Living Energy Blog
Perfection is impossible and yet a lot of us have a mistaken beliefs that cause us to strive for it in some area regardless of what our conscious mind says it wants or believes. Actively focusing on releasing old patterns of belief, thought and feeling helps to open us to a freer way of Being.
Filed under: Authenticity
To view ourselves as energetic entities helps us to understand the nature of the authentic self at a deeper level while providing a very effective way to actively develop ourselves to be able to live more from that higher awareness. It is not enough to know that we are spiritual/energetic beings. We need to understand what it is specifically that deters us from living fully from that perspective and have the ability to contact and embody the energy of our more expansive Self.
We need to know how our life experiences have affected us so we can heal and release it. Knowledge is a first step toward healing. Our personal history has helped shape our ways of being in the world. We need to understand the patterns we have formed and have effective ways to release the detrimental effects. Working from a level that incorporates the energy of mind, body and spirit goes to where the deepest core of our issues lie and helps to release them there where they were imbedded.
For instance, you may have experienced deep grief in the past. You understand that this had a profound effect on you. You can describe what happened, how this person was important to you, what (if any) unfinished business there is, and how it is currently impacting your life. If you do not have the means to erase the effects from your mind/body/energy system and install new feelings and behaviors, then you may continue to be affected by the unresolved grief, consciously or unconsciously.
In order to live from more of our authentic self we need to experience emotions appropriate to an event, allow them proper expression and release them from our system. Then all our energy becomes available to us to live in the present and channel towards the goals we wish to see become reality!
Our recording of Letting Go: The Heart of Healing includes tips and an effective technique to help release old patterns energetically.
Our energy system is the means through which we contact and receive information regarding people, places and things. Our inner self or higher nature communicates through the energy system. We call it intuition. We are in constant contact with this information but tend to not understand it, discount it or ignore it. Emotional reactions to people and events, half formed or unexplained feelings and hunches are all ways that our psyche is trying to inform us of the true nature of our interactions. Our thoughts, wishes, desires and attitudes are also a part of this mix. This can make it tricky to sort out what message is coming from which source. It is much more effective to have an open, clear and flowing system in order to be informed in the best possible way regarding our lives.
Our five senses draw our attention to the outer physical world. When we have an outer directed focus we look for our inner needs to be filled through material sources. This is usually a short lived and unsatisfying solution. This orientation leads to blame, criticism, judgments, and compulsivity (repetitive behaviors expecting a different outcome).
Being outwardly directed tends to produce reliance on a spiritual being external to ourselves. We beseech this Greater Being to bestow favors upon us –and we continue to define ourselves through the physical, roles and material possessions. This way of being is one of limited consciousness. Paradoxically, it is a mind set that both begins and ends in fear. An outer focus leaves us up one day down the next with no center to hold on to. Life is about change. Consciousness that is attached to the outer world does not help us to move with the cycles of change. This does not help us to increase our capacity to function in the world in a meaningful way that leads to peace, joy & happiness. Our sixth sense draws our attention inward and assists us to truly find the means to resolve issues, release struggle and longing and receive the true fulfillment of our deepest desires.
This inner path allows us to examine thoughts, feelings and beliefs that lead to problems. It opens the way to creative problem solving. Expanding our consciousness beyond the physical and material world awakens us to who we truly are. From there we can transcend limitations, expand creative ability, and step into true power, tolerance, understanding and vitality.
Understanding our energetic nature and its relationship to our wounds, strengths, lower and higher nature brings us beyond the world of concepts to the world of true co-creation and realizing our highest aspiration.
Filed under: Authenticity
The authentic self or spiritual self has an inner focus or center. It directly experiences life through the energy field. In addition, everything is experienced directly without judgment, analysis or even description.
This higher aspect of Self comes into contact with life through feelings in the moment. Its experience is not that of isolated qualities, but more that of a network of relationships, rhythm and vibration. The spiritual self holds an awareness of the interrelatedness of all of life.
