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  • Soul Re-Connection

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    The Soul has many meanings for different people. But in general, we consider it to be our spiritual nature and our interface to the Great Divine.
     
    If we are “plugged in”, we experience natural states of happiness and life seems to flow with ongoing divine inspiration.
     
    Being “soul” connected is our natural state of being in which our conscious mind is aligned and in harmony with our “higher self”. If we live in this way, there is little to worry about, because we naturally find our purpose and our “path “ is constantly guided and illuminated.
     
    Yet, we live in a world where more and more people experience a fundamental disconnection from them Selves, resulting in depression, anxiety, loneliness and existential crisis. Once standard worldly attempts at happiness have been exhausted, these people often turn to therapy or superficial spiritual techniques.
     
    Eventually, there has to be a recognition that our ego is limited in its ability to control our lives and provide happiness. There comes a time to make a deeper connection to our self which may involve surrender and letting go.
     
    There are many techniques and meditations that will help us to reconnect to our “higher selves”, our soul, but there are two fundamentals we need to establish first:
     
    We need to sense or know that within ourselves is the possibility of connection to higher consciousness, and that this consciousness has access to information that we normally don’t have access to, and has power to enrich our lives in many, many ways.
     
    In traditional spiritual terms this might be called “faith”. It is the recognition of our limited ego nature and the confidence that there is within us access to an infinitely greater power. This faith should not be confused with the moralistic or even extreme demands of conventional religion. The moment we start to touch upon this innate higher intelligence, it is as if our soul has been plugged back in.
     
    Our souls are constantly sending invitations to reconnect, yet without our “allowing” an alignment cannot take place, and spiritual efforts will be ultimately fruitless. To allow does not mean to shirk responsibility for our lives. It means to open ourselves to possibilities way beyond what we imagined before, to listen, to notice what is being sent, and then to act upon it.
     
    We are so used to being in our heads and relying on our thinking. But our thinking is just mainly a regurgitation of our past and our conditioning. When we clear some space and make a deep inner connection, we discover a connection and an intelligence infinitely greater than our small minded thoughts.
     
    Steven Lane
    www.whollyspiritual.com
    Spiritual and Transformational Coaching
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  • Waking Up

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    Ultimately, all spirituality leads to one thing: Waking Up and discovering truth.

    For some people, waking up is spontaneous but for most it is a gradual happening.

    Waking up is a metaphor for “Returning to Our Selves and Seeing Clearly ”.

    Our minds are entrapped in a sleep like ignorance of our true nature and what is happening around us.

    This was beautifully portrayed in the movie “the Matrix”, though the waking up in that movie was far from the relief that is experienced in authentic awakening.

    The initial stage of waking up is to notice the false promises of the mind, which are also mirrored in our everyday life:

    The mind, with its non-stop thinking and dissatisfaction is always getting caught up in something: hopes, dreams, worries, catastrophizing. It imagines by doing so that it can achieve lasting happiness and avoid the pitfalls of life. What actually happens though is that the mind gets lost in a kind of dream. It never stops spinning and the same dynamic is repeated day in day out.

    Because the mind essentially lives in its own imagination, it is very susceptible to influence from outside promises. Consequently, we now live in a consumer world which promises so much but can never deliver. Adverts tap into this: The young sexy woman looking orgasmic as she eats yoghurt (really!); the powerful fast SUV that is going to make you into a rugged real man; the chocolate bar that is going to bring all of your cravings to an end. The promises are of course totally abused by government, the media and big business. People live in the illusion that the people running their lives (the government, the media, big business) actually have their best interests at heart (right!).

    It can be quite a shock to discover that these people are not actually on your side: they are of course after your money or maintaining their power base, and interested in keeping you imprisoned in false hope. Of course, they too are living in darkness.

    Until these illusions are seen, spirituality will be little more than another “consumer trip” with more false promises.

    Waking up will always begin by stepping back from ourselves and our lives and watching the unfolding of ourselves and our lives through the clear eyes of awareness instead of automated thought. And this means to discover intrinsic awareness and presence.

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  • Just Being

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    Have you ever had the experience of suddenly feeling peaceful and wonderful? It suddenly arrives and just as suddenly disappears again. Most people can relate to this on some level.

    What has happened is that you have touched upon “Being”.  Being is our natural state of wellbeing that is always present when we relax and step outside of the mind’s compulsive need to think, do, achieve, be someone and cling to a fixed identity.

    If we have an encounter with something beautiful it can create an interruption in our mind stream and we can briefly touch upon being. This is why slow mindful walks in the woods can feel so sacred. It might also happen during exercise, especially once endorphins kick in.

    But we can also intentionally fall into “Being” through “sitting”.

    You simply sit, in an armchair or on a meditation cushion if you like, let yourself relax, let go of any agenda to have specific kind of experience and remain lightly present. Thoughts will come and go, feelings will arise and dissolve. But you just sit, without a goal, just being present.

    At some stage you will feel a “switch” happen. A profound sense of wellbeing and peace arises without apparent cause. Physiologically this is marked by parasympathetic nervous system activity – breathing slows down, the heart beats slowly and evenly, the entire body system relaxes and rebalances itself.

    This switch typically happens after 15 – 25 minutes of sitting. But it only happens if you are not trying to make it happen. You sit with the attitude that right now is just fine.

    Try it – it is FREE!

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  • Where do we find “truth”

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    Where do we find spiritual truth? In a church, from a Guru, in India?

    Of course not: The sages of the ages have all pointed us to the “silence of the mind”.

    So many try to stop their thinking through meditation or fasting. Yet it is hard work and doesn’t last for long.

    The reason the mind is not silent is because we choose to listen to and believe our thinking.

    Yet thoughts do not hold truth. Try to find spiritual truth through thought and you’ll end up very frustrated. Thoughts are just empty energetic formations made of consciousness which if left alone just dissolve without leaving a trace.

    If we stop living our lives on the basis of thought, our minds naturally become quiet. And once the mind is quiet, an intrinsic wisdom and truth begins to present itself.

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  • Divine Guidance

    When we enter a spiritual path, it becomes clear we are not alone; we are part of a greater whole, and that whole resonates with aliveness and intelligence. And that intelligence is interactive!
    There comes a time, when it becomes clear, that our own best efforts to manage our lives and make decisions, pale into insignificance compared with the divine guidance available to us.

    That guidance comes in many forms: intuition, books falling off shelves in front of us, synchronicity, people giving us “messages”, prophetic dreams or even angels appearing to us.

    Once we realise this, we can find a new way of living, knowing that if we but ask, and open to answers, the right way will be illuminated for us.

    Albert Einstein, one of the greatest minds ever said, “The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.”

    Almost everyone has experienced that at some stage.

    Yet, if we were to really align ourselves with our “source” we could avail of such guidance much more. It is not only for times of trouble, but for all times. Continue reading “Divine Guidance”

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  • Why follow a Spiritual Path?

    People are attracted to spirituality for many reasons including:

    – Seeking peace
    – Seeking happiness/joy
    – Resolving emotional issues
    – Being interested in discovering spiritual powers
    – Getting more of what they want in their lives
    – Being a better person
    – To communicate with higher beings

    Yet, the real calling behind Spirituality is actually quite different, and unless recognised, spiritual pursuits will ultimately be empty and perhaps better served with a good therapist. Continue reading “Why follow a Spiritual Path?”

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