Daily InspirationFocus today on kindness and caring for yourself and others. Focus on compassion for your own feelings and for the feelings of others. Caring for others without caring for yourself is self-abandoning and can be manipulative. Caring just about yourself and ignoring the feelings of others is self-centered. Caring about yourself and others is loving. By Dr. Margaret Paul
Managing the Fear With SpiritBy Dr. Margaret Paul
December 31, 2006
Our society is challenged and stressed as never before. Anxiety fills the air so thick we can feel it around us. Our sense of safety has been undermined, and along with it our sense of control. This article discusses stress management through our spiritual connection, and how to access spiritual guidance.
Our society is challenged as never before. Anxiety fills the air so thick we can feel it around us. Our sense of safety has been undermined, and along with it our sense of control.
We lived under the illusion of control for so long that we may have come to believe in it. We may have believed we were, for the most part, in charge of our external safety - if only we drove carefully or didn't walk in dangerous areas, and so on.
That illusion of control has been pulled out from under us and many of us are left with knots of anxiety. How do we feel safe in such an unsafe world when death, such as 9/11, could come out of nowhere?
In reality, our external safety is never assured because we are mortal beings whose bodies can be harmed. To think otherwise is to maintain a belief in controlling others and external events that does not exist, and never has existed.
The anxiety will continue until we can tap into our personal spiritual guidance, our source of love, wisdom and compassion that is always available to all of us. While we cannot move beyond caring about the safety of our bodies, we need to move more into caring about the safety of our souls.
Now, more than ever, we need to be able to turn to a reliable spiritual process for our sense of safety.
Would you feel scared of you were able to tap into a reliable source of spiritual wisdom to guide you in your decisions regarding when to get on a plane, when to open an envelope? If you knew that this guidance was available each and every moment, would you be so anxious?
The guidance is here, always. The challenge is to access it.
Spiritual guidance vibrates at a higher frequency than we do, so the challenge is to raise our own frequency. The secret to raising our frequency lies in our intent. As many of you know, in the Inner Bonding process there are only two possible intents: to protect against responsibility for our own feelings and behavior through some form of controlling behavior, or to learn about loving ourselves and others.
Positive feelings such as love, compassion, acceptance, joy and peace raise the frequency, while negative feelings such as anger, anxiety, depression, judgment, and shame lower it. Processed, greasy, sugary and pesticide-laden foods also lower our frequency. There are many experiences that can assist us in raising our frequency, such as meditating, praying, being in nature, practicing yoga and other breathing techniques, or listening to beautiful music. However, none of these will raise your frequency high enough to access spiritual guidance unless your deepest desire in the moment - your intent - is to learn about loving yourself.
When you ask your guidance (which can be your experience of God, or a light, a presence, a guardian angel, a mentor or teacher, or the highest part of yourself ), "What is most loving to me in this moment? What is in my highest good?" you automatically raise your frequency and open the door to your personal spiritual guidance. Once your intention is to learn about loving yourself and you are willing to take the loving action you are guided to take, then all the other ways of raising the frequency may be of help to you.
It is when you can access your personal spiritual guidance that you are then able to take loving care of yourself. You will create an inner sense of safety and serenity when you are willing to learn to take 100 percent responsibility for all your own feelings of both pain and joy.
Learning to hear, see and feel the messages from your spiritual guidance takes practice. The more you practice, the more you trust that you are never alone and that you really are being guided toward your highest good. This is what will create your sense of safety.
It may be difficult to practice opening to spiritual guidance if you believe it doesn't exist, or that it will not show up for you personally. A way you will know for sure whether or not this guidance is here is to consistantly practice Inner Bonding, moving into the intent to learn about loving yourself with your guidance and see what happens. It takes a leap of faith to open to learning with something that you are not sure even exists.
Years ago I read the Carlos Castenada's books. Carlos was being mentored by a teacher named Don Juan. At one point, Don Juan stated that he would choose the time of his own death. Carlos asked him (I am paraphrasing the question since I no longer have the book) "What if you were walking through the desert one day and someone was hiding behind a rock ready to shoot you?" Don Juan's answer was one I never forgot: "I wouldn't be there." He wouldn't be there because he would have tuned into his guidance and would have been told not to go there.
This is what we all need in these difficult times. We each need to do all we can to keep our frequency high, for this is how we can each help our planet. The 9/11 attack on our country has made all of us vulnerable to the darkness of fear, anger, anxiety and depression. We cannot afford to give in to this darkness.
We can each stay in love, peace and joy, rather than in fear, anxiety and depression, only when our intent is to learn about loving ourselves and we stay tapped into our guidance throughout the day.
Our very way of life is at stake here. Most of us cannot go out and directly deal with the darkness that killed so many innocent people. What we can do is stay in the light - in love, peace and joy through our intent to learn and our connection with Spirit. Darkness cannot exist in the face of light. The more of us that stay in the light, the more power we have to overcome darkness. We each have the responsibility to move out of our intent to control and into the intent to learn about loving ourselves and others. We all have the responsibility to raise our frequency and stay in connection with the God/Goddess energy of love and compassion. We each need to become spiritual warriors, taking loving action even when it is hard to do so. Through our own loving action, perhaps then our country will be guided toward taking whatever action that is in our highest good and the highest good of all.
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