Wednesday, March 23, 2016

If You Love (Being) an Awakened Woman


For many years I have worked on knowing myself, loving myself and understanding myself. Honoring who I am and what I believe in without making apologies for it. I have been surprised that this process of awakening to the spiritual experience of being a woman was not always well received by others. However, I’ve also seen how this process of unfolding has propelled others’ transformation and growth; both women and men. While I acknowledge that these words reflect mostly my own perspective, it also collects what I’ve witnessed in other women and men in awakening to their highest self and in the experience of spiritually loving and being loved. For this purpose, I humbly share my experience as an awakened woman. Honoring you both in the unique pace and rhythm of your souls, I elevate these words as sweet prayers for transformation:

The caliber of an awakened woman can bring you to your highest destiny. Because a woman like this is precisely awakened to the majesty of her whole being.

People, especially men, may be profoundly intimidated by her, because she knows the depth of her soul, and therefore she’s not afraid to delve into the core, into the heart of issues as they arise. 

A woman with such clarity won’t accept a lie, she’ll simply smile into your duality and face you. Her eyes of love and wisdom can bring in your own truth.

A woman with such compassion will hold your heart as she would hold a child. She knows the ways of love, as she has learned to caress and cradle her own being.

A strong-hearted woman will challenge you to stay attuned to your present. If you trust her wisdom, she’ll reflect back the best of you, like the moon to the sun.

You can try to fool her, but she will always be ahead of you, not to compete, but to meet you where you’re at and elevate you. Gracefully, she’ll take your hand and walk with you through darkness. 

You’ll be astounded by her trust. She’ll follow her own light and illuminate the path that is your way out.

She’s a seeker, a lover, a keeper.

She’s unstoppable because she flows soft and penetrating like water. If you honor her, she’ll keep you fresh and nourished. If you hurt her, your foolishness will just be reflected back at you sixteen times, freezing your heart and evaporating the trust that was placed in you. This is not born out of vengeance or meant as a command. This is the feminine nature of energy, that mirrors back the trust and caring given to her, enhancing it and encouraging the connection to grow. Sometimes, she’ll be of service as a magnifying glass: enhancing or constricting, expanding or limiting. Ultimately, she reflects what is given; beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

Understand this: to love an awakened woman you’ll have to lose yourself; give in. This does not mean you must abandon who you are, but instead necessitates that you surrender your ego, your habits, your wounds, your spiritual void. You must know that around the warmth of her being you’ll melt like honey under a blue sky.

Her ways are subtle and stark, simple and complex, sweet and bitter, soft and firm. Can you acknowledge the paradox of her essence? She wanes and waxes like the moon, constantly adjusting with the ever-changing phases of life.

If you don’t understand this, then understand her, “stand under” her. Support her and you will witness how your soundness and steadiness make her flourish, at the same time as she supports you and helps you realize your highest potential.

She is a mirror, a warrior, a saint.

She’ll be standing rhythmically by your side, enhancing  your relationship with yourself, helping you to nourish your own self-worth. Like a mystery, she’ll open the doors to the unknown, encouraging you to grow in your faith. You’ll find in your deepest, most intimate meditations, that she reminds you of Spirit. She’s there to bless you, as you’re there to bless her from the majesty of your awakened being.

If you love an awakened woman, life’s journey will be like a smooth caress. You’ll find yourself doubting less as you consolidate, and become steady, calm, patient and wise. The stability and integrity of an awakened man is a major blessing for the world, and for her, like a sweet kiss from God.

Over time, your cultivated intuition will naturally reveal to you both when to be silent and when to speak. You’ll rise with the understanding that commitment is a state of being, like a light of remembrance whenever you feel lost.

An awakened woman and an awakened man both know that the most supreme experience of love is to feel whole. Only from this wholeness is it possible to sacrifice, to expect nothing in return and to share your being just for the joy of giving and loving.

Love an awakened woman and you’ll find there are no real barriers to change, only the sweet ache of transformation that inadvertently turns carbon into diamond.

