NIKKI SAPP: “Giving Advice and Being the Light for Others”

“I find the best way to love someone is not to change them but instead, help them reveal the greatest version of themselves”

~Dr. Steve Maraboli

 

At a certain point in our spiritual journey we begin to unlock our own inner truth. We no longer are looking to outside sources such as religions, gurus, self-help books, etc. to tell us what to do and how to be, but instead we begin to realize that the answers were inside of us all along.

Not to say that we still don’t read books or open ourselves up to learning from others, but rather we have a more clear connection with our own intuition, which allows us to FEEL the “truth” rather than intellectualize it only.

When we were at the point that we needed outside sources to show us the way, they were coincidentally brought into our lives, either in the forms of other people, reading material, or any modality of spirituality that best fit our own personal needs.

Once, we have graduated from needing the constant affirmation and validation from these outside entities, we most likely will find that we have become the “teacher” that has manifested in someone else’s life in the form of a way-shower.

Then it becomes our turn to be the light on someone else’s path. If you have found yourself in this position, consider your responsibility very carefully. Life is a constant journey of learning and growing, and just like there will be countless teachers on our path of growth, we will also find ourselves in situations that we must be the teacher.

So what is the most effective way of being the light and giving someone advice? How do we go about showing someone the way to their own inner truth while still allowing them to learn their own lessons without our interference?

“A teacher is never a giver of truth; he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself.”

~Bruce Lee

 

The only person we will have the power to change is ourselves. No matter how much we want the best for someone, want them to be happy, want them to realize their inner light, or want them to be their best self, we cannot force them to do any of these things.

And just like we had to walk our own journey, complete with struggle, adversity, heartache, sadness, anger, etc.. we must realize that all these things are a part of the human experience, so they too will most likely have to go through all of them.

When we give advice to others we must always realize we are only speaking from our own inner truth, the truth as we know it given the situations and circumstances that we’ve experienced.

However, their life is not ours. Their truth will never be exactly the same as our truth because their mind is not our mind and their life has not been exactly as ours has. What we can do however is be in our own awareness and light so strongly that we become an inspiration for them to find their own awareness and light.

If a person comes to us for advice and questions we can’t come up with a million “You need to…” or “You should do this…”, directives, but instead, only point them in the direction of their own inner light and unconditional love. The only advice there ever is to really give is to accept the “what is” and love yourself anyway.

All arrows should point back to unconditional love of the self… no matter if the person is sad, depressed, frustrated, insecure, it doesn’t matter. As long as they have identified the feeling, felt it without resisting it, accepted themselves for having it and loved it, there can be nothing else to do. Without attaching ourselves to the outcome of whether they follow our advice or not, we actually free ourselves and them.

We don’t fear for them, because we trust that their journey is bringing them to the right people and situations that are perfect for them. And they don’t abandon their own inner self by blindly attaching to whatever we are saying as their ultimate truth, which may not always be what’s best for them.

However, if we find that we have been put in another person’s life to help them, guide them or show them something, we must trust that the Universe is speaking through us in the best and most effective way possible. Without doubting ourselves, we find that our inner light shines automatically and manifests in the best way possible for all parties involved, as long as we trust that it always will.

“As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.”

~Marianne Williamson

 

We will sometimes be students and we will sometimes be teachers in life. Since we cannot ever know everything about everything, we will find that this role reversal happens over and over throughout our lives.

The most amazing thing about all of this is that as soon as we think we are giving someone else advice and showing them the way, as most teachers know, we realize that we were also giving ourselves the same advice.

Sometimes the Universe brings another person to us in the form of a student, but in actuality in our helping of them, we are actually helping ourselves with the same issue. By being in the form of another person, we were able to look at the situation in a different way, from a 3rd party perspective, that we weren’t able to do when dealing with ourselves and our own life.

As always, we must be the change we wish to see in the world. In doing this, we find that we always attract the right people into our lives, either to teach us something about ourselves or to be the teacher for them.

