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Humility

Humility is a natural state of being. It is what happens when the ego gets out of the way. Humility allows compassion, hope, trust , unconditional love and faith to play their role..

When we are in the state of humility we hear our inner voice. It is from here that we can align ourselves to our spirit… and connect with life.

It is through the state of humility that the ego can do what it is meant to do. 

Humility and ego are friends not foes, together they take the high road and together they allow us to become who we are desinted to become… achieve what we have dreamed of and live the life we are  meant to live… with humanity and love.

What Is An Epiphany

 

There’s something celebratory about moments of epiphany

 

Epiphany is not, whether subconscious or conscious, without a process. Epiphany is a moment of truth, enlightenment, and like the glow of a bright star as it descends upon the black of the night, so too an epiphany sheds light which directs the flow of wisdom and inspiration towards a pathway of our personal truth. An epiphany and its process connect us to something higher than ourselves.

 

The process allows for:

  • Transmutation of beliefs into knowing.
  • Transcendence to a state of enlightenment which connects us to our divinity.
  • Progression of transmutation into metamorphosis.
  • Evolvement of simply walking a journey to walking in alignment with personal truth to walking in spirit.

 

It begins with a belief

And this process is one of evolvement through transmutation. It begins with a belief, a notion we hold as a truth. This belief often times has been with us for … forever it seems … and we form the belief from where-ever … it seems. Maybe from parents, other authority influences, random ideas through a conglomeration of sources, friends, media, church, books, mentors and so on. Our daily experiences, thoughts, feelings, habits, relationships, patterns, things, money, living environment reflect these beliefs. We learn to live as if we are defined by these beliefs as opposed to defining our beliefs. We allow them to dictate and determine outcomes. They keep us hooked to the past, unhinged in the present and fated to our future.

In many ways beliefs can incarcerate us. Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) major French Philosopher stated “Man is born free and everywhere he has chains.” Karl Marx borrowed this potent slogan a century later. And now a century later, I borrow it to delineate the chains associated with beliefs. A belief becomes a chain when we fail to allow it the freedom to transcend to a knowing. We become chained to a belief when we fail to allow us the freedom to transmute. When a belief belongs to someone else and not to our personal truth it chains us to another’s truth. Irrespective of the where-ever, how-ever and whom-ever, unless these beliefs are challenged it is difficult to know which beliefs are ours … or resonate with our spirit or allow us to authenticate who we are through our personal truth. And so the process of epiphany is one of evolvement and a journey to spirit and your personal truth. And the first step in this journey, this process of epiphany starts with a belief and transcends to a knowing.

 

It transcends to a knowing

‘I know’ is over-used, misunderstood, misrepresented, and under-stated and oftentimes when used as an I know it’s from a place in the intellect, beliefs, or other people’s ideas and beliefs. The ‘I know” I talk of comes from the soul, one’s personal truth.

 I Deborah K Bates do know there is a difference between believing and knowing. If it’s a belief, it’s not a knowing. If it’s a belief and not a knowing, transmute it or mute it. A belief has to evolve into something higher or becomes an inauthentic way to live. When we experience a knowing as opposed to just a belief it resonates with our soul and spirit.

A belief reverberates, a knowing resonates. (I draw a distinction here between reverberate and resonate to annunciate a difference, albeit subtle. Resonate is to produce or exhibit resonance, (resonance – richness or significance) to relate harmoniously, to strike a chord. Reverberate is a sound that lingers in an area even after the source is suddenly stopped, to ring with many echoes, to have a lasting effect, to repeatedly return, rebound or recoil, to be reflected many times as sound waves from the walls of a confined space. And so a knowing resonates – it produces or exhibits a richness or significance, it relates harmoniously. On the other hand, a belief reverberates – it is a sound that lingers in an area even after the source is suddenly stopped, echoes, repeatedly returns as to rebound or recoil as sound waves from the walls of a confined space.

A belief keeps us aligned to another’s truths; a knowing has us aligned in our personal truth. Throughout our lives we will share similar truths with others, through the process of transcendence we can totally own the belief as a knowing, as a personal truth. Knowing which are ours keeps us aligned to our path, our journey, where we experience our epiphany. If we walk a path aligned to another’s beliefs, we don’t fully own our journey, we are not free to live our experiences, and we are in chains.

As beliefs transcend to a knowing we discover a truth – our personal truth. We find the answers through epiphany. A knowing leads us to the answers we seek, it has found the answer. When we begin the process of eliminating or transcending beliefs into a state of knowing this state of knowing precipitates a metamorphosis. And it is in this moment that we can begin to authenticate our life through beliefs aligned to personal truth through soul and resonate with spirit. It begins with obliteration, for all metaphoric processes require obliteration. Call this the dark night of the soul if you will, always before the light is darkness, a law of nature. Darkness precedes enlightenment.

