Thursday, April 26, 2012

Why Spirituality Doesn't Always "Work"

Many people embrace the idea of creating positive change in their lives. They begin by going through the motions - maybe buying self-help books, watching inspiring and uplifting movies that talk about creating positive change. Maybe they will begin to meditate, or they will seek out a Spiritual Master to learn from and follow.

With as much good intentions that these individuals have within themselves for creating positive change, many will fall short, fall flat, or simply fall. Give up, give in, and return back to old habits. Some may even become cynical in their life and situations.

Many of us have seen this happen. We have watched these things unfold over the years. From the early days in the 1960s, when spirituality was becoming part of the centralized picture for many in the Western world. When Eastern philosophies began to emerge, and people began to create positive changes.

To the 1980s when this movement began to take on a new turn in it's evolving in the Western world.

A few years ago, new movies and books came out which garnered almost cult-like following in individuals sitting and manifesting and attracting to them in effort to fulfill the Law of Attraction movement. But when the "magic" that seemed to be promised did not eventuate for those sitting and staring at vision boards, and day-dreaming their lives away expecting miracles to occur with no action on their own part, the doubt and cynicism began to emerge once again.

While many may look at these efforts as "failures", I view them as blessings. Each has been a moment in time where minds were expanded, opened, and a little more understanding garnered. And while the stories may not have been complete, it was a beginning of a foundation - maybe a doorway to the foundation which was to be laid.

So, why have most of these things all faltered and a majority of people losing the "plot"? The reason is simple. People continue to believe in, or choose, the parts that they want to... the "easy" parts, but do not choose to embrace the entire. This is the biggest falter. We choose what is easy, what is pleasant - the "fluff", but to truly release the negatives and become absolutely free, we must also look and embrace the parts that earth-bonded individuals may find distasteful, or "difficult" to accept. Remember, that comes from EGO, and EGO is Edging God Out.

Many people view God - or form of Divinity - as an aspect apart from our Selves. A distant Being that is an entity or "person" contained within ItSelf.

Instead of accepting and digesting that the truth is, we are ALL Divine. We each are God/Divine embodied into human, and physical, form. God is everywhere and God is Us, just as much as we are God.

This is not understood and embraced from the EGO, earth-held-down concept, but from a spiritual perspective and understanding.

When we can separate our Selves from our experiences, we can then truly come to a place within that allows for the complete and total cognition that we truly are nothing more than Spiritual Be-ings having an earth-bound, physical experience.

At that time of understanding, and cognition, that each and every experience we encounter is solely for our own spiritual progression, on our own path to attain Nirvana/Jannah/Paradise - that place where time truly is endless, and returning and reliving and re-experiencing, becomes obsolete.

When we attain this Knowing that we are separate from our experiences, and that each is simply a lesson for us to learn, which in time will then be utilized in teaching, we understand that things do not happen TO us, but rather THROUGH us. And when we can come to this place of releasing the desperate need to grasp on to the emotion of things that we perceive have happened TO us, we truly become free to simply live and experience.

While emotion is still attached to each experience, we come to a place where we can understand the need to express emotion without allowing it to become a control issue. We can simply experience, and then release it once we have experienced.

Holding on desperately to emotion becomes a habit. We create pain in that desperation to hold on to the habit. That pain becomes something that we understand, we "know" it, we become lost in it, we continue to allow abuse to occur because of it. We identify with it, and it becomes our identifying label.

The question then must be, what purpose does it serve for us? Have we learned from it? And if we have learned from it, what is the point of still holding on to it? Are we still learning, or have we become lost in the habit of simply holding on?

Once we can understand and realise that our experiences are separate from Us (the Divine Spirit that is encapsulated by the physical form), and we release hold of any and all negative emotions holding us captive, then we can approach all experiences with that open knowledge that they are nothing more than learning experiences. That they are not happening TO us, but are there to go THROUGH us - for us to learn and experience from, later to be passed on in teaching.

When we can truly grasp this, embrace it and KNOW it, then we will also be able to see through our Spiritual eye, and observe experiences around us, without becoming caught up in the earth-bound physical norms of emotion.

We will be able to look upon a perpetrator of an incident and an individual preyed upon, as individuals chosen to teach and lessons in experienced necessary for the soul's progression.

Each of us, in our various incarnations, have experienced life on "both sides of the fence". We have each been murderers, rapists, child molesters, politicians, wealthy, poor, murdered, raped, robbed, spiritual, teachers, etc... etc... etc...

Every incarnation brings with it a new lesson. We choose the lesson we are to learn, and when the time is Divine, we learn the lesson - or we choose to provide the lesson for another. Which is why labels such as "victim" carry such negativity because we are placing our Selves in a lesser, and subservient plane. What we are saying is that this experience happened TO us, and not THROUGH us as the powerful and strong spirit we are that chose (or was chosen) to be in the blessed moment to create the lesson, or to learn that which we needed in the experience for that incarnation.

When we judge another for their lesson, or their teaching in any particular incarnation, we are truly judging our own Selves - if we have not already lived through the incarnation where we have experienced this, then we are judging what is yet to come.

At the moment that each of us "gets" this, our own individual and personal "Ah-ha moment"; is when our lives will truly turn around. When we will no longer equate ourselves with victimization to environmental experiences which are given to us at the exact perfect moment in time when we are ready to learn. When we "get this", we rise above all labels. We experience and learn and accept and see the blessing in everything.

Responsibility will still be garnered but it is a different kind of understanding of that responsibility. We accept the responsibility that it was something that needed to occur when it did for our own spiritual progression, as well as the karmic progression of those associated with it. When we come to this place, we can heal ourselves from that which we caused (the guilt), and that which we had inflicted/taught to us (the victim label). And when healing is attained, forgiveness and release complete, understanding in learning, then we become freed of our karmic and emotional ties, and open to continued progression in learning.

Experiencing life through Spiritual eyes, lifts us from the burdens that ransack our bliss and the beauty and excitement of adventure that each new moment brings. When we embrace every single opportunity for experience, no matter where you are in the present moment - if you are sitting in your mansion on a hill, or a jail cell in a prison - you will be free. Completely and totally free. And you will LIVE life with exuberance, bliss and complete acceptance of where you are in the gift that is the present.


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