Enlightenment is a destructive process.
It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier.
Enlightenment is the
crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing
through the facade of pretense. It’s the
complete eradication of everything we
imagined to be true.
~Adyashanti

Make no bones about it, awakening is not a walk in the park. It is a ride through hell. It is the tearing down of all of your cherished beliefs and everything you thought about yourself. There is no way around this. In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, they had to enter into the Mirkwood Forest to get to their destination. There was no other way for them. It was not a walk in the park. Likewise, we must enter the shadowlands, and come face to face with our shadows. It is there that our false ideas of who we are are shattered. It is there that all of our false beliefs are destroyed. We must face these false notions and see them for what they are. This is the only way to heal, to become whole again, to live in integrity.

My good friend, Julie Anne gave a good description of this process in Enlightenment. It is a complete surrender, a process of brutal self honesty. It is a path of complete acceptance of the truth, no matter how difficult it is to bear. I still remember it vividly.

We go through life with so many false notions – of the world, of spirituality and of ourselves. We build up masks and we believe the facades. It’s all a charade. It is all based upon illusions and deceit. We deceive ourselves at every moment, and the world also deceives us at every moment. We live in perpetual cognitive dissonance, justifying the most absurd things in our minds. We constantly lie to ourselves… and we believe it.

To awaken to the truth that you seek, you must tear down the lies.

But we are too attached to the lies. We want to hold on to the illusions and to become enlightened at the same time. That is not possible. But there are hundreds of phony gurus and “spiritual teachers” that will tell you it is. They offer you processes to become happy, fulfilled, calm, find your soulmate, be positive, get the right job, make lots of money, balance the chakras, become healthy and whatever else you may be desiring. This has nothing to do with awakening. This is only polishing the ego. They all lead you right back into the matrix. You may even be lucky enough to get a golden cage, but it is still a cage, and you remain imprisoned in slavery. This is the road that most people choose to follow. This road is well traveled by the herd.

The Road to Truth and Freedom

It takes courage, discernment and self honesty to walk the Siddhartha road to truth and freedom. Not many people have that. We have been weakened by the onslaught of programming since our childhood. Most people want to remain in the herd, as they find comfort in the company of other deluded souls. It takes a certain individual to break free of the herd. The Siddhartha road is not easy. It is a treacherous road that will shatter every part of your existence. No, it takes a certain type of person to walk that road; a person that is willing to give up everything to find his true Self.

My story was one that took me through so many paths to nowhere; detours, dead ends and off of cliffs. I had to eventually be dragged, kicking and screaming through the abyss by Grace herself, for me to awaken. It was simply my time.

Now the strange thing about this, is that worse things have happened to me before, so why did this hit me so hard? I believe because it was supposed to, for me to transform. I took everything much harder, than I ever did before. Also, everything came crashing down at once. In the past, I was strong, and I kept my sense of self, of who I thought I was. But this time, my sense of self, who I thought I was, gave up. I stopped trying to be strong. I just collapsed.

Yes, I remember it well. My entire life story collapsed overnight. My girlfriend of five years ran off with another man. And she lived across the street. So every morning I would look out the window to see his van, just to rub it in. I kept saying, “There must be a purpose for this.” My health collapsed, my business collapsed, and those that I thought were my friends were not. I was alone. I tried to be in denial, grabbing straws as I was being dragged down into the abyss. My world around me collapsed, but so did my self-worth, self-esteem and my false ego. I felt unloved and abandoned. My life story shattered.

In the Depths of Darkness

I was left in this darkness for some time; four months. In that time, I was slowly being dismantled, as I had to face the hard cold facts. I had to be brutally honest with myself. Eventually, I came to the point of realizing that I hated my broken body, I hated the world, I hated myself, and I really hated god. Yes, I was very angry at him. He abandoned me. I felt the entire world abandoned me. It wasn’t fair. I threw out everything spiritual in my house. I was facing my darkness with brutal honesty. I sat with that for a while. Imagine the despair of seeing what lies hidden behind your persona, behind the lies you tell yourself daily.

