Me Thinking versus Us Thinking

curracloewintermb

So long as I am caught in ego consciousness my world is all about me and mine – am I fitting in, am I safe, am I liked, am I doing the right thing, who loves me – It’s all about me, my concern is me and how everything affects me.

Think about this and see what you discover as you observe yourself and others in daily life – no judgement.

The only way out of this imprisonment is to start making that inner journey to connect with your Soul, your Higher Self and to seek truth. It is your belief that you are a physical body, an ego, separate and, so, constantly under threat, that has you all self concerned. As you make that inner journey to connect with your Soul, your Higher Self, you find truth. You discover how it is that your belief that you are separate, on your own, a physical body, has you deeply caught in fear and believing in all that you fear.

As you make that inner journey, you discover how your Soul, your Higher Self, is your inner compass, your guide, always there for you, waiting for you to connect and to ask and to listen. You will not hear this guidance until you make a conscious effort to turn to your Higher Self and seek guidance.

This happens as you take time every day to connect. Start by setting up time every day to meditate and journal. The ideal is to start your day with a daily silent hour. You might think this is impossible but if you really want something you make sure to go after it and fit it in – you make a plan for it, you schedule it.

It is a bit harder to motivate yourself to want that daily silent hour. It can seem like extra work and effort and you’re not sure how or whether it will benefit you. I can tell you from my own experience that this daily practice will change your life in such a good way and lead you to heal, to find meaning and to live a life of purpose. You will no longer be pushed around by the storms of life, caught in one emotion or another, reacting and suffering. You will understand so much more, and more and more as you persist and you will not only feel connected to yourself and in charge of your life and where you are going, you will feel connected to others and involved in making our world a better one. You will find yourself thinking in terms of we, us, and the greater good of all. This is where we all need to go.

Daily spiritual practice is essential if you want to change your experience, understand more and heal – move out of suffering and, instead, be involved in learning, growing, discovering truth. This is really living.

 

Advertisements

The Magic of Order

BridgeMBFeb17

 

In one of the Journaling groups we have been focusing on order, looking at and aiming to understand it more.

We are asking ourselves questions such as –

What are the benefits of order as you see it?

Where are you ordered in your life and where do you find it difficult to be ordered?

In the areas where you find it difficult to be ordered, why do you think this is?

Do this exercise for yourself now and see what you learn from it.

For so many of us, a lot of the time, we have an experience of being a bit all over the place, pulled from one thing to another. There is a sense of “not enough time”, stress, lack of time for what we want to do. Fragmentation. This is very draining and can lead to feeling exhausted.

Some of the big benefits of order, as I experience it, are that I make much better use of my time and time expands – I have more of it, more time is available to me. And I find time to fit in what I want to fit in. I am no longer battling with time, as if there is not enough time. Order greatly reduces our experience of stress.

When you want to fit in something new, extra, to your day it can seem impossible – until you make a choice, schedule in the time you will do it and do it. It is amazing how it will slot into your day. In the beginning you might forget or put it off at times but if you stay determined and disciplined and choose never to give up, you will achieve it and benefit. You will learn so much about how you can order your day and fit in things you just didn’t believe you could. How you can manage time rather than feeling a victim of it.

Often fitting in something new means sacrificing something else such as extra time in bed. I can honestly say that the best way to start your day is with a silent hour when you meditate, journal, plan for the day and maybe even manage to read something spiritual and uplifting. This prepares you, centres you, connects you with yourself and your Soul, your guiding force and has you awake and in charge of your day.  Compare this with an extra hour in bed, fighting getting up – this is often a time when fear/anxiety thoughts and feelings get started and you are left not feeling in charge of your day.

Small examples of order would be that I charge my phone at the same time every day and in the same place; that I leave my keys in the same place each time I have finished using them; that I put the scissors back in their place after using them.

Then there is the bigger picture – getting up at a particular time and sticking to it, having a plan for the day, having a list of what needs to be attended to and allocating time to these, having a general sense of structure in your life – a time to meditate, to journal, to walk in nature, a plan for meals, for work. Order, routine, structure, planning, goals – are all part of it and all lead to having an experience of rhythm in your life

The key, spiritually, is to be both structured and organised and yet, totally flexible.

Making a Choice

 

The sky MB

There is a way of thinking that will keep you in inner conflict, suffering, anxious, experiencing lack, repeating tough lessons – and –

There is a way of thinking that will have you experience more love, peace, joy, harmony, abundance and all that you long for.

We have a choice.

Most of the time we are living unconsciously in a state of inner conflict, anxious, focused on lack and anticipating troubles. We are listening to the voice of the ego, separation and fear.  We are living outside of self, trying to manage life – asleep, unaware.