You’ll grow wings because an awakened woman will propel you towards really embracing freedom, and paradoxically, you might find yourself searching for an anchor and longing to go “home” after a long challenging day.

When you gaze into her eyes you’ll discover your divine self, looking right back at you.

An awakened woman is a never-ending wake up call. Her light will ignite your being, her compassion will cradle your fears and her love will be a sweet gift from God, Spirit, and the Universe.

Are you ready to Love an awakened woman?
And you…
Are you ready to Be an awakened woman?

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Holistic Approach of Health and Disease:
Exploring the Mind-Body-Spirit and the Personification of Organs

 Kirinroop Carolina Israel.

The most wonderful thing I have learned about the human body is its innate multidimensional configuration. As an integrated system, the physical and the spiritual bodies support the fulfillment of our soul’s experience. From this perspective, mind, body and spirit are inextricably interconnected, forming part of a complex system of interdependence.
Under this holistic framework, when something occurs in one of these levels, the entire system is affected if we consider the human system as a whole. Indeed, we are more than the sum of many parts; every human being is unique from its fingerprints to his/her authentic configuration and way of being in the world.
This holistic understanding draws upon many contemporary theories, namely, system theories, complexity theories, metaphysics and quantum physics, Gestalt theory, among others. These approaches have offered, especially in the last decades, a more comprehensive understanding of the process of health and disease in an individual, where well-being -as a state of being-, is a result of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual components organizing themselves in a unique pattern of configuration.
Following this perspective, a disease is a manifestation of a conflict, friction, block, shock or a chronic or abrupt rearrangement of the patterns that compose the individual dynamic of being. From a Metaphysical approach, disease has an emotional or spiritual cause, meaning that the physical manifestation of a symptom is just an expression of an energetic imbalance that has been progressively generating itself for a certain period of time. This understanding exceeds the Germ Theory, which supported medicine’s long ride through the Newtonian or mechanistic approach that suggest an allegory of the human being as a machine.
A common mistake would be to exclude one approach for the other; indeed, the greatest challenge for humanity is to acknowledge the multidimensional reality that sustains us, -material and spiritual. It is useful to remember that our existence entails both aspects of the experience: we are not only a human, we are not only a being; we are a human (material) being (spiritual). In this sense, there cannot be a phenomenon occurring in one level without affecting the other.  We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
Likewise, health and disease are both part of a continuum of experience, in which the appearance of an ailment comes with a message from the spiritual or immaterial realm into the material territory of the body. This message –usually configured within the subconscious dominion of experience-, can be deciphered in order to bring consciousness to that part of ourselves which we haven’t been acknowledging, accepting, or simply been aware of. From this holistic comprehension, understanding the spiritual meaning of a disease does not imply that one gives a “magical” meaning to it, or dotes a phenomenon with unnatural qualities. On the contrary, it is most certainly natural to conceive that an imbalance on a physical level is product of a building force, a movement of energy creating an impact on many levels.
However, this building force undeniably may have been gestating itself on a subconscious level, co-creating itself with physical correspondent phenomenon. This means that an unconscious pattern of emotions, such as perpetuated resentment for an unsolved situation, or a traumatic experience, can build itself up to an energetic dysregulation of other systems in the body, finally manifesting as a weakened immune response (or any disease), for instance.
Moreover, if we consider homeostasis as the continuous dialogue of opposite forces to sustain harmony, balance is plausibly a product of a wave-like movement between two dimensions or aspects of experience. This could entail a dialogue between cold and hot, light and dark, high and low, conscious and unconscious, material and spiritual, and so on.

