The ancient Hawaiians had a saying that there are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view from the top is the same for everyone. Each of us has our own unique path, our own way of accessing our inner wisdom. Problems occur when we don’t take the time to use tools or adapt them to ourselves.
Just as there is no ‘the truth’ there is no ‘the way.’ The most important thing is to find out what works for you – what produces results in your life. Spiritual practices do require us to actually practice them – to use them in your everyday life. One of the things I highly recommend is creating bookends for your day. Something you do in the morning and something you do in the evening – you could meditate, journal, walk mindfully, do mirror work (one of the most powerful healing tools in my opinion) or a number of any other things. Making your choices doable and doing them are most important. I have worked with people who have created morning routines that took several hours and consequently didn’t do them or rather than feeling freer felt constrained by their spiritual practices.
In the Toltec tradition the ‘goal’ so to speak is personal freedom – it is not about being enslaved or limited by your practices, actions or thoughts. Another thing I find most helpful is to create a definition of personal freedom that is so compelling you will move heaven and earth or at least be willing to retrain your mind to have it.
Allow your definition to be fluid. At first my definition of personal freedom was external – a good job, a nice place to live, etc. Then it was to choose my actions from a place of love instead of reacting from fear. Recently it changed to a deep and abiding connection to my spirit and living life from that place of connection.
So instead of trying to find the way, find things that work. If you want to be happier, focus on happiness instead of avoiding or moving away from sadness or depression. If you want to experience personal freedom make choices moment by moment that are freeing. Achieving freedom means using discipline and dedication until our habitual way of being is free instead of comfortable for the moment. I found that often my freedom required me to do things that were unfamiliar and uncomfortable at first. Freedom generally was on the other side of my fearful, limited thinking. The greater my resistance to the change the greater my freedom was on the other side.
My next podcast will be up later this week. It is about accessing your inner wisdom. You can find a link to it on my web site. http://www.susangregg.com/podcasts.htm
Be gentle and loving with yourself, but do it. Love or fear, freedom or limitation – those are your choices. I suggest you do whatever is necessary so you can choose love and allow yourself to experience complete and total freedom.
We are always free to choose, but only after we know we are free to choose.
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