Evaluating Inner Progress

by Shane Magee –

So, you think you’re enlightened? – One of the big downfalls that often happens on the path of self-improvement is a bloated sense of pride. Certainly, it helps to look back and gain confidence from what we have achieved so far. However sometimes, after a nice experience or a good spell in life, we can even feel that we have somehow figured everything out on life’s journey, and this kind of complacent feeling can easily lead to our downfall.

Where there’s an up, there’s a down – One of the reasons it is important not to be over elated about any progress you make, is that this idea can be very easily shattered by outer circumstances. One common thing that happens is when someone goes to visit some old friends or relatives, and finds themselves repeating the same negative cycles of behaviour that used to happen before they embarked on their self-improvement journey, despite all the progress they thought they made! A friend told me something humorous she read recently from one of Eckhart Tolle’s books: “If you think you’re enlightened, then go and live with your parents for a week. “

If you attach too much importance to the good times, you’ll attach too much importance to the bad times too, and believe that all your efforts so far were for nought. When it comes to evaluating inner progress, our human mind is a notoriously bad judge. The best thing is just to keep an even keel throughout both good and bad times.

Inner growth and humility go together – Something very interesting happens to people who progress along the road of self-discovery. They may start out by thinking they will obtain these things like ‘inner peace’ or ‘enlightenment’ – however, as they begin to escape from the confines of the limiting mind and live more in the heart, they feel a greater sense of kinship and connection with the world and with their fellow human beings. The focus of everything so slowly changes from a selfish one to one more geared towards making the world a better place – even their pursuit of enlightenment. Hence when the Buddha sat down at the bodhi tree he vowed to obtain enlightenment not for himself, but for all sentient beings. Real inner growth always goes hand in hand with an increased sense of humility and selflessness. Conversely, an exaggerated sense of pride about one’s achievements tells you quite a lot about the ‘quality’ of those achievements in the first place!

Always have the attitude of a beginner – No matter how far advanced you are along the road of self-discovery, it always pays to have the attitude of a beginner. Every day is a new day, every morning ripe with new possibilities for self-discovery and self-expansion. My own teacher, Sri Chinmoy, meditated for almost seventy years and reached very high levels of meditation, yet he always described himself as ‘the eternal beginner’. No matter what he achieved, every achievement was merely a launchpad for the next step.

“When we start our journey, the first step forward is our goal. As soon as we reach this goal, we achieve perfection. But today’s goal, today’s perfection, is tomorrow’s starting point; and tomorrow’s goal becomes the starting point for the day after tomorrow. Continuous progress is perfection. “ –Sri Chinmoy

Having the attitude of a beginner allows you to live in the moment, and get joy from the adventure of self-discovery, instead of anticipating an end result.

source – srichinmoybio.co.uk/blog

Reversing Negative Thinking

by Wendy Aron –

How to Stop Your Thoughts From Making You Depressed – At any given moment, we are held hostage by something we seldom acknowledge—our thoughts. The things we think about the breakup of a romantic relationship, a fight with a friend, or even about something as miniscule as getting a parking ticket dominates our lives without us ever really recognizing it.

As humans, we have the unique ability to reflect on events and circumstances, and while that is a good thing, it carries with it, a risk– the way we think about things has a profound affect on how we feel. Negative thinking can adversely impact not only our mood, but our physical health, too. Therefore, it is imperative to examine what we are thinking and treat our thoughts as mere constructs that we have the power to harness with a little effort.

Analyzing our thoughts is particularly crucial for those of us who have the tendency to be depressed. This is because those of us who suffer from depression regularly form inaccurate thoughts that we convince ourselves are true. These irrational thoughts, which are repeated over and over again, are known to therapists who practice cognitive behavioral therapy as cognitive distortions. Mental health professionals disagree on whether cognitive distortions cause depression or whether depression causes cognitive distortions, but it is universally recognized that such patterns of thought make us feel terrible about ourselves.

Common Cognitive Distortions – There several different cognitive distortions or mind traps that we can fall into. Here are some of them:

*Over-generalization: one negative thing occurs and you convince yourself that it is going to happen in all other similar situations.

*Emotional reasoning: you feel a certain way, so you think it must be the truth.

*All-or-nothing thinking: you see things in black and white. Either things are totally great or a disaster.

