"Do you think you are a puny form when the universe is folded up within you?" ~ Sufi Mystic
Are you spirit or are you matter? We often talk about being "spiritual," but what does that mean and how can we bring ourselves down to earth?
The sensory, three-dimensional world is composed of energy; infinite swirling molecules that, when interpreted by the mind-body system, facilitate vibrant experiences of form. As part of this interpretive process, our minds categorize people, places, and things to form understanding. The mind habitually draws from stored mental concepts to comprehend experiences and create meaning.
As we expand our awareness, we may encounter new experiences that defy all stored mental concepts and rational, scientific explanations. As a result, we must choose to seek another source of information to understand the significance of an event.
At the moment we can no longer rely on our rational, logical mind for explanation, we are introduced to spirit - a stream of intelligence that exists beyond stored concepts in the mind. Upon awakening to spirit, we realize that spirit is an underlying constant, the transcendental energy source that infuses all things material.
When we become aware that our spiritual and material nature are inextricably linked, we may become increasingly connected to earthly magic through the physical body, our vehicle for experiencing this realm. Integrating simple practices like barefoot walking, sky-gazing, or sharing unconditional love with a pet can deepen our connection to the wondrous experience of life on earth.
April Ha‘awina Hawai‘i | Mauna Kea - White Mountain
Mauna Kea, or "white mountain," named appropriately for its snow and ice-capped winter peak, is one of five dormant volcanoes that make up Hawai'i Island and represents the highest point in the state. Located here on the Big Island, Mauna Kea stands over 33,000 feet from base to piko (summit), making it the world's tallest mountain.
Mauna Kea's summit is also home to Poli'ahu, snow goddess and counterpart to fire goddess, Pele. Whereas Pele's lava destroys that which no longer serves and creates space for new life, Poli'ahu coolly and elegantly guards the sacred home of the Na Akua (Divine Deities), Na 'Aumakua (the Divine Ancestors), and the meeting place of Papa (Earth Mother) and Wakea (Sky Father).
In Hawaiian culture, the kupua (demi-gods) - including sisters Pele and Poli'ahu - represent powerful aspects of nature that shape both our outer and inner worlds. As we practice appreciation for life, we can invoke Mauna Kea as a sacred earthly temple, protected by Poli'ahu's icy sheath.
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