 

And so begins the challenge …

 

The Challenge

The process of challenging a belief can be a challenge! The process necessitates a conscious involvement – a preparedness if you will – to obliterate. It necessitates a willingness to relinquish beliefs, to surrender them, and the power they have to hold us ransom to their inevitability in determining our fate or defining who we are.

D.H. Lawrence (11 September 1885 – 2 March 1930 English author, poet, playwright, essayist and literary critic) said … “Are you willing to be sponged out, erased, cancelled? Made nothing? Are you willing to be made nothing? Dipped into oblivion? If not you will never really be changed.”

And so the belief- challenging-process is one of dismantling, breaking down, a shredding of sorts. It requires eliminating, obliterating for without it, change cannot occur, transcendence is impossible. A belief cannot become something more; cannot transcend into a knowing if not challenged or erased, we cannot evolve without being dipped into oblivion, an epiphany cannot descend where our personal truth fails to exist.

            The precise moment we begin to challenge beliefs a progression occurs, a progression towards evolvement through the process of transmutation which gives rise to a metamorphosis. It’s a journey of transcendence as we rise above a former state of being through thought and beliefs to a state of knowing.

 

This is the alchemic moment …

 

The Alchemy

The concepts of epiphany and evolvement are inherently alchemic – that is one of transmutation from one state to another state – a more refined, higher vibrational state. And as our thoughts and beliefs transmute so does our consciousness, vibrations, sensations, and experiences– and here we are at the heart of this alchemic process … that is metamorphosis.

It goes like this: Metamorphosis is more than just transformation. It is a process of alchemy by which one allows oneself to be obliterated to allow the process of transmutation from one state of being to another. It is about a process of becoming … a new you emerging as something new.

The story of the butterfly is particularly useful when describing the alchemic processes … the process of obliteration. Elisabet Sahtouris Ph.D (evolution biologist) wrote: “Inside a cocoon, deep in the caterpillar’s body, tiny things biologists call ‘imaginal disks’ begin to form. Not recognizing the newcomers, the caterpillar’s immune system snuffs them. But they keep coming faster and faster, then begin to link up with each other. Eventually the caterpillar’s immune system fails from the stress and the disks become imaginal cells that build the butterfly from the meltdown of the caterpillar’s body…

 

And so like the butterfly, we too in the transmutation process build a new state of being from the meltdown of the former. We have experienced an alchemic moment in our journey towards epiphany.

A moment of celebration …

 

The Celebration

And so …

as believing transcended into knowing, an epiphany occurred …

there was cause to celebrate;

after all there is something celebratory about moments of epiphany.

 

Through the process of epiphany we challenged beliefs, relinquished what we held to be true to discover a new truth, one aligned to our personal truth. And the concept of beliefs gave way to a higher understanding through which spirit could shine and align to our personal truth. And in that moment we begin to authenticate our life and resonate with spirit. We allowed the obliteration process to occur towards renewal revealing a new you, one that has always been there, waiting to be born – to be revealed.

 

Knowing knows all about the new you waiting to unfold – the old you awaits for release.

Beliefs know all about the old you and resist the new you unfolding. The spirit waits patiently for you to align to soul where you can walk in the light of your spirit authentically aligned to your personal truth. And so, it is through metamorphosis that we transmute, change, and experience something greater than where we are now.

 

And so, the process of epiphany is a celebration.

A journey which takes you closer to your authentic self – to your spirit, aligned to your personal truth.

 

Imagine butterfly.

 Your spirit is waiting.

Your new you is ready to emerge. 

It is time to celebrate.
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Spirit And Ego

Imagine this scene if you will.

Two babies are in-utero confined to the wall  of their mother’s womb, and they are having a conversation.

For the sake of clarity we’ll call these  twins Ego and Spirit.

Spirit says to Ego, “I know you are going to find  this difficult to accept, but I truly believe there is life after birth.”

Ego responds, “Don’t be ridiculous.  Look around you.  This is all there is.  Why must you always be thinking about  something beyond this reality?  Accept
your lot in life.  Make yourself  comfortable and forget about all of this life-after-birth nonsense.”

Spirit quiets down for a while, but her inner  voice won’t allow her to remain silent any longer.

Ego, now don’t get mad, but I have something  else to say.  I also believe that there  is a Mother.”

