April, 2018, lessons in forgiveness and innocence and surrender from the Great Universal Teacher, Life.

Life itself and all its representatives are showing us how we are and what we need to know all of the time, if we are listening and watching with love. A long-time client asked me to define surrender recently, and I realised that she was asking me to define my life at present. My definition of surrender is release of conflict. The resulting gift is freedom from conflict, peace.

Surrender, deep and true, is only possible when we acknowledge and fully accept that the essence of our being is pure, is light, is innocence. Forgiveness of self and others leads to direct knowledge of the essence of being, innocence.

Those of us born through pain and in pain must ‘come home’ (the breath is exceedingly helpful), forgive ourselves for the struggle, and embrace our innocence. Then we can surrender to the beauty and joy and peace, the unconditional love that is our birth right in this embodied reality.

Our path to Peace – Forgiveness . . . Innocence . . . Surrender

My plans to do a workshop in Almunecar, Spain were cancelled to be brought forward to the Autumn, and the same happened with my speaking trip to Brazil. These changes have created an unfilled space, a lacuna according to my beloved friend, Nicola. Approaching the changes with openness and curiosity, I have been richly rewarded with time to explore the possibilities that arise, to meditate, and to increase my breathwork practice with cold water thermogenesis.

Soon after the cancellations occurred, I was watching David Letterman’s new show  on Netflix, And My Next Guest Is. I thought that I was going to see an interview with Barack Obama. When Letterman introduced Jay Z, I decided to relax and stay with the unexpected. What came toward the end of the show really made me laugh with joy and express profound gratitude. The ‘what’ came in the form of the performance of the perfect song for me, Let Go of Your Plans, sung by Madison Ryan Ward with the song’s writer, Lukas Nelson and The Promise of the Real. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roluIS1_K3c

“Don’t be afraid of change. Take my hand. Let go of your plans”

These lyrics, in the midst of change, surrender, and the unexpected re-minded me of one of the most profound lessons in ACIM. It is lesson 135 in the Workbook for Students, If I defend myself, I am attacked. Just a few highlights from this long and important lesson are . . .

“Planning is the most subtle form of defence.

A healed mind does not plan. It carries out the plans that it receives through listening to Wisdom that is not its own.

The mind that plans is thus refusing to allow for change.

If I defend myself I am attacked. But in defencelessness I will be strong, and I will learn what my defences hide.”

 Then along came this unexpected and truly glorious picture of a lotus that is blooming in the pond outside my son, Rob’s back door in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

A small statue of the Buddha overlooks that pond.

The lotus was a symbol of purity long before the Buddha of history became a master.  In his teachings he used the idea of the mud nourishing the roots as a metaphor for messy human life. It is within our power to choose to rise above the mud (the physical), through the water (the emotions) to be free and blossom (the spiritual), while still rooted in the mud.

The full blooming lotus symbolises enlightenment.

The message from my son filled me with joy and gratitude, “Not sure what’s happening in your world, but this opened up today, and so I know that you are well, and loved, and that my house misses you”  

April brought the fabulous Judy Gee, https://www.judeegee.com, for a deeply satisfying visit. We did tourist things in Oxford, UK, and shared in the breath. She told me about a new project that is really exciting. Sponsored by the International Breathwork Foundation, Judee and Brigitte Martin Powell, http://www.rebirther.co.uk, are developing a protocol for refugees using the conscious breath. They are working with refugees in Greece. https://www.facebook.com/InternationalBreathworkFoundationibf/

The more I read and practice based on Dan Brule’s book, JUST BREATHE, the more expansion I experience. If you don’t have a copy, get one. It is easy to read and full of useful information. Thank You, Dan!

Dance into May with Open Arms.

There is better in store for you than you can even imagine!

BLESSINGS, Binnie A Dansby 


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Andy Gywnn
Andy Gywnn

Great words, Binnie – it was good for me to stop, read & notice. Thanks for setting me up for a great day 🙂