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Samsara And Nirvana – The Ultimate Duality

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Ethan Indigo SmithGuest Writer

The more I learn about Buddhism, the more I appreciate the many teachings of Buddha and the subsequent learned people who followed him, and the more I hear people speaking on such lessons – whether they realize it or not.

Truth resonates like that. To find resonating truth in the time of the Kali Yuga – the Fourth Age of Deception – I try to find correlation of information among many subjects, and Buddhism both reveals truth and also correlates with truths from other cultures and also others systems; those of science, psychology and the esoteric.

I will attempt to summarize one of the most profound teachings of Buddhism that can require an immense amount of absorption (another term for meditation or contemplation) to integrate — that there is Samsara and Nirvana. Understanding this duality can lead to a greater understanding, being the ultimate contrast of Buddhism.

First though, here are some teachings as a base to this idea.

Samsara and Nirvana

Samsara literally means “continuous movement” and is commonly translated as “cyclic existence” or “cycle of existence”. In Buddhism, Samsara refers to the continual repetitive cycle of birth and death that is created by our fixating on the self and experiences, specifically, the process of cycling through rebirth after rebirth within the six realms of existence. In the Buddhist view, one can only be liberated from Samsara through Nirvana.

Nirvana literally means “extinguishing”, and refers to the extinction of the fires of attachment, aversion and ignorance. In the Buddhist view, when these fires are extinguished, suffering comes to an end and one is released from the cycle of rebirth.

Buddhists perceive reality and its volatile predictability through a set of conditions or principles, known as the Four Thoughts. One, we have a precious human body capable of gaining enlightenment and assisting others in the process. Two, everything is impermanent; ourselves and the condition of the natural and man-made world, if you will. Three, everything is made up of Karma; you are the result of it and everything that’s been done results in karma bouncing around. Four, we exist in the state of Samsara, this gross physical realm where we can be either animals chasing tails or carrots tied to string – or we can become elevated beings.

An optimal response to these conditions is contained in The Four Immeasurables. These are Love for self, Love for others, Love for the happiness of others, and Love for all in equanimity. The conditions of Samsara require that we take compassionate courses of action via the Four Immeasurables – the four forms of love – otherwise we enhance our suffering and the suffering of others. Buddhists, having addressed reality thoroughly, realize that in every meeting there is parting, in every spring there is fall, and in every birth there is death.

Samsara is the happiness and hell on earth, the everything. Its opposite is Nirvana. Samsara is everything in reality. Nirvana is nothingness; the bliss that just IS, the essence beyond birth and death and even beyond duality. It is oneness.

Here in Samsara, practically everything is polarized and more specifically in a dualistic state of polarity, a state where there is spring, there is fall and for every winter there is summer. Samsara is a war world, a place of ego and power, of total contradiction. We fight in the name of peace, poison our bodies with toxic “medicines” and unnatural foods, and view our religious faiths as a point of separation, not of Oneness. And so Samsara will remain a war world until the Majority of Love takes control from the oligarchical institutions that rule over us globally. Until then, humanity will continue on the treadmill of birth and death, while it struggles to reconcile the duality of its own existence.

There are lessons and concepts in Buddhist teachings that can be applied spiritually and intangibly, in a multitude of ways. But Buddhism can all be seen as an allegory for how we approach our daily life and reality. We all have the ability to manifest Samsara or Nirvana, here and now. We can act on behalf of lifeless institutions, ignoring the Four Thoughts and Four Immeasurables, or we can proceed in peaceful compassionate unison with each other – and remove the roadblocks of failed institutions along the way.

Each of us, in equanimity, is just a wandering sentient being – and most of us are extremely compassionate at heart. In fact there is mounting evidence that humankind is evolving (from necessity) to become more compassionate. We have the technology and resources to provide for the energy, food and water needs of every human being on the planet, but dismayed, we stand back and watch our institutions direct our resources toward war and corporate empire-building.

Something is not right here.

Why is it that we collectively fashion billions of dollars and thousands of people together for war instead of building equal infrastructure to help one another? Why are we allowing the others to dictate priorities to us which are so unaligned to our true nature?

