About the author: Michelle Walling is a Certified Holistic Life Coach. She has devoted her life to being a bearer and grounder of the light in service to others. As a truth seeker, she is committed to share her experiences with the world. She is also a hands-on healer, a distance healer, an empath, and an intuitive. Michelle has recently joined forces with Gregg Prescott as an admin for the In5d Facebook page, as an assistant for In5d Events, as a contributing author for www.in5d.com and webmaster/author/editor on CosmicStarseeds. Michelle also supports Gregg’s endeavors in many other areas including alternative and holistic healthcare. Their next project is a walk in clinic under the name AHH- Alternative Holistic Healthcare to be launched in 2014-2015 in the Sarasota, Florida area, and then subsidiaries will be opened around the world based upon that model.
“Your mind knowsonly some things. Your inner voice, your instinct, knows everything. If you listen to what you know instinctively, it will always lead you down the right path.” ~ Henry Winkler
We’ve all done it. We’ve all searched for the answers to our most complex life’s questions. Whether through reading the latest self-help book, attending seminars by the latest motivational speaker, sitting at the feet of a great “guru,” or visiting a noted psychic, we have hoped someone could help us find our way.
We’ve all spent the money, time and energy searching. Yet somehow we always come away still yearning for more.
Like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, while we were looking for our way home, following the yellow brick road, we didn’t realize our answers were already there. Our quest to meet the Wizard – the one who could teach us all we needed to know, ends when we finally stop searching “out there”.
We realize our greatest teacher is someone who has been with us all along. Albeit, someone we may not really know all that well.
In the practice of Kundalini Yoga, the opening mantra before every session is “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo,” which means: ”I bow to the Creative Wisdom, I bow to the Divine teacher.”
The mantra is used to tune the student into the “divine flow” and the knowledge we all carry inside us. The great teacher is you. No one can give you the knowledge or wisdom you need greater than what you can give yourself. The Divine teacher is contained within each of us.
Our challenge is we often don’t know how to begin meeting ourselves. The journey to the classroom of your greatest teacher follows this path:
1. Be Willing To Be Still
We can not hear the divine knowledge if we are not willing to be still. And I’m not referring to just closing your eyes and sitting. Being truly still requires quieting of the mind, stopping all the chatter and being willing to hear what lies underneath. You have to be truly present with yourself. A very hard task if you’ve been avoiding your truest deepest self.
When I ask if people mediate, the responses are typically that there isn’t enough time, or it seems silly – just to sit there and do nothing. Others tell me that it’s useless, because they can’t stop the chatter in their minds.
There is usually a reason for our hesitancy. Anxiety can exist in just being quiet, completely letting go of all thought. It takes courage to be in silence to hear the lesson which we can teach ourselves. Don’t give up. Be patient and you will learn what your divine nature is trying to teach.
2. Be Willing To Accept The Teacher Who Shows Up
Once you have cast aside all thoughts and chatter, you will meet your teacher. He or she will be some form of your higher self. Be willing to accept however “you” look.
The first time I truly became quiet, I met myself as a young woman around the age of 30. I didn’t however, like what I saw. I almost didn’t recognize myself.
I looked exhausted, my cheeks drawn in, eyes wide with pain and I sat on the ground with my arms reaching up, as if asking for help to even stand. This worn out exhausted version of myself was pleading for me to help her.
I wanted to run from her.
She scared me.
I stood my ground and listened.
I heard what she was teaching me. This younger exhausted version of me was there to show what my inner self was really feeling. At that time in life, I was ignoring my needs.
I was working so hard at taking care of everyone else, I did not take time to care for her. I was struggled to juggle being a single mother with a professional career.
This teacher was telling me that she needed help. I had to find the courage to reach out to her, scoop her up in my arms and care for her.
In essence, be willing to accept the teacher who appears. It might be a younger version of you, or an older one, or a version you have never seen.
Be willing to accept however the “inner you” appears. The next time your teacher appears, don’t be surprised if he or she looks completely different. Each new lesson may bring a different teacher. Be willing to accept the teacher who shows up.
3. Be Willing To Learn
Whatever the lesson presented to you, be willing to learn. Maybe the lesson will be a joyful one or one of appreciation. Once my teacher showed me how to dance with joy.