It’s in making that journey within that we discover truth and all the power, love and wisdom that is within us. We connect with our true selves, with the Soul.

The ego tells you to be afraid and that things are not the best.

Every day we need to practise thinking in new ways – realising how different it is to see what happens from the ego’s perspective and from the Soul’s perspective. Using our power to think and not giving our power away to our emotions. When we are caught in an emotion we are unclear and stressed. When we calm ourselves and sit and think, we find solutions. We are in charge of our energies and what we experience.

Every time you replace a negative thought with a spiritual positive one you are replacing the old faulty thinking and experiencing how this benefits you. Your mind and heart open up, your world opens up, your mind is renewed. You are enlightened.

Every time you refuse to express a negative emotion and instead transmute it by focusing on, for instance, love or harmony or joy, you are building these Soul Powers and making them stronger in your consciousness so that it becomes easier and easier to feel the beauty and upliftment of these and to experience these. You begin to enjoy these feelings so much that you realise how much you don’t want to experience the negative emotions. You realise how much the negative emotions create chaos and jagged energy in your field and why would you choose this very unpleasant experience when you could choose love, harmony, joy, peace, gratitude – all that you long for.

When you choose to think before you speak, to respond rather than react, to think carefully about your motives and to always practise self enquiry, you are mastering your energies in service of love. You are taking charge of your energies rather than allowing them to run you.

And every bit of work you do to master your energies in service of love and to choose to live in Soul consciousness, makes a difference to the whole of humanity. You are being of service in our world and increasing these energies in our world.

The Power of the Stories we tell ourselves

Seafootprintssky

Many of us can feel we are unsupported, or no one listens to us or left out.  These can be some of the stories we live by and so we interpret life through the lens of these stories. This means I expect no support or not to be listened to or to be left out or whatever the story is that I tell myself. I see these things where others wouldn’t. I am focused on them and so I create them and magnify these experiences into my life.
It is so important to get to know the stories you tell yourself because what you expect, you look for and you attract. What you focus on increases.  This is a Law of the Universe.

So let’s turn it all around and see these stories from another angle altogether.  When you feel unsupported, the experience is telling you that you are not supporting yourself.  The healing of this pattern of suffering will come when you see this and take it on – when you recognise that the experience of support starts from within you.
You support yourself when you choose to love yourself and appreciate yourself and your giftedness – all you are and all you bring.  You support yourself when you believe in yourself, in the love, power and wisdom within you and live from this. You support yourself by giving time to listening to yourself with your journal – making space in your life for going within and listening to what’s going on for you. You support yourself when you recognise the Soul within you and all you have to give and give it, share it in the world. You support yourself when you make time to meditate and connect with your Soul.
If I believe no one listens to me the healing will come when I begin to listen to myself and to that “still small voice within” – when I make the journey to the within and find my true Self.
If I see myself as left out, overlooked, then I can heal this through recognising that this is just a story I tell myself because of earlier experiences in my life [our stories are generally related to early experiences in life].  Now I don’t need to be imprisoned by this story any longer and I can find healing through recognising how I leave myself out.
 

Spiritual Growth 4

vals-rosesmbfeb2017

Spiritual growth involves growth on 3 levels – the physical/earthly level, the psychological/consciousness level and the Spiritual level.

In order to grow in a full and balanced way we need to attend to all 3 levels.

The Spiritual level is about developing your relationship to the Divine, to Spirit, to your Higher Self. It’s about developing your conscious mind and your higher abstract mind – your ability to understand ideas and higher realities and to think beyond the knowledge you obtain from the 5 physical senses.

Meditation is very important. It’s a time to still that monkey mind and to concentrate your energies and mind. It’s a time to connect with your Higher Self and to learn to listen to the voice of Spirit, your inner guidance. You will not hear this until you make time to listen – every day and best of all to meditate at the same time every day. Set up a daily rhythm. This can seem difficult in the beginning but if you stick with it you’ll find it fitting in easily and making a very big difference in your life.

Guidance and solutions are there for us if we still the mind, ask and take time to listen. The ideas will come. Your Soul is your inner compass but you must make time to connect with your Soul and to listen. Generally we give our power away to the external code of fear rather than listening to and trusting this loving, wise guidance from within. Inner guidance is never negative. It always is loving and positive and leads you to be more and better. Always use your conscious mind and common sense too.

Prayer is another part of this level. Ask for what you want, for the help you need. You can’t be helped until you ask. Also pray for others, for our world – send love and light to all the world. Rather than worry about others, bless them. Bless others constantly.

Another important aspect of our Spiritual growth is to make sure to put into practise all you are learning – and to practise all 3 levels of Spiritual growth. It’s all too easy to shelve ideas and just continue living the same old way. You won’t grow until you live what you are learning.

