It’s a choice to journey consciously and it takes courage and trust. It’s something that we are all doing and consciously or not, it still takes courage and trust. When you are not conscious of being on your spiritual journey, life just seems unfair, tough and as if everyone is against you.
Conscious or not, your soul is leading you to a state of expanded awareness. So that jerk who cut you off on the road today is expanding in awareness just like you are but he’s probably not aware of it; he may just feel like life is too stressful and he took it out on you.
But as we search for the truth we begin to see that there is not a single truth, everyone has a different version of the truth and even in our own lives, that which we think of as true can change many times.
So what is true and what is not true? If a truth changes, was it ever true in the first place? Will we ever know the truth? And when we know the truth, what happens to everything else we have known up to that time?
The truth is everything we believe based on all of our knowing and experience up until that moment in time. While we look for the truth as the final answer, it is actually what allows us to ask the next question.
Truth repeats itself, like an endless loop, until we uncover a new truth that allows us to move forward, beyond the former truth. Each truth leads to another truth and for each of us, that truth is highly personal and so individualized that it can only be true for us. While our truth is true for us, everyone’s truth is also true, for them. Can we connect with others from the point of our own truth? We can when our truth has points in common and there is no doubt present.
The truth that we deserve love, for example, is true for us. And we must have an unshakable belief in this truth to attract love. But what happens if we find someone who doesn’t believe we are lovable? Is our truth still true? What about their truth? Is it true for us too?
Our truth is not affected when it cannot be validated by someone else, it simply means that it isn’t true for them. They can’t validate that we are lovable because they must have a corresponding truth-that they are lovable. If they do not hold that truth, then they cannot validate it for someone else. But we take this as a sign that our truth is not true and use it to judge ourselves, our truths, our being and our life.
Whoever we ask to validate our truth must have a corresponding truth. If not, they cannot validate ours. So the person who cannot accept you as lovable has issues with accepting themselves as lovable.
When we want others to validate our truth we are taking truth down a path that it wasn’t meant to follow.
Because when we ask others to establish what is true for us, we are speaking from our doubt instead of faith in our own truth.
If we can’t convince ourselves of our truth, we won’t find anyone to do the job for us. What do you believe is true about you? Can you hold that truth no matter how others respond or react?
Are you able to create from your truth in this moment and know that once you have made this true, you are ready for the next step on your life? Find your truth about yourself, engrave it permanently on your heart and within your being so you hold fast to your truth and use it to manifest your life in the way you want to live it.
by Debbie Ford –
What is the Shadow?
The result of turning our backs on our dark side? A life that slips by only half lived. Dreams that are never realized, or worse, that lay buried under years of resignation and shame. Until we make peace with our shadow we will continue to be at war with ourselves. And our outer world will mirror our inner struggle. What we resist persists – and we will create and attract from others that which we most dislike in ourselves. Until we feel authentic compassion for each and every aspect of ourselves, we will continue to draw forth people and events that will mirror the negative feelings we have about ourselves. Until we take back our power and forgive ourselves for being human we will attract people who push our buttons and reactivate our emotional wounds. And until we find the courage to love ourselves completely, we will never truly be able to experience the love from those around us.
We don’t need to guess how we really feel about ourselves at the deepest level. All we have to do is look at how the outer world treats us. If we’re not getting the respect, love and appreciation we desire from the outer world, it’s more than likely we aren’t giving these things to ourselves. This is the benevolence of the Universe in action. The whole world is a mirror of our own consciousness, and when we make peace with the disowned aspects of ourselves, we make peace with the world.
Embracing The Shadow
We develop the ability to transform thoughts, beliefs or situations that once held us back into fuel for our spiritual evolution and the manifestation of our dreams. Embracing our shadow allows us to reclaim the power we once gave away. When we are at peace within ourselves, our self-esteem no longer depends on the approval of others. Our own sense of self-worth is no longer at the mercy of how other people feel about us. When we receive the gifts of our dark side, something truly miraculous occurs. Our wounds are transformed into wisdom and the parts of us we once believed to be our deepest flaws are revealed as our greatest assets.
Embracing our shadows is the ultimate act of self-love. There is no greater love than the one that allows us to shine a light on the aspects of ourselves that we have judged and made wrong. Embracing our dark side gives us a new found freedom to be with the darkness in others. For when I can love all of me, I will love all of you. Shadow work is the path of the heart warrior. It takes us to a new place where we can open our hearts to all of ourselves and all of humanity.
Shadow work is not about perfection; it’s about integration. It is the path of reclaiming each and every aspect of ourselves and discovering how that aspect can serve us. It requires us to look at our lives from the perspective that we have been given everything we need to fulfill our hearts’ desires. And the greatest of these gifts lies hidden in our shadow. If we look for the gift of our weakness, we may find that it has actually given us strength or that it has allowed us to be supported by others. The gift of our fear might be our determination or our ability to set good boundaries. The gift of an upsetting situation is that it could lead us to read a life-changing book. The gifts of our pain are here for us to receive, but first we must be willing to look for them.