By contrast the ego self is outer focused, sees things from a cause- effect perspective and an either/ or polarity. The ego mind is very busy analyzing, categorizing, judging and describing. To its credit, this is a task that fundamentally designed to protect us and keep us safe. Generally for most of us it has run amok with its self appointed agenda! The answer is not to eradicate the ego but appreciate its proper role, have it assume its proper place and balance it with our higher nature.
In working with the ego and the shadow aspects of ourselves we need to remember to have self compassion — we have all needed to have some protection in order to make it through whatever we had to face in our lives. The ego has helped provide that. The shadow holds our wounds, painful memories and split off parts until we are ready or strong enough to enter into the healing process.
Once we realize that we are not to blame for our protective ”constructions” (defenses, mistaken beliefs, reactive patterns), but are to be applauded for our creativity managing difficult situations, perhaps we can move on. If we simply understand our process in this way, we can open the door to healing old wounds and developing different skills that serve us better in the future.
Next time: Your Authentic Self, Intuition and Energy Awareness
Living Energy From the Inside Out: Your Authentic Self
“If you don’t hear the whispers you have to listen to the screams!” Denise Linn
What whispers to your heart? When you listen deeply what do you hear?
Do you listen deeply? Do you pay attention to your inner life, your longings, desires and dissatisfactions or do you careen through life running to catch up or perhaps running to outdistance the voices that keep threatening to burst through your busy mind and life…through the carefully or not so carefully constructed guise that you believe is you?
The concept of an essential, true, or authentic self is a relatively simple one. The authentic self is our fundamental spiritual nature: wonderfully vibrant, alive, and capable of great joy, bliss and unconditional love. While the idea may be simple, the ability to live from this core self may not be easy! Our ego self, our more human nature, exerts a strong influence on our personal expression.
Many spiritual teachers in recent years have stated that we are learning to spiritualize our human selves. Through this process we may eventually bring forth the best parts of ourselves to create a better world individually as well as collectively. Before we arrive here however we are challenged to seek out and release the ego’s negative (albeit protective mechanisms) and ‘ways of being’. In spite of what our lower mind may tell us those means are not truly effective in the realization of our most beneficial goals.
The way to realize our most cherished goals including (especially) inner peace and freedom from stress is to bring our authentic self online and learn to live from there.
Next time: How to Tell the Difference Between the Voice of the Ego and the Authentic Self
There are many different perspectives on personal power…in this blog we have been talking about it in the sense of having a some semblance of balance between our spiritual and human nature and being able to navigate them with some grace…always becoming and perhaps never truly arriving!
Here are some questions that can help you assess where you are re: this issue–I find them helpful reminders to keep my on the path as well.
Personal power comes from knowing oneself. An important part of that is understanding hotspots–or reactivity. Where does yours occur? Do you know what it is about beyond that current circumstances? When did you first feel such feelings in your life?
What are some ways that you use to shift out of/deal with such reactivity? What is it that needs to happen inside for this reactivity to disappear?
Do you know how to soothe yourself once you are upset? What are the ways that you use to do this?
Do you know how to comfort yourself?
How well are you able to deal with fear, worry, and turmoil?
Do you recognize the clues that a negative belief is running you/some part of your life?
Our personal energy system is directly connected to the personal power we have in this life. As we clear and balance our energy systems, we are better able to connect with our I AM consciousness…the place our best wisdom comes from and our ability to shape our lives strengthens, our spiritual connection expands, and we begin to not only live differently but from a different place within.
1. Progress not perfection–remembering we are on a journey, with the choice to shift, move, expand–or stay asleep
2. The ability to internally change/ transform oneself
3. Having strong, vibrant energy
4. Solid happy feelings born of inner peace, Self trust
5. The capacity to be with what is
6. Knowing how to shift emotional states
7. The ability to detach from turmoil/turbulence, unhealthy situations
8. Living more from peace of higher mind and heart – having sovereignty over lower mind
9. Knowing how to access higher wisdom
10. A growing capacity to dwell in the present moment
11. Knowledge that consciousness creates
12. The capacity to elevate and use consciousness
13.Ongoing cultivation of inner peace