A young happy version of myself appeared with her arms outstretched and head thrown back in joy, teaching me how it looks to feel free and happy. Maybe it will be a lesson requiring courage because the instructions are words you haven’t been willing to hear.
Whatever the message, it will be the most important lesson you need to learn in that moment of time. All the searching outside of yourself could never provide the answers your higher self will give you.
The silence is always filled with the wisdom of words we need.
We only need to be willing to learn.
4. Be Willing To Share
The final step in being a student of life is to share what you learn. Your lesson will always reveal a tidbit about finding your true self. Be willing to share your authentic self with others.
Every time we share of ourselves from an honest place, we give the gift of ourselves to others. And when you share the lessons you then teach others that it’s okay to accept themselves.
As you share, you will learn more about yourself. ”When one teaches, two learn”. You are meant to be your greatest teacher, to know yourself and be you.
Have you learned to hear and trust your inner voice? Do you agree that your inner voice, your instinct, knows everything. If you listen to what you know instinctively, it will always lead you down the right path? Share your insights by commenting below
This article was written by Lexlee Overton. Lexlee is living bravely as a trial lawyer, business owner, founder/CEO of a life-saving non-profit, wife, and mother. From being a winning female trial lawyer in a male-dominated courtroom to growing a thriving business during motherhood, Lexlee has experienced a challenging journey advocating for others, which led her to a mission of self-advocacy for living authentically, passionately, and boldly. You can read more about her journey at www.livebraver.com
Great talk from a satsang “A talk about Nothing” with Adyashanti.
He is the author of Falling into Grace, True Meditation, and The End of Your World, is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence.
Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years, Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. “The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all.” Based in California, Adyashanti lives with his wife, Mukti, Associate Teacher of Open Gate Sangha. He teaches throughout North America and Europe, offering satsangs, weekend intensives, silent retreats, and a live internet radio broadcast.
“There is no other, no Guru; there is YOU . YOU are all there is, rather, ALL there is. It can sometimes be easy to confuse detachment with not caring; you are here to practice responsible detachment, and loving action. They are the Yin and YANG . For millenia beings upon this plane have not embraced their power, they have given responsibility and ownership to an outside being / an outside source/ something considered as separate to themselves; unloving deeds have been and continue to be committed in the name of another, some EXTERNAL and unconnected entity ; nothing external from you exists as we ARE ALL ONE.
Each one of you is ALL; each one of you is creator and destroyer. There is no harmony in acting from a place of non responsibility; whenever you say ” that person made me do this” or ” My ” master / my teacher / my god says I must / must not do this or that” you are not being harmonious UNLESS you FEEL within your heart that YOU are doing , that you are BEING the right thing. You must acknowledge ownership of your actions and feelings. You must be and act in harmony and love.
You can not remove yourselves from the consequences of actions by ” blaming another ‘ be that the person next to you or any being or belief system that you believe to be separate from yourself. What you are doing / thinking and being, either resonates with YOU or not, you are responsible for what you attach to. Each thought you think, each action you take, each feeling is yours and results in an effect. So you can not relinquish responsibility ever; you have though relinquished power, as many look outside themselves and do not act from an inner place, instead respond to outer stimuli, and instruction from others, seeking answers outside of themselves, and abdicating responsibility.
Feel what YOU feel is right, ACT from a LOVING place WITHIN , seek answers within not without. When you seek outside yourselves you become separate from awareness but not consequence. In truth there is no ” outside’ , but in the action of ‘ separating yourselves’ by thought word or deed you reduce your vibrational frequency and your manifestation energy.
You are all beings of divine light, the universe is within you as YOU are ALL. Nothing need stay as it is ; should you desire with all your heart from a love space for things to change, and act from a place of loving responsibility, then change they will. You have the power to create a new world on all levels, GO within and listen to YOUR truth. Your truth my be different from others, but as long as it is TRUTH the world will shape harmoniously. You are then conscious beings, being conscious”
I recently joined a book study group with some visionaries, spiritual advisers, organic farmers, permaculture activists, and other “big picture” thinkers from Goshen and nearby Three Rivers, Michigan. I missed the introductory meeting due to an errant email, but tonight we have our first actual book discussion of Carolyn Baker’s “Navigating the Coming Chaos.”
