From Breakdown to Breakthrough

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When the mind overwhelms you, don’t despair. You have reached a transformative moment in your development.

“In English we have two words, very beautiful, of great significance: one is breakdown, the other is breakthrough. Breakdown is when you don’t know any meditation and your logic becomes irrelevant. Then there is a breakthrough: you enter into a new world, a new vision, a new perspective.” 
~Osho~

In the midst of struggle it can sometimes feel like your mind has become the enemy. Its incessant activity keeps you up at night replaying the events of the day or worrying about the future. Meditation seems impossible and some seek outside distractions in order to cope.

We must observe the antics of the mind without falling prey to its limiting stories and beliefs. When intense emotions arise don’t run from them, turn inward and shine the light of consciousness upon them. The willingness to face your shadows opens the possibility of a breakthrough. We must operate through the heart rather than through the mind.

Use the koan “What is this?” to move deeper and deeper to the heart of the issue. When anger or sadness arises, turn inward. What has triggered the feeling? Go deeper, where did the attachment begin? And deeper still, how can recognizing the imbalance be transformed into empowerment?

When you can transform a breakdown into a breakthrough, you are one step closer to mastery.

Teach Love

Encircle the world with your love.

“Increasing consciousness = increasing complexity.” 
~Ken Wilbur~

Everything that we send out into the world is a reflection of our inner state of consciousness. There must be self-forgiveness, self-acceptance, kindness and compassion within us before we can adequately demonstrate spiritual maturity in our daily interactions.

Nurture yourself. Let your inner dialogue be one of support, possibility, laughter and encouragement. The journey of awakening takes us through various levels of experience and each allows us to explore another facet of being, another facet of love.

You are the universe in ecstatic motion. Lose yourself in the scent of a flower or the embrace of a loved one. Let music and art open you to appreciate new dimensions. Honor the present moment as sacred by choosing to see the sacred within it and within yourself. And from there, anything is possible.

Your Journey is Unique

Your story is still being written.
“Just let it go” is more a philosophy than an option. If it were possible to “just let it go,” we’d all know freedom right now. Often our only real choice is to just let it be. 
~Ezra Bayda~

We arranged this lifetime by selecting the perfect parents, place of birth, personality traits, temperament and physical appearance to facilitate specific lessons.

While we do create a blueprint of experiences and karmic agreements prior to birth (and seek to follow the plan), we still have free will and thus are active co-creators of the life experience.

In the midst of struggle, remind yourself that there are gifts waiting to be discovered. If they are not yet apparent to you, it typically indicates that the energy or the lesson is still unfolding. Karmic situations, especially the important, life-changing ones, often continue to teach us for years after they have ended.

As you grow in awareness, you’ll move into higher levels of consciousness. Each level allows you to see more clearly and your perception will expand until you are able to embrace every aspect of your journey as sacred. If you are not there yet, do not fear, you are simply still in process of transformation.

Love Speaks

You are awareness. Remove the distractions and what remains?

“It’s all real and it’s all illusory. That’s awareness!”  
~Ram Dass~  

All that you see and experience is an expression of the Divine and there are infinite ways that we can play together and learn from one another. Train yourself to see beyond the roles and patterns that seem to separate us and instead choose to delve beneath the surface and be a loving witness to the truth that lies within.

In stillness we discover that anything is possible. The gap is filled with limitless potential and for a brief moment we dance in the realm of imagination. You are awareness and in that awareness you can explore new ways of being. This never-ending dance of awakening reminds us how much we need one another in order to see clearly.

In Oneness we discover that everything is love. We are deeply connected. What heals one, heals all. The greatest gift that you can give is to work on clearing anything that blocks you from feeling that connection. Be still and listen.

Patience, Trust, Conscious Action

When something sparks awakening and movement within you, invite it into your life.
“And suddenly you know. It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”  
~Eckhart Tolle~

Inspiration comes in many ways. It sparks awareness that change is required, it brings inner wisdom to the surface of our consciousness and motivates us to take action. In moments of clarity, consciously be willing to pivot as needed.

Incorporate new patterns into your experience with faith that life will unfold as it should. Patience is required. Trust is required. When we take personal responsibility for our state of consciousness in the present moment, the resulting peacefulness infuses all that we do.

Don’t waste time making plans. Act from the heart according to your true nature and whatever you need to know will make itself known. Your journey is a magnificent story that is still being written.