Because the majority of us are living in a state of warring consciousness; we were born into it; we exude that consciousness and manifest it outwardly via what are now long-standing war machines — those military, nuclear and industrial institutions and legislative devices that are either built to kill, or are slowly killing us anyway. But the Powers That Be forget the important lessons of history… the inquisitors and oppressors never win the battle, and no empire lasts forever.

Choose peace over war, choose individuals over institutions, choose compassionate helping instead of passionate hindering. Remember The Four Thoughts and Four Immeasurables. When institutions try to build another war machine or oligarchical institution, or try to illicit another senseless war, remember: if it’s not done out of love it’s not worth doing. The only way out of Samsara is through Nirvana.

For more information, please check out my previous article Meditation and Intuition in the Fourth Age of Deception (the Kali Yuga)

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The Art Of Smudging – A Shamanic Cleansing Ritual

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Nick PolizziGuest Writer

There is something primordial within us that connects smoke with spirituality.

If you grew up religious, you probably witnessed the ritualistic use of smoke in ceremony. For me it was frankincense and myrhh being burned during Sunday mass. For others it might be smouldering incense at their Buddhist Temple, or the spiralling tendrils of bukhoor in a mosque.

In Native American tradition, it’s seen as a bridge to the higher realms, a way to bring in good spirits and dispel the negative or stagnant ones. The most common smoke-purification ritual used by the northern tribes is a technique called smudging. This practice (or some variation of it) is embraced by almost every one of the native cultures we’ve worked with in the western hemisphere. When we see a unique method used by different tribes across multiple continents or land masses, it’s a strong indication that it yields very real physical and/or spiritual benefits.

In this article, I want to show you how best to smudge yourself and also explore some of the wisdom behind this ancestral art.

A Shamanic Cleansing Ritual

Smudging is the ritualistic burning of herbs and plant resins in a shell or clay bowl while prayers of gratitude and wellbeing are said aloud. The smoke is traditionally fanned using the hand or a feather (eagle feathers are treasured for this) and directed over a person or throughout a living space. The purpose is to wash away impurities, sadness, anxieties, dark thoughts and any unwanted energies or emotions that may be clinging to a space or individual.

This is often done before a ceremony or special gathering, after an argument (to literally “clear the air”), when moving into a new home, at the end of the cold season to re-invigorate one’s living space, and on a variety of other occasions. 

There is much subtlety to this practice, and its potency reveals itself in the experience as you work with it. So, before we get started, it’s important to understand the deep symbolism that underlies each of the objects used in a typical smudge. There are centuries of wisdom woven into this process.

First and foremost, the materials involved each symbolize and honour one of the four elements, a central theme in many Native American rites.

  • The shell or clay bowl represents water
  • The herbs and resins represent the earth
  • The feather and wind it creates represent air
  • The flame used to ignite the herbs represents fire
The Herbs

Sometimes only one specific herb is burned, but often a carefully prepared mixture is created. The Cree people of Montana and Saskatchewan call this botanical blend a kinnikinnick, and it can contain up to 30 different plants, chosen for certain outcomes or to treat a specific illness.

The most common herbs used for smudging in North American traditions are white sage, sweet grass, tobacco, and cedar. Not surprisingly, these are also four of the most sacred plants in this part of the world.

“Sweet grass grows high in the Rocky Mountains. A gift from the creator, it is said this grass never dies. It is one of the great smells reminding us of the mountains and open air. Sage is the cleanest smell of the desert. It is also a present from the Creator. Tobacco is another gift. Our thoughts and prayers are carried on its smoke. It carries the two great smells of the mountain and desert. It is a visual representation of our thoughts and prayers being transported.” – John Joseph, Chinook Shaman

A Smudging Practice to Try

A word to the wise: It’s important to hold pure and focused intention while you perform a smudging. Before you begin any purification ritual like this, make sure you’re fully present.

