MUSINGS ON THE CUP OF THE WORLD
As we stand upon our physical planet with all its many crystals and minerals, we can imagine it as a great cup or chalice of the earth supporting us and holding the entire cosmos hidden inside it. The feeling of this where I live is supportive in a flowing way sitting upon sandstone. Sandstone reveals infinite stripes, shifting layers, colours, patterns, and tiny sparkling crystalline particles, along with seams of iron holding it together and drawing lightning strikes to it. It is quite profound in its depths of meaning. Sandstone holds the forces of water and wind, great heat of the sun and goes far back in time to when human beings were first created.
We rest in a prepared altar in this cup on earth. This chalice of being is more alive than we first can see. As I am here living with the sandstone, other areas in locations on earth show different colours and qualities. Our earth is not ‘dead’ mineral but very alive, breathing, changing, flowing and evolving. It moves very slowly by our standard of time. By comparison, we are fleeting in our lives upon this earth. Many times we pass, incarnating and dying away again. The minerals and elements are all part of us, not separate from our nature.
We sit within a cup or vessel. We enter into our physical body that has been prepared for us. Our body has been created by us, together with higher beings. This preparation goes back to our parents and far beyond. Earth is also prepared within us in all its elements. We hold all the elements, all the crystals, inside our own bodies. We seek to know these secrets.
We rest in a prepared sacred space, tempered by the heat of the sun. We have been involved in preparing this cup more than we realise. Our physical body is our most perfected body and will be the last we need to transform into light. Our emotional or astral body is in immediate need of transformation and this is our present task at this time. As we work through transforming our higher bodies, we can then affect our physical body in far future evolution. Our own harmony within brings harmony to the earth.
Presently, we can relate to minerals through our diet. We can take in minerals in the foods we eat and these qualities affect us. However, our physical structure has already been beautifully formed for us. We are currently being asked to consciously transform our inner life and our attitudes in order to become more harmonious and learn the many virtues that stones teach us. That also brings health to our body. We can develop a relationship to the minerals and crystals in meditation and learn their patient manifold virtues.
To connect to a stone you need to generate loving attention for the stone. Observe it warmly. If you view with cold scientific eyes, the deep secrets will flee from you. You must be very quiet. Quiet as a stone. Usually our inner life is too noisy and busy. Become as still and empty as you can. Release desire, not wanting anything in particular. All likes and dislikes distort. Even wanting to do something for another can carry impurities. You need to be completely clear, open and empty. Then, in this emptiness, you learn to maintain your attention to the emptiness and not give way to your own thoughts and feelings interfering. The higher works in you, sees through you. You become open to whatever appears nameless. You refrain from even naming or defining it. You do not impose anything, even if it is good. Be empty without expectation. The appreciation that arises out of emptiness is the seed of Love. The true seed of Love is empty attention. You hold space and watch in selfless full attention.
This can be hard, because as soon as we think, we can influence what we experience. It is an art to be able to maintain attention of spiritual experiences, to work with what is good, and then let it go again. This task then reveals what is real. This principle is the same for our self. We cannot find our self as long as we have a thought or feeling about what that self is. Our expectation and definition blocks our experience. After the first focused intention of loving attention, allow all to dissolve and be empty and open.
Watching, breathing, asking, one word, one picture – all these methods can be used to meditate. You have to find what works best for you. Clear yourself of your ordinary inner activities, thoughts, feelings, emotions, etc. There are many ways to train your inner being. Take the time out to begin .Each moment is new.
The Cup of the Earth of beautiful sandstone in layers of colours in golds and browns, sparkling with silica, has various shades of green gum trees growing under the broad arch of the bright blue sky. This is a spiritual picture symbolising our human task, which is to grow this supporting mineral altar, this seat, upon the earth.
We cannot evolve and grow without the earth. The mineral nature is a great gift, a living aspect of our own being. We are it and we are always part of its ongoing life. The spiritual globe over this cup of the earth gives out sparks that are alive and transparent like sparkling crystalline snowflakes. We are held in the hands of the Divine.
- Liz Hamilton Feb 2018