*This post was written 2 days ago, after the eclipse. I didn’t get to posting it then. Mercury and I were having tea and lost track of Saturn 😉
This morning on my front step, I completed my meditation by chanting the short form of the heart sutra mantra 9 times.
Today is an eclipse day and it is said (by who? not sure), but it is said that chanting one mantra during an eclipse is like chanting 1 million mantras.
Even though the eclipse was technically last night (I chanted then too: the Gyatri Mantra), I figured the energy is like that of a full moon…the window opens as you get closer and begins to close as you move away. Giving you time to bask in the blessings.
I had meant to chant 8 times for abundance. I usually do 9 times as I’ve been taught over years of qigong practice. And, as practice would have it, I realized, as I touched my fourth finger to my thumb in counting, I’d passed 8.
I took a moment to reflect on the meaning of 9
Royalty. My teacher said 9 is the number of royalty. And then I wondered, what does it feel like to treat yourself regally, honouring yourself.
Just as I finished the last of the 9 recitations and the thought above, I heard this word: ATMAN
I’d heard it before but had no idea of its meaning. I wanted to dart back inside and google it immediately!
But, I steadied myself and opened further to allow the meaning to unfold for me.
Atman, I repeated several times as it deepened.
Atman. I saw my true self. My shining self. My inner being of light (though this inner being is not contained within and is not small).
Atman. I saw all the shining selves of others. Pinks, whites, blues and green lights. So many beautiful and brilliant true selves! All connected.
Atman. I smiled as I felt the energy of this truth.
I inhaled deeply, still smiling, drawing my hands into prayer at my heart.
The Atman in me bows to the Atman in you.
I leave it to you to google. Or not.