Start your day by attuning to your Soul and Spirit before getting out of bed and focus on a Soul Power – on love, joy, peace, strength, gratitude. Hold your focus on it for the day.

Seek to always grow and improve and to live in Soul consciousness.

 

Spiritual Growth 3

PurpleflowersingrassMB

The psychological/consciousness level has 2 aspects – consciousness work and clearing the energy fields – because negative thinking and feeling cause negative energy to lodge in the energy field.

Consciousness work is about becoming aware of your negative thoughts, emotions, expectations, behaviour, patterns, so that you can clear and heal them. For so much of life we have been unaware of these, unaware of the hold of negative patterns in our lives. Nothing is taught about these in school and yet these are essential life skills. Now we have the opportunity to understand how the negative ego is operating in our consciousness and to change our experience of being a victim in life.

We get clearer on this when we understand lessons like personal power, self love and worth, preferences vs. attachments, 2 ways of thinking, 2 emotions, how our thoughts create our feelings.

We also help ourselves so much when we journal and seek to understand what our lessons and challenges are teaching us. When you are upset by something, sit and journal and write about the experience using these 4 questions – what happened? How did I react? Why did it upset me? What was it teaching me? This helps you in so many ways. You begin to see how the cause of the upset is within you. The other or the situation is the trigger but not the cause. When you focus on becoming aware of and changing your patterns, you experience real healing. It does take time and it really helps to do some of this work in groups as you realise how this negativity is operating in all of us. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Clearing this is our path back home to love.

When you journal, you are listening to yourself [something we don’t do too much of], you are using your mind to understand your feelings and to take charge, you are beginning to connect with the wisdom and guidance within you and the loving presence of your Soul, your Higher Self.

We have not understood how to clear our consciousness – this essential Soul psychology has been missing in our education, but now we are getting more messages about how essential it is and many books are appearing on the matter which is great.

We all need to take responsibility for ourselves and the negativity we create and to become very clear about what we truly desire to create in ourselves and in our world. When we change ourselves, we help all. When we choose to focus on and build positive, spiritual energies in ourselves, we radiate these energies out into our world. This is powerful.

Negative thoughts and emotions cause negative energy to lodge in our fields and when we consciously replace these negative patterns with Soul Powers such as love, joy, peace, gratitude, faith, trust, abundance, kindness, we clear the negative energy. We now carry these wonderful energies around in our aura instead of the negative energies that drain us and drag us down and bring us more of what we don’t want. Let’s focus on creating more and more of what we do want.

 

Spiritual Growth 2

vals-rosesmbfeb2017

Spiritual growth involves growth on 3 levels – the physical/earthly level, the psychological/consciousness level and the Spiritual level.

The Psychological/Consciousness Level:

There is so much for us to learn and to understand about this level and once we take it on we will begin to realise what causes our suffering and how we can heal.  We will begin to realise that we can learn through deepening our understanding rather than from the school of hard knocks – where we learn through suffering – repeating the same old lessons over and over.

The first two major lessons on this level are personal power and self love and worth. Developing personal power is about taking charge of yourself and all your energies; choosing the thoughts you allow into your mind and those you don’t allow, understanding that we become what we think about all day long. When we first become more aware of our thoughts we see how negative they are so much of the time, generally fear-based and full of negative expectations. When we desire, and work, to fill our minds and hearts with spiritual, positive, love-based, joyful thoughts then this is the energy we are carrying around with us and radiating out to the world and this is what we experience more and more of in our lives.

Developing self love and worth is also essential to our psychological and Spiritual health. Your relationship to yourself is the most important relationship in your life because if you don’t love yourself it affects all your relationships – you are constantly seeking love, affirmation, security, approval, from others, from outside yourself, and this is not where it is.  When you learn to love yourself then you come into relationship with others as a whole being, rather than a part who believes that what you need is outside of yourself and your whole existence depends on you getting this. Others can never satisfy our love and security needs. We must first learn to love ourselves.

You first need to make the choice to love yourself – understanding and continually reminding yourself that you are a Soul, you are divine, you are love. You are not that lowly worm, not good enough, separate, trying to fit in, always under threat. Always speak to yourself as you would to a best friend. Your critical inner parent will focus on the little part you didn’t do so well and give you a hard time. Replace that pattern with an inner parent who is very focused on what you are doing well and points these out and then with the bit that needs improving you choose to improve and work out a plan to help yourself with this. Love and firmness, gratitude and acknowledgement of victories – are all essential to learning to love yourself. Never give yourself a hard time or speak in a critical, harsh way to yourself – these faulty habits just have you feel unlovable and unworthy and that is illusion.