Celebration is a restorative process delighting in truth. Celebration is one of the surest beneficial practices one can do. It is high tantra.
As we learn to celebrate things, people, and moments, then the quantum blinking sparkle that is that moment, person, word, or thing twinkles. In that too easily missed twinkle is the opportunity to call forward the deeper truth that all is light, all is lightness of being, all is mahamudra bliss and radiance by nature. You and I are, too.
Celebration provides humor and light-heartedness. Therefore, as we engage a challenge it is emptied of the epic story we tell ourselves about how difficult and unfair the challenge is. Instead, we are made strong, dispossessed of entitlement, emboldened by perspective.
As we celebrate difficulties, then karmic knot that is that difficulty unwinds. In this way, celebration is a medicine, a remedy, a tincture, a cure. As a medicine, celebration will address the ill of small-minded self-absorption. As a remedy, celebration will rally the inner forces of happiness, composure, patience, and joy and bring them to the forefront like an herbal remedy brings that which is innate within the body forward. Celebration is a tincture in that a little can undermine a bother, while a small dose of joy will also effect wide gladness in others. And celebration is a cure, undoing the karmic dispositions of challenge or negativity while replacing them with joy. Celebration cures self-centeredness as it celebrates the wonders and magic of all that is.
Celebrate everything, not only the good or beautiful things. Celebrate ease, the light switch, the tissue we blow our nose on and the tree or bamboo it came from. Celebrate and call to mind the sunlight that the plant took in, knowing that that sunlight and the whisper of a million leaves are in that tissue. With such recollections, celebration can lead us to consider how and why, and necessity. Celebrating the tissue might mean that we choose a handkerchief instead, and visualize in our mind one more tree left standing, which we would celebrate. Or the celebration of the tissue might lead to pondering why our nose runs and an evaluation of health, well-being, and choices again.
The Dalai Lama’s smile is an expression of one who celebrates, even with all that he has witnessed and experienced in his life. Celebration includes both form and emptiness and undoes form to come to the empty essential nature of anything.
Celebration is a most beneficial way of being. It begins as a practice, one that brings only positivity, generates benevolent karma, and undoes the negative karmic threads that bind us. Celebration encourages the expansion of our feeling nature into the buddhic resonance of expanded sentient response. Buddhi is harmony, complementarity, compassion and wisdom, and participation in the unified oneness of existence. Celebrate anything in and of this moment.
graphic: Knot by Liam on DeviantART
first posted in April 2014