*Mental filter: you only remember the negative things that have happened to you during the course of life and shut out all the positive things.

*Should statements: you try to motivate yourself by dwelling on the things you think you should be able to do.

*Mind-reading: you conclude that someone is thinking something negative about you.
Mental health professionals believe that there are about ten cognitive distortions to which depressed people repetitively subject themselves. But it’s important to note that you are not stuck and that these patterns of thought can be changed.

Changing Your Thoughts – One of the most helpful things you can do is to give all of your negative thoughts a reality check. For instance, if your partner has just ended a romantic relationship and you think that you will never be loved again, you can ask yourself, “What evidence do I have that I will never be loved again?” Since you’ve been in romantic relationships before this one, there should be no reason why you won’t find another partner who will love you when you are ready. In addition, you can think of all the friends and family members who still love you. In this way you can realize that you are committing the cognitive distortion of over-generalization because you are taking one event and magnifying it to apply to all situations.

Another way to battle cognitive distortions is to engage in reframing an event. Perhaps something negative happened to you, but you must ask yourself if anything positive came out of it. In the case of the end of a romantic relationship, you can tell yourself that you learned many new things from your ex-partner that have made you a much more interesting and well-rounded person and that you can bring this to your next relationship. If you can think along these lines, you might not feel as though you are at a dead end, but at the precipice of a new beginning.

Training your mind to challenge irrational thoughts and replace them with more accurate thinking is extremely difficult, particularly for people who suffer from depression. But the reward justifies the effort you will have to put into it. Instead of walking around feeling unhappy and that the world is out to get you, you’ll have a different outlook on life—one that will fill you with enthusiasm for the day at hand and not affect your mood when things don’t go exactly your way.

source – pickthebrain.com

Heart and Soul Healing

by Ken Page and Nancy Nester –

THE USE OF CLEAR LIGHT IN HEART & SOUL HEALING – One method of spiritual protection commonly taught in the metaphysical community is the use of white light. The thought behind this teaching is that white light both enhances and protects us wherever we go and whatever we do. Many of us have been taught to meditate with white light, heal with white light, and surround ourselves and our loved ones with white light.

Many years ago when I was setting up my own business, I began to pay attention to the emotional and mental patterns of some metaphysical people. I started to notice a disruptive effect from exclusively using white light. Originally, I thought I would prefer to enter into business agreements and patronize vendors owned and run by metaphysical people. I felt that because of their inner work and understanding, metaphysical individuals might be more honest and successful than other people. However, as I started to carefully observe how many of the metaphysical people around me acted, I noticed a large number of them experienced erratic emotional and mental swings over and over again in their lives. As I tried to discover why these experiences were occurring, one major reason kept coming up.

The majority of metaphysical people I observed at that time were exclusively using white light for their practices, meditations, and fields of protection. The exclusive use of white light caused interesting and completely natural phenomena. One of the basic constructs of our third-dimensional world is that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Action and reaction principles are a basic theory explaining polarities. By only using white light to work with, the opposite or polarized forces, black light, would be attracted. Black light is the void. It is the amplification of what we do not love.

Constantly using one side of any polarity causes the user to be pulled back and forth, from one polarity to another, positive to negative, over and over again. Each time we realign ourselves in the polarity of white light, a shift back to its polarized opposite occurs to some degree. The effect would be like going from our most positive actions directly into our worst fears.

For this reason, I have chosen to do all my work, and all my release work, in the Clear Light of Source. The sacred space of Clear Light is one of the most powerful and balanced places we can be, and it does not invoke or trigger polarity energy. Clear Light is in the center between light and dark. It is clear like a diamond is clear.

THE BENEFITS OF USING CLEAR LIGHT

The use of Clear Light, especially when viewing our lessons, is the truest reflection we can use for ourselves in this dimension.

• Clear Light is the most balanced reflection of Source available to us on this planet.

• Clear Light, because it is balanced and neutral, can safely be brought into our creative space. This allows us to avoid attracting polarities when we surround ourselves with white light, which affects our personal energetic fields. Surrounding ourselves in white light distorts the balance in all areas of our lives.

• Clear Light allows us to remain centered within ourselves.

• Through the uses of Clear Light, we are able to remain balanced. By using Clear Light, we are able to learn from our actions and experiences with increased ease, grace, and gentleness.

