Transformation Magazine: Healing Through the Divine Mother

 
 

TRANSFORMATION MAGAZINE (USA) November, 2012

HEALING THROUGH THE DIVINE MOTHER

By Parvati Devi

I have always felt a strong connection to the Earth, to Nature as a whole and to unseen energies. I am by far not alone in this. Many are acutely aware that our planet, a living organism, is now going through a healing that affects us all, because we are literally part of her.

During the summer of 2010, while I was living in Toronto, Canada, the unusually hot weather patterns led me to cancel my pending Asian music tour and, by September of that same year, travel to the North Pole to raise awareness of the quickly melting polar ice caps. At the top of the world I performed and shot video for four of my songs as the northernmost performer ever to help raise awareness of our planetary interconnection, our need for conscious awakening and our ecological responsibility.

At the North Pole, in gratitude to our Mother Earth, I did energy work and puja for the planet, chanting the Sri Lalita Sahasranamavali (the Thousand Names of the Divine Mother), an ancient Sanskrit chant. I prayed with all my heart and said to the Earth, “Mother, I know you are suffering. If I can help alleviate your burden, take anything on, let me know.” And that was that.

PRAYERS ARE ALWAYS ANSWERED

We never know how our prayers will be answered, but they always are. On March 11, 2011, before I learned that a tsunami had devastated Japan, I got up to walk downstairs to my meditation room after an unusually turbulent night’s sleep, to find my pelvis knocked off kilter and my legs numb and not fully functioning.

Soon thereafter, mind-altering pain shot suddenly and violently through my spine. My mind went blank from sheer trauma. Paralyzed from the waist down, I would remain fully bedridden for three months, unable to move for even the most basic functions. Doctors at the hospital insisted I had been in a car accident, but I repeatedly said there had been no physical impact. After an ominous diagnosis of a damaged spine and spinal cord, I was given a 50-50 chance of dancing again, and spinal surgery was recommended.

In my core, I did not believe that surgery was the way for my healing. Sent home, I dove deeply into myself and surrendered to the divine in a way I had never done before. Other than a couple of friends who carried me weekly on a spine board for healing visits to a gifted biodynamic osteopath, I told no one of my situation. Deep inside my inner healing cave I went.

KARMA FAST FORWARD: NATURE HEALS

What followed was a rearranging of everything I knew. For me, this was a time of “karma fast forward”, where I was challenged to let go of that which no longer served and learn to absolutely trust a higher power for everything – even the basics we take for granted, like walking.

In order to heal, my intuition said I needed to be willing to see my current physical body and the state it was in as a reflection of my limited state of consciousness, which is temporary and imperfect. I needed to find gratitude for this situation and receive it as grace. I needed to be willing to suspend judgment of how healing occurs and enter into a field of utter possibility, that is, sensing that all of reality is plastic, malleable and guided by the immense and perfect force of Nature, which is beyond understanding.

After months of cultivating these attitudes in intensive meditative surrender and trust, slowly a miracle occurred: movement returned to my toes, legs, then hips. After learning to roll on my stomach from side to side then push myself up to crawl, by June 1, 2011, I stood again for the first time since the injury.

In the months that followed through the summer of 2011, I had to learn to put one foot in front of the other in a whole new way. As soon as I tried to “do” something that was directed by my mind, I was cattle-prodded by searing pain through my spine and had to stop. The universe had put blinkers on my psyche and the only way I could move was to deeply listen to an inner impulse that arose from within my body. This impulse rose like a wave through my being and movement effortlessly followed. I did not feel like “I” was doing anything. I did not understand what was happening, but I knew this was working and there was no bargaining with an omniscient power that was clearly in charge.

“YIN: YOGA IN THE NIGHTCLUB” CHANTS FOR THE DIVINE MOTHER

As soon as I was able to sit for any period of time, I moved into my music studio to create new material in praise of the Divine Mother. The album and show I now tour was born: “YIN: Yoga In the Nightclub”, songs that combine dance grooves and lush electronic soundscapes, featuring traditional Sanskrit chants.

As I wrote, engineered, produced and arranged the tracks, I was literally brought to my knees again and again. Not only was I being affected by the vibrational potency of the ancient Sanskrit chants; exactly a year previous, I was in bed, in agony, with a severe spinal injury. At worst, the creative process felt like taking dictation. At best, I was dancing with the divine through sound.

WE ARE ONE EARTH FAMILY

The lessons I experienced from the healing journey are many and profound. We literally are the planet. When the Earth cries, so do we. When she moves, so do we. We are carried by an inexplicable force that moves through our cells, that animates our souls, that keeps us alive. Love and devotion do not require us to take another’s pain on. We are already connected. The choices one person makes already affects the whole.

Nature loves us in a way we cannot comprehend. We cannot comprehend it because it is not of our ego-mind, which knows only to divide and separate. By surrendering to Nature’s intelligence, I was called on the North Pole journey. By surrendering to Nature, I was also healed and experienced what doctors call “a medical miracle”.

