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William Bloom, author of The The Power of Modern Spirituality.
Do you ever get the sense of being totally overwhelmed? So much ‘stuff’ going on, so much to do, not enough time in the day … and no one else seems to be there when you need help? Maybe there are people about – it’s just that you have become so used to doing things on your own (or maybe even refusing to ask – preferring things done your own way) that it doesn’t occur to call out for help. But please remember that you are never alone. Your angels are always there and always come to your assistance. It’s just that they cannot interfere, they have to be invited in.
I know that feeling of ‘over-whelm’ very well. Especially if I’ve allowed my emotional self to get involved in the drama of other people’s journeys and issues. Even the best of us can let it happen occasionally ad especially when it is close to home!
So when this happens and I’m exhausted, or things are going array, I know I have to step back, take a breather, re-assess my priorities, and try to gain an insight into the bigger picture. I go away from the clammer, take a walk, and ask myself “exactly what is really going on here?”
What is it that really stops us from asking for help? I have a suspicion that at the heart of it is a twitching ego that whispers in our ear. Our ego could be saying any number of things, but the most common things I come across in my work (even though people don’t always realise it is actually their “ego talking” is that we might lose control, or that the job won’t be done exactly to our liking, or that someone else might get the credit at the end of our hard work. Some of us might need to soften up on these ideas a little.
Remember that old saying: “If you want a job doing properly, then do it yourself”? I was brought up on that one. It fed into my already independent free spirit and I soon learned the tiring behaviour pattern of believing that I was quite capable of doing everything I needed done myself. Of course there are problems with this attitude and I’ve learned big lessons as I grow older and wiser. Firstly, if you turn away help people can feel rejected. It may also give the impression that you are so capable you wouldn’t need any help anyway.
When we turn away help we are turning away a gift. If we do that too many times we may find we are not offered that gift again. Then we struggle on for a little longer until at last we change our attitude.
This happens on a spiritual level too. We tell the angelic realms what we need or desire in our thoughts, our daydreams, which create energy. Every request is heard. Yet when the answer is given we don’t often hear it, or its not exactly what we thought it might be, it doesn’t suit us at the time. So we ignore or reject or dismiss it.
The angels will keep on and on trying to help and guide us. Then they step back. They wait for us to ‘lighten up’ to understand what’s happening, to see the bigger picture. Once we have stepped out of the situation, and sometimes because the universe has co-created a really challenging situation where we really do have to stop and listen or re-evaluate our life path – we may ask again with a renewed sense of acceptance.
The angels answer every prayer, every request and give guidance and answers every time. We just have to learn to be quiet and listen, or to stop and notice. That offer of help you just turned down? It might just have been angelic intervention. Sometimes the angels know a little better than we do. They see the bigger picture when we can sometimes only see what’s right in front of our face.
I’ve just been having a great conversation with a very spiritual friend about the ‘heaviness’ in our world just now and how helpless and vulnerable it often makes sensitive people feel. Some of us can’t bear watching news programmes any more, or reading the papers. Some very sensitive empaths are picking up despair and painful emotions from the hearts of refugees all over the world, as well as the political issues and powerful decisions being made that impact us all. There is a lot of fear and this creates dark shadows around our world. Yet there is so much good and Light shining in the world too. So many random acts of kinds and gifts of immense generosity . And, has anyone else noticed what lovely young people so many of our current actors, artists pop-stars and musicians are? (Nothing like the egotistical often foul-mouthed, hotel trashing rock-stars of my youth!!) So things are changing, yes, and as ever has been there is light and darkness, yin and yang, good and bad in our world. As Light-workers we all know what to do, keep on the good work!Read More
Watching children play is such fun. Have you ever watched a little one play on his/her own from the corner of your eye whilst pretending to be busily pre-occupied with something else? I love it. Not only does it make me smile but as an ‘amateur psychologist’ it can be highly educational – as well as very entertaining. How to do that without intruding, interfering or spoiling the enchantment and innocence of their game is a skill I’m practicing as I spend time enjoying babysitting duties with the younger members of my growing clan.
