Acceptance of the Authentic Self & Letting Go of Restrictive Dualistic Thinking

22 September 2017, 22h02:

Spring Equinox for the Southern Hemisphere

 

Today is the spring equinox – it is the day of the year where the hours of darkness and daylight are equal for both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. Countries in the south are experiencing a quickening as we witness the coming of spring with renewal and rebirth from the earth.

The spring equinox is aligned with Earth, a solid and comforting mass beneath our feet. The soil harbours the most abundant life on earth (the microbes!) and through working in harmony it provides nutrition that sustains all life. If we start to cultivate our souls as we cultivate the soil we will be able to renew our perspectives and live according to our most authentic selves. We are gifted with choice, which comes at a price. When our own earth becomes unmovable, shutting out parts of our psyche; it can bring spiritual dis-ease (shadow aspect). When we cultivate acceptance of every facet of our being we grow and unlock truth, happiness and harmony for ourselves and ultimately for others (light aspect). Thus, this leads to the main theme of today’s article.


 

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Yin and Yang:
To the dualistic mind, this seems to be a representation of opposition, but to the mind free from dualistic thinking it symbolises harmony – one side is a function of the other and working in tandem they create peace.

 

From the moment we are able to process information in an intelligible way, we become conditioned with dualistic thinking: Good vs. Bad, Happy vs. Sad, Black vs. White, Wrong vs. Right, Past vs. Future, Negative vs. Positive, Matter vs. Spirit, Psyche vs. Physical,  Mind vs. Body, Wave vs. Particle, and the list goes on. Yet what we do not realise is that there is a lot of falsehood in this way of thinking and that it not only restricts our opinions, tolerances and ideas – but it causes spiritual dis-ease, which manifests as physical illness and aberrant behaviours. For instance, many of us are conditioned either by society, our parents, and the community at large or even religion that the expression of emotion equals weakness (especially by men) and that crying is only reserved for hysterical women. This leads to us locking up the flow of our emotions (originating from the sacral chakra) within an unmovable cage. They become swallowed within our most basic element, the earth (at the root chakra). This is unnatural and blocks the flow of energy within the body (and ultimately to the spirit). In the dark, cold earth our emotions start to fester, they become a septic wound – much like the symbolic imagery of the Moon card from the RWS tarot. As the emotions twist and churn within this place they build up pressure and then finally one day we ‘lose it’ in either a fury of rage, falling into a depressive state of shame or become petrified with fear. This ‘break down’ further reinforces our belief that emotions are bad and must be controlled with an iron fist. So the cycle of dis-ease continues, likely leading to more physical problems such as the additions to drugs, alcohol or even food.

 

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Another example would be the belief that everything must be categorised – a view-point that comes from our materialistic or physical world, since labelling thinks makes it easier to comprehend our world. But this leads to other problems, when we start to place labels upon things that are not wholly physical (such as living beings, including humans). This leads to an ‘Us vs. Them’ mentality where groups deny each other basic rights and privileges based on trivial things such as financial status (poor vs. rich), religious affiliation, intelligence or ethnic background. It breeds judgemental, intolerant and non-compassionate behaviour towards ourselves, other people and even other living things, such as plant and animals. It cultivates hate within the soil of our soul’s foundation and the results is that your heart (chakra) turns to stone. Unable to realise our own hate for another being by looking at the world through dualistic lenses, we become deluded as the third eye becomes turbid with self-generated and synthetic falsehoods. We no more see a problem in discriminating against one another; our society becomes ill as our spirits fall into dis-ease. It manifests itself in society as crime, road rage, bureaucratic tick boxes based on age, gender and race. We begin to allow or deny each other benefits (or even manners and decency) based on this restrictive thinking. This only serves to cultivate more hatred and ‘Us vs. Them’ mentality. An escalating spiral of violence in all its forms, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual against ourselves and each other.

 

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Breaking this cycle is not easy, there is much resistance, because it suits some people to stay in this place. Others find it comfortable, because it is a conditioned and familiar environment (even if it doesn’t serve them). Therefore, many people may never see past the illusions that we create for ourselves or see the problem with the boxes that we create around our ideas and emotions. The bad is locked up in an attempt to only experience the good, when in actual fact nothing is neither good nor bad it is only our judgement that deems it so. It is also because we do not allow ourselves to live in the present enough, to fully embrace the moment and life as it is now, regardless of where we are on our journey. We are always guilty because of past behaviour or angry about past transgressions inflicted upon us directly or indirectly. We worry about the future, trying to control every stone we find upon our life’s path. I suggest this: instead of focusing all our energy and wasting our lives on these distractions, merely noise that only serves to prevent us all from reaching our potential, we must start to cultivate acceptance and mindfulness in our soul’s earthly foundation.

