You came into the world alone, and you will live alone that fact does not change. Your life then integrates with others and you socialize and make identifications as to what you are and who you are. So in the arena of life, you jell and mold identifications about yourself and gather the ears of others to be your sounding board and props. All too often the HUE in you is projected into mass, people and things.
As your body ages and your physical charm diminishes you become desolate and lonely because of ‘those’ things and people do not respond to your whims like they used to. So what is the point in bringing this factual glimpse up to your eyes, dear souls? It is because the crisis of life can significantly be reduced for your journey by understanding an inner dialog with yourself? So much of life is a lesson and a cause and effect to teach you of how you are being upon the world.
This teaching today is to get you to understand that lessons keep happening until you get the information and process your painful or joyous experiences, and see the common thread of just why your life works with an imprint of satisfaction or does not. Do you have an inner dialog and review your life as you go? If you do not, then you will be always asking others to speak to you what your very own soul is trying to convey to you.
As the soul connects with the personality, you can free yourself by increasing the inner knowledge of yourself. If you are not practicing the asking and answering to yourself and higher self, this ability for you to strengthen your intuition becomes atrophied, and you become lonely to yourself space and in greater need of others to answer your inner chatter. If you are addicted and codependent on others, you will be out of touch to the gaining of wisdom and self-empowerment.
Just remember this, people are really interested in themselves and if you want to communicate with them it must be mostly based on them and this goes for yourself. Dear souls, research your life and become informed so that you do not trouble yourself by being a projectionist of your inner lacking to cling onto others and have them fill your emptiness. So then the real magic of company and friends happens when you truly share your joy and your inner glow, not your problems, fears and unfinished inner business that is your responsibility.
Learn this way and your life will become more wholesome.
Due to our technological connectedness, now more than ever before people are feeling the heavy weight of severe cataclysmic and tragic events, affecting millions of people around the world, with only the promise of greater turmoil to come.
The truth of the matter is, however, that while we may feel like these are especially dark times, throughout human history people have always had to live through untold suffering at the hands of both man and nature. While we may feel exceptionally challenged right now, we have a long human story to fall back on for guidance and comfort.
This comfort can be found in a few very simple spiritual concepts which have the power to radically shift our perspective and instantly rewrite how we view the world and our role in it.
1. Letting Go
The ability to let go of emotional attachments is perhaps that greatest spiritual tool to surviving and thriving in times of adversity. It is when our expectations of the world and its outcomes for us lie in contrast to reality that we find it challenging to accept and move forward with ease through suffering.
This concept is quite aged in the archives of spiritual practice. Taoism is perhaps the oldest wisdom tradition which teaches the importance of being fully present with what is while radially releasing the expectation of what should be. Here, Master David James Lees explains the importance of letting go:
“When faced with real or imagined challenging life circumstances which provoke what I refer to at the ‘feeling of fear’ your ability to trust and let go can be destabilised and even swing your energy wildly out of balance… Practical or emotional challenges that appear to be beyond your existing comfort zone can cause your ‘fight or flight’ mentality to swing into action. This is when it can seem advantageous not to trust or to refuse to let go of familiar and comfortable ways of thinking and acting, essentially as a means of protecting yourself. It’s almost as if you emotionally ‘batten down the hatches’ to weather an uncertain storm, but in doing so you sacrifice one of your most valuable navigation tools: your inner compass of trust and energetic connection to the Universe!” ~David James Lees
2. Acknowledging the Shadow Self
Without integration and acceptance of the shadow self, the individual is doomed to suffer the travesty of disharmony and imbalance. For it is only when the shadow is recognized, not repressed, that it can be of benefit in expanding the range of possible positive outcomes in one’s life.
“It is a frightening thought that man also has a shadow side to him, consisting not just of little weaknesses- and foibles, but of a positively demonic dynamism. The individual seldom knows anything of this; to him, as an individual, it is incredible that he should ever in any circumstances go beyond himself. But let these harmless creatures form a mass, and there emerges a raging monster. ~ Carl Jung, On the Psychology of the Unconscious
This concept is about embracing the darkness within, and appreciating that as a force of nature, both individually and collectively, our shadow side serves the purpose of steering us toward growth. By acknowledging the shadow side of our existence, that is, to not resist its outbursts and messages, we are able to confront suffering and adversity with the understanding that somehow a greater interest is also being served, in the form of awakening.
“The shadow is most destructive, insidious and dangerous when habitually repressed and projected, manifesting in myriad psychological disturbances ranging from neurosisto psychosis, irrational interpersonal hostility, and even cataclysmic international clashes. Such deleterious symptoms, attitudes and behavior stem from being possessed or driven by the dissociated yet undaunted shadow.” ~Stephen A. Diamond, Ph.D.
3. Gratitude is Everything
The importance of practicing gratitude cannot be understated, especially at a time when so many people are experiencing devastating losses of property and so many lives have been affected by war, terror and tragedy. If the mind is left free to run wild with negative stories and is never reinforced with positive stories, the slide into despair surely follows.