And then a very powerful voice spoke to me. From where this voice came from, I do not know. It said, “Just surrender to the suffering.” That was it. So I thought about it. I realized that I was not accepting what was happening to me. I was fighting it. I was trying to push away the suffering, but it was obviously not working. So I followed the message, and surrendered to the suffering, that which is.

This continued for two weeks, right through Christmas. I felt so rejected, so abandoned, so alone. The pain of being stripped naked in the frigid cold, with no hope in sight. But I accepted what was happening. I was no longer trying to push it away. The suffering felt endless, yet I endured it. I don’t even know how to explain it. And then on the morning of January 1, 2004, I woke up. Not to a new year, but a new life. The suffering was gone, all was forgiven, and I was at peace. A peace that I had never known before. That which I thought I was no longer existed. My false perception of Self vanished. I remember the singing of the birds, the sun entering through the window, and everything around me was seen in a new light – a light of awe and amazement. My mind had ceased its chatter, I was experiencing a very deep peace.

And then it started – wave after wave of revelations, of deep knowings. I began to awaken to who I Am. I became acutely aware that I Am eternal and sovereign. Each wave awakened me more to my deepest Self. Each wave also shattered the illusions and deceptions of the world. As I awakened, my eyes saw a very different world. All the pieces fell into place. Someday I will describe the many revelations that flooded over me. I have already written much about it.

Divine Connection

The largest wave came a couple of weeks into this. I was meditating, and I went so deep, following the river of life to the depths of my Being. I was empty, but then from this emptiness, a powerful divine love sprang forth, inundating my entire mind and body. This love is unconditional. It spread out from me everywhere. All of the bugs, the lizards, the birds, the plants, the trees, everything was inundated with this love. I could not tell where I ended and the other Beings began. We were all intrinsically connected with this love; and yet my individual Self remained. I was not the bugs, the birds or the plants, but the connection was so deep, that I felt they were as if a part of me. There was simultaneously separation and no separation. It is not easy to describe, but this divine love is nothing like the love of this world.

But when you do awaken, and you do see the world with new eyes, you soon realize that no one else is seeing the same thing. I tried to tell a few people what had happened to me, but no one believed me. They thought that perhaps I cracked under the pressure of suffering and had gone crazy. No one wanted to hear anything I said, as it exposed their false beliefs. So I remained quiet for eight years.

“I awoke, only to find the rest of the world still sleeping.” ~Leonardo daVinci

How can I possibly explain something so deep, beyond the mind, where people have no concepts or understanding? What I woke up to I call Knowings, as opposed to knowledge. Knowledge comes from outside of the Self, either from the world, or from “up above”. Knowings are who you are. It is not new information, but rather an awakening to your true Self. Someone who has not awakened to his true Self has a difficult time understanding. They believe it is just knowledge, a different set of beliefs. Therefore people say things like, “That is your idea of Truth. It’s different from mine.” or “There is no absolute Truth, only relative truths.” They think they are only my beliefs. It is quite pointless to explain this to people, because all they know is beliefs. So I remain alone, with but a few friends that have experienced their own dark night of the soul, and awakened to their true Self, if sometimes only a glimmer. That is all it takes for one to see that their is a deep consciousness separate from the vast majority of people.

On the Road to the Self

When one decides to take the Siddhartha road to the Self, he soon realizes he is alone on that road. The herd is going in the opposite direction. One must be prepared for that, to find comfort in being alone, not understood by others.

I cannot take any credit for my awakening. I was dragged, kicking and screaming, grasping straws. No, I take no credit. It was by Grace alone.

“Grace is within you. Grace is your Self. Grace is not something to be acquired from others. If it is external, it is useless. All that is necessary is to know its existence is in you. You are never out of its operation.” ~Ramana Maharshi

As Eckhart Tolle has stated, you don’t have to wait for the dark night of the soul to dismantle your false notions, your false self, your life story. You can consciously take that road. But it demands courage, discernment, and a brutal honesty of yourself. The mind is a very tricky opponent, and will deceive you at every step, as your awakening is the end of its control over you. But it can be done. Nisargadatta Maharaj did it. You must simply allow Grace to act within you.

