The world is definitely changing now. We all feel it, sense it, see it... but what do we do about it? What's worth keeping and what needs to be changed?
For many years humanity has been operating in survival consciousness. The most important things were putting a roof over our heads, food in our mouth, etc., and of course that is important as we cannot reach for anything higher without having our base level needs met -- or can we?
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
It may not seem this way to many, but from my perspective, anything less than a one-on-one connection with our higher being is operating from fear and survival mode. Religion doesn't inspire us to follow our own intuition, heart, and logic or put us in the driver's seat ~ but provides someone else for us to listen to and follow. Certainly that's helpful at times, but our paths are so varied and unique, how can one way be right in every moment for all? Basic things like not lying or stealing, etc. are a very good foundation, but if we wish to rise from the foundation ~ from the bottom of the pyramid ~ we have to go out on your own and leave our parents sometime, don't we?
In the past, few people were able to achieve self-actualization, but currently, many people are choosing to reach that higher place, so... how are they doing it?
Is It Really Bottom Up, Or Top Down?
What if we changed the order of things and connected one-on-one with Spirit every day, no matter what? What if we stepped into our personal creativity and childlike spontaneity again with no fear?
A few years back, I had numerous health challenges including but not limited to: adrenal and chronic fatigue, hormonal imbalance, digestive, weight and sleep problems. You know how it's said, "Stress will kill you?"... well, it does and it impacts different people on different levels based on their environment, genetics, thoughts, feelings, beliefs, etc. After some deep prayers for help and understanding, visiting a few doctors, and visiting several holistic health websites... I decided to navigate it all from within. One of the best decisions I've ever made, on so many levels.
I learned that if I'd meditate at least 30 minutes a day and get to a deep enough level of relaxation, that I could eliminate stress and help my body to heal and it worked great.* Stress stores in the hypothalamus gland of our brains and the only way to get the stress out of that gland is through deep relaxation or meditation. After just a couple of months of disciplined pratice, I noticed a marked improvement on all levels, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Over time, I noticed I learned faster and could retain information better, I was way more emotionally happy and balanced, I was attracting better friends, etc. It's really the breath that is the most important part of meditation -- the part that does all the healing.
*For those who are chronically ill, 30 min. 3 x day is recommended.
Here's a excellent YouTube By Dr. Andrew Weil speaking about breathwork.
If We Breathe, Do We All Get Along?
Seems that in "survival mode" -- or fear -- we believe there are limited amount of resources to go around, so would compete for those goods and feel separate from others. What if we just breathe and trust that whatever happens in our life is for our best soul growth? What would life be like then? It doesn't mean we have to stop work and just breathe. That would be silly. But what if we really relaxed more and truly listened inside for the answers that come when we breathe? I'd love to know, wouldn't you?
Self Actualization Simple?
So.... is Self Actualization as simple as being who we are when we aren't embodied on this planet ~ light and love energy? Is it as simple as breathing deeply, relaxing ~ creating joyously, and allowing others to do the same? Maybe? Let me know....
This picture was taken after 2 years
of disciplined practice and shows
that deep breathing, combined with
relaxation is like visiting the energy