On a recent trip to Cambria, a small town on the Central Coast of California, I came across this unique Buddha in a beautiful garden. What’s unique is that it’s distinctly female. You don’t see too many female Buddhas, so it was very cool to find this one.
On my Facebook page I have a photo album called “Finding Buddha.” In it I place pictures of various Buddhas I come across on my travels. It’s fun to discover new ones, often in places you just wouldn’t expect to find them. In that album there is also a picture of me. At first you might think that is arrogant or misplaced. However, I propose we are each our own Buddha, and that the true Buddha for each one of us is found inside ourselves.
In this blog we’ll explore where and how you can “Find Your Own Beautiful Buddha.” When you achieve this, you will have found your ideal Mother, Father, Teacher, Friend, and Lover. What could be better than that? Learning how to do this is the fourth step of my Major Good Mojo System.
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Finding Your Own Beautiful Buddha
The first three steps of my Major Good Mojo coaching program lay the foundation for the fourth step: “Get Into Your Body.” This is the main place where your connection to your Higher Self, to your own Beautiful Buddha, will be made. In our busy lives much of our attention is focused outside of ourselves, on the things in the world and what’s going on “out there.” But there is a huge, often missed opportunity for us to come home to ourselves, where we fully inhabit, connect with, tune into, develop, listen to, and take guidance from our body-based wisdom.
Our bodies are an amazing and handy little replica of the entire Universe. Literally, all the information and wisdom of the Universe is right inside, we just need to learn how to tune into it and listen. We’ve got to clear the static. My training with the HeartMath Institute and with ITP International (that’s Integral Transformative Practice) has given me some very powerful tools for connecting to this body-based wisdom.
While there is energy and information in our each and every cell, to make the practice practical, I focus on three main areas of the body: the head, the heart, and the hara. Hara is a Japanese term, used frequently in martial arts, and refers to the geometric center of the body about two inches below the navel in the center of the abdominal cavity. In this step of the Major Good Mojo system, we learn that the head, the heart, and the hara can be thought of as radio stations, each with their own frequency and information. We learn how to “tune-into” each of these three stations and receive the information and guidance they hold for us.
Over time this becomes an invaluable practice; we learn to highly regard our body as a wise and well informed teacher that is ALWAYS there, ALWAYS informed, and ALWAYS ready to guide. We learn to follow our internal wisdom and compass, rather than the loud voices and demands of the world around us. As the saying goes, if you are not willing to take control of your life, there are plenty of others who are more than willing. This step puts you in control of your life, following your own highest wisdom.
This step, and the processes I teach to get there, are powerful. One of my clients described it well: it was like her world was alive again, that everything was brighter, happier, and more beautiful. The shift she experienced in her life brought tears to her eyes. This was the same experience I enjoyed when I learned how to connect with my body – it was like I went from looking AT the world, to being IN it and part of it. This is a profound shift that makes all the difference in the world to your experience of being alive.
The other powerful result of completing Step 4 is the creation of alignment with the Life Force Energy of the Universe. Although that may sound like an esoteric term, I assure you it is not. Most of us move through our day-to-day lives completely oblivious to the matrix of energy pulsating in and through literally everything we see, including ourselves. Today’s physics is discovering that space is not empty. Rather, the items in it are constantly born out of and held by that space throughout their existence – and that includes us! This energy is the same thing that beats your heart, digests your food, breathes your body, shines the sun, and grows the grass.
One way to think about this is to consider that something is “living us.” To find out if this is true, I encourage you to do a simple experiment: try and stop breathing. Take a deep breath and see how long you can stop breathing. I guarantee that something else will eventually take over, beyond and stronger than your individual will, and will breathe your body.
Have you ever stopped to ask “What exactly is it that breathes your body?” We just proved that “you” are not doing it, but what is? This is the intelligent energy of life itself, with which we connect. It creates a potent partnership with us. It’s on our side, it wants to keep us alive, it wants to sustain us. The best analogy is of a garden hose with water running through it; we are the garden hose and the water running through it is life force energy . Of course, a problem remains: most of us are standing on our own hose and blocking the water flow without even knowing it! In this part of the Major Good Mojo System we are learning how to step off our hose and allow the water to flow through our lives.
Finding your beautiful Buddha within and aligning with life force energy is a major objective and benefit of the Major Good Mojo System. To experience the power this can provide in your life, I invite you to engage the The Major Good Mojo Coaching Program.
Your Major Good Mojo Assignment:
Explore the differences in information/guidance/experience coming from your head, your heart, and your hara. Just like you can move your awareness into your right big toe (do that right now), you can move your awareness to your head, your heart, and your hara.
Grab a piece of paper and a pen and divide it into three sections – head, heart, hara. Then with your awareness up in your head, ask “What is my experience of this moment from my head?” Then sense into what arises as you ask that question with your awareness focused on your head – write down what comes up.
Then, place both hands on your heart, take a few slow, deep breaths, and move your awareness down out of your head and into the area of your heart. With your awareness in your heart ask “What is my experience of this moment from my heart?” and write down what comes up. Then move both hands down to about 2 inches below your navel, take a few slow, deep breaths bringing your awareness down into that area (your hara), and ask “What is my experience of this moment from my hara?” and write down what comes up.
After doing this, look back over what you wrote down in the three sections and see if there are any differences in “what came up in your awareness” from each area. See if you can characterize the “nature” of each information/guidance/experience. Of course this takes practice to truly hone, however most people can get at least a taste of the differences through this exercise. Amazing, yes? Let me know how it goes!
Your Beautiful Buddha is within and has some Major Good Mojo for you!