One of the important facts of life, is that change is a given…
It doesn’t matter what you do to prevent it from happening you and your life are in an ongoing process of change…
Are you someone who has and continues to expend a lot of time and energy resisting the changes that have already happened or are currently happening in your life?
You’re not alone, many people are consciously or unconsciously resisting change.
The most common an overlooked way in which resistance plays out is when you view and place experiences and events into categories of good or bad; right or wrong; positive or negative, and reject those experiences and/ or events that you deem to be bad, wrong, or negative…
This is referred to as being dualistic...
From the perspective of Living in Alignment, the tendency to view experiences and events from a dualistic lens is a primary factor that gets in your way of accepting the changes that have occured, are, or shall be occuring in your life…
If you’re interested in living in a state of serenity and contentment, and endeavor to pursue personal growth and transformation it will be necessary to learn how to embrace change…
Instead of viewing experiences and the events from a dualistic lens, view them from a place of neutrality, an instead of resisting them, start reprogramming your mind to accept changes for what they are-- something that is happening in the here and now of your life (this doesn’t mean you have to like the changes)...
What if it is true that all of the experiences and events (i.e., changes) that have, are or will occur in your life have the “inherent potential” of benefiting you ”?”
This concept is intended to take down your mental defenses and open your mind to greater awareness...
Wouldn’t you want to know what these benefits are ”?”
In this context, benefits are comprised of insights, gifts, and/ or lessons…
Keep in the forefront that if you want to recognize the benefits from the experiences and events that have or are happening in your life and in the world around you, your mind will be required to move into a position of neutrality… this is accomplished by:
In addition, other tried and true spiritual practices that foster neutrality are to develop your capacity to be present, to accept what is, and to open up to the experiences and events in your life…
From the Living in Alignment perspective, all of the experiences and events taking place in your life are intended to increase your awareness about your humanity, your spirituality, and your existential questions...
Equally if not more importantly your increased awareness is intended to illuminate the workings of Source energy in your daily life. Why is this so important? Because the more your mind recognizes the presence of Source energy in your life and in the world around you, the more you’ll want to know about, connect to, and partner with this energy that is greater than the resources of your mind.
A positive feedback loop gets created whereby with increased awareness comes greater understanding, and with greater understanding comes more awareness and more understanding, and so on and so forth facilitating continuous personal growth and transformation in your life…
To learn more about the Living in Alignment approach to personal growth and spiritual transformation please visit my website at www.darcyclarke.us
In a previous blog, I identified the term “Source energy” to name the power that is greater than the resources of your egoic mind/ intellect. This power is consciousness itself ! It doesn’t matter if you identify with this power as an entity and or as an energy or for that matter what name you use to refer to this power. What really matters is you know or come to know that this power is real, that you can live in partnership with this venergy, and that you can have a conscious experience of this vital relationship in your daily life!
I have listed the noteworthy qualities of Source energy. Their definitions give voice to my personal experiences of the workings of Source energy in my life (affirmed by a countless number of people from all religious traditions and spiritual paths around the world).
From the perspective of the Living in Alignment Model, Source energy is a benevolent, intelligent, interactive, ingenious, creative, omnipresent, unifying, self-generating energy system.
Benevolent: Source energy is a loving presence in our lives.
Intelligent: Source energy is the wellspring of universal wisdom.
Interactive: you can interrelate with Source energy energetically as well as physically in your relationships with all life forms (because you and all life forms are unique reflections of Source energy).
Ingenious: Source energy is highly skillful in its ability first to get the attention of, and then to work with your human self/ egoic mind.
Omnipresent: Source energy is within everyone and everything.
Unifying: Source energy illuminates your inter-connectedness with all life forms.
In addition, Source energy is not static, but in a constant state of evolution.
The Living in Alignment process will offer you the opportunity to increase your understanding and subjectively experience these qualities and the workings of Source energy in your daily life. The Living in Alignment Program will assist you to identify how your egoic mind/ conditioning has a tendency to get in your way of accessing, deepening/ partnering, and or having a conscious relationship with Source energy in your daily life.
To learn more about the Living in Alignment Model please visit my website at www.darcyclarke.us
If you’re on a path to “spiritual awakening” you already know about the importance and necessity of Trusting and Surrendering as a means to deepen your relationship with your Soul ( a term I use to refer to your spiritual self or Source energy within yourself) but, do you find yourself experiencing difficulty integrating these spiritual practices into your daily life?
