Routine

“Life is routine and routine is resistance to wonder.” ~Abraham Joshua Heschel

Unexplained Emotions

There is no such thing as an unexplained emotion.  If you feel an emotion that you cannot logically explain, rest assured it is coming from your subconscious mind, and there is absolutely a cause.

Physical Form

Our physical experience is like a person’s temperature, cholesterol or PH balance.  It is merely an indicator of how we are doing.  It has nothing to do with reality.  Reality lies beneath physical form.

Self-Image

Whenever your opinions or beliefs are so intertwined with your self-image that you couldn’t pull them away without damaging your core concepts of self, you avoid situations that may cause harm to those beliefs. ~David McRaney

Normal

Many people who have gone through hard times or criticism long to be normal.  But those who are normal are more easily forgotten.

Which way are you going?

“You will either step forward into growth, or you will step back into safety.” ~ Abraham Maslow

Age-Related Health Issues

Age-related health issues are actually caused by buried emotions and attachments, generally messing up our energy over time.  I have attempted to do the splits every night for 30 years, almost always getting to just a few inches above the floor, until a year ago when all of a sudden I was about 3 times higher.  I am suddenly back to the flexibility I used to have, and the only thing I changed was releasing more emotions and attachments.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Perhaps Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is not caused by a lack of sun.  Perhaps it is caused by people’s buried emotions.  Perhaps the sun simply provides temporary relief from their current natural state of being.

Are You Spiritually Superior?

I recently listened to an old Wayne Dyer presentation, and he brought up the phrase, “Spiritually Superior”.  The timing of this was impeccable, as I found myself in a discussion with someone who fit the description just the day before, and I was involved in a long email conversation with someone I’d never met starting later that night, who also clearly fit the description.  I have met several others as well, although different people resonate with the label to different degrees.  This phrase isn’t about people who are actually superior to others, as we all have our challenges and we are all ultimately on the same path, although often going about it in different ways.  This phrase is about people who think of themselves as spiritually superior.  They may be religious or part of the spiritual movement outside of any organized religion, but these non-religious spiritual ones tend to be the worst, and there is a surprising number of these people out there trying to get your attention.  If you are not one of these people, see below to learn to identify them as not as superior (or helpful) as they lead you to believe.  If you are one of them, see below to learn your next spiritual lesson.  If only some of these apply to you, then you still need work.

  • Do you have a need to be right?  Do you have a need to be the teacher?  The expert?  The enlightened one?  Or the one with the best healing abilities or superior intuition?  As much as you would like to be, you are not special.  We are all teachers, and your best teacher may come in the form of a client that you are thinking needs your help.  Listen to what people have to say and respect their opinions.  Otherwise you are missing out on important lessons, and you are being “needy” instead of allowing.
  • Do you have all of the answers?  Do you usually know exactly how another person is thinking incorrectly, even though you have not gone into his head and heard his thoughts?  Do you suggest that maybe he is thinking incorrectly, or do you tell him straight out that he is?  If he denies it, do you hear him and believe that you had it wrong, or do you insist that he is still not seeing how he is obviously failing.  If that is how you behaved, you just left him feeling insulted.  Don’t be so pushy.  Don’t be a know-it-all.  Contrary to your belief, you do not have all of the answers, and he knows what goes on in his head far better than you do.
  • Do you communicate with people in a way that you are the one with the answers and they are the ones with the questions?  If they have a suggestion to help you, do you listen with openness or do you believe you were insulted?  Guess what?  You are not perfect yet and these people were sent to help you as well.  Try listening and not reacting with judgement by incorrectly assuming the other person is judging you.  In this case, you literally took your misguided perception and gave it to the other person as something that is wrong with him.
  • Have you stopped learning?  Everyone, even the most enlightened soul, has room to grow.  Never assume that you are where you need to be or put an end to your own advancement simply because it’s time to teach others what you know.  If you find you are lacking in time for more learning, simply put out your intentions, and then be aware of the answers, no matter whom they happen to come from.
  • Are you authentic?  Do you claim to be doing better spiritually than you actually are?  Do you consider yourself to be enlightened simply because you have become an expert at spiritual concepts and have improved your own life using them?  There are different levels of enlightenment, which are based on a sudden clear knowing and an obvious connection to all.  But true enlightenment is Christ-consciousness or Self-realization.  You are not enlightened until you can do everything that Jesus could do and more.  Stop using the term so loosely, as if you were a great master.
  • Do you get angry or defensive when someone accurately points out how you are thinking incorrectly?  Don’t miss out on a learning opportunity just because somebody noticed that you are not at the mastery level that you have been claiming to be.  Your negative reaction alone will tell you what you need to work on.

If you found that some of these questions apply to you, then you are missing one of the biggest lessons in spirituality (and in religious faith).  Be humble.  That is a huge hole in your current way of being.  Look at everyone and everything with curious wonder (just as a child), and stop believing that you know everything, or you will never learn.  I suppose you probably already knew that this is the spiritually correct way to behave, but you apparently forgot to become it.  Perhaps it is time.

Doorway

Notice every negative thought and emotion that you have.  It is your doorway to freedom.

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