Antonina Vasylchenko after Chanel Haute Couture S/S 2014, Paris.
Dearest Family In The Divine,
I was told a story recently by a dear student. When a bird hits a window so very hard that the force against the bird’s body basically knocks out the bird so that the bird falls down to the ground, if we were to pick up that poor little bird, wanting to help, the bird would probably die. When the bird returns to consciousness from the knocked-out state, the bird must then shake its entire being in order to bring everything back into full function; and then the bird flies off.
The same is true of the butterfly still inside the cocoon who has to shake, move, and struggle (from our point of view) in order to come out of the cocoon and to be able to fly. There’s a story that a man felt sorry that this poor creature had to suffer so much within the cocoon in order to make its way out, and thought to help the emerging butterfly by splitting open the cocoon just slightly so that the butterfly could be able to stop struggling and emerge from the cocoon easily. The butterfly died. The butterfly required that struggle in order to produce the fluid to lubricate the wings to be able to move and to fly.
I’m learning so much from both these wonders of Mother Nature. We learn from struggle and discomfort in our yoga practice, in our lives, in our relationships, in our health, in everything. We want to run away from the struggle and the discomfort when we’re feeling afraid.
As Yogi Bhajan taught us, to create a diamond, which is our consciousness, we need pressure, for a diamond starts out as a piece of coal. Extreme, immense pressure is applied to that dense, dirty piece of coal deep in the Earth so that piece of coal can become transformed into a shining, brilliant diamond gemstone.
So many people are struggling, which is the way the planet is designed to be right now. We were taught that we’ll enter into the Age of Aquarius not on a velvet-smooth road; rather, that the road would be hazardous with pitfalls and some ancient potholes that we can really feel. If we, including myself, can welcome this path into the Aquarian Age and say, “Bring it on! I know it is God’s Doing. There is a Divine Plan. This is not out of step with the Divine Plan. This is part of the Divine Plan,” then Life can continue to be a Wonder, a Miracle, the process of which increases our consciousness within our own self and in the world.
Do not run away from the challenges. Give yourself the opportunity to stand face to face with Truth, and that Truth shall set you Free.
And remember always to dance… and to hug… and to love!
God Bless you!
— Gurmukh of Golden Bridge Yoga