Monday, 29 July 2013

Unification and Empowerment

It is hard to deny the somewhat intense and deep sense of shift and movement occurring at the current time, particularly on the planes within. There is a profound wave of healing sweeping through layer upon layer of consciousness as each of us begins to shed aspects of our Selves, our lives and our paths that no longer serve a positive or life affirming purpose. Yet, this clean sweep is not blasé or gung-ho in shape or form, as every single thing we shed is significant and represents a willingness to create more space within as we step back from the need to define ourselves by the past or by aspirations of the future.

We have reached a stage of inner knowing where we feel ready to embrace the true vibration of healing and that is to find balance and empowerment through acceptance and love. Healing can often invoke a sense of incompletion as we strive to be healed before we can live our lives, and yet, the more we chase the state of ‘completion’ the more we realise that we have more puzzles to solve and riddles to untangle before we can reach that promised land. Therefore by seeking balance and empowerment through acceptance, we can begin to let go of the cycle of chasing completion through a fear of being incomplete and instead shift the balance towards love and wholeness. Although this does not ‘fix’ us, it takes us away from the somewhat perpetual and continual need to dig, probe and unravel in order to understand our Selves and our paths in life. 

Of course, we will always dig to some extent as that is a part of being human, but there comes a time when too much digging keeps us locked in the past and chasing the future. There is only so much we can learn by what went before, and although the past helps to inform the present, it doesn’t create it, as we do that. At the same time, the more we gaze longingly into a future where we can feel Whole and complete, we diminish the value of the present as we fail to give it power or definition. 

Yet, present moment awareness is not really at the crux of these shifts, it just helps us to become more aware of them. At the crux of these shifts is a willingness to unify ourselves on all levels; bringing together past, present and future, perfection and imperfection, fear and faith, light and dark...
This inner unification is not about surrendering to the ‘dark side’ (if indeed there is such a thing) or giving up on our dreams, but it is about taking a step beyond living conditionally and linear time to instead loving what is, exactly as it is, now.  So many of us spend our lives defining ourselves by past events, past choices and past decisions, and yet we also know that many of our experiences in life are beyond our power. This begs the question as to why we continually choose to define ourselves by such things even though they are now behind us in the past?

Of course, it is hard not to let the past define us as it is already grounded and set in stone; it has happened and is therefore a solid reference point. And yet, we intuitively know that the present is our true reference point as the past is behind us. We can therefore become tangled up in knots trying to unravel this equation as we want to live now in a unified and balanced way, but we cannot get beyond the need to heal, fix and find completeness from understanding the past and shaping the future.
Such a conundrum seems all the more poignant whilst we go through this current wave of shift as we are being reminded that we are vibrant and awakened beings, connected to the Whole and an integral part of the bigger picture. 

We have long been seeking new ground beneath our feet that feels solid and stable, but it seems that we are now ready to embrace a new way of living and being that involves us letting go of the side rails and finding strength from exploring unchartered terrain. Even though this new world may feel strange and unfamiliar, it also intuitively feels like home as we let go of the past, and of the clutter within, in order to take a deep breath of life...

Sunday, 28 July 2013

The Lighthouse of The Soul

As we continue to stand on the rocky shoreline of life, many of us have found ourselves consumed by the desire to scramble over the rocks until we reach that untouched stretch of golden beach; it seems that the desire to overcome the rocks and the unpredictability of the tides has taken over our focus and energy as it is a human tendency to seek out calmer seas and smoother terrain. Yet, when we pause for a while to gaze at the current moment, we realise that just because the shoreline is rocky it does not mean that it is not a life-giving or life-affirming place to be. When we take a closer look, we can see the life teaming amongst the rocks and the energy of the sea vigorously bringing us new life with every turn of the tide.

The rocky shoreline stimulates every single sense and with every deep breath of life that we take, the sea air and the energy can invigorate the soul and instil hope, exuberance and belief. When we become conscious of where we are, rather than consumed with thoughts of where we either want to be or feel we should be, we fully awaken to the richness that is already within and around us. 

Although life can be unpredictable on the rocks, when we pause and re-centre we re-connect to the light in the distance that switches on, then off, then on again. Even though the waves crash at our feet, the light soothes and calms as we intuitively know that it is there to guide, protect and illuminate any challenges we might face. When we pause in the moment we realise that this lighthouse of the soul is always present, but life is often too full of chatter and distraction for us to notice. Yet, when we do re-connect to this brilliant light, we no longer feel small and vulnerable on the rocks, but our essence expands as we feel able to breathe freely once again. 

We spend so much of our lives with our breath held in, trying to cling on to what we know or trying to fight ahead to get to where we want to be that we so often lose sight of those beacons of light that are available to each and every one of us when we open up our hearts, minds and souls to their presence. The light switches on, off and on again, whether we see it or not, but when we do see it we realise that we no longer need to fear life or chase life, as we can simply choose to be alive instead.

The lighthouse reminds us that despite the rocks and the highly-charged waves, we do not have to get lost in the chaos as there is always an air of calmness that we can connect with. When we feel the power of this connection, the need to chase horizons or to get to that beach changes, as we begin to realise the value of where we are now. As the light switches on and off, it is not affected by worry, angst, doing or chasing; it just is what it is and does what it does. This simplicity acts as a timely reminder for each of us to pause in times of storms and in times of calm in order to re-centre and re-align. There is no ‘do’ about the lighthouse of the soul; it just is. 