  1. You’ll need: a clay bowl or abalone shell, a few leaves of your dried herb of choice (or a blend), a flame, and an open hand or feather.
  2. Gently separate any stems or buds from the leaves of your dried herbs (only the leaves or blades are used in this process).  Then place the leaves into your smudging vessel – clay bowl or sea shell.
  3. If you are inside, open the windows in the space you are in, creating a flow of air from outside.
  4. Using a match or lighter, ignite the herbs and let them flame for 20 to 30 seconds before sweeping your hand above them to extinguish any fire. (I’ve been taught that using the breath to blow out the fire is not the proper way.)  Tendrils of smoke should be steadily rising from the smouldering herbs now.
  5. It is customary to smudge oneself first before moving on to others and the surrounding space. Using a cupped hand, draw the smoke around you.  Starting from the top, bring the smoke over and around your head, down your torso, all the way to your feet.  Make sure to pay attention to your breathing while doing this.  Slow and relaxed.
  6. Once you are finished with yourself, use your feather or hand to waft the smoke gently into the corners of the room and over any plants or pieces of furniture. My friend Santiago once advised that we need to be present with the smoke and watch carefully how it behaves and flows around specific people and objects. When we are fully aware, we’ll notice that it moves differently as it touches certain things. There is information there.
  7. Once you have finished smudging, tradition tells us that the ashes of the spent herb should be brought outside and returned to the soil.  Call it superstition if you’d like, but many tribes believe that the charred residue carries its own energy and must be given back to the earth.
A Native American Prayer You May Want to Use While Smudging

Creator, Great Mystery
Source of all knowing and comfort,
Cleanse this space of all negativity.
Open our pathways to peace and understanding.
Love and light fills each of us and our sacred space.
Our work here shall be beautiful and meaningful.
Banish all energies that would mean us harm.
Our eternal gratitude.

– The Medicine Wheel Garden, E. Barrie Kavasch

Smudging is a powerful way to clear stagnant energies and bring a renewed sense of wellness into my living and work space. Next week, my wife, son, and I will be creating a special smudge stick from some local sweet grass and sage that grows in our backyard. Another wonderful way to connect with the earth magic that surrounds us!

Stay curious, Nick Polizzi

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Synchronicity: 7 Ways To Interpret And Manifest It

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Mateo SolGuest Writer

Synchronicity reveals the meaningful connection between the subjective and objective world.”  – Carl Jung

You keep seeing the same repeated numbers, colours, words, or images all the time. What’s happening?

Are you going crazy?

Thankfully, the answer is no. You’re not going crazy. You’re actually experiencing a phenomenon called synchronicity.

What is Synchronicity?

Synchronicity is a term originally coined by psychologist Carl Jung that refers to the meaningful (or even miraculous) coincidences that occur in your life. When you experience synchronicity you’ll have experiences that seem far too significant to be mere day-to-day serendipitous encounters.

Synchronicity can manifest in an endless number of forms; popular types including names, numbers, words, symbols, and events.

What is the Purpose of Synchronicity?

A growing number of people believe that synchronicity is like a powerful ‘wink’ from the Universe telling us that yes, we’re on the right track. Synchronicity is also believed to be a form of guidance from the Higher Self; a way of showing you where to go and what to do next in your life.

Common Forms of Synchronicity

Synchronicity is different for everyone – it’s as unique as people’s needs and desires.

But there does seem to be a few common ‘categories’ of synchronicity out there. I’ll touch on them below:

  • Seeing repeated numbers (such as 11 11)
  • Thinking about something, then having it happen
  • Being in the right place at the right time
  • Dreaming about people/animals/places, then seeing them repeatedly in real life
  • Seeing repeated symbols (such as the infinity sign, the triangle, the tree of life, etc.)

Can you think of any other common forms of synchronicity?

Difference Between Serendipity and Synchronicity

Serendipity is when something good accidentally happens. For instance, we may need cash to pay for unexpected vet bills and find some in our jacket pocket that we’ve just put on. Synchronicity, on the other hand, is not just a single experience of good fortune. Synchronicity is a string of events that seem to be highly symbolic and meaningful in nature. If serendipity is like the bread crumb, synchronicity is the trail that leads us toward a new destination. Many people see synchronicity as a lesson, affirmation, or message from Life. One example of synchronicity is hearing the same name over and over again (in books, on TV, on number plates, in dreams) and later discovering that the name is suburb where you finally find your dream home.

