This time Mick Tomlinson and I spoke about another one of the Three Principles as shared by the late Syndey Banks: "Consciousness", the creative power to be aware and to bring any thoughts "to life" in our personal realities. We shared some insights and how having an understanding of its nature changed the way we experience our physical body, any health issues and life in general in a more positive way...
The other night I woke up in the middle of the night with food poisoning. I want to spare you with details but I had all the typical symptoms like wanting to be sick, cold sweats etc. and it was crystal clear that my body would be cleansing itself from both ends very soon, so I got up. I was lucky in a way as I was still able to take some precautions and so I got the bucket out, went to the bathroom and then decided to go back to bed with my bucket until my body was ready to do what it had to do. I left the light on and the doors open so that I could be quick.
Last thing I remember was a little prayer I sent "to them upstairs" to make up their minds from which end the clear-out would happen. Next thing, I wake up two hours later and ALL symptoms had GONE. I couldn't believe it! There was no more signs of anything wrong with me, yet I knew, I had been suffering food poisoning earlier during the night, for sure! I was even able to track down what had caused it (my own fault!) and in my mind I had already accepted the lesson I learned from it.
No signs of food poisoning also on the following day…….. Then it dawned on me... I had fully accepted the course my body was taking, had given myself to the flow of life and was ready to go through it without question. If there is no question we don't get in the way (with our thinking). A wound can simply heal because we don't doubt that it will. Health is simply the absence of interfering in any way.
Healing can not be done willingly because we use the same creative force, our mind, that has created the perception of a "problem" in the first place. That's why any sickness is described as "a defense against the truth" in The Course of Miracles. As soon as something appears in the body which we judge as sickness we missed the point, as such statement is always personal and can never be truth. Truth is pure and can only ever be perfect because it is before any judgement.
Healing comes from faith. It is a side effect of KNOWING how the system works and then letting it happen. We can't do it, but we can let life do it. Life knows better anyway. And I didn't do anything to let it happen either. I also didn't try to get better consciously. As it was, I simply allowed life to be what it is and do what it does and the outcome was a little miracle.
Any form of trying to change or resist something or even just checking in with the body already reflects our disbelief that all is perfect as it is now. Then we get what we think as a result in our body. Any (health) issue is just a reflection of lacking faith into our natural state, into the nature of our true self, the spiritual essence which doesn't change and which can never be harmed as it simply IS as it is, perfect.
This is the time of year when we reflect on what we want to achieve for the next year, what we want to do "better" and what we rather don't want. What I realized this year is that I used to feel rather anxious at this time of year because of myself continuously wanting to improve myself and never being happy with the way I was, so the beginning of a new year always was a time I became extra critical with myself and where new years resolutions put lots of pressure on myself. The other day I noticed how relaxed I am this year in comparison to the past and when I reflected on why that could be, I realized that I must have lost my fear of not being good enough! I'm quite amazed at that, as I never "tried" to lose this fear, it just happened and then I remembered an insight I had about "fear in general" earlier this year and that I had written an assignment as part of my training with Jack Pransky. Fear doesn't seem to be such a big issue for me any longer, also in other areas of my life. So I'm sharing what I have written in February here with you, hoping it might be inspiring for you, too.... Wishing you a very happy and peaceful 2014 :-) with all my love!
Fear is NOT a monster
Until recently I used to believe that fear is real. It was the emotion that I could handle the least of all the negative feelings, even after being displayed to the Three Principles for nearly two years now. Any form of fear appeared as a huge threatening monster to me. Subtle underlying fears included. I was even fearful of facing any fears because they were just too threatening. Fear felt like having to go through a haunted house on a fairground which I saw as a given reality, as something I had to get through in order to survive. What I did not realize, was, that that such a monster loses all its threat once we switch on the light.....
