In Ballet this morning our class was practicing a fondu exercise when slowly the class started to turn their attention away from the plie to the sweetest and brightest sounding voice singing to the instrumental rendition of the magnificent opera song, Puccini's "O Mio Babbino Caro." One of our ballerina friends was not only a dancer but an opera singer too. We all had goose bumps and some wept as we performed our bar warm up to the live vocal accompaniment. After the teacher came over and thanked the singer, her name is Katie, for not keeping the beautiful song inside because we all enjoyed it so much. Katie, our operatic peer, then quoted playwright Jonathan Larson ; "The opposite of war isn't peace, it is creation"
This struck me as such a marvelous example of the truth and of life.
I am in ballet class on a Saturday morning not because I am going to be a ballerina in my 40's.... but because my mission in life is to create harmony with the Divine. I also love to move, to be healthy, strong and enjoy my physicality. Nothing makes me happier than to feel I am moving in harmony and beauty in a dance class, like a fish moving in tandem with the school of other fish (I am also a triple Pisces). Creating beauty, healing, harmony, empowerment, and art is an expression of my joyous individuation from the source off all creation. If I am not creating, I am just surviving and I wish to be more than my handy survival instincts.
It was not all my life I knew my mission so clearly and what made me feel I am happily fulfilling my purpose. I have done countless programs, retreats, exercises and of a life time of meditation to know or remember myself and own my power. The biggest help of all by far has been awareness and following my own passion and obsessive desire to express the highest version of myself.....even when I did not know what that looks like.
With that said; I am enjoying the perception I have gained from a concept brought to the world by Desda Zuckerman called "Substructures". This concept has helped me to understand my spiritual orientation and mission on a soul level so that I may create with joy and effectiveness. Desda teaches "Sacred Anatomy" which I call "the real Anatomy of the Spirit" although Carolyn Myss already took that title. What Desda teaches is not just the physical body's energy anatomy, like Carolyn teaches, but the spiritual essence or the "One Bodies" anatomy. This spiritual anatomy goes with us from life time to life time. According to Desda; it is only the HEMF (Human Electromagnetic field) AKA the Aura and the physical body that are left behind at the end of each life or "physical manifestation" as she says in her book.
In the book, "Your Sacred Anatomy" on page 235 Desda outlines the three spiritual Sub-Structures with pictures to see how they look surrounding and supporting the physical body and spiritual bodies energy. The three Substructures, Desda talks about are; Alpha, Beta or Gamma. Alpha's are the visionaries and activists. A famous Alpha, she writes, is Oprah Winfrey. Beta's are the artists. Famous Beta's highlighted in the book are: Fred Astaire or Georgia O'Keefe . "Gamma's are defined by their capacity to love" (pg 237 YSA.) Famous Gamma's are Robin Williams or Mother Theresa. My incredibly brief description of Sub-Structures is to just to give you a taste of what you might be in this system and how this plays a roll in what and how you create.
For me identifying that I am a Beta substructure, the type that loves harmony and thrives when creating beauty in the world, has helped me optimize my strengths and see where my energy was diminished and less than optimal in my life. I am married to an Aries and an Alpha who enjoys a good debate as does one of my children. They are both Alpha, she is always are challenging the status quo. My youngest child and I are both Beta's, which explained one reason why I can so easily be around him, we are both working for the same harmonic cause. This knowledge helps me know what tasks to take his advice seriously with, like decorating the Christmas tree. When I was able to see where my life was not congruent with my souls orientation, I was then able to voice my desires more clearly and change my approach to dealing with my family members. When I started to express how I valued harmony (just the purpose of my spirits existence) then creating harmony became easier. Fortunately my purpose aligned with my husbands Alpha vision and when he understood he was more than happy to support my desire for harmony. This shift improved our communication seamlessly and effortlessly (for real). He no longer rolls his eyes at my need to make sure the Feng Shui of the house Chi is in balance. Now when I express big feelings, his momentary discomfort about my strong emotions that in the past would have lead to a debate, is now quickly replaced with the understanding that harmony is my goal and he is able to assists me in that result rather than trying to argue me out of being upset (as if that ever worked).
To continue to develop a conscious relationship with my spiritual energy and to co-create consciously with the divine is my moment to moment spiritual practice. I see this as my contribution to peace on earth and harmony. What do you value most? How can you commit more fully to honoring your inner spiritual energetic support and how does that effect your mission when you do? Experiment!