Posts Tagged ‘higher consciousness’

Trusting A Higher Power

June 24, 2012

 

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Lately, I’m honing my trusting skills.  Honing trust is not generally the way one thinks about it, I know.  Isn’t trust what someone else earns from you?  Well, yes, in a sense.  I’ve heard that said in several places, especially in relationship books.  When one partner strays (don’t you love that word?), it’s not only incredibly painful, but it can damage the trust permanently (and consequently the relationship itself)  if no one does anything to repair that trust, build it up with new behavior and accountability.  I’d like us to take trust and move it out of the realm of something that we just have or we don’t, into a skill we can strengthen.

 

In spiritual teachings, we’re supposed to just trust God implicitly.  I’ve had conversations with my little boy about this, where he’s upset about something and I suggest prayer and affirmations, and patience along with trust.  As he gets older, he doesn’t seem so keen on this idea of trust, and I’m wondering how to not only model what this looks like to him, but also help him to understand that an answer to prayer doesn’t always look like what we had in mind.  If we wait long enough, though, it always ends up being a greater gift if we’re wise enough to look deeper.

 

Sometimes in the moment, it can seem downright deflating, or it looks like God doesn’t even exist, the outcome can be so seemingly opposite of good in our eyes.  I can think of many times in my past where events most definitely did not fit my idea of a good time.  It’s like we’re all small children who think that ‘good’ looks one way, and ‘bad’ looks another, when in fact what we perceive as ‘bad’ is the very best spiritual vitamin we could have been handed.

 

Trust, to me, is a feature of faith, and in order to have miracles of synchronicity and beauty in our lives, we have to work at this faith thing.  “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Heb.11:1)  (Yes, I quoted the Bible, right out here in public.  It’s a shaky thing to do because I’m hypersensitive to those who’ve been traumatized by the hypocrisy and persecution of those claiming to be Christian, but I don’t want you to miss out on the creamy center because of someone else’s stale shell of issues.)  There’s a wealth of wisdom in the good book that we could miss out on if we allow misguided religious fanatics to get in the way of our soul candy.  About faith, though, Emilie Cady tells us that faith is an intuitive move.  Relying on intellect or physical facts will not get us the miraculous manifestations we desire.

 

So where does trust come into play?  Trust is the fuel in the faith mobile. The two qualities go hand in hand.  We have to take a leap that can feel terrifying, a powerful jump from intellectual fact finding to even skim the surface of faith.  Yet, it’s the most crucial ongoing quality that gets us the miraculous manifestations we are craving.  We cannot expect the universe to gather molecules and energy into one place in time, creating a desired thing, unless we have faith.  And when we feel that faith slipping, and begin to lose sight of our precious desire, the element of a powerful trust in a Higher Consciousness is the free tank of endless free fuel in the faith mobile that exists.

How Can I Turn My Day Around?

June 20, 2012

The challenge of a bad mood, bad news, depression, or some upset faces all of us often in our lives, and many assume we are helpless targets just waiting for things to change again.  We go through life wanting this or that circumstance to be different so that we can be “happy”.  Many of us, if asked what happy is, cannot answer.  We’re stumped and silent, suddenly realizing that we have no measure of what “happy” actually is.  It’s a word that means better, doesn’t it?  It makes everything okay, right?  The problem is that if we don’t know what it is, we will never recognize if we have it.  Aiming for a target that is invisible, we stumble around shooting arrows at “happy” and wondering why we don’t get any.  It’s no wonder so many are feeling out of control, like life is a crap shoot, hoping someone has a magic prescription that will make it better.

 

We hope to win a lottery, because money seems to be the thing that everyone wants more of so that they can get more of what they want and feel powerful.  We think that if only we had this, or that, or if someone loved us more, or if we had more vacations, everything would change and this bad feeling would stop.  We numb ourselves out with tv, alcohol, and drugs or food.  We work harder, exercise more, and read more self help books.  There seems to be no end to what we’ll try to “feel” better!

 

Something subtle happens, however, when a person begins to experience consciousness.  That is, awakening from the robotic state of going through life on auto-pilot, accepting everything at face value, never questioning the status quo.  Through grace, at some point in our eternal existence as souls in bodies, we begin to emerge from the slumber in small increments usually (not always), and we realize that we have choice.

 

A typical scenario for awakening is a tragedy or loss, a sudden change that is unexpected, or an emotional crisis.  We were going along on automatic and without warning, someone we love died, or the truck hit our car, or we found out we had a terrible illness, or we lost our job, our livelihood.  That feeling of being without familiar foundation, without ground to stand on, nowhere to turn for relief, intense pain and suffering brings us to a deeper place of searching if it doesn’t destroy us.  We look for the meaning, we find support in places we may never expect, and we turn our awareness to the moment because focusing on the future isn’t always possible in times like these.

 

The things that bring us to our knees bring us to the moment.  In the moment, we can find strength we never knew we had, and a sense of surrender that will not be denied.  When we submit to what is, space opens up and things move.  Even in a moment of simple unhappiness over something more mundane and simple, if we are willing to allow the emotion and feel the sadness, anger, frustration, the emotion can flow and what is underneath it can be revealed.  Quite simply, allowing the emotions, rather than stifling them, is the direct pathway into wisdom, relief, and higher consciousness.  So let the tears flow…really feel…and in experiencing your humanity you will be freed.


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