“As far as inner transformation is concerned, there is nothing you can do about it. You cannot transform yourself, and you certainly cannot transform your partner or anybody else. All you can do is create a space for transformation to happen, for grace and love to enter.” ~Eckhart Tolle

So the choice rests with each of you. No one can do this for you. All I, or anyone else, can offer you are sign posts, pointing in the direction. But you, and you alone, must take that road. It does little good to read my writings and not act upon them, to not take that road yourself. Otherwise, you are only hanging out at the signposts, believing that you have already arrived at the destination.

This road is not for the timid or the faint of heart. Not at all. But there is no other road. No one will simply wave a magical wand over you. It is a road of destruction and the question is, “How much are you willing to give up? How much can you endure?” Because on this road, you must give up everything. Every piece of you will shatter. Can you endure that? As the great Bhaktivinode Thakur has written, “You must die to live.” So how serious are you? How much do you want it? How much will you pay for it?

By Greg Calise

Originally appeared on riverbankoftruth.com

The Law of Enantiodromia, the unknown psychotherapeutic method of Heraclitus that can cure the disharmony that reigns in our mental world but also in society.

Traveling on every path, you will not find the boundaries of soul by going; so deep is its measure.

~ Heraclitus

In such a short sentence, as the above, the great Ephesian philosopher Heraclitus – the so-called ‘dark’ philosopher of the ancient Greek spirit –was able to conceive the truth about the human soul, articulating it with a plain but shocking clarity.

Heraclitus occupies a special place not only in ancient Greek philosophy but also in the area of – mainly Jungian – psychotherapy since Heraclitus’ philosophy obviously influenced the Swiss psychiatrist and initiator of psychology, Carl G. Jung. Jung has incorporated into his philosophical system and the psychotherapy methods he has applied, the famous Law of Enantiodromia, which is based on Heraclitus philosophy of the harmony of opposites.

Jung attributed the inspiration and philosophical conception of this Law to Heraclitus himself, who first spoke of the imperative need of uniting opposites, both within nature and within man. On this principle, Jung always tried – during his psychotherapeutic course – to spread a bridge of communication between two seemingly opposite elements in the personality of his individual patients: in the conscious one (with rational thought and critical mind) and the unconscious on the other (with all its primordial and unconcealed actions).

This coexistence of conscious and unconscious, with their diametrically opposed powers, was for Jung the key to the psychic balance of every human being, just as for Heraclitus the admirable order and function of the Universe was based on the harmony of opposing elements in Nature: day and night, light and darkness, heat and cold, winter and summer.

The Balance of Opposites

For Jung, the Law of Enantiodromia is the wisest psychological law, since it serves the path of man towards self-fulfillment through the redefinition of his life. According to the Law of Enantiodromia, when an energy flow, a psychic potential develops unilaterally and consolidates itself as a way or attitude of life – without completing its opposite – it will reach the highest point of growth and manifestation, and then it will follow a diametrically a course contrary to the initial, in order for the manifested mental energy to be able to include and assimilate the opposite, which had been neglected until then. Jung had said that every action always has two poles. The goal of the Enantiodromia is the balance of these two opposing poles.

For example, when one has expressed a one-dimensional sexual life, based on intense erotic passion, pleasure, emotional excitement and instinctive stimulation, at the expense of his spirituality and the collective dimension of his soul (including the needs of other people, partners-lovers or not), with the sole satisfaction of his own soul and its self-centered, narcissistic needs, then it will come to this person’s life, either an “unexpected” (a form of a serious accident or a catalytic “misfortune”), or an “unexplained” but persistent symptom (psychosomatic or organic), or a prolonged, deep melancholy, or even a tyrannical obsession (phobias that didn’t exist before and seem incomprehensible, intense hypochondriac tendencies and obsessive-compulsive behaviors) that will be manifested as a critical and decisive turning, an almost marginal situation – between collapse and elevation, a balance in a stretched rope, so that the unilateral and egocentric expression of sexuality to transplant to the emotional sharing with each other and the recognition of a spiritual, higher dimension in the soul of the individual himself, who until then remained unexpressed.

