Awakening Spirit, Deepening Soul

I do not even know where to begin with this blog! I have so many thoughts buzzing around my head that it is very hard for me to begin elaborating them in a beautifully scripted post that I hope will inspire and touch people as they are all seemingly incomprehensible right now! However, I will do my best to articulate my thought patterns, which right now I am not sure are even mine, and paint an image of promise and hope!

I will begin by discussing what I mean by Awakening Spirit. For me, this means saying yes to life, saying thanks and expressing gratitude for the opportunity to awaken to this miraculous landscape, allowing faith to flood our lives and take us on the deepest of journeys that will inevitably heal us from the inside out, and also allowing ourselves to open up to our vulnerabilities and begin exploring the depths of our emotional selves.

What happens when we do begin to awaken our spirits is that we have an encounter with our souls. I will come back to this, as I want to first throw some ideas out there of how we can make this possible, and for me, why it is important.

To start with I invite you to relax and close down your eyes and allow all of your focus to fall on your breathing, the inhalation of your breath and the rising of your chest, followed by, the exhalation and the falling of your chest. Find a rhythm and be present with it, take a few moments to honour that space, and know, that this space exists in a continuum and is always readily available for us us to enter and simply just, be. After all, being is a fundamental part of being a human being.

This small practice is a tiny step into the deep fathoms of meditation which is one of the oldest spiritual practices known to us. This practice doesn’t continue to reach us over thousands of years by chance, no, it is a gift, one we must hold onto and cherish. I see meditation as an opportunity to honour ourselves , and in turn, honour the totality of life.

What meditation brings into my life, as it does for so many others, is clarity. With this clarity of thought we can begin to allow our minds to open and allow new light to seep between the cracks we begin to expose, giving us a whole new perspective as to what our purpose might be and a new found awareness to our humanness.

This is important on so many levels, particularly in a time where division prevails over unity! The age old dynamic of us and them is toxic, and for me, a new found awareness of our humanness is exactly what we need to begin breaking down this old worldview, that has become so deeply rooted into our beings and everyday lives through centuries of conditioning that has made us buy into the idea that there really is, an us and a them.

When we awaken our spirit and begin exploring the truths found in spiritual practices, whether it be a simple practice of meditation or devotional worship to Jesus or any other religion we so wish to explore, what we do is we start realising the toxicity of the dynamic of us and them.

Then what starts coming up to the surface is our restless souls, of which, tend to have been neglected as we have allowed our lives to be saturated with egocentric behaviour patterns that enforce that old dynamic. When we begin to deepen our encounters with our souls, we are reminded of and shown one of our most beautiful and treasured aspects of our human divinities, empathy.

I am not going to sit here and pretend that deepening our relationships with our souls is an easy journey, however, it is a worthy one. When we rekindle our relationships with our truly empathetic selves we will face a time of deep sadness and pain, pain that isn’t even just of our own, but the entire global population. This is a natural process, it is also a time for us to say thank you to the aspects of our nature that have prevented us from feeling this pain throughout our lives, and honourably insist that our newly, spiritually transformed selves will take control of our emotional lives.

We do this so we can feel deeply into each other and begin laying new foundations for our souls to become the way makers of our lives. We do this as all of our souls are not just a single entity that is to be experienced on an individual level, no, we do this as our souls are intertwined and have been woven together since the unfolding of the universe began.

What I have come to understand recently, through deepening my own journey to my soul and enriching my life with the scriptures of the bible and regular meditation, is that we have always been and always will be, in the hands of God. When we open up to this faith and universal truth, no matter what your interpretation of God might be, we begin the much needed process of Awakening our Spirits and allowing them to guide us on our journeys deep into the soul of the world.

The reason this is a worthy journey is because there is so much beauty in compassion, love and empathy that it will truly allow us to love thy neighbour and begin taking down the fences in our gardens, removing the borders in our countries as we open our hearts up to each other and the world and prevent the division as we all unite as a species that has the ability to be with one another.

“I want to watch you courageously walk into the sunset…”

Now I think we all agree that we would all like to be more courageous. As a traveller of 6 years I have never come to short of courage. Courage to hit the road and re-discover myself, to break free from, as Bill Plotkin, a depth psychologist says, The Standard Game of Security Building.

This is a game we all play each and everyday by getting up and sticking to our normal routines. We do reach a sense of equilibrium within this game, however, we are never truly satisfied.

When we have been living the same life in the same place for so long, boredom will inevitably set in. That is your soul calling you to adventure, that is your soul trying to redirect you into your soul purpose.

We all have these callings. Some will simply make small changes in their lives to temporarily heal themselves without understanding what this reoccurring sensation truly is. Others might have an idea as to what this sensation is but still hide from and ignore this calling creating a deep sense of uncertainty.

This can go on for years until we finally decide to take the almighty leap of faith, or we might only realise what it was on our deathbed, and then it is to late. There is a lot of factors that go into our avoidance of this calling.

The main aspect in our Nature to avoid this comes from fear. “The Loyal Soldier” as Bill Plotkin so accurately describes it, is a part of our psyches that is developed within our childhoods. It is a mechanism that is designed to protect us and keep is in our secure environments, like it has done for most of our lives.

You can read more about this in any of Bill Plotkins books; Soulcraft: Crossing into the mysteries of Nature and Psyche, Nature and the Human Soul and Wild Mind: Nature’s Guide to the Human Psyche.

Now we come back to courage, courage being the great aspect of our beings that can overcome our fears. I think we all know how incredible it is to overcome fears, the sensation is body tingling to say the least.

So as I said at the beginning, I have never come to short of courage, the distances I have endured because of this is incredible. From; over 20,000km hitchhiking in New Zealand, climbing mountains, deep sea fishing , growing kiwifruit, countless festivals, cooking in the ground, sand boarding, caving, climbing waterfalls and the list goes on.

Now I will tell you what I want to do next, I want to watch you courageously walk into the sunset, descend into the darkness and onto the plains of the unknown. A place where adventure awaits you and your vibrant spirit, a place where you will discover your gifts for the world, and a place that will bring to light the purpose of your soul. So, what are you waiting for?