surrender

The Seed of Consciousness

Often we see people repeating the same story or struggle in their lives because they are still living within a marker of time, which is their consciousness. Opportunity to break through their pain and suffering (the easy way or the hard way) will continuously present itself. So opportunity cannot be wasted because the soul repeatedly calls forth the environment and scenario required to spur it forth.

Death is not a measure of wasted opportunity. If we dwell in that regret then  we are limiting our perception of another soul’s growth and process. If a soul repeatedly called forth the environments and scenarios for integration and shifts in consciousness within a lifetime, then why would it not be able to create further opportunities after exiting physicality?

When we see others struggling, and we can understand from an observational perspective what the root of their problem is, i.e. the things that they have yet to integrate or where they are resisting, we can either fear that they will not “get there” or finally “get it” and become emotionally attached to their struggle story, or we can let it go and trust that their marker of time (their consciousness) is still relevant and needed for them.

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Being OK with not being “healed”

So much of the collective idea around healing is to shift out of or away from pain. You could liken this to pain being the “hurdles on a race track”. If I’ve just leapt over a hurdle and I’ve expended a degree of my energy to overcome it, I could be annoyed to find another hurdle ahead that I need to “gear up” towards and put the spring in my step to hurdle over it. And then I’d look ahead and find yet another hurdle on my path. If I allow this to frustrate me, then I’d be left asking the question, “when will I overcome all of these hurdles?” “When will there be no more hurdles to jump over?”

 

What if the idea wasn’t that we need to constantly exude all this energy racing to cross over these hurdles, and liken ourselves as athletes on a track, continually overcoming the pain of adversity that presents itself before us. What if the pain that we look upon as a “hurdle to overcome”, was actually the healer? If we took our focus off the emphasis of getting over the hurdle, just so we could run to the next hurdle, we’d get a sense that there is no rush, only the rush that we create for ourselves.

 

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What if we allowed ourselves to sit with the pain a little bit longer? Before the idea of needing to transmute it/ shift it/ clear it/ integrate it/ right now/ all levels and dimensions/ past life present future/ divine feminine / masculine/ mother’s side/ father’s side/ lineage/ 10 generations back, etc, etc. What if we allowed ourselves to be ok in the knowledge that it wasn’t yet healed? Would it be ok that the pain was still here and still present in our lives? Would we be making ourselves “wrong” to still be experiencing it? Or processing it at a slower rate than we think we should be? Because for whatever reason we believed that pain or blockage was slowing us up from where we believe we should be right now? Or what we should have already achieved last week, last month, last year?

 

Are we dismissing our experience as we experience it? And does that become another way for us to not be fully present in our lives? Does life begin once we have overcome all the hurdles? Where is this reality of constant perfection, clear skies and no hurdles on the track?

 

Often the pain we are experiencing is a way of honoring and remembering our story. It’s the opportunity to fully reconnect with the things we suppressed, forgot or left out in the dark. If our pain is sourcing from those stories, why do we need to fast forward through them? Do we honor our lives by turning away from the memory of our struggle? If we remember our struggle, then can we then observe how far we’ve come? By the same token, how can the healing process begin if we are not allowing ourselves to fully re-member our story, and all those lost, misplaced and unprocessed sensations we felt while we were living those stories?

 

If the idea of healing or being healed means a state of grace, perfection, alignment with the “divine blueprint”, then surely we would have to be in a state of “allowing” ourselves to be in accordance with that grace. If the idea of not being healed yet is “not ok”, or if we are focused on the many issues we haven’t yet cleared on our list, and we are “not ok” with ourselves until we have cleared them, then does that make us “not ok” right now? And if our focus tells us that we are “not ok” right now, and healing is a state of grace and perfection, then how can we allow ourselves to be in alignment with it, if we are “not ok” right now? If we are “not ok”, then we are not healed. The two can’t exist at the same time in a dualistic dimension.

 

Healing is not a battle, not a competition, not something we can always measure tangibly when it comes to human emotion. It’s the accumulation of lifetimes of stories and reliving and reintegrating stories to get the fullness of our experience, individually tailored. It’s never just a formula to replicate and apply for everyone. And it’s not something we can “try” to do, because in that sense healing is an outcome of the process of easing ourselves back into our story, with love and honour for every painful recollection.