Synchronicity Examples

Here are some examples of synchronicity:

  • Overhearing a couple of strangers talk about something that is of great significance to your own life
  • Watching episodes of your favourite TV shows that all somehow have the same underlying storyline/focus
  • Getting the exact message you need the most at the exact right time (e.g. if you’re going through a divorce, depression, betrayal, major life change, etc.)
  • Meeting the exact right person at the exact right time (e.g. a partner, friend, teacher, etc.)
  • Seeing the same symbols or images repeated everywhere (e.g. in magazines, on commercials, on buildings, on tattoos)
  • Glancing at the clock the exact same time of the day for many days on end (and seeing 11:11, 14:14, 23:23, 2:22, etc.)
  • Reoccurring signs that seem to lead you somewhere special (e.g. your ideal job, home, relationship)
  • Hearing the same song repeated many times in unusual circumstances
  • Strange alignments of birth dates between friends, partners, etc.

How many of these experiences can you relate to?

Theories About Synchronicity (From Sceptics to Believers)

What exactly is synchronicity? Let’s examine some popular world views:

  1. Hindus believe synchronicity is a manifestation of Brahman or the fundamental connection of all living things within the universe
  2. Behavioural Economists would classify synchronicity as a form of confirmation bias. For example, if you’re told to look for yellow cars, you’ll start seeing a lot more of them than you initially thought existed
  3. Quantum physicists attribute synchronicity to the “non-local” mind (or universal consciousness)
  4. Sceptics call synchronicity Apophenia or the practice of seeing connections and patterns in random and/or meaningless data
  5. Every day spiritual folks believe synchronicity is a sign from their Higher Self or Soul
  6. Psychologists (particularly those who follow Jungian theories) believe synchronicity comes from the unconscious mind and collective unconscious

Whatever causes it, synchronicity is far too common and too intriguing an experience to overlook or quickly dismiss and forget about. As the author of You Are Not So Smart, David McRaney concludes:

Just remember that meaning comes only from within.

The only person who can understand why a synchronous experience occurs and what it means is you.

What Creates Synchronicity?

Common explanations for the origins of synchronicity include the following:

  • The unconscious mind. We get warning messages in our dreams, so why can’t we get them in waking life as well? Our unconscious mind influences a lot of our behavior, and at the same time, can also communicate with us. Signs and omens (or instances of synchronicity) are the unconscious mind’s way of guiding us.
  • Harmony of energy. As everything consists of tiny vibrating atoms (aka. energy), synchronicity could also be a manifestation of global/environmental harmony, where the frequencies and vibrations of the moment sync together in perfect equilibrium (or Oneness) producing such uncanny experiences.
  • Law of attractionThis theory states that good and bad events in life are caused by your thoughts and feelings. Thus “like attracts like,” which possibly explains why synchronicity occurs.
  • Psychic abilities. Synchronicity is also thought to be a manifestation of psychic abilities where, for example, we intuit that a certain person will call us or significant event will befall us, and it does.
Personal Experience

Here is an illustration from my own life of synchronicity:

For some reason, the number 9 has been extremely significant in my life. When I need confirmation of anything, paying attention to number 9 is one of the most obvious places to look for me. I was born on the 19th, my partner was born on the 9th, my mother was born on the 29th, my uncle was born on the 29th, my brother is born in the 9th month of the year, and both myself and my partner share number 9 as our favourite number. What are the chances?!

How to Welcome More Synchronicity into Your Life

When you remain connected to the Divine, She will speak to you — in patterns and connections, signs and synchronicities, and all sorts of gifts. When magic rises to the surface of your awareness, and your life, you know you’re blessed. It makes life a wild adventure. It’s also a source of incredible strength, coming to you when you most need it … – Phyllis Curott

Have you ever thought that perhaps the synchronicity in your life right now is a message in disguise?

Whether you’re a sceptic or not, I encourage you to take action and see where you’re led.