Playing on my own was something I did automatically in a one-child family setting. Parenting skills at that time, in the nineteen fifties, didn’t include all the current guidelines about ‘socialising’ children and as much as I probably needed to learn how to interact with other children I was happy to play on my own, or with Grandad! But these grandkids of mine are all from larger families and all have siblings of similar age – yet even in a room full of people they sometimes still like to play on their own. It seems to be very important in child development and as they play, creating conversations with any little thing (not necessarily toys) they can find, it demonstrates their sense of relationship. Even the salt and pepper pots or knives and forks, daisies and buttercups can get involved in a conversation, or an argument. Relationship starts from birth, and is possibly the most important aspect of psychological, intellectual, spiritual and emotional development in our human life.
Relationships. Always and forever human beings will spend their entire lifetime worrying about, working on, ignoring, building or rejecting their relationships. Starting from tiny I know I worried about the relationship between mummy and daddy, then at school it was my relationship with friends, teachers, dinner-ladies, then on to worrying about high school friendships and the complicated relationship we develop with our own body. As we grow there are new and different types of relationships with teachers, some difficult, and by mid teens getting to build relationships with boyfriends and their families. After school we meet even harder relationships with colleagues and bosses. Working relationships aren’t easy are they?
Then comes partnership and possible marriage between two people, and the family dynamics that change again when children arrive on the scene. And so it goes on.
But what about our relationship to self? Do you listen to your higher self? Do you practice listening to your inner voice, the deep knowing of intuition? Are you sufficiently comfortable with your spiritual life that your relationship with God and the angels brings all the answers you need on a daily basis? Or have you given that authority away to someone you’re in relationship with. Just asking.
Our human emotional need to be in a relationship with one special other is so fascinating that it has been observed, scribed, debated, and studied by philosophers for millennia, way before the modern study of psychology by scholars like Freud and Jung. Everything in the universe relates to everything else. We are in this great cosmic soup together and yet we seem to spend our entire life fretting about the relationship we are currently in (or not) with a significant other rather than developing the emotional connection within our own self. If our relationships are good we feel good. If we are not in a happy relationship we feel rotten too. Don’t we? But what does that tell us about our self? How else can we support ourselves to be independent, and whole?
There will always be people we don’t like, that we don’t agree with. Just there’s light and shade, night and day, yin and yang, because the world is created with opposites.. Discernment enables us to choose which aspects of other people’s nature is compatible with our own, and sometimes we have to reject other opinions and reach a level of maturity where we learn how to do that and also keep the peace.
Wouldn’t life be perfect if we felt so secure in our relationship within our self, to our higher self, that we were so congruent, so connected and grounded that no other personal relationship could ever knock us off centre. There would be discussion rather than argument, love rather than hate, companionship rather than rivalry and we would all be supporting rather than undermining one another. Is that just a Utopian dream?
Driving home from school the other day my ten year old grandson asked: “Nanny, what does Heaven actually look like?”
“Well” I slowly answered. “No-one really knows exactly. But some people have said they have experienced a sense of feeling it when they have had what’s called a ‘near death experience’ after a car accident or during an operation. It seems to be like stepping into the brightest light just like the middle of the sun. And it feels like the most happy and loving feeling you can imagine. You know how happy you felt when you saw rainbows when you were little, and when you are running in and out of the waves on holiday, and when you were tiny snuggled up with mummy or daddy feeling safe after a bedtime story … and when you feel exhilarated after scoring the winning goal, … and wake up on Christmas morning and Santa has been . Try to think of all those feelings all at once then multiply it by a trillion …. ”
“Hm, and so, ….. is that what its like then when we are dead?”
“Yep, … I believe it is”.
Breathing, it’s an interesting topic. To inspire means fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. It also means to breathe-in.