Gratitude is a timeless spiritual practice seen in nearly all great spiritual traditions. From the simple prayer of thanks for a meal, to enumerating those things in life which matter most to us, gratitude is perhaps the simplest and most powerful way to transform one’s mindset for the better. It so effective and works so quickly that even modern science is hailing it as a powerful means of controlling mindset.
“The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness (depending on the context). In some ways gratitude encompasses all of these meanings. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible.
With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves.
As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.
…People feel and express gratitude in multiple ways. They can apply it to the past (retrieving positive memories and being thankful for elements of childhood or past blessings), the present (not taking good fortune for granted as it comes), and the future (maintaining a hopeful and optimistic attitude).
Regardless of the inherent or current level of someone’s gratitude, it’s a quality that individuals can successfully cultivate further.” [Source]
Even leaders in fields other than spirituality have always expounded upon the benefits of cultivating a proper state of mind in order to thrive in life, both in adversity and when seeking to bring about the best version of yourself. Much of what we now know about consciousness tells us that the world is materially created first at the layer of our thoughts, and therefore, it is critical to put into practice that which we know about creating inner peace in times of chaos.
“Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.” ~Dale Carnegie
About the Author
Dylan Charles is a student and teacher of Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, a practitioner of Yoga and Taoist esoteric arts, and an activist and idealist passionately engaged in the struggle for a more sustainable and just world for future generations. He is the editor of WakingTimes.com, the proprietor of OffgridOutpost.com, a grateful father and a man who seeks to enlighten others with the power of inspiring information and action. His remarkable journey of self-transformation is a testament to the power of the will and the persistence of the human spirit. He may be contacted at email@example.com.
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Do you know who you are or the incredible power you possess? Are you aware of the magnificence of the place you came from or the evolutionary process that will eventually return you there?
For the most part, I’m not. I like to write about it and encourage others to be open to it, but I have yet to glimpse it in a real or meaningful way. Nor should I yet, because the point of being here is to gradually rediscover the truth of who we are and how we can help this world before returning to that heavenly place we dropped down from to be of service.
Who are we? We are spiritual warriors here to change the world by spreading love, compassion, and awareness of what needs to change before mankind can live in peace.
Embrace It All
If you consider yourself a spiritual warrior, know that you don’t have to feel like an outcast for being who you are. Embrace it all. Embrace your mission, the vibrant life on the other side to which you’ll return one day, and the activities like meditation that help you remember how real it all is.
Be unafraid to work hard or extend yourself to help others. Accept with open arms the adversity you’ll inevitably face, and know it’s all a part of the struggle to bring in a new paradigm.
It’s too easy to let bad stuff get you down. When you instead stand strong in your faith and let adversity teach you life lessons you couldn’t learn without it, you’ll see that nothing happens randomly. Life is not picking on you. It’s teaching you all you need to know to be a resilient openhearted revolutionary.
Knowing this, you won’t be defeated so easily. You’ll see that hard times aren’t meant to sweep you away, but make you wiser through struggles that bring introspection and realization.
Only the strongest of the strong were chosen for this mission, and only the strongest of them will succeed. Without inner strength, you might give in to all the distracting worldly illusions out there and forget altogether who you are and why you’re here.
Some of these illusions will inevitably grab your attention throughout your life, but to avoid getting lost in them, remember they’re not real and focus on what is: your purpose and the higher consciousness that supports you.
It helps to meditate, get the mind and body moving, and do something creative that can become an avenue for your spiritual work. These things aren’t required, but without them, they help you remember your mission and remain in the heart.
Remember Who You Are
As we near the end of this writing, I feel the need to remind you to do all you can not to let your faith wane or forget why you’re here.
On this mission, you’ll encounter people from all walks of life with different beliefs and perspectives. Hear them out and appreciate the differences you share with them, but don’t let their perspective override yours. Don’t let the world drown you out.
Be unapologetically you, but be willing to take constructive criticism so you can refine your lifestyle and philosophy to better help a society that will initially be uncomfortable with you. Whatever you do, don’t give up and change yourself for a world that will judge you regardless.
Don’t Be Them. Be You.
The world is full of people who once followed their passion but have since given up and become like the millions of other people with no discernable purpose other than to earn money and survive. Don’t let that tragedy become your life.
Instead, work hard every day to ensure you can fulfill your mission and truly live. Extend yourself when necessary. But remember to take time for those spiritual practices that help you to be your best, most conscious and inspired self.
If you don’t know who you truly are or why you’re here, look within yourself. Meditate, read books focused on illuminating your true Self, and stay centered in the heart. You might discover an expansive inner universe you can explore with an open mind and heart, sharing the wisdom you pick up along the way.
About the author:
I’m a twenty-something writer & blogger with an interest in spirituality, revolution, music and the transformative creative force known as love. I run Openhearted Rebel, a daily news blog dedicated to igniting a revolution of love by raising social and spiritual awareness.
I also have a personal blog, Wes Annac’s Personal Blog, in which I share writings related to spiritual philosophy, creativity, heart consciousness and revolution (among other topics).
I write from the heart and try to share informative and enlightening reading material with the rest of the conscious community. When I’m not writing or exploring nature, I’m usually making music.