I wanted to thank everyone that has liked my new Living in Alignment Facebook Page. I hope you will find it informative, interesting, balanced and of help in offering insights into how to become more aware of one's spirituality in the pursuit of achieving a better understanding of self. Thereby enabling a fuller appreciation of life and it's journey.
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The main premise of the Living in Alignment Model is that we are both human and spiritual beings. Not one or the other but both!
Many people are living their lives caught in the extremes: either there is no power that is greater than the resources of the mind and decide that the focus should be on their human self and their physical lives or living in a physical body and having human experiences is insignificant/ unimportant and the focus should be on deepening their spirituality…others are indifferent one way or the other...
From the perspective of the Living in Alignment Model, the key to living a life that is valuable and sustainable is about embodying both your humanity and your spirituality.
As such, it is of importance to recognize that your spiritual self like your human self has needs and when denied, ignored or not adequately met an imbalance occurs.
Our human self has basic needs (food, clothing, shelter, medical & mental stability, financial security, along with physical and sexual affection/ intimacy); the primary needs of our spiritual self is to “BE” and to complete it’s mission or calling in life. This is about living authentically and realizing our full potential.
We all have a soul mission or calling in life.
It is your birthright to know what the meaning and purpose of your life is about and to go about actualizing your calling in life. You do this by going inward and connecting with your spiritual self.
As is often the case what you are passionate about is an integral aspect of your calling in life. Your calling will be revealed/ transmitted to your mind by your spiritual self ( which I call the Soul).
Our soul issues wake up calls when our human self is off track and or headed in that direction. These wake up calls become more pronounced when we don’t listen to and follow the guidance and directives that our soul offers about all areas and aspects of our life.
Your calling gets played out in the roles you take on (such as being a mother, father, spouse/partner, in your career, various endeavors, your likes and interests, etc). You know when something is an integral aspect of your soul mission, because when you’re engage in it your body feels at ease and simultaneously energized while your mind is relieved, confident, and assured that all is well. Your whole self will feel the “rightness” of it.
A primary objective of the Living in Alignment process is for your human self to live in partnership with your spiritual self. This is a natural occurring process when your mind yields-gets out of the way. With this alliance in place, a synergy is created whereby your human self and spiritual self are united/ working together.
This is where the maxim that “the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts” proves its worthiness...
To learn about how the Living in Alignment approach will benefit you and your life please visit my website www.darcyclarke.us
The Living in Alignment approach is simple in both theory and in practice…
The concepts presented are a distillation of what is referred to as “perennial wisdom” (tried and true-evidence based) or Truths passed down through the ages from many traditions and spiritual paths.
These concepts are intended to open your mind and your heart.
The Living in Alignment approach is experiential…
The concepts provided are not only for the mind to consider/ grasp but equally if not more importantly to be tested so you can determine their validity by having the direct/ subjective experiences of their practicality, effectiveness, and reliability.
The Living in Alignment body of work is designed to identify and address your understanding/ experience of a power that is greater than the resources of your mind. More specifically, in working together as a team I’m here to assist you to determine which aspects of your personal life philosophy (i.e., your beliefs, perceptions, expectations) are limiting/ faulty-getting in your way. In turn, we will modify and or replace those with concepts that are life-affirming and congruent with universal principles (what is true in the universe).
The process of Living in Alignment will increase your awareness, which will increase your understanding which will expand your mind and open your heart and create a positive feedback loop for personal growth, transformation, well-being.
All the while you will develop your capacity to trust (yield) and surrender (merge) more and more with Source energy. Living in Alignment is a lifelong process of awakening or becoming more and more aware of the significance of your presence and your place in the world.
To check out concepts that are promoted by the Living in Alignment Model, please visit my web site at www.darcyclarke.us
The three main objectives of the Living in Alignment Model are: (1) assist people to connect/ reconnect with Source energy ( the power that is greater than the resources of the mind); (2) assist people to develop the skill base to live in partnership with Source energy; (3) assist people to have a conscious living experience of this vital relationship.
There are many benefits to achieving these objectives (to view the list go to the section titled “Benefits of LIA” on my website) ...
I can attest that the most noteworthy benefit is moving out of a fear-based reality.