Now, how do we switch on the light?? Well, there is a simple mechanism behind how we create any experience... The Three Principles are in action whether we are aware of it or not and fear is not an exception!! It is a feeling which is created by our personal thinking and then brought to life by the power of consciousness!! It is like the special effects set up in a haunted house, they make it look real!! The atmosphere is spooky and the monster makes us jump. But if we can remember that it is only an actor in a fancy dress, we still might get frightened but we won't take it too seriously.
How comes that we are not aware of fear being just the effect of fearful thoughts?? Because nobody has ever explained to us how we really create our reality. And the majority of our thinking we are not aware of!! We only consciously notice a few thoughts that are on our mind, the rest is subconscious or unconscious thinking!!
Now in the past I was used to analyzing myself and my feelings in order to grow and to become a better person. Trying to understand my fears I often found that there is a deeper, hidden fear underlying the fear that I was aware of. The deeper I dug in the sub/unconscious the more frightening it got and finally I must have given up trying to face the fears and just accepted them as enormous "monsters". In my mind they had grown "too big" for me to handle them, so I avoided them. Lucky really, because I could have created more confusion trying to understand my fears when in reality, all I had to know was that it is "just thought". At the core of any fear is always a hidden belief or a hidden habit of thinking. The point is: We can not feel any fear without a thought. People told me that before but I had to really see it for myself (and I encourage you not to take my word, just watch out for yourself!)
Yesterday I finally saw it!! I woke up with a fearful feeling that I used to get quite a lot which always came with the fright of "having to face a truth" and "having to make a decision". As I was feeling that threatening feeling and the churn in my stomach I suddenly was aware of that it did not feel comfortable at all and in that moment I suddenly knew that it was made up!! It instantly eased and the following thoughts revealed my hidden thinking behind it. I suddenly knew that that feeling was what we call "fear" (funny, obviously I was not aware of it to that extent) and that it is nothing else than any other type of feeling: created by my personal thinking. The following thoughts were all neutral now (I was observing them rather than feeling them) and revealed the clarity, that "having to face a truth" and "having to make a decision" were obviously so threatening because of "having to face consequences" and here I touched a hidden core belief that "I find the unknown frightening". When I realized that I would be able to face the unknown while "in clarity" I knew those feelings could never be real and it all eased even more and I ended up with the most peaceful feeling of "knowing".
Of course, we could now go on forever analyzing as there is even a hidden belief behind that core belief because it raises the question why would one find the unknown frightening. The answer to that is an even deeper hidden core belief. But the point is: We can not feel any fear without an underlying thought. Do we need to know what the thought is? Not really. Once we have seen the process of creating our experience insightfully for ourselves, feelings like fear lose their grip naturally, without any effort.
This probably also explains, why I never really enjoyed haunted houses on the fairground, I could never see the fun people had in being frightened. Now I can... Seeing fears for what they are takes the threat away! Understanding the process of creating a haunted house and knowing that it is just a fake monster or taking away the spooky music, the darkness and the spine-chilling decoration, would we even be frightened?! As soon as we switch on the light the haunted house loses its effect. But on a fairground we might as well enjoy ourselves and the monsters in the dark!!
Fear only serves us for a very short moment, should we be faced with a really dangerous situation. It kick starts the initial reaction so that our bodies can prepare the necessary adrenaline for fight or flight. If it persists any longer, it only clouds the mind. But what we rather need, is a clear head and to stay calm for us to be able to listen to wisdom and to react in the best possible way.
Now, all we need to remember is this: If fear is accompanied by uncomfortable feelings, it is an indication for it just being a made-up monster which we don't have to believe in. How freeing is that?
This was the title to a radio show I was invited to recently and what we were pointing to is the simplicity of life which is so extra ordinary that it appears extraordinary! That sounds like a contradiction *LOL* but it isn't! For years and years I was searching for the meaning of life and for the extraordinary something that would change it... When I finally was granted a glimpse of it, my ongoing search stopped as I realized, "it" has been inside of me all along and it it so ridiculously simple that I had overlooked it all those years....... Life is just about living!! It's even in the word..... we are alive because we are life....... It's what brings all the joy, the peace, the health and all we are looking for! and in looking for something outside of ourselves, we go the wrong way!!