Sexual Life

The course of human sexuality for Jung is a perfect implementation of the Law of Enantiodromia: It starts dynamically and impetuously within the instincts and passions, reaches peak levels of excitement and fulfillment, to follow around the middle-age (the time when Enantiodromia appears) a gradual, downward course. The instincts and the impulses recede to allow more spiritual and mental elements to enter. Someone who will not take the manifestation of the Law of Enantiodromia into account will be led, according to Jung, into sexual neurosis and emotional disturbances, the severity of which will depend on the person’s life.

The Law of Enantiodromia has its own consequences. A life focused solely on sexuality and sensuality will initially bring perhaps pleasure and satisfaction, but later sexual dysfunctions and depression. Of course, Enantiodromia also applies in the opposite case:

Someone who lives a sterile – emotional, sexual and sexual – spiritual life, for the sake of the intellect and at the expense of his sexual and materialistic side, feels – in some unexpected phase of his life – an unprecedented, erotic passion, which is completely elusive to deflect him from the spiritual and peaceful course of his life. Again, he may experience symptoms of boredom, depression, emotional void, which will always remind him that a piece of himself – less spiritual but equally important has been unexpressed and incomplete.

The Unsatisfied Entrepreneur

Jung himself referred to as a “typical example of Enantiodromia” the case of a patient who managed to become a self-made entrepreneur with too much money. He lived only for his work. All of it has been developed in the direction of material creation only with a lot of money, many trips, luxury homes and business activities.

When this man decided at some point to rest from this way of life and to live more calmly, he fell into a state of prolonged anxiety, with persistent physical annoyances. He decided to return to the familiar way of life – being constantly busy, but things got worse as the entrepreneur no longer had the slightest mood to work, make money or travel. He began to experience severe hypochondriac crises and depressive symptoms.

According to Jung, all these were manifestations of the Law of Enantiodromia, since this man had neglected the deeper needs of himself and his body to succeed only in a purely external, material level. Hypochondria and depression were the message to begin to turn his interest from the external image of himself towards the innermost aspects of his personality. Enantiodromia demands precisely this: equal treatment of our spiritual and material aspects. Not only live inside the body nor only outside.

The Explanation of Social Crises

Apart from the individual cases of each of us, Enantiodromia can also be manifested at the social level as the psychological counterbalance to the prevailing trend in a culture.

If, for example, the predominant tendency in a society is a falsified conquest of reason and consciousness, and of material creation only, in the form of enrichment and a sterile – deconstructed emotionally – technological evolution, then the Enantiodromia will manifest itself as an absurd, unconscious, massive destruction, loneliness, isolation and a threat to the safety of civilization and the functioning of society. Jung had said that on the social level, Enantiodromia can take on such a violent and threatening form of expression that it can awaken as many minds as possible. It may even take the form of a war – “war is the father of everything,” Heraclitus had said. From the war, everything starts. Nothing is won without a fight.

The constant increase in mental disorders is not accidental. Today’s man has been in a state of one-dimensional growth and survival that genuinely seems to “challenge his fate” (Jung). Loneliness, anxiety, isolation of people, increased depression and psychosomatic diseases worldwide are also manifestations of the Law of Enantiodromia against a time of technological and material wealth but very poor in emotional shades characterized by a subtle spirituality.

Especially in the modern age, we live in and at the level of today’s civilization, man seems more divided, more split than ever. “Heracletic harmony of opposites seems to have been seriously disturbed,” as John Georgakopoulos notes. And when the harmony of the opposites is disrupted, the fragile mental balance is shaken and collapsing. No culture can be sustainable when it develops in one direction.

