It is a commonly held view that once you become spiritual or enlightened to the truth of your soul you become more capable of shutting off the stressors of the world, your mind, and your life. This is not an accurate impression. Spirituality doesn’t necessarily mean you shut things off or out.
It is important to recognize our vulnerability regardless of our state of consciousness
This allows us to grow into a healthy awareness of who we are aiming to be within all our moments, until our last breath. Our life is a journey, one that contains experiences that inspire us to cultivate our minds, body, and spirit. These experiences range from and within extreme polarities—and it’s a wise man or woman who captures their moments and pays attention to them. Within these moments we can determine whether or not we are in harmony with the Divine and the truth of our souls. If we find ourselves in dissatisfaction, we can then spring into creation, the desire for something to be different, and move accordingly.
At some level and during different times of our life we all experience stress, dissatisfaction, fear, loneliness, and vulnerability. Everyone does; there are no exceptions. Even the Gurus and wisest of people experience these human emotions.
It’s what we do, think, and express during the presence of these emotions of disharmony that determines the level of peace and clarity to which we can connect.
The key to life is not to shut things off or out of our experience, but to connect to a clarity that enables us to deliberately choose where we will be in relationship to the circumstances. Challenges are an inevitable part of life. We can learn to make more honoring choices that will enable us to make things better for ourselves, but inevitably challenges will arise. It is part of the human condition, part of what our soul is here to do. It’s through all our experiences that we grow, love, and connect.
Donald Walsh eloquently reminds us in his children’s book, The Little Soul and the Sun: A Children’s Parable Adapted from Conversations With God, that our souls came to this life experience to express different aspects of the light. To do so we need to understand that at some level we have to experience that which represents the opposite of light and through this contrast we are inspired to express that which is more aligned to our higher truth—that we are part of the light that is God/Divine/Source. Our body, mind, emotions, and spirit serve us by helping us become aware of whether or not we are in alignment or misalignment with our light and God/Divine/Source. It’s about reaching a state of clarity in which we can be aware and strong enough to deliberately position ourselves where we want to be, regardless of the circumstances and their extremes.
In this process, we should not expect perfection at all times and at all levels, but recognize that within imperfect experience we can choose to be better whenever the opportunity presents itself. It’s an understanding that we will fail, we will feel weak, we will feel disconnected, but that:
We are the masters of our moments and we can choose differently if we are not where we would like to be.
There are things in life we have no control over, especially when it comes to others and how they behave towards themselves, us, and people in general. Everyone has their own path to take, their own light to awaken, and we can learn to work with ourselves and that which is out of our control by intentionally finding purpose in our experiences and using our energy to grow in strength, clarity, wisdom, love, and compassion.
An honoring intention is to be clear on what we desire and who we desire to become, within our moments of peace as well as within our moments of stress. By doing this, we can face the array of emotions that arise from our circumstances. This enables us to process and heal that which needs to be processed and healed, while embracing that which heightens our experience of love, joy, and peace. We all have an emotional life that enables us to connect to experiences, people, and thoughts. It’s important to connect to our emotional needs and express them. To do the opposite can lead to our peril, since it can cloud our judgment towards ourselves, our lives, others, and life’s purpose.
Our emotions need to be honored, as they are here to serve.
When we feel discontentment and hold a facade that “all is well” and “it shall pass” without taking the adequate steps to process the emotions arising, we are choosing to run from emotions that may be revealing grief, fear, insecurity, and/or vulnerability.
Our weakness is where our strength lies.
However, if we can’t be strong enough to face and process our weaknesses then our strengths will always reflect our greatest weaknesses because they will be attempts to cover up and create a facade that may be convincing to others or even ourselves. This, in turn, fuels an unhealthy cycle of running from what is needed.
This is about reminding us to look, to feel, to be. It’s about tuning in from moment to moment and maintaining an awareness that enables us to be here, in the now. It’s about processing all our emotions, regardless of their extremes. At all times we are surrounded, inspired, guided, and loved by the Divine. The Divine expresses itself in a variety of ways including Angels, guides, loved ones, Masters, and our higher selves. These aspects of divinity connect to us and inspire us through synchronicities that help us awaken, heal, love, and connect.
Cultivate your connection to the Divine. Honor the intuitive faculties of your soul and enjoy the love that is forever extending itself to you. A wise character named Spirit of the West in the animated movie Rango said, “No man can walk out of his own story.”
The Divine has a beautiful story unfolding within you. Enjoy and honor all the aspects that are a part of your story because each is unique and an unfolding of your soul’s evolution.
by Emily Rivera Andrews