Use your sharp-sightedness to make clear distinctions and wise choices. Move forward with confidence in your inner compass.
Discernment is the recognition of the soul’s impulse within our lives. It builds our intuitive ability to act with an awareness of the power that is concealed within the present moment. Discernment requires that we regularly take a personal inventory of our values, beliefs, past actions, present hopes, and future dreams.
We live our lives based on what we believe. Our actions are preceded by our beliefs. Our consciousness is reflected back to us. What we look for we will find. So, the question is ‘where do our beliefs come from?’. I would guess the overwhelming answer is ‘from what others have told us’. We have very few original thoughts that comprise our beliefs. As individuals, we are defined by assumptions that have been formed over generations.
Approach life with an open mind and a how-can-we-make-it-work attitude. Use your will skillfully to enhance the creative process rather than inhibit it.
Willingness is an inner alertness that magnifies the connecting point between our human and divine natures. It is the practice of steadiness, receptivity, readiness, and response — not necessarily in that order.
It means you may upset the status quo, both within yourself and others, challenging movement beyond current ways of thinking. Remember, not only our outer worldly selves are in a constant state of evolving, but so are our inner spiritual selves as we realize what it means to belong to a higher world.
Let the mist of unworthiness evaporate. Move forward and embrace life as it presents itself to you. Practice the art of inclusion and allowing.
Self-acceptance is a gift of internal belonging that embraces who we are and who we are not. It widens our perception so that we can include the many paradoxes of life.
Acceptance reduces the conflict levels inside and around us and invokes change. It releases us from the struggle against reality and then new possibilities can open up to us that did not exist before.
Cultivate an attitude of generosity and act as though there is plenty for you and for everyone, everywhere.
Give freely and generously.
One of the biggest fears held within humanity is the fear of loss. This may be of a job, partner, image, youth, life style (especially money) or finally – death of the body. But, fear can serve us and turn us around to call our attention to what we have and gratefully remind us to take steps to care for what we have been given.
Holding tightly to what scares us produces heart-quakes and moves us out of the universal flow causing us to live in ‘scare-city’. The energy of wanting; things a certain way, circumstances to change, feelings to be different – is an ineffective approach because we can only want things to change according to what we think we know.
Change happens when you take responsibility for your awareness and apply it to your everyday life, small moment by small moment.
Life is an alchemical process of constant change from our bodies to our circumstances to our environment. How we respond to the evolving world of form directly relates to our ability to internalize our awareness, and focus our actions from the sacred inner space at the depth of our beings.
It is not about eliminating the ego or lower self. It is about allowing our higher nature to absorb the ego into itself and thereby transform it. To become a kind, loving, generous, and respectful being, we have to put effort into it by conducting ourselves according to our highest values. Every moment is an opportunity to recreate ourselves and it happens one feeling, one thought, one act at a time.
Move from a place of knowing within you rather than as a result of adaptation to outer experience.
Let go of your assumptions and need to control life’s creative process.
It does not matter what spiritual path you’re on, an ultimate sense of peace comes down to one question: Can you let go of the need to control your life, and trust there is a benevolent force guiding all that ever has, is, and will happen?
Trust is the soul’s way of attuning to the fundamental laws of reality. There is a deep rhythm that moves through all life that cannot be controlled by our will. When trust informs our experience, it allows our psyche to relax and our soul to be at peace with our situation. We can rest in unquestioned confidence that the universe provides, that we have and will receive what we really need. In fact, often beyond what we alone are even capable of imagining.
Maximize every moment of aliveness. Experience
pleasurable involvement in all your activities and enjoy what you are doing.
Play is at the heart of our creativity and animates our being in our most carefree moments. It helps us live with absurdity, paradox, and mystery. It feeds our childlike joy and wonder. It keeps our search for meaning grounded and on to earth.
There is so much going on in the world, and within us, that our stress levels have adjusted upwards to a new ‘normal’ creating a hidden epidemic of fun deficit disorder (FDD). Play is an antidote to stress. It can totally absorb your attention and cause a cascade of feelings that greatly impact your happiness quotient.