In my Yes Shinzo! logo, there is one short sentence where I describe the essence of healing, “Connecting Heaven and Earth”. Heaven is the source of “yang” energy as we say “heavenly father”, and Earth is the source of “yin” energy as we say “mother earth”. Just like a male and a female who connect deeply to create new life and energy.
I have been well trained in the art of connecting with heaven and earth through my martial arts training such as Aikido, Qi Gong and Yoga. Yes I have also experienced Kundalini energy yet I was never sure how exactly to use it effectively for pure healing in most cases. What does it really mean to connect to heaven and earth?
I have learned so many things from great teachers who have taught me the healing path — but from outside information. This is the energy of “Yang”. This is the story about how I finally felt something from the inside about connecting heaven and earth that felt “right”. This is the energy of “Yin”. Yes I could say it was my wisdom but I was simply surrendering to the flow of my own energy. This lesson was from a very different type of teacher who supports and awakens my essence without doing much other than really just “being” with my essence, fire. Her name is Minakshi.
Minakshi and I have been teaching the “Fire and Water” course now for over 10 years. I have tremendously enjoyed teaching with her, not only because she is one of my best friends, but also because she is so completely different than me. Minakshi means “water goddess” and Shinzo means “heart” which means I am deeply associated with the “fire element.” It is so true that her quality is mainly the “water” element, calm, flowing wisdom.
My quality is so obvious, the “fire” element, excitement, spontaneity and passion. Because we have such completely different qualities we could easily be the worst of enemies but in nature the most beautiful creation comes from “fire and water”, “heaven and earth”, or the “male and female” merge – merging completely different and opposite energy. The “Rainbow” is one of the examples (fire and water merge) that nature give us, beauty and magic in one. Because of the difference, not only can we learn from each other but also we can create something so very different that it glitters and shines “a new idea”. I could also say that it gives way to the possibility of birthing of “new ideas” from the source of “Yin”.
The birthing of new ideas is truly the gift. It was that new idea about Fire and Water and the expanded concept of connecting Heaven and Earth that last year was born while I was receiving a Watsu session from Minakshi. Her guidance was just like water, which is a reflection of my inner awareness, my energy flow. She (her energy) has been like a white canvas where I can draw freely from my heart anything I feel. It is a very special gift for me because through her I became aware of my deep inner flow of energy. I could even say she is a different form of mother earth for me, I am able to plant any idea (seed) in my soil (earth) yet Minakshi always accept me just the way I am without any judgment.
Minakshi knows me so well, especially my inner movements. It is like I am the fish swimming free in her arms. She always supports my movement 100%, a passive giver in warm water. At times I feel that she became invisible in the water and I am only aware of my own inner movement of energy. Minakshi not only supports my movement but also gently guides my body to move as it wants — like a gentle water goddess or a slow flowing river moving toward the ocean.
Slipping into her arms always reminds me that my body is movement. It seems it always begins from the head, especially the back of my occipital area, as if that is the wheels of my body and mind. My head begins moving in a small “circle” yet this time I felt so clearly that my head was flowing toward something – or heading toward something.
As my body especially my head was moving circular, I could feel my entire spine connecting to this circular movement. I clearly felt my navel center connecting to my sacrum like an anchor to the earth. It was then that I noticed that my occipital area and my sacrum were connecting much like ocean waves. My navel center was the source of vitality; the more energy generated by my navel center, the stronger the activation of my sacrum. When I completely connected with both my navel center and my sacrum it felt like a great power source that moved my entire body forward toward destiny.
As usual I completely closed my eyes yet I knew I was heading somewhere – and then I saw/felt a light coming from heaven or I say somewhere high in the sky. It looked or felt like the “sun” or a dazzling “light”. Once this feeling began, my whole being was locked into continuously moving forward toward this light. My movement was snake like – creating spiral movement forward; it felt like I was following a very basic human desire or instinct.
As I completely surrender to this movement my aware shifted and I felt I was the “sperm”, swimming toward the egg. It was and felt like a very natural sensation and movement. Minakshi treatment touch felt as if she was the universal mother who gently watched and even protected (supporting) all this movement.
At some point I felt I had become one with the light. Yes, I became the light – merging heaven and earth. How did I know I had become one? It was that sacred feeling deep in my soul, and the connection with the entire universe. It was the moment I was one with spirituality.
After the treatment, I was so excited about what I felt that I had to share it with Minakshi. I knew this was my kundalini energy yet it was the first time I saw and felt it so strong and clearly from the inside of my body and mind. As I contemplated this new awareness, it shot through me like a lightning bolt that I could use this natural movement or flow for the “fire and water” course. I simply can support this spiral movement and gently lead to the light.
Minakshi and I just finished our course of fire and water with this new concept of connecting heaven and earth — with the spiral movement. YES! Fire and Water is growing up. In this course we supported the inner movement of “circles and spirals”. Yes, of course we can teach the techniques from outside yet now we all can also learn from our inner “yin” energy. My hope is to support the birth of our energy from within, recognizing the true essence of who we are from the inside. Fire and Water is the class where I can guide my students to know “you are the magic and the beauty of the light, connecting heaven and earth”.
Blessings to you all,