Decoding our Life

Jung’s Analytical Psychology had incorporated into its psychotherapeutic methods the tremendous healing value of the Heracletic Law of Enantiodromia: whatever is useful to man and serves him at the dawn of his life, it will cease to serve him in the late afternoon and much more at the dusk of his earth travel. By analyzing Enantiodromia, Jung was able to invent different healing techniques and adapt them according to the age stage of his patients to cover every time their unconscious needs and desires.

With Enantiodromia, the usefulness of the experiences of the past is transformed into the wisdom of the needs of the present. The man then doesn’t need to relive what he lived, stubbornly adhering to an outdated and rigid way of life, but decides to move forward consciously, composing his life again.

With what has been said above, the invaluable value of understanding and deciphering the Law of Enantiodromia in psychotherapy becomes clearer. The decoding of unexpected events of life and psychosomatic disorders, help the person to gain another view of what is happening and what he observes so that he can eventually unite all the broken elements inside him and to understand that his mental health is in the union of opposites rather than in violent segregation.

The Law of Unity

The Law of Enantiodromia is very close to another important law, the Law of Unity: everything starts from the same Higher Source, so the “opposites” are connected, they are joined together and they are not separated: “from all one and from the one all” (Heraclitus).

Even the unpleasant, painful experiences always happen to us for a higher purpose. Evil is not across the good but right next to it. The unpleasant events of life are not the opposite poles of pleasurable situations, but the necessary complement to understanding the highest destination of our earthly journey and unite with our divided self, life itself (Law of Unity).

The Law of Enantiodromia, as well as the Law of Unity, is not yet another metaphysical approach. It is a real, psychological law that promotes self-knowledge and, by extension, the mental health of man. It is a true key to knowledge that opens the doors to the special and subtle art of psychotherapy.

By Euaggelos Kousiadis, Mental health counselor, ypernoisis.gr

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What is the secret of good life?

What is the most important thing in life, the one thing that deserves to be pursued at all costs? Could it be just cheerfulness?

Is it maybe love, success, wealth, family, fame? Everyone might answer this question differently as of course, the most important thing can mean something else for all of us individually. But could there be one thing that suits anyone?

That’s what the philosopher and scientist Democritus claimed, who lived c.460-370 BCE. You might have heard of him for his atomic theory which was a very innovative theory for his time. However, Democritus was not solely interested in the particles of matter. Democritus’ reply to our initial question is “cheerfulness” (euthymia); he names cheerfulness to be the highest good of all.

First of all, as we all know, you can’t do work, get entertained, or achieve anything in your life, if you have been overrun by stress. It is also known that stress is the result of worry. If you’re too poor, you worry and get stressed trying to make ends meet. But even if you have all the goods of the world, you might fall into the trap of greediness and again, you’ll be worried you might lose your possessions. People who are very famous, worry every day they might lose their status of fame and get stressed whenever someone more talented or capable appears, fearing he might “dethrone” them. In both cases, cheerfulness is nowhere to be found in the human soul. Therefore it is to wonder, how can this peaceful state of inner balance be reached?

Whatever you do, do it in moderation!

Enjoy food, love, wealth and anything you can acquire, but never forget that exaggeration in anything will agitate your inner balance. This view was also supported by Plato and Aristotle, in opposite to some other philosophers who proposed the extremes of unrestrained hedonism or the ascetic life without pleasures. Democritus says it’s only the cheerful, and thereby happy soul which can preserve moderation. But how can you know you’ve gone too far past moderation? “When someone feels extreme tension or worry, it means he has lost moderation and reached exaggeration,” Democritus says. So, if you have so many unfulfilled desires that you lose your sleep over them, or if you find yourself to be in constant frustration and anxiety, try to limit your wishes and start enjoying more the things you already have.

