Do you remember seeing the picture known as Rubin's vase?
Some people initially see a vase and others see two faces looking at each other. Once beyond your first
impression, your eyes start to seek out where the second picture lays. Again, some people can see it right away once told what to look for and others struggle to see beyond the
first image. Eventually, I am guessing, the majority of people do see both image.
But, as time goes by and we are not frequently exposed to this picture, we soon forget what it was we were supposed to see. We may stumble across the picture years later and see the vase or faces and think, wait- wasn't I supposed to see something else? What was it?
Now, stay with me! I am not jumping themes; I am about to tie in two other elements and take you on a whirlwind ride full circle!
In our yoga practice, we are reminded to stay in the present moment. What is the body feeling right now? What does the breath feel like right now? Where is your mind right now? The reason your yoga teacher keeps reminding you of these things is because we are not used to staying in the
present; simply put, we forget. We use blame and guilt to suffer in the past and we use worry to hover in the future. What reminds you to stay in the moment? The right now?
For the past few weeks, I have been handing out homework in the form of manifestation experiments from the best-selling book E squared. (If you haven't tried them or don't know what I
am referring to, scroll down through the class themes looking for Experiment 1, 2 and 3). Because,
here is experiment #4.
Every experiment, thus far, requires you to stay present in your mind for a simple 48 hours. If you do not, you will, more than likely, miss your sign or your answer. Think about the Rubin's vase picture. Let's say you originally saw the vase and that was it. That is a correct answer but, unbeknownst to you, it is only half of the answer. The other half is actually right in front of you. Hear me again, the full answer is right in front of you but you do not see it. The same is true for the answers you feel you need in your life...should I quit my job, should I go on vacation, etc. Your answers are inside of you, founded in your intuition. But, like, the analogy above, we forget to look because we have forgotten what we are looking for. When you remind yourself to stay connected with the present moment, you can see, feel or hear the answers more clearly. Just ask!
So, experiment #4 is this:
Think of a problem or struggle or question that troubles you, that you need an answer to. It could be job related; it could be more like should I get a new pet? You are going to ask the Universe for the answer in the form of a yes/no question. Now, here, you may be thinking why am I asking the Universe when you just said all the answers are within me? Fair question. The word yoga means unite. You are united with everyone and everything, linked by a greater energy. You contain the Universe and it contains you. If you feel better directing your question to yourself, or God, or Krishna, or prana, or light, or...it doesn't matter because it is all of one and the same.
When you pose the question, ask for a specific, not-for-debate type of answer. Make sure you really want the answer to your question before you ask because your intuition is not ever going to lie to you. Also, be prepared for an answer that arrives in a way you did not expect. In the book,
Pam Grout says she asked if she should move forward with freelancing and she was soon fired. Not the answer she expected but, none the less, the right answer for her.
As always, I love to hear about your experiences. If you feel comfortable sharing, come back to my website after your 48 hour experiment, and post your results. I would also remind you of one other thing... I believe if you ask a question that the Universe feels has an answer you are not ready for, that answer may be delayed. Keep paying attention beyond the 48 hours for your sign!