Our quest for enlightenment has been the ultimate goal and at times it feels like we are trying to scale our way to the top of Mount Olympus. We may approach the journey from our own point of view believing in our own diversity of culture, belief systems, and socioeconomic levels. Neglecting to take into account that no matter how different we all appear on the surface, the inner landscape that embodies us is really quite the same… the truth is we are more similar than we are different.
Who am I? Where and who do I connect to? Do I even know how to connect to myself? Connecting to a higher consciousness, Divine or ‘I am’ presence, can feel very foreign, and yet there is an aspect within that is yearning for recognition, reconnection and feeling of inner peace, the joy and myriad of feelings that come with connection.
For many this hunger for connection is an unknown, it doesn’t feel quite comfortable. Not yet being aware of what is lacking, but an intrinsic knowingness slowly starts to surface.
‘I’ve lost my way’ is an underlying current. What many are seeking is an aspect of spirituality, not a spirituality that is attached to any one particular religious dogma. It is a spirituality that intersects at their very state of being, their feeling of connectedness.
Some miss opportunities brought forward by miniscule, almost forgettable occurrences. These can run the gamut from small exchanges with a total stranger, a brush with nature, seeing a bird fly very close or feel it brush our subtle fields, finding a stone, or even watching the rain fall.
The quiet, still moments within can create some of the richest interludes with the soul aspects within ourselves. These episodes can be like a breath of fresh air gently caressing our souls and bringing us to a place where we connect. Connecting in ways that many don’t allow themselves the time or the space to be in, these higher aspects of who we are and where we strive to live from… that true essence of ourselves.
Unfortunately, many today run wildly to escape these higher aspects. It’s not necessarily a consciously realized behaviour, but if you begin to extract and evaluate the high level of materialism and consumerism that permeates the fabric of society, you begin to get an inkling that people are trying to fulfill, feed or submerge an inner hunger.
There is a sense of family values eroded, political and religious values also eroded and these three elements were once pinions in many societies, cultures and families that stabilized and kept people moving forward towards common goals. Many have lost sight of what the common goals are on a larger global vision.
MINEFIELDS and MIND FIELDS
How many people have ever had these thoughts? ‘I get exasperated when people don’t think like me, don’t behave or relate in the manner I would or the way I expect them to’. Perhaps even secretly thinking, ‘what a bunch of boneheads’ if they’d only think like I do, things would be better.
There could be a grain of truth in this for the great mediators and peacemakers among us; but what about the rest of us who struggle with our own dysfunction, our own navigating this constantly changing world. How do we learn to traverse this planet without falling into the traps created globally and internally? How do we find our way without an appropriate map?
Or wait a minute, have we? Hasn’t there been an inner guidance system provided to each and every individual who enters the atmosphere of this world? You are at some level adhering to the rules and regulations of some model. It’s had many labels and names depending on which cosmological model you’re following, consciously or blindly.
This inner guidance system I am referring to can be called anything from instinct to intuition to higher awareness. Whatever name you know it by, I guarantee that every living being maintains one. How you operate from it is largely dependent on your life circumstances up to now.
From this moment on you can choose to release constraints or restrictions or maintain the status quo. The choice is yours. Either one is a fine decision: the power here is in knowing you have the choice of what to do. With either decision you’ll still be making history, your own history, as well as adding to the history of the planet.
Today many are discovering a newfound understanding of how global our society is. There are the obvious economic and environmental indicators, but there are also the more subtle, some say mystical indicators, of how ‘my behaviours, decisions and thoughts’ impact my neighbour. I’m not talking necessarily about the person who lives next door; it can be someone in Asia or Africa, or in your community.
We of this generation are discoverers that distance is relatively meaningless. It doesn’t matter how far or close the distance measures between us, when it is taken on an energetic level all of these illusionary boundaries quickly disappear and are seen and experienced for what they are.
As different and diverse as we appear, at one level it is crystal clear that we are all one, we are part of a global universal vision. In order to expand our awareness and create moments where we permit ourselves what some see as a luxury and others know as a necessity: moving beyond the limitations set by their current state of consciousness.
A place of integrity where we open our hearts to give and receive allows us to live more peacefully within ourselves and the planet at large. In some it may be like an atrophied muscle delineating a space of immobility without room for any new realizations.
The need now is great for people to come to the aid of one another and in doing so bring reparation to the planet. This is not rhetoric but part of fundamental principles in starting to knit together solutions that unite us. The more awareness and consciousness we individually bring to this vision, the more astringent the intention to create a planet in balance, a people in harmony.
This article was originally written by Karen Johnson for:
The Meta Arts Magazine, New York
© 2012 Karen Johnson, CHt. MHt All rights reserved in all media.
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Karen Johnson is an expert in the field of Human Potential Development an area where she has been a leader for the past decade. A well known Energy Medicine Practitioner, Master Hypnotherapist, Spiritual and Metaphysical Healer and Author.
She also runs an international Intuition Consultant business: consulting and mentoring for individuals and small businesses.
She can be reached at 416.732.2661