Lessons from Master Teacher Sakhara
Over the last few days, Sakhara has been showing me a few things and allowing me to feel them and think about them on my own. Here's what I've been learning about.
RUN LIKE A CAT.
In one lesson, she suggested I run like a cat. Since I didn't have a cat body, my thoughts became a barrier.
"Just do it!" Sakhara chided me.
So I imagined getting down on all fours and trying to run. Soon I was running like a cat, with a tail streaming out behind me. It was a surprising experience. Cats run with such ease, and once I got my mind out of the way, so did I.
What does this mean about all the times in my life when I've held myself back because I refused to just jump in and do something new?
THE DIVINE ESSENCE.
Sakhara took me to the top of a hill and we looked out across a valley towards another hillside. It was dusk and as the dark was coming in, I could see lights below me. At first I thought these were electric lights or lanterns or even candles. Sakhara shook her head.
"This is what cats see, " she said. "We see the light essence of all beings."
I keep looking, and then realized that some of the lights were humans, some were animals, and some were trees and bushes. All the lights appeared to be golden, some brighter and some fainter.
"This is not the aura?" I asked.
"No. It's the essence. It's the divine spark within all things," my teacher continued. She told me to contemplate this, and I have been doing that.
What would it be like to see someone's Divine Essence with our physical or psychic eyes whenever we meet another person? What would this tell us about them?
Which is maybe why I got the following lesson today.
LOVE WITHOUT JUDGMENT.
Sakhara showed me a mother cat nursing her new born kittens. First, she asked me to observe. As the momma licked her young and cleaned them thoroughly with her tongue, Sakhara said, "Love Without Judgment."
"How is that different from Love Without Conditions?" I asked.
"Always so full of questions," my teacher exclaimed with a shake of her head and a swish of her tail, as if asking questions were a crime.
"A mother cat will kill a baby that is deformed, unhealthy, or in danger. She make no judgment. She does this act lovingly to prevent harm to them, to prevent them from suffering. This is Love Without Judgment."
I still didn't understand. "Humans don't believe in doing this," I responded. "Humans born with physical deformities and other limitations that are not a completely healthy body and mind are allowed to live. We love and nurture and take care of them. And some of them turn out to be geniuses and artists, and make amazing contributions to human society."
"Yes," agreed Sakhara. "But I'm not teaching you about humans. I'm teaching you about Cats. This is not instinct. It is deliberate, conscious choice in the cat. This is how the mother protects her young. She has no doubts whatsoever that the kitten's spirit will not be harmed by her choice. Humans spend too much time thinking and too little time loving and knowing the truth of things."
It's not wise, I have found, to argue with a teacher when the point of view they are sharing doesn't match my own. Clearly cats believe that what they are doing is correct. Sakhara was asking me to move out of judgment - to not assume that what is appropriate for one species is appropriate for another - to accept that the ways of life are infinite and perfect. A very challenging lesson.
Lessons from Master Teacher Sakhara.
Sakhara informs me that the reason cat's like to be up in trees, on top of refrigerators and bookshelves, and generally as far "up" as they can get is not just a matter of height = power.
It's a human thing to assume that since we're higher we can hunt better. And this is true, but does not go nearly far enough.
The real reason we prefer to be on top of things is because we seek the spiritual view that we gain from raising ourselves above the mundane experiences of daily life.
By climbing as high as we can, we learn to shift ourselves out of the limiting vision of being on the ground. We experience many different perspectives, on the way up ... while on top ... and on the way down.
Cats, as a group, have higher vision. We're very spiritual beings. Those who know us well know that most of us meditate daily and leave our bodies to travel in other realms.
Perhaps, if you master patience a bit, I'll take you on a journey to a higher plane so you'll have an experience of what I mean.
Sakhara believes that the higher perspective will always give you solutions to problems. It gives you different way of understanding what's going on in your life. It offers new ways to think and feel about something that you might not notice if you're on the ground.
Take a walk and climb a hill.
Better yet, climb a tree.
Look out over the valley of your life and your situation.
What do you notice that you didn't notice before?
What options open for you as your vision expands?
This approach makes any situation look smaller and more manageable.
You can even meditate while you're up there.
Give it a try!
Sakhara insists this cat is in deep meditation. Who am I to argue with the Master Teacher?
Why not ask your cats about Sakhara's teaching. They may have something to add, and you can share their messages in the comments section.
Lessons from Master Teacher Sakhara.
"It's time for you and me to have a few lessons," Sakhara announced. "I've been waiting patiently for many years to teach you. Any other Master would have kicked you out by now."
I was startled by this announcement, but I do understand about the relationship between the student and the Master, so I continued to listen without protest.
Sakhara continued, "It's time for you to learn patience."
Patience is a Cat hunting. The Cat is still, quiet, immobile. The Cat is so grounded that even the Earth doesn't feel the Cat's presence.
The Cat is so quiet that its whiskers don't dare move in a breeze. Its ears don't twitch if an insect lands there. Its tail must be perfectly still. [Sakhara admitted that this was still a challenge for her, as she's a "tail talker."]
The Cat's mind is so quiet that the mouse can't hear her thinking. The bird can't smell or see her. The chipmunk thinks the cat is a statue.
The Cat is so still that even her heartbeat is slowed. Her breathing is peaceful. Her eyes don't blink.
This is Patience in a Cat. When you learn Cat Patience, you'll find yourself still and quiet, both outside and inside. You come into harmony within and without.
Sakhara, lying next to me on the sofa with her back against my thigh, was totally still. I listened to her message and found myself sinking into deep peace inside myself, with only my mantra playing in the background. It had been a stressful morning as I worked on my taxes, but Sakhara knew how to quiet me completely.
Sakhara and I sat there for more than 30 minutes, just being present in the moment. We shared a deeply relaxing space. I am grateful for my teacher and her wisdom.
When did you last ask one of your animal teachers to share their wisdom? If you haven't done this lately, perhaps now is a good time to open your heart and imbibe.
Sakhara has promised me more lessons and has agreed that I can share them with others.
Thank you, Sakhara.