Saturday, September 15, 2012

3 Favorite Spiritual Awakening Blog Posts

Today's post is written by my student, Jenn. As some of you may have noticed, she's supplied a number of the beautiful pictures that have been accompanying my spirituality posts, including this one. In this post, you now get to hear some of her words.

Enjoy!
 
Favorite Spirituality Blog Post #1: Taking Responsibility for Your Life 

I found this blog Taking Responsibility for Your Life, to be extremely helpful. This blog clearly points out the importance of taking honest ownership of ones’ life. Like Jim mentions in the first paragraph,"But many people aren't trying to see what the world is. They are lost in trying to make the world be something other than it is, and they don't want to take responsibility for what their projections onto other people and their actions are doing and have created in their lives." It is refreshing to hear a spiritual teacher speak about accountability and fearlessly dive into uncomfortable issues such as “owning your own crap.”

He writes, “At first, you may feel really vulnerable, and you may confuse this as being a victim. But this is far from the truth. Being non-reactive in situations is a way to take time to make conscious decisions. It's a way to stop fueling cycles of pain in your life. It's a way to fully see what's playing out in your life and to see what your role has been in the whole drama. Because when you come from that space of awareness, you actually will start making conscious decisions, potentially for the first time in your life.”

When I read this it felt like a bowling ball was dropped on my stomach. Instantly, I could feel my ego become defensive, and then it hit me--that “ah-ha moment.” I realized by taking responsibility for myself I can live a life of true freedom.

I really enjoyed this reading, and I find myself re-reading it to center myself when I start to fall into old behaviors. 
Favorite Spirituality Blog Post #2: Understanding the Difference Between Self Love and Ego Love 

Possibly one of my favorite of Jim’s blogs is, Understanding the Difference Between Self Love and Ego Love. It describes the major differences between self-love and ego-love. First, he uses water when referring to love. This reference really helped me understand my misconceptions about love. He writes, “Many people have been drinking from the toxic swamp water, so when you think about love, you may not even believe it exists because it's been so toxic in your family relationships and your romances. While not everyone has had such a hard life, much of the rest of love has been contaminated with expectations, desires, fears, and attachments. This water makes you choke a little to drink it, but if you drink enough of it, you acclimate. It's kinda like drinking alcohol--most people don't really enjoy it at first, but if you swill enough of it down the ole gullet, you think you do like it. Then, you expect that this is simply how love tastes until one day you get a taste of the pure water from the spring.” Jim’s writing has a way of turning me upside down so I can see what I have been looking at for decades with a fresh perspective.
Later in the paragraph, Breaking Down the Walls to Your Heart, he writes, “Every now and then, someone uses the term "heart-break" in a way that resonates for me. I like thinking of it as a reason to break through the callousness and get to your feelings. Of course, not all feelings are going to be enjoyable. That's part of life, and loving all feelings within you is an important step on the path to true self-love. Ego-love will say, 'I enjoy being happy, excited, and pleasured, but not angry, scared, or hurt.' Self-love will say, 'I enjoy being in whatever state I am.'" This is such an incredible way of looking at how I dealt with painful experiences. This blog has helped me to remember to stay open to life by truly loving. Of course, I only want to feel “good,” but Jim has reminded me to feel what “really is.” 

Favorite Spirituality Blog Post #3: The Maturation of the Awakened Heart 
Early this Spring I started to feel a huge shift in my ability to feel. At first it was terrifying. I started to feel things I never had before. I started to lose my idea of separation. I could feel a deep connection to everything. It was all really overwhelming. Then at the perfect time, I read his blog that called me to listen to my inner-self. Jim writes, “The initial phase of heart awakening is to fall in love with everything. The melting of our inner separation leads to a melting of outer separation for our hearts. When we love the whole of ourselves, we can love the whole of humanity even if it does not love us back.” Later he mentions, “The old ego self still may not fully believe in you. It may try and tell you that going back is better, or that somehow it will be safer. But the more awakened your heart is (and I really am just talking about the heart, not the mind, body, or how the overall energy awakens), the more you know that there's nothing to go back to except lies and illusion.” This blog helped me to listen to my heart and quiet my ego's illusions.

I hope you enjoyed Jenn's thoughts. As always, I'm interested in what you've enjoyed reading most, and I hope you are finding your way on your spiritual paths!
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