Living Your Mission of Light:
There is a stirring within humanity. An awakening is occurring across the planet, and even the Earth is in the midst of an initiation into a higher consciousness. On some days, you likely feel the shifting of energy at very deep cellular levels. As part of that, you may notice a subtle remembering that there are more pieces to the puzzle of existence. When you get in touch with this, you may begin to question your teachers, politicians, religious leaders, and other authority figures. Chances are, you have more frequent questions about who you are, what you are really doing here, and what your role is on your path of light. You likely have heard that you have a mission or purpose for being here, and you naturally want to know more about it. Questions, therefore, tend to percolate from within your consciousness, sometimes in words you can recognize and other times in a more subtle way that leaves you simply feeling unsettled. As you grapple with the answers to these questions, you may feel a sense of even more unrest. And sometimes it may appear as though there really aren't any answers. The flip side of this is when you receive information about something you are to do, and then you are puzzled when opportunities to do that thing fail to materialize.
Right now, as you read these words, it is more important than ever that you continue questioning. Ask the deeper questions even when you think you are receiving no response. Ask them even when it appears that you have hit a brick wall, and when apparent delays cause you to go into cycles of fear and doubt. Continue your questions, remembering that an inquiring mind is one of the qualities necessary for your enlightenment.
Others around you may seem to be asleep, but don't allow their forgetfulness to delay your own awakening. The Buddha and other great enlightened Masters did not stop their inquiry simply because others around them weren't yet ready. They asked what others weren't asking, and they kept asking even when others accepted the status quo.
Many of the other people you live with or work with likely have different types of questions about life. Chances are, they are more interested in the how's and why's of mundane happenstance than they are in the deeper meanings of being. What they think is important, if they were to manifest it, might not matter in 300 years. Their soul, perhaps reincarnated in another human body at that future time, would not care about the job promotion, the cash in the bank, or the 10-month love affair the man or woman obsessed about in the early 21st Century.
To be sure, the more awake you become, you will naturally ask questions about your key relationships, jobs, and other opportunities. The questions now, however, will be framed quite differently than those you may have had earlier on your spiritual journey.
When you are in a relationship, for example, you will want to know what you are learning by knowing this person and what this teaches you about yourself. Before, you may have simply wanted to know what you could do to cause this person to treat you more favorably. Not realizing it, you were trying to force or manipulate the other person or to artificially change yourself to fit a mold that has nothing to do with your authentic self. You may have asked whether you should eliminate the person from your life, not considering whether you had completed the learning offered by the relationship. You now are willing to look more deeply than before, acknowledging your role in the dance of the relationship. You want to understand, and put to use, the gifts of knowing this person. The more that you do that, the easier that it will be to take actions that fuel your growth and when appropriate, to release the person from your life.
Regardless of what kind of job you have, you will want to inquire about how your work can be more in alignment with your highest good. Keep in mind that your highest good may not equate with the highest paycheck or praises. And it certainly may not look the same as some other person's highest good would look. Each has their own unique path. The more that you awaken, the more that you do things in the world because an intuitive voice inside of you says they are appropriate. Think of your job or work in terms of your service to others. Think of it in connection with what you are learning about yourself. The work doesn't have to involve a paycheck to be of value. Some, or even all of your work if you are retired, will be comprised of things you do simply because it feels right to do them. You do these things, not because others pay you but because your heart guides you to act. It will be important to know if you are fully utilizing your gifts and your potential of service as you carry out your work. If not, you then question what you can do or avoid doing to change the situation.
Perhaps you dislike your job, or feel unfulfilled by a key relationship. You may question why you exert such effort, why you remain in a job you despise, when your "real work" will arrive, or why the thorn-in-your-side person won't give you what you want. These are all questions of a surface nature and won't get you deep enough to change things. In fact, the lack of real solutions available from this sort of inquiry is likely to make you feel even worse. When this feeling gets triggered within you, there can be a tendency to falsely believe you aren't enough or that you don't have the resources to affect true transformation. You can feel at the mercy of your situation, setting off old familiar patterns of victimhood. Your fear can lead you into a downward spiral of waiting for some outside source to come to the rescue. In the moments you buy into the fear, you convince yourself that you need more of "something" before you can shine your light and live your purpose. Perhaps you even feel abandoned by the God or Divine Creative Force you believe will answer your prayers. Sound familiar?
The following are a few guidelines for approaching your spiritual path in ways that are more sane, more honoring of who you truly are, and more heart-centered.
