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It’s time to Return to Reverence and restore our sense of the Sacredness of Life.
We’ve lost touch and are disconnected from our divinity and as a result we are experiencing a loss of morals, morality, mystery and meaning. This separation from what is holy, sacred and divine, separates us from one another and from our essential nature which is loving, intelligent and true.
Everything is essentially divine, but we’ve forgotten this and no longer practice seeing the divinity – the essential divinity within everyone and everything. Seeing the world and all those in it as divine is a moral act, just as perceiving the world and others as defective is an immoral act. This loss of morality is taking it’s toll in our homes, our community and our world.
Without the virtue of reverence we become robotic people living in a chaotic society full of destructiveness and despair. Violence becomes the norm as we replace the honoring of life with the harming of life. Society loses hope. Society loses its soul.
We must reconnect to our source, our spirit, our soul by being still and connecting with what is real. Reverence is real, but we can’t realize and actualize it if we are living in the illusion of our ego lives. We have to go past our personality perspective and see things through the eyes of our soul, as reverence is a perception of the soul. Our egos care little about being reverent and so it is beyond ego that we must go if we are to ever restore reverence in our lives and in our world.
Here are some ways we can begin Restoring Reverence in our Lives Now:
Practice the Presence of God – There is no better way to experience the presence of God than by being in the moment. Reverence comes from our presence so we have to practice being present to the moment so that we can be touched by the Divine. God is always present, but we seldom are. Sit still and listen, observe and notice what you are witnessing. Listen to the breath; feel the inner body; let it take you into the experience of being – of being One with God. Once you learn to do this within yourself, you can start practicing this presence of reverence in your relationships – seeing the Divine in others and in everything that you experience.
Look for the Meaning and See the Connection – Look for the meaning of all your life experiences and practicing seeing the connection between everything that happens and how it was for the betterment of your life. The more you see the meaning, the more you begin to revere everything and everyone that comes across your path. Can you see the Divine plan at hand?
Appreciate the Mystery, the Awe, the Wonder of Creation – Keep wonder and mystery alive by spending time in nature and start to look at things, ordinary things like the blooming flowers on your walk; the sunlight as it shines through the trees in the woods, the lizard that scatters across your path; see all these things with fresh eyes appreciating the awe, mystery and wonder all around you.
Sense the Subtle – We need to ensoul our senses so that we can perceive the more subtle energies present in each moment, in each person and in each thing. Subtle awareness leads to Soul awareness and soul awareness fosters the presence of reverence. The Soul is in the Subtle.
Be Gentle with Life – Cultivate a loving, caring, compassionate attitude toward life. Practice the pause between stimulus and response and choose a response that will cause no harm. When we view life and everything in it as sacred then gentleness is a natural response. Gentleness become our strength as we become more reverent, whole and alive.
When we become a more reverent people we create a more reverent society and all benefit. Life is calling us to return to reverence. Will you do your part and create a more loving, soulful reverent world?
What we are now experiencing are the consequences of a culture that lacks soul and doesn’t even know it. We live in a world that needs more soul, more meaning, more consciousness. Carl Jung once said that our greatest sin is unconsciousness and I agree. Only when you are unconscious of your true nature as soul can you bring harm to another.
The world is demanding that we become more conscious and the way this is happening is through the experience of duality: right and wrong, positive and negative, good and evil. We cannot know unity without first knowing duality and the purpose that these opposites serve. The negativity we are experiencing is necessary to energize the positive developments in life. Greater inclusiveness is stimulated by separateness; violence and hate, stimulate the drive toward peace and love; experiencing victimhood activates a drive toward personal power and so on.
It is through the negative, the separateness, the ugliness etc. that we learn what we need to learn to eventually lead us to the positive, the wholeness, the beauty and unity that can be experienced in soul consciousness. This is the normal and natural route of developing awareness and consciousness and this is where we are now headed.
I’m on a mission to bring more soul into the world through my messages on this blog and in my life. Each one of us as conscious beings have this same responsibility. Start with yourself by doing your healing work in your personal life to be more conscious, present and whole and then be a source of hope and inspiration to your family and your community. Let’s all do our part to bring healing, harmony and greater consciousness to our world. As we grow in soul consciousness, we will grow in love and everything around us will reflect this change within us.
A few days later, the horse returned and brought with it several wild stallions. All the people from the village came to the farmer saying, “What great luck, how happy you must be!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not.”
The next day, the farmer’s son tried to tame one of the wild horses, and she threw him to the ground, breaking his leg. Again, the villagers cried, “Your son broke his leg, how sad for you!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not.”
A few weeks later, soldiers from the national army marched through town, recruiting all the young men for military service. Seeing the son’s broken leg, he was the only youth not drafted. The villagers shouted once again, “Your boy is spared, how good this is!” To which the farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”
What lessons and insights can we reap from this fable?
The so-called bad things in life can be blessings and similarly the things you thought were so wonderful can end up causing you much grief. So instead of judging the events in your life as good or bad, keep a “we’ll see” mindset remembering to stay neutral: not getting too elated or too brought down by any life situation.
It’s our personality perspective that judges things as good, bad, happy or sad.
But if you will shift to a soul perspective you will see things from more of a wholistic and or neutral view and invite and accept all experiences into your life as part of the journey.
Practice dropping the labels of Good, Bad, Happy and Sad and notice what may be.
