If you were to write down you thoughts for the next hour would most of them be positive or negative? How do you know if your thoughts are positive or negative? Do you have motivational thoughts, thoughts full of gratitude for what you have and what is coming your way, or are your thoughts full of what you lack or would like to have but don’t?
Now let’s say you are taking a walk down the street with these thoughts you wrote down. Do you think anyone you meet would be able to tell you what’s on your mind?
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Love and freedom are two of those words that are interchangeable. Freedom of choice is unconditional love- unconditional freedom. Choice is another of those words that are interchangeable with Love and freedom.
For the most part, humanity understands little of what the word unconditional means. Unconditional means… “NO CONDITIONS.” This lack of understanding is what has divided man from man, and religion from religion throughout his sojourn in the physical reality. It is again man’s ego trying to grasp the idea, and not being able to surrender to its meaning. It appears to be the nature of humanity to always add conditions to unconditional-let me demonstrate.
It is not a destination and it holds no title. It is not a time or even intelligence, and it is not limited to the confines of some singular path. I ask the questions . . . how do we find it, how do we define it, and where does it lead us to? In bond to our sincerity and goodness of heart, let us now begin an exploration of that precious yet mysterious thing we might call the journey of spiritual awareness.
In attempt to simplify a complex subject, I believe we can divide the issue into two general arenas: awareness of the self, and external awareness. If we clarify external awareness as an understanding of others and the reality that surrounds us, then awareness of the self would most obviously be an understanding of our individual souls. By an on-going study and comprehension of both of theses aspects of awareness, I believe a broader vision can be achieved with which we can gain higher levels and insights to spiritual evolution . . . an evolution which not only can redefine our very character and purpose, but steps us into the expanse of new and greater dimensions.
Spiritual awareness seldom comes easily for with it are the tests and trials of individual experience. Perhaps for most of us, it is external awareness which is more comfortable to confront for it is more removed from the challenges of our egos. Self-awareness relies predominantly on our personal ability to be objective, responsible, and honest in evaluation. It requires discipline to the maintenance of our clarity towards our content and choice of direction. It is usually easier to spot faults and qualities elsewhere than to turn the mirror around and face them within ourselves. In my opinion it is the added challenge of self-awareness which makes it all the more important for us to deal with, and is therefore to be the prime focus of this article.
In my opinion, self-awareness is actually more than an understanding, it is also a feeling. It is a connection to a grand wisdom . . . a strength of divine love . . . God, cosmos, call it what you may. It is an empowering feeling and a compassion. Humble yet grand, it is a feeling which transports us beyond mundane and three-dimensional life to a pure freedom and peace and expansion of spirit. The threats and hardships to our lives become somehow removed from company of fear and join with a certainty, a faith, a sense of protection with the knowledge that we are actually far more than what might seem from the limits of our five senses. Self-awareness is, at its heart, a confidence in our totality as truly multi-dimensional beings.
Fear is the great inhibitor. Some much of the negative forces within us stem from this primal misdirection. Fear in the form of ego tries to steer us from honesty towards ourselves. Fear limits our perceptions, our value, and our will to keep progressing. It is the control mechanism used against us by the institutions and individuals who desperately wish us never to find the potential of our self-empowerment. So long as that potential is never realized, we remain to be defined as they would have us . . . as slaves whose life and power are sacrificed to their appetites of control. We are as food to a parasite, fed upon and herded by their orders, and made as pawns to a game of ambitious evils. Fear is the chains of our imprisoned souls. It is all around us, attempting to saturate us through the subtle mediums of media, religions, governments, and social conditioning.
A careful discernment needs to be employed here with the subject of fear. Elimination of fear can so often be corrupted by ego into an elimination of wisdom. What I am not suggesting here is a bravado imbued delusion of invincibility. Not fearing the guns on the hill is not the same as painting a target on your head and stepping into the line of fire. Circumstances may or may not require you to face those bullets, but don’t be a fool by daring them. Sometimes the line between fearlessness and foolishness can be a thin one, and there is no formula I can think of to always and conclusively know that point. All I could recommend here is to employ both your logic and feelings to the balance of necessity. Be willful in resolution, but not so stubborn as to deny future understanding.
Finding fears and interferences within you can be a challenging task, for many of them hide in the camouflage of subtlety. For myself, I have often found as well, that what might be thought of as resolved may surface again to be understood at yet deeper levels than before. We are complex beings, especially when you realize we are far more than what might be perceived, and therefore the path of self-awareness truly is a journey without ultimate conclusion. No matter how far you travel there will always be another hill ahead. As human beings we traverse but a small section of the map of full reality and truth. Beyond the human experience lies more, and still more after that. This shouldn’t give you a feel of futility, rather a drive of intrigue. Don’t worry yourself over where you may be at, just motivate yourself to find and maintain the right direction. Know, in time, that you will keep progressing if it is your will to do so. Knowing where you are currently is just a reference point . . . a guide of orientation to help you get to the next point. So, stay positive and optimistic the best that you can.
