At the Anusara Grand Circle at Wanderlust, John talked about how simple the sacred circle can be in terms of what you invite into your sacred space and what you leave outside, with loving spaciousness. And it truly was that simple for me. (read my last blog? See? Simple.) These initial teachings from John have impacted me with their grace and simplicity. And as all things of Grace do, this has been unfolding into a grand contemplation of how the idea of the sacred circle fits into my life. When I looked back on my notes, I realized that he also talked about the bindu, the most minute, focused center point deep within the heart. So I guess if the center of my world, the center of the circle, is in my heart, is must be a point of love. Stands to reason then that anything within my circle is within the realm of love.
So how can I overlay the Universal Principles of Alignment onto that? How can I take a simple but powerful concept and make it real in my life and meditations? The way I took it in, Open to Grace, is my system of remembrance of the bindu. It's a fierce, embracing remembrance of love. Then, I use muscular energy as a technology to strengthen the heart and its circle. I have to get strong so that I can hold more love, and also be strong enough to hold that which is outside my circle on the other side. Organic energy is the she-who-will-not-be-denied will of the heart to grow and expand. When I grow, my boundaries grow, and as they reach, in love, so far from me, I realize that everything is encompassed in love. And eventually, the boundaries themselves dissolve and I see and feel only love.
I'm not strong enough to hold it all the time, but I've gotten beautiful glimpses of the hrdyam, the truest of hearts, and it hasn't failed yet to rip my heart open like Hanuman and bring me to tears of joy. I can use the practice in meditation and asana to stay fully commited to the path of love. Now that's some serious magic.