Consequently, the movement between complementary opposites (like material and spiritual realms) manifest in both a universal level –encompassing the reality of all beings, namely, night and day, masculine and feminine, etc., and an individual level –appearing through a unique and authentic pattern of personal configuration, namely, fingerprints, personality, biography, etc.
This holistic approach is not new, it has been recognized for centuries by different cultures and traditions, from metaphysical perspectives to ancient eastern perspectives. An example of this is the Tantric Principle (India) or Yin Yang principle (China); opposites are only complementary aspects of experience, where one part holds in its deeper center the nucleus or seed of its opposite, implying an indissoluble inter-dependency.
Even more, the term “individual” has its etymological roots in the Latin word individuus, meaning “indivisible, inseparable”, or that which cannot be divided due to its inseparable or holistic nature. The same principle holds true for the example of “human being” mentioned previously, where spiritual and material realms of existence form part of a natural and indivisible marriage.
Accordingly, an approach that attempts to fragment human nature is simply failing to acknowledge its whole nature. A comprehensive approach requires the recognition of multiple levels of experience and the complex capacity of the human being to manifest itself in unique ways.
Regarding health and disease, some metaphysical approaches have described specific meanings of ailments to decipher and describe patterns of organization that gestated an imbalance on an emotional, mental and/or spiritual level. This approach states that the cause of a disease lies on a pattern of the mind, as a property of consciousness creating a certain reality. On the contrary, the Germ Theory states that the cause of a disease is held solely on a physical level, hence, its cure must undergo an intervention on this same level, regardless of the others.
However, an interesting middle approach could reconcile both levels of experience. Let’s set up some grounding notions to clear this up for proper understanding. A configuration is an arrangement or disposition of multiple elements conforming a whole. A pattern is a recognizable combination of qualities of a phenomenon, it represents the insight that results from connecting the dots. The property of authenticity is like a spiritual blueprint that brings uniqueness to the dimensions of time and space. In this sense, when either a germ or a mental-emotional constellation (repeated and divided thought/emotion pattern) appears in our system (mind-body-spirit), the quality of that system will determine its capacity for adaptation and its pertaining homeostatic principle. The theory of Disease Resistance is similar to this approach.
The art of healing -or comprehensively treating and understanding the meaning of a disease, implies a recognition of a pattern of configuration in an individual with the purpose of restoring balance or homeostasis. To heal, we need to meet the unconscious cause of an ailment and unfold it through the process of dialogue between opposites –material and spiritual-, while weaving the nuances pertaining to different levels (emotional, mental, etc.). We restore harmony by bringing encompassing consciousness and integrity to our acts. We treat the physical body while we search for meaning, and in this way, just like the immune system, we amplify our memory and awareness evolving towards a more complex level of existence.
Moreover, the physical structure of the body is also a configuration of patterns of the mind-body-spirit system. This means that from the anatomical and physiological characteristics of the human body we can extract its energetic/psychic expression. The Holistic Approach of Health and Disease, created by the Chilean physician Dr. Adriana Schnake, is an example of this integration. This approach derives from Gestalt Theory and Psychotherapy drawing upon numerous universal, ancient and scientific principles to understand the meaning and process of health and disease. By phenomenologically observing the systems of the body and its organs, it is possible to recognize its correspondence with aspects of the personality, by the way they are constituted (anatomical structure) and how they function (physiology).
From this perspective, we can identify the biological-organismic aspects of the personality, understanding that each organ and system has its pertaining qualities of being. When we negate, reject, neglect or struggle with aspects of ourselves, we are actually denying aspects of our material and spiritual reality, thus causing fragmentation, disruptive harmony and originating disease. When we do not acknowledge all the qualities of our being, we are restricting our adaptive capacity to deal with change and uncertainty, hence, impairing our innate ability to respond and endure transformations.
The Holistic Approach of Health and Disease derived from Gestalt Psychotherapy facilitates a dialogue between the person and its organ. Through the role playing of an organ, the person can embody its qualities to discover what are the rejected aspects of that organ and its according aspect of the personality. Phenomenologically, this suggests the following exploratory question: What are the characteristics that are being isolated, negated and fragmented by the individual? By experiencing the organ, the person can come to an insight of the underlying causes of a disease, as he or she learns the harmonic anatomy and function of his/her body-mind. In this sense, this approach, also known as the Gestalt Dialogues with the Body, offers the investigation of the symptom’s voice and its unique message that it waiting to be delivered to the person’s awareness.
An example of this would be a person that when embodying (role playing) a joint (articulation), discovers that she struggles with some aspects of its functions, such as being a mediator between opposite/different parts (a joint articulates a bone and a muscle). This insight can bring tremendous awareness and healing, especially if the person is in the journey of recovering from arthrosis, for instance. What is new about this method and differentiates it from other metaphysical methods, is that it recognizes an individual’s unique psychic (mind-body-spirit) configuration. While it is true that we can recognize patterns for all individuals, such as relating throat ailments with the 5th chakra and its communication aspects, each person has an irreplaceable way of being in the world, a unique biography and quality of experience. This method allows each individual to relate to the original characteristics of their organ in order to notice what aspects need acceptance, and with that, integration.
Integration comes from the creative dialogue between opposites, be it the material and spiritual realms or the multiple nuances that lie in between levels.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Give the Ego a Chance: How to Heal and Work with it