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying has a great deal to say about the idea of Clear Light, or as they refer to it, “the Dawning of the Ground Luminosity.” Tibetans state that Clear Light appears where consciousness itself dissolves into the ail-encompassing space of truth.

Padmasambhava, a revered Tibetan, describes the luminosity:

“ This self-originated Clear Light, which from the very beginning was never born … This self-organizing wisdom has not been created by anyone… It has never experienced birth and has nothing in it that could cause it to die… Although it is evidently visible, yet there is no one there who sees it … Although it exists in everyone everywhere, it has gone unrecognized… Even though it is the thing that is most essentially yours, you seek for it elsewhere, Amazing!”

Buddhist masters describe the state of luminosity, or Clear Light, in various ways. Some say, “… it expresses the radiant clarity of the nature of mind, its total freedom from darkness: free from the darkness of unknowing and endowed with clarity and knowing.” Further descriptions described Clear Light as “… a state of minimum distraction, because all the elements, the senses and sense objects are dissolved. ”

The luminosity that arises at death is the natural radiance of the wisdom of our own being, and our true nature is revealed. Ground Luminosity presents itself naturally and many people are unprepared for its short immensity and the range of its vast and subtle layers of depth that lie within its simplicity. Clear Light is the subtlest level of consciousness in the third dimension.

According to the current Dali Lama,

“What provides the continuity between lives is not an entity, but the subtle level of consciousness. The ultimate creative principle is consciousness. There are different levels of consciousness. What we call innermost subtle consciousness is always there. The continuity of that consciousness is almost like something permanent, like the space particles. In the field of matter, we find space particles; in the field of consciousness we find Clear Light. The Clear Light with its special energy makes the connection with consciousness. ”

from ‘The Heart of Soul Healing’, Chapter 28

source – kenpage.com

Your Inner Being

by Owen Waters –

Your inner being, your soul or higher self is not something that you have – It is what you are. Your complete consciousness is your inner being. All of the so-called parts of your mind – the conscious, the subconscious and the superconscious parts – are all facets of your one, complete consciousness, your inner being.

Your conscious mind is the result of your inner being focusing attention upon the outer world through your physical brain and senses. When, instead, you turn your attention from the outer world towards the inner world, you access the resources of your inner being.

Your inner being possesses all of the wisdom, understanding and strength that you will ever need. It is your ultimate, personal resource. Your inner being is also your link with the universe and with the consciousness behind all life, Infinite Being.

If you think of yourself as living your life like a performer on stage, then your inner being is like the backstage technician who makes sure that your performance has all the support that it needs to make everything happen on cue.

The amount of knowledge and wisdom available within you is unlimited. In order to access it, you only have to make an intention to go within and find it.

Your subconscious mind runs all of your biological systems without conscious effort on your part. In fact, if you think about it, the subconscious mind of an ant knows more about biology and chemistry than today’s leading scientists.

Your inner being knows even more; in fact, everything about anything you want to know anything about. The trick is to ask the question and then silence your conscious mind enough to hear the answer.

When you become consciously aware of the true nature of your inner being and its resources of wisdom, understanding and strength, you begin to dissolve many of the former limitations to your growth.

The key to expressing your human potential is to know that all potential lies within you and you only have to open an external channel in order to allow that unlimited potential to flow out into the world.

The power is within. To become empowered, you don’t have to become something new. You only have to realize that you already have that power within, then allow that infinite inner potential to flow into your life.

source – infinitebeing.com

Multi-Realities and Choices

by Peggy Black –

Your scientists realize that the world that you know and the world that surrounds you are always in constant flux. There are multi-realities, multi-choices available every moment. Quantum Physics offers insights into these multidimensional realities. Quantum Physics shows that energy can be a particle or a wave.

Energy is imprinted by your conscious or unconscious thoughts. Each moment is new and fresh. It is awaiting your command. Humans are especially rigid with how they view their life, who they think they are, and how they should or shouldn’t act or be.

Most humans are unaware that they imprint their reality each moment and they are locked into a mindset of beliefs that reality is always a certain way. Then it is so. They continue to create the same, again and again and again. It is an illusion that things stay the same. Your reality is always in flux.