Through the injury, I saw how even the impulse to move is grace, a force beyond will. We think we are the doers, but the “me” does nothing. Grace always is, moving through us, even when we don’t see it. We think ourselves as divided, but we are literally one.

We each express our own unique flow in this world, and exist within an intelligent whole that unconditionally supports us. Healing only happens in the state of absolute surrender and trust in the whole. When we think “we” are healing, we interfere. There is no doing. Because of the grace of free will, we can amplify or interfere with Nature’s communication pathways.

Nature will keep on creating and evolving, with or without us. It does not need our “help”. It needs our respect and service. It needs us to listen more deeply and receive the beauty that already is. To be truly in service, we need to learn to get out of the way, and live in humility.

I saw from my journey to the North Pole, and from the healing that followed, that we must reverentially get out of Nature’s way in order to fully thrive as spiritual beings in this material world. We are the planet and she is our Divine Mother.

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

Canadian musician/yogi/activist Parvati encourages those who listen to her music and attend her shows and workshops to believe in the revolutionary notion of possibility.

In the fall of 2010, Parvati travelled to the North Pole where she became the northernmost musical performer ever, to help raise awareness of the melting polar ice. Following the popularity of her active blog, she launched Parvati Magazine to support conscious evolution.

Spearheaded by her independent hit “Yoga in the Nightclub”, Parvati is touring her show “YIN: Yoga in the Nightclub” through the UK summer 2013, inspiring audiences to find the Divine everywhere.

While on tour, she also teaches workshops on YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine. For more on Parvati, please visit www.parvati.tv.

 

 
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WHY YOGA IN THE NIGHTCLUB

I am often asked what inspired me to bring yogic expression into the club scene. I answer easily. Yoga In the Nightclub is a natural expression of who I am as a musical artist and dedicated yogini. Yoga is not a physical practice but a way of life. It is about learning to be present in all one does, to see the divine here, now, in this moment. As such, yoga is everywhere. It is about feeling connected to something much greater than our limited ego or will. It is about being in service to life, feeling interconnected to that very life force. Yoga In The Nightclub is a celebration of life and a reminder that we can find awakened presence everywhere.

Yoga in the West is mostly known as a series of bendy physical exercises. Yet there is much more to it than fitness. Yoga’s systematic breath and body exercises, designed to clear the subtle channels in our energy system, prepare us for meditation, through which we may experience a life inspired by our interconnected, multidimensional true nature. Our body, that once was seen as “mine”, is no longer our identity, but a gift on loan from the divine. We care for it, but we are not attached to it. The practice of yoga offers us the opportunity to experience the transmutation of matter into pure light, embody the multidimensional and rest in the eternal.

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WE ARE ALL CONNECTED

Hatha yoga, the physical practice of yoga, is just one of many aspects of yoga, which range from selfless service to astrology and prayer. The Sanskrit word “yoga” most simply translates to “union”, implying that the practice of any yoga will bring together our perceived sense of separateness. As a whole, yoga is an ancient science of life. It is a practical method of shedding excess and bringing us back from the self-delusion of separation from the divine so that we may realize our inherent interconnection to and ultimate oneness with it.

As we begin to understand that yoga is everywhere, we come to see how we are all connected in vast ways far beyond the limitations of our personal will and ego. What I do affects you, and vice versa. We are one earth family. At the heart of it all, we share the same heartbeat. Breathe to be. We are one.

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AWAKENED LIVING

When we are open, life blossoms, just as a flower opens to welcome the morning sun.  We see that the sun, though it is millions of light years away, has a tender yet powerful relationship with the flower, as do the rain and the clouds. From this perspective we see that we are part of the whole. Life is a symphonic masterpiece with which, when we are open, we are completely resonant.

As we come to understand our oneness, we can revel in it with wonder and joy. We can consider in awe how immense it all is. We can let go of the idea that an illusory, isolated sense of self could possibly be in control, and open to an exquisite unfolding of life in absolute perfection. Our actions become not about “me” but about the whole. Each moment is integrated within the whole. No one decision is separate.

When we begin to see that each decision we make affects not just ourselves but everyone and everything on the planet, we act with more compassion. When we have more compassion, we realize the impact of our actions and we naturally want less and practice more kindness. As stewards of the Earth, we each are called to learn to live in harmony with ourselves, each other and our planet. We all breathe the same air and live on the same living organism, our planet. Varied in race and creed, we are all one family, children of the same mother, the planet Earth.

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THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GRACE

In each moment, there is infinite grace. By becoming more conscious as we practice yoga on the mat, at work, at play or in the nightclub, we let go of the unnecessary and develop greater internal spaciousness which blooms throughout our lives. In this space new life and possibilities arise.

As we rest our awareness on the simple purity and grace of the breath, we realize - we are alive! We let go of wanting things from the future and the past and open to what is here and now. We feel as vast as the sky and rooted in the richness of this moment.

When we “breathe to be”, we understand our interconnection. We see that we are not the doers but a part of the whole, the same energy that is in the flowers and in the stars. We know that our essence is divine - from which we have come, to which we return.

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Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
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Gone, gone beyond. Oh what awakening!
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