But if we really pay attention and become super aware of how things happen in this ironic Universe, we realize…. it is always both.

 

~via FractalEnlightenment.com

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NEZEL PADAYHAG: “The 3 Levels Of Consciousness All Experience Before Enlightenment”

Consciousness is referred to as the state of being aware of yourself, your thoughts, emotions, and feelings and the relationship you have with the world around you.

In the evolution of consciousness, your soul goes through three transformational processes. That is, if you do your inner work.

A part of our purpose in coming into this world is to become what we are destined to be, to become fully conscious humans.

If you’re doing your inner work, you can check your progress by knowing the three levels consciousness goes through before enlightenment is reached.

When you find you’re stuck in level one, don’t get disappointed. Having that awareness is a milestone in your journey. We reveal the key elements of each level to move forward.

The 3 Levels Of Consciousness Before Enlightenment

1. Ordinary Consciousness

The first and lowest level of the evolutionary process of our consciousness is where we all begin.

This level of consciousness is mostly engaged in the past and the future, seldom in the present moment. All revolve around the past and the future.

The past is often looked upon as a tool for reminding what didn’t work and what should be improved in the future.

In this state of consciousness, the opinions of others matter most and meeting the expectations of others is highly valued.

You identify yourself with the role that you play in the society. Striving to be a good husband, wife or employee is of utmost importance. You don’t question your inner identity because you can’t see it except for the roles you’re expected to play.

The ego plays a bigger role in this state of consciousness, it’s the thing that pushes you to become much better and ahead of the game.

Yet, despite your accomplishments, you still feel empty and maybe even less confident than you were. You can’t see beyond the pre determined rules of society and your ego.

However, the moment you start questioning society, your ego and the shoulds of others, it’s the moment your consciousness starts evolving to the next level.

2. Awakening

The state of awakening comes when you come to the realization of your own self. Of your own reality and the ordinariness of your existence.

It’s when you peak behind the roles you play. You feel that there is something more to these roles and the thoughts that reign over your mind.

You become exhausted by the rules and start to long for freedom. Becoming more conscious and alert, you begin to find your own truth and the purpose you have in this life.

As you gain momentum, you discover the power hidden in self-control, not the one rooted in punishment and reward, but rooted in your own understanding of life’s meaning.

This self-control liberates your consciousness from identification with the world and provides you the space for your own personal experience.

And as you train and expand your self-control you slowly raise your consciousness to the third level.

3. Complete Freedom

The third level is the final liberation and the true celebration of life, the highest peak in the evolution of consciousness where nothing matters but the present moment.

This state of consciousness opens up a whole new world, new perspectives, and an entirely new dimension of existence where you come to embrace the duality of everything.

You start to accept that light and darkness are equally important in your growth, existence, and evolution.

You ultimately come into terms with life, seeing it as it really is, with no ifs and buts, shoulds and coulds. You realize it’s the present moment that is truly real.

You then connect to the peace and quiet within, unmoved by the good and evil, without judgment, and in full connection with other souls and life forms.

In this state of consciousness, you go beyond differences and become as one with others, celebrating life and being joyful of your existence and perfect freedom.

Staying within this state of consciousness leads to enlightenment.

 

 

~via LifeCoachCode.com

NAVEEN KUMAR: “Lucid Dreaming… Exploring Inner Dimensions”

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“And in dreams the mind beholds its own immensity.

~Naveen Kumar

 

Dreaming is surely be considered the most wonderful mysteries of the sleep; then how much more so must be considered the lucid dream, in which dreamers know that they are dreaming and are in a certain sense awake, and yet are in deep asleep. A very sensitive state of consciousness that differs from the ordinary dream state. And in dreams the mind beholds its own immensity. What has been seen is seen again, and what has been heard is heard again. What has been felt in different places or faraway regions returns to the mind again.  Seen and unseen, heard and unheard, felt and not felt, the mind sees all, since the mind is all.