As preparation, we read the Introduction and Chapter 1. I’ve already read much further, but we’ve been asked to answer the following questions related to the Intro and first chapter. Given this book’s powerful message, which aligns so closely with what I try to offer through this blog, through my own life’s expression(s), and during individual sessions, I thought I’d answer the questions here. Although many Transition Towns have leaders actively studying this book, you do not need to be involved in the Transition Movement in order to benefit from it. As the famous Medical Intuitive Caroline Myss says: “What a pleasure it is to endorse a book of this quality and genius. But more to the point, a book of great urgency. I not only recommend this book, I urge you to it.”
So do I.
What was most encouraging about what you read in “Navigating the Coming Chaos”?
In a bizarre way, I feel like I’ve been co-writing a companion volume through my blog. Since my philosophy and experiences dovetail so easily with the book’s premise and message, I began using it as an external checklist of my own internal preparations. So few people have developed strong enough inner lives to be able to look chaos in the face without flinching, running away, numbing themselves or going crazy. I found it encouraging that others recognize the importance of beauty, poetry, mythology, and art as essential to surviving any sort of “long emergency.”
Having gone through my own extensive traumas, including a brain injury microcosm of the societal macrocosm of having all structures forcefully and suddenly stripped away, I’ve long known the importance of cultivating and soothing the soul. Surrounding myself with (and creating my own) art, poetry, culinary delights and sacred spaces immediately transmuted the usual hellish experience of TBI into something mindful, beautiful and deep.
As a teenager, my mom went through multiple severe health crises that forced me to step up as parent to my siblings, house organizer for my dad, and emotional support system for everyone involved. That “long emergency” changed me in irrevocable ways and taught me early on that life as we know it can change in a heartbeat. Support structures we take for granted can disappear and not return unless we ourselves build suitable replacements. If we don’t step into our strength, we can easily drown in the torrents of change. My mom’s health crisis occurred on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual planes. I saw my first demon during that time period and learned to walk protected among some incredibly dark agendas and intentions parading themselves as “helpers.”
As a scared fourteen-year-old pretending to be an atheist so no one would inquire about my inner life, I faced many Dark Nights of the Soul. I devoured ancient philosophy and classical literature, and my “atheist” teenage journals read like devotionals, with my own “hymns” of praise and cries for help as I tried to make sense of my little world gone mad. Those journals examine what it means to be human, how can we find meaning in the midst of chaos, and how do we burn in the fire to become the phoenix rising from its own ashes? I continued this obsession with appearances vs. Reality, alchemy and transmutation, and inner transitions through my college honors thesis on angels in “Paradise Lost,” into my graduate studies, and into the present day.
I’ve sometimes considered my need for beauty as a weakness; however, reading Carolyn Baker’s book, I realize that I just happen to be much more in touch with my soul than most. She explains why humans need to cultivate a strong inner life, and recognizes how the shift away from the inner life actually caused the biggest challenges we face today — whether from government, natural disasters, environmental destruction, economic crises or the seeming inability of the masses to recognize wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Carolyn underscored what part of me already knows: “My perceived weakness is, in truth, my greatest strength.” Recognizing that I need beauty as well as food from my garden; prioritizing ways to offer moments of joy and delight to the traumatized; following and cultivating advice from dreams and daydreams; understanding that my walks in Nature, sacred chants, creation of sacred spaces are truly, deeply necessary — that recognition is a gift, not a character weakness, because these are real, human, healthy needs whose value our dangerously ill society rejects or minimizes to its peril.
What was most troubling?
I initially felt so overwhelmed by the confirmations in this book that I needed to set it down for a few days. For decades, I’ve received premonitions of coming emergencies and the precariousness of our current way of life. I had premonitions before 9/11 and an immediate sense of a darker agenda than the commonly presented story — this at a time when I watched no news and followed no politics. I just knew it was a “false flag” even before I knew that concept or term. I also recognized the massive opening for transformation and growth. The most troubling part of “Navigating the Coming Chaos” is the recognition, in black and white print, that these “random intuitive instructions” I’ve received over the years “to prepare myself for the coming chaos” aren’t so random after all. I’m intrigued, comforted and completely freaked out that someone like Caroline Myss endorses this book, because on the one hand, that’s quite a validation. On the other hand, holy sh!t, that’s quite a validation.