Perhaps the best advice that I could give to anyone, based on my own opinions and experience, is to monitor your thoughts and feelings. Think, think, and think some more . . . and keep on thinking! Ask yourself questions and quest for answers. Why do I feel as I do? Why do I believe as I do? Are my reactions what they should be? Think about it, then have the will to act and change according to your discoveries. See your shortcomings and mistakes not so much as faults but as opportunities for improvement. Guilt that is truly valid serves only as a reminder not to repeat your mistakes, and should be grown out of by learning from it. Change doesn’t need to be feared. Each of us is, in our own ways and conscious of it or not, on a soul’s journey. The importance is simply to keep moving forward not backward, and keep expanding in the power of goodness. Maintain that connection to a higher source. Focus your will to a noble and righteous cause. Keep steady and determined with every step across the terrain of reality on this, the journey of spiritual awareness.
Dan Thomas – About the Author:
Dan Thomas is a writer and truth seeker. He is the author of the metaphysical science fiction novel, Inner-Tech.
Fear…At some time in our lives, we each experience it – our stomachs are queasy, our hands are clammy, our muscles clench and we seem unable to catch our breath. We may even physically tremble or become immobilized…
Fear immobilizes our ability to make decisions and locks us in a state of insecurity and lack of trust.
Did you know….
- 18.8 million adults will suffer from depression this year
- 2.3 million adults will struggle with Bipolar disorder this year
- 9.1 million adults have an anxiety disorder
- 2.4 million adults will experience a panic disorder this year
- 3.3 million adults will be treated for OCD this year
If you suffer from debilitating fear, you are not alone…the National Institute of Mental Health reports that approximately 1 in every 5 adults suffer with the anguish of a fear-related disorder! These problems will go untreated because most feel too embarrassed to seek help, or just think it’s a simple bout of the “blues.” In some cases yes but in most cases, that is simply not true!
Agoraphobia, the fear of any situation that might provoke panic attacks, or fear of losing control. Agoraphobia is often accompanied by panic disorder
Fear are phobias that create a physiological response in their sufferers. When someone encounters his/her phobia, he/she will experience what is known as the “fight-or-flight response“. An increase in adrenaline causes one’s heart and breathing to accelerate, muscles tighten and sweat glands to activate, it also triggers a release of stored sugar, increased metabolic rate and inhibited digestion. The “fight-or-flight response” is activated when one feels threatened and is a sort of biological safety mechanism. With phobias, however, this response is irrational and does not serve its original biological purpose to keep humans aware and able to cope with dangerous situations in some cases
Although scientists are not sure as to exactly what causes phobias, many believe that they are caused by a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Phobia can be caused by a traumatic event if someone almost drowns then they may develop a fear of water ..!
fear of confusion
fear of killers and robbers
fear of panicking
fear of death
fear of clowns
fear of needles
fear of stalkers
fear of love
fear of getting hurt
fear of the future
fear of car accidents
fear of not being happy
fear of being buried alive
fear of losing someone you love
fear of the past coming back
fear of someone not loving you back
fear of disappointing the people you love
fear of hurting the people you love
fear of not knowing what’s going to happen yes it could go on and on..!
An interesting theory is that humans are “biologically prone” to having certain kinds of phobias, such as the fear of snakes, spiders or other potentially poisonous creatures, because those fears may have been crucial to the survival of humans long ago and they remain in our brains to this day
studying phobias has raised several questions in mind. For instance, if phobias are, at least in part, a hold over from thousands of years ago, why haven’t they disappeared yet? If we can adapt to have phobias to keep us away from danger, can’t we adapt to not have phobias? Or are phobias just a complication that comes along with having a complex biological system, and therefore complex defence mechanisms?
Another interesting idea is that phobias seem to demonstrate the connection between emotions and the body. One experiences an emotion and then has a physiological response or is it the other way around? In any case, could understanding phobias be a gateway to understanding this mind-body connection further I believe so it makes better sense than having to rely on drugs controlling our body’s although drugs may help in sever cases and they do in time but they also help because we believe they do so why not believe that our own mind – body has its own drug hummm?
Fear can condition and train you to believe something that doesn’t even exist. Everyone has the right to break free of those ideas. Every fear can be flipped so it benefits you and drives you to achieve more. By actually acting from a place of fear you can compound that fear or even diminish it. It’s better to approach things from a state of your higher self than ego and fear. Our deepest fear is that we feel inadequate and playing small in life reinforces that fear. We are all meant to shine, but playing small or safe does not enlighten yourself or the world. You can either conquer your fear today, right now, or be a slave to it for the rest of your life I believe that phobias are learned, and can therefore be unlearned …just take a moment and think about it ‘all actually comes from frame of our infrastructured minds..!
Fear is defined as, “an unpleasant feeling of apprehension or distress caused by the presence or anticipation of danger.” But what is the origin of this unpleasant feeling – fear itself?
Written by Joanne Wellington for Mediums World
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