1. Surrender to a power greater than yourself.
Life doesn’t have to be controlled by me, if anything when I try to control life I learn that I really have no control over anything other than the decisions I make and the way I react to the outcome of those decisions.
What are you doing that doesn’t serve you anymore and how you can create decisions today that will inspire you to be your best self?
Krsna emphasizes in the Bhagavad -Gita, that the perfection of yoga is controlling the mind. Control your mind and you will be able to control your life. By offering control over to a higher power you start to serve the entire spectrum of life rather than just yourself. Let go of your identification with the ego, the “I”, because that is the very thing which holds you back from sensing your wholeness in every moment.
God (nature, prana, life giving force) is infinite. Your body, home, family, emotions, your wants and craving are always changing. Therefore they are finite. Discover the part of you which is unchanging, the silent witness looking from within, the infinite aspect of your own awareness and consciousness. In Luke 17:21 of the Bible it reads, “for behold, the Kingdom of God is within you.” Every ancient text and tradition serves humanity as a reminder that god is within, and once you surrender to that power within, you have attained the first step on the spiritual path.
2. Change the language in which you speak to yourself.
Carl Jung profoundly states that, “one does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”
Wayne Dyer, an author and spiritual seeker, was diagnosed with leukemia. He opened every talk on live television and in massive groups of awakened souls with, “I Am Well”. He believed that the works “I AM” are so powerful that they have the ability to shift us from a place of suffering, to a place of gratitude. I myself have consciously chosen words which uplift and inspire, rather than bring forth suffering.
Notice when you say, I can’t, I don’t like, or I hate and how can you shift your perspective to honor your authentic feelings while remaining aware that your words are spells, cast only good ones.
3. Act as if you already have what it is you want.”- The Law of Attraction”
When we are aware that god is within and not without, then we begin to look inwards for happiness, pleasure and abundance. If we seek money, large homes, nice cars, social status and to be the best, we will ultimately realize that none of those things bring us to a place of wholeness. Why? Because all of those things are outside of us, they are part of the material world which is finite.
Seek inward to truly understand yourself. There is nothing you have to achieve, no one you have to please, and nothing you have to do to become that which you are seeking. If you believe it is outside of you, you’ll never find it.
Some spiritual mentors, teachers and life coaches are offering students false information about the art of manifestation. My beloved always says, “it is not about getting what you want, it is about wanting what you have.” We are told from when we are younger that we must be something, achieve greatness, be the best, and so we search our whole life for purpose and meaning when we already are perfect exactly as we are.
The more you want something, the more you believe it is outside of yourself and that you have to work hard to get it. Once you realize that you already are everything you’re looking for, then the search is over and you realize your own godliness. Then everything you do, say, feel and so forth is an act of that divinity being expressed.
4. The Golden Rule-
“Treat others with the love and kindness you yourself would like to receive.”
Recognize the voices of your emotions and see how you can shift your perspective from the “me” to the “We”. Your problems seem big because you make them big. When you stop thinking so much about yourself and your suffering, you start to live from a place of helping others. The reason why we don’t do this already is because we have come to believe that we don’t have enough. We don’t have enough time, money, food, energy, and so on.
When we focus on the power within we can recognize that what we have is already enough. In the West we are conditioned to believe that we should want more for ourselves, more than what our parents had, nicer homes, cars, the latest iphones, trendy clothes and ultimately more. This has produced a culture that over consumes and mistreats the natural resources of our earth.
The earth offers us everything we have, we too must treat her with respect and reverence for all of life’s creative forces.
Recognize the divinity and god within you, there you will see it in all living beings. When you pass a stranger on the road, will you look at them in the eyes and smile or say hell? When you walk by a piece of trash on the street will you pick it up or leave it there? You matter, your choice’s greatly impact your environment.
Meditation and mindfulness can keep you present with your emotions and help you to remain calm when you do feel like your about to react with anger, greed, revenge, anxiety and fear. Pay attention to the language of your emotions. Then you will learn how to discharge, diffuse or hype up the energy and place it towards its proper disposal. For example I know the feelings, thoughts and body language when I am feeling uninspired and discontent. So I find ways to express those emotions through art, dance, playing music or going on walks in nature.
In serving the whole we set aside our small individual ego driven problems and open up to serving the community and world. We start to wonder how we can help against racism, poverty, politics, and environmental issues. Our attention draws towards aiding humans in the expansion of our own consciousness. Thus all our actions and choices come from a place of “we” rather than “me”.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is,
What are you doing for others?”
-Martin Luther King Jr.
5. Restructuring the way you think of power
Power does not need to mean dominating over others, being the best or most successful and famous. Power can simply mean the strength to remain present in the now. All day our thoughts take us on an adventure of task oriented goals and non-stop thinking that can cause stress, anxiety and dis-ease. To channel and contain the power within is to “ignite our life with purpose,” as Andoa Judith shares. Create “a new definition of power that lifts us out of struggle and into transformation, out of the past and into the future, one that inspires, strengthens, and empowers individuals without diminishing others.”