ERIC RAINES: “Leaning Into That Discomfort by Truly Holding and Feeling It”

“By leaning into that discomfort, by truly holding and feeling it, we can easily process and clean out those toxic emotions, finding a space of peace, where we can respond to the world, instead of react to it.”

~Eric Raines

 

Most in our society claim to have “no time” for improvement, hobbies or self growth, when in fact it is not the time that becomes the issue, but the anxiety and fight-or-flight programs that come rushing to the surface in a moment of non-distraction.

As the rush and grind of keeping up with our lives becomes the only distraction from the worry, pain or just keeping your head above water, anytime we find a moment of clarity, being in the moment or peace, there is enough relaxation to begin releasing those heavy programs/energies in the body.

Often times, as we release toxic emotions, we feel the emotion being released. This is called the Herxheimer reaction and is extremely common.

Unfortunately, this programs people to believe that if they slow down, they will be overloaded with everything they are trying to avoid, so the unending taskmaster whip becomes the norm.

By leaning into that discomfort, by truly holding and feeling it, we can easily process and clean out those toxic emotions, finding a space of peace, where we can respond to the world, instead of react to it.

Take some time for you. Do something you truly feel in the moment with.

Magic only stems from right now. If all you are doing is running from *then*, the *now* becomes a place to hide from, to avoid.

If you find yourself becoming anxious or fearful by the thought of being alone with yourself with no distraction, well, you have an amazingly obvious space to begin self healing.

Lean into it ❤

 

~via Unleashing Natural Humanity

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ALETHEIA LUNA: “The Dark Side of Spiritual Healing That No One Talks About”

Spiritual healing is generally considered to be something very positive.

I mean, what could be more uplifting than putting the two words “spiritual” and “healing” together? It’s like watching a puppy cuddle a kitten … or eating a triple-chocolate cake doused in melting caramel. It just feels wonderful and enchanting.

And don’t get me wrong. I love spiritual healing. I think it is absolutely essential on our inner journeys. In fact, if every single person in this world underwent spiritual healing, I think humanity and planet earth would be transformed forever. I believe that we could finally achieve the ideal of world peace.

But if you have been reading my work for a while, you’ll know that I’m not interested in focusing solely on the ‘love and light’ side of spirituality. I am a shadow worker. I love to plunge into the darkness and expose what is hidden. And today, we need to shine that torch on the dark side of spiritual healing.

But firstly …

What is Spiritual Healing?

Spiritual healing is the practice (and experience) of restoring, harmonizing and balancing our Spirit or Soul. There are many different approaches to spiritual healing. For example, some new age healing practitioners focus only on bringing balance to the etheric or non-physical energy field of the human body. Shamanic healers focus on restoring the soul and curing soul loss. And other holistic healers focus on unifying the body, heart, mind, and soul. Even psychologists and therapists are starting to incorporate spiritual healing into their work such as those operating in the depth and transpersonal fields of psychology.

Spiritual healing is also seen as a transcendental experience of reconnecting with our true nature. As author and teacher Shakti Gawain writes:

Spiritual healing occurs as we begin to consciously reconnect with our essential being — the wise, loving, powerful, creative entity that we are at our core.

 

The Dark Side of Spiritual Healing That No One Talks About

There’s a reason why no one talks about the dark side of spiritual healing. Number one, most people aren’t even aware that there’s a dark side. And if they are aware then number two: they are uncomfortable to face or confront it.

Here’s where I come in: your friendly neighborhood shadow worker. I will help to outline exactly how seeking for spiritual healing can be self-destructive and why. Sounds paradoxical, doesn’t it? Well here’s the thing, it is! Spiritual healing can feel like an enigma wrapped in a riddle, and I’ll explain why.

To be as short and succinct as possible, there are two dark twins of spiritual healing:

Spiritualized Resistance

The first dark twin is what I call spiritualized resistance.

What does spiritualized resistance mean? Basically, it means that sometimes we can use spiritual healing as an excuse to “get rid of” certain feelings, memories, and experiences that we’ve had.

What’s wrong with trying to banish or get rid of what we go through? It’s a form of resistance. And resistance leads to tremendous suffering. I’m talking anxiety, depression, anger, resentment, bitterness, the whole shebang.

I believe that everyone in the spiritual community needs to understand that trying to “heal” is not always about healing. In fact, often, healing is used as an excuse to deny, suppress, disown, or reject what we’re going through.

