Spiritual Awakening: Why Your Dilemma is Your Dharma

Spiritual Awakening: Why Your Dilemma is Your Dharma

Spiritual awakening, Why your dilemma is your dharma

Spiritual Awakening: Why Your Dilemma is Your Dharma

“The essence of the Dharma (the teachings of the Buddha) is about

identifying the cause of our suffering & alleviating it.” –Allan Lokos

Will my life ever settle down again or is struggling the new normal?

Do you feel the foundation of your life just slipping away like sand under your feet?

If so, you’re not alone. Many people are feeling lost and as if their lives are on shaky ground.

For many people these changes are directly impacting their financial security and careers, for others their relationships or their health. Have you lost a job? Is there a possibility you may be laid off? Or, are you feeling dissatisfied in your existing career because it no longer suits the person you’ve become?

This is one of the many ways the Universe speaks to us.

If at first we cannot hear the whisper of our intuition, and later we disregard the voice of our intuition, the Universe ramps up its effort to communicate to us from gentle raps to pulling the rug right out from under our lives entirely. If you’re in the latter phase – you missed the gentle reminders. Do not fear no matter what phase you’re in the Universe will support your efforts to listen and heed her guidance to turn your life around again.

The root causes of current painful circumstances 

Everyone has bad things happen to them but, when the same sort of misfortune befalls us over and over it is time to look within to see if perhaps this circumstance is not just another unfortunate incident but, is mirroring something that’s going on inside of us. Nothing that happens to you is isolated and in a vacuum. Everything that is now causing you immense pain started as a tiny little bruise. The only reason it escalated to such a degree is because you’ve not been paying attention to the more subtle cues. Now the Universe has to go to greater lengths to get your attention.

The fact that you‘ve not been paying attention shows that you have not been ready to learn that everything in our lives is a mirror of what is going on inside of us. When you come to understand this great truth you will have come far on your journey toward finding the meaning and purpose for your life.

The seeds of event you now face were within you from the moment of your birth and can be found in your birth chart. How your character develops from these seeds creates your character and ultimately your destiny. As you evolve and grow in awareness you react with more spiritual finesse.

We have contributed to creating every circumstance that shows up in our lives. Our beliefs and behaviors drew these situations into our lives. We will need to open our eyes and learn how our thinking has affected our physical environment. We will need to recognize that it is now our obligation and duty to deal with the conflicts we’ve created and learn from them. It is now our dharma.

What is dharma?

Dharma refers to the natural law of the Universe, one’s personal obligations, life path, calling and duties and state of realization. You might think of it as the lessons learned by living in this reality that awaken you spiritually.

When you recognize that your dilemma is your dharma you’ve already climbed “Challenge Mountain.” The next step is to integrate the lesson of this challenge in your life and face why the mountain appeared in the first place.

When a molehill becomes a mountain it is because we chose to ignore the problems growing before our very eyes. It usually takes a long time for a molehill to become a mountain which would mean that we were not ready to take responsibility for our role, no matter how small, in creating our dilemma.

Examples of lessons dharma teaches

Take this example: A spouse wakes up one day to find their partner has left them. Do you think this mountain sprang up overnight? No, certainly not. There has to have been problems that were ignored for a long time for the partner to have left like this.

Here’s another example: Your boss fires you. Did this just spring up in one day? It’s not likely. There has to have been things happening at your job between you and your boss for quite some time.

What about having your car repossessed? Or the house foreclosed upon or even being hounded by bill collectors? There are years of attitudes and behavior behind each of these events.

When the student needs a lesson the problem appears

All of these examples are quite extreme and I certainly hope your problems are less severe but, the fact remains, everything that happens in our lives, that we view as negative had its roots in the small ways we addressed and behaved regarding some problem. The trick is to use the problems when they’re still small as “signs” that adjustments are needed in our lives.

Think of the small problems as winds which are pushing you off the course you’re on and now require that you change the way the sails are set in order to stay on course. If you initially see small problems as needed course corrections you’ll be more apt to avoid the huge dilemmas that you’re now facing.

When we’ve ignored small problems and allowed them to become huge we’ve lost control over our lives. We haven’t used our intelligence and power to affect the trajectory of our lives while the course is still not critical. By waiting we allow the winds to whip our boat way off course into uncharted waters where we face even more dangers.

Learn to be objective about problems and to face and fix them right away

If you find that you keep running up credit card bills and run out of money at the end of each month. Put yourself on a strict budget. Get real about what is a necessity and what is frivolous spending – every penny adds up. Do you really need a case of store bought water in the garage? Wouldn’t it be wiser to have a simple water filtration system and reusable water bottles? Accept that you are living beyond your means now before this little problem turns into one that can sink your entire life. Change your ways and start living within your means.