Many people are striving now a day to be happy. All over the world many of us feel compelled to grow and find a personal and collective state of joy and peace. When we face this enormous so-called challenge of “becoming happier”, we realize that there is no other form of growth than self-development, and that this journey is all about self-discovery.
It is common to seek the questions of “why” this or that is happening to me, but certainly, this leads to a great frustration as we realize there is no real or satisfying answer. We then move to a much more effective question: “how” to accomplish that person that I want to be. And without hesitation this dilemma encounters the real great question: “who am I?”.

Getting to Know the Ego:

One of the major blocks we find in the journey of self-discovery is the Ego. What is the Ego? Although there is a popular knowledge about it through affirmations like “this feeds my ego” or “you need a stronger ego”, when we come closer to eastern perspectives it is frequent to find the notion of letting go of the ego.

How does this really work? Who am I beyond my ego?

First of all we need a definition of ego to give a common ground of what we are talking about. Although Psychology has made long-term attempts of defining it, now a days there is a growing necessity of managing this and more concepts, and moreover, applying them in our real life. In this article I will give grounded notions of the Ego and its adherent concepts so that we can learn to work with ourselves in our daily life.
Just as we need a vehicle to move through long distances, we need an ego to function in this third dimension and navigate through this material reality. Just as a car (or our body), commonly we don´t know all of its pieces and mechanisms, but we are aware that it moves, functions and serves a purpose.
Imagine yourself floating around with no purpose and bumping into the objects in the world with no direction. It would be chaotic. So we need a certain guideline, a sense of motion and an inner sense of piloting this navigation.
The ego is a vehicle. Of what? The real You. Picture yourself sitting in a computer (which for this example could be another type of vehicle). Imagine that the computer suddenly starts using you and begins to open programs and applications with no control of you over it. It would be ridiculous right? It is as ridiculous the way that the ego –and its ally, the mind- controls our lives. So  if the computer is the ego and the mind (as a software), then who or what is controlling it…? You. Who is you? Think for a moment… There is an inner sense of you that moves beyond the vehicles, that has consciousness of them and gives purpose to that use. That inner attitude could be defined as the Soul, in C.G. Jung´s terms.

As the computer registers a history of how it was used and when, so does our Ego. We register all of our impressions in the world as we grew up. Our first society is our family, directed by our parents, and this is the first mirror and given source of concepts that we get for ourselves and the sense of who we are. And of course there is a whole realm of ourselves that we don´t yet know (the personal unconscious). But as our parents were also influenced and impregnated by something else (the collective unconscious) our ego is a product of multiple and inherited patterns of conditioning (behaviors, morals, etc),as Osho refers to it, that “models” our external presentation.

So the Ego becomes a character built up by multiple characters, concepts and the roles we play in society, everything we have externally learned as good or bad. So the Ego, the subject of consciousness, as Jung defines it, is the complex of things that we have identified upon and by which we function. In other words, what we know about ourselves, or what we have chosen to know about ourselves are those characters we play in all of our relationships.

But the Ego, this vehicle, is part of a whole, something bigger in which it is sustained. The Psyche, that bigger realm, contains 2 dimensions: the conscious and the unconscious. In the field of the conscious the ego resides. In the field of the unconscious the Self resides, that animus part of us that embodies and manifests the soul.
The consciousness would be like the property of our whole psychic realm of knowing itself.

