We all lead complex lives that are filled with to-do lists, appointments and all the other routine life stuff that can make the calling to truth difficult to hear, much less to follow. The ego is sophisticated at presenting false concepts and shadow beliefs that can easily be mistaken as truth – if we do not pay close attention. So often we are caught up in the illusions of life that it may take a significant life experience to wake us up to what is real.
How, then, can we navigate ourselves through the chaos of our lives and into our Truth?
I believe that we are in the midst of an emerging collective consciousness that is seeking spiritual truth. Like a phoenix rising, the soul is ascending and connecting us to Source in countless ways. As the link between the form and formless strengthens, so too does our ability to see the face of truth and recognize its familiarity.
The first step to finding our bliss is to be still. By clearing our minds and observing life without labeling anything we see, think or feel, we create a space to simply be. And in this space we can truly recognize and hear God. The stillness of this space I speak of is not saved for the cloistered, or for leaders of meditation. It is an innate ability that is found in all of us.
Finding that stillness can be as simple as breathing. The breath is a great guide to our inner being. Following the breath brings attention to our inner body, and the resulting focus is stillness and presence. When we can hold that space of stillness, we will be better equipped to use our life for finding our Truth. In the space of stillness, we are most receptive to the messages of the Universe.
We are all in possession of a variety of tools that we can use to guide us to our Truth and let us better hear the messages of the Creator. Intuitive insights, synchronistic events, our inner voice, creative ideas and acts of kindness are all made available to us for this purpose.
Intuitive insights are no longer exclusive to psychics. These moments of clarity occur more frequently as we become increasingly present and aware. When we have quieted the mind and have created the space between ego and the self, then the intuitive guidance can be heard. And when we stop questioning the guidance that comes to us, we are free to make a decision that is in alignment with our soul.
Carl Jung coined the term synchronicity to describe two events that are unlikely to occur together actually happening in a meaningful way. How many times have you experienced something occurring to you at just the right time? Or have you run into someone who offered just the right piece of advice? These encounters have very little do to with chance, and everything to do with the greater Divine plan. The Universe is not a random place. It is well ordered. Nothing happens within it by coincidence. Pay close attention to these synchronistic events and the significance or message that they carry.
Although very seldom an actual voice, these inner callings can come as a well placed thought to try something new or take a certain action. I have experienced the inner voice as my own thought but with a different quality. It is oftentimes more clear, and arises seemingly out of nowhere. Not to be mistaken for the mindless chatter that goes on in the mind, the inner voice is clear, calm and always Life-affirming. It can be as simple as making a sudden decision to take a left when you normally go right.
The soul is always looking for ways to be creative and expressive. How many times have you had the inkling to write, paint or pursue a creative endeavour but ended up talking yourself out of it? When we are too caught up in the illusion of life – meaning when we are too entrenched in the variety of roles we play (employee, mother, student, athlete) – we may not be still enough to listen to these inner callings. The creativity that your soul wants to express may not be artistic. It may be expressed in the way you handle a difficult conversation or how you solve a problem at work. The soul is endlessly inventive and innovative. It wants you to use your gifts and talents in a way that is supportive, connecting and loving.
Acts of Kindness
Whenever you feel the impulse to say a kind word or act in a loving way to another, it is your soul that is bringing you closer to your Truth. The act can be simple by all external appearances but it may prove to be magnificent and magical in how it heals or comforts another. The truth is that you cannot give to another something that you do not already have. When you "give away" a smile, kind word or any other act of kindness, you are demonstrating to the Universe that you possess that very thing. The Universe responds by giving you more of it. It will be returned to you tenfold.
A deeper truth, as I have come to know it, is this: The very thing that you wish for, if you give to another, comes back to you. If you want more love in your life, be more loving to those around you. The Universe cannot help but respond to these statements of self-declaration. Your Truth is found in your definition of "I am … " When you love another, you are stating, "I am love."
We are all creators. We are all containers of Truth. What fills your container? What statements of self-declaration are you making? If you want a life of peace, abundance and love, be peaceful, abundant and loving.
I am peace. I am abundance. I am love. The God in me salutes the God in you.