Do you regularly use the expression “Let your will not my will be done” to affirm that you want to have your Soul lead your life?
Even with the most sincere invocations/ prayers, you may be unaware that your desire to follow the guidance and directives of your Soul is often accompanied by a list of contingencies. Which may sound something like “I will follow your guidance and directives‘ Soul/ Source energy’ but don’t ask me to make a geographic move, change careers, leave a relationship, etc. Having contingencies is a way in which your mind/ intellect is getting in the way and not allowing your Soul to lead your life.
One of the reasons for people having contingencies is that they unconsciously don’t truly believe that their Soul always has their best interests in the forefront.
From the perspective of Living in Alignment, Trust equates to yielding to your Soul and Surrender equates to merging with your Soul. When you’re listening to your Soul’s guidance you’re yielding and when you’re following your Soul’s guidance/promptings you’re merging with your Soul. Living in Alignment occurs when you are listening to and following the guidance/ promptings that Source energy continually provides.
Trusting and Surrendering to Source energy is about training your mind to defer to and rely upon Source energy-to have this vital energy lead your life.
To “Let go and let God” will require that your mind learns how to Trust & Surrender.
In your daily life, Trust and Surrender translates to getting and keeping your mind out of the driver’s seat. Instead of trying to control the outcome of what is happening in your life, your task is to accept what is happening (however, that doesn’t mean you have to like what is happening for one second).
Instead of becoming hypervigilant about looking for the answers to your prayers. You go about living your life with the mindset that the answers to your prayers are always forthcoming. Knowing that Source energy is working behind the scenes to orchestrate the best possible outcome for everything that is happening in your life. Trusting & Surrendering is about handing over the reigns to Source energy. The information that your mind requires to feel assured that all is well shall be revealed on an as needed basis. Again, your task is to stop trying to control outcomes ( such as resisting or not accepting what is happening or by being attached to a particular outcome).
Developing the practice of being present in your daily activities will assist your mind to connect with and become aware of the workings of Source energy in your life. With increased awareness, your mind will gain the proof it needs to acknowledge that your Soul is more qualified, more skilled, and more experienced at being in the driver’s seat than your human self/ mind.
As your awareness of the workings of Source energy increases your mind will become more and more assured that Living in Alignment is a practical, effective, and reliable approach to living your life…
Your ability to Trust & Surrender to Source energy will develop naturally every time you listen to and follow the guidance and directives from your spiritual self- your Soul!
To learn more about the Living in Alignment approach, please visit my website www.darcyclarke.us
Another working hypothesis of the Living in Alignment Model, is that when you’re disconnected from Source energy your human self/ mind will most likely experience fear. Many people are needlessly living in a fear-based reality because they have a lack of or no conscious connection to Source energy. Being disconnected from Source energy is the result of having limited or faulty beliefs, perceptions, and expectations about Source energy.
Some of the common indicators that fear is in the driver’s seat are worry, doubt, angst, unease, insecurity, and anxiety which adversely impacts your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual realities. To be sure, living in a fear-based reality has undesirable repercussions upon your overall sense of health and well-being.
The next time you’re feeling consumed by fear experience what happens when you focus your intention and attention on connecting with Source energy. Use the method(s) that work for you in connecting with Source energy (such as prayer, breathwork, visualization, meditation, yoga, walks in nature, etc.).
Also, the more externally focused you are the more you’ll live in a fear-based reality. Being primarily externally resourced is when you’re overly identified with your human self and the world in front of your eyes. When this occurs there will be a tendency to awfulize, and/ or catastrophize, which creates, exacerbates, and perpetuates a disconnection from Source energy.
Versus being internally resourced or when you’re deferring and relying upon Source energy to led your life. When you’re internally resourced, you’re doing less figuring out and more feeling into your life. More specifically, when you’re being internally resourced you listen to and follow your intuition- which is the voice of your Soul or Source energy within. Listening to and following your intuition is always advantageous with no exceptions!!!
You’ll discover that the more internally resourced you become the less fear you’ll experience and the more connected you’ll feel with Source energy.
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I am a licensed holistic psychotherapist with over thirty years experience. My calling in life is to assist people to have a conscious experience of partnering with Source energy in their daily lives.