Ganesha is known as the “remover of obstacles” and “lord of beginnings.” And only now am I beginning to appreciate the uprooting aspect of getting rooted.
I think when I started this project I was focusing more on connecting with the foundations of my body as a way to remain steady and secure within myself. And this can certainly be an outcome of this kind of inquiry, to be sure.
But another thing that can happen is that I could discover that what has rooted in my foundation is not what should really be growing there. In that case some uprooting would be necessary.
This body is called the field. He who knows this is called the knower of the field.
What if I were to discover that fear had been at the root of actions that have become deeply established as habit? I think I might need a spiritual roto-rooter!
Enter Ganesha, remover of obstacles—whatever that means…
I used to think that Ganesha might symbolically represent removing what seems to be getting in the way of what I want. But from where I am standing in this moment, imagining Ganesha hangin’ out at the symbolic origin of all action, I think that what Ganesha represents might be much more awesome than removing a woman from the man of my dreams, or removing the glass barrier between me and that cookie I want to eat (as petty examples).
If Ganesha represents the potential to change the very birth-place of actions, wow! That is huge.
I have heard that it is possible to change anything that has been learned (conditionings). A bad habit that has been repeated many times, may not be easy to change, but it can be done.