“A Mother!”  Ego guffaws.  “How can you be so  absurd?  You’ve never seen a Mother.  Why can’t you accept that this is all there  is?  The idea of a Mother is crazy.  You are here alone with me.  This is your reality.  Now grab hold of that cord.  Go into your corner and stop being so  silly.  Trust me, there is no Mother.”

Spirit reluctantly stops her conversation with  Ego, but her restlessness soon gets the better of her.

Ego,” she implores, “please listen without  rejecting my idea.  Somehow I think that  those constant pressures we both feel, those movements that make us so uncomfortable sometimes, that continual reportioning and all of that closing in  that seems to be taking place as we keep growing, is getting us ready for a  place of glowing light, and we will experience it very soon.”

“Now I know you are absolutely insane,” replies  Ego.  “All you’ve ever known is darkness.  You’ve never seen light.  How can you even contemplate such an idea?  Those movements and pressures you feel are your reality.  You are a distinct separate being.  This is your journey.  Darkness and pressures and a closed-in feeling are what life is all about.  You’ll have to fight it as long as you live.  Now grab your cord and please stay still.”

Spirit relaxes for a while, but finally she can contain herself no longer.  “Ego, I have only one more thing to say and then I’ll never bother you again.”

“Go ahead,” Ego responds impatiently.

“I believe all of these pressures and all of this discomfort is not only going to bring us to meet Mother face-to-face, but we will know an ecstasy that is beyond anything we have ever experienced up until now.”

“You really are crazy, Spirit.  Now I’m truly convinced of it.”

Emerging

When we live authentically we allow our true essence to shine…we become more of who we are and less of who we were.

 

To live authentically is to:

 – sit in silence and listen to the whisper of the soul, innermost desires, unspoken dreams

 – hear our fears and wrap them in the cloak of courage

 – peel back the layers of expectation, judgement, beliefs, (yours or others)

 – discover the power of ‘I do not know’

 – recruit faith as a stance not a religion.

 

When we live authentically we follow our dreams, use our gifts, live with passion, relinquish the need to be right, love with abundance and we give more of ourselves to ourselves.

 

When we live authentically we discover peace and create the life we desire to live.

 

When we live authentically…we become more of who we are and less of who we were.

 

(Go on I dare you, live the life you were meant to live…)

Epiphany

epiph·a·ny
\i-ˈpi-fə-nē\
c.1310, Gk. epiphaneia “manifestation, striking appearance,” from epiphanes “manifest, conspicuous,” from epiphainein “to manifest, display.”
from epi- “on, to”
+ phainein “to show.”

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Direct the Flow of Change

Direct the Flow of Change

And Create the Life You Want

 Everything is in a state of flux; it is the natural order of things – one of the principles of the universe – a law of physics – part of a soul’s journey. Indeed everything changes continuously, everyone experiences change – the ‘self initiated’ change OR the ‘imposed upon us’ change. Change is quite simply something we cannot escape, avoid, or live without for it is integral to life and growth – it is the essential nature of reality.

 Change – the Inevitable

 “Change is inevitable – unquestionable … the question is, do you accept change passively or take the lead and direct its flow …”

 Change can be a time of tumultuous activity, emotions, and instability which has the potential to throw us off balance. For most, we understand that without change the process of evolvement or ‘newness’ cannot occur. However, in saying that – change can create unsteadiness, evoke fear, throw out our equilibrium or just plain de-rail us! And it is at this point that rather than surrender to, or embrace change, we have the tendency to dig our heels in, run for cover or tremble in our boots. The more we come to understand that change is inevitable leaves us feeling helpless, not in control and powerless in its wake.

 Yes – everything is in a state of flux! Yes – often times it is as though it is entirely out of our control! Yes – change is a natural state of life and growth! The good news is – whilst change is inevitable – we have the power to direct the flow!

 Daisaku Ikeda (Buddhist and founder of several educational, cultural and research institutions) wrote – “Buddhism holds that everything is in constant flux. Thus the question is whether we are to accept change passively and be swept away by it or whether we are to take the lead and create positive changes with our own initiative. While conservatism and self-protection might be likened to winter, night, and death, the spirit of pioneering and attempting to realize ideals evokes images of spring, morning, and birth.”

 If it is so that everything is in a state of flux, this notion does not predispose a counter-notion that we are therefore at the mercy of change. Rather, and imperatively so, (and as purported by this great man Daisaku Ikeda in the previous quote), we can be creative – GET creative – and use the power of our inherent creativity to direct the flow of change. Ah … do I hear gasps in response to my use of inherent? Yes … I unequivocally assert inherently! We are all inherently creative by virtue of being part of the essence of creativity itself – Spirit and Nature. And so, we can use the power of our inherent creativity to direct the flow of change.

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