“A Bird in Flight Leaves No Trace”
We are the Open Sky
Have you ever felt the feeling of complete relaxation in your body? Have you ever been content with things as they are without judging them, clinging to them, or rejecting them? Have you ever felt like your mind is as open as the sky and every possibility is there? Can you fly in the sky at each moment like a bird leaving no trace?
This openness is our natural state, it is the real “you”! Deep relaxation and remaining open as the sky is the very nature of our being - we don’t need to attain it by any meditation method or yoga technique. It is there just like the sky behind the clouds. We just have to realise it, and then we are home. Spiritual practice helps us to go beyond the clouds, not to remove the clouds, but to see that clouds are part of the texture of the Sky. All the difficulties we have in our lives are when we are identified with the changing weather instead of the open sky. When our life is difficult and we feel our whole body contracting into a knot, our emotions are running crazy and our mind is full of fear and negativity, what can we do?
It seems to be automatic in the human mind to contract when things aren’t going according to our plans. We very quickly move into survival mode as soon as life presents challenges. Fear is there, waiting to pop up at any time and create tension in our body, disturb our emotions, and close down our minds. Deep in the base of our minds, we are wired with the 4 F´s; Fight, Flight, Freeze, and Fornicate. This is part of our deep animal mind that is a survival tool that we carry in us from millions of years of evolution. This part of our mind is our protector in the right circumstances, but when unconsciously engaged, it can create many imaginary problems for us.
The whole concept of practicing Yoga is to absorb and integrate (not reject) this animal brain into our consciousness and allow our mind to become totally free of all limitations. Human beings are a bridge, somewhere between the survival mode of the animal and the freedom of the Buddha. These are the humans that have realised the real nature of their mind is open like the sky, and in this state, there is great wisdom and compassion, and the echo of fear no longer controls our being.
The awakened ones are our future and opening to our spacious being is our real life's purpose.
Life is always full of challenges, but how we meet them is always up to us. If we do not become conscious of all aspects of our being, those unconscious tendencies based on old traumas, habits, culture, likes, and dislikes will run our lives like an automatic computer program. The key to staying open is to be present, to stay in the moment, and to feel the space like reality in any circumstance. Of course, this is easier said than done!
The next time you are presented with a difficult situation you can watch the whole body, energy, and mind shut down into a painful small box. This is the very moment that we are to apply what could be called “the essential yoga” of just letting go and staying open. Although it seems difficult, it is easier than it may seem and it can be developed to become our way of being. When we are trusting in the midst of challenges and find the space in what seems to be a claustrophobic black hole, we have really become in that moment a Buddha. We are no longer giving the survival brain control over our lives and we are becoming closer to our real spacious nature. There have been a few people in the history of humanity that have realised the state of the open sky mind, but to awaken to this is our life's purpose.
Suffering is the crack in the egg from which our spirit is born
Although a life without any suffering may seem like a great idea, if we look really honestly at our lives, we can see that when we had great suffering is when we really started to become real. People usually don’t wake up from the unconscious life through an easy life, it is through our challenges and pain that we seek what is real. Suffering is not something to be afraid of or to find a quick fix for, it is there to grow. And we will either grow through it or it will make us smaller, cautious, and more afraid.