folks are stuck and don't even realize it. Some folks are living in a
house of cards. A foundation of false expectations and judgments that
have been programmed by family, social, and religious expectations;
an inner story weaved and shaped by their ego and they are stuck
pleasing others rather than finding their own joy...
are you an awakened, evolving being or are you stuck in the muck of
fear, anxiety, frustration, anger, or sadness?
can you tell if you are stuck.
what is your daily emotional state before any of your practices,
chores or daily routines begins? Are you prone to procrastination or
easy distraction? At any moment, how do you feel?
you find yourself in a blue funk, because you can't make a decision
or If you are having bouts of frustration, anger, fear, anxiety, or
sadness, then you are acting or reacting to an emotion triggered by
you find yourself jumping into anger, judgment, or sadness, then you
are probably stuck and it's time to be honest with yourself and ask
the following questions:
am I doing that does not support or sabotages my bliss and
am I currently moving towards and what am I currently moving away from?
should I be going forward with that brings me joy and gives me
worry you are not alone.
know a few people who, like a lotus flower have gone through a number
of rounds of re-awakenings. They were on what they thought was the
right path for them; they had purpose and felt like they were doing
something that gave them joy and contentment.
Then, at some point,
they lost that feeling. They got stuck in a dead end with their life
and found a new direction and higher learning. They began casting off
more false truths in the process. Self-realization rarely happens
with a single A-HA moment.
Why? Because self-realization is a moving
target. As more and more people awaken they raise the vibration of
the realization state for everyone on the planet.
does take some effort to get beyond the inner questioning and comfort
zone of one's own ego. Some think they are realized beings, as they
get caught up in the highs they get from kundalini yoga, or
Pranayama, or from Tibetan bowl sound baths, shamanic practice or
from chanting mantras. But, these higher states can become a false
state, a place of escape from your day to day existence.
the Awakening was overwhelming
article is not going to focus on the empathic aspects of being an
awakened being, but it does and will happen. Many folks who have not
had the gift of seeing or hearing spirit guides, stuck souls or
entities on the other side, enable this ability in the process of
doing their inner work and raising their vibration. I will refer you
to “The Reluctant Empath” by Bety Comerford and Steve Wilson.
I've worked with these two teachers for many years and this new book
explains how becoming empathic is truly a gift and not a curse and
the work needed to manage your connection as you progress.
maybe a wrong direction
folks on this path cannot cope with all the energies from their
spiritual work and they attempt to find escapes from their path.
They get strung out on drinks or pills. Or they become energy junkies
living on the rush from kundalini yoga, Qigong, chanting,....They
can't wait to get to the next drumming circle, the next sound
healing, the next yoga class, the next card reading, the next Reiki
share, the next Qigong class.
all of these escapes are just temporary states. Like drugs, they
offer a rush, a feeling of euphoria, a false sense of security and
they wear off quickly. And your ego begins to question, to wonder
what to do next. Even psychics and spiritualists can get caught up
and off guard with the high of talking with spirit, but may not be
mindful of their inner work towards self-realization.
Knowing what is
your truth and staying mindful is paramount. Mindfulness is a
practice of being present and not letting the ego create a story or
make assumptions about other people, reminiscing the past or anxious
of future events.
Richard Alpert (aka Baba Ram Dass) who started experimenting with lsd
and other mind altering drugs at Harvard began to experience out of
body experiences. He soon realized that this method was not
sustainable. His journey eventually connected him to a spiritual
teacher who taught him a way to sustain a spiritually high level of
living. His created his own process of self-realization. I tried to
follow Ram Dass's path in my twenties, but left my own inner
development for three decades before the right teachers appeared.
Having it your way –
have closed ears, not listening to the messages they need to hear. I
used to work at Psychic fairs and was intrigued by watching the folks
who were looking for miracles. They would go from one reader to the
next, looking for a reading that would please them.
Rather than hear
the repeated message they needed to hear, the same message was given
from all the other readers and it landed on deaf ears. Not listening
to the work that they have to do, they looked blindly for an
alternative of something instant, something easy to be done with and
move to what they think is their purpose, their bliss.
is a moving target
I said earlier, Ascension and self-realization is a continually
changing process. The vibration of the earth and the Universe is
constantly changing. As more and more people work towards
self-realization, the point or level for self-realization for all
people also rises in vibration.
are many vehicles to self-realization, but very few find their way,
because they either loose interest or stamina in achieving the goal.
can only talk about my personal experiences in moving forward.
Create and maintain new habits towards inner work
is much easier to make progress in any area of your life if you can
schedule a daily routine of inner work (meditation, mindfulness
practices, healing work,....) When you make a practice a regular
habit, it will take time away from non productive habits.
Limit your television, phone, and computer usage.
texting, tweeting, and email can be very distracting and can allow
your ego to “play nice” with others and not walking in your truth. I regularly put my phone
into airplane mode so I am not distracted from my time.
If you can't
talk from your truth while interacting with others, whether in person
or remotely, then you are straying into expectations and judgment and
the ego will undermine your progress. Also, there are too many radio
and television programs that plug into your judgment/fear points or
are just pure escapism. Even today's news is geared towards tweeking
one's fears, shock or sadness. And lastly, computer games are also an
escape from reality.
Start with a regular mindful meditation practice
meditation is a way to learn how to not react to tugs and pulls of
that ego that chattering monkey mind. the external opinions, false
truths and judgments. When you can learn to “just be” rather than
react. You will begin to see what your real truth is and you will see
through the illusions and programming of society, family, and other
areas of our physical domain. Eventually you can work at all regular
routines mindfully (walking, house work, etc). My favorite mindful practices are tai chi chuan and qigong.
Make every activity a mindful practice
you are making progress in mindful meditation, mindful walking, then
bring more mindfulness into everyday work and chores. One task that
is a big step toward awakening and staying there is to follow the
tenets of Don Miguel Ruiz author of "The four agreements".
Following these four agreements will keep you in your own truth and
not get pulled into other's perceptions of what is real. His book
titled “The Mastery of Love” is also a very good explanation of
how we can breakdown our frustrations and false expectations and
begin to embrace the common parts of the path we share with our
partner. Yoga and Tai Chi Chuan can also become wonderful exercises
that can round out a mindfulness practice.
Get outside and enjoy some quiet time in nature
have a walking trail close to me where I can watch the birds and animals
of the woods, watch the changing sky reflect on Hart pond, and
immerse in the reality of our planet. I also have some quiet places
to walk in different woods and mountains near me. From my Shamanic
learnings, I can receive wonderful messages from spirit on these