LIVE BOLD & BLOOM: “12 Of The Most Important Values To Live By”

What values are important to a life well-lived?

What do you want to be known for? What qualities do you admire in others and work to cultivate in yourself?

And how do those qualities reflect your core beliefs?

Your life values are those that, once you identify them, help you with decision-making and provide the building blocks for your character — specifically the one you want to have.

For example, if one of your top value in life is courage, you’ll likely seek out new challenges so you can act in spite of the fear that comes when you’re faced with the possibility of failure or rejection.

And if forgiveness has recently become one of your values to live by, you’ll want to remind yourself of your new commitment when you’re about to spend time with someone who has hurt you in the past.

But what is the point of identifying your values, and how do they contribute to your growth and happiness?

To answer this question, we’re exploring 12 of the most important values in life and showing how they influence everything you do.

But before we do that, it makes sense to explain what values are in the first place.

What Are Values in Life?

Values are about what you consider important to the life you want to live. They inform your priorities and, when practiced consistently, form the character you want to have.

They’re rooted in your core beliefs about what makes for a life well-lived and about the behavior you want to model for others (including children if you have them).

Shared values are the basis for a common code – a value-based compass – that speeds up decision-making and unites those who share that code.

By expressing those values, the common code articulates different aspects of the shared mission and becomes the key motivator for those who share it.

You can take each of the following examples of values in life to create a code or motto that motivates you to practice that value every day, so it will become second nature when it’s most needed.

12 Most Important Values To Life By

 

1. Courage

Courage is about doing what you believe needs to be done — not in the absence of fear but in spite of it.

You might feel disinclined to offer a genuine apology out of fear that the other will reject it, but courage will help you apologize anyway, because it’s the right thing to do, out of respect for the one you hurt or offended. Whether they accept your apology or not is their business.

Courage requires a step outside of your comfort zone. If you have no fear, you don’t need courage, but when something you know you have to do makes you feel sick inside, courage is what makes you do that thing anyway.

Courage code: “I do what needs to be done, even if fear comes along for the ride.”

2. Kindness

Kindness is about treating others the way you want to be treated.

It’s more than just holding your tongue when you’re tempted to say something unkind; kindness looks for ways to make life better for others. It takes delight in lifting others up and reminding them they’re not alone, invisible, or insignificant.

Kindness and compassion are closely related; the latter involves the readiness to see a situation from someone else’s perspective and to give them the benefit of the doubt. It also takes into consideration what the other person has gone through and chooses to respond with kindness rather than anger or vengefulness.

Both demonstrate at least a subliminal appreciation for the connectedness of all living beings; when you show kindness and compassion to others, you benefit (at least) as much as they do.

Kindness to yourself is also important, and it’s the basis for self-care. Don’t forget to be as kind to yourself as you want others to be.

Schedule time each day for reasonable and thoughtful self-care, and practice mindfulness to be fully present for it. In practicing kindness to yourself, you also make yourself better able to render kindness to others.

Kindness code: “I treat others as I want to be treated — with thoughtfulness, patience, and respect.”

3. Patience

When someone is pushing your buttons, taking your time or attention away from something you want to finish, or making your life harder in some way, you practice patience by putting yourself in the others’ shoes, trying to see the situation from their perspective, and responding with kindness and respect.

No one wants to be treated like an inconvenience or a burden, and sometimes your priorities have to change to make room for something (or someone) more important or more likely to help you grow.

Patience code: “No matter how I feel when someone interrupts me or gets in my way, I always treat them with the same patience I hope for from others when necessity compels me to interrupt them or get in their way.”

4. Integrity

Integrity is about acting and speaking in accordance with your beliefs.

If you say one thing but do the opposite, witnesses to this contradiction aren’t likely to recognize you as a person of integrity. They’re more likely to accuse you of hypocrisy.

Though you may not be fully conscious of the disagreement between your words and actions, if you believe one thing but your actions profess a contradictory belief, you might feel a growing unease and unhappiness with the way you’re acting.

It doesn’t feel right. And you’re faced with a choice: either change your belief, or change your actions.

Integrity code: “What I believe is made clear by what I say and do.”

5. Gratitude / Appreciation

When gratitude is a core belief, you make time for it every day. You prioritize both feeling gratitude and expressing it — in your thoughts, in the words you speak or write, and in your attitude and actions.

You might create the habit of writing a daily gratitude list. And if you recognize the importance of emotion to the fullest experience of gratitude, you’ll likewise place a high value on a daily mindfulness practice.