 

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Therefore, lifting the lenses of dualistic thinking is greatly advantageous to us as a society. We should also learn that emotions are neither good nor bad, it is clinging to them that enslaves us, but momentary expressions are part of simply being present, being human and experiencing life in all its aspects. Also, when we stop thinking about one another as different and opposing teams, genders, ages, skin colour or even countries – we will experience a true sense of freedom and start to achieve miraculous things that we would not have deemed possible before. We simply are not in opposition with one another, because we are all of the same spirit. Similar to my left and right hand not being in opposition with one another, since they both are an unique extension of me and when they work together in harmony, I am able to achieve, create and grow as a person – just as life requires both day and night as a function of light in order to prosper. We must learn to view each other as equal physical extensions of the same spirit, each unique and independent. Obviously working together will have some challenges, but we are creative and intelligent beings – I am sure we can figure it out, much like we figured out how to cultivate the earth in order to sow and harvest food even when unpredictable factors influence the process (such as mother nature’s whim). Cultivation of the soul I believe is the true purpose of human life on earth. By being present within your own life (not comparing it to others, the past or future) we learn to accept ourselves in all our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual identities as well as accepting where we are on our journey. This leads to harmony of the spirit and true lasting happiness of the soul.

 

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“This quantum view of a holistic reality is in perfect agreement with one of Jung’s most important seminal ideas; that is, the archetypal idea of Unus Mundus, which Jung [27] and Marie-Louise von Franz [28] derived from characteristic medieval views of the world. In Jung’s words:
“Undoubtedly the idea of the Unus Mundus is founded on the assumption that the multiplicity of the empirical world rests on an underlying unity, and that not two or more fundamentally different worlds exist side by side or are mingled with one another. Rather, everything divided and different belongs to one and the same world, which is not the world of sense.” ([27], para. 767).
Ontologically, this archetype means that there is a reality that must be united, “apparently” divided, opposed, but beyond the illusion of matter, it is One. The reader will note the agreement of Jung’s views with the quantum view of the world…”

– Ponte, D. V. and Schäfer L. 2013

 

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Rejection of the authentic self leads to falsehoods of the soul, as we are locked in an illusionary life. Cultivation of acceptance and letting go of old conditioning takes great effort and dedication, but establishing new and balanced perceptions leads to personal growth. We find peace, because we start to view reality as it truly is and not as we deem it to be.

 

– Cultivating My Soul –
All Natural Spirit

 

Recommended Reading:

  1. 93 Percent Stardust by Nakita Gill on Behance.
  2. Why the Dalai Lama is wrong to think meditation will eliminate violence.
  3. Kerr, L. K. 2013. Definition: Synchronicity, Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. pp1-4, edited by Thomas Teo. Springer. Open Access
  4. Ponte, D. V. and Schäfer L. 2013. Carl Gustav Jung, Quantum Physics and the Spiritual Mind: A Mystical Vision of the Twenty-First Century. Behavioral sciences 3:601-618. doi:10.3390/bs3040601. Open Access – This is a really good article (abstract below)!

Abstract: We describe similarities in the ontology of quantum physics and of Carl Gustav Jung’s psychology. In spite of the fact that physics and psychology are usually considered as unrelated, in the last century, both of these disciplines have led at the same time to revolutionary changes in the Western understanding of the cosmic order, discovering a non-empirical realm of the universe that doesn’t consist of material things but of forms. These forms are real, even though they are invisible, because they have the potential to appear in the empirical world and act in it. We present arguments that force us to believe, that the empirical world is an emanation out of a cosmic realm of potentiality, whose forms can appear as physical structures in the external world and as archetypal concepts in our mind. Accordingly, the evolution of life now appears no longer as a process of the adaptation of species to their environment, but as the adaptation of minds to increasingly complex forms that exist in the cosmic potentiality. The cosmic connection means that the human mind is a mystical mind.”

 

 

References:

Carina Nebula (Cosmic Potentiality) – spirit111 @ pixabay

1st Yin and Yang – johnhain @ pixabay

2nd Yin and Yang – lebensmittelfotos @ pixabay

RWS Moon Card – Wikipedia (PD domain)

Tibetan Monk – 4144132 @ pixabay

Lady of Stars – Larisa Koshkina @ pdpictures

 

Oracle Card Spread:

Elder Futhark Travel Runes by TheCatHatter,

WaterDrop Oracle by Nicole Hanna, Points of Five Tarot,

Oracle Bone Script Divination Cards by Benebell Wen.