Welcoming synchronicity into your life is simple. Here are some basic practices and mindset shifts to adopt:

  1. Be mindful and aware. Practice alertness and pay attention to the present moment.
  2. Be open and receptive. Maintain an open-minded outlook towards synchronicity. This will enhance your respectability towards such experience.
  3. Be humble. Sometimes what you desire or think is best for yourself is not. Learn to have a very loose hold on your desires. In this way, you won’t be imposing yourself on Life, but you will allow Life to impose itself on you (in the form of synchronicity).
  4. Be trusting. Trust that synchronicity will appear in your life and when it does, trust your intuition and follow the paths presented ahead of you. When you learn to trust yourself, you also learn to trust Life.
  5. Follow your instincts. Listen to what your gut instinct is telling you – your unconscious mind is vast, limitless, and extremely wise. Doors are being opened for us all the time, and when we listen to our instincts, we can actively see them.

Other spiritual tools/practices you might like to use to increase the synchronicity in your life include:

  • 6. Prayer – mentally or verbally express your desire to receive synchronicity (you don’t have to be religious to pray – you can pray to whatever you believe in).
  • 7. Sigils – sigils are intention-infused symbols that are used to communicate to your unconscious mind – they can be used to increase the synchronicity in your life.
How to Interpret Synchronicity

So you’ve had an increase in synchronicity lately. You might be wondering what it means and how you can correctly interpret it.

By learning how to correctly interpret the signs and omens that appear in your life, you’ll be able to know when you’re on the right path, when you’re making the wisest choices, and when you’re living aligned with your deepest needs and values. 

Sometimes synchronicity heralds new doors (or opportunities) that may open in your life. Other times, synchronicity is simply trying to teach you a lesson, for instance, to stop pursuing the relationship/job that you’ve set your heart on because it won’t work out.

Here are some of the most accurate ways to interpret synchronicity:

  1. Meditate and go inwards. Ask yourself, “what does this synchronicity mean?” Wait for images, feeling or words to enter your mind. If you still feel doubtful, repeat the same practice three times and see what answer you get.
  2. Tune into your body. Your body is a repository of wisdom and will tell you the truth no matter what your mind tries to make you believe. When you think you know what the synchronicity means, tune into your body. Do you get any goosebumps, shivers, or feelings of expansion as though an inner light bulb has gone off? If this is the case, you’ve likely found the right explanation. If, on the other hand, your body doesn’t experience any notable changes, you probably haven’t found the right answer.
  3. Use a pendulum. Pendulum dowsing is a powerful way of getting a direct answer from your unconscious mind. Simply get a pendulum (or a make-shift one) and ask it a question that demands a “yes/no” answer. For example, you may like to ask, “does this synchronicity mean that this relationship is right for me?” Read more about pendulum dowsing.
  4. Find patterns. One easy way to interpret the synchronicity in your life is to find patterns in your behavior. What issues or questions have been emerging a lot in your life at the moment? What has been the biggest source of anxiety/frustration you’ve been dealing with? Synchronicity often arises when we need answers and solutions. Find the patterns and relate them back to your synchronicity.
  5. Explore the symbolism. Often, synchronicity is symbolic in nature (e.g. the black dog you keep seeing in your dreams and waking life that symbolizes negativity/bad choices, the repetitive number “1” which symbolizes “being number one”). Is there any symbolic aspect present in your synchronicity? If so, what does it mean to you? Yes, you can consult a symbol dictionary or look up the meanings online. But remember, the most important meaning is the one you create and believe in.
  6. Use oracle and tarot cards. Renown psychologist Carl Jung once commented on the Chinese divination method of I Ching: “For more than thirty years I have interested myself in this oracle technique, or method of exploring the unconscious, for it has seemed to me of uncommon significance.” Thanks to the I Ching, Jung developed his theory which he coined ‘synchronicity.’ I’m sure if Jung was alive today he would believe the same about oracle and tarot cards – which, in my opinion – are much more accessible. One of the easiest ways of interpreting synchronicity is to consult an oracle or tarot deck. You can read intuitively (which is largely what I do) and pay attention to what feelings emerge within you. You can pick up affordable decks online such as the Vintage Wisdom Oracle. Before pulling cards it’s always best to ground and center yourself, preferably through a meditation. Then, shuffle the cards and stop when you intuitively feel the need to pause. Pull the card from the top of the deck and turn it over. Pay attention to the feelings you get from the image – is it positive and welcoming or unfriendly and negative? Depending on what type of card you receive you’ll have your answer. You can also use tarot and oracle cards for far more than simple “yes/no” answers – they can help to reveal the very core meaning of the synchronicity you’re experiencing.
  7. Listen to your dreams. Your dreams reveal a lot about the synchronicity occurring in your life – they are the language of the unconscious mind. You can either try to passively analyse your dreams or actively trying to “incubate” (or create) dreams that help to answer your question. To practice dream incubation, think about the synchronicity that has been happening in your life lately about half an hour before bed. Write down your question or draw a picture that symbolizes your synchronicity and put it under your pillow. This will help to prime your unconscious and prepare it to give you answers during your dreams. Upon first waking in the morning, record your dreams in a journal. Do this for one week and see what patterns emerge.

