Seeking Truth

 

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“Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living.” Buddha

The purpose of living is to work toward the truth, to seek truth, discover truth. Many people have a sense of searching – always looking for a book, a course, something that will lead them on. There’s a hunger to know, to understand more.

After some years working in psychotherapy I felt there had to be more. There had to be more I could find out about suffering that would help us to understand the cause of it and how to heal rather than remain stuck in it and very often experience ourselves as victims, especially of our past. My questions and search have led me on a deeply interesting as well as challenging journey. I reach one level of understanding and I move onto another.

 

How do we know truth? How can we trust that we will know truth? Many go along with what the majority of people believe – as if this is truth. We conform to an outer code of fear and don’t listen to our own inner guidance and promptings.

Old, unquestioned beliefs generally keep us imprisoned in a false sense of security. Anything seeming to threaten these old ideas is greeted with fear. Anything different is treated with suspicion.

 

We have come to doubt the validity of our inherent spiritual perception. We mistrust it. Instead we seem to think that truth is discovered outside of Self. We go by the experience and perception of others so much of the time.  We see the experiences coming from outside ourselves as more real than the influences coming from Spirit within us. We have conformed to a fear-based external code and don’t listen to our own inner guidance.

Each one of us has an inner knowing of truth. But we need to use it, work with it, so that it gets stronger. We all have inner wisdom and when we practise discernment which is VITAL – we learn to know the difference between truth and illusion, between the voice of Spirit and the pull of ego and the lower self.

We need to open our minds and practise listening to new ideas. This way we develop our ability to discern truth. New ideas are exciting and open us up to so much more.

Fear and doubt do not help us to know truth. They contract us and imprison our Spirit. They keep us conforming.

Love and discernment are Soul qualities that open us up to greater knowing and understanding.

Fear contracts us. Love opens us up and expands us.

Many of us grew up with the belief that faith means believing without question in what you are told is truth. Many have reacted to this by shutting out any talk of Spirituality, any mention of anything that hints of religion.

The step for us, now, is to begin to get a sense of our own inner truth, to make space to listen to our inner guidance and wisdom, to begin to recognise it and honour it. We need to keep learning, growing, questioning. We need to keep progressing, moving forward.
We are here to transcend the illusion of fear and return our minds to the truth of love.

 

Silence

 

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Silence truly is golden. It is nourishing. It is essential. In the silence we can connect, centre, listen. In the silence we can begin to hear that “still small voice” within – the voice of Spirit, of our Soul.

So many think they should be socialising, generally in company and chatting.  They think this is the right way to be – there’s something wrong with you if you want time on your own, if you want to go to bed early, or have a quiet night at home on your own, or don’t want to go to a particular social event or not drink alcohol.

Spending time with others, being in relationship, is very important but, so too, is time alone. It’s all about balance. It’s also about learning to be true to yourself and not going with the crowd – feeling wrong if you think differently.

So much of life can be filled with distractions. So much of life can be numbing out.  We waste a lot of time.

In the silence we can begin to hear that “still small voice” of our Soul speaking to us, loving us, guiding us. This is our compass in life. This is where we need to be checking in – not with what others think or what the world tells us is important if you want to fit in, be cool, be liked.

Take time to sit in silence. Feel the stillness.

Take time to sit and quiet your mind. Slow down. Breathe. Become conscious of the inner you.

Light a candle and sit in silence, stillness, peace.

Find time in your day to play some uplifting music and feel the vibrations of the music touch your Soul.

Take time to be in Nature – walking, gardening, or just being out in Nature, connecting with the beauty, the wonder of our earth and world.

Make space in your day, in your life, to be still, to listen, to connect. “Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks within, awakens.” Carl Jung

Beginning your day        

 

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Most of the time people get out of bed in a semi conscious way, just getting on with things and a lot of the time this kind of semi consciousness can operate through the day.

