Awareness is that thing that many hippie-guru types built their fortunes on. It is not something that we don’t all already have the ability to cultivate and use in our daily lives. Here are some short little tips to get you started.
It is no secret that I grew up “in the church.” Having been raised this way I had a first hand education on how to make sure that no one “church” grows up to have a clue of their own that is not somehow made okay by the pastor (NOT GOD) of that establishment. I know this. I was the Preacher’s daughter for about 20 years of my life, maybe longer. While I will not say that my own father did the whole hell-fire and brimstone thing all the time, I will state that the manner in which we are all taught in church is very different than the way that we should be learning about how to listen for the signs and find the symbols that are the direct communication between ourselves and our Guides. Here are a few things you can do right now to start raising your own Awareness.
– FORGET about EVERYTHING That you were taught to believe was the truth while you sat there in the pews listening to the guy up front
That’s right – forget all of it, or at least try to, then relearn it all from your own perspective. I am not saying that what the guy up front told you wasn’t the truth. What I am saying is that we are, by our very nature as thinking and reasoning beings, not only able, but also created to come up with the very biggest answers we can think of to the very biggest questions that any one of us might have in regards to our own life purpose, our own interpretation of things and, of course, why we go through anything that is not that pleasant. While in church, we are not taught about questioning ourselves. We are only taught to blindly follow what the guy in the suit up front states as being the truth, when in reality, it is only his discernment of what he feels is the truth. Cleanse your brain of what he said and start thinking of your own answers.
– Know now that every single belief, spiritual practice, everything weird and cosmic has its own version of the same “God.”
There is no real difference in the Soul’s recognition of who “God” is – to the Soul, the Creator is the same thing. There is nothing in our very personal selves that recognizes what anyone would label as being “God,” because on the inside, where each of our personal selves reside, the only thing that we recognize on that level is the energy we each and all have and that is particular to each of us. The God that a lot of people were raised with is not the God who they know now, and the God who they each have trusted as their own has been the very God they culled from the image that they were told was the truth as children. I say it a lot – how we believe is personal, and that we each believe anything at all? ….completely Divine.
The things that you might have been thumped with as a kid, while they might be the truth for someone else, they might be truths that you still want to believe, but can’t. It’s because you have grown out of them.
Think about it. When was the last time that you believed God to be an angry old white guy sitting on a cloud, looking down on the earth waiting to zap people dead with lightning bolts? That is a hard thing to think as being the truth. It really doesn’t matter what any one of us believes as long as we believe in something outside of ourselves.
-Meditation actually works
Once you have wrapped your head around the idea that the God you grew up with is also a God who has grown up with you, at least in your own head, you will be able to also sit in stillness for at least ten minutes a day, to start, and make it through the silence of the mind for an hour or more, daily. What meditation is meant for is to balance and center us, to quiet the chattering mind-talk that we all have and that also causes us to continue to believe the things that were not that great about us that other people told us about us when we were children. Once it is that we can get rid of the fear, the “bad” self-talk, and everything else that hurts us emotionally and spiritually (it is not easy, is worth it, and when you can get to that place in your mind, you will be amazed at what it is that you CAN do…) is when we will also experience what is an actual connection to the Divine. Quieting the mind is the first step in releasing our selves from the fear that has plagued us for many years.
-“Good” self talk should become a daily practice
The part that is the hardest is being able to tell yourself that you are every bit as cool as you know you are. This is where the idea that what other people have told us about us for many years has also been the thing that, for many years, we have been willing to believe. This is because from a very early age in life, we are told that it is good to please others, that we should change who we are so as to make others happy, and that our own opinion of ourselves does not and never will matter as much as that of other people. This is wrong, because it places control of how we feel about ourselves into someone else’s hands. Once we have learned to master being able to accept that we are good just as we are, that we might not be everyone’s favorite but that we can be our own favorite, this is when what we have been told must stand the test next to what we experience as being our own absolute truth.
These are not all of the things that are needed to do or be learned when it comes to rebuilding one’s own self-confidence, self-worth and self-Love, but they are small steps toward all of those things. When we are willing to believe in what we think is when our Awareness of our selves and our relation to and with the grander Universe around us begins to blossom and become the most beautiful place we have ever been in our lives.