The New Education: Light, Love & the Stars

"You are an emissary of light, spreading love, compassion and consciousness everywhere you go, in everything you do and to everyone you encounter on your path."

This is on the certificate I received for my 100 hour Amrit Institute Yoga Nidra training. 

When I was a little girl, this is the type of thing I wish I would have known I could set out to 'achieve'. Instead of thinking that I had to achieve power, money, success, the house, the husband, or the money, I wish they would have taught me that I could just simply be what I wanted to be, that I already was everything I needed. I wish I had known I could be the starlight that twinkles every night, that I am the sunlight cascading into someone's home. We are the euphoria at the top of a mountain and the serenity in the middle of every storm.

I had parents that taught me that life was an adventure, every moment just another chapter of the book. I am so thankful to them. But I also was in a society where every turn and twist of the journey was 'designing you for what you are to achieve'. Everything was based around what job you wanted to work, what book you wanted to write, and what house you wanted to buy. And how much better or worse that would make you then those around you. This comparison kills people. Our whole lives are structured around goals - finite deadlines that bring the mindset, that once you achieve those, you'll feel a certain way.

But a lot of people are getting to the top of the societal mountain and they are finding that happiness isn't waiting for them there.

Please
don't set goals
set feelings
decide how you want to feel, first
then close your eyes and drop in
and feel that

happiness?
contentment?
pure radiance
and bliss?

Identify what makes you feel that
organize your life
so you can feel those things
and repeat

And then does it matter
what story shows up for you? 
because you are living your dream
right now
in the only moment that there is in this life
right here
you are already living it

Maybe tomorrow
it might matter
if you write the book
get the job
shoot the video
or buy the house

but for now
you are living your dreams
you've reached the ultimate feeling that you want at the end of all of those things
so already
right here
right now
you've accomplished all that you need to do
or to be

Don't set goals
set feelings
- moi


What if it never mattered if we wrote the book, bought the camper van or toured the world? What if we didn't ever get the house we wanted or start the business we dreamt of? 
Yet, in the absence of all those goals being met, what if we still became exactly who we are meant to be? 
We are human beings, not human doings. 
The most freeing piece about life is that the point is about becoming the fullest expression of who we really are -- without the weight of goals, of some far off ideas of happiness that live in the future. What if we were already that today? Right now? 
I believe this would mean we are living our purpose. Already! Not somewhere far off in the future. Right now! In this moment. And everyday. 
Isn't that the point? 
Life is about being that BE-ing not doing all the DO-ing. 
So here I am just being. 
In a tree! 
And I feel pretty free
To be me.


When I heard the learn'd astronomer;
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me;
When I was shown the charts and diagrams,
to add, divide, and measure them;
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured
with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;
Till rising and gliding out, I wander'd off by myself,
In the mystical moist night air, and from time to time
Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars
 
--> Walt Whitman

"The new education, the true education, has not only to teach you mathematics, history, geography, science; it also has to teach you the real morality; aesthetics. I call aesthetics the real morality - sensitivity to feel the beautiful, because godliness comes as beauty. In a rose flower or in a lotus, in the sunrise or in the sunset, in the stars, the birds singing in the early morning, or the dewdrops, a bird on the wing...

True education has to bring you closer and closer to nature because only by coming closer and closer to nature will you be coming closer and closer to the divine." - OSHO