#Mind Your Head
It’s important that as we raise our consciousness, we mind our heads.
The intellect often gets in the way of enlightenment. The intellectual reasoning of what we have been told is ‘reality’ and possible, is limiting, it just isn’t conducive to our spiritual evolution and will hamper our progress. The head needs to butt out to let the soul and the heart take the lead.
However, we do need to look after our heads; our mental health, the cognitive side of our spiritual journey, how we feel as we shift and grow. I’ve bumped my head metaphorically a number of times over the year. Not only can the path be solitary and confusing, it can stretch us to our limits. Experiencing a big shift in consciousness, if sudden and unprepared for, be traumatic. I liken it to having a baby, it hurts like hell and for a while you don’t know what the hell's going on, you don't think you can do it. But then, suddenly you’re the other side and you get your reward.
We also need to keep an eye on our egos. The ego is part of the human psyche so we can’t rid ourselves of it, but we do need to keep it in check. There is no greater block to spiritual growth, than an out of control ego. It’s important to be humble enough to work on yourself knowing you are not perfect and never will be. It’s essential not to compete with or judge other people and the way they are expressing their spiritual growth. And finally, remember that being a vegan/vegetarian/yogi/eco-warrior, doesn’t make you superior to anyone. It doesn’t matter how long you meditate for or how much work you do to raise your consciousness, if you are looking down on everyone else, you are blocked in some way. Do your thing and let other people get on with theirs!
‘Intellect and love are made of different materials’, he said. ‘Intellect ties people in knots and risks nothing, but love dissolves all tangles and risks everything. Intellect is always cautious and advises, ‘Beware too much ecstasy,’ whereas love says, ‘Oh never mind! Take the plunge!’ Intellect does not easily break down, whereas love can effortlessly reduce itself to rubble. But treasures are hidden among the ruins.’
‘The Forty Rules of Love’ Elif Shafak.
Living In A World With
Your Consciousness Raised
‘The moment you fight against the terrible order of things on it’s own terms, you join it.
You have to find another way…’
Bejan Matur 2016
As you raise your consciousness you'll sensitise. You'll begin to see the interconnectedness of all life. All the pain and suffering in the world will feel raw and difficult. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the negativity of the ‘old’ world that you’re lifting yourself out of. It’s easy to feel anger too, towards those who hurt and damage humanity and our beautiful planet. But I encourage you to respond with love, because this truly is the only way to stop the cycles of destruction. We must turn the other cheek, whilst pro-actively behaving in a peaceful and gentle way.
We have to forgive those who hurt us in the knowledge that these people are so damaged and disconnected from their souls, they know no better. We can look at this very personally, when dealing with a friend or family member who has behaved badly toward us. We can look for the pain in them that has caused them to act badly towards us, and forgive them. We can also look at this globally, when trying to make sense of organisations such as IS. I see terrorists as extremely damaged individuals, whose souls are so disconnected from their bodies, they have completely lost their way. I try to look behind the scenario and ask myself why? I am sure given the chance to speak to a member of IS, that I would find an extremely damaged person, one who had perhaps lost their home and family in the Iraq war. What else do they have to lose? If you’ve lost everything you cherish, your loved one’s, the village you grew up in,
your chance of a decent life, then putting on a suicide vest and blowing yourself to smithereens could be seen as a merciful release. These individuals feel such hatred for the west which has destroyed them, that they feel justified in destroying it. I realise that asking you to forgive people like that is controversial, (and I have purposely used IS as an example because this challenges us to truly forgive and understand), but I believe that we need to focus on healing these situations and look at the bigger picture.
We have to start to create the world we want to live in, one that is positive and kind. We can step into our own power by raising our consciousness beyond media hype and propaganda. We are all human beings and if we come together we are a mighty force. The media would have us all feeling powerless and overwhelmed, but there’s plenty we can do to chip away at the world and create the one we want.
We can be proactive; we can sign petitions and join organisations like 38 Degrees and Avaaz. These petition sites are huge and really do make a difference. Make it your business to sign at least one petition every day, (it takes two minutes). Use your consumerism wisely, bring in change by using your purse! Buy organic, turn away from huge companies who don’t care for the environment. Shop consciously.When a consumer asks for something different, the market shifts to provide it. Let the world know you want clean food. Support small local businesses.
In other words, become independent from the machine of the corporate. The huge pharmaceutical corporations, the GM outfits, the pesticide producers. Let’s untangle ourselves from systems which put the making of money above the well-being of humanity, and this beautiful planet. Let’s withdraw our support for what we don't want. This to me, is one of the greatest missions for us all, to realise we co-create our world, and we must wake up and start being the world we want to live in.