Spiritual evolution, healing, and ascension of the Self requires a daily commitment to observe oneself and take action to change. The Self must seek to be of integrity, without judgment, in its thoughts, emotions, words, and actions in order to align its personality, ego, with its Higher Self, its Divine Presence I AM.
Today I share with you the Commitment Guidelines taken from the book "Spiritual Partnership" by Gary Zukav. Blessings, Anabela.
« 1- FOCUS ON WHAT I CAN LEARN ABOUT MYSELF all the time, especially from my reactions (such as anger, fear, jealousy, resentment, and impatience), rather than judging or putting the blame on others or myself.
This is the core of spiritual growth, the core of creating authentic power and co-creating with the Universe: Change yourself. Allow yourself to be flexible and agile rather than rigid and eager to impose justice. Assume that your emotional disturbance, all of it, has to do solely and simply with yourself. [...] Instead of trying to change others in order to feel safe and precious, find the inner sources of your self-loathing, self-dislike, and self-hatred, and heal them; find the inner sources of your gratitude, your patience, and your appreciation, and cultivate them. [...] Change in yourself what you want to change in the world. If you want to see less envy in the world, become less envious. If you want to see less anger in the world, become less angry. If you want to see more love in the world, become more loving. [...]
2- PAY ATTENTION TO MY EMOTIONS by feeling the physical sensations in my energy centers (such as my chest, solar plexus, and throat regions).
Using your body to grow spiritually anchors you in the reality of your emotions. It brings you into the present moment. Nothing is more effective in bringing you out of your fantasies, imaginations, and daydreams. In fact, these latter are ways of avoiding your emotions. [...] When the sensations you have near an energy center (such as the throat, chest, or solar plexus) are uncomfortable or painful, there is a fearful part of your personality that is active, regardless of what you are thinking, imagining, or doing. When they are pleasant, there is a loving part of you that is active, regardless of what you are thinking, imagining, or doing. This information is priceless. Your body will not lie to you. [...] Be patient. Sometimes you will have painful sensations near some energy centers and pleasant sensations near others. The first ones are processing the energies flowing through them in fear and doubt, and the second ones are processing them in love and trust. [...]
3- PAY ATTENTION TO MY THOUGHTS (such as judging, analyzing, comparing, daydreaming, planning my response, etc., or thoughts of gratitude, appreciation, contentment, openness to Life, etc.)
Sometimes it takes practice to develop emotional awareness. It is a developmental process, like learning to read. [...] If you can't feel your emotions in the form of physical sensations in your body, keep trying. [...] Meanwhile, your thoughts give you the same information. [...] Painful sensations arise at the same time as thoughts of criticism, anger, fear, judgment, etc. Pleasant sensations occur at the same time as thoughts of forgiveness, caring, patience, gratitude, and so on. [...]
4- PAY ATTENTION TO MY INTENTION (like blaming, judging, feeling the need to be right, seeking admiration, retreating into thoughts (intellectualizing), trying to convince, etc, or cooperating, sharing, creating harmony, and revering Life).
Noticing your intention is somewhat similar to noticing your future. It is your intentions that create your experiences. When you know what your intention is, you know what you are creating, and the experiences you create will not surprise you when you find them. The intentions you don't know (your unconscious intentions) create with just as much power as those you know, only because you don't know them, you have no sense of what you are creating. The experiences created by unconscious intentions surprise you whenever they arise and are never pleasant. A person who takes care of others to feel that he/she has value and is important, for example, gets frustrated, and then angry, when his/her efforts are not appreciated. [...] His/her care is sticky. It comes with second intentions, like for example, the need to be appreciated. People feel this need and don't want to pay the price for his/her "care" because, after all, he/she cares for himself/herself and not for them. [...] Dig as deep as you can, to find your intention before you act, and the consequences it creates will not surprise you. If they do, next time dig deeper before you act. »
PS: You can use the image in this article to help you expand your consciousness. Just look at it and breathe. You can also share it, I just ask that you keep the credit on the image. Gratitude! Anabela