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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When Mankind first walked on this earth, before there was religion, before there was fire; there was spiritual belief. To Early man, all life was a mystery; he lived off the land gathering in the spring hunting through the summer, gathering in the autumn, and hoping to survive the elements through the winter. They would express themselves with a primitive and natural curiosity about life and having no scientific explanations to confuse or block out their finely tuned instincts. They listened to and trusted their ‘gut instincts’ their intuition. For often it would save their lives. They never questioned it, they accepted it naturally and would often see ‘signs’ in the animal and natural world as confirmation.
However it is clear that their spiritual beliefs come from more then just a reverence for nature. It amounted to actually interacting with nature in a spiritual way. We have found evidence of this in items discovered that show that early man had evolved he could hear the spirit world and could communicate spiritually on a regular basis. It might be said that it was their harsh living conditions and circumstances that were responsible for this phenomenon to occur. As few modern men/women can comprehend or understand just how difficult life was then. Guidance and blessings were often sought and miracles were undoubtedly more commonplace. Early man was definitely more in tune with the spirit world and their souls then we are today.
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Have you ever wanted to shut out the world and retreat into a warm, dark, safe place. A place where there are no demands on your time, no emotional influences from others, a place of perfect peace.
I believe there comes a point in persons life when they need a sacred space such as this. A place where they can be undisturbed, still and tranquil. A place where they can rest their minds, their soul, and absorb all the lessons all the knowledge they have acquired up to date.
The mystics and the holy men knew the importance of this and they would often take themselves off for weeks at a time to find the solitude that their spirit needed. Whether it was deep into the forests, far out into the desert, or high up into the mountains.
You must learn to see hardship differently. As they say you cannot make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. So what makes you think that you will become wise unless you pass through the trials and tribulations of life.
You might not care for becoming wise, you might just want peace and calm in your life, yet you have to start somewhere to change what has gone wrong. You need to become stronger not weaker. You need to bend with life like the blade of grass. There is no need to become hard and heartless, this will just bring you more sorrow.
I believe that our soul is constantly sending us information to help us along our spiritual path. Intuition is one of our inborn tools the soul uses to relay messages to us. Intuitive messages can come as a sudden “knowing,” gut feelings, thoughts, images, emotions, or bodily sensations. Intuition is a powerful source of information, creativity, and inspiration. When we follow our intuition our life flows more easily, things seem to fall into place, and we are generally more satisfied because we know we are following our soul path.
We all have intuitive potential. It is not something that only a few gifted people possess. It is a natural ability that we all have and a skill we can all develop. As children we freely access our intuition. Unfortunately, we often receive negative messages from our parents, teachers, or peers and we then begin to doubt our intuition.
When we are drawn in spite of ourselves to follow a path, a direction, a sequence of events unfold, flow with an ease that is unparalleled. Try as we might that course cannot be averted, like a stream trying to find its way to the sea. It cannot be stopped, we can try to divert it even stem it, but it will inevitably revert back to its true course.
Can this be the growth of the spirit, can this be the alchemical fire, a spore of celestial life gifted to us human beings by our creator. We souls swell and expand creating a almost combustible reaction, Soul, Spirit and humanity, there joining no accident. This union, merging was agreed to and arranged long ago. A momentous occasion, rejoiced in heaven but can be a very difficult rite of passage for those involved.