Most of us have had a poignant experience that lodges in our conscious mind, long after the sun has set on a particular day. We replay the scene over and over, tagging the guilty and the not guilty. We identify so completely with the associated feelings of frustration, anger or depression, that the fall-out can affect a perfectly fine day, be it weeks, months or even years down the road.
Whether the scenario is decades old or from the past week, it seems to consume us in a way that is difficult to shake off. In a sense, we are trapped in the past, only because we choose to return and re-live the moment; instead of releasing it and moving on. The question is why do we choose to imprison ourselves? Why not liberate ourselves and thereby positively affect every other area of our lives? The gateway to freedom is discovered the moment we begin to look at life from a new, limitless perspective.
Concepts that we choose to carry around like awkward, heavy baggage, are often experienced as a sense of physical constriction, or emotional oppression. It is entirely possible to let go of these burdensome thought forms through a process of awareness and release; that is followed by a true perspective shift. In other words, there is always hope.
Defining this sense of unease or anxiety, however it manifests, as either a feeling or state of being, starts by going within. Closing our eyes, silencing the cacophony of thoughts and focusing on our breath is the first step. Once, we relax, we can touch base with those feelings that are causing us distress. As we focus deeper, it’s important to detach emotionally. Detachment is important because in order to move forward, it’s imperative that we look at things honestly; that is, looking clearly at our own part.
We have to get underneath the surface. We must end the practice of making assumptions about the other parties involved. We are judging them without a full understanding of what may be going on in their lives. We don’t have the full story. This is where we must begin to detach. Once we’ve made progress in releasing the other people involved, despite the discomfort they may have caused us, we have to look at ourselves. What’s really happening?
We often tell ourselves little white lies regarding our own intentions, instead, let’s get to the real reason. A deep psychoanalysis is not the goal here. What we are reaching for, is an awareness of truth. Sometimes the situation is so fraught with complications brought on by years of interaction that it’s hard to define a single reason. It may be a whole host of feelings, reasons or situations fueling the current problem.
A simple awareness that you are tired of feeling this way is the beginning of truth. All the wrongs can’t be righted in a single moment. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to stay here. Remember that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience. We are far more magnificent than we realize. We are also extremely capable of looking at an old hurt in a new way, before we release it once and for all.
Try looking at all the confusion or misunderstanding or selfishness of any situation as an illusion of truth. Often, that which our ego defines as unfair is nothing more than a tactic to keep us sheltered from growing spiritually. Growth can be uncomfortable and so we hold it at bay through a full scale endorsement of whatever concepts our ego places before us. Victimization or empowerment as a lifestyle, is a choice we make daily. Would we rather be right, or at peace?
We no longer have to fulfill the role of a person who is oppressed, anxious or powerless. Part of the reality we may need to accept, is that an honest, face-to-face exchange with whomever we have a grievance, may never happen. This does not mean healing cannot take place. The time has come for us to choose to think and behave differently, to live honestly, and be true to ourselves. At this very moment, we can choose to move forward as the person whom we truly want to be. The so called ‘troublesome situation’ only has life as long we keep believing in the illusion and playing our assigned part. It’s time to try something new.
Living your personal truth is not easy because it means we have to end the practice of ‘people pleasing’. However, when we are honest in a loving manner, we no longer fear how we are perceived by another person, because our intentions are good. Conducting our lives from the standpoint of self-love and self-respect demands courage and honesty. The manner in which another person may respond to us as we choose to live according to our own personal creed is their responsibility. What matters is that we embrace our own truth and remain calm in the process. Peacefulness is an empowering way to live.
There is a starting point to this new way of living and it necessitates that we let go of our old way of thinking. Envision yourself seated in a canoe on a very placid, very beautiful lake. It is summer. The temperature is perfect. You feel healthy and strong. The canoe is moving in sync with the gentle flow of the water. Your paddle is laying to your side, unused. You’re simply drifting with the current and able to take in the natural beauty all around you.
On the bank to your left, you can see the people from either the situation or the relationship that is causing you distress. At first, you may be aware of strong feelings rising up within. Remember, your directive is to detach emotionally. Soften your feelings towards whatever you see or feel. Lessen your judgment and silence your thoughts. Continue to release whatever comes up. Choose love, again and again.
It is often difficult to simply release a situation especially if you feel as though you’ve experienced an injustice. In order to successfully move on, we need to shift our perspective. In order to facilitate this action, begin to view the situation or the people involved differently. Look back towards the bank and see this situation as greatly improved. See the people involved as peaceful, happy, and transformed. See yourself exactly as you want to be, and want to feel. Allow the peacefulness of this new version of yourself to settle over you. Experience the freedom of no longer allowing this situation or relationship to affect you in a negative way.
This new self is the only self that you experience, as you move forward on your journey. Bring your attention back to the canoe and feel a refreshing breeze. Close your eyes and sense how cool it is, and become aware of its clean scent. Take it deep into your lungs and allow it to purify your body. As the wind rushes past, it takes with it any residual pain, leaving your heart open and your spirit uplifted. Feel the warmth and the light of the sun as it shines down on you. The single most important takeaway from this moment, is to always know how you want to feel.
Being who you really are, without fear of judgment happens when we see the ego-created concepts regarding life as the illusions that they are. Forgive yourself, laugh at yourself, forgive others and see only the Divine spark of God that resides within them. Don’t concern yourself with their personality, focus solely on the fact that God is within them and that we are all One. Move forward on your path empowered. Release negativity the moment it arises and remember, always, that you are a magnificent, powerful, spiritual being capable of living the beautiful life you desire.
Surrendering your fears, concerns and any sense of injustice is not easy. It requires that we surrender old, limited ways of looking at ourselves and the world. If this is difficult for you, it means that you are resisting ‘what is’. Accept the whole messy, imperfect package and let go. Trust in the promise of a new dawn. Instead of cursing the past or worrying about the future, try being present NOW. Believe in the healing light of Heaven that is available to you at this very moment. Close your eyes and sense this pure, loving, crystalline light that is all around you.
Know, within your heart, that you are never, ever alone. At your side are Angels supporting you in this beautiful, peaceful and loving step forward on your life journey. This is lesson we came here to learn… to master ourselves, so that we can live out our destiny.
We experience balance and inner peace when we end the struggle and choose to embrace our true, loving nature. We’re human and so we will detour from the path of peace, but as time goes on we resume our footing and continue on our journey with a smile and a true sense of happiness. Free yourself today and soar higher than ever before.
Bridget Geegan Blanton’s writing career as a newspaper columnist, a web-site contributor, content writer and French language translator has found new expression as a novelist. ‘Whispers on the Wind’, Bridget’s debut novel was the first installment in the Celtic Heart Historical Fiction Series, that continues with ‘A Woman’s Equal Share’. The soul-awakening tenets of celtic wisdom embody the spiritual ideal upon which this inspirational series has been crafted. Learn more about the novels and enrich your day spiritually by way of articles and motivational videos at Bridget’s web-site: https://www.desertrosebooks.com Recently, Bridget became certified as an Angel Card Reader and brings this spiritual perspective to her life and work. If you would like a reading, contact Bridget via the comment section at www.desertrosebooks.com
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