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–Saved by a Mango

More than three decades ago I made my first pilgrimage to the mother ashram of my yogic lineage, located in the countryside of Maharashtra, India. Having only been consciously on the path for a little over a year, I honestly didn’t really know why I was going, just that I had to go and stay for 90 days. The one teaching I remembered from what I had heard and read up to that point spoke to the purity in the heart of the disciple when visiting this ashram, where the Masters had performed their sadhana, or spiritual practices, for thousands of years. It said that every plant or flower, tree or bug, was alive with the Shakti of divine Consciousness and that time spent in this sacred place with an open mind and receptive heart would lead a seeker to the direct Knowledge of Absolute Truth.

I was not aware of the expectations that had accompanied me on this journey but at about the ten-week mark, I began to feel extremely agitated. I had been doing everything asked of me, going overboard to attend every chant, program, and meditation session, but I awoke one morning to a mind racing with upsetting thoughts.

I’ve been here for nearly three months and nothing has happened. I’m doing everything right but I don’t feel any different. What’s the point of all this effort if I’m not enlightened yet?

I was out on an early morning walk as all of this was taking place and just as my inner turmoil was reaching the boiling point, I arrived at a statue of Lord Ganesh. Behind the Great Remover of Obstacles stood a majestic mango tree and as I was angrily striding past it, I heard the thump of something hitting the ground.  It stopped me in my tracks. I looked down and saw it was a huge mango. And it spoke to me, saying: “When fruit is ripe, it falls naturally from the tree.”

In that instant, I got it. I stopped beating myself up for being an acorn but not yet an oak. And this one experience became the foundation upon which an entire life of conviction, commitment, and absolute faith in my own process would unfold and rest. I understood that it was my job to walk the path with as much integrity as possible but that when I would reach the destination was not only something I could not control or manipulate, it wasn’t even my concern. I was the passenger, not the driver, of the train of Life. And to this day, whenever I am tempted to be frustrated that God’s Time does not seem to be aligned with the hopes or expectations of ego, I still hear that quiet, wise voice of the mango, gently reminding me:

“When fruit is ripe, it falls naturally from the tree.”

Elizabeth Urabehttp://www.erurabe.com/
As an artist, Elizabeth R. Urabe has always only had one goal: to translate the invisible energies of Absolute Truth into tangible form using abstract design, color, and poetic imagery, so that an ever-increasing number of people might have more direct access to the inner realms of human existence. In early 1995, with no art training whatsoever, she began spontaneously to draw the pictures now known as Urabe Spirit Art and to date has channeled more than 750 designs, each one perfect, whole, and complete, exactly as it is. No thought is ever involved in the birthing process and Elizabeth has always referred to her role as that of a "spiritual midwife" rather than the creator of this extraordinary body of work. And remarkably, despite incredible complexity of design and detail, no single picture has ever taken longer than one week to complete. In 2011, intuitively entering a picture birthed in 1995 titled Divine Unity, Elizabeth was one of three first-place winners of the unprecedented American Batik Design Competition, organized by (then) the Ambassador to the US from the Indonesian embassy in Washington DC, Dr. Dino Patti Djalal. As a result, she was awarded a three-week tour of some of the most prominent batik and fashion companies in Indonesia and now has contacts in Jakarta who have created breathtakingly beautiful silk shawls for ladies and one of a kind original shirts for men; each piece endowed with the living 4000-year-old history of Indonesia's perfected batik techniques and the essence of Urabe Spirit Art as both the energetic and design inspiration. Early in 2016, in answer to the global craze for coloring books, Elizabeth rose to the challenge and in a matter of months, self-published four books; three coloring books for adults, each with original art and contemplative poetry, and a highly interactive book for adults and children to engage in together. The first adult book, Color Me Freedom, was immediately rendered fully into German, and there are French, Spanish, and Russian versions available with the translations of the Artist Introduction and dedication pages. A full Arabic language translation is also soon to be released. With these books, Elizabeth has taken the very essence of her art and offered it in a compact, affordable and interactive format that is especially attractive at this time, when global challenges are both accelerating and intensifying and the need for awakening, healing, and transformational reintegration is more imperative than ever. In Elizabeth's words: " Urabe Spirit Art, in whatever myriad forms it may take, is one of the most powerful reflections of Source energies available to us at this point in the evolution of Consciousness. We are at a crossroads where the fate of our planet and life as we know it may very well depend on the willingness of each individual to embrace the entire spectrum of human emotion and commit to the kind of transformation that only real spiritual growth can offer. There is no longer any middle ground and as long as we (still) believe that Love has an opposite, we are (still) living in fear." It is time for us to say an unequivocal yes to destiny and to take our rightful places as warriors of the Spirit. Let us join in this pure and noble vision, knowing that - together - there is nothing we cannot accomplish.

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