You know when you have that “bad day” feeling – things just aren’t going your way. You think to yourself “it’s just one of those days”. You don’t think about why you got off to a tough start and how to change this. You just feel it’s one of those days.

The great thing is that if you think about why the first thing in the day went awry and, even better, write about it, you will see what caused it. The cause is essentially within oneself – an attitude, thought, interpretation, reaction.

Often a day can get off to a bad start because you have woken up feeling tired or not in good form.

What people generally do when they wake up tired or in bad form is they react more to what happens, they get impatient, angry, they drop something or break it, they get stressed and so the day progresses. One reaction can lead to another – like it’s all just happening to you.

What really helps, and can make such a difference in your life, is to spend some time before you get out of bed, attuning – to yourself and to Spirit. Set your alarm to go off giving you 10 to 15 minutes to prepare yourself for the day. Think about the day ahead and how you want to live in love, in joy, in gratitude, owning your personal power and taking positive action. Ask your Higher Self and Spirit to help you throughout your day. You are not alone but you do need to ask for help.

Then when you get out of bed and are getting yourself ready, make some time to drink fresh water and to plan your day, your time.

Now journal and ask yourself why am I feeling tired, headachy or in bad form. What might I have eaten or drunk the night before? Did I have a dream that I need to write down? Is there some emotion that has taken me over? Is there some challenge I’m not focusing in on and managing? Is there something I’m putting off, something I’m ignoring?

Yes it does mean making time for these and most likely getting up earlier, but the reward is worth every effort. You are in touch with yourself and with Spirit as you start your day. You are attuned. Try it. Each day is a new beginning. Don’t allow life to just happen – take charge.

 

 

Moving into Soul Consciousness Part 2

 

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One of the steps to Soul Consciousness, is using our power to think – stop and think about things in the light of your Soul rather than give your power away to fear. For example when you have a problem, a challenge, sit quietly and ask Spirit and your Higher Self to help you to discern what you are to learn from this lesson/challenge and how to manage this challenge in the best way.

Another important step is to see everything as a lesson, challenge and opportunity. If it’s coming to you it’s because you need it and if you take it this way, you will learn and grow from it and not be a victim of it. You will turn a seeming negative into a positive.

This is about not blaming and not seeing things outside of self as the cause of suffering. The suffering is caused by our thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, interpretations, the stories we live by. Keep reminding yourself of this. The other may have behaved in an inappropriate manner or the situation you are faced with may be a difficult one, but if you accept it as coming to you as a lesson, you will take charge rather than feel powerless and stuck in it – and repeating the same experience.  Lessons are to help us. They are not to make life difficult – though that is how we most often see them.

Another step to Soul consciousness is building Soul powers or virtues. This means focusing on a Soul power such as love, joy, gratitude, willpower and so forth for say 7 days, meditating on it, practising it in daily life, learning from the lessons it brings to you [lessons come to help you to strengthen this power, this principle, in you so that when you are challenged you can call it in]. It means replacing vices with virtues. For example, you feel angry or resentful and you replace this with love. It’s also good in these situations to journal about the cause of your anger or resentment – not to just brush it under the carpet. You are learning to see it as your own anger and what needs clearing and healing rather than blaming it on outside causes.

Moving into Soul Consciousness Part 1

 

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We are now to become Soul conscious beings. This is our evolutionary goal at this time. We are to learn to think, feel, behave and speak as Soul conscious beings.

Having a sense of purpose is essential. It helps us to have a sense of direction. It brings focus and clarity to one’s life and helps us to give up that tendency to be all over the place, for our energies to be going in all directions. You can now choose to see your purpose as being to realise that you are a Soul and to learn to live in Soul consciousness.

We have believed that we are physical bodies and egos and lived as if separate from the Divine and unaware of the Soul. Ego, physical body consciousness, is about fear, separation, loneliness, threat, anxiety. Soul consciousness is about love and oneness, peace, joy and gratitude, abundance, willpower, order and rhythm, all is well.