If you manage to reduce unnecessary excitements and if you control yourself in situations of excessive joy or pain, you train yourself to adapt to real circumstances. Pain and sorrow will come for all at some point in our lives; instead of wondering “why did this have to happen to me?”, it’s best to use all the help we can get to deal with it. And at times when great joy comes, let’s not exaggerate as if this would last forever. Because when conditions change again, it will be very difficult to cope with this change. It is not possible to adjust reality to our expectations, but we can take chance into our own hands, Democritus says:

“Men have made an idol of Chance as an excuse for their own incompetence; for chance disrupts planning a little, but intelligent foresight straightens out most problems in life”.

Certainly, each person will have to deal with different problems and the path to adapt to reality will be much harder for some. The point of each person individually is to achieve the best possible balance given his own circumstances and this way to avoid allowing his happiness to become prey to external factors. Because if one does that, yet another problem will be added on top: he will lose his freedom.

Democritus reasoning is powerful and convincing. Mostly and first of all, one should be after this cheerfulness, this pleasant and stable state of the soul which helps to face circumstances with detailed caution, to control his reactions when situations change, to feel joy and sorrow in moderation, to be the master of himself, and therefore, to be a free man knowing at any given time how to act and why.

Democritus himself seems to have benefited by this method a lot. The “laughing philosopher,” as they called him, surprised the world with his knowledge of mathematics, geometry, astronomy, history and what else not, but still managed to keep his mind free of any religious or political entrapment. He traveled to all the great cities of Asia, he also traveled to Athens (of course), he founded a very important academy in his home city Abdera in Thrace, he wrote 70 works (unfortunately, only a few parts of those are extant) and he lived for a hundred years!

This article was originally created and published on grethexis.com and republished here by the site’s permission (copyright notice).

These are 10 life lessons from the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Indian text dense with wisdom.

1. Change is the Law of The Universe

“What you have taken, Has been from here
What you gave has been given here

What belongs to you today
belonged to someone yesterday
and will be someone else’s tomorrow

Change is the Law of The Universe”

Nothing is constant. No-thing is permanent. True stillness comes from embracing movement – the ebb and flow of life. The earth is moving through space. Night follows day. Each moment is completely new. To be wise is to accept change. To be enlightened is to love change.

2. Everything Happens for a Reason

“Whatever happened was good
Whatever is happening is good
Whatever will happen will also be good”

This mindset empowers you. This mindset attracts more of the good. What has happened has happened. There is nothing more to be done. The future is a picture, an illusion. It will never come. It is always now. You control the present. Live it to the fullest.

3. Love the Process Without Depending on the Outcome

“Set thy heart upon thy work, but never on its reward.”

Never engage in action for the sake of reward. Do your work with love. Expect nothing. You are rewarded in the present. Do from a place of joy. Create from a place of no-mind. Give from a place of love.

4. Give Without Expecting Something in Return

“A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the right place, and when we expect nothing in return”

Be pure when giving. Love grows when shared. Give and you shall receive.

5. Let Go of Attachment

“You came here empty handed, and you will leave empty handed.”

Attachment to material things can weigh you down. We do not possess things, yet things can possess us. Sensory pleasures are short-lived. When they disappear they can cause suffering. The wise do not attach their happiness to such pleasures. They go beyond them. Take no possessions. Always travel light.

6. The Soul Is Eternal

“For the soul there is never birth nor death. Nor, having once been, does he ever cease to be. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing, undying and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain.”

Birth and death are of this realm. Birth and death are of the duality. Energy can never be created or destroyed; it transforms from one form to another. Energy is in essence non-dual. Consciousness is not of the human body.

7. We Are All One

“The man who sees me in everything
and everything within me
will not be lost to me, nor
will I ever be lost to him.
He who is rooted in oneness
realizes that I am
in every being; wherever
he goes, he remains in me.
When he sees all being as equal
in suffering or in joy
because they are like himself,
that man has grown perfect in yoga.”

Treat every being the same. Treat others as you want others to treat you. See the inherent goodness in all beings. See through labels and stories. We are all God. We are all One.

