WATER MODULE

PART II: AWAKENING PRACTICES
LESSON 3: Doorways to Awakening Practices

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LESSON SUMMARY

Lesson 3: Doorways to Awakening Practices

At Luminous we teach several different doorways to awakening so that you can get to know which ones are natural and easy and which ones create restriction and resistance that we can open into with whole new ranges of our awakening.  In this lesson we’ll focus on the doorways of water as we explore awakening through union, surrender, devotion, movement, flow, and the relational (self to other) door.

LESSON CONTENT

Exploring Your Doorways to Awakening

PRACTICE #1 Exploring Your Doorways

In this practice  you will explore various doorways to awakening.  With each of these explorations, you can see what is natural and easy for you and you can also notice, ‘Oh, this is the area that I have more restriction.’ In this video we’ll encourage you to play with these areas and keep exploring why it's so hard to give it over or surrender through that doorway.   You may find that that exploration can open a whole new range for you.

  1. Explore your natural and easy doorways to awakening: Notice first what is natural and easy for you when you are unhooking from ordinary mind into more of your true self. 
  2. Notice if your doorway tends to be internal or external: Notice if you more naturally go more inward into the deep center of your being or whether you tend to go outward.
  3. Notice if your doorway tends to be with the self or is relational: Notice if your doorway is more relational or individual?  Are you more prone to lean into awakening self to self? Or relational with self to other,  other to self or even self to group or Group to Self?
  4. Notice if your doorway is more feminine or more masculine doorways: Notice if you find it easier to going through a more feminine doorway of union, energy, surrender, and devotion? Or a more masculine doorway of awareness, alignment, groundedness and stillness?
  5. Notice the doorways that have resistance: Find the any areas where you feel restriction or tension and begin to play with this area and exploring why it’s hard to give it over or surrender through that doorway?
  6. Expand your range: What new range opens up for you as you explore the doorways that feel more difficult?
  7. Submit Your Practice: Once you’ve done this practice above, submit it in the practice form below to earn credit towards your Water Module Apprentice Badge and answer the reflection question below.

 

The Devotional Water Doorways - Laying Oneself Down

PRACTICE #2 The Devotional Doorway, Laying Oneself Down
  1. Explore the devotional doorway: In many traditions they do something called prostration where you bow down lay your whole body down on the ground.  Feel that ‘I could never do this without you God, Divinity, Source, Universal Awareness.  I lay myself at your feet. 
  2. Realize it is more than you could ever carry:  This is more than I could ever personally know.  This is more than I could ever carry, and I ask you to carry me.  I give myself in devotion to you.  May I serve your work in this world.  Experiment with your own words for this and feel what your body wants to do.  Recognize that you could never do this with your personal self and ego mind.   Only God can do this with the all pervasive wisdom and intelligence.
  3. GIve all your resistance and burdens over:  All the trying, all the struggling, all the trying to do it yourself, all the burdens. Give it to this intelligence and universal wisdom that's so much greater than our little mind.  Instead of serving self, or even serving humanity, what would it be like to serve God? To serve Divine Wisdom alone. To be led, to be guided, and to give up all the parts of you that try to control, manage, direct, grip. Give them all up.
  4. Lay yourself on the altar: Lay yourself down in the lap of the Divine Mother, call upon the Father to guide you, direct you. and give you his strength, and realize you have no strength of your own. There is only God's strength. You have no power of your own. There is only God's power. You have no wisdom of your own. There is only God's wisdom. 
  5. Confess your resistance:  Confess to this unconditional source that would never judge you all the ways you have tried to protect yourself and have not been willing to surrender and follow the truth. Confess the ways you have gotten caught in your small self, your small parts, your small angers, and your small judgments, defending your need for control.  Confess all the ways you have held yourself back. All the small mindedness, all the pettiness, all the hoarding, all the defending, all the attacking, all the negative speech, all the negative thoughts, all because we do not trust and hold ourselves back from this infinite source that wants to love us.  
  6. Go beyond the mistrust: What part of you is still holding back? If we could find the capacity to go beyond the mistrust.  Can you let go even more in your body? Can you lay the small self down, to realize that you don't need to do this alone, that you are connected.   This love does not punish. This love does not judge. There is nothing to hide from. There is nothing wrong with you. There's only your ignorance or your lack of trust that is keeping you from everything you need.  Repent simply means to turn back, to turn towards, to return to the source of who you actually are. To return to that which is guiding everything. To bring your devotion, and your love, and your dedication in true alignment.  Give yourself to this source.
  7. Release any egoism that thinks YOU are doing it:  What part of you still believes that you are going to save the world? What egoism, that thinks that you are the one that is healing, or awakening, or helping others, or leading movements?
  8. Release your judgments, shame and guilt: Lay down all ways you have turned from it and every time you have gotten caught in a part and acted in some way that causes harm to another or harm to yourself, bring that into the loving arms of this source. Do not hold those burdens in your body. Do not hold guilt. Do not hold shame.  Lay everything down to the source.
  9. Realize everything is provided: Can we surrender ourselves and lay ourselves open like a flower to the sun and give ourselves to this source that wants to nourish us completely, illuminate us with its wisdom completely.  Everything is provided for through this source. If only you could relax into it and allow this wisdom to flow through and animate and fulfill everything.
  10. Realize your courage as you know you can’t be harmed :  Feel the courage that you have when everything you do is an act of truth, divine truth. Nothing harms you here. No mortal mind can touch the truth of who you are and what you serve.
  11. Realize your innocence:  There is nothing to hide from. You are seen in all ways, and your innocence is never forgotten. Through God's eyes, who you truly are, what you truly are, is always here. Which is none other than God itself. None other than this nature, this all pervasive wisdom, this all pervasive love.
  12. Experience the One Animating Force: There is one love. One power. One animating force. One source, and the more we open to it, that source is the effortless mind that unfolds everything perfectly. And we are carried by that river, and we are that river, and that river ends in an ocean that we are.
  13. Walk as peacekeepers: Let every step be guided by this divine source. Let your hands be the hands of this divine source. Let your voice be the voice of this divine source and whenver you turn away in fear, mistrust, egocentrism, turn yourself back. Give yourself again and again back. Serve nothing else but divine truth and divine love.
  14. Be one with the atmosphere of the divine source:  Noticing the atmosphere that you are in and noticing if that atmosphere is pervading through your body. If you are separate from the atmosphere or whether you are one with it.
  15. Submit Your Practice: Once you’ve done this practice above, submit it in the practice form below to earn credit towards your Water Module Apprentice Badge and answer the reflection question below.

