All we need to do to identify what represents the “good life” is watch an hour of prime time television and pay attention to the commercials.
Many sages and writers have pointed out that true Spiritual growth is actually the reverse of this process – if we can tune into and be who we truly and authentically are, and we do the things that are in alignment with our true selves, we will have the things we truly value.
One of the consequences of following the do-have-be strategy is when you get to the “be”, you may find yourself asking the title question –
What am I doing here? What is this life I have created?
And we may find ourselves questioning our work, our relationships, the enthusiasms we have been pursuing for years. Sometimes we come to this moment through an emotional or mental awakening or crisis, sometimes our bodies rebel with illnesses that our medical doctors can’t seem to figure out.
I think this is the dynamic of the mid-life crisis. It’s not for the sake of variety, it is a waking up, a snapping out of something that has held us for too long – living someone else’s idea of the good life, and coming face to face with the fact that our authentic self has another opinion and is asking for its turn at the wheel. The epiphany that there is more to us or something other than we have been led to believe.
In Reclaiming Your Sacred Path, I discuss using a cycle of divination, manifestation, and healing to walk your path. Divination means delving into your inner resources, consulting your intuition, your Spirit guides, Deity as you understand Her/Him, and reading the signs and omens around you for clues as to what’s going on for you. Manifestation is forming an intention and acting on that guidance. And healing comes from allowing.
Abraham-Hicks talk about the fact that there is one power in the Universe, an “eternal force, that gets in motion as soon as you have thought for something you would rather have.” Once that motion begins, you have your epiphany – you see “the contrast between what you have and what you want."
Then, the process is one of setting an intention, asking for it to manifest, acting as if it is coming, and allowing it to appear. A Reiki healing session begins with this dialogue between you and the practitioner - what is your intention? How would you like the energy to help you?
The practitioner can do what the practitioner does – prescribe antibiotics, administer acupuncture, provides an energy healing treatment. But the healing comes when you allow it – by taking the antibiotics as prescribed, by relaxing and allowing the energy to enter your energetic circulatory system to heal and replenish mind, body and Spirit.
Our resistance, if any comes from our shadow – those unresolved areas of grief and trauma that lurk in our subconscious, which we must allow to come to the light that is the healing energy of the Universe.
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