 

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Crystal Lore 3#: Amber – Free Oracle Card

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Tips on Working with Crystals:

My third crystal lore flash card! Amber has fascinated man kind since Neolithic times. It is not a crystal or mineral, because of its organic origins. However it is still a powerful addition to the crystal healer’s toolkit.

I have here another printable (customise to any size you like) information sheet regarding the survivalist known as Amber. The information sheet contains its chemical constituents, its natural colour range as well as some authentication tests. I explain how it is formed during fossilisation and the main locations for finding Amber. Amber links to the ability of survival – it is associated with the root chakra and physical health. Combine Amber with Malachite for more intense physical and emotional healing.

Tip: Amber scratches with the fingernail, so store amber away from any sharp or rough crystals to prevent damage! 

I have two downloadable files here for personal and non-commercial use (click links blow). Print out & enjoy! There are more crystal flash cards to come!

 

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– Good Vibes –

All Natural Spirit

Crystal Healing #1: DIY Physical Ailments Bracelet

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Tips on Working with Crystals:

Here is a design concept for a crystal healing bracelet aimed at assisting with disease and physical ailments. I regularly combine all kinds of crystals to generate certain effects and to resonate with one another. Here I chose the main healer bloodstone and selected several crystals to balance energies and strengthen the healing purpose. You are more than welcome to make ones for yourself, friends and family (i.e. non-commercial purposes) based on the design (I also listed some alternatives for each stone in the image above).

Tip: Creating your own crystal bracelet combinations make them more powerful since they are more personal = extra shiny ju-ju vibes!

 

-Good Vibes-

All Natural Spirit

Crystal Lore 2#: Rose Quartz – Free Oracle Card

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Tips on Working with Crystals:

My second crystal lore flash card! Rose Quartz has always been the universal symbol of love and compassion. It is a very versatile and powerful crystal, yet soothing and healing to the heart.

I have here another printable (customise to any size you like) information sheet regarding the soft-hearted crystal known as Rose Quartz. The information sheet contains its minerology (chemical constituents), its natural colour range as well as some authentication tests. I explain how they are formed in the firery bowls of the earth and the main locations for mining of Rose Quartz. Seeing that Rose Quartz firmly symbolises all matters of the heart – it is linked to the heart chakra as well as emotional healing and harmony. Combine Rose Quartz with the heart chakra trinity for well balanced healing and for more serious work you can bring Gem Sillica as well as Malachite into the equation.

Tip: Rose Quartz is very hard and resilient, such it won’t scratch easily and you can place it in water to purify its energy without any damage to the crystal itself! 

I have two downloadable files here for personal and non-commercial use (click links blow). Print out & enjoy! There are more crystal flash cards to come!

 

 

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– Good Vibes –

All Natural Spirit

Listen to the Melody of Your Spirit … Dance to the Rhythm of Your Soul.

20 March 2017, 12h30:

Autumn Equinox for the Southern Hemisphere

 

Today is the autumn equinox – it is the day of the year where the hours of light and night are equal for both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. In the south we are experiencing a slowing of the season as we move to winter, whereas our Northern counterpart is experiencing a quickening as it moves towards summer.

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Kasa jizou, the Japanese Guardian Deity of Children

 

The autumn equinox is aligned with Air, an ubiquitous entity made up of many different substances both alive and inanimate. Air allows for movement, as the wind dances through the leaves of the trees and carries aloft the omnipresent sounds of life around us. Air embodies expression, not only the spoken word and how we vocalise our thoughts and feelings, but it also embraces listening to all of life’s languages, including that of your intuition and that of our own bodies as we move through life. This communication can either be corrosive when used to subdue (shadow aspect) and inspirational when shared (light aspect) [Music: Changing, Paloma Faith]. Thus, this leads to our main theme of today’s article.


 

We are all familiar with the everyday and automatic forms of communication; the physical (body language and vocalisations – some discernable, others not so much), the emotional (our feelings which guide us and sometimes mislead us) as well as mental (constant mental chatter and thoughts take up most of our day, and mind space). The communication we focus on the least is with that of our soul – through our spiritual connection. I am not referring only to a religious communication with a Divine, but rather an inward (not necessarily internal) communication with your own soul.

