Following the Moon…Relaxing into the Middle Way

Hindu Flyer

Hindu Flyer

Welcome to the Cleansing Moon cycle and our first step into the New Roman Calendar Year…may it bring all that your heart desires. 

2012 will be bringing forward all that you have worked toward over the past 4 years.

My yearly article,  Lifecycle Forecast  for 2012,  is posted  and I hope that you’ll take a few minutes to check it out. It’s hefty so you may choose to bookmark it. The information is there for reminding you throughout the year that you’ve hit the balance point…this is the year of learning to walk, what in Buddhism is referred to, as the Middle Way.

Sunday, January 1 through Thursday, January 5 is a terrific period for taking all action possible to clear away the old and unusable. This is the Cleansing cycle so all manner of release and refresh is in order. We continue to move through the quietest time of the year. With Winter Solstice, on December 22, we stepped into the last quadrant of the Natural Year’s walk around the wheel.

The next three Moon/Months are all about sinking into the MYSTERY… Ahhhh…couldn’t you use some of that level of immersion in your Art/Life?

The definition of IMMERSION: the act of immersing or the state of being immersed: as a : baptism by complete submersion of the person in water b : absorbing involvement c : instruction based on extensive exposure to surroundings or conditions that are native or pertinent to the object of study.

 

 In the last few posts I’ve been sharing images of water and with the mild weather that we’ve had here at the beach it’s been easy to hang out and take advantage of all of the beautiful views that surround. It goes without saying that during the Cleansing cycle hot baths, saunas, steams of any kind and floating, whenever possible, are in order.

Since I have been ‘Following the Moon’… being a Luna-tic for 22 years now… I’ve also been experimenting that long with the keywords that represent each Moon/Month. Here’s a review of the moon by moon keywords given to our culture as a gift from Sun Bear: January=Cleansing, February=Renewal, March=Purity, April=Clarity, May=Wisdom, June=Illumination, July=Growth, August=Trust, September=Love, October=Experience, November=Introspection(death&rebirth), December=Strength.

 I’ve experienced many forms of consciously chosen techniques for Cleansings during this period of the year. I have several favorites…one of them is the Floatation Tank.

Here’s a bit of info on the technology available that allows for the most glorious sense of being held in space, cleansed of any outside stimulation:

The pleasures and perks of the modern float tank are based on a revolutionary scientific approach to deep relaxation called Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique or R.E.S.T. for short, first developed back in 1954 by researchers at the NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) in Washington.

During the past 20 years the remarkable effects of the float tank have been systematically studied and applied in such areas as health care, medicine, fitness training, sports science and education. Meanwhile, floating has caught on in America, Australia and, more recently, Europe and Asia as a powerfully productive and creative form of recreation in its own right.

 How does It work?

            Scientists estimate that up to 90% of the brain’s normal workload is caused by the effects of routine environmental stimulation the combined effects of gravity, temperature, touch, light and sound on the muscles, nervous system and sense organs of the body.

           The float tank screens out these external physical stimuli, creating a pure state of “sensory” relaxation. Under these unique conditions your body has a chance to restore its natural powers of self regulation, while you simply lie back and rediscover the latent abilities of a deeply relaxed mind.

            While you are floating, your ears are below the surface of the solution, cutting out external sounds. Many people, however, find that gentle ambient music accelerates and intensifies the relaxation process. The Apollo’s powerful underwater speaker system creates the feeling that you are floating in a sea of music, enhancing the rich dream-like quality of the experience.

            The temperature inside the capsule is kept at a constant 34.5 degrees Celsius – relaxed skin temperature. As a result, the nerve endings which cover the surface of the skin no longer perceive any sense of separation between the skin and the silky mineral solution which surrounds it…read more

 

As much as I have loved and gained benefit …I understand that the idea of floating in a closed, darkened tank may seem disconcerting…especially if there’s a fear of claustrophobia…

 

'In You Go', Drozda, Acrylic/wood, 2003

'In You Go', Drozda, Acrylic/wood, 2003

Yet in no time at all the sensation is one of being gently carried…and it’s possible to simply drift held by the warm water…

'Did I Dream This?', Drozda, Acrylic/wood

'Did I Dream This?', Drozda, Acrylic/wood

The darkness of the tank creates a feeling of earthy suspension and a most natural way of B E I N G

'For Amy', Drozda, Acrylic/wood

'For Amy', Drozda, Acrylic/wood

In all the experiences of floating no two are ever the same and the peace that comes is the deepest and truest. The time invested (usually an hour long session) allows a gentle cleansing of the emotions and a rebirth of the sensory…upon re-entry to the world outside the Art/Life feels fresh…the eyes see the ten thousand things fresh and anew…

'Morning Song' Drozda, Mixed/canvas

'Morning Song' Drozda, Mixed/canvas

However you choose to experience  the concept of ‘cleansing away what no longer fits’…I send you all best for this first of Moon/Month cycle’s in the Roman Calendar Year. May you find peace during this week of taking action in the direction of clearing away the old.

The Gibbous Phase extends from Thursday, January 5 until next Monday, January 9 and as Luna moves across the sky swelling into the Full Phase we’re offered the opportunity to create create create within the space that we’ve made by the cleansing.

I look forward to seeing you next Monday, January 9, at the Full Phase of the Cleansing Moon.

Much balance and peace to you in The Year of the Middle Way,

~Iona

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8 comments to Following the Moon…Relaxing into the Middle Way

  • I thought I left a comment last night. I love these floating women paintings. Just reading your description of the Flotation Tank is soothing. I have been clearing away the old during the past week.

    I trust that 2012 will be a great year for you.

  • Does this mean I can “release” my family (literally) :) LOL… Is there a release button somewhere I can press? I would *love* to just “sink into The Mystery” – but family obligations keep pulling me out! I so feel like I am going against my natural rhythms at this time: the need for hibernation, solitude, rest and quiet… The float tank experience sounds wonderful! Like being held in the security of the womb again… ahhhhh…. :)

    May you *continue* to have another wonderfully creative year in doing the work of the Heart…

  • As a child I loved floating in rivers, ponds, lakes and indoor pools – seeing these powerful images brings that magical time back to me. Sinking into the Great Mystery is just what I should be doing in these first months of the year. Yes, yes, yes…

  • I am a true Leonine – full of fire, and have always found comfort in the water. Fish, water, and swimming images have been in my work throughout the years. I am also presently a landlocked surfer living in PA but take long walks near a creek near our home and swim laps in a near by pool. The idea of a flotation tank appealed to me many years ago but not sure now about the “claustrophobia factor.” In Costa Rica a couple of summers ago I did a similar sort of relaxation therapy guided in a small pool.

    Your words and imagery and lovely, soothing and revitalizing. Happy New Year!

  • Thanks Hallie…I do believe that 2012 is going to be a magnificent adventure…and I hope that everyone goes over to check out your incredible Corel wit ‘-)

    Hi Christine…ahhhh…yes the family and the pulls…don’t we know the wonderful challenge of ‘being in a floatation tank’ while sitting at the dinner table…sweet Mystery!

    I was a lover of diving deep into the lake and belly-ing along the bottom with the fish and the turtles…I love that you reminded me of that…thanks Kerrdelune ~

    Hi Nanci…welcome to ‘Luna See’…your work is a beautiful blend of the elements all…I look forward to visiting you again soon.

  • Your floating images make me smile and relax. All the best for 2012 Donna!

  • Hi again … Your art and words are beautiful and inspiring. I have missed them both. Have a wonderful and artful New Year.
    Meg

  • how apt that we are in the cleansing period.. for the new year.. the time for renewal..to look to the future.. happy new year to you!

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