8. You Are What You Think You Are

“We behold what we are, and we are what we behold.”

“Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.”

Mind over matter. Think happy thoughts and you are happier. Know you can, and you can. Look for things to be grateful for. Look for the good. You will find it.

9. Meditate

“When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.”

Meditation makes you happier. It is a timeless truth.

10. Dream Big

“We’re kept from our goal not by obstacles, but by a clear path to a lesser goal.”

See it, feel it, become it. Have no fear when dreaming. Dream as big as you can. Let how you feel be your guide. Move your dream into the present moment to manifest it.

Source: thespiritscience.net

About the Author

Vegard Paulsen is one of the two founders of Global Harmony Crew. Global Harmony Crew points you towards deep realization, and guides you towards powerful manifestation. Follow Global Harmony Crew on Facebook.

Everyone talks about connecting with their soul or their higher self, but what does this really feel like? How do you know when you are connecting with the true essence of You?

Discovering your soul is essentially discovering your true inner being and through this discovery, you are able to align with your purpose, your passions and what makes you feel whole.

Your soul is always there for you to connect with, you don’t need to reach a certain stage of enlightenment or spend hours practicing, your soul is always available to you as a tool of guidance and support.

Aligning with your soul can help you to live a more conscious, mindful life and can also help you to transcend the ego and tune in to your highest purpose.

“The Soul is the truth of who we are” – Marianne Williamson

Your soul is more powerful than you can comprehend- its smarter than a computer and more powerful than nuclear warfare. Your soul is endless, infinite and timeless and it’s waiting for you to say Hello.

3 Ways to Connect with Your Soul

1.) The Things You Love

Without putting too much thought into it, make a list of things that you love, such as: “family, lemon tarts, Sunday mornings, etc…” Keep going, writing as many things as you can- the more words the better. In fact, if you really want to dig deep aim to write 100 things, as at this point you will most likely be writing from the absolute depths of your soul.

All of the things written on this list, especially the first few words and the last few words, are ways in which your spirit is fed. These words are the way in which your soul feels alive and aligned. The more you give your soul the things it loves, the stronger it becomes and the more connected you will feel to it.

2.) Be in Nature

Spending time in nature and really being present to all the beauty around you can instantly connect you with the essence of who you are. Being in nature can also help you put your life into perspective and can quiet your mind, especially if you are stressed, worried or anxious.

While in nature, take a moment to observe you senses- what are you hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting and feeling? Once you have reflected on your five senses go deeper, what is sixth sense or higher self saying or feeling? What is being communicated to you on the deepest level of your soul?

3.) Soul Connection Meditation

Meditation is a fantastic way to connect with your soul. Here is a basic soul connection meditation:

  • Sit in a comfortable position with your eyes closed.
  • Bring your awareness to your body and the breath. Breathe in and out deeply from the belly 5-6 times.
  • Start to sense the space and stillness surrounding your body. Don’t judge, just observe.
  • If any thoughts come up, don’t resist them, simply allow them to pass without engaging in them. Imagine your thoughts as leaves floating down a stream, they are there, but you are just looking at them, observing them as they go by.
  • Continue noticing the space that is inside of you, use your breath to increase the space inside and around your body. If it helps, you can imagine this space as a white light, filling you and the space around you.
  • Go deeper into this space, allow your entire body and mind to sink deeper- keep up with your breathing and use each inhale and exhale to guide you.
  • Once you feel a connection to this space you may begin to feel tingles or the gentle hum of your soul.
  • At this stage, ask your soul for guidance, for a healing, or to present itself to you more clearly through life.
  • Notice what starts to occur within you now. All experiences will be different so stay open to what your soul is communicating to you.
  • Finish the mediation by gently coming back into the awareness of your physical body and opening your eyes.

You may need to practice this meditation a few times to really see the benefits. Start with just 15 minutes a day and work your way up to 30 minutes.

This article was originally appeared at foeverconscious.com and re-posted here with permission.