It is completely understandable to want to try and get rid of our suffering — particularly if we are exhausted and deeply wounded. But here’s the thing: desperately trying to heal can actually exacerbate your unhappiness and deepen your resistance to what’s happening, thereby preventing you from actually healing!

I will repeat that sentence again (read it slowly): desperately trying to heal can intensify your unhappiness and deepen your resistance to what’s happening, thereby preventing you from actually healing!

It is important for us to understand that true spiritual healing is about facing, acknowledging, exploring, and integrating what we are going through. It’s not about trying to escape our reality!

Dark Spiritual Teachers

The second dark twin is perpetrated by spiritual “healers” and practitioners who are aware — either on a conscious or unconscious level — of the first dark twin of spiritual healing. These teachers are aware of the addictive quality of the push-and-pull game of eternal self-improvement and they use it for their own self-gain.

I see this literally everywhere. It’s a sad thing to behold. It’s prevalent in people who believe they must pay big bucks to “manifest their desires,” keep their vibration high, and basically accumulate more and be more (as if who they are and what they have isn’t already enough). When does this getting and being more actually end? It’s an eternal cycle that leads to suffering.

Then, of course, you have the more sinister breed of spiritual teachers who appear divine and enlightened on the surface but are raging megalomaniacs underneath. A true spiritual teacher will always give your power back to you, but a false spiritual teacher will not only parade around wearing your codependency like a crown but will also actively encourage it. They will purport to have the power to “heal” all your issues and provide you with the “one true path” towards enlightenment, illumination, or Oneness. And if you believe them, you will be ensnared in a dangerous web of believing that someone outside of you can offer you salvation.

What is Authentic Spiritual Healing?

Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls our lives.

~Akshay Dubey

 

I hope that during the course of this article, I have communicated myself clearly. Spiritual healing itself isn’t to blame, it is our mental approach towards spiritual healing.

When spiritual healing is used as a way to avoid, deny, suppress, and disown our issues through “spiritualized resistance” we are abusing its potential. And when spiritual healing is used as a dangling carrot by unethical and unwise spiritual teachers, then it is being desecrated.

What is authentic spiritual healing? True spiritual healing is about facing, acknowledging, exploring, and integrating what we are going through. It’s not about trying to escape our reality! It’s really as simple as that.

Just think of it this way: if you had a blistering sore oozing blood and puss … would you really achieve much by covering your eyes and pretending to ignore it? No. The pain and infection would still be there. Would you really heal by pretending the sore wasn’t yours or by making it someone else’s responsibility to look after? No. You’d still carry that sore with you everywhere. It wouldn’t go away any time soon. The only way to heal that blistering sore is to face it, accept it, and find ways of alleviating your suffering — not as a way of trying to escape your reality — but as a form of self-love. This, to me, is true spiritual healing.

So when it comes to spiritual healing, please be mindful of these traps and practice healthy caution. Critical thinking skills and radical self-honesty are so vital in this day and age.

I’ve been guilty of using spiritual healing as a way to try and escape my suffering before. As a person who has wrestled with anxiety for years, I have often fallen into the trap of trying to spiritually bypass my suffering through fluffy feel-good thinking or methods that promise to instantly “get rid” of anxiety. It doesn’t work. Trying to put a band-aid on a festering sore will only make it worse. Resisting your reality, even in a “spiritual” way, will only serve to deepen your suffering. The only way out is through. You need to go to the core and roots of your issues in order to heal them.

 

~via WakeUp-World.com

CONSCIOUS REMINDER: “The Body Is A Human Space Suit For Your Soul”

We are souls wearing human space suits.

We are not going to die when our body does not exist anymore, our souls will keep being alive, just like the souls of everyone else. Every one of lives in order to experience such density and reality; every one of us is on some adventure or journey.

Every person has his or her destinies. There are the ones who are going be aware of the reality, while there are the others that are not.

We are all awake; our souls are here for help, together with a lot of other souls. The purpose of every person here is to help in saving humanity from dark times which descended on every one of us. We are also here to offer help to the ones who want to be awake.

We have to remember that we are all one, so hurting others means hurting ourselves, or judging other people means that we judge ourselves too. We can see in other people what is there in our hearts, but not simply in theirs. For example, when we practice understanding and love, we are going to receive the same back.

Our life is tough and challenging; it drains us or even takes away the empathy and humanity within us. Every one of us comes from birth, or every one of us is conditioned to fear of others and of ourselves too, and we are all crushed or lose sight of our real selves. The self-esteem within us will also diminish; the decisions we make will come from some miserable place.