This imprinting of the energy field is done on an individual, collective basis. There are beliefs and certain types of rigid mindsets that exist in the collective consciousness of humanity. These beliefs and ways of being imprint the hologame, the matrix, the energy field, each moment. Therefore, the reality in which you play stays much the same. There is comfort in the sameness. There is comfort in the belief of sameness. There is comfort in group beliefs, collective beliefs. It is a part of this planet’s dysfunction.

Change is resisted because change is scary. Humans will hold on to a situation that is unhealthy and even painful because they are afraid of change. The collective consciousness acts much the same as the individuals.

Society sees and feels the dysfunctions. Society is challenged to make the conscious changes, especially when they are saturated with reasons to fear these changes. Each individual contributes their own personal fears, and insecurities to the whole. These collective fears, insecurities, and beliefs continue to keep the reality of dysfunction locked into each new now.

There is a gathering of those who are aware of the gift of imprinting each NOW with new realities. They are awakening to the realization that they are more than who they thought themselves to be. They are truly multidimensional beings, aware that reality is a thought, reality is a particle, and reality is a wave. These beings are beginning to ride the energy in a new way. They are beginning to mold and sculpt their energy in a new way and therefore imprinting their reality with more loving consciousness.

source – morningmessages.com

Make Peace With Your Past

by Michelle Beaudry –

Forgiveness resolves the past so you can live happily in the present. Here are the top six reasons to forgive yourself and others. No one can change the past, but you do have the power to upgrade how you feel about it, and that makes all the difference.

You can take your power back from all those painful memories, and make peace with your past. Forgiveness heals the guilt and the hurt, and does this quietly, privately, and thoroughly. Forgiveness does not mean that you let anyone off the hook, it means that your present happiness is more important than your past suffering. Forgiveness does not mean that you condone the hurtful things done to you, it means that you reclaim your right to run your own life.

Right now those hurtful things are running your life, and how is that working for you? The people who hurt you may have ruined your yesterdays, but only you are in charge of your tomorrows. And if you feel guilt over people that you have hurt, forgiving yourself will heal you and allow you to move forward with a happier attitude and a healthier body.

Top 6 Reasons to Forgive

1. You will feel better and laugh more. Resolving all that negative spin from your past allows you to enjoy yourself and have the daily fun you really want. Your buttons will stop being pushed because they will be gone. You see, guilt and hatred resolve nothing, they just sustain the negativity that continues to stop you from reaching your personal and professional goals. Forgiveness, on the other hand, undoes the stickiness that binds you to all those unhappy yesterdays, and this returns your personal energy to your present life, and you get more done. Forgiveness is excellent for improved prosperity and success in every area of your life.

2. You will be healthier. Carrying negativity appears to cause many physical ills. The body and the mind are the same thing. Just as ice and steam are still basically water, your body and your mind are simply different manifestations of your spirit. Relieve your mental stress and your body will be happier too. Nothing relieves mental stress like forgiveness. Forgiveness heals.

3. People will like you better. You will be a more enjoyable person to be around, and will attract more positive people to your life. Humans are imperfect, and we all make mistakes. One trait of positive people is that they take life less personally, and readily forgive mistakes as they happen. On the other hand, perfectionists are often miserable people, having standards way too high to be reached. Would you settle for mere excellence? Then do so, and your relations with others will improve immediately. Perfectionists are all about judgement, whereas happy people are all about smiles. Sure, there are fights worth fighting, but if you live is one long series of fights with other people, the exhaustion must be terrible for you. Forgive and life improves. It really is that simple.

4. You will stop the constant suffering. Forgive others exactly because what happened was not your fault. Ask yourself: What was done to me? How long ago did all that happen? Are those hurtful people still in my life? Why should I keep suffering for what someone else did? Since it was not my fault, why am I still paying for it? Of course you have suffered way too long and way too much already. And those hurtful people have probably been gone from your life for years. So let the suffering stop right now. Forgive them.

And it may be that complete, one hundred percent may not be possible for you at first, and that is fine. Not to worry, because you can start with a small percentage of forgiveness and work up. How about forgiving them ten percent? Twenty? Eighty? Even five percent forgiveness is an excellent step in the right direction. The more you forgive, the better you will feel.