The Traps of the Ego:

So the Ego is made of characters and concepts learned (most of them imposed!) and like in any movie, the Ego likes to play games between these roles. Emotion and commotion are the motors of this theatre, and although it can be fascinating it can also be very exhausting and destructive. The Ego was taught to manipulate and be manipulated, to attack and defend itself. So the vehicle that we are taught to use has these main functions.

As part of the show, the Ego is so, a creator and victim of this ornamented illusion. It relates primarily to the external world, thus, likes to control the uncontrollable. The Ego knows that the realm of the unconscious is by nature, uncertain, and so, as a vehicle, needs a structure to feel secure. It will do anything to keep holding the great illusion of a perfectly controlled and manipulated world outside, where everyone else is revolving around it and fulfilling its demands. This is what we call the traps of the ego: it will lie, push, demand, defend, attack, compete, protect, constrain, yell, and dramatize, as far as it can go, so to keep up this ongoing game of sustaining the main illusion of control. The greatest joke of the Ego is that it makes a fool of itself. As it is oriented towards the outside world, the Ego won´t take responsibility for itself, tending to judge and blame the outside world for its results. It is good to remember that “we don´t see thing as they are, we see them as we are”. The great illusion that happiness or God is something you search on the outside is a notion that comes from the Ego.

On a collective level, the sum of Egos build up a conditioned and rigid society whose individuals are confined to determined ways of behaving and in which the world is a result of black and white, good and bad, a consensus of “normality” and what is expected of each one. There is no room for spontaneity, authenticity and creativity, because this defies the old rigid ways of the Ego and so, we learn to compromise our inner truth since the very beginning. And every time the illusion is cracked open, it is hurtful for the Ego (not the true Self).

The process by which the Ego derives to a False Self instead of a Real Self is a matter of a whole new article; however, it is central to understand how this vehicle can be oriented to fulfill one way or another. The Ego, which is an essential quality of the human being, is prone to support either the negative sides of yourself or the positive ones.

On a “metaphysical” level, the Ego vibrates mainly on FEAR (of the natural uncertainty of reality) and so, it serves a very specific purpose of protecting the human body, its functions, and the embodied soul. Although it may surprise you, this is a very essential need for the human being; if it weren´t for the Ego, we would have no notion of the material world and our soul -and its floating nature- would make us just wonder around and not assimilate that a passing car or a raging lion could kill us. This is where the feeling of separation originally arises from, since we are born in a finite body, we adjust to the consciousness of differentiation from infinity.

Nevertheless, the Ego is supposed to be what it essentially is: a vehicle for the soul in this third dimension. And, as my Kundalini Yoga Master used to say to me often, “the rest is Maya (illusion) and games”.

Shedding the Ego: moving towards the Soul

As we now know that the Ego is a necessary mechanism of the human reality, as it translates the experiences of the outside world to our inner sense of being, we cannot get rid of it. Trying to eliminate it in the sense of a battle can even create more duality and suffering. However, if we remember the principle of the Universe, “nothing is created, nothing is destroyed, everything is transformed”, then we can have a closer sense of the Ego work that is to be done: Transformation.

As C.G. Jung and many others have described, transformation can only happen when we accept first. Acceptance has the quality of inclusion and integration and resonates on the level of LOVE, which is the Soul´s nature. Accept what? Everything that is beyond the boundaries of the ego (including it): uncertainty and the unknown. The Ego can only be transcended, this means, accept it and go beyond. Beyond where? Not to the outside world but within. As we move towards the inner self (the manifested aspect of the Soul) we delve into the unconscious and the unknown. This is the place that in Transpersonal Psychology is called “The Shadow”: hidden on unconscious aspects of oneself which the ego has either repressed or never recognized. It is the one that holds the potential of becoming our True Self, it is where our authenticity, spontaneity and all the pasts wounds related to them are resting, constituting at the same time, our greatest fears.