Try one of the above techniques that you’re drawn to – if you try too many you may get overwhelmed. So it’s best to keep it simple.

Synchronicities are the mysterious and beautiful occurrences that spontaneously happen in life. They can help to guide you and open your eyes to new potentials you didn’t know existed.

What are some powerful forms of synchronicity that you’ve had? I’d love to hear your stories. (It makes for an exciting read!) Please share below.

Originally published at LonerWolf and reproduced here with permission

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Whose Voice Are You Listening To?

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Juliet TangContributing Writer

Throughout my life, there had been no short supply of voices coming from both outside and inside of me pulling me in different directions. Sometimes the voice was gentle like a whisper from a lover, sometimes it was harsh and demanding especially when confronted with a fight or flight situation. The voices took on different roles such as the soother, the sergeant, the seductress, the teacher and they knew exactly when their presence was required. Most of them functioned on autopilot that I never truly stopped and questioned the origins of these voices until my awakening.

As if having woken up from a dream after a long night, I suddenly noticed not all voices were created equal, that is, some of them clearly did not have my best interest at heart despite the fact they all claimed they were looking after me.

Questioning the voices:

One by one, I began questioning each voice every time when it spoke to me. I would ask where it came from and have a conversation with it. Some of them, the self-deprecating and self-denying ones desperately wanted to be heard and they brought with them a ton of excuses, justifications and explanations as to why I must follow their lead or else I would end up with unimaginable catastrophes.

There was the constant nagging one that sounded perfectly soft and sincere, “You can’t do it because you are not good enough.” If only I could plant a tree every time that voice was uttered in my world! Lo and behold, it was the answer to almost every idea I wanted to manifest that was outside of my comfort zone for three decades of my life. I never questioned that voice because I believed it was protecting me and serving my highest good even though it most often reduced me to curling up in a corner of a cage made of self-loathing and tears.

The first time I questioned it was when I was over at my parents’ house one day. I shared some of my ideas with them about a project I had in mind and immediately, my dad’s reaction was, “Who do you think you are? You can’t do it because you are not made of that material.”

Freeze framing the movie scenes:

Right then and there, I saw a movie titled “I’m not good enough” playing scene by scene in my mind. Some of the scenes were from childhood when I hopelessly tried to defend myself in front of dad, but most of the scenes comprised of those moments in my adult life such as the one when I chose a career that was safe rather than one I was passionate about so I wouldn’t end up on the street, or the one when I held onto a failing relationship because I told myself I would never find a partner who wanted to be with me, on and on it played as that moment froze and time stayed still.

How many other voices were there trying to stop me from living my life? And how much was I holding onto that was not mine?

Those two questions initiated an intense healing process that was not unlike spring cleaning accompanied by long periods of soul searching, heartaches and the tears.

It was the beginning of my awakening.

When we go through our lives set on auto pilot – which by the way is a necessary mechanism for us to not having to relearn how to walk and brush our teeth every day – the trade-off is, we are also living on a subconscious level. Without the awareness, we allow our lives to be dictated by outside influences such as values and beliefs from our parents, teachers and culture that we have come to internalize. The result of moving through life reacting based on our past experiences rather than creating from who we are today, makes us feel like powerless victims simply because the life that “just happens to us” is not the one of our choosing as the voices we listen to clearly have no idea what is best for us today, at this moment!