 

PRACTICE #3: Deity Practice
  1. Sit in a quiet place and invoke “great mother,” represented through her many names. Some call her Mary, some call her Tara, some call her Devi, some call her Yemoja.   Great mother is one name for the “being” that carries an unobstructed expression of Water, the great compassion.
  2. Reach with awareness instead of thought-based mind Our intention can locate and make connection, on a subtle dimension, to these subtle wisdom bodies.  In doing this practices it is ideal to reach for "great mother" from awareness with your "unknowing" and allow awareness to directly connect  and let the spontaneous arising of sensation, flows of energy, visions and knowing to occur.
  3. Bathe in unconditional love and warmth.  When we sit and invoke great mother, we can be viscerally bathed in unconditional love and warmth.
  4. See yourself through her eyes:  We can feel how it is to be viewed and held by this being. This practice can help us to see ourselves through the unconditioned eyes and experience our quintessential preciousness of being.
  5. Feel your oneness with this being.  After experiencing being held and seen by this being we can then feel the oneness with this being. I and the mother are one. Allowing ourself to be both the child of the mother and the mother herself.
  6. Begin Radiating as this great mother.  As we make this shift we begin emanating and radiating as this great mother interconnected with and loving all beings.
  7. Submit your practice below to earn points to your Water Bender ‘Apprentice’ Badge.

Note: For those of you who feel their awareness is not yet able to contact subtle beings, be reassured that using your imagination will also serve an important purpose. Your intention alone will evoke this frequency and as you imagine a divine mother you are directly connecting to the wisdom quality of Water.

From a scientific view, even if you do not believe in subtle beings, the brain cannot tell the difference between imagination and reality, so even imagining what it is like to be seen or held by an enlightened being, a divine mother, will help record in your physiology the pathway of being held and seen in unconditional love.

 

Example of Deity Practice: Green Tara Practice

https://www.lionsroar.com/how-to-do-green-tara-practice/

 

Downloadable Content


WATER MODULE WORKBOOK PART II AWAKENING PRACTICES

WATER BENDER
APPRENTICE PRACTICES

LAI Course Badges - Water Apprentice

WATER BENDER
APPRENTICE PRACTICES

Doorways of Awakening Practices

Watch the Doorways to Awakening videos from Lesson 3 and follow the instructions above to do these 3 practices and then submit them below to receive points towards your Water Bender Apprentice badge.

  1. Exploring Your Doorways Practice
  2. Devotional Doorway Laying Onself DownPractice
  3. Deity Practice

 

Lesson Objectives

Water Badges:

You've earned out of 3 Water Badges

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