Conscious Self Talk

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“I am” are the two must powerful words in the Universe…
whatever follows them creates your reality.

The ultimate truth of who you are is not I am this or I am that,
but I Am.”
~Eckhart Tolle~

Pay attention to the words you use. If you share the journey of awakening with someone else, give them permission to point out moments when your “I Am” statements are destructive or limiting. As we observe old patterns or beliefs when they are in motion, we cultivate the ability to make conscious choices that are supportive and healthy.

When the ego has utilized a particular story for many years, it can be challenging to recognize the impact that it has had on our experience. Such ideas are preceded by statements such as “I’ve always been this way” or “everyone in my family…” As a conscious creator, you have an opportunity to purposely shift your inner conversation.

The track of your progress may be subtle – recognize that as the slow but steady progression of awakening. Continue to bring your awareness to the present moment. Shift your words or actions when required and give yourself credit for how far you have come. And most importantly, speak to yourself with love and expansiveness.

Soul Purpose

Every breath you take is part of a loving conversation between you and the Divine.

“I learned that every mortal will face death.  
But only some will taste life.” 
~Rumi~

Close your eyes. Breathe. Imagine that each inhale draws peace, love and joy into the heart chakra, while each exhale releases all that no longer serves you on your journey. Set an intention to be an authentic example of kindness and compassion.

When we choose to recognize the sacred in everyone and everything, our experiences change. No longer bound by roles, reactivity or desire, we simply become unique and loving expressions of the Divine.

Put down your burdens. Whatever you do, do it with grace, joy and enthusiasm. Let your laughter transform the ridiculous into the sublime, tears into empowerment and fear into gratitude.

You purpose is to awaken. Let your light be an inspiration and honor your journey by living it to the fullest.

Limitless Potential

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Trust the processes of life.

“The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back.” 
~Ram Dass~

All limitations are self-created. We hold ourselves back out of fear and build a narrative around all the reasons that block our movement forward. These limiting beliefs then become self-fulfilling prophesies which are played out in the physical world.

The process of awakening calls upon us not only to suspend disbelief but to also embody the idea of being empowered co-creators of our own experience. We can retrain the mind to support ideas of abundance, joy and miracles and then observe as a new flow of energy begins to move powerfully through our daily experiences.

Believe in your ability to create changes that expand your consciousness. Utilize gratitude and consciously choose to support your own transformation by expecting the very best. Recognize and celebrate the gifts that begin to manifest knowing that whatever you place your focus upon becomes stronger in your life.

As you change, the world around you is transformed.

Acceptance and New Beginnings

Live Gently.

“[Fertility represents] the intuitive part of our nature, with its urge toward harmonizing and adjusting in the sphere of personal relationships. It embodies the need to share, the yearning to be desired, a search after similarities. …You now have the strength to achieve completion, resolution, from which comes a new beginning.” 
~Ralph Blum~

Creating harmony in your life experience is imperative. It softens the voice of ego and allows you to engage with others in a way that is healthy, supportive and patient. Honor those who grace your life by nurturing them. Release attachment and hold space as they explore and learn and grow.

This dance of awakening is ever-evolving. As we enter new playgrounds of experience we support one another and joyfully discover unexplored aspects of ourselves in the process.

Mastery calls upon us to be conscious of our state of consciousness in the present moment. Your peacefulness creates peaceful experiences. Your love creates loving experiences. Embody grace and acceptance and your life will be easier.

Inner Beauty and Grace

The life-force of the universe flows through you into all that you do.

“Spiritual practice is not a mindless repetition of ritual or prayer. It works through consciously realizing the law of cause and effect. Perhaps we can sense the potential of awakening in ourselves, but we must also see that it doesn’t happen by itself. How we act, how we relate to ourselves, to our bodies, to the people around us, to our work, creates the kind of world we live in, creates our very freedom.” 
~Jack Kornfield~

The challenges we face are not obstacles on the journey – they are the journey. Each step sparks new opportunities to bring love and mindfulness to our life situations. See yourself as the universe in motion and bring that understanding to each and every interaction.

Of course there will be moments when you shine and others when you may feel that you’ve missed the mark; however, there are no mistakes. Whatever energy you set in motion is what you require for your souls growth or to facilitate growth in others. When you act from the heart, love moves through you.

Your presence makes a profound difference in the world. Be willing to learn something new about yourself every day, until, like a multifaceted crystal, you transform the light of the universe into something new and beautiful and unique.