Turn within and reflect upon why you have this need to spend so much money every month. Do you feel insecure unless you have the latest fashions and look a certain way?

Do you want to keep up with the Joneses and foster a false appearance of being wealthier than you are? Why do you care so much about what other people think?

You need to do some soul searching and become really honest with yourself. This is the only way you’re going to avoid the Universe knocking on your door with really bad news about your financial situation one day.

Do this with all problems that arise in your life whether you attribute the cause of the problem that has arisen to someone else or not. Each of us is equally culpable for the problems we face in our lives. You can’t avoid repercussions by blaming it on someone. If it appeared in your life you alone must deal with it. It certainly is nice to have support though and this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ask for or accept help.

Once you’ve awakened to seeing your problems as signs that your behavior and responses need to be addressed you can begin to take control of your life. When bad things happen to us it’s an opportunity to see how the world mirrors what has been going on inside of us. Thank the Universe for showing you so clearly and begin to make your course correction.

See your dilemma as an opportunity

Perhaps getting fired from your job was what you wanted deep down? Then thank the Universe for releasing you from that path so that you can now pursue work you love.

Maybe your spouse did you a favor by leaving? If you have been unhappy for years and known at a gut level that your marriage was not working see this as an opportunity to reinvent yourself and your life.

An unfortunate incident like losing your home to foreclosure will teach you valuable lessons if you are open to accepting your role in contributing to creating this circumstance. If you blame others and take no responsibility you are not ready to grow and understand the language of the Universe yet.

Our life circumstances contain encoded messages about how we are interacting with our environment

When you begin to see that your dilemma is your dharma you will be ready to follow the “right” path in your life. You are ready and willing to learn and assimilate many life lessons that will serve you well for the rest of your days.

Recognizing the path of dharma says that your consciousness has expanded, that spiritual growth is paramount in your life. You’re growing spiritually and moving into a higher phase of spiritual awakening. You’ve outgrown a victim mindset and no longer attribute problems in your life to others because you see the oneness in all life and in everything that happens around you.

You have learned that like throwing a pebble in a pond every thought and action you take sends out rings that affect everyone and everything in your world. And, once you’re consciousness has expanded it can never shrink back down again – you can never not know what you now know. You are well on your way to seeing more and more of the miracles right under nose with your expanded consciousness. Spiritual awakening is your dharma and part of a life path toward fulfilling your life purpose.

Is the Universe trying to get your attention? What lessons might you be ready to acknowledge? Do you recognize why learning these lessons is part of your life purpose?

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The Role of Intuition in the Phases of Spiritual Awakening

The Role of Intuition in the Phases of Spiritual Awakening

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We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; We are spiritual beings having a human experience. —Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881 – 1955)

Everyone wants to live a bigger, better more fulfilling and meaningful life. And you can when you learn to listen and follow your intuition.

The role of intuition

Your intuition is guidance that comes directly from your higher self or as some prefer to call it the Soul. Your intuition speaks to you constantly whether you hear it or not. It is always trying to move you in the direction of your highest good by pushing you toward growth so that you can live the bigger life you dream of. When you are stuck in an unhappy point in your life, it’s because you’re not heeding the call from your intuition to grow from one phase of awakening to the next.

Finding your purpose

You came to this life with the instructions for what you are here to do inside of you. It is your job to discover those instructions and the meaning of your life so that you live the life you were meant for. Your intuition holds the key to discovering this purpose within you. An astrological reading of your life purpose will help point you in the right direction on this journey of discovery. As you follow your intuition you eventually come to realize that you are a spiritual being having an experience of being human and living in a body.

The more you allow your intuition to guide you the more your consciousness expands and the more empowered you will be to create the life you dream of.  This is why it’s important to understand the four levels of spiritual awakening and how intuition is the springboard from one level to the next.

The 4 levels of spiritual awakening.

1. Phase one: Asleep

In the first phase you live life from a victim perspective. Things happen in your life and you think, “Why does this always happen to me?” You blame others and your circumstances for the things that happen to you. You share your victim story over and over. Your life revolves around being “poor me.” You have no clue that you are capable of changing how you think. Your thoughts are in control of you instead of you being in control of your thoughts.

You receive sympathy from listeners for what you’ve been through and that perpetuates living life as a victim. It doesn’t occur to you to look for the meaning behind what has happened or how your thinking or behavior might have played a part in creating the upset in your life. You are not in touch with your intuition but every once in a while you feel a stirring inside and the thought occurs to you that there must be something more.

2. Phase two: Just waking-up

In phase two you begin waking up. You now hear your intuition more often. Coincidences occur with regularity and you begin to see how you are part of something bigger. You discover that you can choose your thoughts and don’t have to let your them take your life hostage. By managing what you focus upon you learn that you can create things in your life. Now you begin to see that you have more control over life than you were previously aware of in phase one.

