Practically speaking, dualistic thinking is when you allow your mind to view the experiences or events in your life from a black and white lens. More specifically, when you’re thinking dualistically, your mind will categorize what is happening in your life as good or bad; right or wrong; positive or negative; us vs. them; good vs. evil; etc.
Dualistic thinking is so pervasive for many people that this mindset has become an unconscious way of functioning. This is to say that this type of processing has become automatic where there is no awareness that the dualistic thinking is taking place.
From the LIA perspective dualistic thinking is a limited and faulty way of thinking and if gone unchecked will foster rigidity, become an obstacle from moving forward in your life and/ or keep you stuck. A dualistic mindset will also generate discouragement, hopelessness, anger, bitterness, and resentfulness. In addition, a dualistic mindset will keep you living in a fear and or a shame-based reality. Furthermore, a dualistic mindset fosters strife, discord, polarization, and divisiveness.
From a “What if it is true perspective?”, what if all of the experiences and events that have happened, are currently happening, or will happen to you are intended to benefit you in one or more ways? This is one of the LIA concepts which you are supported and encouraged to view and test out as a working hypothesis. The objective is to have a direct or subjective experience of the viability of this concept.
Instead of categorizing your experiences from a dualistic mindset, start training your mind to focus on understanding how the experiences and events happening in your life are benefiting you by tuning into the insights, gifts, and or lessons that are being provided.
From the LIA perspective all of the experiences and events in your life have the “inherent potential” of increasing your awareness, which will increase your understanding, which expands your thinking/ mind and opens your heart, all of which will facilitate a transformation in one or more aspects of your life.
To learn more about the LIA approach please visit my website at www.darcyclarke.us
The Practice of Trusting & Surrendering
Being 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 you) but, do you find yourself experiencing difficulty integrating these spiritual principles 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 are indicators that your mind/ intellect is getting in the way and preventing your Soul from leading your life.
One of the reasons for people having contingencies is that they consciously or 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. The practice of Living in Alignment occurs when you are listening to and following the guidance/ promptings that Source energy is regularly providing.
Trusting and Surrendering to Source energy involves training your mind to defer to and rely upon Source energy and allow this vital energy to lead your life.
To “Let go and let God” will require that your mind learn 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 (that doesn’t mean you have to like what is happening).
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 with 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. To reiterate, 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 facilitate becoming 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 assured that Living in Alignment is a practical, effective, and reliable alternative to living your life…
Every time you listen to and follow the guidance and directives from your Soul the results will always be favorable-no exceptions! Test this proposition out for yourself…. Your ability to Trust & Surrender will develop naturally the more you to listen to and follow the guidance and directives from your Soul!
To learn more about the Living in Alignment approach, please visit my website www.darcyclarke.us
Moving out of a Fear and/ or a Shame-based reality...
The answer to moving out of a fear or shame-based reality is simple, become less identified with your humanness and societals’ conditioning, and instead become more internally resourced.
You may be asking what does this mean?
From the perspective of Living in Alignment, the reason people are caught up living in a fear and/ or a shame-based reality is because they’ve been conditioned to defer to and rely upon their intellect to lead their lives.
This translates to being primarily externally resourced or being overly identified with your humanness and the three-dimensional world. Another way of saying this is that your egoic mind is your go-to resource.
When you’re externally resourced you’ll be functioning at a deficient on account that you have limited access to universal wisdom and the bigger picture of your life.
In contrast, when you’re internally resourced you defer to and rely upon the resources of your spiritual core to lead your life.
Becoming internally resourced is facilitated by attending to your intuition (what feels ‘right’) and learning to listen to and follow the guidance and promptings from your Soul ( a word I use to refer to the unique aspect of the power that is greater than your intellect) that resides inside you.
Has a lack of a healthy connection to your Soul deluded you into believing that you are your ego-centered mind? When this happens people think that they are only their human selves, that Source energy doesn’t exist, that they are alone in the Universe, and that life has no meaning and purpose.
Becoming internally resourced is a lifelong practice of deepening your connection with Source energy while becoming increasingly aware of the wondrous unfolding of your life.
From the LIA perspective, Living in Alignment is your birthright, a naturally occurring process that is uniquely special to every person.
To learn more about becoming internally resourced and the Living in Alignment Model please visit my website at www.darcyclarke.us
No More Blind Followers…
These days many people are choosing non-affiliation with religious organizations that are entrenched in dogma. Although there are various reasons for this situation, the reason I would like to expound upon is that many people are moving out of a “tribal consciousness” mentality. By ‘tribal consciousness’ I’m referring to a mindset where following the expectations and dictates of leaders and not questioning/ challenging the ‘status quo’ is the norm.
In the context of religion, more people are reassessing their relationship to the power that is greater than the resources of the intellect. They’re not supporting or have any interest in adhering to religious doctrine that requires their unwavering allegiance and are adamant about not becoming a ‘blind follower.’
For increasing numbers of people their intellect now requires proof of the existence of Source energy (a term I use to refer to this power that is greater than the intellect). Also, many people are seeking and requiring that spiritual concepts be taken out of their historical context and that they be made applicable to the 21st century audience and the issues, conditions, challenges, and the like that we are facing.
The Living in Alignment Model is the distillation of “perennial wisdom” (i.e., spiritual principles) that was developed to address the spiritual needs of:
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 acknowledging that in order to experience self-empowerment and transformation that both their human and spiritual needs have to be identified and addressed.
Living in Alignment is a new term to describe the qualitative experience of developing a partnership between your human self and your spiritual core.
Connecting with your Soul (a term I use to refer to your spiritual core) is life changing!
The Living in Alignment Model provides spiritual concepts that are intended to be tested. Through your subjective experiences your mind will gain the proof it requires to determine the viability of becoming “internally resourced” (i.e., listening to and following your intuition) as you test out the practicality, effectiveness and reliability of partnering with your spiritual core.
To learn more about the Living in Alignment body of knowledge please visit my website www.darcyclarke.us
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.