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.

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Discernment  

 

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Discernment is such an important quality for each of us to develop. This means that you use your mind to think about things and discern what is truth. Your attitude is one of love, not fear.

In my newsletters I share many different ideas with you. You may find yourself rejecting some of the ideas I include. I’m not asking you to believe what I say but to think about it and try it out.

We need to open our minds to new thinking, new ideas, try them out and practise discerning what is truth. Each one of us has an inner knowing of truth. But we need to use it, work with it, so that it gets stronger.

Very often we reject ideas because they don’t fit with how we have always believed things to be. They take us out of our comfort zone so we close our minds. Fear is the reason for this.

Rejecting an idea is generally an emotional reaction. Instead ask yourself why you are resisting or rejecting some new thinking or new idea. When you do this you are using your power to think and your power to discern truth instead of giving your power away to your emotions.

It’s certainly not that you should accept every new idea, but don’t throw it out without some clear thinking.

So much of our thinking is emotional. The world is emotionally polarised – everything is emotion and more emotion. We are very identified with our emotions and we can’t control what we are identified with.

This is worth lots of discussion.

We also have prejudices and blind spots and these will stay firmly locked in position until we are ready to look at them, think about them and think about why we hold onto them. “It is harder to crack an atom than a prejudice.” Einstein

Each of us has inner wisdom and the ability to discern truth but we need to use this, practise thinking about new ideas, to develop our power to discern truth.

 

Buddha said it well –

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumoured by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it!”

 

Inner Truth

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.

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumoured by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it!” Buddha

The call now is to open to new ideas but to always practise discernment – to always think about what we hear and read and see how it fits with our own true Self.