“As long as you are fully alive, you do not leap into the abyss once, and then it’s over. The truth is that the spiritual life is an existence that takes place in its entirety over the edge. If you hope to aspire to greatness of spirit, you must stay vigilant to the potential inherent in every moment. The present is always free and full of possibilities. It is up to you to choose that which will be best for you. Divine love persuades you toward the greatest good possible, but does not force you. By heeding the impulse for goodness that is present in any given moment, you contribute to the creation of a better future than would otherwise have occurred.” – Carol Orsborn
Ancient Roman Bath
I am starting to understand the concept “live in the present moment.” The present moment is all that we have. There is no past or future – only the present moment. I admire people who live each day as if it’s their last.
There needs to be some qualities to living in the present moment. Mindfulness is one of the most important qualities. Be mindful of your thoughts, words, and actions. Also, ritual should be a something created in the present moment. Life is sacred, so we need to honor it. Remember “ritual” is part of “spiritual.”
Each religion has its own rituals, but you can create your own. I do my rituals in the morning and in the evening before I go to bed. In the morning, I do yoga and meditate. I light a candle and burn incense to create sacred space. In the evening, I recite mantras while I sit or lay in bed.
Here is a ritual that I created for one of my classes in the Holistic Health Studies masters program at St. Catherine University in Minnesota:
Personal Healing Ritual: Spiritual Bath
- To create a spiritual bath it is important to use the four elements:
- Water (to heal emotions/feelings) – represented by the bath water.
- Fire (to spark imagination, passion, and enthusiasm) – represented by the candle.
- Earth (to promote spiritual growth) – represented by the Dead Sea salts or Epsom salts.
- Air (to increase effective communication and to increase intellectual abilities) – represented by the essential oils.
2. Choose the type of bath that you want:
- Uplifting and invigorating – use tangerine or lemon essential oil.
- Calming and relaxing – use lavender or chamomile essential oil.
- Focus – use rosemary or frankincense essential oil.
- Cleansing – use a combination of tea tree, eucalyptus, and peppermint essential oils.
3. How to create the spiritual bath:
- Make sure there are no distractions or interruptions.
- Fill the bath with water and add some Dead Sea salts or Epsom salts under the running water.
- Add 10-15 drops of essential oil.
- Light the candle and set an intention.
- Integrate your senses by taking some deep breaths, gaze at the candle, or feel the warmth of the water surrounding your body.
- Before getting out of the bath, create a healing intention. For example: May the water heal my body. May the burning flame ignite my passion and determination in my heart. May the salts aid me in my spiritual growth. And may the oils unite me to my brothers and sisters.
Where am I?
I am on the back of a motorcycle…
I am on a massage table…
I am flying over New Zealand….
I am meditating in a temple…
From moment to moment, I am somewhere. However, my moments merge as my consciousness goes back to my past moments and jumps into my future moments. As a multi-dimensional being, I can be anywhere.
John Hagelin says, “In our quantum view of the universe, consciousness is ubiquitous. Intelligence is everywhere. And the deeper you go beneath the surface, the more intelligence, the more dynamism, the more awareness, until at the foundation of the universe there is a field of pure, abstract universal existence – universal Consciousness…the unified field.”
My mind can go to the past, and to the future, however, all I have is the present moment. Eckhart Tolle reminds me that I will die in the present moment. So it is true that I can be anywhere, but real living is in the present moment.
The mind is always looking for the next moment. To settle into the present moment is challenging for the mind. If you let your life be guided by the present moment, then you are not attached to the moments. They come and go like the breath.
The breath is a beautiful example of life and death. The life part of the breath is the inhale and the death part is the exhale. Like all things in life, there is a fading until death. Now we know that death isn’t so scary because we are part of it every moment.
So where am I? I am where my consciousness resides.