My initial reading of the book also happened to occur when one of the “signs” I had been told would mark a clear indicator of the coming chaos occurred, namely, the shutting off of the EBT cards. That sign has presented itself to me so clearly for so long that I actually had made long-standing promises to myself that I would implement certain things if and when that sign ever occurred. We received a temporary reprieve with the “agreement,” although millions will still face food stamp cuts this coming November 1 because a non-renewed supplementary program expires on Halloween. I experienced the synchronous timing of the EBT failure “test” at the same time I began reading “Navigating the Coming Chaos” as further validation of my intuition and a major nudge to implement my own specific promises to myself in a timely manner.
Once I honored my need to set aside the book for a few days and simply garden, chant (bhakti yoga), paint with Runes, obtain certain supplies, sleep more (to cultivate dream guidance), and nurture myself, I began to experience relief. Point by point, I went through Chapter 1 and realized, “Hey, I’m already doing these things. I’ve been doing them for decades. I’m not crazy or eccentric for valuing such things. I receive excellent guidance through my intuition, prayer and synthesized abilities to intuit and to strategize. What Carolyn calls my ‘Internal Bunker’ is extremely well-stocked.”
While reading the book, I still experience waves of: “Crap! Someone else with an intelligent, intuitive and soulful background sees the same emergencies I do; that means we’re really facing emergencies; this isn’t just me being paranoid.” — but then I feel gratitude that someone else has created a toolkit and personal development guide for people with less well stocked “Internal Bunkers.” Ultimately, the more of us with tools and strength “to face the mess we’re in without going crazy” (to quote Joanna Macy), the better. Together, we can tap into our unique gifts and skills to create something extraordinarily good.
Do you have a favorite quote?
The Rumi poem at the beginning, and the quote from Plotkin’s “Soulcraft”:
“Nature has much to teach us in her vast classroom. You can acquire an entire education merely by observing carefully. But you must be patient and offer your attention, like a lizard stalking a fly. This takes skill, and practice. What you find in nature is what works. It wouldn’t be there if it didn’t. Boundless wisdom awaits.”
What do you intend to DO after reading the intro and chapter one — in the process of Inner Transition?
I intend to continue along my multi-pronged preparation path, which at this point, includes reaching out to local people and organizations to create as strong a community safety net as possible. Although not a focus of the intro and chapter one, these actions flow from long-term, very insistent intuitions, feelings and dream guidance I’ve received, in some cases since childhood, but at least for several years. I find that doing and following through on intuitive nudges results in relief and peace. I have also increased my studies of the Faery Realm, Old Ways, permaculture and magickal self defense.
At the very least, I will know that I have done all that I can do. Spirit, Mother Earth, the Unseen Realms and other humans can meet me halfway or not, but at least I know that I’m fulfilling my end of the bargain. That in itself brings me tremendous peace, comfort and a sense of purpose. I love what I’m learning, and I intend to enjoy the journey, whatever the destination.
While living on the 3rd dimensional plane of duality, we are taught to think of ourselves as the physical being named Nancy or John or Judy. We are also taught to think of ourselves in terms of how we earn a living … a counselor, an accountant, or real estate salesperson. Who we think we are can depend upon how successful we and others think we are. In fact, the level of success we have achieved often determines how worthy we feel, the level of our self-esteem, and our ability to learn from our mistakes.
In Truth, none of the above defines who you are!
So … who are you? Let’s find out! It is helpful to do this exercise with a partner, so you can take turns reading for each other. Be sure to allow time to consider your answers.
EXERCISE: Find a comfortable place to sit … close your eyes … take several deep breaths and relax……….
Begin your exercise with a prayer that all insights you receive be in accordance with your Highest Good and Divine Will. Relax into the assurance that this is true……….
Focus your attention on your physical body …….. how does it feel? …….. is it tired? … aching? … hot? … cool? …………………..
Ask: Who am I? Am I my physical body?………………
Focus your attention on your emotions …………………. what are you feeling at this moment? ……………. Are you feeling impatient? …….. Are you feeling concern over duties waiting? ………….. Are you happy? ………….. Sad? ……………
Ask: Who am I? Am I the emotions I am feeling? …………………………
Focus your attention on your thoughts ………………. what you thinking? ………… a hundred different things? …………….