Showing appreciation to others for their words and actions is also essential to making this a core value. Just as you appreciate it when others thank you for a job well done, for a thoughtful gift, or for rendering the help they needed, others appreciate that recognition too.

And far too often, we act as though others must already know how much we appreciate them. Don’t assume that they do; make sure of it.

Gratitude code: “In the morning, throughout the day, and in the evening, I feel and express gratitude for the good things in my life. And I make sure everyone who has done something good for me knows I appreciate them for it.”

6. Forgiveness

Forgiveness is about letting go of anger and resentment toward those who have hurt or offended you.

You’re not saying what they did was okay or not a big deal; you’re acknowledging that what they did was hurtful but choosing to forgive them in order to be free of the anger and resentment (toward them) that are making you miserable.

In forgiving them, you take back your power and choose happiness and peace of soul for yourself, even if the one who hurt you has never shown the slightest hint of remorse.

Everyone has a capacity for forgiveness — just as everyone has the capacity to hurt others with their words and actions — but not everyone has cultivated a habit of forgiveness.

We learn to be more forgiving by forgiving more. If you write morning pages, add a short list of people you forgive, adding what you forgive them for and something you appreciate about each person.

Forgiveness code: “I forgive those who have hurt me, because I know I’ve made mistakes and hurt people, too, and I want to be free of this anger and resentment. I choose freedom, and I choose to genuinely want (and work for) the good of those who’ve hurt me.”

7. Love

Love sees the good in everyone, and it wants good things for them. You may not always know what’s best for someone else, but if you love them, you want their ultimate happiness, and you want to see them grow.

You recognize that no one reaches adulthood with their character fixed and unchangeable; we’re all a work in progress. Things your 20-year-old self would say might appall your 40-year-old self. It’s part of being human if you’re a human that continues to grow.

Did someone you love do terrible things in their 20’s or 30’s — things they would never do now (in their mid-40’s)?

Forgive them for not knowing better before they learned whatever stopped them from doing those terrible things. And forgive yourself for not knowing that human beings are all capable of terrible things — just as we’re also capable of growth.

When you love someone, you don’t base that love on the kind of person they were ten or twenty years ago, or on the person, you hope they become or that you wish they were. Your love tells them, “You are enough — just as you are today.”

You recognize that their beliefs and behavior may change as they grow, but since your love doesn’t depend on what they believe or on whether you agree on everything, your love doesn’t lessen with time and with the challenges those changes bring.

Love code: “I love with both passion and understanding; real love is wide awake.”

8. Growth

If growth is one of your core values, you look for opportunities to grow as a person and to help others grow, too.

You take the time to identify your values and your overall mission, so you can live in accordance with it and become more and more the person you have to be in order to fulfill your mission.

You know that growth isn’t a destination but a process, and you want to enjoy that process and help others to enjoy their own.

You might take an interest in coaching or in group growth opportunities, where members support and encourage each other. You recognize true and wholehearted collaboration as an asset and a growth facilitator, and you prioritize growth over comfort and security.

Real growth might mean shaking things up at home or at work, but the more committed you are to your growth and to that of those you care about, the less you mind rocking the boat.

Growth code: “Every day, I’m growing more into the person I want to be.”

9. Listening

If active listening is a core value for you, you value others’ input and invest time and energy in learning how to see things from their perspectives.

So, it makes sense that when someone wants to tell you something, you give them your full attention and thoughtfully consider their words.

Whereas before you felt tense with the expectation of having to defend your beliefs against an unfriendly viewpoint, you’ve learned (through practice) to listen with genuine openness rather than an ego-centric fear of being proven wrong.

You recognize that you don’t know everything, and you don’t see even familiar things from every angle, so you appreciate it when others share their perspectives. And your body language as well as your feedback shows them you’re listening and that you care about what they have to say.

Listening code: “I listen to others with my full attention, so I can learn from them and show thoughtful consideration for their ideas.”

10. Respect

If you want to be known for treating all human (or living) beings with respect, you probably base that respect on something more fundamental than someone’s rank or social status.

Otherwise, why would you consider it a priority to treat all humans with equal respect — regardless of their age, income, or background?

Or why would you put more energy into making sure the least exalted among you is treated with respect than into making sure others treat you with the same consideration.

It doesn’t mean you don’t consider yourself equally worthy of respect, but you find it easy to put yourself in other people’s shoes, so in making sure they feel respected, you feel more respected, too.

