What's Choosing You?
A Subtle Vibration
Have you ever become aware of an unseen direction? An indescribable sense of something that has significance or of being attracted to something so clearly that the attraction is arising from beyond your normal sense of self?
Myth authority, Joseph Campbell, described the feeling of being helped along his path in life by thousands of unseen hands. There is occupation and then there is spiritual occupation. According to Campbell, the notion of following your bliss or spiritual occupation came to him through the Sanskrit term sat-chit-ananda, which represents the jumping-off place to the ocean of transcendence. The word sat means being. The word chit means consciousness and the word ananda means rapture. Campbell came to the conclusion that rapture is a vehicle for being & consciousness. In The Power of Myth he states, I thought, “I don’t know whether my consciousness is proper consciousness or not; I don’t know whether what I know of my being is my proper being or not; but I do know where my rapture is. So let me hang on to rapture, and that will bring me both my consciousness and my being.” I think it worked.
Finding a Vehicle
Celtic artist Loreena McKennitt recalls a feeling of being chosen by music. Over time she found her place of connectedness and it became her vehicle. She mentions being absent of the strongly extroverted personality best suited for a career in music but instead of being more at home on a farm or an informal gathering of friends. In fact, she had no intent of going into music at all but instead felt the music pull her out of the path she was intending and into the unknown. I have one of Loreena’s projects called The Book of Secrets and I absolutely love her artistry in this cd. In this recording you can feel the heart that beats for this music, her connection to it is very pure.
Connecting with Rapture
Loreena became smitten with Celtic music in the 70′s but her real journey began when she developed a passion for Celtic history and found herself drawn into the rich, ancient tapestry of sounds and rhythms and stories she found there. Loreena acknowledges being deeply interested in the connections between physiology and our spiritual and psychological beings, and the many events and experiences that inspire us. Through her exploration of Celtic history she discovered myths and traditions that resemble one another from far corners of the globe, people who share traits and yet are distinctive. She states, “My starting point is the belief that, in one way or another, we are all an extension of each other’s history. Wanting to learn about our neighbours is also a desire to learn about ourselves.”
Where is your Passion?
Most of us have not given much thought to this question. We are concerned with paying the bills and providing for our families. Perhaps we are even concerned with attaining or maintaining a lifestyle we believe will make us happy. To most of us the notion of existing through passion is scary…or a luxury that is reserved for those strange artsy types. While it is true that the artsy types are more likely to allow this force to enter and guide their lives, like Joseph Campbell I maintain that passion and bliss are for everyone. If you can start to notice the fear you hold around creating a passionate life…you are on your way to discovering your vehicle. The biggest obstacle to this endeavor is our fear of what doing something great will bring to us. The truth is we all have enormous power. We are wielding this power recklessly all the time, unaware that we are transforming everything we encounter. Finding your passion is no less then purposefully and responsibly wielding your power…so the way I see it, it is irresponsible to live life in any other way. Spend some time cultivating an awareness of those unseen senses of direction in your life…it just might be your passion calling!