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Lions Roar : November 2012
36 SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2012 1: Clear your inner obstacles The first step toward unleashing the open flow of cre- ativity is to attain a state of openness. That requires clearing away your negative self-image. People who are stuck always seem to have excuses for not moving forward. Not having enough money or lack- ing support from loved ones, friends, or colleagues are very common examples. You may think, “I’m not good enough,” or “No one else has done it before,” or “This is not the right time and place.” But whether you have ten reasons or one hundred, external factors are not the real obstacle. The real block is within. It’s not that someone else is in your way—you yourself are the block. You are attached to the aspect of yourself that is blocking the way. There are many methods for clearing awareness and improving self-image. Talk therapy is one. Practicing yoga is another. On a deeper level, meditation tech- niques such as the Bön Buddhist practices of tsa lung or the nine breathings of purification can help you clear the physical, energetic, and mental obstacles associated with negative self-image. Here is a simple clearing practice you can try right now in order to begin the process of unleashing your creative energy: • Notice your internal dialog. Are you always telling your- self things like: “This can’t work,” “No one will like it,” “I’m not good enough,” “I don’t have the energy,” or “It’s not worth the trouble”? Identify your primary obstacle. Simply being aware that it is within you can help begin the process of unblocking. • Sit comfortably, close your eyes, and take a moment to feel the stillness of your body. Listen and hear the silence within and around you, and abide in the spa- ciousness of your mind. Rest in this place of openness for a few minutes or longer. • Now, from that place of stillness, silence, and spa- ciousness, bring your main obstacle back into awareness. Observe it nakedly, without concepts, judging, or evaluating. This is what I call “selecting” the issue. • Take in a deep breath of pure awareness, bringing it directly into the image or energetic feeling of the inner obstacle you have selected. As you exhale, breathe out the blockage and experience it dissolv- ing into space. Be aware of that space and effort- lessly rest there for a few minutes. Repeat this breathing cycle over and over until you start to feel clearer inside. The more you become aware of what is blocking your creative flow and prac- tice clearing it, the more you discover and cultivate a more positive sense of self that is based on the absence of obstacle. This much larger sense of self has nothing to do with identity and everything to do with open- ness. You are the infinite space that has opened up. You may fear that without your old, familiar sense of pain identity, you are nothing. But as you clear your sense of negative self-image, you can begin to discover that in its absence, you are everything. A sense of self that is founded in openness is unchanging, indestruc- tible, and confident. Whatever practice you use, the point is to discover a place of spaciousness within. Give time not only to clearing obstacles but also to becoming familiar with what opens up as a result. Every moment you spend in a state of openness is cumulative and supports your ability to be in the flow. Let go, rest in the openness, and become familiar with it. Cultivate confidence in the re- alization that your true inner being cannot be changed by any force. THREE STEPS TO CREATIVITY Whether you are looking to transform a life of sadness and depression into one of happiness and joy, or you are wishing to take your artistry to a higher level, instead of keeping your attention on the goal, focus on taking these three steps: PHOTOBYTSERINGWANGMO