Respect code: “I treat all living beings with the same respect with which I like to be treated.”

11. Self-Giving

Another word for self-giving is sacrifice, but self-giving has a more positive connotation. Essentially, you’re giving of yourself — your time, your attention, your energy, your treasure, your abilities — to help or enrich another.

Real love doesn’t hesitate to give of itself until it hurts, knowing that the momentary pain is nothing compared to the benefit won by that self-giving.

The word “selfless” implies that someone has given so much of themselves, they’ve reserved nothing for their own use or enjoyment, but in giving yourself — if you give out of love — your joy is in what that gift brings to others.

Self-giving can be overdone but only when the motive is pride (or insecurity) rather than love.

Self-giving code: “I give of myself to others not only to connect with them but to acknowledge our connectedness. What I give to them, I also receive.”

12. Vision

You may be used to talking about vision in the context of a specific person’s “vision for the future,” but the larger sense of vision is not something that you own or that comes from you; it comes through you and inspires you and others.

Because the larger vision isn’t confined to your ego, the power of that vision is free to attract, illuminate, and flow through you.

Your vision is connected to one that is infinite and uncontainable — you do not exist to serve yourself at the expense of others; you exist to cooperate with others in the creation of a community that benefits all living creatures.

Your personal vision — what you see as your response to the larger vision — informs your personal mission and the process by which you live out that mission.

It’s not about the lifestyle you want or the things you’ll have when you’re “successful.” It has more to do with allowing yourself to be led by the greater vision through your personal links to it — your intuition and inner wisdom.

Vision code: “I live according to a vision guided by my inner wisdom and judgment.”

Now, it’s your turn.

What are your values? And what will you do today to put one (or more) of them into practice?

One small action today makes more of a difference than you probably realize.

Think of each small action as a seed you plant that, as long as you nurture it along the way, grows into a healthy tree with roots and branches, shedding seeds of its own.

Your values are the life in every seed you plant. Choose the best values, and make them part of your blueprint for personal growth.

And may your courage and passion for growth influence everything you do today.

 

~via LiveBoldandBloom.com

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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

DEJAN DAVCEVSKI: “4 Steps How To Realign Yourself With Your True Essence”

Having an understanding of the basics of our existence makes it easier for us to align ourselves with our natural frequencies.

As we tune in to the right frequency, we will become more and more our true selves by vibrating and projecting our true essence upon the world. How to realign with your truth?

Start by looking within and examining yourself of how you view reality. Determine if your views are aligned with The Universal principles.

If you feel some pressure, you may not be totally aligned and need to begin the process of self transformation. You don’t have to worry because it doesn’t have to be in big steps.

You only need to do one thing at a time in this journey to alignment.

4 Steps How To Realign With Your True Essence:

1. Change your lifestyle.

Begin with changing your lifestyle, the food you eat, the people you surround yourself with, the routines you do, and the activities you spend your time with.

2. Let go of everything that doesn’t resonate with you.

Let go of all people and things that don’t serve you and replace them with everything that contributes to the alignment of your core frequency until you vibrate in love and happiness.

3. Do some alchemy.

Become an alchemist by going within your darkness and transmuting it through your light. This is how real transformation happens, not by removing the darkness but by transmuting it through the frequency of love, your very own core frequency.

4. Be persistent and patient.

Self transformation is not that complicated as what you might have previously thought. The process may take awhile, it depends on your growth but this journey isn’t linear. It’s full of ups and downs but you have to be gentle with yourself as you go along.

Implement these steps whenever you feel that you are out of alignment with your truth. The best sign of this is the feeling of being lost. Whenever you feel lost try these steps and trust the process as it might take some time to realign.

 

 

~via LifeCoachCode.com

LISA RENEE (Time Shift Blog): “Becoming Transparent”

Dear Ascending Family,

Certainly, its been a rough time for many people, and I’ve received countless emails from people that are feeling desperate from the confusion, pain and anxiety they are experiencing.  It has been hard to hold neutral space, and to know the best way to help others, when observing so many people in a state of extreme suffering.  Since last October and into the new year of Morphogenesis, it’s clear to me that where there are blind spots or deep wounds that have been buried or hidden, these wounds are exploding to the surface for many people who are disorientated about what they are supposed to do about it.  I’ve also noticed that lightworkers that never had negative attacks or had not been exposed to the underbelly of the war over consciousness, many of them are being initiated into a stream of dark manipulation and aggressive psychic attacks, and they are caught in total surprise that this is happening to them.

