(photo shot in 2009, in the Faerie Woods behind the Academy of the Ancient Arts by Peter Fae)
We are not alone. There are many species of life besides the human race that exist on the planet. Part of our journey into the Mythica is recognizing this and cultivating our relationship with the elemental beings that make up the Worlds.
There are many names for these elemental intelligences. I have heard them called ‘deva’, ‘kami’ and more. Yet ultimately, all of these refer to a class of living entity that can only be perceived and interacted with when we cultivate our perception. And, as we deepen that relationship, intentionally working with them; we deepen our experience of the Living Myth. We gain more access to the Talents and Powers that lie within.
Deva-Kami can come in many, many forms. They are the embodied intelligences of the elements themselves. Unlike humans, who have wandered far from the sanctity and clarity of the Natural world; the deva-kami ARE the natural World. They are energetic, elemental beings whose influence is the very definition of many of the religions and spiritualities of the Worlds. As we work with those beings, clearing the blockages and distortions from our consciousness; we experience more clarity; more insight, and more abundance.
Let me give an example. During the Journey Home, I studied at a prestigious aikido dojo called Matsubadojo. There, under the tutelage of Sensei House; were we introduced to a technique called misogi; a means of clearing and purifying the Self based on immersion in cold, running water. Preferably beneath a waterfall. As my studies took place in Lake Tahoe, California; there weren’t many waterfalls available; so we would do the practice in the freezing cold water of the lake. It was a special treat, administered not by our teacher, but by another; Reverend Bearish; the first American to be ordained as a Shinto priest by the Japanese government.
Shinto, as I came to understand it, is a major spirituality in the realms of Japan. And the misogi technique is a means of asking the kami; their name for the deva; to cleanse us. To purify our spirit; thus allowing more Light, more
Goodness, more radiance to come into our lives. It is a sanctified relationship with the elemental spirits; accessed through the medium of water. During the ritual, we would venture out into the cold waters, plunging ourselves up to our necks; our hands in prayer position. Here, our knees folded on the ground, we were asked to relax; despite the freezing temperature; to drop our shoulders, to let the coldness of the Water bathe us clean. During this time, it was considered good form to be able to relax. To be able to control the shivers, to release our tension, and truly surrender. Such was considered an accomplishment, for if one could control their shaking in the water, they could control their shaking in a martial situation.
It was an intense practice. One that I followed through on, multiple times, throughout my Divine Adventure. Much later in Life I would listen to self development coaches and teachers talking about the benefits of freezing cold showers, cooling down the temperatures of the body; bringing vigor, bringing Life. I saw these practices as the mainstreams initiation into the endless journey of relating with the elemental forces that surround us. The difference, of course, is the depth of our relationship. Just as we may mindlessly till a garden; we may also very mindfully, very lovingly relate to the elemental beings that inhabit that garden. We may choose to have a shallow or a deep experience with the deva-kami; granting us results relative to our entry. Simply put, we get out what we put in. All relationships are an opportunity to explore the unknown qualities within our Selves. As we grow with the deva-kami, so do we grow as indivi
duals and as a species. We step closer to the place of our own awakening.
I cannot speak highly enough of working intentionally with the elementals. With the deva-kami; to deepen into living a Mythical Life. Whether we have access to the subtlety of consciousness to perceive them or not; their presence is very, very real; far larger than the small actions of our human agenda. Humbly, it helps us to remember that these beings are much, much larger than we are. That they are older, wiser, and fundamentally more clear.
If such inspires You, here is an opportunity to work with them. To work with the deva-kami to cleanse our consciousness and open us to more abundance.
Find a place of cold water. It can be a waterfall, it can be a shower. Understand that Water is a sacred element, filled with intelligence, whose very nature is to flow. Breathe deeply; and make yourself stand underneath that cold water. Feel it moving down your body. Allow yourself to embrace the shivering and the discomfort. If you can, learn to drop your shoulders; to breathe into the cold. See how long you can stand it, how long it takes for your body to adjust. Feel the crispness; the sharpness; the clarity that comes from the cold. Do this for 10 breaths; doing your best to manage your breathing.
Remember that we are cultivating our awareness; intentionally opening to perceive that which may have been outside our range of awareness. We are taking steps to live a more Mythical Life.