2 months ago I cooked up some rice, put it into two jars and put them in my cup & plate cupboard. Every time I opened the cupboard I'd pick up one jar and Love it. I Ignored the other. Sure enough, the love rice is still white with a small amount of liquid forming on the bottom. The ignored rice is rotting. Turning beige and manky looking. Now I ask.... how much do we Love or Ignore our body? Our homes? Our Lives? Our Spiritual Nature? Family members? What aspects are we ACTIVELY Loving? Where are we ignoring? What would happen to Hate rice? Hated bodies? Hated Lives? This is an amazing experiment that will bring home the personal knowing that our energy, our thoughts and our intentions have a great affect on the world around us, our cells, and on life. Love the food you make. Love the people you see. Love the water you drink. Love the medicines you make and take. Love the ground you walk on. Love the air that comes into and out of your lungs. Its real. Xoxo
*Update* February 21 2016
6 months in - and LOOK! Full disclosure, I haven't been loving my rice quite as often as I did in the beginning, but it definitely is still white and fairly fluffy while the ignored rice is completely manky beyond mank. (These are the same jars, I just had to re-write the details on from all the handling.) Sometimes I bring them to the workshops and gatherings that I host to demonstrate first hand just how powerful our intentions are right before we meditate on radiating love into the world, before we bless water, or before we create medicine bundles. Whenever you think you are just one small person trying to make a difference in the big wide world, remember this image and know you are actually making a big difference. Better yet, cook up your own rice and really really KNOW it!
Man, one day I'm going to have to open these jars to clean them out - ugh! haha
*Update* July 18 2016
WOW! We have made it to 11 months! I admit the last number of months I actually stopped loving the Love Rice :( I had grown accustomed to bringing these jars to workshops and journey circles to demonstrate the power of our intentions, emotions and before engaging in Transfiguration work. Interestingly, I noticed some folks were drawn to shake these jars as they looked at them. At one gathering however the individual white grains of rice were shook into a mush ball. I felt like the experiment was over and procrastinated at opening the jars to wash them out ('cuz I mean... look at that really manky one!) I tucked them back into the cupboard and thought about my reaction to the situation. Then I noticed something... despite the Love Rice being a mush ball it was still white, and it was still white even after weeks and months of not actively loving it anymore. The effect of having been loved for over half a year had a lasting impact. It didn't just rot right away. What a powerful revelation! What a release of pressure to adhere to strict and rigid thought patterns and habits! It's okay if we sometimes fall off the wagon and into self doubt, or have our inner critic speak up periodically - the effects of our loving intentions are lasting! Below is a photo of the rice jars at 11 months old. At 1 year - August 15th I will take one last photo and brave the emptying out process with 5 sticks of Nag Champa burning <3 I really encourage you to try this at home. Show your friends, kids, blog about it - we need such strong lessons in mindfulness and love in the world.
A bean feasa of Gaelic heritage shares stories & insights from her animist and 'shamanic' practice on the West Coast of Canada.