*First, be willing to acknowledge the Divine spark that exists within you. God, or the Divine or whatever name you use for it, exists within the DNA of all people on Earth. That DNA, which is like a record of who you are on every level, can through exploration reveal to you elements of your Divine heritage, past conditioning, abilities honed in past lives, ancestral lineage, present circumstances, and even future potential. Scientists are now discovering that there's a symbolic language existing within your DNA that confirms your Divine nature. It even has a sound. That sound is your Divine light manifest in the physical. At your core, you are that Divine spark with that Divine light and Divine sound. Surrounding that, of course, are layers of human conditioning that have caused you to have amnesia and to develop habits that obscure your true light. The same is true for everyone you meet. They, too, are Divine and have the potential for enlightenment at some point in the future. Consider this the next time you are about to speak or act harshly with yourself or another person.
*Second, begin to trust that you are ready and that regardless of your achievements to date, you can progress even further in this lifetime. You don't need to wait for anything or anyone to shine your light. You can be that light and fulfill your mission one small moment at a time. Don't wait for big assignments. Approach the small things with bigness. Don't let your age, health, worldly status, income, fame, or popularity prevent you from acting on your heart's wisdom. Set your intention, right now, to trust this wisdom more in everyday situations. Trusting it and acting on it is the recipe for your success. Each time you let go of caring so much about whether you appear foolish or what others will think, and instead follow what your heart guides you to do, you move that much closer to manifesting what's in your highest good. Your recipe for success, by its very nature, won't look exactly like anyone else's. So let go of comparisons when you find yourself making them. If you are a senior citizen and feel you are complete with your contributions to this world, be willing to question this idea. Regardless of how much longer you have in this incarnation, you can choose to continue earning and evolving until your last breath. In fact, don't be surprised if some of your most potent times are still to come.
*Third, be open to changing your mind. As part of that, question more and more of the things you have long accepted as true. Question even the intuitive guidance you may have received in the earlier days of your conscious spiritual journey. You might have been told, for example, that your mission on Earth was to write a particular book or to help humanity in a very specific way. That guidance may have been appropriate for where you were on your path back then, but perhaps now it's no longer relevant or means something different. Be willing to accept your greatness and your unlimited potentials with the same energetic force as you have long accepted your false outer personality, believing it to be the real you. Consider that many of the concepts you have been taught and much of what you have learned to "see" is a fabrication. A lot of what you think is real is accepted out of habit. Some of it seems true to you because your ancestors have passed to your generation belief systems that are based on lies. You inherited these in your DNA. You can change them, and hence your experience of life, once you know that they are hiding out in your subconscious. Therefore, as you are willing to explore this unknown territory within yourself, and to change it at the DNA level, you greatly accelerate your journey into enlightenment.
*Fourth, set your intent to replace criticism of self and others with curiosity about what really makes people tick. Dive deeper than surface appearances which won't give you the real picture. No one is all good or all bad. To believe this is a trick of the ego-mind that likes to categorize and see the world as a nicely-wrapped box. Ask what's under the wrapping. Be curious about the dilemmas you and others face in the quest to become whole. Remember, as you are about to judge yourself or someone else, that no one is a finished product. Allow your natural inquisitive nature to come forward and get into the space of wonderment. If you are willing to wonder how a person could act in the way that they do, you are one step closer to feeling wonder about the potentialities of the human spirit. This can open the door to miracles, unfolding one by one in your life. Be alert to subtle energies and learn to decipher them as you communicate with yourself and others. As part of that, learn to decode the messages your body communicates to you, sometimes alerting you about potentially unwise choices and other times validating something you wished were true.
*Fifth, let go of the desire to be rescued or saved. You don't need saving. That idea is part of the fabrication of traditional religions. According to this idea, you are not yet Divine, and you must find someone or something outside of yourself to help you become Divine. Certainly, you can benefit from study with teachers who have experiential knowing of how to break free from human suffering. Keep in mind, though, that the world's great teachers did not come to give you the Divine spark which is your essence. The Buddha and other enlightened beings did not intend to establish religions or to be worshiped. They sought only to share what they had discovered about humanity's true nature, and to open people to their natural state. There are many great ones you can learn from today. Some of them are alive now, sharing universal truths in new ways that the modern person can more easily grasp. Other teachers, no longer in physical embodiment, are teaching humanity through their wisdom first presented long ago. The truths they came to teach are alive and real, even today. These teachers are a gift to humanity, but do not set them up on a pedestal or think for one moment that they have something you can't also discover and embody. When you do this, knowingly or unknowingly, you also are discounting your powerful ability to create change.
Don't forget that enlightenment, your true natural state, is actually encoded in your very DNA. As you recognize this, and let go of false layers of energy that tell you otherwise, you will naturally discover and be able to harness your creative gifts. Begin to embrace this idea. Allow the movement of spirit in your life to reveal to you what a part of you already knows-you have the answers to all of your own questions and you are here on Earth now to be a part of the greatest changes humanity has ever seen. You and others like you are the creators of these changes. Acknowledge yourself for this role and know that you would not have come at this pivotal point in Earth's history if you were not a Divine change maker!