 

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Maurice Katting is a Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner and Vibrational Healer based in Melbourne, Australia

You can connect with him at http://thedisconnecthealingspace.com

Moving beyond addiction into realignment

When we begin to acknowledge our addictions and allow ourselves to explore the totality and the depths of the causes of our addictions, we are in a state of exploration and transformation. Moving beyond the focus of our situation and battle/ duality state with our addictions empowers us to confront and bring into our awareness where we are feeling dis-empowered, or in a perceived state of weakness. This feeling of weakness is the soul yearning for reconnection and completeness within itself. Solidarity: unification within the self. Unification of the mind, body and soul. Realigning ourselves so that our actions and daily drives and desires are allowed to come back into a state of balance and become a reflection of unification of the mind, body and soul.

tree While moving through this state of self discovery it is important for us to take the “battle element” out of this growing awareness. Understanding and gaining clarity on the causes and the depths of our addictions doesn’t have to put us in a state of overwhelm and burden unless we are allowing it to. Instead it is more empowering to bring an attitude of gratitude for our expanding understanding as well as an acknowledgement that we are already moving beyond the addiction. Too much focus has been placed on the idea of struggle and that recovery is somewhere off in the distant future, or that we will never reach this place of empowerment and trust within ourselves. Instead we need to bring the focus back to the present as this is the only place of power. Even if we haven’t acted on an addiction for a short duration of time, if we know that we have already changed a pattern of behaviour, then let’s celebrate the fact. If we have already moved beyond our usual cycle of engagement in an expression of our addiction, let’s celebrate the fact. Let’s honour and acknowledge that we are already moving into that state of alignment and growth where we have allowed conscious awareness of our actions to change the course of our engagement in our personal addictions.

This is the place of constance that we are surrendering ourselves to come back into. It it not a state of striving to reach, but a state reached through surrender. It is not about ‘trying’. It is a surrendering of the duality state of separation, anxiety, addiction, craving, struggle and into a remembrance of our divinity within this individual moment. Remembering this state of being and allowing ourselves to come back into this place of acknowledgement no matter how often we ‘fall off the horse’ and where we ‘perceive ourselves to be in our state of recovery’. Understand that just the pereception of where we think we are in our recovery can actually be hindering us from allowing ourselves to feel reconnected in this moment.

 

The serenity prayer
The serenity prayer, or variations of the serenity prayer used in recovery groups, is an acknowledgement of being in this moment:

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”

For those who don’t believe in “God” or dislike using the word “God”, or have mixed feelings about using the word “God”, perhaps out of a sense of religious connotation, or personal confliction over how to define “God”, change the wording. Use “true self”, “higher self”, “universe”, “Goddess”, “Spirit”, “All that exists”, “the totality of my being”. Whatever wording you can think of that supports you, resonates with you, feels comfortable to you and that you can use as anchor. If the idea of any type of God / energy just feels too conflicted for you then use “the strength within me” or “the perfection within me”
For those who don’t like the idea of prayer, again as it may bring conflicted feelings or the connotation of religion, then change it to the serenity affirmation. The idea is to use this wording as an invocation to bring yourself back into realignment in this now moment.

The first line, “grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change” is an acknowledgement of surrender. A pause or a reflection in the moment in order to release our personal crazy. To just say “in this moment I am releasing the fight within me”. Surrender is not about giving up and going back into the actions spurred by addiction, but a surrendering of the supressive states of addction we engage in, that cover up what needs to be healed.

The second line: “courage to change the things I can” is a call to action. This is a call to responsibility and taking the acknowledgement of our addictive behaviours and placing a framework that works in our favour to move out of habitual addictive patterns. This is an owning up to ourselves. The action principle of change where we review what we are doing in our lives and make a decision of what we are going to discard and what new patterns of behaviour and modes of operation we are going to bring into our lives.

The third line: “wisdom to know the difference” is about a realignment of the ego self. It is a calling in for improved clarity. The understanding of what we wish to keep, and what we wish to discard depending on where we feel we are at this moment of our lives. And the point is that this can change and is allowed to change. Because down the track there may be other things we are ready to discard but that may not be a reflection of where we are in our evolution at this moment. The whole point of the prayer is to allow our process to work for us, not against us. Not to create further struggle, but to provide structure and clarity and a process that empowers us right now in this moment.

 

Maurice Maurice Katting is a Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner and Vibrational Healer based in Melbourne, Australia

You can connect with him at http://thedisconnecthealingspace.com