Its clear that one cannot really understand the severity of the consciousness war, and the attack against our creative forces and soul-spirit, until that person has been directly targeted for embodying this higher aspect of their consciousness.  Many star people have been dealing with this for many years already, and we all have to come to the acceptance that is how it is on planet earth.  However, now more people are awakening to a certain level, and they are getting a ration of negativity in which they are struggling deeply to comprehend.  In some ways this can be positive, because it means more people are awakening to the fact we are not free beings on planet earth.  This goes much further than the office of president, or world governments, or corporatocracy, as the source of total control over the level of consciousness that earth humans are allowed to have, as it was decided by the slave owners.

From my vantage point, since we moved into the bifurcation of time, those that are struggling with mental and emotional confusion, pain or fear, have really been amplified.  When a person is primarily seated in the intellect over their spiritual guidance system, this can really do a number on those that are awakening.  Unfortunately, there is no magic pill to clear out mental confusion and emotional pain, this is the inner work that every single one of us must do in order to become mentally and emotionally free from its grip.  Our clarity and discernment will remain very poor until we do the inner emotional work and get the ego/intellect out of the drivers seat of our life.

At the same time, I’d like to say that for many awakening people that have been committed to do the inner work, they are feeling freer and more supported than they ever have.  This is true for me.  When the Krystal Star anchored here in late 2012, my entire life changed, and I went into a role reversal which was startling to say the least.  Over many years, the people that had known what had happened to me and thought of me as “there must be something wrong with her”, started to undergo dismantling and completely changed their tune.  All of the sudden, I was considered an expert in an area that most people had ridiculed me for.

From this very difficult place of observing people in pain, I’d like to share some qualities that I feel are absolutely critical to cultivate in these tumultuous times in order to navigate the energetic chaos and insanity in the outer world, and still maintain inner peace, coherence and clarity.

An important key is allowing yourself to feel incredibly uncomfortable sometimes in order to cultivate deeper clarity and discernment in situations, which gives you the ability to be transparent to outer influences.

Being transparent in the face of aggressive outer forces, and intimately knowing my weaknesses to protect myself, is how I navigate incessant attacks for sharing this information with the public.  I would not have made it this far, if I did not comprehend the importance of developing these qualities in myself.  I always look to be aware of my energetic weakness in every situation and commit to knowing the truth, even if it could be painful.  We all can become transparent to a degree in order to neutralize dark attacking, in which these forces cannot penetrate deeply enough into our lightbody to do real energetic harm.

Energetic harm comes when you feel emotionally devastated for a sustained period of time.

Thus, we all must cure ourselves of this pain body weakness by embodying our soul-spirit, because our unhealed pain will be the first item exploited to cause you agony.  This kind of emotional pain is temporary, and you can free yourself from experiencing this kind of suffering.

There is no real emotional and spiritual growth without some personal discomfort.  It is impossible to make an spiritual impact in the world, if you are unwilling to be uncomfortable and are unwilling to learn something new to improve yourself.  Learning never ends, and there is always something new to learn and improve.  This is how it is.

Clarity

Clarity is the quality of being clear through developing Self Awareness, it is the quality of Coherence that is the natural result of having a full comprehension, awareness or perception of something.  To develop strong Discernment of the energies around us, we must develop some degree of self-awareness and Self-Responsibility for the situations we may find ourselves, in order to arrive in some degree of personal Clarity.  Clarity and Discernment are life mastery skills that we must cultivate into positive attributes that radically improve the quality of our life, and which take time, dedication and practice.  Having clarity about things that are happening in our life, by seeing the macrocosm or bigger picture, helps us to avoid entangling ourselves into difficulties in such way we increase the dark resistance to those energies that we have labeled as negative or bad.

If we increase resistance to the negative energy we have perceived through our intellect, the negative ego, those particular energies will tend to amplify and magnify to become even stronger.

Therefore, to neutralize energetic entanglements and dark manipulation, we observe, discern and accept those energies into Neutral Association.  Our blind spots are generally caused by subconscious wounds, Pain Body, and lack of self awareness that generates the filter for Confirmation Bias that clouds our vision and reactions.

To develop personal Clarity, we need to discipline our intellect to have stillness within, generating a clear inner mirror which allows for Engaged Detachment to discern outer influences, even when these influences make us incredibly uncomfortable.  Spiritual Maturity is the process of dedicating to the expansion of consciousness in that one is willing to be uncomfortable in order to stretch beyond personal limitations.