Through the Eyes of the Divine
I believe that the shadow is the greatest gift that God could give us. It is the teacher, the trainer, and the guide that supports us in uncovering our true magnificence. The shadow is not a problem to be solved or an enemy to be conquered, but a fertile field to be cultivated. Dig your hands into its rich soil and you will discover the potent seeds of the person you most desire to be. Our most hated, feared or shamed qualities are the ones that hold the key to living the life of our dreams. What the Shadow Process provides is a way to love what we have feared, to decode the messages we receive from within and to unleash the power that is hidden within you.
by Joseph Naft –
Pleasures always remain time-bound and fleeting, whereas joy transcends all boundaries. Pleasure often contains its opposite, as we dread losing the moment or the object of pleasure or we desire more — a grasping laden with suffering. Standing as its own timeless quality, joy has no opposite.
As our contact with the eternal source of joy grows, we relinquish our fears of the inevitable end of every time-bound moment of pleasure, appreciating pleasures as they come, eschewing the endless quest for pleasure, and transforming pleasure into joy. The source of joy works both through and beyond our material pleasures. Even in the midst of pain, joy remains itself.
Though sometimes considered a joyless enterprise, the spiritual path affords true joy where there was little or none. A few moments ecstasy in a lifetime of labor do not approach the ever-growing joy nurtured through persistent spiritual practice. Even a small portion of transformation, a slight loosening of the bonds of egoism, widens our context of spontaneous joy in life, in work, in family, in friends, in nature and in the Source of all joy.
by D. Muller –
The Ego on the other hand is purely a mental projection, it speaks to us via a continuous thought stream (the monkey mind as buddhists say) and enhances and sustains these thoughts via strong emotions like fear and desire. It”s goal is opposite to that of the Inner Voice. It”s goal is to fulfill it”s every desire, avoid anything it doesn”t want and remain in the illusion of separateness from everything “else” in the Universe.
A good analogy to clarify the concept of the Inner Voice versus Ego would be the little angel and devil on the shoulder you may have seen in old comic strips and cartoons. Both the “angel” and the “devil” are telling us things from moment to moment – Intuition via a “silent knowingness” and ego via thoughts and strong emotions. As in the cartoons, who eventually wins the battle is up to the free will choice of the individual they”re sitting on.
The reason most people seem to be so deeply involved with their ego is because most of us have, through the use of Free Will, given in frequently to the thoughts that arise from it. Like a little seed that eventually grows into a tree when given water, the ego also grows with every single thought that is given in to. The soil in this case is the subconsciousness. As most of us reading this (including myself) have experienced, there can be no harder battles and the results of this battle can be seen around the world.
There are however methods that have been used for thousands of years that can aid us in this fight, which, if done right, should not be a fight at all. Meditation in any form that works for you is the first and foremost method to overcome the mental chatter and thoughts that arise from Ego. Meditation in this case means focusing – focusing on breathing, on a picture, a sound etc. whatever works for you, and letting go of all the mental chatter that is going on in our minds. Through meditation we can thus still the mind and stop giving attention to each of those destructive seeds in our subconsciousness that are the cause of most of our actions and the suffering that results from that.
When our mind is sufficiently stilled we cannot help but become aware of all the suffering that is going around in the world. It seems to bear down on us like an incredibly heavy weight but by Loving our neighbours unselfishly that weight will become bearable. In doing so the cup that used to be filled to the brim with ego, will by and by, be emptied with our humility and be filled and overflowing with Love. Thus we will again be able to follow and eventually manifest from moment to moment, our Inner Being/God/the Universal Spirit.
by Rose Windale –
The noise of the outside world has made you lose touch with what you truly want or need. Your life may have become routine and mechanical. Until you have forgotten the needs of your true essence. You are more than your physical self. More than what you can see and touch about you, there is a humanity deep inside you.
Are you doing something to cultivate your humanity, or at least your awareness? Perhaps you have been looking outside to things which you think will fulfill you. But then again, you might be looking in the wrong direction. Because to find what it is that will truly make you happy, you have to look within.
Once you have come to terms with who you are and what you really want, only then can you find inner peace. Inner peace. These words are so sweet, and for many people, it is merely an ideal. These people think that inner peace is something which only spiritual gurus and adepts can attain.
But they have to know that these masters had to start somewhere until they found the bliss of inner peace. A common, average person that you think you are, you may think that you will be confined to a humdrum everyday existence. But human as you are, you have a spirit.
Heed the call of your spirit, and you will find what will truly make you happy. Because your spirit is your essence and it is that which can only make you truly live. The more in touch you are with your spirit, the nearer you are to achieving peace of mind.
By setting out into the journey into yourself and your spirit, you will find inner peace. But such an inward journey is an arduous one. Just as you would fight against adversaries in your mundane undertakings, the journey towards finding yourself means battling with your own inner demons. It is a painstaking process until you find peace with yourself and your spirit.
It is a matter of will and choice. Of choosing to love and forgive rather than to hate. Of choosing to be thankful rather than being resentful. Of choosing to understand rather than judge. And ultimately just choosing to be at peace and be peace. Practice love and compassion, but start with yourself.
Love and forgive yourself, and choose to be compassionate to you. Only then will you know what these words truly mean and you can render them to others. Find harmony within you, and it will begin to reflect into your outer world. To find what it is that you truly want, look nowhere else but within you.
The peace and happiness that you harbor within you will manifest on the outside, and you will begin to see the world in a different light. In the light of eyes that see.