As I reflect on the end of a year and the beginning of another, I am reminded that my journey has become more rewarding as the years pass. This is not the case for the majority of people. The majority of people unknowingly continue to live out their indoctrinations, conditioning and buying into the corporate agenda to create wealth; no matter the cost to others.
Little did I know when I was seven-years-old, as I stood barefoot in the driveway of my parent’s cattle ranch watching them drive away to take my beloved aunt to the state mental hospital; I heard the words, “Some day you will have a big impact in people’s lives,” that I would be working with people in their healing process – albeit, I have my shoes on. Many messages guided me through the turbulence and vicissitudes of life. And through it all I made a big impact in people’s lives as you have.
Do you marvel at the journey you traveled that brought you to the work you are doing? The intricate details, at the time might have seemed to be of little consequence, but, were none-the-less important and significant.
A Course In Miracles reminds me; the prophetic message I heard that day was one that everyone hears, albeit they are unable to understand or follow the path. “I am here only to be truly helpful. I am here to represent the One who sends me. I don’t have to worry about what to say or what to do because the One who sends me will direct me. I am content to go where I am directed. I am content to go where I am directed knowing I don’t go alone.”
Today, more than ever before, we are witnessing a crisis of consciousness over the validity of a war versus the power of humility, integrity, understanding and diplomacy. More people than ever before are seeking to create health and prevent dis-ease and disease. Studies reveal over 70 percent of adults aged 50 or older use some type of Holistic Health Care. Simultaneously, those who are spiritual seekers ponder the purpose and mission of their immortal souls. It is incumbent upon you as an awakened spirit to enlighten your unenlightened sojourners. You need to be the ‘voice’ someone hears and begins to ponder.
The experience of pondering and subsequently creating and maintaining a new paradigm for the world is a monumental undertaking. However, it can be a wondrous opportunity to exercise and experience ourselves as the powerful spiritual beings we are. A paradigm shift teaches us about working with chaos and things turned upside down. The old paradigm needs to be examined and shifted before a new paradigm can evolve-this is the awareness we need most to maintain. Doing the same thing over and over because that is what we have always done or because it seems expedient doesn’t mean ‘it is right.’
Through times of searching and integrity conflict, escaping is easy; holding onto one’s convictions of integrity and spiritual truth is difficult. Instead of giving up your convictions that, war or doing the same thing over and over is never the answer, we need to learn how to navigate in a new way. It is there-in the rough spots-that we learn how to deal with the resentments, the frustrations and the humiliations that come with life and work. It is there that we will find balance.
Pema Chodron, an American Buddhist teacher calls this, “The squeeze.” She defines it as “a point where we are not able to take it or leave it, where we are caught between a rock and a hard place, caught with both the up-lift of our ideas and the rawness of what’s happening in front of our eyes…” and, that, she says, “is a very fruitful place.”
There are many wonderful opportunities in life and work to experience this “fruitfulness.” As humans, we are often caught between that “rock and a hard place.” And when caught, we want; to run; to retaliate; to reach for something to fill the emptiness; to have an affair; to bail out; to do whatever it takes to have the feeling of fullness and comfort again. When we are challenged this is precisely the time we need to hold on. When our fears tell us; to escape; to retaliate; to take the easy way out; we need to check with our integrity and spiritual compass. This is where security can be found-in the fruit of our commitment to a higher purpose.
When one stays committed to one’s truth, humility, integrity and spiritual compass a new paradigm, in the midst of things falling apart, comes into focus. The space occupied by fear and letting go of old thinking shifts and is replaced by the new paradigm. I wish you well on your journey as you change paradigms.
Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD, Metaphysician – Certified Hypnosis and Regression Practitioner, Author and Speaker. Dr. Dorothy facilitates clearing baggage, fears and limiting beliefs. Then, you can live the life you desire.She brings awareness to concepts not typically obvious to one’s daily thoughts and feelings. https://drdorothy.net