Moreover, we are controlled and manipulated from birth. The true power within us is taken away and hidden. We will not be able to be our real selves ever, and we will keep these selves, and also our feelings hidden, or locked away, being afraid to represent ourselves differently or stand out, or speak out, and even say our feelings or being afraid to listen to our own hearts.

We eat contaminated foods, drink contaminated water, get injected with some poisonous substances or get sprayed with certain chemicals, and we take dangerous medicine. In fact, all of this will keep us under control and enslaved, because those that are ill are much easily controlled than those that are healthy.

However, we may still be alive and find the love deep inside our hearts. Also, darkness is probably very afraid as it uses all those methods in order to subdue us and keep us down or under its control.

The darkness also brainwashes people with movies, TV shows, news programmes, newspapers and magazines, books, or something else, but people will discover the truth despite all.

It is afraid that people are going to discover the truth, so it stands in every corner, cowering and frightened.

It was smart for some time, but its end came as we started shining our lights, shining through it and lighting up the souls, our planet and also our universe for everyone to see.

Truth is simply the truth, and nothing has the ability to change it, nothing may get on its way or hide it. It is going to shine brighter above every life and untruth. And finally, the truth is always going to be the winner. It is how it is.

And finally, the darkness is aware of this, but it still tries to hide everything from us.

It will try to cause us damage and destroy us. We can feel the coming of the day. We can see the shining of the light, and we can see the changing of the energy. This will be our time of shining.

 

~via ConsciousReminder.com

CONSCIOUS REMINDER: “Everything You Resist, Persists!”

Ascension Avatar note: In other words, be aware, view everything squarely in the eye for what it is (‘inner’ and ‘outer’ but primarily ‘inner’), don’t hesitate to improve what’s there and remember ‘shielding-up’ is simply, not resisting your own energetic resilience.

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Every time we want to avoid something, it looks like it bumps to us constantly. Being like that, it is actually not some conspiracy, but it is the simple consequences of the universal laws operating: it is the Law of Resistance.

Everything we resist, it persists, no matter what it is.

For example, if we take a look at our past life, we are going to have a lot of memories which will prove the reality of the law in only a couple of moments. No matter what we resisted, it persisted.

For instance, when resisting some negative situation and we force the outside circumstances to be in our own favor as of our wishes, it will only create more sufferance and negativity. Enduring things looks like it squeezes out the energy and transfers it to that thing of resistance. So, we continue resisting, as well as draining the energy inside us.

However, the hardest challenge would be how we actually tolerate a person that is filled with a lot of negativity and attitudinal regularly creates chaos in the family. Also, at our workplace were a lot of individuals that have some negativity in attitude exist, for example, our boss, who always claims to be right, even though he is not.

So, at such times, we should know the way in which we should respond. We will also have to be brave and have the bravery to support ourselves, or some individuals will simply walk over us. However, the goal that we have is to create an inside suspension organization gradually, such as the one of some vehicle which drives on the roads.

Gradually, through some practice of observing our thoughts and breaths quietly, we can permit the distilling of the standard inside mechanism of resistance something which will be unpleasant, so later on, we will have the ability to confront situations like that and become awake and alert about not surrendering to the sudden urge to do the same. Instead, we should attempt being more empathetic and understanding, and fill that individual with some optimistic energy.

This will not be easy, but as the time passes, it will be, if it is practiced. If we can actually do it once, we can also do it twice, and step by step, we are going to come into a condition in which provocations from outside will not make us be out of our balance.

This is a real spiritual growing — remaining unharmed in the middle of the outside challenges and threats. A person that can do that will know that each of those negative individuals who came into his life did not happen by accident, but it occurred as a result of karmic relation.

We can actually win this if we play the correct card and we can also reach not reaction and state of response, so there will be peace without and within.

We have to learn a lot more from nature. When keeping company with it, we are going to learn something from the air, as it has different smells within it, but does not have its own. Our planet is the incarnation of patience. For example, when we look at trees, they are going to teach us everything about the art of not judging, unconditionally.

We are not supposed to not remember that we are not simply a part of this nature, but we are the nature itself, in its totality. The simple difference is that we are actually not aware that we are inseparable from it, and it is the main reason why we become unnatural.

When we are living a non-violent life, trying not to cause pain or hurt people with deeds or words, or when we want to see the wonders of the planet, we are going to grow in real humans that follow the order of the Universe, the principal of cosmic order. Then, the necessity for resistance is going to dissolve forever.

 

~via ConsciousReminder.com