The wise Miguel Ruiz said that what we mostly fear is to become our True Self, and to do that we need to transcend the Ego, go beyond its mechanisms and tune into acceptance. This is why we mostly experience the opposite of the Ego in this process: vulnerability, openness, innocence, flexibility, softness, neutrality. Recalling on C.G. Jung, “the psyche is transformed or developed by the relationship of the ego to the unconscious”.

That which you reject gives you the opportunity of going deeper within you. Working with the Shadow is like going inside a dark room. You move around it, explore the experience with your whole senses and intuition and reach for the power switch (that holds your potential), finally turning the light on. This light, which is our Consciousness, suddenly brings a sense of completeness again. The more lights your turn on in the inside, the more consciousness you have of yourself and the saying “we are light” makes even more sense. It is in this light that it is possible to embrace our own divinity because there is full acceptance and consciousness of who we truly are.
This is how self-discovery leads to wisdom; you have the experience of your Inner Self. Transcending the Ego implies, then, to go within and not outside, because in the inside our Soul is connected to the Cosmic Consciousness, the Original Experience… “Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakes” (C.G. Jung).

To contribute to the evolution of humanity, we must start within ourselves. As we unfold our own personal subconscious, defying our ego with divine courage, we dive into our own personal consciousness, and thus, contributing to the collective consciousness too and its enlightment.
As we move closer to the Soul, let us give the vehicle (ego) a chance to be what it is meant to be: an expression of the Soul, serving and manifesting our Inner Self in the outside world.

Opportunities to heal and work with the Ego:
  • -          Get to know your Shadow and work with it.
  • -       Unidentify from your regular beliefs. Remember beliefs are temporary and they will change just as your circumstances do.
  • -          Get to know your Inner Self through the realm of the body; ask yourself frequently “What am I feeling right now?” and let the answer unfold itself by sensations instead of words at first. Take your time! This is not a fast exercise.
  • -          Gain consciousness of your “roles” and “characters”; which are the most common and when do they come outside to play.
  • -         Practice consciousness: be a witness of yourself, use slow and deep breathing, gain mindfulness upon everything you do.
  • -       Get to know yourself in these four dimensions, differentiating between them: thoughts, feelings, sensations, intuitions.
  • -          Practice interesting games such as dieting of judgments for a whole hour or expressing yourself without swearing to see what other language and form of expression comes out of you.
  • -          Adopt an innocent attitude as if you were a child, and play the learning game for a whole day: Rediscover everything, give yourself the chance of not knowing (and be ok with it), give yourself the chance of not having the last word nor trying to prove someone wrong. At the end of the day ask yourself gently: What did I learn from myself today?
  • -          If you made a mistake, laugh at yourself, laugh with yourself, then forgive yourself, just as an act of love.
  • -   Explore what happens to you internally if something doesn´t go your way. Explore your reactions. Write them down. Then read them outloud pretending you are a charcter from a movie. What do you feel?
  • -          At the end of the day, be thankful for all the “bad things” that happened. Explore what feelings and fears come to you. Let them exist. Allow yourself to truly thank bad things that happened. Practice this for a week and register what changes in you after this.
  • -          At the beginning of the day, open your arms and declare: I TRUST everything that comes to me during this day. Everything. Make the Ego uncomfortable. Take a leap of faith.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

8 aprendizajes de Vida en otro país: 8 motivos para estar Vivo
Carolina Israel Mosqueira (Kirinroop Kaur)
Diciembre 2014.

Viajar es una de las experiencias más transformadoras que he tenido en la vida y que me ha hecho crecer, especialmente en aquellas ocasiones en que he estado sola y he tenido que enfrentarme al mundo con todo lo que soy en ese momento. En esta ocasión, he elegido conscientemente enfrentar mis mayores miedos: estar sola y saltar hacia lo desconocido. Vivir en otro país completamente solo puede ser aterrador y al mismo tiempo movilizar todos los recursos internos. Esta gran experiencia está provocando una gran transformación en mí y he decidido plasmarlo aquí para poder compartir estos tremendos aprendizajes, a la vez tan sencillos, acerca de la sabiduría de la soledad, la apertura de la mente y del viaje a lo desconocido y nuevo.