The more externally resourced your human self is (i.e., the more identified/ defined you are with your humanity), the more fear you will experience. This occurs because your human self/ mind is primarily influenced by the confines of societal conditioning as opposed to deferring to your soul (Source energy within) for its input. When you are externally resourced, your focus is mostly on your human or survival needs while neglecting the needs of your soul. Furthermore, when you are externally resourced, you do not have access to ‘the bigger picture’ view of your life: the significance of your presence and experiences, the fact that your life has meaning and purpose, and that you are intended to experience soul actualization and soul fulfillment (living up to your full potential) .
Your human self is affected by fear in four primary ways:
1. Psychological presentations of fear: being in denial, minimizing, rationalizing, spouting doom and gloom, jumping to conclusions, awfulizing/ catastrophizing; also, adopting black and white thinking or feeling overwhelmed, threatened, worried, apprehensive, confused, discouraged, hopeless.
2. Emotional presentations of fear: experiencing anxiety, doubt, ambivalence, irritability, terror, panic, angst, dread, etc.
3. Physical presentations of fear: fatigue, tightness in your body, nervousness, restlessness, stuck energy, uneasiness, jitters, etc.
4. Behavioral presentations of fear: isolation, escapism, substance or process addictions, avoidance, dissociation, overworking, resistance, impulsive or reactive behavior, etc.
When you make a conscious decision to listen to and follow the guidance and promptings of your Soul (what I refer to as Living in Alignment), your mind will experience notable relief and your body will feel energized. The more you live in alignment, the more you will experience your fear-based reality being replaced by an abiding assurance that you are not alone in the universe, that you are deeply loved, that your presence is of significance, that you have a mission to accomplish. With increased connection to and awareness of the workings of your Source energy in your life, your mind will gain the proof it requires that your Soul is more knowledgeable, qualified/ skilled, and experienced than your mind to be in the proverbial drivers’ seat.
Please go to my website to learn more about the Living In Alignment approach to living life www.DarcyClarke.us
In my previous blog, I suggested that you take a self-test to see how the Living in Alignment (LIA) approach specifically applies to you and your life… if you haven’t already taken this test, I encourage you to do so… www.darcyclarke.us/link.html
The LIA process will illuminate the interaction that your human self/ mind is having with your spiritual self (the unique reflection of Source energy that resides inside of you, which I refer to as your Soul).
All of us are interacting with Source energy to a greater or lesser extent. Yet many are not conscious of it, in conflict about it, perplexed by it, or unaware of its personal significance.
I’m here to assist you to understand the relational dynamic you’re having with Source energy or not having as the case may be. Examining your beliefs, perceptions, expectations, or your conditioning will shed light on how your human self/ mind gets in the way or out right prevents you from connecting with and/ or developing a close relationship/ partnership with Source energy.
Remember that it’s your choice/ decision what kind of relationship you want to have with Source energy…
Is it or will it be the perfume version, one that is alive and fully engaged-the real thing; the cologne version- a watered down or not as close; or the toilet water version, which is a superficial relationship- one you don’t depend upon…
You also get to decide how conscious/ aware you want to become of the workings of Source energy within your life and in the lives of others.
Please check out my website www.darcyclarke.us to learn more about Source energy and applying perennial wisdom to your everyday experience of living life!
The Living in Alignment approach is for people who are seeking to deepen their connection with Source energy (or whatever name you use to refer to the power that is greater than the resources of your mind).
Although you may never be able to fully comprehend Source energy, you can become increasingly aware of the workings of Source energy in your life and in the lives of others. Not only is this experience awesome/ wondrous, but these synchronistic occurrences will give your mind undeniable proof that Source energy is as real as the difference between night and day.
Living in Alignment is the term used to describe the state of being that you’ll experience when your human self/ mind is living in partnership with your spiritual self. In practical terms, this occurs when your mind listens to and follows the guidance/ directives from your spiritual self (the deepest & energetic aspect of who you are which I refer to as your Soul).
The largest target audience drawn to the Living in Alignment Model are people who are transitioning from organized religion to spirituality. These are people who want to have a direct connection with Source energy without any dogma. The Living in Alignment Model is simple in both theory and in practice.
Take the self test to determine if the Living in Alignment approach is “right” for you. http://www.darcyclarke.us/selftest.html
In the previous blog, I identified the term “Source energy” to name a power that is greater than the resources of our mind. Listed below are 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 many 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.
Creative: Source energy is the life force energy inside you that you use to co-create.
Omnipresent: Source energy is within all that is.
Unifying: Source energy illuminates your inter-connectedness with all life forms.
Self-generating energy system: Source energy is continuously unfolding, creating, evolving, and transforming.
In addition, Source energy is not static, but in a constant state of evolution.
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.