried away with the argument, thinking of what I would say and how I would say it, I decided I would pray for the person. The prayer I said was The Oneness Prayer, which is a prayer that recognizes that there is no separation between me and this other person and I know that they are whole and perfect just the way they are. After saying it one time, I felt so much better! Of course my ego and my mind would quickly take me back to my feelings of anger and frustration. Each time I noticed that happening, I simply said the prayer again. The first couple of days I said the prayer about twenty times! Yes, I have an active ego. After a couple days, I found myself needing to pray less and I felt wonderful after each prayer and I felt so grateful for that other person.
Since our altercation, I have encountered that other person a few times and there is no tension between us, as if the whole situation just dissolved.
This was the first time I ever prayed for someone I felt angry at. Thank goodness I did because I felt so good after each prayer. I will do that from now on. When we pray for others, we are also praying for ourselves because we are all one.
I should be clear I was not praying for this person to recognize how they wronged me or to apologize. In the Oneness Prayer, I gave recognition to the fact that he was an expression of the Divine, as much as I am and I gave thanks for his special gifts in the world and recognized that he was on his right path.
That is what Soul Remembering is for me. And it works.
I have been writing for 30 minutes. My timer is just about to beep!
It is 9:47 p.m. on the west coast. I am complete.