Psychologists refer to two types of consciousness. The first and more primal of the two (mostly controlled via your reptilian brain) is the unconsciousness or sub-consciousness (they don’t separate the two). This is the part of you that controls the normal everyday bodily functions, keeps you breathing, your heart beating and your organs functioning – it keeps you alive whether your aware of it or not.

The other is our recently evolved and thinking part, our conscious mind (controlled via your mammalian brain), which is responsible for your personal identity, your choices, likes, dislikes and generally is responsible for the person you are currently. Most of us are in automatic mode here – we go through our daily routines (likely in a total rush) and we don’t challenge ourselves beyond the mundane needs and wants of our current lifestyles. It is comfortable and easy.

There is another type of consciousness to which the Hindus refer as ‘The Watcher’ and one which psychologists don’t formally recognise (oh BTW, psychology wasn’t recognised as a formal science until 1732! Up until then it was also classified as a pseudoscience, much like metaphysics today…) – this is called the Higher consciousness/awareness or our connection to the Divine (in whatever form it may take). The Hindus call it The Watcher, because it sees, hears and remembers everything in our lives. It is also an ancient entity, one that can draw upon the Universal Consciousness (see Carl Jung’s works). It is a very creative entity able to problem solve in abstract and often obscure ways. The challenge we face is how to communicate with this entity, to draw upon its memory data-bank and its collective database. Little do many people realise, but when you go into a ‘zone out’ moment, like those experienced on a long silent drive, a sudden epiphany, an intuition, experience a ‘sign’ or a Déjà vu moment– that is when you have made a temporary and/or spontaneous connection to this aspect of yourself.  Passive communication like this doesn’t require much effort, but active communication with the Higher Consciousness is a skill. All skills can be learned, practised and applied.

 

Thousand-Hand Guan Yin Dance
performed by deaf dancers

 

Yet, there is no guideline or rulebook for this type of soul communication, but fortunately a lot of different people have developed ways in which open the door to allow a quick peak into this place. Many of these communication tools also fall within the esoteric and metaphysical realms. Here is a list (not nearly complete – will likely add to the list in future posts) of tools which facilitate communication with the Higher Consciousness – you’ll have to work through them and find out which works for you. Including these in a spiritual ritual helps with everyday practice and conditions you to being open and receptive to what comes through. Sometimes it can be quite scary, such as during shadow work and at other times it can be wonderful such as when you gain insight into a specific situation or topic at hand. As I go down the list below, the messages you’ll receive become more abstract and obscure. Some of their meanings may take years to decode, which becomes a very personal and subjective process. This is why it is important to keep a journal on these so that you can review and add new insights as you go along your journey.

 

Tools for communication with the soul:

These tools are not instant gratification or quick fixes, neither are these tools medical treatments. They are part of a holistic health and stress management system – as with anything worth doing they take effort, time and most of all patience! Take small steps, go at your own pace no matter how fast/slow and try to keep a journal so that at the end of the year you can reflect back on your progress with much smug satisfaction (*Ahem* … also you forget some brief moments of insight and it is wonderful to be reminded of them again).

 

1) Meditation

Meditation is the simple act of consciously focusing on one thing. It is not about ‘emptying’ the mind – there is no such thing as the mind and its thoughts are inseparable. Here you sit (or walk), usually in solitude, and concentrate on your breath. You focus on the movement of your diaphragm as you breathe in and out. This is not easy and is an on-going practice with no momentous end result. Awakenings during meditation comes in waves, much like thoughts themselves, mostly brief moments and on occasion spectacular insights. The main aim of my meditations is to reap many of its physical and mental benefits (of which you can read here). In my practice I am not specifically aiming for Enlightenment and to my mind, once reached I assume one ‘transcends’ i.e ceases to exist in a bodily form … Anyways, there is an extended discussion on enlightenment here. The main thing here is to take small steps; start with 2 minutes three times a day, such as after waking, after lunch and before bed. This can be increased weekly, monthly or completely at your own pace. Remember there is no rush, no deadline or milestone. Keep it flexible; do not be robust about your meditation ritual as this will only demotivate you to do it.

 

Whirling Mandala (active meditation) performed by creator Zia Nath,
based on Sufi Whirling and Indian dances

 

Some posts I have made to assist you with meditation that can be found here:

#1 Meditaion Visualisation Aids

#2 Meditation Focus Tools

#3 Meditation Music Aids

2) Cognitive Reprogramming

Sounds very impressive, but simply put; it is the process of actively retraining the way you think. The first and most important step is that of positive thinking, which is the use of affirmations, quotes, inspirational pictures, mantras or crystal therapy.