During sleep the soul moves from one plane of consciousness to another. The soul is like a free bird. If the physical consciousness wants to observe what the soul is doing, it has to allow itself to be molded and guided by the soul’s light. Only then can one expect to be conscious twenty-four hours a day. If you wish to be more conscious of your experiences during sleep, the best thing to do is to spend more time in meditation.

DREAMS vs LUCID DREAMS

In the dream state the doors or windows of the senses are shut. The mind remains alone and plays. It is the subject and it is the object. It projects various sorts of objects like space, mountains, rivers, gardens, etc., from its own body from the material collected during the waking state. It manufactures curious mixtures and marvelous combinations. Sometimes the experiences of the previous births that are lodged in the causal body flash out during the dreaming state. Where as in Lucid dreaming, the dreamer is partly conscious or awake and aware of his dream state and he can also experience the realities of both physical and dream planes.

In lucid dreams, people witness strange sensations and events and that usually does not seem in the material world. These sensations includes, finding yourself in the middle of chaos, flying alone in the space, free-falling, sleep paralysis etc.

The experience of sleep paralysis occurs when your mind partly wakes up, but your body remains asleep. Physically asleep, you stay paralyzed. But mentally conscious, you may start to panic and the half-dreaming mind conjures up nightmarish images to explain what is happening, often based on cultural beliefs.

One more interesting thing about lucid dreaming is, it is possible to be lucid and have little control over dream content, and conversely, to have a great deal of control without being explicitly aware that you are dreaming. Once lucid, dreamers usually choose to do something permitted only by the extraordinary freedom of the dream state. One can have the choice to control on dream events. For example, you could continue with whatever you were doing when you became lucid, with the added knowledge that you are dreaming.

LUCID DREAMS AND OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE (OBE)

Studies says, OBE is also considered as a type of lucid dream. Both includes the techniques that are virtually identical to Wake Induced Lucid Dreams. They are virtually the same phenomenon. Out of body experiences are personal experiences during which people feel as if they are perceiving the physical world from a location outside of their physical bodies. The human consciousness separating from the human body and traveling in a discorporate form in the physical world. During an OBE, even though you experience your consciousness outside your body, still linked to your physical body (Like Anchoring a boat to the shore). Here comes the difference in OBE vs Astral Projection, where consciousness completely get separated and moves freely out-of-body and receives not commands from physical body. And it’s entirely depends on the person who is experiencing and controlling the process. When the experience is over, you return to your body and merge your consciousness back into it.

With great practice and concentration, one can easily convert OBE to an astral projection. We can say astral projection is a well-controlled lucid dreaming.  However astral projection is also possible without having lucid dreaming. To achieve perfection in Astral projection, one need to have an absolute knowledge about the physical body, controlling the senses and extreme concentration levels.

Benefits of Lucid Dreams

Lucid dreams give the most wonderful experience to the one who is practicing in his/her life.

1 .  The main thing that attracts people to lucid dreaming is the potential for wild adventure and fantasy fulfillment.

2 .  Lucid dreaming may well be the basis of the most effective therapy for nightmares.

3.  By properly practicing and controlling Lucid dreaming, one can expand their limits of consciousness.

4.  As lucid dreaming creates a bridge between unconscious mind and conscious mind, lucid dreaming may well be the basis of the Astral projection.

5.  With Lucid dreaming one can experience limitless freedom from the material world.

6.  With lucid dreaming, one can experience unlimited freedom and can explore the world/realms beyond the physical/material world.

7.  Lucid dreaming breaks the boundaries and incredibly improves your creative potential.

8.  Useful in healing: Healing always starts from a thought that “you are going to heal”. So by training your mind, you are going to heal your mental health and by healing your physical health.

 

 

“We are asleep. Our life is a dream. But we wake up, sometimes, just enough to know that we are dreaming.”  

~Ludwlg Wlttgenstein 

 

 

 

~via enlightened-consciousness.com