5. You have punished yourself long enough. Self forgiveness stops the overwhelming feelings of guilt that obstruct your happiness. Ask yourself: What was my crime? How long ago did that happen? Am I still doing stuff like that? If I had been imprisoned for it, would I be out by now? You have likely already punished yourself way too much, and it is time to grant yourself a full pardon. Forgive does not mean forget, it means accepting responsibility, and moving on with your life in positive ways, having learned your lessons. You can stop spinning over how you used to be and get on with creating the good life you have always deserved. So forgive yourself. Today. Right now. Since you cannot undo what you did, you must do the next best thing, and that is to face what happened, and then let the blame go.

6. No one needs to know. Forgiveness happens privately, between you and God, or between you and your higher self. You do not need to call anyone up or write any letters. Forgiveness is an internal healing, and it is all about you. Other people will have to forgive themselves for what they did. Your concern is you. You evolve all the time anyway, so why not evolve for the better?

How to do Forgiveness

As you remember past events and the people involved, feel forgiveness flow from your heart out to them and back to yourself. Visualize what happened and who was there, forgiving everything and everyone involved. If you are not particularly visual, that is not a problem at all, since you can just sense and feel what happened, and process from there. Sensing and feeling work just as well as visualizing.

If anger arises when you think of some people, then in the privacy of your own thoughts, confront them. Tell them how you feel about what happened, and spend all of that anger you feel toward them. Tell them all the things you would never say to their face, but need to express. And then forgive them.

You may need to feel forgiven by your higher power. Please know that God forgives you the first time you ask, so only ask once. If you have to ask twice, then it is you who is not forgiving you. Forgive yourself fully knowing that God never needs to be asked twice.

source – beaudryhypnosis.com

A Journey’s Essense

by Hieu Doan –

All journeys require effort and energy, commitment and dedication. Like all journeys however, if walked long enough, experienced long enough, and reflected on long enough certain wisdoms will be integrated. The ability to walk longer and with less energy expended. The ability to be in the moment, and also outside of the moment. The ability to see ahead, as well as behind. The ability to understand, appreciate and experience meaning in the journey.

A journey may at times make us weary, at other times it may inspire us to great levels of energy. There may be times that we stop and in despair exclaim that we can never continue, and then in what is seemingly a new moment pledge that we will never give up. At times it may seem as if all we have achieved amounts to nothing, at other times it seems as if with all we have achieved we should surely have reached the peak by now. Through it all we may at times remember to look back at the person who we are, the person that is walking, reflecting, in joy, pain, grief, anger and love. At times we may look back in gentle compassion, other times may bring regret or remorse, love and passion, wonder and confusion. At times we may be reluctant to look back at all for fear of what we may see. At other times it may seem as if all we see, the good and the bad, clear and confusing is in perfect harmony, rolling along seamlessly like clockwork.

The truth of all journeys is revealed when we begin to look back, it is an opportunity that only exists in reflection and the fact that we do carry a past – as this past is what defines the journey. That past, that journey is our present. Where we choose to direct it from here and now is made available by the extent, depth and focus of our awareness and ability to observe. The thing about observation as it pertains to the realm of mental and spiritual consciousness however is that there are more shapes, directions and forms than in the physical. While the physical is 3 dimensional, the mental exists in potentially many more dimensions. This reality can be experienced and witnessed simply by observing dualities and contradictions easily and cheerfully existing in our consciousness regardless of our beliefs and views on how reality should be.

Empowerment comes not from dictating how reality should be but by understanding why reality is how it is, then learning how to affect this reality. Gaining perspective comes from stepping back and seeing the big picture, going up and seeing from a higher vantage point, moving to the edge of the game and seeing everything that is going on. In the realm of the mental and spiritual this going to the edge, going up and seeing the big picture works in more ways that in the physical. Just like dual, opposing and contrary directions and feelings can exist within the consciousness, so too going to the edge can mean going in, moving out, looking sideways, feeling in shapes, hearing in color, seeing in sound, smelling knowledge, tasting direction and communicating all of this information with a direction of mind that is moving more and more towards clarity. Traced back all of these ways of expression, listening and communication are found from one faculty that all of us have – awareness.

source – thepathofpower.net

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A Connected Life

by Clive A Wilson –

Human Consciousness: Becoming More of Who We Truly Are – With the advent of the Internet and sharing of wisdom across the world, we have reached a stage where dialogue is pulling us in two different directions. One is apart and the other is together. The fundamentalist view is that “my way is right and your way is misguided”. However, there is another way. There is a great deal of commonality between faiths and even with those who claim to have no faith. The commonality is our shared consciousness and love for our fellow man and for everything that makes up what is good about our world.

