Throwing the baby out with the bathwater

At the beginning of my spiritual journey, I used to see my doctor, who was a spiritual teacher to me, on a weekly basis. 
For nearly a year, I was careful not to ask him personal questions. I didn’t want to know anything about him personally because I had him on a pedestal, and I couldn’t afford for him to be human and to disappoint me. I was afraid that if I found a blemish, I’d throw the baby out with the bath water and be unable to see him as a worthy teacher. 
Since then, his blemishes have become just as glorious to me as his wisdoms. They give me opportunity to see what I do in the face of my own triggers when I see them. If I can’t work through my disappointments with those that I consider safe (like my teacher)… with those that hold vision for my excellence, then who can I work them with?
Their blemishes make our teachers more relatable and encouraging. If mine got to be who he is from where he was, them maybe so can I. 

Opportunity to inquire within: take it or leave it?

As a yoga teacher, spiritual mentor and coach, I have the pleasure of witnessing students and peers journey towards a greater sense of Self, delve into the deeper questions, expand Self out to community and live into his/ her true purpose.

The most incredible, beautiful aspect of this journey is the budding into the next layer of Self, which stems from new realizations- which might have been there intellectually, but has now spread down into the body, and eventually will sit and evolve at a deeper cellular level. This expansive movement from the head to heart prompts a more actionable realization- I don’t want to do it, but I will be unfulfilled if I don’t do it. It nags at you.

It can be a scary, scary place, where community of peers and mentors can make a world of difference. This experience, at the feeling level, is called existential anxiety: anxiety, or stress, over having to take a risk; to do something that will put you in the unknown, and into that which is aligned with one’s truth.

Livestrong.com explains it like this:

Existential anxiety arises when people deeply contemplate their existence. This contemplation leads to thoughts and feelings of freedom and responsibility, which burden the individual to find a purpose in life–and to live genuinely according to this purpose. It also may lead to a sense of alienation and isolation in the world and a heightened awareness of mortality. German philosopher Martin Heidegger proposed in 1962 that existential anxiety can either be avoided by living “on the surface” of things or deeply embraced as an inherent part of being.

Which begs the question:

how will you deal with it?

Will you avoid by living “on the surface” of things?

Or will you deeply embrace (this heightened awareness) as an inherent part of being?

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The Global Prayer Project

I just watched The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. It is a powerful film (and book) that inspires one to take a closer look at synchronicity, intuition, flow and seeing the beauty and intelligence of everything. When we are fully open and paying attention, the world guides our next steps. Our call is to do just that: be open and pay attention. And trust our intuition. Click here for Celestine Insights.

Feeling disconnected from our own energy source, we try to take from others by controlling and manipulating, and this is how conflict and power struggles happen. It would seem that is how we diminish our selves as well. James & Salle Redfield hosts what is called the Celestine Vision, a bi-weekly telecast, where we can join in prayer and meditation for peaceful resolution of conflict in this world.

How does prayer and meditation work? From the inside out.