Have you shackled yourself to the past and made yourself a prisoner of your future karma? If you are harbouring anger, grudges, jealousy, vengeance, and housing hate in your heart; then the answer is a resounding Yes! Do not despair, however, because you have the key to free yourself of the karma that keeps you chained to the person or thing you despise- the key to your freedom is forgiveness.
Yes, Forgiveness! It is the only key in fact. Twenty years in an ashram chanting mantras, will not free you as long as you cling to the negative emotions that weigh so heavily on your soul.
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What do the words ‘living freely’ mean to you? To some people, it will mean that they give themselves permission; To do exactly as they please. Without thought or care, for how what they do might affect other people. To others, living freely, means being true to themselves. By not allowing the thoughts and opinions of other people to influence, restrict or define them. I believe the true concept of living freely, goes much deeper then this.
Freedom is one of, if not ‘the’ most fundamental need of a human being. To be able to express our thoughts, feelings, ideas, personal and spiritual beliefs. Is vital to psychological and physical well being. Being true to yourself. Standing up for what you believe in.
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Love, an emotion and state of being, that can lift people up to the heights of physical and emotional ecstasy. It is also capable of plunging them into the depths of despair. Particularly when things go wrong or love is not reciprocated. Whether we acknowledge it or not, for many love is rarely given, without an expectation of receiving ‘something’ in return. I believe that the root of discontent lies within these expectations, and is often the cause of disappointment in love; And this is why I believe that true happiness and inner contentment can only be found through loving without conditions or expectations.
To create the right conditions for this to occur. You must first learn to love yourself. To like and respect yourself for who you are. To feel comfortable in your own skin. To not rely on other people to fulfil you or to make your life complete. For anything that we cling to that is exterior to us, is transient. It is not so much that we will lose what we love. Though there is always that possibility. But because if we define or judge ourselves on the basis of those exterior experiences; on how successful or fulfilling they are. Then we base those feelings of self worth on perception and not reality. Something that could be taken away from us in any moment. Self love, is the only thing that remains when everything around us is changing.
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If you feel that your life is stuck in a rut, or you feel trapped, you may think there is no way to turn. Perhaps you hate your job, but you do it because you’re worried about paying your bills, or losing your home. The credit crunch and recession has caused problems for many people, with some of them finding their lives changed forever.
It doesn’t have to be like this. If you watch news programmes that focus on things such as the lack of jobs, or conflicts in the Middle East, these negative things not only make you feel depressed, but they enter your subconscious where they stay and continue to affect your life. You may not even realise this, but they start to affect you on a subconscious level, so you start to believe there are no other jobs. This negative belief then keeps you tied to a job you hate.
This is just one example of what can happen when you surround yourself with negativity. If you believe there are no jobs, then this will prevent you from looking. It will stop you trying to improve your situation, by retraining, so you can find something better, for example. The more you keep watching the news or reading negative articles in the newspaper, the more depressed and trapped you will feel, over time.
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The Spirit asked me to write out 12 intentions for daily living. These are beliefs, ideologies and attitudes which you intend to exhibit each and every day.
Many people ask me ‘what do you believe in?’ or ‘what do you teach?’. Both of these imply some sort of rigid system, and that spirituality is somewhat likened to religion. It’s not.
Spirituality at its core is all about freedom. The freedom to be able to connect, understand and express your soul’s true spiritual nature. With this in mind, read the Illuminations below and take note of their practical usefulness. Spirituality should make sense, it should be relatively easy to apply and most importantly: it should feel resonant with your own heart.
It’s important you remember these are not commandments as a commandment inevitably becomes hard, resistant and incapable of change. These are illuminations which allows for your personal adaption, investigation and eventual evolution.
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As human beings we are capable of great depth of feeling. When we trust, we do it implicitly. When we love, we do so wholeheartedly. The paradox is, that this quality we have is at the same time, one of our greatest strengths and also our biggest weakness. For never are we so vulnerable and exposed as we are in that moment. There is no greater betrayal then that of trust. Whether it be in our personal relationships, or in our dealings with people in general. The repercussions can be endless and its affects felt long after the deed has been done. Losing faith in other people can be hard, but even worse is when individuals lose faith in themselves. Often they will blame themselves, for not seeing what was happening, or of being too trusting.
People who were once open and trusting, become the complete opposite. Fearful of forming new relationships. Distant with new people, keeping them at arms length. Afraid of starting new enterprises and less willing to take creative risks. When we lose our faith in people and become distrustful. We erect barriers around ourselves, thinking that this is the only way to stay safe and free from pain. But this can be a very lonely world to live in and I think it is important to remember, that for a long time, we lived, loved and had great friendships and relationships, where trust was not an issue. That we should not let one or two bad experiences, change who we are and our view of life. The fact is, not everyone we meet is going to hurt or lie to us.
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