Releasing the chains that bind us to the past:

This is perhaps one of the most empowering and liberating realizations one can have, for the chains that bind us only have power over us for as long as we remain unaware. The second we see them for what they are, a necessary tool, or I prefer to think of them as the greatest gift that allows us to learn what doesn’t work for us in life so we can discover what does work, they will simply shatter into a million pieces and dissolve into thin air.

Once we become conscious of how a voice impacts our decisions, it then becomes our choice whether we will follow that voice, or adjust its volume so it cannot take over.

Free-willing our way forward:

This is the magnificent power of our free will. Our brain is hardwired like a disc that can be both programmed and erased once the data is no longer needed. Once we press the delete button, we will end up with an infinite amount of free space – space to rewrite our stories and our lives.

There are many ways to identify disempowering voices, my favourite one is to just listen to our feelings as they are language of the soul. Whenever an out of tune voice shouts out a command, we experience a moment of “yuck.” Those are usually the voices that trigger fear and anxiety, make us want to scream and run, cause us to lose sleep at night, drag us into a sea of depression and manifest as physical pains and illnesses, the list goes on.

Once those voices are identified, befriend them and talk to them. They are our internal barometers that have been working tirelessly day and night to indicate to us what we truly desire in life. They are our cheerleaders that use any means necessary to get us to run that extra mile so we can reach our milestones. They are the x-ray glasses that allow us to see beyond the surface so we can move into our consciousness and elevate it. This is our time to give them our most heartfelt gratitude for having illuminated the paths in front of us so we can now travel in light, or enlightened.

Eventually, we will discover the one voice that has been singing to us all along – the voice of love, joy and healing that has never judged or abandoned us since the day we began our journeys. As the silence inside of us grows, that voice will become clearer and more expansive and fill us with endless inspiration.

We will say to ourselves, “But I’ve known this all along! I just didn’t listen to it.”

Follow that voice — the voice of the heart.

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Juliet Tang is an intuitive life coach, spiritual mentor and medicine woman. Her work empowers those who are looking for more alignment and expansion to awaken to their power and purpose on earth, activate more love, abundance and joy in their lives, and manifest their soul’s desires using the conscious creation process.

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Living From The Divine Ordinary

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Juliet TangContributing Writer

Our divinity allows us to experience miracles far beyond the physical, yet our humanness tends to wish to quantify and examine every experience by looking for tangible proof. We are in our heads so much that we often forget the bigger picture: our physical existence is merely one of the dimensions of our total existence, and our five senses limit us to a small percentage of the wonders in the universe.

What Is the Remedy Then?

How do we experience ourselves beyond what we can see and touch? How can we know for certain that there is more than meets the eye? How do we experience “out of the world” when we are “in the world?” Or for me, it was “where is the proof to all this?”

Like many on the spiritual path, I had been looking for those moments of confirmations for as long as I’ve been on the awakening journey. You read about them in healing books and meditation blogs, you hear about them from spiritual masters and yogis. After living on the street for a year and going through multiple crises in health, career and love life, Neale Donald Walsch finally arrived at the door of awakening, hence three volumes of “Conversations with God” were born. Eckhart Tolle spent most of his life in depression and unemployment until he realized “the secret of life is to die before you die – and find that there is no death.”

Experiencing these moments is as awe-inspiring as witnessing Moses parting the Red Sea, and almost always infuses new meaning into our existence and deepens our connection to the divine source. After all, as much as we are taught by gurus and alike that we are spiritual beings who are the divine expressions of source energy; when we are struggling with unfulfilling aspects of our lives and trying to make ends meet, it is easy for us to become detached from our true selves as we fall into life’s ruts and crevices.

Once in a while, the humanness in us desperately needs a reminder from the universe that the connection has never been broken, and we are, as always, eternally loved regardless of the circumstances we are in.

For the longest time, every time when I read about those transformative moments, I always asked the universe “when is my turn?”meditated, I begged, and I patiently waited for the “out of the world” (candles flickering, tree falling, sky parting, you name it, I’ve asked for it) signs to show me that I am always connected to the source. At times, I felt the only way for me to believe was to see the evidence delivered to me in a manner that could be understood and interpreted by my very limited human senses.

What Was I Missing?