Despite our experience of chaos during this pandemic of the coronavirus, there is a Universal order that is the cause behind everything we experience. Let this time teach us what we need to know and how we need to be. Let us wake up to our true nature and then begin choosing what is harmony with our true self so that we can experience well-being and be of service to others.
This time of separation is needed so that we can learn, grow and develop in consciousness – Soul consciousness and Unity consciousness. It’s a paradox that we are having to separate to unify; to isolate to congregate. Experiencing the duality is the way we as humans learn until duality is no longer necessary.
If we are not careful our ego self will take over our thinking and we will start complaining about what we think we lack; what we think we are missing. We will then, just like this virus, spread and contaminate others with our fearful thoughts and anxious feelings and the result will be more and more misery, more and more chaos.
Let’s choose instead a more empowering perspective and make this experience meaningful not miserable. The way to make it meaningful is to see it in relation to your purpose. How can you best serve at this time? What need can you respond to right now? The world needs what you have. Do your part and add to the world more Love, Light, Beauty, Truth, Kindness and Goodness. We are all in this together. We are all part of one another, and we can and will come out of this stronger and more Unified.
And so the choice is yours to make: Misery or Meaning? I hope you choose the latter.
The circle is the perfect symbol for this New Year and New Decade as it represents the journey of Wholeness that we are all on.
Symbols are brought into our lives to awaken our soul to universal truths and teach us lessons we need to learn. The circle symbol teaches us about:
I came across this circle while visiting family in Alabama on New Year’s Day and it reminded me about my own journey and how far I’ve come and how far I will go.
Look for the circles in your own life and in nature and pause to reflect to take in their meaning.
What do you need to complete? What will make your life more Whole?
I’m excited about this year and the many creative pursuits I’ll be working on centered around this theme of Wholeness.
May 2020 and beyond bring you much Joy, Goodness, Creative Expression and Completion.
If you want to know your soul you have to become familiar with the subtle. The subtle is not obvious and we may spend our whole lifetime unaware and unattuned to our subtle energies. You can’t experience what you don’t know exists so you need to first know that you have a subtle body and practice sensing it.
To sense the subtle you have to get quiet and listen within. When you can quiet the mind and emotions then you can start to sense and communicate with the subtle energy of the body.
Through mediation, yoga practice or just sitting still, become curious and observe the following:
Breath – close your eyes and feel yourself breathe; listen to the sound of the breath.
Physical Sensations – notice and pay attention to physical sensations in the body as they arise. The body never lies and tuning your awareness to the subtle sensations in the body can reveal to you places you may need to pay attention and nurture with your awareness. Feel and register the heartbeat becoming aware of your heart space. What sensations do you feel?
Emotions – the subtle body is also known as the emotional body; feel what arisis and be with those emotions without judgment from the mind. What are the deeper, more subtle feelings underneath the surface emotions? Spend time here and just be curious.
Energy – sense your overall energy within and around you. If you ever felt the feeling of being physically and emotionally transformed after going to a yoga class, it was because of the energy that was activated in the subtle body. The combination of awakening feelings, physical sensations and higher quality breathing (prana) effects your overall energy for increased well-being, harmony and homeostasis.
Once you are aware of the subtle energies, you can work with them to enhance your well-being and the well-being others. The world of subtle energy opens our minds to the truths we know in our heart and soul. Train yourself to feel the subtle energies daily and work with and learn to control your thoughts and emotions so that you are no longer reacting from a place of fear but coming from a more aware and awake place where you can respond consciously.
I’m much more interested in developing the subtle rather than losing myself in the obvious. It takes a conscious choice and a desire for more depth in your life. It takes reverence and appreciation for the subtle. Subtle awareness leads to Soul Awareness and subtle energy ignites Soul energy.
Breathe, Feel, Sense, Become More Whole and Know your Soul. The Soul is in the subtle.
Unable to see anything;
Unable to hear anything.
What would be left?
Your ability to feel, to heal, to touch, to sense.
This is what our aim in yoga is,
to experience and develop the subtle.
The soul is in the subtle.
I love the quote by Helen Keller, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.”
I agree and know that:
The feelings of the heart open the door to our soul.
Practice feeling them and you will begin to sense your soul and show up more Whole.
PreviewI know I’m in my ego too much when I’m rushing through my day, my yoga practice, my conversations and interactions with others, and my to do list thinking that I have to get more stuff done and that going fast is the answer. Wrong… Going fast doesn’t work for me anymore and it doesn’t give me the quality and depth that my soul longs for.
The Soul loves it when we slow down because then we feel what’s in our heart, we are present, centered and mindful of our experiences.
Slowing down soothes the nervous system and cultivates calm. In our overly anxious world we need this now more than ever. The solution to anxiety is to embrace embodiment and we can only be embodied when we slow down and are in the present with our breath.
Try this simple breathing exercise to slow down your thoughts and get centered.
1. Inhale for a count of four.
2. Hold for a count of four.
3. Exhale for a count of four.
4. Wait for a count of four.
5. Repeat until you feel calm and centered again.
When your lungs expand slowly this releases acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter which tells your heart to slow down. A slowed heart rate calms your entire nervous system and when your nervous system is calm you can much more easily register the subtle energies of your body that when felt promote well-being and health.
Other simple ways to slow down and connect with soul:
Life is not a race. Take notice the next time you want to go fast and then stop and intentionally choose to slow down.
Slow is the way to go, be and live.