Ask: Who am I? Am I the thoughts I am thinking? ……………………
OR ……. Am I that consciousness that is observing my body? … my feelings? … my thoughts? …………………..
Focus on this consciousness ………………… Do you know it is present with you even if it seems to disappear when you focus on it? ……………..
Who or what is this consciousness that knows how your body feels? …….. what you are feeling? ……… what you are thinking? ……………..
Is this consciousness who you are? ……………………
Is it not a Higher Part of the you with which you are familiar—your body, your emotions, your thoughts? ………………….
Does it not know the familiar part of you on an intimate level? …………….
KNOW that this Higher Part of you is your Soul or Higher Self. IT does not hurt when your body hurts ………… does not feel sad when your emotions are projecting sadness ………….. does not think discouraged thoughts when your mind dwells on discouragement ………………
KNOW that this Higher Part of you is simply Observing your body ……. your emotions …….. your thoughts or Lower Intellectual Mind …………..
You are a multi-dimensional being!
Your physical body, emotions, and earth plane thoughts make up your Lower Body.
The consciousness that observes you is the rainbow bridge that connects you to your indwelling Father/Mother God ……… It is your Higher Intuitive Mind that grants you access to all knowledge……………… You can ask questions of your Higher, Intuitive Mind, then listen as you receive the answers………………. It is not dependent upon your five physical senses to lead you to Truth or verify Truth.
Your Higher Intuitive Mind simply KNOWS … there is no need for proof. We like to say, “I just feel it in my bones.”
You are not dependent upon reading the word of God … or having an intermediary between your Lower Self and your indwelling Mother/Father God ……………
Your physical body is a vehicle for your physical experience only … it will return to dust … YOU are much, much more than your physical body.
THE MAGNIFICENCE OF WHO YOU ARE!
Chart taken from SOUL PSYCHOLOGY: Key To Ascension, Joseph David Stone, Ph.D.
The following story depicts how sad it is that religions have taught us so little about who we truly are.
A Tragic Misconception
Taken from Adventures of the Quest, Richard & Mary-Alice Jafolla
In a desert land of Arabian horses, an orphaned foal was raised by a family of camels. As the young colt grew, he did everything the camels did. He plodded tirelessly across the hot sands. He toted large burdens of cargo on his back, and he watered his parched mouth at every oasis. Once he kicked up his heels in a sudden impulse to run, but then only swayed at a lumbering pace, because-that’s the way camels are supposed to run, aren’t they?
After many years of camel life, the Arabian steed grew old and tired. One day, as his weary eyes looked out across a sea of land, he saw a magnificent horse galloping at full speed like the wind, his shiny mane streaming out from his noble head.
“What a beautiful animal!” exclaimed the elderly orphan. “What is it?”
“That’s an Arabian horse, fastest and most beautiful of all the animals in our land,” answered one of the camels.
“Wouldn’t it be wonderful to run like that?” mused the old horse. But he put it out of his mind, and died thinking he was a camel.
Mooji gently guides those at Satsang in Port Chester,New York, into the unassociated state of “Simply I Am”. Some would call this a guided meditation; Mooji refers to this as being simply here in pure un-associated awareness. Mooji often says that the highest joy of the Being is to contemplate itself, so perhaps this could be called a ‘guided comtemplation’. The music “Winding Back Thru You” is generously provided by Parson-McNamara in service to truth, and is the perfect backdrop for this no-distance-journey back to the natural state.
There is one vibratory field that connects all things. It has been called Akasha, Logos, the primordial OM, the music of the spheres, the Higgs field, dark energy, and a thousand other names throughout history. The ancient teachers taught Nada Brahma, the universe is vibration. The vibratory field is at the root of all true spiritual experience and scientific investigation. It is the same field of energy that saints, Buddhas, yogis, mystics, priests, shamans and seers have observed by looking within themselves. In today’s society, most of humanity has forgotten this ancient wisdom. We have strayed too far into the realm of thinking; what we perceive to be the outer world of form. We have lost our connection to our inner worlds. This balance, what the Buddha called the middle way, what Aristotle called the golden mean, is the birthright of every human being. It is the common link between all religions, and the link between our inner worlds and our outer worlds.