1)      Valorar lo que tengo es anclarme: mi familia, mis relaciones, todo lo que he construido. Hasta que no te mueves, no descubres qué cosas en tu vida unen el panorama completo. Cuando estás lejos, de pronto aparece tus seres queridos, pero lo más increíble es que no sólo se manifiestan en recuerdos, sino más aún, son las cualidades de su persona lo que resalta. Sólo ahí te das cuenta lo que has aprendido de esa persona y su presencia. El sentido de lo práctico de mi mamá, el sabio consejo de mis padres, el humor y disfrute de la vida de mi prima, la risa y el poder sanador de mis amigos, la aceptación incondicional de mi perrita, etc. A través de todo ellos, y todos los espejos que he conocido (por contraste o resonancia), puedo reconocer en mí lo que he cultivado. Valorar lo que se tiene trae humildad y descanso, y esa inmensa gratitud fortalece las raíces.

2)      Vivir liviano es ser más libre: Cuando toda tu vida cabe una maleta te das cuenta que realmente es posible vivir con poco y, más aún, con lo esencial. Incluso puede ser pertubardor darse cuenta cuántas necesidades creadas tenemos cada día, somos bombardeados por deseos inútiles que no se sostienen en el tiempo. Tapamos nuestros vacíos y carencias personales con cosas, pero tristemente, esto sólo dura un tiempo….el vacío se queda...! Vivir liviano es tener menos necesidades y más abundancia. Más gratitud, más disfrute de las experiencias que hay hoy en nuestras vidas, más despierto a los regalos pequeños que se deslizan fugaces entre los minuteros del día.

3)      Valorar lo simple es vivir enamorado: Sin ir más lejos, desapegarme de todo me ha hecho reencantarme con la vida. Cuando sueltas todas las complicaciones, el peso denso de las responsabilidades y su ruido mental, sólo quedas tú y el momento presente. ¿Por qué nos olvidamos de jugar? Estar enamorado implica estar abierto, inocente y vulnerable, en lugar de estar cerrado, juzgando y a la defensiva. Creo que no hay nada de malo en estos dos, pero sí siento que resulta doloroso no elegirlo conscientemente. Cuando estás enamorado, cualquier cosa que haga el otro parece divina y llena de gracia. ¿Quién te dijo que la Vida no hace lo mismo? La Vida piensa eso de ti :)  Cada cosa simple tiene un sabor exquisito, sólo si te das el tiempo de saborearlo. Y ahí está toda la magia.

4)      Soltar lo viejo te rejuvenece: Si bien yo pensaba que había soltado casi todas las creencias viejas en mi vida, estaba equivocada. Te sorprenderías si pudieras ver la cantidad de creencias limitantes que tienes funcionando en tu vida. Viejas ideas, miedos, conceptos absolutistas, falsas asociaciones y emociones….todo pegoteado en tu capacidad de vivenciar plenamente una experiencia. Lo más loco, nos aterra el hecho de soltar lo que conocemos y seguimos aferrándonos a lo familiar y conocido, por más que éste nos haga sufrir…sin saber que el gran truco está escrito ya hace siglos en la naturaleza… cuando la oruga suelta su cascarón se convierte en mariposa, así como la serpiente cambia de piel. Nunca descubres tu máximo potencial hasta que te enfrentas a situaciones desconocidas, donde lo viejo ya no sirve. Es como tener una nave que le van a apareciendo nuevas funciones a medida que va avanzando. Descubrir quién eres más allá de lo típico de ti, te refresca, te renueva y revitaliza. La mejor versión de ti mismo va apareciendo cuando vas sacando las capas que ha puesto sobre ti desde el principio.

5)      Confiar es decir Sí a la Vida: No hay nada más potente que una proyección mental positiva acompañada de mucha respiración. La única manera de enfrentar los miedos es confiando en uno mismo y el propio destino; confiando en la Vida y su diseño perfecto. Cuando estás positivo y determinado, atraes a ti lo mismo. Y cuando atraes lo contrario tienes dos opciones: dejarte influenciar y volverte negativo (olvidarte de quién eres) o aceptar el desafío y mantener un corazón abierto, siendo fiel a quién eres. Es TU vida, tú eliges cómo quieres sentirte y cómo quieres relacionarte con lo que viene a ti. No importa lo que suceda, tú siempre tienes la última palabra, y la última palabra es tu acción, lo que eliges ser en cada momento y lo que proyectas con esa acción. Esa es Tu Realidad.