Stop for a moment, go on, just to observe how you’re breathing in this moment. Shallow? Just into the top of your lungs and quite quickly? Perhaps you have a cold, but regardless of temporary difficulties most of us – and probably 95% of the time – are hardly ever aware of this magnificent automatic life-supporting mechanism. So the chances are we haven’t noticed how shallow we breathe. We may be only using about a third of our lung capacity at any given moment. And when we are stressed we breathe quickly and use even less. The emotional stress is debilitating in itself but the lack of oxygen going into our blood stream creates tired limbs and depleted organs which in turn creates physical tiredness compounding the exhaustion. So, whether you are stressed or not take a few minutes to think about breathing consciously. At the moment there is a lot of talk about the ‘mindfulness’ buzzword and it all starts with understanding the breath. You see we don’t really pay much attention to the ‘automatic’ things in life, do we?
Those of you who do yoga are familiar with breathing exercises taking air down into your lower belly, into your Hara and have most likely become aware of the term prana too. Prana comes from Indian philosophy and is the sanskrit word which we call the life source. It means the cosmic, vital energy force manifest in all things, which the ancient Chinese understood and called it chi, in Japan it is ki and Egyptian ka.
Prana, is not just in the air we breathe, it is in the way we breathe it too. In ayruvedic medicine, which combines spiritual and healing as part of its methodology, prana is essential to spiritual, emotional, physical and mental health and it is also the life giving energy of the brain inspiring consciousness as well as the intellect. And the Essenes believed that it is in the moment between the ‘breathing out and the breathing in’ that all the answers to the great mysteries of Life are held.
Yogis understand that breath and breathing nourishes us totally and balances our central chakra system by giving complete life-giving spiritual energy to all parts of our body. By practicing yogic breathing exercises called pranayama some have taken this to extremes and live on prana alone. Breatharianism is the belief that it is possible for a person to live without consuming food. Breatharians claim that food, and in some cases water, are not necessary for survival, and that humans can be sustained solely by prana.
Here’s an exercise for you to do now as a mindful taste of how much better we feel when we really breathe.
Sit up with your bottom pulled back into the chair so that you are balanced on your ‘sitting bones’ with your spine straight and head balanced. Relax your stomach and shoulders as you allow your weight to sink into the chair. Place your hands on your lower belly, and feel it expand as you take a long slow deep breath in through your nose sensing the air as it enters your nostrils. Follow the air down through your body, with a sense of gratitude, experiencing the filling of your lungs completely and feeling the movement with your hands. Hold it for a couple of seconds and then slowly release the breath (some people like to exhale through the mouth – either nose or mouth is fine, its a personal choice) until there is no more by very gently squeezing your tummy muscles to aid the exhalation. Now pause again for a second or two, mindfully conscious of the magnitude of how we do this process automatically yet amazingly by design, without giving it any thought. Then allow the breath to fill you again and hold, and repeat several times. This is the practice for breathing down into your Hara. Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually we have just given ourselves a small dose of good medicine. (I encourage you to develop this into a regular daily spiritual practice, if it is not something you already do).
When we are aware of the Hara, we are more centred, more grounded, more balanced. We are safer in our self, and safer to be around. By breathing calmly and deeply when we are worried, stressed, over-ought and stretched we can come back to our self with a calmer body, more energised and with a clearer mind.
You see, my point is that because it is automatic we so often forget that breathing air, and the physical support mechanism by which we are able to do that to support life, is all part of life’s great mystery. Just as we forget that all around us is a magnificent mysterious network of angelic beings, spirits, guides, elementals, nature devas, and the all encompassing beneficent support mechanism called, universal mind – God. We don’t have to tell ourselves to breathe to stay alive, it just happens. But perhaps we do have to remind ourselves to practice breathing more effectively for our health and wellbeing. Some of us continually ask, pray, and make demands from the angels and God for what we want for life to be ‘more’. We don’t really have to tell the Universe how to support us. If we believe in the wonder of Divine creation then God knows what we need to sustain life. But perhaps sometimes we might need to remind ourselves to practice living this amazing life a little more consciously, pay a little more attention to it. Perhaps try to live a little more gracefully. Hm, now there’s a thought to inspire.
So……. How’s your breathing now?Read More