The truth is, there is an endless stream of “evidence” coming from the universe at any given moment, but we are not always open enough to be receptive to it. After all, how could we notice anything if we are so caught up in the daily happenings in our little worlds, or hold onto the idea that the sign must show up in a certain shape or form and not be mindful of different, or more subtle types of communication?

Many of us have heard of the notion that the universe manifests through us, meaning whatever we believe in is reflected back to us. When I first encountered this concept long ago, my first thought was “so if the universe has my back, where is the confirmation? And if I don’t receive a sign or some kind of proof, it means none of this is real.”

What I neglected to see with my belief system at the time was I did not truly and whole-heartedly believe in conscious manifestation, in our divine connection, or anything. In turn, the universe brought me exactly what I believed in – situations that confirmed and reinforced my disbelief.

Also, by assuming the signs must manifest physically, I was denying the very nature of my multidimensional existence as a spiritual being in a physical shell and confining my existence to merely the physical dimension. When we identify only with our material selves, we are, in a way, “cutting off” the flow from the source and limiting ourselves from what the universe has to offer.

Who said the universe didn’t send sign after sign? Perhaps it came through as advice from a friend, or a much needed book that happened to drop in my lap. But for as long as we are stuck on the idea that the sign must be one way, we are not even recognizing the signs that are being sent to us!

When we allow only our heads to be the commanders of us, we are essentially allowing our ego to dictate our perspectives and limit us to only the rational, logical, and material. Identifying with just that part of the self often times leads to feelings of depression, isolation, and disconnect as we are so much more than the one-dimensional reality we identify with.

The heart center is a wonderful place. Love, compassion, joy, surrender, and trust all derive from the heart center as that is what connects us to spiritual guidance and higher consciousness. When we are living from the heart, we judge less and love more, we doubt less and trust more; we fill our lives with as much gratitude and forgiveness as we can knowing ultimately, we are all connected to each other and the universe.

What About the Signs?

Well, have you “accidentally” come across a page in a book, a message from the billboard, a bumper sticker on the car in front of you, or a Facebook post that was exactly what you needed to hear at the moment? Have you experienced occasions when you felt perfectly in sync with all that was happening around you and inside of you? Have you been mesmerized by the sunset and lost yourself in that moment of tranquillity and magnificence? What about when you looked into the eyes of your love and saw your own soul gazing back at you?

There, You Have It!

The extraordinary manifests in these “ordinary” moments. As there is no separation between our true selves and the source, every moment of everyday is a sign that we are living the extraordinary. It is our choice whether we want to accept every living moment as a miracle, or view it as part of the mundane. When we give up doubt and choose to believe in miracles, more miracles take place.

What about that jaw-dropping moment of divine connection that is the same magnitude as Moses parting the Red Sea? Did I ever experience it? The answer is yes. It happened when I was least expecting it (ah, life). It was during my Holy Fire Reiki Master atonement. My mind was still, my eyes were closed, and I was in a state where I lost all concepts of time and space.

Then…

A burst of bright violet exploded in my mind’s eye. Suddenly I felt as if I was glued to the seat as a stream of powerful energy from above me entered my crown and travelled down my spine vertebrae by vertebrae. I felt the clear presence of a light being behind me and bathing me in what I could only describe as the purest and most loving energy that was “out of the world.” For a nanosecond, my mind tried to intervene, but it was shut silent instantly as the energy and the presence grew more and more powerful. The air around me got chilly, but I was not cold. All I knew was the feeling of being immersed in the infinite light energy that could not be described in words but could only be felt and revered as I became one with that energy. It could have been a few seconds, a few minutes, but that moment became an eternal Now.

Trust in miracles, because that is what you are. Stop looking for that confirmation. You ARE the confirmation. And once you trust in that completely and irrevocably, the universe will go out of its way to “prove” it to you.

That, is how loved you are.

Recommended Articles by Juliet Tang
About the Author

Juliet Tang is an intuitive life coach, spiritual mentor and medicine woman. Her work empowers those who are looking for more alignment and expansion to awaken to their power and purpose on earth, activate more love, abundance and joy in their lives, and manifest their soul’s desires using the conscious creation process.

To learn more, go to www.juliettang.com, or follow Juliet on Facebook and Instagram.

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