So, since I'm not on Facebook these days, I check my email a bit more often because I'm still winding down from compulsive status checking. Anyway, I just was alerted that my blog had a follower... But not this blog. A blog I apparently started a year ago and only did two posts for. Very interesting stuff, to suddenly be transported in time... back to a year before. Well, I thought I would share with friends where I was then... I wasn't ready to share with anybody but strangers then, but in keeping with my post about Operation: Wanderlust, I'm not the same person now... But many of the thoughts I share here still hold true for me.
It's a lil long but... Here goes:
“Treat your entire life as if it were a learning experience. “The Earth School.” A real time, multimendia, surround sound, full color, cast of millions – learning environment that always provides you with every interaction, circumstance, opportunity that is perfect for your spiritual growth, given the wisdom of the choices you’ve made.” – Gary Zukav
I believe that life is a series of lessons designed to guide, coach, plead, cajole, and sometimes push us through our evolution of self. If we are not aware of this constant classroom, I believe that this existence will seem more difficult and less meaningful than it should be. I don’t know how long ago it was that I caught onto this idea of the classroom, but lately it has been pounded in my head by spiritual teacher after spiritual teacher.
“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you having at this moment.” – Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth
Now that I am well aware of the lesson in every opportunity and the opportunity in every lesson, I want to share my findings with those around me. I thought that perhaps sharing MY lessons could help others become open to witnessing their own.
I’ve done what I am capable of to impart the wisdom I’ve learned from my own life lessons to others. These lessons are not always received by others in a welcoming manner, as well they shouldn’t, since most of the time people have not asked to receive the lesson I give them. A lesson that I’ve been working on lately is the appropriate method of delivery for these valuable lessons.
“You should entertain the possibility that you are a powerful and creative, compassionate and loving spirit. Try that one on for size. And if you find that it doesn’t fit, if you find that there is a distance between what you say, do, and behave and a powerful, creative, compassionate, and loving spirit, then also consider that that distance is the distance that you have to travel. That is your spiritual journey.” Gary Zukav
Whether we know it or not, believe in it or not, I believe that we are all on this Earth to align our soul/spirit selves with the human personality/player we have doing the work. I believe that the closer we align ourselves to the true nature of our spirit (through lessons) the closer we become to being whole and joyous creatures who bask in the bliss of balance. Every single lesson that is afforded to us, we must grab hold of, and see what part of our Shadow or Light it might be exposing us to.
“Our shadow, formed long ago, contains all the parts of ourselves that we have tried to hide or deny, the parts we believe are not acceptable to our family, friends and, most importantly, ourselves. It is made up of everything that annoys, horrifies or disgusts us about other people or about ourselves. It holds all that we try to hide from those we love and all that we don’t want other people to think about us or find out about us. As the great Swiss psychologist C.G. Jung says, our shadow is the person we would rather not be.” -Debbie Ford
Becoming conscious of my shadow has been one of the most important things for me to learn how to do in the past few years. It is still difficult, but I’ve learned that by exposing a facet of my shadow, I’ve been given the most wonderful gifts of all. Through recognizing and accepting these parts of my holistic self, I’ve become more compassionate to others. I’ve realized that often times when I am having a difficult time interacting with someone and find myself disliking them, it is usually a surefire sign that whatever it is I’m getting annoyed with is a trait that I possess within myself and need to recognize. This has changed my life forever.
“By actively finding the gifts and receiving the contribution our shadow is trying to make, we redirect its once destructive power into a force that can benefit our life.” Debbie Ford
Another thing that has changed my life in these past few years is recognizing true gratitude and truly submitting to the feeling. Embracing my natural inclination to be gracious, I’ve begun to recognize the true beauties this life has to offer. I see and smell the flowers, I hear the birds, I smile into the rain, and laugh into the wind. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there are times when the rain just ruins my day like anyone else but I’ve noticed, more often than not lately, that I’m accepting it as a good thing and being thankful for the Earth getting the sustenance it needs.
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder
There are a host of other tidbits and major life lessons that I’ve stumbled upon lately, and each day I’d like to present something to the world via blog. I’m looking forward to embarking on this journey and I expect that it will teach me even more lessons in the process. Cheers to evolution!
Cute right? I feel like this was so long ago and I've come so far, and boy am I glad to have things like this as reminders and little check marks along the path that I have traveled. I hope you all have memories like this to reflect on as we move along...