Expansion – Nature’s Sanctuary Sunday Service Reflection for July 10, 2016
Summer is a great time to explore and reflect on expansion in Nature and given the political and social environments pretty much around the world, an exploration and reflection on expansion is essential.
As we are witness to the ever present atrocities occurring in our homelands and abroad; fear, sadness and powerlessness make us contract.
Although it is human nature to contract in the face of terror and hatred and confusion; contracting doesn’t serve us. It makes us smaller, it dims our light, it lets more and more dark prevail.
In the face of terror and hatred and confusion it is now more than ever that we need to expand our energy, we need to shine as brightly as we can, we need to hold and mark the space of compassion, connection, collaboration and love.
So today we are reflecting on expansion in Nature. There are so many amazing, powerful and beautiful examples of expansion in Nature through which we can attune our own energy and raise our vibrations.
Before I share these, I want to first share something that I saw when I was working with one our Ministerial students. We were looking at what’s going on in the world and the image I saw was humanity trying to push through a small hole to move into the light, but they are trying to get there because of fear and we cannot move to the next step of conscious awareness through fear; we can only move to the next step by embracing expansion, love, light and all of the energies of the Divine Feminine.
It is an interesting visual depiction of what is going energetically and Spiritually.
I believe that if we each individually choose to expand rather than contract, choose to love rather than hate, choose to support rather than tear down, that individually, we will help the whole in opening up that hole and shift into the light of our next step.
So let’s go back to expansion and how focusing on it can help us expand that opening we are all trying to push through.
There are many beautiful reminders in Nature than can support us in expanding, staying expanded and increasing our expansion. As we expand, fear releases and the darker energies cannot exist within us or around us. As we look at each one today, we will play with attuning or matching our own vibration with what we are looking at. We attune our energy every day, mostly unconsciously and usually to lower vibrations. Doing it consciously is simple, you set your intention to match the vibration of whatever you are looking at.
Let’s start with looking to the sky. The beautiful expanding sky. Whether day or night, there is a powerful remind of unlimitedness in the sky.
Close your eyes and take a moment to breathe in deeply, connect with the sky and attune with it. Let your vibration match the energetic vibration of the sky. Feel yourself float and open, fell the tensions in your body melt away.
Now let’s look at the Ocean. As far as your eye can see is water and the curve of the horizon, above the expansion of the sky meets the ocean in a beautiful example of as above, so below.
Close your eyes again and take a moment to breathe in deeply and connect with the expanding energy of the Ocean.
Let’s not forget the waves themselves, with their powerful example of ebb and flow, constant movement, pushing in, pulling out, there is expansion in that movement.
Close your eyes, breathe deeply and connect with the movement of the waves.
We can find expansion in the mountains rising up to the sky, in the blossoming of a flower. We can find expansion in the wings of a soaring bird, and we can attune ourselves with all of these energies. Each one might bring you a different sensation, a different awareness of expansion, of hope, of freedom, of peace. Each one offers you the opportunity to change not only your energy, but the energy around you.
As we move through these troubling times, return to the natural world around and attune yourself with the powerful, beautiful examples of expansion that we find there. Use expansion to help you release the fear, the uncertainty, the powerlessness, the hate and the anger.
And remember, be the change you want to see in the world. If you walk around in fear and disgust and anger and uncertainty, that is the energy you are contributing to the world.
Become the change. Attune with the energy of expansion, only light can live in expansion.