Spirituality is this simple, to lead a connected life we must move around the following four-stage cycle consciously or unconsciously:

1. Connection: We need to take time out away from the noise of the material world to be alone, in touch with our deepest sense of self, with the universe, some would say with God. This connection is achieved in stillness, in meditation, in prayer, and in nature.

2. Presence: Taking time in quiet connection allows us to live our lives in a state of presence, remaining aware and connected even in the busy times. This is much more fulfilling than being blown by cares of past or future.

3. Action: Or perhaps “right action”. By being present, we intuitively know what to do in any given situation.

4. Reflection: Having taken action, at least once a day we should reflect. This is to check our level of presence, celebrate our successes and to give thanks for the life we have been able to share with others.

Of course this cycle isn’t necessarily limited to any single day. Rather it is the cycle we should travel at least daily if we intend to lead a connected life.

Leading a connected life is exactly the essence of all faiths and of everyone who has ever glimpsed the divinity that is within us all.

EzineArticles/Clive A Wilson
sacred-space.ning.com

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Lucid Dreaming

A lucid dream is one in which you become conscious that you are dreaming without waking up, and therefore gain the ability to control elements of the dream which you wouldn’t normally be able to.

Aside from being an exciting and enjoyable experience in itself, it can also be a powerful tool for self-knowledge and self-mastery. In certain schools of Hindu and Tibetan Yoga lucid dreaming is an important step on the path to enlightenment.

For anyone wishing to begin learning this art I would recommend Keeping a Dream Diary as an important first step, but assuming that you are already doing this here are some techniques that you can use as triggers to induce the experience:

TECHNIQUES

*Using Cues: This involves using everyday objects, events, or actions as ‘cues’ that automatically set off a chain off thought which will induce the lucid dream. This is done by associating the chosen object or action with that particular thought process while you are awake. Let’s say I choose ‘my car’, and ‘walking through a doorway’ as my cues. They are both things that I see or do often, and which are therefore likely to crop up on a fairly regular basis in my dreams too, so they make good choices to use as cues. The process is then simple: every time I see my car or walk through a doorway I ask myself – “am I awake or asleep?” It feels a bit stupid when you know that you are awake, but try using tests as well, like trying to change the shape or size of things around you, or to transport yourself to a different place.

If you keep this up for long enough then the association between the object / action and the question will start to become automatic, and will then start to happen every time you see that object or perform that action in your dreams, thus triggering the realization that you are in fact still asleep. For many people a few days of doing this will be long enough, but it varies greatly from one person to the next. The key is to remember to ask the question every single time that you see or perform your cue.

*Positive Affirmations: When you go to bed at night simply repeat an affirmation over and over in your head, such as ‘tonight I will become conscious that I am dreaming without waking myself up’ as you drift off to sleep. Keep it short, simple and positive. This is a kind of self-hypnosis.

Dropping back In: For some people the most effective method is to use that drowsy half-awake state of the early morning, immediately after waking, as a kind of. Set your alarm early, perhaps 20-30 minutes before you intend to get up, and just allow yourself to doze. If you remember the dream you were having then you can try to step back into it by replaying it in your mind and imagining that you are back within it. Alternatively you can try visualizing a whole new dreamscape, and imagine yourself inside it, letting go and allowing it to unfold on its own, whilst maintaining the awareness that it isn’t real.

If you are really dedicated then you can use all of these techniques simultaneously, in which case you can be very confident that you will successfully achieve lucid dreaming in no time at all. An if you are having problems remember that the first one is always the hardest, and once you get that far you will be able to start having then regularly with much less trouble.

source – morningstarportal.com

The Way It Is

by Ken Page and Nancy Nester –

BECOMING SPIRITUALLY FLUID – Everyone has their version of the ‘way that it is’. We all find a way to define our world or reality. Once that is accomplished, we can form belief systems that will support our version of the ‘way that it is’. All of our life experiences pass through the fine mesh filters of our own beliefs to emerge on the other side as our truths.

