Energy is life force, our natural power or strength. It resides in our breathing. When our breathing changes, our emotions change, our movements change, and our perception of the world changes accordingly. When our vital energy is obscured by strong emotions, opinions, and concepts, our perspective narrows and our strength diminishes. When we are free of such blockages, our power is free and expansive.
- Connecting to Energy by Irini Rockwell
Problems invite us to go inside to recognize a bigger picture of ourselves and of life. This bigger picture brings meaning to what is unfolding. When you feel trapped in a problem, see if you can shift your perspective. Ask yourself, “What is my soul inviting me to learn from this situation?” The answer will always revolve around a quality or value, like gratitude, freedom, compassion, love, will, humour or acceptance. The answer will also always promote union rather than separation. As soon as we find the meaning in our challenge, our resistance to it melts away. Often, awareness of the lesson is all that is needed to resolve the problem. If not, the awareness brings us courage and ways to work through it. “The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life.”
- Dalai Lama
When we understand how soul works through us, we begin to see how pain generates the impulse to change. We see that our aim in supporting someone is NOT to get rid of their pain and suffering. Instead, we want to assist them to understand what the pain is trying to teach them - to find meaning in their distress. Often, all we need do is be fully present to them. It also helps to be present to our own experience and genuine in our feelings. Living our own truth helps create the pace for the other person to live theirs. “The first duty of love is to listen.”
- Paul Tillich
When some misfortune threatens, consider seriously and deliberately what is the very worst that could possibly happen. Having looked this possible misfortune in the face, give yourself sound reasons for thinking that after all it would be no such terrible disaster. Such reasons always exist, since at the worst nothing that happens to oneself has any cosmic importance. When you have looked for some time steadily at the worst possibility and have said to yourself with real conviction, “Well, after all, that would not matter so very much”, you will find that your worry diminishes to a quite extraordinary extent. It may be necessary to repeat the process a few times, but in the end, if you have shirked nothing in facing the worst possible issue, you will find that your worry disappears altogether and is replaced by a kind of exhilaration.
- The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell
We can ignore our emotions but they will eventually become so powerful that they will attract experiences that force us to feel. If we are depressed, we will attract people who don’t respect us. If we have self-worth issues we will attract experiences and people that make us feel unworthy. If we are afraid of loss, we will lose. If we cannot be alone, or fear being alone, we will attract a lonely life. I was afraid of a lot of things and I attracted all my fears.
- Pocket Guide to Your Heart
Sometimes in our lives we reach rock bottom. We experience what we call HELL. For each of us it’s dressed up differently, but for all of us it is dark, tough and devastating. This HELL can be our awakening. Some people call it a breakdown; I believe it is a breakthrough.
- Pocket Guide to Your Heart