Generally, we do not see our personal limitations and areas we can improve, until we are made very uncomfortable inside ourselves.  This discomfort can be mental, emotional and even physical.  Spiritual and emotional growth requires that we get comfortable with discomfort, knowing that we can learn something by inquiring on the reasons we feel uncomfortable.

When we have clarity, it produces the authentic state of energetic coherence in such way it allows more light, intuition, insight and energy to pass through you Transparently.  Clarity supports an increased accurate assessment of our environment and the humble ability to assess ourselves in our competencies, which is an effective tool for gaining self mastery.  To arrive at personal clarity for increased discernment in order to remain transparent to adversarial or opposing energies, we must do the inner work and be able to resolve, integrate and neutralize the subconscious wounds or emotional conflicts we carry.

The opposing forces use dark manipulation to direct strong resistance to amplify the areas we carry pain, and these events will reveal to us where we have energetic weakness and vulnerability through these unhealed wounds.  Dark forces will continue to agitate us through our energetic weakness, caused from pain, fear and avoidance, in order to generate as much confusion and misery in the human mind as possible.  If we are feeling mental and emotional pain, we must be willing to do the inner work at some level, and ask for help, in order to come to some resolution that allows neutrality to replace the pain.

The more clarity we have developed, the more authentic we become and the stronger our energetic aura to repel dark forces.

Transparent

As we evolve into higher initiations of Embodiment we are then increasingly able to become more Transparent to the external environmental energies.  Learning how to become more transparent to the external pressures and energies is a necessary skill at this time.  This starts with total Neutrality and non judgment, applied to all that is being observed externally.  A good practice now is to strengthen and develop your witness consciousness now moment awareness, to include Neutral Association to all events, circumstances and situations as best as you are able.  This means you will be less likely to interfere or become entangled with external events that may drain your energy.  Protecting your energy field by becoming self contained and inner directed is important at this time.  The 12D Shield practice is a primer to this process of learning energetic self containment.

During this time humanity has an increased access similar to a broadcast channel to higher intelligence fields, where our Higher Self has a Station of Identity existing at that plane.  These current stellar alignments greatly assist us in accessing the clarity of communicating with our higher aspect or Inner Christ Self.  Many of us are being spiritually initiated now.

It is important at this time to learn how to become Transparent to these external energies.  Do not attach or make judgment on any external behavior, only observe and hold peace inside yourself.  We are traversing some major phases of growth, which require we witness what has happened to our race so that we can become aware of what has happened in so we may choose to heal and change. The change starts from within us.

Discernment

Being Transparent and clear when exposed to adversarial energies sourcing from the environment and others is a much needed skill set these days.  Without using ego judgment, or assigning a label, test out the personal resonance of people, events and circumstances that you are choosing to engage with or exchange with, determining which is either aligned to your person or not aligned to your person, in that moment.  There is no right or wrong answer, only personal resonance and choice.  That answer may change continually in different timelines depending on when you ask the question and what powers of discernment are cultivated.

Learning personal discernment builds our necessary boundaries to discover what is productive and supportive for fulfilling our spiritual path or not.  Discernment allows for continual productive growth and for the effective use of our personal energies and focused attention.  By upholding our personal boundaries and applying discernment towards all things that we focus our energy and our attention upon, we are more effectively managing our Consciousness and life force.

Thus, we may need to call upon the Spirit of Patience in many difficult situations we may find ourselves.  I find that when clarity or answers elude you, it is usually one of these two factors – Timing and Location.  One must wait for right timing, or there is a need to change your location.  Timing and Location for gaining clarity on your spiritual purpose is really crucial.

The Spirit of Patience is an essential aspect toward developing Spiritual Maturity and growth into a strong moral character.  Developing the Spirit of Patience allows us to develop strength in ourselves to expand our consciousness and go beyond our perceived Ego/Personality limitations.  Learning and acquiring patience will take an individual far out of their comfort zone and thrust them into lessons of transformation.

Patience is required to develop deep empathy and compassion towards others which allows us to be generous with Forgiveness.  Patience is the endurance of meeting life challenges without negativity, in so that we can build our core strength to be effective and powerful vessels of God Spirit.  Without the strength of the Spirit of Patience we can digress into self entitlement and emotional tantrums to get what we want from the selfish Negative Ego desires and its whims.