THE CLASSIC QUEST – Finding our own truth of the ‘way that it is’, can often take a lifetime. We embark on the journey of discovery and questioning: Who Am I? How did I get here? Why am I here? What is my purpose? This becomes the classic quest of our own eternal soul. And so our journey begins. The only challenge occurs when – through no fault of anyone – we question everything and everyone outside ourselves, in search of our answers. We may even think we find ‘the way that it is’ in a particular spiritual path, or different spiritual teachers. Then our belief says we have found the ‘way that it is’ and it is perfect.

That usually works – until we realize that we are still searching, still finding something not complete. We begin to question our path, our teachers, and everything else in our lives – only to remain questioning our own questions.

Once we discover that we are unable to find the answers outside of ourselves, we can begin to create a reality that works. This can become the framework of our conscious mind. We will perfect this ‘way that it is’ to make sure that everything fits, that all our questions are answered and that our life seems to work. We relax, feel secure in this reality and just know that we have this whole thing called ‘LIFE’ figured out. Now we have arrived – we can feel in control of ourselves and proud of our accomplishments. This is a very good point to begin.

DETACHMENT – However, if we become attached to the ‘way that it is’, we can become rigid in our own thoughts and ideas. Rather than feeling free and liberated, we become trapped in self-righteousness and spiritual arrogance. If this occurs, it may be quite awhile before we realize that we are not experiencing any new growth, new insights, new creations – we are stuck in the reality of our fixed self. The reality of this new life circumstance then begins our search for the space of knowing and not knowing – the simultaneous existence of being in the moment and remaining flexible for change and choice. When this happens, we are reminded to become spiritually fluid.

We can not begin our experience on this planet to grow, expand into the vastness of our soul’s vision, discover who we are as multidimensional Divine beings, and use that discovery to serve our planet and its’ inhabitants until we become fluid. After all, how can we remain in the old version of the ‘way that it is’ when everything around us is constantly changing and moving ? And – how do we recognize that we are stuck ?

INDICATORS OF BEING STUCK – The first indicator comes when we find we have a need to be right. Being right has been important in some arenas, because it ensures us a position of power and approval. The need for approval – based on some of our old programs – translates to our feeling accepted and loved; which in turn means that we are not alone. This is how important being right can be for some. This is also how we can get stuck in the energy of our old ‘way’.

The second issue for us is our need to stay in control. We will use control to create a predictable life with no surprises or negative unknowns. It goes hand in hand with the need to be right, both producing a sense of power and security. We will know that we are stuck in our ‘way that it is’, when we have the need to prove or justify our truth. The key word is, need. We will find ourselves defending our thoughts and position around our beliefs. We may become frustrated or angry when someone doesn’t understand us. We then feel unsupported, which makes us react even more.

If we are attached to our beliefs and truths, seeing them as the only ‘way that it is’, we will limit the infinite possibilities that can come to us and therefore limit our experience. Moving past the need to be at the center of our own universe, we discover the balance between knowing and not knowing, which allows us to be spirituality fluid.

FINDING BALANCE – There are ways to finding this balance. We can begin by cultivating compassion. Everyone has their version of the ‘way that it is’ and for many people, they have needed it just to survive. We can have unconditional compassion for where they are, for their own creations. They are Creators, just like us.

One of the easiest ways to finding our balance and to maintain a clearer vibration is to think of ourselves as Liquid Light. Remember, water does not stop its movement or flow. Even when faced with a boulder in the river, water goes over or around the obstacle without hesitation. As the research of Dr. Masaru Emoto has proven, our thoughts, emotions, feelings, or ideas have a resultant effect on the structure of water. As our bodies are mostly water, liquid vibration, our multidimensional cells are directly affected by our thoughts, emotions, feelings and ideas. Liquid Light is the same feeling that one feels when they connect with Spirit.

First, we experience ourselves as Liquid Light, fluid and adaptable. Then we can add a color to that light, (a color that represents what we feel is our essence). By thinking of ourselves as Liquid Light combined with our chosen spiritual color, we can change how we perceive ourselves and the ways in which others also perceive us. In this way, we can begin unconditional acceptance of ourselves – compassion for self. That is the direct compass towards the unconditional love needed for true healing and pure creative vulnerability.

from ‘The Art of Transference’

source – kenpage.com