You use your mind to get the mate you desire, car you want, the job you want, the house you want, etc.

And for a time you feel like a master of the universe until something happens that sinks you to your knees. Now you are being tested.

Do you revert back to phase one and react like a victim or do you make another leap in consciousness and grow? This is a critical point. Many vacillate here, going back and forth between phase one and two for their entire lives.

Getting past phase two is where lots of people get stuck.

To go beyond phase two you must grow in consciousness to accept that you are the captain of your ship. You need to know and believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that your life is the visible out-picturing of your choices and beliefs up to that point. You must make the leap in consciousness to realize that you choose by your thinking, everything in your life both good and bad. You must begin to listen to those intuitive whispers from the soul and allow them to guide you in order to grow.

3.  Phase three: Awake

In phase three you become permanently aware that you are a spiritual being having a human experience. Your intuition has led you to discover your purpose. Your intuition is loud and clear and you’ve gained  great faith in this powerful voice to always be there to guide you.

You know that there is more to life than you can see with the eye and that there is a purpose and meaning for your life. You live with the joy of knowing that you are a creator!

You feel empowered that you can do and be and have anything. You see life as a force working for you not against you. While you still encounter problems, no matter what happens there is an unshakeable confidence and peace inside that carries you over difficulties. You never feel alone because your connection to guidance through your intuition is now so strong.

When you do experience challenges, they are far fewer and resolved much more quickly.  And you are now more capable of dealing with problems without being emotionally entrapped by the circumstances. You now recognize your innate power and live from a place of making awakened choices.

The fears that held you back in the past are gone. A continuous joy bubbles up from within you and you want to share this joy with others. You love your life. You feel a strong desire to be of service and to help lift others from where they are to where you are.

4. Phase four: Fully awakened

In this highest phase you don’t just know intellectually that you are a spiritual being, you are the embodiment of it. You see all things as possible. Your intuition is a seamless part of your being from which you receive one inspired idea after another. You live from a state of enlightened awareness of the oneness and interconnectedness of life. You are at peace and nothing disturbs this peace. You exude love and your mere presence is healing to others.

This state may be one that you have had brief moments of though and having had one taste you will want to experience it again. If you are lucky enough to reach this state and stay there you are highly evolved.

This is probably not where you are in consciousness and it is certainly not where I am either. But if you can’t get past phase two there’s little chance of ever reaching phase four anyway. The critical element in not getting stuck in an endless loop between phase one and phase two is to listen to your intuition so that you grow into phase three where you are creating your life by design and not by default.

Have you ever been caught in the loop between phase one and two? Are you ready to listen to your intuition, evolve to a higher state of spiritual awakening and live a life of significance?

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Intuition and the Timeless Wisdom of Rumi

Intuition and the Timeless Wisdom of Rumi

You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life. –Rumi

Intuition and the Timeless Wisdom of RumiHave you ever read anything so beautiful? It touches the heart and soul, doesn’t it?

I had the pleasure of reading a collection of Rumi quotes published by Farnoosh Brock, of Prolific Living, in her new book, “Rumi A Photographic Gallery of Inspiring Quotes.” I learned that today, September 30, is the 805th anniversary of Rumi’s birth!

Happy Birthday dear Rumi. You have brought much beauty into the world since your birth.

I didn’t know much about this Persian poet, until I became active on Facebook. On Facebook is where I encountered many of his thought-provoking verses. Each of them is a treasure to be savored and shared for their timeless wisdom.


Farnoosh’s book is a joy to look at and pleasure to read. Her photography brings the verses to life.

I’m sharing her book here so that you will make a beeline for Amazon and download it while she is still offering it for free!

I hadn’t realized it before, perhaps, because I only came across Rumi quotes one at a time,  just how often his verses referenced intuition and spiritual awakening.

(I won’t share any of the quotes from Farnoosh’s book – I’ll leave you to discover them yourself. )

I was familiar with only about half of the verses in the book and, pleasantly surprised to discover a number of new quotes that I loved referencing intuition and listening to the heart.

So as not to take away from the surprise of the lovely quotes in, “Rumi A Photographic Gallery of Inspiring Quotes,” here are few that I found to share with you.

Rumi quotes on intuition, listening to the heart and spiritual awakening:

“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.”

“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment intuition.”

“Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.”

“Only from the heart can you touch the sky.”

“Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry moving through and be silent.”

“Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart, and that depends upon how much he has polished it. Whoever has polished it more sees more – more unseen forms become manifest to him.”

“Oh soul,
you worry too much.
You have seen your own strength.
You have seen your own beauty.
You have seen your golden wings.
Of anything less,
why do you worry?
You are in truth
the soul, of the soul, of the soul.”

“Pilgrimage to the place of the wise is to find escape from the flame of separateness.”

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