Our Life is Our Meditation

Carl Jung believed that working on our childhood issues is a necessary first step towards spiritual consciousness. Carl Jung wrote, the “personal unconscious must always be dealt with first…otherwise the gateway to the cosmic unconscious cannot be opened.”   He understood that in order to realize our divinity we first work on clearing  the blocking parts of our childhood experiences.   Some people only want to focus on positive thoughts in order to become clear but that approach doesn’t touch the beliefs stored in the wounded hearts of our younger years.

The events and relationships of our lives direct us to those beliefs every day.  They are not difficult to find.  You don’t have to dig deeply and suffer longly.  For example, perhaps someone has a creative block in an art project and finds themselves procrastinating starting, working, or completing the work.  There is always something else we can find to do to alleviate the anxiety of facing our creativity…….taking the chance that it might not turn out how we hoped and realizing it is but a step in the direction of our learning and evolution.   Instead of running away, how about just noting without judgment what we are doing.  Just observe the behavior.   How often does this behavior surface in other ways in our lives?

When did we first start this behavior of trying to escape from something we want to do but we seem to be afraid of entering into a relationship with it and actually engage in the process of creation?  Were we judged as children in our display of unique creative expression?  How did we continue this behavior in other years of our lives as we were growing up?  In what ways have we blocked ourselves from the joy of creating?  What is the mantra that we have told ourselves quietly in our minds:  I can’t be creative; My work is not good enough; I am not good enough; Everyone else is better…….or whatever the words might be.

Sit with that thought quietly.  Surround that little part of you that first perceived that he/she wasn’t able to create for inner joy, with a cloud of compassion, soft and gentle and loving.  See it permeate all around that child, every cell filling with acceptance and compassion.   What if that part of you had grown up with the belief that she/he could freely create and express the self with artwork, writing, dancing……whatever.   See he/she expanding in innovation in every direction.  See the smile on the face as the body moves with grace creating from the heart.  The belief is now:  I create freely, my self-expression is uniquely my own.  Hold this part in your heart with tenderness and understanding as you pick up your brush, dust off your dancing shoes, get the guitar out from behind the couch, get ready to cook in the kitchen, or dip your pen in the inkwell.

If we pay attention with mindfulness, we can see and hear every day the blocking beliefs that keep us contracted into our limited selves.  Healing these blocking beliefs by acknowledging them, holding them without judgment in our awareness,and bringing compassion to each one of them will turn on our light more brightly as we free ourselves.  It is this work that we need to do before we try to enter the higher realms of higher consciousness.  This work brings us there.  After a while of living our life meditation and clearing our limiting beliefs, we look around and realize that we are different……we see more clearly, we accept more readily (even if we don’t like it), we say ‘yes’ to what is as we begin to move into that space of co-creation with Spirit.  We can’t jump over our daily work by only thinking positive thoughts.  The limiting beliefs need healing and acceptance.  Positive thoughts only serve to cover up the contractions for a while……..only to rise up and tug at our hearts again and again.

Our daily life is our greatest teacher.

2010andreaavaristevens

On the Wings of a Butterfly

It has been said that the movement of a butterfly’s wings in one part of the world can contribute to the formation of a hurricane in another part of the world. How can this be? How can what I do where I live affect thousands of others in another part of the planet?

If this is so, then my responsibility for my actions increases exponentially. It means what I do an as an individual affects others whether I realize it or not. What if I wake up one day and understand that I do have a connection to all my sisters and brothers on this planet, that we are all One. That what I choose to think and the actions I take affect not only me and those around me, but the world….people and places with faces I have never seen.

If this possibility exists, then I need to choose my thoughts and actions carefully. I am sending gifts to unknown recipients. I want those gifts to be a source of help to all. I want the beating of my butterfly wings to bring thoughts of love, not fear, laughter not frowns, acceptance not intolerance, connection not division. More

Trusting the Self

In a continuation of my article “Look in the Mirror: your teacher awaits you” I was moved to respond to a particular comment. The thought expressed concerned a common behavior response to the content in our lives: we continue to look outside of ourselves for direction because we don’t know how to trust ourselves.

What does it really mean to “trust ourselves?” What does it mean to “trust the Universe?” Are we aware of the different levels of consciousness within us that we move among during any amount of time? Do we recognize when we are “in the flow” and feeling peaceful? Do we also recognize when we are operating from an energy level of fear which causes us to block the flow of higher energy? As we move through our process of self-realization sometimes we are operating from the lower energies and sometimes we flow in the higher energies. More

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