6)      Enfrentar los miedos es un salto de Fe: Hay una extraña y peculiar sensación en el acto de saltar al vacío; por un momento morir de miedo pensando que lo peor podría estar al otro lado, y más aún, la terrible sensación de no poder controlar el futuro o lo externo. Al mismo tiempo una pequeña lucecita muy dentro guiando el camino y asegurando que todo va a estar bien. El día que decidí abrazar a mi destino consciente y consistentemente todos los días, mis sensaciones cambiaron. Oportunidades a mi alrededor tomaron otro color. Situaciones llegaron a mí con cualidades positivas y motivantes. No hay nada más gratificante que demostrarse a uno mismo que “sí puedes” y enfrentar los fantasmas. ¿Para qué, cuando pequeño, prendes la luz cuando sientes miedo? Es impresionante la sabiduría que surge de abrazar lo desconocido. Cuando te permites sentir miedo y luego lo miras a la cara, desaparece. ¿Qué queda? Conocimiento y experiencia.

7)      La soledad es un espejismo: ¿A qué tememos realmente al estar “solos”? He ido desenmasacarando mi miedo y sólo he encontrado mente. Mi miedo y angustia por la soledad está en los pensamientos y únicamente allí. ¿Cómo lo des-cubrí? Mis momentos de mayor disfrute aparecieron: saboreando el océano mientras nadaba en el mar de noche, contemplando la luna y el atardecer mientras me preguntaba ¿Cómo es posible que esto sea taaaan hermoso?, meditando profundamente en mi habitación, perdiéndome en la melodía infinita de un instrumento musical y de mi propia voz… Por supuesto que los momentos compartidos con otras personas trajeron inmensa felicidad también. Pero eso sólo ocurre cuando comprendes que te estás compartiendo a ti mismo en esos momentos, tu deliciosa presencia. Y ésta se cultiva en los momentos de soledad cuando toda la existencia está contigo; ahí te das cuenta que esa “sol-edad”, esa “edad del sol” es una fuente inacabable de calor y sabiduría. La compañía sólo es exquisita porque existe la soledad. Y lo que realmente se comparte en un encuentro son dos soledades completas de sí mismas. Tienes que dejar de creer que estar solo es doloroso o malo. Si puedes abrazar tu sol-edad, caminarás por la vida dando iluminando con tu sol a todos quienes te rodean, dándoles calor, más consciencia y más luz. Recuerda, el sol es la estrella más grande y es un reflejo de ti.

8)      En tus miedos está tu mayor potencial: Nunca pensé que podría estar completamente sola, lejos de mi gente, mi pasado y lo conocido. Vivimos la vida tratando de escapar de eso que nos aterra sin saber que allí se esconde el máximo potencial de lo que somos. Como a una semilla en su cáscara, calentita y cómoda, le dijeron un día que iba a convertirse en un gigantesco roble y ella rió con ironía, “Pfff!! Yo?? Nah… imposible”. Sólo necesitas agua (nutrirte con cariño y cosas enriquecedoras), sol (motivación diaria y energía, respiración), a medida que creces, una tierra (creación personal, suelo propio) donde hacer crecer tus raíces, y a medida que vives, cambio (cambian las estaciones, las circunstancias te desafían y tú te adaptas y regeneras). Recuerda, mientras más hondo van tus raíces, más fuerte y estable crece el árbol. Mientras más te conoces y navegas hacia lo profundo y desconocido en ti, más  creces y floreces. 


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Awakening the Consciousness

Major changes occur in our lives when we tune in to our souls. 
Our purpose uncoils and our path unfolds for us to walk in Grace. 
The question is, 
are we Courageous enough to really Be ourselves?