To get a feeling about what I am talking about, you can listen to the recording http://www.blogtalkradio.com/icecream4thesoul/2013/12/11/discover-the-life-changing-extraordinary-within-the-ordinary or contact me to arrange a chat via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on +34/696632281.
How does the understanding of the Three Principles make a difference to how we experience physical health issues...
When we come into this world we know nothing but how to just live. We are completely open and start totally fresh. We all are the same except for being born into individual bodies and different circumstances. We are curious and fascinated by every single thing we can discover. We are not judging ourselves nor others. We love and accept ourselves exactly as we are. The concept of 'problems' simply doesn't exist in our minds. We don't know what colour our skin has either. Or where we come from. We simply ARE. (Have a look at this video to SEE what I mean)
Then we start learning. And we are learning fast (because we don't think we know it all). What's right and wrong, what this and that means (to us), how we can make sense of things and many more........... We get introduced to a certain culture and/or religion...... Right from the beginning we got a free will. We can choose what we like and what we don't like, what we want and what we don't want...... We are all individual. The ego is forming. We identify ourselves with our body, our personality and our stories. It's all good as long as we enjoy life. If not, the only cure is to look at from whence we came.
Via our creative power of Thought we are all made up inadvertently by our personal past, by conditioning and the unique experiences we went through and which we relate to. But for the legacy of our past we are still like those children: pure potential. If we could just not take our past so serious, we would simply BE in the moment as a free spirit more and naturally navigate through life with peace of mind and resiliency. Am not saying we don't need to learn things (it is quite helpful to know how to drive). Am also not saying, that being individual is bad. What I do say though is that by nature we have the choice what we want to do with what we've learned. If we can appreciate the advantages of our knowledge but not give it as much meaning, we can stay more open to unknown possibilities. Life always offers us inspiration for the next step, it just flows. All we need to do is listen to our inner wisdom and allow ourselves to look at life more through children's eyes. It's simple but powerful. Positive side-effect is more well-being, better relationships and more health.
I tried really hard last Thursday to be spooked by all the stuff that was going on around Halloween. But despite the fact the place looked like a creepy castle and was full of horrible looking creatures, ghosts and all sorts of spooky figures I was really enjoying myself. Even Dracula was on the scene. Still, I was not in horror! No real surprise here, we all know it's all just fancy dress and made up.
When I woke up this morning I was in a horrible mood and was wallowing in self-pity because I had not slept very well. It really got to me and for about 15 minutes I really felt awful, believe me! Then something dawned on me..... am I kidding myself here?? Relief was instant when I realized that I am doing this to myself. Instead of feeling horrible I was laughing about myself.
And we do it all the time! We forget that we are creating a hundred percent of our experience in the same way, be it Halloween or life. Thought comes into our consciousness and appears real. The only difference is the level of understanding we have about how the system works. Life is not more real than Halloween. Both get created in the same way. If I believed my own 'spookily dressed' hand to be real, I would be frightened. If I believe that my bad night's sleep can give me a bad mood, it can. Because of our understanding about Halloween we don't really buy into it (children might, because their level of understanding might not be that high yet; this is why we teach them) But how 'real' was my mood this morning? It's still a fact, that I didn't sleep very well but I am actually in a really good place now ;-) So let's enjoy life as we enjoy Halloween in not taking it too serious!
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All blog posts and videos point to our innate health and wisdom we have access to when in a state of peace of mind. Listening to our inner voice or wisdom does not mean to "do nothing" but to act from the most calm and certain state of mind possible, from where solutions and options can emerge we have not thought of before. Conventional as well as alternative medicine have their place and are essential part of our available choices. When in any doubt, always consult with your doctor. Afterwards, decisions can be best made with a clear head.