Sending much love, prayers of strength to all, in these challenging but beautiful times of Ascension.  We are in this together, and it is not an easy time to be on the earth!  But we have come here to learn and we can grow in quantum leaps if we choose to!

With a Loving Heart,

Lisa

 

 

(Source: Ascension Glossary: Clarity, Discernment and Transparency)

 

 

~via EnergeticSynthesis.com – Time Shift Blog – June 12, 2018

INSIGHT STATE: “Path Of Spirituality: Spiritual Awakening Stages”

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Spirituality is a natural function, a state of reconnection with the Self, with our Essence.  In order to find it and develop it, we must take a fresh look on who we are, our lives, and focus on the Essence.

To achieve our goal, we must pay attention to our sensations, emotions and thoughts.  Specifically: to encourage the positive ones (those that lift us) and to change the negative ones (those that get us down).  In other words, to learn to control them.

If not controlled, the Ego is trying to seize power and cut our connection with the Self, to divide us.  Spiritual development means to choose to pay attention to the Essence.  A re-education process is possible only if we use our qualities and take attitude.

This includes 6 spiritual awakening stages:

#1 Authenticity and integrity

By paying attention to our own sensations and feelings, we get the big picture objectively. A candid look, devoid of complacency, lies at the foundation of the inner edifice that we project.  Being honest with oneself implies sincerity, humility and simplicity.  An honest look within must be reflected in the way we express ourselves, act and behave.  Thus, the basic qualities come to light: authenticity and integrity.

#2 Determination and patience

The display of authenticity encounters fundamental fears (fear of loss, unknown, etc.), which are manifested in different forms — resistance, anxiety, denial. All tempt us to question and revise our beliefs.  We feel that we are alone, isolated from the world, without protection… a very uncomfortable sensation!

It takes determination, perseverance and courage to go on.  One might say it takes will as well, if the term itself wouldn’t be misunderstood: will doesn’t imply getting at any cost what you have imagined in terms of beliefs and emotions.  It means making clear choices and follow them through.  It means deciding to relinquish control and surrender to the Essence.

This also requires patience and confidence, because changes are determined by the intelligence of the body and heart, by the pace of what we have to heal and integrate, not by the impulsive desires of our personality.

#3 Refusing critics and accusations

When you feel bullied or stripped by another person, emotions are overwhelming.  The experience itself is very interesting, because it allows you to see your sensitive sides exactly, thus learning more about yourself.  Usually you discover an old wound, a lack of affection, a reaction to rejection etc.  In other words, even if aggression is real, it is interesting to understand the message behind it, which you need to take into consideration.  The situations we face are a reaction to something within ourselves, a manifestation of our inner being.

Spiritual evolution begins the moment we cease to accuse others for our troubles, because we understand that they are the reflection of our own wounds.  Spiritual attitude begins when we stop waiting for the others to satisfy our need for love and attention, and we understand that we can be masters of our own lives when we relinquish control and connect to our inner being.  Bonus: expanded consciousness will enable us to see injured and clumsy beings in others, but also their bright side.

#4 Consciousness and responsibility

Working on developing these qualities, we develop and refine our self-consciousness.  Being more aware of what is going on within ourselves and everything around us becomes a path to spiritual evolution.  It’s like stepping back to see the big picture and distinguish the real forces behind appearances, behind the games of life.

Consciousness is the key to our evolution.  A sharp mind helps us understand that we are responsible for our lives.  This is another important step towards spiritual growth.

#5 A lucid and tender view

Becoming a lucid observer of our own being and facing the lights and shadows doesn’t mean to keep a record of our flaws and imperfections and to feel guilty.  In connection with his inner being, the observer acts as a caring parent to the child’s development, combining kindness and tenderness with rigor.

Effusing upon yourself all the kindness and compassion is an excellent way of healing the soul and open to the Self.

#6 Laugh at yourself

A tender look on ourselves is proof that we can step back and see ourselves as a different person.  In other words, it is a posture in which we can laugh at ourselves and everything else, because we identify all the games that underpin our actions and attitudes: fear, power, seduction, etc.

When we take ourselves too seriously, we are dominated by a certain rigidity of the mind, which wants to make us believe that we are somebody, in which case there is no honesty, nor simplicity.

Note: This laughter is accompanied by a tender, loving look upon us and others.  Love lifts us, irony holds us down.

Spiritual evolution is based on the recognition of our inner forces and how they work.  It is a quasi biological and neurological recognition of our forces and sensations.  It translates as an exchange of vitality and energy.

 

 

 

~via insightstate.com