I call these the ‘Light bringers’.

Affirmations & Mantras: Reciting positive statements (such as “Everyday, in ever way, I am becoming better”) regularly and can be integrated as a “ending off” step in your meditation ritual. These can work wonders on your general outlook for the day & your life. Change them up regularly so that they do not become monotonous and lose their effectiveness.

Quotes & Pictures: I have several dozen inspirational, beautiful, thoughtful, relaxing, and ‘do no harm but take no shit’ quotes and pictures on my cubicle wall at work. I read and look at them regularly (I have a large collection on my Pinterest board that I select from and printout) and even when I don’t actively look them, The Watcher sees and knows of them. This adds another layer of positive reinforcement to your thinking and daily attitude.

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A sample from my crystal collection!

 

Crystals: Crystals are beautiful to look at and are scientific marvels as each has a perfect arrangement of atoms (Seed of Life Geometry, Metatron’s Cube), which is shared by all things in the universe. They scatter and reflect light and each have their own metaphysical meanings (traditional or personal). Similar to the quotes, they are always there to remind you to stay positive and to bring into light the shadow. They add a physical layer to cognitive reprogramming since you can pick them up, hold them and gush at their light displays.

 

Some posts I have made to assist you with crystal healing that can be found here:

#1 Pearls

 

3) Divinatory Tools

Divinatory tools are thought of as only fortune-telling devices (a passive use by the seeker). But the tarot, oracle cards, I Ching and runes (to name but a few) can be used actively by the seeker as a spiritual tool. Here you actively participate in setting the intention that you seek. For example;

Thought of the Day or Week or Month (or whenever you feel like!): Here I draw a number of cards or runes (or both) randomly after my evening meditation. I do not look at them, instead they go on my table (with all my other spiritual paraphernalia, an altar of sorts if you like) and I look at them the next morning. During the day I think back on them and their message for the day – for instance, let’s say I would draw Stagnation; then I would look for things I do that have become stagnated, maybe it’s the way I think or do a particular thing. Where am I repeating the same pattern in hope for a different result and how can I change my outlook to restart the thoughts and productivity process or maybe to open the channels and let energy flow again.

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Thought for the Autumn Equinox

Creative Problem Solving: When you get stuck on a project or come down with some form of writer’s block, I have found divinatory tools a wonderful way to get the mind out of ‘fighting itself inside the paper bag’ and back out towards being productive. Grab your cards or runes (or whatever, mix and match if you like) and draw some at random, then lay them down and try to interpret them in relation to your problem. Try to think of everything and anything (obvious and abstract) that the tools are telling you, start mind-mapping or jotting down impressions (words, pictures, colours, scents) even if it is unrelated to the problem – at some point you will find a small thread of inspiration that will lead to a string of solutions (and I have found that it even leads you to solutions that you can apply elsewhere and not only to the problem at hand).

Magick: The Elder Futhark runes lend themselves especially to what is known as ‘magick’ (and no this is not the Charmed type, but exploding potions and demons, of the personal kind, would be fun). This is more of a personal thing and takes on many different forms depending on who you talk to. Here I refer to energy techniques, especially for everyday use and during shadow work. The runes or cards can be used singly or in combination to generate a desired effect or give guidance by selection of a specific set of runes/cards by the seeker. They main thing is that this is not a random process and you choose what you want or need to happen, for instance you require good communication during an oral or public speaking (choose the rune Ansuz to take with you for the day) or you require protection during a ritual then call forth Thurisaz in your mind’s eye. These are very basic examples, but these will progress naturally towards more complex sernarios and become applicable to more areas in your life as you become comfortable with the tools.

A set of travel runes are available from my Online Store at $ 2.50

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I have found that regular communion with the soul through meditation and personal magick adds an extra facet and special dimension to my everyday routine. I can take them anywhere and use them at any time, I can do and create whatever I like. Even if you only use your mind’s eye to conjure up the image of your rune/card or crystal it is enough to effect what you require. The more you use and practise with them the more you condition yourself to their effects and the more potent they become! Lastly, do not be afraid of creating some of your own magick! It is deeply personal and truly fantastic!

 

Related External Links:

Zen Habits: Breathe

Zen Habits: Meditation for Beginners, 20 Practical Tips for Understanding the Mind

Whirling Mandalas & Other Sacred Dances @ Realms of Dance

 

-Communing with the Soul-

All Natural Spirit