Whenever there is fear, you are caught in separation. Fear is so prevalent in the world now. The more we focus on it, the more we experience it. We think this is normal – that this is reality and there’s no seeing it any other way.

Fear is so real because of our belief in separation. We can now learn to rid ourselves of this belief and replace it with belief in love and oneness. It takes learning, expanding our understanding, practice, patience and never giving up. The more you practise it, the more you will experience it. The more you focus on it, the more your experience of it will increase.

Often the strength of your lower self and, old faulty thinking of the negative ego, will pull you off and you will need to use your mind and your willpower to pull your attention back to your Soul and love, joy, gratitude, peace, abundance, willpower, wholeness, trust, oneness. This is how we do it – constantly picking ourselves up after a fall and keeping on keeping on, nurtured by the increased love, joy, peace and gratitude we experience.

 

 Cause and Effect

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Every cause has an effect. Every effect has a cause. We need to think about things more and think in terms of cause and effect.

You might wake up with a headache and your immediate action is to go for a painkiller to get rid of it. There is no thought given to the cause of this headache – that the headache is an effect, the result of something. So instead of going for the painkiller, you could put a few drops of peppermint oil in your palm and rub your hands together and inhale. This will help and then sit with your journal and think and write about what caused your headache. Start at the physical level. Are you drinking enough fresh water? Are you getting enough exercise and fresh air? Did you eat too late? Is there enough fresh air circulating in your bedroom at night? Do you leave mobiles, computers and TVs outside of your bedroom? Did you have too much screen time the day before? Think what might have caused your headache at the physical level.

Then move onto the psychological level. Did you go to bed in an emotional state, with some issue unresolved? Were you watching violent or dramatic programmes before sleep?  Is there something about today on your mind? Are you stressed, tense about something? Think about why you have this headache and then you can really look after it and learn from it and make the adjustments you need to make so that you don’t need to keep having headaches.

You may notice that you are feeling moody or in a low mood. Ask yourself why, what has caused this and write about it in your journal. Ask your Higher Self to help you to understand the cause of your feelings. This way you don’t need to be a victim of your emotions.

If you have a reaction to something or someone, if something upsets you, ask why, what is causing this upset and write about it. And remember that the cause of your upset is coming from your thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and interpretations. The other person or situation is the trigger but not the cause.

Start to think more in terms of cause and effect and see what you learn from this and how it helps your understanding and taking charge of yourself and what you experience

What you focus on

 

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When you focus on a habit in another which irritates you, you give this energy and you see more and more of it.

When instead you make an effort to focus on what you appreciate in another person and focus on your love for them or wishing the very best for them, you see increase in this – increase of love and appreciation and good feeling, and increase in whatever quality in them you have chosen to focus on.

When you focus on setbacks, sickness, symptoms, things you fear, you give these energy and you see more and more of them.

If you keep thinking about what has upset you, going over and over it in your mind, your upset gets stronger. When you focus on your wounds from the past, you keep them alive, you keep experiencing them.

What you focus on increases.  Where you put your attention you are giving energy to.

Say you are waiting for someone and you feel impatient. The more you focus on the waiting the more impatient you get. If instead you decide to use the time to relax yourself, connect with yourself and your choice to relax, you feel very different.

When we have pain and we focus on it, it increases. I once read about a woman who had a pain in one part of her body and she was experiencing this as very difficult. Then she developed a pain in another part of her body and realised a few days later that she was no longer feeling the original pain even though it was still there. Fear makes pain stronger and difficult to manage and it makes us feel powerless. Pain is telling us something. We need to listen and understand.

Focus on something you’re worried about and it gets stronger. Anxiety builds as we give it attention and with it, a sense of powerlessness.  We can choose instead to stop the worry, the anxiety and use our minds to think differently and stop giving our power away to anxiety. Worry is negative affirmation and we don’t want to give this energy.

What you focus on, increases. What you focus on and give attention to, you intensify and strengthen. Energy follows thought and thoughts are powerful. They create.