When we apply this light to our own lives we can begin to let go of the layer upon layer of worry, action and doing in order to become One with the light and to let it lead the way. After all, every lighthouse has a role and we would be wise to acknowledge this rather than trying to think that we know better and push ahead regardless. 

Becoming One with the light within is not a sign of surrender or giving up though, it is a sign of conscious awareness as we step from fear to a place of peace and strength. Whilst we can never know what the rocky shoreline or the pounding waves have in store for us, the same can be said for that golden beach. At the same time, why be consumed with getting to that beach to make life better as this diminishes the value of where we are now? Placing conditions on life (once I get to the beach then all will be well, etc.) is only natural, but it devalues the present immensely. Although, in this moment, we may not be where we ultimately want to be, to dismiss it is to dismiss the lighthouse and the beauty of the rocks, the waves and the mysteries beyond.

So, as we pause for a while and re-align our breaths and our souls with the present moment, we can feel a deep sense of comfort from the light switching on and off. Yet, there is no panic when the light switches off; there is just peace and stillness. When we attune with the light, we stop fearing the dark for they no longer remain separate entities in our lives but they merge into the Whole and remind us that we are all integral parts of that Whole, and this allows us to become One with the lighthouse of the soul and to take a deep breath of joy as we stand amongst the rocks and feel the life force of the oceans lapping and pounding the shores of the soul...

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Spiritual Quicksand

The shape and form of words reveals a great deal about the vibration or power of our inner dialogue. Our language is revealing as it reflects our current state of being. For example, we might feel like we are walking through treacle or stuck in quicksand at the current time, and such insights create powerful images which keep us locked in a storyline of being stuck in quicksand because we perceive that we are. Our perception matters a great deal, and the more aware of this we become, the more we realise that our thoughts shape our lives.

When we consider the quicksand analogy we can immediately feel a sense of contraction within as we energetically connect with the impulse to resist and struggle against the drag of the molten sand beneath our feet. Of course, struggling is the worst thing to do as the more we struggle, the deeper we sink. We know that our best chance lies in doing the one thing that feels counter-intuitive and that is to spread the weight of our bodies by laying down over the surface of the quicksand; we need to get as much contact as possible with the one thing that is threatening our very existence. 

Such a philosophy can be applied to many things in our lives such as fear, pain, distress, anxiety etc. The idea of connecting more deeply with these might feel counter-productive, but intuitively we know that by connecting to them more consciously we can step away from being consumed by them as we no longer fear them but become One with them instead. Yet it is the act of direct contact that we often fear the most as we can feel exposed, naked and vulnerable, not knowing if our act of increasing contact will ultimately lead to our rescue or if it will simply leave us even more exposed, naked and vulnerable. 

Mindfulness and conscious awareness of the present moment is so important now as we continue to open up our hearts, minds and souls to the bigger picture of our lives. The more we awaken and breathe in the air of the new dawn, the more we realise how integrated and connected we truly are. When we struggle against life or against the situations that we find ourselves in, we can become entrenched and stuck, and although letting go of resistance and surrendering to the moment takes a huge act of faith as we reach into unknown territory, we know that this is exactly what we need to do in order to shift the vibrations of our lives away from life-sapping inner-dialogues and analogies towards something far more life-affirming and enhancing. 

Becoming One with our fears takes great courage as it suggests a willingness to stop resisting and to start accepting. This is not the same as ‘giving up’ but a more conscious act of present-moment awareness that re-empowers us as we choose to let go of resistance and become fully aware of all that we fear and all that we are. Whilst this in itself might not change the reality of the situation that we find ourselves in, when we stop struggling we shift our vibrations to a more expansive level of awareness and this can help us to see the ‘bigger picture’ and to step free from the all-consuming panic-state. 

Of course, as human beings, we are used to keeping on keeping on and pushing against the currents as this is a part of life, but is it? Is it really the ‘norm’ or is it this way because we expect it to be this way? We could get tied up in knot after knot trying to unravel such a question, but it seems clear that we need to find a way to stop resisting and struggling now as the more we struggle, the tighter the knots become. Life no longer seems to be about keeping our heads above water or trying to stay afloat in quicksand; the analogies are changing and shifting towards something brighter, fresher and more life-affirming. 

How we see our own lives is so important for it gives shape, texture and definition to our reality. Life may have its challenges and we may not be where we truly want to be in life, but is resisting our reality going to change this? Or will the resistance simply find us even more deeply entrenched in challenging analogies and vibrations? 

The time is now upon us to open up our hearts, minds and souls to the present moment and to become fully conscious of life exactly as it is. We can then stop wallowing in the mire and fearing the quicksand, and instead see the beauty, expanse and infinity of what present moment awareness actually brings into our lives. Once we take such a step we realise that, as energetic and vibrational beings, we have the power within us to raise the vibration away from the struggle to one of joyful acceptance as we choose to dance with this new vibration in life; we can use the power within to re-calibrate the energetic vibration of our reality. This is not the same as pulling away, unravelling the knots, denying them or struggling; it is the ultimate act of fully embracing the moment and in this moment realising that we already are Whole, complete and magnificent.